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New York City Live Music Calendar for December 2015 and January 2016

Daily updates, new shows always being added, plus a new January/February calendar coming on the first of the year. There’s a comprehensive, recently updated list of places where these events are happening 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 here, something for everyone

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 posted here weeks in advance. Weekly events first followed by the daily calendar.

On select Thursdays and Saturdays, 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 AND the connection between visual art, folk art and the classics via the pianist’s own imaginative fabric work from over the years. Next up: works by Debussy, Rameau and Mozart, 12/10 at 7 and 12/13 at 4 PM. Sugg don $10 (pay what you can), delicious gluten-free refreshments, beverages and lively conversation included! email for info/location.

Jan 7, 8, 12 at 7:30 PM plus Jan 9 at 6; Jan 10 at 2; Jan 11 at 4 PM the world premiere of Kaneza Schaal’s Go Forth, “ Schaal approaches the 3,000-year-old funerary text as an ancient performance score: excavating the spells and incantations to create a series of burial vignettes, fragments of translation, memory and imagination. Presented in the labyrinthine basement of Westbeth’s Artists Community in Chelsea, an essential artery of New York City’s artistic community, remnants of past legends, such as Merce Cunningham’s studios and the flood of Hurricane Sandy, line the walls. Photographic funerary murals usher the audience into the mythological landscape of the performance. Spurred by Schaal’s experience of ritualized grieving with her family in Rwanda,” at Westbeth Artists Community, 55 Bethune St in the west village, , $20 / $15 students & seniors, l./A./E/C to 14th St.

Mondays in December, 7 and 9 PM, erudite pianist Orrin Evans‘ richly tuneful, purist, stampeding Captain Black Big Band at Smoke

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.

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

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

Wednesdays in December, 10ish the Slackers‘ timelessly soulful, bluesy frontman Vic Ruggiero at Grand Victory, $10

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

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

Fridays in December at 9 Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens play oldschool 1960s style gospel at the Fat Cat.

Fridays in December, 9ish dynamic, intense Bulgarian sax star Yuri Yunakov and the Grand Masters of Gypsy Music at Mehanata

Saturdays in December at 4 PM at Bargemusic there are impromptu free classical concerts, usually solo piano or small chamber ensembles: if you get lucky, you’ll catch pyrotechnic violinist/music director Mark Peskanov and/or the many members of his circle. Early arrival advised.

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

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

Three Sundays in December, 12/6,. 12/13 and 12/20, 2 PM Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir play their deliriously fun mix of original eco-warrior gospel and edgy street theatre at Joe’s Pub, $15

Sundays at 3 PM at the Stone a rotating cast of familiar faces from John Zorn’s circle perform from Zorn’s characteristically exhaustive, marathon collection of 300 works titled Bagatelles, recently composed between March and May 2015. “Each concert will be introduced by John Zorn, often in conversation with the musicians,” $15

Sundays in December at Barbes at 5 PM multistylistic viola virtuoso and evocative film composer Ljova,plays with a variety of ensembles, plus solo.

Sundays in December, 7:30 PM spine-tingling art-rock/avant-garde/chamber pop singer Carol Lipnik – pretty much everybody’s choice for best singer in all of NYC – with hypnotically luminous pianist Matt Kanelos – at Pangea on 2nd Ave. btw 11th/12th Sts, $20. Several special guests are promised.

Every Sunday the Ear-Regulars, led by trumpeter Jon Kellso and (frequently) guitarist Matt Munisteri play NYC’s only weekly hot jazz session starting around 8 PM at the Ear Inn on Spring St. Hard to believe, in the city that springboarded the careers of thousands of jazz legends, but true. This is by far the best value in town for marquee-caliber jazz: for the price of a drink and a tip for the band, you can see world-famous players (and brilliant obscure ones) you’d usually have to drop $100 for at some big-ticket room. The material is mostly old-time stuff from the 30s and 40s, but the players (especially Kellso and Munisteri, who have a chemistry that goes back several years) push it into some deliciously unexpected places.

Sundays in December, 8:30 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.

12/1, 7:30/9:30 PM edgy tuneful guitarist Mike Moreno and his quartet with Aaron Parks – piano, Doug Weiss – bass Eric Harland – drums playing the album release show for his new one Lotus at the Jazz Standard, $25

12/1, 7:30 PM pianist Ian Hobson plays works by Debussy, Chopin, Rachmaninoff and Szymanowski at Subculture, $20 adv tix rec

12/1, 8 PM intricately arranged, psychedelic funk with the MK Groove Orchestra at Brooklyn Bowl, $5

12/1, 8 PM guitarist Joel Harrison and his amazing big band Infinite Possibility premiere 7 new works for 18-piece jazz orchestra at Roulette, $20/$15 stud/srs

12/1, 10:30 PM drummer Devin Gray & his intricate, playfully improvisaitional progressive jazz band RelativE ResonancE,at Korzo, $10

12/1, 10ish ominous Aussie baritone crooner Jack Ladder & the Dreamlanders at Baby’s All Right, $14; 12/2 he’s at the Mercury at 7:30 for $12 in advance

12/1, midnight Parlor Walls – Eula guitarslinger Elyse Lamb’s shapeshifting,catchy, art-rock/postpunk collaboration with organist/drummer Chris Mulligan – at at the Silent Barn

12/2 the Madisen Ward & the Mama Bear show at City Winery is a private event and not open to the public

12/2, 6 PM low-register reedman Ben Goldberg with alto saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock and drummer Tom Rainey at Downtown Music Gallery

12/2, 7 PM Mongolian horsehead fiddle virtuoso Jigjiddorj Nanzaddorj performs modern and traditional tunes alongside contemporary Western classical works at the Rubin Museum of Art, $20

12/2, 7 PM Minneapolis band the 4 on the Floor – sort of a punchier, beefier take on the Yardbirds, with a little soul and ‘Mats edge – at the big room at the Rockwood, $10

12/2, 7 PM a rare performance of works by noted Bulgarian composer Dobrinka Tabakova at the Bulgarian Consulate, 121 E 62nd St., free

12/2, 7:30 PM the cd release party for colorful drummer Aaron Alexander‘s Klez Messengers with the sensational Michael Winograd (clarinet) and Patrick Farrell (accordion) at Mehanata, $15

12/2-6, 7:30 PM avant art-rock luminaries the Bang on a Can All-Stars play in back of a new theatrical production of Julia Wolfe’s Steel Hammer – a darkly kaleidescopic retelling of the John Henry folksong and story -at BAM, $20

12/2, 7:30 PM relatively rare NYC appearance by smart, purposeful highway rocker/Americana songwriter Eric Stuart at the Bitter End. If you couldn’t afford the BoDeans at City Winery, this guy will do just fine.

12/2, 8 PM amazingly eclectic flamenco/Romany jazz/Mediterranean guitarist Alberto Lombardi upstairs at Bowery Electric, free. 12/3 he’s at Silvana at 9

12/2, 8 PM, in reverse order: epic Washington, DC drone-noise shamblers Kohoutek, avamt-psych instrumental trio Metal Mountains (Helen Rush, PG Six and Samara Lubelski), String Noise – known for their twisted chamber covers of pop and global sounds – and performance artist Devi Mambouka at Trans-Pecos, $8

12/2, 8:30 PM two dark, edgy, noir jazz storytellers: the Jazz Passengers’ Roy Nathanson on alto and soprano sax plus Ben Goldberg on clarinet at Seeds

12/2, 9 PM day one of Roots & Ruckus Fest at the Jalopy, free, with the newly organized Jalopy Chorus; 9:30 PM Wyndham Baird; 10:00 PM string band the 4 o’Clock Flowers; 10:30 PM the bluegrass Berger Sisters; 11:00 PM the amazing Brotherhood of the Jug Band Blues; 11:30 PM Eli Smith (of the fiery, 1800s style Down Hill Strugglers); 12:00 AM Karen Poliski. Next door at the Jalopy Tavern starting at 9 they have the 5 Mile String Band; 10:00 PM haunting Greek 1920s hash-smoking music and gangster tales with Que Vlo-Ve?; 11:00 PM Pocket Tonics

12/2, 9 PM searingly intense, charismatic, fearless acoustic punk blues siren Molly Ruth  at Rock Shop, $10. 12/21 she’s at Bowery Electric

12/2, 9 PM clarinetist Ismail Lumanovski’s searing, lickety-split explosive NY Gypsy All-Stars play the album release show for their new one Dromomania at Drom, $10 adv tix rec. They’re also at the big room at the Rockwood on 12/23 at 7

12/2, 9 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues”.at Troost. 12/17 at 8:30 they’re at at Espresso 77, 35-57 77th Street, Jackson Hts., free

12/2, 9:30 PM pianist Aaron Parks with tenor saxophonist George Garzone in what might seem a completely mismatched duo setiting…until you realize how vastly these two’s backgrounds actuallly intersect. Parks might cut loose more and Garzone might hang back here a little just to be counterintuitive, $20

12/3, 5:30 PM NYC’s most eclectic, sensationally jam-oriented klezmer/latin/cumbia band, Metropolitan Klezmer at at the World Financial Center, free. They’re also in the lobby at at 1 NY Plaza, Water and Whitehall, free on 12/9

12/3, 8 PM dark, charismatic, mischieviously witty literate keyboardist/chanteuse Rachelle Garniez followed at 10 by Chia’s Dance Party spinoff the Cumbia River Band with the amazingly eclectic Mary Spencer Knapp on accordion at Barbes. Garniez is also at Pangea on 12/7 and 12/14 at 7:30, $15

12/3, 8 PM a performance by Shawn Escarciga and an opening improvisational set by Ron Anderson (guitar), Chris Cochrane (guitar) , Brian Chase (drums), Michael Evans (drums). followed by ever-increasingly intense cellist Valerie Kuehne and the Wasp Nests playing the album release show for their new one The Apocalypse as Witnessed by a Slice of American Cheese and at some point in the evening, an unspecified piece for choir, at Jack, $10

12/3, 8:30 PM lushly sweeping, cutting-edge vocal jazz with Sara Serpa and her luminous new ensemble including André Matos, guitar; Guillermo Klein, piano; Aubrey Johnson, voice at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min. Matos leads a quartet with Tony Malaby, tenor sax; Masa Kamaguchi, bass; Billy Mintz, drums after at 10.

12/3, 9 PM day two of Roots & Ruckus Fest at the Jalopy, free with Aaron Frazer ;9:30 PM the East River String Band; 10:00 PM Morgan O’Kane; 10:30 PM Tamar Korn (irrepressibly entertaining frontwoman of Dennis Lichtman’s Brain Cloud, Cangelosi Cards); 11:00 PM sizzling Belarussian klezmer clarinetist/songwriter Dmitri Zisl Slepovitch & Friends (of Litvakus); 11:30 PM Jackson Lynch; 12:00 AM charmingly low-key front-porch songstress Joanna Sternberg. Next door at the Jalopy Tavern at 9 they have Locust Honey String Band; 10:00 PM Mike Termini ;11:00 PM Pat Hurley and his Whereabouts

12/3. 9 PM classical pianist (and onetime Dresden Doll) Tania Stavreva plays a program TBA at Caffe Vivaldi

12/3, 9:30 PM CB’s era punk legends the Sic Fucs followed by Walter Lure’s reliably oldschool punk band the Waldos at Bowery Electric, $10 adv tix rec

12/3, 10 PM Joe Yoga – ex-frontman of ferociously tuneful southwestern gothic rockers the Downward Dogs at Sidewalk. He’s also here on 12/23 at 8:15 followed by psychedelic poetry/gong/guitar loop drone project Chink Floyd

12/3, 10:30 PM tenor saxophonist Ken Fowser leads his killer postbop quartet at Smalls

12/3, 11 PM avant garde ensemble Tigue Percussion (either with or without members of Yo La Tengo, who knows) at Manhattan Inn, free

12/4, 5ish LES surf/soul/punk legends Simon & the Bar Sinisters return to their roots at ABC No Rio. Bow down to NYC punk royalty!

12/4, 7 PM American Modern Ensemble play moon-themed works by Claude Baker, Daniel Strong Godfrey, Robert Paterson, Judith Shati and George Tsontakis – but no Pierrot Lunaire – at National Sawdust. Same time, same venue, the program also includes violinist Miranda Cuckson joining percussion and piano quartet Yarn/Wire for the world premiere by composer, improvisor, and trombonist George Lewis. Also on the bill: a new work by Chiyoko Szlavnics, $25. Separate rooms or doublebooking?

12/4, 7:30 PM trumpeter David Smith leads his Quintet with saxophonist Dan Pratt, guitarist Nate Radley, bassist Matt Aronoff and drummer Mark Ferber. followed by intriguing singer Tammy Scheffer leading her killer Sextet with saxophonists Uri Gurvich and Dan Pratt, pianist Billy Test, bassist Peter Slavov and drummer Ronen Itzik at Prospect Range, 1228 Prospect Ave. (Vanderbilt/Reeve), Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn, F/G to Ft. Hamilton Pkwy, $20/$10 stud

12/4, 7:30/9:30 PM the irrepressible Jon Irabagon on saxophone with Peter Brendler on bass and Vinnie Sperazza on drums at the Bar Next Door, $12. This rhythm section has the snarky sense of fun to bring out the very best in the guy, and vice versa.

12/4, 8 PM epic, sweeping, tuneful spacerock/art-rockers Sky Picnic at Matchless, $8

12/4, 8 PM the Chelsea Symphony play Engelbert Humperdinck — Prelude to Hänsel und Gretel; He Zhanhao & Chen Gang — The Butterfly Lovers’ Violin Concerto with Phong Ta, violin; Charles Griffes — Poem for Flute and Orchestra with Melanie Chirignan, flute; Leroy Anderson — Sleigh Ridel Aaron Dai — The Night Before Christmas; Public Advocate Tish James serves as narrator, at St. Paul’s Church, 315 W 22nd St, $20 sugg don.

12/4, 8 PM Marta Hernández (aka Mar Salá) plays her acoustic flamenco rock at Shrine

12/4, 8 PM “Wemilere: Songs & A Just Meditation: Lullabies, slave songs, resistance and Ancestral Memory in dedication to Chango. Reflecting on the importance of holding community space in a time of grieving, crying out, calling out amidst trauma, violence, and poverty sweeping the world. This concert & rumba will be in celebration for the orisha Chango on his day,” at Jack, $10

12/4, 8 PM day three of Roots & Ruckus Fest at the Jalopy, free with the otherworldlyUkrainian Village Voices; 8:30 PM similarly haunting Yorkshire/Americana songstress Jan Bell ; 9:00 PM riveting, intense Romany song reinventor Eva Salina; 9:30 PM Twain; 10:00 PM Hubby Jenkins (of Carolina Chocolate Drops) 10:30 PM The Whiskey Spitters ;11:00 PM Lord Youth; 11:30 Jessy Carolina (of the torchy Jessy Carolina & the Hot Mess); 12:00 AM oldtimey guitar wizard Ernie Vega. Next door at the Jalopy Tavern at 8 they have another first-rate guitarslinger, Michael Gomez; 9:00 PM jaunty Hawaiian swing crew King Isto’s Tropical String Band ;10:00pm – 1:00am Dr. Hop

12/4, 9 PM Mac McCarty & the Kidd Twist Band play their fiery, sometimes unexpectedly poignant Pogues-ish punk and folk noir followed eventually at 11 by funny faux faux-sensitiive (get it?)  singersongwriter Will Newman and then at midnight by hilarious original two-woman comedy-folk duo Hardwood at Sidewalk

12/4, 9 PM Rhythm Tolee play live bhangra, sufi and Indian folk grooves at the Way Station

12/4, 9:30 PM intense klezmer reedman Matt Darriau’s Paradox Trio at BAM Cafe

12/4, 10 PM this era’s most chillingly cinematic, shadowy reverbtoned noir guitar instrumentalists, Big Lazy at Barbes

12/4, 11 PM smart, politically-fueled Irish rocker Niall Connolly and band at the small room at the Rockwood. He’s also here on 12/18, same time and then on 12/23 an hour earlier

12/4, 11 PM hard-hitting funk/Afrobeat band Shelley Nicole’s Blakbushe at the Bitter End

12/5, 4 PM Songs for Unusual Creatures – whose charming, psychedelic tributes to weirdness in the animal kingdom are suitable for adults as well as children – followed at 6 by accordionist Uri Sharlin’s funky Dogcat Ensemble project, at 8 by edgy lefty guitarist Damian Quinones and his psychedelic latin soul band and then at 10 by Sinaloa-style mariachi/ranchera brass group Banda de los Muertos at Barbes

12/5, 5:30 PM day four of Roots & Ruckus Fest at the Jalopy, free with Jenny Luna’s intense Turkish folk jamband Dolunay; 6:00 PM the Hoodoo Honeydrippers; 6:30 PM smart, pensive, eclectic accordionist/singer Ali Dineen; 7:00 PM mysterouis Translvanian band Szkojani Charlatans; 7:30 PM Isto (the King?); 8:00 PM Stephanie Nilles; 8:30 PM bouncy original retro Veracruz son jarocho group Radio Jarocho; 9:00 PM The Horse Eyed Men; 9:30 PM Willy Gantrim; 10:00 PM Spirit Family Reunion; 10:30 Feral Foster; 11:00 PM Crushed Out ;11:30 Rashad Brown. Next door at the Jalopy Tavern starting at 6 they have the charming washboard-driven Dubl Handi; 7:00 PM Chris Q. Murphy; 8:00 PM Crisco Dreams? 9:00 PM Outlaw Ritual’ 10:00 PM the Down Hill Strugglers

12/5, 7/9 PM adventurous yet purist jazz singer Charenee Wade leads her fascinating Gil Scott-Heron cover project at Ginny’s Supper Club, $15

12/5, 7 PM cutting-edge indie classical singer Lucy Dhegrae leads a chamber sextet playing music by Robert Sierra, Susan Botti and more at Third Street Music School Settlement

12/5, 7 PM the Doolittle Family playing their jangly mix of 60s Laurel Canyon psych-pop and country at the small room at the Rockwood

12/5, 7 PM a surrealistic performance by the butoh and jazz-inspired Conspiracy of Proletarian Shamans followed by literate Tom-Waits-ish alt country band Fist of Kindness at Medicine Show Theatre, 549 W 52nd St., 3rd Floor,$15/$12 stud/srs

12/’5, 7:15ish dark psychedelic acoustic blues/klezmer/reggae/soca jamband Hazmat Modine at Terra Blues. They’re also here on 12/19

12/5, 8 PM an intense duo show with haunting dark Americana songwriter/belter Jessi Robertson with the similarly minded Rony Corcos on lead guitar at Pine Box Rock Shop in Bushwick

12/5, 8 PM Behzod Abduraimov, piano plays Moussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition plus works by Schubert and Liszt at Irving HS Auditorium, Irving Place at 18th St., $14

12/5, 8 PM intense, alternately hypnotic and soaringly anthemic art-rock pianist/songwriter/indie classical composer Kristin Hoffmann at Caffe Vivaldi

12/5, 8 PM Dutch saxophonist and composer Marike van Dijk‘s massive thirteen-piece improvisational chamber jazz Stereography Project followed at 10 by low-register reedman Ben Goldberg, guitarist Steve Cardenas and drummer Billy Mintz playing Monk tunes at I-Beam, $15

12/5, 8 PM legendary improvisers in reverse order: Ikue Mori and Sam Pluta; Rajna Swaminathan (mridangam), in duo with guitarist Travis Reuter.; Peter Evans’ Zebulon trio, with bassist John Hébert and drummer Kassa Overall. at Jack, $20

12/5, 8:30 PM Celtic party band the Narrowbacks followed by Asbury Park’s high-voltage bluegrass/newgrass Dark City Strings at Union Hall, $10

12/5, the Alan Lomax of surf rock, Unsteady Freddie‘s monthly extravaganza at Otto’s begins at 9 with the cinematic/southwestern gothic Agent Octopus, the similarly Morricone-inspired Derangers, at 10, the Jersey Shore’s explosive, deviously original, Dick Dale-influenced Black Flamingos at 11 and guitar duo the Fireballs of Surf sometime past midnight.

12/5, 9 PM the reliably ferocious, fun Balkan (and occasionally Ethiopian and latin-tinged) madness of Raya Brass Band at at the Brooklyn Museum, free

12/5, 11 PM high-energy acoustic oldtime Americana band the Woes at Pete’s

 12/5, 11ish fuzztone garage rock monsters the Mystery Lights at Shea Stadium, $tba

12/5, 9:30 PM one of the most epic, exhilarating art-rock bands in New York, Planta – imagine Pink Floyd or Nektar up close in a small club – followed at around 11 PM by Bombrasstico mashing up dancefloor brass band grooves with dancehall reggae and Afrobeat at the Bitter End.

12/6, 1:30 PM bluegrass fiddle star Melody Allegra leads her band at Brooklyn Bowl, free /

12/6, 2 PM intense tenor saxophonist/rabbi Greg Wall with Michael Cochrane on piano, Steve Johns on drums and his son, Daryl on bass plus choreographer Carolyn Dorfman and her dancers in an afternoon of jazz, dance and schmoozing, at Jewish Museum of New Jersey at Congregation Ahavas Sholom , 145 Broadway, Newark., free

12/6, 2 PM cult favorite literary songwriter (and Laura Cantrell collaborator) Franklin Bruno at Mayflower, 132 Greene Ave  (cor Waverly & Greene), Ft. Greene

12/6, 4:30 PM the Duo Figer-Khanina play music for violin and piano TBA at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.

12/6, 6 PM intense jazz oudist/guitarist Gordon Grdina in a rare solo performance followed by noir-inspired low-register reedman Ben Goldberg at Downtown Music Gallery

12/6, 7:30 PM maestro Dong-hyun Kim conducts the Queensboro Symphony Orchestra – NYC’s hottest new classical ensemble – in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 at Mary’s Nativity Church, 46-02 Parsons Blvd. (at Holly Ave.), Flushing, 7 train to Main St. (the last stop), transfer to the Q27 bus, sugg. don.

12/6, 8 PM female-fronted power trio Castle Black – who veer between acidic Bush Tetras postpunk, stoner metal and more straight-up, sardonic punk – at Otto’s, followed at 9 by Cheri Dahl, who mashes up Marianne Faithfull, Mazzy Star and brooding oldschool punk-influenced sounds. 12/19 Castle Black are at Leftfield at 8

12/6, 8 PM sympatico third-stream improvisations, in reverse order: the Sarah Bernstein + Stuart Popejoy duo; Red Metal with Patrick Breiner – tenor saxophone and clarinet; Anais Maviel – voice’ Sana Nagano – violin; Chris Hoffman – cello at Jack, $12

12/6, 9 PM Cheetah Chrome’s legendary pre-Dead Boys proto-punk band Rocket from the Tombs at Baby’s All Right, $18

12/6, 9 PM the Space Merchants – who work a doomy reverb/fuzztone psych vibe, Sabbath with a Farfisa – followed eventually by Spencer Moody of the Murder City Devils at St. Vitus, $12

12/6, 9 PM boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band at Skinny Dennis

12/6, 9 PM charismatic ghoulabilly/retro rock monster Reid Paley at 12th Street Bar at 8th Avenue and 12th Street, a block from Prospect Park and a few short blocks from the 7th Avenue F & G station.

12/6, 11 PM hard-rocking, groove-driven Balkan band Tipsy Oxcart at the small room at the Rockwood

12/7, 7 PM SWARMIUS – sort of a tripper San Diego counterpart to Tribecastan -doing their wickedly fun, Balkan-tinged, populiat jams with guest pianist Geoffrey Burleson followed by hauntingly philosophical percussion/electronics/spoken word duo Bradford Reed & Jane LeCroy and then a solo set by Burleson at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

12/7, 7:30 PM the Horszowski Trio and Claremont Trio play Schubert works (including the Notturno and String Quintet in C) plus works by Poulenc and Kurtag at Music Mondays, Advent/ Broadway Church, 2504 Broadway at 93rd St., free.

12/7. 7:30 PM “an evening of silent films from the 1960s-1970s by experimental artist Frans Zwartjes rescored by composer Whitney George, and performed by chamber emsemble the Curiosity Cabinet. at CUNY’s Elebash Hall, 365 5th Ave north of 34th St., free

12/7, 8:30/10:30 PM Rachel Caswell (of the Caswell Sisters) on vocals with Dave Stryker on guitar and Jay Anderson on bass at the Bar Next Door, $12 

12/7, 8 PM not a musical event, but a good one: Brian G. Murphy directs a performance of Neil LaBute’s play Fat Pig, a searing, caustic critique of shallowness and misogyny. at Roulette, $17.

12/7, 8:30 PM violinist Jennifer Koh and pianist Shai Wosner play Beethoven sonatas at the 92nd St. Y, $25/$15 under 30

12/7, 9 PM  explosive guitar-fueled art-rock jamband Wounded Buffalo Theory at Pine Box Rock Shop in Bushwick

12/7, 10 PM noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo and his trio ollowed at 11 by guitarist Nick Russo’s the Hot Jazz Jumpers, who are more eclectic than just about any other retro swing band out there, at the small room at the Rockwood

12/7, 11 PM long-running Israeli reggae-rock jamband Moshav Band at Highline Ballroom, $15 adv tix req

12/7 the Manhattan Chamber Players make their debut at le Poisson Rouge with piano/string music by Mendelssohn, Brahms, Schubert, Fauré, Chausson, Shostakovich, and Piazzolla plus world premieres by Vivian Fung and Chris Rogerson. They’re at Baruch College on 12/15

12/8, half past noon organist Marco LoMuscio plays a program TBA at Central Synagogue, Lex/54t h, free

12/8 drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, Tilt Brass play works by Anthony Coleman, Tilt co-founder Chris McIntyre, James Tenney, Liza Lim and Catherine Lamb at the Miller Theatre, free

12/8, 6:30 PM intriguing,up-and-coming guitarist/songwriter Alicyn Yaffee – formerly of adventurous all-female jazz/art-rock band the Cave Women – at the Bar Next Door. 12/20 she’s at the small room at the Rockwood at 9.

12/8, 7 PM smart purist oldtime blues/Americana resonator guitarist Zeke Healy & intense, eclectic violist Karen Waltuch followed by ten-piece funky Balkan brass/Ellington jazz monsters Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

12/8, 7:30 PM well-liked folk noir guy/girl duo Whitehorse – Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland – at the Mercury, $15

12/8, 7:30 PM a wild Ernest Hemingway-inspired night at the Morgan Library: Cygnus Ensemble performs new commissions  that relate to Hemingway and other writers and artists from 1920s Paris, including vocal and instrumental music inspired by the museum’s exhibition Ernest Hemingway: Between Two Wars by Laura Kaminsky, Errollyn Wallen, Damon Ferrante, Frank Brickle, and Jessie Montgomery as well as George Anthiel, Ezra Pound, and Cole Porter. The evening will also feature special appearances by the Sheer Pluck Guitar Orchestra and soprano Elizabeth Farnum. $35/$25 srud/srs

12/8, 9 PM Italian bluegrass trio the Blue Grasshoppers followed at 10 by brilliant ex-Girls Guns & Glory guitarist Jon Glover’s new southwestern gothic project, Mongoose at the Way Station. The Blue Grasshoppers are also at Shrine on 12/10 at 9.

12/8, 9:30 PM the exhilarating klezmer jazz project Tarras Band – who play the repertoire of legendary hotshot klezmer clarinetis Dave Taras -featuring Tarras’ former pianist Pete Sokolow (piano), Michael Winograd (clarinet,) Ben Holmes (trumpet), Jim Guttmann (bass,) and Dave Licht (drums.) do the album release show for their new one – which includes Tarras mateiral plus songs by Naftule Brandwein and Sam Musiker as well as originals – at Drom, $10 adv tix rec

12/8, 11 PM Jones Beach play their hard-hitting guitar/drums original surf music at Shrine

12/8, time tba wild, female-fronted noir cabaret/circus rock band Amour Obscur at Aviv

12/9, 7 PM Roshel Rubinov – the haunting, Middle Eastern-tinged Bukharan Jewish guitar god equivalent to Richard Thompson – at Elebash Hall, 365 5th Ave north of 34th St., $25

12/9, 7 PM intense, Middle Eastern-tinged bassist Petros Klampanis leads his innovative ensemble, Chroma playing the album release show for their new one at the Onassis Cultural Center NY, 645 5th Avenue, (at 51st St) free w/rsvp . They’re also at Cornelia St. Cafe on 12/26 at 9 and 10:30 for $10 + $1o min.

12/9, 7 PM pianist Pablo Zinger backs a series of first-rate Latina singers: Brenda Feliciano, Gizelzanath, Virginia Herrera, and Maribel Salazar, to perform a program dedicated exclusively to the powerful and immensely varied vocal music of Mexico from olero to classical, passing through rancheras, huapangos, habaneras and danzones. Featured composers include “the father of Mexican music”, Manuel M. Ponce, and Tata Nacho (Ignacio Fernández Esperón) to the composer of “Granada”, Agustín Lara, to Armando Manzanero (creator of “Somos novios” – “It’s Impossible”).at the Sheen Center, 18 Bleecker (Elizabeth/Mott, $30

12/9, 7:30 PM powerful, intense bass clarinetist Todd Marcus leads his Middle Eastern-inspired big band at Smalls

12/9, 7:30 PM haunting, lushly sweeping klezmer string band Bivolita featuring accordionist Christina Crowder and fiddler Keryn Kleiman. at Mehanata, $15

12/9, 8 PM dark urbane Romany song maven (and Berthold Brecht descendant) Sanda Weigl and band at Barbes

12/9-12, 8 PM Tyshawn Sorey conducts his string sextet from behind the drum kit at Seeds

12/9, 9:30 PM tuneful, anthemic, intense neoromantic/indie classical ensemble the Founders play new works inspired by Schubert’s Winterreise at National Sawdust, $15

12/9, 10 PM stark, intense acoustic circus rock/musette/Romany punk band the Sullied Accolades – like a more stripped-down Kotorino – followed at 11 by delicious original Americana/newgrass band Chamomile & Whiskey at the Way Station

12/9, 10 PM irreverent oldschool Williamsburg saloon vocal jazz crew the Old Rugged Sauce at Freddy’s

12/10, half past noon jazz harpist Brandee Younger – this generation’s counterpart to Dorothy Ashby – in the lobby at at 1 NY Plaza, Water and Whitehall, free

12/10, 6 PM Argentinean pianist Valentin Surif plays a rare program of music from his home turf nicluding Alberto Williams’ (1862-1952) Demi-teinte de la Suite Sur la Terrasse (1891), Berceuse, Op. 47 Nº 1 (1906) and Suite En la sierra (1891), Juan Josè Ramos’s (1930-1995) Siete Variaciones de Tango (1978), Astor Piazzolla’s (1921-1992) Adiós Nonino (1959) and Roberto Garcia Morillo’s (1911-2003) Cuarta Sonata Op 26 (1959) at the Consulate General of Argentina in New York, 12 West 56th St, free but res rec to rsvp@cnyor.com

12/10, 6 PM guitarist Nick Nace – ex-A Brief View of the Hudson – followed eventually at 10 by dark 80s influenced goth/art-rock songwriter Alfonso Velez at the small room at the Rockwood. Nace is also at Sidewalk on 12/18 at 10. 

12/10, 7 PM pianist Jacob Greenberg plays music by Chopin, Schubert, Debussy, Webern and a world premiere by Dai Fujikura at Spectrum, $15

12/10, 7:30 PM, repeating on 12/11-12 at 8, the NY Philharmonic with pianist Jeffrey Kahane premiere an Andrew Norman concerto, plus Richard Strauss’ Till Eulenspigel and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4 at Avery Fisher Hall, $30 tix avail 

12/10. 7:30 PM rising star saxophonist Melissa Aldana leads her quartet at Smalls

12/10, 8 PM violinist Sam Bardfeld leads his trio followed at 10 by the plush, balmy, oldtimey uke swing of Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies at Barbes

12/10, 8 PM old cutting-edge jazz pals from the AACM days: saxophonist/multimedia artist Douglas Ewart & Quasar and tersely, majestically blues-inspired trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith at Roulette, $20/$15 stud/srs

12/10, 8 PM gorgeously slinky, period-perfect 1950s-style Egyptian film music revivalists Zikrayat at Meridian 23, $tba

12/10, 8 PM intense, mesmerizing clarinetist Vasko Dukovski performs spectral composer Marcelo Toledo’s Entrañas/Descentros for solo clarinet and then together with the composer, the two work out an improvisation at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, $10

12/10, 9 PM savage, macabre,cinematic noir jazz band Beninghove’s Hangmen at Bar Chord

12/10. 9 PM subversively torchy, historically-informed, richly lyrical oldtime Americana chanteuse Robin Aigner & Parlour Game at the Jalopy, $10

12/11, 6 PM NYC’s most innovative, hypnotically pointillistic Balinese bell orchestra, Gamelan Dharma Swara in the Chinese Garden Court at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, free w/museum adm. 12/13 at 6 they’re at the Stone playing a new piece by innovative bagpiper Matthew Welch for $20then on the 20 th they’re at the Fat Cat at 7.

12/11, 7 PM Chicago-style blues guitar monster Bobby Radcliff at Terra Blues.

12/11-12, 7:30/9:30 PM pianist Fabian Almazan’s amazing, Shostakovich-influenced, string-driven chamber jazz octet Rhizome at the Jazz Gallery, $22

12/11, 8 PM legendary Korean traditional music/dance troupe Kkuns – with their rapidrife hwimori rhythms, entertaining buna (spinning dishes), drums and ritual chants – at Flushing Town Hall, free w/rsvp

12/11, 8 PM meticulous, thrilling pianist Alexandra Joan plays Kaija Saatiaho Preludel Bach Partita for keyboard No. 1 in B-flat Major, BWV. 825; Arvo Part Partita, Op. 2;; Elliott Carter “90+”; Schumann Etudes Symphoniques, Op.13, Posthumous Etudes at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud

12/11, 8 PM Cousin Earth – who play mischievously funny covers of everything from bluegrass to EDM on ukuleles – at Singlecut Beersmiths in Astoria, free

12/11, 8:45 PM intriguingly lyrical, enigmatic Americana songwriter Jeffrey Foucault – sort of a grungier Steve Earle – with the soaring, similarly rocking Caitlin Canty at the big room at the Rockwood, $15

12/11, 9 PM ethereally menacing, jangly female-fronted Bunny Punch – who mangle folk noir into janglerock with a dreampop edge – at Matchless, $8

12/11-12, 9:30 PM smoky, suave oldschool tenor saxophonist Harry Allen leads his trio at Mezzrow, $20

12/11, 11 PM flutist Hiroaki Honshuku’s quartet Racha Fora with special guest Donny McCaslin plays material from their innovative, bracing new Miles Davis homage at Club Bonafide, 215 East 52nd St. , $10

12/11 an extremely rare appearance by no wave icons Teenage Jesus and the Jerks with Lydia Lunch at Trans-Pecos, midnight $20

12/11 exhilarating, brass-driven retro 60s latin soul revivalists Spanglish Fly at Barbes

12/11 GBV’s Doug Gillard and ageless indie powerpop favorites the Figgs at Bowery Electric

12/11, 5:30 PM cult favorite Americana soul songstress Dina Regine at the American Folk Art Museum

12/11, 7 PM International Contemporary Ensemble play Zosha Di Castri and David Adamcyk’s theatrical kitchen-sink electroacoustic epic Phonobellow, Natacha Diels’ minimalist, percussive, quirky An Economy of Means and Bulgarian composer/experimental vocalist Maria Stankova’s presumably otherworldly, haunting new work for voice and clarinet performed by Alice Teyssier and Joshua Rubin at the Teatro of the Italian Academy at Columbia University, 1161 Amsterdam Ave, free

12/12, 5 PM a panel discussion of the future of Caribbean and South American emigration to the US followed by a performance by Colombian marimba de chonta player/bandleader Diego Obregon at the Queens Museum, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, free

12/12, 7 PM it’s the flagship event of the annual, magically enveloping, global Unsilent Night boombox parade! For 22 consecutive years, composer Phil Kline has led this interactive parade from Washington Square Park to Tompkins Square Park. Show up no later than 6:45 PM, and you can pick up a boombox with a cassette of his carillonesque, pointillistic electronic score. Or download it for free, then bring your phone, mp3 player or tablet and join the fun! You can also stream it at soundcloud as you walk if you have a wifi connection. A great family event!

12/12, 7 PM the Attacca String Quartet performs music by Adams, Andres, Schumann, Rogerson, and Ippolitoat the DiMenna Center, 450 W 37th St., $20

12/12, 8 PM You Break You Buy with keyboardist Mick Rossi (Phillip Glass), guitarist Stephen Ulrich (Big Lazy) with Sexmob’s Tony Sherr (bass) Dean Sharenow (drums) playing creepy noir jams at Spectrum, $15

12/12, 8 PM Cairo-Montreal improvisational duo Flying Street, with Sam Shalabi on oud and Stefan Christoff on piano at Alwan for the Arts, $20/$15 stud/srs

12/12, 8 PM, repeating on 12/13 at 3 PM, Alessandra Belloni and her trancey tarantella band play Mystical Music in Honor of the Black Madonna,” a musical journey around the world to the ancient sacred sites of the primeval earth spirit created from authentic traditions of Southern Italy, Spain, France, Portugal, and Brazil “ at Theater for the New City, 155 First Avenue (bet. 9th & 10th Sts) $25

12/12, 8 PM the eclectic, Balkan/latin/funk brass Underground Horns and catchy, eclectic ska-pop/latin/reggae from the Brown Rice Family at Drom, $10 adv tix rec

12/12, 8 PM pyrotechnic alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa‘s Charlie Parker tribute, Bird Calls at at the Miller Theatre, $20 seats avail

12/12, 8 PM Chamber Orchestra of New York play Gershwin’s Lullaby and Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings, along with Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 35 and the world premiere of Three Variations on a Gregorian Theme by Emiliano Imondi, at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $30 tix avail

12/12, 8 PM the Cecilia Chorus of New York sing Handel’s Messiah at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, $25 tix avail

12/12, 9 PM cinematic soundtrack instrumentalists/surf rockers the Tarantinos NYC at Rock Shop, $10

12/12, 9ish a sizzling gospel/oldschool twinbill with monster piano player/charismatic showman Rev. Vince Anderson and period-perfect 60s blue eyed soul crooner Eli Paperboy Reed at Union Pool, $14

12/12, 9 PM Dubistry play deep roots reggae grooves, mento, ska and psychedelic dub instros at Shrine

12/12, 10 PM ex Bee & Flower bandleader/bassist Dana Schechter’s haunting, intense, grimly cinematic instrumental project Insect Ark at St. Vitus, $10

12/12, 10 PM twin-guitar, twin-keyboard psychedelic band Up & Down Hands play Pakistani film themes by legendary composer M. Ashraf at Barbes

12/12, 10:15 PM honkytonk with the Third Wheel Band at the big room at the Rockwood

12/12 grittily tuneful, 3rd generation Stooges-influenced rockers Swanky Tiger at Bowery Electric

12/13, 2 PM timeless freak-folk pioneer Kath Bloom at Mayflower, 132 Greene Ave  (cor Waverly & Greene), Ft. Greene

12/13, 4 PM Miwa Gemini – the darkly enigmatic missing link between Calexico and Shonen Knife – followed at 5 by torchy, bluesy classical harpist/chamber pop songwriter Tara Minton and then eventually at 7 by percussive, trance-inducing, bitingly tuneful, Middle Eastern-tinged female-fronted jamband SisterMonk and then at 8 by magical-voiced indie pop songwriter Jes Hudak at the small room at the Rockwood

12/13, 4 PM early music group Juilliard415 with harspichorist Richard Egarr perform a holiday choral celebration at Corpus Christi Church, 529 W 121st St, $10 seats avail.

12/13, 6:30 PM pianist Margarita Rovenskaya plays works by Haydn, Brahms, Prokofiev, Bach and at Caffe Vivaldi

12/13. 7 PM Nadia Shpachenko-Gottesman plays 6 world premieres by Missy Mazzoli, Michael Vincent Waller, Vera Ivanova, Tom Flaherty, Daniel Felsenfeld and Peter Yates at Spectrum, $15

12/13, 9 PM guitarist/singer Breanna Barbara Arneson and her diverse blues band followed at 10 by lyrically-fueled electric folk noir band Leland Sundries at Palisades

12/13, 10ish Lenny Kaye (lead guitar genius from Patti Smith’s band, in case you don’t know) does his classic powerpop thing…or his country thing, or maybe both, upstairs at 2A

12/13 eerily playful, charismatic Nashville gothic/folk noir songstress Kelley Swindall at Scratcher Bar, 209 E 5th St.

12/13 creepy, accordion-fueled Balkan psychedelic rockers Alec K Redfearn & the Eyesores, no wave jamband Escape by Ostrich and postpunk supergroup Heroes of Toolik at Bowery Electric.

12/14, 8 PM one of the year’s best twinbills: hard-rocking psychedelic cumbia/surf dance band Consumata and similarly psychedelic, surfy, vallenato-influenced art-rock groovemeisters Los Crema Paraiso at Brooklyn Bowl, $8

12/14, 8:30 PM multi-instrumentalist oldtime blues powerhouse Blind Boy Paxton at the Jalopy, $10

12/14, 9 PM irrepressible saxophonist Jon Irabagon celebrates the release of his wild, technically challenging first solo sopranino saxophone record Inaction Is An Action Delroy’s Wine Bar, 65 Fenimore St just off Flatbush Ave, Q to Parkside Ave, $10 sug don

12/14, 10 PM a subversive holiday tradition: Xmas songs by Jewish songwriters. Subtext, anybody? Performers include host Steven Blier on piano with chanteuse Lauren Worsham, clarinetist Alan Kay, cantor Joshua Breitzer, many others at Henry’s Restaurant, 2745 Broadway at 105th St, $10; Reservations requred to 212-866-0600 if you want to eat but not for bar seating

12/14, 11 PM noir jazz piano monsters the Dred Scott Trio return to their old stomping grounds at the small room at the Rockwood

12/15, 5:30 PM fiery Americana/Balkan/chamber-pop fiddler Sarah Alden and her all-star string band at the World Financial Center, free. She’s also here at 4:30 PM on 12/19

12/15, 9 PM the Bogmen’s charismatic, UFO-fixated Vic Thrill followed by NYC’s most haunting, inscrutable, savagely guitar-fueled, lyrically brilliant noir band Karla Rose & the Thorns at Grand Victory, $10

12/15-16, 7:30.9:30 PM intense, inscrutabley fiery guitarist Mary Halvorson leads her lush, lustrously brooding octet at the Jazz Gallery, $22

12/15, 7:30 PM chamber quartet the Curiosity Cabinet plays their conductor Whitney George’s work The Strange Library, for narrator and quartet, with projections, inspired by the creepy, surreal Haruki Murakami novella at the Center for Fiction, 17 E. 47th St, $15/$12 stud

12/15, 7:30 PM rising star cellist Sang-Eun Lee and pianist Noreen Polera play works by Rachmaninoff, Stravinsky, Crumb and Brahms at Merkin Concert Hall, $10 seats avail.

12/15, 9 PM brilliant drummer/percussionist Willie Martinez & La Familia Sextet play classic salsa grooves at the Fat Cat

12/15 state-of-the-art, sinisterly socially aware newschool big band jazz Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society at the Bell House

12/16, 7 PM in reverse order at the Knitting Factory: psychedelic funk band the People’s Champs – who’re going in more of an Afrobeat direction lately – playing the album release showfor their ne wone American Dreamers, brilliant psychedelic desert rock/cantorial art-rock band Sway Machinery doing the same for their new one, funky, psychedelic Ethiopiques band Nikhil P. Yerawadekar and Low Mentality and low-key, soulful original country bluesman Jon LaDeau, $10 adv tix rec

12/16. 7:30 PM a wonderful new group on the scene, Tsibele with Eleonore Weill (flutes), Hannah Temple (accordion), Eva Boodman (trumpet), & Zoe Aqua (violin) playing klezmer classics and obscure treasures.at Zeb’s Place 223 W.28th St. (bet. 7th & 8th Ave.), $15

12/16, 8 PM intense, eclectic original Balkan clarinet/violin/oud/percussion quartet Sherita at the Delancey, $10

12/16, 8:30 PM an amazing all-instrumental twinbill: savage, macabre,cinematic Middle Eastern surf/crime jazz band Beninghove’s Hangmen and then deep two-trombone dub reggae and Afrobeat grooves with Super Hi-Fi playing the album release show for their sick new Xmas dub colllection at Brooklyn Bowl, $5

12/16, 8:30 PM NPR’s “Piano Puzzler” Bruce Adolphe hosts a program of piano music by Beethoven played by Orli Shaham and Noam Elkies at Engelman Recital Hall, Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Ave, $30

12/16, 9 PM the Strung Out String Band play hi-energy oldtime Appalachian tunes at Bar Chord

12/16, 10 PM the intoxicating Katie Brennan & the Bourbon Express play honkytonk at the Way Station

12/16, 10:30 PM the increasingly soul-oriented, guitarishly brilliant Miss Tess & the Talkbacks at the big room at the Rockwood, $10

12/17, 5::30 PM playful, fun, eclectic oldtimey accordion/violin Americana/Romany/musette band the Wisterians at at the World Financial Center, free. They’re also here on 12/23

12/17, 6 PM composer and pianist Marika Takeuchi plays her tranquil contemporary instrumental music with violinist Rebekah Butler and cellist Bobbie Lee Crow III. at Cornelia St. Cafe, $9 incl a drink! 

12/17, 7 PM pianist Vassily Primakov with Rachael Lee, violin, Ben Capps, cello, David Aladashvili, piano.play works by Tschaikovsky at Zinc Bar, $25

12/17, 7:30 PM intense gothic/punk/blues art-rock bandleader Vera Beren directs Pamela Enz’ Body Parts a Series of…starring Anita Durst, Julie Atlas Muz and Jack Neiman with music by Luis Mujica played by a live band at Dixon Place, $10

12/17, 8 PM the Danish Piano Trio‘s US debut with music by Felix Mendelssohn and Niels W. Gade; plus a world premiere by Geoffrey Gordon and a US premiere by Bent Sørensen, at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $20. Good, cutting-edge stuff!

12/17, 8/10 PM pianist Helen Sung plays her song cycle based on Dana Gioia poems featuring multi-reedist John Ellis, trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, bassist Reuben Rogers, drummer Donald Edwards, percussionist Samuel Torres, along with guest vocalists Carmen Lundy and Carolyn Leonhart, at the Jazz Gallery, $22

12/17, 8:30 PM the New York Chillharmonic – vocalist/composer Sara McDonald’s lush, third-stream 17-piece big band with string quartet –at the Lincoln Center Atrium, early arrival advised

12/17, 8:30 PM a hot oldtimey swing jazz triplebill with King Istos Tropical String Band, Cait & the Critters and Sweet Megg & the Wayfarers at the Jalopy, $10

12/17, 9 PM fiery, torrentially lyrical, vengefully catchy punk/powerpop alienation anthems with Hannah vs. the Many at Rock Shop, $10

12/17, 10 PM lush but edgy original jazz chanteuse/songwriter Gracie Terzian – whose axe is the harp ukulele – at Club Bonarifide (in the old Something Jazz Club space) at 212 E 52nd St, $15

12/18, 7:30 PM the China National Traditional Orchestra play concertos for pipa and orchestra, erhu and orchestra and other sweepingly cross-pollinated sounds at Alice Tully Hall, $20 tix avail. They’re also at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall on 12/20 at 8 playing new , theatrically staged compositions by musical director Jiang Yin, $20 seats avail.

12/18, 8 PM haunting dark Americana songwriter/belter Jessi Robertson, chamber pop stylist Elizabeth Ziman of Elizabeth & the Catapult, Shannon Conley, Jenna Nicholls, Kiyoshi Matsuyama and others play a tribute to PJ Harvey on the 15th anniversary of Stories From the City, Stories From the Sea at le Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec

12/18, 8 PM a mighty Americana quadruplebill at Hank’s with blazing guitarist Alan Lee and the Whiskey Bumps followed eventually by electrified bluegrass/Celtic band Tatters and Rags at 10 and cleverly lyrical, darkly funny Nashville gothic rockers Maynard & the Musties headlining at 11

12/18, 8 PM slinky, exhilarating, brass-driven retro 60s latin soul revivalists Spanglish Fly at at SOB’s, $10

12/18, 8 PM charming female-fronted continental swing jazz combo the Hot Sardines play the album release show for their new one at Uinon Hall, $12

12/18, 8 PM cellist Inbal Segev and classical guitarist Jason Vieaux play a Fernando Otero world premiere as well as works by DeFalla, Granados, Piazzolla and and Gnattali at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stu d

12/18, guessing that this starts at around 8, in reverse order: the Bad Brains’ HR & the Dubb Agents, Jawalski, Skarroneros, and one of Harlem’s longest-running, tightest first-wave punk bands, the Banddroidz at Bowery Electric

12/18, 10 PM Krawbel and the Snipper Snappers play their mashup of bluegrass, newgrass and acoustic janglerock at Freddy’s

12/18, 11 PM dazzlingly eclectic, enigmatic Canadian gothic bandleader Lorraine Leckie at Sidewalk

12/18, midnight he Brighton Beat play their deliriously fun Afrobeat jams at Joe’s Pub, $12

12/18, quarter past midnight ferocious latin/Romany rockers the Butcher Knives at the Kniiting Factory

12/19, 7 PM hilarious, savagely funny top 40 parodists the Dan Band at Joe’s Pub, $22

12/19, 8 PM pianist Lucian Ban and violist Mat Maneri’s tersely haunting Transylvanian jazz project at Barbes, $10

12/19, 8 PM chamber/choral group the Western Wind Ensemble performs styles ranging from Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Early American and Romantic to contemporary works, folk songs and spiritual plus new arrangements of seasonal chestnuts such as I Saw Three Ships and Tom Lehrer’s Chanukkah in Santa Monica at Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium, 417 E 61st off 1st Ave., $25 gen adm avail.

12/19, 9 PM deep two-trombone dub reggae and Afrobeat band Super Hi-Fi play sick versions of Xmas carols from their hilarious new album at Bar Chord

12/19, 9 PM the Rosewood Girl mash up enigmatic Neko C. Americana, nebulous post Sonic Youth jangle and vintage honkytonk at Freddy’s

12/19, 10 PM this era’s most chillingly cinematic, shadowy reverbtoned noir guitar instrumentalists, Big Lazy at Barbes at Fox and Crow, 594 Palisade Ave, (Congress/Hobson), Jersey City,

12/19, 10 PM agelessly hilarious, sardonic first-wave punk rockers the Dickies at Bowery Electric

12/19, 10 PM edgy, intense alto saxophonist Sharel Cassity’s Electra at the Fat Cat

12/19, 11 PM Red Gretchen – best known for their anguished Replacements/Niirvana anthems, although they’re even better at slowly undulating, doomy psychedelic/art-rock grooves – at Sidewalk

12/19, 11:30 PM smolderingly intense singer/guitarist Mia Wilson’s deeply bluesy, brilliantly lyrical psychedelic band the Bright Smoke at the Mercury, $10

12/19, midnight ark female-fronted new wave/punk band Ingrid & the Defectors at Hank’s, $5

12/20, half past noon vocal-and-guitar duo Yael & Gabriel lead their combo playing Piaf classics at Highline Ballroom, $22 adv tix rec

12/20, 2 PM Lise de la Salle, piano with members of everybody’s favorite indie classical orchestra, the Knights, playing works by Ravel, Takemitsu, Mozart and Martinu at the Town Hall, $15 seats avail.

12/20, 2 PM politically-inspired soul singer Tomas Doncker at Mayflower, 132 Greene Ave  (cor Waverly & Greene), Ft. Greene

12/20, 3 PM the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra play Handel’s Messiah at NJPAC in Newark, $30 tix avail.

12/20, 7 PM Charming Hostess – Jewlia Eisenberg, Marika Hughes, Dana Lyn and Mazz Swift – play edgy, lushly intense Balkan and Sephardically-inspired Jewish music from across the ages and similarly radical originals at Barbes

12/21 it’s Make Music Winter. Great idea – definitely more comfortable than the annual June 21 allday outdoor buskerthon – debatable execution. Along with the yodelers carousing through Washington Heights – good grief, why donn’t they stay homr in Jersey? – there are some cool participatory parades and such going on..

3 PM: Decantations: “Composer Ravi Kittapa and pianist Karl Larson invite the public to perform the New York premiere of Decantations III, Kittapa’s piece featuring the sound of sruti boxes (easily playable Indian drone instruments). Beginning at 3:00 pm, performers split into three groups and walk divergent paths around Astoria, playing a variety of sustaining instruments and electronic devices, while interacting with the sounds of the neighborhood. After 30 minutes everyone converges in Athens Square Park to create a large and varying drone resolving to a finish.”

4 PM: Melrose Parranda: “The Bronx Music Heritage Center (BMHC) inaugurates its annual Melrose procession series with a focus on the Puerto Rican tradition of caroling called parranda. At 4:00 pm, a parranda with the Puerto Rican music of plena, and singing holiday songs from the island, will be led by Jorge Vazquez, Bobby Sanabria and others. Join the procession at the 149th St./3rd Avenue subway stop as we wind our way through Melrose into beloved local landmarks, ending with a jubilant jam session and refreshments. Come ready to sing, dance, and play!” And drink…There’s also a Trullita Navideña being organized at 4:30 PM on the south side of Williamsburg at El Puente Headquarters (211 S. 4th St)

4:30 PM: Kalmibascope: This sounds like real fun! “Participants are invited to join the Kalimbascope Ensemble, and promenade at dusk with the music of the enchanted thumb piano. Composer J.C. King leads a kalimba parade through the streets of Ridgewood and Bushwick, ending at Maria Hernandez Park. The parade will be accompanied by real-time electronics, giving the music an air of mystery and fascination. The parade begins at 4:30 pm at Trans Pecos (915 Wyckoff Ave). All are encouraged to bring their own kalimbas (though kalimbas will be available for the first 25 participants to borrow)”

6 PM: Bell by Bell: “Artist Tom Peyton distributes seventy color-coded bells to the crowd, one color per note. At the front of the parade, a team of conductors waves corresponding colored flags to lead the group in slowly moving music, written by a variety of composers. When the conductors raise their red and green flags, everyone with red and green bells start ringing, and so on for each color, creating a sonorous, atmospheric soundscape in DUMBO’s cavernous spaces. The parade begins at 6:00 pm at the DUMBO Archway and ends at Brooklyn Bridge Park (at Old Dock Street).”

6 PM: Pilgrimage: “Early Music singers led by conductor Malcolm J. Merriweather walk from West Park Presbyterian Church (Amsterdam and W. 86th) to the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, carrying lanterns while singing medieval melodies once sung along the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela. All singers are invited to join, from absolute beginners to early music specialists. The pilgrimage begins at 6:00 pm and culminates in a triumphant arrival at the Cathedral with organ accompaniment. Presented in association with West Park Presbyterian Church and the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine.”

12/21, 8 PM it’s Murder Ballad Night at Branded Saloon in Ft. Greene, arguably NYC’s funnest and creepiest monthly concert. Hosted by luridly charismatic chamber-pop duo Charming Disaster and featuringpowerful Americana belter and Bobtown folk noir songwriter Karen Dahlstrom, intensely enigmatic, tuneful cello songstress Serena Jost,, Americana singer Karen Poliski, popular folk-pop songwriter Terry Radigan, creepy, theatrical female-fronted noir cabaret/circus rock band Orphan Jane, and more. Get there on time, the room fills up quick!

12/21, 8 PM Kent Tritle conducts the Oratorio Society of NY in the Mozart arrangement of Handel’s Messiah at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, $25 tix avail

12/22, 9 PM wild Middle Eastern art-rock and metal guitarist Yoshie Fruchter at Silvana

12/22, 9 PM state-of-the-art hip-hop with the dead-serious but very funny Jean Grae at the Bell House, $20

12/23, 8 PM exhilarating female-fronted heavy psychedelic Argentine-American rock band Desert Flower – with punk, blues, noiserock and 70s metal influences at Black Bear Bar on N Sixth St. in Williamsburg, $10

12/23, 8:30 PM Bob Wills-style swing with Western Caravan followed by long-running 90s alt-country favorites Rusty Truck at Hill Country, free

12/23, 8:30 PM jazz chanteuse Allegra Levy – a welcome rarity in that she writes her own enigmatic, original songs – with Josh Deutsch, trumpet; Jason Yeager, piano; Timothy Norton, bass at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

12/23, 8:30 PM Balkan night at Freddy’s with bands TBA

12/24, 10 PM Anthem Band play newschool roots reggae and dancehall sounds at Shrine 

12/25, 3 and 5 PM NYC’s most eclectic, sensationally jam-oriented klezmer/latin/cumbia band, Metropolitan Klezmer at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 + $10 min

12/26, 8 PM stars of the klezmer and Yiddish world including Frank London, Sarah Gordon and Michael Winograd present an evening of music from singer/musicologist Adrienne Cooper’s cult classic 1999 album In Love and In Struggle: The Musical Legacy of the Jewish Labor Bund at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Pl. north of Batttery Park, expensive, $36

12/26, 9 PM percussionist/bandleader Alessandra Belloni‘s explosive, fiery tarantella/Brazilian trance band Tarantata at Mehanata, $10

12/27, 7 PM Venezuelan jazz violinist Alí Bello & the Sweet Wire Band play original and fascinating stuff at Club Bonarifide (in the old Something Jazz Club space) at 212 E 52nd St, $15

12/27, 8:30 PM expansively lyrical pianist Eri Yamamoto with David Ambrosio, bass; Ikuo Takeuchi, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 + $10 min

12/28. 10 PM increasingly dark and Americana-oriented, lyrically brilliant acoustic guitarist/songwriter Linda Draper at Pete’s

12/28, 10ish one of the great saxophonists in the history of ska, Dave Hillyard & the Rocksteady 7 at Hank’s

12/29, 7 PM eerily playful, charismatic Nashville gothic/folk noir songstress Kelley Swindall at Caffe Vivaldi

12/29, 7 PM a rare reunion show by legendary/obscure 90s NYC jug band Washboard Jungle – who predated the Brooklyn Americana explosion by 20 years – at Barbes. 12/30 they’re at Dixon Place.

12/29, 7:30 PM bewitching noir torch song stylist Bliss Blood and brilliant guitarist Al Street at Freddy’s

12/29-30, 7:30 PM and 1/2 at 8 PM, the NY Philharmonic with violinist Joshua Bell play Sibelius’ Swan of Tuonela, Finlandia and Symphony No. 4 plus Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto at Avery Fisher Hall, $33 tix avail

12/29, 8 PM arguably the best twinbill of the entire year with wild, guitar-and-keyboard-driven Balkan psychedelic rock monsters Choban Elektrik followed by explosive psychedelic rembetiko metal band Greek Judas at Rock Shop, $10

12/29-30, 8:30 PM one of the alltime great Chicago blues artists – equally intense on organ, piano and guitar – Lucky Peterson at Iridium, $28

12/29, 9 PM amazing, darkly psychedelic Middle Eastern jamband the Sandcatchers: Yoshie Fruchter (oud)’ Michael Bates (acoustic bass); Yonadav Halevy (drums)Stephen Ulrich (lap steel) at Rock Shop

12/29, 9 PM the Jack Grace Band play their boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic at Coyote Ugly Saloon

12/30, 8 PM the Brooklyn Ivo Papasov, pyrotechnic Balkan reedman Greg Squared‘s Circle at Barbes

12/30, 10 PM an extremely rare solo acoustic show by lyrically intense, southwestern gothic-tinged, darkly charismatic noir singer Karla Rose of Karla Rose & the Thorns at 11th St Bar

12/30, 10:30 PM haunting latin noir/gutter blues/psychedelic guitarist Jack Martin’s Bob Dylan Deathwatch at the Manderley Bar

12/30-31 Gogol Bordello at Terminal 5, $35 adv tix rec

12/31, 10 PM the year’s possibly most asshole-free New Year’s Eve celebration at Freddy’s with Sweet Tits – the “punk lesbian Spinal Tap” with Donald O’Finn’s classic full-length backwards version of It’s a Wonderful Life – complete with backward-masked sound – blasting on the tvs throughout the bar.

12/31, 10ish for fans of darkly bristling, bouncy Brazilian rainforest folk sounds, accordionist Rob Curto leads his forro band at Barbes, $20

12/31 devious oldschool C&W/rockabilly parodists Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co. at Otto’s, 11 PM. If you must be in the East Village on New Year’s Eve (your inner New Yorker may be screaming STAY HOME), this is the place to be. The band is hilarious and they may skewer the tourists who will probably make up them majority of people in the house.

1/3, 2 PM wry noir jazz icons the Jazz Passengers at Littlefield, $25. It’s your guess if Debbie Harry’s goinna be with them or not.

1/8, 8 PM rip-roaring, oldtimey,-punk ghoul-swing band Megan Jean & the KFB at the Knitting Factory, $10 adv tix rec

1/4 pianists Jenny Lin and Uri Caine jam out on Scarlatti, Mozart and other composers at le Poisson Rouge

1/8-9, 10 PM hard-charging postrockers Russian Circles at St. Vitus, $20

1/9, 9 PM Mac McCarty & the Kidd Twist Band play their fiery, sometimes unexpectedly poignant Pogues-ish punk and folk noir at Sidewalk

1/10, 7:30 PM pianist Jenny Q Chai plays old and new visually-themed works by Chopin, Schumann and Kapuscinski at le Poisson Rouge

1/13, 7 PM Georgy Valtchev, violin and Lora Tchekoratova piano play piano trios by Smetana and Tschaikovsky at the Bulgarian Consulate, 121 E 62nd St., free

1/13, 7/9:30 PM “wrapped in an absurd and hyperbolic narrative, the music film, Sever revisits the ancient Chinese folktale of Diao Chan with live accompaniment by the modern Chinese band Xi Ban. Mixing classical instrumentation with westernized form, Xi Ban create an intriguing interplay between kabuki theatre and American delta blues,” at the Asia Society, 725 Park Ave. free but res req

1/15, 9 PM this era’s most chillingly cinematic, shadowy reverbtoned noir guitar instrumentalists, Big Lazy at the Knitting Factory

1/16, 7:30 PM the Barbes folks put on what’s probably going to be the funnest, most adrenalizing multi-band extravaganza of the year, heavy on the cumbia, OMFG, at Drom, $10; in order: Morrocan trance grooves with Samir Langus, psychedelic, surfy, vallenato-influenced art-rock groovemeisters Los Crema Paraiso, the even more psychedelic cumbia/salsa jammers Dos Santos Anti-Beat Orquesta; the magically haunting, soaring all-female Mariachi Flor de Toloache , Tucson desert rocker Gabriel Sullivan’s coyly titled psychedelic cumbia project, Xixa, the darkly Middle Eastern flavored Nubian grooves of Alsarah & the Nubatones , rustic Haitian/Dominican cumbia/vallenato group Buyepongo and newschool Ethiopiques-inspired dancefloor groovemeisters Debo Band

1/18. 7 PM psychedelic, surfy, vallenato-influenced art-rock groovemeisters Los Crema Paraiso, the sixteen-piece, accordion-spiced Gregorio Uribe Big Band , singer Sofía Tosello & innovative percussionist Franco Pinna’s hypnotic new folk-trance duo Chuño, slashingly eclectic Pan-American guitarist Juancho Herrera and band and magically eclectic singer (and member of Sara Serpa’s dreamy Mycale project) Sofía Rei at Drom, $20 adv tix rec

1/23, 9 PM funky, fun, shapeshiftingly unpredictable art-rockers Big Figment at the Gateway in Bushwick. $5

1/24, 4 PM celebrated, magical UK early music choir Stile Antico join with the Folger Consort for a Shakespeare-themed choral extravaganza at Corpus Christi Church, 529 W 121st St, $10 seats avail.

1/27, 6 PM the Erica Seguine/Shannon Baker Jazz Orchestra – arguably the most original, interesting and shapeshiftingly fun, cinematic large jazz ensemble in NYC, right up there with Darcy James Argue – at Shrine

1/31, 5 PM jazz chanteuse Suzanne Lorge and her combo at the Lounge at Hudson View Gardens, 128 Pinehurst Ave at 183rd St., $12 sugg don, reception to follow.

1/28-30 and 2/4-6, 7 PM the world premiere of the late Robert Ashley’s avant garde opera Quicksand at the Kitchen, $20. “Divided into three acts of 16 scenes each, combines separate and “moveable” sequences of choreography by Steve Paxton, electric orchestra composed by Tom Hamilton, and light environments by David Moodey to present a unified work without a linear narrative structure.. Using Ashley’s signature blend of speech and song, Quicksand tells the story of a composer who has been coerced by a U.S. Government Agency (“the Company”) to serve as a low-level spy. Traveling with his wife to an unnamed South Asian country run by a military dictatorship, he becomes involved with plans to overthrow the government through his close friendship with two tour guides. With the assistance of four American mercenaries sent by “the Company,” the composer participates in the capture and imprisonment of the country’s leaders, and the destruction of the torture operation by which the dictatorship has maintained its power.”

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New York City Live Music Calendar for November and December 2015

The new December/January calendar is here.

There’s a comprehensive, recently updated list of places where these events are happening 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 here, something for everyone

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 posted here weeks in advance. Weekly events first followed by the daily calendar.

On select Thursdays and Saturdays, 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. Next up: works by Debussy, Rameau and Mozart, 11/12 at 7 and 11/15 at 4 PM. Sugg don $10 (pay what you can), delicious gluten-free refreshments, beverages and lively conversation included! email for info/location.

Jan 7, 8, 12 at 7:30 PM plus Jan 9 at 6; Jan 10 at 2; Jan 11 at 4 PM the world premiere of Kaneza Schaal’s Go Forth, “ Schaal approaches the 3,000-year-old funerary text as an ancient performance score: excavating the spells and incantations to create a series of burial vignettes, fragments of translation, memory and imagination. Presented in the labyrinthine basement of Westbeth’s Artists Community in Chelsea, an essential artery of New York City’s artistic community, remnants of past legends, such as Merce Cunningham’s studios and the flood of Hurricane Sandy, line the walls. Photographic funerary murals usher the audience into the mythological landscape of the performance. Spurred by Schaal’s experience of ritualized grieving with her family in Rwanda,” at Westbeth Artists Community, 55 Bethune St in the west village, , $20 / $15 Students & Seniors, l./A./E/C to 14th St.

Mondays in November, 7 and 9 PM, erudite pianist Orrin Evans‘ richly tuneful, purist, stampeding Captain Black Big Band at Smoke

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.

Also Mondays in November Rev. Vince Anderson and his band play Union Pool in Williamsburg, two sets starting around 11:30 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 til past three in the morning. Paula Henderson from Burnt Sugar is the lead soloist on baritone sax, with Dave Smith from Smoota on trombone, with frequent special guests.

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

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

Three Wednesdays in November: 11/4. 11/11 and 11/18, 9ish iconic second-wave Afrobeat pioneers Antibalas – still vital and surprisingly terse after all these years – at Brooklyn Bowl The increasingly hard-funk oriented Emefe opens the 11/4 show at 9.

Wednesdays in December, 9ish the Slackers‘ timelessly soulful, bluesy frontman Vic Ruggiero at Grand Victory, $10

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

Thursdays in November, 7:30 PM subversively hilarious cabaret personality/chanteuse Tammy Faye Starlite leads an all-star chamber-rock band playing her twistedly brilliant Marianne Faithfull parody/homage at Pangea, $20

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

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

Fridays in November at 9 Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens play oldschool 1960s style gospel at the Fat Cat.

Fridays in November, 9ish dynamic, intense Bulgarian sax star Yuri Yunakov and the Grand Masters of Gypsy Music at Mehanata

Fridays at 11 PM flamenco guitarist Ian Banks with special guests each week at St. Mazie’s (the old Rose Bar) on Grand St. just off the BQE in Williamsburg

Saturdays in Novemberat 4 PM at Bargemusic there are impromptu free classical concerts, usually solo piano or small chamber ensembles: if you get lucky, you’ll catch pyrotechnic violinist/music director Mark Peskanov and/or the many members of his circle. Early arrival advised.

Saturdays in November, 6 PM badass resonator guitarist and delta blues/oldtime hillbilly music maven Mamie Minch at Barbes

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

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

Sundays in November, 2 PM Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir play their deliriously fun mix of original eco-warrior gospel and edgy street theatre at Joe’s Pub, $15

Sundays at 3 PM at the Stone a rotating cast of familiar faces from John Zorn’s circle perform from Zorn’s characteristically exhaustive, marathon collection of 300 works titled Bagatelles, recently composed between March and May 2015. “Each concert will be introduced by John Zorn, often in conversation with the musicians,” $15

Sundays in November 5 PM Afro-Peruvian jazz pianist/chanteuse Chi-Chi Glass leads a rotating series of bands at Barbes

Sundays in November, 7:30 PM spine-tingling art-rock/avant-garde/chamber pop singer Carol Lipnik – pretty much everybody’s choice for best singer in all of NYC – with hypnotically luminous pianist Matt Kanelos – at Pangea on 2nd Ave. btw 11th/12th Sts, $20. Several special guests are promised.

Every Sunday the Ear-Regulars, led by trumpeter Jon Kellso and (frequently) guitarist Matt Munisteri play NYC’s only weekly hot jazz session starting around 8 PM at the Ear Inn on Spring St. Hard to believe, in the city that springboarded the careers of thousands of jazz legends, but true. This is by far the best value in town for marquee-caliber jazz: for the price of a drink and a tip for the band, you can see world-famous players (and brilliant obscure ones) you’d usually have to drop $100 for at some big-ticket room. The material is mostly old-time stuff from the 30s and 40s, but the players (especially Kellso and Munisteri, who have a chemistry that goes back several years) push it into some deliciously unexpected places.

Sundays in November, 8:30 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.

11/1, 2 PM ex-Fire in the Kitchen and current Ember Schrag band lead guitar monster Bob Bannister at Mayflower Bar

11/1, 3 PM a rare performance of Astor Piazzolla vocal music with pianist Pablo Zinger and a global cast of vocalists including Gizelzanath, Leonardo Granados (Venezuela) and Diana López (Honduras-USA) at the Sheen Center, 18 Bleecker St (Elizabeth/Mott), $30

11/1, 4 PM Michelle Kim, violin; Wendy Sutter, cello; Bill Wolfram, piano play the Handel-Halvorsen Passacaglia for violin and cello; Brahms Piano Trio in C minor, Op. 101; Dvorak Piano Trio in F minor, Op. 65 at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud

11/1, 6 PM: clarinetist Ben Goldberg with guitar noisemeister and Wilco guy Nels Cline and Billy Mintz followed at 7 by the alto sax/violin duo of Patrick Brennan and Jason Hwang at Downtown Music Gallery, free

11/1, 8 PM a rare NYC appearance by pianist/songwriter Tris McCall – one of the few guys who deserves to be mentioned in the same sentence as Eivis Cotello -at Sidewalk. Nobody writes about dead-end suburban angst better than this guy.

11/1, 9 PM catchy, eclectic ska-pop/latin/reggae sounds from the Brown Rice Family at Brooklyn Bowl, $7

11/1, 10:30 PM neon-riffing stoner garage tunes with Sun Voyager at the Mercury, $8

11/2, 7 PM eerily playful, charismatic Nashville gothic/folk noir songstress Kelley Swindall at the Mercury, $10

11/2, 7:30 PM a memorial concert for the late great Bob Belden featuring the surviving members of his groups the Treasure Island Band, Animation/Imagination and Animation, at le Poisson Rouge, free

11/2, 8 PM 11-piece string ensemble String Power play everything from Slayer to Earth Wind & Fire at Branded Saloon

11/2, 8:30 PM the Daedalus Quartet play an all-Czech program: Martinu: Fantasie for Theremin, Oboe, Piano and Strings; Ullmann: String Quartet No. 3; Elisa Cilkova: String Quartet No. 3, Kalabis: String Quartet No 5. Op. 63, “In Memory of Marc Chagall”; Jezek: Bugatti Step at the 92nd St. Y, $30

11/2, 9 PM Amigo the Devil play their murderous folk noir at the Acheron, $10

11/2, 9 PM careening soulpunk/psychedelic band Clear Plastic Masks followed by Wanda Jackson-influenced Americana badass Nikki Lane at Bowery Ballroom, $15 gen adm

11/2, 10 PM deulling cello improvisations with Serena Jost and Matthew Robinson – creepy and cool! – at LIC Bar

11/2, 10:30 PM sultry, torchy, creepy noir soul bandleader/chanteuse Karina Denike at Cake Shop, $10

11/3, 7 PM a killer triplebill at Bowery Electric: purist, golden-roiced Americana songwriter Rebecca Turner, Tracy Island – the catchy, smart, literate new wave/psychedelic rock project from Ian and Liza of the WonderWheels and the Larch – playing the album release show for their new one and well-loved Americana duo the Kennedys playing the album releaes show for theirs, $9

11/3, 7 PM badass stars of klezmer violin Jake Shulman-Ment, Deborah Strauss and Alicia Svigals: at the Eldrigdge St. Synagogue, on Eldridge just north of Division in Chinatown, $20/$14 stud/srs

11/3, 8/10 PM soul belter Sharon Clark, backed by the Chris Grasso Trio, delivers songs of heartbreak and revenge at Iridium, $30, yikes!

11/3-8. 8:30/10:30 PM a week of John Zorn ensembles – with and without the downtown sax icon – at the Vanguard. Choice pick: 11/7 at 8:30 a quartet with Zorn, Wadada Leo Smith (trumpet) Bill Laswell (bass) Milford Graves (drums)

11/3, 9 PM newgrass banjo innovator Tony Trischka and his group followed by ex-Dylan lead guitarist Larry Campbell with singer Teresa Williams at Brooklyn Bowl, $15

11/3, 10 PM current Mingus band stars led by trumpeter Alex Sipiagin and including David Kikoski…piano; Boris Kozlov…bass ;Donald Edwards…drums at 55 Bar

11/4, 7 PM a rare rare solo show by Cementhead’s fiery, jangly guitarist Gordon Smethurst followed eventually at around 10 by hilarious faux-French rockers les Sans Culottes – whose new album Les Dieux Ont Soif is both great fun and potently relevant – at Grand Victory, $9

11/4, 8 PM powerhouse klezmer clarinetist Michael Winograd leads his band at Mehanata, $10 + 1 drink min

11/4, 8 PM psychedelic klezmer/bluegrass mandolin and clarinet legend Andy Statman at Barbes, $10

11/4, adventurous indie classical string quartet Ethel play works by women composers Julia Wolfe, Missy Mazzoli, Aleksandra Vrebalov, Lainie Fefferman, Mary Ellen Childs, Anna Clyne, Pamela Z, Paola Prestini and ETHEL’s own Dorothy Lawson at National Sawdust

11/5, 7 PM the Olympus Piano Trio play Rachmaninoff’s immortal, haunting Trio Elegiaque plus works by Ravel, Hatis and Mendelssohn at Merkin Concert Hall, free but rsvp required

11/5, 7 PM pianist Jessica Osborne focusees on music by women composers TBA at Spectrum, $15

11/5, 7:30 PM he cleverly lyrical, darkly funny Nashville gothic rock of Maynard & the Musties at Counterevolution, 37 W 17th St (bet 5th & 6th), 2nd floor,

11/5, 7:30/9:30 PM sassy, torchy oldtimey swing/saloon blues pianist/chanteuse Davina & the Vagabonds at B.B. King’s, $15

11/5, 7:30 PM latin jazz drummer extraordinaire Bobby Sanabria directs the MSM Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra playing the music of James Brown, the Brecker Brothers and Earth, Wind & Fire at Borden Auditorium at Manhattan School of Music, free, get there early!

11/5, 7:30/9:30 PM alto saxophonist Caroline Davis leads a quartet with Julian Shore – piano; Tamir Shmerling – bass; Jay Sawyer – drums at the Jazz Gallery, $15

11/5, 8 PM the most eclectic and arguably strongest songwriter in town, darkly and sardonically but also plaintively intense accordionist/singer Rachelle Garniez followed at 10 by pianist Alejandro Zuleta and band, who reinvent cumbia classics with a jazz and classical tinge, at Barbes

11/5, 9ish fiery, tuneful soul-punk rockers No Ice (succesor to the Brooklyn What) at the Gateway, 1272 Broadway (Lexington/Greene) in Bushwick, J to Gates Ave

11/5, 9 PM purist oldtime Americana songwriter Nora Jane Struthers with Joe Overton followed by cowpunk/Wilcoesque Americana band Parsonfield (FKA Poor Old Shine) and then newschool oldtimey/circus rock band Elephant Revival at Bowery Ballroom, $15 adv tix rec

11/5, 9 PM awesomely catchy hip-hop brass crew the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble at the Knitting Factory, $15 adv tix rec

11/6, 5:30 PM oldtime Memphis-style Americana jugband and stringband music with the Chitlin Cookers feat. “the tasty harmonica, the uke and bass singing of Trip Henderson, the wizard of the strings Ernie Vega on mandolin, guitar, and fiddle, Charlie Giordano on piano and accordion, and Peter Ford on the box bass” at the American Folk Art Museum

11/6, 7 PM Bora Kim, Karin Kuroda, Samantha Y. Shao and EXP’s sardonic, satirical multimedia piece I’m Making a Boy Band (IMMABB) about “reverse engineering a K-Pop band” with no Koreans in it, plus Christopher K. Ho‘s new performative lecture roams over  instructional diagrams  composed over the past year on “tiger” parenthood and life planning in an Asian/American context at CP Projects Space at SVA’s MA Curatorial Practice, 132 W 21st St, 10th Floor

11/6, 7 PM oldschool salsa dura night with Aguanile Na’ Ma at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, $20

11/6, 7:30 PM the Brooklyn Art Song Society with Miori Sugiyama on piano perform “Songs of the Great War” by Vaughan Williams, Browne, Finzi and Gurney at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, $20/$10 stud/srs

11/6, 8 PM firebrand, brilliantly lyrical noir blues rockers LJ Murphy and his ferocious band the Accomplices followed by Mac McCarty & the Kidd Twist Band playing their hard-charging, sometimes unexpectedly poignant Pogues-ish punk and folk noir after at 9, at Sidewalk

11/6, 8 PM Pierre de Gaillande’s Bad Reputation plays witty chamber pop English translations of Georges Brassens classics followed at 10 by followed by the most monstrously creepy noir twang instrumental band on the planet, Big Lazy at Barbes

11/6, 8 PM the inimitable, hilarious Mostly Other People Do the Killing play their LMFAO satire of 20s hot jazz – just one of the styles they pillory – at Bargemusic, $20. This sedate watercraft has never seen this kind of madness!

11/6, 8 PM the Nat Osborn Band – whose wry, cleverly lyrical New Orleans sounds come across somewhere in between Dr. John and Brother Joscephus – at the Knitting Factory, $10 adv tix rec

11/6, 8 PM Nashville gothic/ghoulabilly act the Bones of J.R. Jones at the Mercury, $10 adv tix rec

11/6, 8 PM newschool psych-pop/chamber pop bandleader Sam Kogon at at Baby’s All Right, $10

11/6, 8 PM Ensemble Mise-En plays new chamber works by New England composers: Keith Kirchoff, Beth Wiemann, Hiroya Miura and William Matthews at Mise-En Place in Bushwick (678 Hart St 1B), $20/$15 stud/srs includes a drink, L to Dekalb Ave

11/6, 8:30 PM two sax quartets on one bill? Yeah. Broken Reed Saxophone Quartet – Jenny Hill, Charley Gerard, Lívio Almeida, and Dimitri Moderbacher – playing Harry Smith works!, Plus New Thread Saxophone Quartet: Geoffrey Landman, Kristen McKeon, Erin Rogers, and Zach Herchen at I-Beam, $15

11/6, 8 PM moody Austin Americana/border rock chanteuse Gina Chavez and edgy Romany/latin/ska rockers Karikatura at at Bowery Electric, $10

11/6, 9 PM a stunningly eclectic night of guitar jazz: Nick Russo + 11 doing the 9th year reunion of the guitarists’s ambitious large ensemble debut album, followed at 10 by the wild female-fronted Hott Jazz Jumpers doing their album/dvd release show at Pete’s

11/6, 10 PM Franz Nicolay of World Inferno and a million other good carnivalesque bands, leading his own group at Grand Victory, $10

11/6, 10 PM a rare free show by the cutting-edge large jazz ensemble the Eco-Music Big Band, led by Marie Incontrera and featuring trumpeter John Korsrud at National Sawdust

11/6, 10 PM Antibalas spinoff Amayo’s Fu-Arkist-Ra play their original Afrobeat dance grooves at Meridian 23, $10

11/6, 10 PM bluegrass fiddle star Melody Allegra leads her band at at Hill Coutnry. They’re at Hill Country Brooklyn the next night 11/7 at 8 for free

11/6, 10:30 PM cutting-edge B3 organ and trombone soul/jazz grooves with the Jared Gold and Dave Gibson Band at the Fat Cat. Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens open the night at 9.

11/6, 11 PM stunningly eclectic female-fronted reggae/ska/janglerock/chamberpop band Bern & the Brights play the album release show for their new one at Maxwell’s, $10

11/6, 1:30 AM (morning of 11/7), cynical, chromatically searing cult favorite ex-Dominican metalcore band La Armada at the Acheron, $10

11/6, midnight unselfconsciously fun, chirpy 60s girlgroup revivalists Pep at Matchless

11/7, 3 PM a benefit for Somos Los Otros NY with Material Support (female-fronted political punk from Queens), intense hardcore crew Dominio Propio and Burden to the Grave (Brooklyn metal) Plus the screening of Xavier Robles’ documentary “Ayotzinapa: Chronicle of a State Crime” about the 2015 Iguala, Mexico massacre and disappearance of college students, at ABC No Rio

11/7, 4 PM Songs for Unusual Creatures – whose charming, psychedelic tributes to weirdness in the animal kingdom are suitable for adults as well as children – followed at 8 by boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band at and then at 10 by Sinaloa-style mariachi/ranchera brass group Banda de los Muertos at Barbes

11/7, 7:15 PM edgy, wildly eclectic Middle Eastern/Sephardic/Ladino band Baladino at Drom, $15 adv tix rec. Followed at 9:30 PM (separate $10 adv tix adm) by Armenian-born chanteuse/percussionist Tatev leading her plaintive, soaring Middle Eastern jazz band. The astonishing, hard-hitting, psychedelic electric saz band Baba Zula play at midnight for $25 in advance if you’re feeling trippy and adrenalized.

11/7, 7;30 PM the Oliver Lake Organ Quartet at Bethany Baptist Church, 275 W Market St in Newark, free

11/7, 9 PM Unsteady Freddie‘s monthly four-band surf rock show at Otto’s begins at 9 with the Aquatudes, kick-ass original third-wavers Tsunami of Sound and 9th Wave – who are surpassed only by Dick Dale among currently active original surf bands at Otto’s

11/7, 9 PM dynamic female-fronted Boston newgrass trio Honeysuckle open for ten-piece country/carnivalesque/acoustic rock powerhouse M Shanghai String Band – whose latest album is amazing – at the Jalopy, $10

11/7, 9 PM eclectic rising star jazz chanteuse Tammy Scheffer leads her sextet at BAM Cafe, free

11/7, 9 PM Magico Trio +2 – Vincent Chancey: french horn; Angelica Sanchez: piano; Joe Fonda: bass; Lou Grassi: drums. Omar Tamez: guitar & small instrumentsat the Firehouse Space, $10

11/7, 9 PM kick-ass psychedelic soul/blues/jamband Wild Adriatic followed by charismatic, psychedelic funkmeistress Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds at Bowery Ballroom, $15 adv tix rec

11/7 9 PM sardonic, theatrical bandleader Dan Kilian & the Millon Man Band followed eventually at 11 by Americana jamband American String Conspiracy at Freddy’s

11/7, 9ish ferociously funny, intense, guitar-fueled Americana punks Spanking Charlene at Beast of Bourbon

11/7, 9ish playful, fun, eclectic oldtimey accordion/violin Americana/Romany/musette band the Wisterians at Moto in South Williamsburg

11/7, 9:30ish intense charismatic danceable metal cumbia/skaragga/latin rockers Escarioka at Mehanata

11/7, 9:30 PM Paul Collins – the ageless “king of powerpop,” who slayed earlier this month on a twinbill with Karla Rose & the Thorns – at Cake Shop, $10

11/7, Operator – who put a quirky motorik spin on trebly bass-fueled 80s inspired postpunk and postrock – at Secret Project Robot

11/8, half past noon vocal-and-guitar duoYael & Gabriel lead their combo playing Piaf classics at Highline Ballroom, $22 adv tix rec

11/8, 2 PM exhilarating female-fronted heavy psychedelic Argentine-American rock band Desert Flower – with punk, blues, noiserock and 70s metal influences- at Paperbox, free. They’re at Sidewalk on 11/14 at midnight.

11/8, 2 PM an extremely rare gig by Balkan gothic accordion monster Alec K Redfearn at Mayflower Bar

11/8, 3 PM the Washington Square Winds play works inspired by the Fauré Pavane, Op. 50, by Alex Weiser, Brian Erickson, and Stephanie Ann Boyd. at Spectrum, $!5

11/8, 4 PM Cappella Pratensis perform medieval choral works by Josquin at at Corpus Christi Church, 529 W 121st St, $10 seats avail.

11/8, 4 PM intense neoromatic/nuevo tango/noir soundtrack pianist Fernando Otero leads a quartet at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.

11/8, 5 PM Now Ensemble – famous for their performance of Missy Mazzoli works – play an indie classical program TBA at National Sawdust, free

11/8, 5:45 PM ntense, lyrically brilliant, quirky female-fronted two-keyboard 80s-style art-rock/new wave revivalists Changing Modes followed eventually at 9:45 by the irresistibly named, darkly sizzling psychedelic garage punk rockers Anderson Council at Matchless, $10

11/8, 6 PM noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo leads his trio at 55 Bar

11/8, 6 PM surfed-out tv themes and similarly cinematic sounds from Commercial Interruption followed eventually at 9 by the noir-inclined, bluesy Phil Gammage Quintet at Otto’s

11/8, 7 PM composer/clarinetist Mike McGinnis’ lush, gorgeously panoramic pastoral jazz nonet followed at 9 by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

11/8, 8 PM a seriously evil improv jazz triplebill: Ava Mendoza / Daniel Carter / Kim Cass / Andrew Barker followed by a rare solo show by iconic avant violist Jessica Pavone and then James Ilgenfritz / Jeremiah Cymerman / Larry Kwartowitz at Jack, $12

11/8, 8:30 PM psychedelic funk band the People’s Champs – who’re going in more of an Afrobeat direction lately – bouncy Afrobeat orchestra Emefe and others play a Stevie Wonder cover night at Manhttan Inn, free

11/9, 8 PM lively Celtic folk act Tam Lin and intense, lyrically brilliant Americana/soul/janglerock tunesmith Matt Keating in the back room at Hifi Bar, free

11/9, 9:30 PM Yotoco, “the bastard child of Umoja Orchestra, Bioritmo, and Cumbiagra plays a melange of salsa, Afro-Cuban rumba, boleros, and cumbia” at Barbes

11/9. 9:30 PM edgy, distinctive jazz pianist Glenn Zaleski in a rare duo sho with bassist Desmond White at Mezzrow, $20/$10 stud.

11/9, 10:30 PM southern gothic chamber pop band Balthrop Alabama at the big room at the Rockwood

11/9, 11 PM The Oh Hellos – who put an elegant chamber pop spin on folk noir – at Bowery Ballroom are sold out. Good for them.

11/10, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, the Curtis 20/21 Ensemble with soprano Alize Rozsnyai play Schoenberg’s immortally creepy Pierrot Lunaire at the Miller Theatre

11/10, 6:30 PM up-and-coming guitarist/songwriter Alicyn Yaffee -the rare artist who successfully bridges the gap between lyrically-fueled chamber pop and jazz – at the Bar Next Door, free.with Ben Tiberio on bass and Jason Archie on drums

11/10, 7 PM iconic New York downtown noir ensemble the Jazz Passengers followed at 9 by ten-piece Balkan/Duke Ellington brass band Slavic Soul Party at Barbes.

11/10, 7 PM tuneful, edgy Texas tenor saxophonist Stan Killian and his quartet at 55 Bar

11/10, 7:30 PM a rare trio show by luminous, soulful pan-Latin jazz chanteuse Claudia Acuña with Pablo Vergara on piano and John Benitez on bass at Mezzrow, $20/$10 stud.

11/10, 8ish haunting, intense, wickedly tuneful Nashville gothic songwriter Jessie Kilguss and her band at Hifi Bar

11/10-15, 8:30/10:30 PM progressive jazz alto sax icon Steve Coleman leads a series of ensembles (including his Five Elements) at the Vanguard 

11/10, 9 PM Vitor Goncalves plays a rare solo piano and accordion set followed by a similarly rare accordion/a-cappella set by spine-tingling, charismatic Romany singer Eva Salina at Bar Lunatico

11/10, 9 PM Gisela Tangui & the Voodoo Cabaret play their darkly percussive hypnotic voodoo salsa and latin jazz grooves at Shrine

11/10, 9 PM the first-ever good twinbill in the history of the Bitter End with powerpop icon (and brilliant lead guitarist) Patti Rothberg and then searingly intense, charismatic, fearless acoustic punk blues siren Molly Ruth  at 10, $10

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

11/11-12 this era’s state-of-the-art retro soul band, Lake Street Dive at the big room at the Rockwood are sold out. Figures!

11/11, 1 PM wildly popular early music choir Seraphic Fire sing Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Dixit Dominus; Jean-Joseph de Mondonville: Dominus Regnavit; George Frideric Handel: Dixit Dominus at Trinity Church

11/11, 6:15/8:30 PM the Modern Art Orchestra with special guest saxophonist Dave Liebman play a progarm including a new arrangement of Bartok’s Allegro Barbaro at Symphony Space, $16 adv tix rec

11/11, 6:30 PM tuneful, purposeful up-and-coming jazz guitarist Dave Juarez with Julian Smith on bass and Zack O’Farrill on drums at the Bar Next Door

11/11, 7 PM well-liked all-female Americana/newgrass harmony trio Underhill Rose at the third stage at the Rockwoodk, $12 gen adm + $10 drin min. They they jump in a cab and run from the Rockood to Hill Country for a free 9 PM show there.

11/11, 7 PM Czech-born chanteuse Lenka Lichtenberg & Fray play their kinetic yet swirling mashup of Middle Eastern, Balkan and Celtic sounds at Drom, $15 adv tix rec

11/11, 7 PM droll, amazingly eclectic jazz/ragtime/stoner folk quartet the Four Bags at Barbes

11/11, 8 PM a decent triplebill where the headliner should really be the opener: fiery female-fronted psychedelic/garage/honkytonk hellraisers Those Darlins, the Oh Hellos – who put an elegant chamber pop spin on folk noir and then fire-and-brimstone Americana dude Shakey Graves at Terminal 5, $27.50 adv tix rec

11/11, 8 PM whirlwind clarinetist Dimitri Zisl Slepovitch of Litvakus leads an allstar cast playing a Yiddish folk dance party at Mehanata, $10 + 1 drink min

11/11, 8 PM Ensemble Variances with composer-performers Lisa Bielawa and Thierry Pecou play new chamber and vocal works at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud

11/11, 9 PM postrock improvisers Voice Coils followed eventually at 11 by intense acoustic art-rock/folk noir songwriter/chanteuse/force of nature Larkin Grimm at Palisades

11/11, 9 PM irreverent oldschool Williamsburg vocal jazz crew the Old Rugged Sauce at Freddy’s

11/11, 9 PM catchy, pensive newschool new wave with Royal Canoe at Bowery Ballroom, $15 gen adm

11/11, 9 PM global flapper hits and 30s Depression grooves from accordionist Erica Mancini at Moto in South Williamsburg

11/11, 9sh deviously fun oldtimey swing guitarist/crooner Seth Kessel & the Two Cent Band at at Radegast Hall

11/11, 10:30 PM psychedelia female-fronted Indian foli-rock/trip-hop/downtempo grooves with Tongues in Trees at the Mercury, $10 adv tix rec

11/12, 7 PM fiery, haunting, individualistic original soul/blues siren Lizzie Edwards’ band Lizzie & the Makers at the Shop in Bushwick

11/12, 7 PM the orchestra and piano version of Grieg’s Holberg Variations, Op. 40 – Part performed by 1B1 and pianist Christian Ihle Hadland at National Sawdust, $30

11/12, 8 PM oldschool C&W cult favorites Session Americana followed at 10 by the plush, balmy, oldtimey uke swing of Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies at Barbes

11/12, 8 PM sound artist Matthew Goodheart plays his atmospheric electroacoustic works at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, $10, reception to follow

11/12, 9 PM brooding, velvet-voiced noir/southwestern gothic bandleader Raquel Vidal & the Monday Men at Shrine

11/12, 9 PM fuzztone garage rock monsters the Mystery Lights followed eventually at around 11 by the similar King Khan & BBQ Show at the Knitting Factory, $15 adv tix rec. King Khan is back here on the 14 th at around 11, same price

11/12, 9 PM Laura Cantrell – charismatic, hilarious bandleader and this era’s greatest Americana singer – at Berlin, $15

11/12, 10 PM Alfonso Velez – the rare Cure-influenced dark rocker who doesn’t suck – at the small room at the Rockwood

11/12, 10 PM hypnotically growling J&MC-influenced Alabama postpunk/postrock/dark shoegaze band GT at Rock Shop, $10

11/13, 6 PM tabla artist Suphala with the great Zafer Tawil on oud and violin playing Moroccan court music in Gallery 456 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, free w/museum adm /

11/13, 7 PM pianist Matteo Arevalos plays a program of modern Italian composers TBA at Spectrum, $15

11/13, 8 PM the New York Classical Players perform Piazzolla’s Four Seasons in Buenos Aires plus Brazilian composer Ney Rosauro’s Marimba concerto, performed by Tomoya Aomori at Flushing Town Hall, free w/rsvp

11/13, 8 PM sultry retro 1930s/40s Franco-American swing band les Chauds Lapins followed at 10 by Diego Obregón leading his Afro-Colombian marimba band at Barbes

11/13, 8 PM a solid ska-punk lineup, in reverse order, at the Knitting Factory: Mustard Plug, Survay Says!, hilarious 80s cover skankers Rude Boy George, Sunnyside Social Club, $13 adv tix rec

11/13, 8 PM pianist/indie classical composer Michael Rose (not the reggae guy) plays his own Rilke Songbook suite as well as Janacek’s Diary of One Who Disappeared at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, $20/$10 stud

11/13, 9 PM bewitchingly fun. darkly catchy, eclectic cello/vocal duo the Whiskey Girls followed by psychedelic pop chanteuse/bandleader Miwa Gemini at Branded Saloon

11/13, 9 PM creepy gutter blues/garage-psych band Dark Carpet at Fifth Estate in the South Slope

11/13, 9 PM trippy keyboard-driven funk and downtempo grooves with Jesse Fischer & Soul Cycle at Fontana’s, $10

11/13, 9 PM edgy, kinetic Balkan brass unit West Philadelphia Orchestra and NYC’s most epic, intense, battle-ready original Balkan brass ensemble, Raya Brass Band playing the album release show for their new one at Littlefield, $15

11/13, 10 PM sitarist/ multi-instrumentalist Dawoud (formerly of Renegade Sufi) leads his new trippy electroacoustic raga group God’s Unruly Friends at BAM Cafe, free

11/13, 11 PM socially aware, oldtimey-flavored Americana band 2/3 Goat at Hill Country, free

11/13, midnight haphazardly edgy, Middle Eastern-tinged guitarist Yonatan Gat and band at Palisades1/24 he’s at the Knitting Factory at 9 for $10

11/14, noon smart, deviously eclectic pianist Lee Feldman’s Night Owls: with Ben Gallina (bass) + David Berger (drums) play their sophisticated, witty take on classic tv themes and more at Pangea, $10 or $25 for family of 4

11/14, 4 PM a marathon six-hour concert of eclectic Colombian sounds featuring (probably in reverse order) Gregorio Uribe Big Band, Cumbia Universal, Bulla en el Barrio, Pablo Mayor/Foklore Urbano’s “El Barrio Project”, Los Aliens, Alejandro Florez and the Tin Throat Project, Cumbia River Band, Sebastian Cruz Cheap Landscape, Veronica Tierra, Olga Dominguez Sextet and more at the Poisson Rouge, $25

11/14, 4 PM the Erik Satie Quartet featuring trumpet (Ben Holmes), bass trombone (Max Seigel) and baritone saxophone (Alex Hamlin), and related French Poetry (read by Barbes chef de boîte Olivier Conan at Barbes, where else, right?

11/14, 5 PM haunting, atmospheric, erudite, calmly shattering folk noir songwriter Liz Tormes at Pete’s

11/14, 7:15 PM  dark psychedelic acoustic blues/klezmer/reggae/soca jamband Hazmat Modine at Terra Blues

11/14, 8 PM ageless reggae-rock-groove band Faith followed at 9 by Western Estates and then at 10 by percussive postrock pioneers the Wharton Tiers Ensemble at Matchless, $8

11/14, 8 PM Jordanian art-rock/flamenco/Middle Eastern singer-guitarist Farah Siraj at Roulette, $25/$21 stud/srs

11/14, 8 PM innovative four-man choral group NY Polyphony sing elegiac sacred works from across the centuries by Andrew Smith, Francisco de Peñalos, Cyrillus Kreek and Loyset Compère at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, 145 W 46t h St., $30 seats avail.

11/14, 9:30ish intense Romany brass band Black Masala at Mehanata

11/14, 10 PM whirlwind electric punkgrass/honkytonk crew Demolition String Band,at Skinny Dennis

11/14, 10 PM Rebellum – Burnt Sugar Arkestra’s “Avant Splinter Cell” keeping the large ensemble jamband thing alive at BAM Cafe, free

11/15, 11 AM (in the morning) Iranian chanteuse/multi-instrumentalist Hani Niroo and her five-piece ensemble play “an interactive musical journey to explore Persian language and culture” for families and children of all ages and languages. Introduce your kids to this stuff now and they’ll thank you for life. At Merkin Concert Hall, $28

11/15, half past noon edgy jazz chanteuse Ramona Renea and her combo play a thematic, politically relevant Nina Simone tribute show at Highline Ballroom, $22 adv tix rec

11/15, 4 PM pianist Sofya Mellikyan plays works by Armenian composers Aram Khachaturian, Komitas Vardapet, Eduard Sadoyan , Alexander Arutunian, Jirayr Shahrimanyan and Arno Babadjanian to commenorate the 100th anniverary of the genocide in Armenia at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under sixes

11/15, 5 PM Andrii Didorenko and Yuliya Basis play violin and piano sonatas by Vivaldi, Schubert, Milhaud, and Didorenko at the Lounge at Hudson View Gardens, 128 Pinehurst Ave at 183rd St., $12 sugg don, reception to follow.

11/15, 6 PM a free screening of a cult favorite 1965 British documentary on natural disasters, “Compiled of film gathered from all over the world, including unique footage of an Alaskan earthquake taken by a sailor who was filming people on a jetty only a few seconds before the disaster occurred. The camera ran on during the first onslaught of the earthquake.”  …To be accompanied by archive shorts, cartoons, and other ephemera from the California-based 3TON archive” at the Knockdown Center in Maspeth.

11/15, 8 PM a rare US apprearance by Hungarian pianist Gábor Csalog playing music by Liszt, Ligeti, Beethoven and Bartok at Symphony Space, freew/rsvp

11/15, 8 PM Red Gretchen – best known for their anguished Replacements/Niirvana anthems, although they’re even better at slowly undulating, doomy psychedelic/art-rock grooves -at Otto’s

11/15, 8 PM noisy jazz improv bookending a droll vocal/trumpet duo: Zevious (guitarist Mike Eber, drummer Jeff Eber and bassist Johnny DeBlase) followed by the Twins of El Dorado (Joe Moffett: trumpet, Kristin Slipp: voice) and then Voice Coils (Kelly Moran: synthesizer, Sam Garrett: guitar, composition, Caley Monahon-Ward: guitar, Kevin Wunderlich: bass, Cameron Wisch: drumset) at Jack, $12

11/15, 9 PM the Super Friends Band play surf and soul classics at Shrine

11/16, 6 PM the Osso String Quartet – who shift between art-rock and indie classical – followed at 9 byfollowed at 9 by jazz legend and twin-reedman George Braith leading his group at the Fat Cat

11/16, 7 PM virtuoso cinematic psychedelic/western swing steel guitar player Raphael McGregor leads his eclectic band at Barbes

11/16, 7:30 PM the NY Philharmonic‘s Contact new-music chamber series presents performances of recent works: Adam Schoenberg’s Fleeting (2008), Nathan Heidelberger’s Halve Time (quartet after Zeno) (2012), Caroline Mallonée’s Unless Acted Upon: Manifestations of Newton’s First Law (2011), and Kate Sope at National Sawdust, $25

11/16, 8 PM creepy noir chamber pop/murder ballad duo Charming Disaster and a bunch of murderously inclined songwriters play the monthly murder ballad night at Branded Saloon. You should come out if you’re in the hood – gonna be fun!

11/16, 8 PM the self-explanatory. reliably rousing, Djangoesque Alex Simon Gypsy Swing Ensemble at Radegast Hall

11/16, 8:30 PM soaring, rapturous jazz chanteuse Whitney James with Ethan Mann on Guitar and Gregg August on bass at the Bar Next Door

11/16, 9 PM smart, intense, original blue-eyed soul/Americana songwriter Jo Williamson at LIC Bar

11/17, 6 PM powerhouse, eclectic, up-and-coming tenor saxophonist Carl Bartlett Jr. leads a trio at the Garage, free

11/17, 6:30 PM the Carducci String Quartet play Shostakovich Stirng Quartets Nos. 8 and 9 – the real, real, haunting ones – at le Poisson Rouge, $10

11/17, 7 PM NYC’s most haunting, inscrutable, lyrically brilliant noir band Karla Rose & the Thorns at the Mercury, $10

11/17, 7 PM luminous, intense, enigmatic art-rock chanteuse/cellist/multi-instrumentalist Serena Jost followed at 9 by ten-piece funky Balkan brass/Ellington jazz monsters Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

11/17, 7 PM a wind/string subset of International Contemporary Ensemble play electroacoustic works by Pierre Boulez and George Lewis, plus a world premiere by Olga Neuwirth at National Sawdust, $25. They’re also here on 11/19 at 9:30 PM and 11/21 at 10.

11/17 7:30 PM a rare intimate duo show with haunting, intense flamenco jazz pianist Chano Dominguez with Alexis Cuadrado on bass at Mezzrow, $20/$10 stud.

11/17, 7:30 PM dusky Midwestern gothic acoustic songstress Julie Byrne followed by an ambient/indie classical twinbill: Port St. Willow playing Syncope and Bing & Ruth playng City Lake at le Poisson Rouge, $12 adv tix rec

11/17, 8 PM irrepressible, historically informed, folk noir/jangly rock songwriter Elisa Flynn leads an evening of “songs of antagonism and rivalry” with Lys Guillorn, Maharajah Sweets, Dan Cullinan, Wifey, Sarah Bisman, Neville Elder, John LaPolla, plus a eading by Kevin Kinsella at the Way Station

11/17-22, 8/10 PM one of the most tersely interesting and melodically gifted performers in the avant garde, harpist Zeena Parkins leads a variety of ensembles at the Stone. Choice pick: the 8 PM show on 11/18 , a trio with drummer Jim Black and guitar monster Nels Cline. This one may call for an amp on the harp!

11/17, 8:30 PM amazingly prolific, tuneful third-stream jazz pianist Satoko Fujii leads her surprisingly improvisaitonal Tobira with Natsuki Tamura a.k.a. ‘Kappa Maki “– trumpet;; Todd Nicholson – bass; Yoshi Shutto – drums at I-Bem, 15

11/17, 8:30 PM Washington State’s awesome oldschool Caleb Klauder Country Band at the Jalopy, $10

11/17, 9ish dark, charismatic, mischieviously witty literate keyboardist/chanteuse Rachelle Garniez plays the album release show for her new one at Dixon Place

11/17, 9ish darkly torchy oldtimey swing bandleader/chanteuse Heather Holloway & the Heebie Jeebies at Radegast Hall

11/17, 10:30 PM sprawling gospel-rock orchestra Jesus on the Mainline – featuring spectacular frontwoman Mel Flannery – at Rough Trade, $10 adv tix rec

11/18-22, 7:30 PM this era’s most cutting-edge, politically relevant large jazz ensemble, Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society premieres their latest, hauntingly relevant conspiracy theory-themed album Real Enemies at BAM’s Harvey Theatre, $25 tix avail

11/18, 8 PM Klezmerfest! w/saxophonist/”jazz rabbi” and tenor saxophonist Greg Wall, Jordan Hirsch, Zev Zions, Brian Glassman, Aaron Alexander at Mehanata, $10 + 1 drink min

11/18, 8 PM XTC cover night with bands/artists TBA, should be good, at Hifi Bar. Dear god, still making plans for Nigel?

11/18, 9 PM state-of-the-art, shapeshifting jazz violinist Zach Brock at the small room at the Rockwood

11/18, 9 PM trumpeter Gordon Au’s lively, oldtimey swing unit the Grand Street Stompers at Radegast Hall

11/19, 7 PM gloomy 80s minimalist art-rockers the Ocean Blue play their debut and Cerulean albums at the Mercury, $20

11/19-22, 7:30/9:30 PM one of this era’s most consistently interesting, shapeshifting trumpeters, Dave Douglas leads his awesome quintet with Jon Irabagon – saxophones; Matt Mitchell – piano; Linda Oh – bass; Rudy Royston – drums at the Jazz Standard, $30

11/19, 7:30 PM the NY Philharmonic play an all-Rachmaninoff program with the rarely heard, faux-Tschaikovsky Symphony No. 1 and the 4th Piano Concerto at Avery Fisher Hall, $30 tix avail. The prpgram repeats on 11/20 at 2 (two0 PM and then on 11/21 at 8.

11/19, 7:30 PM fiery fiddler Alicia Svigals‘ Klezmer Express at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes

11/19, 7:30/9:30 PM luminous, soulful pan-Latin jazz chanteuse Claudia Acuña with a killer quintet with Samora Pinderhughes – piano; Juancho Herrera – guitar; John Benitez – bass; Yayo Serka – drums at the Jazz Gallery, $15. 11/24 they’re at Seeds at 9.

11/19, 8 PM a rare reunion show with one of the zeros’ most exhilarating Romany/klezmer string bands, Romashka at the Jewish Museum, $13 adv tix rec, admission is for both museum galleries and concert

11/19, 8 PM brilliant, fiery, intense Balkan/bluegrass fiddler Sarah Alden & the Red Hot Rubies at Barbes

11/19, 8 PM devious oldschool C&W/rockabilly parodists Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co. at Otto’s. 11/21 they’re at East Village Social, 126 St. Marks Place (between First Avenue and Avenue A) with sets at 1:30 and 3 PM 

11/19, 8 PM Ensemble Mise-En plays exciting new works by Danish composers Per Nørgård, Hans Abrahamsen, Bent Sørensen, Thomas Agerfeldt Olesen, and Simon Steen-Andersen, at Scandinavia House, 58 Park Ave, $15

11/19, 8 PM intense indie classical viola/piano duo Maria Strojniak & Myla Kato-DuVally at the Firehouse Space, $10

11/19, 9 PM a subset of mighty all-female Brazilian drum troupe BatalaNYC, featuring the amazing Viva DeConcini on pyrotechnic lead guitar and Jen Nascimento on vocals at Meridian 23, email for $10 list

11/19, 9 PM hot 20s swing with trumpeter Jason Prover and his Sneak Thievery Orchestra at Radegast Hall

11/19, 9:30 PM first-class oldtimey acoustic blues guitarist/singer Elizabeth Wise at Caffe Vivaldi

11/20, 5:30 PM tuneful Americana/blues guitarist Jon LaDeau followed by popular folk songwriter Terry Radigan, and edgliy Santa Cruz folk-blues songwriter Laura Meyer at the American Folk Art Museum

11/20, 6 PM toy piano pioneer Margaret Leng Tan in Gallery 217 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

11/20, 8 PM Ymusic play Robert Sirota’s high-voltage new chamber work, Epimetheus plus world premieres by Paul Wiancko and Nate Thatcher at New York Live Arts, 219 W 19th St, $25/$20 stud/srs

11/20, 7 PM Naoko Shimizu, viola with Anna Stoytcheva, piano play works by Schumann, Schubert and Franck at the Bulgarian Consulate, 121 E 62nd St., free

11/20, 7:30/9:30 PM up-and-coming trumpet sensation Adam O’Farrill leads a quartet with Chad Lefkowitz-Brown – saxophone; Walter Stinson – bass; Zack O’Farrill – drums at the Jazz Gallery, $22

11/20, 7:30 PM works by David T. Little, Donnacha Dennehy, Jacob ter Veldhuis, and Steven Mackey. Trio Chimera was formed in 2015 by violinist Courtney Orlando, cellist Brian Snow, and pianist James Johnston at National Sawdust, $25

11/20, 8 PM surf/twang instrumental rockers the Bakersfield Breakers – whose new album is a dead ringer for something from 1963, unbelievably cool and fun – at Singlecut Beersmiths, 19-33 37th St (19/20 Aves) in Astoria, free, N/Q to Ditmars Blvd (last stop)

11/20, 8 PM ferociously funny, intense, guitar-fueled Americana punks Spanking Charlene at Bowery Electric

11/20, 8 PM popular garage-psych/janglerock/powerpop band the Grip Weeds at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center (the BMCC auditorium on Chambers east of the highway), $15

11/20, 8 PM Morrocan trance band Innov Gnawa followed at 10 by followed by horn-driven Colombian party band Chia’s Dance Party at Barbes

11/20, 8 PM pianist Lara Downes plays a lovestruck/heartbroken program including Sergei Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet before Parting, Op. 75, No. 10, Schumann’s Fantasiestücke Op. 12 and works by Vladimir Drozdoff, Debussy and Billie Holiday at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud

11/20, 8 PM indie classical chamber supergroup Ymusic play Robert Sirota’s high-voltage new chamber work, Epimetheus plus world premieres by Paul Wiancko and Nate Thatcher at New York Live Arts, 219 W 19th St, $25/$20 stud/srs

11/20, 8 PM the Jack Quartet with Anthony McGill, principal clarinetist of the New York Philharmonic play the world premiere of Geoffrey Gordon’s Clarinet Quintet.plus works by Earl Brown and John Luther Adams at Roulette, $20/$15 stud/srs

11/20, 8 PM hard-hitting funk/Afrobeat band Shelley Nicole’s Blakbushe at e at C’Mon Everybody $10

11/20, 9 PM the ageless king of the edgy downtown NYC rock anthem, Willlie Nile at Higihline Ballroom, $25 adv tic req

11/20, 9 PM smart, politically-fueled Irish rocker Niall Connolly and band at the big room at the Rockwood. 11/22 at 7 he’s at LIC Bar

11/20, 9:30 PM a rare duo show with bassist Buster Williams and lyrical pianist Renee Rosnes at Mezzrow, $20 bar seats avail.

11/20, 10 PM diverse, often haunting original Americana/acoustic funk/art-rock jamband the Sometime Boys at Freddy’s

11/20, 10 PM macabre garage/psychedelic band the Amphibious Man followed by ghoulpunks Danse de Sade at Fifth Estate

11/20, 10 PM roots reggae group Royal Khaoz at Silvana

11/20, 10:30 PM the Midwestern Willie Nile: dramatic, Celtic-tinged anthemic four-on-the-floor rockers the Ike Reillly Assassination at the Mercury, $15

11/21, 1 PM Falu – widely considered the foremost interpeter of Hindustani classical vocalas in the US – leads a quartet celebrating Diwali, plus Indian food and wares at Flushing Town Hall, $20/$15 stud/srs

11/21, 3 PM eerily playful, charismatic Nashville gothic/folk noir songstress Kelley Swindall at Caffe Vivaldi

11/21, 7 PM Binky Griptite of the Dap-Kings playing blues, followed by Fred Thomas (ex-James Brown’s Jbs) and then the Lyres, still running if maybe on alcohol fumes, at Grand Victory, $15

11/21, 7:30/9:30 PM Dave Liebman leads his Expansions Group on soprano sax, with Chad Lefkowitz-Brown – saxophone; Walter Stinson – bass; Zack O’Farrill – drums at the Jazz Gallery, $22

11/21, 8 PM the irrepressible Ellia Bisker’s explosive Balkan/New Orleans flavored Funkrust Brass Band at Red Lantern Bicycles, 345 Myrtle Ave (Carlton/Adelphi), Bed-Stuy, a hike from the DeKalb B/D, $5 don to cranksgiving.org

11/21, 8 PM badass resonator guitarist and delta blues/oldtime hillbilly music maven Mamie Minch, followed at by guitar sideman to the legends, Smokey Hormel‘s Secret Family at Barbes

11/21, 8 PM lushly hypnotic Indonesian bell orchestra Gamelan Kusuma Laras at Roulette, $25/$21 stud/srs

11/21, 8 PM the Karl Berger Improvising Orchestra – who are pretty much unsurpassed at creating dark, surrealistically swinging big band jazz by the seat of their collective pants – at at the Firehouse Space, $10

11/21, 9 PM NYC ferocoiusly assaultive horror surf legends the Coffin Daggers, garage-psych band the Cosmic Light Shapes, the similar Britemores and hilarious faux-French rockers les Sans Culottes – whose new album Les Dieux Ont Soif is both great fun and potently relevant – at Hank’s, note $7 cover

11/21, 9ish slyly humorous urban country bandleader Alex Battles & Whisky Rebellion at Freddy’s

11/21, 9ish sly, devious female-fronted horror punk/surf/darkwave band the Long Losts at the Cobra Club in Bushwick

11/21, 10 PM awesome low-register original vintage-style Cuban psycho mambo band Gato Loco at BAM Cafe, free

11/21, 10 PM Arki play classic, haunting, otherworldly Ethiopiques funk grooves at Silvana

11/22, 2 PM Courtney & Western frontwoman and NYC alt-country poineer Courtney Lee Adams, Jr at Mayflower Bar, 132 Greene Ave. in Ft. Greene

11/22, 2 PM a historically-rich multimedia program with two international tsimbl (Balkan/Ukrainian Jewish hammered dulcimer) players, Pete Rushefsky and Walter Zev Feldman plus special guests performing rare Polish klezmer music from across the centuries at the the Center for Jewish History, 15 W 16th St, $10/$7 stud/srs

11/22, 3 PM the Greenwich Village Orchestra play Verdi: Forza del Destino Overture; Mahler: Songs of the Wayfarer; Strauss: Death and Transfiguration at Washington Irving HS Auditorium, 16th St./Irving Place, $15 sugg don., reception to follow

11/22, 4 PM Lindsay Garritson, piano, Igor Pikayzen, violin, and Mihai Marica cello play Beethoven Piano Trio in G Major, Op. 1 No. 2; Debussy Sonata for Violin and Piano in G minor, L. 140; Tchaikovsky Piano Trio in A minor, Op. 50 at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud

11/22, 7 PM smart, lyrically-fueled, female-fronted oldschool honkytonk band the Honeycutters at the big room at the Rockwood, $12

11/22, 7 PM Anthony Braxton’s Tri-Centric Orchestra plays new works by Michael Attias, Dan Blake, Joseph Daley, Jessica Pavone at Roulette, $20/$15 stud/srs

11/22, 7:30 PM Balkansky feat. Bulgarian kaval legend Theodosii Spassov and special guest Bulgarian chanteuse Vlada Tomova play their bewitching electroacoustic hypno-folk at Drom, $20 adv tix rec

11/22, 7:30 PM Xenia Rubinos singing Nina Simone – WHOAH! – and joining others in a tribute to the soul legend at Manhattan Inn, free

11/22, 8 PM original Django-influenced Romany guitar swing band Ultrafaux at Silvana

11/22, 8 PM 70s stoner stoul and blaxploitation soundtrack legend Roy Ayers at the Blue Note, $20 standing room avail.

11/22, 8 PM indie classical ensemble Cantata Profana perform a French-themed program including Poulenc’s raucous and irreverant Le Bal Masqué to the tristesse of Louis-Nicolas Clerambault’s savagely dramatic solo cantata Médée, at Dixon Place, $20/$12 stud

11/22, 8 PM monster drummer Weasel Walter leads his bludgeoningly improvisational Large Ensemble through two sets at Jack, $12

11/22, 9 PM 60s/70s powerpop/proto-punk legends the Flamin’ Groovies’ first-ever Williamsburg show at Baby’s All Right, $20

11/22, 10 PM longtime Jamaican roots reggae crooner/opening act Mark Dillon leads his roots band at Shrine

11/23, 7 PM torchy intense southwestern gothic songwrite Julia Haltigan and her excellent band at the big room at the Rockwood

11/23, 7:30 PM art-rock/chamber-pop pianist/songwriter Dane Terry at Pangea

11/23, 8 PM creepy Lynchian reverb guitarist/chanteuse Catfox, harsh noisemakers Channel 63, performance artist Borts Minorts and menacing cellist/composer Valerie Kuehne‘s: Horror Vacui at Panoply Performance Lab in Bushwick, $10

11/23, 8 PM composer/conductor Adam Rudolph’s improvisational 11-piece Go Organic Guitar Orchestra with Nels Cline, David Gilmore, Miles Okazaki, Damon Banks, Marco Cappelli, Liberty Ellman, Joel Harrison, Jerome Harris, Brandon Ross, Kenny Wessel play the album release show for their new one at Roulette, $20/$15

11/23, 9 PM rockabilly/honkytonk guitar maven and classic pop stylist Monica Passin a.k.a. L’il Mo at Skinny Dennis

11/23, 9 PM sweeping, swinging vibraphone jazz with the Behn Gillece Quartet at the Fat Cat

11/23, 10 PM edgy female-fronted funk band Eliza & the Organix – feat. swirly alto sax player Kristen Tivey –at Pete’s

11/24, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, Ensemble Signal play works for cello and percussion by David Lang, Caroline Shaw, Ken Thomson and Iannis Xenakis at the Miller Theatre, free

11/24, 6:30 PM performances by Colombian vocalist and cuatro player Johanna Castañeda and harpist Vidal Garzón; Gambian kora player and jail (praise singer) Alhaji Papa Susso; and members of stark, haunting Central Asian group Ensemble Shashmaqam.and a discussion of the current crisis in US immigration reform at Elebash Hall at CUNY, 365 5th Ave. just north of 34 th St., free but rsvp reqd

11/24, 7 PM a “new trio continuing on the path laid by the groundbreaking Jimmy Giuffre 3. The group will be performing a set of brand new music alongside themes by Britten, Stravinsky and more. Ben Goldberg – clarinet, Liberty Ellman – guitar, Max Johnson – bass.” followed at 9 by ten-piece funky Balkan brass/Ellington jazz monsters Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

11/24, 7:30 PM a rare NYC appearnce by pensive Istanbul-based classically-tinged jazz pianist Burak Bedikyan leading a quartet with Loren Stilllman on alto sax at Drom, $10 adv tix rec. They’re also at Pangea the following night, 11/25 at 7 for $20

11/24, 7:30 PM haunting Romany chanteuse Sanda Weigl presents her latest multimedia project, Jaunt into My Eerie Heart with projections and Marie Pohl as the “guest storyteller of fantastic fairy tales and translations” at Joe’s Pub, $18

11/24, 7:30 PM “Pittsburgh’s premier new music series, Music on the Edge, presents its first New York show featuring a rare performance of Burr Van Nostrand’s sound-texture piece, Fantasy Manual for Urban Survival. This piece will receive its New York premiere by the phenomenal Dave Eggar (cello), Lindsey Goodman (alto flute), and Eric Moe (prepared piano). Also featured on the program is Amy Williams’ First Lines, Eric Moe’s Let Me Tell U About R Specials, Roger Zahab’s deceived by starlight and a spunky twenty-eight, Lee Hyla’s One

11/24-29 (skipping Thanksgiving, 11/26), 8/10 PM free jazz trombone powerhouse Steve Swell leads a series of groups at the Stone, $15. Choice pick: the 8 PM, 11/25 show Kende Dreams: Hommage to Bela Bartok with Rob Brown (alto saxophone) Connie Crothers (piano) Larry Roland (bass) Chad Taylor (drums)

11/24-29, 8:30/10:30 PM well-regarded, lyrical jazz pianist Jason Moran & the Bandwagon at the Vanguard

11/24, 9 PM the NYC debut of the most exciting, politically vital Jamaican roots reggae band in a long time, Raging Fyah – this century’s closest thing to Israel Vibration – at Milk River,960 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn

11/24, 9:30 PM latin jazz percussion legend Wlllie Martinez y La Familia Sextet at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe $10

11/24, 10 PM intense, eclectic original Balkan clarinet/violin/oud/percussion quartet Sherita at Pete’s

11/25, 7 PM intense Mediterranean/Middle Eastern violinist/composer Maria Manousaki playing the album release show for her new one followed by eclectic Americana/highway rock bandleader Diane Gentile with the amazing Jason Victor (from Steve Wynn’s band) on lead guitar at the big room at the Rockwood

11/25, 8 PM Briitish klezmer songstress Polina Shepherd and band at Mehanata, $10 + 1 drink min

11/25, 9 PM guitarist Tom Csatari’s tectonically shifting ten-piece “drone-jazz orchestra“ Uncivilized followed eventually at 11 by James T. Psychopath’s through-composed noise drones at Bizarre Bushwick, 12 Jefferson St off Myrtle, J/M to Myrtle Ave., free

11/25, 9 PM oldschool-style high plains C&W singer Hope Debates & North 40 at Bar Chord. Damn, this woman can flat-out sing

11/25, 9 PM rustic, eclectic newschool front-porch folk songwriter Caroline Ferrante at Silvana

11/27, 7:30 PM ambient Americana/film composer Goldmund followed by intense Ukrainian composer/pianist Lubomyr Melnyk playing the album release show for his new one Rivers & Streams at le Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec

11/27-29, 8:30 PM tuneful third-stream pianist Romain Collin with Clarence Penn on drums and Harish Raghavan on bass at Iridium

11/27, 9 PM darkly intense Romany/noir Mediterranean rock bassist/bandleader Honeybird at Rock Shop, $10

11/27, midnight boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band at Hill Couutry

11/28. 2 PM the NY Philharmonic play Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances plus works by Handel, Glinka and Albinoni at Avery Fisher Hall, $30 tix avail

11/28, 5 PM intense, lyrically brilliant Americana/soul/janglerock tunesmith Matt Keating followed at 6 by the timelessly, darkly carnivalesque Vic Thrill and at 10 by original front-porch folk purist Joanna Sternberg at Pete’s

11/28, 8 PM reliably tuneful, Balkan trumpet maven Ben Holmes & supersonic, erudite accordionist Patrick Farrell debut their new suite a cycle of compositions based on Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Conqueror Worm”. at Barbes

11/28, 8 PM the Eddie Palmieri Salsa Jazz Orchestra at B.B. King’s, $32.50 adv tix rec, expensive, but the guy’s a salsa piano jazz legend and he’s still amazing.

11/28, 8 PM the NJ Symphony Orchestra with violin soloist Eric Wyrick play Boccherini’s Symphony No. 6, Respighi’s Ancient Airs and Dances suite and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons at NJPAC in Newark, $20 seats avail.

11/28, 8 PM amazingly eclectic flamenco/Romany jazz/Mediterranean guitarist Alberto Lombardi at Session 73, 1359 1st Ave

11/28, 9 PM one of the great saxophonists in the history of ska, Dave Hillyard & the Rocksteady 7 followed by the eclectic, wickedly tuneful, dub-inspired Kiwi – the best roots reggae band in the tri-state area – at Maxwell’s, $10

11/28, 9 PM ageless roots reggae harmony trio the Mighty Diamonds – who were responsible for the original Pass the Kutchie – at SOB’s, $15 adv tix rec

11/28, 9 PM all-female psychedelic Brazilian cover band AsLolas – featuring killer lead guitarist Viva DiConcini – play 70s classics by Os Mutantes and others followed at 10 by hard-hitting bassist Dawn Drake & Zapote playing hot Afrobeat-tinged funk grooves Silvana 

11/28, 9:30 PM they love piano/bass duos at Mezzrow: the latest is Kenny Werner with Scott Colley, $20 bar seats avail.

11/29, 2 PM world premieres of new vocal works by Katherine Balch, Matthew Browne, Jason Thorpe Buchanan, Jaehyuck Choi, Takuma Itoh, John Liberatore, Loren Loiacono, Sky Macklay,Gity Razaz, and Kathryn Salfelder performed by the New York Virtuoso Singers, led by Harold Rosenbaum. at National Sawdust, $25

11/29, 6 PM rapturous, adventurous Japanese folk-influenced jazz with  Emi Makabe…(voice, shamisen & compositions with Vitor Gonçalves…piano & accordion; Thomas Morgan…bass; Vinnie Sperrazza…drums at 55 Bar

11/29, 6 PM trumpet trio Kate Amrine, Lynn Chao and Alexandria Smith join forces with cellist Peri Mauer for works by Bach, Britten, David Lang, Mauer herself, Giacinto Scelsi, Jacob Elion and more at Good Shepherd RC Church, 1950 Batchelder St.(Ave S/T), Mill Basin, Brooklyn, free, B/Q to Ave. U then take the Ave. U bus about 20 blocks

11/29, 8 PM Dither’s James Moore (guitar), James Ilgenftriz (bass), Brian Chase (drums) doingthe first installation of Moore’s larger cycle of music for Ilgenfritz’s Anagram Ensemble, inspired by the poetry and line drawings from Unica Zürn’s Hexentexte.followed by PAK or Not – Ron Anderson (guitar), Stuart Popejoy (bass), Sarah Bernstein (violin), Alex Cohen (drums) at Jack, $12

11/29, 8 PM dancehall reggae pioneer Capleton at B.B. King’s, $25 adv tix rec

11/29, 9 PM stylstically diverse, reliably colorful, lyrical jazz pianist Lou Rainone leads his Sextet at the Fat Cat

11/29, open mic for MCs at 10, show at 11, End of the Weak with appearances by Jesse James, James Lion, Chris Rivers, and EPMD’s Parrish Smith at Bowery Electric, $10

11/30, 7 PM a concert in remembrance of the victims of the holocaust in Armenia a hundred years ago with Alissa Margulis – violin • Mischa Maisky – cello • Elena Lisitsian – piano Lily Maisky – Piano • Annie Dutoit – narration, performing music of Tschaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Katchaturian, Shostakovish, Babadjanian, Dvorak and Komitas at le Poisson Rouge, $30 standing room avail.

11/30, 7 PM Chop & Quench playing Fela classics and their own wild original Afrobeat jams at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival a must

11/30, 7:30 PM piano luminaries including Jed Distler, Sachiko Kato, Simon Mulligan, toy pianistMargaret Leng Tan and Kirk Nurock kick out the jams in a program TBA to benefit Animal Zone International, hosted by David Dubal. at West Park Presbyterian Church, 165 W 86th St. (bet. Amsterdam & Columbus Aves.), $30

11/30, 7:30 PM the MSM Symphonic Chorus, Women’s Chorus & Chamber Orchestra perform a program tba at the cathedral of St. John the Divine

11/30, 9 PM noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo followed by jangly, anthemic, catchy, original stadium folk-rock band Fireships at the big room at the Rockwood

12/1, 7:30 PM pianist Ian Hobson plays works by Debussy, Chopin, Rachmaninoff and Szymanowski at Subculture, $20 adv tix rec

12/1, 8 PM intricately arranged, psychedelic funk with the MK Groove Orchestra at Brooklyn Bowl, $5

12/1, 8 PM guitarist Joel Harrison and his amazing big band Infinite Possibility premiere 7 new works for 18-piece jazz orchestra at Roulette, $20/$15 stud/srs

12/1, 10:30 PM drummer Devin Gray & his intricate, playfully improvisaitional progressive jazz band RelativE ResonancE,at Korzo, $10

12/1, 10ish ominous Aussie baritone crooner Jack Ladder & the Dreamlanders at Baby’s All Right, $14; 12/2 he’s at the Mercury at 7:30 for $12 in advance

12/2 the Madisen Ward & the Mama Bear show at City Winery is a private event and not open to the public

12/2, 6 PM low-register reedman Ben Goldberg with alto saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock and drummer Tom Rainey at Downtown Music Gallery

12/2, 7 PM Minneapolis band the 4 on the Floor – sort of a punchier, beefier take on the Yardbirds, with a little soul and Mats edge – at the big room at the Rockwood, $10

12/2, 7 PM a rare performance of works by noted Bulgarian composer Dobrinka Tabakova at the Bulgarian Consulate, 121 E 62nd St., free

12/2, 8 PM amazingly eclectic flamenco/Romany jazz/Mediterranean guitarist Alberto Lombardi upstairs at Bowery Electric, free. 12/3 he’s at Silvana at 9

12/2, 9 PM clarinetist Ismail Lumanovski’s searing, lickety-split explosive NY Gypsy All-Stars play the album release show for their new one Dromomania at Drom, $10 adv tix rec

12/2-6, 7:30 PM avant art-rock luminaries the Bang on a Can All-Stars play in back of a new theatrical production of Julia Wolfe’s Steel Hammer – a darkly kaleidescopic retelling of the John Henry folksong and story -at BAM, $20

12/4, 7 PM American Modern Ensemble play moon-themed works by Claude Baker, Daniel Strong Godfrey, Robert Paterson, Judith Shati and George Tsontakis – but no Pierrot Lunaire – at National Sawdust

12/4, 8 PM the Chelsea Symphony play Engelbert Humperdinck — Prelude to Hänsel und Gretel; He Zhanhao & Chen Gang — The Butterfly Lovers’ Violin Concerto with Phong Ta, violin; Charles Griffes — Poem for Flute and Orchestra with Melanie Chirignan, flute; Leroy Anderson — Sleigh Ridel Aaron Dai — The Night Before Christmas; Public Advocate Tish James serves as narrator, at St. Paul’s Church, 315 W 22nd St, $20 sugg don.

12/4, 8 PM “Wemilere: Songs & A Just Meditation: Lullabies, slave songs, resistance and Ancestral Memory in dedication to Chango. Reflecting on the importance of holding community space in a time of grieving, crying out, calling out amidst trauma, violence, and poverty sweeping the world. This concert & rumba will be in celebration for the orisha Chango on his day,” at Jack, $10

12/5, 7 PM a surrealistic performance by the butoh and jazz-inspired Conspiracy of Proletarian Shamans followed by literate Tom-Waits-ish alt country band Fist of Kindness at Medicine Show Theatre, 549 W 52nd St., 3rd Floor,$15/$12 stud/srs

12/5, 8 PM an intense duo show with haunting dark Americana songwriter/belter Jessi Robertson with the similarly minded Rony Corcos on lead guitar at Pine Box Rock Shop in Bushwick

12/5, 8:30 PM Celtic party band the Narrowbacks followed by Asbury Park’s high-voltage bluegrass/newgrass Dark City Strings at Union Hall, $10

12/5, 9 PM he reliably ferocious, fun Balkan (and occasionally Ethiopian and latin-tinged) madness of Raya Brass Band at at the Brooklyn Museum, free

12/5 one of the most epic, exhilarating art-rock bands in New York, Planta at the Bitter End – imagine Pink Floyd or Nektar up close in a small club.

12/6, 2 PM intense tenor saxophonist/rabbi Greg Wall with Michael Cochrane on piano, Steve Johns on drums and his son, Daryl on bass plus choreographer Carolyn Dorfman and her dancers in an afternoon of jazz, dance and schmoozing, at Jewish Museum of New Jersey at Congregation Ahavas Sholom , 145 Broadway, Newark., free

12/6, 7:30 PM maestro Dong-hyun Kim conducts the Queensboro Symphony Orchestra – NYC’s hottest new classical ensemble – in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 at Mary’s Nativity Church, 46-02 Parsons Blvd. (at Holly Ave.), Flushing, 7 train to Main St. (the last stop), transfer to the Q27 bus, sugg. don.

12/7, 7 PM SWARMIUS – sort of a tripper San Diego counterpart to Tribecastan -doing their wickedly fun, Balkan-tinged, populiat jams with guest pianist Geoffrey Burleson followed by hauntingly philosophical percussion/electronics/spoken word duo Bradford Reed & Jane LeCroy and then a solo set by Burleson at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

12/7 the Manhattan Chamber Players make their debut at le Poisson Rouge with piano/string music by Mendelssohn, Brahms, Schubert, Fauré, Chausson, Shostakovich, and Piazzolla plus world premieres by Vivian Fung and Chris Rogerson. They’re at Baruch College on 12/15

12/8, half past noon organist Marco LoMuscio plays a program TBA at Central Synagogue, Lex/54t h, free

12/8 drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, Tilt Brass play works by Anthony Coleman, Tilt co-founder Chris McIntyre, James Tenney, Liza Lim and Catherine Lamb at the Miller Theatre, free

12/9, 7 PM Roshel Rubinov – the haunting, Middle Eastern-tinged Bukharan Jewish guitar god equivalent to Richard Thompson – at Elebash Hall, 365 5th Ave north of 34th St., $25

12/9, 7 PM intense, Middle Eastern-tinged bassist Petros Klampanis leads his innovative ensemble, Chroma playing the album release show for their new one at the Onassis Cultural Center NY, 645 5th Avenue, (at 51st St) free w/rsvp .

12/9, 7 PM pianist Pablo Zinger backs a series of first-rate Latina singers: Brenda Feliciano, Gizelzanath, Virginia Herrera, and Maribel Salazar, to perform a program dedicated exclusively to the powerful and immensely varied vocal music of Mexico from olero to classical, passing through rancheras, huapangos, habaneras and danzones. Featured composers include “the father of Mexican music”, Manuel M. Ponce, and Tata Nacho (Ignacio Fernández Esperón) to the composer of “Granada”, Agustín Lara, to Armando Manzanero (creator of “Somos novios” – “It’s Impossible”).at the Sheen Center, 18 Bleecker (Elizabeth/Mott, $30

12/9, 9:30 PM tuneful, anthemic, intense neoromantic/indie classical ensemble the Founders play new works inspired by Schubert’s Winterreise at National Sawdust, $15

12/10, 6 PM Argentinean pianist Valentin Surif plays a rare program of music from his home turf nicluding Alberto Williams’ (1862-1952) Demi-teinte de la Suite Sur la Terrasse (1891), Berceuse, Op. 47 Nº 1 (1906) and Suite En la sierra (1891), Juan Josè Ramos’s (1930-1995) Siete Variaciones de Tango (1978), Astor Piazzolla’s (1921-1992) Adiós Nonino (1959) and Roberto Garcia Morillo’s (1911-2003) Cuarta Sonata Op 26 (1959) at the Consulate General of Argentina in New York, 12 West 56th St, free but res rec to rsvp@cnyor.com.

12/11, 6 PM NYC’s most innovative, hypnotically pointillistic Balinese bell orchestra, Gamelan Dharma Swara in the Chinese Garden Court at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, free w/museum adm. 12/13 at 6 they’re at the Stone playing a new piece by innovative bagpiper Matthew Welch for $20then on the 20 th they’re at the Fat Cat at 7.

12/11 an extremely rare appearance by no wave icons Teenage Jesus and the Jerks with Lydia Lunch at Trans-Pecos, midnight $20

12/12, 8 PM, repeating on 12/13 at 3 PM, Alessandra Belloni and her trancey tarantella band play Mystical Music in Honor of the Black Madonna,” a musical journey around the world to the ancient sacred sites of the primeval earth spirit created from authentic traditions of Southern Italy, Spain, France, Portugal, and Brazil “ at Theater for the New City, 155 First Avenue (bet. 9th & 10th Sts) $25

12/12, 8 PM pyrotechnic alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa‘s Charlie Parker tribute, Bird Calls at at the Miller Theatre, $20 seats avail

12/12, 8 PM Chamber Orchestra of New York play Gershwin’s Lullaby and Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings, along with Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 35 and the world premiere of Three Variations on a Gregorian Theme by Emiliano Imondi, at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $30 tix avail

12/12, 8 PM the Cecilia Chorus of New York sing Handel’s Messiah at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, $25 tix avail

12/12, 9ish a sizzling gospel/oldschool twinbill with monster piano player/charismatic showman Rev. Vince Anderson and period-perfect 60s blue eyed soul crooner Eli Paperboy Reed at Union Pool, $14

12/13, 4 PM early music group Juilliard415 with harspichorist Richard Egarr perform a holiday choral celebration at Corpus Christi Church, 529 W 121st St, $10 seats avail.

12/13 eerily playful, charismatic Nashville gothic/folk noir songstress Kelley Swindall at Scratcher Bar, 209 E 5th St.

12/13 creepy, accordion-fueled Balkan psychedelic rockers Alec K Redfearn & the Eyesores, no wave jamband Escape by Ostrich and postpunk supergroup Heroes of Toolik at Bowery Electric.

12/14, 9 PM irrepressible saxophonist Jon Irabagon celebrates the release of his wild, technically challenging first solo sopranino saxophone record Inaction Is An Action Delroy’s Wine Bar, 65 Fenimore St just off Flatbush Ave, Q to Parkside Ave, $10 sug don

12/14, 10 PM a subversive holiday tradition: Xmas songs by Jewish songwriters. Subtext, anybody? Performers include host Steven Blier on piano with chanteuse Lauren Worsham, clarinetist Alan Kay, cantor Joshua Breitzer, many others at Henry’s Restaurant, 2745 Broadway at 105th St, $10; Reservations requred to 212-866-0600 if you want to eat but not for bar seating

12/15, 7 PM NYC’s most haunting, inscrutable, savagely guitar-fueled, lyrically brilliant noir band Karla Rose & the Thorns at Grand Victory, $10

12/16, 10:30 PM the increasingly soul-oriented, guitarishly brilliant Miss Tess & the Talkbacks at the big room at the Rockwood, $10

12/18, 8 PM charming female-fronted continental swing jazz combo the Hot Sardines play the album release show for their new one at Uinon Hall, $12

12/18, quarter past midnight ferocious latin/Romany rockers the Butcher Knives at the Kniiting Factory

12/20, 3 PM the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra play Handel’s Messiah at NJPAC in Newark, $30 tix avail.

12/26, 8 PM stars of the klezmer and Yiddish world including Frank London, Sarah Gordon and Michael Winograd present an evening of music from singer/musicologist Adrienne Cooper’s cult classic 1999 album In Love and In Struggle: The Musical Legacy of the Jewish Labor Bund at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Pl. north of Batttery Park

12/30-31 Gogol Bordello at Terminal 5, $35 adv tix rec

12/31 devious oldschool C&W/rockabilly parodists Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co. at Otto’s, 11 PM. If you must be in the East Village on New Year’s Eve (your inner New Yorker may be screaming STAY HOME), this is the place to be. The band is hilarious and they may skewer the tourists who will probably make up them majority of people in the house. 

1/13, 7/9:30 PM “wrapped in an absurd and hyperbolic narrative, the music film, Sever revisits the ancient Chinese folktale of Diao Chan with live accompaniment by the modern Chinese band Xi Ban. Mixing classical instrumentation with westernized form, Xi Ban create an intriguing interplay between kabuki theatre and American delta blues,” at the Asia Society, 725 Park Ave. free but res req

1/31/16, 5 PM jazz chanteuse Suzanne Lorge and her combo at the Lounge at Hudson View Gardens, 128 Pinehurst Ave at 183rd St., $12 sugg don, reception to follow.

1/28-30 and 2/4-6, 7 PM the world premiere of the late Robert Ashley’s avant garde opera Quicksand at the Kitchen, $20. “Divided into three acts of 16 scenes each, combines separate and “moveable” sequences of choreography by Steve Paxton, electric orchestra composed by Tom Hamilton, and light environments by David Moodey to present a unified work without a linear narrative structure.. Using Ashley’s signature blend of speech and song, Quicksand tells the story of a composer who has been coerced by a U.S. Government Agency (“the Company”) to serve as a low-level spy. Traveling with his wife to an unnamed South Asian country run by a military dictatorship, he becomes involved with plans to overthrow the government through his close friendship with two tour guides. With the assistance of four American mercenaries sent by “the Company,” the composer participates in the capture and imprisonment of the country’s leaders, and the destruction of the torture operation by which the dictatorship has maintained its power.”

New York City Live Music Calendar for October and November 2015

New and constantly updated Nov-Dec calendar here.
There’s a comprehensive, recently updated list of places where these shows are happening 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 here, something for everyone

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 posted here weeks in advance. Weekly events first followed by the daily calendar.

10/9-18 “A live-shredding of art world criticism, an original chamber opera about the revolutionary spirit and the power of the written word: what type of insurrectionary action is possible when words are the only weapons at hand, when the vanguard becomes the establishment? A commemoration of forgotten events where talk is cheap. To the great emptiness of a post-revolutionary society, Kara Feely and Travis Just‘s cheap&easy OCTOBER is a homage, a send-up and a surrender.With the performers encased in nets and intricate action, “cheap&easy OCTOBER” careens forward with crushing guitar, violin and drums and is filled with musical non-sequitor and ecstatic voices.” Robert Ashley reportedly hopes that this is the future. At LaMama, 10/9-10 at 7:30, 10/11 at 6, 10/16-17 at 10 and 10/18 at 6, $18/$13 stud/srs

On select Thursdays and Saturdays, 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. Next up: works by Debussy, Rameau and Mozart, 10/15 at 7 and 10/18 at 4 PM. Sugg don $10 (pay what you can), delicious gluten-free refreshments, beverages and lively conversation included! email for info/location.

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

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

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

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

Also Mondays in October Rev. Vince Anderson and his band play Union Pool in Williamsburg, two sets starting around 11:30 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 til past three in the morning. Paula Henderson from Burnt Sugar is the lead soloist on baritone sax, with Dave Smith from Smoota on trombone, with frequent special guests.

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

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

Tuesdays at around 10 Julia Haltigan and her band play 11th St. Bar. A torchy, charismatic force of nature, equally at home with fiery southwestern gothic rock, oldschool soul and steamy retro jazz ballads, and her band is just as good as she is.

Wednesdays in October, 8:30 PM guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg (of Dr. Lonnie Smith’s band) leads a trio at the Bar Next Door, $12.

Three Wednesdays in October: 10/7, 10/21 and 10/28, 9 PM smart, politically-fueled Irish rocker Niall Connolly and band at the small room at the Rockwood.

Three Wednesdays in November: 11/4. 11/11 and 11/18, 9ish iconic second-wave Afrobeat pioneers Antibalas – still vital and surprisingly terse after all these years – at Brooklyn Bowl

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

Thursdays in October, 7:30 PM subversively hilarious cabaret personality/chanteuse Tammy Faye Starlite leads an all-star chamber-rock band playing her twistedly brilliant Marianne Faithfull parody/homage at Pangea, $20

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

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

Fridays in October at 9 Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens play oldschool 1960s style gospel at the Fat Cat.

Fridays in October, 9ish dynamic, intense Bulgarian sax star Yuri Yunakov and the Grand Masters of Gypsy Music at Mehanata

Fridays at 11 PM flamenco guitarist Ian Banks with special guests each week at St. Mazie’s (the old Rose Bar) on Grand St. just off the BQE in Williamsburg

Saturdays in October at 4 PM at Bargemusic there are impromptu free classical concerts, usually solo piano or small chamber ensembles: if you get lucky, you’ll catch pyrotechnic violinist/music director Mark Peskanov and/or the many members of his circle. Early arrival advised.

Saturdays in October, 6 PM badass resonator guitarist and delta blues/oldtime hillbilly music maven Mamie Minch at Barbes

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

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

Sundays in November, 2 PM Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir play their deliriously fun mix of original eco-warrior gospel and edgy street theatre at Joe’s Pub, $15

Sundays at 3 PM at the Stone a rotating cast of familiar faces from John Zorn’s circle perform from Zorn’s characteristically exhaustive, marathon collection of 300 works titled Bagatelles, recently composed between March and May 2015. “Each concert will be introduced by John Zorn, often in conversation with the musicians,” $15

Sundays in October, 5 PM Afro-Peruvian jazz pianist/chanteuse Chi-Chi Glass leads a rotating series of bands at Barbes

Sundays in October, 7:30 PM spine-tingling art-rock/avant-garde/chamber pop singer Carol Lipnik – pretty much everybody’s choice for best singer in all of NYC – with hypnotically luminous pianist Matt Kanelos – at Pangea on 2nd Ave. btw 11th/12th Sts, $20. Several special guests are promised: on October 11th, Rachel Mason AND Lorraine Leckie with Czech violiln wizard Pavel Cingl, wow!

Every Sunday the Ear-Regulars, led by trumpeter Jon Kellso and (frequently) guitarist Matt Munisteri play NYC’s only weekly hot jazz session starting around 8 PM at the Ear Inn on Spring St. Hard to believe, in the city that springboarded the careers of thousands of jazz legends, but true. This is by far the best value in town for marquee-caliber jazz: for the price of a drink and a tip for the band, you can see world-famous players (and brilliant obscure ones) you’d usually have to drop $100 for at some big-ticket room. The material is mostly old-time stuff from the 30s and 40s, but the players (especially Kellso and Munisteri, who have a chemistry that goes back several years) push it into some deliciously unexpected places.

Sundays in October, 8:30 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.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1

6 PM Tristan Honsinger, Nicolas Calioa and Josh Zubot join forces as an improvising string trio at Downtown Music Gallery

6:30 PM a wind/strings octet from the Orchestra of St. Luke‘s plays music by Beethoven, Strauss, and Nielsen at the Brooklyn Historical Society. 128 Pierrepont St, downtown Brooklyn, free. The program repeats on 10/3 at 5 at the Rubin Museum of Art and then on 10/4 at 2 PM at the Queens Museum in Corona Park across the way from where Shea Stadium used to be

6:30 PM a relatively rare NYC appearance by smart, purposeful highway rocker/Americana songwriter Eric Stuart at the Bitter End. If you couldn’t afford the BoDeans at City Winery, this guy will do just fine.

7 PM a typical amazing triplebill at Barbes: edgy psychedelic tropicalia chanteuse/bandleader Holly Holden y Su Banda , dark, charismatic, mischieviously witty literate keyboardist/chanteuse Rachelle Garniez and accordionist/chanteuse Kamala Sankaram’s hot surfy Bollywood project, Bombay Rickey

7 PM balmy, sardonically individualistic vocal jazz stylist Dorian Devins and her trio play a celebration of Harlem jazz at Settepani:,196 Malcolm X Blvd, (Lenox Ave) at 120th St., free

7 PM guitarist Mike Baggetta – who’s been known to jazz up Patsy Cline classics – leads his trio at Shapeshifter Lab, $8

7:30 PM subversively hilarious cabaret personality/chanteuse Tammy Faye Starlite leads an all-star chamber-rock band playing her twistedly brilliant Marianne Faithfull parody/homage at Pangea, $20

7:30 PM lyrical jazz piano icon Fred Hersch leads his trio at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes

7:30 PM otherworldly, rustic, haunting folk tunes and originals from the Reupblic of Georgia with Zedashe at Drom, $15 adv tix rec. Followed at 9:30 PM (separate adm, $15 adv tix available) by fiery female-fronted Russian Romany trio Via Romen

7:30 PM tenor saxophonist Michael Blake leads a killer quartet with Frank Kimbrough – piano , Ben Allison – bass , Rudy Royston – drums followed at 10:30 by fellow tenorist Ken Fowser and his similarly good quintet with Paul Gill – bass , Steve Einerson – piano , Josh Bruneau – trumpet , Jason Tiemann – drums at Smalls

8 PM sharp (get there a little early to make it easy on the host), a rare Manhattan house concert with poignantly lyrical, velvet-voiced southwestern gothic/tropicalia/psychedelia songwriter Jenifer Jackson at a convenient Upper West location (close to 1/2/3 trains at 96th), email for info/location

8 PM the Momenta String Quartet with pianist Gilbert Kalish play “The Concert from Hell” with works by Julián Carrillo, Eugène Ysaÿe, Philip Glass, George Crumb’s Black Angels and Charles Ives’ Halloween at the Tenri Institute, 43 W13th St, $15

8 PM soundscaper Akio Suzuki and Aki Onda with his field recordings and his trusty processed Walkman, mashing up kinetic improvisations at Emily Harvey Foundation: 537 Broadway #2 (Spring/Prince), $15. The show repeats on 10/2

8 PM rustic guitar-and-washboard duo Dubl Handi at the Jalopy, $10

9 PM weird segue, good twinbill: hypnotic Indian-flavored soundscapes and grooves with Tarana followed by the reliably excellent folk noir/circus rock O’Death at Rough Trade, $15

9ish torchy intense southwestern gothic songwrite Julia Haltigan and her excellent band at Bar Lunatico

9ish Parlor Walls – Eula guitarslinger Elyse Lamb’s catchy, swirling noiserock/postpunk collaboration with drummer/organist Chris Mulligan at Aviv, $8

9 PM a smaller subset of mighty 75-woman Brazilian drum battalion BatalaNYC at Meridian 23

9 PM honkytonkn night, in reverse order: Johnny Pinhook & the Tobaccoaires, Americana songwriter Andrew Sovine – trucker song legend Red Sovine’s grandkid – and the Loretta Lynn-influenced Aron Blue & the Bootleggers at the Cobra Club in Bushwick, $5

9 PM in reverse order; skronky, angular postpunk experimentalists Grex, the bludgeoning Weasel Walter/Chris Pitsiokos Duo, the baritone sax-driven, assaultive Andrew Barker Trio, and some serious shredding with Max Jaffe/Branxon Seabrook/Tim Dahl at Muchmore’s, $7. Also see 10/2.

9 PM the Greezy Greens play guitar-and-harmonica Americana inspired by Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee at Moto in south Williamsburg

9:30 PM a super rare Steve Wynn solo acoustic show at Bowery Electric, $10. Saw the legendary noir psychedelic songwriter/guitar duellist play solo many, many years ago at Westbeth and the show was amazing.

9:30 PM mesmerizing, lickety-split tabla ensemble Talavya at Joe’s Pub, $15 adv tix rec

9:45 PM devious, charismatic, subversive comedic songwriter Killy Dwyer followed at 10:20 by lyrically intense avant garde chanteuse Jane LeCroy and then 11 PM the brand-new, ostensibly water-drenched Mars – with edgy power trio the Grasping Straws‘ Mallory Feuer on drums and vocals! – at Sidewalk

10 PM a killer twinbill at the Knitting Factory with Romany punk/latin rock band the Butcher Knives followed by high-velocity British punk-folk band Skinny Lister – sort of the UK version of the Pogues – at the Knittting Factory, $15 adv tix rec.

guessing 10ish ageless dub reggae pioneer Lee Scratch Perry at Brooklyn Bowl, $20, celebrating 40 years of burning spliffs and burning down the Black Ark, maybe?

10 PM the Super Friends Band play surf and soul classics at Hank’s

FRIDAY OCTOBER 2

5:30 PM Eugene Marlow’s Heritage Ensemble play their distinctive mashup of latin jazz, classical and klezmer at the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum, 895 Shore Rd. in the Bronx, $10/$8 stud/srs

7 PM pianist Karl Larson (of Bearthoven) and cellist Ashley Bathgate (of the Bang on a Can All-Stars) perform the works of first-class bass clarinetist Ken Thomson at Spectrum, $15

7:30 PM Glass Farm Ensemble plays works by Kaija Saariaho, Salvatore Sciarrino, Ian Wilson, Balz Trumpy and others at Symphony Space, $20/$15 stud/srs http://www.glassfarm.org

8 PM a killer triplebill at Sidewalk of all places: country blues guitar genius Lenny Molotov’s swing band the Fascinators followed by Mac McCarty & the Kidd Twist Band playing their fiery, sometimes unexpectedly poignant Pogues-ish punk and folk noir and then Joe Yoga, frontman of ferociously tuneful southwestern gothic rockers the Downward Dogs

8 PM badass oldschool-style blues belter Shemekia Copeland and her similarly purist band play the album release show for her new one at City Winery, $20 standing room avail.

8 PM the two-marimba Cisum Percussion Duo: Nicholas Hall and Josh Zaid followed by the heavier Palladium Percussion Quartet at the Firehouse Space, $10

8 PM Quebec-based bassist Alain Bédard leads his Quintet with Donny McCaslin on tenor sax at Flushng Town Hall, $16

9 PM subtle, misty bossa-pop singer/bandleader Rachel Brotman followed eventually at 11 by high-energy acoustic oldtime Americana band the Woes at Pete’s

9:30 PM in reverse order: skronky, angular postpunk experimentalists Grex, Michael Coleman’s rainy-day bedroom pop project Young Nudist, clarinetist Aaron Novik‘s Abebbe, and drummer Marc Edwards and Slipstream Time Travel‘s smoky, enveloping firestorm at Pine Box Rock Shop, 12 Grattan St , Bushwick, L to Morgan Ave., free

10 PM this era’s greatest cinematic noir guitar instrumentalists, Big Lazy at Barbes

10 PM long-running, wickedly jangly, tuneful Americana rockers the Sloe Guns at Desmond’s

10:30 PM gorgeously cinematic surf/soundtrack/twang instrumental band the TarantinosNYC at Lucille’s, $10

10:30 PM cutting-edge B3 organ and trombone soul/jazz grooves with the Jared Gold and Dave Gibson Band at the Fat Cat

11 PM Mauritanian folk music reinventors 75 Dollar Bill at Freddy’s

1:30 PM Dodo Orchestra play their cosmopolitan, carnivalesque take on Balkanica, swing and torch song at Joe’s Pub, $15

midnght and 2 AM psychedelic tenor saxophonist/composer Ilhan Ersahin with Juini Booth, and Jochen Rueckert at Nublu. The show repeats on 10/3.

SATURDAY OCTOBER 3

4 PM Songs for Unusual Creatures – whose charming, psychedelic tributes to weirdness in the animal kingdom are suitable for adults as well as children – followed at 6 by badass resonator guitarist and delta blues/oldtime hillbilly music maven Mamie Minch, then otherworldly, rustic, haunting folk tunes and originals from the Reupblic of Georgia with Zedashe aat 8 and Mexican ranchera/bolero brass crew Banda de los Muertos at Barbes. Note $10 cover for the two later acts

5 PM Fizz – murderously intense noir Americana chanteuse Liz Tormes and Ollabell’s Fiona McBain, whose specialty is murder ballads sung in harrowing harmony – followed eventually at 10 PM by terse, tuneful, witty artsong bassist/composer Matt Siffert at Pete’s

 5 PM hypnotic, high-energy Garifuna dance-rock bandleader.guitarist Aurelio Martinez and band at the Brooklyn Museum, free He’s also at the Lincoln Center Atrium at 7:30 PM on 10/15

6 PM searing, theatrical Romany/Balkan punk rockers Bad Buka acoustic ?!? at Radegast Hall. Even without amps, they have the energy to drown out the tourists. If you couldn’t afford Gogol Bordello, these guys and girls will hit the spot.

7 PM crystalline-voiced Portland, Maine acoustic Americana chanteuse Caroline Cotter – who moves seamlessly and compellingly between original New England front-porch folk, jaunty Prohibition swing, French chanson and oldtimey/bluegrass stylings – at Caffe Vivaldi

7:15 PM  dark psychedelic acoustic blues/klezmer/reggae/soca jamband Hazmat Modine at Terra Blues

 8 PM synthy 80s-style goth/darkwave singer Elle Le Fantome,  singer/guitatarist Mia Wilson’s haunting, blues-infused, angst-ridden, psychedelic project with brilliant lead guitarist Quincy Ledbetter, the Bright Smoke and and catchy, popular female-fronted powerpop band the Shondes at Union Hall, $10

 8 PM oudist Kenan Adnawi and the Alfaia Quartet play their Middle Eastern jazz at Alwan for the Arts, $20

8 PM darkly catchy piano-and-guitar art-rock duo Christy & Emily at Matchless, $8

8 PM the Momenta String Quartet with guest Marcy Rosen on cello play the Debussy String Quartet plus George Crumb’s Sonata for Solo Cello and works by Michael Small, Luigi Boccherini, Tomas Luis de Victoria:at the Tenri Institute, 43 W13th St, $15

8 PM one of Spain’s leading flamenco guitarists, Antón Jiménez, in a rare Brooklyn show at Roulette, $30/$26 stud/srs

8 PM pianist Yves Léveillé leads his moody, globally inspired third-stream jazz quartet at Flushng Town Hall, $16, reception to follow

8ish skronky, angular postpunk experimentalists Grex, the defiantly uncategorizable India Czajkowska and bewitchingly assaultive art-rock duo Naked Roots Conducive – violinist Natalia Steinbach and cellist Valerie Kuehne – at Panoply Performance Lab

8 PM the Piedmont Bluz Acoustic Duo and fast-fingered oldtimey blues/gospel guitarist Andy Cohen at the People’s Voice Cafe, $18, “no one turned away”

8:30 PM Koyt far dayn Fardakht (The Filth of your Suspicion) play “Yiddish revolutionary punk rock” followed eventually at 10:30 by Brown’s Syndrome featuring members of brilliant latin-tinged art-rock band Kotorino playing darkly assaultive improvised rock and then the amazingly multistylistic, fun, original Funkrust Brass Band at Rock Shop, $10 

9 PM Unsteady Freddie‘s monthly surf rock extravaganza at Otto’s begins at 9 with allstar Link Wray cover band the Wraycyclers, the absolutely brilliant, eclectic Turbosonics at 10, purist reverbtoned Strange but Surf at 11 and amusingly futuristic-themed surf punks Tsunamibots at midnight or so

midnight highly regarded Turkish art-rock/foli-rock guitarist/bandleader Demir Demirkan at Drom, $20 adv tix a must

2 AM ish (actually wee hours of 10/4) the ferocious, politically-inspired Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires play their “real Alabama R&R” at Baby’s All Right, $12

SUNDAY OCTOBER 4

11 AM community day at the newly opened National Sawdust in Williamasburg, free. Australian violinist Jon Rose engages the public with a ten-foot-tall, interactive electronic musical instrument, yikes! Via sensors and radio transmission, the movements and speed of the ball determine the sonic results. Puppeteer/designer/director Julian Crouch and musician/composer Saskia Lane—Birdheart collaborators and booking agents at the venue —join forces with Asphalt Orchestra for an interactive puppet parade to the East River at 3 PM. Found Sound Nation supply mobile studios throughout the parade for the public to make free recordings. The concert there that night with sets at 7 PM/9 PM features Terry Riley’s Abbeyozzud and Beyond with Gyan Riley, Zach Brock (violin), David Cossin (percussion), Travis Laplante (saxophone), Matmos (electronics), Benjamin Verdery and guitarists from the Yale School of Music, and Evan Ziporyn (saxophone), $25

3 PM the Greenwich Village Orchestra play Brahms’ Academic Festival Overture, the Elgar Cello Concerto and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 at Washington Irving HS Auditorium, 16th St./Irving Place, $15 sugg don., reception to follow

 4 PM a free all-ages triplebill at Paperbox with carnivalesque tropical Romany cutups Consumata followed at 5 by snarling punk blues duo Slim Wray and at 6 by neo glamrockers the Bushwick Hotel 

4 PM the Windscape Wind Quintet play their new arrangements of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie material at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.

4 PM early music ensemble Rebel perform a medieval program tracing “the Path to Enlightenment at Corpus Christi Church, 529 W 121st St, $10 seats avail.

6:30 PM the Cassatt String Quartet play music by Peter Schickele and Antonín Dvorák at the Lounge at Hudson View Gardens, 128 Pinehurst Ave at 183rd St., $12 sugg don, reception to follow..

7:30 PM a wild windup to this year’s NY Gypsy Festival with – in reverse order -trumpet icon Frank London’s Klezmer Brass All-Stars featuring singer Eleanor Reissa; NYC’s long-running, eclectic Hungry March Band; the similarly eclectic, Ellington and hip-hop-influenced Slavic Soul Party and the Underground Horns, who veer from the Balkans to the Mediterranean to New Orleans, at the Schimmel Auditorium at Pace Univ. on Spruce St. in the financial district, $20

730 PM the Pretzel Club play fun, playful improvisations with flute, trumpet, piano and bass at the Firehouse Space, $10

8 PM the Momenta String Quartet with guest pianist Gordon Beeferman play improvisational works by Borey Shin, Wilfrido Terrazas, Gordon Beeferman, Yusef Lateef: and Arthur Kampela, many of them world premieres, at the Tenri Institute, 43 W13th St, $15

9 PM a killler noir twinbill upstairs at 2A with the Orbisonesque blue-eyed soul of CC Carana and the ghoulabilly/protorock menace of Reid Paley

9 PM boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band at Skinny Dennis

9 PM intense improvisation with the Public Speaking Quartet: Jason Anthony Harris (voice, electronics, objects), Johnny Butler (saxophone), Valerie Kuehne (cello), Jeanann Dara (viola) at Jack, $12

MONDAY, OCTOBER 5

6 PM the Osso String Quartet – who shift between art-rock and indie classical – followed at 9 by vibraphonist Behn Gillece and his combo at the Fat Cat

7 PM string orchestra String Power play everything from Earth Wind & Fire to global styles at Branded Saloon

7:30 PM fiery, gospel-infused belter Lizzie Edwards leads a brilliant pickup band – comprising most of the people who played that awesome New Marble Giants tribute last month – in a performance of Paul McCartney’s Ram album at Bowery Electric, $10

8 PM snide boogie power trio Satan’s Satyrs, psychedelic, artsy doom metal band Electric Citizen and Pentagram (most of the original mid-70s US lineup) at St. Vitus, $25. Be aware that the 10/6 show is sold out

8/10:30 PM hip-hop lyricist par excellence Talib Kweli does his hip-hop jazz thing at the Blue Note, $20 standing room avail.

8 PM the self-explanatory Gypsy Jazz Caravan at Radegast Hall

9 PM 70s freak-folk legend Kath Bloom at – get there early

TUESDAY OCTOBER 6

7 PM a sensationally eclectic multi-performer bill with haunting all-female Bulgarian vocal choir Black Sea Hotel performing with the Brooklyn Youth Chorus plus string quartet; other composers/performers on the bill include Paola Prestini + Caroline Shaw at National Sawdust, $25

7:30 PM an all-star lineup: Joanna Maurer and Georgy Valtchev, violin; Dov Scheindlin and Danny Kim, viola’ Joel Noyes and Wolfram Koessel, cello; Troy Rinker, bass; Anna Stoytcheva and Lora Tchekoratova, piano plays works by Mozart, Dobrinka Tabakova plus Schubert’s Trout Quintet at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $25

10/6-7, 7:30/9:30 PM pianist Amina Figarova leads her lush, cinematic sextet at the Jazz Standard, $25

7:30 PM Dan Trueman’s Nostalgic Synchronic digital prepared piano project with So Percussion, percussionist Adam Sliwinski and pianist Cristina Altamura at le Poissoin Rouge, $15 adv tix avail.

8:30 PM the towering, majestic, art-rock/symphonically neoromantic Awakening Orchestra at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

10 PM edgy female-fronted funk band Eliza & the Organix – feat. swirly alto sax player Kristen Tivey –at the Way Stattion

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 7

6 PM Gian Luigi Diana (sitar) + Jonathan Singer (percussion) at the Rubin Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

7:30 PM OMG one of the most exciting free concerts of the year – the Chamber Orchestra of the Macedonian Philharmonic with the supersonic Ismail Lumanovski on clarinet play works by Manchev, Tura (Concerto for Clarinet and String Orchestra) and Bartok at Merkin Concert Hall, early arrival a must

8 PM jazz and indie classical cross-pollination: pianist Matthew Shipp and violinist Fung Chern Hwei presenting his project Lisao, vocalist Lola Danza performs her project Korean Shamans, George Spanos‘ Quartet and Ben Stapp & the Zozimos also on the bill at Roulette, $20/$15 stud/srs

8 PM up-and-coming guitarist/songwriter Alicyn Yaffee -the rare artist who successfully bridges the gap between lyrically-fueled chamber pop and jazz – at Silvana

8 PM uncategorizable singer Anais Maviel solo, Ellen O & violinist Jeff Young collaborare and fire off some sparks, go through the phone booth in Ange Noir Cafe, 247 Varet St. in Bushwick, closer to the Morgan Ave. stop.

8:30 PM bassist Michael Bates’ Chamber Group project with Jeff Lederer-clarinet; Mazz Swift-violin; Alden Banta-bassoon; Michael Sarin-drums followed at 10 by violist Miranda Seilaff’s Chamber Group with Amie Weiss – violin; Nicola Barbieri – bass ; Jacob Sacks – piano at Seeds, $10

9 PM intense, lyrically brilliant, quirky female-fronted two-keyboard 80s-style art-rock/new wave revivalists Changing Modes at Fontana’s

9 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” at Troost. 10/15 at 8:30 they’re at Espresso 77, 35-57 77th Street, Jackson Hts., free.

9ish dazzlingly eclectic folk noir/psychedelic songwriter Lorraine Leckie and Czech violin wizard Pavel Cingl at 11th St. Bar

10 PM tenor saxophonist Noah Preminger and his new band – with trumpeter Jason Palmer, bassist Kim Cass and drummer Ian Froman – perform half-hour, hard-swinging visions of Bukka White’s “Parchman Farm Blues” and “Fixin’ to Die Blues,” with “the sound channeling the Mississippi Delta via Ornette Coleman’s Free Jazz” at 55 Bar, $10

THURSDAY OCTOBER 8

6 PM this era’s premier jazz tuba player Bob Stewart’s Double Quartet at Shrine

6:30 PM a rare performance of Armenian and Western classical gems: pianist Sofya Melikyan plays works by Artunian, Kachaturian, Shahrimanyan, Granados and Mompou’s immortally plaintive Variations on a Theme by Chopin at Zinc Bar, $25/$15 stud.

7 PM puppeteer Julian Crouch and bassist Saskia Lane’s multimedia project Birdheart – a contemplation of escape and renewal, among other things – with Bang on a Can Allstars guitarist Mark Stewart plus cellist Jeffrey Zeigler at National Sawdust, $25. The program repeats on 10/11 and 10/14.

7 PM ex-President Bill Clinton at Highline Ballroom, $10,000. This is not a joke. Ten grand, this has to be a record. It’s not known if he’ll bust out the sax and play Kenny G covers.

7:30 PM ghostly, oceanically-inspired Nashville gothic band Karen & the Sorrows at C’mon Everybody

7:30 PM opening night at the Ear, 75 Murray St. with lots of new indie classical material, solo piano by Lisa Hogan and others tba, $20/$10 stud incl. open bar

8 ish a benefit for the recently burned Silent Barn with Celestial Shore – who veer between stuttering postpunk and low-key, lyrically-driven glamrock, the nebulously jangly female-fronted Mega Bog, savage guitarist Alyse Lamb’s jaggedly tuneful organ-guitar-drums outfit Parlor Walls, mystery band Real Adult and dynamically shifting, cinematic black metal/mathrock band Sirens at Palisades

8 PM the album release show by globally-influenced chanteuse Dahlia Dumont‘s reliatbly tuneful reggae/jazz/chanson band the Blue Dahlia followed at 10 by the plush, balmy, oldtimey uke swing of Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies at Barbes

8 PM wry newschool oldtimey songwriter Odetta Hartman plays the record release for her new one at the big room at the Rockwood, followed at 9 ($10 cover) by catchy, time-warping oldtimey Americana/oldschool soul mashups from“steamboat soul” band Roosevelt Dime. 10/24 Hartman is at Festival of the Hunt at the Irondale Cente at 85 S Oxford St. in Ft. Greene, time TBA with Feral Foster, Alex Battles and a whole bunch of NYC acoustic Americana talent, $25 includes open bar and bbq style food

8 PM the California Honeydrops play their purist 60s blue-eyed soul and groove music – with a healthy dose of good oldschool postbop jazz – at the Knitting Factory, $15 adv tix rec

8 PM the massive SLM Ensemble play the album release show for their new one featuring new works by conductor Sarah Weaver and bassist Mark Dresser – also featuring Jen Shyu on vocals, George Ziadeh on oud and Oliver Lake on sax – at Roulette, $20/$15 stud/srs

9ish eclectic, state-of-the-art postbop guitarist Will Bernard leads his trio at Bar Lunatico

10 PM fiery klezmer-tinged guitarist Eyal Maoz, Lukas Ligeti on percussion, James Ilgenfritz on bass and Jon Rose on violin jam up a storm at the Stone, $15

10 PM tuneful, southwestern gothic-tinged acoustic songstress Maya Caballero at Muchmore’s

10 PM Alfonso Velez – the rare Cure-influenced dark rocker who doesn’t suck – at the small room at the Rockwood

11 PM psychedelic powerpop/new wave rocker Mike Rimbaud plays songs from his characteristically tuneful, snarling, politically smart, Elvis Costello-esque new one Put That Dream in Your Pipe and Smoke It at Nublu

FRIDAY OCTOBER 9

7 PM Macedonian folk luminaries Odglasi play a set to celebrate the release of Martin Koenig’s field recordings on Smithsonian Folkways. Playing ‘Til Your Soul Comes Out! Music of Macedonia iat the Macedonian Consulate’s Gallery MC, 549 W 52nd St., free but rsvp reqd

7 PM kick-ass guitar-and-organ-fueled original psychedelic garage rockers  the Electric Mess at Grand Victory, $

7 PM NY Baroque Inc. play an equally oldschool and rare program of cantatas by J. S. Bach, J. C. Bach, and Telemann, plus J. S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 6., joined by British violinist Monica Huggett, at the Rogers Auditoirum at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, $30

7 PM Paula Boggs – whose blend of electric Neil Young and oldschool soul music evokes the raw emotion of those influences rather than some lame 70s hippie dadrock imitation – at the big room at the Rockwood, $10

10/9-10, 7:30/9:30 PM tenor saxophonist John Ellis leads a quintet with Gary Versace – organ; Alan Ferber – trombone; John Altieri – sousaphone’ Jason Marsalis – drums playing the album release show for his aptly titled new one, Charm at the Jazz Gallery, $22

10/9-10. 7:30 PM highly regarded soprano saxophonist Sam Newsome leads a quintet with Josh Evans – trumpet , Luis Perdomo – piano , Brad Jones – bass , Gerald Cleaver – drums at Smalls

7:30 PM Mark Olson, late of the Jayhawks, followed by well-loved 90s Americana/garage rock road warriors the Bottle Rockets at Bowery Electric

10/9-10, 7:30 PM the premiere of Stefania de Kennesey‘s Bonfire of the Vanities: The Opera, based on the Tom Wolfe bestseller, at El Teatro at El Museo del Barrio, 1230 5th Ave. at 104th St, $30

8 PM cult favorite Romany chanteuse (and Berthold Brecht descendant) Sanda Weigl and her killer band followed by pianist Alejandro Zuleta and band, who reinvent cumbia classics with a jazz and classical tinge, at Barbes

8 PM noir rocker Nicole Atkins at Webster Hall.. JD McPherson – who should be opening for her, not the other way around – plays afterward, $20

8 PM not making this up: Thelonious Monk classics played tango style, featuring Konrad Adderley, bass; Nick Danielson, violin; Tito Castro, bandoneon; Gustavo Casenave, piano; Reno Padilla, vocals, plus dancers, at Flushing Town Hall, $16

8 PM bass clarinetist/saxophonist Lindsay Vickery and singer Dafna Naphtali unveil relevant new electroacoustic new works responding to the Occupy Movement, Whistleblowers, and the reportage of Chris Hedges, Glenn Greenwald and others at the Firehouse Space

8 PM the first of a two-day John Zorn festival at National Sawdust with the world premiere of Madrigals Books I-II sung by Lisa Bielawa, Jane Sheldon, Sarah Brailey, Mellissa Hughes, Rachel Calloway and Kirsten Sollek perform this world premiere. The 10 PM set has Asmodeus featuring Marc Ribot (guitar), Trevor Dunn (bass) and Tyshawn Sorey (drums), $25

8 PM indie classical group Ensemble Mise-En plays an enticing program of works by Frederic Rzewski, Enda Bates. Keeril Makan, and comductor/impersario Moon Young Ha at Mise-En Place Bushwick, 678 Hart St 1B in Bushwick, L to Dekalb Ave, $20/$15 stud/srs includes a drink

8:30 PM a cool string jazz twinbill: violinist Sam Bardfeld with pianist Kris Davis and drummer Mike Sarin followed by cellist Chris Hoffman with bassist Adam Hopkins and Craig Weinrib on drums at I-Beam, $15

9 PM consdiering the spae, a cool-temperatured night with Jeremy Pelt (trumpet), Richard Wyands (piano), Peter Washington (bass) at Mezzrow, $20

10/9, 10 PM cabaret & tarot fortunetelling with Shelley Hirsch, lyrically intense avant garde singer/poet Jane LeCroy, acoustic art-rock/folk noir songwriter/chanteuse/force of nature Larkin Grimm, performance activist Took Edalow, jazz pianist Mitch Hampton, Darcey Leonard, Michael Wiener @ The Red Room, 3rd floor above KGB bar, 85 E 4th St. (near 2nd Ave), $15

10:30 PM Zlatne Uste, NYC’s first and arguably most deeply authentic, explosive Balkan brass band, at Drom, $10

SATURDAY OCTOBER 10

3 PM the Heritage Blues Orchestra play their explosive New Orleans roots music followed by the Trishas and their pillowy four-part oldtime C&W harmonies at Madison Square Park

3 (yes, three) PM smart, clever ex Chicha Libre timbalera and vocalist Karina Colis teams up with lyrical Colombian pianist and composer Carolina Calvache at the small room at the Rockwood

5 PM up-and-coming pianist Brian Le plays music by Rachmaninoff, Beethoven, Schumann, Bartok, Chopin, Ravel and Prokofiev at the DiMenna Center, $5

6 PM badass resonator guitarist and delta blues/oldtime hillbilly music maven Mamie Minch followed at 8 by sultry retro Franco-American torch jazz/chamber pop/ukulele swing band les Chauds Lapins at Barbes

6 PM the Bogmen’s Vic Thrill at Pete’s. He’s also here on the 24th

6:30 PM the Third Annual Bob Stewart Tuba Competition – featuring Jose Davila, Clark Gayton and Steffen Granly  – followed by performances by the man himself, PUBLIQuartet and more at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, $15

7 PM hard-rocking psychedelic cumbia/surf dance band Consumata, anthemic Celtic-flavored punk rockers the Crypt Keeper 5 and popular 90s ska band Inspecter 7 at Grand Victory, $15

7 PM Chicago-style blues guitar monster Bobby Radcliff at Terra Blues.

7 PM pianist Nathanial LaNasa plays works by Debussy, Beethoven, Franck and Schoenberg at Third Street Music School Settlement, free

7:30 PM Ensemble Pi play the world premiere of Eleanor Cory’s Rikers Island, inspired by texts written by women inmates and compiled in the new anthology, These Are Hard Times for Dreamers; Frederic Rzewski’s iconic minimalist epic Attica, in memory of the 1971 upstate New York prison riot; and Olivier Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time, at the Sheen Center, 18 Bleecker St., $20 .

7:30 PM diverse, purist up-and-coming jazz chanteuse Brianna Thomas and her combo at Ginny’s Supper Club, $15 standing room avail.

8 PM day two of the John Zorn festival at National Sawdust has Zorn reprising his legendary Met Museum improvisation a couple of years ago with Wadada Leo Smith (trumpet) and Milford Graves (drums). The 10 PM set has Cobra featuring Mark Feldman (violin), Okkyung Lee (cello), Jeffrey Zeigler (cello), Ikue Mori (electronics), Sylvie Courvoisier (piano), Brian Marsella (keyboards), Eyal Maoz (guitar), Marc Ribot (guitar), Trevor Dunn (bass), Cyro Baptista (percussion), Ches Smith (drums/vibes), Kenny Wollesen (drums/vibes) and Zorn himself as “prompter,” $25

8ish Red Metal: Patrick Breiner, tenor sax – Chris Hoffman, cello – Emilie Lesbros, Anaïs Maviel – voice, Sana Nagano – violin at New Revolution Art, 7 Stanhope Street, Bushwick, J to Kosciuszko St

9 PM pyrotechnic, theatrical art-rock/blues/ragtime pianist/songwriter Jack Spann at Sidewalk

9 PM hypnotic cello-and-marimba duo Goli play the album release show for their new one at Caffe Vivaldi

10 PM wryly swirly newschool psychedeliic garage rockers Gringo Star at the Cameo Gallery, $10

SUNDAY OCTOBER 11

4 PM East of the River Ensemble play their original recorder-driven arrangements of Balkan, Middle Eastern and Armenian tunes at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.

4 PM pianist Emir Gamsizoglu plays works by Chopin, Mozart, Tschakovsky, Liszt, Scarlatti and de Falla plus his own intense, neoromantic Variations d’Heybeli at Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow St., $20

6 PM dark low-register reedman Ben Goldberg with ensemble TBA followed by Josh Sinton playing solo baritone sax at Downtown Music Gallery, free

7 PM composer/clarinetist Mike McGinnis’ pastoral jazz group followed at 9 by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel.

8 PM recorder player Terri Hron and composer Paula Matthusen spar and combine atmospheric textures, followed by a rare NYC appearance by keyboardist/composer Yoni Niv balanced on the high end with sax by Dan Blake and on the low by Josh Sinton at the Firehouse Space, $10

8 PM guitarist Chris Welcome leads a quartet (Shayna Dulberger, Mike Pride, Jonathan Moritz) followed by Air Ceremony (Dustin Carlson​, Mike Baggetta, Nathaniel Morgan, Danny Gouker, Kate Gentile) at Jack, $12

9 PM Algiers – who mash up creepy, explosively cinematic postpunk with noir soul and a fearless, confrontational anti-surveillance state political stance- at Rough Trade, $15

9ish psychedleic cumbia/reggaeton bandledaer and lyricist Ana Tijoux at Webster Hall, $20

10:30 PM sweeping, swinging, ambitous vibraphone jazz with the Behn Gillece Quartet feat. Nate Radley – guitar , Paul Gill – bass , Jason Tiemann – drums at Smalls

11 PM dark, smart, edgy post-Velvet rock songwriter and former Band of Susans guitarist Anne Husick and band at Otto’s

midnight, edgy Russian art-rock/indie classical keyboardist/songwriter Olga Bell plays the album release show for her new one Incitation with violinists Mari Kimura and Jon Rose at National Sawdust, $25

MONDAY OCTOBER 12

6 PM Haitian brass band DjaRARA on the terrace at 1 Penn Plaza, 34th St. close to 8th Ave., free

6 PM some fascinatingly textured improvisations with Miya Masaoka, koto; Nate Wooley, trumpet; Theresa Wong, cello, voice at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 minimum.

7 PM intense, darkly politically-fueled Tunisian-born art-rock chanteuse Emel Mathlouthi at National Sawdust, $25

7:30 PM edgy, fun, original Bay Area Romany guitar jazz trio Gaucho at Joe’s Pub, $20

7:30 PM pianist Judit Gabos plays an all-Bartok program at the Hungarian Consulate, 223 E 52n d St., free, rsvp reqd

8 PM an awesome acoustic guitar twinbill: wryly virtuosic Americana/jazz songwriter Robbie Fulks followed by the thinking person’s Tom Petty, Chuck Prophet at City Winery, $20 standing room avail.

8 PM fun, edgy, eclectic bluegrass/newgrass band the Steep Canyon Rangers – Steve Martin’s backing unit – at Bowery Ballroom, $20

8/10:30 PM moody but kinetic third-stream pianist Romain Collin with bassist Luques Curtis and drummer Nate Wood at the Blue Note

8 PM new electroacoustic works by Neil Rolnick performed by the composer with Ashley Bathgate, cello; Ted Nash, alto saxophone; and Kathleen Supové, piano. at Roulette, $20

8:30 PM balmy, sardonically individualistic vocal jazz stylist Dorian Devins and her trio with Lou Rainone on piano and Tom Hubbard on bass at the Bar Next Door, $12

TUESDAY OCTOBER 13

Be advised that this year’s Colossal Music Joke a.k.a. CMJ starts right about now. If there’s any week to stay out of the clubs, this is it. There are, however, some gems hidden amidst the garbage, just remember that set times are very fluid and can’t be trusted: a trip far from home to see somebody you love might turn out to be disappointing. It’s a good week for brass bands, though, with Honk Festival in progress.

half past noon acclaimed Belgian organist Ignace Michiels:performs a program tba at Central Synagogue, 54th and Lexington Ave., free

5 PM atmospherically towering marching band jazz with the Himalayas feat. Kenny Wollesen on drums and gongs on the High Line, enter at 34th St. btw 11/12 Aves and follow the sound

5:50 PM (wtf?) a brief set by the Clean’s Hamish Kilgour at Pete’s

7 PM droll, amazingly eclectic jazz/ragtime/stoner folk quartet the Four Bags followed at 9 by ten-piece funky Balkan brass/Ellington jazz monsters Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

7 PM a rare US appearance by Moroccan trance-folk ensemble Dar Gnawa of Tanger in collaboration with Abdellah El Gourd and jazz piano legend Randy Weston at the New School’s Tishman Auditorium, University Center 63 Fifth Avenue, Room U100, free, get there early

10/13-14, 7:30/9:30 PM deviously edgy, eclectic, paradigm-shifting B3 jazz organist Brian Charette leads his trio at the Jazz Standard, $25

8 PM intense contralto singer and punk-inspired noir cabaret songwriter Deby Medrez Pier at the Way Stattion 

8 PM a true Americana original: glampunk/ghoulabilly guitarist Tav Falco’s Panther Burns with Mike Watt on bass at Grand Victory, $15

10/13-18, 8/10 PM intense improvisational bassist James Ilgenfritz plays with a pretty scary series of ensembles at the Stone, $15. Choice pick: 10/14, 8 PM his dystopic “cut-up opera,” based on William Burrough’s The Ticket That Exploded, with a massive 18-person cast

8 PM the Philadelphia Orchestra play works by Grieg and Bartok plus Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5 at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, $21 tix avail.

8 PM inventive Austalian art-rock/jazz pianist (and Greta Gertler collaborator) Barney McAll in a rare duo show with Matt Clohesy on bass at Mezzrow, $20

8 PM brilliant indie classical pianist Sarah Cahill plays Terry Riley works at Roulette, $20/$15 stud/srs

11 PM Parlor Walls – Eula guitarslinger Elyse Lamb’s snarling, catchy, noiserock/postpunk collaboration with organist/drummer Chris Mulligan – at Muchmore’s. 10/14 at 8 they’re at Tender Trap (66 Greenpoint Ave/Greenpoint), then at 10 on 10/15 at Our Wicked Lady (153 Morgan Ave /Bushwick), then on 10/30 at 9:30 they’re at Aviv

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 14

3:45 PM Palehound a.k.a. guitarist Ellen Kempner plays her catchy, biting retro 80s-inflected but not blatantly imitative postpunk at Cake Shop. 10/15 she’s at Union Pool at 7:30; on 10/16, at Palisades at 10:45 and on 10/16 at Baby’s All Right at 2 PM.

6 PM massive carnivalesque horn-driven street band Environmental Encroachment at 1 Penn Plaza, 34th St. close to 8th Ave., free

6 PM charming all-female newgrass/southern pop harmony trio the Wild Reeds ollowed eventually at 1 AM (wee hours of 10/15) by singer/guitatarist Mia Wilson’s haunting, blues-infused, angst-ridden, psychedelic project with brilliant lead guitarist Quincy Ledbetter, the Bright Smoke at the small rooom at the Rockwood

6 PM the Sphinx Virtuosi with the Catalyst Quartet and composer Gabriela Lena Frank at the piano perform works by Frank, Jennifer Higdon, Jessie Montgomery, Rachel Barton Pine, Daniel Bernard Roumain at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $25

6:30 PM the NYC debut of Puglia, Italy’s Kalascima playing their intoxicating, original “psychedelic trance tarantella” at Dron, $15 adv tix rec

7 PM mesmerizing, hypnotic indie classical/jazz sax ensemble Battle Trance at Bric Arts, free

7:30 PM a free screening of the documentary film Sister Rosetta Tharpe: Godmother of Rock ‘n’ Roll at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.

7:30 PM tenor saxophonist Noah Preminger and his new band – with trumpeter Jason Palmer, bassist Kim Cass and drummer Ian Froman – perform half-hour, hard-swinging visions of Bukka White’s “Parchman Farm Blues” and “Fixin’ to Die Blues,” with “the sound channeling the Mississippi Delta via Ornette Coleman’s Free Jazz” at Smalls

8 PM haunting, eclectic art-rock/psychedelic songwriter Ember Schrag and the similarly soaring Lianne Smith at Branded Saloon

8 PM in reverse order: Balkan brass, latin soul, second-line marches and French anarchy: Frank London, Spanglish Fly, New Creations Brass Band and Les Vilains Chicot at Littlefield, $12

8 PM luminous indie classical singer/composer Gelsey Bell‘s Prisoner Songs – a harrowing collaboration with visual artist Erik Ruin about life behind bars – with shadow puppetry, at Roulettte, $20/$15 stud/srs

8 PM singer/pianist/accordionist Gina Leishman‘s Mr. Wau-Wau with Rinde Eckert, vox, accordion, pump organ; Doug Wieselman, clarinet, sax, guitar Marcus Rojas, tuba and Kenny Wollesen, drums. plays Berthold Brecht at Barbes, $10 cover

8 PM a throwback to Glenn Branca in the 80s: 121 guitar students , faculty members, and friends from the Third Street Music School Settlement perform the world premiere of 121 Guitars & More by David Lang at the World Financial Center, free

8:30 PM edginess in an intimate space: the Out Louds with Mary Halvorson – guitar; Ben Goldberg – Clarinets; Tomas Fujiwara – Drums at Seeds, $10

9 PM smartly pensive, minimalistically-inclined, lyrical acoustic singer Amy Bezunartea followed by brilliantly brooding guitarslinger Jennifer O’Connor and then the creepy, psychedelic Tim Foljahn at Union Pool, $tba

9 PM one of the most original, smartly eclectic songwriters in swinging, noir-tinged, occasionally psychedelic music, Daphne Lee Martin at the Way Station 

9ish purist, straightforward, warmly tuneful front-porch folk songwriter Joanna Sternberg at Bar Lunatico. 10/15, 8 PM she’s at Barbes

9ish kinetic Icelandic female-fronted postpunk/janglerockers Mammut at Black Bear Bar, 70 N Sixth St. in Wililamsburg, free

9 PM irreverent oldschool Williamsburg vocal jazz crew the Old Rugged Sauce at Freddy’s

THURSDAY OCTOBER 15

6:30 PM one of the most interestingly lyrical, eclectic young jazz guitarists around, Dave Juarez with Marty Isenberg on bass and Rodrigo Recabarren on drums at the Bar Next Door, free

6:30 PM French pianist Lise de la Salle and American violist Kyle Armbrust play works by Bach, Prokofiev, Brahms, and Kodály at the French Consulate, 934 5th Ave., $30, all proceeds to benefit the French-American Piano Society

7 PM hypnotic, psychedelically funky hammered dulcimer instrumentals with House of Waters at Club Bonafide, 2112 E 52 nd St., $20

7 PM the Music from Copland House Ensemble plays music by emerging composers Viet Cuong, Reena Esmail, Michael Gilbertson, Gity Razaz, Steven Snowden and Dan Visconti at the Greene Space, $20 includes a drink

7:30 PM smart, diverse art-rock pianist/songwriter Erika Lloyd – sort of the Manhattan counterpart to Greta Gertler – at Pete’s

7:30 PM pianist/composer Anjelika Akbar plays her homage to Russian painter Ivan Aivazofsky and his portrayal of Istanbul at Drom, $20 gen adm.

10/15-18, 7:30/9:30 PM tenor saxophonist Donald Harrison leads his quintet at the Jazz Standard, $30

8 PM probably in reverse order: a subset of mighty all-female Brazilian drum troupe BatalaNYC, massive carnivalesque horn-driven street band Environmental Encroachment , French punk brass unit Les Vilains Chicot, New Orleans second-liners New Creations Brass Band and NYC’s most epic, intense, battle-ready original Balkan brass group, Raya Brass Band at WFMU Monty Hall, 43 Montgomery St (Greene/Washington), Jersey City $10, Path train to Exchange Place

tasty fresh-fermented Vermont ciders 8-11 PM, the Bram Kincheloe Quartet (a Sister Sparrow family thing) at 9, free (the band that is) at Jimmy’s No. 43 at 43 E 7th St.

8 PM the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra play works by Mendelssohn, Rihm and Schumann at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, $15 tix avail.

8 PM the Ullmann Project performs rarely heard vocal music of cult favorite, individualistic early third-stream composer (and Holocaust victim) Viktor Ullmann at Merkin Concert Hall, $30

8 PM lively improvisation with pianist Simone Weissenfels with Sayun Chang: percussion, On Ka’a Davis: guitar/eectric violin,; Ben Stapp: tuba at the Firehouse Space, $10

8 PM electric guitar quartet Dither plus special guest guitarist Mark Stewart from the Bang on a Can All-Stars for a performance of Steve Reich’s Electric Counterpoint at the World Financial Center, free

9 PM the Strung Out String Band play hi-energy oldtime Appalachian tunes at Bar Chord

 9:30 PM the Microscopic Septet‘s Joel Forrester and Dave Hofstra play a stripped-down piano/bass show at Mezzrow, $20

10 PM fun, quirky, skronkily kinetic female-fronted  post-new wave band the Walking Shapes at Grand Victory, $10

10 PM popular dark Americana duo the Tall Pines in the back room at Jimmy’s No. 43, 43 E Seventh St. (Bowery/Second Ave)

11 PM North by North – who veer between catchy gutter blues, boogie rock and new wave and somehow make it all work – at the Shop in Bushwick

FRIDAY OCTOBER 16

noon, a very rare daylight show by NYC’s most haunting, inscrutable, lyrically brilliant noir band Karla Rose & the Thorns at the big room at the Rockwood

noon the Sleepy Hahas – whose take on 60s psychedelia and garage rock has a welcome, hard-hitting terseness – at Bowery Electric, free

1 PM ish darkly watery dreampop band Lazyeyes at the Delancey, downstairs. They play a second set upstairs toward the end of one of those ridiculous CMJ bills, free w/rsvp

7 PM the Brooklyn New Music Collective play premieres from Kallembach, Roven, and Stubblefield, plus songs from Matheson and Gerbe at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, $20/$10 stud/srs

7:30/9:30 PM edgy, Balkan-inspired alto saxophonist Roman Filiu leads a quintet with Jonathan Finlayson on trumpet at the Jazz Gallery, $22

8 PM probably in reverse order: increasingly funky, awesome low-register original vintage-style Cuban groove band Gato Loco , the intense parade-ready Drumadics, the more eclectic but also more punk Hungry March Band, massive carnivalesque horn-driven street band Environmental Encroachment , French punk brass unit Les Vilains Chicot, mighty all-female Brazilian drum troupe BatalaNYC,and more at Gowanus Ballroom, 37 9th Street, Brooklyn, $20, F to Smith/9th St., just take 9th a couple of blocks across the canal

8:30 PM the original cello rockers, Rasputina, as fearless and funny and relevant as ever, playing the album release show for their new one at Highline Ballroom, $17.50 adv tix rec

9 PM a wild night of hot swing jazz: Nick Russo + 11 followed at 10 by their alter ego Banjo Nickaru & His Western Scooches and then at 11 the Hott Jazz Jumpers doing their album/dvd pre-release party? at the Jalopy, $10

9 PM hard-hitting funk/Afrobeat band Shelley Nicole’s Blakbushe at at C’Mon Everybody

9/10:30 PM tersely tuneful, popular jazz guitarist Lage Lund leads a quartet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 minimum.

9:30ish if you’re out in Bushwick and you feel like seeing a free show, you could do worse than gutter blues/garage rockers Acid Dad at the Wick. Darkly watery dreampop band Lazyeyes play after at around 1:30 in the wee hours of 10/17.

10 PM ferociously tuneful brass-and-guitar-fueled southwestern gothic rockers the Downward Dogs followed by psychedelic art-rock bandleader Lorraine Leckie at Sidewalk

10 PM fiery, hard-grooving Balkan band Tipsy Oxcart at Silvana

10 PM New Orleans shuffles and funky second line beats with New Creations Brass Band at Shrine

1:30 AM (actually wee hours of 10/17) a wild, deep-Brooklyn style postbop night with tenor sax powerhouse Eric Wyatt , Benito Gonzalez – piano , Essiet Essiet – bass , Kyle Poole – drums at Smalls

SATURDAY OCTOBER 17

noon, free, otheworldly all-female Balkan choral trio Black Sea Hotel and the Kronos Quartet premiere brilliant, haunting singer/composer/multi-instrumentalist Sarah Small‘s new seven-part suite. Plus other composer-performers “too amazingly prolific and talented” to announce yet, at St. Ann’s Warehouse, early arrival a must. The program repeats at 8 PM; $26 tix available.

2 PM Eugene Marlow’s Heritage Ensemble play their distinctive mashup of latin jazz, classical and klezmer at Brooklyn Heights Branch of the Brooklyn Public Librarym 280 Cadman Plaza West (@ Tillary St) in Brooklyn Heights, free, A/C to High St., free

2:30 PM the Human Jukebox Brass Band, Seriously Noisy Marching Band, French punk brass unit Les Vilains Chicot,, Kings County Pipes and Drums, New Orleans’ New Creations Brass Band, mighty all-female Brazilian drum troupe BatalaNYC, and massive carnivalesque horn-driven street band Environmental Encroachment , plus a 4 PM performance of “Hello Folly” by Pat Oleszko with music by Ken Field: a twenty person theater troupe, a “ burlesque costumed romp on the mad idea of not drilling in the Arctic” at the community garden at Ave. C and 9th St.  

5:45 PM lyrically-fueled electric folk noir band Leland Sundries at Leftfield

7 PM the Nat Osborn Band – whose wry, cleverly lyrical New Orleans sounds come across somewhere in between Dr. John and Brother Joscephus – followed eventually at 11 by bouncy Afrobeat orchestra Emefe – who’re going in a harder funk direction lately -at the big room at the Rockwood

7 PM undulating ecstatic Pakistani grooves with Riyaaz Qawwali at Flushing Town Hall, $16

7:30 PM massive, paradigm-shifting indie classical choir Roomful of Teeth perform works by Ted Hearne, Anna Clyne, Missy Mazzoli, William Brittell, Eric Dudley and Caleb Burhans at Natoinal Sawdust, $25. The 10 PM show (separate $25 admission) features the world premiere of Memory Palace, with Christopher Cerrone‘s music performed by percussionist Jonny Allen, and film by Francesco Simeti; Listen, Quiet, with Paola Prestini’s music performed by cellist Jeffrey Zeigler, percussionist David Cossin, and film projections by S. Katy Tucker; and the world premiere of a new collaboration by the amazingly multistylistic, haunting pianist/sound sculptor Bora Yoon and multimedia artist Joshue Ott. Then at midnight (separate $15 admission) there’s another show with the JG Ballard-inspired Low City and the strangely, intriguingly kinetic Hessismore

7:30 PM indie classical chamber group Cadillac Moon Ensemble play premiere pieces by composers Jeff Nichols, Julie Harting, Chi-hin Leung, and Inés Thiebaut whose compositions were inspired by graphs showing income inequality. The graphs will be projected during the performances, with commentayr and conversation with Chad Kautzer, author of Radical Philosophy. Sugg. don “half your hourly wage,” no one turned away, at the Tenri Institute, 43 W 13th St.

8 PM French punk brass unit Les Vilains Chicot, New Orleans’ New Creations Brass Band,, Luminescent Orchestrii mastermind Sxip Shirey & His Jank Band, eclectic, Balkan/latin/funk brass group the Underground Horns and Brazilian percussionist Marcus Santos, location TBA (probably Gowanus Ballroom), watch this space, $20

10/17-18, 8 PM legendary first-wave UK punk-reggae band the Subhumans at the Acheron, $15

8 PM Andalucian and Persian-tinged flamenco sounds with guitar virtuoso Arturo Martínez and the Espiritu Gitano Ensemble at Alwan for the Arts, $20

8 PM atmospheric, cinematic, minimalist female-fronted art-rock band Letters to Nepal at Matchless

8 PM could be a really smoldering night of noisy improvisation with saxophonist Bonnie Kane’s Fire Maidens from Outer Space with Dave Miller: drums, Reuben Radding: bass, Anais Maviel – vocals/ percussionat the Firehouse Space, $10

9 PM the Delorean Sisters – who specialize in funny oldtimey acoustic covers of cheesy 80s radio pop – electric, lyrically-fueled folk noir band Leland Sundries and and 90s-style alt-country act Butchers Blind at Hank’s

9 PM Italian percussion sorceress Alessandra Belloni‘s trancey, witchy tarantella rock band at Mehanata, $10

9 PM Rocky & the Pressers – sort of a second-generation Slackers, blending roots reggae with a healthy dose of oldschool soul and some cool, wry original tunes – followed eventually at midnight by charming Italian 50s swing harmony trio Ladyvette at the Way Station

9ish another of this week’s wild brass band extravaganzas, artists probably in reverse order: Luminescent Orchestrii mastermind Sxip Shirey & His Jank Band,, a subset of mighty all-female Brazilian drum troupe BatalaNYC, eclectic, Balkan/latin/funk brass group the Underground Horns ,the intense parade-ready Drumadics, massive carnivalesque horn-driven street band Environmental Encroachment at the Wick, $20

10 PM Sweet Tits, “the punk raw lesbo Spinal Tap” – you heard it here first – at Freddy’s

SUNDAY OCTOBER 18

11:30 AM ish NYC’s most eclectic klezmer/latin/cumbia band, Metropolitan Klezmer for klezmer brunch at City Winery, $10, kids free, no minimum.

1 PM free tacos on the roof at the Delancey, not a music event but if you’re in the hood and hungry…

2 PM savagely lyrical, enigmatic great plains gothic chanteuse Ember Schrag and her similarly brilliant lead guitarist Bob Bannister at Union Pool, free

3 PM organist Renee Anne Louprette plays works by Jeanne Demessieux, Marin Marais (her own transcription), a Pamela Decker world premiere plus pieces by Ibert, Ad Wammes and a heroic finale with Franck’s Piece Heroique at the church of St. Ignatius Loyola on the upper west, $20

3 PM pianist Alessio Bax plays Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition with live drawing by Doug Fitch at National Sawdust, $25

3 PM a six-hour marathon of music by composers under 40 including Caroline Shaw, Jason Treuting and many, many others performed by the Jack Quartet, So Percussion, Duo Cortona and more at Merkin Concert Hall, $15

4 PM early music group Musica Temprana make their US debut with a fascinating, rare performance of “Bailes, Tonadas & Cachuas, Songs and Dances from 18th Century Trujillo, Peru” at Corpus Christi Church, 529 W 121st St, $10 seats avail.

4 PM a fascinating, diverse cross-pollinating chamber concert with music of 14 Japanese and American composers including David Del Tredici, Fernando Otero and Ippo Tsuboi and played by clarinetist Thomas Piercy with Chatori Shimizu, koto player Jun Ando, pianist Taka Kigawa and pianist Judith Olson at the Tenri Instittue, 43 E 13th St., $25/$15 stud.srs, reception to follow

4 PM pianist Joel Fan plays Wang Jianzhong’s Five Yunnan Folksongs, Alberto Ginastera’s Piano Sonata No. 1, Op. 22 and Liszt’s Piano Sonata in B Minor at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.

4 PM the Double Entendre Music Ensemble – devoted to music on double-reeded instruments – play a program TBA at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, $tba

4:30 PM the intense, minor-key, Middle Eastern tinged Eyal Vilner Big Band at Smalls

5 PM an eclectic triplebill: Afro-Peruvian jazz pianist/chanteuse Chi-Chi Glass and band at 5, Villa Delirium – who shift from hypnotic, slowcore Americana to creepy circus rock – at 7 and psychedelic rock/Romany jazz guitarist Stephane Wrembel at 9 at Barbes

5 PM the NY Scandia Symphony Chamber Orchestra play a Frank Foerster world premiere plus Scandinavian works by Johan Helmich Roman, Carl Nielsen and Niels Gade at Our Saviour’s-Atonement, 178 Bennett Ave (one block west of Broadway at 189th St, free

6 PM sensational accordionist Ismail Butera‘s Velvet Jubillee play their “cajuny, bluesy, bar hoppin’ music” at Silvana

8 PM sardonically hellraising multistylistic string band the Appleseed Collective – heirs to the throne of the Asylum Street Spankers – at the Jalopy

10 PM brilliantly lyrical dark oldtimey songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Pete Lanctot and band at Littlefield, $12

MONDAY OCTOBER 19

7:30 PM art-rock bandleader Lorraine Leckie and witheringly funny social critic Anthony Haden-Guest reprise their haunting, devilishly lyrical, sardonic chamber pop album Rudely Interrupted at Pangea

7:30 PM the Parker Quartet play works by Szymanowski, Tchaikovsky and Tan Dun at Music Mondays, Advent/ Broadway Church, 2504 Broadway at 93rd St., free.

7:30 PM the American String Quartet with Anton Nel, piano play works by Mozart, Bartok and Dohnanyi at Borden Auditorium at Manhattan School of Music, free

8 PM creepy noir chamber pop/murder ballad duo Charming Disaster – Jeff Morris of Kotorino and Ellia Bisker from Sweet Soubrette – host a night of murder ballads feat. inscrutable cellist/art-rocker Serena Jost and others including but not limited to Jessi Robertson, Bobtown, Andrew Vladeck (Fireships), Pearl Rhein, Karen Poliski, Erica Di Loreto, and Orphan Jane at Branded Saloon

8 PM Evgeny Genchev, piano plays works by Beethoven, Scriabin, Chopin and Liszt at the Bulgarian Consulate, 121 E 62nd St., free

 9 PM charming all-female newgrass/southern pop harmony trio the Wild Reeds at Union Hall, $8

9 PM NYC jazz legend and twin-reedman George Braith leads a quintet at the Fat Cat

tersely poignant acoustic tunesmith Amy Bezunartea at the Mercury

TUESDAY OCTOBER 20

half past noon Claudia Dumschat, organ: plays Jean Langlais’ Suite Medievale at the charming little Church of the Transfiguration, 1 E 29th St, $5 sugg don

2 PM ahotshot  klezmer duo – violinist Jake Shulman-Ment accompanied by Pete Rushefsky on tsimbl (hammered dulcimer) Poe Park Visitor Center, 2640 Grand Concourse in the Bronx

7 PM perennially clever, entertaining Monk-influenced pianist Joel Forrester followed at 9 by clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

7/11 PM the 24-piece Wild Up Ensemble with special guests Archie Carey, electric bassoon; Brian Walsh, baritone saxophone; Richard Valitutto, piano play new works by innumerable indie classical and jazz composers (and a cover of Fear’s New York’s All Right If You Like Saxophones to open the show) at Roulette, $20/$15 stud/srs, cover charge includes admission to both early and late sets.

8 PM “Lea Bertucci explores the sonic qualities of a decrepit alto sax uncovered from Bradley Eros’ basement, with a live collage of 35mm slide and 16mm film projections by Eros. Anthony Saunders, of seminal harsh noise group Bastard Noise, performs with Bertucci on bass clarinet, celebrating the duo’s first cassette” at the Walker Space, 55 Walker St. in Chinatown, $15

10/20-25, 8/10 PM trumpeter Nate Wooley plays with a series of ensembles at the Stone. Choice pick: 10/21 at 8, the premiere of his  Psalms from Hell Cycle with Megan Schubert (soprano) Christopher Hoffman, Mariel Roberts, Shanda Wooley, Eleanor Norton (cellos)

10/20-25, 8:30/10:30 PM lyrical jazz piano icon Fred Hersch leads his trio at the Vanguard, $25

8:30 PM plaintive Portuguese fado star Sofia Ribeiro with Juan Andrés Ospina, piano; Petros Klampanis, bass; Marcelo Woloski, percussion at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 minimum

9 PM Czech jazz guitarslinger Martina Fiserova at the Way Station

9:30 PM edgy, funky, fearlessly populist female-fronted latin rock/art-rock band the Dysorderlies at Drom, $5 adv tix rec!

9:30 PM saxophone powerhouse Lucas Pino‘s two-guitar No No Nonet at Smalls.

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 21

starting at 3ish Mexico’s massive, sweeping, purist Mariachi Real at the street fair at Brook Ave. @ 163rd St. in the Bronx

6 PM koto/shamisen player and singer Yoko Reikano Kimura and cellist Hikaru Tamaki at the Rubin Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

7 PM Fulaso (charismatic singer Erica Ramos’ new funky latin soul band – get it?) play the birthday party for the East Village’s valuable Neighborhood Preservation Center at Webster Hall

7:30 PM tuneful third-stream jazz pianist Julian Shore leads a quintet with Noah Preminger – tenor sax , Nir Felder – guitar , Aidan Carroll – bass , Colin Stranahan – drums at Smalls

7:30 PM Hajnal Pivnick plays solo violin and viola works by Elaine Barkin, Mei-Fang Lin, Taylor Brook, Nina C. Young, Arthur Kreiger and Carl Bettendorf at Dixon Place, free

8 PM the Klez Dispensers’ Alex Kontorovich & the German Goldenshteyn Memorial Band, with Jake Shulman-Ment, Mike Cohen, Patrick Farrell, Brian Glassman, and Yiddish dance leading by Avia Moore at Mehanata, $10 + 1 drink min

8:30 PM Steve Curtis from Hem and Ray Rizzo’s new band Three Ring Bender (in which Ray plays guitar) joined by special guest Sohrab Habibion from dark indie legends Obits at Threes Brewing, 333 Douglas @ 4th Ave in Gowanus, free

8:30 PM cinematic violinist/composer Dana Lyn‘s oceanically-themed psychedelic/jazz instrumental unit Mother Octopus at Seeds, $10

10 PM pianist Clarice Assad’s tropical jazz/indie classical nonet followed by the Eco-Music Big Band with special guest accordionist Melissa Ellledge playing jazz compositions by conductor Marie Incontrera plus numbers by Zach O’Farrill, Livio Almeida, Felix Del Tredici at Drom, $15

THURSDAY OCTOBER 22

1 PM the Jeremy Kittel Band bridge the gap between bluegrass, Celtic music, newgrass and indie classical violin music at Trinity Church, free

8 PM Pierre de Gaillande’s Bad Reputation plays witty chamber pop English translations of Georges Brassens classics followed at 10 by the Moroccan folk-funk of Innove Gnawa at Barbes

8 PM Alarm Willl Sound plays new music by Texu Kim, Charlie Piper, Jeremy Podgursky, Kate Soper and John Orfe at Merkin Concert Hall, $25

10/22, 8:30 PM the jangly, bristling psychedelically-tinged Ape Man, at 9:15 PM the Stammer – who reach back toward a driving postpunk vibe whent they’re not aping New Order – and then rainswept 80s dreampop/postpunk band 2 Frail at Matchless

9 PM the Sun Ra Arkestra directed by the ageless Marshall Allen and his ewi horn at Brooklyn Bowl, $15

9:30 PM Dan Finnerty’s hilarious, viciously sarcastic top 40 cover band the Dan Band at Joe’s Pub, $22

10 PM tuneful, first-rate original postbop jazz sextet the Flail at the Fat Cat. If you don’t want the poolhall background noise, they’re at Smalls 10/30-31 at 10:30 PM for $20

FRIDAY OCTOBER 23

5 PM pianist Jose Garcia-Leon plays music by Earl Wild, Poulenc, Debussy, Albeniz, Gershwin and Carlos Surinach at the DiMenna Center, $5

5:30 PM minimalist piano-based gothic art-rock act Bright Brown, elegant and hauntingly intense Americana/chamberpop chanteuse Liz Tormes and the increasingly darker, more Americana-oriented, lyrically brilliant Linda Draper at the American Folk Art Museum, free

10/23-24, 8 PM the Chelsea Symphony play a world premiere by Aaron Dai plus Gerard Schwarz: A Journey; Artie Shaw: Concerto for Clarinet with Angela Shankar – clarinet and George Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue at the DiMenna Center, $20

10/23-24, 8 PM the world premiere of Beth Morrison Projects‘ Persona – based on the Bergman film, a “complex depiction of human frailty, cruelty and identity” with music by Keeril Makan directed by Evan Ziporyn, at National Sawdust, $25. On 10/23 at 10 there’s also a performance of Makan works by the Aeolus Quartet, $25

8 PM Regional de NY with “Brazil’s oldest popular music with deep groove and a love for improvisation, feat. Hadar Noiberg – flute; Vitor Gonçalves – accordion; Kahil Nayton – cavquinho; Cesar Garabini – 7 string guitar and Ranjan Ramchandani – pandeiro. followed by brass band Chia’s Dance Party with Ben Stapp – tuba; Alex Terrier – soprano saxophone; Justin Wood – alto sax and flute; Rafi Malkiel – Bombardino and Martín Vejarano – drums & compositions.,” reinventing classic and rare tunes at Barbes

8:30 PM catchy psychedelic pop band Summer Fiction – who blend Big Star jangle and balmy Zombies tunefulness – at Union Hall, $10. Popular indie jangle guy Chris Mills plays after.

9 PM pianist Misha Piatigorsky and eleven-piece string ensemble the Sketchy Orchestra play their dark, quirky, Balkan-tinged, individualistically lush sounds at Zinc Bar, $20

9:30 PM two generations of dark Americana: X’s John Doe and brilliantly jangly Canadian gothic rockers the Sadies at Hill Country Brooklyn, $5

9/10:30 PM bassist Petros Klampanis plays his edgy Middle Eastern-tinged originals and jazzed-up Mediterranean tunes from years past with a stellar quintet: Gilad Hekselman, guitar; John Hadfield, percussion; Keita Ogawa, percussion at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 minimum

9:30 PM a rare duo show between two longtime, lyrical collaborators: bassist Todd Coolman with pianist Bill Mays at Mezzrow, $20

SATURDAY OCTOBER 24

5 PM up-and-coming pianist Lisa Yui plays music by Franck, Weber, Debussy and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition at the DiMenna Center, $5 .

6 PM a screening of the zombie classic Night of the Living Dead with live soundtrack by latin jazz percussion genius Bobby Sanabria and his band at BMHC Lab, 1303 Louis Niné Blvd. in the Bronx, free

7 PM pianist Jessica Xylina Osborne plays works by Chopin, Haydn, Liszt and Scriabin at Third Street Music School Settlement, free

7:30 PM the London Symphony Orchestra with Yefim Brontman at the piano play Bartók: Suite from The Miraculous Mandarin and Piano Concerto No. 3 plus Stravinsky: The Firebird at NJPAC in Newark, a short ten-minute walk from the Path train, $25 tix avail.

8 PM luminous, ethereal jazz composer/singer Sara Serpa & City Fragments – her cutting-edge vocal harmony/guitar-driven septet – at the Cell Theatre

8 PM the Karl Berger Improvising Orchestra – who are pretty much unsurpassed at creating dark, surrealistically swinging big band jazz by the seat of their collective pants – at the Firehouse Space, $10

8 PM, repeating 10/25, 3 PM the Park Ave. Chamber Symphony play Rimsky-Korsakov’s Schéhérazade with violinist Bela Horvath, Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances, and Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor with piano soloist Jeffrey Biegel at All Saints Church, 60 th St just weast of First Ave., free

8 PM west African kora virtuoso Foday Musa Suso – a one-man orchestra of circular rhythmic riffage and intricate ornamentation – with his group at Roulette, $30/$26 stud/srs

8ish 90s-style alt-country act Butchers Blind play the album release show for their new one at Hifi Bar

9/10:30 PM Loren Stillman, alto sax; Nate Radley, guitar; Gary Versace, organ and piano make a tuneful trio at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 minimum

10 PM the mysteriously impossible-to-find Carvels (hiding behind the Tastee Freeze? followed by garage rock guitar maven Palmyra Delran at Hank’s, note $8 cover

10 PM Random Test play oldschool roots reggae at Shrine

SUNDAY OCTOBER 25

4 PM guitar/violin/piano trio Importango play classic and nuevo tango at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.

4 PM pianist Eleonor Bindman plays music by Rachmaninoff, Rimsky-Korsakov and Kreisler at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, $20/$10 stud/srs

4:30 PM the George Gee Swing Orchestra make a return appearance at Smalls with their lush new arrangements of old standards, $20

6 PM twin bass duels with Thomas Helton and William Parker at Downtown Music Gallery

7 PM the Brothers Nazaroff supergroup with Daniel “Danik” Kahn, Psoy “Pasha” Korolenko, Michael “Meyshke” Alpert and Jake “Yankl” Shulman-Ment play the album release show for their debut album, a tribute to obscure/legendary klezmer-punk precursor Nathan “Prince” Nazaroff and his wild cult favorite 1954 lp in the back room at the Ukrainian Village Restaurant, 2 nd ave. btw St. Marks/9 th Sts., $15

7 PM Brooklyn Rider violinist Johnny Gandelsman plays solo Bach partitas and sonatas at National Sawdust, $25

8 PM ex-Railroad Jerk lead guitarist and eclectically tuneful Americana/folk noir/garage rocker Alec Stephen at Silvana

8 PM “two classic Halloween retellings of Poe’s “The Raven” with puppetry and narration by Daniel Patrick Fay and music by Whitney George and “The Tell-Tale Heart”, a 1920’s avant-garde and experimental film with a modern rescoring by Whitney George plus Nick Omiccioli’s chilling “Funeral Symphony” for string quartet and projections, Christopher Cerrone’s “The Nightmare” for chamber ensemble and electronics, the premiere of Pat Muchmore’s aggressive and brutalist “2ⁿ-ion 3 or 2^n-ion 3”, and a theatrical staging of George Crumb’s mysterious and illusive “Madrigals, Book I” at the South Oxford Space, 138 S Oxford St in Ft. Greene, $15

8:30 PM two sets by hellraising alt-country pioneer Zane Campbell at the Jalopy, $10

9 PM percussive postrock pioneer Wharton Tiers and erudite, dark psychedelic guitarist/bandleader Martin Bisi at Bowery Electric, $9

MONDAY OCTOBER 26

8 PM Mad Jenny & the Society Band play their carnivalesque Weimar cabaret at Pangea, $20

9 PM intense dark garage/psychedelic bandleader Holly Golightly & the Brokeoffs at the Knitting Factory, $12 adv tix rec. 10/27, 10:30 PM she’s at the Mercury, same deal

NYC’s most haunting, torchily mysterious, lyrically brilliant noir/psychedelic/janglerock band Karla Rose & the Thorns at Berlin under 2A

TUESDAY OCTOBER 27

drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, solo performances by memnbers of Ensemble Signal; powerhouse violinist Olivia De Prato plays a Clemens Gädenstatter U.S. premiere, and Nicholas Tolle plays two cimbalom works by György Kurtág, plus compositions by Brad Lubman and Oliver Knussen at the Miller Theatre, free

8:30 PM guitarist Cameron Mizell – whose take on Bill Frisell-style pastoral jazz tends toward the atmospheric and cinematic – leading a trio with Brad Whiteley, piano; Kenneth Salters, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 minimum

8:30 PM ambient improvisation with Matthew Aidekman– flower vase and Hans Tammen-synthesizer at Freddy’s

9:30 PM J trumpeter Josh Evans leads 15-piece his big band at Smalls

9:30 PM Albrecht Maurer – violin; Mat Maneri – viola; Lucian Ban – piano explore dark improvisational terrain at I-Beam, $15

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 28

7 PM doo-woop groups the Diplomats and the Super Girls Group sing a homage to the Chantels’ Arlene Smith at the Pregones Theatre, 571-575 Walton Ave. in the Bronx, $5 sugg don

7:30 PM rising star classical pianist Leann Osterkamp plays a program TBA at Greenwich House Music School, free

8 PM high-voltave, eclectic klezmer fiddler Alicia Svigals and the accordion-fueled, Bulgarian-flavored Lauren Brody Ensemble with Brian Glassman, Aaron Alexander at Mehanata, $10 + 1 drink min

8:30 PM luminous, individualistic soprano Kristin Norderval sings portions of Frances White’s newly released chamber opera ‘She Lost Her Voice That’s How We Knew’, for solo soprano with electronic sound, plusshakuhachi player Elizabeth Brown performs material that influenced the new cd; at Spectrum, free, reception to follow. .

9 PM Balkan night at Freddy’s with bands TBA

9ish Uzupusians (the Kenny Wollesen vibes trio) at Bar Lunatico

THURSDAY OCTOBER 29

1 PM indie classical/art-rock band Founders at Trinity Church, free. They’re at the Bitter End the same night at 7 for $10. 

7:30 PM oud virtuoso Kenan Adnawi at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.

7:30 PM darkly acerbic, enveloping keyboard/violin/vocal duo Ulalume & Carlo Nicolau and bouncy Mexican chamber pop band Torreblanca at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival a must

8:15 PM coyly satirical Japanese kitchen-sink klezmer/circusrock/quirkpop sister duo Charan-Po-Rantan (meaning half-assed in Japanese) make their New York debut at the Japan Society at the Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street, between First and Second Ave, $25

10/29-30, 9 PM state-of-the-art jamgrass with the Infamous Stringdusters at Brooklyn Bowl, $15 on Thurs, $20 on Fri

9ish dark, sardonic, brilliantly tuneful jazz pianist Danny Fox and his Trio at Bar Lunatico

10 PM lush, pensive, eclectic noir cabaret/Romany rock/steampunk chamber pop band Kotorino at Barbes

FRIDAY OCTOBER 3O

10/30-31, starting at 5ish adventurous indie classical string quartet Ethel (Ralph Farris, viola; Dorothy Lawson, cello; Kip Jones, violin; and Tema Watstein, violin) play the balcony bar at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, free w/museum adm.

7:30 PM explosive brass-driven circus-rock monstrosity MarchFourth Marching Band at the Cutting Room, $15

7:30 PM adventurous indie classical/art-rock/cinematic ensemble the Portland Cello Project at Littlefield, $15

8 PM Drina Seay – torchy Americana/soul/jazz siren who is to NYC now what Neko Case was to Portland in 1999 followed eventually at 10 by edgy lefty guitarist Damian Quinones and his psychedelic latin soul band at Silvana

8 PM brilliant bassist/singer Felice Rosser’s perennially vital groove band Faith opens for Richard Lloyd at Bowery Electric

8 PM the most powerful, socially aware rapper on the planet, Immortal Technique followed by the most stoned, most reslient rappers on the planet, Cypress Hill playing their annual Halloween show at the Nokia Theatre, $33.50

8 PM perennially adventurous electroacoustic vocalist/composer/performance artist Pamela Z at the Firehouse Space, $10

8:30 PM 90s ska and more recent punk, in reverse order, at the Mercury: the kinda-creepy Mephiskapheles, the bouncier Hub City Stompers, hard-hitting garge punks the 45 Adapters and the completely miscast death-metal Hymen Holocaust, $20 adv tix rec

9 PM a reprise of what was arguably the year’s best twinbill: velvet-voiced guitarist Paula Carino’s transgressively fun first band, Regular Einstein and Elvis Costello-esque underground powerpop heroes Lazy Lions at Rock Shop, $10

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

9:30 PM sultry, torchy, creepy noir soul bandleader/chanteuse Karina Denike at Union Hall, $12.

10 PM La Internacional Sonora Balkanera play their lively Mexican take on fiery Romany and Balkan sounds at Barbes

SATURDAY, HALLOWEEN 2015

5 PM catchy original newgrass string band Cricket Tell the Weather at Pete’s. the Bogmen’s Vic Thrill l plays after at 6; after that, he’s gotta hustle over to Warsaw to open for the murderously noir Karla Rose & the Thorns at around 9.

6 PM ish brilliant, deviously funny trumpeter Pam Fleming‘s Dead Zombie Band play their annual Halloween show outdoors at the street fair on Waverly Avenue, between Willoughby and DeKalb Ave.in Ft. Greene

8 PM edgy female-fronted Romany/Middle-Eastern-tinged groove rockers Paprika plays their annual Halloween shindig at Branded Saloon

8 PM Arabic-tinged, keyboard-driven art-rock/stadium rock from Beirut with Mashrou’Leila at le Poisson Rouge, $25 adv tix avail.

8 PM the Dover String Quartet with Paul Watkins, cello play Schumann’s String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 41, No. 1, Dutilleux’s Ansi la Nuit amd Schubert’s Cello Quintet in C Major, D. 956 at Irving Auditorium, 17th St. and Irving Place, $14

9 PM an Americana Halloween at the Jalopy starting at 9 with the gruff, carnivalesque, banjo-fueled Coyote & Crow, Tara Mills & Jimmy Stelling of the bluegrass Hackensaw Boys, harmony trio Ivy, Beck, and Niell and finally at midnight deviously fun oldtimey swing guitarist/crooner Seth Kessel & the Two Cent Band

9ish best Halloween show of the year: NYC”S most haunting, inscrutable, lyrically brilliant noir band Karla Rose & the Thorns open for circus rock legends World Inferno at Warsaw, $25

10 PM Sekouba and his fiery, politically aware, Peter Tosh-inspired African roots reggae band at Shrine

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 1

3 PM a rare performance of Astor Piazzolla vocal music with pianist Pablo Zinger and a global cast of vocalists including Gizelzanath, Leonardo Granados (Venezuela) and Diana López (Honduras-USA) at the Sheen Center, 18 Bleecker St (Elizabeth/Mott), $30

8 PM a rare NYC appearance by pianist/songwriter Tris McCall – one of the few guys who deserves to be mentioned in the same sentence as Eivis Cotello -at Sidewalk. Nobody writes about dead-end suburban angst better than this guy.

MONDAY NOVEMBER 2

7:30 PM a memorial concert for the late great Bob Belden featuring the surviving members of his groups the Treasure Island Band, Animation/Imagination and Animation, at le Poisson Rouge, free

8:30 PM the Daedalus Quartet play an all-Czech program: Martinu: Fantasie for Theremin, Oboe, Piano and Strings; Ullmann: String Quartet No. 3; Elisa Cilkova: String Quartet No. 3, Kalabis: String Quartet No 5. Op. 63, “In Memory of Marc Chagall”; Jezek: Bugatti Step at the 92nd St. Y, $30

10:30 PM sultry, torchy, creepy noir soul bandleader/chanteuse Karina Denike at Cake Shop, $10

TUESDAY NOVEMBER 3

7 PM a killer triplebill at Bowery Electric: purist, golden-roiced Americana songwriter Rebecca Turner, Tracy Island – the catchy, smart, literate new wave/psychedelic rock project from Ian and Liza of the WonderWheels and the Larch – playing the album release show for their new one and well-loved Americana duo the Kennedys playing the album releaes show for theirs, $9

7 PM badass stars of klezmer violin Jake Shulman-Ment, Deborah Strauss and Alicia Svigals: at the Eldrigdge St. Synagogue, on Eldridge just north of Division in Chinatown, $20/$14 stud/srs

WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 4

8 PM powerhouse klezmer clarinetist Michael Winograd leads his band at Mehanata, $10 + 1 drink min

adventurous indie classical string quartet Ethel play works by women composers Julia Wolfe, Missy Mazzoli, Aleksandra Vrebalov, Lainie Fefferman, Mary Ellen Childs, Anna Clyne, Pamela Z, Paola Prestini and ETHEL’s own Dorothy Lawson at National Sawdust

THURSDAY  NOVEMBER 5

7 PM the Olympus Piano Trio play Rachmaninoff’s immortal, haunting Trio Elegiaque plus works by Ravel, Hatis and Mendelssohn at Merkin Concert Hall, free but rsvp required

7:30/9:30 PM sassy, torchy oldtimey swing/saloon blues pianist/chanteuse Davina & the Vagabonds at B.B. King’s, $15

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 6

7:30 PM the Brooklyn Art Song Society with Miori Sugiyama on piano perform “Songs of the Great War” by Vaughan Williams, Browne, Finzi and Gurney at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, $20/$10 stud.srs

8 PM firebrand, brilliantly lyrical noir blues rockers LJ Murphy and his ferocious band the Accomplices followed by Mac McCarty & the Kidd Twist Band playing their hard-charging, sometimes unexpectedly poignant Pogues-ish punk and folk noir after at 9, at Sidewalk

8 PM moody Austin Americana/border rock chanteuse Gina Chavez and edgy Romany/latin/ska rockers Karikatura at at Bowery Electric, $10

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 7

Operator – who put a quirky motorik spin on trebly bass-fueled 80s inspired postpunk and postrock – at Secret Project Robot

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 8

4 PM Cappella Pratensis perform medieval choral works by Josquin at at Corpus Christi Church, 529 W 121st St, $10 seats avail.

4 PM intense neoromatic/nuevo tango/noir soundtrack pianist Fernando Otero leads a quartet at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.

MONDAY NOVEMBER 9

The Oh Hellos – who put an elegant chamber pop spin on folk noir – at Bowery Ballroom

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10

drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, the Curtis 20/21 Ensemble with soprano Alize Rozsnyai play Schoenberg’s immortally creepy Pierrot Lunaire at the Miller Theatre

8ish haunting, intense, wickedly tuneful Nashville gothic songwriter Jessie Kilguss and her band at Hifi Bar

FUTURE DATES

11/11, 1 PM wildly popular early music choir Seraphic Fire sing Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Dixit Dominus; Jean-Joseph de Mondonville: Dominus Regnavit; George Frideric Handel: Dixit Dominus at Trinity Church

11/11, 6:15/830 PM the Modern Art Orchestra with special guest saxophonist Dave Liebman play a progarm including a new arrangement of Bartok’s Allegro Barbaro at Symphony Space, $16 adv tix rec

11/11, 7 PM well-liked all-female Americana/newgrass harmony trio Underhill Rose at the third stage at the Rockwoodk, $12 gen adm + $10 drin min

11/11, 7 PM Czech-born chanteuse Lenka Lichtenberg & Fray play their kinetic yet swirling mashup of Middle Eastern, Balkan and Celtic sounds at Drom, $15 adv tix rec

11/11, 8 PM whirlwind clarinetist Dimitri Zisl Slepovitch leads an allstar cast playing a Yiddish folk dance party at Mehanata, $10 + 1 drink min

11/13, 8 PM the New York Classical Players perform Piazzolla’s Four Seasons in Buenos Aires plus Brazilian composer Ney Rosauro’s Marimba concerto, performed by Tomoya Aomori at Flushing Town Hall, free w/rsvp, watch this space for info

11/13 edgy, kinetic Balkan brass unit West Philadelphia Orchestra and NYC’s most epic, intense, battle-ready original Balkan brass ensemble, Raya Brass Band playing the album release show for their new one at Littlefield

11/15, 4 PM pianist Sofya Mellikyan plays works by Armenian composers Aram Khachaturian, Komitas Vardapet, Eduard Sadoyan , Alexander Arutunian, Jirayr Shahrimanyan and Arno Babadjanian to commenorate the 100th anniverary of the genocide in Armenia at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no

11/15, 5 PM Andrii Didorenko and Yuliya Basis play violin and piano sonatas by Vivaldi, Schubert, Milhaud, and Didorenko at the Lounge at Hudson View Gardens, 128 Pinehurst Ave at 183rd St., $12 sugg don, reception to follow.

11/6, 8 PM Ensemble Mise-En plays new chamber works by New England composers: Keith Kirchoff, Beth Wiemann, Hiroya Miura and William Matthews at Mise-En Place in Bushwick (678 Hart St 1B), $20/$15 stud/srs includes a drink, L to Dekalb Ave

11/15, 8 PM a rare US apprearance by Hungarian pianist Gábor Csalog playing music by Liszt, Ligeti, Beethoven and Bartok at Symphony Space, free

11/17, 8 PM irrepressible, historically informed, folk noir/jangly rock songwriter Elisa Flynn leads an evening of “songs of antagonism and rivalry” with Lys Guillorn, Maharajah Sweets, Dan Cullinan, Wifey, Sarah Bisman, Neville Elder, John LaPolla, plus a eading by Kevin Kinsella at the Way Station

11/17 dark, charismatic, mischieviously witty literate keyboardist/chanteuse Rachelle Garniez plays the album release show for her new one at Dixon Place

11/18, 8 PM Klezmerfest! w/saxophonist/”jazz rabbi” Greg Wall, Jordan Hirsch, Zev Zions, Brian Glassman, Aaron Alexander at Mehanata, $10 + 1 drink min

11/19, 8 PM Ensemble Mise-En plays exciting new works by Danish composers Per Nørgård, Hans Abrahamsen, Bent Sørensen, Thomas Agerfeldt Olesen, and Simon Steen-Andersen, at Scandinavia House, 58 Park Ave, $15

11/20, 7 PM Naoko Shimizu, viola with Anna Stoytcheva, piano play works by Schumann, Schubert and Franck at the Bulgarian Consulate, 121 E 62nd St., free

11/20, 8 PM popular garage-psych/janglerock/powerpop band the Grip Weeds at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center (the BMCC auditorium on Chambers east of the highway), $15

11/20 the Midwestern Willie Nile: dramatic, Celtic-tinged anthemic four-on-the-floor rockers the Ike Reillly Assassination at the Mercury

11/22, 2 PM a historically-rich multimedia program with two international tsimbl (Balkan/Ukrainian Jewish hammered dulcimer) players, Pete Rushefsky and Walter Zev Feldman plus special guests performing rare Polish klezmer music from across the centuries at the the Center for Jewish History, 15 W 16th St, $10/$7 stud/srs

11/22, 3 PM the Greenwich Village Orchestra play Verdi: Forza del Destino Overture; Mahler: Songs of the Wayfarer; Strauss: Death and Transfiguration at Washington Irving HS Auditorium, 16th St./Irving Place, $15 sugg don., reception to follow

11/22, 9 PM 60s/70s powerpop/proto-punk legends the Flamin’ Groovies’ first-ever Williamsburg show at Baby’s All Right, $20

11/24, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, Ensemble Signal play works for cello and percussion by David Lang, Caroline Shaw, Ken Thomson and Iannis Xenakis at the Miller Theatre, free

11/24, 6:30 PM performances by Colombian vocalist and cuatro player Johanna Castañeda and harpist Vidal Garzón; Gambian kora player and jail (praise singer) Alhaji Papa Susso; and members of stark, haunting Central Asian group Ensemble Shashmaqam.and a discussion of the current crisis in US immigration reform at Elebash Hall at CUNY, 365 5 th Ave. just north of 34 th St., free but rsvp reqd

11/25, 8 PM Briitish klezmer songstress Polina Shepherd and band at Mehanata, $10 + 1 drink min

12/2, 7 PM a rare performance of works by noted Bulgarian composer Dobrinka Tabakova at the Bulgarian Consulate, 121 E 62nd St., free

12/8 drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, Tilt Brass play works by Anthony Coleman, Tilt co-founder Chris McIntyre, James Tenney, Liza Lim and Catherine Lamb at the Miller Theatre, free

12/9, 7 PM pianist Pablo Zinger backs a series of first-rate Latina singers: Brenda Feliciano, Gizelzanath, Virginia Herrera, and Maribel Salazar, to perform a program dedicated exclusively to the powerful and immensely varied vocal music of Mexico from olero to classical, passing through rancheras, huapangos, habaneras and danzones. Featured composers include “the father of Mexican music”, Manuel M. Ponce, and Tata Nacho (Ignacio Fernández Esperón) to the composer of “Granada”, Agustín Lara, to Armando Manzanero (creator of “Somos novios” – “It’s Impossible”).at the Sheen Center, 18 Bleecker (Elizabeth/Mott, $30

12/13, 4 PM early music group Juilliard415 with harspichorist Richard Egarr perform a holiday choral celebration at Corpus Christi Church, 529 W 121st St, $10 seats avail.

12/13 creepy, accordion-fueled Balkan psychedelic rockers Alec K Redfearn & the Eyesores, no wave jamband Escape by Ostrich and postpunk supergroup Heroes of Toolik at Bowery Electric.

12/14, 10 PM a subversive holiday tradition: Xmas songs by Jewish songwriters. Subtext, anybody? Performers include host Steven Blier on piano with chanteuse Lauren Worsham, clarinetist Alan Kay, cantor Joshua Breitzer, many others at Henry’s Restaurant, 2745 Broadway at 105th St, $10; Reservations requred to 212-866-0600 if you want to eat but not for bar seating

12/20, 3 PM the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra play Handel’s Messiah at NJPAC in Newark, $30 tix avail.

12/26, 8 PM stars of the klezmer and Yiddish world including Frank London, Sarah Gordon and Michael Winograd present an evening of music from singer/musicologist Adrienne Cooper’s cult classic 1999 album In Love and In Struggle: The Musical Legacy of the Jewish Labor Bund at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Pl. north of Batttery Park

1/31/16, 5 PM jazz chanteuse Suzanne Lorge and her combo at the Lounge at Hudson View Gardens, 128 Pinehurst Ave at 183rd St., $12 sugg don, reception to follow.

New York City Live Music Calendar for September and October 2015

New calendar for October and November coming on 10/1. Til then, daily updates: you might want to bookmark this page and check back regularly to see what’s new. There’s a comprehensive, recently updated list of places where these shows are happening 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 here, something for everyone

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 posted here weeks in advance. Weekly events first followed by the daily calendar.

Starting Sept 13 and continuing on Sundays 11 AM – 1 PM Sept 13, 20, 27, Oct 4 and 18 Tamara Hey leads her Alphabet City Music Theory 1 workshop with an introduction to chart writing. Designed for working musicians, it’s a very useful, relevant course, an enormous amount of material packed into five weeks. This blog took the course last year and gave it a rave review: recommended especially for people who need to brush up on or develop their sight reading, ear training and get a handle on basic arrangements, There’s lots of homework – those who goof off will fall behind quickly – but as far as bang for the buck is concerned ($240 including a custom-designed workbook), it’s a bargain. As a teacher, Hey is supportive, sympatico, never met a challenge she didn’t want to master and is as wryly funny as she is erudite.

On select Thursdays and Saturdays, 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. Next up: Sept 17 at 7 PM, repeating on Sept 20 at 4 PM, works by Debussy, Rameau and Mozart.  Next concerts after that are 10/15 at 7 and 10/18 at 4 PM. Sugg don $10 (pay what you can), delicious gluten-free refreshments, beverages and lively conversation included! email for info/location.

Mondays at 6 PM global jazz chanteuse Gracie Terzian – whose axe is the harp ukulele – plays her chaming low-key originals and classics at the rooftop bar at Hotel Hugo, 525 Greenwich St (Vandan/Spring), free for happy hour, no minimum

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 nights at 9 PM charismatic Romany singer Eva Salina and her amazing, psychedelic band play high-voltage dub-tinged jams on classic themes from across the Balkans at Sisters Brooklyn, 900 Fulton St. (Washington/Waverly), Ft Greene, C to Clinton-Washington, free

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.

Also Mondays in September Rev. Vince Anderson and his band play Union Pool in Williamsburg, two sets starting around 11:30 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 til past three in the morning. Paula Henderson from Burnt Sugar is the lead soloist on baritone sax, with Dave Smith from Smoota on trombone, with frequent special guests.

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

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

Tuesdays at around 10 Julia Haltigan and her band play 11th St. Bar. A torchy, charismatic force of nature, equally at home with fiery southwestern gothic rock, oldschool soul and steamy retro jazz ballads, and her band is just as good as she is.

Wednesdays in September, 8:30 PM guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg (of Dr. Lonnie Smith’s band) leads a trio at the Bar Next Door, $12.

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

Fridays at 5 PM, adventurous indie classical string quartet Ethel (Ralph Farris, viola; Dorothy Lawson, cello; Kip Jones, violin; and Tema Watstein, violin) play the balcony bar with a rotating cast of interesting special guests at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, free w/museum adm.

Fridays in September at 9 Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens play oldschool 1960s style gospel at the Fat Cat.

Fridays in September, 9ish dynamic, intense Bulgarian sax star Yuri Yunakov and the Grand Masters of Gypsy Music at Mehanata

Fridays at 11 PM flamenco guitarist Ian Banks with special guests each week at St. Mazie’s (the old Rose Bar) on Grand St. just off the BQE in Williamsburg

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

Saturdays in September, 6 PM 75 Dollar Bill play their idiosyncratic, original take on Mauritainian music at Barbes  9/6 Zeke Healey & Karen Waltuck play their rustic violad-driven Americana at 6 to open the night.

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

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

Sundays at 3 PM at the Stone a rotating cast of familiar faces from John Zorn’s circle perform from Zorn’s characteristically exhaustive, marathon collection of 300 works titled Bagatelles, recently composed between March and May 2015. “Each concert will be introduced by John Zorn, often in conversation with the musicians,” $15

Sundays in September, 7:30 PM spine-tingling art-rock/avant-garde/chamber pop singer Carol Lipnik – pretty much everybody’s choice for best singer in all of NYC – with hypnotically luminous pianist Matt Kanelos – at Pangea on 2nd Ave. btw 11th/12th Sts, $20. Several special guests are promised: Flotilla DeBarge on 9/3; Kim David Smith on 9/27; and on October 11th, Rachel Mason AND Lorraine Leckie with Pavel Cingl, wow!

Every Sunday the Ear-Regulars, led by trumpeter Jon Kellso and (frequently) guitarist Matt Munisteri play NYC’s only weekly hot jazz session starting around 8 PM at the Ear Inn on Spring St. Hard to believe, in the city that springboarded the careers of thousands of jazz legends, but true. This is by far the best value in town for marquee-caliber jazz: for the price of a drink and a tip for the band, you can see world-famous players (and brilliant obscure ones) you’d usually have to drop $100 for at some big-ticket room. The material is mostly old-time stuff from the 30s and 40s, but the players (especially Kellso and Munisteri, who have a chemistry that goes back several years) push it into some deliciously unexpected places.

Sundays in August, 8:30 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, 6 PM eclectic jam-oriented mostly-female klezmer/tango/jazz band Isle of Klezbos in the community garden next door to 520 E 12th St.

9/1, 8 PM catchy, hard-hitting guitar/drums garage-punk girlband Sharkmuffin at Brooklyn Bowl, $10

9/1-5, 8:30/10:30 PM intense, state-of-the-art alto saxophonist/composer Miguel Zenon and his quartet – pianistLouis Perdomo, bassist Hans Glawischnig and drummer Henry Cole at the Vanguard, $25

9/1-6, 8/10:30 PM 70s latin jazz legends Jerry Gonzalez & the Fort Apache Band at the Blue Note, $20 standing room avail.

9/1, 9 PM cult favorite Balkan/klezmer hotshots the West Philadelphia Orchestra at Barbes

9/1, 10 PM Parlor Walls – Eula guitarslinger Elyse Lamb’s snarling, catchy, noiserock/postpunk collaboration with Chris Mulligan – at at Shea Stadium, $10

9/1, 10:30 PM surf/twang instrumental rockers the Bakersfield Breakers – whose new album is a dead ringer for something from 1963, unbelievably cool and fun – at Sidewalk

9/1, 10 PM irrepressible, historically informed songwriter Elisa Flynn takes a break from booking nights of murder ballads to play her own erudite, often haunting tunes a at the Mercury, $10

9/2, 7 PM an intense, harmony-fueled, chamber pop/latin-inflected noir art-rock twin bill with Sweet Soubrette and Kotorino at Joe’s Pub, $15

9/2, 7 PM this era’s state-of-the-art retro soul band, Lake Street Dive at Central Park Summerstage

9/2, 8 PM legendary klezmer clarinetist and bluegrass mandolin wizard – and undercover surf rocker –Andy Statman and band at Barbes

9/2 eclectic Chilean third-stream jazz/Middle Eastern/klezmer-influenced pianist Benjamin Furman and his combo do a Dives of New York tour starting at Shrine at 8; 9/5 they’re at the third stage at the Rockwood for $10 plus that $10 minimum; 9/8 they’re at Shapeshifter Lab at 9:30 PM for $10

9/2, 8:30 PM Klazz-ma-tazz: : Benjamin Sutin, saxophones; Elijah Shiffer, alto sax, clarinet; Grant Goldstein, guitar; Ben Rosenblum, piano; Mat Muntz, bass; Tim Rachbach, drums play their wild klezmer jazz mashups at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 plus a $10 min

9/2, 9 PM intense, lyrically brilliant Americana/soul/janglerock tunesmith Matt Keating‘s new band Bastards of Fine Arts at Hifi Bar

9/2, 9 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” at at Troost

9/2, 9:30 PM cinematic, eclectic jazz bassist Antar Goodwin & the Prisoner’s Dilemma iat Club Bonarifide (in the old Something Jazz Club space) at 212 E 52nd St. free

9/3, 7:30 PM perennially innovative B3 jazz organist Jared Gold with his trio followed at 10:30 by noir-inclined tenor saxophonist Nick Hempton and his combo at Smalls

9/3, 8 PM dark, charismatic, mischieviously witty literate keyboardist/chanteuse Rachelle Garniez at Barbes

9/3, 8 PM intense blue-eyed soul siren Lizzie & the Makers play the album release show for their new one at the big room at the Rockwood

9/3, 8 PM Acid Dad – who put a tight, tuneful update on classic 60s and late 80s garagey sounds – at Shea Stadium, $12

9/3, 10 PM Joe Yoga – frontman of ferociously tuneful southwestern gothic rockers the Downward Dogs – at Sidewalk

9/3, midnight energetic, entertaining, female-fronted acoustic Veracruz-style folk-punk band Radio Jarocho at the small room at the Rockwood

9/4 6 PM oldschool-style high plains C&W singer Hope Debates & North 40 at 55 Bar. Damn, this woman can flat-out sing

9/4, 8 PM jazz chanteuse Allegra Levy – a welcome rarity in that she writes her own enigmatic, original songs – leading a killer quartet at the Whynot Jazz Room, $12

9/4, 9 PM Mac McCarty & the Kidd Twist Band play their fiery, sometimes unexpectedly poignant Pogues-ish punk and folk noir at Sidewalk

9/4, 9 PM smart, terse, female-fronted darkwave/retro 80s rockers Teletextile at the Cameo Gallery, $8

9/4, 10 PM this era’s greatest cinematic noir guitar instrumentalists, Big Lazy at Barbes

9/4, 10:30 PM cutting-edge B3 organ and trombone soul/jazz grooves with the Jared Gold and Dave Gibson Band at the Fat Catat the Fat Cat

9/4, 11 PM state-of-the-art, kinetically abrasive noiserockers the Sediment Club at Trans-Pecos, $8

9/5, 7 PM stoner metal/psychedelic night with in reverse order with the apocalyptic Saviours, the Skull, early 80s legends Trouble, Mirror Queen, the Bevis Frond at the Wick, $25 

9/5, 9 PM one of Unsteady Freddie‘s best monthly surf rock extravaganzas in recent memory at Otto’s with Russian surf legends the Vivisectors – who surf up creepy old prison songs – followed by wild, Middle Eastern/Greek psychedelic rockers the Byzan-Tones and then ageless, jangly, purist NY originals the Supertones

9/5, 9/10:30 PM tuneful, lyrical pianist Angelica Sanchez leads a trio with Michael Formanek, bass; Tyshawn Sorey, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 minimum.

9/5, midnight the New Pornographers’ Kathryn Calder at the Mercury, $12

9/6, 6 PM the Texas/Missouri answer to Bill Frisell, lyrically cinematic pastoral jazz guitarist Cameron Mizell and band at the small room at the Rockwood

9/6, 7 PM a second stoner metal/psychedelic night, in reverse order, with Witch (the band J. Mascis should have founded back in the 80s instead of Dinosaur Jr.), heavy riffmeisters Carousel, the Bevis Frond, playful southern boogie band the Golden Grass, and intense NWOBHM-style art-metal band Worshipper at the Wick, $25

9/6, 7 PM theatrical darkwave/metal mashups with Betty Black at the Bell House, $10 adv tix rec

9/6, 8 PM a nighr of resonant minimalist majesty, in reverse order: the ominously chilly, enveloping Telecaves, mighty cinematic guitar soundscaper Noveller, smartly pensive, often haunting one-man string orchestra Christopher Tignor, noisy guitar texturalist Bill Nace at Trans-Pecos, $8

9/6, 8 PM intense improv night at Jack with the deliciously low-register Gate (Dan Peck – tuba, Tom Blancarte – double bass, Brian Osbourne – drums) + Domestic Noise + violninist Erica Dicker, $12

9/6, 9 PM purist, straightforward, warmly tuneful front-porch folk songwriter Joanna Sternberg at Sunny’s. 9/8 at 8 she’s at Pete’s, then she’s back at Pete’s on 9/26 at 9.

9/6, 9ish tuneful Americana/blues guitarist Jon LaDeau at Moto in south Williamsburg

9/7, 3 PM free burgers and dogs at Freddys’ annual Labor Day bbq – or bring your own and they’ll grill it for you. Beer specials all day.

9/7, 6 PM the playfully cinematic, erudite, cleverly witty Erica Seguine / Shannon Baker Jazz Orchestra at Shrine

9/7, 7:30 PM Macedonian guitarist/singer Kristo Rodzevski plays the album release show for his haunting, elegaic debut, Batania with a killer jazz band: Mary Halvorson – electric guitar; Michael Blanco – double bassTomas Fujiwara – drums at Joe’s Pub, $12

9/7, 8 PM composer Annie Gosfield‘s Labor Day bday bash at the Stone with performances by avant piano icon Kathleen Supove and others, $15

9/7-13, 8/10:30 PM popular trumpeter Roy Hargrove and band at the Blue Note, $20 standing room avail.

9/7, 9:30 PM Mailian desert rock legends Terakaft – a Tinariwen spinoff – at Joe’s Pub, $22

9/7, 11 PM purist, straightforward, warmly tuneful front-porch folk songwriter Joanna Sternberg at the small room at the Rockwood

9/8, 7 PM join courageous journalist Jeremy Scahill for the release of his new book The Wikileaks Files: The World According to U.S. Empire at the Bell House. Via video link from the Ecuadorian embassy in London, Julian Assange will join Scahill in conversation, followed by a q&a. Plus you get a free copy of The WikiLeaks Files with paid admission, $10.

9/8, 7 PM a good high-voltage twinbill: romping female-fronted continental swing band the Hot Sardines and wild, intense, frequently satirical newgrass/oldtimey hellraisers the Dustbowl Revival at the Mercury, $10

9/8, 7 PM eclectic, hard-hitting, lyrical composer/tenor saxophonist Stan Killian and group at 55 Bar

9/8, 7:30 PM dark, sweeping cinematic electroacoustic composer/performer Sven Helbig at le Poission Rouge, $15 adv ti rec

9/8, 8 PM Irish songwriter/guitarist/fiddler Clare Sands – who mashes up snarling electric Americana with vivid, lyrical Wexford folk sounds – at Caffe Vivaldi

9/8, 9 PM explosive 20-piece latin jazz band the Bronx Conexion at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, $10 general admission/$7 with student ID at the door/$25 two tickets plus two drinks

9/8-20, 8:30/10:30 PM oldschool piano jazz balladeer Bill Charlap with his longtime rhythm section of Peter Washington on bass and Kenny Washington on drums at the Vanguard, $25

9/8; 8:30 PM tuneful jazz guitarist David Ullmann leads a quintet with Chris Dingman, vibraphone; Karel Ruzicka Jr. , sax; Gary Wang, bass; Vinnie Sperrazza, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 minimum.

9/8, 9 PM haunting, tersely introspective pianist/singer Noa Fort – who mashes up moody Middle Eastern sounds, classical and jazz improvisation – leads her trio at the Whynot Jazz Room, $10

9/8, 10 PM art-rock and 70s-style folk-rock and more avant sounds from Danielle de Picciotto and Alexander Hacke at Trans-Pecos, $8

9/8, 10 PM the Super Friends Band play surf and soul classics at Sidewalk

9/8, 10 PM edgy female-fronted funk band Eliza & the Organix – feat. swirly alto sax player Kristen Tivey – at Shrine

9/8, 11 PM Thee Oh Sees – who’ve recently added a twisted 80s/new wave edge to their reverb-drenched garage-psych – at Bowery Ballroom, $20

9/9, 8 PM solo sets from cutting-edge jazz players; drummer Ches Smith and guitarslinger Mary Halvorson at Roulette, $20/$15 stud/srs

9/9, 8:30 PM intense improvising cellist cellist Daniel Levin plays the album release show for his new one, Friction with Nate Wooley, trumpet; Matt Moran, vibraphone; Brandon Lopez, bass at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 minimum.

9/9, 9 PM brilliant powerpop guitarist and songwriter Patti Rothberg at the Bitter End

9/9, 9 PM irreverent oldschool Williamsburg vocal jazz crew the Old Rugged Sauce at Freddy’s

9/9, 11ish catchy, playful, fun garage-soul sounds with Larry & the Babes at Shea Stadium, $tba

9/10, 4:30 PM a screening of filmmaker Robert Greenwald‘s new short documentary Whose Side Are You On, exploring the sad fact that the nation’s top 25 hedge fund managers earn more than all the kindergarten teachers in the country, COMBINED. With live Q&A with the director and Mayor Bill DiBlasio, at the Schimmel Auditorium at Pace University, 3 Spruce St. in the Financial District, 6 train to Brooklyn Bridge, free, rsvp reqd

9/10-11, 7:30 PM the US debut of French director Joris Lacoste‘s Suite No. 2, in which “five performers overlay and intertwine entries from Encyclopédie de la parole—a vast online archive of voice recordings— in a performance that decontextualizes speech into iconic mementos of civilization,” a twisted and fun evening of satire at the Alliance Francaise, 56 E 59th St., $25. In multiple languages with English supertitles. 

9/10, 7:30 PM the Israeli Chamber Project play works by Dvorak, Schumann, Gilad Hochman and Henriette Renie at Merkin Concert Hall, $20 balcony seats avail.

9/10, 7:30/9:30 PM guitarist Jeff Taylor‘s Musterion quintet with special guest Jim Campilongo at the Jazz Gallery, first set $15, second $10

9/10, 8 PM intense lyricist and art-rock songwriter Pierre de Gaillande debuts his new band Open Kimono followed at 10 by the plush, balmy, oldtimey uke swing of Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies at Barbes

9/10, 8 PM harpist/composer Shelley Burgon performs her multimedia piece The Powerful Bond,at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, $10 

9/10, 8:30 PM low-key, pensively lyrical guitarist/composer Lage Lund leads his trio with Orlando le Fleming, bass; Jonathan Blake, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 minimum.

9/10, 9 PM newschool Ethiopiques-inspired dancefloor groovemeisters Debo Band followed by Sierra Leone’s Refugee All-Stars mashing up roots reggae, Afrobeat and desert rock sounds at Brooklyn Bowl, $12 adv tix rec

9/10, 9 PM tuneful, rustic LA newgrass band the Show Ponies at Hill Country. 9/12, 11 PM they’re at at the small room at the Rockwood

9/10, 10 PM whirlwind electric punkgrass/honkytonk crew Demolition String Band,at Skinny Dennis

9/11, 6 PM performance/visual artist Anastasia Ax mauls a stack of recycled paper cubes with her body and gallons of black ink, in an interactive electroacoustic performance with composer C. Spencer Yeh. The following afternoon, 1 PM on 9/12, she repurposes the debris, which will comprise her exhibit on display through 10/24. A snide and assaultive alternative to Blue Man Group, maybe? At Black & White Gallery, 56 Bogart St, Bushwick, L to Morgan Ave., rsvp highly rec.

9/11, 7 PM sharp a screening of the dcumentary film Uzaklardan – witnessing freedom fighters defying the authorities in Turkey – followed by a show by searing, intense, brilliantly tuneful Turkish-American rockers Barakka at Drom, $10

9/11, 7 PM eerily playful, charismatic Nashville gothic/folk noir songstress Kelley Swindall at the Bitter End. 9/16 at 9 she’s at LIC Bar.

9/11, 7 PM True Concord Voices and Orchestra perform Mozart’s Requiem along with the New York premiere of Stephen Paulus’ Prayers and Remembrances, commissioned for the 10th anniversary of 9/11.at Alice Tully Hall, $20 toix avail, use discount code DCINY20 for an additional 20% off!

9/11, 7:30 PM the String Orchestra of Brooklyn plays works by Bach, Beethoven, Bottoms, Schlefer, Barber, Walton, Scriabin, Chopin at Bargemusic, free, early arrival a must

9/11-12, 7:30/9:30 PM globally-inspired drummer Adam Rudolph‘s smallscale improvising quintet featuring Kenny Wessel on guitar at the Jazz Gallery, $22

9/11, 8ish one of the year’s best twinbills with accordionist/chanteuse Kamala Sankaram’s hot surfy Bollywood project, Bombay Rickey and trippy female-fronted Cambodian psychedelic pop revivalists Dengue Fever at le Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec. Bombay Rickey are also at Barbes on 9/12 at 8.

9/11, 8 PM sultry retro Franco-American torch jazz/chamber pop/ukulele swing band les Chauds Lapins at Barbes

9/11, 8 PM Yotoco, “the bastard child of Umoja Orchestra, Bioritmo, and Cumbiagra plays a melange of salsa, Afro-Cuban rumba, boleros, and cumbias” at Meridian 23, $10

9/11, 8 PM  9/11 8 PM Ensemble Mise-En plays a rare program of works by Korean composers Joo Won Park, Song Sang and Eun Young Lee at a house concert at 678 Hart St #1B, in Bushwick, L to Dekalb Ave

9/11, 8:30 PM unselfconsciously fun, chirpy 60s girlgroup revivalists Pep at Arlene’s

9/11, 9 PM legendary psychedelic postpunks Certain General at Bowery Electric, $10 adv tix rec

9/11, 9:30 PM brilliant, majestic, explosive psychedelic rai rockers Aziz Sahmaoui & the University of Gnawa play their deliriously fun North African/Middle Eastern rock jams at Joe’s Pub, $20

9/11, 10 PM the noir-inclined, bluesy Phil Gammage Quartet at Sidewalk. 9/27 they’re at Otto’s at 7:30 PM

9/11, 10 PM Heights of Wisdom play roots reggae at Shrine

9/11, 10ish two bands vastly too big for this little space: newschool Ethiopiques-inspired dancefloor groovemeisters Debo Band and then Chop & Quench playing Fela classics and their own originals at Nublu. What a crazy concept: you might want to get to Nublu early!

9/11, 11 PM eclectic, anthemic, politically-fueled Senegalese-flavored roots reggae band Meta & the Cornerstones at SOB’s, $15 adv tix rec

9/11, 1 AM (actually wee hours of 9/12) indie legend and Thalia Zedek/Steve Wynn collaborator Chris Brokaw at Trans-Pecos, $10

9/12, 4 PM one of the year’s most awesome lineups: acidic psychedelic funk-metal band Mr. Bighead, catchy, edgy tropical ska band Changala at 5, sizzling psychotropical punks Escarioka at 6, carnivalesque tropical Romany cutups Consumata at 7 and neo glamrockers the Bushwick Hotel at the People’s Garden (on the corner of Greene Ave and Broadway, Bushwick, J to Gates Ave., free, $10 for all you can drink keg beer, delicious latin food available

9/12, 4:30 PM chamber ensemble Quintet of the Americas with special guest mbira virtuoso Chartwell Dutiro play an African-themed program TBA at Studio T-7 Gallery at Rockaway Arts Alliance, Fort Tilden in Far Rockaway, free

9/12, 7 PM firebrand, brilliantly lyrical noir blues rockers LJ Murphy and his ferocious band the Accomplices Sidewalk

9/12, 8 PM Puerto Rican salsa legends Gran Combo at NJPAC in Newark, $36 tix avail.

9/12, noon the Night Owls – Lee Feldman‘s piano trio – inspired by Vince Guaraldi, Horace Silver and Ramsey Lewis – play classic tv themes from Twin Peaks to Get Smart at Pangea, $10 + $10 brunch/booze min.

9/12, 7:30 PM the Limbs Percussion Duo play Middle Eastern-influenced original compositions at Dixon Place, $10 sugg don

9/12, 7:30 PM devious oldschool C&W/rockabilly parodists Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co. at Otto’s. They’re also here on 9/24 at 8..

9/12, 8 PM kanunist Jerry Bezdikian and his amazing allstar Middle Eastern band plus bellydancers at the Parkside, $10 cover 

9/12, 8 PM bassoon sorceress Rebekah Heller plays electroacoustic world premieres by Carla Kihlstedt, Jason Eckardt and Levy Lorenzo and the New York premiere of the epic sonic exploration Metafagote for seven bassoons (one live and six pre-recorded) by Felipe Lara, at the Abrons Arts Center, free w/rsvp 

9/12, 8 PM trumpeter Ron Horton – a member of Andrew Hill’s sextet from 1998 to 2003, as well as musical director/co-arranger for Hill’s big band – leads a stellar group featuring other aficionados of Hill’s music, including reed virtuoso Marty Ehrlich and pianist Frank Kimbrough. at Greenwich House Music School, $15/$12 stud

9/12, 8;30 PM ferocious female-fronted art-rock/metal band Ruby the Hatchet followed by menacing retro 70s stoner doom band Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats at Webster Hall

9/12, 9 PM smart, politically-fueled Irish rocker Niall Connolly and band at the big room at the Rockwood

9/12, 10 PM irresistibly named, darkly sizzling psychedelic garage punk rockers Anderson Council followed eventually at midnight by popular garage-psych band the Grip Weeds at Rock Shop, $15

9/12, 10 PM high voltage oldtimey southern string band the New Millennium Jelly Rollers followed at 10 by increasingly soul-oriented, guitarishly brilliant Miss Tess & the Talkbacks at the Jalopy, $10 adv tix rec

9/12, 10 PM Morocco’s Innove Gnawa Band followed by haphazardly edgy, Middle Eastern-tinged guitarist Yonatan Gat at Rough Trade, $12

9/12, 11 PM well-loved psychedelic/doom metal band Acid Witch at the Acheron, $12

9/13, 3 PM indie classical music’s premier cellist, Ashley Bathgate plays Australian composer Kate Moore’a poignant and hypnotic s unite Stories for Ocean Shells at the Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Road (at Vernon Boulevard), Long Island City, free

9/13, 3 PM “Martine Bellen, Zhang Er and Stephen Dembski tell the story of a contemporary Chang E 0 who chooses immortality and life on the moon over a childless sentence of domesticity with her absent husband, with Hai-Ting Chinn in the role of the disgruntled demigoddess of the moon,” accompanied by avant garde icon Vicky Chow on piano. Music by Stephen Dembski. Libretto by Zhang Er & Martine Bellen at Flushing Town Hall, $5

9/13, 4 PM an early show with Middle Eastern/southwestern gothic cult favorite Sir Richard Bishop at Trans-Pecos, $12

9/13, 4:30 PM soulful, latin-inspired, lushly exciting new jazz chanteuse Marianne Solivan leads her 11-piece Big Band at Smalls

9/13, 5 PM haunting Middle Eastern/Sephardic multi-recorder player/composer Tali Rubinstein – a frequemt Emil Zrihan collaborator – at Barbes followed at 7 by composer/clarinetist Mike McGinnis’ Roadtrip Band, taking a ride through Bill Smith’s Concerto for Clarinet & Jazz Combo (1957) along with McGinnis’ companion piece “Roadtrip. Followed at 9 by Romany jazz mastermind Stephane Wrembel. Rubinstein is also here on 9/27.

9/13, 5 PM edgy, uneasy female-fronted folk noir band Little Embers at LIC Bar

9/13, 8 PM in reverse order at Don Pedro’s: wild monster surf band the Mad Doctors, amazingly eclectic monster surf/ghoul go-go/noir garage band Deadly Lo-Fi; catchy, playful, fun garage-soul band Larry & the Babes and percussive early 80s-style postpunks the Abandos, $5

9/13, 8 PM Mauritanian folk music innovators 75 Dollar Bill followed by rare noir big band jazz and cinematic themes from the 30s and 40s with Brian Carpenter’s Ghost Train Orchestra at Pioneer Works in Red Hook, $15

9/13, 8 PM Sumari – Matt Lavelle (trumpet, cornet, flugelhorn, pocket trumpet, alto clarinet) Jack DeSalvo (mandola, cello, guitars) Tom Cabrera (bodhrán, tar, riq, doumbek, bass drum) – at Shapeshifter Lab

9/13, 9 PM savagely lyrical, enigmatic great plains gothic chanteuse Ember Schrag in a rare acoustic duo show with brilliant lead gutarist Bob Bannister, followed by a rare appearance by unearthly, disquietingly theatrical/psychedelic group Goddess and then Hamish Kilgour of the Clean at Cake Shop

9/13, 9 PM incomparable, deviously funny country/jazz/janglerock icon Amy Allison with guitar great Jon Graboff at 2A

9/13, 9 PM 70s freak-folk legend Kath Bloom at Troost

9/13, 9:30 PM smoky barroom blues/oldtimey jazz band Tin Pan play the albumr release show for their new one at Joe’s Pub, $14

9/14, 7 PM charming, low-key, rustic oldtime Americana banjo/cello duo the Littlest Birds at the third stage at the Rockwood, $10 + $10 drink min. very strictly enforced

9/14, 7 PM mesmerizing, hypnotic indie classical/jazz sax ensemble Battle Trance at Bric Arts, free

9/14, 8 PM avamt guitar summit: Bill Orcutt and Circuit Des Yeux a.k.a. guitarist Haley Fohr perform as a duo, plus a solo set by Loren Connors at First Unitarian Congregational Society: 116 Pierrepont St., downtown Brooklyn, $18

9/14, 8:30 PM stormy, intense Mediterranean/Middle Eastern violinist Elektra Kurtis plays the album release show for her new one with Reggie Nicholson, drums; Brad Jones, bass; Lefteris Bournias, clarinet; Curtis Stewart, violin at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 minimum.

9/14, 9 PM ex Bee & Flower bandleader/bassist Dana Schechter’s haunting, intense, grimly cinematic instrumental project Insect Ark plays at St. Vitus, $12

9/14, 9 PM LES legends the Mercenaries – sort of NYC’s counterpart to the Replacements – at Arlene’s, free

9/15, 7 PM smart, clever ex Chicha Libre timbalera and vocalist Karina Colis teams up with lyrical Colombian pianist and composer Carolina Calvache to reinterpret the Latin American songbook with some original jazz compositions. Followed by ten-piece funky Balkan brass/Ellington jazz monsters Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

9/15, 7 PM Dan Finnerty’s hilarious, viciously sarcastic top 40 cover band the Dan Band plays satirical stuff from their LMFAO new album at Joe’s Pub, $22

9/15-20, 8/10 PM John Zorn’s ethereal, haunting smallscale chorale Mycale books the Stone, $15. Choice pick: opening night at 10 PM with Sara Sera’s City Fragments Ensemble -Sara Serpa, Sofia Rei, Aubrey Johnson (voices) Andre Matos (guitar) Matt Brewer (bass) Tyshawn Sorey (drums)

9/15, 8 PM Sahra Motalebi performs a “convergence as well of choral sound fields, rhythmic vocal beats along with compositions that source inspiration from classical art song repertoire and Persian modal singing.” at the Kitchen, $12

9/15, 9 PM searing Radio Birdman garage-punk soundalikes the OBNIIIs at Union Pool, $10

9/15, 9 PM iconic salsa jazz percussionist Willie Martinez Y La Famillia at the Fat Cat

9/16 7 PM wild, energetic postpunk/80s retroists the Naked Heroes – the missing link between Adam Ant and the Detroit Cobras -at Grand Victory

9/16, 7 PM the reputedly amazing Hessen State Youth Jazz Orchestra play big band jazz by Ellington, Basie and others at Flushing Town Hall, free

9/16-18, 7:30/10 PM, tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander leads his quartet with John Webber on bass, Joe Farnsworth on drums and Harold Mabern guesting on piano at the new Club Bonarifide, 212 E 52nd St., use code WBGO for $12.50 tix

9/16, 8 PM Portuguese fado chanteuse Lula Pena at Drom, $25 adv tix rec

9/16, 8 PM John Hodel – the Bukowski of Lower East Side acoustic music – at Bowery Electric, free

9/16, 8:30 PM guitarishly brilliant Afrobeat band Timbila with mbira virtuoso Chartwell Dutiro at Bar Lunatico. 9/26 they’re at Barbes at 8 followed at 10 by the pan-latin Chia’s Dance Party

9/16, 8:30 PM eclectic third-stream pianist Anat Fort leads a trio with Gary Wang, bass; Matt Wilson, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 minimum.

9/16, 9:30 PM Brooklyn’s Ola Fresca dive deep into their Afro-Cuban roots with a set of salsa dura at Joe’s Pub, $

9/16, 10 PM Brazilian-influenced, dubwise roots reggae band Kiwi at Silvana

9/16, 10 PM Los Aliens play psychedelic cumbias at Silvana

9/17, 6 PM the CD release party for intense Turkish percussionist/bandleader Raquy Danziger’s new album Monkey Mind with her amazing group DÜM.at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 minimum.

9/17, 7 PM fearlessly political pals from the Air America days: Ambrosia Parsley and Holly Miranda at the Mercury, $15

9/17 conductor/Gil Evans scholar Ryan Truesdell’s exhilarating Gil Evans Project big band plays the Porgy & Bess and Miles Ahead albums with Terrell Stafford in the Miles Davis role at the Jazz Standard, 7:30/9:30 PM, $35

9/17, 8 PM brilliant Middle Eastern trumpeter/santoorist Amir ElSaffar’s Two Rivers Ensemble celebrate the release of their epic third CD, Crisis,at Symphony Space, $20 adv tix rec

9/17, 8 PM dark urbane Romany song maven (and Berthold Brecht descendant) Sanda Weigl and band followed by psychedelic Ethiopiques purists Nikhil Yerawadekar & Low Mentality at Barbes

9/17, 8 PM amazing doublebill: historically-inspired, richly tuneful, erudite singer/guitarist Elisa Flynn followed by the careening NYC counterpart to the Pogues, Thee Shambels at Troost

9/17, 8 PM weird segues, good triplebill: Ontario ghoulabilly band the Creepshow, rockabilly/surf guitar favorite Rev. Horton Heat and long-running first-wave punk pop band the Adicts at Stage 48, $25

9/17, 8:30 PM lyrical, anthemic jazz guitarist Liberty Ellmann plays the album release show for his new one, Radiate with Steve Lehman, alto sax; Jonathan Finlayson, trumpet; Jose Davila, trombone, tuba; Stephan Crump, bass; Damion Reid, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 minimum.

9/17, 9 PM a solid American reggae triplebill: the Brazilian-influenced, dubwise Kiwi followed by the more anthemic Treehouse and the rootsiest of the three, Boston’s High Hopes Band at Maxwell’s. $10. The three bands are at Fontana’s on 9/18 at 8, also for $10

9/17, 10 PM a rare reunion show by wickedly catchy late 90s powerpop/janglerockers the Star Spangles at Union Pool, $10

9/17, 11 PM catchy purist psychedelic pop songwriter Sam Kogon plays the album release show for his new one at Elvis Guesthouse, $5

9/17, 1 AM ish (wee hours of 9/18) bouncy Afrobeat orchestra Emefe – who’ve been going in a harder funk direction lately -at Baby’s All Right, $5. They’re also here on 9/24 (technically 9/25), same time

9/17 dubwise darkwave French keys/vox girl duo Brigitte at the Standard Hotel. On 9/18 they’re at le Poisson Rouge (duh, right?) at 8:30 for $20

9/18, 6 PM dancer Astad Deboo and zither player/flutist Yukio Tsuji perform ancient material from the Morroccan court in gallery 463 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, freee w/museum adm. On your way in, you might just get sidetracked by the brilliant Mariachi Real De Mexico de Ramón Ponce who will be playing in the museum’s great hall

9/18, 7 PM fearless musicologist Jason Hamacher discusses his travels in war-torn Syria, tracking down and recording ancient Jewish and Armenian sounds, among others, in a conversation to celebrate the release of the new album and Forty Martyrs: Armenian Chanting from Aleppo commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the holocaust in Armenia at the Zohrab Center, 630 2nd Ave.(34/35), free

9/18, 7 PM riveting, atmospheric, intense pan-Asian avant jazz singer/pianist Jen Shyu with Mat Maneri on viola, Dan Weiss on drums at the Rubin Musum of Art, $20

9/18, 7:30 PM the Chelsea Symphony play music of Vivaldi, Vaughan Williams, Tyzen Hsiao: and a Seth Bedford word premiere and Brahms’ Symphony No. 1 at at St. Paul’s Church, 315 W 22nd St, $20 sugg don.

9/18-20 drummer Dafnis Prieto leads his sextet with Peter Apfelbaum on tenor at the Jazz Standard, 7:30/9:30 PM, $30

9/18, 8 PM Middle Eastern/Central Asian/jazz jamband TriBeCaStan play the albumrelease show for their new one at Drom, $12 adv tix rec

9/18, 8 PM Ana Popovic – the Serbian Stevie Ray Vaughan – at Highline Ballroom, $20 adv tix rec

9/18, 8 PM hypnotic, intense Bollywood music/dance troupe Mystic India at NJPAC in Newark, $25 tix avail

9/18, 8 PM Certain General guitarslinger Phil Gammage’s Adventures in Bluesland– whose material spans from Muddy Waters to Elvis to originals – at Lucille’s, $tba. They’re also at Rock Shop on 9/23 at 8:30

9/18, 8 PM edgy female-fronted funk band Eliza & the Organix – feat. swirly alto sax player Kristen Tivey – at Leftfield

9/18, 8 PM legendary Japanese underground big band jazz with the Tochio Swing Beats at Flushing Town Hall, $16

9/18, 8:30 PM, repeating on 9/19 at 7:30 PM the Chelsea Symphony play orchestral works by Brahms and others at St. Peter’s German Church in Chelsea

9/18, 9 PM awesomely fun, Australian female-fronted garage-psych/punk-pop band the Pink Tiles at the Gutter in Williamsburg

9/18, 9 PM intense, original up-and-coming pianist/composer JJ Beck – jazz roots, cinematic scope, classical chops, punk inspiration – at Caffe Vivaldi

9/18, 10 PM eclectic, electric C&W/blues band the Jug Addicts at Barbes

9/18, 10 PM one of the best, most purposeful psychedelic metal acts of the last 20 years, Washington State power trio Mos Generator at Bowery Electric, $15 adv tx rec

9/19, 3 PM Drina Seay – torchy Americana/soul/jazz siren who is to NYC now what Neko Case was to Portland in 1999 – at the Pleasant Village Community Garden, Pleasant Ave. btwn 118th & 119th St., 4/6 to 116th St.

9/19, 4 PM the Time & Luck Quartet – led by Joshua and Lindsay of the Flatbellys – play their oldtimey Appalachian sounds at Madison Square Park

9/19, 5 PM one of this era’s most intense, gripping folk noir artists, Liz Tormes followed at 6 by former Bogman Vic Thrill at Pete’s  

9/19, 6:30 PM intense folk noir/Americana/art-rock chanteuse/bandleader Betty Soo at the big room at the Rockwood, $10

9/19, 7:30 PM Son of Power Popaholic Fest kicks off with plaintive, soulful Baltimore singer Joylene Dalia’s catchy, jangly, purist band the Honest Mistakes followed at 8:15 by Youngstown, Ohio powerpop/garage band the Deadbeat Poets (basically a reconfiguration of Cleveland legends the Infidels, with longtime Stiv Bators collaborator Frank Secich), Boston powerpop band Watts (named for the Stones drummerr), power trio the Turnback and then at 11:15 first-wave garage legend Arthur Alexander’s latest project, the Sorrows at Matchless

9/19, 7:30 PM  the Lou Rainone Quintet +1 with enigmatic chanteuse Dorian Devins, Richie Vitale – trumpet , Larry Farrell – trombone , Tom Dicarlo – bass , Taro Okamoto – drums at Smalls

9/19, 8 PM Shahin Najafi – who’s sort of the Iranian Joe Strummer – and his band at Drom, $25 adv tix a must

9/19, 8 PM lyrically edgy, socially aware banjo/uke harmony duo the Lords of Liechtenstein at the People’s Voice Cafe, $18, “no one turned away”

9/19, 8 PM Turkish-American third-stream/pastoral jazz chanteuse and guitarist Sinem Saniye at the new Club Bonafide, 212 E 52nd St.$15 adv tix rec

9/19, 9 PM vicious noiserock jamband the the Skull Practitioners– led by Steve Wynn sparring partner/genius guitarist Jason Victor – at Passenger Bar in Williamsburg

9/19, 9ish searing, theatrical Romany/Balkan punk rockers Bad Buka at Mehanata

9/19, 9 PM intense Romany/flamenco art-rock violin-guitar duo Kozm at the big room at the Rockwood, $10

9/19, 9 PM boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band at Hill Country

9/19, 9 PM swirly psychedelic garage-pop band Aircraft at Arlene’s

9/19, 9 PM the Orb Mellon Trio (resonator guitar, harmonica, drums) plays down-and-dirty Delta blues and Hill Country music at Dinosaur BBQ in Gowanus, free

9/19, 9:30 PM baritone sax legend Joe Temperley brings decades of irrepressible purism to a rare trio show with with pianist Adam Birnbaum and bassist Yasushi Nakamura.at Mezzrow, $20

9/19, 9/10:30 PM drummer Barry Altschul’s 3dom Factor – the best possible trio context you can see saxophonist Jon Irabagon play in right now – with Joe Fonda on bass at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 minimum.

9/20, 3 PM organist Christopher Houlihan performs works by JS Bach and Saint-Saens, as well as Louis Vierne’s Symphony No. 4 and the New York premiere of Patrick Greene’s Steel Symphony, (inspired by metal sculptures from the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Massachusetts) at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, 856 Pacific St, (Vanderbilt/Underhill; 2/3 to Bergen St., free

9/20, 4 PM slyly humorous urban country bandleader Alex Battles in the front room at Freddy’s

9/20, 4 PM no wave funk cult heroes James Chance and the Contortions at Trans-Pecos, $12

9/20, 5 PM ethereal, edgy jazz violinist Charlie Burnham leads a group at Barbes followed at 9 by bassist/horn man Matt Pavolka’s bouncy, staccato Horns Band

9/20, 6 PM Philly Afropunk legends McRad at Grand Victory

9/20, 6 PM pianist Beatrix Becker and cellist Noah Hoffeld team up for a darkly intense evening informed by jazz, klezmer, tango and other tasty styles at Cornelia St. Cafe, $8 includes a drink! Followed at 8:30 PM (separate $10 admission) by ambitious, smart, noir-inclined tenor sxophonist Patrick Cornelius and his octet.

9/20, 6 PM intense improvising cellist cellist Daniel Levin with cellist/alto saxophonist Chris Pitsiokos at Downtown Music Gallery, free

9/20, 6 PM balmy, sardonically individualistic vocal jazz stylist Dorian Devins and her trio at the Bahche, 191 7th St, (between 2nd and 3rd Aves) in Gowanus, free

9/20, 6 PM “poets Liza Jessie Peterson and Tongo Eisen-Martin, who will perform with violinists Jennifer Choi and Cornelius Dufallo, present music by Randall Woolf, Cornelius Dufallo, Aleksandra Vrebalov, Preston Stahly and Kenji Bunch, a blend of modern classical, hiphop, and American folk music” at the granite terrace in Brooklyn Bridge Park, free, go left when yo hit the Fulton Landing and follow the sound

9/20, 7 PM the sardonically titled Whippersnappers with Nick Anderson – drums; Mark Marshal l- guitar; Ari Folman-Cohen – bass; Kevin Moehringer – trombone; Pasquale Cangiano – trumpet; Akie Bermiss – vocals and piano; Kyle Nasser – sax and Alex Spiegelman – alto sax play classic ska, rocksteady and roots reggae grooves at Barbes followed at 9 by psychedelic/art-rock/ Romany guitar genius Stephane Wrembel

9/20, 8 PM psychedelic klezmer/bluegrass mandolin and clarinet legend Andy Statman at the Jalopy, $10

9/20, 10 PM brilliant Americana rock guitarslinger and tunesmith Tom Clark & the High Action Boys upstairs at 2A

9/20, 10 PM Led Zep stoner blues soundalikes Wake the Sun at Bowery Electric

9/20, 10:30 PM sweeping, swinging vibraphone jazz with the Behn Gillece Quartet feat. Nate Radley – guitar , Ugonna Okegwo – bass , Jason Tiemann – drums at Smalls http://www.behngillecejazz.com

9/21, 7 PM devious all-female honkytonk cover band Your Ex-Girlfriends at the big room at the Rockwood

9/21, 8 PM a night of murder ballads assembled by creepy noir chamber pop/murder ballad duo Charming Disaster – Sweet Soubrette’s femme fatale frontwoman Ellia Bisker and Kotorino’s murderous Jeff Morris = featuring cello rocker Patricia Santos, Donald and Lydia, Karen Poliski. the Debutante Hour’s Susan Hwang, Lyndol Descant, Jessica Clinton, at Branded Saloon, free

9/21, 8 PM older and newer improvising noisemaker, in reverse order: the Jazzfakers, Aaron Moore, Adam Bohman and Clive Graham, Schuyler Tsuda, and bewitchingly assaultive art-rock duo Naked Roots Conducive (violinist Natalia Steinbach and cellist Valerie Kuehne) at Spectrum, $10

9/21, 8 PM contrasting performances by Australian artists: ambient music maven Lawrence English and the acerbic, explosive John Chantler at the Walker Space, 40 Walker St. in Tribeca, $12

9/21, 8:30 PM innovative, kinetic vibraphonist Yuhan Su leads her band with Matt Holman, trumpet, flugelhorn; Petros Klampanis, bass; Nathan Ellman-Bell, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 minimum.

9/21, 9 PM NYC jazz legend and twin-reedman George Braith leads a quintet at the Fat Cat

9/21, 9:30 PM Moneco – NYC’s best psychedelic cumbia band now that Chicha Libre are on the shelf – at Barbes

9/21. 10 PM smart, soaring original blue-eyed soul/Americana songwriter Jo Williamson at LIC Bar

9/22, 6:30 PM up-and-coming guitarist/songwriter Alicyn Yaffee -the rare artist who successfully bridges the gap between lyrically-fueled chamber pop and jazz – at the Bar Next Door, free. She’s a strong singer too.

9/22-27, 8/10 PM powerhouse extended trumpet technique maven Peter Evans books a weeklong stand at the Stone, $15. Choice pick: the 9/25 10 PM show, his quintet with Ron Stabinsky (piano, synth) Tom Blancarte (bass) Jim Black (drums, electronics) http://www.moreismorerecords.com

9/22,. 8 PM free improv night: radical listening with Lipchitz (David Grollman/Ryan Krause), Jonathan Wood Vincent, Emilie Lesbros, and Naked Roots Conducive at Jack, $10

9/22, 8:30 Laura Ortman-violin with Patrick Holmes & Greg Fox. A new trio! followed at 10 by the tuneful Giacomo Merega playing a clinic in solo electric bass at Freddy’s

9/22-27, 8:30/10:30 PM lyrical, purposeful jazz guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel with bassist Eric Revis and drummer Nasheet Waits at the Vanguard, $25

9/22, 9:30 PM trumpeter Josh Evans leads 15-piece his big band at Smalls

9/22, 10 PM jangly, sharply lyrical folk-rock/chamberpop band the Morning Sea – like a more stripped-down, less druggy Elliott Smith – at the big room at the Rockwood

9/23, 7 PM the Unintended – a spinoff of lyrically brilliant, noirish, swamp punk/Americana rockers Shanghai Love Motel – at the Parkside, free

9/23, 7 PM charming but edgy Americana songstress Kelli King at the Bitter End

9/23, 7:30 PM a rare jazz accordion duo project with Gil Goldstein and Marc Berthoumieux at at the new Club Bonafide, 212 E 52nd St., $15, use code WBGO for a buck fifty off the cover charge, what a deal, huh?

9/23, 8 PM a rare US appearance by the Cumbia All-Stars – some of the greatest stars of psychedelia and surf rock in Peru in the 70s – at SOB’s, $25 gen adm – considering how many people came out for Los Wemblers in Red Hook, early arrival is a good idea

9/23, 8 PM Brooklyn Raga Massive put their psychedelic Indian classical spin on a wide swath of John Coltrane material spanning several of his eras, delving into the legacy with selections by Alice Coltrane, Pharaoh Sanders and the colossus himself at Pioneer Works, $15

9/23, 8 PM 90s dancehall and golden era roots reggae: Top Shotta Band featuring Screechy Dan followed by Black Uhuru – dunno which edition of the band this is, there’ve been so many – at Brooklyn Bowl, $15

9/23-24, 8:30 PM terse, smart Americana band Darlingside at the big room at the Rockwood

9/23, 9 PM a rare US performance by North African Balkan brass band hybrid Fanfarai at Drom, $15 adv tix rec. Their latest album is off the hook.

9/23, 9ish spine-tingling, charismatic Romany singer Eva Salina solo at the Jalopy, free

9/23, 9 PM Balkan bands at Freddy’s. Lineup TBA, hint: it’s the NY Gypsy Festival, so there could be artists rarely seen and heard in NYC here.

9/23, 9/10:30 PM politically relevant, breathtakingly eclectic Middle Eastern jazz with saxophonist Ochion Jewell plays the album release show for his new cd Volk with his amazing band:: Moroccan pianist Amino Belyamani, Persian-American bassist Sam Minaie, and Pakistani-American drummer Qasim Naqvi at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 minn.

9/23, 9 PM charming, low-key, vividly lyrically-driven Americana/chamber-pop guy/girl duo the Rough & Tumble – like a stripped-down Hem – at the small room at the Rockwood

9/23, 10 PM Portland, Oregon roots reggae band Satfisi at Shrine

9/24, 7 PM former Church twelve-string guitar genius Marty Willson-Piper’s Acres Of Space at the big room at the Rockwood, $20

9/24, 7 PM the Amernet String Quartet play works by Alex Freeman, Mathew Fuerst, and Daniel Ott at Merkin Concert Hall, $25

9/24-27 the Jeff “Tain” Watts Blue 5 with Troy Roberts – saxophones; Paul Bollenback – guitar (9/25 – 9/27 only); James Francies – piano; Orlando Le Fleming – bass, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $30

9/24, 7:30 PM eclectic border rock/psychedelic cumbia/funk/rock en Espanol band La Santa Cecilia at le Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec

9/24, 7:30 PM the Krar Collective play upbeat, otherworldly Ethiopian funk at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

9/24, 8 PM explosive psychedelic metal band Greek Judas – formerly known as Que Vlo-Ve – ripping the hell out of rembetiko classics from the 1920s and 30s Greek gangster underground at Barbes

9/24, 8 PM ferocious, brilliantly lyrical punk/powerpop band Wormburner – probably the closest thing to the Jam the US has ever produced -at the Mercury, $10 adv tix rec

9/24, 8 PM reliably terse, smart, klezmer/third-stream piano improviser Anthony Coleman plays his birthday show with a massive cast of familar former Tonic faces at Roulette, $20/$15 stud/srs

9/24, 8:30 PM the powerhouse Dave Pietro on saxophone with Johannes Weidenmueller on bass and Ari Hoenig on drums at the Bar Next Door, $12

9/24, 8:30 PM pianist Conor Hanick performs Hans Otte’s spare, luminous minimalist cult favorite 80-minute suite Book Of Sounds at Spectrum, $15/$10 stud.

9/24, 9;30 PM newgrass/bluegrass string band the Blackberry Bushes at the Jalopy, $6 adv tix rec

9/24, 10 PM hilarious faux-French rockers les Sans Culottes – whose new album Les Dieux Ont Soif is both great fun and potently relevant – s at Rock Shop, $10

9/24, 10:30 PM the JD Allen Trio at Smalls. A rare chance to catch this era’s most relevant tenor sax player at the peak of his restless power and gravitas.

9/24, 11ish ferocious, guitarishly brilliant rockabilly/noir janglerocker Kim Lenz & the Jaguars at Bowery Electric

9/25, 7:30/9:30 PM darkly glimmering jazz pianist pianist Edward Simon and his awe-inspiring, lyrical quartet with Miguel Zenón – alto sax; Felipe Fournier – percussion, vibes; Jorge Roeder – bass at the Jazz Gallery, $22

9/25, 7:30 PM intense, soaring North Carolina Americana chanteuse/bandleader Jeanne Jolly at the big room at the Rockwood, $15

9/25, 7;30 PM the MSM Jazz Philharmonic Orchestra with guest soloists Dave Liebman, saxophone; Gilson Peranzzetta, piano, accordion and Cliff Korman, piano play music by Peranzzetta and Edu Lobo at Borden Auditorium at Manhattan School of Music, free but tix req

9/25, 8 PM opening night of the Brooklyn Americana Festival features the Mike and Ruthy Band, Mike Farkas of the increasingly psychedelic, rocking Wiyos, edgy Americana rock songweriter Ana Egge – who’s got a great new album out – Caleb Caudle, and soaringly haunting Yorkshire lass Jan Bell at the Jalopy, $15 adv tix rec

9/25 9 PM charmingly edgy oldschool C&W/Americana rock songstress Karen Hudson at Bar Chord

9/25, 9 PM strange and intense new performance art: Social Health Performance Club presents live performances by: Zachary Fabri, Raphael Sanchez, Geraldo Mercado+ Joiri Minaya at Grace Exhibition Space, 840 Broadway, 2nd Floor (btwn. Ellery St. & Park Ave., entrance left of liquor store – ring top buzzer, sugg don., J to Lorimer St/G to Flushing Ave.

9/25, 9:30 PM a rare duo show with Mike LeDonne moving from his usual organ to piano, with bassist Bob Cranshaw at Mezzrow, $20

9/25, 10ish fuzztone garage rockers the Mystery Lights and reverb-drenched dark garage-psych band the Heaters playing the album release show for their new one at Alphaville, $10

9/25, 10 PM roots reggae group Royal Khaoz at Shrine

9/25, 10 PM Bad Bad Hats – Minneapolis band with an Australian-accented frontwoman, growling fuzztone bass, catchy skittish garage guitar – followed at 11 by the Mynabirds, whose fearless politics you have to admire, it’s just a shame that the music hasn’t measured up lately, at Rough Trade, $12 adv tix rec

9/25, 10:30 PM pyrotechnic alto sax player Mike DiRubbo leads a quintet with Ugonna Okegwo – bass , Rudy Royston – drums , Josh Evans – trumpet , Brian Charette – organ at Smalls

9/25, 11 PM popular Americana highway rockers Waylon Speed at the Shop bbq joint in Bushwick

9/25 the Brown and Breen Piano Duo and didgeridoo player Russell Smith perform rare works by Australian composers, including the US premiere of Peter Sculthorpe’s final composition, “Island Songs,” plusworks by Percy Grainger, Elena Kats-Chermin, and Miriam Hyde at Symphony Space, free

9/26, 11 AM – 6 PM the SAE Institute holds their annual free allday mix of music tech demos, the latest production gizmos and panel discussions at the SAE Institute New York, 218 W 18th St, registration req

9/26, 2 PM this year’s Brooklyn Americana Festival continues with the high-voltage, rustic Strung Out String Band, oldtimey washboard/guitar duo Dubl Handi at 3, socially relevant country crooner Jesse Lenat at 4, Jan Bell’s haunting all-female harmony quartet the Maybelles at 5 and ferocious, intense blues guitarist/singer Will Scott at 6 and M Shanghi String Band headlining at 7 on the stage at Pier 1 in Brooklyn Bridge Park, go left when you hit the Fulton landing and follow the sound

9/26, 3 PM hard-hitting, brass-fueled newschool latin soul/boogaloo dance band Spanglish Fly at the Chile and Chocolate Festival at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, $20/$15 stud/srs, kids 12 and under free

9/26, 4 PM this year’s Brooklyn Americana Festival continues with banjoist Hilary Hawke leading an old time jam session followed by performances by Rashad Brown, Alex Mallett, Clarence Bucaro, Landry McMeans (Gangstagrass), and the wryly irrepressible Alex Battles at 68 Jay St Bar,.

9/26, 6 PM Sitar maestro Krishna Bhatt at the Rubin Musum of Art, $30

9/26, 6 PM singer and tireless vocal jazz advocate Katie Bull performs material from her new album All Hot Bodies Radiate with her first-class combo at the Whynot Jazz Room, $12

9/26, 7:30/9:30 PM trumpeter Marquis Hill‘s Signatures in Brass with a mighty six-trumpet frontline also including Phillip Dizack, Keyon Harrold, Billy Buss, Josh Evans, Ingrid Jensen plus ; Theo Hill – piano; Eric Wheeler – bass; Obed Calvaire – drums playing Kendall Moore compositions at the Jazz Gallery, $22. Part of this year’s reliably adrenalizing Festival of New Trumpet Music.

9/26, 8 PM colorful pianist Lang Lang plays works by Beethoven, Tschaikovsky and Chopin at NJPAC in Newark, $25 seats avail.

9/26, 8 PM the NY Gypsy Festival’s highlight this year is this amazing lineup: Sevillian flamenco chanteuse Elena Andujar, the amazing high-voltage original Balkan group Cocek Brass Band at 9:15, roaringly theatrical Balkan punks Bad Buka at 10:30, the amazingly tight and explosively jam-oriented Raya Brass Band at 11:45 and similarly combustible Romany string band Balti Mare at 1 AM at Drom, $15 adv tix rec

9/26, 8 PM the extraordinary, otherworldly Iranian Dastan Ensemble joined by rising star classical chanteuse Mahdieh Mohammadkhani at Roulette, $32/$28 stud/srs, expensive but worth it

9/26, 9 PM a killer night of surf music: Dick Dale cover band Let’s Go Trippin’, the cinematic TarantinosNYC and the Derangers at Sidewalk

9/26, 9 PM edgy psychedelic tropicalia chanteuse/bandleader Holly Holden y Su Banda at Shrine

9/26, 9 PM ghoulabilly bassist/bandleader Jessica Lee Wilkes and her band followed by Texas rockabilly crew the Bellfuries at Union Hall, $10

9/26, 9 PM exhilarating  late-1800s style Appalachian/blues string band the Down Hill Strugglers at the Jalopy $10

9/26, 9 PM intense, alternately hypnotic and soaringly anthemic art-rock pianist/songwriter/indie classical composer Kristin Hoffmann at Caffe Vivaldi. She hasn’t played here in a long time, so arrive early if you’re going.

9/26, 9/10:30 PM, repeating on 9/28 at 8:30 PM thoughtful, soulful trombonist Ryan Keberle & Catharsis with Mike Rodriguez, trumpet; Camila Meza, voice; Jorge Roeder, bass; Eric Doob, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 minimum.

9/26, 10 PM fiery garage punks the 45 Adapters at Grand Victory, $10

9/26, 11 PM spiky, irresisittibly fun Hawaiian swing with King Isto’s Tropical String Band at Pete’s

9/26, 11ish Vancouver first-wave punk legends DOA at Bowery Electric, $18 adv tix rec

9/26, midnight perennially sinister ex-Cramps and Gun Club guitarist   Kid Congo Powers & the Pink Monkey Birds play their noir cabaret-infused postpunk at Littlefield, $15

9/26-27 ex-Old Crow Medicine Show oldtime folk maven Willie Watson at the Rockwood

9/27, 11 AM Sunday bluegrass brunch at Superfine in Dumbo with Demolition String Band, Willy Gantrim, and Abby Hollander

9/27, noon Brooklyn legend Eddie “The Shiek” Kolchak leads his reliably inspired neighborhood Middle Eastern band the Amber-Aba Orchestra, delivering Middle Eastern bellydance classics and pop hits from the 50s and even further back on Atlantic Ave. just up the block from Sahadi’s as part of this year’s Atlantic Antic.

9/27, 2 PM a wind/strings octet from the Orchestra of St. Luke’s plays music by Beethoven, Strauss, and Nielsen at the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Snug Harbor, Staten Island, free. The program repeats at 6:30 PM at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, 1040 Grand Concourse.

9/27, 3 PM clarinetist Charles Neidich joins chamber orchestra the New York Classical Players for a dynamite program of works by Mozart, Nielsen’s Clarinet Concerto, Schönberg’s Verklärte Nacht, and Neidich’s own “Scherzissimo” for clarinet and strings at Church of the Heavenly Rest, on 90th and Fifth, free

9/27, 4 PM bad segue, great twinbill: a rare solo set by charismatic Romany singer Eva Salina followed by the Jack Grace Band playing their boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic under the archway below the Manhattan Bridge in Dumbo. Follow the sound!

9/27, 4 PM popular Lynchian crooner/bandleader Nicole Atkins followed by the perennially intense, tuneful godfather of edgy, lyrical, anthemic downtown NYC rock, Willie Nile at the Hoboken Arts & Music Festival, Washington St. and First St., free

9/27, 4:30 PM the George Gee Swing Orchestra – beneficiaries of trombonist Dave Gibson’s cool new arrangements – squeeze themselves into Smalls

9/27, 6 PM closing night of this year’s Brooklyn Americana Festival at Superfine in Dumbo featuring the Dirty Waltz Project – who don’t limit themselves to 3/4 time – followed by fiery Americana rock songwriter Ana Egge and the Balladeers, and the bluesy, lively New Orleans-style Free Agents Brass Band.

9/27, 7 PM maestro Dong-hyun Kim conducts the Queensboro Symphony Orchestra – NYC’s hottest new classical ensemble – in the world premier of Paul Joseph’s symphonic fantasy The King of the Mask,a multidisciplinary extravaganza and the lifelong reflection of celebrated Cuban artist Roman Valdes. Also on the bill: James Cohn’s rarely heard Symphony #4. at Mary’s Nativity Church, 46-02 Parsons Blvd. (at Holly Ave.), Flushing, just a short 10 minute walk from the Flushing Ave. stop on the 7 train, or take the Q27, Q65 bus

9/27, 7 PM brilliant bassist/singer Felice Rosser’s perennially vital groove band Faith at Green Oasis Garden, 368 E 8th St btwn Ave C and D

9/27, 7:30 PM smartly pensive, often haunting one-man string orchestra Christopher Tignor, SYMBOL (Chris King of This Will Destroy You) and Christian Frederickson (of Rachels) at Littlefield, $12

9/27, 7:30 PM pianist Victor Paukstelis plays visual art-inspired works by Scarlatti, Schumann, Debussy, Chopin, Rameau, and Liszt at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $25

9/27, 9 PM Czech indie classical luminary Iva Bittova with the Window Quartet at le Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec

9/28, 6 PM pianist Liz Magnes and violinist Rosi Hertley play haunting, klezmer-tinged third-stream jazz at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 minimum.

9/28, 7:30 PM pianist Thomas Muraco with the American String Quartet’s Peter Winograd, violin and Wolfram Koessel, cello play an all-Brahms program at Greenfield Hall at Manhattan School of Music, free

9/28, 8 PM Karolina Cicha and Bart Pałyga play haunting, feral, otherworldly Polesian folk tunes at Drom, $15 adv tix rec

9/29, half past noon violinists Lynn Bechtold & Mioi Takeda play “A History of Immigration via Violin Duos” including Rain Worthington’s Night Stream at the charming little Church of the Transfiguration, 1 E 29th St, $5 sugg don

9/29, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, a trombone/cello/bass clarinet trio subset of Ensemble Signal plays works by Francesconi, Saariaho and Luciano Berio’s Sequenza V at the Miller Theatre, free, get there on time because these free shows are getting mightly popular.

9/29, 7:30/9:30 PM moody Middle Eastern-inspired pianist Shai Maestro leads a quartet with Jorge Roeder – bass; Ziv Ravitz – drums; Theo Bleckmann – special guest vocalist at the Jazz Standard, $25

9/29, 8 PM intense, eclectic chamber pop/art-rock bandleader Lorraine Leckie and Her Demons joined by Czech violin wizard Pavel Cingl at the Mercury, $10

9/29, 8 PM postbop trumpet legend Eddie Henderson leads an allstar Quartet with special guests Marquis Hill, Randy Brecker and Dave Douglas and George Cables – piano; Doug Weiss – bass; Billy Drummond – drums at the Lang Community & Student Center, Arnhold Hall, 2nd Fl. at the New School (55 W. 13th St) , $20

9/29-30 and 10/2, 8 PM flutist Claire Chase plays three Edgar Varese-inspired solo programs at the Kitchen, $12. Day one is works from the avant canon: Reich, Lucier et al. day two, the most eclectic, includes works by Du Yun and Felipe Lara; day three is the most adventurous with pieces by Nathan Davis, Jason Eckardt, Dai Fujikura, Pauline Oliveros, and Francesca Verunelli

9/29-10/4, 8/10 PM a week of up-and-coming New England Conservatory talent booked by Anthony Coleman and Hankus Netsky play the Stone, $15

9/29, 9 PM slowcore art-rockers Godspeed You Black Emperor at Terminal 5, $30 adv tix avail at the Mercury box ofc Tues-Sat noon-6 PM

9/29, 9:30 PM a talented chamber quartet: Emir Gamsızoğlu – piano;; Angela Shankar – clarinet; Artur Kaganovskiy – violin; Michael Katz – cello play Romany-influenced classical works by Schubert, Hubay and others as part of this year’s NY Gypsy Festival at Drom, $15 adv tix rec

9/29, 9:30 PM saxophone powerhouse Lucas Pino‘s two-guitar No No Nonet at Smalls

9/30, 7 PM Estonian folk singer Maarja Nuut makes psychedelic loopmusic out of ancient Black Sea themes at Elebash Hall at CUNY, 365 5th Ave, $20

9/30, 7:30/9:30 PM composer Miho Hazama and M-Unit – her massive big band with string section – at the Jazz Standard, $25

9/30. 7:30 PM Positone Records Night at Smalls with two of their best acts: superb postbop composer and tenor saxophonist Tom Tallitsch leading a killer quintet with David Gibson – trombone , Jon Davis – piano , Peter Brendler – bass , Rudy Royston – drums followed at 10:30 PM by irrepressible B3 organ magician Brian Charette‘s quintet with Joe Magnarelli – trumpet , Walt Weiskopf – tenor sax , Doug Webb – tenor sax , and Rudy Royston doing double duty

9/30, 8 PM the Momenta String Quartet play works by Sparr, Dan Visconti, Philip Glass’ Music in Similar Motion, Christian Wolff and Charles Ives’ String Quartet No. 2 at the Tenri Institute, 43 W13th St, $15

9/30, 8 PM the new trio of Gelsey Bell (voice), Miguel Frasconi (glass and electronics), and Cleek Schrey (hardanger fiddle) improvise at Roulette, $20/$15 stud/srs

9/30, 8 PM violinist Zoe Black and pianist Joe Chindamo play their new arrangement of Bach’s Goldberg Variations at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $25

9/30, 8:30 PM pensive, reliably interesting guitarist Tom Chang leads his band with Quinsin Nachoff, tenor sax; Jeremy Powell, tenor sax; Sam Minaie, bass; Ziv Ravitz, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 minimum.

9/30, 9 PM a rare reunion show by Boston all-female Howlin Wolf-influenced dark garage rock duo Mr. Airplane Man followed by Memphis allstar garage band Reigning Sound at the Bell house, $15

9/30, 9ish a solid newschool metal boogie twinbill with fenale-fronted trio the Well and Kadavar at St. Vitus, $20

9/30, 10 PM creepy noir chamber pop/murder ballad duo Charming Disaster – Sweet Soubrette’s femme fatale frontwoman Ellia Bisker and Kotorino’s murderous Jeff Morris at Pete’s

9/30 clever, torchy lo-fi original Americana banjo player/chanteuse Odetta Hartman at Elvis Guesthouse, 85 Avenue A.

10/1, 6:30 PM a wind/strings octet from the Orchestra of St. Luke‘s plays music by Beethoven, Strauss, and Nielsen at the Brooklyn Historical Society. 128 Pierrepont St, downtown Brooklyn, free. The program repeats on 10/3 at 5 at the Rubin Museum of Art and then on 10/4 at 2 PM at the Queens Museum in Corona Park across the way from where Shea Stadium used to be.

10/1, 7 PM balmy, sardonically individualistic vocal jazz stylist Dorian Devins and her trio play a celebration of Harlem jazz at Settepani:,196 Malcolm X Blvd, (Lenox Ave) at 120th St., free

10/1, 7:30 PM subversively hilarious cabaret personality/chanteuse Tammy Faye Starlite leads an all-star chamber-rock band playing her twistedly brilliant Marianne Faithfull parody/homage at Pangea, $20

10/1, 7:30 PM otherworldly, rustic, haunting folk tunes and originals from the Reupblic of Georgia with Zedashe at Drom, $15 adv tix rec. Followed at 9:30 PM (separate adm, $15 adv tix available) by fiery female-fronted Russian Romany trio Via Romen

10/1, 8 PM sharp (get there a little early to make it easy on the host), a rare Manhattan house concert with poignantly lyrical, velvet-voiced southwestern gothic/tropicalia/psychedelia songwriter Jenifer Jackson at a convenient Upper West location (close to 1/2/3 trains at 96th), email for info/location

10/1, 8 PM the Momenta String Quartet with pianist Gilbert Kalish play “The Concert from Hell” with works by Julián Carrillo, Eugène Ysaÿe, Philip Glass, George Crumb’s Black Angels and Charles Ives’ Halloween at the Tenri Institute, 43 W13th St, $15

10/1. 9 PM a smaller subset of mighty 75-woman Brazilian drum battalion BatalaNYC at Meridian 23

10/1, 9 PM in reverse order; skronky, angular postpunk experimentalists Grex, the bludgeoning Weasel Walter/Chris Pitsiokos Duo, the baritone sax-driven, assaultive Andrew Barker Trio, and some serious shredding with Max Jaffe/Branxon Seabrook/Tim Dahl at Muchmore’s, $7. Also see 10/2.

10/1, 10 PM the Super Friends Band play surf and soul classics at Hank’s

10/1 a super rare Steve Wynn solo acoustic show at Bowery Electric. Saw the legendary noir psychedelic songwriter/guitar duellist play solo many, many years ago at Westbeth and the show was amazing.

10/2, 8 PM a killer triplebill at Sidewalk of all places: country blues guitar genius Lenny Molotov’s swing band the Fascinators followed by Mac McCarty & the Kidd Twist Band playing their fiery, sometimes unexpectedly poignant Pogues-ish punk and folk noir and then Joe Yoga, frontman of ferociously tuneful southwestern gothic rockers the Downward Dogs

10/2, 9:30 PM in reverse order: skronky, angular postpunk experimentalists Grex, Michael Coleman’s rainy-day bedroom pop project Young Nudist, clarinetist Aaron Novik‘s Abebbe, and drummer Marc Edwards and Slipstream Time Travel‘s smoky, enveloping firestorm at Pine Box Rock Shop, 12 Grattan St , Bushwick, L to Morgan Ave., free

10/2, 10 PM this era’s greatest cinematic noir guitar instrumentalists, Big Lazy at Barbes

10/3, 5 PM hypnotic, high-energy Garifuna dance-rock bandleader.guitarist Aurelio Martinez and band at the Brooklyn Museum, free He’s also at the Lincoln Center Atrium at 7:30 PM on 10/15

10/3, 8 PM singer/guitatarist Mia Wilson’s haunting, blues-infused, angst-ridden, psychedelic project with brilliant lead guitarist Quincy Ledbetter, the Bright Smoke at Union Hall, $10

10/3, 8 PM the Momenta String Quartet with guest Marcy Rosen on cello play the Debussy String Quartet plus George Crumb’s Sonata for Solo Cello and works by Michael Small, Luigi Boccherini, Tomas Luis de Victoria:at the Tenri Institute, 43 W13th St, $15

10/3, 8 PM one of Spain’s leading flamenco guitarists, Antón Jiménez, in a rare Brooklyn show at Roulette, $30/$26 stud/srs

10/3, 1 AM ish (actually the wee hours of 10/4) the ferocious, politically-inspired Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires play their “real Alabama R&R” at Baby’s All Right, $12

10/4, 11 AM community day at the newly opened National Sawdust in Williamasburg, free. Australian violinist Jon Rose engages the public with a ten-foot-tall, interactive electronic musical instrument, yikes! Via sensors and radio transmission, the movements and speed of the ball determine the sonic results. Puppeteer/designer/director Julian Crouch and musician/composer Saskia Lane—Birdheart collaborators and booking agents at the venue —join forces with Asphalt Orchestra for an interactive puppet parade to the East River at 3 PM. Found Sound Nation supply mobile studios throughout the parade for the public to make free recordings. The concert there that night with sets at 7 PM/9 PM features Terry Riley’s Abbeyozzud and Beyond with Gyan Riley, Zach Brock (violin), David Cossin (percussion), Travis Laplante (saxophone), Matmos (electronics), Benjamin Verdery and guitarists from the Yale School of Music, and Evan Ziporyn (saxophone), $25

10/4, 4 PM a free all-ages triplebill at Paperbox with carnivalesque tropical Romany cutups Consumata followed at 5 by snarling punk blues duo Slim Wray and at 6 by neo glamrockers the Bushwick Hotel 

10/4, 4 PM early music ensemble Rebel perform a medieval program tracing “the Path to Enlightenment at Corpus Christi Church, 529 W 121st St, $10 seats avail.

10/4, 6:30 PM the Cassatt String Quartet play music by Peter Schickele and Antonín Dvorák at the Lounge at Hudson View Gardens, 128 Pinehurst Ave at 183rd St., $12 sugg don, reception to follow..

10/4, 7:30 PM a wild windup to this year’s NY Gypsy Festival with – in reverse order -trumpet icon Frank London’s Klezmer Brass All-Stars featuring singer Eleanor Reissa; NYC’s long-running, eclectic Hungry March Band; the similarly eclectic, Ellington and hip-hop-influenced Slavic Soul Party and the Underground Horns, who veer from the Balkans to the Mediterranean to New Orleans, at the Schimmel Auditorium at Pace Univ. on Spruce St. in the financial district, $20

10/4, 8 PM the Momenta String Quartet with guest pianist Gordon Beeferman play improvisational works by Borey Shin, Wilfrido Terrazas, Gordon Beeferman, Yusef Lateef: and Arthur Kampela, many of them world premieres, at the Tenri Institute, 43 W13th St, $15

10/4 9 PM a killler noir twinbill upstairs at 2A with the Orbisonesque blue-eyed soul of CC Carana and the ghoulabilly/protorock menace of Reid Paley

10/5 fiery, gospel-infused belter Lizzie Edwards leads a brilliant pickup band – comprising most of the people who played that awesome New Marble Giants tribute last month – in a performance of Paul McCartney’s Ram album at Bowery Electric

10/6, 7 PM a sensationally eclectic multi-performer bill with haunting all-female Bulgarian vocal choir Black Sea Hotel performing with the Brooklyn Youth Chorus plus string quartet; other composers/performers on the bill include Paola Prestini + Caroline Shaw at National Sawdust, $25

10/6, 7:30 PM the Imani Winds play Jeff Scott’s new arrangement of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring plus works by Mendelssohn, Wayne Shorter and Simon Shaheen at Music Mondays, Advent/ Broadway Church, 2504 Broadway at 93rd St., free.

10/6, 7:30 PM an all-star lineup: Joanna Maurer and Georgy Valtchev, violin; Dov Scheindlin and Danny Kim, viola’ Joel Noyes and Wolfram Koessel, cello; Troy Rinker, bass; Anna Stoytcheva and Lora Tchekoratova, piano plays works by Mozart, Dobrinka Tabakova plus Schubert’s Trout Quintet at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $25

10/7, 3 PM the Greenwich Village Orchestra play Brahms’ Academic Festival Overture, the Elgar Cello Concerto and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 at Washington Irving HS Auditorium, 16th St./Irving Place, $15 sugg don., reception to follow

10/7, 7:30 PM OMG one of the most exciting free concerts of the year – the Chamber Orchestra of the Macedonian Philharmonic with the supersonic Ismail Lumanovski on clarinet play works by Manchev, Tura (Concerto for Clarinet and String Orchestra) and Bartok at Merkin Concert Hall, early arrival a must

10/7, 10 PM tenor saxophonist Noah Preminger and his new band – with trumpeter Jason Palmer, bassist Kim Cass and drummer Ian Froman – perform half-hour, hard-swinging visions of Bukka White’s “Parchman Farm Blues” and “Fixin’ to Die Blues,” with “the sound channeling the Mississippi Delta via Ornette Coleman’s Free Jazz” at 55 Bar, $10

10/8, 6:30 PM a rare performance of Armenian and Western classical gems: pianist Sofya Melikyan plays works by Artunian, Kachaturian, Shahrimanyan, Granados and Mompou’s immortally plaintive Variations on a Theme by Chopin at Zinc Bar, $25/$15 stud.

10/8, 7 PM puppeteer Julian Crouch and bassist Saskia Lane’s multimedia project Birdheart – a contemplation of escape and renewal, among other things – with Bang on a Can Allstars guitarist Mark Stewart plus cellist Jeffrey Zeigler at National Sawdust, $25. The program repeats on 10/11 and 10/14.

10/8, 8 PM wry newschool oldtimey songwriter Odetta Hartman plays the record release for her new one at the big room at the Rockwood. 10/24 she’s at Festival of the Hunt at the Irondale Center in Ft. Greene.

10/8, 9 PM catchy, time-warping oldtimey Americana/oldschool soul mashups with “steamboat soul” band Roosevelt Dime at the big room at the Rockwood, $10

10/8, 11 PM psychedelic powerpop/new wave rocker Mike Rimbaud plays songs from his characteristically tuneful, snarling, politically smart, Elvis Costello-esque new one Put That Dream in Your Pipe and Smoke It at Nublu

10/9-10, 7:30 PM the premiere of Stefania de Kennesey‘s Bonfire of the Vanities: The Opera, based on the Tom Wolfe bestseller, at El Teatro at El Museo del Barrio, 1230 5th Ave. at 104th St, $30

10/9, 8 PM the first of a two-day John Zorn festival at National Sawdust with the world premiere of Madrigals Books I-II sung by Lisa Bielawa, Jane Sheldon, Sarah Brailey, Mellissa Hughes, Rachel Calloway and Kirsten Sollek perform this world premiere. The 10 PM set has Asmodeus featuring Marc Ribot (guitar), Trevor Dunn (bass) and Tyshawn Sorey (drums), $25

10/9, 8 PM indie classical group Ensemble Mise-En plays an enticing program of works by Frederic Rzewski, Enda Bates. Keeril Makan, and comductor/impersario Moon Young Ha at Mise-En Place Bushwick, 678 Hart St 1B in Bushwick, L to Dekalb Ave, $20/$15 stud/srs includes a drink

10/9 well-loved 90s Americana/garage rock road warriors the Bottle Rockets at Bowery Electric

10/10, 3 PM the Heritage Blues Orchestra play their explosive New Orleans roots music followed by the Trishas and their pillowy four-part oldtime C&W harmonies at Madison Square Park

10/10, 5 PM up-and-coming pianist Brian Le plays music by music by Rachmaninoff, Beethoven, Schumann, Bartok, Chopin, Ravel and Prokofiev at the DiMenna Center, $5

10/10, 8 PM day two of the John Zorn festival at National Sawdust has Zorn reprising his legendary Met Museum improvisation a couple of years ago with Wadada Leo Smith (trumpet) and Milford Graves (drums). The 10 PM set has Cobra featuring Mark Feldman (violin), Okkyung Lee (cello), Jeffrey Zeigler (cello), Ikue Mori (electronics), Sylvie Courvoisier (piano), Brian Marsella (keyboards), Eyal Maoz (guitar), Marc Ribot (guitar), Trevor Dunn (bass), Cyro Baptista (percussion), Ches Smith (drums/vibes), Kenny Wollesen (drums/vibes) and Zorn himself as “prompter,” $25

10/11, midnight edgy Russian art-rock/indie classical keyboardist/songwriter Olga Bell plays the album release show for her new one Incitation with violinists Mari Kimura and Jon Rose at National Sawdust, $25

10/12, 7 PM intense, darkly politically-fueled Tunisian-born art-rock chanteuse Emel Mathlouthi at National Sawdust, $25

10/12, 7:30 PM pianist Judit Gabos plays an all-Bartok program at the Hungarian Consulate, 223 E 52n d St., free, rsvp reqd

10/12, 8/10:30 PM moody but kinetic third-stream pianist Romain Collin with bassist Luques Curtis and drummer Nate Wood at the Blue Note

10/12, 8 PM new electroacoustic works by Neil Rolnick performed by the composer with Ashley Bathgate, cello; Ted Nash, alto saxophone; and Kathleen Supové, piano. at Roulette, $20

10/13, 8 PM the Philadelphia Orchestra play works by Grieg and Bartok plus Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5 at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, $21 tix avail.

10/14, 6 PM the Sphinx Virtuosi with the Catalyst Quartet and composer Gabriela Lena Frank at the piano perform works by Frank, Jennifer Higdon, Jessie Montgomery, Rachel Barton Pine, Daniel Bernard Roumain at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $25

10//14, 7 PM mesmerizing, hypnotic indie classical/jazz sax ensemble Battle Trance at Bric Arts, free

10/14, 8 PM in reverse order: Balkan brass, latin soul, second-line marches and French anarchy: Frank London, Spanglish Fly, New Creations Brass Band and Les Vilains Chicot at Littlefield, $12

10/15, 6:30 PM French pianist Lise de la Salle and American violist Kyle Armbrust play works by Bach, Prokofiev, Brahms, and Kodály at the French Consulate, 934 5th Ave., $30, all proceeds to benefit the French-American Piano Society

10/15, 8 PM the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra play works by Mendelssohn, Rihm and Schumann at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, $15 tix avail.

10/15, 8 PM the Ullmann Project performs rarely heard vocal music of cult favorite, individualistic early third-stream composer (and Holocaust victim) Viktor Ullmann at Merkin Concert Hall, $30

10/17, noon, free, otheworldly all-female Balkan choral trio Black Sea Hotel and the Kronos Quartet premiere brilliant, haunting singer/composer/multi-instrumentalist Sarah Small‘s new seven-part suite. Plus other composer-performers “too amazingly prolific and talented” to announce yet, at St. Ann’s Warehouse, early arrival a must. The program repeats at 8 PM; $26 tix available.

10/17, 7:30 PM massive, paradigm-shifting indie classical choir Roomful of Teeth perform works by Ted Hearne, Anna Clyne, Missy Mazzoli, William Brittell, Eric Dudley and Caleb Burhans at Natoinal Sawdust, $25. The 10 PM show (separate $25 admission) features the world premiere of Memory Palace, with Christopher Cerrone‘s music performed by percussionist Jonny Allen, and film by Francesco Simeti; Listen, Quiet, with Paola Prestini’s music performed by cellist Jeffrey Zeigler, percussionist David Cossin, and film projections by S. Katy Tucker; and the world premiere of a new collaboration by the amazingly multistylistic, haunting pianist/sound sculptor Bora Yoon and multimedia artist Joshue Ott. Then at midnight (separate $15 admission) there’s another show with the JG Ballard-inspired Low City and the strangely, intriguingly kinetic Hessismore

10/17-18, 8 PM legendary first-wave UK punk-reggae band the Subhumans at the Acheron, $15

10/18, 3 PM organist Renee Anne Louprette plays works by Jeanne Demessieux, Marin Marais (her own transcription), a Pamela Decker world premiere plus pieces by Ibert, Ad Wammes and a heroic finale with Franck’s Piece Heroique at the church of St. Ignatius Loyola on the upper west, $20

10/18, 3 PM pianist Alessio Bax plays Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition with live drawing by Doug Fitch at National Sawdust, $25

10/18, 3 PM a six-hour marathon of music by composers under 40 including Caroline Shaw, Jason Treuting and many, many others performed by the Jack Quartet, So Percussion, Duo Cortona and more at Merkin Concert Hall, $15

10/18, 4 PM early music group Musica Temprana make their US debut with a fascinating, rare performance of “Bailes, Tonadas & Cachuas, Songs and Dances from 18th Century Trujillo, Peru” at Corpus Christi Church, 529 W 121st St, $10 seats avail.

10/18, 8 PM sardonically hellraising multistylistic string band the Appleseed Collective – heirs to the throne of the Asylum Street Spankers – at the Jalopy

10/18, 10 PM brilliantly lyrical dark oldtimey songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Pete Lanctot and band at Littlefield, $12

10/19, 8 PM creepy noir chamber pop/murder ballad duo Charming Disaster – Jeff Morris of Kotorino and Ellia Bisker from Sweet Soubrette – host a night of murder ballads feat. inscrutable cellist/art-rocker Serena Jost and others at Branded Saloon

10/19, 9 PM charming all-female newgrass/southern pop harmony trio the Wild Reeds at Union Hall, $8

10/20, half past noon Claudia Dumschat, organ: plays Jean Langlais’ Suite Medievale at the charming little Church of the Transfiguration, 1 E 29th St, $5 sugg don

10/21, 7 PM Fulaso (charismatic singer Erica Ramos’ new funky latin soul band – get it?) play the birthday party for the East Village’s valuable Neighborhood Preservation Center at Webster Hall

10/21, 8:30 PM Steve Curtis from Hem and Ray Rizzo’s new band Three Ring Bender (in which Ray plays guitar) joined by special guest Sohrab Habibion from dark indie legends Obits at Threes Brewing, 333 Douglas @ 4th Ave in Gowanus, free

10/22, 8 PM Alarm Willl Sound plays new music by Texu Kim, Charlie Piper, Jeremy Podgursky, Kate Soper and John Orfe at Merkin Concert Hall, $25

10/23, 5 PM pianist Jose Garcia-Leon plays music by Earl Wild, Poulenc, Debussy, Albeniz, Gershwin and Carlos Surinach at the DiMenna Center, $5

10/23-24, 8 PM the world premiere of Beth Morrison Projects‘ Persona – based on the Bergman film, a “complex depiction of human frailty, cruelty and identity” with music by Keeril Makan directed by Evan Ziporyn, at National Sawdust, $25. On 10/23 at 10 there’s also a performance of Makan works by the Aeolus Quartet, $25

10/23, 8:30 PM catchy psychedelic pop band Summer Fiction – who blend Big Star jangle and balmy Zombies tunefulness – at Union Hall, $10. Popular indie jangle guy Chris Mills plays after.

10/24, 7:30 PM the London Symphony Orchestra with Yefim Brontman at the piano play Bartók: Suite from The Miraculous Mandarin and Piano Concerto No. 3 plus Stravinsky: The Firebird at NJPAC in Newark, a short ten-minute walk from the Path train, $25 tix avail.

10/24, 8 PM west African kora virtuoso Foday Musa Suso – a one-man orchestra of circular rhythmic riffage and intricate ornamentation – with his group at Roulette, $30/$26 stud/srs

10/25, 7 PM Brooklyn Rider violinist Johnny Gandelsman plays solo Bach partitas and sonatas at National Sawdust, $25

10/30-31, starting at 5ish adventurous indie classical string quartet Ethel (Ralph Farris, viola; Dorothy Lawson, cello; Kip Jones, violin; and Tema Watstein, violin) play the balcony bar at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, free w/museum adm.

10/30, 7:30 PM explosive brass-driven circus-rock monstrosity MarchFourth Marching Band at the Cutting Room, $15

10/30, 8 PM brilliant bassist/singer Felice Rosser’s perennially vital groove band Faith opens for Richard Lloyd at Bowery Electric

10/31, 9ish best Halloween show of the year: NYC”S most haunting, inscrutable, lyrically brilliant noir band Karla Rose & the Thorns open for circus rock legends World Inferno at Warsaw, $25

11/4 adventurous indie classical string quartet Ethel play works by women composers Julia Wolfe, Missy Mazzoli, Aleksandra Vrebalov, Lainie Fefferman, Mary Ellen Childs, Anna Clyne, Pamela Z, Paola Prestini and ETHEL’s own Dorothy Lawson at National Sawdust

11/11, 7 PM Czech-born chanteuse Lenka Lichtenberg & Fray play their kinetic yet swirling mashup of Middle Eastern, Balkan and Celtic sounds at Drom, $15 adv tix rec

11/15, 5 PM Andrii Didorenko and Yuliya Basis play violin and piano sonatas by Vivaldi, Schubert, Milhaud, and Didorenko at the Lounge at Hudson View Gardens, 128 Pinehurst Ave at 183rd St., $12 sugg don, reception to follow.

11/6, 8 PM Ensemble Mise-En plays new chamber works by New England composers: Keith Kirchoff, Beth Wiemann, Hiroya Miura and William Matthews at Mise-En Place in Bushwick (678 Hart St 1B), $20/$15 stud/srs includes a drink, L to Dekalb Ave

11/17 dark, charismatic, mischieviously witty literate keyboardist/chanteuse Rachelle Garniez plays the album release show for her new one at Dixon P lace

11/20, 8 PM popular garage-psych/janglerock/powerpop band the Grip Weeds at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center (the BMCC auditorium on Chambers east of the highway), $15

12/14, 10 PM a subversive holiday tradition: Xmas songs by Jewish songwriters. Subtext, anybody? Performers include host Steven Blier on piano with chanteuse Lauren Worsham, clarinetist Alan Kay, cantor Joshua Breitzer, many others at Henry’s Restaurant, 2745 Broadway at 105th St, $10; Reservations requred to 212-866-0600 if you want to eat but not for bar seating

12/20, 3 PM the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra play Handel’s Messiah at NJPAC in Newark, $30 tix avail.

1/31/16, 5 PM jazz chanteuse Suzanne Lorge and her combo at the Lounge at Hudson View Gardens, 128 Pinehurst Ave at 183rd St., $12 sugg don, reception to follow.

New York City Live Music Calendar for August and September 2015

Daily updates, and a brand-new calendar for September and October coming 9/1: you might want to bookmark this page and check back regularly to see what’s new. There’s a comprehensive, recently updated list of places where these shows are happening 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 here, something for everyone

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 posted here weeks in advance. Weekly events first followed by the daily calendar.

On select Thursdays and Saturdays, an intimate, growing piano music salon on the Upper West Side featuring iconoclastically insightful, lyrical pianist Nancy Garniez – a cult favorite with an extraordinarily fluid, singing, legato style – exploring the delicious minutiae of works from across the centuries. Up next: 8/13, 7 PM, repeating on 8/16, 4 PM “Romantic Favorites: Yours and Mine” with works by Grieg, Dvorak, Brahms and Schubert.  Sugg don $10 (pay what you can), delicious gluten-free refreshments, beverages and lively conversation included! email for info/location.

Mondays at 6 PM global jazz chanteuse Gracie Terzian – whose axe is the harp ukulele – plays her chaming low-key originals and classics at the rooftop bar at Hotel Hugo, 525 Greenwich St (Vandan/Spring), free for happy hour, no minimum

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 nights at 9 PM charismatic Romany singer Eva Salina and her amazing, psychedelic band play high-voltage dub-tinged jams on classic themes from across the Balkans at Sisters Brooklyn, 900 Fulton St. (Washington/Waverly), Ft Greene, C to Clinton-Washington, free

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

Mondays at 10 PM there’s been quite a buzz about the weekly residency by torchy songbird Angela McCluskey and cinematic pianist Paul Cantelon – the brain trust of popular 90s act the Wild Colonials – at the third stage at the Rockwood, with a rotating cast of high-quality special guests. It’s expensive: $15 plus a $10 drink minimum very strictly enforced.

Also Mondays in August Rev. Vince Anderson and his band play Union Pool in Williamsburg, two sets starting around 11:30 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 til past three in the morning. Paula Henderson from Burnt Sugar is the lead soloist on baritone sax, with Dave Smith from Smoota on trombone, with frequent special guests.

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

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

Tuesdays at around 10 Julia Haltigan and her band play 11th St. Bar. A torchy, charismatic force of nature, equally at home with fiery southwestern gothic rock, oldschool soul and steamy retro jazz ballads, and her band is just as good as she is.

Wednesdays in August, 6-8 PM a large percentage of NYC’s top accordionists descend on Bryant Park, playing their own stuff at various points throughout the space. Look out for Gregorio Uribe doing cumbias on 8/5, just for starters.

Wednesdays in August, 8:30 PM guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg (of Dr. Lonnie Smith’s band) leads a trio at the Bar Next Door, $12.

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

Thursdays in August (movieg back to Sundays in September), 7:30 PM spine-tingling art-rock/avant-garde/chamber pop singer Carol Lipnik – pretty much everybody’s choice for best singer in all of NYC – with hypnotically luminous pianist Matt Kanelos – at Pangea on 2nd Ave. btw 11th/12th Sts, $20. Several special guests are promised, including the amazing Rachelle Garniez on the 9th and 20th, M. Lamar on 8/27; Flotilla DeBarge on 9/3; Kim David Smith on 9/27; and on October 11th, Rachel Mason AND Lorraine Leckie with Pavel Cingl, wow!.

Fridays at 5 PM, adventurous indie classical string quartet Ethel (Ralph Farris, viola; Dorothy Lawson, cello; Kip Jones, violin; and Tema Watstein, violin) play the balcony bar with a rotating cast of interesting special guests at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, free w/museum adm.

Fridays in August at 9 Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens play oldschool 1960s style gospel at the Fat Cat.

Fridays at 11 PM flamenco guitarist Ian Banks with special guests each week at St. Mazie’s (the old Rose Bar) on Grand St. just off the BQE in Williamsburg

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

Three Saturdays in August: 8/15, 8/22 and 8/29, 6 PM legendary Mexican son jarocho bandleader. jarana player and archivist Zenen Zeferino teams up with NYC’s psychedelic cumbia/tropicalia project Bulla En El Barrio at Barbes

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

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

Sundays at 3 PM at the Stone a rotating cast of familiar faces from John Zorn’s circle perform from Zorn’s characteristically exhaustive, marathon collection of 300 works titled Bagatelles, recently composed between March and May 2015. “Each concert will be introduced by John Zorn, often in conversation with the musicians,” $15

Every Sunday the Ear-Regulars, led by trumpeter Jon Kellso and (frequently) guitarist Matt Munisteri play NYC’s only weekly hot jazz session starting around 8 PM at the Ear Inn on Spring St. Hard to believe, in the city that springboarded the careers of thousands of jazz legends, but true. This is by far the best value in town for marquee-caliber jazz: for the price of a drink and a tip for the band, you can see world-famous players (and brilliant obscure ones) you’d usually have to drop $100 for at some big-ticket room. The material is mostly old-time stuff from the 30s and 40s, but the players (especially Kellso and Munisteri, who have a chemistry that goes back several years) push it into some deliciously unexpected places.

Sundays in August, 8:30 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, 1 PM Bulgarian songstress Vlada Tomova‘s haunting, enchanting, otherworodly Bulgarian Voices Trio on the plaza at Lincoln Center

8/1, 1/3 PM the Imani Winds play works by their own Valerie Coleman plus Rimsky-Korsakov, Piazzolla and a pair of klezmer dances on Governor’s Island, free

8/1, 4 PM the Night Tripper himself, Dr. John at Central Park Summerstage: get there when the doors open at 3.

8/1 third-wave ska/soul/blues cult favorites the Slackers play the Rocks Off Concerrt Cruise aboard the Nautical Express, boarding at 6 PM, sailing at 7 PM from Pier 36 – 299 South St,  $30 adv tix avail. at the Rocks Off office out behind the heliport at 23r d St. and the East River or the Highline Ballroom box ofc.

8/1-2 state-of-the-art jazz violinist Regina Carter‘s Southern Comfort at the Jazz Standard, 7:30/9:30 PM, $30

8/1, 7:30/9:30 PM the brass-fueled ten-piece Josh Evans Big Band at Ginny’s Supper Club, $15

8/1, 8 PM Mexican night at Barbes with energetic acoustic Veracruz-style folk-punk band Radio Jarocho followed at 10 by Sinaloa-style mariachi/ranchera brass group Banda de los Muertos

8/1, 9 PM searing Radio Birdman/OBNIIIs garage-punk soundalikes the Mess Around – good to see they’re still messing around – at the Gutter, $5

8/1, 9 PM Raunch Hands cofounder Mike Edison‘s Trainwreck or whatever the irrepressible troublemaker. ganja advocate and Bongcaster inventor’s latest band is, at Hank’s

8/1, 10 PM legendary early 80s dark Cali punk band Symbol Six at Grand Victory, $10. Followed at midnight (separate $7 admission – weird, huh?) by scorching, dark heavy rock band Briana Layon & the Boys, fronted by one of the most powerful singers around

8/1, 11 PM darkly watery dreampop band Lazyeyes at Rough Trade, $10 adv tix rec

8/2, 1 PM sitar virtuoso Ikhlaq Hussain on the plaza at Lincoln Center

8/2, 1 PM cleverly erudite, historically informed, nimble newschool country blues guitar maven/songwriter Lenny Molotov at East Village Social on St. Marks (1st and A), free

8/2, 3:30ish kitchen sink Brazilian/C&W/funk/New Orleans band Nation Beat‘s Carnival Caravan featuring Cha Wa and Nação Zumbi at Central Park Summerstage

8/2, 7 PM the all-female Accord Treble Choir sing an eclectic mix of haunting Balkan choral works and pieces from the western classical tradition at Barbes followed at 9 by paradigm-shifting Romany guitarist Stephane Wrembel

8/2, 8 PM iconic, enigmatic noir countrypolitan/torch jazz songwriter/bandleader Eleni Mandell at the Mercury, $10

8/2, 8 PM intricately arranged, psychedelic funk with the MK Groove Orchestra at Brooklyn Bowl, $5

8/3, 7/9 PM wry, tuneful, eclectic Nashville gothic band Maynard & the Musties play a rare acoustic gig at the Cowgirl Hall of Fame, 519 Hudson St (W 10th/Charles)

8/3, 9:30 PM hard-hitting minor-key Afrobeat dancefloor grooves with the Funk Ark at Brooklyn Bowl, $7

8/3. 11 PM a rare US appearance by popular Belgian ska/rocksteady band Freddy Loco at Shrine

8/4, 7 PM NYCs original and maybe only original, oldschool Veracruz-style Mexican son jarocho dance band, Radio Jarocho at Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City

8/4, 7 PM 80s salsa romantica nostalgia with Tito Nieves at East River Park

8/4 – 8/8, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, the Christian McBride Trio with Christian Sands – piano ; Ulysses Owens Jr. – drums, $30

8/4, 7:30 PM the amazing East Coast Chamber Orchestra play works by Biber, Francesco Geminiani and Tschaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings in C major, at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, free, early arrival advised

8/4, 7:30 PM 80s hip-hop nostalgia with Kool Moe Dee (Kool J’s nemesis – remember?), Rob Base, Biz Markie and Dr. Roxanne Shante at Wingate Field in Crown Heights, watch your back for the po-po.

8/4, 8 PM popular, smoky-voiced Americana chanteuse Lindi Ortega and her band at the Mercury, $12

8/4, 9:30 PM creepy noir chamber pop/murder ballad duo Charming Disaster – Jeff Morris of Kotorino and Ellia Bisker from Sweet Soubrette – at Max Cellar, 2 Knickerbocker Ave, Bushwick, L to Morgan Ave., free

8/4, 11 PM Penelope Houston‘s recently revitalized, legendary first-wave punk band the Avengers play their first-ever Brooklyn show at the Bell House, $18 adv tix req., if this doesn’t sell out, something’s seriously wrong with this city

8/5, 5 PM the Queens Symphony Orchestra’s string section plays a program TBA at Flushing Town Hall, free

8/5, 8 PM psychedelic klezmer/bluegrass mandolin and clarinet legend Andy Statman at Barbes, $10

8/5, 8 PM briliant, eclectic indie classical/jazz/klezmer cellist Noah Hoffeld plays the album release show for his new one at Bowery Electric, $10

8/5, 8:30 PM swirling avant garde ensemble Dither Guitar Quartet with guitariists Mark Steward and Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo, plus Yo La Tengo, plus possibly lots of jamming and cross-pollination at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center

8/5, 9 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” aat Troost in Greenpoint. 8/20 they’re at Espresso 77, 35-57 77th St, Jackson Hts, at 8:30

8/5, 11 PM oldschool female-fronted soul/groove band Empire Beats at Shrine

8/6, 6:30 PM a performance by cellist Hamilton Berry and a new work by artist Elizabeth Waggett celebrate the release of cinematic, meticulously textural composer Jane Antonia Cornish’s new album Continuum at Chambers Fine Art, 522 W 19th St.

8/6, 7 PM 60s latin soul legends Ray Lugo and the Boogaloo Destroyers with special guests powerhouse trumpeter Pete Rodriguez plus Richie Ray and Joe Bataan – with special guests of his own – at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center

8/6, dusk-10 PM videos by Danielle de Picciotto (New York/Berlin); Helga Griffiths (Darmstadt); Thomas Lüer (Frankfurt); Robert Seidel (Berlin); Caspar Stracke (Helsinki) projected onto the Brooklyn Bridge with a soundtrack by art-rocker Alexander Hacke at Anchorage Place and Pearl St. in Dumbo

8/6, 8 PM dark, charismatic, mischieviously witty literate keyboardist/chanteuse Rachelle Garniez at Barbes

8/6, 8 PM a killer dark garage rock twinbill: kick-ass guitar-and-organ-fueled original psychedelic rockers  the Electric Mess and Crampsy ghoul-surf/noir garage band Twin Guns at Bowery Electric, $8

8/6, 9 PM new jack roots reggae band New Kingston followed by golden age legends Steel Pulse at B.B. King’s, $32.50 adv tix highly rec., this will sell out even if the band doesn’t have all the original members

8/6, 10 PM the Thurston Moore band at Bowery Ballroom, $17 adv tix req

8/6, 10 PM “shimmering blues architect” Jib Kidder and ten-piece “roots organelle,” the Tom Csatari Band play their luxuriantly tuneful, cinematically pastoral jazz at Union Pool, $8

8/6, 10 PM 8/6, 10 PM Single Red Cent– who mix sharp, socially aware punk with a more atonal Gang of Four/Neighborhoods vibe – at Leftfield on the LES

8/6, 11 PM Deerhoof – who are to Bushwick now what Wire was to Camden Town in 1979 – at the Bell House, $18 gen adm

8/7, 5:30 PM the Jalopy’s main man, Feral Foster brings his smart, purist, gloomy Americana to the American Folk Art Museum

8/7, 6 PM chamber pop pianist Zach Phillips plays solo, then joins guitarist Tom Csatari‘s band for a performance of Chico Hamilton tunes at Cornelia St. Cafe, $9 incl a driink, this could be really good. Followed at 9 and 10:30 PM by Mary Halvorson and Sylvie Courvoisie dueling and duetting it out on guitar and piano for $10 plus a $10 min. at Cornelia St. Cafe

8/7, 7 PM sardonically funny, lyrically brilliant Beatlesque/Costelloesque powerpop songwriter Walter Ego followed by Mac McCarty & the Kidd Twist Band playing their fiery, sometimes unexpectedly poignant Pogues-ish punk and folk noir at Sidewalk

8/7, 7 PM rising star indie classical ensemble RighteousGIRLS (flutist Gina Izzo and pianist Erika Dohi) celebrate the release of their debut album gathering blue, with help from guest artists Andy Akiho, Ambrose Akinmusire, and Justin Brown at Joe’s Pub, $15

8/7, 7 PM Sumari – Matt Lavelle (trumpet, cornet, flugelhorn, pocket trumpet, alto clarinet) Jack DeSalvo (mandola, cello, guitars) Tom Cabrera (bodhrán, tar, riq, doumbek, bass drum) – at El Taller Latino Americano, 225 W. 99th St at Broadway, 2/3 to 96th St.

8/7, 8:30 PM recently resurgent 70s roots reggae vets Third World at Prospect Park Bandshell

8/7, 8:30 PM gospel night with long-rnnning legends the McCrary Sisters and the Fairfield Four at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center

8/7, 8:30 PM Daniel Brevil and Markus Schwartz–traditional Haitian percussion; Matt Mitchell–piano; Ches Smith–drums and percussion at I-Beam, free. They’re also here the following night, 8/8 at midnight

8/7, 9 PM vicious noiserock jamband the the Skull Practitioners– led by Steve Wynn sparring partner/genius guitarist Jason Victor – at at Matchless, $8

8/7, 9:30 PM dark female-fronted paisley underground/postpunk/psychedelic rockers Mesiko at the Bell House, $12 adv tix rec

8/7, 10 PM this eras’s creepiest, most menacing cinematic guitar instrumentalists, Big Lazy at Barbes

8/7, 10 PM a rare appearance by tight, tuneful, kinda-creepy Bogota punk rockers Lupus at the Acheron, $10

8/7, 10 PM gorgeously cinematic surf/soundtrack/twang instrumental band the TarantinosNYC at Otto’s

8/7, 10ish popular up-and-coming Brazilian carimbo chanteuse Lia Sophia and her band at Meridian 23

8/7, 10:30 PM catchy Booker T-esque trombone-fueled soul jazz with the David Gibson band at the Fat Cat

8/7 catchy, hard-hitting guitar/drums garage-punk girlband Sharkmuffin play the album release show for their new one at Shea Stadium

8/8, 2 and 4 PM gorgeously slinky, period-perfect 1950s-style Egyptian film music revivalists Zikrayat at Queens Library at Broadway, 40-20 Broadway, Long Island City

8/8, 3 PM the Quebe Sisters play their harmony-driven Americana on the plaza at Lincoln Center

8/8, 7:30 PM the all-star Watkins Family Hour featuring Sean & Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek, Fiona Apple, Don Heffington, Sebastian Steinberg, Aimee Mann, Pokey LaFarge, and special guests play am acoustic version of Dylan’s Highway 61 Revisited in its entirety at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center

8/8, 7:30/9:30 PM guitarist Mike Baggetta jazzes up Patsy Cline songs with Jeremy Stratton on bassand Jeff Hirshfield on drums at the Bar Next Door, $12

8/8, 8 PM subversively torchy, historically-informed, richly lyrical oldtime Americana chanteuse Robin Aigner & Parlour Game at Barbes

8/8, 9 PM one of the year’s best Americana triplebills: torchy, riveting, erudite countrypolitan songwriter Drina Seay, Nashville gothic band Karen & the Sorrows and 90s-style alt-country act Butchers Blind at Hank’s

8/8, 9 PM this could be really cool: M Shanghai String Band leave the originals at home and play two sets of Neil Young tunes at the Jalopy, $10

8/8, 10 PM Bern & the Brights – who started out as a stark chamber pop band before moving to catchy ska and reggae-influenced grooves – at Maxwell’s, $10

8/8, 9/10:30 PM reliably tuneful piano improviser Kris Davis leads an especially solid trio with John Hebert on bass and Tom Rainey on drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 plus a $10 min

8/8, 9 PM sharp a screening of Ulrike Franke’s documentary Divine Location, a comical portrait of a small German town undergoing huge renovations (like building luxury condos on a deadly brownfield site), on the roof of The Old American Can Factory, 232 3rd St in Gowanus, Brooklyn, $15 open vodka bar afterward

8/9, 3 PM popular Americana/gospel artist Iris DeMent on the plaza at Lincoln Center

8/9, 4 PM groovemistress/cellist/singer Marika Hughes & Bottom Heavy at East River Park

8/9,. 6 PM noir guitar icon Jim Campilongo at 55 Bar

8/9, 3 sets starting at 6 PM up-and-coming jazz harpist Brandee Younger at Minton’s

8/9, 7 PM popular countrypolitan songwriter Lyle Lovett and his Large Band at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center

8/9, 7 PM intense electroacoustic avant garde chanteuse Ximena Borges followed by loop music viola composer/performer Jessica Meyer at Joe’s Pub, $12 adv tix rec

8/9 drummer E.J. Strickland & Transient Beings featuring powerful gospel singer Alicia Olatuja and bassist John Benitez, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25

8/9, 8 PM pianist Matt Mitchell debuts his auspicious new trio with Chris Tordini and Dan Weiss at Greenwich House Music School, $10

8/9, 8:30 PM tuneful third-stream pianist Michel Reis leads his trio at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 plus a $10 min

8/9, 9ish eclectic blues/Americana/highway rock songwriter Jon LaDeau at Moto in south Williamsburg

8/9, 10 PM hypnotic, fun, psychedelic-as-hell art-rock/prog instrumentalists You Bred Raptors – Epileptic Peat on 8-string bass, Zach Schmidlein on drums and Bryan Wilson on cello at the Mercury, $10

8/9 rivetingly psychedelic, guitar-fueled desert blues/cantorial rockers the Sway Machinery with edgy latin rockers El Imperio at Union Pool

8/10, 7 PM lyrical jazz pianist Jim Ridl tickles the plastic on the Rhodes at 55 Bar

8/10, 8 PM soaring ex-Aquanettas frontwoman and dreampop maven Debby Schwartz with the Sharp Things’ Jim Santo at Hifi Bar

8/10, 8:30 PM bassist Michael Blanco leads a killer quartet with John Ellis, tenor sax; Kevin Hays, piano; Clarence Penn, drums, thrashing out some new material before they go into the studio, at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 plus a $10 min

8/11, 7 PM eclectic, hard-hitting, lyrical composer/tenor saxophonist Stan Killian and group at 55 Bar

8/11 – 8/12 fiery Colombian harpist Edmar Castaneda’s eleven-piece World Ensemble play the cd rrelease shows for his new one 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25

8/11, 7:30 PM reggae lite and dancehall hits with Maxi Priest and Gyptian at Wingate Field in Crown Heights, watch your back

8/11,. 8/10 PM bassist Chris Tordini leads a solid quintet with Jeremy Viner – tenor sax/clarinetl Kris Davis – piano; Bobby Avey – keyboards; Dan Weiss – drums at the Jazz Gallery, first set $15, second $10

8/11, 8 PM “Ora Clementi play with subtleties of sensory perception, invoking a dreamlike context that hovers between musical performance and pure abstraction. Vito Ricci combines his recordings with live sound, performing on computer, modular, and “wrench guitar” with special guests Lise Vachon and Steve Dalachinsky” at the Walker Space, 55 Walker St. in Tribeca, $15

8/11, 9 PM jangly, sharply lyrical folk-rock/chamberpop band the Morning Sea – like a more stripped-down, less druggy Elliott Smith at Arlene’s, $8

8/11, 10 PM countrypolitan maven and fearlessly funny oldschool honkytonk outlaw Dale Watson at Skinny Dennis

8/11, 10 PM new school psych-pop/chamber pop bandleader Sam Kogon at Palisades

8/12, 4 PM St Cyprian’s Singers of St Cyprian’s Church, Clarence Gate (London, England) with Julian Collings, director sing works by Sheppard, Tallis, MacMillan, Tippett, Martin, Whitacre and Holst at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, free

8/12, 8 PM clarinetist Kinan Azmeh and pianist Dinuk Wijeratine collaborate on Middle Eastern and south Asian themes at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud/ Expensive, but this is paradigm-shifting, exciting stuff.

8/12, 8 PM psychedelic, surfy, vallenato-influenced latin rock groovemeisters Los Crema Paraiso at Barbes

8/12, 9 PM irreverent oldschool Williamsburg vocal jazz crew the Old Rugged Sauce at Freddy’s. From the Blu Lounge, to the Grape & Grain, to Brooklyn Rod & Gun and now here. These guys have too much fun to quit.

8/13, 5 PM salsa legend Jose Alberto “El Canario” and band at NJPAC’s Theater Square, One Center St,, Newark, free, 5 minutes from the Path station

8/13, 7 PM charismatic singer Ollie Boy Lester’s sardonic saloon jazz crew the Undigables at 55 Bar; later that night bassist Lonnie Plaxico leads his band at 10

8/13, 7:30 PM a fancy sit-down twinbill with melancholy Americana cover project the Sad Bastards of Brooklyn and powerpop icon Patti Rothberg at the Cutting Room, $15 adv tix rec

8/13 – 8/16 charming French jazz chanteuse Cyrille Aimee and her tropicaly-tinged two-guitar combo, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $30

8/13, 8:30 brass band madness: Funkrust Brass Band followed by Hungry March Band and the New York Fowl Harmonic – “old-school noisy garage-rock music “ at Matchless

8/13, 8:30 PM African roots reggae crooner Rocky Dawuni at SOB’s. 8/14 he’s at the Lincoln Center Atrium

8/13, 9 PM Brother Joscephus‘ mighty New Orleans soul-funk orchestra at Rough Trade, $12

8/13, 10 PM the plush, balmy, oldtimey uke swing of Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies at Barbes

8/13, 9 PM eclectic jazz-inspired front-porch folk/Americana songwriter Shannon Pelcher at Pete’s

8/13, 9:30 PM interesting duo show at Mezzrow with Aaron Parks on piano and Ben Wendel on tenor sax. Purist tunefulness and way outside dichotomies, $20.

8/14, 6PMish sharply lyrical, historically aware, harmony-fueled Americana/chamber pop band Sweet Soubrette at the American Folk Art Museum

8/14, 730 PM state-of-the-art noir rockers Silencio performs music inspired by David Lynch and Angelo Badalamenti at the Poisson Rouge, $18 adv tix rec

8/14, 8 PM badass resonator guitarist and delta blues/oldtime hillbilly music maven Mamie Minch followed by exhilarating, brass-driven retro 60s latin soul revivalists Spanglish Fly at Barbes. Spanglish Fly are also at the BMHC Lab,1303 Louis Niné Blvd in the Bronx. on 8/15 at 8, free

8/14, 8/10 PM lyrical pianist David Virelles leads a complex mix of improvising personalities – Brandon Ross – guitar; Roman Filiú – saxophone; Thomas Morgan – bass; Eric McPherson – drums at the Jazz Gallery, $22

8/14, 8:30 PM smart, original, lyrically-fueled, intricate newgrass band Cricket Tell the Weather at the third stage at the Rockwood, $10 + $10 drink minimum strictly enforced

8/14, 9 PM a rare US appearance by Anguillla roots reggae band British Dependency at Shrine

8/14, 9:30 PM a rare duo show with iconically tuneful pianist Bill Mays and his bassist pal Todd Cookman at Mezrow, $20

8/14, 10 PM psychedelic powerpop/new wave rocker Mike Rimbaud – arguably the closest thing to the Clash we have in NYC right now – at Nublu. Pan-tropical/cumbia band Yotoco follows at midnight.

8/14, 11 PM assaultively fun Nashville glam-punk/metal band Modoc at the small room at the Rockwood

8/15, 2 and 4 PM, intense, fearless Romany/Balkan chaunteuse/accordionist Eva Salina airs out her repertoire of haunting, otherworldly Romany and Jewish folk songs at Queens Library of Forest Hills, 108-19 71 Ave, Forest Hills

8/15, 3-9 PM a celebration of the 1791 slave uprising that kicked off the Haitian Revolution featuring Neg Gran Bwa Drummers, led by Oungan Asogwe (High Priest) Deenps “Gran Bwa” Bazile at Prospect Park, enter at the Parkside Ave. stop (Q train)

8/15, 7:30 PM Benjamin Larsen, cello and Junghyun Kim, piano play music of Bach, Beethoven and Finckel at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 139 St. John’s Pl, Park Slope, free, 2/3 to Grand Army Plaza

8/15, 9 PM neon-riffing stoner garage tunes with Sun Voyager at Don Pedro’s, $7

8/15, 7 PM eclectically tuneful oldschool soul/janglerock band Tuelo & Her Cousins at Joe’s Pub, $12 adv tix rec

8/15, 9 PM deviously smart, historically-inspired literate songwriter and brilliant chanteuse Elisa Flynn puts on one of her frequent theme nights. This time out it’s religious songs, “Participating artists play a cover of a song dealing with religion in any way – devotion to blasphemy, pure love to pure hate, Buddha to the Lord of Light. Then they play an original. Musicians include Elisa Flynn, Lys Guillorn, Thee Shambels’ Neville Elder, Jim Knable, Maharajah Sweets, Sean Cahill, John LaPolla, the Sterling Electric, George Hakkila,” at the Way Station

8/15, 9:30 PM hilarious, savagely funny top 40 parodists the Dan Band at Joe’s Pub, $22

8/15, 11 PM catchy hip-hop brass crew the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble at the Knitting Factory, $13 adv tix rec

8/16, 11 AM exhilarating klezmer/latin/cumbia jamband Metropolitan Klezmer at City Winery for brunch, $10, no minimum, kids 12 and under get in free

8/16, 3 sets starting at 6 PM diverse, purist up-and-coming jazz chanteuse Brianna Thomas and her combo at Minton’s

8/16 mighty, purist swing tunes from the Ron Carter Big Band at the Jazz Standard, 7:30/9:30 PM, $30

8/16, 9 PM noir crooner/guitarslinger Phil Gammage and band at 2A

8/16, 10 PM darkly anthemic Russian/Romany stadium rock sounds with Newborn at Arlene’s, $10

8/17, 8 PM intense, inscrutable, wickedly literate janglerock tunesmith/crooner Ward White and others TBA at Hifi Bar

8/17, 8 PM everybody’s favorite downtown NYC soundtrack band, Morricone Youth live scores Saul Bass’ 1974 killer ant sci-fi debut Phase IV at the Poisson Rouge, $5 adv tix rec

8/17, 6 PM a rare small club (ok, poolhall) performance by the Osso String Quartet at the Fat Cat

8/17, 8 PM this era’s most erudite, tuneful NYC tunesmith, Ward White and others TBA – probably a killer lineup like he put together here a couple of months ago – at Hifi Bar

8/18, 6:30 PM the king of the literate, surrealist downtown NYC rock anthem, Willie Nile in the parking lot out back of City Winery, free

8/18, 6:30 PM up-and-coming guitarist/songwriter Alicyn Yaffee -the rare artist who successfully bridges the gap between lyrically-fueled chamber pop and jazz – at the Bar Next Door, free. She’s a strong singer too.

8/18, 7 PM American Folk Art Museum impresario and luminous, smartly Tom Waits-influeenced Americana songstress Lara Ewen followed eventually at 9 by dark chamber pop/Americana band Sweet Soubrette at the Delancey, $10

8/18 – 8/23 the mighty, purist Ron Carter Big Band, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $35

8/18, 8:30 PM jazz chanteuse Allegra Levy – a welcome rarity in that she writes her own enigmatic, original songs – leading a killer trio with Julian Shore on piano and Sean Pentland on bass at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 plus a $10 min

8/19, 7 PM a solid, good ska quadrupleheader with the Ladrones, supergroup the Reggay Lords,Duppies and the Slackers‘ perennially soulful, blues-influenced frontman Vic Ruggiero at Grand Victory, $10

8/19, 7 PM dynamic bluegrass-inspired acoustic highway rockes Mike Mizwinski a.k.a. MiZ and his new band Till the Cows Come Home – strongly evocative of the BoDeans -at the small room at the Rockwood

8/19, 8 PM hilarious, politically spot-on faux French garage rockers les Sans Culottes – whose new album Les Dieux Ont Soif is the closest thing to the Clash, lyrically speaking, that’s been released in this city lately – at Barbes. Where else, right?

8/19, 9 PM a rare Ditmas Park show by B3 organ entertainer/paradigm-shifter Brian Charette’s Mighty Grinders at Bar Chord

8/19, 11 PM tuneful 90s-style alt-country band Butchers Blind and kinetic minimalist post punk guitar/drums duo Eleanor at Muchmore’s

8/20, 5 PM imaginative, colorful guitarist/reedman Art Baron leads his combo at FDR Park on Roosevelt Island, free

8/20, 6 PM day one of the Brooklyn Country Music Festival Day has – probably in reverse order -the alternately boisterous, retro 60s honkytonk and ominous southwestern gothic Jack Grace Band, Dennis Lichtman’s perennially popular western swing band Brain Cloud, the retro 60s soul-fueled Miss Tess & the Talkbacks, Andrew Sovine (Red’s grandkid- he’s good), the Paisley Fields and North Of Amarillo at the Bell House, $15 adv tix rec

8/20, 7 PM high-spirited Louisiana zydeco/cajun/swamprock band the Revelers at the big room at the Rockwood, $10

8/20, 7:30 PM funky marching band sounds with Pitchblak Brass Band at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free

8/20, 8 PM accordionist Victor Prieto leads his trio followed by the haunting Greek Judas – formerly known as Que Vlo-Ve – playing rembetiko classics from the 1920s and 30s Greek gangster underground at Barbes

8/20, 8 PM oldschool female-fronted soul/groove band Empire Beats at Silvana

8/20, 9 PM a wild metal cumbia twinbill: La Pachamambo and Escarioka at Bowery Electric, $8

8/20, 9 PM the hilarious, politically astute Paranoid Larry & His Imaginary Band at Freddy’s.

8/21, 3 (three)PM the Harlem Quartet play works by Mendelssohn, Vivaldi, Vasily Kalinnikov and Leroy Anderson at Merkin Concert Hall, free

8/21, 5:30 PM diverse front-porch folk/French chanson/hot jazz songwriter Caroline Cotter and haunting, stark, lyrically brilliant gothic Americana duo Mark Rogers & Mary Byrne at the American Folk Art Museum

8/21, 6 PM day two of the Brooklyn Country Music Festival has – probably in reverse order – all-female honkytonkers Your Ex-Girlfriends, the hilariously satirical early R&R/rockabilly Susquehanna Tool & Industrial Die Co., Aron Blue & the Bootleggers, and the magically intense, southwestern gothic-inspired Julia Haltigan at the Bell House, $15 adv tix rec

8/21, 7 PM an awesome triplebill of jazz-inspired Indian string music: the sitar-driven Neel Murgai Ensemble, Karavika and the Arun Ramamurthy Trio at Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer St (between Imlay & Conover St) in Red Hook, $10, F to Carroll St. and a 20-minute walk, or pick up the B61 bus down the block from Sahadi’s on Atlantic Ave., it stops just 2 blocks from the venue.

8/21, 8 PM: hot jazz night at the Jalopy with Cait & the Critters, the 5000 Jazz Assassins and Sweet Megg & the Wayfarers, $10

8/21, 8:30 PM the New York Chillharmonic – vocalist/composer Sara McDonald’s lush, third-stream 17-piece big band with string quartet – at Shapeshifter Lab, $8

8/21, 9ish the Oliver Lake Big Band at Marcus Garvey Park

8/21, 9 PM ageless, unstoppable surf guitar icon Dick Dale at Brooklyn Bowl, $25 adv tix rec

8/21, 9:30 PM conscious roots reggae faves Taj Weekes & Adowa at Joe’s Pub, $14

8/21, 10 PM spine-tingling, torchy, noir-inclined Ameridana/countrypolitan songwriter and bandleader Drina Seay followed by intense folk noir songwriter Lorraine Leckie at Sidewalk

8/21, 10 PM eclectic, charming, theatrical, acordion-fueled chamber pop band Toot Sweet w/Mary Knapp at Bowery Electric, $8 adv tix rec

8/21, 10 PM high-energy oldtimey hot jazz crew Baby Soda at Barbes

8/21, 10 PM Love Moon play their sludge psych at the Acheron, $10

8/21, 11:30 PM hot jazz twinbill with Danny Lipsitz’s Brass Tacks and Tatiana Eva-Marie & Her Zazou Swing Orchestra at Drom, $10

8/22, 3 PM day three of the Brooklyn Country Music Festival has – probably in reverse order – Western Caravan featuring Thirsty Dave, Zephaniah & the 18 Wheelers, eclectically guitarslinging rockabilly kitten Lil’ Mo & the Monicats, Terry Radigan, Bob Jones & Jon Sholle, the always evolving and entertaining (and creepy) Sean Kershaw & the New Jack Ramblers, and the CasHank Hootenanny Jamboree at the Bell House, $20 adv tix rec

8/22, 3 PM the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival with saxophonist Camille Thurman, drummer/bandleader/personality  Jeff “Tain” Watts and B3 organ groove legend Dr Lonnie Smith at Marcus Garvey Park

8/22, 4 PM whirlwind electric punkgrass/honkytonk crew Demolition String Band,at Skinny Dennis

8/22, 8 PM Ameranouche – who distinguish themselves from the legions of Django imitators by sticking closer to the American/bluesy side of guitar jazz – at Silvana

8/22, 9 PM guitarist/singer/bassist Joanna Sternberg plays a marathon birthday tripleheader at the Jalopy, $10. On the bill: 10:00pm – Scott Joplin ragtime with Adam Korsunsky, then klezmer with Litvakus bandleader Dmitri Zisl Slepovitch and then Sternberg herself at 11

8/22, 10 PM Crucial Bridge & the Inity Band play roots reggae at Shrine

8/22, 11 PM wild monster surf band the Mad Doctors at Don Pedro’s, $5

8/22, 11 PM excellent, spaciously cinematic doom/art-rock/black metal band Forn at the Acheron, $12

8/23, 8 PM Red Gretchen – best known for their anguished Replacements/Niirvana anthems, although they’re even better at slowly undulating, doomy psychedelic/art-rock grooves -at Otto’s

8/23, 3 PM the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival with retro crooner Michael Mwenso, luminously lyrical pianist Myra Melford and pyrotechnic alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa‘s Parker tribute, Bird Calls at Tompkins Square Park

8/23, 4 PM the Jack Grace Band play their boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic at Skinny Dennis.

8/23, 7 PM the Jim Campilongo/Luca Benedetti/Roy Williams guitar trio.play Jimmy Bryant-inspried pastoral jazz followed at 9 by Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

8/23, 8 PM catchy, playful, fun garage-soul sounds with Larry & the Babes at Palisades

8/23, 9ish acidic groove/noiserockers Escape by Ostrich, legendary, phantasmagorical psychedelic Balkan rocker Alec K Redfearn with the savagely lyrical, enigmatic great plains gothic chanteuse Ember Schrag and her equally amazing psychedelic band at Trans-Pecos. Schrag also joins Redfearn’s band to play creepy Farfisa organ!

8/24, 6 PM day three of the Brooklyn Country Music Festival has – probably in reverse order -60s folk legend Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, mesmerizingly badass resonator guitarist/singer Mamie Minch, the hauntingly original all-female Jan Bell & the Maybelles, honkytonkers the Third Wheel Band, and Abby Hollander Band, whirlwind electric punkgrass/honkytonk crew Demolition String Band, and longtime NYC bluegrass faves Sheriff & the Goodtimers at the Bell House, $15 adv tix rec

8/24, 7 PM  8 PM dark, charismatic, mischieviously witty literate keyboardist/chanteuse Rachelle Garniez at Pangea on 2nd Ave

8/24, 7 PM hypnotic, psychedelically funky hammered dulcimer instrumentals with House of Waters at 55 Bar

8/24, 8 PM indie classical group Ensemble Mise-En performs new works from across the world by Daniel Fishkin; Eun Young Lee; Pascal Le Boeuf; Hakan Ulus; Rafael Amaral; and Sang Song at the Cell Theatre on 23rd St in Chelsea, $15/$10 stud/srs

8/24, 8:30 PM Melody Fader brings you a lovely evening of solo piano music by Schumann, Chopin, Mozart, and Satie.at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 plus a $10 min

8/24, 9:30 PM Yotoco – “the spunky incarnation of a musical love triangle between Umoja Orchestra, Bioritmo, and Cumbiagra” – plays a mix of tropical psychedelic sounds at Barbes

8/24, 10 PM hilarious faux-French rockers les Sans Culottes – whose new album Les Dieux Ont Soif is both great fun and potently relevant – at Rock Shop, $10

8/24, 10 PM tuneful, anthemic postpunk band Publicist UK play the album release show for their new one at St. Vitus, $12

8/25, 5:30 PM eclectic Nashville western swing/jazz/surf instrumentalists Steelism in the parking lot out back of City Winery, free

8/25, 8 PM eclectic, edgy original blues/acoustic rock songstress/guitarist Lola Johnson followed at 8 by John Hodel – the Bukowski of Lower East Side acoustic music – at Sidewalk. Johnson is also at 11th Street Bar at 9 on 8/26.

8/25, 7:30 PM rustic, occasionally otherwordly Hungarian traditional group Fenyes Band provide the backdrop for Hungarian troupe Nograd Dance Ensemble at Hungarian House| 213 E 82nd St, $15/$10 stud/srs, kids under 10 free

8/25 – 8/30 popular up-and-coming traditionalists, chanteuse Cecile McLorin Salvant and the Aaron Diehl Trio play an album release stand for their new collaboration 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $35

8/25, 8 PM the fiery, noisy, enveloping organ-and-guitar-driven Parlor Walls (a Eula spinoff) followed by Quaaludes – who are probably a violent, amphetamine-driven speedmetal band – at Palisades

8/25, 8:30 PM Lucas Pino on reeds with Or Bareket on bass and Mark Whitfield Jr. on drums at the Bar Next Door

8/25, 11 PM ferocious, intense, fearlessly lyrical art-rock/noir cabaret band Hannah vs. the Many at Bowery Electric, $8

8/26, 1 PM a rare jazz trio performance by legendary pianist Lincoln Mayorga at St. Peter’s Church, 54 th and Lex, $10

8/26, 6 PM Anjana Roy (sitar) + Polash Gomes (tabla) at the Rubin Museum of Art, free w/museum adm.

8/26, 6:30 PM charming, quirky all-female chamber pop trio the Debutante Hour at Barbes

8/26-30, 8/10:30 PM the New Kenny Werner Quintet with Chris Potter – saxophone; Ambrose Akinmusire – trumpet; John Pattitucci – bass; Marcus Gilmore – Drums at the Blue Note, $20 standing room avail

8/26, 8:30 PM global jazz chanteuse Gracie Terzian – whose axe is the harp ukulele – plays her chaming low-key originals and classics at Club Bonarifide (in the old Something Jazz Club space) at 212 E 52nd St, $10

8/26, 9 PM playful, politically aware avant/jazz/blues songwriter Miss Elie Sorbsel at Bar Chord

8/28, 7 PM the psychedelic Brooklyn Raga Massive All-Stars play Terry Riley’s In C at the Rubin Museum of Art, $25 and worth it

8/27, 8 PM cult favorite NYC artists join forces to play cult favorite postpunk/no wave legends Young Marble Giants’ Colossal Youth album in its entirety at Hifi Bar, free; performers including but not limited to Renee Lobue (elk city); Kali Holloway (easy lover); toni baumgartner (speed the plough); John Baumgartner (speed the plough); Mary Knapp (toot sweet); Erica Smith; Matt Davis ( a thousand pities ); Sam Weisberg (calotype); Mike Fornatale, Tom Shad

8/27, 8 PM legendary Milwaukee highway rockers the BoDeans – now led by lead guitarist Kurt Neumann – at City Winery, $25 standing room avail.

8/27, 8 PM  the haunting Greek Judas – formerly known as Que Vlo-Ve – playing rembetiko classics from the 1920s and 30s Greek gangster underground followed by exhilarating Ethiopian/Israeli groove band Lions at Barbes

8/27, 8 PM devious oldschool C&W/rockabilly parodists Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co. at Otto’s

8/28, 7:30 PM psychedelic guitar/powerpop maven Pete Galub with Tom Gavin at Branded Saloon

8/28, 8 PM Dada Paradox – the catchy psychedelic new wave project from the Larch’s Ian and Liza – followed at 9 by twangy altcountryAmericana/psychedelic crew American String Conspiracy at Freddy’s

8/28, 8 PM a solid, diverse triplebill with the funny, fearless, fun female-fronted hardcore Heavy Negatives, rustic cumbia/tropical punks Ratas En Zelo and the Skarroñeros at the Silent Barn, $8

8/28, 8 PM adventurous, fun, quirky female-fronted psychedelic pop duo Robin’s Egg Blue at the small room at the Rockwood

8/28, 9 PM hypnotic, kinetic Haitian funk magic with Gisela Tangui & the Voodoo Cabaret at Shrine

8/28, 9ish searing, theatrical Romany/Balkan punk rockers Bad Buka acoustic ?!? at Radegast Hall. Even without amps, they have the energy to drown out the tourists.

8/28, 10 PM roots reggae group Royal Khaoz at the big room at the Rockwood

8/28, 10:30 PM state-of-the-art third-stream vibraphonist Chris Dingman‘s lushly enveloping Subliminal Trio with Fabian Almazan and Ryan Ferreira at Shapeshifter Lab, $8

8/29-30, 11:30 AM a screening of Hans Richter’s cult favorite avant garde film Dreams that Money Can Buy plus the short films Ghosts Before Breakfast (Hans Richter, 1927) and Symphonie Diagonale (Viking Eggleing, 1924). witha live score by darkly kinetic organ/guitar/drums psychedelic noiserockers Parlor Walls at Nitehawk Cinemas in Williamsburg, $15

8/29, 11:30 AM (that’s before noon) oldtimey hot jazz maven Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra at Prof. Hemlock’s Mansion, 2 E 63rd St., $35 – a creepy interactive theatrical performance akin to Sleep No More, but without the Shakespeare 

8/29, 7 PM oldschool 70s hippie alt-country and boogie-woogie with ageless piano guy Commander Cody at Joe’s Pub, $18

8/29, 8 PM Kyungso – contemporary virtuoso of the magical, tone-bending, otherworldly Korean gaegeum lute – at Barbes

8/29, 8:30 PM Rhode Island jangle/garage/surf/ band Ravi Shavi at Don Pedro’s

8/29, 9 PM hilarious female-fronted faux honky-tonk band Trailer Radio at Bar Chord

8/29, 9 PM intricate, intense, diverse jazz/soundtrack/Americana violinist/composer Skye Steele and band at Pete’s

8/29, 10 PM sly, devious female-fronted horror punk/surf/darkwave band the Long Losts followed by cinematic soundtrack instrumentalists/surf rockers the Tarantinos NYC at Otto’s

8/29, 10 PM inscrutable avant-artrock entourage Thrillington at Freddy’s

8/29, 10 PM high voltage, rustic oldtimey 19th century blues crew Fife & Drom at Arlene’s, $10

8/29, midnight King Raam – the Iranian Nick Cave – at the Mercury, $12 adv tix rec.

8/30, 4:30 PM the innovatively arranged retro George Gee Swing Orchestra squeeze themselves into Smalls

8/30, 7 PM the Mekaal Hasan Band play fiery Middle Eastern and south Asian art-rock at Joe’s Pub, $15 adv tix rec

8/30, 7 PM percussive, trance-inducing, bitingly tuneful, Middle Eastern-tinged female-fronted jamband SisterMonk at the small room at the Rockwood

8/30. 7 PM catchy oldschool blue-eyed soul and more Americana-influenced flavors with songwriter Janet LaBelle at the Mercury, $8

8/30, 7:30 PM a rare NYC performance of NASA’s global warming-themed multimedia extravaganza Bella Gaia with music by director-composer Kenji Williams, featuring spellbinding singer Kristin Hoffmann at Brooklyn Bowl

8/30, 8:15 PM pyrotechnic pianist/’songwriter/blues and ragtime maven Jack Spann at Sidewalk

8/31, eclectic Chilean third-stream jazz/Middle Eastern/klezmer-influenced pianist Benjamin Furman and his combo do a Dives of New York tour starting at Silvana at 8. 9/2 they’re at Shrine at 8; 9/5 they’re at the third stage at the Rockwood for $10 plus that $10 minimum; 9/8 they’re at Shapeshifter Lab at 9:30 PM for $10

9/1, 6 PM eclectic jam-oriented mostly-female klezmer/tango/jazz band Isle of Klezbos in the community garden next door to 520 E 12th St.

9/1, 8 PM catchy, hard-hitting guitar/drums garage-punk girlband Sharkmuffin at Brooklyn Bowl, $10

9/1, 9 PM cult favorite Balkan/klezmer hotshots the West Philadelphia Orchestra at Barbes

9/1, 10 PM Parlor Walls – Eula guitarslinger Elyse Lamb’s snarling, catchy, noiserock/postpunk collaboration with Chris Mulligan – at at Shea Stadium, $10

9/1, 10:30 PM surf/twang instrumental rockers the Bakersfield Breakers – whose new album is a dead ringer for something from 1963, unbelievably cool and fun – at Sidewalk

9/2, 7 PM an intense, harmony-fueled, chamber pop/latin-inflected noir art-rock twin bill with Sweet Soubrette and Kotorino at Joe’s Pub, $15

9/2, 7 PM this era’s state-of-the-art retro soul band, Lake Street Dive at Central Park Summerstage

9/2, 8 PM legendary klezmer clarinetist and bluegrass mandolin wizard – and undercover surf rocker –Andy Statman and band at Barbes

9/2, 8:30 PM Klazz-ma-tazz: : Benjamin Sutin, saxophones; Elijah Shiffer, alto sax, clarinet; Grant Goldstein, guitar; Ben Rosenblum, piano; Mat Muntz, bass; Tim Rachbach, drums play their wild klezmer jazz mashups at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 plus a $10 min

9/2, 9:30 PM cinematic, eclectic jazz bassist Antar Goodwin & the Prisoner’s Dilemma iat Club Bonarifide (in the old Something Jazz Club space) at 212 E 52nd St. free

9/6, 7 PM theatrical darkwave/metal mashups with Betty Black at the Bell House, $10 adv tix rec

9/8, 7 PM join courageous journalist Jeremy Scahill for the release of his new book The Wikileaks Files: The World According to U.S. Empire at the Bell House. Via video link from the Ecuadorian embassy in London, Julian Assange will join Scahill in conversation, followed by a q&a. Plus you get a free copy of The WikiLeaks Files with paid admission, $10.

9/8, 7:30 PM dark, sweeping cinematic electroacoustic composer/performer Sven Helbig at le Poission Rouge, $15 adv ti rec

9/8, 8 PM Irish songwriter/guitarist/fiddler Clare Sands – who mashes up snarling electric Americana with vivid, lyrical Wexford folk sounds – at Caffe Vivaldi

9/8, 9:30 PM Mailian desert rock legends Terakaft – a Tinariwen spinoff – at Joe’s Pub, $22

9/11, 7 PM True Concord Voices and Orchestra perform Mozart’s Requiem along with the New York premiere of Stephen Paulus’ Prayers and Remembrances, commissioned for the 10th anniversary of 9/11.at Alice Tully Hall, $20 toix avail, use discount code DCINY20 for an additional 20% off!

9/11, 8 PM  9/11 8 PM Ensemble Mise-En plays a rare program of works by Korean composers Joo Won Park, Song Sang and Eun Young Lee at a house concert at 678 Hart St #1B, in Bushwick, L to Dekalb Ave

9/11 legendary psychedelic postpunks Certain General at Bowery Electric

9/12, 7 PM firebrand, brilliantly lyrical noir blues rockers LJ Murphy and his ferocious band the Accomplices Sidewalk

9/12, 8 PM Puerto Rican salsa legends Gran Combo at NJPAC in Newark, $36 tix avail.

9/12 menacing retro 70s stoner doom band Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats at Webster Hall

9/12, 2 sets starting at noon, chamber pop/jazz mastermind Lee Feldman’s Night Owls instrumental piano trio – in the tradition of Vince Guaraldi (Peanuts), Ramsey Lewis (The In Crowd) and Horace Silver at Pangea, $10 + $10 min, special deal $25 for family of 4

9/13, 8 PM Sumari – Matt Lavelle (trumpet, cornet, flugelhorn, pocket trumpet, alto clarinet) Jack DeSalvo (mandola, cello, guitars) Tom Cabrera (bodhrán, tar, riq, doumbek, bass drum) – at Shapeshifter Lab

9/14, 7 PM charming, low-key, rustic oldtime Americana banjo/cello duo the Littlest Birds at the third stage at the Rockwood, $10 + $10 drink min. very strictly enforced

9/14, 9 PM LES legends the Mercenaries – sort of NYC’s counterpart to the Replacements – at Arlene’s, free

9/18, 7 PM fearless musicologist Jason Hamacher discusses his travels in war-torn Syria, tracking down and recording ancient Jewish and Armenian sounds, among others, in a conversation to celebrate the release of the new album and Forty Martyrs: Armenian Chanting from Aleppo commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the holocaust in Armenia at the Zohrab Center, 630 2nd Ave.(34/35), free 

9/17, 8 PM amazing doublebill: historically-inspired, richly tuneful, erudite singer/guitarist Elisa Flynn followed by the careening NYC counterpart to the Pogues, Thee Shambels at Troost

9/17 dubwise darkwave French keys/vox girl duo Brigitte at the Standard Hotel. On 9/18 they’re at le Poisson Rouge (duh, right?)

9/18, 8 PM a solid American reggae triplebill: the Brazilian-influenced, dubwise Kiwi followed by the more anthemic Treehouse and the rootsiest of the three, Boston’s High Hopes Band at Fontana’s, $10

9/18, 8:30 PM, repeating on 9/19 at 7:30 PM the Chelsea Symphony play orchestral works by Brahms and others at St. Peter’s German Church in Chelsea

9/18, 8 PM hypnotic, intense Bollywood music/dance troupe Mystic India at NJPAC in Newark, $25 tix avail

9/18 one of the best, most purposeful psychedelic metal acts of the last 20 years, Washington State power trio Mos Generator at Bowery Electric

9/19, 9 PM intense Romany/flamenco art-rock violin-guitar duo Kozm at the big room at the Rockwood, $10

9/20 3 PM organist Christopher Houlihan performs works by JS Bach and Saint-Saens, as well as Louis Vierne’s Symphony No. 4 and the New York premiere of Patrick Greene’s Steel Symphony, (inspired by metal sculptures from the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Massachusetts) at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, 856 Pacific St, (Vanderbilt/Underhill; 2/3 to Bergen St., free

9/26, 11 AM – 6 PM the SAE Institute holds their annual free allday mix of music tech demos, the latest production gizmos and panel discussions at the SAE Institute New York, 218 W 18th St, registration req

9/26, 3 PM hard-hitting, brass-fueled newschool latin soul/boogaloo dance band Spanglish Fly at the Chile and Chocolate Festival at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, $20/$15 stud/srs, kids 12 and under free

9/27, 7 PM maestro Dong-hyun Kim conducts the Queensboro Symphony Orchestra – NYC’s hottest new classical ensemble – in the world premier of Paul Joseph’s symphonic fantasy The King of the Mask,a multidisciplinary extravaganza and the lifelong reflection of celebrated Cuban artist Roman Valdes. Also on the bill: James Cohn’s rarely heard Symphony #4. at Mary’s Nativity Church, 46-02 Parsons Blvd. (at Holly Ave.), Flushing, just a short 10 minute walk from the Flushing Ave. stop on the 7 train, or take the Q27, Q65 bus

9/30 clever, torchy lo-fi original Americana banjo player/chanteuse Odetta Hartman at Elvis Guesthouse, 85 Avenue A.

10/9, 8 PM indie classical group Ensemble Mise-En plays an enticing program of works by Frederic Rzewski, Enda Bates. Keeril Makan, and comductor/impersario Moon Young Ha at Mise-En Place Bushwick, 678 Hart St 1B in Bushwick, L to Dekalb Ave, $20/$15 stud/srs includes a drink

New York City Live Music Calendar for July and August 2015

The new calendar for August and September is here.

There’s a comprehensive, very recently updated list of places where these shows are happening 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 here, something for everyone.

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 posted here weeks in advance. Weekly events first followed by the daily calendar.

On select Thursdays and Saturdays, 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.  Next shows are at 7/16 at 7 PM and 7/19 at 4 with Chopin waltzes, Dvorak Scottish Dances and Grieg Lyric Pieces. Sugg don $30 (pay what you can), delicious gluten-free refreshments, beverages and lively conversation included! email for info/location.

Mondays at 6 PM global jazz chanteuse Gracie Terzian – whose axe is the harp ukulele – plays her chaming low-key originals and classics at the rooftop bar at Hotel Hugo, 525 Greenwich St (Vandan/Spring), free for happy hour, no minimum

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 nights at 9 PM charismatic Romany singer Eva Salina and her amazing, psychedelic band play high-voltage dub-tinged jams on classic themes from across the Balkans at Sisters Brooklyn, 900 Fulton St. (Washington/Waverly), Ft Greene, C to Clinton-Washington, free

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

Mondays at 10 PM there’s been quite a buzz about the weekly residency by torchy songbird Angela McCluskey and cinematic pianist Paul Cantelon – the brain trust of popular 90s act the Wild Colonials – at the third stage at the Rockwood, with a rotating cast of high-quality special guests. It’s expensive: $15 plus a $10 drink minimum very strictly enforced.

Also Mondays in July Rev. Vince Anderson and his band play Union Pool in Williamsburg, two sets starting around 11:30 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 til past three in the morning. Paula Henderson from Burnt Sugar is the lead soloist on baritone sax, with Dave Smith from Smoota on trombone, with frequent special guests.

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

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

Tuesdays at around 10 Julia Haltigan and her band play 11th St. Bar. A torchy, charismatic force of nature, equally at home with fiery southwestern gothic rock, oldschool soul and steamy retro jazz ballads, and her band is just as good as she is.

Wednesdays in July and August, 6-8 PM a large percentage of NYC’s top accordionists descend on Bryant Park, playing their own stuff at various points throughout the space. Look out for Jenny Luna playing Turkish classics on 7/1; avant jazz/klezmer star Shoko Nagain on 7/15; haunting Balkan/Romany chanteuse Eva Salina and also indescribably good Japanese Balkan band the Dolomites on 7/22; and Gregorio Uribe doing cumbias on 8/5, just for starters.

Wednesdays in July, 8:30 PM guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg (of Dr. Lonnie Smith’s band) leads a trio at the Bar Next Door, $12.

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

Thursdays in July starting on the 9th, 7:30 PM spine-tingling art-rock/avant-garde/chamber pop singer Carol Lipnik – pretty much everybody’s choice for best singer in all of NYC – with hypnotically luminous pianist Matt Kanelos – at Pangea on 2nd Ave. btw 11th/12th Sts, $20. Several special guests are promised, including the amazing Rachelle Garniez on the 9th.

Fridays at 5 PM, adventurous indie classical string quartet Ethel (Ralph Farris, viola; Dorothy Lawson, cello; Kip Jones, violin; and Tema Watstein, violin) play the balcony bar with a rotating cast of interesting special guests at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, free w/museum adm.

Fridays in July at 9 Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens play oldschool 1960s style gospel at the Fat Cat.

Fridays at 11 PM flamenco guitarist Ian Banks with special guests each week at St. Mazie’s (the old Rose Bar) on Grand St. just off the BQE in Williamsburg

Saturdays in July at 4 PM at Bargemusic there are impromptu free classical concerts, usually solo piano or small chamber ensembles: if you get lucky, you’ll catch pyrotechnic violinist/music director Mark Peskanov and/or the many members of his circle. Early arrival advised.

Saturdays in July, 6 PM Roy Nathanson leads a variety of ensembles at Barbes. If you missed his Stone residency last month, the irrepressible cinematic noir saxophonist/composer, ex-Lounge Lizard and Jazz Passengers founder has an address book as deep as his songbook – lots of special guests in addition to his usual collaborators.

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

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

Sundays at 3 PM at the Stone a rotating cast of familiar faces from John Zorn’s circle perform from Zorn’s characteristically exhaustive, marathon collection of 300 works titled Bagatelles, recently composed between March and May 2015. “Each concert will be introduced by John Zorn, often in conversation with the musicians,” $15

Sundays in July, 5 PM Sway Machinery guitarist/mastermind Jeremiah Lockwood at Barbes with a variety of ensembles. Desert blues, reinvented ancient cantorial themes, gorgeous guitar instrumentals and more. Choice picks: 7/19 with accordion sorceress Shoko Nagai and 7/26 with the Fraternal Order of the Society Blues, a tribute to Piedmont Blues guitar legend Carolina Slim, featuring three of his students–Jeremiah, Ernesto Gomez (Brotherhood of the Jug) and Ricky Gordon (Wynton Marsalis Ensemble).

Every Sunday the Ear-Regulars, led by trumpeter Jon Kellso and (frequently) guitarist Matt Munisteri play NYC’s only weekly hot jazz session starting around 8 PM at the Ear Inn on Spring St. Hard to believe, in the city that springboarded the careers of thousands of jazz legends, but true. This is by far the best value in town for marquee-caliber jazz: for the price of a drink and a tip for the band, you can see world-famous players (and brilliant obscure ones) you’d usually have to drop $100 for at some big-ticket room. The material is mostly old-time stuff from the 30s and 40s, but the players (especially Kellso and Munisteri, who have a chemistry that goes back several years) push it into some deliciously unexpected places.

Sundays in July, 8:30 PM purist guitarist Peter Mazza – who gets the thumbs up from bop-era legend Gene Bertoncini – leads a series of trios at the Bar Next Door.

7/1, 8 PM one of NYC’s most charmingly edgy voices and clever, terse tunesmiths, Tamara Hey at the Slipper Room, $10

7/1, 8:15 PM cult favorite Americana soul songstress Dina Regine followed by dark, smart, edgy post-Velvet rock songwriter and former Band of Susans guitarist Anne Husick playing the album release show for her new one at Sidewalk

7/1, 8:30 PM all-female UK lo-fi/punk/garage band Pins – sort of like the bastard child of the early Go Go’s and Wire play the Mercury, $12 adv tix rec

7/1-5, 8:30/10:30 PM lyrical jazz piano icon Fred Hersch leads his long-running trio at the Vanguard, $25

7/1, 8:30 PM bassist Lauren Falls leads an imaginatively arranged all-female octet with four singers playing a Joni Mitchell tribute at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.

7/1, 9 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” at at Troost in Greenpoint. They’re also at at Espresso 77, 35-57 77th Street, Jackson Hts., free at 8:30 on 7/16 and at Branded Saloon on 7/19, time TBA

7/1, 9 PM tango dancing with music by all-star Argentines Trio Milonguero: Pedro Giraudo, bass – Ariel Iud, bandoneon and Maurizio Najt, piano.at Drom, $17 includes a beer!

7/1-2, 10ish 90s relevant hip-hop icon Talib Kweli with a full band at Brooklyn Bowl, $20 adv tix a must

7/2, noon, Sharon Jones’ Daptone labelmate, oldschool soul growler Charles Bradley and his period-perfect band at Metrotech Park in downtown Brooklyn

7/2, 7 PM tuneful, anthemic, intense neoromantic/indie classical ensemble the Founders play the album release show for their auspicious new debut at the big room at the Rockwood

7/2, 7 PM long-rnnning, perennially tuneful janglerockers/powerpopsters Bubble at the small room at the Rockwood

7/2,. 7 PM a good all-acoustic improvisational sextet: Michael Lytle – bass and contrabass clarinet; Anthony Coleman – piano; Stephen Flinn – percussion; Jason Kao Hwang – violin; Mary Mackenzie – vocals; Eyal Maoz – acoustic guitar at Spectrum, $15

7/2, 7:30 PM high-energy, politically-fueled Mexican rockers Las Cafeteras at the Linclon Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

7/2, 8 PM this blog’s new favorite songwriter, unselfconsciously haunting, richly lyrical great plains folk noir chanteuse Ember Schrag – whose recent adventures in dark psychedelic rock have been pretty amazing – at Hifi Bar, free

7/2, 8 PM dark, charismatic, mischieviously witty literate keyboardist/chanteuse Rachelle Garniez followed at 10 by Up and Down Hands, a jazz tribute to Pakistani film music at Barbes

7/2, 8 PM tireless honkytonk crooner and brilliant steel guitarist Junior Brown at City Winery, $22 standing room avail.

7/2, 8 PM intense indie classica/art-song chanteuse Haley Fohr a.k.a. Circuit des Yeux followed at 9 by postrock chamber ensemble Bing & Ruth at Subculture, $12 adv tix rec

7/2, 9 PM psychedelic reggae-funk band Mad Satta play the album release show for their new one at Drom, $10 gen adm

7/2, 10 PM 10 PM intense, fearless Romany/Balkan chaunteuse Eva Salina and her allstar brass/accordion band at Friends and Lovers

7/2, 10ish ex Bee & Flower bandleader/bassist Dana Schechter’s haunting, intense, grimly cinematic instrumental project Insect Ark play the album release show for their new one at St. Vitus

7/2, 10 PM trippy, dubwise Florida roots reggae band the Ellameno Beat at Shrine

7/2, 11 PM noiserock legends Blind Idiot God at Paperbox, $10

7/3, 5:30 PM the Night Owls – Lee Feldman‘s piano trio inspired by Vince Guaraldi, Horace Silver and Ramsey Lewis – at the Bartow-Pell Mansion, 895 Shore Road, Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx

7/3, 7 PM an African reggae festival at Drom with Sekou Bolomba, Martin & Terry, Oxygen Box Band, Allinor and others, $10 adv tix rec

7/3, 8 PM Mark Peskanov, violin; Ursula Oppens, piano play Beethoven Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1 in D Major, Op. 12 No. 1; Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 5 in F Major, Op. 24, “Spring; Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 7 in C minor, Op. 30 No. at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud

7/3, 8 PM catchy, jangly, Beatlesque band the Sons of Seymour at Shrine

7/3. 9 PM Sean Kershaw‘s reputedly awesome new ghoulabilly/honkytonk band the Serpentones at the Red Door, Surf Ave & W 12th St., Coney Island, free

7/3, an outdoor screening of Zachary Treitz’s reputedly intense and historically rich Civil War drama – and Tribeca Film Festival winner – Men Go To Battle: film at 9 PM, Q&A with the filmmaker and party afterward, on the roof at Industry City. 220 36th St. Sunset Park, $15

7/3, 9:30 PM irresistibly charming oldtimey harmony/swing band the Ladybugs play the album release show for their new one at Joe’s Pub

7/3, 10 PM psychedelic, surfy, vallenato-influenced groovemeisters Los Crema Paraiso at Barbes

7/3. 10 PM cutting-edge B3 organ and trombone soul/jazz grooves with the Jared Gold and Dave Gibson Band at the Fat Cat

7/4, 5 PM rustically intense oldtime blues band Fife & Drom followed at 6 by the oldtimey/newgrass Good Morning Nags at LIC Bar

7/4, 8 PM the intriguing, piano-driven Alejandro Zuleta Vallenato Collective followed at 10 by upbeat Sinaloa-style Mexican mariachi/ranchera brass group Banda de los Muertos at Barbes

7/4, 8:30 PM lof-fi Balkan punks Stumblebum Brass Band at the Mercury, $10 gen adm

7/4, 9 PM an abbreviated lineup for Unsteady Freddie‘s monthly surf rock extravaganza at Otto’s with the Twang Twisters, all the way down from Binghamton, followed at 11 by ageless, jangly, purist NY originals the Supertones

7/4, 9/10:30 PM a comfortably improvisational trio: Ingrid Laubrock, saxophones; Tyshawn Sorey, drums; Kris Davis, piano at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

7/4, 10 PM catchy, psychedelically vamping Central American grooves with the Bodoma Garifuna Cultural Band at Shrine

7/5, 5 PM soulful, latin-inspired, lushly exciting new jazz chanteuse Marianne Solivan leads her 11-piece Big Band at Smalls

7/5, 7 PM intriguing, sometimes cinematic, sometimes pastoral jazz sounds with the Tom Csatari Band followed at 9 by another innovative guitarist, Romany jazz mastermind Stephane Wrembel, at Barbes

7/5, 7:30 PM  soaring, brilliant singer Magda Giannikou’s lush, sweeping, pan-Mediterranean art-rock/chamber pop/jazz group Banda Magda at Pier 1 on the upper west, free. They’re also at the big room at the Rockwood on 7/8 at 11 followed at midnight by the jazz-oriented, clarinet-fueled, explosive NY Gypsy All-Stars

7/5, 8:30 PM composer Liberté-Anne Lymberiou’s up-and-coming large ensemble the Liberté Big Band at Iridium, $15 with promo code Les Paul

7/6, 9 PM NYC jazz legenda and twin-reedman George Braith leads a quintet at the Fat Cat

7/7, 7 PM rising star cellist/composer Fjola Evans plays her new electroacoustic work based on otherworldly Icelandic poetry; pianist Brendan Littlefield unveils a new suite at Spectrum, $15

7/7, 8 PM singer/guitatarist Mia Wilson’s haunting, blues-infused, angst-ridden, psychedelic project with brilliant lead guitarist Quincy Ledbetter, the Bright Smoke at C’Mon Everybody, 325 Franklin Ave. (Clifton Pl./Greene Ave), Bed-Stuy, G to Classon Ave

7/7, 8 PM Yonder Mountain String Band at Brooklyn Bowl, $25, notice how their ticket prices have come down now they’re not playing Live Nation venues!

7/7, 8 PM a solidly good evening of noisy improvisation: Leila Bordreuil solo (amplified cello); Anthony Saunders solo (modular synthesizer); Michael Foster / Ben Bennett Duo (sax/objects) (percussion/membranes); Zero Player — Austin Julian / Cybelle Collins (electronic amplified bass object) (violin) at Jack in Ft. Greene, $12

7/7-12, 8/10 PM stylistically shapeshifting indie classical guitarist Gyan Riley has a weeklong residency at the Stone. Choice pick: opening night, 10 PM, Riley joining with three of the four guitarists from the Dither guitar quartet: Taylor Levine, James Moore and Josh Lopes

7/7-12, 8:30/10:30 PM tuneful guitarist Russell Malone leads his quartet with Rick Germanson-piano, Gerald Cannon-bass, Willie Jones III-drums at the Vanguard , $25

7/7, 9 PM jangly, surfy Rhode Island garage rockers Ravi Shavi followed by catchy, sardonically jangly, lo-fi soul-rockers Larry & the Babes – sort of a more tuneful, less punk version of Clear Plastic Masks – at Palisades

7/7, 10 psychedelic cumbia band MAKU Soundsystem and similarly psychedelic, surfy, vallenato-influenced groovemeisters Los Crema Paraiso at Bowery Electric, free

7/7, 11 PM purist, straightforward, warmly tuneful front-porch folk songwriter Joanna Sternberg at Muchmore’s, $5

7/8, 6 PM spellbinding Korean gayakeum zither virtuoso Rami Seo plays classical and folk material at the Rubin Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

7/8, 6:30 PM PM Ramzi Aburedwan and the Dal’Ouna Ensemble in a U.S. Premiere Tour, with special guests vocalist Lena Seikaly, percussionist Tareq Rantisi, ‘oudist Ziad Ben Youssef, and accordionist Edwin Buger.play the book launch for Sandy Tolan’s “Children of the Stone: The Power of Music in a Hard Land”, chronicling Aburedwan’s rise from stone-throwing Palestinian poster boy to world-famous oudist and composer at le Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec

7/8, 6:30 PM clever, wry, popular newschool honkytonk crooner Hayes Carll at the Mercury, $20 adv tix a must. He’s back there on 7/22 an hour later, same price, same deal, better get your tix soon.

7/8, 7 PM edgy, sometimes unexpectedly dark, reggaeish grooves with the Afri-Garifuna Jazz Ensemble outdoors on the steps at the Brooklyn Public Library, free

7/8, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, Charenee Wade sings the album release show for her fascinating new collection of obscure and lesser-known Gil Scott-Heron songs, $25

7/8, 8 PM trumpeter Kenny Warren‘s Avant-Americana band Laila and Smitty, featuring Jeremiah Lockwood, Myk Freedman, Ilusha Tsinadze, Adam Hopkins and Carlo Costa at Barbes

7/8, 9 PM a welcome return to NYC for oldschool-style high plains C&W singer Hope Debates & North 40 at Bar Chord. Damn, this woman can flat-out sing

7/8, 10 PM tuneful, state-of-the-art tenor saxophonist/composer Tom Tallitsch leads his combo at 55 Bar

7/9, half past noon hypnotically spiky West African grooves with Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba at Metrotech Park in downtown Brooklyn, free

7/9, 5 PM popular retro dance bandleader Felix Hernandez’s Rhythm Revue at NJPAC’s Theater Square, One Center St,, Newark, free, 5 minutes from the Path station

7/9, 7 PM pianist Melody Fader, violinist Emily Popham Gillins, violist Keats Dieffenbach and cellist Hamilton Barry, play Mozart’s Piano Quartet in G Minor, KV 478 and Schumann’s Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 47 at Spectrum, reception to follow, $20/$15 stud/srs

7/9, 7:30 PM indie classical violin star Todd Reynolds solo doing his high-energy loopmusic thing at the Jewish Museum

7/9, 7:30 catchy, eclectic ska-pop/latin/reggae sounds from Brown Rice Family playing their album release show at Drom, $10 adv tix rec

7/9, 8 PM catchy, fun ska/Caribbean groove band the Brown Rice Family play the album release show for their new one From Havana to Kingston at Drom

7/9, 8:30 PM edgy, noisily atmospheric guitarist Travis Reuter leads his group with Alan Bjorklund (trumpet), Mark Shim (tenor sax), Kim Cass (bass), Alex Ritz. at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

7/9, 8:30 PM tuneful saxophonist/composer Patrick Cornelius with Jared Gold on organ and Colin Stranahan on drums at the Bar Next Door, $12

7/9, 9 PM haunting noir soundtrack guitarist/loopmusic composer Ben Von Wildenhaus with guest vocalists Clara Kennedy and Scott Matthew, resonator guitarist Zeke Healey and violist Karen Waltuch at Troost in Greenpoint

7/9, 9 PM irresistibly fun, psychedelic, period-perfect 60s sunshine pop revivalist Jacco Gardner at Baby’s All Right, $12

7/9, 9 PM explosive postrock/psychedelic/metal/art-rockers Eidetic Seeing at the Acheron, $10

7/9, 9 PM careening gutter blues duo Slim Wray play the album release show for their new one at the big room at the Rockwood; after a bizarrely dorky, in-your-face funk band, the fun returns at 11:30 PM with the Brighton Beat playing their deliriously fun Afrobeat jams

7/9, 9 PM acerbic female-fronted funk band Eliza & the Organix – feat. swirly alto sax player Kristen Tivey –at Rock Shop

7/9, 9 PM Heights of Wisdom play original newschool roots reggae at Shrine

7/9, 9:30 PM bassist Matt Pavolka switches to trombone for his Horns Band with Kirk Knuffke, cornet; Loren Stillman, alto sax; Joe Fiedler, trombone; Mark Ferber, drum at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

7/9, 9:30 PM edgy, intense avant/jazz chanteuse and multi-instrumentlist Morgan Heringer at Sidewalk

7/9, 10 PM boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band at Skinny Dennis; they’re also back here on the 26th at 9

7/9, 10 PM the plush, balmy, oldtimey uke swing of Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies at Barbes

7/9, 11 PM Bombrasstico – sort of the trombone version of Moon Hooch – play their explosive, improvisational organic dancefloor grooves at Arlene’s, $8

7/9 11 PM soaringly explosive jazz composer/torch singer Nicole Zuraitis at the small room at the Rockwood

7/10, 4 PM Wendy Sutter, cello and Olga Vinokur, piano play Bach Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, BWV 1029; Shostakovich Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor, Op. 40; Rachmaninof Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, Op. 19 at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud

7/10, 7 PM high-energy, sardonic, horn-fueled Argentine ska-punk band Los Autenticos Decadentes at Prospect Park Bandshell

7/10, 7 PM “a collaborative performance between choreographer Kate Asson and composer Jen Kutler. The piece features musical accompaniment experienced through an experimental sound system which delivers sound through the teeth. The audience will be provided with vibrating dental plates to bite instead of a traditional speaker transferring vibration through the air (while supplies last)” at Spectrum, $15 .

7/10, 8 PM badass resonator guitarist and delta blues/oldtime hillbilly music maven Mamie Minch at Barbes followed at 10 by awesome low-register original vintage-style Cuban groove band Gato Loco

7/10, 8/10:30 PM guitarist Lage Lund leads a tuneful quartet with Glenn Zaleski, piano; Ben Street, bass; Craig Weinrib, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

7/10, 10 PM perennially smart, tuneful Texas Americana/rockabilly guitarslinger Rosie Flores at Hill Country, free

7/10, 10ish hypnotically undulating Israeli/Eastern European dancefloor grooves with Balkan Beat Box at Brooklyn Bowl $17 adv tix rec

7/10, 11 PM the Brooklyn What, who are to this era in this city what the Dead Boys and for that matter, the Clash, were to 1979 –at the Gutter, $5

7/10, 10 PM lyrically brilliant, noirish, swamp punk/Americana rockers Shanghai Love Motel at the Parkside

7/10, 10:30 PM Mac McCarty & the Kidd Twist Band play their fiery, sometimes unexpectedly poignant Pogues-ish punk and folk noir at Sidewalk

7/11, 3 PM mighty horn-driven soul/circus rock band No Te Va Gustar, Ximena Sariñana – who does an unconvincing, suspiciously halfhearted corporate ranchera-rock thing – and meat-and-potatoes (carne y papas?) four-on-the-floor stadium rocker Vicentico at Central Park Summerstage

7/11, 6 PM Iraq war veteran and insightful Memphis Americana songwriter Bryan Hayes at Sidewalk

7/11, 7:30 PM keyboardist Mick Rossi‘s all-star improvising quartet with Andy Laster, Peter Hess and Charles Waters at Spectrum, $15

7/11, 8 PM “performing on the 21-string Mandinka kora and the Turkish oud, Kane Mathis plays compelling interpretations of these traditional musics” followed at 10 PM by “punky Chicago burlesque-blues band” the Claudettes and then at 11 this era’s greatest cinematic noir guitar instrumentalists, Big Lazy at Barbes

7/11, 8ish shapeshifting, often haunting female-fronted Americana/acoustic funk/art-rock jamband the Sometime Boys  – who put out this blog’s pick for best song of 2014 – at Hometown BBQ in Red Hook

7/11, 8:30 PM newschool powerpop icons the New Pornographers at Prospect Park Bandshell

7/11, 9 PM Afrobeat legend/drummer Tony Allen leads Jungle By Night, a psychedelic groove band arguably as good and a lot more diverse than the Fela groups he worked with way back in the day, at Rough Trade

7/11, 9 PM guitarist Mimi Oz‘s Rooster – a real kitchen-sink band with soul and rock and darker sounds and an omnipresent sense of humor followed by the Blue Dahlia – Alpha Blondy meets Edith Piaf – at the Way Station

7/11, 9 PM clarinetist Rane Moore and ensemble play an auspicious program of works by Georges Aperghis, Vinko Globokar, Enno Poppe, Kaija Saariaho, Salvatore Sciarrino and Ken Ueno at Spectrum, $15

7/11, 9ish popular, recently resurrected and darkly catchy 90s indie stars Rainer Maria at Shea Stadium, $15

7/11, 9:30ish edgy, politically aware NYC Romany/latin/ska rockers Karikatura give a mighty kickoff to their upcoming west coast tour witha show at Mehanata

7/11, 9:30 PM wild, hilariously satirical oldtimey hellraisers the Brothers Comatose at the big room at the Rockwood, $10

7/11, 9:30 PM Jonny Grave & the Tombstones play interesting, eclectic Americana informed by oldtime gospel, delta and Piedmont blues and front-porch folk at Hill Country, free

7/11, 9:30 PM Dan Finnerty’s hilarious, viciously sarcastic top 40 cover band the Dan Band play the album release show for their LMFAO new one at Joe’s Pub, $22

7/11, 10 PM countrypolitan maven and fearlessly funny oldschool honkytonk outlaw Dale Watson at Bowery Ballroom, $16 adv tix rec

7/11, 11 PM swirly, hypnotic, totally 80s 4AD dreampop/shoegazers Dead Leaf Echo – who if they let their frontwoman sing all the time would be one of NYC’s best bands – at the Acheron,$10

7/12, noon-5 PM the annual Bastillle Day celebration on 60th St. with performances by the Chorale Arpège from Martinique, the Franco-American electro/pop/swing band Ginkgoa, the Hungry March Band, insanely good street food, crepes, etc., face painting for the kids, it’s a lot of fun.

7/12, 3 PM a rare Cape Verdean triplebill: Dino D’Santiago, Mayra Andrade and the Cesária Évora Orchestra at Central Park Summerstage

7/12, 3 PM Margaret Brouwer’s Blue Streak Ensemble play music of living composers Mario Davidovsky, John Harbison, Clint Needham, Andrew Rindfleisch, Chen Yi, Huang Ruo, and Brouwer herself. at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Brooklyn (139 St. John’s Place), free.

7/12, 5 PM drummer Art Lillard’s Heavenly Big Band at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex, free

7/12, 6 PM devious oldschool C&W/rockabilly parodists Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co. at Caracas Arepa Bar 106-01 Shore Front Parkway, on Rockaway Beach

7/12, 7 PM the US debut of beguiling female-fronted Iranian guitar jazz trio Sehrang at Drom, $21 adv tix rec

7/12, 7 PM the Yabuno Ettun Project : Haruka Yabuno (piano) – Ehud Ettun (bass) followed at 8.15 by Sicilian jazz singer/composer Sissy Castrogiovanni (voice, compositions) with the awesome, otherworldly Jussi Reijonen (classic guitar, oud) – Ehud Ettun (bass) – Jorge PerezAlbela (drums, percussions) at Shapeshifter Lab, $15

7/12, 8ish a screening of the ferociuosly relevant, elegaic anti-gentrification documentary Sound & Chaos: The Story Of BC Studio followed by a performance by legendary producer/dark psychedelic rocker Martin Bisi and his band with with Bob Bert (Sonic Youth), Algis Kisys (ex-Swans) and many others tba at Littlefield, $10

7/12, 8 PM brilliant violinist Dana Lyn & guitarist Kyle Sanna play their cinematic jazz/soundtrack/indie classical tunes at the Jalopy, $10

7/12, 8:30 PM jazz chanteuse Audrey Bernstein plays the album release show for her new one with a killer band – Brian Charette, Sean Harkness, Daniel Glass, & Steve Doyle – at the third stage at the Rockwood, $

7/13-15, 8 PM legendary performance artist Penny Arcade debuts her new show Longing Lasts Longer, a witheringly hilarious, hauntingly poignant critique of gentrification and the ongoing death of artistic communities in New York at Theatre for the New City, 1st Ave (9/10), $15

7/13, 8:30 PM noir rocker Nicole Atkins, Afrobeat dancefloor crew Emefe and others play John Lennon and Harry Nilsson covers at Manhattan Inn in Greenpoint, free

7/14, 2 PM ish 20s hot jazz brass maven Michael Arenella & the Hot 8 at Cercle Rouge, 41 W Broadway (btw Walker & White St., free

7/14, 7 PM Queens College’s Balinese gamelan orchestra Yowana Sari at Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City

7/14, 7:30 PM a Boston Symphony Orchestra chamber ensemble plays Nielsen’s Wind Quintet plus works by Mozart and Brahms at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, free, early arrival advised

7/14, 8 PM trumpeter Ben Holmes and accordionist Patrick Farrell work their klezmer/Balkan/Satie-esque magic followed at 9 by clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

7/14-19, 8:30/10:30 PM AACM legend Henry Threadgill‘s Zooid with Christopher Hoffman-cello, Liberty Ellman-guitar, Jose Davila-tuba/trombone, Elliiot Kavee-drums at the Vanguard, $25. Will be interesting to see how loud this potentially explosive crew gets in these hallowed confines.

7/14, 9 PM intense, haunting southwestern gothic songwriter Eilen Jewell plays the album release show for her new one with her killer band at City Winery, $22 standing room avail.

7/14, 9:30 PM cosmopolitan, torchy Euro-swing with the Carte Blanche Jazz Band at Joe’s Pub, $18

7/14, 9:30 PM twin guitar-fueled large ensemble jazz with the Lucas Pino Nonet at Smalls

7/15, 4 PM the Choir of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, England with David G. Skinner, director sing works by Gabrieli, Byrd, Palestrina, Croft, Holst, Parry and Whitacre at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, free

7/15, 6 PM psychedelic funk band the People’s Champs outdoors at Willoughby and Pearl Streets, downtown Brooklyn, free

7/15, 7 PM the ageless George Clinton & his latest P-Funk incarnation at Queensbridge Park. 7/16 they’re at NJPAC’s Theater Square, One Center St,, Newark, free, 5 minutes from the Path station

7/15-16, 7/9 PM dazzlingly eclectic, witty B3 jazz organist Brian Charette leads his trio with Will Bernard and Rudy Royston at Smoke, $15

7/15, 8 PM cinematic San Francisco Balkan Band La Peche at Barbes

7/15, 8 PM brilliantly lyrical, dark oldtimey songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Pete Lanctot and band followed eventually at 11 by resonator guitarist/singer Breanna Barbara Arneson  and her increasingly ornate blues band at the Way Station

7/15, 9 PM cleverly hilarious newschool honkytonk crooner Hayes Carll at Rough Trade, $20

7/15, 9 PM downtown jazz legend Doug Wieselman does his clarinet loop thing followed by elegant, Elizabeth Cotten-influenced front-porch folk songwriter Joanna Sternberg at Bar Lunatico in Bed-Stuy

7/15, 10 PM punkgrass favorites Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band at the Knitting Factory, $13 adv tix rec

7/15, 10 PM 1Secret Chiefs 3 plays world premiere selections from John Zorn’s Masada Book III, The Book Beriah with Eyvind Kang (violin) Matt Lebofsky (keyboards) Shanir Blumenkranz (bass, oud) Ches Smith (mallets, percussion) Kenny Grohowski (drums) Jason Schimmel (guitar) Trey Spruance (baritone guitar) at the Stone, $15. The program more or less repeats on 7/17

7/16, noon fiery fiddler Alicia Svigals‘ Klezmer Express at St. Marks Park, 2nd Ave and 10th St., free

7/16, half past noon George Clinton & P-Funk at Metrotech Park in downtown Brooklyn, free. Never seen the funk legend before? Wanna save forty bucks and not have to deal with the crowds? This is your place.

7/16-17, 7 PM the Midwestern Willie Nile: dramatic, Celtic-tinged anthemic four-on-the-floor rockers the Ike Reillly Assassination at the Mercury, $15. Oldtimey/country blues guy A.A. Bondy follows at 9 for a separate $15 cover. Reilly is also there the following day, 7/17 at 10:30 PM, same price

7/16, 7:30 PM elegantly ferocious cello/violin indie classical/art-rock duo Naked Roots Conducive with Uniska Wahala Kano, Tif Robinette (aka AGROFEMME), Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow, Rudi Salpietra at ABC No Rio, sliding scale starting at $3

7/16, 7;30 PM purist, socially conscious roots reggae cult favorite Taj Weekes & Adowa at Bric Arts, free, yes I!

7/16, 7:30 PM Algerian trance/groove band Gnawa Diffusion at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free

7/16-19, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, powerhouse, stormy postbop tenor saxophonist Azar Lawrence leads a quintet, $30

7/16, 8 PM half-hour sets from wickedly lyrical, warmly charismatic, edgy tunesmith/wordsmith Linda Draper followed by the snarling southwestern gothic band the Downward Dogs‘ frontman Joe Yoga at Sidewalk

7/;16, 8 PM tuneful blue-eyed soul songwriter Elijah Tucker and his excellent band followed eventually at 11 by the All Night Chemists – who blend a tuneful, gritty 90s NYC gutter blues vibe with Stonesy growl and some glam – at the Way Station

7/16, 8:30 PM smart, low-key guitar-fueled Ameripolitan tunesmithing: Robbie Fulks and Redd Volkaert play two sets as a duo at Union Hall, $15

7/16, 9 PM a killer noir/Nashville gothic twinbill; haunting, intense, wickedly tuneful songwriter Jessie Kilguss and her band and the similarly simmering, menacingly lyrical sounnds of Karla Moheno at Hank’s. Kilguss is also at the American Folk Art Museum at 5:30 on 7/31.

7/16, 9 PM high-energy old school gospel/Americana singer/bandleader Shelley King at Hill Country, free

7/16, 9:30 PM haunting, eclectic, otherworldly, historically rich instrumentals from the Yiddish Art Trio – Patrick Farrell- accordion, Benjy Fox-Rosen- bass/vocals, Michael Winograd- clarinet – followed by angst-fueled Lynchian art-rock crooner Dorian Wood at Joe’s Pub, $15

7/16, 9:30 PM Malian desert rock guitar shredder Vieux Farka Toure at Prospect Park Bandshell

7/17, 7/9:30 PM innovative, tuneful south-of-the-border large ensemble sounds with the Gregorio Uribe Big Band at Ginny’s Supper Club uptown, $20

7/17, 7:30 PM the film Son of the Sheik with a live score by Alloy Orchestra and Ghost Train Orchestra at Prospect Park Bandshell

7/17, 8 PM jangly, sharply lyrical folk-rock/chamberpop band the Morning Sea – like a more stripped-down, less druggy Elliott Smith – followed eventually at 11 by hotshot rockabilly bassist/bandleader Little Lesley & the Bloodshots at the Way Station

7/17, 9 PM a screening of Hao Zhu’s scathing documentary about political corruption in China, The Chinese Mayor – if you think the abuse of eminent domain has done a number on Brooklyn, wait til you see what happened in China. On the roof of the American Can building, 232 3rd St., Gowanus, $15, Q&A with the director afterward, R to Union St.

7/17, 10 PM sizzling, hypnotic Ethiopiques jamband Lions at Barbes

7/17, 10 PM state-of-the-art doom metal/sludgecore with Unearthly Trance at the Acheron, $10

7/17, 11 PM Lorraine Leckie plays a rare set of her sardonic chamber pop collaborations with scathing social critic Anthony Haden-Guest at Sidewalk

7/17, 11 PM deviously amusing, Afrobeat-inflenced psychedelic funk band Emergency Brakethru at Desmond’s

7/18, 4 PM tight, original, fascinating new arrangements of Satie and his contemporaries for wind ensemble by the Erik Satie Quartet followed at 6 by legendary noir saxophonist Roy Nathanson and at 8 by pianist Lucian Ban and violist Mat Maneri playing their creepy Transylvania jazz at Barbes

7/18, 4 PM nuevo salsa songwriter Jose Conde’s band Ola Fresca at FDR Park on Roosevelt Island, free

7/18, 5 PM catchy, anthemic Americana rockers the Cornell Brothers followed at 6 by the similarly anthemic, more psychedelic early 70s Fleetwood Mac-inflected Tara Lynne Band and then eventually smart, politically-fueled Irish rocker Niall Connolly and band at 10 at the Way Station

7/18, 7:30 PM cult favorite noirish crooner Joe Henry at Prospect Park Bandshell

7/18, 7:30 PM the Abjeez – sister act who were a smarter, edgier Iranian counterpart to the Gipsy Kings, and who are still going strong – at the Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec

7/18, 8 PM edgy dark Americana/ghoulabilly bassist/singer Jessica Lee Wilkes – of the Dirt Daubers – leads her own band at small room at the Rockwood

7/18, 8 PM pianist Jerome Rose opens this year’s International Keyboard Festival with a program tba at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, 695 Park Ave (68/69), $20

7/18, 9ish dark Murder City garage/punk girlband the Detroit Cobras at Brooklyn Bowl, $15

7/18, 9:30ish ferocious Balkan punk rockers Bad Buka at Mehanata

7/18, 10ish period-perfect early 70s-style Aussie stoner art-rock/proto-metal band Mondo Drag at St. Vitus. You’ll think you’re at a Nektar concert

7/18, 10 PM awesome classic Ethopian psychedelic funk and original jams from Arki at Silvana, free

7/18, midnight-ish psychobilly road warriors the Limit Club at the Cobra Club, 6 Wyckoff Ave, Bushwick

7/19, 3 PM composer-pianist Ramin Arjomand plays solo improvisations at Spectrum, $15

7/19, 4 PM brass-fueled klezmer/Afrobeat mashups with Zion80 at the BMHC Lab, 1303 Louis Niné Boulevard in the Bronx, 4 to Freeman St.

7/19, 7 PM a concert for Nepal earthquake relief with pastoral jazz pioneers the Claudia Quintet, eclectic guitarist Joel Harrison, flutist Jamie Baum, alto sax legend Dave Liebman and others at the Poisson Rouge, $25

7/19, 7 PM vividly lyrical acoustic songwriter Rosa Tu followed at 8 by powerhouse bassist Dawn Drake & Zapote playing their groovalicious funk and Afrobeat-influenced bounce at the Way Station

7/19, 8 PM Ken Waldman – Alaska’s fiddling poet, joined by guitarist Charlie Shaw and some surprises followed by Americana guitarist Diana Jones,and then Bobtown – arguably the best, most eclectic and inarguably the most harmonically rich folk noir group around – at the Jalopy, $10. Waldman also leads a workshop there at 4 for $20 which includes a copy of his album.

7/19, 8 PM pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin plays a program tba at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, 695 Park Ave (68/69), $20

7/20, 8 PM pianists Geoffrey Burleson and Quynh Nguen play a program tba at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, 695 Park Ave (68/69), $20

7/21, 2 PM bouncy Polish folk tunees with the Glukh Polka Band at Flushing Town Hall, free

7/21, 7:30 PM pianist/songwriter Rachel Mason’s creepy, cinematic, historically rich multimedia art-rock suite The Lives of Hamilton Fish at Anthology Film Archives, with live vocals. She also plays with her band at Joe’s Pub on 7/26 at 7, $15.

7/21, 7:30 PM the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra plays works by Haydn, Wagner and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, free, early arrival advised

7/21, 8 PM pianist Magdalena Bacewska plays a program tba at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, 695 Park Ave (68/69), $20

7/21, 8:30 PM wild, intense, frequently satirical newgrass/oldtimey hellraisers the Dustbowl Revival at Union Hall, $8

7/21, 8:30 PM all-female honkytonk band Your Ex-Girlfriends at the big room at the Rockwood

7/21-26, 8:30/10:30 PM state-of-the-art jazz violinist Jenny Scheinman with Doug Wieselman-reeds, Myra Melford-piano, Rudy Royston-drums at the Vanguard, $25

7/21, 9 PM hard-hitting Atlanta guy/girl punkgrass/newgrass duo Battlefield Collective at the Way Station

7/21, 10 PM cult fave British alt-country/cowpunk predecessors the Mekons at Bowery Ballroom, $25

7/22, 6 PM Kane Mathis (kora, oud) + Dan Kurfirst (percussion) at the Rubin Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

7/22, 7 PM hypnotic, entrancing ghazal chanteuse/bandleader Kiran Ahluwalia at Madison Square Park

7/22, 7 PM luminous art-rock cellist/chanteuse/bandleader Serena Jost at the third stage at the Rockwood, $10 + $10 drink minimum strictly enforced

7/22, 7 PM the Plumbers featuring Hoboken legend Gene Turonis play “Tex-Mex-Calypso-billy” at Church Square Park, Park Ave. & 4th St., Hoboken

7/22, 8 PM moody acoustic soundtrack-style atmospherics with the Inner Banks at Union Hall, $10

7/22-25, 8 PM tuneful third-stream jazz quartet 40Twenty with Jacob Garchik – trombone; Jacob Sacks – piano; Dave Ambrosio – bass; Vinnie Sperrazza – Drums at Seeds

7/22, 8 PM charming Boswell Sisters-influenced oldtimey harmony trio Camp Street at the Way Station

7/22, 8 PM pianist Alessio Bax plays a program tba at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, 695 Park Ave (68/69), $20

7/22, 8:30 PM what’s left of legendary soul studio band the Muscle Shoals All-Stars with guests Bettye LaVette and Sam Moore at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center

7/22 9 PM eerie psychedelic Romany rock bandleader Tine Kindemann leads her group at Shrine

7/22, 11 PM Crampsy ghoul-surf/noir garage band Twin Guns at Palisades

7/23, noon powerhouse percussionist Annette Aguilar & the Stringbeans septet mash up latin and Brazilian jazz and sounds from around the world at St. Marks Park, 2nd Ave and 10th St., free

7/23, half past noon high-voltage Houston gospel-funk band the Jones Family Singers at Metrotech Park in downtown Brooklyn, free

7/23, 7:30 PM “Freedom’s just another word for turning off your phone,” says chamber pop wit Nellie McKay, explaining part of the premise of her show at the Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec

7/23, 8 PM southwestern gothic and oldschool C&W bandleader Jack Grace followed by charismatic ex-Spanglish Fly frontwoman Erica Ramos’ exciting new latin soul band, Fulaso, at Barbes

7/23, 8 PM cult favorite literate folk-rock duo the Kennedys – whose latest album is reputedly sensational – at Hifi Bar, free

7/23, 8 PM devious oldschool C&W/rockabilly parodists Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co. at the Shop, 234 Starr St in Bushwick, a block from the Jefferson St. stop on the L, in Brooklyn. 7/30 at 8 they’re at Otto’s

7/23, 8 PM pianist Jeffrey Swann plays a program tba at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, 695 Park Ave (68/69), $20

7/23, 9:30 PM atmopsheric singer Sandra Liliana Vasquez’s downtempo/trip-hop/art-pop band SLV – who are incredibly fun, kinetic and psychedelic to watch live – followed by moody Austin Americana/Tex-Mex songstress Gina Chavez at Joe’s Pub, $15

7/24, half past noon the magically haunting, soaring all-female Mariachi Flor de Toloache at Madison Square Park

7/24, 5 PM the Queens Symphony Orchestra‘s brass section plays a program TBA at Flushing Town Hall, free

7/24, 7 PM torchy, Lynchian Guatemalan soul chanteuse/songwriter Gaby Moreno on the plaza at Lincoln Center

7/24, 7:30 PM explosive Texas gospel rock clan the Jones Family Singers at Joe’s Pub, $20

7/24, 8 PM pyrotechnic clarinetist Ismail Lumanovski leads a brilliant five-piece band including guitarist Emre Yilmaz and keyboardist Cenk Tezil playing Turkish classics and hits at Drom, $15

7/24, 8 PM a killer duo accordion show with two innovators with a sense of humor and killer chops: Guy Klucevsek and Alex Meixner at Barbes

7/24, 8 PM pianist Xiayin Wang plays a program tba at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, 695 Park Ave (68/69), $20

7/24, 8:30 PM high-voltage soul-rockers Kwame Binea Shakedown at the Rockwood

7/24, 10 PM roots reggae with Royal Khaoz at Shrine

7/24, 9/10:30 PM alto saxophonist Jon Irabagon‘s best trio project so far with drummer Barry Altschul and bassist Joe Fonda at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

7/24, 10 PM Ruby the Hatchet – female-fronted metal bnad who blend darkwave and a classic 70s stoner vibe to their Iron Maiden-inspired assault – at the Acheron

7/24, time/price TBA legendary Japanese/Balkan/circus rock band the Dolomites at Bizarre Bar, 12 Jefferson St. in Bushwickm, J/M to Myrtle Ave.

7/25, 2-6 PM Rudy Bishop’s Young Acolytes Symphonic Steel Orchestra ccompany a Guyanese dance celebration at 2806 Newkirk Ave. between E. 28th and 29th St. in Flatbush, free

7/25, 3 PM cellist Serena Jost and Matthew Robinson present their massive compositions for a 50-cello orchestra outdoors at the SW corner of Fort Jay on Governors Island, free

7/25, 3 PM New York’s Chinese American Arts Council put on an explosive performance of traditional music, dance and acrobatics on the plaza at Lincoln Center

7/25, 5 PM Niger’s desert rock guitar powerhouse Bombino at Central Park Summerstage

7/25, 3 PM golden age hip-hop cult favorite Big Daddy Kane finally makes it to Central Park Summerstage after toiling year after year in parks all over Brownsville and Staten Island

7/25, 5ish LES surf/soul/punk legends Simon & the Bar Sinisters return to their roots at ABC No Rio. Bow down to NYC punk royalty!

7/25, 7:30 PM Django Haskins’ creepy circus rock/Waitsian oldtimey band the Old Ceremony at Joe’s Pub, $15

7/25, 8 PM smolderingly intense singer/guitarist Mia Wilson’s deeply bluesy, brilliantly lyrical psychedelic band the Bright Smokeat the Mercury, $10. 7/26 at noon (ouch!) they’re playing the street fair at the corner of Flatbush Ave. and Midwood St. in Crown Heights followed at 1 by rising star jazz guitarist Camila Meza, B/Q to Prospect Park.

7/25, 8/10 PM brilliant pianist Luis Perdomo & the Controlling Ear Unit with bassist Mimi Jones and drummer Rudy Royston at the Jazz Gallery, $22

7/25, 8 PM Afropop guitar maven Banning Eyre and Timbila at Barbes

7/25, 8 PM improvising duos and trios: the Tony Malaby / Carlo Costa duo; Sean Ali / Leila Bordreuil / Joanna Mattrey playing a trio set and an Anais Maviel / Michael Foster duo at Jack in Ft. Greene, $12

7/25, 9 PM intense southwestern gothic band the Downward Dogs followed by wryly funny swing combo Double Down, who sometimes do silly swing versions of cheesy pop songs, at Sidewalk

7/25, 9 PM biting, eclectic oldschool soul/Americana crew the Jug Addicts at Bar Chord

7/25, 9 PM the Big Takeover play reggae and ska at Shrine

7/25, 9ish garage-punk duo Cinema Cinema play a rare trio show with special guest, brilliant klezmer reedman Matt Darriau at Freddy’s

7/25, 9:30ish edgy, intense, psychedelic skaragga/metal cumbia band Escarioka at Mehanata

7/26, 1-5 PM celebrate Eid al-Fitr with all sorts of cool music and tasty food at the 9th Annual Arab American Bazaar in Bay Ridge at Shore Road Park, use the entrance at 79th St. and Shore Rd.

7/26, 1 PM an eclectic all-day marathon runs til midnight with – in reverse order – the tastily noisy Stuyedeyed, goths the Makeout Club, Sing, blipsters Bird of Prey, surfy lo-fi garage rockers Grand Mariner, Chimes, Games, Pathos, Spirit Of…, dark garage/ghoulabilly act Don Babylon, the more retro garage Psychic Selves, excellent retro 70s stoner riffmeisters Thai Sun, Ceramics, the kitchen sink VoirVoir, New Order ripoff Low Mein, and schizophrenic bedroom rock/soul project Wolf Diamond at St. Vitus, $10

7/26, 2 PM charming French chanteuse Violette and her ensemble La Vie En Rose bring a blend of chanson, Golden Age swing, American standards and Jazz/Pop at Flushing Town Hall, free

7/26, 4 PM pianist Alon Goldstein plays a “homage to Scriabin” at Lang Concert Hall at Hunter College, 695 Park Ave (68/69), free

7/26, 7 PM timeless 60s folk icon Judy Collins at Damrosch Park

7/26, 7 PM the Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo with special guests Denis Savelyev (flute) and Jorge Torres (guitar) at Mannes School of Music 150 W 85th St, $25/$15 stud/srs

7/26, 10 PM perennially sinister ex-Cramps and Gun Club guitarist   Kid Congo Powers & the Pink Monkey Birds play their noir cabaret-infused postpunk at Bowery Electric, $15 adv tix rec

7/27, an awesomely groovealicious twinbill with twin-trombone dub reggae crew Super Hi-Fi and newschool latin soul/salsa rock band Spanglish Fly at Brooklyn Bowl, free adm before 7 PM, show at 8

7/27, 7:30 PM amazing, intense Kansas City mother/son duo Madisen Ward & the Mama Bear – who mash up haunting blues, front porch folk and classic soul – at Joe’s Pub, $15, get your tix now because this will sell out.

7/27, 10 PM Will Bernard – who’s got way more up his sleeve (Indian, Balkan, and noisy rock refs, just for starters) than most jazz guitarists, leading a similarly enterprising quartet with Tim Luntzel, Eric Kalb and Erik Deutsch at the small room at the Rockwood

7/27 this year’s alt-country chanteuse du jour, Emily King at Bowery Ballroom

7/28, 7 PM erudite, wryly literate, sardonic power pop/janglerock/glamrock songwriter Ward White at the small room at the Rockwood

7/28. 7 PM songwriter/chanteuse Greta Gertler’s rich, lush, gorgeously orchestrated art-rock band the Universal Thump play the album release show for their new one, recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London, followed at 9 by Zlatne Uste, NYC’s first and arguably most deeply authentic, explosive Balkan brass band, at Barbes

7/28, 7 PM a large percentage of the pantheon of pianists in the NYC indie classical world play Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1 in its entirety; performers including but not limited to Blair McMillen, Kathy Supove, Joan Forsyth, Emily Manzo, Taka Kigawa, Lisa Moore, Phyllis Chen and others, at Spectrum, $15

7/28, 8 PM powerhouse trumpet-drums duo Tim Hagans and Joe Hertenstein play duets with special guests at the Whynot Jazz Room, $10

7/28, 8 PM pianist Nina Tichman plays a program tba at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, 695 Park Ave (68/69), $20

7/28, 8:30 PM pianist Marta Sanchez leads a quartet with Jerome Sabbagh, tenor sax; Roman Filiu, alto sax; Marta Sanchez, piano; Sam Anning, bass at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

7/28, 9 PM fun, funny, politically incorrect punk/garage rockers Dream Team at Palisades, $7

7/28, 9 PM  beloved, adventurous young orchestra the Knights play play music by de Falla, Gluck, Ravel and more modern composers at Bryant Park, free

7/28,  9:30 PM trumpeter Josh Evans‘ massive, brass-driven big band at Smalls

7/29, half past noon the eclectic Balkan/latin/New Orleans Underground Horns at Madison Square Park

7/29, 6 PM Ehren Hanson (tabla) + Abhik Mukherjee (sitar) play ragas at the Rubin Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

7/29, 7 PM lush, eerie, psychedelic, Lynchian southwestern gothic/Tex-Mex band Orkesta Mendoza at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center

7/29, 7 PM bassist Hilliard Greene and the Jazz Expressions, a “powerhouse quartet launched by the legendary jazz balladeer Jimmy Scott”.at Wave Hill| W 249 St. and Independence Ave. in the Bronx, $8/$4 stud/srs

7/29, 8 PM pianist Arnaldo Cohen plays a program tba at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, 695 Park Ave (68/69), $20

7/29, 9ish conscious Rasta dub reggae sensation Jah9 with sound system Dubtronic Kru at SOB’s, $20

7/29, 9:30 PM oldtimey hell raiser Jimbo Mathus of the Squirrel Nut Zippers at Hill Country, free

7/29, 9:30 PM rustic Brazilian folk crew Forro in the Dark plays John Zorn at Joe’s Pub, $15 – go figure

7/29, 10 PM creepy, wildly psychedelia art-rock band Aunt Ange at Sidewalk

7/30, 7 PM  CANCELLED – an all-star indie classical lineup including Shara Worden, DM Stith, Timo Andres (piano), Beth Myers (viola), Nuiko Wadden (harp) and Taylor Levine (guitar) formerly scheduled to play the album release show for enigmatic composer Sarah Kirkland Snider‘s darkly swirling pastoral suite Unremembered at the DiMenna Center, 450 W 37th St

7/30, 7 PM Brazilian rainforest band Forró in the Dark plays John Zorn followed by Cyro Baptista’s Banquet of the Spirits and explosive Brazilian percussion troupe Letieres Leite & Orkestra Rumpilezz in their U.S. debut with special guests pianist Arturo O’Farrill and trumpeter Steven Bernstein at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center

7/30, 7 PM Mexican punk rockers Los Seis Pistos – who channel three decades of scorching guitar fury – at Bowery Electric, $7

7/30-31, 8 PM bassist Bruce Foxton and drummer Rick Buckler from 70s punk legends the Jam play the group’s excoriating 1979 classic album Setting Sons at Brooklyn Bowl, $20

7/30, 8 PM pianist Victor Rosenbaum plays a program tba at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, 695 Park Ave (68/69), $20

7/30, 8:45ish cleverly lyrical, deviously funny kitchen-sink songwriter Brian Woodbury plays the album release show for his new one, $10 cover; followed at 10 by hilarious, politically spot-on faux French garage rockers les Sans Culottes – whose new album Les Dieux Ont Soif is the closest thing to the Clash, lyrically speaking, that’s been released in this city lately – at Barbes.

7/30, 9 PM riveting chanteuse Eve Seltzer’s charming Romany jazz combo Franglais – the rare Django-inspired band with vocals – at Silvana

7/30, 9 PM hypnotic, hard-hitting dance floor minimalists Dawn of Midi at Bowery Ballroom, $15 adv tix rec

7/31, 5 PM haunting Americana gothic bandleader/singer Jessie Kilguss and multi-instrumentalist oldtime songwriter Pete Lanctot at the American Folk Art Museum, free

7/31, 7 PM spare, dark Max Johnson compositions set to texts by Samuel Beckett, Harold Pinter and Lawrence Ferlinghetti, performed by mixed string/wind quartet at Spectrum, $15

7/31, 8 PM pianist Alexander Kobrin plays a program tba at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, 695 Park Ave (68/69), $20

7/31, 9 PM first-class, eclectic ghoulabilly band Lara Hope & the Ark-Tones at Beast of Bourbon

7/31, 9 PM sizzling oldschool acoustic Americana/bluegrass band Tumbling Bones at the Jalopy, $10

7/31, 9 PM psychedelic hard funk with Afroskull at Fontana’s, $10

7/31-8/1, 9/10:30 PM guitarist Joel Harrison plays the album release show for his new one Spirit House with Ralph Alessi, trumpet; Peter Apfelbaum, woodwinds; Kermit Driscoll, bass; Brian Blade, drumsat Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

7/31, 9:30 PM PM garage/psychedelic night with Acid Dad and fuzztone powerhouse the Mystery Lights at Our Wicked Lady, 153 Morgan Ave, (Scholes/Meserole Ave.), L to Morgan Ave., Bushwick, free

7/31, 9:30 PM trippy, ethereal dreampop/downtempo/retro 80s band band Fine Animal at the Cameo Gallery, $8

7/31, 11ish vicious noiserock jamband the the Skull Practitioners– led by Steve Wynn sparring partner/genius guitarist Jason Victor – at Kings County Saloon, 1 Knickerbocker Ave, Bushwick, L to Morgan Ave, $5

8/1, 1 PM Bulgarian songstress Vlada Tomova‘s haunting, enchanting, otherworodly Bulgarian Voices Trio on the plaza at Lincoln Center

8/1, 4 PM the Night Tripper himself, Dr. John at Central Park Summerstage: get there when the doors open at 3.

8/1 third-wave ska/soul/blues cult favorites the Slackers play the Rocks Off Concerrt Cruise aboard the Nautical Express, boarding at 6 PM, sailing at 7 PM from Pier 36 – 299 South St,  $30 adv tix avail. at the Rocks Off office out behind the heliport at 23r d St. and the East River or the Highline Ballroom box ofc.

8/1, 11 PM darkly watery dreampop band Lazyeyes at Rough Trade, $10 adv tix rec

8/2, 1 PM sitar virtuoso Ikhlaq Hussain on the plaza at Lincoln Center

8/2, 1 PM cleverly erudite, historically informed, nimble newschool country blues guitar maven/songwriter Lenny Molotov at East Village Social on St. Marks (1st and A), free

8/2, 3:30ish kitchen sink Brazilian/C&W/funk/New Orleans band Nation Beat‘s Carnival Caravan featuring Cha Wa and Nação Zumbi at Central Park Summerstage

8/2, 8 PM iconic, enigmatic noir countrypolitan/torch jazz songwriter/bandleader Eleni Mandell at the Mercury, $10

8/4, 7 PM NYCs original and maybe only original, oldschool Veracruz-style Mexican son jarocho dance band, Radio Jarocho at Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City

8/4, 7 PM 80s salsa romantica nostalgia with Tito Nieves at East River Park

8/4 – 8/8, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, the Christian McBride Trio with Christian Sands – piano ; Ulysses Owens Jr. – drums, $30

8/4, 7:30 PM the amazing East Coast Chamber Orchestra play works by Biber, Francesco Geminiani and Tschaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings in C major, at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, free, early arrival advised

8/4, 7:30 PM 80s hip-hop nostalgia with Kool Moe Dee (Kool J’s nemesis – remember?), Rob Base, Biz Markie and Dr. Roxanne Shante at Wingate Field in Crown Heights, watch your back.

8/4, 11 PM Penelope Houston‘s recently revitalized, legendary first-wave punk band the Avengers play their first-ever Brooklyn show at the Bell House, $18 adv tix req., if this doesn’t sell out, something’s seriously wrong with this city

8/5, 5 PM the Queens Symphony Orchestra’s string section plays a program TBA at Flushing Town Hall, free

8/5, 8:30 PM swirling avant garde ensemble Dither Guitar Quartet with guitariists Mark Steward and Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo, plus Yo La Tengo, plus possibly lots of jamming and cross-pollination at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center

8/6, 7 PM 60s latin soul legends Ray Lugo and the Boogaloo Destroyers with special guests powerhouse trumpeter Pete Rodriguez plus Richie Ray and Joe Bataan – with special guests of his own – at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center

8/6, 9 PM new jack roots reggae band New Kingston followed by golden age legends Steel Pulse at B.B. King’s, $32.50 adv tix highly rec., this will sell out even if the band doesn’t have all the original members

8/6, 10 PM the Thurston Moore band at Bowery Ballroom, $17 adv tix req

8/6, 11 PM Deerhoof – who are to Bushwick now what Wire was to Camden Town in 1979 – at the Bell House, $18 gen adm

8/7, 7 PM sardonically funny, lyrically brilliant Beatlesque/Costelloesque powerpop songwriter Walter Ego followed by Mac McCarty & the Kidd Twist Band playing their fiery, sometimes unexpectedly poignant Pogues-ish punk and folk noir at Sidewalk

8/7, 7 PM rising star indie classical ensemble RighteousGIRLS (flutist Gina Izzo and pianist Erika Dohi) celebrate the release of their debut album gathering blue, with help from guest artists Andy Akiho, Ambrose Akinmusire, and Justin Brown at Joe’s Pub, $15

8/7, 7 PM Sumari – Matt Lavelle (trumpet, cornet, flugelhorn, pocket trumpet, alto clarinet) Jack DeSalvo (mandola, cello, guitars) Tom Cabrera (bodhrán, tar, riq, doumbek, bass drum) – at El Taller Latino Americano, 225 W. 99th St at Broadway, 2/3 to 96th St.

8/7, 8:30 PM recently resurgent 70s roots reggae vets Third World at Prospect Park Bandshell

8/7, 8:30 PM gospel night with long-rnnning legends the McCrary Sisters and the Fairfield Four at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center

8/7, 9:30 PM dark female-fronted paisley underground/postpunk/psychedelic rockers Mesiko at the Bell House, $12 adv tix rec

8/7, 10 PM a rare appearance by tight, tuneful, kinda-creepy Bogota punk rockers Lupus at the Acheron, $10

8/8, 2 and 4 PM gorgeously slinky, period-perfect 1950s-style Egyptian film music revivalists Zikrayat at Queens Library at Broadway, 40-20 Broadway, Long Island City

8/8, 3 PM the Quebe Sisters play their harmony-driven Americana on the plaza at Lincoln Center

8/8, 7:30 PM the all-star Watkins Family Hour featuring Sean & Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek, Fiona Apple, Don Heffington, Sebastian Steinberg, Aimee Mann, Pokey LaFarge, and special guests play am acoustic version of Dylan’s Highway 61 Revisited in its entirety at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center

8/9, 3 PM popular Americana/gospel artist Iris DeMent on the plaza at Lincoln Center

8/9, 4 PM groovemistress/cellist/singer Marika Hughes & Bottom Heavy at East River Park

8/9, 7 PM popular countrypolitan songwriter Lyle Lovett and his Large Band at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center

8/9 drummer E.J. Strickland & Transient Beings featuring powerful gospel singer Alicia Olatuja and John Benitez, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25

8/9 rivetingly psychedelic, guitar-fueled desert blues/cantorial rockers the Sway Machinery with edgy latin rockers El Imperio at Union Pool

8/11 – 8/12 fiery Colombian harpist Edmar Castaneda’s eleven-piece World Ensemble play the cd rrelease shows for his new one 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25

8/11, 7:30 PM reggae lite and dancehall hits with Maxi Priest and Gyptian at Wingate Field in Crown Heights, watch your back

8/12, 4 PM St Cyprian’s Singers of St Cyprian’s Church, Clarence Gate (London, England) with Julian Collings, director sing works by Sheppard, Tallis, MacMillan, Tippett, Martin, Whitacre and Holst at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, free

8/13, 5 PM salsa legend Jose Alberto “El Canario” and band at NJPAC’s Theater Square, One Center St,, Newark, free, 5 minutes from the Path station

8/13 – 8/16 charming French jazz chanteuse Cyrille Aimee and her tropicaly-tinged two-guitar combo, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $30

8/13 African roots reggae crooner Rocky Dawuni at SOB’s. 8/14 he’s at the Lincoln Center Atrium

8/14, 8:30 PM smart, original, lyrically-fueled, intricate newgrass band Cricket Tell the Weather at the third stage at the Rockwood, $10 + $10 drink minimum strictly enforced

8/14, 10 PM psychedelic powerpop/new wave rocker Mike Rimbaud – arguably the closest thing to the Clash we have in NYC right now – at Nublu

8/14, 11 PM assaultively fun Nashville glam-punk/metal band Modoc at the small room at the Rockwood

8/15, noon? Talib Kweli and band at 2501 Pitkin Avenue, Brooklyn, free

8/15, 2 and 4 PM, intense, fearless Romany/Balkan chaunteuse/accordionist Eva Salina airs out her repertoire of haunting, otherworldly Romany and Jewish folk songs at Queens Library of Forest Hills, 108-19 71 Ave, Forest Hills

8/17, 8 PM intense, inscrutable, wickedly literate janglerock tunesmith/crooner Ward White and others TBA at Hifi Bar

8/18, 5ish the king of the literate, surrealist downtown NYC rock anthem, Willie Nile in the parking lot out back of City Winery, free

8/15, 7 PM eclectically tuneful oldschool soul/janglerock band Tuelo & Her Cousins at Joe’s Pub, $12 adv tix rec

8/15, 9 PM deviously smart, historically-inspired literate songwriter and brilliant chanteuse Elisa Flynn puts on one of her frequent theme nights. This time out it’s religious songs, “Participating artists play a cover of a song dealing with religion in any way – devotion to blasphemy, pure love to pure hate, Buddha to the Lord of Light. Then they play an original. Musicians include Elisa Flynn, Lys Guillorn, Thee Shambels’ Neville Elder, Jim Knable, Maharajah Sweets, Sean Cahill, John LaPolla, the Sterling Electric, George Hakkila,” at the Way Station

8/18 – 8/23 the mighty, purist Ron Carter Big Band, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $35

8/20, 5 PM imaginative, colorful guitarist/reedman Art Baron leads his combo at FDR Park on Roosevelt Island, free

8/20, 6 PM day one of the Brooklyn Country Music Festival Day has – probably in reverse order -the alternately boisterous, retro 60s honkytonk and ominous southwestern gothic Jack Grace Band, Dennis Lichtman’s perennially popular western swing band Brain Cloud, the retro 60s soul-fueled Miss Tess & the Talkbacks, Andrew Sovine (Red’s grandkid- he’s good), the Paisley Fields and North Of Amarillo at the Bell House, $15 adv tix rec

8/20. 7 PM high-spirited Louisiana zydeco/cajun/swamprock band the Revelers at the big room at the Rockwood, $10

8/21, 5:30 PM haunting, stark, lyrically brilliant gothic Americana duo Mark Rogers & Mary Byrne at the American Folk Art Museum

8/21, 6 PM day two of the Brooklyn Country Music Festival has – probably in reverse order – all-female honkytonkers Your Ex-Girlfriends, the hilariously satirical early R&R/rockabilly Susquehanna Tool & Industrial Die Co., Aron Blue & the Bootleggers, and the magically intense, southwestern gothic-inspired Julia Haltigan at the Bell House, $15 adv tix rec

8/21, 9ish the Oliver Lake Big Band at Marcus Garvey Park

8/21, 9 PM ageless, unstoppable surf guitar icon Dick Dale at Brooklyn Bowl, $25 adv tix rec

8/21, 9:30 PM conscious roots reggae faves Taj Weekes & Adowa at Joe’s Pub, $14

8/22, 3 PM day three of the Brooklyn Country Music Festival has – probably in reverse order – Western Caravan featuring Thirsty Dave, Zephaniah & the 18 Wheelers, eclectically guitarslinging rockabilly kitten Lil’ Mo & the Monicats, Terry Radigan, Bob Jones & Jon Sholle, the always evolving and entertaining (and creepy) Sean Kershaw & the New Jack Ramblers, and the CasHank Hootenanny Jamboree at the Bell House, $20 adv tix rec

8/22, 3 PM the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival with saxophonist Camille Thurman, drummer/bandleader/personality  Jeff “Tain” Watts and B3 organ groove legend Dr Lonnie Smith at Marcus Garvey Park

8/23, 3 PM the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival with retro crooner Michael Mwenso, luminously lyrical pianist Myra Melford and pyrotechnic alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa‘s Parker tribute, Bird Calls at Tompkins Square Park

8/24, 6 PM day three of the Brooklyn Country Music Festival has – probably in reverse order -60s folk legend Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, mesmerizingly badass resonator guitarist/singer Mamie Minch, the hauntingly original all-female Jan Bell & the Maybelles, honkytonkers the Third Wheel Band, and Abby Hollander Band, whirlwind electric punkgrass/honkytonk crew Demolition String Band, and longtime NYC bluegrass faves Sheriff & the Goodtimers at the Bell House, $15 adv tix rec

8/25 – 8/30 popular up-and-coming traditionalists, chanteuse Cecile McLorin Salvant and the Aaron Diehl Trio play an album release stand for their new collaboration 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $35

8/27, 8 PM cult favorite NYC artists join forces to play cult favorite postpunk/no wave legends Young Marble Giants’ Colossal Youth album in its entirety at Hifi Bar, free; performers including but not limited to Renee Lobue (elk city); Kali Holloway (easy lover); toni baumgartner (speed the plough); John Baumgartner (speed the plough); Mary Knapp (toot sweet); Erica Smith; Matt Davis ( a thousand pities ); Sam Weisberg (calotype); Mike Fornatale, Tom Shad

8/27, 8 PM legendary Milwaukee highway rockers the BoDeans – now led by lead guitarist Kurt Neumann – at City Winery, $25 standing room avail.

8/29, 7 PM oldschool 70s hippie alt-country and boogie-woogie with ageless piano guy Commander Cody at Joe’s Pub, $18

9/1, 6 PM eclectic jam-oriented mostly-female klezmer/tango/jazz band Isle of Klezbos in the community garden next door to 520 E 12th St.

9/2, 7 PM this era’s state-of-the-art retro soul band, Lake Street Dive at Central Park Summerstage

9/12, 8 PM Puerto Rican salsa legends Gran Combo at NJPAC in Newark, $36 tix avail.

9/12 menacing retro 70s stoner doom band Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats at Webster Hall

9/13, 8 PM Sumari – Matt Lavelle (trumpet, cornet, flugelhorn, pocket trumpet, alto clarinet) Jack DeSalvo (mandola, cello, guitars) Tom Cabrera (bodhrán, tar, riq, doumbek, bass drum) – at Shapeshifter Lab

9/17, 8 PM amazing doublebill: historically-inspired, richly tuneful, erudite singer/guitarist Elisa Flynn followed by the careening NYC counterpart to the Pogues, Thee Shambels at Troost

9/18, 8 PM hypnotic, intense Bollywood music/dance troupe Mystic India at NJPAC in Newark, $25 tix avail

9/18 one of the best, most purposeful psychedelic metal acts of the last 20 years, Washington State power trio Mos Generator at Bowery Electric

10/20.legendary, phantasmagorical psychedelic Balkan rocker Alec K Redfearn with the savagely lyrical, enigmatic great plains gothic chanteuse Ember Schrag and her equally amazing psychedelic band at Bowery Electric. Schrag also joins Redfearn’s band to play creepy Farfisa organ!

New York City Live Music Calendar for June and July 2015

If you’re looking for upcoming shows, the new July-August calendar is here. There’s a comprehensive, recently updated list of places where these shows are happening 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 here, something for everyone.

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 posted here weeks in advance. Weekly events first followed by the daily calendar.

On select Thursdays and Saturdays, 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.  Sugg don $30 (pay what you can), delicious gluten-free refreshments, beverages and lively conversation included! email for info/location.

Mondays at 6 PM global jazz chanteuse Gracie Terzian – whose axe is the harp ukulele – plays her chaming low-key originals and classics at the rooftop bar at Hotel Hugo, 525 Greenwich St (Vandan/Spring), free for happy hour, no minimum

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 nights at 9 PM charismatic Romany singer Eva Salina and her amazing, psychedelic band play high-voltage dub-tinged jams on classic themes from across the Balkans at Sisters Brooklyn, 900 Fulton St. (Washington/Waverly), Ft Greene, C to Clinton-Washington, free

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

Mondays in June, 10 PM noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo leads his trio at the small room at the Rockwood.

Mondays at 10 PM there’s been quite a buzz about the weekly residency by torchy songbird Angela McCluskey and cinematic pianist Paul Cantelon – the brain trust of popular 90s act the Wild Colonials – at the third stage at the Rockwood, with a rotating cast of high-quality special guests. It’s expensive: $15 plus a $10 drink minimum very strictly enforced.

Also Mondays in June Rev. Vince Anderson and his band play Union Pool in Williamsburg, two sets starting around 11:30 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 til past three in the morning. Paula Henderson from Burnt Sugar is the lead soloist on baritone sax, with Dave Smith from Smoota on trombone, with frequent special guests.

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

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

Three Tuesdays in June: 6/16, 6/23 and 6/30 , 9 PM Trio Du Monde play “groovy tango, ska and French folk classics” at Bar Chord.

Tuesdays at around 10 Julia Haltigan and her band play 11th St. Bar. A torchy, charismatic force of nature, equally at home with fiery southwestern gothic rock, oldschool soul and steamy retro jazz ballads, and her band is just as good as she is.

Wednesdays in June, 8:30 PM guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg (of Dr. Lonnie Smith’s band) leads a trio at the Bar Next Door, $12.

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

Fridays at 5 PM, adventurous indie classical string quartet Ethel (Ralph Farris, viola; Dorothy Lawson, cello; Kip Jones, violin; and Tema Watstein, violin) play the balcony bar with a rotating cast of interesting special guests at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, free w/museum adm.

The first Friday of the month, anytime between midnight and midnight you can download four songs from Kiam Records artists – like Jennifer O’Connor, Mascott and Tim Foljahn – for free.  Each month’s theme is different (previously they have tackled covers, colors and money)  December’s the fourth edition and a holiday theme.  Available to download only on Friday and then archived and streaming at Soundcloud.

Fridays in June at 9 Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens play oldschool 1960s style gospel at the Fat Cat.

Saturdays in June at 4 PM at Bargemusic there are impromptu free classical concerts, usually solo piano or small chamber ensembles: if you get lucky, you’ll catch pyrotechnic violinist/music director Mark Peskanov and/or the many members of his circle. Early arrival advised.

Saturdays in June, 6 PM jazz guitarist Anders Nilsson leads a series of ensembles at Barbes: a revamped classic or two, rhythmic intensity, consistent tunefulness and plenty of lively interplay

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

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

Sundays in June starting on the 14th, 7:30 PM spine-tingling art-rock/avant-garde/chamber pop singer Carol Lipnik – pretty much everybody’s choice for best singer in all of NYC – with hypnotically luminous pianist Matt Kanelos – at Pangea on 2nd Ave. btw 11th/12th Sts, $20. Several special guests are promised: the duo switch to Thursday nights, same time, in July and August.

Every Sunday the Ear-Regulars, led by trumpeter Jon Kellso and (frequently) guitarist Matt Munisteri play NYC’s only weekly hot jazz session starting around 8 PM at the Ear Inn on Spring St. Hard to believe, in the city that springboarded the careers of thousands of jazz legends, but true. This is by far the best value in town for marquee-caliber jazz: for the price of a drink and a tip for the band, you can see world-famous players (and brilliant obscure ones) you’d usually have to drop $100 for at some big-ticket room. The material is mostly old-time stuff from the 30s and 40s, but the players (especially Kellso and Munisteri, who have a chemistry that goes back several years) push it into some deliciously unexpected places.

Sundays in June, 8:30 PM purist guitarist Peter Mazza – who gets the thumbs up from bop-era legend Gene Bertoncini – leads a series of trios at the Bar Next Door.

6/1, 7 PM the increasingly darker, more Americana-oriented, lyrically brilliant Linda Draper at the small room at the Rockwood. Noir guitar genius Jim Campilongo is there at 10 followed eventually at midnight by the similarly noir cult favorite piano jazz Dred Scott Trio, back at last!

6/1, 7:30 PM three of Italy’s most prominent jazz pianists on a triplebill: Giovanni Guidi and Domenico Sanna lead their trios with a solo set from Alessandro Lanzoni in between at Roulette, $10

6/1, 8 PM tuneful third-stream jazz pianist Laila Biali and her combo at Subculture, $15 adv tix rec

6/1, 9 PM charmingly edgy oldschool C&W/Americana rock songstress Karen Hudson at Bar Chord. 6/9 she’s at An Beal Bocht Cafe in the Bronx

6/1, 9:30 PM a psychedeic cumbia summit with members of El Combo Chimbita and MAKU Soundsystem at Barbes

6/2, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, the American Contemporary Music Ensemble with violinist Caroline Shaw play an all-Timo Andres program at the Miller Theatre, free

6/2, 7 PM Scarface – yeah, him, from the Geto Boys – at Red Hook Park, early arrival advised, watch your back and your brother’s back too

6/2-4 Hsmmonf B3 jazz party icon Dr. Lonnie Smith leads his trio, then 6/5-7 he leads his larger Evolution band, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $30

6/2-7, 8/10:30 PM powerhouse postbop trumpeter Terrell Stafford leads a quintet with Tim Warfield Jr-alro aZ., Bruce Barth-piano Peter Washington-bass, Billy Williams-drums at the Vanguard, $30

6/2, 8 PM a rare solo show by Bubble janglemeister Dave Foster at Hifi Bar, free

6/2, 7:30 PM traditional Yiddish song maven Itzik Gottesman & friends at the Steven Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W 68th St., $15

6/2-7, 8/10 PM iconic noir jazz saxophonist Roy Nathanson plays a weeklong stand at the Stone, $15. Too many good sets to list. Choice pick (get there early!!!): the 10 PM slot  opening night with the Jazz Passengers, and also the 10 PM slot on 6/3, a B3 organ quartet with Marc Ribot! Suddenly it’s like it’s 1999 again and Tonic hasn’t yet been bulldozed for a luxury highrise!

6/2, 8 PM Parlor Walls – Eula guitarslinger Elyse Lamb’s snarling, catchy, noiserock/postpunk collaboration with Chris Mulligan – at Shea Stadium. 6/5 they’re at Big Irv’s Gallery, 381 Hooper St (S 1st/2nd). in South Williamsburg, L to Lorimer St..; 6/10 they’re at Alphaville, 140 Wilson Ave (Snydam/Willoughby). in Bushwick, M to Central Ave. and 6/25 they’ll be at Cake Shop at 11 for $8

6/2, 8 PM the North/South Chamber Orchestra play new works by Oliver Caplan, Emma Lou Diemer, Eugene Marlow, Patricia Morehead and Margarita Zelenaia with oboist William Meredith and bassoonist Gilbert Dejean, at Christ and St Stephen’s Church, 120 West 69th St (bet Bway & Columbus, free

6/2, 8 PM the Highline Chamber Ensemble play a program TBA at Subculture, $25 adv tix req

6/2, 8:30 PM smoldering Detroit noir soul band Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas at Baby’s All Right, $12

6/2-3, 9:30 PM lyrical, intense tenor saxophonist Noah Preminger records a live album at 55 Bar with Jason Palmer – trumpet; ; Kim Cass – bass; Ian Froman – drums, $10

6/2, 10 PM high-voltage Japanese Romany/circus-rock/oldtime swing band Kagero at Shrine. 6/4, 9 PM they’re at at Fontana’s for $10. Then they’re at the Way Station on 6/5 at 10 for free.

6/3, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6: Vicky Chow, piano; Jennifer Choi, violin; Michael Nicolas, cello play John Zorn trios at the Miller Theatre, free

6/3, 7 PM sitar virtuoso Subroto Roy Chowdhury plays classic Hindustani ragas at the Rubin Museum of Art, $25

6/3, 8 PM Intense, soaring singer/pianist Anna Winthrop, cellist Kirin McElwain and flutist Emma Davis play their individualistic, windswept, cinematic jazz-inflected art-rock at Drom, $10

6/3-4, 9:30 PM a rare but not necessarily low-key duo show with pianist Gerald Clayton and saxophonist Ben Wendel at Mezzrow, $20

6/3, 10 PM creepy noir chamberpop crooner Jon DeRosa – the missing link between Scott Walker and Mark Sinnis – at St. Vitus

6/3, 10 PM guitarishly brilliant retro soul band Miss Tess & the Talkbacks at the big room at the Rockwood, $10

6/3, 11 PM hypnotic, fun, psychedelic-as-hell art-rock/prog instrumentalists You Bred Raptors – Epileptic Peat on 8-string bass, Zach Schmidlein on drums and Bryan Wilson on cello at the Mercury, $12 adv tix rec

6/3, 11 PM the Underarrestimates channel classic Booker T and Meters instrumental soul grooves at the Way Station

6/4, 2 PM-ish La La Brooks, former original lead singer of badgirl doo-wop legends the Crystals at a block party at 47-51 33rd St, Long Island City, free

6/4, 6-9 PM art-rocker Alexander Hacke‘s ecologically-themed soundtrack Transflexion: Net of Mirrors accompanies six visual artists’ projections at Made in NY Media Center, 30 John St, Dumbo, free. There will also be projections by other video artists screened outdoors at the corner of Anchorage and Pearl starting at dusk.

6/4-7, 7 PM with a 2 PM matinee on 6/7, drummer Eve Sicular and her exhilaring, multistylistic band Metropolitan Klezmer perform her ever-more-relevant, musically rich musical theatre piece J. Edgar Klezmer: Songs from My Grandmother’s FBI Files at Here, west of 6th Ave. past the park just south of Spring St.,, $25/20 stud/srs

6/4, 7 PM highly regarded highway rock and alt-country road warriors the Barr Bros. and the Felice Bros. at Red Hook Park, free

6/4, 7 PM droll, witty, Monk-influenced jazz pianist Joel Forrester – of the Microscopic Septet – at Spectrum

6/4, 8 PM dark, charismatic, mischieviously witty literate keyboardist/chanteuse Rachelle Garniez at Barbes

6/4, 8/10 PM intense, historically-informed third-stream pianist Bobby Avey leads a very solid quartet with John O’Gallagher – alto sax; Thomson Kneeland – bass; Jordan Perlson – drums at the Jazz Gallery, $15 first set, $10 second

6/4, 8 PM a rare solo show by rising star guitarist/singer Camila Meza followed by pianist Jarrett Cherner with Aidan Carroll & Colin Stranahan at the Firehouse Space, $10

6/4, 8 PM intense, lyrically brilliant Americana/soul/janglerock tunesmith Matt Keating at Hifi Bar. 6/7 he’s at the small room at the Rockwood at 9

6/4, 8 PM oldtime Americana maven Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton, who may well be the most talented multi-instrumetalist in all of NYC, at Lucille’s, $10

6/4, 9 PM pianist Russell Rinker and his jazz combo back up the original freak folk cult singer, Brute Force and his daughter Lilah Freedland in a joint Serge Gainsbourg/Brigitte Bardot tribute at Le Baron, 32 Mulberry St., free

6/4, 9:15 PM intense acoustic art-rock/folk noir songwriter/chanteuse/force of nature Larkin Grimm at Matchless, $8

6/4, 10 PM the postpunk band that invented the genre, Wire at Bowery Ballroom, $25 gen adm

6/4, 10ish edgy, catchy, occasionally new wave tinged janglerocker Josh Berwanger and his band at Shea Stadium

6/4, 10:30 PM noir-inspired alto saxophonist/composer Nick Hempton leads a quartet with Dan Aran – drums , Tadataka Unno – piano , Dave Baron – bass at Smalls

6/4,. 11 PM an interesting, unexpected kind of twinbill: edgy, purposefuljazz guitarist Tom Csatari and original front-porch folk purist Joanna Sternberg at the Manhattan Inn in Greepoint, free

6/4, midnight tuneful, biting alto saxophonist Peter Apfelbaum leads an explosive Quartet with Josh Roseman, Will Bernard and Justin Brown at Nublu

6/4 the Budos Band/Antibalas twinbill at Highline Ballroom is sold out. Big surprise: it was free – while it lasted.

6/5-6, sets at 7, 9 and 11 PM paradigm-shifting Romany jazz guitarist Stephane Wrembel leads an all-star Romany jazz group playing a tribute to Django Reinhardt at Joe’s Pub, $30

6/5, 7 PM Jeffrey Milarsky conducts a NY Philharmonic chamber ensemble in a a Japan-focused program with works by Takemitsu, Messiaen, and Dai Fujikura and a U.S. premiere by Misato Mochizuki at the Rogers Auditorium at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, $25

6/5, 7 PM hot oldtimey swing band Svetlana & the Delancey Five in front of the TKTS booth at Times Square – let’s show the tourists who runs this town, huh!

6/5, 7 PM the Doc Wallace Trio play jazzy Texas-style fiddling and swing.tunes at Spectrum

6/5, 7:30 PM pensive Americana/janglerock guy/girl duo the Perennials – like a more chamberpoppy Low – followed by multistylistic, charismatic jazz badass bassist/singer Kate Davis and her combo at the Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec

6/5, 8 PM melancholy acoustic Americana cover song specialists the Sad Bastards of Brooklyn – a Spanking Charlene side project – at Sidewalk

6/5, 8 PM tuneful, eclectic Uruguayan saxophonist Florencia Gonzalez leads her Candombe Project at Shrine

6/4, 8ish the Funky Dawgz Brass Band followed by exuberant New Orleans gospel/funk trombonist/shouter Glen David Andrews at Drom, $15 adv tix rec

6/5, 8:15 PM guitar-fueled postpunk/dreampop rockers Lazyeyes followed by wry, jangly, retro 60s psychedelic popsters Gringo Star at the Knitting Factory, $10

6/5, 8:30 PM intense, lyrically brilliant, quirky female-fronted two-keyboard 80s-style art-rock/new wave revivalists Changing Modes at the Pyramid, $10

6/5, 9 PM Brandi & the Alexanders play their torchy oldschool soul and groove music at the small room at the Rockwood

6/5, 9 PM the high-energy, oldtimey Dirty Waltz Project at the Jalopy, $10

6/5, 9 PM hard-hitting female-fronted psychedelic guitar power trio Devi plays two sets at the Lincoln Inn, 13 Lincoln St. in Jersey City, free. Lead singer/guitarist Debra Devi will read from her hilarious Devil’s Dictionary of the blues, Language of the Blues: From Alcorub to Zuzu in between sets

6/5, 9;30 PM ageless, corrosively lyrical glamrock icon Ian Hunter at the Bell House, $30 adv tix req

6/5-6, 10:30 edgy, tuneful pianist David Kikoski leads a quartet with Seamus Blake – tenor sax, Boris Kozlov – bass , Ari Hoenig – drums at Smalls

6/5, 10:30 PM eclectic new wave/oldtimey/torchy duo Sarabande at Spin, $10

6/5, 11 PM wild, crazy, high-voltage string-driven art-rock/psychedelic band Someone You Can Xray at Desmond’s. Want a listing for your band here? It’s all about the branding, folks!

6/5, midnight 70s political funk legend, keyboardist and Gil Scott-Heron collaborator Brian Jackson at Nublu

6/6-7 create your own art posters from art materials and supplies available for everyone. the Black Lives Matter art show on Governor’s Island as part of the annual Figment art extravaganza there.

6/6, noon, free performances by avant improvisers including thingNY at the Grattan Street Performance Block Party at Bushwick Open Studios, Grattan St. between Bogart St. and Morgan Ave., L to Morgan Ave., with Oxygen Ensemble, Jeff Young’s Magical Kingdom of Dust, New Thread Quartet + Luke Schwarz, Naked Roots Conducive and Cacaw.

6/6. 2 PM the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra play Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony plus works by Copland and Verdi at NJPAC in Newark, five minuts from the Path train, tix $10 and up! Then that night at 8 PM they play an all-Beethoven program: the Coriolan Overture, Emperor Piano Concerto with soloist Marc-Andre Hamelin and then the Fifth Symphony, a bill which repeats at 3 PM the following day 6/7. $20 and up seats avail.

6/6. 3ish Moroccan trance-funk grooves with the Innove Gnawa Band outdoors at Union Pool, free. They’re also at the Way Station on 6/10 at 10.

6/6, 3 PM-ish, Soviet Georgian music/dance ensemble the Dancing Crane Company perform rousing material from their native land and Ukraine on the Coney Island Boardwalk – where, just follow your ears

6/6, 4 PM-ish trumpeter Roy Hargrove and band at Central Park Summerstage. Get there early since the 90s opening act is popular.

6/6, 4 PM ish massive horn-fueled latin ska band Los Skarroneros at Grand Victory, $10

6/6, 7 PM Mac McCarty & the Kidd Twist Band play their fiery, sometimes unexpectedly poignant Pogues-ish punk and folk noir at Sidewalk

6/6,  7 PM the indie classical world’s go-to pianist, Lisa Moore, plays new works by Kate Moore (US premiere), Stephen Cabell (world premiere), John Luther Adams, and Chris Rogerson (NY premieres) at the DiMenna Center, $20

6/6, 8 PM Mexican night at Barbes with energetic acoustic Veracruz-style folk-punk band Radio Jarocho followed at 10 by Sinaloa-style mariachi/ranchera brass group Banda de los Muertos

6/6, 8 PM former stars of Rodeo Bar, bassist Heidi Lieb’s trio  the Lonesome Prairie Dogs play all sorts of vintage C&W at the Way Station

6/6, 8:30 PM cellist Daniel Levin and violist Mat Maneri chop and slash it up at I-Beam, $15

6/6, 8:15 PM intense, soaring singer/pianist Anna Winthrop and cellist Kirin McElwain play their individualistic, windswept, cinematic jazz-inflected art-rock at Caffe Vivaldi

6/6, 8:30 PM Pakistani singer Arooj Aftab leads her eclectic, psychedelic, trancey band with harp, keys and flute playing the album release show for her new one at le Poisson Rouge, $12 adv tix rec

6/6, 9ish a gathering of freedom fighters against gentrification with music by hilarious faux-French rockers les Sans Culottes and ska vets the Rocksteady 7 at Hank’s

6/6 Unsteady Freddie‘s monthly four-band surf rock show at Otto’s begins at 9 with the cinematic, Morricone-inspired Derangers, the Weisstronauts at 10, 9th Wave – who are surpassed only by Dick Dale among currently active original surf bands – and the Tsunambots at around midnight.

6/6, 9 PM fiery, hyperliterate punk/powerpop alienation anthems with Hannah vs. the Many followed by a reunion of hilarious, sardonically careening glam/party band Haley Bowery & the Manimals at Rock Shop, $10

6/6, 9 PM deep two-trombone dub reggae and Afrobeat grooves with Super Hi-Fi at Bar Chord

6/6, 9 PM slinky, carnivalesque Romany/Mediterranean band Dodo Orchestra at Shrine

6/6, 9 PM irreverent oldschool Williamsburg vocal jazz crew the Old Rugged Sauce at Freddy’s

6/6, 10 PM ten-piece country/carnivalesque/acoustic rock powerhouse M Shanghai String Band at the Jalopy, $10

6/6, 10 PM brilliantly lyrical dark oldtimey songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Pete Lanctot and band at 68 Jay St. Bar

6/6, 10 PM creepy, theatrical female-fronted noir cabaret/circus rock band Orphan Jane at the Delancey

6/6. 10 PM funny, explosive oldschool style punk rockers the Live Ones at the Gutter in Williamsburg

6/6, 10 PM a rare solo show by the sharp, wryly literate, amusing, John Prine-influenced Joe Maynard of Maynard & the Musties at Sidewalk

6/6, 10ish catchy, sardonically jangly, lo-fi soul-rockers Larry & the Babes – sort of a more tuneful, less punk version of Clear Plastic Masks – at Aviv

6/6, 11 PM newschool garage rockers the Mystery Lights at the Knitting Factory, $12 adv tix rec

6/6, 11 PM the All Night Chemists – who blend a tuneful, gritty 90s NYC gutter blues vibe with Stonesy growl and some glam – at the Way Station

6/7, 10 AM (AM – not a joke) the earliest show to ever be listed on this calendar, purist bluegrass/Americana songwriter Vincent Cross at Caffe Vivaldi. Hey, if you’re in the neighborhood, they serve really strong espresso there.

6/7, 4 PM boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band at Skinny Dennis. They’re back here on the 21st, same time. Also on 6/27 they’re at Hill Country Brooklyn at 8 and then on 6/28 at 6 they’re outdoors in the backyard at LIC Bar

6/7. 4:30 PM tuneful, epically cinematic Argentine jazz pianist Emilio Solla and his mighty octet La Inestable de Brooklyn at Smalls

6/7, 5ish intense, eclectic, Middle Eastern-tinged afropop singer Angelique Kidjo at Central Park Summmerstage, best to get there at 3 when the gates open

6/7, 6ish oldschool soul crooner/Daptone rediscovery Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires at Corona Park in Queens

6/7, 7 PM boisterous oldtimey trombonist/uke player J. Walter Hawkes and friends feat special guests torch singer/uke player Daria Grace and Pat Irwin outdoors in the backyard at LIC Bar

6/7, 7:30 PM kinetic vibraphone jazz trio (and David Bowie reinventors) the Wee Trio at Subculture, $15 adv tix rec

6/7, 7:30ish Romany guitar genius Stephane Wrembel leads a Romany guitar band with a bunch of indigenous guitarists TBA at Barbes

6/7, 8 PM iconic AACM composer and tersely, majestically blues-inspired trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith performs with his Golden Quartet with pianist Anthony Davis, bassist John Lindberg and drummer Pheeroan akLaff at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, 58 7th Ave (Lincoln/St. John’s Pl), Park Slope, $20/$15 stud.

6/7-8, 9 PM southwestern gothic/desert psychedelia cult heroes Calexico at Bowery Ballroom, $25 gen adm

6/7, 9 PM two opposite approaches to swing: the cool, low-key Ted Hefko & the Thousandaires at 9 followed eventually at 11 by the boisterous, oldtimey female-fronted Swingaroos at the big room at the Rockwood

6/7 Canadian Indian musicians on their annual Red Ride Tour at the Cameo Gallery

6/8, 5:30 PM a seven-piece chamber ensemble from Music From China perform an eclectic mix of traditional Chinese and contemporary classical music, with Chen Yi’s CMA commissioned work “Three Dances from China South” along with traditional tunes on the upper terrace at Bryant Park, free

6/8, 8 PM the Wet Ink Large Ensemble plays new works by Mahir Cetiz, David Franzson, Sam Pluta and Katherine Young at Roulette, $20/$15 stud/srs

6/8, 9 PM not as bad a segue as you might think: propulsive, fun Asheville punkgrass band Clyde’s on Fire followed at 10 by psychedelic hard funk band Orange Burn at the Way Station

6/8, 9 PM hard-hitting funk/Afrobeat band Shelley Nicole’s Blakbushe at Bowery Electric, $10

6/8, 9:30 PM pianist Geoffrey Keezer and trumpeter Ingrid Jensen at Mezzrow, $20. He’s there the following night in a duo with saxophonist Steve Wilson

6/8, 10::30 PM drummer Ari Hoenig leads a swinging nonet at Smalls

6/8, 9:30 PM awesome low-register original vintage-style Cuban groove band Gato Loco – with bass and baritone sax, baritone guitar, bass and drums – at Barbes

6/8, 10 PM intense, eclectic jazz violinist/composer Zach Brock leads his group at 55 Bar

6/8, 11ish psychedelic, dub-inflected tenor saxophonist Ilhan Ersahin leads a new sax/bass/drums trio on his home turf at Nublu

6/9, 5ish popular, occassionally haunting all-female oldtime Americana harmony trio Della Mae in the parking lot out back of City Winery, free

6/9, 6-9 PM the Museum Mile Festival with free admission at several institutions: he Metropolitan Museum of Art; Neue Galerie New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; National Academy Museum & School; Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum; The Jewish Museum; The Museum of the City of New York; El Museo del Barrio; and the Africa Center

6/9, 6:30 PM highly regarded front-porch folk songwriter Margaret Glaspy out back of the World Financial Center, free

6/9, 7 PM Yotoco, the bastard child of Umoja Orchestra, Bioritmo, and Cumbiagra plays a melange of salsa, Afro-Cuban rumba, boleros, and cumbias followed at 9 by ten-piece Balkan/Duke Ellington brass band Slavic Soul Party at Barbes.

6/9, 7 PM tuneful, edgy Texas tenor saxophonist Stan Killian and his quartet at 55 Bar

6/9, 7:30 PM highwire klezmer violinist Lisa Gutkin and her Trio, w/tsimbl player Pete Rushefsky & Remy Yulzari at the Steven Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W 68th St., $15

6/9-14, 8/10 PM multi-reedman Charles Waters plays a weeklong stand at the Stone with a whole slew of collaborators, $15. Lots of good sets: the most intriguing one is the early show on 6/12 with the Constructionburg Festival Orchestra featuring violinist Katie Pawluk playing Steve Dalachinsky’s Porch Music: A Tale of Gentrification

6/9-14, 8/10:30 PM pianist Renee Rosnes leads an interesting quartet with Steve Nelson-vibes, Peter Washington-bass, Bill Stewart-drums at the Vanguard, $30

6/9, 8 PM chanteuse Myriam Phiro and her ensemble perform a Edith Piaf centennial tribute show at Drom, $20

6/9, 8:30 PM state-of-the-art postbop guitarist with intense rhythm section: Will Bernard on guitar with Ben Allison on bass and Allison Miller on drums at the Bar Next Door

6/9, 9 PM intense, atmospheric Russian indie classical/art-rock keyboardist Olga Bell at Bowery Ballroom, $15 adv tix rec

6/9, 9 PM intriguing jazz quartet Old Time Musketry, who blend oldtimey swing, modern bucolic styles and darker, more challenging improvisational sounds at Bar Chord

6/9, 10 PM crystalline-voiced Portland, Maine acoustic Americana chanteuse Caroline Cotter – who moves seamlessly and compellingly between original New England front-porch folk, jaunty Prohibition swing, French chanson and oldtimey/bluegrass stylings – at the third room at the Rockwood, $10 + $10 drink minimum very strictly enforced

6/9, 10 PM edgy female-fronted funk band Eliza & the Organix – feat. swirly alto sax player Kristen Tivey – at Silvana

6/9 hilarious faux-French garage/psychedelic rockers les Sans Culottes – whose new album Les Dieux Ont Soif is both great fun and potently relevant – at Drom

6/10, 6 PM Jiaju Shen (pipa) + Yuda Deng (guitar) play rustic Chinese folk music at the Rubin Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

6/10, 7 PM eclectic, smartly lyrical, entertaining oldtimey/noir cabaret/new wave singer/multi-instrumentalist Lily Frost at the third stage at the Rockwood, $10 + $10 drink min. strictly enforced

6/10, 7 PM purist oldschool country songwriter/bandleader Michaela Anne at Skinny Dennis

6/10, 7:30 PM the PRISM Quartet – adventurous sax quartet witth intense orchestral bulk and heft – augmented with guests Chris Potter and Ravi Coltrane at Symphony Space, $22

6/10, 8:30 PM crepuscular, lo-fi, intense blues guitarist/singer Breanna Barbara Arneson at Arlene’s

6/10, 9 PM Certain General guitarslinger Phil Gammage’s Adventures in Bluesland– whose material spans from Muddy Waters to Elvis to originals – play the album release show for their new one at Lucille’s Bar

6/10, 9:30 PM jamband favorite and Bob Marley reinventor, seven-string guitarist Charlie Hunter with Bobby Previte on drums and the inimitable Curtis Fowlkes on trombone at Joe’s Pub, $20

6/10,. 11 PM bagpipe rockers the Real McKenzies at Bowery Electric, $20

6/11, 7:30 PM, conversation moderated by filmmaker Warrington Hudlin with Rashid Johnson and blaxpliotation icon Melvin Van Peebles followed at 8 by a sreening of Johnson’s new film The New Black Yoga  at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival a must. After the screening, a performance by Melvin Van Peebles and his twisted soul band, Menage a Trio

6/11, 7:30 PM an all-Lukas Ligeti program of chamber works performed by Ligeti (drums), Daniel Blake (saxophone), Lorna Krier (synthesizer), Eyal Maoz and Grey McMurray (electric guitars), and special guests tba at the Austrian Cultural Center, 11 E 52nd St, free but res req to acfny.org. There’s a similar program at 5:30 PM on 6/14 at Roulette for $20/$15 stud/srs

6/11, 8 PM edgy lefty guitarist Damian Quinones and his psychedelic latin soul band and then Daria Grace’s torchy, delightful oldtime uke swing band the Pre-War Ponies at Barbes

6/11, 8 PM intense, smart, tuneful janglerock guitarist/bandleader Jennifer O’Connor at Hifi Bar, free. Catch her here before you have to pay big bucks to see her on the Neko Case tour later this summer.

6/11, 8 PM edgy improvisers: microtonal tenor sax man Noah Kaplan and his Trio, Dafna Naphtali and Jen Baker, and Iktus Percussion at Trans-Pecos, $8

6/11, 8 PM a League of Composers ensesmble led by conductors Louis Karchin and Scott Voyles perform a world premieres by Morris Rosenzweig, a U.S. premiere by Kaija Saariaho, a NY premiere by David Felder and Irving Fine’s twistedly immortal Notturno for Strings and Harp at the Miller Theatre, $20/$10 stud/srs

6/11, 8:30 PM a rare US appearance by exhilarating Budapest Romany/circus rock/reggae/dub band Irie Maffia at Drom, free!

6/11, 8:30 PM wickedly tuneful, smart postbop tenor sxophonist Tom Tallitsch with Art Hirahara on keys and Mark Ferber on drums at the Bar Next Door

6/11, 9 PM kick-ass guitar-and-organ-fueled original psychedelic garage rockers  the Electric Mess followed by trash-garage guitar maven Palmyra Delran at Hank’s, note $8 cover

6/11, 10 PM irresistibly fun, psychedelic, period-perfect 60s sunshine pop revivalist Jacco Gardner at Rough Trade, $12 adv tix rec

6/11, 9 PM torchy oldtimey swing band Jessy Carolina & the Hot Mess at Radegast Hall

6/11, midnight clarinet-fueled, explosively electric instrumentalists the NY Gypsy All-Stars at Nublu

6/12, 7 PM devious, charismatic, subversive comedic songwriter Killy Dwyer at the Delancey, $8

6/12-13, 7:30/9:30 PM the JD Allen Trio – this era’s most exhilarating, intense tenor sax group – at Minton’s, $25 at the bar

6/12, 7:30ish catchy retro 60s garage rock/Merseybeat band the Dolly Spartans at Muchmore’s, $5

6/12, 8 PM magical, ethereal, enveloping sound sculptures by Lesley Flanigan with additional vocalists Pamela Stein Lynde, Elizabeth Munn, and Pamela Martinez, utilizing Flanigan’s own custom-made speakers and mixers at Roulette

6/12, 8 PM compellingly low-key janglerock band and Hem spinoff Little Silver followed by moody acoustic soundtrack ensemble the Inner Banks at Rock Shop, $10

6/12, 8:30 PM popular bluegrass road warrilrs James Reams & the Barnstormers at the Jalopy, $10

6/12, 9 PM Laura Cantrell – arguably this era’s most compelling, magically clear-voiced female oldschool country artist – at Bowery Electric, $12

6/12, 9 PM Sean Kershaw side project the Serpentones play “hi octane Brooklyn honkytonk” at Bar Chord

6/12, 10 PM this era’s greatest cinematic noir guitar instrumentalists, Big Lazy at Barbes; 6/19 they’re at Sunny’s in Red Hook, same time

612, 10 PM the New York Chillharmonic – vocalist/composer Sara McDonald’s lush, third-stream 17 piece big band with string quartet – squeeze into at Pete’s

6/12,.10 PM deviously fun oldtimey swing guitarist/crooner Seth Kessel & the Two Cent Band at Sunny’s

6/12, 10 PM powerhouse bassist Dawn Drake & Zapote playing their funk and Afrobeat-influenced grooves at Silvana. She’s also at the Way Station at 10 on 6/20

6/13, 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 – at Barbes

6/13, 6 PM a free outdoor concert featuring surviving members of 70s latin soul legends the Ghetto Brothers with special guest, jazz drummer Bobby Sanabria at BMHC Lab, 1303 Louis Niné Blvd. in the Bronx,

6/13, 7 PM wild, phantasmagorical Romany/circus rock band Caravan of Thieves at the big room at the Rockwood, $15

6/13, 7 PM Chicago-style blues guitar monster Bobby Radcliff and his trio at Terra Blues

6/13. 7:30 PM panist Weiyin Chen plays Schubert’s G Major Sonata D. 894, the Bartok Sonata, and a world premiere by Marc Neikrug at Subculture

6/13, 8 PM the eclectic, intense Aliya Cycon Project play Arabic music from seven continents (count ’em!) from their auspicious debut release We Will Be Light at Alwan for the Arts, $15

6/13, 8 PM drummer Paal Nilssen-Love‘s explosive, darkly crescendoing, Nordic-tinged eleven-piece improvisational jazz group at First Unitarian Church, 116 Pierrepont St in Brooklyn Heights, 2/3 to Clark St., $15/$12 stud.

6/13, 8 PM Marta Hernández (aka Mar Salá) plays her acoustic flamenco rock followed eventually at 10 by the totally punk, oldschool 60s style Viva Vallenato Badass Acccordion Band at the Way Station

6/13, 8 PM adventurous, fun, quirky female-fronted psychedelic pop duo Robin’s Egg Blue at Pete’s

6/13, 8 PM the catchy, jangly Big Star-ish Nu-Sonics at Hank’s

6/13, 8 PM individualistic guitarist Alyse Lamb’s slashing, jaggedly catchy minimalist band Eula at Palisades, $15

6/13, 8:30 PM sardonically funny Beatlesque/Costelloesque powerpop songwriter Walter Ego at Sidewalk

6/13, 9 PM savage, macabre,cinematic noir jazz band Beninghove’s Hangmen at Bar Chord

6/13, 9 PM the funky, jangly female-fronted Aron Blue and the Bootleggers, torchy intense southwestern gothic songwrite Julia Haltigan and her excellent band and Jack Grace’s hilarious Van Hayride – who play C&W-flavored covers of cheesy metal and 70s rock hits – at the Bell House, $10

6/13, 9ish check out this insanely awesome global klezmer/Balkan lineup: clarinetist Merlin Shepherd, Klezmer Kapelye, Psoy Korolenko (co-leader of Oy Division), Vanya Zhuk and then the mysterious “Billy’s band” at Paperbox in Bushwick, $18

6/13, 9 PM Moon Hooch – two tenor saxes and drums playing the craziest funky grooves you could imagine with the intensity of a brass band and the catchiness and edge of punk rock – at Bowery Ballroom, $15

6/13, 10ish psychedelic, hard-hitting metal cumbia/skaragga/latin rockers Escarioka at Mehanata

6/13, 10 PM Mississippi fiddler Johnny Campbell and the Bluegrass Drifters at 68 Jay St. Bar

6/13, 10 PM Crucial Bridge & the Inity Band play roots reggae at Shrine

6/13, 10:30 PM tenor sax powerhouse Ralph Bowen leads a no-nonsense, tuneful postbop quartet with Donald Edwards – drums , Jim Ridl – piano , Kenny Davis – bass at Smalls

6/13, midnight all-female UK lo-fi/punk/garage band Pins – sort of like the bastard child of the early Go Go’s and Wire – at Rough Trade, $12 adv tix rec

6/14, 2:30 PM it’s Choralfest at Symphony Space: a marathon of choirs including Angelica, C4 Choral Composer-Conductor Collective, Chameleonic, Connecticut Chamber Choir, Empire City Men’s Chorus, Ghostlight, Voices of Gotham, New Amsterdam Singers, Riverside Church Inspirational Choir, The Canticum Novum Singers, The New York Virtuoso Singers and Zamir Chorale sing works from across the centuries, free, early arrival advised.

6/14, 3 PM organist Stephen Rumpf and cellist Benjamin Larsen play Robert Sirota’s Easter Canticles at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 139 St. John’s Place, Park Slope, any train to Grand Army Plaza and walk downhill, free

6/14, 4 PM NYC’s only black bluegrass band – who also happen to be one of NYC’s best bluegrass and oldtime Americana crews – the Ebony Hillbillies at Betsy Head Park in Brooklyn

6/14 at the Silent Barn, free before 5 PM, $8 after, an excellent, noisy multiple-band bill, most liklely short sets from Surfbort, Sweet John Bloom, the awesomely shapeshifting Parlor Walls, Psychic Blood, Jason Victor’s searing Skull Practitioners, Austin Sley Julian of the Sediment Club, Youth Expire, Heaven’s Gate, Conduct and Annie Blech from Palberta

6/14, 7 PM the Dorothy Parker of piano-based chamber pop: Dawn Oberg at Freddy’s. 6/15 she’s at the Rockwood at 6.

6/14, 7 PM hammered dulcimer player/composer Dan Joseph‘s lush, string-driven third-stream classical/minimalist ensemble at Barbes

6/14, 7 PM Mexican son jarocho folk legend Zenen Zeferino and band at the Jalopy, $10

6/14, 7 PM the NJ Symphony Orchestra plays Weber’s Overon Overture, Mozart’s Overture for Flute and Harp and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 3 at NJPAC in Newark, five minutes from the Path train, tix $20 and up

6/14, 7:30 PM subversively hilarious cabaret personality/chanteuse Tammy Faye Starlite leads an all-star chamber-rock band playing her twistedly brilliant Marianne Faithfull parody/homage at Joe’s Pub, $15

6/14, 7:30 PM NYC’s original, iconic first klezmer punks, the Klezmatics with Neil Sedaka – no, not a joke – at the World Financial Center, free. Maybe ole Neil’s given up on camp and decided to get serious…or maybe the Klezmatics are all out of the closet now. You decide.

6/14, 8 PM Russian roots reggae legends Jah Divizion – don’t laugh, they’re good – at the Delancey, $20

6/14, 8 PM smart, tuneful, soulful oldschool blues/soul singer/multi-instrumentalist Lola Johnson at Sidewalk

6/14, 9 PM haunting, dusky, jangly southwestern gothic rock band And the Wiremen followed by a rare solo show by charismatic ghoulabilly/retro rock monster Reid Paley upstairs at 2A

6/14, 9 PM obscenely hilarious, ferocious, surprisingly eclectic punk/powerpop band Custard Wally at Otto’s

6/14, 9 PM state-of-the-art newschool psychedelia with the Middle Eastern-tinged Zola Jesus at Warsaw, $25

6/14, 10 PM the timeless Sun Ra Arkestra, with the timeless Marshall Allen and his freaky EWI horn – at Rough Trade, $18 adv tix rec

6/15, 7 PM weird segues, good triplebill: singing cellists the Whiskey Girls, energetic acoustic Veracruz-style folk-punk band Radio Jarocho and creepy, Lynchian noir/circus rock songwriter Miwa Gemini at Branded Saloon

6/15, 7 PM edgy, torchy, multicultural Jewish singer Vira Lozinsky and her klezmer combo at Joe’s Pub, $18; followed at 9 PM ($18 separate admission) by Japan’s foremost klezmer band, Jinta-la-Mvta

6/15, 7 PM indie classical chamber stars Now Ensemble play the album release show for their new one Dreamfall feat. works by Scott Smallwood, Mark Dancigers, John Supko, Nathan Williamson, Sarah Kirkland Snider, Andrea Mazzariello at the Greene Space, $20 includes a drink

6/15, 8 PM one of the year’s best triplebills at HiFi Bar on Ave. A (the old Brownies):Elvis Costello-esque underground powerpop heroes Lazy Lions‘ soulful frontman Jim Allen,  indie pop mastermind and Mascott frontwoman Kendall Jane Meade, and this era’s most erudite, tuneful NYC tunesmith, Ward White with violinist to the stars Claudia Chopek.

6/15, 8 PM the world’s most adventurous indie classical string quintet, Sybarite5 at Bryant Park, free, as part of the Chamber Music America New Music Marathon

6/15, 8 PM a screening of the ferociuosly relevant, elegaic anti-gentrification documentary Sound & Chaos: The Story Of BC Studio followed by a performance by legendary producer/dark psychedelic rocker Martin Bisi and his band at the Film Society of Lincoln Center amphitheatre, $10

6/15, 8 PM a chamber subset of the NY Philharmonic plays a Carl Nielsen 150th birthday show with his Wind Quintet and String Quartet No. 1 at Subculture, $25 adv tix rec

6/15, 8 PM the Ureuk Symphony Orchestra plays Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony plus works by Weber, Franck, Haydn and Mozart at Merkin Concert Hall, $30

6/15, 9:30 PM Cumbiagra – whose take on psychedelic cumbias is more rustic and purist than most bands who play that stuff –at Barbes

6/16, 6 PM singer Polina Shepherd and clarinet titan Merlin Shepherd jam out haunting old klezmer themes with pianist Jed Distler at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20; 6/17 at 8 they team up with Klezmatics frontman/accordionist Lorin Sklamberg at Barbes, playing for the tip jar

6/16, 6:30 PM soaring, brilliant singer Magda Giannikou’s lush, sweeping, pan-Mediterranean art-rock/chamber pop/jazz group Banda Magda out back of the World Financial Center, free

6/16, 7 PM dramatic, classically-tinged klezmer chanteuse Lucette van den Berg and her band at Joe’s Pub, $18; followed at 9 ($18 separate admission) by the riveting, intense, politically brilliant Jewish art-rocker Daniel Kahn and his group.

6/16, 7 PM quirky, comedic, woodwind-driven indie classical/art-rock/art-song ensemble Little King followed at 9 by ten-piece Balkan/Duke Ellington brass band Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

6/16, 7 PM Avremi Gourarie leads an allstar ensemble backing current-day cantorial and Yiddish singing stars Avraham Fried, Netanel Hershtik, Yanky Lemmer, Joseph Malovany, Lipa Schmeltzer and Zusha at Central Park Summerstage, order of acts unknown but it doesn’t really matter, they’re all good.

6/16, 7:30 PM dance leader Avia Moore, while colorful drummer Aaron Alexander leads his Klezmer Kapelye with Jordan Hirsch, Patty Farrell & the Workshop Klezmorim at the Steven Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W 68th St., $15

6/16, 8 PM intense, moody electroacoustic composer Sabisha Friedberg presents a live mix of the third and final movement of her melancholy suite The Hant Variance at Walker Space, 55 Walker St. in Tribeca, $10/$8 stud or $30 gets you show admission plus a double gatefold vinyl copy of the album!

6/16-21, 8/10 PM crooner Theo Bleckmann plays a weeklong stand at the Stone with a variety of interesting projects., $15 Choice pick: the late set 6/19, a duo performance of old Weimar songs with pianist Rob Schwimmer.

6/16, 8 PM haunting, tersely introspective pianist/singer Noa Fort – who mashes up moody Middle Eastern sounds, classical and jazz improvisation at Silvana

6/16, 8 PM the North/South Consonance Ensemble perform chamber and vocal music from across the Americas by Edmund Cionek, Dinos Constantinides, Max Lifchitz, and William Ortiz at Christ and St Stephen’s Churchm 120 W 69th St (bet Bway & Columbus), free

6/16, 9 PM cinematic jazz saxophonist Joshua Kwassman leads his group playing the album release show for his new one at Subculture, $15

6/16, 9:30 PM saxophone powerhouse Lucas Pino‘s two-guitar No No Nonet at Smalls.

6/16, 9:30 PM a lush, intense album release show by chanteuse Chris McNulty and her all-star chamber jazz band – pianist John Di Martino, guitarist Paul Bollenback, bassist Ugonna Okegwo, drummer Matt Wilson – at 54 Below, 254 W 54th St, $25

6/16, 10 PM the explosively enveloping hard groove Colin Stetson/Sarah Neufeld duo at Bowery Ballroom, $15

6/17, 7 PM trombonist John Yao’s 17-Piece Instrument – one of the most distinctive and enjoyable large jazz ensembles out there – play the album release show for their new one at Shapeshifter Lab

6/17.,7:30 PM lyrical jazz pianist Christian Sands leads his trio at Ginny’s Supper Club uptown, $15; note that his late show that night is sold out

6/17, 8 PM a rare Hungarian twinbill with two exhilarating Romany/folk/circus rock bands: Glass House Orchestra with trumpet legend Frank London & Muzsikás at the Skirball Ctr, 566 LaGuardia Pl. just south of the park, expensive ($36) but worth it.

6/17, 8 PM NYC’s original marching brass band, the eclectic Balkan/New Orleans/kitchen sink Hungry March Band at Matchless

6/17-18, 8/10 PM bassist Eric Revis leads a trio with pianist Kris Davis and drummer Gerald Cleaver. Lots of space, tension, push-pull and lively creations out of thin air, at the Jazz Gallery, $22

6/17, 8 PM bassist-composer Eivind Opsvik with his rocking quintet Overseas, featuring Tony Malaby, Brandon Seabrook, Jacob Sacks & Kenny Wollesen.at Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow St. in the west village, $15/$12 stud

6/17, 9 PM German klezmer crooner Karsten Troyke with violinist Daniel Weltlinger and pianist Zalmen Mlotek at Joe’s Pub, $18

6/17, midnight rustic Brazilian rainforest nocturnes with Forro in the Dark at Nublu

6/18, noon fiery, erudite pianist/bandleader Arturo O’Farrrill leads an Afro-Cuban flavored jazz sextet at St. Marks Park, 2nd Ave and 10th St., free

6/18, 6 PM atmospheric chanteuse Emilie Lesbros plays the closing night of Andrea Galvan’s allusively apocalyptic, heliocentric multimedia exhibition at Art in General, 79 Walker St. in Tribeca, then beams herself somehow to Sidewalk where she’s playnig her edgy blues-inspired, politically infused songs solo on guitar show at 7:45 as her alter ego Miss Elie Sorbsel

6/18. 7 PM exhilarating klezmer clarinet-piano duo Merlin & Polina Shepherd at Joe’s Pub, $18; followed at 9 (separate $18 admission) by the riotously funny, stampediing, accordion-and-violin-fueled klezmer punk band Golem

6/18, 7 PM oldschool honkytonk band the Honeycutters and the Hillbenders – whose latest album is a hilarious bluegrass version of the Who’s Tommy – followed eventually at 10:30 by similarly comedic, sardonic oldtimey swing guitarist/crooner Seth Kessel & the Two Cent Band at the big room at the Rockwood, $12

6/18, 7 PM powerhouse organist Christopher Houlihan plays works by Bach, Brahms, Vierne and Leo Sowerby at the Church of the Holy Apostles, 296 9th Avenue at 28th St, sugg don

6/18, 7 PM the release concert for klezmer/Ukrainian music mavens Michael Alpert and Julian Kytasty‘s new album Night Songs from a Neighboring Village at the Center for Jewish History, 15 W 16th St, $15/$10 stud/srs

6/18, 7 PM intense punk classical/art-rock cellist/singer Leah Coloff at Sidewalk

6/18, 8 PM the NY Phil plays Stravinsky’s Petroushka plus works by Ravel, Berlioz and Saint-Saens on the lawn in Central Park, enter at 7 nd St. and Central Park West, free, get there early. The program repeats on 6/19 at 8 in Prospect Park

6/18-21, 8/10 PM octogenarian South African jazz piano legend Abdullah Ibrahim at the Blue Note, $30 standing room avail.

6/18, 8 PM quartet guitar jazz with the New West Guitar Group with guest singers Gretchen Parlato, Sarah Gazarek and Peter Eldridge at Subculture, $15 adv tix rec

6/18, 8:30 PM wow – a baritone saaxophonist with just a rhythm section, and a really good one, how cool is that? Brian Landrus with Lonnie Plaxico on bass and Billy Hart on drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.

6/18, 9 PM the Strung Out String Band play hi-energy oldtime Appalachian tunes at Bar Chord

6/18. 9 PM balmy, sardonically individualistic vocal jazz stylist Dorian Devins and her trio at at Bar Thalia adjecent to Symphony Space, free

6/18, 10 PM the Letter Yellow – who blend swirly spacerock, catchy janglerock and some funkier stuff – play their tuneful blend of spacerock, psychedelia and funk at the Cameo Gallery

6/18 10:30ish catchy psychedelic pop band Summer Fiction – who blend Big Star jangle and balmy Zombies tunefulness – play the album release show for their long-awaited new one at Union Hall, $12

6/18, 11ish the magically haunting, soaring all-female Mariachi Flor de Toloache at Nublu

6/18, 11 PM high voltage newgrass/country blues jamband Buckeye Rooster at the Way Station

6/19, 6 PM Max ZT (hammered dulcimer) + Moto Fukushima (bass) – two thirds of rippling, psychedelic instrumentalists House of Waters – at the Rubin Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

6/19, 6:30 PM sitar virtuoso Krishna Mohan Bhatt with Nitin Mitta on the tabla and Camilla Celin on the tanpura.in the (Patti Cadby Birch Court at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, free w/museum adm.

6/19, 7 PM wild klezmer/Romany/Mexican circus rock mashups with Klezmerson at Joe’s Pub, $18; followed at 9 (separate $18 adm) by eclectic jam-oriented mostly-female klezmer/tango/jazz band Isle of Klezbos

6/19, 7 PM singer Sanjoy Banerjee performs north Indian raga nocturnes with his group at the Rubin Museum of Art, $25

6/19, 7 PM the RT9 Ensemble play Ravel String Quartet, Arvo Part’s Mozart Adagio, and Schumann Piano Quintet. at Spectrum

6/19, 8 PM accordionist/chanteuse Kamala Sankaram’s hot surfy Bollywood project, Bombay Rickey followed at 10 by the eclectic, electric C&W/blues band the Jug Addicts at Barbes

6/19-20, 8/10 PM innovative guitarist/singer Becca Stevens leads a ten-piece pastoral/chamber jazz ensemble with multiple vocals and strings at the Jazz Gallery, $22

6/19, 8 PM Skirl Records night at the Jalopy–trumpeter Arnold Hammerschlag‘s No Face, No Name, flutist Leah Paul‘s Trenza, saxophonist Sean Sonderegger‘s Eat the Air, and bassist Simon Jermyn‘s Trot A Mouse–play a joint albuum release extravaganza at the Jalopy

6/19, 8 PM drummer Antonio Sanchez & Migration w/ Donny McCaslin, John Escreet, Matt Brewer, and Adam Rogers at Subculture, $20 adv tix rec

6/19, 9/10:30 PM intense, Middle Eastern-tinged bassist Petros Klampanis leads a chamber jazz outfit including a string quartet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10+ $10 min

6/19, 9 PM hilarious, guitarishly brilliant, female-fronted honkytonk parody band Trailer Radio at Bar Chord

6/19, 9 PM Gisela Tangui & the Voodoo Cabaret play their darkly percussive hypnotic voodoo salsa and latin jazz grooves at Shrine

6/19, 9 PM unselfconsciously fun, chirpy 60s girlgroup revivalists Pep at Arlene’s

6/19, 9:30 PM tenor saxophonist Ken Fowser leads a high-voltage quintet with Rick Germanson – piano , Willie Jones III – drums , Gerald Cannon – bass , Josh Bruneau – trumpet at Smalls . Fowser is back here on 6/28 at 10:30 playing the album release for his vibraphonist pal Behn Gillece’s reputedly awesome new quintet session

6/19, 11 PM hypnotic, surrealistic Aussie psychedelic rockers King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard at Bowery Ballroom, $15

6/19, midnight a rare stripped-down duo show by Canadian gothic rocker Lorraine Leckie and blues guitar legend Hugh Pool at Sidewalk

6/19, midnight 90s Brooklyn psychedelic funk legends Groove Collective at Nublu

6/20, 8 AM and continuing through 8 AM on 6/21 – !!!! – a rotating cast of luminaries including but not limited to Eve Beglarian, Jed Distler, Allison Brewster Franzetti, Jeanne Golan, Marija Ilic, James Irsay, Sachiko Kato, Anna Keiserman, Mirna Lekic, Neil Rolnick, Kathleen Supové, Adam Tendler, Isidora Vladic, Nicole Wakabayashi, David Witten and Meng Yang play two “layers” of music performed simultaneously. 1) Serious Immobilities – 840 variations on Erik Satie’s epically circling, creepy Vexations, for piano solo, by Arthur Jarvinen 2) Spineless Dog – variations on Satie’s Vexations, for MIDI keyboard controller, MacIntosh computer and electronics, by Randall Woolf at West Park Presbyterian Church, 165 W 86th St. (Amsterdam & Columbus Aves),. free

6/20, 1 and 3 PM rippling, psychedelic hammered dulcimer instrumentalists House of Waters on Governors Island

6/20, 4 PM St. Thomas Church’s extraordinary organist and mussic director John Scott performs the program of works by J.S. Bach that  Felix Mendelssohn once played in 1840 at the Thomaskirche in Leipzig, on his home turf at 53rd St./5th Ave, $10 sugg don

6/20, 5 PM pianist Enrique Graf plays music from Uruguay and Russia at the DiMenna Center, 450 W 37th St., $5

6/20, 5:30 PM a free baseball-themeed show by Dominican ensemble KumaCarey at BMHC Lab, 1303 Louis Niné Blvd. in the Bronx

6/20, 6 PM Rebeca Vallejo, vocals; George Dulin, piano; David Silliman, bass play flamenco jazz at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.

6/20, 7 PM Dutch klezmer chanteuse Niki Jacobs, aka Nikitov sings classic and obscure Yiddish pop hits with her fiery band at Joe’s Pub, $18; followed at 11:30 (separate $18 adm) by psychedelic klezmer/bluegrass mandolin and clarinet legend Andy Statman

6/20, 7 PM tromonst Chris Washburne’s Syotos followed at 8 by slinky chanteuse Falu’s Bollywood Orchestra at Highline Ballroom, $20 standing room avail.

6/20, 7:30 PM rustic Brazilian rainforest nocturnes with Forro in the Dark at Prospect Park Bandshell

6/20, 8 PM badass resonator guitarist and delta blues/oldtime hillbilly music maven Mamie Minch & Her Business followed at 10 by cumbia grooves with Chia’s Dance Party at Barbes. Mamie’s also at the Jalopy on 6/26 at 9.

6/20, 8 PM long-rnnning, perennially tuneful janglerockers/powerpopsters Bubble followed eventually at 10 PM legendary/obscure 90s GBV-style dreampop band the Pineapples making a rare reunion appearance at the Knitting Factory, $10 adv ti rec

6/20, 8 PM sassy oldtimey swing and Americana withi Sara Bouchard & the Salt Parade at the Jalopy, sugg don.

6/20, 8:30 PM the Delorean Sisters – who specialize in funny oldtimey acoustic covers of cheesy 80s radio pop – at Hank’s

6/20, 9 PM creepy dark garage/punk soul band the Naked Heroes s at Rock Shop, $10

6/20, 9/10:30 PM guitar slasher Mary Halvorson‘s edgy Thumbscrew trio with bassist Michael Formanek and drummer Tomas Fujiwara at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.

6/20,. 9 PM drummer Billy Mintz and the ten-piece 2 Bass Band lay the album release show for their new live one at Smalls

6/20, 111ish the eclectic, Balkan/latin/funk brass stylings of the Underground Horns at Nublu

6/21, noon the well-loved annual avant garde Bang on a Can Marathon at the World Financial Center, free, get there early if you want a seat.

6/21, starting at 1 PM how would you like to make a record, even if you can’t afford studio time? Today you can! Found Sound Nation have set up fourteen portable recording studios around town, recording people first come first served til 4 PM for free! Engineers and producers will be at locations including Trans-Pecos, the World Financial Center, and 101 Ave. D as well as at spots in the Bronx, Harlem, Williamsburg and elsewhere.

6/21, 2 PM Quintet of the Americas plays Carl Maultsby’s Middle Passage-themed The Journey, Valerie Coleman’s Afro-Cuban Suite, plus works by Barbara Harbach and William Grant Still at St. Philips Episcopal Church, 204 W. 134th St east of ACP Blve., 2/3 to 135th St., free

6/21, 4:30 PM the intense, occasionally Middle Eastern-tinged fifteen piece Eyal Vilner Big Band at Smalls

6/21 a 90s ska triplebill on the Rocks Off Concerrt Cruise with Slow Children, the Voodoo Glow Skulls and Mephiskapheles aboard the Jewel, boarding at 7:30 PM, sailing at 8 PM from the pier behind the heliport at 23r d St. and the East River, $25 adv tix avail. at the office next door or the Highline Ballroom box ofc.

6/21, 8 PM the ageless, lefty king of the surf guitar, Dick Dale at Brooklyn Bowl, $25

6/22, 8 PM singer Amirtha Kidambi leads her sax/bass/drums quartet playing circular Sufi grooves and crushing free improvisation at Roulette, $20/$15 stud/srs

6/22, 9 PM ageless, cheery, jangly lo-fi Japanese girlband Shonen Knife at le Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec

6/22, 9:30 PM Colombian bandleader Carolina Oliveros leads her group Bulla En El Barrio playing obscure cumbia and party classics at Barbes

6/22, 10 PM Pistolera frontwoman Sandra Lilia Velasquez’s torchy, slinky, psychedelic downtempo/trip-hop/art-pop band SLV at C’Mon Everybody, 325 Franklin Ave (Clifton/Greene), Bed-Stuy, G to Classon Ave., $10

6/23, 7 PM Keith Gilyard and Greg Clark discuss moments in the history of jazz when musicians have used their art to address social problems and civic crises in the United States and beyond. These moments include two highly rhetorical musical stage shows: The Real Ambassadors, composed by Dave and Iola Brubeck and Louis Armstrong to critique the US State Department’s use of jazz as a propaganda tool in the Cold War, and Duke Ellington’s My People, composed to mark the centennial of the Emancipation Proclamation, as well other jazz works that do political critique. at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, 104 E. 126th St. just west of Lex, free

6/23, 7 PM magically luminescent partoral jazz group Bryan and the Aardvarks playing material from their highly anticipated second album at Shapeshifter Lab

6/23, 7:30 PM Gill Landry of Old Crow Medicine Show at the Mercury

6/23, 7:30 PM the Knights play Schubert’s 5 German Dances, Arvo Part’s Tabula Rasa, Georgyi Ligeti’s Concert Romanesc, Zhou Long’s Chinese Folk Song Suite and Dvorak’s Czech Suite at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, free, early arrival advised

6/23, 8 PM haunting, intense, wickedly tuneful Nashville gothic songwriter Jessie Kilguss and her band at Bowery Electric, $10

6/23, 8 PM Katya Mihailova, piano plays music of Messiaen, Satie and Josquin)followed by indie classical/art-rock chanteuse/multi-instrumentalist Colleen a.k.a. Cecile Schorr at Subculture, $15 adv tix rec

6/23-28, 8/10 PM cult fave bassist/producer Bill Laswell plays a weeklong stand at the Stone, $20. Choice pick: two duo sets on 6/25, the first with John Zorn, the second just bass and drums with Laswell and Milford Graves.

6/23, 8ish Australian darkwave songstress Wendy Rule at Caffe Vivaldi

6/23, 9 PM wild Austin newgrass/punkgrass band Sour Bridges at Skinny Dennis. 6/24 at 9 they’re at Hill Country Brooklyn and on 6/25 at 8 they’ll be at Bowery Electric for free

6/23, 8:30 PM art-rock/avant garde rocker Olga Bell‘s Krai project at South St. Seaport

6/23, 9 PM eclectic, smartly tuneful jazz guitarist Will Bernard leads his Trio featuring Ches Smith and Devin Hoff at Korzo

6/23 low key but intense African-born acoustic groove songwriter/chanteuse Nneka at the Mercury

6/24, 7/9 PM pyrtechnic latin jazz trumpeter Pete Rodriguez leading a brilliant band featuring Luis Perdomo on piano at Minton’s, $25 bar seats avail.

6/24, 7 PM Chris Potter’s well-liked Underground Orchestra – sort of the cooler prototype for acts like Snarky Puppy – at Madison Square Park

6/24, 8 PM starkly torchy chanteuse Treya, Nashville gothic/ghoulabilly act the Bones of J.R. Jones and 70s disco revivalists the Starlight Girls at Passenger Bar, 229 Roebling St between 2nd and 3rd St in Wiliamsburg, J/M to Marcy Ave, free

6/24, 8 PM enveloping and aggressive experimental works by sound artist Colin Black, Clip Mouth Unit – inspiring, innovative trombonist Jen Baker’s collaboration with singer/composer/sound artist Dafna Naphtali – and the mysterious Derek Baron at Panoply Performance Lab, 104 Meserole St, Bushwick, J/M to Lorimer St.

6/24, 9 PM Lakeside Lounge garage rock supergroup Los Dudes and ferociously funny, intense, guitar-fueled Americana punks Spanking Charlene at Bowery Electric, $10. They’re also at Beast of Bourbon on 6/27 at 9 for free

6/24-25, 7:30 PM pyrotechnic postbop alto saxophonist Jaleel Shaw leads a quartet at Smalls

6/24, 8 PM massive, paradigm-shifting indie classical choir Roomful of Teeth perform works by Caroline Shaw, Wally Gunn and selections from their upcoming album, Render at 28 Liberty Plaza in the financial district, free

6/24, 9ish Balkan bands at Freddy’s: Lauren Brody’s Accordion Bytes, brilliant violin-and-oud duo Megan Gould and Mavrothi Kontanis and possibly special guests

6/24, 11 PM tuneful, sophisticated, oldtime and Americana-influenced acoustic songwriter/chanteuse Shannon Pelcher at the Way Station

6/25, noon guitarist David Moreno & the Odd Morning Quartet mash up classical guitar, blues and jazz at St. Marks Park, 2nd Ave and 10th St., free

6/25, 7 PM adventurous indie classical violinist Sarah Plum performs works by Bartok as well as American composers Christopher Adler and Sidney Corbett at Spectrum, $15/$10 stud/srs

6/25, 7 PM the Lox – the 90s Yonkers hip-hop stars, not the nosh – at Corona Park in the Bronx

6/25, 7:30 PM two generations of Americana; banjo player/road warrior Jason Walker followed by Lucinda Williams at Prospect Park Bandshell

6/25, 7:30 PM many, many one-minute works by current-day composers: Kirsten Volness, Rain Worthington, Alon Nechushtan, countless others performed by an electroacoustic ensemble including Lilit Hartunian (violin), Eva Ingolf (electric violin), David Morneau (Gameboy), and Hans Tammen (Blippoo Box) at Gallery MC, (ride the freight elevator to the 8th floor), 549 W 52nd St, between 10th Ave and 11th Ave, $15/$7 stud

6/25, 8 PM devious oldschool C&W/rockabilly parodists Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co. at Otto’s.

6/25-27, 8 PM experimental noiserock crew Open House play their new psychedelic Richard Brautigan-inspired sound/light piece at the Kitchen, $15

6/25, 9 PM Parlor Walls – Eula guitarslinger Elyse Lamb’s snarling, catchy, noiserock/postpunk collaboration with drummer/organist Chris Mulligan at Cake Shop. They’re also at Trans-Pecos on 6/26 at 9 opening for no wave sax legend James Chance

6/25, 9ish someday people will say this stuff was classic: wry, entertaining late 90s stye urban country with Uncle Leon‘s Honkytonk Relapse at Hank’s

6/25, 9 PM King Isto’s Tropical String Band play awesomely fun, catchy Hawaiian slack-key guitar music at Bar Chord

6/25, 9 PM roaring Canadian girlpunk/powerpop hitmakers Hunter Valentine at the Knitting Factory, $12 adv tix rec

6/25, 11 PM singer Katie Brennan’s wryly retro, period-perfect classic 60s style honkytonk band the Bourbon Express at the Way Station

6/25, 11 PM eclectic jazz and Afrobeat-influenced Pittsburgh funk band Kinetic at Desmond’s. 6/26 they’re at Fontana’s at 8

6/25 drummer Adam Rudolph’s strikingly tuneful, rumblingly improvisational Go Organic Orchestra at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music

6/25 Andrew Bird at le Poisson Rouge is sold out . Big surprise.

6/26, 7 M vibaphonist Chris Dingman‘s luminous, hypnotic, gorgeously sweeping project the Subliminal & the Sublime play the album release show for their debut at the Greene Space (he wrote a cool theme that gets a lot of WNYC play, therefore the gig), $15.

6/26, 7 PM live hip-hop at Branded Saloon: Tom Phonic & Jack Wilson represent for the BK with Jumbnled, Butch Dawson and Elon from Baltimore and Billy Pilgrim, Shad Ali and Hubbs from Pittsburgh

6/26-27, 7:30/9:30 PM jazz piano titan Marc Cary ‘s majestic, intense Focus Trio at Minton’s, $15 bar seats avail.

6/26, 8 PM one of the year’s best bills: a subset of mighty all-female Brazilian drum troupe BatalaNYC, massive, intense Balkan crew Veveritse Brass Band, slinky boogaloo band Fulaso and then the explosive Balkan/New Orleans flavored Funkrust Brass Band at Rock Shop, $10

6/26, 8 PM iconic Britfolk guitarist/bandleader/songwriting genius Richard Thompson – who put on a typically transcendent solo show in Newark last month – plays with his electric band at the Town Hall, $35 tix might still be available.

6/26, 8 PM brilliant bassist/singer Felice Rosser’s perennially vital groove band Faith at Sidewalk

6/26-27, 8/10 PM trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson leads an absolutely killer sextet with Steve Lehman – alto saxophone; Brian Settles – tenor saxophone; Matt Mitchell – piano; Mark Helias – bass; Craig Weinrib – drums at the Jazz Gallery, $22

6/26, 8 PM pianist Ursula Oppens plays Frederic Rzewski Mayn Yingele; Schubert Four Impromptus Op. 90, D. 899; Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 27 in E minor, Op. 90; Conlon Nancarrow Two Canons for Ursula; Scriabin Piano Sonata No. 2 in G-sharp minor, Op. 19 at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud

6/26, 8 PM a rare electroacoustic perfomance by the DaCapo Chamber Players with works by Steve Reich, Thea Musgrave, Mario Davidovsky, Reinaldo Moya and Arthur Krieger, at at the Alvin Ailey Theater, 405 W 55th St, @ 9th Ave, $20/$10 stud/srs

6/26, 9ish slinky, dub-influenced Balkan band Tipsy Oxcart at Red Hook Bait & Tackle

6/26, 9 PM searing, theatrical Romany/Balkan punk rockers Bad Buka acoustic ?!? at Radegast Hall. Even without amps, they have the energy to drown out the tourists. If you couldn’t afford Gogol Bordello, these guys and girls will hit the spot.

6/26, 9/10:30 PM jazz tuba legend Bob Stewart plays the album release show for his typically lively, droll new one with a chamber jazz-flavored outfit at at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.

6/26, 9 PM sick, hilariously satirical Dolly Parton cover band Doll Parts play Parton’s new album Blue Smoke in its entirety at Union Hall, $8

6/26, 10 PM shapeshifting, often haunting female-fronted Americana/acoustic funk/art-rock jamband the Sometime Boys  – who put out this blog’s pick for best song of 2014 – at the Way Station

6/26, 10 PM the Doolittle Family play their jangly mix of 60s Laurel Canyon psych-pop and country at Pete’s

6/26, 11 PM whirlwind bouzouki player/guitarist Avram Pengas & the Noga Group at Drom, free

6/26, midnight newschool garage rockers the Mystery Lights followed by Ty Segall acoustic (why acoustic? Doesn’t his signature freakout attack pretty much require electricity?) at Rough Trade, $20 adv tix rec

6/27, 3 PM dancehall reggae hitmakers: Massive B, Bobby Konders & Jabba, Bunji Garlin & Fay Ann Lyons, Gypgian and Maxi Priest at Central Park Summerstage, the line to get in might be out of control so take that into consideration

6/27, 6 PM Venezuelan ice cream rockers (ok, psychedelic, surfy, vallenato-influenced groovemeisters) Los Crema Paraiso and hilarious, kick-ass klezmer punks Golem (the Jewish Gogol Bordello) at South St. Seaport

6/27, 7 PM fiery, hyperliterate punk/powerpop alienation anthems with Hannah vs. the Many at Arlene’s

6/27, 7:30 PM virtuoso classical guitarist Scott Tennant at the Mannes School of Music 150 W 85th St, $25/$15 stud/srs

6/27. 8 PM Silencio play David Lynch soundtrack works by Angelo Badalamenti and others at the Knitting Factory, $12 adv tix rec

6/27, 8 PM trumpeter Ben Holmes and accordionist Patrick Farrell work their klezmer/Balkan/Satie-esque magic at Barbes

6/27, 8 PM the Columbia University Middle Eastern Music Ensemble play traditional material from Syria, Turkey and Iraq plus a new piece by Amir ElSaffar at Alwan for the Arts, $15

6/27, 8 PM an album release show for eclectic, intense composer Lisa Bielawa‘s new album, The Lay of the Love and Death, performed by baritone Jesse Blumberg and pianist Jocelyn Dueck, with violinist Colin Jacobsen; pianist Evelyne Luest also performs Wait for solo piano and drone, at Spectrum, $15

6/27, 8 PM Mark Peskanov, violin; Adrian Daurov, cello; Olga Vinokur, piano play Brahms Sonatensatz in C minor, WoO 2; Beethoven Piano Trio in E-flat Major, Op. 1 No. 1; Mendelssohn Piano Trio No. 2 in C minor, Op. 66 at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud

6/27, 8 PM hard-hitting garge punks the 45 Adapters, oldschool punk Vinny Hooliganz and ska=reggae road warriors the Hub City Stompers at Grand Victory, $10

6/27, 8 PM drummer Devin Gray‘s cleverly shapeshifting Dirigo Rataplan with Ellery Eskelin, tenor saxophone; Michael Formanek, double-bass; Ralph Alessi, trumpet at Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow St. in the west village, $15/$12 stud

6/27 8:30 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” with Electric Engine’s wryly lyrical, REM-inspired tunesmith/guitarist Tim Reedy at Espresso 77, 35-57 77th Street, Jackson Hts., free.

6/27, 10:30 PM rustically intense oldtime blues band Fife & Drom at followed eventually at half past midnight by the Carte Blanche Jazz Band playing suave female-fronted continental jazz at the big room at the Rockwood

6/27, 11ish dark 90s cult favorite all-female Boston swamp blues duo Mr. Airplane Man at Hank’s

6/27,  midnight explosive guitar-fueled art-rock jamband Wounded Buffalo Theory play the last-ever show at Trash in the venue’s original Williamsburg location, $10

6/28, 3 PM a riveting Holocaust-themed concert with Sergey Deych (piano), Samuel Katz (violin) and Anya Fidelia (soprano) play music of Jewish composers Bloch, Schulhoff, Lochshin, Weinberg, plus Maurice Ravel’s Kiddush at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.

6/28, 3 PM a Catalan triplebill at Central Park Summerstage: inscrutable chanteuse Sílvia Pérez Cruz, scruffy latin chamber pop band La Iaia and slyly catchy circus rock/reggae/Romany band Oques Grasses

6/28, 4 PM Marcus Thompson, viola; Doris Stevenson, piano play Vivaldi Sonata No. 3 in A minor, RV 43; Schubert Sonata in A minor, D. 821, “Arpeggione”; Shostakovich Sonata for Viola and Piano, Op. 147; Weber Andante and Rondo Hungarian at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud

6/28, 4:30 PM the George Gee Swing Orchestra squeeze themselves into Smalls

6/28, 6:45 PM Alec Stephen – fiery, dynamic lead guitarist of sardonic 90s indie legends Railroad Jerk – at Sidewalk

6/28, 7:30 PM classical guitar duo Rene Izquierdo and Elina Chekan at the Mannes School of Music 150 W 85th St, $25/$15 stud/srs

6/28, 8 PM Australian guitar improvisor Oren Ambarchi plays a solo set opening for Yo La Tengo – augmented by No Grave Like the Sea bass god Tony Maimone – jamming out Georgia Hubley’s cult favorite Little Black Egg songs, at Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer St. in Red Hook, $30/$22 stud.

6/28, 7 PM one of the great wits in jazz, alto saxophonist Daniel Bennett and his group – Nat Janoff: guitar; Eddy Khaimovich: bass; Matthew Feick: drums play the album release show for their new one The Mystery At Clown Castle at the Metroppolitan Room, $15

6/29, 7:30 PM Duo Cantabile (Mariano Aguirre [guitar] and Lauri Aguirre [soprano]) featuring special guest guitarist Carlo Valte at the Mannes School of Music, 150 W 85th St, $25/$15 stud/srs

6/29, 8:30 PM soaring, rapturous jazz chanteuse Whitney James with with Pete McCann on guitar and Gregg August on bass at the Bar Next Door, $12

6/28, 9 PM high voltage all-female Americana/newgrass harmony trio Red Molly at City Winery, $18 standing room avail. – possibly their last NYC show for quite a while

6/29-30, 9ish the Melvins- you know them, right?  at Santos Party House, $20

6/30, 7 PM a whole slew of downtown legends: scathing social critic Anthony Haden-Guest, fearlessly political performance art firebomb Penny Arcade, folk noir songwriter Lorraine Leckie and others play Acme Underground, free

6/30, 7:30 PM pianist Simone Dinnerstein and a pickup ensemble play John Adams’ Shaker Loops, Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 23 in A and Schoenberg’s Verklarte Nacht at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, free, early arrival advised

6/30, 7:30 PM virtuoso classical guitarist Jorge Caballero at the Americas Society, 680 Park Ave, $20/$10 stud/srs

6/30, 8 PM purist bluegrass/Americana songwriter Vincent Cross followed at 9 by smartly terse, pensive art-rock cellist/singer Patricia Santos at the Way Station

6/30, 9 PM a different side of reedman Ken Thomson that you might not know: leading a sextet on alto sax with Anna Webber, tenor sax;Russ Johnson, trumpet; Jacob Garchik, trombone; Adam Armstrong, bass; EJ Strickland, drums at Korzo

6/30, 9:30 PM intense acoustic punk/soul songwriter Liah Alonso followed by slashing, blues-infused guitarist/songwriter Mallory Feuer’s power trio the Grasping Straws playing the album release show for their new one at the Mercury, $10

6/30, 9:30 PM the brass-fueled ten-piece Josh Evans Big Band at Smalls

6/30, midnight Jobs play their unhinged, bordering-on-evil noiserock at Baby’s All Right, $10

7/1, 8 PM one of NYC’s most charmingly edgy voices and clever, terse tunesmiths, Tamara Hey at the Slipper Room, $10

7/1, 8:30 PM bassist Lauren Falls leads an imaginatively arranged all-female octet with four singers playing a Joni Mitchell tribute at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.

7/1-2, 10ish 90s relevant hip-hop icon Talib Kweli with a full band at Brooklyn Bowl, $20 adv tix a must

7/2, 7 PM tuneful, anthemic, intense neoromantic/indie classical ensemble the Founders play the album release show for their auspicious new debut at the big room at the Rockwood

7/1, 9 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” at at Troost in Greenpoint

7/1, 9 PM dark, smart, edgy post-Velvet rock songwriter and former Band of Susans guitarist Anne Husick and band play the album release show for her new one at Sidewalk

7/2, 7:30 PM high-energy, politically-fueled Mexican rockers Las Cafeteras at the Linclon Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

7/2, 8 PM intense indie classica/art-song chanteuse Haley Fohr a.k.a. Circuit des Yeux followed at 9 by postrock chamber ensemble Bing & Ruth at Subculture, $12 adv tix rec

7/2, 10ish ex Bee & Flower bandleader/bassist Dana Schechter’s haunting, intense, grimly cinematic instrumental project Insect Ark play the album release show for their new one at St. Vitus

7/2, 11 PM noiserock legends Blind Idiot God at Paperbox, $10

7/3, 5:30 PM the Night Owls – Lee Feldman‘s piano trio inspired by Vince Guaraldi, Horace Silver and Ramsey Lewis – at the Bartow-Pell Mansion, 895 Shore Road, Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx

7/3, 9:30 PM irresistibly charming oldtimey harmony/swing band the Ladybugs play the album release show for their new one at Joe’s Pub

7/5, 7:30 PM  soaring, brilliant singer Magda Giannikou’s lush, sweeping, pan-Mediterranean art-rock/chamber pop/jazz group Banda Magda at Pier 1 on the upper west, free

7/7 8 PM singer/guitatarist Mia Wilson’s haunting, blues-infused, angst-ridden, psychedelic project with brilliant lead guitarist Quincy Ledbetter, the Bright Smoke at C’Mon Everybody, 325 Franklin Ave. (Clifton Pl./Greene Ave), Bed-Stuy, G to Classon Ave

7/7, 8 PM Yonder Mountain String Band at Brooklyn Bowl, $25, notice how their ticket prices have come down now they’re not playing Live Nation venues!

7/8. 6:30 PM PM Ramzi Aburedwan and the Dal’Ouna Ensemble in a U.S. Premiere Tour, with special guests vocalist Lena Seikaly, percussionist Tareq Rantisi, ‘oudist Ziad Ben Youssef, and accordionist Edwin Buger.play the book launch for Sandy Tolan’s “Children of the Stone: The Power of Music in a Hard Land”, chronicling Aburedwan’s rise from stone-throwing Palestinian poster boy to world-famous oudist and composer at le Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec

7/8, 6:30 PM clever, wry, popular newschool honkytonk crooner Hayes Carll at the Mercury, $20 adv tix a must. He’s back there on 7/22 an hour later, same price, same deal, better get your tix soon.

7/8, 7 PM edgy, sometimes unexpectedly dark, reggaeish grooves with the Afri-Garifuna Jazz Ensemble outdoors on the steps at the Brooklyn Public Library, free

7/9, half past noon hypnotically spiky West African grooves with Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba at Metrotech Park in downtown Brooklyn, free

7/9, 5 PM popular retro dance bandleader Felix Hernandez’s Rhythm Revue at NJPAC’s Theater Square, One Center St,, Newark, free, 5 minutes from the Path station

7/9, 8 PM catchy, fun ska/Caribbean groove band the Brown Rice Family play the album release show for their new one From Havana to Kingston at Drom

7/9, 9 PM haunting noir soundtrack guitarist/loopmusic composer Ben Von Wildenhaus with guest vocalists Clara Kennedy and Scott Matthew, resonator guitarist Zeke Healey and violist Karen Waltuch at Troost in Greenpoint

7/9, 9 PM acerbic female-fronted funk band Eliza & the Organix – feat. swirly alto sax player Kristen Tivey –at Rock Shop

7/10, 10ish hypnotically undulating Israeli/Eastern European dancefloor grooves with Balkan Beat Box at Brooklyn Bowl $17 adv tix rec

7/10, 7 PM high-energy, sardonic, horn-fueled Argentine ska-punk band Los Autenticos Decadentes at Prospect Park Bandshell

7/10, 10 PM lyrically brilliant, noirish, swamp punk/Americana rockers Shanghai Love Motel at the Parkside

7/10, 10:30 PM Mac McCarty & the Kidd Twist Band play their fiery, sometimes unexpectedly poignant Pogues-ish punk and folk noir at Sidewalk

7/11, 3 PM mighty horn-driven soul/circus rock band No Te Va Gustar, Ximena Sariñana – who does an unconvincing, suspiciously halfhearted corporate ranchera-rock thing – and meat-and-potatoes (carne y papas?) four-on-the-floor stadium rocker Vicentico at Central Park Summerstage

7/11, 6 PM Iraq war veteran and insightful Memphis Americana songwriter Bryan Hayes at Sidewalk

7/11, 8:30 PM newschool powerpop icons the New Pornographers at Prospect Park Bandshell

7/11, 9 PM Afrobeat legend/drummer Tony Allen leads Jungle By Night, a psychedelic groove band arguably as good and a lot more diverse than the Fela groups he worked with way back in the day, at Rough Trade

7/11, 9:30ish edgy, politically aware NYC Romany/latin/ska rockers Karikatura at give a mighty kickoff to their upcoming west coast tour witha show at Mehanata

7/11, 10 PM countrypolitan maven and fearlessly funny oldschool honkytonk outlaw Dale Watson at Bowery Ballroom, $16 adv tix rec

7/12, noon-5 PM the annual Bastillle Day celebration on 60th St. with performances by the Chorale Arpège from Martinique, the Franco-American electro/pop/swing band Ginkgoa, the Hungry March Band, insanely good street food, crepes, etc., face painting for the kids, it’s a lot of fun.

7/12, 3 PM a rare Cape Verdean triplebill: Dino D’Santiago, Mayra Andrade and the Cesária Évora Orchestra at Central Park Summerstage

7/12, 6 PM devious oldschool C&W/rockabilly parodists Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co. at Caracas Arepa Bar 106-01 Shore Front Parkway, on Rockaway Beach

7/12, 8ish a screening of the ferociuosly relevant, elegaic anti-gentrification documentary Sound & Chaos: The Story Of BC Studio followed by a performance by legendary producer/dark psychedelic rocker Martin Bisi and his band with with Bob Bert (Sonic Youth), Algis Kisys (ex-Swans) and many others tba at Littlefield, $10

7/14, 7:30 PM a Boston Symphony Orchestra chamber ensemble plays Nielsen’s Wind Quintet plus works by Mozart and Brahms at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, free, early arrival advised

7/15, 7 PM the ageless George Clinton & his latest P-Funk incarnation at Queensbridge Park. 7/16 they’re at NJPAC’s Theater Square, One Center St,, Newark, free, 5 minutes from the Path station

7/15-16, 7/9 PM dazzlingly eclectic, witty B3 jazz organist Brian Charette leads his trio with Will Bernard and Rudy Royston at Smoke, $15

7/15, 9 PM cleverly hilarious newschool honkytonk crooner Hayes Carll at Rough Trade, $20

7/16, noon fiery fiddler Alicia Svigals‘ Klezmer Express at St. Marks Park, 2nd Ave and 10th St., free

7/16, half past noon George Clinton & P-Funk at Metrotech Park in downtown Brooklyn, free. Never seen the funk legend before? Wanna save forty bucks and not have to deal with the crowds? This is your place.

7/!6, 7 PM the increasingly darker, more Americana-oriented, wickedly lyrical Linda Draper at Sidewalk

7/16, 7;30 PM purist, socially conscious roots reggae cult favorite Taj Weekes & Adowa at Bric Arts, free, yes I!

7/16, 7:30 PM Algerian trance/groove band Gnawa Diffusion at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free

7/16, 8:30 PM smart, low-key guitar-fueled Ameripolitan tunesmithing: Robbie Fulks and Redd Volkaert play two sets as a duo at Union Hall, $15

7/16 a killer noir/Nashville gothic twinbill; haunting, intense, wickedly tuneful songwriter Jessie Kilguss and her band and the similarly simmering, menacingly lyrical sounnds of Karla Moheno at Hank’s. Kilguss is also at the American Folk Art Museum at 5:30 on 7/31.

7/16, 9:30 PM Malian desert rock guitar shredder Vieux Farka Toure at Prospect Park Bandshell

7/16-17 the Midwestern Willie Nile: dramatic, Celtic-tinged anthemic four-on-the-floor rockers the Ike Reillly Assassination at the Mercury

7/17, 7:30 PM the film Son of the Sheik with a live score by Alloy Orchestra and Ghost Train Orchestra at Prospect Park Bandshell

7/18, 4 PM nuevo salsa songwriter Jose Conde’s band Ola Fresca at FDR Park on Roosevelt Island, free

7/18, 7:30 PM cult favorite noirish crooner Joe Henry at Prospect Park Bandshell

7/18, 9ish dark Murder City garage/punk girlband the Detroit Cobras at Brooklyn Bowl, $15

7/18, 10ish period-perfect early 70s-style Aussie stoner art-rock/proto-metal band Mondo Drag at St. Vitus. You’ll think you’re at a Nektar concert

7/18 edgy dark Americana/ghoulabilly bassist/singer Jessica Lee Wilkes – of the Dirt Daubers – leads her own band at the Rockwood

7/19, 7 PM Ken Waldman – Alaska’s fiddling poet, joined by guitarist Charlie Shaw and some surprises followed by Americana guitarist Diana Jones,and then Bobtown – arguably the best, most eclectic and inarguably the most harmonically rich folk noir group around – at the Jalopy, $10. Waldman also leads a workshop there at 4 for $20 which includes a copy of his album.

7/21, 2 PM bouncy Polish folk tunees with the Glukh Polka Band at Flushing Town Hall, free

7/21, 7:30 PM pianist/songwriter Rachel Mason’s creepy, cinematic, historically rich multimedia art-rock suite The Lives of Hamilton Fish at Anthology Film Archives, with live vocals. She also plays with her band at Joe’s Pub on 7/26 at 7.

7/21, 7:30 PM the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra plays works by Haydn, Wagner and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, free, early arrival advised

7/21, 8:30 PM wild, intense, frequently satirical newgrass/oldtimey hellraisers the Dustbowl Revival at Union Hall, $8

7/21, 10 PM cult fave British alt-country/cowpunk predecessors the Mekons at Bowery Ballroom, $25

7/22, 7 PM hypnotic, entrancing ghazal chanteuse/bandleader Kiran Ahluwalia at Madison Square Park

7/22, 8 PM moody acoustic soundtrack-style atmospherics with the Inner Banks at Union Hall, $10

7/22, 8:30 PM what’s left of legendary soul studio band the Muscle Shoals All-Stars with guests Bettye LaVette and Sam Moore at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center

7/23, noon powerhouse percussionist Annette Aguilar & the Stringbeans septet mash up latin and Brazilian jazz and sounds from around the world at St. Marks Park, 2nd Ave and 10th St., free

7/23, half past noon high-voltage Houston gospel-funk band the Jones Family Singers at Metrotech Park in downtown Brooklyn, free

7/23, 9 PM atmopsheric singer Sandra Liliana Vasquez’s downtempo/trip-hop/art-pop band SLV – who are incredibly fun, kinetic and psychedelic to watch live – at Joe’s Pub, $15

7/24, half past noon the magically haunting, soaring all-female Mariachi Flor de Toloache at Madison Square Park

7/24, 5 PM the Queens Symphony Orchestra‘s brass section plays a program TBA at Flushing Town Hall, free

7/24, 7 PM torchy, Lynchian Guatemalan soul chanteuse/songwriter Gaby Moreno on the plaza at Lincoln Center

7/24, 10 PM psychedelic powerpop/new wave rocker Mike Rimbaud – arguably the closest thing to the Clash we have in NYC right now – at Nublu

7/24, time/price TBA legendary Japanese/Balkan/circus rock band the Dolomites at Bizarre Bar, 12 Jefferson St. in Bushwickm, J/M to Myrtle Ave.

7/25, 2-6 PM Rudy Bishop’s Young Acolytes Symphonic Steel Orchestra ccompany a Guyanese dance celebration at 2806 Newkirk Ave. between E. 28th and 29th St. in Flatbush, free

7/25, 3 PM New York’s Chinese American Arts Council put on an explosive performance of traditional music, dance and acrobatics on the plaza at Lincoln Center

7/25, 5 PM Niger’s desert rock guitar powerhouse Bombino at Central Park Summerstage

7/25, 3 PM golden age hip-hop cult favorite Big Daddy Kane finally makes it to Central Park Summerstage after toiling year after year in parks all over Brownsville and Staten Island

7/25 Django Haskins’ creepy circus rock/Waitsian oldtimey band the Old Ceremony at Joe’s Pub

7/26, 1-5 PM celebrate Eid al-Fitr with all sorts of cool music and tasty food at the 9th Annual Arab American Bazaar in Bay Ridge at Shore Road Park, use the entrance at 79th St. and Shore Rd.

7/26, 2 PM charming French chanteuse Violette and her ensemble La Vie En Rose bring a blend of chanson, Golden Age swing, American standards and Jazz/Pop at Flushing Town Hall, free

7/26, 7 PM timeless 60s folk icon Judy Collins at Damrosch Park

7/26, 7 PM the Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo with special guests Denis Savelyev (flute) and Jorge Torres (guitar) at Mannes School of Music 150 W 85th St, $25/$15 stud/srs

7/27, 7:30 PM amazing, intense Kansas City mother/son duo Madisen Ward & the Mama Bear – who mash up haunting blues, front porch folk and classic soul – at Joe’s Pub, $15, get your tix now because this will sell out.

7/28, 9 PM  beloved, adventurous young orchestra the Knights play play music by de Falla, Gluck, Ravel and more modern composers at Bryant Park, free

7/29, half past noon the eclectic Balkan/latin/New Orleans Underground Horns at Madison Square Park

7/29, 6 PM Ehren Hanson (tabla) + Abhik Mukherjee (sitar) play ragas at the Rubin Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

7/29, 7PM lush, eerie, psychedelic, Lynchian southwestern gothic/Tex-Mex band Orkesta Mendoza at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center

7/29, 9ish conscious Rasta dub reggae sensation Jah9 with sound system Dubtronic Kru at SOB’s, $20

7/30, 7 PM Brazilian rainforest band Forró in the Dark plays John Zorn followed by Cyro Baptista’s Banquet of the Spirits and explosive Brazilian percussion troupe Letieres Leite & Orkestra Rumpilezz in their U.S. debut with special guests pianist Arturo O’Farrill and trumpeter Steven Bernstein at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center

7/30, 7 PM Mexican punk rockers Los Seis Pistos – who channel three decades of scorching guitar fury – at Bowery Electric, $7

8/1, 1 PM Bulgarian songstress Vlada Tomova‘s haunting, enchanting, otherworodly Bulgarian Voices Trio on the plaza at Lincoln Center

8/1, 4 PM the Night Tripper himself, Dr. John at Central Park Summerstage: get there when the doors open at 3.

8/1 third-wave ska/soul/blues cult favorites the Slackers play the Rocks Off Concerrt Cruise aboard the Nautical Express, boarding at 6 PM, sailing at 7 PM from Pier 36 – 299 South St,  $30 adv tix avail. at the Rocks Off office out behind the heliport at 23r d St. and the East River or the Highline Ballroom box ofc.

8/2, 1 PM sitar virtuoso Ikhlaq Hussain on the plaza at Lincoln Center

8/2, 3:30ish kitchen sink Brazilian/C&W/funk/New Orleans band Nation Beat‘s Carnival Caravan featuring Cha Wa and Nação Zumbi at Central Park Summerstage

8/2, 6:30 PM iconic, enigmatic noir countrypolitan/torch jazz songwriter/bandleader Eleni Mandell at the Mercury, $10

8/4, 7 PM 80s salsa romantica nostalgia with Tito Nieves at East River Park

8/4, 7:30 PM the amazing East Coast Chamber Orchestra play works by Biber, Francesco Geminiani and Tschaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings in C major, at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, free, early arrival advised

8/4, 7:30 PM 80s hip-hop nostalgia with Kool Moe Dee, Rob Base, Biz Markie and Dr. Roxanne Shante at Wingate Field in Crown Heights, watch your back.

8/4, 11 PM Penelope Houston‘s recently revitalized, legendary first-wave punk band the Avengers play their first-ever Brooklyn show at the Bell House, $18 adv tix req., if this doesn’t sell out, something’s seriously wrong with this city

8/5, 5 PM the Queens Symphony Orchestra’s string section plays a program TBA at Flushing Town Hall, free

8/5, 8:30 PM swirling avant garde ensemble Dither Guitar Quartet with guitariists Mark Steward and Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo, plus Yo La Tengo, plus possibly lots of jamming and cross-pollination at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center

8/6, 7 PM 60s latin soul legends Ray Lugo and the Boogaloo Destroyers with special guests powerhouse trumpeter Pete Rodriguez plus Richie Ray and Joe Bataan – with special guests of his own – at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center

8/6, 9 PM the Thurston Moore band at Bowery Ballroom, $17 adv tix req

8/7, 8:15 PM sardonically funny, lyrically brilliant Beatlesque/Costelloesque powerpop songwriter Walter Ego followed by Mac McCarty & the Kidd Twist Band playing their fiery, sometimes unexpectedly poignant Pogues-ish punk and folk noir at Sidewalk

8/7, 8:30 PM recently resurgent 70s roots reggae vets Third World at Prospect Park Bandshell

8/7, 8:30 PM gospel night with long-rnnning legends the McCrary Sisters and the Fairfield Four at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center

8/8, 2 and 4 PM gorgeously slinky, period-perfect 1950s-style Egyptian film music revivalists Zikrayat at Queens Library at Broadway, 40-20 Broadway, Long Island City

8/8, 3 PM the Quebe Sisters play their harmony-driven Americana on the plaza at Lincoln Center

8/8, 7:30 PM the all-star Watkins Family Hour featuring Sean & Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek, Fiona Apple, Don Heffington, Sebastian Steinberg, Aimee Mann, Pokey LaFarge, and special guests play am acoustic version of Dylan’s Highway 61 Revisited in its entirety at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center

8/9, 3 PM popular Americana/gospel artist Iris DeMent on the plaza at Lincoln Center

8/9, 4 PM groovemistress/cellist/singer Marika Hughes & Bottom Heavy at East River Park

8/9, 7 PM popular countrypolitan songwriter Lyle Lovett and his Large Band at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center

8/11, 7:30 PM reggae lite and dancehall hits with Maxi Priest and Gyptian at Wingate Field in Crown Heights, watch your back

8/13, 5 PM salsa legend Jose Alberto “El Canario” and band at NJPAC’s Theater Square, One Center St,, Newark, free, 5 minutes from the Path station

8/13 African roots reggae crooner Rocky Dawuni at SOB’s. 8/14 he’s at the Lincoln Center Atrium

8/14, 8:30 PM smart, original, lyrically-fueled, intricate newgrass band Cricket Tell the Weather at the third stage at the Rockwood, $10 + $10 drink minimum strictly enforced

8/15, 2 and 4 PM, intense, fearless Romany/Balkan chaunteuse/accordionist Eva Salina airs out her repertoire of haunting, otherworldly Romany and Jewish folk songs at Queens Library of Forest Hills, 108-19 71 Ave, Forest Hills

8/18, 5ish the king of the literate, surrealist downtown NYC rock anthem, Willie Nile in the parking lot out back of City Winery, free

8/20, 5 PM imaginative, colorful guitarist/reedman Art Baron leads his combo at FDR Park on Roosevelt Island, free

8/21, 5:30 PM haunting, stark, lyrically brilliant gothic Americana duo Mark Rogers & Mary Byrne at the American Folk Art Museum

8/21, 9ish the Oliver Lake Big Band at Marcus Garvey Park

8/22, 3 PM the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival with saxophonist Camille Thurman, drummer/bandleader/personality  Jeff “Tain” Watts and B3 organ groove legend Dr Lonnie Smith at Marcus Garvey Park

8/23, 3 PM the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival with retro crooner Michael Mwenso, luminously lyrical pianist Myra Melford and pyrotechnic alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa‘s Parker tribute, Bird Calls at Tompkins Square Park

9/2, 7 PM this era’s state-of-the-art retro soul band, Lake Street Dive at Central Park Summerstage

New York City Live Music Calendar for May and June 2015

New June/July calendar coming 6/1, plus daily updates here. You might want to bookmark this page and check back regularly to see what’s new. There’s a comprehensive, recently updated list of places where these shows are happening 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 style of music. Many different genres to choose from here, something for everyone.

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 posted here weeks in advance. Weekly events first followed by the daily calendar.

Starting May 12 and continuing on Tuesdays 6:30-8:30 May 12, 19, June 2, 9, and 16 Tamara Hey leads her Alphabet City Music Theory 1 workshop with an introduction to chart writing. Designed for working musicians, it’s a very useful, relevant course, an enormous amount of material packed into five weeks. This blog took the course last year and gave it a rave review: recommended especially for people who need to brush up on or develop their sight reading, ear training and get a handle on basic arrangements, There’s lots of homework – those who goof off will fall behind quickly – but as far as bang for the buck is concerned ($235 with discounts for SESAC, NSAI and NY Songwriters Circle members), it’s a bargain. As a teacher, Hey is supportive, sympatico, never met a challenge she didn’t want to master and is as wryly funny as she is erudite.

Showing through May 17, Thurs-Mon, noon-6 PM, Stonemilker – the surround-sound virtual reality installation of Bjork’s atmospheric seaside work for strings – at PS1, 22-25 Jackson Ave. in Long Island City, $10/$5 stud/srs or $5 with PS1 ticket from the previous two weeks.

On select Thursdays and Saturdays, 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. Upcoming concert on 5/15, 7 PM, repeating at 4 on 5/17 with the Bachs: old man Johann, Carl Phillip and William Friedemann, plus Poulenc – there is a segue but you just don’t know it yet. Sugg don $30 (pay what you can), delicious gluten-free refreshments, beverages and lively conversation included! email for info/location.

Mondays in May, 7 and 9 PM, erudite pianist Orrin Evans‘ richly tuneful, purist, stampeding Captain Black Big Band at Smoke

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 nights at 9 PM charismatic Romany singer Eva Salina and her amazing, psychedelic band play high-voltage dub-tinged jams on classic themes from across the Balkans at Sisters Brooklyn, 900 Fulton St. (Washington/Waverly), Ft Greene, C to Clinton-Washington, free

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

Mondays in May, 10 PM noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo leads his trio at the small room at the Rockwood.

Mondays at 10 PM there’s been quite a buzz about the weekly residency by torchy songbird Angela McCluskey and cinematic pianist Paul Cantelon – the brain trust of popular 90s act the Wild Colonials – at the third stage at the Rockwood, with a rotating cast of high-quality special guests. It’s expensive: $15 plus a $10 drink minimum very strictly enforced.

Also Mondays in May Rev. Vince Anderson and his band play Union Pool in Williamsburg, two sets starting around 11:30 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 til past three in the morning. Paula Henderson from Burnt Sugar is the lead soloist on baritone sax, with Dave Smith from Smoota on trombone, with frequent special guests.

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

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

Three Tuesdays in May: 5/5, 5/12 and 5/19 at 8 PM tuneful, eclectic pastoral jazz crew Old Time Musketry at Bar Chord

Tuesdays in May, 9ish Laura Cantrell – arguably this era’s most compelling, magically clear-voiced female oldschool country artist – at Union Hall. A series of special guests including resonator blues guitar badass Mamie Minch and cult songwriter Franklin Bruno play opening slots, more info TK.

Tuesdays at around 10 Julia Haltigan and her band play 11th St. Bar. A torchy, charismatic force of nature, equally at home with fiery southwestern gothic rock, oldschool soul and steamy retro jazz ballads, and her band is just as good as she is.

Wednesdays in May, 8 PM Tongues in Trees – vocalist Samita Sinha, drummer Sunny Jain of Red Baraat, and guitarist Grey McMurray from itsnotyouitsme at Barbes

Wednesdays in May, 8:30 PM guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg (of Dr. Lonnie Smith’s band) leads a trio at the Bar Next Door, $12.

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

Thursdays in May, 8 PM Amy Rigby plays Hifi Bar. Intense, rugged individualist with a plaintively balmy voice, bitingly literate lyrics, a tunefulness that spans from her Americana roots to Brill Building pop and new wave, and a longtime connection to this part of town. Not to be missed if great songs with an alienated streak are your thing. Ostensibly a solo residency but in reality probably involving a whole slew of special guests.

Fridays at 5 PM, adventurous indie classical string quartet Ethel (Ralph Farris, viola; Dorothy Lawson, cello; Kip Jones, violin; and Tema Watstein, violin) play the balcony bar with a rotating cast of interesting special guests at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, free w/museum adm.

The first Friday of the month, anytime between midnight and midnight you can download four songs from Kiam Records artists – like Jennifer O’Connor, Mascott and Tim Foljahn – for free.  Each month’s theme is different (previously they have tackled covers, colors and money)  December’s the fourth edition and a holiday theme.  Available to download only on Friday and then archived and streaming at Soundcloud.

Fridays in May at 9 Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens play oldschool 1960s style gospel at the Fat Cat.

Saturdays in May at 4 PM at Bargemusic there are impromptu free classical concerts, usually solo piano or small chamber ensembles: if you get lucky, you’ll catch pyrotechnic violinist/music director Mark Peskanov and/or the many members of his circle. Early arrival advised.

Saturdays at 6 PM in May Que Vlo-Ve play classic Greek hash smoking music and criminal underworld narratives from the 20s and 30s at Barbes

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

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

Sundays in May, 5 PM smart purist oldtime blues/Americana duo resonator guitarist Zeke Healey with Karen Waltuch joined by various ensembles followed at 7 by ubiquitiously good Americana guitarist Jason Loughlin & the String Gliders at Barbes.

Sundays in June, 7 PM spine-tingling art-rock/avant-garde/chamber pop singer Carol Lipnik – pretty much everybody’s choice for best singer in all of NYC – with hypnotically luminous pianist Matt Kanelos – at Pangea on 2nd Ave. btw 11th/12th Sts, $20. Several special guests are promised: the duo switch to Thursday nights in July and August.

Every Sunday the Ear-Regulars, led by trumpeter Jon Kellso and (frequently) guitarist Matt Munisteri play NYC’s only weekly hot jazz session starting around 8 PM at the Ear Inn on Spring St. Hard to believe, in the city that springboarded the careers of thousands of jazz legends, but true. This is by far the best value in town for marquee-caliber jazz: for the price of a drink and a tip for the band, you can see world-famous players (and brilliant obscure ones) you’d usually have to drop $100 for at some big-ticket room. The material is mostly old-time stuff from the 30s and 40s, but the players (especially Kellso and Munisteri, who have a chemistry that goes back several years) push it into some deliciously unexpected places.

Sundays in May, 8:30 PM purist guitarist Peter Mazza – who gets the thumbs up from bop-era legend Gene Bertoncini – leads a series of trios at the Bar Next Door.

Sundays in May at 9 – check the Barbes calendar to make sure -Romany guitar genius Stephane Wrembel plays Barbes. He’s holding on to the edgy, danceable spirit of Django Reinhardt while taking the style to new and unexpected places like art-rock and post-Velvets noiserock. He’s also very popular: get there early.

Sundays at 9 PM in May charismatic, torchy, occasionally Lynchian jazz bassist/singer Kate Davis (of the Lady Bugs) with her combo at Bemelmans Bar at the Carlyle, 35 E 76th St @ Madison Ave, bar seating is $15 per person, table seating $25 per person.

5/1, 7 PM Dan Finnerty’s hilarious, viciously sarcastic top 40 cover band the Dan Band at Joe’s Pub, $22

5/1, 8 PM Pakistan’s Farid Ayaz, Abu Muhammad & Brothers Qawwali at Roulette

5/1, 8 PM the Warbling Plebs -Brian Dolphin – guitar; Ali Dineen – accordion & washboard; Sam Harmet – banjolin & clarinet; Quince Marcum – percussion, bass, baritone horn – sing revolutionary anthems from across the centuries to celebrate May Day at Barbes

5/1, 8:30 PM female-fronted postpunk icons the Bush Tetras – of Too Many Creeps fame – at le Poisson Rouge

5/1, 9 PM ten-piece country/carnivalesque/acoustic rock powerhouse M Shanghai String Band – whose latest album is amazing – at the Jalopy, $10

5/2, 5ish edgy, tuneful oldschool style all-female punk trio the Damn Broads headline a hardcore bill at ABC No Rio, $7 

5/2, 7 PM starkly psychedelic, moody folk noirish duo Belle Mare at Baby’s All Right, $12 

5/2, 7:15 PM  dark psychedelic acoustic blues/klezmer/reggae/soca jamband Hazmat Modine at Terra Blues

5/2, 8 PM an all-star ensemble; oudists Alfonso Mugaburo Cid, Zafer Tawil and Taoufiq Ben Amor, singer Bárbara Martínez, guitarist Arturo Martínez and percussionist Ramzi Eledlebi play ancient Andalucian Arabic flamenco music at Alwan for the Arts, $20/$15 stud

5/2, 8 PM intense 30–member all-male choir A Conspiracy of Beards sing from their vast repertoire of imaginatively orchestrated Leonard Cohen songs at Littlefield, $10

5/2, 8 PM entrancing Moroccan sintir virftuoso Hassan Hakmoun – the James Brown of gnawa – with his band at Roulette

5/2, 9  PM the Baseball Project – jangly, wickedly literate, historically informed baseball-themed supergroup fronted by Steve Wynn with Peter Buck and Mike Mills from REM and others – at Rough Trade, $20 gen adm

5/2, 9 PM mighty roots reggae band (and Pink Floyd and Radiohead reinventors) the Easy Star All-Stars at Brooklyn Bowl, $22 

5/2, 9ish choral ensemble (with celllo) Harmonic Insurgence “ sing about war, government spying, the environment, police brutality and racism, and getting from winter to spring, among other things” at the People’s Voice Cafe, $18, “nobody turned away”

5/2, 9 PM music for piri and string quartet with Ethel and special guests at Spectrum

5/2, 10 PM dark, lyrically driven LES gutter rockers the Rebel Factory at the Parkside

5/2, 10 PM Mexican ranchera/bolero brass crew Banda de los Muertos at Barbes

5/2, 10 PM a benefit concert for SaveNYC – the small business advocacy organization fighting to keep independently owned and operated businesses from being forced out by astronomical rent hikes and replaced by bland corporate chain stores – at Arlene’s, performers include downtown legend Penny Arcade and others, a good cause and reputedly some first class acts involved

5/3, 4:30 PM lustrous, up-and-coming latin-influenced jazz chanteuse Marianne Solivan leads a big band at Smalls

5/3, 7 PM a rare US appearance by Mariachi Real de Mexico de Ramon Ponce at a pre Cinco de Mayo festival at the Lehman Center, 250 Bedford Park Blvd West in the Bronx, free  

5/3, 7:30 PM eclectic, breathtakingly powerful Americana singer and Darlingside frontwoman Heather Maloney and her new band at Joe’s Pub, $15

5/3, 8 PM avant jazz grooves with Ned Rothenberg & Glen Velez followed by a rare global throat-singing twinbilll with Alash and Huun-Huur-Tu, the Throat-Singers of Tuva at Roulette

5/3, 8 PM a blast from the East Village past: the Surreal McCoys followed by ferociously funny, intense, guitar-fueled Americana punks Spanking Charlene at Fat Baby on Rivington St. just west of Essex, $tba

5/3, 8 PM catchy oldtimey all-female string band the Calamity Janes followed at 9 by bluegrass group the Darke County Steam Threshers at the Jalopy, $10

5/3, 8:30 PM lushly sweeping, cutting-edge vocal jazz with Sara Serpa and her new electric quartet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

5/4, 9:30 PM El Combo Chimbita play psychedelic, dubwise, horn-driven cumbia and party grooves at Barbes

5/4, 10 PM swirling, artsy, epic psychedelic art-rock band Aunt Ange at the Cameo Gallery, $8 

5/4, 10ish high-voltage Fela repertory band Chop & Quench at Brooklyn Bowl, $10. They’re also here on 5/11, same time 

5/4, 10 PM oldtimey country blues hellraisers Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band at Bowery Electric, $12 adv tix rec 

5/5, 7:30 PM powerful violinist and klezmer bandleader Yale Strom & Hot Pstromi at the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W 68th St., $15.

5/5, 8 PM Tim Fain plays Philip Glass: Partita for Solo Violin at the Kitchen, $12

5/5, 8:30 PM sometimes exhilarating, sometimes haunting Belgian barroom swing revivalists Musette Explosion with Will Holshouser on accordion, Matt Munisteri on guitar and Marcus Rojas on tuba at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

5/5, 9 PM trippy surf spacerock with Aquadora followed by hypnotically percussive indie/postrock legends the Wharton Tiers Ensemble at the Delancey, $

5/6, 6 PM a sizzling concert of Uzbek Persian/Jewish psychedelic folk wildness featuring tar lute powerhouse Roshel Rubinov, Yakov Rubinov and Ilya Khavasov at the New School Event Café, lower level of 65 5th Ave. at 13th St., free. The concert repeats 5/11 at quarter past noon at Queens College Student Union 206, 65-30 Kissena Blvd. in Flushing, corner of Kissena Blvd and Melbourne Ave. Worth calling in sick on Monday and figuring out how to get to Queens (a straight shot on the Kissena Blvd. bus just a block from the last stop on the 7 train at Main St. in Flushing).

5/6-10, 7;30/10 PM powerhouse alto/soprano saxophonist Steve Wilson with Orrin Evans – piano; Ugonna Ukegwo – bass ; Bill Stewart – drums at the Jazz Standard, 7:30/10 PM, $25 ($30 on the weekend)

5/6-7, 8 PM the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and the Collegiate Chorale play the U.S. premiere of The Road of Promise, a new Holocaust-themed adaptation of Kurt Weill and Franz Werfel’s 1937 epic at Carnegie Hall, $30 tix avail.

5/6, 8 PM David Allan Coe at B.B. King’s. Yeah, him. We’re really in Kansas now. $27.50 adv tix rec

5/6-8, 8:30/10 PM lush, pointillistic pastoral jazz pioneers the Claudia Quintet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min. A live album recording may be part of the picture: stay tuned.

5/6, 10 PM lyrically driven western swing and jazz-tinged newschool oldtimey songwriter Pokey LaFarge – sort of the missing link between Robbie Fulks and Tom Waits – at Bowery Ballroom, $20 

5/6, 10 PM edgy tenor saxophonist/composer Stan Killian leads an excellent quartet with Nir Felder on guitar, Bryan Copeland on bass and Donald Edwards on drums at 55 Bar

5/7, 1 PM the Chris Pattishall Quintet play their new arrangement of Mary Lou Williams’ Zodiac Suite at Trinity Church, free

5/7, 7 PM  intense, soaring singer/pianist Anna Winthrop and cellist Kirin McElwain play their individualistic, windswept, cinematic jazz-inflected art-rock at the Bitter End

5/7, 8 PM haunting but kinetic Israeli band the Libyans – who reinvent ancient North African cantorial themes – and then psychedelic Ethiopian groove orchestra Feedel Band at the World Financial Center, free

5/7, 8 PM Argentine circus rock sensations Violentango at Shrine

5/7, 8 PM 8 PM psychedelic klezmer/bluegrass mandolin and clarinet legend Andy Statman at Barbes, $10

5/7, 9 PM mysterious, purist surf rockers the Tiki Brothers at Hank’s

5/7, 9 PM John Caban’s Blues Dub Surf Trio – with the excellent Bennett Paster on keys – at Classon Social, $5

5/7, 11 PM ecletically hellraising, twangy, revertoned female-fronted garage rock/Americana band Those Darlins at Rough Trade, $15 

5/7 irrepressibly noisy, eclectic, tuneful, Middle Eastern-inspired guitarist Yonatan Gat and band at Aviv. He’s also here on 5/15 

5/8, 7 PM the Entre Madera Romany jazz trio – violin, guitar and bass – at Caffe Vivaldi 

5/8, 8 with intense, darkly politically-fueled Tunisian-born chanteuse Emel Mathlouthi – and then lushly enveloping, trancey, similarly political Canadian-based Persian song reinventors Niyaz at the World Financial Center, free.

5/8, 8 PM Tin Hat accordionist Rob Reich plays the album release show for his new album Shadowbox with a killer band followed at 10 by the psychedelic funk band the People’s Champs at Barbes

5/8, 8/10:30 PM intense bassist and oudist Omer Avital leads his Middle Eastern jazz band at Iridium, $25

5/8, 8 PM Staten Island’s only skiffle band, the Salt Cracker Crazies at the Way Station

5/8, 8ish shambling counntry/circus rock/noirish cabaret band the Green Gallows at Hometown BBQ in Red Hoook

5/8, 8 PM avant garde cult organist Klaus Lang’s collaboration with composer Mark Rushford gets a world premiere at the Abrons Arts Ctr, 466 Grand St. on the LES, $15/$12 stud/srs

5/8, 8 PM the NY Phil plays Schubert’s Unfiniished Symphony in B Minor plus the NY premiere of Peter Eötvös’ Senza Sangue (Bloodless) with soprano Ann-Sophie von Otter at Avery Fisher Hall, $33 tix aavail

5/8, 8 PM Panamanian group Julian playing cumbia, punto and saloma followed by Cameroonian soukous/jazz songstress Kaïssa; the two groups jam afterward at Flushing Town Hall, $15

5/8, 8 PM the Apollo Trio play Beethoven Piano Trio in E-flat Major, Op. 1 No. 1; Clara Schumann Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 17′ Ravel Piano Trio in A minor at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud 

5/8, 8 PM a sax trio version of Bonnie Kane’s intense Fire Maidens From Outer Space followed by improvisers the Jack Wright Quartet: Jack Wright: saxophones, Zach Darrup: guitar, Joe Hertenstein: drums, Ollie Brice – bass and then a Steve Dalachinsky spoken-word performance at the Firehouse Space, $10

5/8, 8:30 PM underground indie classical icons Anti-Social Music performs a set of solo pieces written by Patrick Castillo, Max Duykers, Pat Muchmore, Ed RosenBerg and more. Performers include Ed RosenBerg (tenor saxophone), Andie Springer (violin), Curtis Stewart (violin), and others! followed by awesome duo Scorpion vs. Snake – accordionist Nathan Koci and cellist Emily Hope Price – at I-Beam, $10

5/8, 9 PM intense, alternately hypnotic and soaringly anthemic art-rock pianist/songwriter/indie classical composer Kristin Hoffmann at Caffe Vivaldi

5/8, 9 PM roots reggae group Royal Khaoz at BAM Cafe, free

5/8 and 5/22, 10ish the self-explanatory Bulgarian Grand Masters of Gypsy Music with extraordinary saxophonist Yuri Yunakov at Mehanata

5/8, 10 PM brilliantly lyrical dark oldtimey songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Pete Lanctot and band at Hank’s

5/8, 10 PM pensive acoustic indie/chamber pop band Colorform – whose shows feature live painting in addition to the music – playing the album release show for their new one at Bowery Electric, $8 adv tix rec 

5/8, 10 PM Thunda Vida play roots reggae and dub at Shrine

5/8, 10:30 PM Mac McCarty & the Kidd Twist Band play their fiery, sometimes unexpectedly poignant Pogues-ish punk and folk noir at Sidewalk

5/9, 4 PM the Erik Satie Quartet – Ron Hay (trombone), Max Seigel (bass trombone), Ben Holmes (trumpet), and Andrew Hadro (bari sax) – followed by Que Vlo-Ve playing classic Greek hash smoking music and criminal underworld narratives from the 20s and 30s at 6 and then eventually at 10 the even more haunting, slinky, female-fronted noir bolero and desert/tropical rock band Las Rubias Del Norte at Barbes

5/9, 5 PM pianist Josep Colom plays “a dialogue between Mozart and Chopin” at the DiMenna Center, 450 W 37th St., $5

5/9, 6 PM eclectic jazz chanteuse Allison Wedding leads a guitar-based quartet at 55 Bar

5/9, 7:30 PM intense, lyrically brilliant, quirky female-fronted two-keyboard 80s-style art-rock/new wave revivalists Changing Modes at Trash, $8, open bar with PBR and wells 7-8 PM with admission

5//9, 8 PM a rare Honduran twinbill with surf rocker Guayo Cedeno & Coco Bar and then Garifuna guitar legend Aurelio & the Garifuna Soul Band. at the World Financial Center, free

5/9, 8ish anthemic, eclectic often haunting female-fronted Americana/acoustic funk/art-rock jamband the Sometime Boys at Hometown BBQ in Red Hook

5/9, 8 PM a rare reunion of atmospheric, Radiohead-influenced early zeros rockers Cetacea followed eventually at around 10 by indie legend and former Come and Steve Wynn collaborator Chris Brokaw at Trans-Pecos

5/9, 8 PM the Canticum Novum Singer perform Brahms’ Schicksalslied, Randall Thompson’s The Road Not Taken (from Frostiana), David Lang’s It’s the Same Train, Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Toward the Unknown Region, William Schuman’s Carols of Death and Jonathan Harvey’s Angels at St. Ignatius of Antioch Church, 87th St. btw Broadway/West End Ave., $25/$20 stud/srs

5/9, 8:30 PM a first-class chamber ensemble comprising David Lisker and Regi Papa, violin; Cong Wu, viola; Michael Katz, cello; Renana Guttman, piano;Meredith Lustig, soprano plays intense, undeservedly obscure works by Holocaust-era composers Ernest Bloch, Erwin Schulhoff, Gideon Klein, Hans Krasa, Robert Dauber, Viktor Ullman, Joseph Achron, Carlo Taube, Ilse Weber, Pavel Haas and Mieczyslaw Weinberg , including some who were murdered: at Merkin Concert Hall, $30 and worth it

5/9, 9ish witty, eclectic Americana/Balkan accordion-violin duo the Wisterians at Moto in south Williamsburg

5/9, 9/10:30 PM one of the most consistently tuneful piano improvisers in the business, Kris Davis leads her quartet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

5/9, 10 PM brooding Americana/chamber pop/Nashville gothic band the Morning Sea at the Way Station

5/9, 10 PM catchy, edgy, tuneful soul/rock/Americana band Bethany St. Smith & the Gun Show at the Bitter End

5/9, 11 PM rustically intense oldtime blues band Fife & Drom at Pete’s

5/10, 1 PM yeah mon – dem a dancehall ting in de park – Ft. Greene Park to be precise, live dancehall ragamuffin performances by Assassin aka Agent Sasco, Tifa, Kranium, Ricky Blaze and Lisa Hyper plus many soundsystem, mon. Selassie I! Legalize it!

5/10, 3 PM pianist Abram Korsunksy plays music by Haydn, Smaldone, Chopin and Brahms at Flushing Town Hall, free

5/10, 4 PM Duo Prism + 1 – Jesse Mills, violin, Rieko Aizawa, piano and Alan R. Kay, clarinet, perform works by Francis Poulenc, Sebastian Currier, Mozart, and Grieg at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes. 

5/10, 4:30 PM majestic Argentine-tinged large ensemble jazz with Emilio Solla y La Inestable de Brooklyn at Smalls

5/10, 5 PM a new arrangement of Dave Brubeck’s rarely performed Jazz Mass for choirs and jazz quintet at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lexington Ave, free

5/10, 5 PM viola-centric new chamber music: violist Lois Martin joined by percussionist Mike Truesdell, cellist Caroline Stinson and pianist Molly Morkoski for world premieres of new works by Richard Festinger, Neal Kirkwood, Diego Tedesco and Sheree Clement as well as works by Edward Cone and Philip Hurel.at the Tenri Institute, 43 W 13th St $15/$10 stud/srs

5/10, 6 PM noir/western swing guitar icon Jim Campilongo and his trio at 55 Bar

5/10, 8 PM edgy yet subtle Romany-influenced French jazz guitarist Michael Valeanu and combo at Caffe Vivaldi 

5/10, 8:30 PM a killer jazz twinbill at the Bell House: high voltage postbop trumpet with the Nadje Noordhuis Quintet followed by the state-of-the-art, majestic, epic, ferociously relevant Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, $16 adv tix rec  

5/10, 9 PM Ameranouche – who distinguish themselves from the legions of Django imitators by sticking closer to the American/bluesy side of guitar jazz – at Silvana

5/10, 9ish low-key, soulful original country bluesman Jon LaDeau at Moto in south Williamsburg

5/10, 10 PM obscenely hilarious, ferocious, surprisingly eclectic punk/powerpop band Custard Wally at Otto’s. Show up at 8 if you want to see the Rock N Roll President

5/11, 7:30 PM Kate Soper, soprano; Gelsey Bell, soprano; Brett Umlauf, soprano;  Erin Lesser, flutes;  Ian Antonio, percussion;  Joshua Modney, violin perform works by Soper, Guillaume de Machaut and Hildegard von Bingen at Advent/ Broadway Church,2504 Broadway at 93rd St., free

5/11, 9ish torchy, boss-influenced chanteuse and Norah Jones collaborator Sasha Dobson at Moto in south Williamsburg

5/11, 9:30 PM Cumbiagra – whose take on psychedelic cumbias is more rustic and purist than most bands who play that stuff –at Barbes

5/11, 10:30 PM crooner Guy Sands and his oldschool pedal steel-driven honkytonk band at the Manhattan Inn in Greenpoint, free

5/12, 7;30 PM the Ariel Quartet continue their Beethoven cycle with Quartet in B-flat major, Op. 18, No. 6 • Quartet in A minor, Op. 132 at Subculture, $25 adv tix rec

5/12, 8 PM indie classical icons the Kronos Quartet and their younger NYC counterparts Hotel Elefant play the world premiere of composer Mary Kouyhoumdjian’s Silent Cranes suite commemorating the 100th anniversary of the genocide in Armenia at Roulette, $20

5/12, 8ish the Bronx Conexion play their mighty salsa big band jazz at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, $tba

5/12, 8:30 PM purist, straightforward, warmly tuneful front-porch folk songwriter Joanna Sternberg- the rare act who gets comparisons to Elizabeth Cotten and deserves them – at Bar Lunatico in Bed-Stuy. She’s also at Pete’s on 5/31 at 10.

5/12, 9 PM catchy, sardonically jangly, lo-fi soul-rockers Larry & the Babes – sort of a more tuneful, less punk version of Clear Plastic Masks – at the Silent Barn

5/12, 9 9:30 PM saxophone powerhouse Lucas Pino‘s two-guitar No No Nonet at Smalls.

5/13, 7 PM the Bang on a Can All-Stars playing indie classical material off their latest album at the Greene Space, $20, adv tix highly rec

5/13, 8:30 PM violist Miranda Seilaff plays the Ligeti Viola Sonata at Seeds, $10

5/13, 11 PM playful, meticulously interesting composer Sara McDonald‘s large jazz ensemble the NYChillharmonic at the Knitting Factory, $10 adv tix rec

5/14, half past noon organist Angela Kraft Cross plays at Central Synagogue, Lex/53rd, free

5/14, 7 PM intense, stormy, noir cinematic nuevo tango/classical pianist/composer Fernando Otero leads his quartet at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.

5/14, 7 PM one of this era’s most individualistic, intense, lyrical oldtimey country blues guitarits and songwriters, Lenny Molotov at Sidewalk

5/14, 7 PM dark art-rock songwriter Ambrosia Parsley plays the al bum release show for her death-fixated new one at the big room at the Rockwood, $15

5/14, 7:30 PM potentially the year’s best twinbill with the most eclectic and arguably strongest songwriter in town, darkly and sardonically but also plaintively intense accordionist/singer Rachelle Garniez and the spine-tingling art-rock/avant-garde/chamber pop singer Carol Lipnik – pretty much everybody’s choice for best singer in all of NYC – playing the album release show for her new one at Joe’s Pub, $18

5/14-17, 7:30/10 PM conductor/Gil Evans scholar Ryan Truesdell’s exhilarating Gil Evans Project big band airs out Evans’ largely forgotten hot swing catalog from the early part of his career at the Jazz Standard, 7:30/10 PM, $30 ($35 on the weekend)

5/14, 7:30 PM hey birders – leave your Sibley at home but bring your binoculars! The Chamber Orchestra of NY perform Frederick Delius’s On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring, Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending and Respighi’s The Birds. Soloist is violinist Jennifer Pike, $25 tix avail

5/14, 7:30 PM edgy Romany/latin/ska rockers Karikatura followed by fiery, hard-rocking Balkan band Tipsy Oxcart playing the album release show for their new one at the big room at the Rockwood, $12

5/14, 7:30 PM James Lovell and his rustic Caribbean Garifuna Drum Band play a cross-pollinated collaboration with Cape Breton singers at Meridian 23 on 23rd St. east of 7th Ave.

5/14, 7:30 PM up-and-coming pianists Ariela Bohrod, Radoslawa Jasik, Matthew Griswold, Anna Glig (alumna), Shulin Guo, Gvantsa Zangaladze take turns performing sonatas by Lowell Liebermann, Alexander Reinagle, Charles Ives, Charles Griffes, Leonard Bernstein and Samuel Barber at Subculture, free, rsvp req to 212-533-5470 ext. 101

5/14, 8 PM high-voltage oldschool soul and funk with Sonny Knight & the Lakers at Brooklyn Bridge Park, free 

5/14, 8 PM acerbic, surrealistic, entertaining avant garde chanteuse/provocatrice Amy X Neuburg at the Old Stone House in Park Slopr, $10

5/14, 9 PM cleverly lyrical, darkly funny Nashville gothic rock with Maynard & the Musties at Hank’s

5/14, 9 PM creepy dark garage/punk soul band the Naked Heroes followed by the Space Merchants – who work a doomy reverb/fuzztone psych vibe, Sabbath with a Farfisa! – at Cake Shop, $8 

5/14, 9 PM wickedly catchy, jangly retro Laurel Canyon psych-folk band the Mystic Braves at Baby’s All Right, $12

5/14, 9 PM wild New Orleans/soul band Mingo Fishtrap followed by psychedelic hard funk band the Main Squeeze at Highline Ballroom, $20 adv tix rec

5/14, 10 PM the plush, balmy, oldtimey uke swing of Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies at Barbes

5/14, 10 PM ageless early 80s surf punks Agent Orange – still Living in Darkness after all these years – at St. Vitus, $15

5/14, 10 PM dazzlingly eclectic, witty B3 jazz organist Brian Charette‘s Mighty Grinders trio at 55 Bar

5/14, 11 PM a monstrously good monster surf/noir garage rock twinbilll with ferocious reverb-driven noir garage rockers Twin Guns and searing, Radio Birdman-esque garage punks the Brimstones – who don’t have a bass but don’t need one – at the Gutter, absurdly cheap, $5

5/15, 7:30 PM oudist-and-guitar duo Erdal Akkaya & Jeronimo Maya play spiky tunes “from Andalusia to Anatolia” at Drom, $15

5/15, 8 PM pianist André Watts and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra with conductor Peter Bay will present an imaginative selection of works that includes Grieg’s passionate concerto, Beethoven’s luminous fourth concerto, Stravinsky’s folk-inspired Four Norwegian Moods and Mozart’s effervescent Cosí fan tutte overture at NJPAC in Newark, five minutes from the Path train, $25 tix avail

5/15, 8/10 PM intense, edgy jazz guitarist Mike Moreno leads a smartly tight quartet with Aaron Parks-piano; Doug Weiss-bass; Adam Cruz – drums at the Jazz Gallery, $22

5/15, 8:30 PM the Chelsea Symphony plays Michael Boyman: Tightrope Walker, (winner of their 2015 composition competition); Schumann: Cello Concerto with soloist Jeanette Stenson; Prokofiev: Selections from Romeo and Juliet at St. Paul’s Church, 315 W 22nd St, $20 sugg don.

5/15, 8:30 PM violinist Sam Bardfeld leads a really cool trio with Kris Davis – Piano; Vinnie Sperrazza – Drums at I-Beam, $10

5/15, 9 PM shambling, fun indie soul harmony band Sunshine followed by Strait Up playing George Strait covers at Freddy’s

5/15, 9 PM the Blue Dahlia play their roots reggae/klezmer/tango/ska mashups at Bar Chord

5/15, 10 PM this era’s greatest cinematic noir guitar instrumentalists, Big Lazy at Barbes

5/15, 10 PM searingly intense, charismatic, fearless acoustic punk blues siren Molly Ruth followed by fiery Canadian gothic rocker Lorraine Leckie and her psychedelic band with Hugh Pool on lead guitar at Sidewalk

5//15, 10 PM creepy, theatrical female-fronted noir cabaret/circus rock band Orphan Jane at Otto’s

5/15, 10ish nine-piece original psychedelic Afrobeat dancehall monsters Zongo Junction at the Kymberle Project, 1332 Atlantic Ave. (Nostrand/New York Ave.) in Bed-Stuy, A/C to Nostrand Ave. and a five-minute walk, $10. Campy Israeli couplecore disco duo Hank & Cupcakes open.

5/15, 10 PM high-energy newschool C&W jamband Holy Ghost Tent Revival at Rock Shop, $10

5/15, 11 PM cinematic soundtrack instrumentalists/surf rockers the Tarantinos NYC play the album release show for their new one at Lucille’s Bar, $10

5/15, midnight soaring, brilliant singer Magda Giannikou’s lush, sweeping, pan-Mediterranean art-rock/chamber pop/jazz group Banda Magda at the big room at the Rockwood

5/16, 3 PM enigmatic, kinetic Seattle 80s style indie rockers Mega Bog at Trans-Pecos, $8

5/16. 3 PM members of the Jackson Heights Orchestra: pianist Joseph Bartolozzi, soprano Jayne Skoog with guitarist Vincent Cross; plus performances by their brass section and string quartet at St. Mark’s Church, 81 st St. and 34 th Ave., Jackson Heights, $20, all proceeds to benefit the orchestra, reception to follow

5/16, 4 PM female-fronted New York drum ensembles: the 2nd Spirit of Aña and tarentella sorceress Alessandra Belloni and the Daughters of Cybele at the BMHC Lab,1303 Louis Niné Blvd in the Bronx.

5/16, 5 PM fiery Americana/Balkan/klezmer fiddler Sarah Alden and her all-star string band followed by the Bogmen’s Vic Thrill at Pete’s

5/16, 7 PM soaring, austerely majestic haunting Turkish choral group the New York Ataturk Chorus at Drom, $20 followed at 9 by the eclectic, Balkan/latin/funk brass stylings of the Underground Horns ($10 separate adm)

5/16, 7:15 PM dark psychedelic acoustic blues/klezmer/reggae/soca jamband Hazmat Modine at Terra Blues

5/16, 7:30 PM the Chelsea Symphony plays Michael Boyman: Tightrope Walker, (winner of their 2015 composition competition); Fasil Say: Violin Concerto (“1001 Nights in the Harem”) with soloist Jason Mellowl Prokofiev: Selections from Romeo and Juliet at St. Paul’s Church, 315 W 22nd St, $20 sugg don.

5/16, 8 PM a concert to commemorate the infamous events at Kent State and Jackson State with Emma’s Revolution and Magpie. at the People’s Voice Cafe, $18, “nobody turned away”

5/16, 8 PM Mike Gent of surrealistic, sardonic 90s powerpop legends the Figgs in a rare twinbill with Doug Gilllard at Hifi Bar

5/16, 8 PM the band that put Haitian psychedelic funk on the map in the 90s, Boukman Eksperyans at Roulette, $25

5/16, 8 PM innovative choral ensemble Cantori NY sing the world premiere of Pedro Páramo by Colombian-American composer Alba Pote plus Where the Willows Meet by Niels Rosing-Schow at the church of St. Luke in the Fields, 487 Hudson St $25/$20 srs/$5 stud

5/16, 8 PM works by Robert Sierra, Chopin, Monsalvatge, Sierra, Villa-Lobos performed by Harolyn Blackwell, soprano with the Split Second Piano Ensemble – Roberto Hidalgo and Marc Peloquin at the Tenri Cultural Institute, 43A West 13th St, $20

5/16, 9 PM tvicious noiserock jamband the the Skull Practitioners– led by Steve Wynn sparring partner/genius guitarist Jason Victor, and who also happen to be NYC’s forsemost practitioners of the last-minute gig – at the Flat,

5/16, 9 PM ferociously funny, intense, guitar-fueled female-fronted Americana punks Spanking Charlene at Bowery Electric, $10

5/16, 9 PM irresistibly quirky, hyperliterate, charming all-female cello/accordion.uke harmony trio the Debutante Hour at Moscow 57, 168 1/2 Delancey St

5/16, 9 PM guitarist Mimi Oz‘s Rooster – a real kitchen-sink band with soul and rock and darker sounds and an omnipresent sense of humor – followed at 10 by powerhouse bassist Dawn Drake & Zapote playing their groovalicious funk and Afrobeat-influenced bounce at the Way Station

5/16, 9 PM legendary Hoboken proto-dreampop jangleband the Feelies at the Bell House, $25 gen adm, adv tix rec, this might sell out

5/16, 10 PM Certain General guitarslinger Phil Gammage’s Adventures in Bluesland– whose material spans from Muddy Waters to Elvis to originals – at Sidewalk

5/16, 10 PM Supermambo – vibraphonist Felipe Fournier‘s tribute to Tito Puente, who got his start on that instrument – at Barbes

5/16, 10 PM the self-explanatory Viva Vallenato Badass Accordion Band at Silvana

5/17, 1 PM almy, sardonically individualistic vocal jazz stylist Dorian Devins leads her trio with Lou Rainone – piano, Paul Gill – bass at Bar 9, 807 Ninth Ave (between 53rd & 54th,free

5/17, 3 PM the Greenwich Village Orchestra with conductor Barbara Yahr offer a dramatic conclusion to their season featuring Rossini’s William Tell Overture, a music video with music by Berlioz performed with special guest mezzo-soprano Naomi O’Connell, and then Gershwin’s An American in Paris. Suggested donation is $20/$10 stud/srs, reception to follow.

5/17, 5 PM ferociously tuneful southwestern gothic rockers the Downward Dogs at Palisades

5/17, 5 PM elegant jazz violinist Sara Caswell and her quartet at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lexington Ave, free

5/17, 7 PM percussive, trance-inducing, bitingly tuneful, Middle Eatstern-tinged female-fronted jamband SisterMonk at the small room at the Rockwood

5/17, 7 PM legendary Piedmont fingerstyle country blues guitarist Larry Johnson at Terra Blues

5/17, 7:30 PM pyrotechnic Galician bagpiper Cristina Pato – who adds a jazzy, otherworldly, sometimes Balkan edge to flamenco tunes – at Subculture, $20 adv tix rec

5/17, 7:30/9:30 elegant oldschool soul singer Mavis Swan Poole and Soul Understated at Ginny’s Supper Club uptown, $15

5/17, 4:30 PM the intense, occasionally Middle Eastern-tinged fifteen piece Eyal Vilner Big Band at Smalls

5/17, 10ish bouncy Afrobeat orchestra Emefe at Baby’s All Right, $10

5/18, 7:30 PM “Glass & Blood”: concert works from the bloodiest film scores by Philip Glass performed by pianist Michael Riesman and violinist Chase Spruill at le Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix avail

5/18, 7:30 PM trumpet icon Ingrid Jensen‘s Berklee Quintet – keeping it fresh and real – at Dizzy’s Club, $30

5/18, 8 PM dynamic Jewish folk grooves from across Eastern Europe with violinist Ben Sutin & Klazz Ma Tazz followed by Funkaholics Anonymous playing songs from their big black book at Silvana

5/18, 8 PM a brilliant ensemble from OpenICE – Jennifer Curtis, violin; Rebekah Heller, bassoon; Daniel Lippel, guitar; Joshua Rubin, clarinet ; Ross Karre, percussion – plays music by their mentor, Pauline Oliveros at Jack in Ft. Greene, free w/rsvp

5/18, 8 PM good twinbill: intense, piano-based, Aimee Mann-style literate chamber pop group Elizabeth & the Catapult followed by jaunty chamber pop band the Spring Standards at the Mercury, $12 adv tix rec

5/18, 8 PM oldtime Americana maven Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton, who may well be the most talented multi-instrumetalist in all of NYC followed by ex-Dylan lead guitarist Larry Campbell with singer Teresa Williams at City Winery, $20 standing room avail. at City Winery, $20 standing room avail.

5/18, 8 PM “contemporary piano star Joseph Kubera performs the world premiere of Elliott Sharp’s Berlin Noir, the New York premieres of Christian Wolff’s Sailing By and Stuart Saunders Smith’s Thicket, as well as John King’s Piano Diaries, small gems by David Mahler, and perhaps some surprises” at Roulette, $20/$15 stud/srs

5/18, 8 PM terse, moody jazz trumpeter Avishai Cohen‘s Triven at Subculture, $20 adv tix rec

5/18, 8:15/9:30 PM powerful, intense bass clarinetist Todd Marcus and his large ensemble play the album release show for his spine-tingling, Middle Eastern-tinged, politically-fueled new one at Shapeshifter Lab

5/18, 11 PM spiky, irresisittibly fun Hawaiian swing with King Isto’s Tropical String Band at Pete’s

5/19, 7 PM not a music event but an important one New Topics in Social Computing: Resistance Under Surveillance with panelists Kade Crockford, Ingrid Burrington, Bina Ahmad and Raven Rakia, “Wwe will consider how surveillance impacts communities and public discourse, and the way that dissent can thrive in a world under watch. We will talk about the human lives affected by surveillance and policing, focusing on communities in NYC and elsewhere. In this panel we will discuss strategies and tactics for activists and offer critical perspectives on solutions.” at Eyebeam, 34 35th Street, Unit 26 (5th Floor), Brooklyn, free

5/19, 7 PM a new big band jazz summit to rival anything majestic and epic staged in NYC this year: the Nathan Parker Smith Ensemble + JC Sanford Orchestra + Asuka Kakitani Jazz Orchestra at Shapeshifter Lab, wow!

5/19, 7 PM pianist Mathis Picard and the Juilliard Jazz Trio play Strayhorn numbers at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, 104 E. 126th Sr, free

5/19, 7 PM Susan Mandel, cello and Mikael Darmanie, piano play a program TBA followed by clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

5/19, 2:30 PM Andrew Yeargin plays the vintage 1830 Appleton Organ on the balcony in the musical instruments section at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

5/19, 8 PM eerie, otherworldly, psychedelic Erik Satie reinventors Dan Willis & Velvet Gentlemen at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.

5/19-24, 8/10 PM Aram Bajakian – Lou Reed’s last and arguably best lead guitarist – plays a weeklong stand at the Stone with a killer cast of characters, that you’d expect from the last great lead guitarist in Lou Reed’s band. Choice pick: late set, opening night, a Yusuf Lateef tribute with Sylvie Courvoisier on piano and Mat Maneri on viola, $15

5/19, 8 PM International Contemporary Ensemble and the JACK Quartet performi works from Jason Eckardt’s new CD “Subject” (Tzadik Records) and music of John Zorn, including the world premiere of Autumn Rhythm at Roulette, $20/$15 stud./srs

5/19, 9 PM the Bright Smoke (the French Exit’s Mia Wilson’s haunting, angst-ridden, atmospherically trippy new project)at the Cameo Gallery, $8

5/19, 9 PM adventurous, fun, quirky female-fronted psychedelic pop duo Robin’s Egg Blue at the Mercury, $10

5/20, 6 PM cross-pollinated Appalachian and Nepalese sounds with the Mountain Music Project feat. Tara Linhardt (mandolin) + Shyam Nepali (sarangi) + Rajendra Karn (percussion) at the Rubin Museum of Art, free

5/20, 7 PM violinist Meg Okura and the Pan Asian Chamber Jazz Ensemble at Mariners’ Temple Baptist Church, 3 Henry St. on the LES, F to East Broadway, $25/$15 stud/srs

5/20, 9 PM two generations of NYC Balkan brass wildness; the hard-rocking  Tipsy Oxcart and the more eclectic but also more punk Hungry March Band at Matchless

5/20, 9 PM dark, diverse art-rock/noir cabaret/Nashville gothic/new wave/latin rock band Demur Demure at the small room at the Rockwood

5/21, 7 PM the NY Andalus Ensemble play slinky, rapt, otherworldly Jewish themes from Andalucia and North Africa in many languages at Elebash Hall at CUNY, 365 5 th Ave. north of 34 th St., $13.50/$10 stud/srs

5/21, 7 PM the Toomai String Quartet play new arrangements of traditional tunes from around the globe at Spectrum 

5/21, 7:30 PM Talea Ensemble and the Jack Quartet play works of whimsically innovative Austrian cult favorite composer Clemens Gadenstaetter at the Austrian Cultural Center, 11 E 52nd St , free but res req to acfny.org. A similiar program takes place on 5/28 at 8 at the Bohemian National Hall, 321 E 73rd St

5/21, 8 PM bizarre segues but a good night of music: the Carte Blanche Jazz Band play suave female-fronted continental jazz followed at 9 by Marta Hernández (aka Mar Salá) playing her acoustic flamenco rock and then eventually at 11 by NYC’s most intense, purist Peruvian cumbia-surf rockers, Moneco – who play all the classics by Juaneco, Los Destellos and other rare psychedelic treats – at the Way Station

5/21, 8 PM surf rock night (!!!) at Sidewalk of all places. Should sound good since none of these bands have vocals: ageless, jangly, purist NY originals the Supertones followed at 9 by the cinematic TarantinosNYC, the Insect Surfers at 10, and Empires of the Mind at 11

5/21, 8 PM Pierre de Gaillande’s Bad Reputation plays witty chamber pop English translations of Georges Brassens classics at Barbes

5/21, 8 PM intense acoustic art-rock/folk noir songwriter/chanteuse/force of nature Larkin Grimm at Uinon Hall, $10

5/21, 8 PM two rising star jazz chanteuses: bossa-inflected, subtle Rachel Brotman and bass-wielding, badass Kate Davis and their bands at Littlefield, $12

5/21, 8:30 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” at Espresso 77, 35-57 77th Street, Jackson Hts., free.

5/21, 9 PM eerily playful, charismatic Nashville gothic/folk noir songstress Kelley Swindall at the Bitter End

5/21. 10:30 PM unfailingly tuneful tenor saxophonist Ken Fowser leads a quintet with Rick Germanson – piano , Willie Jones III – drums , Gerald Cannon – bass , Josh Bruneau – trumpet at Smalls

5/22, 7:30ish the habibi crooner that Bushwick’s idle classes have inexplicably adopted as their own, Omar Souleyman at le Poisson Rouge, $17 adv tix req

5/22, 7:30 PM Whitney George conducts a chamber sextet playing new works by George, Robert Paterson, Girolamo Deraco, Greg Pfeiffer, Steven Landis and Pat Muchmore at the South Oxford Space, 138 S Oxford St. in Ft. Greene, $10.

5/22, 7:30 PM pianist Vytautas Smetona plays works by Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Schumann, and his own composition at the DiMenna Center, 450 West 37th St. $20 .

5/22, 8 PM Mariachi Flor de Toloache, NYC’s first and only all female mariachi band and Yianni Papastefanou, traditional Greek crooner with his orchestra; the two groups jam afterward at Flushing Town Hall, $15

5/22-23, 8 PM a six-pianist ensemble – Taka Kigawa, Jenny Lin, Laura Barger, Tania Tachova, Joseph Kubera and Ning Yu – play the world premiere of John King‘s expansive Piano Vectors at the equally spacious Knockdown Center, 52-19 Flushing Ave, Maspeth, L to Jefferson St, $10, “Imagine the 6 pianists traveling through space and time, each at their own rate, compressing or stretching time in randomized and improvised ways.”

5/22, 8 PM Indian carnatic jazz violinist Arun Ramamurthy and his funky trio at the Way Station

5/22, 9 PM explosive guitar-fueled art-rock jamband Wounded Buffalo Theory at Rock Shop, $10

5/22, 9 PM a big jazzy twinbill: Dennis Lichtman’s western swing band Brain Cloud followed by oldtimey swing archive raiders/obscure treasure revivalists the Ghost Train Orchestra both playing the album release shows for their new ones at the Jalopy, $10 adv tix available at the venue

5/22, 10 PM searing, theatrical Romany/Balkan punk rockers Bad Buka – who are just as fun as Gogol Bordello – at the Delancey, $10

5/22. 10 PM catchy, amazingly eclectic indie classical/funk/Indian/klezmer cellist Dan Kassel at Pete’s. You gotta give props to a club who’d book a cellist for a 10 PM gig on a Friday night.

5/22, 10ish edgy, abrasively tuneful postpunk band Anwar Sadat at Palisades

5/22, 10 PM roots reggae group Royal Khaoz at Shrine

5/22, 10:30 PM dark, guitarishly intense punk blues band Penrose at Arlene’s, $10

5/22, 11 PM ferocious, guitar-driven Austin gutter blues/noir rockers the Sideshow Tragedy at the small room at the Rockwood

5/22, 11 PM hilarious faux-French rockers les Sans Culottes – whose new album Les Dieux Ont Soif is both great fun and potently relevant at the Bitter End

5/22, midnight psychedelic original Nuyorican salsa band La Mecanica Popular at Nublu

5/23, 1:30 PM lushly kinetic, eclectic, viola-driven Russian Romany/tango/cinematic instrumentalists Ljova & the Kontraband at the Queens Library in Flushing, 41-17 Main St, free

5/23, 6 PM a killer triplebill at Barbes: Que Vlo-Ve play classic Greek hash smoking music and criminal underworld narratives from the 20s and 30s followed at 8 by pianist Alejandro Zuleta and band, who reinvent cumbia classics with a jazz and classical tinge, and then at 10 cumbia dance group Chia’s Dance Party

5/23, 7 PM Chicago-style blues guitar monster Bobby Radcliff and his trio at Terra Blues

5/23,7 PM NYC’s most reliably adventurous string ensemble, the Mivos Quartet play NY premieres by Katherine Young and Richard Carrick plus works by Andrew Greenwald, Sam Nichols and Carl Kanter at the DiMenna Center, $15/$10 stud/srs

5/23, 7:30 PM the Prism  saxophone quartet play new works written for them by Julia Wolfe; Michael Daugherty; David Hertzberg; Emma O’Halloran, Viet Cuong and Jonathan Russell;, Kyle Bartlett; Solon Snider and Mark Macaluso, and Prism’s own Matthew Levy at Symphony Space, $

5/23, 7:30 PM Ukrainian composer/piano shredder Lubomyr Melnyk at le Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix req

5/23, 8 PM dark intense cult favorite lyrical rocker LJ Murphy and his unstoppable, blues and Stax/Volt-infused noir band the Accomplices at Sidewalk

5/23, 8 PM Marta Hernández (aka Mar Salá) plays her acoustic flamenco rock at Shrine

5/23 9 PM hypnotic, psychedelic south Asian/Balkan dance trance band Sandaraa followed by the reliably ferocious, fun Balkan madness of Raya Brass Band at Littlefield

5/23, 9 PM intense, exhilarating string trio Trio Tritticali – who are as sizzling on classic Egyptian themes as they are at chamber funk, classical or latin music – play tangos at Freddy’s

5/24, 6 PM edgy improviser Shayna Dulberger plays a rare solo bass set at Downtown Music Gallery

5/24, 7 PM kinetic jazz and avant garde-inspired postrock instrumentalists the Cellar & Point at he big room at the Rockwood. 5/29, 8:30 PM they’re at Spectrum

5/24, 8 PM atmospheric avant garde classical lutenist Jozef Van Wissem at Littlefield, $15

5/24, 9 PM intoxicating LA noir psychedelic soul band Chicano Batman at Brooklyn Bowl, $7

5/25, 7 PM wry, tuneful, eclectic Nashville gothic band Maynard & the Musties– sort of NYC’s answer to John Prine – at Cowgirl Seahorse, 259 Front St in the South St Seaport

5/25, 7 PM the surprisingly counterintuitive, intricate, sweepingly majestic Cecilia Coleman Big Band at the Garage

5/25, 8 PM the NY Philharmonic plays Beethoven’s Egmont Overture plus Shosatakovich’s intense Symphony No. 10 at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, free, get there an hour early at least.

5/25, 9 PM jangly, anthemic, well-loved newgrass/chamber pop band Trampled by Turtles at Brooklyn Bowl, $25 adv tix rec

5/25, 9:30 PM Colombian bandleader Carolina Oliveros leads her group Bulla En El Barrio playing obscure cumbia and party classics at Barbes

5/26, 7:30 PM diverse European klezmer sounds with the Arnold Hammerschlag Group w/Sam Bardfeld, Wil Holshouser, Fima Ephron, and Aaron Alexander at the Steven Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W 68th St., $15

5/26, 6 PM ferocious, fearless, feral oldschool postbop tenor saxophonist Eric Wyatt leads a trio at the Garage. Happy hour crowd, look out. He’s also at Smalls at half past one in the morning the night of 5/30 (technically 5/31)

5/26, 6:30 PM torchy North Carolina newschool swing chanteuse/bandleader Bess McCrary fronts a solid quintet featuring noir guitar mastermind Al Street at the Cutting Room, $15 adv tix rec

5/26, 7:30 PM a show not to be missed: Bahaus bassist David J – as a songwriter, a noir icon in his own right – reads from his memoir Who Killed the Moonlight and then plays with this era’s greatest art-rock pianist, Botanica’s Paul Wallfisch at Joe’s Pub, $18

5/26-31, 8/10:30 PM lyrical jazz piano titan George Cables leads a trio at the Vanguard, $30

5/26, 8 PM reliably eclectic, meticulously compelling chamber group Mimesis Ensemble play an intriguing cross-centuries program including J.S. Bach: Concerto No. 1 in D minor, BWV 1052; Mohammed Fairouz: Sadat, a ballet in 5 acts (NYC premiere]; Osvaldo Golijov: Last Round; Stravinsky: Concerto in Eb Major, “Dumbarton Oaks” at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $tba

5/26-31, 8/10 PM iconic avant garde/jazz bassist Mark Dresser plays a weeklong stand at the Stone with a small arsenal of supporting players, $15. Choice pick: the early show on 5/27 with Myra Melford (piano) Matt Wilson (drums) , and the early show on 5/30, a duo with trombonist Roswell Rudd.

5/26, 8 PM Gerald Cleaver, Nels Cline and Larry Ochs improvise at Jack in Ft. Greente – sparks will fly at this one

5/26, 9 PM haunting, tersely introspective pianist/singer Noa Fort – who mashes up moody Middle Eastern sounds, classical and jazz improvisation at Caffe Vivaldi

5/26, 9 PM a rare duo show with Drina Seay – torchy Americana/soul/jazz siren who is to NYC now what Neko Case was to Portland in 1999 – with her sizzling guitarslinger pal Homeboy Steve Antonakos at Silvana

5/26, 9:30 PM the brass-fueled ten-piece Josh Evans Big Band at Smalls

5/26, 9ish Coeur de Pirate – pianist/singer Beatrice Martin’s torchy chamber pop/art-rock project – at le Poisson Rouge, $16 adv tix rec

5/27, 7:30 PM a monstrously good jazz triplebill: bassist Linda Oh‘s Sun Pictures with Ben Wendel (tenor sax), Ben Monder (guitar) and Justin Brown (drums); tenor man Donny McCaslin‘s Fast Future with Henry Hey (keyboards), Matt Clohesy (bass), Nate wood (drums) and then trombonist Ryan Keberle & Catharsis with Mike Rodriguez (trumpet), Camila Meza (voice), Jorge Roeder (bass), Jimmy MacBride (drums) at Subculture, $30 adv tix req

5/27, 8 PM International Contemporary Ensemble “explores music by composers who play in the nooks and crannies of musical tuning systems. Integrating phenomena such as beatings and pitch discrepancies inherent in instrument design, composers Larry Polansky, Peter Adriaansz, and Karola Obermueller” at the Abrons Arts Center on the LES, free w/ rsvp

5/27, 8:30 PM a killer Balkan night at Freddy’s starting with the Macedonian sounds of Odglasi, then that new Albanian band with Jenny Luna, Michael Winograd, Eylem Basaldi, Patrick Hay, Yoshie “Bud” Fruchter, Nezih Antakli and finally at around 11 Que Vlo-Ve playing classic Greek hash smoking music and criminal underworld narratives from the 20s and 30s

5/27, 9 PM smartly terse, pensive art-rock cellist/singer Patricia Santos plays the album release show for her new one at Max Cellar, 2 Knickerbocker Ave at Johnson Ave. in Bushwick, free, L to Morgan Ave.

5/28, 1 PM powerhouse contralto singer/vocal activist Melanie Demore plays every genre of African American folk music and rare 19 th century art-song as well as originals at Trinity Church, free

5/28, 6:30 PM a rare duo performance by Satoko Fujii and Natsuki Tamura’s lustrously tuneful piano/trumpet duo Kaze at Downtown Music Gallery

5/28, 7 PM a special preview screening of the forthcoming Oscar-worthy docudrama the Stanford Prison Experiment, starring Billy Crudup as Dr. Philip Zimbardo – a recreation of the chilling 1972 psychological experiment replicationg a prison environment when all hell broke loose, at the at Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave, Astoria, plus a Q&A with director Kyle Patrick Alvarez and Dr. Christina Maslach, wife of Zimbardo, credited with bringing the experiment to a halt.

5/28, 7 PM gutter blues/punk soul icons the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion at Bowery Ballroom, $25

5/28, 7:30 PM an auspicious collaboration between two fiery, gamelanesque percussionists: Electric Junkyard Gamelan’s Terry Dame and Sexmob‘s Kenny Wollesen at Barbes

5/28, 8 PM explosive postrock/psychedelic/metal/art-rockers Eidetic Seeing at Bowery Electric, $5 adv tix rec.

5/28, 8/10 PM the Jazz Gallery’s pickup big band plays new music for large ensemble from a trio of solid composers: composers: Nathan Parker Smith, Tom Erickson and John Yao – $15 first set, $10 for the second

5/28, 8 PM intuitive, uneasily telepathic largescale improvisation: Primitive Arkestra premieres the second part, the improvised section of Theme and Variations by David Haney with Steve Swell: Trombone, Adam Lane: Bass, Jack de Salvo: Cello, Avram Fefer: Tenor Sax, Blaise Siwula: Bass Clarinet, Jeremy Shaskus, Bass Clarinet, David Haney: Piano, others TBA at the Firehouse Space, $10

5/28, 9 PM someday people will say this stuff was classic: wry, entertaining late 90s stye urban country with Uncle Leon‘s Honkytonk Relapse at Hank’s

5/28, 10 PM Gene Ween plays Billy Joel. Not a joke – ok, it is a joke, but it’s really happening, at Brooklyn Bowl, $15 adv tix rec. He’s also here on 5/31 doing the same shtick

5/28, 10:30 PM one of the best-loved of the original grasscore bands, Slim Cessna’s Auto Club at the Mercury, $12 adv tix rec. They’re at Rough Trade at 11 the following night, 5/29 for the same advance price

5/28. 111 PM creepy southwestern gothic/western swing crooner/honkytonk bandleader Sean Kershaw & the New Jack Ramblers at the Way Station

5/28, midnight not a joke – massive gospel jamband Jesus on the Mainline seem to think that they can all fit inside the small room at the Rockwood. Maybe they’ll leave the door open so you can hear them on the siadwalk.

5/29-30 an amazing two-night stand by cutting-edge, intense Middle Eastern guitarist Ayman Fanous, three sets a night at 7, 8:30 and 10 PM at the Firehouse Space, $10. Choice pick: the opening