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Guitarist Derek Gripper Builds a Magical Sonic Constellation at Lincoln Center

Thursday night at Lincoln Center, guitarist Derek Gripper played a show that was as impressive a display of daunting technique and irrepressible individuality as it was an immersion in celestially kaleidoscopic glimmers and ripples. Gripper got his start as a classical guitarist and plays with the requisite precision and steely focus. But he also has an outside-the-box sensibility, not to mention a sense of humor, that transcend the limitations – at least the usual ones -in that demimonde. His claim to fame is reinventing centuries-old Malian kora music for the acoustic guitar.

Sending a shout out to a major influence, pioneering Malian kora virtuoso Toumani Diabate, Gripper opened with a steady, spiky, liltingly circling theme and closed with a jaunty, allusively tongue-in-cheek cover of fellow South African kora player Madosini’s I Like a Motorcar. In between, there were moments that echoed John Fahey, and Adrian Legg, and maybe Michael Hedges, but Gripper’s sound is unique. His dry sense of humor became apparent early on, when he explained to the crowd how he’d developed a new appreciation for an old guy named J.S. Bach, particularly that composer’s work for a “European ethnic instrument, the violin.” And then launched into a well-known diptych from that guy’s catalog, the first part reinvented with an idiosyncratically kinetic approach, the concluding fugue with an edge and bite to match Gripper’s emphatic attack on the strings. More guitarists should take chances like that.

The most fascinating of all the pieces on the bill was a number for two koras that he’d arranged for solo guitar. Employing carefree but minutely nuanced five-finger technique, he alternated between calm, minimalistically anchoring phrases on the low strings and subtly crescendoing flickers and pings on the higher ones. For a couple of other numbers, he tuned the two lowest strings to the same note – was that just a double low E? – for extra ballast,amplified by his relentless hammering, which sent overtones wafting throughout the space.

The most challenging number of the evening was a mashup of enigmatic indie classical tonalities, Steve Reich, the baroque, and West Africa. Solo gigs are always harder than playing with a group, and it’s harder still to hold a crowd’s attention, especially on an acoustic instrument. But a diverse, multi-generational crowd, most of them most likely not particularly versed in Gripper’s source material, remained fixated throughout his hour onstage. It was a subtle reminder that music, no matter where it’s from, belongs to all of us: where we take it is the challenge, and Gripper gave a clinic in how to d o it.

The next free early-evening concert at Lincoln Center’s atrium space just north of 62nd St. on Broadway is this Thursday, June 29 at 7:30 PM with Marc Anthony Thompson, a.k..a Chocolate Genius, who’s sort of the Gil Scott-Heron of newschool retro soul music. Show up early if you want a seat.

A Tantalizingly Dynamic Taste of One of Europe’s Most Enticing Jazz Festivals

The booking agent at New York’s most popular jazz club spent ten days at the Jazztopad Festival in Poland last year. After it was over, he confided to the organizer that he was determined to bring some Polish jazz to New York. Consider: there are a hundred jazz festivals in Poland every year, and this one’s not in one of the major cities, but in the southwest corner of the country. Yet in the course of its fifteen year history, the festival has become a magnet for top-tier talent, and also commissions a lot of adventurous new works – Charles Lloyd will premiere a new orchestral suite there this year.

And for the second year in a row, the Jazztopad Festival has booked a series of shows, including many American premieres, around New York. Last night’s late show at Jazz at Lincoln Center featured tantalizingly brief sets from two intriguing and individualistic Polish groups, improvisational piano trio STRYJO along with the Wójciński/Szmańda Quartet.

Playfully and methodically, STRYJO constructed a series of songs without words, part Sam Rivers and part Angelo Badalamenti, maybe. Pianist Nikola Kołodziejczyk, who is very much the leader of the trio, would introduce a minimalistic, cell-like phrase or rhythm, then bassist Maciej Szczyciński and drummer Michał Bryndal would enter the picture. Were they going to take the cheery, practically trip-hop groove they opened with to its bouncy, bright conclusion? NOOOOO. With just the flicker of a couple of subtle tonal shifts, Kołodziejczyk shifted it deeper and deeper into the shadows, matched by Bryndal’s muted palms-on-the-toms shuffle and Szczyciński’s slinky, terse pulse. Then Kołodziejczyk’s chords and ripples grew more expansive, a Twin Peaks title theme in Chopin’s native tongue.

The night’s most riveting moment was trumpeter Maurycy Wójciński’s long, plaintive, hauntingly allusive solo during the dynamically shapeshifting second number by the Wójciński/Szmańda Quartet. Pianist Szymon Wójciński also favored several cell-like themes, building out of them to stark rumbles, flurries of hardbop and neoromatic glimmer in tandem with the muscular drive of bassist Ksawery Wójciński and drummer Krzysztof Szmańda. The robust four-string guy showcased a Henry Grimes-like, glissandoing-and-pirouetting intensity during a long solo of his own later in the set – it would have been a treat to have heard him on a bass with a built-in mic rather than having to lean in to pick up on how much the floor mic was catching. Their elegant, enigmatic, sometimes austere focus made an apt segue with the opening trio, and speaks well to how the Jazztopad folks program a bill.

The Manhattan edition of this year’s Jazztopad Festival continues tonight, June 23 at 7:30 PM at Joe’s Pub with pianist Marcin Masecki and drummer Jerzy Rogiewicz playing stride and ragtime. Then tomorrow night, June 24 at 8 PM the Wójciński/Szmańda Quartet make another appearance, at the Jazz Gallery with cellist Erik Friedlander. The festival concludes at National Sawdust on June 25 at 4 PM with first-class improvisational string ensemble the Lutosławski Quartet joined by the darkly conversational duo of violinist Mark Feldman and pianist Sylvie Courvoisier.

Svetlana & the Delancey Five: New York’s Most Unpredictably Fun Swing Band

Since swing jazz is dance music, most swing bands have limitations on how far out on limb they can go. After all, you’ve got to keep everybody on their feet, right? Svetlana & the Delancey Five are the rare swing band who don’t recognize any limits: they’re just as fun to siit and listen to as they are for the dancers.

There weren’t a lot of people on their feet at the band’s sold-out show earlier this month at the Blue Note, but the band charmed the crowd for the duration of the set…with new arrangements of material that’s been done to death by a whole lot of other folks. The premise of this gig was to revisit and reinvent the great Louis Armstrong/Ella Fitzgerald collaborations, a favorite Svetlana theme.

Frontwoman Svetlana Shmulyian and guest Charles Turner took those roles to plenty of new places, neither singer trying to ape any of the original Ella/Satchmo takes. A lot of singers try to replicate horn lines; Shmulyian doesn’t do that, nor does she scat a lot, but she never sings anything remotely the same way twice and this show was no exception. She’s protean to the point that it takes awhile to get to figure her out, to the extent that she can be figured out. That’s part of the fun. There was a show last year where she didn’t break out the vibrato until the last song of the night; this time, she was using every device in her arsenal from the first few notes of Just A-Sitting and A-Rocking.Then later she bubbled and chirped her way through the rapidfire travelogue of her own bittersweetly charming romp, Baby I’m Back.

Turner has a wide-angle vibrato, like a classic old Packard or Mercedes with a loose clutch. How he modulates it sounds easy but is actually the opposite: it takes masterful control and nuance to stay in the game. He played it on the sly side against the bandleaders’ coy ingenue in Cheek to Cheek, then the two playfully flipped the script for a cheerily sardonic take of I Won’t Dance.

The freshness of drummer Rob Garcia’s charts is another drawing card. Much of the time, it seems like the band is jamming away, but they’re actually not: That high-voltage interplay makes even more sense in the context that this is the rare band that’s stayed together more or less for the better part of five years: Garcia knows everybody’s steez and vice versa. Case in point: the band’s take of A Tisket, a Tasket, Ella’s version of a jump-rope rhyme that’s pretty much a throwaway. But this band’s version started out as a cha-cha and took a sudden departure toward a shadowy, almost klezmer groove midway through. His Afrobeat allusions in What a Little Moonlight Can Do were just as unexpectedly kinetic and spot-on.

The high point of the set, at least in terms of getting a roar out of the crowd, was a long duel between Garcia and tap dancer Dewitt Fleming Jr.  Rather than taking the easy road, going all cheesy and cliched, Garcia engaged Fleming as a musician…and Fleming pushed back, hard! Was Garcia going to keep up with Fleming’s relentless hailstorm of beats? As it turned out, yes, with every texture and flourish and part of his hardware, but it wasn’t easy. Bassist Endea Owens jumpstarted a more low-key, elegant duel earlier on, which was just about as fun if a lot quieter and slinkier.

Multi-reedman Michael Hashin (also a member of the Microscopic Septet, whose latest blues album is a purist treat) opened jauntily on soprano in an instrumental take of Cottontail (in keeping with the theme of the show) and then switched to tenor for more smoke and congeniality for most of the rest of the set. Trumpeter Charles Caranicas also switched back and forth with his flugelhorn in the set’s more pensive, resonant numbers, while pianist John Chin drove the more upbeat material with an erudite yet almost feral, purist, blue-infused attack.

If your taste in swing runs toward good listening as well as cutting a rug, Svetlana & the Delancey Five are playing a special Make Music NY set outside Joe’s Pub on June 21 at 3 (three) PM. And unlike most Make Music NY slots, where bands snag permits for outdoor performances and then don’t show up til the eleventh hour, if at all, this show is definitely happening as scheduled. Then they’re at the carousel at the south end of Battery Park on June 23 at 7.

A Chance to Discover Some Rare Jazz Seldom Heard on This Continent

Even in this youtube-enabled era where a kid from Reykjavik or Rhode Island can develop jazz chops to rival anyone from Harlem, it takes a special kind of passion to play music that’s not native to your home turf. That’s why so many of the European jazz acts with the ambition to cross the pond can be fantastically good. And while most American fans probably don’t think of Poland as a jazz hotspot, this upcoming week’s annual Jazztopad Festival has a lineup that could open a lot of eyes and ears.

The good news is that the dreaded f-word (fusion, for folks who might have forgotten) isn’t part of the deal. There are lots of flavors. Some of the bands on the five-night bill draw on ancient, rustic Polish folk themes, others move in more of a improvisational direction. The first two nights, June 21 and 22 are at Dizzy’s Club at Jazz at Lincoln Center, where darkly enigmatic improvisers Stryjo and the similar Wójciński/Szmańda Quartet play at 7:30 and 9:30 PM. The Wójciński/Szmańda Quartet make another appearance on June 24 at 8 PM with eclectically brilliant cellist Erik Friedlander at the Jazz Gallery. Strings work especially well with this kind of music.

The June 23 show is at Joe’s Pub at 7:30 PM, featuring pianist Marcin Masecki and rummer Jerzy Rogiewicz playing stride and ragtime classics. Then the festival winds up at National Sawdust on June 25 at 4 PM featuring mesmerizingly improvisational string ensemble the Lutosławski Quartet with violinist Mark Feldman and pianist Sylvie Courvoisier. This blog was in the house for the quartet’s playfully fun show there last year with pianist Uri Caine, details here.

Another uncategorizably brilliant Polish band, the trio Lautari – who are not on this bill – wound up their US tour with an often riveting set last fall at Subrosa. While their current raison d’etre is to jam out rare, obscure and often otherworldly Polish folk themes, some of their their tropes are common in Polish jazz.

The big takeaway was how diverse Polish music has always been, and still remains. Several strikingly catchy, whirling dance numbers began with biting harmonies between Maciej Filipczuk’s violin and Michał Żak’s clarinet. Then Jacek Hałas’ piano would icepick and ripple, and sometimes he’d slow the tunes down and take them in a considerably more shadowy, Lynchian direction. Or they’d make a crazy quilt of counterpoint and then reconverge. Throughout their roughly ninety minutes onstage, there were recurrent echoes of Balkan music, including one particularly incisive dance number that drew a line south, straight to Macedonia.

The night’s most poignantly surreal moment was when they played a plaintive dirge to a backing track (on Filipczuk’s phone, actually) of an aging Holocaust survivor quaveringly humming an old folk tune. It was disquieting on more than one level to see the band playing along with that long-dead voice, but also redemptive to know that they’d literally resurrected the song.

As the show went on, phantasmagorical interludes reminiscent of Frank Carlberg’s Tivoli Trio were juxtaposed with bustling, Mingus-like passages and a slow, lingering piece midway through where a guest guitarist added brooding, Satie-esque accents. Halas opened the night’s most starkly riveting number solo on accordion, with a frantically trilling, Middle Eastern edge, then the band took it in a slinky direction that sounded like Dolunay on acid. There’s no guarantee that any of this will happen at this year’s festival, but you never know.

Paíto y los Gaiteros de Punta Brava Put on a Colombian Beach Party in Their New York Debut

The cumbia party at Lincoln Center last night started at about nine. For the better part of the previous ninety minutes, a vast expanse of bodies had been bouncing and swaying to the thunderous beats of Colombian gaita negra band Paíto y los Gaiteros de Punta Brava, who were making their New York debut. Introducing the group, Lincoln Center’s Viviana Benitez kept her cool, but she couldn’t hide how psyched she was to have booked them, current political climate be damned. “The music is deep, and goes way back,” she told an energized, sold-out crowd, and then let the music speak for itself.

Bandleader and wood flute player Sixto Delgado a.k.a. Paito hails not from the mainland but from Rosario Island off the coast of Cartagena. He’s one of very few remaining practitioners of gaita negra, a style that originated hundreds of years ago when slaves kidnaped from Africa began playing music with native Colombians. The result turned out to be as rhythmically sophisticated and eclectic as it is otherworldly. And as the group made clear, among the many grooves in their repertoire is the original cumbia. Even though they’re Colombian rather than Peruvian, if there’s ever a third volume of the Roots of Chicha compilation albums (which, if you love cumbia, you have to own), Paito needs to be on it.

It was a beach party night, and if there’s anybody who knows how to do it, it’s this group. The torrents of beats started very direct and matter-of-fact, then grew more complex and dynamic as the night went on, hitting a mighty peak, then down again and finally out with a lickety-split cumbia celebrating Colombian pride. Over the course of the party, the slinky, booming rhythms, played by two men and a woman on standup bass drum, conga and a surprisingly resounding hand drum, blended and alternated elements that can be heard in African Nyabinghi drumming, roots reggae, Cuban son montuno and Puerto Rican salsa, among other flavors.

Likewise, the fervent call-and-response of the vocals echoed African sounds that have spread around the globe, from American gospel and field hollers to the magical, ritualistic Moroccan trance music of Innov Gnawa. On their wood flutes, Paita and his counterpart played emphatic, gritty riffs based on the blues scale, the younger man keeping time all the while with a pair of shakers. The segues were clever, almost imperceptible, as the group would gallop along a triplet groove and then subtly make their way into straight-up 4/4, whether with a proto-reggae bounce, a slithery clave or the irresistible pendulum motion of cumbia.

One especially tasty subtlety turned out to be that the drums were tuned to a fourth interval, which enabled the drummers to interchange riffs with each other as well as with the flutes. By the end of the night, even the oldsters in the back were on their feet. The next dance party/global music event at the atrium space at Lincoln Center on Broadway just south of 63rd St. is June 22 at 7:30 PM with South African guitarist Derek Gripper, who plays his own intricately virtuosic arrangements of ancient Malian music. 

And Paito and the band play a rare Brooklyn date on June 19 at 9:30 PM at Barbes; cover is $15.

Palestinian Oud Virtuosos Le Trio Joubran Play a Historic Lincoln Center Concert This July

One of the most important and potentially transcendent concerts of the year is scheduled for this July 29 at 8 PM, where harrowing Middle Eastern oud ensemble Le Trio Joubran play the US premiere of their elegaic suite of settings of poems by their late collaborator Mahmoud Darwish at the Lynch Theater at John Jay College,524 W 59th St. The concert is part of this year’s Lincoln Center Festival; $30 seats are still available as of today.

 For the last several years of the great Palestinian poet’s life, the three brothers accompanied him onstage while he read his incendiary, poignant explorations of exile and resistance. To get an idea of what the concert could be like, here’s a look at their 2010 live DVD In the Shadow of Words, adapted from the original review at New York Music Daily’s sister blog Lucid Culture. [To be consistent with the DVD  booklet, the French spelling,“Darwich,” is used throughout the review rather than the English transliteration, “Darwish.” This blog takes responsibility for any errors in translation].

Poets are the rock stars of the Middle East – the day the Bush regime invaded Iraq, the number one bestseller there was a book of poetry. Which is often the case. Iconic Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwich could read to a sold-out stadium crowd of 150,000. He died unexpectedly in August of 2008; forty days later, extraordinary Palestinian oudist brothers the Trio Joubran – who often served as Darwich’s backing band, touring the world with him – gave a memorial concert at the Cultural Palace in Ramallah, playing along to a recording of his words. The footage on their latest DVD A L’ombre des mots (“In the Shadow of Words,” whose audio is streaming at Bandcamp) was filmed at that concert.

It is extraordinarily moving: dark, pensive, terse yet often lushly arranged instrumentals that sometimes accompany Darwich’s recorded voice, other times providing an overture – or, more frequently, a requiem. Darwich’s powerful, insistent baritone keeps perfect time, allowing the musicians to do what they always did: if it’s possible to have onstage chemistry with a ghost, they achieve that. Shots of the band stark against a candlelit black background heighten the profound sadness that permeates this, yet the indomitability of Darwich’s metaphorically-charged words and his voice linger resonantly. Darwich speaks in Arabic with French subtitles on the DVD.

Darwich was first and foremost an artist, fiercely proud of his Palestinian identity and therefore seen as a voice for his people. But he bore that cross uneasily: once a member of the PLO’s inner circle, he quit the job. Although politically charged, Darwich’s work always sought to raise the bar, to take the state of his art to the next level: through that, his writing achieved a universality. The poems here will strike a chord with anyone who’s ever cheated death, missed their home, been outraged by an atrocity or numbed by a series of them.

Darwich was both a poet of his time and one for the ages. This DVD contains four works, notably the long suite The Dice Player, his last. On the surface, it’s a question of identity; iot ends with a taunt in the face of death. Fearlessly metaphorical, it contemplates the cruelty of fate yet celebrates good fortune, by implication the fate of being Palestinian.

The concert begins with the trio onstage, closeups alternated with shots taken at a distance, a characteristically understated requiem. A stately, portentous drumbeat and then a cymbal crash signal the beginning the theme, a forest of ouds from the three brothers, Samir, Wissam and Adnan. Darwich’s images are rich with irony and unease: “I had the good fortune to be cousin to divinity and the bad fortune that the cross would be our eternal ladder to tomorrow,” he states emphatically early on in the piece. He addresses the issue of love under an occupation: “Wait for it,” he cautions, again and again, “As if you were two witnesses to what you’re saving for tomorrow, take it toward the death you desire, and wait for it.”

“I didn’t play any role in what I was or will be, such is luck and luck doesn’t have a name…Narcissus would have freed himself if he’d broken the mirror…then again he would never have become a legend,” Darwich muses sardonically. “A mirage is a guidebook in the desert – without the mirage, there’s no more searching for water.” As the poem winds up, through an ominous, swaying anthem, several subsequent themes and pregnant pauses, the bitterness is overwhelming: “I would have become an amnesiac if I’d remembered my dreams.” But in the end he’s relishing his ability to survive, even if it’s simply the survival skill of an old man who knows to call the doctor before it’s too late.

There’s also the defiant On This Land, a offhandedly searing, imagistic tribute to Palestine and the Palestinians, the somber Rhyme for the Mu-allaqat (a series of seven canonical medieval Arabic poems) and finally The Mural, its narrator bitterly cataloging things which are his, ostensibly to be grateful for. “Like Christ on the water, I’ve walked in my vision, but I came down off the cross because I’m afraid of heights,” Darwich announces early on. And as much as he has, there’s more that he doesn’t. “History laughs at its victims, she throws them a look as she passes by.” And the one thing he doesn’t have that he wants above anything else? “I don’t belong to myself,” the exile repeats again and again as the restrained anguish of the ouds rises behind him. The DVD ends with the group playing over a shot of the mourners at the vigil outside.

It’s hard to imagine a more potently effective introduction to Darwich’s work than this – longtime fans, Arabic and French speakers alike will want this in their collections. For anyone who doesn’t speak either language, it’s a somberly majestic, haunting, lushly arranged masterpiece – the three ouds and the drummer together sound like an oud orchestra.

International Contemporary Ensemble Unveil a Rapturously Low-Key Program at the Miller Theatre

International Contemporary Ensemble probably cover more ground than any other indie classical group, in terms of territory,  personnel and repertoire. These days they’re more or less a bicoastal unit, with a revolving door of first-class players. Last week at the Miller Theatre, a characteristically eclectic New York subset of the organization rewarded the big crowd who’d come up to 116th and Broadway with a texturally delicious program of duo and trio works spiced with shimmering microtones, overtones and strange tunings. The ostensible theme was animal behavior; if that was meant to acknowledge how much more animals hear than we do, that made more sense.

The first really interesting piece on the bill was the world premiere of Dai Fujikura’s White Rainbow, which Jacob Greenberg played with a graceful spaciousness on harmonium. Despite the choice of instrument, there wasn’t any distinctive Indian flavor to the composer’s methodically spaced, minimalistic waves, sometimes employing a drone effect from phrase to phrase. This gave a lulling, comforting sense to what otherwise could have been construed as a wry series of trick endings.

Technically speaking, the piece de resistance was Ann Cleare’s Luna (The Eye That Opens the Other Eye), played solo on alto sax by Ryan Muncy. Employing every fragment of bandwidth in his daunting extended technique, Muncy built sepulchral overtones that pulled gently and wafted around a center, a study in mist, stillness and unselfconscious virtuosity.

Suzanne Farrin’s Polvere et Ombra was a playground for lush, lively glissandos by harpist Nuiko Wadden. Joined by acoustic guitarist Dan Lippel, the duo made their way cautiously through the allusively sinister microtones of Drew Baker’s Skulls. Muncy and Greenberg joined forces for the concluding piece, Alex Mincek’s Pendulum III, which when it built enough steam was a striking reminder of how subtle changes in a particular scale can create radical changes in the music’s colors.

These early evening, free “pop-up” concerts at the Miller Theatre can be hit-and-miss, but more often than not they’re a real treat. Originally conceived as an intimate series with free beer and the audience seated onstage, they’ve outgrown the stage (and sometimes the beer too). But this isn’t really a drinking event, it’s about the music. Since their inception in 2012, a steadily growing number of crowds have had the opportunity to hear John Zorn world premieres, Berio Sequenzas, a deliciously creepy performance of Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire and even a rare all-Michael Gordon bill of electroacoustic works in addition to scores of pieces by lesser-known but no less intriguing composers. The final one this season is tonight, June 13; doors are at 5:30, music at 6, played by Miller favorites the Mivos Quartet.

And International Contemporary Ensemble perform Pauline Oliveros’ Heart of Tones on the plaza at the Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival on July 28 at 7:30 PM.

The Shelters Steal the Show in Williamsburg

Just when the Shelters really started to get cooking, they had to leave the stage. That’s the trouble with opening acts all too often. The Cali psychedelic pop band had just scampered through their one genuine cover of the night, a high-voltage version of the Yardbirds’ Lost Woman, bassist Jacob Pillot playing that big, rapidfire hook with a pick (rather than fingerpicking like Paul Samwell-Smith did on the original) and not missing a beat. They wound up their tantalizingly brief, stormy jam out with a wry Link Wray quote. And then they were gone. They deserved to headline their twinbill last night at Warsaw with Royal Blood, who were essentially doing karaoke, at least half of what they were “playing” stashed away in the mixing desk or on a laptop or wherever they hide pre-recorded tracks these days.

The Shelters are strong musicians and know their roots. Beatles? Check. Oasis? Doublecheck and triplecheck. Velvets? Sure. Post-Velvets? You bet. “Pretty good cover band,” one cynic in the crowd deadpanned. Frontman Chase Simpson alternated between a Les Paul and a Rickenbacker, proving as adept at Nashville gothic and garage-psych as he is with channeling George Harrison. Josh Jove pushed the tunes along with fiery rhythm guitar, playing a second Rick on a couple of the night’s jangliest numbers in tandem with Pillot and drummer Sebastian Harris. They got the Oasis/Blues Magoos mashups out of the way early, charmed the crowd with a clanging anthem that nicked the changes from Patti Smith’s Dancing Barefoot and then got a little retro Shakin’ All Over action going.

Interestingly, their best song was a hypnotically vamping, spacerock-infused midtempo number that sounded like vintage 90s Brian Jonestown Massacre. Then it was Yardbirds, over and out. Which was too bad. Realistically, there are easily a hundred bands in New York who might not be quite as tight but are infinitely edgier than the Shelters – lyrics are not their thing. On the other hand, it was impossible not to find it heartwarming to see so many kids (this was an all-ages show) among the very diverse, unpretentious crowd who’d come out for a midnight concert billed as an afterparty for a ridiculously overpriced, daylong corporate music festival staged on an island in the Hudson.

The official story is that Tom Petty saw the Shelters in some random bar and liked them so much that he ended up producing their debut album. On the other hand, it’s hardly unreasonable to believe that the record label simply rounded up four goodlooking guys who could really play, could write fluently in the styles of a whole bunch of popular bands from years gone by, and got Petty, a guy who truly appreciates this stuff, to helm the project. Whatever the case, it’s refreshing to see somebody putting some money behind a group with genuine talent and tunesmithing ability. The Shelters’/Royal Blood tour continues; the next stop with affordable tickets which isn’t sold out is on June 10 at 7 PM at Newport Music Hall, 1722 N High St in Columbus, Ohio. Then they’re at Bonnaroo the following day. 

A Twistedly Relevant, Phantasmagorical Evening in Brooklyn with Orphan Jane

Orphan Jane brought a good crowd to the Knitting Factory Wednesday to watch them pounce and scamper through a tantalizingly brief, lurid set of noir cabaret and circus rock – on a night when the L train was shutting down early. Considering that their motley fans don’t seem like an Uber crowd – they’re a pretty diverse bunch – that’s all the more impressive.

What was most impressive was frontwoman Jessica Underwood AKA The Girl with No Name’s vocals. In the band’s early days, she worked a sardonically brassy, vampy persona. These days she’s Pirate Jenny on steroids. With her wide-angle vibrato, glass-shattering wail, razor bangs and crimson dress, she channeled pure menace. Guitarist Old Man Shorty (Dave Zydallis) and bassist The Gravedigger (Robert Desjardins) slunk and scurried and stabbed as singer Montana Slim (Tim Cluff) spun eerie Balkan-tinged minor-key chords from his accordion.

Underwood’s arioso firestorm rose over creepy, spiky artful-dodger guitar, red neon accordion waves and nonchalantly menacing chromatic trumpet from Daria McBean (Caitlin Featherstone) as the the first number got underway. “We don’t want a thing from you” became a sarcastic mantra. They followed with a twisted tale about a guy trying to pick up (very) underage girls – it’s their Aqualung, and also turned out to be the most Gogol Bordello-ish number of the night. As expected, Underwood took it way up to the rafters at the end.

The most straightforwardly murderous song of the night was Creepy Little Town, Underwood switching out the theatrics for raw evil, Zydallis’ stark monster-movie riffage anchoring its noir blues sway. They went back to the noir cabaret for the slashingly sarcastic The Banker, rising form a suspensefully tiptoeing intro to a big swinging harmony-fueled chorus. Cluff’s role in this band is sort of good cop to Underwood’s very bad one: “I’d prefer not” became his recurrent theme.

The next song, Diamonds and Caviar, was an unexpectedly Tex-Mex flavored conspicuous-consumption satire. The vernacular may have been Weimar, but the band definitely had the spend-and-Instagram crowd in their sights. “I can’t forget my mother, to hell with all the others,” Underwood snarled; “There will be clothes” was the mantra. The followed that with Strong – a fiery, towering female-empowerment anthem, with the HipSits’ Cherrye Davis and Kathleen Fletcher supplying spot-on satanic gospel harmonies – and then closed with the murderous Gatsby-gone-awry anthem The Mansion Song, the best and most cinematic narrative from their 2016 A Poke in the eye, Underwood unable to resist throwing a dis at Jared Kushner as it got underway. Kurt Weill, look at the monster you created. 

Live Music Calendar for New York City and Brooklyn for June and July 2017

Free and cheap concerts in just about every neighborhood. If you’re leaving your hood, make sure you check for service changes considering how awful the trains have been lately.

Constant updates. Considering how Trump’s minions are hell-bent on slashing funding for the arts, this might be the last good season of free summer shows here for awhile. So you might want to bookmark this page and check back every so often – and then go out! If there was ever a summer in New York to check out some cool free live music, this is it!

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

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

On select Wednesdays and Sundays, an intimate, growing piano music salon on the Upper West Side featuring iconoclastically insightful, lyrical pianist Nancy Garniez – a cult favorite with an extraordinarily fluid, singing, legato style – exploring the delicious minutiae of works from across the centuries. Up next: Bartok, Mozart and fascinating improvisations. Sugg don $10 (pay what you can), delicious gluten-free refreshments, beverages and lively conversation included! email for info/location. Upcoming dates: Wednesdays at 7: June 21, and Sundays at 4: June 25.

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.

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

Mondays in June at 8/10:30 PM irrepressibly fun, female-fronted, brassy cosmopolitan swing band the Hot Sardines at the Blue Note, $15 standing room avail

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

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

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

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

Mondays in June at midnight wild noir piano jazz with the Dred Scott Trio back at their old spot, the small room at the Rockwood.

Tuesdays in June, 7 PM the great unsung hero of darkly purposeful, noir-tinged jazz guitar, Saul Rubin leads his Zebtet  at the Fat Cat

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.

Wednesdays starting June 28, 6 PM a wild tribe of accordionists take over Bryant Park, performers scattered throughout the space, booked by the brilliant Ariana Hellerman of Ariana’s List. Too many amazing players to list. Choice pick: the July 5 lineup with Melissa Elledge, Shoko Nagai and Sam Reider, wow!

Wednesdays at 8 the Brooklyn Raga Massive – a rotating cast of A-list Indian, jazz and rock musicians who love to jam out classic Indian themes from over the centuries to the present day – play the Owl, $15

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

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 material at the balcony bar at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

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

Fridays in June, 10:30 PM tenor saxophonist Ken Fowser leads his band at the Django, $10 at the bar. Jukebox jazz in a JD Allen vein but not as dark and more straight-ahead/groove-oriented: as postbop party music goes, nobody’s writing better than this guy right now. 

Fridays in July, 9 PM Bulgarian Romany sax legend Yuri Yunakov with his wild but haunting band at Mehanata

Saturdays in June, 11:30 AM (in the morning) til 3, individualistic guitarist Assaf Kehati plays jazz and bossa nova with a series of bassists: Steve LaSpina, Harvie S, Dave Baron, Rick Rosato, Michael O’Brien and maybe more at Il Gattopardo, 13-15 W 54th St, free. He’s got some funk, some surf and lots of classic postbop in him. 

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

Saturdays in June at Barbes, 6 PM guitarist Sean Cronin“raised on country, trained in classical, steeped in punk, and brought to maturity as a jazz musician, leads the band Very Good which is actually quite good.” No joke. Expect reinvented Leonard Cohen, menacing offcenter downtown skronk, cello jazz maybe. Something to really look forward to.

Saturdays in July, 6 PM Book of J – Sway Machinery frontman/guitarslinger Jeremiah Lockwood and Jewlia Eisenberg of Charming Hostess – “take inspiration from the intersection of the sacred and the radical to create hit songs from the depths of American psalmody, Yiddish folklore, and international Jewish liturgical traditions” at Barbes. i.e. sacred and possibly profane.

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

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

6/1, 7 PM  the LA Percussion Quartet play Andrew McIntosh’s epic 40-minute I Hold the Lion’s Paw, and Anna Thorsvaldsdottir’s earthy/unearthly Aura. They’ll also be premiering a virtual reality video from Chris Cerrone’s Memory Palace, at National Sawdust, $30

6/1-4, 7:30/9:30 PM lyrical purist postbop trumpeter Sean Jones leads a killer, purist quartet with Orrin Evans – piano; Luques Curtis – bass; Obed Calvaire – drums at the Jazz Standard, $30

6/1, 7:30/9:30 PM the king of extended-technique trumpet, Peter Evans solo, then with a trio with Joel Ross – vibraphone; Max Jhin Jaffe – drums at the Jazz Gallery, $15

6/1, 8 PM dark urbane Romany song maven (and Berthold Brecht descendant) Sanda Weigl and her band with irrepressible trombonist Curtis Hasselbring at Barbes

6/1, 8 PM purist, soulful Chicago-style blues guitar shredder Ana Popovic and band at Highline Ballroom, $20

6/1, 8 PM Digital Diaspora play their trippy Afrobeat-influenced downtempo jams followed by bass goddess Felice Rosser’s ageless reggae-rock-groove band Faith at the Delancey, $10

6/1, 8/9:30 PM edgy, noir-inspired bassist Michael Blanco leads his quartet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

6/1, 9 PM astonishingly kaleidoscopic art-rock/postrock band Bent Knee – like early Genesis meets Radiohead, on steroids – at Rough Trade, $12

6/1, 10 PM the Dojo Trio with bandoneon powerhouse Martin Sued, cellist Augustin Uriburu and drummer Damian Allegretti play smart, original tango and tropical themes at Caffe Vivaldi

6/1, 10ish trippy downtempo/Balkan-tinged groove instrumentalists Filtron M play the album release show for their new one at Nublu 151 (presumably reopened by that time)

6/1, 10 PM careeningly bluesy post-Stooges psych/garage rockers Acid Dad at Baby’s All Right, $12

6/1, 11 PM keyboardist and occasional Karla Rose collaborator Frank LoCrasto‘s cinematic organ sounds at Pete’s

6/2, 5:30 PM 19th century string band maven (and Four O’Clock Flower) Eli Smith at the American Folk Art Museum

6/2, 7 PM oldschool-style Cuban salsa crooner Jose Conde and band in a rare Williamsburg appearance at St. Mazie’s, free

6/2-3, 7:30/9:30 PM bassist Alexis Cuadrado leads a killer band with Claudia Acuña – voice; Miguel Zenón – alto saxophone; Robert Rodriguez – piano Mark Ferber – drums at the Jazz Gallery, $22

6/2, 7:30 PM former Dizzy Gillespie guitarist Ed Cherry with a killer trio:  Kyle Kohler on organ and Anwar Marshall on drums at the Bar Next Door, $12

6/2, 8 PM two of the individualistic voices from John Zorn’s Mycale vocal ensemble: the rapturous Sara Serpa and the playfully soaring Sofia Rei in a rare duo show at the Neighborhood Church, 269 Bleecker St. at Morton St., free. Serpa and her similarly dark, brilliant guitarist husband Andre Matos are at Joe’s Pub on 6/11 at 7:30 PM for $15

6/2, 8 PM new songs by Dick Connette, the incomparably lyrical, eclectic Rachelle Garniez, and Mimi Goese, featuring vocals by Suzzy Roche and Ana Egge, at Roulette, $20

6/2, 8 PM alternately unhinged and trippy postrock instrumentalists Kleptocrat followed e eventually at 10 by psychedelic soul-rockers Madam West and then exhilarating Balkan/Romany/dub groove band Tipsy Oxcart  at C’Mon Everybody, $10 

6/2, 8 PM solo and duo improvisations from saxophonist Chris Pitsiokos and koto paradigm-shifter Miya Masaoka at Issue Project Room, $15

6/2-3, 8 PM lyrical, noir-tinged pianist Frank Kimbrough with Jay Anderson & Jeff Hirshfield at Mezzrow, $20 at the bar

6/2, 9:30 PM a trancey triplebill with Tigue Percussion followed b ytrippy, otherworldly, ancient North African dance percussion ensemble Innov Gnawa , then a second Tigue set and finally Afrobeat band Underground System at National Sawdust, $20 adv tix rec

6/2, 9:30 PM enigmatic female-fronted psychedelic pop/new wave band the New Tarot at American Beauty, $10

6/2, 10 PM this era’s most chillingly cinematic, shadowy reverbtoned noir guitar instrumentalists, Big Lazy at Barbes. 6/23 they’re at the Fox & Crow, 594 Palisade Ave, Jersey City

6/2, 10 PM baritone crooner Sean Kershaw‘s Serpentones play “hi octane Brooklyn honkytonk” followed by noir-tinged fellow baritone singer/guitarslinger  Phil Gammage leading his four-piece band at Otto’s. The Serpentones are also at the Delancey on 6/14 at 9:30 PM for $5

6/2, 10:30 PM dazzlingly eclectic purist jazz singer Brianna Thomas and her band at the Django, $10 at the bar. 6/9, 7:30/9:30 PM she’s at Ginny’s Supper Club for twice that

6/2, 11 PM what the rest of the country is listening to – twangy highway rock and honkytonk with the Whiskey Gentry at Hill Country, $15

6/3, 6  PM guitarist Sean Cronin“s edgy, bracing Very Good project followed at 8 by Brooklyn’s funnest new band, psychedelic organ-driven Middle Eastern-tinged surf rock trio Hearing Things and at 10 by epic ranchera/bolero brass crew Banda de los Muertos at Barbes

6/3, 7:30 PM French marimba trio SR9 perform works by Bach and paradigm-shifting organist Bálint Karosi, with the composer in the console, at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex, $20 sugg don

6/3, 8 PM the reliably entertaining, adventurous Chelsea Symphony play “Ms. Rubinstein’s Beauty,” a world premiere by Seth Bedford; plus Michael Blancaflor performs Frank Picarazzi’s Vibraphone Concertina; Melissa Kritzer performs Fernade Breilh Decruck’s Scherzo for bassoon; and Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances and Vocalise for orchestra at the DiMenna Center, $25. There’s another performance on 2/4 at 2 PM featuring Shostakovich’s Concerto for Piano and Trumpet along with the Rachmaninoff.

6/3, 6 PM sardonic acoustic punks Norwood  & darkly jangly, catchy, new wave-ish rockers Melissa & the Mannequins at LIC Bar

6/3, 8:30 PM it’s official: the Stone has moved to the intimate Glass Box Theatre at Mannes College of Musico. Opening night has John Zorn (sax) Dave Douglas (trumpet) Uri Caine (piano) Ches Smith (drums) Chris Tordini (bass) Jonathan Finlayson (trumpet) and Jim Staley (trombone), $20, get your tix now

6/3, 9 PM a killer, cheap triplebill at Bowery Electric: female-fronted power trio Castle Black – who veer between acidic Bush Tetras postpunk, stoner metal and more straight-up, sardonic punk, followed by careening, charismatic, lyrically-fueled soul-rockers No Ice – arguably Brooklyn’s best band – and Television lead guitar legend Richard Lloyd, $10. No Ice are also  playing the annual Northside Festival on June 9 at Main Drag Music and on the 10th at the Gutter; both of those shows at 11.

6/3, 9 PM the reigning goddess of hypnotically fingerpicked apocalyptic art-rock, Marissa Nadler at St. Vitus, $20

6/3, 9 PM ten-piece country/carnivalesque/acoustic rock powerhouse M Shanghai String Band at the Jalopy, $!0

6/3, 9 PM Unsteady Freddie‘s monthly surf rock extravaganza at Otto’s begins at 9 with the catchy, jangly, trad Agent Octopus, then the louder Kimono Dragons at 10, the careening Link Wray-influenced Howlin Thurstons at 11 and classic cover band Tsunami of Sound sometime around midnight

6/3, 9 PM drummer Devin Gray’s unpredictably improvisational Dirigo Rataplan at I-Beam, $15

6/3, 9ish NYC supergroup Patscha Perowsky and Bloedow – mems. Elysian Fields, Ollabelle and a million good jazz acts – at the Owl

6/3, 10 PM New York’s only Farsi funk group,haunting, psychedelic retro 60s/70s Iranian revivalists Mitra Sumara at Pete’s

6/3, 10 PM explosive postrock/spacerock guitarist Hubble followed by haphazard careening occasionally theatrical dreampop/noiserockers Gold Dime playing the album release show for their new one at Alphaville, $10. 6/16 Gold Dime are at C’Mon Everybody at 9 for $10

6/3, 10 PM oldschool psychedelic soul/groove band Empire Beats at the Way Station

6/3, 1 AM (actually wee hours of 6/4) dark atmospheric art-rock with the Melomaniacs at the small room at the Rockwood. Pastoral Joy Division?  

6/4, 11:30 AM/1:30 PM erudite, purist torchy cosmopolitan jazz chanteuse Svetlana & the Delancey 5 play a Ella Fitzgerald centennial celebration tribute with special guest vocalist Charles Turner at the Blue Note for brunch, $35 prix fixe

6/4, the allday Mafrika Festival at Marcus Garvey Park

6/4, 3 PM the Chinese Music Ensemble of New York play mighty arrangements of ancient themes at Merkin Concert Hall, $25

6/4, 7 PM spine-tingling darkly mystical art-rock/avant-garde/chamber pop songwriter Carol Lipnik – pretty much everybody’s choice for best singer in all of NYC – at Pangea

6/4, 7 PM individualistic, John Fahey-esque acoustic guitar instrumentalist David Rogers plays a mix of “Spanish, flamenco, uptempo Latin, Leonard Cohen, Rolling Stones, Tim Buckley, Roxy Music, Beatles, J.S. Bach and original compositions” at the third stage at the Rockwood, $10 

6/4, 8.9:30 PM dark, sardonic, brilliantly tuneful jazz pianist Danny Fox and his Trio at Mezzrow, $20

6/4, 9:30 PM elegantly tuneful bassist Iris Ornig leads her group at 55 Bar

6/4, 10 PM Acid Witch – who sound like Sabbath at 16 RPM sometimes, other times more of a stoner boogie band with deathmetal vox – at St. Vitus, $12 

6/5, 7 PM the Secret Quartet – Cornelius Dufallo, violin (ETHEL, Ne(x)tworks), Jennifer Choi, violin (ETHEL, Either/Or), Lev Zhurbin, viola (Ljova and the Kontraband), and Yves Dharamraj, cello play John King’s Middle Eastern-themed Free Palestine Quartets at Joe’s Pub, $20

6/5, 8 PM lyrical pianist Nick Sanders and saxophonist Logan Strosahi at Mezzrow, $20

6/5, 8:30 PM fiery, eclectic, purposeful pianist Helen Sung leads her Trio w/Ricky Rodriguez & Henry Cole at Bar Lunatico. 6/10 at 10 she leads a slightly different trio at St. Paul’s  Church, 315 W 22nd St, $30/$20 srs/under 30

6/5, 9:30 PM Carolina Oliveros’ trippy tropicalia band Combo Chimbita, who mash up cumbia, salsa, champeta and a whole bunch of other south of the border styles at Barbes

6/6, drinks at 5:30, music at 6 PM indie classical globetrotters International Contemporary Ensemble play animal behavior-inspired works at the Miller Theatre, free

6/6, 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 – leads a guitar trio with Andrew Hartman and Pravin Thomson at the Bar Next Door

6/6,  7 PM the Bushwick Book Club – a collective of incredibly diverse, typically excellent songwriters including irrepressibly fun ringleader Susan Hwang, the haunting Jessie Kilguss, and Ellia Bisker, of parlor pop mavens Sweet Soubrette – followed at 9ish by clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party  at Barbes

6/7, 8 PM psychedelic klezmer/bluegrass mandolin and clarinet legend Andy Statman at Barbes, $10

6/6, 8 PM a rapturously good piano/clarinet duo: Fred Hersch with Anat Cohen at Mezzrow, $20 at the bar

6/6. 8 PM purist, cleverly lyrical jazz singer Sari Kessler with her combo at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

6/6, 8:15 PM state-of-the-art string jazz: Jim Nolet: viola and perc; Arturo O’Farrill: piano; Zack O’Farrill, Rafael Barata: drums; Neymar Dias: bass at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

6/6, 10 PM the smuttiest man in country  music, Wheeler Walker Jr. and his surprisingly good band at Bowery Ballroom, $20

6/6, 11 PM hilarious, fearlessly political performance artist/satirist/loopmusic singer Killy Dwyer at Sidewalk

6/7, 6 PM Tendor and Tenzin Choeying play spare, stark, hypnotic Tibetan folk at the Rubin Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

6/7, 7:30 PM purist, lyrica; pianist/singer Kelly Green leads her trio at Mintons

6/7, 8 PM eclectic, brilliant jazz cellist Tomeka Reid’s large ensemble at Roulette, $20

6/7, 8 PM oldschool, no-BS all-female punk band LA Witch at Berlin, $10. They’re also at Bowery Electric on 6/9, guessing at around 11 (there a bunch of idiotic dj’s on the bill as well), $10

6/7, 8 PM oldschool/newschool bluegrass/newgrass/Americana twinbill: fiddler Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards followed by the Steel Wheels playing the album release show for their new one at City Winery, $15 standing room avail.

6/7. 8/9:30 PM drummer Devin Gray leads a tightly improvising, kinetic trio with Ellery Eskelin, tenor sax;  Drew Gress, bass at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

6/7, 9 PM smart, cleverly lyrical original swing chanteuse/songwriter/trombonist Emily Asher’s Garden Party at Radegast Hall

6/7, 9:30 PM creepy, jangly, swirly retro 60s Laurel Canyon psychedelia with the Mystic Braves at the Mercury, $14 adv tix rec

6/7, 9:30 PM trombonist Jacob Garchik’s mighty atheist gospel shout trombone choir the Heavens play gospel classics at Joe’s Pub, $15

6/7, 10 PM haunting, epic, tunefully individualistic pianist/composer Fabian Almazan performs his latest work, Alcanza (“Reach”), a nine movement suite written for his Rhizome large ensemble (voice, guitar, strings, piano, bass, drums and electronics) at National Sawdust

6/8, noon Ramsey Lewis – the now-octogenarian pianist who basically invented soul jazz all by himself at Metrotech Park in downtown Brooklyn

6/8, noon Gypsy Jazz Caravan put their own eclectic spin on Django guitar romps at St. Marks Park, 10th St/2nd Ave

6/8, 7 PM Renata Zeiguer’s trippy, creepy Prozac rock project Cantina followed by dangerous folk noir chanteuse Larkin Grimm at Sunnyvale, $15 

6/8, 7 PM the darkly eclectic, enigmatic Lorraine Leckie  – equally adept at Slavic and Americana noir – with legendary, corrosively cynical bon vivant spoken-word artist Anthony Haden-Guest at Anderson Contemporary Art, 180 Maiden Lane just north of the FDR, free

6/8, 7 PM  pianist Klara Min performs preludes by Scriabin and Chopin alongside Sean Hickey’s meditative Birds of Barclay Street, dedicated to the memory of those murdered on September 11, 2001, at Symphony Space, $15

6/8, 7 PM soaringly explosive jazz composer/torch singer Nicole Zuraitis at 55 Bar

6/8, 7:30 PM pyrotechnic, iconic avant garde pianist Kathleen Supove plays graphic scores by  Earle Brown plus premieres by Armando Bayolo, Orlando Jacinto Garcia, Isaac Schankler, Arlene Sierra, and Alex Weiser at the DiMenna Center, $tba

6/8, 8 PM haunting, creepy noir art-rock pianist Lorrie Doriza at the small room at the Rockwood. She was doing her evil cinematic stuff while still in her teens; good to see her out there on the club circuit now.

6/8, 8 PM plush, balmy, oldtimey uke swing band Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies followed at 10 by formidable, reliably tuneful guitarist Tom Csatari‘s large-ensemble Americana jazz project Uncivilized playing Zappa tunes. Their Chico Hamilton tribute was out of character (tunewise anyway) but off the hook nonetheless. Missed them doing John Fahey, which is closer to home for them. How they’ll do this is a mystery.

6/8, 8 PM lush, intense, artfully orchestrated psychedelic rockers Aunt Ange  at the Delancey, $8

6/8, 8 PM the Momenta Quartet play John Adams’ “John’s Book of Alleged Dances” backing a dance performance at Martha Graham Studio Theater, 55 Bethune St, Floor 11 in the west village, sugg don. The program repeats 6/9 with a $25 cover charge

6/8, 8 PM night one of a three-night series of Butch Morris-influenced largescale improvisations at the original Nublu, 62 Ave. C, $15: Evan Mazunik and Zaha followed at 9 by the Walter Thompson Orchestra and then at 10 by iconic klezmer trumpeter Frank London & Co.

6/8, 8 PM wickedly rippling and ripping improvisations: pianist Geoffrey Keezer with vibraphonist Joe Locke at Mezzrow, $20s

6/8, 8 PM drummer Jordan Young leads his excellent organ groove band at the Fat Cat

6/8, 8 PM C4 Ensemble joins with Miranda Cuckson, Oren Fader, Christopher Oldfather and Matthew Ward to perform works for chorus and rock ensemble, featuring Anthony Korf’s subtle Cantata, Jonathan David’s Hounds of Spring, “a very unsubtle ode to the season that channels the spirit of old-school progressive rock;” Also on the program: Stephen Paulus’ Poemas de Amor and more. The program repeats  6/10, same time, same deal at the DiMenna Center

6/8, 8 PM Ensemble Connect play works by works by Esa-Pekka Salonen, Shulamit Ran, Anna Clyne and emerging composers tba at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

6/8, 8:30 PM ethereally enchanting art-folk autoharpist/singer Elizabeth Devlin,at at Pete’s

6/8, 8:30 PM haunting tsimbl (Ukraininan Jewish zither) player Zev Feldman and band at the Jalopy, $15

6/8, 8:30 PM ambitious, smart, noir-inclined tenor saxophonist Patrick Cornelius leads a trio at the Bar Next Door

6/8, 9 PM Ed Rosenberg’s Chewyfoot (?!) followed by Franz Nicolay’s surrealistic art-song project Peopssongs at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

6/8, 9 PM hot 20s swing with trumpeter Jason Prover and his Sneak Thievery Orchestra at Radegast Hall

6/8, 9:30 PM reliably unpredictable, assaultively tuneful guitarist Brandon Seabrook and his large ensemble play the album release show for his new one Die Trommel Fatale at Joe’s Pub, $15

6/8, 10 PM fiery garage rock band the NY Fowl Harmonic – a Gato Loco spinoff – at Hank’s

6/9, 6 PM Lusterlit play their ominous, noirish literary chamber pop followed by up-and-coming paisley underground band Moji Abiola – who add soulful vocals to the psychedelic mix – at the American Folk Art Museum

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

6/9, 7 PM a benefit at Drom for Brooklyn’s best venue, Barbes featuring an unbeatable lineup including mystical Moroccan trance-dance band Innov Gnawa, allstar brass pickup group Fanfare Barbès, (with members of Red Baraat, Slavic Soul Party and Banda de los Muertos), elegantly  menacing film noir instrumental icons Big Lazy, Colombian folk reinventors Bulla en el Barrio and torrential Bahian drum orchestra Maracatu NY; advance tix a bargain at $20.

6/9, 7 PM Sanjoy Banerjee and his senior protege Namami Karmakar sing Indian carnatic works at the Rubin Museum of Art, $25

6/9, 7:30 PM the fearlessly eclectic Musical Chairs Chamber Ensemble play world premieres by Kevin Wilt, Andrew Rosciszewski, Jonathan Crosmer and Elizabeth Nonemaker, and works by Koji Kondo, Julian Bennett Holmes and Alain Lefébure at the Museum of Tibetan Art, 338 Lighthouse Ave, Staten Island, $15/$5 stud

6/9, 8 PM playfully lyrical, fearlessly political superduo Kill Henry Sugar – guitar/banjo mastermind Erik Della Penna and drummer Dean Sharenow –followed at 10 by awesomely slinky, psychedelic Israeli Ethiopiques groove instrumentalists Anbessa Orchestra  at Barbes.

6/9, 8 PM fearlessly haunting, dynamic, charismatic Romany/Balkan chanteuse Eva Salina with pyrotechnic accordionist Peter Stan followed at by by Brian Carpenter’s Ghost Train Orchestra celebrating their 10 year anniversary playing rare noir jazz and cinematic themes at the Jalopy, $12 adv tix available at the venue

6/9, 8ish the New Students play their fun, lyrically amusing, newschool trad brlugrass at Hometown BBQ in Red Hook. 6/25 at 7 they’re playing the album release show for their excellent new one at the big room at the Rockwood, $10

6/9, 8 PM no wave and punk-funk nostalgia: sampler pioneer/percussionist Ikue Mori, agelessly noisy funk-punks the Bush Tetras and Suicide’s Martin Rev with Craig Leon at the Hall at MP, $20.

6/9-10, 8 PM iconic avant garde composer Meredith Monk sings works in progress with her vocal ensemble including Ellen Fisher, Katie Geissinger, Allison Sniffin, Jo Stewart at Queenslab, 1618 Decatur St, Ridgewood, L to Halsey St

6/9, 8 PM repeating on 6/11 at 4 PM the Brooklyn Conservatory Chorale sing works by Bach, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Fauré, and others at Church of the Assumption, 55 Cranberry St, Brooklyn Heights, $20/$10 stud/srs

6/9, 8 PM night two of a three-night series of Butch Morris-influenced largescale improvisations at the original Nublu, 62 Ave. C, $15:: Mob Job and Walter Thompson followed at 9 by the Walter Thompson Orchestra and at 10 by Matt Lavelle’s 12 Houses (Extended Unit) with Gil Selinger

6/9, 8:30 PM epically tuneful, anthemic, sometimes pastorally-inclined jazz guitarist Chris Jentsch leads his quartet playing the album release show for his new one Fractured Pop at I-Beam, $15

6/9, 8:30 PM edgy, acerbic violin and piano jazz duo Mark Feldman and Sylvie Courvoisier at the Glass Box Theatre at Mannes College of Music, $20

6/9, 9 PM searing, theatrical Romany/Balkan punk rockers Bad Buka acoustic at Radegast Hall.

6/9, 9/10:30 PM tuneful, purposeful bassist Michael Bates leads a trio with Michael Blake, tenor sax;  Jeremy ‘Bean’ Clemons, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

6/9, 10 PM deviously funny twin-trombone dub reggae crew Super Hi-Fi at Bar Chord

6/9. 10ish catchy, enigmatic female-fronted dreampop band Loosie at the Owl

6/9, 10 PM hilarious, sardonically careening glam/party band Haley Bowery & the Manimals at Hanks, be aware of $8 cover

6/9, 11 PM hilarious one-man band Tattoo Money with his twisted hip-hop tales of NYC nightlife, sizzling bluesy guitar and psychedelic, funky keys, at the Way Station

6/10, 3 PM violinist Marshall Coid, clarinetist Justin Vance and pianist Mimi Stern-Wolfe play trios by Milhaud and Kachaturian plus Stravinsky’s L’Histoire Du Soldat at St Marks Church, 10th St/2nd Ave, $15 sugg don

6/10, 4 PM trumpeter Ben Holmes and accordionist Patrick Farrell – two thirds of the fiery Yiddish Art Trio – followed at 6 by edgy jazz guitarist Sean Cronin“s bracing Very Good project at Barbes

6/10, 4 PM the Space Merchants – the missing link between the Stooges and X – at St. Vitus, $5

6/10, 5 PM a free dance party with the Harlem Renaissance Orchestra at the community center in the middle of Marcus Garvey Park, free

6/10. 7:30 PM incomparable country/jazz/janglerock icon Amy Allison at Dixon Place, free. Brilliant new material, all kinds of rarities and devastatingly funny between-song banter

6/10, 7:30/9:30 PM terse rising star postbop saxophonist Melissa Aldana leads a great quintet with Glenn Zaleski on piano at the Jazz Gallery, $22

6/10, 7:30 PM the NY Festival Orchestra play works by Mozart, Bach, Sibelius, Grieg, and premieres by Hampson Sisler and Takeichiro Hirai with gradeschool prodigy violinist sisters Fiona and Hina Khuong-Huu  at  Good Shepherd-Faith Presbyterian Church,152 W 66 St,$10

6/10, 8 PM creepy Laurel Canyon art-rock/psych-folk/dark Americana band Quicksilver Daydream followed at 9 by wryly surreal prozac rock  duo the Dream Eaters at Pete’s . The Dream Eaters are also here on 6/16 at 9.

6/10, 8ish torchy singer Jennifer Charles’ and guitar mastermind Oren Bloedow’s long-running art-rock/noir band Elysian Fields at their home base, the Owl, $18

6/10, 8 PM Romany guitar legend Stephane Wrembel airs out material from his wildly eclectic, psychedelic new double album The Django Experiment at Drom, $15 adv tix rec. At 11 (separate $15 adv tix adm) Brooklyn Balkan brass faves Slavic Soul Party featuring sensational Serbian trumpeter Demirhan Cerimovic, first-prize winner at the prestigious Guca Trumpet Festival

6/10, 8 PM energetic acoustic Veracruz-style folk-punk band Radio Jarocho at Guadalupe Inn

6/10, 8 PM night three of a three-night series of Butch Morris-influenced largescale improvisations at the original Nublu, 62 Ave. C, $15: cornetist Kirk Knuffke‘s “For Butch”followed at 9 by the Walter Thompson Orchestra and at 10 by iconic drummer Kenny Wollesen & the Stone Clouds

6/10, 9 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” at Troost 

6/10, 9 PM intense charismatic danceable metal cumbia/skaragga/latin rockers Escarioka at Mehanata

6/10, 9 PM one of the great saxophonists in the history of ska, Dave Hillyard & the Rocksteady 7 at Hank’s

6/10, 10 PM boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic crooner Jack Grace  at Bar Chord

6/10, 10 PM Random Test bring their roots reggae back to their home base, Shrine

6/10, 11 PM Lusterlit play their ominous, noirish literary chamber pop at Sidewalk

6/10 awesome, epic doom metal/thrash/art-rock band Dead Wake at Blackthorn 51, 80-12 51st Ave in Elmhurst, E/M/R to Woodhaven Blvd and a long walk down Queens Boulevard

6/11, 1  PM trumpeter Emile Turner leads his quartet at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, free

6/11, 4:15 PM guitarist/singer Kiki Sabater’s careeningly psychedelic, Hole-like power trio Slow Suck followed by Of Clocks & Clouds playing their twisted postrock and goth-tinged post-new wave anthems at Paperbox, free. Outdoors ferociously dynamic, tuneful, female-fronted power trio Castle Black play at 4:45

6/11, 4 PM ish fiery electric bluegrass and C&W with Demolition String Band at the Hoboken Arts & Music Festival, Washington St. bet. 8th & 14th St.

5/11, 5 PM magically luminescent pastoral jazz group Bryan and the Aardvarks at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex, free

6/11, 5 PM tuneful, thoughtful, lyrical Colombian pianist and composer Carolina Calvache at the small room at the Rockwood

6/11, 7 PM  harrowing psychedelic art-rock band the Bright Smoke – the female-fronted Joy Division – at the Mercury, $8

6/11, 7 PM funk legend and golden age hip-hop: Main Source and George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, hosted by the realest of all Roxannes, Roxanne Shante at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Grand Central Pkwy., Whitestone Exwy. bet. 111 St. & College Point Blvd., Park Drive E. in Queens

6/11, 8 PM jangly 80s garage/Americana nostalgia: Tom Heyman (ex-Go to Blazes) and Dan Stuart (Danny & Dusty/Green on Red) at Hifi Bar

6/11, 8:30 PM Alhambra – which is basically haunting, rivetingly intricate Turkish band Dolunay plus Isabelle Ganz on vocals –  at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min 

6/11, 9 PM ambitiously lyrical, cutting-edge rising star jazz composer/singer Annie Chen and her septet at Club Bonafide, $15

6/12, 8 PM trombone improvisation legend Steve Swell and Chamber Orchestra jam out music by David Haney at Shapeshfter Lab, $8

6/12, 9:30 PM Los Cumpleanos play psychedelic cumbias with new wave synths & retro organ, effect-laden trombone and trumpet as well as a three piece percussion section – at Barbes

6/13, drinks at 5:30, music at 6 PM the Mivos Quartet play a program TBA at the Miller Theatre, free

6/13, 7 PM the Om Shalom Trio – sitar, bass and tabla – play the album release show for their new one mashing up classic Indian and Jewish themes at Shapeshifter Lab, $15 includes copy of the cd!

6/13, 7 PM Detroit noir soul goddess Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas at Baby’s All Right, $15

6/13, 7 PM reliably unpredictable, assaultively tuneful guitarist Brandon Seabrook leads his trio followed at 9 by clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party  at Barbes

6/13, 7:30 PM cantors Ida Rae Cahana, Elizabeth Shammash, Raphael Frieder, and Alberto Mizrahi backed by pianist Yehudi Wyner sing popular and obscure Yiddish works from both western and eastern Europe by Mordecai Gebirtig – inventor of the crime rhyme – plus elegant art songs by Lazar Weiner, theatre music by Moses Milner, the brooding Solomon Rosowsky,the fiery Janot Roskin, plus songs by Solomon Golub, Mikhl Gelbart, Joel Engel, and Maurice Rauch at the Center for Jewish History, 15 W 16th St., $15

6/13, 7:30 PM the Havana Lyceum Orchestra with pianist Simone Dinnerstein play works by Mozart and Carlos Fariñas at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, free

6/13, 8 PM fiery, deviously fun oldtimey swing guitarist/crooner Seth Kessel & the Two Cent Band at Radegast Hall

6/13, 8 PM the NY Phil play Dvorak’s New World Symphony, selections from Bernstein’s West Side Story and Gershwin’s An American in Paris at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, free, enter the park from Broadway, near W 251st St, concert site is north of the baseball fields. The program repeats on 6/15 at 8 in Cunningham Park in Queens

6/13, 8:30 PM popular newschool blue-eyed soul/Motown/swing band Lake Street Dive at Prospect Park Bandshell

6/13, 9 PM funky, lyrically intense dark folk jamband the Sometime Boys– with the riveting Sarah Mucho on vocals – at the small room at the Rockwood

6/13, 9:30 PM the Bronx Conexion play their mighty salsa big band jazz at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe

6/14, 7 PM in reverse order: klezmer icons the Klezmatics, Hasidic ngunim soul band Zusha, wry a-cappella ensemble the Maccabeats with special guest cantors Chaim David Berson and Yanky Lemmer at Central Park Summerstage

6/14, 7 PM Quintet of the Americas play the Manhattan premieres of Hurricane Sandy-themed works by Bruce Odland and Kevin James at the National Opera Center, 333 7th Ave., free. 6/18 at 2 PM they play a pan-American program TBA at the Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St, 7 to Flushing/Main St., $6

6/14, 8 PM fearlessly political janglerock songwriter Fred Gillen Jr followed by the similarly fearless, even more lyrically brilliant Linda Draper at Sidewalk

6/14, 8/9:30 PM tuneful, expansive pianist Eri Yamamoto leads her trio at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

6/14, 8 PM the NY Phil play Dvorak’s Carnival Overture and New World Symphony plus works by Ravel, Masssenet, and Saint-Saens at the great lawn in Central Park, free, enter at 72nd St. and Central Park West. The program repeats on 6/16 at 8 at Prospect Park

6/14, 8:30 PM the wildfire NY Gypsy All-Stars  joined by brilliant guest oudist Ara Dinkjian at Drom, $10 advance tix rec

6/14, 9 PM darkly cinematic composer Nathan Xander, the opaquely jangly, dreampop-influenced Dead Painters and creepy Laurel Canyon art-rock/psych-folk/dark Americana band Quicksilver Daydream playing the al bum release show for their new one at the Mercury, $!0

6/14, 9 PM oldschool soul crooner JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound at the Bell House, $15

6/15, noon latin jazz piano titan Arturo O’Farrill leads a sextet at St. Marks Park, 10th St/2nd Ave

6/15, 7:30 PM a rare performance of kinetic, rustic Colombian gaita negra with flute-and-percussion group Paíto y los Gaiteros de Punta Brava at the Lincoln Center Atrium

6/15, 8:30 PM the irrepressible Jon Irabagon on sax with Gary Versace on organ and Tom Rainey on drums at the Bar Next Door

6/15, 8:30 PM edgy, funny Russian-French klezmer band Dobranotch at the Jalopy, $15

6/15, 9;00 PM edgy, improvisationally-inclined microtonal string ensemble the Sirius Quartet at Club Bonafide, $15

6/15, 9 PM wild, noisy, genuinely Hendrixian virtuoso lead guitarist Viva DeConcini and her band at the Way Station. She’s also here on 6/22, same time

6/15, 9 PM quirky, smartly lyrical avant chamber pop with the Icebergs – Jane LeCroy – vox; Tom Abbs – cello; David Rogers-Berry – drums – at Pete’s

6/16, 6 PM haunting trumpeter/santoorist Amir ElSaffar‘s Rivers of Sound orchestra plays the album release show for their new stormy, darkly relevant new one, Not Two, on the Plaza at 28 Liberty St. (William/Broad) in the financial district, free

6/16, 6 PM sardonic acoustic punks Norwood at the American Folk Art Museum

6/16, 7:30 PM Changing Modes – NYC’s funnest, most unpredictable, sharply lyrical new wave art-rock band – at Highline Ballroom, $15 adv tix rec

6/16, 8 PM lyrically-fueled electric folk noir band Leland Sundries at the Mercury, $!0

6/16, 8 PM keyboardist Dave Kadden’s Drunken Foreigner Band – sort of a Brooklyn counterpart to Dengue Fever, or a Thai Chicha Libre – followed at by the self-explanatory Zozo Afrobeat at Barbes

6/16, 8 PM catchy oldtimey all-female string band the Calamity Janes  at Silvana. 6/17 at 8 they’re at Shrine followed at 10 by Oxygen Box playing Haitian-inspired roots reggae

6/16, 8 PM adventurous South Seas pointillisms with the hypnotic Gamelan Son of Lion at the Park Church Coop in Greenpoint

6/16, 8 PM night one of the Jalopy’s annual International Music Festival with Zong Li Lu playing ethereal, hypnotic Chinese monochord fook, at 9 haunting flamenco chanteuse Julia Patinella, at 10 high-voltage son jarocho folk-punks Radio Jarocho  and at 10 Sharq Attack with Marandi Hostetter, 5 string violin; Brian Prunka, oud; John Murchison, double bass and Philip Mayer, percussion jamming out classic Middle Eastern themes, $20

6/16, 8ish trippy, hypnotically enveloping EWI and ambient electronics from baritone sax mastermind Moist Paula Henderson  at the Owl

6/16, 9 PM epic, original, intense original Balkan monsters Raya Brass Band; and their even more epic Rhode Island counterparts, street band What Cheer Brigade at Littlefield, $10

6/16. 9 PM wickedly jangly surf/twang/country instrumentalists the Bakersfield Breakers at Singlecut Beersmiths in Queens

6/16-17, 10 PM the haunting, eclectic, harmonically rich all-female Mariachi Flor de Toloache play the album release shows for their new one at Joe’s Pub, $25

6/17, 6 PM East Winds Ensemble play works by two masters of Japanese music, Masayo Ishigure and Marco Lienhard at Isham Park in Inwood, 1 train to 215th St

6/17, 7 PM night two of the Jalopy’s annual International Music Festival with Sangita Mukhiya Chhochoon with Nhuchhe Fangol on tabla & Bimal Dangi on harmonium playing Nepali songs, followed at 8 by Zikrayat playing cinematic classics from the golden age of Arabic song, at 9 by Bomba y Plena with Jorge Vazquez -doing bouncy Puerto Rican grooves, at 10 African dance band Akoko Nante and at 11 wild, spiraling, rare rustic minor-key Polesian klezmer dances and grooves with Litvakus, $20

6/17, 7:30 PM violinist Monica Chen leads a string sextet with piano playing works by Schumann, Dvorak and Ke-Chia Chen at Concerts on the Slope, St. John’s Episcopal Church 139 St. John’s Place downhill from 7th Ave

6/17, 8 PM delta blues/oldtime hillbilly music maven Mamie Minch at Barbes

6/17, 8ish Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play haunting underground Greek  revolutionary anthems and hash-smoking songs from the 20s and 30s at the Owl

6/17, 8 PM vocalist Suzanne Lorge with noir jazz piano mastermind Frank Kimbrough  at the Lounge at Hudson View Gardens, 128 Pinehurst Ave at W183rd St, $12, reception to follow

6/17, 10 PM Miss Velvet & the Blue Wolf play quirky, torchy blue-eyed soul with incisively edgy, purist blues guitar at the big room at the Rockwood 

6/17, 10 PM edgy lefty guitarist Damian Quinones and his psychedelic latin soul band at the Way Station

6/17, 2 AM (wee hours of 2/18) haunting psychedelic/doom metal band Matte Black at Arlene’s, $10

6/18, 3 PM Blythe Gruda sings her enigmatic art-rock and parlor pop at Pete’s

6/18, 4 PM Angel Lam’s moody, mysterious musical theatre piece Lost in Shanghai, with a score spanning from classical to Chinese to art-rock at Flushing Town Hall, $10

6/18, 7 PM bassist Petros Klampanis leads his hauntingly lush, string-driven septet playing the album release show for his new Middle Eastern-themed one Chroma at National Sawdust, $30

6/18, 10 PM smart, darkly pensive third-stream jazz pianist Noa Fort leads her quartet at the small room at the Rockwood

6/18. 10 PM eclectic Florida roots reggae band the Ellameno Beat at Shrine

6/19, 6 PM the improvisationally-inclined Osso String Quartet followed at 9 by legendary dual-reedman George Braith – who can play two saxes at once better than most guys can play one – leading his quartet at the Fat Cat

6/19, 8:30 PM the Attacca Quartet play a program of string quartets TBA at the third stage at the Rockwood, $15

6/19. 1 AM (wee hours of 6/20) captivating, chiming, pensively lyrical indie art-rock band Flock of Dimes at Baby’s All Right, $15 

6/20. 7 PM smart, catchy, purist, sometimes devastatingly funny acoustic pop songwriter Elisa Peimer plays her bday show at Arlene’s $8

6/20, 7 PM haunting Middle Eastern chanteuse Nani with special guests: Michael Winograd (clarinet) & Dan Nadel (guitar) at Shaoeshifter Lab, $12 

6/20, 7 PM lyrical pianist Guy Mintus plays the album release for his new trio cd at the big room at the Rockwood, $12

6/20, 7:30 PM tuneful blue-eyed soul bandleader Don Piper followed by this era’s most interesting voice in retro Britrock and glam-inspired art-rock,Edward Rogers and his killer band playing the album release show for his new one at the Cutting Room, $15 adv tix rec

6/20, 7:30/9:30 PM darkly melodic pianist Shai Maestro leads a trio with special guest Gretchen Parlato at the Jazz Standard, $25

6/20, 8 PM an iconic dark rock twinbill: the greatest art-rock pianist maybe ever, Botanica’s Paul Wallfisch and Bauhaus bassist (and theatrical songwriter) David J at Bowery Electric for $12? uh huh!

6/20, 8 PM guitarist Brendon Randall-Myers joins with the Dither guitar quartet and singer Eliza Bagg for new overtone-infused works at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

6/20, 8 PM Red Gretchen play their slowly undulating, doomy psychedelic/art-rock grooves at Shrine

6/20, 9 PM pianist Dongfeng Liu leads a fascinating Asian folk-influenced quintet with pipa and erhu at Shapeshifter Lab, $12

6/20, 10 PM brilliant drummer/percussionist Willie Martinez & La Familia Sextet play classic salsa grooves at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe

6/21, 3 PM kinetic latin/Middle Eastern acoustic jamband Inti and the Moon followed by haunting, soaring, lyrically brilliant Great Plains gothic songstress Rose Thomas Bannister with guitar god Bob Bannister at Corkscrew Wines, 489 Myrtle Ave., Ft. Greene, C or G to Clinton-Washington

6/21, 3:15 PM hilarious, fearlessly political performance artist/satirist/loopmusic singer Killy Dwyer followed at 6 by funky, lyrically intense dark folk jamband the Sometime Boys– with the riveting Sarah Mucho on vocals – and eventually at 8 by smartly political faux-French retro 60s psych-pop band les Sans Culottes outdoors at Freddy’s

6/21, 6 PM cutting-edge improvisations with Japanese koto and shamisen player Sumie Kaneko  + flutist Haruna Fukazawa at the Rubin Museu of Art, free w/museum adm

6/21, 6 PM psychedelic funk and Afrobeat with the People’s Champs at the corner of Pearl and Willoughby St, downtown Brooklyn, free.  6/23 at 10 PM they’re at C’Mon Everybody for $10

6/21, 6 PM eclectic early music choir Cantus at Bryant Park

6/21, 7 PM charming psychedelic 90s hip-hop nostalgia: Digable Planets at Coffey Park, Verona St. bet. Richard St. and Dwight St. in Red Hook

6/21, 8 PM pensive parlor pop/art-rock pianist/singer Rachei Reis’ art-song project Her Crooked Heart at Barbes

6/21, 8 PM one of the year’s hottest jazz lineups: the Rolling Stones’ Tim Ries on sax, leading a quintet with Randy Brecker, the great Chano Dominguez on piano, with James Genus on bass and Clarence Penn on drums, for real, at Drom, $15 adv tix rec.

6/22, noon Gulf Coast soul band the Suffers play their horn-infused sounds at Metrotech Park in downtown Brooklyn

6/22, 7 PM trumpeter Jonathan Saraga and his Sextet followed by the cinematic Danny Rivera Big Band at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

6/22, 7:30/9:30 PM saxophonist Ole Mathisen plays the album release show for his reputedly amazing new one Floating Points with Amir ElSaffar – trumpet; Bobby Avey – piano; Gregg August – bass, wow, at the Jazz Gallery, $22

6/22, 7:30 PM South African classical guitarist Derek Gripper reinvents Malian kora music at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

6/22-24, 8 PM cleverly lyrical, darkly lyrical pianist Misha Piatigorsky records a live album with Danton Boller on bass and Rudy Royston on drums at Zinc Bar

6/22, 8 PM stark, banjo-fueled North Carolina noir Americana string band the Resonant Rogues at Shrine. Then they jump in a cab and rush down to Silvana to play at 10.

6/22, 8 PM soprano Eliza Bagg, backed by a sextet, sings Gemma Peacocke’s new song cycle based on Eliza Griswold‘s book, I Am the Beggar of the World: Landays from Contemporary Afghanistan, giving voice to the struggles of Afghani women, at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

6/22, 8 PM sassy New Nashville songbird Lindi Ortega at the Knitting Factory, $15

6/22, 8:30 PM intense, rapturous Balkan/Middle Eastern ensemble the Secret Trio –Tamer Pinarbasi, Ismail Lumanovski & Ara Dinkjian – at Bar Lunatico

6/22, 9:30 PM Middle Eastern-flavored psychedelic jams with Spaghetti Eastern Music  at Sidewalk. They’re at Silvana at 8 on 6/28

6/22, 10 PM jangly, sharply lyrical folk-rock/chamberpop band the Morning Sea – like a more stripped-down, less druggy Elliott Smith – at the small room at the Rockwood

6/22, 10 PM uneasy postpunk/new wave/dreampop band Rich Girls at Bowery Electric, $10

6/23, 5 PM guitarist Amanda Monaco and band on the lower level at 570 Lexington Ave at 51st St, free

6/23, 5:30 PM charming oldtime C&W/front-porch folk harmony band Holler at the American Folk Art Museum

6/23, 7:30 PM the Brooklyn Raga Massive – a rotating cast of A-list Indian, jazz and rock musicians who love to jam out classic Indian themes from over the centuries to the present day –play a John Coltrane tribute followed by tenor sax legend Pharaoh Sanders and his group at Prospect Park Bandshell

6/23, 7:30 PM a rare NYC appearance by Polish pianist Marcin Masecki with drummer Jerzy Rogiewicz doing their high-voltage ragtime project at Joe’s Pub, $20

6/23, 8 PN colorful classical organist Christopher Houlihan plays works by Bach, Durufle, Debussy and Hannah Lash at the  Church of the Holy Apostles, 296 9th Ave at 28th St, free

6/23, 8 PM rustic Brazilian jungle guitar sounds with Regional de NY followed at 10 by similar oldschool danceable Colombian tunes with Chia’s Dance Party  at Barbes

6/23, 8:30 PM haunting, gorgeously lyrical pianist Satoko Fujii’s Japanese folk-inspired quartet Kaze at I-Beam, $15

6/23,  8:30 PM rapturous improvisation: trumpet icon Wadada Leo Smith  – who may be the best blues player alive, among many other things – at the Glass Box Theatre at Mannes College of Music, $20

6/23, 9 PM stoner boogie with Catalina Shortwave followed eventually at 11 by the darkly eclectic, enigmatic Lorraine Leckie  – equally adept at Slavic and Americana noir – at Sidewalk

6/23, 10 PM majestic, cinematic surf instrumentalists the TarantinosNYC  at the Parkside

6/23, 9:30 PM an eclectic night of trance-oriented global sounds with multi-instrumentalist Ravish Momin, tabla-and-kora ensemble Orakel, plaintive vocalist Muyassar Kurdi and avant garde duo Christine Southwoth and Evan Ziporyn at the Rubin Museum of Art, $20 adv tix rec

6/23, 10 PM fiery, fearlessly political female-fronted rockers the Last Internationale at Maxwell’s, $15. 6/24, 11 PM they’re at Rough Trade, $12 adv tix rec

6/23, 10:30 PM eclectic drummer/tabla player/composer David Weiss & Point of Departure  doing their relevant late 60s inspired stuff at the Fat Cat

6/24, 3 PM noisy, hazily jangly, psychedelic slowcore/free jazz/avant instrumentalists Sunwatchers at Union Pool outdoors on the patio, free

6/24, 5 PM newschool fado star Sofia Ribeiro, assaultive goth/Stooges punk duo Dead Combo with special guest Marc Ribot and Portuguese band the Gift at Central Park Summerstage 

6/24, 7:30/9:30 PM awesomely slinky, psychedelic Israeli Ethiopiques groove instrumentalists Anbessa Orchestra  at Ginny’s Supper Club, $15

6/24, 8 PM sultry retro Franco-American torch jazz/chamber pop/ukulele swing band les Chauds Lapins at Barbes

6/24, 8 PM a night of solo sets: fiery guitarist Ava Mendoza, bassist Devin Hoff, Ethiopian violin maven Kaethe Hostetter and guitar noisemeister Colin Langenus at  Secret Project Robot, 1186 Broadway at Lafayette, Bushwick, J/M to Kosciusko St.  

6/24,  8 PM a rare US appearance by darkly eclectic Polish improvisers the Wójciński/Szmańda Quartet with similarly brilliant cellist Erik Friedlander at the Jazz Gallery, $22

6/24, 9 PM hip-hop brass: New Orleans  ensemble the Soul Rebels with special guests Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch and Kirk Knight at Prospect Park Bandshell

6/25, 2 PM the NY Scandia String Orchestra play a program of rare Nordic music TBA on the Billings Lawn at Fr. Tryon Park, A to 180th St., go into the park and take the path downhill, follow the sound

6/25, 4 PM the guy who built the Temple of Hip-Hop, KRS-1 at at Coffey Park Verona St. bet. Richard St. and Dwight St. in Red Hook

6/25, 4 PM  mesmerizingly improvisational string ensemble the Lutosławski Quartet with violinist Mark Feldman and pianist Sylvie Courvoisier at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix req

6/25, 6 PM in reverse order: a site-specific performance by the epically stygian Eli Keszler, cumulo-nimbus vocal experimentalist Stine Motland, enigmatically ambient reedwoman Lea Bertucci, the reliably fun Tilt Brass and avant garde marching band Ashcan Orchestra at the Knockdown Center, $15

6/25, 6 PM sharply lyrical southwestern gothic/Americana songwriter Tom Shaner at LIC Bar

6/25, 7 PM Ashley Bathgate – NYC’s go-to new-music cellist – plays works by Steve Reich and Fjóla Evans and world premieres by Emily Cooley and Alex Weiser at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix req

6/25, 8:30 PM an excellent Americana twinbill album release show: purist retro rock and C&W bandleader Monica Passin and her rockabilly outfit, Li’l Mo and the Monicats, followed by haunting DC songwriter Mary Battista & Little Pink at the Treehouse at 2A 

6/25, 9 PM a killer twinbill at Pine Box Rock Shop with wryly retro, period-perfect classic 60s style female-fronted honkytonk band the Bourbon Express and wickedly jangly surf/twang/country instrumentalists the Bakersfield Breakers

6/25, 9:30 PM Navin Chettri‘s band makes jazz out of rarely heard Nepali themes at Drom, $10 adv tix rec

6/26, 5 PM riveting, theatrical, amazingly eclectic Korean psychedelic folk band Coreyah, theatrical, high-voltage Korean disco band Ssing Ssing and Korean rappers Year of the Ox at Central Park Summerstage

6/26, 7 PM sweeping, kinetic, Mediterranean and Andalucian string sounds with the Maureen Choi Quartet at Shapeshifter Lab, $15

6/26, 8 PM the year’s most unexpected twinbill:  sardonic, irrepressible satirical songwriter Jonathan Coulton and the unstoppably dark, lyrical legend Aimee Mann at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, $35

6/26, 8:30 PM thoughtful, often riveting violinist Sarah Bernstein leads her microtonal improvising quartet – Ron Stabinsky – piano; Stuart Popejoy – electric bass; Satoshi Takeishi – drums – at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

6/26, 8:30 PM eclectic Celtic/baroque pop harpist/singer Kristin Rebecca at the big room at the Rockwood, $10 

6/26, 8:30 PM cleverly lyrical, coolly intriguing jazz chanteuse Dorian Devins leads her trio  with Lou Rainone on keys and Paul Gil on bass at the Bar Next Door

6/27, noon Cuban son legends Septeto Santiaguero at Metrotech Park in downtown Brooklyn

6/27, 7 PM soaring singer Jo Williamson – who’s been mining a purist Americana folk sound these days – outdoors at LIC Bar

6/27, 7:30 PM irrepressible, historically informed, folk noir/art-rock songwriter Elisa Flynn at Cowgirl, 519 Hudson St (10th/Charles Sts.)

 6/27, 7:30 PM violinist Lara St. John leads a chamber ensemble performing works by Britten, Vaughan Williams and Jessie Montgomery at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, free

6/27, 8 PM lustrously dark jazz pianist Guy Mintus collaborates with flamenco guitarist Andreas Arnold at Caffe Vivaldi

6/27, 9 PM haunting folk noir duo Pear Claw – guitarist and Nick Cave soundalike Mike Shoykhet and stark, intense violist Karen Claman – at Sidewalk 

6/27, 9 PM excellent, purist honkytonk crooner/bandleader Cliff Westfall  at 11th St. Bar

6/27, 9:30  PM Indian-inspired, ex-Sharon Jones organist Colin Brown leads his trio at Freddy’s

6/27, 10 PM Palehound – who blend eerie, lyrical new wave with hypnotic motorik vintage Wire-style postpunk – at Baby’s All Right, $15

6/28, 5 PM Yotoco play psychedelic cumbia and boleros at the corner of Pearl and Willoughby St, downtown Brooklyn, free

6/28, 7 PM vintage soul band Felix Hernandez’s Rhythm Revue followed by Rare Essence at Betsy Head Park, Dumont Ave. & Strauss St., in Brownsville, 3 to Saratoga Ave. 

6/28, 7:30 PM intense, piano-based, Aimee Mann-style literate chamber pop group Elizabeth & the Catapult with the Britpop Choir & Brooklynite Choir at the Poisson Rouge, $10 gen adm

6/28, 7:30 PM timbalero Don Perignon and his Puerto Rico–based orquesta at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, $17

6/28, 8 PM pyrotechnic Balkan multi-reedman Greg Squared‘s Circle at Barbes

6/28, 8 PM Lazurite (Megan Moncrief) plays her ukelin – a 32-stringed American folk instrument sold door-to-door as a sort of Depression-era competitor to the autoharp – over ambient drones, followed by meticulously kinetic, lustrously melodic singer/sound sculptor Lesley Flanigan performing new works in her new duo project with ceilist Mariel Roberts at Issue Project Room, $15 

6/28, 8:30 PM Antibalas spinoff Armo play newschool Afrobeat at Bar Lunatico

6/28, 9 PM Crescent City-flavored “steamboat soul” band Roosevelt Dime at Maxwell’s, $10

6/28, 9:30 PM Texas swing icons the Hot Club of Cowtown at at Joe’s Pub, $25

6/28, 9:30  PM a Planned Parenthood benefit with short sets by Americana guitar legend Eric Ambel, the Stonesy, fearlessly populist Dirty  Rollers, soul-rock cult heroine Dina Regine, powerhouse soul Lizzie Edwards of Lizzie & the Makers, oldschool Max’s style glampunks the New York Junk and others tba at the Delancey, $10

6/29, noon fiery fiddler/composer Alicia Svigals and her hotshot klezmer band at St. Marks Park, 10th St/2nd Ave

6/29, 7 PM brooding baritone sax/piano improvisations with the Charles Evans/Ron Stabinsky duo followed by the world’s funniest improvising ensemble, Mostly Other People Do the Killing, at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

6/29, 7:30 PM noir mambo powerhouse Orkesta Mendoza followed by Mexican-American folk song reinventor Lila Downs at Prospect Park Bandshell

6/29, 7:30 PM sardonic, Gil Scott-Heron-influenced soul-rock songwriter Chocolate Genius at the Lincoln Center Atrium

6/29, 8 PM 20s hot jazz revivalist/impresario/trombonist Michael Arenella leads his quartet at the Red Room, 85 E 4th St., free. 2 pairs of free tix to the 8/27 Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governors Island to the first 50 people in the house!

6/29, 8 PM eclectic, lyrical jazz bassist/composer Pedro Giraudo leads his Tango Quartet followed at 10 by energetic acoustic Veracruz-style folk-punk band Radio Jarocho at Barbes

6/30, 7 PM St Lenox play their insightfully lyrical, fearlessly populist soul and parlor pop at the park at 125th St. and the Hudson

6/29, 8ish lush, brilliantly lyrical art-rock band the Universal Thump – the missing link between Kate Bush, Supertramp and Split Enz -at the Owl

6/30, 7:30 PM Rez Abbasi leads a guitar army playing Monk: Nels Cline, Julian Lage, Miles Okazaki, Liberty Ellman, Steve Cardenas, Anders Nilsson and Mike Baggetta, plus many ore at Greenwich House Music School, expensive, $30 but worth it.

6/30, 7:30 PM retro 1930s swing with Margi & the Dapper Dots at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, $17

6/30, 8 PM guitar-and-bass magic: Bill Frisell and Thomas Morgan play the album release show for their rapturously gorgeous, intimate new one at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

6/30, 8 PM cult favorite outlaw Americana songwriter Jim Lauderdale followed by wild, intense, frequently satirical newgrass/oldtimey hellraisers the Dustbowl Revival at City Winery, $15 standing room avail.

6/30, 8 PM darkly playful, epic piano-based art-rock singer Eve Lesov  at Sidewalk

6/30, 8 PM awful segue, two good bands: klezmer/circus rock crew Bella’s Bartok followed by female-fronted retro rocksteady band Big Takeover at American Beauty, $10

6/30, 8 PM soaring chamber-pop/art-rock singer/pianist Kristin Hoffmann at Caffe Vivaldi

6/30, 8ish in reverse order at the Knockdown Center; creepy post-industrial wastescapes with Fierro Ex Machina, uneasy soundscaper Amy Mills, hauntingly ethereal, lyrically edgy cellist Meaner Pencil, loopmusic violinist Matthais Etterm $10/$5 stud

6/30, 8:30 PM state-of-the-art trumpeter Dave Douglas and band play the album release show for his new one inspired by Carla Bley at the Glass Box Theatre at Mannes College of Music, $20

6/30, 8:30 PM accordionist Sam Reider’s amazing, cinematic pastoral jazz crew Future Folk at Bar Lunatico

6/30, 9 PM speedmetal band Sweet Magma and political punks Kilifax at Desmond’s   

6/30-7/1, 9/10:30 PM state-of-the-art melodic postbop trumpet: Russ Johnson leads a quartet with  Aruan Ortiz, piano;  Michael Formanek, bass;  Gerald Cleaver, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

6/30, 10 PM intense frontwoman Hannah Fairchild’s searingly lyrical punk/art-rock/noir cabaret band Hannah vs. the Many – this blog’s current favorite group -at the Way Station

6/30, 10 PM fiery, psychedelically bluesy oldschool soul/southern rockers Lizzie & the Makers at the small room at the Rockwood

6/30, 10 PM pan-tropical band Yotoco – whose rotating cast spins through cumbia and other south-of-the-border styles – at Barbes

6/30, 10 PM slinky original rocksteady with Osekre & the Lucky Bastards at Shrine

6/30, 11 PM edgy, guitar-fueled peak era King Crimson-ish art-rockers Woodhead at Hank’s

7/1, 3ish boogaloo legend Joe Bataan outdoors at Union Pool, free. 7/7 at 7:30 he and the band are at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, $17

7/1, 5 PM in reverse order: NYC’s arguably finest oldtime swing band Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks, the charming, female-fronted cosmopolitan swing crew Avalon Jazz Band and 20s jazz chanteuse Aurora Nealand at Central Park Summerstage

7/1, 6 PM Book of J – Sway Machinery frontman/guitarslinger Jeremiah Lockwood and Jewlia Eisenberg of Charming Hostess – followed at 8 by eclectic, electric C&W/blues band the Jug Addicts  and then at 10 by epic ranchera/bolero brass crew Banda de los Muertos at Barbes. The Jug Addicts are at Bar Chord at 10 on 7/7

7/1, 7:30 PM the Binky Griptite Orchestra – the late, great Sharon Jones’ backing band – at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, $17

7/1, 7/9:30 PM perennially lyrical, prolific tenor postbop tenor saxophonist/composer Tom Tallitsch and his group at Minton’s, $15

7/1, 8 PM Iranian art-rock/avant garde violinist Parnaz Partovi and Electric Monks at Drom, $20 adv tix rec

7/1, 8 PM high voltage skiffle/Americana band the Salt Cracker Crazies followed at 9 PM by Divining Rod – who work the furthest open-tuned corners of 70s Britfolk – and then at 11 PM by oldschool psychedelic soul/groove band Empire Beats at the Way Station. Empire Beats are also here on 7/7 at 10

7/1, 8 PM classic 30s swing with the Rob Stoneback Big Band with vocalists Kathy Jenkins & Rob Kevlin at Kingsborough Colllege Lighthouse Bandshell, 2001 Oriental Boulevard (at Oxford), Manhattan Beach, B/Q to Brighton Beach, free

7/1, 8 PM oldtime blues guitar/banjo/piano genius Jerron Blind Boy Paxton at Iridium, $25. He’s finally playing for the tourists now.

7/1, 8:30 PM the world’s creepiest crime jazz/film noir band, Big Lazy at Bar Lunatico

7/1, 8:30 PM perennially fresh jazz trumpet star Dave Douglas and his quartet play the album release show for his new one Riverside: A New National Anthem at the New School’s Glass Box Performance Space, 55 W 13th St, $20

7/1, 8:30 PM darkly growling jazz guitarist Joe Morris with lustrously lyrical pianist Sylvie Courvoisier. At 9:30 he plays a duo set with haunting violinis Mark Feldman, $15

7/1, 8:30 PM popular 90s chamber pop/Americana songsmith David Poe at the third stage at the Rockwood, $15

7/1, 9 PM sweeping, kinetic, Mediterranean and Andalucian string sounds with the Maureen Choi Quartet at Terraza 7, 40-19 Gleane St, Queens, $10

7/1, 9/10:30 PM state-of-the-art melodic postbop trumpet: Russ Johnsonleads a quartet with  Aruan Ortiz, piano;  Michael Formanek, bass;  Gerald Cleaver, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

7/1, 10:30 PM tenor saxophonist Ken Fowser leads his band at Smalls. Jukebox jazz in a JD Allen vein but not as dark and more straight-ahead/groove-oriented: as postbop party music goes, nobody’s writing better than this guy right now.

7/1, 11 PM lush, intense, artfully orchestrated psychedelic rockers Aunt Ange  at the small room at the Rockwood

7/2, 8 PM bassist Andrew Sheron and Tuvan folk ensemble Alash mash up otherworldly, stark Central Asian and bluegrass sounds at Joe’s Pub, $25

7/2, 10:30 PM keyboardist and occasional Karla Rose collaborator Frank LoCrasto‘s cinematic organ sounds at Pete’s

7/2, 10:30 PM tuneful soul-jazz trombonist David Gibson leads his  quintet at Smalls

7/3, 8 PM minimalistic postrock/thrash instrumentalists the Austerity Program followed by retro 80s goths and Fields of the Nephilim soundalikes Fotocrime at St. Vitus, free   

7/3, 8 PM fiery, deviously fun oldtimey swing guitarist/crooner Seth Kessel & the Two Cent Band at Sunny’s

7/3, 8 PM indie classical guitarist Dan Lippel plays a program TBA at Branded Saloon of all places

7/3, 9 PM Lowpines play their low-key Elliott Smith soundalike psych-pop at Pete’s 

7/3, 9:30 PM cumbia band Los Cumpleanos – with new wave synths & retro organ sounds with effect-laden trombone and trumpet as well as a three piece percussion section – at Barbes 

7/4, 2 PM awesomely unhinged horror surf/hotrod instrumentalists the Mad Doctors  open an allday bill, with Carolina Oliveros’ trippy tropicalia band Combo Chimbita – who mash up cumbia, salsa, champeta and a whole bunch of other south of the border styles – and then finally careening noise/psych/doom band Stuyedeyed headlining at around 10 at Sunnyvale, $10 

7/4, 3 PM perennially fiery, relevant guitarist Marc Ribot’s Songs of Resistance Project followed by high-voltage psychedelic cumbia band MAKU Soundsystem – whose new album takes a detour toward Caribbean and African sounds – at the Knockdown Center, $15

7/4, 7 PM torchy singer Aurora Nealand ’s New Orleans swing band the Royal Roses followed by clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

7/4, this era’s most cutting-edge, politically relevant large jazz ensemble,Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society  plays the most confrontationally cool 4th of July show anywhere in town, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25

7/4, 7:30 PM David Ostwald’s Louis Armstrong repertory big band at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, $17

7/4, 9:30 PM the first of three very rare NYC shows by haunting psychedelic bandleader and Nick Cave soundalike Weinf, who brings to mind the Doors, Blue Oyster Cult and maybe the Frank Flight Band, at Sidewalk. He’s back there on 7/6 at 10 and then plays a house concert on 7/7 at 8, email for info/location 

7/4, 10:30 PM snarling female-fronted Nashville gutter blues band Thelma & the Sleaze at Baby’s All Right, $10. They’re at the Mercury the following night, 7/12 at 10 for the same price 

7/5, 1 PM jazz pianist Eugene Marlow’s lush, darkly eclectic, latin-tinged Heritage Ensemble at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex, free

7/5, 6 PM ambitiously lyrical, cutting-edge rising star jazz composer/singer Annie Chen and her septet at at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

7/5 inspired, cutting-edge trombonist/composer Ryan Keberle & Catharsis play the album release show for their incendiary, politically-fueled new one, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25

7/5, 7:30 PM a rare, killer B3 organ twinbill:Jared Gold with his trio followed by Brian Charette with his quartet at Smalls. Charette’s also here on 7/6, same time

7/5, 7:30 PM the Isaac Delgado Orchestra play their mighty Afro-Cuban salsa at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, $17

7/5, 8 PM psychedelic klezmer/bluegrass mandolin and clarinet legend Andy Statman at Barbes, $10

7/5, 8 PM a free screening of Pink Floyd’s The Wall at Brooklyn Bazaar, rsvp reqd 

 7/5, 9 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” at Troost 

7/6. 6:30 PM cellist Nioka Workman’s intense Firey String Sistas chamber jazz project at Socrates Sculpture Park, Broadway at Vernon Blvd in Long Island City, G to 21st St.

7/6, 7:30 PM lush, dynamically eclectic Korean folk/art-rock band Coreyah mash up lustrous, often plaintive themes with hard-charging hip-hop and dance tunes at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

7/6, 7:30 PM the Peekaboos – a large allstar NYC cast including but not limited to guitarist Oren Bloedow, singer Michelle Casillas and saxophonist Briggan Krauss – play rocksteady classics at the Owl

7/6, 8 PM Brooklyn’s funnest new band, psychedelic organ-driven Middle Eastern-tinged surf rock trio Hearing Things followed at 10 by epic, cinematic guitar soundtrack composer Christina Courtin at Barbes

7/6, 8 PM confrontational Iranian singer/violinist Sadaf H. Nava collaborates with artist Evan Caminiti and filmmaker Paul Clipson in a multimedia exploration of the general toxicity of urban areas at Issue Project Room, $15

7/6, 8 PM elegant, sharply lyrical parlor pop stylist Heather Eatman at Hifi Bar

7/6, 8 PM smartly populist oldtimey-flavored Americana band 2/3 Goat and long-running 90s alt-country favorites Rusty Truck at Hill Country

7/6, 8/9:30 PM Romany jazz accordionist Julien Labro and guitarist Olli Soikkeli lead their quartet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 cover plus $10 minimum

7/6, 9 PM Quantum Peruvian – who blend jangly Plan 9 psychedelia, GBV scruffiness and a little glam – at the Delancey 

7/6, 9 PM the darkly eclectic, enigmatic Lorraine Leckie  – equally adept at Slavic and Americana noir and dark cabaret – at Pete’s. 7/24 at 11 she’s at Sidewalk with her fiery Americana band the Demons.

7/6, 10 PM slyly lyrical New Orleans oldschool soul/groove/Americana crew the Nat Osborn Band at Rough Trade, $12 adv tix rec

7/6, 10 PM Hollywood’s Dan Finnerty leads his savagely hilarious top 40 parody group the Dan Band at Joe’s Pub, $25

7/6, 10 PM Of Clocks & Clouds play their twisted postrock and goth-tinged post-new wave anthems at Bowery Electric, $12

7/7, 7:30 PM psychedelic funk and Afrobeat with the People’s Champs at Prospect Park Bandshell

7/7, 8 PM the Ulysses Quartet play works by Schubert, Golijov, Turina and Janacek’s harrowing String Quartet No. 2 at Scholes St. Studios

7/7, 9:30 PM elegantly exhilarating tarantella/Neapolitan folk jamband Newpoli at Joe’s Pub, $15 adv tix rec

7/7, 8:30 PM the fifteen-piece Makrokosmos Orchestra with jazz singer Christine Correa play compositions by Tim O’Dell and Richard Nelson at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

7/7, 10 PM intense charismatic danceable metal cumbia/skaragga/latin rockers Escarioka at at Bar Chord, free. They’re at Mehanata the following night, 7/8 at 9 for $10

7/7, 10 PM noir soul and groove themes with the Ghost Funk Orchestra at the Gutter, $10 

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

7/7, 10 PM this era’s most chillingly cinematic, shadowy reverbtoned noir guitar instrumentalists, Big Lazy at Barbes

7/7, 10 PM bizarre segue, good twinbill: guitar genius Lenny Molotov’s torchy, lyrically smashing original female-fronted oldtimey swing crew the Fascinators  followed at 11 by ska-punks the Horsewater Skanks at Sidewalk  

7/7, 11 PM haunting, psychedelic doom metal band Matte Black at Hank’s, $8

7/7, 1 AM (actually wee hours of 7/8), psychedelic downtempo jazz quartet Mute the Commercials at the small room at the Rockwood 

7/8, 1/3 PM pioneering downtown avant garde vocalist Pamela Z in Nolan Park in the middle of Governors Island, free

7/8, 5 PM the Jimmy Heath Big Band at Springfield Park, 184th St. & 146th Terrace in Springfield Gardens, Queens

7/8, 6 PM the haunting, eclectic, harmonically rich all-female Mariachi Flor de Toloache and legendary Colombian Caribbean singer Totó La Momposina at Central Park Summerstage

7/8, 6 PM Adam Klipple‘s Organ Soul Explosion with Al Street on guitar and Curtis Fowlkes on trombone at 55 Bar

7/8, 7 PM spot-on Fela cover band Chop & Quench followed by Jamaican dancehall hitmaker Chronixx at Prospect Park Bandshell

7/8, 8 PM trombone man Wycliffe Gordon and His International All-Stars at Kingsborough Colllege Lighthouse Bandshell, 2001 Oriental Boulevard (at Oxford), Manhattan Beach, B/Q to Brighton Beach, free

7/8, 8 PM eclectic, richly pensive chamber works by Michal Raymond Massoud performed by an ensemble TBA at Scholes st. Studios 

7/8, 8:30 PM violin/accordion band the Ghosts of Indecision play a wild mix of Balkan and klezmer sounds at the Owl

7/8, 8:30 PM state-of-the-art postbop guitarist Will Bernard leads his band at Bar Lunatico

7/8, 9 PM intense, brilliantly lyrical, fearlessly political 1950s style original folk/blues singer Joshua Garcia at Caffe Vivaldi

7/8, 9/10:30 PM bassist Peter Brendler leads his postbop quartet with Rich Perry, tenor sax;  Gary Versace, piano;  Vinnie Sperrazza, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 cover plus $10 minimum

7/8, 10 PM darkwave and carnivalesque art-rock with Children Having Children at the Cobra Club, $tba   

7/8, 10 PM jangly female-fronted latin lounge/80s chime pop band Parrot Dream at Footlight Bar, $10

 7/9, 5 PM vintage soul band Felix Hernandez’s Rhythm Revue followed by 70s disco hitmakers the Ohio Players at Springfield Park, 184th St. & 146th Terrace  in Springfield Gardens, Queens

7/9, 6 PM Book of J –Sway Machinery frontman/guitarslinger Jeremiah Lockwood and Jewlia Eisenberg of Charming Hostess – followed at 8 by charismatic, fearlessly political, lurid noir Americana songwriter and banjoist Curtis Eller and at 9 by awesomely slinky, psychedelic Israeli Ethiopiques groove instrumentalists Anbessa Orchestra at Barbes

7/9, 7 PM Lyla Cante play their fiery, kinetic blend of flamenco and Sephardic sounds at Pier One on the upper west side 

7/9, 7:30 PM crystalline-voiced noir Americana songwriter Jessie Kilguss followed eventually by excellent, purist honkytonk crooner/bandleader Clifford Westfall at Union Hall, $12

7/9, 8 PM a killer duo project: fiery, eclectic, torchy Nicole Zuraitis  on vocals and Helen Sung on piano at Mezzrow, $20

7/9, 8:30 PM haunting dark Americana songwriter/soul belter Jessi Robertson followed eventually at 10:30 PM by edgy, broodingly tuneful, jangly female-fronted trio Shadow Monsters at Pine Box Rock Shop 

7/10, 8:30 PM smart, darkly pensive third-stream jazz pianist Noa Fort leads her quartet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 cover plus $10 minimum

7/10, 9 PM 90s West Coast hip-hop nostalgia: the fearlessly political Rass Kass and the always hilarious, surprisingly lucid Alkaholiks at B.B. King’s, $20 adv tix rec

7/10, 10 PM epic Indian-inspired spacerock band Humeysha at  at the Mercury, $10

7/10, 11 PM eclectically tuneful swing/noir/pastoral jazz combo the Jazz Thieves  at the small room at the Rockwood. They’re also at the Way Station on 7/29 at 9

7/11, 7:30 PM popular indie classical orchestra the Knights play works by Mozart (Symphony No. 40), Purcell and John Adams at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, free

7/11, 7:30 PM conguero Eddie Montalvo and his salsa band at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, $17

7/11, 7:30/9:30 PM drummer Simon Barker leads an intriguing quartet with Jen Shyu – vocals; Tony Malaby – tenor saxophone; Marc Hannaford – piano at the Jazz Gallery, $15/$10 stud

7/11, 8 PM purposeful, pensive Slavic jazz guitarist Martina Fiserova at the Way Station

7/11, 9 PM edgy female-fronted funk band Eliza & the Organix – feat. swirly alto sax player Kristen Tivey followed by anthemic, surfy chamame rock band Paracuta at Shrine. Eliza and crew are also here on 7/18 at 9

7/11, 9 PM purist oldschool guitarist Dap King Joe, “the Staten Island Soul Junkie” (aka Joe Crispiano of the Dap Kings) and band at Freddy’s

7/11, 9:30 PM lyrical, cinematic pianist Julian Shore leads his quartet with Dayna Stephens, tenor sax;  Petros Klampanis, bass;  Colin Stranahan, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 cover plus $10 minimum

7/12, 6:30 PM ace drummer Art Lillard’s Blue Heaven Swing Sextet on the plaza at the Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza

7/12, 7:30 PM Michael Gentile & the Rhythm Serenaders play hot 20s swing at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, $17

 7/12, 7:309:30 PM pianist Jacob Sacks’ excellent 40420 Quartet with Jacob Garchik on trombone at the Jazz Gallery, $15/$10 stud

7/12-13, 7:30 PM ex-Dylan lead guitarist Larry Campbell with singer Teresa Williams at Joe’s Pub, $27

7/12, 8 PM popular psych-folk band the Cave Singers at the Mercury, $15. Purist retro dark Americana harmony band the Cactus Blossoms are also there that night at 11, $12 separate adv tix rec

7/12. 8 PM dynamic, fearlessly populist soul belter Stephanie Rooker at the Way Station

7/12, 8:30 PM wickedly catchy Americana/paisley underground rockers Girls on Grass at Hifi Bar

7/12, 8:30 PM savage stoner boogie/doom/NWOBHM metal band Horseburner at St. Vitus, $8 

7/12, 9:30 PM kinetic jazz vibraphonista Yuhan Su leads her quartet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 cover plus $10 minimum

7/12, 10 PM oldschool dub and hip-hop influenced roots reggae with horns with the Merry Rockers at Silvana 

7/12, 10 PM stoner 70s Murder City style rockers Sun Voyager  followed by stoner boogie band Dead Things at Alphaville, $10 

7/12, 10 PM Waits-ish noir Americana songwriter Pokey LaFarge at Bowery Ballroom, $20 adv tix rec. 7/13 at 10 he’s at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, same deal

7/13, 7:30 PM Astoria Tango Orchestra’s ace bassist Pablo Aslan’s Aces of Rhythm pays tribute to the innovative style of legendary Argentinian bandleader Juan D’Arienzo – “El Rey del Compás” – at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, $17

7/13, 7:30 PM Blick Bassy – Cameroonian crooner/songwriter who adds nifty bluegrass touches to his wildly eclectic but subtle acoustic songs – at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

 7/13, 8 PM the scuffily catchy, jangly, all-male Britanys at Baby’s All Right, $12. Avoid the sucky poser-rock band afterward

7/13, 8 PM a rare, excellent quadruplebill: garage punks QWAM, explosively theatrical, phantasmagorical indie/metal trio A Deer A Horse , the Lounge Act – who veer between dark 60s psych-pop and slicker 80s new wave – and then reverb guitar-driven janglerockers Color Tongue at Brooklyn Bazaar, $10

7/13, 8 PM tuneful, purposeful, edgy guitarist Amanda Monaco plays the album release show for her new one at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 cover plus $10 minimum.Followed at 9:30 by tenor saxophonist Aaron Burnett & the Big Machine: Peter Evans, trumpet;  Carlos Homs, piano;  Nick Jozwiak, bass;  Colin Stranahan, drums; separate adm and min.

 7/13, 8:30 PM ornate, theatrical metal band Cave of Swimmers at Gold Sounds, $12

7/13, 10:30 PM sweeping, swinging vibraphonist Behn Gillece leads his quintet at Smalls

7/13, 11 PM expansive brass-fueled Afrobeat jams with the Brighton Beat at American Beauty, $10

7/13, midnight exotic surf rock band the Vibro-jets – a Sea Devils spinoff – at the Way Station. They’re also at Troost the following night, 7/14 at 9

7/14, 7:30 PM a Texas honkytonk twinbill with Asleep at the Wheel‘s Ray Benson and Dale Watson at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, $17

7/14-15, 7:30/9:30 PM elegant pianist Aaron Parks leads a quintet with Maria Grand – saxophone; Chris Dingman – vibraphone; Matt Penman – bass; Anwar Marshall – drums at the Jazz Gallery, $22

7/14-15, 8 PM Gong Linna and the Bang on a Can All-Stars play her new Chinese mythology-themed art-song suite Cloud River Mountain at the Lynch Theater at John Jay College,524 W 59th St,, $25 seats avail

7/14-15, 8 PM suave, smoky tenor saxophonist Harry Allen leads a trio with Rossano Sportiello (piano), Joel Forbes (bass)at Mezzrow, $20

7/14, 8:30 PM progressive jazz sax legend Steve Coleman at the New School’s Glass Box Performance Space, 55 W 13th St, $20

7/14, 9 PM Cleveland metal band and Iron Maiden soundalikes Sunless Sky at St. Vitus, $15

7/14, 10 PM the Revolutionary Council Afrobeat Sextet at Bar Chord

7/14, 10 PM wryly surreal prozac rock  duo the Dream Eaters at Pete’s

7/14, 10 PM guitar mastermind Danny Weiss’ and magical Americana singer Mary Olive Smith’s soulful retro bluegrass band Stillhouse Serenade at Sunny’s

7/15, 2 PM in reverse order: popular 80s Argentine janglerockers Los Pericos, LA psychedelic latin soul stars Chicano Batman and La Vida Bohéme at Central Park Summerstage 

7/15, 7 PM sax-fueled psychedelic cumbia band Consumata Sonidera at Starlight Park South Entrance, 1480 Sheridan Expressway, the Bronx, 2/5 to Freeman St and go east

7/15, 7:30 PM the Harlem Renaissance Orchestra at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, $17

7/15, 7:30 PM eclectic postbop drummer Sylvia Cuenca leads her quartet at Smalls

7/15, 8 PM aphoristic, catchy, smart Nashville folk-rock songwriter Ali Sperry at Pete’s 

7/15, 8 PM roots reggae band the Far East open for one of the several incarnation of Bob Marley’s backing band the Wailers – this one with bassist Family Man Barrett, fronted by Junior Marvin – at Highline Ballroom, $25 adv tix vec

7/15. 8 PM New Orleans-flavored swing with Dan Levinson’s Gotham Sophisticats featuring vocalist Molly Ryan at Kingsborough Colllege Lighthouse Bandshell, 2001 Oriental Boulevard (at Oxford), Manhattan Beach, B/Q to Brighton Beach, free

7/15, 9/10:30 PM drummer Dan Weiss leads his tuneful postbop trio with Jacob Sacks, piano;  Thomas Morgan, bass at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 cover plus $10 minimum

7/15, 11:30 PM Cleveland punk cult hero Frank Secich (the Dead Boys’ Stiv Bators’ lead guitarist) followed by fuzztone garage rockers Room Full of Strangers at the Mercury, $10 adv tix rec /album/bad-vacation-lp

7/15, midnight the haunting, eclectic, harmonically rich all-female Mariachi Flor de Toloache  at Joe’s Pub, $25

7/16, 4ish in reverse order: cinematic vibraphone soul legend Roy Ayers, Afrobeat dance band Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 and Brooklyn’s Underground System at Central Park Summerstage

7/16, 7 PM the intoxicatingly clattering, sintir bass lute fueled Moroccan trance grooves of Innov Gnawa  at Pier One on the upper west side

7/16, 7 PM pianist Zack Clarke’s Communer with Charlotte Greve, sax; Chris Irvine, cello ; Evan Crane, bass; Leonid Galaganov, drums followed by playful improvising quartet Bright Dog Red – “Digable Planets meets Mahavisnhu” – at Shapeshifter Lab, $15

7/16, 8:30 PM art-rockers the Tea Club play their wild, eighteen-minute, early Genesis-esque epics at the Knitting Factory, $12 adv tix rec

7/17, 7:30 PM the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra play Bach Brandenburg Concertos at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, free

7/17, 8ish 90s noiserock/janglerock icons Yo La Tengo – as vital as ever – at Central Park Summerstage

7/17, 8 PM the Ed Palermo Big Band – whose jazz reinventions of 60s and 70s British psychedelic rock can be hilariously fun – at Iridium, $25

7/17, 8 PM the New Alchemy Jazz Orchestra, featuring trumpeter Terell Stafford at the Cutting Room, $20 adv tix rec

7/17, 8:30 PM golden age Argentine tango with

7/17, 8:30 PM golden age Argentine tango with Malena Dayen, vocals;  David Rosenmeyer, piano at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 cover plus $10 minimum

7/17, 11 PM strange but excellent segue:  tuneful pastoral jazz guitarist Cameron Mizell leads his trio followed by gonzo noir postbop pianist Dred Scott leading his at the small room at the Rockwood

7/17, 7 PM New York’s most charismatic, darkly compelling lyrical songwriter/storyteller/keyboard genius Rachelle Garniez  at the third stage at the Rockwood, $10

 7/18, 7:30 PM badass, purposeful electric blues guitarist and compelling, eclectic singer Christina Apostolopoulos at Pete’s

7/19, 7:30 PM rising star postbop trumpeter Ryan Kisor leads his quintet at Smalls

7/18-19, 7:30/9:30 PM Ravi Coltrane leads a quintet with Brandee Younger – harp; David Virelles – Wurlitzer organ; Rashaan Carter – bass; Johnathan Blake – drums celebrating the work of his mom Alice Coltrane at the Jazz Gallery, $22

7/18-23, 8:30/10:30 PM guitarist Mary Halvorson – arguably this era’s best six-string player not named Bill Frisell – and her lush, rapturously good octet at the Vanguard, $30

7/19, 6 PM innovative pipa virtuoso Jiaju Shen plays electroacoustic pieces at the  Rubin Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

7/19, 9:30 PM smartly eclectic pastoral jazz songsmiths Max Hatt & Edda Glass at Bar Lunatico

7/19 Count Vaseline play their undulating post-Velvets spacerock at Harefield Road, 769 Metropolitan Ave (Humboldt/Graham) in Williamsburg 

7/20, noon New Orleans’ darkly shuffling, explosively funky Preservation Hall Jazz Band at Metrotech Park in downtown Brooklyn

7/20, 8 PM cleverly lyrical, murderously witty murder ballad/chamber pop allstars Charming Disaster  at Joe’s Pub, $15

7/20, 9 PM edgy lefty guitarist Damian Quinones and his psychedelic latin soul band at Bar Chord

7/21, 5 PM a wild night of accordionists and accordion bands hosted by New York’s most charismatic, darkly compelling lyrical songwriter/storyteller/keyboard genius Rachelle Garniez featuring the iconic Middle Eastern Bil Afrah Project, the haunting sounds of Zlatni Balkan Zvuk, Brazilian rainforest group Osnelda, cumbia crooner Gregorio Uribe, and special guests at Bryant Park, free

7/21, 6 PM incisive, fearlessly populist, catchy Irish chamber-pop songwriter August Wells at the American Folk Art Museum 

7/21, 6 PM vintage soul band Felix Hernandez’s Rhythm Revue and ageless boogaloo bandleader Joe Bataan at Corporal Thompson Park, Broadway btwn Markham Rd. & Wayne St., Staten Island

7/21, 7:30 PM trippy, otherworldly, ancient North African dance percussion ensemble Innov Gnawa  open for intense, psychedelic Malian microtonal guitar-and-vocal band Amadou & Mariam at Prospect Park Bandshell

7/21, 7:30/9:30 PM pyrotechnic Indian classical singer Roopa Mahadevan leads a trio with violinist Anjna Swaminathan and percussionist Abhinav Seetharaman at the Jazz Gallery, $22

7/21. 8 PM a rare appearance by poignantly sweeping Syrian orchestra Yousef Shamoun & the Tarab Ensemble at the Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec

7/21, 8 PM haunting dark Americana songwriter/belter Jessi Robertson followed eventually at 10 by wild oldschool Houston soul brass band the Nightowls at Union Hall, $10

7/21, 9 PM noiserock guitar icon Thurston Moore and group at Bowery Ballroom, $20 adv tix rec. Why isn’t this guy playing Madison Square Garden, he’s popular enough…

7/21, 10:30 PM intense, haunting Americana/honkytonk singer Ruby Rae followed by similarly intense,more  blues-oriented Americana songstress Alice & the Underground at Pine Box Rock Shop 

7/22, 5 PM trippy Afrobeat group Budos Band on their  home tuft at Corporal Thompson Park, Broadway btwn Markham Rd. & Wayne St., Staten Island

7/22, 7:30 PM psychedelic, relentlessly kinetic piano-driven dancefloor postrockers Dawn of Midi followed by Beirut Middle Eastern/postrock band Mashrou’ Leila at Prospect Park Bandshell

7/22, 8 PM playful, improvisationally-inclined swing band Swingadelic at Kingsborough Colllege Lighthouse Bandshell, 2001 Oriental Boulevard (atOxford), Manhattan Beach, B/Q to Brighton Beach, free

7/22, 9/10:30 PM the Chopin Poject with Noah Preminger, tenor sax;  Nate Radley, guitar;  Kim Cass, bass;  Rob Garcia, drumsat Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 cover plus $10 minimum. They’ve done Bartok so this should be a walk in the park!

7/22, 9 PM eclectic psychedelic riff-rockers Lemon Sky – who mix stoner boogie, a little flamenco and twisted Britfolk into the mix – at Arlene’s, $10 

7/22, 10 PM ferocious, politically fearless soul-punk/new wave/postrock band Algiers at Baby’s All Right, $15

7/23, 2 PM oldschool 70s style Cuban psychedelic salsa band Ola Fresca at at the Central Park Discovery Center, 110th St between Lenox and Fifth Aves

7/23, 5 PM the Wu-Tang Clan’s GZA at Corporal Thompson Park, Broadway btwn Markham Rd. & Wayne St., Staten Island

7/23, 6 PM erudite, witty art-rock pianist/songwriter/composer Lee Feldman  at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 cover plus $10 minimum. Followed at 8 by quartet Anouman playing Django guitar jazz, separate cover and min.

7/23, 6 PM witty Microscopic Septet pianist Joel Forrester  leads his quintet at Silvana. Will anybody actually shut up and listen there? 

7/23, 7 PM killer dark retro 60s psychedelic/stoner boogie/art-rock band Medusa’s Disco at Gussy’s Bar in Queens

7/23, 7 PM chanteuse/uke player Dahlia Dumont’s Blue Dahlia play edgy, smartly lyrically-fueled, jazz-infused tunes in English and French with classic chanson and Caribbean influences at Pier One on the upper west side

7/25, 7:30 PM fiery alto saxophonist Lucas Pino’s twin-guitar No No Nonet at Smalls

7/25-30, 8:30/10:30 lyrical jazz piano icon Fred Hersch leads his trio at the Vanguard, $30

7/25, 9 PM darkly jangly, catchy, new wave-ish rockers Melissa & the Mannequins at the Way Station

7/25, 9:30 PM cinematic Quincy Jones-style B3 gutbucket organ jazz with Colin Brown and his band at Freddy’s 

 7/25, 11:30 PM hard-hitting garage-punks the Falling Birds – like a minor-league Radio Birdman or OBNIIIs – at the Knitting Factory, $12 

7/26, noon high-voltage accordion-and-microtonal sax-fueled original Balkan tunes with Tipsy Oxcart at Madison Square Park, free

7/26, 7 PM intoxicatingly fun, bouncy Colombian coastal dance grooves with Tribu Baharu at Madison Square Park, free

7/26, 7:30 PM tersely incendiary Chicago blues guitarist Joe Louis Walker  at B.B. King’s, $15

7/26 irrepressible, transgressively funny saxophonist Jon Irabagon  leads an organ trio with Gary Versace on B3 and Nasheet Waits on drums, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25

7/26, 8:30 PM fearlessly haunting, dynamic, charismatic Romany/Balkan chaunteuse Eva Salina  at Bar Lunatico

7/26, 9 PM charmingly catchy, new wave-tinged female-fronted Minneapolis band Bad Bad Hats at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, $12

7/26, 9:30 PM Renata Zeiguer’s trippy, creepy Prozac rock project Cantina followed by dangerous folk noir chanteuse Larkin Grimm  – who’s gone in a psychedelic Indian direction lately – at Footlight Bar, $10

7/26, 9:30 PM lustrous, darkly enigmatic singer/composer Song Yi Jeon leads her quintet with Kenji Herbert, guitar;  Vitor Gonçalves, piano;  Matt Aronoff, bass;  Jongkuk Kim, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

7/27, 7 PM in reverse order at Damrosch Park: fearlessly populist LA folk-punks Las Cafeteras, our own Alynda Segarra aka Hurray For the Riff Raff,, trippy downtempo guy Helado Negro and fiery, dramatic belter Xenia Rubinos

7/27, 7 PM baritone sax goddess Moist Paula does double duty, first with her electroacoustic project Bliss Station and then with powerhouse Aussie hokum blues songwriter/revivalist CW Stoneking – who schools a lot of the Americans mining the genre –at the Mercury, $15

7/27, 7:30 PM fiery agitator Rev. Billy & the Church of  Stop Shopping Choir – sort of the Dead Kennedys or Public Enemy of original, politically spot-on original gospel music – followed bytrumpeter Steven Bernstein’s legendary noir jazz outfit Sexmob playing a live score to the 1926 silent film Maciste All’Inferno at Prospect Park Bandshell

7/27, 7:30 PM kinetic, fearlessly populist oldtime Americana songwriter/banjoist Kaia Kater at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

7/27, 7:30 PM catchy, cinematic, noir-inclined saxophonist/composer Nick Hempton leads his quintet at Smalls

7/27 lyrical jazz pianist Christian Sands leads his trio, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $30

7/27, 8 PM shamisen player/singer/improviser Emi Makabe leads a trio with Vitor Gonçalves on piano and accordion at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 cover plus $10 minimum. Followed at 9:30 by violinist Tomoko Omura and her quintet, separate cover and min.

7/27, 9 PM wryly retro, period-perfect classic 60s style female-fronted honkytonk band the Bourbon Express at Pete’s

7/27, 9 PM darkly intense bassist Dana Schechter’s hauntingly cinematic slowcore/art-rock project Insect Ark at Matchless, $10

7/27, 10 PM powerpop cult heroes Dany Laj & the Looks at Hank’s, $8

7/28, 5:30 PM elegant, jazz-tinged acoustic songwriter Kalyani Singh followed eventually at 6:30 by brilliant accordionist/raconteuse/urbane lyrical eclecticist Rachelle Garniez  at the American Folk Art Museum 

7/28, 6 PM pianist Dongfeng Liu leads his trio through a mix of Chinese and latin-tinged originals  at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 cover plus $10 minimum. Followed by the Bryan Landrus Orchestra playing the album release show for their new lush, resonant new one, separate adm and min. Landrus is also here on 7/29

7/28, 6 PM popular salsa songstress La India at St. Mary’s Park, St Mary’s St bet. St Ann’s Ave and Jackson Ave in the Bronx, 2/5 to Jackson Ave

7/28, 7 PM Eljuri play their ferocious, brilliantly guitar-driven, fearlessly populist rock en Espanol at the park at 125th St. and the Hudson

7/28, 7 PM darkly intense ex-Band of Susans guitarist/songwriter Anne Husick solo followed by noir-tinged crooner/guitarslinger  Phil Gammage leading his four-piece band at Sidewalk

7/28, 7 PM International Contemporary Ensemble plays Pauline Oliveros’ Applebox Double, Heart of Tones and One Hundred Meeting Places  on the plaza at Lincoln Center

7/28, 7:30 PM popular jazz bassist Esperanza Spalding and band followed by chamber pop/lit-rock icon Andrew Bird at Prospect Park Bandshell

7/28, 7:30 PM charming oldtime swing harmony trio Duchess – Amy Cervini, Hilary Gardner and Melissa Stylianou – sing Andrews Sisters tunes to accompany a dance performance at Damrosch Park

7/28, 7:30/9:30 PM a rare appearance by Cuban son legends Septeto Santiaguero at Joe’s Pub, $15 adv tix rec

7/28, 8ish irresistibly named, darkly sizzling psychedelic garage punk rockers Anderson Council  at  Hank’s

7/28, 8:30 PM Chicago improvisational sax icon Ken Vandermark leads his group at the New School’s Glass Box Performance Space, 55 W 13th St, $20

7/28, 10 PM intense frontwoman Hannah Fairchild’s searingly lyrical punk/art-rock/noir cabaret band Hannah vs. the Many – this blog’s current favorite group – at the Way Station

7/29, 6 PM Taiwanese bands in reverse order: catchy pop-punks Fire Ex, low-key folksinger Dadado Huang + Berry j and Sangpuy at Central Park Summerstage

7/29, 7:30 PM would you sit (or, more likely, snooze) through a set by a British pop moppet at Damrosch Park just to see Dionne Warwick play a handful of songs? Maybe we should call the psychic hotline and find out!

7/29, 8 PM harrowing Palestinian oud ensemble Le Trio Joubran play the US premiere of their elegaic suite of settings of Mahmoud Darwish poems on themes of exile and resistance at the Lynch Theater at John Jay College,524 W 59th St, $30 seats avail

7/29,9 PM deviously lyrical cult favorite Americana soul/punk songwriter Marcellus Hall at Pete’s. Last time he was there he had Ambrosia Parsley on harmonies, a great band, and he slayed. 

7/29, 9:30 PM catchy, fun indie soul band Sunshine Nights at Freddy’s

7/30, 5ish pioneering golden-age female hip-hop star MC Lyte at Central Park Summerstage

7/30, 7 PM La Mecanica Popular play their original, psychedelic update on classic 70s Nuyorican salsa dura at Pier One on the upper west side

7/31, 8 PM bass clarinetist Madison Greenstone plays new solo works by Rebecca Saunders, Martin Bauck and Lauri Supponen at Scholes st. Studios 

8/1, 7:30 PM the East Coast Chamber Orchestra play works by Holst, Shostakovich and Bach at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, free

8/1, 9ish haunting string soundscapes and noir Americana from all-female harmony band Little Mazarn at Troost 

 8/1, 10 PM the original cello rockers, Rasputina, as fearless and funny and relevant as ever,  at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, $17 adv rix rec

8/2, noon upbeat original ska with the Brown Rice Family at Madison Square Park, free

8/2, 7 PM all-female Americana harmony trio the Wild Reeds at Madison Square Park, free

8/2, 7:30 PM Ibibio Sound Machine play EDM with hints of Afrobeat followed by Angelique Kidjo and band covering a crappy Talking Heads album at Damrosch Park

8/3, 7:30 PM newschool cabaret agitator Nellie McKay followed by perennially fun, psychedelic banjo jamband leader Bela Fleck at Prospect Park Bandshell

8/3, 7;30 PM dance sequences from Bollywood film set to live music by a group TBA at Damrosch Park. Followed at 10:30 PM by a “silent screening” of The Big Lebowski where everybody wears headphones, supplied by the venue. Guess this means we have to text our buddies to share a laugh or two during the film.

8/4, 7;30 PM orchestral hip-hop: violinist Miguel Atwood-Ferguson leads a chamber orchestra playing a J Dilla tribute at Damrosch Park

8/5, 3ish Orquesta Criolla Nacional de Puerto Rico on the plaza at Lincoln Center

8/5, 7:30 PM second-wave surf rock icons Los Straitjackets and British roots-rock maven Nick Lowe at Damrosch Park

8/5, 8:30 PM pantheonic, eclectic guitar hero Nels Cline leads his big pastoral jazz band at Prospect Park Bandshell

8/5 fiery, eclectic, purposeful pianist Helen Sung leads her poetic, powerfully relevant, vivid Sung With Words project at Bryant Park

8/6, 1 PM Albanian superstar vocal/accordion duo Merita Halili & Raif Hyseni and the Cheres Ukrainian Folk Ensemble on the plaza at Lincoln Center

8/6, 5 PM hardcore late 90s hip-hop nostalgia with Jadakiss at Crotona Park North to South, Fulton Ave to Southern Blvd and Crotona Park East in the Bronx, 3 to Freeman St. 

8/9, 7:30 PM spectacular, fiery Colombian jazz harpist Edmar Castaneda followed by the swinging salsa dura sounds of the Spanish Harlem Orchestra at Damrosch Park

8/9, 8:30 PM alto sax icon Kenny Garrett and his band at Madison Square Park, free

8/10, 7  PM lush improvising orchestra Burnt Sugar at East River Park

8/10, 7:30 PM the Brooklyn United Marching Band followed by jazz piano star Jason Moran and the Wordless Music Orchestra playing a live score to the film Selma at Prospect Park Bandshell

8/11, 6 PM Andy Montanez,  El Godfather de la Salsa, Puerto Rican bolero singer/songwriter legend at East River Park

8/12, 1/3  PM indie classical ensemble Contemporaneous plays music by Ian Gottlieb, Emma O’Halloran and Finnegan Shanahan in Nolan Park in the middle of Governors Island, free

8/16, 7 PM hard-driving, often noir-tinged swing pianist/singer Davina & the Vagabonds at Madison Square Park, free

8/19, 6 PM hypnotic, intricate, eclectically virtuosic fingerstyle guitar instrumentalist RD King – Fahey meets Kottke meets Dave Miller? – at the small room at the Rockwood

8/20, 5 PM  in reverse order: the year’s best outdoor show with ageless Ethiopian jazz composer Mulatu Astatke, fiery Tunisian art-rocker Emel Mathlouthi and slinky Middle Eastern/Nile Delta band Alsarah & the Nubatones at Central Park Summerstage

 8/25, 7 PM the lavish, sax/clarinet-fueled Anat Cohen Tentet at Marcus Garvey Park

8/25, 10 PM 60s janglerock/psych-pop legends the Flamin Groovies at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, $20 adv tix rec

8/26, 3 PM in reverse order:  cool jazz legends the Lee Konitz Quartet, dynamic drummer Terri Lyne Carrington and Social Science, postbop drummer Louis Hayes and his group, and powerful belter – and Gil Scott-Heron reinventor –  Charenee Wade at Marcus Garvey Park

8/27, 4 PM in reverse order: state-of-the-art alto postbop with the Joshua Redman Quartet, oldschool soul-jazz man Lou Donaldson, and the ferociously intense, charismatic Tia Fuller at Tompkins Square Park

8/29, 7 PM Inkarayku play Peruvian psychedelic folk at Gantry Plaza State Park