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A Transcendent, Trance-Inducing Night of Psychedelic Indian Soul at Zeshan B’s Lincoln Center Debut

In his Lincoln Center debut last week, Chicago soul singer Zeshan B delivered one of the most rivetingly psychedelic, impassioned, fearlessly relevant performances at any New York venue this year. Introducing the Chicago-born singer/harmonium player and his fantastic band, Lincoln Center’s Meera Dugal enthused that he “Encompasses every yummy kind of music there is,” which wasn’t a stretch. In over an hour onstage, he and his slinky, surreal, spot-on four-piece backing band opened with some chill funk, closed with a spine-tingling oldschool soul anthem, in between shifting between new psychedelic arrangements of ancient Indian ghazals, some Bollywood, Sufi balladry, hints of hip-hop and even a couple of sublimely expert detours toward medieval Jewish cantorial music. Is there anything this guy CAN’T sing?

Writer Amy Schiller, ensconced in the front row of the VIP area, quipped that Zeshan B’s brand-new signature style should be called “ghazpel.”

The group’s vampy, impassioned opening number, Breaking Point, rose to a brief guitar solo from the brilliantly incisive Samuel Moesching over the serpentine pulse of bassist Jeremiah Hunt and drummer Greg Artry. The frontman’s harmonium added a trippy, trebly texture, mingling with Rob Clearfield’s blippy electric piano.

Zeshan B isn’t the only brilliant Indian-American singer fronting a psychedelic band – Kamala Sankaram does the same thing in front of the similarly surreal, amazing Bombay Rickey. But it’s hard to imagine anyone else in this hopefully expanding subgenre to channel as much wrenching angst or passion as this guy did with his melismatic baritone. He and the band held the crowd transfixed with their first swaying, gorgeously moody minor-key ghazal, singing in Urdu, rising to an angst-fueled peak, Moesching adding a subtly brooding a wah-wah guitar solo before the bandleader went deep into the grit. Then he went up into the rafters with his powerful falsetto. As he mentioned in passing later in the show, Urdu soul is a real genre. He credited his journalist dad, who reported on African-American music and culture in the 60s and 70s, as a major influence.

The group didn’t waste any time flipping the script, reinventing the Jimmy Cliff ballad Hard Road to Travel as indomitable oldschool Smokey Robinson soul in 12/8 time. Watching a Punjabi-American bring a Jamaican reggae hit full circle, back to its original inspiration, was a real trip; Zeshan B used the outro to air out his falsetto again. A dramatic, mystical invocation that drew on his time as a teenage muezzin at the neighborhood mosque served as the intro to the brisk, anthemic Lonely Man.

Zeshan B has a powerful populist streak. Chicago has been blighted by gentrification almost as devastatingly as New York, and he related how his old neighborhood has been decimated to the point of unrecognizability, just like Williamsburg and Bushwick. He underscored the aftereffects in the longing and nostalgia of a lilting ballad that segued into a slowly crescendoing, echoey interlude. Then with a slow, misty resignation, he and the band built a long launching pad for a big vocal crescendo in Jaane Man, spiced with alternately oscillating and searing Moesching riffage and some wry wah-wah keys from Clearfield.

Zeshan B’s take of Otis Redding’s You Don’t Miss Your Water, just vocals and Clearfield’s piano, took everybody to church. The best song of the night was a brooding minor-key ghazal-rock number, Clearfield’s bitingly trebly keys slithering over a muted swing and Moesching’s jagged accents. Their full-band take of George Perkins’ 1970 cult favorite protest-soul anthem Cryin in the Streets was unexpectedly brief, although the group raised the the rafters with Brown Power, Zeshan B’s affirmation of solidarity among brown-skinned people around the globe. Moesching chopped his chords with a ferocity to match Zeshan B’s insistence that “We ain’t gonna take it no more from the ivory tower – Brown Power!” 

After a stop at Bonnaroo, his next show is a hometown gig on June 22 at 8 PM at the Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W 111th St. in Chicago; tix are $27. And the next free concert at the Lincoln Center atrium space on Broadway just north of 62nd St. is tomorrow night, June 7 at 7:30 PM with another fearless firebrand singer and bandleader, Mauritania’s Noura Mint Seymali. Get there early if you’re going. 

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Thrills and Rare Insight From Tosca Opdam and Victor Stanislavsky at Carnegie Hall Last Night

Last night at Carnegie Hall, violinist Tosca Opdam was one step removed from the hardest kind of performance a musician can deliver: a solo show. She settled for second hardest, a duo set with pianist Victor Stanislavsky that was both a guided tour of the innermost secrets of music stretching across four centuries…not to mention a lusciously tuneful ride.

There’s a point during the first movement of Bach’s Sonata for Violin and Harpsihcord, BWV 1016 where the rhythm takes a subtle shift behind a vastly more dramatic turn, as the melody leaves a calmly lively fugal motion for a sudden descent into the shadows. Over a hundred years later, Debussy did exactly the same thing – in a completely different idiom – in his only Violin Sonata. Did the godfather of Modernism know of his predecessor’s work? From how Opdam and Stanislavsky approached both of those moments, moving in unison with a judiciously wary, balletesque grace, the answer seemed obvious.

On one hand, that’s why Juilliard exists, to steep the next generation of serious concert artists in the tradition so they can make connections like these. On the other hand, programs like this too seldom do. For whatever reason, Stanislavsky played the Bach with a lilt, just a hair behind the beat, an unusual approach. Then again, Bach didn’t write for the piano, so there’s bound to be something unusual about anything by Bach played on it. The effect was well-suited to Opdam’s spun-silk filigrees, jaunty leaps and bounds and contrastingly plaintive washes.

Another parallelism later in the program was just as stunning. The second of two Korngold miniatures from his Much Ado About Nothing Suite built a rather twisted, carnivalesque, marionettish pulse. A similarly sardonic danse macabre recurred in the second movement of Prokofiev’s Violin Sonata No. 2 in D, Op. 94.5, and once again the duo brought out every bit of grimness and greasepaint.

And that’s where Opdam built what had already been a thrilling program to exit velocity. Violin sonatas exist first and foremost for showcasing dazzling technique, and up to this point she’d parsed the stately baroque, the wistful late Romantic and some playful phantasmagoria. As the concert built momentum, she allowed herself a smile after each piece was up – if you could have played these pieces like she did, you would have been smiling too. It wasn’t until a particularly slithery hairpin turn in the third movement of the Prokofiev that she allowed herself an unselfconscious bit of a grin midway through, a whispery of a “yesssss!”

There was also a new commission on the bill, introducing the Prokofiev with what was supposed to be a shifting seaside tableau, matched by Opdam’s lavish costume change, but which came across as more of a portrait of peevish obsessiveness. Stanislavsky, who excels particularly with the Romantics, seemed absolutely baffled as to how to approach it and he wasn’t alone. The duo seemed to be trying as hard as they could through some awkwardness and got some polite applause for their efforts. They’d be rewarded with three standing ovations after treating the audience to a warmly welcoming, neoromantic miniature of an encore by Dutch composer Henriette Bosmans.

Opdam’s next  concert is on her home turf at the Stedelijk Museum, Museumplein 10 in Amsterdam, on July 7. 

The Godfather of Powerpop Headlines an Iconic Brooklyn Dive This Saturday Night

Paul Collins is widely considered the godfather of powerpop. Ray Davies is one of his contemporaries, and a good comparison. Historically, what Collins was doing in the late 60s predates both Badfinger and Cheap Trick. And he’s never stopped touring or recording. This blog was in the house for a couple of twinbills the ageless cult favorite tunesmith played with peerlessly cinematic noir rock stylist Karla Rose several months back at Berlin, the first a full-band show and the second a rare solo electric gig. Collins’ next show is with his band at Hank’s this Saturday night, June 9 at around 11; ferocious, twin guitar-fueled, Radio Birdman-esque psychedelic punks the Electric Mess open the night at 10. Cover is $7.

Collins’ latest release – streaming at Spotify – is a long-awaited, standalone reissue of two rare cassette ep’s, Long Time Gone, from 1983, and To Beat or Not to Beat, from two years later. Both are a delicious blast from the past. It’s Collins at his catchy, anthemic best. What a trip it is to hear him playing with an icy chorus box guitar tone in Broken Hearted, the catchy anthem that opens the collection, building to a classic D-A-G chorus, spiced with a scrambling solo that’s almost bluegrass.

The second cut,  Long Time Gone is a vampy, punchy, distantly Motown-influenced number. Working on a Good Thing sounds like Buddy Holly at halfspeed, while Find Somebody Else brings to mind what the Church were doing at the time, Collins working the spare/lushly jangly contrast for all it’s worth.

Standing in the Rain – an original, not the ELO song – has a slow, majestic groove and tasty acoustic/electric textures. The reissue’s hardest-rocking track, Good Times, could be WIllie Nile, while the big European hit All Over the World – this guy liked to nick Jeff Lynne song titles, huh?  – has snappy bass and organ swooshing distantly behind the jangle and crunch, up to a unexpectedly shreddy guitar solo.

Dance Dance comes across as Nick Lowe covering the Stray Cats; the allusively Beatlesque Making You Mine foreshadows Liza & the WonderWheels, a dozen years before the cult favorite Brooklyn band’s heyday.

Burning Desire is a 19th Nervous Breakdown ripoff. “Have you heard about the Moral Majority, man is that a joke?” Coilins asks in the echoey Give Me the Drugs, unsurprisingly the most acidically psychedelic track here. The final track is the bitttersweet Always Got You on My Mind. If catchy, vampy verses that build to even catchier, singalong choruses are your jam, this is your guy.

A word about the venue, if you haven’t already heard: Hank’s is closing sometime this year, finally making room for that luxury condo building every real Brooklynite in the neighborhood has been dreading for more than a decade. If you’re thinking of paying your last respects to the place that was Brooklyn’s original home for honkytonk, and innumerable good rock shows for pretty much the past seventeen years or so, this is as good a chance as you’ll get before it’s gone forever.

An Uneasy, Mind-Altering, Atmospheric Layer Cake From Spirit Radio

Spirit Radio is the hypnotic, frequently otherworldly, often chilling duo project of Tamalyn Miller and Stephen Spera. Their new album A LIght Is Running Along the Ropes is streaming at Bandcamp. Miller contributes vocals and plays her signature, handmade single-string horsehair fiddle, which she also wields as the lead instrument in phantasmagorical New York art-rock band Goddess.

In its natural state, it induces all sorts of goosebumps, throwing off layers of sepulchral microtones. Here, it’s typically somewhat muted. Multi-instrumentalist Spera is a loopmusic pioneer whose career in minimalist atmospherics goes back to the 80s. Themes of transformation, death and rebirth permeate this relentlessly restless suite of trance pieces.

In the opening first segment of the album’s title triptych, a low, slowly shifting distorted guitar drone anchors tinkly piano, echoing loops and eventually Miller’s magnetic, uneasy wordless vocals. The track decays into a dusty wash at the end. It’s reprised midway through the album, balancing distantly quavery fiddle, poltergeist vocal angst and simple, unadorned guitar, eventually brightening somewhat. Both Miller’s voice and the guitar drone rise in the epic, almost fourteen-minute conclusion, Miller’s macabre fiddle shivers edging to the center and then falling away as starry keys and a tabla move in.

“This is a changing course, have you fallen off?” Miller’s disembodied, increasingly staggered vocal overdubs ask as the backdrop becomes more chaotic in the album’s second track, Earthbound. Then the menace really kicks in with Something About Fire, Miller’s recollection of childhood obsession with an unnamed song about a little girl who burns down her house.

Time and Dust, awash in both envelopingly resonant and flitting textures, brings to mind Laurie Anderson. “There is no time, but there is dust,” Miller intones, allusively sultry and sinister. From there, a circling, minimalist miniature leads into Sea Monk, an uneasy tableau blending echoey footfalls and a ghostly choir on loop. Always, with its gentle bells and “Forever is a long time” mantra, brings to mind Bora Yoon at her most comforting. After that, The Poisoned Knight juxtaposes cold coppery echoes against peaceful deep-forest samples. I Took a Long Walk, with its calm spoken-word multitracks, is both the trippiest and most relaxed track here. Fire this up, lean back and enter these not-quite-parallel universes if you dare.

Sprit Radio don’t have any shows coning up, but Goddess are making a rare Queens appearance at the Queens Museum in Corona Park on June 9 at around 3 PM, preceded by readings by Miller, Jen Bevin, Nick Flynn and Rachel Zucker in conjunction with Mel Chin’s installation The Funk & Wag from A to Z. Admission is free.

Mitra Sumara Bring Their Mysterious, Psychedelic Iranian Dancefloor Grooves to Alphabet City

Mitra Sumara are New York’s only Farsi funk band. They play slinky dancefloor grooves in tricky meters, spiced with stabbing horns, purposeful psychedelic keyboards and guitar. The now-obscure classics in their repertoire were all the rage in Iran until the 1979 coup d’etat and subsequent crackdown on human rights. Much like Turkish music, the songs’ melodies shift uneasily between western minor scales and the magical microtonal maqams of Arabic music. Mitra Sumara add both a dubwise edge as well as salsa percussion. The result is as psychedelic as it is fun to jam out to on the dance floor. Their long-awaited debut album is due to hit their music page shortly; they’re playing the album release show on June 7 at 8 PM at Nublu 151. Cover is $15.

As the opening track, legendary Iranian singer Googoosh’s Bemoon ta Bemoonam gets underway, strutting horns give way to a spiraling, marionettish melody, Jim Duffy’s uneasily bubbling electric piano overhead; then frontwoman Yvette Saatchi Perez comes in and the horns return. There are echoes of both Afrobeat and Afro-Cuban music, the latter reinforced by a propulsive Peter Zummo trombone solo.

Zia Atabi’s Helelyos has spare, persistent timbales, dubby minor-key horns and a hypnotic Julian Maile wah guitar loop; later, he adds some arresting jet engine flourishes. Nikhil Yerawadekar’s bass growls and snaps along underneath Duffy’s carnivalesque, tremoloing organ as Perez’s vocals mine the microtones in Shahre Paiz, by Pooran – it’s arguably the album’s best and most Arabic-inflected track.

The longing in Perez’s voice in chanteuse Soli’s broodingly pouncing, similarly catchy, minor-key Miravi is visceral. Bill Ruyle’s santoor adds ripples alongside Duffy’s piano as the horns swirl and rage in Parva’s chromatically juicy instrumental Mosem-e Gol. Gol Bi Goldoon, another Googoosh hit, swings along on a tight clave beat, spare unadorned guitar balanced by Duffy’s roto organ, the guys in the band joining Perez on the big anthemic chorus.

Duffy’s moody, chromatic electric piano flourishes light up a third Googoosh track, Donya Vafa Nadare, vamping along over a lithe 17/8 rhythm. Manoto has a 70s lowrider latin groove, wry singalong riffage and allusions to both latin pop and bossa nova. Melismatic snakecharmer keys and guitar interchange and then edge toward Nancy Sinatra-ish Vegas noir in Hamparvaz, originally recorded by Leila Forouhar.

The album’s final cut is Kofriam, a mighty anthem by Zia that reminds of the Hawaii 5-0 theme and classic early 70s Fela, with a circling duskcore groove straight out of the Sahara. Who knows how far this music might have gone if the Khomeini regime hadn’t crushed it? Big props to Mitra Sumara for rescuing it from obscurity for the rest of the world.

Live Music Calendar for New York City and Brooklyn for June and July 2018

Daily updates – if you go out a lot, it couldn’t hurt to bookmark this page.

If you’re leaving your hood, make sure you check http://www.mta.info for service changes considering how the trains are at night and on the weekend.

If you don’t recognize a venue where a particular act is playing, check the comprehensive, recently updated list of over 200 New York City music venues at New York Music Daily’s sister blog Lucid Culture.

This is not a list of every show in town – it’s a carefully handpicked selection. If this calendar seems short on praise for bands and artists, it’s because every act here is recommended if you like their particular kind of music. Many different styles to choose from.

Showtimes listed here are set times, not the time doors open – if a listing says something like “9ish,” that means it’ll probably start later than advertised. If you see a show listed without the start time, that’s because either the artist, their publicist or the venue in question sent incomplete info – those acts are usually listed last on a particular date.  Always best to check with the venue for the latest information on set times and door charges, since that information is often published here weeks in advance. Weekly events first followed by the daily calendar.

If you see a typo or an extra comma or something like that, remember that while you were out seeing that great free concert that you found out about here, somebody was up late after a long day of work editing and adding listings to this calendar ;)

On select Wednesdays and Sundays, an intimate, growing piano music salon on the Upper West Side featuring iconoclastically insightful, lyrical pianist Nancy Garniez – a cult favorite with an extraordinarily fluid, singing, legato style – exploring the delicious minutiae of works from across the centuries, beverages and lively conversation included!

Puppeteer Basil Twist’s disorienting, phantasmagorical Symphonie Fantastique, with pianist Christopher O’Riley playing a score by Berlioz, “takes place in the most unlikely of places – a 1,000-gallon water tank, in which five unseen puppeteers swirl countless pieces of fabrics, feathers, fishing lures, flashlights, glitter, dyes, plastic, vinyl and bubbles in all shapes and sizes, creating a dream-like world of imagination and surreal storytelling,” at Here, 145 6th Ave. south of Spring, $35, through July 15, Tuesday–Saturday at 8:30 PM; Saturday and Sunday at 4

7/18-29, 8 PM the International Keyboard Festival features a whole slew of top-tier piano talent playing classical repertoire from standard to obscure at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, 695 Park Ave at 68th St. Most concerts are $20/$10 stud/srs. Too many acts to mention, the full lineup is here

Mondays at 7 PM multi-instrumentalist Dennis Lichtman’s popular western swing band Brain Cloud at Barbes followed at 9:30 PM by a variety of south-of-the-border-style bands playing cumbias, boogaloo, salsa, maybe all of the above.

Mondays at the Jazz Standard it’s all Mingus, whether with the Mingus Orchestra, Big Band or Mingus Dynasty: as jazz goes, it’s arguably the most exhilarating show of the week, every week. The first-rate players always rise to the level of the material. Sets 7:30/9:30 PM, $25 and worth it.

Also Monday and Tuesday nights Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks, a boisterous horn-driven 11-piece 1920s/early 30’s band play Iguana, 240 W. 54th St ( Broadway/8th Ave) , 3 sets from 8 to 11, surprisingly cheap $15 cover plus $15 minimum considering what you’re getting. Even before the Flying Neutrinos or the Moonlighters, multi-instrumentalist Giordano was pioneering the oldtimey sound in New York; his long-running residency at the old Cajun on lower 8th Ave. is legendary. He also gets a ton of film work (Giordano wrote the satirical number that Willie Nelson famously sang in Wag the Dog).

Mondays at the Vanguard the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra – composer Jim McNeely’s reliably good big band vehicle – plays 9/11 PM, $30 per set plus drink minimum.

Mondays in June, Rev. Vince Anderson and his band play Union Pool in Williamsburg, two sets starting at 10:30 PM. The Rev. is one of the great keyboardists around, equally thrilling on organ or electric piano, an expert at Billy Preston style funk, honkytonk, gospel and blues. He writes very funny, very politically astute, sexy original songs and is one of the most charismatic, intense live performers of our time. It’s a crazy dance party. Paula Henderson from Burnt Sugar is the lead soloist on baritone sax, with frequent special guests.

Tuesdays in June, clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party  at 9 PM at Barbes (check the club calendar). Get there as soon as you can as they’re very popular. $10 cover.

Wednesdays in June, 8 PM the Binky Griptite Orchestra (formerly Sharon Jones’ brilliant oldschool soul backing band) at Threes Brewing Outpost, 113 Franklin St (Greenpoint/Kent Aves) in Greenpoint, free

Thursdays at 8 in June the Brooklyn Raga Massive – a rotating cast of A-list Indian, jazz and rock musicians who love to jam out classic Indian themes from over the centuries to the present day – play the Jalopy, $15 adv tix at the bar at the main space. Tons of special guests followed by a wild raga jam!

Fridays and Saturdays at 5 PM adventurous indie classical string quartet Ethel plus frequent special guests playing a mix of classical and more contemporary material at the balcony bar at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

Fridays in June?, 7:30 PM tenor saxophonist Ken Fowser leads his band at the Django. Jukebox jazz in a JD Allen vein but not as dark and more straight-ahead/groove-oriented: as postbop party music goes, nobody’s writing better than this guy right now.

Free classical concerts on Saturdays at 4 PM in Ju e at Bargemusic;  usually solo piano or small chamber ensembles. If you get lucky, you’ll catch pyrotechnic violinist/music director Mark Peskanov and/or the many members of his circle. Early arrival advised.

Saturdays in June, 6 PM Alfred Kpebsaane – Ghanaian Gyil xylophone, and Brittany Anjou – piano & keyboards play Ghanaian Bewaa and Binne funeral music at Barbes

Sundays there’s a klezmer brunch at City Winery, show starts around 11:30 AM – 2 PM, $10 cover, no minimum, lots of good bands

Sundays in June, at sometime past noon at Hank’s, Nashville gothic crooner Sean Kershaw‘s legendary honkytonk brunch is back; special guests from his wide circle of NYC Americana acts keep the afternoon going until about 7. It’s just like 1999 again -at least until the bar closes sometime this year. Also Sundays at 6 PM in June fiery, psychedelically bluesy oldschool soul/southern rockers Lizzie & the Makers play afterward. They’re also at Bowery Electric on 6/12 at 10 if you feel like paying a $10 cover

Sundays in June, 6 PM haunting 1920s/30s Greek revolutionary songs and hash-smoking anthems with Costas Baltazanis on guitar, the phenomenal Mavrothi Kontanis on oud, baglamas and voice, plus the occasional musical guest at the Greek Tribeca, 458 Greenwich St (Desbrosses/Watts), free

Sundays in June, 8 PM purist guitarist Peter Mazza – who gets the thumbs up from bop-era legend Gene Bertoncini – leads a series of trios at the Bar Next Door.

6/1, 7 PM the Aizuri Quartet with Syrian clarinetist and composer Kinan Azmeh play immigration and exile-themed works by Azmeh, Komidas, and Lembit Beecher, plus a suite of short works by Pauchi Sasaki, Michi Wiancko, Wang Lu and Can Bilir at the Rogers Auditorium at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, $35 but worth it

6/1, 7 PM Aya Aziz and Ali Merghoub mash up haunting North African sounds and new wave followed eventually at 10 by hard-hitting bassist Dawn Drake & Zapote‘s hot Afrobeat-tinged funk grooves at Shrine  

6/1, 7 PM pianist Zach Lapidus, bassist Peter Brendler and drummer Aaron Seeber play an all-Leonard Bernstein program at Bloomingdale School of Music, 323 W 108th St, free

6/1, 7 PM bass duo Sean Ali and Pascal Niggenkemper, soprano Stephanie Lamprea and pianist Gabriel Zucker playing works by Saariaho, Webern and others, then Nathan Bell solo on drums, then Gaya Feldheim Schorr singing Connie Converse songs at Spectrum, $10

6/1, 7 PM pianist Roger Lent and singer Olivia Chindamo! play Gershwin at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, $15

6/1-2, 7:30/9:30 PM terse, purposeful rising star postbop saxophonist Melissa Aldana   leads a septet playing her Frida Kahlo-inspired material at the Jazz Gallery, $25

6/1, 8 PM one of the year’s best twinbills:hard-hitting, brass-fueled newschool latin soul/boogaloo dance band Spanglish Fly and epic, original, intense original Balkan monsters Raya Brass Band at Flushing Town Hall, $16

6/1, 8 PM a wildly eclectic, jazz-inclined steel guitar triplebill: Susan Alcorn, Doug Jernigan and Mike Neer at the Jalopy, $20

6/1, 8ish a rare Brooklyn show by searing, intense, politically conscious alto saxophonist/composer Sarah Manning leading a trio with Alli Miller on drums followed by another killer reed player, Briggan Krauss’ The Need with Wayne Horvitz on piano at the Owl

6/1, 8 PM alto saxophonist Caroline Davis leads her Quartet at the Neighborhood Church, 269 Bleecker St. at Morton St., free

6/1, 8 PM the epic (possibly four-hour) annual performance by legendary Japanese collective improvisers Marginal Consort – who use homemade acoustic instruments, electronics, bamboo sticks, marbles, water and more – at Pioneer Works, $20 

6/1, 8:30 PM, repeating on 6/2 at 7:30 PM the reliably entertaining, adventurous Chelsea Symphony play works by Samuel Beebre, Jonathan Bruce Brown and Respighi’s Pines of Rome. Friday’s concert features soloist Susanne Chen on the Victor Bruns’ Contrabassoon Concerto. Saturday’s concert also has the Violin Concerto by Erich Korngold featuring Emanouil Manolov, at St. Paul’s Church, 315 W 22nd St., $20 sugg don

6/1, 8:30 PM catchy oldschool roots reggae with a fearlessly populist Senegalese feel from Meta & the Cornerstones playing a rare acoustic show at the big room at the Rockwood, $15

6/1, 8:30 PM torchy tropicalia swing singer Candice Reyes leads her quintet at Club Bonafide, $15

6/1, 9:30 PM hardscrabble, smartly lyrical Americana rock band Amanda Anne Platt & the Honeycutters at Hill Country

6/1, 9:30 PM Mischief Night – the Grasping Straws’ Mallory Feuer’s menacingly lo-fi guitar-drums duo – at Sidewalk 

6/1, 9:30 PM Miles Evans leads what’s left of the Gil Evans Orchestra playing classic noir and swing themes at the Cutting Room, $20 adv tix avail

6/1, 10 PM awesomely slinky, psychedelic Israeli Ethiopiques groove instrumentalists Anbessa Orchestra  at Barbes

6/1, 10 PM brilliantly lyrical, Elvis Costelloish multi-instrumentalist songwriter Tris McCall & the Cell Phone Thieves at FM Jersey City, free

6/1, 10:30 PM catchy Booker T-esque soul jazz with the David Gibson/Jared Gold, Hammond B3 organ band at the Fat Cat

6/2 starting in the morning an allday concert in Ft. Greene Park, acts TBA

6/2, 3 PM this year’s Choralfest features performances by the rivetingly eclectic all-female Accord Treble Choir, Stuyvesant High School Choir, St. Thomas Gospel Choir, Polyhymnia early music singers, Every Voice Choirs, University at Buffalo Choir, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, the Canticum Novum Singers, LaGuardia High School Women’s Choir and New York Virtuoso Singers at Symphony Space, free  

6/2, 4 PM fiery, deviously fun oldtimey swing guitarist/crooner Seth Kessel & the Two Cent Band followed eventually at 10 by rockabilly songstress Suzette Sundae & the Love Lifes – killer band if retro sounds are your thing – at Skinny Dennis

6/2, 4:30  PM soprano Marguerite Sutherland sings works by black composers, “the story of Harriet Tubman’s life, the Birmingham church bombing, black art songs, Creole folk music and spirituals” at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex, $25

6/2, 4:30 PM hard-hitting postbop trombonist/composer Jimmy O’Connell leads his sextet at Smalls

6/2, 6 PM harmony-fueled bluegrass band the NYCity Stompers at Asser Levy Park out behind the aquarium in Coney Island (where the free outdoor shows used to be held, remember?)

6/2, 7 PM darkly torchy southwestern gothic/Europolitan songwriter/guitarist Miwa Gemini at the Way Station

6/2, 7 PM Margaret Leng Tan, doyenne of the toy piano plays a program of all female composers:. Phyllis Chen, Monica Pearce, Laura Liben, Ying An Lin, Kelly Moran, Bunita Marcus, Hye-Kyung Lee and Y fat Soul Zisso.at Spectrum, $10

6/2 7:30 PM the Brooklyn Raga Massive – a rotating cast of A-list Indian, jazz and rock musicians who love to jam out classic Indian themes from over the centuries to the present day – play their 6th anniversary show with psychedelically ripping hammered dulcimer power trio House of Waters , singer Samarth Nagarkar with harmonium and tabla, and the Women’s Raga Massive at Pioneer Works, $30

6/2, 8 PM art-rocker Pierre de Gaillande’s Bad Reputation playing witty chamber pop English translations of Georges Brassens classics followed at 10 by epic ranchera/bolero brass crew Banda de los Muertos at Barbes

6/2, 8 PM slinky all-female jazz quintet Mariposa with Hyuna Park (piano and musical direction), Myriam Phiro (vocals and bandleader), Leonor Falcon(violin), Tina Lama (bass), and Mariana Ramirez (drums and percussion) at Club Bonafide, $20

6/2, 8 PM, repeating 6/3 at 4, irrepressible vocal/instrumental chamber ensemble Cantata Profana with Lucy Dhegrae as vocal soloist, in Jukka Tiensuu‘s Plus IV, Mauricio Kagel‘s single-minded Unguis Incarnatus Est, Simon Steen-Andersen‘s playful sonata for contact microphones, Difficulties Putting it into Practice, and a little bonus material from the 14th century by Guillaume de Machaut at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix rec

6/2, 8:30 PM edgy psychedelic/jazz Gutbucket guitarist Ty Citerman performs duets and trios with singer/multi-instrumentalist Judith Berkson and singer Sara Serpa from his Bop Kabbalah+Voices: New Radical Yiddish Liberation Song project at I-Beam, $15

6/2, 8:40 PM (not 8:30) a killer Brazilian acoustic rainforest psychedelic folk twinbill at SOB’s with rapidfire accordionist Vitor Gonçalves & Trio Sanfonya Brasileira and Adriana Giordano & Forro en Canto, $15

6/2, 9 PM intense frontwoman Hannah Fairchild’s searingly lyrical punk/art-rock/noir cabaret trio Hannah vs. the Many at Hank’s. OMFG this band is good – they slayed on an off-night at LIC Bar, who knows what they could do in the surprisingly good sonics here. 

6/2, 9 PM Unsteady Freddie‘s monthly surf rock extravaganza at Otto’s begins at 9 PM with surfed-up tv themes from Commercial Interruption, at 10 the jangly, southwestern gothic-inclined Agent Octopus, 11 the swirly, hard-hitting, reverb-iced Strange but Surf and at midnight wickedly jangly surf/twang/country instrumentalists the Bakersfield Breakers

6/2, 9ish catchy, slinky, psychedelic tropicalia and cumbia band Yotoco at the Owl

6/2, 9 PM sardonically relevant guitar-fueled female-fronted Americana punks Spanking Charlene  at Sidewalk

6/2, 10 PM hilarious, smartly political faux-French retro 60s psych-pop band les Sans Culottes play the album release show for their new one She Is Tossed By the Waves But Doesn’t Sink at El Cortez, $tba

6/2, 10 PM singer Allysen Callery blends medieval and new, original folk noir sounds at Wonders of Nature, $10 

6/2, 10ish purposeful, anthemic metal band Fragile Sky at Lucky 13 Saloon, $10 

6/2, 10 PM edgy lefty lead guitarist Damian Quinones and his psychedelic latin soul band  at Silvana. He’s also at the Way Station at 6/8 at 9:30

6/3, 11 AM ferociously lyrical, Macbeth-inspired art-rock/psychedelic songwriter Rose Thomas Bannister’s amazing band serves at the backing unit for her surreal songwriting class for seniors at Young Israel Senior Center, 1694 Ocean Ave at Ave. L, Midwood, Q to Ave. M, free

6/3, 11 AM chanteuse/uke player Dahlia Dumont’s Blue Dahlia playing edgy, smartly lyrically-fueled, jazz-infused tunes in English and French with classic chanson and Caribbean influences at City Winery for brunch, $10

6/3, 1:30 PM trumpeter Jordan Hirsch & the New York Klezmer Ensemble; dynamic, subtle new female-fronted klezmer band Tsibele, and Jewish dance master Steven Weintraub at Sholem-Aleichem Cultural Center, 3301 Bainbridge Ave., Bronx, D to 205th St., $10

6/3, 3 PM the rivetingly eclectic all-female Accord Treble Choir, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 423 Clinton St. (Greene/Gates) in Ft. Greene. 6/9 at 6 they’re at St. Ignatius of Antioch Church, 552 West End Ave (entrance on 87th St.)

6/3, 3 PM edgy sax ensemble the PRISM Quartet at Christ & St. Stephen’s Church, 120 W 69th St, $22/$17 stud/stud/srs

6/3, 5 PM sharply lyrical, Waits-ish southwestern gothic/Americana songwriter Tom Shaner  followed by Melissa Gordon of lusciously tuneful, heartbroken janglerockers Melissa & the Mannequins at LIC Bar

6/3, 6 PM these improvisers are gonna bring a crowd: David Aaron on soprano sax with Rob Ritchie on guitar and David Gould on drums followed by Sam Newsome solo on soprano sax at Downtown Music Gallery

6/3, 7 PM spine-tingling darkly mystical art-rock/avant-garde/chamber pop songwriter Carol Lipnik – pretty much everybody’s choice for best singer in all of NYC – at Pangea

6/3, 7 PM velvety noir jazz singer (and Tickled Pinks member) Stephanie Layton’s impressively eclectic torch/swing jazz band Eden Lane at Caffe Vivaldi

6/3, 7:30 PM the St. Cecilia Chamber Ensemble play works by Rameau, Piazzolla, Tschaikovsky, Barber and Rossini at Christ & St. Stephen’s Church, 122 W. 69th St.sugg don $10

6/3, 7 PM Karen Bentley Pollick reprises “an awesome solo violin & viola recital mixing Serbian, Lithuanian, Oriental, Icelandic & Mid-Eastern harmonies and melodies” at Spectrum, $10

6/3, 7 PM pianist Jinjoo Yoo leads her Trio at the third stage at the Rockwood, $10. Purist Monk influence, unselfconscious sense of humor, vivid compositions: good stuff. 

6/3, 8 PM feral, cinematic noisemetal guitarist Reg Bloor at Coney Island Baby, $10

6/3, 8 PM Clara Latham’s enticingly, hopefully excoriating musical theatre piece Bertha the Mom excavates the story of the birth of psychoanalysis via the famous case history of Fräulein Anna O, as a “farcical melodrama” starring Alice Teyssier and a first-class ensemble at Roulette, $15 adv tix rec. Take that, Freud!

6/3, 9Ish loud drony reverb guitar atmospherics with Trigal and Invisible Circle at Secret Project Robot, $7    

6/3, 9ish horn-driven New Orleans soul with Sammy Miller & the  Congregation at Bowery Ballroom, $18 gen adm 

6/4, 6 PM sitar player Abhik Mukherjee followed at 9 bysweeping, swinging vibraphonist Behn Gillece and group at the Fat Cat 

6/4, 7 PM Parisian chamber group Ensemble Almaviva play works by Ravel, Ginastera and others at the Americas Society, free, rsvp req 

6/4, 7:30 PM Glass Farm Ensemble play works by Sciarrino and Berg plus Klaus Huber’s Schattenblätter (Shadow leaves) for bass clarinet and piano, and works by Rico Gubler and Denis Schuler at Symphony Space, $20 adv tix rec

6/4, 8 PM Changing Modes – NYC’s funnest, most unpredictable, sharply lyrical new wave art-rock band –  followed eventually at 10 by kick-ass reverbtoned surf-influenced Spanish punks Leevancleef at Gold Sounds, $10

6/4, 8 PM the most bizarre yet strangely tuneful band in town: Subtropico Militia Heavy Squad, who veer from sludgy riff-rock to dub to tropicalia, followed by Romany ska-punks Romala & Otretsaloff Orchestra at Bowery Electric, $10. Romala and crew are also at Shrine the next night, 6/5 at 9 for free.

6/4, 8 PM Tosca Opdam, violin and Victor Stanislavsky, piano play works by Prokofiev, Bach, Korngold, Debussy and De Raaf at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $25

6/4, 8 PM the DaCapo Chamber Players perform an enticing new music bill with works by Philip Glass, David Lang, Dylan Mattingly, Christopher Cerrone, Tania Leon, Taylor Brook, Mario Davidovsky and others at Merkin Concert Hall, $20/$10 stud/srs

6/4, 9 PM unpredictably fun, funny psychedelic art-rock band the Academy Blues Project at LIC Bar

6/4, 9:30 PM Dilemastronauta Y Los Sabrosos Cosmicos with members of M.A.K.U and Combo Chimbit play space cumbia at Barbes

6/4, 1AM ish (wee hours of 6/5)  wickedly catchy MC5ish stoner riff-rockers Ecstatic Vision at Secret Project Robot 

6/5, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, the Spektral Quartet play works by George Lewis, David Fulmer and Eliza Brown at the Miller Theatre, free

6/5, 7 PM Ethiopian crooner Habte Awalom followed eventually at 9 by Romany ska-punks Romala & Otretsaloff Orchestra at Shrine

6/5, 8 PM Anna Wray, Michael Lofton, and Brian Adler and the Human Time Machine play an electroacoustic multimedia exploration of Roscoe Mitchell’s work – and the injustice being done to the African American community – at Roulette, $15 adv tix rec

6/5, 8 PM the North/South Chamber Orchestra play recent works by composers from Mexico, Brazil and the US. Guitarist Jordan Dodson appears as soloist in the NY premiere of Alejandro Basulto’s Jig Variations. Also on the program – works by Ofer Ben-Amots, Oliver Caplan and Rodolfo Coelho de Souza at Christ & St. Stephen’s Church, 122 W. 69th St., free

6/5, 8 PM the Festival Chamber Orchestra with Robert Ingliss, oboe soloist at Washington Square Park, program tba

6/5, 8:15 PM haunting Middle Eastern guitarist Ayman Fanous with Jason Hwang (violin),Tatsuya Nakatani (percussion and gongs) and then at 9:30 Fanous joins William Parker (bass),Ned Rothenberg (reeds),Amir ElSaffar (trumpet), Tatsuya Nakatani at Shapeshifter Lab, $12

6/5, 8:30 PM popular, low-key Americana songstress Kelly Willis at City Winery, $20

6/5, 9 PM slinky all-female latin jazz supergroup Cocomama at the Fat Cat 

6/5, 10 PM edgy, carnivalesque Americana/gutter blues band Fife & Drom at C’Mon Everybody, $12

6/6, 6 PM oldschool Dominican bachata with Wilson Daniel and his combo at Bryant Park

6/6, 7 PM singer Elspeth Davis and the Argus Quartet play Elvis Costello’s Juliet Letters at the second-floor space at 1 Rivington St off Bowery, $15/$10 stud

6/6, 7:30/9:30 PM purposeful, smart, tuneful saxophonist Sharel Cassity plays the album release show for her new one with Sharel Cassity, vocalist Christie Dashiell, guitarist Mark Whitfield, pianist Miki Hayama, bassist Jon Michel, and drummer Jonathan Barber at Dizzy’s Club, $30

6/6, 7:30 PM multimedia artist Luisa Muhr explores the life and implications of the immigrant path traced by Turkish immigrant great-grandmother Anna along with her own, seeking “to uncover the intergenerational connection two related women have by dealing with the themes of ancestry, immigration, language, and identity via movement, voice/music, recording, and projection,” at the Austrian Cultural Center, 11 E 52nd St., free

6/6, 8 PM a rare bass-fronted stoner boogie/psych blues power trio, Datcha Mandala followed by the similar, more Mississippi hill country-influenced Dirty Deep at Drom, free 

6/6, 8 PM catchy, drifty postrock guitar instrumentalists To Sail Beyond the Sun at Gold Sounds, $8 /

6/6, 7:30/9:30 PM darkly enigmatic jazz singer/keyboardist Alina Engibaryan with Chris Potter – tenor saxophone; Taylor Eigsti – keyboards; Michael League – bass; Kendrick Scott – drumsat the Jazz Standard, $25

6/6, 8 PM psychedelic klezmer/bluegrass mandolin and clarinet legend Andy Statman at Barbes, $10

6/6, 8 PM captivatingly relevant New Zealand composer/performer Gemma Peacocke explores “marginalized experiences of women from abuse and tension to hope and reform in staged solo and chamber works” with a first class ensemble at Roulette, $15 adv tix rec

6/6, 8 PM the purist, deviously funny Gary Versace leads his organ trio at Mezzrow, $20

6/6, 8 PM Eliza Bagg, Gabriel Zucker, Alex Goldberg, Emily Bookwalter, and guests perform Rzewski’s Attica-themed minimalist classic Coming Together plus Louis d’Heudières Laughter Studies II at Spectrum, $10

6/6, 8ish Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” at Troost

6/7, noon the world’s most-recorded drummer ever, Bernard “Pretty” Purdie’s All-Star Shuffle with guests Bobbi Humphrey and Quiana Lynell at Metroteck Park in downtown Brooklyn

6/7, 7 PM the Spectrum Symphony  play a rapturously lyrical, extremely rare performance of Henryk Wieniawski’s High Romantic Violin Concerto No. 2 plus the equally rare, arioso 1867 Mass in F by Italian-influenced Polish composer Prince Poniatowski with brand-new orchestration by conductor David Grunberg at St. Bartholomew’s Church, 325 Park Ave, $30

6/7, 7:30 PM iconic, fearless Mauritanian rights crusader and psychedelic bandleader Noura Mint Seymali at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

6/7, 7:30 PM riveting, charismatic, intuitive pianist Karine Poghosyan plays a New York-themed concert of works by Barber, Kachaturian, Bartok, Rachmaninoff and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, $20 tix avail. A must-see if classical piano is your thing.

6/7-10, 7:30/9:30 PM mighty, tectonic latin jazz with the Dafnis Prieto Big Band at the Jazz Standard, $30

6/7, 7:30/9:30 PM noir-inspired low-register reedman Ben Goldberg leads a killer quintet with Mary Halvorson on guitar at the Jazz Gallery, $15

6/7, 7:30 PM Duke Guillaume and the Metropolitan Gospel Big Band at Shapeshifter Lab, $20

6/7, 8 PM Mitra Sumara – New York’s only psychedelic 1960s style Iranian art-funk band – play the album release show for their new one at Nublu 151, $15

6/7, 8 PM kaleidoscopically shapeshifting, edgy, tuneful art-rock band Bent Knee at the Mercury, $12

6/7, 8 PM eclectic Romany and Indian-inspired jazz accordionist Will Holshouser followed at 10 by guitarist Jonathan Goldberger’s excellent, uneasy, Indian and Middle Eastern-tinged pastoral guitar jazz trio Surface to Air at Barbes.

6/7, 8 PM bassoonist Dafne Vicente-Sandoval plays Jakob Ullmann’s mystically ambient Müntzer’s Stern at the San Damiano Mission, $20

6/7, 8ish pianist Mariel Berger and percussionist Maraliz Campos followed by brilliant Middle Eastern percussionist/oudist April Centrone’s album release show at the Owl, $20, half the proceeds to benefit music therapy programs in Lebanon

6/7, 8 PM the C4 Ensemble play water and water disaster—themed music by Nilo Alcala, Massimo Lauricella, Lucas Marshall Smith, Jaako Mantyarvi, Timothy Brown,Vince Peterson, Julian David Bryson, Wilma Alba Cal, J. D. Frizzell, Carlo Vincetti Frizzo, and Bettina Sheppard.at the Baruch College Audiorium, $20/$5 under 17/under 10 free

6/7, 8 PM slack-tuned, four-string wildman guitarist Bill Orcutt, feral Bhutanese guitarist Tashi Dorji, and creative jazz multi-instrumentalist Joe McPhee at Issue Project Room, $15/$12 stud/srs

6/7, 8:30 PM a killer jangly rock twinbill: wickedly catchy Americana/paisley underground rockers Girls on Grass  and first-rate purist honkytonk crooner/bandleader Cliff Westfall at Hank’s, $7

6/7, 8:30 PM the Kurt Neumann-led version of Milwaukee highway rock legends Bodeans at City Winery, $32 standing room avail

6/7, 8:30 PM cellist and singer Laura Wolf Schatz at Pete’s. She’s also there on 6/16 a half hour earlier

6/7, 9 PM cinematic noir Americana with Nathan Xander followed by creepy Laurel Canyon art-rock/psych-folk/dark Americana band Quicksilver Daydream at Footlight Bar

6/8, 5 PM percussionist Luisito Quintero and New Swing Sextet play cha-cha and boogaloo at Bryant Park

6/8, 6 PM brilliantly lyrical dark oldtimey songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Pete Lanctot and similarly amazing violinist Ginger Dolden on the granite terrace in Brooklyn Bridge Park, south of the roller rink

6/8, 6 PM crystalline-voiced, noir-tinged third-stream jazz chanteuse Tessa Souter and her band at 55 Bar

6/8, 7/9:30 PM the amazingly eclectic female-fronted latin/Mediterranean/Romany and charming French ye-ye Banda Magda String Orchestra at Joe’s Pub, $25 adv tix rec

6/8, 7 PM ferociously dynamic, tuneful, female-fronted power trio Castle Black at the Well, 272 Meserole St. in Bushwick, L to Montrose Ave. They’re back there at 9ish on 6/28

6/8-10, 7 PM Lesley Karsten and Stephen Wadsworth’s bio-concert That’s Not Tango—Astor Piazzolla, A Life in Music at Subculture, Bleecker at Lafayette, $25 adv tix rec

6/8, 7:30/9:30 PM powerhouse drummer/composer Johnathan Blake leads a monster trio with Chris Potter on tenor and Linda Oh on bass at the Jazz Gallery, $25

6/8, 8 PM the Jalopy Chorus sing music from the Balkans, Caucuses and beyond followed at 9 by Sardinian vocal ensemble Tenores De Aterue, at 10 the Bodoma Garifuna Cultural Band and then at 11 Fada playing Occitan songs at the Jalopy, $15

6/8, 8 PM hypnotically explosive live bhangra dance band Red Baraat at Flushing Town Hall, free, rsvp req 

6/8, 8 PM sitar legend Krishna Bhatt teams up for some ragas with avant guitar fave Gyan Riley at the Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec

6/8, 8 PM the New York Jazzharmonic Trad-Jazz Sextet led by bassist Ron Wasserman perform new arrangements of James Reese Europe’s music from his pre and post-WWI periods, including some of his important collaborations with Noble Sissle, with vocalist Aubrey Barnes at Symphony Space, $20 adv tix rec

6/8, 8 PM state-of-the-art postbop guitarist Will Bernard and group at Barbes

6/8, 8:30 PM dark Americana guy/girl harmony duo the Tall Pines followed by funny, organ-fueled garage rockers Archie & the Bunkers at Coney Island Baby, $12

6/8, 8:30 PM newgrass/pastoral pop band the Darkest Timeline at the Way Station. If you can handle the weak vocals, the two-guitar interplay is delicious.  

6/8, 9 PM baritone crooner Sean Kershaw‘s Serpentones play “hi octane Brooklyn honkytonk”at Bar Chord

6/8, 9ish a rare appearance by Ed Pastoriini’s shapeshifting, cinematic, twisted 101 Crustaceans at the Owl

6/8, 10 PM oldschool roots reggae band Rho & the Nomads at Shrine 

6/9, 1/3 PM Ensemble Connect play chamber works of Jennifer Higdon, Charles Wuorinen, Osvaldo Golijov & a New York premiere by Andy Akiho at Colonels Row on Governors Island, free

6/9, 2 PM Jen Bevin, Nick Flynn, Rachel Zucker and haunting one-string violinist Tamalyn Miller read works inspired by Mel Chin’s installation The Funk & Wag from A to Z, followed by witchily theatrical art-rockers Goddess at the Queens Museum, free

6/9, 6 PM conguero Ray Mantilla leads his salsa jazz quintet at Hood Wright Park in Washington Heights, A to 175th St

6/9, 7 PM an amazing night of global sounds with Zong Li Lu (Chinese monochord), at 8 Yacouba Sissoko (kora music from Mali), at 9 – Rosa (all female Serbian vocal group); at 10 Cumbiamba eNeYe (oldschool Colombian cumbia jams) and at 11 Turkish sounds with intense chanteuse Jenny Luna, oudist Kane Mathis, and percussionist Philip Mayer at the Jalopy, $15

6/9, 7 PM catchy, eclectic Boston newgrass band Grain Thief at the small room at the Rockwood 

6/9, 7:30 PM sarod virtuoso Indrayuddh Majumder with tabla maestro Samir Chatterjee at Chhandayan Center For Indian Music, $20

6/9, 8 PM reggae-soul Faith bandleader and badass bassist Felice Rosser followed at 9 by hilariously acerbic, perennially relevant purist rock/Americana songwriter Amy Rigby at Berlin, $15

6/9, 8 PM an all-Robert Honstein program: percussion superstar Doug Perkins plays his piece for prepared vibraphone (think aluminum foil) and pianist Karl Larson takes over on piano for a “Grand Tour” of Venice at the Tenri Institute, $15/$10 stud.

6/9, 8:30 PM torchy singer Jennifer Charles’ and guitar mastermind Oren Bloedow’s long-running art-rock/noir band Elysian Fields at the Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec

6/9, 8:30 PM a rare deep-Brooklyn appearance by the brilliant Greg Lewis Organ Monk Trio at Bar Lunatico

6/9, 10 PM ferocious, twin guitar-fueled, Radio Birdman-esque psychedelic punks the Electric Mess followed by the godfather of powerpop, the ageless Paul Collins at Hank’s, $7

6/9, 10 PM sick noiserock fun with the Sediment Club followed by ageless CB’s era funk-punk/postrockers the Bush Tetras at El Cortez, $tba

6/9, 10 PM guitarist Alyse Lamb’s fiery, subtly witty, tightly psychedelic jazz-inspired postpunk band Parlor Walls at Secret Project Robot $10. They’re back here on the 18th at 9

6/9, 10 PM Rana Santacruz – the Mexican Shane MacGowan, but without the booze if you can imagine that – at Barbes

6/10, 2 PM the NY Scandia Brass Quintet play works by Nordic composers at the Billings Lawn down the hill a bit in Ft Tryon Park

6/10, 2:30 PM all-star indie classical choir Roomful of Teeth sing a program TBA at the Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec

6/10, 3 PM the original Mexican-American folk-punks: Los Lobos at Prospect Park Bandshell

6/10, 3 PM hauntingly innovative cellist Erik Friedlander’s Black Phebe Trio at the Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd,, Long Island City,  N to Broadway and about a 15-block walk, free w/museum adm

6/10, 4 PM the Brooklyn Conservatory Community Orchestra play Mozart: Overture to Don Giovanni and Flute concerto no. 2, plus Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 at Congregation Beth Elohim, 271 Garfield Pl (Prospect Park West/8th Ave), Park Slope, any train to Grand Army Plaza, $20/$15 stud

6/10, 5 PM the Toomai String Quintet with special guest vocalist Alina Roitstein play the release show for their gorgeous new album, Cuerdas Cubanas – “modern string arrangements of legendary songs by Ernesto Lecuona as well as salsa, bolero, and mambo classics” at Symphony Space, tix $17 with code TOOMAIFAN

6/10, 5 PM up-and-coming new music ensemble Face the Music collaborate with the Tricentric Foundation, playing Anthony Braxton compositions; ensembles include the FTM Big Band, Improv Ensemble, and Advanced Jazz Project with performers from Braxton’s circle, at the Jazz Gallery, $15

6/10, 6 PM noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo leads his trio at 55 Bar

6/10, 8 PM cinematic, plaintively sardonic composer/violinist and one-man band Christopher Tignor  at Trans-Pecos, $10

6/10, 8ish multi-instrumentalist Nick Demopoulos‘ twinkly, atmospheric electroacoustic Smomid project at Troost

6/10, 8 PM wow – rapturously eclectic jazz chanteuse Marianne Solivan leads a trio with Leandro Pellegrino (guitar), JD Allen (tenor sax) at Mezzrow, $20

6/10, 9:30 PM: indie classical group American Contemporary Music Ensemble perform cinematic works by the late Jóhann Jóhannsson at the Poisson Rouge, $25 adv tix rec

6/11, half past noon organist Alexander Frey plays works by Korngold, Franck, and Mahler at Marble Collegiate Church, 1 W. 29th St./Fifth Ave

6/11-14, 4-7 PM choreographer Abigail Levine’s Restagings No. 2: Of Serra (to movement) “begins at the moment of precarious balance enacted by Richard Serra’s Prop pieces. The performance makes a substitution of materials, replacing Serra’s steel forms with human bodies. For three hours each day, dancers perform looping solos and duets, their movements recorded on graphite panels mounted on the walls. Paula Matthusen’s sound design highlights the performance’s departure from sculpture, measuring and reflecting changes in position through shifting sound,” at the Fridman Gallery, 287 Spring St, free

6/11, 7:30 PM hauntingly tuneful, propulsive Lebanese jazz pianist Tarek Yamani leads his trio at Dizzy’s Club, $30. He absolutely slayed in a different Lincoln Center room this past spring.

6/11, 9:30ish horn-driven psychedelic tropicalia band Los Cumpleanos at Barbes

6/12, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6 the Mivos Quartet’s Olivia De Prato plays solo violin works by Ned Rothenberg, Missy Mazzoli and others at the Miller Theatre, free

6/12, 7 PM the great unsung hero of darkly purposeful, noir-tinged jazz guitar, Saul Rubin leads his Zebtet at the Fat Cat. at the Fat Cat

6/12,7:30 PM a benefit for the National Jazz Museum in Harlem with Arturo O’Farrill with his Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble, legendary percussionist and Prince protegee Sheila E., and pianist Jon Batiste at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, 695 Park Ave, $30 seats avail

6/12-13, 7:30/90:30 PM drummer Ralph Peterson, pianist Orrin Evans and bassist Luques Curtis play a Geri Allen tribute at the Jazz Standard, $30

6/12, 7:30 PM violinist Tessa Lark leads a pickup ensemble playing Fanfare & Fugue (for a Fish) (world premiere) – David Handler; Aurora (East Coast premiere) – Thea Musgrave; The Red Violin: Suite for Violin and Orchestra – John Corigliano; Serenade for Strings – Tchaikovsky; Clair de Lune –  Debussy at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, get there early if you want a seat.

6/12, 7:30/:30 PM two counterintuitive duos: Peter Evans – trumpet and Cory Smythe – piano followed by Joel Ross – vibraphone with Immanuel Wilkins – alto saxophone at the Jazz Gallery, $15

6/12, 8 PM the NY Philharmonic play Saint-Saëns: Bacchanale from Samson and Delilah; Jordan Millar: Boogie Down Uptown; Camryn Cowan: Harlem Shake; Bernstein: Three Dance Episodes from On the Town; Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx. The program repeats on 6/13 on the great lawn in Central Park (enter at 79nd St. in the west side), 6/14 at Cunningham Park in Queens – enter at 193rd Street, near 81st Avenue or Union Turnpike, concert is at the 193rd St. field; and 6/15 in Prospect Park (use the 9th St. entrance). They’re also at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center in Staten Island for free at 3 PM on 6/17.

6/12, 8 PM furiously political, funny reggae/hip-hop band Tropidelic at South House in Jersey City, free 

6/12, 8ish the irrepressible, cinematic, comedic Broken Reed Saxophone Quartet at Troost

6/12, 8:30 PM the world’s creepiest crime jazz/film noir band, Big Lazy at Bar Lunatico

6/12-16, 8:30 PM feral improvisational bassist James Ilgenfritz leads a series of ensembles at the Stone (otherwise known as the New School Glass Box Theatre at 55 W 13th St), $20. Choice pick: opening night with the Momenta Quartet

6/12, 9 PM guitar god Steve Antonakos plays electric slide blues with his band at Bar Chord

6/12, 9:30 PM the Bronx Conexion play their mighty salsa big band jazz at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe

6/13, 7 PM new, adventurous and older, more traditional klezmer and Jewish liturgical sounds, probably in reverse order: Klezmatics trumpeter Frank London and his Klezmar All Stars;clarinet/mandolin wizard Andy Statman; Middle Eastern tinged folk-rockers Pharaoh’s Daughter fronted by chanteuse Basya Schecter; wild, hilarious klezmer punks Golem; popular cantor Magda Fishman; theatrical singer Eleanor Reissa; the excoriatingly lyrical, fearlessly anti-fascist Daniel Kahn & the Painted Bird and Yiddish theatre maven Zalmen Mlotek at Central Park Summerstage

6/13, 7 PM badass jump blues/torch singer Mimi & the Podd Bros. at the big room at the  Rockwood, $12 

6/13, 8 PM kick-ass hardcore punks Ted’s Dead – whose best song is Fuck Trump – followed by awesomely unhinged horror surf/hotrod instrumentalists the Mad Doctors  and explosively theatrical, phantasmagorical indie/metal trio A Deer A Horse around 11 at Secret Project Robot  

6/13, 8 PM pyrotechnic Balkan multi-reedman Greg Squared‘s Great (and ever-expanding) Circle at Barbes.

6/13, 8:30 PM kinetic, eclectic, funky parlor jazz violinist Mazz Swift at Bar Lunatico

6/14, 6 PM cinematic, hard-driving Russian/Romany string ensemble Ljova & the Kontraband under the Manhattan Bridge archway, go south from the  York St. subway and follow the sound

6/14, 6:30 PM veteran trombonist Clifton Anderson leads his combo in Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City

6/14, 6:30 PM David Ostwald and his ensemble The Louis Armstrong Eternity Band at Flushing Library, 41-17 Main Street, Flushing, 7 to Main St.. 6/29 at 6 they’re at Peninsula Library, 92-25 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Rockaway Beach, Queens. Hitch a ride if you can

6/14, 7 PM Danish vocalist and songwriter Helle Henning with Simon Linnert on piano, Tony Scherr on bass, and Kenny Wollesen on drums play pensive Nordic jazz at Scandinavia House, $15

6/14, 7 PM playful violin/vocal duo Hay Voces at 1 Rivington St/ 2nd floor (buzzer #1) just east of Bowery, $15/$10 stud/srs

6/14, 7:30 PM dubious segue, killer twinbill:haunting Romany/Balkan music reinventor Eva Salina with whirlwind accodionist Peter Stan followed by wildfire guitarist Brandon Seabrooks two-drummer monstrosity Die Trommel Fatale at Nublu 151

6/14, 7:30 PM pensively bluesy Mediterranean songwriter Piers Faccini at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

6/14, 8 PM in reverse order at Wonders of Nature: kinetic, tuneful vibraphone/percussion Ensemble Et Al, the similar but more pointillistic Kraken Quartet and the man of a thousand percussive flowerpots, Elliot Cole, $12. “Not your grandpa’s percussion music…nor your middle aged uncle’s drum circle jams…

6/14, 8 PM plush, balmy, oldtimey uke swing band Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies at Barbes

6/14, 8ish fiery jazz oudist/guitarist Gordon Grdina with his band The Marrow with Hank Roberts-cello; Mark Helias- bass and Hamin Honari on Persian percussion at Happy Lucky No 1 Gallery. 6/16, 8 PM he leads a quartet with Russ Lossing piano; Oscar Noriega alto and clarinets; Satoshi Takeishi drums at Greenwich House Music School, $15/$10 stud. Then they’re at Bushwick House on 6/18

6/14, 8 PM a dynamic, transcendent evening of classical Indian music with Roopa Mahadevan – vocals; Anjna Swaminathan – violin; Abhinav Seetharaman – mridangam at the Jamaica Center, 161-04 Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica, Queens, E/J to Jamaica/Parsons, $10

6/14, 8 PM quirky, smartly lyrical avant cello-rock with the Icebergs followed by atmospheric guitarist Robert Poss of Band of Susans and hypnotic postrock/art-rock/psychedelic supergroup Heroes of Toolik at Sidewalk. The Icebergs are also at Pete’s at 8:30 on 6/26

6/14, 8:30 PM PM Lynchian Moscow klezmer/latin noir dance band Vanya Juke with special guest  Michael Winograd on clarinet at Funky Joe’s, 455 W.56th St., $15

6/14, 8:30 PM the Ephemeral Birds – four violins and accordion – mash up Indian and klezmer sounds at the  Jalopy, $15

6/14, 8:30 PM impressively diverse, adventurous latin jazz pianist Aruan Ortiz at Bar Lunatico with bassist Cameron Brown 

6/14, 8:30 PM irrepressible, transgressively funny saxophonist Jon Irabagon with Matt Aronoff on bass and Alan Mednard on drums at the Bar Next Door, $12

6/14, 9:30 PM reverb guitar heaven: Crampsy ghoul-surf/noir garage band Twin Guns at Coney Island Baby, $12

6/14, 9:30 PM a rare intimate show by oldschool-style Liverpool-based soul crooner Jalen N’Gonda at the big room at the Rockwood, $15

6/14, 10 PM popular 90s powerpop/paisley underground rockers Elk City at Bowery Electric, $10

6/14, 10 PM eclectic Florida roots reggae band the Ellameno Beat  at the small room at the Rockwood

6/15, 7 PM sitar maestro Shakir Khan with tabla player Amit Kavtheskarshar Khan at the Rubin Museum of Art, $25 adv tix rec

6/15, 7:30 PM eclectic, paradigm-shifting B3 jazz organist Brian Charette  leads his trio; at 10:30 PM Smalls honcho and stride pianist Spike Wilner leads his; and at 1 in the morning this era’s most intensely powerful tenor sax guy, JD Allen runs the jam session at Smalls

6/15-1, 7:30/9:30 PM trumpeter Jason Palmer records a quartet album with a choice band including Mark Turner on tenor at the Jazz Gallery, $25

6/15, 7:30 PM trippy electroacoustic bass/vocal duo Demi Broxa (in their U.S. debut) and a solo show by composer and visual artist Aki Onda at the Austrian Cultural Center, 11 E 52nd St., free, res req     

6/15, 8 PM an enticing quadruplebill of up-and-coming female voices at Littlefield, $10; allusively haunting, minimalist folk noir singer Belle-Skinner , the similarly enigmatic Riley Pinkerton, the more front-porch folk oriented Rose Hotel and intense, charismatic oldschool soul belter Sami Stevens

6/15, 8 PM rustic Brazilian jungle guitar-and-accordion sounds with Regional de NY followed at 10 by psychedelic cumbia band Yotoco at Barbes

6/15, 8 PM poignant, nuanced jazz singer Amy Cervini leads her band playing the album release show for her new blues record No One Ever Tells You at Subculture, $20 adv tix rec

6/15, 8 PM charmingly inscrutable Parisienne chanteuse Chloe & the French Heart Jazz Band at Club Bonafide, $20

6/15, 8 PM drummer Ben Perowsky leads a killer trio with Sylvie Courvousier – piano; Hank Roberts – cello at I-Beam, $15

6/15, 8:30 PM fiery Red Molly Americana singer/guitarist Molly Venter & Goodnight Moonshine at the third stage at the Rockwood, $15

6/15, 9 PM creepy, psychedelic circus rock/Russian folk band Mad Meg at Singlecut Beersmiths in Queens

6/15, 9 PM intricately orchestrated, low register-loving psycho mambo crew Gato Loco a play oldschool Perez Prado style material at Threes Brewing in Greenpoint, free 

6/15, 9 PM Eno-esque, haunting, fearlessly political Berlin feminist singer Mary Ocher at Holo

6/15, 9ish exotic vibraphone-driven surf rock instrumentalists the Vibro-jets at Troost

6/15, 9:30 PM this era’s most interesting voice in retro Britrock and glam-inspired art-rock, Edward Rogers and his killer band followed by 70s outsider art-rock legend Terry Reid at the Cutting Room, $20 adv tix rec

6/15, 9:30 PM oldschool psychedelic soul/groove band Empire Beats at Hill Country

6/16, 4 PM 60s boogaloo legend Johnny Colon – who was a little less famous and less rock & roll than Joe Bataan but just as good – at El Museo del Barrio, 1230 5th Ave at 105th St., free, early arrival a must

6/16, 6 PM rainy-day goth/postrock instrumentalists 40 Watt Sun at St Vitus, $15 

6/16, 6 PM ferociously lyrical, Macbeth-inspired art-rock/psychedelic songwriter Rose Thomas Bannister at Gowanus Canal Dredger Society Boathouse, 125-153 2nd St, downhill from the Carroll St. F stop. 6/22 at 9ish Bannister is also at the Letlove Inn, 27-20 23rd Ave in Astoria, N/W to Astoria Blvd. opening for psychedelic no wave legends The Scene Is Now.

6/16, 7 PM ferocious, female-fronted Afrobeat band Underground System at National Sawdust, $20

6/16, 7:30 PM two of the most riveting in the business with a slinky rhythm section – the Vijay Iyer Trio with fearlessly relevant, populist tenor sax visionary/improviser Matana Roberts  at the Poisson Rouge, $25 adv tix rec

6/16, 7:30/9 PM powerful jazz belter – and Gil Scott-Heron reinventor –  Charenee Wade at Ginny’s Supper Club, $15

6/16, 8 PM popular Americana highway rockers Mandolin Orange  followed by iconic 90s Americana janglerockers the Jayhawks – whose Lincoln Center concert last year was the bomb – at Prospect Park Bandshell

6/16, 8 PM eclectic, lyrical jazz bassist/composer Pedro Giraudo leads his Tango Quartet, followed at 10 by ex-Chicha Libre keyboard sorcerer Josh Camp’s wryly psychedelic cumbia/tropicalia/dub band Locobeach at Barbes

6/16, 8 PM a thunderous Mermaid Parade afterparty with monster all-female Brazilian drum troupe BatalaNY followed bythe irrepressible Ellia Bisker’s explosive Balkan/New Orleans flavored Funkrust Brass Band on the Gemini & Scorpio rooftop in Gowanus, $10 sugg don, rsvp for location 

6/16, 11 PM the lavish, intense classical Turkish sounds of the NY Ataturk Chorus at Drom, $20 gen adm

6/16 wildly eclectic Afrobeat/funk/art-rock jamband the Jauntee at Drom

6/17, noon wild, spiraling, rare rustic minor-key Polesian klezmer dances and grooves with Litvakus, windswept traditional Chinese group EastRiver Ensemble and Puerto Rican proto-salsa hellraisers Los Pleneros de la 21 acoustic at the block party on Eldridge St. between Division and Canal

6/17, noonish roots reggae group Royal Khaoz headline the annual free Mafrika Festival at Marcus Garvey Park

6/17, 3 PM Domenic Salerni, violin; Nick Pauly, viola  ; Benjamin Larsen, cello and Yinfei Wang, piano play works by Tania Leon, Robert Sierra and Beethoven at Concerts on the Slope, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 139 St. John’s Place downhill from 7th Ave, sugg don

6/17, 3:30 PM Zikrayat play slinky, cinematic classics from the golden age of Arabic song at the Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main Street, Flushing, free w/garden adm

6/17, 5 PM fun dub-infused skanking with Skalopy in the community garden at Van Brunt and President in Red Hook, $10

6/17, 6 PM sitar/guitar raga duo Suhaib & Sharmeen at Sidewalk

6/17, 8 PM klezmer-jazz piano icon Anthony Coleman’s Sephardic Tinge followed by Marc Ribot y Los Cubanos Postizos doing their fearlessly political noiserock at the Poisson Rouge, $25 adv tix rec. Coleman is also at Russ & Daughters on 6/28 at 8 for free.

6/17, 8 PM charismatic singe Amirtha Kidanbi leads a series of ensembles finding the populist link between the work of Muhal Richard Abrams and Hildegard von Binghen at Roulette, $15 adv tix rec

6/18, 7 PM exhilarating all-female Finnish-Swedish string band Jepokryddona at Scandinavia House, free

6/18, 7:30 PM violinist Elmira Darvarova teams up with pianist Vassily Lobanov for works by Clara Schumann, Brahms and Franck at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, free but adv tix req, avail at the box ofc 

6/18, 7:30 PM fiery alto saxophonist Lucas Pino’s twin-guitar No No Nonet at Smalls

6/18, 8/10 PM this era’s most intensely powerful tenor saxophonist/composer, JD Allen plays the album release show for his unexpectedly gentle new ballads collection, Love Stone, with his quartet at Nublu 151, $15

6/18, 8 PM phenomenal Greek/Middle Eastern oudist Mavrothi Kontanis and band at Sisters Brooklyn, Fulton at Washington St. in Ft. Greene, C to Clinton-Washington, $10

6/18, 8 PM J-pop’s “Spooky Obakeyashiki,” Kyary Pamyu Pamyu at the Nokia Theatre, $30 

6/18, 8 PM edgy, punk-inspired female-fronted funk band Eliza & the Organix at Gold Sounds, $8

6/18, 8 PM sick new-Nashville cover band Your Ex-Girlfriends – or wait a minute, maybe they don’t actually think their repertoire of covers really sucks – at the small room at the Rockwood

6/18, 7:30/9 PM smoky singer Jenn Jade Ledesna leads an all-female quintet with Emily Sgouros – vibes; Liya Grigoryan – piano; Brandi Disterheft – bass; Sanah Kadoura – drums at Minton’s, $10

6/18, 8 PM witty Euro-jazz trombonist Samuel Blaser with Marc Ducret – guitar; Peter Bruun – drums at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

6/18, 8ish pensive, tuneful acoustic songwriter Aviva Jaye and stark chamber-folk cellist/singer Clara Kennedy at Troost 

6/18, 8:30 PM vibraphonist Matt Moran leads an organ trio ?!? with Gary Versace and Tom Rainey at Bar Lunatico

6/19, 4:30 PM  trailblazing pipa goddess and singer Min Xiao-Fen’s Blue Pipa trio reinterprets the work of trumpeter Buck Clayton, Chinese composer Li Jinhui, Count Basie and Duke Ellington at Windsor Park Library,79-50 Bell Boulevard, Bayside, Queens

6/19, 6 PM legends from the zeros: singer/guitarist Genie Morrow’s super-catchy, erudite powerpop band Sputnik at the small room at the Rockwood. 6/28 at 9 they’re at a much more hospitable venue, the Parkside

6/19, 7 PM bassist Eivind Opsvik’s Overseas with Kenny Wollesen – drums; Tony Malaby – saxophone; Brandon Seabrook – guitar; Jacob Sacks – piano; Eivind Opsvik – bass followed by fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party  at 9 PM at Barbes

6/19, 7 PM eclectic singer Gaya Feldheim Schorr leads her Septet followed by drummer Mareike Wiening‘s quintet with Rich Perry on tenor sax at Shapeshifter Lab, $15

6/19-24, 8:30/10 PM postbop sax wildman David Murray & Class Struggle at the Vanguard

6/19-23, 8:30 PM multi-keyboardist Brian Marsella leads a series of ensembles at the Stone (otherwise known as the New School Glass Box Theatre at 55 W 13th St), $20. Choice pick: the 6/22 show, playing Zorn Bagatelles and Masada pieces with a trio

6/19, 9 PM JD Wilkes & the truly legendary, murderously intense, creepy punk/ghoulabilly Legendary Shack Shakers play a very rare acoustic show at the Bell House, $20

6/19, 10 PM amazing microtonal Afrobeat guitar band 75 Dollar Bill at Secret Project Robot

6/19, 10 PM  brilliant drummer/percussionist Willie Martinez & La Familia Sextet play classic salsa grooves at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe

6/19, 10 PM French rock band Matmatah – the missing link between 70s AC/DC and Gogol Bordello – at Drom, free 

6/19. 10:30 PM charismatic, adventurous postbop/avant garde trombonist/crooner Frank Lacy leads his quintet at Smalls. He’s also here on 6/26

6/20 7 PM original lead guitarist Seth Tiven leads the latest resurrection of 80s jangle legends Dumptruck at the Mercury, $12

6/20, 8 PM accordion genius Shoko Nagai ’s haunting Tokala Asian/klezmer mashup project at Barbes

6/20, 8 PM golden age jazz legends in a rare duo setting: postbop guitar purist Gene Bertoncini & bassist Rufus Reid at Mezzrow, $20

6/20, 8 PM golden-age era hip-hop artist Big Daddy Kane celebrates his 30th anniversary onstage (and about his 20th playing the NYC summer parks circuit) at the Amphitheater at Coney Island, 3052 West 21st St., free. Caveat: this is a rare free show at a Nazi corporate venue, prepare to be treated like a criminal at the entry gates

6/20, 8:30 PM exhilarating, edgy, sardonic alto saxophonist Elijah Shiffer leads a similarly colorful ensemble with Brian Simontacchi – trombone; Jeff McLaughlin – guitar; Marty Kenney – bass; Tim Rachbach – drums at Arete Gallery. 6/25 at 6:30 he leads a trio at the Bar Next Door

6/21 is Make Music NY, with thousands of free outdoor shows and a few indoors as well. Be aware that half the time, the musicians either don’t show up, or wait til the sun goes down and the temperature drops a bit.

6/21, half past noon latin piano jazz mastermind Arturo O’Farrill leads his sextet at St. Marks Park, 2nd Ave/10th St

6/21, 4 PM Los Hijos de la Gran Puna play traditional Andean panpipe music on the second floor of the Ottendorfer Library, 135 Second Ave

6/21 6 PM funky, lyrically intense dark folk jamband the Sometime Boys– with the riveting Sarah Mucho on vocals – followed at around 8 b yhilarious, smartly political faux-French retro 60s psych-pop band les Sans Culottes at Freddy’s outdoors

6/21, 6 PM clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at Tompkins Square Park. On a day when most of the outdoor Make Music NY shows don’t happen on time if at all, you can count on these dudes.

6/21, 6 PM charmingly inscrutable Parisienne chanteuse Chloe & the French Heart Jazz Band at Jerome Dreffus, 473/475 Broome St., free

6/21, 7 PM Finnish bassist Kaisa Mäensivu and her group play moody Nordic jazz at Scandinavia House, $15

6/21, 7:30 PM funny quirk-pop songwriter Jonathan Coulton, a lame 90s band, and then iconic, perennially relevant lit-rock songwriter Aimee Mann at Prospect Park Bandshell

6/21, 7:30 PM pianist Jason Sia plays works by Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Debussy, Ravel, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, and Gershwin at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $30

6/21, 7:30 PM singer Elda Almeida – who does a more produced take on Cape Verdean ballads – at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised 

6/21, 8ish remnants of Tom Csatari’s hopefully someday resuscitated large ensemble: drummer Rachel Housle, edgy guitarists Cubillos and Sean Cronin‘s Very Good at the Owl

6/21, 8 PM otherworldly all-female Tuvan throat-singing choir Tyva Kazy at Barbes, $10

6/21-24, 8 PM dancer Molissa Fenley and Company join with percussionist Frank Cassara and violist Ralph Farris for an evening ofwater-themed scores by Linda Bouchard, Andrew Toovey, Frank Cassara and Tigran Mansurian at  Danspace Project, 131 E 10th St, $22

6/21, 8 PM an intriguing original postbop trio: Kyle Nasser on saxophone with Rick Rosato on bass and Colin Stranahan on drumsat the Bar Next Door 

6/21, 8:30 PM noir jazz legends the Jazz Passengers at Bar Lunatico

6/21, 8:30 PM Sweet Tits – the “punk lesbian Spinal Tap” –  play the album release show for their new one at Littlefield, $10

6/21, 9:30 PM Turtle Island Quartet violinist Mateusz Smoczynski leads his enigmatic Polish string jazz project at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

6/21, 10 PM quirkily charismatic, powerful-voiced, kinetic avant-pop siren Grace McLean at Pete’s, note $10 cover – on a day when there are more advertised free shows than any other in NYC, that might be a joke

6/21, 10:30 intense, fearlessly political, searingly lyrical Austin gutter blues band the Sideshow Tragedy at the Manderley Bar at the McKittrick Hotel, 530 W 27th St

6/22, 6 PM badass original country blues and oldtimey guitarist/songwriter Mamie Minch and similarly badass, tapdancing Brain Cloud frontwoman Tamar Korn on the granite terrace in Brooklyn Bridge Park, south of the roller rink

6/22, 7 PM saxophonist and composer Tyrone Birkett “presents a musical work giving voice to the dispossessed, acknowledging circumstances caused by dehumanization and “otherness,”  at Flushing Town Hall, free

6/22, 7 PM pianist Blair McMillen plays an all-David Lang program at Spectrum, $10

6/22, 7 PM cellist Margalit Cantor, soprano Katherine Copland & pianist Marc Peloquin play a program tba  at Bloomingdale School of Music, 323 W 108th St, free

6/22, 7:30/9:30 PM drummers aren’t the only guys with deep address books. Look at the amazing lineup bassist Ricky Rodriguez assembled for tonight: Miguel Zenon – alto saxophone; Dayna Stephens – tenor saxophone & bass clarinet ; Luis Perdomo – piano and keyboards ; Rudy Royston – drums at the Jazz Gallery, $25

6/22, 8 PM brilliantly lyrical trumpeter Ben Holmes’ Naked Lore with Kyle Sanna and Shane Shahanan followed at 10 by the world’s creepiest yet also funniest crime jazz/film noir band, Big Lazy at Barbes

6/22, 8 PM Haitian vodou drum troupe Fanmi Asoto and Takht Al-Nagham playing their haunting, slinky Middle Eastern sounds at 22 Boerum Place just off Livingston, downtown Brooklyn, free

6/22, 8 PM dark Britfolk songwriter Adam Masterson plays the album release show for his new one at Bowery Electric, $10

6/22, 8 PM Ocean Alley – who bizarrely mash up roots reggae with Oasis stadium rock – at the Mercury, $15 

622, 9 PM torchy soul singer Liz Brasher – sort of the American Clairy Browne, putting a noir spin on classic oldschool sounds – at Bowery Ballroom, $20. Be aware that there are two bands after her and neither are worth seeing.

6/22, 10 PM careening, charismatic, lyrically-fueled soul-rockers No Ice – arguably Brooklyn’s best band –at Alphaville

6/22, 10 PM Tuba Fresh, dark second-wave style ska crew the Ladrones  and Brooklyn’s original punk Balkan horn group Hungry March Band playing the album release show for their new one at the Market Hotel, 1140 Myrtle Ave, Bushwick, $12, J/M to Myrtle Ave

6/22, 10 PM oldtime field hollers, banjo and fiddle music with Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons at the Jalopy, $15

6/22, 11 PM fiery latin dub guitarist/bandleader Nicolas Emden at the Way Station. 6/29, 7 PM he’s at at the park on the Hudson at 125th St. 

6/22-23, 10:30 PM tenor saxophonist Ken Fowser leads his catchy postbop quintet at Smalls

6/23 noon ageless nonagenario EWI player Marshall Allen and the Sun Ra Arkestra outdoors at Union Pool, free, wow

6/23, 4 PM sharply lyrical janglerock/Americana/soul songwriter Matt Keating and guitarist Steve Mayone’s catchy new powerpop project the Bastards of Fine Arts at Pete’s

6/23, 4:30 PM Luisa Muhr’s monthly Women Between Arts show – NYC’s only multidisciplinary series focusing exclusively on woman performers – features fearless, intense Iranian-American rock songwriter Haleh Liza, Juilliard dancer/choreographer Janis Brenner and Afro-Cuban singer Melvis Santa at Steifel Hall, 4th Fl, 55 W 13th St, $15, “no one turned away for lack of funds”

6/23, 5 PM ferociously lyrical populist rockers LJ Murphy & the Accomplices – the closest thing to Elvis Costello & the Attractions this city’s ever produced – at Bar 9, 807 9th Ave (53/54)

6/23, 6 PM an all-Portuguese triplebill at Central Park Summerstage, in reverse order: fado chanteuse Mariza, rainy-day keyboard instrumentalist Noiserv, and more improvisationally-inclined pianist Renato Diz.

6/23, 7:30 PM the Xelana Duo – Ana García-Caraballos, saxophone. Alexander Davis, bassoon – play a program TBA at Greenfield Hall at Manhattan School of Music, free

6/23, 8 PM kinetic tropicalia jazz group Chia’s Dance Party at Barbes

6/23, 8ish a monster heavy rock triplebill: deliciously dirgey, hypnotic Brooklyn doom metal band Neither God Nor Master, darkly artsy boogie band Hogan’s Goat and haunting heavy psych band Matte Black at Lucky 13 Saloon 

6/23, 8 PM Argentine pianist Santiago Leibson with bassist Drew Gress and drummer Devin Gray followed by bassist Sean Conly leading his trio with Michael Attias on alto sax and Satoshi Takeishi on drums at Greenwich House Music School, $20

6/23, 8:30 PM haunting French-Tunisian saxophonist Yacine Boulares’ Ayojo at Bar Lunatico

6/23, 8:30 PM elegant, sharply lyrical parlor pop stylist Heather Eatman at Freddy’s

6/23, 9 PM intense charismatic danceable metal cumbia/skaragga/latin rockers Escarioka, at Bar Chord

6/23, midnight, funny, explosive oldschool style punk rockers the Live Ones at Hank’s , $8

6/24, 2 PM the NY Scandia String Orchestra perform works by Frank Foerster, Jean Sibelius, Ture Rangstrom and Knudage Riisager at the Billings Lawn down the hill a bit in Ft Tryon Park

6/24, 7 PM intense singer Hannah Fairchild’s searingly lyrical punk/art-rock/noir cabaret trio Hannah vs. the Many play a very rare acoustic show at Sekend Sund, 32-11 Broadway (32nd/33rd St), Astoria, N/W to Broadway

6/24, 8 PM wryly funny honkytonk steel guitar genius/crooner Junior Brown at City Winery, at City Winery, $22 standing room avail

6/24, 8 PM ambitious, tuneful trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson leads a quartet inspired by poems by Harlem Renaissance writer Sterling Brown at Roulette, $15 adv tix rec

6/24, 8:30 PM Blythe Gruda sings her enigmatic art-rock and parlor pop followed by elegant oldtimey/frontporch folk/jazz songwriter Shannon Pelcher at Pete’s

6/24-26, 8:30/10:30 PM Jamaican jazz piano legend Monty Alexander leads a trio playing ballads at the Blue Note, $20 standing room avail

6/24, 9 PM catchy, soul-inflused third-wave ska band Beat Brigade followed by 80s legends the Toasters – still going strong – at the Knitting Factory, $15 adv tix rec 

6/24, 9 PM Kristen Estlelle & the Heartstrings – soul band with a live string section! – at the small room at the Rockwood 

6/25-28, half past noon witty Microscopic Septet pianist Joel Forrester at Bryant Park

6/25, 7 PM the Westerlies brass quartet at Miller Hall at Manhattan School of Music, free 

6/25, 8:30 PM bassist Mario Pavone leads a killer trio with pianist Angelica Sanchez and drummer Pheeroan AkLaff at Bar Lunatico

6/26, 7 PM violist Jonah Sirota leads an ensemble playing compositions by Paola Prestini, Nico Muhly, Valgeir Sigur∂sson, Robert Sirota, A.J. McCaffrey, and Rodney Lister, as well as Sirota himself from his new album Strong Sad at National Sawdust, $25 adv tix rec

6/26, 7:30 PM Lincoln Center’s all-female Sisterhood of Swing big band – inspired by the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, the first integrated, all-female swing group – led by Bria Skonberg  featuring Regina Carter and Anat Cohen with Lakecia Benjamin, Sharel Cassity, Chloe Feoranzo, and Camille Thurman, saxes; Emily Asher, trombone; Linda Briceño and Jami Dauber, trumpets; Endea Owens, bass; Savannah Harris, drums; and Champian Fulton, piano at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, $17 adv tix rec

6/26, 8 PM a rare bass-fronted large jazz ensemble (just like Mingus), the Ross Kratter Jazz Orchestra at Club Bonafide, $1

6/26, 9 PM unpredictably fun, funny psychedelic art-rock band the Academy Blues Project at Shrine. 6/29 at 10 they’re at Silvana 

6/26, 10 PM murky, swirling postrock-ish doom band Witchkiss and grimly groove-driven doom metal band Eternal Black at Lucky 13 Saloon 

6/27, half past noon fiery, lyrical oldschool hard country singer Michaela Anne outdoors on the plaza at 6th Ave and 43rd St

6/27, 6 PM innovative Korean multi-reed player Gamin leads her pastoral jazz trio with sax and trombone on Bwy betw 42/43

6/27, 7 PM catchy garage-psych road warriors the Monophonics at the Mercury, $15

6/27, 7 PM oldschool 90s hardcore hip-hop nostalgia: Black Moon and Smif N Wessun at Betsy Head Park, 167 Livonia Ave in Crown Heights; 3 to Saratoga Ave.

6/27, 7 PM irrepressible saxophonist Jon Irabagon premieres his new song cycle for mezzo-soprano, improvising sax and piano with Jennifer Beattie — mezzo soprano; Adam Marks — piano at National Sawdust, $25 adv tix rec

6/27, 7 PM this era’s most spellbinding oldschool country singer, Laura Cantrell at Sid Gold’s Request Room, 165 W 26th St (6/7th Aves), $15

6/27, 7:30 PM salsa pioneer and “El Rey de la Pachanga” Joe Quijano  y Su Conjunto Cachana at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, $17 adv tix rec

6/27, 8 PM Berlin jazz singer Lucia Cadotsch’s Speak Low trio with tenor saxophonist Otis Sandsjö and double-bassist Peter Eldh, who contrast low-key, purist vocals and rough-edged improvisation in new interpretations of standards at Greenwich House Music School, $20

6/27, 9 PM hard honkytonk with Sarah Durning & the Fun Sisters at Skinny Dennis

6/27, 10 PM boisterously funny oldschool 60s-style C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band at LIC Bar

6/28, half past noon kinetic klezmer/cumbia/cinematic jamband Isle of Klezbos at St. Marks Park, 2nd Ave/10th St

6/28, 7 PM spellbinding Arabic violinist Layale Chaker with her ensemble Sarafand, with cellist Jake Charkey, pianist Phillip Golub, bassist Nick Dunston, and percussionist Adam Maalouf at National Sawdust, $30 adv ix rec

6/28, 7 PM drummer Thomas Strønen’s lush, acerbic string jazz group at Scandinavia House, $15

6/28, 7:30 PM the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra play Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Op. 21/6; Othmar Schoeck: Summer Night, Pastoral Intermezzo for Strings, Op. 58 (NY Premiere) and Beethoven: String Quartet in F Minor, Op. 95 “Serioso”  at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, free

 6/28, 8 PM Chicago’s trippy, hip-hop and free jazz-influenced Lowdown Brass Band at Drom, $13 adv tix rec 

6/28 8:30 PM Nova Pensa Orkestro play chill improvisations akin to “John Coltrane’s Ascension played at quarter-speed“ at Freddy’s

6/28, 9 PM lustrous singer Shara Nova’s kinetic chamber-rock dance band My Brightest Diamond at Public Arts, 215 Chrystie St. south of Houston, $20

 6/28, 9 PM jangly, catchy Americana rock with Jennifer Milch & the Lonesome Sea at Bar Chord 

6/28, 9 PM hot 20s swing with trumpeter Jason Prover and his Sneak Thievery Orchestra at Radegast Hall

6/29, 6 PM blues guitarist Will Scott – who can play just about any style from all over the country – with violinist Charlie Burnham on the granite terrace in Brooklyn Bridge Park, south of the roller rink

6/29, 6:30 PM hauntingly harmony-driven folk noir supergroup Bobtown at the American Folk Art Museum

6/29, 7 PM David Fulmer, violin and Steve Gosling, piano plus an all-female vocal quintet perform new John Zorn works inspired by iconic female visual artists at National Sawdust $25 adv tix rec

6/29, 7:30 PM Gerard Carelli and His Orchestra play waltzes, foxtrots, and cha-chas at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, $17 adv tix rec

6/29-30, 8 PM otherworldly, kinetic Afro-Colombian legends Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto at Terraza 7, $15

 6/29, 8 PM eclectic, electric C&W/blues band the Jug Addicts followed at 10 by Cumbiagra – who’ve been going in a much more psychedelic direction lately – at Barbes

6/29, 8 PM Giftshop – the missing link between Blondie and the Distillers – at the Delancey, $10 

6/29, 8 PM perennially interesting new music advocates Ensemble Mise-En play works by north sea composers Maija Hynninen (Finland); Gráinne Mulvey (Ireland); Jörgen Häll (Sweden); Agnes Ida Pettersen (Norway): and Ville Raasakka (Finland at Scandinavia House, $15

6/29, 8:30ish jazz royalty; Branford Marsalis and band at Prospect Park Bandshell

6/29, 10 PM trash-garage guitar maven Palmyra Delran and her band at Bowery Electric, $10

6/30, 3 PM hauntingly jangly noir Americana band the Sadies outdoors at Union Pool, free, see you there

6/30, 3 PM energetic acoustic Veracruz-style folk-punk band Radio Jarocho at Forest Hills Library, 108-19 71 Avenue, Forest Hills, 7 to 71st St.

6/30, 5 PM atmospheric, cinematic drummer/composer Tim Kuhl – sort of a more straightforwardly trippy version of John Hollenbeck – at Pete’s

6/30, 6 PM Vallenato City, fronted by accordionist Harold Rodriguez play oldschool Colombian vallenato at the Low Tide Bar, Beach 97th St Boardwalk, Far Rockaway, free

6/30, 6 PM veteran jazz drummer Phil Young leads his septet at Marcus Garvey Park

6/30, 7 PM John Zorn conducts a mostly-female twelve-piece ensemble featuring pianist Sylvie Courvoisier, harpist Zeena Parkins and others from the Stone scene in a performance of his famous Cobra at National Sawdust, $25 adv tix rec

6/30, 7 PM in reverse order at Prospect Park Bandshell: banjo player and Nashville pop refugee Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder,  mandolinist Sierra Hull and Justin Moses and badass original country blues and oldtimey guitarist/songwriter Mamie Minch, who’s gonna blow them all off the stage

6/30, 7ish perennially relevant hip-hop artist Talib Kweli at Betsy Head Park, 167 Livonia Ave in Crown Heights; 3 to Saratoga Ave

6/30, 7;30 PM the Glenn Crytzer Orchestra play 30s and ’40s Big Band Swing at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, $17 adv tix rec

6/30, 8 PM singer Christine Marie’s haunting Turkish band Yeni Nostalji followed at 10 by Super Yamba playing their bracingly psychedelic Afrobeat jams at Barbes

6/30, 8 PM Iggy Pop cover night at Lucky 13 Saloon with oldschool goths Night Gallery and a whole slew of other bands, free

7/1, 6 PM cleverly lyrical, edgily funny, spine-tingling powerpop/acoustic rock singer Tamara Hey at the small room at the Rockwood

7/4, 7:30 PM the Mambo Legends Orchestra play the TIto Puente classics they played with him 40 years ago at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, $17 adv tix rec

7/5, noon hypnotic, pulsing, sousaphone-driven Guadalupian/New Orleans band Delgres at Metroteck Park in downtown Brooklyn

7/6, 7:30 PM Naomi & Her Handsome Devils play the devil’s music, a.k.a. hot 20s swing at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, $17 adv tix rec

7/7, 1/3 PM avant garde guitar quartet Dither play works of Eve Beglarian, Josh Lopes, Lisa Renée Coons, Gyan Riley, James Moore & Taylor Levine at Colonels Row on Governors Island, free

7/7, 3 PM mesmerizing Malian duskcore band Songhoy Blues at Union Pool, free

7/7, 6ish golden age hip-hop legends EPMD at Springfield Park, 147th and Springfield Blvds at the far edge of Queens

7/7, 7:30 PM Heybale play honkytonk and western swing at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, $17 adv tix rec

7/8, 6ish in reverse order: newschool lovers rock crooner Kabaka Pyramid, the surprisingly vital version of what’s left of popular 70s roots reggae band Third World and ubiquitous loverman Barrington Levy at the Amphitheater at Coney Island, 3052 West 21st St., free, prepare to be treated like a criminal at the entry gates since this is a corporate venue

7/8, 7 PM Super Yamba play their bracingly psychedelic Afrobeat jams at Pier One on the upper west

7/10, 7:30 PM wild newschool Puerto Rican salsa dura big band Orquesta El Macabeo at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, $17 adv tix rec

7/10, 7:30 PM A Far Cry play Divertimento in F – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozar; Symphony No. 3 – Philip Glass; Divertimento for String Orchestra – Bartók at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, get there early if you want a seat.

7/11, 7:30 PM dazzlingly eclectic purist jazz singer Brianna Thomas and her  Band at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, $17 adv tix rec

7/12, noon Amalgarhythm with lyrical pianist Kris Davis and drummer Terri Lyne Carrington at Metroteck Park in downtown Brooklyn

7/12, 7 PM oldschool-style, accordion-fueled vallenato punks Very Be Careful and  alternately rustic and techy tropicalians Systema Solar at Queensbridge Park, 41st Ave and Vernon Blvd in Queens, F to 21st St. and walk to the water

7/12, 7:30 PM the 12-piece oldschool Afro-Cuban salsa group Orquesta Akokán at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, $17 adv tix rec

7/12, 8ish feral female-fronted psychedelic cumbia/Afrobeat allstars Combo Chimbita and iconic second-wave Afrobeat band Antibalas at Prospect Park Bandshell

7/13, 7 PM Afropop dancefloor guy Sinkane’s Caparundi – envisioning a magical and colorful place where Africa, North America, South America, Asia, and the Caribbean blend together – at National Sawdust, $20

7/13, 7:30ish cumbia reapper Ana Tijoux‘s Roja y Negro and Spanish hip-hop artist Mala Rodriguez at Prospect Park Bandshell

7/14, 5ish pensively lyrical, politically fearless Uruguayan folk-jazz singer Jorge Drexler at Central Park Summerstage

7/14, 7:30 PM Malian griots Trio Da Kali and new music icons Kronos Quartet at Prospect Park Bandshell

7/14, 7:30 PM the Harlem Renaissance Orchestra play their 14th annual tribute to Illinois Jacquet at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, $17 adv tix rec

7/15, 7 PM fearlessly political latin Caribbean rock band Gallpote at Pier One on the upper west

7/17, 7 PM popular bluegrass touring band Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys at Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City

7/17,  7:30 PM popular indie classical orchestra the Knights play Within Her Arms – Anna Clyne; Armenian Folk Songs – Komitas; Idyll – Janáček and Hungarian Dances – Brahms at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, get there early if you want a seat

7/19, noon trippy, darkly cinematic Afrobeat psychedelia with Jupiter & Okwess at Metroteck Park in downtown Brooklyn 

7/19, 6ish golden age hip-hop legends EPMD for free at Chambers Plaza in Newark

 7/20, 7:30 PM kinetic chamber-rock dance band My Brightest Diamond and cutting-edge sitarist Anoushka Shankar at Prospect Park Bandshell

7/21, 3 PM legendary 60s Britfolk singer Bridget St. John and her band outdoors at Union Pool, free

7/22, 8 PM trailblazing pipa goddess and singer Min Xiao-Fen’s Blue Pipa trio at Pier One on the upper west

7/23, 7 PM Seung-Min Lee’s “performance takes on the conflicted symbolic power of milk: As the once–booming dairy industry in New York state suffers with the steady decline of milk consumption, a new generation of Neo-Nazis takes pride in lactose tolerance, instrumentalizing the optical purity of milk as a emblem of white supremacy,” at the Kitchen, free

7/24, 7:30 PM the Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA leads an ensemble in an epic re-score of the 1978 martial arts flick The 36th Chamber of Shaolin at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, free, get there very early

7/26, noon trumpeter Terence Blanchard & the E-Collective at Metroteck Park in downtown Brooklyn

7/27, 7 PM Honeyfingers play their Chinese-influenced “country jazz and western swing,” at National Sawdust, $20

7/27, 7:30 PM Malian griot Cheick Hamala Diabate and the world’s most popular duskcore band,Tinariwen at Prospect Park Bandshell

7/27, 7:30 PM classic Fellini film scores live with Hal Willner’s Amarcord Nino Rota at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center

7/27, 8:30 PM rising Spanish stars Flamenco Joven y Jondo (Young and Deep Flamenco) at City Winery, $20 standing room avail

7/28, 2 PM starkly psychedelic Malian duskcore guitarist/singer Mamadou Kelly outdoors at Union Pool, free

7/28, 7 PM a very rare Iranian rock triplebill in reverse order: crooner Faramarz Aslani accompanied by Babak Amini, underground legends KIOSK and Brooklyn expat band Habibi at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center

7/29, 3 PM trippy, darkly cinematic Afrobeat psychedelia with Jupiter & Okwess followed by politically fearless Afrobeat scion Femi Kuti at Central Park Summerstage

7/29, 4 PM Gran Combo bandleader Charlie Aponte and his latest salsa dura project at St. Mary’s Park in the Bronx

7/29, 8 PM fearlessly haunting, dynamic, charismatic Romany/Balkan chanteuse Eva Salina with pyrotechnic accordionist Peter Stan at Pier One on the upper west

7/31, 7:30 PM the Orchestra of St. Luke’s with soprano Sherezade Panthaki and violinist Krista Bennion Feeney play Vivaldi’s Four Seasons,  Concerto for Strings in C Major and In Furore lustissimae Irae at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, get there early if you want a seat.

8/2, 5 PM iconic second-wave Afrobeat band Antibalas at Chambers Plaza in Newark

8/2, 8ish the Nigerian “Queen of Afrobeat” Yemi Alade at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center

8/4, 3ish 60s-style bossa-influenced psych-pop band the Jay Vons outdoors at Union Pool, free

8/4, 3 PM Brazilian neosoul singer Xenia Franca, the Hamilton de Holanda mandolin Trio and trippy dub band Baiana System at Central Park Summerstage

8/4, 8:30 PM popular Jamaican dancehall crooner Tarrus Riley at Prospect Park Bandshell

8/5, 1 PM klezmer clarinet/mandolin wizard Andy Statman, Irish group Cherish the Ladies, Grupo Rebolu, and Sidiki Conde and Tokounou on the plaza at Lincoln Center. The program repeats at 5 out back in Damrosch Park.

8/5, 6 PM a brassy New Orleans bill: New Breed Brass Band, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, a lame jamband, and then Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave at Central Park Summerstage

8/5, 7 PM Puerto Rican percussion ensemble Yuba Ire and two popular Miami bands—Philbert Armenteros y Los Herederos and PALO! accompany a dance performance at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center

8/7, 7 PM sitarist Shafaat Khan with a dance ensemble  at Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City

8/9, 7 PM 5/5, 9ish noirish blue-eyed soul singer Fiona Silver and popular blues guitarslinger Gary Clark Jr. at Prospect Park Bandshell

8/8, 6:30 PM in reverse order: the Sun Ra Arkestra play a live score to Space Is the Place, José James sings Bill Withers and Samora Pinderhughes: The Transformations Suite at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center. Jury’s out on the openers.

8/9, 5 PM Maceo Parker of the JBs at Chambers Plaza in Newark

8/10, 7:30 PM the Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band reinvent Leonard Bernstein’s Wes Side Story soundtrack at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center

8/11, 3 PM the North, South, East, and West choruses sing the world premiere of John Luther Adams: In the Name of the Earth at Harlem Meer in Central Park

8/10, 7:30 PM fiery, politically fearless, atmospheric Tunisian art-rocker Emel Mathlouthi  and macabre slowcore band Godspeed You Black Emperor at Prospect Park Bandshell

8/11, 8:30 PM jangly, clanging late 80s nostalgia with the Breeders at Prospect Park Bandshell

8/18, 1/3 PM the Collaborative Arts Ensemble play southern US-inspired works by Samuel Barber, Charles Ives, Johnny Cash,Hoagy Carmichael, Henry Mancin at Colonels Row on Governors Island, free

8/23, 5 PM oldschool Dirty Jerz hip-hop with pioneering female rapper Rah Digga at Chambers Plaza in Newark

8/25, 3 PM the ageless godfather of boogaloo, Joe Bataan outdoors at Union Pool, free

8/25, 5ish purist swing singer Catherine Russell and Jamaican jazz piano icon Monty Alexander’s reggae-jazz Harlem-Kingston Express at Marcus Garvey Park

8/26, 3 PM the trio of Adam O’Farrill, Immanuel Wilkins and Joel Ross, Amina Claudine Myers, then a lame corporate jazz act, then Gary Bartz leading a quartet at Tompkins Square Park

8/26, 8ish perennially vital latin jazz piano sage Eddie Palmieri  at Central Park Summerstage

8/28, 8 PM badass oldschool electric bluesmistress Celisse Henderson  and a bunch of actors read from and play music inspired by the Howard Zinn classic People’s History of the United States at Central Park Summerstage. They did something like this at Lincoln Center last year and it was surprisingly subversive.

9/27, 7 PM the all-female Resistance Revival Chorus sing epic, inspiring populist gospel tunes and anti-trumpie broadsides followed by afropop singer Angelique Kidjo at Central Park Summerstage

An Iconic, Fearlessly Populist Brooklyn Band Releases Their Most Ambitious Album in Bushwick Saturday Night

If there’s any New York band who’ve earned a song about themselves, it’s Les Sans Culottes. It’s on their latest album, She is Tossed By the Waves But Does Not Sink, streaming at Bandcamp. That’s the Paris city motto, and there’s no small irony in that the same could be said for the band. Since the 90s, they’ve slowly expanded from their origins as the Spinal Tap of late 60s French ye-ye psychedelic pop, to become as eclectic as the New York borough they represent used to be before the blitzkrieg of out-of-state white yuppies and “luxury” condos. No other New York band have spoken out as witheringly or accurately against the blight of gentrification as this shapeshifting crew – in spot-on, slangy French, no less. They’re playing the album release show this Saturday night, June 2 at 10 PM at El Cortez in Bushwick. The show isn’t listed on the venue calendar, but if they charged $20 for Amy Rigby, this should be about half that or less.

Along the way, the group have weathered several lineup changes and even a lawsuit by a spinoff of the band. That the Sans Culottes brand would be worth taking to court speaks for itself. This latest edition, fronted by founder Clermont Ferrand, is the most stylistically eclectic ever. While there are a few songs that bring to mind late 60s Serge Gainsbourg or Françoise Hardy, the satire is subtler than ever. Their signature mockery of French would-be rockers stumbling through all sorts of American idioms is still there, but the songs span from lush new wave to Stonesy rock to faux funk, stadium anthems and the noir.

The opening track’s title, Eiffel Tour is a Franglais pun – in French, it’s Le Tour Eiffel. It’s as much a musical as lyrical spoof, a shuffling early 70s style French faux funk tune driven by keyboardist Benoit Bals’ trebly Farbisa over Jacques Strappe’s drums and M. Pomme Frite’s bass. It’s the band’s An American in Paris:

Je prends mon élan
Et parle en verlan
Nous sommes en terrasse

[This is tough to translate, and indicative of how clever this band’s lyrics are. The first couple of lines roughly equate to “I get up the nerve and talk in verlan,” a French counterpart to pig Latin from the late 80s Paris banlieu Arab ghetto. “Nous sommes en terrasse,” meaning literally “We’re on the terrace,” was a meme referring to how resolute the French remained in the wake of the 2015 massacre at the Charlie Hebdo office. In that context, it’s “We’re just chilling.”]

There’s more Bals on this album than any of the band’s previous releases. Case in point: the warbly Wurlitzer electric piano and swirly organ on the more authentically funky second number, which is also more musically than lyrically satirical.

Chuchotements Chinois (Chinese Whispers – a reference to the French obsession with the Cure, maybe?) sets Geddy Liaison’s Rolling Stones guitar and lush vocals from the band’s two women singers, Kit Kat Le Noir and Brigitte Bordeaux, over a coy new wave strut with a sly resemblance to a popular 80s hit by French band Indochine. The phony bossa De Rien is a cluelessly chipper breakup number complete with breathy boudoir vocals and loungey piano.

The glossy, synthy 80s-style Chibeca v. Chewbacca shoots a spitball at sleazy developers trying to rename New York neighborhoods: rebranding gritty, constantly shrinking Chinatown as part of shi-shi Tribeca isn’t quite as moronic as calling the South Bronx the Piano District, but it’s close.

The jaunty doo-wop rock of L’Histoire des Sans Culottes chronicles the band’s triumphs and tribulations:

NOUS AVONS EU DES IMITATEURS,
BANDES D’HOMMAGES, MAUVAIS DOPPELGÄNGERS
En manque évident de savoir faire
Ersatz inferieurs sorry ass loseurs

[We’ve had imitators
Tribute bands, bad doppelgangers
Who obviously couldn’t get things done…]

You don’t really need a translation for that last line, right?

Je Ne Sais Quoi pokes playful fun at French pronouns over a slightly less retro backdrop. Along with their Cure obsession, the French also have a rabid Stooges cult, which the band salute in Detroit Rock Cite – which actually sounds more like AC/DC with keys. Mismatched styles are also the joke in A La Mode, an ersatz Stones-flavored shout out to Prince. The band follow that with La Ballade de Johnny X, poking wistful fun at the femme fatale tradition as personified by noir acts like Juniore

The catchy, riff-rocking Je M’en Fous (I Don’t Give a Fuck) opens with the line “Tawdry Adieu ou Audrey Tautou” and stays just as amusing from there, with a snide reference to French misadventures in imperialism. In the Hall of the Ye Ye King (Agathe Bauer) is a mock-rock salute to the power of unlikely one-hit wonder Euro-pop. The album winds up on a surprisingly somber note with the lavish art-rock epic Aller Sans Retour (One Way Ticket). Your appreciation of this album will increase immeasurably if you speak French – check the band’s priceless lyrics page– but it’s not necessary. Look for this on the best albums of 2018 list at the end of the year if Trump doesn’t blow us all up by then. 

A Rare Reunion from New York’s Best Underground Swing Jazz Supergroup

The Tickled Pinks almost played Club Cumming. Ostensibly, lack of a liquor license derailed one of the few events that could have transcended any issue concerning tourist hordes in the East Village on a Saturday night. But the irrepressible underground swing jazz supergroup did get to play two iconic Brooklyn venues, Hank’s and Pete’s last month, in one of the funnest reunions of any New York band in recent years.

Among other harmony vocal acts, only John Zorn’s Mycale chorale have the kind of individualistic power and interplay that the Pinks showed off during what was a pretty good run. They made it as far as Joe’s Pub – and got the key to the city of Olympia, Washington on their most recent tour. Whether the key works or not is unknown.

It would be overly reductionistic to say that with her spectacular range, Karla Rose Moheno handles the highs, the more misty Stephanie Layton handles the mids and Kate Sland handles the lows – all three women can span the octaves enough to take their original inspiration, the Andrews Sisters, to the next level. Although that basic formula seemed to be the strategy for night one of a reunion weekend stand that began with an Elvis cover night at Hank’s.

The idea of three women harmonizing Elvis tunes is a typical Pinks move, although one they never did before. And they weren’t the only ones who sang. Guitarist Dylan Charles took a break in between elegant expanses of jazz chords, snazzy rockabilly and some machete tremolo-picking to narrate a tongue-in-cheek version of Are You Lonesome Tonight. There were also a handful of cameos from friends of the band invited up to do their versions of the hits.

Moheno switched out her trusty Telecaster for an acoustic guitar; Sland played snappy bass and Layton held down the groove behind the drumkit. John Rogers’ ornate electric piano and organ lit up several of the songs; trumpeter Mike Maher gave a mariachi flair to several numbers as well.

The set wasn’t just familiar favorites, either. As much fun as it was hearing what this crew could do with Hound Dog and Jailhouse Rock and Suspicious Minds, the best song of the night was an obscure, ominous noir number, Black Star. On one hand, it’s hard to imagine that Elvis knew what kind of an end he’d come to when he sang this in the mid-60s…but this group’s stalking, low-key version left that question hanging. From this point of view, it would have been even more fun to be able to catch the whole set, but it was impossible to walk out of Moroccan saxophonist Yacine Boulares’ absolutely haunting Lincoln Center set earlier that night.

The Pinks wound up their weekend with a serpentine set of swing at Pete’s. Since they started in the late zeros, they’ve expanded their songbook far beyond 30s girl-group material to jump blues and beyond. Case in point: an absolutely accusatory version of Straighten Out and Fly Right. They went deep inside to find the bittersweetness in the Kinks’ Sunny Afternoon, then pulled out all the smoke and sultriness in Is You Is or Is You Ain’t My Baby. And the old 20s hot swing standard Why Don’t You Do Right outdid both the Moonlighters and Rasputina’s versions in terms of both energy and righteous rage.

The Pinks are back on hiatus now while everybody in the group is busy with their own projects. Layton and Charles continue with their torch jazz band Eden Lane, with a gig on June 3 at 7 PM at Caffe Vivaldi, one of the Pinks’ old haunts. Sland continues to do unselfconsciously heroic work in hospice medicine in California. And Moheno continues with recording her next noir rock album, under the name Karla Rose – if the track listing remains as originally planned, that record would top the list of best albums of 2018 if she released it now.

Hannah vs. the Many Bring Their Withering Lyrics and Riveting Presence to an Iconic Brooklyn Dive

The best lyricist in rock music played Long Island City Bar last month. It wasn’t Elvis Costello or Aimee Mann doing a secret gig to warm up for a tour. It was Hannah Fairchild, who at this point in history is the gold standard as far as double entendres, searing metaphors and savage wit set to catchy tunes are concerned. That she plays a mean Telecaster, fronts an incendiary power trio with a slinkily feral rhythm section and has a flamethrower wail for a voice is the icing on the cake. She’s playing Hank’s this Saturday night at 10 PM; cover is $7.

Fairchild calls her band Hannah vs. the Many. “Just to be clear, you are not the many,” she reassured the crowd. She is the rare instance where the enemy of your enemy is actually your friend. Her music is not for people with meh lives. But for anyone who’s been wounded, or even tortured, she is your vanquishing valkyrie

And she was noir before that Canadian dotcom millionaire’s trust-tunded kid picked a Spanish last name to advertise herself as rock royalty. Fairchild’s doomed anti-heroines immolate themselves publicly and throw themselves headlong from tall buildings when the pain becomes too much. Fairchild followed the magic-realist trajectory of the latter through the machinegunning cadences of the night’s oldest song, All Eyes on Me, charging through the song’s eerie chromatic changes.

Most of the material was taken from Hannah vs. the Many’s most recent album Cinemascope, ranked as best rock record of the year here several months ago. “Here’s a song about musical theatre,” Fairchild said brightly, then launched into the grim punk rock torrents of Surrender Dorothy:

Cinderella’s sisters tell us
Nothing in the final edit
‘Cause we left them blinded, bled and
Screaming through the rolling credits
Made a mistake, played it straight
How many punchlines til she breaks?
Splitting on seams, no reprieve
What I get is what you see

Although Fairchild has led a more-or-less separate career in the theatre, obviously the road hasn’t been easy, for her or for any woman, for that matter.

Carl Limbacher’s bass scrambled over Max Tholenaar-Maples’ drums as the trio launched into the cynical Cameo, Fairchild’s simmering, distortedly jangly broken chords expoding into a fireball on the chorus. The swaying, simmering ballad Slow Burn made a stark contrast, then the band picked up the pace again in a split second.

When the night’s best number is a new  one, that speaks volumes to where its writer is right now. This one, Stupid, blended uneasy Syd Barrett-ish changes beneath a characteristically defiant narrative. And despite all the relentless cynicism and gloomy punchlines, the blonde woman in the classy black dress, cranking out chords from her vintage Fender amp under the low lights, was no victim. This was a victory snatched from the jaws of defeat. Never mess with a songwriter: they always get even in the end.

The Brooklyn Raga Massive Celebrate Six Years of Cutting-Edge, Transcendent New Indian Sounds in Red Hook This Saturday Night

The Brooklyn Raga Massive dedicate themselves to taking indian music to places it’s never been before. But rather than doing the John McLaughlin thing and jazzing up ancient Indian melodies, they’re Indianizing jazz, soul and Middle Eastern music, and the avant garde – and also playing their own updates on the classic raga themes that the group’s core members have immersed themselves in over the years. Their rotating talent base comprises some of New York’s best musicians, and they have a subset, the Women’s Raga Massive, who are headlining the group’s sixth anniversary show this Saturday night, June 2, starting at 7:30 PM at Pioneer Works in Red Hook. Cover is $30.

You might wonder why they’d be doing this in Red Hook. That’s because the Raga Massive also have a weekly Thursday night residency around the bend at the Jalopy. Saturday night’s two opening acts are excellent as well. The first one, pointillistically psychedelic instrumental trio House of Waters are led by national champion hammered dulcimer player Max ZT. They’re not an Indian band per se – they sound like no other band on the planet – but they’re at home with classical Indian melodies. Afterward, Hindustani/North Indian singer Samarth Nagarkar goes deep into classical repertoire, backed by harmonium and tabla.

The Women’s Raga Massive’s most recent show was a frequently transcendent Saturday night concert at the end of March at Joe’s Pub. The first half featured a cycle of small-group improvisations; the second was dedicated to transgressive medieval Indian composer and poet Meera Bai, who is sort of the female Rumi. It could also be said that Rumi was the male Meera – their mysticism and angst-fueled, lovelorn themes disguised as religious poetry have a lot in common. “She’s sort of the original feminist – she followed her heart, she followed her spirit,” co-leader and violinist Trina Basu explained beforehand.

The night’s lineup was spectacular. True to their inclusive spirit, the Women’s Raga Massive don’t necessarily exclude dudes (there were a couple, Max ZT and bassist Perry Wortman, on this particular bill). Anjna Swaminathan played violin alongside Basu, with Amali Premawardhana on cello, Camila Celin on guitar and sarod, Roshni Samlal on tabla and  Lauren Crump on percussion. Massive co-leader and singer Priya Darshini fronted the group, alongside Morley Kamen.

Celin opened the night with a starry, searching, reverb-infused acoustic guitar solo over an ever-present recorded drone. Crump joined her as the music shifted toward a hypnotic, Malian-tinged duskcore groove that grew funkier and then more shadowy. From there a parade of musicians followed in turn.

Samlal and Crump built a scampering yet suspenseful percussion interlude. Swaminathan then joined Samlal, slowly rising from melismatic flickers and surreal echo phrases to restless chromatic riffage. Premawardhana came up to start a lively, catchy cello-violin conversation, spanning pretty much the entire sonic spectrum available to a string band. The addition of Basu completed the echoey picture as the music grew more phantasmagorical and sepulchral. Premawardhana’s rich, low washes drove the sound upward and then back to ghostly territory. Eventually, Morley joined them and took the music in the direction of jazz poetry and new age ambience.

Basu and Premawardhana’s lyrical string ensemble Karavika, joined by Max ZT, played their big crowd-pleaser, Sunrise, first digging in hard for a triumphant, heroic sway over bubbling tabla and dulcimer, then bringing the central raga theme front and center, with a sudden cadenza out. The Women’s Raga Massive’s mashup of a Meera piece with raga Darbari Kanada followed a suspenseful, pouncing, tangoish groove, violins uneasily soaring overhead.

The full ensemble closed the night with the epic Khusro meets Mirabai. Slowly coalescing as bass, dulcimer and finally violins carried the theme, Darshini pulled the majestic swaying raga together with as much insistence as longing, up to a long stampede out. Because this group relies so much on improvisation, this Saturday’s show will no doubt be completely different, if with similarly irrepressible imagination and spirited playing. You can get lost in Red Hook Saturday night.