Music Index A-E

CONCETTA ABBATE – eclectic, smartly intense, catchy art-rock/chamber-pop violinist/singer
Falling in Time
At Spectrum 4/30/16

RABIH ABOU-KHALIL – jaunty, cosmopolitan, cinematically eclectic Lebanese instrumentals

ABOVE THE MOON – edgy female-fronted twin-guitar powerpop/indie rock
Their debut ep
At Leftfield 5/20/16

ABRAXAS – John Zorn’s wild, haunting surf music project with guitarists Aram Bajakian and Eyal Maoz

RAMZI ABUREDWAN – haunting, intense Middle Eastern classical compositions
Reflections of Palestine
Oyoun Al Kalam

MELANIE ACETO – powerful, athletic dancer and indie classical performer

ACTION BEAT & G.W. SOK – an abrasive, intense collaboration between the British noiserock band and the Ex’s singer

LEILA ADU – darkly intense art-rock/soul/avant garde songwriter/bandleader

ADVENTURES IN BLUESLAND – guitarist Phil Gammage’s darkly eclectic, purist electric blues band

AFROLICIOUS -hypnotic, high-energy Afrobeat and vintage disco grooves

AGENT RIBBONS – lo-fi, theatrical noir garage and Americana rock

KIRAN AHLUWALIA – catchy, artsy modern updates on ancient Persian and Punjabi ghazals
Aam Zameen
Sanata: Stillness
At Madison Square Park 7/22/15

ROBIN AIGNER – devious, wickedly literate, historically-informed oldtimey songwriter and torch singer
Con Tender
At the Jalopy 2/19/15
At Barbes 8/8/15

AJDA THE TURKISH QUEEN – the haunting noir multi-instrumentalist leader of Black Fortress of Opium

AK – intense, imaginatively orchestrated, female-fronted piano-based art-rock and chamber pop

MELISSA ALDANA – up-and-coming tenor saxophonist/bandleader/composer

SARAH ALDEN – intense, eclectic ex-Luminescent Orchestrii violinist/songwriter
Fists of Violets
At Barbes 11/19/15

ALGIERS – a darkly political mashup of oldtime gospel, ominously swirling cinematics and postpunk

THE ALLAH-LAS – gorgeous, darkly jangly, period-perfect retro 60s psychedelic pop and surf rock
Their first album
Worship the Sun
Calico Review

JD ALLEN – stormy tenor saxophonist who’s arguably this era’s most tersely intense jazz composer
At Winter Jazzfest 1/10/15

AMY ALLISON – sharply literate, endearingly fun country/jazz singer and composer
At the Treehouse at 2A 9/7/14
At Dixon Place 6/11/16 

AMY ALLISON & DAVID SCOTT – haunting Americana and Britfolk-rock

FABIAN ALMAZAN’S RHIZOME – lush, lustrous, kinetic latin-tinged and third-stream jazz

ALOUD – wickedly catchy, jangly powerpop/retro rock band from Boston

ALSARAH & THE NUBATONES – catchy, kinetic Middle Eastern-tinged Nubian and Saharan music
Silt album
At Flushing Town Hall 4/23/16

THE ALWAN ENSEMBLE – NYC’s all-star Middle Eastern classical ensemble

JOHN AMADON – dark, lyrical purist powerpop songwriting

AMADOU & MARIAM – the popular, surprisingly hard-rocking Malian duo and their band

ERIC AMBEL & THE ROSCOE TRIO – iconic Americana rock guitarist at the top of his game
Closing night at Lakeside Lounge
Lakeside album
At Bowery Electric 4/19/16
At Hill Country Brooklyn 6/25/16

AMERICAN AMBULANCE – popular, catchy, politically fearless New York Americana rockers

THE AMERICAN MODERN ENSEMBLE – cinematic composer Robert Paterson’s ambitious, shapeshifting chamber orchestra

AMNIOTIC FLUID – eclectic, often haunting Balkan jazz

AMOUR OBSCUR – noir cabaret/gypsy punk

THE AMPHIBIOUS MAN – creepy surf and film-inspired psychedelic reverb rock

THE AMPHION STRING QUARTET – eclectic up-and-coming chamber ensemble

ANBESSA ORCHESTRA – fiery, psychedelic Ethiopian and reggae grooves
Their debut album
At Barbes 5/28/16

AND THE WIREMEN – haunting southwestern gothic rock

FRANCESCA ANDEREGG – eclectic virtuoso classical and avant garde violinist

ANDERS & KENDALL – pensive, tuneful indie/Americana pop from the leaders of Varnaline and Mascott

THE ANDERSON COUNCIL – catchy, hard-hitting retro psychedelia and powerpop

IAN ANDERSON – the guy who more or less is Jethro Tull, still going strong

At Lincoln Center 8/10/11
At Brooklyn Academy of Music 9/24/14

REV. VINCE ANDERSON – brilliant keyboardist and funk jamband leader

ALHOUSSEINI ANIVOLLA – hypnotic desert blues from the Etran Finatawa singer

GLEN DAVID ANDREWS – gritty, impassioned New Orleans gospel/soul/funk singer/trombonist

ANIMATION – the late, great sax player Bob Belden’s haunting, politically aware noir jazz group
Transparent Heart
Their final show: at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center 4/13/15

ANNA & ELIZABETH – rustic, haunting, authentically 1800s style Appalachian folk harmonies

ANNIE GIRL & THE FLIGHT – catchy psychedelic new wave band from San Francisco

ANONYMOUS 4 – acclaimed all-female choral quartet

ANTIBALAS – the legendary, psychedelic first of the second wave Afrobeat bands

HOMEBOY STEVE ANTONAKOS – wry, funny, guitarishly expert acoustic Americana rock
At Zirzamin 12/23/12
Rock N Roll Sun

ANWAR SADAT – catchy, aggressive postpunk from Louisville

ARABIC BEAT – a fun playlist of  mostly North African hits from 2012 and thereabouts

ARBOREA – ethereal, crepuscular gothic Americana and tersely bucolic acoustic soundscapes

THE ARCHIVES – classic 70s style roots reggae from Washington, DC

THE ARDITTI QUARTET – enterprising British indie classical string quartet

DARCY JAMES ARGUE’S SECRET SOCIETY – intense, lush, politically-fueled, cutting-edge big band jazz
Brooklyn Babylon
At the Bell House 5/10/15
Real Enemies
At National Sawdust 10/2/16

JOEY ARIAS – deviously hilarious drag performer and poignant jazz singer

ARIFA – haunting, moody Turkish classical-folk ensemble

ARMS OF TRIPOLI – vigorous, cinematic, psychedelically tuneful postrock instrumentals

ART BRUT – the satirical zeros British postpunk band

EHUD ASHERIE – classic piano jazz

CIGDEM ASLAN – haunting underground rembetiko anthems from the Turkish-British chanteuse

NICOLE ATKINS – jangly noir Americana and lurid chamber pop
Til Dawn
Slow Phaser
At Madison Square Park 6/18/14

AUKTYON – the famous psychedelic Russian art-rock band

AVERS – catchy, anthemic newschool psychedelic rock and powerpop

THE AVES – hard-hitting retro new wave and 80s Britpop sounds from Adelaide, Australia

THE AWAKENING ORCHESTRA – mighty big band jazz ensemble with classical and art-rock influences
Volume 1: This Is Not the Answer
At Shapeshifter Lab 7/14/16

KINAN AZMEH & ERDEM HELVACIOGLU – apocalyptic, cinematic themes depicting life under oppression

KINAN AZMEH’S CITY BAND – darkly kinetic Middle Eastern jazz

BACHATA HEIGHTZ – newschool bachata romantica

BAD BUKA – exhilarating, theatrical Balkan punk rock

BAD PILGRIM – catchy punk-pop with a ska edge and great production values

SELDA BAGCAN – legendary Turkish psychedelic folk chanteuse/bandleader

BAIANASYSTEM – hypnotic Brazilian downtempo and dub grooves with eerie lead guitar

THE HERBERT BAIL ORCHESTRA – creepy, phantasmagorical, psychedelic circus rock

ARAM BAJAKIAN – Lou Reed’s last great lead guitarist writes haunting, intense instrumentals
There Were Flowers Also in Hell
At the Stone 5/23/15

ZEM AUDU – terse, purposeful tenor sax player/jazz  bandleader and Skatalites member

AWAKENING ORCHESTRA – composer Kyle Saulnier’s mighty classical/art-rock/jazz ban

THE BAKERSFIELD BREAKERS – brilliantly twangy oldschool country and surf rock instrumentals

BALKAN ARTS 701 – wild, obscure Bulgarian folk music originally recorded in 1967

THE BALKAN ARTS SERIES – rare, wild, feral field recordings from the late 60s, recently reissued

THE BALKAN CLARINET SUMMIT – several of Europe’s top clarinetists collaborate on edgy new sounds

LUCIAN BAN – darkly cinematic Transylvanian jazz pianist

BAND OF SKULLS – a psychedelic mashup of boogie blues, metal and urban corporate pop

BAND OF OUTSIDERS – legendary NYC psychedelic punk band
Sound Beach Quartet ep
At Local 269 6/5/12
Sound Beach Time

BANDA DE LOS MUERTOS – New York’s premier Sinaloa-style Mexican brass banda
At Lincoln Center 7/27/14
Their debut album

BANDA MAGDA – charning, quirky, tropical and bossa-flavored French psychedelic pop and lounge jazz
Amour, T’es La

THE BANG ON A CAN MARATHON – an annual NYC institution for celebrating avant garde sounds

THE BANG ON A CAN ALL-STARS – the avant garde institution’s sizzling house art-rock band

BARAKKA – haunting, sweepingly anthemic Turkish art-rock

BARBEZ – haunting, intense mostly instrumental art-rock with vibraphone, strings, winds and guitar
Bella Ciao
At BC Studio 1/16/16

BARETO – deliciously slinky psychedelic cumbia band

INNA BARMASH – haunting klezmer songs and lullabies from the luminous, intense Romashka frontwoman
Yiddish Lullabies & Love Songs
At Joe’s Pub 11/26/13

MANDY BARNETT – the one and only

SOUREN BARONIAN – legendary Armenian/Middle Eastern multi-reedman, still at the peak of his power

BARRY – catchy upbeat roots rock with some Irish flavor

JAYE BARTELL – enigmatic lo-fi noir psychedelia

THE BASEBALL PROJECT – Steve Wynn’s brilliant, literate, ferociously tuneful baseball-themed supergroup

JOHNNIE BASSETT – soulful, purist electric blues from Detroit

BATALANYC – New York’s thunderous, seventy-piece all-female community Brazilian drum troupe

JON BATISTE – energetic New Orleans pianist and jazz/soul/gospel/funk crooner

BATTLE TRANCE – hypnotic, atmospheric, virtuosic avant jazz tenor sax quartet

JEFF BEAM – dark psychedelic pop from the Milkmans’ Union bassist

BEARBABES – artsy indie rock from Taiwan

BEAST MAKE BOMB – smart catchy dreampop/postpunk rock from Brooklyn

BEE & FLOWER – dark, intense, cinematic, noir art-rock anthems

MAYA BEISER – accomplished classical/avant garde cellist reinventing metal and art-rock classics
At le Poisson Rouge 9/4/14

CAITLIN MARIE BELL – purist, tasteful, thoughtful purveyor of 1800s folk and blues songs

JAN BELL – haunting, nuanced oldtime Appalachian and British folk sounds
Dream of the  Miner’s Child
At the Bell House 6/17/13

OLGA BELL – hypnotic, ornate, chorally-driven Russian art-rock with indie classical flourishes

RAQUEL BELL – haunting, hypnotic avant garde punk and dark Americana rock chanteuse

BELLE MARE – hypnotic, brooding, reverb-drenched dreampop-flavored lo-fi rock

BENINGHOVE’S HANGMEN – noisy, intense, cinematic noir punk/surf/jazz
Their debut album
At Spike Hill 3/25/12
At Zirzamin 8/5/12
At Zirzamin 2/18/13
Rattlesnake Chopper
At Brooklyn Bowl 12/16/15
Zohove album (funny Led Zep covers)
Pineappples & Ashtrays
At Manhattan Inn 3/5/16

LAKECIA BENJAMIN – eclectic oldschool funk and soul songs and instrumental jams

RICHARD BENNETT – imaginative pianist who reinvents Indian ragas for solo piano and ensemble

BENT KNEE – shapeshifting, trickily kinetic, dynamic female-fronted art-rock


MELODY ALLEGRA BERGER – eclectic, animated, purist bluegrass/Americana fiddler

BERN & THE BRIGHTS – catchy, unpredictable, female-fronted reggae and Celtic-tinged rock band

ALEXANDER BERNE – intense, psychedelic ambient/atmospheric instrumentals

AUDREY BERNSTEIN – infectiously charismatic, erudite, insightful jazz singer/bandleader

SARAH BERNSTEIN – intense, playful microtonal jazz violinist, composer and singer

BERWANGER – wickedly catchy, classic 70s style power pop
Strange Stains
Exorcism Rock

BEWARE THE DANGERS OF A GHOST SCORPION – high-voltage horror surf instrumentals

YASIIN BEY – the great hip-hop lyricist and songwriter formerly known as Mos Def

THE BIG E – A SALUTE TO STEEL GUITARIST BUDDY EMMONS – an allstar country steel summit

BIG LAZY – the world’s most murderously haunting noir instrumental rock band
At Barbes 4/12/13
At the Gutter 5/3/13
At Barbes, Halloween 2013
Don’t Cross Myrtle
At the Manderley Bar 11/13/14
At Barbes January-July 2015
At Barbes 1/1/16
At Barbes 2/5/16 with Julia Patinella
At Barbes 3/4/16

BIG PLASTIC FINGER – intense, abrasive, psychedelically swirling noiserock/free jazz

BIG SANDY & HIS FLY-RITE BOYS – you know them, right? Americana/rockabillly luminaries

THE BIG TAKEOVER – catchy female-fronted band playing reggae, ska, rocksteady and soca mixed with upbeat rock

BIO RITMO – intense classic 70s-style psychedelic salsa

ANDREW BIRD – the well-loved, literate Americana/oldtime violinist/songwriter

MARTIN BISI – legendary Sonic Youth producer and dark psychedelic rock songwriter
At the Delancey 1/13/13
Ex Nihilo
Sound & Chaos: The Story of BC Studio documentary film
At Aviv 1/14/16

THE BLACK FLAMINGOS – reverb-drenched surf rock originals and rare 60s classics

BLACK FORTRESS OF OPIUM – haunting, intense, darkly lush psychedelic art-rock

THE BLACK LILLIES – tight, smart, tuneful Americana/country jamband

BLACK MASALA – intense, catchy dancefloor mashups of Romany, Indian and Afrobeat grooves

BLACK MOTH – macabre, atmospheric female-fronted metal band

BLACK SEA HOTEL – haunting, cutting-edge new choral arrangements of Bulgarian folk tunes
Live in Brooklyn 6/17/12
At Zirzamin 3/3/13
The Forest Is Shaking and Swaying
At Joe’s Pub 9/3/14
At National Sawdust 10/6/15
At St. Ann’s Warehouse 10/17/15

BLACK WATER – artsy, ornate art-rock, psychedelia and new wave pop

THE BLACKFEET BRAVES – catchy, dark surf-tinged retro psychedelic rock

THE BLACKFIRES – searing, intense, 1980s British style two-guitar metal band

BLACKOUT – doom metal with unexpected dynamics and psychedelic edges

CARSIE BLANTON – torchy, seductive New Orleans oldtime swing jazz chanteuse

ALPHA BLONDY – politically aware roots reggae legend from the Ivory Coast

BLISS BLOOD & AL STREET – haunting, torchy, lyrically rich acoustic noir duo
At Brooklyn Rod & Gun Club 8/27/14

AARON BLOUNT – haunting, atmospheric gothic folk and blues

BOBTOWN – haunting, intense, acoustic Nashville gothic and creepy oldtime songwriting
Trouble I Wrought
A History of Ghosts

BO NINGEN – intense Japanese band that veers between screaming noiserock and vintage dreampop

THE BODEANS – legendary, recently regrouped heartland Americana rockers

ALICE BOMAN – creepy, Julee Cruise-ish Lynchian lo-fi noir pop

BOMBAY RICKEY – psychedelic Bollywood themes, cumbias, boleros and chamber pop
At Barbes 8/11/12
At Barbes July-August 2016

THE BOMBAY ROYALE – surfy, twangy, lush vintage Bollywood-style themes
You Me Bullets Love
At Globalfest 2014

BOMBINO – high-energy Algerian rock with desert blues influences
Live in Brooklyn 7/25/13

BOTANICA – towering, intense, noir, gypsy-tinged literate art-rock

THE BOURBON EXPRESS – singer/harpist Katie Brennan’s witty, clever,  classic 1960s-style honkytonk band

BRASSLANDS – the Meerkat Media Collective’s Balkan brass music documentary

BRAZDA – haunting, slinky, female-fronted Bulgarian, Macedonian and gypsy band

BREAK OF REALITY – cello-driven, cinematic postrock, mathrock and prog rock instrumentals

BREANNA BARBARA – haunting, stark, angst-fueled psychedelic blues
Mirage Dreams
At Pier 97 7/16/16

A BRIEF VIEW OF THE HUDSON – catchy, dark, sardonic Americana rock and gospel sounds

BRIGA – eclectic, edgy original Balkan fiddle instrumentals and creepy folk-rock

THE BRIGHT SMOKE – haunting, intense, blues-infused atmospheric female-fronted rock
Virginia Et. Al.
At Mercury Lounge 4/17/15
Terrible Towns
At Mercury Lounge 7/25/15
At Mercury Lounge 12/19/15

THE BRIGHTON BEAT – psychedelic Afrobeat, reggae and dub – tons of great free downloads
Their first album
Off We Go

THE BRIXTON RIOT – ferociously literate, insightful two-guitar powerpop and janglerock

RACHEL BROOKE – menacing, raw, torchy, original oldschool blues and Nashville gothic songs

THE BROOKLYN BLOWHARDS – Albert Ayler jazz mashed up with sea chanteys

THE BROOKLYN PHILHARMONIC – NYC’s most adventurous classical orchestra

THE BROOKLYN YOUTH CHORUS – representing the borough’s best up-and-coming choral talent
At National Sawdust 10/6/15
At St. Ann’s Warehouse 10/17/15

BROOKLYN RIDER – NYC’s most eclectic, globally focused string quartet

THE BROOKLYN WHAT – NYC’s best rock band, no doubt. Ferocious, politically aware and funny.
Hot Wine
At Public Assembly 1/19/13
M inor Problem

BROTHERHOOD OF THE JUG BAND BLUES – self-explanatory and lots of fun

THE BROTHERS COMATOSE – cutting-edge acoustic Americana-bluegrass-rock

THE BROTHERS GOLDMAN – laid-back oldschool soul and funk grooves

THE BROWN RICE FAMILY – catchy, psychedelic reggae and ska with latin influences

BROWN SABBATH – Texas band Brownout’s clever, psychedelic reinvention of Black Sabbath classics
Brownout Presents Brown Sabbath
At Brooklyn Bowl 9/5/14

CLAIRY BROWNE & THE BANGIN RACKETTES – intense, torchy retro soul from Australia
At Webster Hall 11/15/12 – their NYC debut
At the Mercury Lounge 3/26/13

THE BRUSSELS JAZZ ORCHESTRA – lush, sweeping, cinematic original big band jazz

LACHLAN BRYAN & THE WILDES – purist, tuneful, smart oldschool country and Americana from Australia

DAN BRYK – corrosive, funny, literate indie pop

RICHARD BUCKNER – the intense, highly regarded indie/Americana tunesmith

BUDAPEST BAR – explosive, eclectic, authentically cosmopolitan Hungarian gypsy music

BEBE BUELL – the powerpop songstress and new wave era muse

BUGS IN THE DARK – melodic noise-rock

BASIA BULAT – smart, Americana-inspired folk-pop and anthemic rock

PAUL BURCH – eclectic Nashville honktonk/gothic/folk/cajun singer and bandleader

LISA BURNS – purist, tuneful janglerock/psychedelic pop/Americana/soul songwriter and singer

BURNT SUGAR – Greg Tate’s versatile, improvisational funk orchestra

THE BUSH TETRAS – legendary CBGB-era no wave funk punk band, still going strong

BUTCHERS BLIND – savagely lyrical, politically aware alt-country and indie rock

THE BUTCHER KNIVES – intense Romany-flavored latin rock, metal cumbia and skaragga

BUTLER, BERNSTEIN & THE HOT 9 – trumpeter Steven Bernstein’s hot New Orleans jazz band

BUTTER ON THE LATCH – Josephine Decker’s brilliant, disturbing Balkan music-themed horror film

BUTTER THE CHILDREN – catchy female-fronted dreampop/shoegaze/retro new wave rock

BUXTER HOOTN – psychedelic Americana rock/hip-hop/Nashville gothic

THE BYZAN-TONES – dark, scorching, psychedelic Greek rembetiko-flavored surf rock

THE CABANA KIDS – poignant, harmony-driven retro janglerock and psychedelic pop

THE CACTUS BLOSSOMS – haunting, harmony-driven oldschool C&W and Nashville gothic songs

URI CAINE – witty, erudite jazz pianist equally adept at klezmer and classical sounds

THE CALAMITY JANES – eclectic harmony-driven bluegrass and oldtime string band sounds

CAITLIN CANTY – smart, terse, purist dark Americana/folk noir songwriter

MARIA CANGIANO – eclectic Argentinian and tropical songwriting

CANTATA PROFANA – exciting young ensemble playing both early and modernist chamber/vocal works

CANTORI NEW YORK – cutting-edge new-music choir

LAURA CANTRELL – the greatest voice in alt-country and Americana rock
No Way There From Here
At Union Hall 5/5/15
At Union Hall 5/26/15

CANZONIERE GRECANICO SALENTINO – explosive Italian gypsy and trance music
At Globalfest 2012
Pizzicata Indiavolata

PAUL CAPSIS – talented, cleverly amusing drag entertainer and eclectic pop/rock vocalist

THE CAPTAIN BLACK BIG BAND – pianist Orrin Evans’ mighty, tuneful oldschool large jazz ensemble

CC CARANA – Lynchian retro Nashville pop and noir soul songwriting

MARILYN CARINO – creepily psychedelic trip-hop/neo-soul

PAULA CARINO (no relation) – edgy, brilliantly lyrical janglerock

HAYES CARLL – popular newschool outlaw country songwriter taking a turn into folk noir

CARROUSEL  – lush, moody chamber pop and art-rock

RON CARTER – the iconic jazz bassist, bandleader and composer

MARC CARY – one of this era’s greatest jazz pianists, inspired by Erik Satie and Indian classical music

NEKO CASE – you know who she is

ROSANNE CASH – you know who she is too. Or you ought to. She’s Johnny’s kid.
The River & the Thread
At Lincoln Center 8/9/14

THE CASKET GIRLS – creepy mashups of video game themes, dark dub, new wave and a little hip-hop
The Night Machines
At the Mercury 6/12/16

CASTLE BLACK – darkly catchy, noisy female-fronted postpunk/punk/indie power trio

THE CAT EMPIRE – high-energy ska/latin/hip-hop tinged rock/pop anthems from this Australian band
Steal the Light
Live in NYC 6/30/13

CAUGHT ON TAPE – Sonic Youth guitarist Thurston Moore’s intense postrock instrumental project with drummer John Moloney

THE CELLAR & POINT – eclectic jazz-inflected, sometimes cinematic postrock and indie classical sounds

CERTAIN GENERAL – legendary LES postpunk band, still going strong

CHAMOMILE & WHISKEY – lush, jangly newgrass with rock, country blues and Irish tinges

CHANGING MODES – richly lyrical, artsy, noir, female-fronted keyboard-driven new wave-flavored rock
In Flight
At Spike Hill 1/19/13
The Paradox of Traveling Light
At Bowery Electric 7/19/14

BRIAN CHARETTE – distinctive, individualistic, paradigm-shifting jazz organist
Square One
At the Delancey 3/19/15
Good Tipper
Alphabet City


CHARMING DISASTER – creepy guy/girl noir cabaret, murder ballads and psychedelic chamber pop
At Zirzamin 4/7/13
Love Crime & Other Trouble
At Pete’s Candy Store 9/30/15

(LES) CHAUDS LAPINS – charming new chamber pop/jazz versions of witty French songs from the 30s and 40s

CHEAP TRICK – they want you to want them

MAURICE CHEDID – virtuoso Lebanese-American oud player and singer

THE CHELSEA SYMPHONY – eclectic, dynamic New York symphony orchestra

ANNIE CHEN – soulful jazz singer and ambitiously tuneful, eclectic composer/bandleader

ED CHERRY – purposeful, purist jazz guitar vet leading an organ trio

CHERVEN TRAKTOR – intense, rustic, danceable Bulgarian fiddle music

THE CHIARA STRING QUARTET – exciting young ensemble as adept at new music as they are the classical canon
At Bargemusic 9/16/14 (Bartok)
Bartok By Heart

CHICAGO FARMER – smart, wry, lyrically-driven original acoustic country, blues and folk

CHICAGO STONE LIGHTNING BAND – intense, original hard-hitting acid blues

CHICANO BATMAN – summery, organ-driven oldschool psychedelic latin soul

CHICHA LIBRE chicha (trippy Peruvian surf music)
At Barbes 10/3/11
Cuatro Tigres
At Barbes 8/18 and 9/15/14

OANA CATALINA CHITU – Romanian noir cabaret chanteuse and her killer band

CHOBAN ELEKTRIK – traditional Balkan melodies done as psychedelic organ music
Their debut album
At Barbes 4/28/16

CHOP & QUENCH – the pit band from the musical, Fela, play classic Afrobeat by the guy who invented it

CHRISTY & EMILY – hypnotic, sometimes menacing guitar-and-keyboard psychedelia

CHEETAH CHROME – the iconic ex-Rocket from the Tombs and Dead Boys lead guitarist

CHUNO – latin jazz chanteuse Sofia Tosello’s hypnotic trance-folk project

KAROLINA CICHA – intense Polish art-rock and folk-rock singer/multi-instrumentalist

TY CITERMAN – Gutbucket’s edgy, klezmer-influenced guitarist/bandleader

THE CITY & HORSES – cleverly lyrical, funny Elvis Costello-style new wave and blue-eyed soul

CLARE & THE REASONS – swirling, hypnotic, psychedelic chamber pop and art-rock


CLAZZ ENSEMBLE WITH FRANK CARLBERG – phantasmagorical, creepy noir big band jazz

THE CLEAR PLASTIC MASKS – tuneful, witty, intense two-guitar psychedelic punk soul band

TODD CLOUSER – dark, snarling guitar rock with indie, goth and glam influences

COCEK BRASS BAND – eclectic original Balkan tunes from John Brown’s Body trumpeter Sam Dechenne
Here Comes Shlomo
At Shrine 8/12/14
Round Two

DAVID ALLAN COE – you know who he is, right, darlin’? Darlin’?

AVISHAI COHEN – haunting, brooding Middle Eastern jazz and classical music

CHARLES COLEMAN – intense, cinematic orchestral composer/conductor

ANDREW COLLBERG – Tucson-based Beatlesque songwriter

ROMAIN COLLIN – darkly cinematic, jazz-tinged pianist/composer

COMMERCIAL INTERRUPTION – eclectic surf rock instrumentals and obscure tv themes

THE COMO MAMAS – intense, ecstatic, raw oldtime-style Mississippi gospel music
Get an Understanding
At Lincoln Center 8/12/13

ULTAN CONLON – soaring retro 60s Nashville gothic pop and blue-eyed soul

DYLAN CONNOR – smart, politically aware lyrical janglerock/pop

A CONSPIRACY OF BEARDS – haunting 30-piece all male choir singing Leonard Cohen songs

CONSPIRACY OF VENUS – their similarly innovative all-female sister choral group

CONSTANTINOPLE ENSEMBLE – haunting, rarely played 16th and 17th century Persian music

CONSUMATA SONIDERO – propulsive psychedelic cumbias, trippy dub, and a ska/punk edge

THE COOL GHOULS – catchy, jangly, reverb-infused 60s-style psychedelic and garage rock

COPAL – dark hypnotic worldbeat string band grooves

SHEMEKIA COPELAND – powerhouse blues/soul/rock singer/bandleader

COPPINS – wryly lyrical, politically aware soul-rock, blues and bagpipe funk from Toronto

RONY CORCOS – terse, smart, poignant art-rock/blues/powerpop guitarist/songwriter

ANI CORDERO – smart, politically aware pan-latin janglerock singer/multi-instrumentalist

THE CORN POTATO STRING BAND – high-voltage oldtime Appalachian folk songs, dance tunes and blues

JANE ANTONIA CORNISH – terse, purposeful, often haunting film and classical composer and violinist

ROXY COSS – tuneful, purposeful, edgy tenor saxophonist/bandleader

CAROLINE COTTER – tasteful, elegant New England front porch folk and swing jazz-inspired songwriting

SYLVIE COURVOISIER – elegant, edgy third-stream jazz pianist

LOS CREMA PARAISO – upbeat, psychedelic, cinematic tropical rock, cumbia and bossa nova
De Pelicula
At Drom 1/18/16

CRICKET TELL THE WEATHER – diverse, energetic newgrass and acoustic Americana rock

CSC FUNK BAND – eclectic Afrobeat-inspired stoner funk jams

TOM CSATARI – tuneful, pensive pastoral jazz and dark cinematic improvisation

DADA PARADOX – brilliantly lyrical, darkly funny psychedelic new wave rock

KAREN DAHLSTROM – original noir folk songs set in historic Idaho
Gem State
Live in NYC 6/27/14

DAKHABRAKHA – explosive, theatrical, humorous Ukrainian punk-folk band
At City University of NY 9/19/13
At Globalfest 2014

THE DAN BAND – actor Dan Finnerty’s vicious, sarcastic, satirical top 40 cover band
At Stage 48 8/15/13
The Wedding Album

DAR GNAWA OF TANGER – world-renowned North African trance folk ensemble

DARK CITY – intense, hard-hitting monster surf and art-rock instrumentals

THE DASTAN ENSEMBLE – haunting, exhilarating state-of-the-art new and antique Iranian music

ROGER DAVIDSON – original klezmer instrumentals

DAVINA & THE VAGABONDS – torchy, terse oldschool soul, swing and New Orleans grooves

THE LJUBA DAVIS LADINO ENSEMBLE – haunting, gypsyish Spanish-Jewish acoustic music

DBCR – ferocious, smart, socially aware noiserock/punk band

PIERRE DE GAILLANDE – brilliant, nuanced English versions of Georges Brassens classics

DEAD LEAF ECHO – period-perfect 4AD-style dreampop/shoegaze/goth rock

THE DEADLY GENTLEMEN – catchy Wilco-esque Americana pop with acoustic instrumentation

DEBAUCHE – wild, intense klezmer-fueled “Russian mafia band” from New Orleans

DEBO BAND – fiery brass and string-driven original Ethiopian dancefloor jams
At Globalfest 2012
Ere Gobez

THAD DEBROCK – eclectic virtuoso rock guitarist

THE DEBUTANTE HOUR – charming, quirky, irreverent harmony-driven literate chamber pop

PIERRE DE GAILLANDE’S BAD REPUTATION – smart English chamber pop translations of Georges Brassens classies

CLEOPATRA DEGHER – catchy, anthemic, smartly lyrical original folk-rock guitarist and songwriter

BEN DE LA COUR – eerily lyrical Nashville gothic crooner and his excellent band

DELEON – psychedelic Middle Eastern, flamenco and reggae-flavored Sephardic rock

DELLA MAE – charming, frequently dark all-female acoustic Americana group

THE DEL-LORDS – recently reunited 80s Americana rock legends

THE DELTA SAINTS – high-energy, New Orleans-flavored guitar jamband

DEMOLITION STRING BAND – explosive country and bluegrass

KARINA DENIKE – haunting, eclectic, cinematic dark rock/noir soul organist/bandleader

JON DEROSA – haunting, intense, literate art-rock/chamber-pop crooner
A Wolf in Preacher’s Clothes
At Bowery Electric 12/18/12
Black Halo

DERVISI – haunting, psychedelic Middle Eastern-flavored Greek rembetiko jams

DES ROAR – menacing, Lynchian punk rock, monster surf and postpunk songs

DESERT FLOWER – intense, female-fronted, twin guitar-driven heavy psychedelic band
At Paperbox 11/8/15
Their debut ep

DEVI – fiery female-fronted power trio/jamband

THE DEVIL MAKES THREE – amusing, politially spot-on grasscore and oldtime Americana
Do Wrong Right
I’m a Stranger Here

MELANIE DIBIASIO – haunting soul and jazz-influenced minimalist Belgian songwriter/bandleader

AARON DIEHL – lyrical jazz pianist

DIMESTORE DANCE BAND – noir gypsy jazz, southwestern gothic and Twin Peaks style instrumentals

CHRIS DINGMAN – brilliant, atmospheric jazz vibraphonist and composer

THE DIRTY BOURBON RIVER SHOW – eclectic New Orleans gypsy/soul/jazz brass band

THE DIRTY URCHINS – new songs, torchy oldtime swing sound

(LOS) DISOLADOS – fiery, chromatically-charged Boston punk en Espanol band

MARIANNE DISSARD – haunting, sweepingly orchestrated, majestic art-rock and southwestern gothic songs
The Cat. Not Me
Cologne Vier Takes
Cibola Gold

DOA – the classic Canadian punk rock band, still relevant and having fun

THE DOG SOCIETY – Brooklyn’s answer to Oasis

THE DOLOMITES – darkly catchy, carnivalesque Balkan-Japanese and cumbia rock
The Japan Years Vol. 1

DOLUNAY – haunting, eclectic folk songs from the Balkan Turkish diaspora
At the American Folk Art Museum 10/4/13
Our House

ARMEN DONELIAN – haunting, intense Armenian-flavored jazz and classical themes

DOROTA – noisy noir punk surf jazz from Hungary

DAVE DOUGLAS – the esteemed, tuneful Americana-inspired jazz trumpeter/bandleader

THE DOWNHILL STRUGGLERS – high-energy, authentically rustic antique blues and country

GORD DOWNIE & THE SADIES – dark, resonant, jangly southwestern gothic rock
Gord Downie, the Sadies & the Conquering Sun album
At Bowery Ballroom 5/2/14

THE DOWNWARD DOGS – edgy, high-energy southwestern gothic rock

LILA DOWNS – the wildly popular, powerfully lyrical, politically relevant Mexican folk-rock/cumbia songwriter

LINDA DRAPER – wickedly smart, catchy, lyrical acoustic tunesmith
Live in New York 5/23/13
At Rockwood Music Hall 6/1/15
At the American Folk Art Museum 10/23/15
Modern Day Decay

THE DREAM SYNDICATE – Steve Wynn’s legendary, mega-influential 80s paisley underground/noiserock band

DUB COLOSSUS – an original blend of trippy dub reggae and haunting Ethiopian sounds

THE DUB PISTOLS – eclectic, trippy modern dub and reggae

JIM DUFFY – psychedelic, cinematic keyboard pop instrumentals

THE DUHKS – the popular Canadian newgrass/Americana/folk-rock band

THE DUSTBOWL REVIVAL – the hilarious ten-piece Spinal Tap of oldtimey music
Carry Me Home
With a Lampshade On

DU’UD – multi-reedman Matt Darriau’s entrancing Middle Eastern oud group with Brandon Terzic and Brian Prunka

KILLER KILLY DWYER – hilarious, fearless, transgressive comedy rock songwriter/bandleader/performance artist

EARTH WIND & FIRE – you know who they are

EASY COMPANY – catchy, guitar-driven anthemic rock

HEATHER EATMAN – catchy, anthemic, acerbically lyrical acoustic songwriter

YELENA ECKEMOFF – haunting, expansive, icy neoromantic/indie classical/jazz piano works

EDEN LANE – haunting Tickled Pinks torch singer Stephanie Layton’s Lynchian jazz group

EIDETIC SEEING – unpredictable, darkly intense psychedelic power trio

LUDOVICO EINAUDI – moody, Lynchian indie classical and electroacoustic instrumentals
In a Time Lapse
At the Town Hall 5/18/13

EL GUSTO – the legendary, recently reunited Algerian chaabi orchestra

EL PUEBLO – eclectic psychedelic dub reggae jams

ELECTRIC EYE – swirling, atmospheric, hard-hitting mostly instrumental psychedelia and postrock

THE ELECTRIC MESS – scorching, guitar-driven original psychedelic garage punk

KATIE ELEVITCH – feral, intense, hauntingly psychedelic soul-influenced rock

ELIKEH – hypnotic, funky, politically aware Afrobeat band

ELIZABETH & THE CATAPULT – smart, bitingly lyrical chamber pop
At Rock Shop 10/22/11
Like It Never Happened

CARRIE ELKIN – pensive, down-to-earth Americana-folk songwriter

CURTIS ELLER – intense, darkly lyrical, historically informed oldtime Americana songwriter
How to Make It in Hollywood
Baudelaire in a Box

BETSE ELLIS – original Americana songwriting and interpretations of classic Ozark fiddle music

AMIR ELSAFFAR – intense Middle Eastern jazz composer/multi-instrumentalist
At Lincoln Center 4/16/15

ELUVIUM – lush, hypnotic, atmospheric loop-driven art-rock instrumentals

JOE ELY – iconic Texas Americana songwriter and Flatlanders co-founder

EMEFE – catchy psychedelic funk and Afrobeat grooves

CLARA ENGEL – haunting gothic Americana songwriter from Toronto

ENSEMBLE ET AL – catchy, hypnotic four-piece downtempo/trip-hop/indie classical percussion ensemble

ENSEMBLE NEON – eclectic, spirited, protean Norwegian indie classical chamber group

ENSEMBLE PAMPLEMOUSSE – adventurous 21st century composers’ collective

EMSEMBLE PI – enterprising, socially conscious indie classical chamber group

ENSEMBLE RESONANZ – 21st century chamber music
(Julia Wolfe’s Cruel Sister and Fuel)

ENSEMBLE SHASHMAQAM – haunting Bukharan Jewish, Tajik and Uzbek folk songs, dirges and wedding dances

AHMET ERDOGDULAR – intense, powerful Turkish classical and folk singer/bandleader

CHRIS ERIKSON – gorgeously jangly Americana rock and oldschool country songs

ILHAN ERSAHIN – eclectic jazz/trip-hop/Middle Eastern saxophonist/composer

ESCAPE BY OSTRICH – trippy psychedelic no wave jamband

ESQUELA – catchy, anthemic paisley underground and Americana rock

ET TU BRUCE – catchy, anthemic retro 90s British janglerock and powerpop

ETHEL – one of the world’s most adventurous, eclectic. cinematic string quartets
At the Miller Theatre 2/5/15

ETRAN FINATAWA – the popular desert blues band from Niger

EULA – innovative guitarist Alyse Lamb’s hard-hitting, wickedly catchy postpunk/postrock band
At Glasslands 9/30/14
Wool Sucking album

EVA SALINA – charismatic chanteuse Eva Primack’s all-star gypsy/Balkan band
At the Ukrainian National Home 3/31/12
At Friends & Lovers 2/13/15
Lema Lema: Eva Salina Sings Saban Bajrmovic
At the American Folk Art Museum 3/4/16

EVEREST – atmospheric, trippy, anthemic psychedelic rock

LARA EWEN – darkly intense acoustic Americana, folk noir, country and soul songs
The Wishing Stone Songs
At Hell Phone 5/1/16

EXTRA CLASSIC – modern roots reggae and dub