Music Index M-R

M SHANGHAI STRING BAND – catchy, upbeat country, oldtime and gypsy songs
At the Jalopy 10/2/11
At the Jalopy 10/5/12
At the American Folk Art Museum 8/5/16

ZHU MA – cutting-edge guitarist/bandleader mashing up Beijing opera themes with noir cinematics

IBRAHIM MAALOUF – brooding, intense trumpet-based Middle Eastern music
Diagnostic
Wind

THE MACHINE – the world’s best and most authentic Pink Floyd cover band

THE MAD PRIDE – ornate, intricate dark art-rock and gothic anthems

MADAM WEST – catchy, fun, quirky, female-fronted psychedelic soul band

MAGGES – haunting, intense, psychedelic Greek music from across the decades
Live 7/10/12
12 Tragouthia album

MAHALA RAI BANDA – the legendary Romanian gypsy band

RUDRESH MAHANTHAPPA – paradigm-shifting alto saxophonist mixing up Indian melodies and jazz

MAHOGANY FROG – quirky, catchy, psychedelic art-rock from Winnipeg, Manitoba

THE MAHONES – ferocious, fun, long-running Canadian Irish punk band

MAKU SOUNDSYSTEM – darkly slinky, funky psychedelic cumbia jamband

MICHELLE MALONE – hard-hitting slide guitarist and Americana songwriter

HEATHER MALONEY – eclectic, lyrically-fueled Americana from the Darlingside frontwoman

MAMARAZZI – psychedelic Afrobeat, funk and hip-hop grooves

WU MAN – the acclaimed Chinese pipa lute virtuoso

MANADO STATE UNIVERSITY CHOIR – eclectic, virtuosic works from around the world

ELENI MANDELL – one of this era’s great voices in noir music, torch song and countrypolitan

THE MANHATTAN CAMERATA – lush, epic themes that blend classic tango and fado sounds

CLINT MANSELL – one of this era’s great film composers

MARACATU NEW YORK – high-energy, low-register Brazilian drum-and-brass band

MARAH – the blue-collar highway rock band reinvent oldtimey acoustic Pennsylvania folk songs

LEIGH MARBLE – dark, Lou Reed-influenced literate rock

TODD MARCUS – intense, individualistic Middle Eastern/jazz bass clarinetist and big band leader

MARIACHI FLOR DE TOLOACHE – haunting, eclectic all-female mariachi orchestra

BOBAN I MARKO MARKOVIC – exhilarating, diverse South Serbian Romany brass band

MIKE MARLIN – grim, gothic art-rock with glam and new wave influences

THE MARTHA’S VINEYARD FERRIES – dark, catchy early 80s style postpunk and indie rock

DAPHNE LEE MARTIN – eclectically lurid, oldtime noir Americana bandleader/chanteuse

MASCOTT – purist pop tunesmith Kendall Meade’s sparkling indie project

WILLIAM MASELLI – eclectic orchestral composer and arranger of Black Sabbath themes

THE MASON AFFAIR – slinky original funk with jazz and psychedelic tinges

RACHEL MASON – smart, catchy, historically informed folk noir and art-rock
The Lives of Hamilton Fish
At Joe’s Pub 7/26/15

MASTON – trippy retro 60s psychedelic pop with noir edges

KANE MATHIS – eclectic West African and Middle Eastern-influenced oudist/kora player and composer

EMEL MATHLOUTHI – haunting, powerful, politically-fueled Tunisian-tinged art-rock
Kelmti Horra (Freedon of Speech)
At the Alliance Francaise 5/22/13
At Globalfest 2015
At the World Financial Center 5/8/15

CHRIS MAXWELL – broodingly lyrical Beatlesque chamber pop and soul songs

MAYNARD & THE MUSTIES – brooding Nashville gothic and slyly witty country songs
West
Fall On In

MISSY MAZZOLI – the acclaimed indie classical composer and Victoire bandleader

KIMBERLY M’CARVER – richly nuanced, vividly lyrical classic country and Tex-Mex songwriting

MAC MC CARTY – intense, often haunting dark acoustic Americana songs

FREDDIE MCGREGOR – the tireless golden-age roots reggae crooner

RAPHAEL MCGREGOR – eclectic, psychedelic postrock steel guitar instrumentals
Debut album
At Barbes 9/22/14

MCGUFFIN ELECTRIC – contemplative, pastoral, psychedelic folk-rock instrumentals

GRACE MCLEAN – bouncy, wickedly sardonic, amusing, quirky loopmusic and theatrical rock

SHANNON MCNALLY – southwestern gothic, country and Americana rock chanteuse
Western Ballad
Small Town Talk

GREY MCMURRAY – celebrated indie classical/art-rock guitarist/bandleader

KELLEY MCRAE – pensive, tersely lyrical acoustic Americana bandleader

MEANER PENCIL – cellist/singer Lenna Pierce’s dark, pensive lo-fi chamber pop project
Senza Amanti
At Trans-Pecos 10/8/14

IVY MEISSNER – distantly menacing, Lynchian soul and psychedelic rock

MYRA MELFORD – colorful, vivid, eclectically tuneful jazz pianist/bandleader

JOHN MELLENCAMP – former Cougar

AMANA MELOME – misty, jazz-inflected downtempo/chillout soul music chanteuse

EDDY MERCANO – intense, powerful tango violinist/bandleader

TIFT MERRITT – smart, tuneful, literate, popular Americana chanteuse
Still Not Home
Night
At Merkin Hall 3/21/13
A t Lincoln Center 8/7/14

MESIKO – intense female-fronted paisley underground psychedelia, postpunk and art-rock

METROPOLITAN KLEZMER – one of the most diverse, jam-oriented bands of their kind
Live on the Upper East Side 6/9/12
Mazel Means Good Luck

JESSICA MEYER – innovative, edgy indie classical violist and loopmusic composer

MICKEY PG – funny acoustic punk songs

THE MICROSCOPIC SEPTET – punk-inspired, witty, surreal swing jazz band

MIDNIGHT MOAN – Brooklyn’s closest approximation of the classic 60/70s Rolling Stones

MIDNITE – smart, conscious roots reggae from St. Croix

THE MIDWEST DILEMMA – haunting, lushly orchestrated Americana-flavored art-rock

OLGA MIELESZCZUK’S POLESYE PROJECT – haunting early 1900s klezmer songs

MIGHTY HIGH – Hilarious, satirical stoner metal to rival Spinal Tap

MILD MANNERED REBEL – haunting, intense Greek psychedelic rock

JARO MILKO & THE CUBALKANICS – the Firewater lead guitarist’s wild psychedelic cumbia band

BUDDY MILLER & JIM LAUDERDALE – Americana rock icons

DAVE MILLER – tuneful, original guitarist and pastoral jazz/psychedelic rock instrumentalist

TAMALYN MILLER – haunting, otherworldly one-string violin loopmusic

MILLSTED – intense, dynamic, menacing noiserock and punk anthems

THE MIMESIS ENSEMBLE – adventurous symphonic group playing both new music and classical repertoire

MAMIE MINCH – charismatic country blues and Americana singer and brilliant resonator guitarist
At Barbes 12/20/14
At Union Hsll 5/5/15
At Barbes 3/11/16

MINISTRY OF WOLVES – phantasmagorical art-rock supergroup: Botanica/Nick Cave/Bad Seeds members

HOLLY MIRANDA – pensive, poignant, soul and noir Americana rock songwriter
Self-titled album
At Hell Phone 5/5/16

MISS TESS & THE TALKBACKS – eclectic, original oldtime swing and C&W bandleader
Sweet Talk
The Love I Have for You

MARCO MISSINATO – lush, cinematically orchestrated film music and indie classical themes

MITRA SUMARA – fiery, soulful female-fronted covers of 60s/70s psychedelic Iranian dance-rock

THE MIVOS QUARTET – string quartet dedicated to performing and premiering new music
At the Joyce Soho 9/11/12 (Annie Gosfield; 9/11 memorial program)
At the Miller Theatre 2/5/15 (all-Missy Mazzoli program) 

YOKO MIWA – tuneful, lyrical Boston-based jazz pianist

THE MODERN ART ORCHESTRA – exhilarating, dark, cinematic, cutting-edge big band jazz

KARLA MOHENO – haunting, darkly lyrical noir songwriter/femme fatale
Gone to Town
At Rockwood Music Hall 11/18/14

THE MOMENTA QUARTET – exciting chamber ensemble devoted to challenging modern and classical  works
At Spectrum 5/20/16 (Steven Swartz
At Victor Borge Hall 6/17/16 (Norgard)

MONDO DRAG – amazing, ornate, heavy, smoky organ-fueled psychedelic art-rock
Their second album
At St. Vitus 7/18/15

MONDO ZOMBIE BOOGALOO – Halloween songs from the Fleshtones, Los Straitjacktets and Southern Culture on the Skids

MONECO – high-voltage, guitar-fueled classic psychedelic cumbia covers and originals

HELEN MONEY – dark, murky, eclectic cello metal with indie classical and gothic tinges

RUTH MOODY – richly arranged acoustic Americana from the Wailin Jennys’ banjo player

LISA MOORE – acclaimed new music pianist

THURSTON MOORE – you know who he is

ALI AKBAR MORADI – intense, fiery Kurdish-Iranian tambour lute virtuoso and composer

CAHALEN MORRISON & ELI WEST – imaginative oldtime country/folk and acoustic rock songs

MOS GENERATOR – smart post-Sabbath metal band from Washington State
Live
Nomads

THE MOSTLY MOZART FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA – stars of the annual Lincoln Center festival

MOSTLY OTHER PEOPLE DO THE KILLING – the world’s funniest punk jazz band
Red Hot
Blue

MOTHER MARS – apocalyptic Black Sabbath-influenced stoner metal from Australia

MOTHERSHIP – intense, psychedelic, retro Texas metal band

BAHAR MOVAHED – innovative Kurdish-Persian chanteuse reinvents ancient folk songs
Goblet of Eternal Light
At Symphony Space 4/17/13

MUCCA PAZZA – mighty, powerful, eclectic gypsy punk brass band
Safety Fifth
At Globalfest 1/13/13

MUD BLOOD & BEER – savage, twangy, menacing southwestern gothic rock

MUDDY RUCKUS – dark, phantasmagorical circus rock, noir blues and Americana

LIV MUELLER – intense, haunting Milwaukee chanteuse and dark Americana songwriter

MUM – trippy, quirky Icelandic chamber pop and trip-hop

MUMBO GUMBO – legendary NYC Americana band with Rachelle Garniez and Joe Flood

MURDER BALLAD MONDAYS – New York’s best monthly night of creepy, homicidally-inclined tunesmithing
October 2015 – Bobtown, Andrew Vladeck, Charming Disaster and others
November 2015 – Jessi Robertson, Robin Aigner, Jessie Kilguss, Charming Disaster and others
December 2015: Orphan Jane, Serena Jost and Karen Dahlstrom
February 2016: Jessi Robertson, Liz Tormes, Mudville and Charming Disaster
March 2016: Peg Simone, Neville Elder, the Whiskey Girls, Miwa Gemini and Charming Disaster

LJ MURPHY – charismatic, politically-fueled, lyrically intense noir bandleader
Live in concert 11/19/11
Live in concert 6/15/12 
At Parkside Lounge 11/23/13
Duo show with pianist Patrick McLellan 4/12/14
At Parkside Lounge 5/31/14
Panic City – Live 5/23/15
Live 11/6/15

MICKEY MURRAY – recently rediscovered high-voltage 1960s/70s soul singer

MUSANER – haunting Armenian melodies fleshed out with cinematic, jazz-influenced arrangements

MUSICIENS SANS FRONTIERES – dark, politically relevent psychedelic rock

MUSTARD PLUG – the well-liked, irrepressible ska-punk band

MUZSIKAS – legendary, intense, historically brilliant Hungarian Jewish string band

MWE – explosive, haunting Turkish, Middle Eastern and Central Asian dances and folk tunes

MY BRIGHTEST DIAMOND – indie classical composer Shara Worden’s high-energy dance/art-rock band
At Lincoln Center 7/25/13
This Is My Hand

MY EDUCATION – sweeping, lush, psychedelic postrock/art-rock/dreampop instrumentals

MYCALE – playful four-woman choir singing original arrangements of John Zorn Book of Angels repertoire

THE MYSTERY LIGHTS – dark garage rock and psychedelia

THE MYSTIC BRAVES – wickedly catchy dark retro 60s psychedelic rock

MARISSA NADLER – the well-loved, hauntingly literate folk noir/Nashville gothic songwriter
The Sister
July

RAY NAGEM – up-and-coming church organ virtuoso

THE NAKED HEROES – fun, high-energy new wave/dance-rock/punk/garage rock band

NAKED ROOTS CONDUCIVE – intense violin/cello duo playing cinematic, carnivalesque art-rock themes

NAKED TRUTH – lush, intense, cinematic, dub-inflected art-rock soundscapes

MOHSEN NAMJOO – intense, darkly eclectic Iranian folk-rock crooner

KEDAR NAPHADE – eclectic Indian virtuoso harmonium player and composer

ISRAEL NASH – this guy sounds exactly like early 70s electric Neil Young, in a good way

NASHAZ – eclectic, jazz-tinged original Middle Eastern sounds

NEIL NATHAN – fearlessly political, catchy, anthemic retro rock and soul

NATURA MORTA – drummer Carlo Costa’s magical, ghostly trio with violist Frantz Loriot and bassist Sean Ali

THE NAVATMAN MUSIC COLLECTIVE – spellbinding Indian carnatic choir and instrumental group
At LaMaMa 8/24/16

NAWA – haunting, centuries-old Syrian choral music

THE NAZARENES – towering, majestic, anthemic oldschool roots reggae

NEHEDAR – darkly lyrical, intense neosoul and trip-hop-influenced indle pop and powerpop
This Heart
At the Delancey 11/21/13

LUKAS NELSON & PROMISE OF THE REAL – hard-hitting psychedelic art-rock jamband

NEW COUNTRY REHAB – Toronto band playing vioin-driven, politically aware Americana rock
Ghost of Your Charms
At Hill Country 9/15/13

NEW ELECTRIC RIDE – period-perfect mid-60s style British psychedelic rock
Their debut ep
Balloon Age

THE NEW MENDICANTS – Joe Pernice, Norman Blake and Mike Belisky’s jangly psychedelic Britrock band

THE NEW TOWN DRUNKS – eclectic, eerie North Carolina folk noir/circus rock band

THE NEW YORK ANDALUS ENSEMBLE – haunting, hypnotic, ancient Jewish folk music

THE NEW YORK CHILLHARMONIC – singer Sara McDonald’s lush, shapeshifting 17-piece art-rock group
Their debut album
At Lincoln Center 12/17/15

THE NEW YORK CRIMEAN TATAR ENSEMBLE – high-energy Russian, Turkish and Romany-flavored sounds

THE NEW YORK GYPSY ALL-STARS – exhilarating electric gypsy and Middle Eastern jams

The New York Music Daily Publicity Stunt page  – the crazy, record-setting marathon of live concerts that launched this blog

THE NEW YORK SCANDIA BRASS QUINTET – imaginative Scandinavian brass works

THE NEW YORK SCANDIA SYMPHONY – who specialize in rare Nordic music

NEWPOLI – high-energy, kinetic southern Italian folk dances and intense, Middle Eastern-tinged originals

JENNIFER NICELEY – nuanced, jazz-inflected southern soul/swing/dark blues songwriter and chanteuse

THE NIGHT BEATS – reverb-drenched acid garage rock and psychedelic soul

THE NILE PROJECT – slinky Egyptian and Ethiopian dance-folk grooves from the Nile Delta supergroup
Aswan
At Globalfest 2015

WILLIE NILE – smart, literate, catchy powerpop and anthemic rock
Live in NYC 11/25/11
American Ride

1976 – retro 80s Taiwanese guitar pop

NINTH HOUSE – Nashville gothic rock

NIYAZ – hypnotic, intense, lushly produced, trippy Middle Eastern music
Sumud album review
At Drom 7/22/12
Acoustic ep
At the World Financial Center 5/8/15

NNEKA – fearless, politically aware African pop/jazz/reggae chanteuse
Live in NYC 1/17/12
My Fairy Tales

NO GRAVE LIKE THE SEA – bass monster Tony Maimone’s intense, epic, cinematic, turbulent instrumental art-rock band

AMIR NOJAM & THE NAVA ENSEMBLE – haunting, elegant classical Persian instrumental and vocal music

SEAN NOONAN – intense, dark, theatrical, psychedelic, surreal punk-jazz
Pavees Dance
Memorable Sticks

NORIAN MARO – explosive, kinetic Korean choral and folk-dance ensemble

SALLY NORVELL – captivating, intense, sultry noir cabaret chanteuse

NOVA HEART – trippy, dubwise female-fronted Chinese retro 80s new wave synth-pop

HEATHER NOVA – catchy, soaring chamber pop/art-rock singer and bandleader

NOVELLER – guitarist Sarah Lipstate’s towering, majestic instrumental art-rock/postrock project

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

AGNES OBEL – haunting Danish-born art-rock pianist/chanteuse

DAWN OBERG – wickedly literate, intense art-rock/noir cabaret/soul pianist/songwriter
Rye
Bring

OBJECT COLLECTION – edgy, intense, noisily propulsive avant garde opera/multimedia sounds

THE OBNIIIs – vicious, intense Radio Birdman-like garage-punk band
Live in San Francisco and Third Time to Harm albums
At Cake Shop 10/25/14

JEROME O’BRIEN – smart, literate rock tunesmith, formerly frontman of the Dog Show
At Zirzamin 9/10/12
At Zirzamin 2/18/13

ROBIN O’BRIEN – haunting noir folk and southwestern gothic rock

JENNIFER O’CONNOR – melodic, lyrical indie rock/folk/pop

THE OCULAR CONCERN – nebulous, cinematic noir jazz from Portland, Oregon

O’DEATH – the well-loved circus rock/noir cabaret/Nashville gothic/Americana band

AOIFE O’DONOVAN – Americana/newgrass band Crooked Still’s intense, purist frontwoman/songwriter

OF CLOCKS & CLOUDS – uneasy, artsy European-style stadium rock anthems

OF EARTH – towering, majestic, haunting, atmospheric art-rock

THE ARTURO O’FARRILL AFRO-LATIN JAZZ ORCHESTRA – a mighty powerful, socially conscious beast

TARA O’GRADY – torchy, lurid, diverse Irish-born oldtime swing chanteuse/bandleader
A Celt in the Cotton Club
Irish Bayou

THE OH HELLOS – pleasantly anthemic Americana-flavored chamber pop with Celic flourishes

OLA FRESCA – Jose Conde’s Brooklyn-based oldschool salsa band

THE OLD CEREMONY – smart, shadowy noir chamber pop and art-rock narratives

THE OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW – one of the world’s funnest newgrass/Americana jambands

OLD TIME MUSKETRY – catchy, anthemic, cinematic pastoral jazz quartet

LINNEA OLSSON – hypnotic yet anthemic Norwegian cellist/chanteuse/chamber pop songwriter

THE ONE AND NINES – retro 60s soul music

LISA O’NEILL – distinctive, surrealistically compelling Irish folk noir songwriter/bandleader

OPA – eclectic oldschool and newschool  klezmer brass and dancefloor funk grooves

OPAL ONYX – dark, atmospheric Portishead-influenced trip-hop and postrock soundscapes

THE ORIENT NOIR COMPILATION – klezmer and Middle Eastern sounds from around the world

ORKESTA MENDOZA – intense, psychedelic southwestern gothic rock
At Globalfest 2014
At South Street Seaport 6/29/14

ORPHAN JANE – surreal, theatrical, creepy circus rock and noir cabaret
Demo tracks
A Poke in the Eye

LINDI ORTEGA – edgy blues, honkytonk and rock from this Canadian singer

MARK ORTON – gorgeously bittersweet, cinematic Americana from the Tin Hat guitarist

NAT OSBORN – eclectic keyboard rock blending New Orleans funk, circus rock and noir cabaret

FERNANDO OTERO – haunting, intense, hard-hitting new tango and classical piano music

OTIS – psychedelic oldschool funk and soul from Brooklyn

KEITH OTTEN – the brilliant Ninth House lead guitarist and anthemic Britrock-influenced songwriter

JOHN OTWAY – a legend in the UK, he’s sort of a more energetic Weird Al Yankovic

OUT OF ORDER – fiery all-female noise-punk trio

OUTERNATIONAL – smart, politically aware bilingual ska-punk and gypsy-rock
Todos Somos Ilegales
Here Is the Rose

MIMI OZ – eclectic, soaring singer and soul/Americana/new wave bandleader

MEAH PACE – high-energy, luminous, intense retro 60s soul singer

PAINTED CAVES – hypnotic, psychedelic, Middle Eastern and Indian-flavored jamband grooves

PALEHOUND – darkly catchy female-fronted new wave, postpunk and Nashville gothic sounds

THE REID PALEY TRIO – charismatic noir retro rock

AMANDA PALMER – you know who she is
Theatre Is Evil
At Lincoln Center 8/9/13
An Evening with Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman

PANGARI & THE SOCIALITES – expansive, fun ska-jazz covers of Skatalites classics

KYUNGSO PARK – innovative Korean gaegeum zither player and avant garde composer

THE PARK AVENUE CHAMBER SYMPHONY – one of New York’s most exciting classical orchestras
Borodin, Saint-Saens and Rimsky-Korsakov
Beethoven’s 5th Symphony in the round

PARLOR WALLS – stampeding, menacing noiserock/postpunk side project from Eula’s Alyse Lamb
Their debut ep
At Alphaville 6/10/15
Cut
At Aviv 1/14/16

AMBROSIA PARSLEY – Lynchian retro pop and Americana rock from the Shiveree singer

CRISTINA PATO – pyrotechnic, amazingly eclectic Spanish folk/jazz bagpiper and pianist

JESSICA PAVONE – searing, intense world-class improvisational indie classical/jazz violist, singer and composer

PEGGY SUE – jangly, kinetic but hypnotic female-fronted UK indie/dreampop band

ELISA PEIMER – acerbically witty, tuneful folk-pop/powerpop singer/bandleader

SHANNON PELCHER – eclectic, tuneful Americana, jazz and oldtime-flavored songwriting

PENROSE – dark bluespunk and early 7os style heavy riff-rock

PEOPLE – sardonic, edgy jazz-tinged, noisy rock from Mary Halvorson, Kevin Shea and Kyle Forester

DON PERIS – the Innocence Mission guitarist plays gorgeous, darkly pastoral acoustic instrumentals

THE PERU MARAVILLOSO ANTHOLOGY – amazing psychedelic surf rock from 1960s/70s Peru

MARK PESKANOV– classical violin virtuoso

SARA PETITE – smart, high-energy hard country/honkytonk/bluegrass bandleader

PIGPEN THEATRE CO. – eclectic oldtime Americana sounds

THE PIMPS OF JOYTIME – playful, trippy new psychedelic funk, soul and dub-tinged grooves

PINATALAND – historically-themed chamber pop

PLANTA – epic, intense, psychedelic art-rock, much like the next band on this list

PINK FLOYD – not the classic Roger Waters version of the band

PINS – all-female Manchester, UK band, like the bastard child of the early Go  Go’s and Wire

DON PIPER – smart, artsy janglerock, powerpop and blue-eyed soul

THE PLASTIC PALS – fiery Swedish two-guitar garage-punk, janglerock and new wave powerpop

THE POETS OF RHYTHM – mysterious cult favorite German oldschool soul/funk instrumentalists

KARINE POGHOSYAN – colorful, vivid, individualistic and insightful virtuoso classical pianist

THE MEHMET POLAT TRIO – mesmerizing, soulful original Middle Eastern oud/ngoni/flute group

HUGH POOL – explosive blues and jamband rock guitarist/bandleader

POOR OLD SHINE – anthemic, lo-fi Wilco-inspired alt-country band

ARCHIE POWELL & THE EXPORTS – fun, snotty early 80s Dead Milkmen-style punk-pop

KELLI RAE POWELL – charismatic, cleverly lyrical oldtimey chanteuse/songwriter
At the Jalopy 3/1/12
Live at the Jalopy (live album)

NOAH PREMINGER – state-of-the-art, purposeful tenor saxophonist/composer

PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND – the ageless, surprisingly dark New Orleans music ambassadors

DAISY PRESS & NICK HALLETT  – art-rok versions of Hildegard von Bingen classics

THE PRETTY BABIES – Tammy Faye Starlite’s hilariouss, spot-on Blondie cover band

THE PRE-WAR PONIES – velvety singer Daria Grace’s elegant oldtime uke swing band
At Rodeo Bar 8/29/11
At Barbes 8/13/15
Get Out Under the Moon
At LIC Bar 7/31/16

EVA SALINA PRIMACK – the haunting, intense, brilliant Balkan and Appalachian singer/bandleader
Eva Salina Solo
Solo show5/3/13

JOHN PRINE – the iconic master of metaphor and wry acoustic songwriting
The Singing Mailman Delivers
The Lost Years reissue

THE PRISM QUARTET – cutting-edge indie classical/avant garde/jazz sax ensemble

MARIANNA PRJEVALSKAYA – insightful virtuoso classical pianist

CHUCK PROPHET – the cult favorite guitarist and Americana/art-rock/psychedelic rock songwriter/bandleader

THE PUFF PIECES – period-perfect, 1981 style Gang of Four-ish politically-infused postpunk funk

PUSS & BOOTS – Norah Jones, Sasha Dobson and Catherine Popper’s fun, sassy C&W/Americana rock project

QUADRO NUEVO – eclectic gypsy jazz, nuevo tango and Middle Eastern sounds

QUE VLO-VE – haunting, colorful hash-smoking and crime narratives from the 1920s and 30s Greek underground

THE QUEENSBORO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA – NYC’s fastest-growing classical ensemble
4/26/15 – Haydn; Handel; Paul Joseph’s Kathryn’s Mirror
9/27/15 – Glinka; James Cohn; Paul Joseph’s King of the Mask
12/6/15 – Mozart, Sibelius, Beethoven

DAMIAN QUINONES – richly arranged psychedelic soul and rock with latin tinges
Gumball Ma-Jumbo album
At Barbes 10/15/14

QUINTETO TANGO LEOPOLDO FEDERICO – purist, haunting Colombian tango ensemble

QURAISHI – introspective, sometimes brooding original and traditional songs for Afghani rubab lute

RABBIT RABBIT RADIO – surreal, often creepy string-driven art-rock from Tin Hat’s Carla Kihlstedt

ROMAN RABINOVICH – eclectic classical and indie classical pianist

ESTER RADA – eclectic Ethiopian/Israeli singer/bandleader who blends oldschool soul and haunting Ethiopian tunes

RADIO JAROCHO – dynamic original Mexican Son Jarocho folk-punk and more brooding, rustic sounds

RAGING FYAH – one of Jamaica’s most musically interesting, politically aware roots reggae bands

MISSY RAINES – acclaimed bluegrass bassist makes a tuneful 80s rock album

LOU RAINONE – lyrical, latin-inspired jazz pianist/bandleader

ARUN RAMAMURTHY – elegant, paradigm-shifting, funky Indian jazz violinist/bandleader

ERNEST RANGLIN – the legendary Jamaican jazz/reggae guitarist, still going strong in his 80s

ADRIAN RASO – explosive, eclectic guitarist and Fanfare Ciocarlia collaborator

RASPUTINA – the original, haunting, surreal cello rockers, still going strong
At City Winery 7/30/13
Unknown

NATHANIEL RATELIFF – edgy lead guitarist and oldschool soul bandleader

RAVI SHAVI – fun, cheeky, reverbtoned Rhode Island garage/soul/punk band

GEMMA RAY – haunting, distantly torchy, Lynchian Nashville gothic, ghoulabilly and noir pop songwriter

RAYA BRASS BAND – scorching Romany and Balkan dance grooves
Dancing on Roses, Dancing on Cinders
This Train Is Now
At Rock Shop 1/9/13
At Littlefield 5/23/15
Raya album

RED BARAAT – funky, psychedelic ten-piece live bhangra band

RED JACKET MINE – period-perfect late 70s style new wave rock and soul

RED MOLLY – charming three-part harmonies and Americana roots songwriting

RED TAIL RING – elegant, charming newschool oldtime Americana/bluegrass duo

ALEC K. REDFEARN & THE EYESORES – ferocious, lush, majestically noir psychedelic Balkan art-rock
Sister Death
At Trans-Pecos 8/23/15

JODY REDHAGE – eclectic new music cellist/singer

BRADFORD REED – innovative percussionist and composer and inventor of the pencilina

THE SCOTT REEVES JAZZ ORCHESTRA – darkly latin-tinged, noirish, Gil Evans-style tunes

THE REFLECTIONS – period-perfect, anthemic 90s Britrock-style anthems

THE REFUGEE ALL-STARS OF SIERRA LEONE – socially aware roots reggae and Afropop

ERIN REGAN – haunting, vivid acoustic Americana songwriter and singer

REUT REGEV – eclectic jazz trombonist leading her Israeli stoner-funk jamband

THE REGGAE GOLDEN JUBILEE COMPILATION – four albums of Jamaican music history

DINA REGINE – purist oldschool soul, Americana, country and garage rock

REGULAR EINSTEIN – brilliant songwriter Paula Carino’s recently resurrected, catchy original band
Chimp Haven
At Rock Shop 3/20/15
At Rock Shop 10/30/15

RUFUS REID – iconic jazz bassist and big band leader
Quiet Pride: The Elizabeth Catlett Project
At the Jazz Standard 2/26/15

THE REIGNING MONARCHS – dark, intense, haunting, Lynchian surf rock

IKE REILLY – wryly lyrical, Dylanesque four-on-the-floor heartland highway rock

MICHEL REIS – third stream piano jazz

RESERVED FOR RONDEE – genre-hopping Australian psychedelic pop/new wave/arenarock band

THE REVELATIONS – hard-hitting oldschool with current-day hip-hop flavor

THE REVELERS – eclectic, high-energy Louisiana Cajun, vintage soul and C&W band

REV. BILLY & THE STOP SHOPPING CHOIR – the gospel-rock equivalent of the Clash or Dead Kennedys

REVOLUTION IN THE ELBOW OF RAGNAR AGNARSSON, FURNITURE PAINTER – sinister political rock musical

MARC RIBOT – the iconic, protean, perennially edgy downtown NYC jazz/rock/country guitaristz
Live at the Village Vanguard album
Charlie Chaplin Film Score Live At Symphony Space 4/30/15
Young Philadelphians Live in Japan album

KIM RICHEY – popular Americana rock singer and songwriter

THE RIGHT NOW – the Chicago band puts an original spin on classic 60s and 70s soul music

MIKE RIMBAUD – smart, politically-charged, new wave flavored electric rock
Coney Island Wave
Can’t Judge a Song by Its Cover
Midnight Rainbow
Put That Dream in Your Pipe and Smoke It

RITA – Israeli mega-star singing haunting, intense, lush art-rock versions of classic Iranian rock songs
My Joys
At the United Nations 3/5/13

RIVER CULT – darkly psychedelic power trio playing a mix of doom metal and post rock

RIVERSIDE – trumpeter Dave Douglas’ and saxophonist Chet Doxas’ Americana jazz project

ROADKILL GHOST CHOIR – Florida band playing a dark mix of paisley underground rock and Americana
Quiet Light
In Tongues

JESSI ROBERTSON – intense, powerful soul-influenced singer and harrowing songwriter
Live in NYC 6/13/14
Live in NYC 10/31/14
I Came from the War
At Pine Box Rock Shop 12/5/15
At the American Folk Art Museum 2/19/16
At Hell Phone 5/1/16

ROBIN’S EGG BLUE – catchy, eclectic Japanese-American psychedelic pop and trip-hop

NELL ROBINSON – smartly arranged, purist bluegrass and Americana antiwar songs from across the ages

ALFREDO RODRIGUEZ – intense Cuban third-stream/Afro-Cuban jazz pianist

THE CITA RODRIGUEZ ORCHESTRA – mighty salsa band playing classic Fania-era Nuyorican hits

EDWARD ROGERS – British expat singing diverse lyrical rock styles
Porcelain
At the Cutting Room 11/17/11
Kaye
Glass Marbles

MARK ROGERS & MARY BYRNE – intense, brilliantly lyrical folk noir duo
Live in NYC 8/8/14
I Line My Days Along Your Weight

RONALD REAGAN – Boston’s LMFAO “premier 80’s pop saxophone duo” parody lame 80s radio hits

KARLA ROSE & THE THORNS – NYC’s most exciting, murderously intense noir rock band
Gone to Town
At Rockwood Music Hall 11/18/14
At Hank’s 7/16/15
At CMJ 10/16/15
At Berlin 10/26/15
At Berlin 5/18/16

ROSIE & THE RIVETERS – catchy, playful original alll-female harmony swing and noir jazz quartet

ROSIN COVEN – haunting, theatrical steampunk/Romany rock/circus rock band

PATTI ROTHBERG – literate, humor-driven powerpop

THE ROUGH GUIDE TO LATIN PSYCHEDELIA – a killer latin soul and Peruvian surf rock playlist

ROSHEL RUBINOV – the Bukharian Jewish Jimi Hendrix

RUBY THE HATCHET – intense, ornately orchestrated, anthemic female-fronted metal

PETE RUSHEFSKY – Ukrainian tsimbl dulcimer player and resurrector of obscure Jewish folk gems

CATHERINE RUSSELL  – sophisticated, soulful, nuanced oldtime blues/swing chanteuse/bandleader

RUSSKAYA KRASA – Moscow-based Russian folk chorale playing rustic songs from the 1400s to the present

RANDI RUSSO – intense noir indie rock

MOLLY RUTH – brutally intense, charismatic acoustic punk-blues songwriter
At Zirzamin 1/27/13
At Mercury Lounge 3/12/15

CATHIE RYAN – subtle purist Irish chanteuse