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Karen & the Sorrows Celebrate Their Excellent, Eclectic New Americana Album at Littlefield This Week

Over the last few years, Karen & the Sorrows have individualistically skirted the fringes of the New York Americana scene. Not all their songs are sad, and frontwoman Karen Pitttelman has no fear of mashing up different styles. Their debut album was a creepy New England gothic suite. Their second ome was a country-tinged janglerock record. Their latest album. Guaranteed Broken Heart – streaming at Bandcamp – is even more eclectic, featuring some of New York’s most electrifying musicians. Pittelman’s vocals are more dynamic and diverse than ever as well. She and the band are playing the album release show on Oct 18 at around 10:30 PM at Littlefield. Nimble, pensive acoustic guitarist/songwriter Genessa James‘ Onliest open the night at 8:30, followed by the exhilarating, fearlessly political, historically inspired Ebony Hillbillies, NYC’s only oldtime African-American string band. Cover is $10.

The title track opens the album: it’s a briskly brooding southwestern gothic shuffle with some cool tradeoffs between lead guitar and pedal steel. Cole Quest Rotante’s lingering dobro spices the loping second track, There You Are, blending with the pedal steel, mandolin and Rima Fand’s plaintive fiddle.

The band go back to darkly shuffling desert rock with the organ-driven Jonah and the Whale, Girls on Grass guitar goddess Barbara Endes winding it up with a deliciously slithery solo. Why Won’t You Come Back to Me has an even more haunting, spare, 19th century African-American gospel feel: “Oh my little angel, send me back to hell,” is the closing mantra.

Bowed bass, mandolin and banjo mingle with Fand’s mournful fiddle in the similarly rustic Appalachian gothic ballad Your New Life Now. Drummer Charles Burst gives the sad, lingering ballad Far Away a muted country backbeat: “Some people you can love up close, some from afar/The trick is knowing which they are,” Pittelman observes.

Third Time’s the Charm is an upbeat, pedal steel-fueled honkytonk number: “Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me” sets up the chorus. Then they bring it down with the mournful Queen of Denial.

When People Show You Who They Are is a subdued, downcast, hypnotic folk-pop tune in Americana disguise. The group mash up electric Neil Young with tinges of oldschool soul in It Ain’t Me, then quietly shuffle through the melancholy Something True, with tantalizingly brief mandolin and fiddle solos. They close the album with a love ballad, You’re My Country Music. It’s inspiring to see a genuine New York original taking her sound and her songwriting to the next level.

Jenifer Jackson Returns to Her Catchy, Poignant Psychedelic Pop Roots

Of all the songwriters who built their careers in the incredibly fertile crucible of the Lower East Side New York scene in the late 90s and early zeros, Jenifer Jackson is one of the most prolific and arguably the best. Over the years, she’s moved from Beatlesque psychedelia to stark, brooding pastoral pop, bossa nova and harrowing, majestic art-rock. She’s also been a poineer of the DIY house concert tour circuit Her move to Austin in the early part of the decade springboarded a deep dive into Americana. Her latest album Paths – streaming at Bandcamp – is a return to the catchy, anthemic, eclectic psychedelic pop she made a name with early in her career. Jackson has a pair of New York gigs coming up next month. She’s at the Owl on Nov 3 at 8, then the next night, Nov 4 at the same time she’s at the big room at the Rockwood.

On the new record, her voice is more nuanced than ever; her lyrics are characteristically crystallized, imagistic and loaded with subext. There’s a restrained angst in her delivery as she soars up to the chorus on the elegantly waltzing opening track, Things I Meant to Tell You, Jim Hoke’s flute and Chris Carmichael’s one-man string quartet adding a stark baroque touch. As usual, Jackson lets the images of returning to a dusty room after a trip speak for themselves. It packs a gentle wallop.

There’s a delicate web of acoustic guitar fingerpicking beneath the orchestration in the tender early-dawn scenario First Bird. Then the band – which includes Brad Jones on guitars, bass and keys, Pat Sansone on guitar and mellotron and Josh Hunt on drums – picks up the pace with Back Home, a big, electric, organ-driven backbeat rocker. “The silence almost made me lose my mind,” Jackson confides: the tradeoff between organ and twelve-string guitar in the break is absolutely luscious.

Travelled Together, a bittersweet breakup ballad, has wintry, vintage 60s orchestration and Laurel Canyon psychedelic pop ambience: it wouldn’t be out of place in the Judy Henske catalog. Sultry Memory is a summery psychedelic soul ballad with shimmering vibraphone: it has the enigmatic lushness of Jackson’s classic 2007 Outskirts of a Giant Town and the lush Philly soul of Got To Have You, two standout numbers from Jackson’s vast output over the years.

Hey, Good is a wistful, hopeful, sprightly tune with ukulele and just a hint of brass: it could be a charming lost acoustic McCartney miniature from the White Album. Jackson brings back the electricity and the backbeat in Written in Stone: imagine the Byrds backing the Mamas & the Papas.

Jackson likes to put a good old-fashioned hard country tune on every album, and What Good’s a Memory is a picture-perfect vintage 60s tune, right down to the saloon piano and pedal steel. She wraps up the record with a country gospel-flavored piano ballad, Hail and Farewell. In a time where the brain drain out of New York stalled or even destroyed so many music careers, it’s testament to Jackson’s sheer talent (not to mention persistence) that she’s been able to stay on a creative tear that just won’t quit.

[If you’re looking for today’s Halloween installment, take a trip back to October 21 of last year for an underrated, darky psychedelic 2013 release – amazingly still available as a free download – by a New York band who should have gone a lot further than they did]

Iconic Songwriter Amy Rigby Revisits a Lost New York in Her New Memoir Girl to City

What’s more Halloweenish than the destruction of New York artistic communities in the blitzkrieg of gentrification, and the rush to throw up speculator property to displace working-class housing? Songwriter Amy Rigby got her start as a college student, in a $300-a-month Alphabet City apartment she shared with her brother. Rigby’s new memoir is a look back at a time and place that’s not going to come back until after the real estate bubble finally bursts. And that could be awhile, maybe even not until we repeal the tax exemption that enables it. Holdovers of New York, unite!

Amy Rigby‘s new memoir Girl to City validates the argument that great lyricists are also strong prose writers. But beyond a stunning level of detail, that generalization is where the similarity between Rigby’s often outrageously hilarious, witheringly insightful songwriting and this plainspoken book ends. Instead, it’s a sobering and understatedly poignant portrait of an era in New York gone forever.

Rigby is humble to a fault. If there’s anything missing from this book, that would be more insight into her songwriting process. She’s a polymath tunesmith, equally informed by and eruditely successful with styles as diverse as Americana, honkytonk, purist pop and these days, psychedelia. As a lyricist, she’s a first-ballot hall-of-famer: it wouldn’t be overhype to rank her with Elvis Costello, Steve Kilbey, Hannah Fairchild and the most memorably aphoristic Nashville songwriters of the 40s and 50s. Rigby takes some pleasure in revealing how she wrote one of her most gorgeously plaintive songs, Summer of My Wasted Youth, in her head on her way home on the L train. Otherwise, we’re going to have to wait for a sequel for more than a few stories behind some of the best songs of the past thirty-plus years.

Beyond that, this is a rich and often heartbreaking narrative. The only daughter in a large, upper middle class Pittsburgh Catholic family, young Amelia McMahon (nicknamed Amy, after the 50s Dean Martin pop hit), grew up in the 1960s as a tomboy and evemtual diehard Elton John fan. Spared the ordeal of Catholic high school, she developed a highly refined fashion sense – she was East Village chic long before East Village chic existed – and although she doesn’t go into many details about what seems to have been a repressive upbringing, it’s obvious that she couldn’t wait to escape to New York.

A talent for visual art got her admitted early into Parsons, where she earned a degree she never ended up falling back on – then again, fashion illustration was basically obsolete by the time she graduated. Meanwhile, she haunted CBGB at its peak. Even then, her taste in music was eclectic and adventurous, from punk, to gothic rock, disco, and eventually pioneering feminist bands the Slits and Raincoats.

Auspiciously, she teamed up with a bunch of college friends to open the legendary Tribeca music venue Tier 3 – where she made her New York musical debut, as the drummer of the minimalistically undescribable Stare Kits. “It seemed unthinkable even a decade later that the streets of downtown could ever have been so empty at night, or that a Manhattan club could have such haphazard beginnings. But that was part of the beauty, although you wouldn’t have thought to call it beautiful, “Rigby recalls. Understatement of the decade.

Rigby reveals that she came to embrace Americana when she realized that country music was just as  alienated as punk. Now playing guitar (and percussion, and a little accordion), it wasn’t long before she and her younger brother Michael McMahon (who’s led the hilarious, theatrical Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co. for almost twenty years now) founded one of the first New York urban country outfits, the Last Roundup. Maybe it was that group’s newfound embrace of country music – a genuine appreciation, rather than the kitschy contempt for it that would characterize the Williamsburg Americana contingent twenty years later – that shaped their individualistic sound. Even then, Rigby was flexing her songwriting chops.

What’s even more improbable than being able to situate a punk club in Tribeca is that it was once possible to (barely) make ends meet as a working musician in Manhattan, playing original music. Like those trust fund kids in the East Village now, somebody had to be subsidized, rigtht?

As Rigby tells it, no. Cruelly, inevitably, money is always elusive. When she isn’t gigging, she temps and temps, for a succession of bosses from across the boss spectrum. The plotline of her classic, cynical bargain-shopper anthem, As Is, has never been more resonant in light of her experiences here. She seems to have given up everything but her career to keep her daughter clothed and fed.

Misadventures with small record labels, well-intentioned but clueless enablers and wannabe enablers from the corporate world, with both the Last Roundup and Rigby’s successor band, the fetchingly ramshackle, all-female Shams, are predictably amusing. Her details of simple survival are every bit as bittersweet.

Time after time, she falls for emotionally unavailable older men. She mentions “dad’s putdowns,” in passing: this legendary beauty doesn’t even seem to think of herself as all that goodlooking. A marriage to drummer Will Rigby results in a talented daughter (future bassist Hazel Rigby). and doesn’t last. The author goes easy on him, maybe because she’s already excoriated him, if namelessly, in song. 20 Questions, anyone?.

Yet, out of that divorce, and the borderline-condemnable three-bedroom $700-a-month Williamsburg apartment at the corner of Bedford and Grand, she built a solo career that would earn her a well-deserved media blitz and critical raves for her solo debut, Diary of a Mod Housewife. That’s pretty much where the story ends, and a sequel hopefully picks up.

What’s most depressing about Rigby’s narrative is that it could never happen in current-day New York. She started totally DIY – she’d never played an instrument onstage before joining Stare Kits – and made her way up through a succession of small venues, then larger ones and all of a sudden she was playing the Beacon Theatre and touring. No such ladder of success exists here anymore: in fact, it’s working the other way around. All the rock acts that used to play Bowery Ballroom are now being squeezed into its smaller sister venue, the Mercury (a joint that Rigby used to sell out with regularity twenty years ago)

What’s left of the Americana and rock scenes, so vital in Rigby’s early years, now rotate through a handful of small Brooklyn clubs, playing to the same two dozen people week after week. With larger venues (and even some of the smaller ones) assiduously datamining so they can book only the most active Instagram self-promoters, the idea of thinking outside the box and promoting artists whose strengths are not Instagram followers but lyrics and tunes is almost laughable. All this is not to say that the typical club owner in, say, 1985, wasn’t plenty lazy and greedy. It’s just that laziness and greed, at the expense of genuine art, have been institutionalized by social media.

Throughout the book, this charismatic, acerbic, laser-witted performer comes across as anything but a diva. Maybe the Catholic childhood, the authoritarian parents and series of doomed relationships cast a pall that she’s still trying to get out from under. More than anything, this tale deserves a triumphant coda: since Diary of a Mod Housewife, Rigby has put out a series of consistently brilliant albums, toured relentlessly if not overwhelmingly lucratively and married another legendary rock storyteller, Wreckless Eric.

Live Music Calendar for New York City and Brooklyn for October and November 2019

Daily updates – if you go out a lot, you might want to bookmark this page and check back regularly.

If you’re leaving your hood, don’t get stuck waiting for a train that never comes, make sure you check the MTA delays and out-of-service page for service cancellations and malfunctions, considering how unreliable the subway is at night and on the weekend.

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

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

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

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

Weekly events first followed by the daily calendar:

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

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 tropical bands playing cumbias, boogaloo, salsa, maybe all of the above.

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

Mondays at the Vanguard the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra – composer Jim McNeely’s reliably good big band vehicle – plays 9/11 PM, $35 per set plus drink minimum.

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

Mondays starting at around 10:45 PM Rev. Vince Anderson and his band play two sets at Union Pool. 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 woke, 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 usual lead soloist on baritone sax, with frequent special guests. Sizzling guitarist Binky Griptite – Sharon Jones’ lead player – is also often there.

Tuesdays at 7:30 PM the chamelonic, playful, sometimes irresistibly cartoonish Daniel Bennett Group play jazz outside the box at the third floor bar at the Residence Inn, 1033 6th Ave at 39th St, free

Tuesdays at 9 PM, clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at Barbes (check the club calendar), $10 cover.

Three Wednesdays in October: 10/16, 10/23 and 10/30 stark southwestern gothic jangle and clang with And the Wiremen at Troost

Wednesdays at 9ish the Binky Griptite Orchestra (formerly Sharon Jones’ brilliant oldschool soul backing band) at Threes Brewing Outpost, 113 Franklin St (Greenpoint/Kent Aves) in Greenpoint, free

Most Thursdays at 8:30, the Brooklyn Raga Massive – a rotating cast of A-list Indian, jazz and rock musicians who love to jam out classic Indian themes from over the centuries to the present day – play the Jalopy, $15 adv tix at the bar at the main space. Tons of special guests followed by a wild raga jam!

Thursdays in October, 7 PM fearless, insurgent, amazingly spot-on comedienne/vocal impersonator Tammy Faye Starlite plays Marianne Faithfull’s Broken English at Pangea, $25

Thursdays in October, 8 PM psychedelic latin soul tinged band Garcia Peoples at Nublu 151, $12

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

Saturdays in October at 6 PM ferociously funny, literate, historically informed oldtimey songwriter Robin Aigner and bassist Michael Brownell’s Hello Bittersweet at Barbes

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

Three Sundays in September: 9/1, 9/15 and 9/29 Greg Lewis’ brilliant, fearlessly political Organ Monk Trio at Bar Lunatico at 1 PM for brunch.

Sundays at 5 PM in September at Barbes,  multistylistic, lyrical, improvisational cellist Rufus Cappodocia leads a series of ensembles

Most Sundays at 5:15 PM starting in late September, a free recital on the amazing, powerful, dynamic new organ at St. Thomas Church at 5th Ave and 53rd St. featuring some of the world’s greatest organists. The space is magnificent and the music usually is too. Right now the church fathers are programming pretty much everybody who used to work here and play the mighty old Aeolian-Skinner organ that finally had to be replaced. Check the concert calendar for details.

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

Sundays at 8:30/11 PM the epic, intense, politically fearless Arturo O’Farrill & the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra at Birdland, $30 bar seating avail

Sundays at 9:30 PM paradigm-shifting Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel leads his band at Barbes – check the club calendar just to make sure.

10/1, 7:30 PM indie classical ensemble  Desdemona and Adam Holmes “team up for an evening of string trio and percussion, featuring video projections, a world premiere, and disturbing questions about capitalism and climate change. The concert will include a new work by Adam Holmes, David Bird’s Thresholds, and Sofia Gubaidulina’s String Trio” at 1 Rivington t., $20/$10 stud

10/1. PM rapturousy subtle tropicalia drummer/bandleader (and former Chicha Libre timbalera) Karina Colis leads one of her groups followed at 9 by clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

10/1. 8:30 PM psychedelic supergroup the Elgin Marbles feat. members of Love Camp 7, Dervisi and Peter Stampfel’s jug band at Troost

10/1, 8 PM quirky, smartly lyrical avant cello-rock band the Icebergs at Threes Brewing, 333 Douglass St. in Gowanus, $tba

10/1-5, 8:30/11PM iconic bassist Ron Carter  leads his big band at Birdland, $30 tix avail. 10/8-12 he leads a trio, 10.15-19 he leads a quartet with Renee Rosnes on piano, then he’s with his Nonet 10/22-26

10/2, 1 PM pianist Kate Liu plays a program tba at the Greene Space, free w/rsvp

10/2,  6:30 PM veteran Japanese free jazz saxophonist Akira Sakata w/ Darin Gray at the James Cohan Gallery, 48 Walker St in Chinatown, free

10/2, 7 PM theremin virtuoso Pamelia Stickney followed at 8 by sychedelic klezmer/bluegrass mandolin and clarinet legend Andy Statman at Barbes, $10. She’s also at the Owl on 10/3 at 9 with her Transcendental Dissonance Quartet

10/2, 730/9:30 PM  alto saxophonist Caroline Davis and pianist Rob Clearfield’s Persona quartet at the Jazz Gallery, $15. 10/3 she leads a quintet at 7:30 PM at Smalls

10/2, 8 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” and Middle Eastern flavored hash smoking anthems at Troost

10/2. 9 PM terse, brilliant jazz violinist Charlie Burnham & Kings County at Sunny’s

10/2. 9 PM bassist Jeon Lin Yang leads a quartet with Oscar Noriega on clarinet at Bar Lunatico

10/2, 9 PM psychedelic soul band  Frankie Sunswept and the Sunwrays at the Jalopy Tavern

10/2, 10 PM the king of indie shred guitar, Ty Segall at Bowery Ballroom, $30 gen adm. They’re also here on 10/3 at half past midnight and then 10/4 at 10 again

10/2-3 midnight ferocious art-rock jamband Planta at Terraza 7, $10

10/3, 6 PM improvisers in reverse order at Holo, free: Retrouvaile, Robert Edge, Bonnie Kane, Greg Gondek, Calytrix, Sandy Ewen, free

10/3-5, 7 PM ,Monica Bill Barnes & Company‘s hilarious new site-specific dance performance By at the World Financial Center, free.  The challenge is to figure out who the dancers are and who are just randos walking by (it’s harder than you think!). Headphones with a soundtrack of similarly wryly funny, cheesy top 40 hits from across the decades are part of the performance. Not to be missed.

10/3, 7:30 PM wild Palestinian hip-hop/dancehall reggae/habibi pop band 47soul at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

10/3-6, 730/9:30 PM shapeshifting pianist Sullivan Fortner leads his trio with John Pattituci on bass and Nasheet Waits on drums at the Jazz Standard, $30

10/3. 7:30 PM Quartet 131 play Schubert’s Quartetsatz plus works by Dutilleux, Beethoven and Bloch at mekin Concert Hall, $25 tix avail

10/3. 8 PM Ethiopian croone Habte Awalom at Silvana

10/3 8 PM New York’s most charismatic, darkly compelling lyrical songwriter/storyteller/keyboard genius Rachelle Garniez followed by intense Balkan chanteuse Jenny Luna‘s haunting, traditional Turkish band Dolunay at Barbes

10/3, 8 PM a screening of Errol Morris’ The Fog of War with live orchestra playing Philip Glass’ score at the New School Tishman Auditorium – U100 University Center – 63 Fifth Avenue, free

10/3, 830 PM  Wormburner – who were once Hoboken’s answer to the Jam – at 11th St Bar

10/3, 830 PM a klezmer dance party Ternovka Ensemble featuring gruff-voiced singer Zhenya Lopatnick at Town & Village Social Hall, 334 E 14th St.(between 1st & 2nd Ave.), $15

10/3. 8:30 PM Se-Hee Jin, Yuanyuan Zhou and Chen Li play works by Tan Dun, Zhangzhao, Huanghuwei, Qiqi Liu, Gershwin and Harbison.at Spectrum, $15

10/3, 9 PM uneasily eclectic tropically-influenced singer Renata Zeigeur and band and lush, snidely lyrical parlor pop/new wave band Office Culture playing the album release for their new one at Union Pool, $12

10/3. 9 PM smartly tuneful oldschool soul/psych-pop songwriter Mimi Oz at Bar Chord

10/3, 10 PM ethereal Indian soulstress Shilpa Ananth at C’mon Everybody, $10

10/3, 10 PM punchy noiserockers Big Bliss  at Trans-Pecos, $10

10/3. 10 PM catchy post-Velvets psychedelic band Quicksilver Daydream  at Footlight, $tba

10/3, 10 PM the great unsung NYC hero of darkly purposeful, noir-tinged jazz guitar, Saul Rubin at the Fat CatHes also here on 10/15 and 10/22 at 7

10/4, 5:30 PM eclectic pan-latin and Middle Eastern-inflected acoustic songwriter Miriam Elhajli  at the American Folk Art Museum

10/4, 6 PM intense, soaring harmonium player/singer Elana Low plays the album release party for her new one at Muchmore’s

10/4, 7 PM Belarusian folk-punk band Midevil playing works of Belarusian renaissance composers, and more! at Nublu 151,$30

10/4, 7:30 PM  ambitious, smart, noir-inclined tenor saxophonist Patrick Cornelius  with Pablo Menares on bass and EJ Strickland on drums at the Bar Next Door, $12

10/4, 7:30 PM classical guitarist Laura Snowden plays works by Villa-Lobos and others at the Tenri Institute, $25/$20 stud/rs

10/4, 7:30 PM multimedia group Ensemble Parralax presents an all-Italian program with mezzo-soprano Kathleen Roland, featuring music by Salvatore Sciarrino and Patricia Alessandrini at National Sawdust, $25 adv tix rec

10/4, 7:30 PM a chamber orchestra concert with theme music by Kohei Tanaka, Shiro Hamaguchi, and Shouko Fujibayashi. from the Japanese cartoon series One Piece at the DiMenna Center, $20

10/4. 7:30/9:30 PM avant jazz viola titan Mat Maneri’s Dust Quartet at the Jazz Gallery, $25

10/4, 9 PM third-wave Stooges style rockers Acid Dad, the swirly post-Velvets Meatbodies and Aussie heavy psych band the Psychedelic Porn Crumpets at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, $16 gen adm

10/4. 9ish exotic vibraphone-driven surf band the Vibro-jets at Troost

10/4, 9 PM brilliantly bluesy Certain General guitarslinger Phil Gammage leads his other rock project, the Rebel Factory at Otto’s

10/4, 10 PM Los Cumpleanos – with Nestor Gomez – vox/percussion; Lautaro Burgos – drums; Eric Lane – keyboards; Alex Asher – trombone and others playing trippy, dubwise tropical psychedelia at Barbes

10/4, 10:30 PM  tuneful oldschool soul/jazz trombonist Dave Gibson leads his quintet at the Fat Cat

10/5, 1:30 the Rasslers- Mark Ehrhardt – drums / Chet Mazur – vocals / Tim Mullins – guitar; Nick Romanenko – bass; 3:30 Ava Mendoza – guitar / James Brandon Lewis – tenor sax; Shayna Dulberger – bass / Daniel Carter – woodwinds; 4:30 Welf Dorr Unit – Welf Dorr – alto sax / Keisuke Matsuno – guitar / Dmitry Ishenko – bass at Children’s Magical Garden, 129 Stanton St, just east of Essex

10/5, 4 PM cinematic, psychedelic quirk-pop keyboardist Michael Hearst presents “Curious, Unusual and Extraordinary” songs from his many bands followed at  6 by ferociously funny, literate, historically informed oldtimey songwriter Robin Aigner  and bassist Michael Brownell’s Hello Bittersweet and at 10 by epic ranchera/bolero brass crew Banda de los Muertos at Barbes

10/5 4:30ish Asphalt Orchestra, “Bang on a Can’s radical street band,” performs music by the Pixies, Thomas Mapfumo, Charles Mingus, Frank Zappa, and more” on the plaza at 300 Ashland Place, down the block from BAM,

10/.5, 6 PM charmingly inscrutable Parisienne jazz chanteuse Chloe & the French Heart Jazz Band at Club Bonafide,$20. She’s also here on 10/19 and at the Cutting Room on 1022 at 7:30

10/5, 7:30/9:30 PM epically brilliant, Shostakovich-inspired jazz pianist/composer Fabian Almazan leads his trio at the Jazz Gallery, $25

10/5, 7:15 ish dark psychedelic acoustic blues/klezmer/reggae/soca jamband Hazmat Modine at Terra Blues.

10/5, 7:30 PM ethereal yet powerful parlor pop/goth singer/composer Kristin Hoffmann at the Center for Remembering and Sharing, $20

10/5. 7:30 PM Juana Zayas, piano performs works of Debussy and Ravel at the Tenri Institute, $20

10/5, 8 PM saxophonist Antonio Hart leads a quintet with Duane Eubanks, trumpet; Miki Yamanaka, piano; Alex Ayala, bass at Flushing Town Hall $16/$10 srs/free for students 19-under w/ID

10/5, 8 PM maritime music night with the Johnson Girls and Quarterdeck at the People’s Voice Cafe, sugg don, $20, “more if you choose; less if you can’t; no one turned away”

10/5, 8 PM darkly lyrical psychedelic pop songwriter Jennifer Hall at the Parkside

10/5, 8 PM rrepressibly lyrical multi-reedman Ned Rothenberg with Sylvia Courvoisier on piano, Mark Feldman on violin and Mat Maneri on viola at Happy Lucky No. 1 Galley, $20. Rothenberg is also there on 10/6 leading a quartet with Anthony Coleman on piano

10/5, 8 PM trippy, dubby roots reggae and ska sounds with Avo & Skalopy at the Jalopy Tavern

10/5, 9 PM the Jaded Babies play their theatrical, quirky, comedic mashups of punk and art-rock at LP n Harmony, 638 Grand St in Williamsburg, free, take the G to Lorimer

10/5, 9 PM eclectic, electric, guitarishly excellent C&W/blues band the Jug Addicts at Bar Chord

10/5, 9 PM ubiquitous, moodily lyrical, politically savvy Irish folk-rocker Niall Connolly followed eventually at 11 by psychedelic Brazilian band Os Clavelitos at the small room at the Rockwood

10/5; 9:30 PM a rare NYC appearance by dynamic, visionary, dystopic Humanwine frontwoman Holly Brewer at 66 Greenpoint Ave, $10, G to Nassau

10/5 10 PM Unsteady Freddie‘s monthly surf rock extravaganza at Otto’s begins at 10 PM with the percussive Bongo Surf, at 11 guitar mastermind Mike Rosado’s volcanic, pounding Dick Dale-influenced surf band 9th Wave and then at midnight Brooklyn cover crew Band of Others

10/5. 10 PM Certain General guitarslinger Phil Gammage plays his dark Americana and blues at the Way Station

10/5. 10 PM organist: Cory Henry & the Funk Apostles at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, $25 gen adm

10/5, 10:30 PM intense, fearlessly relevant Middle Eastern clarinetist Kinan Azmeh with similarly haunting violinist Layale Chaker at Drom, $15 adv tix rec

10/5, 10:30 PM Stoogoid stoner boogie band Sun Voyager and awesomely unhinged horror surf/hotrod instrumentalists the Mad Doctors at the Gutter, $7

10/5, 10:30 PM purist CBs style female-fronted powerpopsters the Carvels NYC – a rare rock band with sax that’s actually good – at the Cobra Club, $10

10/5, 11 PM ferocious, twin guitar-fueled, Radio Birdman-esque psychedelic punks the Electric Mess  at Desmond’s

10/6, 11 AM violinist Grace Park performs a program tba with pianist Joseph Liccardo at Subculture, $20, snacks/coffee included

10/6, 1 PM low-key deep-Brooklyn sounds with Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens playing a gospel brunch show at Bar Lunatico. They’re also here on 10/20

10/6. 1 PM two sets by hard-hitting, brass-fueled newschool latin soul/boogaloo dance band Spanglish Fly  with dance performances at Playground 52 LII, 681 Kelly St, the Bronx , 2/5 to Jackson Ave, (rain location is Bronx Music Heritage Center at 1303 Louis Nine Blvd,

10/6, 3 PM violinist Audrey Hayes leads a trio playing Beethoven’s Archduke Trio plus the Rachamninoff Cello Sonata and works by Natalie Dieterich and Michael Laurello at Concerts on the Slope, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 139 St. John’s Place downhill from 7th Ave, sugg don

10/6, 3 PM John Zorn with Laurie Anderson followed by Zorn’s Cobra at the New School auditorium at 66 W 12th Stl, free registration reqd 

10/6, 3 PM the Greenwich Village Orchestra play Beethoven Symphony No. 6, Pastoral and the Dvořák Cello Concerto at All Saints Church, 230 E 60th St (2/3rd Aves) $25 sug don

10/6, 5 PM, repeating 10/7 at 7 Valeria Sholokhova, cello; Yelena Grinberg, piano play works by Fanny Mendelssohn, her bro Felix, Chopin, Kirchner and Schumann at Grinberg’s upper westside piano salon, reception to follow, $35, close to the 1/2/3 train at 96th St., deets here 

10/6, 7 PM singer Christiane Karam leads her Balkan/Middle Eastern jazz band at Drom, $15 adv tix rec

10/6, 7 PM dark cinematic klezmer art-rockers Barbez‘s Dan Kaufman in a rare duo with percussionist/vibraphonist John Bollinger followed at 9:30 by paradigm-shifting Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

10/6, 7:15 crystalline-voiced acoustic songwriter/storyteller Lara Ewen‘and ubiquitous, moodily lyrical, politically savvy Irish folk-rocker Niall Connolly at Scratcher Bar, 209 E 5th St

10/6, 7:30 PM a rare NYC appearance by virtuoso classical guitarist Hakob Jaghatspanyan – who excels at both Armenian, flamenco and Romany sounds – at Merkin Concert Hall, $35

10/6, 7:30 PM hypnotically rippling Balinese bell orchestra Cudamani Gamelan at Symphony Space, $30 seatsa avail

10/6, 8 PM perennially tuneful, pensively lyrical Americana janglerocker Mike Ferrio of Tandy and Good Luck Mountain at 11th St. Bar. On 10/10 at 9 PM at Pete’s he’s pulling Good Luck Mountain together for a rare reunion show

10/7, 3 PM the Mannes Orchestra  play Johanna Beyer – Three Movements for Percussion; Ruth Crawford Seeger – Music for Small Orchestra and a Haeyun Kim work at the first-floor auditorium at 63 5th Ave, free

10/7. 6 PM not music-related but scary/important: the opening of photographer Alice Miceli’s Projeto Chernobyl at the Americas Society. “The artist developed a method of image making to document the enduring effects of the Soviet nuclear plant explosion of April 26, 1986. Though gamma radiation continues to be present and to cause health problems and deaths in the area, it is invisible to the naked eye and to traditional methods of photography that have been used to document the region’s ruins. Miceli made this contamination visible via direct contact between the radiation and film, which was exposed in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone for months at a time.”

10/7, 7:30 PM the Aizuri Quartet play works by Hildegad Von Binghen, Caroline Shaw, Haydn and others at Music Mondays, Advent Church, northwest corner of 93rd and Broadway, free

10/7, 8 PM improvisational  viola sorceress Jessica Pavone‘s string quartet play the album release show for their magical new one at Roulette, $18 adv tix rec

10/7, 9 PM  sweeping, swinging vibraphonist Behn Gillece and group at the Fat Cat

10/7, 9 PM baritone saaxophonist Alex Harding with Transylvanian pianist Lucian Ban at Bar Lunatico. 10/10 at 7:30/9:30 they’re playing the album release show for their new one at the Jazz Gallery, $15

10/7, 9 PM sharply surrealistic folk noir/outlaw country band Maynard & the Musties at Pete’s

10/7, 9:30ish Gato Loco bass saxophone monster Stefan Zeniuk’s new slightly less crazy band Green Mambo – a Perez Prado tribute – at Barbes

10/8, 11 AM (in the morning) catchy, eclectic ska-pop/latin/reggae sounds from the Brown Rice Family at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

10/8, 7ish low-key, purposeful, pastoraally-inclined saxophonist Peyton Pleninger and his band play the album release show for his new one on the Ubuntu Rooftop. 977 Jefferson Ave in Bushwick, $10 includes munchies, J to Halsey St., walk back toward Williamsburg

10/8-9, 7:30/9:30 PM drummer Ralph Peterson leads a monster band playing an Art Blakey tribute with Bill Pierce & Donald Harrison – saxophones; Brian Lynch – trumpet ; Zaccai Curtis – piano; Essiet Essiet – bass at the Jazz Standard, $30

10/8, 8 PM bass quartet Large Furniture play works by Julia Wolfe, Robert Honstein, Veronika Krauss and Larry Polansky at Arete Gallery, $tba

10/8-13, 8:30/11PM hard-charging saxophonist Mark Turner leads a chordless trio at the Vanguard

10/8. 9 PM the rambunctious, historically rich 19th century style East River String Band at the Jalopy Tavern

10/8, 9 PM otherworldly French-Algerian singer Ourida with her combo at Bar Lunatico

10/8, 10 PM the Alabama Clash: Lee Bains & the Glory Fires at the Knitting Factory, $12

10/9, 1 PM elegant bop-era guitar legend Gene Bertoncini at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex

10/9, 6:30 PM adventurous cellist Okkyung Lee at the James Cohan Gallery, 48 Walker St in Chinatown,free

10/9, 7:30 PM dark glam/powerpop band Zombie Sundae, sardonically catchy powerpop/janglerockers the Hell Yeah Babies, nd colorful, Bowie-esque female-fronted glamrockers the Manimals at Our Wicked Lady, $10

10/9, 7:30 PM a fun, purposeful improvisational twinbill:  Peach and Tomato – Sana Nagano -violin and Leonor Falcón -viola and Sferos Plus – Juanma Trulillo, Hery Paz, Dayeon Seok + Santiago Leibson – at Scholes St. Studios

10/9, 8:30 PM haunting Middle Eastern jazz bassist Petros Klampanis leads his trio playing the album release show for his killer new one at Symphony Space, $27 adv tix rec

10/9, 9 PM irrepressible improvisational violinist  Pauline Kim Harris plays the album release show for her hypnotically atmospheric, electroacoustic new one at the DiMenna Center, $25

10/9, 10 PM art-rock night at Shrine with Joe Deninzon’s wickedly fun string metal band Stratospheerius

10/9, 10 PM uneasy female-fronted psychedelic abstract rock band Gold Dime at Alphaville, $17

10/9, 10:30 PM sizzling postbop tenor saxophonist Carl Bartlett Jr leads a quartet at Smalls

10/10, 7 PM bassist Lisa Hoppe’s chamber jazz trio Third Reality (Charlotte Greve, Lisa Hoppe, Tal Yahalom), Pascal’s Triangle (Pascal Le Boeuf, Martin Nevin, Peter Kronreif ) and accordion genius Shoko Nagai  & Satoshi Takeishi’s Vortex at Greenwich House Music School, $25/$20 stud/srs

10/10-13, 7:30/9:30 PM intense pianist Gerald Clayton leads a trio at the Jazz Standard, $30

10/10, 7:30 PM 7:30 PM  Sharon Goldman – one of the great tunesmiths to come out of the NYC acoustic scene since the turn of the century – and Americana rock siren and ex-Red Molly multi-instrumentalist Carolann Solebello at the vault downstairs at Putnam Pub & Cooker,  419 Myrtle Avo, Ft. Greene, G to Clinton-Washington

10/10, 7:30 PM “Everything is ridiculous if one thinks of death” – a literary-musical collage combining the works of Thomas Bernhard with music by Austrian baroque composers at the Austrian Cultural Center, free w/vsvp 

10/10, 7:30 PM pianist Laura Farré Rozada plays works by contemporary French composers tba at Spectrum, $15

10/10, 7:30 PM Cuban chanteuse Melvis Santa at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

10/10 8 PM plush, balmy, oldtimey uke swing band Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies at Barbes

10/10. 8 PM edgy postbop guitar improviser Liberty Ellman’s Supercell quintet wih Jonathan Finlayson on trumpet at Roulette, $18 adv tix rec

10/10, 8 PM “an evening in celebration of Issue Project Room’s beloved late founder Suzanne Fiol. The event is an open showcase of Suzanne Fiol: Ten Years Alive, an exhibition of Suzanne’s mixed media work organized in collaboration with Suzanne’s daughter, Sarah Fiol, who gives an introduction to the work. The evening presents a conversation with Suzanne’s close friends: artists Kathy Brew, Michelle Handelman, and Kimiko Hahn centered around themes from Suzanne’s unfinished book/film proposal The Mothers of Creation / The Matriarch Project,” at Issue Project Room, free

10/10, 8 PM Scottish Gaelic singer Julie Fowlis at Merkin Concert Hall, $30 tix avail

10/10, 8:30 PM Dan Blacksberg‘s klezmer dance band at Town & Village Social Hall, 334 E 14th St.(between 1st & 2nd Ave.), $15

10/10 9 PM the world’s creepiest, slinkiest, most psychedelic crime jazz/film noir band, Big Lazy at Bar Lunatico

10/17, 9 PM jangly Beatlesque band Coastal Clouds at Arlene’s, $10

10/10, midnight unpredictably fun, funny psychedelic art-rock band the Academy Blues Project a the small room at the Rockwood

10/11. 7 PM, intense, microtonal string ensemble the Sirius Quartet  For Living Lovers (guitarist Brandon Ross & bassist Stomu Takeishi) and Theremin Noir (Rob Schwimmer, Mark Feldman, Uri Caine) who reinvent Bernard Herrmann film noir scores, at Greenwich House Music School, $25/$20 stud/srs

10/11, 7:30 PM original works by original pianists: Luiz Simas, Armen Donelian and Steve Sandberg plus special guests at Metro Baptist Church, 410 W 40th St, $20/$15 stud/sr

10/11. 7:30 PM composer Molly Herron and the Argus Quartet celebrate the release of their album with music and poetry that explore history and transformation, at 1 Rivington St., $20/$10 stud

10/11, 8 PM Romany-flavored punk night: Uncle Djuzeppe & the Mob and creepy, psychedelic circus rock/Russian folk band Mad Meg at Drom, $15 adv ix rec

10/11, 8 PM Syrian chanteuse Nano Raies at Brooklyn Lutherie, 232 3rd St. in Gowanus, R/F to 4th Ave, $20

10/11, 8 PM poignant, eclectic, lyrical jazz bassist/composer Pedro Giraudo’s tango quartet at Barbess

10/11, 8:30 PM ambitious, perennially tuneful saxophonist Mike McGinnis leads his pastoral jazz Roadtrip nonet at I-Beam, $15

10/11 9 PM ES punk guitar legend Simon Chardiet’s harder-swinging band the Rooftoppers at Sunny’s

10/11. 10 PM Malian duskcore grooves with Danaya Band at Silvana

10/12, 2 PM free jazz brass and reed legend Joe McPhee at the James Cohan Gallery, 48 Walker St in Chinatown,free

10/12. 4 PM lyrical indie pop cult hero Franklin Bruno followed by the even more vivid Lianne Smith at Pete’s. Irrepressibly sardonic janglerock/folk-punk songwriter, New Yorker illustrator and White Hassle alum Marcellus Hall plays after at 10

10/12, 6 PM ferociously funny, literate, historically informed oldtimey songwriter Robin Aigner  and bassist Michael Brownell’s Hello Bittersweet followed at 10 by singer Carolina Oliveros’ mighty 13-piece Afro-Colombian trance/dance choir Bulla en el Barrio at Barbes

10/12, 7 PM purposeful Chicago-style blues guitarslinger Bobby Radcliff at Terra Blues

10/12. 7:30 PM Vidushi Rajyasree Ghosh – vocals; Samir Chatterjee – tabla’ Anirban Chakraborty – harmonium at the Chhandayan Center For Indian Music, $20

10/12-13, 8 PM adventurous cellist Okkyung Lee leads an ensemble at Happy Lucky No 1 Gallery – 10/13 with atmospheric guitarist/soundscaper Rafiq Bhatia,

10/12, 730/9:30 PM saxophonist Tivon Pennicott leads a big band with a seven-sax frontline at the Jazz Gallery, $15

10/12, 9ish PM socially aware folk vets Dave Lippman at the People’s Voice Cafe, sugg don, $20, “more if you choose; less if you can’t; no one turned away”

10/12. 9 PM dark, new wave-ish lit-rock bandleader Dalton Deschain at Footight Bar, $10

10/12, 9 PM Super Yamba play their undulating psychedelic Afrobeat jams at Nublu 151, $15

10/12, 9:30 PM sardonically relevant guitar-fueled female-fronted Americana punks Spanking Charlene at Hill Country, free

10/12, 10 PM a rare uptown appearance by brilliantly lyrical, conscious roots reggae band Taj Weekes & Adowa at Silvana

10/13, 11 AM colorful, irrepressible, imaginative classical pianist Jenny Lin plays her Etudes Project at Subculture, $20, snacks/coffee included

10/13, 1 PM Greg Lewis’ brilliant, fearlessly political Organ Monk Trio at Bar Lunatico. He’s also there on 10/27 and at the Fat Cat at 10 on 10/24

10/13, 2 PM indie classical ensemble Ymusic play a 70th bday Robert Sirota composer portrait concert at Merkin Concert Hall, $30

10/13, 4 PM the Sometime Boys’ riveting, powerful, theatrical frontwoman Sarah Mucho sings dark cabaret and rock tunes at Freddy’s

10/13, 4 PM Post Moves (solo pedal steel guitar) / Sandy Ewen (solo guitar) / Emilie Weibel (improv vocals) at Arete Gallery, $tba

10/13, 5 PM Frank Donaruma plays a rare program of solo french horn works by Stradella, Poulenc and Alec Wilder at Flushing Town Hall, free

10/13, 6 PM imaginative, tersely atmospheric jazz guitarist Ross Hammond plays solo resonator guitar at Downtown Music Gallery

10/13, 7 PM Bobtown – NYC’s most alluringly lurid folk noir harmony band – play the album release show for their slightly less creepy new one at the big room at the Rockwood. $10

10/13, 7 PM brilliant steel guitarist Mike Neer’s Steelonious – who do Monk covers in the same vein as Buddy Emmons –   followed at 9:30  by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

1013, 9 PM dark blues/folk noir/oldschool soul songwriter Kelley Swindall  at 11th St Bar

10/13, 9:30 PM atmospheric, cinematic drummer/composer Tim Kuhl and band at Pete’s

10/14, 6 PM the Greenpoint Songwriters Exchange – a diverse bunch playing everything from folk noir to Costelloesque, literatry rock to Indian ragas and oldschool soul – at Pete’s

10/14, 9 PM charismatic, smolderingly intense, politically fearless Tunisian-American art-rock singer Emel Mathlouthi at the Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec

10/14, 8 PM Toot Sweet play twisted theatrical accordion glam rock at the small room at the Rockwood. Cinematic violinist Christina Courtin plays the basement room at 8:30 for $12

10/14, 10ish the NYC Gaita Club – a Bulla en el Barrio spinoff – play rustically pounding Afro-Colombian trance-dance music at Barbes

10/15, half past noon organist Esteban Elizondo Iriarte plays a program TBA at Central Synagogue, 54th/Lex, free

10/15, 7 PM his year’s annual Momenta Festival opens with the Monenta Quartet playing works by Julian Carrillo, Alvin Singleton, Mario Davidovsky:, Matthew Locke and Matthew Greenbaum at the Americas Society, free, rsvp sugg.

10/15, 8 PM intense Balkan chanteuse Jenny Luna‘s haunting, traditional Turkish band Dolunay at Sisters Brooklyn, 900 Washington Ave at Fulton, C to Clinton-Washington, sug don

10/15 8 PM allstar Americana jammers the Honky-Tonk Heroes,, featuring Springsteen pianist Charlie Giordano, Gene Yellin, Trip Henderson, Tim Kiah and some surprise guests at the Jalopy Tavern

10/15, 8 PM brilliant bassist Dana Schechter’s haunting slowcore project Insect Ark and Finnish black metal/postrockl band Oranssi Pazuzu at the Poisson rouge, $18 adv tix rec

10/16 7 PM this year’s annual Momenta Festival continues with the Monenta Quartet playing works by Evwin Schulhoff, Robert Sierra, Mario Lavista, LIgeti and Harry Partch at the Americas Society, free

10/16-19, 8:30 PM tuneful, state-of-the-art postbop jazz guitarist Will Bernard  plays with a series of ensembles at the Stone at the New School. Choice pick closing night jam with Brian Chase (drums) Charlie Burnham (violin) Kirk Knufke (trumpet) Mike McGinnis (clarinet, sax), remixed live by Ikue Mori

10/15, 8:30/11 PM state of the art tenor saxophonist Donny McCaslin leads a quintet at the Vanguard

10/16, 1 PM singer Hilary Gardner and stride pianist Ehud Asherie at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex

10/16, 3 PM street brass band Seed & Feed Marching Abominable at Maker Park Radio in Staten Island

10/16, 5 PM street band the Extra Syrup Horns outside the Apollo Theatre

10/16, 7 PM Ryan Truesdell conducts the New School Studio Orchestra playing Bob Brookmeyer compositions at the New School first floor auditorium at 63 5th Ave, free

10/16, 7 PM fiery newschool honkytonk/janglerock bandleader Michaela Anne at the Mercury, $12 av tix rec

10/16, 8 PM energetic retro soul band the California Honeydrops at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, $25 gen adm

10/16. 8 PM famenco guitarist/singer Anna Garano at Barbes. 10/23 at 9 she’s at Bar Lunatico

10/16, 9 PM sharply lyrical janglerock/Americana/soul songwriter Matt Keating and guitarist Steve Mayone’s catchy project the Bastards of Fine Arts at 11th St. Bar

10/16, 9 PM snidely amusing oldschool CBs style punk band the Live Ones at Footlight Bar, $10

10/16, 10 PM energetic delta blues/Romany swing guitaris Felix Slim at LIC Bar

10/17, 7 PM the pretty self-explanatory, deliriously fun Fanfarra Feminina Sagrada Profana, hard-hitting funk/latin bassist Dawn Drake & ZapOte and Dingonek Street Band playing second line, Afrobeat, Ethio-jazz, at Barbes

10/17, 7 PM trombonist Kalia Vandever and her Group followed by cinematic, lyrical postbop jazz with the Mark Wade Trio at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, $10 sug don

10/17, 7:30 PM eclectic soul-jazz alto saxophonist Lakecia Benjami & Soul Squad at Symphony Space, $20 for 30 and under, $30 otherwise

10/17, 7;30 PM violist Jung-Yun Lee plays works by American composers Jack Delano, John Stafford Smith , Alan Hovaness, Daniel Troob at the National Opera Center, 333 7th Ave, free

10/17, 7:30 PM the annual celebration of A People’s History of the United States, performers tba, at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

10/17, 8 PM deviously funny, clever retro honkytonk crooner Dale Watson at Hill Country, $17

10/17 8:30ish in reverse order at the Bell House : retro rock and blue-eyed woul with Shannon and the Clams, jangly garage-psychedelic band Las Rosas, weird circusy oldschool soul with Champagne Superchillin, ‘$25 adv tix rec/

10/17 830 PM klezmer trumpet icon Frank London & Eleanor Reissa at Town & Village Social Hall, 334 E 14th St.(between 1st & 2nd Ave.), $15

10/17, 10 PM ageless, unstoppable third-wave garage rockers the Fleshtones at Bowery Electric, $18

10/17, 7:30 PM pianist Per Tengstrand and Opus 21 play Gersnwin’s Rhasody in Blue plus works by Schumann at Scandinavia House, $25

10/18. 6ish Sharon Goldman – one of the great tunesmiths to come out of the NYC acoustic scene since the turn of the century and brilliantly lyrical dark oldtimey songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Pete Lanctot at the American Folk Art Museum

10/18 7 PM this year’s annual Momenta Festival continues with the Monenta Quartet playing works by works by Manena Contreras, Alyssa Weinberg: Jason Kao Hwang; Christopher Stark at the Tenri Institute, free

10/18. 7 PM Balkan and other string band madness: Fanfarra Feminina,, theatrical street band Seed & Feed Marching Abominable and Demolition Brass Band at Headroom Bar & Social, 150 Bay St, Jersey City, $12, Path train to Grove St

10/18, 7:30 PM Tito Rodriguez Jr. leads his salsa dura band at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

10/18. 7:30 PM the Sora Quartet, with Emile Blondel and Shawn Barnett play works by Gorecki, Ravel and Faure at Arete Gallery, $tba

10/18, 8 PM surviving improvisers of 60s creative jazz legends the AACM reunite at Symphony Space, $30

10/18-19, 8 PM, repeating 10/22 at 7:30 PM Susanna Mälkki conducts the NY Philharmonic in Strauss’s Also sprach Zarathustra and Haydn’s Philosopher Symphony, $35 tix avail

10/18. 8:30 PM nimble, pensive acoustic guitarist songwriter Genessa James‘ Onliest,the upbeat, oldtimey Ebony Hillbillies – NYC’s only oldschool African-American string band – and Nashville gothic/janglerock/oldschool C&W band Karen & the Sorrows playing the album release show for their new one at Littlefield, $10

10/18, 9 PM noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo leads his trio at Bar Lunatico

10/18 and 10/20, 9ish psychedelic dark garage legends Thee Oh Sees at Warsaw, $25; the 10/19 show is sold out

10/18,7 PM ambient guitarist and Bowie collaborator Gerry Leonard a.k.a. Spooky Ghost at the basement room at the Rockwood $15. At 10 PM New England Americana songstress Heather Maloney is at the big room at for five bucks more

10/19 3 PM perennially edgy soul survivor Bettye LaVette outdoors on the plaza at 300 Ashland Place up the block from BAM

10/19, 5′:30 PM pianist Isabelle O’Connell pairs works by Chopin and Schubert with more recent pieces b George Crumb and Missy Mazzoli, at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, $15/$10 stud/srs

10/19 6/8 PM the Pablo Ziegler Chamber Quartet play the album release show for their lush new nuevo tango release at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud

10/19 7 PM rudite jazz drummer Winard Harper & Jeli Posse with special guests Jimmy Owens on trumpet, Vanessa Rubin and Charenee Wade on vocals at Flushing Town Hall $20/$10 srs/free for students 19-under w/ID

10/19, 7PM this year’s annual Momenta Festival winds up with the Monenta Quartet playing works by Phyllis Chyen, Stephanie Griffin, Mozart and Stefano Gervasoat the Tenri Institute, free

10/19, 7 PM the annual, marathon Ragas Live Festival of Indian music at Pioneer Works, nonstop ragas on every instrument imaginable, runs til 7 PM on 10/20, variable pricing depending on how long you’re planning on staying

10/19 7:30 PM the Juilliard String Quartet play works by Mozart, Britten and others at Washington Irving High School, 40 Irving Pl, $unknown

10/19, 7:30 PM rare slide guitar-ish Indian ragas:  Barun Kumar Pal – hansaveena; Steve Gorn – bansuri flute; Aditya Phatak – tabla at the Chhandayan Center For Indian Music, $20

10/19, 8 PM Vox Luminis sing Scarlatti’s Stabat Mater and works by Monteverdi and his contemporaries at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, 145 W 46th St,  $30 seats agail

10/19, 8 PM legendary percussionist Pejman Hadadi leads a spellbinding Iranian trio with Saeed Kamjo on kamancheh and Kourosh Taghavi on setar at Roulette, $30 gen adm

10/19, 8 PM fiddler and Carolina Chocolate Drops collaborator Jake Blount and acoustic blues dude Bob Malenky at the People’s Voice Cafe, sugg don, $20, “more if you choose; less if you can’t; no one turned away”

10/19 8 PM legendary Argentine metal band Horcas at Blacktorn 51, $25

10/19, 10:30 PM diverse, smartly playful viola virtuoso/film composer Ljova at the Postcrypt Coffeehouse

10/20, 11 AM Molly Carr, viola, & Anna Petrova, piano play material from their Refugee Project, inspired by their visits to refugee camps around the world at Subculture, $20, snacks/coffee included

10/20, 4 PM sitarist Shafaat Khan at the Queens Botanic Garden, 43-50 Main Street, Flushing, $6, kids free, 7 to Main St./Flushing

10/20, 5 PM pianist Evelyne Luest‘s Contrasts Ensemble play trio works of Brahms, Stravinsky, Clara Schumann and Khachaturian at the Lounge at Hudson View Gardens, 128 Pinehurst Ave @ W 183rd St, A train or #1 train (to 181st St) or the M4 bus (to 183rd St), $15/$12 stud/sr

10/20, 5 PM Emilie-Anne Gendron, violin; Yelena Grinberg, piano play works by Clara and Robert Schumann plus Brahms, Kirchner, Reinecke, Dietrich and Joachim at Grinberg’s upper westside piano salon, reception to follow, $35, close to the 1/2/3 train at 96th St., deets here 

10/20, 5:30 PM the mighty, stunningly eclectic, Middle Eastern-tinged Eyal Vilner Big Band at Birdland,$30

10/21, 8 PM dark intense lyrical southwestern gothic/paisley underground rockers Shanghai Love Motel at Arlene’s, $10

10/21. 8:30 PM  elegant, sharply lyrical parlor pop stylist Heather Eatman at the basement room at the Rockwood $10

10/21. 9 PM ubiquitously purposeful tango bassist Pablo Aslan leads a killer quartet with Frank London on trumpet and Rob Curto on accordion at Bar Lunatico

10/22, 7:30 PM the ferociously edgy all-female Rhythm Method String Quartet play works by Kristin Bolstad and Ole-Henrik Moe (Norway); 19th-century Swedish composer Amanda Erika Maier-Röntgen; and their own violinist Leah Asher at Scandinavia House, $15

10/22, 8 PM Brooklyn Iranian expat janglerock band Habibi followed by legendary Zambian fuzztone garage-psych band WI.T.C.H. (We Intend to Cause Havoc) at the Bell House, $20

10/22, 8 PM first-wave punk legends Stiff Little Fingers – with iconic Jam bassist Bruce Foxton – at Warsaw, $33

10/22, 8 PM bracing avant garde vocal superduo Lea Bertucci and Amirtha Kidambi followed by Japanese band Asa-Chang & Junray in their US debut at Issue Project Room, $15/$12 stud/srs

10/22 9 PM legendary dual-reedman George Braith – who can play two saxes at once better than most guys can play one – leads his quartet at the Fat Cat

10/22 10:30 PM charismatic, adventurous postbop/avant garde trombonist/crooner Frank Lacy leads his group at Smalls

10/23, 8 PM brilliant Middle Eastern multi-instrumentalist Rami Khalife at Drom, $15adv tix rc

10/23. 8 PM composer Nick Hallett and ensemble “return to perform the grand finale of his newest dark comedic opera project, To Music; and composer Emily Manzo presents the world premiere of her new multimedia song cycle, How to Rescue “at Roulette, $18 gen adm

10/23. 8PM Stoogoid stoner boogie band Sun Voyager  heavy psych band Heavy Temple and ornate, epic metal crew The Well at St. Vitus, $10

10/23, midnight boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band at the Ear Inn

10/24, 6:30 PM (early) mesmerizing, dynamic, psychedelic Malian duskcore band Songhoy Blues at Baby’s All Right, $15

add 10/24, 10ish PM hip-hop legend Wyclef Jean at Chelsea Music Hall

10/24, 7 PM string players/composers Jessica Meyer and Jessie Montgomery premiere their new Lower East Side-themed art-songs at 1 Rivington St., $20/10 stud

10/24, 7:30 PM, repeating 10/26 at 8 Emmanuel Ax & the NY Philharmonic play Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 plus works by Roussel, Ravel, Jennifer Higdon, $32 tix avail

10/24, 730.9:30 PM this era’s most cutting-edge, politically relevant large jazz ensemble, Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society  at the Jazz Standard, $30

10/24 7:30 PM cellist Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir and ensemble play new Icelandic works by Hafliði Hallgrímsson, Páll Ragnar Pálsson’, Halldór Smárason and others at Scandinavia House, $25

1024, 7:30 PM in reverse order at Bric Arts: alto powerhouse Ravi Coltrane;s tribute to his mom Alice Coltrane, Cuban pianist Dayramir González & Habana enTRANCé, drummer-composer Makaya McCraven, funky keyboardist  Aaron Whitby‘s Cousin from Another Planet project, vibraphonist Sasha Berliner‘s Azalea, intense, lyrical, politically fearless tenor saxophonist Roxy Coss’ Quintet, and some weirdass lame electronic act to open the show. $30 adv tix rec

10/24, 8 PM a composr portrait of this era’s arguably best jazz pianist, Vijay Iyer including performances by the man himself with violinist Jennifer Koh and eclectic, edgy orchestra the Knights at the Miller Theatre, $20 tix avail

10/24 8 PM oldschool and newschool folk with eclectic, tuneful accordionist/songwriter Ali Dineen at the Owl

10/24 8 PM sax quartet Nois play darkly pensive works by each of the group’s members at Roulette, $18 gen adm

10/24, 8 PM the Eurasian Symphony Orchestra play works by Saint-Saens, Glnnka, Kreisler, Kazhgaliyev, Sarasate and R.Abdyssagin at Symphony Space, $28 adv ti avail

10/24, 8:30 PM hot klezmer string band music with Hankus Netsky & Eden MacAdam-Somer at Town & Village Social Hall, 334 E 14th St.(between 1st & 2nd Ave.), $15

10/24, 9 PM lyrical latin jazz pianist Aruan Ortiz leads a trio at Bar Lunatico

10/24 11 PM wickedly torchy noir songwriter Julia Haltigan and her killer band play the album release show for her long-awaited new one at the Sultan Room, $10

10/25, 7 PM larinet wizard Thomas Piercy with Lish Lindsey, ryuteki, flute; Xiao Li, soprano; Chen Yihan, piano play a rare performance of many contemporary Japanese composers plsu works by Teubal, Auerbach and Serebrier at Bargemusic, $35/$30srs/$2o sud

10/25, 7:30 PM in reverse order at Bric Arts: Georgia Anne Muldrow, iconic, rapturous AACM pianist/organist Amina Claudine Myers: Generations 4, Kneebody, Joel Ross’ Good Vibes, incisive, latin-inspired sax improviser Maria Grand, Tosin Aribisala Trio, and QNA.$30 adv tix rec

10/25, 7:30 PM the two-guitar Alhambra Band with Brahim Fribgane/ Oud play flamenco jazz at Terraza 7, $15

10/25, 7 PM legendary horror punk band the Undead at Blackthorn 51, $15

10/25 7 PM cellist Carolyn Jeselsohn leads an ensemble playing a program tba at Third St. Music School Settlement

10/25-27, 7:30/9:30 PM brisk postbop pianist Christian Sands leads his Highwire Trio with Luques Curtis on bass and Ulysses Owens on drums at the jazz Standard, $30

10.25, 8 PM  careeningly explosive ten-piece Balkan brass crew Veveritse at Silvana

10/25-26, 8 PM the reliably entertaining, adventurous Chelsea Symphony play Mozart’s Jupiter Symhony plus works by Jessie Montgomery, Haydn, Weber, Jennifer Higdon and Aaron Dai at St. Paul’s Church, 315 W 22nd St., $20 sugg don

0/25, 8:30 PM low-key Americana/country blues songwriter Jon LaDeau plays the album release show for his new one at 11th St Bar

10/25, 8 PM classical avant-punk violin duo String Noise play works by Ki Young Kim at the Center for Remembering and Sharing, $25 adv tix rec

10/25, 8:15 PM Eichard Nelson’s cinematically improvisational Makrokosmos Orchestra at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

10/25, 9ish wirly fuzz/dreampop band Mantismass, haunting slowcore/art-rock band Cortége , and intense, menacing stoner/doom band Sleeping Village at Gussy’s Bar in Queens

10/25, 9 PM saxophonist Anant Prahan leads a sextet playing a tribute to Jamaican jazz legend Cedric Brooks at Bar Lunatico

10/26, 7 PM Indian odissi dancer Kaberi Sen followed by sitarist Anjan Saha at the Chhandayan Center For Indian Music, $20

10/26 7:30 PM Music From China play premieres by Zhong Lu, Chen Yi’ and others at Symphony Space, $18 adv tix rec

10/26, 730 PM in reverse order at Bric Arts: drummer/composer Ben Perowsky, Josh Kaufman & Stuart Bogie of Antibalas; stoner percussion-scaper Kassa Overall, drummer Antonio Sanchez vivid, intense, lyrical jazz pianist Myra Melford ’s Snowy Egret, luminous, soulful pan-Latin jazz chanteuse Claudia Acuña  and high-voltage alto saxophonist Tia Fuller and her band $30 adv tix rec

10/26, 8:30 PM soprano sax star Sam Newsome‘s Imaginary Kraken chamber jazz sextet at I-Beam, 415

10/26, 8 PM crazy segue, great twinbill: ferocious, creepily enveloping, kinetic psychedelic tropicalia band Yotoco and lustrous singer and badass cello-rock bandleader Serena Jost at the Owl

10/26, 9 PM baritone honkytonk crooner Jack Grace resurrects his legendary 90s jamband Steak at Bar Chord

10/26, 9 PM the Delorean Sisters – who do funny oldtimey acoustic covers of cheesy 80s pop songs – at the Delancey, $10

10/26, 9 PM honkytonk guitarslinger Danny Weiss and charming singer Mary Olive Smith’s oldschool C&W band Stillhouse Serenade at Sunny’s at the Jalopy Tavern

10/26, 9ish growly, darkly cinematic postrockers Russian Circles at Warsaw, $25

10/27, 11 AM Laura Metcalf (cello) and Rupert Boyd (guitar),play a program tba at Subculture, $20, snacks/coffee included

10/27 2 PM pianist Marika Bournaki plays Beethoven Sonatas Nos. 11, 24 and 31 at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$20 studs

10/27 2 PM cellist Camille Thomas and pianist Julien Brocal play works by Messiaen, Franck, Brahms and Beethoven at the Town Hall, $tba

10/27. 3 PM classical guitarist Roberto Sánchez performing works by Luys de Narváez, J.S. Bach, G. Regondi, C. Chávez, H. Villa-Lobos, and M.M. Ponce. at St/ Paul’s Chapel downtown, free, reception to follow

10/27, 3 PM Valery Gergiev conducts the Munich Philharmonic playingMendelssohn: Scherzo from Midsummer Night’s Dream; Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 and Shostakovich: Symphony No.5 at NJPAC in Newark, $30 tix avail

10/27, 4 PM fiery and elegant dance and music from Georgia and India: Dancing Crane plus Jiva Dance with dancers: Sonali Skandan, Maya Kappil, Amrita Doshi, -plus a band wih attuvangam – Kiran Rajagopalan; vocals: Vignesh Ravichandran; mridangam: Bala Skandan; violin: Neha Krishnamachary at Manhattan Movement Arts Center, 248 West 60th St, $25/$20 stud/srs

10/28 8 PM astonishingly prolific and acerbic guitarist Mary​ ​Halvorson & John Dieterich of Deerhoof play the album release show for their new duo record A Tangle of Stars at Roulette, $18 gen adm

10/28. 9:30 PM irrepressible storyteller/psychedelic guitarist/new wave cult hero Wreckless Eric and psychedelic janglerock legends the Flamin Groovies at the Cutting Room, $27 adv tix rec. The Groovies are back on the 29th at 10:30 for the same price

10/29, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, indie classical allstar quintet Counterinduction –  (Miranda Cuckson, violin; Jessica Meyer, viola; Karen Ouzounian, cello; Benjamin Fingland, clarinet; Ning Yu, piano) play music of Jessica Meyer at the Miller Theatre, free

10/29-30 730/9:30 PM intense, darkly lyrical Israeli jazz pianist Shai Maestro leads his trio with Philip Dizack on trumpet at the Jazz Standard, $30

10/29, 7:30 PM Unheard-Of Ensemble play a program tba at 1 Rivington St., $20/$10 stud

10/29 8 PM saxophonist Aaron Burnett’s Big Machine “reflects on society’s urgency for freedom and peace in a world ruled by corporations and overwhelming technology” at Roulette, $18 gen adm

10/29 8 PM Sephardic dance jamband Yemen Blues at Symphony Space, under 30 $26 adv tix avail, otherwise $30 in advance

10/29-11/3, 8:3/11 PM John Zorn leads a quartet with Julian Lage (guitar); Jorge Roeder (bass); Kenny Wollesen (drums) at the Vanguard

10/29, 9 PM edgy lead guitarist Damian Quinones and his psychedelic latin soul band at Bar Chord

10/29, 10:30 PM this era’s most intensely powerful tenor saxophonist/composer, JD Allen leads his smoking, intense new quartet at Smalls

10/30 1 PM the Ron Aprea Big Band featuring Angela DeNiro play a Basie tribute at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex

0/30-31 ,7/10 PM the best singing pianist (and the best piano-playing singer) in jazz, Champian Fulton at Birdland, $20 seats avail

10/30, 730 PM the Mannes Orchestra play works by Brian Ferneyhough, Michael Finnissy, Bahar Royaee and Unsuk Chin at the New School first floor auditorium at 63 5th Ave, free

10/30, 8 PM the DaCapo Chamber Players perform works by Jonathan Dawe, Vasiliki Krimitza,Cynthia Folio, Louis Karchin, Jihyun Kim, Bruce Adolphe at Merkin Concert Hall, $20

10/30-31, 8PM the Red Room Orchestra  at Symphony Space, under 30 $26 adv tix avail, otherwise $30 in advance. The 10/30 show features music from The Big Lebowski; 10/31 they’re playing horror film soundtrack material

10/30, 8 PM bump bump, bump-bump, bump: oldschool garage rock with the Schizophonics at Union Pool, $10

10/30, 8 PM guitar goddess Barbara Endes’ exhilarating psychedelic janglerock band Girls on Grass followed by wild Irish band the Narrowbacks and raucous New Orleans psychedelic soul band the Hooten Hollers at Gold Sounds, $10

10/30, 9:30 PM everybody’s favorite zeros-era Led Zep-ish stoner boogie band: Wolf Eyes at Brooklyn Bazaar, $15 adv tix avail at the Poisson Rouge box office

10/31, starting at 3:30 PM a family-friendly Halloween party at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music with “scary sounds, terrifying tempos, insane instruments, and frightening faculty!” free

10/31, 6 PM ish trumpeter Pam Fleming’s wickedly cinematic, sinisterly amusing jazz/reggae/soul crew the Dead Zombie Band at the outdoor Waverly Ave block party in Ft. Greene west of DeKalb, follow the noise and the trick-or-treaters

10/31, 7:30 PM a Mexican Coney Island Halloween with pine-tingling, darkly mystical art-rock/avant-garde/chamber pop songwriter Carol Lipnik and cabaret pianist Tareke Ortiz with Matt Kanelos on piano at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

10/31 7:30/o9:30 PM iconic low register reedman Scott Robinson ‘s Heliotones play their annual Halloween show at the Jazz Standard, $30

10/31 8:30/11 PM allstar violinis Jenny Scheinman and drummer Allison Miller’s Parlour Game trio with formidable pianist Carmen Staaf at Birdland, $30 seats avail

10/31, 8:30 PM pyrotechnic clarinetist and Dave Tarras protege Michael Winograd and band at Town & Village Social Hall, 334 E 14th St.(between 1st & 2nd Ave.), $15

10/31 9 PM one of NY’s most versatile, ferocious guitarists, ex-Sharon Jones lead player Binky Griptite and band at Bar Lunatico

10/31. 9ish the circus rock band that started the whole thing – World Inferno at Warsaw, $25

10/31 9 PM uneful, cinematic jazz trombonist John Yao‘s Tricieratops play the album release show for their new one at the old Nublu

10/31 9ish edgy, Romany and latin-spiced dance band Paprika at Branded Saloon

10/31, 9:30 PM purist CBs style female-fronted powerpopsters the Carvels NYC – a rare rock band with sax that’s actually good – and comedic, legenday SoCal first-wave punks the Dickies at Bowery Electric, $206

10/31, 9:30 PM torchy singer Jennifer Charles’ haunting, atmospheric, cinematic art-rock band Elysian Fields at the Sultan Room, $16

11/6, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, TAK Ensemble play works by Ashkan Behzadi ,Erin Gee, Taylor Brook , Tyshawn Sorey and David Bird at the Miller Theatre, free

11/7 7:30 PM All-female Korean band The Tune combines shamanistic traditional music with art-rock at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

11/8, 8 PM the world’s darkest, slinkiest, most blackly funny crime jazz/film noir band, Big Lazy play the album release show for their danceably creepy new one Dear Trouble at the Old American Can Factory, 232 3rd St. in Gowanus with special guests Steven Bernstein on trumpet, Slavic Soul Party’s Peter Hess on saxes and Miramar’s Farfisa sorceress Marlysse Rose Simmons, $20

11/14, 7:30 PM the Attacca Quartet with Caroline Shaw (prexumably on vocals and violin) at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

11/15 7:30 PM conguero Edwin Bonilla leads his salsa dura band at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

11/21, 7:30 PM soca hall of famer Mighty Sparrow in a relatively intimate show, omg, at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

11/21, 8 PM Rena Anakwe “presents the third and final work of her 2019 residency with the premiere of Ogwu (the healing), an immersive purification ritual sculpted through a visual, sound, and scent bath inspired by the element of fire” at Issue Project Room, free

11/24, 5 PM violist Jessica Thompson (Daedalus Quartet) and pianist Andrea Lam (Claremont Trio),team up for works by Bach, Britten, Kurt Rohde, and Schumann at the Lounge at Hudson View Gardens, 128 Pinehurst Ave @ W 183rd St, A train or #1 train (to 181st St) or the M4 bus (to 183rd St), $15/$12 stud/sr

11/26, 7:30 PM Cuban pianist Dayramir González & Habana enTRANCé at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

12/10, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, badass harp virtuoso Bridget Kibbey plays works by Bach, Gershwin, Albeniz and Tschaikovsky at the Miller Theatre, free

The Long Ryders Celebrate Americana Rock Legend Sid Griffin’s Birthday in Jersey City

“After this obligatory encore, I’ll be at the merch table where you can ask me anything about the Bangles and the Dream Syndicate,” Long Ryders founder and guitarist Sid Griffin told the packed house at WFMU’s Monty Hall in Jersey City last night.

He was joking, of course. But who ever imagined that the Long Ryders – or the Dream Syndicate – would be back in action, touring and still making great records, almost forty years after they started? The difference for this band is that the individual members seem to be more involved as songwriters this time around. “The world’s smallest Kickstarter,” as Griffin called it, crowdfunded the Long Ryders’ often astonishingly fresh, vital, relevant new album, Psychedelic Country Soul, which figured heavily in the set.

Griffin was celebrating his 64th birthday, and was regaled from the stage by his bandmates: guitarist Stephen McCarthy played the Beatles’ When I’m 64 into the PA from the tinny speaker on his phone, and the crowd revealed their music geekdom by not only knowing the words but also the instrumental break after the first chorus. Griffin held up his end: he still has his voice and his lead guitar chops, trading long, crackling honkytonk solos with McCarthy early in the set.

“I had a dream that Trump was dead,” McCarthy ad-libbed, updating the new wave-flavored I Had a Dream for the end of a new decade. The band had most recently played this particular venue the night of the fateful 2016 Presidential election, and had plenty of vitriol for the possibly soon-to-be-impeached tweeting twat in the Oval Office. That wasn’t limited to banter with the crowd: Griffin reminded how prophetic the broodingly jangling anti-Reaganite protest song Stitch in Time, from the band’s 1986 Two Fisted Tales album, had turned out to be. And bassist Tom Stevens switched to Telecaster for the plaintively jangling Bells of August, the song Griffin described as the best on the new album, a familiar story centered around a family’s beloved son finally returning home…in a body bag.

It’s been said many times that the Long Ryders invented Americana as we know it today, but despite their vast influence in that area, they were always a lot more eclectic. This time out, they broke out covers by the late Greg Trooper, Mel Tillis – the big crowd-pleaser Sweet Sweet Mental Revenge – and what sounded like the Flamin’ Groovies. Of the band’s classic 80s material, both Final Wild Son and the last song of the night, a delirious singalong of Looking for Lewis and Clark, came across as chicken-fried Highway 61 Dylan.

Stevens’ other standout among the new material was a garage-psych flavored tune, What the Eagle Sees. And Griffin put some muscle behind his punkish stage antics with a slashing, embittered new one, Molly Somebody, which for whatever reason sounded a lot like the Dream Syndicate. And that makes sense – if you know any of the baseball-hatted old guys who went to this show, or knew them when they were baseball-hatted young guys, everybody who liked the Dream Syndicate was also into the Long Ryders, and True West. And the other great 80s guitar bands, including the Del-Lords: their frontman and lead guitarist, Eric Ambel, had played the evening’s opening set.

The Long Ryders tour continues tonight, Sept 19 at 9 PM at the Lockx, 4417 Main St.  in Philadelphia? Cover is $30

Live Music Calendar for New York City and Brooklyn for September and October 2019

Daily updates – if you go out a lot, you might want to bookmark this page and check back regularly. 

If you’re leaving your hood, don’t get stuck waiting for a train that never comes, make sure you check the MTA delays and out-of-service page for service cancellations and malfunctions, considering how unreliable the subway is at night and on the weekend.

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

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

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

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

Weekly events first followed by the daily calendar:

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

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 tropical bands playing cumbias, boogaloo, salsa, maybe all of the above.

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

Mondays at the Vanguard the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra – composer Jim McNeely’s reliably good big band vehicle – plays 9/11 PM, $35 per set plus drink minimum.

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

Mondays starting at around 10:45 PM Rev. Vince Anderson and his band play two sets at Union Pool. 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 woke, 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 usual lead soloist on baritone sax, with frequent special guests. Sizzling guitarist Binky Griptite – Sharon Jones’ lead player – is also often there.

Tuesdays at 7:30 PM the chamelonic, playful, sometimes irresistibly cartoonish Daniel Bennett Group play jazz outside the box at the third floor bar at the Residence Inn, 1033 6th Ave at 39th St, free

Tuesdays at 9 PM, clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at Barbes (check the club calendar), $10 cover.

Wednesdays at 9ish the Binky Griptite Orchestra (formerly Sharon Jones’ brilliant oldschool soul backing band) at Threes Brewing Outpost, 113 Franklin St (Greenpoint/Kent Aves) in Greenpoint, free

Most Thursdays at 8:30, the Brooklyn Raga Massive – a rotating cast of A-list Indian, jazz and rock musicians who love to jam out classic Indian themes from over the centuries to the present day – play the Jalopy, $15 adv tix at the bar at the main space. Tons of special guests followed by a wild raga jam!

Thursdays in October, 7 PM fearless, insurgent, amazingly spot-on comedienne/vocal impersonator Tammy Faye Starlite plays Marianne Faithfull’s Broken English at Pangea, $25

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

Three Saturdays in September: 9/7, 9/14 and 9/28 at 4 PM free concerts at Bargemusic;  usually solo piano or small chamber ensembles. If you get lucky, you’ll catch pyrotechnic violinist/music director Mark Peskanov and/or the many members of his circle. Early arrival advised.

Three Sundays in September: 9/1, 9/15 and 9/29 Greg Lewis’ brilliant, fearlessly political Organ Monk Trio at Bar Lunatico at 1 PM for brunch. He’s also at Columbus Park – Cadman Plaza East and Johnson St in downtown Brooklyn – at noon on 9/27

Sundays at 5 PM in September at Barbes,  multistylistic, lyrical, improvisational cellist Rufus Cappodocia leads a series of ensembles

Most Sundays at 5:15 PM starting in late September, a free recital on the amazing, powerful, dynamic new organ at St. Thomas Church at 5th Ave and 53rd St. featuring some of the world’s greatest organists. The space is magnificent and the music usually is too. Right now the church fathers are programming pretty much everybody who used to work here and play the mighty old Aeolian-Skinner organ that finally had to be replaced. Check the concert calendar for details.

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

Sundays at 9:30 PM paradigm-shifting Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel leads his band at Barbes – check the club calendar just to make sure.

9/1,  3 PM ish the largescale improvisational ensemble who started it all, the Sun Ra Arkestra outdoors at Union Pool, free. 9/14 at 2 PM they’re at the James Cohan Gallery, 48 Walker St in Chinatown, free

9/1, 6 PM darkly torchy southwestern gothic/Europolitan songwriter/guitarist Miwa Gemini at LIC Bar

9/1,  7 PM brilliant steel guitarist Mike Neer’s Steelonious – who do Monk covers in the same vein as Buddy Emmons –   followed at 9:30 by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

9/1, 8 PM perennially tuneful, pensively lyrical Americana janglerocker Mike Ferrio of Tandy and Good Luck Mountain at 11th St. Bar

9/1, 9 PM fiery, deviously fun oldtimey swing guitarist/crooner Seth Kessel & the Two Cent Band at Sunny’s

9/2, 7 PM raucous oldtimey swing street band Tuba Skinny at the Cutting Room, $15 adv tix rec

9/2, 8 PM sly hokum blues/jugband Ellis Dyson & the Shambles at the Mercury, $12 adv tix rec 

9/2, 9 PM  rapturousy subtle tropicalia drummer/singer (and former Chicha Libre timbalera) Karina Colis leads a piano jazz quartet at Bar Lunatico. They’re also at the Fat Cat at 7 on 9/21

9/2, 9:30ish Gato Loco bass saxophone monster Stefan Zeniuk’s new slightly less crazy band Green Mambo – a Perez Prado tribute – at Barbes

9/3, 7 PM Trio Kirovski: Ljubisa Kirovski- violin and viola; Maja Sutevska Kirovska-piano; Aleksandra Kirovska -guitar play works by Fazil Say, Viilla-Lobos and Piazzolla at Klavierhaus, 790 11th Ave (corner of 54th St)

9/3, 7 PM sweeping, swinging vibraphonist Behn Gillece and group at the Fat Cat

9/3, 7 PM bass-baritone John Taylor Ward “ventures into rare worlds of medieval and folk music with Cantata Profana‘s artistic director Jacob Ashworth on violins and vielles, and special guests Nina Stern on every kind of recorder and wind instrument you can imagine, and Paul Morton on lutes, guitars, and banjo” at Joe’s Pub, $15

9/3, 7:30 PM an interesting duo: Geoffrey Keezer on piano and Joe Locke on vibes at Mezzrow, $20. 9/4 Keezer is here with Ben Williams on bass

9/3, 7:30/9:30 PM iconic bass vet Rufus Reid leads a trio bolstered by the stark microtonal  Sirius Quartet at the Jazz Standard, $30

 9/3, 7:30 PM an avant garde vocal summit: Charmaine Lee with powerhouse pianist Conrad Tao, countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo, and Australian soprano Jane Sheldon at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

9/3, 8 PM the lavish, wickedly catchy Petey & the True Mongrel Hearts with their darkly defiant vintage Springsteenian rock and soaring four-part harmonies at the Bitter End

9/3, 8 PM a tribute to influential trumpeter Laurie Frink with Chloe Rowlands and Zen Demon Snaps with fellow trumpeters Jesse Neuman ,Nadje Noordhuis , Dave Ballou , Rich Johnson , Jeff Davis on drums, $10 followed by Rowlands leading her quartet with Roberto Giaquinto on drums, Myles Sloniker on bass, Michael Mayo on vocals at Threes Brewing, 333 Douglass St, Gowanus 

9/3, 8 PM tuneful latin-inspired pianist/organist Bennett Paster at Halyards

9/3-8, 8:30/10 PM wildly popular classic jazz pianist Bill Charlap leads his trio at the Vanguard, $35. Then they’re back again 9/10-15. He’s also doing a very rare free show with veteran singer Sandy Stewart at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex on 9/4 at 1 PM

9/3, 9ish wild, hilarious klezmer punks Golem at Union Pool, free!

9/3, 9:30 PM atmospheric, cinematic drummer/composer Tim Kuhl and his group at Pete’s

9/4, 7 PM the Hot Club of Cowtown – who are just as wildly fun with western swing as they are at Django-style Romany guitar jazz – at the big room at the Rockwood, $25

9/4, 7:30 PM the Mannes Wind Orchestra play works by Mozart, Richard Srauss, Prokofiev, Frank Zappa and others at the auditorium at 66 W 12th St., free

9/4, 7:30/9:30 PM a Booker Little tribute with trumpeters Charles Tolliver, Dave Douglas , Riley Mulherkar, Greg Tardy on tenor, Natalie Cressman on trombone Frank Kimbrough on piano, James Genus on bass, Clarence Penn on drums, $30

9/4, 7:30 PM avant garde vocal summit, night two: terse, enigmatic singer/percussionist Anais Maviel, indie classical star Kate Soper, politically woke composer/vocalist Ted Hearne at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

9/4, 8 PM the Three Thirds, i.e. two thirds of the Andy Statman Trio with one third of western swing band Brain Cloud. With Larry Eagle – drums; Jim Whitney – bass; Raphael McGregor – lap steel and Grant Gordy – guitar at Barbes

9/4, 8:30 Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” and Middle Eastern flavored hash smoking anthems at Troost

9/4, 9 PM wickedly jangly surf/twang/country instrumentalists the Bakersfield Breakers at 11th St Bar

9/4, 9 PM first-rate purist honkytonk crooner/bandleader Cliff Westfall and his killer group at Skinny Dennis

9/4, 9 PM ferocious, politically smart punk en Espanol band Miedo at Brooklyn Bazaar, $10 

9/4, 10 PM haunting folk noir/Americana songwriter Emily Frembgen at LIC Bar. 9/14 at 9 PM she’s at Pete’s 

 9/5, 6 PM epic drone-psych/postrock band Cosmic Monster at Holo, free 

9/5, 7 PM fearlessly political, scruffy punk band Jack and the Me Offs at Arlene’s, $10 

 9/5, 7:30/9:30 PM lyrical, erudite, blues-infused tenor saxophonist Noah Preminger plays the album release show for his new one Preminger Plays Preminger, inspired by the films of his uncle Otto, with a killer quartet including Jason Moran on piano at the Jazz Standard, $30

9/5, 7:30 PM deviously fun, mind-warpingly multistylistic keyboardist Aaron Whitby‘s Cousin From Another Planet psychedelic funk project at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

9/5, 7:30/9:30 PM powerhouse reedwoman Anna Webber  leads a septet featuring Matt Mitchell on piano at the Jazz Gallery, $15

9/5, 7:30 PM avant garde vocal summit, night three: opera star Stephanie Blythe, atmospheric Hindustani singer/multi-instrumentalist Arooj Aftab with Vijay Iyer on piano & Shahzad Ismaily on bass, and vocalese composer/improviser Erin Gee at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

9/5, 8 PM New York’s most charismatic, darkly compelling lyrical songwriter/storyteller/keyboard genius Rachelle Garniez. followed at 10 by  purposefully atmospheric  indie classical guitarist Gyan Riley at Barbes. She’s also at Pangea on 9/22 at 7 for $25

9/5, 8 PM bass goddess/soul singer Felice Rosser’s ageless reggae-rock-groove band Faith  acoustic at the small room at the Rockwood

9/5, 8:30 PM Indrajit Roy-Chowdhury (sitar), Harsh Shah (tanpura) and Mir Naqibul Islam (tabla) play Indian classical ragas at the Jalopy, $15

9/5-7, 8:30 PM Pulitzer-winning avant garde vocal icon Du Yun plays with a series of ensembles at the Stone, $20. Choice pick: closing night with Du Yun + Ok Miss: Aakash Mittal (winds) Nich Olas Farrell (guitar, bass) Grey McMurray (guitar) Shayna Dunkleman (drums)

9/5, 9 PM sharply literary, ten-piece country/carnivalesque/acoustic rock powerhouse M Shanghai String Band at Pete’s

9/5, 9 PM Soul Gnawa – the new psychedelic/downtempo project from Innov Gnawa‘s Samir Langus and guitarist Daniel Freedman – at Bar Lunatico

 9/5, 9 PM Certain General guitarslinger Phil Gammage and band play the album release show for their new one at 11th St. Bar. 9/7 he’s at Shrine at 9 andat Cowgirl Seahorse in the South St. Seaport at 7 on 9/30

9/5, 9 PM enigmatic indie classical composer/performer Paula Matthusen at Spectrum, $15

9/6, 7 PM a mass improvisation workshop/concert with the Hugh Ragin Creative Orchestra at the New School, Stiefel Hall, 4th Floor, 55 West 13th St, $15, free for students

9/6, 7:30 PM Ensemble Ipse perform a workshop version of Max Giteck Duykers’ new opera Both Eyes Open, about the aftereffects of WWII imprisonment on Japanese-Americans. “Seen through the eyes of a Japanese-American farmer’s wife’s ghost, and his resurrected, once buried, zen Buddhist daruma doll, the farmer returns alone after the war to his darkened fields having lost his family and livelihood, struggling to find his path again. Singers Kelvin Chan, Kalean Ung, and John Duykers star in this piece that revisits and illuminates this pivotal period of U.S. history and its divergent perspectives, and sheds light on the current state of xenophobia and polarizing socio-political beliefs,” at Shapeshifter Lab, $20/$10 stud/srs

 9/6-7, 7:30 PM intense, lyrical, politically fearless tenor saxophonist Roxy Coss leads her quintet followed by trumpeter Alex Sipiagin leading his with Chris Potter on tenor at Smalls

9/6-7, 8 PM irrepressibly lyrical multi-reedman Ned Rothenberg with Sylvie Courvoisier on piano, Mark Feldman on violin and Mat Manieri on viola at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery ,$20

9/6-7, 8:30 PM ($15), repeating 9/8, 4 PM, 9/11-14 and 9/17-21 at 8:30 PM ($25) Kamala Sankaram’s new experimental opera Looking at You, “driven by a score for three saxophones, piano, and electronics, a story of high-tech espionage and romance fusing Edward Snowden and Casablanca. Reflecting the audience’s online identity in real time, Looking at You raises urgent questions surrounding online communication, privacy, and the reinvention of capitalism in the age of public data,” at HERE, 145 Sixth Ave. south of Spring, past the park on the west side of the street

9/6, 8 PM dark cabaret legend Sanda Weigl and her trio followed at 10 by Pangari & the Socialites playing classic ska and rocksteady – most of it from the 60s Skatalites catalog – at Barbes 

9/6, 9ish haunting, dynamic, charismatic Romany/Balkan chanteuse Eva Salina with pyrotechnic accordionist Peter Stan at the Owl

9/6, 9 PM  jangly Laurel Canyon psych-folk songwriter Rebecca Turner followed by folk noir/outlaw country band Maynard & the Musties at Pete’s

9/6, 9 PM boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band at Bar Chord. 9/9 they’re at the Ear Inn at midnight

9/6, 9 PM honkytonk guitarslinger Danny Weiss and charming singer Mary Olive Smith’s oldschool C&W band Stillhouse Serenade at Sunny’s. 9/28 at 9 PM they’re at the Jalopy Tavern

9/6, 10 PM real Jamaican roots reggae with Royal Khaoz at Shrine

9/6, 10:30 PM tuneful oldschool soul/jazz trombonist Dave Gibson leads his quintet at the Fat Cat

9/7, 1/3 PM intense, microtonal string ensemble the Sirius Quartet play works by Jeremy Harman, Fung Chern Hwei, Gregor Huebner, plus original arrangements of Radiohead & the Beatles in the park on Governors Island

9/7, 1:30 PM Lisa Sokolov – voice, piano; 2:30 Sheila Maldonado – poetry // Danny Shot – poetry; 3:30 Patrick Holmes – clarinet / Adam Lane – bass / Ryan Sawyer – drums at 6BC Garden, 630 E 6th St between Ave B and C

9/7, 2 PM avant vocalist Jessika Kenney at the James Cohan Gallery 48 Walker St in Chinatown,free 

9/7, 4 PM cinematic, psychedelic quirk-pop keyboardist Michael Hearst presents “Curious, Unusual and Extraordinary” songs from his many bands followed at 8 by poignant, eclectic, lyrical jazz bassist/composer Pedro Giraudo’s tango quartet and at 10 by epic ranchera/bolero brass crew Banda de los Muertos at Barbes

9/7, 7 PM pianist Alexis Marcelo solo, clarinetist Francois Houle solo and drummer Andrew Drury solo with percussion, photography, video at Soup & Sound, 292 Lefferts Ave, Crown Heights, 2 to Sterling St., sug don

9/7, 7 PM political noisepunks Junta, ambient noisemakers PrieSTusSSY and Kelsey Pyro, noisy new wave/punk soul band Turqiouz Noiz, and others on a multi-band immigrant music bill at Abrons Arts Center, $5 

9/7, 7 PM music for brass and electronics by Sarah Belle Reid, with special guests Nate Wooley & the Mannes brass studio at the New School, Stiefel Hall, 4th Floor, 55 West 13th St, $15, free for students

9/7, 7:30 PM rapturous Indian carnatic singer Mitali Banerjee Bhawmik with harmonium and tabla at the Chhandayan Center For Indian Music, $20

9/7, 7:30 PM new sounds from a modern string band, featuring Alexi Kenney, violin, Ayane Kozasa, viola, Gabriel Cabezas, cello, and Paul Wiancko, cello with styles ranging from the French baroque, traditional Swedish folk tunes, and new works and arrangements by Paul Wiancko and Gabriella Smith at 1 Rivington St., 2nd floor, $20/$10 stud, reception to follow

9/7, 8 PM quietly enveloping, ecologically-focused Malagasy singer Razia Said at Club Bonafide, $20

9/7, 9 PM ubiquitous, moodily lyrical, politically savvy Irish folk-rocker Niall Connolly at the small room at the Rockwood. 9/8 at 8 PM he’s at 11th St Bar 

9/7, 9ish psychedelic Afrobeat band Super Yamba play the album release show for their new one at the Knitting Factory, $12

9/7. 10 PM smartly lyrical, eclectically tuneful 70s British style pub/punk rockers Binky Phillips & the Planets at Arlene’s, $10

9/7, 10 PM second wave heavy psych/doom legends Nebula at St. Vitus, $15

9/7, 11 PM Indian raga pianist Utsav Lal at the Owl

9/8, 1 PM low-key deep-Brooklyn sounds with Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens playing a gospel brunch show at Bar Lunatico. They’re also here on 9/22

9/8, 1:30 PM Steve Swell – trombone / Frode Gjerstad – clarinet, alto sax / William Parker – bass; 3:30 Sarah Bernstein Veer Quartet: Sarah Bernstein – violin, composition / Sana Nagano – violin; Leonor Falcon – viola / Nick Jozwiak – cello; 4:30 Aquiles Navarro – trumpet / Tcheser Holmes – drums at 6BC Garden, 630 E 6th St between Ave B and C

9/8. 2 PM cinematic indie classical group Ashcan Orchestra, sound art duo Skakkun & Spadine and Gamelan Gender Wayang on Governors Island

9/8. 3 PM ish eclectic pan-latin and Middle Eastern-inflected acoustic songwriter Miriam Elhajli and fiery oldtimey string band the Four O’Clock Flowers at Washington Square Park. 9/9 at 9 she’s at Troost

9/8, 3:30 PM a rare NYC performance by Japanese trio Jaquwa – koto, shakuhachi and bass – at the Tenri Institute, $tba

9/8, 4 PM the Sometime Boys’ riveting, powerful, theatrical frontwoman Sarah Mucho sings dark cabaret and rock tunes at Freddy’s

9/8, 5 PM exotic vibraphone-driven surf band the Vibro-jets at LIC Bar

9/8, 5 PM, repeating 9/11 at 7 irrepressible classical pianist and impresario Yelena Grinberg  plays an all-Clara Schumann program at her Upper West Side salon, $35 includes reception and lively banter afterward

9/8, 6 PM noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo leads his trio at 55 Bar

9/8, 7 PM Dilemastronauta Y Los Sabrosos Cosmicos with members of M.A.K.U and Combo Chimbita play space cumbia and other trippy tropicalia and eerily twinkly psychedelic band La Chamba at Baby’s All Right, $12 

9/8, 7 PM catchy, anthemic newgrass/blue-eyed soul band the Levins at the basement room at the Rockwood, $12

9/8, 7:30 PM Big Lazy noir guitar mastermind Steve Ulrich in a rare duo show with bassist /Michael Bates at the McKittrick Hotel, 530 W 27 St, free, look for the littel red light

9/9, 7 PM tuneful postbop pianist Jim Ridl leads his group from behind the Rhodesl at55 Bar

9/9, 7:30/9:30 PM trumpeter Samantha Boshnack’s awesome string-driven Seismic Belt septet followed by fellow brass guy John Raymond‘s quintet with Julian Shore on keys at the Jazz Gallery, $20

9/9, 9 PM adventurous bassist Eivind Opsvik leads a killer quintet with Jacob Sacks on piano at Bar Lunatico

9/9, 9:30 PM “the Slippery Fish pay tribute to the Mexican pedal steel master Tõno Quirazco, who in the 1960’s combined the new sound of ska music out of Jamaica with country twang to invent a twist on the Caribbean sound.,” at Barbes

9/10. 6 PM Renee Neufville & ipanist Sullivan Fortner play a Roy Hargrove tribute in conjunction with the new photo exhibit at the Jazz Gallery, free, get there on time

9/10, 6 PM pianist Stephen Gosling plays an all John Zorn program at the Miller Theatre, free

9/10, 6 PM wryly funny Colorado newgrass band the Stillhouse Junkies at the small room at the Rockwood 

9/10, 7 PM crazy Slavic Soul Party spinoff Free Range Rat – trumpeter John Carlson, saxist Eric Hipp, bassist Shawn McGloin, and drummer Mike Sarin – followed by SSP themselves at Barbes, $10

 9/10 and 9/17, 7 PM the great unsung NYC hero of darkly purposeful, noir-tinged jazz guitar, Saul Rubin at the Fat Cat

9/10, 7 PM Slovenian saxophonist Jan Kus’ Slavo Rican Assembly at Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City

9/10, 7 PM eclectic, hard-hitting, lyrical composer/tenor saxophonist Stan Killian at 55 Bar

9/10. 8 PM Lebanese oudist George Abud and band at Sisters Brooklyn, 900 Fulton St. at Washington, C to Clinton-Washington, sug don

9/10, 8 PM satirical Russian Romany folk-punk band Paperny Tam at Drom, $30

9/10-14, 8:30 PM dynamic avant-garde harp luminary Zeena Parkins plays with a series of ensembles at the Stone at the New School, $20. Choice pick: Friday the 13th with the MZM Trio: Myra Melford (piano); Miya Masaoka (koto)

9/10, 10 PM slashing guitarist Steve Antonakos plays slide guitar blues with his band at Bar Chord

 9/10, 11 PM Spanish punk band La Urss at Brooklyn Bazaar, $10

9/11, 8:45 AM (in the morning)choreographer Jacqulyn Buglisi’s Table of Silence tribute to 9/11, led by Buglisi Dance Theatre joined by 150+ dancers and chamber ensemble, ending precisely at 8:46 AM to commemorate when American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the North Tower. Audiences are invited to join the dancers at that time in lifting their arms upward for one minute, on the plaza at Lincoln Center 

9/11, 6:30 PM haunting classical Iraqi crooner Hamid Al-Saadi with iconic trumpeter/santoorist Amir Elsaffar at the James Cohan Gallery, 48 Walker St in Chinatown, free

9/11, 6:30 PM an eclectic lineup including Asako Tamura, soprano; Yurika Mihara, piano; the HaraHara vocal quartet; Japan Choral Harmony and Circle Wind Chamber Orchestra, playing a Fukushima memorial concert featuring works by Mozart, Faure, Tomas Luis de Victoria and others at Merkin Concert Hall, $10

 9/11, 7 PM purposeful postbop jazz guitarist Amanda Monaco plays the album release show for her new klezmer jazz album at Drom, $10 adv tix rec

9/11, 7 and 8:30 PM a 9/11 memorial concert with works by Bach, Barber, Bottoms, Chopin, and others played by Mark Peskanov, violin, Rita Sloan, piano; David Bottoms, piano and others at Bargemusic, free, early arrival a must

 9/11, 7/10 PM lyrical latin jazz pianist Manuel Valera and his quartet play an Ernesto Lecuuona tribute at Birdland, $20 at the bar

9/11, 7:30/9:30 PM whirlwind jazz drummer Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom at the Jazz Standard, $30

9/11, 8 PM otherworldly French-Algerian singer Ourida with her combo at Barbes

9/11, 8 PM smartly tuneful oldschool soul/psych-pop songwriter Mimi Oz followed eventually at 11 by guitarslinger Mallory Feuer’s fiery band the Grasping Straws – sort of a mashup of Patti Smith and Hole’s first album – at Muchmore’s

9/12, 6 PM not a music event but very cool: “Over a period of 6 years beginning in 2011, Jon Crispin photographed over 400 suitcases that were brought to the Willard Psychiatric Center in Willard, NY by patients who were being admitted to the facility. Many of the owners of the cases lived at Willard most of their adult lives, and are buried in the cemetery across the road from the institution. The collection is housed at The New York State Museum and dates from between 1910 and 1965, is completely unique and is an amazing reflection of the lives of the patients. Jon’s presentation will cover his previous documentation of abandoned 19th Century New York State Asylums as well as his work with the suitcases,” at the New School 12th floor skyroom at w W 13th St.

9/12, 7 PM anthemic, evocative, allusive parlor-soul songwriter Treya Lam at the Museum of Chinese in America, $15 includes a drink and museum adm 

9/12, 7 PM  soaringly explosive jazz composer/torch singer Nicole Zuraitis at 55 Bar

9/12, 7 PM fearless, insurgent, amazingly spot-on comedienne/vocal impersonator Tammy Faye Starlite plays Marianne Faithfull’s Broken English at Pangea, $20. She’s also there on 9/19 and 9/25

9/12, 7:30 PM Texas-Colombian bandleader Kiko Villamizar plays oldschool 60s Colombian gangsta cumbia plus psychedelic cumbia grooves at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

 9/12-15, 7:30/9:30 PM soaring, politically relevant, brilliantly purposeful alto saxophonist Miguel Zenon  plays material from his fantastic new album with a killer quartet including Luis Perdomo on piano at the Jazz Standard, $30

9/12, 8 PM intense, charismatic oldschool soul belter Sami Stevens at the small room at the Rockwood

9/12, 8 PM two intriguing trumpet-led bands: Gileno Santana and trio followed by Linda Briceño with Jorge Glem (cuatro), David Alastre (keys), Endea Owens (basss), Daniel Prim (drums), at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, $15

9/12, 8 PM magical Indian percussionist Rajna Swaminathan leads her jazz quartet with Maria Grand on sax and Miles Okazaki on guitar at Roulette, $18 adv tix rc

 9/12, 8:30 PM the New Thread Saxophone Quartet play the album release for their debut record featuring works by James Ilgenfritz, Len Tetta, Jude Thomas, and Amy Beth Kirsten at the Tenri Institute, $10 for the show, $20 for show and cd 

 9/12, 8:30 PM transgressively funny postbop saxophonist Jon Irabagon  with Peter Brendler on bass and Mark Ferber on drums at the Bar Next Door, $12

9/13, 6 PM crystalline-voiced, noir-tinged third-stream jazz chanteuse Tessa Souter at 55 Bar

 9/13, 7 PM pianist Lara Downes plays the album release show for her new new one featuring women composers Clara Schumann, Florence Price, Meredith Monk, Nina Simone, Paola Prestini, Joni Mitchell, and more with a stellar cast – Bridget Kibbey, harp; Magos Herrera, vocals; Simone Dinnerstein, piano – at National Sawdust, $35 in advance includes a cd, or $25 without one

9/13. 7 PM Indian classical singers Sanjoy Banerjee and Namami Karmakar sing night ragas with Dibyarka Chatterjee on tabla and Anirban Chakrabarty on harmonium at the Rubin Museum of Art, $30

9/13, 8 PM perennially entertaning Irish party band Shilelagh Law at Connolly’s, $tba

9/13, 8 PM hilarious, satirical faux cabaret chanteuse Cat Cohen followed by scampering, irrepressibly fun girlpunk/psychedelic band Sharkmuffin at Trans-Pecos, $12 

9/13 at 8 PM, repeating 9/14 at 7:30 pianist Melody Fader and violinist Doori Na play Wolfgang Rihm’s ethereal score to Miro Magloire‘s new dance piece at City Center Studio 5, 130 W 56 St, $33/$20 stud/srs

9/13, 8:30 PM surf rock night, in reverse order at the Gutter: the Vivisectors – who make macabre surf rock out of old Soviet prison songs –  60s mod Britrock band the Skates, the eclectically cinematic Cameramen, and the similarly cinematic, more dramatic TarantinosNYC. $7

9/13, 9 PM lively oldtimey swing road warriors the Bumper Jacksons play the album release show for their new live one at the Jalopy, $15

9/13, 10 PM unpredictably fun, funny, occasionally Lubowski-esque psychedelic art-rock band the Academy Blues Project at Silvana

9/13, 11 PM one of the year’s best twinbills: savage, theatrical Romany punk band Bad Buka – like a louder, more Balkan Gogol Bordelllo – and slinky metal cumbia/skaragga band Escarioka at Drom, $10

9/14, 1:30 Rob Brown – alto sax / Juan Pablo Carletti – drums; 3:30 Val Jeanty – percussion / Patricia Nicholson – dance; 4:30 Michael Wimberly – drums / Waldron Ricks – trumpet / Larry Roland – bass at Children’s Magical Garden, 129 Stanton St, just east of Essex

9/!4. 4 PM sharply amusing, wickedly lyrical, politically woke lit-rock singer/pianist Dawn Oberg at the small room at the Rockwood

9/14, 4:30 PM elegantly angst-fueled, individualistic torchsong/parlor pop piano chanteuse Jeanne Marie Boes followed at 5:30 by Melissa Gordon of Melissa & the Mannequins, one of the best purist janglerock songwriters in NYC, at LIC ,Bar. Gordon is also leading a Dead cover band there on 9/25 at 9; might be worth taking a chance on that too.

9/14, 7 PM piano/cello/violin trio Ensemble in Process play works by Messiaen, Satie, Missy Mazzoli, Michael Gordon, Meredith Monk and others at Spectrum, $15

 9/14, 7:30 PM guitarist Nick Millevoi’s Desertion Trio play their twisted spaghetti western jazz at Greenwich House Music School, $15

9/14, 8 PM trumpeter Ben Holmes’ broodingly Middle Eastern/klezmer-tinged Naked Lore trio followed at 10 byfollowed by live dub band Combo Lulo at Barbes

9/14, 8 PM majestic, slinky cumbia accordionist/bandleader Gregorio Uribe at SOB’s, $15

 9/14, 8 PM adventurous cellist Okkyung Lee leads an ensemble tba at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery ,$20

9/14, 8 PM sincere, politically aware oldschool-style hippie folk guy/girl duo Jaeger & Reid plus the harmony-fueled Lizzie Hershon & the Living Room Singers at the People’s Voice Cafe, sugg don, $20, “more if you choose; less if you can’t; no one turned away”

9/14. 8:15 PM the Jaded Babies play their theatrical, quirky, comedic mashups of punk and art-rock at Bowery Electric , $tba

9/14, 8:30 PM the Mercantillers sing sea chanteys at Freddy’s

9/14, 9 PM deliciously brass-heavy retro 60 soul band Jeremy Beck & the Heavy Duty Horns at the big room at the Rockwood

 9/14, 10 PM legendary 80s NYC goth band Night Gallery play their final show at the Mercury, $10

9/15, 1:30 Nick Lyons – alto sax / Bill Payne – clarinet / Adam Lane – bass; Michael Wimberly – percussion; 3:30 Karen Borca Trio – Karen Borca – bassoon / Jackson Krall – drums / Hilliard Greene – bass; 4:30 We Feel ­­Quartet: Luke Stewart – bass / Daniel Carter – multi instruments / No Land – poetry Miriam Parker – dance at Children’s Magical Garden, 129 Stanton St, just east of Essex

9/15, 3 PM clarinetist Graeme Johnson leads a wind and horn sextet playing works by Weber, Mozart, Crusell and Beethoven at Concerts on the Slope, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 139 St. John’s Place downhill from 7th Ave, sugg don

9/15, 5 PM new music for the medieval viola d’amore by Reena Esmail, Conor Abbott Brown, Jake Heggie, Garth Knox and a premiere from Eric Sawyer, featuring violist Matthew Dane, cellist Greg Beaver, and flutist Christina Jennings at 1 Rivington St., upstairs, $15/$10 stud

9/15, 7 PM a trio of intense solo improvisers: pianist Cat Toren, Jessica Pavone (solo viola) , Catherine Sikora (solo saxophone) at El Barrio Art Space, 215 E. 99th St (ground floor), $20

9/15, 7 PM intriguing, Bartokian flute/violin/bass ensemble the Bateira Trio followed by cinematic, lyrical postbop jazz with the Mark Wade Trio at the National Opera Center, 330 7th Ave, 7th Fl, $20. Wade is also at Flushing Town Hall on 9/21 at 2:30 PM for $10 

9/15, 7 PM spine-tingling, darkly mystical art-rock/avant-garde/chamber pop songwriter Carol Lipnik – pretty much everybody’s choice for best singer in all of NYC –  at Pangea

9/15, 7 PM pensively intense microtonal violinist/singer Sarah Bernstein‘s excellent Veer Quartet with Sana Nagano – violin; Leonor Falcón – viola; Nick Jozwiak – cello  at Spectrum $15

9/15, 8 PM psychedelic funksters Here Come the Mummies at the Poisson Rouge, $25 adv tix rec

 9/15, 8:30 PM Treesearch – bassist Kyle Motl and violinist Keir GoGwilt – play new instrumentals from their forthcoming record at Spectrum, $15

9/15, 10:30 PM noir-inspired alto saxophonist/composer Nick Hempton leads his combo at Smalls

9/15, 11 PM acerbic, sharp original jazz pianist Julia Chen with her trio at the small room at the Rockwood 

9/16, 6:30 PM Lisa Hoppe on bass with Gaya Feldheim Schorr on vocals and Keiko Matsuro on guitar at the Bar Next Door, free

9/16, 7:30 PM the Claremont Trio play works by Gabriela Lena Frank, Brahms and Dvořák at Music Mondays, Advent Church, northwest corner of 93rd and Broadway, free

9/16, 7:30 PM the Mannes American Composers Ensemble play works by Jennifer Higdon, Eve Beglarian, Mari Esabel Valverde and others at the auditorium at 66 W 12th St., free

 9/16, 9 PM legendary dual-reedman George Braith – who can play two saxes at once better than most guys can play one – with his quartet at the Fat Cat

9/16, 10 PM ex-Chicha Libre keyboard sorcerer Josh Camp’s wryly psychedelic cumbia/tropicalia/dub band Locobeach at Barbes

9/17, 7 PM ferocious Chicago-style electric blues guitarslinger Ana Popovic at the Cutting Room, $25 gen adm

9/17, 7:30 PM the Manhattan Chamber Players perform works by Ravel, Saint-Saens and Faure at the Baruch College Auditorium, $21/free for students

 9/17, 8 PM Cape Verde morna ballad singer Lucibela and band in a rare NYC performance at Merkin Concert Hall, $25 tix avail

 9/17-21 8:30 PM adventurous pianist Matt Mitchell  plays with a series of ensembles at the Stone at the New School, $20. Choice pick: 9/20 wth Snark Horse 1 with Kate Gentile (drums, compositions) Ava Mendoza (guitar) Kim Cass (bass) Davy Lazar (trumpet) Matt Nelson (tenor sax)

 9/17. 9:30 PM legendary 80s psychedelic Americana pioneers the Long Ryders at Rough Trade, $18 adv tix rec

9/18, 6:30 PM haunting jazz pedal steel virtuoso Susan Alcorn at the James Cohan Gallery, 48 Walker St in Chinatown,free

9/18, 7:30 PM the Mannes Orchestra play works by Eisler, Barber and Brahms’ Piano Quartet No. 1 at the auditorium at 66 W 12th St., free

9/18, 8 PM fearlessly relevant latin rock songwriter and protest song connoisseur Ani Cordero plays the album release show for her new one at Drom, $15 adv tix rec

9/18, 8 PM elegant jazz singer Karen Tennison and band at LIC Bar 

 9/18, 9 PM jangly, psychedelic 90s Hoboken legends Speed the Plough at Bowery Electric, $10

9/18. 9:30 PM fiery, psychedelically bluesy oldschool soul/roadhouse jamband Lizzie & the Makers at 11th St. Bar

 9/18, 9:30 PM composer Audrey Harrer -with processed harp and melodic vocal loops – plus special guest cellistKristen Drymala from the band Quarterly. at Shapeshifter Lab, $12

 9/19,, 7:30.9:30 PM rapturous Indian improvisation with pyrotechnic vocalist Roopa Mahadevan, Arun Ramamurthy –violin; Sriram Raman –mridangam at the Jazz Gallery, $15

 9/19 7:30 PM lyrical, latin-tinged pianist Helen Sung  & the (re)Conception Project with John Ellis on tenor sax and Ingrid Jensen on trumpet at Smalls

9/19, 7:30 PM Korean janggu drummer Kim So Ra leads a thunderous percussion troupe at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

9/19,, 7:30 PM this era’s most spellbinding oldschool country singer, Laura Cantrell on the roof of the Old American Can Factory, 232 3rd St., Gowanus, free followed by the documentary film American Factory

9/20. 7:15 ish dark psychedelic acoustic blues/klezmer/reggae/soca jamband Hazmat Modine at Terra Blues. 

9/20, 7:30 PM  latin drum maven and West Side Story soundtrack reinventor Bobby Sanabria and band at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

9/20 7:30 PM pastoral guitarist duo Charlie Rauh & Cameron Mizell followed by Middle Eastern-inspired guitarist Harvey Valdes solo at Greenwich House Music School, $15 

9/20-21. 7:30 PM eclectic, paradigm-shifting B3 jazz organist Brian Charette and his quartet at Smalls

 9/20. 8 PM Spain and NYC represent with political hardcore and punk: Irreal, Porvenir Oscuro, Pobreza MentalMiedo, at Brooklyn Bazaar, $10 

 9/20, 8 PM Changing Modes – NYC’s funnest, most unpredictable, sharply lyrical new wave art-rock band –at Arlene’s, $10

9/20, 8 PM rustic Brazilian jungle guitar-and-accordion sounds with Regional de NY followed at 10 by the haphazardly funny Eastern Blokhedz  – who do psychedelic covers of 60s Russian psychedelic pop songs and specialize in the catalog of legendary Polish singer Edita Piaha –at Barbes

9/20, 8 PM drummer Tomas Fujiwara with a typically brilliant edgy lineup: Patricia Brennan on vibraphone, and Tomeka Reid on cello playing the release show for their new suite at Roulette, $18 av tix rec

 9/20, 8 PM no wave laptop percussion legend Ikue Mori remixes Sylvie Courvoisier (piano) and Nate Wooley (trumpet) live at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery ,$20

9/20, 8:30 PM bassist/singer Georgia Weber & the Sleeved Hearts play the album release show for her restless, alternately sparkling and acidic blend of jazz and abstract guitar rock at the basement room at the Rockwood, $12 

9/20, 10 PM bossa-tinged sunshine pop band the Letter Yellow at Pete’s

9/20-21 the Allah-Las at Union Pool are sold out. Duh, wtf were they thinking?

9/21, 1:30 Mara Rosenbloom – synth / Sam Newsome – soprano sax / Andrew Drury – drums; 3:30 Jason Kao Hwang – violin / Anders Nilsson – guitar / TA Thompson – drums; 4:30 Amirtha Kidambi – voice / Mazz Swift – violin at Children’s Magical Garden, 129 Stanton St, just east of Essex

 9/21, 2 PM the annual Brooklyn Americana Festival at Pier 6 on the south end of Brooklyn Bridge Park with accordion/guitar duo the Troubadours of Divine Bliss, Irish folk noir innovator Leila Jane, Aussie Kellie Cain, at 5 PM Americana songstress Megan Palmer, at 6 Spirit Family Reunion‘s Maggie Carson, New Orleans blues singer Sabine McCalla and at 7 eclectic newschool Americana harmony trio Underhill Rose 

9/21, 2 PM mysterious Indian-influenced singer Louise Landes Levi at the James Cohan Gallery, 48 Walker St in Chinatown,free 

9/21, 5 PM ish intense, brilliantly relevant oldtime gospel/Africa Africana music maven Vienna Carroll and the irrepresibly theatrical, politically spot-on Ukuladies at the Gowanus Dredgers Society Boathouse, 2nd St. and the canal (past Bond, two blocks south of Smith), free

9/21, 6 PM  amazing, psychedelic instrumentalists Sandcatchers – who blend cinematic, pastoral Americana and Middle Eastern themes – followed at 6 by accordion genius Shoko Nagai ’s haunting, increasingly loud and psychedelic Tokala Silk Road/klezmer mashup project and then at 10  by Frankie Sunswept and the Sunwrays – Rachel Housle on drums, Sean Cronin on bass, Kyle Morgan on vocals and lead guitar, and Frankie Sunswept on vocals, guitar and piano playing psychedelic soul and surf music at Barbes.Sandcatchers are also here on 9/28 at 6 also.

 9/21, 7 PM lustrously eclectic jazz chanteuse Svetlana (of Svetlana & the Delancey 5) sings the album release show for her cinematic new one at Joe’s Pub, $20

9/21, 7:30 PM Sanghamitra Chatterjee – vocal; Dibyarka Chatterjee – tabla; Xander Naylor – guitar at the Chhandayan Center For Indian Music, $20

9/21, 8 PM Music From China with pianist Zhang Fang play works by Bright Sheng, Jian Wantong, Gao Ping, Yao Chen and An-Lun Huang at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $25

9/21, 8 PM improvisations to potentially get lost in: guitarist Ryan Ferreira & cellist Clarice Jensen at the Owl

9/21, 8 PM wry, Mose Allison-inspired folksinger Mike Glick followed by Scott Cook – who shifts from traditional front-porch fare to populist originals – at the People’s Voice Cafe, sugg don, $20, “more if you choose; less if you can’t; no one turned away

9/21, 9ish punchy noiserockers Big Bliss and

9/21, 9ish punchy noiserockers Big Bliss and Monograms – who do as good a mid-80s Cure impression as any band alive – at the Broadway, the old Gateway space at 1272 Broadway in Bushwick, J to Gates Ave, $tba

9/21, 10 PM the haphazardly funny Eastern Blokhedz  – who do psychedelic covers of 60s Russian pop songs and specialize in the catalog of legendary Polish singer Edita Piaha –at Barbes

 9/21, 11 PM bluegrass/newgrass string band phenoms the Kitchen Dwellers at the Mercury, $15 adv tix rec 

9/22, 11 AM (in the morning) amazing string quintet Sybarite5 – who are also the world’s coolest Radiohead cover band –  at Subculture, $20

9/22, 1:30 Dave Sewelson – baritone sax / William Parker – bass Steve Swell – trombone / Marvin Bugalu Smith – drums; 3:30 Sam Newsome Trio with  Hilliard Greene – bass; Reggie Nicholson – drums; 4:30 Michael Bisio – bass / Kirk Knuffke – cornet / Fred Lonberg-Holm – cello at First St Green, 33 E. 1st St

9/22, 2 PM fiery, female-fronted janglerockers/powerpop band Above the Moon, sunshiney soul band Mojo and the Mayhem, psych soul-funk band Cosmonaut Radio and the gritty catchy, anthemic, female-fronted Grayhunter at Marcus Garvey Park 

9/22, 2 PM the annual Brooklyn Americana Festival at Pier 6 on the south end of Brooklyn Bridge Park with young banjo hotshot Nora Brown & Stephanie Coleman, at 3 soul/gospel belter (and Lenny Molotov collaborator) Queen Esther,at 5 red dirt folk band Carli Ray and the Shaky Legs at 6 our own Samoa Wilson with sizzling blues guitarist Michaela Gomez

9/22, 5 PM boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band followed by brilliant drummer/percussionist Willie Martinez & La Familia Sextet playing classic salsa grooves  at LIC Bar

9/22, 7:30 PM Elmira Darvarova, violin; Howard Wall, horn; Thomas Weaver, piano play an all-Piazzolla program at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, free tix avail at the box ofc

9/22, 7:30 PM  erudite baritone saxophonist Claire Daly leads her quartet followed by tuneful oldschool soul/jazz trombonist Dave Gibson leading his quintet at Smalls

9/22, 8 PM sitarist Purbayan Chatterjee & tabla player Ojas Adhiya at Merkin Concert Hall, $25 tix avail

9/22. 9 PM 90s indie luminaries: Metal Mountains’ Samara Lubelski, abstract rock guitar pioneer Bill Nace and ex-Come and Steve Wynn guitar monster Chris Brokaw at Union Pool, $12

9/22, 9 PM two generations of scruffy, jangly Asian women-fronted bands: Straw Pipes and Shonen Knife at the Knitting Factory, $17 

9/22, 10 PM powerhouse soul belter/bassist Tina & the Balance at the small room at the Rockwood 

9/22, 10 PM cinematic guitarist Pat Irwin and boisterous swing/ska trombonist J. Walter Hawkes at the Treehouse at 2A

 9/22, midnight, haunting, atmospheric noir rock chanteuse Laura Carbone at Baby’s All Right, $15

 9/23, 7:30/9:30 PM playful improviser and ambitous composer/tenor saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock leads a septet with Mazz Swift on violin and Brandon Seabrook on guitar at the Jazz Gallery, $20

9/23, 8 PM dub-inspired psychedelic cumbia/tropicalia band Combo Lula open for Peruvian Amazon psychedelic cumbia legends Los Wembler’s de Iquitos playing the album release show for their new one at the Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec 

9/23, 10 PM energetic delta blues/Romany swing guitarist Felix Slim at LIC Bar

9/23. 11 PM haunting, fearsomely powerful soul belter and noir Americana songstress Karen Dahlstrom  at Pete’s

9/24, 7 PM brilliant acoustic guitarist and sardonic alt-country songwriting pioneer Robbie Fulks – of Fuck This Town infamy – at the Mercury, $15

9/24, 7 PM ex-Chicha Libre keyboard sorcerer Josh Camp’s new psychedelic tropicalia project CAMPOS followed by clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at Barbes, $10

9/24, 7 PM improvised performances by clarinetist Waclaw Zimpel, bassist Ksawery Wójciński, pianist Aga Derlak, along with keyboardist Cat Toren and other special guests at Soup & Sound, 292 Lefferts Ave in Brooklyn

9/24, 7:15 PM Aranyakkord – a funny Romany rock/janglerock spinoff of popular Hungarian band Quimby – at Drom, free

9/24 8 PM haunting flamenco/Sicilian folk chanteus Julia Patinella with mesmerizing oudist  Brian Prunka at Sisters Brooklyn, 900 Fulton St. at Washington, C to Clinton-Washington

9/24, 8 PM whirlwind, cleverly picturesque alto saxophonist Elijah Shiffer & the Robber Crabs at Scholes St. Studios, $10

 9/24, 8ish Mongolian metal band the Hu at Warsaw, $25 gen adm 

 9/24 9 PM Mongolian psychedelic rockers Hanggai at Littlefield, $20

9/24, 9 PM classic 70s style doom band (some would say Sabbath ripoff) High Reeper at St. Vitus, $10 

9/24, 11:30 PM hilarious, cartoonish London instrumentalists the Proletarians at the big room at the Rockwood 

9/25, 6:30 PM intense alto sax improviser Makoto Kawashima at the James Cohan Gallery, 48 Walker St in Chinatown, free 

9/25, 7:30 PM pianist Gaspard Dehaen plays works by Schubert, Chopin and Liszt at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $30

9/25, 8 PM charismatic oldtime hokum blues crooner/guitarist C.W. Stoneking at the Bell House, $15

9/25, 8 PM the Jack Quartet and indie classical chamber group Either/Or perform Anthony Braxton works at the Miller Theatre, $20 tix avail

9/25, 9:30 PM catchy post-Velvets psychedelic band Quicksilver Daydream at Our Wicked Lady, $!0

 9/26, 5 PM the mighty, Middle Eastern-tinged Eyal Vilner Big Band with soul/gospel belter (and Lenny Molotov collaborator) Queen Esther at Metrotech Park in downtown Brooklyn

9/26, 7:30 PM, repeating 9/27-28 at 8 the NY Philharmonic play concert versions of Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle and Schoenberg’s Erwartung, $35 tix avail

9/26, 7:30 PM paradigm-shifting Middle Eastern/jazz/classical trumpeter Amir ElSaffar joined by an all-Polish band: Ksawery Wójcinski, Waclaw Zimpel, and the Lutoslawski Quartet at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

9/26, 8 PM deviously theatrical oldschool C&W/rockabilly parodists Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co. at Otto’s

9/26, 8 PM fascinatingly lyrical, individualistic pianist Sylvie Courvoisier with Mary Halvorson on guitar at at the Owl

9/26, 8 PM Sly Horizon – Rick Parker (trombone, electronics, synths), Álvaro Domene (7 string electric guitar and electronics), and Jeremy Carlstedt (drums/electronics) – play the album release show for their new one at Arete Gallery, $15

 9/26, 7:30 PM the Israeli Chamber Projectt play music of Central Europe: Dvořák, Martinů, Kurtág, Bruch and Bartók at Merkin Concert Hall, $25 tix avail

 9/26, 8 PM  deviously theatrical oldschool C&W/rockabilly parodists Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co at Otto’s

 9/26, 8:30 PM riveting, intense singer Hannah Fairchild’s explosive, lyrically brilliant noir punk power trio Hannah vs. the Many at Sunnyvale, $10

9/26, 8:30 PM Aravind- vocals; Raghul- violin; Vijay Ganesh- mridangam; Chandrasekara Sharma- ghatam play lustrous Indian carnatic themes at the Jalopy, $15

 9/26, 8:30 PM klezmer ripples and pings: flutist Adrianne Greenbaum with nimble tsimblist Pete Rushefsky at Town & Village Social Hall, 334 E 14th St.(between 1st & 2nd Ave.), $15

9/26, 9 PM cleverly eclectic New Orleans-flavored pianist/crooner Nat Osborn at the big room at the Rockwood , $12

9/26.,10 PM drummer Arthur Vint & Associates reinvent classic Morricone spaghetti western soundtracks at Barbes

 9/26, 11:30 PM sardonically catchy powerpop/janglerockers the Hell Yeah Babies at the Gutter, $7

9/26 midnight sardonically relevant guitar-fueled female-fronted Americana punks Spanking Charlene at the small room at the Rockwood. WTF you might want to bring earplugs

9/27 2:30 PM the Mannes Orchestra play excerpts from Mendelssohn’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and then Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8 at the auditorium at 66 W 12th St., free

 9/27, 6:30ish surprisingly eclectic, pensive parlor pop/acoustic pop songwriter Yaniza Dore at the American Folk Art Museum 

9/27, 7 PM the North American debut of the Gurdjieff Ensemble, an eleven-piece ensemble who play authentic arrangements of music by Gurdjieff and Komitas on Armenian traditional instruments, joined by pianist Lusine Grigoryan at Symphony Space, $35

9/27, 7 PM ambient guitarist and Bowie collaborator Gerry Leonard a.k.a. Spooky Ghost at the basement room at the Rockwood $15

9/27, 7 PM unusually adventurous indie classical ensembles Hotel Elefant play works by Carlos Bandera, Patrick Castillo, Alexandra Gardner, Kaija Saariaho, Sean Harold and Lois Vierk at Arete Gallery, $tba

 9/27-28, 7:30/9:30 PM the wildly shapeshifting  Brooklyn Raga Massive – with Marcus Strickland -reeds; Abhik Mukherjee -sitar play Coltrane classics at the Jazz Gallery, $25

9/27, 8 PM the New York Classical Players perform works by Beethoven & Bartok at Flushing Town Hall, free w/rsvp

 9/27, 8 PM veteran bluegrass hotshots James Reams & the Barnstormers at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, $15

9/27 8 PM indie classical chamber goup Talea Ensemble play Alvin Lucier’s Music for Cello and Amplified Glass Vases plus works by Catherine Lamb at the Tenri Institute, $tba

9/27, 9ish ferocious, creepily enveloping, kinetic psychedelic tropicalia band Yotoco at the Owl

9/27, 10 PM the world’s creepiest, slinkiest, most psychedelic crime jazz/film noir band, Big Lazy at Barbes

9/27, 10 PM Marisa Michelson & Constellation Chorwho do hypnotic Pauline Oliveros style improvisations at Spectrum, $15

 9/27, 10 PM tight doom metal band Eternal Black and the even slower, slightly more psychedelic Vessel of Light at Lucky 13 Saloon 

9/27. 10:15 PM ferociously dynamic, tuneful, female-fronted power trio Castle Black on the roof at Our Wicked Lady, 153 Morgan Ave, close to the Morgan Ave L stop

9/28, 11 AM the annual chile pepper festival at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, most likely with bands throughout the day and  New Orleans artists including Walter Wolfman Washington and Irma Thomas starting at 5 PM, $30/$25 stud/srs

9/28, 1:30 Matt Lavelle – trumpet   Daniel Carter – woodwinds / Tom Cabrera – drums;; 3:30 Michael TA Thompson Quartet: TA Thompson – drums / Christopher Dean Sullivan – bassBill Pernice – piano / Lee Odom – clarinet, alto sax, soprano sax; 4:30 Whit Dickey – drums / Brandon Lopez – bass / Rob Brown – alto sax at First St Green, 33 E. 1st St

9/28, 2 PM jazz flutist Nicole Mitchell and band at the James Cohan Gallery, 48 Walker St in Chinatown,free

9/28, 2 PM woodwind ensemble Quintet of the Americas play jazz standards at Langston Hughes Library, 100-01 Northern Blvd., Corona, Queens

9/28, 6 PM a bluegrass extravaganza with the Fabulous Fienberg Brothers * The Wretched Remnants (from the Wretched Refuse) * Tribute to Citizen Kafka * Bob Jones Celebration * Alan Kaufman * Kenny Kosek * Andy Statman * Lonely Street * The Legendary Billy Parker & Bruno Bruzzese * David Howard * Powerhouse Ron Fienberg * Terry McGill * Peter Elegant * The Amazing Harry Bolick & The Mississippi Travelers * Brian Slattery *Charlie Shaw * Jacques DeCroce * Bill Christophersen * Stephanie Coleman * Marty Cutler * ALan Podbar * at Middle School 51 Auditorium, 4th St & 5th Ave – just across the street from the Old Stone House in Park Slope, $15

 9/28, 7 PM Middle Eastern oudist Tom Chess and percussionist Dan Kurfirst back a sufi dance performance led by Lâle Sayoko at the Center for Remembering and Sharing, $25 adv tix rec 

9/28, 7 PM electroacoustic flute/piano/cello trio Arde play works by Conrad Tao and Camila Agosto plus a US premiere by Greek composer Konstantinos Baras at Spectrum, $15

 9/28, 8 PM Syrian crooner Wajde Ayub & Ensemble play soulful Syrian wasla ballads at Roulette, $30 adv tix rec

9/28, 9 PM Andrew Vladeck – whose lyrically-driven songs careen from stark oldtimey tunes to epic, cinematic anthems – at Pete’s

9/28, 10 PM trombonist Vera Kemper’s Blu Cha Cha salsa dura band at Barbes  

9/29, 11 AM (in the morning) the Publiquartet play a classical program TBA at Subculture, $20

9/29, starting at around noon the Atlantic Antic street fair on Atlantic Ave from Hicks St. all the way to 4th Ave. with many bands playing various spots. At noon the NY Arabic Orchestra plays close to Sahadi’s;

9/29, 1:30 Charles Downs – drums / Will Greene – tenor sax; Jonah Rosenberg – keyboard / Henry Fraser – bass; 2:30 L.I.P. – K.J. Holmes – dance / Matt Lavelle – trumpet / Jeremy Carlstedt – drums; 3:30 Jaimie Branch Trio with Luke Stewart – bass / Mike Pride – drums; 4:30 For Roy: “Circulation of Celestial Triangles Leaving Imhotep Facing the East Lewis Barnes – trumpet / Jaimie Branch – trumpet / Ryan Fraiser – trumpet Matt Lavelle – trumpet / Kirk Knuffke – trumpet / Dave Hofstra – tuba Dave Sewelson – baritone sax / TA Thompson – drums / Michael Wimberly – percussion William Parker – composition, bass at First St Green, 33 E. 1st St

9/29, 4 PM the irrepressible, cinematic, comedic Broken Reed Saxophone Quartet at Shaeshifter Lab, free

9/29, 4 PM Richard Mazda – the legendary 80s new wave producer and guitarist – & Local Zeroes at LIC Bar

9/29, 7:30 PM 70s obscene British punk legends the Pork Dukes reunite with their original lineup for their final show at Bowery Electric, $15

9/29, 8 PM Armenian duduk master Harutyun Chkolyan makes his NYC solo debut at Drom, $20 adv tix rec

 9/29, 9 PM guitarslinger Mallory Feuer’s fiery band the Grasping Straws  and stately, ominous female-fronted tropically-tinged psychedelic/artrock band Camp St. Helene playing the album release show for their new one at C’Mon Everybody, $10 

9/30, 8 PM mandolinist Anne Farahani plays works by Bach, Calace, Kuwarhara and others at Arete Gallery, tba

9/30, 10ish  feral singer Carolina Oliveros’ mighty 13-piece Afro-Colombian trance/dance choir Bulla en el Barrio at Barbes

9/30, 10 PM hilarious, snack-fixated Quebecois rapper Cheeto Dust at LIC Bar 

10/2,  6:30 PM veteran Japanese free jazz saxophonist Akira Sakata w/ Darin Gray at the James Cohan Gallery, 48 Walker St in Chinatown, free

10/3, 7:30 PM wild Palestinian hip-hop/dancehall reggae/habibi pop band 47soul at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

10/5, 1:30 The Rasslers- Mark Ehrhardt – drums / Chet Mazur – vocals / Tim Mullins – guitar; Nick Romanenko – bass; 3:30 Ava Mendoza – guitar / James Brandon Lewis – tenor sax; Shayna Dulberger – bass / Daniel Carter – woodwinds; 4:30 Welf Dorr Unit – Welf Dorr – alto sax / Keisuke Matsuno – guitar / Dmitry Ishenko – bass at Children’s Magical Garden, 129 Stanton St, just east of Essex

10/7. 6 PM not music-related but scary/important: the opening of photographer Alice Miceli’s Projeto Chernobyl at the Americas Society. “The artist developed a method of image making to document the enduring effects of the Soviet nuclear plant explosion of April 26, 1986. Though gamma radiation continues to be present and to cause health problems and deaths in the area, it is invisible to the naked eye and to traditional methods of photography that have been used to document the region’s ruins. Miceli made this contamination visible via direct contact between the radiation and film, which was exposed in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone for months at a time.”

10/8, 11 AM (in the morning) catchy, eclectic ska-pop/latin/reggae sounds from the Brown Rice Family at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

10/9, 6:30 PM adventurous cellist Okkyung Lee at the James Cohan Gallery, 48 Walker St in Chinatown,free

10/10, 7:30 PM Cuban chanteuse Melvis Santa at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

10/12, 2 PM free jazz brass and reed legend Joe McPhee at the James Cohan Gallery, 48 Walker St in Chinatown,free 

10/17, 7:30 PM the annual celebration of A People’s History of the United States, performers tba, at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

10/20, 5 PM pianist Evelyne Luest‘s Contrasts Ensemble play trio works of Brahms, Stravinsky, Clara and Khachaturian at the Lounge at Hudson View Gardens, 128 Pinehurst Ave @ W 183rd St, A train or #1 train (to 181st St) or the M4 bus (to 183rd St), $15/$12 stud/sr\

10/27, 4 PM fiery and elegant dance and music from Georgia and India: Dancing Crane plus Jiva Dance with dancers: Sonali Skandan, Maya Kappil, Amrita Doshi, -plus a band wih attuvangam – Kiran Rajagopalan; vocals: Vignesh Ravichandran; mridangam: Bala Skandan; violin: Neha Krishnamachary at Manhattan Movement Arts Center, 248 West 60th St, $25/$20 stud/srs

10/29, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, indie classical allstar quintet Counterinduction –  (Miranda Cuckson, violin; Jessica Meyer, viola; Karen Ouzounian, cello; Benjamin Fingland, clarinet; Ning Yu, piano) play music of Jessica Meyer at the Miller Theatre, free

11/6, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, TAK Ensemble play works by Ashkan Behzadi ,Erin Gee, Taylor Brook , Tyshawn Sorey and David Bird at the Miller Theatre, free

11/8, 8 PM the world’s darkest, slinkiest, most blackly funny crime jazz/film noir band, Big Lazy play the album release show for their danceably creepy new one Dear Trouble at the Old American Can Factory, 232 3rd St. in Gowanus with special guests Steven Bernstein on trumpet, Slavic Soul Party’s Peter Hess on saxes and Miramar’s Farfisa sorceress Marlysse Rose Simmons, $20

12/10, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, badass harp virtuoso Bridget Kibbey plays works by Bach, Gershwin, Albeniz and Tschaikovsky at the Miller Theatre, free

Live Music Calendar for New York City and Brooklyn for August and September 2019

Daily updates – if you go out a lot, you might want to bookmark this page and check back regularly. Believe it or not, some of this year’s free summer concert series schedules are still being tweaked – you’ll see the good stuff on this page.

If you’re leaving your hood, don’t get stuck waiting for a train that never comes, make sure you check http://www.mta.info for service changes considering how unreliable the subway is at night and on the weekend.

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

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

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

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

Weekly events first followed by the daily calendar:

August 5 through 11 the annual Drive East Festival of Indian music and classical arts at the Mezzanine Theatre, 502 W 53rd St, features both iconic artists seldom heard outside India as well as cutting-edge new talent. Individual concert listings are in the calendar below; tickets are relatively cheap (no more than $30, often less), and the level of talent is breathtaking. Very highly recommended.

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

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 tropical bands playing cumbias, boogaloo, salsa, maybe all of the above.

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

Mondays at the Vanguard the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra – composer Jim McNeely’s reliably good big band vehicle – plays 9/11 PM, $35 per set plus drink minimum.

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

Mondays starting at around 10:45 PM Rev. Vince Anderson and his band play two sets at Union Pool. 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 woke, 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 usual lead soloist on baritone sax, with frequent special guests. Sizzling guitarist Binky Griptite – Sharon Jones’ lead player – is also often there.

Tuesdays at 7:30 PM the chamelonic, playful, sometimes irresistibly cartoonish Daniel Bennett Group play jazz outside the box at the bar at the Residence Inn, 1033 6th Ave at 39th St, free

Tuesdays at 9 PMclever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at Barbes (check the club calendar), $10 cover.

Wednesdays at 9ish the Binky Griptite Orchestra (formerly Sharon Jones’ brilliant oldschool soul backing band) at Threes Brewing Outpost, 113 Franklin St (Greenpoint/Kent Aves) in Greenpoint, free

Most Thursdays at 8:30, the Brooklyn Raga Massive – a rotating cast of A-list Indian, jazz and rock musicians who love to jam out classic Indian themes from over the centuries to the present day – play the Jalopy, $15 adv tix at the bar at the main space. Tons of special guests followed by a wild raga jam!

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

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

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

Saturdays in August at 6 PM mesmerizing oudist  Brian Prunka plays with a series of Middle Eastern groups at Barbes

Sundays at 9:30 PM paradigm-shifting Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel leads his band at Barbes – check the club calendar just to make sure.

8/1, noon eclectic Texas acoustic blues guitarist Ruthie Foster at Metrotech Park in downtown Brooklyn

8/1, 5 PM ferociously powerful, politically fearless southern gothic guitar/banjo player Amythyst Kiah at Wagner Park on the river north and west of Battery Park

8/1, 6:30 PM oldschool salsa jazz with Yunior Terry & Son De Altura under the Manhattan Bridge archway in Dumbo

8/1, 6:30 PM tuneful purist postbop player Jocelyn Gould on guitar with Louie Leager on bass and Sarah Gooch on drums at the Bar Next Door

8/1, 7:30 PM summery Brazilian samba chanteuse Tulipa Ruiz at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

8/1, 7:30 PM purist oldschool tenor sax player Craig Handy leads an organ quartet with Kyle Kohler on the B3 at Smalls – interesting change of pace

8/1, 8 PM dark, savagely brilliant guitarist Ava Mendoza in a rare solo show at the Old American Can Factory, 232 3rd St., Gowanus, $15 cash only at the door, space limited, RSVP to reserve your ticket,  She says the punk band on after her are fun too

8/1, 8 PM New York’s most charismatic, darkly compelling lyrical songwriter/storyteller/keyboard genius Rachelle Garniez at Barbes

8/1, 8 PM ferocious psychedelic guitarist Debra Devi at FM Jersey City, $10

8/1, 8 PM oldschool style jazz chanteuse Yuka Mito leads her quartet at Club Bonafide, $20

8/1, 8 PM klezmer-jazz piano ico Anthony Coleman leads a trio Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery, $20. He’s there the following night solo, same deal

8/1-4, 8/10:30 PM shadowy, cinematic bassist Avishai Cohen leads a trio with Shai Maestro on piano and Mark Guiliana on drums at the Blue Note, $20 standing room avail

8/1, 9 PM catchy, edgy, darkly kinetic female-fronted Romany-tinged rock band the Trouble with Kittens  followed by explosive, creepy, colorful psychedelic rembetiko metal band Greek Judas  at Niagara, Ave. A and 7th st.

8/1, 9 PM bassist Jeong Lim Yang’s quartet with Oscar Noriega on reeds at Bar Lunatico. Counterintuitive, thoughtful, unpredictably interesting.

8/1-4, 11:30 PM charming/badass eclectic jazz vocal trio the Ladybugs at Dizzy’s Club, $5. Their Disney covers from across the decades have surprising bite.

8/1 menacingly orchestral metal band Doomstress at Lucky 13 Saloon

8/2. 6 PM classical ensemble the Harlem Quartet play a program TBA at Bryant Park

8/2, 6 PM propulsive coastal Afro-Honduran sounds with the Garifuna Collective plus a dance troupe at Crotona Park

8/2, 7 PM a rare program of Japanese music for koto and reeds with clarinet wizard Thomas Piercy and ensemble at Spectrum, $15

8/2-3, 7:30 PM the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra with soloist Pierre-Laurent Aimard play Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 and Schubert’s Symphony No. 9 at Avery Fisher Hall, $35

8/2-3,7:30 PM low-key oldschool postbop rapture: saxophonist Wayne Escoffery, ageless pianist George Cables & bassist Ugonna Okegwo at Mezzrow, $25

8/2, 8 PM a live performance of new Christopher Cerrone song cycles by soprano Lindsay Kesselman, vocalist Theo Bleckmann, and a chamber choir, accompanied by Wild Up under Christopher Rountree at Arete Gallery, $20 includes copy of the new cd

8/2. 9 PM quirky, whirling, string-driven chamber pop/art-rock band Gadadu at Pete’s

8/2, 9 PM Brandi & the Alexanders play oldschool-style soul ballads at the Way Station

8/2, 9:30 PM, repeating 8/4 at 7 the Ryoma Quartet put a high voltage spin on traditional Japanese sounds wih tsugaru-shamisen, shinobue flute, tsuzumi drum, and a violin at Joe’s Pub, $20

8/2, 9:45 PM perennially entertaining first wave-style punks the Car Bomb Parade play the album release show for their new one, followed by female-fronted screamers Sister Munch and the evern louder, food-fixated But, Pyrite at the Gutter, $10

8/2, 10 PM ex-Chicha Libre keyboard sorcerer Josh Camp’s wryly psychedelic cumbia/tropicalia/dub band Locobeach at Barbes

8/2, 10:30 PM  tuneful oldschool soul/jazz trombonist Dave Gibson leads his quintet at the Fat Cat

8/2-3, 10:30 PM sizzling postbop saxophonist Mike DiRubbo leads a killer quartet with Brian Charette on piano at Smalls. Expect more thrills than subtlety.

8/3, 2 PM ish brass band madness, outdoors: the L Train Brass Band (which apparently IS running this weekend, unlike its namesake), Brass Queens, Brooklyn’s original punk Balkan horn group Hungry March Band, and eclectic quartet Trumpet Marmalade at Good Life Garden, 50 Goodwin Pl, (off Grove; J to Gates Ave) in Bushwick, sug don. “The garden festivities will conclude with a NOLA-flavored second line processional to Queens Brewery for the official afterparty.”

8/3, 6 PM one of New York’s most eclectic, interesting oudists, Brian Prunka followed at 8 by torchy, slyly lyrical, historically-fixated retro Americana songwriter Robin Aigner & Parlour Game and at 10 by epic ranchera/bolero brass crew Banda de los Muertos at Barbes

8/3, 6 PM legendary hip-hop dj Funk Flex celebrates his bday and EPMD celebrate the 30th anniversary of their 1989 classic Unfinished Business at Crotona Park

8/3, 6 PM 70s soul nostalgia with what’s left of the Stylistics, the Manhattans, and Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes (minus the late great Philly soul bandleader) at the Amphitheatre at Coney Island, free, be aware that this is a corporate venue and security is extremely hostile

8/3, 7 PM rising star sitarist Abhik Mukherjee with Dibyarka Chatterjee on tabla at the Chhandayan Center for Indian Music  $16

8/3. 7 PM the Post-Haste Reed Duo play the album release show for their playful, charming new one at Spectrum,

8/3, 7ish politically fearess Taiwanese guy/girl piano pop duo Tizzy Bac at Central Park Summerstage

8/3, 8ish  legendary, intense former Come bandleader and haunting indie-psych guitarist Thalia Zedek’s E followed by ageless mostly-female CB’s era funk-punk/postrockers the Bush Tetras playing the album release show for their new one at the Mercury, $15

8/3, 8:30 PM Rachel Koblyakov “sets out to explore the various polyphonic and lyrical possibilities of the solo violin. The works chosen are with disregard to the composers’ era or the general categorization of their music, yet each piece favors either a polyphonic or lyrical form.” with works by J.S. Bach, Alfred Schnittke, Marc-André Dalbavie, Orlando Bass, Michael Finnissy, Dai Fujikura, and Matthias Pintscher.at Spectrum, $15

8/3, 9 PM surf rock night at Otto’s: swirly, hard-hitting, reverb-iced Strange but Surf, darkly cinematic instrumentalists the TarantinosNYC.  and Link Wray cover band the Wraycyclers

8/3, 9 PM International Contemporary Ensemble play Dai Fujikura’s: Shamisen Concerto plus works by Nathan Davis, Ann Cleare, György Kurtág, Kate Soper and Anahita Abbasi: at Merkin Concert Hall, $30

8/3, 10 PM atmospheric, cinematic drummer/composer Tim Kuhl and his group at Pete’s

8/3, 11 PM slinky downtempo/cumbia/psychedelic salsa dura band La Mecanica Popular at the old Nublu

8/4, 1 PM organ genius Greg Lewis and similar jazz guitarist Marvin Sewell play brunch at Bar Lunatico. Theyr’e back on 8/18

8/4, 4ish hypnotically pointillistic microtonal African guitar/drums jams with 75 Dollar Bill at Union Pool, free

8/4, 7 PM fiery, psychedelically bluesy oldschool soul/roadhouse jamband Lizzie & the Makers at  at LIC Bar

8/4, 7 PM Sean Ali plays solo bass at Downtown Music Gallery. He’s a tuneful guy, this could be of interest beyond the fellowship of the four strings.

8/4, 7:30 PM rappers of south Asian heritage: G. Sidhu, Rianjali, Taizu, Rolex, Robin Dey, SA Grooves, Project Convergence, IMGE Dance at Damrosch Park

8/4, 10 PM searing, intense, brilliantly tuneful Turkish-American rockers Barakka at the old Nublu, $10

8/5, 8 PM irrepressibly sardonic, fun faux-psychedelia and punk jazz with Grex at the old Nublu

8/5, 8:40 PM sitarist Hidayat Khan – heir to the legacy of the great Vilayat Khan – with Enayat Hossain on tabla at the Mezzanine Theatre, 502 W 53rd St, $30

8/5, 9 PM darkly psychedelic/new wave circus punks Yula & the Extended Family – which could be just frontwoman/bassist Yula Beeri and her loop pedals – at LIC Bar

8/5, 9 PM New Bojaira play flamenco jazz at the Fat Cat

8/5, 9:30 PM the Slippery Fish “pay tribute to master Tõno Quirazco who in the 1960’s combined the new sound of jamaican ska music with country twang, to invent a twist on the Caribbean sound. Witman-Cohen – bass ; Myk Freedman – pedal steel; Phillip Mayer – drums; Stefan Zeniuk – sax; Maria Eisien – saxvocals; Jackie Coleman – trumpet and Chris Parker -guitar,” at Barbes

8/6, 6 PM dancers Rasika Kumar, Sahasra Sambamoorthi and Nadhi Thekkek perform their new piece Unfiltered, inspired by the Bharatanatyam tradition, which “explore the everyday moments that eventually lead to the boiling points that cascade into change” with a live score by pyrotechnic vocalist Roopa Mahadevan at the Mezzanine Theatre, 502 W 53rd St, $30

8/6, 7 PM haunting, cinematic lapsteel genius Myk Freedman with JP Shlegelmilch-piano; Jason Nazary-drums; Ari Folman-Cohen-bass and surprise guests. followed by clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at Barbes, $10

8/6. 7 PM whirlwind klezmer violin icon Alicia Svigals plays her soundtrack to the cult classic 1920s silent film The Ancient Law, with pianist Donald Sosin at the Manhattan JCC, $15

8/6, 7 PM the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra play works by Rodrigo, Piazzolla, Gabriela Lena Franh and others at Temple Emanu-El, Fifth Avenue at 65th St, free, rsvp req

8/6, 7:30 PM Deepak Ram on bansuri flute with Enayat Hossain (tabla) and guest Kanoa Mendenhall (double bass) at the Mezzanine Theatre, 502 W 53rd St, $20

8/6, 7 PM New Bojaira play flamenco jazz at Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City

8/6-7, 7:30 PM the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra with soloist Joshua Bell play Mozart’s Symphony No. 38, Dvorak’s Violin Concerto and Kodaly’s Dances of Galanta at Avery Fisher Hall, $35

8/6, 7 PM  the great unsung NYC hero of darkly purposeful, noir-tinged jazz guitar, Saul Rubin followed at 9 by brilliant drummer/percussionist Willie Martinez & La Familia Sextet playing classic salsa grooves at the Fat Cat

8’6, 7:30 PM intense, lyrical, politically fearless tenor saxophonist Roxy Coss in a rare duo show with pianist Mike King at Mezzrow, $20 Ries

8/6-7, 7:30/9:30 PM tenor saxophonist Tim Ries leads his band (the second night with Bernard Fowler, playing songs from Ries’ other band, the Rolling Stones) at the Jazz Standard, $30

8/6-11, 8/10;30 PM boisterous soul-jazz trumpeter Nicholas Payton leads his group at the Blue Note, $20 standing room avail

8/6-18, 8:30/10 PM guitar icon Bill Frisell eads his trio with Thomas Morgan on bass and Rudy Royston on drums at the Vanguard, $35. Saxophonist Greg Tardy joins the festivities starting on 8/13. Then Frisell is there through the 25th as part of drummer Andrew Cyrille’s quartet

8/6-7, 8:30 PM powerful jazz belter – and Gil Scott-Heron reinventor –  Charenee Wade sings the Betty Carter songbook with her band at Dizzy’s Club, $35

8/6-10, 8:30 PM playful improviser and ambitous composer/tenor saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock,  leads a series of ensembles at the Stone at the New School, $20. Choice pick: 8/7 with the “Grammy Season Sextet” – Brandon Seabrook (guitar) Michael Formanek (bass) Tom Rainey (drums) Mazz Swift (violin) Tomeka Reid (cello)

8/6, 8:40 PM dancer/vocalist Vidhya Subramanian performs a Bharatanatyam concert at the Mezzanine Theatre, 502 W 53rd St, $30

8/7, noon metal band the Beautiful Distrortion – loudest act ever to play outdoors at the triangle at 72nd St. and Broadway at Lincoln Square Park on the upper west

8/7, 5:30 PM the Bryant Park Accordion Festival with the deviously lyrical Susan Hwang, playful Nordic group Smorgasbandet, the latin and Mddle Eastern-tinged Ismael Butera, hypnotic harmonium player Mindra Sahadeo and others around the park

8/7, 6 PM Rohan Krishnamurthy and Nitin Mitta’s North and South Indian Percussion Duo with harmonium player Rohan Prabhudesai at the Mezzanine Theatre, 502 W 53rd St, $20

8/7, 6 PM terse, crystalline-voiced guitarist/jazz chantense Camila Meza leads her chamber jazz septet Nectar Orchestra at Madison Square Park

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

8/7-10, 7/10 PM diverse bassist Nicki Parrott leads her group at Birdland, $20. Strong singer too.

8/7, 7:30 PM amazing, atmospheric Hindustani singer/multi-instrumentalist  Arooj Aftab opens for a flameco dance performance at Darnrosch Park

8/7, 8 PM Du.O – Aimée Niemann and Charlotte Munn-Wood playing “old, new, and improvised music on our violins (and sometimes non-violins)”- at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery,

8/7, 8:30 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” and Middle Eastern flavored hash smoking anthems at Troost

8/7, 8:40 PM Bala Skandan and friends play a Carnatic-nspired percussion program at the Mezzanine Theatre, 502 W 53rd St, $25

8/7, 9 PM psychedelic supergroup the Elgin Marbles feat. members of Love Camp 7, Dervisi and Peter Stampfel’s jug band at Troost

8/7, 10:30 PM intense, charismatic oldschool soul belter Sami Stevens at Bowery Electric, $10 adv tix rec

8/8, noon surprisingly vital first-wave Jamaican roots reggae band Third World at Metrotech Park in downtown Brooklyn

8/8, 6 PM wildly popular Indian singer Binay Pathak performs a program of ghazals and Hindustani songs with Rabi Sanjar Bhattacharjee at the Mezzanine Theatre, 502 W 53rd St, $20

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

8/8, 7:20 PM Prasant Radhakrishnan plays a rare US program of Carnatic saxophone with Rohan Krishnamurthy on mridangam at the Mezzanine Theatre, 502 W 53rd St, $20

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

8/8, 8 PM starkly atmospheric jazz violinist/singer Zosha Warpeha followed by cellist Hank Roberts ‘ edgy sextet at the Owl

8/8, 9 PM the aptly named ghoulabilly/noir Americana  Legendary Shack Shakers at the Knitting Factory, $15

8/8. 7 PM incisive lead guitarist Cecilia Eljuri plays from her new reggae record at Joe’s Pub, $tba

8/8, 730 PM charismatic, theatrical, anthemic rock-soul songwriter DB Rielly at Astoria Park Shore Boulevard between the Hell Gate Bridge and the pool

8/8. 7:30 PM newgrass and classcial with violinist Tessa Lark and bassist Michael Thurber at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

8/8, 8 PM folk noir/parlor pop song stylist Marah Vanbeekom at Bar Chord.

8//9, 6 PM| spellbinding violinists Trina Basu & Arun Ramamurthy‘s Carnatic-inspired Nakshatra Quartet Indian chamber ensemble at the Mezzanine Theatre, 502 W 53rd St, $25

8/9, 6 PM oldtimey danceable bluegrass sounds with Megan Downes & the City Stompers at 76th Avenue and Springfield Boulevard (in Alley Pond Park), Queens

8/9,,7 PM rousing, anthemic janglerock/Americana band the Hawthorns at the small room at the Rockwood

8/9, 7PM ish celtic fiddle star Eileen Ivers and band at Bryant Park

8/9-10, 7:30 PM the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra with soloist Steven Osborne play Haydn’s Overture in D, the Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 2, Schittke’s Mozarr a la Haydn and Mozart’s Symphony No. 35 at Avery Fisher Hall, $35

8/9, 8:40 PM Hindustani Kirana Gharana singer and sarodist Sanhita Nandi with Nitin Mitta (tabla) and Ravi Mishra (harmonium) at the Mezzanine Theatre, 502 W 53rd St, $25

8/9-10, 7:30/9:30 PM lyrical latin jazz pianist Manuel Valera‘s New Cuban Express Big Band at the Jazz Gallery, $25

8/9, 7:30 PM a Marvin Gaye tribute with guitarist Felicia Collins, sax powerhouse Alexa Tarantino, Toshi Reagon, Siedah Garrett, Kecia Lewis, and others at Prospect Park Bandshell

8/9, 8 PM New Bojaira play the album release show for their new flamenco jazz record at Drom, $15 adv tix rec

8/9, 8 PM poignant, eclectic, lyrical jazz bassist/composer Pedro Giraudo’s tango quartet at Barbes

8/9, 9 PM eclectic Korean pianist/performance artist Hyo Jee Kang plays Fly in Water: A Multimedia Concert at the Center for Remembering and Sharing, $25 adv tix recs

8/9, 8 PM punk/rockabilly band the Screaming Rebel Angels followed by ex-Stray Cats bassist Slim Jim Phantom and his trio at Brooklyn Bazaar, $16

8/9, 9ish Dilemastronauta Y Los Sabrosos Cosmicos with members of M.A.K.U and Combo Chimbita play space cumbia and other trippy tropicalia at C’Mon Everybody, $10

8/10, 1/3 PM improvisational jazz big band Go: Organic Orchestra & 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 material from their upcoming triple vinyl album in the park on Governors Island. Included on the bill is their new composition In D, a sequel to the Terry Riley classic.

8/10, 4 PM Japanese koto/shamisen virtuoso Yoko Reikano Kimura in a rare US performance at the Center for Remembering and Sharing, $30

8/10, 6 PM reggae acts from across the years, in reverse order at Central Park Summerstage: dancehall king Elephant Man, ex-Black Uhuru singer Junior Reid, Estelle and newschool conscious roots band Raging Fyah at Central Park

8/10, 7 PM lustrous singer and badass cello-rock bandleader Serena Jost in a rare solo show, on a killer triplebill with haunting, fearsomely powerful soul belter and noir Americana songstress Karen Dahlstrom – and Pete Cenedella, frontman of mighty, anthemic, vintage Springsteenian rockers the Tru Mongrel Hearts at Freddy’s

8/10, 7 PM bright, shiny crystalline voiced oldschool-style soul singer Tameca Jones and her excellent band at the big room at the Rockwood, $12

8/10,,7 PM Ensemble Nikel play works by Klaus Lang and other contemporary composers at Wagner Park north of Battery Park. 8/14 at 8 they’re at the DiMenna Center playing works by Simon Løffler, Steven Takasugi, Clara Iannotta, Mirela Ivičević and Julien Malaussena for $20/$10 stud/srs

8/10, 7:20 PM Sruti Sarathy plays classical Indian violin at the Mezzanine Theatre, 502 W 53rd St, $20. She has serious chops, expect lots of thrills.

8/10, 7:30 PM tuneful, hard-hitting alto saxophonist Alex Lore with Martin Nevin on bass and Jochen Rueckert on drums at the Bar Nex tDoor, $12

8/10, 7:30 PM psychedelic cumbia night with the slinky female-fronted Delsonido and Bomba Estéreo at Prospect Park Bandshell

8/10, 6 PM mesmerizing oudist Brian Prunka followed at 10 by hard-hitting, brass-fueled newschool latin soul/boogaloo dance band Spanglish Fly at Barbes

8/19, 9ish the math-iest doom metal band ever, Skryptor, monster guitarist Ava Mendoza’s epic noisemetal power trio Unnatural Ways and shapeshiftingly surrealistic Chicago art-rockers Cheer Accident at Ceremony, 224 Manhattan Ave. (off Maujer), Williamsburg, $t ba

8/10, 9ish acerbic drummer/composer Kate Gentile with saxophonist and clarinetist Jeremy Viner, pianist Matt Mitchell, and bassist Kim Cass at the Owl

8/10, 9 PM high-voltage Americana jamband Spirit Family Reunion at Union Pool, $15

8/10, 9 PM uneasy, catchy psychedelic band Quicksilver Daydream play the album releae show fortheir new one at Littlefield, $10

8/10, 10 PM alternately boisterous and plaintive oldschool honkytonk band the Shootouts at Skinny Dennis

8/10, 10 PM smartly tuneful oldschool soul/psych-pop songwriter Mimi Oz at the Way Station

8/11, 11:30 AM| kathak dancer Seibi Lee performs with a live classical Indian score at the Mezzanine Theatre, 502 W 53rd St, $20

8/11, 1 PM not a music event per se but very cool: Jiva Dance Company perform their apocalyptic Bharatanatyam suite The Four Horsemen: “The stories – a woman shackled to the life of a courtesan (conquest), a woman reminiscing the night she spent with her lover who is at war (war), a mother searching for nourishment for her child in the midst a sandstorm (famine), and finally a woman at the end of her life recalling memories that span youthful joy to hardship and loss (death) – are touchingly timely,” at the Mezzanine Theatre, 502 W 53rd St, $25

8/11, 2:30 PM the rapturous, mighty Navatman Music Collective – this continent’s only Indian carnatic choir, and one of only three in the world – sing their new suite Bridges of Joy at the Mezzanine Theatre, 502 W 53rd St, $25

8/11, 3 PM ish funk-punk-postpunkers the B Boys play the album release show for their new one at Union Pool, free 

8/11, 4 PM the Sometime Boys’ riveting, powerful, theatrical frontwoman Sarah Mucho sings dark cabaret and rock tunes at Freddy’s

8/11, 5 PM cinematic guitarist Pat Irwin and boisterous swing/ska trombonist J. Walter Hawkes followed by Richard Mazda – the legendary 80s new wave producer and guitarist – at LIC Bar

8/11, 5 PM Romany jazz accordionist Julien Labro leads his group at Jefferson Market Garden in the west village

8/11, 5 PM an ACLU benefit for immigrant rights with solo performances by thoughtful pianists Aaron Parks and Shai Maestro plus drummer Antonio Sanchez and postbop saxophonist Dayna Stephens leading their own bands at Shapeshifter Lab, $25

8/11, 6 PM ish anthemic melodic metal band Liliac at Blackthorn 51, $15

8/11, 7 PM brilliant steel guitarist Mike Neer’s Steelonious – who do Monk covers in the same vein as Buddy Emmons –   followed at 9:30  by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

8/11, 7 PM noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo leads his trio at 55 Bar

8/11, 7:30 PM noir Americana siren and Hadestown creator Anais Mitchell opens for a ex-crackhead hanger-on from the 60s who was once in a pioneering janglerock band, at Damrosch Park, get there early because all the old hippies will take the seats

8/11, 7:30 PM chill, purposeful oldschool jazz trio: Evan Arntzen (tenor sax), Jon-Erik Kellso (trumpet), Mathis Picard (piano) at Mezzrow, $20

8/11, 8ish perennially vital latin jazz piano sage Eddie Palmieri at East River Park. If you want to see him indoors he’s at at the Blue Note  8/20-25 at 8/10:30 PM, $30 standing room avail

8/11, 8 PM elegant bop-era guitar legend Gene Bertoncini at the Bar Next Door

8/11, 830 PM pioneering Afro-punk bass player Felice  Rosser of Faith followed by eclectic guitarist Monica Passin of rockabilly/soul band Lil Mo & the Monicats with amazing vocalist/Americana song stylist Drina Seay at the Treehouse at 2A

8/12 7/10 PM articulate, lyrical third-stream jazz pianist Laila Biali at Birdland, $20 seats avail

8/12, 7:30 PM fiery alto saxophonist Lucas Pino’s eclectic, dynamic No No Nonet at Smalls

8/12, 7 PM eclectic, hard-hitting, lyrical composer/tenor saxophonist Stan Killian at 55 Bar

8/12,  10ish the NYC Gaita Club – a Bulla en el Barrio spinoff – play rustically pounding Afro-Colombian trance-dance music at Barbes

8/13, 7 PM rustic Colombian sounds with the Cumbia River Band at Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City

8/13, 7 PM music and conversation with Asian American female parlor pop stylists Jay Miners, Yify Zhang, the more “R&B” influenced ÊMIA, and pensive acoustic songwriter Sarah Kang at the Museum of Chinese in America, 215 Centre St., $20 includes a drink

8/13, 7:30/9:30 PM the haunting, smokily atmospheric Michael Leonhart Orchestra at the Jazz Standard, $30

8/13-17, 8:30 PM noir-inspired low-register reedman Ben Goldberg leads a series of ensembles at the Stone at the New School, $20. Choice pick: the 8/15 octet gig with Ches Smith (xylophone) Kenny Wollesen, Will Shore (vibraphone) Allison Miller (drums, percussion) Kirk Knuffke (cornet) Ryan Ferreira (electric guitar) Andrew Conklin (electric guitar)

8/14, noon: :hard-hitting bassist Dawn Drake & Zapote‘play latin-tinged funk followed by mystery band Hasta La Zeta at Lincoln Square Park on the upper west

8/14, 5:30 PM the Bryant Park Accordion Festival with New York’s most charismatic, darkly compelling lyrical songwriter/storyteller/keyboard genius Rachelle Garniez. forro shredder Felipe Hostins, torchy cumbia/swing singer Erica Mancini and others around the park

8/14, 6 PM intense retro 60s influenced Nubian funk band Alsarah & the Nubatonesat Madison Square Park. 8/15, 6:30 PM they’re under the Manhattan Bridge archway in Dumbo

8/14, 7:30 PM cleverly lyrical, darkly klezmer-tinged pianist Uri Caine with Mark Heliias on bass at Mezzrow, $20

8/14, 730/9:30 PM  the mighty, colorful, occasionally Middle Eastern-tinged Eyal Vilner Big Band at Minton’s, $20 + 2 drink min. they’re also here on 8/21

8/14, 8 PM intense, purposeful, scorching guitarist Ava Mendoza solo, and improvisational  viola sorceress Jessica Pavone‘s string ensemble at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery,

8/14, 8 PM fuzztone-fueled retro 60s psychedelic rockers the Mystery Lights at Berlin, $15

8/14, 9 PM Elliott Smith-esque chamber-pop band the Morning Sea  at the big room at the Rockwood

8/14, 9 PM wildfire Hazmat Modine lead guitarist Michaela Gomez leads her band at Bar Lunatico

8/15, 5 PM newschool gospel with Texas singers the Walls Group & Washington DC all-female classical trio the String Queens on the plaza outdoors at NJPAC in Newark

8/15, 5:30 PM chamber ensemble Leadlights play selections by Debussy, Ravel, Schubert, and Jessie Montgomery.at Belvedere Plaza in Battery Park City

8/15, 7:30 PM newschool Mississippi hill country blues with Cedric Burnside at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

8/15, 8 PM ghostly ambient artist Olivia Block and politically woke multimedia artist Raven Chacon at the DiMenna Center, $20

8/15 8 PM ambitious, perennially tuneful saxophonist Mike McGinnis leads his quartet with Jacob Sacks on piano followed by alto player Jonathan Crompton doing the album release show for his new one with Ingrid Laubrock and Patrick Breiner on tenor sax, plus bassist Adam Hopkins and drummer Kate Gentile at the Owl

8/15. 8:30 PM veteran downtown avant-garde vocals/sax duo A Dream in Red – Nora McCarthy and Jorge Sylvester – at Arete Gallery, $15

8/15, 9 PM dynamic, lyrically smart newgrass band Cricket Tell the Weather at the small room at the Rockwood

8/16, 5 PM the grand finale of this year’s Bryant Park Accordion Festival with Toot Sweet‘s twisted theatrical glam rock, Argentine tango band the Aces of Rhythm, underground Russian rocker Fedor Chistyakov, Tex-Mex conjunto Los Texmaniacs and wild Venezuelan shredder El Rey Vallenato Beto Jamaica

8/16. 5;30 PM sharply lyrical folk noir songwriter Lizzie No at the American Folk Art Museum

8/16, 7:30 PM ambitious postbop with a sense of humor: Kyle Nasser on saxophones with Rick Rosato on bass and Vinnie Sperazza on drums at the Bar Next Door, $12

8/16, 7:30/9:30 PM cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum‘s nine-tet with Mary Halvorson on guitar, Tomeka Reid on cello, Ingrid Laugrock on tenor sax and others at the Jazz Gallery, $25

8/16, 8 PM hypnotic electric santoorist/singer Azam Ali plays the album release show for her hypnotic, ambient new one at Drom, $20 adv tix rec

8/16, 8 PM dusky, rustic Brazilian rainforest guitar-and-accordion sounds with Regional de NY at Barbes

8/16, 8 PM adventurous cellist Okkyung Lee with Ches Smith, drums; Ganavya Doraiswamy and Sara Serpa, voices; Maeve Gilchrist, harp at the DiMenna Center, $20

8/16, 9 PM psychedelic band Annabelle Chairlegs – like a slightly faster Black Angels with a chirpy girl singer out front – followed by ferocious punk blues guitarslinger Black Joe Lewis at the Bell House, $22

8/16, 9 PM Antibalas spinoff Armo play Afrobeat at Bar Lunatico. they’re also here on 8/30

8/16, 1AM ish (wee hours of 8/17) this era’s most intensely powerful tenor saxophonist/composer, JD Allen at Smalls. In his element, to be sure.

8/17, 3 PM potentially scary piano/bass/guitar improv: Ron Stabinsky/Shayna Dunkelman/Ava Mendoza at Arete Gallery, $15

8/17, 3:30 PM dancer Azumi Oe with drumer Carlo Costa & bassist Sean Ali, eclectic, globally-inspired violinist Dina Maccabee, and dancer Oxana Chi with performance artist Layla Zami & pianist Mara Rosenbloom at Luisa Muhr’s monthly Women Between Arts show – NYC’s only multidisciplinary series focusing exclusively on woman performers at the Glass Box Theatre at the New School, 55 W 13th St, $20, “no one turned away for lack of funds”

8/17, 6 PM one of New York’s most eclectic, interesting oudists, Brian Prunka followed at 8 by  eclectic, electric C&W/blues band the Jug Addicts and at 10 by ferocious, creepily enveloping, kinetic psychedelic tropicalia band Yotoco at Barbes

8/17, 7 PM ish honkytonk guitarslinger Danny Weiss and charming singer Mary Olive Smith’s oldschool C&W band Stillhouse Serenade at the Gowanus Dredgers Society Boathouse, free

8/17, 7:30 PM sizzling, melodic, dynamically epic latin jazz pianist Luis Perdomo with Rufus Reid on bass, wow at Mezzrow, $25

8/17, 7:30/9:30 PM tunes to match eclectic ambition: trombonist Kalia Vandever leads a quintet playing the album release show for her new one at the Jazz Gallery, $20

8/17, 8 PM fearlessly relevant, genuinely riveting, populist tenor sax visionary/improviser Matana Roberts with International Contemporary Ensemble at the DiMenna Center, $20. Then 8/20-24, 8:30 PM she leads a series of duos at the Stone at the New School, $20. Choice pick: closing night with Vijay Iyer WOW

8/17, 8ish conscious hip-hop legend Talib Kweli at Marcus Garvey Park

8/17, 9 PM Summer Cannibals – like a good, concise, more political take on late-period Sleater-Kinney – at Elsewhere, $12

8/17, midnigh unpredictably fun, funny, occasionally Lubowski-esque psychedelic art-rock band the Academy Blues Project at the small room at the Rockwood

8/18, 3 PM ish majestic, darkly cinematic surf instrumentalists the TarantinosNYC at Bay 9 East at Riis Park in the Rockaways

8/18, 5 PM the NY Jazzharmonic play a program of music associated with the early women in jazz at Jefferson Market Garden in the west village

8/18, 5:30 PM 20s/30s swing purists the David Berger Jazz Orchestra at Birdland

8/18, 6 PM ferocious singer Hannah Fairchild’s explosive, lyrically brilliant noir punk power trio Hannah vs. the Many at the Nest, 504 Flatbush Ave, B/Q to Prospect Park, $tba. Noiserock trio George Puke, who play after, are fun too.

8/18, 6 PM oldschool salsa with Jose “El Canario” Alberto and La Sonora Ponceña at the Coney Island Amphitheatre, free, it’s a pretty small place run by corporate idiots and you’ll need to get there early to get in

8/18, 6 PM what’s left of multiple incarnations of Bob Marley’s band the Wailers featuring Julian Junior Marvin at Marcus Garvey Park

8/18, 7 PM bassist Max Johnson’s Heroes Trio with Jason Rigby on saxophone, Jeff Davis on drums playing  “compositions by the great bassists and heroes, past and present, such as Jimmy Garrison, Henry Grimes, Charlie Haden, Mark Dresser, Slam Stewart and many more” followed at 9:30 by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

8/18, 7 PM eclectic, sardonically lyrical parlor pop band Orly Bendavid and the Mona Dahls at the big room at the Rockwood, $10

8/18, 8 PM indie classical with the Bent Duo -David Friend, piano; Bill Solomon, percussion –  followed by popular quirky indie rock band Deerhoof playing 80s covers wtf at the DiMenna Center, $20

8/19-23, half past noon haunting, eclectic Armenian jazz composer Armen Donelian rocks the electric piano at Bryant Park

8/19, 8 PM eclectic, potentially combustible guitarist Ryan Ferreira in a rare solo show followed by  noir-inspired low-register reedman Ben Goldberg n a rare duo show with tenor saxophonist Ingrid Laugrock at Arete Gallery, $15

8/19, 9:30ish ex-Chicha Libre keyboard sorcerer Josh Camp’s wryly psychedelic cumbia/tropicalia/dub band Locobeach at Barbes

8/20 7 PM cinematic, lyrical, fiercely relevant genre-smashing saxophonist/singer Stephanie Chou leads her quartet at the Museum of Chinese in America, 215 Centre St., $20 includes a drink

8/20, 8 PM indie classical chamber goup Talea Ensemble play works by Volokovic, Biro and Leroux at the DiMenna Center, $20

8/21, 1 PM the upbeat, oldtimey Ebony Hillbillies – NYC’s only oldschool African-American string band – at Lincoln Square Park on the upper west

8/21-22, 7:30/9:30 PM terse piano/guitar interplay: Kris Davis and Julian Lage at the Jazz Gallery, $25

8/21, 8 PM indie classical chamber group Talea Ensemble and perennially interesting piano/percussion ensemble Yarn/Wire play works by Vivier, Boulane, Oesterle, Linda Caitlin Smith and others at the DiMenna Center, $20

8/21, 9 PM poignant, eclectic, lyrical jazz bassist/composer Pedro Giraudo’s Tango Quartet at Bar Lunatico

8/21. 9 PM violinist Marissa Licata – who does colorful, energetic versions of covers from Despacito to Jethro Tull – at the Delancey, $10

8/22, 6:30 PM Lisa Hoppe on bass with Rachel Therrien on trumpet and Dayeon Aaron Edgcomb on drums at the Bar Next Door, free

8/22, 6:30 PM Bollywood-influenced oldschool soul harmony band Say She She under the Manhattan Bridge archway in Dumbo

8/22, 7 PM Alice Coltraine-inspired multi-keyboardist Rema Hasumi at Arete Gallery, $15

8/22, 7:30 PM whirlwind tropical accordion star El Rey Vallenato Beto Jamaica and band at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

8/22, 8:30 PM Wickedly catchy Americana/paisley underground rockers Girls on Grass followed by a kinda whiny Americana act, then deviously fun no wave/post-Velvets rockers Shadow Year and then the similar but more punkish Dares at Union Pool, $12

8/22, 9 PM creepy, wickedly lyrical, harmony-driven noir chamber pop/murder ballad duo Charming Disaster at Joe’s Pub, $15

8/22, 9 PM flashy, catchy, eclectic Americana fingerstyle guitarist Dougmore at Sunny’s

8/22, 10 PM drummer Arthur Vint & Associates reinvent classic Morricone spaghetti western soundtracks at Barbes

8/22. 11 PM wickedly torchy noir songwriter Julia Haltigan  at the Sultan Room, $12

8/23. 5:30 PM Americana rock songstresss Stephanie Manns at the American Folk Art Museum

8/23, 6 PM reverbtoned 70s style psychedelic soul band the Muckers at Bryant Park

8/23, 7 PM in reverse order at Marcus Garvey Park: eclectic, purist jazz singer Brianna Thomas, South African croone Vuyo Sotashe, the JBs’ Fred Wesley, erudite jazz drummer Winard Harper & Jeli Posse at Marcus Garvey Park

8/23, 7:30 PM flashy highway rock guitar dude Ryan Scott, haunting art-rock cinematic instrumentalists Morricone Youth and eclectic, cinematic keyboardist Frank LoCrasto at the Sultan Room, $10

8/23, 8 PM fiery, psychedelically bluesy oldschool soul/roadhouse jamband Lizzie & the Makers at  Gold Sounds, $8

8/23. 9 PM wild psycho mambo/psychedelic cumbia band La Misa Negra at SOB’s, $15

8/23, 9 PM  first-rate purist honkytonk crooner/bandleader Cliff Westfall and his kick-ass group at Skinny Dennis

8/23, 9 PM wild live techno with sax-and-drums monsters Moon Hooch at Rough Trade, $22 gen adm. The next night, 8/24 they’re at the Music Hall of Williamsburg at 11, for two bucks less. Go figure.

8/23, 10 PM the world’s creepiest, slinkiest, most blackly funny crime jazz/film noir band, Big Lazy at Barbes

8/24, 3 PM in reverse order; alto powerhouse Ravi Coltrane, chanteuse Quiana Lynell, the all-star all-femael trio Reclamation with Camille Thurman, Nikara Warren and Brandee Younger at Marcus Garvey Park

8/24, 6 PM one of New York’s most eclectic, interesting oudists, Brian Prunka  followed at 8 by pianist Lucian Ban and violist Mat Maneri playing their creepy Transylvanian jazz and at 10 by and at 10 by epic, psychedelic, noir-drenched psycho mambo band Gato Loco at Barbes

8/24, 7 PM slinky, darkly psychedelic instrumentalists the Ghost Funk Orchestra followed at 9 by uneasily eclectic tropically-influenced singer Renata Zeigeur and band at Bryant Park. Avoid the singsongey, cliched 8 PM singer-songwriter act in between them

 8/24, 7:30 PM rapturous Indian carnatic music with singer Samarth Nagarkar, tabla player Meghashyam Keshav and Rohan Prabhudesai on harmoniun at the Chhandayan Center for Indian Music $16

 8/24, 8ish legendary 90s Brooklyn psychedelic funk unit Groove Collective reunite at the Mercury, $10 adv tix rec

8/24. 9 PM one of NY’s most versatile, ferocious guitarists, ex-Sharon Jones lead player Binky Griptite and band at Bar Lunatico

8/24, 10 PM wild, colorful, Bowie-esque female-fronted glamrockers the Manimals play a pro-choice benefit at Union Pool, $12

8/24, 1 AM (actually wee hours of 8/25 feral tenor saxophonist Eric Wyatt leads the jam at Smalls. Could be off the hook

8/25, 3 PM the Emerson Quartet’s Eugene Drucker, violin; Roberta Cooper, cello; Beth Levin, piano play works by Clara & Robert Schuman and Brahms at Concerts on the Slope, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 139 St. John’s Place downhill from 7th Ave, sugg don

8/25, 3 PM in reverse order at Tompkins Square Park: drum eminence grise Carl Allen’s Art Blakey Tribute, tenor man George Coleman’s Trio,  lyrical pianist Fred Hersch and eclectic altoist Lakecia Benjamin at Tompkins Square Park

8/25, 5 PM Remy Taghavi, bassoon and Yelena Grinberg, piano play works for this unusual pairing by Vivaldi, Tellemann, Mozart, Saint-Saens, Ravel, Dutilleux and Boutry at Grinberg’s upper westside piano salon, reception to follow, $35, close to the 1/2/3 train at 96th St., deets here 

8/25, 7 PM chamber jazz ensemble the Westerlies with crooner Theo Bleckmann and the majestic, titanically kinetic NYChillharmonic – a mighty art-rock band with jazz instrumentation – at Joe’s Pub, $tba

8/25, 8ish popular 90s salsa chanteuse La India at Central Park Summerstage

8/26, 7 PM trumpeter Dominick Faranacci leads a nonet bolstered by the Urban Playground Chamber Orchestra saluting great events and places in Harlem jazz at the HSA Theater, 649 St. Nicholas Ave north of 141st St., A/C/B to 145th St., free

8/26, 7 PM Taka Kigawa plays late Beethoven piano sonatas at the Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec

8/26, 8 PM boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with Jack Grace solo at Bar Chord

8/26, 9 PM subtle, dynamic jazz singer Yoon Sun Choi with the perennially lyrical Jacob Sacks on piano at Bar Lunatico

8/27, 7 PM clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party  and brilliant Danish klezmer jazz ensemble Mames Babagenush at the Mercury, $20 adv tix rec

8/27-28, 7:30/9:30 PM monster drummer Johnathan Blake leads a killer quartet wih Immanuel Wilkins -alto saxophone; Joel Ross -vibraphone; Dezron Douglas -bass at the Jazz Gallery, $25

8/27-28, 730/9:30 PM epically brilliant, Shostakovich-inspired jazz pianist/composer Fabian Almazan leads his trio at the Jazz Standard, $30

8/27, 8:30 PM accordion genius Shoko Nagai and percussionist Satoshi Takeishi’s Abysm at Arete Gallery, $15

8/27-9/1, 8;30/10 PM ferocious postbop tenor sax with Chris Potter’s Underground quartet at the Vanguard, $35

8/27, 9 PM singer Kami Thompson and guitar monster James Walbourne’s fiery, fearless Britfolk/psych-folk band the Rails at Joe’s Pub, $tba

8/28, 7 PM the Brooklyn Raga Massive – a rotating cast of A-list Indian, jazz and rock musicians who love to jam out classic Indian themes  with klezmer clarinet and mandolin wizard Andy Statman at the Rubin Museum of Art, $30 gen adm

8/28 8 PM self-explanatory, popular 90s jamband the NY Ska Jazz Ensemble at Iridium, $25

8/29, 5 PM 90s Dirty Jerz hip-hop supertrio Lords of the Underground outdoors at NJPAC in Newark

8/29, 7 PM slinky noir/retro rock bassist/songwriter Amy LaVere plays the album release show for her excellent new one at the third stage at the Rockwood, $10

8/29, 7 PM Nancy Garniez, piano with Gregor Kitzis, violin; Artie Dibble, viola; Dave Eggar, cello play the Mozart G minor Piano Quartet; Brahms C minor Piano Quartet, Brahms C major Trio at Garniez’s upper West Side salon,  sug don $20, refreshments, lively and iconoclastic conversation includedemail for details/address

8/29-31, 7:30/9:30 PM erudite pianist Orrin Evans leads his trio augmented by guest Kevin Eubanks on guitar at the Jazz Standard, $30. Forget the sub gig for Iverson; Evans is a throwback to smoking, hard-hitting 50s postbop glory.

8/29, 730 PM the Haitian funk band that started it all, Boukman Eksperyans at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

8/29, 8 PM 7 PM the Underground Spiritual Ground, a new supergroup and Anbessa Orchestra spinoff exploring the connection between African-American spirituals, Ethiopian and Caribbean music followed at 10 by Quatre Vingt Neuf, who do playfully improvisational versions of hot jazz classics and Little Rascals theme music with a rock rhythm section at Barbes

8/29, 10 PM creepily relevant, provocative performance artist Jelly Boy the Clown, torchy noirish sardonically funny cabaret dude Phat Man Dee and similarly funny, smart, politically woke feminist folk-punk duo Dolltits (Therina Bella and Magie Serpica) at ConeyIslandUSA, 1208 Surf Ave (corner W.12th St), Cnney Island, $20

8/30, 9 PM the eclectic, electrifying accordion-driven Los Mochuelos play classic gangsta Colombian vallenato and cumbia at Bar Chord

8/30, 10 PM Nando Griffiths & Kingston play roots reggae at Shrine

8/30-31 ,10:30 PM state-of-the-art postbop alto saxophonist Jaleel Shaw leads his quartet at Smalls. You want adrenaline?

8/30, 11 PM enigmatic, compelling third-stream jazz pianist/singer Alina Engibaryan at Littlefield, $10

8/30, 11 PM allusively haunting, minimalist folk noir singer Belle-Skinner at Pete’s

8/31, 3 PM ish ageless, jangly, purist NY surf rock originals the Supertones at Bay 9 East at Riis Park in the Rockaways

8/31, 6 PM  mesmerizing, intricate, anthemic oudist  Brian Prunka and band followed at 8 by accordion genius Shoko Nagai ’s haunting, increasingly loud and psychedelic Tokala Silk Road/klezmer mashup project and at 10 by Rana Santacruz – the Mexican Shane MacGowan, but without the booze if you can imagine that – at Barbes

8/31, 9 PM haunting traditional Persian sounds with Koubeh at the old Nublu, $15

9/1,  3 PM ish the largescale improvisational ensemble who started it all, the Sun Ra Arkestra outdoors at Union Pool, free

9/3, 8 PM tuneful latin-inspired pianist/organist Bennett Paster at Halyards

9/7, 1/3 PM intense, microtonal string ensemble the Sirius Quartet play works by Jeremy Harman, Fung Chern Hwei, Gregor Huebner, plys original arrangements of Radiohead & the Beatles in the park on Governors Island

9/8, 7 PM catchy, anthemic newgrass/blue-eyed soul band the Levins at the basement room at the Rockwood, $12

9/13 at 8 PM, repeating 9/14 at 7:30 pianist Melody Fader and violinist Doori Na play Wolfgang Rihm’s ethereal score to Miro Magloire‘s new dance piece at City Center Studio 5, 130 W 56 St, $33/$20 stud/srs

9/!4. 4 PM sharply amusing, wickedly lyrical, politically woke lit-rock singer/pianist Dawn Oberg at the small room at the Rockwood

9/15, 7 PM pensively intense microtonal violinist/singer Sarah Bernstein‘s excellent Veer Quartet with Sana Nagano – violin; Leonor Falcón – viola; Nick Jozwiak – cello  at Spectrum $15

9/21, 5 PM ish intense, brilliantly relevant oldtime gospel/Africa Africana music maven Vienna Carroll and the irrepresibly theatrical, politically spot-on Ukuladies at the Gowanus Dredgers Society Boathouse, free

9/23 ageless Peruvian psychedelic cumbia jamband legends Los Wembler’s de Iquitos at the Poisson Rouge

11/8, 8 PM the world’s darkest, slinkiest, most blackly funny crime jazz/film noir band, Big Lazy play the album release show for their danceably creepy new one Dear Trouble at the Old American Can Factory, 232 3rd St. in Gowanus with special guests Steven Bernstein on trumpet, Slavic Soul Party’s Peter Hess on saxes and Miramar’s Farfisa sorceress Marlysse Rose Simmons, $20

Spot-On Oldschool C&W, Flashy Guitar Picking and a Williamsburg Gig From the Shootouts

Akron, Ohio band The Shootouts hit a bullseye with their spot-on, retro mix of honkytonk, hard country, Bakersfield twang and a little rockabilly. These guys really kill it with their flashy guitar chops and clever, aphoristic lyrics that sound straight out of Nashville or Bakersfield circa 1963. Their album Quick Draw – streaming at Soundcloud – is like being time-warped back to a bar playing the cool country radio station in either of those cities at that time. They’re at Skinny Dennis on August 10 at 10 PM.

The first track is Cleaning House, an aphoristic, period-perfect early 60s style rockabilly tune with choogling guitar and keening pedal steel from lead player Brian Poston over the loping groove of bassist Ryan McDermott and drummer Dylan Gomez. Frontman Ryan Humbert begins I’d Rather Be Lonely as a vivid, forlorn Don Gibson-style ballad, then drifts toward Flatlanders hillbilly hippie territory. Then the band pick it up with the ripsnorting, rapidfire If I Could, which sounds like Buck Owens’ Buckaroos covering an early 50s Ernest Tubb hit.

California to Ohio has weirdly anachronistic, 1950s lyrical references set to easygoing teens Americana rock. The album’s instrumental title track has a tasty, rambunctiously twangy conversation between guitar and steel: among current bands, the Bakersfield Breakers come to mind.

They bring it down with the delicate, Buddy Holly-flavored acoustic tune Must Be Love, then take the angst and emotionsl desolation to redline with the hushed, lushly orchestrated If We Quit Now: these guys can be as haunting as they are funny.

Who Needs Rock n Roll speaks for a generation who’ve turned to Americana in the decades since the grunts of grunge and the autistic atonalities of indie rock took over the mainstream. The band stick with a western swing vibe with the grimly amusing Alimony, then shift to vintage honkytonk for the sad barstool ballad Lonely Never Lets Me Down.

Reckless Abandon, a brisk, twangy Bakersfield shuffle, is next. After that, Radio Jesus is a more subtle take on what what the Stones did with Faraway Eyes. The album’s closing cut is a downcast ballad, Losing Faith in Being Faithful. If a lot of these songs had been recorded as 45 RPM singles fifty-odd years ago, it’s a fair bet they would have sold a whole slew of them. You’re going to see this album on a whole lot of “best of” lists at the end of the year.

Live Music Calendar for New York City and Brooklyn for July and August 2019

Daily updates, and a new calendar for August and September coming 8/1 – if you go out a lot, you might want to bookmark this page and check back regularly. Believe it or not, some of this year’s free summer concert series schedules still haven’t been announced yet – as soon as they are, the good stuff will be on this page.

If you’re leaving your hood, don’t get stuck waiting for a train that never comes, make sure you check http://www.mta.info for service changes considering how unreliable the subway is at night and on the weekend.

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

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

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

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

Weekly events first followed by the daily calendar:

On select Wednesdays and Sundays, an intimate, growing piano music salon on the Upper West Side featuring iconoclastically insightful, lyrical pianist Nancy Garniez – a cult favorite with an extraordinarily fluid, singing, legato style – exploring the delicious minutiae of works from across the centuries, beverages and lively conversation included! Next performance is 7/16, 7 PM : an all-Brahms program with two trios, Op. 40 for Waldhorn, Violin and Piano, then Op 87 for Piano, Violin and Cello with Nancy Garniez – piano; Gregor Kitzis – violin; Dave Eggar – cello; Jacob Garniez – Waldhorn; sug donemail for details/address

7/14-28, 8 PM this year’s International Keyboard Festival featuring inexpensive performances by all kinds of up-and-coming and veteran talent at the Lang Recital Hall, on the 4th floor of the North Building at Hunter College. Most concerts are $10. Too many artists to list: the lineup is here

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 tropical bands playing cumbias, boogaloo, salsa, maybe all of the above.

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

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

Mondays in July at 10 (9 PM on 7/1) at LIC Bar darkly psychedelic circus punks Yula & the Extended Family – sometimes just frontwoman/bassist Yula Beeri and her loop pedals, other times with a parade of special guests

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

Mondays starting at around 10:45 PM Rev. Vince Anderson and his band play two sets at Union Pool. 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 woke, 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 usual lead soloist on baritone sax, with frequent special guests. Sizzling guitarist Binky Griptite – Sharon Jones’ lead player – is also often there.

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

Wednesdays at 8:30 PM purposeful postbop jazz guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg leads his trio at the Bar Next Door, $12

Wednesdays at 9ish the Binky Griptite Orchestra (formerly Sharon Jones’ brilliant oldschool soul backing band) at Threes Brewing Outpost, 113 Franklin St (Greenpoint/Kent Aves) in Greenpoint, free

Most Thursdays at 8:30, the Brooklyn Raga Massive – a rotating cast of A-list Indian, jazz and rock musicians who love to jam out classic Indian themes from over the centuries to the present day – play the Jalopy, $15 adv tix at the bar at the main space. Tons of special guests followed by a wild raga jam!

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

Saturdays in July, 6 PM guitar monster Jeremiah Lockwod and singer Jewlia Eisenberg’s surreal, intense klezmer/oldtime gospel guy/girl duo Book of J at Barbes

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

Free classical concerts on three Saturdays: 7/6, 13 and 20 at 4 PM at Bargemusic;  usually solo piano or small chamber ensembles. If you get lucky, you’ll catch pyrotechnic violinist/music director Mark Peskanov and/or the many members of his circle. Early arrival advised.

Sundays in July, 5 PM wildly diverse multi-string player Joanna Sternberg leads a series of old and newschool jazz, folk and possibly klezmer groups on bass and guitar at Barbes

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

Sundays at 9:30 PM paradigm-shifting Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel leads his band at Barbes – check the club calendar just to make sure.

7/1, 6:30 PM purist postbop jazz guitarist Jocelyn Gould leads a trio at the Bar Next Door

7/1, 7:30 PM cult favorite gonzo pianist Dred Scott with his Trio at Mezzrow, $20 gen adm

7/1, 8:30 PM lyrical jazz pianist Yoko Miwa leads her trio at Birdland, $20 at the bar

7/1 9ish spiky, serpentine, hypnotic microtonal African-influenced guitar-and-drums duo 75 Dollar Bill play the album release show for their new one at Roulette, $18 adv tix rec

7/1, 9:30 PM deliriously fun accordion band Los Mochuelos play classic Colombian vallenato and oldschool cumbias at Barbes

7/2, 6:30 PM the Swingtime Big Band on the steps of the Brooklyn Public Library

7/2, 7 PM psychedelic klezmer/bluegrass mandolin and clarinet legend Andy Statman  followed at 9 by clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at Barbes, $10

7/2, 7 PM lyrical, incisive alto saxophonist Dave Pietro leads his group at the Provincetown Playhouse on Washington Square South, free, early arrival advised

7/2, 730 PM bassist Ernesto Holman and his Trio play Chilean jazz at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

7/2-7 8:30/10:30 PM intense, sophisticated, propulsively tuneful bassist Linda May Han Oh leads a quintet at the Vanguard

7/2, 8ish BeMaeva play their beguiling, bouncy, psychedelic Malgasy-Caribbean-soul grooves at Ferns, 166 1st Ave (10/11)

7/2, 9 PM pastoral gothic accordion art-rock with Sam Reider & the Human Hands at the small room at the Rockwood

7/2, 9ish an underground hip-hop summit at SOB’s with Gorilla Nems, Benny the Butcher, Jay Lonzo, Rick Hyde & Lil Dee, hosted by Talib Kweli , $25 adv tix rec

7/2, 9:30 PM fiery, psychedelically bluesy oldschool soul/roadhouse jamband Lizzie & the Makers at 11th St Bar

7/3, 1 PM trombonist David White‘s Jazz Orchestra at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex, sug don

7/3, 6 PM intense, lyrical, politically fearless tenor saxophonist Roxy Coss lleads a quartet at the Bard Gallery, 18 W 86th St, free

7/3, 6 PM Conjunto Guantánamo play oldschool Cuban salsa on the High Line between 15th and 16th Sts – might actually feel like Guantanamo the prison

7/3, 7 PM Sephardic dance jamband Yemen Blues at Joe’s Pub, $30

7/3, 7;30 PM the Sisterhood of Swing Seven with Catherine Russell  on vocals plus Camille Thurman,saxophone; Emily Asher, trombone;Endea Owens,bass; Shirazette Tinnin, drums; Champian Fulton,piano; and Molly Ryan guitar celebrate the legacy of legendary all-female 30s swing band the Sisterhood of Swing at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, free to get into the park, $18 in advance for the dancefloor

7/3 8 PM brilliantly feral improvisational pianist Mara Rosenbloom leads her trio at I-Beam, $15

7/3, 830 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” and hash-smoking anthems from the 1930s at Troost.

7/3, 9 PM Camello Feo play tropical psychedelic soul, cumbia, and hard funk at Shrine . Good original stuff

7/3. 10 PM slinky, tuneful bass monster Ayal Tsubery’s Zoo Berries psych-funk project at the big room at the Rockwood

7/4, 7:30 PM El Rey del Bajo, Bobby Valentín leads his Orchestra playing 70s Fania classics at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, free to get into the park, $18 in advance for the dancefloor

7/5, 7 PM the Casym Steel Orchestra and soca hall of famer Mighty Sparrow – see if he cancels again this time – at Springfield Park in Queens

7/4 ,10 PM the great unsung NYC hero of darkly purposeful, noir-tinged jazz guitar, Saul Rubin leads his Zebtet at the Fat Cat. He’s also here 7/9 and 7/16 at 7

7/5, 6 PM irrepressibly eclectic, deviously witty jazz pianist Misha Piatigorsky leads a trio at 55 Bar

7/5, 7:30 PM trumpeter Joe Battaglia &The New York Big Band play 30s/40s swing at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, free to get into the park, $18 in advance for the dancefloor

7/5, 7:30 PM purist postbop jazz guitarist Ed Cherry with Kyle Koehler on organ at the Bar Next Door $12

7/5, 8 PM one of New York’s most eclectic, interesting oudists, Brian Prunka leads one of his excellent projects at Barbes. He killed here last week with his Nashaz Middle Eastern band

7/5, 8:30ish conscious hip-hop artist Leikeli47 followed by Chicago hardcore mc Mick Jenkins – who had the sense to nick a Gil Scott-Heron song for the title of his latest album – at Prospect Park Bandshell

7/5, 9 PM atmospheric, cinematic drummer/composer Tim Kuhl and his groupfollowed eventually at 11 by blowtorch soul singer Lizzie Edwards of fiery, psychedelically bluesy oldschool soul/roadhouse jamband Lizzie & the Makers at Pete’s

7/5, 10:30 PM tuneful oldschool soul/jazz trombonist Dave Gibson leads his band at the Fat Cat, 7/7, same time he goes up to the big leagues at Smalls

7/5-6 10:30 PM cutting-edge, often psychedelic sax player Wayne Escoffery & Tenor Traditions at Smalls

7/6, 11 AM (in the morning) Romany jazz accordionist Albert Behar and band at the Green Dome Garden, 229 N 12th St in Williamsburg

7/6, 3:30 PM Luisa Muhr’s amazing multidisciplinary series Women Between Arts features vocalist/storyteller Crystal Penalosa,,performance artist Jill Guyon and sound artist/instrument inventorThessia Machado at Women Between Arts at the Glass Box Theatre at the New School, $12, no one turned away for lack of funds

7/6, 7 PM epic, woke, Middle Eastern rap night with Narcy, wild Palestinian hip-hop/dancehall reggae/habibi pop band 47soul and Oddissee at Prospect Park Bandshell

7/6, 7 PM cinematic noir soul instrumentalists the Ghost Funk Orchestra at Union Pool, $12

7/6, 8 PM lyrical pianist Matthew Shipp with Michael Bisio on bass at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery, $20

7/6, 8 PM Miss Cactus & the Desert Band play roots reggae at Silvana

7/6, 9 PM trippy, dubby roots reggae and ska sounds with Avo & Skalopy at the Jalopy Tavern

7/6, 9 PM latin-tinged hard funk band Shelley Nicole’s Blackbushe at C’Mon Everybody, $12

7/6, 9:30 PM elegant, sharply lyrical parlor pop stylist Heather Eatman followed eventually at 11:306 by dark gutter blues band Fife & Drom at Freddy’s, Avoid the putrid, whiny band in between at all costs

7/6, 10 PM epic ranchera/bolero brass crew Banda de los Muertos at Barbes

7/7, 1/3 PM indie classical ensemble Sandbox Percussion play works of Julia Wolfe, Steve Reich, Jonny Allen, Andy Akiho,Victor Caccese, Elliot Cole and a world premiere by Brendon Randall-Myers in the park on Governors Island,

7/7, 1 PM B3 organ genius Greg Lewis and similar jazz guitarist Marvin Sewell play brunch at Bar Lunatico. Theyr’e back on the 21st; Lewis is also here on the 16th at 9 doing his Juke Joint Jelis project with badass singer Brianna Thomas

7/7, 3 PM ish the ageless godfather of boogaloo, Joe Bataan at Union Pool, free

7/7, 3 PM Christina Conroy plays the Irish harp at Jefferson Market Garden in the west village. She’s also here at 10 AM (in the morning) on 7/21

7/7, 6 PM Raf Vertessen on drums, Anna Webber on sax and Adam O’Farrillo on trumpet duel at Downtown Music Gallery

7/7, 7 PM accordion genius Shoko Nagai ’s haunting, increasingly loud and psychedelic Tokala Silk Road/klezmer mashup project  followed by paradigm-shifting Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

7/7 7 PM exotic vibraphone-driven surf band the Vibro-jets at LIC Bar

7/7, 7 PM Aztec Sun play hard funk at Pier One on the upper west side

7/7, 7 PM  soca hall of famer the Mighty Sparrow in a very very rare intimate show at Joe’s Pub, $25

7/7, 7 PM the Seed of Enchantment play flamenco at Silvana

7/7, 8 PM perennially tuneful, pensively lyrical Americana janglerocker Mike Ferrio of Tandy and Good Luck Mountain at 11th St. Bar

7/8, 6 PM the Greenpoint Songwriters Exchange – a diverse bunch playing everything from folk noir to Costelloesque, literatry rock to Indian ragas and oldschool soul – at Pete’s

7/8, 7 PM  tuneful postbop pianist Jim Ridl leads his group from behind the Rhodats at 55 Bar

7/8, 9 PM hard honkytonk band Alan Lee & the Whiskey Bumps at Bar Chord

7/8. 9 PM psycho mambo band Gato Loco bandleader and bass sax monster Stefan Zeniuk followed by darkly psychedelic circus punks Yula & the Extended Family at LIC Bar

7/8, 9 PM smartly lyrical, eclectically tuneful 70s British style pub/punk rockers Binky Phillips & the Planets at Arlene’s, free

7/8, 10ish the NYC Gaita Club – a Bulla en el Barrio spinoff – play rustically pounding Afro-Colombian trance-dance music at Barbes

7/8, 11 PM lo-fi newschool psychedelic band Gringo Star at the Mercury, $10 adv ti xrec

7/9, 6:30 PM Fleure Seule play continental swing on the steps of the Brooklyn Public Library

7/9, 7 PM Greg Lewis’ brilliant, fearlessly political Organ Monk Trio at the NYU Provincetown Playhouse on Washington Sq S, free

7/9,  7 PM eclectic, hard-hitting, lyrical composer/tenor saxophonist Stan Killian at 55 Bar

7/9, 7 PM trombonist Craig Harris plays solo in the Rose Garden at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, free. Presumably this will be a peaceful set.

7/9, 7:30 PM a rare NYC appearance by Brazilian rainforest song chanteuse Elba Ramalho,“The Queen of Forró,” at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, free to get into the park, $18 in advance for the dancefloor

7/9, 7:30 PM the ferocious Matt Nelson, soprano and tenor saxophones and Ron Stabinsky on piano improvise at Arete Gallery, $15

7/9-14, 8/1030 PM iconic bassist Ron Carter leads a quartet with Jimmy Greene on tenor and Renee Rosnes on piano at the Blue Note, $30 standind room avail

7/9 8:30 PM transgressively funny postbop saxophonist Jon Irabagon with Peter Brendler on bass and Mark Ferber on drums at the Bar Next Door, $12

7/9, 8:30 PM irrepressible improvisational violinist  Pauline Kim Harris leads a series of ensembles at the Stone, $20. Choice pick; 7/10 leading a massive stirng jazz ensemble

7/9, 9 PM ferociously dynamic, tuneful, female-fronted power trio Castle Black play the album release show for their new one at Muchmore’s, $7

7/9, 9ish soul-rockers NO ICE‘s charismatic frontman Jamie Frey at Freddy’s

7/9, 9:30 PM catchy, slinky psychedelic funk/punk band Eliza & the Organix at City Winery, $10

7/10, noon  Dingonek Street Band play second line, Afrobeat, Ethio-jazz,  and the L Train Brass Band – who never show up when you need them – at Lincoln Square Park on the upper west

7/10, 1 PM classy, cinematic NZ jazz pianist Alan Broadbent plays the album release show for his new one with his trio at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex, sug don

7/10, 6 PM charmingy edgy all-female latin tropicalia dance band Ladama at Madison Square Park

7/10, 7 PM the Venice Baroque Orchestra make a rare outdoor NYC appearance playing works by Handel, Vivaldi and others at Temple Emmanu-El, 1 E 65th St, free, rsvp req

7/10 7 PM the Rich Shemaria Big Band w/vibraphonist Mike Mainieri at the NYU Provincetown Playhouse on Washington Sq S, free, They’re back here on 7/17

7/10, 7 PM  psychedelic Brazilian band Os Clavelitos at the small room at the Rockwood

7/10, 7:30 PM the mighty, Middle Eastern-tinged Eyal Vilner Big Band with special guest Brianna Thomas burning down the house on vocals at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, free to get into the park, $18 in advance for the dancefloor

7/10, 8 PM intense Balkan chanteuse Jenny Luna‘s haunting, traditional Turkish band Dolunay  at Barbes

7/11, 6 PM sharply lyrical, seriously woke southwestern gothic/Americana songwriter Tom Shaner at the LIC Landing in Hunter’s Point South Park, 51st Ave and Center Boulevard in LIC, 7 to Vernon-Jackson and walk to the water

7/11, 6:30 PM irrepressible 60s-style blue-eyed soul singer Eli “Paperboy” Reed under the Manhattan Bridge archway in Dumbo

7/11, 6:30 PM saxophonist TK Blue leads a killer quintet with Sharp Radway on piano playing a Randy Weston tribute at Socrates Sculpture Park

7/11, 7 PM sweeping, swinging vibraphonist Behn Gillece and group at the Fat Cat

7/11, 7 PM soaringly explosive jazz composer/torch singer Nicole Zuraitis at 55 Bar

7/11, 7:30 PM brilliant blues guitarist, above-average bassist, strongly tuneful blues songwriter and badass singer Celisse Henderson at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

7/11, 7:30 PM avant garde vocal summit with Amirtha Kidambi Jean Carla Rodea, Jasmine Wilson and Stephanie Lamprea at the Church of St. Luke and St. Matthew, 520 Clinton Ave, just off Fulton ,Ft. Greene, C to Clinton-Washington, $10

7/11, 7:30 PM Shirley Alston Reeves – lead singer of the Shirelles, you know, the Phil Spector-produced 60s girlgroup – at the bandshell in Forest Park, Woodhaven Blvd, Queens, closest train is the 121st St. stop

7/11, 7:30 PM Argentine pianist Analía Goldberg’s tango Sextet at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, free to get into the park, $18 in advance for the dancefloor

7/11, 8 PM  dark cabaret/Romany song legend Sanda Weigl and her band followed by eclectic, electric, guitarishly excellent C&W/blues band the Jug Addicts at Barbes

7/11, 8 PM rising star sax player Anna Webber leads a chordless trio followed at 9 by Hearing Things keyboard sorcerer JP Schlegelmilch leading a quartet with Dana Lyn – violin; Jake Charkey – cello at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery, $20

7/11, 8 PM female-fronted Colombian rock en Espanol vets Aterciopelados at Queensbridge Park,

7/11, 9 PM B3 organist Pat Bianchi leads his trio at Bar Lunatico

7/11, 9:30 PM mathrock band Faster Than Light, singer Hannah Fairchild’s explosive, lyrically brilliant noir punk power trio Hannah vs. the Many and and colorful, Bowie-esque female-fronted glamrockers the Manimals at the Nest, 504 Flatbush Ave, B/D/Q to Prospet Park, $8

7/11, 10 PM anthemic Iron Maiden-style metal band the Blackfires at the Mercury, $10 adv tix

7/11, 10 PM  fiery, deviously fun oldtimey swing guitarist/crooner Seth Kessel & the Two Cent Band  at Skinny Dennis.

7/11, 9 PM guitar goddess Barbara Endes’ exhilarating psychedelic janglerock band Girls on Grass followed at 10 by explosive, creepy, colorful psychedelic rembetiko metal band Greek Judas at Niagara upstairs, Ave. A/7th St.

7/11, 11 PM the Naked Gypsy Queens play a mashup of AC/DC and gutter blues at the small room at the Rockwood

7/12, 5:30 PM elegantly angst-fueled, individualistic torchsong/parlor pop piano songwriter Jeanne Marie Boes at the American Folk Art Museum. She’s also at LIC Bar on 7/14 at 4 PM

7/12, 7 PM ornate, shreddy metal instrumentalists Shadow Eden at the Delancey, $10

7/12, 7:30 rock en Espanol night, in reverse order: latin soul singer Gaby Moreno with  soaring, epic all-female mariachi/tropicalia orchestra Mariachi Flor de Toloache , anthemic janglerock/stadium rock band Enjambre and folksinger El David Aguilar at Prospect Park Bandshell

7/12, 7:30/9:30 PM darkly sweeping, cinematic singer/composer Jihye Lee and her Orchestra at the Jazz Gallery, $25

7/12-13, 7:30 PM drummer Sylvia Cuenca leads a killer quintet with Ralph Bowen on tenor and Jared Gold on organ at Smals

7/12, 7:30 PM Maria Muldaur  – yeah, her, Midnight at the Oasis – sings a Blue Lu Barker tribute and more at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, free to get into the park, $18 in advance for the dancefloor

7/12, 8 PM chanteuse/uke player Dahlia Dumont’s Blue Dahlia playing edgy, smartly lyrically-fueled, jazz-infused tunes in English and French with classic chanson and Caribbean influences followed by Los Cumpleanos – with Nestor Gomez – vox/percussion; Lautaro Burgos – drums; Eric Lane – keyboards; Alex Asher – trombone and others playing trippy, dubwise tropical psychedelia at Barbes

7/12-13, 8/10 PM powerful jazz belter – and Gil Scott-Heron reinventor –  Charenee Wade leads her group at Ginny’s Supper Club, $20

7/12, 8 PM veteran Argentine folksinger Leon Gieco at Queensbridge Park

7/12 9 PM honkytonk guitarslinger Danny Weiss and charming singer Mary Olive Smith’s oldschool C&W band Stillhouse Serenade at Sunny’s

7/12, 10 PM Mamita Peyote play female-fronted tropical psychedelia at Silvana

7/13, 3 PM gamelanesque percussion innovator Susie Ibarra leads the DreamTime Ensemble in the performance of her new suite Fragility: A Game of Polyrhythms in front ot Building 10A in the park in the middle of Governors Island, free, $3 roundtrip ferries leave Manhattan on the half hour. Ibarra is also at Issue Project Room on 7/27 at 8 for $20/$15 stud/srs

7/13, 3 PM Video Music Box founder and hip-hop legend Ralph McDaniels emcees an afternoon at Socrates Scuulpture Park

7/13, 4 PM ish clever female-fronted Colombian hip-hop group Choc Quib Town at Central Park Summerstage

7/13, 6 PM a hall of fame guitar summit: Big Lazy‘s noir mastermind Steve Ulrich and the eclectic, psychedelic, Hasidic and Malian-inspired Jeremiah Lockwood at Barbes

7/13, 7:30 PM a Hindustani trio with Gauri Niwargi – vocal; Tarit Mazumder – tabla; Arjun Ramakrishnan – harmonium followed by santoorist Vinay Desai at the Chhandayan Center for Indian Music  $20

7/13, 7:30 PM retro swing with the Harlem Renaissance Orchestra playing their 15th annual tribute to Illinois Jacquet at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, free to get into the park, $18 in advance for the dancefloor

7/13, 7:30 PM cynical punk glam/powerpop band the Right Offs at the Delancey, $10

7/13, 8 PM the Bright Smoke – imagine a more psychedelic, slower, more lingering, female-fronted Joy Division – at the small room at the Rockwood followed eventually at 1 AM (wee hours of 7/14) by jaggedly jangly rockers the Twenty Sevens . The Bright Smoke are also at Littlefield playing the album release show for their amazing new one on 7/27, time/price tba

7/13, 8 PM eclectic. energetic Ecuadorian folk group Andes Manta accompany Ayazamana dance company’s performance of traditional repertoire at Sinatra School of the Arts,  35-12 35th Avenue, Astoria, N to 36th Ave, ,$25/$20 stud/srs

7/13, 8 PM  haunting folk noir/Americana songwriter Emily Frembgen at the Owl

7/13, 9 PM Maggie Carson of Spirit Family Reunion and disgruntled Americana band the Horse-Eyed Men at the Jalopy, $10

7/13, 10 PM Yanga play Afro-Caribbean punk-folk at Barbes

7/13, 10 PM Hollywood’s Dan Finnerty leads his savagely hilarious top 40 parody group the Dan Band at Joe’s Pub,, $25

7/13, 11 PM ferocious psychedelic guitarist Debra Devi, at the Fox & Crow,  594 Palisade Ave in Jersey City Heights

7/14 noon the Rockaway Beach Music Festival all down the peninsula, acts tba, not announced yet but a schedule is supposed to be up at some point, Ostensibly a bunch of good surf acts (including one named after a Chicha Libre song) and a bunch of indie posers as well are on the bill

7/14, the annual Bastille Day festival along 60th St. starts at 12:45 PM with charmingly inscrutable Parisienne jazz chanteuse Chloe & the French Heart Jazz Band followed at 2 by  chanteuse/uke player Dahlia Dumont’s bouncy, tropically-tinged Blue Dahlia  and at 3 by Brooklyn’s original punk Balkan horn group Hungry March Band,

7/14, 1 PM  low-key deep-Brooklyn sounds with Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens playing a gospel brunch show at Bar Lunatico.. They’re back on the 28th

7/14, 3 PM spiky, serpentine, hypnotic microtonal African-influenced guitar-and-drums duo 75 Dollar Bill  at the Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Road, Long Island City, free w/museum adm, N/W to Broadway and about a 10 minute walk

7/14, 3 PMish intense, purposeful, scorching guitarist Ava Mendoza and her band at Union Pool, free

7/14, 4 PM a killer triplebill in the backyard at LIC Bar: elegantly angst-fueled, individualistic torchsong/parlor pop piano songwriter Jeanne Marie Boes  entertainingly shuffling, harmony-driven jug band the Salt Cracker Crazie, and powerhouse retro 60s soul singer Meah Pace and her killer band

7/14, 5 PM stride pianist Spike Willner – Mr. Smalls and Mezzrow – plays a rare free solo show at Mezzrow . He’s back here on the 21st and 28th.

7/14. 6:30 PM 20s/30s swing purists the David Berger Jazz Orchestra at Birdland, $30

7/14, 7 PM noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo leads his trio  at 55 Bar

7/14, 7 PM dynamic accordionist Rob Curto’s Forro for All play dusky Brazilian rainforest folk at Pier One on the upper west side

7/14, 7:30 PM elegantly tuneful duets between guitarist Nate Radley and Gary Versace on piano at Mezzrow, $20

7/14, 8 PM pianist Jerome Rose plays works by Schumann, Chopin and Brahms at Merkin Concert Hall, $20

7/14, 8 PM dark blues/folk noir/oldschool soul songwriter Kelley Swindall at 11th St. Bar

7/14, 9 PM Arki play psychedelic, funky Ethiopian grooves at Silvana

7/14, 9:30 PM Miriam Phyro sings an Edith Piaf tribute at Joe’s Pub, $15

7/14, 10:30 PM  noir-inspired alto saxophonist/composer Nick Hempton leads his ensemble at Smalls

7/15, 7 PM astonishingly prolific and acerbic guitarist Mary​ ​Halvorson‘s Thumbscrew at the NYU Provincetown Playhouse on Washington Sq S, free

7/15, 7:30 PM the Jimi Hendrix of the cuatro, Jorge Glem leads a jazz trio with Ari Hoenig on drums at Smalls

7/15-17, 8/10:30 PM pyrotechnic soprano/tenor saxophonist James Carter leads his combo at the Blue Note, $20 standing room avail,

7/15, 9 PM legendary dual-reedman George Braith – who can play two saxes at once better than most guys can play one – leads his quartet at the Fat Cat

7/15. 9:30ish vibraphonist Felipe Fournier‘s wild Tito Puente and Dave Brubeck cover band, Supermambo at  at Barbes

7/16, 6 PM tabla wizard Samir Chaterjee leads a jam celebrating the guru-student tradition at the Chhandayan Center for Indian Music  free

7/16, 6:30 PM hard-hitting, brass-fueled female-fronted newschool latin soul/boogaloo dance band Spanglish Fly on the steps of the Brooklyn Public Library

7/16, 7:30/9:30 PM the haunting, smokily atmospheric Michael Leonhart Orchestra at the Jazz Standard, $30

7/16, 7:30 PM jazz chanteuse Carolyn Leonhart with lyrical, latin-tinged pianist  Helen Sung at Mezzrow, $20 gen adm

7/16, 8 PM pianist George Li plays works by Beethoven and Schumann at Merkin Concert Hall, $20

7/16-21, 8;30.10:30 PM this era’s arguably best jazz pianist, Vijay Iyer leads his quintet at the Vanguard

7/16, 9 PM bassist Max Johnson’s Heroes Trio with Jason Rigby on saxophone, Jeff Davis on drums playing  “compositions by the great bassists and heroes, past and present, such as Jimmy Garrison, Henry Grimes, Charlie Haden, Mark Dresser, Slam Stewart and many more” at Bar Chord

7/16 ferociously dynamic, tuneful, female-fronted power trio Castle Black  at Gold Sounds.

7/17, 1 PM Jambalaya Brass Band spinoff Ralph Hamperian’s Tuba D’Amore at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex, sug don, bring on those lows!

7.17, 7 PM adventurous cellist Brent Arnold and tabla master Aditya Kalyanpur at the Rubin Museum of art, $22 adv tix rec

7/17, 7/9:30 PM beardo Americana road warriors Okkervill River at City Winery, $25 standing room vail

7/17, 7:30/9:30 PM  fearlessly political, tuneful trombonist/composer Ryan Keberle & Catharsis at the Jazz Standard, $30

7/17, 8 PM spaghetti western punk with Snakeskin Skull followed by unpredictably fun, funny psychedelic art-rock band the Academy Blues Project at LIC Bar

7/17, 8 PM tuneful, terse tenor saxophonist Ayumi Ishito and her excellent group at Erv’s on Beekman,2122 Beekman Ph, Prospect Lefferts Gardens, B/D to Prospect Pk

7/17, 9 PM harmony-driven, Leonard Cohen-influenced songwriter Jim Andralis & the Syntonics at 11th St Bar

7/17, 10 PM catchy, fun guy/girl indie soul band Sunshine Nights at the Parkside

7/17, 10 PM lyrical Israeli jazz pianist Anat Fort leads her trio at Birdland, $20

7/18, noon the thunderous hip-hop influenced Brooklyn United Drumline and seriously woke psychedelic soul with Fantastic Negrito at Metrotech Park in downtown Brooklyn

7/18, half past noon the self-explanatory, reliably adrenalizing, surprisingly dynamic Gypsy Jazz Caravan at St. Marks Park, 2nd Ave/10th

7/18, 6:30 PM Colombian trance-dance band Kombilesa Mi under the Manhattan Bridge archway in Dumbo

7/18, 6:30 PM Lisa Hoppe on bass with Kalia Vandever on trombone and Dayeon Seok on drums at the Bar Next Door. Kinetic, funky, globally influenced, strange and fun stuff.

7/18, 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

7/18, 7 PM A Far Cry play works by Muffat, Caroline Shaw, Beecher and Tschaikovsky at Temple Emanu-El, Fifth Avenue at 65th Stl free, rsvp req

7/18, 7:30 PM Americana rockers Darlingside and acoustic Americana supergroup I’m with Her – Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O’Donovan – at Prospect Park Bandshell

7/18, 8:30 PM purist CBs style female-fronted powerpopsters the Carvels NYC – a rare rock band with sax that’s actually good – and ferocious, twin guitar-fueled, Radio Birdman-esque psychedelic punks the Electric Mess at Berlin, $12

7/18, 8:30 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” and hash-smoking anthems at Espresso 77, 35-57 77th Street (just off of 37th Ave), Jackson Heights

7/18, 9ish tango pianist Pablo Estigarribia at the Owl

7/19, 5:30 PM soaring 20s hot jazz with Sweet Megg & the Wayfarers outside the Old Stone House in Byrne Park in Park Slope, free

7/19, 6 PM terse, intense, individualistic, often hypnotic acoustic songwriter Kalyani Singh at the American Folk Art Museum. One of this blog’s new favorites.

7/19, 7 PM the Salsa Warriors at the Unisphere in Flushing Meadows Corona Park

7/19, 7:30/9:30 PM cinematic, noir-tinged singer/bandleader Nerissa Campbell at the Jazz Gallery, $20

7/19, 7:30 PM the Orchestra of St. Luke’s play new works by Viet Cuong, James Diaz, José Martinez, and Liza Sobel at the DiMenna Center, $20

7/19-20, 7:30 PM reliably tuneful multi-saxophonist John Ellis leads a quartet at Smalls

7/19, 8 PM dusky, rustic Brazilian jungle guitar-and-accordion sounds with Regional de NY followed by deliriously fun accordion band Los Mochuelos playing classic Colombian vallenato and oldschool cumbias at Barbess. If there’s any band in town who deserve a Friday night slot it’s these guys.

7/19, 8 PM pianist Vadym Kholodenko plays works by Tschaikovsky, Mozart and Beethoven at Merkin Concert Hall, $20

7/19, 8 PM Natacha Diels premieres her new suite Sad Music for Lonely People, “a series of recent works involving inspirational quotes, messages from another world, and a step-by-step guide to using heavy machinery in healing rituals featuring NYC outdoor noise field recordings,” followed by Michael Morley’s Music for the Never Quartet – played on bowed acoustic guitars – at Issue Project Room, $15/$12 stud/srs. The program repeats on 7/20 with Ursula Scherrer & composer Michael Schumacher doing a similar found-sound project in place of Dielss

7/19-20, 8 PM purposeful guitarist/Monk reinventor Miles Okazaki leads a quartet with Caroline Davis on sax at Happy Lucky No.1 Gallery, $20

7/19,, 8:30 PM noir Americana songwriter Eilen Jewell and her amazing guitar-driven band at City Winery, $20 standing rom avail

7/19, 10:30 PM rising star bassist Zaccai Curtis leads his band at the Fat Cat

7/20, noon purist CBs style female-fronted powerpopsters the Carvels NYC – a rare rock band with sax that’s actually good –  at Bay 9 East at Riis Park in the Rockaways

7/20. 5 PMish bfilliantly lyrical, torchy oldtimey songwriter Robin Aigner‘s torchy oldtimey bass-and-vocal duo Hello Bittersweet and the washboard-and-banjo driven Homestead St. Band at the Gowanus Dredgers Society Boathouse, free

7/20, 5 PM psychedelic cumbia/reggaeton bandleader Ana Tijoux at Corporal Thompson Park in Staten Island

7/20, 5:30 PM soul/gospel belter (and Lenny Molotov collaborator) Queen Esther at the American Folk Art Museum 7/30 at 9 she’s at Sunny’s

7/20, 7 PM darkly torchy swing band Davina & the Vagabonds at Kingsborough Community College auditorium, 2001 Oriental Boulevard, Manhatttan Beach, Q to Brighton Beach and about a 15 minute walk. They’re at Iridium on 7/24 at 7:30 for

7/20, 8 PM teen banjo sensation Little Nora Brown followed by brilliant, historically spot-on oldtime blues guitar/banjo/piano genius Jerron Blind Boy Paxton;; afterward they duet at the Jalopy, $20

7/20, 8 PM oignant, eclectic, lyrical jazz bassist/composer Pedro Giraudo’s tango quartet at Barbes

7/20. 8 PM Trio Casals play contemporary composers David Nisbet Stewart, Emma-Ruth Richards, Joanne D. Carey, Allyson B. Wells, L Peter Deutsch, Christopher Brakel, Clare Shore, Keith Kramer, and Mathew Fuerst. at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $25

7/20, 8 PM  riveting, populist tenor sax visionary/improviser Matana Roberts; iconic Wilco guitar noisemaker Nels Cline with harpist Zeena Parkins, and ascinatingly lyrical, individualistic pianist Sylvie Courvoisier wither her trio (Drew Gress and Kenny Wollesen) at Roulette, $30 adv tix rec

7/20, 8 PM a good tunesmith twinbill: cleverly lyrical, edgily funny, soaring-voiced powerpop/acoustic rock singer Tamara Hey  followed by the much darker, more eclectic  Lorraine Leckie at Pete’s

7/20. 7 PM underground hip-hop at a fashion show: sharply observational, weeded-out emcees Akin Haynes and the MIserable Genius, and vintage 90s style hardcore wih Magnetic the Shaman, plus a bumch of autotune corporate pop acts at 320B Canal St (Bwy/Church), free

7/20, 8ish NYC Americana vet Samoa Wilson, and eclectic, tuneful folk noir accordionist/guitarist/songwriter Ali Dineen at the Owl

7/20, 9 PM popular third-wave garage rockers the Mooney Suzuki at the Mercury, $20 gen adm. Be aware that the 7/19 show is sold out

7/20 9 PM pianist Alon Goldstein plays works by Beethoven, Bernstein, Schumamn and Avner Dorman at Merkin Concert Hall, $20

7/20, 9 PM Alloy Orchestra play a live score to the 1925 German silent film Varieté at Prospect Park Bandshell

7/21, noon feral singer Carolina Oliveros’ mighty 13-piece Afro-Colombian trance/dance choir Bulla en el Barrio at Flushing Town Hall, $16, $10 stud/srs, 13-18 w/NYC school ID get in free

7/21 time tba (afternoon) spellbinding all-female Bulgarian vocal harmony trio Black Sea Hotel sing a house concert in Greenpoint, $15 seats avail, email for location/deets, bbq to follow, weather permitting

7/21, 2 PM ish the Fogo Azul Women’s Drumline play thunderous Brazilian rhythms at the Rubin Museum of Art, free, museum open free all day

7/21, 4 PM pianist Vladimir Feltsman plays works by Chopin and Beethoven at Merkin Concert Hall, $20

7/21, 7 PM sarod virtuosos Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangashat Joe’s Pub, $15

7/21, 6 PM deviously theatrical oldschool C&W/rockabilly parodists Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co. at the bar at 106-01 Shore Front Parkway, Rockaway Beach 7/25 at 8 they’re at Otto’s

7/21, 7 PM tuneful, state-of-the-art postbop jazz guitarist Will Bernard and band play Strayhorn followed at 9:30 by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

7/21, 7 PM hilarious, smartly political faux-French retro 60s psych-pop band les Sans Culottes at the Mercury, $10 adv tix rec

7/21, 7 PM high-voltage psychedelic cumbia/Afrobeat jamband MAKU Soundsystem at Pier One on the upper west side

7/21 7 PM the Bhangra Jazz Trio with percussionist Deep Singh and klezmer trumpet icon Frank London at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, free

7/21. 8 PM adventurously tuneful bassist Lisa Hoppe‘s Third Reality at Scholes St Studios, $10

7/21, 8 PM in reverse order: John Zorn’s Simulacrum (John Medeski, Matt Hollenberg and Kenny Grohowski); gothic rock legend JG Thirlwell; John Medeski; Val Jeanty and Fay Victor at Roulette, $30 adv tix rec

7/21, 9 PM awesome, female-fronted, kinda funky Turkish psychedelic band Altin Gun at Rough Trade, $15 gen adm. Really love this band.

7/21, 9 PM smart purist jams with tenor and baritone sax: the Sam Dillon/Frank Basile group at the Fat Cat

7/21, 11 PM pensive, purposeful Slavic jazz guitarist Martina Fiserova at the small room at the Rockwood

/22, 7 PM Rolling Stones tenor saxophonist Tim Ries‘ Universal Spirits at the NYU Provincetown Playhouse on Washington Sq S, free

7/22, 9 PM darkly torchy southwestern gothic/Europolitan songwriter/guitarist Miwa Gemini followed by darkly psychedelic circus punks Yula & the Extended Family at LIC Bar

7/23, 6:30 PM dusky Brazilian rainforest folk with Rafael Piccolotto de Lima’s Forró Sem Palavras on the steps of the Brooklyn Public Library

7/23, 7 PM the Slavo Rican Asssembly mash up salsa and Balkan sounds at Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City

7/23-24, 7:30 PM the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra with soloist Vilde Frang play Beethoven’s Violin Concerto and Eroica Symphony at Avery Fisher Hall, $35

7/23, 8 PM virtuoso Egyptian accordionist Nabawy leads a killer band with Sami Abu Shumays – violin and Zafer Tawil – oud at Sisters Brooklyn, 900 Fulton St. at Lafayette, C to Clinton-Washington, sug don

7/23-28, 8:30/10:30 PM lyrical jazz piano icon Fred Hersch   leads his trio at the Vanguard

7/23, 9 PM brooding cello slowcore songs with Meaner Pencil at Freddy’s

7/23, 9 PM wickedly torchy noir songwriter Julia Haltigan and her killer band on her old home turf at 11th St Bar

7/23, 9 PM smartly tuneful oldschool soul/psych-pop songwriter Mimi Oz at the small room at the Rockwood

7/24, 5:30 PM kickoff night of the annual Bryant Park Accordion Festival, It continues on 7/31, same time. Last year’s was off the hook

7/24, 7 PM powerhouse all-female swing harmony trio the Ladybugs at Birdland, $20

7/25, 5 PM Junior Marvin’s version of what’s left of Bob Marley’s group the Wailers on the plaza outdoors at NJPAC in Newark

7/25, noon ecsatic Mardi Gras funk band Cha Wa at Metrotech Park in downtown Brooklyn. The following night 7/26 they’re at Bryant Park at 7

7/25, half past noon accordion genius Shoko Nagai’s haunting, increasingly loud and psychedelic Tokala Silk Road/klezmer mashup project at St. Marks Park, 2nd Ave/10th St

7/25, 5 PM powerhouse oldschool-style soul husband-wife team the War & Treaty at Wagner Park on the river north and west of Battery Park

7/25, 7 PM eclectic, politically fearless tropical rock band La Santa Cecilia at Damrosch Park

7/25, 7:30 PM International Contemporary Ensemble play works by Fure & Thorvaldsdottir at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

7/25, 7:30/9:30 PM a string quattet plus drums play new string jazz works by Ethan Helm, Nathan Parker Smith and the brilliant Miho Hazama at the Jazz Gallery, $15

7/25-26, 7:30 PM Hungarian Nights: a Hungarian and Romany-inspired musical by Cheryl E. Kemeny and Mariner Pezza, “ the story of an everlasting love between a 500-year-old Count and his re-incarnated love against a backdrop of gypsy life in the Transylvanian mountains, circa 1888. Featuring a Hungarian folk dance company, the Liget Dance Ensemble, the show includes a cast of up-and-coming young musical artists” at the ARI Theatre, 502 W 53rd St., $30

7/25, 8:30 PM glimmering, noir-inspired vibraphonist Tom Beckham on vibes leads a trio with Nate Radley on guitar at the Bar Next Door, $12

7/25, 9ish fearless, historically-inspired badlands gothic songstress and powerful singer Karen Dahlstrom – possibly the only writer to record an oldtime Idaho-themed album – and ubiquitous, moodily lyrical, politically savvy Irish folk-rocker Niall Connolly at the basement room at the Rockwood, $10. Avoid the generic goth dude opening the show at 8:30

7/25 9 PM colorful saxophonist Michael Blake with a string section (!?!?!) at Bar Lunatico

7/25, 8ish brilliant, soaring south Indian chanteuse Falu and her eclectic, relatively hard-rocking 90s band Karyshma Collective at the Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec

7/25, 10 PM drummer Arthur Vint & Associates reinvent classic Morricone spaghetti western soundtracks at Barbes

7/26, 7 PM in reverse order at Holo:  iconic trumpeter and fearlessly political composer Wadada Leo Smith  and drummer Andrew Cyrille, ntense Indian-influenced psych-folk songwriter Larkin Grimm and the minimalist indie abstractions of the Hillmer & Higgins Duo a.ka Zs, $15

7/26, 7 PM magically spiky tropical psychedelic band Inti & the Moon on the water at 125th Street and Marginal Street at the West Harlem Piers

7/26, 7 PM individualistic Belgian cello rocker/improviser Helen Gillet followed by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy at Damrosch Park

7/26, 7 PM salsa romantica with Los Hermanos Moreno and crooner Lalo Rodriguez at Soundview Park in the Bronx

7/26-27, 7:30 PM the Mostly Mozart Festival String Orchestra play Bartok’s Romanian Folk Dances and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons at Avery Fisher Hall, $35

7/26, 8 PM  art-rocker Pierre de Gaillande’s Bad Reputation playing witty chamber pop English translations of Georges Brassens classics followed at 10 by the world’s creepiest, slinkiest, most blackly funny crime jazz/film noir band, Big Lazy at Barbes

7/26, 8 PM erudite, purist torchy cosmopolitan jazz chanteuse Svetlana & the Delancey 5 at Flushing Town Hall $16, $10 stud/srs, 13-18 w/NYC school ID get in free

7/26-27, 8 PM iconic guitar noisemaker Nels Cline leads his trio at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery, $20. Ingrid Laubrock joins them on the 27th.

7/26, 8:30 PM whirlwind, cleverly picturesque alto saxophonist Elijah Shiffer plays his Hot in the Airport project at Spectrum, $15

7/26, 9 PM singer Carmela Ramirez‘s seven-piece Afro-Peruvian group Festejation at Bar Lunatico

7/26, 10 PM catchy, fiery, female-fronted janglerockers/powerpop band Above the Moon – like a more forceful take on Versus – at Arlene’s, $10

7/26, 11 PM badass cello metal/punk rock cellist Polly Panic at the Way Station

7/27, 3 PM the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra play Mozart’s Gran Partita at St. Paul’s Chapel Downtown, free, get there early

7/27, 4 PM haunting, magical Middle Eastern classical singer and loopmusic artist Shelley Thomas at Pete’s

7/27, 6 PM guitar monster Jeremiah Lockwod and singer Jewlia Eisenberg’s surreal, intense klezmer/oldtime gospel guy/girl duo Book of J followed at 8 by pianist Lucian Ban and violist Mat Maneri playing their creepy Transylvanian jazz and at 10 by amazingly fun, noirish, psychedelic surf/cinematic  trio Hearing Things at Barbes

7/27, 7 PM sitar and vocals- Supratik Sengupta and Kasturi Bandopadhya at the Chhandayan Center for Indian Music  $20

7/27, 7 PM BeMaeva play their beguiling, bouncy, psychedelic female-fronted Malgasy-Caribbean-soul grooves at at Zinc Bar.

7/27, 7 PM iconic singer Penelope Houston‘s legendary, still-relevant first-wave punk band the Avengers at El Cortez, $tba. It ws twenty bucks last time.

7/27, 7 PM walk through Green-Wood Cemetery to a collaboration between haphazardly psychedelic Afrobeat-influenced psych-punk guitarist/bandleader Yonatan Gat and Native American drum-and-dance group the Eastern Medicine Singers, $25

7/27, 7 PM in reverse order at Damrosch Park: ubiquitous pan-latin psychedelic guitar god Adrian Quesada leads a Texas soul band with vocalists Jonny Benavidez, Eric Burton, Kam Franklin, Johnny Hernandez, Ruben Ramos, and Paul Schaldal James Brown contemporaries Lee Fields & the Expressions and darkly psychedelic soul band the Black Pumas

7/27, 7:30 PM Changing Modes – NYC’s funnest, most unpredictable, sharply lyrical new wave art-rock band – at the Bitter End, $10. Wickedly jangly, tuneful Americana rockers the Sloe Guns play after at around 10 if you can manage to stick around

7/27, 9 PM the Delorean Sisters – who do funny oldtimey acoustic covers of cheesy 80s pop songs and charming all-female oldtimey string band the Queens of Everything at the Jalopy, $10

7/27, 9ish legendary, intense former Come bandleader and haunting indie-psych guitarist Thalia Zedek at Troost

7/27, 11 PM ishhauntingly noisy/ambient cellist Leila Bordreuil plays the album release show for her debut, Headflush at Fridman Gallery, 169 Bowery, $20

7/28, starting at noon music and dance from all over the world including but not limited to the Ukrainian Village Voices, Diwas Gurung playing Nepalese tunes, and tar lute player Khurshed Alidodov playing haunting Iranian Parmi music and more at the Lefferts Historic House in Prospect Park

7/28, 3 PM ish  pyrotechnic clarinetist and Dave Tarras protege Michael Winograd & the Honorable Mentshn, and psychedelic Incan folk band Inkarayku on the plaza at Lincoln Center

7/28, 7 PM in reverse order at Damrosch Park: salsa dura bands Las Caras Lindas de Mi Gente Negra featuring Moncho Rivera, Cita Rodriguez (daughter of the great El Conde) & Su Banda, and allstar percussionist Carlitos Padron & Su Banda

7/28, 7 PM retro continental swing sounds with singer Tatiana Eva-Marie & the Avalon Jazz Band at Pier One on the upper west side

7/28, 7 PM brilliant steel guitarist Mike Neer’s Steelonious – who do Monk covers in the same vein as Buddy Emmons –   followed at 9:30  by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

7/28, 9 PM Brain Cloud frontwoman Tamar Korn‘s charming torch-swing band Kornucopia at Sunny’s

7/28. 9ish wryly funny Irish punk band the Templars of Doom at Sunnyvale, $10

7/28, 9ish pioneering Afro-punk bass player Felice  Rosser of Faith in a rare duo show at the Treehouse at 2A

7/28, 10 PM serpentine, cinematic art-rock instrumentalists You Bred Raptors at El Cortez, $!0

7/29, 7 PM violinist, Gregory Harrington plus cellists, Eleanor Norton and Zsaz Rutkowski and Brandon Lewis on drums reinvent material “from Bach to Bocelli, from Coltrane to Cohen” and many other musical styles at the Irish Repertory Theatre, 132 W 22nd Str $25

7/29, 10ish feral singer Carolina Oliveros’ mighty 13-piece Afro-Colombian trance/dance choir Bulla en el Barrio at Barbes

7/29, 10;30 PM popular lyrical postbop trumpeter Jeremy Pelt leads his quartet at Smalls

7/29, mdnight boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band at the Ear Inn

7/30, 7 PM the Underground Spiritual Ground, a new supergroup and Anbessa Orchestra spinoff exploring the connection between African-American spirituals, Ethiopian and Caribbean music followed by clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

7/30, 7 PM the Cold Club of Queens play hot 20s jazz at Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City

7/30. 7 PM the Orchestra of St. Luke’s play works by anna Clyne, Florence Pryce, Samuel Barber and otehs at Temple Emanu-El, Fifth Avenue at 65th St, free rsvp req

7/30-31, 7:30 PM the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra play two Mozart works and Brahms’ Symphony No.3 at Avery Fisher Hall, $35

7/30, 1030 PM Falsa play electric versions of 14th century Persian Sufi songs at Pete’s

7/30, 10:30 PM charismatic, adventurous postbop/avant garde trombonist/crooner Frank Lacy‘s Tromboniverse at Smalls

7/31, noon the Catahoula Cajun Band and percussive, trance-inducing, bitingly tuneful, Middle Eastern-tinged female-fronted jamband SisterMonk at Lincoln Square Park on the upper west

7/31, 1 PM veteran postbop guitar sage Peter Leitch‘s New Life Orchestra at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex, sug don

7/31, 7 PM salsa romantica with Edgar Joel and Ray de la Paz at Crotona Park

7/31, 7 PM not a music event but very NY-centric: a new English translation of Leon Kobrin’s 1912 NYC Yiddish tenement drama Breach of Promise – pretty radical for its time – at YIVO at the Center for Jewish History, 15 W 16th St, $15/$10 stud/srs

7/31, 7:30 PM jazz drummer Terri Lyne Carrington leads a bewilderingly eclectic all-star all-female band including Rhiannon Giddens, Xiomara Laugart, Ledisi, Amina Claudine Myers, Cleo Reed, Valerie Simpson, Charenée Wade, and Lizz Wright of at Damrosch Park

7/31, 8 PM a theatrical Afrobeat tribute with FELA! The Concert at Central Park Summerstage

7/31, 8 PM unpredictably fun, funny psychedelic art-rock band the Academy Blues Project at Shrine

7/31, 8ish hotshot, funny rockabilly band the Royal Hounds, olschool Warped Tour style punkpopsters the Take and the Old Firm Casuals – sort of the missing link between Social Distortion and early 80s British oi punk bands like GBH – at St. Vitus, $20,

7/31, 9 PM dubby, politically woke soul/dub/hip-hop group A Bunch of Dead People at Baby’s All Right,$12

7/31, 9 PM terse, acerbic trumpet improviser Steph Richards at Public Records, free

7/31, 10:30 PM rapturously eclectic jazz chanteuse Marianne Solivan leads her leads her big band at the Django, $10

7/31, 10:30 PM hard-charging jazz organist Pat Bianchi leads his trio at Smalls. He’s back on 8/2 at 7:30 with drummer Vince Ector’s trio

7/31 scampering, irrepressibly fun girlpunks Sharkmuffin at Berlin

8/1, noon eclectic Texas acoustic blues guitarist Ruthie Foster at Metrotech Park in downtown Brooklyn

8/1, 5 PM ferociously powerful, politically fearless southern gothic guitar/banjo player Amythyst Kiah at Wagner Park on the river north and west of Battery Park

8/1, 6:30 PM oldschool salsa jazz with Yunior Terry & Son De Altura under the Manhattan Bridge archway in Dumbo

8/1, 6:30 PM tuneful purist postbop player Jocelyn Gould on guitar with Louie Leager on bass and Sarah Gooch on drums at the Bar Next Door

8/1, 7:30 PM summery Brazilian samba chanteuse Tulipa Ruiz at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

8/1, 7:30 PM purist oldschool tenor sax player Craig Handy leads an organ quartet with Kyle Kohler on the B3 at Smalls – interesting change of pace

8/1, 8 PM dark, savagely brilliant guitarist Ava Mendoza in a rare solo show at the Old American Can Factory, 232 3rd St., Gowanus, $15 cash only at the door, space limited, RSVP to reserve your ticket,  She says the punk band on after her are fun too

8/1, 8 PM New York’s most charismatic, darkly compelling lyrical songwriter/storyteller/keyboard genius Rachelle Garniez at Barbes

8/1, 8 PM oldschool style jazz chanteuse Yuka Mito leads her quartet at Club Bonafide, $20

8/1, 8 PM klezmer-jazz piano ico Anthony Coleman leads a trio Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery, $20. He’s there the following night solo, same deal

8/1-4, 8/10:30 PM shadowy, cinematic bassist Avishai Cohen leads a trio with Shai Maestro on piano and Mark Guiliana on drums at the Blue Note, $20 standing room avail

8/1, 9 PM catchy, edgy, darkly kinetic female-fronted Romany-tinged rock band the Trouble with Kittens  followed by explosive, creepy, colorful psychedelic rembetiko metal band Greek Judas  at Niagara, Ave. A and 7th st.

8/1, 9 PM bassist Jeong Lim Yang’s quartet with Oscar Noriega on reeds at Bar Lunatico. Counterintuitive, thoughtful, unpredictably interesting.

8/1-4, 11:30 PM charming/badass eclectic jazz vocal trio the Ladybugs at Dizzy’s Club, $5. Their Disney covers from across the decades have surprising bite.

8/1 menacingly orchestral metal band Doomstress at Lucky 13 Saloon

8/2. 6 PM classical ensemble the Harlem Quartet play a program TBA at Bryant Park

8/2, 6 PM propulsive coastal Caribbean Afro-Honduran sounds with the Garifuna Collective plus a dance troupe at Crotona Park

8/2, 7 PM a rare program of Japanese music for koto and reeds with clarinet wizard Thomas Piercy and ensemble at Spectrum, $15

8/2, 7ish hypnotically percussive Afro-Honduran sounds with the Garifuna Jazz Ensemble at Crotona Park

8/2-3, 7:30 PM the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra with soloist Pierre-Laurent Aimard play Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 and Schubert’s Symphony No. 9 at Avery Fisher Hall, $35

8/2-3,7:30 PM low-key oldschool postbop rapture: saxophonist Wayne Escoffery, ageless pianist George Cables & bassist Ugonna Okegwo at Mezzrow, $25

8/2, 8 PM a live performance of new Christopher Cerrone song cycles by soprano Lindsay Kesselman, vocalist Theo Bleckmann, and a chamber choir, accompanied by Wild Up under Christopher Rountree. at Arete Gallery, $20 includes copy of the new cd

8/2. 9 PM quirky, whirling, string-driven chamber pop/art-rock band Gadadu at Pete’s

8/2, 9 PM Brandi & the Alexanders play oldschool-style soul ballads at the Way Station

8/2, 9:30 PM, repeating 8/4 at 7 the Ryoma Quartet put a high voltage spin on traditional Japanese sounds wih tsugaru-shamisen, shinobue flute, tsuzumi drum, and a violin at Joe’s Pub, $20

8/2, 9:45 PM perennially entertaining first wave-style punks the Car Bomb Parade play the album release show for their new one, followed by female-fronted screamers Sister Munch and the evern louder, food-fixated But, Pyrite at the Gutter, $10

8/2, 10 PM ex-Chicha Libre keyboard sorcerer Josh Camp’s wryly psychedelic cumbia/tropicalia/dub band Locobeach at Barbes

8/2, 10:30 PM  tuneful oldschool soul/jazz trombonist Dave Gibson leads his quintet at the Fat Cat

8/2-3, 10:30 PM sizzling postbop saxophonist Mike DiRubbo leads a killer quartet with Brian Charette on piano at Smalls. Expect more thrills than subtlety.

8/3, 6 PM one of New York’s most eclectic, interesting oudists, Brian Prunka  followed at 8 by torchy, slyly lyrical, historically-fixated retro Americana songwriter Robin Aigner & Parlour Game and at 10 by epic ranchera/bolero brass crew Banda de los Muertos at Barbes

8/3, 6 PM legendary hip-hop dj Funk Flex celebrates his bday and EPMD celebrate the 30th anniversary of their 1989 classic Unfinished Business at Crotona Park

8/3, 6 PM: 70s soul nostalgia with what’s left of the Stylistics, the Manhattans, and Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes (minus the late great Philly soul bandleader) at the Amphitheatre at Coney Island, free, be aware that this is a corporate venue and security is extremely hostile

8/3, 7 PM rising star sitarist Abhik Mukherjee with Dibyarka Chatterjee on tabla  at the Chhandayan Center for Indian Music  $16

8/3. 7 PM the Post-Haste Reed Duo play the album release show for their playful, charming new one at Spectrum,

8/3, 7ish PM politically fearess Taiwanese guy/girl piano pop duo Tizzy Bac at Central Park Summerstage

8/3, 8ish  legendary, intense former Come bandleader and haunting indie-psych guitarist Thalia Zedek’s E followed by ageless mostly-female CB’s era funk-punk/postrockers the Bush Tetras playing the album release show for their new one at the Mercury, $15

8/3, 8:30 PM Rachel Koblyakov “sets out to explore the various polyphonic and lyrical possibilities of the solo violin. The works chosen are with disregard to the composers’ era or the general categorization of their music, yet each piece favors either a polyphonic or lyrical form.” with works by J.S. Bach, Alfred Schnittke, Marc-André Dalbavie, Orlando Bass, Michael Finnissy, Dai Fujikura, and Matthias Pintscher.at Spectrum, $15

8/3, 9 PM International Contemporary Ensemble play Dai Fujikura’s: Shamisen Concerto plus works by Nathan Davis, Ann Cleare, György Kurtág, Kate Soper and Anahita Abbasi: at Merkin Concert Hall, $30

8/3, 10 PM atmospheric, cinematic drummer/composer Tim Kuhl and his group at Pete’s

8/3, 11 PM slinky downtempo/cumbia/psychedelic salsa dura band La Mecanica Popular at the old Nublu

8/4, 1 PM organ genius Greg Lewis and similar jazz guitarist Marvin Sewell play brunch at Bar Lunatico. Theyr’e back on 8/18

8/4, 4ish hypnotically pointillistic microtonal African guitar/drums jams with 75 Dollar Bill at Union Pool, free

8/4, 7 PM Sean Ali plays solo bass at Downtown Music Gallery. He’s a tuneful guy, this could be of interest beyond the fellowship of the four strings.

8/4, 7:30 PM rappers of south Asian heritage: G. Sidhu, Rianjali, Taizu, Rolex, Robin Dey, SA Grooves, Project Convergence, IMGE Dance at Damrosch Park

8/4, 10 PM searing, intense, brilliantly tuneful Turkish-American rockers Barakka at the old Nublu, $10

8/5, 8 PM irrepressibly sardonic, fun faux-psychedelia and punk jazz with Grex at the old Nublu

8/5, 8:40 PM sitarist Hidayat Khan – heir to the legacy of the great Vilayat Khan – with Enayat Hossain on tabla at the Mezzanine Theatre, 502 W 53rd St, $30

8/5, 9 PM New Bojaira play flamenco jazz at the Fat Cat

8/5, 9:30 PM the Slippery Fish “pay tribute to master Tõno Quirazco who in the 1960’s combined the new sound of jamaican ska music with country twang, to invent a twist on the Caribbean sound. Witman-Cohen – bass ; Myk Freedman – pedal steel; Phillip Mayer – drums; Stefan Zeniuk – sax; Maria Eisien – saxvocals; Jackie Coleman – trumpet and Chris Parker -guitar,” at Barbes

8/6, 1/3 PM improvisational jazz big band Go: Organic Orchestra & 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 material from their upcoming triple vinyl album in the park on Governors Island,

8/6, 6 PM dancers Rasika Kumar, Sahasra Sambamoorthi and Nadhi Thekkek perform their new piece Unfiltered, inspired by the Bharatanatyam tradition, which “explore the everyday moments that eventually lead to the boiling points that cascade into change” with a live score by pyrotechnic vocalist Roopa Mahadevan at the Mezzanine Theatre, 502 W 53rd St, $30

8/6, 7 PM haunting, cinematic lapsteel genius Myk Freedman with JP Shlegelmilch-piano; Jason Nazary-drums; Ari Folman-Cohen-bass and surprise guests. followed by clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at Barbes, $10

8/6, 7 PM New Bojaira play flamenco jazz at Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City

8/6, 7 PM the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra play works by Rodrigo, Piazzolla, Gabriela Lena Franh and others at Temple Emanu-El, Fifth Avenue at 65th St, free, rsvp req

8/6, 7:30 PM Deepak Ram on bansuri flute with Enayat Hossain (tabla) and guest Kanoa Mendenhall (double bass) at the Mezzanine Theatre, 502 W 53rd St, $20

8/6, 7 PM New Bojaira play flamenco jazz at Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City

8/6-7, 7:30 PM the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra with soloist Joshua Bell play Mozart’s Symphony No. 38, Dvorak’s Violin Concerto and Kodaly’s Dances of Galanta at Avery Fisher Hall, $35

8/6, 7 PM  the great unsung NYC hero of darkly purposeful, noir-tinged jazz guitar, Saul Rubin followed at 9 by brilliant drummer/percussionist Willie Martinez & La Familia Sextet playing classic salsa groovesa at the Fat Cat

8’6, 7:30 PM intense, lyrical, politically fearless tenor saxophonist Roxy Coss in a rare duo show with pianist Mike King at Mezzrow, $20 Ries

8/6-7, 7:30/9:30 PM tenor saxophonist Tim Ries leads his band (the second night with Bernard Fowler, playing songs from Ries’ other band, the Rolling Stones) at the Jazz Standard, $30

8/6-11, 8/10;30 PM boisterous soul-jazz trumpeter Nicholas Payton leads his group at the Blue Note, $20 tanding room avia l

8/6-18, 8:30/10 PM guitar icon Bill Frisell eads his trio with Thomas Morgan on bass and Rudy Royston on drums at the Vanguard, $35. Saxophonist Greg Tardy joins the festivities starting on 8/13. Then Frisell is there through the 25th as part of Andrew Cyrille’s quartet

8/6-7, 8:30 PM 8/10 PM powerful jazz belter – and Gil Scott-Heron reinventor –  Charenee Wade sings the Betty Carter songbook with her band at Dizzy’s Club, $35

8/6-10, 8:30 PM playful improviser and ambitous composer/tenor saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock,  leads a series of ensembles at the Stone at the New School, $20. Choice pick: 8/7 2ith the “Grammy Season Sextet” – Brandon Seabrook (guitar) Michael Formanek (bass) Tom Rainey (drums) Mazz Swift (violin) Tomeka Reid (cello)

8/6, 8:40 PM dancer/vocalist Vidhya Subramanian performs a Bharatanatyam concert at the Mezzanine Theatre, 502 W 53rd St, $30

8/7, noon metal band the Beautiful Distrortion – loudest act ever to play outdoors at the triangle at 72nd St. and Broadwaya t Lincoln Square Park on the upper west

8/7, 5:30 PM the Bryant Park Accordion Festival with the deviously lyrical Susan Hwang, playful Nordic group Smorgasbandet, the latin and Mddle Eastern-tinged Ismael Butera, hypnotic harmonium player Mindra Sahadeo and others around the park

8/7, 6 PM Rohan Krishnamurthy and Nitin Mitta’s North and South Indian Percussion Duo with harmonium player Rohan Prabhudesai at the Mezzanine Theatre, 502 W 53rd St, $20

8/7, 6 PM terse, crystalline-voiced guitarist/jazz chantense Camila Meza leads her chamber jazz septet Nectar Orchestra at Madison Square Park

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

8/7-10, 7/10 PM diverse bassist Nicki Parrott leads her group at Birdland, $20. Strong singer too.

8/7, 7:30 PM amazing, atmospheric Hindustani singer/multi-instrumentalist  Arooj Aftab opens for a flameco dance performance at Darnrosch Park

8/7, 8 PM Du.O – Aimée Niemann and Charlotte Munn-Wood playing “old, new, and improvised music on our violins (and sometimes non-violins): – at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery,

8/7, 8:30 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” and Middle Eastern flavored hash smoking anthems at Troost

8/7, 8:40 PM violinist/percussionist Bala Skandan and friends play a Carnatic-nspired Percussion program at the Mezzanine Theatre, 502 W 53rd St, $25

8/7, 10:30 PM intense, charismatic oldschool soul belter Sami Stevens at Bowery Electric, $10 adv tix rec

8/8, noon surprisingly vital first-wave Jamaican roots reggae band Third World at Metrotech Park in downtown Brooklyn

8/8, 6 PM singer Binay Pathak performs a program of ghazals and Hindustani songs with Rabi Sanjar Bhattacharjee at the Mezzanine Theatre, 502 W 53rd St, $20

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

8/8, 7:20 PM Prasant Radhakrishnan plays a rare US program of Carnatic saxophone with Rohan Krishnamurthy on mridangam at the Mezzanine Theatre, 502 W 53rd St, $20

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

8/8, 8 PM starkly atmospheric jazz violinist/singer Zosha Warpeha followed by cellist Hank Roberts ‘ sextet at the Owl

8/8, 9 PM the aptly named ghoulabilly/noir Americana  Legendary Shack Shakers at the Knitting Factory, $15

8/8. 7 PM incisive lead guitarist Cecilia Eljuri plays from her new reggae record at Joe’s Pub, $tba

8/8, 730 PM charismatic, theatrical, anthemic rock-soul songwriter DB Rielly at Astoria Park Shore Boulevard between the Hell Gate Bridge and the pool

8/8. 7:30 PM  newgrass and classcial with violinist Tessa Lark and bassist Michael Thurber  at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

8/8, 8 PM folk noir/parlor pop song stylist Marah Vanbeekom at Bar Chord.

8//9, 6 PM| spellbinding violinists Trina Basu & Arun Ramamurthy‘s Carnatic-inspired Nakshatra Quartet Indian chamber ensemble at the Mezzanine Theatre, 502 W 53rd St, $25

8/9, 6 PM ldtimey danceable bluegrass sounds with Megan Downes & the City Stompers at 76th Avenue and Springfield Boulevard (in Alley Pond Park), Queens

8/9,,7 PM rousing, anthemic janglerock/Americana band the Harthorns at the small room at the Rockwood

8/9, 7PM ish celtic fiddle star Eileen Ivers and band at Bryant Park

8/9-10, 7:30 PM the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra with soloist Steven Osborne play Haydn’s Overture in D, the Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 2, Schittke’s Mozarr a la Haydn and Mozart’s Symphony No. 35 at Avery Fisher Hall, $35

8/9, 8:40 PM Hindustani Kirana Gharana singer and sarodist Sanhita Nandi with Nitin Mitta (tabla) and Ravi Mishra (harmonium) at the Mezzanine Theatre, 502 W 53rd St, $25

8/9-10, 7:30/9:30 PM lyrical latin jazz pianist Manuel Valera ‘s New Cuban Express Big Band at the Jazz Gallery, $25

8/9, 7:30 PM a Marvim Gaye tribute with guitarist Felicia Collins, sax powerhouse Alexa Tarantino, Toshi Reagon, Siedah Garrett, Kecia Lewis, and others at Prospect Park Bandshell

8/9, 8 PM New Bojaira play the album release show for their new flamenco jazz record at Drom, $15 adv tix rec

8/9, 8 PM poignant, eclectic, lyrical jazz bassist/composer Pedro Giraudo’s tango quartet at Barbes

8/9, 9 PM eclectic Korean pianist/performance artist Hyo Jee Kang plays Fly in Water: A Multimedia Concert at the Center for Remembering and Sharing, $25 adv tix recs

8/9, 8 PM punk/rockabilly band the Screaming Rebel Angels followed by ex-Stray Cats bassist Slim Jim Phantom and his trio at Brooklyn Bazaar, $16

8/9, 9ish  Dilemastronauta Y Los Sabrosos Cosmicos with members of M.A.K.U and Combo Chimbita play space cumbia and other trippy tropicalia at C’Mon Everybody, $10

8/10, 4 PM Japanese koto/shamisen virtuoso Yoko Reikano Kimura in a rare US performance at the Center for Remembering and Sharing, $30

8/10, 6 PM reggae acts from across the years, in reverse order at Central Park Summerstage: dancehall king Elephant Man, ex-Black Uhuru singer Junior Reid, Estelle and newschool conscious roots band Raging Fyah at Central Park

8/10, 7 PM bright, shiny crystalline voiced oldschool-style soul singer Tameca Jones and her excellent band at the big room at the Rockwood, $12

8/10,,7 PM Ensemble Nikel play works by Klaus Lang and other contemporary composers at Wagner Park north of Battery Park. 8/14 at 8 they’re at the DiMenna Center playing works by Simon Løffler, Steven Takasugi, Clara Iannotta, Mirela Ivičević and Julien Malaussena for $20/$10 stud/srs

8/10, 7:20 PM Sruti Sarathy plays classical Indian violin at the Mezzanine Theatre, 502 W 53rd St, $20

8/10, 7:30 PM tuneful, hard-hitting alto saxophonist Alex Lore with Martin Nevin on bass and Jochen Rueckert on drums at the Bar Nex tDoor, $12

8/10, 7:30 PM psychedelic cumbia night with the slinky female-fronted Delsonido and Bomba Estéreo at Prospect Park Bandshell

8/10, 6 PM mesmerizing oudist  Brian Prunka followed at 10 by hard-hitting, brass-fueled newschool latin soul/boogaloo dance band Spanglish Fly at Barbes

8/10, 9ish acerbic drummer/composer Kate Gentile with saxophonist and clarinetist Jeremy Viner, pianist Matt Mitchell, and bassist Kim Cass at the Owl

8/10, 9 PM high-voltage Americana jamband Spirit Family Reunion at Union Pool, $15

8/10, 9 PM uneasy, catchy psychedelic band Quicksilver Daydream play the album releae show fortheir new one at Littlefield, $10

8/10, 10 PM hard-hitting, brass-fueled female-fronted newschool latin soul/boogaloo dance band Spanglish Fly play the album release show for their new one at Barbes

8/11, 11:30 AM| kathak dancer Seibi Lee performs with a live score at the Mezzanine Theatre, 502 W 53rd St, $20

8/11, 1 PM not a music event per se but very cool: Jiva Dance company perform their apocalyptic Bharatanatyam suite The Four Horsemen: “The stories – a woman shackled to the life of a courtesan (conquest), a woman reminiscing the night she spent with her lover who is at war (war), a mother searching for nourishment for her child in the midst a sandstorm (famine), and finally a woman at the end of her life recalling memories that span youthful joy to hardship and loss (death) – are touchingly timely,” at the Mezzanine Theatre, 502 W 53rd St, $25

8/11, 2:30 PM the rapturous, mighty Navatman Music Collective – this continent’s only Indian carnatic choir, and one of only three in the world – sing their new suite Bridges of Joy at the Mezzanine Theatre, 502 W 53rd St, $25

8/11, 3 PM ish funk-punk-postpunkers the B Boys play the album release show for their new one at Union Pool, free 

8/11, 4 PM the Sometime Boys’ riveting, powerful, theatrical frontwoman Sarah Mucho sings dark cabaret and rock tunes at Freddy’s

8/11, 5 PM Romany jazz accordionist Julien Labro leads his group at Jefferson Market Garden in the west village

8/11, 5 PM an ACLU benefit for immigrant rights with solo performances by thoughtful pianists Aaron Parks and Shai Maestro plus drummer Antonio Sanchez and postbop saxophonist Dayna Stephens leading their own bands at Shapeshifter Lab, $25

8/10, 10 PM alternately boisterous and plaintive oldschool honkytonk band the Shootouts at Skinny Dennis

add 8/10, 10 PM smartly tuneful oldschool soul/psych-pop songwriter Mimi Oz at the Way Station

8/11, 6 PM ish melodic metal band Liliac at Blackthorn 51, $15

8/11, 7 PM noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo leads his trio at 55 Bar

8/11, 7:30 PM noir Americana siren and Hadestown creator Anais Mitchell opens for a ex-crackhead hanger-on from the 60s who was once in a pioneering janglerock band, at Damrosch Park, get there early because all the old hippies will take the seats

8/11, 7:30 PM chill, purposeful oldschool jazz trio: Evan Arntzen (tenor sax), Jon-Erik Kellso (trumpet), Mathis Picard (piano) at Mezzrow, $20

8/11, 8ish erennially vital latin jazz piano sage Eddie Palmieri at East River Park. If you want to see him indoors he’s at at the Blue Note  8/20-25 at 8/10:30 PM, $30 standing room avail

8/11, 8 PM elegant bop-era guitar legend Gene Bertoncini at the Bar Next Door

8/12 7/10 PM articulate, lyrical third-stream jazz pianist Laila Biali at Birdland, $20 seats avail

8/12, 7:30 PM fiery alto saxophonist Lucas Pino’s eclectic, dynamic No No Nonet at Smalls

8/12, 7 PM eclectic, hard-hitting, lyrical composer/tenor saxophonist Stan Killian at 55 Bar

8/12,  10ish the NYC Gaita Club – a Bulla en el Barrio spinoff – play rustically pounding Afro-Colombian trance-dance music at Barbes

8/13, 7 PM rustic Colombian sounds with the Cumbia River Band at Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City

8/13, 7:30/9:30 PM the haunting, smokily atmospheric Michael Leonhart Orchestra at the Jazz Standard, $30

8/13-17, 8:30 PMnoir-inspired low-register reedman Ben Goldberg leads a series of ensembles at the Stone at the New School, $20. Choice pick: the 8/15 octet gig with Ches Smith (xylophone) Kenny Wollesen, Will Shore (vibraphone) Allison Miller (drums, percussion) Kirk Knuffke (cornet) Ryan Ferreira (electric guitar) Ben Goldberg (clarinet) Andrew Conklin (electric guitar)

8/14, noon: :hard-hitting bassist Dawn Drake & Zapote‘play hard funk followed by mystery band Hasta La Zeta at Lincoln Square Park on the upper west

8/14, 5:30 PM the Bryant Park Accordion Festival with New York’s most charismatic, darkly compelling lyrical songwriter/storyteller/keyboard genius Rachelle Garniez. forro shredder Felipe Hostins, torchy cumbia/swing singer Erica Mancini and others around the park

8/14, 6 PM intense retro 60s influenced Nubian funk band Alsarah & the Nubatone at Madison Square Park

8/14, 6 PM intense retro 60s influenced Nubian funk band Alsarah & the Nubatonesat Maison Square Park. 8/15, 6:30 PM they’re under the Manhattan Bridge archway in Dumbo

8/14, 7:30 PM cleverly lyrical, darkly klezmer-tinged pianist Uri Cainewith Mark Heliias on bass at Mezzrow, $20

8/14, 730/9:30 PM  the mighty, colorful, occasionally Middle Eastern-tinged Eyal Vilner Big Band at Minton’s, $20 + 2 dirnk min. they’re also here on 8/21

8/14, 8 PM intense, purposeful, scorching guitarist Ava Mendoza  solo and improvisational  viola sorceress Jessica Pavone‘s string ensemble at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery,

8/14, 8 PM  fuzztone-fueled retro 60s psychedelic rockers the Mystery Lights at Berlin, $15

8/14, 9 PM lliott Smith-esque chamber-pop band the Morning Sea  at the big room at the Rockwood

8/14, 9 PM wildfire Hazmat Modine lead guitarist Michaela Gomez leads her band at Bar Lunatico

8/15, 5 PM newschool gospel with Texas singers the Walls Group & Washington DC all-female classical trio the String Queens on the plaza outdoors at NJPAC in Newark

8/15, 5:30 PM chamber ensemble Leadlights play selections by Debussy, Ravel, Schubert, and Jessie Montgomery.at Belvedere Plaza in Battery Park City

8/15, 7:30 PM newschool Mississippi hill country blues with Cedric Burnside at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

8/15, 8 PM ghostly ambient artist Olivia Block and politically woke multimedia artist Raven Chacon at the DiMenna Center, $20

8/15 8 PM ambitious, perennially tuneful saxophonist Mike McGinnis leads his quartet with Jacob Sacks on piano followed by alto player Jonathan Crompton doing the album release show for his new one with Ingrid Laubrock and Patrick Breiner on tenor sax, plus bassist Adam Hopkins and drummer Kate Gentile at the Owl

8/15. 8:30 PM veteran downtown avant-garde vocals/sax duo A Dream in Red – Nora McCarthy and Jorge Sylvester – at Arete Gallery, $15

8/15, 9 PM dynamic, lyrically smart newgrass band Cricket Tell the Weather at the small room at the Rockwood

8/16 5 PM the grand finale of this year’s Bryant Park Accordion Festival with Toot Sweet‘s twisted theatrical glam rock, Argentine tango band the Aces of Rhythm, underground Russian rocker Fedor Chistyakov, Tex-Mex conjunto Los Texmaniacs and wild Venezuelan shredder El Rey Vallenato Beto Jamaica

8/16. 5;30 PM sharply lyrical folk noir songwriter Lizzie No at the American Folk Art Museum

8/16, 7:30 PM ambitious postbop with a sense of humor: Kyle Nasser on saxophones with Rick Rosato on bass and Vinnie Sperazza on drums at the Bar Next Door, $12

8/16, 7:30/9:30 PM cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum‘s nine-tet with Mary Halvorson on guitar, Tomeka Reid on cello, Ingrid Laugrock on tenor sax and others at the Jazz Gallery, $25

8/16, 8 PM hypnotic electric santoorist/singer Azam Ali plays the album release show for her hypnotic, ambient new one at Drom,, $20 adv tix rec

8/16, 8 PM adventurous cellist Okkyung Lee with Ches Smith, drums; Ganavya Doraiswamy and Sara Serpa, voices; Maeve Gilchrist, harp at the DiMenna Center, $20

8/16, 1AM ish (wee hours of 8/17) this era’s most intensely powerful tenor saxophonist/composer, JD Allen at Smalls. In his element, to be sure.

8/16, 9 PM Antibalas spinoff Armo play Afrobeat at Bar Lunatico. they’re also here on 8/30

8/17, 3 PM potentially scary piano/bass/guitar improv: Ron Stabinsky/Shayna Dunkelman/Ava Mendoza at Arete Gallery, $15

8/17, 7 PM ish honkytonk guitarslinger Danny Weiss and charming singer Mary Olive Smith’s oldschool C&W band Stillhouse Serenade at the Gowanus Dredgers Society Boathouse, free

8/17, 7:30 PM sizzling, melodic, dynamically epic latin jazz pianist Luis Perdomo with Rufus Reid on bass, wow at Mezzrow, $25

8/17, 7:30/9:30 PM tunes to match eclectic ambition: trombonist Kalia Vandever leads a quintet playing the album release show for her new one at the Jazz Gallery, $20

8/17, 8 PM fearlessly relevant, genuinely riveting, populist tenor sax visionary/improviser Matana Roberts with International Contemporary Ensemble at the DiMenna Center, $20. Then 8/20-24, 8:30 PM she leads a series of duos at the Stone at the New School, $20. Choice pick: closing night with Vijay Iyer WOW

8/17, 8ish conscious hip-hop legend Talib Kweli at Marcus Garvey Park

8/17, midnigh unpredictably fun, funny, occasionally Lubowski-esque psychedelic art-rock band the Academy Blues Project at the small room at the Rockwood

8/18, 3 PM ish majestic, darkly cinematic surf instrumentalists the TarantinosNYC at Bay 9 East at Riis Park in the Rockaways

8/18, 5 PM the NY Jazzharmonic play a program of music associated with the early women in jazz at Jefferson Market Garden in the west village

8/18, 5:30 PM 20s/30s swing purists the David Berger Jazz Orchestra at Birdland

8/18, 6 PM oldschool salsa with Jose “El Canario” Alberto and La Sonora Ponceña at the Coney Island Amphitheatre, free, it’s a pretty small place run by corporate idiots and youlll need to get there early to get in

8/18, 6 PM what’s left of multiple incarnations of Bob Marley’s band the Wailers featuring Julian Junior Marvin at Marcus Garvey Park

8/18, 7 PM eclectic, sardonically lyrical parlor pop band Orly Bendavid and the Mona Dahls at the big room at the Rockwood, $10

8/18, 8 PM indie classical with the Bent Duo -David Friend, piano; Bill Solomon, percussion –  followed by popular quirky indie rock band Deerhoof playing 80s covers wtf at the DiMenna Center, $20

8/19-23, half past noon haunting, eclectic Armenian jazz composer Armen Donelian rocks the electric piano at Bryant Park

8/19, 8 PM eclectic, potentially combustible guitarist Ryan Ferreira in a rare solo show followed by  noir-inspired low-register reedman Ben Goldberg n a rare duo show with tenor saxophonist Ingrid Laugrock  at Arete Gallery, $15

8/20, 8 PM Talea Ensemble  play works by Volokovic, Biro and Leroux at the DiMenna Center, $20

8/21, 1 PM the upbeat, oldtimey Ebony Hillbillies – NYC’s only oldschool African-American string band – at Lincoln Square Park on the upper west

8/21-22, 7:30/9:30 PM terse piano/guitar interplay: Kris Davis and Julian Lage at the Jazz Gallery, $25

8/21, 8 PM indie classical chamber group Talea Ensemble and perennially interesting piano/percussion ensemble Yarn/Wire play works by Vivier, Boulane, Oesterle, Linda Caitlin Smith and others at the DiMenna Center, $20

8/21, 9 PM poignant, eclectic, lyrical jazz bassist/composer Pedro Giraudo’s Tango Quartet at Bar Lunatico

8/21. 9 PM violinist Marissa Licata – who does colorful, energetic versions of covers from Despacito to Jethro Tull – at the Delancey, $10

8/22, 6:30 PM Lisa Hoppe on bass with Rachel Therrien on trumpet and Dayeon Aaron Edgcomb on drums at the Bar Next Door, free

8/22, 6:30 PM Bollywood-influenced oldschool soul harmony band Say She She under the Manhattan Bridge archway in Dumbo

8/22, 7 PM Alice Coltraine-inspired multi-keyboardist Rema Hasumi at Arete Gallery, $15

8/22, 7:30 PM whirlwind tropical accordion star El Rey Vallenato Beto Jamaica and band at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

8/22, 9 PM creepy, wickedly lyrical, harmony-driven noir chamber pop/murder ballad duo Charming Disaster at Joe’s Pub, $15

8/23. 5:30 PM Americana rock songstresss Stephanie Manns at the American Folk Art Museum

8/23, 6 PM reverbtoned 70s style psychedelic soul band the Muckers at Bryant Park

8/23, 7 PM in reverse order at Marcus Garvey Park: eclectic, purist jazz singer Brianna Thomas, South African croone Vuyo Sotashe, the JBs’ Fred Wesley, erudite jazz drummer Winard Harper & Jeli Posse at Marcus Garvey Park

8/23,8 PM fiery, psychedelically bluesy oldschool soul/roadhouse jamband Lizzie & the Makers at  Gold Sounds, $8

8/23, 9 PM  first-rate purist honkytonk crooner/bandleader Cliff Westfall and his kick-ass group at Skinny Dennis

8/23, 9 PM wild live techno with sax-and-drums monsters Moon Hooch at Rough Trade, $22 gen adm. The next night, 8/24 they’re at the Music Hall of Williamsburg at 11, for two bucks less. Go figure.

8/24, 3 PM in reverse order; alto powerhouse Ravi Coltrane, chanteuse Quiana Lynell, the all-star all-femael trio Reclamation with Camille Thurman, Nikara Warren and Brandee Younger at Marcus Garvey Park

8/24, 7 PM the Ghost Funk Orchestra followed at 9 by Renata Zeigeur at Bryant Park. Avoid the singsongey, cliched 8 PM singer-songwriter act

8/24, 7:30 PM rapturous Indian carnatic music with singer Samarth Nagarkar, tabla player Meghashyam Keshav and Rohan Prabhudesai on harmoniun at the Chhandayan Center for Indian Music $16

8/24, 8ish legendary 90s Brooklyn psychedelic funk unit Groove Collective reunite at the Mercury, $10 adv tix rec

8/24. 9 PM one of NY’s most versatile, ferocious guitarists, ex-Sharon Jones lead player Binky Griptite and band at Bar Lunatico

8/24, 10 PM wild, colorful, Bowie-esque female-fronted glamrockers the Manimals play a pro-choice benefit at Union Pool, $12

8/24, 1 AM (actually wee hours of 8/25 feral tenor saxophonist Eric Wyatt  leads the jam at Smalls. Could be off the hook

8/25, 3 PM the Emerson Quartet’s Eugene Drucker, violin; Roberta Cooper, cello; Beth Levin, piano play works by Clara & Robert Schuman and Brahms at Concerts on the Slope, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 139 St. John’s Place downhill from 7th Ave, sugg don

8/25, 3 PM in reverse order at Tompkins Square Park: drum eminence grise Carl Allen’s Art Blakey Tribute, tenor man George Coleman’s Trio,  lyrical pianist Fred Hersch and eclectic altoist Lakecia Benjamin at Tompkins Square Park

8/25, 5 PM Remy Taghavi, bassoon and Yelena Grinberg, piano play works for this unusual duo by Vivaldi, Tellemann, Mozart, Saint-Saens, Ravel, Dutilleux and Boutry at Grinberg’s upper westside piano salon, reception to follow, $35, close to the 1/2/3 train at 96th St., deets here 

8/25, 7 PM chamber jazz ensemble the Westerlies with crooner Theo Bleckmann and the majestic, titanically kinetic NYChillharmonic – a mighty art-rock band with jazz instrumentation – at Joe’s Pub, $tba

8/25, 8ish popular 90s salsa chanteuse La India at Central Park Summerstage

8/26, 7 PM Taka Kigawa plays late Beethoven piano sonatas at the poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec

8/26, 8 PM boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with Jack Grace solo at Bar Chord

8/26, 9 PM subtle, dynamic jazz singer Yoon Sun Choi with the perennially lyrical Jacob Sacks on piano at Bar Lunatico

8/27, 7 PM clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party  and brilliant Danish klezmer jazz ensemble Mames Babagenush at the Mercury, $20 adv tix rec

8/27-28, 7:30/9:30 PM monster drummer Johnathan Blake leads a killer quartet wih Immanuel Wilkins -alto saxophone; Joel Ross -vibraphone; Dezron Douglas -bass at the Jazz Gallery, $25

8/27-28, 730/9:30 PM epically brilliant, Shostakovich-inspired jazz pianist/composer Fabian Almazan leads his trio at the Jazz Standard, $30

8/27, 8:30 PM accordion genius Shoko Nagai and percussionist Satoshi Takeishi’s Abysm at Arete Gallery, $15

8/27-9/1, 8;30/10 PM Chris Potter’s Underground quartet at the Vanguard, $35

8/27, 9 PM Kami Thompson and James Walbourne’s fiery, fearless Britfolk/psych-folk band the Rails at Joe’s Pub, $tba

8/28, 7 PM the Brooklyn Raga Massive – a rotating cast of A-list Indian, jazz and rock musicians who love to jam out classic Indian themes  with klezmer clarinet and mandolin wizard Andy Statman at the Rubin Museum of Art, $30 gen adm

8/28 8 PM self-explanatory, popular 90s attraction the NY Ska Jazz Ensemble at Iridium, $25

8/29, 5 PM 90s Dirty Jerz hip-hop supertrio Lords of the Underground outdoors at NJPAC in Newark

8/29, 7 PM Nancy Garniez, piano with Gregor Kitzis, violin; Artie Dibble, viola; Dave Eggar, cello play the Mozart G minor Piano Quartet; Brahms C minor Piano Quartet, Brahms C major Trio at Garniez’s upper West Side salon,  sug don $20, refreshments, lively and iconoclastic conversation includedemail for details/address

8/29-31, 7:30/9:30 PM erudite pianist Orrin Evans leads his trio augmented by guest Kevin Eubanks on guitar at the Jazz Standard, $30. Forget the sub gig for Iverson; Evans is a throwback to smoking, hard-hitting 50s postbop glory.

8/29, 730 PM the Haitian funk band that started it all, Boukman Eksperyans at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

8/30, 9 PM the eclectic, electrifying accordion-driven Los Mochuelos play classic gangsta Colombian vallenato and cumbia  at Bar Chord

8/30, 10 PM Nando Griffiths & Kingston play roots reggae at Shrine

8/30-31, 10:30 PM state-of-the-art postbop alto saxophonist Jaleel Shaw leads his quartet at Smalls. You want adrenaline?

8/30, 11 PM allusively haunting, minimalist folk noir singer Belle-Skinner at Pete’s

8/30, 11 PM enigmatic, compelling third-stream jazz pianist/singer Alina Engibaryan at Littlefield, $10

8/31, 3 PM ish ageless, jangly, purist NY surf rock originals the Supertones at Bay 9 East at Riis Park in the Rockaways

8/31, 6 PM  mesmerizing, intricate, anthemic oudist  Brian Prunka and band followed at 8 by accordion genius Shoko Nagai ’s haunting, increasingly loud and psychedelic Tokala Silk Road/klezmer mashup project and at 10 by Rana Santacruz – the Mexican Shane MacGowan, but without the booze if you can imagine that – at Barbes 

8/31, 9 PM haunting traditional Persian sounds with Koubeh at the old Nublu, $15

9/1,  3 PM ish the largescale improvisational ensemble who started it all, the Sun Ra Arkestra outdoors at Union Pool, free

9/3, 8 PM tuneful latin-inspired pianist/organist Bennett Paster at Halyards

9/7, 1/3 PM intense, microtonal string ensemble the Sirius Quartet play Jeremy Harman, Fung Chern Hwei, Gregor Huebner, plys original arrangements of Radiohead & the Beatles in the park on Governors Island

9/8, 7 PM catchy, anthemic newgrass/blue-eyed soul band the Levins at the basement room at the Rockwood, $12

9/!4. 4 PM sharply amusing, wickedly lyrical, politically woke lit-rock singer/pianist Dawn Oberg at the small room at the Rockwood

9/21, 5 PM ish intense, brilliantly relevant oldtime gospel/Africa Africana music maven Vienna Carroll and the irrepresibly theatrical, politically spot-on Ukuladies at the Gowanus Dredgers Society Boathouse, free

Soaring, Haunting Folk Noir Band Bobtown Make a Mighty Return to the Stage

Bobtown are the most individualistic folk noir band you could possibly imagine. They have soaring three-part vocal harmonies – and they’re fronted by their drummer. They’ve also been AWOL lately since they’ve been working on a new album. Last weekend, they packed the big room at the Rockwood and played most of the tracks from the record, Chasing the Sun, due out at the end of next month. If the show was any indication, it’s going to be amazing.

Everybody in the band plays a lot of instruments. Bandleader Katherine Etzel began the show on ukulele, then switched to a big, imposing standup drumkit. Karen Dahlstrom played guitar for most of the set but then broke out her banjo, something she rarely does live. Jen McDearman took turns on both lead and harmony vocals while adding percussion and eerily twinkling glockenspiel. Alan Lee Backer switched between electric and acoustic lead guitar while bassist Dan Shuman held down the low end, bolstered on a couple of tunes by stark resonance from guest cellist Serena Jost (who also plays on the record).

They opened with Devil Down, a brightly shuffling tune with thematic if not musical resemblance to Tom Waits’ Down in the Hole:. As Etzel intimated, the new album is slightly more optimistic than the ghostly tales that populate much of the band’s previous output. After that, McDearman didn’t waste any time taking the music back in that direction with Hazel, a banjo number about a crazy woman who’s reached the end of her rope.

Etzel went back to lead vocals for Let You Go, a kiss-off anthem with echoes of the chain gang songs the band were exploring in the early part of the decade. Daughters of the Dust, a spaghetti western bluegrass tune, kept the charming/sinister dynamic going, the women’s shiny harmonies in contrast with the emotionally depleted Dust Bowl narrative. Then they picked up the pace with the Buddy Holly-ish Come on Home.

In My Bones turned out to be classic Bobtown, a chirpy, blackly amusing tune about how to cheat the man in black when he makes a “certain visitation.” With its hushed ambience, This Is My Heart could have been an especially melancholy number from a Dolly Parton bluegrass record. Then the group built to a big, vamping peak with Kryptonite and its Hey Jude-style chorus.

The biggest surprise of the night, with Jost on cello again, was a slow, spare, hazy cover of Tom Petty’s American Girl: who knew the lyrics were so sad? They closed with the night’s most mighty, majestic number, No Man’s Land, sung with gospel-infused intensity by Dahlstrom. In a year of full-frontal assaults on women’s rights from Ohio all the way to the Mexican border, it’s a new national anthem:

No man’s words can still my voice
No man can tell me where I stand
No man’s will can take my choice
I am no man’s land