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Live Music Calendar for New York City and Brooklyn for February and March 2017

Constant updates: you might want to bookmark this page and check back every so often. 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 Thursdays 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, Haydn, Brahms and Chopin, 2/22 at 7 PM and 2/26 at 4.. 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: Mar 22,  Apr 19 , May 17,  June 21, and Sundays at 4:   Mar 26,  Apr 23,  May 21,  June 25.

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

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

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

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

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

Mondays at 9 PM erudite, purist torchy jazz chanteuse Svetlana & the Delancey 5 at the Back Room, 102 Norfolk St just north of Delancey St, free

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

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

Tuesdays in February, 10 PM the great unsung hero of darkly purposeful, noir-tinged jazz guitar, Saul Rubin‘s Zebtet at the Fat Cat

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

Wednesdays at 8-ish, amazing, psychedelic instrumentalists Sandcatchers – who blend cinematic, pastoral Americana and Middle Eastern themes – at Cheryl’s Restaurant, 236 Underhill Ave. (Eastern Pkwy/Lincoln Pl.) in Ft. Greene. Closest train is actually the 2/3 to Brooklyn Museum.

Wednesdays at 8 the Brooklyn Raga Massive – a rotating cast of A-list Indian, jazz and rock musicians who love to jam out classic Indian themes from over the centuries to the present day – play Art Cafe, 884 Pacific St.(at Washington Ave) in Brooklyn, $15; closest train is the 2 to Bergen St.

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

Wednesdays in February, 11ish darkly rustic danceable Brazilian rainforest folk (and John Zorn covers) with Forro in the Dark at Nublu 151

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

Saturday Feb 24, reverting to weekly Saturdays at 4 PM  beginning in March 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 February, 6 PM eclectic, vivid jazz cellist/singer Marika Hughes & Bottom Heavy at Barbes

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

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

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

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

Sundays in February, 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

Sundays in March, 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.

2/1, 6 PM works for two kotos played by Masayo Ishigure + Kyoko Kurokawa at the Rubin Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

2/1, 7:30 PM the purposefully intertwining postbop Melissa Aldana / Glenn Zaleski Sextet at the Jazz Gallery, $22

2/1, 8 PM psychedelic klezmer/bluegrass mandolin and clarinet legend Andy Statman at Barbes, $10

2/1, 8 PM enigmatic, synthy, propulsive new wave act Decorum at the Silent Barn, $10

2/1, 8:30 PM tuneful, thoughtful, lyrical Colombian pianist and composer Carolina Calvache at the third stage at the Rockwood, $10

2/1, 9 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” at Troost

2/1, 9 PM first-class honkytonk cover band Scotch Bonnet play a ACLU benefit at 11th St. Bar

2/1 Gill Landry at Bowery Ballroom is sold out

2/2, 7 PM labyrinthine Nordic noir guitar and bass themes with Skúli Sverrisson at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix rec. Followed at 11 (separate $30 adv tix adm) by vibraphonist Nikara Warren (Kenny Barron’s granddaughter) and her group paying tribute to the survivors of the Greenwood, Oklahoma lynchings.

2/2, 7 PM pianist Brian Marsella’s tuneful, first-rate original postbop jazz sextet the Flail at the Fat Cat

2/2, 7:30 PM ethereally rustic sounds: “post-Americana” chamber rock ensemble Briars of North America followed by Late Bloomers’ Tommy Crane playing to projections by Tracy Maurice at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

2/2, 7:30 PM, repeating on 2/4 at 8 and 2/7 at 730 the NY Phil with soloist with Kirill Gerstein play Tschaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto & Manfred Symphony at Avery Fisher Hall, $31 tix avail

2/1, 9:30 PM Conscience Collective – a strikingly tuneful large-ish improvising ensemble – at Shapeshifter Lab, $8

2/1, 10:30 PM cutting-edge B3 jazz organist Jared Gold leads his trio at Smalls

2/2, 7 PM labyrinthine Nordic noir guitar and bass themes with Skúli Sverrisson at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix rec. Followed at 11 (separate $30 adv tix adm) by vibraphonist Nikara Warren (Kenny Barron’s granddaughter) and her group paying tribute to the survivors of the Greenwood, Oklahoma lynchings.

2/2, 7 PM André Laplante performs piano sonatas by Mozart and Beethoven alongside music of Liszt and Ravel. at Symphony Space, $15

2/2, 8 PM dark, charismatic, mischievously witty art-rock keyboardist/chanteuse Rachelle Garniez  followed at 10 by by dark urbane Romany song maven (and Berthold Brecht descendant) Sanda Weigl and her band at Barbes

2/2, 8 PM  luminous, soulful pan-Latin jazz chanteuse Claudia Acuña with Pablo Vergara on piano at Mezzrow, $20

2/2, 8ish downtown guitar hero Elliott Sharp and fellow Stone legend, multi-reedist Doug Wieselman play intriguing, colorful solos & duos at the Owl, $10

2/2, 8 PM Richard Carrick conducts Either/Or in an all-Beat Furrer program of postminimalism at the Miller Theatre, $20 tix avail

2/2, 8:30 PM a characteristically propulsive klezmer dance party with T-Klez (w/Dena Ressler, Pesachya Septimus & David Licht)  at the Jalopy, $15

2/2, 8:30 PM long-running 90s alt-country favorites Rusty Truck at Hill Country, free

2/2, 9 PM darkly eclectic latin jazz/noir cabaret pianist/singer Cristina Morrison at Guadalupe Inn, $10 

2/2, 9 PM  incisive, darkly tuneful latin jazz pianist Aruan Ortiz leads his Trio at Bar Lunatico, $10. They’re also here on 2/16

2/2, 9 PM darkly eclectic latin jazz/noir cabaret pianist/singer Cristina Morrison at Guadalupe Inn, $10

2/2, 9 PM smart, cleverly lyrical original swing chanteuse/songwriter/trombonist Emily Asher’s Garden Party at at Radegast Hall. They’re also here on 2/28

2/2, 9:30 PM hauntingly phantasmagorical art-rock/noir cabaret pianist/singer Anana Kaye at Sidewalk

2/2,  10:30 PM unfailingly tuneful tenor saxophonist Ken Fowser leads a quintet at Smalls

2/3, 5:30 PM wild, spiraling, rare rustic minor-key Polesian klezmer dances and grooves with Litvakus  with special guest Sasha Lurje at the American Folk Art Museum

2/3, 7 PM magically lustrous indie classical choir the Crossing with Taylor Levine and James Moore, electric guitars play “Ted Hearne’s exploration of the Supreme Court’s Citizen’s United decision. Hearne lifts texts from Jena Osman’s Corporate Relations, a collection of poems that follows the historical trajectory of corporate personhood in the United States. The five movements combine language taken from landmark Supreme Court Cases with words from ventriloquism textbooks “ no joke and a good time, at National Sawdust $25 adv tix rec

2/3-4, 7 PM popular lyrical pianist Bill Charlap plays solo piano at Mezzrow, $25

2/3, 7:30 PM slinky, carnivalesque Romany/Mediterranean band Dodo Orchestra at Club Bonafide, $15

2/3, 8 PM the magically haunting, soaring, eclectic all-female Mariachi Flor de Toloache at Maxwell’s, $10

2/3. 8 PM intense, eclectic klezmer/jazz/hip-hop violinist Benjamin Sutin and saxophonist Elijah Shiffer lead their respective groups at Scholes St. Studios

2/3, 8 PM Lakeside Lounge garage supergroup Los Dudes, NJ garage rock cult faves the Gripweeds and the current edition of legendary 80s LA powerpop band the Plimsouls at Bowery Electric, $10

2/3, 8:30ish steel pan wizard Jonathan Scales’ Fourchestra followed by Middle Eastern-inspired microtonal guitar god Dave Fiuczynski’s Kif at Drom, $12 adv tix rec

2/3-5, 9 PM Tredici Bacci – whose specialty is original psychedelic instrumentals inspired by Italian film soundtracks – at the Stone, $20. First and last night they’re doing their own stuff, on 2/4 they’re doing classic Morricone and Nino Rota themes and Thin Lizzy ?!?

2/3. 9 PM Middle Eastern-flavored psychedelic jams with Spaghetti Eastern Music at Silvana

2/3, 10 PM this era’s most chillingly cinematic, shadowy reverbtoned noir guitar instrumentalists, Big Lazy at Barbes

2/3, 10 PM worst segue of the year but two Americana acts worth seeing: jugband legend Peter Stampfel and ferociously populist Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires – the Alabama highway rock version of the Clash – at the Knitting Factory, $15

2/3, 10 PM awesomely abrasive noise/drone band York Factory Complaint at Alphaville, $8

2/3, 10:30 PM female-fronted power trio Castle Black – who rampage between acidic Bush Tetras postpunk, stoner metal and more straight-up, sardonic punk at Lucky 13 Saloon in Gowanus

2/3, midnight Mimi Oz – a real kitchen-sink songwriter with soul and rock and darker sounds and an omnipresent sense of humor – followed by lush, intense, artfully orchestrated psychedelic rockers Aunt Ange at the small room at the Rockwood. Aunt Ange are also at the Mercury on 2/19 at 10:30 PM for $8, which is actually a better bargain.

2/4, 4 PM quirkily cinematic, psychedelic, family-friendly instrumentalists Songs for Extraordinary People followed at 6  by eclectic, vivid jazz cellist/singer Marika Hughes & Bottom Heavythen at 8 by the wildly fun, hypnotic Brooklyn Raga Massive All-Stars then at 10 by stormy Mexican ranchera/bolero brass crew Banda de los Muertos at Barbes

2/4, 7:30 PM Marja Kaisla, piano; Domenic Salerni, violin;  Benjamin Larsen, cello   play original works plus material by Ke-chao Chen, Kaila and Dvorak at Concerts on the Slope, St. John’s Episcopal Church 139 St. John’s Place downhill from 7th Ave

2/4, 7:30 PM the mesmerizing, eclectic Min Xiao-Fen – pipa, sanxian, ruan, voice, sound effects; Satoshi Takeishi – percussion and electronics plus WORKS: Michel Gentile – flute; Daniel Kelly – piano; Rob Garcia – drumsat the Brookliyn Conservatory of Music, $15

2/4, 8/10 PM  hard-hitting, brass-fueled newschool latin soul/boogaloo dance band Spanglish Fly at SOB’s, $10 av tix recs

2/4, 8 PM the Crown Heights Saxophone Quartet followed by the Stratus String Quartet at Scholes St. Studios

2/4, 8 PM Colibri – violinist Evelyn Petcher and pianist Hannah Mindeman – play Shostakovich’s Opus 134 plus Debussy violin-piano sonatas at the DiMenna Center, sugg don

2/4, 8 PM the Ureuk Symphony Orchestra play Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 3 and the Tschaikovsky Violin Concerto with soloist Kyung Sun Lee at Merkin Concert Hall, $25 tix avail

2/4, 8 PM the Budapest Festival Orchestra perform the First and Fifth Symphony in an all-Beethoven program, plus pianist Richard Goode playing Piano Concerto No. 2 at NJPAC in Newark, $24 tix avail, kids free

2/4, 8PM purist jazz pianist Marcus Roberts leads his trio at the Miller Theatre, $20 tix avail

2/4 Unsteady Freddie‘s monthly surf rock extravaganza at Otto’s begins at 9 with the Obsidians, at 10 the savagely Link Wray-inspired Howlin Thurstons, at 11 the purist reverbtoned Strange but Surf, and finally the monstrously creepy, awesome Inframen sometime after midnight.

2/4, 9 PM catchy, anthemic, charismatic folk noir band Thee Shambels – sort of the missing link between Nick Cave and the Pogues – followed by darkly torchy southwestern gothic/Europolitan songwriter/guitarist Miwa Gemini at Postmark Cafe, 326 6th St. north of 4th Ave in Park Slope, free

2/4, 9 PM ten-piece country/carnivalesque/acoustic rock powerhouse M Shanghai String Band at the Jalopy, $10

2/4, 9 PM in reverse order at American Beauty: psychedelic funk band Kwame Binea Shakedown, roots reggae with Judah Tribe and tectonically shifting improvisational soundscapes with Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber, $15

2/4, 9 PM first-call postbop tenor sax player John Ellis’ Double Wide at Bar Lunatico, $10. They’re also here on 2/18

2/4, 9:30 PM concise, tuneful jazz pianist Marta Sanchez leads a quintet at the Cell Theatre, $15

2/4, 10 PM careening, savage electric blues guitarist Jeremy Bar-Ilan at Arlene’s, $10

2/4, 11 PM wryly lyrical urban country pioneer Alex Battles & the Whiskey Rebellion celebrate six years of Freddy’s Bar at the current location

2/4 the Bush Tetras at Bowery Electric are sold out

2/5, 1 (one) PM a wild bunch of first-class improvisers from the Gold Bolus scene join forces in variously noisy collaborations: Anaïs Maviel, Angela Morris (Rallidae), Anne Rhodes (Broadcloth), Carl Testa, Daniel Levine (Knuckleball), Dave Ruder, ellen o, Erin Rogers (thingNY), Joe White, Lisa Dowling (kills to kisses), Matthew D. Gantt, Sam Sowyrda, at Footlight Bar, 465 Seneca Ave, Ridgewood, $8 

2/5, 2 PM LES outsider jazz hero Willie Klein channels Woody Guthrie with his acoustic songs for troubled times at Mayflower Bar, 132 Greene Ave in Ft. Greene, free

2/5, 2 PM pianist Alexander Melnikov plays Rachmaninoff: Variations on a Theme by Chopin, Op. 22 and Variations on a Theme by Corelli, Op. 42 [;is Debussy: Preludes for Piano, Book 2 at the Town Hall, $15 tix avail

2/5, 3 PM the Greenwich Village Orchestra play Sibelius – Swan of Tuonela;† R. Strauss – Don Jua; Debussy – Rhapsody; Ravel – Daphnis & Chloé Suite No. 2 at Washington Irving HS Auditorium, 16th St./Irving Place, $15 sugg don., reception to follow

2/5, 4 PM pianist Steven Masi plays Beeethoven sonatas at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.

2/5, 4 PM  Italienisches Liederbuch — a collection of 46 lieder by composer Hugo Wolf (1860-1903), sung by Jesse Blumberg, baritone, Donna Breitzer, mezzo-soprano with Grant Wenaus, piano at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, $20/$10 stud/srs

2/5, 5 PM intense, lyrical, smartly Waits/Dylanesque Americana songwriter Pete Lanctot with superb violinist Ginger Dolden at LIC Bar

2/5, 7 PM superbly counterintuitive drummer/composer Vinnie Sperrazza leads Apocryphal with Loren Stillman­ alto saxophone; Brandon Seabrook­ guitar; Eivind Opsvik­, bass followed at 9:30 by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

2/5, 8 PM bracingly atmospheric art-rock guitarist Samara Lubelski at Union Pool, $15

2/5, 11 PM the darkly eclectic Merrymaker’s Orchestrina – who veer from catchy jangle uneasy cinematics to fullscale noir rock at Leftfield

2/6, 7 PM Allen Lewis Rickman directs a brand-new English version of Isaac Zolotarevsky’s ribald 1910 Yiddish play Money, Love, and Shame! starring Everett Quinton and Samantha Maurice.“Not for the weak of heart, it’s a wild ride with a group of dysfunctional Jewish immigrants. Though considered “shund” or “trash” by critics, it was one of the most popular and most often produced plays on the Yiddish stage.” At the Center for Jewish Culture, 15 W 16th St., $15/$10 stud/srs.

2/6, 8 PM performance artist Anya Liftig at the PPL Space, 104 Meserole St. in Bushwick, sugg don. This is the woman who made out with a cactus – for a long time. You can watch it on youtube if you have the nerve. Scary/powerful stuff. She also does somewhat more lighthearted things with food.

2/6, 8 PM the mighty 180-voice New York Choral Society sing Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass and Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem with soloists Vanessa Vasquez, soprano, Abigail Fischer, mezzo-soprano, Zach Borichevsky, tenor, and Sava Vemic, bass. at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall , $30 tix avail

2/6-7, 8.10:30 PM ageless, perennially hard-hitting jazz piano sage and ex-Coltrane bandmate McCoy Tyner at the Blue Note, $30 standing room avail

2/6, 9:30 PM Level 5 play catchy, funky organ/guitar grooves, part vintage Meters, part JBs, with a psychedelic edge at the Bitter End. 2/20, 10 PM they’re at the small room at the Rockwood 

2/6, 10 PM explosive, theatrical, phantasmagorical indie/metal band A Deer A Horse at St. Vitus, free

2/6 10:30 PM JD Allen Trio – this era’s most important, and purposeful, and darkly intelligent tenor sax group – at Smalls

2/6, midnight noir piano jazz with the Dred Scott Trio back at their old spot, the small room at the Rockwood They’re here again on 2/26

2/7, 7 PM guitarist Jonathan Goldberger’s excellent, uneasy, Indian and Middle Eastern-tinged pastoral guitar jazz trio Surface to Air followed by explosive, wryly eclectic, Ellington/hip-hop influenced Balkan brass band Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

2/7, 7 PM the Manhattan Chamber Players revisit the heartbroken year of 1877 through Gabriel Faure’s music at the Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix avail

2/7 7:30/9:30 PM A-list avant crooner Theo Bleckmann leads his Elegy Quintet with Ben Monder – guitar; Shai Maestro – keyboard; Chris Tordini – bass; John Hollenbeck – drums at the Jazz Standard, $25

2/7, 7:30 PM the up-and-doing Verona Quartet performs works by Beethoven, Ravel, and a world premiere by Michael Gilbertson at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.

2/7, 8 PM roaring 20s hot jazz with Sweet Megg & the Wayfarers at Radegast Hall

2/7-12 9 PM perennially tuneful, improvisational pianist Kris Davis leads a series of groups at the Stone, $20. Choice pick: 2/8 with mysterious, fearlessly relevant pan-Asian singer Jen Shyu

2/7-12, 9/11 PM the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra play a weeklong stand on their home turf featuring compositions by their founder Thad Jones, leaders Bob Brookmeyer, Jim McNeely and others from their massive catalog of of over 300 tunes, $30

2/7, 9 PM edgy lefty guitarist Damian Quinones and his psychedelic latin soul band at Freddy’s

2/7, 9 PM conscious dancehall reggae star Anthony B – who still wants to burn down Babylon – at B.B. King’s, $25 adv tix rec

2/7, 9:30 PM the fascinating, tuneful Giacomo Merega plays solo bass at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

2/7, 10 PM majestic, cinematic surf instrumentalists the TarantinosNYC  at the Knitting Factory, $10

2/7, 10ish psychedelic, atmospheric downtown postpunk supergroup Heroes of Toolik at the Silent Barn, $10

2/7, 10:30 PM saxophone powerhouse Lucas Pino‘s two-guitar No No Nonet at Smalls

2/8, 7:30 PM amazing, eckectically kinetic Tunisian oudist/singer Dhaffer Yousef at the Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix avail

2/8, 8ish crystalline-voiced noir Americana songwriter Jessie Kilguss leads an all-star cast – Heather Eatman, Freddie Stevenson, Adam Rubenstein, John Brodeur, Jon Crider, Bird of Youth, John Wray, Hilary Downes, Cliff Westfall and others – singing a Leonard Cohen tribute at Hifi Bar

2/8, 8 PM gamelanesque downtown percussion icon Susie Ibarra‘s lustrously string-driven Dreamtime Ensemble at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

2/8 8:30 PM a short set fom brilliantly eclectic, cinematic cellist Emily Hope Price followed at 9 by ethereally enchanting art-folk autoharpist/singer Elizabeth Devlin,at Sidewalk

2/8, 11:30 PM intense art-funk/psychedelic soul chanteuse Imani Uzuri at Brownsville Recreation Center in Brownsville Playground, 1555 Linden Boulevard (Christopher/Mother Gaston), East New York, free, 4/5 to New Lots Ave

2/9,  7 PM soaringly explosive jazz composer/torch singer Nicole Zuraitis at 55 Bar

2/9 7:30 PM, repeating 2/10-11 at 8 Semyon Bychkov conducts the NY Phil playing Tschaikovskiy’s Pathetique Symphony at Avery Fisher Hall, $30 tix avail

2/9, 7:30 PM, the New Orford String Quartet play R. Murray Schafer: String Quartet No. 1; Beethoven: String Quartet in C major, Op. 59, No. 3 (“Razumovsky”) at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

2/9, 7:30 PM colorful drummer Aaron Alexander leads his Klez Messengers, with clarinet god Michael Winograd and the similarly pyrotechnic Patrick Farrell on accordion at the Jalopy, $15

2/9, 8 PM wild, intense, frequently satirical newgrass/oldtimey hellraisers the Dustbowl Revival at Union Pool, $15

2/9, 8 PM pianist Jihee Heo‘s lustrous, lush Passion Septet at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

2/9, 8 PM deep-space solo guitar epics with David Grubbs at the Old Stone House in Brooklyn, $10

2/9, 8 PM plush singer Daria Grace’s torchy, delightful oldtime uke swing band the Pre-War Ponies Barbes

2/9, 8 PM intense, brilliantly lyrical, fearlessly political 1950s style original folk/blues singer Joshua Garcia at Caffe Vivaldi

2/9, 8:30 PM ethereal chamber pop songwriter/pianist Neha opens for the broodingly compelling, Elliott Smith-influenced Emily Mure at the third stage at the Rockwood, $15

2/9, 9 PM  hot 20s swing with trumpeter Jason Prover and his Sneak Thievery Orchestra at Radegast Hall

2/9, 9 PM wild, noisy, genuinely Hendrixian virtuoso lead guitarist Viva DeConcini and her band at the Way Station. She’s also there on 2/18 at 10

2/9, 10 PM ferociously catchy. fearlessly populiat ska-punk/latin rock band Outernational at Bowery Electric, $8

2/9, 10 PM unstoppably edgy, deservedly iconic, witty downtown guitarist  Marc Ribot  at Sunny’s. He’s also here on 2/23

2/9, 10:30 PM noir-inspired alto saxophonist/composer Nick Hempton leads his group at Smalls

2/9, 11 PM guitarslinger Mallory Feuer’s fiery power trio the Grasping Straws – sort of a mashup of Patti Smith and Hole’s first album – at Muchmore’s, $5

2/9, 11 PM high-voltage circus rock/Balkan brass monsters This Way to the Egress at Mehanata, free. Then they rush up to at the small room at the Rockwood for a midnight show

2/10, 6 PM  tuneful original delta blues and acoustic Americana from Jon LaDeau at the American Folk Art Museum

2/10, 6 PM crystalline-voiced, noir-tinged third-stream jazz chanteuse Tessa Souter and her band at 55 Bar

2/10, 6;30 PM jazz, oldtime folk and other material performed by an allstar band including jazz piano luminaries Bennett Paster and Deidre Rodman Struck and bassist Jim Whitney, M Shanghai String Band’s Philippa Thompson and many others plus guest drummer Scott Neumann at PS 130 Upper School Auditorium, 713 Caton Ave at E 7th St, Windsor Terrace; F to Ft. Hamilton Pkwy; Admission free, all donations benefit the PS 130 PTA

2/10, 7:30 PM short sets by high plainst gothic songstress, Karen Dahlstrom, art-rock pianist Greta Gertler, soaring cello rocker Serena Jost, Gato Loco low-register sax powerhouse Stefan Zeniuk, powerpop guitar genius Pete Galub, hypnotic art-rock pianist Matt Kanelos, folk noir piano songwriter Juliet Strong, jazz pianists Brittany Anjoy and Deidre Struck and maybe others at Greenwood Church, 461 6th St. (chapel entrance on 7th btw 5th/6th sts, Park Slope, $10 all proceeds to C.H.I/P.S, B/D/Q to 7th Ave

2/10, 7:30 PMsweeping, swinging vibraphone jazz with Behn Gillece and his quartet at Smalls

2/10, 7:30/9:30 PM pianist David Virelles leads his quartet with Roman Filiu on alto at the Jazz Gallery, $22

2/10, 8 PM  RighteousGIRLS – pianist Erika Dohi and flutist Gina Izzo – and cellist Jillian Blythe’s Love Every Note presents an anti-Valentine’s Day show with a program including Ravel’s Duo Sonata for Violin and Cello pllus works by Andy Akiho, Todd Reynolds and others at the Firehouse Space, $10

2/10, 8 PM pianist Thomas Sauer plays Joseph Haydn: Sonata in C major, H. XVI: 48 (1789); Hans Abrahamsen: Selections from Ten Studies for Piano (1984-1998); Stephen Hartke: Sonata for Solo Piano (1998;  Beethoven: Sonata in C Minor, Op. 111 (1821-22)at the New School auditorium at 66 W 12th St., free

2/10, 8:30 PM vicious noiserock jamband the the Skull Practitioners– led by Steve Wynn sparring partner/genius guitarist Jason Victor at Matchless, $8

2/10, 8:30 PM Anti-Social Music drinks alone with works by performs a set of solo pieces written by Patrick Castillo, Ty Citerman, Max Duykers, Andrea La Rose, Pat Muchmore, Ed RosenBerg and Charlie Waters. Performers include Ty Citerman (guitar), Domenica Fossati (flute), Steven Gosling (piano), Mihai Marica (cello), Pat Muchmore (cello), and Ed RosenBerg (reeds).followed by Josh Sinton‘s horn trio at I-Beam, $15

2/10, 9 PM enigmatic latin jazz singer Linda Briceno at Pine Box Rock Shop

2/10, 9 PM guitar mastermind Danny Weiss’ and magical Americana singer Mary Olive Smith’s soulful retro bluegrass band Stillhouse Serenade at the Jalopy, $10

2/10, 9 PM Brandi & the Alexanders play their torchy oldschool soul and groove music followed by blue-eyed soul guy Ernest Ernie & the Sincerities at the Bell House, $12 adv tix rec

2/10, 10 PM jaunty Hawaiian swing sounds with King Isto’s Tropical String Bandat Sunny’s. They’re also here on 2/16

2/10. 10:30 PM catchy, irresistibly fun female-fronted oldschool rocksteady/roots reggae band the Big Takeover at the big room at the Rockwood

2/10 11 PM awesomely unhinged horror surf/hotrod instrumentalists the Mad Doctors at the Gutter, $5

2/11, 10 AM (in the morning) a family-friendly interactive concert/jazz workshop for all ages by haunting oldtime gospel/blues/jazz group Jaimeo Brown’s Transcendence at PS 130 Upper School Auditorium, 713 Caton Ave at E 7th St, Windsor Terrace; F to Ft. Hamilton Pkwy; Admission free, all donations benefit the PS 130 PTA

2/11, 1 PM the opening of the new exhiibit Brooklyn Abolitionists/In Pursuit of Freedom. Titled Weeksville: Transforming Community/In Pursuit Of Freedom, exploring the origins of one of the first free black communities in the country. Plus tours of the Historic Hunterfly Road Houses, a screening of “Digging For Black Pride” which chronicles the community centered archaeological dig of 1968, a family arts workshop, and BRIC’s “Black TV Matters”, a screening of community produced shorts that portray various facets of Black American life. At 2 pm, a deep listening session and discussion of oral histories collected as part of BHS’s Voices of Crown Heights public history project. at Weeksville Heritage Center, 158 Buffalo Ave at St. Marks, Crown Heights, A/C to Utica Ave, free

2/11, 3 PM the eclectic, Balkan/latin/funk brass Underground Horns at Radegast Hall. 2/24 they’re at Nublu 151 at around 10

2/11, 6 PM amazingly eclectic cellist and brilliant songwriter Marika Hughes  followed by badass resonator guitarist and delta blues/oldtime hillbilly music maven Mamie Minch  and then otherworldly Tuvan throat-singing group Alash,

2/11, 7 PM up-and-coming chamber music trio Longleash with guest violist Anne Lanzilotti perform works by Scandinavian composers Saariaho, Abrahamsen and Thorvaldsdottir paired with Americans Wollschleger and Marshall at Scandinavia House, 58 Park Ave (37/38), $20

2/11, 7 PM lush string-driven Indian classical ensemble Akshara featuring powerhouse musicians Arun Ramamurthy, Dave Eggar and Kabilan Jeganathan perform along with dancers Sonali Skandan, Sahana Sridhar, Aishwarya Madhav and Janani Comar at Salaam Bombay, 319 Greenwich St at Reade, $25/$18 Seniors and Students/children under 12 free, 1 train to Chambers

2/11,7:30 PM incomparable country/jazz/janglerock icon Amy Allison with Lee Feldman on piano at Dixon Place. Briliant new material! Devastatingly funny between-song banter!

2/11, 7;30 PM powerhouse flamenco guitarist Javier Limon explores the roots of the style at Merkin Concert Hall, $25 tix avail

2/11, 7:30 PM the great unsung hero of darkly purposeful, noir-tinged jazz guitar, Saul Rubin‘ leads his Zeb Trio at Smalls

2/11, 7:30/9 PM Brooklyn’s own purist up-and-coming jazz chanteuse (and Gil Scott-Heron reinterpreter) Charenee Wade and her combo at Ginny’s Suppper Club, $20

2/11, 8 PM fiery southwestern gothic-inflected jazz guitarist Nick Millevoi’s Desertion Trio at Greenwich House Music School, $15/$12 stud/srs

2/11, 8 PM short sets from sardonically funny Beatlesque/Costelloesque powerpop songwriter Walter Ego – solo on piano – andMac McCarty of folk noir band Abraham’s River at Sidewalk

2/11, 8 PM the Musical Chairs Chamber Ensemble play a fantastic program of string quartets: Shostakovich – String Quartet no. 8, Rosciszewski – *String Quartets nos. 1 & 2 (world premieres); Gorecki – String Quartet no. 2 at the Staten Island Museum, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Building “A”$15 

2/11, 8 PM Lauren Alfano-Ishida and Rachel Alexander play music for voice & violin by Blacher – Hovhannes – Vaughan-Williams –Villa-Lobos, at the DiMenna Center, $20

2/11, 8:30 PM pianist Yoon Sun Choi‘s Owls At Night trio followed by brilliantly cinematic, kinetic violinist Dana Lyn ‘s pssychedelic, ecolotically themed Mother Octopus quartet at I-Beam, $15

2/11, 9 PM intense charismatic danceable metal cumbia/skaragga/latin rockers Escarioka at Mehanata, $10

2/11, 9 PM fiery flamenco jazz with the James Labrosse Collective followed at 10 by oldschool psychedelic soul/groove band Empire Beats

2/11, 8ish intense, charismatic, fearlessly populist art-soul crooner/songwriter Chocolate Genius at the Owl, $10

2/11, 9 PM lyrical, soaring alt-country multi-instrumentalist/bandleader Alana Amram& the Rough Gems at Union Pool, $10

2/12, 2 PM elegant, atmospheric art-rock violinist/songwriter Concetta Abbate at Mayflower Bar in Ft. Greene

2/12, 6 PM noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo leads his trio at 55 Bar

2/12, 6 PM erudite, witty art-rock pianist/songwriter/composer Lee Feldman at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 incl a drink

2/12, 7 PM up-and-coming alto saxophonist Caroline Davis leads her quintet at the Fat Cat

2/12, 7:30 PM Unheard-of Ensemble perform Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time as a tribute to the place where many of New York’s great new music ensembles and new works got their start. at the Firehouse Space, $10

2/12, 8 PM perennially interesting improvisers: solo sets from Chris Pitsiokos, trumpeter Nate Wooley,bassist Leila Bordreuil at the Knockdown Center, $10

2/12, 8 PMeclectic, soulful, lyrical original oldtime Americana/folk band the Woes at the Mercury, $8

2/12, 8:15 PM the Amazonas Strings with guest pianist Cesar Orozco play elegant, enveloping latin pastoral jazz at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

2/12, 10 PM intense, hypnotic, otherworldly instrumental solo electric guitar blues with Catriona Sturton at Alphavilla, $8

2/13, 7 PM popular postrock/avant minimalists Bing & Ruth play their new album No Home of the Mind in its entirety at the Greene Space, free but res req 

2/13, 7 PM tuneful postbop pianist Jim Ridl leads his group from behind the Rhodes at 55 Bar

2/13, 8 PM American Contemporary Music Ensemble play featuring Meredith Monk’s Stringsongs plus music by Caroline Shaw, Caleb Burhans, and Timo Andres from ACME’s new album Thrive on Routine at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

2/13, 9 PM darkly jangly, catchy, new wave-ish rockers Melissa & the Mannequins followed at 10 by explosive, creepy, colorful psychedelic rembetiko metal band Greek Judas at LIC Bar

2/13, 9:30 PM Los Cumpleanos – new wave synths & retro organ sounds with effect-laden trombone and trumpet as well as a three piece percussion section – at Barbes

2/14, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, all-female punk classical French horn quartet Genghis Barbie play works from Bizet to Queen to Badfinger at the Miller Theatre, free

2/14, 7 PM intense Balkan chanteuse Jenny Luna‘s haunting, traditional Turkish band Dolunay followed by ten-piece funky Balkan brass/Ellington jazz monsters Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

2/14, 7 PMeclectic, hard-hitting, lyrical composer/tenor saxophonist Stan Killian and group at 55 Bar

2/14, 9 PM eclectic, paradigm-shifting B3 jazz organist Brian Charette‘s Mighty Grinders grind it out at Bar Chord

2/14, 8ish cinematic, eclectic Balkan- and latin-tinged string band Ljova & the Kontraband  at the Owl, $10

2/14-19, 9/11 PM state-of-the-art alto saxophonist/composer Miguel Zenon leads his quintet at the Vanguard, $30

2/14, 9:30 PM the Bronx Conexion play their mighty salsa big band jazz at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, $10

2/14, 10 PM excellent, purist honkytonk crooner/bandleader Clifford Westfall at 11th St. Bar

2/15, 6:30 PM  up-and-coming guitarist/songwriter Alicyn Yaffee -the rare artist who successfully bridges the gap between lyrically-fueled chamber pop and jazz – at the Bar Next Door, free

2/15. 8 PM retro continental swing sounds with singer Tatiana Eva-Marie & the Avalon Jazz Band at Guadalupe Inn, $5

2/15, 8 PM inspired, cutting-edge trombonist/composer Ryan Keberle & Catharsis  at Barbes

2/15, 8 PM  hauntingly phantasmagorical art-rock/noir cabaret pianist/singer Anana Kaye at LIC Bar

2/15, 8 PM powerhouse Nina Simone-influenced oldschool soul/jazz belter Spring Brooks at the Way Station 

2/15, 9 PM the Monk-inspired Greg Lewis Organ Trio featuring guitar monster Marc Ribot at Bar Lunatico, $10

2/15, 9ish epic Indian-inspired spacerock band Humeysha at Brooklyn Bazaar

2/16, 7 PM the all-female Ensemble Leonarda explore works by composers who sought out brave new worlds:  Handel (in England), Hotteterre (who went to Rome), & French baroque opera founder, Jean-Baptiste Lully (who emigrated from Florence, Italy to the French court of Louis XIV).  Plus a special rendition of Dvorak’s “Largo” from his “New World” Symphony, featuring hilarious performance artist Kelly Dwyer at the National Opera Center, 333 7th Ave, $25/$15 stud/srs 

2/16, 7 PM intense theatrical Bartok-influenced drummer/composer Sean Noonan’s “Soap” with Alex Marcelo piano Peter Bitenc bass at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

2/16, 7:30 PM rippling tsimbl dulcimer player Pete Rushefsky & the Ternovka Ensemble play eclectic Russian, Ukrainian and Eastern European klezmer sounds at the Jalopy, $15

2/16, 8 PM deviously lyrical, historically spot-on, cleverly sultry oldtimey/Americana songwriter/bandleader Robin Aigner and Parlour Game folllowed at 10 by brilliant klezmer reedman Matt Darriau’s Who Is Manny Blanc, a homage to the legendary/obscure LES psychedelic Jewish jazz/esoterica compose at Barbes

2/16, 8 PM shapeshifting indie classical luminaries Ensemble Mise-en with brilliant, lustrous clarinetist Vasko Dukovski showcase the works of Djuro Zivkovic and Thomas Agerfeldt Olesen in a double portrait concert at Scandinavia House, 37th St./Park Ave., $15/$10 stud

2/16, 8 PM deviously theatrical oldschool C&W/rockabilly parodists Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co at Otto’s

2/16, 9  PM stoner soul and classic blaxpolitation soundtrack grooves with vibraphone legend Roy Ayers at Bric Arts, $15 adv tix rec

2/16, 9 PM powerpopmeister Pete Galub followed eventually at around 11 by edgy, guitar-fueled peak era King Crimson-ish art-rockers Woodhead at Muchmore’s

2/16, 10 PM oldtime blues guitar/banjo/piano genius Jerron Blind Boy Paxton at Iridium, $25. He’s finally playing for the tourists now.

2/17, 6 PM author and record producer Ian Brennan – responsible for the Zomba Prison Project compilation, among others – discusses his book How Music Dies (or Lives)  at Arnhold Hall 55 West 13th Street, Room I-202, at the New School, free

2/17, 7 PM eclectic jazz/blues resonator guitarist Elizabeth Wise at Caffe Vivaldi

2/17, 7:30 PM organist Jason Roberts plays a live score to the Charlie Chaplin classic The Gold Rush at St. Bartholomew’s Church $20/$10 stud/srs

2/17-18, 7:30/9:30 PM a rare weekend engagement by the Mingus Big Band on their home turf at the Jazz Standard, $30

2/17, 7:30 PM catchy oldschool roots reggae jams with a fearlessly populist Senegalese feel from Meta & the Cornerstones at the Poisson Rouge, $12 adv tix rec

2/17, 8 PM Mike Rimbaud – NYC’s current powerpop/new wave counterpart to Joe Strummer – at Bowery Electric

2/17, 8 PM playfully literate superduo Kill Henry Sugar – guitar/banjo mastermind Erik Della Penna and drummer Dean Sharenow –at Barbes

2/17, 8 PM Nadya Meykson, violin; Andrey Tchekmazov, cello Victoria Schwartzman, piano play trios by Brahms and Shostakovich at Scholes St. Studios

2/17, 9 PM epic, cinematic Indian violin-fueled art-rock themes with Rini and her explosive band at Silvana

2/17, 9ish Barmaljova – irrepressiblle indie classical/art-rock/klezmer string band violist Ljova and his similarly amazing wife, singer Inna Barmash – at the Postcrypt Coffehouse

2/17, 9 PM brilliant extrovert jazz drummer Allison Miller leads her band at Bar Lunatico, $10

2/17, 9/10:30 PM ethereal, raptly haunting singer Sara Serpa  leads an unorthodox trio with Ingrid Laubrock, tenor sax;  Erik Friedlander, cello at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

2/17, 10 PM roots reggae group Royal Khaoz at Shrine

2/18 not a music event but important and relevant: the poignant photo exhibit Muslim in New York, covering from the 80s to the present opens at the Museum of the City of NY, 1220 5th Ave. $18/$12 stud, under 20, free 

2/18, 7:30 PM up-and-coming jazz violinists lead their groups, in reverse order: Tomoko Omura Roots and the  Lisanne Tremblay Trio at the Cell Theatre, $tba

2/18, 8ish  lyrical pianist Jacob Sacks’ Chamber Quartet with Miranda Sielaff – viola, Kristi Helberg – violin, Mike McGinnis – at the Owl, $10

2/18, 8 PM Michael Malis plays solo piano followed by kinetic, darkly incisive guitarist Jessica Ackerley leading her trio, playing the album release for her new one Coalesce at Scholes St. Studios, $10

2/18, 8 PM high-energy original Fairport Convention-stye Britfolk with Divining Rod at the Way Station 

2/18, 9 PM searing, theatrical Romany/Balkan guy/girl-fronted punk rockers Bad Buka at Mehanata

2/18, 9/10:30 PM intense, fearlessly relevant Middle Eastern clarinetist Kinan Azmeh‘s kinetic, picturesque City Band at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

2/18, 9:30 PM pensive, smart multi-instrumentalist Kristen Tivey – of the edgy female-fronted Talking Heads-ish Eliza & the Organix – fronts her own folk/jazz band followed eventually by her main act at Pine Box Rock Shop

2/18, 10 PM enigmatically jangly, female-fronted rainy-day lo-fi band Belle Mare at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, $15

2/18, 10:30 PM singer Rev. Mary and her Blue Crew “unveil a steamy array of vintage bawdy blues, paying homage to performers like Mae West, Sophie Tucker, Bessie Smith, Rosa Henderson, Ruth Brown, Stella Johnson and Barrel House Annie, to name a few” at Freddy’s

2/19, 2:30 PM intense indie classical/art-rock cellist Leah Coloff at Mayflower Bar in Ft. Greene

2/19, 3 PM harpist Kate Sloat performs contemporary works for solo harp by Lowell Liebermann, Brian Erickson, and many more! at Spectrum, $15

2/19, 3 PM The North/South Chamber Orchestra play premieres by Arthur Gottschalk, David Maves, Winnie Yang , Margarita Zelenaia at Christ & St Stephen’s Church, 120 West 69th St, free

2/19, 4 PM the Emerson String Quartet’s Eugene Drucker, violin; Roberta Cooper, viola; and Gili Melamed Lev, piano; play works by Beethoven and Brahms at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes

2/19, 5 PM brilliantly lyrical latin jazz pianist Luis Perdomo + the Controlling Ear Unit at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex, free

2/19, 5:30  PM the fantastic and irrepressible Momenta Quartet play a fascinating program of new Japanese chamber music by Shoichi Yabuta, Yuta Bandoh and Yoshiaki Onishi, on a program also featuring Molly Morkoski, Miya Masaoka, Akikazu Nakamura, Elizabeth Brown, Wendy Stern, Brian Ellingsen and Eriko Sato in other works by Jo Kondo, Tetsuya Yamamoto, Shohei Amimori and Miya Masaoka at Scandinavia House, 37th St./Park Ave.$20/$15 stud/srs

2/19, 7  PM brilliant pedal steel player Mike Neer’s Steelonious – who do Monk covers in the same vein as Buddy Emmons – at Barbes

2/19, 9/10:30 PM the long-awaited return of the world’s funniest improvising ensemble, Mostly Other People Do the Killingplaying the album release hsow for their new one Loafer’s Hollow with Steven Bernstein on trumpet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

2/19,  10 PM the intoxicatingly clattering Moroccan trance grooves of Innov Gnawa; eclectic indie classical percussion ensemble Tigue open at 9 at Threes Brewing

2/20, 8 PM fiery, charismatic soul siren Meah Pace and her oldschool band at LIC Bar

2/20, 10 PM tuneful, state-of-the-art bassist Linda Oh leads her killer quartet with Jon Irabagon on alto sax at 55 Bar

2/21, 7 PM Carsie Blanton – who’s shifted her slinky act from oldtimey swing to torchy retro rock – at the Mercury, $12

2/21, 7:30 PM a fantastic Middle Eastern music benefit for the International Refugee Assistance Project from the seven banned countries featuring the Brooklyn Nomads feat. Hadi Eldebek, Mohammad Eldebek, Ramzi Edlibi, Nick Chbat and Shelley Thomas at the Poisson Rouge, $20 standing room avail

2/21, 7:30 PM the Mannes American Composers Ensemble play Andrew Norman: Try; Harrison Birtwistle: Carmen Arcadiae Mechanicae Perpetuum; Louis Andriessen: Workers’ Union at r63 Fifth Avenue, Room U100 at the New School, free

2/21, 8 PM wickedly lyrical French chanson/Romany jazz/cinematic new wave band Paris Combo at City Winery, $25 standing room avail. 

2/21, 8 PM magicallly crepuscular, cinematic Montreal slowcore/postrock/pastoral jazz trio Desert Foxx followed by similar, hyperkinetiically shapeshifting multi-instrumentalist/songwriter Thana Iyer at Muchmore’s. Iyer is playing the album release show for her new one on 2/23 at midnight at the small room at the Rockwood 

2/21, 8 PM lyricallyy sharp chamber pop/art-rock/jazz songwriter Joanna Wallfisch with Kenny Werner on piano at Mezzrow, $20

2/21, 8 PM the Weasel Walter improvisational Large Ensemble featuring Steve Swell on trombone, Leila Bourdreuil on cello and Brandon Seabrook on guitar at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

2/21, 8/10:30 PM drummer Dan Weiss leads a tuneful trio with Jacob Sacks, piano;  Ben Street, bass at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

2/21-26, 9 PM vibraphonist Chris Dingman leads a series of ensembles at the Stone, $20. Choice pick: his cinematic, enveloping Subliminal & Sublime project on 2/23

2/21, 10:30 PM 10:30 PM charismatic, adventurous postbop/avant garde trombonist/crooner Frank Lacy leads his group at Smalls

2/21 Lake Street Dive at the Music Hall of Williamsburg is sold out

2/22, 7 PM smart, lyrically edgy Americana rock songstress/bandleader Abbie Barrett at the Mercury, $10

2/22-25, 7 PM Duchess – Amy Cervini, Hilary Gardner and Melissa Stylianou – sing the album release stand for their new one Laughing at Life – their charming update on the Boswell Sisters’ harmony swing – backed by an excellent quintet at 55 Bar

2/22, 7 PM unstoppable guitar and banjo shredder Brandon Seabrookquartet with  Dan Levin- cello;Vinnie Sperrazza- drums and Henry Fraser – bass at Barbes

2/22, 7:30 PM, repeating on 2/25 at 8 the NY Phil play Beethoven Symphonies No. 8 and 8 at Avery Fisher Hall, $31 tix avail2/22, 9 PM singer Renee LoBue’s popular, catchy, anthemic early zeros powerpop/southwesten gothic band Elk City at Hifi Bar

2/22, 8 PM maybe the best big band jazz night of the year: violnist Meg Okura‘s Pan Asian Chamber Jazz Ensemble & the Erica Seguine/Shannon Baker Jazz Orchestra – arguably the most original, interesting and shapeshiftingly fun, cinematic large jazz ensemble in NYC, right up there with Darcy James Argue –at Shapeshifter Lab, $tba

2/22, 10 PM fiery punk/blues/soul bandleader Black Joe Lewis – sort of a mashup of Iggy Pop and Albert Collins – at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, $20 adv tix at the Mercury M-F 5-7 PM highly rec.

2/23, 7 PM riveting, smart, Indian-influenced psychecelic soul singer/bandleader Shilpa Ananth  – the Indian Sade, maybe – plays a rare trio show with piano and tabla at Kava Shteeble on 94 Ralph Ave, Brooklyn

2/23, 7 PM epic Indian-inspired spacerock band Humeysha at the Mercury, $10

2/23, 7 PM scorching female-fronted psychedelic doom metal band Electric Citizen open for the Crazy World of Arthur Brown – still crazy after all these years – at the Poisson Rouge, $25 adv tix avail

2/23, 7 PM pianist Yoonie Han performs the world premiere of Theodore Wiprud’s Miss Ellen Terry as Lady Macbeth and selections from Enrique Granados’ Goyescas; plus the composer, pianist and art historian Professor Gail Levin all discuss the influence of visual art on music af the Recital Hall at Baruch College, E. 25th St between 3rd and Lexington Ave, use code CC20 for $20 tix

2/23, 7:30 PM the Catalyst Quartet play their string quartet arrangement of Bach’s Goldberg Variations at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

2/23, 8 PM charismatic, torchy, occasionally Lynchian jazz bassist/singer Kate Davis (of the Lady Bugs) with her combo followed at 10 by Chia’s Dance Party spinoff the Cumbia River Band playing rustic Colombian acoustic grooves at Barbes

2/23, 8 PM an explosive collaboration between drummer Greg Fox and low-register noise composer Eli Keszler at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

2/22, 8 PM ex-Dylan lead guitarist Larry Campbell with singer Teresa Williams and guest pianist Bill Payne of Little Feat at City Winery $22 standing room vail

 2/23, 9 PM ace drummer/bandleader Tim Kuhl and his enveloping John Hollenbeck-ish 1982 art-rock project at Troost

2/23, 9 PM soulful chanteuse Kelly Sloan’s cachy, kinetic downtempo/neosoul group K Sloan & the Melodics at the Bitter End

2/23, 9ish cleverly lyrical, murderously witty murder ballad/chamber pop allstars Charming Disaster  at the Jalopy

2/23, 10 PM intense, lyrical, smartly Waits/Dylanesque Americana songwriter Pete Lanctot at Pete’s

2/23, 10 PM tunefully simmerimg improvisations from drummer Nick Fraser with Pat Briener – saxophone, Myk Freedman – lap steel at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery

2/23, 10 PM hypnotic, catchy loopmusic cellist Laura Wolf at Pine Box Rock Shop

2/24, 7 PM brilliant, haunting oudist Ara Dinkjian and his legendary singer dad Onnik Dinkjian perform a rare Armenian and Turkish program at the CUNY Grad Center, 365 5th Ave north of 34th St;, $25

2/24, 7 PM the world premiere of the new global warming-themed opera Upon this Handful of Earth by Norwegian composer Gisle Kverndokk and librettist Aksel-Otto Bull at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, 980 Park Ave $25 tix avail

2/24-25, 7 PM Cantata Profana bings a brand new staging of Leos Janácek’s song cycle, The Diary of One Who Disappeared, and one of J.S.Bach’s most sublime cantatas, BWV170 “Vergnügte Ru” to Symphony Space, $20 adv tix rec

2/24, 7:30 PM Happy Traum’s multimedia event Coming of Age in the Greenwich Village Folk Revival and the Woodstock Scene (1954 – 1971): “With colorful anecdotes and incisive memories, and the aid of vintage photos and music clips, Traum relates some of his adventures as an active member of the New York folk revival; his participation in the “Great Folk Singers Riot” in Washington Square; and his friendships with some of the leading folk artists of the day such as Brownie McGhee, and a young Bob Dylan. Happy punctuates his remembrances with songs and guitar solos from the folk era and beyond,”  at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 81 Christopher St $25/$15 stud.

2/24, 7:30 PM high voltage latin jazz with the Pedrito Martinez Group at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

2/24, 8 PM fearless punk classical cellist Valerie Kuehne at the PPL Space, 104 Meserole St in Bushwick, sugg don. She’s at Spectrum the following night, 2/25 at 8:30 PM for $15

2/24, 8 PM soaring alto saxophonist/jazz chanteuse Grace Kelly leads her quartet at Flushing Town Hall, $16, free for teens age 13-19 with ID.

2/24, 8 PM 8 PM rustic Brazilian jungle sounds with Regional de NY at Barbes

2/24, 9 PM the Dirty Waltz Project- a seven-piece band playing more than a dozen instruments in 3/4 time in countless genres from Balkan, Irish, jazz, blues and American folk traditions – at the Jalopy, $10

2/24 9:30 PM boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band and the Broken Mariachi Horns at Hill Country

2/24, 9 PM popular, shambling stoner boogie/Americana rockers Jeff the Brotherhood at Sunnyvale, $15

2/24, 9 PM tuneful, intriguing third-stream jazz pianist Noa Fort leads her trio at Pete’s

2/24, 9:30 PM intense, charismatic Tunisian art-rock songwriter – and Arab Spring heroine – Emel Mathlouthi at Joe’s Pub, $18

2/24, 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

2/24, 10 PM Dead Man Winter -Trampled By Turtles’ Dave Simonett’s second-generation Wallfowers rock side project – at Bowery Ballroom, $18

2/24, 11 PM high-voltage Tex-Mex and zydeco sounds with the Whiskey Killers at Guadalupe Inn, $5

2/25, 5 PM a free dance party with the Harlem Renaissance Orchestra at the community center in the middle of Marcus Garvey Pak, free

2/25, 6 PM amazingly eclectic cellist and brilliant soul/art-rock/jazz songwriter Marika Hughes followed at 8 by eclectic, electric C&W/blues band the Jug Addicts and at 10 by trippy North African dance grooves from Innov Gnawa at Barbes

2/25, 7 PM percussionist Jaimeo Brown’s Transcendence (ft. Chris Sholar & Jaleel Shaw) – who make haunting jazz soundscapes out of rustic African-American gospel themes – at the Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix avail

2/25, 7 PM enigmatic female-fronted psychedelic pop/new wave band the New Tarot play the album release show for their new one at Bowery Electric, $8

2/25, 7 PM Hollywood’s Dan Finnerty leads his savagely hilarious top 40 parody group the Dan Band at Joe’s Pub, $22

2/25, 7:30 PM intense, controversial Portuguese fado star Gisela João makes her US debut backed by a great acoustic band at the Schimmel Center at Pace University, 3 Spruce St, $30, 6/J/M to City Hall

2/25, 7:30 PM Victoria Schwartzman, piano ;Andrey Tchekmazov, cello; Nadya Meykson, violin play works  by Alfred Schnittke, Alban Berg, Arvo Pärt and Dmitry Shostakovich at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, $20 sugg don

2/25, 8/10 PM popular oldschool 70s stye psychedelic salsa dura band Bio Ritmo at Subrosa, 63 Gansevoort St., $15

2/25, 8 PM the enigmatic Moodswing Orchestra – drummer Ben Perowsky, keyboardist Glenn Patscha and guitar monster Oren Bloedow – at the Owl, $10

2/25, 8 PM rapturously textured British Renaissance choir Stile Antico sing a pretty wild program of classics and obscurities by Tallis, Clemens Non Papa, Tompkins, Vivanco, McCabe and others at at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, 145 W 46th St between 6th and 7th aves, $30 seats avail

2/25, 8:30 PM Sharq Attack with Marandi Hostetter, 5 string violin; Brian Prunka, oud; John Murchison, double bass and Philip Mayer, percussion jam out classic Middle Eastern themes at the Postcrypt Coffeehouse

2/25, 9 PM Emiliano Messiez, piano and Rodolfo Zanetti Via, bandoneon play classic tango at Caffe Vivaldi

2/25, 9:30 PM Washington DC psychedelic soul band Aztec Sun followed by Pitchblak Brass Band at the Hall at MP, $12 adv tix rec

2/25, 9:30 PM eclectic Americana/C&W rock band Spuyten Duyvil at the Jalopy, $12

2/25, 10ish a free dreampop night at Muchmore’s with the glimmering, ringing Beach Moon Peach Moon and then the Parrot Dream Band, who sound like a louder Cocteau Twins

2/26, 2:30 PM the Dessoff Choirs sing an all-French program with music of Marcel Dupré, Claude Debussy, Lili Boulanger, Reynaldo Hahn, Jean Langlais, and Francis Poulen accompanied by organist Ray Nagem at St. Jean Baptiste Church, 184 East 76th St, $25/$15 stud/srs

2/26, 3  PM pianist Imri Talgam plays music of Daniel Fox, Peter Kramer and Vicente Alexim at Spectrum, $15

2/26, 5 PM former Little Jimmy Scott tenor sax player TK Blue and band at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex, free

2/26, 6 PM ferocious, Middle Eastern-inspired jazz violinist Elektra Kurtis with indie classical chamber ensemble the PubliQuartet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

2/26, 6 PM powerhouse multi-reedwoman Jenny Hill plays both sax and flute at the album release for her new one with her sextet at 55 Bar

2/26, 7ish vivid gothic Americana songstress Lara Ewen at Scratcher Bar on E 5th just off Bowery

2/26, 8:30ish dark, charismatic, mischievously witty art-rock keyboardist/chanteuse Rachelle Garniez, rockabilly/honkytonk guitar maven Monica Passin a.k.a. L’il Mo, Barbara Endes of wickedly catchy Americana/paisley underground rockers Girls on Grass and NYC C&W vet Jonathan Gregg at the Treehouse at 2A

2/26, 9 PM mart, politically-fueled Irish rocker Niall Connolly at at the small room at the Rockwood

2/27, 7:30 PM Damstadt Essential Music join forces to play Terry Riley’s In C – performers include Nick Hallett and Zach Layton leading an ensemble with Elliott Sharp, Peter Kotik, Pauline and Conrad Harris, David Grubbs, Laura Ortman, Roddy Bottum – at the Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec

2/27. 7:30 PM the Calefax Reed Quintet, organist Paul Jacobs, flutist Claire Chase, and the  Grand Electric ensemble play new arrangements of classic Bach workss at Music Mondays at Advent Church, 93rd/Broadway, free

2/28, 7 PMa ferocious update on a darkly classic sound: the Avi Fox-Rosen Electric Klezmer Trio with Dave Licht on drums,and Zoe Guigueno on bass play Dave Tarras tunes followed at 9 by ten-piece funky Balkan brass jazz monsters Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

2/28, 7 PM La Mecanica Popular play their original update on classic 70s Nuyorican salsa dura at Bric Arts, free w/rsvp 

2/28, 8 PM pianist/composer Richard Sussman’s Evolution Ensemble presents the lush, explosive Evolution Suite for jazz quintet, string quartet, and electronics.at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

2/28, 9 PM purist oldschool country songwriter/bandleader Michaela Anne a at the big room at the Rockwood, $12

2/28. 9 PM Brooklyn’s original punk Balkan horn group Hungry March Band,at the Bell House, $15

2/28, 10 PM brilliant drummer/percussionist Willie Martinez & La Familia Sextet play classic salsa grooves at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe

3/1, 7 PM PubliQuartet cellist Amanda Gookin plays electroacoustic piece by Leila Adu, Jessica Meyer, Allison Loggins-Hull, Morgan Krauss, Nathalie Joachim, and Amanda Feery from her new album at National Sawdust $30 adv tix rec

3/1, 8 PM a murderer’s row of first-rate singers including but not limited toErica Smith, Tammy Faye Starlite, Lizzie Edwards ofLizzie & the Makers play a Leonard Cohen tribute, backed by an all-star band at Bowery Electric, $8

3/1, 9 PM oldschool-style high plains C&W singer Hope Debates & North 40 at Bar Chord

3/2, 7 PM fearless Malian psychedelic desert rock bandleader/freedom fighter Noura Mint Seymali at Littlefield, $20 adv tix avail

3/2, 7 PM oldschool soul bandleader Eliza Neals and the Narcotics plays the album release show for her new one followed eventually at 10 by wryly trippy dub reggae bandleader Effie Liu at the Bitter End

3/2, 8:30 PM riveting, dynamic, poignant klazmer singer Inna Barmash and her similarly band sing “winkling klezmer lullabies, songs of love and love gone wrong” at the  Jalopy, $15

3/3, 7ish killer dark retro 60s psychedelic/stoner boogie/art-rock band Medusa’s Disco at Gussy’s Bar in Queens

3/3, 8:30 PM a benefit for the ACLU and Brooklyn-based immigrants rights group DRUM with the Occasionalists serving as the live band for revolutionary karaoke i.e. R.E.M.’s End of the World as We Know It to Bob Marley’s Redemption Song to the Beatles’ Revolution to Public Enemy’s Fight the Power to Bowie/Queen’s Under Pressure at Union Hall, $10

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

3/4, 8:30 PM a benefit for Planned Parenthood with excellent, purist honkytonk crooner/bandleader Clifford Westfall followed by Tatters & Rags and then the Space Merchants – the missing link between the Stooges and X – at Union Hall, $10

3/4, 9:30 PM smart, cosmopolitan jazz chanteuse Svetlana & the Delancey 5  – Breakfast at Tiffany’s meets Some Like It Hot – at Joe’s Pub

3/4, 10 PM Ensemble Mik Nawooj – who work the same classical/hip-hop turf as Yasiin Bey, often covering classic 90s joints from the Wu-tang Clan and others – at the Apollo Music Cafe, $20 tix avail at the Apollo box ofc

3/5, 2:30 PM the Apple Hill String Quartet play the world premiere of Presences by John Harbison for string quartet, cello, and bass  at St. Bartholomew’s Church, $25

3/5, 7:30 PM powerpop supergroup the Split Squad at Bowery Electric, $10

3/6, 6:30 PM violinist Kristin Lee, concertmaster of the Metropolis Ensemble plays the ep release show for composer Molly Joyce’s intense, acerbic new one; Joyce will also premiere a new work for toy organ and electronics, “Form and Deform.” at 1 Rivington St., free w/rsvp, reception to follow . 

3/7, 6 PM pianist Frank Levy plays works by Scarlatti, Mozart, Chopin, Bach/Marcello and Rachmaninov at the Yamaha Piano Salon, 689 Fifth Avenue (entrance on 54th street), $6 

3/7, 9:30 PM blazing Balkan/Romany rock/Middle Eastern/flamenco jamband Ventanas at Drom,  $10 adv tix rec

3/8, 9 PM a good Afrobeat twinbill in Greenpoint: the Super Yamba Band followed by the People’s Champs at Brooklyn Bazaar, $10 adv tix avail at the Poisson Rouge box ofc

3/9, 1 PM harpist Bridget Kibbey plays her arrangement of Debussy’s haunting prelude La Cathédrale engloutie at Trinity Church, free

3/9, 8 PM intense, funky Indian brass bhangra band Red Baraat play the album release show for their new one at Bric Arts, $15 adv tix rec. They’re at the Poisson Rouge on 3/16

3/10, 6:30 PM otherworldly Mongolian throat-singing folk ensemble Khusugtun at the Rubin Museum of Art, $30 adv tix rec

3/10, 7 PM hypnotic, richly tuneful Indian sounds: Rajasthani master of the Sindhi sarangi, Lakha Khan and ensemble at the CUNY Grad Center, 365 5th Ave north of 34th, $25/$20 stud

3/11, 7:30 PM dark Nordic chamber pop songbird Agnes Obel at the Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix avail

3/14, 7 PM My Brightest Dimond’s Shara Nova and others backed by adventurous young orchestra the Knights  play Sarah Kirkland Snider‘s song suite  Unremembered, a hilling reminiscence of childhood traumas at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix a must

3/15, 8 PM Perl – former lead singer of Bulletproof Stockings, the Hasidic Sleater-Kinney – followed by fiery, brilliantly lyrical soul/rock songwriter Nehedar singing the album release show for her latest one, then she does double duty on vocals in powerpop bnd Fierce Love, then sardonic new wavers Blanket Statementstein at Bowery Electric

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3/16, 1 PM Useful Chamber Orchestra play their arrangement of Debussy’s haunting prelude La Cathédrale engloutie at Trinity Church, free

3/16, 7:30 PM ancient, otherworldly trance beats: the first-ever US performance by the master musicians of the Festival Gnaoua et des Musiques du Monde in Essaouira, Morocco at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

3/17, 10 PM Pussy Riot at National Sawdust. Tix not avail yet – and might not be affordable – watch this space

3/19, 3:15 PM organist Karen Electra Christianson – one of the most electrifying church organists in the country – plays a program TBA at St. Patrick’s Cathedral

3/19, 4 PM the perennially witty Broken Reed Saxophone Quartet with pianist Roberta Piket at Sounds on Sackett at St. Agnes Church 433 Sackett St off of Hoyt St, Cobble Hill, any train to Atlantic Ave, $20, reception to follow

3/20, 8 PM the Bob Bennett Big Band with Erica Seguine on piano at Sir D’s Lounge, 837 Union St, south of 7th Ave, Park Slope, R to Union St.

3/23-24, 7:30 PM, repeating 3/25 at 8 and 3/26 at 3 PM Amy Beth Kirsten’s Quixote- a vividly original reimagining of the Cervantes classic, performed by the HOWL ensemble withLindsay Kesselman (soprano), Hai-Ting Chinn (mezzo-soprano), Kirsten Sollek (contralto), Mark DeChiazza and four singing players from Sandbox Percussion: Ian Rosenbaum, Victor Caccese, Terry Sweeney and Jonathan Allen at the Kasser Theatre, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair NJ, $20; catch the shuttle buss leaving from 41st behind Port Authority 

3/25, 8 PM standout British early music chamber ensemble the Orlando Consort perform the haunting Renaissance music of Loyset Compère at the auditorium at 150 W 83rd St., $30 tix avail at the Miller Theatre box ofc at 116th/Bwy, M-F noon-6

3/29, 8 PM haunting, intuitive cellist Inbal Segev opens for the String Orchestra of Brooklyn and Mivos Quartet performing works by Anna Clyne at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

3/30,1 PM lyrical jazz pianist Chris Pattishall and his group at Trinity Church, free

3/30, 8 PM the W4 New Music Collective premiere a collaboration between composers Matt Frey, Tim Hansen and Molly Herron exploring aspects of solitude at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

3/31, 7 PM haunting Puerto Rican bolero revivalists – and Sylvia Rexach reinventors – Miramar at the CUNY Grad Center, 365 5th Ave north of 34th, $25/$20 stud

3/31, 8 PM the Argus String Quartet air out a mix of new and old works at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

5/1, 7 PM Finnish murder ballad singer Pekko Käppi leads his haunting, austere folk trio at the CUNY Grad Center, 365 5th Ave north of 34th, $25/$20 stud

Jim Allen Brings His Edgy, Metaphorical, Sardonically Purist Songwriting to a Rare Fort Greene Gig

The sound guy was drunk by the time Jim Allen hit the stage at around eight. That was back in 2003 at a long-gone Williamsburg hotspot, the Blu Lounge. Surprisingly, the building’s still standing. The first-floor venue space is a liquor store now.

When the sound guy’s girlfriend showed up, the two chatted and made out through most of the set. Until the encore, where Allen reinvented the old ELO radio hit Don’t Bring Me Down as a stark blues. By the second verse, the sound guy was bugging out.

That same year Allen put out his Wild Card cd (which is still available and streaming at Spotify). Tim Robinson’s neo-cubist front cover art is a black-and-white afterwork street scene: the joker in the deck has his jacket open enough to reveal some color. The back covers shows Allen out behind what appears to be one of the far west warehouses on 28th Street, Liberty Island out of focus in the distance behind him. The cd booklet photo captures Allen curbside, sitting in what’s left of a refrigerator with the door ripped off. Loaded images for a guy who’s made them his stock in trade for a long time.

In the years past, Allen has not been idle. Most recently, he’s fronted a fantastically catchy retro new wave band, Lazy Lions. And his solo work, which is sort of akin to a hybrid of Graham Parker and Dale Watson, is stronger and more lyrical than ever. Allen loves double entendres, aphorisms both old and brand-new, and litanies of images that weave a yarn, often a grim one. Where is this clever, often hilarious wordsmith and tunesmith playing tomorrow night, Jan 22? City Winery, or maybe the Rockwood,, right? Nope. The Beacon, a gig he’s more than earned over the years? No. He’s playing at 8 PM at Branded Saloon in Fort Greene. As a bonus, Tim Simmonds – who’s fronted both Captain Beefheart cover band Admiral Porkbrain as well as his own tight new wave/powerpop band, the Actual Facts – plays afterward at 9.

Listening back to Allen’s fourteen-year-old album reveals how well it’s stood the test of time. The best song on it is The Verdict. It’s a slow country ballad set in a courtroom. The narrator’s on trial for being stuck on some girl, and Allen makes it apparent that he’s going to get what he deserves. Which is what, exactly? The answer’s too good to give away. The album’s worth owning for that song alone – it’s a genuine classic.

The rest of the album’s good too. It begins and ends with metaphorically-charged commentaries on the elusive nature of fame. “You can keep your crown if it’s the thorny one,” Allen bristles on the opening number, King of the Jews; he doggedly plans on finding a “hidden spring” early on in the gospel-tinged final song, No One for Me. In between, Marc Rubinstein supplies honkytonk piano and bluesy, swirly organ, Steve Alcott’s pedal steel soaring over the purposeful pulse of drummer Barbara Allen, Pemberton Roach reminding why he’s one of the alltime heroes of new wave bass.

Allen follows with the simmering swamp blues I’ll Need You Then – as in “when the shit has well and truly hit the fan” – a showcase for his soul-infused baritone. There are a pair of murderous anthems. The first is A Little Bit of Love, where Allen encourages a down-and-out rival to go find Jesus, because “Maybe you can room with him.” The second, A Thousand Ways, is every bit as spot-on:

Chain him to a desk and share each week for forty hours
It won’t be long befor you have to send his family flowers
…or make him black and put him in the City of New York

There’s also the zydeco-tinged workingman’s lament Where the Heart Is; the Rockpile-style shuffle Black Black Sea; Blue Neon Light, which is Allen’s Swinging Doors; the drony, psychedelic Looking At You; the brooding, ominous, delta blues-flavored It Might As Well Rain, a big fan favorite at shows; and the jauntily snide blues Little Green Circles. Allen’s back catalog is consistently strong, but this might be the most solid one of the bunch, start to finish.

Kaia Kater Brings Her Individualistic Update on Classic Americana to a Couple of New York Shows

Banjo player/multi-instrumentalist Kaia Kater ranks in the vanguard of roots musicians inspired by classic Americana but not constrainted by it. Her debut album, Sorrow Bound encompassed oldtime Appalachian sounds, bluegrass and newgrass. Her latest album, Nine Pin – streaming at her music page – is considerably starker, darker and more blues-based. You’ve got a couple of chances to check her out live this week (see below: she’s on a couple of cool multiple-act bills). Give the album a spin and chances are you will be drawn in by her purist, rustic sensibility as much as by her commitment to age-old populist themes that have become especially relevant in these horribly surreal, pre-inauguration times.

The opening track, Saint Elizabeth – an Elizabeth Cotten shout-out, maybe? sets the stage. It’s mostly just Kater’s stark vocals and banjo over minimal washes of bass until Caleb Hamilton’s trumpet kicks in at the end. “Can’t you hear me calling to you, with black and broken teeth?” her grim narrator implores.

Likewise, Little Pink is a morosely swaying field-holler style vamp,  Hamilton’s spare trumpet contrasting with ringing electric guitar that adds an unexpected Malian desert rock duskiness. Paradise Fell brings an antique Appalachian-style tune into the 21st century, lowlit with resonant steel guitar: “Paradise fell, and the tenements grew,” Kater muses.

Rising Down hypnotically blends spiky banjo and pizzicato fiddle textures, fluttery trumpet on the top end balanced by low washes of steel: “I will stand with my people as one,” Kater intones matter-of-factly. Harlem’s Little Blackbird is a moody jump-rope rhyme of sorts, while the album’s title track broodingly contemplates the “evils of the setting sun,” in a down-and-out milieu. After all this dirgelike ambience, the aptly titled, spare instrumental Fun Times At Our House makes a sharp contrast.

The ominously spare piano waltz Viper’s Nest edges into minimalist art-rock, followed by White, a more sprightly, trickily syncopated, oldtimey banjo tune with gospel-flavored harmonies. Kater takes the music into warmly nocturnal territory with Harvest and the Plow and then after the last of a handful of improvisational miniatures that pepper the album, she winds it up with the jaunty Hangman’s Reel: this executioner is obviously having fun, maybe sarcastically.

Kater’s on the bill this Jan 5 at the Jalopy at a little after 8 on a great bill assembled by first-class Alaskan fiddler Ken Waldman along with several other artists: Nic Gareiss and Maeve Gilchrist doing their folk dance and harp act; Wild Hog with Thomas Bailey, Aaron Jonah Lewis and Max Johnson; Brian Vollmer & Claire Byrne playing oldtimey guitar-and-fiddle music; the fiddle-fueled trio of Chris Miller, Audrey Knuth and Mark Kilianski; and individualistic string band Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards. Cover is $15. You can also catch Kater at the small room at the Rockwood on Jan 8 at about 8:30 PM followed by thoughtful newschool Americana songstress Kristin Andreassen and charming antique Appalachian folk duo Anna & Elizabeth.

New York City and Brooklyn Live Music Calendar for January and February 2017

Constant updates: you might want to bookmark this page and check back every so often. 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 Thursdays 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. Perennial possibilities: Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Dvorak (!). Sugg don $10 (pay what you can), delicious gluten-free refreshments, beverages and lively conversation included! email for info/location.

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

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

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

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

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

Mondays at 9 PM erudite, purist torchy jazz chanteuse Svetlana & the Delancey 5 at the Back Room, 102 Norfolk St just north of Delancey St, free

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

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

Tuesdays in January, 10 PM the great unsung hero of darkly purposeful, noir-tinged jazz guitar, Saul Rubin‘s Zebtet at the Fat Cat

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

Wednesdays at 8-ish, amazing, psychedelic instrumentalists Sandcatchers – who blend cinematic, pastoral Americana and Middle Eastern themes – at Cheryl’s Restaurant, 236 Underhill Ave. (Eastern Pkwy/Lincoln Pl.) in Ft. Greene. Closest train is actually the 2/3 to Brooklyn Museum.

Wednesdays at 8 the Brooklyn Raga Massive – a rotating cast of A-list Indian, jazz and rock musicians who love to jam out classic Indian themes from over the centuries to the present day – play Art Cafe, 884 Pacific St.(at Washington Ave) in Brooklyn, $15; closest train is the 2 to Bergen St.

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

Thursdays in January, 11ish darkly rustic Brazilian rainforest folk (and John Zorn covers) with Forro in the Dark at Nublu 151

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

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

Saturdays Jan 7 and 14 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 January at 6 PM eclectically brilliant jazz/musette accordionist Will Holshouser with a series of groups at Barbes

Saturdays in February, 6 PM eclectic, vivid jazz cellist/singer Marika Hughes & Bottom Heavy at Barbes

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

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

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

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

Sundays in January, 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

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

Sundays at Barbes at around 9:30 PM paradigm-shifting Romany jazz guitarist Stephane Wrembel – who blends Django with ominous Pink Floyd art-rock and growling post-Velvets psychedelia.

1/1, 5 PM luminary trumpeter Christine Jensen, pianist Helge Nysted and special guests at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex

1/1-7 at 9 PM or later (check the club calendar) hypnotically psychedelic, microtonally guitar-fueled East African psychedelic band 75 Dollar Bill play a weeklong stand at Troost

1/1, 7 PM roaring 20s hot jazz with Sweet Megg & the Wayfarers at Radegast Hall. They’re at St. Mazie’s on 1/7 at 10:30

1/2, 3 and 5 PM a massive group of NYC classical talent performs new works by composers from the Trinity Church circle including Doug Balliett, James Blachly, Caleb Burhans, Owen Burdick, Chris DeBlasio, Eric Dudley, Caroline Shaw, Julian Wachner, and Jonathan Woody at St. Paul’s Chapel downtown, 209 Broadway off Fulton, free, reception to follow the 5 PM concert

1/2, 6 PM  noir-inspired low-register reedman Ben Goldberg and drummer Tom Rainey celebrate the 25th anniversary of Downtown Music Gallery

1/2, 6 PM tuneful piano jazz with the Jiyoun Lee Quartet (the so-called Queen of Arpeggios) at Silvana

1/2, 7 PM the amazing JP Jofre / Miho Hazama Project featuring a string quartet from the New Asia Chamber Music Society playing cross-pollinated nuevo tango and lush big band jazz sounds at Joe’s Pub, $18

1/2, 7 PM shamisen player/singer/improviser Emi Makabe leads her quartet with Vitor Gonçalves, piano, accordion; Thomas Morgan, bass; Nate Wood, drums at 55 Bar

1/2, 7 PM deviously fun baritone saxophonist Dave Sewelson’s Quartet with Ryan Frazier – trumpet; Devin Hoff – bass; Alex Cline – drums followed at 8 by Gerald Cleaver – drums / Chris Potter – tenor sax at Clemente Soto Valez Cultural Center, 107 Suffolk St

1/2, 9 PM guitarist/singer Kiki Sabater’s careeningly psychedelic, Hole-like power trio Slow Suck at Bowery Electric, $8

1/2, 9 PM sweeping, swinging vibraphone jazz with Behn Gillece and his quartet at the Fat Cat

1/2, 10 PM state-of-the-art postbop guitarist Will Bernard leads his quartet at the small room at the Rockwood

1/3, 1 PM the Choir of Trinity Wall Street and Trinity Baroque Orchestra perform parts 1 and 3 of the Bach Christmas Oratorio at St. Paul’s Chapel downtown, free. They’re doing parts 2 and 4 the following afternoon, 1/4 at 1 and parts 5-6 on 1/6 at 1

1/3, 6 PM innovative art-rock/postrock string chamber ensemble Founders perform creative arrangements of American music by Louis Armstrong, Dave Brubeck, Harold Arlen, Bobby Bland and more, along with Edgar Allan Poe lyrics set to new music at the small room at the Rockwood. 1/10, 5 PM they’re at St. Paul’s Chapel downtown, 209 Broadway off Fulton, free

1/3, 7 PM a benefit for Doctors without Borders in reverse order: hilarious 70s metal parody band Mighty High, a rare reunion by well-loved early zeros powerpop/janglerockers the Star Spangles, with opening sets by punk bands Trashy and the Whores at St. Vitus, $12

1/3, 8:30 PM the Out Louds – Tomas Fujiwara – drums; Ben Goldberg – clarinets; Mary Halvorson – guitar devise music inspired by plant species at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens at I-Beam, $15

1/3-8, 8:30/10:30 lyrical jazz piano icon Fred Hersch‘s Trio + 2 with Dayna Stephens (sax) Mike Rodriguez (trumpet) John Hébert (bass) Eric McPherson (drums) at the Vanguard, $25

1/3, 9 PM crystalline-voiced noir Americana songwriter Jessie Kilguss at 11th St. Bar

1/3, 9 PM tectonically shifting improvisational soundscapes with Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber followed at 11ish by darkly rustic Brazilian rainforest folk (and John Zorn covers) with Forro in the Dark at Nublu 151

1/3, 9 PM brilliant drummer/percussionist Willie Martinez & La Familia Sextet play classic salsa grooves at the Fat Cat. He’s also at the Nuyorican at 10 on 1/17 and 1/24

1/3, 9 PM pensively improvisational, purposeful saxophonist Jure Pukl leads his group at Happy Lucky No 1 Gallery

1/3, 10 PM acerbic alto saxophonist David Binney leads his quartet at at 55 Bar

1/4, 5 PM  Elspeth Davis, mezzo-soprano; Erika Dohi, piano and Sandbox Percussion perform George Crumb’s American Songbook III: Unto These Hills at St. Paul’s Chapel downtown at St. Paul’s Chapel downtown, 209 Broadway off Fulton, free.

1/4, 6 PM psychedelically machinegunning virtuoso Max ZT on the hammered dulcimer at the Rubin Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

1/4, 7:30 PM intense, fearlessly relevant Middle Eastern clarinetist Kinan Azmeh‘s kinetic, picturesque City Band at Drom, $10

1/4, 7:30/9:30 PM fiery postbop jazz and Ethiopiques trumpeter Wayne Tucker leads his group at Minton’s. He’s also here on 1/31

1/4, 8 PM a rare solo show by virtuoso cellist Ian Maksin playing haunting Macedonian and Georgian folk tunes plus classics by Bill Withers, Jacques Brel and others at the Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec

1/4, 8 PM psychedelic klezmer/bluegrass mandolin and clarinet legend Andy Statman at Barbes, $10

1/4, 9 PM velvety noir jazz singer (and Tickled Pinks member) Stephanie Layton’s impressively eclectic torch/swing jazz band Eden Lane at Rye Bar in Williamsburg

1/4, 9 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” at Troost in Greenpoint. 1/14 at 9 they’re at at Espresso 77, 35-57 77th Street, Jackson Hts

1/5, 6 PM the Erik Satie Quartet – Ron Hay (trombone), Max Seigel (bass trombone), Ben Holmes (trumpet), and Andrew Hadro (bari sax) –reinvent classic and obscure Satie chamber pieces as well as rare compositions by his obscure contemporaries at Silvana

1/5, 7 PM an amazing all-Korean triplebill: enigmatically improvisational psych-folk group Black String, flutist Han Chung Eun‘s band and eclectic, theatrical Korean art-rock/dance/pansori glam band Ssing Ssing at the big room at the Rockwood, $20

1/5-7 and 1/11-14 at 7 PM, also 1/8 at 2 PM Matt Marks’ lurid new electroacoustic opera Mata Hari explores the romantic intrigue and betrayal that led to her execution as a WWI spy at Here, 145 6th Ave. south of Spring, $30 

1/5, 7 PM fiery, bluesy Americana rockers Scott Wolfson & Other Heroes at the small room at the Rockwood

1/5, 7:30 PM ambient soundscapers/eclectic funkmeisters and David Bowie cover band Burnt Sugar play a “greatest hits” show at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

1/5, 7:30 PM longtime Piazzolla sideman and tango jazz piano luminary Pablo Ziegler leads his trio followed at 9:45 by edgy, improvisationally-inclined indie string ensemble the Sirius Quartet with guest Tracy Silverman at Club Bonafide, $15

1/5-6 state-of-the-art jazz violinist Regina Carter plays from the Ella Fitzgerald songbook at the Jazz Standard, 7:30/9:30 PM, $30

1/5, 7:30 PM, repeating 1/6-7 at 8 the NY Phil with pianist Emmanuel Ax play Kurt Weill’s Little Threepenny Music for Wind Orchestra, a new HK Gruber piano concerto and Schubert’s Symphony No. 2 at Avery Fisher Hall, $30 tix avail

1/5, 8 PM haunting Hungarian psychedelic folk band Meszecsinka, wild, improvisational accordionist David Yengibarian and pyrotechnic cimbalom virtuoso Miklos Lukacs’ enigmatic folk/art-rock trio Borbély Mihály Polygon at Drom, free; followed at 10:30 PM by psychedelic, dub-inflected tenor saxophonist Ilhan Ersahin‘s Istanbul Sessions, $15 

1/5, 8 PM dark, charismatic, mischievously witty art-rock keyboardist/chanteuse Rachelle Garniez  followed by first-class oudist Brian Prunka‘s Nashaz Middle Eastern jazz project at Barbes

1/5, 8 PM Ensemble U: Estonia’s best-known contemporary music ensemble plays works by Scott Miller, Heather Stebbins, Kristjan Kõrver, Helena Tulve and Tatjana Kozlova-Johannes at the Firehouse Space, $10

1/5, 8 PM a killer multi-act Americana mini-festival at the Jalopy with stark Alaskan fiddler/poet Ken Waldman –Nic Gareiss & Maeve Gilchrist performing dance with harp; kinetic Americana songwriter/multi-instrumentalis Kaia Kater, Wild Hog (Thomas Bailey, Aaron Jonah Lewis, Max Johnson), Brian Vollmer & Claire Byrne playing old-time and country on fiddles and guitars; Miller, Knuth, Kilianski (Chris Miller, Audrey Knuth, Mark Kilianski); nd Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards (Boston twin fiddle, cello, bass), $15

1/5, 8ish noir-inspired low-register reedman Ben Goldberg‘s Invisible Guy and recent guitar monster tourmates Chris Cochrane and Marc Ribot at the Owl

1/5, 8:30 PM intense minor-key klzmer/groove/psychedelic art-rock instrumentalists Barbez followed by this era’s most chillingly cinematic, shadowy reverbtoned noir guitar instrumentalists, Big Lazy celebrating their 20th anniversary with special guests Steven Bernstein, Charlie Giordano, Peter Hess and Willie Martinez at Union Pool

1/5, 8 PM purist, straightforward, warmly tuneful front-porch folk songwriter Joanna Sternberg at Sunny’s

1/5, 9 PM anthemic, surfy chamame rock band Paracuta followed by hard-hitting bassist Dawn Drake & Zapote playing hot Afrobeat-tinged funk grooves at Shrine

1/5, 11 PM edgy, guitar-fueled peak era King Crimson-ish art-rockers Woodhead at the Mercury, $10 

1/6, 7 PM innovative, captivating sitarist Roopa Panesar, rapturously fun Pakistani/desert rock singer/bandleader Kiran Ahluwalia, innovative Quebecoise Balkan filddler Briga, eclectic Americana/soul cellist/banjoist Lelya McCalla, at 10:45 PM lush, female-fronted chamber pop/chanson band Banda Magda and at half past midnight, noir mambo powerhouse Orkesta Mendoza at Drom

1/6, 7 PM charmingly nuanced, erudite singer/pianist and Dinah Washington reinventor  Champian Fulton leads her trio at Pangea, $20

1/6, 7 PM lush but edgy original jazz chanteuse/songwriter Gracie Terzian with guitarist Rotem Sivan at Caffe Vivaldi

1/6, 7:30 PM whirlwind clarinet and violin-fueled klezmer group Litvakus with soaring singer Sasha Lurje & Nicole Borge at the Jalopy, $15

1/6-7 and 1/9, 7:30 PM haunting, intricate composer/keyboardist Missy Mazzoli and Royce Vavrek’s new opera Breaking the Waves, based on the Lars Von Trier art-house film at NYU’s Skirball Auditorium, $30 tix avail

1/6, 7:30 PM legendary avant crooner John Kelly‘s new elegaic, historically rich New York-centric retrospective Time No Line at Dixon Place, $15 adv tix rec

1/6, 8 PM haunting Puerto Rican bolero revivalists – and Sylvia Rexach reinventors – Miramar followed at 9:30 PM by fearlessly populist, wildly eclectic latin protest song maven/bandleader Ani Cordero and then at 11 by this era’s most chillingly cinematic, shadowy reverbtoned noir guitar instrumentalists, Big Lazy at Barbes

1/6, 8 PM eclectic, theatrical Korean art-rock/dance/pansori glam band Ssing Ssing at Flushing Town Hall, $16, ages 13-19 free. 

1/6, 8 PM a cool Brooklyn psychedelic cumbia twinbill: Chicha Libre spinoff Locobeach followed by  Yotoco at the Knitting Factory, $13

1/6, 8 PM the smartly lyrical, soul-tinged Cornelius Eady Trio celebrate the release of their new album, Field Recordings; Jasmine Dreame Wagner opens the evening with music and poetry at 7 at Scholes St. Studios, free

1/6-7, 9 PM, repeating 1/8 at 3 and 7 PM and 1/9 at 3 Sylvia Milo’s fascinating biodrama The Other Mozart, bringing to life the composer’s supremely talented sister, pianist and fellow composer Nannerl and reclaiming her place in history, at the Players Theatre, 115 MacDougal St. 3rd Fl, use code MUSICBOX for $30 tix

1/6-7 and 1/11-14, 9 PM fiery, uncategorizable composer/singer Sarah Small’s new multimedia avant Balkan punk song suite Secondary Dominance featuring her amazing Balkan/Bulgarian vocal trio Black Sea Hotel at Here, 145 6th Ave south of Spring, $30

1/6, 9ish in reverse order: amazingly psychedelic guitarscaper David Grubbs, Anastasia Clarke, Max Alper/Camilla Padgitt-Coles, Julia Santoli at the Knockdown Center, $10

1/6, 9:30 M moody, purposeful Middle Eastern-tinged jazz with Uri Gurvich and his quartet at Club Bonafide, $15

1/6, 9ish in reverse order: amazingly psychedelic guitarscaper David Grubbs, ambient artist Anastasia Clarke, trippy multimedia acts Max Alper/Camilla Padgitt-Coles and Julia Santoli at the Knockdown Center, $10

1/6, 9 PM darkly edgy, politically-fueled Irish tunesmith Niall Connolly at the small room at the Rockwood

1/6, 10ish fiery, tuneful soul-punk rockers No Ice (a spinoff of the late, great Brooklyn What) play the album release show for their new one at Shea Stadium, $8

1/6, 10 PM  soaringly explosive jazz composer/torch singer Nicole Zuraitis at 55 Bar

1/6, 10:30 PM cutting-edge B3 organ and trombone soul/jazz grooves with the Jared Gold and Dave Gibson Band at the Fat Cat

1/6, 11 PM noir mambo powerhouse Orkesta Mendoza followed by hauntingly slinky Puerto Rican bolero revivalists – and Sylvia Rexach reinventors – Miramar at the Mercury, $15

1/7, 1 PM “Siren Baroque is thrilled to present a program of rare music from the convents of 17th-century Europe” by obscure women composers at the Firehouse Space, $10

1/7, 1 PM Novus NY perform the premiere of Laura Schwedinger’s Artemisia, “an opera of passion, betrayal and art in 17th century Italy based on the life of Italian painter Artemisia Gentileschi” at St. Paul’s Chapel downtown,209 Broadway off Fulton, free

1/7, 6 PM amazingly eclectic jazz/oldtimey accordionist Will Holshouser  followed at 8 by Pangari & the Socialites playing classic ska, soul and rocksteady – most of it from the 60s Skatalites catalog, followed at 10 by stormy Mexican ranchera/bolero brass crew Banda de los Muertos at Barbes

1/7, 6 PM intensely lyrical, soaring art-rock pianist/uke player/bicycle athlete Joanna Wallfisch at the small room at the Rockwood

1/7, 7 PM all-female pan-latin rockers Ladama, otherworldly Tuvan throat-singing group Alash, legendary Ethiopiques jazz artist Girma Beyene & psychedelic Ethiopian groove orchestra Feedel Band , haunting Puerto Rican bolero revivalists – and Sylvia Rexach reinventors – Miramar, Moroccan trance grooes with Innov Gnawa,, latin rockers the Battle of Santiago, African dance-rap with Janka Nabay, and Afrobeat band Underground System at Drom, $10

1/7, 7 PM Helga Davis and Davóne Tines’ multimedia suite Requiem for a Tuesday, exploring violence against black communities, featuring Marc Cary on piano and the PubliQuartet at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix req

1/7, 7:30 PM ambitious, smart, noir-inclined tenor saxophonist Patrick Cornelius leads a trio at th Bar Next Door

1/7, 8ish a benefit for Syrian refugees with Haleh Liza, Juliet Rabia Gentile, Adam Maalouf, Elysian Fields art-rock guitar god Oren Bloedow, pianist Brittany Anjou and oud mastermind Zafer Tawil and more at the Owl, sugg don

1/7, 8 PM edgy, charismatic, hauntingly otherworldly LES rock diva Carol Lipnik, with her astonishing four-octave range, backed by her longtime pianist Matt Kanelos at Dixon Place, $15 adv tix rec

1/7, 8 PM careeningly intense gutter blues bandleader Breanna Barbara and tuneful, diverse retro 60s psychedelic garage rockers the Mystery Lights at Baby’s All Right, $12. 1/13 at 11 PM Breanna Barbara and band are at Shea Stadium followed by awesomely unhinged horror surf/hotrod instrumentalists the Mad Doctors , $10

1/7-8 and 1/11-14, 8 PM David Lang’s grisly new opera Anatomy Theatre – chronicling the final months of an English murderess from her conviction to execution and then postmortem – at Bric Arts, $30 

1/7, 8 PM New Orleans and noir swing with Davina & the Vagabonds and then a reunion of legendary 90s oldtimey revivalists the Squirrel Nut Zippers at Highline Ballroom, $30

1/7, 8 PM “Quartetto Tomassini is coming to Scholes Street Studio with original arrangements of Astor Piazzolla, beloved popular tangos and American standards.”

1/7, 8 PM cleverly tuneful, understatedly haunting composer and piano improviser Anthony Coleman leads a guitar-drums trio with Brian Chase and Chris Cochrane at the Firehouse Space, $10

1/7, 8:30 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 –at the big room at the Rockwood , $15. Followed at 10 ($12 separate adm) by intense, piano-based, Aimee Mann-style literate chamber pop group Elizabeth & the Catapult and then at 11:30 (no admission charge) by amazingly eclectic female-fronted latin/Mediterranean/Romany and charming French ye-ye pop with Banda Magda and then at half past midnight by keyboardist and occasional Karla Rose collaborator Frank LoCrasto‘s cinematic “exotica hour”

1/7, 9 PM jangly, sharply lyrical folk-rock/chamberpop band the Morning Sea – like a more stripped-down, less druggy Elliott Smith – at the Way Station. They’re back here on 1/21 at 9 and then 1/28 at 9 PM followed at 10 by wild, noisy, genuinely Hendrixian virtuoso lead guitarist Viva DeConcini and her band and then 11 by oldschool psychedelic soul/groove band Empire Beats

1/7, 9 PM eclectic, misty, Lynchian pastoral jazz chanteuse Kristina Koller and her combo at Bar Thalia, free

1/8, short sets by a big roster of up-and-coming jazz talent starting at half past noon violinist Curtis Stewart and group followed at 1:10 by trombonist Nick Finzer, 1:40 pianist Chris Ziemba, 2:10 trombonist Jimmy O’Connell and others at Michiko Studios, 149 W 46th St., free

1/8, 2:30 PM Eli Yamin and the Astro Intergenerational Arkestra perform selections from their new CD, Message From Saturn, a space odyssey [yup] inspired by Sun Ra and Mary Lou Williams at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, $10

 1/8, 3 PM  the Miolina Violin Duo and the North/South Chamber Orchestra premiere works by Carson Cooman, Victor Kioulaphides,Max Lifchitz , William Toutant at Christ & St Stephen’s Church, 120 W 69th St (bet Bway & Columbus), free 

1/8, 4 PM guitar mastermind Danny Weiss’ and magical Americana singer Mary Olive Smith’s soulful retro bluegrass band Stillhouse Serenade at the Old Stone House, $10

1/8, 4:30 PM theatrical, philosophical, unselfconsciously poetic singer/pianist/composer Mong-Lan‘s fascinating, multimedia River of Senses: Dream Songs & Tangos chronicles a Vietnamese refugee’s eventful, tango-fueled journey from Saigon to Buenos Aires, via America at Don’t Tell Mama, 343 W 46th St, $15

1/8, 5/8:30 PM well-loved 90s goth/noise purveyors Blonde Redhead play a rare intimate show at the Poisson Rouge, $30 adv tix req

1/8, 6 PM noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo and his trio followed at 8 by bassist Scott Colley’s 2×3 Featuring Kevin Hays, Nate Smith + special guests at 55 Bar

1/8, 7 PM guitarists Jack Petruzzelli and Cameron Greider play their electric guitar arrangements of Ravel and Bartok, followed at 9 by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

1/8, 7 PM Daniel Levin and Henry Fraser play duels with cello and contrabass at Downtown Music Gallery

1/8, 7:30 PM in reverse order at Highline Ballroom: rare noir jazz and cinematic themes from the 30s and 40s withBrian Carpenter’s Ghost Train Orchestra, feral New Orleans blues/klezmer/reggae/soca jamband Hazmat Modine, original klezmer punks the Klezmatics,  and innovative Quebecoise Balkan fiddler Briga, $20 adv tix rec

1/8, 8 PM eclectic third-stream jazz pianist Laila Biali and her group at the third stage at the Rockwood ,$10

1/8, 8:30ish kinetic Americana songwriter/banjoist Kaia Kater, thoughtful newschool Americana songstress Kristin Andreassen and charming antique Appalachian folk duo Anna & Elizabeth at the small room at the Rockwood. If you feel like paying a cover to see Anna & Elizabeth, they’re at National Sawdust on 1/20 at 7 for twenty bucks in advance…but no drink minimum.

1/8, 8:30 PM the Jentsch Group No Net play the brilliant cult favorite jazz guitarist’s Topics in American History – his chamber jazz abstraction of historical themes and events – at I-Beam, $15

1/8, 9 PM dynamic, subtle ex-Mariachi Flor de Toloache singer Maya Lazaro – now working a simmering oldschool soul sound – at Sunnyvale, $10

1/8, 11 PM haunting Nashville gothic songwriter Jaye Bartell at Union Pool, $8

1/8, midnightish psychedelic, dub-inflected tenor saxophonist Ilhan Ersahin‘s Istanbul Sessions at Nublu 151

1/9, noon the Hillbenders play their wryly twisted bluegrass version of the Who’s Tommy at Lucille’s, $12

1/9, 7 PM intense Balkan chanteuse Jenny Luna‘s haunting, traditional Turkish band Dolunay, fearless Romany/Balkan chaunteuse Eva Salina with pyrotechnic accordionist Peter Stan, the eclectic, jazz-tinged Macedonian sounds of Tavche Gravche and oudist Brian Prunka’s similarly diverse Nashaz at Gallery MC, 549 W 52nd St., 8th Fl

1/9, 7;30 PM irrepressible indie classical art-rock band the Bang on a Can All-Stars play new works by Anna Thorvaldsdottir and Juan Felipe Waller, an excerpt from Michael Gordon’s chamber opera Van Gogh, music by Philip Glass and moreat Merkin Concert Hall, $25

1/9, 7:30 PM Juilliard Chamber Fest starts with a performance of the DVORÁK String Quintet in G Major, Op. 77 and Brahms’ Piano Quintet No. 1 at Paul Hall at Juilliard, free, adv tix req

1/9, 8 PM haunting, paradigm-shifting trumpeter/composer trumpeter Amir ElSaffar with Tomas Fujiwara on drums and Ole Mathisen on sax at the Fridman Gallery, 287 Spring St., $20

1/9, 9 PM brilliant Americana jazz pedal steel player Susan Alcorn and hypnotic postrock sax ensemble Battle Trance at the Silent Barn, $10

1/9, 9:30 PM the Dos Santos Anti-Beat Orquesta play classic 70s style psychedelic salsa at Barbes

1/10, 6:45 PM Charlie Haden’s improvisationally-inclined Liberation Music Orchestra with special guest Geri Allen on piano at the Poisson Rouge, $30 adv tix req

1/10, 7 PM intense, edgily tuneful Texas tenor saxophonist Stan Killian leads his postbop quartet at 55 Bar

1/10, 7:30 PM Juilliard Chamber Fest continues with Beethoven: Piano Trio in B-flat Major, Op. 11, Prokofiev’s Quintet in G Minor and Brahms’ String Quartet No. 2 at Paul Hall at Julliard, free, adv tix req

1/10-15 popular lyrical pianist Bill Charlap plays a week at the Jazz Standard. 1/10 solo, 1/11 with Carol Sloane, 1/12-13 with Renee Rosnes, 1-14-15 with Freddy Cole and Houston Person, $30/$35 on the weekend

1/10, 8 PM not music-related but fun: this month’s Secret Science Club installment features author  Alexandra Horowitz discussing “Being a Dog: Following the Dog Into a World of Smell” at the Bell House, free 

1/10-14, 8 PM Philippe Quesne‘s La Melacolie des Dragons: “A band of longhaired metalheads decide that the snowy forest where their hatchback has stalled might be the perfect location to build a new heavy metal-themed amusement park. A helpful stranger is invited into their world of classic rock, medieval recorders, and large inflatable sculptures. An international audience favorite, this three-dimensional poem is full of visual wonder, joy and melancholy, and sincere delight in human existence,” at the Kitchen, $25

1/10-15, 9 PM drummer Jim Black plays a weeklong stand at the Stone. Choice pick: the 1/13 show with the deliciously noisy Eyebone: Nels Cline (guitar) Elias Stemeseder (keyboards) Jim Black (drums, electronics), $20

1/10, 9:30 PM the Bronx Conexion play their mighty salsa big band jazz at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, $10

1/10-14 11:30 PM lyrical pianist Chris Pattishall with bassist Marty Jaffe and drummer Kyle Poole at Dizzy’s Club, $5/$20 on the weekend

1/11, 6:30 PM guerrilla documentarian/photographer Clayton Patterson debates Forest City Ratner shill Marty Markowitz on the pros and cons of gentrification at the Museum of the City of New York, $20, reception to follow. Dollars to donuts that Patterson mops the floor with the ex-Brooklyn Borough President.

1/11, 7 PM eclectically funky, lyrical chanteuse/saxophonist Grace Kelly at Joe’s Pub, $25. Followed at 9:30 (separate $20 admission) by 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 – playing Terry Riley’s In C

1/11, 7 PM eclectic, paradigm-shifting B3 jazz organist Brian Charette with Peter Bernstein:guitar and Ari Hoenig drums at Smoke, $12

1/11, 7 PM Stephanie Chase, violin and Sara Davis Buechner, piano play rarely heard and little-known music by Mozart, Turina and Friml at the Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix avail

1/11, 7:30 PM Juilliard Chamber Fest continues with Mozart’s Quintet in A Major for Clarinet and Strings and Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time at Paul Hall at Juilliard, free, adv tix req

1/11, 8 PM epic, exhilarating original Balkan brass music with alto saxophonist/clarinetist Greg Squared’s Expanded Circle at Barbes

1/11, 8 PM solo guitarscapes from Jason McMahon, assaultive trio Jobs (formerly Killer Bob) and pianist/composer Matt Mehlan’s chamber jazz septet Facelessness at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

1/11, 8:30 PM noir-inspired low-register reedman Ben Goldberg, trombonist Brian Drye and pianist Jacob Sacks improvise, followed by multi-reedman/brilliant composer Mike McGinnis’s MusicNOW Trio at I-Beam, $15

1/11, 8:30 PM violinist Asi Matathias and pianist Victor Stanislavsky play works by Bloch, Stravinsky and Saint-Saens at the 92nd St Y, $25

1/11, 9:30 PM haunting, intense flamenco jazz pianist Chano Dominguez & the NY Flamenco Ensemble at Club Bonafide, $15

1/11, 10:30 PM catchy, propulsive postbop trombonist Jimmy O’Connell leads his sextet at Smalls

1/12, 5 PM the world premiere of Paola Prestini’s indie classical take on the classical choral mass tradition “Mass Reimmaginings,” at St. Paul’s Chapel downtown, 209 Broadway off Fulton, free

1/12, 6 PM the improvisationally-inclined Osso String Quartet at Silvana

1/12, 7 PM a Pre-Golden Fest Celebration at Sunnyvale, $12. In reverse order: wild, feral, intricate psychedelic metal versions of classic underground 1920s and 1930s Greek hash smoking music from Greek Judas; epic, original, intense original Balkan sounds from Raya Brass Band; the organ-fueled Choban Elektrik – the Balkan Doors – and lickety-split, spiraling, rare rustic minor-key Polesian klezmer dances and grooves with Litvakus 

1/12, 7:30 PM powerhouse clarinetist Ilye Shneyveys supplies the good vibes at a klezmer dance party at the Jalopy, $15

1/12, 7:30 PM the PubliQuartet play works by Jessie Montgomery and Matthew Brown and improvise on themes by Dvorak at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

1/12, 7:30 PM Juilliard Chamber Fest continues with the Weinberg String Quintet and Grieg’s String Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 27 at Paul Hall at Julliard, free, adv tix req

1/12, 7:30 PM the Parker Quartet play Mendelssohn: Quartet No. 1 and Brahms: Clarinet Quintet at the Sheen Center, 18 Bleecker St. west of Bowery, $27 tix avail

1/12, 8 PM the plush, balmy, oldtimey uke swing of Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies followed by hard-hitting original Balkan rockers Tipsy Oxcart at Barbes

1/12, 8 PM wild, noisy, genuinely Hendrixian virtuoso lead guitarist Viva DeConcini and her band at the Way Station

1/12, 8 PM noir jazz piano mastermind Frank Kimbrough with bassist Masa Kamaguchi at Mezzrow, $20

1/12, 9 PM smart, cleverly lyrical original swing chanteuse/songwriter/trombonist Emily Asher’s Garden Party at Radegast Hall

1/12, 9 PM magically nuanced drummer Carlo Costa and his Group at the Firehouse Space, $10

1/12, 10 PM King Isto’s Tropical String Band playing awesomely fun, catchy Hawaiian slack-key guitar music at Sunny’s

1/13-19 the New York theatrical premiere of Dave Davidson & Amber Edwards’ new documentary “Vince Giordano — There’s a Future in the Past. “The man and the band who make the Jazz Age come alive! What does it take to keep Jazz Age music going strong in the 21 st century? Two words: Vince Giordano – bandleader, musician, historian,collector and NYC institution. For nearly 40 years, Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks have brought the joyful syncopation of the 1920s and ‘30s to life with their virtuosity, vintage musical instruments, and more than 60,000 period band arrangements.This joyful documentary offers an intimate portrait of Vince, taking us behind the scenes as he shares his passion of hot jazz with a new generation of music and swing-dance fans,” at Cinema Village Theater: 22 E 12th St (between 5th & University), showtimes: 1pm, 3pm, 5pm, 7pm, 9pm, tix $12 Adults / $8 Seniors, Students, Children, 212-924- 3363 Vince Giordano + filmmakers Dave Davidson & Amber Edwards will appear at 7pm shows on Friday, Saturday 

1/13, 5:30 PM Anana Kaye, catchy, soul-infused existentialist parlor pop mavens Sweet Soubrette and up-and-coming paisley underground band Moji Abiola – who add soulful vocals to the psychedelic mix – at the American Folk Art Museum

1/13, 6 PM New Orleans’ guy/girl Balkan ensemble Blato Zlato followed at 7 by dynamic, often haunting Balkan band the G String Orchestra at Shrine

1/13, 6 PM crystalline-voiced, noir-tinged third-stream jazz chanteuse Tessa Souter and her band at 55 Bar

1/13, 7 PM Lesley Karsten‘s sarcastically titled new Astor Piazzolla biodrama That’s Not Tango with a killer band feat. Brandt Fredriksen (piano), JP Jofre (bandoneon), and Nick Danielson (violin) at Subculture, $25 adv tix rec

1/13, 7 PM thoughtful, luminous, smart art-rock/improvisational jazz pianist Matt Kanelos solo followed by guitarist Mike Baggetta leading a trio at the Drawing Room, 56 Willoughby #3, downtown Brooklyn, $10

1/13-14, 7/10 PM dramatic gospel-inflected drag crooner/pianist M. Lamar plays his creepy, politically relevant new suite Funeral Doom Spiritual at National Sawdust, $30

1/13, 7:30 PM Golden Fest – NYC’s funnest music festival – starts tonight with scores of Balkan and Romany bands from around the world at the sumptuous Grand Prospect Hall, 263 Prospect Ave (4th/5th Aves) in Kensington, Brooklyn, R to Prospect Ave. Tix for tonight are $35, bands go til 2 in the morning and then basically all night on Saturday, when the show starts at 6.

1/13-14, 7:30 PM the lush Euroradio Jazz Orchestra led by Ohad Talmor at the Jazz Gallery, $22

1/13, 7:30 PM Juilliard Chamber Fest continues with Arensky’s String Quartet No. 2; Harrison’s Twilight Music for horn, violin, and piano and Brahms’ Piano Quintet in F minor at Paul Hall at Julliard, free, adv tix req

1/13, 7:30 PM reliably purposeful multi-reed improviser Marty Ehrlich leads a quartet at Smalls

1/13, 8 PM playfully literate superduo Kill Henry Sugar – guitar/banjo mastermind Erik Della Penna and drummer Dean Sharenow – folllowed at 10 by awesomely slinky, psychedelic Israeli Ethiopiques groove instrumentalists Anbessa Orchestra  at Barbes

1/13, 8 PM Americana rock sirens and ex-Red Molly bandmates Carolann Solebello  and Abbie Gardner at the Jalopy, $15

1/13, 8 PM Misha Piatigorsky‘s tuneful, dynamic, wit-infused Sketchy Orkestra at the Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec

1/13, 9 PM delicious original Americana/newgrass band Chamomile & Whiskey at Hill Country

1/13. 10 PM intense frontwoman Hannah Fairchild’s searingly lyrical punk/art-rock/noir cabaret band Hannah vs. the Many at the Way Station

1/13, 11 PM fiery, eclectic Turkish art-rock guitarist Demir Demirkan’s Anatolian Knights with chanteuse Demet Sagiroglu at Drom, $25 adv tix rec

1/13, 11 PM trippy London downtempo/acid jazz guy Yussef Kamaal at the Guadalupe Inn, 1 Knickerbocker at Johnson, L to Morgna Ave., $10

1/14, 3 PM Juilliard Chamber Fest continues with Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 11, Schoenberg’s Piano Septet, Op. 29 and DVORÁK Piano Quintet No. 2 in A Major,at Paul Hall at Julliard, free, adv tix req

1/14, 3 PM Balkan/Latin/New Orleans brass grooves with the Underground Horns at Radegast Hall

1/14-15, 5 PM the Brooklyn Youth Chorus perform their new multimedia suite Silent Voices, examining the grim realities of marginalized young people with music by Sahba Aminikia, Jeff Beal, Mary Kouyoumdjian, Shara Nova, at the French Institute’s Florence Gould Hall, 55 E 59th St, $30

1/14, 6 PM amazingly eclectic jazz/oldtimey accordionist Will Holshouser followed at 8 by Brooklyn’s funnest new band, psychedelic organ-driven Middle Eastern-tinged surf rock trio Hearing Things at Barbes

1/14, 7 PM Electric Diamond – Scott Diamond and Don Slepian – play their wild multimedia version of Moussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition at the Firehouse Space, $10

1/14, 7 PM saxophonist/jazz singer Stephanie Chou leads her quintet at Joe’s Pub, $22

1/14, 7:30 PM Glass Farm Ensemble with Charlotte Mundy, voice; Martha Cargo, flute; Eileen Mack, clarinet; Leah Asher, violin/viola; Mariel Roberts, cello; Yvonne Troxler, piano. play Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire plus works by Willy Burkhard, Michel Jarrell, György Kurtag and Roland Moser. at Symphony Space, $20

1/14, 7:30 PM check out this awesome lineup and awesome program of rare oboe and bassoon works; Stuart Breczinski, oboe; Cat Cantrell, oboe; Nanci Belmont, bassoon; Brad Balliett, bassoon; Liz Dorman, piano play Sonatine for Oboe and Bassoon, Jolivet; Duo Sonata for Two Bassoons, Sofia Gubaidulina; Trio Sonata for Two Oboes, Bassoon, and Harpsichord/Piano, Zelenka at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 139 St. John’s Place, Park Slope, 2/3 to Grand Army Plaza, sugg don

1/14 8 PM Aleppo oudist/singer Muhammad Qadri Dalal and ensemble playing classic Syrian music at Alwan for the Arts is SOLD OUT

1/14, 8 PM Abraham’s River fka Mac McCarty & the Kidd Twist Band play their fiery, sometimes unexpectedly poignant Pogues-ish, fearlessly political punk and folk noir at Sidewalk

1/14, 8 PM pianist James Johnston plays works by Philip Glass, David T. Little, Missy Mazzoli, Eve Beglarian, Max Richter, Radiohead and others at Scholes St. Studios

1/14, 8 PM acoustic guitarist Robin Greenstein and Americana close harmony group Windborne at the People’s Voice Cafe

1/14, 8 PM Manhattan Chamber Players play works by Antonín Dvořák and JP Jofre at the Poisson Rouge, $20 adv rix rec

1/14, 9 PM roots reggae, mento, ska and dub,with Dubistry at Shrine

1/14, 10 PM post-Stooges riff-rock stoners the Greasy Hearts followed by similar stoner 70s Murder City style rockers  Sun Voyager at Sunnyvale, $10

1/15, 2 PM Billygoat – plucked strings and slide, Britfolk and enigmatically noisy improv from Michelle Segre and Jennifer Sirey – at Mayflower Bar in  Ft. Greene 

1/15, 3 PM new music with shorts sets by the Etienne Charles Project, Turtle Island Quartet, and Helen Sung  Group at the DiMenna Center, free

1/15, 4 PM baroque string ensemble ACRONYM joins baritone Jesse Blumberg in a program entitled Valley of Tears: Bass Cantatas and Instrumental Sonatas by Johann Rosenmüller. at Corpus Christi Church, 529 W 121st St, $10 tix avail

1/15, 4 PM a post-Golden Fest Balkan bill with Western Greek band Pontic Firebird, Loza, New Orleans’ Blato Zlato, NYC supergroup Orkestar BAM and the Balkan-American stars of tomorrow, Cocek Nation at Drom, $10

1/15, 5 PM this era’s most dynamic extrovert drummer, Rudy Royston leads his group at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex

1/15, 6 PM a benefit for the Womens’ March on Washington at City Winery, $20, with women artists from the worlds of jazz, reggae, chamber pop, latin, Middle Eastern and the avant garde:  Yo La Tengo headline, preceded in order by Pyeng Theadgill, Faith,  Mazz Swift, Arooj Aftab, Ani Codero, Larkin Grimm and Anais Maviel, Elena Moon Park and Camila Meza

1/15, 7 PM jangly, spiky, guitarishly brilliant Afrobeat band Timbila  followed at 9 by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

1/15, 7 PM guitarist Kristo Rodzevski leads a quintet with Mary Halvorson on electric guitar and Tomeika Reid on cello at Joe’s Pub, $15

1/15, 7 PM pianist Marie McAuliffe and Canadian reedman David Aaron on various saxophones plus brilliant, subtle drummer Dave Gould at the Firehouse Space, $10

1/15, 7:30 PM young female Korean-American rising stars of the jazz world: criss-pollinating pansori jazz chanteuse Song Yi Jeon and her Quintet followed by the Jihye Lee Orchestra and then alto saxophonist Yoosun Nam and her Quintet at Club Bonafide, $15

1/16, 8 PM Mirror Visions Ensemble sing the four winning pieces from their inaugural Young Composer’s Competition—Margaret Barrett’s At a Window, with text by Carl Sandburg; John Glover’s Squall with text by Leonora Speyer; Aaron Grad’s Invitation to Love with text by Paul Laurence Dunbar; and Daniel Temkin’s Summer Rain with text by James Joyce plus an Emily Dickinson-inspired song cycle by Tom Cipullo at the Sheen Center, 18 Bleecker off Bowery, $20 

1/16, 9 PM 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

1/16, 9:30 PM stragglers from Golden Fest blast into Barbes. Maybe a Slavic Soul Party  flashmob. Expect horns and minor keys.

1/16. 10 PM explosive, creepy, colorful psychedelic rembetiko metal band Greek Judas at LIC Bar

1/17, 6:30 PM edgy British noir cabaret chanteuse/political satirist Melinda Hughes with pianist David Shenton at Caffe Vivaldi

1/17, 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 parlor pop mavens Sweet Soubrette play songs inspired by Vonnegut’s 2005 essay collection Man Without a Country followed by ten-piece funky Balkan brass/Ellington jazz monsters Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

1/17, 7:30 PM the Zora String Quartet play works by Mozart, Webern and Shostakovich at Merkin Concert Hall, $10 tix avail

1/17-22, 8:30/10:30 PM state-of-the-art bassist/composer Christian McBride leads his quartet with Marcus Strickland (tenor sax) Josh Evans (trumpet) Nasheet Waits (drums) at the Vanguard, $25

1/17-22, 9 PM diverse avant-garde guitarist James Moore of the Dither Quartet plays a weeklong stand at the Stone, $20. Choice pick: the 1/20 show with Forever House feat. Meaghan Burke (cello, voice) James Ilgenfritz (bass)  Peter Wise (drums) and special guests

1/18, 7 PM lead guitarist to the stars of the Americana and Greek psychedelic underworld, Homeboy Steve Antonakos plays the album release show for his catchy new powerpop cd Bodega Rock at the Parkside

1/18, 8 PM adventurous, powerhouse oudist/composer/musical traveler Kane Mathis at Barbes

1/18, 8 PM multi-instrumentalist avant-garde singer Ka Baird collaborates with Marcia Bassett on Buchla Easel and sound reactive projections from Camilla Padgitt-Coles in an exploration of our murkiest interior selves at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

1/18, 8 PM ex-Dylan lead guitarist Larry Campbell with singer Teresa Williams and guest country/blues guitar goddess Cindy Cashdollar at City Winery, $22 standing room avail

1/19, 7:30 PM hauntingly psychedelic, theatrical female-fronted art-rockers Goddess  at Dixon Place, free

1/19, 7:30 PM fiery klezmer trumpeter Jordan Hirsch’s “Overnight Kugel” at the Jalopy, $15

1/19. 7:30 PM hypnotically kinetic Garifuna rocker Aurelio and band at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

1/19, 7:30 PM latin jazz piano titan Arturo O’Farrill hosts a benefit for refusefascism.org with an all-star jazz cast including but not limited to Claudia Acuña, Fabian Almazan, Lakecia Benjamin, Stephan Crump, Peter Evans, Mary Halvorson, Vijay Iyer, Amirtha Kidambi, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Roy Nathanson, the Jazz Passengers, Matthew Shipp, Jen Shyu, Somi, The Westerlies  at Symphony Space, $30

1/19-21 luminary jazz drummer Jeff “Tain” Watts leads his group playing a weekend birthday stand at the Jazz Standard, 7:30/9:30 PM, $30

1/19, 8 PM in reverse order at the Owl: multi-reed maven Ned Rothenberg‘s In Cahoots’ cd release show with pianist Sylvie Courvosier and violinist Mark Feldman; intense Balkan chanteuse Jenny Luna‘s haunting, traditional Turkish band Dolunay, and Sharq Attack with Marandi Hostetter, 5 string violin; Brian Prunka, oud; John Murchison, double bass and Philip Mayer, percussion jamming out classic Middle Eastesrn themes

1/19, 8 PM the uneasily cinematic art-rock Pi PowerTrio  – film composer and former Raybeat Pat Irwin (guitar, electronics), Sasha Dobson (drums, vocals) and Daria Grace (bass, vocals) at Hifi Bar

1/19, 8 PM a wild night at Issue Project Room – feral cellist/vocalist Audrey Chen, Nextworks (Joan LaBarbara and  Miguel Frasconi, Doron Sadja and Raul de Nieves plus MV Carbon and Bradley Eros, $15

1/19, 8 PM French Romany jazz guitar band Les Beaux Tailleurs followed at 10 by charismatic, fearlessly political, lurid noir Americana songwriter and banjoist Curtis Eller at Barbes. Eller is also at Rest-Au-Rant, 30-01 35th Ave. in Long Island City on 1/21 at 10.

1/19, 8 PM pianist Jiayin Sun plays a Busoni  sesquicentennial recital at Paul Hall at Juilliard, free

1/19, 9:30 PM indie classical gothic: David Lang’s Death Speaks and Brooks Frederickson’s Song Cycle performed by a first-class cast: Eliza Bagg, Ashley Bathgate, Karl Larson & Brendon Randall-Myers at the Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec

1/20, 3 PM a concert joining voices for: WQXR host Nadia Sirota leads the audience in an interactive performance of Pauline Oliveros’ enigmatic, improvisational close harmony study Tuning Meditation at the Fuentidueña Chapel at the Cloisters, free with museum adm but rsvp reqd, A to 190th St and walk into Ft. Tryon Park

1/20, 7 PM Bearthoven and RighteousGirls – flutist Gina Izzo and pianist Erika Dohi – play an indie classical program tba at Joe’s Pub, $15 adv tix rec

1/20. 7:30 PM oldschool 70s style psychedelic salsa band Ola Fresca at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

1/20, 7:30 PM Iranian art-rocker/multi-instrumentalist Fared Shafinury & Tehranosaurus play the album release show for his new one Into the Night at the Poisson Rouge, $30 adv tix req

1/20, 7:30 PM the Turkish/North African/Nigerian Dahka Band at Club Bonafide, $15

1/20, 7:30 PM the American String Quartet play works by Webern, Ravel and the Brahms, Clarinet Quintet at Greenfield Hall at Manhattan School of Music, free

1/20, 7:30 PM the New Juilliard Ensemble with Disklavier player piano perform pan latin works by Alejandro García Caturla, Alejandro Iglesias Rossi, Amoxtli Yoalli Ehecatl, Alejandro Castaños , Alberto Villalpando, Roberto Sierra at Symphony Space, free

1/20, 7:30 PM the MSM Chamber Orchestra play Adams, Shaker Loops; Villa-Lobos, Bachianas brasileiras No.5 for Soprano and Orchestra of Cellos; Milhaud, La Création du monde; and Stravinsky, Ebony Concerto at Ades Performance Space at Manhattan School of Music, free

1/20, 8 PM psychedelic gnawa/downtempo grooves with Club d’Elf playing the album release show for their new one with special guests Mat Maneri, John Medeski and Hassan Hakmoun at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

1/20, 10 PM catchy, fiery, female-fronted janglerockers/powerpop band Above the Moon – like a more forceful take on Versus – at Arlene’s, $10

1/20, 10:30 PM singer Tammy Scheffer leads her quintet with the excellent, lyrical Chris Ziemba on piano at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 cover plus $10 minimum

1/20 toy piano virtuoso Phyllis Chen plays an all-Pauline Oliveros program at the DiMenna Center

1/21, 11 AM meet at the NW corner of 2nd Ave and 46th St and march with electically kinetic klezmer/cumbia/cinematic jamband Metropolitan Klezmer

1/21, 6 PM amazingly eclectic jazz/oldtimey accordionist Will Holshouser  followed at 8 by chamber pop/Romany/Americana violinist/songwriter Sarah Alden  and then Cumbiagra – whose take on psychedelic cumbias is more rustic and purist than most bands who play that stuff –at Barbes

1/21, 7 PM the Brooklyn New Music Collective plays a composer portrait of Steven Burke at Spectrum, $15

1/21, 7 PM catchy, purist vintage Dire Straits-ish Americana rock with Whisperado at Branded Saloon

1/21, 7:15 PM epic minor-key New Orleans blues/klezmer/soca/reggae jamband Hazmat Modine at Terra Blues

1/21, 7:30/9:30 PM haunting pan-Asian avant-jazz songstress/composer Jen Shyu  plays her epically surreal suite Song of Silver Geese at the Jazz Gallery, $22

1/21, 7:30 PM pianist Gustavo Casaneve with his quartet featuring bassist John Pattitucci plays original chamber jazz, tango, and classical works at Flushing Town Hall, $30, ages 13-19 free

1/21, 7:30 PM the Pamela Frank Quintet plays works by Dvorak, Mozart and Mendelssohn at Irving HS Auditorium, 17th & Irving Place, $14

1/21, 7:30 PM eclectic vocal-chamber ensemble Cantata Profana perform love-themed music of Adès, Pärt, Foss, Crumb, Schumann, Brahms, Machaut, Dufay at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex, $25, reception to follow  

1/21, 8 PM NY Polyphony sing Palestrina’s Marcellus Mass plus a world premiere by Tavener protégé Ivan Moody at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, 145 W 46th St between 6th and 7th aves, $30 seats avail

1/21, 8:15 PM vibraphone night at Shapeshifter Lab with Tony Miceli, Mark Sherman, Tom Beckham, Stefan Bauer, Yuhan Su, and Anthony Smith backed byMarcos Varela: bass and Jay Sawyer: drums $15

1/21, 7:30ish a subtly subversive post-election dance party: energetic acoustic Veracruz-style folk-punk band Radio Jarocho followed by the intoxicatingly clattering Moroccan trance grooves of Innov Gnawa at C’Mon Everybody

1/21, 9 PM Witchfinder Witch – the haunting new duo project of psychedelic rockers the Jigsaw Seen‘s Dennis Davison and folk noir songwriter Lorraine Leckie – at Pete’s. 1/25 they’re at Maxwell’s at 9 preceded at 8 by soaringly lyrical dreampop/art-rock/psychedelic songwriter Debby Schwartz with transgressive, populist comedienne/agitator Tammy Faye Starlite’s hilarious Blondie cover band the Pretty Babies headlining at 10, $10

1/22, 3 PM Paula Matthusen and Terri Hron create electroacoustic soundscapes at Spectrum, $15 

1/22, 4 PM the Cassatt Quartet performs Mendelssohn’s Capriccio for String Quartet, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich’s Voyage, Daniel Visconti’s Black Bend and Tchaikovsky’s Quartet No. 1 in D  at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes

1/22, 7 PM noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo  leads a guitar trio followed at 9 by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

1/22, 7 PM the album release show for the enigmatic Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death, the new album from composer David Smooke featuring Loadbang, Karl Larson, Lunar Ensemble, Michael Parker Harley, Peabody Wind Ensemble, Harlan Parker at National Sawdust, $25 adv tix rec

1/22, 7 PM the NY Jazzharmonic Quintet with Chris Ziemba on piano and Harrison Hollingsworth on bassoon at Bar Thalia, free

1/22, 7 PM Knuckleball featuring Daniel Levin on trumpet, Marc Hannaford on piano and Devin Gray on drums. play the album release for their new one at Downtown Music Gallery

1/22, 8 PM the One World Symphony – in collaboration with Mount Sinai’s SAVI (Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Program) play works by Beethoven, Margaret Allison Bonds, and premieres bu Rob Adler, Michael Mandrin plus by conductor Sun Jin Hong,saluting Charlie Chaplin and Michelle Obama at Church of the Holy Apostles, 296 9th Avenue at 28th St, $20

1/22, 8 PM sharply lyrical, tuneful Americana songwriter and Lazy Lions frontman Jim Allen – the missing link between Steve Earle and Graham Parker – followed by new wave/Britrock guitarist/singer Tim Simmonds (ex-Actual Facts) at Branded Saloon

1/22, 8:30 PM purposeful, uneasy, ferociously smart guitarist Sean Moran’s Sun Tiger trio at I-Beam, $15

1/23, 7:30 PM New Juilliard Ensemble play pan-latin works by Alejandro Guarello, Manuel Sosa, Juan Campoverde, Martín Matalon, Mario Lavista, Martín Herraiz, Celso Garrido-Leccaand  Miguel del Águila at Symphony Space, free

1/23, 8 PM violinist Josh Modney, violist Kyle Armbrust, and cellist Michael Nicolas deliver a rare performance of Wolfgang Rihm’s hourlong string trio Musik für Drei Streicher–an oblique tribute to Beethoven’s late quartets – at the Abrons Arts Center, free, early arrival advised 

1/23, 9 PM the king of power pop, ageless Paul Collins – contemporary of both Ray Davies and Cheap Trick – at Berlin, $10

1/23, 9:30 PM Yotoco, the bastard child of Umoja Orchestra, Bioritmo, and Cumbiagra playing a melange of salsa, Afro-Cuban rumba, boleros, and cumbia at Barbes

1/24, doors and drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, pianist Marilyn Nonken plays commissioned works by Elizabeth Hoffman plusa Cy Twombly-inspired suite by Liza Lim at the Miller Theatre, free

1/24 tuneful, terse guitarist/singer Camila Meza and her Nectar Orchestra chamber jazz septet at the Jazz Standard, 7:30/9:30 PM, $25

1/24-29, 9 PM elegantly melodic, darkly counterintuitive pianist Sylvie Courvoisier plays a weeklong stand at the Stone, $20. Choice pick: opening night – Mephista + Jen Shyu with Ikue Mori (electronics) Susie Ibarra (drums) Jen Shyu (voice)

1/25, 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

1/25, 7 PM a screening of the documentary film In Memoriam: Hungarian Musicians – Victims of the Holocaust plus pianist László Stachó plays works by Schubert at the Hungarian Consulate,223 E 52nd St, free but rsvp req

1/25, 7:30/9:30 PM lush, intense, epically innovative big band jazz composer Miho Hazama & M-Unit at Dizzy’s Club, $30 and worth it

1/25, 7:30 PM a rare bass-fronted large jazz ensemble (just like Mingus), the Ross Kratter Jazz Orchestra at Club Bonafide, $15

1/25, 7:30 PM goth-tinged indie/postrock/art-rock band San Fermin with indie classical chamber group Now Ensemble at Markin Concert Hall, $25

1/25, 7:30 PM the New Juilliard Ensemble perform pan-latin works by Luis Fernando Sánchez Gooding, Rafael Díaz, Valéria Bonafé, Paul Desenne, Wilma Alba Cal, Samuel Zyman, Alejandro Viñao at Symphony Space, free

1/25, 8 PM brilliant pedal steel player Mike Neer’s Steelonious – who do Monk covers in the same vein as Buddy Emmons – at Barbes

1/25, 8 PM terse rising star postbop saxophonist Melissa Aldana plays a duo set with pianist Glenn Zaleski at Mezzrow, $20

1/25, 10:30 PM explosive, theatrical, phantasmagorical indie/metal power trio A Deer A Horsat Alphaville, $10

1/26, 7 PM hauntingly phantasmagorical art-rock/noir cabaret pianist/singer Anana Kaye at American Beauty, $12

1/26, 7 PM Michael Gordon’s Rushes for seven bassoons – omfg – at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix req

1/26, 7:30/9:30 PM brilliant Indian violinist/composer Arun Ramamurthy leads his trio followed by the sprawling, cutting-edge, psychedelic, aptly named Brooklyn Raga Massive at the Jazz Gallery, $22

1/26, 7:30 PM darkly rustic Brazilian rainforest folk (and John Zorn covers) with Forro in the Dark at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

1/26, 7:30 PM, repeating 1/27-28 at 8 Semyon Bychkov conducts the NY Phil playing Tschaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and Symphony No. 5 at Avery Fisher Hall, $34 tix rec

1/26, 7:30 PMthe New Juilliard Ensemble perform pan-latin works by Anabella Enrique, Andrés Nuño de Buen, German Cáceres, Francis Schwartz, Tania León, Rodolfo Acosta, Alejandro Cardona and Ricardo Romaneiro at Symphony Space, free

1/26, 8 PM intense tenor saxophonist Elijah Shiffer leads an octet playing his 14-part suite The Other Man inspired by the 1973 poem by Roland Clare and Tony Golding at the Firehouse Space, $10

1/26. 9 PM wickedly tuneful, Zombies-esque psychedelic pop bandleader Sam Kogon at Rough Trade, $13 adv tix rec

1/26, 9 PM lyrical trombonist/composer Marshall Gilkes  leads a trio with Matt Clohesy on bass and Jonathan Blake on drums at Club Bonafide, $20

1/27, 5:30 PM haunting dark Americana songwriter/belter Jessi Robertson at the American Folk Art Museum

1/27, 6 PM fearlessly eclectic, theatrically-tinged jazz singer/composer Rebecca Sullivan leads her group with Leonor Falcón, violin, backup vocals;  Juanma Trujillo, guitar;  Andrew Schiller, bass;  Robin Baytas, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 cover plus $10 minimum  

1/27, 7 PM soulful chanteuse Kelly Sloan’s cachy, kinetic downtempo/neosoul group K Sloan & the Melodics at the small room at the Rockwood 

1/27, 8 PM otherworldly Near Eastern harmonies with the Supruli Georgian Choir followed at 9 by the similarly haunting, our-and-string-driven Turkish band Dolunay and at 10 by another Georgian choral ensemble Adilei,  $10

1/27, 8 PM intense retro 60s influenced Nubian funk band Alsarah & the Nubatones at C’Mon Everybody

1/27, 8 PM purist, harmony-driven “honkytonk power trio” Dylan Charles and the Layton Sisters at Pete’s

1/27, 8 PM eclectic jazz/blues resonator guitarist Elizabeth Wise at Caffe Vivaldi

1/27, 8:30 PM, repeating 1/28at 7:30 PM the reliably entertaining, adventurous Chelsea Symphony play a kinetic program including a Tim Kiah world premiere; Bach’s Violin Concerto No.2, BWV 1042, E major; Pēteris Vasks’ Concerto for English horn with soloist Jason Smoller; Kodály’s Dances of Marosszekand Bartók’s Romanian Folk Dances at St. Paul’s Church, 315 W 22nd St., $20 sugg don

1/27, 8:30 PM playful impovising quartet Bright Dog Red – “Digable Planets meets Mahavisnhu” – at Spectrum, $15

1/27, 9ish one of the great saxophonists in the history of ska, Dave Hillyard & the Rocksteady 7 plays tunes by his great Skatalites predecessor Roland Alphonso at Hank’s, $8

1/27, 9 PM long-running, wickedly jangly, tuneful Americana rockers the Sloe Guns at the Bitter End

1/27, 9 PM the edgy female-fronted Talking Heads-ish Eliza & the Organix at the Way Station

1/27, 10 PM kinetic, mesmerizing, ancient Moroccan trance grooves from Innov Gnawa at Barbes

1/27, 10 PM wildly popular punkgrass hellraisers the Devil Makes Three at Terminal 5, $27.50 adv tix rec

1/27-28, 10:30 PM tenor sax improv legend George Garzone‘s Cosa Nostra at Smalls

1/27, 11 PM wildly theatrical, phantasmagorical noir cabaret band Orphan Jane at the Mercury, $10

1/28, 6 PM amazingly eclectic jazz/oldtimey accordionist Will Holshouser followed at 8 by former Snow frontwoman and haunting art-rocker Hilary Downes playing the album release show for her fantastic new one at Barbes

1/28, 7 PM solo Schubert-influenced David Del Tredici piano works based on Schubert songs by performed by Beth Levin and Dalit Warshaw followed by a chamber ensemble playing Schubert’s “epic and rollicking” Octet at Greenwich House Music School, $20 adv tix rec

1/28, 8 PM wickedly jangly surf/twang/country instrumentalists the Bakersfield Breakers at Hill Country Brooklyn

1/28, 8 PM fearless improviser, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist Anaïs Maviel performs a solo set and then a duo with bassist Michael Bisio at Issue Project Room, $15

1/28, 9 PM deviously lyrical, historically spot-on, cleverly sultry oldtimey/Americana songwriter/bandleader Robin Aigner leads an all-star cast playing a Leonard Cohen tribute at Freddy’s

1/28, 11 :30 PM uneasy dreampop/postpunk band Dark Moon Apache, followed by ferociously dynamic, tuneful, female-fronted power trio Castle Black at Bushwick Public House

1/29, 2:30 PM irrepressible, ubiquitously excellent veteran low-register brassman Howard Johnson with Yayoi Ikawa – piano; Melissa Slocum – bass; Newman Taylor Baker – drums playing the album release show for his new one at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, $15

1/29, 3 PM an indie classical pianist summit. Joseph Liccardo plays Bach; Lisa Moore plays Martin Bresnick; Erika Dohi plays Berio at Spectrum $15

1/29, 3 PM the Claremont Trio play works by Beethoven, Dvorak and Robert Paterson at Merkin Concert Hall, $20/stud $5

1/29, 4 PM the Jack Quartet play works by Ruth Crawford Seeger, Derek Bermel, Julia Wolfe, and Iannis Xenakis  at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free

1/29, 4 PM French ensemble Alla Francesca fuses the music of “joglars” (minstrels) with the Occitan poetry of the “trobars” (troubadours) at Corpus Christi Church, 529 W 121st St, $10 tix avail

1/29, 5 PM the Aeolus Quartet and pianist Alejandro Hernandez-Valdeza play his new arrangement of Paul Desmond’s iconic Take Five for piano quintet plus Samuel Barber’s String Quartet, and Schumann’s Piano Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 44 at All Souls Church, Lexington Ave and 80th St, sugg don

1/29, 6 PM cleverly lyrical, edgily funny, spine-tingling powerpop/acoustic rock singer Tamara Hey at the small room at the Rockwood

1/29, 7 PM erudite, subtle Americana guitarist Jason Loughlin and the String Players tackle the Chet Atkins songbook followed at 9 by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

1/29, 7:30 PM Bollywood-flavored neosoul with Shilpa Ananth, carnatic art-rock violin powerhouse Rini and her band and then the Indian folk-dreampop of Humeysha at Drom, $10 adv tix rec

1/29, 8 PM macabre, cinematic postrockers Mogwai at the Town Hall, $30 adv tix avail

1/29, 8:30/10:30 PM ambitious, smart, noir-inclined tenor sxophonist Patrick Cornelius  leads his octet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

1/29, 9 PM elegantly tuneful bassist Iris Ornig leads her quintet at 55 Bar

1/29, 9:30 PM the Van Allen Belt – whose darkly swirly cinematics come across as a more punk, lo-fi Morricone Youth or Lost Patrol – at Pine Box Rock Shop

1/29, 9:30 PM noir-tinged crooner and expertly bluesy lead guitarist Phil Gammage leads his Adventures in Bluesland band at Lucille’s

1/30, 6 PM cleverly lyrical, coolly intriguing jazz chanteuse Dorian Devins leads her quartet playing a double album release show for her ambitious new ones at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 incl. a drink

1/30, 9:30 PM Colombian cumbia band  Bulla en el Barrio  at Barbes

1/31,6 PM tuneful, intriguing third-stream jazz pianist Noa Fort leads her trio at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 cover plus $10 minimum

1/31, 7 PM all-size clarinet quartet Andy Biskin‘s Reed Basket play jazz, classical and originals with Andy Biskin, Peter Hess, Mike McGinnis, and Sam Sadigursky followed by ten-piece funky Balkan brass/Ellington jazz monsters Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

1/31, 8 PM Claudia Schaer – violin; Helen Lin – piano play works by Stravinsky, Piazzolla, Satoh and Adams at the DiMenna Center, $20

1/31, 9 PM boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band at Bar Chord

1/31, 10:30 PM charismatic, adventurous postbop/avant garde trombonist/crooner Frank Lacy leads his group at Smalls

2/1, 9 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” at Troost

2/1 Gill Landry at Bowery Ballroom is sold out

2/2, 7 PM pianist Brian Marsella’s tuneful, first-rate original postbop jazz sextet the Flail at the Fat Cat

2/3, 7:30 PM slinky, carnivalesque Romany/Mediterranean band Dodo Orchestra at Club Bonafide, $15

2/3, 10 PM worst segue of the year but two Americana acts worth seeing: jugband legend Peter Stampfel and ferociously populist Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires – the Alabama highway rock version of the Clash – at the Knitting Factory, $15

2/4, 8 PM the Ureuk Symphony Orchestra play Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 3 and the Tschaikovsky Violin Concerto with soloist Kyung Sun Lee at Merkin Concert Hall, $25 tix avail

2/4, 9 PM catchy, anthemic, charismatic folk noir band Thee Shambels – sort of the missing link between Nick Cave and the Pogues – followed by darkly torchy southwestern gothic/Europolitan songwriter/guitarist Miwa Gemini at Postmark Cafe, 326 6th St. north of 4th Ave in Park Slope, free

2/5, 1 (one) PM a wild bunch of first-class improvisers from the Gold Bolus scene join forces in variously noisy collaborations: Anaïs Maviel, Angela Morris (Rallidae), Anne Rhodes (Broadcloth), Carl Testa, Daniel Levine (Knuckleball), Dave Ruder, ellen o, Erin Rogers (thingNY), Joe White, Lisa Dowling (kills to kisses), Matthew D. Gantt, Sam Sowyrda, at Footlight Bar, 465 Seneca Ave, Ridgewood, $8 

2/5, 3 PM the Greenwich Village Orchestra play Sibelius – Swan of Tuonela;† R. Strauss – Don Jua; Debussy – Rhapsody; Ravel – Daphnis & Chloé Suite No. 2 at Washington Irving HS Auditorium, 16th St./Irving Place, $15 sugg don., reception to follow

2/6, 8 PM the mighty 180-voice New York Choral Society sing Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass and Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem with soloists Vanessa Vasquez, soprano, Abigail Fischer, mezzo-soprano, Zach Borichevsky, tenor, and Sava Vemic, bass. at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall , $30 tix avail

2/6, 9:30 PM Level 5 play catchy, funky organ/guitar grooves, part vintage Meters, part JBs, with a psychedelic edge at the Bitter End. 2/20, 10 PM they’re at the small room at the Rockwood 

2/8, 8ish crystalline-voiced noir Americana songwriter Jessie Kilguss leads an all-star cast – Heather Eatman, Freddie Stevenson, Adam Rubenstein, John Brodeur, Jon Crider, Bird of Youth, John Wray, Hilary Downes, Cliff Westfall and others – singing a Leonard Cohen tribute at Hifi Bar

2/11, 7 PM lush string-driven Indian classical ensemble Akshara featuring powerhouse musicians Arun Ramamurthy, Dave Eggar and Kabilan Jeganathan perform along with dancers Sonali Skandan, Sahana Sridhar, Aishwarya Madhav and Janani Comar at Salaam Bombay, 319 Greenwich St at Reade, $25/$18 Seniors and Students/children under 12 free, 1 train to Chambers

2/12, 6 PM erudite, witty art-rock pianist/songwriter/composer Lee Feldman at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 incl a drink

2/16, 7 PM the all-female Ensemble Leonarda explore sworks by composers who sought out brave new worlds:  Handel (in England), Hotteterre (who went to Rome), & French baroque opera founder, Jean-Baptiste Lully (who emigrated from Florence, Italy to the French court of Louis XIV).  Plus a special rendition of Dvorak’s “Largo” from his “New World” Symphony, featuring hilarious performance artist Kelly Dwyer at the National Opera Center, 333 7th Ave, $25/$15 stud/srs 

2/16, 7 PM intense theatrical Bartok-influenced drummer/composer Sean Noonan’s “Soap” with Alex Marcelo piano Peter Bitenc bass at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

2/19 the intoxicatingly clattering Moroccan trance grooves of Innov Gnawa plus eclectic indie classical percussion ensemble Tigue at Threes Brewing

2/24, 7 PM the world premiere of the new global warming-themed opera Upon this Handful of Earth by Norwegian composer Gisle Kverndokk and librettist Aksel-Otto Bull at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, 980 Park Ave $25 tix avail

2/25, 7:30 PM intense, controversial Portuguese fado star Gisela João makes her US debut backed by a great acousic band at the Schinel Cner at Pace Univsity, 3 Spruce St, $30, 6/J/M to City Hall

2/25, 8 PM rapturously textured British Renaissance choir Stile Antico sing a pretty wild program of classics and obscurities by Tallis, Clemens Non Papa, Tompkins, Vivanco, McCabe and others at at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, 145 W 46th St between 6th and 7th aves, $30 seats avail

2/26, 7 sh vivid gothic Americana songstress Lara Ewen at Scratcher Bar on E 5th just off Bowery

3/17/17, 10 PM Pussy Riot at National Sawdust. Tix not avail yet – and might not be affordable – watch this space

Hauntingly Rustic Oldtime Appalachian Duo Anna & Elizabeth Play Manhattan and Brooklyn Next Month

Anna & Elizabeth are revered in the folk music world for their homemade “crankies” – a 19th century invention which is sort of a cross between a nickelodeon and a flipbook – and for their otherworldly take on antique Appalachian sounds. When the duo come to New York, they usually play the Jalopy. This time around, on Jan 8 at around 10 they’re at the small room at the Rockwood preceded at around 8:30 by banjoist Kaia Kater – who lately alternates between bluesy rusticity and pensive atmospherics – and thoughtful newschool Americana songstress Kristin Andreassen. If you feel like paying a cover to see Anna & Elizabeth, they’re at National Sawdust on Jan 20 at 7 for twenty bucks in advance…but no drink minimum.

The news about this purist, old-fashioned pair is that their 2012 album, Sun to Sun, is available again after having gone out of print shortly after the two released it. If you think that Elizabeth LaPrelle’s voice is hauntingly stark now, you should have heard her then – and you can, at Spotify. The duo sing an a-cappella take of a variation on the old lullaby All the Pretty Horses to open it, then a slow, spacious version of a Transatlantic folk tune, When I Was a Young Girl, backed by simple, keening fiddle washes that are acidic enough to give you goosebumps.

They juxtapose a slow, resonant instrumental, Darlin Don’t You Know It’s Wrong with the understatedly creepy Here to Get My Baby Out of Jail, Anna Roberts-Gevalt anchoring it with her stately baritone uke. Then she picks up her banjo for a hypnotically steady version of the surreal battle-of-the-sexes tale Old Kimball, switching to guitar for the even more surreal country gospel number Ooh My My!

The two sprint through a tighly wound fiddle-and-banjo dance, Patroller, then take their time with The Letter Song, a sad a-cappella message home from a woman married away on the desolate edge of the early American frontier. The banjo-and-guitar tune Green Icy Mountain is a lot more upbeat if not much more optimistic: life in those days in that part of the world was always precarious.

Lone Pilgrim contrasts Anna’s spare guitar with the raw power of Elizabeth’s vocals. The two take the album’s title track back to its roots as a grim field holler – rather than making lickety-split bluegrass out of it like many have done – and do the same with a sparse take of the Scottish ballad Highlands of Heaven. The lo-fi quality of the original recording enhances its homemade charm.

Dark Crooner Mark Sinnis Releases His Catchiest, Hardest Country Record

There’s not a little irony in that baritone crooner Mark Sinnis’ catchiest and hardest country record comes out of the most difficult and arguably most complicated time in his life as a recording artist. His latest album, One Red Rose Among the Dying Leaves – streaming at Spotify – picks up the doomed tangent he began in 2012 with It’s Been a Long Cold Hard Lonely Winter. At that point, his marriage was on life support this one traces the despair that followed in its wake, yet paradoxically it’s Sinnis’ most hopeful album ever. Talk about snatching victory from the jaws of defeat.

As you might expect from Sinnis’ most traditional country album, there’s plenty of reverence for and references to to a century of tradition. The Elvis homage In Tupelo opens it; a homage to New York’s one and only country station, 1050 WHN, which aired at that frequency on the AM dial from 1941 to 1987, closes it on a similarly nostalgic note.

In between, there’s On This Thanksgiving Day, a cruel Johnny Cash-flavored anthem chronicling Sinnis’ departure/eviction from his Westchester home (he’s since resettled in North Carolina). There’s the towering, angst-fueled, Orbison-esque bolero that serves as the album’s title traack, inspired by an actual flower Sinnis discovered the day he moved out of his home in the frigid winter of 2014. It graces the album’s back cover.

Why Should I Cry Over You is a brisk, propulsive minor-key honkytonk blues number. There are a couple of older songs dating from Sinnis’ days fronting gothic-tinged art rock band Ninth House, notably the haunting When the Sun Bows to the Moon – “You create your own atmosphere, breathe your own tainted air” – and the creeping, low-key, doomed Jealousy.

There’s surprisingly upbeat, optimistic material here too. Love, Love Love (You’re Such a Four Letter Word) is a funny and wickedly catchy update on Don Gibson-style 1960s country-pop. Five Days, Seven Nights looks back to the roots of alt-country and bands like the Mekons, but with more finesse. Where It All Ends, a 70s style country ballad, serves as the album’s quietly triumphant coda.

Siting at the Heartbreak Saloon wouldn’t be out of place in the classic-era Merle Haggard songbook. And the album’s best song, Tough Love Is All She’s Got, is one of the all-time greatest kiss-off anthems ever written. See, on the surface, this retro chick – as he tells it, Sinnis’ ex – looks like a classic car from 1956 or so. But wait – pop the hood! Fans of classic country from Lefty Frizzell, to Waylon and Willie, to Jack Grace will love this album A period-perfect and smart, tersely recorded performance from multi-instrumentalists Stephen Gara-  who plays everything from banjo to bagpipes – ass well as W. D. Fortay on lead guitar, Ken Lockwood on fiddle, Brian Aspinwall on pedal steel and trumpet, Lee Compton on lead trumpet, Mike Gross on bass and Michael Lillard on drums.

Jessie Kilguss Brings a Whole Slew of Great New Songs to Brooklyn

Nothing like a European tour to inspire you to write a whole set worth of new material, right? Freddie Stevenson had the good sense to bring Jessie Kilguss along as a harmony singer and keyboardist on his most recent tour there, and the crystalline-voiced songwriter brought back enough new songs of her own to keep an audience at the American Folk Art Museum rapt earlier this fall. That was her most recent Manhattan gig – her next one is in Brooklyn at Hank’s at 10 PM on Dec 16. Cover is $5.

With her clever wordplay and understatedly anthemic sensibility, Kilguss’ closest comparisons are Elvis Costello and Leonard Cohen, the latter being her biggest influence. Although she play both guitar and keys, she typically limits herself to vocals when fronting her own band, tall and resolute and swaying with eyes closed in front of a tight electric guitar/bass/drums backing unit. That voice is a magical instrument, with a reflecting-pool clarity and a soaring range matched by minutely nuanced attention to subtle details. And as much as her songs tend to be on the brooding side, she can be devastatingly funny when she wants to be.

At the museum gig, the new material turned out to be more upbeat as well, at least after Spain, a slow, allusively waltzing pastorale. Russian Roulette, a steady, elegantly driving backbbeat number with a typical soaring chorus, had a tricky surprise ending. Kilguss’ lithely leaping vocals on the slow, swaying, moodily plainspoken Rainy Night in Copenhagen brought to mind Linda Draper in a particularly animated moment.

The sparsely jangling, straightforward What Is It You Want From Me left no doubt that it was a frustrated kiss-off anthem. With its uneasily percolating bassline and a coyly quirky little modulation toward the end, Strangers came across like peak-era 90s Wilco playing new wave – but with an infinitely better singer out in front of the band. The show hit a peak with Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight. one of the most bittersweely gorgeous, catchy janglerock anthems written this century.

Then Kilguss went back to the new mateiral with Edge of Something, which had the feel of a terse early Patti Griffin-style coffeehouse rock number, but with a more defiant edge. The band closed with the lilting, anthemic Over My Dead Body, a nonchalantly assertive reminder that you never, ever want to mess with a songwriter: they always get even in the end. The band wound it up with a savage flurry of guitar tremolo-picking. That’s about as loud as you can get in the museum: you can expect Kilguss and her crew to cut loose more at the Hank’s gig.

A Look Over the Shoulder at Americana Crooner Jack Grace’s Darkest Record

Since the early zeros, Jack Grace has been one of the bright lights of the New York Americana sceene. He tours constantly, puts out geat records, gets his songs in a lot of movies, is a hell of a guitarist and with that big baritone of his, can croon with anybody. He booked Rodeo Bar for years, until that late, lamented venue was forced out by a rent increase – and whose space is still unoccupied, two years later. Grace has a new album in the works, ostensibly titled Everything I Say Is a Lie. His next New York gig is at Bar Chord in Ditmas Park at 10 PM on Dec 10, and that is the truth.

Grace’s most recent album, The Money’s Gone Away – some of which is at Grace’s Soundcloud page– is where he really concretized the latin sound he was drifting toward on the one before that, 2010’s Drinking Songs for Lovers. But that’s a funny album and for the most part, this one’s dark and serious. The album’s title track is an uneasy cha-cha with creepy vibraphone lingering in the background, a grimly allusive early teens nocturne from when it was clear that the divide between rich and poor was only getting worse.

Hard Times All Around is the kind of midtempo oldschool C&W numbers Grace writes so well, backlit with keening pedal steel and his own stark guitar lines over the swinging rhythm section of his bassist wife Daria Grace and drummer Russ Meissner. Stark violin opens the tango-inflected Jack/Daria duet Warm Rock in the Sun, a horn-spiced cautionary tale.

Maybe Ya Wanna waltzes morosely out of a moody flamenco intro, a lament for missed chances that hits a bitter peak capped off by a bitingly psychedelic Grace guitar solo. The album’s haunting centerpiece, Don’t Run Out of Gas rises from spare, fingerpicked southwestern gothic to a towering backbeat drive:

Smoke has yet to clear
Battle was fought, I don’t think it was won…
Don’t run out of gas
My advice to you
Try to get there fast
For your troubles

With its creepy, icy chorus-box guitar and tuba pulse, Bothered to Think works the kind of blackly sardonic. bluesy Tom Waits territory that Grace dove headfirst into on his 2007 album The Martini Cowboy. Ghostly steel guitar mingles with spiky ukulele and terse violin in Polenca’s Blues, a windswept cinematic theme, followed by Poor Boy. a swinging 99-percenter lament.

Just when you might think that I Think I Broke My Heart is a mellow slice of dadrock, Grace hits a minor chord and runs his vocals through a vintage chorus pedal: “It hurts just to breathe,” he shivers.

Another real gem, the wistful Remember When We Were in Love, blends vintage Memphis soul and artsy late Beatles unease. By contrast, We Made It harks back to the surrealistically swinging oldschool C&W Grace was writing after his cult favorite 90s jamband, Steak, went on hiatus (they’re back on Dec 23 at the Bitter End, of all places)..

The only cover here is the Nancy Sinatra/Lee Hazlewood hit Summer Wine – it’s not awful, but there’s no getting away from the Vegas cheesiness. The album winds up with Lobster, Steak and Seafood, one of those silly, boisterous vamps that Grace likes to jam out live, a shout-out to roadside diners, which as dubious as they be, still beat the hell out of Olive Garden.

New York City and Brooklyn Live Music Calendar for December 2016 and January 2017

Daily updates – you might want to bookmark this page and check back every so often. 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 Thursdays 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. Perennial possibilities: Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Dvorak (!). Sugg don $10 (pay what you can), delicious gluten-free refreshments, beverages and lively conversation included! email for info/location.

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

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

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

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

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

Mondays at 9 PM erudite, purist torchy jazz chanteuse Svetlana & the Delancey 5 at the Back Room, 102 Norfolk St just north of Delancey St, free

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

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

Tuesdays in December, 7 PM the great unsung hero of darkly purposeful, noir-tinged jazz guitar, Saul Rubin‘s Zebtet at the Fat Cat

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

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

Wednesdays at 8-ish, amazing, psychedelic instrumentalists Sandcatchers – who blend cinematic, pastoral Americana and Middle Eastern themes – at Cheryl’s Restaurant, 236 Underhill Ave. (Eastern Pkwy/Lincoln Pl.) in Ft. Greene. Closest train is actually the 2/3 to Brooklyn Museum.

Wednesdays at 8 the Brookliyn Raga Massive – a rotating cast of A-list Indian, jazz and rock musicians who love to jam out classic Indian themes from over the centuries to the present day – play Art Cafe, 884 Pacific St.(at Washington Ave) in Brooklyn, $15; closest train is the 2 to Bergen St.

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

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

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

Saturdays in December at 6 PM haunting Turkish and Balkan songs of heartbreak, longing and despair played by darkly slinky ensemble Dolunay at Barbes

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

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

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

Three Sundays in December, 12/4, 12/11 and 12/18, 2 PM fiery agitator Rev. Billy & the Church of  Stop Shopping Choir – sort of the Dead Kennedys or Public Enemy of original, politically spot-on original gospel music – at Joe’s Pub, $15

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

Sundays in December, 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

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

Three Sundays in December, 12/4, 12/11 and 12/18, 9 PM hypnotically psychedelic, microtonally guitar-fueled East African psychedelic band 75 Dollar Bill at Union Pool, $10

Sundays at Barbes at around 9:30 PM paradigm-shifting Romany jazz guitarist Stephane Wrembel – who blends Django with ominous Pink Floyd art-rock and growling post-Velvets psychedelia.

12/1, 7 PM Texas Americana multi-instrumentalist (ex-Red Molly) Molly Venter and Goodnight Moonshine followed by Crescent City-flavored “steamboat soul” band Roosevelt Dime at the big room at the Rockwood, $15

12/1, 7:30 PM accordionist Christina Crowder’s haunting Bessarabian chamber jazz/klezmer quartet Bivolita at the Jalopy, $15

12/1, 7:30 PM pianist Peter Breiner leads an all-star octet playing Slovak Dances for Triango and Orchestra at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, free tix currently avail at the venue box office

12/1, 7:30 PM popular tenor saxophonist David Murray plays and sings Nat King Cole en Español at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

12/1-3, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, trumpeter Jeremy Pelt’s “power quintet” with Steve Nelson – vibes; Danny Grissett – piano; Peter Washington – bass; Bill Stewart – drums, $25/$30 on the weekend

12/1-3, 8 PM, repeating on 12/4 at 2 PM singer/performer Jadele McPhersonoffers “a cosmic sonic journey through black liberation figures, conjurers and spiritual leaders from Haiti and Cuba, surrounded by fellow performers Val Jeanty, Maxine Montilus, Yomaira Gonzalez, Caridad Paisan Garbey and Daniel Gi,” at Jack, $18

12/1, 8  PM wit and lively piano-and-bass jousting – Uri Caine & Mark Helias at Mezzrow, $20

12/1, 8 PM fiery female-fronted psychedelic soul/funk band Sirsy (think, mythical temptress) at the Bitter End, $10

12/1, 8 PM singer Gabrielle Herbst leads a quartet with Missy Mazzoli on keys, Aaron Roche on guitar and Ludovica Burtone on violin at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

12/1, 8/9:30 PM drummer Dan Weiss leads a tuneful trio withJacob Sacks, piano;  Thomas Morgan, bass at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 incl a drink

12/1, 8 PM percussion and piano quartet Yarn/Wire  and indie vocal ensemble Ekmeles join forces for a composer portrait of Zasha Di Castri at the Miller Theatre, $30 tix avail

12/1, 9ish careening folk noir and heavy-duty grasscore: O’Death and Slim Cessna’s Auto Club at the Bell House, $15 adv tix rec

12/1, 9 PM haunting, purposeful viola improviser Jessica Pavone at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery

12/1, 9:30 PM fiery, noir-influenced guitarist  Andy Green leads a quartet with JC Sanford – trombone; Jeremy Udden – saxophone; Dave Ambrosio – bass at I-Beam, $15

12/2, 5:30 PM rustic guy/girl mid-Atlantic country blues duets with Piedmont Bluz at the American Folk Art Museum

12/2, 7 PM up-and-coming indie classical cellist Ashley Walters solo followed at 8:30 by tuneful, Middle Eastern-inspired tenor saxophonist Ole Mathisen leading a killer quartet:  Amir ElSaffar – trumpet; Bobby Avey – piano; Gregg August – bass at Spectrum, $15

12/2, 7 PM Middle Eastern-flavored psychedelic jams with Spaghetti Eastern Music at Silvana

12/2, 7:30/9 PM the mighty sixteen-piece, accordion-spiced cumbia-jazz Gregorio Uribe Big Band at Ginny’s Suppper Club, $20

12/2, 8 PM badass slowcore art-rock cellist/chanteuse Meaner Pencil, ethereally enchanting art-folk autoharpist/singer Elizabeth Devlin, enigmatic lo-fi janglerock/folk noir songwriter Tica Douglas and the fiery, theatrical, goth-tinged Catfox at the Park Church Co-op. 129 Russel St. at Nassau, $10, G train to Nassau Ave stop.

12/2, 8 PM dark, fiery, female-fronted female-fronted surf rockers High Waisted  at the Knitting Factory, $10 adv tix rec

12/2, 8 PM the feral, frenetic NY Gypsy Allstars play their electric originals at Drom, $10 adv tix rec

12/2, 8 PM riveting, soaring singer/guitarist Julia Patinella – equally adept at flamenco and haunting Sicilian sounds at the Owl. 12/4 at 10 she’s at Sunny’s

12/2, 8 PM torchy, lyrically smashing original female-fronted oldtimey swing crew the Fascinators at Sidewalk

12/2, 8 PM trombone powerhouse Reut Regev’s smoky, funky, serpentine R-Time followed by fiery violinist/singer Carla Kihlstedt’s Causing a Tiger at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery

12/2, 8 PM guitarist Douglas Bradford’s improvisational chamber jazz outfit Dragonfly: withPatrick Breiner – clarinet, Christopher Hoffman – cello, Sam Ospovat – drums followed at 9 by violinist Jason Kao Hwang’s Sing House with Andrew Drury – drums; Ken Filiano – bass; Chris Forbes – piano; Steve Swell – trombone at the Firehouse Space, $10

12/2, 8 PM David Broome (piano), Kate Dillingham (cello), Thomas Piercy (clarinet) perform works by Barash, Fetherolf, Galindo, and Schultz, alongside Henryk Górecki’s Lerchenmusik at the Broom Tree Theatre, 23-35 Broadway, Astoria (23rd/Crescent), free, reception to follow, R/W to Broadway

12/2, 8:30 PM a rare Brooklyn appearance by noir jazz legends the Jazz Passengers at Bar Lunatico. They’re also here on 12/22

12/2, 9 PM a Memphis Minnie tribute, all proceeds to fight the Dakota Pipeline, artistsinclude lbluesman Rashad Brown, Kylie Wilder, catchy, fun indie soul band Sunshine Nights, chamber pop/Romany/Americana violinist/songwriter Sarah Alden, her fellow badass violinist colleague Chloe eclectic, tuneful accordionist/songwriter Ali Dineen Swantner, fiery oldtimey string band he Four O’Clock Flowers, acoustic soul chanteuse Queen Esther, eclectic, tuneful accordionist/songwriter Ali Dineen  $10 sugg, give what you can

12/2, 9 PM enigmatically careening,wickedly tuneful, intense female-fronted power trio Castle Black, ageless, filthy oldschool punk/powerpop band Custard Wally – sort of the Blowfly of NYC punk rock –and paisley underground/punk trio the Unknown Nobodies, at Hank’s, be aware of $8 cover

12/2, 9 PM haunting folk noir/lo-fi psychedelic guy Jaye Bartell at Troost

12/2-3,9/10:30 PM bassist Petros Klamanis’ mighty, haunting Bpazia ensemble with Magda Giannikou, voice, accordion;  Yotam Silberstein, guitar;  Julian Shore, piano;  Keita Ogawa, percussion;  Roggerio Boccato, percussion;  Gokce Erem, violin;  Carrie Frey, viola;  Adam Fisher, cello at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 incl a drink

12/2, 9 PM darkly edgy, politically-fueled Irish tunesmith Niall Connolly at the small room at the Rockwood

12/2, 9 PM Epica and their cello-metal Metallica covers at Webster Hall, $30

12/2, 9:30 PM the Jentsch Group No Net premiere the brillint cult favorite jazz guitarist’s Topics in American History – his chamber jazz abstraction of historical themes and events – at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

12/2, 10 PM this era’s most chillingly cinematic, shadowy reverbtoned noir guitar instrumentalists, Big Lazy at Barbes

12/2, 10 PM darkly torchy, individualistic psychedelic jazz/slowcore/noir singer Bianca Muniz with her band at Terra Firma 119 Ingraham St just off Porter, Bushwick, free, L to Montrose Ave

12/2-3, 10:30 PM state-of-the-art, pyrotechnically soulful trumpeter Ingrid Jensen leads her quintet at Smalls

12/2, 10:30 PM cutting-edge B3 organ and trombone soul/jazz grooves with the Jared Gold and Dave Gibson Band at the Fat Cat

12/2, 11 PM the Tsunambots – who put a creepy postrock spin on surf punk – followed at midnight by deviously theatrical oldschool C&W/rockabilly parodists Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co at Otto’s. The ‘Bots are also here the following night, 12/3 at midnight

12/3, 4 PM composer/accordionist Michael Hearst’s Songs About Extraordinary People  – including the Iceman found more or less intact after 5300 years entombed in ice, and Marie Curie, whose radioactive notebooks are still lethal – fo followed at 6 by intense Balkan chanteuse Jenny Luna‘s haunting, traditional Turkish band Dolunay, intense, intricately orchestrated, low register-loving psycho mambo band Gato Loco at 8 and then the blustery firepower of Sinaloa-style Mexican mariachi/ranchera brass group Banda de los Muertos at Barbes

12/3 7 PM the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra with pianist and composer Fazil Say performs Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 plus Say’s new cross-pollinated composition, Silk Road, plus works by Haydn and Rossini at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, $13 seats avail

12/3, 8 PM intense, rapturous Balkan/ Middle Eastern ensemble the Secret Trio –Tamer Pinarbasi, Ismail Lumanovski & Ara Dinkjian – at Roulette, $30

12/3, 8 PM a multimedia perfomance with dance, live painting, poetry and the Persian sufi music of ther Pejman Tadayon Ensemble at Alwan for the Arts, $20/$15 stud/srs

12/3, 8 PM pianists Azamat Sydykov and Nikita Galaktionov trade places and play works by Tchaikovsky, Rubinstein, Balakirev, Lyapunov, Rachmaninoff, and Scriabinat Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $25 seats avail

12/3, 8 PM Sarah Rara of Lucky Dragons plays solo electroacoustic works followed by mesmerizing sound sculptor Lesley Flanigan at the Kitchen, $15

12/3, 8 PM haunting, intense flamenco jazz pianist Chano Dominguez & New Flamenco Sounds at Shapeshifter Lab

12/3, 9 PM the Alan Lomax of surf rock, Unsteady Freddie‘s monthly extravaganza at Otto’s starts with Bongo Surf, at 10 the cinematically twangy Agent Octopus, at 11 the the Luau Cinders (to be known in the future as the Kaweem Abdoo Jabbaws) and creepy surfy postrockers the Tsunambots

12/3, 9 PM hauntingly elegant Americana/chamber pop/noir chanteuse Jessie Kilguss and her excellent band at Muchmore’s

12/3, 9 PM visual scores by Aleksandra Vrebalov performed by Lynn Bechtold, Steve Bloom, Jennifer Choi, Dan Cooper, Du.0, Marija Ilic, John King, Hajnal Pivnick, Kathy Tagg, Aleksandra Vrebalov, and Dorian Wallace at Spectrum, $15

12/3, 10 PM Haunted Gypsy play their ominous Siouxsie-esque goth rock at Leftfield

12/3, 10 PM the original lineup of tuneful indie powerpop favorites Palomar at Union Hall, $10

12/3, 11 PM rockabilly/surf guitar favorite Rev. Horton Heat at Warsaw, $22

12/4, starting at 9 AM an all-day Mannes Chamber Music Bash with performances across the campus at the New School’s Arnhold Hall: Ernst C. Stiefel Concert Hall, Baisley Powell Elebash Recital Hall, Room 450, and the Glass Box Theater, program TBA

12/4, half past noon at Petteri Iivonen, violin; Ben Larsen, cello; Mika Sasaki, piano play piano trios by Hayen, Sibelius, Beethoven and Brahms at the Russian Orthodox Cathedral, 59 E 2nd St, sugg don

12/4, 3 PM the Greenwich Village Orchestra‘s annual family concert with holiday romp with Bizet’s toreadors, Copland’s cowboys, Brahms’ Hungarians, sleigh rides with Anderson and Prokofiev, and Sarasate’s gypsy violin music with young soloist Ben Lerman at Washington Irving HS Auditorium, 16th St./Irving Place, $20 sugg don., reception to follow

12/4, 4 PM Ko-Eun Yi, piano, performs works by Mozart, Debussy, Brahms, and Scriabin at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.

12/4, 5ish Miwa Gemini – the darkly enigmatic missing link between Calexico and Shonen Knife – at Muchmore’s

12/4, 5 PM dynamic choral ensemble Musica Viva NY, joined by the Aeolus Quartet and colleagues bring the stormy heavenly battles of Bach’s four “Michaelmas” cantatas to life. Also on the bill: organist Renée Anne Louprette plays Knut Nystedt’s “Immortal Bach” and Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, at All Souls Church, 1157 Lexington Ave (at 80th St) $30

12/4, 5 PM the Brooklyn Brass Quintet play works by Matt Marks and John Altieri originals, as well as works by Ann Cleare and Tim McCormick followed by Karl Larson playing solo piano, program TBA at Spectrum, $15

12/4, 5 PM the Daedalus String Quartet play Beethoven string quartets – one early (#1) and one late (#14) –  at the Lounge @ Hudson View Gardens, 128 Pinehurst Avenue at W. 183rd St., suggested donation of $12 includes post-concert reception with the artists

12/4, 6 PM alto saxophonist Louise Jensen and guitarist Adam Caine:followed at 7 by the sax trio of Jensen with Chris Pitsiokos and Nick Lyons at Downtown Music Gallery

12/4, 7 PM Taylor Davis plays her violin covers of video game themes at the Mercury, $18 adv tix rec

12/4, 7 PM pianiist Nathaniel LaNasa plays a program TBA at Third Street Music School Settlement, free

12/4, 8 PM slashing, blues-infused guitarist/songwriter Mallory Feuer’s noisy quartet the Grasping Straws, jangly, sharply lyrical folk-rock/chamberpop band the Morning Sea – like a more stripped-down, less druggy Elliott Smith – and Dalton Deschain & the Traveling Show playing their creepy circus punk and arena rock at Bowery Electric, $8

12/4, 8 PM a solo acoustic Joanna Sternberg set, the Crimson Ragdolls:  Joanna Sternberg, Ali Dineen & Lucine Yeghiazaryanne and at 9:30 accordionist Dineen and band playing the album release show for her new one at the Jalopy, $12

12/4, 8 PM free jazz trombone powerhouse Steve Swell’s shout-out to Bartok, Kende Dreams with Rob Brown – alto saxophone; Dave Burrell – piano; William Parker – bass; Chad Taylor – drums, percussionat Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

12/4, 8 PM brilliantly cinematic, kinetic violinist Dana Lyn with eclectically atmospheric guitarist Kyle Sanna at the Owl

12/4, 8 PM drummer Adam Rudolph’s strikingly tuneful, rumblingly improvisational Go Organic Orchestra at the Brooklyn Conseratory of Music, $15

12/4, 8 PM TALIBAM! (Matt Mottel, synthesizer & Kevin Shea, drums); Tamio Shiraishi – alto saxophone; and David Watson – bagpipes and electric guitar at Jack, $15

12/4, 8:30 PM the haunting, creepy Dust Bowl Faeries circus rock/art-rock band and theatrical circus rock goth Luis Mojica at the Delancey 12/23, 7 PM they’re at Shrine

12/4, 8:30/10 PM Django Reinhardt tribute night with Olli Soikkeli, guitar;  Julian Labro, accordion;  Eduardo Belo, bass;  Max O’Rourke, rhythm guitar at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 incl a drink

12/4, 10 PM explosive electric blues guitarist/songwriter Jackie Venson – arguably the best thing happening in Texas blues right now – at Silvana

12/4, 10:30 PM Middle Eastern-tinged Israeli guitarist Amos Hoffman leads his quartet at Smalls

12/5, 7 PM monster new music pianist Vicky Chow joins with the Momenta Quartet to play Alberto Ginastera’s hair-raising, rather sinister Piano Quintet, alongside rarely heard string quartets by two of his most celebrated students: Mesías Maiguashca and Joaquín Orellana at the Americas Society, 680 Park Ave at 68th St, $10 adv tix avail

12/5, 7 PM the tuneful, shapeshifting trombone-driven JC Sanford Quartet with Mike Baggetta on guitar at Spectrum, $15

12/5, 7 PM the up-and-coming indie classical ensemble Face the Music Symphony, directed by Whitney George, performs student composer Petite Symphony by Whitney George. Samurai Mama Big Band, Face the Music’s resident creative big band directed by Aakash Mittal, will perform Argue’s Transit and Snarky Puppy’s Kite at Roulette, $15 adv tix rec

12/5, 7 PM, repeating 12/17 and 1/5/17, 7 PM Austin Pendleton and Barbara Bleier perform their twisted theatre/cabaret show Tis the Season to Be Morbid with songs by Richard Maltby & David Shire, Gretchen Cryer and Nancy Ford, Lynn Ahrens & Stephen Flaherty, an unpublished song by John Bucchino and Amanda McBroom, at Pangea, $25

12/5-6, 8/10:30 PM 8/10:30 PM ageless, perennially hard-hitting jazz piano sage and ex-Coltrane bandmate McCoy Tyner with .his quartet feat. Gary Bartaz on baritone sax at the Blue Note, $30 standing room avail

12/5, 8:30 PM enigimatically witty, erudite jazz chanteuse/songwriter Dorian Devins leads her trio Lou Rainone on keys and Paul Gill on bass at the Bar Next Door

12/6, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, the Curtis Chamber Ensemble play Brahms’s Piano Quartet in G minor, at the Miller Theatre, free

12/6, 6:30 PM oldtime country blues purveyor Eli Smith, rustic 19th century style string band the Four O’Clock Flowers, and badass resonator guitarist and delta blues/oldtime hillbilly music maven Mamie Minch play American folk songs centered around the theme of death and mourning in the down-home tradition at the American Folk Art Museum, $10. Minch is also at Barbes at 8 on 12/16.

12/6, 7 PM a rare duo performance by klezmer chanteuse Polina Shepherd with Klezmatics, accordion wizard Lorin Sklamberg followed by ten-piece funky Balkan brass/Ellington jazz monsters Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

12/6, 7 PM Jeremy Schonfeld’s Iron & Coal Holocaust-themed art-song project at National Sawdust, $35 adv tix rec

12/6, 7:30 PM amazingly eclectic original klezmer songwriter/chanteuse Lenka Lichtenberg at the Jalopy, $15

12/6-7, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, intense pianist Gerald Clayton ’s trio plus special guest Miguel Zenon on alto, whooooah! $30

12/6, 7:30 PM a rare reunion of Austrian sax legend Karlheinz Miklin with his longtime American collaborators, Billy Hart on drums and Ron McClure on bass at the Austrian Cultural Forum, 11 E 52nd St, free but res req 

12/6, 8 PM the Columbia University Orchestra play Sibelius-Finalandia, Beethoven-Symphony #8 and Debussy-La Mer at Symphony Space, free

12/6, 8 PM roaring 20s hot jazz with Sweet Megg & the Wayfarers at Radegast Hall

12/6. 10:30 PM fiery alto saxophonist Lucas Pino’s twin-guitar No No Nonet at Smalls

12/6, 11 PM Of Clocks & Clouds play their twisted postrock and goth-tinged post-new wave anthems at the Knitting Factory $10 adv tix rec

12/7, 6:30 PM thought-provoking musicologist and Oxford History of Western Music editor Richard Taruskin considers an artist’s obligation to society, based on his book The Dangers of Music, Taruskin’s talk will be followed by a discussion with GC professor Scott Burnham, with a musical interlude at Elebash Hall at CUNY, 365 5th Ave. north of 34th St., free but rsvp req

12/7, 10:30 PM snarlingly atmospheric, cinematic, darkly psychedelic postrock cellist Helen Money at Trans-Pecos, $10

12/7, 10:30 PM fearlessly relevant, politically-inspired drummer/composer Rob Garcia and his quartet at Smalls

12/7, 7:30 PM slinky, carnivalesque Romany/Mediterranean band Dodo Orchestra at Club Bonafide, $15

12/7, 8 PM the first family of cinematic, rivetingly intense Middle Eastern classical music: oudist and partiarch Marcel, pianist Rami, and percusionist Bachar Khalife at the Town Hall, $35 tix avail

12/7, 8 PM Katie E, the Drunken Foreigner Band and noisy, hazily jangly, psychedelic slowcore/free jazz/avant instrumentalists Sunwatchers at Union Pool, $10

12/7, 8 PM psychedelic klezmer/bluegrass mandolin and clarinet legend Andy Statman at Barbes, $10

12/7 day one of the Jalopy’s Roots & Ruckus Fest opens at 9 PM with country blues guitarist Eli Smith; mid-Atlantic country blues duets with Piedmont Bluz at 9:30; Venezuelan tradiional singer Yva Las Vegas at 10; sly, rustic late 20s style jug band/hokum blues crew Brotherhood of the Jug Band Blues at 10:30; country covers with Aaron Frazer at 11; Crushed Out at 11:30 and at midnight, Brother Roy. Next door at the Jalopy Tavern starting at 10 there’s King Isto’s Tropical String Band playing awesomely fun, catchy Hawaiian slack-key guitar music and then the all-star Skalopy cover band, free.

12/7, 9 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” at Troost. 12/15, 9 PM they’re at Espresso 77, 35-57 77th Street, Jackson Hts.

12/8, 7 PM a night of creepy storytelling – audience participation invited – with music from cleverly lyrical, murderously witty murder ballad/chamber pop allstars Charming Disaster at Green-Wood Cemetery, 500 25th St, Sunset Park,$20, take the 5th Ave entrance. “Some material may not be suitable for young audiences.”

12/8, 7 PM witty Microscopic Septet pianist Joel Forrester  promises to play back-to-back, differing versions of his repetitive classic Industrial Arts at Spectrum, $15

12/8, 7 PM soaringly explosive jazz composer/torch singer Nicole Zuraitis at 55 Bar

12/8, 7:30 PM hauntingly lyrical, grimly witty folk noir/Nashville gothic band Thee Shambels at Post Mark Cafe,326 6th St (4th/5th Aves), Park Slope, closest train is the R to 9th St.

12/8, 7:30 PM eclectic, badass alto saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin and her oldschool soul/jazz group at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

12/8-11, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, purist, low-key postbop guitarist Peter Bernstein leads a pretty chill, oldschool quartet with Harold Mabern – piano; John Webber – bass; Jimmy Cobb – drums, $30

12/8, 8 PM unstoppable guitar and banjo shredder Brandon Seabrooks Die Trommel Fatale, Tredici Bacci playing original psychedelic instrumentals inspired by Italian film soundtracks and irresistibly named female-fronted art-rock band Reina Terror at Trans-Pecos, $10

12/8, 8 PM a killer female-fronted triplebill of jazz pianists: the Kazzrie Jaxen Group, Virg Dzurinko Quartet and feral, wildly improvisational, tuneful Mara Rosenbloom Trio atr Scholes Ste. studio

12/8, day two of the Jalopy’s Roots & Ruckus Fest opens at 9 PM with warmly tuneful front-porch folk songwriter Joanna Sternberg, the rustically haunting Ukrainian Village Voices at 9:30, intense, fearless Romany/Balkan chaunteuse Eva Salina with pyrotechnic accordionist Peter Stan at 10; whirlwind clarinet and violin-fueled klezmer group Litvakus at 10:30; high-voltage late 19th century style string band Four O’Clock Flowers at 11; Gato Paloma at 11:30 and riveting, soaring singer/guitarist Julia Patinella – equally adept at flamenco and haunting Sicilian sounds at midnight

12/8, 9 PM pyrotechnic Balkan multi-reedman Greg Squared‘s Seyyah with the similarly amazing Kane Mathis on oud and Jenny Luna on vocals at Roots & Ruckus at the Jalopy

12/8, 9 PM smart, cleverly lyrical original swing chanteuse/songwriter/trombonist Emily Asher’s Garden Party at Radegast Hall

12/8. 9:30 PM explosive, theatrical, phantasmagorical indie/metal band A Deer A Horse at Footlight Bar, $10

12/8, 8 PM  the plush, balmy, oldtimey uke swing of Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies  followed by agelessly soulful Armenian clarinetist Souren Baronian’s Taksim Middle Eastern jazz combo at Barbes

12/8, 8 PM Joanna Choy’s popular Americana cover band Scotch Bonnet at Hifi Bar

12/9, 6 PM 6 PM crystalline-voiced, noir-tinged third-stream jazz chanteuse Tessa Souter and her band at 55 Bar

12/9, 6:30 PM cult favorite Americana soul songstress Dina Regine at the American Folk Art Museum

12/9, 7 PM confrontentially comedic singer Dan Finnerty’s hilarious, viciously sarcastic top 40 cover band the Dan Band play a holiday show – yikes – at Joe’s Pub, $22

12/9, 7 PM purist Memphis electric blues slide guitarist/singer Elizabeth Wise at Caffe Vivaldi

12/9, 8 PM eclectic, lyrical jazz bassist/composer Pedro Giraudo leads his Tango Quartet followed at 10 by an accordion trio summit: Vitor Gonçalves, Felipe Hostins and Rob Curto play an evening of choro, forró, samba and original music in the tradition of Dominguinhos, Sivuca and Chiquinho do Acordeom, featuring Scott Kettner on percussion and special guests.

12/9, 8 PM psychedelic cumbia band Yotoco and the eclectic, Balkan/latin/funk brass Underground Horns at Drom, $10

12/9, 8 PM riveting Indian classical sitarist Ustad Shafaat Khan at the Tribeca Performing Arts Ctr (the BMCC auditorium on Chambers east of the river), $21

12/9, 8 PM wryly trippy dub reggae bandleader Effie Liu at the Knitting Factory, $10 adv tix rec

12/9 day three of the Jalopy’s Roots & Ruckus Fest opens at 8:30 with the Berger Sisters‘ high-energy string band, at 9 Hubby Jenkins of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, at 9:30 a special duo set by Spirit Family Reunion, at 10 Brain Cloud’s tapdancing vocalese specialist Tamar Korn, at 10:30 darkly lyrical songwriter/impresario Feral Fosterat 11  the Crimson Ragdolls: at 11:30 pyrotechnic Balkan multi-reedman Greg Squared‘s Seyyah with the similarly amazing Kane Mathis on oud and Jenny Luna on vocals

12/9, 9 PM darkly minimalist, atmospheric chamber pop/art-rock chantuese Nico Turner at the Owl

12/9, 9 PM pensive, smart multi-instrumentalist Kristen Tivey – of Eliza & the Organix – fronts her own folk/jazz band at Pete’s

12/9, 10 PM one of the funniest men in rock, sardonically Beatlesque/Costelloesque powerpop songwriter Walter Ego  followed at 11 by purist reverbtoned instrumentalists Strange but Surf at Sidewalk

12/9, 10 PM funky, lyrically intense dark folk jamband the Sometime Boys– with the riveting Sarah Mucho on vocals – at the Way Station

12/9, 10 PM the Sun Ra Arkestra squeezing themselves into the tiny space for a stage at Nublu 151, 151 Ave C, $tba

12/9. 10:30 PM hilarious, sardonically careening glam/party band Haley Bowery & the Manimals at Hanks, be aware of $8 cover

12/9, midnight wry, jangly, retro 60s psychedelic popsters Gringo Star at Alphaville, $12

12/10, 2 PM the NY Phil play Dvorak’s Symphony No. 6 at Avery /fisher Hall, $33 tix rec

12/10, 7:30 PM Dylan keyboardist Mick Rossi’s Outliers Series presents You Break You Buy — a potentially very dark, cinematic collaboration with Peter Hess (Balkan Beat Box), Stephen Ulrich and Yuval Lion ( (Big Lazy), Jon Madof (Zion80). at Spectrum, $15

12/10, 7:30 PM incomparable country/jazz/janglerock icon Amy Allison with Lee Feldman on piano at Dixon Place. Briliant new material! Devastatingly funny between-song banter!

12/10, 7:30 PM Dover Quartet play Mozart: Quartet in B-flat Major, K. 589; Britten: Quartet No. 2 in C Major, Op. 36; Beethoven: Quartet in C Major, Op. 59, No. 3 at Washington Irving HS Auditorium, 17th/Irving Place, $14

12/10, 7:30 PM the Dessoff Choir sing works by Tavener, Handel, Bach, Robert Parsons and others at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex, $25/$15 stud/srs The program repeats 12/18 at 4 PM at Saint John’s Episcopal Church, 139 Saint Johns Place, Park Slope, B/Q to 7th Ave, 2/3 to Grand Army Plaza

12/10, 8 PM dark intense cult favorite lyrical rocker LJ Murphy and his unstoppable, blues and Stax/Volt-infused noir band the Accomplices followed by Abraham’s River fka Mac McCarty & the Kidd Twist Band playing their fiery, sometimes unexpectedly poignant Pogues-ish punk and folk noir at Sidewalk

12/10, 8 PM a cant-miss, rare NYC show by Lynchian Michigan noir country duo the Whiskey Charmers followed eventually at 10 by wild, noisy, genuinely Hendrixian virtuoso lead guitarist Viva DeConcini and her band at the Way Station

12/10, 8 PM all-female indie classical sextet (well, that’s what they are) Nouveau Classical play at the Firehouse Space, $10

12/10, 8 PM the Cecilia Chorus of New York perform an especially interesting take on the tired “Bach Family Xmas” concept:.Bach’s Magnificat, a 15-minute comic intermezzo (mini-opera) by Jonathan Breit based on an altercation between Bach and one of his students, as well as Meine Seele Erhebet Den Herrn (“Magnificat” in German) by Johann’s cousin J. Ernst, and the Advent cantata Wachet Auf by his son J. Christoph Friedrich. at STern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, $25 tix avail

12/10, 9ish trumpeter Steven Bernstein’s legendary noir jazz outfit Sexmob – who’ve distinguished themselves with their reinventions of Nino Rota Fellini soundtracks – make a rare Brooklyn appearance at the Owl

12/10, 9:30ish intense charismatic danceable metal cumbia/skaragga/latin rockers Escarioka at Mehanata, $10

12/10, 9:30 PM amazingly eclectic female-fronted latin/Mediterranean/Romany and charming French ye-ye pop with Banda Magda at Joe’s Pub, $20 adv tix red

12/10, 10 PM the Clean’s Hamish Kilgour’s new band Roya and tuneful, diverse retro 60s psychedelic garage rockers the Mystery Lights at Shea Stadium, $12

12/10, 10 PM boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band at Bar Chord

12/10. 10 PM Mimi Oz – a real kitchen-sink songwriter with soul and rock and darker sounds and an omnipresent sense of humor – at Pete’s

12/11, 2 PM psychedelic guitar cult hero Bob Bannister – Ember Schrag lead player and sort of the NYC answer to Richard Thompson – solo at Mayflower

12/11, 3 PM the China Philharmonic Orchestra play Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2 and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 at Avery Fisher Hall, $25 tix avail

12/11, 5 PM haunting, ethereal avant/jazz chanteuse Gabriela Martina – who Hildegarde von Binghen-izes Wayne Shorter and the like – with her band – Vancil Cooper, bassist Kyle Miles, pianist Maxim Lubarsky, and fretted and fretless guitar player Jussi Reijonen.- at the small room at the Rockwood 

12/11, 7 PM Turkish crooner Ahmet Erdogdular  leads a nine-piece ensemble playing and singing bewitching classical Turkish, Greek Byzantine, Armenian, and Sephardi Jewish music at Merkin Concert Hall, $30

12/11, 7 PM Belarus folk noir songwriter Lavon Volski at Drom, $30 adv tix req

12/11, 7 PM pianists Nnenna Ogwo and Jiayin Shen play a program tba at Third Street Music School Settlement, free

12/11, 6 PM noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo and his trio followed by lyrical jazz pianist Jim Ridl tickling the plastic on the Rhodes at 55 Bar

12/11, 7:30 PM a killer Middle Eastern jazz/art-rock triplebill at Shapeshifter Lab, $15: dark surfy Israeli guitar monster Eyal Maoz and bassist Y Basstavi followed by guitairst Beledo and then Gilad Atzmon & the Art House Ensemble with special guests Amina Figarova on piano and Saul Rubin on guitar and Marko Djordjevic on drums, wow

12/11, 7:30 PM well-respected oldtime Americana multi-instrumentalist Bruce Molsky and band at the Jalopy, $20

12/11, 8 PM Daniel Epstein: piano; Jillian Blythe: cello play duos by Debussy, Beethoven and Rachmaninoff at the Firehouse Space, $15

12/11, 8:30 PM lots of enigmatic, darkly opaque possibilities: chanteuse Gretchen Parlato with Shai Maestro on piano at Mezxrow, $20

12/11, 9:30 PM noir, fearlessly political, lurid Americana: charismatic, powerhouse lyricist/banjoist Curtis Eller at at Pete’s

12/11, 9:30 PM multi-instrumentalist Dave Wechsler’s lush, historically-infused chamber pop project the Tyranny of Dave and subversively torchy, historically-informed, richly lyrical oldtime Americana chanteuse Robin Aigner & Parlour Game at Freddy’s

12/11, 10 PM explosively cinematic cello metal band Blues in Space at the big room at the Rockwood, $10

12/12, 7 PM drummer Will Mason leads his quatet with Kris Davis- piano; Ned Rothenberg- clarinet; Greg Chudzik- bass at Spectrum, $15

12/12, 7:30 PM the Jack Quartet and vocal ensemble Ekmeles join forces to perform music from and celebrating northern climes:  John Luther Adams – Canticles of the Sky interspersed with works by Karin Rehnqvist, Kajia Saariaho, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Jean Sibelius and Marc Sabat at Music Mondays, Advent Church, northwest corner of 93rd and Broadway, free 

12/12, 7:30 PM Juilliard’s contemporary ensemble, Axiom, play an all-Saariaho program at Alice Tully Hall, free tix avail. at the box ofc, get em now

12/12, 9 PM drummer Billy Hart and pianist George Cables‘ postbop supergroup the Cookers at Nublu 151 151 Ave C, $tba

12/13, 6:30 PM  up-and-coming guitarist/songwriter Alicyn Yaffee -the rare artist who successfully bridges the gap between lyrically-fueled chamber pop and jazz – at the Bar Next Door, free

12/13, 7 PM pyrotechnic Balkan multi-reedman Greg Squared‘s Circle followed by ten-piece funky Balkan brass/Ellington jazz monsters Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

12/13, 7 PM intense, edgily tuneful Texas tenor saxophonist Stan Killian leads his postbop quartet at 55 Bar

12/13, 7:30 PM pianist Anthony de Mare curates a dramatic evening in honor of Eric Satie’s 150th birthday year with fellow pianists Simone Dinnerstein, Adam Tendler and others at the Sheen Center, 18 Bleecker St. west of Bowery, $27 tix avail

12/13, 7:30 PM pianist Andrew Tyson plays works by Scriabin, Ravel, Petrossian, Gershwin and others at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, free, tix avail at 6:30 PM day of show at the box ofc

12/13, 8 PM fiery, deviously fun oldtimey swing guitarist/crooner Seth Kessel & the Two Cent Band at Radegast Hall 12/23 he’s at Sunny’s at 10

12/13, 8/9:30 PM saxophonist Caroline Davis leads a quintet with Marquis Hill, trumpet; Julian Shore, piano; Tamir Shmerling, bass; Jay Sawyer, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 incl a drink

12/13-18, 8:30/10:30 PM piano icon Kenny Barron leads his trio at the o at the Vanguard, $25. 12/14-25 he leads a quintet with Steve Nelson (vibes) Dayna Stevens (saxophone) Kenny Barron (piano) Kiyoshi Kitagawa (bass) Johnathan Blake (drums)

12/13, 8:30 PM oldtime blues/Americana resonator guitarist Zeke Healey and eclectic violist Karen Waltuch making psychedelic free jazz out of classic Appalachian and Americana themes followed by warmly tuneful front-porch folk songwriter Joanna Sternberg at Bar Lunatico

12/13, 9 PM Ruby the Hatchet – female-fronted metal bnad who blend darkwave and a classic 70s stoner vibe to their Iron Maiden-inspired assault – and hauntingly slinky psychedelic doom band Earthless at Bowey Balllroom, $15 adv tix rec. Either that or they’re at St. Vitus for three bucks more – both venues have the show listed.

12/13, 9:30 PM the Bronx Conexion play their mighty salsa big band jazz at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, $10

12/14, 2 PM Augustin Hadelich, violin & Joyce Yang, piano play works by Stravinsky, Beethoven, Mozart and Tschaikovsky at the Town Hall, $15

12/14, 7 PM enigimatically witty, erudite jazz chanteuse/songwriter Dorian Devins leads her trio at Flute Midtown 205 W 54th St, between Broadway & 7th Ave, free

12/14-15, 7:30 PM purposeful rising star postbop saxophonist Melissa Aldana leads her quartet at Smalls. The 12/14 show is followed at 10:30 PM by inspired, cutting-edge trombonist/composer Ryan Keberle & Catharsis

12/14-17, 7:30 PM the Dublin Guitar Quartet play Michael Gordon’s new Amplified at BAM’s Fisher Theatre, 321 Ashland Place $25 tix avail

12/14, 8 PM explosive psychedelic rembetiko metal band Greek Judas at Barbes

12/14, 8 PM hauntingly Middle Eastern-influenced alto saxophonist Uri Gruvich leads a quartet with Manuel Valera, piano; Edward Perez, bass; Francisco Mela, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 incl a drink

12/14, 9ish devious baritone sax innovator Moist Paula’s Electric Embouchere electroacoustic jazz project at Troost

12/14, 10 PM ferocious, twin guitar-fueled, Radio Birdman-esque psychedelic punks the Electric Mess at Otto’s

12/15 half past noon electically cinematic, kinetic klezmer/cumbia/reggae jamband Metropolitan Klezmer at Liberty Park (original site of Occupy Wall Street)

12/15, 7:30 PM mighty, sweeping, richly lyrical eighteen-piece big band the Christopher Zuar Orchestra – whose debut album is amazing = at Symphony Space, $22

12/15, 7:3o PM wickedly tuneful, funky chambet-pop/funk/art-rock cellist/songwriter Marika Hughes & Bottom Heavy at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

12/15, 7:30 PM flutist Adrianne Greenbaum leads her klezmer group at th Jalopy $15

12/15, 8 PM raucous oldtimey blues/bluegrass/acoustic jamband the Howlin’ Brothers at Hill Country Brooklyn

12/15, 8/9:30 PM shamisen player/singer/improviser Emi Makabe leads her quartet with with Vitor Gonçalves, piano, accordion; Thomas Morgan, bass; Nate Wood, drums; at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 incl a drink

12/15, 8 PM pianist Mara Rosenbloom‘s ferally tuneful improvisational trio celebrates her birthday, plus bassist Sean Conly’s Re:Action+1:with Michaël Attias and Tony Malaby, saxophones; Kris Davis, piano; Gerald Cleaver, drums) at Greenwich House Music School, $18/$15 stud/srs

12/15, 8 PM cellist Hank Roberts killer new sextet Jacob Sacks – piano; MIchael McGinnis – reeds; Dana Lyn – violin; Brian Drye – trombone and Vinnie Speranza – drums at Barbes

12/15-16, 8 PM tuneful, individualistic Afghani-born jazz guitarist Rez Abbasi plays the album release show for his new one Invocation with Johannes Weidenmueller on bass; Dan Weiss on drums; and Elizabeth Means on cello. at the Asia Society, 725 Park Ave, $30/$25 stud/sts

12/15, 8 PM charismatic, eclectic cellist/songwriter Meaghan Burke at the Way Station

12/15, 9ish the original cello rockers, Rasputina, as fearless and funny and relevant as ever, at the Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec

12/15, 9 PM tuneful jazz (and surf music) pianist/keyboardist JP Schlegelmilch at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery

12/16, 7 PM paradigm-shifting Indonesian bell orchestra works with Gamelan Son of Lion at Flushing Town Hall, $15

12/16-17 and 12-21-22, 8 PM, also 12/18 at 5 PM Alessandra Belloni‘s rustically witchy tarantella theatre spectacle La Cantata Dei Pastori, based on Andrea Perrucci’s traditional 17th century Neapolitan play, performed in Italian with English narration by La Befana, the “good Christmas witch,” with special guest from Apulia, Italy: Giovannagelo de Gennaro on vocals, accordion, bagpipe, viella at Theatre for the New City, 155 First Ave (between 9th & 10th Sts

12/16, 8 PM elegantly exhilarating tarantella/Neapolitan folk jamband Newpoli with special guest violinist Eylem Basaldi from wildfire Turkish band Dolunay at Alwan for the Arts, $20/$15 stud.srs

12/16, 8 PM following a solo set, cellist Leila Bordreuil premieres “Memory City,” a new piece for large ensemble featuring Nate Wooley, Anne Guthrie, Chris McIntyre, Michael Foster and Ben Bennet. at Issue Project Room, suggg don

12/16, 8 PM cellist Hank Roberts’ edgy, awesome sextet at the Owl

12/16, 8ish legendary 1960s charangueros Orquesta Típica Novel at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival a must

12/16, 8;15 PM ethereal, raptly haunting singer Sara Serpa s City Fragments Band: Sara Serpa, Sofia Rei, Aubrey Johnson- voices; André Matos- guitar; Erik Friedlander- cello. Tyshawn Sorey- drums at Shapshifter Lab

12/16, 9 PM a killer guitar duo: Mike Moreno & Rale Micic duo at Symphony Space Cafe, free

12/16, 10 PM ferociously dynamic, tuneful, female-fronted power trio Castle Black followed by the darkly eclectic, enigmatic Lorraine Leckie  – equally adept at Slavic and Americana noir – at Sidewalk

12/16, 10 PM hauntingly elegant Americana/chamber pop/noir chanteuse Jessie Kilguss and her excellent band at Hank’s $5

12/16, 10 PM hypnotic, catchy loopmusic cellist Laura Wolf at Pine Box Rock Shop

12/16, 10 PM eclectic, soulful, lyrical original oldtime Americana/folk band the Woes at Sunny’s

12/17, 2 and 8 PM a free Kwanzaa family celebration featuring Forces of Nature Dance Theater with special guest global soul sister-chanteuse duo Les Nubians at NJPAC in Newark, free

12/17, 3 PM a rare daytime appearance by brilliant oldtime swing/Americana band (and Boardwalk Empire regulars) Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks at Park Avenue Plaza, 55 E 52nd St. (Park/Madison), free

12/17, 6 PM intense Balkan chanteuse Jenny Luna‘s haunting, traditional Turkish band Dolunay playing classical maqam music followed at 8 by  playfully literate superduo Kill Henry Sugar – guitar/banjo mastermind Erik Della Penna and drummer Dean Sharenow –and then at 10 by 10 PM rustic, clatteringly hypnotic Moroccan trance groove ensemble Innov Gnawa at Barbes

12/17, 6 PM the Schiller Community Chorus sing Handel’s Messiah plus a Bach cantata and African-American spirituals at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, 856 Pacific St, (Vanderbilt/Underhill), 2/3 to Bergen St., $10 sugg don

12/17, 7 PM ageless indie powerpop favorites the Figgs at the Mercury, $12

12/17, 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 parlor pop mavens Sweet Soubrette – play their “Best of 2016” show at Issyra Gallery, 300 Observer Hwy in Hoboken on the way to Jersey City, free

12/17. 7:30 PM art-rockers the Tea Club play their wild, eighteen-minute, early Genesis-esque epics at the Knitting Factory, $15 adv tix rec

12/17, 8 PM unpredictably eclectic, perennially edgy rising star alto saxophonist Aakash Mittal leads an improvisational trio with excellent tuneful guitarist Rez Abbasi at the Firehouse Space, $10

12/17, 8 PM garage punk duo Flyin’ J and the Ghostrobber – who compare themselves to Los Saicos and Mark Sultan – at Freddy’s. Anybody who knows who Los Saicos are in the first place is worth seeing.

12/17, 8 PM cult favorite, noisy 80s dreampop pioneer Kristin Hersh at Terminal 5, $30 adv tix rec

12/17, 9 PM rocksteady and reggae with the Frightnrs, Full Watts, and third-wave ska/soul/blues cult favorites the Slackers at the Bel House, $20

12/17. 9 PM searing, theatrical Romany/Balkan punk rockers Bad Buka at Mehanata

12/17, 9 PM violinist Ari Streisfeld plays Luciano Berio’s Sequenza VIII and Salvatore Sciarrino’s Six Caprices with the New York premiere of Robert Morris’s Variations with Aria and Kaija Saariaho’s mournful Nocturne in the middle. at Spectrum, $15

12/17, 10 PM Lux Vestra – who do a pretty good facsimile of the mid 70s Grateful Dead without turning into dadrock – at Leftfield

12/17, 10 PM baritone crooner Sean Kershaw‘s Serpentones play “hi octane Brooklyn honkytonk” at Bar Chord

12/17. 10:30 PM garage rockers the Britemores followed at 11:30 by hilarious, smartly political faux-French retro 60s psych-pop band les Sans Culottes at Hank’s, $8

12/17, midnight the catchy, propulsive, jangly new wave-ish Virginia & the Wolves at Pine Box Rock Shop

12/18, 2 PM darkly enigmatic indie/jangle bandleader PG Six plays a very rare solo show at Mayflower Bar

12/18, 4 PM Boston choir Blue Heron perform music for Christmas and the New Year in 15th-century France and Burgundy at Corpus Christi Church, 529 W 121st St, $10 seats avail

12/18. 6 PM it’s the flagship event of the annual, magically enveloping, global Unsilent Night boombox parade! For 23 consecutive years, composer Phil Kline has led this interactive parade from Washington Square Park to Tompkins Square Park. Show up no later than 5:45 PM, and you can pick up a boombox with a cassette of his carillonesque, pointillistic electronic score. Or download it for free, then bring your phone, mp3 player or tablet and join the fun! You can also stream it at soundcloud as you walk. A great family event!

12/18, 6 PM French harpist/chanteuse Margot Verret at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 incl a drink

12/18, 7 PM the all-female Accord Treble Choir sing an eclectic mix of haunting Balkan choral works and pieces from the western classical tradition at Barbes

12/18, 8 PM the adventurous Washington Square Winds play tje choral-like A Better Collapse by Thomas Deneuville, Wayne Alpern’s fun-loving Serenade for Winds, with guest soprano, Alexandra Fees, performing Elizabeth Egan’s piece for wind quintet and soprano based off of Victor Hugo’s dark poem, Demainplay at Spectrum, $15

12/18, 9 PM indie classical quintet Ensemble Pamplemousse  at Jack, $10

12/19, 9 PM wickedly jangly surf/twang/country instrumentalists the Bakersfield Breakers at Otto’s

12/19, 10 PM wild, menacing, explosive Middle Eastern-flavored psychedelic metal band Greek Judas at LIC Bar

12/20, 7 PM sizzling, hypnotically kinetic Middle Eastern/Northern African jazz trio Ensemble Fanaa followed by ten-piece funky Balkan brass/Ellington jazz monsters Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

12/20, 8 PM members of the SLM Ensemble perform solo and chamber music compositions and improvisations for peace, feat. an amazing lineup: Jane Ira Bloom, soprano saxophone, Yoon Sun Choi, voice, Julie Ferrara, oboe, english horn, Joe McPhee, saxophone, trumpet, Zafer Tawil, oud, ney, percussion, Dave Taylor, bass trombone, Min Xiao-Fen, pipa, Sarah Weaver, composer, electronics, at the Cell Theatre, 338 W. 23rd St, $20/$15 stud/srs 

12/20, 9 PM eclectic Americana/klezmer fiddler/songwriter Lily Henley at the smalls room at the Rockwood

12/21, 11:30 AM baritone Christopher Dylan Herbert presents an encore performance of his participatory version of Franz Schubert’s subtly incendiary anti-fascist song cycle Winterreise at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden at Magnolia Plaza, in front of the sundial. “Bring a small battery-powered radio if you have one to tune in to the broadcast of the piano music, played by Timothy Long. Radios will be available for the first 50 people to borrow. Note that admission to the garden is free before noon,” so get there on time.

12/21, 7:30 PM legendary/obscure 90s NYC jug band Washboard Jungle – who predated the Brooklyn Americana explosion by 20 years –play the album release for their long long awaited new one at Dixon Place, $15

12/21-23, 8 PM a rare performance by John Zorn’s “mindbending”:Simulacrum organ trio with John Medeski (organ) Matt Hollenberg (guitar) Kenny Grohowski (drums) at the Stone, $20

12/21-23, repeating 12/27-30 at 8 PM and 12/31 at 6 PM dangerously charismatic art-rocker Vera Beren directs Pamela Enz‘s “unholiday play” Fractured Hearts & Lurid Details starring Connie Costanzo and Paul Megna, among others at the IRT Theatre, 154 Christophe St., $14

12/21, 8/9:30 PM edgy, noir-inspired bassist Michael Blanco’s Spirit Forward quartet with John Ellis, tenor sax; Kevin Hays, piano; Clarence Penn, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 incl a drink

12/22, 7:30 PM mighty, slinky, kinetic klezmer big band Nu Haven Kapelye at the Jalopy, $15

12/22, 8 PM purist, straightforward, warmly tuneful front-porch folk songwriter Joanna Sternberg followed at 10 by dark urbane Romany song maven (and Berthold Brecht descendant) Sanda Weigl and band doing their Cafe Sabarsky project with songs by Hanns Eisler, Nina Simone, Leonard Cohen, Yiddish songs & more at Barbes

12/22, 9:30 PM fiery, guitar-fueled Americana punks Spanking Charlene, ex-Willie Nile guitarist Steve Conte & the Soul Resistance and eclectic retro 50s’/rockabilly band Jeremy & the Harlequins at Bowery Electric

12/22, 9 PM the eclectic, Balkan/latin/funk brass stylings of the Underground Horns at Radegast Hall

12/22, 10:30 PM unfailingly tuneful tenor saxophonist Ken Fowser leads a quintet at Smalls

12/22, 10:30 PM catchy janglerockers the Bellegards – a singer short of excellence right now – at Pine Box Rock Shop

12/23, 6 PM eclectic, tuneful accordionist/songwriter Ali Dineen n switches to piano for a show featuring shadow puppetry at Cornelia St. Cafe, $0 incl a drink. Followed at 9 and 10:30 PM by pianist concise, tuneful jazz pianist Marta Sanchez leading a quartet with Roman Filiu, alto sax; Jerome Sabbagh, tenor sax; Marta Sanchez, piano; Allan Mednard, drums, separate $20 adm

12/23, 7 PM a rare solo show by theatrical art-rocker/chamber pop songsmith Anais Mitchell at the Rubin Museum of Art, $30 adv tic rec

12/23, 8 PM ish Elysian Fields guitarist/mastermind Oren Bloedow, Ollabelle pianist Glenn Patscha and Machine bassist Adam Minkoff lead an all-star band playing Richard & Linda Thompson’s iconic album I Wanna See The Bright Lights Tonight at the Owl

12/23-24, 8 PM a rare solo two-night stand by brilliant pianist Luis Perdomo at Mezzrow, $20

12/23, 10 PM deviously funny twin-trombone dub reggae crew Super Hi-Fi aplay their cult classic stoner Xmas carol collection A Very Duby Xmas at Bar Chord

12/23, 10 PM cleverly lyrical brilliant powerpop guitarist and songwriter Patti Rothberg at Arlene’s, $10

12/24, 8 PM luminous, haunting trumpeter Ben Holmes leads his second annual klezmer show at Barbes –  last year’s was killer, and it was packed.

12/25, 2 PM an all-day screening of “It’s a Wonderful Life Backwards” by Donald O’Finn.“This is a “fair-use” re-purposed rendition on the Original Master work. The film is reversed and split screened into black and white vs color. Sides swap depending on the scene. Most of the audio is also in reverse, select statements are audible through-out. The film starts happy and ends sad,” at Freddy’s

12/25, 3 PM a screening of Edward Sloman’s iconic 1925 silent film His People, focusing on New York Jewish live on the Lower East Side, with an original score performed live by klezmer jazz saxophonist Paul Shapiro and his sextet followed by a Hanukah candle lighting ceremony at the Eldridge St. Synagogue, Eldridge just north of Division, B/D to Grand St., $14/$10 stud/srs, kids $6

12/26, 7:30 PM OMFG – an awesome cutting-edge newschool klezmer and klezmer-inspired extravaganza. Book of J (the new collaboration between powerhouse Jewish soul belter/guitarist Jeremiah Lockwood  of Sway Machinery) and singer Jewlia Eisenberg of Charming Hostess making their New York debut; the Fabulous Shpielkehs represent four generations (if not more) of traditional klezmer, Philadelphia-style, led by legendary drummer/pioneering bandleader Elaine Hoffman Watts and her daughter, trumpeter Susan Hoffman Watts. The evening will close with a dance set led by pyrotechnic violinist Jake Shulman-Ment and the New York Fidl Kapelye at the Town and Village Synagogue, 334 E 14th St, only $15

12/26, 8:30 PM posttonal, polyrhythmic, lyrically intriguing violinist/bandleader Sarah Bernstein leads her Quartet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 incl a drink

12/26, 9:30 ish  Cumbiagra – whose take on psychedelic cumbias is more rustic and purist than most bands who play that stuff – at Barbes

12/27, 8 PM the Yiddish NY All-Stars, Balkan singer Sarah Small’s hauntingly mesmerizing avant-folk/Middle Eastern trio Hydra collaborating with brilliant psychedelic desert rock/cantorial art-rock band Sway Machinery , the Ternovka Ensemble with chanteuse Zhenya Lapotnik and the Brothers Nazaroff – a supergroup with Daniel “Danik” Kahn, Psoy “Pasha” Korolenko, Michael “Meyshke” Alpert and Jake “Yankl” Shulman-Ment playing from their debut album, a tribute to obscure/legendary klezmer-punk precursor Nathan “Prince” Nazaroff and his wild cult favorite 1954 lp at Drom, $15 adv tix rec

12/27, 8 PM the Machine do an amazingly close approximation of Pink Floyd classics and obscure material at B.B. King’s, $25 adv tix rec /

12/27, 8/90:30 PM tuneful, exploratorily expansive pianist Eri Yamamoto leads her trio at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 incl a drink

12/27, 8:30 PM sharply lyrical parlor pop stylist Heather Eatman at the third stage at the Rockwood, $10

12/27, 10 PM long-running, wickedly jangly, tuneful Americana rockers the Sloe Guns at the Bitter End

12/27, 10:30 PM brilliant drummer/percussionist Willie Martinez & La Familia Sextet play classic salsa grooves at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, $10

12/28, 8/9:30 PM tuneful, moody third stream pianist Michel Reis leads a trio at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 incl a drink

12/28. 9 PM haunting, rousing, classic Jewish liturgical sounds: singer/multi-instrumentalist Judith Berkson, cantor Jack Mendelson paying tribute to the Golden Age of the cantorate with an all-star ensemble led by clarinetist Michael Winograd and trumpeter Frank London of the Klezmatics (who have a killer new album out) at the Town and Village Synagogue, 334 E 14th St, $15

12/28, 9ish high-voltage oldtimey barrelhouse swing with the 4th St. Nite Owls  at Bar Chord

12/28, 9 PM excellent, purist honkytonk crooner/bandleader Clifford Westfall at 11th St. Bar

12/28, 11 PM trumpeter Jordan Hirsch leads what promises to be a wild and crazy klezmer jam at Mona’s, 224 Avenue B, just south of 14th St, free

12/29, 8 PM catchy, purist vintage Dire Straits-ish Americana rock with Whisperado at the Parkside

12/19. 9 PM the amazing Mitra Sumara – who play haunting psychedelic funk covers of classic 1960s and 1970s Iranian rock hits – at Bar Chord

12/29, 10 PM Tom Csatari – whose scruffy tunefulness and general fearlessness make him Brooklyn’s most formidable jazz guitarist – leads his awesome Uncivilized chamber jazz project at Barbes. Their last show here was off the hook

12/29; 10:30 PM noir-inspired alto saxophonist/composer Nick Hempton leads his group at Smalls

12/30, 7:30 PM a first-class ska triplebill with the Rudie Crew, Skarroñeros, the Pandemics and the Porkers at the Knitting Factory, $12 adv tix rec

12/30, 8 PM the Crimson Ragdolls and fearless Romany/Balkan chaunteuse Eva Salina with pyrotechnic accordionist Peter Stan at the Owl

12/30, 8 PM a kille Afro-Peruvian jazz twinbill: guitarist Yuri Juarez plays the album release show for his new one Guitar Sapiens with Laura Andrea Leguía (saxophones), Juan Andrés Ospina (keys), Moto Fukushima (bass), Héctor Morales (drums), Freddy “Huevito” Lobatón (cajón) followed at 11:45 by Laura Andrea Leguía‘s Saxofón Criollo band with Yuri Juarez (guitar), Freddy “Huevito” Lobatón (cajón) at Zinc Bar, $20

12/30, 9 PM Knkarayku play moodily psychedelic Andean panpipe rock at Leftfield

12/30, 9:30 PM enigmatic female-fronted psychedelic popsters the New Tarot at the Poisson Rouge, $10 gen adm

12/30, 10 PM purist, harmonically rich “honkytonk power trio” Dylan Charles and the Layton Sisters at Pete’s

12/30, 11 PM newschool oldtimey country blues with Woody Pines at Hill Country

12/30, 11 PM trippy North African dance grooves with Innov Gnawa at at Nublu 151, 151 Ave C

12/31, 10 PM awesomely slinky, psychedelic Israeli Ethiopiques groove instrumentalists Anbessa Orchestra f.k.a. Lions at Barbes, $20

12/31, 10 PM artsy, edgy, catchily enigmatic 90s indie favorites Rainer Maria at St. Vitus, $25. They’re back on 1/1 an hour earlier for five bucks less.

12/31, 10 PM gritty downtown guitar god Marc Ribot leads a killer trio with an even more legendary rhythm section, Henry Grimes & Chad Taylor.MMW drummerBilly Martin does an electroacoustic duo with Ribot to open the night at Issue Project Room, $30

12/31, 11 PM in an annual St. Bart’s tradition, William Trafka, Director of Music and organist performs works by Bach, Böhm, Franck, and Willan on the grand Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ at St. Bartholomew’s Church, Park Ave at 51st St, free, reception to follow.

12/31, 11:30 PM Sweet Tits – the “punk lesbian Spinal Tap” – at Freddy’s

1/2, 3 and 5 PM a massive group of NYC classical talent performs new works by composers from the Trinity Church circle including Doug Balliett, James Blachly, Caleb Burhans, Owen Burdick, Chris DeBlasio, Eric Dudley, Caroline Shaw, Julian Wachner, and Jonathan Woody at St. Paul’s Chapel downtown, 209 Broadway off Fulton, free, reception to follow the 5 PM concert

1/2, 7 PM deviously fun baritone saxophonist Dave Sewelson’s Quartet with Ryan Frazier – trumpet; Devin Hoff – bass; Alex Cline – drums followed at 8 by Gerald Cleaver – drums / Chris Potter – tenor sax at Clemente Soto Valez Cultural Center, 107 Suffolk St

1/3, 1 PM the Choir of Trinity Wall Street and Trinity Baroque Orchestra perform parts 1 and 3 of the Bach Christmas Oratorio at St. Paul’s Chapel downtown, free. They’re doing parts 2 and 4 the following afternoon, 1/4 at 1 and parts 5-6 on 1/6 at 1

1/4, 5 PM  Elspeth Davis, mezzo-soprano; Erika Dohi, piano and Sandbox Percussion perform George Crumb’s  American Songbook III: Unto These Hills at St. Paul’s Chapel downtown at St. Paul’s Chapel downtown, 209 Broadway off Fulton, free.

1/4, 8 PM a rare solo show by virtuoso cellist Ian Maksin playing haunting Macedonian and Georgian folk tunes plus classics by Bill Withers, Jacques Brel and others at the Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec

1/5-7 and 1/11-14 at 7 PM, also 1/8 at 2 PM Matt Marks’ lurid new electroacoustic opera Mata Hari explores the romantic intrigue and betrayal that led to her execution as a WWI spy at Here, 145 6th Ave. south of Spring, $30 

1/5, 7 PM fiery, bluesy Americana rockers Scott Wolfson & Other Heroes at the small room at the Rockwood

1/5, 7:30 PM, repeating 1/6-7 at 8 the NY Phil with pianist Emmanuel Ax play Kurt Weill’s Little Threepenny Music for Wind Orchestra, a new HK Gruber piano concerto and Schubert’s Symphony No. 2 at Avery Fisher Hall, $30 tix avail

1/5, 8 PM haunting Hungarian psychedelic folk band Meszecsinka, wild, improvisational accordionist David Yengibarian and pyrotechnic cimbalom virtuoso Miklos Lukacs’ enigmatic folk/art-rock trio Borbély Mihály Polygon at Drom, free 

1/5, 8 PM dark, charismatic, mischievously witty art-rock keyboardist/chanteuse Rachelle Garniez  followed by first-class oudist Brian Prunka‘s Nashaz Middle Eastern jazz project at Barbes

1/6, 7 PM innovative, captivating sitarist Roopa Panesar, rapturously fun Pakistani/desert rock singer/bandleader Kiran Ahluwalia, innovative Quebecoise Balkan filddler Briga, eclectic Americana/soul cellist/banjoist Lelya McCalla, at 10:45 PM lush, female-fronted chamber pop/chanson band Banda Magda and at half past midnight, noir mambo powerhouse Orkesta Mendoza at Drom

1/6-7 and 1/9, 7:30 PM haunting, intricate composer/keyboardist Missy Mazzoli and Royce Vavrek’s new opera Breaking the Waves, based on the Lars Von Trier art-house film at NYU’s Skirball Auditorium, $30 tix avail

1/6, 8 PM  haunting Puerto Rican bolero revivalists – and Sylvia Rexach reinventors – Miramar followed at 9:30 PM by fearlessly populist, wildly eclectic latin protest song maven/bandleader Ani Cordero and then at 11 by this era’s most chillingly cinematic, shadowy reverbtoned noir guitar instrumentalists, Big Lazy at Barbes

1/6, 8 PM eclectic, theatrical Korean art-rock/dance/pansori glam band Ssing Ssing at Flushing Town Hall, $16, ages 13-19 free. They’re at the Rockwood when

1/6-7 and 1/11-14, 9 PM fiery, uncategorizable composer/singer Sarah Small’s new multimedia avant Balkan punk song suite Secondary Dominance featuring her amazing Balkan/Bulgarian vocal trio Black Sea Hotel at Here, 145 6th Ave south of Spring, $30

1/6, 11 PM noir mambo powerhouse Orkesta Mendoza followed by hauntingly slinky Puerto Rican bolero revivalists – and Sylvia Rexach reinventors – Miramar at the Mercury, $15

1/7, 1 PM Novus NY perform the premiere of Laura Schwedinger’s Artemisia, an opera of passion, betrayal and art in 17th century Italy based on the life of Italian painter Artemisia Gentileschi at St. Paul’s Chapel downtown,209 Broadway off Fulton, free

1/7-8 and 1/11-14, 8 PM David Lang’s grisly new opera Anatomy Theatre – chronicling the final months of an English murderess from her conviction to execution and then postmortem – at Bric Arts, $30 

1/8, short sets by a big roster of up-and-coming jazz talent starting at half past noon violinist Curtis Stewart and group followed at 1:10 by trombonist Nick Finzer, 1:40 pianist Chris Ziemba, 2:10 trombonist Jimmy O’Connell and others at Michiko Studios, 149 W 46th St., free

 1/8, 3 PM  the Miolina Violin Duo and the North/South Chamber Orchestra premiere works by Carson Cooman, Victor Kioulaphides,Max Lifchitz , William Toutant at Christ & St Stephen’s Church, 120 W 69th St (bet Bway & Columbus), free 

1/8, 4:30 PM theatrical, philosohical, unselfconsciously poetic singer/pianist/composer Mong-Lan‘s fascinating, multimedia River of Senses: Dream Songs & Tangos chronicles a Vietnamese refugee’s eventful, tango-fueled journey from Saigon to Buenos Aires, via America at Don’t Tell Mama, 343 W 46th St, $15

1/9, 7;30 PM rrepressible indie classical art-rock band the Bang on a Can All-Stars play new works by Anna Thorvaldsdottir and Juan Felipe Waller, an excerpt from Michael Gordon’s chamber opera Van Gogh, music by Philip Glass and moreat Merkin Concert Hall, $25

1/10, 5 PM innovative art-rock/postrock string chamber ensemble Founders perform creative arrangements of American music by Louis Armstrong, Dave Brubeck, Harold Arlen, Bobby Bland and more, along with poetry set to song by the chilling American poet, Edgar Allan Poe . at St. Paul’s Chapel downtown, 209 Broadway off Fulton, free

1/11, 8 PM solo guitarscapes from Jason McMahon, asssaultive trio Jobs (formerly Killer Bob) and pianist/composer Matt Mehlan’s chamber jazz septet Facelessness at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

1/12, 5 PM the world premiere of Paola Prestini’s indie classical take on the classical choral mass tradition “Mass Reimmaginings,” at St. Paul’s Chapel downtown, 209 Broadway off Fulton, free

1/12, 7:30 PM the Parker Quartet play Mendelssohn: Quartet No. 1 and Brahms: Clarinet Quintet at the Sheen Center, 18 Bleecker St. west of Bowery, $27 tix avail

1/13-19 the New York theatrical premiere of Dave Davidson & Amber Edwards’ new documentary “Vince Giordano — There’s a Future in the Past. “The man and the band who make the Jazz Age come alive! What does it take to keep Jazz Age music going strong in the 21 st century? Two words: Vince Giordano – bandleader, musician, historian,collector and NYC institution. For nearly 40 years, Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks have brought the joyful syncopation of the 1920s and ‘30s to life with their virtuosity, vintage musical instruments, and more than 60,000 period band arrangements.This joyful documentary offers an intimate portrait of Vince, taking us behind the scenes as he shares his passion of hot jazz with a new generation of music and swing-dance fans,” at Cinema Village Theater: 22 E 12th St (between 5th & University), showtimes: 1pm, 3pm, 5pm, 7pm, 9pm, tix $12 Adults / $8 Seniors, Students, Children, 212-924- 3363 Vince Giordano + filmmakers Dave Davidson & Amber Edwards will appear at 7pm shows on Friday, Saturday 

1/13-14, 7/10 PM dramatic gospel-inflected drag crooner/pianist M. Lamar plays his creepy, politically relevant new suite Funeral Doom Spiritual at National Sawdust, $30

1/14-15, 5 PM the Brooklyn Youth Chorus perform their new multimedia suite Silent Voices, examining the grim realities of marginalized young people with music by Sahba Aminikia, Jeff Beal, Mary Kouyoumdjian, Shara Nova, at the French Institute’s Florence Gould Hall, 55 E 59th St, $30

1/14, 7:30 PM check out this awesome lineup and awesome program of rare oboe and bassoon works; Stuart Breczinski, oboe; Cat Cantrell, oboe; Nanci Belmont, bassoon; Brad Balliett, bassoon; Liz Dorman, piano play Sonatine for Oboe and Bassoon, Jolivet; Duo Sonata for Two Bassoons, Sofia Gubaidulina; Trio Sonata for Two Oboes, Bassoon, and Harpsichord/Piano, Zelenka at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 139 St. John’s Place, Park Slope, 2/3 to Grand Army Plaza, sugg don

1/15, 4 PM baroque string ensemble ACRONYM joins baritone Jesse Blumberg in a program entitled Valley of Tears: Bass Cantatas and Instrumental Sonatas by Johann Rosenmüller. at Corpus Christi Church, 529 W 121st St, $10 tix avail

1/16, 8 PM Mirror Visions Ensemble sing the four winning pieces from their inaugural Young Composer’s Competition—Margaret Barrett’s At a Window, with text by Carl Sandburg; John Glover’s Squall with text by Leonora Speyer; Aaron Grad’s Invitation to Love with text by Paul Laurence Dunbar; and Daniel Temkin’s Summer Rain with text by James Joyce plus an Emily Dickinson-inspired song cycle by Tom Cipullo at the Sheen Center, 18 Bleecker off Bowery, $20 

1/17, 7:30 PM the Zora String Quartet play works by Mozart, Webern and Shostakovich at Merkin Concert Hall, $10 tix avail

1/18, 8 PM multi-instrumentalist avant-garde singer Ka Baird collaborates with Marcia Bassett on Buchla Easel and sound reactive projections from Camilla Padgitt-Coles in an exploration of our murkiest interior selves at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

1/20 toy piano virtuoso Phyllis Chen plays an all-Pauline Oliveros program at the DiMenna Center

1/21, 8 PM NY Polyphony sing Palestrina’s Marcellus Mass plus a world premiere by Tavener protégé Ivan Moody at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, 145 W 46th St between 6th and 7th aves, $30 seats avail

1/25, 7:30 PM goth-tinged indie/postrock/art-rock band San Fermin with indie classical chamber group Now Ensemble at Markin Concert Hall, $25

1/26, 7:30 PM, repeating 1/27-28 at 8 Semyon Bychkov conducts the NY Phil playing Tschaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and Symphony No. 5 at Avery Fisher Hall, $34 tix rec

1/29, 3 PM the Claremont Trio play works by Beethoven, Dvorak and Robert Paterson at Merkin Concert Hall, $20/stud $5

1/29, 5 PM the Aeolus Quartet and pianist Alejandro Hernandez-Valdeza play his new arrangement of Paul Desmond’s iconic Take Five for piano quintet plus Samuel Barber’s String Quartet, and Schumann’s Piano Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 44 at All Souls Church, Lexington Ave and 80th St, sugg don

2/3, 10 PM worst segue of the year but two Americana acts worth seeing: jugband legend Peter Stampfel and ferociously populist Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires – the Alabama highway rock version of the Clash – at the Knitting Factory, $15

2/6, 9:30 PM Level 5 play catchy, funky organ/guitar grooves, part vintage Meters, part JBs, with a psychedelic edge at the Bitter End. 2/20, 10 PM they’re at the small room at the Rockwood 

2/8, 8ish crystalline-voiced noir Americana songwriter Jessie Kilguss leads an all-star cast – Heather Eatman, Freddie Stevenson, Adam Rubenstein, John Brodeur, Jon Crider, Bird of Youth, John Wray, Hilary Downes, Cliff Westfall and others – singing a Leonard Cohen tribute at Hifi Bar

2/25, 8 PM rapturously textured British Renaissance choir Stile Antico sing a pretty wild program of classics and obscurities by Tallis, Clemens Non Papa, Tompkins, Vivanco, McCabe and others at at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, 145 W 46th St between 6th and 7th aves, $30 seats avail

3/17/17, 10 PM Pussy Riot at National Sawdust. Tix not avail yet – and might not be affordable – watch this space

Amy Rigby Brings Her Hilarious, Cynical, Purist Songs Back to the East Village

This year marks the twentieth anniversary of Amy Rigby‘s cult classic Diary of a Mod Housewife album. Divorced and living with her daughter Hazel in pre-gentrified Williamsburg at the time, the songwriter and former member of the well-loved East Village Americana trio the Shams imbued her catchy songs with equal parts C&W, classic Brill Building pop, pink-collar defiance and outrageous humor. Two decades later, Rigby is the rare rock songwriter who’s earned her own Genius page, and she’s returning to her old East Village stomping grounds, with a couple of 8 PM shows at Hifi Bar tonight and tomorrow, Nov 16 and 17.

She played a weekly residency here in May of last year and predictably packed the former Brownies space. The premise was to play a completely different set each night, which was hardly an issue considering her formidable back catalog, but became problematic since she was getting so many requests from the floor. This blog was in the house for the final show when she finally relented and treated the crowd to a gently swaying, quietly heartwrenching take of the towering, Beatlesque ballad Summer of My Wasted Youth. In light of what happened a week ago Tuesday, it’s even more painful to look back and realize that there once was a time when an aspiring songwriter could survive on unemploymen without once using a credit card, study country harmony and afford to drink cheap Polish beer in a Williamsburg bar.

Rigby did most of the set solo, the uneasy tremolo in her velvet voice matched by the Lynchian effect on her guitar. Rode Hard, a cynically upbeat honkytonk-flavored rocker on album, took on a special plaintiveness in stripped-down form, but also raised the quiet, steely indomitability at the end of the song .The real creeper of the night was the bolero-flavored murder ballad Keep It to Yourself, which ponders taking out a nasty, narcissistic ex just plausibly enough that it might not be just a fantasy.

There were plenty of Rigby’s signature funny songs too. The best was the faux bubblegum-pop tune As Is, with its litany of damaged goods in the dollar store, Rigby’s broke narrator rationalizing how she and her daughter were going to make the best of a dire situation. She introduced it with a nonchalantly harrowing story of how deeply impoverished she and her daugher had actually been back in the 90s. There was some rare material in the set as well, including the uproarious riff-rocking Hometown Blues, dating back to the songwriter’s restless Pittsburgh childhood, and a quaintly rockabilly-flavored song about trying to get a band off the ground in the 80s (memo to aspiring youngsters – it was a lot easier than it is now, and it was hard back then).

Rigby’s now-grown bassist daughter then joined her to duet on a Tex-Mex flavored tune and an Everlys-inspired ballad. Then Rigby’s husband Wreckless Eric – one of the few musicians whose sense of humor and knack for spinning a yarn can match hers – supplied a fiery Chuck Berry Strat shuffle on a hard-charging take of another funny favorite, Get Back in the Car, a song any exasperated parent can relate to. There were also plenty of quieter numbers in the mix as well; it’ll be interesting to hear what else the prolific Rigby has come up with since then.