Music Index A-E

REZ ABBASI – tuneful Indian-influenced electric guitar jazz
At the 2017 Raga Marathon
A Throw of Dice

CONCETTA ABBATE – eclectic, smartly intense, catchy art-rock/chamber-pop violinist/singer
Falling in Time
At Spectrum 4/30/16
At Mayflower Bar 2/12/17
At Pete’s Candy Store 9/1/18

MOHAMED ABOZEKRY & KARKADE – epic, lush, mysterious Egyptian ensemble

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
At Marcus Garvey Park 9/22/19
Stay Awake

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

THE ABYSSMALS – hypnotic, dark spacerock and psychedelic garage rock

THE ACADEMY BLUES PROJECT – eclectic psychedelic rock and soul
At Shrine 10/14/17
At Joe’s Pub 12/16/18
Let’s Brunch Vol. 1

MELANIE ACETO – powerful, athletic dancer and indie classical performer

ACID KING – legendary, cinematic doom metal/slowcore/heavy psychedelic band

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

CLAUDIA ACUNA – soulful, poignant Chilean-American jazz singer
Turning Pages
At Birdland 2/6/18

BRIAN SHANKAR ADLER – darkly cinematic jazz/indie classical drummer

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

AROOJ AFTAB – haunting, atmospheric Pakistani singer/composer
At Merkin Concert Hall 3/4/17
Siren Islands

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
At Drom 1/6/17

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

THE AIZURI QUARTET – first class all-female classical ensemble
Live in New York 10/7/19 (Von Binghen/Caroline Shaw/Haydn)
At Carnegie Hall 12/4/19 (Komitas/Haydn/Paul Wiancko)

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

AKSHARA – catchy, upbeat, tuneful reinterpretations of ancient Indian carnatic themes

FATIMA AL QADIRI – intense, minialist electroacoustic film composer

ALASH – otherworldly Tuvan throat-singing and folk songs
At Drom 1/7/17

SUSAN ALCORN – paradigm-shifting jazz/avant-garde/classical pedal steel player and composer
At the James Cohan Gallery 9/18/19
At Winter Jazzfest 2020

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

MONTY ALEXANDER – iconic Jamaican jazz pianist
At the Charlie Parker Festival 8/25/18

THE ALEXANDER STRING QUARTET – eclectic classical and latin ensemble

ALGIERS – a darkly political mashup of oldtime gospel, ominously swirling cinematics and postpunk
Their first album
The Underside of Power
At Rough Trade 2/22/20

RAHIM ALHAJ – haunting, dynamic Iraqi oud virtuoso/composer

ABDESLAM ALIKKANE – purist, renowned Moroccan gnawa virtuoso

ALL THEM WITCHES – purposeful heavy blues and psychedelic metal band

THE ALLAH-LAS – gorgeous, darkly jangly, period-perfect retro 60s psychedelic pop and surf rock
Their first album
Worship the Sun
Calico Review
At Baby’s All Right 9/16/16

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

JIM ALLEN – brilliantly lyrical Americana songwriter and leader of new wavers Lazy Lions

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
Pop Tunes & the Setting Sun

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

ALLTAR ‎- dark, terse doom metal, gothic and postrock sounds

FABIAN ALMAZAN– epic, lustrous, latin-tinged third-stream jazz pianist
At Shapeshifter Lab 7/14/18
The Alcanza Suite
This Land Abounds With Life
At the Jazz Standard 8/28/19

ELIDA ALMEIDA – fearless, socially aware Cape Verdean songstress

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

ALPHABET CITY MUSIC WORKSHOPS – intensive, useful, hands-on knowledge
Basic Theory 1 and Introduction to Chart Writing
Basic Theory 2

HAMID AL-SAADI – dramatic, soulful Iraqi crooner
At Lincoln Center 3/28/19
At Roulette 11/24/19

ALSARAH & THE NUBATONES – catchy, kinetic Middle Eastern-tinged Nubian and Saharan music
Silt album
At Flushing Town Hall 4/23/16
At Central Park 8/20/17
At the Metropolitan Museum of Art 3/24/18

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

THE BRENT AMACHER DEATHSQUAD – funny Nashville gothic and gutter blues songs

JOHN AMADON – dark, lyrical purist powerpop songwriting

AMADOU & MARIAM – the popular, hard-rocking psychedelic Malian duo and their band
At Central Park Summerstage 8/4/12
At Prospect Park 7/21/17
At Brooklyn Steel 6/6/18

ERIC AMBEL – iconic Americana/psychedelic rock guitarist
Closing night at Lakeside Lounge
Lakeside album
At Bowery Electric 4/19/16
At Hill Country Brooklyn 6/25/16
Roscoe Live Vo. 1Roscoe Sampler

AMERANOUCHE – high-voltage Romany guitar jazz, Middle Eastern and Celtic sounds

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

AMPERSAN – dreamy, cinematic Mexican psychedelic folk band

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

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

SHILPA ANANTH – brilliant psychedelic soul and Indian-influenced art-rock

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

ANCIENT OCEAN – guitarist JR Bohannon’s deep-space ambient project

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

LAURIE ANDERSON – you know who she is, right?
At Lincoln Center 8/10/11
At Brooklyn Academy of Music 9/24/14
At the Town Hall 2/23/17
All the Things I Lost in the Flood
At the Town Hall 2/15/18

REV. VINCE ANDERSON – brilliant keyboardist and funk jamband leader
In concert May 2013
In concert May-July 2017

COURTNEY MARIE ANDREWS – pensive, tuneful retro Americana rock
Honest Life
May Your Kindness Remain
Old Flowers

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

LEIF OVE ANDSNES – individualistic virtuoso classical pianist

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 

ALHOUSSEINI ANIVOLLA – hypnotic desert blues from the Etran Finatawa singer

ANDPLAY – Maya Benardo and Hannah Levinson’s edgy 21st century violin/viola duo\
In concert 10/4/19

THE ANN ARBOR BLUES FESTIVAL 1969 COMPILATION – an allstar electric blues lineup

ANNA & ELIZABETH – rustic, haunting, authentically 1800s style Appalachian folk harmonies
Self-titled album
Sun to Sun
At the San Damiano Mission 10/17/17

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
At the World Financial Center 10/23/12
At Prospect Park 7/12/18

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

ANWAR SADAT – catchy, aggressive postpunk from Louisville

PETER APFELBAUM – eclectic multi-instrumentalist/African/latin jazz composer

THE APOLLO CHAMBER PLAYERS – cutting-edge new music string ensemble

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

LORETO ARAMENDI – brilliantly imaginative Spanish concert organist

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

ARC IRIS – icy, techy female-fronted art-rock, chamber pop and trip-hop

THE ARCANE INSIGNIA – all-acoustic band playing lush, epic symphonic rock

GAIL ARCHER – eclectic concert organist and organ music historian

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

THE ARDITTI QUARTET – enterprising British indie classical string quartet

ARDOURS – atmospheric, slowly shifting metal and art-rock

ARGENTO ENSEMBLE – innovative 21st century music chamber music

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
At the Miller Theatre 2/3/18
Live at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts album
At the Jazz Standard 8/29/18

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

LOUIS ARMSTRONG – a.k.a. Satchmo

BRENT ARNOLD – innovative, purposeful, kinetic cello loopmusic

ARRANGED MARRIAGE NP – lingering, enveloping, psychedelic Indian themes

ART BRUT – the satirical zeros British postpunk band

EHUD ASHERIE – classic piano jazz

ASHJESUS – spot-on early 80s-style noisy new wave rock

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

MULATU ASTATKE – the godfather of Ethiopian jazz

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

ATLANTAEUM FLOOD – art-rock legend Marty Willson-Piper’s cinematic instrumental project

ATLAS MAIOR – wild Greek/Balkan/Middle Eastern acoustic jamband

THE ATTACCA QUARTET – diverse, virtuoso classical and indie classical string quartet
At Radio City 9/18/16 (Adams/Wiancko/Ippolit0)
At National Sawdust 12/13/16 (Caroline Shaw)
All-Mieczyslaw Weinberg Program 4/3/18
At Lincoln Center 11/14/19 (with Caroline Shaw)’

MICHAEL ATTIAS – thoughtful jazz sax and piano improviser and composer

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

AURELIO – fiery, psychedelic Garifuna guitar grooves
At the World Financial Center 5/9/15
At Lincoln Center 1/19/17

AUKTYON – the famous psychedelic Russian art-rock band

THE AVA TRIO – slinky, often haunting Balkan and Middle Eastern jazz

AVALON JAZZ BAND – fun, charming Romany-flavored swing jazz
Je Suis Swing
At Symphony Space 10/18/18

AVENIDA B – original Lower East Side NYC-style salsa dura 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

ROY AYERS – the iconic psychedelic soul/funk/jazz vibraphonist

AYNUR – haunting reinventions of ancient Kurdish ballads and laments

WAJDE AYUB – charismatic, intense Syrian crooner and bandleader

KINAN AZMEH – one of the world’s greatest Middle Eastern clarinetists
With Erdem  Melvacioglu 4/9/16
Kinan Azmeh’s City Band at National Sawdust 4/17/16
With Ljova at Barbes 11/15/16
Songs for Days to Come
With Brooklyn Rider in Mahattan 5/6/19

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

ELIZA BAGG – powerful, eclectic indie classical singer

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
The Book of Transfigurations

BENJAMIN BAKER & DANIEL LEBHARDT – dynamic violin/piano classical duo

ELIZABETH A. BAKER – haunting, macabre, cinematic piano and keyboard music

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

BALKAN BEAT BOX – wryly energetic Eastern European dancehall sounds

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 – lushly orchestrated Mediterranean psychedelic pop
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
Julia Wolfe’s Steel Hammer at the World Financial Center 10/14/14
With Gong Linna at the Lincoln Center Festival 7/14/17

ROSE THOMAS BANNISTER – mesmerizing psychedelic rock bandleader
At Wonders of Nature 3/10/18
At Union Pool 9/29/19

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

SAM BARDFELD – intense, eclectic, Monk-influenced jazz violinist

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
At Barbes 6/12/14
At Golden Fest 2017
Live at the Montreal Jazz Festival
Ocean Algae
At Barbes 9/7/18
At Golden Fest 2019

KENNY BARRON – one of this era’s greatest purist jazz pianists
The Art of the Piano Duo (with Mulgrew Miller)
The Kenny Barron-Dave Holland-Johnathan Blake Trio

BARRY – catchy upbeat roots rock with some Irish flavor

JAYE BARTELL – enigmatic lo-fi noir psychedelia
In a Time of Trouble, a Wild Exultation

CARL BARTLETT JR. – ambitious, shapeshifting alto sax player/postbop bandleader

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

JOHNNIE BASSETT – soulful, purist electric blues from Detroit

BLICK BASSY – stark, psychedelic Cameroonian music and acoustic blues
At Lincoln Center 7/13/17

TRINA BASU – one of the world’s great Indian classical violinists

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

ASHLEY BATHGATE – NYC’S #1 avant garde and indie classical cellist
At the Poisson Rouge 11/9/16 (Ken Thomson works)

BATIDA – politically-fueled Portuguese and African hip-hop and EDM

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

THE BATTLE OF SANTIAGO – fiery, guitar-fueled salsa-artrock

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

THE BC 35 compilation – dark rock icons recorded live at Martin Bisi’s legendary BC Studio in Brooklyn

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

BEARBABES – artsy indie rock from Taiwan

BEARTHOVEN – eclectic, tuneful indie classical piano trio

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

BEAT CIRCUS – one of the first and creepiest of the circus rock bands of the 90s, recently reinvigorated

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

OLIVER BEER – eclecdtic multimedia artist and sometime keyboardist

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
At Zirzamin 3/10/13

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

HASSAN BEN JAAFER – brilliant sintirist and leader of NYC’s Innov Gnawa

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
At the Charlie Parker Festival 2019

MOONLIGHT BENJAMIN – fiery, Patti Smith-esque Kreyol psychedelic rock

THE DANIEL BENNETT GROUP – funny, acerbic alto saxophonist
Sinking Houseboat Confusion
We Are the Orchestra

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

WILL BERNARD – eclectic, darkly intense jazz guitarist

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
Still Free
Crazy Lights Shining
With the Veer Quartet at the 6th St. Garden 9/8/19

CAMILLE BERTAULT – edgy, lyrically sardonic French jazz singer

LEA BERTUCCI – atmospheric sound sculptures

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

EL REY VALLENATO BETO JAMAICA – star Colombian vallenato accordionist and bandleader

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

MITALI BHAWMIK – renowned Indian carnatic singer and improviser

LISA BIELAWA – powerfully relevant composers/singer conductor

BIG DOG LITTLE DOG – violinist Jessie Montgomery and bassist Eleonore Oppenheim’s edgy, dark indie classical project

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

BIG EYES – ferociously catchy female-fronted powerpop band

THE BIG GALUT(E) – dynamic original klezmer ensemble

BIG HEART MACHINE – kinetic, cinematic big band jazz
Their debut album
At the Jazz Gallery 8/16/18
At Winter Jazzfest 2019

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
At Drom 6/9/17
At Barbes 8/4/17
At Barbes 11/3/17
At Drom 11/10/17
At Barbes 6/28/19
Dear Trouble
At the American Can Co. 11/8-9/19

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

THE BIL AFRAH PROJECT – Ziad Rahbani’s classic 1975 Lebanese album, live in concert

BING & RUTH – a hypnotic blend of ambient, indie classical and pastoral jazz

BIO RITMO – intense classic 70s-style psychedelic salsa

THE BIPEDS – noir Americana songwriter Curtis Eller’s macabre psychedelic band

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
At BC Studio 11/13/16
At Spectrum 11/17/16
BC 35 compilation album

BLACK CAPSULE – epic, cynical psychedelic rock and latiin-tinged soul jams

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 LESBIAN FISHERMEN – macabre psychedelic dirges

THE BLACK LILLIES – tight, smart, tuneful Americana/country jamband
At Madison Square Park 10/5/13
Hard to Please
At City Winery 2/28/18

BLACK MASALA – intense, catchy dancefloor mashups of Romany, Indian and Afrobeat grooves
I Love You Madly
Trains and Moonlight Destinies

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 STRING – towering, haunting, epic Korean psychedelic postrock band
At Flushing Town Hall 1/26/18
At Lincoln Center 1/18/19

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

BLACKBERRY SMOKE – the populist redneck rock Grateful Dead
At Terminal 5 11/14/17
At Irving Plaza 9/8/18

PHILIP BLACKBURN – darkly mesmerizing ambient soundscapes

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

BLACKWATER HOLYLIGHT – dark all-female goth/psychedelic/new wave band

THE BLAIR STRING QUARTET – a haunting  madness-inspired suite

THE JOHNATHAN BLAKE TRIO – fiery jazz with bassist Linda Oh and tenor saxophonist Chris Potter
At the Jazz Gallery 1/22/19

RAN BLAKE & DOMINIQUE EADE – iconic noir jazz piano/vocal duo

RAN BLAKE & JEANNE LEE – the most haunting jazz vocal/piano duo you ever heard

RAN BLAKE & CLAIRE RITTER – twin piano pieces from the noir icon and his inspired protegee

CARSIE BLANTON – torchy, seductive New Orleans oldtime swing jazz chanteuse
Not Old, Not New
At Mercury Lounge 2/21/17

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

KATH BLOOM – influential psychedelic dark folk songwriter

JANE IRA BLOOM – whirlwind soprano saxophonist composer/improviser

REG BLOOR – relentlessly intense noiserock/horror metal guitarist

AARON BLOUNT – haunting, atmospheric gothic folk and blues

THE BLUE DAHLIA – wildly eclectic reggae/dance/chamber pop band

BLUE OYSTER CULT – they don’t fear the reaper ‎

BOBTOWN – haunting, intense, acoustic Nashville gothic and creepy oldtime songwriting
Trouble I Wrought
A History of Ghosts
At the Brooklyn Americana Festival 9/23/17
At the American Folk Art Museum 6/29/18
At Rockwood Music Hall 6/19/19
Chasing the Sun

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

THE BODEANS – legendary, recently regrouped heartland Americana rockers

JEANNE MARIE BOES – intense, poignant, multistylistic art-rock pianist/singer

BOLLYWOOD BOULEVARD – Heena Patel’s lavish multimedia Indian music show

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
Electric Bhairavi

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

EDWIN BONILLA – superstar latin percussionist and salsa dura bandleader

BOOK OF J – surreal, haunting mashups of oldtime gospel, blues and Jewish sounds
Their first album
At Barbes 7/13/19

BORBELY MIHALY POLYGON – haunting Hungarian cimbalom instrumentals

LEILA BORDREUIL – intense improvisational avant garde cellist/composer

SAMANTHA BOSHNACK – tuneful, imaginative trumpeter, composer and big band leader
Live in Santa Monica album
At Winter Jazzfest 2020

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

YACINE BOULARES – haunting, terse Tunisian reedman/composer

THE BOURBON EXPRESS – singer/harpist Katie Brennan’s witty, clever,  classic 1960s-style honkytonk band
One Big Losin’ Streak
Cry About It Later

NANCY BRAITHWAITE – world-class clarinetist and discoverer of composer Edith Hemenway

JAIMIE BRANCH – fearless, psychedelic, adventurous improvisational trumpeter/bandleader
Fly or Die
Fly or Die II:  Bird Dogs of Paradise

THE BRANDENBURG STATE ORCHESTRA – adventurous German symphonic ensemble

LIZ BRASHER – darkly individualistic oldschool soul and garage rock

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

BRIARS OF NORTH AMERICA – sounds like acoustic Radiohead

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
Contes: Turbo Folk Stories
At Drom 1/6/17

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
Gross National Happiness

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

ALAN BROADBENT – purist jazz pianist and orchestral composer/arranger

LUCAS BRODE – eclectic guitarist with an innovative tapping style

BRODKA – popular, goth-tinged, phantasmagorical Polish chanteuse

ABRAHAM BRODY – eclectic, fearless Lithuanian folk reinventor and indie classical violinist

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

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

BROOKLYN FUNK ESSENTIALS – well-liked psychedelic dance band

THE BROOKLYN PHILHARMONIC – NYC’s most adventurous classical orchestra

THE BROOKLYN RAGA MASSIVE – who are reinventing classical Indian music
At Lincoln Center 10/20/16
Terry Riley’s In C
At Lincoln Center 2/9/18

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
At Symphony Space 2/16/18

BROOKLYN RIDER – NYC’s most eclectic, globally focused string quartet
The Brooklyn Rider Almanac
With Kinan Azmeh in Manhattan 5/6/19

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

SAM BROVERMAN – the Tom Lehrer of cabaret

THE BROWN ACID COMPILATIONS – rare proto-metal psychedelic gems
The Fifth Trip compilation
The Sixth Trip compilation

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 BRUCKNER ORCHESTRA LINZ – majestic symphony orchestra

BRUME – haunting, slow female-fronted art-rock and doom metal

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

BRYAN & THE AARDVARKS – lush, lustrous, cinematic 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

THE BUDOS BAND – dark, psychedelic Ethiopiques and Afrobeat-inspired instrumentals

BEBE BUELL – the powerpop songstress and new wave era muse

BUGS IN THE DARK – melodic noise-rock

SVJETLANA BUKVICH – dynamic, eclectic new classical and art-rock composer/keyboardist

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

BULLA EN EL BARRIO – mesmerizing Afro-Colombian trance-dance ensemble
At Drom 6/9/17 
With Emilsen Pacheco at Lincoln Center 8/24/17

THE BUMPER JACKSONS – high-energy oldtimey swing and Americana

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

MEAGHAN BURKE – darkly theatrical art-rock cellist/songwriter

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

CEDRIC BURNSIDE – individualistic, percussive Mississippi hill country blues guitarist

BURNT SUGAR – Greg Tate’s versatile, improvisational funk orchestra
At Bryant Park 9/17/11
At Lincoln Center 1/11/19

CARTER BURWELL – eclectic film composer and Coen Brothers collaborator

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
At Lincoln Center 8/6/16
At Lincoln Center 3/28/17

(LAS) CAFETERAS – catchy, upbeat, fearlessly relevant Mexican folk-punk band

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

CAROLINA CALVACHE – eclectic jazz, classical and art-song pianist and composer

JAY CAMPBELL – cutting edge classical and avant garde cellist

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

MARIA CANGIANO – eclectic Argentinian and tropical singer/bandleader
Heart of a Woman/Corazon de Mujer

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

THE CAR BOMB PARADE – fearless, funny, entertaining punk and hardcore band

CC CARANA – Lynchian retro Nashville pop and noir soul songwriting

LAURA CARBONE – psychedelic, Lynchian noir art-rock singer and guitarist

CARBONWORKS – eclectic pan-Asian-inspired art-rock

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

ENZO CARNIEL’S HOUSE OF ECHO – atmospheric, Lynchian French quartet

VIENNA CARROLL – powerful, historically informed oldtime blues and gospel

CARROUSEL  – lush, moody chamber pop and art-rock hist

BRIAN CARPENTER & THE CONFESSIONS – slinky noir rock band
At Drom 11/10/17
Folkadelphia Sessions ep

ANNE CARRERE – vivid, theatrical French singer and Piaf reinterpreter

DANIEL CARTER – veteran downtown NYC free jazz artist

RON CARTER – the iconic jazz bassist, bandleader and composer

LILIAN CARUANA – insightful photos of the 1980s NYC punk rock scene

THE CARVELS NYC – classic CBGB-era style punk and powerpop
Everything With You Is a Travesty
Life Is Not a Waiting Room

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

FONCHO CASTELLAR – high-energy Colombian cumbia and vallenato

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

FONCHO CASTELLAR – high-voltage Colombian cumbia, vallenato and merengue accordionist

CASTLE BLACK – darkly catchy, noisy female-fronted postpunk/punk/indie power trio
At Basement Bar 7/8/16
Losing Forever
Trapped Under All You Know
At the Well 8/25/17
The Gods That Adored You
Dead in a Dream

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

CAMILA CELIN – rapturous Indian sarod and guitar instrumentalist

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

CERTAIN GENERAL – legendary LES postpunk band, still going strong

SEUNGMIN CHA – mesmerizing avant garde Korean flute virtuoso

LAYALE CHAKER – haunting, kinetic Lebanese violinist and composer

THE CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER – a rotating cast of some of the world’s greatest classical musicians
At Lincoln Center 2/26/19 (Beethoven/Strauss/Dvoraik
Odyssey album

KASEY CHAMBERS – the Australian Lucinda Williams

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
Goodbye Theodora
At Webster Hall 4/26/17
What September Brings

CHANGUI MAJADERO – feral, slinky Cuban proto-salsa dance music

CHARAN-PO-RANTAN – intense, theatrical Japanese noir cabaret accordion band

CHARANGA AMERICA – legendary 1970s Bronx salsa band

BRIAN CHARETTE – distinctive, individualistic, paradigm-shifting jazz organist
Square One
At the Delancey 3/19/15
Good Tipper
Alphabet City
At Smalls 12/6/16
At Rue B 9/20/18
Beyond Borderline


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
Cautionary Tales
Spells & Rituals

(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 orchestra
Tim Kiah premiere; Moussorgsky’s Pictures At an Exhibition
Danny Gray and Michael Boyman premieres; Dvorak’s New World
Michael Boyman; Alan Hovhaness; John Luther Adams’ Become Ocean
Aaron Dai; Nielsen; Sibelius
Tim Kiah premiere; Fernande Decruck; Ravel
Courntey Bryan; Dvorak; Shostakovich

ANNIE CHEN – soulful jazz singer and ambitiously tuneful, eclectic composer/bandleader
Soundcloud tracks
At Cornelia St. Cafe 7/5/17 
Secret Treetop

CHERES FOLK ORCHESTRA – darkly bristling cimbalom-driven folk tunes

AVIVA CHERNICK – innovative mashups of haunting Ladino songs and Americana

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

CHERVEN TRAKTOR – intense, rustic, danceable Bulgarian fiddle music
At the American Folk Art Museum 3/7/14
At Golden Fest 2017
At Golden Fest 2018

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
At the Metropolitan Museum of Art 5/12/18

CHICAGO FARMER – smart, wry, lyrically-driven original acoustic country, blues and folk
Backenforth, IL
Flyover Country

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

CHICANO BATMAN – summery, organ-driven oldschool psychedelic latin soul
Cycles of Existential Rhyme
Freedom Is Free

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

At Barbes 6/24/19

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
At Barbes 7/12/16

DEEPAL CHODHARI – hypnotic, spellbinding Indian santoor player
At the Rubin Museum of Art 10/22/17
At the Rubin Museum of Art 3/29/18

THE MAUREEN CHOI QUARTET – fiery flamenco and latin string sounds
Ida y Vuelta (Round Trip)

THE CHOIR OF ST. IGNATIUS LOYOLA – one of NYC’s most ambitious choral ensembles

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

STEPHANIE CHOU – intense, individualistic Chinese-flavored jazz and art-rock
At Lincoln Center 3/8/18
At Joe’s Pub 3/29/19

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

THE CLAREMONT TRIO – eclectic classical ad 21st century chamber music eonsemble


THE CLAUDETTES – gonzo barrelhouse piano and blue-eyed soul

THE CLAUDIA QUINTET  – drummer John Hollenbeck’s cinematic smallscale ensemble

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

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

GERALD CLEAVER’S VIOLET HOUR – expansive postbop jazz sextet

THE CLEVELAND STEAMERS – dark rock veterans keep up the grim Cleveland sound

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
At Golden Fest 2017

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

ANAT COHEN – the brilliant clarinetist/big band leader/composer

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

LEONARD COHEN – he was your man

THE CECILIA COLEMAN BIG BAND – propulsive brass-fueled anthems

CHARLES COLEMAN – intense, cinematic orchestral composer/conductor

GEORGE COLEMAN – ageless, purist postbop tenor sax player

ANDREW COLLBERG – Tucson-based Beatlesque songwriter

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

PAUL COLLINS – the godfather of powerpop

JOHN COLTRANE – the godfather of postbop jazz – more or less, right?
Both Directions at Once
Blue World

THE COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY ORCHESTRA – with an amazing string section!

COMBO CHIMBITA – feral female-fronted psychedelic cumbia and tropicalia band
At Barbes 4/26/18
At Prospect Park 7/12/18
At Lincoln Center 11/26/18

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

NIALL CONNOLLY – catchy, anthemic, politially relevant Irsh rocj
At Scratcher Bar 10/6/19

DYLAN CONNOR – smart, politically aware lyrical janglerock/pop

MARA CONNOR – pensive, noir-tinged janglerock/Americana singer

GREG CONNORS – acerbically lyrical janglerock singer/guitarist

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

MIRIAN CONTI – eclectic Argentine-American classical pianist

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
Recordar: Latin American Songs of Love and Protest
Querido Mundo
At Lincoln Center 10/12/17
At Lincoln Center 1/31/19

COREYAH – spellbinding, shapeshifting, psychedelic Korean art-folk band

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

LAURA CORTESE & THE DANCE CARDS – psychedelic Americana roots music

COSMIC MONSTER – film composer Christopher Marti’s ominous, epic, psychedelic spacerock project

ROXY COSS – brilliant, tuneful, politically fearless tenor saxophonist/bandleader
Restless Idealism
The Future Is Female

CARLO COSTA – the world’s most mysterious, cinematic drummer/composer

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

COUNTERINDUCTION – violist Jessica Meyer’s edgy 21st century chamber ensemble

CHRISTINA COURTIN – thoughtful, evocative chamber pop and atmospheric sounds

SYLVIE COURVOISIER – elegant, edgy third-stream jazz pianist
At Roulette 4/19/16
Time Gone Out (with Mark Feldman)

COUSIN FOM ANOTHER PLANET – keyboardist Aaron Whitby’s psychedelic funk unit

THE CRADLE WILL ROCK – Marc Blitzstein’s corrosively cynical, 1937 pro-union musical

TOMMY CRANE – psychedelic stoner krautrock instrumentals

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
Their first album
Tell the Story Right

JONATHON CROMPTON – pensive, drifting baroque-tinged, improvisational jazz

CROOKED HORSE – intense, smart, catchy Nashville gothic and dark Americana

THE CROSSING – cutting-edge 24-piece new music chamber choir

CHRISTINA CROWDER – entertaining, brilliant klezmer accordionist

CRUEL CHILDREN – edgy, haphazardly tuneful female-fronted clang-punk duo

GLENN CRYTZER’S SAVOY 7 – clever original 40s style big band swing

CSC FUNK BAND – eclectic Afrobeat-inspired stoner funk jams

TOM CSATARI – dark, tuneful, cinematic jazz from Brooklyn’s most distinctive guitarist
Melted Candy
Twin Peaks Soundtrack Songs at Barbes 10/29/17
Uncivilized Play Twin Peaks
At Pioneer Works 8/23/18

ZACCAI & LUQUES CURTIS – smart, historically informed, high-voltage protest jazz

THE DACAPO CHAMBER PLAYERS – eclectic contemporary classical ensemble

MARTA PEREIRA DA COSTA – edgy, incisive fado guitarist and bandleader

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
No Man’s Land

DAKH DAUGHTERS – the Ukrainian Dresden Dolls or Rasputina

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

DANCING CRANE ENSEMBLE  – dynamic instrumental and choral Georgian folksongs

VASCO DANTAS – brilliant, insightful classical pianist and champion of rare repertoire

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

DARK BEASTS – Brooklyn’s most talented, relevant children’s band
At the Gatehouse 3/27/18
At the Gatehouse 7/16/18

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

THE DARK ELEMENT – grand gugnol Nordic pop-metal

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

THORNETTA DAVIS – Detroit’s eclectic, soulful “Queen of the Blues”

STEVE DAWSON & FUNERAL BONSAI WEDDING – elegant, sweeping, string-driven chamber pop

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

EDUARDO DE CARVALHO – eclectic Brazilian tango/tropicalia accordionist

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

THE DEAD COMPOSERS CLUB – Noah Preminger and Rob Garcia’s jazz reinventions of classical works

THE DEAD KENNEDYS – the greatest American band ever

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

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

DEADWAKE – volcanic, cinematic art-rock/metal band

MICHAEL DEASE – tuneful, ambitiously eclectic jazz trombonist

THE DEATH WHEELERS – dark, metalish horror surf and biker instrumentals

DEATHPROD – dark, minimalist, cinematic avant-industrial band

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
At Lincoln Center 11/3/16

THAD DEBROCK – eclectic virtuoso rock guitarist

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

DECORA – hard-hitting conscious hip-hop with an excellent live psychedelic band

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
Midnight in Havana
Shadow Land

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

DELGRES – hypnotic, hard-hitting Guadeloupian/New Orleans blues band
At Lincoln Center 7/5/18
Mo Jodi

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

OLIVIA DE PRATO – first violinist for the adventurous Mivos Quartet
At 1 Rivington St. 3/13/18

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

DALTON DESCHAIN & THE TRAVELING SHOW – lyrical powerpop and circus rock

DESERT FLOWER – intense, female-fronted, twin guitar-driven heavy psychedelic band
At Paperbox 11/8/15
Their debut ep
At Sidewalk 4/15/16

DESERT FOXX – darkly cinematic, explosive postrock

DEBRA DEVI – fiery female-fronted power trio/jamband
At Bowery Electric 7/18/12
A Zillion Stars Overhead

DEBRA DEVI – that band’s powerhouse guitarist

DORIAN DEVINS – coolly enigmatic jazz chanteuse, clever lyricist and bandleader
The Procrastinator
Imaginary Release 

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

DEVOTCHKA – the popular, circusy stadium rock band

NINA DIAZ – intense noir 80s-style new wave and cabaret-inflected rock

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

ZOSHA DI CASTRI – intense, smartly relevant, adventurous 21st century composer and pianist

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 Subliminal and the Sublime

THE DIPLOMATS OF SOLID SOUND – one of the world’s greatest retro 60s soul bands

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
Not Me

THE DITHER GUITAR QUARTET – hard-hitting avant garde ensemble

THE DIVA JAZZ ORCHESTRA – allstar all-female jazz big band

DIVAHN – exhilarating Iranian, Jewish and Arabic mostly-female acoustic jamband

AKUA DIXON – one of the world’s great jazz cellists

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

DOBRANOTCH – wild original Russian klezmer band

DOCTOR NATIVO – politically-fueled Guatemalan psychedelic cumbia and reggae
At Lincoln Center 9/13/18

THE DOG SOCIETY – Brooklyn’s answer to Oasis

THE DOGGY CATS – fun, upbeat original 20s-style hot jazz

DOLLSHOT – gorgeously creepy, enigmatic art-song and new wave

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
At the American Folk Art Museum 11/4/16
At Trans-Pecos 11/15/17
At Barbes 3/12/20

CHANO DOMINGUEZ – majestic, intense flamenco jazz pianist

DAVID DOMINIQUE – clever, playful jazz composer and flugabonist

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

DOOMSTRESS – elegantly ferocious female-fronted doom metal band

DOROTA – noisy noir punk surf jazz from Hungary

DOS SANTOS ANTI-BEAT ORQUESTA – wild, dub-influenced psychedelic cumbia

DAVE DOUGLAS – the esteemed, tuneful Americana-inspired jazz trumpeter/bandleader
At the New School 6/30/17
At Jazz at Lincoln Center 2/24/18

HILARY DOWNES – intense, sharply literate art-rock tunesmith

LARA DOWNES – amazingly eclectic, socially aware classical and jazz pianist

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
At Prospect Park 6/29/17

DAWN DRAKE & ZAPOTE – psychedelic Afrobeat, tropicalia and hard funk

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 EATERS – opiated Julee Cruise-style cinematic new wave 

THE DREAM SYNDICATE – Steve Wynn’s legendary, mega-influential 80s paisley underground/noiserock band
Live on KEXP 2015
How Did I Find Myself Here
At the Hoboken Arts & Music Festival 2018
These Times
The Universe Inside

LARA DRISCOLL – purposeful, intense, smart jazz pianist

THE DRIVERX SOUNDTRACK -Lili Haydn and Marvin Etzioni’s eclectic film score

DRUM & LACE – film composer Sofia Hultquist’s bracing, verdant new classical music project

DRUNKEN FOREIGNER BAND – twisted, psychedelic Thai-inspired jamband
White Man’s Disease
Live ep

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

RYAN DUGRE – pensive, catchy pastoral guitar jazz

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

SHAYNA DULBERGER – imaginative free jazz bassist

DUO TANDEM – imaginatively eclectic duo guitar mashups of Middle Eastern, Romany and baroque sounds

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

DUSTLIGHTS – catchy, trippy, cinematic downtempo/trip-hop instrumentals

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

EARNEST GALLOWS – tight, purposeful, anthemic metal trio

EARTH WIND & FIRE – you know who they are

THE EAST-WEST TRIO – haunting Armenian music for organ, duduk and voice

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

RICHARD EGARR – the Academy of Ancient Music’s fearless leader and harpsichordist

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

EIDETIC SEEING – unpredictable, darkly intense psychedelic power trio

THE EIGHT CYLINDER BIGBAND – funky B3 organ-driven large jazz ensemble

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

YOUSSRA EL HAWARY – cynical Arabic political anthems and noir psychedelia

HAMID EL KASRI – powerful, charismatic Moroccan sintirist and gnawa master

EL PUEBLO – eclectic psychedelic dub reggae jams

NADAH EL SHALY – adventurous, jazz-influenced Egyptian oud improviser

ELENA AND BOO – Americana rockers’ Demolition String Band’s brain trust

ELECTRIC CITIZEN – slashing female-fronted heavy psychedelic band

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

ELECTRIC KULINTANG – drummer Susie Ibarra’s rippling Philippine bell orchestra


THE ELECTRIC MESS – scorching, guitar-driven original psychedelic garage punk
House on Fire
The Beast Is You

ELECTRIC YOUTH – haunting Lynchian film noir soundtracks

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

ELIKEH – hypnotic, funky, politically aware Afrobeat band

ELIZA & THE ORGANIX – edgy punk-influenced funk and dance music

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

JULIO ELIZALDE – eclectic classical piano virtuoso

ELJURI – fiery female-fronted politically relevant latin rock power tiro
La Lucha
At Drom 9/20/17

ELLA ATLAS – haunting, cinematic, Lynchian new wave rock

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

MELISSA ELLEDGE – brilliant, darkly playful accordionist

ELLEN SIBERIAN TIGER – uneasily eclectic, shapeshifting art-rock/chamber-pop/Americana band

CURTIS ELLER – intense, darkly lyrical, historically informed folk noir songwriter
How to Make It in Hollywood
Baudelaire in a Box
A Poison Melody

MOPPA ELLIOTT – the world’s funniest jazz composer and bassist

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

JOHN ELLIS – ubiquitously first-class saxophonist and noir jazz composer

AMIR ELSAFFAR – intense Middle Eastern jazz composer/multi-instrumentalist
At Lincoln Center 4/16/15
At Fridman Gallery 1/9/17
Not Two
At Liberty Plaza 6/16/17
At Lincoln Center 9/8/17
At NYU Skirball Center 2/10/18
With the Lutoslawski Quartet at Lincoln Center 9/26/19

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

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

ELYSIAN FIELDS – haunting, darkly lyrical, fearlessly political art-rock band

EMEFE – catchy psychedelic funk and Afrobeat grooves

EMPYREAN ATLAS – lush, enveloping, pointillistic postrock

THE ENDANGERED QUARTET – veteran NYC noir jazz talent expand their dark sound

CLARA ENGEL – haunting gothic Americana songwriter from Toronto

ENSEMBLE BASIANI – otherworldly choral themes from the Republic of Georgia

ENSEMBLE CORRESPONDANCES – French early music chamber and vocal group

ENSEMBLE ET AL – catchy, hypnotic four-piece downtempo/trip-hop/indie classical percussion ensemble
At the Indonesian Consulate 6/21/14
The Slow Reveal

ENSEMBLE L’AURA SOAVE – Italian early music group

ENSEMBLE MIK NAWOOJ – orchestral versions of hip-hop classics

ENSEMBLE MISE-EN – one of New York’s most intrepid indie classical groups
At the Cell Theatre 6/27/18 (Klaus Huber) 
At Scandinavia House 6/30/19: (Quintero/Chun/Barratt-doe/Loridan)

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

ALICIA ENSTROM – eclectic violin-driven loopmusic and chamber pop

NOMI EPSTEIN – hauntingly minimalistic pianist/21st century composer

LA EQUIDISTANCIA – uneasy ambient soundscapes

MEHMET ERDEM – intense, powerful Turkish rock crooner/bandleader

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 (Missy Mazzoli)
At the Jewish Museum 2/2i8/19 (Julia Wolfe)

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

ORRIN EVANS – smart, hard-hitting, eclectic postbop jazz pianist/composer

EVEREST – atmospheric, trippy, anthemic psychedelic rock

LARA EWEN – darkly intense acoustic Americana, folk noir, country and soul songs
Ghosts & Gasoline
The Wishing Stone Songs
At Hell Phone 5/1/16
At Scratcher Bar 10/6/19

EXPLODED VIEW – loopy, hypnotic late 70s style postrock and no wave

EXTRA CLASSIC – modern roots reggae and dub

CAROLINA EYCK – atmospheric singer/theremin player