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One of the Year’s Best Triplebills at Drom Last Friday Night

“We don’t play with horns that much,” Big Lazy frontman/guitarist Steve Ulrich told the crowd late during their show headlining one of the year’s best triplebills at Drom Friday night. “Horns are,” he paused – and then resumed with just a flash of a menacing grin – ”Evil.” Then guest trumpeter Brian Carpenter and trombonist Curtis Hasselbring added a surreal acidity to the slow, ominous sway of a brand-new, ominously resonant film noir theme, Bluish.

“I wrote those harmonies to be as dissonant as possible,” Ulrich confided after the show. Which is ironic considering how little dissonance there actually is in Big Lazy’s constantly shifting cinematic songs without words. The trio’s sound may be incredibly catchy, but Ulrich really maxes out the ten percent of the time when the macabre  bares its fangs.

Case in point: the wistfully loping big-sky tableau The Low Way, where a single, lingering, reverberating tritone chord from Ulrich’s Les Paul suddenly dug into the creepy reality lurking beneath blue skies and calm, easygoing facades.

Drummer Yuval Lion and bassist Andrew Hall held the sometimes slinky, sometimes stampeding themes to the rails as Ulrich shifted from the moody, skronk-tinged sway of Influenza to the brisk Night Must Fall, finally firing off an offhandedly savage flurry of tremolo-picking to bring the intensity to a peak in a split-second. From there the group took a turn into tricky tempos with the surrealistic bounce of Avenue X and then the crushingly sarcastic faux-stripper theme Don’t Cross Myrtle, the title track from the band’s latest album (ranked best of the year for 2016 here). Big Lazy’s next New York show is Dec 4 at 10 PM at Barbes.

As the leader of the Ghost Train Orchestra, Carpenter is known as a connoisseur of hot 20s swing and obscure, pioneering jazz composers from the decades after. This time he played mostly organ and guitar with his brilliant noir rock band the Confessions, second on the bill: it’s hard to remember two groups this good and this dark back to back at any New York venue in recent months. Guitarist Andrew Stern played murderously reverberating, sustained lines in a couple of long, suspenseful introductory buildups in tandem with violinist Jonathan LaMaster, bassist Anthony Leva and drummer Gavin McCarthy keeping a taut pulse through a mix of songs that sometimes evoked Tom Waits’ brooding Americana or the uneasy chamber pop of the Old Ceremony.

Frontwoman Jen Kenneally worked every offhand wiggle in her vibrato to add to the songs’ distantly lurid allure, often harmonizing with Carpenter’s brooding baritone. A relentless gloom pervaded the songs, rising to a peak in the tensely stampeding City on Fire and then hitting a high note at the end with Blinding Light, which ironically described darkness closing in as the band stomped into the chorus. Fans of Lynchian sounds shouldn’t miss this crew, who hark back to Carpenter’s early 90s circus rock days.

Opening act the Claudettes have gone in a completely different direction since ripping the roof off Barbes on a twinbill with Big Lazy a couple of years ago. These days, gonzo saloon jazz pianist Johnny Iguana has muted his attack somewhat: the band came across as a sort of Windy City counterpart to Lake Street Dive. Which isn’t a bad thing at all – Lake  Street Dive are a great blue-eyed soul band.

New frontwoman Berit Ulseth channeled brass, ice and brittle vulnerability through the sarcastic I Expect Big Things and then the cruel punchline that followed, Declined. In yet another of the evening’s many strokes of irony, the group’s biggest hit with the audience was a Debussy-esque, low-key tone-poem of sorts about discovering a wolf in sheep’s clothing. The bandleader brought to mind New York beatnik jazz cult hero Dred Scott in the sardonically frantic barrelhouse instrumental You Busy Beaver You and then the slyly bluesy cautionary tale Creeper Weed, about how to avoid getting blindsided by one hit too many. They wound up the set with the understatedly gloomy The Show Must Go On (Then the Show Must End), part Waits, part early Steely Dan. The Claudettes tour continues; the next stop is back in their Chicago hometown at 9 PM on Nov 17 at the Hideout; cover is $12.

And as always, Drom – downtown New York’s most consistently diverse music room – has some cool upcoming shows. One especially interesting one is on Nov 25 at 10:30 PM, and it’s a rare free event there, with Polish crew Nasza Sciana doing vintage Slavic turbo-folk hits.

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The Legendary Shack Shakers Validate Their Legend in Brooklyn

Saturday night in downtown Brooklyn, the Legendary Shack Shakers lived up to their legend with a marauding, macabre performance. How does frontman JD Wilkes stay in such great shape? By playing shows like this one. Midway through the set, he left his feet for the umpteenth time, spun in midair and did a full 360 with a perfect Olympic landing. And this was after he’d really worked up a sweat. Athletic stage moves go back long before Chuck Berry, but the Colonel still pushes himself as hard as he did twenty years ago.

When he wasn’t spinning across the stage or frisbeeing a heavy-duty red wooden tambourine into the crowd, he was blowing feral but wickedly precise, Little Walter-ish blues on a chromatic harp, or burning through similarly menacing chromatics on his banjo. He ran his vocals through two separate mics, one straight into the PA along with an old ribbon mic turned up to the point of distortion for a bullhorn effect. Somewhere Lux Interior is stewing with jealousy.

But while the Cramps seem to be one obvious influence on this band, the Shack Shakers are a lot wilder, a hell of a lot faster – they sped up several of their numbers past breaking point – and a lot of the time they sound a lot more Middle Eastern than American. Then again, Wilkes – a respected musicologist and historian of Kentucky mountain music – would probably cite a lesser-known strain of Irish music that made its way to the Bible Belt without losing any of its creepy edge.

And the rest of the band are phenomenal. Drummer Preston Corn kept the express-train-to-hell shuffle going at full throttle, bassist Fuller Condon provided a cool serpentine slink and guitarist Rod Hamdallah burned through the ominous changes with a calm, precise savagery, letitng the blasts from his vintage hollow-body model linger and resonate before firing off another volley of twisted rockabilly or blues.

The Shack Shakers have a new album, After You’ve Gone, out recently, and Wilkes and his conspirators drew heavily on it. Their witheringly cynical, allusively political new take of Worried Man Blues came across like CW Stoneking on crank, while the rapidfire War Whoop gave Wilkes a platform for some extra snazzy stage moves. And like so much of the rest of the set, the dirty blues of Curse of the Cajun Queen were packed with the surreal fire-and-brimstone imagery that’s been Wilkes’ signature since the 90s. You’ll see this show listed on the best New York concerts of 2017 page here at the end of the year.

The Legendary Shack Shakers’ tour continues; the next stop is Dec 1 at around 10:30 PM at the Outland, 322 South Ave. in Springfield, Missouri; cover is $12. 

Live Music Calendar for New York City and Brooklyn for November and December 2017

Free and cheap concerts in just about every neighborhood. 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.

Constant updates. 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. Up next: Bartok, Mozart and fascinating improvisations. Sugg don $10 (pay what you can), delicious gluten-free refreshments, beverages and lively conversation included! email for info/location.

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 at 10 noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo leads his trio at the big room at the Rockwood

Also Mondays in November, 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 November, 8:30 PM the George Gee Swing Orchestra play surprising new arrangements of old big band standards at Swing 46, 349 W 46th St,  $15

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

Wednesdays at 6 PM, irrepressible pianist/singer Champian Fulton – as entertaining a postbop improviser as torch singer – plays at Talde, 8 Erie St. (Bay/1st) in Jersey City, a block and a half from the Grove St. Path station

Wednesdays at 8 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 Art Cafe, 884 Pacific St.(at Washington Ave) in Brooklyn, $15; closest train is the 2 to Bergen St. Tons of special guests followed by a wild raga jam!

Wednesdays in November, 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

Wednesdays at 9 PM Feral Foster’s Roots & Ruckus takes over the Jalopy, a reliably excellent weekly mix of oldtimey acts: blues, bluegrass, country and swing.

Wednesdays in November, 10 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 LIC Bar

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 at around 9:30 PM Bulgarian Romany sax legend Yuri Yunakov with his wild but haunting band at Mehanata

Saturdays at 4 PM at Bargemusic there are impromptu free classical concerts, 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 November, 6 PM eclectic, edgy soul/art-rock/funk/chamber-pop cellist/singer Marika Hughes & Bottom Heavy at Barbes

Saturdays in November, 10 PM oldschool female-fronted psychedelic soul/groove band Empire Beats at the Way Station

Saturdays eclectic compelling Brazilian jazz chanteuse Marianni and her excellent band at Zinc Bar, three sets starting at 10 PM.

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 November, 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!

11/1, 1 PM clarinetist Sam Boutris and ensemble play a program tba at the Greene Space, free, rsvp req 

11/1, 6 PM koto player Asuka Yoshizaki at the Rubin Museu of Art, free w/museum adm

11/1, 7:30 PM Brandi & the Alexanders play their torchy oldschool soul and groove music at  at Friends & Lovers, $TBA

11/1, 8 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues”at Troost 

11/1, 8 PM psychedelic klezmer/bluegrass mandolin and clarinet legend Andy Statman at Barbes, $10

11/1, 8 PM the  deviously eclectic, psychedelic Tredici Bacci jam out original psychedelic instrumentals inspired by Italian film themes from the 60s and 70s at Roulette, $15 adv tix rec

11/1, 8 PM pianist Katie Reimer’s reliably adventurous Mimesis Ensemble play a New York premiere by Clarice Assad plus works by Mohammed Fairouz, Mary Kouyoumdjian, Arvo Pärt, and William Grant Still at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $25

11/1-3, 8 PM trio The HawtPlates (Justin Hicks, Kenita Miller Hicks, Jade Hicks) and director Charlotte Brathwaite perform their Toni Morrison-inspired suite about ownership and the American Dream via the “ancient songs, shifting murmurs, calls, shouts, stomps and whispers” of a house’s many inhabitants. Goldilocks and the Three Bears and s Twilight Zone episode “unpack the subtle radicalized under-breath utterances of a community in flux – the inherited language and layered vocabularies of gentrification and conversations on so-called progress,”  at Jack, $15

11/1-2, 8:30/10 PM lyrical jazz piano icon Fred Hersch solo at the Vanguard. 11/3-5 he’s there with his great trio.

11/1, 8:30 PM legendary Irish crooner Pierce Turner – sort of the missing link between the Pogues and the Moody Blues – at 11th St. Bar

11/1, 9 PM catchy Connecticut newgrass/Americana band Plywood Cowboy at the Bitter End 

11/2, 7 PM pyrotechnic klezmler clarinetist David Krakauer’s surprisingly funky Ancestral Groove at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix rec. Followed at 10 (separate $25 adm) by amazing, psychedelic instrumentalists Sandcatchers – who blend cinematic, pastoral Americana and Middle Eastern themes – playing the album release show for their new one.

 11/2, 7 PM organist/composer Richard J. Clark’s Requiem pour une américaine à Paris and works by Hovhaness, Pinkham and Sowerby, performed with Richard Kelley on trumpet at St. Patrick’s Cathedral

11/2, 7:30 PM witchy Mexican psychedelic folk singer Edna Vazquez and band at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

11/2, 7:30/9:30 PM erudite, reliably tuneful postbop pianist Orrin Evans leads a new quartet at the Jazz Gallery, $15

11/2, 8 PM a rare US show by eerie Japanese freak-folk pioneer Kazuki Tomokawa, the “screaming philosopher” of the 1970s Tokyo avant garde underground at Greene Naftali, 508 W 26th St, $20

11/2, 8 PM melancholy Americana harmony band the Cut Worms play the album release show for their new one at Baby’s All Right, $10

11/2, 8 PM music of Michael Byron performed by pianists Joseph Kubera & Marilyn Nonken, plus Juho Laitinen‘s Manifesto of Sounding for solo cello at Roulette, $15 adv tix rec

11/2, 8:30 PM hot klezmer string band jams with Sarah Myerson & the NY Fidl Kapelye led by Amy Zakar at the Jalopy, $15

11/2, 9 PM quirky, smartly lyrical avant chamber pop with the Icebergs – Jane LeCroy – vox; Tom Abbs – cello; David Rogers-Berry – drums – at Pete’s

11/2, 10 PM Chicago’s street-smart Lowdown Brass Band at Barbes 

11/2, 10 PM the great unsung hero of darkly purposeful, noir-tinged NYC jazz guitar, Saul Rubin leads his  quintet at the Fat Cat. He’s also leading his “Zebtet” here at 7 PM on 11/7

 11/3, 5:30 PM oldtime country blues duo Piedmont Bluz at the American Folk Art Museum:

11/3, 7:30 PM jaunty Hawaiian swing sounds with King Isto followed by ragtime-influenced guitarist Gabriel Zucker’s indie jazz orchestra the Delegation at Spectrum, $15

 11/3. 7:30 PM Glass Farm Ensemble plays new piano works by Yvonne Troxler, Paul Matthusen, Michael Jarrels and Balz Trümpy at Symphony Space, $20

 11/3. 7:30 PM pianist Beth Levin and her ensemble Vista Lirica play works by Brahms, Schubert, Zemlinsky and Royston at Greenwich House Music School, $30/$20 stud/srs

11/3. 7:30 PM Indian-influenced sax trio Mughal Muesli at Scholes St. Studios

11/3, 8 PM awesome awesome twinbill: ancient kinetic hypnotic ritual African call-and-response songs from Morocco and Colombia with Innov Gnawa; and Bulla en el Barrio at C’Mon Everybody, $12

11/3, 8 PM irrepressible, historically informed folk noir/art-rock songwriter Elisa Flynn at the Way Station

11/3, 8 PM pianist Kaveh Karandish leads his trio with oudist Mazy Karandish and kaval player Eric Zang doing the album release show for their elegantly moody, Iranian-influenced new one at Caffe Vivaldi

 11/3, 8 PM singers and players celebrate the deep, immersive work of Pauline Oliveros: Anne Bourne, Carrier Band, Seth Cluett, Viv Corringham, David Grubbs, Ethan Hayden, Kristin Norderval, Daniel Weintraub at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

11/3, 8 PM Xander Naylor plays from his creepily squirrelly new guitar-and-efx album at Greenpoint Gallery, 390 McGuinness Blvd., G to Greenpoint Ave.

11/3, 8:30 PM darkly torchy southwestern gothic/Europolitan songwriter/guitarist Miwa Gemini   at Hank’s, $8

11/3, 9 PM bizarre segue, good twinbill: enigmatic new wave-ish Yukon Blonde followed by catchy, anthemic Americana rockers the Rural Alberta Advantage at  Rough Trade, $20 adv tix rec. The following night, 11/4 they’re at Bowery Ballroom for the same deal

11/3, 9ish exotic vibraphone surf rock band the Vibro-jets – a Sea Devils spinoff – at Troost

11/3, 10 PM the world’s creepiest crime jazz/film noir band, Big Lazy at Barbes

11/3, 10 PM guitar mastermind Danny Weiss’ and magical Americana singer Mary Olive Smith’s soulful retro bluegrass band Stillhouse Serenade at Sunny’s

 11/3. 10 PM oldschool, no-BS all-female punk band LA Witch at St. Vitus, $15

11/3, 10:30 PM catchy Booker T-esque soul jazz with the David Gibson/Jared Gold, Hammond B3 organ band at the Fat Cat

 11/4, 1:30 PM this era’s most spellbinding oldschool country singer, Laura Cantrell at Union Pool, $20

11/4, 4 PM stark but hard-hitting Georgian folk ensemble Dancing Crane Ensemble at Actors Fund Art Space,  160 Schermerhorn St, downtown Brooklyn, $20

11/4, 4 PM cinematic, psychedelic quirk-pop keyboardist Michael Hearst presents “Curious, Unusual and Extraordinary” songs from his many bands followed at 6 by eclectic, edgy soul/art-rock/funk/chamber-pop cellist/singer Marika Hughes & Bottom Heavy , at 8 by pianist Lucian Ban and violist Mat Maneri playing their creepy Transylvanian jazz and then at 10 by epic ranchera/bolero brass crew Banda de los Muertos at Barbes

 11/4, 7 PM multiphonic guitarist Benjamin Miller, percussive postrock pioneers the Wharton Tiers Ensemble and the original downtown guitar shredmeister, Elliott Sharp at Spectrum, $15

11/4,  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

11/4, 7:30 PM the Juilliard String Quartet play works by Beethoven and James MacMillan at Washington Irving HS Auditorium, 16th St./Irving Place, $15

 11/4, 8 PM magical chamber ensemble Music From China play premieres by Mathew Rosenblum, Zhou Long and Wang Guowei at Symphony Space, $18 adv tix rec

11/4, 8 PM haunting, kinetic, paradigm-shifting Middle Eastern jazz with Ensemble Fanaa at Alwan for the Arts, $20/$15 stud

11/4 8 PM Owls at Night with Yoon Sun Choi, vocals/piano, Dana Lyn on violin and Vinnie Sperrazza, drums. ollowed at  9:30 by Mother Octopus with Dana Lyn on violin Mike McGinnis (clarinet), Clara Kennedy (cello), Ty Citerman (guitar), Vinnie Sperrazza (drums) at I-Beam, $15

11/4, 8 PM “avant neo-jazz” pianist Yayoi Ikawa leads her quintet followed by edgy jazz violinist Tomoko Omura leading hers at the Cell Theatre, $10

11/4, 8:30 PM the truly legendary, murderously intense, creepy punk/ghoulabilly Legendary Shack Shakers at Hill Country Brooklyn, $18

11/4, Unsteady Freddie‘s monthly surf rock extravaganza at Otto’s begins at 9 with surfed-up tv themes from Commercial Interruption, at 10  jangly New York original surf rock cult heroes the Supertones, , at 11 the swirly, hard-hitting, reverb-iced Strange but Surf  and at midnight the southwestern gothic-tinged Derangers (#2 band in Rockland, Massachusetts according to Reverbnation)

11/4, 9 PM ten-piece country/carnivalesque/acoustic rock powerhouse M Shanghai String Band at the Jalopy, $!0

11/4, 9 PM fiery, guitar-fueled female-fronted Americana punks Spanking Charlene at Sidewalk

11/4, 11 PM fiery, psychedelically bluesy oldschool soul/southern rockers Lizzie & the Makers  at the Way Station

11/4, midnight, dark, fiery, female-fronted female-fronted surf rockers High Waisted – who’ve been flailing around with generic dreampop lately – at Rough Trade, $10 adv tix rec

11/5, 4 PM the release show for rising indie designer Mary Symczak’s classy Fall women’s collection with live jazz from bassist Jeon Lim Yang‘s group and a performance by the Mari Meade Dance Company at Barbes, free. Followed at 7 by state-of-the-art postbop guitarist Will Bernard  leading a Billy Strayhorn tribute and then at 9:30ish by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel

11/5, 6 PM the genuinely Beyond Group (Cheryl Pyle, Michael Eaton, Jamie Baum, Claire Daly, Matt Lavelle and Gene Coleman) followed by tenor saxophonist Jonathan Moritz with bassist Sean Ali and drummer Carlo Costa improvising up some flickering new elements at Downtown Music Gallery

11/5, 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

11/5, 7 PM a twin album release show by atmospheric postrockers Empyrean Atlas and kinetic, tuneful vibraphone/percussion Ensemble Et Al. at Baby’s All Right, $15

11/5, 7:30 PM sweeping, swinging vibraphonist Behn Gillece leads his quintet at Smalls

 11/5, 8:30 PM violinist Benjamin Sung plays works by Sciarrino, Berio, Paganini, Schnittke and Maderna at Spectrum, $15

11/5, 8:30 PM New York’s most charismatic, darkly compelling lyrical songwriter/storyteller/keyboard genius Rachelle Garniez at at the third stage at the Rockwood, $12. 11/26 at 7 she’s at Pangea.

11/5, 9ish darkly edgy jazz guitarist/composer Lucas Brode at Troost

11/6, 8 PM microtonal violinist Mari Kimura plays a interactive audio-video show for violin and motion sensor, featuring traditional Japanese ceramics (one assumes for sonics..or maybe just to eat off of?) at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

11/6-7 plus 11/9-12 and 11/15-18, 8:30 PM Joan LaBarbara stars in Paul Pinto’s Thomas Paine in Violence, an “electro-acoustic opera-sermon set in Thomas Paine’s afterlife,” backed by a choir and intense indie classical ensemble Thingny at Here, 145 Sixth Ave south of Spring, $25

11/6, 9 PM Matkot play their torchy Mediterranean vocal jazz at Shrine

11/6, 10 PM high-voltage delta blues/Romany swing guitarist Felix Slim at LIC Bar

11/7, 7 PM innovative, tuneful Indian-influenced drone-raga band Arranged Marriage NP followed at 9 by ten-piece funky Balkan brass jazz monsters Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

11/7, 7:30 PM the incomparable, lush, eclectic Jenifer Jackson – a connoisseur of Americana, Beatlesque janglerock, bossa nova and Texas noir – at the Owl

11/7, 7:30 PM charismatic, adventurous postbop/avant garde trombonist/crooner Frank Lacy leads his  quintet at Smalls

11/7, 7:30 PM the New Juilliard Ensemble play new works by Mauricio Kagel and Giya Kancheli, at Bruno Walter Studio, Room 309 at Juilliard, free

11/7, 8 PM fiery, psychedelically bluesy oldschool soul/southern rockers Lizzie & the Makers – the only soul group on the planet who got their inspiration for a song from a Rachmaninoff classic – at American Beauty, $12 adv tix rec

11/7, 8 PM eclectic, nuanced jazz chanteuse Tammy Scheffer leads her sextet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

11/7, 8:30 PM perennially edgy 80s dreampop heroine Kristin Hersh at City Vineyard, $25

 11/7-12, 8:30 PM unstoppably edgy, deservedly iconic, witty downtown guitarist Marc Ribot leads a series of small groups at the Stone, $20. Choice pick: his protest-jazz Songs of Resistance project on 11/10 with Shahzad Ismaily (percussion, bass, keys) Briggan Krauss (sax)

11/7, 9 PM dynamic, subtle new female-fronted klezmer band Tsibele (Yiddish for onion) at the Jalopy, $10. 11/11, 7:30 PM they’re at the People’s Voice Cafe, at the People’s Voice Cafe, sugg don, $20; $12 for subscribers; “More if you choose; less if you can’t; no one turned away”

11/7, 9 PM perennially dark, soaring noir soul singer/bandleader Nicole Atkins  at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, $25

11/7, 9:30 PM harpist/singer Pia Salvia with her five-piece band  at Shapeshifter Lab, $tba

11/7, 10 PM creepy lo-fi horror-folk band Lucky Witch & the Righteous Ghost followed at midnight by anthemic lit-rocker Dalton Deschain at Sidewalk

11/8, 7 PM shamisen player/singer/improviser Emi Makabe lead her group with Jacob Sacks on Rhodes at 55 Bar

11/8, 7 PM pianist Javor Bracic plays Chopin waltxes, mazurkas and more at the Bulgarian Consulate, 221 E 62nd St, free

11/8, 7:30 PM first-rate purist honkytonk crooner/bandleader Clifford Westfall at Lovecraft Bar, Ave. B/4th St.

11/8, 8 PM accordion genius Shoko Nagai ’s Tokala at Barbes “Tokala is the name of a mysterious country in Central Asia which had a connection to Japan via the silk road which was responsible for bringing Middle Eastern culture to ancient Japan.  The band explores the sound of this ancient connection where cultural exchange left an imprint which became integral part of Japanese culture.” With Zisl Slepovitch (clarinet); Kenny Warren (trumpet) and Stomu Takeishi (bass) at Barbes

11/8, 8 PM kinetic jazz vibraphonista Yuhan Su leads her quartet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 cover plus $10 minimum

11/8. 8 PM night one of the Alvin Lucier retrospective program features the four-guitarist, three-sax, four-violinist Ever Present Orchestra playing recent works; composer/sound artist Joan La Barbara also performs the American premiere of Lucier’s Double Rainbow, a new commissioned work for voice and oscillator and then Lucier himself staging his seminal 1976 work Bird and Person Dyning. “Dyning” is Lucier’s abbreviated version of “heterodyning,” a term from the early days of radio describing the phenomenon of two waves mixing in a non-linear medium to produce two extra signals (created with the sum and difference in frequency), at Issue Project Room, $20/$15 stud

11/8, 8:30 PM Giant Sand honcho and southwestern gothic icon Howe Gelb’s Future Standards at the Owl, $15

11/8, 9 PM ageless golden-age roots reggae crooner Freddie McGregor at B.B. King’s, $25 adv tix rec

11/8, 10:30 PM fearlessly populist, cutting-edge trombonist/composer Ryan Keberle & Catharsis at Smalls

 11/9, 7 PM Rimi Basu & Ensemble play Indian sufi sounds at Drom, $15 adv tix tec

11/9, 5 PM pianist Cesar Reyes plays a tribute to Violeta Parra at Brooklyn College Auditorium, 2900 Bedford Ave, free

11/9, 7 PM Mapuche-language Patagonian art-rock/avant garde sounds with multi-keyboardist Juan Namuncura followed by pianist Ignacio Montoyo Carlotto playing works by Horacio Salgán, Astor Piazzolla, and other oldschool tango composers at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex, $20

11/9, 7:30 PM haunting cinematic loopmusic cellist Julia Kent and multi-reedman Doug Wieselman‘s Trio S at the Owl, $10

 11/9, 7:30/9:30 PM trombonist Kaila Vandever leads an excellent quintet with Immanuel Willkins on tenor sax and Kanoa Mendenhall on bass at the Jazz Gallery, $15

11/9, 7:30 PM torchy singer Jennifer Charles’ and guitar mastermind Oren Bloedow’s long-running art-rock/noir band Elysian Fields in their similarly haunting psychedelic Sephardic folk disguise, La Mar Enfortunada at the Jewish Museum, 1109 5th Ave at 92nd St,  $18/$15 stud/srs

11/9, 8 PM plush, balmy, oldtimey uke swing band Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies followed at 10 by well-loved Boston alt-country vets Session Americana at Barbes

11/9, 8/9:30 PM tenor saxophonist Kyle Nasser leads his sextet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

11/9, 8 PM night two of the Alvin Lucier retrospective features a performance of Lucier’s 2013 Criss-Cross for two electric guitars played by Oren Ambarchi and Gary Schmalzl, Lucier’s first and only piece for electric guitar; the four-guitarist, three-sax, four-violinist Ever Present Orchestra playing NY premieres and finally Lucier himself staging his paradigmatic 1970 work I am sitting in a room – several sentences of recorded speech simultaneously played back and re-recorded sequentially for a cool crowd-noise effect at Issue Project Room, $20/$15 stud

11/9-11,  7:30/9:30 PM dazzlingly eclectic purist jazz singer Brianna Thomas and her band at Ginny’s Supper Club, $20

11/9, 8 PM feral, satirical, inimitable Americana/oldtime/swing crew the Brothers Comatose at Bowery Ballroom, $20

11/9, 8:30 PM dynamic klezmer trombonist Dan Blacksberg’s Radiant Others at the Jalopy, $15

 11/9, 10 PM fiery oldtimey string band the Four O’Clock Flowers at Sunny’s

11/9, 10:30 PM noir-inspired alto saxophonist/composer Nick Hempton leads leads a trio at Smalls

11/9, 11 PM quirky, smartly lyrical avant chamber pop with the Icebergs – Jane LeCroy – vox; Tom Abbs – cello; David Rogers-Berry – drums –  at Sidewalk. 11/16 they’re at Wayward Social, 135 Ingraham St. in Bushwick, L to Morgan Ave., time tba

11/9, 11 PM atmospheric, cinematic drummer/composer Tim Kuhl – sort of a more straightforwardly trippy version of John Hollenbeck – at Pete’s

11/10, 5:30 PM clarinet wizard Dmitri Zisl Slepovitch, leader of wild Polesian klezmer dance outfit Litvakus,at the American Folk Art Museum 

11/10, 7 PM Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society play their haunting, sardonically menacing big band suite, Real Enemies at Shapeshifter Lab, $20

11/10, 7 PM the magical New York Andalus Ensemble Chamber Trio play ancient Jewish themes from the Middle East and North Africa at the Manhattan JCC, Amsterdam at 76th, $18

11/10, 7 PM Nashville gothic sister duo Larkin Poe at the Mercury, $15

11/10, 7:30 PM Afro-Cuban percussionist Roman Diaz and theBrooklyn Raga Massive reinvent classic Indian themes at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

11/10, 7:30 PM indie classical ensemble Hotel Elefant play music of Kirsten Volness and Jascha Narveson at Scholes St. Studios, sugg don

11/10, 7:30 PM the Rolling Stones’ Tim Ries on sax leading his quintet followed at 10:30 PM by pianist Brian Marsella’s tuneful, first-rate original postbop jazz sextet the Flail at Smalls. The Flail are also here the following night, 11/11

11/10, 7:45 PM the world’s creepiest crime jazz/film noir band, Big Lazy , wild, theatrical, fun female-fronted barrelhouse piano blues band the Claudette & Brian Carpenter and the Confessions – the dark oldtime jazz maven’s Lynchian rock band – at Drom, $12 adv tix rec

11/10 , 8 PM trippy electro/downtempo chanteuse Pearla,  excellent, catchy rainy day psych-pop band Minor Poet and haunting, Siouxsie-esque Canadian art-rock trio Little Coyote at Bushwick Public House, $5

11/10, 8 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  followed 10 by Super Yamba playing their psychedelic Afrobeat jams at Barbes

 11/10, 8 PM energetic, sometimes hilarious acoustic Veracruz-style folk-punk band Radio Jarocho at Guadalupe Inn

 11/10, 8 PM the Downtown Voices sing Rachmaninoff’s ethereal and lush setting of the mystical All-Night Vigil at Trinity Church, free. The program repeats on 11/12

11/10, 8 PM elegant, sharply lyrical parlor pop stylist Heather Eatman, crystalline-voiced noir Americana songwriter Jessie Kilguss  and dark Americana guy/girl harmony duo the Tall Pines at Red Hook Bait & Tackle

11/10, 9 PM intense female-fronted psychedelic/funk band Imunuri at Bar Chord

11/10, 9ish CBs style female-fronted punks the Carvels NYC and Heidi Lieb’s recently reunited all-female punk/powerpop NYC legends Sit N Spin at Hank’s, $tba

11/10, 10 PM Super Yamba play their psychedelic Afrobeat jams at Barbes

11/10, 10 PM entrancing singer Sandra Lilia Velasquez’s hypnotic downtempo/psychedelic band SLV at Pete’s, free. They’re also at C’mon Everybody on 11/29 at 9 for $12

11/10, 10 PM hard-hitting bassist Dawn Drake & Zapote play hot Afrobeat-tinged funk grooves at the Way Station

11/11 4 PMthe 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 PM by eclectic, edgy soul/art-rock/funk/chamber-pop cellist/singer Marika Hughes & Bottom Heavy, at 8 by the reputedly amazing  Night Kitchen – Gene Yelin – guitar & vocals; Trip Henderson – harmonica; Joanna Sternberg – bass and vocals – playing “Hank Williams, old timey and country” and at 10 by La Mecanica Popular playing their original, psychedelic update on classic 70s Nuyorican salsa dura at Barbes

11/11, 7 PM Argentine songwriter Luna Sureña plays Patagonian music at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex, free

11/11, 7 PM cellist Matt Haimovitz and pianist Christopher O’Riley play works by Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, Shostakovich and others from the top at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix rec

11/11, 7:15ish dark psychedelic acoustic blues/klezmer/reggae/soca jamband Hazmat Modine at Terra Blues. They’re also here on 11/25

 11/11, 7:30 PM incomparable country/jazz/janglerock icon Amy Allison at Dixon Place, free. Brilliant new material, all kinds of rarities and devastatingly funny between-song banter

 11/11, 8:30 PM slinky, oud-fueled Middle Eastern/Nile Delta dance orchestra Alsarah & the Nubatones  at C’Mon Everybody, $12

11/11, 8:30/10 PM Transylvanian pianist Lucian Ban leads his Elevation sextet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

11/11, 9 PM hilarious, smartly political faux-French retro 60s psych-pop band les Sans Culottes at Bar Chord. 11/25 at around 10 they’re at Hank’s for $10.

11/11, 10 PM delicious original Americana/newgrass band Chamomile & Whiskey atHill Country

11/12, 2 PM lush Asian woodwind sounds with the Japan Kocarina Ensemble with  folk singer Kanemi Yaguchi and the Ai Chorus at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, $25

11/12, 2 PM the Rolston String Quartet play Tschaikovsky’s String Quartet No. 1 plus works by Mozart and Murray Schafer at the New School Auditorium, 66 W 12th St., $!8

 11/12, 3 PM the Downtown Chamber Players play piano and woodwind music by female composers Llii Boulanger, Cecile Chaminade, Madeleine Dring, Louise Farrenc and Mira Spector at St. Marks Church, 2nd Ave/1oth St, $20

11/12, 3 PM catchy, darky entrancing Honduran beach party sounds with the Garifuna Jazz Ensemble at the BMHC space, 1303 Louis Niné Blvd in the Bronx, free; 2 or 5 train to Freeman St

11/12, 4 PM An die Musik – Mark Peskanov, violin; Nicholas Mann, viola; Robert Ingliss, oboe; Constance Emmerich, piano with special guest Thomas Demenga, cello play works by Beethoven, Handel, Mozart and Haydn at Merkin Concert Hall, $16

11/12, 4 PM the Enso String Quartet play works by Webern and Beethoven at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.

11/12, 5 PM psychedelically machinegunning virtuoso Max ZT on the hammered dulcimer with Uri Sharlin on accordion followed at 9 by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

11/12, ​5 PM Ensemble Connect play works by Hartske, Brahms and Dvorak’s String Quintet in G Major, Op. 77 at Our Saviour’s Atonement, 178 Bennett Ave (one block west of Broadway at 189th St), free

11/12, 5:30 PM Baltimore Symphony flutist Emily Skala plays works by Debussy, Bach, Messiaen, Mendelssohn, and Franck at Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Ave,$25/$15 stud/srs

11/12, 7:30 PM 70s psychedelic Britfolk legends the Strawbs – whose Grave New World is more relevant than ever – at B.B. King’s, $26.50 adv tix rec

11/12, 7:30 PM soaringly explosive jazz composer/torch singer Nicole Zuraitis plays the album release show for her harrowing new one Hive Mind at Dron, $10 adv tix rec

11/12, 7:30 PM eclectic, tuneful accordionist/songwriter Ali Dineen, at the Owl

11/12, 9 PM legendary 70s postrock pioneers Pere Ubu at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, $25 adv tix rec

11/12, 9 PMArki play darkly classic Ethiopian funk grooves at Silvana

 11/13, 8 PM charmingly nuanced, erudite singer/pianist and Dinah Washington reinventor  Champian Fulton leads her trio at Radegast Hall, She’s also here on 11/20

11/13, 10 PM awesomely slinky, psychedelic Israeli Ethiopiques groove instrumentalists Anbessa Orchestra at the small room at the Rockwood

11/14, 7 PM eclectic, hard-hitting, lyrical composer/tenor saxophonist Stan Killian and group at 55 Bar

11/4. 7:30 PM fiery alto saxophonist Lucas Pino’s twin-guitar No No Nonet at Smalls

11/14, 7:30 PM an all-star benefit for the National Jazz Museum in Harlem with iconic North African scholar/pianist Randy Weston and bassist Reggie Workman, lyrical piano genius Marc Cary and blues dude Guy Davis at the Schomburg Center, $25 seats avail. Cary is also at the museum on 11/28 at 7 playing Ellington tunes, $10

11/14, 8 PM haunting, crepuscular folk noir songwriter Erin Regan  at Sidewalk

11/14-19, 8:30/10 PM various groups play John Zorn’s Masada Book 3 at the Vanguard, $30. Choice pick: Zorn’s monstrous surf band Abraxas with Aram Bajakian on guitar on 11/16

11/14, 8 PM Nancy Wu, violin; Kari Docter, cello; Vladimir Valjarevic, piano play works by Haydn and Dvorak at Mannes School of Jazz Performance Space, Arnhold Hall, 55 W13th St on the 5th floor, free

11/14-19, 8:30 PM legendary electroacoustic percussionist Ikue Mori leads a series of ensembles at the Stone, $20. Choice pick: Mephista on opening night with Sylvie Courvoisier (piano) Susie Ibarra (drums) Jim Staley (trombone)

11/14, 8:30 PM torchy, eclectically brilliant dobro player Abbie Gardner of Red Molly  followed at 9:30 by her darkly lyrical ex-bandmate, multi-instrumentalist/songwriter Carolann Solebello, at Pete’s

11/14, 9:30 PM the Bronx Conexion play their mighty salsa big band jazz at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, $10

11/15, 6 PM music by brilliant, darkly cinematic composer Dobrinka Tabakova in a multimedia performance at the Bulgarian Consulate, 221 E 62nd St, free

11/15. 6 PM sensational Indian classical violinist/improviser Arun Ramamurthy with his group at the Rubin Museu of Art, free w/museum adm

11/15, 6 PM charismatic, darkly eclectic cellist/songwriter Meaghan Burke  leads her Creature Comforts parlor pop trio at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

11/15, 7 PM pianist and harpsichordist Magdalena Baczewska plays works by Clementi, Monterverdi and Berio at the Italian Academy at Columbia University, 1161 Amsterdam Ave north of 116th St., free

11/15, 7:30 PM vividly lyrical rising star pianist Chris Pattishall and sensational trumpeter Adam O’Farrill play a live score to projections by visual artist Kambui’s new project Where Does the Time Go starring Irungu Mutu and Jessica Allie at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

11/15, 7:30 PM the gentler side of powerpop: the Low Doses, Jay Gonzalez & the Guilty Pleasures and the Eyelids doing their post-Dream Syndicate thing at WFMU’s Monty Hall, 43 Montgomery Street, Jersey City. 11/18, same time they’re at Cape House, 2 Knickerbocker Ave in Bushwick for the same deal

11/15, 8 PM Glas (riveting singer/percussionist Corinna Snyder’s Macedonian duo with Vedran Boskovski) followed by singer Jenny Luna’s haunting, oud-and-clarinet-driven Turkish band Dolunay and oud/kora wizard Kane Mathis at Trans-Pecos, $10

11/15, 8 PM eclectic, lyrical jazz bassist/composer Pedro Giraudo and his Tango  Trio joins the string quartet Quartetto Tomassini at Barbes. Giraudo and band are also at Terraza 7 the following night, 11/16 at 9 for $10

11/15, 8:30 PM noir slowcore art-rock with Black Heart Procession at Baby’s All Right, $20. They’re at the Mercury the following night, 11/16 at 10:30 for three bucks less in advance

11/16, 7 PM intense Greek classical pianist Vassilis Varvaresos plays a program tba at Merkin Concert Hall, free, rsvp req

11/16,  7 PM latin jazz alto sax luminary Yosvany Terry leads a trio at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, $15. They’re also at the Jazz Gallery on 11/30 at 7:30/9:30 for the same price

11/16, 7:30 PM the album release show for the new one by paradigm-shifting, irrepressibly edgy, fun Dominican bandleader Irka Mateo & La Tirindanga at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

11/16. 7:30/9:30 PM ambitious, lustrous trumpeter/composer Jonathan Finlayson & Sicilian Defense at the Jazz Gallery, $22

11/16, 8 PM singer Jenny Luna’s haunting, oud-and-clarinet-driven Turkish band Dolunay followed at 10 by a killer tuneful improvisational trio::Hearing Things‘ JP Schlegelmilch – organ; Jonathan Goldberger – guitar and Jim Black – drums – at Barbes 

11/16, 8:30 PM all-star klezmer trio Midwood with Jake Shulman-Ment on violin, Yoshie Fruchter on guitar and Klezmatic Richie Barshay on drums at the Jalopy, $15

10/16, 8:30 PM killer improvisation: Cheryl Richards on vocals, Claire De Brunner on bassoon and the feral Mara Rosenbloom on piano at I-Beam, $15

11/17, 5:30 PM gentle, topical original folk songwriter Jeremy Aaron at the American Folk Art Museum

11/17, 7:30 PM the Arion Chamber Music trio play works by Beethoven and Dvorak at at Christ & St. Stephen’s Church, 120 W 69th St., $25/$12 stud

11/17, 7:30 PM salsa piano legend Arturo Ortiz Y Los 7 Con Calle at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

 11/17, 8 PM catchy, fiery, female-fronted janglerockers/powerpop band Above the Moon – like a more forceful take on Versus – at the Delancey, $10

11/17, 8 PM the NYU01 new music ensemble plays Philip Glass’ Symphony No. 1 at the NYU  Skirball Center, LaGuardia and Washington Square South, free

11/17, 8 PM baritone saxophonist Carol Sudhalter’s Astoria Big Band play swing classics at Flushing Town Hall, $16/$10 stud

 11/17, 8 PM golden age pottymouth dancehall reggae nostlgia:  Yellowman and band at SOB”s, $25

11/17, 8 PM Monika Krajewska, mezzo-soprano, and Natasha Ulyanovsky, pianist and organist, join forces for a program of ancient Jewish music, Yiddish art songs, Russian romances and Argentine tango, at Barnard College’s Sulzberger Parlor, 3rd Floor Barnard Hall, 117th St and Broadway, free

11/17, 8:30 PM haunting, gorgeously lyrical pianist Satoko Fujii’s darkly slinky, Romany-inspired Gato Libre at I-Beam, $15

11/17, 8:30  PM violinist Jennifer Choi with the Secret Quartet play works by Ljova Zhurbin and Ursula Chinn at the New School’s Glass Box Performance Space, 55 W 13th St, $20. She’s also there on 11/18 with pianists Kathleen Supove and Alexandra Joan playing works by Jen Shyu and Stravinsky.

11/17, 9 PM hauting female-fronted Turkish art-song trio Neotolia at Silvana

11/17, 9 PM goth-tinged arena rock with Swanky Tiger at Shrine

 11/17, 9:30 PM urban country legends Miller’s Farm – who did the original dis song about the L train – at Hill  Country

11/17, 10 PM accordionist/sitarist Kamala Sankaram’s hot surfy Bollywood/cumbia/psychedelic rock project Bombay Rickey – a launching pad for her spellbinding four-octave voice –  at Barbes

11/17. 10 PM darkly playful, epic piano-based art-rock singer Eve Lesov followed by the darkly eclectic, enigmatic Lorraine Leckie  – equally adept at Slavic and Americana noir and dark cabaret – at Sidewalk

11/17, 10 PM the Shockwaves – a catchy blend of glam, psychedelia, stoner boogie and a little edgy Raybeats thrown in – at Greenpoint Gallery 

11/17, 11 PM ferociously fun, menacing psychobilly/horror rockers the Omega Men at Otto’s

 11/18, 1;30 PM the Kunqu Society perform dramatic Chinese opera pieces at Flushing Town Hall, $16/$10 stud

11/18 4 PM pyrotechnic klezmer clarinetist and Dave Tarras protege Michael Winograd  and lyrical trumpeter Ben Holmes join forces for edgy new klezmer tunes followed at 6 byeclectic, edgy soul/art-rock/funk/chamber-pop cellist/singer Marika Hughes & Bottom Heavy, at 8 by playfully lyrical, fearlessly political superduo Kill Henry Sugar – guitar/banjo mastermind Erik Della Penna and drummer Dean Sharenow – and at 10 by haunting Puerto Rican bolero revivalists and Sylvia Rexach reinventors Miramar. Best quadruplebill of the year!

11/18, 7 PM charming oldtimey trio the Crimson Ragdolls:  Joanna Sternberg, Ali Dineen & Lucine Yeghiazaryanne at Terra Blues

11/18, 7:30 PM sharply lyrical, sometimes uproariously amusing purist janglerock songwriter Sharon Goldman at the People’s Voice Cafe, sugg don, $20; “More if you choose; less if you can’t; no one turned away”

11/18, 7:30 PM the Dover String Quartet play music by Mendelssohn, Laks, Schumann and Viktor Ullmann at Washington Irving HS Auditorium, 16th St./Irving Place, $15

11/18, 8 PM early music ensemble Vox Luminis sing royal funeral music at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, 145 W 46th St between 6th and 7th aves, $30 seats avail. We need a royal funeral in this country right about now! 

11/18, 8 PM purist, lyrical pianist/singer Kelly Green leads her plays the album release show for her new one with her sextet at the Cell Theatre, $10

11/18, 8 PM haunting minimalist/cinematic multi-keyboardist Dominique Lawalrée at the San Damiano Mission, 85 N 15th St, Williamsburg, $20

11/18, 8 PM Athens’ #1 gangster hash-smoking 1920s/30s style rebetiko music band, Rebetiki Istoria at Roulette, $25

11/18, 9 PM the NY Jazzharmonic Trio with the amazing ArcoIris Sandoval on piano at Bar Thalia adjacent to Symphony Space, free

11/18, 10 PM epic, cinematic Indian violin-fueled art-rock themes with Rini and her explosive band at  at Legion Bar, $10

11/18, 10 PM oldschool psychedelic soul/groove band Empire Beats at the Way Station

11/18, 10:30 PM wild, intense, frequently satirical newgrass/oldtimey hellraisers the Dustbowl Revival at the big room at the Rockwood, $15

11/18, time tba a subset of fiery latin noir/circus rock band Kotorino with the similarly phantasmagorical Not Waving But Drowning at House of Collections, 315 Berry St, Williamburg

11/19, 3 PM Omega Ensemble play chamber and string works by Rachmaninoff, Debussy, Beethoven and Gershwin at Christ & St. Stephen’s Church, 120 W 69th St. free

11/19, 4 PM the Apollo Trio play works by Mozart and Brahms  at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.

 11/19, 4 PM the Navatman Music Collective – the only carnatic choir on this continent – sing their innovative, lustrous, lush new arrangements of ancient Indian themes at Symphony Space, $32 but worth it. Like the choir says, “Think you know Indian classical music? Think again!”

11/19, 4 PM the Orchestra Now play Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4 plus Goossens’ Jubilee Variations at Symphony Space, free, rsvp req 

11/19, 5 PM cleverly lyrical, edgily funny, spine-tingling powerpop/acoustic rock singer Tamara Hey at the small room at the Rockwood

11/19. 5 PM clarinetist Matt Rosen and ensemble play works by Bartok, Dolphy and Brahms at the New School’s Glass Box Performance Space, 55 W 13th St, free

11/19. 7 PM NYC’s own rippling, hypnotic, epic Javanese gamelan, Gamelan Dharma Swara at the Fat Cat

 11/19, 8 PM lush, lustrously haunting Balkan art-rock ensemble Dashina at Silvana

11/19, 8ish recently revitalized, careening ten-piece Balkan brass crew Veveritse followed by explosive, creepy, colorful psychedelic rembetiko metal band Greek Judas at Starr Bar, 214 Starr St. (Irving/Wyckoff) in Bushwick, L to Jefferson St.

11/19, 8 PM explosively thundering Ukrainian art-folk band DakhaBrakha at Littlefield, $30

11/20, 7:30 PM Trident Ensemble with Miranda Cuckson, violin and Raman Ramakrishnan, cello play Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time. Also on the bill: vocal works  by Pérotin, Francis Poulenc, Arvo Pärt, Mariano Garau at Music Mondays, Advent Church, northwest corner of 93rd and Broadway, free 

11/20, 8:30 PM pianist Karl Larson plays dystopic new piano music by Wollschleger at Spectrum, $15

11/20, 9:30ish Chicha Libre spinoff Locobeach play trippy electro-cumbia at Barbes

11/20, 10 PM dark psychedelic Americana rock – electric Neil soundalikes Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, $20

 11/21, drinks at 5:30, show at 6: rustic Brazilian jungle guitar-and-accordion sounds with Regional de NY at the Miller Theatre, free

11/21, 7 PM longtime Piazzolla sideman and tango jazz piano luminary Pablo Ziegler l & brilliant violinist Lara St. John revisit Piazzolla’s Central Park concert at the Poisson Rouge, $25 adv tix rec

11/21, 7 PM Daniel Binelli‘s Bandoneorama, the world’s only four-bandoneon group play classic and nuevo tango plus works by Bach, Stravinsky and more followed at 8 by Baden Goyo, piano and Eddy Marcano, violín playing works by Binelli, Galindez, Camacaro, Piazzolla, Hernández, at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex, $20

11/21, 7 PM lyrical pianist Angelica Sanchez leads her group followed at 9:30 by clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party  at 9 PM at Barbes

11/21, 7:30/9:30 PM Gamelan Yowana Sari with the Queens College Percussion Ensemble and special guests  at the Jazz Gallery, $15

11/21, 8 PM Manhattan Chamber play music by Richard Auldon Clark, Howard Cass, Seymour Barab, Eric Ewazen and Alan Hovhaness.at Symphony Space, $20 adv tix rec

11/21-26, 8:30/10 PM one of this era’s great, purist blues-based jazz pianists, Jason Moran & the Bandwagon at the Vanguard, $30

11/21, 8:30 PM haunting folk noir duo Karen & the Secret Documents f.k.a.  Pear Claw at Sidewalk 

11/21, 10 PM brilliant drummer/percussionist Willie Martinez & La Familia Sextet play classic salsa grooves at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe

11/22, 3 PM irrepressible trumpeter Steven Bernstein leads an allstar 14-piece band with Marc Cary on piano, Luis Bonilla on trombone, Marika Hughes on cello and more at the Town Hall, “revisiting Coretta Scott King’s Freedom Concerts,  a milestone collaboration between Dizzy Gillespie and Chano Pozo,  and cantor Moishe Oysher’s anti-Nazi fundraising rally,” $27 tix avail. at the box office

11/22, 7:30 PM, repeating 11/24-25 at 8 the NY Phil play  Rachmaninoff’s Third Symphony, with concertmaster Frank Huang as soloist in Saint-Saëns’s Violin Concerto No. 3 at Avery Fisher Hall, $35 tix avail

11/22. 8/9:30 PM concise, tuneful jazz pianist Marta Sanchez leads her  quintet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

11/22, 8:30 PM intense, rapturous Balkan/Middle Eastern ensemble the Secret Trio –Tamer Pinarbasi, Ismail Lumanovski & Ara Dinkjian – at Bar Lunatico

11/23, 9:30 PM lyrical trumpet powerhouse Nadje Noordhuis leads her Quintet at 55 Bar

11/24-25, 7:30/9:30 PM drummer Johnathan Blake’s “My Life Matters” with Dayna Stephens – saxophones / EWI; Joel Ross – vibraphone; Fabian Almazan – piano; Rashaan Carter – bass at the Jazz Gallery, $25

11/24, 8 PM majestic, haunting Turkish psychedelic rockers Barakka at Drom, $10

11/24, 8 PM rustic Brazilian jungle guitar-and-accordion sounds with Regional de NY followed at 10 by Pangari & the Socialites playing classic ska and rocksteady – most of it from the 60s Skatalites catalog – at Barbes

11/25, 6 PM eclectic, edgy soul/art-rock/funk/chamber-pop cellist/singer Marika Hughes & Bottom Heavy  followed at 8 by a very rare US appearance by Australian pedal steel player Lucky Oceans and his band at Barbes  

 11/25, 7:30 PM the Aviary bassoon and cello duo  play a program tba at Scholes St. Studios

11/25, 8;30 PM violinists Conrad and Pauline Kim Harris play compositions for solo violin by Eric Lyon and the NY premiere of Paul Marquardt’s Variations on a theme from “Young Frankenstein” at Spectrum, $15

11/25, 9 PM cleverly lyrical, murderously witty murder ballad/chamber pop allstars Charming Disaster  at Pete’s

11/25, 9 PM popular, purist blue-eyed soul crooner Eli Paperboy Reed at Union Pool, $12

 11/26, 2  PM fiery agitator Rev. Billy & the Church of  Stop Shopping Choir – sort of the Dead Kennedys or Public Enemy of original, politically spot-on original gospel music at Joe’s Pub, $10

 11/26, 10:30 PM tuneful soul-jazz trombonist Dave Gibson leads his quintet at Smalls

11/27, sets at 6, 7 and 8 powerful jazz belter – and Gil Scott-Heron reinventor –  Charenee Wade leads her quintet with special guest and frequent vocal sparring partner Brianna Thomas at the American Folk Art Museum

11/27, sets at 6, 7 and 8 chanteuse/uke player Dahlia Dumont’s Blue Dahlia play edgy, smartly lyrically-fueled, jazz-infused tunes in English and French with classic chanson and Caribbean influences at 30 Lincoln Plaza across the street from the Lincoln Center atrium. Epic, original, intense original Balkan monsters Raya Brass Band will be marching around the neighborhood as well.

11/27, 6:30 PM sensational ex-Klezmatics fiddler Alicia Svigals‘ Klezmer Express at Dante Park at the triangle on Broadway north of 63rd St.

11/27, 7:30 PM the Juilliard String Quartet play works by Haydn and Dvorak plus Bartok’s searing String Quartet No. 5 at Alice Tully Hall, $20

11/27, 8/10:30 PM ageless, perennially hard-hitting jazz piano sage and ex-Coltrane bandmate McCoy Tyner at the Blue Note, $30 standing room avail

11/27-28, 8 PM synth player/composer Laurel Halo and guest percussioist Eli Keszler play selections from her recent album Dust, “revolving around loose and languid songs; warped, sun-filled, melted and at times, heavy-hearted and obscure. A collection of breezy, broken songs, based on woody instrumentation, sub bass and restlessness” at the Kitchen, $20

11/27-28, 8 PM drummer Adam Rudolph’s strikingly tuneful, rumblingly improvisational Go Organic Orchestra at Roulette, $15

11/27, 10ish haunting, powerful Afro-Colombian trance choir Bulla en El Barrio at Barbes 

11/28, 7 PM tuneful, terse guitarist/singer Camila Meza and her Nectar Orchestra chamber jazz septet at at the third stage at the Rockwood, $10

11/28, 7 PM the world’s funniest improvising ensemble, Mostly Other People Do the Killing play a trio show with Ron Stabinsky on piano, Moppa Elliott on bass and Kevin Shea on drums followed at 8 by sometimes haunting baritone sax player Charles Evans’ quartet at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

11/28, 7 PM the Cassatt String Quartet and clarinetist Vasko Dubrovski premiere Gerald Cohen’s new spacescape with projections at the Hayden Planetarium (use the 81st St. entrance), $13.50

11/28, 7:30 PM Bomsori Kim, violin and Drew Petersen, piano play works by Messiaen, Faure, Ravel and Saint-Saens at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, free tix available at 6:30 PM day of show

11/28, 7:30 PM brilliantly cinematic, kinetic violinist Dana Lyn  & guitarist Kyle Sanna do their Irish thing followed byintense, fearlessly relevant Middle Eastern clarinetist Kinan Azmeh and his group at the Owl. Azmeh and his haunting, epic Songs for Days to Come project are at Symphony Space on 11/30 at 7:30 PM for $30

11/28, 7:30/9:30 PM eclectic drummer/vibraphonist Kate Gentile‘s new quartet with Matt Mitchell on piano at the Jazz Gallery, $25

 11/29, 1 PM the Howard Williams Jazz Orchestra play big band standards at St Peter’s Church, Lex/54th

 11/29, 6 PM harmonium player Doyal Gauranga at the Rubin Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

11/29, 7 PM tenor saxophonist Jan Kus & the Slavo Rican Assembly mash up latin and Balkan jazz at Drom, $10

 11/29, 7:30/9:30 PM a large ensemble assembled by the brilliant, epic Miho Hazama plays new big band jazz tunes by similarly awesome composers: Christopher Zuar, Erica Seguine, Jon Schapiro, Martha Kato, Chuck Iwanusa, Michael Thomas, Andy Clausen, Jihye Lee and Hazama herself at the Jazz Gallery, $15, wow.

1/29, 8 PM haunting, atmospheric brass band Slavic Soul Party spinoff the Mountain Lions at Barbes. They’re here the following night, 11/30 opening for the Eastern Blokhedz – who specialize in the catalog of legendary Polish singer Edita Piaha – who play at 10.

11/29, 9 PM gamelanesque downtown percussion icon Susie Ibarra plays the album release show for her new one, Perception with her DreamTime Ensemble at the Park Church Coop in Greenpoint, $15 adv tix avail at the Poisson Rouge box ofc

11/29. 9 PM the New School Punk & Noise Ensemble at Mannes School of Jazz Performance Space, Arnhold Hall, 55 W13th St on the 5th floor, free. Hey ho, let’s go! 

11/29, 9 PM smart, cleverly lyrical original swing chanteuse/songwriter/trombonist Emily Asher’s Garden Party at Radegast Hall.

11/29, 9 PM funky, lyrically intense dark folk jamband the Sometime Boys– with the riveting Sarah Mucho on vocals  at the small room at the Rockwood. Darkly jangly, catchy, new wave-ish rockers Melissa & the Mannequins  are at the big room an hour later for $10

11/30, 6 PM tuneful postbop jazz guitarist Dave Juarez leads his trio at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min, followed at 8/10:30 by cinematic, nocturnally-inclined pastoral jazz vibraphonist Chris Dingman in a rare trio performance

 11/30, 7:30 PM indie classical chamber luminaries Talea Ensemble  play the NY premiere of FACE for voice and ensemble by Pierluigi Billone at the Italian Academy at Columbia University, 1161 Amsterdam Ave north of 116th St., free

11/30, 7;30 PM the edgy, microtonal Frikativ String Quartet: Sarah Bernstein , Scott Tixier, Mat Maneri, Tomeka Reid at the Owl

11/30, 8 PM Hans Tammen & the eleven-piece electroacoustic Dark Circuits Orchestra play “a controlled chaos of loud, visceral blast of colors, flashes and polyrhythmic machinations” at the Knockdown Center, $10

11/30, 9 PM one of the year’s best triplebills: Balkan bands Tipsy Oxcartt, Raya Brass Band and Dolunay at Littlefield, $10

11/30, 9:30 PM smartly populist oldtimey-flavored Americana band 2/3 Goat  at Hill Country

11/30. 9:30 PM enigmatically intense, sometimes assaultive jazz/postrock group Desert Foxx  at Pine Box Rock Shop

 11/30, 9:30 PM bouncy, catchy, sardonically lyrical 90s style Britrock band Maximo Park at Bowery Ballroom, $20 adv tix rec

12/1, 7 PM violist Aundrey Mitchell and pianist Tim McCullough play 19th to early/mid-20th century works tba at Bloomingdale School of Music, 323 W 108th St (off of Broadway), free

12/1, 7:30 PM 10-piece Austrian new music ensemble Studio Dan play works rarely heard in the US including a Christian Schiller premiere at the Austrian Cultural Center, 11 E 52nd St., free, res req 

12/1, 8 PM don’t let the name fool you – Fairy Tale are more Brothers Grimm than Cinderella – in Korean. Amazing Korean psychedelic folk sounds from this mostly-female group at Flushing Town Hall, $16/$10 stud

12/1, 9 PM searing, theatrical Romany/Balkan punk rockers Bad Buka at Radegast

12/1, 10 PM iconic second-wave roots reggae road warriors John Brown’s Body at Bowery Ballroom, $20 adv tix rec

12/1, 11 PM the eclectic, Balkan/latin/funk brass Underground Horns  followed by fiery, noirish Canadian Balkan/Romany band Lemon Bucket Orkestra at Drom, $15 adv tix rec

12/2, 1 PM an 8-hour almost-all Leonard Bernstein marathon with a barrage of singers backed by pianists Michael Barrett and Leann Osterkamp, plus world premieres by composers Daniel Sabzgabhaei and Denise Mei Yan Hofmann at the CUNY Grad Center, 35 5th Ave. north of 34th, free

12/2, 7 PM dark, intense, psychedelic guitarist/songwriter Anna Coogan at the small room at the Rockwood

12/2, 8 PM Gamelan Kusuma Laras with Javanese gamelan luminaries Darsono Hadiraharjo, “the best young Javanese gamelan player of his generation;” master musician Midiyanto; and rising star singer Heni Savitri; at Roulette, $25

12/2, 9 PM Television’s Richard Lloyd and his band open for Steve Wynn’s iconic, amazingly vital 80s darkly psychedelic, noisyjamband the Dream Syndicate at Bowery Ballroom, $25 gen adm

12/8, 7 PM guitarists Mark Mollica and Nate Radley with John Ellis on saxophone, Ike Sturm on bass and Jared Schonig on drums at Bloomingdale School of Music, 323 W 108th St (off of Broadway), free

12/9, 4 PM the Desoff Choir sing Handel’s Messiah at Union Theological Seminary, 3041 Broadway @ 121st St, $15

12/9,  5 PM tenor sax explorations by Ras Moshe Burnett and open jam session along with speakers from Take the Stands and the Stop Mass Incarceration Network at Dacia Gallery, 53 Stanton St

12/9, free kettle corn at 7 PM, show shortly thereafter by the Argus Quartet with guest soprano Lucy Fitz Gibbon performing works by Kaija Saariaho, New York premieres by Loren Loiacono and Jordan Nelson with text by Gertrude Stein at the 53rd St. library, 18 W 53rd St. free, rsvp reqd 

12/11, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, all-female punk classical French horn quartet Genghis Barbie play works from Bizet to Queen to Badfinger at the Miller Theatre, free

12/13, 7:30 PM eclectic mostly-female klezmer/cumbia/tango jamband Isle of Klezbos  at Piano on Park, 10 Park Ave #22D, $25

12/16, 9 PM very diverse works by rising star jazz composer Sarah Weaver: a solo bass piece written for and played by the great Mark Dresser followed by Weaver’s killer twelve-piece orchestra featuring Min Xiao-Fen on pipa and Ned Rothenberg on reeds, among others, at the DiMenna Center, $25/$15 stud/srs

12/20, 9:30 PM pianist Jesus Hernandez’s lush, intense flamenco jazz group the Bojaira Project at Drom, $15 adv tix rec

12/31, 11 PM organist William Trafka performs works by Bach, Guilmant and Mendelssohn at St. Bartholomew’s Church, free, champagne after midnight!

The Hooten Halllers Bring Their Funny, Edgy Southern Soul and Americana to Town This Weekend

Columbia, Missouri band the Hooten Hallers play purist southern soul and Americana with a sense of humor. On one hand, the growling baritone sax and grooves are totally retro. On the other hand, their songs are completely in the here and now. If there’s any group who can get the gaggles of tourists stuffing their faces at Hill Country to shut up and listen, it’s this crew. They’re there this Saturday night, Oct 28 at 10 PM and then at the restaurant’s much more listener-friendly upstairs room at the downtown Brooklyn branch on Monday the 30th at 9. Let’s hope the PA there is working because it’s been a mess lately.

The Hooten Hallers’ latest album  is streaming at Spotify. As the opening track, Charla, gets underway, frontman/guitarist John Randall rasping away over Kellie Everett’s ever-present, smoky bari sax, it could be the latest in a long line of Dr. John ripoffs. But as this twisted tale set in Lupus, Missouri (population 29) unwinds, it’s clear it’s not. Somebody rolls “The biggest smoke I’ve ever seen…I’ll pas out on the floor and sleep until the  morning light.” And it gets better from there.

The second track, Dig, is a biting minor-key blues that goes after the kind of money-grubbing smalltown boss we’ve all had to deal with at some point. Ryan Koenig, moonlighting from Pokey LaFarge’s brilliant pan-Americana band, bolsters the snarling guitar edge in Further From Shore, a tale of drifting a little too far out. Knew You’d Come Around is more optimistic, a wry stoner’s attempt at seducing a girl with soul food and booze.

Rhythm and Blues is a Texas boogie as the Sideshow Tragedy might do it, with the bari sax (of course), rippling minor-key blues harp and a little ghoulabillly. Drummer Andy Rehm’s leadfoot stomp propels Albatross, a noir blues stomp that wouldn’t be out of place in the Legendary Shack Shakers catalog, spiced with some creepily spiraling electric piano.

Everett’s devious sax takes centerstage in the go-go instrumental Garlic Dream. The band hint at doom metal in Gravity, a terrified stoner’s realization of the way objects with varying degrees of mass interact in the cosmos.

The album’s most epic track is Scrapper’s Lament, an amped-up oldschool country ballad, snide testament to the fact that one man’s trash could be something else completely. The album winds up with Staying Away From Joe, an unfashionably uncaffeinated country soul tune spiced with mandolin and fiddle. You’ve heard the tempest in a teaspoon about film and tv characters needing to be likable? It’s hard to imagine anybody not liking this band – anyone with a sense of humor, anyway. And they go well with waffles at two in the morning – it’s true!

Tuneful, Purposeful, Original Acoustic Blues from Rust Dust

Jason Stutts, a.k.a. Rust Dust is a first-class acoustic blues guitarist and a connoisseur of oldtime Americana. He typically plays in open tunings with a slide on a vintage resonator model in the Mississippi delta style, but doesn’t limit himself to that. He sings in a laid-back Midwestern twang rather than trying to fake a southern drawl. His debut album Diviners and Shivs, recorded with an imaginative array of spatially placed mics on the grounds of an upstate New York farm, is streaming at Spotify. He’s become a staple of the similarly first-class Friday night shows at the American Folk Art Museum, where he’s playing the album release show for his new one this Friday, Oct 27 at 5:30 PM.

Stutts bookends the album with a pensive, spaciously bluesy take of Amazing Grace. The second track is the brisk, purposeful Side of the Road Blues, which is over in less than two minutes, like a lot of the songs here: Stutts really doesn’t waste notes!

The plainspoken, melancholy Nothing Hurts Worse is an original folk tune: “I’m a forty-year-old bundle of nerves…my swagger is becoming a swerve,” his narrator laments. Stutts plays the tantalizing, bracing miniature Blackberry Nightmare, a mashup of British folk and country blues, through an amp with the distortion turned all the way up. Then he slowly fingerpicks the surreal, slow Strange Cake, a stoner folk tune: “Hey Strange Cake, why you chasing rabbits you’re never gonna catch?”

By contrast, Heaven to Hell is stark and uneasy, an antiwar/antiviolence number: “Now we got AK’s at home, just for fun,” Stutts dryly observes. The stark Just Can’t Keep From Crying, with the vocals doubling the guitar line, brings to mind delta great Fred McDowell. Coming and Going is a similarly spare banjo instrumental that’s over in barely a minute;

The album’s title track, another really short one, is a bizarrely successful mashup of late-period John Fahey and hip-hop. Stutts also offers a brief take of the hymn Down in the Valley and a surprisingly bristling, gothic version of Wayfaring Stranger with full-on reverb and just the hint of a tremolo effect. Stutts likes to jam, so you can count on him taking these songs to a lot of different places onstage.

Celebrating Resistance and Triumph Over Tyranny at Lincoln Center

For three years now, Lincoln Center has been partnering with Manhattan’s  Maxine Greene High School for Imaginative Inquiry in an annual celebration of freedom fighters from across the decades. Inspired by Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States, Thursday night’s annual performance featured “a stellar cast,” as Lincoln Center’s Viviana Benitez put it, playing some powerfully relevant music and reading insightful, inspiring, sometimes incendiary works by activists and authors from the sixteenth century to the present day.

Brianna Thomas raised the bar dauntingly high with the Civil Rights-era Sam Cooke hit A Change Is Gonna Come, guitarist Marvin Sewell playing bottleneck style on the intro for a ringing, rustic, deep blues feel. “I go downtown, and somebody’s always telling me, don’t hang around,” Thomas intoned somberly over Sewell’s terse icepick soul chords. In an era when Eric Garner was murdered because he got too close to a new luxury condo building, that resounded just as mightily as it did in Birmingham in 1964. She picked it up again with a ferociously gritty insistence, the audience adding a final, spontaneous “Yeah!” at the very end.

Later in the performance the duo played a hauntingly hazy, utterly Lynchian take of Strange Fruit. Thomas’ slow, surreal swoops and dives raised the macabre factor through the roof: If there’s any one song for Halloween month, 2017, this was it.

In between, a parade of speakers brought to life a series of fiery condemnations of tyrants and oppression, and widely diverse opinions on how to get rid of them. Staceyann Chin bookended all this with an understatedly sardonic excerpt from Bartolome de las Casas’ grisly account of early conquistadorial genocide, closing with a rousing Marge Piercy piece on how to build a grassroots movement.

Shantel French matter-of-factly voiced Henry George’s insight into how poverty is criminalized, but is actually a form of discrimination. Michael Ealy’s most memorable moment onstage was his emphatic delivery of the irony and ironclad logic in Jermain Wesley Loguen’s famous letter to the slaveowner he escaped during the Civil War: ‘You say you raised me as you raised your own children…did you raise them for the whipping post?”

Geoffrey Arend read Eugene Debs’ address for his 1918 sedition sentencing, optimism in the face of a prison sentence and a corrupt system doomed to collapse  Laura Gomez voiced the anguish and indignity of a longtime resident of Vieques, Puerto Rico who’d seen his neighbors harassed and killed by drunken marines and errant bombs dropped in practice runs (this was in 1979, before the island was rendered uninhabitable by the same depleted uranium dropped on Afghanistan and Iraq). Considering that the President of the United States has castigated the people of this disaster-stricken part of the world for being a drain on the Federal budget, this packed a real wallop. We can only hope this latest incident helps the wheels of impeachment move a little faster.

Brian Jones read from a witheringly cynical pre-Emancipation Frederick Douglass speech on what the Fourth of July means to a slave, and also Martin Luther King’s emphatically commonsensical analysis of the racism and injustice inherent in the Vietnam War draft. Aasif Mandvi brought out all the black humor in Brooklyn College professor Moustafa Bayoumi’s account of being besieged by off-campus rightwing nutjobs. And joined by incisive, puristically bluesy guitarist Giancarlo Castillo, songwriter Ani Cordero sang a venomous take of Dylan’s Masters of War and an understatedly passionate, articulate version of Lydia Mendoza’s 1934 border ballad Mal Hombre, sad testimony to the fact that Mexican immigrants have been demonized long before Trump.

The next free performance at Lincoln Center’s Broadway atrium space just north of 62nd St. is on Oct 19 at 7:30 PM featuring artsy Mexican trip-hop band Ampsersan. Getting to the space a little early is a good way to make sure you get a seat, since these events tend to sell out.

Live Music Calendar for New York City and Brooklyn for October and November 2017

Free and cheap concerts in just about every neighborhood. 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.

Constant updates. 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. Up next: Bartok, Mozart and fascinating improvisations. Sugg don $10 (pay what you can), delicious gluten-free refreshments, beverages and lively conversation included! email for info/location.

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).

Three Mondays in October: 10/9, 10/16 and 10/23 at 8 PM charismatic,cutting-edge purist jazz chanteuse Champian Fulton – who’s equally captivating as a pianist –  leads her trio at Radegast Hall

Mondays in October, 8 PM erudite, fascinating jazz guitar maven,Matt Munisteri plays “guitar for lovers” at the Jalopy Tavern, free

Mondays in October, 8:30 PM powerful, dynamic blue-eyed soul belter Sarah Wise at Pete’s

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 at 10 noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo leads his trio at the big room at the Rockwood

Also Mondays in October, 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.

Mondays at midnight in October gonzo postbop pianist Dred Scott leads his trio at the small room at the Rockwood

Tuesdays in October, 8:30 PM the George Gee Swing Orchestra play surprising new arrangements of old big band standards at Swing 46, 349 W 46th St,  $15

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

Wednesdays at 6 PM, irrepressible pianist/singer Champian Fulton – as entertaining a postbop improviser as torch singer – plays at Talde, 8 Erie St. (Bay/1st) in Jersey City, a block and a half from the Grove St. Path station

Wednesdays at 8 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 Art Cafe, 884 Pacific St.(at Washington Ave) in Brooklyn, $15; closest train is the 2 to Bergen St. Tons of special guests followed by a wild raga jam!

Wednesdays in October, 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

Wednesdays at 9 PM Feral Foster’s Roots & Ruckus takes over the Jalopy, a reliably excellent weekly mix of oldtimey acts: blues, bluegrass, country and swing.

Three Wednesdays in October: 10/11, 1018 and 10/25 ,9 PM enigmatic female-fronted psychedelic pop/new wave band the New Tarot at Bowery Electric, $10

Thursdays in October, 8 PM drummer Francisco Mora-Catlett’s AfroHORN mashes up Sun Ra and Afro-Cuban jazz at Zinc Bar

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 at around 9:30 PM Bulgarian Romany sax legend Yuri Yunakov with his wild but haunting band at Mehanata

Saturdays at 4 PM at Bargemusic there are impromptu free classical concerts, 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 November, 6 PM eclectic, edgy soul/art-rock/funk/chamber-pop cellist/singer Marika Hughes & Bottom Heavy at Barbes

Saturdays in October, 10 PM oldschool ffemale-fronted psychedelic soul/groove band Empire Beats at the Way Station

Saturdays eclectic compelling Brazilian jazz chanteuse Marianni and her excellent band at Zinc Bar, three sets starting at 10 PM.

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 September, at sometime past noon at Hank’s, Nashville gothic crooner Sean Kershaw‘s legendary honkytonk brunch is back! It’s just like 1999 again!

10/1, 11:30AM ish eclectic mostly-female klezmer/cumbia/tango jamband Isle of Klezbos at City Winery, $10, no minimum, kids under 12 free

10/1, 2 PM popular indie classical orchestra the Knights  play Mendelssohn’s Italian symphony; special guest tenor Nicholas Phan joins them for Benjamin Britten’s Les Illuminations at Bric Arts, $12 adv tix rec. There’s also a 10/5, 8 PM show there for six bucks more in advance. 

10/1, 3 PM the New York Classical Players plus pianist HaeSun Paik play Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4, a premiere of Eric Nathan’s “Omaggio a Gesualdo” plus works by Shostakovich and Saint-Saens at Flushing Town Hall, free w/rsvp 

10/1, 4 PM badass harpist Bridget Kibbey and violinist Siwoo Kim reinvent works by Bach at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix rec. You have to hear Kibbey’s version of the Toccata in D – it’s not what you would expect at all!

10/1, 5 PM forward-looking indie classical piano trio Longleash play the album release show for their new one at the Poisson Rouge

10/1. 6 PM drummer Jeremy Carlstedt and haunting electroacoustic trombonist Rick Parker – of horror surf band Behinghove’s Hangmen –  at Downtown Music Gallery

10/1, 7 PM eclectic, lyrical jazz bassist/composer Pedro Giraudo leads his Tango Quartet followed at 9:30 by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

10/1, 7 PM the fantastic and irrepressible Momenta Quartet with Elizabeth Brown, theremin play works by Biber, Schoenberg, Kee Yong Chong, Michael Small, Elizabeth Brown at Dixon Place, free

10/1, 7 PM eclectic Americana crooner Charley Crockett – sort of the Texas version of Hayes Carll – at the Knitting Factory, $12 adv tix rec 

10/1, 7 PM charming continental swing harmony band the New York Nightingales at Caffe Vivaldi.

10/1, 7:30 PM wild, theatrical, ancient Punjabi dance band Rajasthani Caravan at Drom, $15. Followed at 9:15 by innovative, energetic all-male a-cappella jazz sextet M-Pact, separate $15 adv tix adm.

10/1, 7:30 PM wryly playful, hauntingly atmospheric, otherworldly Tuvan throat-singing group Alash at Merkin Concert Hall, $25

10/1, 8 PM guitarslinger Mallory Feuer’s fiery power trio the Grasping Straws – sort of a mashup of Patti Smith and Hole’s first album –at Pine Box Rock Shop. They slayed with a surprising amount of new material at a low-key East Village show last month.

10/1, 8:30ish 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

10/1, 9 PM darkly jangly, catchy, new wave-ish rockers Melissa & the Mannequins at Bowery Electric, $10. They’re also at LIC Bar on 10/25 at 9.

10/1, 10:30 PM the great unsung hero of darkly purposeful, noir-tinged jazz guitar, Saul Rubin leads his quartet at Smalls. 10/5 and 10/10, 7 PM his Zebtet are at the Fat Cat.

10/2, 6 PM the improvisationally-inclined Osso String Quartet at the Fat Cat

10/2, 7 PM the Momenta Quartet  with Vicky Chow, piano, and Hilliard Greene,bass play a liberation-themed program of works by Schoenberg, Alvin Singleton, Agustín Fernández and a violin/bass improvisation at the Americas Society, 680 Park Ave, free

10/2, 7 PM feral psychedelic guitarslinger Debra Devi at the small room at the Rockwood

10/2. 7:30 PM Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland’s intense folk noir band Whitehorse at Baby’s All Right, $15

10/2, 8 PM the NYU01 Ensemble play Berlioz: Roman Carnival Overture, Op. 9; Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16; Elgar: Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36, “Enigma” at the NYU Loewe Theatre, 35 W 4th St, free

10/2, 9:30 PM a screening of newly digitized, restored footage filmed by Metropolis Video comprising the world premiere of several rare, rediscovered songs from summer and fall 1975 CBGB performances by the Talking Heads, at the Kitchen, free

10/3, 7 PM the Momenta Quartet with Samuel Rhodes, viola, and ​Marcy Rosen​, cello play works by Britten, Tschaikovsky and Claude Baker at the Italian Academy at Columbia University, 1161 Amsterdam Ave north of 116th St., free

10/3, 7:30 PM harpist Hae Joo Hahn plays works by Bach, Gounod, Handel, Vivaldi, Faure, Debussy and more at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, $30 tix avail

10/3, 7:30 PM the New Juilliard Ensemble play North American premieres by John Woolrich, Gerald Barry, Akira Nishimura and Raminta Serksnyte at the Sharp Theatre at Juilliard, free

10/3, 7:30 PM charismatic, adventurous postbop/avant garde trombonist/crooner Frank Lacy leads his group at Smalls

10/3-4, 7:30/9:30 PM drummer Adam Rudolph’s strikingly tuneful, rumblingly improvisational Moving Pictures at the Jazz Gallery, $15

10/3, 7:30/9:30 PM guitarist Steve Cardenas leads his quartet playing Monk tunes at the Jazz Standard, $25

10/3, 8 PM in reverse order at the Silent Barn: eclectic drummer/vibraphonist Kate Gentile‘s Friends of Reason, math-y duo Bangladeafy, wildfire guitarist Brandon SeabrookNeedle Driver playing the album release show for their new one, and noisy art=rock/indie guitar legend Martin Bisi, $8

10/3-8, 8:30 PM the world’s most captivatingly assaultive extended technique trumpeter, Peter Evans plays with a series of ensembles at the Stone, $20. Choice pick: opening night, with strings: Mazz Swift (violin) Tomeka Reid (cello) Brandon Lopez (bass) Dan Lippel (guitar) Craig Taborn (piano) Miya Masaoka (koto)

10/3, 10 PM Duckie Simpson’s version of what’s left of 80s roots reggae legends Black Uhuru at B.B. King’s,  $25 adv tix rec

10/4, 6 PM enigmatically intense, sometimes assaultive jazz/postrock group Desert Foxx with eclectic special guest Levon Henry at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 includes a drink!  

10/4, 7 PM wildly eclectic, theatrical one-man band the Lonesome Organist followed by intense minor-key klezmer/groove/psychedelic art-rock instrumentalists Barbez playing the album release show for their new one For Those Who Came After: Songs of Resistance from the Spanish Civil War at Joe’s Pub, $15. Followed at 9:30 (separate $20 adm) by high-voltage sarod duo Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash with Karsh Kale on percussion.

10/4, 7 PM the Momenta Quartet  with Nana Shi, pianist play works by Milhaud, Per Norgard’s awesome String Quartet No. 8, Hiroya Miura and João Pedro Oliveira at West Park Presbyterian Church, 165 W 86th St at Amsterdam

10/4, 7 PM Skip LaPlante’s wild, gamelesque kitchen-sink percussion piece Symphony of Chimes performed by the composer, Laurie Bennett, David Demnitz, Skip La Plante, Andrea Skurr, Omar Zubair and others at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

10/4, 7:30 PM indie powerpop cult hero Walter Salas-Humara of the Silos at Hifi Bar

10/4, 7:30/9:30 PM guitarist Mike Moreno leads his quartet playing Monk tunes at the Jazz Standard, $25

10/4, 8 PM fearlessly political LES soul-rock songwriter/chanteuse Dina Regine at Sidewalk

10/4, 8 PM pianist Steven Masi plays Beeethoven sonatas at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.

10/4, 8:30 PM magically luminescent pastoral jazz/space-jazz group Bryan and the Aardvarks  at Nublu 151, $10

10/4, 9 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” at Troost 

10/4 Zola Jesus at Rough Trade is sold out. Good for her.

10/5, 6:30 PM not a music event but an important one: a panel discussion on the criminalization of poverty with Brooklyn Law School professor Jocelyn Simonson plus Josmar Trujillo of the Coalition to End Broken Windows, Alyssa Aguilera of VOCAL-NY, Imani Henry of Equality for Flatbush: E4F, and Ben Ndugga-Kabuye of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI) at the Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St. in downtown Brooklyn, free

10/5, 7 PM percussionist Alessandra Belloni‘s rustically witchy tarantella band at the Italian American Museum, 155 Mulberry St. near Grand, $25

10/5-6, 7 PM Tanya Kalmanovitch’s ominously polyphonic, improvisational eco-disaster suite The Tar Sands Songbook, focusing on the Ft. McMurrray oil sands debacle, at the New School 4th Floor Theatre at 55 W 13th St., free

10/5, 7/8:30 PM, repeating on 10/6, the Momenta Quartet play an all-Ursula Mamlok program alongside Miro Magloire’s new chamber ballet, Stray Bird, in tribute to the composer at German Academy New York, 1014 5h Aven (bet. 82 & 83 Sts), free, rsvp req

10/5, 7:30 PM popular bachata crooner Joan Soriano “El Duque de la Bachata,” at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

10/5. 8 PM Eva Zollner plays accordion music by women composers followed by trombone-fueled improvisational alchemy with the Steve Swell Ensemble at Roueltte, $20

10/5, 8/9:30 PM violinist Sam Bardfeld plays the album release show for his excellent, eclectic new one, The Great Enthusiasms with  Kris Davis, piano;  Michael Sarin, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

10/5, 8:30 PM the irrepressible, cinematic, comedic Broken Reed Saxophone Quartet play new material at Shapeshifter Lab, $15

10/5, 10 PM high-energy female-fronted honkytonk/hard country band American Aquarium at the Knitting Factory, $15

10/6, 5:30 PM oldtimey toe-tapping tunes with Washboard Slim and the Bluelights at the American Folk Art Museum

10/6, 7 PM the Jentsch Group No Net play work from guitarist Chris Jentsch’s ongoing acerbic, relevant Topics in American History suite for large jazz emsemble – referencing pre-Colombian North America, the Lincoln/Douglass Debates, Manifest Destiny, and the Domino Theory – at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, $15

10/6, 7 PM the Art Ensemble of Chicago, legends of avant garde jazz, make their first NYC stop in decades. Lineup this time out is Roscoe Mitchell, flutes, saxophones; Famoudou Don Moye, drums, percussion; Hugh Ragin, trumpet; Tomeka Reid, cello; Junius Paul, double bass; Joseph Jarman, spoken word, at Columbia’s Lenfest Center for the Arts , 615 W 129th St, $25/$15 stud

10/6. 7 PM the US premiere of The Strange Library of Babel – a largescale improvisational work drawing on both Murakami’s “The strange library” and Borges’ “The library of Babel”, with music by the Mivos Quartet, saxophonist Anna Webber, trumpeter Nate Wooley and others at Spectrum, $15

10/6, 7 PM Jog Blues – who reinvent classical Indian themes much as Brooklyn Raga Massive does – at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix rec

10/6, 7 PM postrock octet Threefifty at Shapeshifter Lab, $15

10/6, 7 PM pianists Brent Funderburk and Miori Sugiyama back the Brooklyn Art Song Society in works by Ravel and Debussy at the Brooklyn Historical Society,  128 Pierrepont St. in downtown Brooklyn, $25

10/6-7, 7:30/9:30 PM the Alan Ferber Big Band play the album release show for their typically lush, diverse new one at the Jazz Gallery, $25

10/6, 8 PM cinematic, psychedelic, dynamic Chinese folk/postrock/shoegaze band Zhaoze make their US debut at American Beauty, $15 

10/6. 8ish LA psychedelic latin soul stars Chicano Batman  preceded by  Thai-inspired heavy psych trio Khruangbin at Warsaw, $26 tix avail. at the Knitting Factory ticket window. Don’t buy online unless you want to get really screwed.

10/6, 8 PM Belarus classical and folk multi-instrumental wizard Siarhei Douhushau – who plays kolavaia lira (hurdy-gurdy), parnaia dudka (double bagpipe), Belarusian dudka (fife), akaryna (okarina), zhaleika, and sapilka – at the  Jalopy, $15

10/6, 8 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 Terry Riley’s In C at the Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec. You want psychedelic?

10/6, 8 PM high-voltage rustic Belize coastal dance tunes with the Garifuna Collective featuring Umalali at Flushing Town Hall, $16/$10 srs/, ages 13-19 free w/ID

10/6, 8 PM percussion and piano quartet Yarn/Wire play the world premiere of Enno Poppe’s Feld, “filtered through microtonal organs or paired with dense, perpetually moving piano complexity” at the Kitchen, $20/$15 stud/srs

10/6. 8:30 PM reliably unpredictable, assaultively tuneful guitarist Brandon Seabrook leads a trio with Daniel Levin on cello and Henry Feaser on bass at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min –  yikes!

10/6. 9 PM moodily lyrical, politically savvy Irish folk-rocker Niall Connolly  plays the album release show for his new one Dream Your Way Out of This One at Union Hall, $12

10/6, 9ish trumpeter Darren Johnston’s Wind Over Walls with the amazing Carmen Staaf – piano; the equally amazing Alison Miller – drums; Noah Garabedian – upright bass at I-Beam, $15

10/6, 9:15 PM Miss Velvet & the Blue Wolf play quirky, torchy blue-eyed soul with incisively edgy, purist blues guitar at the big room at the Rockwood, $10

10/6, 9:30 PM upbeat oldschool C&W and more rustic sounds with Woody Pines at Hill Country

10/6, 10 PM the world’s creepiest and most subtly amusing crime jazz/film noir band, Big Lazy at Barbes

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

10/6, 11 PM theatrical female-fronted circus rock/Romany folk-inspired rock band Varya at Sidewalk

10/7. 6 PMquirkily cinematic, psychedelic, family-friendly instrumentalists Songs for Unusual Creatures, followed  eventually at 10 by eclectic, electric C&W/blues band the Jug Addicts at Barbes

10/7, 7 PM Du Yun and Novus NY play excerpts from her creepy, cynical work in progress Angel’s Bone – about a couple who ostensibly find a couple of battered and bruised angels, but under the pretext of repairing their wings, cannibalize their bodies – at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix rec

10/7, 7 PM dark psychedelic acoustic blues/klezmer/reggae/soca jamband Hazmat Modine at Terra Blues. They’re also here on 10/21

10/7, 7:30 PM the Israeli Chamber Project  play Stravinsky’s Soldier’s Tale plus works by Mozart, Schumann and Leef at Merkin Concert Hall, $30

10/7, 8ish Mary Lorson – whose eclectic catalog comprises everything from uneasy parlor pop to trip-hop to swing – at the Owl, $10

10/7, 8 PM B3 organ cult fave Dr. Lonnie Smith leads his trio at the Miller Theatre, $20 seats avail

10/7, 8:30 PM Jason Stein – bass clarinet; Jacob Sacks – piano; Tomas Fujiwara – drums collaborate at I-Beam. $15

10/7, 9 PM Unsteady Freddie‘s monthly surf rock extravaganza at Otto’s begins at 9 with the percussive Bongo Surf, at 10  jangly New York original surf rock cult heroes the Supertones, at 11 menacing horror surf legends the Coffin Daggers and then Brooklyn cover trio the Band of Others sometime around midnight

10/7, 9 PM baritone crooner Sean Kershaw‘s Serpentones play “hi octane Brooklyn honkytonk”at  Bar Chord

10/7, 9 PM haphazardly careening, occasionally theatrical dreampop/noiserockers Gold Dime at Alphaville, $10

10/7, 10:30 PM kinetic jazz vibraphonista Yuhan Su leads her quartet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 cover plus $10 minimum

10/7, 11 PM explosive electric blues guitarist/songwriter Jackie Venson – arguably the best thing happening in Texas blues right now – at  the third stage at the Rockwood, $10

10/8, noon jangly New York original surf rock cult heroes the Supertones at the Dropout, 16702 Rockaway Beach Blvd at Bay 9 in the Rockaways, free

10/8, 3 PM Brigid Coleridge, violin; Julia Yang, cello; Lee Dionne, piano play works by Beethoven, Schubert and Shostakovich at Concerts on the Slope, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 139 St. John’s Place downhill from 7th Ave, sugg don

10/8, 4 PM pianist Steven Masi plays Beeethoven sonatas at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.

10/8, 5 PM flutist Joseph Piscitelli, cellist Michael Finckel and pianist Helene Jeanney play; music by Haydn, Weber and Damase at the Lounge at Hudson View Gardens, 128 Pinehurst Ave at W183rd St, $12, reception to follow

10/8, 6 PM dueling violins from Venezuela and New York: Leonor Falcon with Sana Nagano at Downtown Music Gallery

10/8, 6 PM lustrously dark jazz pianist Guy Mintus at Caffe Vivaldi

10/8, 7 PM witty Microscopic Septet pianist Joel Forrester followed at 9:30isy byRomany guitar legend Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

10/8, 7:30 PM sitar virtuoso Nishat Khan at Merkin Concert Hall, $25 tix avail

10/8, 7:30/9:30 PM cool improvisational stuff: tenor saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock  leads an electroacoustic septet with Kris Davis on piano and Miya Masaoka on koto at the Jazz Gallery, $15

10/8, 7:30 PM the intrepid Queensboro Symphony Orchestra  plays Fabrizio Ferraro’s guitar concerto Hachiko with the composer as soloist; also on the program iare Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3 featuring Hanako Miyajima and Brahms’ Symphony No. 1 at Mary’s Nativity Church, 46-02 Parsons Blvd. (at Holly Ave.), Flushing, sugg don, 7 to Flushing/Main St. and a comfortable 10-minute walk, or take the Q27 or Q65 bus

 10/8, 8 PM a very rare NYC appearance by Macedonian brass band Prilepski Zvezdi and Zlatne Uste, NYC’s first and arguably most deeply authentic, explosive Balkan brass unit, with special guest clarinet monster Bilhan Macev at Drom, $15 adv tix rec

10/8, 8 PM dark late 70s CB’s style punk-pop/powerpop band Ingrid & the Defectors at Otto’s

10/8, 9 PM smart, original oldtimey guitar/banjo instrumentals with Breadfoot at Sidewalk

10/9,  7 PM tuneful pianist Jim Ridl leads his trio from behind the Fender Rhodes at 55 Bar

10/9, 8 PM darkly cinematic Israeli Middle Eastern jazz trio Kadawa at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min 

10/10, 6:30 PM a killer triplebill: snotty lo-fi accordion-driven oldschool cumbia band Ratas En Zelo, fiery singer Carolina Oliveros’ trippy tropicalia band Combo Chimbita and then Thee Commons – the missing link between Tom Waits, Los Destellos, Industrial Tepee and the Ventures – at the Mercury, $10 

10/10, 9 PM oldschool Texas fingerstyle acoustic blues, Romany swing and all sorts of fiery antique styles with fantastic guitarist Noe Socha at Freddy’s

10/9, 9:30 PM cumbia band Los Cumpleanos – with new wave synths & retro organ sounds with effect-laden trombone and trumpet as well as a three piece percussion section – at Barbes 

 10/10-15, 8/10:30 PM ageless salsa jazz piano powerhouse Eddie Palmieri celebrates his 80th birthday with a week at the Blue Note, $30 standing room avail

10/10, 8 PM the perennially intense, tuneful godfather of edgy, lyrical, anthemic downtown NYC rock, Willie Nile sings Dylan at City Winery, $30 standing room avail.

10/10, 8 PM opening night of this year’s Honk festival of Balkan brass music with New Orleans’ New Creation Brass Band and the L Train Brass Band (which never goes where it’s supposed to, stops abruptly and then doesn’t do anything?) at City Reliquary, 370 Metropolitan Ave cattycorner from the Knitting Factory, free

10/10-15, 8:30 PMnoir-inspired low-register reedman Ben Goldberg  plays with a variety of ensembles at the Stone, $20. Choice pick: opening night with Orphic Machine:  Carla Kihlstedt (violin) Ches Smith, Kenny Wollesen (vibes) Myra Melford (piano) Ron Miles (trumpet) Nate Radley (guitar), Trevor Dunn (bass)

10/10,  9:30 PM the Bronx Conexion play their mighty salsa big band jazz at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, $10

10/11, 5 PM free, eclectic brass band triplebill:  Brazil’s all-female, canavalesque Damas de Ferro, New Orleans’ New Creation Brass Band and drummer Kenny Wollesen‘s Sonic Massage at Everything Goes Book Cafe, 208 Bay Street, Staten Island

10/11, 6 PM Middle Eastern oudist Tom Chess at the Rubin Museu of Art, free w/museum adm

10/11, 7:30/9:30 PM piano icon Kenny Barron  leads his trio playing Monk tunes at the Jazz Standard, $25

10/11-12, 7:30 PM purposeful, subtl  guitarist Lage Lund leads his quartet at Smalls. 10/12 he’s followed at 10:30 PM by trumpet powerhouse Wayne Tucker – of Anbessa Orchestra – leading a sextet

10/11, 8 PM dynamic, subtle new female-fronted klezmer band Tsibele play the album release show for their new one at Barbes

 10/11 8 PM deviously theatrical oldschool C&W/rockabilly parodists Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co  followed by hard honkytonk guitarslinger Wayne “The Train” Hancock at the Bell House, $15 adv tix rec

10/11, 8 PM drummer Ches Smith “debuts 3 new pieces that explore orchestrational commonalities and incongruences among acoustic and electronic sounds”with Jennifer Choi (violin),  Anna Webber (flute), Nate Wooley (trumpet), Oscar Noriega (clarinet), Michael Nicolas (cello), at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

 10/11-12, 10 PM high-energy retro soul/Americana band the California Honeydrops at Bowery Balroom, $15 adv tix rec. On 10/11 Cumbiagra – whose take on psychedelic cumbias is more rustic and purist than most bands who play that stuff  – open the show at 9.

10/12, 7 PM Brazil’s all-female, canavalesque Damas de Ferro, New Orleans’ New Creation Brass Band,by Brooklyn’s original punk Balkan horn group Hungry March Band, amusing trip-hop brass group Pussy Grabs Back: The Band and careening ten-piece Balkan brass crew Veveritse  at WFMU’s Monty Hall, 43 Montgomery Street, Jersey City

10/12, 7 PM innovative art-rock/postrock string chamber ensemble Founders play their new Edgar Allen Poe song cycle and new arrangement of Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix rec. This could be awesome. 

10/12, 7 PM hypnotic, intricate, eclectically virtuosic fingerstyle guitar instrumentalist RD King – Fahey meets Kottke meets Dave Miller? – at Shrine

10/12, 7 PM irrepressible slide trumpeter Steven Bernstein  leads the New School Studio Orchestra at the New School U100 auditorium, 63 5th Ave., free. 10/13-14 at 8:30 PM he and his band are at the New School’s Glass Box Performance Space, 55 W 13th St, $20

 10/12, 7:30 PM Leif Ove Andsnes plays Rachaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 4 with the NY Philharmonic. Also on the bill: an Esa-Pekka Salonen premiere, and Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5 at Avery Fisher Hall, $31 tix avail. The program repeats on 10/14 at 8 and 10/17 at 7:30.

10/12, 7:30/9:30 PM the John Beasley Monkestra play big band versions of Monk tunes at the Jazz Standard, $30

10/12, 7:30 PM eclectic new versions of classical Indian themes – Akshara play the album release show for their excellent new one at Drom, $20 adv tix req

10/12. 8 PM plush, balmy, oldtimey uke swing band Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies followed at 10 by Jina Brass Band at Barbes

10/12, 8 PM bassist Lisa Mezzacappa “presents Glorious Ravage, an evening-length song cycle inspired by female explorers” at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

 10/12, 8.9:30 PM the Jazz Samaritan Alliance – Nadje Noordhuis, trumpet;  Kris Allen, alto sax;  Chris Dingman, vibraphone;  Noah Baerman, piano;  Ike Sturm, bass – play protest jazz at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

10/12, 8 PM rockabilly/honkytonk guitar maven Monica Passin a.k.a. L’il Mo and her trio followed by a rare solo set byDemolition String Band’s Elena Skye at Sidewalk

10/12, 9 PM smart, cleverly lyrical original swing chanteuse/songwriter/trombonist Emily Asher’s Garden Party at Radegast Hall.

10/12, 9ish noir-inclined, bluesy guitarslinger Phil Gammage and band at 11th St. Bar

10/12, 10 PM the massive 18-piece NYC Ska Orchestra at the Fat Cat

10/13, 5:30 PM cinematic pastoral chamber-folk instrumentals from Dougmore at the American Folk Art Museum

 10/13, 7 PM intense, politically fearless, frequently hilarious gothic Americana songwriter Rachael Kilgour  at Caffe Vivaldi

 10/13. 7 PM pianist Jerome Lowenthal performs works by Mozart, Chopin, Debussy and Poulenc at Greenwich House Music School, $15/$10 stud/srs

10/13, 7 PM edgy postbop guitarist Mike Baggetta  leads his trio at Spectrum, $15

10/13, 7 PM pianist Monica Verona plays fugues by Bach, Beethoven and Barber – who knew? – at Bloomingdale School of Music, 323 W108th St, free

10/13, 7;30  PM whirlwind bass sax god Colin Stetson plays his new suite Sorrow: A Re-imagining of Górecki’s Third Symphony at the World Financial Center, free

10/13, 8 PM mesmerizing, haunting Middle Eastern singer Shelley Thomas and oudist Brian Prunka play Fairouziyat, Wahabiyat, Muwashahat followed by Kane Mathis (kora) & Roshni Samlal (tabla) and their hypnotic duo Orakel at the Owl, $15

10/13, 8 PM singer Jenny Luna’s haunting, oud-and-clarinet-driven Turkish band Dolunay followed by irrepressibly slinky, accordion-driven multi-instrumentalists Cumbiagra – whose take on classic Colombian cumbia has gone in a more psychedelic direction lately – at Barbes

10/13, 8 PM the George Gee Swing Orchestraat Flushing Town Hall, free w/rsvp 

10/13, 9 PM darkly lyrical Americana rock bandleader Nora Jane Struthers plays the album release show for her new one at American Beauty, $12

10/13, 9 PM guitar genius Lenny Molotov’s torchy, lyrically smashing original female-fronted oldtimey swing crew the Fascinators  at Sidewalk

10/13, 9 PM guitarist Alyse Lamb’s fiery, subtly witty tightly psychedelic jazz-inspired postpunk band Parlor Walls  followed by swirly, hypnotic, totally 80s 4AD dreampop/shoegazers Dead Leaf Echo – who if they let their frontwoman sing fulltime would be one of NYC’s best bands –  at the Knitting Factory, $10 adv tix rec

10/13, 9 PM enigmatic, darkly cinematic downtempo/art-rock band Seasonal Beast play the album release show for their new one at the big room at the Rockwood 

10/13, 10 PM quirky, smartly lyrical avant chamber pop with the Icebergs – Jane LeCroy – vox; Tom Abbs – cello; David Rogers-Berry – drums – at Pete’s

10/13, 10 PM a fiery brass band twinbill with Brazil’s all-female, canavalesque Damas de Ferro followed by New Orleans’ New Creation Brass Band at Shrine. Damas De Ferro are also at the NYC Transit Museum at 1 PM the following day, 10/14 with the L Train Brass Band – unless that group goes out of service at Myrtle-Wyckoff. 

10/14, 4 PM the Me Oh My Oh’s play oldschool C&W at Pete’s

10/14, 5 PM a cheap, high-quality brass street band triplebill in anticipation of this year’s NY Gypsy Festival: trumpet icon Frank London and his group headline, preceded by Artists for a Free World and the 3 Million Majority Band at Drom, $10

10/14, 6 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 8 by accordionist/sitarist Kamala Sankaram’s hot surfy Bollywood/cumbia/psychedelic rock project Bombay Rickey – a launching pad for her spellbinding four-octave voice –  at Barbes

10/14, 7 PM eclectic, hard-hitting, lyrical composer/tenor saxophonist Stan Killian and group at 55 Bar

10/14, 7 PM Juilliard415 and the Yale Schola Cantorum play Bach cantatas at St. Michael’s Church, 225 W. 99th, free

10/14, 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

10/14, 7:30 PM elegantly intense Cuban jazz pianist Elio Villafranca with a woodwind quintet play his new Caribbean Suite at Hostos College Repertory Theatre, 450 Grand Concourse, Bronx, 2 to Grand Concourse, $15.

10/14, 7:30 PM pianist Shai Wosner plays works by Schubert, Chopin, Gershwin and Ives at Irving HS Auditorium, Irving Place betw 17th/18th, $14

 10/14, 8 PM high-voltage psychedelic cumbia band MAKU Soundsystem – whose latest album takes a detour toward Caribbean and African sounds  at C’Mon Everybody, $12

10/14, 8ish newgrass string duo Tessa Lark & Michael Thurber followed by pastoral gothic accordion art-rock with Sam Reider & the Human Hands at the Owl, $10

10/14. 8 PM stoner 70s Murder City style rockers  Sun Voyager at the Knitting Factory, $20 adv tix rec

10/14, 8 PM Rohab Ensemble featuring members of legendary Iranian group Dastan Ensemble – Hossein Behroozinia (barbat – lute), Said Farajpoori (kamancheh – spike fiddle) and Behnam Samani (tombak – goblet drum) – with Hamid Behrouzinia (tar – lute) and entrancing vocalist Sepideh Raissad at at Roulette, $32

10/14. 10 PM hilarious, smartly political faux-French retro 60s psych-pop band les Sans Culottes  followed by dark oldschool soul/garage band Mighty Fine at Hank’s, $8

10/14, 10 PM innovative electroacoustic/postbop saxophonist Wayne Escoffery leads his quintet at the Fat Cat

10/15, 5 PM pianist Eleanor Bindman and violinist Robert Chausow play an all-Bach program, including  Sonatas #2 and #4 for Violin and Piano, and Partita #3 for solo piano at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, $20/$10 srs.

10/15, 5 PM Hypercube with Erin Rogers on saxophones, Chris Graham on percussion,Jay Sorce on classical and electric guitar, and Andrea Lodge on piano play high energy works ncluding Louis Andriessen’s Hout, Philippe Hurel’s spectral Localized Corrosion, Chris Cerrone’s Variations on a Still Point,  Mikel Kuehn’s Color Fields and Philip Schuessler’s Liminal Bridges at the  Poisson Rouge 

10/15, 7 PM clarinetist Andy Biskin‘s wryly but aptly titled Reed Basket followed at 9:30ish by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

 10/15, 7 PM the reliably dynamic, intense Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir plays solo cello works at Spectrum, $15

10/15, 7:30/9:30 PMnoir jazz piano mastermind Frank Kimbrough and his Quartet play Monk at the Jazz Standard, $25

10/15, 7:30 PM Andrew Smith, cello and Alfredo Oyaguez Montero, piano play Spanish works by Granados, Turina, Cassado, Falla, Montsalvatge, and Casalsat Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $25

10/15, 7:30/9:30 PM intense postbop pianist Gerald Clayton leads his trio at the Jazz Gallery, $25

10/15, 8 PM purist, guitarishly excellent oldschool soul band Miss Tess & the Talkbacks  and bewitching noir Americana chanteuse Eilen Jewell and her amazing band at City Winery, $20 standing room avail

10/16, 8 PM “rising experimental pianist Kelly Moran presents Hallucinations, influenced by states of altered consciousness and their effect on musical processes. The program will feature prepared piano, synthesizers, and recorded electronics in front of video projections,” at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

10/16, 9 PM Carolina Oliveros’ trippy tropicalia band Combo Chimbita – who mash up cumbia, salsa, champeta and a whole bunch of other south of the border styles  open for a very rare US appearance by wild, legendary 1960s/70s Peruvian psychedelic cumbia jamband Los Wemblers at Pioneer Works, $25

10/16, 9:30 PM Chicha Libre spinoff Locobeach play trippy electro-cumbia at Barbes

10/17, 7 PM violinist Eleonore Biezunski and Ukrainian tsimbl (hammered dulciimer) player Pete Rushefsky’s darkly rustic klezmer band the Klezmographers with special guest, haunting chanteuse Zhenya Lopatnik, followed at 9 by ten-piece funky Balkan brass jazz monsters Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

10/17, 7 PM  Canadian ensemble L’Harmonie des Saisons “presents a program of rarely heard eighteenth-century French music for the pardessus de viole, the crowning glory of the viola da gamba family” at the Americas Society, 680 Park Ave., $20/$10 stud

10/17, 8 PM the new quartet of charming front-porch folk duo Anna & Elizabeth, fiddler/composer Cleek Schrey & viola da gamba player Liam Byrne unveil quietly lush new compositions and reimagine ancient melodies in the rich sonics at the San Damiano Mission, 85 N 15th St, Williamsburg, $15

10/17, 8/10:30 PM ageless, perennially hard-hitting jazz piano sage and ex-Coltrane bandmate McCoy Tyner at the Blue Note, $30 standing room avail

 10/17, 8 PM darkly tuneful, intensely focused, noir-tinged guitarist Andre Matos leads his quartet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

10/17, 8:30 PM Red Molly’s dobro sorceress Abbie Gardner at Pete’s

10/17, 8:30 PM intense, smartly lyrical newgrass/janglerock/parlor pop bandleader Missy Raines and the New Hip at the third stage at the Rockwood, $15

10/17-22, 8:30 PM cellis Okkyung Lee plays with a variety of ensembles at the Stone, $20.Choice pick: opening night, a duo with Nels Cline

 10/17, 9 PM popular newschool Americana/southern soul singer Jessica Lea Mayfield at Baby’s All Right, $15

10/17, 10:30 PM brilliant drummer/percussionist Willie Martinez & La Familia Sextet play classic salsa grooves at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, $10

10/18, 6 PM magically intertwining kotos played by Masayo Ishigure + Kyoko Morishima at the Rubin Museu of Art, free w/museum adm

10/18, 7:30 PM trumpeter Brian Lynch and his quintet play Monk at the Jazz Standard, $25

10/18, 7:30/9:30 PM pianist Marta Sanchez leads her quintet playing the album release show for her new one Danza Imposible at the Jazz Gallery, $15

10/18, 8/10:30 PM saxophonist Marcus Strickland’s Twi-Life at the Blue Note, $15 standing room avail

10/18, 9 PM wild sax-and-drum dancefloor madness with Moon Hooch at Bowery Ballroom, $20 adv tix rec. If the club calendar is accurate, they’re here the following night, 10/19 at 8. Avoid the wanky synth player also on the bill, who’s ostensibly opening on the 18th and headlining on the 19th

10/18, 9:30 PM intense, piano-based, Aimee Mann-style literate chamber pop group Elizabeth & the Catapult  play the album release show for their new one at the Poisson Rouge, $12 adv tix rec

10/19, 7 PM Changing Modes – NYC’s funnest, most unpredictable, sharply lyrical new wave art-rock band –  at Drom, $10 adv tix rec

10/19, 7:30 PM hypnotic, kinetic female-fronted Mexican downtempo-trip-hop/folk-pop band Ampersan at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised 

10/19, 7:30 PM the MSM Brass Ensemble play an all-Bartok program at Ades Performance Space at Manhattan School of Music, free

10/19, 7:30 PM night one of the Bric Jazzfest with – in reverse order: the Sun Ra Arkestra under the direction of nonagenarian EWI player Marshall Allen, hip-hop string ensemble Miles Mosley & the West Coast Get Down, drummer Terri Lyne Carrington and Social Science,  awesome, purist, guitar-driven oldschool soul/blues crew the Binky Griptite Orchestra, a tuneless mathrock band, a noodly guitarist struggling to find his own style, the funky postbop Mike Casey Trio, a singer who’s halfheartedly trying to blend Indian music and jazz, and purposeful, smart, tuneful saxophonist Sharel Cassity & Elektra  – at Bric Arts, $25 adv tix rec

 10/19, 7:30/9:30 PM feral, wildly improvisational, tuneful pianist Mara Rosenbloom   leads her trio at the Jazz Gallery, $15

10/19-21, 7:30/9:30 PM the Charles Tolliver Tentet plays Monk at the Town Hall 1959 in its entirety at the Jazz Standard, $30

0/19, 8 PM Sephardic band Alhambra followed by Red Baraa spinoff Jina Brass Band playing live bhangra at Barbes

10/19, 8 PM state-of-the-art indie classical string quartet Brooklyn Rider play five new works influenced by Bach, Cage, Zorn, Xenakis, Minor White, and others at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

10/19, 8 PM the Jack Quartet playworks by American composers Natacha Diels, John Zorn, Gloria Coates and Ruth Crawford Seeger at the Miller Theatre, $20 seats avail

10/19, 8:15 PM popular retro C&W/bluegrass/soul singer Dori Freeman at the big room at the Rockwood, $12

10/19, 8:30 PM Binyomin Ginzberg’s boisterous, intense Breslov Bar Band at the Jalopy, $15

10/19. 8:30 PM saxophonist Jeremy Udden’s Plainville – one of NYC’s first and best pastoral jazz outfits – at the Owl, $10

10/19, 9 PM Haakon’s Fault – who mash up stoner boogie, ornate keyboard-driven art-rock and a litle psych-funk – at Arlene’s, $8

10/20, 8 PM Lusterlit play their ominous, noirish literary chamber pop  at Communitea, 11-18 46th Rd., Long Island City, G to 21st/Van Alst

10/20, 5:30 PM charming, thoughtful classic front-porch folk songstress Cordelia Stephens at the American Folk Art Museum

10/20, 7 PM fearlessly relevant latin rock songwriter and protest song connoisseur Ani Cordero leads her band at the CUNY Grad Center auditorium, 365 5th Ave north of 34th St., $25

10/20, 7:30 PM the Mannes Orchestra play Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol; Daugherty: Raise the Roof for Timpani and Orchestra (Jeffrey Kautz, soloist), Grieg: Piano Concerto (Ivan Gusev, soloist) at the Room U100 auditorium, 63 Fifth Ave, free

10/20, 7:30 PM Avenida B play classic LES salsa dura at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

10/20, 7:30 PM the American String Quartet play Zhou Tian: Viaje (Journey), Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 1 and Shostakovich’s harrowing String Quartet No. 7 at Greenfield Hall at Manhattan School of Music, $15/$10 stud/srs

10/20, 7:30 PM night two of the Bric Jazzfest is a mixed bag: some allstars and some real duds. The allstars, in reverse order: violinist Regina Carter reinventing Ella Fitzgerald tunes, the Vijay Iyer Sextet, trumpeter Dave Douglas “Meets the Westerlies,” latin jazz trombonist Papo Vazquez‘s Mighty Pirate Troubadours, haunting Puerto Rican bolero revivalists and Sylvia Rexach reinventors Miramar, and drummer LaFrae Sci + the Groove at Bric Arts, $25 adv tix rec

10/20, 8 PM three scions of important flamenco legacies: Kiki Morente and Alba Molina on vocals accompanied by Juan ‘Habichuela’ on guitar at Drom, $20 adv tix rec

10/20, 8 PM playfully lyrical, fearlessly political superduo Kill Henry Sugar – guitar/banjo mastermind Erik Della Penna and drummer Dean Sharenow –followed at 10 by the intoxicatingly clattering, sintir bass lute fueled Moroccan trance grooves of Innov Gnawa at Barbes

10/20, 8/9:30 PM drummer Dan Weiss leads his trio with Jacob Sacks on piano and Ben Street on bass at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

10/20, 8 PM Hollywood’s Dan Finnerty leads his savagely hilarious top 40 parody group the Dan Band at Highline Ballroom, $25 adv tix rec

10/20, 8 PM chamber ensemble Repast Baroque play music of Couperin and his baroque contemporaries at First Unitarian Church, 119 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn Heights, $30/$20 stud/srs. The program repeats on 10/21 at Advent Lutheran Church, 2504 Broadway at 93rd St 

10/20-21, 8:30 PM hauntingly innovative cellist Erik Friedlander at the New School’s Glass Box Performance Space, 55 W 13th St, $20

10/20, 9:30 PM intense, charismatic singer Sami Stevens’ oldschool soul group at the Parkside (the Brooklyn boite at 705 Flatbush Ave between Winthrop and Parkside), free

10/20-21, 8 PM ex-Moody Blues synth player Patrick Moraz plays solo piano at Iridium, $27.50 tix avail. Go figure.

10/20, 8 PM electroacoustic works by Laetitia Radigue performed by  clarinetist Carol Robinson and harpist Rhodri Davies, plus a performance of Radigue’s 2013 piece OCCAM IX by Laetitia Sonami at Issue Project Room, $20

10/20, 8:30 PM intriguing improvisational triangulations: Scott R. Looney – piano; Sarah Bernstein – violin; Reuben Radding – bass at I-Beam, $15

 10/20, 10 PM high-voltage steampunk duo Frenchy & the Punk followed by charismatic folk noir chanteuse Lorraine Leckie at Sidewalk

10/21, 10 AM (in the morning) til 10 AM 10/22 the 24-hour raga festival at the Rubin Museum of Art streaming live at NYC Radio Live 

10/21, 3:30 PM sitar virtuoso Shafaat Khan at the Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St, 7 to Flushing/Main St., $6

10/21, 4 PM trumpeter Ben Holmes and accordionist Patrick Farrell – two thirds of the fiery Yiddish Art Trio – play new compositions by Patrick Farrell & Ben Holmes followed eventually at 8 by the reputedly amazing  Night Kitchen -Gene Yelin – guitar & vocals Trip Henderson – harmonica; Joanna Sternberg – bass and vocals – playing “Hank Williams, old timey and country” and then at 10 by haunting Puerto Rican bolero revivalists – and Sylvia Rexach reinventors – Miramar a at Barbes

10/21, 7 PM the Cita Rodriguez Orchestra, led by legendary singer El Conde Rodriguez’s daughter/singer and featuring a ton of big names from the golden age of salsa dura, at Hostos Center for the Arts and Culture, 450 Grand Concourse, Bronx, 2 to Grand Concourse, $25. They played Lincoln Center a couple of years back and are amazing live.

10/21, 7 PM legendary, often haunting Hungarian folk group Kaláka Ensemble at Hungarian House,  213 E 82nd St, free

10/21, 7:30 PM the Rosamunde String Quartet with guest cellist Peter Wiley play works by Haydn, Barber and Schubert at Irving HS Auditorium, Irving Place betw 17th/18th, $14

10/21, 7:30 PM night three of the Bric Jazzfest is a mixed bag: some allstars and some real duds. In reverse order: the JBs’ Maceo Parker, a fussy British electro band, postbop trumpeter Theo Croker‘s Escape Velocity, visionary Indian-American saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa‘s Indo-Pak Coalition, guitarist Brandon Ross’ hazy trio Harriet Tubman, soul-funkstress Imani Uzuri‘sWild Cotton, and some peeps who call themselves Butcher (awesome branding, btw) at Bric Arts, $25 adv tix rec

10/21,  7:30 PM the Greenwich Village Orchestra play with soloist Tosca Opdam, violin play Berlioz – Roman Carnival Overture; Sibelius – Violin Concerto; Beethoven – Symphony No. 3, “Eroica” at Good Shepherd-Faith Presbyterian Church, 152 W 66th St., $15 sug don, reception to follow

 10/21, 7:30 PM, repeating on 10/22 at 5  Lissa Moira directs Paul Kirby’s new song cycle about UN Secretary-General and peace crusader Dag Hammarskjold’s struggles, Night of the Secretary General, at Our Saviour’s Atonement, 178 Bennett Ave (one block west of Broadway at 189th St), free

10/21, 8 PM haunting, slinky Middle Easten compositions by Mohammed Abdel-Wahab, Wadi ElSafi, Zakariyya Ahmed, Sayyed Makkawi, and Farid Alatrash performed by allstars George Ziadeh on oud, Tareq Abboushi on buzuq and Firas Zriek on kanun at Alwan for the Arts, $20/$15 stud

10/21, 8 PM multi-generational Afro-Venezuelan soul, traditional rhythms and dances with Betsayda Machado and La Parranda El Clavo  at Flushing Town Hall, $16/$10 srs/, ages 13-19 free w/ID

10/21, 8 PM eclectic Americana/C&W rock band Spuyten Duyvil and newgrass jamband Man About a Horse at the Jalopy, $10

10/21, 8:30 PM Afrobeat dancefloor jammers Ikebe Shakedown play the album release show for their new one at Union Pool, $12

10/21, 9ish deviously lyrical, historically spot-on, cleverly sultry oldtimey/Americana songwriter/bandleader Robin Aigner  followed by high-voltage oldtimey barrelhouse swing group the 4th St. Nite Owls at Freddy’s

10/22, 2 PM fearless, badass, lyrically brilliant janglerock songwriter Linda Draper at Sunnyvale, $8

10/22, 2 PM pianist Ádám György plays works by Chopin and Liszt at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, $12 seats avail

10/22, 3  PM cinematic music by violinist Carlo Nicolau along with post-industrial projections by video artist Vanessa Garcia Lembo at the Queens Museum in Crotona Park, free

10/22, 3 PM irrepressible trumpeter Steven Bernstein leads an allstar 14-piece band with Marc Cary on piano, Luis Bonilla on trombone, Marika Hughes on cello and more at the Town Hall, “revisiting Coretta Scott King’s Freedom Concerts,  a milestone collaboration between Dizzy Gillespie and Chano Pozo,  and cantor Moishe Oysher’s anti-Nazi fundraising rally,” $27 tix avail. at the box office

 10/22, 3 PM the Circe Trio: Isabel Fairbanks (cellist), Laura Kay (soprano) and Zach Mo (pianist) play works by Andre Previn, Mozart, Amy Beach and others at the art gallery at the 92nd St. Y, free

10/22, 4 PM violinist Rolf Schulte and pianist Nicolas Namoradze perform works by Medtner, Debussy, and Schumann.at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.

10/22, 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

10/22, 7 PM Jane Lecroy’s edgy, intensely lyrical punkish cello-rock band Ohmslice at 389 Melrose St., Bushwick

 10/22, 8/9:30 PM ethereal, raptly haunting singer Sara Serpa leads a trio with Kris Davis on piano and Chris Tordini on bass at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

10/23, 7 PM Kacy & Clayton – who sound like a 60s Laurel Canyon psychedelic version of Jenifer Jackson at the Mercury, $15  

10/23, 7 PM a benefit for Puerto Rico with the Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band with  many special guests: trumpeter Jimmy Owens, pianist Larry Harlow, Fania All Star Eddie Montalvo and more at the Poisson Rouge, $25 gen adm

10/23, 7:30 PM  the Shanghai Quartet play works by Bridge, Zhou Long and Dvořák / String Quartet in E-flat Major, op. 51 at Music Mondays, Advent Church, northwest corner of 93rd and Broadway, free 

10/24, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6 clarinetist Vasko Dukovski and bass clarinetist Joshua Rubin play works by John Zorn, Peter Eotvos and more at the Miller Theatre, free

10/24-25, 7:30/9:30 PM fearlessly intense postbop saxophonist Azar Lawrence leads his quintet with Steve Turre on trombone and shells at the Jazz Standard, $30

10/24, 7:30 PM pianist Sara Davis Buechner plays works by Mozart, Chopin, and her arrangement of Gershwin’s Rhapsody No.2. at the Baruch Performing Arts Cente, 25th St. btw Lex/3rd Ave, free

10/24, 7:30 PM allstar wind ensemble Windscape with special guest Margaret Kampmeier, piano play works by Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Rimsky-Korsakov and Borodin at Greenfield Hall at Manhattan School of Music, free

10/24, 8 PM violinist Elmira Darvarova and French harpist Melanie Genin play French works for violin and harp by by Saint-Saëns, Massenet, Ibert, Messiaen, Marais, Berthomieu, and others at Christ & St. Stephen’s Church, 120 W 69th St., free

10/24, 9ish trippy, hypnotically enveloping EWI and ambient electronics from baritone sax mastermind Moist Paula Henderson at Troost

10/24. 9 PM cinematic Quincy Jones-style B3 gutbucket organ jazz with Underground System’s Colin Brown and his band at Freddy’s

10/25, 7 PM improvisational cinematic duo the Flushing Remonstrance – Catherine Cramer (percussion) and Robert Kennedy (keyboards, electronics, voice) play their original live score to F.W. Murnau’s classic 1922 film Nosferatu at Shapeshifter Lab, $10 

10/25, 7 PM pianist Taka Kigawa plays works by Berio, Galuppi and Marco Stroppa at the Italian Academy at Columbia University, 1161 Amsterdam Ave north of 116th St., free

10/25, 8 PM Brooklyn’s funnest band, psychedelic organ-driven Middle Eastern-tinged surf rock trio Hearing Things at Barbes

10/25, 8 PM percussionist James Shipp and trumpeter Nadje Noordhuis jam out at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

10/25, 9 PM oldschool-style high plains C&W singer Hope Debates & North 40 at Bar Chord

10/25, 10 PM sardonically catchy indie jangler Pujol (say it in Spanish, haha) at Alphaville, $10

10/25, 10:30 PM purist oldtimey acoustic folk revivialist Willie Watson at Rough Trade, $20. His show the following night at the Mercury is sold out

10/26, 7:30 PM this era’s most spellbinding oldschool country singer, Laura Cantrell at Sid Gold’s Request Room, 165 W 26th St (6/7th Aves), $10

10/26, 8 PM the annual oud summit at Barbes, watch this space!

10/26, 8ish the intoxicatingly clattering, sintir bass lute fueled Moroccan trance grooves of Innov Gnawa at the Owl, $10

10/26, 8 PM irrepressible bass saxophonist/compose Stefan Zeniuk of low register-loving psycho mambo band Gato Loco play mambos with his new outfit Green Mambo at Threes Brewing, 113 Franklin St. off Kent in Greenpoint, free

10/26, 8 PM singers Ka Baird and Byron Westbrook lead their respective new-music ensembles at Fridman Gallery, 287 Spring St., $15

10/26, 8:30 PM singers Eleonore Biezunski & Lauren Brody’s Yerushe Yiddish women’s folksong project at the Jalopy, $15

10/26, 9 PM darkly lyrical Americana songwriting great James McMurtry at Hill Country, $25, could be kinda intimate and cool or pure hell

10/26, 9 PM Carolina Oliveros’ trippy tropicalia band Combo Chimbita, who mash up cumbia, salsa, champeta and a whole bunch of other south of the border styles followed by psychedelic funk and Afrobeat with the People’s Champs at C’Mon Everybody, $12

10/26, 9 PM hot 20s swing with trumpeter Jason Prover and his Sneak Thievery Orchestra at Radegast Hall

10/26, 10ish west village reggae legend Chukka Riddim at the Bitter End. He’s been around forever, you are destined to see him

10/26, 10:30 PM cleverly lyrical, murderously witty murder ballad/chamber pop allstars Charming Disaster. at Pete’s

10/26, 11 PM lyrically brilliant lit-rocker Tris McCall – hard at work on his fifty-state Almanac song cycle – at the small room at the Rockwood

10/27, 3 PM the Mannes Orchestra play Mendelssohn’s Scottish Symphony at the New School U100 auditorium, 63 5th Ave., free

10/27, 5:30 PM interesting original delta blues guitarist Rust Dust followed eventually at 6:30 by darkly theatrical cello rocker Meaghan Burke at the American Folk Art Museum

10/27, 7 PM rippling Indian santoor star Sandip Chatterjee with percussionist  Subhajyoti Guha at the Rubin Museum of Art, $25

10/27, 7:30 PM, repeating on 10/28 at 8:30 PM the reliably entertaining, adventurous Chelsea Symphony perform Beethoven’s “Pastoral” Symphony. Friday’s concert features soloist Alicia Furey performing Saint-Saëns’ Cello Concerto No. 1; Saturday’s concert features Jessica Lightfoot on Beethoven’s Romance No. 2 for Violin and Anna Keelin Fitzgerald performing Weber’s Concerto for Bassoon. Both concerts open with a world premiere by composer Aaron Dai,  at St. Paul’s Church, 315 W 22nd St., $20 sugg don

10/27,  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

10/27, 8 PM cinematic, plaintively sardonic composer/violinist and one-man band Christopher Tignor at Alphaville, $10

10/27, 8 PM indie classical ensemble Either/Or play a memorial concert for Romanian composer Ana-Maria Avram at Issue Project Room, $15/$12 stud/srs

10/27-28, 8:30 MPM haunting pan-Asian avant-jazz songstress/composer Jen Shyu at the New School’s Glass Box Performance Space, 55 W 13th St, $20

10/27, 8:30 PM solo electroacoustic sets by drummer/sound artist Angus Tarnawsky, Kamron Saniee  and multimedia artist Rose Kallal, then at around quarter to 11 they join forces and jam at Fridman Gallery, 287 Spring St.

10/27, 9ish bouncily menacing French noir surf/new wave band La Femme at Warsaw, $20 tix avail. at the Knitting Factory ticket window, don’t buy em online because you’ll get ripped off. 

10/27, 9 PM eclectic, electric C&W/blues band the Jug Addicts  at Bar Chord

10/27, 10:30 PM funky, lyrically intense dark folk jamband the Sometime Boys– with the riveting Sarah Mucho on vocals – at Freddy’s

10/28, 6 PM incomparable country/jazz/janglerock icon Amy Allison with pianist Lee Feldman at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

10/28, 6 PM a good Halloween weekend act: menacing female-fronted art-rock/doom metal band Ruby the Hatchet at the Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec

10/28, 7 PM ska and punk in reverse order at Bowery Electric: Mephiskapheles, the Hub City Stompers and 45 Adapters, $20

10/28, 7 PM Long Gone West play brooding Lynchian Americana and Orbisonian rock at Branded Saloon 

10/28, 7:30 PM celebrated musical artists from South Korea, including Lee Tae-Baek (ajaeng), Yun Jin-Chul (pansori singer), Yi Ji-Young (gayageum), You Kyung-Hwa (janngu/cheolhyeongeum), Kwak Soo-Eun (25-String gayageum) and Lee Young-Sub (daegeum flute) at Merkin Concert Hall, $30 tix avail

 10/28, 7:30 PM pianist Vladimir Feltsman plays Moussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition plus works by Brahms at Irving HS Auditorium, Irving Place betw 17th/18th, $14

10/28, 8 PM wryly funny, psychedelic covers of 60s Russian pop with the Eastern Blokhedz – who specialize in the catalog of legendary Polish singer Edita Piaha – at Barbes

10/28, 8 PM early music chorale the Orlando Consort sing the “Loire Valley in Song” at Church of St. Mary the Virgin, 145 West 46th St, $30 tix avail

10/28, 8:30 PM massive shapeshifting improvisational big band jazz – the CMS Improvisers Orchestra led by Karl Berger play their 99th concert, with special guest, the charismatic Min Xiao-Fen on pipa and vocals at El Taller Cultural Community Center, 215 E 99th St, $20./$15 stud

10/28, 10 PM unpredictably fun, funny psychedelic art-rock band the Academy Blues Project play songs from the Big Lebowski soundtrack at the big room at the Rockwood, $10

10/28, 10 PM ferociously dynamic, tuneful, female-fronted power trio Castle Black  at Lantern Hall, 52 Harrison Pl., Bushwick, free, L to Morgan Ave

10/28, 10 PM funny, growly oldschool soul/Americana band the Hooten Hollers at Hill Country. They’re also at the downtown Brooklyn branch on 11/30 at 9.

10/28, 11 PM Zuli – a one -man Badfinger – at Murmur Ballroom, 17 Eastern Pkwy, Ft. Greene, $12. There’s no 2/3 train between Manhattan and Brooklyn this weekend so it’s a bit of a hike to the closest train, the C at Clinton-Washington, $12

10/29, 3 PM Sheng-Ching Hsu, violin; Maren Ro Rothfritz, viola; Ben Larson,cello Daniel Epstein, piano play works by Tania Leon, Robert Sirota and Brahms at Concerts on the Slope, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 139 St. John’s Place downhill from 7th Ave, sugg don

 10/29, 4 PM the American Brass Quintet perform an eclectic program of consort music of Elizabethan and Jacobean England, canons of the 16th century, and contemporary works by Steven Franklin at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.

10/29, 7 PM this year’s best Halloween show is at Barbes where darkly careening guitarist Tom Csatari‘s large-ensemble Americana jazz project Uncivilized  plays Twin Peaks themes, followed at 9:30 by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

10/29, 7:30 PM the New York Symphony Orchestra play Beethoven’s Emperor Piano Concerto and Eroica Symphony at Merkin Concert Hall, $30 tix avail

10/29, 8 PM wry Swedish garage rock vets Stupidity, trash-garage guitar maven Palmyra Delran, and powerpop supergroup the Split Squad at Bowery Electric, $15

10/29. 8 PM careeningly intense gutter blues bandleader Breanna Barbara  followed by hypnotic psychedelic/spacerock band the Heaters at Baby’s All Right, $12

10/29, 9 PM creepy Americana hellraiser duo the Tall Pines at at Muchmore’s

 10/30, 6 PM Oscar Wilde’s kid sister was the “pet of the house;” she died at nine of a brain aneurysm. Kari Swenson Riely stars in Isola, with text by Oscar and his mom and a live score by pensive, atmospheric soprano saxophonist David Aaron. Followed by a brief set with his quartet Flip City at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

10/30, 7 PM intense, cinematic lapsteel virtuoso Raphael McGregor and probably some of his Brain Cloud western swing bandmates, followed at 9:30ish by  haunting, powerful Afro-Colombian trance choir Bulla en El Barrio at Barbes 

10/30. 7 PM Juilliard’s new music ensemble Axium play  an all-Jacob Druckman program at Alice Tully Hall, free

10/30, 7:30 PM Alpine klezmer band the Niftys at the Austrian Cultural Forum, 11 E 52nd St., free, rsvp req 

10/30, 10 PM fiery jazz violinist/composer Zach Brock at the small room at the Rockwood

10/31, 6-9 PM trumpeter Pam Fleming’s colorful Halloween project, the Dead Zombie Band play a free show on Waverly Ave., between Willoughby and DeKalb Ave. in Ft. Greene

10/31, 6 PM New Aires Tango play a Halloween show with classic Argentine tango, boleros and Cuban tunes at Cornelia St. Cafe, $15 + $10 min

10/31, 7:30/9:30 PM Scott Robinson’s sextet the Hellotones with drummer Matt Wilson,trombonist Frank Lacy and Gary Versace on piano and organ play a Halloween show at the Jazz Standard, $25

10/31, 8 PM a very rare performance of Philip Glass’ minimalist masterpiece Music With Changing Parts by Slovakia’s Cluster Ensemble at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

10/31, 8:30 PM this year’s ultimate Halloween show: spine-tingling art-rock/avant-garde/chamber pop songwriter Carol Lipnik – pretty much everybody’s choice for best singer in all of NYC – unveils her creepy, mystical new suite Songs From a Stone Tower at Bar Lunatico

 10/31, 9ish the original creepy circus punks, World Inferno at Warsaw, $25 tix avail. at the Knitting Factory ticket window, don’t buy online unless you want to get screwed

10/31, 9:30 PM careening, charismatic, lyrically-fueled soul-rockers No Ice – arguably Brooklyn’s best band  at the Mercury, $10

10/31, 10 PM wild string metal faves Stratospheerius at Shrine

11/1, 1 PM clarinetist Sam Boutris and ensemble play a program tba at the Greene Space, free, rsvp req 

11/1, 9 PM catchy Connecticut newgrass/Americana band Plywood Cowboy at the Bitter End 

11/2, 8 PM a rare US show by eerie Japanese freak-folk pioneer Kazuki Tomokawa, the “screaming philosopher” of the 1970s Tokyo avant garde underground at Greene Naftali, 508 W 26th St, $20

11/3, 8 PM Xander Naylor plays from his creepily squirrelly new guitar-and-efx album at Greenpoint Gallery, 390 McGuinness Blvd., G to Greenpoint Ave.

11/5, 4 PM the release show for rising indie designer Mary Symczak’s classy Fall women’s collection with live jazz from bassist Jeon Lim Yang‘s group and a performance by the Mari Meade Dance Company at Barbes, free. Followed at 7 by state-of-the-art postbop guitarist Will Bernard  leading a Billy Strayhorn tribute and then at 9:30ish by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel

11/7, 8 PM the incomparable, lush, eclectic Jenifer Jackson – a connoisseur of Americana, Beatlesque janglerock, bossa nova and Texas noir – at the Owl

11/8, 7 PM pianist Javor Bracic plays Chopin waltxes, mazurkas and more at the Bulgarian Consulate, 221 E 62nd St, free

11/9, 7:30 PM torchy singer Jennifer Charles’ and guitar mastermind Oren Bloedow’s long-running art-rock/noir band Elysian Fields in their similarly haunting psychedelic Sephardic folk disguise, La Mar Enfortunada at the Jewish Museum,1109 5th Ave at 92nd St,  $18/$15 stud/srs

11/10, 8 PM elegant, sharply lyrical parlor pop stylist Heather Eatman, crystalline-voiced noir Americana songwriter Jessie Kilguss  and dark Americana guy/girl harmony duo the Tall Pines at Red Hook Bait & Tackle

11/18, 8 PM haunting minimalist/cinematic multi-keyboardist Dominique Lawalrée at the San Damiano Mission, 85 N 15th St, Williamsburg, $20

11/18, 8 PM Athens’ #1 gangster hash-smoking 1920s/30s style rebetiko music band, Rebetiki Istoria at Roulette, $25

11/20, 7:30 PM Trident Ensemble with Miranda Cuckson, violin and Raman Ramakrishnan, cello play Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time. Also on the bill: vocal works  by Pérotin, Francis Poulenc, Arvo Pärt, Mariano Garau at Music Mondays, Advent Church, northwest corner of 93rd and Broadway, free 

12/2, 8 PM Gamelan Kusuma Laras with Javanese gamelan luminaries Darsono Hadiraharjo, “the best young Javanese gamelan player of his generation;” master musician Midiyanto; and rising star singer Heni Savitri; at Roulette, $25

Everybody’s Favorite Americana Harmony Trio, Red Molly, Make a Triumphant Return to City Winery

Is there another Americana band with as individualistic and spine-tingling a blend of voices as Red Molly? Actually yes – Bobtown, who played the Brooklyn Americana Festival on Saturday. More about them later.

Red Molly’s first New York show in two years last night at City Winery was epic. The harmony trio of dobro player Abbie Gardner, guitarists Molly Venter and Laurie MacAllister really give you a lot of bang for your buck. In two long sets, bolstered by bassist Craig Akin and Roosevelt Dime guitarist/percussionist Eben Pariser, they played a wickedly fun, dynamic mix of originals and a bunch of choice covers.

Each group member has a solo album in progress: MacAllister fretted about how the trio would be able to “shoehorn the songs into a Red Molly show,” but everything worked seamlessly. As usual, the women took turns on lead vocals, often in the same number. Venter took centerstage on one of the best of the new songs, Cold Black Water, a portrait of an indomitable single mother making a new start on the rugged Oregon coast, rising from an enigmatic, quiet suspense on the verse to a ferociously anthemic payoff on the chorus. Another standout was a hauntingly muted ballad by Gardner, told from the point of view of a war veteran’s wife who’s watching her wounded warrior trying to keep himself together.

And the voices were sublime. Gardner has jazz bloodlines and Venter is a connoisseur of Texas Americana, with blue notes peeking out from every secret corner. MacAllister contrasts with a disarmingly direct delivery. And while there was plenty of the usual banter between the group and what seemed to be a sold-out crowd, MacAllister came across as the ringleader in this merry band. Introducing a rousing number inspired by a gig in Alaska that wound up with a dude in the crowd throwing a taxidermied fox onto the stage, she related how, for a woman in a state with a gender imbalance, “The odds were good, but the goods were odd.”

The best song of the night was When It’s All Wrong. Gardner’s dobro slid and slithered through every macabre passing tone in the scale as her voice channeled a bitterness and menace that Lana Del Rey and all the other wannabe noir pinups would die to have written.                   

The covers were choice, beginning with the famous Richard Thompson tune from which they take their name. Gardner drew lots of chuckles with a sly little dobro lick on the intro to Crazy, which Venter sang with a nuance that would have made Patsy Cline proud. The three-part harmonies, backed by just bass, on The Fever were a lot of fun, while the group’s most calmly rapturous moment was their a-capella take of their original May I Suggest. As long as Red Molly are still together and touring – something that didn’t seem likely a couple of years ago – maybe, despite the madmen in the White House, we are truly living in the best years of our lives. The darkest times sometimes produce the greatest art. Red Molly’s current tour continues on Oct 6 at at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, CA; advance tix are $25.

Next month is a particularly good one at City Winery, Just for starters, Willie Nile – the world’s most obvious choice to sing Dylan – does that on the 10th at 8 PM: tix are expensive, $30, but this could be an awful lot of fun. And then there’s a killer twinbill on the 15th at 8 with blue-eyed soulstress and fiery guitarslinger Miss Tess followed by one of the great songwriters in noir Americana, Eilen Jewell, for $20.

And Gardner has a solo show at Pete’s on Oct 17 at 8:30 PM

Live Music Calendar for New York City and Brooklyn for September and October 2017

Free and cheap concerts in just about every neighborhood. If you’re leaving your hood, make sure you check http://www.mta.info for service changes considering how the trains are at night.

Constant updates. 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. Up next: Bartok, Mozart and fascinating improvisations. Sugg don $10 (pay what you can), delicious gluten-free refreshments, beverages and lively conversation included! email for info/location.

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).

Three Mondays in October: 10/9, 10/16 and 10/23 at 8 PM charismatic,cutting-edge purist jazz chanteuse Champian Fulton – who’s equally captivating as a pianist –  leads her trio at Radegast Hall

Mondays in October, 8 PM erudite, fascinating jazz guitar maven,Matt Munisteri plays “guitar for lovers” at the Jalopy Tavern, free

Mondays in October, 8:30 PM powerful, dynamic blue-eyed soul belter Sarah Wise at Pete’s

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 at 10 noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo leads his trio at the big room at the Rockwood

Also Mondays in September, 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.

Mondays at midnight in October gonzo postbop pianist Dred Scott leads his trio at the small room at the Rockwood

Tuesdays in September, 8:30 PM the George Gee Swing Orchestra play surprising new arrangements of old big band standards at Swing 46, 349 W 46th St,  $15

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

Wednesdays in September, 6 PM powerful, dynamic blue-eyed soul belter Sarah Wise at Shrine

Wednesdays at 6 PM, irrepressible pianist/singer Champian Fulton – as entertaining a postbop improviser as torch singer – plays at Talde, 8 Erie St. (Bay/1st) in Jersey City, a block and a half from the Grove St. Path station

Wednesdays at 8 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 Art Cafe, 884 Pacific St.(at Washington Ave) in Brooklyn, $15; closest train is the 2 to Bergen St. Tons of special guests followed by a wild raga jam!

Wednesdays in September, 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

Wednesdays at 9 PM Feral Foster’s Roots & Ruckus takes over the Jalopy, a reliably excellent weekly mix of oldtimey acts: blues, bluegrass, country and swing.

Three Wednesdays in October: 10/11, 1018 and 10/25 ,9 PM enigmatic female-fronted psychedelic pop/new wave band the New Tarot at Bowery Electric, $10

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 at around 9:30 PM Bulgarian Romany sax legend Yuri Yunakov with his wild but haunting band at Mehanata

Saturdays at 4 PM at Bargemusic there are impromptu free classical concerts, 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 September, 6 PM dark urbane Romany song maven (and Berthold Brecht descendant) Sanda Weigl is at Barbes for a series of intimate duo shows

Saturdays eclectic compelling Brazilian jazz chanteuse Marianni and her excellent band at Zinc Bar, three sets starting at 10 PM.

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 September, at sometime past noon at Hank’s, Nashville gothic crooner Sean Kershaw‘s legendary honkytonk brunch is back! It’s just like 1999 again!

Sundays at 5 PM in September,  iconic noir NYC saxophonist/raconteur and Jazz Passenger Roy Nathanson at Barbes

9/1, if you’re going to the stadium to see the Yankees get their asses kicked by the Red Sox, get there early because the perennially intense, tuneful godfather of edgy, lyrical, anthemic downtown NYC rock, Willie Nile is playing at 5:45 for no extra charge. His Willie Nile Plays Dylan show at City Winery is sold out.

 9/1-2, 8:30 PM John Zorn improv night with special guests – lots to choose from – at the New School’s Glass Box Performance Space, 55 W 13th St, $20

9/1, 10 PM the world’s creepiest crime jazz/film noir band, Big Lazy at Barbes

9/1, 10 PM Sekouba & Baloumba play West African roots reggae at Shrine

9/1, 10 PM one of the great saxophonists in the history of ska, Dave Hillyard & the Rocksteady 7 at  Sunny’s

9/1, 10:30 PM catchy Booker T-esque soul jazz with the David Gibson/Jared Gold, Hammond B3 organ band at the Fat Cat

9/1, 11 PM the intoxicatingly clattering, sintir bass lute fueled Moroccan trance/dance grooves of Innov Gnawa  at C’Mon Everybody, $10

9/2, 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

9/2, 7 PM intense, brilliantly lyrical, fearlessly political 1950s style original folk/blues singer Joshua Garcia followed eventually at 8 by prosaic but tuneful folkie Jeremy Aaron and then at 8:30 by clever, playful swing/oldtimey accordionist-singer Erica Mancini at Caffe Vivaldi 

9/2, 8 PM accordion genius Shoko Nagai ’s Tokala at Barbes “Tokala is the name of a mysterious country in Central Asia which had a connection to Japan via the silk road which was responsible for bringing Middle Eastern culture to ancient Japan.  The band explores the sound of this ancient connection where cultural exchange left an imprint which became integral part of Japanese culture.” With Zisl Slepovitch (clarinet); Kenny Warren (trumpet) and Stomu Takeishi (bass). Followed at 10 by epic ranchera/bolero brass crew Banda de los Muertos at Barbes

9/2, 8 PM post-Stooges riff-rock stoners the Greasy Hearts at Alphaville $10

 9/2, 9 PM ten-piece country/carnivalesque/acoustic rock powerhouse M Shanghai String Band at the Jalopy, $!0

9/2, 9 PM darkly playful, epic piano-based art-rock singer Eve Lesov  at Sidewalk. 9/24 at 7 PM she’s at the small room at the Rockwood

9/2. 8 PM high voltage skiffle/Americana band the Salt Cracker Crazies f at the Way Station

9/2, 9 PM the monthly surf shindig at Otto’s is a short one this time, with Link Wray cover band the Wraycyclers followed by guitar mastermind Mike Rosado’s volcanic, pounding Dick Dale-influenced 9th Wave at Otto’s

9/2, 9 PM Super Yamba play their psychedelic Afrobeat jams at Bar Chord

9/2, 10 PM popular fourth-wave garage rockers the Othermen at Union Pool, $10

 9/2, 11 PM ferociously dynamic, tuneful, female-fronted power trio Castle Black  at Arlene’s $10

9/3, 1 PM jangly New York original surf rock cult heroes the Supertones at Jacob Riis Beach in the Rockaways, take the Rockaway ferry for the cost of a subway ride from Sunset Park or Wall Street/Pier 11. From there, a free shuttle will take you right to Jacob Riis Park. Take the shuttle heading west to get to the beach, and east to get back to the NYC ferry.

9/3, 5 PM darkly jangly, catchy, new wave-ish rockers Melissa & the Mannequins followed by boisterous, erudite oldtimey jazz trombonist J. Walter Hawkes and band at LIC Bar

9/3, 7 PM witty Microscopic Septet pianist Joel Forrester  at Cleopatra’s Needle

9/3, 7 PM pastoral gothic accordion art-rock with Sam Reider & the Human Hands  followed at 9:30 by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes. Reider is also here on 9/19

9/3, 9 PM perennially lyrical, prolific tenor postbop tenor saxophonist/composer Tom Tallitsch and his quintet at 55 Bar

9/4, 1 PM intense charismatic danceable metal cumbia/skaragga/latin rockers Escarioka at Jacob Riis Beach in the Rockaways, take the Rockaway ferry for the cost of a subway ride from Sunset Park or Wall Street/Pier 11. From there, a free shuttle will take you right to Jacob Riis Park. Take the shuttle heading west to get to the beach, and east to get back to the NYC ferry.

9/4, 4 PM fiery, psychedelically bluesy oldschool soul/southern rockers Lizzie & the Makers  followed eventually at 7 bythe 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 LIC Bar

9/4, 7 PM excellent oldschool blues guitarist Aaron Frazer (of the fiery, dirty Charley Patton’s War) leads a two-violin band followed by charming oldtimey swing brass band Tuba Skinny a at a house concert at 169 Spencer St. at Willoughby, C to Myrtle-Willoughby (G train not running). Tuba Skinny are at the Jalopy the following night, 9/5 at 9 for $12. 

9/4, 7:30 PM magical Balkan singer Corinna Snyder’s haunting Macedonian duo Glas followed by wild Bulgarian wedding band Kabile at Sisters Brooklyn, 900 Fulton St., Ft. Greene, A/C to Clinton-Washington

9/4, 9 PM sweeping, swinging vibraphonist Behn Gillece leads his quintet at the Fat Cat. 9/12, 7:30 PM they’re at Smalls

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

9/4, 10:30 PM this era’s hardest-hitting, most purposeful, some might say darkest tenor saxophonist/composer JD Allen leads his quartet at Smalls

9/5, 6 PM ferocious, Middle Eastern-inspired jazz violinist Elektra Kurtis  and Ensemble Elektra with microtonal sax powerhouse Lefteris Bournias and bassist Brad Jones at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min. 9/19, 7:30 PM they’re at  Symphony Space, $27/$15 stud/srs

9/5-9 irrepressible drum icon Jeff “Tain” Watts leads an Elvin Jones alumni band including Ravi Coltrane and Dave Liebman on altos at the Jazz Standard, $30

9/5, 7:30 PM eclectic Venezuelan cuatro star Jorge Glem leads a kinetic, first-class pan-Latin band band with special guests saxophonist Paquito D’Rivera and accordionist Sam Reider at Joe’s Pub, $30

9/5, 7:30 PM night one of this year’s Resonant Bodies festival of new vocal music with avant crooner Theo Bleckmann , Irish singer Jennifer Walshe and bass-baritone Davóne Tines at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

9/5, 7:30 PM charismatic, adventurous postbop/avant garde trombonist/crooner Frank Lacy leads his quintet at Smalls

9/5-17, 8/10 PM perennially popular, lyrical pianist Bill Charlap leads his trio at the Vanguard, $30

9/5. 8 PM Patricia Santos and Tara Hanish’s amazing, intense, soul-infused cello-rock/cello-metal duo the Whiskey Girls  followed by darkly torchy southwestern gothic/Europolitan songwriter/guitarist Miwa Gemini  at the Way Station

9/5. 8 PM Triple Paste play hot 20s jazz and parse the Lennie Tristano’s songbook, featuring Eric Pakula, Matt Darriau, Katie Down, Rafe D’Lugoff, Arthur Kell and Vinnie Sperazza followed at 9:30 by clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party  at Barbes

9/5, 8 PM lyrical jazz piano icon Fred Hersch ’s Pocket Orchestra with vocalist Jo Lawry, trumpetist Mike Rodriguez and percussionist Rogerio Boccato at Mezzrow, $25

9/5. 10 PM acerbic alto saxophonist David Binney leads his quartet at at 55 Bar. He’s also here on 9/12

9/6, 1 PM the up-and-coming Argus String Quartet play works by Haydn, Keith Livengood, Garth Knox at the at Greene Space, free, res req 

 9/6, 7 PM pianist Minji Kim leads her lustrous, cinematic quartet at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

9/6, 7:30 PM Venezuela in Motion: Carmela Ramirez, fiery guitarslinger Juancho Herrera, pianist Gabriel Chakarji and Edward Ramirez at Club Bonafide, $10

9/6, 7:30 PM night two of this year’s Resonant Bodies festival of new vocal music with Hai-Ting Chinn’s vocal trio, iconic, ageless singer/composer Joan La Barbara, and Odeya Nini solo at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

9/6, 8 PM psychedelic klezmer/bluegrass mandolin and clarinet legend Andy Statman at Barbes, $10

9/6, 8ish singer/keyboardist Sara McDonald does double duty, with her lush 17-piece art-rock/chamber pop band the New York Chillharmonic and then with whirlwind Munich techno orchestra the Jazzrausch Bigband at the Good Room, $10. They’re also at the Sheen Center on Bleecker just off Bowery at 7:30 on 9/8 with a dadrock band for twice that. 

9/6 ,8 PM luminous, soulful pan-Latin jazz chanteuse Claudia Acuña with pianist Pablo Vergara & bassist Pablo Menares at Mezzrow, $20

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

9/6, 9ish Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play haunting underground Greek  revolutionary anthems and hash-smoking songs from the 20s and 30sat Troost

9/6, 10 PM guitar mastermind Danny Weiss’ and magical Americana singer Mary Olive Smith’s soulful retro bluegrass band Stillhouse Serenade at Sunny’s

9/6, 10 PM psychedelic soul-rockers Madam West at C’Mon Everybody, $10

9/7, 7;30 PM terse, purposeful sitar virtuoso Roopa Panesar at the Lincoln Centra Atrium, free, early arrival advised

9/7, 7:30 PM singer Fran Pado’s dark comedy Floodpants “featuring pothead dads, the evil Green Hook Man [legendary NJ serial killer boogieman from the 70s], blue-collar N.J. in the ’70s, and a 9yr. old girl  who must save the world from space aliens,” with music by her similarly haunting psychedelic art-rock band Goddess at Dixon Place, free

9/7, 7:30 PM sitarist Abhik Mukherjee plays ragas at 450 9th St. (at 7th Ave), Park Slope, F to 7th Ave., $15 sugg don

9/7, 7:30 PM night three of this year’s Resonant Bodies festival of new vocal music with indie opera soprano Mary Bonhag and headliner Kayleigh Butcher performing new music by 21st century composers, and in the middle spectacular chanteuse Kamala Sankaram and her wild cumbia/psychedelic Bollywood band Bombay Rickey – the loudest act ever to play this venue – at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

9/7, 7:30/9:30 PM drummer Ulysses Owens Jr. leads an unorthodox trio with Joel Ross on vibes and Ruben Rogers on bass at the Jazz Gallery, $15

9/7, 8 PM pianist Marc Peloquin plays new solo works by David Del Tredici at Symphony Space, $20 adv tix rec

9/7, 8 PM brilliantly cinematic, kinetic violinist Dana Lyn‘s pssychedelic, ecolotically themed Mother Octopus quartet at the Owl

9/7, 8 PM intense Balkan chanteuse Jenny Luna‘s haunting, traditional Turkish band Dolunay followed at 10 by intense, intricately orchestrated, low register-loving psycho mambo band Gato Loco at Barbes

9/7, 8 PM long-running 90s alt-country favorites Rusty Truck at Hill Country

9/7, 8:30 PM mostly-female pan-latin rockers Ladama, – who mash up cumbia, maracatu, onda nueva and joropa with jaunty acoustic rock – at the third stage at the Rockwood, $10

9/7, 8:30 /10 PM conscious hip-hop lyricist Talib Kweli with his band at the Blue Note, $30 standing room avail

 9/7, 9 PM intense, haunting Americana/honkytonk singer Ruby Rae at Hank’s

9/7, 10 PM the great unsung hero of darkly purposeful, noir-tinged jazz guitar, Saul Rubin leads his Zebtet at the Fat Cat. He’s also here on 9/12 at 7

9/7, 10:30 PM catchy, cinematic, noir-inclined saxophonist/composer Nick Hempton leads his quintet at Smalls

9/8, 6 PM crystalline-voiced, noir-tinged third-stream jazz chanteuse Tessa Souter and her band at 55 Bar

9/8, 7 PM Changing Modes – NYC’s funnest, most unpredictable, sharply lyrical new wave art-rock band – at Highline Ballroom, $15 adv tix rec

9/8, 7:30 PM haunting trumpeter/santoorist Amir ElSaffar leads a rapturously improvisational ensemble: Firas Zreik, qanun; Naseem Alatrash, cello; Arun Ramamurthy, violin Abhik Mukherjee, sitar; Jay Gandhi, bansuri; Shiva Ghoshal, tabla mashing up Iraqi and Indian themes at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival a must

9/8, 7:30 PM  brooding Hungarian folk-influenced saxophonist Mihály Dresch leads a quartet with Chris Potter on sax, Joe Martin on bass, and Gerald Cleaver on drums at Hungarian House, 213 E 82nd St, free

9/8, 7:30 PM pianist Nicole Bancato, trumpeter Gregory Hammontree and soprano saxophonist Barry Hartglass play multimeida works by pieces by Clara Schumann, Terry Riley and Charlie Parker at Scholes St. Studios

9/8, 8 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 10 by awesomely slinky, psychedelic Israeli Ethiopiques groove instrumentalists Anbessa Orchestra at Barbes

9/8, 8 PM Brooklyn’s funnest band, psychedelic organ-driven Middle Eastern-tinged surf rock trio Hearing Things at the Knockdown Center, free

 9/8, 8 PM Mediterranean chanteuse Zana plays “gypsy pop” at Shrine 

9/8-9, 8:30 PM irrepressible slide trumpeter Steven Bernstein leads his group at the New School’s Glass Box Performance Space, 55 W 13th St, $20

9/8, 10 PM hard-hitting psychedelic/blues guitarslinger Debra Devi  plays the album release show for her new one Wild Little Girl followed by similarly guitarishly brilliant surf rockers the Black Flamingos at Maxwell’s, $10

9/8, 10 PM fiery electric bluegrass and C&W with Demolition String Band at Finnegan’s, 908 Willow Ave at 8th St. in Hoboken

9/8, 10 PM wild, noisy, genuinely Hendrixian virtuoso lead guitarist Viva DeConcini and her band  at the Way Station

 9/8-9, 10:30 PMe clectic, paradigm-shifting B3 jazz organist Brian Charette leads his quartet at Smalls

9/9, noon-4 PM the haunting Bukharan Shashmaqam Ensemble, otherworldly Georgian Dancing Crane Ensemble and wild, spiraling, rare rustic minor-key Polesian klezmer dances and grooves with Litvakuson the boardwalk at Coney Island  in front of the gazebo at Brighton 4th St. You can also register to vote here.

9/9, noon, fearlessly haunting, dynamic, charismatic Romany/Balkan chanteuse Eva Salina with pyrotechnic accordionist Peter Stan followed by oldschool Cuban son band Conjunto Guantanamo at Rufus King Manor,150-03 Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica Queens, free, rsvp reqd, E/J to Jamaica/Parsons 

9/9, noon-10 PM the inaugural Hudson West Folk Festival at Cathedral Hall, 380 Montgomery St. in Jersey City, just a couple of blocks from the Grove St. Path train, $30. In reverse order: newgrass harmony band the Mammals, fiddler Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards, Red Molly’s jazzy dobro player Abbie Gardner, wishful drinker Matt Nakoa, mandolin-driven string band Sleeping Bee, purist front-porch folksinger Diana Jones, the sardonic, relentlessly relevant Paul Sachs, ten-piece country/carnivalesque/acoustic rock powerhouse M Shanghai String Band, incomparable country/jazz/janglerock icon Amy Allison, hauntingly harmony-driven folk noir supergroup Bobtown and Tim Erbach

9/9, 2 PM jazz improvisation outdoors: the William Parker / Cooper-Moore duo followed at 3 by the Microscopic Septet’s baritone saxophonist Dave Sewelson and bassist Dave Hofstra with special guest Bobby Kapp and then at 4 trombone wizard Steve Swell with William Parker and TA Thompson at the community garden at Stanton and Norfolk

9/9, 3 PM the first annual Ft. Greene Jazz Festival in Ft Greene Park featuring latin jazz with a big cast of singers, players and Maraku Watanabe on keys

9/9, 3 PM catchy, anthemic, charismatic folk noir band Thee Shambels – sort of the missing link between Nick Cave and the Pogues at the small room at the Rockwood

9/9, 6 PM dark urbane Romany song maven (and Berthold Brecht descendant) Sanda Weigl in a special intimate duo show with Shoko Nagai on piano followed at 8 by pianist Lucian Ban  and saxophonist Abraham Burton’s own duo project, Blacksalt and then Felipe Fournier‘s Supermambo vibraphone band playing a  Tito Puente tribute at Barbes

9/9, 7:30 PM songwriter Yu-Wei Hsieh and band make kinetic rock out of ancient Taiwanese themes at Flushing Town Hall, $10

9/9, 7 PM charming oldtimey trio the Crimson Ragdolls:  Joanna Sternberg, Ali Dineen & Lucine Yeghiazaryanne at Terra Blues

 9/9, 7:30/9:30 PM drummer Tom Rainey leads his frequently electrifying trio with saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock and guitarist Mary Halvorson at the Jazz Gallery, $22

9/9, 8 PM perennially dark, soaring noir soul singer/bandleader Nicole Atkins at the Mercury, $15, get there early.

9/9, 8 PM hot 20s and 30s swing with Naama Gherber and the Misbehavin’ Seven at the Cell Theatre, $15/$10 stud.srs. Followed at 9:30 (separate $15 adm) by dynamic jazz chanteuse Lady Cantrese and her purist oldschool quartet.

9/9, 8 PM intense, soaringly lyrical dark Americana songwriter Lara Ewen followed eventually at 10 by the even more ferocious, angst-fueled Jessi Robertson – a real force of nature – at Salzy Bar

9/9, 8 PM Jane Lecroy’s edgy, intensely lyrical art/punk band Ohmslice play the record release show for their new one followed by Brooklyn’s original punk Balkan horn group Hungry March Band, at Halyards in Gowanus

 9/9, 8:30 PM state-of-the-art trumpeter Dave Douglas  with fellow brass peeps  Stephanie Richards, Jeremy Pelt, Nate Wooley, and David Adewumi with Brad Jones on bass and Gerald Cleaver on drums at the New School’s Glass Box Performance Space, 55 W 13th St, $20

9/9, 9 PM the Transylvanian Üsztürü Band with Marianna Nyitrai (vocal), Levente Fazakas (violin), and Mihály Dresch (flute) play a wild Hungarian dance party at Hungarian House, 213 E 82nd St, free. There’s also an allday street fair on 82nd where there’s a good chance they’ll be doing a set sometime in the day as well.

9/9, 9 PM intense charismatic danceable metal cumbia/skaragga/latin rockers Escarioka at Mehanata $10

9/9, 9 PM Mar Salá plays her acoustic flamenco rock at Shrine

9/9,10 PM oldschool psychedelic soul/groove band Empire Beats at the Way Station

9/10, 3 PM wickedly jangly surf/twang/country instrumentalists the Bakersfield Breakers at Zeppelin Hall, 88 Liberty View Dr, Jersey City, about 12 blocks from the Exchange Place Path station, free

9/10, 3 PM brilliant, dynamic Indian violinists Trina Basu & Arun Ramamurthy of Karavika at the Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd,, Long Island City,  N to Broadway and about a 15-block walk, free w/museum adm

9/10. 6 PM OMFG a double bass doubleheader! Bass duo Thomas Helton and Michael Bisio followed by two bass clarinet/bass/drums quartet Dou B: Lisa Mezzacappa, Josh Sinton, Aaron Novik and Jason Levis at Downtown Music Gallery, free

 9/10, 7 PM guitarists Jason Loughlin and John Shannon play Chet Atkins tunes followed at 9:30 by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes at Barbes

9/10, 7 PM pianist Éva Polgár plays works by Franz Liszt and Zoltán Kodály at Hungarian House, 213 E 82nd St, free

9/10, 7 PM elegant, sharply lyrical parlor pop stylist Heather Eatman at the small room at the Rockwood

9/10, 8 PM pianist Jorn Swart’s darkly edgy Malnota Trio with the Turtle Island Quartet’s Benni von Gutzeit on viola and Lucas Pino on bass clarinet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

9/10, 10 PM ferocious Americana rock guitarist and acerbically hilarious songwriter Tom Clark & the High Action Boys at the Treehouse at 2A

9/11, 8/10:30 PM ageless, perennially hard-hitting jazz piano sage and ex-Coltrane bandmate McCoy Tyner at the Blue Note, $30 standing room avail.

9/11,  8:30 PM amazing, psychedelic instrumentalists Sandcatchers – who blend cinematic, pastoral Americana and Middle Eastern themes – at Bar Lunatico

9/11, 9:30 PM cumbia band Los Cumpleanos – with new wave synths & retro organ sounds with effect-laden trombone and trumpet as well as a three piece percussion section – at Barbes 

9/12. drinks at 5:30 PM, music at 6, the up-and-coming Argus String Quartet play music of Ted Hearne, Andrew Norman and others at the Miller Theatre, free

9/12, 7 PM intense, edgily tuneful Texas tenor saxophonist Stan Killian leads his postbop quartet at 55 Bar

9/12, 8 PM crystalline-voiced noir Americana songwriter Jessie Kilguss followed by the ageless, catchy, Beatlesque Bubble at Union Hall, $8

9/12. 9 PM edgy female-fronted funk band Eliza & the Organix – feat. swirly alto sax player Kristen Tivey – at the Way Station

9/12, 9:30 PM the Bronx Conexion play their mighty salsa big band jazz at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, $10

9/12, 9:30 PM tenor saxophonist Logan Strosahl leads his quintet with Jessica Pavone, viola;  Aquiles Navarro, trumpet;  Lim Yang, bass;  Allan Mednard, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

9/12-16, 11:30 PM the massive Evan Sherman Big Band at Dizzy’s Club, $10/$5 stud

9/13, 6 PM the opening reception for Meriem Bennani’s dynamic video installation Siham and Hafida, exploring female roles in Moroccan culture: an intimate view into the intergenerational experiences of two women in Moroccan shikha music and dance, at the Kitchen, free

9/13, 7 PM night one of this year’s Festival of New Trumpet Music at Shapeshifter Lab with the Oskar Stenmark Quartet – Oskar Stenmark (lugelhorn), Billy Test (piano), Vicente Archer (bass), Robin Baytas (drums) followed at 8:15 by Signal ProblemsDanny Gouker (trumpet), Eric Trudel (tenor sax), Adam Hopkins (bass), Nathan Ellman-bell (drums) and at 9:30 the fourteen-piece Wing Walker Orchestra feat. Jonathan Finlayson, $10

9/13, 7 PM the Night Kitchen play “Hank Williams, old timey and country with three distinctly amazing performers  Gene Yelin – guitar & vocals Trip Henderson – harmonica; Joanna Sternberg – bass and vocals” at Barbes – reputedly they are amazing

9/13, 7:30 PM tunefully psychedelic composer/avant-harpist Zeena Parkins and Thomas Dunn at the Drawing Center, 35 Wooster St, $20

9/13, 8 PM Tris McCall – New Jersey’s version of Elvis Costello, hard at work on his 50-song cycle, each set in a US state – at Sidewalk

9/13, 8/9:30 PM  the world’s funniest improvising ensemble, Mostly Other People Do the Killing, – down to just a trio this time, with Ron Stabinsky, piano;  Moppa Elliott, bass;  Kevin Shea, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

9/13. 8 PM irrepressible, historically informed, folk noir/art-rock songwriter Elisa Flynn hosts one of her reliably entertaining multi-act theme nights

9/13, 8 PM haunting Nashville gothic songwriter Jaye Bartell & Night Shop at Berlin, $10. 9/18 at 9ish they’re at Troost for the tip jar

9/13, 8 PM cellist Peggy Lee leads her improvisational septet at Roulette $20 adv tix rec

9/13, 9 PM trippy, epic, enveloping art-rock/spacerock band Debris of Titan at the Delancey, $10 

9/13-14, 9:30 PM amazingly eclectic female-fronted latin/Mediterranean/Romany and charming French ye-ye pop ensemble Banda Magda play a two-night album release stand for their new one Tigre at Joe’s Pub, $20 adv tix rec

9/13, 11 PM baritone crooner Sean Kershaw‘s Serpentones play “hi octane Brooklyn honkytonk”at Otto’s

9/14, 7 PM night two of this year’s Festival of New Trumpet Music at Shapeshifter Lab with the Allison Philips Trio/; Allison Philips (rumpetp), Gal Shaya (bass), Connor Parks (drums), at 8:15 the  Jason Palmer Quintet with Noah Preminger (tenor sax), Max Light (guitar), Simòn Willson (bass), Lee Fish (drums) and at 9:30- the fourteen-piece Wing Walker Orchestra feat. Jason Palmer, $10

9/14,  7 PM drummer Dan Pugach leads his nonet with Nicole Zuraitis on the mic at 55 Bar

9/14, 7:30 PM unstoppably edgy, deservedly iconic, witty downtown guitarist  Marc Ribot at the Drawing Center, 35 Wooster St, $20

9/14, 7:30/9:30 PM Camille Bertault – who rocketed to youtube virality with her spot-on vocalizations of famous jazz solos – with her similarly playful group at the Jazz Standard, $25

9/14, 8 PM plush, balmy, oldtimey uke swing band Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies followed at 10 by accordionist/sitarist Kamala Sankaram’s hot surfy Bollywood/cumbia/psychedelic rock project Bombay Rickey – a launching pad for her spellbinding four-octave voice – at Barbe

9/14, 8 PM fearlessly relevant, populist trumpet visionary/improviser Matana Roberts leads a killer sextet  with Jaimie Branch – trumpet; Peter Evans – trumpet; Gabriel Guerrero – piano; Henry Grimes – bass; Mike Pride – Drums playing her new suite, Breathe, about the dangerous rise of militarized police in the US at Roulette $20 adv tix rec

9/14,  8:30 PM a rare,starkly intimate, haunting klezmer duo show with singer Polina Shepherd and Klezmatics frontman/accordionist Lorin Sklamberg at the Jalopy, $15

9/14, 8:30 PM legendary 80s paisley underground psychedelic rocker Russ Tolman – Steve Wynn collaborator and mastermind behind the immortal True West – at Pete’s

9/14, 9 PMsmart, cleverly lyrical original swing chanteuse/songwriter/trombonist Emily Asher’s Garden Party at Radegast Hall

9/14, 10 PM fiery, psychedelically bluesy oldschool soul/southern rockers Lizzie & the Makers at the small room at the Rockwood. 9/16 at 2 PM they’re in the park outside Ikea in Red Hook, free

9/14, 11 PM dark, fiery, female-fronted female-fronted surf rockers High Waisted at Berlin $10

9/15, 6:15 PM the Brooklyn Art Song Society sing at a bourbon tasting at the Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St. at Clinton in downtown Brooklyn, any train to Borough Hall, free

9/15, 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, hit the link for cheap tix

9/15, 7:30 PM repeating on 9/16 at 8:30 the reliably entertaining, adventurous Chelsea Symphony perform Tim Kiah — Endangered Song (world premiere); Ralph Vaughan Williams — Concerto for Oboe and Strings in A Minor with Phil Rashkin as soloist; Claude Debussy — La mer, trois esquisses symphoniques pour orchestre at the DiMenna Center, $20 sug don. Saturday’s show switches out the Vaughan Williams for Sally Beamish’s Viola Concerto No. 2

9/15, 8 PM lush, dynamic female-fronted art-rockers Arc Iris at C’Mon Everybody, $12

9/15, 8 PM playfully lyrical, fearlessly political superduo Kill Henry Sugar – guitar/banjo mastermind Erik Della Penna and drummer Dean Sharenow –followed at 10by amazingly psychedelic,  mystical Moroccan trance-dance band Innov Gnawa at Barbes

9/15, 8 PM Stillness in Queens –  pianist/composer JunYi Chow and video artist, Karen Y. Chan‘s enveloping video and sound art piece exploring the beauty and quietude of NYC’s most authentic oldschool borough, Queens, at Flushing Town Hall, $15/$10 stud

9/15, 8 PM early music ensemble Collectio Musicorum plays works from the Reformation by Luther, Zwingli, William Child, Claude Goudimel, Eustachio Romano, and Conrad Rein at Christ & St. Stephen’s Church, 120 W 69th St., free

9/15-16, 8 PM brilliantly lyrical latin jazz pianist Luis Perdomo  with Drew Gress & Billy Drummond at Mezzrow, $20 at the bar

9/15-16, 8:30 PM enigmatically witty klezmer-influenced pianist Uri Caine and band at the New School’s Glass Box Performance Space, 55 W 13th St, $20

9/15, 10 PM LES punk/surf guitar legend Simon Chardiet’s Rooftoppers – who give him a chance to show off his prowess with jazz and proto-rock and western swing – at Sunny’s

9/16, 7 PM pianist Polly Ferman‘s historically-infused, all-female, all-encompassing tango ensemble  Glamourtango at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex, $20

9/16, 7 PM Elena Sartori plays classical organ works at James Chapel at Columbia, 3041 Broadway at 121st St., free

9/16, 7 PM catchy, anthemic Americana rock with the Cornell Bros. at the small room at the Rockwood. Later roots reggae group Royal Khaoz play at 11. Run em in, run em out.

9/16, 7 PM a screening of bassist Mimi Jones’ new documentary about octogenarian postbop pianist Bertha Hope, plus a set by by the Mimi Jones Band & the Black Madonna Project at BMHC Lab, 1303 Louis Niné Blvd in the Bronx, free; 2 or 5 train to Freeman St

9/16, 7:30 PM ethereal, raptly haunting singer Sara Serpa with harpist Zeena Parkins and tenor saxophonist Mark Turner at the Drawing Center, 35 Wooster St, $20

9/16, 8 PM 60s folk legend Carolyn Hester celebrates her 80th birthday with her daughters, Amy and Karla Blume at the People’s Voice Cafe, sugg don, $20; $12 for subscribers; “More if you choose; less if you can’t; no one turned away”

9/16, 8:30 PM irrepressible noir keyboardist/crooner Tom Warnick joins forces with high-voltage oldtimey barrelhouse swing group the 4th St. Nite Owls at Freddy’s  A brilliant collaboration.

9/16, 10 PM Hayes Carll – who’s taken his brooding, purist, lyrical Americana to the next level recently – at Bowery Ballroom, $22 adv tix rec

9/17, 2 PM a panel discussion on the evolution of salsa in New York followed by a performance by oldschool 70s style Cuban psychedelic salsa band Ola Fresca  and a reception afterward at the Museum of the City of New York, $25/$20 stud/srs

9/17, 3 PM Martha Cargo, flute;Benjamin Larsen, cello play works by Esmail, Andersen, George and Ding at Concerts on the Slope, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 139 St. John’s Place downhill from 7th Ave, sugg don

9/17, 5 PM the Daedalus String Quartet perform music of Mendelssohn, Beethoven and Ives at the Lounge at Hudson View Gardens, 128 Pinehurst Ave at W183rd St, $12, reception to follow

9/17, reception at 5:30, show at 6, a rare NYC concert by Japanese classical flutist Nobutaka Shimizu with Mayumi Shimizu, piano playing works by Debussy, Widor, Dutilleux, Raymond Guiot, Gary Schocker, Kazuo Fukushima and Ryohei Hirose at Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Ave (entrance on E. 25th St),  $25/$15 stud/srs

9/17, 6 PM ferocious, anthemic, lyrical post-mod band Wormburner – the American counterpart to the Jam – at LIC Bar

9/17, 7 PM the lavish, kinetic Liberte Big Band led by pianist Liberté-Anne Lymberiou at the Wiliamsburg Music Center at the big room at the Rockwood

9/17, 7:30 PM eclectic jazz multi-keyboardist Brian Marsella at the Drawing Center, 35 Wooster St, $20

9/17, 8 PM weird segues, good bands: skronky Chicago guitar improvisers Tacoma Narrows,  cinematic newgrass jamband the Jon Stickley Trio and Minneapolis newgrassers the Last Revel at the Knitting Factory, $12 adv tix rec,   

9/17, 9 PM sharply lyrical janglerock/Americana/soul songwriter Matt Keating and guitarist Steve Mayone’s catchy new project the Bastards of Fine Arts at the Treehouse at 2A 

9/17, 10 PM ageless Rocket from the Tombs/Dead Boys lead guitar legend Cheetah Chrome leads what’s left of the Dead Boys at Bowery Electric, $12 adv tix req, this will sell out

9/17, 10 PM the album release show for Ancient Ocean’s enveloping, slowly tectonic ambient instrumental debut album Titan’s Island at Union Pool, $10 

9/18, 6 PM  party for our right to fight:  volcanic brass street band Rude Mechanical Orchestra, Ras Moshe Burnett, The Black Lives Matter Band and open jam session, and speakers from the Stop Mass Incarceration Network and #WhoisUncleTom followed by discussion at the Living Gallery Outpost, 246  E 4th St

9/18, 7 PM guitarist/songwriter Alicyn Yaffee -the rare artist who successfully bridges the gap between lyrically-fueled chamber pop and jazz –  and her group followed by guitarist Pravin Thompson’s tuneful, sometimes sardonic quartet at Shapeshifter Lab, $10 

9/18, 8 PM charmingly nuanced, erudite singer/pianist and Dinah Washington reinventor  Champian Fulton leads her trio at  Radegast Hall. She’s also here on 9/25.

9/18, 8 PM the DaCapo Chamber Players perform music by up-and-coming composers abroad including Will Healy, Scott Lee, Tonia Ko, Hannah Lash, Mario Diaz, Anthony Cheung, Mike Bono and Christian Lee at Merkin Concert Hall, $20

9/18, 9:30 PM Chicha Libre spinoff Locobeach play trippy electro-cumbia at Barbes

9/18, 10:30 PM intense, lyrical tenor saxophonist Roxy Coss leads her quintet at Smalls

9/19, 6 PM eclectic Florida roots reggae band the Ellameno Beat at Shrine. 9/26, same time they’re at Silvana

9/19, 6 PM not a music event but worth knowing about: economists Angus Deaton and Anne Case discuss their recent work, Mortality and Morbidity in the 21st Century, which identifies a shocking trend known as “deaths of despair.” “While racial minorities in the U.S. have seen improvements in lifespan over the last two decades, more white middle-aged Americans have been dying younger, especially those with a high school education or less. Widespread addiction, suicide, alcoholic liver disease and heart disease, coupled with long-term stagnant economic opportunities, have shaped shorter lives characterized by more pain and anguish…The ability to translate pain into death is accelerated” At the Lang Community Center, room I-202 at the New School, 55 W 13th, free

9/19, 7 PM pianist Polly Ferman plays a multimedia show encompassing about a century worth of tango up to the present day, including works by Emmanuel Chabrier, Isaac Albeniz, Luis C. Mortet, Luis Mattos Rodriguez, Ernesto Nazareth, Alberto Ginastera, Pintin Castellanos, Anibal Troilo, Astor Piazzolla and Daniel Binelli at the National Opera Center, 333 7th Ave., $20 

9/19, 8 PM a rare guitar/bass duo show by tuneful, terse guitarist/singer Camila Meza and bassist Noam Wiesenberg, at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

9/19, 8 PM pianist Ana Cervantes plays works by Faye-Ellen Silverman, Hilary Tann, Rain Worthington, and Joelle Wallach as well as music of Alba Potes (Colombia) and Georgina Derbez, Marcela Rodríguez, and Gabriela Ortiz of Mexico at Christ & St. Stephen’s Church, 120 W 69th St., $15/$10 stud/srs

9/19, 10:30 PM brilliant drummer/percussionist Willie Martinez & La Familia Sextet play classic salsa grooves at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, $10

9/19, 11 PM haphazardly careening, occasionally theatrical dreampop/noiserockers Gold Dime  at  at Alphaville, $10

9/19-20, 11:30 PM pianist Miki Yamanaka leads her Quartet at Dizzy’s Club, $5. She plays organ, leading a trio on 9/21-23

9/20-21, 7:30 PM former Dizzy Gillespie guitarist Ed Cherry with his trio at Smalls. 9/20 a similarly terse but far more eclectic guitarist, Will Bernard follows with his quartet at 10:30. 9/25, 11 PM Bernard and group are at the small room at the Rockwood

9/20, 6:30 PM Eljuri play their ferocious, brilliantly guitar-driven, fearlessly populist rock en Espanol at  a ACLU benefit at Drom, $15 adv tix rec

9/20, 7 PM Arone Dyer’s Dronechoir followed by popular postrock/avant minimalists Bing & Ruth at the Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec

9/20. 7:30 PM popular late 90s jangle/art-rock vets Elk City at Bowery Electric, $8 adv tix rec

9/20, 8 PM pointilllistic, Bjork-esque electro-psych act Toska, Jane Lecroy’s edgy, intensely lyrical art/punk band Ohmslice  and at 11 creepy lo-fi horror-folk band Lucky Witch & the Righteous Ghost at Footlight Bar 

9/20, 8 PM ageless, perennially fun rockabilly/oldschool soul/C&W band Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys at Union Pool, $10

9/21, 7 PM sintirst Hassan Hakmoun leads his psychedelic gnawa rock band at Joe’s Pub, $20. Followed at 9:30 by slinky, oud-fueled Middle Eastern/Nile Delta dance orchestra Alsarah & the Nubatones ($15 separate adm)

9/21, 7:30 PM Benjamin Larsen, cello and Hyungjin Choi, piano play the Prokofiev Cello Sonata plus originals and jazz at the Cathedral of the Holy Virgin Protection, 59 E 2nd St

9/21-23, 7:30/9:30 PM “the king of nouveau swing,” saxophonist Donald Harrison leads a quintet with special guest Brian Lynch on tenor at the Jazz Standard, $30

9/21, 7:30 PM Paraguayan harpist Silvio Solis accompanied by Argentinian guitarist Dani Cortaza and popular Paraguayan band Grupo Americanta at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

9/21, 8 PM darkly counterintuitive pianist Sylvie Courvoisier and brilliant, savagely eclectic guitarist Mary Halvorson create new elements and improvise at the Owl, $20

9/21, 8 PM the Radamés Gnattali Quartet performs works by Villa-Lobos at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $25

9/21, 8 PM pensive apocalyptic piano pop with the Mynabirds  – Amanda Palmer minus the drama – at Sunnyvale, $14

9/21, 8:30 PM feral, wildly improvisational, tuneful pianist Mara Rosenbloom leads her ferocious trio followed by her bassist Sean Conly leading his at I-Beam, $15

 9/21, 9 PM velvety noir jazz singer (and Tickled Pinks member) Stephanie Layton’s impressively eclectic torch/swing jazz band Eden Lane at at Pete’s

9/21, 10 PM  guitarist Sean Cronin“raised on country, trained in classical, steeped in punk, and brought to maturity as a jazz musician, leads the band Very Good which is actually quite good, playing a Leonard Cohen tribute at Barbes

9/22, 3 PM the Mannes Orchestra play Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade at the New School auditorium at 63 Fifth Avenue, Room U100, free

9/22, 6 PM Argentine Americana songwriter Rodrigo Aranjuelo and folk noir duo Thoughtdream at the American Folk Art Museum

9/22, 7 PM well-loved Boston alt-country vets Session Americana  followed at 8 by gritty Mississippi hill country style blues guitarist Will Scott and at 9 by fiery oldtimey 19th century style string band the Four O’Clock Flowers  under the Manhattan Bridge in Dumbo, follow the sound toward the water

9/22, 7 PM intense blue-eyed soul singer and Dr. John collaborator Shannon McNally at the big room at the Rockwood, $18. Later at 11 jaunty female-fronted retro rocksteady band Big Takeover plays for the tip jar

9/22, 7 PM bassist Abby Hollander and her eclectic Americana band at Pete’s

9/22, 7:30 PM Bronx Nuyorican salsa legends Charanga America at the Lincoln Center Atrium

9/22, 7:30/9:30 PM the album release show for drummer Tomas Fujiwara’s Triple Double album – Brandon Seabrook and Mary Halvorson on guitars,wow – at the Jazz Gallery, $22

9/22, 7:30 PM piano duo of feral, wildly improvisational, tuneful pianist Mara Rosenbloom and Cooper-Moore followed by the ensemble of Cooper-Moore, Mara Rosenbloom, cellist Nioka Workman and vocalist/percussionist Anais Maviel (second set) at Greenwich House Music School, $20/$15 stud/rs

 9/22, 8 PM rustic Brazilian jungle guitar-and-accordion sounds with Regional de NY followed at 10 by psychedelic latin bandleader Zemog El Galle Bueno at Barbes

9/22, 8 PM oldschool 70s style Cuban psychedelic salsa band Ola Fresca at Flushing Town Hall, $16

9/22, 8 PM pianists Jeri-Mae G. Astolfi and Betty Wishart play colorful instrumental suites by Wishart at Christ & St. Stephen’s Church, 120 W 69th St., free

9/22, 8 PM in reverse order at the Owl: Brandon Lopez, the sax/drum duo of Ingrid Laubrock & Tom Rainey; thoughtful, often riveting microtonal violinist Sarah Bernstein and her Quartet, $10

9/22-23, 8:30 PM multi-reed maven Ned Rothenberg and band at the New School’s Glass Box Performance Space, 55 W 13th St, $20

9/22-23, 8:30/10 PM tenor sax improv legend George Garzone with John Lockwood, bass;  Francesco Mela, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

9/22, 10  PM Nashville gothic band Karen & the Sorrows play the album release show for their new one at C’Mon Everybody, $10

9/22, 10 PM well-loved Boston alt-country vets Session Americana at Sunny’s

9/23, 3 PM, hauntingly harmony-driven folk noir supergroup Bobtown under the Manhattan Bridge arch in Dumbo, free

9/23, 3 PM John Hodel – the Bukowski of what’s left of the late 90s LES singer-songwriters – in the community Garden on E 8th St. between Ave B and C. You know the song – Tuesday Morning in a Bar

9/23, 3 PM the Orchestra of St. Luke’s presents a free multimedia chamber concert focusing on trailblazing composer Florence Price at Flushing Town Hall

9/23, 6 PM dark urbane Romany song maven (and Berthold Brecht descendant) Sanda Weigl followed at 8 by wryly funny, psychedelic covers of 60s Russian pop with the Eastern Blokhedz – who specialize in the catalog of legendary Polish singer Edita Piaha – and then at 10 by Rana Santacruz – the Mexican Shane MacGowan, but without the booze if you can imagine that.

9/23, 6 PM an oldschool swing jazz dance party with the Harlem Renaissance Orchestra at Marcus Garvey Park

9/23, guessing at around 7 Stevie Wonder plays on the great lawn at Central Park after a whole bunch of tedious corporate acts. The show isn’t free and will undoubtedly be fenced off – it’s being staged by a ostensibly leftwing organization that tracks you on your phone and could make big bucks selling your data to Trump. This is the kind of situation where if you have some free time in the evening, it might be interesting to hang on the perimeter, maybe use your tree-climbing skills and see what’s happening.

9/23, 7:30 PM indie classical cello/percussion duo New Morse Code (Hannah Collins, cello; Michael Compitello, percussion) play the album release show for their new one at the DiMenna Center, $10 cover includes beverages and “specialty snacks!”

9/23-24, 7 PM noir cabaret legend Ute Lemper sings heartbroken narratives by Bukowski, Coehlo, Leo Ferre, Jacques Brel, Nick Cave, and Tom Waits at Joe’s Pub, $30

9/23, 8 PM intense, brilliantly lyrical, fearlessly political 1950s style original folk/blues singer Joshua Garcia followed by sardonic, socially aware blues/folk singer Jan Luby at the People’s Voice Cafe; sugg don, $20; $12 for subscribers; “More if you choose; less if you can’t; no one turned away” 

9/23, 8 PM the Ureuk Symphony Orchestra play works by Weber, Nanpa Hong, Stephen Foster, Elgar, and Prokofiev at Merkin Concert Hall, $25 tix avail

9/23. 8 PM identities corrode and economies collapse in Steven Warwick’s apocalyptic interactive electronic work Elevator to Mezzanine, “that offers observations of millennial placelessness, an inescapably fearful media climate, the emotional disaffection and degradation of the pressures of wage labor, contemporary uncertainty and urban isolation. It suggests collapse in lieu of the obligation to offer answers, which in itself opens up a space where bodies are still amongst each other and together.” At Secret Project Robot, 1186 Broadway, (Larayette/Van Buren), Bushwick, J/M to Kosciusko St., $$15/12 stud/srs

9/23, 10:30 PM brooding rainy-day Celtic-tinged songs of desperation and intrigue from Adam Masterson at Bowery Electric, $10 adv tix rec

9/24, noon legendary Brooklyn Middle Eastern crooner Eddie “The Sheik” Kolchak with his all-star band down the block from Sahadi’s (toward the water) on Atlantic Ave. as part of the Atlantic Antic. At 2 outside Hank’s there’s garage rock with the NY Fowl Harmonic  followed by the Get It

9/24, 1-6 PM Abraham Brody’s The Violinist Is Present – “violinist Abraham Brody invites members of the public to sit in front of him, one at a time, and he will create musical improvisations based on what he sees in their eyes.” at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery. The harder the stare, the more intense the jam?

9/24, 1:30 PM jazz improv in the garden: saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock and drummer Tom Rainey, then at Miriam Parker and William Parker, at 3:30 Melanie Dyer / Jason Kao Hwang / Brandon Lopez / Michael Wimberly and 4:30pm – Henry Fraser / Dan Pencer / Connor Baker at the First Street Garden, 33 E 1st St

 9/24 the Brooklyn Americana Festival at Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park to the south of the bridge, on the manmade peninsula starts at 2 with purist, harmony-driven “honkytonk power trio” Dylan Charles and the Layton Sisters3:00 PM banjo player/singer Hilary Hawke & the Wild Goats; 4:00 PM fiery oldtimey 19th century style string band the Four O’Clock Flowers ; 5:00 PM ten-piece country/carnivalesque/acoustic rock powerhouse M Shanghai String Band and eventually at 7 brilliantly lyrical dark oldtimey songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Pete Lanctot and the Stray Dogs

9/24, 7 PM haunting acoustic juke-joint folk/blues songwriter Tyrone Cotton at Sunny’s 

9/24, 7 PM guitarist Jonathan Goldberger’s excellent, uneasy, Indian and Middle Eastern-tinged pastoral guitar jazz trio Surface to Air at Barbes. Be aware that the Bill Frisell/Jenny Scheinman show afterward is sold out. Big surprise.

9/24, 7 PM bass goddess Felice Rosser’s ageless reggae-rock-groove band Faith in the community garden on 8th St. betw. Aves C/D

9/24, 8 PM bassist Jeonglim Yang leads her ELV Trio with Elias Stemeseder, piano; Vinnie Sperrazza, drums: “an aspiring new piano trio formed to create ‘straight ahead’ jazz into their whimsical interpretation,” at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

9/24, 8:30 PM jazz pianist Misha Piatigorsky’s haunting, cinematic, deviously clever thirteen-piece Sketchy Orkestra at the Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec

9/25, 9:30 PM singer Carolina Oliveros’ mighty 13-piece Afro-Colombian  trance/dance choir Bulla en el Barrio  at Barbes

9/26, 6 PM wryly retro, period-perfect classic 60s style female-fronted honkytonk band the Bourbon Express at the small room at the Rockwood

9/26, 7:30 PM the MSM Chamber Sinphonia with Christopher Johnson on organ play works by Shostakovich, Barber and Saint-Saens’ Organ Symphony at Riverside Church, $15

9/26, 7:30 PM indie classical group Wet Ink Ensemble play the release show for leader Alex Mincek’s new Torrent album with special guests trumpeter Nate Wooley and String Noise at Scholes St. Studios, $10/students get in free

9/26, 9:30 PM fiery alto saxophonist Lucas Pino’s twin-guitar No No Nonet at Smalls

9/26-30, 11:30 PM up-and-coming postbop tenor saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins leads his combo at Dizzy’s Club, $5  

9/27, 6 PM ambitiously lyrical, cutting-edge rising star jazz composer/singer Annie Chen  leads her quintet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

9/27, 7 PM jazz pianist Rory Cowal premieres eight through-composed pieces for the Vernal Equinox, Followed by perennially tuneful, lyrical piano improviser/composer Kris Davis and her quintet from Capricorn Climber plus special guest Michael Nicolas play new material at National Sawdust, $25 adv tix req

9/27, 7:30 PM this era’s most spellbinding oldschool country singer, Laura Cantrell at Sid Gold’s Request Room, 165 W 26th St (6/7th Aves), $10

9/27, 8 PM smart, eclectic songwriter Greta Keating plays her biting, tuneful, lyrical acoustic rock followed by brooding, morose pianist/singer Sara Donnellan – man, does she have a franchise on clinical depression –  at Silvana 

9/27, 8 PM  brilliant pedal steel player Mike Neer’s Steelonious – who do Monk covers in the same vein as Buddy Emmons – at Barbes

9/27, 8 PM Tom Blancarte plays his new work for solo bass followed by the auspicious debut of trumpet monster Peter Evans’ new group with Joel Ross on vibraphone, Jordan Morton on bass and Max Jaffe on drums at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

9/27, 9 PM Australian psychedelic/art-rock legends the Church – minus 12-string guitar icon Marty Willson-Piper –at the Poisson Rouge, $30 adv tix req. 9/28 at 9 they make their Brooklyn debut at the Bell House, $30 adv tix req

9/27, 9 PM the Space Merchants – the missing link between the Stooges and X – at  Sunnyvale, $10

9/27, 10 PM artsy, edgy, catchily enigmatic 90s indie favorites Rainer Maria  at Bowery Ballroom, $20

9/28, 7 PM the Spinal Tap of J-pop, Gaijin a-Go-Go in the archway under the Manhattan Bridge in Dumbo

9/28, 7:30 PM Niger’s Tuareg psychedelic guitar sensation Mdou Moctar at the Lincoln Center Atrium

9/28, 7:30 PM mystical Indian carnatic crooner Vignesh Ravichandran at 450 9th St. (at 7th Ave), Park Slope, F to 7th Ave., $15 sugg don

9/28, 7:30 PM the Claremont Trio play works by Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn plus a Kati Ogocs NY premiere at Music Mondays, Advent Church, northwest corner of 93rd and Broadway, free 

9/28, 8 PM the elegant but fiery Austin Piazzolla Quintet  play classic nuevo tango and originals followed at 10 by the  deviously eclectic, psychedelic Tredici Bacci playing original psychedelic instrumentals inspired by Italian film themes from the 60s and 70s at Barbes

9/28, 8 PM deviously theatrical oldschool C&W/rockabilly parodists Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co at Otto’s

9/28, 9:30 PM the darkly eclectic, enigmatic Lorraine Leckie  – equally adept at Slavic and Americana noir and dark cabaret – at Pete’s

9/28, 10 PM lustrous, harmony-driven, alternately haunting and badass oldschool honkytonk band the Sweetback Sisters atthe big room at the Rockwood, $14

9/28, 10 PM fiery garage rock band the NY Fowl Harmonic – a Gato Loco spinoff –  followed by explosive, creepy, colorful psychedelic rembetiko metal band Greek Judas at Hank’s, free

9/29, 6:30 PM dark Americana guy/girl harmony duo the Tall Pines at the American Folk Art Museum

9/29, 7:30 PM amazingly psychedelic,  mystical Moroccan trance-dance band Innov Gnawa followed by a rare US performance by legendary, cinematic Moroccan art-rockers Group Doueh at the Poisson Rouge, $30 adv tix rec

9/29, 8 PM the NY Classical Players with pianist Haesun Paik as the soloist in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 on a bill that also includes works by Shostakovich, a Renaissance-inspired premiere by Eric Nathan and Saint-Saens’ Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso at Advent Church, 93rd/Broadway, free

9/29, 8 PM the premiere of For Trumpet Player by Christian Wolff, a performance of Ashley Fure’s Piece for Percussion and Dynamic Subwoofers and Annea Lockwood’s Bayou-Borne, for Pauline, and a debut duo performance by Michael Pisaro and Christian Wolff at Issue Project  Room, $15/$12 stud/srs

 9/29-30, 8 PM Ian Antonio and Russell Greenberg, of experimental piano-percussion quartet Yarn/Wire perform Adjacencies, the only surviving score by pioneering ambient electroacoustic composer Maryanne Amacher at the Kitchen, $20

9/29-30, 8:30 PM intense, poignantly cutting-edge guitarist Mary Halvorson and her group at the New School’s Glass Box Performance Space, 55 W 13th St, $20

9/29, 8:30 PM eight-piece bluegrass band the Toomtown Hellraiasers at Caffe Vivaldi

9/29, 8:30 PM crystalline, enigmatically enchanting jazz singer and vocalese specialist Aubrey Johnson leads her eclectic band – Tomoko Omura, violin; Michael Sachs, alto sax, bass clarinet; Chris Ziemba, piano; Matt Aronoff, bass; Jeremy Noller, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

9/29, 9 PM popular Tuareg duskcore road warriors Songhoy Blues at Bowery Ballroom, $25 adv tix rec

9/29, 10 PM Yotoco, the bastard child of Umoja Orchestra, Bioritmo, and Cumbiagra playing a melange of salsa, Afro-Cuban rumba, boleros, and cumbia at Barbes

9/30, 4 PM enigmatic, individualistic, torchsong/parlor pop piano chanteuse Jeanne Marie Boes at the small room at the Rockwood

9/30, 6 PM dark urbane Romany song maven (and Berthold Brecht descendant) Sanda Weigl with violist Mat Maneri and Transylvanian pianist Lucian Ban play Kurt Weill followed at 10 by hard-hitting, brass-fueled newschool latin soul/boogaloo dance band Spanglish Fly at Barbes

9/30, 7 PM dark psychedelic acoustic blues/klezmer/reggae/soca jamband Hazmat Modine at Terra Blues

9/30, 7:30 PM Juilliard’s Loud Band with shawms, lutes and slide trumpet play works by 14th century composer Johannes Ciconia at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 3 W 65th St., free

9/30, 8 PM wild accordion-driven Chilean psychedelic sounds with Pascuala Ilabaca y Fauna making their US debut at Drom, $15 adv tix rec

9/30, 8 PM lyrically-fueled electric folk noir band Leland Sundries  at Hank’s, $7

9/30, 11 PM Rebet Asker play classic 1920s and 1930s Greek resistance, gangster and drug underworld songs at Drom, free

10/1, 2 PM popular indie classical orchestra the Knights  play Mendelssohn’s Italian symphony; special guest tenor Nicholas Phan joins them for Benjamin Britten’s Les Illuminations at Bric Arts, $12 adv tix rec. There’s also a 10/5, 8 PM show there for six bucks more in advance. 

10/1, 3 PM the New York Classical Players plus pianist HaeSun Paik play Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4, a premiere of Eric Nathan’s “Omaggio a Gesualdo” plus works by Shostakovich and Saint-Saens at Flushing Town Hall, free w/rsvp 

10/1, 5 PM forward-looking indie classical piano trio Longleash play the album release show for their new one at the Poisson Rouge

10/1, 7 PM the fantastic and irrepressible Momenta Quartet with Elizabeth Brown, theremin play works by Biber, Schoenberg, Kee Yong Chong, Michael Small, Elizabeth Brown at Dixon Place, free

10/1, 7:30 PM wryly playful, hauntingly atmospheric, otherworldly Tuvan throat-singing group Alash at Merkin Concert Hall, $25

10/2, 7 PM the Momenta Quartet  with Vicky Chow, piano, and Hilliard Greene,bass play a liberation-themed program of works by Schoenberg, Alvin Singleton, Agustín Fernández and a violin/bass improvisation at the Americas Society, 680 Park Ave, free

10/2, 8 PM the NYU01 Ensemble play Berlioz: Roman Carnival Overture, Op. 9; Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16; Elgar: Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36, “Enigma” at the NYU Loewe Theatre, 35 W 4th St, free

10/3, 7 PM the Momenta Quartet with Samuel Rhodes, viola, and ​Marcy Rosen​, cello play works by Britten, Tschaikovsky and Claude Baker at the Italian Academy at Columbia University, 1161 Amsterdam Ave north of 116th St., free

10/4, 7 PM the Momenta Quartet  with Nana Shi, pianist play works by Milhaud, Per Norgard’s awesome String Quartet No. 8, Hiroya Miura and João Pedro Oliveira at West Park Presbyterian Church, 165 W 86th St at Amsterdam

10/5, 6:30 PM not a music event but an important one: a panel discussion on the criminalization of poverty with Brooklyn Law School professor Jocelyn Simonson plus Josmar Trujillo of the Coalition to End Broken Windows, Alyssa Aguilera of VOCAL-NY, Imani Henry of Equality for Flatbush: E4F, and Ben Ndugga-Kabuye of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI) at the Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St. in downtown Brooklyn, free

10/6, 7 PM the Art Ensemble of Chicago, legends of avant garde jazz, make their first NYC stop in decades. Lineup this time out is Roscoe Mitchell, flutes, saxophones; Famoudou Don Moye, drums, percussion; Hugh Ragin, trumpet; Tomeka Reid, cello; Junius Paul, double bass; Joseph Jarman, spoken word, at Columbia’s Lenfest Center for the Arts , 615 W 129th St, $25/$15 stud

10/6, 7 PM pianists Brent Funderburk and Miori Sugiyama back the Brooklyn Art Song Society in works by Ravel and Debussy at the Brooklyn Historical Society,  128 Pierrepont St. in downtown Brooklyn, $25

10/6, 8 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 Terry Riley’s In C at the Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec. You want psychedelic?

10/6, 8 PM percussion and piano quartet Yarn/Wire play the world premiere of Enno Poppe’s Feld, “filtered through microtonal organs or paired with dense, perpetually moving piano complexity” at the Kitchen, $20/$15 stud/srs

10/8, 4 PM pianist Steven Masi plays Beeethoven sonatas at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.

10/8, 5 PM flutist Joseph Piscitelli, cellist Michael Finckel and pianist Helene Jeanney play; music by Haydn, Weber and Damase at the Lounge at Hudson View Gardens, 128 Pinehurst Ave at W183rd St, $12, reception to follow

10/8, 7:30 PM the intrepid Queensboro Symphony Orchestra  plays Fabrizio Ferraro’s guitar concerto Hachiko with the composer as soloist; also on the program iare Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3 featuring Hanako Miyajima and Brahms’ Symphony No. 1 at Mary’s Nativity Church, 46-02 Parsons Blvd. (at Holly Ave.), Flushing, sugg don, 7 to Flushing/Main St. and a comfortable 10-minute walk, or take the Q27 or Q65 bus

10/13, 7 PM pianist Monica Verona plays fugues by Bach, Beethoven and Barber – who knew? – at Bloomingdale School of Music, 323 W108th St, free

10/14, 8 PM Rohab Ensemble featuring members of legendary Iranian group Dastan Ensemble – Hossein Behroozinia (barbat – lute), Said Farajpoori (kamancheh – spike fiddle) and Behnam Samani (tombak – goblet drum) – with Hamid Behrouzinia (tar – lute) and entrancing vocalist Sepideh Raissad at at Roulette, $32

10/22, 4 PM violinist Rolf Schulte and pianist Nicolas Namoradze perform works by Medtner, Debussy, and Schumann.at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.

 10/29, 4 PM the American Brass Quintet perform an eclectic program of consort music of Elizabethan and Jacobean England, canons of the 16th century, and contemporary works by Steven Franklin at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.

10/30, 6 PM Oscar Wilde’s kid sister was the “pet of the house;” she died at nine of a brain aneurysm. Kari Swenson Riely stars in Isola, with text by Oscar and his mom and a live score by pensive, atmospheric soprano saxophonist David Aaron. Followed by a brief set with his quartet Flip City at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

11/7, 8 PM the incomparable, lush, eclectic Jenifer Jackson – a connoisseur of Americana, Beatlesque janglerock, bossa nova and Texas noir – at the Owl

11/18, 8 PM Athens’ #1 gangster hash-smoking 1920s/30s style rebetiko music band, Rebetiki Istoria at Roulette, $25

12/2, 8 PM Gamelan Kusuma Laras with Javanese gamelan luminaries Darsono Hadiraharjo, “the best young Javanese gamelan player of his generation;” master musician Midiyanto; and rising star singer Heni Savitri; at Roulette, $25

Joshua Garcia Brings His Harrowing, Relevant Tunesmithing to a Cozy West Village Spot

When describing a singer-songwriter, the term “troubadour” is typically misused to the most ridiculous extent possible. Most of the culprits are part of the corporate publicity  machine, or those who still kiss up to it, probably because they’ve been kissing up to it for so long that they’ve forgotten that it has nothing left for them. But that’s another story.

In the Middle Ages, the troubadours – a French word – were the CNN of Europe. Making their way precariously from town to town, through thickets of bandits – with whom they undoubtedly shared more than we’ll ever know – they carried news, and rumors, and often outright falsehoods about what was going on in the wider world. For some mead and a meal and a bed, they’d keep the night going with drinking songs and sex songs, and maybe there’d be a jam session at the end. Relics of this ancient ritual persist in bars around the world.

The obvious conclusion is that in the age of CNN, there’s hardly a need for troubadours. But in an era when so much news is no more reliable than the apocryphal tales spread by well-traveled, hardworking guys picking up bits and pieces of information here and there and weaving them into a semi-plausible whole, maybe we need to rethink that conclusion. That’s where somebody like Joshua Garcia comes in.

Garcia sings in a strong, confident baritone that harks back to the more purposeful folk voices of the 1950s folk revival: in other words, he isn’t trying to be Dylan or, for that matter, John Mayer. Likewise, his guitar picking is steady, and fluid, and fluent in several bluesy styles. He writes in images: rather than telling you what’s going on, he gives you an audio movie to figure out. He’s got a deadpan sense of humor that can be very grim, which makes sense considering who’s in the Oval Office right now.

At his show at the American Folk Art Museum a couple of weeks ago, you could have heard a pin drop. “I’m not used to playing for so many of you,” he grinned, but that will change. His songs are topical, but in the style of a Spike Lee movie rather than a news program. The best one was That’s the Way You Drop a Bomb, a matter-of-fact, picturesque account of what the crew of the Enola Gay were told to expect on their way to and back from killing hundreds of thousands of innocent Japanese civilians. An old story, no question, but one with immense relevance when fire and fury drip from greedy lips at White House news conferences.

Garcia opened his set with an aphoristic catalog of things that he was going to buy. Some were concrete, many of them were grandiose, and eventually he came to the point where he’d mention a few of the things he wasn’t going to buy. Those, he’d leave to you. Guess what they were.

He also played a couple of brooding narratives about immigrant life. The first and more allusive one looked at the dismal daily routine of his Mexican-American immigrant grandmother, a California factory worker in the 1950s. The more harrowing one, a chronicle of spousal abuse was unselfconsciously tender and dedicated to his mom. Obviously, domestic violence is hardly the exclusive domain of immigrants or working people, but there’s no question that societies where prosperity is not monopolized by a robber baron class have lower rates of violent crime. Garcia didn’t say any of that outright: he let his song speak for itself. He closed the set a-cappella, a brave move that worked like a charm on the crowd.

His next gig is a short set at 7 PM on Sept 2 at Caffe Vivaldi followed eventually at 8 by Jeremy Aaron, a good acoustic guitarist who writes socially aware topical songs, and then clever, playful swing/oldtimey Americana accordionist-singer Erica Mancini at 8:30. 

And the weekly Free Music Fridays series at the American Folk Art Museum – Manhattan’s best and arguably most popular listening room for pretty much all styles of acoustic music – resumes on September 22 at 6 PM with acoustic Americana tunesmith Rodrigo Aranjuelo. and gothic Americana duo Thoughtdream