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Lara Hope & the Ark-Tones Bring Their Irreverent Retro Rock to the East Village

Lara Hope & the Ark-Tones are connoisseurs of retro Americana sounds, from rockabilly to 60s soul music. They’re playing Otto’s on Sept 24 at 10 PM; for those who might say, “Eww, the East Village on a Saturday night,” keep in mind that so many of the touristy types who made the neighborhood a place to avoid on the weekend have left town.

Out of all the albums Hope and the band have put out over the years, the very best of them all might be their snarky, irreverent Songs in the Key of Quarantine, streaming at Bandcamp. The core of the band, singer/guitarist Hope and her bassist husband Matthew Goldpaugh put this spot-on, satirical ep out during the darkest months of 2020 with a little help from their bandmates.

The first track is Social Distancing Blues:

Can’t give no one a hug
Can’t hold my baby tight
You got to wear a hazmat suit to get into a fight

And it gets better from there.

Bad Time to Quit Drinking is a grimly funny tune: the gist of it is that there are other things you can do to get high. No Time to Get Bored is a shuffle where Lara chronicles all the goofy things you can do when you’re been put under house arrest by a totalitarian regime.

She shows off some snarling gutter blues guitar chops on You Are Essential, a duet with her husband where they send a grateful shout out to the retail and healthcare workers who kept the economy going when many of the rest of us were depersoned during the endless, bleak days of 2020.

She drops her guard for the sad, spare, plainspoken acoustic soul ballad When Will I See My Grandma Again? Then she picks up the pace with Go Big & Stay Home, a scruffy number which seems a lot more cynical than optimistic. The last song on the album is a cover and it’s not very good – and it’s by a corporate rock guy with blood on his hands. He made his drummer take the lethal Covid injection early during the band’s 2021 tour, and the drummer died after one of the first shows.

The band’s latest album is Here to Tell The Tale, a full-band record also up at Bandcamp, which came out last year. Lead guitarist Eddie Rion and drummer Jeremy Boniello scramble through a catchy, diverse mix that starts with a simmering ghoulabilly tune, then dips into smoky go-go sounds, vintage Loretta Lynn style C&W and jump blues.

The last time this blog was in the house at one of the band’s shows, it was in 2018 at an Amsterdam Avenue bar which had neither stage nor PA system. Running everything through their amps, the band managed to keep a noisy neighborhood crowd at this onetime dive under control, no small achievement.

September Singles For a World Waking Up

Today’s mashup includes news, protest songs, videos and ridiculously funny memes. As usual, click on artist or author names for their webpages, click on titles for audio, video, a piece of history or just a good joke.

Let’s start this slowly with Fiona Apple‘s Pale September: it’s her Gloomy Sunday.

But all hope is not lost! Here’s the irreplaceable Steve Kirsch‘s four-minute voicemail to the CDC regarding the underreporting factor in the VAERS vaccine-death and vaccine-injury database. Steve – the MIT-educated author and scientist who has written over 700 articles on the subject – says the multiplier is 41, which has been confirmed by multiple studies. Download and share!

Here’s Van Morrison and Eric Clapton doing their single Rebels, via the other New York daily music source, Mark Crispin Miller’s must-read News From Underground. “Where have all the rebels gone….hiding behind a computer screen?” Clapton’s fast fingers on the frets are back: good to see that the disabling effects of the Astra-Zeneca shot didn’t ruin his career.

Also on the page: Progress, by John Rich, a defiant anti-WEF country waltz: “You can have back your freedoms if you do what we say…stick your progress where the sun don’t shine.”

Anti-globalist metal valkyries Varsiana Foka hail from the Donbass, the Russian-speaking region which has been under fire since the 2014 color revolution in Ukraine. Their latest single is Donbass Is Behind Us (with English subtitles)

The most priceless send-off to Dr. Faulty for his scheduled departure so far is from Merienne Jensen, via El Gato Malo

And here’s the only interview Dr. Faulty wouldn’t do, via the woman who wanted to do it, Emerald Robinson

Tucker Carlson also has some gleefully venomous commentary on the Dr. Faulty departure : the first couple of minutes are a laugh riot

RFK Jr. weighed in on the matter with his usual gravitas: “The omerta is collapsing!” via Celia Farber

Dr. Pam Popper, author of the very first plandemic expose, COVID Operation, says let’s not get too comfortable with the new CDC “guidance.” “Two and a half years ago, the rallying cry was freedom. Now we want justice.”

With the latest developments in the ugly ongoing story of how the Covid shots ravage the female body, Daily Clout maven Naomi Wolf explains the grisly images of a placenta in the womb, overgrown with a spiderweb of accumulated spike protein. “The FDA, the CDC knew, and this image shows you that the lipid nanoparticles are designed to cross the blood-brain barrier, they are designed to get into the placenta.” Start the video at 2:45. For an excellent, succinct review of the backstory – birthrates dropping around the world, an explosion in neonatal deaths and ongoing research on prenatal birth defects – Etana Hecht offers a concise analysis with links.

Let’s end this with some comic relief. Artist Anne Gibbons’ weekly meme is Tedros the chef

And here’s the Sad World/Mad World phone addiction video, via Fran Leader. The song isn’t very good but the video is.

Live Music Calendar for New York City and Brooklyn For September 2022

All these concerts are free of restrictions on entry. Weekly events first followed by the daily calendar. If a venue is unfamiliar, look for it on the old guide to NYC music venues here, which is more of a worksheet now, but it has links to most of the places on this calendar.

Thursdays at 5 PM in October, poignantly lyrical, eclectic pianist Marta Sanchez at Bar Bayeux. She’s also at Bar Lunatico on 10/30 at 9

Sundays at around 1 PM trumpeter Jon Kellso and (frequently) guitarist Matt Munisteri lead the Ear-Regulars in NYC’s only remaining weekly hot jazz jam session at the Ear Inn

9/1-2, half past noon lyrical jazz pianist Frank Owens at Bryant Park

9/1, 6 PM Gaijin A Go Go – the satirical J-pop equivalent of Les Sans Culottes – under the Dumbo archway

9/1, 7 PM  psychedelic Afrobeat band Super Yamba and the rousingly soulful Harlem Gospel Travelers at Baby’s All Right, $15

9/1, 8 PM surfy psychedelic instrumentalists Daikaiju at the Sovereign, $20

9/1, 7:30 PM lyrical jazz pianist Henry Hey leads a trio at the Django, $25

9/1, 8:30ish artsy, brooding. 80s-tinged band the Dream Eaters at Mama Tried

9/1-4, 8/10:30 PM  reliably acerbic alto sax powerhouse Kenny Garrett leads his band at the Blue Note, $20 standing room avail

9/2, 4 PM singer Veronica Davila’s twangy, Bakersfield-flavored hard honkytonk band Low Roller at Skinny Dennis. They’re back here on 9/13 at 9

9/2, 7 PM singer Artemisia LeFay’s Ghosts of Weimar Past celebrates the music of Jewish composers Spoliansky, Weill, Hollaender, Jary saluting the spirit of cabaret and vaudeville from the birth to the death of Weimar Berlin at the downstairs room at the Rockwood, $20

9/2, 7:30 PM purist postbop jazz guitarist Ed Cherry  leads a trio followed at 10 by  noir-inspired alto saxophonist/composer Nick Hempton with his quartet  at the Django, $25

9/2, 9 PM intense, rapturous Balkan/Middle Eastern ensemble the Secret Trio  at Drom, $15 adv tix rec

9/2, 10 PM the Hysterics play surf rock followed by the jangly Big Star-influenced Hasbros at Otto’s

9/3, 3 PM unstoppable 60s boogaloo and salsa icon Joe Bataan at Union Pool, free

9/3, 7ish Baby Copperhead – who do a good banjo driven take on the creepy psych-folk that O’Death was doing ten years ago – at Mama Tried

9/3, 7:30 PM “In North Indian classical violin Rupam Ghosh is the new millennium star” and he’s here with Utpal Ghosal on tabla at the Chhandayan Center For Indian Music, $25

9/3. 8 PM retro continental swing sounds with singer Tatiana Eva-Marie & the Avalon Jazz Band  at Drom, $20 adv tix rec

9/3, 9:30 PM ageless, jangly, purist NY surf rock originals the Supertones followed at 11 by kick-ass original third-wave surf group Tsunami of Sound  at Otto’s

9/3, 10:30  Danny Jonokuchi & The Revisionists play 1930s style swing jazz  at the Django, $25

9/3, 10:30 PM refreshingly unpredictable tenor saxophonist Eric Wyatt and band at Smalls.

9/3, 11 PM guitar-fueled purist groove/soul/psychedelic funk instrumentalists the Dark Sky Hustlers at the small room at the Rockwood

9/3, 11 PM sharply lyrical southwestern gothic/Americana songwriter Tom Shaner at LIC Bar

9/4, 7ish noir-inspired honkytonk crooner Sean Kershaw at Mama Tried. 9/19 at 8 he’s at Cowgirl Seahorse

9/4, 7:30 PM puckish avant-garde surrealists thingNY play their first live show since Dec 2019, featuring music by group members Gelsey Bell, Andrew Livingston, Paul Pinto, Isabel Castellvi, as well as composer Pamela Z; dadaesque multimedia from Nick Brooke/The Cabinet also on the bill at Coffey Street Studio, 153 Coffey St, Red Hook

9/4, 9 PM fiery, deviously fun oldtimey swing guitarist/crooner Seth Kessel at Skinny Dennis

9/5-9, half past noon purist jazz pianist Larry Ham at Bryant Park

9/5, 1:30 PM adventurous outdoor improvisation: Sam Newsome – soprano sax / Laura Cocks – flute / Daniel Carter – woodwinds followed by TA Thompson Sonic Matters: Ken Filiano – bass / Sara Schoenbeck – bassoon / TA Thompson – drums and at 4 by the Andrew Lamb Trio at the community garden at 129 Stanton St near Essex

9/5, 9 PM boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band at Skinny Dennis, 9/26, 10 PM he’s at the Ear Inn

9/6, 6 PM not a music event but politically important: an anti-discrimination protest outside Trinity School, 139 W 91st St. James O’Keefe of Project Veritas will be reporting on the scene.

9/6, 7 PM funk-jazz crew the Silver Arrow Band at Drom, free. They’re also here on 9/20

9/6, 8 PM hypnotic loopmusic vocalist Stephanie Lamprea at Roulette, $25 adv tix rec

9/7, 10:30 PM tuneful, refreshingly edgy pianist Rachel Z leads a quartet at the Django, $25

9/8, 7 PM not a music event but a roundtable meeting of important voices: hero attorney hero attorney Bobbie Ann Cox,, John Gilmore of CHD New York and Autism Action Network and legal researcher Greg Fisher discuss how we stop Kathy Hochul’s nanny state atttempts to set up concentration camps and forcibly inject our kids, at Havurat Israel, 106-20 70th Ave Forest Hills, $5

9/8, 7 PM stadium metal band Intranced, retro 80s British metal band Seven Sisters and excellent, tuneful post-Maiden band Haunt at the Sovereign, $20

9/8, 7 PM counterintuitive, erudite trombonist  John Yao and his chordless quartet at Culture Lab in Long Island City

9/8, 7 PM two very different, very distinctive jazz pianists: Aaron Diehl and Orrin Evans at Bryant Park\

9/8, 8 PM free jazz legend and pianist Marilyn Crispell leads a trio with Joe Fonda on bass and Harvey Sorgen on drums at Roulette, $25 adv tix rec

9/8, 8:30 PM Dark Streets play Celtic classics by the Pogues, Flogging Molly, the Dubliners and others at 11th St Bar. 9/29 at 7 they’re at Mama Tried

9/8, 10:30 PM PM  tuneful oldschool soul/jazz trombonist Dave Gibson  leads his quartet at Smalls. 9/15, 7:30 they’re at the Django, $25 and back at Smalls on 9/22

9/9, 7 PM technically dazzling trumpeter Summer Camargo leads a sextet at Bryant Park

9/9, 8 PM saxophonist Vinny Golia’s improvisational Large Ensemble at Roulette, $25 adv tix rec

9/9, 8:30 PM heavy blues stoner instrumental jamband Earthless at the Market Hotel, $25

9/9, 10 PM guitarslinger Phil Gammage plays his dark Americana and blues at Shrine. 9/26, 8 PM he’s at Cowgirl Seahorse

9/10, 10 AM-8 PM out of town but a fun lineup: the family-friendly Festival in a Field with bands including Americana soul jamband the Mammals, multi-instrumentalist Bibi Farber’s Action Figures 432, kirtan-rock jammers Samkirtan Band, the Red Threat, Journey Blue Heaven, Americana guitar picker Jude Roberts, mesmerizing gong soundsculptor Kevin Nathaniel. Plus some of the stars of the NY freedom movement: riveting singer/investigative journalist/satirist Tessa Lena, CHD general counsel and tv host Mary Holland, hero attorney Bobbie Ann Cox who just defeated the New York State regulation allowing to force-isolate people in quarantine camps (the power maniacs have since appealed), John Gilmore of CHD New York and Autism Action Network, Planet Waves’ investigative reporter Eric Francis Coppolino, Dr, Tom Cowan, and others. Plus a haybale maze for the kids, local homemade food and crafts at 55 Wenzels Lane in Hudson, NY, $25

9/10, 1:30 PM an auspicious improvisational bill: Fay Victor – voice, composition / Liany Mateo – bass / Lesley Mok – drums followed at 2:30 by Melanie Dyer – viola / Mara Rosenbloom – keyboard / Kyoko Kitamurra – voice, at 3 by Miriam Parker – dance / Luke Stewart – bass and at 4 by Mara Rosenbloom – piano / Anais Maviel – voice, percussion / Sean Conly – bass at First Street Green Culture Park, 33 East 1st St

9/10, 4 PM Sarah Durning & the Fun Sisters play twangy oldschool-style original honkytonk at Skinny Dennis

9/10. 5 PM Toronto band Beams – who are all over the place, from dreampop to new wave to edgier Paula Carino-style lyrical janglerock – at Culture Lab in Long Island City

9/10. 7:30 PM jazz organist Mike LeDonn leads a trio followed at 10:30 PM by intense, lyrical, politically fearless tenor saxophonist Roxy Coss and her quintet at the Django, $25

9/10, 8 PM largescale Moroccan, Indian and American jazz improvisation: Gift of Gnawa play a Don Cherry tribute; Brooklyn Raga Massive – a rotating cast of A-list Indian, jazz and rock musicians who love to jam out classic Indian themes – and drummer Adam Rudolph’s strikingly tuneful, rumblingly improvisational Go Organic Orchestra  with special guests Hassan Hakmoun and Dave Liebman at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park south of the east side 72nd St. entrance

9/11, 1:30 PM free outdoor improvisation with the politically fearless Irreversible Entanglements Quartet: Keir Neuringer – alto sax / Luke Stewart – bass / Aquiles Navarro – trumpet / Tcheser Holmes – drums followed at 2:30 PM by the Jason Kao Hwang violin jazz Trio, at 3:30 by Ellen Christi – voice / William Parker – strings / Jackson Krall – water phone, drums and 4:30 by Dave Sewelson – baritone sax / Bobby Kapp – drums / William Parker – bass at First Street Green Culture Park, 33 East 1st St

9/11, 7 PM eclectic cosmopolitan jazz singer Sivan Arbel with her band at Culture Lab in Long Island City

9/11, 7 PM mighty Brazilian drumline street band BatalaNYC outdoors in the back garden at Pioneer Works, free

9/11, 7:30/9 PM erudite, deviously entertaining bassist Martin Wind leads his trio at Smalls, $25

9/11, 7:30/9 PM soulful pan-Latin jazz chanteuse Claudia Acuña with Pablo Vergara on piano and Carlos Henderson on bass at Mezzrow, $25

9/11, 7:30 PM New Orleans marches and funky struts with Tuba Skinny at City Winery, $22 adm avail

9/12-16. half past noon purist jazz pianist Yuka Aikawa at Bryant Park

9/12, 10:30 PM expansive postbop pianist Miki Yamanaka at Smalls She’s back here on 9/19

9/13-18. 8/10:30 PM everybody’s favorite jazz bassist, Christian McBride with an interesting up-and-coming band: Nicole Glover, Ely Perlman, Mike King, Savannah Harris at the Blue Note, $30 standing room avail

9/13, 10:30 PM   fiery electric Cuban hill country music with Los Hacheros at the Django, $25

9/14, 10:30 PM lyrical, thoughtful tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander leads his quartet at the Django, $25

9/15, 7 PM iconic Afro-Cuban percussionist/bandleader Pedrito Martine plays his bday show at Drom, $20 adv tix rec

9/15, 7:30 PM night one of this year’s Momenta Festival with the reliably adventurous Momenta Quartet opens with Elizabeth Brown: Just Visible in the Distance (2013); Valentin Silvestrov: String Quartet no. 3 (2011)’ Shawn Jaeger: Thy Wondering Eyes (2010) at Broadway Presbyterian Church (601 W 114th St. free

9/15, 8 PM chamber ensemble Bearthoven, chamber ensemble Desdemona, pianist Isabelle O’Connell and percussionist Adam Holmes play a composer portrait of Cassie Wieland at Roulette, $25 adv tix rec

9/16, 6 PM the fiery, violin-driven Sedi Donka Balkan Band at a house concert at 328 Marlborough Rd., (Cortelyou/Beverley), Crown Heights, Q to C

9/16, 7 PM the annual accordion festival returns:  the lustrously uneasy Ukrainian Village Voices, Balkan band Balaklava Blues – a Lemon Bucket Orkestra spinoff – and Heart of Afghanistan, with Afghani TV star Ahmad Fanoos on vocals and harmonium, his sons Elham Fanoos on piano and Mehran Fanoos on violin, and Hamid Habibzada on tablā. and others at Bryant Park

9/16, 7:30 PM night two of this year’s Momenta Festival with the reliably adventurous Momenta Quartet continues with Carlos Chávez: Invention II (1965) for String Trio; José Pablo Moncayo: Viola Sonata (1934); Julián Carrillo: String Quartet No. 1 (1903) at Broadway Presbyterian Church (601 W 114th St. free

9/16, 7:30 PM wickedly sharp, politically fearless, funny psychedelic soul with Fantastic Negrito  at the Poisson Rouge, $30 adv tix rec

9/17, noon this weekend’s freedom rally to overturn the totalitarian lethal injection and social credit score schemes in NYC, at the south end of Hunters Point Park in Long Island City, 7 train to Hunters Point Ave

9/17, 1:30 PM reliably good free jazz veterans: Steve Swell – trombone / Kirk Knuffke – cornet / TA Thompson – drums, at 2:30 trumpeter Jaimie Branch’s group, at 3:30 the Larry Roland Urban Project: Larry Roland- poetry, bass / Kiyoko Layne – keyboard / Waldron Ricks – trumpet / TA Thompson – drums and Whit Dickey – drums / Rob Brown – alto sax at the community garden at 129 Stanton St near Essex

9/17, 4 PM energetic delta blues/Romany swing guitaris Felix Slim at Skinny Dennis. Sizzling electric bluegrass and C&W outfit Demolition String Band play after at 9.

9/17, 4 PM seven-year-old fiddle sensation Isla Gray Ross and her dad Clay Ross from Ranky Tanky at a house concert at 225 Argyle Rd just off Beverley, Crown Heights, a benefit for Operation Gig, Q to Beverley Road

9/17, 7 PM the American Symphony Orchestra play music by William Grant Still, Mahler and Louise Talma at Bryant Park

9/17, 7:30 PM night three of this year’s Momenta Festival with the reliably adventurous Momenta Quartet continues with Hirofumi Mogi: In Memory of Perky Pat (2021) for string quartet and horn; Brahms: Trio for Violin, Horn, and Piano in E-flat Major, Op. 40 (1865); Grażyna Bacewicz: Piano Quintet No. 2 (1965) at Broadway Presbyterian Church (601 W 114th St. free

9/18, 1:30 PM an eclectic improvisional afternoon: Chris Williams – trumpet / Luke Stewart – bass / Cinque Kemp – drums; at 2:30 Daro Behroozi – flutes, woodwinds, percussion / Éléonore Weill – flutes, voice / Martin Shamoonpour – flutes, percussion and at 4 the powerful Sarah Manning – alto sax / Jair-Rohm Wells – bass / William Hooker – drums at the community garden at 710 E 5th St.

9/18, 4 PM latin jazz pianist Bennett Paster‘s Understated Trio at a house concert at 171 Westminster Rd (Beverley/Albemarle), Q to Beverley Road

9/18, 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

9/18, 7:30 PM closing night of this year’s Momenta Festival with the reliably adventurous Momenta Quartet includes Julián Carrillo: String Quartet No. 11 (1962); Mario Davidovsky: Synchronisms No. 9 (1988) for violin and electronics; Glaser: String Quartet No. 5, in memoriam Mario Davidovsky (2022) and Beethoven: String Quartet No. 11 at Broadway Presbyterian Church (601 W 114th St. free

9/18, 9 PM darkly cinematic, ornate surf instrumentalists the TarantinosNYC.at Otto’s

9/20, 7:30/9 PM adrenalizing postbop vibraphonist Mark Sherman leads a quartet at Smalls, $25

9/20, 8ish powerpop en Espanol band Estos Gritos followed by edgy King Crimson-influenced Woodhead at Mama Tried

9/20-25, 8/10:30 PM darkly lyrical, phantasmagorical jazz vocal sage Cecile McLorin Salvant at the Blue Note, , $30 standing room avail

9/20, 9ish wickedly torchy noir songwriter Julia Haltigan at 11th St Bar

9/20, 10:30 PM Manuel Valera & New Cubana Express at the Django, $25

9/21, 9 PM catchy, lyrically edgy, anthemic janglerock tunesmith Greta Keating at the small room at the Rockwood

9/21, 10:30/midnight  the great unsung NYC hero of darkly purposeful, noir-tinged jazz guitar, Saul Rubin leads his trio at Mezzrow $25

9/22, 7:15 PM timeless, haunting, playful octogenarian Armenian jazz sage and multi-reedman Souren Baronian‘s Taksim at Drom, $20 adv tix rec

9/22, 8:30 PM Pussy Riot at the Poisson Rouge, $25 adv tix rec. Probably more of a show for the bucket list and a good cause than actual musical enjoyment.

9/23, 5 PM the S.E.M. Ensemble stage a very rare performance of Petr Kotík’s epic six-hour 1978 Gertrude Stein-themed choral work Many Many Women to celebrate the composer’s 80th birthday. at Willow Place Auditorium, 26 Willow Place, Brooklyn Heights. 9/29 at 6 PM they’re staging it at Roulette, $20 gen adm. Come and go as you like!

9/23, 7:30/9 PM energetic, inventive, gospel-inspired jazz pianist Pete Malinverni leads his trio at Mezzrow, $25

9/23, 9 PM urban Americana vet Alex Battles at the small room at the Rockwood. Next door at the big room, Brandi & the Alexanders play oldschool-style soul ballads at 9:30 for $10 and downstairs crystalline-voiced noir Americana songwriter Jessie Kilguss  plays a rare show with a string section! at 8:30 for $10

9/24, 1:30 PM outdoor improvisation: Juan Pablo Carlett – drums / Rob Brown – alto sax followed at 2:30 by bassist Brandon Lopez, at 3:30 Patrick Holmes – clarinet / Sarah Sandaval – dance and at 4 brilliant saxophonist James Brandon Lewis‘ Trio at First Street Green Culture Park, 33 East 1st St

9/24, 6 PM lurid ghoulabilly band Lara Hope & the Ark-Tones at Otto’s

9/24, 8 PM slinky Rocky Mountain jamband legends Poi Dog Pondering at the Poisson Rouge, $18 adv tix rec

9/24, 8 PM Afghan rubab lute virtuoso Homayoun Sakhi with sitarist Josh Feinberg at Roulette, $30 adv tix rec

9/24, 9 PM badass Americana dobro player and singer Cristina Vane at Skinny Dennis, note that there is a $12 cover

9/25, 1 PM a retro latin music dance party with two of the city’s best: slinky, horn-driven retro bugalu band Spanglish Fly and oldschool salsa dura band Avenida B  at Park 52, (St. John/Leggett Aves) in the Bronx, 2/5 to Prospect Ave

9/25, 1:30 PM a great improvisational triplebill: Aakash Mittal – sax, clarinet / Jasmine Wilson – vocals, spoken word / Lesley Mok – percussion, drums; at 2:30 William Parker – gimbre, percussion, double reeds / Hamid Drake – frame & drumset, vocals and at 4 Alexis Marcelo – keyboards / Adam Lane – bass / Michael Wimberly – drums at First Street Green Culture Park, 33 East 1st St

9/25, 3 PM brilliant bassist Debby Schwartz‘s psychedelic band Psych-O-positive at Sunday Social, 17 Frost St off Lorimer in Williamsburg, L to Lorimer St

9/25, 4 PM irrepressibly lyrical multi-reedman Ned Rothenberg plays a rare solo show of original and traditional solo Japanese themes 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, free w/museum adm.

9/25. 9 PM Nashville female-fronted heavy blues power trio the Minks at Skinny Dennis, note the $5 cover

9/26, 7 PM noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo leads his trio at the big room at the Rockwood, $20

9/27, 6:30 PM guitarist Dustin Carlson and saxophonist Michael Attias improvise. followed at 7:30 by savagely incisive violinist Sana Nagano, guitarist Jonathan Goldberger and drummer Kevin Shea at Downtown Music Gallery

9/27, 8 PM intriguing free jazz saxophonist Zoh Amba plays the album release show for her new one with Marc Edwards, Matt Hollenberg, Micah Thomas, thomas Morgan at Roulette, $25 adv tix rec

9/28, noon eclectic jazz/tropical/psychedelic violinist Skye Steele at the pedestrian plaza at Willoughby and Pearl in downtown Brooklyn

9/28, 7 PM cutting-edge Indian music collective Brooklyn Raga Massive at Branded Saloon

9/28, 7:30 PM the best singing pianist (and the best piano-playing singer) in jazz, Champian Fulton at the Django, $25

9/28, 8 PM scorching jazz violinist Sana Nagano‘s Atomic Pigeons at Mama Tried

9/28, 8 PM hauntingly innovative cellist Erik Friedlander with Satoshi Takeishi, percussion and Mark Helias, bass at Zurcher Gallery, $20

9/29, 7 PM  fiery newschool honkytonk/janglerock bandleader Michaela Anne  at Union Pool, $20

9/30, starting at 6 PM a benefit for Ukraine at Otto’s, sug don. to benefit Razom For Ukraine. Artists on the bill include songwriter and visual artist Kassaye Selassie, Granite to Glass, Americana harmony duo Raising Daughters, the reliably ferocious Giftshop at 8, edgy powerpop songwriter Abbie Roper, country-folk two-piece Plane Station, sardonic powerpopstress Carissa Johnson and others

9/30, 8 PM snidely satirical new wave/80s rock spoofers Office Culture at C’Mon Everybody, $13

10/1, 1:30 PM an improvisational afternoon: the Devin Brahja Waldman Trio, 2:30 PM Triosphere with Reggie Nicholson – drums, percussion / Don Chapman – tenor sax / On Ka’a Davis – guitar and at 4 Nick Lyons – alto sax / Pete Swanson – bass / John Wagner – drums at the community garden at 129 Stanton St near Essex

10/1, 4 PM fearlessly political jazz poet/vocalist Moor Mother and trumpeter Christian Scott at Ft. Greene Park

10/1, 7:30 PM purposeful latin jazz pianist Donald Vega at the Django, $25

10/1, 8 PM surreali art-song chanteuse Leila Adu and eclectic, tuneful folk noir accordionist/guitarist/songwriter Ali Dineen at the Owl

10/1, 11 PM venomous horror surf band Beware the Dangers of a Ghost Scorpion at Otto’s

10/1 11:30 PM vative, individualistic jazz organist Jared Gold leads his trio at Cellar Dog

10/2, 1:30 PM eclectic improvisation: Aquiles Navarro – trumpet / Tchesser Holmes – drums followed at 2:30 by Freedom First: Keith LaMar, Albert Marquès, William Parker, at 3:30 singer Lisa Sokolov and at 4 drummer Dan Kurfirst with his Trio at the community garden at 129 Stanton St near Essex

10/2, 1:30 PM catchy, slinky psychedelic funk/punk band Eliza & the Organix at the stage near 556 Atlantic Ave (3rd/4th Aves) at the Atlantic Antic street fair. 10/7, 7 PM they’re playing an acoustic set at Oliver’s Astoria, 3719 Broadway @ 38th St. in Astoria

10/2, 4 PM jazz chanteuse Yoon Sun Choi and her Quartet at a house concert at 131 Buckingham Rd in Crown Heights

10/2, 4 PM oldschool-style high plains C&W singer Hope Debates & North 40 at Skinny Dennis

10/2, 5 PM soprano Christine Cornell and an orchestra play movie music from Encanto, West Side Story, The Magnificent 7, Die Hard, Meet Me in St. Louis, The Wizard of Oz and more at Byrne Park in Park Slope just north of the Old Stone House

10/2, 7:30 PM lyrical jazz pianist Geoffrey Keezer at the Django, $25

10/2 8 PM electronic composer/keyboardist Nnux a.k.a. Ana López-Reyes joins with the Rhythm Method String Quartet for a ghost-themed program at Roulette, $25 adv tix rec

10/2, 8:30 PM mighty Brazilian drumline street band BatalaNYC w/ Giba Gonçalves at Drom, $20 adv tix rec

10/2, 8:30 PM cinematic chamber pop/indie classical violinist Christina Courtin at the downstairs room at the Rockwood, $10

10/3, 7:30 PM wickedly catchy janglerock/powerpopsters Rogers & Butler followed by hilariously acerbic, perennially relevant purist rock/Americana songwriter Amy Rigby at City Winery, $15

10/3, 7:30 PM thoughtful pianist Liya Grigoryan leads her quartet at the Django, $25

10/3, 7:30/9 PM drummer Matt Wilson leads a great chordless quartet with Kirk Knuffke on trumpet at Smalls, $25 cash at the door

10/3, 7:30 PM the Mercantillers sing sea chanteys and other boisterous Americana at Cowgirl Seahorse

10/3, 8/10:30 PM purist postbop pianist Christian Sands leads a quartet at the Blue Note, $30 standing room avail

10/3, 9 PM noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo leads his trio at the big room at the Rockwood, $15

10/4, 7:30 PM electrifying, tuneful latin jazz pianist Benito Gonzalez leads a trio at the Django, $25. Followed at 10:30 by Los Hacheros, who play fiery electric tres-driven Cuban sounds

10/4, 8 PM singer Veronica Davila’s twangy, Bakersfield-flavored hard honkytonk band Low Roller at Skinny Dennis

10/4, 8 PM unorthodox, outside-the-box jazz quartet Tombstar – violinist Eddy Kwon, singer Isabel Crespo Pardo, trombonist Zekkereya El-magharbel and drummerLesley Mok – at Roulette, $25 adv tix rec

10/4, 8 PM  funk-jazz crew the Silver Arrow Band at Drom, free. They’re back on the 24th

10/4, 8 PM bassist Jeong Lim Yang leads an interesting quartet with Kenny Wollesen on drums, Santiago Liebson on piano and Chris Hoffman on cello at Bar Lunatico

10/4-6, 8 PM eclectic classical pianist Taka Kigawa at Zurcher Gallery, $25

10/5, 7 PM soaringly explosive jazz composer/torch singer Nicole Zuraitis with pianist Matt Baker at Pangea, $25 cash at the door

10/5, 8 PM brooding Ukrainian  lyrical third-stream pianist Vadim Neselovskyi at Zurcher Gallery, $25

10/5, 8 PM darkly eclectic pianist and Cecile McLorin Salvant collaborator Sullivan Fortner at Bar Bayeux

10/6, 7 PM underground NYC soul legend and crooner Ellis Hooks at Terra Blues

10/6, 7:30/9 PM prolific postbop composer and tenor saxophonist Ken Fowser  leads a quintet followed at 10:30 by tuneful oldschool soul/jazz trombonist Dave Gibson and his quartet followed by the jam session at Smalls, $25 cash at the door. Gibson is back here on the 20th

10/6, 8 PM  fascinatingly lyrical, individualistic pianist Sylvie Courvoisier at Zurcher Gallery, $25

10/6, 8 PM an edgy chordless trio: bassist Max Johnson, saxophonist Anna Webber and drummer Michael Sarin at Seeds, $15

10/7, 3 PM legendary ex-Ellington trombonist Art Baron leads his ensemble at the park at 232 W. 60th St

10/7, 7:30 PM a free jazz quadruplebill: Pool 31 with flutist Laura Cooks, violist Joanna Mattrey, drummer Tim Angulo and singer Isabel Crespo Pardo followed by the trio of guitarist Karl Evangelista with bassist Luke Stewart and pianist Eli Wallace, then guitarist Drew Wesely and saxophonist Kevin Murray and noisy string jazz crew Aliya Ultan/Jaguar Psychosis at Record Shop, 360 Van Brunt St in Red Hook, $10

10/7, 8 PM dark psychedelic punk band Movie Movie, ferocious, twin guitar-fueled, Radio Birdman-esque psychedelic punks the Electric Mess and female-fronted Joy Division-esque power trio the Juliett Class at Our wicked Lady, $14

10/6,11:30 PM clever, purist B3 jazz organist Akiko Tsuruga at Cellar Dog

10/7, 7 PM dynamic, noir-tinged soul belter Jennah Vox at Culture Lab

10/7-8, 7:30/9 PM veteran postbop bassist Buster Williams leads a trio at Mezzrow, $25

10/7, 8 PM pianist Vicky Chow plays the album release show for her new record of Philip Glass etudes at Roulette, $25 adv tix rec

10/8, 1:30 PM a great free jazz lineup: Karen Borca – bassoon / Hilliard Greene – bass / Jackson Krall – drums, at 3:30 Djassi / Shayna Dulberger – bass and at 4 the guitar duo of Ava Mendoza & Mike Baggeetta at First Street Green Culture Park, 33 East 1st St

10/8, 4 PM energetic ragtime/Romany swing guitarist Felix Slim at Skinny Dennis

10/8, 5 PM latin soul singer Gina D’Soto and her excellent band followed by the Stephen Philip Harvey Jazz Orchestra at Culture Lab

10/8, 7 PM dark psychedelic acoustic blues/klezmer/reggae/soca jamband Hazmat Modine at Terra Blues.

10/8, 7 PM Penny Arcade’s haunting performance piece and elegy for pre-gentrification New York, Longing Lasts Longer at Pangea, $25

10/8, 7 PM catchy goth/postpunk band Sugar Pond followed by eclectic jamband Hometown Unknown at the Delancey, $10

10/8 7:30 PM an eclectic Indian twinbill: solo sitar from Megha Rawoot followed by Hindustani singer Supriyo Dutta with Tejas Tope on tabla and Anirban Chakraborty on harmonium at the Chhandayan Center For Indian Music, $25

10/8, 7:30 PM purist postbop jazz guitarist Ed Cherry leads a trio at the Django, $25

10/8, 8 PM majestic, torchy, haunting art-rock band Elysian Fields play the album release show for their new one at the Owl, $18\

10/8, 8 PM searing violinist Sana Nagano with Trevor Dunn – bass / Danny Sher – drums at Downtown Music Gallery

10/9, 2 PM 80s dancehall reggae star Sister Nancy in the courtyard at Union Pool, free

10/9, 2:30 PM 75 Dollar Bill’s Che Chen – percussion, homemade instruments / Daniel Carter – reeds, flute, trumpet / Chris Williams – trumpet, at 3:30 Raina Sokolov-Gonzalez voice with Mara Rosenbloom keyboard and at 4 PM Francisco Mora Catlett – drums / Sam Newsome – soprano sax & sonic diversity / Roman Diaz – percussion at First Street Green Culture Park, 33 East 1st St

10/9, 7:30/9 PM misty, soulful jazz singer Anna Kolchina with pianist JinJoo Yoo and bassist Marcos Varela at Mezzrow, $25. She packs a subtle wallop – not to be missed.

10/9, 9 PM ominously ambient soundtrack/postrock band Minibeast and explosive, theatrical, phantasmagorical indie/metal band A Deer A Horse at Our Wicked Lady, $14

10/10, 1:30 PM outdoor improvisation: Ayumi Ashito – sax / Daniel Carter – reeds / Demian Richardson – trumpet; 2:30 PM Darius Jones – alto sax / William Parker – bass / Scott Clark – drums and at 4 PM saxophonist Avram Fefer‘s Trio of Freedom at First Street Green Culture Park, 33 East 1st St

10/10, 8 PM Parker Ramsay, Harp & Brandon Patrick George, Fluteat Zurcher Gallery, $20

10/11, 6:30 PM bassist Max Johnson with soprano saxophonist Sam Newsome followed by saxophonist Karen Ng solo at Downtown Music Gallery

10/11, 7 PM vivid, painterly acoustic chamber pop songwriter Aimee Van Dyne at the downstairs room at the Rockwood, $15. Darkly intriguing jazz pianist Dabin Ryu plays after at 9:30

10/11, 8 PM cult favorite gonzo pianist Dred Scott with bassist Matt Pavolka and drummer Diego Voglino lead the jam session at Bar Bayeux

10/11, 8:30 PM diverse, psychedelic loopmusic cellist Elisa Winter at 11th St Bar

10/12, 7 PM the roots of psychedelic desert rock: Malian traditional acoustic group Al Bilouli Sudan at Union Pool, $25

10/12, 7 PM picturesque jazz pianist Michael Weiss leads a trio at Bar Bayeux

10/13, 8 PM edgy, catchy jangle/postpunk rockers the Shining Hours followed by punk band 10 Watt Robot at the Delancey, $15

10/13, 11:30 PM expansive postbop pianist Miki Yamanaka at Cellar Dog

10/14, 7 PM guitarslinger Phil Gammage plays his dark Americana and blues at Shrine

10/14, 11:30 PM powerhouse trombonist Mariel Bildstein leads her quartet at Cellar Dog

10/15, 3 PM Burnt Sugar play lush Braxton-ish largescale improvisation, hard funk, James Brown and Bowie covers at 300 Ashland Pl. just down the block from BAM

10/15, 9 PM deviously entertaining hot 20s swing chanteuse Sweet Megg Farrell puts on her cowboy hat at Skinny Dennis

10/15, 10:30 PM wildly erudite tenor saxophonist Eric Wyatt and band at Smalls for a set and then the jam session, $25

10/16, 3 PM Eriko Sato, violin; Liuh-Wen Ting, viola; Benjamin Larsen, cello; David Oei, piano play Paul Salerni “Black and Tan”; Max Reger’s rare String Trio in d minor, op. 141b; Brahms Piano Quartet in g minor, op. 25 at Concerts on the Slope, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 139 St. John’s Place downhill from 7th Ave, $25

10/16, 5 PM pastoral guitarist duo Charlie RauhCameron Mizell at  at Culture Lab

10/16, 6 PM a fascinating Japanese-American instrumental ensemble: Lish Lindsey, ryuteki ; Thomas Piercy, clarinet/hichiriki; Masayo Ishigure, koto, Daniel Hass, cello, Tengku Irfan, piano play works by Masatora Goya, Seth Boustead; Gilbert Galindo and Beata Moon at Martha Graham Studio One, 55 Bethune St in the West Village, $25/$10 stud/srs

10/16, 8 PM David First premieres his death-defying-themed new microtonal piece where an ensemble with horns, strings and guitar exchange instruments; First handles sound design and manipulates vintage analog radio equipment at Roulette, $25 adv tix rec

10/16, 9 PM the Gospel Queens sing a tribute to their late leader Naomi Shelton at Bar Lunatico

10/17, 7:30 PM legendary John Prine-esque urban country band Maynard & the Musties at Cowgirl Seahorse

10/17-18, 8 PM a string quartet with violinist Alexi Kenney, violist Ayane Kozasa, cellist Gabriel Cabezas and cellist Paul Wiancko reimagine works by Chick Corea, François Couperin, Terry Riley, and others at Baryshnikov Arts Center 450 West 37th St, $20

10/18, 7:30 a choice night of improvisation: Daniel Galow on baritone sax with guitarist Mattt Hollenberg followed at 8:30 by bassist Kyle Motl with Niloufar Shiri on kamancheh at Downtown Music Gallery

10/18, 7:30 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 Drom, $25 gen adm

10/18, 9ish wickedly torchy noir songwriter Julia Haltigan most likely playing solo at 11th St Bar

10/19, 6 PM sweepingly intense, smartly lyrical art-rock songwriter Victoria Langford at the small room at the Rockwood

10/19-20, 7:30 PM chamber jazz ensemble the Westerlies at Baryshnikov Arts Center, 450 W 37th St, $20

10/19, 8 PM  state of the art tenor saxophonist Donny McCaslin and a killer quintet at Bar Bayeux

10/19, 8 PM the Bergamot Quartet play new string quartet music by composers TBA at Bar Lunatico

10/20, 7 PM trumpeter Wayne Tucker – who veers between sunny postbop jazz, Afrobeat and goofy vocal shtick – leads his quintet at Cellar Dog

10/20,7:30 PM tuneful, state-of-the-art postbop jazz guitarist Will Bernard leads a trio at Mezzrow, $25

10/20, 8 PM  intense, rapturous Balkan/Middle Eastern ensemble the Secret Trio –Tamer Pinarbasi, Ismail Lumanovski & Ara Dinkjian – at Drom, $15 adv tix rec

10/21, 8 PM  ferociously dynamic, tuneful, female-fronted art-rock power trio Castle Black catchy hardpop/punk power trio Cryo Child, and  Giftshop – the missing link between Blondie and the Distillers – at the Parkside. Avoid the loser Replacements wannabes who are also on the bill.

10/22, 4 PM ish a killer outdoor Queens jazz festival: the Brandon Seabrook/Kuba Chichoki duo, picturesque pianist Eugenia Choe  leading her quartet, the Brian Woodruff Sextet and cinematic trombonist John Yao and his 17-piece Instrument at Culture Lab

10/22, 9 PM  lurid ghoulabilly band Lara Hope & the Ark-Tones at Skinny Dennis

10/22, 10:30 PM purist postbop tenor saxophonist Stacy Dillard with his band at Smalls, $25.

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

10/24, 8 PM Roger Miller song night: join the fun with special guests, the excellent female-fronted folk-punk band Betty Won’t, Bed-Stuy location, email for deets and name the Roger Miller song you want to sing/play on!

10/24, 8 PM iconic noise/jazz guitarist Nels Cline and string quartet play Douglas J Cuomo’s latest tour de force exploring ancient Tibetan Buddhist purification rituals at Roulette, $25 adv tix rec

10/24, 9 PM trombonist Ed Neumeister leads a trio with Drew Gress on bass and Tom Rainey on drums at Bar Lunatico

10/25, 6 PM hilariously lyrical protest songwriter/pianist Dawn Oberg at Freddy’s

10/25, 6:30: PM a great improvisational twinbill: Kevin Murray on soprano sax and Michael Larocca on drums followed at 7:30 PM by Kenny Warren on trumpet, Camilo Angeles on flute, Joanna Mattrey on viola and Carlo Costa on drums at Downtown Music Gallery

10/25, 7 PM iconic Afro-Cuban percussionist/bandleader Pedrito Martine plays his bday show at Drom, $25 adv tix rec

10/25, 7 PM the Royal Arctic Institute – who veer between surfy rock instrumentals and darker, quieter, more noir and jazz-tinged themes – and Jennifer O’Connor, who came out of lyrical janglerock and has taken a turn into disco – at Mama Trieda

10/25-26, 8 PM alt-country icon Jim Lauderdale solo acoustic at Skinny Dennis, $25. No joke. You want intimate?

10/25, 8 PM Eric P. Mandat and John McCowen in solo and duo shows exploring the unlimited and sometimes grim capabilities of various sizes of clarinets at Roulette, $25 adv tix rec

10/25, 8 PM tunefully eclectic pianist Leo Genovese, bassist Cameron Brown and drummer Diego Voglino lead the jam session at Bar Bayeux

10/25, 7 PM innovative, atmospheric bassist Brandi Disterheft leads a trio at Cellar Dog

10/25, 9 PM saxophonist Jeremy Udden‘s evocative Plainville pastoral jazz outfit at Bar Lunatico

10/26, 7:30 PM  the best singing pianist (and the best piano-playing singer) in jazz, Champian Fulton at the Django, $25

10/26, 7 PM jazz violinist Sara Caswell with bassist Jay Anderson and pianist Gary Versace at Pangea, $25

10/26, 8 PM  soprano sax star Sam Newsome leads a quartet with Angelica Sanchez on piano at Bar Bayeux

10/27, 9 PM slinky, hypnotic percussive Moroccan trance band Innov Gnawa with Jason Lindner on piano at Bar Lunatico

10/27, 7 PM baritone saxophonist Frank Basile leads a quartet at at Cellar Dog

10/27, 7 PM haunting, veteran powerpop/art-rock band Elk City at Mama Tried

10/27, 9 PM psychedelic Afrobeat band Super Yamba  at Bar Lunatico

10/28, 7 PM trumpeter Sonny Singh’s “revolutionary devotional Sikh music” projec at Culture Lab

10/28. 8 PM live video by Kit Fitzgerald with live soundtrack by Peter Gordon & Love of Life Orchestra at Roulette, $25 adv tix rec

10/29, 8 PM a night of alternately haunting and ecstatic Iranian traditional sounds: Nuaneen with setarist Mojgan Shajarian, Pejman Hadadi and Sourena Sefati at Roulette, $35 adv tix rec

10/29, 9 PM fiery electric bluegrass and C&W with Demolition String Band at Skinny Dennis

10/30, 5 PM violinists Machiko Ozawa & Lynn Bechtold play a spooky Halloween show at the downstairs room at the Rockwood, $20

10/31, 4 PM a Park Slope halloween ritual returns: family-friendly spooky classical sounds tba outside the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music

10/31, 7 PM colorful,  eclectic, paradigm-shifting B3 jazz organist Brian Charette leads a trio at Cellar Dog

10/31, 8 PM magical microtonal violinist Sarah Bernsteins Veer Quartet play the album release show for their new one at Zurcher Gallery, $20

Picturesque Americana Singer Hope DeBates Brings Her Songs Back to a Familiar Williamsburg Haunt

Singer Hope DeBates has been a fixture of the New York Americana scene since the zeros, when it was arguably as popular here as hip-hop or reggaeton. She calls her music “high plains country,” drawing on her childhood in the Black Hills of South Dakota. These days, C&W is harder than ever to find on a New York stage, but DeBates didn’t let the lockdown stop her and has picked up where she left off when the World Economic Forum and BlackRock turned this city into a fascist prison camp in March of 2020. Her next gig with her band North 40, a rotating cast of characters, is on August 28 at 4 PM at Skinny Dennis.

DeBates’ album Moody Country is streaming at her music page. On one hand, it’s a throwback to brooding, often haunting countrypolitan artists like Skeeter Davis. On the other, DeBates can be hilarious. She sings in a nuanced, carefully modulated delivery, beginning with the death-fixated opening track, Leaves Bright Yellow. It’s a grimly vivid, aphoristic midtempo shuffle about somebody who couldn’t pull their act together until it was too late.

The first of the two covers on the record is a wafting, atmospheric cover of Willie Nelson’s Satisfied Mind. Then DeBates reinvents Tom Petty’s Breakdown as a lurid Peggy Lee-style slow drag.

Perfectly Imperfect is a funny, oldtimey-flavored swing tune with a glockenspiel: “You’re not that nice a fella, what makes you think you deserve Snow White and Cinderella?” DeBates wants to know. The last song on the record, Pink and Mean is a Dusty Springfield-style Memphis soul song and is even funnier, a meticulously detailed dis aimed at a first-class bitch.

She also has a video for the slow, thoughtful ballad Champagne and Cowboys: it’s an old story, how wide open spaces and Hollywood hills don’t mix, and DeBates tells it poignantly. She recorded it at a darkened bar, so it’s hard to tell for sure, but it might have been at Bar Chord in Ditmas Park where she held down a monthly residency for awhile. That was where this blog last caught up with her, on a noisy evening in 2015, where she was tucked into the front window with her band and taking everybody back in time to a heartbreak saloon of the mind circa fifty years earlier. With DeBates, there’s no arguing that she owns her retro style.

Singles to Start Your Week With a Smile…and a Mystery Song

OK, maybe with a snarky smile. If you know this blog, you know the drill. Memes to make you laugh, then a self-guided playlist, then maybe something serious to keep us grounded. Click on artist names for their webpages, click on titles for audio and/or visuals. About 25 minutes worth of tunes. Make sure you use a browser like Brave to block the ads at the youtube videos.

Who says the future is so scary? Fran Leader, one of the leaders of the UK anti-fracking movement, shares a vision of “the good reset” – in case you’re wondering, the punchline is at the bottom.

Is it Halloween already?” via El Gato Malo.

Artist Anne Gibbons has a good reason why all pregnant women should join the “rat race” to the DNA-altering Covid injection!

One of the few New York bands who date back to the late zeros and are still going strong, Changing Modes have a new video for Days, a characteristically acerbic, shapeshifting anthem: “These are the days I never spent with you.”

Does anybody recognize this song? If you know the answer, hit the comment button at the bottom of the page. Thanks! It’s a gorgeous orchestral arrangement of an old Hasidic nigun. Via Brooklyn’s #1 freedom fighter Brucha Weisberger, chronicling the ongoing holocaust in Israel.

“If the evidence points back, then why would they screen it?” Lula Wiles‘ frontwoman Mali Obomsawin asks in Television, the Boston band’s swaying psych-folk takedown of corporate media duplicity and false dichotomies.

Crone’s Abyss Road starts out like a peak-era 90s Versus-style downstroke anthem and goes back ten years to a heavier sound. Killer guitar solo!

Denial, by Onyria makes a good segue, a catchy, dystopic stadium rock stomp.

The devil is in the details in Mary Bragg‘s new single, Panorama, an allusive Crowded House-like haunter: “A real life diorama, to a starry-eyed pollyanna.”

Who would expect an oldschool 6/8 honkytonk ballad with a weird shoegaze interlude? But it works. Here’s Suzannah’s Losing Side of Town.

Finally, let’s get the word “philanthropath” into general circulation. Margaret Anna Alice, one of the great freedom fighters who sprang up in the wake of the 2020 totalitarian takeover, came up with that description for Gates, Soros, Bloomberg and the rest of the reptile oligarchs. She also shares the creepy depopulation scene from the late great Rik Mayall’s last film, One by One (scroll down)

Live Music Calendar for New York City and Brooklyn For August 2022

All these concerts are free of restrictions on entry. Weekly events first followed by the daily calendar. If a venue is unfamiliar, look for it on the old guide to NYC music venues here, which is more of a worksheet now, but it has links to most of the places on this calendar.

Mondays at the Django 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.

Sundays at around 1 PM trumpeter Jon Kellso and (frequently) guitarist Matt Munisteri lead the Ear-Regulars in NYC’s only remaining hot jazz jam session at the Ear Inn

8/1, 7 PM loopy art-rock instrumentalists Thee Reps followed by uneasy female-fronted psychedelic abstract rock band Gold Dime at Mama Tried in Gowanus

8/1, 7:30 PM lyrical, cinematic pianist  Alan Broadbent leads a trio at Mezzrow, $25

8/1, 9 PM boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band at Skinny Dennis.

8/1, 10:30 PM expansive, expressive jazz pianist Miki Yamanaka at Smalls, $25. She’s back on 8/15

8/2, noon feral tenor saxophonist Eric Wyatt and band at Columbus Park, Cadman Plaza East and Johnson St. in downtown Brooklyn. He’s also at Smalls on 8/13 and 8/27 at 10:30 PM for $25

8/2, 7 PM clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party  at Gantry State Park in Long Island City

8/2, 7:30 PM  lush, majestic string ensemble the East Coast Chamber Orchestra play works by Adolphus Hailstork, Maureen Nelson and Schubert’s String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, D 810, ‘Death and the Maiden’ at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park

8/2, 7:30 PM cellist Ismail Ali, tenor saxophonist Will Greene and drummer Raf Vertessen kick out the jams at Downtown Music Gallery

8/2, 7:30 PM powerhouse postbop saxophonist Mike DiRubbo’s quartet at Smalls, $25. 8/4 he’s at the Django at 7:30 followed by guitarist Mark Whitfield at 10:30 for the same price.

8/2, 8 PM Rocky Mountain jamband legends Leftover Salmon – still trippy after all these years – at City Winery, $30 adm avail

8/2, 8:30 PM intense janglerock/Americana/soul songwriter Matt Keating and guitarist Steve Mayone’s catchy project the Bastards of Fine Arts at 11th St. Bar

8/2, 9 PM  Veronica Davila’s twangy, Bakersfield-flavored hard honkytonk band Low Roller at Skinny Dennis

8/2, 10:30 PM  fiery electric Cuban hill country music with Los Hacheros at the Django, $25. They’re back here on the 23rd

8/3, 1 PM purist oldschool jazz guitarist Bill Wurtzel resumes his long-running stand at the American Folk Art Museum. He’s back on 8/17

8/3, 8 PM intense, charismatic oldschool soul belter Sami Stevens at the small room at the Rockwood. Downtown jazz guitar icon Elliott Sharp leads a trio at the downstairs room for $20 at 10:30 PM

8/3, 7:30 PM hard-hitting tenor saxophonist Troy Roberts leads a quartet at Smalls, $25

8/4, 5 PM thunderous all-female Brazilian drumline Fogo Azul at Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens

8/4, 7 PM darkly psychedelic Afrobeat groove group Budos Band at Corporal Thompson Park in Staten Island

8/4, 7 PM thoughtful, dynamic pianist Manuel Valera & New Cuban Express outdoors at Terraza 7, $15

8/4, 7:30 PM sizzling salsa dura band the Spanish Harlem Orchestra  on the plaza at Lincoln Center

8/4. 10:30 PM tuneful oldschool soul/jazz trombonist Dave Gibson leads a quartet at Smalls, $25. He leads a nonet on 8/20 at 10:30 PM at the Django, same deal

8/5, 3 PM a bunch of Red Baraat-adjacent artists and then the hypnotically explosive live bhangra dance band itself at Central Park Summerstage

8/5, 7:30 PM purist oldschool swing with the Harlem Renaissance Orchestra on the plaza at Lincoln Center

8/5, 10:30 PM purist oldschool tenor sax player Craig Handy leads New Orleans-flavored band at the Django, $25

8/5, midnight guitar-fueled purist groove/soul/psychedelic funk instrumentalists the Dark Sky Hustlers take a break from their Central Park busking at the small room at the Rockwood

8/6, 6 PM psychedelic tropicalia band the Meridian Brothers and psychedelic cumbia/reggaeton bandleader Ana Tijoux at Corporal Thompson Park in Staten Island

8/6, 7:30 PM powerhouse oldschool-style soul husband-wife team the War & Treaty at Damrosch Park

8/6, Unsteady Freddie‘s monthly surf rock extravaganza at Otto’s begins at 8 PM with the Reverb Kings, at 9:30 the darkly haphazard Monomatics and at 11 Link Wray cover band the Wraycyclers,

8/6, 9 PM  deviously entertaining hot 20s swing chanteuse Sweet Megg Farrell puts on her cowboy hat at Skinny Dennis

8/6, 10:30 PM purist postbop tenor saxophonist Stacy Dillard with his band at Smalls, $25. He’s back on 8/20

8/6, 11 PM sharply lyrical southwestern gothic/Americana songwriter Tom Shaner  at LIC Bar

8/7, 1 PM blazing all-female street band the Brass Queens at the Blue Note, $20

8/7, 3 PM Dominican stars in reverse order; bachatero El Rey Supremo” Luis Vargas / El Gran Alcover / and merengue group Max Banda at Rumsey Playfield south of the Summerstage shell in Central Park

8/7, 4 PM intense Balkan chanteuse Jenny Luna‘s haunting, traditional Turkish band Dolunay  at a house concert at 131 Buckingham Rd. (Albemarle/Church Ave) in Crown Heights, B/Q to Church Ave, sug don

8/7; 6:30 PM noir-inspired low-register reedman Ben Goldberg and tuneful, state-of-the-art postbop jazz guitarist Will Bernard play their “porch concert” set at Downtown Music Gallery

8/7, 7 PM brasy second-wave Ethio-jazz band Molly Tigre at Culture Lab

8/7, 7:30/9 PM purist vocal jazz stylist Melissa Stylianou leads an intimate trio at Mezzrow, $25

8/7, 8 PM dynamically shifting postrock band Hiroe at Lucky 13 Saloon, $12

8/7, 10 PM garage-punk band the Trash Bags at Our Wicked Lady, free

8/9, 7:30 PM art-rock singer and former October Project frontwoman Mary Fahl at City Winery, $22 adm avail

8/10, 7:30/9 PM ambitiously tuneful jazz pianist Steven Feifke leads a trio at Mezzrow, $25

8/11, 5 PM not music-related but important: a rally to fight Attorney General Letitia James’ appeal of Kathy Hochul’s overturned concentration camp order at the Harlem Summer Stage, 163 W 125th St at Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. sponsored by Teachers For Choice. If you miss this one, there’s another on 8/14, time/location tba

8/11, 6 PM psychedelic funk/Afrobeat jammers the People’s Champs  under the Dumbo archway, F to York St.

8/11, 7:30/9 PM cinematic Middle Eastern-inspired bass clarinetist Todd Marcus leads a quartet at Smalls, $25

8/11, 7 PM Video Music Box legend Ralph McDaniels hosts a mostly nostalgic hip-hop multiple-bill with Sweet Tee, Girl Codee, Black Sheep, Smif n Wessun, Special Ed at at the Coney Island Amphitheatre. free, get here early or else

8/11, 9 PM Afro-Cuban percussion legend Pedrito Martinez leads his rumbling, jazz-tinged salsa project at Drom $25 adv tix rec, $25 adv tix rec

8/12, 6 PM the Space Merchants – the missing link between the Stooges and X – at a house concert at 284 Stratford Rd at Slocum Pl in Ditmas Park, Q to Cortelyou Rd.

8/12, 7 PM ferocious, female-fronted Afrobeat band Underground System at Pier 45 in Hudson River Park – take W 10th St to the river

8/12, 7 PM Lucia Pulido leads a killer bolero band with Sebastian Cruz on guitar at Terraza 7, $15

8/12, 7:30 PM trombonist Conrad Herwig leads his latin-flavored Mingus project followed at 10:30 by trombonoist Mariel Bildstein leading her bandat the Django, $25

8/12, 8ish thrash metal band Lies Beneath, stormy cinematic black metal band Body & Blood and melodic underground metal legends Lost Legacy at Lucky 13 Saloon, $12

8/13, 1 PM a blues and blues-adjacent bill in reverse order: Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers, powerhouse guitarist Jackie Venson, elegant New Orleans legend Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Bette Smith and Don Bryant at Pier 76, 408 12th Ave north of 34th St.

8/13, 3 PM 90s hip-hop nostalgia with Ja Rule and the Lox at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens Merrick Boulevard and Baisley Boulevard

8/13, 7 PM psychedelic pan-latin jamband Festejation with Juancho Herrera on guitar at Culture Lab

8/13, 7:30 PM expressive carnatic singer Anirban Bhattacharya with Chandrachur Bhattacharya on sitar, Utpal Ghosal on tabla and Naba Kumar Pal on harmonium at the Chhandayan Center For Indian Music, $25

8/14, 1 PM soaringly explosive jazz composer/torch singer Nicole Zuraitis at the Blue Note, $20

8/14, 5 PM jazz pianist Hyuna Park leads her lyrical trio at Culture Lab

8/15-19, half past noon classical pianist Victor Lin at Bryant Park

8/16, noon  iconic latin percussionist Willie Martinez leads his classic salsa/mambo group at Columbus Park, Cadman Plaza East and Johnson St. in downtown Brooklyn

8/16 7 PM playful avant garde cancion singer Sofia Rei at Gantry State Park in Long Island City

8/16, 7:30 PM trumpeter Dave Scott with microtonal violin sorceress Sarah Bernstein, bassist Hillyard Greene and drummer Billy Mintz at Downtown Music Gallery

8/16-21, 8/10:30 PM bassist Avishai Cohen with pianist Elchin Shirinov & drummer Roni Kaspi at the Blue Note, $20 standing room avail

8/16, 8 PM  funk-jazz crew the Silver Arrow Band at Drom, free. They’re also here on 8/31

8/16, 8:30 PM resonator guitarist Jackson & the Janks play New Orleans rock with bass sax at 11th St Bar

8/17, 1 PM not a music event but important: Children’s Health Defense & CHD NY lead a rally in front of New York Attorney General Letitia James’ office at the State Office Building,, 163 W 125th St to let her and Governor Hochul know that New Yorkers say NO to the unconstitutional quarantine and isolation measures they are trying to get reinstated after they were overturned in court. The regulation allowed for a massive expansion of powers to force isolate and quarantine New Yorkers with no due process or evidence of illness. Even though Hochul lost in court, she is appealing the decision..

8/17, 7 PM Video Music Box’s Ralph McDaniels hosts a 90s dancehall reggae bill with Wayne Wonder and others at Central Park Summerstage

8/18, 8ish a surf rock triplebill at the Sovereign in reverse order: opaque, surrealistically creepy Russian stars Messer Chups, the darkly cinematic Wiped Out, the edgy, more lo-fi Jagaloons, $20

8/18, 9:30 PM wildly charismatic, menacing gutter blues band the Reid Paley Trio behind the “worn door” at the Main Drag Community Center at 50 S 1st St. in Williamsburg, about equidistant from the Bedford Ave. L and the J/M to Marcy

8/18, 10:30 PM serpentine, cinematic art-rock instrumentalists You Bred Raptors at the big room at the Rockwood, $10

8/19, 7 PM atmospheric jazz guitarist Rafiq Bhatia at Bryant Park

8/18-19, 7:30 PM the Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra with Anna Fedorova on piano play works by Valentin Silvestrov, Beethoven, Chopin. Dvorak and Brahms at Damrosch Park

8/20, 4 PM punk/rockabilly band the Screaming Rebel Angels  followed by the NYC Ska Orchestra at Culture Lab

8/20, 4 PM  fiery, deviously fun oldtimey swing guitarist/crooner Seth Kessel & the Two Cent Band  at Skinny Dennis.

8/20, 7 PM haunting, lyrical, noir-tinged songwriter Nina Nastasia at Union Pool, $20

8/20, 8 ish Burnt Sugar celebrate 20+ years of lush Braxton-ish largescale improvisation, hard funk, James Brown and Bowie covers at Marcus Garvey Park

8/21, 5 PM carnivalesque Balkan punk monstrosity Funkrust Brass Band outdoors at Newkirk Ave & E 17th St in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Q to Newkirk Ave

8/21. 7:30/9 PM purist postbop tenor saxophonist Nicole Glover leads a chordless trio at Smalls, $25

8/22-26, half past noon eclectic jazz pianist Jon Weber at Bryant Park

8/22, 10 PM singer Kevin Harris with jazz organ paradigm-shifter Brian Charette at the Ear Inn

8/23, 7 PM trombonist Curtis Hasselbring’s playfully cinematic Curhestra at Mama Tried in Gowanus

8/23, 8 PM Americana banjo songwriter Hilary Hawke  at the small room at the Rockwood

8/23-28, 8/10:30 PM jazz piano legend Abdullah Ibrahim at the Blue Note, $30 standing room avail

8/24, noon purist jazz pianist Mala Waldron at Dante Park, Broadway betw 63/64

8/24, 7:30 PM rising star pianist Luther S. Allison leads his group at the Django, $25

8/24, 9 PM darkly cinematic chanteuse Alice Cohen at Union Pool, $16

8/26, 7 PM a “habibi festival” that transcends the style: North African dancer Esraa Warda & the Châab Lab, kanun virtuoso Firas Zreik, and haunting French-Tunisian saxophonist Yacine Boulares’ Ajoyo project at Bryant Park

8/26, 7 PM jaunty female-fronted original retro rocksteady band the Big Takeover at Pier 45 in Hudson River Park – take W 10th St to the river

8/26, 8 PM psychedelic funk instrumentalists the Zoo Berries at Culture Lab

8/26, 8 PM a third-wave ska nostalgia quadruplebill with soundtrack instrumentalist Jo Mercado, Beat Stu. the End Times and then ska trombone legend Buford O’Sullivan and the Roosters at Otto’s

8/27, 4 PM all-female salsa band Lulada Club at a house concert at 121 Marlborough Rd. (Albemarle/Church Ave), Crown Heights, Q to Church Ave

8/27, 4 PM ish socially conscious jazz chanteuse Nikara’s Black Wall Street project, bassist Buster Willliams and his band and trumpeter Terence Blanchard with the Turtle Island Quartet at Marcus Garvey Park

8/27, 7 PM oldschool soul grooves with Square Won at Culture Lab

8/27, 7:30 PM jazz organist Mike LeDonne with Vincent Herring on sax at the Django, $25

8/27, 10 PM sardonic all-female ghoulabilly/garage band the Black Widows at Otto’s

8/28. 1:30ish soul-folk songwriter Wyndham Baird, satirical tunesmith legend Erik Frandsen. Americana swing songwriter Katie Martucci and  eclectic pan-latin and Middle Eastern-inflected acoustic songwriter Miriam Elhajli at Washington Square Park /bio

8/28, 2 PM the Sun Ra Arkestra  make their yearly appearance at the free outdoor concert series at Union Pool

8/28, 3 PM purist jazz guitarist Pasquale Grasso, swing trumpeter/singer Bria Skonberg, intense tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana and Archie Shepp and Jason Moran with Cecile Mclorin Salvant at Tompkins Square Park

8/28 legendary, playful ex-Ellington Band trombonist Art Baron and his group at a house concert at 131 Buckingham Rd. (Albemarle/Church Ave), Crown Heights, Q to Church Ave

8/28, 4 PM darkly torchy southwestern gothic/Europolitan songwriter/guitarist Miwa Gemini, followed at 6 by exotic vibraphone-driven surf band the Vibro-jets at LIC Bar

8/28, 4 PM oldschool-style high plains C&W singer Hope Debates & North 40 at Skinny Dennis

8/28, 7 PM sizzling clarinetist Zisl Slepovitch leads his klezmer trio at the downstairs room at the Rockwood, $20

8/28. 8:30 PM a rare solo show by intense, wickedly tuneful jazz oudist/guitarist Gordon Grdina at Downtown Music Gallery

8/28, 10:30 PM charismatic, adventurous postbop/avant garde trombonist/crooner Frank Lacy leads a quartet at Smalls, $25

8/29-9/2, half past noon lyrical jazz pianist Frank Owens at Bryant Park

8/29, 7 PM noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo leads his trio at the big room at the Rockwood, $15

8/30, 6:30 PM guitarist Aron Namenwirth and keyboardist Eric Plaks improvise; guitarist Simon Hanes, cellist Aliya Ultan and drummer Kevin Murray do the same afterward at Downtown Music Gallery

8/31, 7:30 PM rising star jazz vibraphonist Sasha Berliner leads her group at the Django, $25

9/1-2, half past noon lyrical jazz pianist Frank Owens at Bryant Park

9/1, 6 PM Gaijin A Go Go – the satirical J-pop equivalent of Les Sans Culottes – under the Dumbo archway

9/1, 7 PM  psychedelic Afrobeat band Super Yamba and the rousingly soulful Harlem Gospel Travelers at Baby’s All Right, $15

9/1, 8 PM surfy psychedelic instrumentalists Daikaiju at the Sovereign, $20

9/1, 7:30 PM lyrical jazz pianist Henry Hey leads a trio at the Django, $25

9/1, 8:30ish artsy, brooding. 80s-tinged band the Dream Eaters at Mama Tried

9/1-4, 8/10:30 PM  reliably acerbic alto sax powerhouse Kenny Garrett leads his band at the Blue Note, $20 standing room avail

9/2, 4 PM singer Veronica Davila’s twangy, Bakersfield-flavored hard honkytonk band Low Roller at Skinny Dennis. They’re back here on 9/13 at 9

9/2, 7:30 PM purist postbop jazz guitarist Ed Cherry  leads a trio followed at 10 by  noir-inspired alto saxophonist/composer Nick Hempton with his quartet  at the Django, $25

9/2, 8 PM hilarious, lyrically devastating pianist and protest song maven Dawn Oberg at Freddy’s

9/2, 9 PM intense, rapturous Balkan/Middle Eastern ensemble the Secret Trio  at Drom, $15 adv tix rec

9/2, 10 PM the Hysterics play surf rock followed by the jangly Big Star-influenced Hasbros at Otto’s

9/3, 3 PM unstoppable 60s boogaloo and salsa icon Joe Bataan at Union Pool, free

9/3, 7ish Baby Copperhead – who do a good banjo driven take on the creepy psych-folk that O’Death was doing ten years ago – at Mama Tried

9/3, 7:30 PM “In North Indian classical violin Rupam Ghosh is the new millennium star” and he’s here with Utpal Ghosal on tabla at the Chhandayan Center For Indian Music, $25

9/3. 8 PM retro continental swing sounds with singer Tatiana Eva-Marie & the Avalon Jazz Band  at Drom, $20 adv tix rec

9/3, 9:30 PM ageless, jangly, purist NY surf rock originals the Supertones followed at 11 by kick-ass original third-wave surf group Tsunami of Sound  at Otto’s

9/3, 10:30  Danny Jonokuchi & The Revisionists play 1930s style swing jazz  at the Django, $25

9/3, 10:30 PM refreshingly unpredictable tenor saxophonist Eric Wyatt and band at Smalls.

9/3, 11 PM guitar-fueled purist groove/soul/psychedelic funk instrumentalists the Dark Sky Hustlers at the small room at the Rockwood

9/3, 11 PM sharply lyrical southwestern gothic/Americana songwriter Tom Shaner at LIC Bar

9/4, 7ish noir-inspired honkytonk crooner Sean Kershaw at Mama Tried. 9/19 at 8 he’s at Cowgirl Seahorse

9/4, 7:30 PM puckish avant-garde surrealists thingNY play their first live show since Dec 2019, featuring music by group members Gelsey Bell, Andrew Livingston, Paul Pinto, Isabel Castellvi, as well as composer Pamela Z; dadaesque multimedia from Nick Brooke/The Cabinet also on the bill at Coffey Street Studio, 153 Coffey St, Red Hook

9/4, 9 PM fiery, deviously fun oldtimey swing guitarist/crooner Seth Kessel at Skinny Dennis

9/5-9, half past noon purist jazz pianist Larry Ham at Bryant Park

9/5, 1:30 PM adventurous outdoor improvisation: Sam Newsome – soprano sax / Laura Cocks – flute / Daniel Carter – woodwinds followed by TA Thompson Sonic Matters: Ken Filiano – bass / Sara Schoenbeck – bassoon / TA Thompson – drums and at 4 by the Andrew Lamb Trio at the community garden at 129 Stanton St near Essex

9/5, 9 PM boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band at Skinny Dennis, 9/26, 10 PM he’s at the Ear Inn

9/6, 7 PM funk-jazz crew the Silver Arrow Band at Drom, free. They’re also here on 9/20

9/7, 10:30 PM tuneful, refreshingly edgy pianist Rachel Z leads a quartet at the Django, $25

9/8, 7 PM stadium metal band Intranced, retro 80s British metal band Seven Sisters and excellent, tuneful post-Maiden band Haunt at the Sovereign, $20

9/8, 7 PM counterintuitive, erudite trombonist  John Yao and his chordless quartet at Culture Lab in Long Island City

9/8, 7 PM two very different, very distinctive jazz pianists: Aaron Diehl and Orrin Evans at Bryant Park

9/8, 8:30 PM Dark Streets play Celtic classics by the Pogues, Flogging Molly, the Dubliners and others at 11th St Bar. 9/29 at 7 they’re at Mama Tried

9/8, 10:30 PM PM  tuneful oldschool soul/jazz trombonist Dave Gibson  leads his quartet at Smalls. 9/15, 7:30 they’re at the Django, $25 and back at Smalls on 9/22

9/9, 7 PM technically dazzling trumpeter Summer Camargo leads a sextet at Bryant Park

9/9, 8:30 PM heavy blues stoner instrumental jamband Earthless at the Market Hotel, $25

9/9, 10 PM guitarslinger Phil Gammage plays his dark Americana and blues at Shrine. 9/26, 8 PM he’s at Cowgirl Seahorse

9/10, 10 AM-8 PM out of town but a fun lineup: the family-friendly Festival in a Field with bands including Americana soul jamband the Mammals, multi-instrumentalist Bibi Farber’s Action Figures 432, kirtan-rock jammers Samkirtan Band, the Red Threat, Journey Blue Heaven, Americana guitar picker Jude Roberts, mesmerizing gong soundsculptor Kevin Nathaniel. Plus some of the stars of the NY freedom movement: riveting singer/investigative journalist/satirist Tessa Lena, CHD general counsel and tv host Mary Holland, hero attorney Bobbie Ann Cox who just defeated the New York State regulation allowing to force-isolate people in quarantine camps (the power maniacs have since appealed), John Gilmore of CHD New York and Autism Action Network, Planet Waves’ investigative reporter Eric Francis Coppolino, Dr, Tom Cowan, and others. Plus a haybale maze for the kids, local homemade food and crafts at 55 Wenzels Lane in Hudson, NY, $25

9/10, 1:30 PM an auspicious improvisational bill: Fay Victor – voice, composition / Liany Mateo – bass / Lesley Mok – drums followed at 2:30 by Melanie Dyer – viola / Mara Rosenbloom – keyboard / Kyoko Kitamurra – voice, at 3 by Miriam Parker – dance / Luke Stewart – bass and at 4 by Mara Rosenbloom – piano / Anais Maviel – voice, percussion / Sean Conly – bass at First Street Green Culture Park, 33 East 1st St

9/10, 4 PM Sarah Durning & the Fun Sisters play twangy oldschool-style original honkytonk at Skinny Dennis

9/10. 5 PM Toronto band Beams – who are all over the place, from dreampop to new wave to edgier Paula Carino-style lyrical janglerock – at Culture Lab in Long Island City

9/10. 7:30 PM jazz organist Mike LeDonn leads a trio followed at 10:30 PM by intense, lyrical, politically fearless tenor saxophonist Roxy Coss and her quintet at the Django, $25

9/10, 8 PM largescale Moroccan, Indian and American jazz improvisation: Gift of Gnawa play a Don Cherry tribute; Brooklyn Raga Massive – a rotating cast of A-list Indian, jazz and rock musicians who love to jam out classic Indian themes – and drummer Adam Rudolph’s strikingly tuneful, rumblingly improvisational Go Organic Orchestra  with special guests Hassan Hakmoun and Dave Liebman at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park south of the east side 72nd St. entrance

9/11, 1:30 PM free outdoor improvisation with the politically fearless Irreversible Entanglements Quartet: Keir Neuringer – alto sax / Luke Stewart – bass / Aquiles Navarro – trumpet / Tcheser Holmes – drums followed at 2:30 PM by the Jason Kao Hwang violin jazz Trio, at 3:30 by Ellen Christi – voice / William Parker – strings / Jackson Krall – water phone, drums and 4:30 by Dave Sewelson – baritone sax / Bobby Kapp – drums / William Parker – bass at First Street Green Culture Park, 33 East 1st St

9/11, 7 PM eclectic cosmopolitan jazz singer Sivan Arbel with her band at Culture Lab in Long Island City

9/11, 7:30/9 PM erudite, deviously entertaining bassist Martin Wind leads his trio at Smalls, $25

9/11, 7:30/9 PM soulful pan-Latin jazz chanteuse Claudia Acuña with Pablo Vergara on piano and Carlos Henderson on bass at Mezzrow, $25

9/11, 7:30 PM New Orleans marches and funky struts with Tuba Skinny at City Winery, $22 adm avail

9/12-16. half past noon purist jazz pianist Yuka Aikawa at Bryant Park

9/12, 10:30 PM expansive postbop pianist Miki Yamanaka at Smalls She’s back here on 9/19

9/13-18. 8/10:30 PM everybody’s favorite jazz bassist, Christian McBride with an interesting up-and-coming band: Nicole Glover, Ely Perlman, Mike King, Savannah Harris at the Blue Note, $30 standing room avail

9/13, 10:30 PM   fiery electric Cuban hill country music with Los Hacheros at the Django, $25

9/14, 10:30 PM lyrical, thoughtful tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander leads his quartet at the Django, $25

9/15, 7 PM iconic Afro-Cuban percussionist/bandleader Pedrito Martine plays his bday show at Drom, $20 adv tix rec

9/15,, 7:30 PM night one of this year’s Momenta Festival with the reliably adventurous Momenta Quartet opens with Elizabeth Brown: Just Visible in the Distance (2013); Valentin Silvestrov: String Quartet no. 3 (2011)’ Shawn Jaeger: Thy Wondering Eyes (2010) at Broadway Presbyterian Church (601 W 114th St. free

9/16, 7 PM the annual accordion festival returns:  the lustrously uneasy Ukrainian Village Voices, Balkan band Balaklava Blues – a Lemon Bucket Orkestra spinoff – and Heart of Afghanistan, with Afghani TV star Ahmad Fanoos on vocals and harmonium, his sons Elham Fanoos on piano and Mehran Fanoos on violin, and Hamid Habibzada on tablā. and others at Bryant Park

9/16,, 7:30 PM night two of this year’s Momenta Festival with the reliably adventurous Momenta Quartet continues with Carlos Chávez: Invention II (1965) for String Trio; José Pablo Moncayo: Viola Sonata (1934); Julián Carrillo: String Quartet No. 1 (1903) at Broadway Presbyterian Church (601 W 114th St. free

9/16, 7:30 PM wickedly sharp, politically fearless, funny psychedelic soul with Fantastic Negrito  at the Poisson Rouge, $30 adv tix rec

9/17, 1:30 PM reliably good free jazz veterans: Steve Swell – trombone / Kirk Knuffke – cornet / TA Thompson – drums, at 2:30 trumpeter Jaimie Branch’s group, at 3:30 the Larry Roland Urban Project: Larry Roland- poetry, bass / Kiyoko Layne – keyboard / Waldron Ricks – trumpet / TA Thompson – drums and Whit Dickey – drums / Rob Brown – alto sax at the community garden at 129 Stanton St near Essex

9/17, 4 PM energetic delta blues/Romany swing guitaris Felix Slim at Skinny Dennis. Sizzling electric bluegrass and C&W outfit Demolition String Band play after at 9.

9/17, 7 PM the American Symphony Orchestra play music by William Grant Still, Mahler and Louise Talma at Bryant Park

9/17, 7:30 PM night three of this year’s Momenta Festival with the reliably adventurous Momenta Quartet continues with Hirofumi Mogi: In Memory of Perky Pat (2021) for string quartet and horn; Brahms: Trio for Violin, Horn, and Piano in E-flat Major, Op. 40 (1865); Grażyna Bacewicz: Piano Quintet No. 2 (1965) at Broadway Presbyterian Church (601 W 114th St. free

9/18, 1:30 PM an eclectic improvisional afternoon: Chris Williams – trumpet / Luke Stewart – bass / Cinque Kemp – drums; at 2:30 Daro Behroozi – flutes, woodwinds, percussion / Éléonore Weill – flutes, voice / Martin Shamoonpour – flutes, percussion and at 4 the powerful Sarah Manning – alto sax / Jair-Rohm Wells – bass / William Hooker – drums at the community garden at 129 Stanton St near Essex

9/18, 7:30 PM closing night of this year’s Momenta Festival with the reliably adventurous Momenta Quartet includes Julián Carrillo: String Quartet No. 11 (1962); Mario Davidovsky: Synchronisms No. 9 (1988) for violin and electronics; Glaser: String Quartet No. 5, in memoriam Mario Davidovsky (2022) and Beethoven: String Quartet No. 11 at Broadway Presbyterian Church (601 W 114th St. free

9/20, 7:30/9 PM adrenalizing postbop vibraphonist Mark Sherman leads a quartet at Smalls, $25

9/20, 8ish powerpop en Espanol band Estos Gritos followed by edgy King Crimson-influenced Woodhead at Mama Tried

9/20-25, 8/10:30 PM darkly lyrical, phantasmagorical jazz vocal sage Cecile McLorin Salvant at the Blue Note, , $30 standing room avail

9/20, 9ish wickedly torchy noir songwriter Julia Haltigan at 11th St Bar

9/20, 10:30 PM Manuel Valera & New Cubana Express at the Django, $25

9/21, 9 PM catchy, lyrically edgy, anthemic janglerock tunesmith Greta Keating at the small room at the Rockwood

9/21, 10:30/midnight  the great unsung NYC hero of darkly purposeful, noir-tinged jazz guitar, Saul Rubin leads his trio at Mezzrow $25

9/22, 7:15 PM timeless, haunting, playful octogenarian Armenian jazz sage and multi-reedman Souren Baronian‘s Taksim at Drom, $20 adv tix rec

9/22, 8:30 PM Pussy Riot at the Poisson Rouge, $25 adv tix rec. Probably more of a show for the bucket list and a good cause than actual musical enjoyment.

9/23, 7:30/9 PM energetic, inventive, gospel-inspired jazz pianist Pete Malinverni leads his trio at Mezzrow, $25

9/23, 9 PM urban Americana vet Alex Battles at the small room at the Rockwood. Next door at the big room, Brandi & the Alexanders play oldschool-style soul ballads at 9:30 for $10 and downstairs crystalline-voiced noir Americana songwriter Jessie Kilguss  plays a rare show with a string section! at 8:30 for $10

9/24, 1:30 PM outdoor improvisation: Juan Pablo Carlett – drums / Rob Brown – alto sax followed at 2:30 by bassist Brandon Lopez, at 3:30 Patrick Holmes – clarinet / Sarah Sandaval – dance and at 4 brilliant saxophonist James Brandon Lewis‘ Trio at First Street Green Culture Park, 33 East 1st St

9/24, 8 PM slinky Rocky Mountain jamband legends Poi Dog Pondering at the Poisson Rouge, $18 adv tix rec

9/24, 9 PM badass Americana dobro player and singer Cristina Vane at Skinny Dennis, note that there is a $12 cover

9/25, 1:30 PM a great improvisational triplebill: Aakash Mittal – sax, clarinet / Jasmine Wilson – vocals, spoken word / Lesley Mok – percussion, drums; at 2:30 William Parker – gimbre, percussion, double reeds / Hamid Drake – frame & drumset, vocals and at 4 Alexis Marcelo – keyboards / Adam Lane – bass / Michael Wimberly – drums at First Street Green Culture Park, 33 East 1st St

9/25. 9 PM Nashville female-fronted heavy blues power trio the Minks at Skinny Dennis, note the $5 cover

9/26, 7 PM noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo leads his trio at the big room at the Rockwood, $20

9/28, 7:30 PM the best singing pianist (and the best piano-playing singer) in jazz, Champian Fulton at the Django, $25

9/28, 8 PM scorching jazz violinist Sana Nagano‘s Atomic Pigeons at Mama Tried

9/29, 7 PM  fiery newschool honkytonk/janglerock bandleader Michaela Anne  at Union Pool, $20

10/1, 1:30 PM an improvisational afternoon: the Devin Brahja Waldman Trio, 2:30 PM Triosphere with Reggie Nicholson – drums, percussion / Don Chapman – tenor sax / On Ka’a Davis – guitar and at 4 Nick Lyons – alto sax / Pete Swanson – bass / John Wagner – drums at the community garden at 129 Stanton St near Essex

10/2, 1:30 PM eclectic improvisation: Aquiles Navarro – trumpet / Tchesser Holmes – drums followed at 2:30 by Freedom First: Keith LaMar, Albert Marquès, William Parker, at 3:30 singer Lisa Sokolov and at 4 drummer Dan Kurfirst with his Trio at the community garden at 129 Stanton St near Essex

10/8, 1:30 PM a great free jazz lineup: Karen Borca – bassoon / Hilliard Greene – bass / Jackson Krall – drums, at 3:30 Djassi / Shayna Dulberger – bass and at 4 the guitar duo of Ava Mendoza & Mike Baggeetta at First Street Green Culture Park, 33 East 1st St

10/9, 2:30 PM 75 Dollar Bill’s Che Chen – percussion, homemade instruments / Daniel Carter – reeds, flute, trumpet / Chris Williams – trumpet, at 3:30 Raina Sokolov-Gonzalez voice with Mara Rosenbloom keyboard and at 4 PM Francisco Mora Catlett – drums / Sam Newsome – soprano sax & sonic diversity / Roman Diaz – percussion at First Street Green Culture Park, 33 East 1st St

10/10, 1:30 PM outdoor improvisation: Ayumi Ashito – sax / Daniel Carter – reeds / Demian Richardson – trumpet; 2:30 PM Darius Jones – alto sax / William Parker – bass / Scott Clark – drums and at 4 PM saxophonist Avram Fefer‘s Trio of Freedom at First Street Green Culture Park, 33 East 1st St

Sobering Singles and Hilarious Hip-Hop for July 28

The Great Revealing is turning into the Great Unraveling, mighty fast. At this point it looks like the “chew toys,” as Catherine Austin Fitts calls bureaucrats like Birx and Dr. Faulty, are being thrown to the wolves, i.e. us. In the meantime, are we staring down a smallpox epidemic incubated in the population who caught VAIDS from the Covid shot? Stay tuned.

And the memes and videos are flying fast and furious. About 25 minutes of black comedy and videos today. As usual, click on artist or author names for their webpages, click on titles for audio and video – and make sure you use Brave or another browser with an ad blocker since a lot of the videos are at youtube.

Satirist and investigator Sage Hana has been putting out an infrequent but brilliantly edited series of videos for a bunch of mostly well-known songs. This is not one of them: it’s a Bonnie Tyler single from the 80s. And this salute to the heroes of the past twenty-nine months is not comedy. Anything but.

Hana’s Substack has also been a goldmine for good memes – for example, this Ronald McDonald – and this timely video of Eric Idle doing Henry Kissinger, from the 1980 Monty Python album Contractual Obligation.

Here’s the best-ever video for Anitra’s Dance, the immortal gothic theme from Edvard Grieg’s In the Hall of the Mountain King. It’s all about diminishing returns. Scroll down and laugh if you can.

Embattled New Zealand head of state Jacinda Ardern wants you to know that “We will continue to be your single source of truth.” In her own words, via Mathew Aldred‘s must-read Substack.

Let’s shift gears to hip-hop, first with Who’s My Name, by “Sniff Sleepy,” the cadaver-in-chief in his own words, artfully and pseudonymously edited, via El Gato Malo. Indestructible, by RC feat. Hailey Lewis makes a good segue, with some beautiful footage from the Canadian Freedom Convoy from this past winter

Americana guitarist Molly Tuttle shows off some sweet flatpicking, alongside her dad Jack on mandolin in Grass Valley, her shout-out to large crowds of people who get together and exhale CO2 in harmony around carbon-consuming structures like campfires…a time-honored tradition.

Singer Lisa Tingle’s band the Caughtery jangle and clang through The Uninvited, from darkly sparkling electric bluegrass in a Walkabouts vein to a stomp toward the stadium. A lockdown parable? You decide.

Beth Blade and the Beautiful Disasters have just released Persephone, a metaphorically-loaded mashup of the Peter Gunne theme and thrashy metal for those of us who may feel “owned but not possessed” during this twisted time in history.

Lately, it’s been the custom here to wind up a page of singles with something funny, but today it’s time to get serious. Watch New York State Assembly speaker Carl Heastie strong-arm a member of the New York State legislature to change his vote, on video, on June 13th, 2019 to repeal religious exemptions to vaccination. Coincidentally, the previous day Merck had announced the construction of a big pharma plant in the Albany area. Thanks to Dr. Meryl Nass for passing this along.

Live Music Calendar for New York City and Brooklyn For July and August 2022

All these concerts are free of restrictions. Lots of listings being added, almost daily, like the good old days before March 2020!

Weekly events first followed by the daily calendar.

Sundays at around 1 PM trumpeter Jon Kellso and (frequently) guitarist Matt Munisteri lead the Ear-Regulars in NYC’s only remaining hot jazz jam session at the Ear Inn

7/13, 7/20 and 7/27, 7 PM the Attacca Quartet play music by 21sst century composers at Madison Square Park

7/1, 7 PM sizzling, politically fearless latin jazz pianist/composer Arturo O’Farrill’s Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra at Bryant Park

7/1, 7:30 PM purist postbop jazz guitarist Ed Cherry leads a two-guitar quartet with fellow axeman Mike Moreno at the Django, $25

7/1-2, 7:30/9 PM saxophonist John Ellis – as adept at postbop jazz as he is with haunting, theatrical noir art-song – leads a quartet at Smalls, $25. 7/2  feral tenor saxophonist Eric Wyatt and band follow at 10:30 and returns on 7/9, same time

7/2, 4 PM oldschool-style high plains C&W singer Hope Debates & North 40 at Skinny Dennis

7/2, 7:30 PM  tuneful oldschool soul/jazz trombonist Dave Gibson at the Django, $25

7/2, 8 PM the monthly surf rock show has resumed with the eclectic Weisstronauts, surfed-out tv themes from Commercial Interruption sand the majestic, darkly cinematic TarantinosNYC. at Otto’s

7/3, half past noon/2:30 PM drummer Christian Finger leads his moody European jazz trio with the haunting Vadim Neselovskyi on piano at the Blue Note, $15

7/3, 3 PM ish the ageless godfather of boogaloo, Joe Bataan in the courtyard at Union Pool, free

7/3, 5:30 PM art-rock chanteuse Andromeda Anarchia followed by Queens of the Stone Age soundalikes the Velvicks – at Culture Lab in Long Island City

7/3, 7:30/9 PM baritone saxophonist Frank Basile leads a two-baritone quintet with Gary Smulyan at Smalls, $25

7/3, 9 PM first-class bluegrass bandleader/bassist Allison Kelly at Skinny Dennis

7/4, 9 PM one of the alltime most thrilling guitarists in Americana, Rosie Flores at Skinny Dennis. Note that there is a $5 cover

7/4, 10:30 PM  expansive, expressive jazz pianist Miki Yamanaka at Smalls, $25. She’s back on 7/11

7/5, 6:30 PM Cuban saxophonist Hery Paz improvises with trumpeter Nate Wooley and drummer Tom Rainey followed at 7:30 by bassist Henry Fraser and violinist Cleek Schrey at Downtown Music Gallery

7/5, 10:30 PM  fiery electric Cuban hill country music with Los Hacheros at the Django, $25

7/7, 6 PM Brain Cloud western swing mastermind and multi-instrumentalist Dennis Lichtman and band under the Dumbo archway, F to York St

7/7, 7 PM pensive, eclectic, tuneful jazz/art-rock songwriter Becca Stevens with intense, rapturous Balkan/Middle Eastern ensemble the Secret Trio at the big room at the Rockwood, $20. It’s a good night there. She’s followed at 8:30 by steamboat soul crooner/pianist Nat Osborn. Downstairs irrepressibly sardonic janglerock/folk-punk songwriter, New Yorker illustrator and White Hassle alum Marcellus Hall plays at 7 for $10

7/7, 7:30/9 PM trombonist Alan Ferber leads his immersively innovative, sometimes symphonic nonet at Smalls, $25

7/8, 7 PM  brilliant, fearlessly political B3 organist Greg Lewis in the park on the Hudson at 125th St.

7/8, 7:30 PM the NYChillharmonic – who play lushly intricate art-rock with big band jazz orchestration – at Culture Lab in Long Island City

7/8, 7:30 PM catchy oldschool roots reggae with a fearlessly populist Senegalese feel from Meta & the Cornerstones at the Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec

7/8, 10:30 PM an absurdly cheap triplebill of latin artists from Canada and Chile: Mexican folk guitarist Quique Escamilla, psychedelic latin rockers Battle of Santiago – the missing link between Willie Colon and Pink Floyd – and cumbia songwriter Ramon Chiccarron at Drom, $10

7/10, 5 PM Red Baraat trumpeter Sonny Singh plays funky bhangra psychedelia at Culture Lab in Long Island City

7/10, 7 PM jaunty female-fronted original retro rocksteady band the Big Takeover at Pier 1 at 70th St. and the Hudson

7/8, 7 PM every kind of swing jazz you could imagine with the Baylor Project at Bryant Park

7/10, 7 PM oldschool salsa triplebill: Lower East Salsa, Domingo Quinones and Puerto Rican Power at the Coney Island Amphitheatre. free

7/11-14, half past noon eclectic, often haunting Armenian jazz pianist Armen Donelian at Bryant Park

7/11, 8:30 PM satirical smooth-soul crooner Smoota and the Beast with Yusuke Yamamoto on synth, Ricky Quiñones on guitar, Tim Allen on bass and special guests Ryan Sawyer on drums and Moist Paula Henderson on bari sax at Bacaro (136 Division St.) just north of the East Broadway F station in Chinatown, free

7/12, 6:30 PM tuneful, state-of-the-art postbop jazz guitarist Will Bernard in a rare solo show at Downtown Music Gallery

7/12. 7 PM blazing all-female street band the Brass Queens at Gantry State Park in Long Island City. They’re at Radegast Hall on 7/30 at 1 PM

7/12, 7:30 PM  A Far Cry  play an innovative program of string arrangements of Bartok miniatures plus works by Franghiz Ali-Zadeh, Dvorak, Beethoven and Karl Doty at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park

7/12, 7:30 PM  kinetic Cuban jazz pianist Elio Villafranca at the Django, $25

7/12, 7:30/9 PM charismatic, adventurous postbop/avant garde trombonist/crooner Frank Lacy leads a quartet at Smalls, $25 cash at the door.

7/12-17, 8/10:30 PM constantly shapeshifting hip-hop icon Talib Kweli & the Whiskey Boys at the Blue Note, $30 standing room avail

7/12. 9 PM noir Americana siren Eilen Jewell sings Loretta Lynn at Skinny Dennis, there is a cover charge $tba

7/13, noon  trumpeter Wayne Tucker – who veers between sunny postbop jazz, Afrobeat and goofy vocal shtick – at the pedestrian plaza at Willoughby and Pearl in downtown Brooklyn

7/13, 7:30 PM purist postbop tenor saxophonist Stacy Dillard with his band at the Django, $25, He’s also at Smalls on 7/16 and 7/23 at 10:30

7/14, noon thunderous all-female Colombian coastal trance-dance ensemble La Manga at the pedestrian plaza at Willoughby and Pearl in downtown Brooklyn

7/14, 7:30 PM imaginative indie classical choir Roomful of Teeth followed by a live interview with avant garde legends the Kronos Quartet at Prospect Park Bandshell

7/15, 7 PM the oldtimey band that started the whole revival back in the 90s, the Squirrel Nut Zippers at Bryant Park

7/15 7 PM psychedelic Afrobeat jammers the Brighton Beat at Culture Lab in Long Island City

7/15, 7 PM powerful, lyrical classical piainist Mimoza Keka plays works by contemporary Macedonian composers Tomislav Zografski and Dimitrije Buzarovski .at Gallery MC

7/15, 7:30 PM lyrical pianist Rich Germanson leads a quartet at the Django, $25. Followd at 10:30 by New Orleans reedman Craig Handy & Second Line Smith

7/16, 5 PM slinky new wave bassist/bandleader Yula Beeri at Culture Lab in Long Island City

7/16, 7:30 PM innovative, captivating carnatic singer Emmanuelle Martin with violinist Siddharth Ashokkumar and mridangam player Bala Skandan at the Chhandayan Center For Indian Music, $25

7/16, 8:30 PM slinky soul-influenced psychedelic band Chicano Batman at Prospect Park Bandshell

7/16, 9 PM haunting, reverb guitar-driven noir cinematic instrumentalists Big Lazy at Room 31 at the Arlo Nomad hotel, 11 E 31st St, $15

7/17, 7 PM smoldering female-fronted Colombian psychedelic band Yotoco at Culture Lab in Long Island City

7/17, 7 PM  Danny Jonokuchi & The Revisionists play 1930s style swing jazz at Pier 1 at 70th St. and the Hudson

7/18-22, half past noon lyrical jazz pianist Deanna Witkowski plays solo at Bryant Park

7/19, 7 PM  mighty, sweeping ensemble Mariachi Real de Mexico at Gantry State Park in Long Island City

7/19, 7:30 PM high-voltage Ukrainian folk ensemble Cheres play a benefit for the citizens of Ukraine, proceeds to Razom for Ukraine at the Cutting Room, $20 adv tix rec

7/19, 7:30 PM lyrical, thoughtful tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander leads a quintet at Smalls, $25 cash at the door.

7/19, 8:30 PM wickedly jangly surf/twang/country instrumentalists the Bakersfield Breakers at 11th St Bar

7/20, noon saxophonist John Ellis – as adept at postbop jazz as he is with haunting, theatrical noir art-song – at the pedestrian plaza at Willoughby and Pearl in downtown Brooklyn

7/20, 7:30 PM the best singing pianist (and the best piano-playing singer) in jazz, Champian Fulton at the Django, $25

7/20, 8 PM wild Danish klezmer band Mames Babagenush at Drom $20 adv tix rec

7/20, 9ish organ groovemeister Cory Henry at Central Park Summerstage

7/21, half past noon sizzling, politically fearless latin jazz pianist/composer Arturo O’Farrill’ leads a sextet at St. Marks Park, 2nd Ave/10th St

7/21, 7 PM bass trombonist Jennifer Wharton’s Bonegasm at Culture Lab in Long Island City

7/21, 7:30 PM erudite tenor saxophonist Wayne Escoffery leads his quartet at the Django, $25

7/21, 7 PM charming oldtimey swing band Fleur Seule at Astoria Park, Shore Boulevard between the Hell Gate Bridge and the pool

7/21, 8 PM bass goddess/soul singer Felice Rosser’s ageless reggae-rock-groove band Faith and wickedly catchy Americana/paisley underground rockers Girls on Grass – the American Sadies – at Mama Tried in Gowanus

7/22, 7:30 PM colorful,  eclectic, paradigm-shifting B3 jazz organist Brian Charette plays the album release show for his new one at the Django, $25

7/22-23, 7:30/9 PM innovative alto saxophonist Caroline Davis leads a quartet with Matt Mitchell on piano at Smalls, $25

7/22, 110 PM the slinky, fiery Macedonian-flavorted Sedi Donka Balkan Band at St. Mazie’s

7/22, 11:30 PM  pyrotechnic clarinetist Ismail Lumanovski’s ferociously kinetic NY Gypsy All-Stars with haunting Middle Eastern trumpeter Ibraham Maalouf at Drom, $30 adv tix rec

7/23, 11 AM the all-female Egalitarian Brass play new classical works to wake the neighborhood up at Washington Square Park

7/23, 3 PM lo-fi folk-punk songwriter Francesca LaMantia of A Multitude of Drops and all-female punk trio Left in the Attic outdoors BMH Plaza, 438 E. 163rd St just west of the Washington Ave intersection in the Bronx, B/D to 161st St/Yankee Stadium

7/23, 4ish bad segue, good twinbill: smart female-fronted gutter blues jamband Jane Lee Hooker followed at 5 by lyrical, thoughtful jazz pianist Eugenia Choe at Culture Lab in Long Island City

7/23, 7 PM cutting-edge big band salsa jazz with drummer Bobby Sanabria’s Big Band at Bryant Park

7/23, 7:30 PM santoor virtuoso Vinay Desai with tabla player Mir Naquibul Islam at the Chhandayan Center For Indian Music, $25

7/24, 3 PM ish 80s reggae star Sister Nancy in the courtyard at Union Pool, free

7/24, 7 PM saxophonist Joseph Herbst’s Ghost in the Mirror large ensemble jazz project with adventurous string ensemble Quartet Davis at Culture Lab in Long Island City

7/24, 7 PM brasy second-wave Ethio-jazz band Molly Tigre at 70th St. and the Hudson

7/24, 7 PM slinky piano-fueled soul band the Claudettes at the big room at the Rockwood $15

7/25-29, half past noon sly, cinematic, tuneful Microscopic Septet pianist Joel Forrester at Bryant Park

7/25, 7:30 PM purist, purposeful jazz guitarist Russell Malone with pianist Rick Germanson and bassist Luke Sellick at Mezzrow, $25

7/25, 8 PM in reverse order: trumpeter Nate Wooley‘s acidically enveloping, atmospheric Columbia Icefield, slashing guitarslinger Ava Mendoza, bassist Trevor Dunn and ambient composer Cecilia Lopez at TV Eye, 1647 Weirfield St., Ridgewood, $10

7/25, 8 PM busy surf rock cover group Band of Others at Cowgirl Seahorse

7/26. 7 PM Zikrayat play slinky, cinematic classics from the golden age of Arabic song at Gantry State Park in Long Island City

7/26, 7:30 PM edgy orchestra the Knights & Lara St. John, violin soloist play Mendelssohn’s Scottish Symphony plus works by Avner Dorman at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park

7/26, 7 PM soul/gospel belter (and Lenny Molotov collaborator) Queen Esther, Americana banjo songwriter Hilary Hawke  and bassist Mali Obomsawin and her band at the basement room at the Rockwood, $15,

7/26, 8 PM gritty downtown rocker Diane Gentile, dark blues/folk noir/oldschool soul songwriter Kelley Swindall and well-liked, fearlessly political LES soul-rock songwriter/chanteuse Dina Regine at 11th St Bar

7/26, 8 PM intrepid improvisational violist Jessica Pavone solo, the similarly-inclined surrealist Dave Ruder leading a quartet and retro 60s surf/spy/soundtrack chanteuse Dodi (fka Transistor Ray at Rubulad, $10

7/27, noon irrepressible, ebullient Brain Cloud jazz chanteuse Tamar Korn at the pedestrian plaza at Willoughby and Pearl in downtown Brooklyn

7/27, 7 PM Los Cumpleanos – with Nestor Gomez – vox/percussion; Lautaro Burgos – drums; Eric Lane – keyboards; Alex Asher – trombone and others playing trippy, dubwise tropical psychedelia aat Pier 45 in Hudson River Park – take W 10th St to the river

7/27, 8 PM a Lee Konitz tribute with saxophonist Ohad Talmor, pianist Dan Tepfer, bassist Jeremy Stratton and drummer George Schuller at Seeds

7/28, half past noon the self=explanatory Gipsy Jazz Caravan at St. Marks Park, 2nd Ave/10th St

7/28, 6 PM Cuban tres player Junniel Jiminez and band under the Dumbo archway, F to York St.

7/28, 7 PM the Horne Electric Band play brassy funk at Culture Lab in Long Island City

7/29, 7 PM one of the most haunting songwriters in folk noir, Emily Jane White opens for minimalist/darkwave chanteuse Eivor at the Poisson Rouge, $30 adv tix rec

7/29, 7 PM cosmopolitan retro Euro-swing band the Hot Sardines with Nellie McKay on vocals at Bryant Park

7/29, 7 PM the Hudson Horns play brass music from the Balkans to New Orleans at Culture Lab in Long Island City

7/30, 4:30 PM Heart of Afghanistan, with Afghani TV star Ahmad Fanoos on vocals and harmonium, his sons Elham Fanoos on piano and Mehran Fanoos on violin, and Hamid Habibzada on tablā, followed eventually at around 9 by feral female-fronted psychedelic cumbia/tropicalia/dub allstars Combo Chimbita on the plaza at Lincoln Center

7/30, 5 PM brilliant bassist Debby Schwartz‘s psychedelic band Psych-O-positive at Corgi’s Distillery, 1 Distillery Drive, Building P, Jersey City for directions (201)448-4184

7/30, 6 PM eclectic Palestinian chanteuse Amal Murkus & the Firas Zreik Quintet followed by ferociously powerful, politically fearless southern gothic guitar/banjo player Amythyst Kiah  and  thunderous Ukrainian folk-punk stompers Dakhabrakha at Damrosch Park

7/30, 7 PM Afro-Peruvian funk singer/bandleader Araceli Poma at Culture Lab in Long Island City

7/30.,7:30 PM electrifying vibraphonist Simon Moullier and band at the Django, $25 at the Django, $25

7/30, 9 PM first-rate purist honkytonk crooner/bandleader Cliff Westfall and his killer band at Skinny Dennis

7/30, 10:30 PM mighty Brazilian drumline street band BatalaNYC at Drom, $20 adv tix rec

7/31, 2 PM slinky, horn-driven retro bugalu band Spanglish Fly at the Harlem Meer Boathouse in Central Park south of 110th St.

8/2, noon feral tenor saxophonist Eric Wyatt and band at Columbus Park, Cadman Plaza East and Johnson St. in downtown Brooklyn

8/2, 7 PM clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party  at Gantry State Park in Long Island City

8/2, 7:30 PM  lush, majestic string ensemble the East Coast Chamber Orchestra play works by Adolphus Hailstork, Maureen Nelson and Schubert’s String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, D 810, ‘Death and the Maiden’ at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park

8/4, 7 PM darkly psychedelic Afrobeat groove group Budos Band at Corporal Thompson Park in Staten Island

8/5, 3 PM a bunch of Red Baraat-adjacent artists and then the hypnotically explosive live bhangra dance band itself at Central Park Summerstage

8/6, 6 PM psychedelic tropicalia band the Meridian Brothers and psychedelic cumbia/reggaeton bandleader Ana Tijoux at Corporal Thompson Park in Staten Island

8/7, 3 PM a Dominican triplebill with merengue tipica band Grupo d’AhoraEl Gran Alcover and merengue star El Rey Supremo Luis Vargas at Central Park Summerstage

8/11, 6 PM psychedelic funk/Afrobeat jammers the People’s Champs  under the Dumbo archway, F to York St.

8/11, 7 PM Video Music Box legend Ralph McDaniels hosts a mostly nostalgic hip-hop multiple-bill with Sweet Tee, Girl Codee, Black Sheep, Smif n Wessun, Special Ed at at the Coney Island Amphitheatre. free, get here early or else

8/12, 7 PM ferocious, female-fronted Afrobeat band Underground System at Pier 45 in Hudson River Park – take W 10th St to the river

8/13, 7 PM Video Music Box’s Ralph McDaniels hosts a 90s dancehall reggae bill with Wayne Wonder and others at Central Park Summerstage

8/16, noon  iconic latin percussionist Willie Martinez leads his classic salsa/mambo group at Columbus Park, Cadman Plaza East and Johnson St. in downtown Brooklyn

8/16 7 PM playful avant garde cancion singer Sofia Rei at Gantry State Park in Long Island City

8/19, 7 PM atmospheric jazz guitarist Rafiq Bhatia at Bryant Park

8/20, 7 ish the all-female Resistance Revival Chorus sing epic, inspiring original populist gospel tunes and political broadsides, and Burnt Sugar celebrating 20+ years of lush Braxton-ish largescale improvisation, hard funk, James Brown and Bowie covers at Marcus Garvey Park

8/26, 7 PM a “habibi festival” that transcends the style: North African dancer Esraa Warda & the Châab Lab, kanun virtuoso Firas Zreik, and haunting French-Tunisian saxophonist Yacine Boulares’ Ajoyo project at Bryant Park

8/26, 7 PM jaunty female-fronted original retro rocksteady band the Big Takeover at Pier 45 in Hudson River Park – take W 10th St to the river

8/27, 4 PM ish socially conscious jazz chanteuse Nikara’s Black Wall Street project, bassist Buster Willliams and his band and trumpeter Terence Blanchard with the Turtle Island Quartet at Marcus Garvey Park

8/28, 2 PM the Sun Ra Arkestra  make their yearly appearance at the free outdoor concert series at Union Pool

8/28, 3 PM purist jazz guitarist Pasquale Grasso, swing trumpeter/singer Bria Skonberg, intense tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana and Archie Shepp and Jason Moran with Cecile Mclorin Salvant at Tompkins Square Park

9/8, 7 PM two very different, very distinctive jazz pianists: Aaron Diehl and Orrin Evans at Bryant Park

9/11, 6 PM Gaijin A Go Go – the satirical J-pop equivalent of Les Sans Culottes under the Dumbo archway

9/15-18, 7:30 PM this year’s Momenta Festival with the reliably adventurous Momenta Quartet resumes, rescheduled from July with a program tba at Broadway Presbyterian Church (601 W 114th St. free

9/16, 7 PM the annual accordion festival returns: Heart of Afghanistan, with Afghani TV star Ahmad Fanoos on vocals and harmonium, his sons Elham Fanoos on piano and Mehran Fanoos on violin, and Hamid Habibzada on tablā. and others at Bryant Park

9/17, 7 PM the American Symphony Orchestra play a program tba at Bryant Park

Singles for 6/23: Prophecies and Bombshells

Been a week since the last collection of singles and short clips here. If you know this blog, you know the drill: click on artist or author names for their webpages, click on titles for video or audio. This week is a real blockbuster: about half an hour worth of listening or viewing, including some major news and a quick five-minute read from Substack.

Let’s start with something really creepy. Clips from old tv cartoons aren’t something you usually find here, but, these are unusual times. If you were watching the Simpsons back in 2010, you might have seen the House Cat Flu episode which has been making the rounds lately. You want predictive programming?

Speaking of which, here are four even more prophetic minutes from the X-Files in 2016, via the irreplaceable Mark Crispin Miller‘s News From Underground.

Here’s the first bombshell: “Dr. Clare Craig Exposes How Pfizer Twisted Their Clinical Trial Data for Young Children,” via Steve Kirsch. “That this study even was allowed to happen is a travesty.” Share this short video with anyone you know who might be considering giving their kids the deadly injection.

Some validation for Team Humanity: a second bombshell from a censored, downloadable Researchgate survey of over three hundred thousand people who did not take the lethal Covid shot. A grand total of less than two percent believed they caught Covid (although those cases were not confirmed). That means that more than 98% did not. You do the math. If you’re wondering about hospitalization, that rate was one fiftieth of one percent, with zero (0) mortality.. Thanks to Dr. Colleen Huber, author of The Defeat of Covid for passing this along

Last but hardly least in news, here’s Dr. Naomi Wolf on the War Room with a clip of Moderna capo and Xi Jinping best-bud Stephane Bancel talking about how he can’t give away his product anywhere in the world. Start the video at about 3:00. Also discussed: how 44 French rats studied for 42 days in the Pfizer trials were the sole basis for the Pfizer claim that their shots were safe; how 28% of 270 mothers and four fetuses in the trials had serious adverse events; and an explosion of stillbirths in children of mothers who took the shot in Canada, Scotland and Israel.

OK – if this was radio, after the news there would be music, so here we go. Gonna keep it short and sweet.

Here’s Tuba Joe Exley doing the Interboro Boogie, a slinky mashup of New Orleans and Spanish Harlem, with a great Stefan Zeniuk claymation video – dig that old 1980s NYC subway map!

Sydney, Australia band Display Homes’ single CCTV is catchy, skronky late 70s XTC meets Siouxsie.. Tragically, guitarist Darrell Holmes died suddenly this month before the album it’s on could be released. A longtime reader in Australia has supplied some information regarding what’s happening down there – more on that here soon. 

Japanese no wave quartet Otoboke Beaver‘s single Yakitori makes a good segue. It’s a primitive tune with a complex message. See, the group have been getting hate in their native Japan for ostensibly being complicit in western cultural imperialism. So the band – who sing in both Japanese and English – started writing sarcastic songs about Japanese food. The metaphor here involves dumping a takeout container in somebody’s mailbox.

Let’s wind up the playlist with Kelsey Waldon‘s hypnotic honkytonk song Sweet Little Girl, “drinking til her head spins.”

A Brilliant, Starkly Smoldering Album From Guitarslinger Phil Gammage

Phil Gammage is one of the great polymath guitarists in New York. He got his start as a hotshot lead player with second-gen CBGB band Certain General while still in his teens,. But the native Texan always stayed in touch with his Americana roots. Over the years, he’s gone deep into Chicago blues, hard country and even spare dustbowl folk. On the mic, he’s a crooner with a noir streak. In the years before the lockdown, he could be found at small venues across Manhattan, and he’s back at a favorite haunt, 11th Street Bar in the East Village tonight, June 22 at 8:30 PM.

His latest album Nowhere to Somewhere – streaming at Bandcamp – is his strongest and most diverse release in a long and underrated career. The level of songcraft matches the vast stylistic range in Gammage’s bag of riffs. He opens with Walk in the Sun,-a dirty bumpa-bumpa blues, Hound Dog Taylor mixed with Sleepy LaBeef and a little peak-era mid-80s Gun Club.

Gammage switches to acoustic twelve-string for Between the Tracks, then adds simmering electric layers and spare piano for a distantly menacing Dream Syndicate ambience. Greg Holt’s violin swirls over Michael Fox’s lithe drums and Brian Karp’s low-key bass in Voice on the Phone, a tasty mashup of 70s Stylistics soul and early 50s pre-rockabilly.

Gammage reinvents the Appalachian gothic ballad Alone and Forsaken as spare Mark Sinnis-style cemetery and western with funeral-parlor organ lurking in the background. Then he picks up the pace with What Would I Do, blending slurry blues riffs, sophisticated countrypolitan phrasing and spare, incisive Chicago blues.

Gammage works a warmly familiar four-chord front-porch folk progression in Come on Lightning, Holt’s violin weaving and dancing overhead. He returns to Nashville gothic for the gloomy electric Hank Williams shuffle Just Another Traveling Man, the ghost choir of Michele Butler and Joe Nieves lingering in the background.

It’s impossible to think of a more creepy, lurid, Lynchian cover of Night Life than the spare, sepulchral one here. Next, Gammage mashes up classic Carl Perkins rockabilly and a little southern-fried mid-80s boogie in Never Ending Setting Sun.

He works terse contrasts between acoustic and electric, major and minor in the nocturnally swaying Shadow Road. So Long and Goodbye, the closing cut, is the closest thing to 21st century Americana here. Like so many albums that came out in the musical dead zone that was the fall and winter of 2021, this one pretty much sank without a trace, which is too bad because it’s a clinic in purist guitar. Fans of Eric Ambel, Steve Wynn and the edgy first wave of Americana bands from the 80s like the Long Ryders will love this.