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Live Music Calendar for New York City and Brooklyn for July and August 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. Click the link above for dates which continue through 9/2. 

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 July, 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 July, 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 July, 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 July 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

Free classical concerts on Saturdays at 4 PM in July 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.

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 July, 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.

Sundays at 5 PM in July, the irrepressible Eleonore Biezunski – arguably the most eclectic violinist in klezmer music – leads a series of groups at Barbes 

Sundays in July, 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.

7/1, 2 PM the Ebony Hillbillies – NYC’s only African-American bluegrass and oldtimey string band – at the Discovery Center in Central Park, 110th Street between Lenox Avenue and Fifth Ave

7/1, 2PM-ish punk/rockabilly band the Screaming Rebel Angels at the Riis Park Beach Bazaar in the Rockaways

7/1, 4 PM elegantly angst-fueled, individualistic torchsong/parlor pop piano chanteuse Jeanne Marie Boes followed by darkly torchy southwestern gothic/Europolitan songwriter/guitarist Miwa Gemini at LIC Bar

7/1, 5 PM all-female merengue tipica band Cocomama at the Morris-Jumel Mansion in Roger Morris Park, C to 163rd St.

7/1, 5 PM intriguingly lyrical chamber-pop band Paper Citizen followed at 6 by cleverly lyrical, edgily funny, spine-tingling powerpop/acoustic rock singer Tamara Hey and then eventually at midnight by guitarslinger Mallory Feuer’s fiery power trio the Grasping Straws – sort of a mashup of Patti Smith and Hole’s first album – at the small room at the Rockwood

7/1, 5 PM spellbinding vocal quartet Monteverdi & Bartók – Deborah Carmichael, Kinga Cserjési, Marisa Michelson and Sara Serpa – join forces with a chamber ensemble and the Choral Society of the Hamptons to find unexpected connections between the two composers at Hungarian House, 213 E 82nd St., $10 adv tix rec

7/1, 6 PM Ben Goldberg on clarinet dueling it out with drummer Gerald Cleaver followed by  the magically improvisational trio of Josh Sinton on baritone sax, Todd Neufeld on guitar and Giacomo Merega on bass at Downtown Music Gallery

7/1, 7 PM dark latin/Russian ska/tropicalia/dub band Karikatura at the big room at the Rockwood, $10

7/1, 8/9:30 PM an amazing duo collaboration: lyrical pianist Geoffrey Keezer with similarly brilliant trumpeter Ingrid Jensen at Mezzrow, $20. Then Keezer is with Steve Wilson on drums the following night, 7/2 and with Donny McCaslin on tenor on 7/5.

7/1, 9 PM oldschool-style high plains C&W singer Hope Debates & North 40 at Skinny Dennis. She’s also at Bar Chord on 7/18 at 9.

7/1, 9 PM lush, hypnotic slowcore/postrockers Bing & Ruth at National Sawdust, $20 adv tix rec

7/1, 10 PM incendiary, politically fearless postrock-soulpunk-soundtrack band Algiers at Elsewhere, $20

7/1, 10:30 PM catchy soul-jazz trombonist David Gibson leads his quintet at Smalls

7/2, 6 PM terse, hypnotic Indian classical acoustic guitarist Camila Celin at the Fat Cat

7/2, 7 PM Bodega – a female-fronted update on the Gang of 4 – at Rough Trade, free 

7/2, 7 PM bassists Tom Shad and Jair-Rohm Parker Wells improvise with purposefully brilliant violinist Concetta Abbate), then Abbate plays solo at 8 followed at 9 by singers Lauren Lee and Andrea Wolper at Silvana

7/2, 7 PM novelist Simeon Marsalis and pianist Chris Pattishall explore grim themes of mortality at Joe’s Pub, $20. Followed at 9:30 (separate $20 adm) by carnivalesque loopmusic maven Sxip Shirey  – a one-man New Orleans funeral parade 

7/2, 8 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” at Sisters Brooklyn, 900 Fulton St. at Washington. They’re also at Troost  on 7/4at 9:30 and on 7/19 at 8:30 at Espresso 77, 35-57 77th Street (just off of 37th Ave), Jackson Heights

7/2, 8 PM adventurous, noir-inspired theremin virtuoso Carolina Eyck with crooner Theo Bleckmann at the Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec

7/3, 7:30 PM pianist Michael Reisman plays Philip Glass’ original score to a screening of the remake of Dracula at the Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec

7/2, 9:30 PM Dilemastronauta Y Los Sabrosos Cosmicos with members of M.A.K.U and Combo Chimbita play space cumbia at Barbes

7/3, 10:30 PM cleverly lyrical, murderously witty murder ballad/chamber pop allstars Charming Disaster at Pete’s

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

7/4, 8 PM psychedelic klezmer/bluegrass mandolin and clarinet legend Andy Statman at Barbes, $10

7/5, noon hypnotic, pulsing, sousaphone-driven Guadelupian/New Orleans band Delgres at Metroteck Park in downtown Brooklyn. They’re at the Lincoln Center Atrium that same night at around 8. 

7/5, 5ish powerhouse Malian chanteuse Oumou Sangare and band at Central Park Summerstage

7/5, 6 PM hot 20s swing from the Blue Vipers of Brooklyn under the Manhattan Bridge archway, go south from the  York St. subway and follow the sound

7/5, 7 PM mesmerizing Malian duskcore band Songhoy Blues at Wagner Park on the water northwest of Battery Park. 7/7, 3 PM they’re at Union Pool, free 

7/5, 7 PM tastefully guitar-fueled Rocky Mountain badlands blues band Blue Moon Marquee at Terra Blues, $10 

7/5, 8 PM klezmer-jazz piano icon Anthony Coleman’s duo with drummer Brian Chase at Arete Gallery, $10

7/5, 8 PM purposeful, uneasy, ferociously smart guitarist Sean Moran’s Sun Tiger trio with cellist Hank Roberts and drummer Vinnie Sperrazza at  at Barbes

7/5, 9 PM volcanically tuneful noise-punk band the Skull Practitioners – led by Jason Victor from Steve Wynn’s similarly incendiary band – at Coney Island Baby, $12

7/5, 9:15 PM epic female-fronted Indian carnatic gothic/slowcore band Sita Virgin at the big room at the Rockwood 

7/5, 10 PM rockabilly songstress Suzette Sundae & the Love Lifes with her killer retro band at Skinny Dennis

7/5, 10 PM the great unsung hero of darkly purposeful, noir-tinged jazz guitar, Saul Rubin leading his Zebtet at the Fat Cat. They’re also here on 7/10 at 7.

7/6, 7 PM Jerry Drake and the Front Page Big Band play classic 30s swing at the Knockdown Center, $10

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

 7/6, 8 PM epic, cinematic Indian violin-fueled art-rock themes with Rini and her explosive band  at Drom, $10 adv tix rec

7/6, 8ish tersely imagistic folk noir and rainy-day 4AD sounds with Jaye Bartell at Wonders of Nature, $10

7/6, 8 PM pyrotechnic Balkan multi-reedman Greg Squared‘s Great (and ever-expanding) Circle followed by horn-driven psychedelic band Los Cumpleanos at Barbes. Los Cumples (we can call them that, right?) are also there on 7/9 at 9:30ish

7/6, 8 PM accordionist TC Costello plays “mafia punk” followed at 9 by reputedly high-energy Americana string band the Psychobillys at the Way Station 

7/6, 8/9:30 PM the smoky, torchy Harry Allen (tenor sax), Rossano Sportiello (piano), Joel Forbes (bass) at Mezzrow, $20 at the bar

7/6-7, 8:30 PM fiery Middle Eastern guitarist Eyal Maoz at the Stone at the New School

7/6, 9 PM edgy, glam-inflected girlpunk band Damsel at Pete’s 

7/6, 9 PM high-voltage oldtimey barrelhouse swing group the 4th St. Nite Owlsat FM Jersey City $7

7/6, 9 PM quirky, smartly lyrical female-fronted avant cello-rock with the Icebergs at Otto’s

7/6, 9ish haunting Romany/Balkan music reinventor Eva Salina with whirlwind accordionist Peter Stan at the Owl

7/6, 10 PM drummer Dan Pugach leads his inventive nonet with powerful belter Nicole Zuraitis on the mic at 55 Bar

7/6, 10:30 PM catchy Booker T-esque soul jazz with the David Gibson/Jared Gold Hammond B3 organ band at the Fat Cat

7/6, 11 PM fiery, psychedelically bluesy oldschool soul/southern rockers Lizzie & the Makers at at the small room at the Rockwood

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, 1 PM majestic, darkly cinematic surf band the TarantinosNYC at the Riis Park Beach Bazaar in the Rockaways. 7/14 at 10 they’re at Sidewalk 

7/7, 5 PM atmospheric, cinematic drummer/composer Tim Kuhl – sort of a more straightforwardly trippy version of John Hollenbeck – at Pete’s

7/7, 6 PM surreal, intense klezmer/oldtime gospel guy/girl duo Book of J  followed eventually at 10 by epic ranchera/bolero brass crew Banda de los Muertos at Barbes

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

7/7, 7 PM intense, fearlessly relevant Middle Eastern clarinetist Kinan Azmeh and similarly dark guitarist  Erdem Helvacioglu play the album release show for their stormy, hauntingly nebulous new war-themed album Dictatorial at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix rec.

7/7, 7/9 PM tenor saxophonist Tom Scott and the Rich Shemaria Big Band at the NYU Provincetown Playhouse on Washington Square West, free

7/7, 8  PM Iranian pianist, violinist and singer Saman Samadi’s Apām Napāt trio with clarinetist and saxophonist Blaise Siwula, and buchla player Hans Tammen at Scholes St. Studios

7/7, 8 PM the Sad Bastards of Brooklyn – basically Spanking Charlene playing melancholy acoustic classics – at Sidewalk

7/7, 8 PM the Duchess vocal trio – Amy Cervini, Hilary Gardner and Melissa Stylianou – salute the great 30s swing girl groups at the bandshell at Kingsborough Community College, 2001 Oriental Boulevard at Oxford, Manhattan Beach, shortest ride is the Q to Brighton Beach, transfer to the B1 bus if you’d rather not take a leisurely 15-minute walk

7/7 Unsteady Freddie‘s monthly surf rock extravaganza at Otto’s begins at 9 with mysterious Connecticut band Renegade Lounge, at 10 guitar mastermind Mike Rosado’s volcanic, pounding Dick Dale-influenced 9th Wave, at 11 jangly New York original surf rock cult heroes the Supertones and at midnight metalish Providence band the Infra-Men

7/7, 10 PM inscrutable, tropically-tinged psychedelic singer/bandleader Renata Ziegeur at the Owl

7/7, 10 PM Nashville gothic band Karen & the Sorrows at C’Mon Everybody, $13

7/8, 5 PM violinist Eleonore Biezunski’s Lyutbshe sing women’s Yiddish folksongs with Lauren Brody, accordion followed at 9 by the Gonzalo Bergara Trio playing Romany guitar swing at Barbes 

7/8, 6 PM noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo leads his trio at 55 Bar

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

7/8, 7 PM pianist Jose Menor plays Messiaen’s “Vingt Regards” in its entirety at Spectrum

7/8, 7 PM magical microtonal violinist Sarah Bernstein plays Ornette Coleman works solo at Downtown Music Gallery

7/8, 7:30 PM noir-inspired alto saxophonist/composer Nick Hempton leads his group at Smalls

7/8, 8 PM the New Juilliard Ensemble play works by Shin-ichirō Ikebe, Philip Cashian, and James Primrosch in MOMA’s Sculpture Garden, free w/museum adm

7/8, 8ish haunting, purposeful viola improvisations with Jessica Pavone at Troost

7/8, 8 PM excellent, rippling John Fahey-esque fingerstyle acoustic guitarist Marisa Anderson followed by darkly vivid acoustic rock songwriter Tara Jane O’Neil at Union Pool, $15 

7/8, 9 PM the uneasily cinematic art-rock Pi PowerTrio  – film composer and former Raybeat Pat Irwin (guitar, electronics), Sasha Dobson (drums, vocals) and Daria Grace (bass, vocals) at the Treehouse at 2A

7/7, 8:30 PM sharply lyrical southwestern gothic/Americana songwriter Tom Shaner at Bowery Electric, $10

7/9, 7 PM tuneful postbop pianist Jim Ridl leads his group from behind the Rhodes followed at 10 by intense, brooding Turkish jazz pianist Burak Bedikyan’s trio at 55 Bar

7/9, 7 PM soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom with Mark Helias, bass; Bobby Previte, drums at the NYU Provincetown Playhouse on Washington Square West, free

7/9, 9 PM the Trump Beatles – who do hilarious political satire set to classic Fab Four tunes –  deep in Republican Bushwick at Pine Box Rock Shop

7/10, 7 PM the extraordinary Ahreum Han plays a program TBA on the organ at Riverside Church, $20/$15 stud/srs

7/10, 7 PM the Dave Pietro Group with Mike Rodriguez, trumpet; Gary Versace, piano; Matt Clohesy, bass; Johnathan Blake, drums at the NYU Provincetown Playhouse on Washington Square West, free, wow

7/10, 7 PM eclectic, hard-hitting, lyrical composer/tenor saxophonist Stan Killian  at 55 Bar

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 Mozart; 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.

7/10, 8 PM oldschool Cuban mambo jazz with Orquesta Akokán at National Sawdust, $20 adv tid rec

 7/10-14, 8:30 PM purposefully atmospheric guitarist Gyan Riley  leads a series of ensembles at the Stone at the New School,$20

7/10-15, 8:30/10:30 PM state-of-the-art postbop guitarist Russell Malone leads his quintet at the Vanguard, $30

7/10, 10 PM bass saxophonist Stefan Zeniuk’s punk mambo band the NY Fowl Harmonic followed by dark art-rocker and ex-Nanuchka bandleader/bassist Yula & the Extended Family at Hank’s

7/10, 10:30 PM charismatic, adventurous postbop/avant garde trombonist/crooner Frank Lacy leads his quintet at Smalls

7/11, 5 PM the mighty all-female Resistance Revival Chorus sing epic, inspiring populist gospel tunes and anti-trumpie broadsides at Elsewhere, $15

7/11, 6 PM eclectic pan-latin singer Sofia Tosello’s starkly rhythmic Chuño play the album release show for their new one at the Argentinian Consulate, 12 W 56th St, free, reception to follow. Their most recent show at Barbes was gorgeously spare and lyrical.

7/11, 6 PM flamenco duo Sonia Olla & Ismael Fernández on Bwy betw 42/43

7/11, 7 PM abrasively tasty, growling postrock crew Grex – who do a twisted, iconoclastically noisy version of Coltrane’s A Love Supreme – at Holo, $10. 7/12 at 10:30 PM they’re at Pine Box Rock Shop followed by imaginative bassist Shayna Dunkelman leading a trio with Lim Yan and Grey McMurray 

7/11, 7 PM soaringly explosive jazz composer/torch singer Nicole Zuraitis and her band at Birdland, free w/rsvp 

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

7/11, 8 PM intense Balkan chanteuse Jenny Luna‘s haunting, traditional Turkish band Dolunay at Barbes

7/11, 8 PM stoner 70s Murder City style rockers Sun Voyager at St Vitus, $10

7/11, 8:30ish golden age hip-hop meets the new school: the album release show for 38 SPESH & Kool G Rap’s new one “Son of G Rap” featuring guest appearances from NORE, Anthony Hamilton, Cormega, AZ, and many more at Drom, $20. It’s 38 Spesh’s NYC debut show too.

7/11, 9 PM 20s hot jazz revivalists Cait and the Critters at Radegast Hall. They’re also there on 7/29 at 7.

7/12, 6 PM a rare return gig by upbeat original ska band the Brown Rice Family under the Manhattan Bridge archway, go south from the  York St. subway and follow the sound

7/12, 6:30 PM feral tenor saxophonist Eric Wyatt and band at Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd in Queens, free

7/12, drinks at 6:30 PM, show at 7, brooding Finnish jazz pianist and composer Anni Koski at Scandinavia House, $15

7/12, 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 – covers Talking Heads, Bob Dylan, Nick Drake, Michael Hurley, Hoagy Carmichael, John Lennon, Nina Simone, Johnny Mercer, Joni Mitchell, Laura Nyro, Neil Young, Harry Nilsson, Leonard Cohen, Tom Petty, Screaming Jay Hawkins at Pangea. What’s missing from this list? THE EAGLES. No joke. Ok, it’s a joke but you have to hear her Hotel California. 

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 PM darkly lyrical Americana rock bandleader Nora Jane Struthers at Joe’s Pub, $15

7/12, 7 PM soaringly explosive jazz composer/torch singer Nicole Zuraitis salutes a hundred years of women songwriters at 55 Bar

7/12, 7:30/9:30 PM drummer JK Kim leads a smoldering quartet including Chris McCarthy  – piano and Noah Preminger – tenor sax at the Jazz Gallery, $15

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

7/12, 8 PM plush, balmy, oldtimey uke swing band Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies followed at 10 by eclectic, electric C&W/blues band the Jug Addicts at Barbes

7/12, 8 PM intense bassist Brandon Lopez is joined by saxophonist Steve Baczkowski in a duet that ostensibly “tests the limits of the musicians’ endurance” at Roulette, $15 adv tix rec

7/12, 10 PM a twinbill of two of Brooklyn’s best, most enigmatically tuneful, psychedelically abstract rock bands, Gold Dime and Parlor Walls at Union Pool, $12

7/13, 6 PM elegantly angst-fueled, individualistic torchsong/parlor pop piano chanteuse Jeanne Marie Boes followed by soul/gospel belter (and Lenny Molotov collaborator) Queen Esther at the American Folk Art Museum

7/13, 6 PM crystalline-voiced, noir-tinged third-stream jazz chanteuse Tessa Souter and her band at 55 Bar

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, 7:30 PM edgy, punk-inspired female-fronted funk band Eliza & the Organix at Coney Island Baby, $12

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

7/13, 8:30 PM terse, anthemic dark folk/Americana songwriter Lara Taubman at Sidewalk 

7/13, 8 PM Renee Goust – best known for her sarcastic feminist anthem “La Cumbia Feminazi” followed at 9:30 by similarly edgy oldschool-style cumbia band Elena & Los Fulanos and then at 11 by Rana Santacruz – the Mexican Shane MacGowan, but without the booze if you can imagine that – at Barbes 

7/13, 8 PM electroacoustic composer Julia Santoli’s premieres her new project Burning Body of Love with bassist Zach Rowden, staged within a sculptural landscape at Issue Project Room, $10 sug don

7/13. 8;30 PM Innov Gnawa‘s irrepressible Samir Langus leads his psychedelic gnawa-rock band at Bar Lunatico

7/13, 9ish edgy, playful improvisation with Jessica Pavone (viola) and Nick Podgurski (synthesizer) at the Owl

7/13, 10 PM early zeros Lower East Side folk-rock icons the Kennedys at the Jalopy, $10

 7/13. 10:30 PM Greg Lewis’ brilliant Organ Monk Trio at the Fat Cat, no joke

]7/13, 11 PM scampering, irrepressibly fun girlpunks Sharkmuffin at Brooklyn Bazaar, $12

7/14, 2ish lo-fi British female-fronted janglerock band Girl Ray at Union Pool, free 

7/14, 4 PM the Erik Satie Quartet – Ron Hay (trombone), Max Seigel (bass trombone), Ben Holmes (trumpet), and Andrew Hadro (bari sax) –reinvent classic and obscure Satie chamber pieces as well as rare compositions by his obscure contemporaries, followed at 6 by surreal, intense klezmer/oldtime gospel guy/girl duo Book of J, at 8 by Gato Loco’s Stefan Zeniuk’s Green Mambo band and at 10 by wild psychedelic cumbia/tropicalia/dub band Dos Santos Anti-Beat Orquesta at Barbes

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

7/14, 7:30 PM eclectic, lyrical jazz bassist/composer Pedro Giraudo leads his tango-inspired Big Band at the Jazz Gallery $25

7/14, 8 PM wildly eclectic, female-fronted, politically fearless Mexican dance-rock band La Santa Cecilia at SOB’s, $25

7/14, 8 PM Professor Cunningham & His Old School play New Orleans sounds at the bandshell at Kingsborough Community College, 2001 Oriental Boulevard at Oxford, Manhattan Beach, shortest ride is the Q to Brighton Beach, transfer to the B1 bus if you’d rather not take a leisurely 15-minute walk

7/14, 8:30 PM charismatic No Ice soul-rock frontman Jamie Frey and hilarious acoustic punk Mickey PG & the Overshare doing their first NYC show in seven years at Freddy’s

7/14, 8:30 PM guitarist Yuri Juarez’s slinky Afroperuano group at Bar Lunatico

7/14, 9 PM boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band at Bar Chord. 7/27-28 at 8 he’s at 68 Jay St. Bar and 7/29 at 9 PM he’s at Skinny Dennis

7/14, 10:30 PM CBs style female-fronted punks the Carvels NYC  followed by hilarious, smartly political faux-French retro 60s psych-pop band les Sans Culottes at Hank’s, $8

7/14, 11 PM antifascist oi punks Permanent Revolution at the Cobra Club, $tba 

7/15, starting at 10 AM the annual Smith St. Provence Festival, bands TBA on Smith St. going south from Atlantic Ave in Cobble Hill

7/15 noon-5 PM the annual Bastille Day festival on 60th St between Lexington and 5th Ave. Brooklyn’s original punk Balkan horn group Hungry March Band march from the Park Ave stage a little before 3; at 3 sharp,  fiery, angst-fueled French art-rockers La Jarry – dead ringers for Noir Desir – play the Park Ave. stage 

7/15 2 PM creepy Americana hellraiser duo the Tall Pines  at the Riis Park Beach Bazaar in the Rockaways

7/15, 5 PM violinist Eleonore Biezunski’s Ephemeral Birds play “songs of the passing time” with Ilya Shneyveys, accordion + guests followed at 7 PM by Los Aliens playing spacious cumbia-influenced keyboard-based jazz followed at 9:30  by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

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

7/15, 8 PM intricately orchestrated, low register-loving psycho mambo crew Gato Loco  at the Gallow Green bar on the roof of the McKittrick Hotel, 530 W 27th St. 

7/15, 8 PM trumpeter James Rodriguez leads his quintet in MOMA’s Sculpture Garden, free w/museum adm

7/15, 8:30 PM hauntingly smoky noir cabaret chanteuse Little Annie with this era’s most brilliant rock pianist and organist, Botanica’s Paul Wallfisch at Pangea $15. They’re also here on 7/19

7/15, 9 PM noisy, hazily jangly, psychedelic slowcore/free jazz/avant instrumentalists Sunwatchers followed by paint-peeling noise group Crazy Doberman at Secret Project Robot 

7/16, 8 PM violin quartet the Modern Violin Ensemble play politically-charged works by Jordan Nelson, Evan Chambers, Daniel Wohl, and Jessica Meyer at Arete Gallery, $20 includes wine 

7/16, 9:30 PM ex-Chicha Libre keyboard sorcerer Josh Camp’s wryly psychedelic cumbia/tropicalia/dub band Locobeach at Barbes

7/16, midnight torchy, clever retro Americana singer/guitarist Emily Julia Kresky at the small room at the Rockwood 

7/17, 7 PM New York’s most charismatic, darkly compelling lyrical songwriter/storyteller/keyboard genius Rachelle Garniez at Pangea

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

7/17, 7 PM the Mead Mountain Resonators play oldschool bluegrass at the small room at the Rockwood 

7/17-18. 7:30/9:30 PM the haunting, smokily atmospheric Michael Leonhart Orchestra with Nels Cline on guitar at the Jazz Standard, $30

7/17, 7:30 PM Plinth with the magical, microtonal Sarah Bernstein on violin, the similarly acerbic Sean Moran on guitar and Brian Adler on drums at Wonders of Nature, $10

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

7/17, 8 PM bewitching noir Americana chanteuse Eilen Jewell and her amazing band at the Bell House, $20 gen adm

7/17-22, 8:30/10 PM the acidically delicious Thumbscrew with guitarist Mary Halvorson, drummer Tomas Fujiwara and bassist Michael Formanek at the Vanguard

7/17, 10:30 PM pensive, thoughtful Caribbean/Canadian banjoist/songwriter Kaia Kater at Pete’s. Last time she was at Lincoln Center. What happened?

7/18, noon percussive, trance-inducing, bitingly tuneful, Middle Etstern-tinged female-fronted jamband SisterMonk at the triangle at 66th St. and Broadway

7/18, 5:30 PM Brave Combo – the world’s most paradigm-shifting polka band – at Bryant Park

7/18, 6 PM cellist Gjilberta Lucaj’s Piazzolla Trio play nuevo tango classics on Bwy betw 42/43

7/18, 7 PM live music from CASYM Steel Orchestra, Radamiz, and Chris Wattz followed by Khalik Allah’s populist new documentary about working class women in Jamaica,  Black Mother, at Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City, N/W to Broadway, free

7/18, 7 PM “the entire history of Yiddish theater, from the sublime to the appalling, in 83 New York minutes… you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll sing, you’ll get nauseous,” with Allen Lewis Rickman, Yelena Shmulenson, and Steve Sterner, who describe themselves as being “of the younger generation of Yiddish theater veterans, i.e., under eighty.” at the Center for Jewish History, 15 W 16th St., $15 

7/18, 7:30 PM in reverse order at Drom: explosive, creepy, colorful psychedelic rembetiko metal band Greek Judas playing the album release show for their new one, intricately orchestrated, low register-loving psycho mambo crew Gato Loco & the phenomenal Mavrothi Kontanis on oud, $10 adv tix rec. Greek Judas are also at Hank’s on 7/26 at around 9

7/18-19, 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

7/18, 8 PM catchy psychedelic pop band the Magic Numbers at the Mercury, $20. Followed at 11 (separate $12 adv tix adm) by melancholy Americana harmony band the Cut Worms 

7/18, 11 PM explosively theatrical, phantasmagorical indie/metal trio A Deer A Horse at Trans-Pecos, $10

7/18, midnight the Electric Mud play their anthemic mix of bluesy psychedelia, stadium rock and 60s Dylan at the small room at the Rockwood 

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

7/19, half past noon the self-explanatory, elegant Gypsy Jazz Caravan at St. Marks Park, 2nd Ave/10th St

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

7/19, drinks at 6:30 PM, show at 7 flugelhornist Oskar Stenmark and his Quartet improvise on the ancient, desolate Swedish sounds at Scandinavia House $15

7/19, 7 PM eclectic, lyrical jazz bassist/composer Pedro Giraudo‘s Trio followed by the Quartetto Tommasini playing their edgy string tango jazz at the Mercury, $12. Followed at 11 (separate $12 adv tix adm) by post-Stooges garage-psych band Acid Dad

7/19, 7:30 PM otherworldly, kinetic Afro-Colombian legends Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

7/19, 7:30 PM scruffy, tuneful girlpunks Sharkmuffin play a short set before a free screening of the film Donnnie Darko in McCarren Park in Williamsburg, screen and stage are off Bedford Ave around N 12th/13th Sts.

7/19, boarding at 7:30 PM at the heliport at the FDR and 23rd St, sailing at 8 lavish oldschool style New Orleans funk/soul orchestra bandleader Brother Joscephus plays the Rocks Off Cruise aboard the Lucile, $30 adv tix rec

7/19, 8 PM savagely relevant, smart political hip-hop with stoner support: Slum Village & Dead Prez w/ special guests Kool Keith & Prince Paul at Highline Ballroom, $25 adv tix rec

7/19, 8 PM eclectic Romany and Indian-inspired jazz accordionist Will Holshouser at Barbes

7/19, 8 PM feral psychedelic guitarslinger Debra Devi and her power trio  at Coney Island Baby, $12

7/20, 5:30 PM brilliant fingerstyle guitarist/dark Americana songwriter Shawna Caspi at the American Folk Art Museum

7/20-21, 6 PM surviving members of legendary avant garde collective the Sonic Arts Union and its founding members: David Behrman, Alvin Lucier, Gordon Mumma – with their acolytes at Issue Project Room, $25/$15 stud/srs

7/20, 7 PM high-voltage steampunk duo Frenchy & the Punk at Bowery Electric, $10

7/20, 7 PM luminous singer Deborah Karpel’s bittersweetly triumphant klezmer-influenced one-woman show The Midwood Miracle traces her career from a jaded Eastern Seaboard adolescence to her triumphant discovery of her grandfather’s Brooklyn klezmer music at Pangea, $20

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

7/20, 8 PM reverb guitar heaven: Crampsy ghoul-surf/noir garage band Twin Guns at Brooklyn Bazaar, $12

7/20. 8 PM rustic Brazilian jungle guitar-and-accordion sounds with Regional de NY followed at 10 by psychedelic salsa bandleader Zemog El Galle Bueno at Barbes

7/20, 8 PM cumbia jazz accordionist/crooner Gregorio Uribe leads an all-star Colombian expat band celebrating his home country’s independence day at Drom, $20 adv tix rec

7/20, 9ish exotic vibraphone-driven surf rock instrumentalists the Vibro-jets at Troost

7/20, 10 PM intense frontwoman Hannah Fairchild’s searingly lyrical punk/art-rock/noir cabaret group Hannah vs. the Many – NYC’s best power trio – at Arlene’s, $10

7/20. 11 PM the darkly eclectic, enigmatic Lorraine Leckie  – equally adept at Slavic and Americana noir and dark cabaret –  followed by guitarslinger Mallory Feuer’s fiery power trio the Grasping Straws at Sidewalk

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

7/21, 5ish high-voltage psychedelic cumbia/Afrobeat jamband MAKU Soundsystem followed by fearlessly populist LA folk-punks Las Cafeteras at Corporal Thompson Park, Broadway between Markham Rd. and Wayne St., Staten Island

7/21, 5 PM catchy, restless female-fronted Americana/newgrass anthem band Kaylor Otwell & the Tin Cans at the small room at the Rockwood

7/21, 5 PM haunting jazz pedal steel virtuoso Susan Alcorn and noisy, hazily jangly, psychedelic slowcore/free jazz/avant instrumentalists Sunwatchers at Trans-Pecos, $12

7/21, 5 PM short sets by moodily lyrical, politically savvy Irish folk-rocker Niall Connolly  followed by edgy, carnivalesque Americana/gutter blues band Fife & Drom at the American Folk Art Museum, free

7/21, 6 PM surreal, intense klezmer/oldtime gospel guy/girl duo Book of J playing Piedmont blues followed at 8 by eclectic, lyrical jazz bassist/composer Pedro Giraudo leading his Tango Quartet at Barbes

7/21, 7ish Bobby Radcliff – the rare blues guitarist who plays a ton of notes but doesn’t waste them, sort of a funkier Stevie Ray Vaughan – with his trio at Terra Blues

7/21, 7:30 PM theremin-fronted, cinematic Mexican psychedelic band Sonido Gallo Negro followed by Wordless Music Orchestra playing a live score to the Mexican fireworks festival documentary Brimstone & Glory at Prospect Park Bandshell 

7/21. 8 PM trumpeter Jumaane Smith plays Louis Jordan-style jump blues at the bandshell at Kingsborough Community College, 2001 Oriental Boulevard at Oxford, Manhattan Beach, shortest ride is the Q to Brighton Beach, transfer to the B1 bus if you’d rather not take a leisurely 15-minute walk

7/21, 8:30 PM noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo leads his trio at Bar Lunatico

7/21, 10 PM Hawaiian band the Lambsbread blend dub and dancehall into their newschool roots reggae sound at Shrine 

7/21, 10 PM oldschool psychedelic soul/groove band Empire Beats at the Way Station

7/21, midnight what’s left of cult favorite 70s roots reggae harmony trio the Mighty Diamonds at the Mercury, $20. This might actually sell out

7/22, 2 PM upbeat original ska band the Brown Rice Family at the Discovery Center in Central Park, 110th Street between Lenox Avenue and Fifth Ave

7/22, 5 PM the irrepressible Eleonore Biezunski – arguably the most eclectic violinist in klezmer music followed at 7 PM by wildfire guitarist Brandon Seabrook leading a typically combustible trio with Daniel Levin, cello; Henry Fraser, bass and then at 9:30 by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

7/22, 5 PM fiery, psychedelically bluesy oldschool soul/southern rockers Lizzie & the Makers at LIC Bar. 7/26 at 10 they’re at the Bitter End for those who don’t want to/can’t make it out to Queens.

7/22, 6 PM the Bangladeshi Institute of Performing Arts presents a two segment production highlighting Bengali songs and diasporic dances at the LIU Kumble Theatre, 1 University Plaza, downtown Brooklyn, $10/$5 stud/sr

7/22, 8 PM the Ansonia Quartet play new music for string quartet by John Woolrich, Lei Liang, Paul Desenne and  Franghiz Ali-Zadeh in MOMA’s Sculpture Garden, free w/museum adm

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

7/22, 8 PM wryly lyrical new wave legend Ken Butler followed eventually at 10 by percussive postrock pioneers the Wharton Tiers Ensemble at Union Pool, $10

7/22, 9ish ferociously lyrical, Macbeth-inspired art-rock/psychedelic songwriter Rose Thomas Bannister and her killer new band 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.

7/22, 10 PM wild, intense, frequently satirical newgrass/oldtimey hellraisers the Dustbowl Revival at Bowery Ballroom, $20 gen adm

7/22, 9 PM first-wave Vancouver punk legends DOA play their NYC stop on their 40th anniversary tour at Brooklyn Bazaar, $20

7/22, 9 PM dadaesque German krautrock legends Faust at Murmur Ballroom, the old synagogue at 17 Eastern Pkwy, Ft. Greene, 4 to Brooklyn Museum, $20 

7/22, 10 PM captivatingly enigmatic newschool soul singer Maya Sharpe at the big room at the Rockwood

7/23, 7 PM sharply lyrical, relevant, twangy Americana rock songwriter Kevin Gordon at the third stage at the Rockwood $15

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

7/23, 8ish multidisciplinary artists Frank Malloy IV, Inaya Day, spellbinding violinist Anjna Swaminathan and Ryan Daniel Beck provide a soundtrack for the world-class choreographers and dancers of Wise Fruit in a celebration of female divinity at Hudson Terrace, 621 W 46th St., $20

7/23, 10:30 PM a good darkly theatrical parlor pop twinbill: Brenda Carsey and Miwa Gemini at the big room at the Rockwood, $10

7/24, 7 PM ferocious, psychedelic Sandcatchers lapsteel wizard Myk Freedman  followed by fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at 9 PM at Barbes

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

7/24, 8:30 PM haunting Britfolk songstress Amanda Thorpe reunites with her old Bedsit Poets bandmate Edward Rogers at Pangea

7/24-28, 8:30 PM noir and spy-theme-inspired downtown composer Annie Gosfield at the Stone at the New School, $20. Choice pick: the 7/27 show with her string orchestra

7/24-29, 8:30/10 PM lyrical jazz piano icon Fred Hersch leads his trio at the Vanguard, $30

7/24, 8:30 PM catchy, fun guy/girl indie soul band Sunshine Nights at  at Pete’s

7/24, 9:15 PM popular North Carolina bluegrass band Town Mountain at the big room at the Rockwood, $

7/24, 10 PM  brilliant drummer/percussionist Willie Martinez & La Familia Sextet play classic salsa grooves at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe

7/25, noon the all-female Calliope Brass and the Williamsburg street sounds of the L Train Brass Band at the triangle at 66th St. and Broadway

7/25, 5:30 PM chamber ensemble Decoda play Ennio Morricone’s Cinema Paradiso film score, a new arrangement of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, and Astor Piazzolla’s Libertango at Bryant Park

7/25, 6 PM brilliant, soaring south Indian chanteuse Falu and her band at Madison Square Park

7/25. 6 PM the lush, cinematic postbop Jonathan Parker Octet with Chris Pattishall on piano at Muchmore’s 

7/25, 6 PM fearlessly haunting, dynamic, charismatic Romany/Balkan chanteuse Eva Salina with pyrotechnic accordionist Peter Stan on Bwy betw 42/43

7/25, 6:30 PM Orlando Marin, “the Last Mambo King” and his salsa combo on the plaza at the Brooklyn Public Library

 7/25, 7 PM Kami Thompson’s fiery, jangly Britfolk band the Rails at the Mercury, $20

7/25,  7:30/9:30 PM the Posi-Tone New Faces band with  trumpeter Josh Lawrence, vibraphonist Behn Gillece, saxophonist Roxy Coss, pianist Theo Hill, bassist Peter Brendler and drummer Vinnie Sperrazza at the Jazz Standard, $25

7/25, 8 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 Union Hall, $10

 7/25, 9 PM ferocious, twin guitar-fueled, Radio Birdman-esque psychedelic punks the Electric Mess at Coney island Baby, $12

7/25, 9 PM hot 20s swing with trumpeter Jason Prover and his Sneak Thievery Orchestra at Radegast Hall

7/25, 9 PM eclectically scampering oldtimey swing band the Bumper Jacksons at Hill Country

7/25, 9ish broodingly lyrical Nashville gothic band Leland Sundries  at Hank’s

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

7/26, half past noon vibraphonist Mike Freeman’s ZonaVibe latin jazz project at St. Marks Park, 2nd Ave/10th St

7/26, 6 PM the band who started the NPR Tiny Desk Concert meme, Tank & the Bangas at Chambers Plaza in Newark, free

7/26, 7 PM Alynda Segarra’s edgy political-folk band Hurray for the Riff Raff at Wagner Park on the water northwest of Battery Park

7/26, 7 PM intriguing, kinetic postrock instrumentalists Hollow Engine at the Delancey 

7/26, 7:30 PM Argentine dancehall rapper Alika at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

7/26-28, 7:30/9:30 PM incisive, perennially popular jazz violinist Regina Carter leads her quintet at the Jazz Standard, $30

7/26, 8 PM darkly cinematic postrock band SomnuriKings Destroy – who blend sludge and post-Sabbath doom – and crushing doom-metal instrumentalists Bongripper playing their new album in its entirety at St. Vitus, $15. Be aware that the 7/25 show is sold out

7/26, 8 PM singer Dida Pelled salutes obscure cult favorite women songwriters including Connie Converse, Elizabeth Cotten, Molly Drake, Vashti Bunyan and Norma Tanega at Barbes

 7/26, 8 PM pianist Patrick Moraz – the only musician ever to play with both Bunny Brains and the Moody Blues  – at Iridium, $27.50

7/26, 8ish sharply lyrical Great Plains gothic folk/gospel/janglerock mother/son duo Madisen Ward & the Mama Bear at Public Arts, 215 Chrystie St. south of Houston, $15

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

7/27-28, 8/9:30 PM brilliantly lyrical latin jazz pianist Luis Perdomo solo at Mezzrow, $20 at the bar

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

7/27, 10 PM ferocious heavy psychedelic cumbia band Money Chicha at Barbes

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

7/28, 2 PM low-key classic roots and rocksteady sounds with the Reggay Lordsat the Riis Park Beach Bazaar in the Rockaways

7/28, 3 PM Video Music Box icon Ralph McDaniels emcees an afternoon of rising star hip-hop at Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City,, free

7/28, 4 PM sizzling salsa dura band the Spanish Harlem Orchestra  at Saint Mary’s Park, St. Ann’s Ave. & 146th St. in the Bronx,2/5 to 149th St. and go south

7/28, 4 PM trippy, darkly cinematic Afrobeat psychedelia with Jupiter & Okwess and Afrobeat legacy band Femi Kuti & Positive Force at Central Park Summerstage

7/28, 6 PM surreal, intense klezmer/oldtime gospel guy/girl duo Book of J  followed at 8 by brilliantly lyrical trumpeter Ben Holmes’ Naked Lore with Kyle Sanna and Shane Shahanan and at 10 by accordionist/sitarist/singer Kamala Sankaram’s hot surfy Bollywood/cumbia/psychedelic rock project Bombay Rickey at Barbes

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

7/28, 8 PM hot 20s swing with trumpeter Jason Prover and his Sneak Thievery Orchestra at the bandshell at Kingsborough Community College, 2001 Oriental Boulevard at Oxford, Manhattan Beach, shortest ride is the Q to Brighton Beach, transfer to the B1 bus if you’d rather not take a leisurely 15-minute walk

7/28, 9 PM thoughtful, purposeful original jazz songwriter Gracie Terzian  at Pete’s

7/28, 10 PM fiery electric bluegrass and C&W with Demolition String Band at Skinny Dennis

7/28, 10:30 PM lyrical trumpeter Tim Hagans leads a trio with Leo Genovese on piano at Smalls

7/29, 2 PM guitar/drums improvisers Elkhorn, messy lo-fi psychedelic band Garcia Peoples and psych-folk bandleader Hans Chew at Union Pool, $12, all proceeds to benefit the Freedom of the Press Foundation 

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, 5 PM the irrepressible Eleonore Biezunski – arguably the most eclectic violinist in klezmer music – followed at 7 by Alfred Kpebsaane – Ghanaian Gyil xylophone, and Brittany Anjou – piano & keyboards playing Ghanaian Bewaa and Binne funeral music and at 9:30  by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

7/29, 7 PM newschool gutter blues chanteuse Lucy Dacus followed by Roger Waters guitarist Jonathan Wilson at Damrosch Park out behind Lincoln Center

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

7/29, 8 PM no-bs doom metal/heavy psych band High Reeper, catchy heavy 80s style NWOBHM band Sanhedrin and ornate doom metal band Witch Mountainat St. Vitus, $15

7/29, 8 PM tuneful postbop pianist Matthew Shipp leads his trio in MOMA’s Sculpture Garden, free w/museum adm

7/29, 10 PM careening, charismatic, lyrically-fueled soul-rockers No Ice – arguably Brooklyn’s best band – at Union Pool, $10

7/30, 7:30/9:30 PM eclectic soul-jazz alto saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin’s Quartet plays Coltrane at Dizzy’s Club, $30

7/30-31, 8/10 PM ageless, perennially hard-hitting jazz piano sage and ex-Coltrane bandmate McCoy Tyner at the Blue Note, $30 standing room avail.

7/30, 9 PM unpredictably fun, funny psychedelic art-rock band the Academy Blues Project at LIC Bar

7/30, 10ish singer Carolina Oliveros’ mighty 13-piece Afro-Colombian trance/dance choir Bulla en el Barrio at Barbes

7/31-8/1, 7:30/9:30 PM tuneful, neoromantically-tinged latin jazz pianist Harold Lopez-Nussa leads his trio at the Jazz Standard, $25

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.

7/31-8/5, 8:30/10 PM intense pianist Gerald Clayton  leads a quintet with Logan Richardson on sax at the Vanguard, $30

7/31, 9 PM slashing guitarist Steve Antonakos plays slide guitar blues with his band at Bar Chord

7/31, 10 PM broodingly lyrica, bitingly eclectic Americana violinist/songwriter Amanda Shires at Bowery Ballroom, $25 gen adm

8/1, noon hauntingly kinetic Peruvian psychedelic folk band Inti & the Moon at the triangle at 66th St. and Broadway

8/1, 5:30 PM trippy tropicalia jamband Locos Por Juana at Bryant Park

8/1, 6:30 PM this era’s foremost swing jazz guitarist, Matt Munisteri on the plaza at the Brooklyn Public Library

8/1, 7 PM fiery electric bluegrass and C&W with Demolition String Band  at Church Square Park, Park Ave & 4th St., Hoboken

8/1, 7:30/9:30 PM feral, brilliantly improvisational pianist Mara Rosenbloom‘s FLYWAYS with bassist Adam Lane and singer/percussionist Anais Maviel play work inspired by Adrienne Rich’s vision of love without exploitation at the Jazz Gallery

8/1, 8 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues”

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

8/2, 7 PM the NYChillharmonic – arguably NYC’s most individualistic large ensemble, with art-rock grandeur, jazz instrumentation and a powerful frontwoman on the mic – at National Sawdust, $20 adv tix rec. They SLAYED at Littlefield back in May.

8/2, 7 PM the amazingly eclectic, groovalicious Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio– like Booker T & the MG’s on steroids – at Wagner Park on the water northwest of Battery Park

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 Holandamandolin 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 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 Jefferson Market Garden out back of the playground behind the BMCC campus on Chambers St.

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, 1 PM wild live techno band Bombrasstico at the Riis Park Beach Bazaar in the Rockaways

8/5, 6 PM a brassy New Orleans bill: New Breed Brass BandPreservation 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

8/5. 9 PM bass goddess Felice Rosser’s ageless reggae-rock-groove band Faith followed by the uneasily cinematic art-rock Pi PowerTrio  – film composer and former Raybeat Pat Irwin (guitar, electronics), Sasha Dobson (drums, vocals) and Daria Grace (bass, vocals) at the Treehouse at 2A

8/6, 8 PM luminous, astonishingly eclectic, wickedly tuneful cello-rock badass Serena Jost followed by similarly fearless, historically-inspired badlands gothic songstress and powerful singer Karen Dahlstrom – possibly the only writer to record an oldtime Idaho-themed album – at Pete’s

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

8/8, noon charmingly torchy vocal trio the Ladybugs – who put a twistedly original spin on old Disney movie themes – at the triangle at 66th St. and Broadway

8/8, 5:30 PM Afropop dancefloor guy Sinkane at Bryant Park

8/8, 6:30 PM slinky maracatu/New Orleans/surf rock mashups from Nation Beat on the plaza at the Brooklyn Public Library

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

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

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

8/10, 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

8/11, 3 PM ish swirling, feral female-fronted psychedelic cumbia/tropicalia allstars Combo Chimbita  outdoors at Union Pool, free

8/11, 7 PM dark Americana lit-rock cult hero Joe Henry and soul/gospel icon Mavis Staples – good twinbill, hilariously bad segue – at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center

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

8/12. 1 PM Super Yamba play their bracingly psychedelic Afrobeat jams at the Riis Park Beach Bazaar in the Rockaways

8/12, 7 PM twangy Crazy Horse-ish Americana jamband Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real followed by newschool Americana soul chanteuse Margo Price at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center

8/12, 11 PM creepy, psychedelic circus rock/Russian folk band Mad Meg followed at midnight by Helsinki girlpunk band the Shrieks at Littlefield, $10 

8/15, 5:30 PM night one of this year’s Bryant Park Accordion Festival, a dozen accordionists playing music from around the world, positioned throughout the park so there’s no sonic interference between them. Lineup tba; the festival continues on 8/22, 8/29, 9/5, 9/12 and a grand finale on 9/14 a half an hour earlier. Last year’s lineup was to die for.

8/18, 1 PM hilarious, smartly political faux-French retro 60s psych-pop band les Sans Culottes at the Riis Park Beach Bazaar in the Rockaways

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

8/19, 1 PM bouncy, slyly amusing psychedelic cumbia band Consumata at the Riis Park Beach Bazaar in the Rockaways

8/22, 1 PM a NYC bluegrass band twinbill with Bluegrass Collusion and Sheriff & the Deputy at the triangle at 66th and Broadway

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

8/23. 5:30  PM string ensemble Leadlights play works by Kyle Werner, Beethoven, Brahms, and Mendelssohn at Belvedere Plaza north of Battery Park, follow the sound

8/23, 6 PM oldschool salsa dura with Los Habaneros under the Manhattan Bridge archway, go south from the  York St. subway and follow the sound

8/23, 6:30 PM Tom Csatari & Uncivilized Orchestra at Pioneer Works, free. Brooklyn’s most interesting jazz guitarist survives a brush with death and reemerges with his careening nine-ish piece band – an event not to miss

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, 1 PM jangly New York original surf rock cult heroes the Supertones at the Riis Park Beach Bazaar in the Rockaways at the triangle at 66th St. and Broadway

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, 4 PM Music Against Mass Incarceration at Secret Project Robot with lo-fi janglerock/C&W songwriter Colin Langenus, Americana songstress Erin Durant, first-class lo-fi stoner jamband Rhyton, that guy from the former Pleasure Unit, hazily jangly, psychedelic slowcore/free jazz/avant instrumentalists Sunwatchers  and no-wave funksters Guerilla Toss, all proceeds to benefit Just Leadership USA and the fight to shut down Rikers Island $15

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.

8/30, 5:30 PM the Harlem Quartet play works by Schubert, Debussy and others at Belvedere Plaza north of Battery Park, follow the sound

9/1, 3 PM the Sun Ra Arkestra outdoors at Union Pool, free

9/6, 6 PM singer Jessy Carolina’s torchy cabaret band Shanghai Mermaid under the Manhattan Bridge archway, go south from the  York St. subway and follow the sound

9/20 Red Baraat guitarist Jonathan Goldberger, Hearing Things organist JP Schlegelmilch and Alasnoaxis drummer Jim Black bought a vintage Yamaha organ and play the release show for their killer, psychedelic new trio album Visitors at Nublu 151

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

9/29 lush, dynamically eclectic Korean folk/art-rock band Coreyah mash up lustrous, often plaintive themes with hard-charging hip-hop and dance tunes at the Chile Pepper Festival at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, time/price tba

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Obscure Treasures at the Opening Night of This Year’s Mise-En Festival

Before last night’s otherworldly, flickering “composer portrait” of the individualistic proto-serialist Klaus Huber to open this year’s Mise-En Festival, had there ever been an all-Huber program performed in New York? Actually, yes – by Ensemble Mise-En, a couple of years ago. Which comes as no surprise. For the past several years, the Brooklyn-based new-music group have been adventurous as adventurous gets, with a wide-ranging sensibility and fearless advocacy for undeservedly obscure composers from across the ages unsurpassed by any other chamber music organization in town.

While Huber’s work sometimes echoes the stubborn kineticism of Ligeti, the rapture of Messiaen, the poignancy of Mompou and the ethereality of Gerard Grisey, ultimately Huber is one of the real individualists of 20th century music. George Crumb was another contemporary who came to mind as pianist Dorothy Chan shifted from simple, lingering chords, to a sudden horrified flurry capped off by a giant crash, to wispy brushing on muted strings inside the piano in a methodically shapeshifting take of Huber’s trio piece, Ascensus. Alongside her, fluitist Kelley Barnett and cellist Chris Irvine worked slow, deliberate mutations on brief accents and bursts, The audience was spellbound.

Barnett and Irvine joined forces with oboeist Erin Lensing, trombonist Mark Broschinsky, violinist Maria Im and violist Carrie Frey for the night’s opening number, In nomine – ricercare il nome. It was akin to watching an illuminated Rubik’s Cube…or the deck of the Starship Enterprise in slo-mo as harmonies shifted back and forth between the strings and winds.

Im’s solo take of a very late work from 2010, Intarsimile für Violine came across as a less petulant take on a Luciano Berio sequenza, employing extended technique, wispy overtones and the occasional microtonal phrase for subtlety rather than full-on assault. Barnett serenaded the crowd from the Cell Theatre’s balcony with Huber’s 1974 solo piece Ein Hauch von Unzeit, whose trills and misty ambience became more of a lullaby,

Pianist Yumi Suehiro teamed with Barnett, Frey and percussionist Josh Perry for a methodically calm, somewhat benedictory coda, Beati pauperes, whose deep-space stillness brought to mind the awestruck, concluding expanses of Messiaen’s Quartet For the End of Time. Perry enhanced the mystery with spacious, distant booms on a big gong as the melody grew more warmly consonant, the group conducted with equal parts meticulousness and quiet triumph by founder Moon Young Ha.

This year’s Mise-En Festival continues through this Saturday, June 30 Tonight’s 8 PM Brooklyn program features solo works by Victor Marquez-Barrios, Patrick McGraw, Amelia Kaplan, Lydia Winsor Brindamour and an electroacoustic piece by Steven Whiteley, performed at the group’s Bushwick home base at 678 Hart St, #1B (at Marcy Ave). Admission is $15/$10 stud/srs; take the G to Myrtle-Willoughby and be aware that there’s no Brooklyn-bound service afterward.

Casually Spectacular Violinist Olivia De Prato Closes Out This Year’s Concert Series at the Miller Theatre

This year’s beguiling series of free early-evening concerts of new and mostly-new concert music at the Miller Theatre at 116th and Broadway comes to a triumphant close this coming June 12 at 6 PM with Olivia De Prato, the unselfconsciously brilliant first violinist of the fearless Mivos Quartet. She’ll be playing solo and duo works as well as leading an all-violin string quartet. That’s a typical move for an artist who doesn’t sit still and doesn’t seem to want to turn down a challenge.

De Prato’s debut solo album, Streya, which came out earlier this year, is as a remarkably accessible as it is daunting to play. Yet De Prato seemed to relish getting the chance to tackle its sharply contrasting nuts and bolts at her album release show this past spring, upstairs at the Momenta Quartet’s Rivington Street second-floor hotspot. She told the crowd beforehand that what she enjoyed the most about making the record is that it gave her the opportunity to capture every possible sound that can be coaxed or wrestled from a violin. Then she did exactly that over the course of more than an hour.

This wasn’t the first time she’d played the title track solo. At an earlier Miller Theatre show, she opened a Mivos program with its uneasy, jaggedly dancing mix of resonance, ghostly flitting motives and even more sepulchral harmonics, planting her feet with the determination of a ballplayer intent on launching a long drive deep into the stands. While the classical tradition calls for playing a piece in perfect sync with a composer’s intentions every time out, the reality is that the best classical players will feel a room and adjust accordingly, just as a smart jazz or rock musician will. In this intimate Lower East Side space, it was fascinating to watch De Prato back away from that tenacity and let the spectres of her husband Victor Lowrie’s work waft with considerably more whispery mystery.

Beyond daunting displays of extended technique – insistent percussive accents, endlessly shifting deep-snowstorm washes and acidically shivery overtones – she let the sheer tunefulness of the material speak for itself. A Ned Rothenberg pastorale circled and circled, tensely, before De Prato pushed up the roof and let in the sun – metaphorically speaking, anyway. She danced through the distantly baroque and then Asian inflections in a Reiko Fueting number before closing the show by inviting up the great Missy Mazzoli to join her on keyboards for a rare duo performance of Mazzoli’s Vespers for Violin.

Based on her darkly meticulous, moodily clustering Vespers For a New Dark Age, this seemed more kinetically starry than the artfully overdubbed album version. For anyone who remembered Mazzoli’s magically articulate performances with her swirling chamber-rock band Victoire back in the late zeros, this was a fond look back at a time and place gone forever. Mazzoli’s chops are just as sharp now as then, and the push-pull between the instruments, contrasts between austerity and more hopeful, cascading phrases were brought into stark focus. It’s unlikely that Mazzoli will be part of the concert at the Miller on the 12th, but there will definitely be special guests, including Rothenberg on clarinet.

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.

Rapturous Nightscapes From an Invisible Orchestra by Pamelia Stickney

Pamelia Stickney is arguably the world’s foremost theremin player. By any standard, she’s done more than anyone else alive to take the original electronic instrument to new places. While most musicians use the early Soviet-era contraption for horror-movie shivers or comedic whistles, Stickney plays melodies on it. At various points in her career, those have ranged from desolate deep-space tableaux to earthy symphonic extravaganzas. At her tantalizingly short set this past weekend at Barbes, she led her ironically titled Transcendental Dissonance Quartet through a similar, stylistically vast expanse of styles, from film noir themes to lowdown latin soul to elegant chamber jazz improvisation.

Stickney plays theremin as if she’s playing a magical, invisible, somewhat cranky bass. Standing perfectly still, her right hand controlling the volume, she bends her left hand at the elbow, expanding her fingers outward to hit the notes. She saves the instrument’s signature, quavery, creaky-door effects for when she really needs to make a point. This time, she opened with a low bass synth sound that George Clinton would undoubtedly love to have in his arsensal.

Meanwhile, Stuart Popejoy – playing piano instead of his usual bass here – delivered tersely incisive, moody variations on a stark, Lynchian theme while Danny Tunick’s vibraphone sprinkled stardust throughout the tableau, violinist Sarah Bernstein completing the picture with airy washes and spare, plaintive  countermelodies. They would stick with this eerie, surreal thousand-layer cake of textures throughout their roughly fifty minutes onstage while Stickney channeled the sound of massed voices, a cello (which she also plays, among many other instruments), and various kinds of brass. Her m.o. is simple: a theremin takes up a lot less space when you’re on tour.

Midway through the set, she moved to the piano for a slowly unfolding, hushed duet with Bernstein, who finallly got the chance to move through the magical microtones that have become her stock in trade over the last few years. Then the whoe group reconfigured for a final nightscape.

Stickney is back in New York this September, where she’s doing a week at the Stone with a series of ensembles. In the meantime, she’s back on her home turf in Vienna this week, with gigs on May 24 at the Ruprechtskirche at Ruprechtspl. 1 – where she’s playing cello alongside the carnivalesque Hans Tschiritsch & NoMaden – and then on May 25 with her Scrambolage trio with pianist Monika Lang and cellist Melissa Coleman at Roter Salon, Wipplingerstr. 2 at 8 PM; cover is 15€/10€ stud.  And for New Yorkers, Bernstein is playing the album release show for her most lyrically-driven album yet this May 30 at 9ish at Wonders of Nature.

A Relentlessly Savage New Horror Noiserock Album and a Williamsburg Show From Guitar Shredder Reg Bloor

Guitarist Reg Bloor – wife of the late, great Glenn Branca – writes bloodcurdling industrial metal instrumentals with dead-on accurate titles like Theme From an Imaginary Slasher. Don’t listen to her deliciously assaultive, aptly titled new solo album Sensory Irritation Chamber if you have a headache. On the other hand, if you need a shot of adrenaline, you have a sense of humor, and you can handle her nails-down-the-blackboard attack, this is your jam.

Although her husband’s influence is obvious- Bloor played in his noisily enveloping guitar orchestra for seventeen years – her compositions are a lot more succinct. She runs her Gibson Les Paul through a dense wall of freezing-rain reverb. Tritones – the so-called devil’s chord – are her thing: she’s got more of them on the new album than most artists use in a lifetime. The album isn’t officially out yet and consequently not up at her music page. She’s playing the release show tomorrow night, May 18 at 11 PM at Muchmore’s; cover is $10. Shrieky, pounding but surprisingly catchy no wavers Radio Shock open the night at 9, followed by the grimly theatrical Samantha Riott; downtown vets God Is My Co-Pilot headline.

Sarcasm and cynicism reach redline immediately in the new album’s deceptively catchy opening anthem, Hilarity Ensues. Bloor’s inventive use of octave and harmony pedals give this quasi-fanfare an epic, orchestral quality that persists throughout the next nine tracks.

Rhythmic, loopy Hitchockian shrieks kick off the title cut, then Bloor fires off a sardonically frantic panic theme: amid all the hysterics, there’s a very patient serial killer at work here. From there she segues into Projectile Bleeding – how’s that for evocative? – adding a coldly loopy, mechanically waltzing rhythm to the incessant tritones. Then her venomously precise tremolo-picking and sardonic chromatics get up in your face in the relentless Present Dystopia.

(You’ll Feel) A Little Pinch veers more toward Branca-esque white-noise orchestration, while the epic, slowly sirening 122 Zeros (And Then a 1) howls with feedback and the clatter of a blown-out speaker before Bloor kicks into a rhythmic drive, throwing up a cloud of toxic dust as she rides the shoulder.

Desiccated Survivor – which could be you, needing a drink after one of her shows – is a series of increasingly desperate variations on a staggered, loopy riff. Heads on Pikes is more hardcore – if you can imagine that. Raison d’Eath is a twisted study in wave motion, while Molotov Cocktail, a rehearsal for a suicide jumper, speaks for itself – and for the rest of the album. The final cut is the writhing, tongue-in-cheek The Wrath of That.

This isn’t for everybody, but as noise goes, it’s unbeatable. Just don’t play this too loud in your headphones – seriously. You could hurt yourself.

The Bang on a Can Marathon 2018 – A Marathon Report

“I know so many of you have followed our nomadic trail to so many locations,” composer Julia Wolfe demurred, introducing today’s 31st anniversary of the Bang on a Can Marathon at NYU’s Skirball Auditorium. 

“Great to be in a space where we can all listen,” mused her fellow composer and husband Michael Gordon, possibly alluding to less sonically welcoming venues the annual New York avant garde music summit has occupied.

This year’s program was the most compact and New York-centric in a long time, and considering the venue, it’s no surprise that NYU alums mentored by the Bang on a Can composers featured prominently on the bill. Terry Riley’s influence circulated vastly throughout much of the early part of the show; the ageless lion of indie classical took a turn on vocals as the concert wound up.

“We have a duty to go up to the people who come in afterward and brag,” grinned Bang on a Can’s David Lang, referring to the afternoon’s first piece, Galina Ustvolskaya’s relatively brief Symphony No. 2. The NYU Contemporary Ensemble – with woodwinds, brass and percussion – negotiated it calmly but forcefully. David Friend’s steady hamfisted piano thumps ushered in and then peppered steadily rhythmic, massed close harmonies from the rest of the group, Vocalist Robert Osborne implored a grand total of three Russian words – God, truth and eternity – over and over in between pulses as the music veered between the macabre and the simply uneasy. The ensemble really nailed the surprise ending – gently.

Michael Gordon’s Sonatra, the composer explained, is the only solo piano piece in his repertoire, quite a surprise considering that he’s a strong pianist and the best musician among the Bang on a Can hydra. “Somehow Vicky Chow has learned how to play it,” he deadpanned. She made Gordon’s vast, subtly contrasting, rigorously crosshanded Terry Riley-like expanses of steady eighth notes seem easy, engaging every single one of the piano’s eighty-eight keys.

Murky faux-boogie woogie lefthand paired against relentlessly twinkling righthand riffage; that Chow could incorporate Gordon’s relentlessly tongue-in-cheek glissandos with as much aplomb as she did reaffirms her mighty chops as one of the world’s foremost avant garde musicians.

Chamber orchestra Contemporaneous tackled a carbonated, caffeinated, endlessly circling fifteen-minute slice of cellist Dylan Mattingly’s similarly daunting, epically ecstatic six-hour opera Stranger Love. The Bang on a Can All-Stars – as amazingly mutable as ever – made the first of their many appearances with Gabriella Smith’s Panitao, evoking the swoops and high swipes of whale song amid increasingly animated, rippling, sirening ambience. Then they pounced their way through the staggered math steps of Brendon Randall-Myers’ Changes, Stops, and Swells (For B).

A sextet subset of Contemporaneous returned for Fjóla Evans’s turbulent tone poem Eroding, an Icelandic river tableau. With its sharp contrasts – bass clarinet, cello and piano gnashing and swirling amid the flickers from violin, flute and vibraphone – and disarming trick ending, it was the first real stunner among the new material on the bill.

Purple Ensemble – a string trio augmented with vibes, viola and vocals – played three Yiddish songs from Alex Weiser’s cycle And All the Days Were Purple. Singer Eliza Bagg channeled joy shadowed by angst and longing, Lee Dionne’s piano beginning low and enigmatic and then slithering in a far more Lynchian direction over the strings.    

The All-Stars’ were bolstered by Contemporaneous’ strings and percussion for a trio of  commissions. Jeffrey Brooks was first represented by After the Treewatcher,  based on a trancey earlier work which was the composer recalled being vociferously booed when Gordon premiered it back in the early 80s. Guitarist Taylor Levine’s warily oscillating lines undulated amongst emphatic strings and rustling, peek-a-boo suspense-film percussion riffs, building a Riley-esque web of sound that was as gorgeously hypnotic as it was hard-hitting.

A second new work, Capriccio on the Departure of a Beloved Brother, featured additional reeds and brass along with pointillistic twin electric pianos. A bustlingly circular, Bollywood-inflected theme gave way to austere, lingering ambience and then a wryly gritty Beatles guitar knockoff.

The Flux Quartet played their first violinist Tom Chiu’s Retrocon, a meteorologically-inspired, spiraling, Philip Glass-ine series of rising and falling microtonal cell figures. Violinist Mazz Swift and keyboardist Therese Workman juxtaposed electroacoustic string metal, new wave pop, a classic spiritual and faux-EDM in their mini-suite Revolution:House.

The big hybrid ensemble reconfigured for a final Brooks work, The Passion – the triptych “Reflects the kind of suffering that goes on every day, not the biblical kind,” the composer emphasized. Lavishly kinetic pageantry with wry Black Sabbath allusions shifted to dissociative, Laurie Anderson-ish atmospherics, Bagg narrating sobering advice from the composer’s terminally ill sister to her children. The leaping, trebly counterpoint of the final segment brought to mind My Brightest Diamond.

Sō Percussion took the stage for Nicole Lizée’s increasingly dissociative, gamelanesque electroacoustic instrumental White Label Experiment, echoed with considerably louder hi-tech energy later on by neosoul singer/keyboardist/dancer Xenia Rubinos and drummer Marco Buccelli.

Veteran new-music string quartet Ethel’s percussively insistent, clenched-teeth performance of Aleksandra Vrebalov’s Balkan-infected Logbook, Part II took the intensity to redline in seconds flat: it was the highlight of the night. Fueled by cellist Dorothy Lawson’s darkly bluesy glissandos, their take of Jessie Montgomery’s rousing dance theme Voodoo Dolls was a close second. They wound up their trio of pieces, joining voices,instruments and eventually their feet throughout the bracing, allusively Appalachian close harmonies of Wolfe’s enveloping, driving Blue Dress for String Quartet.

The Bang on a Can All-Stars took back the stage alongside narrator Eric Berryman in a cinematic, suspensefully rocking arrangement of Frederic Rzewski’s Attica-themed Coming Together, cellist Ashley Bathgate and bassist Robert Black’s heroically furtive pedalpoint anchoring the story’s grim foreshadowing.

Cellist Maya Beiser and narrator Kate Valk teamed up for Lang’s pensively minimalist, gently amusing loopmusic piece The Day, its lyrics mostly a litany of tongue-in-cheek mundanities sourced off the web via a search on “I remember the day.” He explained that he’d deleted the product references and lewdness – a lot, he admitted. 

The night’s coda was Riley’s Autodreamographical Tales & Science Fiction, the composer joining the All-Stars on vocals. Chow’s bluesy Rhodes piano made a smooth segue out of the Lang work in tandem with Riley’s wry beat-poetry reminiscence. Levine’s Pink Floyd echoes added bulk and bombast; Bathgate’s powerhouse soul vocals were an unexpected treat. As was Riley’s turn solo at the piano, part Satie, part Tom Waits.

What’s the takeaway from all this? This year was less a sounding of what’s happening on a global level, as past years’ and decades’ marathons have been, than a simple celebration of the Bang on a Can inner circle, with a few tentative ventures outside. But that’s ok. They earned that a long time ago.

A Shatteringly Relevant New Suite Casts a Cold Eye on Surveillance State Terror

“The last refuge of privacy,” is how the central object in The Secret Diary of Nora Plain was described by the song cycle’s lyricist, Lucky Fonz III at National Sawdust this past weekend. In their US debut, premiering this haunting, labyrinthine yet often shatteringly direct suite to a sold-out audience, Dutch ensemble the Ragazze Quartet were bolstered by the eclectic beats of percussionist Remco Menting.

In front of the ensemble, charismatic singer Nora Fischer channeled the increasing terror of being caught in the spycams’ deadly web, whether calm and stoic, shivering on the floor or twitching like a marionette, Ian Curtis-style.  “Let bygones be bygones,” she encouraged coolly during one of the early songs, hope against hope. At that point it wasn’t clear just what this story’s everywoman had done – if anything – to catch Big Brother’s merciless eye, a conclusion that the suite left hanging. That only raised the suspense, underscoring how anyone with an identifiable cellphone or a Facebook page  – or without one, conceivably – could be caught in the trap.

Fischer is force of nature. At her quietest, she brought a plaintive, sometimes prayerful quality to the narrative; at her loudest, she belted with a gale-force wail worthy of Aretha. Likewise, the quintet of musicians began with an atmospheric whisper and rose in a series of waves, through as many different styles as a string quartet augmented by a drummer with a full kit plus vibraphone could possibly play.

The stage direction was spare yet tightly focused on an ever-encroaching menace, pushing Nora further and further toward the edge. There were moments when the quartet drew ominously closer and closer to her; other times, they fell in line as good soldiers in a police state are required to. Menting took a couple of turns behind a small keyboard during quieter, more atmospheric interludes. Likewise, violinists Rosa Arnold and Jeanita Vriens shifted to Menting’s vibraphone and bowed icy, airy textures at a couple of the suite’s most whispery ebbs.

The songs, with music by Morris Kliphuis, rose and fell, akin to Elvis Costello’s Juliet Letters with music by Philip Glass and Caroline Shaw and played by Rasputina, perhaps. Cellist Rebecca Wise propelled those shifts with stark, raw washes along with elegantly incisive pizzicato; violist Annemijn Bergkotte was a spare, striking presence in both the low and higher registers as well. Stylistically, the segments ran the gamut from hypnotically circling, kinetic chamber rock – often spiced with allusively macabre, Glass-ine phrases – to an emphatic detour into funk, murky mood pieces, and a couple of rises to sheer terror, most grippingly in Rat in My Room. Whether that rat was the four-legged or two-legged kind was left to the audience to figure out.

Was Fischer’s final exit what it seemed on the surface, a coyly triumphant slip out the side door? Or was she going elsewhere? Readers of Lois Lowry‘s dystopic classic The Giver will get that reference. Anyone concerned with the perilous state of civil liberties should see this hauntingly enigmatic, rivetingly disturbing, potently relevant work. 

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

Check the June/July calendar since this calendar isn’t being updated anymore.

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.

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

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 May, 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.

Later Tuesdays in May, 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 May, 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 May 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 May, 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 return on Saturdays at 4 PM in May 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 May, 6 PM eclectic jazz guitarist Anders Nilsson – who ranges from reinvented 20th century classical styles to savage metal to postbop – plays with a series of groups at Barbes

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 May, 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 May rockabilly bassist Laura Rebel Angel of the Screaming Rebel Angels leads her own band here.

Sundays in May, 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.

Sundays in June, 6 PM fiery, psychedelically bluesy oldschool soul/southern rockers Lizzie & the Makers at Hank’s. They’re also at Bowery Electric on 6/12 at 10 if you feel like paying a $10 cover

5/1, 6:30 PM a super rare performance by downtown guitar icon Elliott Sharp on acoustic, plus he reads from his book, ‘Found Sound Nation’, at Downtown Music Gallery, free, reception to follow

5/1, 7 PM hotshot young bluegrass stars in an unexpected venue: Yonder Mountain String Band’s Jacob Jolliff (mandolin) & Max Johnson (double bass) at Barbes followed at 9 byclever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

5/1, 7:30 PM Maria Grand on sax and voice with ensemble in two sets: first the premiere of Revés/Rêves: Dreams of a Departed Maestra, dedicated to her early multimedia mentor, and then the album release show for her new one Magdalena performed by her DiaTribe ensemble at Roulette, $15 adv tix rec

5/1. 8 PM cutting-edge, eclectic cellist Okkyung Lee’s Yeo-Neun Quartet at the San Damiano Mission, $15

5/1. 8 PM unpredictably fun, funny psychedelic art-rock band the Academy Blues Project at Shrine. They’re also there on 5/8

5/1, 8 PM allstar Romany guitar jazz royalty: the Django Festival Allstars (guitarist Dorado Schmitt, his sons Samson and Amati, accordionist Ludovic Beier, violinist Pierre Blanchard, guitarists Doudou Cuillerier and Francko Mehrstein with Antonio Licusati and Gino Roman on bass) plus special guests singer Melody Gardot and reedman Ken Peplowski at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall

5/1, 10 PM enigmatic Turkish saxophonist/composer llhan Ersahin with drummer Yusuke Yamamoto & Daniel Jodocy at his home base, Nublu 151

5/2, 6 PM Los Titanes del Trombon play classic salsa dura at Bryant Park

5/2, 7:30/9:30 PM this era’s most cutting-edge, politically relevant large jazz ensemble, Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society play new material at Dizzy’s Club, $35

5/2, 8 PM accordion genius Shoko Nagai ’s haunting Tokala Asian/klezmer mashup project at Barbes. She’s also at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery on 5/23 at 8 playing solo piano and then leading a quartet at 9.

5/2, 8ish Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” at Troost. 5/10 at 9 they’re  at Espresso 77, 35-57 77th Street, Jackson Hts

5/2, 8 PM catchy, fun guy/girl indie soul band Sunshine Nights at LIC Bar

5/2, 9 PM hypnotically psychedelic Saharan desert rockers Imarhan at Rough Trade, $15. Or you could go see them for free on 5/3 at 7:30 PM at the Lincoln Center Atrium

5/2, 9 PM Norwegian gothic art-rock band Voluspa, cinematic guitar-and-EFX dude Xander Naylor and band and Mexican shoegaze/dreampop band Jablonsky at C’Mon Everybody, $12 

5/2, 10 PM rising star singer/pianist and Christian McBride protegee Kelly Green leads her sextet at Smalls

5/3, 6 PM a screening of the Peruvian immigrant documentary Urban Condors followed by a reception with live music by the Andean ensemble Inkarayku at NYU’s King Juan Carlos I Center Auditorium, 53 Washington Square S, free, rsvp rec

5/3, 7 PM irrepressible storyteller/psychedelic guitarist/new wave cult hero Wreckless Eric at Berlin, $10

5/3, 7 PM ethereal folk noir songstress Belle-Skinner, cleverly lyrical 90s Britrock-influenced stadium rock band Mustardmind and psychedelic soul-rockers Madam West at Coney Island Baby, $10

5/3, 7:30/9:30 PM alto saxophonist Marike van Duk’s lustrous 14-piec Stereography Project at the Jazz Gallery, $15

5/3. 7:30 PM, repeating on 5/5 at 8 PM and 5/8 at 7:30 the NY Philharmonic play selections from Tschaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty plus the Sibelius Violin Concerto at Avery Fisher Hall, $30 seats avail

5/3, 8 PM eclectic, edgy soul/art-rock/funk/chamber-pop cellist/singer Marika Hughes’ new string quartet at Greenwich House Music School, $15/$12 srs

5/3. 8 PM the Jimi Hendrix of the cuatro, Jorge Glem at Barbes. Wow.

5/3. 8:30 PM Thumbscrew and reeds: Mary Halvorson (guitar) Tomas Fujiwara (drums) Michael Formanek (bass) with: Tim Berne (alto sax) Oscar Noriega (alto sax, clarinets) Peter Formanek (tenor sax, clarinet) at the New School’s Glass Box Performance Space, 55 W 13th St, $20.

5/3. 8 PM amazing string quintet – who are also the world’s coolest Radiohead cover band – Sybarite5 at the Cell Theatre, $25

5/3, 9 PM psychedelic eight-string guitarist Charlie Hunter followed by high-energy retro soul/Americana band the California Honeydrops  at Bowery Ballroom, $20 adv tix avail. at the Mercury

5/3, 9 PM rippling klezmer sounds wiwth Ukrainian tsimbl (hammered dulcimer) player Pete Rushefsky’s “Flora Hora” w/Josh Waletzky, Madeline Solomon & Zoe Aqua at Funky Joe’s, 455 W.56th St., $15

5/3, 9 PM hot 20s swing with trumpeter Jason Prover and his Sneak Thievery Orchestra at Radegast Hall

5/3. 10ish scampering, irrepressibly fun girlpunks Sharkmuffin at Brooklyn Bazaar, free w/rsvp

5/3. 10 PM the great unsung hero of darkly purposeful, noir-tinged jazz guitar, Saul Rubin leading his Zebtet at the Fat Cat. They’re also here on 5/8 at 7

5/3. 11 PM sardonically catchy powerpop/janglerockers the Hell Yeah Babies  at Brooklyn Bazaar, $10

5/4 4 PM saxophonist and Ellington alum Alvin Flythe with his combo at Haswell Green Park, 61st and the East River

5/4. 5:30 PM two contrasting, brilliant singers: haunting Romany/Balkan music reinventor Eva Salina and western swing faves Brain Cloud’s frontwoman Tamar Korn – who can impersonate any instrument ever made –  at the American Folk Art Museum

5/4, 7 PM pianist Anna Khanina plays works by Schubert, Mendelssohn, Rachmaninov and Chopin at Bloomingdale School of Music, 323 W 108th St, free

5/4, 7 P Schola Heidelberg and Ensemble Aisthesis, featuring pianist Donald Berman play Daniel Peter Biro works including the US premiere of his new piece Nulla Res Singularis at St. Peter’s church, 346 W 20th St (8/9), free

5/4, 7:30 PM Crampsy ghoul-surf/noir garage band Twin Guns  and noir cabaret/goth rock legend David J at Berlin, $12. Mr. Haskins (if you’re a Bauhaus fan, you get that) is also at the Owl the following night, 5/5 at 8 with this era’s greatest dark rock pianist, Botanica‘s Paul Wallfisch for two bucks less in the tip jar

5/4, 7:30 PM trombonist Chris Washburne’s Rags and Roots improvise on melodies from 1921 for a live score to the classic horror film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari at the Bell House, $25

5/4, 8 PM Haitian compas/calypso band Agoci Band followed by Zikrayat playing slinky, cinematic classics from the golden age of Arabic song at Flushing Town Hall, $16

5/4, 8 PM Niger’s Tuareg psychedelic guitar sensation Mdou Moctar at Elsewhere, $15

5/4, 8 PM eclectic, electric C&W/blues band the Jug Addicts  at Barbes. 5/12 they’re at Bar Chord at 2 PM

5/4, 8 PM Hidden Green with Anna Weber -sax, Peter Evans -trumpet, flute, Mariel Roberts -cello, Joseph Green -bass  at Scholes St. Studios, $10

5/4, 8 PM the Barnard-Columbia Chamber Singers present an evening of vocal and harpsichord music by Tallis, Byrd, Schutz, Handel, and Bach at the Sulzberger Parlor, 3rd Floor Barnard Hall, 117th St and Broadway, free

5/4, 9 PM uneasy indie guitar icon and longtime Steve Wynn collaborator Chris Brokaw at Wonders of Nature, $10

5/4. 10 PM one of the great saxophonists in the history of ska, Dave Hillyard and his quintet at Sunny’s

5/4, 10:30 PM catchy Booker T-esque soul jazz with the David Gibson/Jared Gold, Hammond B3 organ band at the Fat Cat

5/4, midnight spectacular, intense Yemeni-Israeli guitar monster Dudu Tassa & the Kuwaitis at Joe’s Pub, $20

5/4, midnight the eclectic, Balkan/latin/funk brass Underground Horns at the old Nublu

5/5, 2:15 PM son jarocho punk rock with Cambalache at Flushing Town Hall, $14

5/5, 3 PM indie classical vocals and bass: singer Amber Evans and bassist Sam Zegnit’s Confluss Duo play works by Gubaidulina, Katie Balch, Beat Furrer, Jon Deak and others at Scholes St. Studios, $10. 5/8 they’re at Arete Gallery at 7 followed by Contrafunktus – JD Davis, bass trombone,  and Rose Xiu Yi Kow, violin – for five bucks more

5/5, 4 PM cinematic, psychedelic quirk-pop keyboardist Michael Hearst presents “Curious, Unusual and Extraordinary” songs from his many bands followed eventually at 6 by eclectic jazz guitarist Anders Nilsson with Jason Kao Hwang on violin and viola, at 8 by edgy lefty guitarist Damian Quinones and his psychedelic latin soul band and then at 10 by epic ranchera/bolero brass crew Banda de los Muertos at Barbes

5/5, 6 PM the Michele Brangwen Dance Co. with music by trumpeter Tim Hagans and vocalist Danielle Reich Seale explore Statue of Liberty-inspired themes at the  Mark Morris building, 3 Lafayette Ave, downtown Brooklyn, free, reception to follow

5/5, 7 PM a wild Hungarian string and brass band triplebill: Fényes Banda, Életfa Zenekar and Szikra Banda at Hungarian House, 321 E 70th St. $15/$10 stud/srs

5/5, 7 PM Florida roots reggae band the Marauders sandwiched between a couple of lame folkie acts at the small room at the Rockwood. Stranger things have happened. 

5/5, 7:30 PM the Dover String Quartet with violist Steven Tenenbom play works by Haydn, Borodin and Mozart at Irving HS Auditorium, 17th/Irving Place, $15

5/5, 8 PM brilliant, Lynchian, darkly lyrical latin and Satie-inspired guitarist Jack Martin’s Bob Dylan Deathwatch at Berlin

5/5, 8 PM eclectic Mediterranean/tango/Romany band Dodo Orchestra at Club Bonafide, $20

5/5, 8 PM haunting, hypnotically lyrical fingerstyle guitarist/songwriter Jean Rohe at the People’s Voice Cafe, sugg don, $20, “more if you choose; less if you can’t; no one turned away”

5/5, 8:30 PM Irish superduo House of Hamill, featuring Rose Baldino (Burning Bridget Cleary) and Brian Buchanan (Enter the Haggis) play fiery Celtic string band music at the third stage at the Rockwood, $20

5/5 Unsteady Freddie‘s monthly surf rock quadruplebill at Otto’s begins at 9 with the careeningly jangly, sardonic Aquatudes, the eclectically original, harder-rocking Blue Wave Theory at 10, the majestic, cinematic TarantinosNYC  at 11 and legendarily eclectic surf band Tiki Brothers at around midnight

5/5, 9 PM smartly lyrical, politically fearless Detroit underground art-rock legends Discipline – the American Genesis, at least if you count The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway as that British band’s peak – at Spectrum, $10 

5/5, 9 PM ten-piece country/carnivalesque/acoustic rock powerhouse M Shanghai String Band at the Jalopy, $!0

5/5, 9 PM sharply lyrical janglerock/Americana/soul songwriter Matt Keating and guitarist Steve Mayone’s catchy new powerpop project the Bastards of Fine Arts at Sidewalk

5/5, 9ish haphazardly psychedelic Afrobeat-influenced psych-punk guitarist/bandleader Yonatan Gat at the Poisson Rouge, $12 adv tix rec

5/5, 9ish noirish blue-eyed soul singer Fiona Silver at Coney Island Baby, $10 

5/5, 9:30 PM Heidi Lieb’s recently reunited all-female punk/powerpop NYC legends Sit N Spin followed eventually at 11 by oldschool garage-punks Mala Vista at Hank’s

5/5, 9:30 PM stoner boogie/psych blues band the Balkun Brothers at Hill Country 

5/5. 10:30 PM God Tiny – who veer from stoner soul to boogie-ish to creepy psych blues – at Footlight Bar, $10

5/5, 10:30 PM powerhouse drummer Ralph Peterson leads his formidable Fo’Tet at Smalls

5/6, 1 PM murderous, wild, Middle Eastern-tinged surf Beninghove’s Hangmen at the 7th St. stage at the Hoboken Arts & Music Festival on Washington St; at 4:30 PM Steve Wynn’s iconic, amazingly vital, darkly psychedelic, noisy 80s jamband the Dream Syndicate at the Observer Highway stage right around the corner from the Path station, OMFG, see you there

5/6, 1 PM Zikrayatt violinist Sami Abu Shumays teaches a useful introductory class in Arabic maqam: “Are you curious about the microtonal scales used in Middle-Eastern music? Do you want to expand your improvisation skills? Sami demystifies maqam by presenting basic melodies in a straightforward call-and-response style, accessible to musicians and aspiring musicians of all levels. This 90 minute workshop will introduce several common maqamat through both songs and improvisation. Vocalists and instrumentalists welcome,” at the Jalopy, $25

5/6, 3 PM singer Elspeth Davis leads a chamber ensemble playing songs from Elvis Costello’s Juliet Letters album at Concerts on the Slope, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 139 St. John’s Place downhill from 7th Ave, sugg don

5/6, 4 PM the Claremont Trio play a program TBA at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.

5/6, 4 PM Tin & Bone with rising star multi-instrumentalist and champion banjo player Nora Brown, harmonica guy Trip Henderson, fiddler Stephanie Coleman and guitarist Eli Hetko at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, $10

5/6, 4 PM the Parthenia Viol Consort play works by Taverner, Purcell and their predecessors William Byrd, Robert Parsons, Orlando Gibbons, Giovanni Coprario, and John Jenkins, at St. Luke in the Fields, 487 Hudson St, $25

5/6, 6 PM sharply lyrical, Waits-ish southwestern gothic/Americana songwriter Tom Shaner at LIC Bar

5/6, 6 PM descend into the maelstrom: bassists Thomas Helton and Brandon Lopez duel it out at Downtown Music Gallery

5/6, 7ish the rapturous, otherworldly Bulgarian Voices Trio at X Marks the Loft, 405 Johnson Ave off Knickerbocker, Bushwick, L to Morgan Ave,, $10 sugg don, “lamb and other librations will be served” to celebrate the Bulgarian festival of St. George

5/6, 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 with special guest, downtown vocal legend John Kelly

5/6, 7 PM velvety noir jazz singer (and Tickled Pinks member) Stephanie Layton’s impressively eclectic torch/swing jazz band Eden Lane at Caffe Vivaldi

5/6, 7 PM roaring 20s hot jazz with Sweet Megg & the Wayfarers at Radegast Hall

5/6, 7 PM Ensemble Ipse play works by new Latin American composers including Santos, Bolanos, Pereyra, Hancke, Ricardo Gallo, Patricia Martínez and others at Shapeshifter Lab, $20

5/6, 8:30 PM ferocious guitar icon Marc Ribot ’s Ceramic Dog play the album release show for their incendiary, politically-fueled new one at the Poisson Rouge, $18 adv tix rec

5/6, 9 PM diverse, upbeat, lyrical Americana/bluegrass string band and Steve Martin collaborators the Steep Canyon Rangers at Bowery Ballroom, $17 adv tix avail. at the Mercury

5/6, 9 PM bass goddess Felice Rosser’s ageless reggae-rock-groove band Faith at the Treehouse at 2A

5/6, 10 PM uneasily amorphous, brooding improvisational indie band Green & Glass at C’Mon Everybody, $12

5/7, 7:30 PM the Jack Quartet play music of Derek Bermel at Music Mondays, Advent Church, northwest corner of 93rd and Broadway, free 

5/7, 8 PM composer/performer Elliot Cole & percussionist Peter Ferry team up with NYU percussionists for The Future is Bright, a pointillistic, gamelanesque suite for 100 flowerpots – will they get smashed? – along with Cole’s Hanuman’s Leap, “a dramatically percussive retelling of the ancient Indian Hanuman myth, which draws on epic song, hip hop, reggae, throat singing, choral, and experimental music to create something both ancient and new” at the NYU Loewe Theatre, 25 W 4th St., free

5/7, 8ish multi-instrumentalist Nick Demopoulos‘ twinkly, atmospheric electroacoustic Smomid project at Troost

5/7, 9:30ish Dilemastronauta Y Los Sabrosos Cosmicos play their cumbia-inspired stoner dub jams at Barbes

5/7, 10 PM the Binky Griptite Orchestra (formerly Sharon Jones’ brilliant oldschool soul backing band) pinch-hit for Rev. Vince Anderson at Union Pool, free

5/8, half past noon Scottish organist Kevin Duggan plays a program TBA at Central Synagogue, 54th/Lex, free

5/8, 8 PM charming Montana Americana fiddle/guitar duo the Brook Sisters at the small room at the Rockwood. 

5/8, 7 PM all-female klezmer band Tsibele (Yiddish for “onion”) and recently revitalized, careening ten-piece Balkan brass crew Veveritse at Barbes. Veveritse are also at Silvana on 5/25 at 8.

5/8, 7:30/9:30 PM popular purist postbop saxophonist Eric Alexander leads a rare chordless trio with Doug Weiss – bass; Johnathan Blake – drums at the Jazz Gallery, $20. They’re also here on the 13th

5/8. 8 PM haunting, erudite North African Jewish music maven Samuel Torjman Thomas leads a rare small group performance with John Murchison (bass) and Jeremy Smith (percussion), Sami Abu Shumays, Megumi Sahurashi (violins), and Dror Shahaf (percussion) at Sister’s Brooklyn, Fulton off Washington, C to Clinton-Washington, $10

5/8, 8:30 PM Camille Thurman – a double threat as nuanced singer and intense tenor saxophonist – with the Darrell Green Trio at Iridium, $20

5/8, 9 PM guitar god Steve Antonakos plays electric slide blues with his band at Bar Chord

5/8, 9:30 PM the Bronx Conexion play their mighty salsa big band jazz at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe

5/8, 10:30 PM charismatic, adventurous postbop/avant garde trombonist/crooner Frank Lacy leads his group at Smalls

5/9, 6 PM Punjabi psych-folk band Rhythm Tolee play live bhangra at Bryant Park

5/9, 7 PM the world premiere of Tristan Perich’s Drift Multiply for 50 violins and 50 self-built 1-bit speakers. plus mesmerizing sound sculptor/singer Lesley Flanigan debuts her new project for her own custom-made subwoofers and solo voice at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, $20

5/9, 7 PM diverse, purposeful, poignant bassist/composer Iris Ornig plays Burt Bacharach material with her band at 55 Bar

5/9, 7:30 PM the lush, propulsive, cinematically vintage Glenn Cryzter Orchestra play the album release show for their new one at the Montauk Club, 25 8th Ave. off Grand Army Plaza, Clinton Hill

5/9, 8 PM amazing microtonal Afrobeat band 75 Dollar Bill’s Che Chen on bass recorder, vocals and organ with Talice Lee on violin and Patrick Holmes on clarinet at Roulette, $15 adv tix rec

5/9, 8 PM eclectic pan-latin singer Sofia Tosello’s starkly rhythmic Chuno project at Barbes

5/9, 8 PM the Emerald Trio play works by Matt Castle, Dan Cooper, Carolyn Steinberg, Joseph Pehrson, Milina Paranosic and  Davide Zannoni at the DiMenna Center, $15/$1o stud/srs

5/9, 9 PM unpredictably fun, funny psychedelic art-rock band the Academy Blues Project at LIC  Bar

5/9, 9 PM Nashville gothic crooner Sean Kershaw and others play Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn covers at Otto’s. This should be amusing.

5/9, 10:30ish the amazing Miriam Elhajli – who switches effortlessly from Venezuelan-influenced folk to classic Appalachian sounds – followed by lo-fi psychedelic Americana band Lord Youth at Footlight Bar

5/10, 7 PM energetic acoustic Veracruz-style folk-punk band Radio Jarocho with special guest, spitfire poet Zenen Zeferino play the album release show for their new one Rios de Norte y Sur at Joe’s Pub, $20. Followed at 9:30 (separate $20 adm) by eclectic soul-jazz saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin’s Soul Party

5/10. 7:30 PM, repeating 5/11-12 at 8, the NY Philharmonic play the Elgar Cello Concerto plus Tschaikovsky’s Symphony No. 1 at Avery Fisher Hall, $30 tix avail

5/10, 7:30 PM high-voltage oldschool-style Detroit soulstress Thornetta Davis at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

5/10, 8 PM kinetic klezmer/cumbia/cinematic jamband Isle of Klezbos with special guest, incomparably charismatic accordionist Rachelle Garniez at City Lore Gallery, 56 E 1st St., $20, Russ & Daughters rugelach plus locally-sourced Lower East Side knishes included

5/10, 8 PM tuneful, terse guitarist/singer Camila Meza  and pianist Aaron Goldberg explore themes of justice, equality and social awareness in songs from the Latin America diaspora at Greenwich House Music School, $15/$12 srs

5/10, 8 PM plush, balmy, oldtimey uke swing band Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies  followed  at 10 by pastoral gothic accordion art-rock with Sam Reider & the Human Hands  at Barbes

5/10, 8 PM intense improvisational cellist Leila Bordreuil and haphazardly careening, occasionally theatrical dreampop/noiserockers Gold Dime at Holo, $10

5/10, 8 PM Jamaican dancehall sensation Konshens at the computer store at 247 Bedford Ave (N 3/4) in Wililamsburg, free, rsvp rec 

5/10, 8:30 perennially tuneful tenor saxophonist John Ellis & Double Wide at Bar Lunatico

5/10, 9 PM powerhouse klezmer trumpeter Jordan Hirsch’s Secret Ensemble at Funky Joe’s, 455 W.56th St., $15

5/10, 9 PM Sloan – Halifax’s answer to Guided by Voices – at Bowery Ballroom, $25 gen adm

5/10, 9 PM Clebs – the trippy, ethereal acid jazz-y duo of singer Emilie Wiebel and percussionist Jason Nazary – at Trans-Pecos, $12

5/10, 9ish Mischief Night – the Grasping Straws’ Mallory Feuer’s menacingly lo-fi guitar-drums duo – at Footlight Bar, $10

5/10, 9 PM golden age hip-hop legends EPMD celebrate Parrish Smith’s 50th bday at Highline Ballroom, $25 adv tix rec. These guys never, ever compromised their flow.

5/11, 5:30 PM haunting, brilliantly lyrical Americana songwriter Karen Dahlstrom – possibly the only writer to record an oldtime Idaho-themed album – and popular powerpop/janglerock songwriter Mike Errico at the American Folk Art Museum

5/11, 6 PM pianist Hyo-jee Kang plays works by Ligeti, Ravel and Stravinsky’s Three Movements from Petrouchka at the NY Library for the Performing Arts, 111 Amsterdam Ave, free

5/11, 7 PM early music ensemble Tenet play music of 12th and 13th century French troubadours at King Manor Museum, 150-03 Jamaica Ave,  Queens, $15/$10 srs. The program repeats on 5/12 at 7:30 PM at Christ Church Riverdale,  5030 Henry Hudson Parkway in the Bronx for $10 more

5/11, 7/9 PM dazzlingly eclectic purist jazz singer Brianna Thomas and her group at Ginny’s Supper Club, $15 standing room avail

5/11, 7:30/10:30 PM legendary Moroccan Sufi trance ensemble the Master Musicians of Jajouka with Bachir Attar, British elecroacoustic cellist Oliver Coates, harpist Zeena Parkins, drummer Greg Fox, bassist Trevor Dunn plus a light show at Pioneer Works in Red Hook, $25

5/11, 7:30/9:30 PM eclectic electroacoustic postbop saxophonist Dayna Stephens leads his quintet at the Cave at St. George’s, 209 E. 16th St (east of 3rd Ave), side courtyard entrance, $15 cover

5/11, 7:30/9:30 PM lyrical latin jazz alto saxophonist Roman Filiu leads a sextet playing the album release show for his new one Quarteria at the Jazz Gallery, $25

5/11, 8ish fiery reverbtoned latin  hardcore band Depresion Tropical followed eventually at around 10 by snarling, lo-fi surf/cumbia band Le Yikes Surf Club at Union Hall 

5/11, 8 PM the Cecilia Chorus of NY perform the Mozart Requiem and the US premiere of Dame Ethel Smyth’s final, similarly harrowing 1930 large-scale work, The Prison at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, $25 tix avail

5/11, 8 PM Iktus Percussion plus  special guests Andrea Lodge; piano, Roberta Michel; flute, and Hannah Levinson; viola play music by emerging composers Louis Aguirre, Alice Shields, Morgan Greenwood, Jeremy Rapaport-Stein, Kevin Michael Kay, Faye-Ellen Silverman and Nicholas V. Hall at Arete Gallery, $tba

5/11, 9 PM intense female-fronted psychedelic groove/funk band Imunuri at Bar Chord. 5/17, time TBA they’re at Bowery Electtric, free adm w/rsvp; and 5/24 at 9 at the small room at the Rockwood

5/11, 9 PM sardonically relevant guitar-fueled female-fronted Americana punks Spanking Charlene at Bowery Electric, $12

5/11, 9 PM jangly Dylanesque acoustic dude Hiss Golden Messenger followed by lush, artsy Americana band Trampled by Turtles at the Nokia Theatre, $25

5/11, 9:30 PM oldschool soul ballads with singer Camille Atkisson’s Empire Beats  at Hill Country

5/11, 10 PM Cumbiagra – who’ve been going in a much more psychedelic direction lately – at Barbes 

5/11, 10 PM hauntingly psychedelic folk noir crooner/songwriter Jaye Bartel at Wonders of Nature, $10

5/11, 10 PM Hollywood’s Dan Finnerty leads his savagely hilarious top 40 parody group the Dan Band at Joe’s Pub, $25

5/11, 11 PM bad segue, good twinbill:  jaunty female-fronted original retro rocksteady band the Big Takeover followed at midnight-ish by unpredictably fun, funny psychedelic art-rock band the Academy Blues Project at the big room at the Rockwood

5/11, 1 AM (actually wee hours of 5/12) this era’s most intensely powerful tenor saxophonist/composer, JD Allen leads the jam at Smalls

5/12, 4:30 PM the Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra play the album release show for their characteristically cinematic, sweeping new one followed at 7:30 by the one guy who can match them for volume and power all by himself, Eric Wyatt and his group at Smalls

5/12, 6 PM eclectic jazz guitarist Anders Nilsson  followed at 8 by state-of-the-art postbop guitarist Will Bernard & the Strays doing their Strayhorn tribute thing at Barbes

5/12, 7 PM in reverse order: oldschool reggae crew the Hub City Stompers, irrepressibly funny hardcore party band No Redeeming Social Value, dark second-wave style ska crew the Ladrones and unstoppable hardcore band None Above All at El Cortez, all ages, $12

5/12, 8 PM Jane Lecroy’s edgy, intensely lyrical electro-punk band Ohmslice followed eventually at midnight by ferociously fun, menacing psychobilly/horror rockers the Omega Men at the Parkside

5/12, 7:15ish dark psychedelic acoustic blues/klezmer/reggae/soca jamband Hazmat Modine at Terra Blues.

5/12, 7:30 PM powerpopstress Tara Lynne and the Sometime Boys’ incendiary frontwoman Sarah Mucho join “musical and comedic forces” followed at 9:30 by elegant, sharply lyrical parlor pop stylist Heather Eatman at Freddy’s

5/12, 7:30 PM Juilliard Quartet cellist Astrid Schween leads an ensemble playing works by Aaron Jay Kernis, Scott Joplin, Brahms, Franck and Didorenko at the Lounge at Hudson View Gardens, 128 Pinehurst Ave at W183rd St, $12, reception to follow

5/12, 8 PM veteran Greek chanteuse Maria Farantouri and her band play a tribute to legendary balladeer Mikis Theodorakis at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, $34 tix avail

5/12, 9ish cult favorite apocalyptic stoner boogie/doom/art-rock band Mos Generator followed by popular heavy lo-fi 90s rockers Fu Manchu at Bowery Ballroom, $15

5/12, 9ish composer Vanessa Rossetto presents her new work The Dirt, exploring the physical manifestation of transgenerational trauma at Issue Project Room, $15

5/12, 10 PM bass saxophonist Stefan Zeniuk’s punk mambo band the NY Fowl Harmonic   followed by explosive, creepy, colorful psychedelic rembetiko metal band Greek Judas a at Hank’s

5/13, 2 PM-ish sardonically catchy powerpop/janglerockers the Hell Yeah Babies and long-running, wickedly jangly, tuneful Americana rockers the Sloe Guns in Tompkins Square Park

5/13, 3:30 PM adventurously lyrical pianist Lucy Yao leads a multimedia electroacoustic program of works by emerging composers Trey Makler and Kirsten Milenko examining the Orpheus/Eurydice myth from Eurydice’s perspective, plus dance by Moscelyne Parkeharrison, Barry Gans, Nicolas Noguera at Church of the Blessed Sacrament, 152 W 71st St, sug don $15 or pay what you can. Yao is also at Arete Gallery at 67 West St in Greenpoint on 5/20 at 3 PM leading a trio with Madeline Hocking on violin and Paul Mizzi on flute playing new work by Samn Johnson, $15/$10 stud/srs

5/13, 3:30 PM violinist Christina Bouey and pianist Tatiana Tessman play works by Saint-Saens plus Beethoven’s Kreuzer Sonata at Scholes St. Studios, $15

5/13, 6:30 PM charmingly inscrutable Parisienne chanteuse Chloe & the French Heart Jazz Band at Club Bonafide, $20. She’s also here on 5/25 a half hour earlier

5/13, 7 PM pianist Jinjoo Yoo leads her Trio at Shapeshifter Lab, $10. Purist Monk influence, unselfconscious sense of humor, vivid compositions: good stuff. 

5/13, 7:30 PM the reliably exciting Queensboro Symphony Orchestra play Mozart’s Horn Concerto No. 3 plus the Jupiter Symphony plus the world premiere of Paul Joseph’s “The Vanished Princess” to celebrate Mother’s Day at Mary’s Nativity Church, 46-02 Parsons Blvd., Flushing, sug don

5/13, 8 PM somber, diversely textural, female-fronted, often atmospheric postrock/avant garde band Oracle Hysterical play the album release show for their new one Hecuba – a cut-and-paste retelling of the Euripides play – at National Sawdust, $25

5/13, 8 PM the New Asia Music Society plays works by Mozart as well as the world premiere of Shih-Hui Chen’s Flashback Moments at Merkin Concert Hall, $25 tix avail

5/13, 8 PM an electroacoustic multimedia program by intense avant garde singer Ka Baird on piano and vocals with Chris Penalosa on the mixing desk at Roulette, $15 adv tix rec

5/13, 9 PM bassist Petros Klamanis plays his haunting Mediterranean jazz at the third stage at the Rockwood, $15. At 11 PM the amazing Miriam Elhajli – who switches effortlessly from Venezuelan-influenced folk to classic Appalachian sounds – is up the block at the small room there.

5/13, 10:30 PM noir-inspired alto saxophonist/composer Nick Hempton leads leads his group at Smalls 

5/13, 7 PM the darkly eclectic, enigmatic Lorraine Leckie  – equally adept at Slavic and Americana noir and dark cabaret – at LIC Bar followed by dark Americana singer Emily Frembgen. 5/18, 11 PM Leckie is at Sidewalk; 5/31 at 10 PM she’s at Pete’s

5/14, 2 PM trailblazing pipa goddess and singer Min Xiao-Fen’s Blue Pipa trio reinterprets the work of legendary jazz trumpeter Buck Clayton, Chinese composer Li Jinhui, Count Basie and Duke Ellington at Fresh Meadows Library, 193-20 Horace Harding Expressway, Fresh Meadows

5/14, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, Ensemble Signal plays works by Helmut Lachenmann at the Miller Theatre, free

5/14, 7 PM Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti and Nina Young perform their own works for violin, viola, and electronics, at the second-floor space at 1 Rivington St off Bowery, $20/$15 srs

5/14, 7 PM a benefit for progressive candidate Zellnor Myrie’s State Senate campaign with traditional Ghanian music by Alfred Kpedsaane and Brittany Anjou at the Owl, $50 contribution if you have it for the candidate who co-sponsored the Tenant Bill of Rights

5/14, 7:30 PM saxophonist Javier Oviedo and pianist François-Xavier Poizat play a very rare program of works by Mompou, Poulenc, Britten and Schulhoff at the Kosciuszko Foundation, 15 E 65th St., $25

5/14, 8 PM funky, lyrically intense dark folk jamband the Sometime Boys– with the riveting Sarah Mucho on vocals – at the big room at the Rockwood

5/14, 9 PM darkly torchy southwestern gothic/Europolitan songwriter/guitarist Miwa Gemini at LIC Bar

5/14, 9:30 PM Los Cumpleanos play psychedelic cumbias with new wave synths & retro organ, effect-laden trombone and trumpet as well as a three piece percussion section at Barbes

5/15 7 PM  Katie Hyun plays solo violin works from Bach to Bartok at the second-floor space at 1 Rivington St off Bowery, $15/$10 srs

5/15, 7/9 PM unorthodoxically intriguing new classical works by Greg Watson and other contemporary composers played by Cesare Papetti – percussion; Derin Oge – piano; William Lang – trombone at Arete Gallery, $15

5/15, 7:30 PM  pianist Tamara Cashour and ensemble play works by Frederick Boyle, Richard Brooks, Cashour, Robert Cohen, Kevin McCarter, Timothy Lee Miller, Dary John Mizelle, Dana Dimitri Richardson and David See Church of the Transfiguration, 1 E. 29th Street $20

5/15, 8:30 PM the world’s creepiest crime jazz/film noir band, Big Lazy at Bar Lunatico. 5/25 at 10 they’re at Barbes and 5/29 they’re at the third stage at the  Rockwood at 8:30 for $10 followed by amazing, psychedelic instrumentalists Sandcatchers – who blend cinematic, pastoral Americana and Middle Eastern themes 

5/15-20, 8:30/11 PM this era’s most consistently interesting, original jazz pianist/composer Vijay Iyer leads his sextet at the Vanguard, $30

5/15, 10 PM  brilliant drummer/percussionist Willie Martinez & La Familia Sextet play classic salsa grooves at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe

5/15, time/price TBA brilliant, Lynchian, darkly lyrical latin and Satie-inspired guitarist Jack Martin’s Bob Dylan Deathwatch and dark glam/ghoulabilly cult hero Tav Falco’s Panther Burns at El Cortez

5/16, 7 PM busy jazz and klezmer bassist Jim Whitney plays the album release show for his colorful, Stravinsky-esque new one Dodecahedron with Eric  Halvorson on  drums,  Nate  Radley on  guitar  and  Bennett  Paster on  keyboards  at 55 Bar. Whitney is also at Barbes at 7 on 5/22 with his Perpendicular Shoes quarrtet with Diego Voglino – drums; Michel Gentile – flute and Sean Moran – guitar followed at 9 by clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party  

5/16, 7:30 PM perennially interesting new music advocates Ensemble Mise-En  play works by Korean and Austrian composers Sungji Hong (Korea/Texas), Mirela Ivičević (Croatia/Austria), Peter Jakober (Austria), Seong Ae Kim (Korea/NYC), Matthias Kranebitter (Austria) and Sojin Yoon (Korea) at the Austrian Cultural Center, 11 E 52nd St., free, rsvp req. The free program repeats on 5/17 at 8 at the Cell Theatre

5/16, 8 PM “feminist feline marching band” Pussy Grabs Back, catchy, edgy, darkly kinetic female-fronted Romany-tinged rock band the Trouble with Kittens , mystery band Nevada Nevada and the irrepressible Ellia Bisker’s explosive Balkan/New Orleans flavored Funkrust Brass Band at Friends & Lovers, $tba

5/16, 9 PM tuneful, epically-inclined, cinematic trombonist John Yao leads his quintet at Terraza 7, $10

5/16, 9ish haunting, intense, creepy harp/violin duo Leya at le Wallet, 1154 Myrtle Ave (Broadway/Bushwick Ave)

5/17, 4:30 PM a rare performance of Vietnamese music worth skipping work for: the Mekong Group play mystical dan tranh songs at Poe Park Visitor Center, 2640 Grand Concourse in the Bronx, B/D to Kingsbridge Road

5/17, 6 PM the Samurai Mama Big Band play music by Rudresh Mahanthappa, Maria Schneider, Radiohead, and Owen Carter at the auditorium at Harlem Hospital Center, 506 Malcolm X Blvd at 136th, free, res req  

5/17, 7 PM badass, fiercely political, sultry New Orleans oldtimey chanteuse Carsie Blanton at the Mercury, $15

5/17, 7 PM Jog Blues – who reinvent classical Indian themes much like Brooklyn Raga Massive does – at the  Rubin Museum of Art, $25 adv tix rec

5/17-18, 7:30/9:30 PM Gil Evans scholar/archivist/conductor Ryan Truesdell leads the Gil Evans Project playing rare, recently unearthed gems by the iconic big band composer at the Jazz Standard, $30

5/17, 8ish ethereal vibraphonist Chris Dingman solo and the duo of atmospheric guitarist Todd Neufeld and terse bassist Thomas Morgan  at the Owl, $10

5/17, 8 PM luminous, soulful pan-Latin jazz chanteuse Claudia Acuña with Pablo Vergara on piano  & Jauncho Herrera on guitar at Mezzrow, $20

5 /17, 8 PM the Starbenders – who blend a little funk and reggae into their powerpop and glamrock – followed by the Muckers – who veer between catchy GBV powerpop, gutter blues and art-rock  – at the Knitting Factory, $12 adv tix rec 

5/17, 9 PM intense, lyrical jazz bassist/composer Pedro Giraudo leadshis Tango Quartet, followed at 10 by wryly funny, psychedelic covers of 60s Russian psychedelic pop songs with the Eastern Blokhedz – who specialize in the catalog of legendary Polish singer Edita Piaha – at Barbes

5/17, 9 PM bassist Brian Glassman’s “Klezmer-Jazz Alliance” at Funky Joe’s, 455 W.56th St., $15

5/17, 9 PM a killer, edgy violin-driven twinbill: Dana Lyn’s psychedelic, ecologically-themed Mother Octopus followed at 10 by Skye Steele and band at Niagara at 7th and A

5/18, half past noon singer/guitarist/flamenco dancer Marija Temo at the World Financial Center atrium, free

5/18, 5 PM Street Beat Brass Band play ”music from New Orleans Jazz to polka, Mexican banda, gospel, klezmer, and funk” at Bryant Park

5/18, 7 PM Michael Moss’ wildly improvising 22-piece Accidental Orchestra play the album release show for their lavish new one at the Westbeth Community Center, 155 Bank St. in the west village, $10 

5/18, 7 PM cleverly lyrical, witty saxophonist Daniel Bennett with guitarist Nat Janoff and Matthew Feick on drums at Bloomingdale School of Music, 323 W 108th St (off of Broadway), free

5/18, 8 PM rustic Brazilian jungle guitar-and-accordion sounds with Regional de NY followed at 10 bypsychedelic cumbia band Yotoco at Barbes

5/18-19 at 8, repeating on 5/22 at 7:30 PM the NY Philharmonic play Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1 plus Shostakovich’s savage Symphony No. 5 at Avery Fisher Hall, $30 tix avail

5/18, 8 PM Barbes comes to Queens: pioneering Guinea guitar legends the Mandingo Ambassadors and epic ranchera/bolero brass crew Banda de los Muertos at Flushing Town Hall, $16

5/18, 8 PM Korean musicians and dancers perform Ssitkimkut: The Korean Shaman Ritual of the Dead at the Asia Society, 725 Park Ave, $25. There’s also a pre-concert lecture at 7.

5/18, 8 PM multi-instrumentalist Brandon Lopez plays the debut of his piano trio, “Mess,” – “With Mess, he attempts to dismember the notion of the piano trio to create a counterpart where each instrument functions outside of their supposed traditional roles. A sprawling thing devoid of harmony or melody, the trio insists giving violence and silence equivalent weight,” at Issue Project Room, $10 sugg don

5/18, 8 PM chamber ensemble Collectio Musicorum play a homage to baroque composer Guillaume Dufay and his contemporaries at Christ & St. Stephen’s Church, 122 W. 69th St., free

5/18, 9 PM broodingly lyrical Nashville gothic band Leland Sundries at Bowery Ballroom, $15 adv tix avail. at the Mercury. Avoid the putrid headlining poser-rock band at all costs.

5/18, 9ish exotic vibraphone-driven surf band the Vibro-jets  at Troost

5/18, 10:30ish alternately ambient and swirlingly ferocious guitar looper Ben Greenberg aka Hubble and the even more feral Reg Bloor playing the album release show for her deliciously assaultive new one Sensory Irritation Chamber at Muchmore’s, $10

5/18, midnight awesomely unhinged horror surf/hotrod instrumentalists the Mad Doctors at the Gutter, $10

5/19, 2 PM bouncy, slyly amusing psychedelic cumbia band Consumata at Lafayette Avenue and Edgewater Road in Hunts Point Riverside Park in the Bronx, 6 to Longwood Ave

5/19, 3 PM Wall to Wall Leonard Bernstein at Symphony Space with a whole series of chamber and vocal ensembles playing a career retrospective in more or less chronological order, free, the whole marathon lineup is here 

5/19, 4 PM pyrotechnic klezmer clarinetist and Dave Tarras protege Michael Winograd  and lyrical trumpeter Ben Holmes play poignant, cleverly intertwining new klezmer music followed at 6 by eclectic jazz guitarist Anders Nilsson and at 8 by uneasy Transylvanian jazz pianist Lucian Ban and baritone saxophonist Alex Harding at Barbes,

5/19, 4:30 PM experimental singer Odeya Nini, dancers Coco Karol and Ximena Garnica, sound artist Michaela Davies, and wild New Orleans-influenced loopmusic maven Sxip Shirey at the New School’s Glass Box Performance Space, 55 W 13th St,, $15

5/19, 7 PM magical Persian/Turkish improvisations with kamancheh fiddle icon Kayhan Kalhor and baglama player Erdal Erzincan at the Schimmel Center at Pace University on Spruce St. in the financial district, $30 tix avail

5/19, 7 PM wild Korean-klezmer cross-pollination with Lee Tae-Baek (ajaeng); Yi Jiyoung (gayageum); Kim Sung-Ah (haegeum); Kim Tae Young (janggo); Gamin (piri); Sita Chay (violin); Frank London (trumpet) and Ned Rothenberg (saxophone) at the Asia Society, $25

5/19, 7 PM sensational ex-Klezmatics fiddler Alicia Svigals and pianist Marilyn Lerner play their original score to the rare 1918 silent film Yellow Ticket at National Sawdust, $30. Followed at 10 ($20 separate adm) by wild avant jazz trumpeter Stephanie Richards playing the album release show for her new one

5/19, 7:30 PM acclaimed classical guitarist Sharon Isbin with guest six-stringer Romero Lubanbo at the World Financial Center atrium, free

5/19, 8 PM folk-gospel duo Gathering Sparks plus Pete Seeger’s Walkabout Clearwater Chorus at the People’s Voice Cafe, sugg don, $20, “more if you choose; less if you can’t; no one turned away” 

5/19,8 PM entertaining female-fronted saloon blues/parlot pop band the Claudetteat the small room at the Rockwood

5/19, 8 PM the Centre Symphony Orchestra play Brahms’ Symphony No. 3, plus Beethoven’s Triple Piano Concerto in C Major, Op. 56 with Muneko Otani, violin, Elizabeth Anderson, cello and Kaoru Fukuda, piano, at St. Peter’s Church, 619 Lexington Ave., at 54th St, $10 sugg don

5/19, 10 PM 70s dark folk legend Kath Bloom – who has a haunting new album out  – a at Wonders of Nature, $10

5/19, 11 PM stoner 70s Murder City style rockers Sun Voyager at the Gutter, $10

5/20, 11 AM a rare performance of music for kids that isn’t condescending or stupid: Vered & the Babes play the album release show for their new one Songs for Sisters and Brothers, “which approaches the topic from every angle – from the eldest’s point of view, the youngest’s point of view, and the parent’s point of view,” outdoors at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, free

5/20, 1 PM epically lyrical alto saxophonist Peter Apfelbaum with Middle Eastern drummer April Centrone at the Cutting Room, $15 adv tix rec

5/20, 1/3 PM Sandbox Percussion play works by Steve Reich, Andy Akiho, Victor Caccese, Jonny Allen & Alex Weiser at Colonels Row on Governors Island, free

5/20. 1 PM new music guitarist Denise Mei Yan Hofmann leads a chamber ensemble premiering soprano Kelsey Park’s new work exploring the challenges of fertility at at All Angels Church at 80th and Broadway., free

5/20, 6 PM high voltage skiffle/Americana band the Salt Cracker Crazies at LIC Bar

5/20. 7:30 PM the Orchestra of the League of Composers plays music by Du Yun, Samuel Adler, Hayes Biggs, and John Harbison at the Miller Theatre, $20/$12 stud/srs

5/20, 8 PM thereminist Pamelia Stickney’s Transcendental Dissonance Quartet followed at 9:30  by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

5/20,8 PM the PubliQuartet play NYC premieres of works by composers Jessica Meyer and Steven Snowden and a world premiere by Xian Wang at Arete Gallery, $20

5/20, 8 PM Triptyk with Patricia Brennan – vibraphone; Leonor Falcón – violin; Noel Brennan – drums and Multi-percussion followed by ethereal, raptly haunting singer Sara Serpa leading her trio with Angelica Sanchez – piano; Erik Friedlander – cello at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, $15

5/20, 9 PM an all-female version of singer/keyboardist Sara McDonald’s lush, cinematic 17-piece art-rock/chamber pop band the New York Chillharmonic at Littlefield

5/20, 9 PM bad segue, good twinbill: thoughtful, purposeful original jazz songwriter Gracie Terzian followed by ethereal folk noir songstress Belle-Skinner, at the small room at the Rockwood

5/21, 8/10:30 PM eclectic, paradigm-shifting B3 jazz organist Brian Charette leads a multi-generational Coleman quartet with George Coleman Sr. on tenor and his son on drums plus Vic Juris on guitar at the Blue Note, $15 standing room avail

5/21, 8 PM a rare NYC performance by edgy Japanese experimental percussionist, composer, and theater artist Midori Takada at the Kitchen, $25

5/21, 8:30ish legendary, savagely lyrical British new wave era songwriter Graham Parker at City Winery, $25 standing room avail.

5/21, 9:30 PM ex-Chicha Libre keyboard sorcerer Josh Camp’s wryly psychedelic cumbia/tropicalia/dub band Locobeach at Barbes

5/21, 10 PM high-voltage delta blues/Romany swing guitarist Felix Slim at LIC Bar

5/22, 8 PM a rare bass-fronted large jazz ensemble (just like Mingus), the Ross Kratter Jazz Orchestra at Club Bonafide, $15

5/22, 8:30 PM quirky, smartly lyrical avant cello-rock with the Icebergs  followed by the catchy, edgy, darkly kinetic female-fronted Romany-tinged Trouble with Kittens at Pete’s

5/22, 9:30 PM ethereal folk noir songstress Belle-Skinner at Sidewalk

5/23, 6 PM haunting, lyrical Indian violinist/composer Trina Basu at the  Rubin Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

5/23, 6 PM erudite, purist torchy cosmopolitan jazz chanteuse Svetlana & the Delancey 6 at Bryant Park

5/23, 7 PM an extremely rare small club gig by noir Americana icon Neko Case at Littlefield, $30

5/23, 8 PM cinematic trombonist/guitarist Curtis Hasselbring’s colorful, wry, sometimes satirical Curhastra at Barbes

5/23, 8 PM serpentine, cinematic, epic art-rock band Book of Harmony, string metal band Stratospheerius and math-metal band the Astral Cadence at Gold Sounds, $10 

5/23, 8 PM purposeful, tunefully purist trombonist Nick Finzer plays the album release show for his new one with his sextet at Subculure,45 Bleecker at Lafayeette, $20 adv tix rec

5/24, 6 PM International Contemporary Ensemble plays a rare all-Zosha Di Castri program at the NYPL for the Performing Arts out back of Lincoln Center, free, res req 

5/24, 7 PM Luc Sante reads; reggae-soul Faith bandleader and badass bassist Felice Rosser follows in an evening of music and spoken word at the Howl space, 6 E 1st Str

5/24, 7:30 PM koto player Yumi Kurosawa and shamisen player Yoko Reikano Kimura perform an eclectic program of traditional and untraditional Japanese music spanning four centuries, including duets with cello and tabla at the Japan Society, 333 E 47th St, $25

5/24, 8 PM thoughtful, original cello/fiddle Americana duo Oliver the Crow at the third stage at the Rockwood, $10 

5/23, 8:30 PM intense, rapturous Balkan/Middle Eastern ensemble the Secret Trio –Tamer Pinarbasi, Ismail Lumanovski & Ara Dinkjian – at Bar Lunatico

5/24, 7 PM ridiculously bad segues but three good acts: wryly surreal Lynchian parlor pop duo the Dream Eaters, oldtime country blues guitarist Mary-Elaine Jenkins and intense female-fronted psychedelic groove/funk band Imunuri at the small room at the Rockwood

5/24, 7:30 PM repeating on 5/26 at 8 the NY Philharmonic  play Berio’s Sinfonia with mighty avant garde choir Roomful of Teeth, plus Richard Strauss’ epic Alphine Symphony at Avery Fisher Hall, $30 tix avail

5/24, 7:30 PM newschool Cuban salsa jazz quintet Gerardo Contino y Los Habaneros at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

5/24, 8 PM David Ostwald and his ensemble the Louis Armstrong Eternity Band at Langston Hughes Library, 100-01 Northern Boulevard, Corona, Queens, a 15-minute walk from the 7 stop at Junction Blvd

5/24, 9 PM klezmer mischief and mayhem: Reb Leybl & the Heights and the 156th Street Freylekh Band (w/Louis Pollison & Jesse Chevan) at Funky Joe’s, 455 W.56th St., $15

5/25, 5 PM Brooklyn’s original punk Balkan horn group Hungry March Band at Bryant Park

5/25, 7 PM indie classical piano/percussion ensemble Bearthoven play a program TBA at Arete Galley, $15

5/25, 7:30 PM adventurous nuevo tango group Quinteto de Academia – with bandoneon and a wind section and an album whose Spanish title is “Wind Dynamics” – at Caffe Vivaldi

5/25, 7:30 PM the NY Festival Orchestra and Festival Chorus play works by Mozart, Hirai, Haydn, Handel, plus Japanese songs at Good Shepherd-Faith Presbyterian Church, 152 W 66 St (west of Broadway), $20, reception to follow

5/25-26, 8 PM cinematic, lyrical vibraphonist Joe Locke with Lorin Cohen & Jim Ridl at Mezzrow, $20 at the bar

5/25, 8 PM woodwind group Soundmind Ensemble play Schoenberg’s iconic wind quintet and other works at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, $15

5/25, 9 PM a killer triplebill with Patricia Santos and Tara Hanish’s amazing, intense, soul-infused cello-rock/cello-metal duo the Whiskey Girls, pensive acoustic duo Peach and Knife –  Molly White and Elena Degl’Innocenti – and creepy noir chamber pop/murder ballad duo Charming Disaster at Pine Box Rock Shop 

5/25, 9 PM slinky maracatu/New Orleans/surf rock mashups from Nation Beat at the big room at the Rockwood

5/25, 9 PM acerbic, intense jazz cellist Hank Roberts leads his sextet with Dana Lyn on violin at I-Beam, $15

5/25, 10ish Christina Schneider’s jangly psych/garage/blue-eyed soul band Locate S1 at Secret Project Robot, $12

5/26, 1:30 PM energetic acoustic Veracruz-style folk-punk band Radio Jarocho at Langston Hughes Library, 100-01 Northern Boulevard, Corona, Queens, a 15-minute walk from the 7 stop at Junction Blvd

5/26, 7 PM wildly theatrical, creepy circus rock band Orphan Jane at the Delancey, $10

5/26, 7:30 PM lyrical postbop trombonist/composer Michael Dease leads his sextet at Smalls

5/26, 7:30 PM the CMS Improvisers Orchestra directed by Peter Apfelbaum and Karl Berger explore river-themed group improvisation at El Taller, 215 W 99th St., $10

5/26, 8 PM otherworldly, ancient trance-dance music from the Punjab and Morocco: Falsa Band and Innov Gnawa at the Owl, $10 

5/26, 8 PM luminous, astonishingly eclectic, wickedly tuneful cello-rock badass Serena Jost, pensive acoustic duo Peach and Knife –  Molly White and Elena Degl’Innocenti, and acerbically lyrical chamber-soul band Sweet Soubrette at Hell Phone, 247 Varet St. in Bushwick, L to Morgan Ave

5/26, 9:45 PM sardonic, tuneful punks the Car Bomb Parade at the Gutter, $7 

5/26, 10 PM bassist Dana Schechter’s haunting, sweepingly menacing loopmusic instrumental project Insect Ark at Union Pool, $12

5/26, 10 PM psychedelic salsa bandleader Zemog El Galle Bueno at Barbes

5/27, 4 PM a very rare perofrmance of Anna Thorvaldsdóttir piano music by pianist Cory Smythe and International Contemporary Ensemble at National Sawdust, $30

5/27, 6:30 PM Blythe Gruda sings her enigmatic art-rock and parlor pop at Pete’s

5/27, 7 PM brilliant steel guitarist Mike Neer’s Steelonious – who do Monk covers in the same vein as Buddy Emmons –   followed at 9:30  by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

5/27, 7 PM fiery, deviously fun oldtimey swing guitarist/crooner Seth Kessel & the Two Cent Band at Sunny’s 

5/27, 7 PM smart, darkly pensive third-stream jazz pianist Noa Fort at the big room at the Rockwood

5/27, 9 PM charismatic, intense violinist/singer Natalia Steinbach aka WaterLynx followed by catchy, lyrically intriguing janglerockers Flock of Indifference at Pine Box Rock Shop

5/28, 3-6 PM, not a music event, but if you’re hungry and in the south slope, there are free burgers and hot dogs at Freddy’s!

5/28, 8 PM the NY Philharmonic play Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis and Saint-Saëns’s Organ Symphony at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, free, GET THERE EARLY, like 6 PM if you’re going

5/28, 8:30 PM Jeff Lederer’s Shakers & Bakers celebrate little-remembered Albert Ayler soul and R&B at Bar Lunatico

5/28. 9:30ish singer Carolina Oliveros’ mighty 13-piece Afro-Colombian trance/dance choir Bulla en el Barrio at Barbes

5/29, 7 PM a super rare, intimate show with brilliantly lyrical latin jazz pianist Luis Perdomo at the Fat Cat. Who knew ?!?!?

5/29, 7 PM epic big band John Yao & His 17-piece Instrument plays the music of Yao’s old Hong Kong pal Patrick Lui plus his own colorful, cinematic work at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

5/29 9 PM purist, guitarishly excellent oldschool soul band Miss Tess & the Talkbacks  at Skinny Dennis

5/29, 9 PM sharply lyrical janglerock/Americana/soul songwriter Matt Keating and guitarist Steve Mayone’s catchy new project the Bastards of Fine Arts  at 11th St. Bar

5/29, 9 PM terse, enigmatic avant garde singer Anais Maviel plays the album release show for her new one at Roulette, $15 adv tix rec

5/30, 6 PM cumbia jazz accordionist/crooner Gregorio Uribe’s Big Band at Bryant Park

5/30, 6 PM terse, hypnotic acoustic guitarist Camila Celin and tabla player Ehren Hanson reinvent stark Indian carnatic sounds at the  Rubin Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

5/30, 7 PM the amazing, haunting, otherworldly NY Andalus Ensemble – who play ancient Middle Eastern and North African Jewish sounds from as far back as a thousand years ago  – host a Muslim-Jewish Iftar potluck party in Brooklyn Bridge Park. The band will provide utensils along with the tunes!

5/30, 7 PM jazz vocal-and-bass duo François Moutin & Kavita Shah play the album release show for their new one Interplay at Joe’s Pub, $20. Followed at 9:30 (separate $25 adm) by the Jim Kweskin Jug Band with Samoa Wilson on vocals.

5/30, 7 PM noir and spy-theme-inspired downtown composer Annie Gosfield plays an electroacoustic keyboard world premiere at National Sawdust, $25

5/30, 7:30 PM pianist Elias Stemeseder and vocalist Lauren Kinsella perform the world premiere of their cross-disciplinary music theater work for two improvisers, Press Play Backwards at the Austrian Cultural Center, 11 E 52nd St., free, res req 

5/30, 8ish cinematic multi-instrumentalist/violinist Laura Ortman, fearlessly relevant no wave-ish songwriter Emilie Lesbros and the magical microtonal Sarah Bernstein’s Unearthish play the album release show for their new one at Wonders of Nature, $10

5/30, 8 PM rising star composers Felix Bransbourg, Isaac Lageschulte, Ella Vermut, Owen Woolford, Danielle Wu, Philina Zhang, and Marina Zurita McKinnon parse Nathaniel Hawthorne’s take on the Midas myth with trio works for bassoon (Brad Balliett), guitar (Jordan Dodson), cello and narrator (Paul Hecht) at the second-floor space at 1 Rivington St off Bowery,  $10/stud free

5/30, 8 PM the Hands Free – composer/performers James Moore (guitar/banjo), Caroline Shaw (violin), Nathan Koci (accordion) and Eleonore Oppenheim (bass) – celebrate the release of their self-titled debut album at the Kitchen, $20

5/30, 8 PM “thingNY gives a taste of its opera-in-development with a short selection of songs from Gelsey Bell’s Rolodex, in which the ensemble surrounds the interrogation table to investigate a crime, calling on witnesses from a Rolodex that doubles as a musical score. Varispeed, with additional members from thingNY, performs their new arrangement of Kenneth Gaburo’s masterpiece, Maledetto, from 1968” at Roulette, $15 adv tix rec

5/30, 9 PM breathtaking, charismatic singer Sami Stevens’ oldschool soul group followed by moodily lyrical, politically savvy Irish folk-rocker Niall Connolly  at the small room at the Rockwood

5/31, 7 PM intense, fearlessly relevant Syrian clarinetist Kinan Azmeh and his amazing Middle Eastern jazz ensemble put a relevant, intense new spin on ancient Syrian sounds at National Sawdust, $30

5/31, 7:30 PM six-string guitarist Timucin Sahin and pianist Cory Smythe play uneasy Middle Eastern-tinged improvisations at Drom, $10 adv tix rec

5/31, 7:30 PM colorful, intense, politically fearless tenor saxophonist Noah Preminger leads his quartet at Smalls

5/31, 7:30 PM Punjabi-American soul with Zeshan B at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

5/31, 8 PM a rare Brooklyn appearance by sharply lyrical, grimly futuristic parlor pop band the Tyranny of Dave followed at 10 by Super Yamba playing their psychedelic Afrobeat jams at Barbes 

5/31, 8 PM singer Gabrielle Herbst leads a chamber octet through her dreamlike but arresting new opera, Vulnerability at Roulette, $15 adv tix rec

5/31, 8:30 PM Indian jazz crew Overview Effect with Mustafa Bhagat – sitar; David Freeman – drums; Steve Hudson – keyboards; Jamie Zillitto – bass with special guests Ivan Barenboim – bass cllarinet & Arun Ramamurthy – violin play the album release show for their new one at the Jalopy, $15

5/31, 8:30 PM impressively diverse, adventurous latin jazz pianist Aruan Ortiz at Bar Lunatico

5/31, 9ish haunting, hypnotically lyrical fingerstyle guitarist/songwriter Jean Rohe at the Owl

5/31, 9 PM Lynchian Moscow klezmer/latin noir dance band Vanya Juke at Funky Joe’s, 455 W.56th St., $15

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

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, 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 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, 9:30 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 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 Emma Peacock 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

6/7-10, 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 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, 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, 8:30 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, 7:30 PM sarod virtuoso Indrayuddh Majumder with tabla maestro Samir Chatterjee at Chhandayan Center For Indian Music, $20

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 hilariously acerbic, perennially relevant purist rock/Americana songwriter Amy Rigby at Berlin

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, 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

6/11-14, 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.

6/12, 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, 8:30 PM kinetic, eclectic, funky parlor jazz violinist Mazz Swift at Bar Lunatico

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

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

618, 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

6/19, 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 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, 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 singer Elda Almeida – who does a more produced take on Cape Verdean ballads – at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised 

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, 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, 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

6/22, 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 at Barbes

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 

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, 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, 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

6/2, 8:30 PM haunting French-Tunisian saxophonist Yacine Boulares’ Ayojo at Bar Lunatico

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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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

6/28, 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, 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, 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 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 PN 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, 8 PM Iggy Pop cover night at Lucky 13 Saloon with oldschool goths Night Gallery and a whole slew of other bands, free

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

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

7/8, 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 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.

7/12, 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, 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

7/15, 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

7/28, 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

Two Rare New York Shows by Magically Chameleonic Israeli Singer Victoria Hanna

Singer Victoria Hanna has built a career as one of Israel’s most individualistic and magically protean vocalists. She draws on centuries of Middle Eastern music as well as the avant garde and more commercial dancefloor sounds. Her lyrics often explore ancient mystical themes; her evocative, protean voice transcends linguistic limitations. You don’t have to speak Hebrew to fall under her spell. The last time anybody from this blog was in the house at one of her performances was way back in the zeros, when she electrified a sold-out crowd at Tonic on the Lower East Side with a couple of cameos at a Big Lazy album release show. Since that iconic noir cinematic group very seldom uses vocals, that they would choose Hanna to sing with them speaks for itself.

Hanna is at the Bronx Museum of the Arts at 1040 Grand Concourse on April 25 at 6 PM in conjunction with the opening for new exhibits by Oded Halahmy and Moses Ros. Admission is free but a ravp is required; take the B to 167th St. Then the next day, April 26 she’s making a very rare Brooklyn appearance on April 26 at 7 PM with Gershon Waiserfirer on electric oud and trombone at the first special event in Luisa Muhr’s fascinating Women Between Arts series at the Arete Gallery, 67 West St. in Greenpoint. The closest train is the G at Greenpoint Ave; cover is $25.

Hanna’s long-awaited debut album is streaming at her music page. The instrumentation is usually very spare – occasional strings, brass and percussion. The songs are a mix of upbeat, new wave-tinged dance numbers, with occasional windswept ambience. The first track, Aleph- Bet (Hoshana) is both characteristically playful and unsettling. It’s a Hebrew alphabet rhyme that also references ancient Jewish numerology. Hanna’s multitracked, processed voice takes on both techy outer-space and otherworldly Middle Eastern cadences over former Big Lazy drummer Tamir Muskat’s shamanistic, echoey beats – if Bjork was Middle Eastern, she might sound something like this

The second track, 22 Letters revisits that theme over a funky, minimalist habibi pop groove. That grows a lot slinkier in Orayta, a catchy, bouncy, similarly spare devotional hymn spiced with spare, echoey synth and spiky buzuq riffs. Hanna infuses Sheharhoret (Brown-haired Girl) with a misterioso, coyly conspiratorial energy, her melismatic delivery part levantine, part Bollywood.

Ani Yeshena (Sleeping But My Heart Is Awake) is a surreal mashup of a stately klezmer dirge, Balkan brass music and catchy new wave pop. Hanna follows with the wistfully hazy, atmospheric Kala Dekalya (The Voice of All the Voices) and Hayoshevet Baganim (Sitting in the Garden), the latter with airy accordion and echoes of north Indian ghazals.

In contrast with the song’s spacious rainy-day piano, Hanna’s voice is both more hopeful and tender throughout Shaarei Tziyon, a duet. With its lush string ambience, Yonati (My Dove) brings to mind the terse art-songs of Tunisian chanteuse Emel Mathlouthi. The album’s final and most haunting track is the majestically crescendoing grey-sky tableau Asher Yarzar. Fans of all of Hanna’s many influences, from classical Indian to Middle Eastern to dance music should get to know her.