Music Index S-Z

THE ROBERT SABIN DECTET – haunting, lush, cinematic big band jazz themes

THE SACHAL STUDIOS ORCHESTRA – lavish Pakistani orchestral versions of classic Western themes

THE SADIES – the brilliant, noir Canadian janglerock/Americana/southwestern gothic band
Gord Downie, the Sadies & the Conquering Sun album
At Bowery Ballroom 5/2/14

MARIANA SADOVSKA – haunting, intense Carpathian folk themes and surreal, globally aware art-rock
At Lincoln Center 7/25/13
At Globalfest 2016

SALIM GHAZI SAEEDI – paradigm-shifting Iranian art-rock/metal/jazz multi-instrumentalist

THE SALON/SANCTUARY CHAMBER ORCHESTRA – enterprising baroque music ensemble

SAFFRON – eclectic, often haunting, Rumi-inspired third-stream Indian jazz

AZIZ SAHMAOUI & UNIVERSITY OF GNAWA – elegant, catchy, propulsive Algerian rock
Their debut album
At Lincoln Center 7/31/13
Mazal

ST. BERNADETTE – chanteuse Angela McCluskey and pianist Paul Cantelon’s torchy dancefloor swing band

ST. HELENA – drummer Tim Kuhl’s atmospheric postrock/downtempo/cinematic instrumental band

SAINT MAYBE – haunting, intense, psychedelic southwestern gothic rock

BETHANY ST. SMITH & THE GUN SHOW – soul, country and Americana rock

MICHEL SAJRAWY – brilliant, edgy Palestinian guitarist/composer

SALAAM – violinist Dena El Saffar’s exhilarating, slinky pan-Middle Eastern instrumental band
Train to Basra
Live in New York 10/26/13

THE SAMBASUNDA QUINTET – innovative string-band arrangements of gamelan music

SANDARAA – upbeat, edgy clarinet-driven mashups of klezmer and Pakistani themes
At Littlefield 5/23/15
Their debut album

SANDCATCHERS – hypnotic, psychedelic mashups of Middle Eastern and pastoral Americana music

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

LA SANTA CECILIA – catchy fenale-fronted latin rock and psychedelic cumbias with a smart political edge

PATRICIA SANTOS – intense, brilliantly eclectic, soulful cellist/songwriter, half of the Whiskey Girls duo

SASSPARILLA – eclectic, sometimes Tom Waits-influenced rock, blues and soul
The Darnedest Thing
Magpie 

THE JAKE SCHEPPS QUINTET – ambitious newgrass group blending indie classical and traditional sounds

JENNY SCHEINMAN – eclectic violin virtuoso/composer

MARIA SCHNEIDER – acclaimed big band jazz bandleader and arguably this era’s greatest composer in any style of music
Winter Morning Walks
The Thompson Fields
At Birdland 6/2/15

BENJAMIN SCHOOS – quirky, clever new wave-flavored French pop

EMBER SCHRAG – haunting, brilliantly lyrical Great Plains gothic/psychedelic rock songwriter and bandleader
The Sewing Room
At Trans-Pecos 10/8/14
Live in Brooklyn 4/25/15
Live in Brooklyn 6/6/15
At Hifi Bar 7/2/15
At Trans-Pecos 8/23/15
The Folkadelphia Sessions ep
Secret Brooklyn show 6/6/16

DEBBY SCHWARTZ – nuanced, pensive, hypnotic dreampop and folk-rock songwriting
Garden of My Own
At the Treehouse at 2A 11/28/15

WILL SCOTT – multistylistic blues guitar wizard and gothic Americana songwriter

SCOUT – pensive, intense, jangly female-fronted indie rock
Pi ep
At Rockwood Music Hall 12/13/11

SCRAPERS – blistering, tuneful, assaultive 1981-style NYC punk rock

DRINA SEAY – eclectic country/countrypolitan/Americana roots chanteuse
At Lakeside 10/7/11
At Zirzamni 3/10/13
At 2A 8/17/14

THE SECRET TRIO – intense Middle Eastern instrumental supergroup

SEE-I – trippy modern reggae and dub

THE ERICA SEGUINE/SHANNON BAKER JAZZ ORCHESTRA – mighty, diverse, cinematic big band

SEPTETO NATIONAL DE IGNACIO PINEIRO – legendary Cuban proto-salsa combo who date back to the 1920s

SARA SERPA – quietly riveting, intense, clear-voiced jazz singer/composer

SETAMUR – dark, chilly, cinematic soundscapes

7HORSE – surreal, Stonesy, stoner bar-band rock and punk blues

SEX SCHEME – funny, noisy, intense postpunk/noiserock band

NOURA  MINT SEYMALI – powerful Mauritainian desert rock singer/bandleader

SEXMOB – trumpeter Steven Bernstein’s noir cinematic jazz quartet, arguably NYC’s best jazz act
At the World Financial Center 9/27/12
Cinema Circus & Spaghetti: Film Music of Nino Rota

SIMON SHAHEEN – the iconic, haunting, intense Palestinian-born oud virtuoso/composer
At Roulette 3/1/14
At Globalfest 2016

NASEER SHAMMA – brilliant, politically aware Iraqi-Egyptian oudist, composer and bandleader

TOM SHANER – dark, richly orchestrated, literate, psychedelic southwestern gothic rock
Ghost Songs, Waltzes & Rock & Roll
At Bowery Electric 12/18/12
I Hate to See Your Spirit Fade

SHANGHAI LOVE MOTEL – brilliant, savagely lyrical paisley underground and new wave guitar rock

RAVI SHANKAR – you know who he is

KENNY SHANKER – tuneful, noir-inspired jazz saxophonist and bandleader

URI SHARLIN & THE DOGCAT ENSEMBLE – accordion-driven Brazilian/Israeli grooves

SHIVKUMAR SHARMA – the Indian santoor virtuoso

JOHN SHARPLES – eclectic, tuneful powerpop drummer/bandleader and AC/DC cover band maven
I Can Explain Everything
At Freddy’s 8/23/14

SHARQ ATTACK – darkly slinky, haunting jams on classic Middle Eastern bellydance themes

JODI SHAW – smart, frequently harrowing literate chamber pop

SHE’KOYOKH – exhilarating eight-piece Balkan/Middle Eastern/klezmer jamband

SHERITA – haunting, intense original Turkish and Balkan acoustic jamband

SAM SHERWIN – late 70s style powerpop

AMANDA SHIRES – spare, vivid Texas Americana songwriter and fiddler

PHIL SHOENFELT & PAVEL CINGL – a live acoustic album by the brooding Czech gothic rockers

THE SHOFAR TRIO – intense, brooding jams on ancient Jewish ngunim themes

DEENA SHOSHKES – catchy, playful, fun, jangly indie pop and vintage C&W sounds

SHTREIML – exhilarating, funky Quebecois Turkish/Jewish jamband

JEN SHYU – dynamic, powerful pan-Asian indie classical/jazz composer and singer

SHULAMIT – subtle, eclectic Italian klezmer and global music singer

SIACH HASADEH – haunting, otherworldly improvisational versions of ancient Jewish melodies
Song of the Grasses
Live in NYC 3/4/14

THE SIC FUCKS – theatrical 70s CBGB punk rock legends, still going strong

THE SIDESHOW TRAGEDY – edgy, intense, grimly apocalyptic noir punk blues from Austin
Persona
Capital

MATT SIFFERT – edgy, intense, astringent, cleverly lyrical songwriter with string quartet

THE SILK ROAD ENSEMBLE – cutting-edge new global orchestral works

THOMAS SIMON – hypnotic guitar-based cinematic soundscapes
At the Delancey 8/16/11
At the Delancey 3/19/12
Vortex

MARK SINNIS – lyrically-driven Nashville gothic with ominous baritone vocals
At Arlene’s, 2000
At Madame X, 10/20/13
It’s Been a Long Cold Hard Lonely Winter
At the Mohansic Grill & Lounge 11/22/14

SISTER ANNE – diverse female-fronted post-Stooges and MC5-influenced punk

SISTER CRAYON – hypnoic dreampop-influenced trip-hop band from Sacramento

SISTER SPARROW & THE DIRTY BIRDS – tight funky female-fronted jamband

SISTERMONK – catchy Middle Eastern-influenced groove-oriented jamband

THE SKATALITES – you know who they are

SKINNY LISTER – fun, high-energy English folk and sea chanteys done acoustic punk style

SKOOSHNY – the great cult favorite lyrical Los Angeles powerpop/psychedelic pop band
Zoloto

THE SKULL PRACTITIONERS – wild, savage noiserock band led by Steve Wynn lead guitar monster Jason Victor
ST-1 cassette ep
At Pine Box Rock Shop 10/31/14

SKY PICNIC – epic, sweeping, majestic spacerock and art-rock anthems

SLEEPMAKESWAVES – anthemic, cinematic dreampop/art-rock instrumentals

THE SLEEPY HAHAS – catchy psychedelic heavy pop jamband

SLIM WRAY – an original, tuneful mix of wry garage rock and punk blues

SLOBBER PUP – haphazardly dark, aggressive psychedelic/noiserock power trio

SLOPES OF DISTANT HILLS – pensive, thoughtful, eclectic Nick Drake-ish folk-rock

SLOW SEASON – explosive metal band blending doom themes with southern boogie rock
At St. Vitus 7/18/15
Their debut album remastered

SLOW SUCK – careening, dark, female-fronted, noisy gutter blues and punk-flavored songs

SLV – Pistolera frontwoman Sandra Lilia Velasquez’ sultry downtempo pop project
Their first album
At Shrine 6/25/14

SLY & ROBBIE – arguably the greatest rhythm section in the history of roots reggae

HASKELL SMALL – classical pianist and composer specializing in quiet, haunting music
At Christ & St. Stephen’s Church 3/28/14
At St. Malachy’s Chapel 5/10/16

DANIEL SMITH – the Charlie Parker of the bassoon

ERICA SMITH – haunting, nuanced Americana/janglerock/jazz chanteuse and songwriter
At the Jalopy 2/19/15
At 2A 5/31/15
One for My Baby

GREG SMITH & THE BROKEN ENGLISH – catchy, anthemic Americana and highway rock

LIANNE SMITH – eclectic, brilliantly lyrical noir Americana/powerpop songwriter
Two Sides of a River
At the Treehouse at 2A 11/28/15

PATTI SMITH – you know who she is
At Barnes & Noble Union Square 6/7/12
At the French Alliance 10/2/14
At Lincoln Center 7/20/16

WADADA LEO SMITH – the iconic trumpeter/composer/improvisational bandleader
At Brooklyn Conservatory of Music 6/7/15
At the Met Breuer 3/30/16

SMOD – catchy, socially aware acoustic hip-hop/rock from Mali

THE SMOKE FAIRIES – catchy, anthemic, crepuscular female trip-hop/darkwave duo

SMOOTA – trombonist Dave Smith’s hilarious spoof of boudoir soul music

SARAH KIRKLAND SNIDER – state-of-the-art cinematic indie classical composer

THE SNOW – haunting, lush, epic and witty lyrically-driven art-rock
At Union Hall 10/11/12
Disaster is Your Mistress

SOJA – the popular, smart, politically savvy modern roots reggae band

G.W. SOK – the frontman of Amsterdam postpunks the Ex collaborates with pyrotechnic British noiserock band Action Beat

EMILIO SOLLA – imaginative, eclectic tango/latin jazz pianist/bandleader

THE SOMETIME BOYS – smart, edgy, brilliantly eclectic female-fronted acoustic Americana rock
Ice & Blood
Riverbed
At Bar 9 8/28/14
At Freddy’s 11/20/15

SON OF SKOOSHNY – gorgeous, jangly, deviously literate Rickenbacker guitar powerpop and art-rock
Mid Century Mod
Confection

SONDORGO – spiky, upbeat Hungarian and Serbian tambura folk dances

SONTAG SHOGUN – atmospheric, psychedelic, Eno-esque soundscapes and piano-based art-rock
Their debut album
At the Silent Barn 9/12/14

SPAIN – moody, often Lynchian blue-eyed soul, jazz-tinged indie pop and edgy blues

SPANGLISH FLY – high-energy, jazz-infused new latin soul and psychedelic salsa
Barbes Residency, December-January 2014-15
Brooklyn Boogaloo

SPANKING CHARLENE – edgy Americana punk rock with an intense frontwoman
Where Are the Freaks
At the Ding Dong Lounge 10/27/12

JACK SPANN – brilliant blues, ragtime, stride and rock pianist

THE SPECTRUM SYMPHONY – exciting, dynamic up-and-coming New York symphony orchestra
In concert 3/24/14 – Prokofiev/Brahms/Wharton
In concert 1/14/15 – Massenet/Mozart/Haydn
In concert 1/22/16: Beethoven and Mozart
In concert 11/4/16 – Poulenc, Balint Korosi, Bach and Mendelssohn

THE JON SPENCER BLUES EXPLOSION – you know who they are …right?

SPINDRIFT – playful, Tarantinoesque southwestern gothic rock

THE SPLIT SQUAD – ferocious powerpop and garage punk by members of the Baseball Project, Blondie, Fleshtones and Plimsouls

SPOTTISWOODE – intricate, powerfully lyrical, Britfolk-tinged art-rock and noir cabaret
Live in NYC 11/16/12
English Dream

SPUYTEN DUYVIL – catchy, eclectic acoustic Americana

THE SPY FROM CAIRO – haunting, trippy Middle Eastern reggae and trip-hop grooves

GREG SQUARED’S CIRCLE – wild, ornate, original Balkan brass compositions from the Raya Brass Band reedman

SQURL – filmmaker Jim Jarmusch‘s hypnotic, psychedelic, post-Velvets jamband
Their 3rd ep
At the World Financial Center 2/17/15

RON STABINSKY – cleverly improvisational, wit-infused piano improvisations

DANIEL STAMPFEL – catchy, propulsive powerpop from the Inevitable Breakups’ frontman

TAMMY FAYE STARLITE – the funniest, most subversive comedienne/chanteuse in NYC
Nico: Chelsea Madchen
Her Lincoln Center Debut – Marianne Faithfull’s Broken English

JEN STARSINIC – unselfconsciously poignant newschool and retro Americana songwriter

ANDY STATMAN – the renowned bluegrass mandolinist and klezmer clarinet virtuoso

THE STEEL WHEELS – catchy, tuneful original acoustic Americana

THE STEEP CANYON RANGERS – exciting newgrass from Steve Martin’s backing band
Tell the Ones I Love
Radio

MARK STEINER – menacing, wryly humorous noir rock crooner/guitarist

LARRY STEPHENSON – tenor bluegrass singer with a great band

JOANNA STERNBERG – feisty, elegant, witty acoustic Americana songwriter
Lullaby to Myself
At the American Folk Art Museum 4/1/16

TEV STEVIG – brilliant, eclectic guitarist playing Balkan classics on solo acoustic fretless guitar

STICK AGAINST STONE ORCHESTRA – recently reunited, legendary Pittsburgh punk funk band

MIKE STINSON – funny, aphoristic, smart retro country/highway rock songwriter

JAYME STONE – amazingly eclectic banjo player/composer and reinventor of obscure folk classics

CW STONEKING – amazingly retro 1930s style hokum blues and noir swing tunes

STRANGE BUT SURF – catchy, high-energy original surf rock instrumentals

THE STRANGLERS – dark, eclectic, sardonic punk-era British cult band

THE STRAWBS – the perennially vital British psychedelic/folk-rock/art-rock band

THE STRING ORCHESTRA OF BROOKLYN – eclectic indie classical ensemble

NORA JANE STRUTHERS – Americana songwriter equally adept at newgrass and fiery highway rock

STUPIDITY – purist garage punk band from Stockholm

SULFUR CITY – fearlessly populist psychedelic garage punk, gutter blues and soul band

BENNETT SULLIVAN – cutting-edge newgrass instrumentals from this excellent banjo player/songwriter

THE SULTANS OF STRING – amazingly eclectic Romany/Middle Eastern/Celtic/flamenco string band

SUMMER FICTION – catchy, purist 60s-style psychedelic pop and janglerock

SUNSHINE – imaginative lo-fi oldschool blues and soul band

SUNWATCHERS – catchy, hard-driving postrock instrumentals

SUPER HI-FI – dark dub reggae with Afrobeat tinges
Dub to the Bone
Yule Analog Vol. 1: A Very Dubby Christmas
Yule Analog Vol. 2
At Brooklyn Bowl 12/16/15

SUSQUEHANNA INDUSTRIAL TOOL & DIE CO. – literate, humorous C&W parodies

SVETLANA & THE DELANCEY FIVE – vivid, cosmopolitan swing jazz band
Night at the Speakeasy
At the Back Room 6/20/16
At Lucille’s 6/23/16
At the Blue Note 11/27/16

SVETLANA & THE EASTERN BLOKHEDZ – coyly psychedelic covers of Soviet pop from the 1960s

THE SWAY MACHINERY – edgy guitar-fueled psychedelic rock with desert rock and ancient Jewish influences
Purity & Danger
You Will Love No One But Me
At Joe’s Pub 8/4/16

THE SWEET BITTERS – lush, lyrical, harmony-driven chamber pop, acoustic rock and Americana

SWEET SOUBRETTE – torchy chanteuse Ellia Bisker’s lush chamber pop project
Burning City
At Joe’s Pub 9/2/15
Live at Joe’s Pub album

THE SWEETBACK SISTERS – period-perfect, sultry, badass oldschool country songs
Looking for a Fight
Live on the Fourth of July 2012
At City Winery 8/19/14

KELLEY SWINDALL – intense, purist oldschool talking blues, noir Americana and murder ballads
Her debut album
At Mercury Lounge 11/13/14
Live in NYC 2014-2015
At B.B. King’s 6/22/16

THE SWINGAROOS – playful, eclectic female-fronted original hot swing jazz band

SYBARITE5 – eclectic indie classical ensemble with a cleverly arranged album of Radiohead covers

THE TAKSIM TRIO – haunting, intricate, virtuosic Turkish classical and folk ensemble

TOM TALLITSCH – wickedly tuneful postbop tenor saxophonist/composer
Ride
All Together Now

THE TARANTINOS NYC – catchy, anthemic, sometimes ornate surf rock and movie themes
At Otto’s 8/4/12
Surfing the Silver Screen

THE TARRAS BAND – two generations of jazz talent playing clarinet legend Dave Tarras’ Jewish jazz

DUDU TASSA & THE KUWAITIS – fiery Iranian-flavored Middle Eastern guitar jazz grooves

TATTOO MONEY – hilarious loopmusic mashups of hip-hop, psychedelic soul, funk and blues

THE TEA CLUB – epic, symphonic yet terse and catchy art-rock and psychedelia

TOM TEASLEY – hypnotic, psychedelic, Middle Eastern/gamelanesque instrumental grooves

10 FOOT GANJA PLANT – eclectic John Brown’s Body spinoff playing classic dub reggae

TERAKAFT – hypnotic, psychedelic, politically aware desert blues from Mali
Kel Tamasheq
Alone

TERRIBLE FEELINGS – ferocious female-fronted oldschool style Swedish punk rock

GRACIE TERZIAN – original, cool, alluringly low-key vocal jazz songwriter and chanteuse

BRANDON TERZIC – eclectic, fiery oudist and composer

ROB TETER – catchy, jangly, gypsy-influenced powerpop and soul music

TEXAS TEA – intriguing, often dark Americana and retro pop from Brisbane

THEE OH SEES – trppy dark garage rock and psychedelia from ths popular California band
Putrifiers II
Singles Collection
Manipulator Defeated At Last

THEE SHAMBELS – intense, theatrical Irish-flavored noir folk-rock
At Zirzamin 8/10/12
Lonely a la Mode

THESE NEW PURITANS – haunting, ethereal, cinematic indie classical, postrock and art-rock
Field of Reeds
At Bowery Ballroom 4/30/14

HANNAH THIEM – soaring, intense, Balkan, Nordic, Middle Eastern  and classically-tinged violin rock grooves
At Mercury Lounge 5/29/14
Brym album

THINGNY – innovative, fearlessly funny, politically relevant indie classical chamber group

THIRD WORLD – the famous Jamaican roots reggae/soul band from the 70s

BRIANNA THOMAS – eclectic, purist up-and-coming jazz singer/bandleader
At the Charlie Parker Festival 2014
At Metrotech Park 7/28/16

SHELLEY THOMAS – brilliant Middle Eastern and Balkan singer and bandleader

KAMI THOMPSON – Richard & Linda’s daughter sings plaintive, tuneful folk-pop

RICHARD THOMPSON – Kami’s and Teddy’s dad
At Joe’s Pub 2/6/13
Electric
At NJPAC 4/22/15

AMANDA THORPE – torchy, lyrical, intense Britfolk/chamber pop/jazz chanteuse/bandleader
Promenade
Bewitching Me: The Lyrics of Yip Harburg
At the Treehouse at 2A 11/28/15

THE THRIFT STORE COWBOYS – menacing southwestern gothic and alt-country

THUMBSCREW – edgy jazz trio: guitarist Mary Halvorson, drummer Tomas Fujiwara and bassist Michael Formanek

CHRISTOPHER TIGNOR – haunting, poignant, cinematic indie classical string music
At the Silent Barn 9/12/14
At Littlefield 11/21/14

TIGUE – hypnotically kinetic postrock/indie classical percussion trio

TIPSY OXCART – fiery reinventions of classic songs from across the Balkans
Meet Tipsy Oxcart
Upside Down

VLADA TOMOVA – Bulgarian folk chanteuse/bandleader

TONGUES IN TREES – hypnotic, kinetic, psychedelic classical Indian and indie classical-isnspired grooves

LIZ TORMES – haunting, intense, lyrically rich Nashville gothic songs
At Zirzamin 8/5/12
At the American Folk Art Museum 10/23/15

SAMBA TOURE – Malian desert blues

VIEUX FARKA TOURE – pyrotechnic guitarist and son of Malian legend Ali Farka Toure

THE TOURE-RAICHEL COLLECTIVE – desert blues and Middle Eastern piano jams

TOWN MOUNTAIN – edgy, clever bluegrass band from Asheville, North Carolina
Leave the Bottle
At Zirzamin 2/17/13
L
ive at the Isis

TRACY ISLAND – intriguingly jangly new psychedelic pop band
At Local 269 7/19/12
War No More
At Bowery Electric 11/3/15

TRAILER RADIO – oldschool honkytonk/blues band with funny lyrics and a charismatic singer
Their debut album
At the American Folk Art Museum 10/11/13
Country Girls Ain’t Cheap

TRAMPLED BY TURTLES – catchy stadium rock anthems recast as Americana and newgrass

THE TRANSATLANTIC ENSEMBLE – virtuoso clarinet/piano duo playing Pan-American music

LOBI TRAORE – the late great Malian desert blues guitarist

TRAVELING CIRCLE – eerie, hypnotic postpunk/stoner grooves

LARA TRAUM – dynamic singer tracing Jewish influence throughout Russian art-song

ABBY TRAVIS – haunting, torchy noir art-rock chanteuse

TREDICI BACI – artsy, psychedelic themes inspired by classic Italian film scores

TREEHOUSE – fiery, guiter-fueled newschool roots reggae, dub and psychedelic rock

TRIBECASTAN – original Balkan/Middle Eastern/Latin/Mediterranean stoner music
New Deli
New Songs from the Old Country
At Drom 9/27/13
Goddess Polka Dottess

TRIO TRITTICALI – eclectic, exhilarating tango/Middle Eastern/indie classical string trio

TRI-STATE CONSPIRACY – ferocious, politically aware psycho swing and ska-punk

ERNEST TROOST – intense, literate, haunting noir Americana/alt-country songwriter

DAN TRUEMAN – pioneering hardanger fiddler and electronic music inventor

SHANA TUCKER – eclectic cellist-songwriter blending soul, jazz and chamber pop

TUMBLING BONES – high-energy bluegrass, country blues and oldtime string band music
Risk Not Your Soul
Schemes

TURKUAZ – wild, slyly woozy ten-piece psychedelic funk and Afrobeat band

REBECCA TURNER – brilliant Americana singer and country/Laurel Canyon pop songwriter
At Freddy’s 8/23/14
At Bowery Electric 11/3/15

TWIN GUNS – raw, reverb-drenched, noir garage punk, ghoulabilly and surf rock
Sweet Dreams
The Last Picture Show

THE TWO MAN GENTLEMEN BAND – edgy, comedic, period-perfect oldtimey swing, country and jazz
Two At a Time
Enthusiastic Attempts At Hot Swing and String Band Favorites

TWO OUT RALLY – catchy janglerock band with some of the best rock sax playing ever recorded

2/3 GOAT – socially aware, catchy acoustic Americana rock

MCCOY TYNER – the distinctive, legendary, hard-hitting jazz pianist and composer

TZAR FEATURING MOIST PAULA HENDERSON – trippy, haunting downtempo jazz grooves

JULIA ULEHLA – intense, compelling, eclectic indie classical/psychedelic Balkan folk singer

MATT ULERY – lushly cinematic indie classical/jazz bassist/composer/bandleader

STEPHEN ULRICH – this era’s most intense, distinctive film noir composer

ULRICH ZIEGLER – the Big Lazy spinoff play intense guitar-driven noir soundtrack instrumentals
At Barbes 8/17/12
Their debut album

KOJIRO UMEZAKI – atmospheric, hypnotic indie classical composer and shakuhachi virtuoso

UNCLE ACID & THE DEADBEATS – menacing, macabre stoner metal and 70s psychedelia

UNDERHILL ROSE – charmingly harmony-driven, dynamic three-woman newgrass band

THE UNIVERSAL THUMP – lush, playfully psychedelic, richly orchestrated, female-fronted art-rock
Their debut album
Walking the Cat ep; at Barbes 7/28/15

UNSILENT NIGHT – Phil Kline’s interactive, annual “boombox symphony” parade

THE GREGORIO URIBE BIG BAND – lush, intricate, accordion-fue;ed cumbia and salsa jazz
Cumbia Universal
At Drom 1/18/16

GEORGE USHER AND LISA BURNS – impeccably crafted, pensive janglerock, powerpop and Americana

IMANI UZURI – hypnotic, soaring acoustic gypsy-tinged soul and funk

BOBBY VACANT & THE WORN – dark literate eclectic indie folk and garage rock

VACATIONER – psychedelic electro-soul

VAGABOND SWING – high-energy psychedelic gypsy punk rock from Louisiana

THE VANGUARD JAZZ ORCHESTRA – the state-of-the-art modern jazz big band

ALFONSO VELEZ – catchy, dark, artsy, goth-tinged rock tunesmith

JASNA VELICKOVICH – intriguing, rhythmic indie classical composer-performer

THE VELOCITY DUO – singer Lauren Lee and bassist Charley Sabatino’s wry improvisational project

JACKIE VENSON – fiery, eclectic Texas blues, psychedelic rock and funk guitarist

VENTANAS – fiery flamenco/Middle Eastern/Romany/Mediterranean string band

VERY BE CAREFUL – the legendary Venezuelan-American punk vallenato band

VEVERITSE BRASS BAND – high-energy, haunting improvisational Balkan grooves

FERNANDO VICICONTE – haunting southwestern gothic, folk noir and paisley underground rock

RAQUEL VIDAL & THE MONDAY MEN – alluring, swinging Lynchian rock band
At Desmond’s 2/19/16

VIKING – haunting oldtime noir blues guitarist/pianist/songwriter

VILLA DELIRIUM – witty, ghoulish noir cabaret, chamber pop and circus rock
At Barbes Halloween 2013
At Barbes 2/14/16

OLGA VINOKUR – lyrical Russian-born classical pianist

LILY VIRGINIA – catchy, organic guitar-driven trip-hop and corporate urban pop

VISUAL MUSIC CIRCUS – colorful, cinematic, shapeshifting jazz and classically-inflected instrumentals

VAN-ANH VANESSA VO – intricate, atmospheric new versions of Vietnamese folk tunes

BEN VON WILDENHAUS – noir guitar instrumental virtuoso
At Zebulon 5/14/12
His second album

VOX URBANA – darkly slinky Tucson psychedelic cumbia and Ethiopian groove band

CHARENEE WADE – eclectic jazz chanteuse and Gil Scott-Heron reinterpreter
Offering: The Music of Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson
At Metrotech Park 7/28/16

HENRY WAGONS – menacing noir rock, dark country and rockabilly from Melbourne, Australia

WAHID – haunting, melancholy oud music with Middle Eastern and Indian influences

WHEELER WALKER JR. – the most twisted, X-rated songwriter in country music

WALLACE ON FIRE – imaginative country blues-tinged acoustic rock
Live 1/16/12
Live 6/24/12

JOANNA WALLFISCH – pensive, vivid, jazz-inflected art-rock singer/pianist
The Origin of Adjustable Things
Gardens in My Mind

PAUL WALLFISCH – the Botanica frontman and brilliant improvisational pianist
At the Delancey 5/7/12
At the Owl 4/8/16

ROMAN WALLFISCH – eclectic, cleverly lyrical, tuneful guitarist/songwriter

WALTER EGO – literate, humorous rock/powerpop songwriter
Busking in Williamsburg 9/22/11
At Otto’s 1/28/12

At Otto’s 3/17/12
Live in NYC 6/19 and 8/10/14
24 in 2015 album

MADISEN WARD & THE MAMA BEAR – enigmatic, artful acoustic Americana duo

TOM WARNICK – wry, blackly humorous noir rock, blues and psychedelia
At Freddy’s 3/7/15
Side Effects

WATER SEED – trippy psychedelic funk and hypnotic dancefloor grooves

NICK WATERHOUSE – lurid oldschool noir soul and 60s style psychedelic rock

DALE WATSON – iconoclastic, funny-as-hell outlaw honkytonk songwriter/crooner/bandleader

WILLIE WATSON – terse, haunting oldtime folk and gothic Americana singer/guitarist

WAVE SLEEP WAVE – hypnotic vintage-style dreampop from the Blam’s Jerry Adler

DIANA WAYBURN’S DANCE OF THE WORLD ENSEMBLE – kinetic, sometimes haunting, cinematic instrumentals

WAYLON SPEED – high-energy original highway rock, hard honkytonk and southern metal-tinged anthems

THE WEAL AND WOE – oldtime 1950s style harmony-driven country music

JOANNE WEAVER – enigmatic, eclectic, coolly noir chanteuse and bandleader

TAJ WEEKES & ADOWA – smart, politically conscious classic 70s style roots reggae

EMILIE WEIBEL – clever, quirky downtempo/trip-hop/atmospheric singer

THE DAN WEISS LARGE ENSEMBLE – improvisational, witty, erudite new big band jazz

EMILY WELLS – violinist/chanteuse doing trippy, atmospheric downtempo grooves
Mama
Mama (The Acoustic Recordings)
At Lincoln Center 7/25/13

LOS WEMBLERS – legendary psychedelic band from the Peruvian Amazon in the 60s and 70s

WESTERN MEDICATION – catchy postpunk and dreampop from Nashville

RANDY WESTON – the agelessly iconic jazz pianist, African musicologist and historian

WHEN THE BROKEN BOW – intense apocalyptic noir cabaret and gypsy rock

WHICH WAY EAST – improvisational Balkan/Middle Eastern band

THE WHISKEY CHARMERS – haunting, wickedly tuneful Twin Peaks country band

THE WHISKEY GIRLS – Patricia Santos’ and Tara Hanish’s intense, soulful twin cello-and-vocal duo

THE WHISPERING TREE – brooding, intense female-fronted chamber pop and Americana

EMILY JANE WHITE – haunting, intense gothic Americana and art-rock

WARD WHITE – brilliant, sardonically literate, cinematic  janglerock and chamber pop
Bob
Ward White Is the Matador
At Bowery Electric 11/11/14
At Rockwood Music Hall 2/10/15

THE WHITE KITES – period-perfect late 60s style psychedelic rock from Poland

WHITEHORSE – Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland’s dark garage rock duo project

THE WHY THE MOUNTAINS ARE BLACK COMPILATION – rustic, ancient Greek folk songs

JD WILKES & THE DIRT DAUBERS – intense, macabre gutter blues and Nashville gothic rock

LUCINDA WILLIAMS – you know who she is

WIND – slowly unwinding, hypnotic, psychedelic early 70s style rock epics

ANDY WINTER – icy, melancholy art-rock from a founding member of metal legends Winds

ANNA WINTHROP – soaring, enigmatic art-rock/chamber pop pianist/singer

WIRE – you know who they are

THE WIYOS – psychedelic Wizard of Oz-inspired folk-rock, jump blues and oldtimey stoner swing
Twist
At the Bell House 6/17/13
One For the Road

WOODEN INDIAN BURIAL GROUND – menacing, surreal, psychedelic horror surf and dark garage rock

WOODY PINES – jaunty, fun, upbeat pre-rock and pre-rockabilly Americana sounds

THE WORDLESS MUSIC ORCHESTRA – a meticulously rearranged new orchestrated version of Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells

WORMBURNER – intense, anthemic, catchy, lyrically brilliant highway rock and powerpop

BERNIE WORRELL – the P-Funk keyboard legend and surprisingly intense jazz pianist

WOUNDED BUFFALO THEORY – intricate, meticulous, high-energy art-rock jamband
The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway live
A Painting of Plans

STEPHANE WREMBEL – innovative, intense gypsy jazz guitarist

SHANNON WRIGHT – dark, smoldering guitar-driven indie/noir/art-rock

THE WYTCHES – visionary, reverb-driven noir guitar band
Annabel Dream Reader

XIXA – 80s-influenced psychedelic cumbia grooves from this Giant Sand spinoff

THE YALE SLAVIC CHORUS – haunting choral versions of Balkan, Ukrainian and Russian folk songs

YANKEE BANG BANG – savagely sardonic, punk-inspired lo-fi lyrical powerpop

JOHN YAO & HIS 17-PIECE INSTRUMENT – state-of-the-art brass-fueled original big band jazz
Flip-Flop
At Shapeshifter Lab 2/15/16

YARN/WIRE – diverse indie classical piano/percussion ensemble

YEMEN BLUES – funky, danceable, orchestrated Middle Eastern tinged jams

THE YIDDISH ART TRIO – elegant, intense, mysterious new and reinvented klezmer instrumentals

YIDDISH PRINCESS – funny hair-metal versions of klezmer and Jewish pop songs

DWIGHT YOAKAM – you know him – right? Newschool retro honkytonk guy from the 80s

BORA YOON – ethereal, hypnotic, subtly witty, theatrical Korean-American indie classical composer
Sunken Cathedral
At La Mama 1/14/15
At Greenwich House Music School 4/28/16

YOUNG MARBLE GIANTS COVER NIGHT AT HIFI BAR – this show was a lot of fun!

DHAFER YOUSSEF – intense Tunisian oud virtuoso and singer

ZEDASHE – otherworldly ancient choral works and folk songs from the republic of Georgia
Intangible Pearls
Our Earth and Water

YEZNIG ZEGCHANIAN – soulful singer of rare Armenian sacred music

MIGUEL ZENON – state-of-the-art Nuyorican jazz alto saxophonist/composer

PABLO ZIEGLER – virtuoso nuevo tango pianist and Astor Piazzolla

ZOMBIE ZEN A GO GO – catchy, fun, original horror surf band

ZONGO JUNCTION – massive, psychedelic, wildly horn-driven Afrobeat funk orchestra

EMIL ZRIHAN – intense, ecstatic Moroccan-Israeli crooner/bandleader
At Lincoln Center 7/27/14
At Globalfest 2015

ZVULOON DUB SYSTEM – haunting, catchy Ethiopian roots reggae from Israel
Anbesa Dub
At Meridian 23 8/1/14