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A Rare Appearance by Wild Romany Party Band Romashka at This Year’s New York Gypsy Festival

At the peak of their late zeros popularity, Romashka were rivalled only by Gogol Bordello and maybe Luminescent Orchestrii among New York Romany party bands. Frontwoman Inna Barmash, one of the world’s greatest klezmer singers, has a diamond-cutter clarity that’s almost scary. Her husband Ljova Zhurbin is one of this era’s most eclectic and brilliant violists. They don’t play live as much as they used to, but when they reconvene it’s like they never left off and the party starts all over again. They’re bringing their signature blend of slashing minor keys, acerbic chromatics and fiery Russian Romany dances to the latest installment of the ongoing New York Gypsy Festival at Drom this Sept 20 at 8 PM; adv tix are $15. It’s going to be a little taste of Golden Fest a few months before the annual Balkan blowout takes place next January 12 and 13 in Brooklyn.

Unless they’ve been keeping their gigs a big secret, the most recent Romashka gig was at Golden Fest 2018, and it was killer. Fortuitously, their set was recorded and is available as a free download at the Free Music Archive. They kick it off with Hochu Lyubit, a scampering, pulsing dance, Jeff Perlman’s clarinet bubbling, Zhurbin weaving through one ominous chromatic after another, then giving way to guest trumpeter Frank London’s triumphant solo as guitarist Jai Vilnai skanks and jangles. With her intense, melismatic delivery, Barmash gives it an extra shot of dramatic angst at the end – it was her birthday, so she was especially amped.

From there the band take a detour into a couple of acerbic Romanian dance numbers. Veering in and out of the western scale, Rustemul sounds like the theme to a village that time really forgot, a rustically surreal, coyly bombastic theme pushed along by Ron Caswell’s tuba and Chris Stromquist’s drums. Tocul is a lot more lighthearted and lickety-split.

Ljova’s delicate incisions and London’s plaintive trumpet matched Barmash’s distant, nuanced poignancy throughout a muted Russian tango, Serdtse. Her insistent attack and ornamentation in Loli Phabay – “Red Apple,” a Russian Romany tune – is pretty wild, in contrast with Vilnai’s jaggedly precise, Middle Eastern tinged jangle and clang.

Perlman fires off triumphant trills while Holmes smolders throughout the old Romany hit Shimdiggy. Barmash goes to redline right off the bat as the band launch into the edgy bounce of Zarnobila, taking a careening segue into a rapidfire take of Baro Faro to end their show with a blistering stampede out.

Although Brooklyn’s Grand Prospect Hall wasn’t designed for electric bands, the sound quality is surprisingly clear and balanced. Get this set before it disappears (that happens sometimes at the Free Music Archive) – it’s one of this city’s great esoteric bands at the peak of their powers.

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Doctor Nativo Brings His Catchy, Psychedelic Guatemalan Freedom Fighter Anthems to Lincoln Center

Guatemala’s Doctor Nativo, a.k.a. Juan Martinez, plays a mix of psychedelic tropical styles, from cumbia to roots reggae. His fearlessly political new album Guatemaya, which often brings to mind Chicha Libre covering the Clash, is streaming at Bandcamp. His Spanish-language lyrics address issues from immigration, to cultural clashes and the ongoing struggle for freedom against CIA-sponsored anti-democracy factions who’ve plagued Latin American for decades.

Doctor Nativo’s dad Arturo Martinez was a Guatemalan freedom fighter murdered by an anti-democracy death squad after they discovered that his restaurant was being used for secret meetings. The younger Martinez is bringing that defiant legacy along with his catchy, anthemic tropical band to the Lincoln Center atrium this Thurs, Sept 13 at 7:30 PM. Get there early if you want a seat, and keep in mind that the almost-weekly series of free shows there routinely sells out.

The opening track on the new album is a biting minor-key roots reggae tune lit up by the horn section of trombonist Danilo Rodriguez – who also plays marimba, bass, cuatro, charango and harp here – alongside Sous Sebas Sax. It appears that Ivan Duran is on guitar here – Honduran surf music legend Guayo Cedeno also plays lead guitar on the album.

The second track, Ay Morena, is a slinky chicha party groove, which the band takes to further psychedelic heights with the next track, Sabrosura, the hypnotically rustic, strummy charango contrasting with Cedeno’s snaky wah-wah riffs.

You might think that Zion would be a reggae tune, but instead it’s chicha, speaking truth to power against the kind of oppressors that the Martinez family knew as the grimmest kind of reality. Likewise, the bandleader keeps the theme going on a personal level in B-Boy, a rapidfire, lyrical mashup of reggaeton and psychedelic cumbia, and then in El Mero Mero with its surreal contrast of electric chicha instrumentation and otherworldly chirimilla, the ancient Mayan oboe.

The mix of looming salsa horns, electric and acoustic textures in El 20 is just as strangely kaleidoscopic, anchoring its insistent message of global unity…or else. La Voz Popular also has a brief reggaeton cameo and a snaky cumbia vamp.

The horns get a little spicier in Kandela; the album’s last track is the anti-corruption protest anthem Pa’Que Se Levanten, which ought to get everybody up on their feet at the Lincoln Center gig. If Doctor Nativo is bringing Cedeno on this tour, the shows will be a lot wilder than this tight, smartly produced album suggests.

A Wild Night With Dobranotch to Kick Off This Year’s New York Gypsy Festival

Dobranotch means “good night” in Russian. It’s a very understated way of describing the crazy, exhilarating dance party they put on this past evening at Drom to open this year’s New York Gypsy Festival. The Russian klezmer band romped and blasted through a fiery set of originals and radical reinventions of more traditional material, showing off their virtuoso chops as well as an irrepressibly boisterous sense of humor.

Klezmer dance music is fun by definition, but these guys are beyond the pale. There was a point about midway through their set where their their guest dancer, Lea Elisha, went twirling across the floor in front of the stage, her mane of curly hair flying, an unstoppable human gyroscope. Meanwhile, frontman/violinist Mitya Khramtsov played behind his back, Hendrix style.

OK, that’s common enough. Next, he played with his bow behind his back and his violin tucked under his arm.

Then he stuck his bow down his pants and fiddled the violin on the bow – without missing a catchy minor-key riff. After bowing with his mouth, then sticking the bow in the dancer’s mouth and fiddling it, he finally handed the bow to a surprised audience member and had him do it.

Ilya Gindin, the band’s not-so-secret weapon, started the show on alto sax, then switched to oboe, firing off lickety-split spirals and slashing chromatic trills. Then he switched to clarinet. Slowly and methodically, he disassembled the instrument between verses, moving further and further up the scale until there was nothing left to play but the mouthpiece and then the reed. By then, it was all he could do to slowly bend a note up to where it was supposed to be, but nobody wanted the joke to stop.

Beyond the theatrics, this is an incredibly tight party band. More often than not, Khramtsov and the horn section would lock in on their harmonies while Gindin did his thing. Roman Shinder fired off fast flurries of banjo chords as Evgeny Lizin thumped out the groove on a big tapan bass drum and accordionist Ilya Shneyveys fleshed out the sound with rich washes of chords and elegant filigrees.

Khramtsov took a couple of stark, strikingly rustic departures into otherworldly weaves of microtones, veering away from the center before leaping back into the traditional western scale. The best original of the night was an epic, darkly Bessarabian-flavored anthem written by trombonist Grigory Spiridonov, who puffed out staccato basslines when he wasn’t harmonizing with tenor saxophonist Max Karpychev and the rest of the group.

They reinvented the iconic Algerian protest anthem Ya Rayyeh as a gruff but similarly sardonic Russian brass tune. Likewise, they turned a shapeshifting Macedonian bagpipe dance into what Khramtsov termed a “gypsy rhumba,” although it sounded more like a Turkish tango. They finally wound up the night with a third encore, gathered on the floor in front of the audience. An unexpectedly slow, lushly benedictory, moody concluding anthem with edgy solos all around couldn’t douse the crowd’s energy.

The New York Gypsy Festival continues at Drom on Sept 14 at  9:30 PM with the eclectic Underground Horns celebrating ten years of mashing up Balkan, New Orleans and latin brass sounds. You can get in for ten bucks in advance.

Mesmerizing Accordion Sounds Serenade Bryant Park, Again

As all of us in New York have been painfully reminded over the last few days, summer is far from over. But there’s a silver lining: the summer outdoor concerts aren’t over yet, either. One of the year’s best series so far – no surprise – has been the Bryant Park accordion festival. Considering how widely that little box has infiltrated cultures around the world, it’s also hardly a surprise that this may be New York’s most multicultural annual festival.

This past evening’s installment was characteristically sublime and eclectic. Laura Vilche is one of relatively few women whose axe is the even smaller bandoneon so widely used in tango music. She played very kinetically, rhythmically and also remarkably sparsely, underscoring the sheer catchiness of her sometimes slinky, sometimes brooding mix of Argentine and Paraguayan themes. Her dynamically shifting take of the Carlos Gardel classic La Comparsita was the biggest hit with the crowd gathered on the folding chairs and blankets provided for concertgoers. Then she packed up her gear and moved to another of the park’s five quasi-stages to serenade another group; many followed.

Where Vilche was spare and almost otherworldly direct, Latvian-born accordionist Ilya Shneyveys played lavishly and even epically throughout a set of original and often relatively obscure klezmer songs from across the Jewish diaspora. He opened his set by explaining that he was going much further afield, beyond horas and Hava Nagila, and he wasn’t kidding. With long, lingering, suspenseful intros building to waterfalling and then absolutely torrential volleys of notes, he used every second of the allotted time to air out every bracing chromatic and adrenalizing minor key in a series of dances and more subdued material. The highlight was a slowly crescendoing, rather mysterious diptych typically played as an introductory theme for wedding guests. “Cocktail music,” he smirked. He’s playing tomorrow night, Sept 6 at 9 PM at Drom with pyrotechnic Russian klezmer band Dobranotch to open this year’s New York Gypsy Festival; cover is $15 if you get tix before midnight.

As much fun as it was to watch those two musicians, the stars of this installment of the accordion festival were Eva Salina and Peter Stan. In two separate sets, they played a lot of the same material, completely differently the second time around. The mesmerizing Balkan singer and her longtime accordionist collaborator aren’t just frontwoman and accompanist: each is as integral to the music as the other. Toying with rhythm and taking their time making up intros, outros and meticulously thought-out solos, they brought a jazz sophistication to a blend of Romanian and Serbian tunes from across the Romany diaspora.

Their first take of a catchy dance number, imploring Romany husbands to come home to their wives and kids from faraway jobs, was very straightforward. The second was slower and much more plaintive. Jaunty dance rhymes contrasted with haunting ballads of loss and longing. Both musicians’ fearsome technique was in full effect, whether Stan’s supersonic volleys of chromatics and grace notes, or Salina’s minute, microtonal melismas and ornamentation.

Next week’s first episode of the festival is on Weds Sept 12, starting at 5:30 PM with a phenomenally good lineup including but not limited to Ismail Butera playing Middle Eastern and Mediterranean music, Will Holshouser’s Indian-influenced accordion jazz, Shoko Nagai’s mix of klezmer and Japanese folk, and Sadys Rodrigo Espitia’s oldschool Colombian cumbia and vallenato. The festival’s grand finale is two days later, on Sept 14, and starts a half hour earlier.

Live Music Calendar for New York City and Brooklyn for September and October 2018

Daily updates – if you go out a lot, it couldn’t hurt to bookmark this page.

If you’re leaving your hood, make sure you check http://www.mta.info for service changes considering how the trains are at night and on the weekend.

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

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

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

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

Not a music event but relevant: thru 9/30, 30 artists respond to the failure of “broken windows” policing at the ACLU’s Museum of Broken Windows open Sun – Thur: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. at 9 W. 8th Street, free

9/5, 9/12 and a grand finale on 9/14 a half an hour earlier, this year’s Bryant Park Accordion Festival is as amazing as it was last year. Scroll down for individual show lineups

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesdays in October, 9:30 PM Lizzie & the Makers  at Pete’s. Snarling twin-guitar psychedelic rockers steeped in oldschool backing one of the most powerful, riveting singers on the planet. DAMN, can this woman wail. We lost Aretha but we still have Lizzie. 

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

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

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

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

Saturdays in September, 6 PM the Toomai String Quintet play all kinds of adventurous, global classical repertoire, specializing in fiery Cuban material at Barbes

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

Sundays in September, at sometime past noon at Hank’s, Nashville gothic crooner Sean Kershaw‘s legendary honkytonk brunch is back; special guests from his wide circle of NYC Americana acts keep the afternoon going until about 7. It’s just like 1999 again -at least until the bar closes sometime this year.

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

9/1, 3 PM the Sun Ra Arkestra outdoors at Union Pool, free

9/1, 5 PM atmospheric, cinematic drummer/composer Tim Kuhl – sort of a more straightforwardly trippy version of John Hollenbeck – followed at 8 by dazzlingly eclectic chamber pop/latin/classical violinist Concetta Abbate at Pete’s

9/1, 6 PM the Toomai String Quintet play all kinds of adventurous, global classical repertoire, specializing in fiery Cuban material, then at 8 PM pianist Lucian Ban and violist Mat Maneri play their creepy Transylvanian jazz and then at 10 there’s epic ranchera/bolero brass crew Banda de los Muertos at Barbes

9/1, 7ish Bobby Radcliff – the rare blues guitarist who plays a ton of notes but doesn’t waste them, sort of a funkier Stevie Ray Vaughan – with his trio at Terra Blues

9/1, 7 PM in reverse order at El Cortez: no wave sax legends James Chance & The Contortions,dark art-rock guitar icon Martin Bisi, and perennially sick noiserock guitar band the Sediment Club, $20

9/1, 7  PM the annual Soorya festival of Sri Lankan culture and arts at Faber Park in Staten Island, free, shuttle bus will stop at the Staten Island Ferry to pick you up, call 718-755-4644, program tba

9/1, 8 PM singer Lara Solnicki leads a killer quintet with Marta Sanchez on piano and Roman Filiu on alto at the Cell Theatre, $15. Filiu leads his quartet afterward

9/1, 8 PM charmingly inscrutable Parisienne chanteuse Chloe & the French Heart Jazz Band  at Club Bonafide, $20. She’s back here on 9/21 at 6, 9/28 at 7 and 9/29 at 6 again

9/1, 8:30 PM Greg Lewis’ brilliant, fearlessly political Organ Monk Trio at Bar Lunatico

9/1, 8:30 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” followed by exotic vibraphone-driven surf band the Vibro-jets at the Gutter, sug don

9/1, 9 PM Unsteady Freddie‘s monthly surf rock extravaganza at Otto’s begins at 9 PM with ferocious, creepy surf noir band the Men in Gray Suits, at 10 spaghetti western/surf trio LoungeZotica 3000, at 11 gloomy surfed-up Russian prison songs with the Vivisectors, and around midnight the night’s hardest-rocking act, Surfer R Cool 

9/1, 9 PM dark garage rock and noir psychedelia with Holly Golightly & the Brokeoffs at the Mercury, $15

9/2, 2 PM original mambo king Orlando Marin and his band at the Discovery Center in Central Park,110th Street between Lenox Avenue and Fifth Ave, free

9/2, 6 PM purist CBs style female-fronted punks the Carvels NYC  at Otto’s – they have free potluck munchies too

9/2, 8:45 PM first-rate purist honkytonk crooner/bandleader Cliff Westfall a and hard honkytonk guitar legend Wayne the Train Hancock at the Knitting Factory, $18

9/2, 9 PM oldschool-style high plains C&W singer Hope Debates & North 40 at  at Skinny Dennis

9/2, 10ish brilliant Americana-rock lead guitarist Tom Clark – whose Lakeside and Manitoba’s shows back in the 90s and zeros were legendary – on his home turf at the Treehouse at 2A

9/3, 3 PM free dogs and burgers at Freddy’s. Not a music event but if you’re hungry…

9/3, 8:30 PM darkly brilliant, psychedelic Klezmatics multi-reedman Matt Darriau’s ’s Paradox Trio at Bar Lunatico. 9/9 at 7 they’re at Barbes

9/3, 9:30 PM Dilemastronauta Y Los Sabrosos Cosmicos with members of M.A.K.U and Combo Chimbita play space cumbia at Barbes

9/4, 7 PM brilliantly lyrical latin jazz pianist Luis Perdomo leads his band at the Fat Cat, no joke

9/4, 7 PM Free Range Rats with Eric Hipp, tenor saxophone;  John Carlson, trumpet & pocket trumpet;  Shawn McGloin, bass;  George Schuller, drums followed by clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

9/4, 8/10;30 PM state-of-the-art jazz bassist Christian McBride & the New Jawn Quartet at the Blue Note, $20 standing room avail

9/4, 8 PM feral bassist Brandon Lopez leads a trio with piano and drums at Roulette, $18 adv tix rec

9/4-8, 8:30 PM saxophonist/composer Michael Blake plays with a variety of ensembles at the Stone at the New School, $20. Choice pick: 9/6 with String Theory: Charlie Burnham (violin) Erik Friedlander (cello) Ryan Blotnick (guitar) Tony Scherr (bass) Jerry Granelli (drums) 

9/4, 9 PM two talented, individualistic guitarslinging women: Mallory Feuer and her fiery power trio the Grasping Straws followed by Balkan jazz player Martina Fiserova at Sidewalk

9/4, 10 PM the Inner City All-Stars – who mash up hot New Orleans brass and psychedelic funk – at Silvana 

9/4, 11:30 PM rising star singer Lucy Yeghiazaryan plays and maybe sings music by Fats Waller at Dizzy’s Club, $5

9/5, 5:30 PM  night four of this year’s amazing Bryant Park Accordion Festival, short sets by musicians scattered across the park lawn to prevent any sonic interference. Lineup includes Laren Droll (Cajun + Zydeco), Laura Vilche (Bandoneón: Argentine Tango), Nain de los M-1 Sangre de Reyes (Norteño Music from Mexico), Patty Furlong (Traditional Irish Music), Cordeone (Portuguese Fado), Ilya Shneyveys (Traditional + Original Klezmer), Eva Salina and Peter Stan (Vintage Balkan Roma Ballads), Mira Stroika (Pop Cabaret), Albert Behar (French Musette + Gypsy Jazz), Alan Morrow (Waltzes, Tango + Blues), Papa Bavarian (German Oktoberfest), and Burlap Don Simons (American Swing)

9/5, 8ish Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” and hash-smoking anthems at Troost

9/5, 8 PM klezmer clarinet/mandolin wizard Andy Statman at Barbes, $10

9/5, 8 PM a killer second/third generation Afrobeat twinbill: Super Yamba and Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 at the Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec

9/5, 8:30 PM A Tribute to Americana hellraiser Jimmy C Newman w/ The Foghorn Stringband, Jesse Lege, Joel Savoy, Kelli Jones & Rusty Blake at the Jalopy, $25

9/5, 9 PM Mischief Night – the Grasping Straws’ Mallory Feuer’s menacingly lo-fi guitar-drums duo – at Footlight Bar

9/5, 10 PM awesomely slinky, psychedelic Israeli Ethiopiques groove instrumentalists Anbessa Orchestra at the big room at the Rockwood

9/6, noon latin jazz drum maestro Bobby Sanabria & Quarteto Aché outdoors at Worldwide Plaza, 350 W 50th St.

9/6, 5 PM the eclectic, Balkan/latin/funk brass Underground Horns on Broadway betw 42/43

9/6, 6 PM singer Jessy Carolina’s torchy cabaret band Shanghai Mermaid under the Manhattan Bridge archway, go south from the  York St. subway and follow the sound

9/6, 7 PM indie classical chamber ensemble Unbridled play a world premiere commission by composer Emily Praetorius plus works by Futing and others at Arete Gallery, $15

9/6, 8 PM eclectic groove instrumentalists Kadawa followed at 10 by Quatre Vingt Neuf (French for 89, a revolutionary date in case you weren’t aware) playing New Orleans brass music at Barbes

9/6, 8 PM snarky cabaret/funk/punk band Kid Congo & the Pink Monkey Birds– who are more new wave and less Crampsy than you would think – and grasscore legends Slim Cessna’s Auto Club at Brooklyn Bazaar, $20

9/6, 8 PM irrepressible multi-instrumentalist Joanna Sternberg wearing her front-porch folk guitarist hat, followed by noir soundtrack keyboardist Frank LoCrasto at Union Pool, $12

9/6, 8 PM popular newgrass/Americana road warriors Red Molly at City Winery, $22 standing room avail

9/6, 8 PM legendary drummer/cardiac medicine innovator/African historian Milford Graves with slinky bassist Shahzad Ismaily, plus performances by composer and artist Marina Rosenfeld and improvising vocalist Charmaine Lee at First Unitarian Congregational, 119 Pierrepont St., downtown Brooklyn,  $25/$10 stud/srs, closest train is the 2/3 to Clark St. or any train to Borough Hall

9/6, 8 PM pianist Alessandro Vena plays works by Chopin – Davide Zannoni – Giuseppe Lupis – Franz Liszt – Claude Debussy – Sergei Rachmaninoff at the DiMenna Center, $15/$10 stud/sf=rs

9/6, 8:30 PM kinetic, eclectic, funky parlor jazz violinist Mazz Swift  at Bar Lunatico

9/6, 9 PM wild minor key-loving Russian folk-punks Dobranotch at Drom, $15 adv tix rec

9/6, 9 PM mesmerizing, atmospheric guitarist Rafiq Bhatia & drummer Craig Weinrib at Nublu 151

9/6, 9 PM powerpop with Dave Derby’s Grand Armada, crystalline-voiced noir Americana songwriter Jessie Kilguss  and Dave Foster’s 90s jangle/powerpop band Bubble at Hank’s

9/6, 10 PM the great unsung hero of darkly purposeful, noir-tinged jazz guitar, Saul Rubin leading his Zebtet at the Fat Cat. They’re also here on 9/11 and 9/18 at 7

9/7, 6 PM elegant, lyrical, wildly eclectic oldtimey jazz/New England Americana songwriter Caroline Cotter at the American Folk Art Museum 

9/7, 7 PM Tilt Brass’s allstar trumpet octet play works by Eastman, Vierk, Gibson, McIntyre at the New School’s Stiefel Hall, 4th Floor, 55 W 13th St, $15, stud free

9/7, 8 PM timeless, haunting, playful octogenarian Armenian jazz sage and multi-reedman Souren Baronian’s Taksim at Barbes

9/7, 8 PM wryly lyrical Nashville gothic and Americana rock with Maynard & the Musties and Aron Blue at the Way Station

9/7, 8ish exotic vibraphone-driven surf band the Vibro-jets at Troost

9/7, 8 PM hauntingly cinematic pianist/composer Kelly Moran plays new work at Roulette, $18 adv tix rec

9/7, 9 PM eclectic, electric C&W/blues band the Jug Addicts at Bar Chord

9/7, 10:30 PM kinetically hypnotic postpunk band Mattson 2 at Rough Trade, $17 adv tix rec

9/7, 11:30 PM sax/keyboard duo Eva & Marie play klezmer, French chanson and other diverse styles at Freddy’s 

9/8, 4 PM purist CBs style female-fronted punks the Carvels NYC at Tompkins Square Park

9/8, 7 PM pianist Jose Menor plays the music of Spanish composer Hèctor Parra at Spectrum, $15. He’s also here on the 9th at 3 with a more varied program, and on 9/22 at 8 playing Messiaen’s Vingt Regards Sur L’enfant Jesus.

9/8, 7 PM night one of this year’s Dissident Arts Festival is a Weimar-inspired “Cabaret of Dissent” to benefit the Rosenberg Fund for Children, a non-profit public foundation which aids children of targeted progressive activists. On the bill: speaker Jenn Meeropol, granddaughter of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg and director of the Rosenberg Fund; jazz singer Judi Silvano; pianist Chris Forbes playing “Harmolodic Weill”; liberation jazz and spoken word by the Red Microphone; bassist/poet Larry Roland debuts his new all-star band They Come With Gold, and politically-charged jazz/soul songwriter Lindsey Wilson & the Human Hearts at 17 Frost Theatre and Gallery, 17 Frost St, Williamsburg, $15 `

9/8, 7 PM Bahamian trumpeter Giveton Gelin and his quintet followed by fellow horn powerhouse Jeremy Pelt leading a mighty octet and plahing a Rodin-inspired program at the New School’s Stiefel Hall, 4th Floor, 55 W 13th St, $15, stud free

9/8, 7:30 PM the Knox Trio play works for flute, cello and piano including George Crumb’s Vox Balaenae (Voice of the Whale), Matthew Burtner’s atmospheric Snowprints and two 2018 world premieres (Victoria Romano, Ernest Ling) at Arete Gallery, $15/$10 stud

9/8, 8 PM legendarily eclectic surf band the Tiki Brothers at Arlene’s $10

9/8, 8 PM jazz harpist Pia Salvia leads a quintet at the Cell Theatre, $15

9/8, 8 PM dark cabaret legend  Sanda Weigl sings Brecht/Weill with Lucian Ban, piano & Mat Maneri, viola followed at 10 by Pangari & the Socialites playing classic ska and rocksteady – most of it from the 60s Skatalites catalog – at Barbes

9/8, 8 PM Savak – who rehash Wire as well as anybody else ever has – at the Bell House, free

9/8, $10 before 9 PM, bizarrely fun dubwise accordion-and-brass stoner funksters TM Street Band followed bye xplosive, creepy, colorfully psychedelic rembetiko metal band Greek Judas at Rubulad, plus projections, fortune tellers, fire twirlers probably, the works – email for Bushwick address/info 

9/8, 9 PM the intoxicatingly clattering, sintir bass lute fueled Moroccan trance grooves of Innov Gnawa at the Owl

9/8, 10 PM oldschool soul ballads with singer Camille Atkisson’s Empire Beats at the Way Station

9/8, 10 PM fiery electric bluegrass and C&W with Demolition String Band at Skinny Dennis

 9/8, 10 PM smartly eclectic singer and vivid original jazz songwriter Allegra Levy plays the album release show for her new lunar-themed record at the third stage at the Rockwood, $10

9/9, 2 PM unpredictably brilliant violinist Concetta Abbate plus a chamber ensemble for a killer program of her own work plus material by women composers Missy Mazzoli, Whitney George, Anna Bon and Kate Amrine at the Park Church Coop at 129 Russell St. in Greenpoint. No G train this weekend, so take the L to Bedford and walk about 10 mins., $10 and includes munchies

9/9, 3 PM koto visionary Yumi Kurosawa at the Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd,, Long Island City,  N to Broadway and about a 15-block walk, free w/museum adm

9/9, 5 PM irrepressibly charismatic oldtimey trombonist/uke player J. Walter Hawkes and band followed by Fuck You Tammy playing amazingly spot-on recreations of themes from Twin Peaks and David Lynch films at LIC Bar

9/9, 7 PM darkly brilliant, psychedelic Klezmatics multi-reedman Matt Darriau’s Paradox Trio followed at 9:30ish by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes. The twinbill repeats here on 9/30

9/9, 7 PM  dueling bass and treble clarinets: Josh Sinton and Guillermo Gregorio at Downtown Music Gallery

9/9, 10:30 PM Dreamdecay – who do as decently noisy a ripoff of late 70s PiL as well as anybody – at Brooklyn Bazaar, $10 adv tix avail at the Poisson Rouge box ofc 

9/9, 10:30 PM catchy Booker T-esque soul jazz with trombonist David Gibson and his quintet at Smalls

9/10, 7 PM rustic, acerbic front-porch folk singer Jo Williamson at LIC Bar

9/10, 7 PM tuneful postbop pianist Jim Ridl leads leads a great quartet with Terrell Stafford on trumpet at 55 Bar

9/10, 7:30 PM the 12-piece, Eddie Palmieri-influenced Zaccai Curtis Orkesta at Dizzy’s Club, $35 but could be worth it

9/10, 8:30 PM bassist Jeom Lin Yang leads a killer trio with Oscar Noriega on alto, Jacob Sacks on piano and Gerald Cleaver on drums at Bar Lunatico

9/10, 9:30ish the NYC Gaita Club – a Bulla en el Barrio spinoff – play rustically pounding Afro-Colombian trance-dance music at Barbes

9/11, 7 PM accordion genius Shoko Nagai ’s haunting Tokala Silk Road/klezmer mashup project  followed byclever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party  at 9 PM at Barbes

9/11, 7 PM Mark Peskanov, violin; David Bottoms, piano; Rita Sloan, piano;play works by Bach, Barber, Beethoven, Brahms, Bottoms, Chopin and Coplandat Bargemusic, free, get there early

9/11, 7 PM a roundtable discussion to open the National Jazz Museum in Harlem’s new Machito and Mario Bauza exhibit plus a performance by Cuban pianist Emilio Morales, sug don 

9/11, 7:30 PM night one of this year’s Resonant Bodies Festival of avant garde vocals features Thingny’s Paul Pinto, the operatic Helga Davis and indie classical singer Lucy Dhegrae at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

9/11, 7:30 PM incendiary, fearlessly political Vietnamese chanteuse/freedom fighter Mai Khoi and the Dissidents plus poet Paul Tran, winner of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe Grand Slam at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix req

9/11, 8 PM guy/girl duo Yael & Gabriel sing intimate versions of Edith Piaf classics at Highline Ballroom, $15 adv tix rec

9/11, 8 PM inscrutable, tropically-tinged psychedelic singer/bandleader Renata Zeigeur at Union Pool, $12

9/11, 8 PM oldschool-styhle Cuban mambo jazz with Orquesta Akokán  at the Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec

9/11, 8 PM Jesse Neuman leads a three-trumpet frontline with Ingrid Jensen and Nadje Nordhuis with Jeff Davis on drums – wow – followed at 10 by Westerlies trumpeter Riley Mulherkar with guitarist Rafiq Bhatia and pianist Chris Pattishall at the upstairs room at Threes Brewing, 333 Douglass St, Gowanus, $10

9/11-15, 8:30 PM adventurously lyrical pianist Matt Mitchell plays with a variety of ensembles at the Stone at the New School, $20. Choice pick: the 9/12 show with Miranda Cuckson (violin) Mariel Roberts (cello)

9/11, 8:30 PM hard-charging oldschool soul/funk/rock singer Bette Smith and band at Bar Lunatico 

9/11, 9 PM wickedly torchy noir songwriter Julia Haltigan and her killer band at 11th St Bar

9/11, 10 PM eclectically tuneful, spectacularly fast, Leo Kottke-esque acoustic guitar instrumentals with Dougmore at the third stage at the Rockwood, $10

9/11, 10 PM terse purist postbop trumpeter Alex Sipiagin leads a quiintet at 55 Bar

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

9/12, 1 PM violist Jordan Bak and ensemble play works by Piazzolla, Telemann and Brahms at the Greene Space, free, res req 

9/12, 5:30 PM night five of this year’s amazing Bryant Park Accordion Festival, short sets by musicians scattered across the park lawn to prevent any sonic interference. Lineup includes Julie Winterbottom (Cajun Music from Louisiana), Javier Sánchez (Bandoneón: Argentine Tango), Sadys Rodrigo Espitia (Colombian Cumbia + Vallenato), Ellen Lindstrom “The Swedish Meatball” (Scandinavian Music), Vitor Gonçalves (Brazilian Choro + Forró), Shoko Nagai (Japanese + Jewish), Maestro (Electronic Balkan Music), Papa Joe De Clemente (Italian + American Standards), Will Holshouser (Jazz + Folk), Ismail Butera (Ancient Mediterranean), Ryan O’Donnell + Friends (Ukrainian), and Guillermo Vaisman (Coastal Argentine Chamamé).

9/12, 6 PM oudist Tom Chess with tabla player Roshni Samlal at the  Rubin Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

9/12, 6:30 PM the Circle Wind Chamber Orchestra with Spanish choir Escolonia de Tomares plus taiko drummers play in memory of Fukushima and 3/11 with works by Bach, Bernstein, Saburo Takta and others at Merkin Concert Hall, $10

9/12, 7:30 PM night two of this year’s Resonant Bodies Festival of avant garde vocals features hauntingly atmospheric pan-Asian chanteuse/composer Jen Shyu, star indie classical composer/singer Caroline Shaw and flutist/singer Nathalie Joachim at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

9/12, 7 PM pianist Katie Reimer’s reliably adventurous Mimesis Ensemble play an immigration and displacement-themed program of works including Dave Schnackenberg’s Lakota setting of the Lord’s Prayer, a Moses Hogan arrangement of the African American Spiritual, Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child, excerpts from Huang Ruo’s opera, An American Soldier, Dvořák’s String Quartet No. 12 in F Major, Op. 96 “American,” Astor Piazzolla’s Oblivion, excerpts from Edith Alomar and Jorge Lockward’s cantata Manos Indocumentadas, and Kinan Azmeh’s The Fence, The Rooftop, and The Distant Sea, at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $25/$12 stud/srs

9/12, 7:30/9:30 carnatic string power couple Trina Basu and Arun Ramamurthy lead their amazing Indian/jazz string band Nakshatra with cellist Marika Hughes and bassist Rashaan Carter at the Jazz Gallery, $25

9/12, 8 PM trumpet-drums duo Anteloper – Jaimie Branch and Jason Nazary  – followed by Branch’s aptly named twelve-piece Wing Walker Orchestra at Threes Brewing, 333 Douglass St, Gowanus, $10

9/12, 10 PM rising star trumpeter Adam O’Farrill‘s Stranger Days Quartet at 55 Bar

9/13, 5 PM charmingly torchy vocal trio the Ladybugs – who put a twistedly original spin on old Disney movie themes –  on Broadway betw 42/43

9/13, 7 PM lyrical, spectacular organist Renée Anne Louprette plays the 1868 Henry Erben organ in the loft at the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral, 260 Mulberry St. 

9/13, 7 PM bassist Michael Formanek’s Very Practical Trio with Tim Berne on sax and Mary Halvorson on guitar followed by Patricia Brennan solo on vibraphone at Spectrum, $15

9/13, 7:30 PM night three of this year’s Resonant Bodies Festival of avant garde vocals features opera fugitive Sarah Maria Sun backed by International Contemporary Ensemble, irrepressible downtown NYC stalwart Pamela Z and the amazingly mutable Gelsey Bell at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

9/13, 7:30 PM fiery Guatemalan freedom fighter and cumbia/reggae/Spanish rock bandleader Doctor Nativo at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

9/13, 7:30 PM furiously political, funny reggae/hip-hop band Tropidelic at South House in Jersey City, free 

9/13-16, 7:30/9:30 PM timeless bassist Rufus Reid leads a quartet with Yosvany Terry on alto at the Jazz Standard, $30

9/13, 8 PM plush, balmy, oldtimey uke swing band Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies at Barbes

9/13, 8 PM slinky, brassy, retro 60s latin soul group Alba & the Mighty Lions plus soul bandleader Ben Pirani playing the album release show for his similarly purist, wickedly catchy classic-style soul debut album at C’Mon Everybody, $10

9/13, 8:30 PM the world’s creepiest crime jazz/film noir band, Big Lazy at Bar Lunatico

9/13-14, 9 PM ferociously tuneful tenor saxophonist/composer Donny McCaslin and band at Rough Trade, $25 gen adm

9/13, 9ish singer Dida Pelled salutes obscure and cult favorite women songwriters including Connie Converse, Elizabeth Cotten, Molly Drake, Vashti Bunyan and Norma Tanega  at the Owl

9/13, 10 PM Okkervil River at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, $25 gen adm. Lazy beardos or woozily fun post-Americana? you decide.

9/14, 4 PM Afro-Dominican dance sounds with Yasser Tejeda & Palotré at Ruppert Park, Second Ave. at 90 St.

9/14, 5 PM the grand finale of this year’s amazing Bryant Park Accordion Festival with full sets by Shashmaqam (hauntin Bukharan Jewish music and and Central Asian dance), João Cirilo Pilom Batuko Band (Batuko and Funaná from Cape Verde), a lame Patti Smith wannabe on harmonium, Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino (sizzling Pugliese folk dances), and Rimel (Norteño music from Mexico).

9/14. 6 PM crystalline-voiced, noir-tinged third-stream jazz chanteuse Tessa Souter and her band at 55 Bar

9/14, 7 PM the Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band play their new reinventions of Leonad Bernstein West Side Story themes at Marcus Garvey Park

9/14-15, 7:30 PM terse, purposeful rising star postbop saxophonist Melissa Aldana leads a quartet at Smalls

9/14-15, 7.9:30 PM bluegrass national champions the Mark O’Connor Family Band with gospel singer Lizz Wright and guitarist Alvin Youngblood Hart at the Allen Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center, $22 tix avail

9/14, 7:30 PM the Mannes Orchestra play Brahms’s Tragic Overture and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 “Eroica” at the New School’s Tishman Auditorium, University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue, Room U100, free

9/14, 8 PM twisted, carnivalesque acoustic steampunk duo the Wedding Funeral and creepy noir chamber pop/murder ballad duo Charming Disaster at Bobby Dee’s, 49 Beacon Ave, Jersey City, about a 20 minute walk from the Journal Sq. Path station, $10 

9/14, 8 PM Penelope Houston‘s legendary, still-relevant first-wave punk band the Avengers at El Cortez, $20

9/14, 8 PM eclectic, electric C&W/blues band the Jug Addicts followed at 10 by accordionist/sitarist Kamala Sankaram’s hot surfy Bollywood/cumbia/psychedelic rock project Bombay Rickey at Barbes

9/14, 8 PM lavish but feral Peruvian brass music with La Patronal at Flushing Town Hall

9/14, 8ish the City & Horses – who mix ethereal goth-tinged ballads, funky new wave and janglepop, and need a new singer – at Gold Sounds, $8

9/14, 8 PM Glass Farm Ensemble play works by Denis Schuler, Rico Gubler, and two Adagios: by Alban Berg and Stefano Gervasoni at Scholes St. Studio, $10

9/14, 8 PM recently revitalized, careening ten-piece Balkan brass crew Veveritse at Silvana

9/14, 9:30 PM eclectic, Balkan/latin/funk brass band the Underground Horns celebrate 10 years in business at Drom, $10 adv tix rec

9/15, 1 PM the Inner Mongolia Performing Arts Troupe at Flushing Town Hall, $10. Followed at 3 (separate $10 adm) by a killer twinbill withbassist Mark Wade leads his lyrical, cinematic piano trio plus the even more cinematic Yui Kitamura

9/15, 3:30 PM  the World Premiere of Neil Padukone’s surreal, colorful Indian/Puerto Rican mashup Salsa Masala: A Jackson Heights Block Party outdoors at 82nd St. and Roosevelt Ave in Elmhurst, 7 to Roosevelt Ave and about a 5 minute walk

9/15, 4 PM the Erik Satie Quartet – Ron Hay (trombone), Max Seigel (bass trombone), Ben Holmes (trumpet), and Andrew Hadro (bari sax) –reinvent classic and obscure Satie chamber pieces as well as rare compositions by his obscure contemporaries, followed at 6 by  the Toomai String Quintet playing “a range of Cuban styles, paying homage to the great artistic lineage of Ernesto Lecuona, Israel “Cachao” Lopez, Beny Moré, and Celia Cruz,” then at 8 byeclectic, lyrical jazz bassist/composer Pedro Giraudo leading his Tango Quartet and at 10 by Super Yamba playing their bracingly psychedelic Afrobeat jams at Barbes

9/15, 6 PM dark, intense, psychedelic guitarist/songwriter Anna Coogan at the small room at the Rockwood

9/15, 7 PM killer multi-generaitional punk triplebill: ferocious Spanish-language punks Escasos Recursos, similarly political, smart political hardcore band All Torn Up and first-wave punk-reggae band the Subhumans at the Knitting Factory, $20

9/15, 7:15ish dark psychedelic acoustic blues/klezmer/reggae/soca jamband Hazmat Modine at Terra Blues. They’re also here on 9/29

9/15, 7 PM night two of this year’s Dissident Arts Festival, a benefit for the Alliance of Families for Justice and the NYC Jericho Movement, who advocate for the unjustly incarcerated and call for urgent prison reform. The evening opens with a solo performance by drummer William Hooker, followed by pianist/composer Trudy Silver, reedman Ras Moshe’s Music Now!, the Flames of Discontent duo of Festival director John Pietaro and Laurie Towers and Balkan jazz guitarist Martina Fiserova at 5C Café & Cultural Center, E. 5 Street/ Ave C, $15 

9/15, 8 PM popular, anthemic dark folk/chamber pop songwriter Agnes Obel at Warsaw, $20

9/15, 8 PM organist Jan Michalko kicks off Barnard’s academic year with works bySlovak composers Ilja Zeljenka and L’udovít Rajter at James Chapel, Union Theological Seminary, 3041 Broadway at 122nd St., free

9/15, 8 PM haunting flamenco/Sicilian folk chanteuse Julia Patinella, eclectic, tuneful accordionist/songwriter Ali Dineen &the amazing Miriam Elhajli – who switches effortlessly from Venezuelan-influenced folk to classic Appalachian sounds at the People’s Voice Cafe, sugg don, $20, “more if you choose; less if you can’t; no one turned away.” The trio are also at the Owl at 8 on 9/27

9/15, 8 PM American Primitive guitar pioneer Don Bikoff solo plus Two Mule Team – guitarist Sue Garner and 75 Dollar Bill drummer Rick Brown with no wave guitar legend Willie Klein of Escape by Ostrich – at Wonders of Nature, $10

9/15, 8:30 PM exhilarating, edgy, sardonic alto saxophonist Elijah Shiffer leads a similarly colorful ensemble at Freddy’s

9/15, 8:30 PM wryly tuneful, purist Americana/C&W band Grain Thief at the third stage at the Rockwood, $10

9/15, 9ish catchy, edgy, darkly kinetic female-fronted Romany-tinged rock band the Trouble with Kittens at the Cobra Club, $tab

9/15, 9 PM ominously jangly Laurel Canyon psychedelic band the Mystic Braves at Rough Trade, $15 gen adm

9/15, 9 PM guitarist Luke Schwartz‘s Quiet City Ensemble and string adventurers Cory Bracken, Mariel Roberts, Sarah Dutcher at Arete Gallery, $10

9/16, 3 PM pianist Clare Longendyke plays work by Ravel, Vivian Fung and Amy Williams at Spectrum, $15

9/16, 3 PM harpist Melanie Genin leads a trio playing works by Debussy, Sebastian Currier and Saad Haddad at Concerts on the Slope, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 139 St. John’s Place downhill from 7th Ave, sugg don

9/16, 4 PM irrepressibly eclectic organist Christopher Houlihan plays works by Bach, Vierne, Howells and others at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, 89 Ridge Street, Newark, $15 sug don

9/16, 7 PM intense frontwoman Hannah Fairchild’s searingly lyrical punk/art-rock/noir cabaret group Hannah vs. the Many – NYC’s best power trio –at the small room at the Rockwood. This sedate little spot will never know what hit them.

9/16, 7 PM innovative, tuneful Indian-influenced drone-raga band Arranged Marriage NP followed at 9:30ish by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

9/16, 7 PM feral Italian tarantella string band Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino at Joe’s Pub, $20

9/16, 7:30 PM  erudite, purist torchy cosmopolitan jazz chanteuse Svetlana Shmulyian at Minton’s with saxophonist Chris McBride’s group

9/16, 8 PM jazz flutist Jamie Baum and her Septet play the album release show for their new one, Bridges at Roulette, $18 adv tix rec

9/16, 8 PM haunting, gothic doom trio Witchkiss, riff-driven Shadow Witch and doomy fuzztone stoners Destroyer of Light at Lucky 13 Saloon  

9/17, 9 PM darkly captivating Canadian singer Terra Lightfoot and band at the Knitting Factory, $12 adv tix rec

9/16, 9 PM edgy chamber jazz singer Becca Stevens and perennial post-jazz (is that a genre?) faves Kneebody at the Poisson Rouge, $18 adv tix rec

9/17, 7:30 PM the Jasper Quartet play works by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Caroline Shaw and Missy Mazzoli at Music Mondays, Advent Church, northwest corner of 93rd and Broadway, free

9/17, 8 PM astonishingly prolific and acerbic guitarist Mary​ ​Halvorson does marathon duty in a twinbill with Bill Frisell and then with Robbie Lee at the Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec

9/17, 9:30 PM Parrada Vallenata with brilliant Venezuelan Harold Rodriguez on accordion/lead vocals, Nes Gomez on caja/vocals, Sebastian Lopez on bass/vocals and JP Gomez on guacharaca/vocals at Barbes

9/17, 8 PM Red Desert play works by Lucier, Wolff, Oliveros, plus singer Charmaine Lee and Ben Bennett at the Fridman Gallery, $20

9/17, 11 PM pensive reedman Arnan Raz with his quintet at the small room at the Rockwood

9/18, 7 PM violinist Sabina Torosjan, clarinetist Thomas Piercy, and pianist Marija Ilic play works by Ivan Božičević, Gilbert Galindo, Katherine Hoover, Frances White, and Chinese composer Mao Zhu at Arete Gallery, $15

 9/18, 7:30 PM haunting, cinematic, Middle Eastern-inspired bass clarinetist Todd Marcus leads a quintet with guitarist Paul Bollenback, pianist Bruce Barth, bassist Kris Funn, and drummer Eric Kennedy at Dizzy’s Club, $30

9/18, 9 PM singer Duckie Simpson’s version of roots reggae legends Black Uhuru at Highline Ballroom, $25 adv tix recs

9/18, 10:30 PM brilliant drummer/percussionist Willie Martinez & La Familia Sextet play classic salsa grooves at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, $10

9/19, 2 PM flutist Jiro Yoshioka and pianist Sakuya Okayasu play a 9/11 memorial concert with works by Debussy, Faure, Boulanger and others at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, free tix avail at the box ofc

9/19, 6 PM sitarist K.G. West with percussionists Mir Naqibul Islam, and Amanda Welch at the Rubin Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

9/19, 7:30/9:30 PM violist Melanie Dyer’s WeFreeStrings perform “original works and arrangements that embody the ethos of free jazz and the Afro-Atlantic music lexicon” at the Jazz Gallery, $15

9/19, 7:30 PM the High Zero anniversary concerts at Roulette commemorate a legendary/obscure Baltimore improvisational music spot with a 24-piece cast including Lea Bertucci (bass clarinet, alto sax, electronics), Amritha Kidambi (voice), Ikue Mori (electronics) and many, many others, $18 adv tix rec

9/19, 8 PM a good Americana songstress twinbill: the more hardcore countryish Michaela Anne followed by Courtney Marie Andrews at Rough Trade, $15 gen adm

9/19, 8/9:30 PM a rare duo with Sam Newsome on soprano sax with Angelica Sanchez on piano at Mezzrow, $20

9/19, 8 PM crystalline-voiced noir Americana songwriter Jessie Kilguss  hosts the latest edition of the Bushwick Book Club celebrating a minor 80s pop autobio with performers also including Charlie Nieland of Lusterlit and Jim Andralis at Barbes

9/19, 10 PM Rainer Maria bassist and lustrous dreampop singer Caithlin de Marrais at the Mercury, $10 adv tix rec

9/20, 5 PM purist trumpeter Drew Anderson leads his quartet on Broadway betw 42/43

9/20, 7 PM fiery jazz violinist/composer Zach Brock leads a rare trio date at 55 Bar

9/20, 7:30 a panel discussion on the devastation of gentrification featuring Vanishing New York’s Jeremiah Moss, plus Ensemble Connect play music by Julius Eastman, Tui St. George Tucker and others at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

9/20, 7:30 PM a lecture-recital by pianist Reed Tetzloff on Charles Ives and his Concord Sonatas at Stiefel Concert Hall, Arnold Hall, 55 West 13th St at the New School, free

9/20, 8 PM folk metal band Tengger Cavalry reinvent Mongolian themes at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $30 tix avail. You read that right: folk metal.

9/20, 8 PM wild female-fronted Russian turbo-folk jammers Romashka at Drom, $15 adv tix rec

9/20, 8 PM playfully Lynchian, cinematic keyboardist Frank LoCrasto and Fort Gorgeous at C’Mon Everybody, $10

9/20, 8 PM deviously theatrical oldschool C&W/rockabilly parodists Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co at Mable’s Smokehouse, 44 Berry St at N 11th St in Williamsburg. They’re also at Otto’s at 8 on 9/27

9/20, 8 PM the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra reinvent music by Chopin, Part and Tschaikovsky at Stern auditorium at Carnegie Hall, $25 tix avail

 9/20, 8 PM lustrously dark jazz pianist Guy Mintus leads his trio with the breathtakingly powerful Roopa Mahadevan on guest vocals at the Owl

9/20, 8 PM singer Ka Baird, multimedia artist Tamar Ettun and koto adventurer Miya Masaoka at the Fridman Gallery, $20

9/20, 10 PM Slavic Soul Party spinoff the Mountain Lions, who play hypnotic Turkish zurla music on saxes and drums, at Barbes

9/20 Red Baraat guitarist Jonathan Goldberger, Hearing Things organist JP Schlegelmilch and Alasnoaxis drummer Jim Black bought a vintage Yamaha organ and play the release show for their killer, psychedelic new trio album Visitors at Nublu 151

9/21, 7 PM sardonically lyrical chamber pop/pastoral jazz songwriter David Poe at the third stage at the Rockwood, $15

9/21, 7:30 PM trumpeter Charlie Sepulveda & the Turnaround play salsa dura at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

9/21-22, 7:30/9:30 PM edgy vibraphonist Joel Ross with Maria Grand – sax; Kanoa Mendenhall – bass; Jeremy Dutton – drums at the Jazz Gallery, $25

9/21, 8 PM sizzling oudist Mohamed Abozekry and Karade play haunting, serpentine Egyptian music from across the centuries at Roulette, $25/$20 stud/srs

9/21, 8 PM bassist Danton Boller leads a trio; drummer Jim Black, cellist Hank Roberts & saxophonist Elias Stemeseder jam at the Owl

9/21, 8 PM thunderous Brazilian drum ensembles MaracatuNY, BatalaNYC and slinky maracatu/New Orleans/surf rock mashups from Nation Beat at SOB’s, $20

9/21, 8 PM edgy, eclectic pan-Mediterranean art-rock/latin/chanson ensemble Banda Magda at Flushing Town Hall, $16/$10 srs/teens free

9/21, 8 PM rustic Brazilian jungle guitar-and-accordion sounds with Regional de NY followed at 10 by hard-hitting, brass-fueled newschool latin soul/boogaloo dance band Spanglish Fly at Barbes

9/21, 8:30 PM torchy singer Jennifer Charles’ and guitar mastermind Oren Bloedow’s long-running art-rock/noir band Elysian Fields play the album release show for their new one at Nublu 151, $15 adv tix avail at the Poisson Rouge box ofc

9/21, 8:30 PM haunting French-Tunisian saxophonist Yacine Boulares’ Ayojo at Bar Lunatico

9/21, 10 PM Revolutionary Council play Afrobeat at Shrine

9/21, 10:30 PM Camille Thurman – a double threat as nuanced singer and intense tenor saxophonist – and her group at the Fat Cat. Who knew

9/21, 10:30 PM a rare full-band show by elegant, sharply lyrical parlor pop stylist Heather Eatman at Freddy’s

9/21, 11 PM the darkly eclectic, enigmatic Lorraine Leckie  – equally adept at Slavic and Americana noir – at Sidewalk

9/22, 2 PM this year’s edition of the Brooklyn Americana Festival opens with preteen string band sensation Nora Brown, at 2:30 Sabine McCalla; 3:00 PM Giri and Uma Peters; 3:30 PM the mighty M Shanghai String Band; 4:30 PM Clarence Bucaro; 5:00 PM irrepressibly fun blues/swing pals Mamie Minch and Tamar Korn; 6:00 PM two thirds of the Be Good Tanuas Jolie Holland and Samantha Parton and at 7:00 PM City Billies at Pier 3 Plaza in Brooklyn Bridge Park

9/22, 6 PM Toomai String Quintet play all kinds of adventurous, global classical repertoire followed at 8 by boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band  – not as ridiculous as segue as it might seem since they all have a thing for latin music – and then at 10 by catchy, slinky, psychedelic tropicalia and cumbia band Yotoco at Barbes

9/22, 7 PM pianist Elizabeth A. Baker plays the album release show for her new one Quadrivium: “minimalist solo piano compositions, avant garde prepared piano improvisations, meditative tracks, spoken word, and electronics” at Arete Gallery, $15

9/22, 7 PM torchy German cabaret chanteuse Katharine Mehrling sings rare Piaf and Weimar songs at Joe’s Pub, $20 

9/22, 7 PM Darash, from Granada, Spain, play Andalucian, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean sounds at Silvana 

9/22, 7:30 PM Indian carnatic crooner Sanjoy Banerjee backed by tabla and harmonium at Chhandayan Center For Indian Music, $20

9/22, 7:30 PM two-piano team Allison Brewster Franzetti and Carlos Franzetti play a program TBA at the Lounge at Hudson View Gardens, 128 Pinehurst Ave @ W 183rd St, A train or #1 train (to 181st St) or the M4 bus (to 183rd St), $15/$12 stud/srs

9/22, 8 PM illustrator Robin Hoffmann’s playful, brand-new duo Ukulele Scramble and the irrepressibly comedic, politically relevant Ukuladies at the Jalopy, $10

9/22, 8 PM eclectic Americana guitarist/singer Kirsten Maxwell at the People’s Voice Cafe, sugg don, $20, “more if you choose; less if you can’t; no one turned away” 

9/22, 8:30 PMslinky psychedelic Americana rockers American String Conspiracy  acoustic followed by hard honkytonk with Sarah Durning at Freddy’s

9/22, 8 PM musique concrete composer MV Carbon, mesmerizing sound sculptor/singer Lesley Flanigan  and Michael Schumacher at the Fridman Gallery, $20

9/23, noon this year’s Atlantic Antic street fair on Atlantic Ave from the Brooklyn Prom all the way to Hank’s features all kinds of good stuff. At the stage just up the block from Sahadi’s: at noon the agelesss Amber-Aba Orchestra play Lebanese and Egyptian bellydance classics behind a parade of dancers, at 4:45 it’s catchy, restless female-fronted Americana/newgrass anthem band Kaylor Otwell & the Tin Cans. Outside Hank’s baritone honkytonk crooner Sean Kershaw plays at half past noon, followed at 2:30 by one of the great saxophonists in the history of ska, Dave Hillyard and his quintet.

9/23, 2 PM this year’s edition of the Brooklyn Americana Festival continues with Rosetta and Evelyn followed by short sets: 2:30 PM noir Americana with accordion from Ali Dineen and Feral Foster; 3:00 PM all-female Americana allstars the Maybelles; 4:00 PM bluesman Will Scott w/ Charlie Burnham; 5:00 PM Jefferson Hamer; 6:00 PM The Wild Goats; 7:00 PM sophisticated soul/Americana band the Woes at Pier 3 Plaza in Brooklyn Bridge Park

9/23, 2 PM intense, lyrical, politically fearless tenor saxophonist Roxy Coss leads her quintet at Flushing Town Hall, $5

9/23, 3:30 PM intense, soaring harmonium player/singer Elana Low – akin to a more organic, atmospheric Marissa Nadler – at Pete’s. 10/29 at 8 she’s at the Music Inn, 128 W 4th St.  

9/23, 4 PM NYC’s own rippling, hypnotic, epic Balinese gamelan, Gamelan Dharma Swara kick off the fall with a traditional Balian blessing ceremony and concert at North Brooklyn Farms, 320 Kent Ave at S 4th St., south Williamsburg, free. It’s the orchestra’s first show since their new instruments – gongs, bells and drums – made their journey from Bali to New York in 2017

9/23, 5 PM Musica Viva NY​ ​kicks off its 2018-19 season with romantic lieder by Brahms, Schumann, and P.D.Q. Bach – uh huh -​ at All Souls Church​, 1157 Lexington Ave (at 80th St) feat. soprano Devony Smith, mezzo-soprano Michèle Eaton, tenor Nathan Siler, and baritone Brian Mextorf, accompanied by Artistic Director Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez and Trent Johnson, free

9/23, 6 PM the world’s creepiest yet most subtly amusing crime jazz/film noir band, Big Lazy at 55  Bar

9/23, 7 PM hauntingly lyrical art-rock songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Joanna Wallfisch at the third stage at the Rockwood, $10

9/23, 7 PM brilliant steel guitarist and Thelonious Monk reinventor Mike Neer and quartet followed at 9:30ish by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

9/23-29, 8 PMish amazing microtonal Afrobeat guitar band 75 Dollar Bill plays a week at Troost with a ton of cool special guests. Choice picks: 9/25 they’re joined by Yo La Tengo’s Ira Kaplan; 9/26 their hypnotic microtonal guitarist Che Chen opens with a solo set followed by no wavers Two Mule Team; 9/28 they open the night followed by singer Carolina Oliveros’ mighty 13-piece Afro-Colombian trance/dance choir Bulla en el Barrio; 9/29 bass goddess Felice Rosser’s ageless reggae-rock-groove band Faith open the night

9/23, 10:30 PM noir-inspired alto saxophonist/composer Nick Hempton leads leads a quartet at Smalls 

9/24, 7:30/9:30 PM erudite, reliably tuneful postbop pianist Orrin Evans leads the mighty, purist, bluesily tuneful Captain Black Big Band at Dizzy’s Club, $35

9/24, 7 PM a rare NYC appearance by dark Norwegian bassist SIgurd Hole: a solo set followed by a trio show with Mark Feldman – violin; Jarle Vespestad – drums at Shapeshifter Lab, $15

9/24, 8 PM pianist Jasna Popovic leads a seventeen-piece ensemble (including Indian soul singer Shilpa Ananth) playing 700 years’ worth of Serbian music at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $35 tix avail.

9/24, 8:30 PM brilliant multi-reedman Peter Hess leads a rare trio date with Matt Moran on vibes and Jeff Davis on drums at Bar Lunatico

9/24, 9:30 PM hypnotically tuneful indie classical pianist/art-song chanteuse Psirens at Pete’s 

9/25, 7 PM unstoppably edgy, deservedly iconic, witty downtown guitarist Marc Ribot leads his fearless Songs of Resistance protest jazz project at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, sug son

9/25, 7:30 PM flamenco singer Barbara Martinez and band at Drom, $10 adv tix rec

9/25, 7:30 PM if there’s any night this year to make a whole evening of jazz, this is it: fiery alto saxophonist Lucas Pino’s twin-guitar No No Nonet followed by this era’s most intensely powerful tenor saxophonist/composer, JD Allen leading his group at Smalls

9/25, 7:30 PM pianists Huan Li and Zhu Wang play a program TBA at Paul Hall at Juilliard, free

9/25, 8 PM unpredictably fun, funny psychedelic art-rock band the Academy Blues Project at Shrine

9/25, 8 PM Moroccan electro dude Hatim Belyamani, Russian Romany multimedia artist Valentina Kvasova and Vitche Boul-Ra at the Fridman Gallery, $20

9/25, 8 PMr oaring 20s hot jazz with Sweet Megg & the Wayfarers at Radegast Hall

9/25, 8:30 PM impressively diverse, adventurous latin jazz pianist Aruan Ortiz at Bar Lunatico

9/25-29, 8:30 PM thereminist Pamelia Stickney  plays with a variety of ensembles at the Stone at the New School, $20. Choice pick: the 9/29 show by Transcendental Dissonance Quartet doing a  “Soundtrack to a Silent Film” with Sarah Bernstein (violin) Stuart Popejoy (piano, keys) Danny Tunick (vibraphone)

9/25, 9 PM wryly psychedelic cinematic Italophile instrumentalists Tredici Bacci  play the album release show for their new one at Elsewhere, $12

9/25, 9:30 PM hypnotic, pulsing, sousaphone-driven Guadelupian/New Orleans band Delgres at Joe’s Pub, $20

9/25, 11:30 River Cult play their ferocious, feral, cinematically psychedelic doom metal/postrock at St. Vitus, $10

9/26, 7 PM fascinatingly lyrical, individualistic pianist Sylvie Courvoisier at National Sawdust, $25

9/26, 7:30 PM pianist Niklas Sivelov plays  music by Bach, Beethoven, Scriabin and Bartok at Flushing Town Hall, free

9/26, 7:30 PM an allstar Taiwanese/Japanese orchestra play works by composers from their respective countries plus Chausson’s Concert for Violin, Piano, and String Quartet at Merkin Concert Hall, $20 tix avail

9/26, 8 PM fiery, noirish Canadian Balkan/Romany band Lemon Bucket Orkestra at Drom, , $15 adv tix rec

9/26, 8 PM Junkbucket – an unorthodox allstar organ trio featuring Art Bailey (organ), Chris Stromquist (drums), Sean Moran (gtr).at Barbes

9/26, 8 PM the Mivos Quartet premieres Leila Bordreuil’s synesthetically-themed new work, Episodes et Mutations at Issue Project Room

9/26, 8 PM lyrical pianist Angelica Sanchez  leads a mighty nine-piece band with Thomas Heberer (trumpet), Kirk Knuffke (cornet), Chris Speed (tenor saxophone), Michael Attias (alto saxophone), Ben Goldberg (clarinets), Omar Tamez (guitar), John Hebert (bass), Sam Ospovat (drums) at Greenwich House Music School, $25/$20 stud/srs

9/26, 9:30ish explosive, creepy, colorful psychedelic rembetiko metal band Greek Judas at Hanks

9/27, 5:30 PM erudite, purist torchy cosmopolitan jazz chanteuse Svetlana & the Delancey 5 at Birdland They’re also at the Jazz Standard at noon on 9/30 for brunch

9/27, 7 PM the all-female Resistance Revival Chorus sing epic, inspiring populist gospel tunes and anti-trumpie broadsides followed by afropop singer Angelique Kidjo doing her reinvention of the Talking Heads’ Remain in Light at Central Park Summerstage

9/27, 7 PM chamber ensemble Shizuka play music of Bartok, Garth Knox, Jessica Meyer, and three commissions by Abby Swidler, Rosalie Burrell, and Steven Long at Spectrum, $15

9/27, 7:30 PM the debut of paradigm-shifting carnatic jazz alto saxophonist Aakash Mittal’s big band at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised. Anthony Braxton, you’ve got competition!

9/27, 7:30 PM the Telegraph Quartet play Erwin Schulhoff Mozart’s Oboe Quartet in F Major, K. 370, Arnold Bax’s Oboe Quintet, and Dvořák’s String Quartet No. 10 at the Rockefeller University Auditorium, 1230 York Ave. at E 66th St., $30/$20 stud/srs

9/27, 8 PM art-rocker Pierre de Gaillande’s Bad Reputation playing witty chamber pop English translations of Georges Brassens classics followed at 10 by followed by the haphazardly funny Eastern Blokhedz  – who do psychedelic covers of 60s Russian psychedelic pop songs and specialize in the catalog of legendary Polish singer Edita Piaha – at Barbes

9/27, 8 PM conversational pianist Jeffrey Siegel performs works by Rachmaninoff and Debussy “including the famous Clair de Lune, the Prelude in C Sharp Minor, the popular 18th Variation from the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, the humorous Golliwogg’s Cake Walk,” at Scandinavia House, $25

9/27, 8 PM Miya Masaoka‘s Four Moons of Pluto— which explores deep and relational resonances – performed by all-star cohort of 5 bass players: Robert Black, Shayna Dulberger, Rebekah Griffin-Greene, James Ilgenfritz, and Zach Rowden. Masaoka also presents a new piece for string quartet, with a quartet featuring Stephanie Griffin (viola), Alex Shiozaki (violin), and Michael Haas (cello) followed by Reidemeister Move (Robin Hayward – microtonal tuba; Christopher Williams – contrabass) performing Arcanum 17: a 45-minute piece composed by Christopher Williams & Charlie Morrow, with texts from André Breton’s book of the same name, at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

9/27, 8 PM Roya – a Habibi spinoff – and careeningly noisy guitar jamband faves Jeff the Brotherhood at Elsewhere, $17

9/27, 8:15 PM the irrepressible, cinematic, comedic Broken Reed Saxophone Quartet with special guest Wade Ridenhour at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

9/27, 8:30 PM jangly, catchy, anthemic Americana rock bandleader Christian Lopez – like a less attitudinous, less covers-focused Deer Tick – at the big room at the Rockwood, $10 

9/27, 8:30 PM dark Americana swing cult favorite Jolie Holland at Bar Lunatico

9/28, 7 PM day one of Futurefest at the Jazz Gallery: singer Kat Lee’s enigmatically anthemic abstract rock band TINY GUN, trombonist Abdulrahman Amer’s classically-inspired BA AKHU quartet, and at 10 PM Blake Opper’s Questionable Solution nonet, “one logistical dumpster fire that you do not want to miss,” $25

9/28, 7 PM Indian carnatic violin duo the Mysore Brothers backed by an “explosive rhythm section” at the Rubin Museum of Art, $28 adv tix rec

9/28, 7:45 PM flamenco guitar luminary Javier Limon leads his quartet playing his Middle Eastern and Romany songs at Drom, $15 adv tix rec

9/27, 8 PM the NYUO2 orchestra play Debussy: Petite Suite; Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22; Haydn: Symphony No. 100 in G major, “Military” at the NYU Loewe Theatre, 25 W 4th St., free

9/28-29, 8/9:30 PM intense pianist Gerald Clayton solo at Mezzrow, $20 at the bar

9/28, 8 PM the NYUO1 orchestra play Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88 at the NYU Loewe Theatre, 25 W 4th St., free 

9/28, 10 PM the world’s creepiest crime jazz/film noir band, Big Lazy – whose forthcoming album goes deep into dub as well as sardonic groove instrumentals – at Barbes

9/29, 5 PM retro swing with the Harlem Renaissance Orchestra at Marcus Garvey Park

9/29, 6 PM the Toomai String Quintet with special guests Matt Moran & Peter Stan of Slavic Soul Party on horns – wow, Latin/Slavic madness -at Barbes

9/29, 7 PM day two of Futurefest at the Jazz Gallery:rising star trumpeter Adam O’Farrill and guitarist Gabe Schnider duel it out followed by obscure Japanese jazz unit Secret Mall and then at 10 by vibraphonist Sasha Berliner leading a quartet, $25

9/29 7:30 PM hilarious, politically astute girlpunks the 50 Ft. Furies, hard-hitting, gutter bluesy piano/guitar/drums band Drum and a Tantrum at 8:15, eclectic reggae/troopical psychedelia maven Alex Tea at 9, Desir Decir – who put more of a powerpop/Guided By Voices edge on Springsteen four-on-the-floor rock – at 9:45, feral psychedelic guitarslinger Debra Devi at 10:30 and catchy, swirling twin-guitar dreampop band Overlake at White Eagle Hall in Jersey City, $15         

9/29, 7:30 PM fiery, eclectic Egyptian chanteuse/bandleader Dina El Wedidi at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, $20

9/29, 8 PM riveting, incisive oudist Brandon Terzic at Barbes

9/29, 8 PM an amazing twinbill at the People’s Voice Cafe: the Elias Ladino Ensemble and cantor emerita Mara Goodman leading a high-energy string band playing classic and obscure Yiddish songs, sugg don $20, “more if you choose; less if you can’t; no one turned away” 

9/29, 8 PM energetic, perennially relevant, boisterously amusing acoustic Veracruz-style folk-punk band Radio Jarocho  at Guadalupe Inn

9/29, 8 PM a mesmerizing, unorthodox lineup of  sitar, shehnai (Indian oboe) and tabla – Mita Nag, Hassan Haider and Subhen Chatterjee at Roulette, $30

9/29, 8:30 PM epically prolific, fearless, monumentally tuneful pianist Satoko Fujii leads a trio at I-Beam, $15

 9/29, 9 PM a killer female-fronted triplebill in a weird spot:hard-hitting bassist Dawn Drake & Zapote‘s hot Afrobeat-tinged funk grooves , psychedelic Brazilian tropicalia band As Lolas and wild, noisy, genuinely Hendrixian virtuoso lead guitarist Viva DeConcini and her band at the Way Station 

9/29, noon, the lush, oldschool Mariachi Tapatio de Alvaro Paulino, slinky maracatu/New Orleans/surf rock mashups from Nation Beat,,kinetic, funky, horn-fueled Algerian-Turkish-Nigerian dance crew Dahka Band, lush, dynamically eclectic Korean folk/art-rock band Coreyah, who mash up lustrous, often plaintive themes with hard-charging hip-hop and dance tunes, plus fiery Guatemalan freedom fighter and cumbia/reggae/Spanish rock bandleader Doctor Nativo and finally cajun party band the Lost Bayou Ramblers at the Chile Pepper Festival at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, $25

9/30, 3 PM flutist Maarika Järvi, violinist Caterina Szepes, and pianist Aurelia Mika Chang perform works by J.S. Bach, Gaubert, Tchaikovsky, Massenet, Shostakovich and Martinu, reception to follow at St. Paul’s Chapel downtown, free

9/30, 4 PM charismatic singer/actor/six-string harpist Benjamin Bagby performs his high-voltage recreation of Beowulf at Corpus Christi Church, 529 W 121St St $10 tix avail  

9/30, 7 PM lustrous singer and badass cello-rock bandleader Serena Jost at the Owl

9/30, 7 PM tango violinist Machiko Ozawa with Argentine pianist Pablo Cafici at Bar Thalia

9/30, 8:30 PM brilliantly lyrical, epic art-rock pianist/singer Greta Gertler Gold – the missing link between Kate Bush and Pink Floyd? – at Pete’s

 9/30, 8:30 PM veteran electric Chicago blues guitarist Joe Louis Walker at City Winery, $20 standing room avail

10/3, 10 PM pyrotechnic clarinetist Ismail Lumanovski’s ferociously kinetic NY Gypsy All-Stars at Drom, $10 adv tix rec

10/4, 6:30 PM saxophonist Evan Rapport joins Shashmaqam for an evening of otherworldly, intensely crescendoing Bukharian Jewish epics. “Before the musical celebration begins, enjoy a spread of traditional Bukharian food and drink” at the Eldridge Street Synagogue, $25/$15 stud/srs

10/4, 7:30 PM firebrand Egyptian accordionist/songwriter Youssra El Hawary – best known for her hilarious revolutionary youtube hit Piss on the Wall – at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

10/5, 7:30 PM a high-voltage Puerto Rican country music dance party: Viento de Agua spinoff La Máquina Insular plays classic and new plenas, followed by all female bomba group Ausuba at the Hostos Community College auditorium, 450 Grand Concourse in the Bronx, $20//$5 stud

10/5, 8 PM irrepressibly devious, lyrically hilarious multi-instrumentalist songwriter Walter Ego – who spans from darkly elegant art-rock to classic Britrock sounds – at Sidewalk

10/5, 10 PM high-voltage Neapolitan tarantella string band Newpoli play the abum release show for their new one at Drom, $15 adv tix rec

10/6, noon a high-voltage Puerto Rican country music dance triplebill: Plena de la R, La Raiz and Bombalya at the Hostos Community College auditorium, 450 Grand Concourse in the Bronx, $20//$5 stud$15/$5 stud

10/6, 7:30 PM Indian carnatic violinist L. Shankar with tabla player Abhijit Banerjee and percussionist Chris Garcia at the Schimmel Center at Pace University on Spruce St. in the financial district, $30 tix avail

10/9, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, rustic Brazilian jungle guitar-and-accordion sounds with Regional de NY at the Miller Theatre, free

10/11, 7:30 PM reedman McCoy Mrubata and pianist Paul Hanmer lead an all South African jazz quintet at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

10/11, the global 25-member cast of the Onebeat socially conscious music collective at  Bronx Museum. 10/12 they’re at the Queens Museum 

10/12, 7:30 PM the best latin jazz guitarist ever to play big league ball, Bernie Williams and His All-Star Band at the Schimmel Center at Pace University $30 adv tix rec

10/13, 2:30ish sardonically catchy powerpop/janglerockers the Hell Yeah Babies, long-running, wickedly jangly, tuneful Americana rockers the Sloe Guns in Tompkins Square Park and Giftshop – the missing link between Blondie and the Distillers – at Tompkins Square Park

10/13, 3 PM iconic second-wave Afrobeat band Antibalas on the plaza at 300 Ashland Pl next door to BAM, free

10/13, 7 PM night one of this year’s amazing, free Momenta Festival featuring the Momenta Quartet playing works by Anna Clyne, Cristobal Halffter, Villa-Lobos and Beethoven’s String Quartet Op. 130 at the Tenri Cultural Institute, 43 W 13th St

10/15, 7 PM night two of this year’s amazing Momenta Festival featuring the Momenta Quartet playing oceanic and heartbreak-themed works by their excellent violist Stephanie Griffin plus Carl Bettendorf, Alba Potes, Guy Barash and Wagner at the Americas Society, 680 Park Ave

10/17, 7 PM night three of this year’s amazing, free Momenta Festival featuring the Momenta Quartet playing works by Robert Sierra, Jean Martinon, Ann Southam, Kaija Saariaho and a solo violin piece by Nicola Matteis the Younger at the Americas Society, 680 Park Ave

10/18, 7:30 PM BRIC JazzFest Marathon Night 1 with – in reverse order – Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Stefon Harris & Blackout, Mark de Clive-Lowe, Lakecia Benjamin & SoulSquad, Madison McFerrin, JD Allen, Melanie Charles & Make Jazz Trill Again, and the Yotam Ben-Or Quartet.at Bric Arts, $30 adv tix req

10/18, 8 PM In what may be the first-ever combination of voice, period wind instruments, and saxophones, poet Katie Ford’s The Anchoress – a haunting portrait of a medieval divination tradition – performed by soprano Hyunah Yu;, early music ensemble Piffaro, the Renaissance Band; and the PRISM Sax Quartet at the DiMenna Center, $22

10/19, 7 PM concluding night  of this year’s amazing, free Momenta Festival featuring the Momenta Quartet playing Bartok’s sinister String Quartet No. 4, Alvin Singleton’s Glory Bound and George Enescu’s Octet for Strings, Op. 7 at the Tenri Cultural Institute, 43 W 13th St

10/19, 7:30 PM BRIC JazzFest Marathon Night 2 with – in reverse order – Cyrus Chestnut Trio, Keyon Harrold, The Jazz Passengers, Xenia Rubinos, Camila Meza, Michael Sarian & The Chabones, and Yasser Tejeda & Palotré.at Bric Arts, $30 adv tix req

10/20, 7:30 PM BRIC JazzFest Marathon Night 3 with – in reverse order – Terence Blanchard ft. the E-Collective, Brownout Presents: Fear of a Brown Planet ft. Third Root (Black Sabbath covers, go figure, they’re great), Deva Mahal, coma-inducing corporate singer Kat Edmonson, Arnetta Johnson & SUNNY, Resident Alien ft. Ali Sethi & Sunny Jain, and Noa Fort at Bric Arts, $30 adv tix req

10/21, 2 PM purist postbop tenor saxophonist Alexa Tarantino and her quartet at Flushing Town Hall, free

10/22, 8:30 PM amazing classical accordionist Hanzhi Wang with he Zorá String Quartet play works by Bach, Gubaidulina, Moszkowski, Piazzolla and Martin Lohse and at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, $10 tix avail

10/24, 7 PM indie classical group Metropolis Ensemble play premieres from Jenny Beck, Elliot Cole, and a new Michael Oesterle trio premiered by Metropolis artists: Katie Hyun (violin), Jordan Dodson (guitar), and Gabriel Cabezas (cello), plus works by H.I.F. Biber,David Ludwig, and Dai Fujikura, at 1 Rivington St., 2nd Fl., $20/$10 stud, reception to follow

10/28, 5 PM the Merz Trio play piano trios by Mozart, Brahms, Schumann and Charlotte Bray at the Lounge at Hudson View Gardens, 128 Pinehurst Ave @ W 183rd St, A train or #1 train (to 181st St) or the M4 bus (to 183rd St), $15/$12 stud/srs 

10/31, 6:30 PM violinist Tessa Lark and pianist Andrew Armstrong play Americana-inspired works by the violinist herself plus works by Stravinsky and Beethoven at the Baruch College auditorium, free, rsvp req 

10/31, 10ish thunderous, titanic Rhode Island Balkan street band What Cheer Brigade at the Market Hotel. Ten years in business and this spot finally, finally books a good band

11/6, 7:30 PM the Silesian String Quartet play a rare all-Polish program of works by Szymanowski, Lutosławski, Bacewicz and Penderecki at the Morgan Library, $35

11/10, 1 PM dazzlingly eclectic chamber pop/latin/classical violinist Concetta Abbate and drummer Ben Engel at Flowers for all Occasions, 1114 De Kalb Ave at Broadway, Bushwick, J/M to Kosciuszko St.

11/18, 2 PM terse, tuneful jazz guitarist Amanda Monaco and her quartet at Flushing Town Hall, free

11/20, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, flutist Isabel Lepanto Gleicher and ensemble plays works by Hildegard Von Bingen, David Lang, Rzewski and others at the Miller Theatre, free

12/4, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, perennially interesting piano/percussion ensemble Yarn/Wire play works by Crumb, Saint-Saens and Tschaikovsky at the Miller Theatre, free

12/6, 6 PM klezmer violinist Jake Shulman-Ment with rippllng tsimbl (Ukrainian Jewish dulcimer) player Pete Rushefsky at Poe Park in the Bronx.

12/21, 2 PM brilliant baritone saxophonist Lauren Sevian‘s LSQ at Flushing Town Hall, free

A Promising, Characteristically Eclectic Start to This Year’s Bryant Park Accordion Festival

This year’s Bryant Park Accordion Festival runs through Sept 14 and promises to be as rapturously fun as last year’s was. On Wednesday evenings starting at 5:30 PM, a rotating cast of accordionists play half-hour sets of an amazingly eclectic range of music. This year there are five sets happening simultaneously, which created some dissonance on opening night when one group was going full steam while their neighbor played a quiet ballad. But the music was sublime.

For a connoisseur of accordion music – and who wouldn’t want to be one, right? – it’s always a triage. Forro or klezmer? Irish folk-punk or cumbia? The advantage of staggered sets is that you get multiple chances to see your favorite player or style of music. This week it was easy to choose a set by the brilliant and erudite Christina Crowder to begin the evening. Most of her numbers were minor-key Jewish wedding tunes, including a bouncy one about giving away the family’s youngest daughter, along with a mysterious, enveloping theme typically played early in the day for relatives of the betrothed. She romped through a jaunty bulgar and another, more somber tune, both of which contained the Twilight Zone riff. Late in the set, she treated the crowd to a Moldavian tune whose title translates roughly as “Freestyle Over This Groove.” Crowder didn’t rap; instead, she built an ambience that was as kinetic as it was hypnotic.

After that, it was time to head to the southeastern corner of the park for an even livelier set of oldschool cumbia and vallenato – “Colombian country music,” as accordionist Foncho Castellar termed it. Backed by a couple of percussionists, he played button accordion. The trio romped through some very brisk cumbias before the even more rustic stuff about peasants in the big city, or way out on the frontera, dancing, partying and chasing women.

After that, Susan Hwang – half of haunting literary art-rock duo Lusterlit – broke out her accordion for a deviously fun set. Backed by a djembe player, she opened with a coyly exasperated, new wave-flavored original, from her days with charming late zeros/early teens trio the Debutante Hour, concerning New York parking. Her funniest cover was a remake of the Willie Dixon/Muddy Waters blues classic, which she titled Hoochie Koochie Woman. Another fun one was an original from her lit-rock collective the Bushwick Book Club, a thoughtful, quirky bounce told from the point of view of physicist Richard Feynman.

Like Hwang, Dolunay frontwoman Jenny Luna is best known as a singer and percussionist. It wouldn’t be an overstatement to call her one of New York’s – and arguably the world’s – most riveting, shattering vocalists. She’s also a first-rate Balkan and Middle Eastern drummer. As it turns out, she’s a competent accordionist as well. Much as she got plenty of brooding, sometimes haunting atmospherics and chromatics wafting from her reeds, it was her voice that held the crowd spellbound,. She began with a moody tone  poem of sorts, then a couple of Rumeli (Balkan Turkish) laments that gave her a chance to air out both her soaring highs and haunting low register. She wound up the set with a jaunty if hardly blithe singalong, in Turkish – the chorus translated roughly as variations on “be my habibi.”

Next week’s installment of the festival, at 5:30 PM on Aug 22, features a similarly diverse lineup including but not limited to gothic Americana songwriter Sam Reider; the torchy, swinging Erica Mancini; edgy, avant garde-influenced chamber pop singer Mary Spencer Knapp; Argentine tango duo Tinta Roja and Mexican norteño crew Toro de la Sierra.

Live Music Calendar for New York City and Brooklyn for August and September 2018

Daily updates, and a new September calendar coming 9/1 – if you go out a lot, it couldn’t hurt to bookmark this page.

If you’re leaving your hood, make sure you check http://www.mta.info for service changes considering how the trains are at night and on the weekend.

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

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

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

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

Beginning on 8/15, 5:30 PM and continuing on 8/22, 8/29, 9/5, 9/12 and a grand finale on 9/14 a half an hour earlier, this year’s Bryant Park Accordion Festival is as amazing as it was last year. Scroll down for individual show lineups

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

Puppeteer Basil Twist’s disorienting, phantasmagorical Symphonie Fantastique, with pianist Christopher O’Riley playing a score by Berlioz, “takes place in the most unlikely of places – a 1,000-gallon water tank, in which five unseen puppeteers swirl countless pieces of fabrics, feathers, fishing lures, flashlights, glitter, dyes, plastic, vinyl and bubbles in all shapes and sizes, creating a dream-like world of imagination and surreal storytelling,” at Here, 145 6th Ave. south of Spring, $35, through July 15, Tuesday–Saturday at 8:30 PM; Saturday and Sunday at 4. Click the link above for dates which continue through 9/2. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturdays in August, 6 PM witty Microscopic Septet pianist Joel Forrester at Barbes. He’s not doing it for the money (he wrote the theme to NPR’s Fresh Air). He’s doing this for fun and you can be part of it. He’s also leading a quartet at Bar Lunatico on 8/26 at 8:30

Saturdays in September, 6 PM the Toomai String Quintet play all kinds of adventurous, global classical repertoire, specializing in fiery Cuban material at Barbes

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

Sundays in August, at sometime past noon at Hank’s, Nashville gothic crooner Sean Kershaw‘s legendary honkytonk brunch is back; special guests from his wide circle of NYC Americana acts keep the afternoon going until about 7. It’s just like 1999 again -at least until the bar closes sometime this year.

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

8/1, noon hauntingly kinetic Peruvian psychedelic folk band Inti & the Moon at the triangle at 66th St. and Broadway

8/1, 5:30 PM trippy tropicalia jamband Locos Por Juana at Bryant Park

8/1, 6 PM an Afro-Cuban dance party with Los Habaneros at Madison Square Park

8/1, 6:30 PM this era’s foremost swing jazz guitarist, Matt Munisteri on the plaza at the Brooklyn Public Library

8/1, 7 PM fiery electric bluegrass and C&W with Demolition String Band  at Church Square Park, Park Ave & 4th St., Hoboken

8/1, 7:30/9:30 PM feral, brilliantly improvisational pianist Mara Rosenbloom‘s FLYWAYS with bassist Adam Lane and singer/percussionist Anais Maviel play work inspired by Adrienne Rich’s vision of love without exploitation at the Jazz Gallery

8/1-2, 7:30/9:30 PM lyrical Cuban pianist Harold Lopez-Nussa leads a trio at the Jazz Standard, $25

8/1, 8 PM a darkly psychedelic twinbill: the witchy Yula & the Extended Family  and the Malian-inspired Sway Machinery at Nublu 151

8/1, 8 PM catchy, restless female-fronted Americana/newgrass anthem band Kaylor Otwell & the Tin Cans at the Bitter End. They’re also at Sidewalk on 8/26 at 8 for free

8/1-5, 8:30/10:30 PM intense pianist Gerald Clayton  leads a quintet with Logan Richardson on sax at the Vanguard, $30

8/1, 9 PM sharply lyrical janglerock/Americana/soul songwriter Matt Keating and guitarist Steve Mayone’s catchy new powerpop project the Bastards of Fine Arts at 11th St. Bar

8/2, 5 PM Bahian percussion powerhouse Dende and band followed by iconic second-wave Afrobeat band Antibalas at Chambers Plaza in Newark

8/2, 7 PM the NYChillharmonic – arguably NYC’s most individualistic large ensemble, with art-rock grandeur, jazz instrumentation and a powerful frontwoman on the mic – at National Sawdust, $20 adv tix rec. They SLAYED at Littlefield back in May.

8/2, 7 PM the amazingly eclectic, groovalicious Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio– like Booker T & the MG’s on steroids – at Wagner Park on the water northwest of Battery Park

8/2, 7:30 PM intense, lyrical, politically fearless tenor saxophonist Roxy Coss leads her s leads her quintet followed at 10:30 PM by bassist Matt Pavolka’s wry, incisively rhythmic, drummerless Horns Band at Smalls

8/2, 7:30/9:30 PM strange and potentially smoldering improvisations and maybe some hip-hop with Kassa Overall – drums; Vijay Iyer – piano ;Ravi Coltrane – saxophone; Evan Flory-Barnes – bass at the Jazz Gallery, $25

8/2, 7:30 PM three bass-led improvisational situations: Brandon Lopez solo, the Jozwiak/Swanson/Zenkoff Trio and the Jack Wright / Evan Lipson / Weasel Walter Trio at Arete Gallery, $10

8/2, 8 PM Balkan chanteuse Jenny Luna‘s haunting, traditional Turkish band Dolunay followed by Quatre Vingt Neuf (French for 89, a revolutionary date in case you weren’t aware) playing New Orleans brass music at Barbes

8/2, 9 PM noirish crooner/guitarslinger Phil Gammage and his four-piece band at 11th St Bar

8/2, 9 PM popular 90s-style alt-country with Rusty Truck at Hill Country

8/2, 9:30 PM sardonic C&W parody band the Great American Country Drifters at Pine Box Rock Shop

8/2, 10 PM charismatic, adventurous postbop/avant garde trombonist/crooner Frank Lacy leads his sextet at the Fat Cat

8/3, 5:30 PM dark, carnivalesque oldtimey songwriter Feral Foster and eclectic, tuneful accordionist/songwriter Ali Dineen at the American Folk Art Museum

8/3, 7 PM metal crew Fear Is Dead followed by fearlessly political antiviolence metalpunks Rebelmatic at the Delancey, $10

8/3, 7:30/9:30 PM a first-class big band plays new large-ensemble work by jazz composers Matt Holman, Brian Krock and Anna Webber at the Jazz Gallery, $25

8/3, 8 PM Dromeno play fiery Greek and Balkan dance music at the Jalopy, $10

8/3, 8 PM all-female vocal chamber group Quince Ensemble sing works by Kate Soper, Amy Beth Kirsten, Kaija Saariaho, Giacinto Scelsi, Gilda Lyons, Pascal Dusapin, and more followed by catchy, slinky, psychedelic tropicalia and cumbia band Yotoco at Barbes

8/3, 8 PM darkly lyrical psychedelic pop songwriter Jennifer Hall at the Parkside

8/3-4, 8/10 PM Mike LeDonne takes a relatively rare turn on piano with Peter Washington on bass at Mezzrow, $20 at the bar

8/3, 8:30 PM Antibalas spinoff Armo play Afrobeat at Bar Lunatico. They’re also here on 8/23,

8/3, 8:30 PM the Asian Cultural Symphony of the U.S.A play classical Chinese repertoire at Bryant Park

8/3, 9 PM boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band at Bar Chord

8/3, 10:30 PM catchy Booker T-esque soul jazz with the David Gibson/Jared Gold Hammond B3 organ band at the Fat Cat

8/4, 3ish 60s-style bossa-influenced psych-pop band the Jay Vons outdoors at Union Pool, free

8/4, 3 PM Brazilian neosoul singer Xenia Franca, the Hamilton de Holandamandolin Trio and trippy dub band Baiana System at Central Park Summerstage

8/4, 6 PM witty Microscopic Septet pianist Joel Forrester followed 8 by pianist Lucian Ban and violist Mat Maneri playing their creepy Transylvanian jazz and then at 10 by epic ranchera/bolero brass crew Banda de los Muertos at Barbes

8/4, 7ish Bobby Radcliff – the rare blues guitarist who plays a ton of notes but doesn’t waste them, sort of a funkier Stevie Ray Vaughan – with his trio at Terra Blues

8/4, 7:30 PM messy lo-fi psychedelic band Garcia Peoples followed eventually at around 9:30 by darkly intense art-rock duo Christy & Emily at Wonders of Nature

8/4, 8 PM three loud metal-influenced bands open for female-fronted new wavers: instrumental sludgecore band Apollo’s Ghost, serpentine, cinematic art-rock instrumentalists You Bred Raptors, metalpunks the US Americans and the New Tarot at Bowery Ballroom, $12 adv tix avail at the Mercury 

8/4, 8 PM Lone Piñon and Tepeyolotli play New Mexican border folk sounds at the Jalopy, $10

8/4, 8 PM klezmer-jazz piano icon Anthony Coleman with Nick Dunston on bass at Scholes St. Studios

8/4, 8:30 PM popular Jamaican dancehall crooner Tarrus Riley at Prospect Park Bandshell

8/4, 9 PM Unsteady Freddie‘s monthly surf rock extravaganza at Otto’s begins at 9 PM with surfed-up tv themes from Commercial Interruption, at 10 gloomy surfed-up Russian prison songs with the Vivisectors, at 11 majestic, darkly cinematic surf band the TarantinosNYC and at midnight the possibly very well-named, metalish Tiki Torture 

8/4, 9 PM the deliciously jangly, melancholy Pale Lights – like the Church at their poppiest – and eternally popular, similarly catchy psych-pop road warriors the Essex Green at the Knitting Factory, $15 adv tix rec 

8/4, 10 PM rockabilly songstress Suzette Sundae & the Love Lifes with her killer retro band at Skinny Dennis. She’s also there on 8/28.

8/5, 1 PM chanteuse/uke player Dahlia Dumont’s Blue Dahlia playing edgy, smartly lyrically-fueled, jazz-infused tunes in English and French with classic chanson and Caribbean influences at Jefferson Market Garden out back of the playground behind the BMCC campus on Chambers St. 8/10 at 4 (four) PM they’re at Ruppert Park, Second Ave. bet. E. 90 St. and E. 91 St.

8/5, 1 PM klezmer clarinet/mandolin wizard Andy Statman, Irish group Cherish the Ladies, Grupo Rebolu, and Sidiki Conde and Tokounou on the plaza at Lincoln Center. The program repeats at 5 out back in Damrosch Park.

8/5, 1 PM wild live techno band Bombrasstico at the Riis Park Beach Bazaar in the Rockaways

8/5, 2 PM Pistolette play Afrobeat at Coney Island Baby, free

8/5, 6 PM a brassy New Orleans bill: New Breed Brass BandPreservation Hall Jazz Band, a lame jamband, and then Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave at Central Park Summerstage

8/5, 7 PM Puerto Rican percussion ensemble Yuba Ire and two popular Miami bands—Philbert Armenteros y Los Herederos and PALO! accompany a dance performance at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center

8/5, 7 PM state-of-the-art postbop guitarist Will Bernard and band reinvent Strayhorn tunes followed at 9:30ish by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes. Bernard is also at the small room at the Rockwood on 8/13 at 11 PM

8/5, 8 PM majestic noir cabaret/tango/Mediterranean band Paris Combo at City Winery, $25 standing room avail

8/5, 9 PM bass goddess Felice Rosser’s ageless reggae-rock-groove band Faith followed by the uneasily cinematic art-rock Pi PowerTrio  – film composer and former Raybeat Pat Irwin (guitar, electronics), Sasha Dobson (drums, vocals) and Daria Grace (bass, vocals) at the Treehouse at 2A

8/5, 9ish sludgy but tuneful metal band Earnest Gallows at the Cobra Club, $tba 

8/6, 7 PM multi-instrumentalist Dennis Lichtman’s popular western swing band Brain Cloud at Barbes followed at 9:30 PM by Dilemastronauta Y Los Sabrosos Cosmicos with members of M.A.K.U and Combo Chimbita playing space cumbia 

8/6, 7 PM lively, relatively rocking indie classical string band Founders at Joe’s Pub, $15

8/6, 8 PM luminous, astonishingly eclectic, wickedly tuneful cello-rock badass Serena Jost followed by similarly fearless, historically-inspired badlands gothic songstress and powerful singer Karen Dahlstrom – possibly the only writer to record an oldtime Idaho-themed album – at Pete’s

8/6, 9 PM gritty, guitar-fueled postrockers Star Rover followed by trippy downtempo/chillout trio Dustlights playing the album release show for their new one at Wonders of Nature

8/7, 7 PM potential trainwreck, potential transcendence: BEACHFACE. Highly spontaneous collective compositions from an adventurous ensemble of Brooklyn improvisers.  John Carlson (trumpet) and Shawn McGloin (bass) from Free Range Rat, Tim Vaughn (trombone) from Gato Loco and Chris Stromquist (drums) from Slavic Soul Party! followed by clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party 

8/7, 7 PM sitarist Shafaat Khan with a dance ensemble  at Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City

8/7, 7 PM the great unsung hero of darkly purposeful, noir-tinged jazz guitar, Saul Rubin leading his Zebtet at the Fat Cat. They’re also here on 8/14

8/7, 7:0 PM irrepressible, transgressively funny saxophonist Jon Irabagon leads a quintet at Smalls

8/7, 7:30/9:30 PM popular purist postbop saxophonist Eric Alexander leads a rare chordless trio with Johnathan Blake on drums recording a live album at the Jazz Gallery $15

8/7, 8 PM  Moppa Elliott‘s Unspeakable Garbage – a potentially LMFAO Mostly Other People Do the Killing facsimile with Bryan Murray – sax, Nick Millevoi – guitar, Ron Stabinsky – piano, Moppa Elliott – bass, Dan Monaghan – drums at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

8/7, 8 PM edgy, historically-inspired newgrass band Cricket Tell the Weather at the small room at the Rockwood

8/7, 8:30 PM kinetic, eclectic, funky parlor jazz violinist Mazz Swift at Bar Lunatico

8/7-13, 8:30;10:30 PM purist postbop guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel leads a trio at the Vanguard. Then he’s here with a quartet through the 19th.

8/7. 9:30 PM high-voltage delta blues/Romany swing guitarist Felix Slim at Bar Chord

8/8, noon charmingly torchy vocal trio the Ladybugs – who put a twistedly original spin on old Disney movie themes – at the triangle at 66th St. and Broadway

8/8, 5:30 PM Afropop dancefloor guy Sinkane at Bryant Park

8/8, 6:30 PM slinky maracatu/New Orleans/surf rock mashups from Nation Beat on the plaza at the Brooklyn Public Library

8/8, 6:30 PM in reverse order: the Sun Ra Arkestra play a live score to Space Is the Place, José James sings Bill Withers and Samora Pinderhughes: The Transformations Suite at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center. Jury’s out on the openers.

8/8, 7:30/9 PM eclectic, paradigm-shifting B3 jazz organist Brian Charette leads a trio at Minton’s, $10

8/8, 8 PM irrepressible klezmer violinist Eleonore Biezunski leads her Titi Parisienne ensemble playing French songs of displacement with her trio featuring ex-Chicha Libre keyboardist Josh Camp on accordion at Barbes

8/8, 8 PM improvisationally-inclined Madrid-based pan-latin jazz chanteuse Aurora Arteaga and band at Club Bonafide, $15

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

8/8. 10 PM Savak – who rehash Wire as well as anybody else ever has – at Coney Island Baby, $10 

8/9, 5 PM Maceo Parker of the JBs at Chambers Plaza in Newark

8/9, 6:30 PM powerhouse tropicalia chanteuse Xenia Rubinos in the sculpture garden at MOMA, free w/museum adm

8/9, 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 –  plays “a very special [spectacularly surreal, snarky] show of reinterpretations of songs by the Talking Heads, Bob Dylan, Nick Drake, Michael Hurley, Hoagy Carmichael, John Lennon, Brian Wilson, Johnny Mercer, Joni Mitchell, Laura Nyro, Neil Young, Harry Nilsson, Leonard Cohen, Tom Petty, Screaming Jay Hawkins” – what, no Eagles? at Pangea

8/9, 7 PM tenor saxophonist Ken Fowser leads his band at the Fat Cat. Jukebox jazz in a JD Allen vein but not as dark and more straight-ahead/groove-oriented: as postbop party music goes, nobody’s writing better than this guy right now.

8/9, 7 PM 9ish noirish blue-eyed soul singer Fiona Silver and popular blues guitarslinger Gary Clark Jr. at Prospect Park Bandshell

8/9, 7:30 PM International Contemporary Ensemble and Greg Stuart play whispery music on instruments like of glass bowls at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

8/9, 8 PM a short set by the haphazardly funny Eastern Blokhedz  – who do psychedelic covers of 60s Russian psychedelic pop songs and specialize in the catalog of legendary Polish singer Edita Piaha – followed by a screening of Maxim Pozdorovkin’s hilarious/terrifying documentary Our New President, “a vodka-soaked, fever-dream documentary of Donald Drumpf’s rise to power as told by Russian propaganda” on the roof of the American Can Factory, 232 3rd St north of 3rd  Ave., Gowanus, F/R to 9th St., $16, free booze to follow

8/9, 8 PM plush, balmy, oldtimey uke swing band Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies  followed by theatrical avant-garde drummer Sean Noonan leading his band playing the album release show for his new one Aqua Diva at Barbes (note $10 cover for the headliners)

8/10, 5:30 PM weird segues, enticing triplebill: plaintive Yorkshire/Appalachian singer Jan Bell, avant garde jazz chanteuse May Cheung and brilliantly lyrical dark oldtimey songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Pete Lanctot & the Stray Dogs at the American Folk Art Museum  

8/10, 7:30 PM fiery, politically fearless, atmospheric Tunisian art-rocker Emel Mathlouthi  and macabre slowcore band Godspeed You Black Emperor at Prospect Park Bandshell

8/10, 7:30 PM the Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band reinvent Leonard Bernstein’s Wes Side Story soundtrack at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center

8/10, 8 PM eclectic, lyrical, pensive jazz bassist/composer Pedro Giraudo leads his Tango Quartet at Barbes

8/10, 8 PM feral, hypnotic Afro-Colombian trance-dance band Tribu Baharu at Bryant Park

8/10, 8ish eclectic, tuneful accordionist/songwriter Ali Dineen  and fiery oldtime string band guitarist Jackson Lynch at the Owl

8/10-12, 8 PM this summer’s Latino punk festival at Brooklyn Bazaar, short sets by too many bands to name, heavy on the hardcore, the festival link is here, $tba

8/10, 9 PM Austin bluegrass guitarist/singer Talia Bryce followed at 10 by fellow Texan oldtimey band the Troll Smashers and 11 by fiery, psychedelically bluesy oldschool soul/southern rockers Lizzie & the Makers at Pete’s. Lizzie’s also at the small room at the Rockwood at 11 on 8/24.

8/10, 9:30 PM darkly sizzling original surf rock band the Black Flamingos play surf at the Gutter, $5

8/10, 10 PM Lakeside Lounge honcho and careening Americana guitar icon Eric Ambel, and fiery, lyrical Steve Earle-ish songwriter Kasey Anderson at Hill Country

8/10, 10 PM pyrotechnic jazz improv trumpeter Peter Evans with homemade instrument builder/percussionist Levy Lorenzo followed by the prosaically branded but mesmerizing Duet for Theremin and Lap Steel at Wonders of Nature 

8/10-11, 10:30 PM hard-charging alto saxophonist Mike DiRubbo leads his quartet at Smalls

8/10, 10:30 PM Max’s era-style punks the NY Junk play the album release show for their new one at Coney Island Baby, $10

8/11, 3 PM the North, South, East, and West choruses – which could include you – sing the world premiere of John Luther Adams: In the Name of the Earth at Harlem Meer in Central Park

8/11, 3 PM ish swirling, feral female-fronted psychedelic cumbia/tropicalia allstars Combo Chimbita  outdoors at Union Pool, free

8/11, 4ish the lavish Mariachi Real de Mexico de Ramon Ponce  on the Coney Island Boardwalk in front of the Wonder Wheel

8/11, 5 PM an extremely rare solo show by the crystalline-voiced, savagely lyrical Mary Lee Kortes at Pete’s

8/11, 6 PM Microscopic Septet pianist Joel Forrester f – who’s doing a barrellhous take on hypnotic Philip Glass-ine composition lately – followed at 8 by chanteuse/uke player Dahlia Dumont’s kinetic French-Caribbean band  Blue Dahlia and at 10 by Cumbiagra – who’ve been going in a much more psychedelic direction lately-  at Barbes

8/11, 7 PM sizzling, haunting, psychedelic Turkish string band Neotolia at Joe’s Pub, $15

8/11, 7:30/9:30 PM drummer Tomas Fujiwara’s thundering, tidally shifting two-guitar/two-drum Triple Double at the Jazz Gallery, $25

8/11, 7 PM dark Americana lit-rock cult hero Joe Henry and soul/gospel icon Mavis Staples – good twinbill, hilariously bad segue – at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center

8/11, 7 PM  Markus Reuter (Berlin), Mark Wingfield (London), Tim Motzer (Philadelphia), and Doug Hirlinger (NYC/Philadelphia) in a guitar trio plus drums. The late set starting at 9 is a talent-packed quadruple bill with Ikue Mori solo, Peter Evans’ new ensemble “Being & Becoming”, vocalists/noise artists Andrea Pensado, Charmaine Lee, and percussionist Chris Strunk at Arete Gallery, free

8/11, 8 PM masterful improvisational camaraderie with Shipp/Lowe/Cleaver/Ray – Matthew Shipp, Allen Lowe, Gerald Cleaver, Kevin Ray – at the  Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec

8/11, 8 PM kinetic jazz vibraphonista Yuhan Su leads her quintet at the Cell Theatre, $15/$10 stud/srs

8/11, 8:30 PM jangly, clanging late 80s nostalgia with the Breeders at Prospect Park Bandshell

8/11, 9 PM hilarious, smartly political faux-French retro 60s psych-pop band les Sans Culottes at Bar Chord

8/11, 10 PM the Muslim & a Mexican play classic psychedelic Farsi funk from the 60s and 70s at the old Nublu, $10

8/12, 1 PM Super Yamba play their bracingly psychedelic Afrobeat jams at the Riis Park Beach Bazaar in the Rockaways

8/12, 1 PM low-key deep-Brooklyn sounds with Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens playing a gospel brunch show at Bar Lunatico. They’re also here on 8/26

8/12, 3 PM acerbic indie classical duo String Noise at the Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd,, Long Island City,  N to Broadway and about a 15-block walk, free w/museum adm

8/12, 4 PM amazingly psychedelic, cross-pollinated Indian sounds with the Women’s Raga Massive at the Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St, Flushing, free w/garden adm

8/12, 6 PM noir-inspired low-register reedman Ben Goldberg  and cornetist Kirk Knuffke duel it out at Downtown Music Gallery

8/12, 7 PM twangy Crazy Horse-ish Americana jamband Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real followed by newschool Americana soul chanteuse Margo Price at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center

8/12, 7:30 PM a haunting Tunisian/Palestinian twinbill: singer Sonia M’barek & oudist/violinist Simon Shaheen with his funky Qantara group at Merkin Concert Hall, $30

8/12, 7:30 PM a short set by irrepressibly devious, lyrically hilarious multi-instrumentalist songwriter Walter Ego – who spans from darkly elegant art-rock to classic Britrock sounds – at Sidewalk

8/12, 11 PM creepy, psychedelic circus rock/Russian folk band Mad Meg followed at midnight by Helsinki girlpunk band the Shrieks at Littlefield, $10 

8/13, 7 PM night one of this year’s sublime Drive East Festival of Indian music opens with acclaimed Hindustani spiritual singer Rattan Mohan Sharma at LaMama, 66 E 4th St, $28 tix avail

8/13, 8 PM a rare NYC appearance by classy, cinematic NZ jazz pianist Alan Broadbent at Mezzrow, $15 at the bar

8/13, 8 PM the all-female Resistance Revival Chorus sing epic, inspiring populist gospel tunes and anti-trumpie broadsides, plus appearances by Valerie June, Jojo Abot, Ayo, Deva Mahal, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Mariachi Flor de Toloache, Annabella Sciorra, Abby Dobson, Shakina Nayfack, Indya Moore and others at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park, free, early arrival advised (doors at 7:30

8/13, 8:30 PM fearlessly haunting, dynamic, charismatic Romany/Balkan chanteuse Eva Salina with pyrotechnic accordionist Peter Stan at Bar Lunatico

8/13-16, 8/10:30 PM a rare summit meeting between trumpeter Roy Hargrove and soulful reedman Paquito D’Rivera at the Blue Note, $30 standing room avail. Hargrove is back leading his quintet here 8/28-31.

8/13, 8:30 PM the Vitamin String Quartet play faux-classical covers of all your favorite cheeseball radio hits at City Winery, $20 gen adm

8/13, 9:30ish the NYC Gaita Club – a Bulla en el Barrio spinoff – play rustically pounding Afro-Colombian trance-dance music at Barbes

8/14, 7 PM powerhouse postbop trumpeter Wayne Tucker leads his group followed byclever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

8/14-15, 7:30/9:30 PM golden-age large-ensemble postbop sounds with the Lee Konitz Nonet at the Jazz Standard, $30

8/14. 8 PM bassist Adam Minkoff leads a nine-piece rock band with horns playing his original arrangements of Stravinsky works at the Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec

8/14, 8:30 PM this year’s sublime Drive East Festival of Indian music continues with Vishal Vaid singing rapturous ghazals at LaMama, 66 E 4th St, $28 tix avail

8/14-15, 8:30 PM lyrical, Balkan-inspired pianist Uri Caine leads a trio at Mezzrow, $20 at the bar

8/14, 9ish tuneful, smartly lyrical songwriter and slashing guitarist Jennifer O’Connor and her band at Wonders of Nature

8/14, 9  PM Crampsy ghoul-surf/noir garage band Twin Guns at Coney Island Baby, $12

8/14. 10 PM bass sax monster Stefan Zeniuk does double duty with two of his dark latin bands: punk mambo crew the NY Fowl Harmonic  followed by the titanic, richly noir Gato Loco at Hank’s, $7

8/15, 5:30 PM night one of this year’s amazing Bryant Park Accordion Festival, short sets by musicians scattered across the park lawn to prevent any sonic interference. Lineup includes Phil Passantino (Cajun + Zydeco), Maestro Tito Castro (Bandoneón: Argentine Tango), Foncho Castellar (Colombian Cumbia + Vallenato), Gregory Grene (Irish Rock), Eduardo de Carvalho (Brazilian Forró), Christina Crowder (Klezmer & Moldavian Folk), Jenny Luna (amazing Balkan + Turkish), Susan Hwang (wryly literary Blues + Soul), Jody Kruskal (Concertina: Old Americana), Dmitry Sokolovsky (Retro, Samba, Musette + Jazz), Nathan Koci (American and English Folk Tunes), and Barry Adler (German + Austrian)

8/15, 6 PM high-voltage psychedelic cumbia/Afrobeat jamband MAKU Soundsystem at Madison Square Park

8/15, 6 PM sitar player Abhik Mukherjee at the Rubin Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

8/15, 7:15 PM this year’s sublime Drive East Festival of Indian music continues with rising star santoor player Vinay Desai at LaMama, 66 E 4th St, $21 tix avail

8/15, 9 PM haunting all-acoustic symphonic art-rock band the Arcane Insignia at the Delancey, $10

8/16, 7:15 PM this year’s sublime Drive East Festival of Indian music continues with the epic, mesmerizing Navatman Music Collective – the only carnatic choir in this hemisphere – at LaMama, 66 E 4th St, $22 tix avail

8/16, 7:30 PM the Jimi Hendrix of the cuatro, Jorge Glem at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

8/16, 8ish an amazing original roots music triplebill: badass original country blues and oldtimey guitarist/songwriter Mamie Minch, oldtimey Americana duo the Hawkins Brothers and wildly hilarious acoustic Veracruz-style folk-punk band Radio Jarocho at a house concert at 169 Spencer St. at Willoughby, Bed-Stuy, G to Myrtle-Willoughby, sug don

8/16, 7:30/9:30 PM reedman Brian Krock’s titanic 20-piece jazz orchestra Big Heart Machine – conducted by Miho Hazama and featuring the spectacular Arcoiris Sandoval on piano – at the Jazz Gallery, $15

8/16-19, 7:30/9:30 PM high-voltage vibraphonist Warren Wolf and his Quartet at the Jazz Standard, $30

8/16, 8 PM eclectic, vivid Colombian pianist Ricardo Gallo with Ben Goldberg: clarinet; Sam Kulik: trombone; Satoshi Takeishi: drums followed at 10 by Pangari & the Socialites careening through classic ska and rocksteady – most of it from the 60s Skatalites catalog – at Barbes

8/16, 8:30 PM riveting, incisive oudist Brandon Terzic with the Brooklyn Raga Massive – a rotating cast of A-list Indian, jazz and rock musicians who love to jam out classic Indian themes from over the centuries to the present day – at the Jalopy, $15. Terzic is also at Barbes on 8/29 at 8.

8/16, 9 PM indie powepop icons Guided By Voices at Industry City Courtyard, 274 36th St, Sunset Park, D/R to 36th St., $25 tix avail at the Bell House box ofc

8/17, 5:30 PM ubiquitous, moodily lyrical, politically savvy Irish folk-rocker Niall Connolly at the American Folk Art Museum 

8/17, 6 PM ferocious, female-fronted Afrobeat band Underground System at Bryant Park

8/17, 10 PM ferociously lyrical, Macbeth-inspired art-rock/psychedelic songwriter Rose Thomas Bannister and her killer new band at the Jalopy, $10

8/17, 8 PM a collaboration between wildly eclectic bluegrass/Taiwanese folk guitaris/songwriter Chalaw Basiwali and Malagasy griot Kilema at Flushing Town Hall, $16/$10 srs, under 18 free w.ID

8/17, 8 PM rustic Brazilian jungle guitar-and-accordion sounds with Regional de NY at Barbes

8/17, 9:30 PM a killer surf rock twinbill: the Nebulas and the evilly psychedelic Satan’s Pilgrims at the Gutter, $5

8/17, 7:30 PM baritone saxophonist Lauren Sevian leads her killer LSQ quartet with Helen Sung on piano at Smalls

8/11, 8 PM jazz violinist Frederika Krier & her quartet Molecular Vibrations at the Cell Theatre, $15/$10 stud/srs

8/17, 8 PM exotic vibraphone-driven surf rock instrumentalists the Vibro-jets at Troost

 8/17, 8:30 PM future hall of famers the Out Louds: Tomas Fujiwara – drums; Ben Goldberg – clarinet; Mary Halvorson – guitar at I-Beam, $15

8/17, 8:30 PM organist and  Monk reinventor Greg Lewis and dazzlingly eclectic purist jazz singer Brianna Thomas at Bar Lunatico – OMFG

8/17, 10:40 PM (not 10:30) anthemic lit-rocker Dalton Deschain followed y the darkly eclectic, enigmatic Lorraine Leckie  – equally adept at Slavic and Americana noir – at Sidewalk

8/17, midnight, this era’s most intensely powerful tenor sax guy, JD Allen runs the jam session at Smalls. Hell, he could sleep here afterward

8/18, 1 PM hilarious, smartly political faux-French retro 60s psych-pop band les Sans Culottes at the Riis Park Beach Bazaar in the Rockaways

8/18, 1/3 PM the Collaborative Arts Ensemble play southern US-inspired works by Samuel Barber, Charles Ives, Johnny Cash,Hoagy Carmichael, Henry Mancin at Colonels Row on Governors Island, free

8/18, 6 PM trippy downtempo/postrock band Droneship followed at 7 by rockabilly band the Lexingtons at the Delancey 

8/18, 7:30 PM fearlessly relevant, genuinely riveting, populist tenor sax visionary/improviser Matana Roberts  solo on tenor sax at the Jazz Gallery. At 9:30 she plays a duo set with drummer Gerald Cleaver, $25

8/18, 7:30/9:30 PM powerful jazz belter – and Gil Scott-Heron reinventor –  Charenee Wade leads her group at Minton’s, $10

8/18, 8:30 PM this year’s sublime Drive East Festival of Indian music continues with Nirmala Rajasekar and Group playing magical Saraswati veena music at LaMama, 66 E 4th St, $23 tix avail

8/18, 8:30 PM Unheard Of Ensemble play works by Christopher Stark, Margaret Shedel, Reiko Füting, Erin Rogers and Tonia Ko at Spectrum

8/18, 9 PM chugging girlpunks Grim Streaker, feminist hardcore band Fea and ageless Cali surf punk legends Agent Orange at the Knitting Factory, $17 adv tix rec 

8/18, 9ish crunchy Italian stoner doom metal band Megatherium at the Cobra Club, $tba 

8/18, 10 PM expansive brass-fueled Afrobeat jams with the Brighton Beatat Shrine

8/18. 10 PM fiery electric bluegrass and C&W with Demolition String Band  at Skinny Dennis

8/18. 10 PM oldschool psychedelic soul/groove band Empire Beats at the Way Station

8/18, 9:30 PM wryly retro, period-perfect classic 60s style female-fronted honkytonk band the Bourbon Express at Freddy’s

8/19, 1 PM bouncy, slyly amusing psychedelic cumbia band Consumata at the Riis Park Beach Bazaar in the Rockaways

8/19, 5 PM the final concert of this year’s sublime Drive East Festival of Indian music features the Flute Raman Trio playing mystical, centuries-old repertoire at LaMama, 66 E 4th St, $21 tix avail

8/19, 7 PM Fuck You Tammy play amazingly spot-on recreations of themes from Twin Peaks and David Lynch films at the Mercury, $10

8/19, 7:30 PM Haley Fohr aka Circuit des Yeux plays a live ensemble soundtrack to the 1923 silent film adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s play Salomé. at National Sawdust, $17 adv tix rec

8/19, 8 PM torchy, riveting, erudite countrypolitan songwriter Drina Seay plays her bday show at the Treehouse at 2A

8/19, 8 PM hauntingly cinematic, windswept lapsteel soundscapes with Rainer Maria guitarslinger Kaia Fischer and freak-folk eeriness with Uke of Spaces at a house concert at 169 Spencer St. at Willoughby, Bed-Stuy, G to Myrtle-Willoughby, sug don

8/20, 7:30 PM a rare U.S. appearance by legendary Russian folk singer, composer and multi-instrumentalist Sergei Starostin with his Virtual Village Ensemble playing medieval sounds at the Fridman Gallery, $20

8/20-22, 8/10:30 PM trumpeter Christian Scott and band at the Blue Note, $20 standing room avail

8/20, 9 PM lustrously dark jazz pianist Guy Mintus leads his trio at the big room at the Rockwood, $10

8/20, 9 PM legendary dual-reedman George Braith – who can play two saxes at once better than most guys can play one – leads his quartet at the Fat Cat

8/21-22, 7:30/9:30 PM rising star jazz harpist Brandee Younger leads her Quintet: electric on the 21st and acoustic on the 22nd at the Jazz Standard

8/21, 8 PM roaring 20s hot jazz with Sweet Megg & the Wayfarers at Radegast Hall

8/21-25, 8:30 PM guitar icon Bill Frisell leads a series of duos with various drummers at the Stone at the New School, $20. Choice pick: how to decide? 8/22 with Kenny Wollesen or 8/24 with Johnathan Blake? 8/29 at 7 PM Frisesll plays a rare duo show with Ikue Mori on percussion at National Sawdust, $25 adv tix rec. He’s also at Russ & Daughters – smallest venue he’s ever played – on 8/30 for FREE. Get there early

8/21, 10:30 PM brilliant drummer/percussionist Willie Martinez & La Familia Sextet play classic salsa grooves at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, $10

8/21, 10:30 PM fiery alto saxophonist Lucas Pino’s twin-guitar No No Nonet at Smalls

8/22, 1 PM a NYC bluegrass band twinbill with Bluegrass Collusion and Sheriff & the Deputy at the triangle at 66th and Broadway

8/22, 5:30 PM night two of this year’s amazing Bryant Park Accordion Festival, short sets by musicians scattered across the park lawn to prevent any sonic interference. Lineup includes John Sherman (Cajun, Appalachian + Blues), Tinta Roja (Argentine Bandoneón + Guitar), El Toro de la Sierra (Mexican Norteño), Dan Gurney (Traditional Irish), Felipe Hostins (Northeast Brazilian), Mary Spencer Knapp (French, Pop + Soul), Nathan Rivera (Gypsy Blues), The Bumper Crop Boys (Blues and Country), Yuri Lemeshev (World, Classical + Jazz), Sam Reider (American Roots), Erica Mancini (Jazz, Blues + Country), and Mario Tacca (French Musette + Waltz).

8/22, 9 PM sharply lyrical janglerock/Americana/soul songwriter Matt Keating and guitarist Steve Mayone’s catchy new powerpop project the Bastards of Fine Arts at 11th St. Bar

8/22, 9 PM intense, charismatic oldschool soul belter Sami Stevens at the small room at the Rockwood

8/23, 5 PM oldschool Dirty Jerz hip-hop with pioneering female rapper Rah Digga at Chambers Plaza in Newark

8/23, 5:30  PM string ensemble Leadlights play works by Kyle Werner, Beethoven, Brahms, and Mendelssohn at Belvedere Plaza north of Battery Park, follow the sound

8/23, 6 PM oldschool salsa dura with Los Habaneros under the Manhattan Bridge archway, go south from the  York St. subway and follow the sound

8/23, 6:30 PM Tom Csatari & Uncivilized Orchestra at Pioneer Works, free. Brooklyn’s most interesting jazz guitarist survives a brush with death and reemerges with his careening nine-ish piece band – an event not to miss

8/23, 7:30/9 PM lyrical latin jazz alto saxophonist Roman Filiu  leads a quartet with David Virelles on piano at Minton’s, $10

8/23, 8 PM singer Dida Pelled salutes obscure cult favorite women songwriters including Connie Converse, Elizabeth Cotten, Molly Drake, Vashti Bunyan and Norma Tanega followed at 10 by allstar violinist and drummer Jenny Scheinman & Allison Miller’s Parlour Game trio with formidable pianist Carmen Staaf at Barbes

8/23, 8:30 PM bassist Ben Allison teams up with noir-inspired pianist Frank Kimbrough & guitarist Steve Cardenas at Mezzrow, $20 at the bar

8/23, 10 PM twangy oldschool C&W band Girls Guns & Glory – who actually don’t embarrass themselves with their Hank Williams covers – at Hill Country

8/23, 10 PMtrumpeter Steven Bernstein’s legendary noir jazz outfit Sexmob at the old Nublu, $10 adv tix avail at the Poisson Rouge box ofc

8/24, 5:30 PM blues guitarist Will Scott – who can play just about any style from all over the country – and vivacious, badass all-female oldtimey string band the Dead Sea Sisters at the American Folk Art Museum 

8/24, 7 PM dazzlingly eclectic purist jazz singer Brianna Thomas, bassist Buster Williams leading his group and then veteran trumpeter Charles Tolliver reprising his 1968 album Paper Man at Marcus Garvey Park

8/24, 8 PM brilliantly lyrical trumpeter Ben Holmes’ Naked Lore with Kyle Sanna and Shane Shahanan at Barbes followed at 10 by the world’s creepiest crime jazz/film noir band, Big Lazy 

8/24-25, 10:30 PM innovative, erudite jazz organist Jared Gold leads his quartet at Smalls

8/25, 3 PM the ageless godfather of boogaloo, Joe Bataan outdoors at Union Pool, free

8/25, 5ish purist swing singer Catherine Russell and Jamaican jazz piano icon Monty Alexander’s reggae-jazz Harlem-Kingston Express at Marcus Garvey Park

8/25, 6 PM cleverly lyrical, murderously witty murder ballad/chamber pop allstars Charming Disaster at Castle Clinton in Battery Park

8/25, 7 PM the intricately polyrhythmic eight-piece Chhandayan Tabla Ensemble followed by Sougata Roy Chowdhury on sarod with Monir Hossain on tabla at Chhandayan Center For Indian Music, $20

8/25, 7 PM pianist David Greilsammer “takes a musical journey to the heart of a strange and dazzling labyrinth in a solo recital that spans musical eras,” with a centerpiece of Leoš Janáček’s darkly cinematic suite “On An Overgrown Path” at National Sawdust, $25 adv tix rec

8/25, 9 PM brilliant, historically spot-on oldtime blues guitar/banjo/piano genius Jerron Blind Boy Paxton and the similarly charismatic, politically fearless, historically-inspired oldtime country blues duo Piedmont Bluz at the Jalopy, $20

8/25, 10 PM sludgy, ornate Detroit metal band Acid Witch at St. Vitus, $12 

8/25. 10 PM Danaya Band play Malian and Afrobeat sounds at Silvana

8/26, 1 PM jangly New York original surf rock cult heroes the Supertones at the Riis Park Beach Bazaar in the Rockaways at the triangle at 66th St. and Broadway

8/26, 3 PM the trio of rising star trumpeter Adam O’Farrill, saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins and vibraphonist Joel Ross, iconic, rapturous AACM pianist/organist Amina Claudine Myers, then a lame corporate jazz act, then Gary Bartz leading a quartet at Tompkins Square Park

8/26. 5 PM awesomely slinky, psychedelic Israeli Ethiopiques groove instrumentalists Anbessa Orchestra  in the Jefferson Market Garden on Greenwich St. west of 6th Ave

8/26, 4 PM Music Against Mass Incarceration at Secret Project Robot with lo-fi janglerock/C&W songwriter Colin Langenus, Americana songstress Erin Durant, first-class lo-fi stoner jamband Rhyton, that guy from the former Pleasure Unit, hazily jangly, psychedelic slowcore/free jazz/avant instrumentalists Sunwatchers  and no-wave funksters Guerilla Toss, all proceeds to benefit Just Leadership USA and the fight to shut down Rikers Island $15

8/26, 7 PM  Perspectives Ensemble play works by Manuel de Falla at the Angel Orensanz Center, 172 Norfolk St south of Houston, free 

8/26, 7 PM Alfred Kpebsaane – Ghanaian Gyil xylophone, and Brittany Anjou – piano & keyboards playing Ghanaian Bewaa and Binne funeral music followed at 9:30 by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

8/26, 8ish perennially vital latin jazz piano sage Eddie Palmieri  at Central Park Summerstage

8/26, 10 PM stampeding, merciless Savannah metal band Black Tusk at St. Vitus, $18 

8/26, 10 PM swirly, dancey/dreamy, vaguely 80s inflected stadium rock band Mars Motel at the Delancey, $12 

8/27, 8ish irrepressible, historically informed, crystalline-voiced folk noir/art-rock songwriter Elisa Flynn and the similarly noir, more minimalist Peg Simone at Troost

8/27, 8/10 PM  ageless, perennially hard-hitting jazz piano sage and ex-Coltrane bandmate McCoy Tyner at the Blue Note, $30 standing room avail.

8/27, 9 PM darkly torchy southwestern gothic/Europolitan songwriter/guitarist Miwa Gemini followed by high-voltage delta blues/Romany swing guitarist Felix Slim at LIC Bar

8/27, 9:30ish singer Carolina Oliveros’ mighty 13-piece Afro-Colombian trance/dance choir Bulla en el Barrio at Barbes

8/28, 8 PM badass oldschool electric bluesmistress Celisse Henderson  and a bunch of actors read from and play music inspired by the Howard Zinn classic People’s History of the United States at Central Park Summerstage. They did something like this at Lincoln Center last year and it was surprisingly subversive.

8/28, 9 PM slashing guitarist Steve Antonakos plays slide guitar blues with his band at Bar Chord

8/28, 9 PM edgy, deep blues-inspired acoustic songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Lola Johnson at 11th St. Bar

8/29, 5:30 PM night three of this year’s amazing Bryant Park Accordion Festival, short sets by musicians scattered across the park lawn to prevent any sonic interference. Lineup includes Kenny Margolis (Zydeco + Blues), David Hodges (Bandoneón: Argentine Tango), Harold Rodriguez (Colombian Vallenato), Annmarie Acosta (Williams Traditional Irish), Rob Curto (Brazilian Bluegrass), Ed Goldberg & the Odessa Klezmer Band (Eastern European Klezmer), Melissa Elledge (Rock + Pop), George Saenz (Music from Texas-Mexico Border), Smörgåsbandet (Scandinavian), Earl Accordionist (Polka, French + Tango), Mindra Sahadeo (Harmonium: South Asian), and Rachelle Garniez (arguably this era’s greatest and most colorful, magnetic songwriter)

8/29, 7:30/9:30 PM this era’s most cutting-edge, politically relevant large jazz ensemble, Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society at the Jazz Standard, $30

8/29, 8:30 PM epically prolific, fearless, monumentally tuneful pianist Satoko Fujii leads her trio at i-Beam, $15, get there early

8/29, 10:30 PM slinky maracatu/New Orleans/surf rock mashups from Nation Beat at the big room at the Rockwood

8/30, 5:30 PM the Harlem Quartet play works by Schubert, Debussy and others at Belvedere Plaza north of Battery Park, follow the sound

8/30-9/2, 7:30/9:30 PM purist pianist Cyrus Chestnut and Trio featuring Buster Williams and Lenny White at the Jazz Standard

8/30, 8 PM deviously theatrical oldschool C&W/rockabilly parodists Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co at Otto’s

8/30, 8:30 PM haunting, intense ,soulful folk noir songwriter Holly Miranda – who’s as good on Telecaster as she is on piano at City Winery, $15

 8/30, 10 PM accordionist/sitarist Kamala Sankaram’s hot surfy Bollywood/cumbia/psychedelic rock project Bombay Rickey at Barbes

8/30, 10:30 PM drummer Dan Pugach leads his nonet with Nicole Zuraitis on the mic, playing the album release show for his new one at Smalls

8/31, 6 PM 80s style goth/dreampop band Shadow Age at Elsewhere, $12 

8/31, 7:30 PM the glimmering, noir-inspired Tom Beckham on vibes with Peter Slavov on bass and George Schuller on drums at the Bar Next Door, $12

8/31, 8 PM klezmer-jazz icon Anthony Coleman on piano and organ with Doug Wieselman – clarinets and Brad Jones – bass; Chris Cochrane – guitar and Brian Chase – drums followed by a rare club show by busker legends the Xylopholks at Barbes. Let’s see how far they get in those sweaty animal onesies and masks!

8/31, 8 PM Yoon-Ji Lee’s “Sunday Supper”“Sunday Supper” (Korean title: “저녁식사”), “an experimental chamber opera loosely inspired by the 2007 novel “The Vegetarian” by Han Kang” with electroacoustic Korean music and instrumental backing, plus a dance work in progress by Adrianne Aguilar at National Sawdust, $15 adv tix rec

8/31, 10:30 PM energetic, perennially relevant, boisterously amusing acoustic Veracruz-style folk-punk band Radio Jarocho at Terraza 7, $10

9/1, 3 PM the Sun Ra Arkestra outdoors at Union Pool, free

9/1, 5 PM atmospheric, cinematic drummer/composer Tim Kuhl – sort of a more straightforwardly trippy version of John Hollenbeck – followed at 8 by dazzlingly eclectic chamber pop/latin/classical violinist Concetta Abbate at Pete’s

9/1, 6 PM the Toomai String Quintet play all kinds of adventurous, global classical repertoire, specializing in fiery Cuban material, then at 8 PM pianist Lucian Ban and violist Mat Maneri play their creepy Transylvanian jazz and then at 10 there’s epic ranchera/bolero brass crew Banda de los Muertos at Barbes

9/1, 7ish Bobby Radcliff – the rare blues guitarist who plays a ton of notes but doesn’t waste them, sort of a funkier Stevie Ray Vaughan – with his trio at Terra Blues

9/1, 7 PM in reverse order at El Cortez: no wave sax legends James Chance & The Contortions,dark art-rock guitar icon Martin Bisi, and perennially sick noiserock guitar band the Sediment Club, $20

9/1, 7  PM the annual Soorya festival of Sri Lankan culture and arts at Faber Park in Staten Island, free, shuttle bus will stop at the Staten Island Ferry to pick you up, program tba 

9/1, 8 PM singer Lara Solnicki leads a killer quintet with Marta Sanchez on piano and Roman Filiu on alto at the Cell Theatre, $15. Filiu leads his quartet afterward

9/1, 8 PM charmingly inscrutable Parisienne chanteuse Chloe & the French Heart Jazz Band  at Club Bonafide, $20. She’s back here on 9/21 at 6, 9/28 at 7 and 9/29 at 6 again

9/1, 8:30 PM Greg Lewis’ brilliant, fearlessly political Organ Monk Trio at Bar Lunatico

9/1, 8:30 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” followed by exotic vibraphone-driven surf band the Vibro-jets at the Gutter, sug don

9/1, 9 PM Unsteady Freddie‘s monthly surf rock extravaganza at Otto’s begins at 9 PM with ferocious, creepy surf noir band the Men in Gray Suits, at 10 spaghetti western/surf trio LoungeZotica 3000, at 11 gloomy surfed-up Russian prison songs with the Vivisectors, and around midnight the night’s hardest-rocking act, Surfer R Cool 

9/1, 9 PM dark garage rock and noir psychedelia with Holly Golightly & the Brokeoffs at the Mercury, $15

9/5, 5:30 PM  night four of this year’s amazing Bryant Park Accordion Festival, short sets by musicians scattered across the park lawn to prevent any sonic interference. Lineup includes Laren Droll (Cajun + Zydeco), Laura Vilche (Bandoneón: Argentine Tango), Nain de los M-1 Sangre de Reyes (Norteño Music from Mexico), Patty Furlong (Traditional Irish Music), Cordeone (Portuguese Fado), Ilya Shneyveys (Traditional + Original Klezmer), Eva Salina and Peter Stan (Vintage Balkan Roma Ballads), Mira Stroika (Pop Cabaret), Albert Behar (French Musette + Gypsy Jazz), Alan Morrow (Waltzes, Tango + Blues), Papa Bavarian (German Oktoberfest), and Burlap Don Simons (American Swing).

9/6, 6 PM singer Jessy Carolina’s torchy cabaret band Shanghai Mermaid under the Manhattan Bridge archway, go south from the  York St. subway and follow the sound

9/7, 6 PM elegant, lyrical, wildly eclectic oldtimey jazz/New England Americana songwriter Caroline Cotter at the American Folk Art Museum 

9/9, 3 PM koto visionary Yumi Kurosawa at the Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd,, Long Island City,  N to Broadway and about a 15-block walk, free w/museum adm

9/12, 5:30 PM night five of this year’s amazing Bryant Park Accordion Festival, short sets by musicians scattered across the park lawn to prevent any sonic interference. Lineup includes Julie Winterbottom (Cajun Music from Louisiana), Javier Sánchez (Bandoneón: Argentine Tango), Sadys Rodrigo Espitia (Colombian Cumbia + Vallenato), Ellen Lindstrom “The Swedish Meatball” (Scandinavian Music), Vitor Gonçalves (Brazilian Choro + Forró), Shoko Nagai (Japanese + Jewish), Maestro (Electronic Balkan Music), Papa Joe De Clemente (Italian + American Standards), Will Holshouser (Jazz + Folk), Ismail Butera (Ancient Mediterranean), Ryan O’Donnell + Friends (Ukrainian), and Guillermo Vaisman (Coastal Argentine Chamamé).

9/14, 5 PM the grand finale of this year’s amazing Bryant Park Accordion Festival with full sets by Shashmaqam (hauntin Bukharan Jewish music and and Central Asian dance), João Cirilo Pilom Batuko Band (Batuko and Funaná from Cape Verde), a lame Patti Smith wannabe on harmonium, Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino (sizzling Pugliese folk dances), and Rimel (Norteño music from Mexico).

9/20 Red Baraat guitarist Jonathan Goldberger, Hearing Things organist JP Schlegelmilch and Alasnoaxis drummer Jim Black bought a vintage Yamaha organ and play the release show for their killer, psychedelic new trio album Visitors at Nublu 151

9/21, 8 PM sizzling oudist Mohamed Abozekry and Karade play haunting, serpentine Egyptian music from across the centuries at Roulette, $25/$20 stud/srs

9/27, 7 PM the all-female Resistance Revival Chorus sing epic, inspiring populist gospel tunes and anti-trumpie broadsides followed by afropop singer Angelique Kidjo at Central Park Summerstage

9/29 lush, dynamically eclectic Korean folk/art-rock band Coreyah mash up lustrous, often plaintive themes with hard-charging hip-hop and dance tunes at the Chile Pepper Festival at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, time/price tba

10/13, 2:30ish sardonically catchy powerpop/janglerockers the Hell Yeah Babies, long-running, wickedly jangly, tuneful Americana rockers the Sloe Guns in Tompkins Square Park and Giftshop – the missing link between Blondie and the Distillers – at Tompkins Square Park

Witheringly Lyrical, Relevant Acoustic Rock Intensity with the Rails at the Mercury

Let’s say you’re the daughter of the guy who might be both the greatest rock songwriter and the greatest rock guitarist of alltime. And your mother is generally considered to be the greatest British folksinger of the past century. And you decide not to go into, say, architecture or film or visual art. Instead, you go into music. And marry one of the greatest lead guitarists of your own generation. Career suicide waiting to happen, right?

Hardly. Kami Thompson has her dad Richard’s withering sense of humor, her mom’s looks and a voice which, while it would be ridiculously unfair to compare to Linda Thompson’s shattering, poignant instrument, is every bit as haunting in its own right. Wednesday night at the Mercury, she and her guitarslinger husband James Walbourne – the core of British folk-rock duo the Rails – spun a shimmering, rippling web of vocals and guitar that transcended that spare format.

Playing lead and sharing vocals, Walbourne waited until four songs into the set before he really cut loose and went for the jugular with spiraling volleys of notes, infused with equal parts blues, Britfolk and the Byrds. Throughout the show, it was as if there was a guitar orchestra onstage: the way the two interweave and fill out each others’ melodies creates a lush thicket of sound that sounds like a lot more than just two acoustic guitars.

The best song of the set was hardly a surprise. The duo couldn’t have played a more appropriate song for the Lower East Side of New York in 2018 than title track of the duo’s latest album There Are Other People In  This World, Not Just You. Kami sang that with a mix of battle fatigue, resilience and seething anger, amplified by her husband’s low harmonies as he flung icepick riffs against the melody. Earlier in the set, Walbourne had lamented the closure of longtime neighborhood watering hole Max Fish (which has since reopened a few blocks away with completely different ambience and clientele). And underscored that exasperation with the blitzkrieg of speculator-fueled destruction with a snarling take of The Cally, a desperate, embittered reminiscence of Caledonian Road British dive bar revelry in the age of luxury condos that aren’t even built for habitation.

With the plaintively lilting Willow Tree, a mutatingly bucolic instrumental and then a rather grim take of the old exile tale Australia, the duo gave a musically purist if sardonic nod to the “songs that were passed down to us,” as Kami said with almost a grimace. Much as their roots encompass centuries worth of traditional sounds, they’re most at home doing their own songs. She finally took her voice to the rafters as the angst-fueled Late Surrender peaked out. Walbourne offered his own take of relationship hell with Dark Times, a harmony-fueled tale of an affair that was doomed from the start.

While Walbourne is obviously influenced by Richard Thompson – who was in the crowd, watching closely and approvingly – he doesn’t mimic any of the master’s familiar wild bends, Middle Eastern allusions or long, volcanic crescendos. Walbourne’s lead guitar work with the Pretenders is more conventional, but his role in this project is as much orchestrator as fretburner. And his wife is no slouch on the guitar, either, although she didn’t launch into any of whose sidewinding spirals, leaping Celtic phrases or any of his starkly sparkly open-tuned blues, her fingerpicking was nimble and nuanced. A good crowd for a weekday night roared for a second encore following the duo’s stately, rainy-day closing number, but time was up.

This was the last stop on the Rails’ American tour, but they’re likely to be back; watch this space.

Celebrating This City’s Multicultural Richness and Getting Lost in Feral Colombian Sounds at Lincoln Center

Over the past year, there’s been plenty of pretty feral South American music at Lincoln Center. In their debut there last night, Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto continued that tradition as much as their own, which goes back to the 1950s when they were one of the very first to take their ecstatic native trance-dance music beyond their Colombian coastal stomping ground. Lincoln Center’s Jordana Leigh, who booked the night, said with relish that the band reflect the “Diversity and beauty of our international city.” Xenophobia has no place here – and the sold-out crowd loudly agreed.

The seven-piece band – five percussionists delivering both boom and clatter on instruments of various sizes, plus two playing the gaita, the otherworldly, hair-raising, overtone-generating reed flute – opened with a vampy party anthem. From there they didn’t waste time getting relevant with a defiant salute to freedom fighters, the gaitas keening and veering in and out of the western scale. The call-and-response of the hypnotically shuffling dance number after that underscored the African origins of this music, but if they’d switched out those wild, rustic gaitas for European accordions, they would have been playing vallenato. These roots run deep.

From there the band took the same kind of chant and made slinky cumbia out of it, peaking ot with thundering bass drum. But as much as the percussion was front and center, it was always the quaver of the gaitas that kept the intensity at razor’s edge, always pushing the sound beyond a simple, undulatingly hypnotic groove.

These guys have more experience working a dancefloor than pretty much any other band on the planet. So it was no surprise to see the lightning of the gaitas and the thunder of the drums rise as the show went on, in a defiant celebration of Colombian pride. They brought up their newest member, Yeison Landero – whose grandfather played in the group in the 1960s – to play accordion, creating a surreal mashup of ancient Africa and 1960s Caribbean beachfront bar sounds. 

From a musical point of view, it was awfully cool to hear how the accordion was basically playing gaita voicings, but in straight-up minor-key. As the dancers swayed and clapped along, it became harder and harder to focus on the details and resist the urge to just let the body take over from the brain. Which is part of the deal with this band: let the cumbia take over and your mind will follow.

The next free concert at the Lincoln Center atrium space on Broadway just north of 62nd St. is on July 26 at 7:30 PM with Argentine dancehall rapper Alika. Get there early if you’re going.

Book of J Reinvent Classic Spiritual Sounds With a New Album and a July Barbes Residency

Book of J are Sway Machinery guitarist/bandleader Jeremiah Lockwood and singer Jewlia Eisenberg of Charming Hostess. Each have brought an impassioned, vocally-driven approach to their own projects, equally informed by classic Jewish and African-American melodies and spiritual traditions. Together they reinvent those influences, from haunting, medieval Jewish piyutim love laments, to oldtime country blues and gospel. Their debut album is streaming at youtube. They have a weekly Saturday 6 PM residency at Barbes this July, a venue where the two have collaborated memorably in the past.

The new album opens with a steady version of the spiritual 12 Gates to the City, Eisenberg taking the lead, Lockwood’s harmonies shadowing her as he drives the song with his shivery acoustic slide blues work. Likewise, Lockwood’s nimbly tumbling phrases propel the gorgeous Agadelkha, Eisenberg’s raw vocals out front, up to an enigmatic chordal guitar solo. The verse sounds like an acoustic Balkan predecessor of the Jefferson Airplane’s White Rabbit: was Grace Slick into that stuff?

Lockwood switches to Telecaster for a boogie-flavored take of the country gospel tune Do Lord, Remember Me which they transform into an oldtime union anthem after a spiky Lockwood guitar solo. The duo exchange impassioned, conspiratorial vocals over Lockwood’s eerily tremoloing guitar in the Yiddish dirge Khavele; their hauntingly fluttering, sotto-voce, French/English take of Leonard Cohen’s The Partisan is much the same.

They go back to classic African-American gospel for Freedom Plow, adding unsettled indie rock chords underneath. Their call-and-response in the country blues-flavored Tell God is much more rustic. Then they do Sweet Inspiration as proto Ike & Tina Turner, with some sweet, Indian summer blues guitar riffage.

Eisenberg sings an unvarnished take of the lament Seven Sons Had Hannah over Lockwood’s spare, hypnotically Malian-influenced guitar. Tzir is the shortest, most whispery and most starkly gorgeous, bittersweet song on the album. The duo follow with Kum Mayn Kind, a distantly blues-inflected European lullaby

They do a final spiritual, My Sun Will Never Go Down as a turn-of-the-[past]-century Pete’s Candy Store number, with some starkly incisive picking from Lockwood, and close with a hushedly fervent, brooding interpretation of Fiery Love, an edgy Yiddish theme.

Lockwood always invites a whole slew of killer talent to his Barbes residencies; the July 14 edition with his sometime collaborator, Big Lazy noir guitar genius Steve Ulrich, should be particularly intense.