Music Index F-L

FABLE CRY – darkly carnivalesque, scampering, Americana and Celtic-infused circus rock
We’ll Show You Where the Monsters Are
At Fat Baby 4/2/16

MARY FAHL – lush and austere British folk and art-rock sounds from the October Project founder

FAITH – innovative, slinky, psychedelic roots reggae, dub and reggae-rock grooves

TIKEN JAH FAKOLY– politically aware, anthemic African roots reggae

THE FALSE ALARMS – high-energy, amusing post-Jesus & Mary Chain garage punk rock

FALU’S BOLLYWOOD ORCHESTRA – exhilarating, sweeping Indian film songs from the past 50 years

THE FAMILY CREST – catchy, upbeat, sometimes carnivalesque chamber pop

RIMA FAND – intense, eclectic Balkan/Middle Eastern/Appalachian violinist/composer

FANFARAI – slinky, danceable brass band mashups of North African and Balian dance music

FANFARE CIOCARLIA – explosive gypsy brass band from Romania
Live 2009 and Balkan Brass Battle albums
Devil’s Tale (with Adrian Raso)
At Globalfest 2014

DOMINICK FARINACCI – versatile jazz trumpeter

THE FASCINATORS – wryly clever, torch female-fronted original oldtimey swing band

FEEDEL BAND – hypnotic, edgy Ethiopiques dancehall grooves and oldschool hard funk

LEE FELDMAN – eclectic, brilliant art-rock/classical/jazz pianist-songsmith

LA FEMME – creepy French surf-rock/new wave/dub band
Psycho Tropical Berlin
At Central Park Summerstage 6/21/16
Mystere 

FENDIKA – upbeat Ethiopian krar harp dance band

THE ALAN FERBER NONET – lush, cutting-edge, cinematically tuneful big band jazz

POLLY FERMAN – brilliant tango pianist and bandleader

FEVER THE GHOST – playful, artfully arranged newschool psychedelia and glamrock

THE FIGGS – legendary powerpop rockers from the 90s, still going strong

FIGLI DI MADRE IGNOTA – the hilarious, lyrically brilliant Italian Gogol Bordello

HONOR FINNEGAN – torchy, hilarious and harrowing ukulele swing/soul/Celtic rock chanteuse

FIRESHIPS – fearlessly populist, brilliantly lyrical Americana rock and chamber pop

JESSE FISCHER & SOUL CYCLE – original psychedelic funk and jazz

FIZZ – charming and menacing folk noir from songwriters Liz Tormes and Fiona McBain

THE FLAMIN’ GROOVIES – you gotta know them, right? You know, the powerpop/garage rock icons?

LESLEY FLANIGAN – hypnotic, nuanced sound sculptor, singer and instrument inventor
Hedera
At National Sawdust 4/1/16

THE FLATLANDERS – arguably the very first alt-country band

PAM FLEMING’S DEAD ZOMBIE BAND – the creepy, first-ever album of Halloween jazz

THE FLESHTONES – the legendary second-wave garage rock and powerpop band

THE FRANK FLIGHT BAND – haunting, colossally epic mid-70s style art-rock and psychedelia
Remains
Outrunning the Sun and The Sun Will Shine on You
The Usual Curse

FLOGGING MOLLY – the well-loved, punk-flavored Irish band

FLOWERS – soaring singer Rachel Kenedy’s catchy, dynamically jangly Britpop/new wave band
Do What You Want To, It’s What You Should Do
At Cake Shop 10/26/14

FLY GOLDEN EAGLE – catchy, cinematic late 60s style psychedelic rock and stoner soul grooves

ELISA FLYNN – smart, intense, historically informed indie rock chanteuse
19th Century Songs
At Zirzamin 8/5/12
My Henry Lee

FOGHORN STRINGBAND – high-voltage oldschool bluegrass from Oregon
Outshine the Sun
Devil in the Seat

ELLEN FOLEY – the legendary Clash collaborator, now singing catchy Americana rock

TIM FOLJAHN – creepy, apocalyptic psychedelic art-rock songs
Songs For an Age of Extinction
Fucking Love Songs

THE ANNIE FORD BAND – intense noir Americana, retro soul, bluegrass and rockabilly

SALLIE FORD & THE SOUND OUTSIDE – dark Link Wray-influenced oldschool soul and garage rock
Untamed Beast
At Pier 84 7/11/13

FORRO IN THE DARK – psychedelic rock mashed up with rustic Brazilian rainforest folk

NOA FORT – moody, intense art-rock/chamber pop/jazz/neoromantic pianist/chanteuse/composer

JEFFREY DEAN FOSTER – powerpop and southern janglerock cult favorite, still going strong

JEFFREY FOUCAULT – dark, pensive, potently lyrical Americana rock

FOUNDERS – elegant, shapeshifting, string-and-piano-fueled art-rock

THE 4TH WARD AFRO-KLEZMER ORCHESTRA – sizzling horn-driven dance band from Atlanta

THE DANNY FOX TRIO – lyrical, sardonic, eclectically tuneful piano jazz

AVI FOX-ROSEN – cleverly lyrical, eclectic rock songwriter who released an album a month in 2013
January 2013 album
February-June 2013 albums
July-August albums
September-October albums
November-December albums
At Rock Shop 1/9/13

THE FOXX – dark, intense female-fronted 1978 CBGB style powerpop/art-rock/glamrock band

FRANKENPINE – dark, haunting original bluegrass, Appalachian and oldtime folk sounds

JOEL FREDERIKSEN & ENSEMBLE PHOENIX MUNICH – dark, classically-tinged Nick Drake covers

DORI FREEMAN – purist, lyrical Nashville gothic and Americana songwriter

ERIK FRIEDLANDER – eclectic, intense. cinematic jazz/avant garde cellist/composer

FROGBELLY & SYMPHONY – surrealistically lyrical, apocalyptic psychedelic circus rock

LILY FROST – eclectic, edgy art-rock, chamber pop and jaunty oldtime swing flavored songs
Do What You Love
At Zirzamin 2/17/13

THE SATOKO FUJII ORCHESTRA NEW YORK – brilliant, socially aware, improvisational big band jazz

THE FUNK ARK – powerful, anthemic, Ethiopian-flavored Afrobeat funk jams

FUNK PTERODACTYL – psychedelic dance grooves and trippy boudoir soul

PETE GALUB – smart, sonically luscious guitar-driven art-rock and powerpop
Candy Tears
At Littlefield 4/27/13

GAMELAN KUSUMA LARAS – elegant, hypnotic Javanese gamelan orchestra

PHIL GAMMAGE –  brooding baritone singer and Certain General lead guitarist

ROB GARCIA – brilliantly tuneful jazz drummer/composer/lyricist

JACCO GARDNER – period-perfect, surreal, retro 60s psychedelic chamber pop
Cabinet of Curiosities
At South Street Seaport 8/15/14

THE GARIFUNA COLLECTIVE – catchy, moody tropical music from Belize and Honduras

RACHELLE GARNIEZ – brilliant, charismatic singer, accordionist/multi-instrumentalist and noir songwriter
At Small Beast at the Delancey 8/16/11
At Barbes 12/1/11
Sad Dead Alive Happy
At Barbes 3/7/13
At Joe’s Pub 5/14/15
At Pangea 8/24/15
At Barbes 9/3/15
At Pangea 12/7/15
Who’s Counting

JIVAN GASPARYAN – legendary octogenarian virtuoso of the moody, low-register Armenian duduk

GATO LOCO – slinky, intense, crescendoing psycho mambo and film noir soundtrack grooves
At Barbes 7/10/15
At Joe’s Pub 1/29/16
At Barbes 6/2/16
At Brooklyn Bowl 7/19/16

MIWA GEMINI – uneasily jangly southwestern gothic, garage rock, psychedelic pop and surreal swing

DIANE GENTILE – powerful alto singer and lyrical new wave rock bandleader

GRETA GERTLER – keyboard-based art-rock

THE GHETTO BROTHERS – legendary South Bronx latin soul from 1972, recently reissued

THE GHOST TRAIN ORCHESTRA – trumpeter Brian Carpenter’s sizzling hot 20s swing band

GHOSTS IN THE OCEAN – chanteuse Carol Lipnik and pianist Matt Kanelos’ haunting art-rock band

FLORENT GHYS – hypnotically precise, sometimes atmospheric solo bass loop music

THE GIBSON BROTHERS – state-of-the-art, high-energy traditional bluegrass

FRED GILLEN JR. – catchy, lyrically-driven, politically insightful Americana rock

THE PEDRO GIRAUDO BIG BAND – lush, intense pan-latin large jazz ensemble

GIRL TEARS – hard-hitting, wickedly catchy, short punk rock songs

GIRLS GUNS AND GLORY – high-energy powerpop with a country twang, and Hank Williams covers
Sweet Nothings
Hank Williams live cover album

GIRLS ON GRASS – jangly, catchy twin-guitar paisley underground psychedelia

GLAMOURTANGO – pianist Polly Ferman’s electrifying ensemble that builds on the tradition of women in tango

THE GLASS HOUSE ENSEMBLE – haunting, intense Hungarian/American klezmer jamband/string ensemble
At Drom 5/23/14
Live in Hungary
At the Skirball Center 6/17/15

GOBLIN REBIRTH – the second coming of the legendary Italian cinematic art-rock instrumentalists

GODDESS – haunting, theatrical art-rock/psychedelia
Mind Control
Paradise
Live in Brooklyn 6/6/15
Secret Brooklyn show 6/6/16

THE GO-GO’s – they got the beat

BEN GOLDBERG – multi-clarinetist with a noir cinematic/punk jazz streak

SHARON GOLDMAN – smart, catchy, sometimes amusing lyrical acoustic pop tunesmith
Three Sun Songs
Live in Brooklyn 3/24/12
Silent Lessons
Live in Manhattan 8/15/14
At Caffe Vivaldi 2/23/16
Kol Isha

GOLDMUND – Civil War-era folk songs done as surreal, ambient film music

GOLEM – wild, intense, darkly sardonic klezmer/Romany punk and circus rock

GOOD ENGLISH – three sisters make dark garage rock; the drummer’s misguided leniency plea in support of a rapist went viral and in retrospect, reviewing the band’s album was a mistake

KATAYOUN GOUDARZI & SHUJAAT KHAN – magically epic, innovative Persian/Indian sounds

THE GOWANUS ARTS ENSEMBLE – rare 19th century American chamber music

DARIA GRACE & THE PRE-WAR PONIES – charming, balmy, classic and obscure ukulele swing tunes
At Rodeo Bar 8/19/11
Get Out Under the Moon

JACK GRACE – the Martini Cowboy – brooding southwestern gothic and boisterous oldschool C&W tunes

THE GRASPING STRAWS – intense, noisy, blues-fueled female-fronted indie rock guitar band
Their debut album
At Mercury Lounge 6/30/15
At Mercury Lounge 8/23/16

GREASY HEARTS – high-energy garage rock tinged with metal and vintage soul

GREEK JUDAS – wild, psychedelic, metal-infused versions of classic Greek underground music from the 30s
At Barbes 8/20/15
At Barbes 1/31/16
At Barbes 4/28/16

THE GREENWICH VILLAGE ORCHESTRA – New York’s edgy, exciting downtown orchestra
Wagner; Bruch; Beethoven
Kachaturian: Sabre Dance and Violin Concerto; Brahms: Symphony No. 3
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 9; Tschaikovsky: Symphony No. 5
Barber: Adagio and Violin Concerto; Prokofiv: Symphony No. 5
Copland; Ginastera; Piazzolla; Rimsky-Koraskov
Beethoven and Elgar
Griffes, Schumann and Sibelius
Verdi, Mahler and Richard Strauss
Sibelius & Grieg
Mozart; Bruch; Mendelssohn
All-Dvorak Program
Prokofiev and Rachmaninoff

MATTHEW GRIMM – ferociously funny, politically-charged Americana rock and powerpop
Songs in the Key of Your Face
At Rodeo Bar 9/13/13

GRINGO STAR – catchy, reverb-drenched retro 60s psychedelia and garage rock
Floating Out to See
The Sides & In Between

GROUNDATION – the well-loved, smart, politically aware roots reggae band

DAVID GRUBBS – intense, atmospheric, cinematic, Indian-influenced guitar instrumentals

GUESS & CHECK – catchy, smartly lyrical female-fronted janglerock and indie pop

GUIDED BY VOICES – you know them
The Bears for Lunch
English Little League
Cool Planet

RICHARD HAGOPIAN – brilliant Armenian-American oud virtuoso

HASSAN HAKMOUN – the eclectically funky Moroccan sintir lute virtuoso/bandleader

HALEY BOWERY & THE MANIMALS – entertaining, charismatic nuevo-glamrock singer
At Webster Hall 6/23/12
Born Strange

HALF DAY – catchy, bitingly sardonic Brooklyn postpunk band with echoes of Wire and the Smiths

JENNIFER HALL – smart, distinctive , intense art-rock/soul singer/bandleader

MARCELLUS HALL – devastatingly funny, catchy Americana rock

HALLE & THE JILT – original, eclectic, sultry female-fronted 0ldschool soul/funk band

NATHAN HALPERN – eclectic noir film composer

JULIA HALTIGAN – torchy, intense, powerful noir retro rocker
At Make Music NY 2012
Live 10/2/12
At le Poisson Rouge 11/21/15

MARY HALVORSON – arguably this era’s most individualistic, interesting jazz guitarist
At Trans-Pecos 10/8/14 – with Jessica Pavone
Meltframe

TIGRAN HAMASYAN – pensive, anthemic Armenian-flavored art-rock instrumentals

THE HANDSOME FAMILY – higly regarded, influential noir folk/Nashville gothic duo
Wilderness
At the Slipper Room 6/27/13
Unseen

HANNAH VS. THE MANY – menacing, lyrically-charged dark powerpop and art-rock
All Our Heroes Drank Here
At Webster Hall 6/23/12
Ghost Stories
At Cake Shop 11/14/13
At Pine Box Rock Shop 2/20/16

HARMONIA – intense Cleveland band playing rustic Balkan and gypsy music

ODETTA HARTMAN – catchy, eclectic psychedelic folk/Americana banjo player/songwriter

EMMYLOU HARRIS – you know who she is, right?

THE MEKAAL HASAN BAND – fiery female-fronted Indo-Pakistani psychedelic metal band

A HAWK & A HACKSAW – violin-driven gypsy music

ROY HAYNES – the unstoppable, eternally youthful nonagenarian jazz drummer/bandleader

JUSTIN HAYWARD – the Moody Blues’ iconic guitarist and frontman

MIHO HAZAMA & M-UNIT – lavish, intense, sometimes savagely witty state-of-the-art big band jazz

THE HEAPS – tuneful post-Joy Division noiserock band

HEARING THINGS – darkly psychedelic keyboard-driven surf rock instrumentals

HEATERS – lush, enveloping, sweeping psychedelic rock anthems

HEAVEN’S GATE – swirling 80s style dreampop with a hard guitar-fueled edge

HEE HAWK – catchy, vivid, often creepy new Americana/noir/oldtime flavored jazz

HEM – the well-loved Americana/art-rock/chamber pop band
Departure & Farewell
At Bowery Ballroom 5/4/13

LILY HENLEY – high-energy, intense, eclectic Americana/Middle Eastern/Sephardic violinist

THE HENRY GIRLS – charming, distinctive three-sister harmony band playing Irish Americana

JESSICA HERNANDEZ & THE DELTAS – intense noir retro soul bandleader from Detroit
Live at the Magic Bag
Demons

HEROES OF TOOLIK – hypnotic, darkly minimalist postpunk and psychedelia

FRED HERSCH – the iconic lyrical jazz pianist/composer

THE MATT HERSKOWITZ TRIO – improvisational jazz on classical themes

TAMARA HEY – one of New York’s great voices, and a strong powerpop/folk-pop songwriter
Miserably Happy
At Rockwood Music Hall 2014-15

THE HI GRADE GANJA ANTHEMS 4 ANTHOLOGY – stoner reggae joints from across the decades

CHRIS HICKEY – darkly lyrical, politically-charged lo-fi acoustic rock and powerpop

IAN HOBSON – intuitive virtuoso classical and indie classical pianist

HIGH HOPES BAND – deep, period-perfect classic roots reggae and dub grooves

HIGH WAISTED – imaginative blend of 60s noir rock, girlgroup pop and dark surf rock

HILKA – austere, rustic, energetic choir singing ancient folk music from the Chernobyl region

THE HILLBENDERS –  a droll, tongue-in-cheek, actually very cool newgrass cover of the Who’s Tommy album

JOHN HODEL  the Bukowski of the NYC acoustic scene

ROBIN HOFFMAN (art exhibit) – an artist documenting NYC’s oldtime music scene

KRISTIN HOFFMANN – haunting, pensive piano-based chamber pop and art-rock
The Human Compass
Unfolding Secrets Live in NYC 10/10/13z
At Caffe Vivaldi 12/5/14

DENISE MEI YAN HOFMANN – meticulous, intense indie classical guitarist/composer
At Spectrum 10/12/14
At Mannes College of Music 5/8/16

HEATHER HOLLOWAY & THE HEEBIE JEEBIES – enigmatically Lynchian swing jazz/torch song band

THE HOLLOWS – weird psychedelic Americana

HOLLY GOLIGHTLY & THE BROKEOFFS – swampy, edgy, lo-fi electric country blues and C&W
Sunday Run Me Over
It’s Her Fault

BEN HOLMES – eclectic, darkly soulful Balkan jazz trumpeter/composer/bandleader
Gold Dust
The Conqueror Worm Suite (with Patrick Farrell)

HOLY GHOST TENT REVIVAL – high-energy, hard-rocking oldtime-style swing tunes

THE HONEYCUTTERS – smart, socially aware, lyrically-driven oldschool-style female-fronted honkytonk

DANIEL HOPE – acclaimed classical violinist and film music maven

THE HOT CLUB OF COWTOWN – virtuoso western swing and Romany guitar jazz

THE HOT SARDINES – elegant, cosmopolitan female-fronted swing jazz band
At Littlefield 2/20/14
At Central Park Summerstage 6/18/16

HOTEL ELEFANT – multistylistic, smart, politically and historically aware indie classical ensemble

CHRISTOPHER HOULIHAN – entertaining, talented classical organist and Louis Vierne advocate

HOUSE OF WATERS – hypnotic, psychedelic, groove-driven dulcimer instrumental band
Live in Brooklyn 1/18/13
Revolution

THE HOWLIN BROTHERS – amazingly talented oldtime Americana/bluegrass/blues band
The Sun Studio Session
At City Winery 7/1/14

HUBBLE – guitarist Ben Greenberg’s swirling, intense art-rock/atmospheric instrumental project

HUDSON K – catchy, artsy piano-based chamber pop, art-rock, noir cabaret and darkwave
Shine
At the Delancey 11/21/13

KAREN HUDSON – matter-of-fact, elegant country-rock songwriter
Sonic Bloom
At the American Folk Art Museum 10/11/13

THE STEVE HUDSON CHAMBER ENSEMBLE –  chamber pop instrumentals

MARIKA HUGHES – meticulously arranged, eclectic cello rock, chamber pop, soul and Americana

HUMANWINE – the Balkan/circus rock equivalent of the Clash or the Dead Kennedys

THE HUNGARIAN NOIR COMPILATION – many different versions of the iconic Gloomy Sunday

HUNGRYTOWN – classic dark American folk music with psychedelic pop touches
Any Forgotten Thing
Further West

IAN HUNTER – the legendary cynical tunesmith, still going strong

ROMAN HURKO – modern Ukrainian choral music

THE HUSSY – irrepressibly fun punk, garage and stoner rock from Wisconsin
Weed Seizure
Pagan Hiss

HYDRA – the haunting all-female Balkan/Romany trio of Sarah Small, Rima Fand and Yula Beeri
At Joe’s Pub 9/3/14
At Joe’s Pub 8/4/16

ICEBREAKER – a lush indie classical arrangement of a Brian Eno ambient classic

ICHKA – fiery klezmer band from Montreal
Live in New York 3/4/14
Podorozh

THE ICP ORCHESTRA – legendary, improvisational, satirical Dutch large jazz ensemble

IFRIKYA SPIRIT – a catchy mix of gnawa, Afrobeat, psychedelic funk and Middle Eastern sounds

IHTIMANSKA – haunting, otherworldly, energetic Turkish folk music duo from Montreal

IMHARHAN and TARTIT –  electric Malian desert blues and their acoustic roots
At Lincoln Center 7/31/13
Akal Warled (Alien Land)

THE IMMIGRANT UNION – lusciously jangly, Church-inspired Australian psychedelic pop

THE INFAMOUS STRINGDUSTERS – wildly popular state-of-the-art newgrass jamband

INGRID & THE DEFECTORS – catchy punk, garage rock and powerpop with Farfisa organ

MIKKO INNANEN & INNKVISITIO – Finnish jazz improvisation

INSECT ARK – bassist Dana Schechter’s haunting, atmospheric, grimly cinematic instrumental project

INSIGHT CONCERTS – symphonic music performed with the audience seated within the orchestra

PAT IRWIN – darkly atmospheric ex-B-52s and Raybeats guitarist and film composer

ISLE OF KLEZBOS – wild, eclectic, fiery original and obscure klezmer, latin and jazz songs
Live in Brooklyn album
At Bryant Park 5/27/14
At the 12th Street Garden 6/30/14

ISRA-ALIEN – fun, upbeat Israeli folk, gypsy jazz, klezmer and Middle Eastern acoustic guitar instrumentals

ISRAEL VIBRATION – the legendary roots reggae band

Itsnotyouitsme – guitarist Grey McMurray and violinist Caleb Burhans’ ambient loopmusic project

VIJAY IYER – one of the world’s great jazz pianists of the 21st century

DAVID J – the Bauhaus bassist and intense noir songwriter/crooner/playwright

JENIFER JACKSON – emotionally intense, jazzy psychedelic pop and Americana songcraft
The Day Happiness Found Me
At Rockwood Music Hall 11/18/11
TX Sunrise
At Rockwood Music Hall 7/21/14
Manhattan house concert 10/1/15
Cloud Ten

JAGGED LEAVES – harrowingly lyrical, intense folk noir/janglerock band

JAH WOBBLE & KEITH LEVENE – the core of classic-era Public Image Ltd. brilliantly reunited

JAH9 – a star in Jamaica, she’s one of the few woman bandleaders in roots reggae

JAIL WEDDINGS – haunting noir Americana/circus rock/art-rock band

ELANA JAMES – the Hot Club of Cowtown’s fiery, incandescent fiddler and singer

SUSAN JAMES – edgy, terse, lushly gorgeous alt-country and chamber pop

CARLY JAMISON – catchy four-on-the-floor highway rock and powerpop

JANEL & ANTHONY – sweeping, darkly cinematic, often noirish guitar/cello instrumentals

THE JAPONIZE ELEPHANTS – surreal, intense, ornately orchestrated gypsy/steampunk rock

JEONG GA AK HOE – soaring, intense, theatrical improvisational Korean pansori and traditional ensemble

JESUS ON THE MAINLINE – catchy, anthemic, mammoth 16-piece gospel/soul/rock jamband

DUSAN JEVTOVIC – snarling instrumental noiserock with metal and jazz tinges

EILEN JEWELL – torchy, lurid southwestern gothic rock, soul and oldschool country songs
Queen of the Minor Key
At City Winery 7/9/13

OCHION JEWELL – stark, spare, often haunting tenor saxophonist/composer
Volk
At Cornelia Street Cafe 8/23/15

THE JITTERBUG VIPERS – sly, torchy, female-fronted oldtime stoner swing jazz

ALEXANDRA JOAN – intuitive, eclectic rising star classical pianist

JP JOFRE & THE ATTACCA STRING QUARTET – lush, intense original and classic tango

JOHANN JOHANNSSON – prolific, popular film and indie classical composer

JOHN BROWN’S BODY – well-loved veteran roots reggae band

JOHN-SEVERIN & THE QUIET 1S – smart, catchy, hard-hitting Brooklyn What powerpop side project

JEANNE JOLLY – eclectic, powerful North Carolina Americana chanteuse
Angels
At Drom 12/13/13

JONES BEACH – catchy classic Ventures-style surf rock instrumentals

THE JONES FAMILY SINGERS – high-energy Texas gospel/funk/soul party band
The Spirit Speaks
At Lincoln Center 7/30/14

SHARON JONES & THE DAP-KINGS – you know who they are…right?

SERENA JOST –  elegant multi-instrumentalist art-rock bandleader/chanteuse
Live at Barbes
A Bird Will Sing

JOY KILLS SORROW – catchy, eclectic bluegrass and oldtime swing-influenced acoustic pop

JUANECO Y SU COMBO – wild Peruvian psychedelic cumbia/surf rock legends

JUNIORE – haunting, brilliantly lyrical retro noir French psychedelic rock

JEREMY JUSTESON – indie classical saxophonist

PATRICIA KAAS – popular French cabaret/art-rock/chamber pop singer

KAGERO – smart, wryly funny, mostly acoustic gypsy punk and oldtime swing

DANIEL KAHN & THE PAINTED BIRD – powerful, intense, politically aware klezmer songwriter
At Central Park Summerstage
At Lincoln Center

KAIA KATER – pensive, period-perfect old school bluegrass and new acoustic Americana

KAIVAMA – gorgeous, rustic traditional Finnish fiddle music

KALASCIMA – psychedelic Italian tarantella trance dancefloor grooves

KAYHAN KALHOR – the intense Iranian composer and master of the otherworldly kamancheh fidddle

KAYHAN KALHOR & ALI BAHRAMI FARD – haunting, elegaic modern Persian classical music

KAMIKAZE GROUND CREW – the legendary 80s cinematic circus jazz supergroup

MATT KANELOS – dark, lyrical, slowly unwinding  psychedelic art-rock

ROSALIE KAPLAN – the adventurous, mysterious, crystalline-voiced frontwoman of avant garde/chamber pop band Dollshot

KARAVIKA – innovative, eclectic instrumentals that blend Indian classical and carnatic music with newgrass

KAREN & THE SORROWS – edgy country band that sets ghost stories to music

KARIKATURA – smart, socially aware latin and gypsy rock, reggae and ska
Departures ep
Live in Brooklyn 1/18/13
Eyes Wide album

KARTHALA 72 – creepy psychedelic Afrobeat jams

CHARLENE KAYE – artsy eclectic powerpop/dance-funk songwriter
At Rockwood Music Hall 9/20/11
At Mercury Lounge 10/9/13

MATT KEATING – powerful, darkly lyrical Americana-soul songwriter
Wrong Way Home
At Bowery Electric 11/11/14
This Perfect Crime
At Hifi Bar 4/23/15

THE RYAN KEBERLE LIVING LEGACY BIG BAND – classic big band jazz played by an all-star lineup

GRACE KELLY – smart, charming saxophonist/country torch singer

JOHN KELLY – legendary performance artist, songwriter and classical singer

MAMADOU KELLY – Ali Farka Toure’s former guitarist leads a brilliant Malian desert blues band

PETE KENNEDY – art-folk duo the Kennedys’ brilliant lead guitarist and songwriter

THE KENNEDYS – Pete and Maura Kennedys’ iconic folk-rock band

JULIA KENT – stark, riveting, hypnotic indie classical cello themes

THE KEPLER QUARTET – stunningly intense microtonal string quartet

SEAN KERSHAW – snarling, sardonic, intense Nashville gothic, ghoulabilly and desert rock

SETH KESSEL & THE 2 CENT BAND – clever, high-energy, original oldtime swing jazz

SARI KESSLER – original, nuanced, purist jazz singer with a great combo

ELI KESZLER – intense low-register avant-garde compositions

MARCEL KHALIFE – the iconic Lebanese oudist and Middle Eastern classical composer

RIMA KHCHEICH – haunting, sophisticated, nuanced Middle Eastern classical and folk chanteuse

BRIDGET KIBBEY – eclectic, charismatic classical concert harpist and composer

KIKAGAKU MOYO – hypnotic, dynamic Japanese psychedelic folk-rock and metal

RACHAEL KILGOUR – lyrically brilliant, fearlessly political janglerock songwriter
Whistleblower’s Manifesto: Songs for a New Revolution
At Lincoln Center 9/8/16

JESSIE KILGUSS – intense, tuneful Nashville gothic songwriter and singer
Live 4/18/14
Devastate Me
At Bowery Electric 11/11/14
At Hank’s 7/16/15

KILL HENRY SUGAR – smart, terse, lyrical folk noir and Americana rock guitar-and-drums duo

KILLS TO KISSES – bassist Lisa Dowling’s atmospheric, anthemic loopmusic project

JAMIE KILSTEIN – the hilarious, fearlessly political Jello Biafra of jamband rock

KING RAAM – powerful Iranian art-rock bandleader and haunting baritone singer

KELLI KING – soulful, fearlessly smart, torchy Americana roots songwriter

SARAH KING & THE SMOKE RINGS – terse, purist, unabashedly romantic swing jazz combo

SHELLEY KING – intense Austin retro soul/gospel/country singer/bandleader

LARRY KIRWAN’S CELTIC INVASION – an eclectic anthology of hot new Irish rock

KIWI – psychedelic oldschool roots reggae with dub and Brazilian influences
On the Move
At Maxwell’s 9/17/15
A Room with a View

PETROS KLAMPANIS – haunting, intense Mediterranean/Middle Eastern jazz bassist/composer

ANN KLEIN – brilliant Americana guitarist and catchy highway rock songwriter

THE KLEZMATICS – the original klezmer punks, still going strong
At Central Park Summerstage 6/27/12
At Paperbox 6/16/16

KLEZWOODS – lush, intense, catchy klezmer, gypsy and Middle Eastern grooves

SONNY KNIGHT & THE LAKERS – hard-hitting oldschool soul and funk dancefloor grooves

SAM KOGON – purist, wickedly catchy psychedelic pop songwriter

MARY LEE KORTES – hauntingly intense singer and NYC’s most brilliant Americana songwriter
At the Rockwood 10/7/14
At the Treehouse at 2A 11/28/15

KOTORINO – pensive eclectic gypsy-flavored chamber pop and noir cabaret
Broken Land
At Joe’s Pub 6/29/12
At Joe’s Pub 8/29/13
Better Than This
At Joe’s Pub 9/2/15

KOTTARASHKY & THE RAIN DOGS – edgy, intense, trippy Balkan reggae and dub

DAVID KRAKAUER – pyrotechnic klezmer/jazz/classical clarinetist/bandleader
The Big Picture
Checkpoint

THE KRONOS QUARTET – you know who they are, right? The world’s most adventurous string quartet!
At Lincoln Center 7/25/13
At Lincoln Center 7/26/13
A Thousand Thoughts
At Brooklyn Academy of Music 9/24/14
At Roulette 5/12/15
At St. Ann’s Warehouse 10/17/15

VALERIE KUEHNE – playful, deviously witty, cerebral avant garde composer/cellist
Phoenix Goes Crazy
Suite for Solo Cello

TIM KUHL – the jazz drummer and composer’s venture into cinematic, psychedelic art-rock

KJERSTI KVELI – sharp, lyrical chamber pop/art-rock/Americana chanteuse with a great band

JIM KWESKIN & GEOFF MULDAUR – 60s jug band legends, still going strong

LA YEGROS – singer Mariana Yegros’ slinky, fun Argentinian psychedelic cumbia dance band

JANET LABELLE – catchy indie pop with a retro soul edge

FRANK LACY – the esteemed trombonist/bandleader from the Mingus bands

JACK LADDER & THE DREAMLANDERS – period-perfect, cynical 80s goth-pop

LAKE STREET DIVE – wickedly catchy, upbeat female-fronted retro soul/60s rock band
At Madison Square Park 7/31/13
Bad Self Portraits
At the World Financial Center 7/16/14

PETE LANCTOT – smartly lyrical, blues and Americana-influenced songwriter, violinist and guitarist

BRIAN LANDRUS – eclectic downtempo soul grooves from the baritone sax virtuoso

GILL LANDRY – haunting dark Americana and newgrass from the Old Crow Medicine Show guitarist

THE LARCH – catchy, lyrically brilliant psychedelic new wave rock from Brooklyn
Days to the West
At Bowery Electric 8/8/13
In Transit

LARRY & HIS FLASK – hilarious, politically incorrect grasscore and gypsy punk

LARRY & THE BABES – catchy, jangly soul-rock songs with funny, goofy lyrics

THE LAST INTERNATIONALE – ferocious, politically relevant band like a cross between the MC5 and Patti Smith

THE LATVIAN NATIONAL CHOIR – lustrous, magically enveloping new and classic choral sounds

INGRID LAUBROCK – darkly improvisational multi-saxophonist and composer

JIM LAUDERDALE – the versatile country/bluegrass songwriter and bandleader

BETTYE LAVETTE – the perennially intense, vital oldschool soul siren

BRIANA LAYON & THE BOYS – ferocious art-metal/gutter blues singer and her killer band

MAYA LAZARO – amazingly eclectic new wave/soul/powerpop singer/bandleader

LAZY LIONS – intense, lyrically-fueled, Graham Parker and Elvis Costelllo-influenced new wave rock
When Dreaming Lets You Down
At Rock Shop 3/20/15
At Rock Shop 10/30/15

LORRAINE LECKIE – terse, intense Canadian gothic songwriter
At Otto’s 6/2/12
Making a New Record
Rudely Interrupted
Rebel Devil Devil Rebel
At Mercury Lounge 11/13/14
The Raven Smiled
At Pangea 6/8/16
At Bowery Ballroom 11/10/16

JANE LECROY – intense, witty, thought-provoking spoken word artist and soulful avant garde singer

THE LED FARMERS – dynamic, fun, upbeat Irish folk-punk

THE LEGENDARY SHACK SHAKERS – dark, feral Americana, blues, country and rockabilly

GINA LEISHMAN – smart, wildly eclectic chamber pop, art-rock and avant garde jazz

THE LEISURE SOCIETY – lush, brilliantly lyrical chamber pop, art-rock and Britfolk

KIM LENZ & THE JAGUARS – cutting-edge noir retro rock and rockabilly

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

(LES) NUBIANS – charming, kinetic French-Cameroonian sister duo playing bossa-tinged Afropop

(LES) SANS CULOTTES – hilarious faux-French garage rock and psychedelic pop
At Hank’s 9/30/12
Les Dieux Ont Soif

EMILIE LESBROS – shapeshifting, politically aware art-rock/indie classical/jazz singer/multi-instrumentalist

EVE LESOV – moody, eclectic art-rock/chamber pop/noir cabaret pianist/singer

THE LETTER YELLOW – catchy, upbeat, smartly terse Afrobeat-inspired pop songs

ALLEGRA LEVY – pensive, intense, smart original jazz composer and singer

BARRINGTON LEVY – the popular Jamaican reggae/dancehall crooner

YUNGCHEN LHAMO & ANTON BAGATOV – ethereal, mystical Tibetan piano-and-voice duo

VIVIAN LI & THE PICKLED CAMPERS – elegant instrumentals that blend newgrass, jazz and indie classical
Growing in the Cracks
At GSI Studios 8/16/14

OLIVIER LIBAUX – the Nouvelle Vague mastermind reinterprets Queens of the Stone Age

LIBEL – high-energy, snidely theatrical, socially aware neo-glamrock

THE LIBYANS – rare, ancient North African Jewish themes reinvented as acoustic groove music

LILY & MADELEINE – a psychedelic mashup of trip-hop and Americana-tinged chamber pop

LIONS IN THE STREET – snarling punk energy, “classic rock” tunefulness and riffage from this Vancouver band

CAROL LIPNIK – haunting, hypnotic, carnivalesque noir art-rock
At Zirzamin 11/25/12
At Zirzamin 2/17/13
At Pangea 2/16/15
Almost Back to Normal
At Joe’s Pub 5/14/15
At Pangea 6/28/15
At Joe’s Pub 3/3/16
At Pangea 10/16/16

LITTLE ANNIE – haunting, charismatic, wickedly funny noir cabaret chanteuse

LITTLE SHALIMAR – stoner funk from Chin Chin’s multi-instrumentalist drummer

LITTLE SILVER – haunting, sparse, hypnotically jangly harmony-driven dark folk music

DAVID T. LITTLE – eclectic, politically aware art-rock/indie classical percussionist/bandleader

LITVAKUS – high-energy original and classic klezmer tunes from Belarus to the Balkans
Live 12/6/13
At the Center for Jewish Culture 10/29/14
Raysn album

LIVE SKULL – legendary, recently reinvigorated 80s noiserock band

LIZZIE & THE MAKERS – hard-hitting yet subtly smoldering southern-flavored blues-rock
Fire from the Heart of Man
At the Bitter End 5/26/16
At Pete’s Candy Store 8/11/16

LJOVA & THE KONTRABAND – lively, eclectic string band playing cinematic, Balkan-tinged instrumentals

SAM LLANAS – dark nocturnal songwriting from the BoDeans founder and former frontman
4 AM
At Zirzamin and Rockwood Music Hall
The Whole Night Thru

JEREMIAH LOCKWOOD – fiery, eclectic blues/klezmer guitarist and Sway Machinery bandleader
At Barbes 7/12/15 – with Fay Victor
At Barbes 7/19/15 – with Shoko Nagai

LOCURA – artsy Spanish-American reggae/ska/flamenco rock band

FRANK LONDON – the iconic, soulful klezmer trumpeter and bandleader

THE LONG RYDERS – the band that pretty much invented Americana rock back in the 80s

HAMILTON LOOMIS – strong soul singer and hard-hitting blues guitarist/songwriter from Houston

THE LORDS OF BLACK – mighty, dark NWOBHM-style Spanish metal band

MARY LORSON & THE SOUBRETTES – enigmatic, smart, torchy lyrical oldtimey pop

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

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

THE LOST PATROL – haunting, female-fronted Lynchian noir rock, dreampop and surf rock
Driven
At Otto’s 8/4/13
Chasing Shadows

LOVE CAMP 7 – the recently regrouped, shapeshiftingly psychedelic NY janglerockers
Love Camp VII album
At Zirzamin 11/11/12

JASMINE LOVELL-SMITH – elegant, tersely tuneful soprano saxophonist and jazz bandleader

LOW – the popular, dark, lo-fi Americana and art-rock band

LUMINESCENT ORCHESTRII – along with Gogol Bordello, one of NYC’s original Romany punk bands

JON LUNDBOM & BIG FIVE CHORD – edgy, sardonic, socially aware improvisational guitar jazz

THE LUTOSLAWSKI QUARTET – eclectic, groundbreaking Polish string quartet

DANA LYN – diverse, atmospheric, oceanically-inspired, cinematic jazz/Celtic/indie classical violinist/composer

CLAIRE LYNCH – popular bluegrass/newgrass/Americana pop singer/bandleader

THE TARA LYNNE BAND – lush, harmony-driven dreampop and jamband-influenced indie pop