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Macabre Piano Epics and Deep-Space Ambience From Elizabeth A. Baker

Pianist/multi-instrumentalist Elizabeth A. Baker’s new album Quadrivium – streaming at Bandcamp – is extremely long and often extremely dark. Her music can be hypnotic and atmospheric one moment and absolutely bloodcurdling the next. Erik Satie seems to be a strong influence; at other times, it sounds like George Winston on acid, or Brian Eno. It was tempting to save it for Halloween month – when all hell breaks loose here – but Baker’s playing the release show tonight, Sept 22 at Arete Gallery in Greenpoint at 7 PM. Cover is $15 – be aware that there is no G train between Nassau Ave. and Queens this weekend, so your options are either taking the L to Bedford and about a 20-minute walk, or the G to Nassau if you’re coming from Brooklyn and then hoofing it from there.

Baker’s striking high/low piano contrasts follow a hypnotically circling, glacial pace in the thirteen-plus minutes of the album’s opening track, Sashay. Subtly and slowly, her icicle accents grow more spacious, with the occasional unexpectedly playful accent. The second track, Command Voices – 251A is a lot more sinister, laced with Baker’s emphatic menace amid sepulchral rustles. Its eleven-minute second part is a pitch-black haunted house soundtrack complete with creaky inside-the-piano sonics and ghostly bells that finally come full circle with a long parade of macabre close harmonies.

Four Explosions Expanding From the Center is an awfully sardonic title for a deep-space Satie-esque tone poem echoing the album’s opening track as it grows more energetic. Quarks is a study in coy, fleeting accents followed by the brief spoken-word piece Identity Definitions, which contemplates how primitive attempts to rationalize existence still have resonance today.

The far more epic Lateral Phases & Beat Frequencies addresses interpersonal quandaries over drones and spacy squiggles. Headspace is as ambient and drifty as you would think. What Is Done in Silence builds a spot-on, sarcastically robotic cautionary scenario about getting caught in a digital snare. Baker works trippily oscillating loops in An Outcast; the album’s final cut is a coldly glimmering, practically 24-minute portrait of a dangerous powder drug, or so it would seem. It brings to mind the early loop collages of Phil Kline. Lots of flavors and lots of troubling relevance in an album which has a remarkably persistent awareness even as Baker messes with the listener’s imagination.

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Rage Against the Machine in the Former Belly of the Beast

In their sold-out concert at the Park Avenue  Armory Wednesday night, cutting-edge 24-member choral ensemble the Crossing delivered a breathtakingly virtuosic rebuke to anyone who might think that rage is not all the rage these days. The Armory dates back to the 19th century and is decorated throughout with high quality Civil War memorabilia. According to heraldic engravings in all sorts of precious metals, sixty-five of New York’s entitled classes died fighting to keep the Union together. It’s hardly a stretch to consider that their patriotism may have reflected less of an endorsement of civil liberties for all Americans, black and white, than the desire to keep sources of raw materials in the south safe in the grip of northern banksters.

Conductor Donald Nally’s choice to stage the group’s performance there was as daring as it was obvious. Each room utilized for the concert’s two sets is rich with natural reverb. in a proud tradition that goes back long before Laurie Anderson‘s legendary performances at the Armory, this was yet another reclamation of the space in the name of something other than killing.

Eight of the pieces on the program were New York premieres. The trio of cellists Thomas Mesa, Arlen Hlusko and Sujin Lee opened with the subtly shifting, hypnotically circling riffs of David Lang’s Depart as the crowd filed in. The singers then took their places one by one and treated the audience to a night of daunting counterpoint, playfully challenging extended technique, kaleidoscopic interplay and glistering, often achingly enveloping polyphony.

Central to the program were two breathtaking pieces by Gabriel Jackson. Our Flags Are Wafting in Hope and Grief, with its cleverly expanding cell-like phrases and dramatic cadenzas, brought to life Latvian writer Doris Koreva’s poem addressing a crucial, pivotal historical moment from which there can be no return. There’s cruel ambiguity in its flag imagery; the ensemble’s  emphatic intensity weighed in on the side of the perils of nationalism rather than potential triumphs.

The similarly circling first segment of Jackson’s Rigwreck could have been dispensed with, but the diptych’s second part was as gripping as it is relevant, connecting the dots from the question of eternal vigilance to its absence in both the BP Gulf oil spill catastrophe, and also our own relationships. The pinpoint precision of the group’s gusts underscored the grim cautionary tale in Pierre Joris’ text, a fervent wakeup call about the corporate interests and money culture that pollute individual lives as toxically as the Gulf of Mexico and its coastline were in 2010.

Kile Smith’s Conversation on the Mountain – from his suite Where Flames a Word – gave the choir a wide-open field for all sorts of deft, subtly baroque-inflected call-and-response that twinkled and sometimes burst from every corner of the stage. A brief premiere, by Louis Andriessen rose to anguished close harmonies. By contrast, the group got to let off some steam with Ted Hearne’s Animals, voicing an entire Nile riverbank bestiary with unleashed abandon and an undercurrent of Orwellian cynicism.

The choice of opening the second half of the concert with the knifes-edge close harmonies of Suzanne Giraud’s Johannisbaum instantly set the tone for the unease of the rest of the program, the cellists joined by a trio of soprano Abigail Chapman, mezzo-soprano Elisa Sutherland and a masterfully precise blonde woman whose image hasn’t yet made it to Google. Unfair as it is to single out a singer from a performance where selfless teamwork is so crucial, Sutherland’s soul-infused expressiveness and unselfconscious joie de vivre explain why she was front and center throughout much of the show.

There was also hypnotic, atmospheric rapture in Sebastian Currier’s Sanctus, from his Night Mass, and a final, wistfully precarious contemplation of our ongoing existence by Lang. Needless to say, it was a sobering idea to take home.

The Crossing’s next concert, on Sept 29 at 8 PM features indie classical chamber group International Contemporary Ensemble, with works by Hearne, Lang and Caroline Shaw at Montclair State University’s Kasser Theatre. Tix are $30; a $10 shuttle bus leaves from behind Port Authority about an hour and a half before the show. It’s about a 45-minute ride from Manhattan. 

Organist Christopher Houlihan Pulls Out All the Stops at an Iconic Venue

The titanic 1954 Schantz organ at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark is one of the most coveted instruments in the world. To witness an organist capable of maximizing its vast capabilities is one of the most thrilling concert experiences in this hemisphere. Yesterday evening, to open the fiftieth anniversary season of this nation’s longest-running cathedral concert series, Christopher Houlihan delivered an epic, literally breathtaking performance of reinvented standard repertoire and unexpected treats.

With over ten thousand pipes spread from one end of the cathedral to the other, there are few instruments that can deliver surround-sound stereo at such gale force. There were several instances where Houlihan literally pulled out all the stops, which was nothing short of exhilatating, but the ride getting there was just as entertaining, and revelatory.

He bookended the show with Bach – an emphatic, triumphant encore, as if to say with a grin, “I own this space now” – and a reinvention of the Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582. Since organs of the composers’s era were considerably smaller, there’s no question he would have at the very least approved of how imaginatively Houlihan varied his textures, from the otherworldly rustic melancholy of the introduction, through ghostly flutes, stygian pedalwork and mighty blasts of brass from the trompette en chamade located like a bullseye, front and center.

“You have no idea of how much fun I’ve had practicing for this concert,” Houlihan confided to the crowd. “To be alone in this cathedral with just the organ is…” he was at a loss for words, a kid in a candy store. So he let the music do the talking, beginning with a similarly colorful, dynamic tour of Schumann’s Four Sketches for pedal-piano, opus 58. Typically played on the organ rather than the quaint hybrid instrument they were written for, Houlihan elevated them with appropriate gravitas and majesty through swirls and swells, lushness contrasting with a hushed, spare quality in places, taking full advantage of the multiplicity of textural options.

Herbert Howells’ Master Tallis’s Testament, a salute to medieval British composer Thomas Tallis, had similar dynamic richness, Houlihan playing with a remarkable robustness that brought to mind the central theme’s similarity to Jehan Alain’s famous quasi-toccata Le Jardin Suspendu. That set the stage for a smartly counterintuitive triptych of excerpts from the symphonies of Louis Vierne, the iconic French organist and composer.

There was great historical precedent for that choice. Houlihan’s teacher, John Rose, founded the cathedral concert series a half-century ago and was in the audience. In the mid-70s, he’d staged a marathon performance of Vierne’s complete organ symphonies in this space. But rather than brimming with the angst and wrath that Vierne can channel with unparalleled intensity, Houlihan concentrated on disparate moods as well as Vierne’s unexpectedly puckish sense of humor.

Whether intentional or not, it also made a good capsule survey of the development of Vierne’s compositional style. The Scherzo, from Symphony No. 2, was gleaming, pouncing and insistent, proto-Messiaen without all the birdsong quotes. The Romance, from Symphony No. 4, was a vast nightscape delivered with silken expressiveness. Finally, Houlihan threw caution to the wind and attacked the Toccata from Vierne’s 24 Pièces de Fantaisie with a stiletto intensity. Yet even as this hurricane of sound grew from bluster toward sheer terror, there was an immutable, stunning balance, Houlihan confident amid the torrents in the very eye of the storm.

The cathedral concert series continues on Oct 21 at 4 PM with choral works by Bach, Handel, Mozart, Rossini, and Verdi performed by a stellar cast including Theodore Chletsos, Sandra Mercado, Jorge Ocasio, Elizabeth Perryman, and Klára Zíková-English; suggested donation is $15. Houlihan’s next recital is on Sept 28 at 7:30 PM with the Festival Orchestra, performing the mighty Poulenc Organ Concerto for Timpani and Orchestra at the Asylum Hill Congregational Church, 814 Asylum Ave. at Huntington St. in Hartford, Connecticut

Persistent Disquiet, a Roulette Show and New Material From Individualistic Keyboardist Kelly Moran

Although multi-keyboardist Kelly Moran’s albums are all solo recordings, they frequently have a psychedelic, gamelanesque quality to go along with a relentless unease. That’s because Moran multitracks herself, and prepares her piano strings for all sorts of strange muted and clock-chime effects. Her most recent album Bloodroot – streaming at Bandcamp – celebrates different species of plants, some of them garden variety, some much less so.

The eleven tracks are purposeful to the nth degree, seldom much longer than two minutes apiece. Although she’s playing brand-new material with projections at her show on Sept 7 at 8 PM at Roulette, if you’re lucky you’ll get to hear some of this deliciously brooding material as well. Advance tix, available at the front desk on show nights, are $18.

The first track on the album, Iris, is a miniature, a chiming theme with pregnant pauses. The muting of the strings adds an enigmatic click beneath Moran’s belltone phrasing. Celandine – a close relative to the buttercup – is represented by steady, elegantly circling broken chords that Moran shifts eerily toward the shadows as she adds dissonances. From there she segues into the ornate rivulets of Freesia – it’s not clear how much electronic processing there is on the track, or if Moran has cleverly overdubbed a toy piano into the mix.

In Hyacinth, she bows the strings inside the piano for a shimmering autoharp effect and icy, doppler-like waves. Liatris – a flower akin to smaller-scale tall phlox –  is portrayed with music box-like voicings, anchored by terse, graceful piano harmonies. Moran segues from there directly into the album’s title track, a spare, moody, Satie-esque theme. A flickering prepared piano track approximating the sound of castanets echoes the melody – t’s the strongest and most disconcerting number here.

Moran is done with the calla lily in less than a minute and a half of what could be a mashup of Webern, Mompou and Margaret Leng Tan (for a completely different take on the flower, check out the bittersweet Amy Allison song)

Sea lavender – a favorite of the composer, maybe? – gets two tracks. Statice – a common synonym – is a plaintive anthem with spiky, muted carillon-esque textures. Limonium – the flower’s taxonomical name – could be a duet between horror film composer Clint Mansell and toy pianist Phyllis Chen.

In between the two rests Aster, uneasily – it’s the closest thing to the otherworldly belltones of Mompou here, punctuated by plenty of pauses. Moran closes the album with a salute to the Heliconia, a bright red-and-yellow tropical flower and distant relative of the banana. It gets a surprisingly dark, epic portrayal, the closest thing to grand guignol on this beguiling, rather troubled album. It’ll be fascinating to see what kind of distant menace Moran can conjure up in Brooklyn this weekend. 

Live Music Calendar for New York City and Brooklyn for September and October 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

Not a music event but relevant: thru 9/30, 30 artists respond to the failure of “broken windows” policing at the ACLU’s Museum of Broken Windows open Sun – Thur: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. at 9 W. 8th Street, free

9/5, 9/12 and a grand finale on 9/14 a half an hour earlier, this year’s Bryant Park Accordion Festival is as amazing as it was last year. Scroll down for individual show lineups

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

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

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

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

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

Mondays in September, 10 PM noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo leads his trio at the big room at the Rockwood, $10

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.

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

Tuesdays in October, 9:30 PM Lizzie & the Makers  at Pete’s. Snarling twin-guitar psychedelic rockers steeped in oldschool backing one of the most powerful, riveting singers on the planet. DAMN, can this woman wail. We lost Aretha but we still have Lizzie. 

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

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

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

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

Saturdays in September, 6 PM the Toomai String Quintet play all kinds of adventurous, global classical repertoire, specializing in fiery Cuban material at Barbes

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

Sundays in September, at sometime past noon at Hank’s, Nashville gothic crooner Sean Kershaw‘s legendary honkytonk brunch is back; special guests from his wide circle of NYC Americana acts keep the afternoon going until about 7. It’s just like 1999 again -at least until the bar closes sometime this year.

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

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

9/1, 5 PM atmospheric, cinematic drummer/composer Tim Kuhl – sort of a more straightforwardly trippy version of John Hollenbeck – followed at 8 by dazzlingly eclectic chamber pop/latin/classical violinist Concetta Abbate at Pete’s

9/1, 6 PM the Toomai String Quintet play all kinds of adventurous, global classical repertoire, specializing in fiery Cuban material, then at 8 PM pianist Lucian Ban and violist Mat Maneri play their creepy Transylvanian jazz and then at 10 there’s epic ranchera/bolero brass crew Banda de los Muertos at Barbes

9/1, 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

9/1, 7 PM in reverse order at El Cortez: no wave sax legends James Chance & The Contortions,dark art-rock guitar icon Martin Bisi, and perennially sick noiserock guitar band the Sediment Club, $20

9/1, 7  PM the annual Soorya festival of Sri Lankan culture and arts at Faber Park in Staten Island, free, shuttle bus will stop at the Staten Island Ferry to pick you up, call 718-755-4644, program tba

9/1, 8 PM singer Lara Solnicki leads a killer quintet with Marta Sanchez on piano and Roman Filiu on alto at the Cell Theatre, $15. Filiu leads his quartet afterward

9/1, 8 PM charmingly inscrutable Parisienne chanteuse Chloe & the French Heart Jazz Band  at Club Bonafide, $20. She’s back here on 9/21 at 6, 9/28 at 7 and 9/29 at 6 again

9/1, 8:30 PM Greg Lewis’ brilliant, fearlessly political Organ Monk Trio at Bar Lunatico

9/1, 8:30 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” followed by exotic vibraphone-driven surf band the Vibro-jets at the Gutter, sug don

9/1, 9 PM Unsteady Freddie‘s monthly surf rock extravaganza at Otto’s begins at 9 PM with ferocious, creepy surf noir band the Men in Gray Suits, at 10 spaghetti western/surf trio LoungeZotica 3000, at 11 gloomy surfed-up Russian prison songs with the Vivisectors, and around midnight the night’s hardest-rocking act, Surfer R Cool 

9/1, 9 PM dark garage rock and noir psychedelia with Holly Golightly & the Brokeoffs at the Mercury, $15

9/2, 2 PM original mambo king Orlando Marin and his band at the Discovery Center in Central Park,110th Street between Lenox Avenue and Fifth Ave, free

9/2, 6 PM purist CBs style female-fronted punks the Carvels NYC  at Otto’s – they have free potluck munchies too

9/2, 8:45 PM first-rate purist honkytonk crooner/bandleader Cliff Westfall a and hard honkytonk guitar legend Wayne the Train Hancock at the Knitting Factory, $18

9/2, 9 PM oldschool-style high plains C&W singer Hope Debates & North 40 at  at Skinny Dennis

9/2, 10ish brilliant Americana-rock lead guitarist Tom Clark – whose Lakeside and Manitoba’s shows back in the 90s and zeros were legendary – on his home turf at the Treehouse at 2A

9/3, 3 PM free dogs and burgers at Freddy’s. Not a music event but if you’re hungry…

9/3, 8:30 PM darkly brilliant, psychedelic Klezmatics multi-reedman Matt Darriau’s ’s Paradox Trio at Bar Lunatico. 9/9 at 7 they’re at Barbes

9/3, 9:30 PM Dilemastronauta Y Los Sabrosos Cosmicos with members of M.A.K.U and Combo Chimbita play space cumbia at Barbes

9/4, 7 PM brilliantly lyrical latin jazz pianist Luis Perdomo leads his band at the Fat Cat, no joke

9/4, 7 PM Free Range Rats with Eric Hipp, tenor saxophone;  John Carlson, trumpet & pocket trumpet;  Shawn McGloin, bass;  George Schuller, drums followed by clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

9/4, 8/10;30 PM state-of-the-art jazz bassist Christian McBride & the New Jawn Quartet at the Blue Note, $20 standing room avail

9/4, 8 PM feral bassist Brandon Lopez leads a trio with piano and drums at Roulette, $18 adv tix rec

9/4-8, 8:30 PM saxophonist/composer Michael Blake plays with a variety of ensembles at the Stone at the New School, $20. Choice pick: 9/6 with String Theory: Charlie Burnham (violin) Erik Friedlander (cello) Ryan Blotnick (guitar) Tony Scherr (bass) Jerry Granelli (drums) 

9/4, 9 PM two talented, individualistic guitarslinging women: Mallory Feuer and her fiery power trio the Grasping Straws followed by Balkan jazz player Martina Fiserova at Sidewalk

9/4, 10 PM the Inner City All-Stars – who mash up hot New Orleans brass and psychedelic funk – at Silvana 

9/4, 11:30 PM rising star singer Lucy Yeghiazaryan plays and maybe sings music by Fats Waller at Dizzy’s Club, $5

9/5, 5:30 PM  night four of this year’s amazing Bryant Park Accordion Festival, short sets by musicians scattered across the park lawn to prevent any sonic interference. Lineup includes Laren Droll (Cajun + Zydeco), Laura Vilche (Bandoneón: Argentine Tango), Nain de los M-1 Sangre de Reyes (Norteño Music from Mexico), Patty Furlong (Traditional Irish Music), Cordeone (Portuguese Fado), Ilya Shneyveys (Traditional + Original Klezmer), Eva Salina and Peter Stan (Vintage Balkan Roma Ballads), Mira Stroika (Pop Cabaret), Albert Behar (French Musette + Gypsy Jazz), Alan Morrow (Waltzes, Tango + Blues), Papa Bavarian (German Oktoberfest), and Burlap Don Simons (American Swing)

9/5, 8ish Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” and hash-smoking anthems at Troost

9/5, 8 PM klezmer clarinet/mandolin wizard Andy Statman at Barbes, $10

9/5, 8 PM a killer second/third generation Afrobeat twinbill: Super Yamba and Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 at the Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec

9/5, 8:30 PM A Tribute to Americana hellraiser Jimmy C Newman w/ The Foghorn Stringband, Jesse Lege, Joel Savoy, Kelli Jones & Rusty Blake at the Jalopy, $25

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

9/5, 10 PM awesomely slinky, psychedelic Israeli Ethiopiques groove instrumentalists Anbessa Orchestra at the big room at the Rockwood

9/6, noon latin jazz drum maestro Bobby Sanabria & Quarteto Aché outdoors at Worldwide Plaza, 350 W 50th St.

9/6, 5 PM the eclectic, Balkan/latin/funk brass Underground Horns on Broadway betw 42/43

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

9/6, 7 PM indie classical chamber ensemble Unbridled play a world premiere commission by composer Emily Praetorius plus works by Futing and others at Arete Gallery, $15

9/6, 8 PM eclectic groove instrumentalists Kadawa followed at 10 by Quatre Vingt Neuf (French for 89, a revolutionary date in case you weren’t aware) playing New Orleans brass music at Barbes

9/6, 8 PM snarky cabaret/funk/punk band Kid Congo & the Pink Monkey Birds– who are more new wave and less Crampsy than you would think – and grasscore legends Slim Cessna’s Auto Club at Brooklyn Bazaar, $20

9/6, 8 PM irrepressible multi-instrumentalist Joanna Sternberg wearing her front-porch folk guitarist hat, followed by noir soundtrack keyboardist Frank LoCrasto at Union Pool, $12

9/6, 8 PM popular newgrass/Americana road warriors Red Molly at City Winery, $22 standing room avail

9/6, 8 PM legendary drummer/cardiac medicine innovator/African historian Milford Graves with slinky bassist Shahzad Ismaily, plus performances by composer and artist Marina Rosenfeld and improvising vocalist Charmaine Lee at First Unitarian Congregational, 119 Pierrepont St., downtown Brooklyn,  $25/$10 stud/srs, closest train is the 2/3 to Clark St. or any train to Borough Hall

9/6, 8 PM pianist Alessandro Vena plays works by Chopin – Davide Zannoni – Giuseppe Lupis – Franz Liszt – Claude Debussy – Sergei Rachmaninoff at the DiMenna Center, $15/$10 stud/sf=rs

9/6, 8:30 PM kinetic, eclectic, funky parlor jazz violinist Mazz Swift  at Bar Lunatico

9/6, 9 PM wild minor key-loving Russian folk-punks Dobranotch at Drom, $15 adv tix rec

9/6, 9 PM mesmerizing, atmospheric guitarist Rafiq Bhatia & drummer Craig Weinrib at Nublu 151

9/6, 9 PM powerpop with Dave Derby’s Grand Armada, crystalline-voiced noir Americana songwriter Jessie Kilguss  and Dave Foster’s 90s jangle/powerpop band Bubble at Hank’s

9/6, 10 PM the great unsung hero of darkly purposeful, noir-tinged jazz guitar, Saul Rubin leading his Zebtet at the Fat Cat. They’re also here on 9/11 and 9/18 at 7

9/7, 6 PM elegant, lyrical, wildly eclectic oldtimey jazz/New England Americana songwriter Caroline Cotter at the American Folk Art Museum 

9/7, 7 PM Tilt Brass’s allstar trumpet octet play works by Eastman, Vierk, Gibson, McIntyre at the New School’s Stiefel Hall, 4th Floor, 55 W 13th St, $15, stud free

9/7, 8 PM timeless, haunting, playful octogenarian Armenian jazz sage and multi-reedman Souren Baronian’s Taksim at Barbes

9/7, 8 PM wryly lyrical Nashville gothic and Americana rock with Maynard & the Musties and Aron Blue at the Way Station

9/7, 8ish exotic vibraphone-driven surf band the Vibro-jets at Troost

9/7, 8 PM hauntingly cinematic pianist/composer Kelly Moran plays new work at Roulette, $18 adv tix rec

9/7, 9 PM eclectic, electric C&W/blues band the Jug Addicts at Bar Chord

9/7, 10:30 PM kinetically hypnotic postpunk band Mattson 2 at Rough Trade, $17 adv tix rec

9/7, 11:30 PM sax/keyboard duo Eva & Marie play klezmer, French chanson and other diverse styles at Freddy’s 

9/8, 4 PM purist CBs style female-fronted punks the Carvels NYC at Tompkins Square Park

9/8, 7 PM pianist Jose Menor plays the music of Spanish composer Hèctor Parra at Spectrum, $15. He’s also here on the 9th at 3 with a more varied program, and on 9/22 at 8 playing Messiaen’s Vingt Regards Sur L’enfant Jesus.

9/8, 7 PM night one of this year’s Dissident Arts Festival is a Weimar-inspired “Cabaret of Dissent” to benefit the Rosenberg Fund for Children, a non-profit public foundation which aids children of targeted progressive activists. On the bill: speaker Jenn Meeropol, granddaughter of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg and director of the Rosenberg Fund; jazz singer Judi Silvano; pianist Chris Forbes playing “Harmolodic Weill”; liberation jazz and spoken word by the Red Microphone; bassist/poet Larry Roland debuts his new all-star band They Come With Gold, and politically-charged jazz/soul songwriter Lindsey Wilson & the Human Hearts at 17 Frost Theatre and Gallery, 17 Frost St, Williamsburg, $15 `

9/8, 7 PM Bahamian trumpeter Giveton Gelin and his quintet followed by fellow horn powerhouse Jeremy Pelt leading a mighty octet and plahing a Rodin-inspired program at the New School’s Stiefel Hall, 4th Floor, 55 W 13th St, $15, stud free

9/8, 7:30 PM the Knox Trio play works for flute, cello and piano including George Crumb’s Vox Balaenae (Voice of the Whale), Matthew Burtner’s atmospheric Snowprints and two 2018 world premieres (Victoria Romano, Ernest Ling) at Arete Gallery, $15/$10 stud

9/8, 8 PM legendarily eclectic surf band the Tiki Brothers at Arlene’s $10

9/8, 8 PM jazz harpist Pia Salvia leads a quintet at the Cell Theatre, $15

9/8, 8 PM dark cabaret legend  Sanda Weigl sings Brecht/Weill with Lucian Ban, piano & Mat Maneri, viola followed at 10 by Pangari & the Socialites playing classic ska and rocksteady – most of it from the 60s Skatalites catalog – at Barbes

9/8, 8 PM Savak – who rehash Wire as well as anybody else ever has – at the Bell House, free

9/8, $10 before 9 PM, bizarrely fun dubwise accordion-and-brass stoner funksters TM Street Band followed bye xplosive, creepy, colorfully psychedelic rembetiko metal band Greek Judas at Rubulad, plus projections, fortune tellers, fire twirlers probably, the works – email for Bushwick address/info 

9/8, 9 PM the intoxicatingly clattering, sintir bass lute fueled Moroccan trance grooves of Innov Gnawa at the Owl

9/8, 10 PM oldschool soul ballads with singer Camille Atkisson’s Empire Beats at the Way Station

9/8, 10 PM fiery electric bluegrass and C&W with Demolition String Band at Skinny Dennis

 9/8, 10 PM smartly eclectic singer and vivid original jazz songwriter Allegra Levy plays the album release show for her new lunar-themed record at the third stage at the Rockwood, $10

9/9, 2 PM unpredictably brilliant violinist Concetta Abbate plus a chamber ensemble for a killer program of her own work plus material by women composers Missy Mazzoli, Whitney George, Anna Bon and Kate Amrine at the Park Church Coop at 129 Russell St. in Greenpoint. No G train this weekend, so take the L to Bedford and walk about 10 mins., $10 and includes munchies

9/9, 3 PM koto visionary Yumi Kurosawa at the Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd,, Long Island City,  N to Broadway and about a 15-block walk, free w/museum adm

9/9, 5 PM irrepressibly charismatic oldtimey trombonist/uke player J. Walter Hawkes and band followed by Fuck You Tammy playing amazingly spot-on recreations of themes from Twin Peaks and David Lynch films at LIC Bar

9/9, 7 PM darkly brilliant, psychedelic Klezmatics multi-reedman Matt Darriau’s Paradox Trio followed at 9:30ish by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes. The twinbill repeats here on 9/30

9/9, 7 PM  dueling bass and treble clarinets: Josh Sinton and Guillermo Gregorio at Downtown Music Gallery

9/9, 10:30 PM Dreamdecay – who do as decently noisy a ripoff of late 70s PiL as well as anybody – at Brooklyn Bazaar, $10 adv tix avail at the Poisson Rouge box ofc 

9/9, 10:30 PM catchy Booker T-esque soul jazz with trombonist David Gibson and his quintet at Smalls

9/10, 7 PM rustic, acerbic front-porch folk singer Jo Williamson at LIC Bar

9/10, 7 PM tuneful postbop pianist Jim Ridl leads leads a great quartet with Terrell Stafford on trumpet at 55 Bar

9/10, 7:30 PM the 12-piece, Eddie Palmieri-influenced Zaccai Curtis Orkesta at Dizzy’s Club, $35 but could be worth it

9/10, 8:30 PM bassist Jeom Lin Yang leads a killer trio with Oscar Noriega on alto, Jacob Sacks on piano and Gerald Cleaver on drums at Bar Lunatico

9/10, 9:30ish the NYC Gaita Club – a Bulla en el Barrio spinoff – play rustically pounding Afro-Colombian trance-dance music at Barbes

9/11, 7 PM accordion genius Shoko Nagai ’s haunting Tokala Silk Road/klezmer mashup project  followed byclever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party  at 9 PM at Barbes

9/11, 7 PM Mark Peskanov, violin; David Bottoms, piano; Rita Sloan, piano;play works by Bach, Barber, Beethoven, Brahms, Bottoms, Chopin and Coplandat Bargemusic, free, get there early

9/11, 7 PM a roundtable discussion to open the National Jazz Museum in Harlem’s new Machito and Mario Bauza exhibit plus a performance by Cuban pianist Emilio Morales, sug don 

9/11, 7:30 PM night one of this year’s Resonant Bodies Festival of avant garde vocals features Thingny’s Paul Pinto, the operatic Helga Davis and indie classical singer Lucy Dhegrae at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

9/11, 7:30 PM incendiary, fearlessly political Vietnamese chanteuse/freedom fighter Mai Khoi and the Dissidents plus poet Paul Tran, winner of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe Grand Slam at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix req

9/11, 8 PM guy/girl duo Yael & Gabriel sing intimate versions of Edith Piaf classics at Highline Ballroom, $15 adv tix rec

9/11, 8 PM inscrutable, tropically-tinged psychedelic singer/bandleader Renata Zeigeur at Union Pool, $12

9/11, 8 PM oldschool-styhle Cuban mambo jazz with Orquesta Akokán  at the Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec

9/11, 8 PM Jesse Neuman leads a three-trumpet frontline with Ingrid Jensen and Nadje Nordhuis with Jeff Davis on drums – wow – followed at 10 by Westerlies trumpeter Riley Mulherkar with guitarist Rafiq Bhatia and pianist Chris Pattishall at the upstairs room at Threes Brewing, 333 Douglass St, Gowanus, $10

9/11-15, 8:30 PM adventurously lyrical pianist Matt Mitchell plays with a variety of ensembles at the Stone at the New School, $20. Choice pick: the 9/12 show with Miranda Cuckson (violin) Mariel Roberts (cello)

9/11, 8:30 PM hard-charging oldschool soul/funk/rock singer Bette Smith and band at Bar Lunatico 

9/11, 9 PM wickedly torchy noir songwriter Julia Haltigan and her killer band at 11th St Bar

9/11, 10 PM eclectically tuneful, spectacularly fast, Leo Kottke-esque acoustic guitar instrumentals with Dougmore at the third stage at the Rockwood, $10

9/11, 10 PM terse purist postbop trumpeter Alex Sipiagin leads a quiintet at 55 Bar

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

9/12, 1 PM violist Jordan Bak and ensemble play works by Piazzolla, Telemann and Brahms at the Greene Space, free, res req 

9/12, 5:30 PM night five of this year’s amazing Bryant Park Accordion Festival, short sets by musicians scattered across the park lawn to prevent any sonic interference. Lineup includes Julie Winterbottom (Cajun Music from Louisiana), Javier Sánchez (Bandoneón: Argentine Tango), Sadys Rodrigo Espitia (Colombian Cumbia + Vallenato), Ellen Lindstrom “The Swedish Meatball” (Scandinavian Music), Vitor Gonçalves (Brazilian Choro + Forró), Shoko Nagai (Japanese + Jewish), Maestro (Electronic Balkan Music), Papa Joe De Clemente (Italian + American Standards), Will Holshouser (Jazz + Folk), Ismail Butera (Ancient Mediterranean), Ryan O’Donnell + Friends (Ukrainian), and Guillermo Vaisman (Coastal Argentine Chamamé).

9/12, 6 PM oudist Tom Chess with tabla player Roshni Samlal at the  Rubin Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

9/12, 6:30 PM the Circle Wind Chamber Orchestra with Spanish choir Escolonia de Tomares plus taiko drummers play in memory of Fukushima and 3/11 with works by Bach, Bernstein, Saburo Takta and others at Merkin Concert Hall, $10

9/12, 7:30 PM night two of this year’s Resonant Bodies Festival of avant garde vocals features hauntingly atmospheric pan-Asian chanteuse/composer Jen Shyu, star indie classical composer/singer Caroline Shaw and flutist/singer Nathalie Joachim at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

9/12, 7 PM pianist Katie Reimer’s reliably adventurous Mimesis Ensemble play an immigration and displacement-themed program of works including Dave Schnackenberg’s Lakota setting of the Lord’s Prayer, a Moses Hogan arrangement of the African American Spiritual, Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child, excerpts from Huang Ruo’s opera, An American Soldier, Dvořák’s String Quartet No. 12 in F Major, Op. 96 “American,” Astor Piazzolla’s Oblivion, excerpts from Edith Alomar and Jorge Lockward’s cantata Manos Indocumentadas, and Kinan Azmeh’s The Fence, The Rooftop, and The Distant Sea, at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $25/$12 stud/srs

9/12, 7:30/9:30 carnatic string power couple Trina Basu and Arun Ramamurthy lead their amazing Indian/jazz string band Nakshatra with cellist Marika Hughes and bassist Rashaan Carter at the Jazz Gallery, $25

9/12, 8 PM trumpet-drums duo Anteloper – Jaimie Branch and Jason Nazary  – followed by Branch’s aptly named twelve-piece Wing Walker Orchestra at Threes Brewing, 333 Douglass St, Gowanus, $10

9/12, 10 PM rising star trumpeter Adam O’Farrill‘s Stranger Days Quartet at 55 Bar

9/13, 5 PM charmingly torchy vocal trio the Ladybugs – who put a twistedly original spin on old Disney movie themes –  on Broadway betw 42/43

9/13, 7 PM lyrical, spectacular organist Renée Anne Louprette plays the 1868 Henry Erben organ in the loft at the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral, 260 Mulberry St. 

9/13, 7 PM bassist Michael Formanek’s Very Practical Trio with Tim Berne on sax and Mary Halvorson on guitar followed by Patricia Brennan solo on vibraphone at Spectrum, $15

9/13, 7:30 PM night three of this year’s Resonant Bodies Festival of avant garde vocals features opera fugitive Sarah Maria Sun backed by International Contemporary Ensemble, irrepressible downtown NYC stalwart Pamela Z and the amazingly mutable Gelsey Bell at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

9/13, 7:30 PM fiery Guatemalan freedom fighter and cumbia/reggae/Spanish rock bandleader Doctor Nativo at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

9/13, 7:30 PM furiously political, funny reggae/hip-hop band Tropidelic at South House in Jersey City, free 

9/13-16, 7:30/9:30 PM timeless bassist Rufus Reid leads a quartet with Yosvany Terry on alto at the Jazz Standard, $30

9/13, 8 PM plush, balmy, oldtimey uke swing band Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies at Barbes

9/13, 8 PM slinky, brassy, retro 60s latin soul group Alba & the Mighty Lions plus soul bandleader Ben Pirani playing the album release show for his similarly purist, wickedly catchy classic-style soul debut album at C’Mon Everybody, $10

9/13, 8:30 PM the world’s creepiest crime jazz/film noir band, Big Lazy at Bar Lunatico

9/13-14, 9 PM ferociously tuneful tenor saxophonist/composer Donny McCaslin and band at Rough Trade, $25 gen adm

9/13, 9ish singer Dida Pelled salutes obscure and cult favorite women songwriters including Connie Converse, Elizabeth Cotten, Molly Drake, Vashti Bunyan and Norma Tanega  at the Owl

9/13, 10 PM Okkervil River at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, $25 gen adm. Lazy beardos or woozily fun post-Americana? you decide.

9/14, 4 PM Afro-Dominican dance sounds with Yasser Tejeda & Palotré at Ruppert Park, Second Ave. at 90 St.

9/14, 5 PM the grand finale of this year’s amazing Bryant Park Accordion Festival with full sets by Shashmaqam (hauntin Bukharan Jewish music and and Central Asian dance), João Cirilo Pilom Batuko Band (Batuko and Funaná from Cape Verde), a lame Patti Smith wannabe on harmonium, Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino (sizzling Pugliese folk dances), and Rimel (Norteño music from Mexico).

9/14. 6 PM crystalline-voiced, noir-tinged third-stream jazz chanteuse Tessa Souter and her band at 55 Bar

9/14, 7 PM the Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band play their new reinventions of Leonad Bernstein West Side Story themes at Marcus Garvey Park

9/14-15, 7:30 PM terse, purposeful rising star postbop saxophonist Melissa Aldana leads a quartet at Smalls

9/14-15, 7.9:30 PM bluegrass national champions the Mark O’Connor Family Band with gospel singer Lizz Wright and guitarist Alvin Youngblood Hart at the Allen Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center, $22 tix avail

9/14, 7:30 PM the Mannes Orchestra play Brahms’s Tragic Overture and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 “Eroica” at the New School’s Tishman Auditorium, University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue, Room U100, free

9/14, 8 PM twisted, carnivalesque acoustic steampunk duo the Wedding Funeral and creepy noir chamber pop/murder ballad duo Charming Disaster at Bobby Dee’s, 49 Beacon Ave, Jersey City, about a 20 minute walk from the Journal Sq. Path station, $10 

9/14, 8 PM Penelope Houston‘s legendary, still-relevant first-wave punk band the Avengers at El Cortez, $20

9/14, 8 PM eclectic, electric C&W/blues band the Jug Addicts followed at 10 by accordionist/sitarist Kamala Sankaram’s hot surfy Bollywood/cumbia/psychedelic rock project Bombay Rickey at Barbes

9/14, 8 PM lavish but feral Peruvian brass music with La Patronal at Flushing Town Hall

9/14, 8ish the City & Horses – who mix ethereal goth-tinged ballads, funky new wave and janglepop, and need a new singer – at Gold Sounds, $8

9/14, 8 PM Glass Farm Ensemble play works by Denis Schuler, Rico Gubler, and two Adagios: by Alban Berg and Stefano Gervasoni at Scholes St. Studio, $10

9/14, 8 PM recently revitalized, careening ten-piece Balkan brass crew Veveritse at Silvana

9/14, 9:30 PM eclectic, Balkan/latin/funk brass band the Underground Horns celebrate 10 years in business at Drom, $10 adv tix rec

9/15, 1 PM the Inner Mongolia Performing Arts Troupe at Flushing Town Hall, $10. Followed at 3 (separate $10 adm) by a killer twinbill withbassist Mark Wade leads his lyrical, cinematic piano trio plus the even more cinematic Yui Kitamura

9/15, 3:30 PM  the World Premiere of Neil Padukone’s surreal, colorful Indian/Puerto Rican mashup Salsa Masala: A Jackson Heights Block Party outdoors at 82nd St. and Roosevelt Ave in Elmhurst, 7 to Roosevelt Ave and about a 5 minute walk

9/15, 4 PM the Erik Satie Quartet – Ron Hay (trombone), Max Seigel (bass trombone), Ben Holmes (trumpet), and Andrew Hadro (bari sax) –reinvent classic and obscure Satie chamber pieces as well as rare compositions by his obscure contemporaries, followed at 6 by  the Toomai String Quintet playing “a range of Cuban styles, paying homage to the great artistic lineage of Ernesto Lecuona, Israel “Cachao” Lopez, Beny Moré, and Celia Cruz,” then at 8 byeclectic, lyrical jazz bassist/composer Pedro Giraudo leading his Tango Quartet and at 10 by Super Yamba playing their bracingly psychedelic Afrobeat jams at Barbes

9/15, 6 PM dark, intense, psychedelic guitarist/songwriter Anna Coogan at the small room at the Rockwood

9/15, 7 PM killer multi-generaitional punk triplebill: ferocious Spanish-language punks Escasos Recursos, similarly political, smart political hardcore band All Torn Up and first-wave punk-reggae band the Subhumans at the Knitting Factory, $20

9/15, 7:15ish dark psychedelic acoustic blues/klezmer/reggae/soca jamband Hazmat Modine at Terra Blues. They’re also here on 9/29

9/15, 7 PM night two of this year’s Dissident Arts Festival, a benefit for the Alliance of Families for Justice and the NYC Jericho Movement, who advocate for the unjustly incarcerated and call for urgent prison reform. The evening opens with a solo performance by drummer William Hooker, followed by pianist/composer Trudy Silver, reedman Ras Moshe’s Music Now!, the Flames of Discontent duo of Festival director John Pietaro and Laurie Towers and Balkan jazz guitarist Martina Fiserova at 5C Café & Cultural Center, E. 5 Street/ Ave C, $15 

9/15, 8 PM popular, anthemic dark folk/chamber pop songwriter Agnes Obel at Warsaw, $20

9/15, 8 PM organist Jan Michalko kicks off Barnard’s academic year with works bySlovak composers Ilja Zeljenka and L’udovít Rajter at James Chapel, Union Theological Seminary, 3041 Broadway at 122nd St., free

9/15, 8 PM haunting flamenco/Sicilian folk chanteuse Julia Patinella, eclectic, tuneful accordionist/songwriter Ali Dineen &the amazing Miriam Elhajli – who switches effortlessly from Venezuelan-influenced folk to classic Appalachian sounds at the People’s Voice Cafe, sugg don, $20, “more if you choose; less if you can’t; no one turned away.” The trio are also at the Owl at 8 on 9/27

9/15, 8 PM American Primitive guitar pioneer Don Bikoff solo plus Two Mule Team – guitarist Sue Garner and 75 Dollar Bill drummer Rick Brown with no wave guitar legend Willie Klein of Escape by Ostrich – at Wonders of Nature, $10

9/15, 8:30 PM exhilarating, edgy, sardonic alto saxophonist Elijah Shiffer leads a similarly colorful ensemble at Freddy’s

9/15, 8:30 PM wryly tuneful, purist Americana/C&W band Grain Thief at the third stage at the Rockwood, $10

9/15, 9ish catchy, edgy, darkly kinetic female-fronted Romany-tinged rock band the Trouble with Kittens at the Cobra Club, $tab

9/15, 9 PM ominously jangly Laurel Canyon psychedelic band the Mystic Braves at Rough Trade, $15 gen adm

9/15, 9 PM guitarist Luke Schwartz‘s Quiet City Ensemble and string adventurers Cory Bracken, Mariel Roberts, Sarah Dutcher at Arete Gallery, $10

9/16, 3 PM pianist Clare Longendyke plays work by Ravel, Vivian Fung and Amy Williams at Spectrum, $15

9/16, 3 PM harpist Melanie Genin leads a trio playing works by Debussy, Sebastian Currier and Saad Haddad at Concerts on the Slope, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 139 St. John’s Place downhill from 7th Ave, sugg don

9/16, 4 PM irrepressibly eclectic organist Christopher Houlihan plays works by Bach, Vierne, Howells and others at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, 89 Ridge Street, Newark, $15 sug don

9/16, 7 PM intense frontwoman Hannah Fairchild’s searingly lyrical punk/art-rock/noir cabaret group Hannah vs. the Many – NYC’s best power trio –at the small room at the Rockwood. This sedate little spot will never know what hit them.

9/16, 7 PM innovative, tuneful Indian-influenced drone-raga band Arranged Marriage NP followed at 9:30ish by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

9/16, 7 PM feral Italian tarantella string band Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino at Joe’s Pub, $20

9/16, 7:30 PM  erudite, purist torchy cosmopolitan jazz chanteuse Svetlana Shmulyian at Minton’s with saxophonist Chris McBride’s group

9/16, 8 PM jazz flutist Jamie Baum and her Septet play the album release show for their new one, Bridges at Roulette, $18 adv tix rec

9/16, 8 PM haunting, gothic doom trio Witchkiss, riff-driven Shadow Witch and doomy fuzztone stoners Destroyer of Light at Lucky 13 Saloon  

9/17, 9 PM darkly captivating Canadian singer Terra Lightfoot and band at the Knitting Factory, $12 adv tix rec

9/16, 9 PM edgy chamber jazz singer Becca Stevens and perennial post-jazz (is that a genre?) faves Kneebody at the Poisson Rouge, $18 adv tix rec

9/17, 7:30 PM the Jasper Quartet play works by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Caroline Shaw and Missy Mazzoli at Music Mondays, Advent Church, northwest corner of 93rd and Broadway, free

9/17, 8 PM astonishingly prolific and acerbic guitarist Mary​ ​Halvorson does marathon duty in a twinbill with Bill Frisell and then with Robbie Lee at the Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec

9/17, 9:30 PM Parrada Vallenata with brilliant Venezuelan Harold Rodriguez on accordion/lead vocals, Nes Gomez on caja/vocals, Sebastian Lopez on bass/vocals and JP Gomez on guacharaca/vocals at Barbes

9/17, 8 PM Red Desert play works by Lucier, Wolff, Oliveros, plus singer Charmaine Lee and Ben Bennett at the Fridman Gallery, $20

9/17, 11 PM pensive reedman Arnan Raz with his quintet at the small room at the Rockwood

9/18, 7 PM violinist Sabina Torosjan, clarinetist Thomas Piercy, and pianist Marija Ilic play works by Ivan Božičević, Gilbert Galindo, Katherine Hoover, Frances White, and Chinese composer Mao Zhu at Arete Gallery, $15

 9/18, 7:30 PM haunting, cinematic, Middle Eastern-inspired bass clarinetist Todd Marcus leads a quintet with guitarist Paul Bollenback, pianist Bruce Barth, bassist Kris Funn, and drummer Eric Kennedy at Dizzy’s Club, $30

9/18, 9 PM singer Duckie Simpson’s version of roots reggae legends Black Uhuru at Highline Ballroom, $25 adv tix recs

9/18, 10:30 PM brilliant drummer/percussionist Willie Martinez & La Familia Sextet play classic salsa grooves at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, $10

9/19, 2 PM flutist Jiro Yoshioka and pianist Sakuya Okayasu play a 9/11 memorial concert with works by Debussy, Faure, Boulanger and others at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, free tix avail at the box ofc

9/19, 6 PM sitarist K.G. West with percussionists Mir Naqibul Islam, and Amanda Welch at the Rubin Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

9/19, 7:30/9:30 PM violist Melanie Dyer’s WeFreeStrings perform “original works and arrangements that embody the ethos of free jazz and the Afro-Atlantic music lexicon” at the Jazz Gallery, $15

9/19, 7:30 PM the High Zero anniversary concerts at Roulette commemorate a legendary/obscure Baltimore improvisational music spot with a 24-piece cast including Lea Bertucci (bass clarinet, alto sax, electronics), Amritha Kidambi (voice), Ikue Mori (electronics) and many, many others, $18 adv tix rec

9/19, 8 PM a good Americana songstress twinbill: the more hardcore countryish Michaela Anne followed by Courtney Marie Andrews at Rough Trade, $15 gen adm

9/19, 8/9:30 PM a rare duo with Sam Newsome on soprano sax with Angelica Sanchez on piano at Mezzrow, $20

9/19, 8 PM crystalline-voiced noir Americana songwriter Jessie Kilguss  hosts the latest edition of the Bushwick Book Club celebrating a minor 80s pop autobio with performers also including Charlie Nieland of Lusterlit and Jim Andralis at Barbes

9/19, 10 PM Rainer Maria bassist and lustrous dreampop singer Caithlin de Marrais at the Mercury, $10 adv tix rec

9/20, 5 PM purist trumpeter Drew Anderson leads his quartet on Broadway betw 42/43

9/20, 7 PM fiery jazz violinist/composer Zach Brock leads a rare trio date at 55 Bar

9/20, 7:30 a panel discussion on the devastation of gentrification featuring Vanishing New York’s Jeremiah Moss, plus Ensemble Connect play music by Julius Eastman, Tui St. George Tucker and others at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

9/20, 7:30 PM a lecture-recital by pianist Reed Tetzloff on Charles Ives and his Concord Sonatas at Stiefel Concert Hall, Arnold Hall, 55 West 13th St at the New School, free

9/20, 8 PM folk metal band Tengger Cavalry reinvent Mongolian themes at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $30 tix avail. You read that right: folk metal.

9/20, 8 PM wild female-fronted Russian turbo-folk jammers Romashka at Drom, $15 adv tix rec

9/20, 8 PM playfully Lynchian, cinematic keyboardist Frank LoCrasto and Fort Gorgeous at C’Mon Everybody, $10

9/20, 8 PM deviously theatrical oldschool C&W/rockabilly parodists Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co at Mable’s Smokehouse, 44 Berry St at N 11th St in Williamsburg. They’re also at Otto’s at 8 on 9/27

9/20, 8 PM the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra reinvent music by Chopin, Part and Tschaikovsky at Stern auditorium at Carnegie Hall, $25 tix avail

 9/20, 8 PM lustrously dark jazz pianist Guy Mintus leads his trio with the breathtakingly powerful Roopa Mahadevan on guest vocals at the Owl

9/20, 8 PM singer Ka Baird, multimedia artist Tamar Ettun and koto adventurer Miya Masaoka at the Fridman Gallery, $20

9/20, 10 PM Slavic Soul Party spinoff the Mountain Lions, who play hypnotic Turkish zurla music on saxes and drums, at Barbes

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

9/21, 7 PM sardonically lyrical chamber pop/pastoral jazz songwriter David Poe at the third stage at the Rockwood, $15

9/21, 7:30 PM trumpeter Charlie Sepulveda & the Turnaround play salsa dura at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

9/21-22, 7:30/9:30 PM edgy vibraphonist Joel Ross with Maria Grand – sax; Kanoa Mendenhall – bass; Jeremy Dutton – drums at the Jazz Gallery, $25

9/21, 8 PM sizzling oudist Mohamed Abozekry and Karade play haunting, serpentine Egyptian music from across the centuries at Roulette, $25/$20 stud/srs

9/21, 8 PM bassist Danton Boller leads a trio; drummer Jim Black, cellist Hank Roberts & saxophonist Elias Stemeseder jam at the Owl

9/21, 8 PM thunderous Brazilian drum ensembles MaracatuNY, BatalaNYC and slinky maracatu/New Orleans/surf rock mashups from Nation Beat at SOB’s, $20

9/21, 8 PM edgy, eclectic pan-Mediterranean art-rock/latin/chanson ensemble Banda Magda at Flushing Town Hall, $16/$10 srs/teens free

9/21, 8 PM rustic Brazilian jungle guitar-and-accordion sounds with Regional de NY followed at 10 by hard-hitting, brass-fueled newschool latin soul/boogaloo dance band Spanglish Fly at Barbes

9/21, 8:30 PM torchy singer Jennifer Charles’ and guitar mastermind Oren Bloedow’s long-running art-rock/noir band Elysian Fields play the album release show for their new one at Nublu 151, $15 adv tix avail at the Poisson Rouge box ofc

9/21, 8:30 PM haunting French-Tunisian saxophonist Yacine Boulares’ Ayojo at Bar Lunatico

9/21, 10 PM Revolutionary Council play Afrobeat at Shrine

9/21, 10:30 PM Camille Thurman – a double threat as nuanced singer and intense tenor saxophonist – and her group at the Fat Cat. Who knew

9/21, 10:30 PM a rare full-band show by elegant, sharply lyrical parlor pop stylist Heather Eatman at Freddy’s

9/21, 11 PM the darkly eclectic, enigmatic Lorraine Leckie  – equally adept at Slavic and Americana noir – at Sidewalk

9/22, 2 PM this year’s edition of the Brooklyn Americana Festival opens with preteen string band sensation Nora Brown, at 2:30 Sabine McCalla; 3:00 PM Giri and Uma Peters; 3:30 PM the mighty M Shanghai String Band; 4:30 PM Clarence Bucaro; 5:00 PM irrepressibly fun blues/swing pals Mamie Minch and Tamar Korn; 6:00 PM two thirds of the Be Good Tanuas Jolie Holland and Samantha Parton and at 7:00 PM City Billies at Pier 3 Plaza in Brooklyn Bridge Park

9/22, 6 PM Toomai String Quintet play all kinds of adventurous, global classical repertoire followed at 8 by boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band  – not as ridiculous as segue as it might seem since they all have a thing for latin music – and then at 10 by catchy, slinky, psychedelic tropicalia and cumbia band Yotoco at Barbes

9/22, 7 PM pianist Elizabeth A. Baker plays the album release show for her new one Quadrivium: “minimalist solo piano compositions, avant garde prepared piano improvisations, meditative tracks, spoken word, and electronics” at Arete Gallery, $15

9/22, 7 PM torchy German cabaret chanteuse Katharine Mehrling sings rare Piaf and Weimar songs at Joe’s Pub, $20 

9/22, 7 PM Darash, from Granada, Spain, play Andalucian, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean sounds at Silvana 

9/22, 7:30 PM Indian carnatic crooner Sanjoy Banerjee backed by tabla and harmonium at Chhandayan Center For Indian Music, $20

9/22, 7:30 PM two-piano team Allison Brewster Franzetti and Carlos Franzetti play a program TBA at the Lounge at Hudson View Gardens, 128 Pinehurst Ave @ W 183rd St, A train or #1 train (to 181st St) or the M4 bus (to 183rd St), $15/$12 stud/srs

9/22, 8 PM illustrator Robin Hoffmann’s playful, brand-new duo Ukulele Scramble and the irrepressibly comedic, politically relevant Ukuladies at the Jalopy, $10

9/22, 8 PM eclectic Americana guitarist/singer Kirsten Maxwell at the People’s Voice Cafe, sugg don, $20, “more if you choose; less if you can’t; no one turned away” 

9/22, 8:30 PMslinky psychedelic Americana rockers American String Conspiracy  acoustic followed by hard honkytonk with Sarah Durning at Freddy’s

9/22, 8 PM musique concrete composer MV Carbon, mesmerizing sound sculptor/singer Lesley Flanigan  and Michael Schumacher at the Fridman Gallery, $20

9/23, noon this year’s Atlantic Antic street fair on Atlantic Ave from the Brooklyn Prom all the way to Hank’s features all kinds of good stuff. At the stage just up the block from Sahadi’s: at noon the agelesss Amber-Aba Orchestra play Lebanese and Egyptian bellydance classics behind a parade of dancers, at 4:45 it’s catchy, restless female-fronted Americana/newgrass anthem band Kaylor Otwell & the Tin Cans. Outside Hank’s baritone honkytonk crooner Sean Kershaw plays at half past noon, followed at 2:30 by one of the great saxophonists in the history of ska, Dave Hillyard and his quintet.

9/23, 2 PM this year’s edition of the Brooklyn Americana Festival continues with Rosetta and Evelyn followed by short sets: 2:30 PM noir Americana with accordion from Ali Dineen and Feral Foster; 3:00 PM all-female Americana allstars the Maybelles; 4:00 PM bluesman Will Scott w/ Charlie Burnham; 5:00 PM Jefferson Hamer; 6:00 PM The Wild Goats; 7:00 PM sophisticated soul/Americana band the Woes at Pier 3 Plaza in Brooklyn Bridge Park

9/23, 2 PM intense, lyrical, politically fearless tenor saxophonist Roxy Coss leads her quintet at Flushing Town Hall, $5

9/23, 3:30 PM intense, soaring harmonium player/singer Elana Low – akin to a more organic, atmospheric Marissa Nadler – at Pete’s. 10/29 at 8 she’s at the Music Inn, 128 W 4th St.  

9/23, 4 PM NYC’s own rippling, hypnotic, epic Balinese gamelan, Gamelan Dharma Swara kick off the fall with a traditional Balian blessing ceremony and concert at North Brooklyn Farms, 320 Kent Ave at S 4th St., south Williamsburg, free. It’s the orchestra’s first show since their new instruments – gongs, bells and drums – made their journey from Bali to New York in 2017

9/23, 5 PM Musica Viva NY​ ​kicks off its 2018-19 season with romantic lieder by Brahms, Schumann, and P.D.Q. Bach – uh huh -​ at All Souls Church​, 1157 Lexington Ave (at 80th St) feat. soprano Devony Smith, mezzo-soprano Michèle Eaton, tenor Nathan Siler, and baritone Brian Mextorf, accompanied by Artistic Director Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez and Trent Johnson, free

9/23, 6 PM the world’s creepiest yet most subtly amusing crime jazz/film noir band, Big Lazy at 55  Bar

9/23, 7 PM hauntingly lyrical art-rock songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Joanna Wallfisch at the third stage at the Rockwood, $10

9/23, 7 PM brilliant steel guitarist and Thelonious Monk reinventor Mike Neer and quartet followed at 9:30ish by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

9/23-29, 8 PMish amazing microtonal Afrobeat guitar band 75 Dollar Bill plays a week at Troost with a ton of cool special guests. Choice picks: 9/25 they’re joined by Yo La Tengo’s Ira Kaplan; 9/26 their hypnotic microtonal guitarist Che Chen opens with a solo set followed by no wavers Two Mule Team; 9/28 they open the night followed by singer Carolina Oliveros’ mighty 13-piece Afro-Colombian trance/dance choir Bulla en el Barrio; 9/29 bass goddess Felice Rosser’s ageless reggae-rock-groove band Faith open the night

9/23, 10:30 PM noir-inspired alto saxophonist/composer Nick Hempton leads leads a quartet at Smalls 

9/24, 7:30/9:30 PM erudite, reliably tuneful postbop pianist Orrin Evans leads the mighty, purist, bluesily tuneful Captain Black Big Band at Dizzy’s Club, $35

9/24, 7 PM a rare NYC appearance by dark Norwegian bassist SIgurd Hole: a solo set followed by a trio show with Mark Feldman – violin; Jarle Vespestad – drums at Shapeshifter Lab, $15

9/24, 8 PM pianist Jasna Popovic leads a seventeen-piece ensemble (including Indian soul singer Shilpa Ananth) playing 700 years’ worth of Serbian music at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $35 tix avail.

9/24, 8:30 PM brilliant multi-reedman Peter Hess leads a rare trio date with Matt Moran on vibes and Jeff Davis on drums at Bar Lunatico

9/24, 9:30 PM hypnotically tuneful indie classical pianist/art-song chanteuse Psirens at Pete’s 

9/25, 7 PM unstoppably edgy, deservedly iconic, witty downtown guitarist Marc Ribot leads his fearless Songs of Resistance protest jazz project at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, sug son

9/25, 7:30 PM flamenco singer Barbara Martinez and band at Drom, $10 adv tix rec

9/25, 7:30 PM if there’s any night this year to make a whole evening of jazz, this is it: fiery alto saxophonist Lucas Pino’s twin-guitar No No Nonet followed by this era’s most intensely powerful tenor saxophonist/composer, JD Allen leading his group at Smalls

9/25, 7:30 PM pianists Huan Li and Zhu Wang play a program TBA at Paul Hall at Juilliard, free

9/25, 8 PM unpredictably fun, funny psychedelic art-rock band the Academy Blues Project at Shrine

9/25, 8 PM Moroccan electro dude Hatim Belyamani, Russian Romany multimedia artist Valentina Kvasova and Vitche Boul-Ra at the Fridman Gallery, $20

9/25, 8 PMr oaring 20s hot jazz with Sweet Megg & the Wayfarers at Radegast Hall

9/25, 8:30 PM impressively diverse, adventurous latin jazz pianist Aruan Ortiz at Bar Lunatico

9/25-29, 8:30 PM thereminist Pamelia Stickney  plays with a variety of ensembles at the Stone at the New School, $20. Choice pick: the 9/29 show by Transcendental Dissonance Quartet doing a  “Soundtrack to a Silent Film” with Sarah Bernstein (violin) Stuart Popejoy (piano, keys) Danny Tunick (vibraphone)

9/25, 9 PM wryly psychedelic cinematic Italophile instrumentalists Tredici Bacci  play the album release show for their new one at Elsewhere, $12

9/25, 9:30 PM hypnotic, pulsing, sousaphone-driven Guadelupian/New Orleans band Delgres at Joe’s Pub, $20

9/25, 11:30 River Cult play their ferocious, feral, cinematically psychedelic doom metal/postrock at St. Vitus, $10

9/26, 7 PM fascinatingly lyrical, individualistic pianist Sylvie Courvoisier at National Sawdust, $25

9/26, 7:30 PM pianist Niklas Sivelov plays  music by Bach, Beethoven, Scriabin and Bartok at Flushing Town Hall, free

9/26, 7:30 PM an allstar Taiwanese/Japanese orchestra play works by composers from their respective countries plus Chausson’s Concert for Violin, Piano, and String Quartet at Merkin Concert Hall, $20 tix avail

9/26, 8 PM fiery, noirish Canadian Balkan/Romany band Lemon Bucket Orkestra at Drom, , $15 adv tix rec

9/26, 8 PM Junkbucket – an unorthodox allstar organ trio featuring Art Bailey (organ), Chris Stromquist (drums), Sean Moran (gtr).at Barbes

9/26, 8 PM the Mivos Quartet premieres Leila Bordreuil’s synesthetically-themed new work, Episodes et Mutations at Issue Project Room

9/26, 8 PM lyrical pianist Angelica Sanchez  leads a mighty nine-piece band with Thomas Heberer (trumpet), Kirk Knuffke (cornet), Chris Speed (tenor saxophone), Michael Attias (alto saxophone), Ben Goldberg (clarinets), Omar Tamez (guitar), John Hebert (bass), Sam Ospovat (drums) at Greenwich House Music School, $25/$20 stud/srs

9/26, 9:30ish explosive, creepy, colorful psychedelic rembetiko metal band Greek Judas at Hanks

9/27, 5:30 PM erudite, purist torchy cosmopolitan jazz chanteuse Svetlana & the Delancey 5 at Birdland They’re also at the Jazz Standard at noon on 9/30 for brunch

9/27, 7 PM the all-female Resistance Revival Chorus sing epic, inspiring populist gospel tunes and anti-trumpie broadsides followed by afropop singer Angelique Kidjo doing her reinvention of the Talking Heads’ Remain in Light at Central Park Summerstage

9/27, 7 PM chamber ensemble Shizuka play music of Bartok, Garth Knox, Jessica Meyer, and three commissions by Abby Swidler, Rosalie Burrell, and Steven Long at Spectrum, $15

9/27, 7:30 PM the debut of paradigm-shifting carnatic jazz alto saxophonist Aakash Mittal’s big band at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised. Anthony Braxton, you’ve got competition!

9/27, 7:30 PM the Telegraph Quartet play Erwin Schulhoff Mozart’s Oboe Quartet in F Major, K. 370, Arnold Bax’s Oboe Quintet, and Dvořák’s String Quartet No. 10 at the Rockefeller University Auditorium, 1230 York Ave. at E 66th St., $30/$20 stud/srs

9/27, 8 PM art-rocker Pierre de Gaillande’s Bad Reputation playing witty chamber pop English translations of Georges Brassens classics followed at 10 by followed by the haphazardly funny Eastern Blokhedz  – who do psychedelic covers of 60s Russian psychedelic pop songs and specialize in the catalog of legendary Polish singer Edita Piaha – at Barbes

9/27, 8 PM conversational pianist Jeffrey Siegel performs works by Rachmaninoff and Debussy “including the famous Clair de Lune, the Prelude in C Sharp Minor, the popular 18th Variation from the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, the humorous Golliwogg’s Cake Walk,” at Scandinavia House, $25

9/27, 8 PM Miya Masaoka‘s Four Moons of Pluto— which explores deep and relational resonances – performed by all-star cohort of 5 bass players: Robert Black, Shayna Dulberger, Rebekah Griffin-Greene, James Ilgenfritz, and Zach Rowden. Masaoka also presents a new piece for string quartet, with a quartet featuring Stephanie Griffin (viola), Alex Shiozaki (violin), and Michael Haas (cello) followed by Reidemeister Move (Robin Hayward – microtonal tuba; Christopher Williams – contrabass) performing Arcanum 17: a 45-minute piece composed by Christopher Williams & Charlie Morrow, with texts from André Breton’s book of the same name, at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

9/27, 8 PM Roya – a Habibi spinoff – and careeningly noisy guitar jamband faves Jeff the Brotherhood at Elsewhere, $17

9/27, 8:15 PM the irrepressible, cinematic, comedic Broken Reed Saxophone Quartet with special guest Wade Ridenhour at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

9/27, 8:30 PM jangly, catchy, anthemic Americana rock bandleader Christian Lopez – like a less attitudinous, less covers-focused Deer Tick – at the big room at the Rockwood, $10 

9/27, 8:30 PM dark Americana swing cult favorite Jolie Holland at Bar Lunatico

9/28, 7 PM day one of Futurefest at the Jazz Gallery: singer Kat Lee’s enigmatically anthemic abstract rock band TINY GUN, trombonist Abdulrahman Amer’s classically-inspired BA AKHU quartet, and at 10 PM Blake Opper’s Questionable Solution nonet, “one logistical dumpster fire that you do not want to miss,” $25

9/28, 7 PM Indian carnatic violin duo the Mysore Brothers backed by an “explosive rhythm section” at the Rubin Museum of Art, $28 adv tix rec

9/28, 7:45 PM flamenco guitar luminary Javier Limon leads his quartet playing his Middle Eastern and Romany songs at Drom, $15 adv tix rec

9/27, 8 PM the NYUO2 orchestra play Debussy: Petite Suite; Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22; Haydn: Symphony No. 100 in G major, “Military” at the NYU Loewe Theatre, 25 W 4th St., free

9/28-29, 8/9:30 PM intense pianist Gerald Clayton solo at Mezzrow, $20 at the bar

9/28, 8 PM the NYUO1 orchestra play Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88 at the NYU Loewe Theatre, 25 W 4th St., free 

9/28, 10 PM the world’s creepiest crime jazz/film noir band, Big Lazy – whose forthcoming album goes deep into dub as well as sardonic groove instrumentals – at Barbes

9/29, 5 PM retro swing with the Harlem Renaissance Orchestra at Marcus Garvey Park

9/29, 6 PM the Toomai String Quintet with special guests Matt Moran & Peter Stan of Slavic Soul Party on horns – wow, Latin/Slavic madness -at Barbes

9/29, 7 PM day two of Futurefest at the Jazz Gallery:rising star trumpeter Adam O’Farrill and guitarist Gabe Schnider duel it out followed by obscure Japanese jazz unit Secret Mall and then at 10 by vibraphonist Sasha Berliner leading a quartet, $25

9/29 7:30 PM hilarious, politically astute girlpunks the 50 Ft. Furies, hard-hitting, gutter bluesy piano/guitar/drums band Drum and a Tantrum at 8:15, eclectic reggae/troopical psychedelia maven Alex Tea at 9, Desir Decir – who put more of a powerpop/Guided By Voices edge on Springsteen four-on-the-floor rock – at 9:45, feral psychedelic guitarslinger Debra Devi at 10:30 and catchy, swirling twin-guitar dreampop band Overlake at White Eagle Hall in Jersey City, $15         

9/29, 7:30 PM fiery, eclectic Egyptian chanteuse/bandleader Dina El Wedidi at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, $20

9/29, 8 PM riveting, incisive oudist Brandon Terzic at Barbes

9/29, 8 PM an amazing twinbill at the People’s Voice Cafe: the Elias Ladino Ensemble and cantor emerita Mara Goodman leading a high-energy string band playing classic and obscure Yiddish songs, sugg don $20, “more if you choose; less if you can’t; no one turned away” 

9/29, 8 PM energetic, perennially relevant, boisterously amusing acoustic Veracruz-style folk-punk band Radio Jarocho  at Guadalupe Inn

9/29, 8 PM a mesmerizing, unorthodox lineup of  sitar, shehnai (Indian oboe) and tabla – Mita Nag, Hassan Haider and Subhen Chatterjee at Roulette, $30

9/29, 8:30 PM epically prolific, fearless, monumentally tuneful pianist Satoko Fujii leads a trio at I-Beam, $15

 9/29, 9 PM a killer female-fronted triplebill in a weird spot:hard-hitting bassist Dawn Drake & Zapote‘s hot Afrobeat-tinged funk grooves , psychedelic Brazilian tropicalia band As Lolas and wild, noisy, genuinely Hendrixian virtuoso lead guitarist Viva DeConcini and her band at the Way Station 

9/29, noon, the lush, oldschool Mariachi Tapatio de Alvaro Paulino, slinky maracatu/New Orleans/surf rock mashups from Nation Beat,,kinetic, funky, horn-fueled Algerian-Turkish-Nigerian dance crew Dahka Band, lush, dynamically eclectic Korean folk/art-rock band Coreyah, who mash up lustrous, often plaintive themes with hard-charging hip-hop and dance tunes, plus fiery Guatemalan freedom fighter and cumbia/reggae/Spanish rock bandleader Doctor Nativo and finally cajun party band the Lost Bayou Ramblers at the Chile Pepper Festival at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, $25

9/30, 3 PM flutist Maarika Järvi, violinist Caterina Szepes, and pianist Aurelia Mika Chang perform works by J.S. Bach, Gaubert, Tchaikovsky, Massenet, Shostakovich and Martinu, reception to follow at St. Paul’s Chapel downtown, free

9/30, 4 PM charismatic singer/actor/six-string harpist Benjamin Bagby performs his high-voltage recreation of Beowulf at Corpus Christi Church, 529 W 121St St $10 tix avail  

9/30, 7 PM lustrous singer and badass cello-rock bandleader Serena Jost at the Owl

9/30, 7 PM tango violinist Machiko Ozawa with Argentine pianist Pablo Cafici at Bar Thalia

9/30, 8:30 PM brilliantly lyrical, epic art-rock pianist/singer Greta Gertler Gold – the missing link between Kate Bush and Pink Floyd? – at Pete’s

 9/30, 8:30 PM veteran electric Chicago blues guitarist Joe Louis Walker at City Winery, $20 standing room avail

10/3, 10 PM pyrotechnic clarinetist Ismail Lumanovski’s ferociously kinetic NY Gypsy All-Stars at Drom, $10 adv tix rec

10/4, 6:30 PM saxophonist Evan Rapport joins Shashmaqam for an evening of otherworldly, intensely crescendoing Bukharian Jewish epics. “Before the musical celebration begins, enjoy a spread of traditional Bukharian food and drink” at the Eldridge Street Synagogue, $25/$15 stud/srs

10/4, 7:30 PM firebrand Egyptian accordionist/songwriter Youssra El Hawary – best known for her hilarious revolutionary youtube hit Piss on the Wall – at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

10/5, 7:30 PM a high-voltage Puerto Rican country music dance party: Viento de Agua spinoff La Máquina Insular plays classic and new plenas, followed by all female bomba group Ausuba at the Hostos Community College auditorium, 450 Grand Concourse in the Bronx, $20//$5 stud

10/5, 8 PM irrepressibly devious, lyrically hilarious multi-instrumentalist songwriter Walter Ego – who spans from darkly elegant art-rock to classic Britrock sounds – at Sidewalk

10/5, 10 PM high-voltage Neapolitan tarantella string band Newpoli play the abum release show for their new one at Drom, $15 adv tix rec

10/6, noon a high-voltage Puerto Rican country music dance triplebill: Plena de la R, La Raiz and Bombalya at the Hostos Community College auditorium, 450 Grand Concourse in the Bronx, $20//$5 stud$15/$5 stud

10/6, 7:30 PM Indian carnatic violinist L. Shankar with tabla player Abhijit Banerjee and percussionist Chris Garcia at the Schimmel Center at Pace University on Spruce St. in the financial district, $30 tix avail

10/9, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, rustic Brazilian jungle guitar-and-accordion sounds with Regional de NY at the Miller Theatre, free

10/11, 7:30 PM reedman McCoy Mrubata and pianist Paul Hanmer lead an all South African jazz quintet at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

10/11, the global 25-member cast of the Onebeat socially conscious music collective at  Bronx Museum. 10/12 they’re at the Queens Museum 

10/12, 7:30 PM the best latin jazz guitarist ever to play big league ball, Bernie Williams and His All-Star Band at the Schimmel Center at Pace University $30 adv tix rec

10/13, 2:30ish sardonically catchy powerpop/janglerockers the Hell Yeah Babies, long-running, wickedly jangly, tuneful Americana rockers the Sloe Guns in Tompkins Square Park and Giftshop – the missing link between Blondie and the Distillers – at Tompkins Square Park

10/13, 3 PM iconic second-wave Afrobeat band Antibalas on the plaza at 300 Ashland Pl next door to BAM, free

10/13, 7 PM night one of this year’s amazing, free Momenta Festival featuring the Momenta Quartet playing works by Anna Clyne, Cristobal Halffter, Villa-Lobos and Beethoven’s String Quartet Op. 130 at the Tenri Cultural Institute, 43 W 13th St

10/15, 7 PM night two of this year’s amazing Momenta Festival featuring the Momenta Quartet playing oceanic and heartbreak-themed works by their excellent violist Stephanie Griffin plus Carl Bettendorf, Alba Potes, Guy Barash and Wagner at the Americas Society, 680 Park Ave

10/17, 7 PM night three of this year’s amazing, free Momenta Festival featuring the Momenta Quartet playing works by Robert Sierra, Jean Martinon, Ann Southam, Kaija Saariaho and a solo violin piece by Nicola Matteis the Younger at the Americas Society, 680 Park Ave

10/18, 7:30 PM BRIC JazzFest Marathon Night 1 with – in reverse order – Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Stefon Harris & Blackout, Mark de Clive-Lowe, Lakecia Benjamin & SoulSquad, Madison McFerrin, JD Allen, Melanie Charles & Make Jazz Trill Again, and the Yotam Ben-Or Quartet.at Bric Arts, $30 adv tix req

10/18, 8 PM In what may be the first-ever combination of voice, period wind instruments, and saxophones, poet Katie Ford’s The Anchoress – a haunting portrait of a medieval divination tradition – performed by soprano Hyunah Yu;, early music ensemble Piffaro, the Renaissance Band; and the PRISM Sax Quartet at the DiMenna Center, $22

10/19, 7 PM concluding night  of this year’s amazing, free Momenta Festival featuring the Momenta Quartet playing Bartok’s sinister String Quartet No. 4, Alvin Singleton’s Glory Bound and George Enescu’s Octet for Strings, Op. 7 at the Tenri Cultural Institute, 43 W 13th St

10/19, 7:30 PM BRIC JazzFest Marathon Night 2 with – in reverse order – Cyrus Chestnut Trio, Keyon Harrold, The Jazz Passengers, Xenia Rubinos, Camila Meza, Michael Sarian & The Chabones, and Yasser Tejeda & Palotré.at Bric Arts, $30 adv tix req

10/20, 7:30 PM BRIC JazzFest Marathon Night 3 with – in reverse order – Terence Blanchard ft. the E-Collective, Brownout Presents: Fear of a Brown Planet ft. Third Root (Black Sabbath covers, go figure, they’re great), Deva Mahal, coma-inducing corporate singer Kat Edmonson, Arnetta Johnson & SUNNY, Resident Alien ft. Ali Sethi & Sunny Jain, and Noa Fort at Bric Arts, $30 adv tix req

10/21, 2 PM purist postbop tenor saxophonist Alexa Tarantino and her quartet at Flushing Town Hall, free

10/22, 8:30 PM amazing classical accordionist Hanzhi Wang with he Zorá String Quartet play works by Bach, Gubaidulina, Moszkowski, Piazzolla and Martin Lohse and at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, $10 tix avail

10/24, 7 PM indie classical group Metropolis Ensemble play premieres from Jenny Beck, Elliot Cole, and a new Michael Oesterle trio premiered by Metropolis artists: Katie Hyun (violin), Jordan Dodson (guitar), and Gabriel Cabezas (cello), plus works by H.I.F. Biber,David Ludwig, and Dai Fujikura, at 1 Rivington St., 2nd Fl., $20/$10 stud, reception to follow

10/28, 5 PM the Merz Trio play piano trios by Mozart, Brahms, Schumann and Charlotte Bray at the Lounge at Hudson View Gardens, 128 Pinehurst Ave @ W 183rd St, A train or #1 train (to 181st St) or the M4 bus (to 183rd St), $15/$12 stud/srs 

10/31, 6:30 PM violinist Tessa Lark and pianist Andrew Armstrong play Americana-inspired works by the violinist herself plus works by Stravinsky and Beethoven at the Baruch College auditorium, free, rsvp req 

10/31, 10ish thunderous, titanic Rhode Island Balkan street band What Cheer Brigade at the Market Hotel. Ten years in business and this spot finally, finally books a good band

11/6, 7:30 PM the Silesian String Quartet play a rare all-Polish program of works by Szymanowski, Lutosławski, Bacewicz and Penderecki at the Morgan Library, $35

11/10, 1 PM dazzlingly eclectic chamber pop/latin/classical violinist Concetta Abbate and drummer Ben Engel at Flowers for all Occasions, 1114 De Kalb Ave at Broadway, Bushwick, J/M to Kosciuszko St.

11/18, 2 PM terse, tuneful jazz guitarist Amanda Monaco and her quartet at Flushing Town Hall, free

11/20, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, flutist Isabel Lepanto Gleicher and ensemble plays works by Hildegard Von Bingen, David Lang, Rzewski and others at the Miller Theatre, free

12/4, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, perennially interesting piano/percussion ensemble Yarn/Wire play works by Crumb, Saint-Saens and Tschaikovsky at the Miller Theatre, free

12/6, 6 PM klezmer violinist Jake Shulman-Ment with rippllng tsimbl (Ukrainian Jewish dulcimer) player Pete Rushefsky at Poe Park in the Bronx.

12/21, 2 PM brilliant baritone saxophonist Lauren Sevian‘s LSQ at Flushing Town Hall, free

Nancy Garniez’s Hilarious, Insightfully Iconoclastic Piano Book Stands the Test of Time

“I am deeply gratified that this little book is still relevant,” Nancy Garniez said the other night at one of her popular piano salons. That comment had the same understatement and wit that sparkles throughout her 1999 gem of an insider’s guide to the piano, What Might It Mean: An Uncommon Glossary of Musical Terms and Concepts for the Stuck, Bored and Curious.

On one hand, it’s a musical Devil’s Dictionary. Garniez’s relentless humor, which ranges from tart to absolutely withering, is irresistible. As someone with over half a century as a classical pianist and teacher, she has erudition to match those chuckles and can’t resist sharing it. It would be easy to say that there are thousands of dollars worth of lessons in this little 96-page, fifteen dollar paperback, but the reality is that you aren’t going to find this information anywhere else…at least not as concisely.

Garniez describes dolce – the musical dynamic – as “An Italian dessert, whose only relevance to music might take the form of a smudge on the printed score or a sugar-induced slump in a player’s brain.”

Fingering “Is the fine art of connecting ear to instrument. This involves factors no less complex than those connecting eye to tennis ball, baseball, golf ball, bowling ball, etc. No serious athlete would try to simplify that!”

Counting in quarter notes is Garniez’s bête noire – her many riffs on that one are priceless. And, an amateur is “Unprotected by a pretension to flawless technique…likely to be more receptive to auditory impulses than many professionals.” The iconoclasm should be clear by now.

Adults tend to forget that they were ever children to begin with – or if they haven’t, they tend to disown what they learned as kids. Not Garniez. From day one, she was puzzled by how what she played on the piano didn’t completely sync with what she read on the score. As she learned the mechanics of the piano, and then delved into acoustic and auditory science, she realized that she was hearing overtones. That eureka moment will resonate (pun intended) with anyone who either grew up with or gravitates toward the microtones of non-western scales.

Garniez’s realization sparked two others, which inform her pianistic worldview. The first is that a player’s sense of touch is everything. Since the levers for the black keys are shorter, they sound louder than the white keys if played with the same attack. Therefore, they also produce louder overtones, whether or not in combination with the white keys (there are multiple overtone systems in the piano; Garniez offers a capsule view rather than getting into heavy theory).

Secondly, almost from day one, the great composers have been aware of this, and have had a ball utilizing that insight. Garniez offers numerous instances from Beethoven, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Bartok and others. After reading this book, you will hear, or play those pieces, as well as innumerable other repertoire, like you never have before.

The book is meticulously cross-referenced. It’s impossible to read all the way through without leapfrogging between topics…which is exactly what Garniez wants you to do. For example, the concept of linear coloration – the way a composer builds intensity around a specific thematic pitch – relates to fourteen other boldfaced terms. Garniez’s discussion of dynamics links to Phrases, Acoustical Events, Articulation, Consonance, Dissonance, Baroque Music, the Fugue, and the Continuo device.

While Garniez wrote this for working pianists and serious students, it’s a must-read for musicians, especially those of us who either want to get a handle on the challenges facing our ivory-tickling bandmates, as well as those of us who came to the piano as a secondary instrument. Needless to say, it’s also a goldmine for listeners intrigued by how the mechanics of the instrument relate to how composers think – and, for better or worse, how pianists play.

Garniez’s own piano technique, distingiushed by a remarkably legato, cantabile approach, mirrors her insights here. Rhythm is every bit as important to her as touch, although ultimately, listening is the most important thing a musician can do. Any good bandmate would second that.

Garniez’s latest installment in her ongoing salon is at 4 PM on Aug 19 in a comfortable Upper West Side location, a leisurely ten-minute walk from the 1/2/3 station at 96th St. There’s a suggested donation of $30, or pay what you can. Mozart, Schumann and Brahms are on the bill; there will be delicious gluten-free refreshments, possibly wine, and lively conversation afterward. Email for location and directions. 

Fun fact: Garniez is the mom of Rachelle Garniez, the multi-instrumentalist and singer who is probably this century’s greatest and most consistently surprising English-language songwriter

A Titanically Orchestrated New Album and a Rare NYC Solo Show by Pianist Alan Broadbent

Pianist Alan Broadbent isn’t an ostentatious player: he’s a purist, he knows a good tune when he hears it and doesn’t clutter it. He’s playing a rare New York solo show on Aug 13 at 8 PM at Mezzrow. You can witness it from the bar for as low as $15.

His latest album, Developing Story – streaming at Spotify – is the furthest thing you could expect from such an intimate performance. It’s a lavish double album for jazz trio and orchestra, recorded with bassist Harvie S, drummer Peter Erskine and the London Metropolitan Orchestra. It’s closer to classically-inspired film score than, say, Gil Evans’ Miles Davis arrangements or solo work. 

Broadbent’s title suite, in three movements, begins with a warmly optimistic opening-credits theme of sorts for the orchestra. The piano makes a graceful entrance with the rhythm section; the strings play balmy counterpoint and swing remarkably well as Broadbent works a tropical lounge vibe. As the piece reaches a lush neoromantic calm, it could be Cesar Franck.

The second movement morphs cleverly from an elegantly sober waltz to a more pensive theme with lustrous oboe at the center. The triptych concludes with a judiciously syncopated groove beefed up by the strings, which wouldn’t be out of place in the late Dave Brubeck book – or the Antonin Dvorak book, for that matter.

Broadbent is also a highly sought-after arranger, and has reinvented four jazz standards for this lavish setup. An especially lyrical version of Tadd Dameron’s If You Could See Me Now juxtaposes Broadbent’s tersely ornamented piano with the orchestra’s increasingly gusty swells. He balances majesty with restraint throughout his long introductory solo in John Coltrane’s Naima; then the orchestra build a nocturnal, tropical milieu followed by playful quasi-Tschaikovsky.

Miles Davis is represented by two numbers. That crystalline oboe returns in a sweeping yet purposeful version of Blue in Green, driven by Broadbent’s meticulous articulation on the keys and a similar intricacy in the lush chart’s alternating voices. Orchestra trumpeter John Barclay leads the brass in a pulsing, cloudbursting rearrangement of Milestones.

Broadbent also has two stand-alone originals here as well. The ballad Lady in the Lake is the album’s strongest track, a study in contrasts with its ebullient central theme surrounded by foreshadowing and outright menace on every side. Children of Lima – written in memory of the devastating earthquake there in 1974 – is a mighty, heartfelt waltz. All this ought to resonate with fans of classical music as well as vintage film composers like Erich Korngold.

Deep in the Catacombs, Harp and Strings Never Sounded More Menacing

You probably wouldn’t expect a concert in a graveyard to be particularly lively. But this past evening’s program deep in Green-Wood Cemetery was as intimately ferocious as it was macabre. With only candles and a couple of low-watt ceiling lamps illuminating the private catacombs there, impresario Andrew Ousley introduced Bridget Kibbey as “The dark gothic goddess of the harp.” That description no doubt reflected her decision to hang out by herself down there before the show and practice for a couple of hours, in the company of about 120 fulltime residents contained in thirty family crypts.

Obviously, not everything Kibbey plays is morbid, nor were there any dirges on this particular bill. But the performance had enough grimness and sheer terror for any respectable Halloween event. Joining forces with an allstar string quartet – violinists Chad Hoopes and Grace Park, violist Matthew Lipman and cellist Mihai Marica – Kibbey opened with Debussy’s Dances Sacred and Profane. Beyond the piece’s kaleidoscopic dynamics, what was most viscerally striking is how loud it was down there. For anyone who might assume that chamber music is necessarily sedate, this was a wild wake-up call.

The space’s resonance is just as remarkable: no matter how intricate Kibbey’s lattice of notes became, they all lingered, an effect that powerfully benefited the string section as well. And the sheer volume afforded a listener a rare chance to revel in Debussy’s echoing exchanges of riffs, not to mention his clever shifts in and out of Asian pentatonic mode, his jaunty allusions to French ragtime and occasional gargoylish motives.

As omnipresent and fiery as Kibbey’s volleys of notes were, the most adrenalizing point of the concert was Hoopes’ solo midway through Saint-Saens’ Fantaisie, robustly arranged by Kibbey for violin and harp. Careening like he was about to leave the rails for good, his notes lept and flailed with a feral abandon, grounded by Kibbey’s alterlnately sparkling and looming attack.

Likewise, her use of the harp’s low register was one of the most stunning aspects of her solo arrangement of Bach’s Toccata in D. In that context, it was fascinating to hear how much of that organ work’s pedal line she retained. As perfomance, it was pure punk rock. Kibbey confided that she’d come up with it on a dare – and that the dude who dared her remains a friend. At the very end, she abandoned Bach’s seesaw drive toward an end that’s been coming a mile away for a long time, then blasted through every red light and tossed off that otherwise immortal five-chord coda in what seemed like a split second. The effect was as funny as it was iconoclastic.

Lipman took centerstage with his alternately balletesque and plaintive lines in Kibbey’s cinematic duo version of Britten’s Lachrymae. As she explained it, the piece is far from morose – describing it as a tour of a mansion was spot-on. The group closed with a piece that Kibbey and Marica have had creepy fun with in the past, Andre Caplet’s Conte Fantastique. As it followed the grand guignol detail of Edgar Allen Poe’s The Mask of the Red Death, the ensemble spun an uneasily rising and then suspensefully falling tapestry. They maxed out the trick ending, the 11 PM hour where the entitled types at Poe’s masked ball get a hint of a reality check. When death himself showed his face, the carnivalesque payoff was a mighty one. Despite temperatures in the pleasantly loamy-smelling catacombs being at least twenty degrees lower than they were topside, everybody was out of breath by the end.

Afterward, a refreshingly airconditioned shuttle bus returned to pick up anyone who had to rush for the train down the hill. Those not pressed for time had the option of taking a leisurely fifteen-minute walk back through the graves, lit only by the night sky and the occasional tiki torch.

This concert series began in a smaller crypt space in Harlem and has made a welcome migration to Brooklyn. Along with the music, there are always noshes and drinks beforehand as part of the package. This time it was small-batch whiskey: upstate distillery Five & 20, whose overproof rye glistens with the bite of five New York varietals, stole that part of the show.

If these mostly-monthly events intrigue you, be aware that the best way to find out when they’re happening is via the organizers’ email list. You can sign up at deathofclassical.com, unsurprisingly, tickets go very fast.

Live Music Calendar for New York City and Brooklyn for August and September 2018

Daily updates, and a new September calendar coming 9/1 – if you go out a lot, it couldn’t hurt to bookmark this page.

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

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

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

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

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

Beginning on 8/15, 5:30 PM and continuing on 8/22, 8/29, 9/5, 9/12 and a grand finale on 9/14 a half an hour earlier, this year’s Bryant Park Accordion Festival is as amazing as it was last year. Scroll down for individual show lineups

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

Puppeteer Basil Twist’s disorienting, phantasmagorical Symphonie Fantastique, with pianist Christopher O’Riley playing a score by Berlioz, “takes place in the most unlikely of places – a 1,000-gallon water tank, in which five unseen puppeteers swirl countless pieces of fabrics, feathers, fishing lures, flashlights, glitter, dyes, plastic, vinyl and bubbles in all shapes and sizes, creating a dream-like world of imagination and surreal storytelling,” at Here, 145 6th Ave. south of Spring, $35, through July 15, Tuesday–Saturday at 8:30 PM; Saturday and Sunday at 4. Click the link above for dates which continue through 9/2. 

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

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

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

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

Mondays in September, 10 PM noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo leads his trio at the big room at the Rockwood, $10

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

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

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

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

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

Saturdays in August, 6 PM witty Microscopic Septet pianist Joel Forrester at Barbes. He’s not doing it for the money (he wrote the theme to NPR’s Fresh Air). He’s doing this for fun and you can be part of it. He’s also leading a quartet at Bar Lunatico on 8/26 at 8:30

Saturdays in September, 6 PM the Toomai String Quintet play all kinds of adventurous, global classical repertoire, specializing in fiery Cuban material at Barbes

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

Sundays in August, at sometime past noon at Hank’s, Nashville gothic crooner Sean Kershaw‘s legendary honkytonk brunch is back; special guests from his wide circle of NYC Americana acts keep the afternoon going until about 7. It’s just like 1999 again -at least until the bar closes sometime this year.

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

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

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

8/1, 6 PM an Afro-Cuban dance party with Los Habaneros at Madison Square Park

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

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

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

8/1-2, 7:30/9:30 PM lyrical Cuban pianist Harold Lopez-Nussa leads a trio at the Jazz Standard, $25

8/1, 8 PM a darkly psychedelic twinbill: the witchy Yula & the Extended Family  and the Malian-inspired Sway Machinery at Nublu 151

8/1, 8 PM catchy, restless female-fronted Americana/newgrass anthem band Kaylor Otwell & the Tin Cans at the Bitter End. They’re also at Sidewalk on 8/26 at 8 for free

8/1-5, 8:30/10:30 PM intense pianist Gerald Clayton  leads a quintet with Logan Richardson on sax at the Vanguard, $30

8/1, 9 PM sharply lyrical janglerock/Americana/soul songwriter Matt Keating and guitarist Steve Mayone’s catchy new powerpop project the Bastards of Fine Arts at 11th St. Bar

8/2, 5 PM Bahian percussion powerhouse Dende and band followed by iconic second-wave Afrobeat band Antibalas at Chambers Plaza in Newark

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

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

8/2, 7:30 PM intense, lyrical, politically fearless tenor saxophonist Roxy Coss leads her s leads her quintet followed at 10:30 PM by bassist Matt Pavolka’s wry, incisively rhythmic, drummerless Horns Band at Smalls

8/2, 7:30/9:30 PM strange and potentially smoldering improvisations and maybe some hip-hop with Kassa Overall – drums; Vijay Iyer – piano ;Ravi Coltrane – saxophone; Evan Flory-Barnes – bass at the Jazz Gallery, $25

8/2, 7:30 PM three bass-led improvisational situations: Brandon Lopez solo, the Jozwiak/Swanson/Zenkoff Trio and the Jack Wright / Evan Lipson / Weasel Walter Trio at Arete Gallery, $10

8/2, 8 PM Balkan chanteuse Jenny Luna‘s haunting, traditional Turkish band Dolunay followed by Quatre Vingt Neuf (French for 89, a revolutionary date in case you weren’t aware) playing New Orleans brass music at Barbes

8/2, 9 PM noirish crooner/guitarslinger Phil Gammage and his four-piece band at 11th St Bar

8/2, 9 PM popular 90s-style alt-country with Rusty Truck at Hill Country

8/2, 9:30 PM sardonic C&W parody band the Great American Country Drifters at Pine Box Rock Shop

8/2, 10 PM charismatic, adventurous postbop/avant garde trombonist/crooner Frank Lacy leads his sextet at the Fat Cat

8/3, 5:30 PM dark, carnivalesque oldtimey songwriter Feral Foster and eclectic, tuneful accordionist/songwriter Ali Dineen at the American Folk Art Museum

8/3, 7 PM metal crew Fear Is Dead followed by fearlessly political antiviolence metalpunks Rebelmatic at the Delancey, $10

8/3, 7:30/9:30 PM a first-class big band plays new large-ensemble work by jazz composers Matt Holman, Brian Krock and Anna Webber at the Jazz Gallery, $25

8/3, 8 PM Dromeno play fiery Greek and Balkan dance music at the Jalopy, $10

8/3, 8 PM all-female vocal chamber group Quince Ensemble sing works by Kate Soper, Amy Beth Kirsten, Kaija Saariaho, Giacinto Scelsi, Gilda Lyons, Pascal Dusapin, and more followed by catchy, slinky, psychedelic tropicalia and cumbia band Yotoco at Barbes

8/3, 8 PM darkly lyrical psychedelic pop songwriter Jennifer Hall at the Parkside

8/3-4, 8/10 PM Mike LeDonne takes a relatively rare turn on piano with Peter Washington on bass at Mezzrow, $20 at the bar

8/3, 8:30 PM Antibalas spinoff Armo play Afrobeat at Bar Lunatico. They’re also here on 8/23,

8/3, 8:30 PM the Asian Cultural Symphony of the U.S.A play classical Chinese repertoire at Bryant Park

8/3, 9 PM boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band at Bar Chord

8/3, 10:30 PM catchy Booker T-esque soul jazz with the David Gibson/Jared Gold Hammond B3 organ band at the Fat Cat

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

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

8/4, 6 PM witty Microscopic Septet pianist Joel Forrester followed 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

8/4, 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

8/4, 7:30 PM messy lo-fi psychedelic band Garcia Peoples followed eventually at around 9:30 by darkly intense art-rock duo Christy & Emily at Wonders of Nature

8/4, 8 PM three loud metal-influenced bands open for female-fronted new wavers: instrumental sludgecore band Apollo’s Ghost, serpentine, cinematic art-rock instrumentalists You Bred Raptors, metalpunks the US Americans and the New Tarot at Bowery Ballroom, $12 adv tix avail at the Mercury 

8/4, 8 PM Lone Piñon and Tepeyolotli play New Mexican border folk sounds at the Jalopy, $10

8/4, 8 PM klezmer-jazz piano icon Anthony Coleman with Nick Dunston on bass at Scholes St. Studios

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

8/4, 9 PM Unsteady Freddie‘s monthly surf rock extravaganza at Otto’s begins at 9 PM with surfed-up tv themes from Commercial Interruption, at 10 gloomy surfed-up Russian prison songs with the Vivisectors, at 11 majestic, darkly cinematic surf band the TarantinosNYC and at midnight the possibly very well-named, metalish Tiki Torture 

8/4, 9 PM the deliciously jangly, melancholy Pale Lights – like the Church at their poppiest – and eternally popular, similarly catchy psych-pop road warriors the Essex Green at the Knitting Factory, $15 adv tix rec 

8/4, 10 PM rockabilly songstress Suzette Sundae & the Love Lifes with her killer retro band at Skinny Dennis. She’s also there on 8/28.

8/5, 1 PM chanteuse/uke player Dahlia Dumont’s Blue Dahlia playing edgy, smartly lyrically-fueled, jazz-infused tunes in English and French with classic chanson and Caribbean influences at Jefferson Market Garden out back of the playground behind the BMCC campus on Chambers St. 8/10 at 4 (four) PM they’re at Ruppert Park, Second Ave. bet. E. 90 St. and E. 91 St.

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

8/5, 1 PM wild live techno band Bombrasstico at the Riis Park Beach Bazaar in the Rockaways

8/5, 2 PM Pistolette play Afrobeat at Coney Island Baby, free

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

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

8/5, 7 PM state-of-the-art postbop guitarist Will Bernard and band reinvent Strayhorn tunes followed at 9:30ish by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes. Bernard is also at the small room at the Rockwood on 8/13 at 11 PM

8/5, 8 PM majestic noir cabaret/tango/Mediterranean band Paris Combo at City Winery, $25 standing room avail

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

8/5, 9ish sludgy but tuneful metal band Earnest Gallows at the Cobra Club, $tba 

8/6, 7 PM multi-instrumentalist Dennis Lichtman’s popular western swing band Brain Cloud at Barbes followed at 9:30 PM by Dilemastronauta Y Los Sabrosos Cosmicos with members of M.A.K.U and Combo Chimbita playing space cumbia 

8/6, 7 PM lively, relatively rocking indie classical string band Founders at Joe’s Pub, $15

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

8/6, 9 PM gritty, guitar-fueled postrockers Star Rover followed by trippy downtempo/chillout trio Dustlights playing the album release show for their new one at Wonders of Nature

8/7, 7 PM potential trainwreck, potential transcendence: BEACHFACE. Highly spontaneous collective compositions from an adventurous ensemble of Brooklyn improvisers.  John Carlson (trumpet) and Shawn McGloin (bass) from Free Range Rat, Tim Vaughn (trombone) from Gato Loco and Chris Stromquist (drums) from Slavic Soul Party! followed by clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party 

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

8/7, 7 PM the great unsung hero of darkly purposeful, noir-tinged jazz guitar, Saul Rubin leading his Zebtet at the Fat Cat. They’re also here on 8/14

8/7, 7:0 PM irrepressible, transgressively funny saxophonist Jon Irabagon leads a quintet at Smalls

8/7, 7:30/9:30 PM popular purist postbop saxophonist Eric Alexander leads a rare chordless trio with Johnathan Blake on drums recording a live album at the Jazz Gallery $15

8/7, 8 PM  Moppa Elliott‘s Unspeakable Garbage – a potentially LMFAO Mostly Other People Do the Killing facsimile with Bryan Murray – sax, Nick Millevoi – guitar, Ron Stabinsky – piano, Moppa Elliott – bass, Dan Monaghan – drums at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

8/7, 8 PM edgy, historically-inspired newgrass band Cricket Tell the Weather at the small room at the Rockwood

8/7, 8:30 PM kinetic, eclectic, funky parlor jazz violinist Mazz Swift at Bar Lunatico

8/7-13, 8:30;10:30 PM purist postbop guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel leads a trio at the Vanguard. Then he’s here with a quartet through the 19th.

8/7. 9:30 PM high-voltage delta blues/Romany swing guitarist Felix Slim at Bar Chord

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

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

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

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

8/8, 7:30/9 PM eclectic, paradigm-shifting B3 jazz organist Brian Charette leads a trio at Minton’s, $10

8/8, 8 PM irrepressible klezmer violinist Eleonore Biezunski leads her Titi Parisienne ensemble playing French songs of displacement with her trio featuring ex-Chicha Libre keyboardist Josh Camp on accordion at Barbes

8/8, 8 PM improvisationally-inclined Madrid-based pan-latin jazz chanteuse Aurora Arteaga and band at Club Bonafide, $15

8/8, 9 PM hot 20s swing with trumpeter Jason Prover and his Sneak Thievery Orchestra at Radegast Hall

8/8. 10 PM Savak – who rehash Wire as well as anybody else ever has – at Coney Island Baby, $10 

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

8/9, 6:30 PM powerhouse tropicalia chanteuse Xenia Rubinos in the sculpture garden at MOMA, free w/museum adm

8/9, 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 –  plays “a very special [spectacularly surreal, snarky] show of reinterpretations of songs by the Talking Heads, Bob Dylan, Nick Drake, Michael Hurley, Hoagy Carmichael, John Lennon, Brian Wilson, Johnny Mercer, Joni Mitchell, Laura Nyro, Neil Young, Harry Nilsson, Leonard Cohen, Tom Petty, Screaming Jay Hawkins” – what, no Eagles? at Pangea

8/9, 7 PM tenor saxophonist Ken Fowser leads his band at the Fat Cat. Jukebox jazz in a JD Allen vein but not as dark and more straight-ahead/groove-oriented: as postbop party music goes, nobody’s writing better than this guy right now.

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

8/9, 7:30 PM International Contemporary Ensemble and Greg Stuart play whispery music on instruments like of glass bowls at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

8/9, 8 PM a short set by the haphazardly funny Eastern Blokhedz  – who do psychedelic covers of 60s Russian psychedelic pop songs and specialize in the catalog of legendary Polish singer Edita Piaha – followed by a screening of Maxim Pozdorovkin’s hilarious/terrifying documentary Our New President, “a vodka-soaked, fever-dream documentary of Donald Drumpf’s rise to power as told by Russian propaganda” on the roof of the American Can Factory, 232 3rd St north of 3rd  Ave., Gowanus, F/R to 9th St., $16, free booze to follow

8/9, 8 PM plush, balmy, oldtimey uke swing band Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies  followed by theatrical avant-garde drummer Sean Noonan leading his band playing the album release show for his new one Aqua Diva at Barbes (note $10 cover for the headliners)

8/10, 5:30 PM weird segues, enticing triplebill: plaintive Yorkshire/Appalachian singer Jan Bell, avant garde jazz chanteuse May Cheung and brilliantly lyrical dark oldtimey songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Pete Lanctot & the Stray Dogs at the American Folk Art Museum  

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

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

8/10, 8 PM eclectic, lyrical, pensive jazz bassist/composer Pedro Giraudo leads his Tango Quartet at Barbes

8/10, 8 PM feral, hypnotic Afro-Colombian trance-dance band Tribu Baharu at Bryant Park

8/10, 8ish eclectic, tuneful accordionist/songwriter Ali Dineen  and fiery oldtime string band guitarist Jackson Lynch at the Owl

8/10-12, 8 PM this summer’s Latino punk festival at Brooklyn Bazaar, short sets by too many bands to name, heavy on the hardcore, the festival link is here, $tba

8/10, 9 PM Austin bluegrass guitarist/singer Talia Bryce followed at 10 by fellow Texan oldtimey band the Troll Smashers and 11 by fiery, psychedelically bluesy oldschool soul/southern rockers Lizzie & the Makers at Pete’s. Lizzie’s also at the small room at the Rockwood at 11 on 8/24.

8/10, 9:30 PM darkly sizzling original surf rock band the Black Flamingos play surf at the Gutter, $5

8/10, 10 PM Lakeside Lounge honcho and careening Americana guitar icon Eric Ambel, and fiery, lyrical Steve Earle-ish songwriter Kasey Anderson at Hill Country

8/10, 10 PM pyrotechnic jazz improv trumpeter Peter Evans with homemade instrument builder/percussionist Levy Lorenzo followed by the prosaically branded but mesmerizing Duet for Theremin and Lap Steel at Wonders of Nature 

8/10-11, 10:30 PM hard-charging alto saxophonist Mike DiRubbo leads his quartet at Smalls

8/10, 10:30 PM Max’s era-style punks the NY Junk play the album release show for their new one at Coney Island Baby, $10

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

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

8/11, 4ish the lavish Mariachi Real de Mexico de Ramon Ponce  on the Coney Island Boardwalk in front of the Wonder Wheel

8/11, 5 PM an extremely rare solo show by the crystalline-voiced, savagely lyrical Mary Lee Kortes at Pete’s

8/11, 6 PM Microscopic Septet pianist Joel Forrester f – who’s doing a barrellhous take on hypnotic Philip Glass-ine composition lately – followed at 8 by chanteuse/uke player Dahlia Dumont’s kinetic French-Caribbean band  Blue Dahlia and at 10 by Cumbiagra – who’ve been going in a much more psychedelic direction lately-  at Barbes

8/11, 7 PM sizzling, haunting, psychedelic Turkish string band Neotolia at Joe’s Pub, $15

8/11, 7:30/9:30 PM drummer Tomas Fujiwara’s thundering, tidally shifting two-guitar/two-drum Triple Double at the Jazz Gallery, $25

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

8/11, 7 PM  Markus Reuter (Berlin), Mark Wingfield (London), Tim Motzer (Philadelphia), and Doug Hirlinger (NYC/Philadelphia) in a guitar trio plus drums. The late set starting at 9 is a talent-packed quadruple bill with Ikue Mori solo, Peter Evans’ new ensemble “Being & Becoming”, vocalists/noise artists Andrea Pensado, Charmaine Lee, and percussionist Chris Strunk at Arete Gallery, free

8/11, 8 PM masterful improvisational camaraderie with Shipp/Lowe/Cleaver/Ray – Matthew Shipp, Allen Lowe, Gerald Cleaver, Kevin Ray – at the  Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec

8/11, 8 PM kinetic jazz vibraphonista Yuhan Su leads her quintet at the Cell Theatre, $15/$10 stud/srs

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

8/11, 9 PM hilarious, smartly political faux-French retro 60s psych-pop band les Sans Culottes at Bar Chord

8/11, 10 PM the Muslim & a Mexican play classic psychedelic Farsi funk from the 60s and 70s at the old Nublu, $10

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

8/12, 1 PM low-key deep-Brooklyn sounds with Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens playing a gospel brunch show at Bar Lunatico. They’re also here on 8/26

8/12, 3 PM acerbic indie classical duo String Noise at the Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd,, Long Island City,  N to Broadway and about a 15-block walk, free w/museum adm

8/12, 4 PM amazingly psychedelic, cross-pollinated Indian sounds with the Women’s Raga Massive at the Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St, Flushing, free w/garden adm

8/12, 6 PM noir-inspired low-register reedman Ben Goldberg  and cornetist Kirk Knuffke duel it out at Downtown Music Gallery

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

8/12, 7:30 PM a haunting Tunisian/Palestinian twinbill: singer Sonia M’barek & oudist/violinist Simon Shaheen with his funky Qantara group at Merkin Concert Hall, $30

8/12, 7:30 PM a short set by irrepressibly devious, lyrically hilarious multi-instrumentalist songwriter Walter Ego – who spans from darkly elegant art-rock to classic Britrock sounds – at Sidewalk

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

8/13, 7 PM night one of this year’s sublime Drive East Festival of Indian music opens with acclaimed Hindustani spiritual singer Rattan Mohan Sharma at LaMama, 66 E 4th St, $28 tix avail

8/13, 8 PM a rare NYC appearance by classy, cinematic NZ jazz pianist Alan Broadbent at Mezzrow, $15 at the bar

8/13, 8 PM the all-female Resistance Revival Chorus sing epic, inspiring populist gospel tunes and anti-trumpie broadsides, plus appearances by Valerie June, Jojo Abot, Ayo, Deva Mahal, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Mariachi Flor de Toloache, Annabella Sciorra, Abby Dobson, Shakina Nayfack, Indya Moore and others at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park, free, early arrival advised (doors at 7:30

8/13, 8:30 PM fearlessly haunting, dynamic, charismatic Romany/Balkan chanteuse Eva Salina with pyrotechnic accordionist Peter Stan at Bar Lunatico

8/13-16, 8/10:30 PM a rare summit meeting between trumpeter Roy Hargrove and soulful reedman Paquito D’Rivera at the Blue Note, $30 standing room avail. Hargrove is back leading his quintet here 8/28-31.

8/13, 8:30 PM the Vitamin String Quartet play faux-classical covers of all your favorite cheeseball radio hits at City Winery, $20 gen adm

8/13, 9:30ish the NYC Gaita Club – a Bulla en el Barrio spinoff – play rustically pounding Afro-Colombian trance-dance music at Barbes

8/14, 7 PM powerhouse postbop trumpeter Wayne Tucker leads his group followed byclever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

8/14-15, 7:30/9:30 PM golden-age large-ensemble postbop sounds with the Lee Konitz Nonet at the Jazz Standard, $30

8/14. 8 PM bassist Adam Minkoff leads a nine-piece rock band with horns playing his original arrangements of Stravinsky works at the Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec

8/14, 8:30 PM this year’s sublime Drive East Festival of Indian music continues with Vishal Vaid singing rapturous ghazals at LaMama, 66 E 4th St, $28 tix avail

8/14-15, 8:30 PM lyrical, Balkan-inspired pianist Uri Caine leads a trio at Mezzrow, $20 at the bar

8/14, 9ish tuneful, smartly lyrical songwriter and slashing guitarist Jennifer O’Connor and her band at Wonders of Nature

8/14, 9  PM Crampsy ghoul-surf/noir garage band Twin Guns at Coney Island Baby, $12

8/14. 10 PM bass sax monster Stefan Zeniuk does double duty with two of his dark latin bands: punk mambo crew the NY Fowl Harmonic  followed by the titanic, richly noir Gato Loco at Hank’s, $7

8/15, 5:30 PM night one of this year’s amazing Bryant Park Accordion Festival, short sets by musicians scattered across the park lawn to prevent any sonic interference. Lineup includes Phil Passantino (Cajun + Zydeco), Maestro Tito Castro (Bandoneón: Argentine Tango), Foncho Castellar (Colombian Cumbia + Vallenato), Gregory Grene (Irish Rock), Eduardo de Carvalho (Brazilian Forró), Christina Crowder (Klezmer & Moldavian Folk), Jenny Luna (amazing Balkan + Turkish), Susan Hwang (wryly literary Blues + Soul), Jody Kruskal (Concertina: Old Americana), Dmitry Sokolovsky (Retro, Samba, Musette + Jazz), Nathan Koci (American and English Folk Tunes), and Barry Adler (German + Austrian)

8/15, 6 PM high-voltage psychedelic cumbia/Afrobeat jamband MAKU Soundsystem at Madison Square Park

8/15, 6 PM sitar player Abhik Mukherjee at the Rubin Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

8/15, 7:15 PM this year’s sublime Drive East Festival of Indian music continues with rising star santoor player Vinay Desai at LaMama, 66 E 4th St, $21 tix avail

8/15, 9 PM haunting all-acoustic symphonic art-rock band the Arcane Insignia at the Delancey, $10

8/16, 7:15 PM this year’s sublime Drive East Festival of Indian music continues with the epic, mesmerizing Navatman Music Collective – the only carnatic choir in this hemisphere – at LaMama, 66 E 4th St, $22 tix avail

8/16, 7:30 PM the Jimi Hendrix of the cuatro, Jorge Glem at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

8/16, 8ish an amazing original roots music triplebill: badass original country blues and oldtimey guitarist/songwriter Mamie Minch, oldtimey Americana duo the Hawkins Brothers and wildly hilarious acoustic Veracruz-style folk-punk band Radio Jarocho at a house concert at 169 Spencer St. at Willoughby, Bed-Stuy, G to Myrtle-Willoughby, sug don

8/16, 7:30/9:30 PM reedman Brian Krock’s titanic 20-piece jazz orchestra Big Heart Machine – conducted by Miho Hazama and featuring the spectacular Arcoiris Sandoval on piano – at the Jazz Gallery, $15

8/16-19, 7:30/9:30 PM high-voltage vibraphonist Warren Wolf and his Quartet at the Jazz Standard, $30

8/16, 8 PM eclectic, vivid Colombian pianist Ricardo Gallo with Ben Goldberg: clarinet; Sam Kulik: trombone; Satoshi Takeishi: drums followed at 10 by Pangari & the Socialites careening through classic ska and rocksteady – most of it from the 60s Skatalites catalog – at Barbes

8/16, 8:30 PM riveting, incisive oudist Brandon Terzic with 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 – at the Jalopy, $15. Terzic is also at Barbes on 8/29 at 8.

8/16, 9 PM indie powepop icons Guided By Voices at Industry City Courtyard, 274 36th St, Sunset Park, D/R to 36th St., $25 tix avail at the Bell House box ofc

8/17, 5:30 PM ubiquitous, moodily lyrical, politically savvy Irish folk-rocker Niall Connolly at the American Folk Art Museum 

8/17, 6 PM ferocious, female-fronted Afrobeat band Underground System at Bryant Park

8/17, 10 PM ferociously lyrical, Macbeth-inspired art-rock/psychedelic songwriter Rose Thomas Bannister and her killer new band at the Jalopy, $10

8/17, 8 PM a collaboration between wildly eclectic bluegrass/Taiwanese folk guitaris/songwriter Chalaw Basiwali and Malagasy griot Kilema at Flushing Town Hall, $16/$10 srs, under 18 free w.ID

8/17, 8 PM rustic Brazilian jungle guitar-and-accordion sounds with Regional de NY at Barbes

8/17, 9:30 PM a killer surf rock twinbill: the Nebulas and the evilly psychedelic Satan’s Pilgrims at the Gutter, $5

8/17, 7:30 PM baritone saxophonist Lauren Sevian leads her killer LSQ quartet with Helen Sung on piano at Smalls

8/11, 8 PM jazz violinist Frederika Krier & her quartet Molecular Vibrations at the Cell Theatre, $15/$10 stud/srs

8/17, 8 PM exotic vibraphone-driven surf rock instrumentalists the Vibro-jets at Troost

 8/17, 8:30 PM future hall of famers the Out Louds: Tomas Fujiwara – drums; Ben Goldberg – clarinet; Mary Halvorson – guitar at I-Beam, $15

8/17, 8:30 PM organist and  Monk reinventor Greg Lewis and dazzlingly eclectic purist jazz singer Brianna Thomas at Bar Lunatico – OMFG

8/17, 10:40 PM (not 10:30) anthemic lit-rocker Dalton Deschain followed y the darkly eclectic, enigmatic Lorraine Leckie  – equally adept at Slavic and Americana noir – at Sidewalk

8/17, midnight, this era’s most intensely powerful tenor sax guy, JD Allen runs the jam session at Smalls. Hell, he could sleep here afterward

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

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

8/18, 6 PM trippy downtempo/postrock band Droneship followed at 7 by rockabilly band the Lexingtons at the Delancey 

8/18, 7:30 PM fearlessly relevant, genuinely riveting, populist tenor sax visionary/improviser Matana Roberts  solo on tenor sax at the Jazz Gallery. At 9:30 she plays a duo set with drummer Gerald Cleaver, $25

8/18, 7:30/9:30 PM powerful jazz belter – and Gil Scott-Heron reinventor –  Charenee Wade leads her group at Minton’s, $10

8/18, 8:30 PM this year’s sublime Drive East Festival of Indian music continues with Nirmala Rajasekar and Group playing magical Saraswati veena music at LaMama, 66 E 4th St, $23 tix avail

8/18, 8:30 PM Unheard Of Ensemble play works by Christopher Stark, Margaret Shedel, Reiko Füting, Erin Rogers and Tonia Ko at Spectrum

8/18, 9 PM chugging girlpunks Grim Streaker, feminist hardcore band Fea and ageless Cali surf punk legends Agent Orange at the Knitting Factory, $17 adv tix rec 

8/18, 9ish crunchy Italian stoner doom metal band Megatherium at the Cobra Club, $tba 

8/18, 10 PM expansive brass-fueled Afrobeat jams with the Brighton Beatat Shrine

8/18. 10 PM fiery electric bluegrass and C&W with Demolition String Band  at Skinny Dennis

8/18. 10 PM oldschool psychedelic soul/groove band Empire Beats at the Way Station

8/18, 9:30 PM wryly retro, period-perfect classic 60s style female-fronted honkytonk band the Bourbon Express at Freddy’s

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

8/19, 5 PM the final concert of this year’s sublime Drive East Festival of Indian music features the Flute Raman Trio playing mystical, centuries-old repertoire at LaMama, 66 E 4th St, $21 tix avail

8/19, 7 PM Fuck You Tammy play amazingly spot-on recreations of themes from Twin Peaks and David Lynch films at the Mercury, $10

8/19, 7:30 PM Haley Fohr aka Circuit des Yeux plays a live ensemble soundtrack to the 1923 silent film adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s play Salomé. at National Sawdust, $17 adv tix rec

8/19, 8 PM torchy, riveting, erudite countrypolitan songwriter Drina Seay plays her bday show at the Treehouse at 2A

8/19, 8 PM hauntingly cinematic, windswept lapsteel soundscapes with Rainer Maria guitarslinger Kaia Fischer and freak-folk eeriness with Uke of Spaces at a house concert at 169 Spencer St. at Willoughby, Bed-Stuy, G to Myrtle-Willoughby, sug don

8/20, 7:30 PM a rare U.S. appearance by legendary Russian folk singer, composer and multi-instrumentalist Sergei Starostin with his Virtual Village Ensemble playing medieval sounds at the Fridman Gallery, $20

8/20-22, 8/10:30 PM trumpeter Christian Scott and band at the Blue Note, $20 standing room avail

8/20, 9 PM lustrously dark jazz pianist Guy Mintus leads his trio at the big room at the Rockwood, $10

8/20, 9 PM legendary dual-reedman George Braith – who can play two saxes at once better than most guys can play one – leads his quartet at the Fat Cat

8/21-22, 7:30/9:30 PM rising star jazz harpist Brandee Younger leads her Quintet: electric on the 21st and acoustic on the 22nd at the Jazz Standard

8/21, 8 PM roaring 20s hot jazz with Sweet Megg & the Wayfarers at Radegast Hall

8/21-25, 8:30 PM guitar icon Bill Frisell leads a series of duos with various drummers at the Stone at the New School, $20. Choice pick: how to decide? 8/22 with Kenny Wollesen or 8/24 with Johnathan Blake? 8/29 at 7 PM Frisesll plays a rare duo show with Ikue Mori on percussion at National Sawdust, $25 adv tix rec. He’s also at Russ & Daughters – smallest venue he’s ever played – on 8/30 for FREE. Get there early

8/21, 10:30 PM brilliant drummer/percussionist Willie Martinez & La Familia Sextet play classic salsa grooves at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, $10

8/21, 10:30 PM fiery alto saxophonist Lucas Pino’s twin-guitar No No Nonet at Smalls

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

8/22, 5:30 PM night two of this year’s amazing Bryant Park Accordion Festival, short sets by musicians scattered across the park lawn to prevent any sonic interference. Lineup includes John Sherman (Cajun, Appalachian + Blues), Tinta Roja (Argentine Bandoneón + Guitar), El Toro de la Sierra (Mexican Norteño), Dan Gurney (Traditional Irish), Felipe Hostins (Northeast Brazilian), Mary Spencer Knapp (French, Pop + Soul), Nathan Rivera (Gypsy Blues), The Bumper Crop Boys (Blues and Country), Yuri Lemeshev (World, Classical + Jazz), Sam Reider (American Roots), Erica Mancini (Jazz, Blues + Country), and Mario Tacca (French Musette + Waltz).

8/22, 9 PM sharply lyrical janglerock/Americana/soul songwriter Matt Keating and guitarist Steve Mayone’s catchy new powerpop project the Bastards of Fine Arts at 11th St. Bar

8/22, 9 PM intense, charismatic oldschool soul belter Sami Stevens at the small room at the Rockwood

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

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

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

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

8/23, 7:30/9 PM lyrical latin jazz alto saxophonist Roman Filiu  leads a quartet with David Virelles on piano at Minton’s, $10

8/23, 8 PM singer Dida Pelled salutes obscure cult favorite women songwriters including Connie Converse, Elizabeth Cotten, Molly Drake, Vashti Bunyan and Norma Tanega followed at 10 by allstar violinist and drummer Jenny Scheinman & Allison Miller’s Parlour Game trio with formidable pianist Carmen Staaf at Barbes

8/23, 8:30 PM bassist Ben Allison teams up with noir-inspired pianist Frank Kimbrough & guitarist Steve Cardenas at Mezzrow, $20 at the bar

8/23, 10 PM twangy oldschool C&W band Girls Guns & Glory – who actually don’t embarrass themselves with their Hank Williams covers – at Hill Country

8/23, 10 PMtrumpeter Steven Bernstein’s legendary noir jazz outfit Sexmob at the old Nublu, $10 adv tix avail at the Poisson Rouge box ofc

8/24, 5:30 PM blues guitarist Will Scott – who can play just about any style from all over the country – and vivacious, badass all-female oldtimey string band the Dead Sea Sisters at the American Folk Art Museum 

8/24, 7 PM dazzlingly eclectic purist jazz singer Brianna Thomas, bassist Buster Williams leading his group and then veteran trumpeter Charles Tolliver reprising his 1968 album Paper Man at Marcus Garvey Park

8/24, 8 PM brilliantly lyrical trumpeter Ben Holmes’ Naked Lore with Kyle Sanna and Shane Shahanan at Barbes followed at 10 by the world’s creepiest crime jazz/film noir band, Big Lazy 

8/24-25, 10:30 PM innovative, erudite jazz organist Jared Gold leads his quartet at Smalls

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

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

8/25, 6 PM cleverly lyrical, murderously witty murder ballad/chamber pop allstars Charming Disaster at Castle Clinton in Battery Park

8/25, 7 PM the intricately polyrhythmic eight-piece Chhandayan Tabla Ensemble followed by Sougata Roy Chowdhury on sarod with Monir Hossain on tabla at Chhandayan Center For Indian Music, $20

8/25, 7 PM pianist David Greilsammer “takes a musical journey to the heart of a strange and dazzling labyrinth in a solo recital that spans musical eras,” with a centerpiece of Leoš Janáček’s darkly cinematic suite “On An Overgrown Path” at National Sawdust, $25 adv tix rec

8/25, 9 PM brilliant, historically spot-on oldtime blues guitar/banjo/piano genius Jerron Blind Boy Paxton and the similarly charismatic, politically fearless, historically-inspired oldtime country blues duo Piedmont Bluz at the Jalopy, $20

8/25, 10 PM sludgy, ornate Detroit metal band Acid Witch at St. Vitus, $12 

8/25. 10 PM Danaya Band play Malian and Afrobeat sounds at Silvana

8/26, 1 PM jangly New York original surf rock cult heroes the Supertones at the Riis Park Beach Bazaar in the Rockaways at the triangle at 66th St. and Broadway

8/26, 3 PM the trio of rising star trumpeter Adam O’Farrill, saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins and vibraphonist Joel Ross, iconic, rapturous AACM pianist/organist Amina Claudine Myers, then a lame corporate jazz act, then Gary Bartz leading a quartet at Tompkins Square Park

8/26. 5 PM awesomely slinky, psychedelic Israeli Ethiopiques groove instrumentalists Anbessa Orchestra  in the Jefferson Market Garden on Greenwich St. west of 6th Ave

8/26, 4 PM Music Against Mass Incarceration at Secret Project Robot with lo-fi janglerock/C&W songwriter Colin Langenus, Americana songstress Erin Durant, first-class lo-fi stoner jamband Rhyton, that guy from the former Pleasure Unit, hazily jangly, psychedelic slowcore/free jazz/avant instrumentalists Sunwatchers  and no-wave funksters Guerilla Toss, all proceeds to benefit Just Leadership USA and the fight to shut down Rikers Island $15

8/26, 7 PM  Perspectives Ensemble play works by Manuel de Falla at the Angel Orensanz Center, 172 Norfolk St south of Houston, free 

8/26, 7 PM Alfred Kpebsaane – Ghanaian Gyil xylophone, and Brittany Anjou – piano & keyboards playing Ghanaian Bewaa and Binne funeral music followed at 9:30 by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

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

8/26, 10 PM stampeding, merciless Savannah metal band Black Tusk at St. Vitus, $18 

8/26, 10 PM swirly, dancey/dreamy, vaguely 80s inflected stadium rock band Mars Motel at the Delancey, $12 

8/27, 8ish irrepressible, historically informed, crystalline-voiced folk noir/art-rock songwriter Elisa Flynn and the similarly noir, more minimalist Peg Simone at Troost

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

8/27, 9 PM darkly torchy southwestern gothic/Europolitan songwriter/guitarist Miwa Gemini followed by high-voltage delta blues/Romany swing guitarist Felix Slim at LIC Bar

8/27, 9:30ish singer Carolina Oliveros’ mighty 13-piece Afro-Colombian trance/dance choir Bulla en el Barrio at Barbes

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

8/28, 9 PM slashing guitarist Steve Antonakos plays slide guitar blues with his band at Bar Chord

8/28, 9 PM edgy, deep blues-inspired acoustic songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Lola Johnson at 11th St. Bar

8/29, 5:30 PM night three of this year’s amazing Bryant Park Accordion Festival, short sets by musicians scattered across the park lawn to prevent any sonic interference. Lineup includes Kenny Margolis (Zydeco + Blues), David Hodges (Bandoneón: Argentine Tango), Harold Rodriguez (Colombian Vallenato), Annmarie Acosta (Williams Traditional Irish), Rob Curto (Brazilian Bluegrass), Ed Goldberg & the Odessa Klezmer Band (Eastern European Klezmer), Melissa Elledge (Rock + Pop), George Saenz (Music from Texas-Mexico Border), Smörgåsbandet (Scandinavian), Earl Accordionist (Polka, French + Tango), Mindra Sahadeo (Harmonium: South Asian), and Rachelle Garniez (arguably this era’s greatest and most colorful, magnetic songwriter)

8/29, 7:30/9:30 PM this era’s most cutting-edge, politically relevant large jazz ensemble, Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society at the Jazz Standard, $30

8/29, 8:30 PM epically prolific, fearless, monumentally tuneful pianist Satoko Fujii leads her trio at i-Beam, $15, get there early

8/29, 10:30 PM slinky maracatu/New Orleans/surf rock mashups from Nation Beat at the big room at the Rockwood

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

8/30-9/2, 7:30/9:30 PM purist pianist Cyrus Chestnut and Trio featuring Buster Williams and Lenny White at the Jazz Standard

8/30, 8 PM deviously theatrical oldschool C&W/rockabilly parodists Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co at Otto’s

8/30, 8:30 PM haunting, intense ,soulful folk noir songwriter Holly Miranda – who’s as good on Telecaster as she is on piano at City Winery, $15

 8/30, 10 PM accordionist/sitarist Kamala Sankaram’s hot surfy Bollywood/cumbia/psychedelic rock project Bombay Rickey at Barbes

8/30, 10:30 PM drummer Dan Pugach leads his nonet with Nicole Zuraitis on the mic, playing the album release show for his new one at Smalls

8/31, 6 PM 80s style goth/dreampop band Shadow Age at Elsewhere, $12 

8/31, 7:30 PM the glimmering, noir-inspired Tom Beckham on vibes with Peter Slavov on bass and George Schuller on drums at the Bar Next Door, $12

8/31, 8 PM klezmer-jazz icon Anthony Coleman on piano and organ with Doug Wieselman – clarinets and Brad Jones – bass; Chris Cochrane – guitar and Brian Chase – drums followed by a rare club show by busker legends the Xylopholks at Barbes. Let’s see how far they get in those sweaty animal onesies and masks!

8/31, 8 PM Yoon-Ji Lee’s “Sunday Supper”“Sunday Supper” (Korean title: “저녁식사”), “an experimental chamber opera loosely inspired by the 2007 novel “The Vegetarian” by Han Kang” with electroacoustic Korean music and instrumental backing, plus a dance work in progress by Adrianne Aguilar at National Sawdust, $15 adv tix rec

8/31, 10:30 PM energetic, perennially relevant, boisterously amusing acoustic Veracruz-style folk-punk band Radio Jarocho at Terraza 7, $10

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

9/1, 5 PM atmospheric, cinematic drummer/composer Tim Kuhl – sort of a more straightforwardly trippy version of John Hollenbeck – followed at 8 by dazzlingly eclectic chamber pop/latin/classical violinist Concetta Abbate at Pete’s

9/1, 6 PM the Toomai String Quintet play all kinds of adventurous, global classical repertoire, specializing in fiery Cuban material, then at 8 PM pianist Lucian Ban and violist Mat Maneri play their creepy Transylvanian jazz and then at 10 there’s epic ranchera/bolero brass crew Banda de los Muertos at Barbes

9/1, 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

9/1, 7 PM in reverse order at El Cortez: no wave sax legends James Chance & The Contortions,dark art-rock guitar icon Martin Bisi, and perennially sick noiserock guitar band the Sediment Club, $20

9/1, 7  PM the annual Soorya festival of Sri Lankan culture and arts at Faber Park in Staten Island, free, shuttle bus will stop at the Staten Island Ferry to pick you up, program tba 

9/1, 8 PM singer Lara Solnicki leads a killer quintet with Marta Sanchez on piano and Roman Filiu on alto at the Cell Theatre, $15. Filiu leads his quartet afterward

9/1, 8 PM charmingly inscrutable Parisienne chanteuse Chloe & the French Heart Jazz Band  at Club Bonafide, $20. She’s back here on 9/21 at 6, 9/28 at 7 and 9/29 at 6 again

9/1, 8:30 PM Greg Lewis’ brilliant, fearlessly political Organ Monk Trio at Bar Lunatico

9/1, 8:30 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” followed by exotic vibraphone-driven surf band the Vibro-jets at the Gutter, sug don

9/1, 9 PM Unsteady Freddie‘s monthly surf rock extravaganza at Otto’s begins at 9 PM with ferocious, creepy surf noir band the Men in Gray Suits, at 10 spaghetti western/surf trio LoungeZotica 3000, at 11 gloomy surfed-up Russian prison songs with the Vivisectors, and around midnight the night’s hardest-rocking act, Surfer R Cool 

9/1, 9 PM dark garage rock and noir psychedelia with Holly Golightly & the Brokeoffs at the Mercury, $15

9/5, 5:30 PM  night four of this year’s amazing Bryant Park Accordion Festival, short sets by musicians scattered across the park lawn to prevent any sonic interference. Lineup includes Laren Droll (Cajun + Zydeco), Laura Vilche (Bandoneón: Argentine Tango), Nain de los M-1 Sangre de Reyes (Norteño Music from Mexico), Patty Furlong (Traditional Irish Music), Cordeone (Portuguese Fado), Ilya Shneyveys (Traditional + Original Klezmer), Eva Salina and Peter Stan (Vintage Balkan Roma Ballads), Mira Stroika (Pop Cabaret), Albert Behar (French Musette + Gypsy Jazz), Alan Morrow (Waltzes, Tango + Blues), Papa Bavarian (German Oktoberfest), and Burlap Don Simons (American Swing).

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

9/7, 6 PM elegant, lyrical, wildly eclectic oldtimey jazz/New England Americana songwriter Caroline Cotter at the American Folk Art Museum 

9/9, 3 PM koto visionary Yumi Kurosawa at the Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd,, Long Island City,  N to Broadway and about a 15-block walk, free w/museum adm

9/12, 5:30 PM night five of this year’s amazing Bryant Park Accordion Festival, short sets by musicians scattered across the park lawn to prevent any sonic interference. Lineup includes Julie Winterbottom (Cajun Music from Louisiana), Javier Sánchez (Bandoneón: Argentine Tango), Sadys Rodrigo Espitia (Colombian Cumbia + Vallenato), Ellen Lindstrom “The Swedish Meatball” (Scandinavian Music), Vitor Gonçalves (Brazilian Choro + Forró), Shoko Nagai (Japanese + Jewish), Maestro (Electronic Balkan Music), Papa Joe De Clemente (Italian + American Standards), Will Holshouser (Jazz + Folk), Ismail Butera (Ancient Mediterranean), Ryan O’Donnell + Friends (Ukrainian), and Guillermo Vaisman (Coastal Argentine Chamamé).

9/14, 5 PM the grand finale of this year’s amazing Bryant Park Accordion Festival with full sets by Shashmaqam (hauntin Bukharan Jewish music and and Central Asian dance), João Cirilo Pilom Batuko Band (Batuko and Funaná from Cape Verde), a lame Patti Smith wannabe on harmonium, Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino (sizzling Pugliese folk dances), and Rimel (Norteño music from Mexico).

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

9/21, 8 PM sizzling oudist Mohamed Abozekry and Karade play haunting, serpentine Egyptian music from across the centuries at Roulette, $25/$20 stud/srs

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

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

10/13, 2:30ish sardonically catchy powerpop/janglerockers the Hell Yeah Babies, long-running, wickedly jangly, tuneful Americana rockers the Sloe Guns in Tompkins Square Park and Giftshop – the missing link between Blondie and the Distillers – at Tompkins Square Park

Early Music Luminary Richard Egarr Makes a Long-Awaited Mostly Mozart Festival Debut

Fans of classical music may find it hard to believe that harpsichord virtuoso Richard Egarr is finally making his Mostly Mozart Festival debut at Lincoln Center this July 27 and 28 at 7:30 PM. The tireless leader of the Academy of Ancient Music records and tours relentlessly – one can only imagine that it’s his grueling schedule that’s kept him from being part of the festival until now. This time out he’ll join the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra and flute soloist Jasmine Choi in a program that includes Handel’s Concerto Grosso and Sonata à Cinque plus portions of his iconic Water Music suite. There’ll also be iconic Bach on the bill: the Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, plus his Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major. As a bonus for those who can get to Lincoln Center early, guitarist Jiji opens the night at 6:30, playing works by Albeniz, Paganini, Marais and Bach. You can get in for $35.

Egarr plays with masterful baroque precision but also High Romantic ferocity. Those attributes are far from incompatible considering that the repertoire he’s so passionate about was radical in its day. To get a sense of his approach, give a spin to his epic double-cd recording of the Bach Partitas, BWV 825-830, streaming at Spotify. From the spiky curlicues of the ornamentation of the prelude that opens the first partita, to the majestic mathematics of the finale of the sixth, the way Egarr make the harpsichord sparkle and then whir is breathtaking. But Egarr doesn’t merely content himself with working up a storm on the keys. He’s gone inside the music to find the secret codes that the composer loved so much.

The most dramatic is the passion play in the sixth partita. As Egarr explains with considerable relish in the liner notes – after all, he’s solved the puzzle – Bach’s first clue is to provide the time signature as “perfect time” rather than a prosaic 4/4. The harpsichordist explains how the composer creates numerological Biblical imagery to illustrate a familiar tale that’s usually a very grim one – this ends with a triumphant flourish.

Within these bejewelled mazes of harmony, Egarr doesn’t limit himself to standard, metronomic rhythm, either, as you’ll hear in the lilting sarabande on the way to that big payoff. Although it’s less noticeable, he takes his time getting into the mighty anthem that opens the second partita before it goes scampering and brightens somewhat. And in the same vein as a jazz player providing a bonus outtake that was too hot to leave off the album, he offers two versions of the pouncing finale to the third partita. On the surface, a lot of this looks back to Bach’s mentor, Buxtehude, but the harmonic and rhythmic innovations are vastly more complex. For those with the cash, this weekend’s Mostly Mozart Festival program offers a real trip in time back to what was once  the world’s cutting edge in serious concert music.