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

Constant updates: you might want to bookmark this page and check back every so often. If you don’t recognize a venue where a particular act is playing, check the comprehensive, recently updated list of over 200 New York City music venues at New York Music Daily’s sister blog Lucid Culture.

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

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

On select Wednesdays and Sundays, an intimate, growing piano music salon on the Upper West Side featuring iconoclastically insightful, lyrical pianist Nancy Garniez – a cult favorite with an extraordinarily fluid, singing, legato style – exploring the delicious minutiae of works from across the centuries. Up next: Bartok, Haydn, Brahms and Chopin. Sugg don $10 (pay what you can), delicious gluten-free refreshments, beverages and lively conversation included! email for info/location. Upcoming dates: Wednesdays at 7: Mar 22,  Apr 19 , May 17,  June 21, and Sundays at 4:   Mar 26,  Apr 23,  May 21,  June 25.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mondays in March at midnight wild noir piano jazz with the Dred Scott Trio back at their old spot, the small room at the Rockwood. 3/27 they’re at Mezzrow at 9

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturdays in March 6 PM Steve Ulrich of Big Lazy at Barbes. The darkest and most darkly humorous noir guitarist on the planet promises to bring a whole slew of special guests from his vast address book. Expect the film themes that have made him famous as well as deviations into Monk, Piazzolla, maybe even country and blues. There’s nothing this guy can’t play or take deep into the shadows.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3/1, 8 PM rockabilly/honkytonk guitar maven Monica Passin a.k.a. L’il Mo followed by well-liked, fearlessly political LES soul-rock songwriter/chanteuse Dina Regine at Sidewalk

3/1-2, 8 PM the Boston Symphony Orchestra play Gunther Schuller’s Seven Studies on Themes of Paul Klee, Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 22 in E-flat Major, K. 482 and Beethoven’s  Symphony No. 3, “Eroica” at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, $25 seats avail

3/1, 8:30  PM Rocky Mountain gothic songwriter Jackson Melnick plays the album release show for his new one with Rainy Mountain, Emma McMullin, and Joanna Sternberg at Muchmore’s 

3/1-5, 8:30 PM Mexican-American jazz fave Oscar Noriega leads a series of groups, alternating between alto sax and drums at the Stone, $20. Choice pick: the 3/3 quartet set with Mary Halvorson (guitar) Trevor Dunn (bass) Dan Weiss (drums)

3/1, 9ish Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” at Troost

3/1, 9 PM torchy, eclectic jazz/Americana singer/dobro player Abbie Gardner (ex-Red Molly) at the small room at the Rockwood

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

3/1, 9:30 PM jazz vibraphonista Yuhan Su with  Matt Holman, trumpet;  Alex LoRe, alto sax;  Petros Klampanis, bass;  Nathan Ellman-Bell, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

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

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

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

3/2, 7/9 PM charmingly nuanced, erudite singer/pianist and Dinah Washington reinventor  Champian Fulton plays the album release show for her new all-instrumental cd Speechless with Stephen Fulton [flugelhorn]   Dor Samoha [bass]   Fukushi Tainaka [drums] at Smoke, $12 bar seats avail. 3/7 at 8 she gets back on the mic, leading a trio at Mezzrow, $20

3/2, 7 PM Argentine songwriter Pedro Aznar, Mexican torch jazz singer Magos Herrera & pianist Edward Simon and his Trio play a Mercedes Sosa tribute at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix rec

3/2, 7:30 PM charismatic crooner Sahr Ngaujah’s Fela Acoustic Project and Sierra Leonean hip hop act Bajah and the Dry Eye Crew at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free

3/2, 8 PM dark, charismatic, mischievously witty art-rock keyboardist/chanteuse Rachelle Garniez followed at 10 by Chia’s Dance Party spinoff the Cumbia River Band playing rustic Colombian acoustic grooves at Barbes

3/2, 8 PM percussion and piano quartet Yarn/Wire play the shamanic, hypnotic, kinetic music of Japanese composer Misato Mochizuki at the Miller Theatre, $25 tix avail

3/2, 8 PM wild largescale improvisation: cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum‘s PlusTet performs music from their release “Enter the PlusTet” and premiere a new composition for creative orchestra at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

3/2, 8 PM guitar/violin noise duo Aimee Niemann and Louis Cohen followed by concise, tuneful jazz pianist Marta Sanchez l leading her quintet with Roman Filiu on alto sax at the Owl, $10

3/2, 8/9:30 PM drummer/composer Rob Garcia  leads his quartet with Noah Preminger, tenor sax;  Gary Versace, piano;  John Hébert, bass;  playing his fearlessly political, tuneful, relevant compositions at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

3/2, 9 PM long-running 90s alt-country favorites Rusty Truck at Hill Country

3/2, 10 PM ceaselessly entertaining, carnivalesque, sometimes outrageously cartoonish big band jazz: Josh Green & the Cyborg Orchestra at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix rec

3/2, 10:30 PM 10:30 PM noir-inspired alto saxophonist/composer Nick Hempton leads his group at Smalls

3/2, midnight fiery, politically aware Texas Americana band City of Decades at the small room at the Rockwood  

3/3, 7 PM intense, brilliantly lyrical, fearlessly political 1950s style original folk/blues singer Joshua Garcia at Caffe Vivaldi

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

3/3, 7 PM a multimedia commemoration of the holocaust in Armenia by singer Anaïs Alexandra Tekerian and visual artist Kevork Mourad with writing and performance by  Tekerian and music from guitarist Anna Garano at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix rec

3/3, 7 PM “migra punk night” at the Silent Barn with a diverse lineup: bands include tuneful female-fronted Material Support, similar Pinoy punks Kadena and dark sludgy hardcore punk en Espanol band Huasipungo headlining, $10    

3/3, 7 PM Omurasu (Tomoko Omura : violin with Yuhan Su: vibraphone) followed by violinist/singer Karolina Beimcik’s Zormya quintet at Shapeshifter Lab, $15

3/3, 7 PM pianist Ena Bronstein Barton performs works by Mozart, Debussy and Chopin at Greenwich House Music School, $15/$10 stud/srs

3/3, 8 PM pianist Lucian Ban and violist Mat Maneri playing their creepy Transylvanian jazz followed at 10 by this era’s most chillingly cinematic, shadowy reverbtoned noir guitar instrumentalists, Big Lazy at Barbes

3/3, 8 PM bassist Leila Bordreuil duels with guitarist Bill Nace and then premieres “Void and Dismissal” — a collaboration with guitarist and vocalist Austin Julian (Sediment Club, Sunk Heaven). Featuring Tamio Shiraishi (alto sax) and Julia Santoli (spatialized amplifiers) at Issue Project Room, $10 sug don

3/3, 8 PM  Irina Muresanu, violin; Angela Draghicescu, piano play a Homage to Dinu Lupatti with music by Bartok, Lupati and Enescu at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $25

3/3, 8:30 PM uneasy, lush chamber-rock and more avant garde sounds with the Parkington Sisters at the third stage at the Rockwood, $10

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

3/3, 9 PM fiery garage rock band the NY Fowl Harmonic – a Gato Loco spinoff – and, Dawn Drake and at Hank’s. Hard-hitting bassist Dawn Drake & Zapote plays hot Afrobeat and latin-tinged funk grooves after

3/3, 9  PM hilarious jazz versions of Merle Haggard classics with Bryan & the Haggards – a Mostly Other People Do the Killing spinoff – at Red Hook Bait & Tackle

3/3, 10 PM fiery, psychedelically bluesy oldschool soul/southern rockers Lizzie & the Makers at the small room at the Rockwood

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

3/3, 10 PM Unsteady Freddie‘s monthly surf rock extravaganza at Otto’s begins at 9 with brooding, stomping Russian prison songs reinvented as surf rock by the Vivisectors, then sax-driven garage punks the Gotham Rockets and psychobilly band the Spastiks sometime after midnight

3/3, 11 PM epic Americana/newgrass anthems with Frontier Ruckus at the Mercury, $12 adv tix rec 

3/4, 2:15 PM eclectic roots reggae/desert rock/African folk band Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars play a family concert at Flushing Town Hall, $13, ages 13-19 get in free w/ID; if you want to take part in an interactive workshop with the band, show up at 1 PM, that’s $7.

3/4, 4 PM quirkily cinematic, psychedelic, family-friendly instrumentalists Songs for Unusual Creatures, followed at 8 by this era’s greatest film noir guitarist and composer, Steve Ulrich of Big Lazy and eventually at 10 by epic, sweeping, adventurous Sinaloa-style mariachi/ranchera brass group Banda de los Muertos at Barbes

3/4, 6 PM carnatic vocal collective Sambhav sing a jazz and avant garde-influenced  program of tillanas — “the raucous, bravura traditional-closing-numbers of the South Indian music canon”- at Freddy’s  

3/4, 7:15ish dark psychedelic acoustic blues/klezmer/reggae/soca jamband Hazmat Modine at Terra Blues. They’re also here on 3/25

3/4, 7:30 PM perennially fearless jazz piano icon Vijay Iyer joins forces with an eclectic group of multilingual performer/composers – Himanshu Suri (formerly of Das Racist), guitarist Rafiq Bhatia (Son Lux) and drummer/rapper Kassa Overall for a voyage across multiple musical landscapes, articulated by the individual brilliance of the four collaborators. Pakistani vocalist/composer Arooj Aftab performs a set of her own songs with Leo Genovese, piano; Jorn Bielfeldt, drums; and Yusuke Yamamoto, synths. at Merkin Concert Hall, $25 or $20 per ticket for multiple purchases

3/4, 7:30 PM jangly all-female garage/surf band the Pizza Boys, sharply funny punk band the Church Bats, more all-female garagey surf jangle from PMS and the Mood Swings and garage rockers the Othermen, at Footlight Bar, $10   

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

3/4, 9/10:30 PM bassist Petros Klamanis leads his hauntingly lush, string-driven septet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

3/4, 9:30 PM smart, cosmopolitan jazz chanteuse Svetlana & the Delancey 5  – Breakfast at Tiffany’s meets Some Like It Hot – at Joe’s Pub, $16

3/4, 9:30 PM pianist Max Lifchitz plays Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition as well as his own Piano Silhouettes inspired by Eliaabeth Condon’s artwork. Also on the program: recent works by American composers Dinos Constantinides, Robert Martin, Patricia Morehead and Douglas Ovens, at Specturm, $15

3/4, 9 PM Unsteady Freddie‘s monthly surf rock extravaganza at Otto’s begins with Brooklyn cover trio the Band of Others, Virginia rockabilly/surf band Brad & the Bombers, majestic, cinematic surf instrumentalists the TarantinosNYC  and at midnight X-rated comedy/surf rockers Thee Swank Bastards

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

3/4, 10 PM haunting Dawn of Midi pianist Amino Belyamani plays solo at the Owl

3/4, 10 PM boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band at Bar Chord.  They’re at Hank’s at around 9 on 3/16 for free

3/4, 10 PM Oxygen Box play Haitian-inspired roots reggae at Silvana 

3/4, 1 AM (actually wee hours of 3/5) hard-hitting tenor saxophonist Stacy Dillard leads his Brooklyn Circle trio at Smalls. They’re also here on 3/18 (technically 3/19)

3/5, 2 PM Geo Suquillo – guitarist, composer and charango player and leader of kinetic latin/Middle Eastern acoustic jamband Inti and the Moon – at Mayflower Bar in Ft. Greene. You should hear their kick-ass cover of Ya Rayyeh!

3/5, 2 PM the Zora String Quartet play Mozart – String Quartet No. 15 in D Minor, K. 42; Atar Arad – Whims for String Quartet (2015) – New York premiere; Shostakovich – String Quartet No. 9 in E-flat Major at the New School Auditorium, 66 W 12th St. off 6th Ave, $18

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

3/5 2 PM the Calefax Reed Quintet play their new arrangement of Bach’s Goldberg Variations plus Tschaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite at the Town Hall, $15

3/5 7:30 PM Ansahman – Anna Garano, Trieste-base classical and flamenco guitarist, plays “a gorgeous repertoire of Armenian songs for voice and flamenco guitar, joined by New York-based Anaïs Alexandra Tekerian of Zula playing the album release show” for their debut at Drom, $15 adv tix rec 

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

3/5, 9 PM hauntingly phantasmagorical art-rock/noir cabaret pianist/singer Anana Kaye at the small room at the Rockwood

3/5, 9:30 PM edgy lefty guitarist Damian Quinones and his psychedelic latin soul band at Pete’s

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

3/6, 8 PM  pianist Vyacheslav Gryaznov (New York Concert Artists 2016 Winner) performs works by Beethoven, Debussy, Ravel, Prokofiev-Gryaznov and Rachmaninoff (the gorgeous Piano Sonata No. 2) at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $30 seats avail

3/6, 9:30 PM the Munchies with gonzo noir jazz pianist Dred Scott, saxophonist Kenny Brooks, drummer Mark Greenburg and bassist Malcolm Gold at the Bitter End

3/7, drinks at 5:30  PM, music at 6, violinist Miranda Cuckson  plays a solo concert with music of Aaron Jay Kernis, Huang Ro, Steve Lehman and Michael Hersch at the Miller Theatre, frree

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

3/7, 7 PM epic, exhilarating original Balkan brass music with alto saxophonist/clarinetist Greg Squared’s Expanded Circle followed by ten-piece funky Balkan brass/Ellington jazz monsters Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

3/7, 7 PM the great unsung hero of darkly purposeful, noir-tinged jazz guitar, Saul Rubin‘ leads his Zebtet at the Fat Cat. He’s also here on 3/14

3/7, 7  PM purist, cleverly lyrical jazz singer Sari Kessler with her combo at 55 Bar

3/7, 7:30/9:30 PM perennially tuneful, lyrical piano improviser/composer Kris Davis leads a trio with Eric Revis – bass and Johnathan Blake – drums at the Jazz Gallery, $22

3/7-19, 8:30/10:30 PM pastoral noir jazz guitar icon Bill Frisell leads a series of quartets and trios at the Vanguard, $30

3/7-12, 8:30 PM irrepressible, transgressively funny saxophonist Jon Irabagon leads a series of groups at the Stone, $20. Choice pick: pretty much all of them. 3/8 he’s leading an organ trio with Gary Versace; 3/11 features the Sirius Quartet with Myra Melford

3/7, 8:30 PM klezmer “Songs of People Other People Don’t Like So Much” performed by fearlessly hilarious accordionist/novelist Geoff Berner and actor/singer/movement artist/director Luisa Muhr at Freddy’s. 3/9, same time they’re at the Jalopy for $15

3/7, 8:30 PM tuneful up-and-coming alto saxophonist Caroline Davis leads a trio at the Bar Next Door. 3/21-25, 11:30ish she’s at Dizzy’s Club, $5/$10 on the weekend

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

3/7, 9:30 PM uneasy postpunk/new wave/dreampop band Rich Girls at Bowey Electric, $8

3/7, 10 PM explosive, theatrical, phantasmagorical indie/metal band A Deer A Horse at Shea Stadium, $8

3/7, 10:30 PM charismatic, adventurous postbop/avant garde trombonist/crooner Frank Lacy leads his group at Smalls

3/8, 1:30 PM violinist Karen Dekker leads an ensemble playing Dvorak’s Quintet in A Major plus works by vivid, cinematic rising star indie classical composer Ayumi Okada at the Nagle Ave Y, 54 Nagle Ave, Inwood, free, 1 train to Dyckman St.

3/8, 6 PM a rare chance to see two of the most riveting string  players in Indian music, violinists Trina Basu + Arun Ramamurthy of Karavika at the Rubin Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

3/8, 7 PM Quartetto Tomassini play their edgy, lush string arrangements of Piazzolla classics at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

3/8, 7 PM Parisian chanteuse Gay Marshall does her fascinatingly individualistic, lyrically revealing, devilishly hilarious and sometimes crushingly intense reinventions of Edith Piaf and Jacques Brel classics and rarities with an excellent pianist at Pangea, $20. She’s also here on 3/15 and 3/22

3/8, 8 PM intense frontwoman Hannah Fairchild’s searingly lyrical punk/art-rock/noir cabaret band Hannah vs. the Many at LIC Bar

3/8, 8 PM LES punk/surf guitar legend Simon Chardiet’s Rooftoppers – who give him a chance to show off his prowess with jazz and proto-rock and western swing – at Barbes

3/8-9. 8:30 PM summer tour fave and jamband icon: eight-string guitarist Charlie Hunter at the third stage at the Rockwood, $15

3/8, 9 PM haunting dark Americana songwriter/belter Jessi Robertson followed by charismatic, eclectic cellist/songwriter Meaghan Burke at the Way Station

3/8, 9 PM a good Afrobeat twinbill in Greenpoint: the Super Yamba Band followed by the People’s Champs at Brooklyn Bazaar, $10 adv tix avail at the Poisson Rouge box ofc. The Super Yamba Band are also at Bar Chord on 3/11 at 10 for free.

3/8, 10 PM edgy latin-inspired folk-rock with Hurray For the Riff Raff at Baby’s All Right, $15

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

3/9, 6:30 PM tectonically shifting improvisational soundscapes with Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber at C’Mon Everybody, $tba. They’re also here on 3/16 and 3/23

3/9, 7 PM soaringly explosive jazz composer/torch singer Nicole Zuraitis at 55 Bar

3/9, 7:30/9:30 PM tenor pan jazz artist Victor Provost leads an excellent quintet with Robert Rodriguez on piano at the Jazz Gallery, $15

3/9, 8 PM the plush, balmy, oldtimey uke swing of Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies  followed at 10 by brilliant klezmer reedman Matt Darriau’s Who Is Manny Blanc, resurrecting the twistedly irresistible work of legendary/obscure LES psychedelic Jewish jazz/esoterica composer at Barbes

3/9, 8 PM intense, funky Indian brass bhangra band Red Baraat play the album release show for their new one at Bric Arts, $15 adv tix rec. They’re at the Poisson Rouge on 3/18 at 10:30 for five bucks more if you buy tix in advance

3/9, 8 PM rapt extended-technique compositions with pianist and composer Teodora Stepančić at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, $10, reception to follow

3/9, 9 PM charismatic, torchy, occasionally Lynchian jazz bassist/singer Kate Davis (of the Lady Bugs) at Pete’s

3/9. 9 PM sardonic female-fronted folk noir band the Dream Eaters – check out their hit Klonopin Girl – at Leftfield 

3/9, 9ish Barika play Malian guitar groove at Nublu 151, $10 

3/9, 9 PM upbeat Israeli jazz with the Arnan Raz Quartet followed at 10:30 by first-class, pensive quartet Beekman with pianist Yago Vasquez and bassist Pablo Menares at the Williamsburg Music Center,  367 Bedford Ave, $10 

3/9, 10 PM guitarist Alyse Lamb’s fiery, subtly witty tightly psychedelic jazz-inspired postpunk band Parlor Walls play the album release show for their new one at Sunnyvale, $10

3/9, 10 PM crooner Sean Kershaw‘s  creepy ghoulabilly band the Serpentones at Bar Chord

3/9, 10 PM wild string metal faves Stratospheerius at Shrine

3/9, 11 PM careeningly intense gutter blues bandleader Breanna Barbara and her band at the Knitting Factory, $10

3/10, 6 PM crystalline-voiced, noir-tinged third-stream jazz chanteuse Tessa Souter and her band at 55 Bar

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

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

3/10, 7 PM “Poulenc and Cocteau’s cautionary tale La voix humaine receives a reflective update when soprano Laura Bohn and pianist Mila Henry’s conversation forces listeners to ask: in this age of technology, can we connect with others without losing ourselves?” at National Sawdust, $25 adv rix rec

3/10, 7:30 PM a first-class chamber ensemble –  Karen Dekker and Alex Fortes on violins, Alyona Aksyonova on piano, Rose Hashimoto on viola, and James Waldo on cello –  plays the world premiere of vivid, lyrical composer Ayumi Okada’s The Grey Wolf for piano quintet alongside works by Caroline Shaw, Doug Balliett, Anton Dvorak, J. S. Bach, Johann Goldberg, at Holy Trinity Church, 20 Cumming St., Washington Heights, $15/$10 stud 1 train to Dyckman St.

3/10. 7:30 PM the Mannes Orchestra play new works by up-and-coming composers Rona Park: Destination; Nathan Fletcher: Poems by Edna St. Vincent Millay; Brian Denu: it’s not a bottomless pit; Michael Spiroff: Ath-Sgal (Recurring Echoes); Sohwa Lee: Palindromev at Mannes’ Tishman Auditorium, University Center, 63 Fifth Ave, Room U100, free

3/10, 7:30 PM the cutting-edge Spectrum Symphony of NY with harp virtuoso Mélanie Genin and fellow soloists: guitarist Nilko Andreas Guarin and Nicholas Tolle, cimbalom perform the American premiere of ferociously interesting Hungarian composer Bálint Karosi’s Triple Concerto, plus the Concertino for Harp by Ernő Dohnányi and Czardas (Csárdás) featuring concertmaster Susan Heerema on solo violin, Rumanian Folk Dances by Béla Bartók, and more at St. Peter’s Church 54th/Lex, $25 sugg don

3/10, 7:30 PM accordionist Alex Sevastian and clarinetist Julian Milkis team up with the Voice Afire Strings for a dynamic multi-media concert with music by composers Ray Luedeke and Giya Kancheli at Symphony Space, $20 adv tix rec

3/10, 8 PMd feral, wildly improvisational, tuneful pianist Mara Rosenbloom  with singer/drummer Anais Maviel and Adam Lane on bass at !-Beam, $15

3/10, 8 PM minimalist art-rock songwriter Caitlin Pasko, “weaver of dreamy elegiac music for voice and piano,” at the Owl, $10

3/10, 8 PM intense pianist Gerald Clayton plays solo at Mezzrow, $20

3/10, 8 PM the Dale Wilson Big Band at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

3/10, 8:30 PM the Chelsea Symphony play a Michael Boyman world premiere viola concerto with soloist Sarah Haines, plus Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9, “From the New World,” at St. Paul’s Church, 315 W 22nd St., $20 sugg don. The 7:30 PM show the following night, 3/11 showcases Gizem Yucel on two tangos by Piazzolla as well

3/10, 9 PM brilliantly lyrical dark oldtimey songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Pete Lanctot and band at Cloud City, 85 N 1st St in Williamsburg

3/10, 9 PM a rare NYC appearance by Puerto Rican psychedelic salsa dura band Orquesta El Macabeo at Subrosa, $20 

3/10, 9 PM smart, politically-fueled Irish rocker Niall Connolly at at the small room at the Rockwood

3/10, 10 PM Arki play darkly classic Ethiopian funk grooves at Shrine

3/10. 10 PM oldschool 70s style stoner art-rock/doom metal power trio All Them Witches at Bowery Ballroom, $15 adv tix rec 

3/10, 10 PM hilarious one-man band Tattoo Money with his twisted hip-hop tales of NYC nightlife, sizzling bluesy guitar and psychedelic, funky keys, at the Way Station

3/10. 10 PM Yotoco, “the bastard child of Umoja Orchestra, Bioritmo, and Cumbiagra plays a melange of salsa, Afro-Cuban rumba, boleros, and cumbia” at Barbes. They’re also there at 9:30ish on 3/20

3/10, 10 PM bluegrass/newgrass with the Dark City Strings at Union Hall, $10

3/10, 11 PM hilarious, smartly political faux-French retro 60s psych-pop band les Sans Culottes at Hank’s, $8

3/11, 1 PM an important multimedia event: Remembering Fukushima: Art and Conversation at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine commemorates the sixth anniversary of the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster in Japan. Assembled by Japanese dancer/multimedia artist Eiko Otake, the four-hour program at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine brings together scholars, specialists, and artists from many disciplines; performers include spectacular art-rock singer Carol Lipnik and legendary avant crooner John Kelly, free 

3/11, 4 PM erudite, witty art-rock pianist/songwriter/composer Lee Feldman at Pete’s

3/11, 5:30 PM a mystical carnatic (South Indian classical) vocal concert by singer Vignesh Ravichandran with Bala Skandan on violin, Srinath Vishwanathan on mridangam, and Kabilan Jegannathan on kanjira at the Reflections Center, 27 E 24th St, $20/$15 kids, admission includes food too! 

3/11, 7 PM Miya Masaoka’s powerful double quartet, Eleonore Oppenheim’s performance works for double-bass and electronics, Mari Kimura’s extended violin techniques, and brilliant alto saxophonist Yosvany Terry’s Afro-Cuban Bohemian Trio at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix rec

3/11, 7:30 PM incomparable country/jazz/janglerock icon Amy Allison at Dixon Place. Brilliant new material! Devastatingly funny between-song banter!

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

3/11, 7:30 PM the three finalists in this year’s New York Concert Artists piano competition: Adam Balogh, Zhenni Li  and Sebastiano Mesaglio perform Beethoven: 12 Variations on the Russian Dance from “Das Waldmadchen”; Debussy: Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune; Ravel: Gaspard de la nuit; Prokofiev: Suite from “Sur le Borysthène” (arr. Vyacheslav Gryaznov, NY Premeire of arrangement); Rachmaninoff: Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat Minor with NYCA Symphony Orchestra at Merkin Concert Hall, $30 

3/11, 7:30 PM Barcelona pianist Eva Novoa plays a duo and trio set and then plays a third at 9:30 PM with microtonal violinist Sarah Bernstein’s sextet at I-Beam, $15. A real workout!

3/11, 8ish rustic, clatteringly hypnotic Moroccan trance groove ensemble Innov Gnawa at the Owl

3/11, 8 PM the Omni Ensemble play chamber works by J.S. Bach, G. F. Telemann, Milos Raickovich, and David Wechsler at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, $15/$10 stud/srs 

3/11, 9 PM charismatic folk noir songwriter Mac McCarty’s auspicious new band Abraham’s River followed by fiery, guitar-fueled Americana punks Spanking Charlene and then ferocious garage punk band the Lord Calverts at Sidewalk

3/11, 9 PM intense charismatic danceable metal cumbia/skaragga/latin rockers Escarioka at Mehanata,$10

3/11, 9 PM long-running, wickedly jangly, tuneful Americana rockers the Sloe Guns at Shrine

3/11, 9 PM Nelson Ojeda, piano plays works by Granados and Ginastera at Spectrum, $15

3/11, 9/10:30 PM intense violist Mat Maneri leads his quartet with Lucian Ban, piano;  John Hebert, bass;  Randy Peterson, drumsat Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

3/11, 9:30 PM majestic, epic, anthemic cinematic art-rock loopmusic guitarist Sarah Lipstate a.k.a. Noveller at St. Vitus, $15

3/11, 9/10:30 PM jazz cellist Akua Dixon plays the album release show for her new one at Sista’s Place, 456 Nostrand Ave at Jefferson, Bed-Stuy, C to Nostrand Ave., $20

3/11, 10 PM the savagely Link Wray-inspired Howlin Thurstons, followed by 80s style LES junkie powerpop/punk/stoner boogie band Grimm Jack at Desmond’s 

3/11, 10 PM excerpts from Peter Van Zandt Lane’s ballet about cyber hacking, followed by Neil Rolnick’s works for laptop and piano (with Kathleen Supové), and Cornelius Dufallo performing works for amplified violin. The evening ends with a massive graphic score by Mark Applebaum interpreted by the previous artists joined by his Innova labelmates, at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix rec

3/11, midnight legendary SoCal surf punks Agent Orange – of Everything Turns Grey fame – at the Knitting Factory, $20

3/12, half past noon a performance of choral pieces and collected folk songs from the works of Zoltán Kodály at Hungarian House, 213 E 82nd St, free, reception to follow, free but RSVP reqd 

3/12, 2 PM the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio play Rachmaninoff: Trio élégiaque No.2 in D minor, Op.9 ; Shostakovich: Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67; Tchaikovsky: Trio in A minor, Op. 50 at the Town Hall, $15

3/12, 4 PM catchy Americana rockers Greg Cornell & the Cornell Brothers at the small room at the Rockwood

3/12, 5 PM the Donald Sinta Quartet play a birthday tribute to Philip Glass with new works as well as Glass’s Saxophone Quartet Concerto at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library

3/12, 6 PM noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo leads his trio at 55 Bar

3/12, 7 PM the American Festival of Microtonal Music with tantalizing new works by  Svjetlana Bukvich, Monroe Golden, Johnny Reinhard, Zach Seely, and others played by an ensemble of woodwinds, fretless guitars, double bass, and bass trombone legend Dave Taylor conducted by the theatrical Charles Coleman at Gallery MC, 549 W 52nd St.,  $15

3/12, 7:30 PM Books guitarist Nick Zammuto joins hard-hitting new music choir Roomful of Teeth in a program spanning Tuvan throat singing and yodeling to Korean Pansori and Persian classical at Merkin Cocert Hall, $25 or $20 per tix for multiple purchases

3/12, 8 PM noir-tinged crooner and expertly bluesy lead guitarist Phil Gammage‘s lRebel Factory at Otto’s

3/12, 8;30 PM fiery klezmer/Balkan/Middle Eastern jamband Klazz-Ma-Tazz at Drom, $10 adv tix rec

3/12, 8:30/10:30  PM edgy, noir-inspired bassist Michael Blanco leads his quartet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

3/12, 8:30 PM NakedEye Ensemble joins forces with avant garde piano titan Kathleen Supové to premiere two-piano and ensemble works Richard Belcastro: Inner Strife (2016)* – cl, egtr, toy pno + melodica, pno, perc; Randall Woolf: Punching the Clock (2014)* – fl, cl, sax, vc, egtr, pno, perc; Rusty Banks: Spoke(n) (2016)* – 2 pnos + amplified bicycle; Jonathan Russell: Sextet (2010, arr 2013)** – fl, cl, sax, vc, pno, perc; Lois Vierk: Spin 2 (1995) – 2 pnos; Molly Joyce: Rave (2016) – pno + fixed mediaat the DiMenna Center $20

3/13, 6 PM the improvisationally-inclined Osso String Quartet at the Fat Cat

3/13, 7 PM tuneful pastoral jazz guitarist Cameron Mizell leads his trio at the small room at the Rockwood

3/13, 7 PM quirkily charismatic, powerful-voiced, kinetic avant-pop siren Grace McLean at the big room at the Rockwood, $10

3/13, 7 PM perennially young, theatrical, fun composer David Del Tredici’s 80th Bday concert with special guests include Courtenay Budd, Joseph Dalton, Felix Del Tredici, Robert Frankenberry, David Leisner, John Kelly, Eric Moe, Marc Peloquin, Mark Peskanov and the Voxare Quartet at Joe’s Pub, $25

3/13, 7 PM tuneful postbop pianist Jim Ridl leads his group from behind the Rhodes at 55 Bar

3/14, 6 PM pianist David Shimoni plays nocturnes by Chopin, Faure and Lowell Liebermann, plus a screening of the documentary film Rosalyn Engelman: The Color of Memory, the artist in conversation with BPAC director Ted Altschuler, at the Recital Hall at Baruch College, E. 25th St between 3rd and Lexington Ave. $15, stud free

3/14, 7 PM brand-new, exciting Turkish band Seyvah with Jenny Luna, voice; Kane Mathis, oud; Marandi Hostetter, violin; Greg Squared, clarinet; Shane Shanahan and Philip Mayer, percussion. followed by clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

3/14, 7 PM intense, edgily tuneful Texas tenor saxophonist Stan Killian leads his postbop quartet; at 10 PM acerbic alto saxophonist David Binney leads his quartet  at 55 Bar

3/14, 8 PM bassist Lisa Dowling’s enigmatic, theatrical, Kate Bush-influenced solo loopmusic project Kills to Kisses at the Mercury, $10

3/14, 8 PM edgy third-stream improvisation with Jan Sturiale: guitar; Miha Koren: bass Klemens Marktl: drums at Shapeshifter Lab, free

3/14, 9:30 PM the Bronx Conexion play their mighty salsa big band jazz at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe

3/14, 11 PM fiery, tuneful soul-punk rockers No Ice (a spinoff of the late, great Brooklyn What) at Shea Stadium, $12

3/15, 6 PM hypnotic Middle Eastern/Indian sounds: Orakel: Roshni Samlal (tabla) + Kane Mathis (kora, oud) at the Rubin Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

3/15, 6 PM intricate, intense, diverse jazz/soundtrack/Americana violinist/composer Skye Steele at the small room at the Rockwood

3/15, 7 PM indie classical through Fender amps: Steve Mackey, the Dither Guitar Quartet and Joel Harrison’s Resophonic Guitar Orchestra at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix rec

3/15, 8 PM the album release show for the new one by formidable, reliably tuneful guitarist Tom Csatari‘s Uncivilized Americana jazz project at Barbes. “Each song on the EP was recorded live at a now-closed New York venue.”

3/15, 8 PM bouzouki player Avram Pengas leads an amazing band with Rachid Halihal on oud and George Stathos on clarinet playing bellydance classics, plus dancers Layla Isis and Mariyah at Drom, $15 adv tix rec

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

3/15, 9 PM pensive, smart multi-instrumentalist Kristen Tivey – of the edgy female-fronted Talking Heads-ish Eliza & the Organix – fronts her own folk/jazz band at Pete’s

3/15, 9:30 PM singer Renee LoBue’s popular, catchy, anthemic early zeros powerpop/southwesten gothic band Elk City at the Mercury, $10

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

3/16, 6:30 PM  up-and-coming guitarist/songwriter Alicyn Yaffee -the rare artist who successfully bridges the gap between lyrically-fueled chamber pop and jazz – at the Bar Next Door, free

3/16, 7:30 PM ancient, otherworldly trance beats: the first-ever US performance by the master musicians of the Festival Gnaoua et des Musiques du Monde in Essaouira, Morocco with Maalem Hamid El Kasri + Maalem Abdeslam Alikkane with special guest Maalem Hassan Ben Jaafer, leader of wildly popular NYC ensemble Innov Gnawa at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised. The following night, 3/17 at  7 PM they’re at the New School Theresa Lang Center, Arnhold Hall, 55 W 13th St, free; 3/18 at 7 they’re at Pioneer Works in Red Hook, collaborating with jazz artists Marcus Strickland, Marc Cary, and Jamaaladeen Tacuma, $30 adv tix rec

3/16, 7:30 PM elegantly melodic, darkly counterintuitive pianist Sylvie Courvoisier plays duos with guitarist Mary Halvorson and then violinist Mark Feldman at Greenwich House Music School, $20/$18 stud

3/16, 7:30 PM sweeping, swinging vibraphone jazz with Behn Gillece and his quartet followed at 10:30 PM by former Dizzy Gillespie guitarist Ed Cherry leading his quartet at Smalls

3/16, 8 PM eclectic, lyrical jazz bassist/composer Pedro Giraudo leads his Tango Quartet at Barbes

3/16, 8 PM guitarist Matt Munisteri and accordionist Will Holshouser’s shadowy Belgian barroom band Musette Explosion at the Owl, $10

3/16, 8 PM the lavish, kinetic Liberte Big Band led by pianist Liberté-Anne Lymberiou at the Wiliamsburg Music Center, 367 Bedford Ave 

3/16, 8 PM a rare and fascinating night of new music from Kyrzygstan played by Aza Sydykov and Joel A. Martin, piano; Nikoleta Rallis, soprano; Perizat Kopobaeva, komuz; Jonathan Levin, piano; Nurmira Greenberg, cello; Kairy Koshoeva, piano; Elvira Abdilova, komuz; composers on the bill include Atai Ogonbaev, Niyazaaly, Kalyi Moldobasanov, Tashtan Ermatov, Michael Burshtin, Jyldyz Maldybaeva, Muratbek Begaliev, George Gershwin, Jonathan Levin and Eric Thomson at Merkin Concert Hall $25

3/16, 8 PM Chicago postrock icons Tortoise at the Hall at MP, $25 adv tix available at the Poisson Rouge box ofc

3/16, 8:30 PM the Big Galute play their irreverent original klezmer tunes at the Jalopy, $15

3/16, 10 PM fiery oldtimey string band he Four O’Clock Flowers at Sunny’s

3/17, 7 PM Niva’s magical singer Corinna Skema Snyder with Vedran Boškovski and percussionist Jerry Kisslinger, of Zlatne Uste fame, play Balkan songs at an intimate Park Slope house concert, email for info  

3/17, 7 PM new art-songs from Ted Hearne performed by NYC indie classical talent: “Peabody Southwell and Allison Semmes give rare recital performances. Solo instrumentalists Mariel Roberts, Taylor Levine and Philip White join the Nouveau Classical Project and San Francisco duo the Living Earth Show as the evening’s ensemble. R WE WHO R WE, the vocal/electronics duo of Ted Hearne and Philip White, perform selections of their upcoming sophomore release,” at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix rec

3/17, 7 PM acoustic jazz: guitarists Mark Mollica and Nate Radley with John Ellis on saxophone and Ike Sturm on bass at Bloomingdale School of Music, 323 W 108th St(off Broadway), free

3/17, 7:30/9:30 PM Swedish psychedelic/soundtrack band Dungen play their live score to the classic 20s silent film The Adventures of Prince Ahmed at Bric Arts, $15 adv tix rec

3/17, 8 PM boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band followed by awesomely slinky, psychedelic Israeli Ethiopiques groove instrumentalists Anbessa Orchestra f.k.a. Lions at Barbes

3/17, 8 PM fearlessly haunting, dynamic, charismatic Romany/Balkan chaunteuse Eva Salina with pyrotechnic accordionist Peter Stan  at the Owl, $10

3/17, 8 PM pianist Kara Huber plays David Rakowski Selected Etudes; Joan Tower – No Longer Very Clear; Wild -Seven Virtuoso Etudes for Piano on Gershwin Songs; Rachmaninoff  13 Preludes, Op. 32 at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $25

3/17, 8:30 PM artful, slyly amusing jazz with the Daniel Bennett Group at the third stage at the Rockwood, $10

3/17-18, 8:30 PM badass oldschool-style blues belter Shemekia Copeland and her similarly purist band at Iridium, $30

3/17, 9 PM Canadian Celtic fiddle star Natalie MacMaster with her Ontario colleague Donnell Leahy at Webster Hall, $20

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

3/17, 11 PM guitarist Demir Demirkan‘s Anatolian Knights throw a wild live Turkish psychedelic rock party at Drom, $25 adv tix rec

3/17, 11 PM darkly eclectic, enigmatic songwriter Lorraine Leckie  – equally adept at Slavic and Americana noir – at Sidewalk

3/18, 3 PM oldtime swing icons Vince Giordano and his Nighthawks play their live score to Buster Keaton’s The Cameraman at the Town Hall, $25 tix avail

3/18, 6 PM this era’s greatest film noir guitarist and composer, Steve Ulrich of Big Lazy followed at 8 by sultry retro Franco-American torch jazz/chamber pop/ukulele swing band les Chauds Lapins and then at 10 by Cumbiagra – whose take on psychedelic cumbias is more rustic and purist than most bands who play that stuff – at Barbes

3/18, 7 PM “magical string ensemble Alba Consort – with oud, veille, lute and percussion – performs early music from the Mediterranean on period instruments and weaves iconic themes  of Antonin Dvorak’s Symphony no. 9 “From the New World” into ancient melodies at the National Opera Center, 333 7th Ave, $30/$15 stud

3/18. 7 PM lush, intense, artfully orchestrated psychedelic rockers Aunt Ange followed by catchy goth-tinged 80s punk/powerpop band the Limbo Dolls at Bowery Electric, $8 

3/18. 7 PM the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra with cello soloist Alisa Weilerstein play  Mendelssohn’s Nocturno for Winds; Schumann’s  Cello Concerto; Webern’s Five Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 10 and Schubert’s Symphony No. 6 at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, $25 seats avail

3/18, 7:30 PM intense, breathtaking Galician bagpiper/ multi-instrumentalist Carlos Núñez at Merkin Concert Hall, $25 tix avail

3/18, 7:30 PM the Traumerei Piano Trio play works by Beethoven, Piazzolla, Smetana and Zannoni at the DiMenna Center, $15$10 stud/srs

3/18. 8 PM elegant, atmospheric art-rock violinist/songwriter Concetta Abbate at the People’s Voice Cafe, $18, “no one turned away”

3/18, 8 PM guitarist Guy Picciotto, Dirty Three drummer Jim White and master lute player George Xylouris play live soundtracks to Jem Cohen films; subjects include a sudden Manhattan rainstorm, a sleeping infant, and an Istanbul city portrait, at Issue Project Room, $15/$12 stud/srs

3/18, 8 PM ex-Dylan lead guitarist Larry Campbell with singer Teresa Williams and guest pianist Bill Payne of Little Feat at City Winery $22 standing room avail

3/18, 9 PM searing, theatrical Romany/Balkan punk rockers Bad Buka at Mehanata

3/18, 9ish dark oldschool soul/garage band Mighty Fine at Red Hook Bait & Tackle 

3/18, 10 PM rising star tenor saxophonist Camille Thurman and her and her band at the Fat Cat

3/19, 2 PM Chilean folk-rock songwriter Nano Stern opens for iconic Peruvian singer Susana Baca at Lefrak Concert Hall at Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing, $30 seats avail, from the Flushing Main St. 7 train stop, take the Q25, Q25-34, Q34 or Q17 bus along Kissena Blvd to the campus. 

3/19, 3 PM Eriko Sato, violin; Drew Vella, viola; Ben Larsen, cello; Yoon Lee, piano play works by Beethoven, Richard Strauss and Ke-Chia Chen at Concerts on the Slope, St. John’s Episcopal Church 139 St. John’s Place downhill from 7th Ave

3/19, 3 PM Blythe Gruda sings her enigmatic art-rock and parlor pop at Pete’s

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

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

3/19, 5 PM latin jazz piano titan Arturo O’Farrill’s “Boss Level Sextet” at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex, free

3/19, 6 PM smart, darkly pensive third-stream jazz pianist Noa Fort leads her quartet at the small room at the Rockwood

3/19, 7 PM brilliant, irrepressible classical/latin/art-rock/Middle Eastern violist/composer Leanne Darling at Scholes St. Studios

3/19, 7 PM expertly jazzy guitarist and alt-country pioneer Robbie Fulks and jazz violinist Jenny Scheinman followed at 9:30 by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

3/19, 7:30 PM a benefit for immigrant rights with Ramon Ponce, Jr. of the mighty Mariachi Real de Mexico, and supersonic klezmer clarinetist Michael Winograd with his band the Honorable Mentshn at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, $15

3/19, 8:30 PM My Brightest Diamond’s Shara Nova and others backed by adventurous young orchestra the Knights  play Sarah Kirkland Snider‘s song suite  Unremembered, a chilling reminiscence of childhood traumas at the Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec

3/19, 10 PM first-class roots reggae band Jah N I at Shrine 

3/20, 6 PM moderator Meera Dugal of Lincoln Center, creator of the first-ever Gnaoua World Tour teams up with Innov Gnawa’s Samir Langus, panelists Hisham Aidi and Tom Pryor, plus jazz piano titan Marc Cary to discuss the history and recent resurgence of rapturous, kinetically hypnotic Moroccan gnawa music, plus a performance by Innov Gnawa, at  the New School Jazz Performance Space, Arnhold Hall, 55 W 13th St., free

3/20, 8/10 PM  ageless, perennially hard-hitting jazz piano sage and ex-Coltrane bandmate McCoy Tyner at the Blue Note, $30 standing room avail

3/20, 8 PM the Tomeka Reid Quartet featuring Jason Roebke, Tomas Fujiwara, and Mary Halvorson play edgy cello jazz at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

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

3/20, 8:30 PM the NY New Music Ensemble play David Felder: partial[dist]res[s]toration (2001) for sextet and electronics; Rand Steiger: Light on Water (2013) for flute, piano and electronics; Jacob Druckman: Come Round (1991) for sextet; Anthony Cheung  Roundabouts (2007) for piano at the Tenri Cultural Institute, 43A W 13th S, $20/$10 stud/srs

3/20, 10 PM the Amazonas Strings  play elegant, enveloping latin pastoral jazz at at the third stage at the Rockwood, $10

3/21, 7:30 PM drummer LaFrae Sci & Quintet Groove Diplomacy will play pieces highlighting achievements by great women of blues and jazz including Bessie Smith, Abbey Lincoln, Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald, and Mary Lou Williams. with Tamar-Kali on vocals at the Naitonal Jazz Museum in Harlem

3/21, 7 PM the F-Tones  Marcin Wisniewski, guitar, and Dwayne Beach, 5-string violin, – play their individualistic take on Romany jazz at Shrine

3/21, 7:30 PM pianist Dasol Kim plays Beethoven    Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13 Pathétique; Barber –  Sonata, Op. 26; Chopin    24 Preludes, Op. 28 at Merkin Concert Hall, $10 tix avail

3/21, 8/10:30 PM inspired, cutting-edge trombonist/composer Ryan Keberle & Catharsis with Camila Meza on guitar and vocals at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

3/21-25,8/10:30 PM popular trumpeter Roy Hargrove leads his quintet at the Blue Note, $20 standing room avail

3/21, 10 PM cleverly acerbic, charismatic avant garde singer/pianist/sound artist Bora Yoon joins forces with thereminist Armen Ra at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix rec

3/21, 10 PM catchy, harmony-driven, historically-inspired original newgrass string band Cricket Tell the Weather at the third stage at the Rockwood, $10

3/21, 10:30 PM fiery alto saxophonist Lucas Pino’s twin-guitar No No Nonet at Smalls

3/22, 5 PM jazz piano legend and African music specialist Randy Weston leads a demo and introduction to kinetically hypnotic Moroccan gnawa music  at Medgar-Evers College, 1650 Bedford Avenue, Bed-Stuy, free, 2/5 to President St.

3/22, 7:30 PM intrepid indie classical ensemble International Street Cannibals with pianist Conor Hanick and soprano Ariadne Greif perform Schoenberg’s pivotal String Quartet No. 2, Op. 10, plus works by Berg, Korngold, Schnittke, Webern, Zemlimsky, and Arvo Pärt at St. Marks Church, 2nd Ave/10th St., $20/$12 stud

3/22, 8 PM fiery, psychedelically bluesy oldschool soul/southern rockers Lizzie & the Makers at LIC Bar

3/22, 8 PM Palehound – who blend eerie, lyrical new wave with hypnotic motorik vintage Wire-style postpunk – at Sunnyvale, $12

3/22, 8 PM bassist/composer Arnold Dreyblatt teams up for a dark duo performance with Brooklyn sound artist MV Carbon at the Kitchen, $15

3/22, 9ish baritone sax goddess Moist Paula and film composer Dorothea Tachler air out their new collaboration the GPS at Troost

3/22, 9 PM calm but fiery newschool Britfolk songwriter Roxanne de Bastion at Caffe Vivaldi . 3/31 she’s at the American Folk Art Museum at around 6 

3/22, 9 PM playful, sardonic French spoofers Nouvelle Vague – who’ve been making lounge music out of punk and new wave classics for decades – at Webster Hall, $30

3/23, 6 PM eclectic jazz/blues resonator guitarist Elizabeth Wise at Shrine. 3/24 she’s at Caffe Vivaldi at 7

3/23, 7:30 PM John Gattis, horn; Andy Kozar, trumpet; William Lang, trombone and David Broome, piano  play works by Guy Barash, Frances White, David Fetherolf, Gilbert Galindo, Gaetano Lorandi and Oren Boneh at Broom Tree Theatre, 23-35 Broadway, Astoria, N/Q to Broadway, free

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

3/23. 8 PM a one-time-only event: “hilarious, kick-ass klezmer punks Golem will put on a “fake wedding” according to an old Catskills tradition, complete with mock bride, groom, ceremony, and of course a truly rocking party mixing original Golem songs, traditional Jewish repertoire and lots of amazing rock covers, from James Brown to Van Halen“ at Drom, $20 adv tix rec

3/23, 8 PM fiery, charismatic soul siren Meah Pace and her oldschool band at Salzy Bar, 506 5th Ave at 13th St, Park Slope, F to 7th Ave

3/23, 8/9:30 PM the cutting-edge, atmospheric, cinematic Alan Ferber Nonet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

3/23. 10 PM popular Americana highway rockers Mandolin Orange at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, $20 adv tix rec

3/23, 10 PM wickedly catchy Americana/paisley underground rockers Girls on Grass  followed at 11 by Dares at Halyard’s Bar, 406 3rd Ave (at 6th St), Gowanus, F/R to 4th Ave. 

3/23, 10 PM well-loved Boston alt-country vets Session Americana at Barbes

3/24, 7 PM Jog Blues with Andy Biskin, Joel Bluestone, Rob Garicia, Ikhlaq Hussain, Siddartha Mukerjee, Jonathan Rose and Jeffrey Zeigler mash up Indian, jazz and indie classical sounds at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix rec

3/24, 7:30 PM charismatic ex-Spanglish Fly frontwoman Erica Ramos’ exciting latin soul band Fulaso at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free

3/24, 7:30 PM wild, explosive, lush original and classic Indian cinematic themes with Falu’s Bollywood Orchestra at the Lynch Theater at John Jay College 524 W 59th St (between Tenth and Eleventh avenues) free, early arrival advised

3/24, 7:30 PM an all-ages ska/punk triplebill in reverse order: Voodoo Glow Skulls, Hub City Stompers, Midnight Foolishness at the Knitting Factory, $13 adv tix rec

3/24, 8 PM superb, nuanced jazz violinist Charlie Burnham and eclectic, tuneful accordionist/songwriter Ali Dineen  at the Owl, $10

3/24, 8 PM rustic Brazilian jungle sounds with Regional de NY followed at 10 by similar oldschool danceable Colombian tunes with Chia’s Dance Party  at Barbes

3/24, 8 PM Spain meets Honduras at Flushing Town Hall: Basilio Georges and his group Flamenco Latino, plus Lucy Blanco and the Afri-Garifuna Jazz Ensemble, $16/$10 stud, ages 13-19 free w/ID

3/24, 8:30 PM Beatlesque psych popsters the Babe Rainbow followed by jangly, catchy retro 60s Laurel Canyon psychedelic band the Allah-Las at Webster Hall, $20 

3/24, 8:30 PM Brandi & the Alexanders play their torchy oldschool soul and groove music at Bowery Electric, $8

3/24-25, 9 PM well-loved 90s Colorado newgrass/funk jamband Poi Dog Pondering at City Winery, $25 standing room avail

3/24, 9:30 PM catchy, enigmatic female-fronted dreampop band Loosie at Pine Box Rock Shop

3/24, 10 PM wickedly catchy powerpop/janglerock band Ruth Carp & the Fish Heads at Alphaville, $10

3/24, 10 PM Cumbiagra – whose take on psychedelic cumbias is more rustic and purist than most bands who play that stuff– at Guadalupe Inn, $10

3/24, 10:30 PM Sweet Tits – the “punk lesbian Spinal Tap” – at Freddy’s

3/25, 6 PM this era’s greatest film noir guitarist and composer, Steve Ulrich of Big Lazy  followed at 8 byart-rocker Pierre de Gaillande’s Bad Reputation playing witty chamber pop English translations of Georges Brassens classics followed at 10 by psychedelic latin bandleader Zemog El Galle Bueno at Barbes

3/25, 7:30  PM rapt improvisation: trumpet icon Wadada Leo Smith and pianist Angelica Sanchez with her Trio with Michael Formanek on bass at Greenwich House Music School, $25/$20 stud

3/25, 8 PM a benefit to  support Community Voices Heard and the Arab American Association of NY: the rapturous Rafiq Bhatia / Chris Pattishall guitar/piano duo, hypnotically danceable Moroccan trance ensemble Innov Gnawa and Armo ( lead singer, trumpeter and members of the rhythm section of second-wave Afrobeat icons Antibalas) at Littlefield, $12

3/25, 8 PM catchy, anthemic, charismatic folk noir band Thee Shambels – sort of the missing link between Nick Cave and the Pogues – followed by cinematic soundtrack instrumentalists/surf rockers the Tarantinos NYC and then oldschool psychedelic soul/groove band Empire Beats at the Way Station

3/25, 8 PM wickedly catchy psychedelic/garage band the Molochs followed by fuzzy drony jamband the Cosmonauts at Union Pool, $10. 3/27 at 10 careeningly intense gutter blues bandleader Breanna Barbara opens for that same twinblll at Berlin, same time, same price

3/25, 8 PM gritty, Albert King-influenced Chicago blues guitarist Lurrie Bell – son of legendary blues harpist Carey Bell – with his band at Roulette, $25 

3/25,  8 PM excellent, intense jazz cellist Hank Roberts with Sarah Bernstein – violin, Shoko Nagai – piano,  Satoshi Takeishi – percussion at the Owl, $10

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

3/25, 8 PM drummer Adam Rudolph’s strikingly tuneful, rumblingly improvisational Go Organic Orchestra at the Brooklyn Conseratory of Music, $20/$10 stud/srs

3/25, 8:30 PM tunefully psychedelic composer/avant-harpist Zeena Parkins plays two sets, the first with guitar goddess Mary Halvorson at I-Beam, $15

3/25, 9 PM hauntingly atmospheric art-rock siren Marissa Nadler – who’s sort of become a one-woman Pink Floyd – followed by slowcore/dreampop/doom band Pallbearer at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, $20 adv tix rec

3/25, 9 PM elegantly eclectic Americana/swing/newgrass songwriter Shannon Pelcher at Pete’s

3/25, 9 PM funky jamband the Pimps of Joytime at Bowery Ballroom, $20. It’s a long way from the old Lucky Cat

3/25, 9:30 PM socially aware, oldtimey-flavored Americana band 2/3 Goat at Hill Country, free.

3/26, 2  PM the Orion String Quartet play Haydn’s Seven Last Words of Christ at the New School Auditorium, 66 W 12th St. off 6th Ave, $18 

3/26, 3 PM an all-star band: Adrianne Greenbaum (flute), Michael Alpert (violin and badkhones), Jake Shulman-Ment (violin), Brian Glassman (bass), Walter Zev Mamlock (poyk/percussion) and Pete Rushefsky (tsimbl) play extremely rare, rustic klezmer tunes from Dubiecko, Poland at the Eldridge Street Synagogue, Eldridge St. just north of Canal, $25/$15 stud/srs

3/26, 4 PM the Calidore Quartet play works by Beethoven, Ligeti, and Dvorak at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free

3/26, 7:30  PM cinematic pianist Tempei Nakamura plays the album release for his new one Vortex at Drom, $15 adv tix rec

3/26, 8 PM for elegant, atmospheric art-rock violinist/songwriter Concetta Abbate and Bridget Hill’s joint bday, “come see the PARK Quartet (Nicholas Alexander Wilson and Concetta Abbate – violins, Lenna Pierce- cello) live score the 1959 Mexican Sci Fi Classic “Ship of Monsters” (Spanish with English subtitles) at the Park Church Coop in Greenpoint, $10 sugg don – bring food and we’ll all share”

3/26, 8 PM Nashville gothic/folk noir band Karen & the Sorrows at Bowery Electric, $8

3/26, 10 PM Wedeya play roots reggae at Shrine 

3/27, 7:30 PM  indie classical vocal ensemble Ekmeles sing works by Schütz and Haydn ; the Attacca Quartet play the New York premiere of Wolfgang Rihm’s 7 Passion Texts and David Lang’s Little Match Girl at Music Mondays, Advent Church, 93rd/Broadway, 1/2/3 to 96th St., free

3/27,  7:30 PM Parisian/Senegalese hip-hop jazz with Steve Leyman & Selebeyone at Merkin Concert Hall, $25 or $20 per ticket for multiple purchases

3/27, 8 PM an eight-piece expanded version of hypnotically psychedelic, microtonally guitar-fueled East African psychedelic band 75 Dollar Bill with strings and sax at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

3/27, 8 PM cinematic, plaintively sardonic composer/violinist Christopher Tignor at the Silent Barn, $8

3/27, guessing 8ish, popular 80s powerpop band Teenage Fanclub at Warsaw, $25

3/27. 8 PM the Canadian Guitar Quartet play works by Beethoven, Saint-Saens, Brahms, Côté-Giguère, and others at the Recital Hall at Baruch College, E. 25th Street between 3rd and Lexington Ave, free

3/28, drinks at 5:30  PM, music at 6,British early music chamber ensemble the Orlando Consort perform early music by Machaut, Defay, Geurrero, Isaac and others at the Miller Theatre, free

3/28, 6 PM Jiuilliard Provost Ara Guzelimian interviews John Adams, surrounded by performances of Adams’s own compositions and works by Ellington, Beethoven, and Ives at Paul Hall at Juilliard, 2 free tix avail. per person 

3/28, 6 PM pianist Jose Ramon Mendez plays works by Bach, Schubert and Rachmaninoff at the Yamaha Piano Salon, 689 Fifth Ave (entrance on 54th st)), 3rd floor , $6

3/28, 7 PM smart purist oldtime blues/Americana resonator guitarist Zeke Healy & intense, eclectic violist Karen Waltuch making wild psychedelia out of classic Americana folk themes followed by ten-piece funky Balkan brass/Ellington jazz monsters Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

3/28, 7 PM Taiko drummer Kaoru Watanabe with the Brooklyn Raga Massive at Shapeshifter Lab, $20

3/28, 8 PM noir jazz legends the Jazz Passengers celebrate the release of their newest album, Still Life with Trouble at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

3/28, 8/10:30 PM Marianne Solivan “sings with authority and grace” – true – joined by pianist George Colligan and bassist Matthew Parrish at Mezzrow, $20

3/28, 8:30 PM irrepressible slide trumpeter Steven Bernstein leads a series of groups at the Stone, $20. Choice picks: opening night with the Diaspora Special Edition: Arturo O’Farrill (piano) Peter Apfelbaum (sax) Brad Jones (bass) Billy Martin (drums) ; and 3/29 with legendary noir jazz outfit Sexmob

3/28, 9 PM Norwegian artist Helge Sten’s creepy ambient Deathprod project in a rare New York appearance at Issue Project Room, $15/$12 stud/srs

3/28, 10 PM brilliant drummer/percussionist Willie Martinez & La Familia Sextet play classic salsa grooves at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe

3/29, 7 PM uneasily fiery, intense jazz guitarist Sean Cronin‘s new ensemble Very Good at Barbes

3/29, 7:30 PM the Wellesley College Choir sing works by Brahms, Ronald Perera, Joan Szymko and Ysaye Barnwell at Merkin Concert Hall, $15

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

3/29, 8 PM deep-space solo guitar epics with David Grubbs at the Old Stone House in Brooklyn, $10, reception to follow

3/29, 8 PM enigmatic, synthy, propulsive new wave act Decorum followed by snide 80s-style goth-punks Pop. 1280 at Brooklyn Bazaar, $10 

3/29, 9 PM a fun 90s roots-rock guitar twinbill: the Bottle Rockets and Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express at Bowery Ballroom, $20

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

3/30-4/1, 7:30/9:30 PM haunting, intense flamenco jazz pianist Chano Dominguez leads his flamenco jazz/dance quintet at the Jazz Standard, $30

3/30, 7:30 PM Argentine pianist Emilio Teubal lead his strio at Club Bonafide, $15

3/30, 7:30 PM the Jasper String Quartet play Beethoven: String Quartet in A major, Op. 18, No. 5; Missy Mazzoli: Death Valley Junctionl Dvořák: String Quartet No. 12 in F major (“American”) at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

3/30, 7:30 PM Cookers trumpeter David Weiss & Point of Departure at Nublu. 3/31 at 11 they’re at the Fat Cat 

3/30, 8 PM legendary LA psychedelic rockers the Jigsaw Seen‘ followed by real oldschool Max’s style glampunks the New York Junk at Bowery Electric, $8

3/30, 8 PM lyrical jazz pianist Guy Mintus with flamenco guitarist Andreas Arnold at Caffe Vivaldi

3/30, 9 PM lead guitarist to the stars of the NYC underground, Homeboy Steve Antonakos plays a rare solo show featuring songs off his new powerpop album Bodega rock at Espresso 77, 35-57 77th Street, Jackson Hts

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

3/30, 8 PM trumpeter John McNeil’s Hush Point –  a New York update on 50s West Coast cool jazz – play the album release show for their third disc at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, $15

3/30, 9 PM  the hilarious, politically astute Paranoid Larry & His Imaginary Band at Freddy’s

3/30, 9:30 PM Boss Hogg – Christina and Jon pulling their legendary 90s project back together – at the Mercury, $15

3/30, 10 PM Brooklyn’s funnest new band, psychedelic organ-driven Middle Eastern-tinged surf rock trio Hearing Things  at Barbes

3/30, 10 PM Diamond Hotel – noir frontwoman Raquel Vidal’s fiery paisley underground psychedelic/noir Americana band – at Desmond’s of all places 

3/30, 10:30 PM Goblin-esque monster-cartoon soundtrack band Xombie at the downstairs space at Webster Hall, $12

3/31, 5:30 PM darkly edgy, politically-fueled Irish tunesmith Niall Connolly  followed by calm but fiery newschool Britfolk songwriter Roxanne de Bastion at the American Folk Art Museum

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

3/31, 7:30 PM the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra play John Adams’ The Gospel According to the Other Mary at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, $25 tix aail

3/31, 8 PM Aussie soul-psych rock band Stonefield followed eventually by psychedelic stars King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard – who are going in an amazing microtonal rock direction – at Webster Hall, $22 

3/31, 8 PM eclectic, electric C&W/blues band the Jug Addicts followed at 10 by trippy North African dance grooves with Innov Gnawa at Barbes

3/31, 8 PM eclectically tuneful swing/noir/pastoral jazz combo the Jazz Thieves at the Way Station

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

3/31, 10 PM slinky original rocksteady with Osekre & the Lucky Bastards at Shrine

3/31, 11 PM psychedelic latin soul with Chicano Batman at Bowery Ballroom, $16 adv tix rec

3/31, 10 PM Red Gretchen – best known for their anguished Replacements/Nirvana anthems, although they’re even better at slowly undulating, doomy psychedelic/art-rock grooves – at Sidewalk.

4/1, 4 PM the Dessoff Choir sings motets by Bach, Buxtehude and Samuel Barber’s Dover Beach at Union Theological Seminary, 3041 Broadway, 1 train to 116th St, $25/$15 stud/srs

4/1, 7 PM a free screening of the jazz documentary film Night Bird Song: The Incandescent Life of Thomas Chapin at Flushing Town Hall

4/1, 10 PM wickedly catchy Americana/paisley underground rockers Girls on Grass at Union Hall, $10

4/2, 7 PM Skinny Lister – the Pogues of oldtime British folk music – at the Mercury, $15

4/3, 7:30 PM the Eroica Trio play works by Paul Schoenfield, Bruce Wolosoff, and Kevin Putsat Symphony Space, $20 adv tix rec

4/5, 6:30 PM magical, mystical Pakistani Sufi chanteuse Sanam Marvi and her band at the Asia Society, 725 Park Ave, $12/$10 stud/srs

4/5, 10 PM fiery, charismatic soul siren Meah Pace and her oldschool band at the McKittrick Hotel

4/6, 7 PM composer-vocalist Lisa Bielawa takes a turn as soloist, backed by the American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME) singing works including A Collective Cleansing (2000) for solo voice and digital audio, Graffiti Dell’amante (2010) for string quartet and soprano, Genesis Again (1998) for soprano and violin, and two arias from her episodic opera Vireo: “The Bat” and “The Dragon and the Girl, at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix avail

4/6, 7:30 PM trippy, otherworldly, ancient North African dance percussion ensemble  Innov Gnawa  open for Malian guitar shredder Vieux Farka Toure at Bric Arts, $15 adv tix rec

4/7, 5:30 PM fiery Americana stringband duo the Berger Sisters at the American Folk Art Museum

4/7, 7 PM intense, legendary, noirish punk jazz sax/drum duo Iconoclast – Julie Joslyn and Leo Ciesa – play their joint 30th anniversary show and album release show for their new one at stage 2 at Michiko Studios, 149 W 46 St

4/7, 8 PM percussionist Annette A. Aguilar & StringBeans play Puerto Rican jazz; and Masayo Ishigure and her group the Miyabi Koto Shamisen Ensemble add innovative jazz and western classical influences to traditional Japanese music at Flushing Town Hall,  $16/$10 stud, 13-19 free w/ID

4/7, 10 PM well-liked 90s alt-country vets Son Volt at Bowery Ballroom, $23 adv tix rec

4/8, 7:30 PM Linda Chatterton (flute), Rachel Brandwein (harp) and Aristo Sham (piano) perform works by contemporary Hong Kong composers with world premieres by Galison Lau and Ka-wai So, US premieres by Wendy Wan-Ki Lee, Cynthia Chi-Wing Wong and Chi-hin Leung, with additional works by Donald Yu and Austin Ho-Kwen Yip at the DiMenna Center

4/8, 7:30 PM smartly eclectic singer and vivid original jazz songwriter Allegra Levy celebrates the release of her new album Cities Between Us with her album bandmates, saxophonist Stephen Riley, cornetist Kirk Knuffke, pianist Carmen Staaf, drummer Jeff Davis, and bassist Jay Anderson at Club Bonafide

4/8, 8 PM Vishwa Mohan Bhatt with Subhen Chaterjee play Indian music for slide guitar (mohan veena) & tabla at Roulette, $30

4/8, 8:30 PM Ensemble Signal plays a “composer portrait” of the darkly enigmatic, uneasily Schoenbergian Johannes Maria Staud at the Miller Theatre, $30/$20 stud

4/8, 10ish keyboardist Manu Koch’s trippy, socially conscious Mediterranean/Near Eastern jazz/groove/funk band Filtron M play the album release show for their new one at Nublu 151 

4/11, drinks at 5:30, music at 6 PM So Percussion’s Jason Treuting + JACK Quartet at the Miller Theatre, free

4/12, 8 PM wry 70s style kraurtock disco band Automaatio followed by Lusterlit’s ominous, noirish literary chamber pop at the Well, 272 Meserole St, Bushwick, $8 

4/19, 5 PM indie classical chamber luminaries Talea Ensemble with soprano Juliet Fraser perform John Zorn’s Alll Hallows Eve plus wotks by Olga Neuwirth, Beat Furrer and Steve Reich at the Austrian Cultural Forum 11 E 52nd St.,  free 

4/20, 8 PM the lavish, kinetic Liberte Big Band led by pianist Liberté-Anne Lymberiou Liberté-Anne Lymberiou at the Wil;liamsburg Music Center, 367 Bedford Ave 

4/21, 8 PM flutist Sylvain Leroux and Source play Malian folk music; brilliant, charismatic oudist Rachid Halihal and Fez play Moroccan and Middle Eastern classics at Flushing Town Hall,  $16/$10 stud, 13-19 free w/ID

4/24, 7:30 PM pianist Taka Kigawa and the String Orchestra of New York City split the bill on a concert of new music by Lisa Bielawa, Zosha Di Castri and Richard Carrick at Symphony Space, $20 adv tix rec

4/25, 8 PM for night one of the MATA Festival, in their North American debut Danish indie classical luminaries SCENATET play new works by Eric Wubbels (USA), Yu Oda (Japan): Daniel Tacke (USA): Martin Grütter (Germany): Messer Engel Atem Kling; Christian Winther Christensen (Denmark): Kaj Duncan David (Denmark): Murat Çolak (Turkey)  at the Kitchen, $20

4/28, 8PM Chartwell Dutiro plays Zimbabwean mbira music with his band at Roulette, $25

4/29, 8 PM hauntingly enveloping, kinetic Iranian art-rock/trance ensemble Niyaz at Roulette, $30

4/29, 8 PM pianist Pablo Mayor’s Folklore Urbano Orchestra and Pajarillo Pinta’o dance company team up for a theatrical concert exploring global culture, immigration, tradition, and love at Flushing Town Hall,  $16/$10 stud, 13-19 free w/ID

4/30, 8 PM hypnotic, swirling, ancient and brand-new Punjabi grooves with Riyaaz Qawwali at Roulette, $30

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

5/15, 5:30 PM drinks at 5:30, music at 6 PM Michael Riesman and Ensemble Signal celebrate the music of Philip Glass at the Miller Theatre, free

5/19, 5:30 PM drinks at 5:30, music at 6 PM New York Polyphony “illuminate Bach and Luther’s German roots” at the Miller Theatre, free

5/20, 3 PM the Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra play a world premiere by Music Director Chris Whittaker and close with Mendelssohn’s exuberant “Italian” Symphony, at Fort Washington Collegiate Church, 729 W. 181st St.,free, reception to follow  

5/24, 7:30 PM eclectic mostly-female klezmer/cumbia/tango jamband Isle of Klezbos’ all-gal sextet ensemble (including mesmerizing vocalist Melissa Fogarty), plus clips from bandleader Eve Sicular’s cinema history project, The Celluloid Closet of Yiddish Film at the Center for Jewish History, 15 W 16th St. $25 adv tix req

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

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

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

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

Constant updates: you might want to bookmark this page and check back every so often. If you don’t recognize a venue where a particular act is playing, check the comprehensive, recently updated list of over 200 New York City music venues at New York Music Daily’s sister blog Lucid Culture.

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

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

On select Thursdays and Sundays, an intimate, growing piano music salon on the Upper West Side featuring iconoclastically insightful, lyrical pianist Nancy Garniez – a cult favorite with an extraordinarily fluid, singing, legato style – exploring the delicious minutiae of works from across the centuries. Up next: Bartok, Haydn, Brahms and Chopin, 2/22 at 7 PM and 2/26 at 4.. Sugg don $10 (pay what you can), delicious gluten-free refreshments, beverages and lively conversation included! email for info/location. Upcoming dates: Wednesdays at 7: Mar 22,  Apr 19 , May 17,  June 21, and Sundays at 4:   Mar 26,  Apr 23,  May 21,  June 25.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday Feb 24, reverting to weekly Saturdays at 4 PM  beginning in March at Bargemusic there are impromptu free classical concerts, usually solo piano or small chamber ensembles: if you get lucky, you’ll catch pyrotechnic violinist/music director Mark Peskanov and/or the many members of his circle. Early arrival advised.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2/1 Gill Landry at Bowery Ballroom is sold out

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2/24, 10 PM jangly, sharply lyrical folk-rock/chamberpop band the Morning Sea – like a more stripped-down, less druggy Elliott Smith – at the small room at the Rockwood

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Constant updates: you might want to bookmark this page and check back every so often. If you don’t recognize a venue where a particular act is playing, check the comprehensive, recently updated list of over 200 New York City music venues at New York Music Daily’s sister blog Lucid Culture.

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

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

On select Thursdays and Sundays, an intimate, growing piano music salon on the Upper West Side featuring iconoclastically insightful, lyrical pianist Nancy Garniez – a cult favorite with an extraordinarily fluid, singing, legato style – exploring the delicious minutiae of works from across the centuries. Perennial possibilities: Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Dvorak (!). Sugg don $10 (pay what you can), delicious gluten-free refreshments, beverages and lively conversation included! email for info/location.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturdays Jan 7 and 14 at 4 PM at Bargemusic there are impromptu free classical concerts, usually solo piano or small chamber ensembles: if you get lucky, you’ll catch pyrotechnic violinist/music director Mark Peskanov and/or the many members of his circle. Early arrival advised.

Saturdays in January at 6 PM eclectically brilliant jazz/musette accordionist Will Holshouser with a series of groups at Barbes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1/7, 8:30 PM the Brooklyn Raga Massive – a rotating cast of A-list Indian, jazz and rock musicians who love to jam out classic Indian themes from over the centuries to the present day –at the big room at the Rockwood , $15. Followed at 10 ($12 separate adm) by intense, piano-based, Aimee Mann-style literate chamber pop group Elizabeth & the Catapult and then at 11:30 (no admission charge) by amazingly eclectic female-fronted latin/Mediterranean/Romany and charming French ye-ye pop with Banda Magda and then at half past midnight by keyboardist and occasional Karla Rose collaborator Frank LoCrasto‘s cinematic “exotica hour”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1/11, 7 PM eclectically funky, lyrical chanteuse/saxophonist Grace Kelly at Joe’s Pub, $25. Followed at 9:30 (separate $20 admission) by the Brooklyn Raga Massive – a rotating cast of A-list Indian, jazz and rock musicians who love to jam out classic Indian themes from over the centuries to the present day – playing Terry Riley’s In C

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1/16, 9 PM legendary dual-reedman George Braith – who can play two saxes at once better than most guys can play one – leading his quartet at the Fat Cat

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

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

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

1/17, 7 PM  the Bushwick Book Club – a collective of incredibly diverse, typically excellent songwriters including irrepressibly fun ringleader Susan Hwang, the haunting Jessie Kilguss, and parlor pop mavens Sweet Soubrette play songs inspired by Vonnegut’s 2005 essay collection Man Without a Country followed by ten-piece funky Balkan brass/Ellington jazz monsters Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1/25, 6 PM cutting-edge improvisations with Japanese koto and shamisen player Sumie Kaneko  + flutist Haruna Fukazawa at the Rubin Museu of Art, free w/museum adm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2/1 Gill Landry at Bowery Ballroom is sold out

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Daily updates – you might want to bookmark this page and check back every so often. If you don’t recognize a venue where a particular act is playing, check the comprehensive, recently updated list of over 200 New York City music venues at New York Music Daily’s sister blog Lucid Culture.

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

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

On select Thursdays and Sundays, an intimate, growing piano music salon on the Upper West Side featuring iconoclastically insightful, lyrical pianist Nancy Garniez – a cult favorite with an extraordinarily fluid, singing, legato style – exploring the delicious minutiae of works from across the centuries. Perennial possibilities: Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Dvorak (!). Sugg don $10 (pay what you can), delicious gluten-free refreshments, beverages and lively conversation included! email for info/location.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sundays there’s a klezmer brunch at City Winery, show starts around 11:30 AM – 2 PM, $10 cover, no minimum, lots of good bands

Sundays in December at sometime past noon at Hank’s, Nashville gothic crooner Sean Kershaw‘s legendary honkytonk brunch is back! It’s just like 1999 again!

Three Sundays in December, 12/4, 12/11 and 12/18, 2 PM fiery agitator Rev. Billy & the Church of  Stop Shopping Choir – sort of the Dead Kennedys or Public Enemy of original, politically spot-on original gospel music – at Joe’s Pub, $15

Sundays at 3 PM at the Stone a rotating cast of familiar faces from John Zorn’s circle perform from Zorn’s characteristically exhaustive, marathon collection of 300 works titled Bagatelles, recently composed between March and May 2015. “Each concert will be introduced by John Zorn, often in conversation with the musicians,” $15

Sundays in December, 7 PM spine-tingling darkly mystical art-rock/avant-garde/chamber pop songwriter Carol Lipnik – pretty much everybody’s choice for best singer in all of NYC – at Pangea

Every Sunday the Ear-Regulars, led by trumpeter Jon Kellso and (frequently) guitarist Matt Munisteri play NYC’s only weekly hot jazz session starting around 8 PM at the Ear Inn on Spring St. Hard to believe, in the city that springboarded the careers of thousands of jazz legends, but true. This is by far the best value in town for marquee-caliber jazz: for the price of a drink and a tip for the band, you can see world-famous players (and brilliant obscure ones) you’d usually have to drop $100 for at some big-ticket room. The material is mostly old-time stuff from the 30s and 40s, but the players (especially Kellso and Munisteri, who have a chemistry that goes back several years) push it into some deliciously unexpected places.

Three Sundays in December, 12/4, 12/11 and 12/18, 9 PM hypnotically psychedelic, microtonally guitar-fueled East African psychedelic band 75 Dollar Bill at Union Pool, $10

Sundays at Barbes at around 9:30 PM paradigm-shifting Romany jazz guitarist Stephane Wrembel – who blends Django with ominous Pink Floyd art-rock and growling post-Velvets psychedelia.

12/1, 7 PM Texas Americana multi-instrumentalist (ex-Red Molly) Molly Venter and Goodnight Moonshine followed by Crescent City-flavored “steamboat soul” band Roosevelt Dime at the big room at the Rockwood, $15

12/1, 7:30 PM accordionist Christina Crowder’s haunting Bessarabian chamber jazz/klezmer quartet Bivolita at the Jalopy, $15

12/1, 7:30 PM pianist Peter Breiner leads an all-star octet playing Slovak Dances for Triango and Orchestra at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, free tix currently avail at the venue box office

12/1, 7:30 PM popular tenor saxophonist David Murray plays and sings Nat King Cole en Español at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

12/1-3, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, trumpeter Jeremy Pelt’s “power quintet” with Steve Nelson – vibes; Danny Grissett – piano; Peter Washington – bass; Bill Stewart – drums, $25/$30 on the weekend

12/1-3, 8 PM, repeating on 12/4 at 2 PM singer/performer Jadele McPhersonoffers “a cosmic sonic journey through black liberation figures, conjurers and spiritual leaders from Haiti and Cuba, surrounded by fellow performers Val Jeanty, Maxine Montilus, Yomaira Gonzalez, Caridad Paisan Garbey and Daniel Gi,” at Jack, $18

12/1, 8  PM wit and lively piano-and-bass jousting – Uri Caine & Mark Helias at Mezzrow, $20

12/1, 8 PM fiery female-fronted psychedelic soul/funk band Sirsy (think, mythical temptress) at the Bitter End, $10

12/1, 8 PM singer Gabrielle Herbst leads a quartet with Missy Mazzoli on keys, Aaron Roche on guitar and Ludovica Burtone on violin at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

12/1, 8/9:30 PM drummer Dan Weiss leads a tuneful trio withJacob Sacks, piano;  Thomas Morgan, bass at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 incl a drink

12/1, 8 PM percussion and piano quartet Yarn/Wire  and indie vocal ensemble Ekmeles join forces for a composer portrait of Zasha Di Castri at the Miller Theatre, $30 tix avail

12/1, 9ish careening folk noir and heavy-duty grasscore: O’Death and Slim Cessna’s Auto Club at the Bell House, $15 adv tix rec

12/1, 9 PM haunting, purposeful viola improviser Jessica Pavone at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery

12/1, 9:30 PM fiery, noir-influenced guitarist  Andy Green leads a quartet with JC Sanford – trombone; Jeremy Udden – saxophone; Dave Ambrosio – bass at I-Beam, $15

12/2, 5:30 PM rustic guy/girl mid-Atlantic country blues duets with Piedmont Bluz at the American Folk Art Museum

12/2, 7 PM up-and-coming indie classical cellist Ashley Walters solo followed at 8:30 by tuneful, Middle Eastern-inspired tenor saxophonist Ole Mathisen leading a killer quartet:  Amir ElSaffar – trumpet; Bobby Avey – piano; Gregg August – bass at Spectrum, $15

12/2, 7 PM Middle Eastern-flavored psychedelic jams with Spaghetti Eastern Music at Silvana

12/2, 7:30/9 PM the mighty sixteen-piece, accordion-spiced cumbia-jazz Gregorio Uribe Big Band at Ginny’s Suppper Club, $20

12/2, 8 PM badass slowcore art-rock cellist/chanteuse Meaner Pencil, ethereally enchanting art-folk autoharpist/singer Elizabeth Devlin, enigmatic lo-fi janglerock/folk noir songwriter Tica Douglas and the fiery, theatrical, goth-tinged Catfox at the Park Church Co-op. 129 Russel St. at Nassau, $10, G train to Nassau Ave stop.

12/2, 8 PM dark, fiery, female-fronted female-fronted surf rockers High Waisted  at the Knitting Factory, $10 adv tix rec

12/2, 8 PM the feral, frenetic NY Gypsy Allstars play their electric originals at Drom, $10 adv tix rec

12/2, 8 PM riveting, soaring singer/guitarist Julia Patinella – equally adept at flamenco and haunting Sicilian sounds at the Owl. 12/4 at 10 she’s at Sunny’s

12/2, 8 PM torchy, lyrically smashing original female-fronted oldtimey swing crew the Fascinators at Sidewalk

12/2, 8 PM trombone powerhouse Reut Regev’s smoky, funky, serpentine R-Time followed by fiery violinist/singer Carla Kihlstedt’s Causing a Tiger at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery

12/2, 8 PM guitarist Douglas Bradford’s improvisational chamber jazz outfit Dragonfly: withPatrick Breiner – clarinet, Christopher Hoffman – cello, Sam Ospovat – drums followed at 9 by violinist Jason Kao Hwang’s Sing House with Andrew Drury – drums; Ken Filiano – bass; Chris Forbes – piano; Steve Swell – trombone at the Firehouse Space, $10

12/2, 8 PM David Broome (piano), Kate Dillingham (cello), Thomas Piercy (clarinet) perform works by Barash, Fetherolf, Galindo, and Schultz, alongside Henryk Górecki’s Lerchenmusik at the Broom Tree Theatre, 23-35 Broadway, Astoria (23rd/Crescent), free, reception to follow, R/W to Broadway

12/2, 8:30 PM a rare Brooklyn appearance by noir jazz legends the Jazz Passengers at Bar Lunatico. They’re also here on 12/22

12/2, 9 PM a Memphis Minnie tribute, all proceeds to fight the Dakota Pipeline, artistsinclude lbluesman Rashad Brown, Kylie Wilder, catchy, fun indie soul band Sunshine Nights, chamber pop/Romany/Americana violinist/songwriter Sarah Alden, her fellow badass violinist colleague Chloe eclectic, tuneful accordionist/songwriter Ali Dineen Swantner, fiery oldtimey string band he Four O’Clock Flowers, acoustic soul chanteuse Queen Esther, eclectic, tuneful accordionist/songwriter Ali Dineen  $10 sugg, give what you can

12/2, 9 PM enigmatically careening,wickedly tuneful, intense female-fronted power trio Castle Black, ageless, filthy oldschool punk/powerpop band Custard Wally – sort of the Blowfly of NYC punk rock –and paisley underground/punk trio the Unknown Nobodies, at Hank’s, be aware of $8 cover

12/2, 9 PM haunting folk noir/lo-fi psychedelic guy Jaye Bartell at Troost

12/2-3,9/10:30 PM bassist Petros Klamanis’ mighty, haunting Bpazia ensemble with Magda Giannikou, voice, accordion;  Yotam Silberstein, guitar;  Julian Shore, piano;  Keita Ogawa, percussion;  Roggerio Boccato, percussion;  Gokce Erem, violin;  Carrie Frey, viola;  Adam Fisher, cello at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 incl a drink

12/2, 9 PM darkly edgy, politically-fueled Irish tunesmith Niall Connolly at the small room at the Rockwood

12/2, 9 PM Epica and their cello-metal Metallica covers at Webster Hall, $30

12/2, 9:30 PM the Jentsch Group No Net premiere the brillint cult favorite jazz guitarist’s Topics in American History – his chamber jazz abstraction of historical themes and events – at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

12/2, 10 PM this era’s most chillingly cinematic, shadowy reverbtoned noir guitar instrumentalists, Big Lazy at Barbes

12/2, 10 PM darkly torchy, individualistic psychedelic jazz/slowcore/noir singer Bianca Muniz with her band at Terra Firma 119 Ingraham St just off Porter, Bushwick, free, L to Montrose Ave

12/2-3, 10:30 PM state-of-the-art, pyrotechnically soulful trumpeter Ingrid Jensen leads her quintet at Smalls

12/2, 10:30 PM cutting-edge B3 organ and trombone soul/jazz grooves with the Jared Gold and Dave Gibson Band at the Fat Cat

12/2, 11 PM the Tsunambots – who put a creepy postrock spin on surf punk – followed at midnight by deviously theatrical oldschool C&W/rockabilly parodists Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co at Otto’s. The ‘Bots are also here the following night, 12/3 at midnight

12/3, 4 PM composer/accordionist Michael Hearst’s Songs About Extraordinary People  – including the Iceman found more or less intact after 5300 years entombed in ice, and Marie Curie, whose radioactive notebooks are still lethal – fo followed at 6 by intense Balkan chanteuse Jenny Luna‘s haunting, traditional Turkish band Dolunay, intense, intricately orchestrated, low register-loving psycho mambo band Gato Loco at 8 and then the blustery firepower of Sinaloa-style Mexican mariachi/ranchera brass group Banda de los Muertos at Barbes

12/3 7 PM the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra with pianist and composer Fazil Say performs Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 plus Say’s new cross-pollinated composition, Silk Road, plus works by Haydn and Rossini at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, $13 seats avail

12/3, 8 PM intense, rapturous Balkan/ Middle Eastern ensemble the Secret Trio –Tamer Pinarbasi, Ismail Lumanovski & Ara Dinkjian – at Roulette, $30

12/3, 8 PM a multimedia perfomance with dance, live painting, poetry and the Persian sufi music of ther Pejman Tadayon Ensemble at Alwan for the Arts, $20/$15 stud/srs

12/3, 8 PM pianists Azamat Sydykov and Nikita Galaktionov trade places and play works by Tchaikovsky, Rubinstein, Balakirev, Lyapunov, Rachmaninoff, and Scriabinat Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $25 seats avail

12/3, 8 PM Sarah Rara of Lucky Dragons plays solo electroacoustic works followed by mesmerizing sound sculptor Lesley Flanigan at the Kitchen, $15

12/3, 8 PM haunting, intense flamenco jazz pianist Chano Dominguez & New Flamenco Sounds at Shapeshifter Lab

12/3, 9 PM the Alan Lomax of surf rock, Unsteady Freddie‘s monthly extravaganza at Otto’s starts with Bongo Surf, at 10 the cinematically twangy Agent Octopus, at 11 the the Luau Cinders (to be known in the future as the Kaweem Abdoo Jabbaws) and creepy surfy postrockers the Tsunambots

12/3, 9 PM hauntingly elegant Americana/chamber pop/noir chanteuse Jessie Kilguss and her excellent band at Muchmore’s

12/3, 9 PM visual scores by Aleksandra Vrebalov performed by Lynn Bechtold, Steve Bloom, Jennifer Choi, Dan Cooper, Du.0, Marija Ilic, John King, Hajnal Pivnick, Kathy Tagg, Aleksandra Vrebalov, and Dorian Wallace at Spectrum, $15

12/3, 10 PM Haunted Gypsy play their ominous Siouxsie-esque goth rock at Leftfield

12/3, 10 PM the original lineup of tuneful indie powerpop favorites Palomar at Union Hall, $10

12/3, 11 PM rockabilly/surf guitar favorite Rev. Horton Heat at Warsaw, $22

12/4, starting at 9 AM an all-day Mannes Chamber Music Bash with performances across the campus at the New School’s Arnhold Hall: Ernst C. Stiefel Concert Hall, Baisley Powell Elebash Recital Hall, Room 450, and the Glass Box Theater, program TBA

12/4, half past noon at Petteri Iivonen, violin; Ben Larsen, cello; Mika Sasaki, piano play piano trios by Hayen, Sibelius, Beethoven and Brahms at the Russian Orthodox Cathedral, 59 E 2nd St, sugg don

12/4, 3 PM the Greenwich Village Orchestra‘s annual family concert with holiday romp with Bizet’s toreadors, Copland’s cowboys, Brahms’ Hungarians, sleigh rides with Anderson and Prokofiev, and Sarasate’s gypsy violin music with young soloist Ben Lerman at Washington Irving HS Auditorium, 16th St./Irving Place, $20 sugg don., reception to follow

12/4, 4 PM Ko-Eun Yi, piano, performs works by Mozart, Debussy, Brahms, and Scriabin at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.

12/4, 5ish Miwa Gemini – the darkly enigmatic missing link between Calexico and Shonen Knife – at Muchmore’s

12/4, 5 PM dynamic choral ensemble Musica Viva NY, joined by the Aeolus Quartet and colleagues bring the stormy heavenly battles of Bach’s four “Michaelmas” cantatas to life. Also on the bill: organist Renée Anne Louprette plays Knut Nystedt’s “Immortal Bach” and Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, at All Souls Church, 1157 Lexington Ave (at 80th St) $30

12/4, 5 PM the Brooklyn Brass Quintet play works by Matt Marks and John Altieri originals, as well as works by Ann Cleare and Tim McCormick followed by Karl Larson playing solo piano, program TBA at Spectrum, $15

12/4, 5 PM the Daedalus String Quartet play Beethoven string quartets – one early (#1) and one late (#14) –  at the Lounge @ Hudson View Gardens, 128 Pinehurst Avenue at W. 183rd St., suggested donation of $12 includes post-concert reception with the artists

12/4, 6 PM alto saxophonist Louise Jensen and guitarist Adam Caine:followed at 7 by the sax trio of Jensen with Chris Pitsiokos and Nick Lyons at Downtown Music Gallery

12/4, 7 PM Taylor Davis plays her violin covers of video game themes at the Mercury, $18 adv tix rec

12/4, 7 PM pianiist Nathaniel LaNasa plays a program TBA at Third Street Music School Settlement, free

12/4, 8 PM slashing, blues-infused guitarist/songwriter Mallory Feuer’s noisy quartet the Grasping Straws, jangly, sharply lyrical folk-rock/chamberpop band the Morning Sea – like a more stripped-down, less druggy Elliott Smith – and Dalton Deschain & the Traveling Show playing their creepy circus punk and arena rock at Bowery Electric, $8

12/4, 8 PM a solo acoustic Joanna Sternberg set, the Crimson Ragdolls:  Joanna Sternberg, Ali Dineen & Lucine Yeghiazaryanne and at 9:30 accordionist Dineen and band playing the album release show for her new one at the Jalopy, $12

12/4, 8 PM free jazz trombone powerhouse Steve Swell’s shout-out to Bartok, Kende Dreams with Rob Brown – alto saxophone; Dave Burrell – piano; William Parker – bass; Chad Taylor – drums, percussionat Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

12/4, 8 PM brilliantly cinematic, kinetic violinist Dana Lyn with eclectically atmospheric guitarist Kyle Sanna at the Owl

12/4, 8 PM drummer Adam Rudolph’s strikingly tuneful, rumblingly improvisational Go Organic Orchestra at the Brooklyn Conseratory of Music, $15

12/4, 8 PM TALIBAM! (Matt Mottel, synthesizer & Kevin Shea, drums); Tamio Shiraishi – alto saxophone; and David Watson – bagpipes and electric guitar at Jack, $15

12/4, 8:30 PM the haunting, creepy Dust Bowl Faeries circus rock/art-rock band and theatrical circus rock goth Luis Mojica at the Delancey 12/23, 7 PM they’re at Shrine

12/4, 8:30/10 PM Django Reinhardt tribute night with Olli Soikkeli, guitar;  Julian Labro, accordion;  Eduardo Belo, bass;  Max O’Rourke, rhythm guitar at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 incl a drink

12/4, 10 PM explosive electric blues guitarist/songwriter Jackie Venson – arguably the best thing happening in Texas blues right now – at Silvana

12/4, 10:30 PM Middle Eastern-tinged Israeli guitarist Amos Hoffman leads his quartet at Smalls

12/5, 7 PM monster new music pianist Vicky Chow joins with the Momenta Quartet to play Alberto Ginastera’s hair-raising, rather sinister Piano Quintet, alongside rarely heard string quartets by two of his most celebrated students: Mesías Maiguashca and Joaquín Orellana at the Americas Society, 680 Park Ave at 68th St, $10 adv tix avail

12/5, 7 PM the tuneful, shapeshifting trombone-driven JC Sanford Quartet with Mike Baggetta on guitar at Spectrum, $15

12/5, 7 PM the up-and-coming indie classical ensemble Face the Music Symphony, directed by Whitney George, performs student composer Petite Symphony by Whitney George. Samurai Mama Big Band, Face the Music’s resident creative big band directed by Aakash Mittal, will perform Argue’s Transit and Snarky Puppy’s Kite at Roulette, $15 adv tix rec

12/5, 7 PM, repeating 12/17 and 1/5/17, 7 PM Austin Pendleton and Barbara Bleier perform their twisted theatre/cabaret show Tis the Season to Be Morbid with songs by Richard Maltby & David Shire, Gretchen Cryer and Nancy Ford, Lynn Ahrens & Stephen Flaherty, an unpublished song by John Bucchino and Amanda McBroom, at Pangea, $25

12/5-6, 8/10:30 PM 8/10:30 PM ageless, perennially hard-hitting jazz piano sage and ex-Coltrane bandmate McCoy Tyner with .his quartet feat. Gary Bartaz on baritone sax at the Blue Note, $30 standing room avail

12/5, 8:30 PM enigimatically witty, erudite jazz chanteuse/songwriter Dorian Devins leads her trio Lou Rainone on keys and Paul Gill on bass at the Bar Next Door

12/6, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, the Curtis Chamber Ensemble play Brahms’s Piano Quartet in G minor, at the Miller Theatre, free

12/6, 6:30 PM oldtime country blues purveyor Eli Smith, rustic 19th century style string band the Four O’Clock Flowers, and badass resonator guitarist and delta blues/oldtime hillbilly music maven Mamie Minch play American folk songs centered around the theme of death and mourning in the down-home tradition at the American Folk Art Museum, $10. Minch is also at Barbes at 8 on 12/16.

12/6, 7 PM a rare duo performance by klezmer chanteuse Polina Shepherd with Klezmatics, accordion wizard Lorin Sklamberg followed by ten-piece funky Balkan brass/Ellington jazz monsters Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

12/6, 7 PM Jeremy Schonfeld’s Iron & Coal Holocaust-themed art-song project at National Sawdust, $35 adv tix rec

12/6, 7:30 PM amazingly eclectic original klezmer songwriter/chanteuse Lenka Lichtenberg at the Jalopy, $15

12/6-7, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, intense pianist Gerald Clayton ’s trio plus special guest Miguel Zenon on alto, whooooah! $30

12/6, 7:30 PM a rare reunion of Austrian sax legend Karlheinz Miklin with his longtime American collaborators, Billy Hart on drums and Ron McClure on bass at the Austrian Cultural Forum, 11 E 52nd St, free but res req 

12/6, 8 PM the Columbia University Orchestra play Sibelius-Finalandia, Beethoven-Symphony #8 and Debussy-La Mer at Symphony Space, free

12/6, 8 PM roaring 20s hot jazz with Sweet Megg & the Wayfarers at Radegast Hall

12/6. 10:30 PM fiery alto saxophonist Lucas Pino’s twin-guitar No No Nonet at Smalls

12/6, 11 PM Of Clocks & Clouds play their twisted postrock and goth-tinged post-new wave anthems at the Knitting Factory $10 adv tix rec

12/7, 6:30 PM thought-provoking musicologist and Oxford History of Western Music editor Richard Taruskin considers an artist’s obligation to society, based on his book The Dangers of Music, Taruskin’s talk will be followed by a discussion with GC professor Scott Burnham, with a musical interlude at Elebash Hall at CUNY, 365 5th Ave. north of 34th St., free but rsvp req

12/7, 10:30 PM snarlingly atmospheric, cinematic, darkly psychedelic postrock cellist Helen Money at Trans-Pecos, $10

12/7, 10:30 PM fearlessly relevant, politically-inspired drummer/composer Rob Garcia and his quartet at Smalls

12/7, 7:30 PM slinky, carnivalesque Romany/Mediterranean band Dodo Orchestra at Club Bonafide, $15

12/7, 8 PM the first family of cinematic, rivetingly intense Middle Eastern classical music: oudist and partiarch Marcel, pianist Rami, and percusionist Bachar Khalife at the Town Hall, $35 tix avail

12/7, 8 PM Katie E, the Drunken Foreigner Band and noisy, hazily jangly, psychedelic slowcore/free jazz/avant instrumentalists Sunwatchers at Union Pool, $10

12/7, 8 PM psychedelic klezmer/bluegrass mandolin and clarinet legend Andy Statman at Barbes, $10

12/7 day one of the Jalopy’s Roots & Ruckus Fest opens at 9 PM with country blues guitarist Eli Smith; mid-Atlantic country blues duets with Piedmont Bluz at 9:30; Venezuelan tradiional singer Yva Las Vegas at 10; sly, rustic late 20s style jug band/hokum blues crew Brotherhood of the Jug Band Blues at 10:30; country covers with Aaron Frazer at 11; Crushed Out at 11:30 and at midnight, Brother Roy. Next door at the Jalopy Tavern starting at 10 there’s King Isto’s Tropical String Band playing awesomely fun, catchy Hawaiian slack-key guitar music and then the all-star Skalopy cover band, free.

12/7, 9 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” at Troost. 12/15, 9 PM they’re at Espresso 77, 35-57 77th Street, Jackson Hts.

12/8, 7 PM a night of creepy storytelling – audience participation invited – with music from cleverly lyrical, murderously witty murder ballad/chamber pop allstars Charming Disaster at Green-Wood Cemetery, 500 25th St, Sunset Park,$20, take the 5th Ave entrance. “Some material may not be suitable for young audiences.”

12/8, 7 PM witty Microscopic Septet pianist Joel Forrester  promises to play back-to-back, differing versions of his repetitive classic Industrial Arts at Spectrum, $15

12/8, 7 PM soaringly explosive jazz composer/torch singer Nicole Zuraitis at 55 Bar

12/8, 7:30 PM hauntingly lyrical, grimly witty folk noir/Nashville gothic band Thee Shambels at Post Mark Cafe,326 6th St (4th/5th Aves), Park Slope, closest train is the R to 9th St.

12/8, 7:30 PM eclectic, badass alto saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin and her oldschool soul/jazz group at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

12/8-11, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, purist, low-key postbop guitarist Peter Bernstein leads a pretty chill, oldschool quartet with Harold Mabern – piano; John Webber – bass; Jimmy Cobb – drums, $30

12/8, 8 PM unstoppable guitar and banjo shredder Brandon Seabrooks Die Trommel Fatale, Tredici Bacci playing original psychedelic instrumentals inspired by Italian film soundtracks and irresistibly named female-fronted art-rock band Reina Terror at Trans-Pecos, $10

12/8, 8 PM a killer female-fronted triplebill of jazz pianists: the Kazzrie Jaxen Group, Virg Dzurinko Quartet and feral, wildly improvisational, tuneful Mara Rosenbloom Trio atr Scholes Ste. studio

12/8, day two of the Jalopy’s Roots & Ruckus Fest opens at 9 PM with warmly tuneful front-porch folk songwriter Joanna Sternberg, the rustically haunting Ukrainian Village Voices at 9:30, intense, fearless Romany/Balkan chaunteuse Eva Salina with pyrotechnic accordionist Peter Stan at 10; whirlwind clarinet and violin-fueled klezmer group Litvakus at 10:30; high-voltage late 19th century style string band Four O’Clock Flowers at 11; Gato Paloma at 11:30 and riveting, soaring singer/guitarist Julia Patinella – equally adept at flamenco and haunting Sicilian sounds at midnight

12/8, 9 PM pyrotechnic Balkan multi-reedman Greg Squared‘s Seyyah with the similarly amazing Kane Mathis on oud and Jenny Luna on vocals at Roots & Ruckus at the Jalopy

12/8, 9 PM smart, cleverly lyrical original swing chanteuse/songwriter/trombonist Emily Asher’s Garden Party at Radegast Hall

12/8. 9:30 PM explosive, theatrical, phantasmagorical indie/metal band A Deer A Horse at Footlight Bar, $10

12/8, 8 PM  the plush, balmy, oldtimey uke swing of Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies  followed by agelessly soulful Armenian clarinetist Souren Baronian’s Taksim Middle Eastern jazz combo at Barbes

12/8, 8 PM Joanna Choy’s popular Americana cover band Scotch Bonnet at Hifi Bar

12/9, 6 PM 6 PM crystalline-voiced, noir-tinged third-stream jazz chanteuse Tessa Souter and her band at 55 Bar

12/9, 6:30 PM cult favorite Americana soul songstress Dina Regine at the American Folk Art Museum

12/9, 7 PM confrontentially comedic singer Dan Finnerty’s hilarious, viciously sarcastic top 40 cover band the Dan Band play a holiday show – yikes – at Joe’s Pub, $22

12/9, 7 PM purist Memphis electric blues slide guitarist/singer Elizabeth Wise at Caffe Vivaldi

12/9, 8 PM eclectic, lyrical jazz bassist/composer Pedro Giraudo leads his Tango Quartet followed at 10 by an accordion trio summit: Vitor Gonçalves, Felipe Hostins and Rob Curto play an evening of choro, forró, samba and original music in the tradition of Dominguinhos, Sivuca and Chiquinho do Acordeom, featuring Scott Kettner on percussion and special guests.

12/9, 8 PM psychedelic cumbia band Yotoco and the eclectic, Balkan/latin/funk brass Underground Horns at Drom, $10

12/9, 8 PM riveting Indian classical sitarist Ustad Shafaat Khan at the Tribeca Performing Arts Ctr (the BMCC auditorium on Chambers east of the river), $21

12/9, 8 PM wryly trippy dub reggae bandleader Effie Liu at the Knitting Factory, $10 adv tix rec

12/9 day three of the Jalopy’s Roots & Ruckus Fest opens at 8:30 with the Berger Sisters‘ high-energy string band, at 9 Hubby Jenkins of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, at 9:30 a special duo set by Spirit Family Reunion, at 10 Brain Cloud’s tapdancing vocalese specialist Tamar Korn, at 10:30 darkly lyrical songwriter/impresario Feral Fosterat 11  the Crimson Ragdolls: at 11:30 pyrotechnic Balkan multi-reedman Greg Squared‘s Seyyah with the similarly amazing Kane Mathis on oud and Jenny Luna on vocals

12/9, 9 PM darkly minimalist, atmospheric chamber pop/art-rock chantuese Nico Turner at the Owl

12/9, 9 PM pensive, smart multi-instrumentalist Kristen Tivey – of Eliza & the Organix – fronts her own folk/jazz band at Pete’s

12/9, 10 PM one of the funniest men in rock, sardonically Beatlesque/Costelloesque powerpop songwriter Walter Ego  followed at 11 by purist reverbtoned instrumentalists Strange but Surf at Sidewalk

12/9, 10 PM funky, lyrically intense dark folk jamband the Sometime Boys– with the riveting Sarah Mucho on vocals – at the Way Station

12/9, 10 PM the Sun Ra Arkestra squeezing themselves into the tiny space for a stage at Nublu 151, 151 Ave C, $tba

12/9. 10:30 PM hilarious, sardonically careening glam/party band Haley Bowery & the Manimals at Hanks, be aware of $8 cover

12/9, midnight wry, jangly, retro 60s psychedelic popsters Gringo Star at Alphaville, $12

12/10, 2 PM the NY Phil play Dvorak’s Symphony No. 6 at Avery /fisher Hall, $33 tix rec

12/10, 7:30 PM Dylan keyboardist Mick Rossi’s Outliers Series presents You Break You Buy — a potentially very dark, cinematic collaboration with Peter Hess (Balkan Beat Box), Stephen Ulrich and Yuval Lion ( (Big Lazy), Jon Madof (Zion80). at Spectrum, $15

12/10, 7:30 PM incomparable country/jazz/janglerock icon Amy Allison with Lee Feldman on piano at Dixon Place. Briliant new material! Devastatingly funny between-song banter!

12/10, 7:30 PM Dover Quartet play Mozart: Quartet in B-flat Major, K. 589; Britten: Quartet No. 2 in C Major, Op. 36; Beethoven: Quartet in C Major, Op. 59, No. 3 at Washington Irving HS Auditorium, 17th/Irving Place, $14

12/10, 7:30 PM the Dessoff Choir sing works by Tavener, Handel, Bach, Robert Parsons and others at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex, $25/$15 stud/srs The program repeats 12/18 at 4 PM at Saint John’s Episcopal Church, 139 Saint Johns Place, Park Slope, B/Q to 7th Ave, 2/3 to Grand Army Plaza

12/10, 8 PM dark intense cult favorite lyrical rocker LJ Murphy and his unstoppable, blues and Stax/Volt-infused noir band the Accomplices followed by Abraham’s River fka Mac McCarty & the Kidd Twist Band playing their fiery, sometimes unexpectedly poignant Pogues-ish punk and folk noir at Sidewalk

12/10, 8 PM a cant-miss, rare NYC show by Lynchian Michigan noir country duo the Whiskey Charmers followed eventually at 10 by wild, noisy, genuinely Hendrixian virtuoso lead guitarist Viva DeConcini and her band at the Way Station

12/10, 8 PM all-female indie classical sextet (well, that’s what they are) Nouveau Classical play at the Firehouse Space, $10

12/10, 8 PM the Cecilia Chorus of New York perform an especially interesting take on the tired “Bach Family Xmas” concept:.Bach’s Magnificat, a 15-minute comic intermezzo (mini-opera) by Jonathan Breit based on an altercation between Bach and one of his students, as well as Meine Seele Erhebet Den Herrn (“Magnificat” in German) by Johann’s cousin J. Ernst, and the Advent cantata Wachet Auf by his son J. Christoph Friedrich. at STern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, $25 tix avail

12/10, 9ish trumpeter Steven Bernstein’s legendary noir jazz outfit Sexmob – who’ve distinguished themselves with their reinventions of Nino Rota Fellini soundtracks – make a rare Brooklyn appearance at the Owl

12/10, 9:30ish intense charismatic danceable metal cumbia/skaragga/latin rockers Escarioka at Mehanata, $10

12/10, 9:30 PM amazingly eclectic female-fronted latin/Mediterranean/Romany and charming French ye-ye pop with Banda Magda at Joe’s Pub, $20 adv tix red

12/10, 10 PM the Clean’s Hamish Kilgour’s new band Roya and tuneful, diverse retro 60s psychedelic garage rockers the Mystery Lights at Shea Stadium, $12

12/10, 10 PM boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band at Bar Chord

12/10. 10 PM Mimi Oz – a real kitchen-sink songwriter with soul and rock and darker sounds and an omnipresent sense of humor – at Pete’s

12/11, 2 PM psychedelic guitar cult hero Bob Bannister – Ember Schrag lead player and sort of the NYC answer to Richard Thompson – solo at Mayflower

12/11, 3 PM the China Philharmonic Orchestra play Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2 and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 at Avery Fisher Hall, $25 tix avail

12/11, 5 PM haunting, ethereal avant/jazz chanteuse Gabriela Martina – who Hildegarde von Binghen-izes Wayne Shorter and the like – with her band – Vancil Cooper, bassist Kyle Miles, pianist Maxim Lubarsky, and fretted and fretless guitar player Jussi Reijonen.- at the small room at the Rockwood 

12/11, 7 PM Turkish crooner Ahmet Erdogdular  leads a nine-piece ensemble playing and singing bewitching classical Turkish, Greek Byzantine, Armenian, and Sephardi Jewish music at Merkin Concert Hall, $30

12/11, 7 PM Belarus folk noir songwriter Lavon Volski at Drom, $30 adv tix req

12/11, 7 PM pianists Nnenna Ogwo and Jiayin Shen play a program tba at Third Street Music School Settlement, free

12/11, 6 PM noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo and his trio followed by lyrical jazz pianist Jim Ridl tickling the plastic on the Rhodes at 55 Bar

12/11, 7:30 PM a killer Middle Eastern jazz/art-rock triplebill at Shapeshifter Lab, $15: dark surfy Israeli guitar monster Eyal Maoz and bassist Y Basstavi followed by guitairst Beledo and then Gilad Atzmon & the Art House Ensemble with special guests Amina Figarova on piano and Saul Rubin on guitar and Marko Djordjevic on drums, wow

12/11, 7:30 PM well-respected oldtime Americana multi-instrumentalist Bruce Molsky and band at the Jalopy, $20

12/11, 8 PM Daniel Epstein: piano; Jillian Blythe: cello play duos by Debussy, Beethoven and Rachmaninoff at the Firehouse Space, $15

12/11, 8:30 PM lots of enigmatic, darkly opaque possibilities: chanteuse Gretchen Parlato with Shai Maestro on piano at Mezxrow, $20

12/11, 9:30 PM noir, fearlessly political, lurid Americana: charismatic, powerhouse lyricist/banjoist Curtis Eller at at Pete’s

12/11, 9:30 PM multi-instrumentalist Dave Wechsler’s lush, historically-infused chamber pop project the Tyranny of Dave and subversively torchy, historically-informed, richly lyrical oldtime Americana chanteuse Robin Aigner & Parlour Game at Freddy’s

12/11, 10 PM explosively cinematic cello metal band Blues in Space at the big room at the Rockwood, $10

12/12, 7 PM drummer Will Mason leads his quatet with Kris Davis- piano; Ned Rothenberg- clarinet; Greg Chudzik- bass at Spectrum, $15

12/12, 7:30 PM the Jack Quartet and vocal ensemble Ekmeles join forces to perform music from and celebrating northern climes:  John Luther Adams – Canticles of the Sky interspersed with works by Karin Rehnqvist, Kajia Saariaho, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Jean Sibelius and Marc Sabat at Music Mondays, Advent Church, northwest corner of 93rd and Broadway, free 

12/12, 7:30 PM Juilliard’s contemporary ensemble, Axiom, play an all-Saariaho program at Alice Tully Hall, free tix avail. at the box ofc, get em now

12/12, 9 PM drummer Billy Hart and pianist George Cables‘ postbop supergroup the Cookers at Nublu 151 151 Ave C, $tba

12/13, 6:30 PM  up-and-coming guitarist/songwriter Alicyn Yaffee -the rare artist who successfully bridges the gap between lyrically-fueled chamber pop and jazz – at the Bar Next Door, free

12/13, 7 PM pyrotechnic Balkan multi-reedman Greg Squared‘s Circle followed by ten-piece funky Balkan brass/Ellington jazz monsters Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

12/13, 7 PM intense, edgily tuneful Texas tenor saxophonist Stan Killian leads his postbop quartet at 55 Bar

12/13, 7:30 PM pianist Anthony de Mare curates a dramatic evening in honor of Eric Satie’s 150th birthday year with fellow pianists Simone Dinnerstein, Adam Tendler and others at the Sheen Center, 18 Bleecker St. west of Bowery, $27 tix avail

12/13, 7:30 PM pianist Andrew Tyson plays works by Scriabin, Ravel, Petrossian, Gershwin and others at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, free, tix avail at 6:30 PM day of show at the box ofc

12/13, 8 PM fiery, deviously fun oldtimey swing guitarist/crooner Seth Kessel & the Two Cent Band at Radegast Hall 12/23 he’s at Sunny’s at 10

12/13, 8/9:30 PM saxophonist Caroline Davis leads a quintet with Marquis Hill, trumpet; Julian Shore, piano; Tamir Shmerling, bass; Jay Sawyer, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 incl a drink

12/13-18, 8:30/10:30 PM piano icon Kenny Barron leads his trio at the o at the Vanguard, $25. 12/14-25 he leads a quintet with Steve Nelson (vibes) Dayna Stevens (saxophone) Kenny Barron (piano) Kiyoshi Kitagawa (bass) Johnathan Blake (drums)

12/13, 8:30 PM oldtime blues/Americana resonator guitarist Zeke Healey and eclectic violist Karen Waltuch making psychedelic free jazz out of classic Appalachian and Americana themes followed by warmly tuneful front-porch folk songwriter Joanna Sternberg at Bar Lunatico

12/13, 9 PM Ruby the Hatchet – female-fronted metal bnad who blend darkwave and a classic 70s stoner vibe to their Iron Maiden-inspired assault – and hauntingly slinky psychedelic doom band Earthless at Bowey Balllroom, $15 adv tix rec. Either that or they’re at St. Vitus for three bucks more – both venues have the show listed.

12/13, 9:30 PM the Bronx Conexion play their mighty salsa big band jazz at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, $10

12/14, 2 PM Augustin Hadelich, violin & Joyce Yang, piano play works by Stravinsky, Beethoven, Mozart and Tschaikovsky at the Town Hall, $15

12/14, 7 PM enigimatically witty, erudite jazz chanteuse/songwriter Dorian Devins leads her trio at Flute Midtown 205 W 54th St, between Broadway & 7th Ave, free

12/14-15, 7:30 PM purposeful rising star postbop saxophonist Melissa Aldana leads her quartet at Smalls. The 12/14 show is followed at 10:30 PM by inspired, cutting-edge trombonist/composer Ryan Keberle & Catharsis

12/14-17, 7:30 PM the Dublin Guitar Quartet play Michael Gordon’s new Amplified at BAM’s Fisher Theatre, 321 Ashland Place $25 tix avail

12/14, 8 PM explosive psychedelic rembetiko metal band Greek Judas at Barbes

12/14, 8 PM hauntingly Middle Eastern-influenced alto saxophonist Uri Gruvich leads a quartet with Manuel Valera, piano; Edward Perez, bass; Francisco Mela, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 incl a drink

12/14, 9ish devious baritone sax innovator Moist Paula’s Electric Embouchere electroacoustic jazz project at Troost

12/14, 10 PM ferocious, twin guitar-fueled, Radio Birdman-esque psychedelic punks the Electric Mess at Otto’s

12/15 half past noon electically cinematic, kinetic klezmer/cumbia/reggae jamband Metropolitan Klezmer at Liberty Park (original site of Occupy Wall Street)

12/15, 7:30 PM mighty, sweeping, richly lyrical eighteen-piece big band the Christopher Zuar Orchestra – whose debut album is amazing = at Symphony Space, $22

12/15, 7:3o PM wickedly tuneful, funky chambet-pop/funk/art-rock cellist/songwriter Marika Hughes & Bottom Heavy at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

12/15, 7:30 PM flutist Adrianne Greenbaum leads her klezmer group at th Jalopy $15

12/15, 8 PM raucous oldtimey blues/bluegrass/acoustic jamband the Howlin’ Brothers at Hill Country Brooklyn

12/15, 8/9:30 PM shamisen player/singer/improviser Emi Makabe leads her quartet with with Vitor Gonçalves, piano, accordion; Thomas Morgan, bass; Nate Wood, drums; at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 incl a drink

12/15, 8 PM pianist Mara Rosenbloom‘s ferally tuneful improvisational trio celebrates her birthday, plus bassist Sean Conly’s Re:Action+1:with Michaël Attias and Tony Malaby, saxophones; Kris Davis, piano; Gerald Cleaver, drums) at Greenwich House Music School, $18/$15 stud/srs

12/15, 8 PM cellist Hank Roberts killer new sextet Jacob Sacks – piano; MIchael McGinnis – reeds; Dana Lyn – violin; Brian Drye – trombone and Vinnie Speranza – drums at Barbes

12/15-16, 8 PM tuneful, individualistic Afghani-born jazz guitarist Rez Abbasi plays the album release show for his new one Invocation with Johannes Weidenmueller on bass; Dan Weiss on drums; and Elizabeth Means on cello. at the Asia Society, 725 Park Ave, $30/$25 stud/sts

12/15, 8 PM charismatic, eclectic cellist/songwriter Meaghan Burke at the Way Station

12/15, 9ish the original cello rockers, Rasputina, as fearless and funny and relevant as ever, at the Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec

12/15, 9 PM tuneful jazz (and surf music) pianist/keyboardist JP Schlegelmilch at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery

12/16, 7 PM paradigm-shifting Indonesian bell orchestra works with Gamelan Son of Lion at Flushing Town Hall, $15

12/16-17 and 12-21-22, 8 PM, also 12/18 at 5 PM Alessandra Belloni‘s rustically witchy tarantella theatre spectacle La Cantata Dei Pastori, based on Andrea Perrucci’s traditional 17th century Neapolitan play, performed in Italian with English narration by La Befana, the “good Christmas witch,” with special guest from Apulia, Italy: Giovannagelo de Gennaro on vocals, accordion, bagpipe, viella at Theatre for the New City, 155 First Ave (between 9th & 10th Sts

12/16, 8 PM elegantly exhilarating tarantella/Neapolitan folk jamband Newpoli with special guest violinist Eylem Basaldi from wildfire Turkish band Dolunay at Alwan for the Arts, $20/$15 stud.srs

12/16, 8 PM following a solo set, cellist Leila Bordreuil premieres “Memory City,” a new piece for large ensemble featuring Nate Wooley, Anne Guthrie, Chris McIntyre, Michael Foster and Ben Bennet. at Issue Project Room, suggg don

12/16, 8 PM cellist Hank Roberts’ edgy, awesome sextet at the Owl

12/16, 8ish legendary 1960s charangueros Orquesta Típica Novel at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival a must

12/16, 8;15 PM ethereal, raptly haunting singer Sara Serpa s City Fragments Band: Sara Serpa, Sofia Rei, Aubrey Johnson- voices; André Matos- guitar; Erik Friedlander- cello. Tyshawn Sorey- drums at Shapshifter Lab

12/16, 9 PM a killer guitar duo: Mike Moreno & Rale Micic duo at Symphony Space Cafe, free

12/16, 10 PM ferociously dynamic, tuneful, female-fronted power trio Castle Black followed by the darkly eclectic, enigmatic Lorraine Leckie  – equally adept at Slavic and Americana noir – at Sidewalk

12/16, 10 PM hauntingly elegant Americana/chamber pop/noir chanteuse Jessie Kilguss and her excellent band at Hank’s $5

12/16, 10 PM hypnotic, catchy loopmusic cellist Laura Wolf at Pine Box Rock Shop

12/16, 10 PM eclectic, soulful, lyrical original oldtime Americana/folk band the Woes at Sunny’s

12/17, 2 and 8 PM a free Kwanzaa family celebration featuring Forces of Nature Dance Theater with special guest global soul sister-chanteuse duo Les Nubians at NJPAC in Newark, free

12/17, 3 PM a rare daytime appearance by brilliant oldtime swing/Americana band (and Boardwalk Empire regulars) Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks at Park Avenue Plaza, 55 E 52nd St. (Park/Madison), free

12/17, 6 PM intense Balkan chanteuse Jenny Luna‘s haunting, traditional Turkish band Dolunay playing classical maqam music followed at 8 by  playfully literate superduo Kill Henry Sugar – guitar/banjo mastermind Erik Della Penna and drummer Dean Sharenow –and then at 10 by 10 PM rustic, clatteringly hypnotic Moroccan trance groove ensemble Innov Gnawa at Barbes

12/17, 6 PM the Schiller Community Chorus sing Handel’s Messiah plus a Bach cantata and African-American spirituals at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, 856 Pacific St, (Vanderbilt/Underhill), 2/3 to Bergen St., $10 sugg don

12/17, 7 PM ageless indie powerpop favorites the Figgs at the Mercury, $12

12/17, 7 PM the Bushwick Book Club – a collective of incredibly diverse, typically excellent songwriters including irrepressibly fun ringleader Susan Hwang, the haunting Jessie Kilguss, and parlor pop mavens Sweet Soubrette – play their “Best of 2016” show at Issyra Gallery, 300 Observer Hwy in Hoboken on the way to Jersey City, free

12/17. 7:30 PM art-rockers the Tea Club play their wild, eighteen-minute, early Genesis-esque epics at the Knitting Factory, $15 adv tix rec

12/17, 8 PM unpredictably eclectic, perennially edgy rising star alto saxophonist Aakash Mittal leads an improvisational trio with excellent tuneful guitarist Rez Abbasi at the Firehouse Space, $10

12/17, 8 PM garage punk duo Flyin’ J and the Ghostrobber – who compare themselves to Los Saicos and Mark Sultan – at Freddy’s. Anybody who knows who Los Saicos are in the first place is worth seeing.

12/17, 8 PM cult favorite, noisy 80s dreampop pioneer Kristin Hersh at Terminal 5, $30 adv tix rec

12/17, 9 PM rocksteady and reggae with the Frightnrs, Full Watts, and third-wave ska/soul/blues cult favorites the Slackers at the Bel House, $20

12/17. 9 PM searing, theatrical Romany/Balkan punk rockers Bad Buka at Mehanata

12/17, 9 PM violinist Ari Streisfeld plays Luciano Berio’s Sequenza VIII and Salvatore Sciarrino’s Six Caprices with the New York premiere of Robert Morris’s Variations with Aria and Kaija Saariaho’s mournful Nocturne in the middle. at Spectrum, $15

12/17, 10 PM Lux Vestra – who do a pretty good facsimile of the mid 70s Grateful Dead without turning into dadrock – at Leftfield

12/17, 10 PM baritone crooner Sean Kershaw‘s Serpentones play “hi octane Brooklyn honkytonk” at Bar Chord

12/17. 10:30 PM garage rockers the Britemores followed at 11:30 by hilarious, smartly political faux-French retro 60s psych-pop band les Sans Culottes at Hank’s, $8

12/17, midnight the catchy, propulsive, jangly new wave-ish Virginia & the Wolves at Pine Box Rock Shop

12/18, 2 PM darkly enigmatic indie/jangle bandleader PG Six plays a very rare solo show at Mayflower Bar

12/18, 4 PM Boston choir Blue Heron perform music for Christmas and the New Year in 15th-century France and Burgundy at Corpus Christi Church, 529 W 121st St, $10 seats avail

12/18. 6 PM it’s the flagship event of the annual, magically enveloping, global Unsilent Night boombox parade! For 23 consecutive years, composer Phil Kline has led this interactive parade from Washington Square Park to Tompkins Square Park. Show up no later than 5:45 PM, and you can pick up a boombox with a cassette of his carillonesque, pointillistic electronic score. Or download it for free, then bring your phone, mp3 player or tablet and join the fun! You can also stream it at soundcloud as you walk. A great family event!

12/18, 6 PM French harpist/chanteuse Margot Verret at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 incl a drink

12/18, 7 PM the all-female Accord Treble Choir sing an eclectic mix of haunting Balkan choral works and pieces from the western classical tradition at Barbes

12/18, 8 PM the adventurous Washington Square Winds play tje choral-like A Better Collapse by Thomas Deneuville, Wayne Alpern’s fun-loving Serenade for Winds, with guest soprano, Alexandra Fees, performing Elizabeth Egan’s piece for wind quintet and soprano based off of Victor Hugo’s dark poem, Demainplay at Spectrum, $15

12/18, 9 PM indie classical quintet Ensemble Pamplemousse  at Jack, $10

12/19, 9 PM wickedly jangly surf/twang/country instrumentalists the Bakersfield Breakers at Otto’s

12/19, 10 PM wild, menacing, explosive Middle Eastern-flavored psychedelic metal band Greek Judas at LIC Bar

12/20, 7 PM sizzling, hypnotically kinetic Middle Eastern/Northern African jazz trio Ensemble Fanaa followed by ten-piece funky Balkan brass/Ellington jazz monsters Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

12/20, 8 PM members of the SLM Ensemble perform solo and chamber music compositions and improvisations for peace, feat. an amazing lineup: Jane Ira Bloom, soprano saxophone, Yoon Sun Choi, voice, Julie Ferrara, oboe, english horn, Joe McPhee, saxophone, trumpet, Zafer Tawil, oud, ney, percussion, Dave Taylor, bass trombone, Min Xiao-Fen, pipa, Sarah Weaver, composer, electronics, at the Cell Theatre, 338 W. 23rd St, $20/$15 stud/srs 

12/20, 9 PM eclectic Americana/klezmer fiddler/songwriter Lily Henley at the smalls room at the Rockwood

12/21, 11:30 AM baritone Christopher Dylan Herbert presents an encore performance of his participatory version of Franz Schubert’s subtly incendiary anti-fascist song cycle Winterreise at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden at Magnolia Plaza, in front of the sundial. “Bring a small battery-powered radio if you have one to tune in to the broadcast of the piano music, played by Timothy Long. Radios will be available for the first 50 people to borrow. Note that admission to the garden is free before noon,” so get there on time.

12/21, 7:30 PM legendary/obscure 90s NYC jug band Washboard Jungle – who predated the Brooklyn Americana explosion by 20 years –play the album release for their long long awaited new one at Dixon Place, $15

12/21-23, 8 PM a rare performance by John Zorn’s “mindbending”:Simulacrum organ trio with John Medeski (organ) Matt Hollenberg (guitar) Kenny Grohowski (drums) at the Stone, $20

12/21-23, repeating 12/27-30 at 8 PM and 12/31 at 6 PM dangerously charismatic art-rocker Vera Beren directs Pamela Enz‘s “unholiday play” Fractured Hearts & Lurid Details starring Connie Costanzo and Paul Megna, among others at the IRT Theatre, 154 Christophe St., $14

12/21, 8/9:30 PM edgy, noir-inspired bassist Michael Blanco’s Spirit Forward quartet with John Ellis, tenor sax; Kevin Hays, piano; Clarence Penn, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 incl a drink

12/22, 7:30 PM mighty, slinky, kinetic klezmer big band Nu Haven Kapelye at the Jalopy, $15

12/22, 8 PM purist, straightforward, warmly tuneful front-porch folk songwriter Joanna Sternberg followed at 10 by dark urbane Romany song maven (and Berthold Brecht descendant) Sanda Weigl and band doing their Cafe Sabarsky project with songs by Hanns Eisler, Nina Simone, Leonard Cohen, Yiddish songs & more at Barbes

12/22, 9:30 PM fiery, guitar-fueled Americana punks Spanking Charlene, ex-Willie Nile guitarist Steve Conte & the Soul Resistance and eclectic retro 50s’/rockabilly band Jeremy & the Harlequins at Bowery Electric

12/22, 9 PM the eclectic, Balkan/latin/funk brass stylings of the Underground Horns at Radegast Hall

12/22, 10:30 PM unfailingly tuneful tenor saxophonist Ken Fowser leads a quintet at Smalls

12/22, 10:30 PM catchy janglerockers the Bellegards – a singer short of excellence right now – at Pine Box Rock Shop

12/23, 6 PM eclectic, tuneful accordionist/songwriter Ali Dineen n switches to piano for a show featuring shadow puppetry at Cornelia St. Cafe, $0 incl a drink. Followed at 9 and 10:30 PM by pianist concise, tuneful jazz pianist Marta Sanchez leading a quartet with Roman Filiu, alto sax; Jerome Sabbagh, tenor sax; Marta Sanchez, piano; Allan Mednard, drums, separate $20 adm

12/23, 7 PM a rare solo show by theatrical art-rocker/chamber pop songsmith Anais Mitchell at the Rubin Museum of Art, $30 adv tic rec

12/23, 8 PM ish Elysian Fields guitarist/mastermind Oren Bloedow, Ollabelle pianist Glenn Patscha and Machine bassist Adam Minkoff lead an all-star band playing Richard & Linda Thompson’s iconic album I Wanna See The Bright Lights Tonight at the Owl

12/23-24, 8 PM a rare solo two-night stand by brilliant pianist Luis Perdomo at Mezzrow, $20

12/23, 10 PM deviously funny twin-trombone dub reggae crew Super Hi-Fi aplay their cult classic stoner Xmas carol collection A Very Duby Xmas at Bar Chord

12/23, 10 PM cleverly lyrical brilliant powerpop guitarist and songwriter Patti Rothberg at Arlene’s, $10

12/24, 8 PM luminous, haunting trumpeter Ben Holmes leads his second annual klezmer show at Barbes –  last year’s was killer, and it was packed.

12/25, 2 PM an all-day screening of “It’s a Wonderful Life Backwards” by Donald O’Finn.“This is a “fair-use” re-purposed rendition on the Original Master work. The film is reversed and split screened into black and white vs color. Sides swap depending on the scene. Most of the audio is also in reverse, select statements are audible through-out. The film starts happy and ends sad,” at Freddy’s

12/25, 3 PM a screening of Edward Sloman’s iconic 1925 silent film His People, focusing on New York Jewish live on the Lower East Side, with an original score performed live by klezmer jazz saxophonist Paul Shapiro and his sextet followed by a Hanukah candle lighting ceremony at the Eldridge St. Synagogue, Eldridge just north of Division, B/D to Grand St., $14/$10 stud/srs, kids $6

12/26, 7:30 PM OMFG – an awesome cutting-edge newschool klezmer and klezmer-inspired extravaganza. Book of J (the new collaboration between powerhouse Jewish soul belter/guitarist Jeremiah Lockwood  of Sway Machinery) and singer Jewlia Eisenberg of Charming Hostess making their New York debut; the Fabulous Shpielkehs represent four generations (if not more) of traditional klezmer, Philadelphia-style, led by legendary drummer/pioneering bandleader Elaine Hoffman Watts and her daughter, trumpeter Susan Hoffman Watts. The evening will close with a dance set led by pyrotechnic violinist Jake Shulman-Ment and the New York Fidl Kapelye at the Town and Village Synagogue, 334 E 14th St, only $15

12/26, 8:30 PM posttonal, polyrhythmic, lyrically intriguing violinist/bandleader Sarah Bernstein leads her Quartet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 incl a drink

12/26, 9:30 ish  Cumbiagra – whose take on psychedelic cumbias is more rustic and purist than most bands who play that stuff – at Barbes

12/27, 8 PM the Yiddish NY All-Stars, Balkan singer Sarah Small’s hauntingly mesmerizing avant-folk/Middle Eastern trio Hydra collaborating with brilliant psychedelic desert rock/cantorial art-rock band Sway Machinery , the Ternovka Ensemble with chanteuse Zhenya Lapotnik and the Brothers Nazaroff – a supergroup with Daniel “Danik” Kahn, Psoy “Pasha” Korolenko, Michael “Meyshke” Alpert and Jake “Yankl” Shulman-Ment playing from their debut album, a tribute to obscure/legendary klezmer-punk precursor Nathan “Prince” Nazaroff and his wild cult favorite 1954 lp at Drom, $15 adv tix rec

12/27, 8 PM the Machine do an amazingly close approximation of Pink Floyd classics and obscure material at B.B. King’s, $25 adv tix rec /

12/27, 8/90:30 PM tuneful, exploratorily expansive pianist Eri Yamamoto leads her trio at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 incl a drink

12/27, 8:30 PM sharply lyrical parlor pop stylist Heather Eatman at the third stage at the Rockwood, $10

12/27, 10 PM long-running, wickedly jangly, tuneful Americana rockers the Sloe Guns at the Bitter End

12/27, 10:30 PM brilliant drummer/percussionist Willie Martinez & La Familia Sextet play classic salsa grooves at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, $10

12/28, 8/9:30 PM tuneful, moody third stream pianist Michel Reis leads a trio at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 incl a drink

12/28. 9 PM haunting, rousing, classic Jewish liturgical sounds: singer/multi-instrumentalist Judith Berkson, cantor Jack Mendelson paying tribute to the Golden Age of the cantorate with an all-star ensemble led by clarinetist Michael Winograd and trumpeter Frank London of the Klezmatics (who have a killer new album out) at the Town and Village Synagogue, 334 E 14th St, $15

12/28, 9ish high-voltage oldtimey barrelhouse swing with the 4th St. Nite Owls  at Bar Chord

12/28, 9 PM excellent, purist honkytonk crooner/bandleader Clifford Westfall at 11th St. Bar

12/28, 11 PM trumpeter Jordan Hirsch leads what promises to be a wild and crazy klezmer jam at Mona’s, 224 Avenue B, just south of 14th St, free

12/29, 8 PM catchy, purist vintage Dire Straits-ish Americana rock with Whisperado at the Parkside

12/19. 9 PM the amazing Mitra Sumara – who play haunting psychedelic funk covers of classic 1960s and 1970s Iranian rock hits – at Bar Chord

12/29, 10 PM Tom Csatari – whose scruffy tunefulness and general fearlessness make him Brooklyn’s most formidable jazz guitarist – leads his awesome Uncivilized chamber jazz project at Barbes. Their last show here was off the hook

12/29; 10:30 PM noir-inspired alto saxophonist/composer Nick Hempton leads his group at Smalls

12/30, 7:30 PM a first-class ska triplebill with the Rudie Crew, Skarroñeros, the Pandemics and the Porkers at the Knitting Factory, $12 adv tix rec

12/30, 8 PM the Crimson Ragdolls and fearless Romany/Balkan chaunteuse Eva Salina with pyrotechnic accordionist Peter Stan at the Owl

12/30, 8 PM a kille Afro-Peruvian jazz twinbill: guitarist Yuri Juarez plays the album release show for his new one Guitar Sapiens with Laura Andrea Leguía (saxophones), Juan Andrés Ospina (keys), Moto Fukushima (bass), Héctor Morales (drums), Freddy “Huevito” Lobatón (cajón) followed at 11:45 by Laura Andrea Leguía‘s Saxofón Criollo band with Yuri Juarez (guitar), Freddy “Huevito” Lobatón (cajón) at Zinc Bar, $20

12/30, 9 PM Knkarayku play moodily psychedelic Andean panpipe rock at Leftfield

12/30, 9:30 PM enigmatic female-fronted psychedelic popsters the New Tarot at the Poisson Rouge, $10 gen adm

12/30, 10 PM purist, harmonically rich “honkytonk power trio” Dylan Charles and the Layton Sisters at Pete’s

12/30, 11 PM newschool oldtimey country blues with Woody Pines at Hill Country

12/30, 11 PM trippy North African dance grooves with Innov Gnawa at at Nublu 151, 151 Ave C

12/31, 10 PM awesomely slinky, psychedelic Israeli Ethiopiques groove instrumentalists Anbessa Orchestra f.k.a. Lions at Barbes, $20

12/31, 10 PM artsy, edgy, catchily enigmatic 90s indie favorites Rainer Maria at St. Vitus, $25. They’re back on 1/1 an hour earlier for five bucks less.

12/31, 10 PM gritty downtown guitar god Marc Ribot leads a killer trio with an even more legendary rhythm section, Henry Grimes & Chad Taylor.MMW drummerBilly Martin does an electroacoustic duo with Ribot to open the night at Issue Project Room, $30

12/31, 11 PM in an annual St. Bart’s tradition, William Trafka, Director of Music and organist performs works by Bach, Böhm, Franck, and Willan on the grand Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ at St. Bartholomew’s Church, Park Ave at 51st St, free, reception to follow.

12/31, 11:30 PM Sweet Tits – the “punk lesbian Spinal Tap” – at Freddy’s

1/2, 3 and 5 PM a massive group of NYC classical talent performs new works by composers from the Trinity Church circle including Doug Balliett, James Blachly, Caleb Burhans, Owen Burdick, Chris DeBlasio, Eric Dudley, Caroline Shaw, Julian Wachner, and Jonathan Woody at St. Paul’s Chapel downtown, 209 Broadway off Fulton, free, reception to follow the 5 PM concert

1/2, 7 PM deviously fun baritone saxophonist Dave Sewelson’s Quartet with Ryan Frazier – trumpet; Devin Hoff – bass; Alex Cline – drums followed at 8 by Gerald Cleaver – drums / Chris Potter – tenor sax at Clemente Soto Valez Cultural Center, 107 Suffolk St

1/3, 1 PM the Choir of Trinity Wall Street and Trinity Baroque Orchestra perform parts 1 and 3 of the Bach Christmas Oratorio at St. Paul’s Chapel downtown, free. They’re doing parts 2 and 4 the following afternoon, 1/4 at 1 and parts 5-6 on 1/6 at 1

1/4, 5 PM  Elspeth Davis, mezzo-soprano; Erika Dohi, piano and Sandbox Percussion perform George Crumb’s  American Songbook III: Unto These Hills at St. Paul’s Chapel downtown at St. Paul’s Chapel downtown, 209 Broadway off Fulton, free.

1/4, 8 PM a rare solo show by virtuoso cellist Ian Maksin playing haunting Macedonian and Georgian folk tunes plus classics by Bill Withers, Jacques Brel and others at the Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec

1/5-7 and 1/11-14 at 7 PM, also 1/8 at 2 PM Matt Marks’ lurid new electroacoustic opera Mata Hari explores the romantic intrigue and betrayal that led to her execution as a WWI spy at Here, 145 6th Ave. south of Spring, $30 

1/5, 7 PM fiery, bluesy Americana rockers Scott Wolfson & Other Heroes at the small room at the Rockwood

1/5, 7:30 PM, repeating 1/6-7 at 8 the NY Phil with pianist Emmanuel Ax play Kurt Weill’s Little Threepenny Music for Wind Orchestra, a new HK Gruber piano concerto and Schubert’s Symphony No. 2 at Avery Fisher Hall, $30 tix avail

1/5, 8 PM haunting Hungarian psychedelic folk band Meszecsinka, wild, improvisational accordionist David Yengibarian and pyrotechnic cimbalom virtuoso Miklos Lukacs’ enigmatic folk/art-rock trio Borbély Mihály Polygon at Drom, free 

1/5, 8 PM dark, charismatic, mischievously witty art-rock keyboardist/chanteuse Rachelle Garniez  followed by first-class oudist Brian Prunka‘s Nashaz Middle Eastern jazz project at Barbes

1/6, 7 PM innovative, captivating sitarist Roopa Panesar, rapturously fun Pakistani/desert rock singer/bandleader Kiran Ahluwalia, innovative Quebecoise Balkan filddler Briga, eclectic Americana/soul cellist/banjoist Lelya McCalla, at 10:45 PM lush, female-fronted chamber pop/chanson band Banda Magda and at half past midnight, noir mambo powerhouse Orkesta Mendoza at Drom

1/6-7 and 1/9, 7:30 PM haunting, intricate composer/keyboardist Missy Mazzoli and Royce Vavrek’s new opera Breaking the Waves, based on the Lars Von Trier art-house film at NYU’s Skirball Auditorium, $30 tix avail

1/6, 8 PM  haunting Puerto Rican bolero revivalists – and Sylvia Rexach reinventors – Miramar followed at 9:30 PM by fearlessly populist, wildly eclectic latin protest song maven/bandleader Ani Cordero and then at 11 by this era’s most chillingly cinematic, shadowy reverbtoned noir guitar instrumentalists, Big Lazy at Barbes

1/6, 8 PM eclectic, theatrical Korean art-rock/dance/pansori glam band Ssing Ssing at Flushing Town Hall, $16, ages 13-19 free. They’re at the Rockwood when

1/6-7 and 1/11-14, 9 PM fiery, uncategorizable composer/singer Sarah Small’s new multimedia avant Balkan punk song suite Secondary Dominance featuring her amazing Balkan/Bulgarian vocal trio Black Sea Hotel at Here, 145 6th Ave south of Spring, $30

1/6, 11 PM noir mambo powerhouse Orkesta Mendoza followed by hauntingly slinky Puerto Rican bolero revivalists – and Sylvia Rexach reinventors – Miramar at the Mercury, $15

1/7, 1 PM Novus NY perform the premiere of Laura Schwedinger’s Artemisia, an opera of passion, betrayal and art in 17th century Italy based on the life of Italian painter Artemisia Gentileschi at St. Paul’s Chapel downtown,209 Broadway off Fulton, free

1/7-8 and 1/11-14, 8 PM David Lang’s grisly new opera Anatomy Theatre – chronicling the final months of an English murderess from her conviction to execution and then postmortem – at Bric Arts, $30 

1/8, short sets by a big roster of up-and-coming jazz talent starting at half past noon violinist Curtis Stewart and group followed at 1:10 by trombonist Nick Finzer, 1:40 pianist Chris Ziemba, 2:10 trombonist Jimmy O’Connell and others at Michiko Studios, 149 W 46th St., free

 1/8, 3 PM  the Miolina Violin Duo and the North/South Chamber Orchestra premiere works by Carson Cooman, Victor Kioulaphides,Max Lifchitz , William Toutant at Christ & St Stephen’s Church, 120 W 69th St (bet Bway & Columbus), free 

1/8, 4:30 PM theatrical, philosohical, unselfconsciously poetic singer/pianist/composer Mong-Lan‘s fascinating, multimedia River of Senses: Dream Songs & Tangos chronicles a Vietnamese refugee’s eventful, tango-fueled journey from Saigon to Buenos Aires, via America at Don’t Tell Mama, 343 W 46th St, $15

1/9, 7;30 PM rrepressible indie classical art-rock band the Bang on a Can All-Stars play new works by Anna Thorvaldsdottir and Juan Felipe Waller, an excerpt from Michael Gordon’s chamber opera Van Gogh, music by Philip Glass and moreat Merkin Concert Hall, $25

1/10, 5 PM innovative art-rock/postrock string chamber ensemble Founders perform creative arrangements of American music by Louis Armstrong, Dave Brubeck, Harold Arlen, Bobby Bland and more, along with poetry set to song by the chilling American poet, Edgar Allan Poe . at St. Paul’s Chapel downtown, 209 Broadway off Fulton, free

1/11, 8 PM solo guitarscapes from Jason McMahon, asssaultive trio Jobs (formerly Killer Bob) and pianist/composer Matt Mehlan’s chamber jazz septet Facelessness at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

1/12, 5 PM the world premiere of Paola Prestini’s indie classical take on the classical choral mass tradition “Mass Reimmaginings,” at St. Paul’s Chapel downtown, 209 Broadway off Fulton, free

1/12, 7:30 PM the Parker Quartet play Mendelssohn: Quartet No. 1 and Brahms: Clarinet Quintet at the Sheen Center, 18 Bleecker St. west of Bowery, $27 tix avail

1/13-19 the New York theatrical premiere of Dave Davidson & Amber Edwards’ new documentary “Vince Giordano — There’s a Future in the Past. “The man and the band who make the Jazz Age come alive! What does it take to keep Jazz Age music going strong in the 21 st century? Two words: Vince Giordano – bandleader, musician, historian,collector and NYC institution. For nearly 40 years, Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks have brought the joyful syncopation of the 1920s and ‘30s to life with their virtuosity, vintage musical instruments, and more than 60,000 period band arrangements.This joyful documentary offers an intimate portrait of Vince, taking us behind the scenes as he shares his passion of hot jazz with a new generation of music and swing-dance fans,” at Cinema Village Theater: 22 E 12th St (between 5th & University), showtimes: 1pm, 3pm, 5pm, 7pm, 9pm, tix $12 Adults / $8 Seniors, Students, Children, 212-924- 3363 Vince Giordano + filmmakers Dave Davidson & Amber Edwards will appear at 7pm shows on Friday, Saturday 

1/13-14, 7/10 PM dramatic gospel-inflected drag crooner/pianist M. Lamar plays his creepy, politically relevant new suite Funeral Doom Spiritual at National Sawdust, $30

1/14-15, 5 PM the Brooklyn Youth Chorus perform their new multimedia suite Silent Voices, examining the grim realities of marginalized young people with music by Sahba Aminikia, Jeff Beal, Mary Kouyoumdjian, Shara Nova, at the French Institute’s Florence Gould Hall, 55 E 59th St, $30

1/14, 7:30 PM check out this awesome lineup and awesome program of rare oboe and bassoon works; Stuart Breczinski, oboe; Cat Cantrell, oboe; Nanci Belmont, bassoon; Brad Balliett, bassoon; Liz Dorman, piano play Sonatine for Oboe and Bassoon, Jolivet; Duo Sonata for Two Bassoons, Sofia Gubaidulina; Trio Sonata for Two Oboes, Bassoon, and Harpsichord/Piano, Zelenka at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 139 St. John’s Place, Park Slope, 2/3 to Grand Army Plaza, sugg don

1/15, 4 PM baroque string ensemble ACRONYM joins baritone Jesse Blumberg in a program entitled Valley of Tears: Bass Cantatas and Instrumental Sonatas by Johann Rosenmüller. at Corpus Christi Church, 529 W 121st St, $10 tix avail

1/16, 8 PM Mirror Visions Ensemble sing the four winning pieces from their inaugural Young Composer’s Competition—Margaret Barrett’s At a Window, with text by Carl Sandburg; John Glover’s Squall with text by Leonora Speyer; Aaron Grad’s Invitation to Love with text by Paul Laurence Dunbar; and Daniel Temkin’s Summer Rain with text by James Joyce plus an Emily Dickinson-inspired song cycle by Tom Cipullo at the Sheen Center, 18 Bleecker off Bowery, $20 

1/17, 7:30 PM the Zora String Quartet play works by Mozart, Webern and Shostakovich at Merkin Concert Hall, $10 tix avail

1/18, 8 PM multi-instrumentalist avant-garde singer Ka Baird collaborates with Marcia Bassett on Buchla Easel and sound reactive projections from Camilla Padgitt-Coles in an exploration of our murkiest interior selves at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

1/20 toy piano virtuoso Phyllis Chen plays an all-Pauline Oliveros program at the DiMenna Center

1/21, 8 PM NY Polyphony sing Palestrina’s Marcellus Mass plus a world premiere by Tavener protégé Ivan Moody at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, 145 W 46th St between 6th and 7th aves, $30 seats avail

1/25, 7:30 PM goth-tinged indie/postrock/art-rock band San Fermin with indie classical chamber group Now Ensemble at Markin Concert Hall, $25

1/26, 7:30 PM, repeating 1/27-28 at 8 Semyon Bychkov conducts the NY Phil playing Tschaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and Symphony No. 5 at Avery Fisher Hall, $34 tix rec

1/29, 3 PM the Claremont Trio play works by Beethoven, Dvorak and Robert Paterson at Merkin Concert Hall, $20/stud $5

1/29, 5 PM the Aeolus Quartet and pianist Alejandro Hernandez-Valdeza play his new arrangement of Paul Desmond’s iconic Take Five for piano quintet plus Samuel Barber’s String Quartet, and Schumann’s Piano Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 44 at All Souls Church, Lexington Ave and 80th St, sugg don

2/3, 10 PM worst segue of the year but two Americana acts worth seeing: jugband legend Peter Stampfel and ferociously populist Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires – the Alabama highway rock version of the Clash – at the Knitting Factory, $15

2/6, 9:30 PM Level 5 play catchy, funky organ/guitar grooves, part vintage Meters, part JBs, with a psychedelic edge at the Bitter End. 2/20, 10 PM they’re at the small room at the Rockwood 

2/8, 8ish crystalline-voiced noir Americana songwriter Jessie Kilguss leads an all-star cast – Heather Eatman, Freddie Stevenson, Adam Rubenstein, John Brodeur, Jon Crider, Bird of Youth, John Wray, Hilary Downes, Cliff Westfall and others – singing a Leonard Cohen tribute at Hifi Bar

2/25, 8 PM rapturously textured British Renaissance choir Stile Antico sing a pretty wild program of classics and obscurities by Tallis, Clemens Non Papa, Tompkins, Vivanco, McCabe and others at at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, 145 W 46th St between 6th and 7th aves, $30 seats avail

3/17/17, 10 PM Pussy Riot at National Sawdust. Tix not avail yet – and might not be affordable – watch this space

New York City and Brooklyn Live Music Calendar for November and December 2016

Daily updates – you might want to bookmark this page and check back every so often. If you don’t recognize a venue where a particular act is playing, check the comprehensive, recently updated list of over 200 New York City music venues at New York Music Daily’s sister blog Lucid Culture.

This is not a list of every show in town – it’s a carefully handpicked selection. If this calendar seems short on praise for bands and artists, it’s because every act here is recommended if you like their particular kind of music. Many different styles to choose from here, something for everyone

Showtimes listed here are set times, not the time doors open – if a listing says something like “9ish,” that means it’ll probably start later than advertised. If you see a show listed without the start time, that’s because either the artist, their publicist or the venue in question sent incomplete info – those acts are usually listed last on a particular date.  Always best to check with the venue for the latest information on set times and door charges, since that information is often published here weeks in advance. Weekly events first followed by the daily calendar.

On select Thursdays and Sundays, an intimate, growing piano music salon on the Upper West Side featuring iconoclastically insightful, lyrical pianist Nancy Garniez – a cult favorite with an extraordinarily fluid, singing, legato style – exploring the delicious minutiae of works from across the centuries. Perennial possibilities: Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Dvorak (!). Sugg don $10 (pay what you can), delicious gluten-free refreshments, beverages and lively conversation included! email for info/location.

Mondays in November, 7 and 9 PM, erudite pianist Orrin Evans‘ richly tuneful, purist, stampeding Captain Black Big Band at Smoke

Mondays at 7 PM multi-instrumentalist Dennis Lichtman’s popular western swing band Brain Cloud at Barbes followed at 9:30 PM by a variety of south-of-the-border-style bands playing cumbias, boogaloo, salsa, maybe all of the above.

Mondays at the Jazz Standard it’s all Mingus, whether with the Mingus Orchestra, Big Band or Mingus Dynasty: as jazz goes, it’s arguably the most exhilarating show of the week, every week. The first-rate players always rise to the level of the material. Sets 7:30/9:30 PM, $25 and worth it.

Also Monday and Tuesday nights Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks, a boisterous horn-driven 11-piece 1920s/early 30’s band play Iguana, 240 W. 54th St ( Broadway/8th Ave) , 3 sets from 8 to 11, surprisingly cheap $15 cover plus $15 minimum considering what you’re getting. Even before the Flying Neutrinos or the Moonlighters, multi-instrumentalist Giordano was pioneering the oldtimey sound in New York; his long-running residency at the old Cajun on lower 8th Ave. is legendary. He also gets a ton of film work (Giordano wrote the satirical number that Willie Nelson famously sang in Wag the Dog).

Mondays at the Vanguard the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra – composer Jim McNeely’s reliably good big band vehicle – plays 9/11 PM, $30 per set plus drink minimum.

Mondays at 9 PM erudite, purist torchy jazz chanteuse Svetlana & the Delancey 5 at the Back Room, 102 Norfolk St just north of Delancey St, free

Mondays at 10 noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo leads his trio at the big room at the Rockwood

Also Mondays in November, 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 November, 8:30 PM the George Gee Swing Orchestra play surprising new arrangements of old big band standards at Swing 46, 349 W 46th St,  $15

Tuesdays in November, clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party  at 9 PM at Barbes. Get there as soon as you can as they’re very popular. $10 cover.

Tuesdays in November, 10 PM the great unsung hero of darkly purposeful, noir-tinged jazz guitar, Saul Rubin‘s Zebtet at the Fat Cat

Wednesdays at 8-ish, amazing, psychedelic instrumentalists Sandcatchers – who blend cinematic, pastoral Americana and Middle Eastern themes – at Cheryl’s Restaurant, 236 Underhill Ave. (Eastern Pkwy/Lincoln Pl.) in Ft. Greene. Closest train is actually the 2/3 to Brooklyn Museum.

Wednesdays at 8 the Brookliyn Raga Massive – a rotating cast of A-list Indian, jazz and rock musicians who love to jam out classic Indian themes from over the centuries to the present day – play Art Cafe, 884 Pacific St.(at Washington Ave) in Brooklyn, $15; closest train is the 2 to Bergen St.

Wednesdays at 9 PM Feral Foster’s Roots & Ruckus takes over the Jalopy, a reliably excellent weekly mix of oldtimey acts: blues, bluegrass, country and swing.

Wednesdays in November at 10ish darkly rustic Brazilian rainforest folk (and John Zorn covers) with Forro in the Dark at Nublu 151, 151 Ave. C

Fridays and Saturdays at 5 PM adventurous indie classical string quartet Ethel plus frequent special guests playing a mix of classical and more contemporary material at the balcony bar at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

Fridays in November at 9 Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens play oldschool 1960s style gospel at the Fat Cat.

Fridays at around 9:30 PM Bulgarian Romany sax legend Yuri Yunakov with his wild but haunting band at Mehanata

Saturdays in November at 4 PM at Bargemusic there are impromptu free classical concerts, usually solo piano or small chamber ensembles: if you get lucky, you’ll catch pyrotechnic violinist/music director Mark Peskanov and/or the many members of his circle. Early arrival advised.

Saturdays in December at 6 PM haunting Turkish and Balkan songs of hearbreak, longing and despair played by darkly slinky ensemble Dolunay at Barbes

Saturdays eclectic compelling Brazilian jazz chanteuse Marianni and her excellent band at Zinc Bar, three sets starting at 10 PM.

Sundays there’s a klezmer brunch at City Winery, show starts around 11:30 AM – 2 PM, $10 cover, no minimum, lots of good bands

Sundays in December at sometime past noon at Hank’s, Nashville gothic crooner Sean Kershaw‘s legendary honkytonk brunch is back! It’s just like 1999 again!

Three Sundays in December, 12/4, 12/11 and 12/18, 2 PM fiery agitator Rev. Billy & the Church of  Stop Shopping Choir – sort of the Dead Kennedys or Public Enemy of original, politically spot-on original gospel music – at Joe’s Pub, $15

Sundays at 3 PM at the Stone a rotating cast of familiar faces from John Zorn’s circle perform from Zorn’s characteristically exhaustive, marathon collection of 300 works titled Bagatelles, recently composed between March and May 2015. “Each concert will be introduced by John Zorn, often in conversation with the musicians,” $15

Sundays in November, 7 PM spine-tingling darkly mystical art-rock/avant-garde/chamber pop songwriter Carol Lipnik – pretty much everybody’s choice for best singer in all of NYC – at Pangea

Every Sunday the Ear-Regulars, led by trumpeter Jon Kellso and (frequently) guitarist Matt Munisteri play NYC’s only weekly hot jazz session starting around 8 PM at the Ear Inn on Spring St. Hard to believe, in the city that springboarded the careers of thousands of jazz legends, but true. This is by far the best value in town for marquee-caliber jazz: for the price of a drink and a tip for the band, you can see world-famous players (and brilliant obscure ones) you’d usually have to drop $100 for at some big-ticket room. The material is mostly old-time stuff from the 30s and 40s, but the players (especially Kellso and Munisteri, who have a chemistry that goes back several years) push it into some deliciously unexpected places.

Sundays at 8:30 in November Blythe Gruda sings her enigmatic art-rock and parlor pop at Pete’s

Three Sundays in December, 12/4, 12/11 and 12/18, 9 PM hypnotically psychedelic, microtonally guitar-fueled East African psychedelic band 75 Dollar Bill at Union Pool, $10

Sundays at Barbes at around 9:30 PM paradigm-shifting Romany jazz guitarist Stephane Wrembel – who blends Django with ominous Pink Floyd art-rock and growling post-Velvets psychedelia.

11/1, 7 PM the brand-new, all-star, presumably plaintive and haunting Turkish group Gezgin with Dolunay’s Jenny Luna, voice; Kane Mathis, oud; Marandi Hostetter, violin; Greg Squared, clarinet; Shane Shannahan and Philip Mayer, percussion followed by explosive, wryly eclectic, Ellington/hip-hop influenced Balkan brass band Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

11/1, 7 PM elegantly tuneful bassist Iris Ornig leads her quintet at 55 Bar

11/1, 7 PM the Pedrito Martinez Group play their hard-charging, psychedelic latin jazz for a benefit for the National Jazz Museum in Harlem at the Alhambra Ballroom, 2116 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd (125/126), $25

11/1, 7:30 PM the NY Phil plays Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with soloist Frank Huang plus Dvorak’s Dance Suite and Symphony No. 7 at Avery Fisher Hall, $30 tix avail

11/1, 7:30 PM at NJPAC in Newark, a Ralph Ellison-inspired superstar jazz bill with Wynton Marsalis, Catherine Russell,Talib Kweli, Angélique Kidjo, Patti Austin, and Joe Morton with Andy Farber & His Orchestra, $25 seats avail

11/1, 7:30 PM legendary Indian percussionist V. Selvaganesh on hybrid drums and khanjira leads an explosively hypnotic multi-drum troupe at the Lynch Theater at John Jay College, 524 W 59th St, $28 tix avail.

11/1-6, 8/10 PM downtown jazz drum icon Susie Ibarra (of Electric Kulintang) leads a series of ensembles at the Stone, $20. Choice pick: opening night, both sets with Mephista: Sylvie Courvoisier (piano) Ikue Mori (laptop electronics) and Ibarra (drumset, percussion)

11/1, 8 PM catchy, motorik synthy newschool new wavers Decorum at the Silent Barn, $8

11/1, 8:15 PM drummr Dan Pugach’s mighty eighteen-piece Big Band with the soaring Nicole Zuraitis on vocals at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

11/1-6, 8:30/10:30 PM lyrical pianist Renee Rosnes leads a quartet with Steve Nelson on vibes at the Vanguardm $30

11/1, 9 PM psychedelic, artsy doom metal band Electric Citizen at the downstairs space at Webster Hall, $15

11/1, 930 PM twin fiddle music with eclectic Americana/klezmer songwriter Lily Henley and Duncan Wickel at Pete’s

11/2, 1 PM the Howard Williams Jazz Orchestra at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex, free

11/2, 7 PM Parisian chanteuse Gay Marshall does her fascinatingly individualistic, lyrically revealing, devilishly hilarious and sometimes crushingly intense reinventions of Edith Piaf and Jacques Brel classics and rarities with an excellent pianist at Pangea, $20.She’s also here on 11/9

11/2, 7:30 PM, 10 PM Indian classical quartet Nrityagram Music Ensemble at the Lynch Theater at John Jay College, 524 W 59th St, $28 tix avail. 11/3, 10 PM they’re at the Kaplan Penthouse at Lincoln Center

11/2, 7:30 PM low-key, tuneful jazz guitarist Lage Lund leads his quartet followed at 10:30 by fiery postbop alto saxophonist/composer Hailey Niswanger leading hers at Smalls. Lund is also here on 11/3

11/2,  8 PM psychedelic klezmer/bluegrass mandolin and clarinet legend Andy Statman at Barbes at Barbes, $10

11/2, 9 PM Jake Sanders, Dennis Lichtman and Jared Engel, the Ukrainian Village Voices with special guests from Ukraine, Sosin Karer, Esteban Gaspar Silva, and darkly lyrical songwriter/impresario Feral Foster at the Jalopy, free. Then they all move next door to the Jalopy Tavern for a second set at 11:30!

11/2, 10 PM lushly adventurous, pensively swirling female-fronted art-rock band Flock of Dimes at Rough Trade, $12 adv tix rec

11/2, 10 PM wryly trippy dub reggae bandleader Effie Liu at Bowery Electric 11/11, 8 PM she’s at Maxwell’s for two bucks extra

11/3, 7 PM A-list avant crooner Theo Bleckmann and noir-tinged pianist Shai Maestro perform “All Souls in the Dark”at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix rec

11/3, 7 PM pianist Christina McMaster plays a program featuring Book 1 of Debussy’s Préludes alongside music by Stravinsky, Satie, Scarlatti, Bartók, and Ligeti. at Symphony Space, $15

11/3, 7:30 PM wild newschool Ethiopiques-inspired dancefloor groovemeisters Debo Band at Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

11/3-6 Carla Bley conducts the Charlie Hayden Liberation Muaic Orchestra, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $35

11/3, 7:30 PM, repeating 11/4-5 at 8 Anoushka Shankar plays Ravi Shankar’s Concerto No. 2 followed by tthe NY Phil playing Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony at Avery Fisher Hall, $34 tix avail

11/3, 8 PM dark, charismatic, mischievously witty art-rock keyboardist/chanteuse Rachelle Garniez at Barbes.

11/3, 8 PM first-class bluegrass band Chatham County Line at the Jalopy, $15

11/3, 8/9:30 PM vibraphonist/pianist Anthony Smith leads his quintet with Syberen Van Munster, guitar; Marcos Varela, bass; Jay Sawyer, drums; Laura Angyal, guest vocals at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

11/3, 8 PM a rare solo electroacoustic performance by 80s noise legend Rhys Chatham at Issue Project Room, $20

11/3, 9 PM edgy lyrical intense Nina Simone-influenced soul siren Alice Lee at Pete’s

11/3, 9ish edgy, eclectic, tuneful, smartly lyrical punk-jazz-inspired rock songwriter Mimi Oz at Bar Chord

11/3, 9:45 PM savagely lyrical, wryly erudite art-rock/new wavers Changing Modes – sort of akin to a female-fronted Elvis Costello & the Attractions – at Matchless, $10

11/3, 10 PM purist, straightforward, warmly tuneful front-porch folk songwriter Joanna Sternberg at Sunny’s 

11/3, 11 PM Grace Slick soundalike and fiery guitarslinger Mallory Feuer of the Grasping Straws  solo at Otto’s

11/4, 5:30 PM intense Balkan chanteuse Jenny Luna‘s haunting, traditional Turkish band Dolunay  at the American Folk Art Museum

11/4, 6 PM the Diana Wayburn Trio featuring the astonishingly eclectic composer on cello along with Edith Lettner on sax and Spencer Hale on banjo premiering new works at the Parkside

11/4, 7:30 PM the cutting-edge Spectrum Symphony of NY play concertos for organ and orchestra by Poulenc and Hungarian composer Balint Karosi (world premiere) with organ soloist János Pálúr at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex, sugg don $25/$15 stud/srs

11/4, 7:30 PM the brilliantly edgy, catchy, Elvis Costello-esque Dada Paradox (a Larch spinoff) at Freddy’s

11/4, 7:30/9 PM the mighty sixteen-piece, accordion-spiced cumbia-jazz Gregorio Uribe Big Band at Ginny’s Suppper Club, $20

11/4, 7:30 PM latin jazz drummer extraordinaire Bobby Sanabria directs the MSM Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra at Niedorf Hall at Manhattan School of Music, free

11/4, 7:30 PM music by Robert Ceely, John Becker, Dane Rudhyar, Beth Wiemann and Eleanor Cory performed by rtists including pianists Keith Kirchoff, Wen Shen, Christopher Oldfather, and Daniel Colalillo. at Symphony Space, $8 adv tix rec

11/4, 7:45 PM smart, catchy, purist, sometimes devastatingly funny acoustic pop songwriter Elisa Peimer  at Branded Saloon

11/4, 8 PM dark urbane Romany song maven (and Berthold Brecht descendant) Sanda Weigl and band followed by this era’s most chillingly cinematic, shadowy reverbtoned noir guitar instrumentalists, Big Lazy at Barbes

11/4, 8 PM a cool bluegrass/newgrass triplebill, in reverse order: well-liked oldtimey Americana string band the Hackensaw Boys , Morgan O’Kane, Moonshine Creek Bluegrass Band at American Beauty, $15

1/4-5, 8 PM the world premiere of Goddess frontwoman Fran Pado’s supremely creepy, surrealist musical Halloween drama Grinny – Stephen King as Tris McCall might have wrritten it – at Simple Syrup, 819 Nostrand Ave., Crown Heights, 2 to President St., free

11/4, 8 PM torchy, lyrically smashing original female-fronted oldtimey swing crew the Fascinators at Sidewalk

11/4, 8:30 PM purposeful string jazz improvisation: Tomeka Reid, cello ;Lisa Mezzacappa, bass; Tomas Fujiwara, drums at I-Beam, $15

11/4, 9ish hauntingly elegant Americana/chamber pop/noir chanteuse Jessie Kilguss and her excellent band at Hell Phone. 11/20 she’s at the Footlight Club, 465 Seneca ave in Bushwick on an awesome all-female triplebill with  Patricia Santos and Tara Hanish’s amazing, intense, soul-infused cello-rock/cello-metal duo the Whiskey Girls  and darkly lyrical, harmony-fueled, chamber pop/soul band Sweet Soubrette , playing the album release show for their new one

11/4, 9 PM a good latin rock triplebill, in reverse order: NYC’s Hurray For the Riff Raff, Making Movies, Mexican folk-punks Las Cafeteras at Bowery Ballroom, $25 gen adm

11/4, 9 PM Americana rock guitar legend and former Lakeside Lounge honcho  Eric Ambel – of the Del-Lords and formerly with Steve Earle – at Hill Country Brooklyn

11/4, 9ish, exotic surf rock band the Vibro-jets – a Sea Devils spinoff – at Troost

11/4, 10 PM gleefully grisly punk lyricism, purist powerpop songwriting: Berwanger followed by Sonic Avenues – who blend post Arthur Lee psychedelia, goth and postpunk – at Cake Shop, $10

11/4, 10 PM wickedly tuneful, Zombie-esque psychedelic pop songbandleader Sam Kogon plays the album release show for his excellent new record Psychic Tears at Baby’s All Right, $10

11/4, 10 PM cinematic guitarist Pat Irwin (ex-Raybeats, B52s) leads his power trio w/ Sasha Dobson on drums and Daria Grace on bass at Sunny’s

11/4, 10 PM edgy, politically-fueled, tuneful powerpop/folk-pop songwriter Niall Connolly at the small room at the Rockwood

11/4, 10 PM edgy bassist/songwriter Georgia Weber’s Sleeved Hearts punk jazz project at Petes

11/4, 10 PM catchy Booker T-esque soul jazz with the David Gibson/Jared Gold, Hammond B3 organ band at the Fat Cat

11/5, 5 PM ten-piece funky Balkan brass/Ellington jazz monsters Slavic Soul Party at at the Brooklyn Museum, free

11/5, 7:30 PM a rare chance to hear some charanga legends on their home turf: Orquesta Broadway, under the direction of Eddy Zervigon, Charanga ‘76 with Andrea Brachfeld, and Típica Novel, led by Mauricio Smith, Jr., and special guest artists including legendary Cuban violinist Félix ‘Pupi’ Legaretta, and flutists Karen Joseph and Connie Grossman at Hostos Center, 450 Grand Concourse at 149th St ,$25

11/5, 7:30 PM the Juilliard String Quartet play works by Haydn, Beethoven and Mendelssohn at Irving Auditorium, 17th St/Irving Place, $14

11/5, 7:30 PM, repeating on 11/6 at 3 the NJ Symphony Orchestra play the adagio from Haydn’s Piano Trio No. 40, his Symphony No. 102 and Richard Strauss’ Suite from Der Rosenkavalier at NJPAC in Newark, $20 adv tix avail

11/5, 8 PM boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band at Hill Country Brooklyn. 11/26 he’s at the Manhattan branch at 9.

11/5, 8 PM wild modern brass band jazz improvisation with the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble playing the album release party for their new one “I Want That Sound!”  followed at 10 by stormy Mexican ranchera/bolero brass crew Banda de los Muertos  at Barbes

11/5, 8 PM exotic surf rock band the Vibro-jets – a Sea Devils spinoff – at the Way Station

11/5, 8 PM the improvisationally-inclined Osso String Quartet at the Owl

11/5, 8:15 PM longtime janglerock/psychedelic/powerpop faves Speed the Plough at Matchless, $10

11/5, 8:30 PM a very rare deep-Brooklyn appearance by nor jazz legends the Jazz Passengers at Bar Lunatico

11/5, 8:30 PM the CMS Improvisers Octet led by Karl Berger jam on themes from Don Cherry’s 50-Year-Old Landmark Recordings Symphony for Improvisers,Where is Brooklyn and Complete Communion at Greenwich House Music School, $20

11/5, 9 PM Unsteady Freddie‘s monthly surf rock shindig at Otto’s opens with the Aquatudes, then Connecticut legends 9th Wave – who outdo Dick Dale at wild tremolo-picking sometimes – then kick-ass original third-wavers Tsunami of Sound  and then amazing, ferocious Boston horror surf band Beware the Dangers of a Ghost Scorpion headlining

11/5, 9 PM ten-piece country/carnivalesque/acoustic rock powerhouse M Shanghai String Band at the Jalopy, $10

11/5, 9:30 PM hypnotically funky psychedelic hammered dulcimer instrumentalists House of Waters at Club Bonafide, $15

11/5, 9:30 PM irrepressible chamber/vocal ensemble Cantata Profana deliver a playful program of works tba at Joe’s Pub

11/5, 10:30 PM catchy, pensive newschool new wave with Royal Canoe at the Mercury, $10 adv tix rec

11/5, 11 PM ferociously funny, intense, guitar-fueled Americana punks Spanking Charlene play fiery belter frontwoman Charlene McPherson’s bday show at the Parkside

11/6, half past noon simmeringly intense, wickedly improvisational pianist Mara Rosenbloom plays classic instrumental piano blues at Branded Saloon

11/6, 3 PM the Greenwich Village Orchestra play Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juliet (selections from Suites 1 & 2) and the Lieutenant Kijé Suite plus the legendary, harrowing Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 with soloist Imri Talgam at Washington Irving HS Auditorium, 16th St./Irving Place, $15 sugg don., reception to follow

11/6, 3:30 PM Beatlesque powerpop/garage rock band Zombies of the Stratosphere followed at 4:15 by excellent, lush space-funk/psychedelic rockers Wizard Farm at Matchless, $10

11/6, 4 PM eclectically talented classical organist Gail Archer plays a thorny all-Max Reger program at Central Synagogue, 652 Lexington Ave (53/54), free

11/6, 4 PM Christopher Houlihan plays the organ at the reputedly haunted Fordham University Church, 441 E Fordham Rd, in the Bronx, B to Fordham, free

11/6, 5 PM microtonal Indian raga vocal powerhouse T.M. Krishna and ensemble at the Lynch Theater at John Jay College, 524 W 59th St, $28 tix avail.

11/6, 6 PM low-register wildness: bassists Lisa Mezzacappa and Ken Filiano duel it out at Downtown Music Gallery

11/6, 7 PM darkly edgy Middle Eastern-inflected parlor po band Charming Hostess – Jewlia Eisenberg, Marika Hughes and others – with a string section followed at 9 by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

11/6, 7 PM ageless, perennially fun rockabilly/oldschool soul/C&W band Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys at Union Pool, $12, get there on time!

11/6, 7:30 PM NYC’s great unsung, darkly tuneful hero of jazz guitar, Saul Rubin and his Zebtet play the album release for his excellent new one at Smalls

11/6. 8 PM  whirlwind electric punkgrass/honkytonk crew Demolition String Band followed by high-voltage honkytonk guitar monster Wayne Hancock at American Beauty, $15

11/6, 8 PM pianist Jenny Q Chai plays a global warming-themed program with music of Debussy, Liszt, Llgeti, Milica Paranosic, Victoria Jordanova and others at the Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec 

11/6. 10:30 PM Flamin Groovies soundalikes the Penultimate at Matchless, $10

11/6, 10 PM swirly, hypnotic, totally 80s 4AD dreampop/shoegazers Dead Leaf Echo – who if they let their frontwoman sing all the time would be one of NYC’s best bands – at Berlin, $10

11/6, 11 PM the Baked Potatoes play trippy, dubwise newschool roots reggae at Shrine 

11/7, 7 PM Quintet of the Americas woodwind ensemble perform a concert celebrating the life and music of Colombian composer Jorge Olaya Muño at Salvation Army Temple, 86-07 35th Avenue, Jackson Heights, free

11/7, 8 PM in reverse order: indie violin powerouse Todd Reynolds, dowtown noise guitar pioneer, David First, Hans Tammen, the incomparable sax/percussion polymath composer Terry Dame at Trans-Pecos, $8

11/7, 8 PM enigmatic jazz/avant/art-rock chanteuse Hilary Lankford at LIC Bar

11/8, 7 PM  the New York Chillharmonic – singer/keyboardist Sara McDonald’s lush 17-piece art-rock/chamber pop band with string quartet and big band jazz orchestration – at the big room at the Rockwood

11/8, 7 PM eclectic, hard-hitting, lyrical composer/tenor saxophonist Stan Killian and group followed at 10 by acerbic alto saxophonist David Binney leading his quartet at at 55 Bar

11/8-9 the purist golden age-style Ted Nash Big Band, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $30

11/8, 8 PM 20s hot jazz revivalists Cait and the Critters at Radegast Hall. They’re also here on 11/22

11/8, 8 PM Joan Jett/Ramones-inspired power trio Mancie at LIC Bar

11/8-13, 8/10 PM tunefully ubiquitous downtown jazz reedman Marty Ehrlich  leads a series of ensembles at the Stone, $20. Choice pick: the 11/9, 10 PM show: Marty Ehrlich (sax, clarinet, flute) Mark Feldman (violin) Matt Maneri (viola) Erik Friedlander (cello)

11/8, 8:30 PM shambling garage and Americana-flavored triplebill: the Othermen, Gallows Bound and the Goddamn Gallows at the Knitting Factory, $10 adv tix rec. The only band missing from this lineup is Beninghove’s Hangmen

11/8, 9 PM pianist James Carney leads his quintet with Ravi Coltrane, saxophone Dezron Douglas, bass , Mark Ferber, drums followed at 10:30 PM by lyrical soprano saxophonist Jasmine Lovell-Smith‘s Towering Poppies with Josh Sinton – bass clarinet’; Cat Toren – piano; Adam Hopkins – bass; Kate Gentile – drums playing the album release show for their new one at Korzo, $10 plus $10 min

11/8, 9:30 PM the Bronx Conexion play their mighty salsa big band jazz at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe

11/8, 10 PM female-fronted power trio Castle Black – who rampage between acidic Bush Tetras postpunk, stoner metal and more straight-up, sardonic punk followed by punk trio the Unknown Nobodies at Shrine. Both bands are also at the Parkside on 11/18 at 10

11/9, 7 PM Bang on a Can regular and bass clarinetist Ken Thomson plays the album release show for his new one with Ashley Bathgate on cello and Karl Larson on piano at the Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec; at 9:30 PM Polly Ferman’s Tango-Fado Project plays afterward, $15 separate adv tix admission

11/9, 7:30 dark, sardonic, brilliantly tuneful jazz pianist Danny Fox and his Trio, the 8:30 Vincent Sperrazza Group (TBA lineup along with the brilliant drummer) and at 9:30 Mostly Other People Do the Killing spinoff Moppa Elliott’s aptly named Advancing on a Wild Pitch (Charles Evans – baritone sax, Sam Kulik – trombone, Danny Fox – piano, Moppa Elliott – bass, Christian Coleman – drums) at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

11/9, 8 PM Sharq Attack with Marandi Hostetter, 5 string violin; Brian Prunka, oud; John Murchison, double bass and Philip Mayer, percussion jam out classic Middle Eastesrn themes at Barbes

11/9, 8 PM tunefully psychedelic composer/avant-harpist Zeena Parkins performs a new acoustic solo set, followed by an electric performance with her band, Green Dome at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

11/9, 8 PM Milwaukee Americana dude Trapper Schoepp followed eventually by fiery, danceable British folk-punks Skinny Lister at the downstairs studio space at Webster Hall, $18

11/9, 9ish Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” at Troost in Greenpoint.

11/10, 6ish International Contemporary Ensemble’s newest member, Josh Modney, assembles a typically adventurous program of works by Aperghis, Deils, Johnson, Greenwald (world premiere), DuFay, and Spahlinger at Abrons Arts Center, free. The program repeats with Katherine Young’s new piece for tuba and Wurlitzer, yummy!

11/10, 7 PM soaringly explosive jazz composer/torch singer Nicole Zuraitis at 55 Bar

11/10, 7:30 PM Ensemble Pi s annual, perennially relevant “peace concert” features works written in solidarity with Black Lives Matter: Sidney Boquiren’s Stop and Frisk (premiere of the orchestrated version for tenor, baritone and chamber ensemble), with text by Daniel Neer; the spirituals I Want to Go Home (arranged by Jessie Montgomery, 2016) and There Is a Balm (arranged by Trevor Weston, 2016) for baritone and chamber ensemble; Alvin Singleton’s Jasper Drag (2000) for clarinet, piano, and violin; Valerie Coleman’s Wish (2015) for flute and piano; Trevor Weston’s Shape Shifter (The Angry Bluesman) (2011) for cello; and Courtney Bryan’s Etude II: Secondline for Black Love; at Roulette, $15 adv tix rec

11/10, 7:30 PM the MSM Philharmonia Orchestra play Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1 and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition at Niedorf Mall at Manhattan School of Music, free

11/10, 7:30 PM classic cinematics and new Middle Eastern classical: the Israeli Chamber Project  play works by Bernard Herrmann, Karl Goldmark and Shulamit Ran at Merkin Concert Hall, $30

11/10, 7:30 PM intense, magically nuanced Mexican jazz chanteuse Magos Herrera at Joe’s Pub, $20

11/10, 7:30 PM state-of-the-art postbop guitarist Will Bernard leads his quartet at Smalls

11/10, 8 PM plush, balmy, oldtimey uke swing band Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies followed by  followed by guitarist Sean Cronin‘s new ensemble Very Good at Barbes

11/10, 8 PM playful piano improvisations by Vicki Ray (of Piano Spheres) at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, $10

11/10, 8 PM percussive electroacoustic soundscapes by composer and performer Aki Onda and Yokohama-based sound practitioner Nao Nishihara at Issue Project Room, $15

11/10, 8:15 PM Jeff Cosgrove/drums, Matthew Shipp/piano, Mat Maneri/viola at Shapeshifter Lab, sparks will fly, $10

11/10, 8:30 PM sizzlingly eclectic guitarist Avi Fox-Rosen & the Electric Klezmer Trio Concert w/Zoe Guigueno & David Licht, plus Tantshoyz with elegantly pyrotechnic clarinetist Michael Winograd and Steve Weintraub at the Jalopy, $15

11/10, 9 PM fiery Canadian gothic Americana rockers Lorraine Leckie & Her Demons open for legendary 80s paisley underground/Americana band the Long Ryders making their first NYC appearance in almost 30 years at Bowery Ballroom, this will sell out, $20 adv tix rec

11/10, 9 PM smartly populist oldtimey-flavored Americana band 2/3 Goat at Hill Country, free

11/10, 9 PM explosive Neil Y/Crazy Horse-ish sounds and slinky desert rock with guitarist Marco with Love  at the big room at the Rockwood

11/10, 10 PM an extremely rare NYC performance as a bandleader by keyboardist Benmont Tench – the edgiest songwriter in Tom Petty’s band – at Iridium, $25. Be aware that there’s an early set and that’s sold out.

11/11 6 PM crystalline-voiced, noir-tinged third-stream jazz chanteuse Tessa Souter and her band at 55 Bar

11/11, 6ish enigmatic, individualistic, torchsong/parlor pop piano chanteuse Jeanne Marie Boes plays her own songs at the American Folk Art Museum. Sle’s also at LIC Bar on 11/30 at 7 although she may play covers there

11/11, 7 PM popular indie classical group Talea Ensemble  play works by from their new album Centripedalocity) and features the piano suite Roundabouts, saxophonist Ryan Muncy and harpist Nuiko Wadden diving into the improvisatory and microtonal world of Refrain from Riffing, and violinist Yuki Numata Resnick performing the mercurial Character Studie at National Sawdust, first thirty ticket buyers free, after that $30 adv tix avail

11/11, 7:30 PM the MSM Jazz Orchestra with alto saxophonist Dave Liebman play Miles Davis’ Miles Ahead at Niedorf Mall at Manhattan School of Music, free

11/11, 7:30 PM the Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players performs new works by Kirsten Broberg, Nathan Heidelberger, Aaron Helgeson and Matthew Barnson at Roulette, free

11/11, 8 PM intense Bartok and Can-influenced drummer/composer Sean Noonan’s Memorable Sticks piano jazz project play a very rare small club gig at Barbes

11/11, 8 PM lush, cinematic LA art-rock instrumentalists Signal Hill followed by bass legend Tony Maimone’s haunting, cinematic postrock project No Grave Like the Sea,, lushly drony postrock soundscapers the Sound of Rescue and the darkly hypnotic, ambient guitarscapes of Katmal at Matchless, $10

11/11, 8 PM adventurous, eclectic Korean folk-rock band Coreyah blend traditional, latin and Balkan sounds with Korean classical and folk themes at Flushing Town Hall, $16/$10 stud

11/11, 9 PM the amazing Mitra Sumara – who play haunting psychedelic funk covers of classic 1960s and 1970s Iranian rock hits – at Nublu

11/11, 9ish stoner sludgecore warriors Bongzilla at Gold Sounds, $20

11/11, 10 PM fiery female-fronted doom metal/boogie power trio the Violet Hour at Gussy’s Bar in Queens

11/11, 10:30 PM darkly minimalist, atmospheric chamber pop/art-rock chantuese Nico Turner at Pine Box Rock Shop

11/12. 3 PM the eclectic, Balkan/latin/funk brass Underground Horns at Radegast Hall. They’re also here on 11/18 at 9

11/12, 7 PM tango jazz pianist Gustavo Casenave leads a killer quintet at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix rec

11/12, 7/9:30 PM perennially lyrical, prolific tenor postbop tenor saxophonist/composer Tom Tallitsch and his group at Minton’s, free, two-item minimum per person at tables

11/12, 7 PM playfully but also hauntingly eclectic pan-latin songstress Sofia Rei sings at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free

11/12, 7:15ish dark psychedelic acoustic blues/klezmer/reggae/soca jamband Hazmat Modine at Terra Blues. They’re back here on 11/26

11/12, 7:15 PM eclectic latin rock songwriter and spellbinding, atmospheric singer Ani Cordero plays the album release show for her new one at Drom, $10 adv tix rec

11/12, 7:30/9 PM Brooklyn’s own purist up-and-coming jazz chanteuse (and Gil Scott-Heron reinterpreter) Charenee Wade and her combo at Ginny’s Suppper Club, $20

11/12, 7:30 PM lush, majestic string ensemble the  East Coast Chamber Orchestra play works by Turina, Adams, Lutoslawski and Dvorak at Irving Auditorium, 17th/Irving Place, $14

11/12, 8 PM dark intense cult favorite lyrical rocker LJ Murphy and his unstoppable, blues and Stax/Volt-infused noir band the Accomplices followed by Abraham’s River fka Mac McCarty & the Kidd Twist Band playing their fiery, sometimes unexpectedly poignant Pogues-ish punk and folk noir at Sidewalk

11/12, 8 PM Tredici Baci play the record release show for their debut of original psychedelic instrumentals inspired by Italian film soundtracks at the Market Hotel, $13

11/12, 8 PM fiery, slinky, female-fronted horn-driven latin soul crew Spanglish Fly at SOB’s, $10 adv tix rec

11/12, 8 PM Mar Salá plays her acoustic flamenco rock followed eventually at 10 by wild, noisy, genuinely Hendrixian virtuoso lead guitarist Viva DeConcini and her band at the Way Station

11/12, 8 PM spine-tingling, eclectically dramatic sprano Mellissa Hughes joins TCNJ Wind Ensemble for a concert “celebrating the interplay of language and music” by Andriessen and Golijov at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

11/12, 9 PM intense charismatic danceable metal cumbia/skaragga/latin rockers Escarioka at Mehanata,$10

11/12, 9:30 PM cellist Nioka Workman’s intense Firey String Sistas chamber jazz project at BAM Cafe, free.

11/12, 10ish intense, lyrical, smartly Waits/Dylanesque Americana songwriter Pete Lanctot at 68 Jay St Bar

11/12, 10 PM the pan-latin Chia’s Dance Party at Barbes

11/12, 11 PM Mike Rimbaud – NYC’s current powerpop/new wave counterpart to Joe Strummer – at Otto’s

11/13, 3 PM John Zorn leads a trio with Christian McBride on bass and Milford Grave on drums at the Vanguard

11/13, 3 PM, Canta Libre Chamber Ensemble play works by Turina, Piazzolla, Villa-Lobos and other Latin-American composers at Christ and St. Stephen’s Church, 120 W. 69th St, $15

11/13, 4 PM pianist Steven Masi plays lesser-known Beeethoven sonatas at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.

11/13, 7 PM female-fronted duo Pink Painful – who blend stark, dark postpunk and Lush-like dreampop – followed eventually at 10 by fiery retro rock/60s soul/noir rockabilly band Blaire Alise and the Bombshells at Gold Sounds, $tba. Avoid the awful cover band and then the fey pop poser in between

11/13, 7 PM wryly retro, period-perfect classic 60s style female-fronted honkytonk band the Bourbon Express at t at Branded Saloon

11/13, 7:30 PM Japanese pop star Kiyoko Suizenji aka “Chita” sings a benefit for earthquake survivors in her home town, Kumamoto, joined by New York-based mixed choir TOMO and Tokyo-based female choir Shiki-no-Ne Symphony Space, $30 adv tix rec

11/13, 8 PM pensively dynamic psychedelic art-rock band the Radiant Reveries – like a teens update on creepy Country Joe & the Fish – at the Knitting Factory, $10

11/13, 8 PM Quartetto Tomassini play their majestic string tango jazz at the Firehouse Space, $10

11/13, 8 PM the Christopher McBride Quintet performing Gigi Gryce & Donald Byrd’s Complete Jazz Lab Sessions at the Jalopy, $10

11/13, 8:30/10:30 PM ambitious, smart, noir-inclined tenor sxophonist Patrick Cornelius  leads his octet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

11/13, 9 PM careeningly bluesy post-Stooges psych/garage rockers Acid Dad followed eventually by dark psych/garage icons Thee Oh Sees at Warsaw, $22 tix avail. at the Mercury Lounge

11/13, 9 PM wickedly catchy Americana/paisley underground rockers Girls on Grass at Bowery Electric, $8

11/13, 9 PM high-energy oldschool soul/groove band the California Honeydrops at Bowery Ballroom, $15 adv tix rec

11/14, 8:30 PM Veronica Gonzalez, soprano; Chris Baum, lute; Bradley King, tenor; Annalisa Ewald, guitar perform 16th/17th century “courtier and courtesan songs” at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

11/14, 10 PM dark Iron Maiden-influenced stadium metal band the Black Butterflies at LIC Bar

11/15, 7 PM a rare clarinet/viola summit with cinematic composer Ljova and and the fearlessly relevant, brilliant Syrian composer and clarinetist Kinan Azmeh followed at 9 by clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

11/15 Margo Price at Bowery Ballroom is sold out

11/15, 7:30/9:30 PM  towering, intense, epic big band jazz composer Miho Hazama and her Ensemble perform new compositions by Joel Harrison, Michael Thomas and Christopher Zuar at the Jazz Gallery ,$15.

11/15, 8 PM bassist Tom Blancarte opens solo, then Ron Stabinsky celebrates the release of his debut album Free For One with an evening of solo piano improvisations at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

11/15-20, 8:30/10:30 PM perennially tuneful, darkly latin-tinged pianist George Cables leads a trio at the Vanguard. $30

11/15, 8:30 PM a rare solo performance by golden age jazz guitarist Gene Bertoncini at the Bar Next Door, $12

11/15, 10 PM intense, theatrical female-fronted art-rock band Frogbelly & Symphony at 11th St. Bar

11/15, 10 PM multi-keys, B3 organ and drmns: Henry Hey, Brian Charette and Jochen Rueckert collaborate and set a few things onfire at 55 Bar

11/16, 7 PM intense, haunting noir chanteuse Gemma Ray at the Owl

11/16, 7 PM pianist Magdalena Baczewska plays works by Galuppi, Corelli, Scarlatti, Nino Rota, Chopin and Szymanowski at the Columbia Italian Academy, 1161 Amsterdam Ave south of 118th St., free

11/16, 7 PM Antonina Chehovska, soprano; Kinga Augustyn, violin and Konstantza Chernov, piano perform works by Prokofiev, Sarasate, Kapralova, Saprun and Szymanowski at the Bulgarian Consulate, 121 E 62nd St., free

11/16, 7 PM the Le Boeuf Brothers + JACK Quartet join forces for a nonet playing the album release show for their new chamber jazz collaboration at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix rec

11/16, 7:30 PM violinist Soobeen Lee plays works by Saint-Saens, Bartok, Beethoven, Tartini and Jeong Kyu Park at Merkin Concert Hall, $10

11/16, 8 PM haunting, soaring, lyrically brilliant Great Plains gothic songstress Rose Thomas Bannister, loopmusic peeps Public Speaking, Dana Schechter’s hauntingly cinematic slowcore/art-rock project Insect Ark play a benefit for RAINN – Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network – at the Park Church Co-Op, 129 Russell St  just off Nassau in Greenpoint, sugg don.

11/16-17, 8 PM hilariously lyrical, intense Americana songbird Amy Rigby celebrates the 20th anniversary of her classic Diary of a Mod Housewife album – when she was the edgiest single mom songwriter in Williamsburg – at Hifi Bar

11/16, 8 PM psychedelic boogie/heavy blues/stoner metal band Them Evils followed eventually by popular female-fronted gutter blues crew the Pretty Reckless at Terminal 5, $28 gen adm

11/16, 9 PM jaunty Hawaiian swing sounds with King Isto’s Tropical String Band, darkly lyrical songwriter/impresario Feral Foster and others at the Jalopy, free

11/16, 9 PM retro 70s country/Memphis blue-eyed soul songbird Margo Price  at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, $16 adv tix rec

11/16, 9:30 PM fun, high-voltage Bay area Romany jazz guitar band Gaucho at Joe’s Pub, $20

11/16, 10 PM honkytonk songwriter par excellence Cliff Westfalll at 11th St. Bar

11/17, 1 PM Novus NY  play works by steel pan virtuoso and distinctive composer Andy Akiho at Trinity Church, free

11/17, 7 PM perennially tuneful, Monk-influenced, witty Microscopic Septet pianist Joel Forrester  at Cleopatra’s Needle

11/17, 7 PM edgy, lyrical guitarist Tony Moreno leads a trio with Gary Versace on organ at 55 Bar

11/17, 7:30/9:30 PM percussionist Rajna Swaminathan leads a carnatic jazz quintet including guitarist Miles Okazaki and violinist Anjna Swaminathan at the Jazz Gallery ,$15.

11/17,-19 erudite postbop composer/pianist Orrin Evans’ trio with special guest Kurt Rosenwinkel 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $35

11/17, 7:30 PM, repeating on 11/19 at 8, the NY Phil lay a new Viola Concerto by Julia Adolphe with soloist Cynthia Phelps plus Tschaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 at Avery Fisher Hall, $31 tix avail

11/17, 8 PM downtown guitar legend followd by dark cinematic eclectic cellist/composer: David First & the Same Animal Band followed by Erik Friedlander‘s Black Phebe trio with accordionist Shoko Nagai and drummer Satoshi Takeishi at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

11/17, 8 PM bassist Mark Dresser, JACK Quartet and indie classical ensemble Loadbang play a composer portrait of Lei Liang at the Miller Theatre, $30

11/17, 8 PM the Composers’ Voice Ensemble plays World Premiere of Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: Re-Imaginging Beethoven, Stephen Porter, piano-15 one-minute works by 15 composers Alberto Alassio, Aaron Alter, Bracha Bdil, Daniel Cocchetti, Paul Dickinson, Alessandro Giannotti, Peter Gilbert, S.R. Kisselbaugh, Kamil Kosecki, Mathieu Daniel Polak, Aurelio Scotto, Mateo Soto, David Nelson Tomasacci, Anne-Marie Turcotte, and Peter Walton at the Firehouse Space, $10

11/17, 8;30 PM singer Eleonore Biezunski and rippling tsimbl dulcimer player Pete Rushefsky’s duo project the Klezmographers and then the Shtetl Stompers (trio with Ilan Moss and Joanna Sternberg) at the Jalopy, $15

11/17, 8:30 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues”at Espresso 77, 35-57 77th Street, Jackson Hts

11/17, 9 PM  Dalton Deschain & the Traveling Show play their creepy circus punk followed at 10 by the haunting, creepy circus rock/art-rock band the Dust Bowl Faeries and then at 11 by theatrical circus rock goth Luis Mojica at Sidewalk

11/17, 9 PM darkly psychedelic guitarist/bandleader/indie icon Martin Bisi aleads a vortical improvisational trio at Spectrum

11/17, 9 PM smart, cleverly lyrical original swing chanteuse/songwriter/trombonist Emily Asher’s Garden Party at Radegast Hall

11/17, 10 PM brilliant klezmer reedman Matt Darriau’s Who Is Manny Blanc, resurrecting the twistedly irresistible work of legendary/obscure LES psychedelic Jewish jazz/esoterica composer at Barbes

11/17, 10:30 PM catchy, cinematic, noir-inclined saxophonist/composer Nick Hempton leads his quintet at Smalls

11/18, 6ish wickedly lyrical, warmly charismatic, edgy tunesmith/wordsmith/janglerocker Linda Draper  at the American Folk Art Museum

11/18, 7 PM violinist Claire Smith with the Queens Consort at Third Street Music School Settlement, free

11/18, 8 PM Melinda Faylor, pianist, plays 20th and 21st century solo piano works by Corigliano, Adams, Rzewski, Karen Tanaka and Tobias Picker at the Firehouse Space, $10

11/18, 8 PM a musical history of the Lower East Side with an all-star cast giving voice to a huge melting pot of musical traditions. On the bill: Peruvian jazz player Yuri Juárez (guitarist, arranger / composer), Deni Bonet (vocalist, violinist) & Jhair Sala (percussionist); Ashley Bell (opera singer), David S. Goldman (singer/songwriter, producer) & Basya Schechter (vocalist, guitar, oud and saz); Mala Waldron (vocalist / pianist), Charles R. Hale (producer, writer), Noah Hoffeld (cellist) & Niamh Hyland (vocalist / songwriter) at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center, $25/$15 stud/srs

11/18, 9ish heavy psych group the Golden Grass followed by hilarious 70s metal parody band Mighty High at Hank’s

11/18, 9 PM the Cannibal Ramblers play their messy fun swamp punk at Arlene’s, $10

11/18, 10 PM searingly intense, charismatic, fearless acoustic punk blues siren Molly Ruth  followed by and the darkly eclectic, enigmatic Lorraine Leckie  – equally adept at Slavic and Americana noir – at Sidewalk

11/18. 10 PM rustic, clatteringly hypnotic Moroccan trance groove ensemble Innov Gnawa at Barbes. The following night, 11/19 they’re at the Owl at 8ish

11/18. 10 PM Cretan lute virtuoso with Dirty Three drum genius Jim White at National Sawdust, $15 adv tix rec

11/18-19, 10:30 PM pyrotechnic alto sax player Mike DiRubbo and his quartet at Smalls

11/19, 7 PM creepy, carnivalesque female-fronted acoustic punk duo Cruel Children followed eventually at 9 PM by catchy, anthemic, pensively jangly power trio the Native Alloys at Leftfield

11/19, 7:30 PM brilliant, haunting Syrian clarinetist Kinan Azmeh pays tribute to exiled Syrian poets, joined by soprano Dima Orsho, cellist Kinan Abou-Afach and pianist Lenore Davis at Symphony Space, $25

11/19, 8 PM Andalusian ensemble La Banda Morisca perform “an intoxicating blend of traditional flamenco with Arab-Andalusian melodies and rock” at Roulette, $25

11/19, 8 PM energetic acoustic Veracruz-style folk-punk band Radio Jarocho at Barbes

11/19, 8 PM charismatic ex-Spanglish Fly frontwoman Erica Ramos’ exciting new latin soul band, Fulaso at SOB’s, $10 adv tix rec

11/19, 9ish  intense frontwoman Hannah Fairchild’s searingly lyrical punk/art-rock/noir cabaret band Hannah vs. the Many  play the album release show for their new broodingly cinematic one Cinemascope cd at Bushwick Public House

11/19, 9/10:30 PM crystalline, enigmatically enchanting jazz singer and vocalese specialist Aubrey Johnson leads her eclectic band – Tomoko Omura, violin; Michael Sachs, alto sax, bass clarinet; Chris Ziemba, piano; Matt Aronoff, bass; Jeremy Noller, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

11/19, 9:30ish searing, theatrical Romany/Balkan punk rockers Bad Buka – who are just as fun as Gogol Bordello – at Mehanata

11/19, 10 PM haunting, intense ,soulful folk noir songwriter Holly Miranda who’s as good on Telecaster as she is on piano – at Bowery Electric, $12

11/19, 11 PM swirly, hypnotic, totally 80s 4AD dreampop/shoegazers Dead Leaf Echo at Pete’s

11/19, midnight LES stoner folk legends David Peel & the Lower East Side – who still can’t always remember the word to The Pope Smokes Dope – at Sidewalk

11/20, 2 PM fearless eco-crusader Reverend Billy & his mighty forty-piece gospel choir – whose intensely relevant new album is amazing – at Joe’s Pub, $15. He’s also here on 11/27

11/20, 2 PM banjo player/multi-instrumentalist and classic folk reinventor Laura Baird (of the Baird Sisters) at Mayflower Bar, 132 Greene Ave., Ft. Greene, C to Clinton-Washington

11/20, 2 PM pianist Elina Cristova plays works by Scriabin at Scholes St. Studios

11/20, 4 PM Joana Genova, violin; Ariel Rudiakov, viola; Benjamin Capps, cello; and Vassily Primakov, piano; perform Debussy’s Sonata for Violin and Piano, Shostakovich’s Sonata for Cello and Piano, and Saint-Saens’ Piano Trio. at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.

11/20, 4 PM salsa afternoon with Los Ciegos Del Barrio at the Museum of the City of NY, free w/rsvp

11/20, 6:30 PM Quartetto Tomassini play string arrangements of Piazzolla classics at Drom, $10 adv tix rec

11/20, 7ish epic, exhilarating original Balkan brass music with alto saxophonist/clarinetist Greg Squared’s Expanded Circle followed at 9:30 by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

11/20, 7 PM the NY Symphony play Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and Tschaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 at Merkin Concert Hall, $30

11/20, 7 PM eclectic jazz/blues resonator guitarist Elizabeth Wise at Caffe Vivaldi

11/20, 7:30 PM the SayLaVees, the Stompin’ Riff Raffs and garage/Merseybeat rockers the Above, at Union Pool, $8

11/20, 8 PM a multimedia “allegory of a beggar’s perplexing dreams offers a compelling and original perspective on the Five Pillars of Islam,” for gamelan, organ and guitar performed by pioneering Bay Area group Lightbulb Ensemble at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

11/20, 10 PM fiery, eclectic Greek/South Afrian jazz violinist Maria Manousaki with Guy Mintus, piano; Panayiotis Andreou, bass; Ziv Ravitz, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

11/21, 8 PM Kadisha Onalbayeva, piano with Gaziza Zhubanova – the National String Quartet of the Republic of Kazakhstan play works by Zhubanova, Taneyev, Mozart and Michael Coleman at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $25 tix avail

11/21, 8 PM deviously fun oldtimey swing guitarist/crooner Seth Kessel & the Two Cent Band at Radegast Hall

11/21, 8 PM edgy tuneful guitarist Mike Moreno & Jon Cowherd at Mezzrow, $20

11/21, 9 PM vibraphonist Ian Rosenbaum and string quartet Brooklyn Rider join forces with works by Christopher Cerrone, Timo Andres, Tawnie Olson, David Crowell and Paola Prestini at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix availx

11/21. 9 PM jazz legenda and dual-reedman George Braith leads a quintet at the Fat Cat

11/21, 9:30ish Yotoco, “the bastard child of Umoja Orchestra, Bioritmo, and Cumbiagra plays a melange of salsa, Afro-Cuban rumba, boleros, and cumbia” at Barbes

11/22, drinks at 5:30, show at 6 indie classical ensemble Loadbang play works by Josquin David Lang, Carlos Cordeiro at the Miller Theatre, free

11/22, 7 PM eclectic original Middle Eastern and North African style oudist Brandon Terzic leads his group followed at 9 by clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

11/22, 7:30 PM catchy, danceable female-fronted psychedelic cumbia/tropicalia band La Yegros at the Lincoln Center Atrium

11/22, 7:30 PM two distinctive voices on the piano – longtime Piazzolla sideman Pablo Ziegler and Christopher O’Riley, beloved for his Bernard Herrmann Hitchcock score reinventions, play nuevo tango at the Sheen Center, 18 Bleecker St. west of Bowery, $27 tix avail

11/22, 8 PM lots of garage rock for the buck: Tokyo garage/surf band the Stompin Riff Raffs, the punk-soul Gartrells and high-voltage doo-wop punk with the King Khan & BBQ Show at Bowery Ballroom, $20 gen adm

11/22-27, 8:10/10:30 PM the guy Ethan Iverson wishes he was: Jason Moran & the Bandwagon at the Vanguard, $30

11/22, 9ish explosive, theatrical, phantasmagorical indie/metal power trio A Deer A Horse at Shea Stadium

11/22, 10:30 PM charismatic, adventurous postbop/avant garde trombonist/crooner Frank Lacy leads his quintet at Smalls

11/23, 6:30 PM  up-and-coming guitarist/songwriter Alicyn Yaffee -the rare artist who successfully bridges the gap between lyrically-fueled chamber pop and jazz – at the Bar Next Door, free

11/23, 7 PM the Eco-Music Big Band presents Jazz Stravinsky: a jazz reimagining of Igor Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat (A Soldier’s Tale). at Joe’s Pub, $16

11/23, 7:30 PM, repeating on 11/25-26 at 8 the NY Phil play the Beethoven Violin Concerto with soloist Nikolaj Znaider plus Bartok’s Symphony No. 8 at Avery Fisher Hall, $30 tix avail

11/23, 8 PM the perennially intense, tuneful godfather of edgy, lyrical, anthemic downtown NYC rock, Willie Nile at City Winery, $30 standing room avail

11/23, 8 PM purist, straightforward, warmly tuneful front-porch folk songwriter Joanna Sternberg at Barbes

11/23, 9 PM darkly jangly, catchy, new wave-ish rockers Melissa & the Mannequins at LIC Bar

11/24, 9:30 PM tunefully cinematic postbop composer trumpet luminary Nadje Noordhuis  & the Quintet de Turks at 55 Bar

11/25, 7:30 PM Romanian pianist Sînziana Mircea plays Moussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition plus works by Enescu, Ravel and Bach at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $20 tix avail

11/25-26, 7:30/9:30 PM tuneful, state-of-the-art bassist Linda Oh leads her reputedly amazing, kinetic string-fueled “double quartet” at the Jazz Gallery ,$25.

11/25, 7:30 PM Dahka Band play their Middle Eastern and flamenco-flavored jams at Club Bonafide, $15

11/25, 8 PM rustic Brazilian jungle sounds with Regional de NY followed at 10 by eclectic, electric C&W/blues band the Jug Addicts at Barbes

11/25, 8 PM a rare duo show with Mike LeDonne moving from his usual organ to piano, with bassist John Webber at Mezzrow, $20

11/25, 8:30 PM My Demons Galore – who careen between sunbaked Almost Famous boogie and more mathrocky sounds – at Arlene’s, $10 

11/25-26, 9/10:30 PM trumpeter John McNeil and saxophonist Jeremy Udden’s catchy quartet Hush Point at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.

11/26, 7:30 PM jazz flutist Michel Gentile’a FLOW feat. Mike Mcginnis – clarinet Brian Drye – trombone Matt Pavolka – bass Tom Rainey – drums  followed by the auspicious Noah Preminger/Rob Garcia Chopin Project with Noah Preminger – tenor sax Nate Radley – guitar Kim Cass – bass Rob Garcia – drums at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, $tba http://www.michelgentile.com  

11/26, 8 PM crooner Theo Bleckmann leads an adventurous rock band with Henry Hey on keys playing Kate Bush covers at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

11/26, 8 PM swirly, organ-and-horns-fueled psychedelic cumbia/Afrobeat band Carolina Oliveros y La Nacion at the Silent Barn, $8 

11/27, 4 PM eclectically talented classical organist Gail Archer plays a thorny all-Max Reger program at St. Patrick’s Cathedral

11/27, 5 PM an eclectic songwriter triplebill at LIC Bar: smart, tunefully anthemic, politically-fueled Irish rocker Niall Connolly, eclectically tuneful soul/Americana chanteuse Shelly Bhushan and chanteuse Theresa Hoffmann’s pensive, smartly jangly low-key band Little Embers  

11/27, 6 PM dark Australian art-rock pianist/songwriter Ka-Tya at Silvana

11/27, 7 PM pianist Teodora Stepančić performs works for piano by Christian Wolff, Luciano Berio, Jürg Frey and Assaf Gidron. at Spectrum, $15

 11/27, 10 PM roots reggae band Thunda Vida at Shrine

11/28, 6 PM fiery klezmer fiddler/composer Alicia Svigals‘ band – featuring similarly pyrotechnic accordionist Patrick Farrell – outdoors at the triangle at 63rd St. and Broadway

11/28, 7:30 PM psychedelic funk band the People’s Champs at the Lincoln Center Atrium

11/28-29, 8/10:30 PM iconic bassist Ron Carter leads his quartet at the Blue Note, $30 standing room avail

11/28, 10 PM terse, crystalline-voiced guitarist/jazz chantense Camila Meza and her quartet at the third stage at the Rockwood, $10

11/28. 11:30 PM purist jazz drummer Dan Pugach’s Nonet at the big room at the Rockwood

11/29, 7 PM explosive, creepy, colorful psychedelic rembetiko metal band Greek Judas and epic, original, intense original Balkan sounds from Raya Brass Band at Drom, $10 adv tix rec

11/29, 7 PM nimbly performed, rare klezmer classics and obscurities performed by the Klezmographers – Eleonore Biezunski (violin, vocals) and Pete Rushefsky (tsimbl) followed at 9 by clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

11/29, 7 PM the Mannes College Chamber Ensemble plays a Vaclav Havel tribute with music of Smetana, Martinu, Janacek, Dvorak and Schulhoff at Bohemian National Hall, 321 E 73rd St,  free

11/29, 7 PM legendary salsa-jazz drummer Bobby Sanabria leads the Mannes Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra Ensemble at the School of Jazz Performance Space, Arnhold Hall, 55 W 13th St, free

11/29, 7:30 PM an all-star jazz lineup: Edmar Castañeda, Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts, Kevin Hays, John Ellis, Matt Clohesy, Magos Herrera, Vitor Gonçalves, Rogerio Boccato and the Asaran Earth Trio at St. Peters Church, 54th/Lex, free adm, sugg don, all proceeds to Syrian emergency relief

11/29-12/4, 8/10 PM unstoppably edgy, deservedly iconic, witty downtown guitarist  Marc Ribot leads a series of ensembles at the Stone, $20. Choice pick: the 10 PM slot 12/3 with Shahzad Ismaily on bass and Milford Graves on drums

11/29, 8 PM percussionist/composer Gerry Hemingway plays works by up-and-coming composer Sarah Weaver in a multimedia collaboration with visual artist Beth Warshafsky at the Cell Theatre, 338 W. 23rd St, $20/$15 stud/srs

11/29-12/4, 8:30/10:30 PM tuneful postbop saxophonist Donny McCaslin leads a quartet with Jason Lindner (piano) Nate Wood (bass) Mark Guiliana (drums) at the Vanguard, $30

11/29, 10 PM brilliant drummer/percussionist Willie Martinez & La Familia Sextet play classic salsa grooves at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, $10

11/29, 10:15 PM plaintive rainy-day slowcore/chamber pop band Ellen Siberian Tiger at the Way Station

11/29, 10:30 PM fiery, politically-fueled, Patti Smith-esque punk/powerpop band the Last Internationale at the Knitting Factory, $12 adv tix rec

11/30, half past noon an all-acoustic set by electically kinetic klezmer/cumbia/cinematic jamband Metropolitan Klezmer with Debra Kreisberg, Pam Fleming, Eve Sicular & guest accordionista Shoko Nagai. at One NewYork Plaza, Water St just around the corner from the SI ferry terminals

11/30, 5 PM OMFG – two bass trombonists play a rare program of sweet so-lo pieces: Nayib Gonzales and Morgan Fite tackle works including Concertino – Ernst Sachse; Concertino Basso – Richard Lieb; Suite for unaccompanied Bass Trombone, movs. 1, 2 & 4 – Eric Culver; ”Nur Wer die Sehnsucht kennt” Op. 6, No. 6 – Pyotr Tchaikovsky ; Concert Allegro – Alexander Lebedev; New Orleans – Eugene Bozza at Stiefel Concert Hall, Arnold Hall, 55 West 13th St, free

11/30, 6 PM hypnotically intoxicating, intertwining Indian violin duos with Trina Basu + Arun Ramamurthy at the Rubin Museum of Art, free w.museum adm

11/30, 6:30 PM one of the most interestingly lyrical, eclectic young jazz guitarists around, Dave Juarez leads his trio at the Bar Next Door, free

11/30, 7 PM perennially edgy, psychedelic cult favorite avant garde harpist/composer Zeena Parkins  with drummer Brian Chase followed at 9 by playfully but also hauntingly eclectic pan-latin songstress Sofia Rei leading a piano trio at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery, 734 Nostrand Ave, Bed-Stuy – 2/4 to Franklin Ave or A/C to Nostrand

11/30, 7:30 PM two first-class cutting-edge guitarists Mike Baggetta and Anders Nillson lead their respective trios at Greenwich House Music School, $15

11/30, 7:30 PM pianist Vassilis Varvaresos plays pieces by Mozart, Lizst, Scriabin, Schumann and Ravel at Merkin Concert Hall, free

11/30, 8 PM deviously lyrical, historically spot-on, cleverly sultry oldtimey/Americana songwriter/bandleader Robin Aigner and Parlour Game at Barbes

11/30,8 PM gonzo postbop piano with the Dred Scott Trio  at Mezzrow, $20

11/30, 10ish intense retro 60s influenced Nubian funk band Alsarah & the Nubatones play the album release show for their fantastic new one at the Poisson Rouge, $12 adv tix rec

11/30, 10:30 PM  eclectic, paradigm-shifting B3 jazz organist Brian Charette  leads a trio at Smalls

12/1, 7 PM Texas Americana multi-instrumentalist (ex-Red Molly) Molly Venter and Goodnight Moonshine followed by Crescent City-flavored “steamboat soul” band Roosevelt Dime at the big room at the Rockwood, $15

12/1, 7:30 PM accordionist Christina Crowder’s haunting Bessarabian chamber jazz/klezmer quartet Bivolita at the Jalopy, $15

12/1, 7:30 PM pianist Peter Breiner leads an all-star octet playing Slovak Dances for Triango and Orchestra at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, free tix currently avail at the venue box office

12/1, 7:30 PM popular tenor saxophonist David Murray plays and sings Nat King Cole en Español at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

12/1-3, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, trumpeter Jeremy Pelt’s “power quintet” with Steve Nelson – vibes; Danny Grissett – piano; Peter Washington – bass; Bill Stewart – drums, $25/$30 on the weekend

12/1-3, 8 PM, repeating on 12/4 at 2 PM singer/performer Jadele McPherson offers “a cosmic sonic journey through black liberation figures, conjurers and spiritual leaders from Haiti and Cuba, surrounded by fellow performers Val Jeanty, Maxine Montilus, Yomaira Gonzalez, Caridad Paisan Garbey and Daniel Gi,” at Jack, $18

12/1, 8  PM wit and lively piano-and-bass jousting – Uri Caine & Mark Helias at Mezzrow, $20

12/1, 8 PM fiery female-fronted psychedelic soul/funk band Sirsy (think, mythical temptress) at the Bitter End, $10

12/1, 8 PM singer Gabrielle Herbst leads a quartet with Missy Mazzoli on keys, Aaron Roche on guitar and Ludovica Burtone on violin at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

12/1, 8 PM percussion and piano quartet Yarn/Wire  and indie vocal ensemble Ekmeles join forces for a composer portrait of Zasha Di Castri at the Miller Theatre, $30 tix avail

12/1, 9ish careening folk noir and heavy-duty grasscore: O’Death and Slim Cessna’s Auto Club at the Bell House, $15 adv tix rec

12/1, 9 PM haunting, purposeful viola improviser Jessica Pavone at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery

12/1, 9:30 PM fiery, noir-influenced guitarist  Andy Green leads a quartet with JC Sanford – trombone; Jeremy Udden – saxophone; Dave Ambrosio – bass at I-Beam, $15

12/2, 5:30 PM rustic guy/girl mid-Atlantic country blues duets with Piedmont Bluz at the American Folk Art Museum

12/2, 7 PM up-and-coming indie classical cellist Ashley Walters solo followed at 8:30 by tuneful, Middle Eastern-inspired tenor saxophonist Ole Mathisen leading a killer quartet:  Amir ElSaffar – trumpet; Bobby Avey – piano; Gregg August – bass at Spectrum, $15

12/2, 7 PM Middle Eastern-flavored psychedelic jams with Spaghetti Eastern Music at Silvana

12/2, 7:30/9 PM the mighty sixteen-piece, accordion-spiced cumbia-jazz Gregorio Uribe Big Band at Ginny’s Suppper Club, $20

12/2, 8 PM badass slowcore art-rock cellist/chanteuse Meaner Pencil, ethereally enchanting art-folk autoharpist/singer Elizabeth Devlin, enigmatic lo-fi janglerock/folk noir songwriter Tica Douglas and the fiery, theatrical, goth-tinged Catfox at the Park Church Co-op. 129 Russel St. at Nassau, $10, G train to Nassau Ave stop. 

12/2, 8 PM dark, fiery, female-fronted female-fronted surf rockers High Waisted  at the Knitting Factory, $10 adv tix rec

12/2, 8 PM the feral, frenetic NY Gypsy Allstars play their electric originals at Drom, $10 adv tix rec

12/2, 8 PM riveting, soaring singer/guitarist Julia Patinella – equally adept at flamenco and haunting Sicilian sounds at the Owl. 12/4 at 10 she’s at Sunny’s

12/2, 8 PM torchy, lyrically smashing original female-fronted oldtimey swing crew the Fascinators at Sidewalk

12/2, 8 PM trombone powerhouse Reut Regev’s smoky, funky, serpentine R-Time followed by fiery violinist/singer Carla Kihlstedt’s Causing a Tiger at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery 

12/2, 8 PM guitarist Douglas Bradford’s improvisational chamber jazz outfit Dragonfly: withPatrick Breiner – clarinet, Christopher Hoffman – cello, Sam Ospovat – drums followed at 9 by violinist Jason Kao Hwang’s Sing House with Andrew Drury – drums; Ken Filiano – bass; Chris Forbes – piano; Steve Swell – trombone at the Firehouse Space, $10

12/2, 8 PM David Broome (piano), Kate Dillingham (cello), Thomas Piercy (clarinet) perform works by Barash, Fetherolf, Galindo, and Schultz, alongside Henryk Górecki’s Lerchenmusik at the Broom Tree Theatre, 23-35 Broadway, Astoria (23rd/Crescent), free, reception to follow, R/W to Broadway

12/2, 8:30 PM a rare Brooklyn appearance by noir jazz legends the Jazz Passengers at Bar Lunatico. They’re also here on 12/22

12/2, 9 PM haunting folk noir/lo-fi psychedelic guy Jaye Bartell at Troost

12/2, 9 PM darkly edgy, politically-fueled Irish tunesmith Niall Connolly at the small room at the Rockwood

12/2, 9 PM Epica and their cello-metal Metallica covers at Webster Hall, $30

12/2, 9:30 PM the Jentsch Group No Net premiere the brillint cult favorite jazz guitarist’s Topics in American History – his chamber jazz abstraction of historical themes and events – at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

12/2, 10 PM this era’s most chillingly cinematic, shadowy reverbtoned noir guitar instrumentalists, Big Lazy at Barbes

12/2, 10 PM darkly torchy, individualistic psychedelic jazz/slowcore/noir singer Bianca Muniz with her band at Terra Firma 119 Ingraham St just off Porter, Bushwick, free, L to Montrose Ave

12/2-3, 10:30 PM state-of-the-art, pyrotechnically soulful trumpeter Ingrid Jensen leads her quintet at Smalls

12/2, 11 PM the Tsunambots – who put a creepy postrock spin on surf punk – followed at midnight by deviously theatrical oldschool C&W/rockabilly parodists Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co at Otto’s. The ‘Bots are also here the following night, 12/3 at midnight

12/3, 8 PM intense, rapturous Balkan/ Middle Eastern ensemble the Secret Trio –Tamer Pinarbasi, Ismail Lumanovski & Ara Dinkjian – at Roulette, $30

12/3, 8 PM Sarah Rara of Lucky Dragons plays solo electroacoustic works followed by mesmerizing sound sculptor Lesley Flanigan at the Kitchen, $15

12/3, 9 PM the Alan Lomax of surf rock, Unsteady Freddie‘s monthly extravaganza at Otto’s starts with Bongo Surf, at 10 the cinematically twangy Agent Octopus, at 11 the the Luau Cinders (to be known in the future as the Kaweem Abdoo Jabbaws) and creepy surfy postrockers the Tsunambots

12/3, 10 PM Haunted Gypsy play their ominous Siouxsie-esque goth rock at Leftfield 

12/4, starting at 9 AM an all-day Mannes Chamber Music Bash with performances across the campus at the New School’s Arnhold Hall: Ernst C. Stiefel Concert Hall, Baisley Powell Elebash Recital Hall, Room 450, and the Glass Box Theater, program TBA  

12/4, 5 PM dynamic choral ensemble Musica Viva NY, joined by the Aeolus Quartet and colleagues bring the stormy heavenly battles of Bach’s four “Michaelmas” cantatas to life. Also on the bill: organist Renée Anne Louprette plays Knut Nystedt’s “Immortal Bach” and Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, at All Souls Church, 1157 Lexington Ave (at 80th St) $30

12/4, 5 PM the Daedalus String Quartet play Beethoven string quartets – one early (#1) and one late (#14) –  at the Lounge @ Hudson View Gardens, 128 Pinehurst Avenue at W. 183rd St., suggested donation of $12 includes post-concert reception with the artists

12/5, 7 PM monster new music pianist Vicky Chow joins with the Momenta Quartet to play Alberto Ginastera’s hair-raising, rather sinister Piano Quintet, alongside rarely heard string quartets by two of his most celebrated students: Mesías Maiguashca and Joaquín Orellana at the Americas Society, 680 Park Ave at 68th St, $10 adv tix avail

12/5, 7 PM, repeating 12/17 and 1/5/17, 7 PM Austin Pendleton and Barbara Bleier perform their twisted theatre/cabaret show Tis the Season to Be Morbid with songs by Richard Maltby & David Shire, Gretchen Cryer and Nancy Ford, Lynn Ahrens & Stephen Flaherty, an unpublished song by John Bucchino and Amanda McBroom, at Pangea, $25

12/6 7:30 PM a rare reunion of Austrian sax legend Karlheinz Miklin with his longtime American collaborators, Billy Hart on drums and Ron McClure on bass at the Austrian Cultural Forum, 11 E 52nd St, free but res req 

12/7, 6:30 PM thought-provoking musicologist and Oxford History of Western Music editor Richard Taruskin considers an artist’s obligation to society, based on his book The Dangers of Music, Taruskin’s talk will be followed by a discussion with GC professor Scott Burnham, with a musical interlude at Elebash Hall at CUNY, 365 5th Ave. north of 34th St., free but rsvp req

12/8, 7:30 PM hauntingly lyrical, grimly witty folk noir/Nashville gothic band Thee Shambels at Post Mark Cafe,326 6th St (4th/5th Aves), Park Slope, closest train is the R to 9th St.

12/8, 7:30 PM eclectic, badass alto saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin and her oldschool soul/jazz group at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

12/8, 9 PM pyrotechnic Balkan multi-reedman Greg Squared‘s Seyyah with the similarly amazing Kane Mathis on oud and Jenny Luna on vocals at Roots & Ruckus at the Jalopy

12/9, 8 PM psychedelic cumbia band Yotoco and the eclectic, Balkan/latin/funk brass Underground Horns at Drom, $10

12/9, 8 PM riveting Indian classical sitarist Ustad Shafaat Khan at the Tribeca Performing Arts Ctr (the BMCC auditorium on Chambers east of the river), $21

12/9, 10 PM one of the funniest men in rock, sardonically Beatlesque/Costelloesque powerpop songwriter Walter Ego at Sidewalk

12/10, 7:30 PM incomparable country/jazz/janglerock icon Amy Allison with Lee Feldman on piano at Dixon Place. Briliant new material! Devastatingly funny between-song banter!

12/10, 7:30 PM the Dessoff Choir sing works by Tavener, Handel, Bach, Robert Parsons and others at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex, $25/$15 stud/srs The program repeats 12/18 at 4 PM at Saint John’s Episcopal Church, 139 Saint Johns Place, Park Slope, B/Q to 7th Ave, 2/3 to Grand Army Plaza

12/12, 7:30 PM the Jack Quartet and vocal ensemble Ekmeles join forces to perform music from and celebrating northern climes:  John Luther Adams – Canticles of the Sky interspersed with works by Karin Rehnqvist, Kajia Saariaho, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Jean Sibelius and Marc Sabat at Music Mondays, Advent Church, northwest corner of 93rd and Broadway, free 

12/13, 7:30 PM pianist Anthony de Mare curates a dramatic evening in honor of Eric Satie’s 150th birthday year with fellow pianists Simone Dinnerstein, Adam Tendler and others at the Sheen Center, 18 Bleecker St. west of Bowery, $27 tix avail

12/15, 7:3o PM wickedly tuneful, funky chambet-pop/funk/art-rock cellist/songwriter Marika Hughes & Bottom Heavy at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

12/15, 8 PM pianist Mara Rosenbloom‘s ferally tuneful improvisational trio celebrates her birthday, plus bassist Sean Conly’s Re:Action+1:with Michaël Attias and Tony Malaby, saxophones; Kris Davis, piano; Gerald Cleaver, drums) at Greenwich House Music School, $18/$15 stud/srs

12/16, 7 PM paradigm-shifting Indonesian bell orchestra works with Gamelan Son of Lion at Flushing Town Hall, $15

12/16-17 and 12-21-22, 8 PM, also 12/18 at 5 PM Alessandra Belloni‘s rustically witchy tarantella theatre spectacle La Cantata Dei Pastori, based on Andrea Perrucci’s traditional 17th century Neapolitan play, performed in Italian with English narration by La Befana, the “good Christmas witch,” with special guest from Apulia, Italy: Giovannagelo de Gennaro on vocals, accordion, bagpipe, viella at Theatre for the New City, 155 First Ave (between 9th & 10th Sts

12/17, 8 PM unpredictably eclectic, perennially edgy rising star alto saxophonist Aakash Mittal leads an improvisational trio at the Firehouse Space, $10

12/20, 8 PM members of the SLM Ensemble perform solo and chamber music compositions and improvisations for peace, feat. an amazing lineup: Jane Ira Bloom, soprano saxophone, Yoon Sun Choi, voice, Julie Ferrara, oboe, english horn, Joe McPhee, saxophone, trumpet, Zafer Tawil, oud, ney, percussion, Dave Taylor, bass trombone, Min Xiao-Fen, pipa, Sarah Weaver, composer, electronics, at the Cell Theatre, 338 W. 23rd St, $20/$15 stud/srs 

12/31, 10 PM gritty downtown guitar god Marc Ribot leads a killer trio with an even more legendary rhythm section, Henry Grimes & Chad Taylor.MMW drummerBilly Martin does an electroacoustic duo with Ribot to open the night at Issue Project Room, $30

12/31, 11 PM in an annual St. Bart’s tradition, William Trafka, Director of Music and organist performs works by Bach, Böhm, Franck, and Willan on the grand Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ at St. Bartholomew’s Church, Park Ave at 51st St, free, reception to follow.

1/12/17, 7:30 PM the Parker Quartet play Mendelssohn: Quartet No. 1 and Brahms: Clarinet Quintet at the Sheen Center, 18 Bleecker St. west of Bowery, $27 tix avail

1/14/17, 7:30 PM check out this awesome lineup and awesome program of rare oboe and bassoon works; Stuart Breczinski, oboe; Cat Cantrell, oboe; Nanci Belmont, bassoon; Brad Balliett, bassoon; Liz Dorman, piano play Sonatine for Oboe and Bassoon, Jolivet; Duo Sonata for Two Bassoons, Sofia Gubaidulina; Trio Sonata for Two Oboes, Bassoon, and Harpsichord/Piano, Zelenka at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 139 St. John’s Place, Park Slope, 2/3 to Grand Army Plaza, sugg don

3/17/17, 10 PM Pussy Riot at National Sawdust. Tix not avail yet – and might not be affordable – watch this space

New York City and Brooklyn Live Music Calendar for October and November 2016

Daily updates – you might want to bookmark this page and check back every so often. If you don’t recognize a venue where a particular act is playing, check the comprehensive, recently updated list of over 200 New York City music venues at New York Music Daily’s sister blog Lucid Culture.

This is not a list of every show in town – it’s a carefully handpicked selection. If this calendar seems short on praise for bands and artists, it’s because every act here is recommended if you like their particular kind of music. Many different styles to choose from here, something for everyone

Showtimes listed here are set times, not the time doors open – if a listing says something like “9ish,” that means it’ll probably start later than advertised. If you see a show listed without the start time, that’s because either the artist, their publicist or the venue in question sent incomplete info – those acts are usually listed last on a particular date.  Always best to check with the venue for the latest information on set times and door charges, since that information is often published here weeks in advance. Weekly events first followed by the daily calendar.

On select Thursdays and Sundays, an intimate, growing piano music salon on the Upper West Side featuring iconoclastically insightful, lyrical pianist Nancy Garniez – a cult favorite with an extraordinarily fluid, singing, legato style – exploring the delicious minutiae of works from across the centuries. Perennial possibilities: Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Dvorak (!). Sugg don $10 (pay what you can), delicious gluten-free refreshments, beverages and lively conversation included! email for info/location.

Mondays in October, 7 and 9 PM, erudite pianist Orrin Evans‘ richly tuneful, purist, stampeding Captain Black Big Band at Smoke

Mondays at 7 PM multi-instrumentalist Dennis Lichtman’s popular western swing band Brain Cloud at Barbes followed at 9:30 PM by a variety of south-of-the-border-style bands playing cumbias, boogaloo, salsa, maybe all of the above.

Mondays at the Jazz Standard it’s all Mingus, whether with the Mingus Orchestra, Big Band or Mingus Dynasty: as jazz goes, it’s arguably the most exhilarating show of the week, every week. The first-rate players always rise to the level of the material. Sets 7:30/9:30 PM, $25 and worth it.

Also Monday and Tuesday nights Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks, a boisterous horn-driven 11-piece 1920s/early 30’s band play Iguana, 240 W. 54th St ( Broadway/8th Ave) , 3 sets from 8 to 11, surprisingly cheap $15 cover plus $15 minimum considering what you’re getting. Even before the Flying Neutrinos or the Moonlighters, multi-instrumentalist Giordano was pioneering the oldtimey sound in New York; his long-running residency at the old Cajun on lower 8th Ave. is legendary. He also gets a ton of film work (Giordano wrote the satirical number that Willie Nelson famously sang in Wag the Dog).

Mondays at the Vanguard the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra – composer Jim McNeely’s reliably good big band vehicle – plays 9/11 PM, $30 per set plus drink minimum.

Mondays at 9 PM erudite, purist torchy jazz chanteuse Svetlana & the Delancey 5 at the Back Room, 102 Norfolk St just north of Delancey St, free

Mondays at 10 noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo leads his trio at the big room at the Rockwood

Also Mondays in October, 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 October, 8:30 PM the George Gee Swing Orchestra play surprising new arrangements of old big band standards at Swing 46, 349 W 46th St,  $15

Tuesdays in October, clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party  at 9 PM at Barbes. Get there as soon as you can as they’re very popular. $10 cover.

Wednesdays at 8-ish, amazing, psychedelic instrumentalists Sandcatchers – who blend cinematic, pastoral Americana and Middle Eastern themes – at Cheryl’s Restaurant, 236 Underhill Ave. (Eastern Pkwy/Lincoln Pl.) in Ft. Greene. Closest train is actually the 2/3 to Brooklyn Museum.

Wednesdays at 9 PM Feral Foster’s Roots & Ruckus takes over the Jalopy, a reliably excellent weekly mix of oldtimey acts: blues, bluegrass, country and swing.

Wednesdays in October at 10ish darkly rustic Brazilian rainforest folk (and John Zorn covers) with Forro in the Dark at Nublu 151, 151 Ave. C

Fridays and Saturdays at 5 PM adventurous indie classical string quartet Ethel plus frequent special guests playing a mix of classical and more contemporary material at the balcony bar at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

Fridays in September, at 9 Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens play oldschool 1960s style gospel at the Fat Cat.

Fridays at around 9:30 PM Bulgarian Romany sax legend Yuri Yunakov with his wild but haunting band at Mehanata

Saturdays in October at 4 PM at Bargemusic there are impromptu free classical concerts, usually solo piano or small chamber ensembles: if you get lucky, you’ll catch pyrotechnic violinist/music director Mark Peskanov and/or the many members of his circle. Early arrival advised.

Saturdays eclectic compelling Brazilian jazz chanteuse Marianni and her excellent band at Zinc Bar, three sets starting at 10 PM.

Sundays there’s a klezmer brunch at City Winery, show starts around 11:30 AM – 2 PM, $10 cover, no minimum, lots of good bands

Sundays at 3 PM at the Stone a rotating cast of familiar faces from John Zorn’s circle perform from Zorn’s characteristically exhaustive, marathon collection of 300 works titled Bagatelles, recently composed between March and May 2015. “Each concert will be introduced by John Zorn, often in conversation with the musicians,” $15

Sundays in October, 7 PM spine-tingling darkly mystical art-rock/avant-garde/chamber pop songwriter Carol Lipnik – pretty much everybody’s choice for best singer in all of NYC – at Pangea

Every Sunday the Ear-Regulars, led by trumpeter Jon Kellso and (frequently) guitarist Matt Munisteri play NYC’s only weekly hot jazz session starting around 8 PM at the Ear Inn on Spring St. Hard to believe, in the city that springboarded the careers of thousands of jazz legends, but true. This is by far the best value in town for marquee-caliber jazz: for the price of a drink and a tip for the band, you can see world-famous players (and brilliant obscure ones) you’d usually have to drop $100 for at some big-ticket room. The material is mostly old-time stuff from the 30s and 40s, but the players (especially Kellso and Munisteri, who have a chemistry that goes back several years) push it into some deliciously unexpected places.

Sundays at Barbes at around 9:30 PM paradigm-shifting Romany jazz guitarist Stephane Wrembel – who blends Django with ominous Pink Floyd art-rock and growling post-Velvets psychedelia.

10/1, 4 PM composer/accordionist Michael Hearst’s Songs About Extraordinary People  – including the Iceman found more or less intact after 5300 years entombed in ice, and Marie Curie, whose radioactive notebooks are still lethal – followed at 8 by the all-star Barbes Baglama Orchestra playing Turkish and Greek classics and then at 10 by epic ranchera/bolero brass crew Banda de los Muertos at Barbes

10/1, 6 PM Bern & the Brights – who started out as a stark chamber pop band before moving t catchy ska and reggae-influenced grooves – Desir Decir and powerhouse oldschool soul band the One and Nines – NJ’s counterpart to Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings – play a benefit for Syrian refugees on the roof at Porta, 135 Newark Ave., Jersey City, sugg don, all proceeds to refugee relief

10/1, 7 PM 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

10/1, 7:30 PM David Broome & Leah Asher present an evening of compositions and improvisations for violin and keyboards with special guests Meaghan Burke (cello) and Jennifer Torrence (percussion) at the Firehouse Space, $10

10/1-2, Steve Wilson and Wilsonian’s Grain with Wilson on alto sax plus Orrin Evans on piano, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $30

10/1, 8 PM sardonically funny Beatlesque/Costelloesque powerpop songwriter Walter Ego playing his bday show followed by snarling southwestern gothic band the Downward Dogs‘ frontman Joe Yoga at Sidewalk

10/1, 8 PM Zlatne Uste, NYC’s first and arguably most deeply authentic, explosive Balkan brass band and the similarly fiery, hard-grooving Tipsy Oxcart at Drom, $15 adv tix rec. Followed in the same vein at 11:30 (separate $15 adv tix adm) by Inspector Gadje & spectacular clarinet virtuoso Ismail Lumanovski

10/1, 8 PM nimitable, distantly ominous Japanese psychedelic folk/art-rock band Kikagaku Moyo at at Berlin, $12

10/1, 8 PM Malian desert rock guitar shredder Vieux Farka Toure (son of Ali) at the Poisson Rouge, $30 adv tix rec

10/1, 8 PM lyrical, soaring alt-country multi-instrumentalist/bandleader Alana Amram & the Rough Gems at the Mercury, $10 adv tix rec. Followed at 11 ($10 separate adv tix adm) by the fiery, dramatic, art-rock sounds of Xenia Rubinos

10/1, 8 PM wildly eclectic dub/reggae/tropical/psychedelic funk band Delsonido at SOB’s, $10 adv tix rec 

10/1, 8:30 PM the husband-wife duo of violin maestro R. Kumaresh and veena (lute) virtuoso Jayanthi Kumaresh play classical Indian music at Symphony Space, $28 adv tix rec

10/1 Unsteady Freddie‘s monthly surf rock extravaganza at Otto’s begins at 9 with the savagely Link Wray-inspired Howlin Thurstons, at 10 the purist reverbtoned Strange but Surf, at 11 cinematic soundtrack instrumentalists/surf rockers the Tarantinos NYC and El Muchacho, whoever he is, a little past midnight.

10/1, 9 PM torchy, intense, literate, charismatic oldtimey ukelele siren/songwriter Kelli Rae Powell followed by the mighty, historically-inspired, brilliantly lyrical folk orchestra M Shanghai String Band at the Jalopy, $10

10/1, 9 PM oldtimey country blues singer Little Helen Rose followed eventually at 11 by chamber pop band Stills – the missing link between the Handsome Family and, say, Elliott Smith – at Union Hall, $10

10/1, 9 PM the So So Glos open for ageless first-wave British punk-popsters the Vibrators at Bowery Electric, $18

10/1, 9 PM irrepressibly brilliant, paradigm-shifting accordionist Guy Klucevsek plays the dvd release for his new one with Todd Reynolds (violin), Kamala Sankaram (soprano), and Phillip Bush (piano) at Spectrum, $15

10/1, 9ish witchy tarantella jams with Alessandra Belloni & I Giullari dii Piazza at Mehanata

10/1, 10 PM smart, politically-fueled Irish rocker Niall Connolly at the small room at the Rockwood

10/1, 10 PM torchy oldtimey swing band Jessy Carolina & the Hot Mess at St. Mazie’s

10/1, 10:30 PM funny, explosive oldschool style punk rockers the Live Ones at Hank’s, note $7 cover

10/2, 1:30 PM the Hai Tien Chorus joins forces with the Taipei Harmonic Chorus for a rare, titanic performance of Taiwanese music for choir at Flushing Town Hall, $10

10/2, 6 PM pianist Angelica Sanchez with Omar Tamez, Guillermo Gregorio and Maria Grand at Downtown Music Gallery

10/2, 7 PM Jack Petruzzelli and Cameron Greider reinvent Ravel and Bartok via electric guitar arrangements, mixed with originals and improvisation followed at 9 by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

10/2, 7:30 PM Czech art-rock cult favorites Please the Trees at Bowery Electric, $10. The following night, 10/3 they’re at Union Hall at 8 for two bucks more.

10/2, 7 PM this era’s most cutting-edge, politically relevant large jazz ensemble,Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society play their brand-new conspiracy theory-themed album Real Enemies – contender for best of 2016 – in its entirety at National Sawdust, $30

10/2, 8 PM anthemic goth-tinged stadium rockers Heaven’s Gate at Alphaville, $8

10/2, 9ish Balkan singer Sarah Small’s hauntingly mesmerizing avant-folk trio Hydra and brilliant psychedelic desert rock/cantorial art-rock band Sway Machinery reprise their transcendent, psychedelic collaboration at Joe’s Pub this past summer with a show at Nublu 151, 151 Ave. C. $10 adv tix avail. at the Poisson Rouge box ofc.

10/2, 11 PM intricate, intense, diverse jazz/soundtrack/Americana violinist/composer Skye Steele and the More Light band with Karlie Bruce on vox at the small room at the Rockwood. They’re back here on 10/23 at 11 followed at midnight by magically luminescent pastoral jazz group Bryan and the Aardvarks

10/3, 7 PM the eclectic, ambitious Ryan Carraher Group – who range from starlit microtonalisms to funkier guitar-fueled tangents to blustery postbop – at Shapeshifter Lab

10/3, 8:30 PM enigmatic, psychedelically, distantly Lynchian soul bandleader Ivy Meissner at Pete’s

10/4 pyrotechnic alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa‘s Parker tribute, Bird Calls, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25

10/4, 7:30 PM 60s jug band legends Jim Kweskin & Geoff Muldaur, still going strong, at Joe’s Pub, $30. Followed at 9:30 by eclectic third-stream jazz pianist Laila Biali and her group ($15 separate adm)

10/4, 7:30 PM the MSM Philharmonia play Haydn, Symphony No.85 in B-flat Major, Hob.I:85 (“La Reine”); Stravinsky, symphony of Wind Instruments (1947 version); Beethoven, Symphony No.7 in A Major, Op.92 at Niedorf Hall at Manhattan School of Music, free

10/4-9, 8/10 PM klezmer clarinet powerhouse David Krakauer plays with a variety of ensembles at the Stone, $20. Choice pick: opening night, 8 PM: Krakauer with a string section

10/4, 8 PM deviously fun oldtimey swing guitarist/crooner Seth Kessel & the Two Cent Band at Radegast Hall

10/4-9, 8:30/10 PM pastoral noir jazz guitar icon Bill Frisell  leads a tiro with Tony Scherr and Kenny Wollesen at the Blue Note, $20 standing room avail. 12/11-16 he’s back with Petra Haden singing plus Thomas Morgan on bass and Rudy Royston on drums.

10/4, 9:30 PM soaring, hypnotic, riveting Middle Eastern/Balkan jazz singer Christine Karam with a fantastic band:  Ismail Lumanovski, clarinet;  Alon Yavnai, piano;  Peter Slavov, bass;  Satoshi Takeishi, percussion at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 incl a drink 

10/5, 7 PM sizzling violin-driven tarantella/Romany string band Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino at the Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec

10/5, 7:30 PM IMJS Japanese Cultural Heritage Initiatives stages a celebration of the the work of pioneering Japanese koto virtuoso Michio Miyagi plus works by Tadao Sawai and Dai Fujikura at Merkin Concert Hall, free, early arrival advised

10/5, 8 PM psychedelic klezmer/bluegrass mandolin and clarinet legend Andy Statman at Barbes at Barbes, $10

10/5, 9 PM kinetic Americana songwriter Kaia Kater, blues duo Miss Jubilee & Ethan Leinwandriveting, soaring singer/guitarist Julia Patinella – equally adept at flamenco and haunting Sicilian sounds –& special guests at the Jalopy, free. 10/6, 8ish Patinella is at the Owl; 10/10 at 9:30 she’s at the third room at the Rockwood for $10; 10/26 at 10:30 she’s at Manhattan Inn, $10 adv tix avail at the Poisson Rouge box ofc

10/5, 10 PM chamber Americana chanteuse Sara Watkins takes a break from her fam with her own band at Bowery Ballroom, $20 adv tix rec

10/6, 1 PM NYC’s only black bluegrass band – who also happen to be one of NYC’s best bluegrass and oldtime Americana crews – the Ebony Hillbillies at Trinity Church, free

10/6, 7 PM enterprising indie classical chamber group American Contemporary Music Ensemble play play “Nordic noir” compositions by music by Danish composers Frans Bak, Ejnar Kanding, & MBD73 (aka Carsten Bo Eriksen) at the Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec

10/6, 7 PM the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble celebrates the work of 18th century renaissance man/African-American composer Chevalier de St.-Georges plus works by Haydn and Gossec at the Greene Space, free but rsvp req

10/6, 7 PM scampering, kinetic Middle Eastern jazz with Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol & Whatsnext featuring ex Miles Davis alto sax great Dave Liebman at Joe’s Pub, $20

10/6, 7:30 PM darkly intense Balkan/klezmer trumpeter Ben Holmes leads his band at the Jalopy, $15

10/6, 7:30 PM massive North African/Middle Eastern folk orchestra Ifrika at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

10/6-9 four-string legend Rufus Reid leads a quartet with Yosvany Terry on alto sax, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $30

10/6, 8 PM explosive psychedelic rembetiko metal band Greek Judas at Barbes

10/6, 8 PM charismatic, sultry, torchy Americana songwriter/chanteuse Julia Haltigan and her fiery band  at Bowery Electric, $10

10/6, 8 PM the Parthenia Viol Consort play “royal and devotional music from the Stuart and Tudor Courts” at Church of Saint Luke in the Fields, 487 Hudson St, $25 tix avail

10/6, 8 PM gritty LA gutter blues duo 7horse – the guys responsible for the hit A Friend with Weed – at the Knitting Factory, $10 adv tix rec

10/6, 8/9:30 PM state-of-the-art tuneful postbop tenor saxophonist John Ellis with similarly lyrical pianist Gerald Clayton at Mezzrow, $20

10/6, 8:30 PM legendary, unstoppable dark glamrock bandleader Ian Hunter – probably the closest thing to Bowie we have left – at the Bell House, $30 adv tix rec

10/6, 8:30 PM ambitious, smart, noir-inclined tenor sxophonist Patrick Cornelius with Jared Gold on organ at the Bar Next Door

10/6, 9 PM hauntingly atmospheric female-fronted art-rockers Arc Iris at Rough Trade, $12 adv tix rec

10/6. 9 PM eclectic, paradigm-shifting B3 jazz organist Brian Charette‘s Mighty Grinders followed at 10 by wry  southwestern gothic and oldschool C&W bandleader Jack Grace at Bar Chord

10/6, 9 PM perennially tuneful, Monk-influenced, witty Microscopic Septet pianist Joel Forrester plays live soundtracks to silent film TBA at Spectrum, $15. 10/26, 8 PM he leads a quartet at Barbes

10/6, 9 PM  hot 20s swing with trumpeter Jason Prover and his Sneak Thievery Orchestra at Radegast Hall

10/6, 9:30  PM thoughtful alto saxophonist Caroline Davis with an excellent band: Julian Shore, piano;  Tamir Shmerling, bass;  Jay Sawyer, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 incl a drink

10/6, 11 PM lush, pensive, eclectic noir cabaret/Romany rock/steampunk noir art-rock band Kotorino at Union  Hall, $10

10/7, 7 PM violinist Ben Sutin’s high-voltage, eclectic klezmer jamband Klazz-Ma-Tazz at Silvana

10/7, 7 PM early music ensemble New Vintage Baroque with composer collective Oracle Hysterical play a Grimm’s Fairy Tale-inspired program TBA at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix avail

10/7, 7 PK Kris Wettstein aka A Microscope improvising nebulously minimalist interludes on mystical themes a at Spectrum, $15

10/7, 7 PM the Brooklyn Art Song Society explore late German Romanticism with a program TBA at the Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepoint St., downtown Brooklyn, $25

10/7, 7:30 PM Locobeach (the new psychedelic cumbia/southwestern gothic collaboration between Chicha Libre and Los Crema Paraiso) folllowed by intense, piano-based, Aimee Mann-style literate chamber pop group Elizabeth & the Catapult at the Owl

10/7, 7:30 PM jazz piano titan Marc Cary does his funky Fender Rhodes thing at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival a must

10/7, 8 PM torchy, lyrically smashing original female-fronted oldtimey swing crew the Fascinators at Sidewalk

10/7, 8 PM a rare NYC appearances by SoCal Russian surf/ska punk band the Red Elvises at Drom, $20 adv tix rec

10/7, 8 PM comedy-rock guy Jonathan Coulton – sort of a less edgy Walter Ego – at the Bell House, $30

10/7, 8 PM South Indian classical violin maestro Ganesh Rajagopalan plays a meditative concert at Roulette, $30

10/7-8, 8 PM repeating 10/8 at 3 PM Martin Halpern‘s witty new vintage baseball-themed opera What the Babe Said at Davenport Theater Complex, 354 W 45th Street (between 8th & 9th Aves), $22

10/7, 9 PM eclectic, female-fronted border rock/psychedelic cumbia/funk/rock en Espanol band La Santa Cecilia at SOB’s, $20

10/7, 9 PM the eclectic, Balkan/latin/funk brass and catchy, eclectic Underground Horns at Radegast Hall. They’re also here on 10/22 at 3.

10/7, 9 PM exotic surf rock band the Vibro-jets – a Sea Devils spinoff – at Troost

10/7, 10:30 PM mighty ten-piece horn-driven Austin oldschool soul band the Nightowls at Union Hall, $8

10/7, 9:30 PM indie/postrock/chamber pop band Joan of Arc  at the Knitting Factory, $15 gen adm

10/7, 10 PM the most monstrously creepy noir twang instrumental band on the planet, Big Lazy at Barbes

10/7, 10 PM ferociously catchy. fearlessly populiat ska-punk/latin rock band Outernational at the Delancey, $10

10/7, 10 PM cinematic guitarist Pat Irwin (ex-Raybeats, B52s) leads his power trio w/ Sasha Dobson on drums and Daria Grace on bass at Sunny’s

10/7, 10:30 PM catchy Booker T-esque soul jazz with the David Gibson/Jared Gold, Hammond B3 organ band at the Fat Cat

10/7, midnightish charismatic ex-Spanglish Fly frontwoman Erica Ramos’ exciting latin soul band, Fulaso at Nublu

10/8, 7:30 PM great Turkish saxophonist Hüsnü Şenlendirici at Drom with his band, $30 adv tix rec

10/8. 7:30 PM Sharq Attack with Marandi Hostetter, 5 string violin; Brian Prunka, oud; John Murchison, double bass and Philip Mayer, percussion jam out classic Middle Eastesrn themes at the Owl

10/8, 7:30 PM incomparable country/jazz/janglerock icon Amy Allison with Lee Feldman on piano at Dixon Place. Briliant new material! Devastatingly funny between-song banter!

10/8, 8 PM firebrand, brilliantly lyrical noir blues rockers LJ Murphy and his ferocious band the Accomplices followed by Mac McCarty & the Kidd Twist Band playing their hard-charging, sometimes unexpectedly poignant Pogues-ish punk and folk noir at 9, at Sidewalk

10/8, 8 PM  energetic acoustic Veracruz-style folk-punk band Radio Jarocho followed at 10 by Yotoco playing a melange of salsa, Afro-Cuban rumba, boleros, and cumbia at Barbes. Yotoco are also here on 10/17 at 9:30 ish

10/8, 8 PM the Glenn Branca Ensemble, conducted by the composer, play The Light (for David), written for David Bowie, plus a revised version of Branca’s assaultive 1981 guitar piece The Third Ascension at Roulette, $30 adv tix rec  

10/8, 8 PM the Vocalis Chamber Choir perform music of Ola Gjello including his choral and piano works featuring Tenebrae and Voces8. The program also includes a cappella works by Gerald Finzi, Arvo Part, Frank Ticheli, Caroline Mallonee, Rene Clausen and others at Merkin Concert Hall, $25

10/8, 8:30 PM edgy, lyrical guitarist Tony Moreno plays the album release for his new one with Marc Mommaas, Ron Horton, Jean-Michel Pilc and Ugonna Okegwo at 55 Bar, $20 incl. copy of their new double cd

10/8, 9 PM smart, lyrically vivid psychedelic chamber pop/art-rock singer Jennifer Hall followed by darkly ornate, goth-tinged art-rockers Overlord playing the album release how for their new one at Union Hall, $10

10/8, 9 PM intense charismatic danceable metal cumbia/skaragga/latin rockers Escarioka at Mehanata

10/8, 9 PM noir soul crooner/bandleader Nick Waterhouse at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, $15 adv tix rec

10/8. 9 PM bass goddess Felice Rosser’s ageless reggae-rock-groove band Faith followed by guitarist Richard Lloyd of Television at Bowery Electric,

10/8, 10 PM edgy, intense Romany/circus rock/noir cabaret band Yula and the Extended Family at the big room at the Rockwood

10/8. 10 PM the darkly dramatic, bandoneon-fueled Ariel Iud Tango Quartet at Caffe Vivaldi

10/8, 11 PM hilarious one-man band Tattoo Money with his twisted hip-hop tales of NYC nightlife, sizzling bluesy guitar and psychedelic, funky keys, at the Way Station 

10/8, midnight psychedelic, dub-inflected tenor saxophonist Ilhan Ersahin‘s Wonderland feat. Husnu Senlendirici at Nublu 151, 151 Ave. C.

10/9, 11AM ish exhilarating klezmer/latin/cumbia jamband Metropolitan Klezmer at West End Collegiate Church, 245 W 77th St @West End Ave, free, brunch food available. 10/29 they’re at the Ghouls & Gourds Festival at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, time tba

10/9, 3 PM a rare pyrotechnic duo performance by John Zorn on alto sax with drummer sage Milford Graves at the Vanguard, $30

10/9, 8:30/10 PM noir-inclined bassist Michael Blanco plays the album release show for his reputedly excellent new one with John Ellis, tenor sax;  Lage Lund, guitar;  Clarence Penn, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 incl a drink 

10/9, 8:30 PM String Noise, cinematic, plaintively sardonic composer/violinist Christopher Tignor and fascinating, kinetic electroacoustic sound sculptures with Sontag Shogun – who do very cool things with water sounds, among other textures – at Trans-Pecos, $10 adv tix avail. at the Poisson Rouge box office

10/9, 9ish Jamie Kilstein and the Agenda – the Joe Strummer of psychedelic funk – at Berlin, $8

10/9, 9 PM jangly Steve Wynn-esque paisley underground rockers Girls on Grass at the Treehouse at 2A

10/10, 5:30 PM the Curtis 20/21 Ensemble play works by emerging composers Emily Cooley, Nick DiBerardino, and Rene Orth rat the Miller Theatre, free

10/10, 7 PM a rare NYC return appearance by hauntingly lyrical noir rock/Nashville gothic songwriter Ben de la Cour at the small room at the Rockwood

10/10-16, 8/10 PM multi-keyboardist Brian Marsella plays with a variety of ensemble at the Stone, $20. Choice pick: both Friday sets on 10/14, the album release shows with his ten-piece big band Imaginarium

10/10, 8:30 PM luminous, astonishingly eclectic, wickedly tuneful cello-rock badass Serena Jost at the third room at the Rockwood, $10.

10/10, 8:45ish dynamic, subtle ex-Mariachi Flor de Toloache singer Maya Lazaro – now working a simmering oldschool soul sound – at Berlin, $10

10/10, 9:30 PM exhilarating sarod duo Amaan & Ayaan Ali Bangash with classical violin star Elmira Darvarova at Joe’s Pub, $20

10/11, 7 PM the brand-new Brooklyn Raga Jazz Massive at Bric Arts, free w/rsvp

10/11, 7 PM tuneful pastoral jazz guitarist Cameron Mizell leads his group at the third stage at the Rockwood, $10

10/11, 7 PM speaking of tuneful, darkly purposeful guitarists: Saul Rubin‘s Zebtet at the Fat Cat. They’re also here on 10/18.

10/11, 9:30 PM the Bronx Conexion play their mighty salsa big band jazz at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe

10/11, 10 PM acerbic alto saxophonist David Binney leads his quartet at at 55 Bar

10/11, time TBA Japanese mouth organ virtuoso Ko Ishikawa leads a traditional ensemble playing mystical material and improvisations plus a new suite by Mamoru Fujieda at the Japan Society, 333 E 47th St (1/2 Aves), $20 adv tix rec

10/12, 6;:30 PM massive carnivalesque horn-driven street band Environmental Encroachment and Marseilles punk brass hellraisers Le Pompier Pony Club at ETG Book Cafe at 208 Bay St, Staten Island, free. Then they somehow teleport themselves to Drom for a show starting at 9 that same night with klezmer trumpet legend Frank London and his band, $10 adv tix rec

10/12, 7 PM adventurous improvisational violinist Sana Nagano leads her Quartet at Freddy’s’

10/12, 7 PM eclectically edgy, smartly populist female-fronted rock en Espanol band Eljuri – like a louder Hurray for the Riff Raff – at Drom, $15 adv tix rec,cover includes copy of their new cd

10/12, 7:30 PM Tredici Baci play original psychedelic instrumentals inspired by Italian film soundtracks at the Owl

10/12. 9 PM sultry, upbeat oldtimey swing with Cait and the Critters at Radegast Hall. They’re also here on Halloween

10/12, 9ish fearlessly political, hilarious faux-French garage/psychedelic rockers Les Sans Culottes at Sunnyvale, $tba

10/12, 10:30 PM intense, lyrical tenor saxophonist Roxy Coss leads her quintet at Smalls

10/12, 11 PM psychedelic, atmospheric postpunk supergroup Heroes of Toolik at St. Vitus, $10

10/12, 11:30 PM Nina Diaz – of Girl in a Coma notoriety – does her angst-fueled noir soul thing at the big room at the Rockwood, $10

10/12. midinight amazingly multistylistic Maya Sharpe & her band play elegantly artsy, sometimes haunting trippy Romany-infused soul sounds at the small room at the Rockwood

10/13, 6:30 PM one of the most interestingly lyrical, eclectic young jazz guitarists around, Dave Juarez leads a trio at the Bar Next Door, free

10/13, 7 PM probably in reverse order: Zlatne Uste, NYC’s first and arguably most deeply authentic, explosive Balkan brass band, Marseilles punk brass hellraisers Le Pompier Pony Club , the irrepressible Ellia Bisker’s explosive Balkan/New Orleans flavored Funkrust Brass Band , the eclectic, Balkan/latin/funk brass and catchy, eclectic Underground Horns and Merasi: Master Musicians of Rajasthan at WFMU Monty Hall, 43 Montgomery St (Greene/Washington), Jersey City, $10, Path train to Exchange Place

10/13, 7 PM Jalopy quality, Wburg location: first-class electric country blues guitarist Rashad Brown, his acoustic counterparts Gato Paloma (Jerie Choi of the Hoodoo Honeydrippers and Ernesto Gomez of the Brotherhood of the Jugband Blues) and Noah Harley (of the Horse-Eyed Men) at Cloud City, 85 N 1st St,, Williamsburg, $10, all proceeds to benefit “the last bucket of hours in the Jalopy Records 7″ Subscription Series campaign to fund a project that promises a shiny new, 100% analog-produced vinyl (or digital) album sent every 4 weeks from some of our favorite American folk, blues & country artists, as well as other limited edition rewards.” 

10/13, 7:30 PM a bigtime jazzfest at Bric Arts, in reverse order: the David Murray Infinity Quartet, Ben Allison & Think Free, Taylor McFerrin & Marcus Gilmore, Jason Marshall, Inyang Bassey w/ special guest Binky Griptite, the Michael Leonhart Orchestra, Kenyatta Beasley, Bria Skonberg perform staggered sets spanning the BRIC House Ballroom, the Stoop overlooking the Gallery, and a jazz club inside the Artist Studio. 2 free tix avail. w/rsvp

10/13, 7:30 PM avant garde violinist Sarah Neufeld with special guest bass sax whirlwind Colin Stetson at the World Financial Center atrium, free

10/13, 7:30 PM string-rich chamber group Glass Farm Ensemble plays new works by Yvonne Troxler and Paula Matthusen at Symphony Space, $20

10/13, 8 PM plush, balmy, oldtimey uke swing band Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies followed by  accordionist/sitarist Kamala Sankaram’s hot surfy Bollywood/cumbia/psychedelic rock project Bombay Rickey – a launching pad for her spellbinding four-octave voice – at Barbes

10/13, 8/9:30 PM phantasmagorical pianist Frank Carlberg plays the album release show for his new one No Money In Art with Christine Correa, voice;  Noah Preminger, tenor sax;  Kim Cass, bass;  Richie Barshay, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 incl a drink 

10/13, 8 PM avant garde accordionist/loopmusic specialist Andrea Parkins at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, $10

10/13-15 and repeating 10/14-15 and 10/20-22 at 8 PM, Dan Kilian’s wry, relevant new musical Waste Fraud & Abuse – featuring a killer pit band including Dervisi’s psychedelic George Sempepos on guitar – at the 13th Street Repertory, 50 W 13th St., $18

10/13, 9 PM intense, charismatic, fearless acoustic punk blues siren Molly Ruth at Otto’s

10/13, 9 PM smart, cleverly lyrical original swing chanteuse/songwriter/trombonist Emily Asher’s Garden Party at Radegast Hall

10/13, 9 PM one of the great saxophonists in the history of ska, Dave Hillyard & the Rocksteady 7 at Troost. 10/15 at 9 he’s at Hank’s for $8 and on 10/28 at 10 he’s at Sunny’s.

10/13, 10 PM pensive, smart multi-instrumentalist Kristen Tivey – of Eliza & the Organix – fronts her own folk/jazz band at Pete’s

10/13. 10:30 PM tenor saxophonist Ken Fowser leads his killer postbop quartet at Smalls

10/13, 11 PM New Orleans’ eclectic, funky stoner brass band the Dirty Bourbon River Show at the Mercury, $10

10/14, 7 PM in reverse order at Shrine: massive carnivalesque horn-driven street band Environmental Encroachment ,Paprikata Samba, Marseilles punk brass hellraisers Le Pompier Pony Club  and,intense, psychedelic, horn-driven latin soul crew Spanglish Fly 

10/14. 7:30 PM intense, lyrically brilliant, quirky female-fronted two-keyboard 80s-style art-rock/new wave revivalists Changing Modes at Drom, $10 adv tix rec

10/14, 7:30 PM the Mannes American Composers Ensemble plays Missy Mazzoli, Sinfonia (for Orbiting Spheres) (2014) and Schoenberg, Kammersinfonie, Op. 9 at Stiefel Concert Hall, Arnhold Hall, 55 W 13th St, 4th floor, free

10/14, 7:30 PM hypnotic, entrancing ghazal chanteuse/bandleader Kiran Ahluwalia at  Flushing Town Hall free but rsvp reqd

10/14, 7:30 PM Talea Ensemble with singers Alice Teyssier, Nina Dante, & Jeff Gavett perform world premieres by Natacha Diels, Taylor Brook and Lewis Nielsen at the Columbia Italian Academy, 1161 Amsterdam Ave south of 118th St., free

10/14, 7:30 PM the MSM Symphony Orchestra play Coppola, Fa Fa Do (world premiere); Rodrigo, Cuatro Madrigales Amatorios; Barber, Andromache’s Farewell, Op.39; Stravinsky, Symphony in Three Movements at Niedorf Hall at Manhattan School of Music, free

10/14, 7:30 PM Watching Me/Watching You, “an ongoing collaboration between Joshua Kent, Matthew Nicholas and Courtney Mackedanz, crafted in the shadow of accessible pornography and mediated digital flesh. Employing devised and quotational choreography, audiences watch three bodies move within a sparse environment, speaking texts written by strangers and performing dances acquired from television and the Internet,” explores the subtlety of oppression in everyday behavior at the Knockdown Center, $15/$10 stud. The performance repeats on 10/16.

10/14, 8 PM haunting Middle Eastern jazz trumpeter Amir El Saffar‘s massive large ensemble Rivers of Sound at Pioneer Works in Red Hook, $20

10/14, 8 PM innovative chamber vocal group Mirror Visions Ensemble features soprano Vira Slywotzky, tenor Scott Murphree, baritone Jesse Blumberg, and pianist Grant Wenaus “traveling through the worlds of the mysterious and magical on a program with pieces by Holst, Sibelius, Schubert, Gershwin, Schumann and others about enchanted forests, whispering waters, and the creatures that inhabit them. The centerpiece of the program is by Gilda Lyons, a historical account of mythological beasts set to texts by Lawrence de Ferry, Hesiod, John Nieuhoff, and Claudius Aelianus,” at the Sheen Center, 18 Bleecker St., $20/$15 stud/srs. The program more or less repeats with changes in personnel plus student works on 10/31 at 7:30 PM at the NYU Loewe Theatre, 35 W 4th St, $10/$5 stud

10/14, 9 PM what’s left of legendary Austin cowpunks the Hickoids at Bowery Electric, $12

10/14-15, 9:30 PM the magically haunting, soaring all-female Mariachi Flor de Toloache at Joe’s Pub, $20

10/15, 1 PM Novus NY featuring Mellissa Hughes, soprano perform Johannes Brahms – Serenade No. 2 in A Major, Op. 16; Esa-Pekka Salonen – Five Images After Sappho (1999) at Trinity Church, free

10/15, 7 PM all-female honkytonk band Your Ex-Girlfriends at the big room at the Rockwood

10/15, 7:15 PM dark psychedelic acoustic blues/klezmer/reggae/soca jamband Hazmat Modine at Terra Blues. They’re also here on 10/29

10/15, 7:30 PM violinist Jennifer Koh and pianist Shai Wosner play works by Debussy, Kurtag, Beethoven, Saariaho and Faure at Washington Irving HS Auditorium, 16th St./Irving Place, $15

10/15, 8 PM dark urbane Romany song maven (and Berthold Brecht descendant) Sanda Weigl and band at Barbes

10/15, 8 PM careeningly intense gutter blues bandleader Breanna Barbara followed eventually at 10 by wryly catchy lo-fi soulpunk/psychedelic band Clear Plastic Masks at the Knitting Factory, $10 adv tix rec

10/15, 8 PM cellist Hank Roberts leads his sextet with Dana Lyn, violin; Mike McGinnis; reeds; Brian Drye, trombone; Jacob Sacks, piano; Vinnie Sperrazza, drums at Greenwich House Music School, $15

10/15, 8:15 PM lush, sweeping Korean big band jazz with the Jihye Lee Orchestra at Shapeshifter Lab, $15

10/15, 9 PM bad segues, good night: newgrass instrumental pioneer Breadfoot followed at 10 by sardonically funny songstress Emily Einhorn and then at 11 by haunting, intense, lyrically-driven folk noir band Jagged Leaves at Sidewalk

10/15, 9 PM  searing, theatrical Romany/Balkan punk rockers Bad Buka – who are just as fun as Gogol Bordello – at Mehanata, $10

10/15, 9 PM 80s powerpop legends Teenage Fanclub at Bowery Ballroom, $25 adv tix rec

10/15, 10 PM popular tropical psychedelic crew Locos Por Juana at SOB’s, $10 adv tix rec

10/15, 10 PM period-perfect early 70s-style stoner art-rock/proto-metal band Mondo Drag at St. Vitus, $12

10/15, 10 PM psychedelic, genuinely Hendrixian guitar shredette Viva DiConcini and her band at the Way Station 

10/15, 10ish haunting, lyrically potent Nashville gothic/folk noir songwriter Emily Jane White at Sunnyvale, $tba

10/15, 11 PM Irish folk-punks the Narrowbacks at the Mercury, $20 adv tix rec 

10/16, 4 PM up-and-coming early music ensemble Juilliard415 with virtuoso violinist Rachel Podger play virtuoso concertos of the Italian Baroque by Veracini, Vivaldi, Corelli, and Valentini at Corpus Christi Church, 529 W 121st St, $10 seats avail.

10/16, 4 PM the Argus Quartet play Bartók’s Fourth String Quartet; Christopher Theofanidis’s Visions and Miracles and Robert Honstein’s Arctic, at Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes

10/16, 4 PM eclectically talented classical organist Gail Archer plays a thorny all-Max Reger program at St. Francis Xavier church, 46 W 16th St, free

10/16, 6 PM mesmerizing, playful microtonal violinist Sarah Bernstein leads her Frikativ Quartet with Scott Tixier, violin, Leonor Falcon, viola, Tomeka Reid, cello. at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 incl a drink  

10/16, 6 PM cleverly lyrical, edgily funny, spine-tingling powerpop/acoustic rock singer Tamara Hey at the small room at the Rockwood

10/16, 6 PM the up-and-coming New York based Shiloh Quartet: Sophia Stoyanovich (violin I) Alice Ivy-Pemberton (violin II) Alaina Rea (viola) Clara Abel (cello) play the world premiere of Patrick Stoyanovich’s String Quartet “Shiloh Church.” plus his duo for violin and cello, plus readings, at Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery, free

10/16, 7 PM maestro Dong-Hyun Kim leads the Queensboro Symphony Orchestra through Beethoven’s towering Violin Concerto with soloist Kae Nakano, pitted against Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite and the world premiere of “Victory!” by Paul Joseph at Mary’s Nativity Church, 46-02 Parsons Blvd. (at Holly Ave.), Flushing, just ten minutes on foot or by bus from the Flushing Ave. 7 train station. $20 sugg don,

10/16, 7 PM  Gypsy Jazz Caravan put their own eclectic spin on Django guitar jazz at Radegast Hall

10/16, 8 PM tuneful, diverse retro 60s psychedelic garage rockers the Mystery Lights  and 80s powerpop favorites Teenage Fanclub at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, $25

10/16, 8 PM darkly fiery, rivetingly shapeshifting guitarist Sean Moran’s Sun Tiger with cellist Hank Roberts, and Vinnie Sperrazza (drums) at Barbes 

10/16, 8 PM the acerbic, smartly improvisational Frikativ Quartet: Sarah Bernstein – violin/composition; Scott Tixier – violin/composition; Leonor Falcon – viola; Malcolm Parson – cello at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 incl a drink

10/16, 8 PM tunefulness balanced by the harder side of bop: trumpeter Josh Evans’ Quintet plus the Oliver Lake Big Band at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

10/16, 9 PM legendary dual-reedman George Braith – who can play two saxes at once better than most guys can play one – leading his quartet at the Fat Cat

10/16, midnight darkly Romany-inflected Russian stadium rockers Newborn at Bowery Electric, $8

10/17, 7:30/9:30 PM simmeringly intense, wickedly improvisational pianist Mara Rosenbloom plays the album release show for her feral, richly evocative new trio album at the Jazz Gallery, $15

10/17, 7:30 PM banjoist Abigail Washburn and Chinese guzheng player Wu Fei mash up Asian and Appalachian traditional sounds at Symphony Space, $25

10/18 tuneful, pan-latin-influenced pianist Emilio Solla leads his lush, dramatic tango jazz quintet Bien Sur, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25

10/17, 8 PM two especially interesting trios: purist but insatiably adventurous trombonist/crooner Frank Lacy with a rhythm section of Kevin Ray and Andrew Drury followed by alto saxophonist Oliver Lake with Reggie Workman and Andrew Cyrille at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec. Lacy is also at Smalls on 10/25 at 10:30

10/18, 7 PM darkly, southwestern gothic-tinged trio Mischief Night (a Grasping Straws side project) followed at 9 by Dalton Deschain & the Traveling Show playing their creepy circus punk and arena rock at Sidewalk. Deschain is also here on 10/27 at 11.

10/18, 7 PM Parisian chanteuse Gay Marshall does her fascinatingly individualistic, lyrically revealing, devilishly hilarious and sometimes crushingly intense reinventions of Edith Piaf and Jacques Brel classics and rarities with an excellent pianist at Pangea, $20. The program repeats on 10/25, 11/2 and 11/9

10/18-26, 8/10 PM drummer Brian Chase leads an intriguing series of improvisational ensembles at the Stone, $20. Choice pick: 10/21 at 10, a two-drum outfit with Susie Ibarra and Sonic Youth’ s Lee Ranaldo, get there early

10/18, 10:30 PM saxophone powerhouse Lucas Pino‘s two-guitar No No Nonet at Smalls at Smalls

10/19, 6 PM brilliant powerpop guitarist and songwriter Patti Rothberg at the small room at the Rockwood

10/19, 6 PM Orakel – the electro-coustic project of kora/oud player Kane Mathis  and tabla player Roshni Samlal at the Rubin Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

10/19, 7 PM psychedelic surf/darkwave/dub band La Femme at Warsaw, $18

10/19, 7 PM tenor saxophonist Aaron Irwin leads his trio followed by the auspicious duo of saxophonist Jon Irabagon and Romany jazz accordionist Julien Labro at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

10/19 the Gabriel Alegria Afro-Peruvian Sextet play their tuneful, serpentine jazz explorations of folk themes, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25

10/19, 7:30 PM the cutting-edge, atmospheric, cinematic Alan Ferber Nonet at Smalls

10/19, 8 PM vivid, subtly lyrical Americana fiddler and songwriter Amanda Shires at the Mercury, $12 adv tix rec

10/19, 9 PM purist oldschool country songwriter/bandleader Michaela Anne at Union Pool, $10

10/19, 10 PM smartly lyrical kitchen-sink rocker Mimi Oz’s new band Rooster at the Way Station 

10/20, 7 PM night one of a weekend celebration of string-driven improvisational groups at Shapeshifter Lab opening with Unanimity Music Collective (Stelios Mihas, gtr; Daniel Carter, winds; Vasko Dukovski, clarinets; Jeff Harshbarger, bass; George Spanos, drums); 8 PM Pauline Kim Harris of String Noise; 9 PM RighteousGIRLS(Gina Izzo, flute and electronics; Erika Dohi, piano); 10 PM Seven Suns (Earl Maneein, violin/viola; Amanda Lo, violin; Fung Chern Hwei, violin/viola; Jennifer DeVore, violoncello), $20 adv tix rec, or $35 two-night pass available at the club front desk

10/20, 7 PM pianist Clipper Erickson plays works by African-American composer R. Nathaniel Dett (1882-1943) along with American music for the piano by David Finko, Laurie Altman, Richard Brodhead, Samuel Barber, at Symphony Space, $15

10/20, 7:30 PM the sprawling, cutting-edge, psychedelic, aptly named Brooklyn Raga Massive at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free

10/20, 7:30 PM rising star pianist Eloise Kim plays a program TBA at Greenwich House Music School, free

10/20, 7:30 PM witty klezmer jazz saxophonist Paul Shapiro’s “Midnight Minyan” at the Jalopy, $15

10/20, 8 PM a composer portrait of John Zorn with performances by the Jack Quartet, Talea Ensemble, American Brass Quintet and others at the Miller Theatre, $20 tix avail, grab em fast

10/20, 8/9:30 PM the Claudia Quintet – whose latest album is as mesmerizingly good as you would expect from the group that reinvented pastoral jazz – at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 incl a drink

10/20, 8 PM eclectic, lyrical jazz bassist/composer Pedro Giraudo and his Tango Quartet at Barbes

10/20, 8ish elegantly melodic, brilliantly improvisational pianist Sylvie Courvoisier leads her Trio with Kenny Wollesen & Drew Gress at the Owl

10/20, 8:30 PM boogie blues guitarslinger Paul Anthony followed by smartly lyrical acoustic chamber-pop songwriter Heather Eatman at Strong Place, at Strong Place, 270 Court St., at Butler, Cobble Hill, F to Bergen St., free

10/20, 9 PM quirky, smartly lyrical avant chamber pop with the Icebergs – Jane LeCroy – vox; Tom Abbs – cello; David Rogers-Berry – drums – at Pete’s

10/20, 10:30 PM darkly cinematic saxophonist/composer Nick Hempton leads a quartet at Smalls

10/20, 11 PM explosive, theatrical, phantasmagorical indie/metal band A Deer A Horse at Muchmore’s

10/21, 7 PM night two of a weekend celebration of string-driven improvisational groups at Shapeshifter Lab beginning with Cruche Trio (Shoko Nagai, piano; Gregor Huebner, violin; Jonathan Goldberger, guitar); 8 PM Warp Trio (Mikael Darmanie, piano; Ju Young Lee, violoncello; Josh Henderson, violin) 9 PM Mark Feldman (violin) and Sylvie Courvoisier (piano); 10 PM the  Sirius Quartet (Fung Chern Hwei, violin; Gregor Huebner, violin; Ron Lawrence, viola; Jeremy Harman, violoncello) $20 adv tix rec, or $35 two-night pass available at the club front desk

10/21, 7 PM lyrical jazz piano icon Fred Hersch plays solo at the Rubin Museum of Art, $30

10/21, 7:30/9 PM the mighty sixteen-piece, accordion-spiced cumbia-jazz Gregorio Uribe Big Band  at Ginny’s Suppper Club, $20

10/21, 7:30 PM playful tenor sax improviser Ingrid Laubrock‘s Anti-House with Mary Halvorson – guitar; Kris Davis – piano; Tom Rainey – drums at the Jazz Gallery, $22

10/21, 7:30 PM indie classical ensemble Third Sound – Sooyun Kim, flute; Romie de Guise-Langlois, clarinet; Karen Kim, violin; Michael Nicholas, cello; and Orion Weiss, piano – play a program tba in the chapel at St. Bartholomew’s Church, Park Ave/51st, $25

10/21, 8 PM Diana Wayburn’s Dances of the World Chamber Ensemble play lushly kinetic, cinematic chamber-rock/global dance instrumentals at Branded Saloon

10/21, 8 PM soaring chamber-pop/art-rock singer/pianist Kristin Hoffmann at Caffe Vivaldi

10/21, 8:30 PM fiery, virtuoso tar and setar lute player and composer Sahba Motallebi with pecussionist Naghmeh Farahmand play exhilarating Persian classics and originals at Symphony Space, $28 adv tix rec

10/21, 9 PM searing, theatrical Romany/Balkan punk rockers Bad Buka acoustic at Radegast Hall. Even without amps, they have the energy to drown out the tourists.

10/21, 9 PM expertly jazzy guitarist and alt-country pioneer Robbie Fulks at Union Hall, $20

10/22, 7 PM psychedelic pianist/keyboardist Jim Duffy joins Karl Berger’s lushly hypnotic, intricately fascinating Improvisational Orchestra at El Taller, 215 E. 99th St. 

10/21, 10 PM wickedly lyrical, warmly charismatic, edgy tunesmith/wordsmith Linda Draper followed by followed by catchy, amazingly eclectic Canadian gothic/folk noir songwriter Lorraine Leckie at Sidewalk

10/21, 10 PM darkly bristling, psychedelic Israeli Ethiopiques groove instrumentalists Anbessa Orchestra, f.k.a. Lions at Barbes. This band is AMAZING. They played two of this year’s best shows here.

10/21, 10 PM stoner 70s Murder City style rockers  Sun Voyager at Muchmore’s

10/22, 1 PM  the Jeremy Kittel Band mash up bluegrass, newgrass and Celic sounds at Trinity Church, free

10/22, 2 PM ten hours of John Zorn Bagatelles played by a cast including but not limited to John Medeski, Kenny Wollesen, Matt Mitchell, Ikue Mori, Jim Black, Sylvie Courvoisier, Mark Feldman, Erik Friedlander, Mary Halvorson, Kris Davis, Jamie Saft, Julian Lage, Gyan Riley, Brian Marsella, Marty Ehrlich, Jon Irabagon, Harris Eisenstadt, Matt Hollenberg and many many more! at National Sawdust, $15

10/22, 7:30 PM the Israeli Chamber Project play Erwin Schulhoff’s Duo for Violin and Cello, Gilad Hochman’s Slightly Disturbed, and Brahm’s Clarinet Trio. at Baruch College Auditorium, 55 Lexington Ave (at 24th St); $35/$10 stud

10/22, 8 PM the world’s most interesting string quintet, Sybarite5 play play new works by Clarice Assad, Brandon Ridenour and Steven Snowden at the Poisson Rouge, $25

10/22. 8 PM arguably the most individualistic, compelling pianist in jazz right now, Vijay Iyer leads his trio at the Miller Theatre, $25 tix going fast

10/22, 8 PM popular indie classical orchestra the Knights play deFalla’s “Master Peter’s Puppet Show,” instead of traditional puppets, the performance will be accompanied by live drawings by visual artist Kevork Mourad at Bric Arts, $21

10/22, 9 PM catchy paisley underground-tinged jangle band the Unknown Nobodies followed by female-fronted power trio Castle Black – who veer between acidic Bush Tetras postpunk, stoner metal and more straight-up, sardonic punk – playing the release show for their new single at Matchless, $10

10/22, 9 PM the plush, balmy, oldtimey uke swing of Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies followed by Sato & Johnny (not the surf music legends) and then funny, explosive oldschool style punk rockers the Live Ones at 11:30 at Hank’s, be aware of $7 cover

10/22, 9 PM haunting dark Americana songwriter/belter Jessi Robertson followed eventually at 11 by PJ Harvey-esque power trio Rony’s Insomnia a at Pine Box Rock Shop

10/22, 10 PM high-voltage oldtimey barrelhouse swing with the 4th St. Nite Owls followed by  hilarious faux-French rockers les Sans Culottes at Freddy’s

10/22, 10 PM exhilarating female-fronted heavy psychedelic Argentine-American rock band Desert Flower – with punk, blues, noiserock and 70s metal influences – earn the dubious distinction of being the best band to ever play the Bitter End

10/22, 10 PM posttonal, polyrhythmic, lyrically intriguing violinist/bandleader Sarah Bernstein leads her Quartet at the Firehouse Space, $10

10/22, 11 PM exhilarating female-fronted heavy psychedelic Argentine-American rock band Desert Flower – with punk, blues, noiserock and 70s metal influences – at the Bitter End

10/22, midnight the long-awaited reunion of one of NYC’s best bands of the late zeros/early teens, the ferocious punk/soul/art-rock Brooklyn What headline at the Mercury, $10

10/23, 4 PM clarinetist Alex Fiterstein and pianist Michael Brown perform clarinet sonatas by Leonard Bernstein and Mieczysław Weinberg; Bohuslav Martinů’s Sonatina for Clarinet, and Mason Bates at Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes

10/23-24 the Shannon Wright/Shellac twinbill at the Bell House is sold out

10/23, 3 PM a rare US appearance by acclaimed 11-piece ensemble the Siberian Virtuosos playing an eclectic program, Bach and Vivaldi to Tchaikovsky and Khachaturian at the auditorium at Kingsborough Community College in Manhattan Beach, 2001 Oriental Blvd, closest train is the Q to Brighton Beach, $32 seats avail.

10/23, 7 PM fiery nuevo tango pianist Polly Ferman and her lush, sweeping band GlamourTango at the Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec

10/23, 7 PM Benjamin Sutin’s Big String Band play hip-hop string jazz at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

10/23, 7 PM torchy oldtimey swing with Sweet Megg & the Wayfarers at ‘Radegast Hall

10/23, 7 PM perennially interesting indie classical chamber group the MIVOS Quartet play a program TBA at Spectrum, $15

10/23, 8 PM  Laura Cantrell – charismatic, hilarious bandleader and this era’s greatest Americana singer – at Joe’s Pub, $20

10/23, 8 PM eclectic, haunting film composer Johan Johannsson with indie classical chamber stars American Contemporary Music Ensemble at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, 856 Pacific St, (Vanderbilt/Underhill), 2/3 to Bergen St., , $27.50 adv tix avail. at the Poisson Rouge box office

10/23, 8 PM Trio Quidnuncs with smart, riveting composer/alto saxophonist Sarah Manning; Andrew Drury – percussion; Briggan Krauss – sax/guitar at the Firehouse Space, $10

10/23 haunting, spellbinding Romany and Balkan song reinventor Eva Salina with accordionist Peter Stan at the Jalopy

10/24, 7 PM a golden age Ethiopiques twinbill with legendary 1960s pianist Girma Beyene backed by the high-voltage Feedel Band at CUNY’s Elebash Hall

10/25, 7 PM reliably acerbic jazz cellist cellist Hank Roberts with Anna Weber and Tomas Fujiwara followed by ten-piece funky Balkan brass/Ellington jazz monsters Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

10/25, 8 PM soaring, intense, dark retro 60s/goth/soul bandleader Nicole Atkins at the Poisson Rouge, $14 adv tix rec. Anybody with the balls to cover the Church’s Under the Milk Way and do it well is worth seeing.

10/25, 8 PM dynamic, fearlessly populist soul belter Stephanie Rooker at the Way Station

10/25-30, 8/10 PM edgy guitarist Ava Mendoza plays a weeklong stand at the Stone with a variety of ensembles, $20. Choice pick: 10/27 at 10, duo improvisations with violist Jessica Pavone

10/25-29, 8:30/10:30 PM lyrical pianist Enrico Pieranunzi’s New Spring Quartet with Seamus Blake (tenor sax) Scott Colley (bass) Clarence Penn (drums) at the Vanguard, $30

10/25, 9:30 PM lyrical, subtle jazz chanteuse Allegra Levy sings her captivating, midtempo originals with her quartet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 incl a drink  

10/25, 10 PM brilliant drummer/percussionist Willie Martinez & La Familia Sextet play classic salsa grooves at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe

10/25, 11ish fiery retro rock/60s soul/noir rockabilly band Blaire Alise and the Bombshells at Shea Stadium, $tba

10/25 high-voltage, sardonic, purist Las Vegas rockanilly band the Royal Hounds at Skinny Dennis. 10/26 they’re at the Parkside

10/26, 6 PM cleverly lyrical, coolly intriguing jazz chanteuse Dorian Devins leads her quartet playing a jaunty tribute to legendary jazz party animal Anita O’Day at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 incl. a drink

10/26, 7 PM tenor saxophonist Ole Mathisen‘s unpredictable improvisational trio Floating Points with bassist Gregg August and drummer Chris Wabich at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

10/26, 7:30 PM smart, tuneful drummer/composer Jordan Young leads his B3 organ trio at Smalls

10/26, 8 PM synthy loopmusic with Faten Kanaan, guitar soundscaper Grey McMurray and then drummer/bandleader Tim Kuhl and his enveloping 1982 art-rock project at Union Pool, $8

10/26, 9ish intense, smart, tuneful janglerock guitarist Jennifer O’Connor at Hifi Bar

10/27, 7 PM individualistic, smart, theatrical art-rock/avant bassist Lisa Marie Dowling presents two ostensibly fantastic groups: Sleeved Hearts Band and Proxy at Spectrum, $15

10/27, 7 PM violinist Michelle Ross leads an eclectic ensemble playing Bach’s Goldberg Variations in a string trio arrangement plus Ravel’s Piano Trio at Eleventh Street Arts, 46-06 11th St., Long Island City, $10, G to 21st/Van Alst

10/27, 7:30 PM pianist Lisa Yui offers insight into “scary music” and plays a program of same at Greenfield Hall at Manhattan School of Music, free

10/27, 7:30 PM one of the world’s great noir jazz pianists, Frank Kimbrough leads a trio at Smalls

10/27, 7:30 PM Cuatro Sukiyaki Minimal – who play hypnotically circling, pensive themes with thumb piano, traditional Japanese instruments and percussion – at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free

10/27, 7:30 PM, repeating 10/29 at 8 and 11/1 at 7:30 PM, the the NY Philharmonic with soloist Frank Huang play Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1, Bartok’s Dance Suite and Dvořák’s Seventh Symphony at Avery Fisher Hall, $30 tix avail

10/27, 7:30 PM torchy jazz/blues guitarist/singer Carissa Matsushima at Strong Place, 270 Court St., at Butler, Cobble Hill, F to Bergen St., free

10/27, 7:30 PM legendary Indian carnatic singer Bombay Jayashri and her ensemble at the Lynch Theater at John Jay College, 524 W 59th St, $28 tix avail.

10/27, 8 PM otherworldly, harmonically wild, hypnotically powerful all-male Republic of Georgia choral group Ensemble Basiani at the Town Hall, $37 adv tix available at the box ofc 

10/27, 8 PM wild, theatrical, fun female-fronted barrelhouse piano blues band the Claudettes followed at 10 by trippy North African dance grooves with Innov Gnawa at Barbes

10/27-29, 8 PM Dave Ruder‘s new opera “depicting the special session of congress in 2001 in which the Congressional Black Caucus attempted to halt the certification of Florida’s votes for the contested presidential election due to disenfranchisement of tens of thousands of Floridians,” at Jack, $18

10/27, 8 PM indie classical pianist Vicky Chow premieres new solo piano works by Christopher Cerrone, Fjola Evans, David Brynjar Franzson, and Bang on a Can peeps David Lang, Julia Wolfe and Michael Gordon at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

10/27, 8 PM catchy janglerockers the Bellegards – a singer short of excellence right now – at Muchmore’s

10/27, 8 PM Boss Hogg – Christina and Jon pulling their legendary 90s project back together – at Union Pool, $15

10/27, 9ish darkly lyrical tenor saxophonist/composer Peter Apfelbaum‘s brand-new septet feat. Natalie Cressman, Will Bernard and Kyle Sanna at the Owl

10/27, 10 PM edgy female-fronted funk band Eliza & the Organix – feat. swirly alto sax player Kristen Tivey – at Desmond’s

10/28, 6:40 PM brilliantly lyrical dark oldtimey songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Pete Lanctot and band at the American Folk Art Museum

10/28, 7 PM pianist Meral Guneyman plays works by Beethoven, Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Virgil Thompson, Strayhorn and Gershwin at Greenwich House Music School, $15/$10 stud/srs

10/28. 7:30 PM Naughty by Nature and Cypress Hill at Terminal 5, expensive, $35 gen adm but it’s a rare chance to see two classic golden age hip-hop acts on the same bill

10/28, 7:30/9:30 PM cellist Okkyung Lee leads an auspicious chamber jazz quartet with Maeve Gilchrist – harp; Jacob Sacks – piano; Eivind Opsvik – bass at the Jazz Gallery, $22

10/28, 8 PM playfully literate superduo Kill Henry Sugar – guitar/banjo mastermind Erik Della Penna and drummer Dean Sharenow – followed at 10 by charismatic ex-Spanglish Fly frontwoman Erica Ramos’ exciting new latin soul band, Fulaso at Barbes

10/28, 8 PM haunting, lyrical Nordic noir rock with Mark Steiner and His Problems at Pete’s

10/28, 8/9:30 PM tenor sax improv titan George Garzone leads a quartet with   Leo Genovese, piano;  Peter Slavov, bass;  Francisco Mela, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 incl a drink. A guy who deserves to be mentioned in the same sentence along with Sonny Rollins.

10/28, 8 PM Urban Playground Chamber Orchestra plays a fascinating program of rarely performed works by female composers female composers Ethel Smyth, Doreen Carwithen, and Dobrinka Tabakova at Church of St. Luke in the Fields, 487 Hudson St., $20/$12 stud .

10/28, 8 PM legenday SoCal first-wave punks the Dickies play their 1977 debut The Incredible Shrinking Dickies at Bowery Electric, $20. The following night, 10/29 at 10 they play their 1979 classic Dawn of the Dickies album, same price

10/28, 9 PM uneasy dreampop/postpunk band Dark Moon Apachecatchy paisley underground-tinged jangle band the Unknown Nobodies and ferociously dynamic, tuneful, female-fronted power trio Castle Black at Bushwick Public House, 1288 Myrtle Ave. , M to Central Ave

10/28, 9 PM  fiery, tuneful soul-punk rockers No Ice (a spinoff of the late, great Brooklyn What) at Alphaville, $10

10/28, 9 PM garage rockers the Lord Calverts, the Black Cats NYC playing the album release show for their new one, and then at 11 Red Gretchen and their slowly undulating, doomy psychedelic/art-rock grooves at Sidewalk

10/28-29, 10:30 PM powerhouse trumpeter Tim Armacost leads his quartet at Smalls

10/29, 1 PM trumpeter Pam Fleming’s surreal, cinematic, carnivalesque eight-piece jazz ensemble the Dead Zombie Band at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Ghouls and Gourds Festival, $12, kids under 12 free. 10/31, 6ish they’re outdoors at the street fair at Waverly Ave., between Willoughby and DeKalb Ave. in Ft. Greene

10/29, 1 PM catchy indie classical/chamber-rock ensenble Founders at Trinity Church, free

10/29, 7 PM ten-piece funky Balkan brass jazz monsters Slavic Soul Party play their arrangement of Ellington’s Far East Suite (actually more of a Middle Eastern-flavored album) plus their own original funeral music at National Sawdust, $25 adv tix rec/

10/29, 7 PM lyrically-fueled electric folk noir band Leland Sundries followed by populist newgrass rockers Kingsley Flood at the Mercury, $10 adv tix rec 

10/29, 7:30 PM the London Symphony Orchestra play Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G with Yuja Wang as soloist plus Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 at NJPAC in Newark, $24 tix avail, get em now

10/29, 8 PM intense frontwoman Hannah Fairchild’s searingly lyrical punk/art-rock/noir cabaret band Hannah vs. the Many play a rare acoustic show at Sidewalk

10/29, 8 PM pianist Lucian Ban and violist Mat Maneri playing their creepy Transylvania jazz followed at 10 by Cumbiagra – whose take on psychedelic cumbias is more rustic and purist than most bands who play that stuff – at Barbes

10/29, d00rs at 8, show at 9, dark cinematic rock legends Morricone Youth headline the annual Rubulad Halloween party, guessing at around 11 PM. As usual, the event promises to be a Burning Man style extravaganza featuring sets by Brooklyn’s original punk Balkan horn group Hungry March Band, haphazard gutter blues/garage rockers the YeahTones and Afrobeat funk dancefloor faves Emefe, plus “cabaret Scary-Go-Round, Jessica Delfino as Lucrezia Borgia, Kostume Karaoke Lounge by Alex Pearguson, and Dark Circus Extraordinaire by Abnorm Freakoeur.” Your best deal is to show up before 9 when cover is $15, otherwise it’s an extra ten bucks. Email for location and directions. Be aware that Morricone Youth’s Halloween night album release show at Nighthawk Cinema in Williamsburg is sold out.

10/29, 9 PM purist, harmonically rich “honkytonk power trio” Dylan Charles and the Layton Sisters; followed by eclectic, soulful, lyrical original oldtime Americana/folk band the Woes at Pete’s

10/29, 9/10:30 PM lyrical pianist Jacob Sacks leads a killer quintet with Ellery Eskelin, tenor sax;  Tony Malaby, tenor sax;  Michael Formanek, bass;  Dan Weiss, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 incl a drink

10/29, 11 PM chanteuse Megg Farrell channels the scattered corpse of Patsy Cline, then at midnight it’s Dru Cutler’s Talking Deads, playing the Talking Heads’ Remain in Light, then at 1 AM the Zombie Beatles f.k.a. Mama Juke play “upbeat Beatles track you can imagine.” at Unit J, 338 Moffatt St, Bushwick, $30 includes a drink, L to Wilson Ave/J to Chauncey 

10/30, half past noon, edgy jazz chanteuse Ramona Renea and her combo play a thematic, politically relevant Nina Simone tribute show at Highline Ballroom, $22 adv tix rec. 

10/30, 7 PM unstoppable guitar and banjo shredder Brandon Seabrook  opens solo for the album release show by gritty guitarist Mary Halvorson and her lush, rapturously good octet at Shapeshifter Lab, $15

10/30, 7 PM star violist and cinematic composer Ljova and violinist Curtis Stewart play duets followed at 9:30ish by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

10/30, 7:30 PM sizzling string-and-dulcimer-driven klezmer sounds with the Ternovka Ensemble – w/Zhenya Lopatnik, Pete Rushefsky, Jake Shulman-Ment, & Joanna Sternberg at the Jalopy, $15

10/30, 7:30/9 PM purist, cleverly lyrical jazz singer Sari Kessler with her combo at Minton’s, free, 2 item minimum

10/30, 8:30 PM the Berger Sisters‘ high-energy string band album release show followed by the Crimson Ragdolls:  Joanna Sternberg, Ali Dineen & Lucine Yeghiazaryanne at the Jalopy, $10, “no one turned away for lack of funds”

10/30, 9 PM popular Americana highway rockers Mandolin Orange at Bowery Ballroom, $15 adv tix rec

10/30, 9 PM noir-tinged crooner and expertly bluesy lead guitarist Phil Gammage leads his four-piece band at the Treehouse at 2A

10/30, 10 PM a captivatingly intimate, darkly tuneful duo show with pianist Shai Maestro and guitarist/singer Camila Meza at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 incl a drink

10/30-31, 10:30 PM pianist Brian Marsella’s tuneful, first-rate original postbop jazz sextet the Flail at Smalls

10/31, 7 PM circus rock legends World Inferno at Warsaw, $25 tix avail at the Knitting Factory box ofc

10/31, 7 PM “Patriarch Seabury Tredwell has died. His coffin sits in the front parlor surrounded by lilies and flickering candles; black crepe covers the mirrors. Join us for dramatic readings from the darkest of 19th century Gothic literature and true ghost stories of the unsettling and un-explainable as reported by museum visitors,” at the very reputedly haunted Merchant’s House Museum, 29 E 4th St, $25

10/31, 7:30 PM the Anderson & Roe Piano Duo play their two-handed version of Saint-Saens’ Danse Macabre plus works by Rachmaninoff, Ravel, Gluck, Piazzolla and Radiohead at Music Mondays, Advent/ Broadway Church, 2504 Broadway at 93rd St., free.

10/31, 8ish incomparably haunting, enigmatic, lyrically intriguing noir cinematic songstress Karla Rose & the Thorns opens for tongue-in-cheek, legendary LA first-wave punks the Dickies at Berlin, $10

10/31, 8:30 PM baritone saxophonist Claire Daly plays selections from her trio’s CD, “Scary Bari” with fellow bari powerhouse Dave Sewelson and bassist Dave Hofstra at Bar Lunatico

10/31, 10 PM the ultimate NYC Halloween jazz group, the Dred Scott Trio back at their old spot, the small room at the Rockwood

10/31, 11 PM ageless, cheery, jangly lo-fi Japanese girlband Shonen Knife at the Knitting Factory, $13

10/31, midnight perennially popular carnivalesque keys-and-personality duo Quintron & Miss Pussycat at Baby’s All Right, $15

11/1, 7 PM the Pedrito Martinez Group play their hard-charging, psychedelic latin jazz for a benefit for the National Jazz Museum in Harlem at the Alhambra Ballroom, 2116 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd (125/126), $25

11/1, 7:30 PM at NJPAC in Newark, a Ralph Ellison-inspired superstar jazz bill with Wynton Marsalis, Catherine Russell,Talib Kweli, Angélique Kidjo, Patti Austin, and Joe Morton with Andy Farber & His Orchestra, $25 seats avail

11/1, 7:30 PM legendary Indian percussionist V. Selvaganesh on hybrid drums and khanjira leads an explosively hypnotic multi-drum troupe at the Lynch Theater at John Jay College, 524 W 59th St, $28 tix avail.

11/1, 8:15 PM drummr Dan Pugach’s mighty eighteen-piece Big Band with the soaring Nicole Zuraitis on vocals at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

11/1, 9 PM psychedelic, artsy doom metal band Electric Citizen at the downstairs space at Webster Hall, $15

11/3, 7:30 PM wild newschool Ethiopiques-inspired dancefloor groovemeisters Debo Band at Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

11/2, 7:30 PM, 10 PM Indian classical quartet Nrityagram Music Ensemble at the Lynch Theater at John Jay College, 524 W 59th St, $28 tix avail. 11/3, 10 PM they’re at the Kaplan Penthouse at Lincoln Center

11/4, 6 PM the Diana Wayburn Trio featuring the astonishingly eclectic composer on cello along with Edith Lettner on sax and Spencer Hale on banjo premiering new works at the Parkside

11/4, 7:30 PM the cutting-edge Spectrum Symphony of NY play concertos for organ and orchestra by Poulenc and Hungarian composer Balint Karosi (world premiere) with organ soloist János Pálúr at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex, sugg don $25/$15 stud/srs

1/4-5, 8 PM the world premiere of Goddess frontwoman Fran Pado’s supremely creepy, surrealist musical Halloween drama Grinny – Stephen King as Tris McCall might have wrritten it – at Simple Syrup, 819 Nostrand Ave., Crown Heights, 2 to President St., free

11/4, 9 PM a good latin rock triplebill, in reverse order: NYC’s Hurray For the Riff Raff, Making Movies, Mexican folk-punks Las Cafeteras at Bowery Ballroom, $25 gen adm

11/4 gleefully grisly punk lyricism, purist powerpop songwriting: Berwanger at Cake Shop

11/4 wickedly tuneful, Zombie-esque psychedelic pop songbandleader Sam Kogon plays the album release show for his excellent new record Psychic Tears at Baby’s All Right

11/5, 7:30 PM a rare chance to hear some charanga legends on their home turf: Orquesta Broadway, under the direction of Eddy Zervigon, Charanga ‘76 with Andrea Brachfeld, and Típica Novel, led by Mauricio Smith, Jr., and special guest artists including legendary Cuban violinist Félix ‘Pupi’ Legaretta, and flutists Karen Joseph and Connie Grossman at Hostos Center, 450 Grand Concourse at 149th St ,$25

11/5, 11 PM ferociously funny, intense, guitar-fueled Americana punks Spanking Charlene play fiery belter frontwoman Charlene McPherson’s bday show at the Parkside

11/6, 3 PM the Greenwich Village Orchestra play Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juliet (selections from Suites 1 & 2) and the Lieutenant Kijé Suite plus the legendary, harrowing Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 with soloist Imri Talgam at Washington Irving HS Auditorium, 16th St./Irving Place, $15 sugg don., reception to follow

11/6, 4 PM eclectically talented classical organist Gail Archer plays a thorny all-Max Reger program at Central Synagogue, 652 Lexington Ave (53/54), free

11/6, 5 PM microtonal Indian raga vocal powerhouse T.M. Krishna and ensemble at the Lynch Theater at John Jay College, 524 W 59th St, $28 tix avail.

11/6 8 PM pianist Jenny Q Chai plays a global warming-themed program with music of Debussy, Liszt, Llgeti, Milica Paranosic, Victoria Jordanova and others at the Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec 

11/8, 10 PM female-fronted power trio Castle Black – who rampage between acidic Bush Tetras postpunk, stoner metal and more straight-up, sardonic punk followed by punk trio the Unknown Nobodies at Shrine

11/10, 6ish International Contemporary Ensemble’s newest member, Josh Modney, assembles a typically adventurous program of works by Aperghis, Deils, Johnson, Greenwald (world premiere), DuFay, and Spahlinger at Abrons Arts Center, free. The program repeats with Katherine Young’s new piece for tuba and Wurlitzer, yummy!

11/10, 7:30 PM classic cinematics and new Middle Eastern classical: the Israeli Chamber Project  play works by Bernard Herrmann, Karl Goldmark and Shulamit Ran at Merkin Concert Hall, $30

11/10, 9 PM fiery Canadian gothic Americana rockers Lorraine Leckie & Her Demons open for legendary 80s paisley underground/Americana band the Long Ryders making their first NYC appearance in almost 30 years at Bowery Ballroom, this will sell out, $20 adv tix rec

11/11, 8 PM adventurous, eclectic Korean folk-rock band Coreyah blend traditional, latin and Balkan sounds with Korean classical and folk themes at Flushing Town Hall, $16/$10 stud

11/11, 9 PM the amazing Mitra Sumara – who play haunting psychedelic funk covers of classic 1960s and 1970s Iranian rock hits – at Nublu

11/12 Tredici Baci play the record release show for their debut of original psychedelic instrumentals inspired by Italian film soundtracks at the Market Hotel

11/13, 9 PM careeningly bluesy post-Stooges psych/garage rockers Acid Dad followed eventually by dark psych/garage icons Thee Oh Sees at Warsaw, $22 tix avail. at the Mercury Lounge

11/15 Margo Price at Bowery Ballroom is sold out

11/16, 7 PM intense, haunting noir chanteuse Gemma Ray at the Owl

11/16, 7 PM pianist Magdalena Baczewska plays works by Galuppi, Corelli, Scarlatti, Nino Rota, Chopin and Szymanowski at the Columbia Italian Academy, 1161 Amsterdam Ave south of 118th St., free

11/16, 7:30 PM violinist Soobeen Lee plays works by Saint-Saens, Bartok, Beethoven, Tartini and Jeong Kyu Park at Merkin Concert Hall, $10

11/19, 8 PM Andalusian ensemble La Banda Morisca perform “an intoxicating blend of traditional flamenco with Arab-Andalusian melodies and rock” at Roulette, $25

11/20, 4 PM salsa afternoon with Los Ciegos Del Barrio at the Museum of the City of NY, free w/rsvp

11/27, 4 PM eclectically talented classical organist Gail Archer plays a thorny all-Max Reger program at St. Patrick’s Cathedral

12/1, 9ish careening folk noir and heavy-duty grasscore: O’Death and Slim Cessna’s Auto Club at the Bell House, $15 adv tix rec

12/3, 8 PM intense, rapturous Balkan/ Middle Eastern ensemble the Secret Trio –Tamer Pinarbasi, Ismail Lumanovski & Ara Dinkjian – at Roulette, $30

12/7, 6:30 PM thought-provoking musicologist and Oxford History of Western Music editor Richard Taruskin considers an artist’s obligation to society, based on his book The Dangers of Music, Taruskin’s talk will be followed by a discussion with GC professor Scott Burnham, with a musical interlude at Elebash Hall at CUNY, 365 5th Ave. north of 34th St., free but rsvp req

12/9, 8 PM riveting Indian classical sitarist Ustad Shafaat Khan at the Tribeca Performing Arts Ctr (the BMCC auditorium on Chambers east of the river), $21

12/31, 11 PM in an annual St. Bart’s tradition, William Trafka, Director of Music and organist performs works by Bach, Böhm, Franck, and Willan on the grand Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ at St. Bartholomew’s Church, Park Ave at 51st St, free, reception to follow.

New York City and Brooklyn Live Music Calendar for September and October 2016

Daily updates – you might want to bookmark this page and check back every so often. If you don’t recognize a venue where a particular act is playing, check the comprehensive, recently updated list of over 200 New York City music venues at New York Music Daily’s sister blog Lucid Culture.

This is not a list of every show in town – it’s a carefully handpicked selection. If this calendar seems short on praise for bands and artists, it’s because every act here is recommended if you like their particular kind of music. Many different styles to choose from here, something for everyone

Showtimes listed here are set times, not the time doors open – if a listing says something like “9ish,” that means it’ll probably start later than advertised. If you see a show listed without the start time, that’s because either the artist, their publicist or the venue in question sent incomplete info – those acts are usually listed last on a particular date.  Always best to check with the venue for the latest information on set times and door charges, since that information is often published here weeks in advance. Weekly events first followed by the daily calendar.

On select Thursdays and Sundays, an intimate, growing piano music salon on the Upper West Side featuring iconoclastically insightful, lyrical pianist Nancy Garniez – a cult favorite with an extraordinarily fluid, singing, legato style – exploring the delicious minutiae of works from across the centuries. Upcoming: Mozart and Beethoven, 9/22 at 7, repeating 9/25 at 4. Perennial possibilities: Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Dvorak (!). Sugg don $10 (pay what you can), delicious gluten-free refreshments, beverages and lively conversation included! email for info/location.

Mondays in September, 7 and 9 PM, erudite pianist Orrin Evans‘ richly tuneful, purist, stampeding Captain Black Big Band at Smoke

Mondays at 7 PM multi-instrumentalist Dennis Lichtman’s popular western swing band Brain Cloud at Barbes followed at 9:30 PM by a variety of south-of-the-border-style bands playing cumbias, boogaloo, salsa, maybe all of the above.

Mondays at the Jazz Standard it’s all Mingus, whether with the Mingus Orchestra, Big Band or Mingus Dynasty: as jazz goes, it’s arguably the most exhilarating show of the week, every week. The first-rate players always rise to the level of the material. Sets 7:30/9:30 PM, $25 and worth it.

Also Monday and Tuesday nights Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks, a boisterous horn-driven 11-piece 1920s/early 30’s band play Iguana, 240 W. 54th St ( Broadway/8th Ave) , 3 sets from 8 to 11, surprisingly cheap $15 cover plus $15 minimum considering what you’re getting. Even before the Flying Neutrinos or the Moonlighters, multi-instrumentalist Giordano was pioneering the oldtimey sound in New York; his long-running residency at the old Cajun on lower 8th Ave. is legendary. He also gets a ton of film work (Giordano wrote the satirical number that Willie Nelson famously sang in Wag the Dog).

Mondays at the Vanguard the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra – composer Jim McNeely’s reliably good big band vehicle – plays 9/11 PM, $30 per set plus drink minimum.

Mondays at 9 PM erudite, purist torchy jazz chanteuse Svetlana & the Delancey 5 at the Back Room, 102 Norfolk St just north of Delancey St, free

Mondays at 10 noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo leads his trio at the big room at the Rockwood

Also Mondays in 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, 8:30 PM the George Gee Swing Orchestra play surprising new arrangements of old big band standards at Swing 46, 349 W 46th St,  $15

Tuesdays in September clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party  at 9 PM at Barbes. Get there as soon as you can as they’re very popular. $10 cover.

Wednesdays at 8-ish, amazing, psychedelic instrumentalists Sandcatchers – who blend cinematic, pastoral Americana and Middle Eastern themes – at Cheryl’s Restaurant, 236 Underhill Ave. (Eastern Pkwy/Lincoln Pl.) in Ft. Greene. Closest train is actually the 2/3 to Brooklyn Museum.

Wednesdays at 9 PM Feral Foster’s Roots & Ruckus takes over the Jalopy, a reliably excellent weekly mix of oldtimey acts: blues, bluegrass, country and swing.

Thursdays at 10 PM in September, coy tapdancing oldtimey swing bandleader and vocalese specialist Tamar Korn at Sunny’s

Fridays and Saturdays at 5 PM adventurous indie classical string quartet Ethel plus frequent special guests playing a mix of classical and more contemporary mateiral at the balcony bar at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

Fridays in September, at 9 Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens play oldschool 1960s style gospel at the Fat Cat.

Fridays at around 9:30 PM Bulgarian Romany sax legend Yuri Yunakov with his wild but haunting band at Mehanata

Saturdays in September at 4 PM at Bargemusic there are impromptu free classical concerts, usually solo piano or small chamber ensembles: if you get lucky, you’ll catch pyrotechnic violinist/music director Mark Peskanov and/or the many members of his circle. Early arrival advised.

Saturdays eclectic compelling Brazilian jazz chanteuse Marianni and her excellent band at Zinc Bar, three sets starting at 10 PM.

Sundays there’s a klezmer brunch at City Winery, show starts around 11:30 AM – 2 PM, $10 cover, no minimum, lots of good bands

Sundays at 3 PM at the Stone a rotating cast of familiar faces from John Zorn’s circle perform from Zorn’s characteristically exhaustive, marathon collection of 300 works titled Bagatelles, recently composed between March and May 2015. “Each concert will be introduced by John Zorn, often in conversation with the musicians,” $15

Sundays at 5 PM in September, perennially tuneful, Monk-influenced, witty Microscopic Septet pianist Joel Forrester at Barbes. Forrester is also at Cleopatra’s Needle on 9/22 at 7

Sundays in September starting on 9/18, 7 PM spine-tinglingm darkly mystical art-rock/avant-garde/chamber pop songwriter Carol Lipnik – pretty much everybody’s choice for best singer in all of NYC – at Pangea

Every Sunday the Ear-Regulars, led by trumpeter Jon Kellso and (frequently) guitarist Matt Munisteri play NYC’s only weekly hot jazz session starting around 8 PM at the Ear Inn on Spring St. Hard to believe, in the city that springboarded the careers of thousands of jazz legends, but true. This is by far the best value in town for marquee-caliber jazz: for the price of a drink and a tip for the band, you can see world-famous players (and brilliant obscure ones) you’d usually have to drop $100 for at some big-ticket room. The material is mostly old-time stuff from the 30s and 40s, but the players (especially Kellso and Munisteri, who have a chemistry that goes back several years) push it into some deliciously unexpected places.

Sundays in September, 8:30 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.

Sundays at Barbes at around 9:30 PM paradigm-shifting Romany jazz guitarist Stephane Wrembel – who blends Django with ominous Pink Floyd art-rock and growling post-Velvets psychedelia.

9/1, 7:30 PM vivid. lyrical composer/trumpeter Tim Hagans leads his quintet at Smalls followed at 10:30 by catchy, cinematic, noir-inclined saxophonist/composer Nick Hempton leading his

9/1, 8 PM less incongruous a twinbill than it might seem on face value: dark, charismatic, mischieviously witty literate keyboardist/chanteuse Rachelle Garniez followed by boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band at Barbes.

9/1, 8 PM fiery southwestern gothic/Romany rock band Butcher Knives at the Knitting Factory, $13 adv tix rec

9/1-4, 8/10 PM progressive jazz alto sax icon Steve Coleman & Five Elementsat the Stone, $20. The rest of the month features Coleman in a whirlwind of different ensembles including this one

 9/1, 9ish  long-running 90s alt-country favorites Rusty Truck at Hill Country

9/1, 9ish fiery, psychedelically bluesy oldschool soul/southern rockers Lizzie & the Makers at the Bitter End

9/1, 10 PM legendry SoCal surf punks Agent Orange – of Everything Turns Grey fame – at St. Vitus, $15

9/1, 10 PM the Roots Revelators play trippy dub reggae at at Silvana

9/2, 7:30 PM the irrepressible Jon Irabagon on sax with Matt Clohesy on bass and Mark Whitfield Jr. on drums at the Bar Next Door

9/2, 8 PM torchy, lyrically smashing original female-fronted oldtimey swing crew the Fascinators at Sidewalk

9/2, 8:30/10:30 PM the sixteen-piece, accordion-spiced Gregorio Uribe Big Band play cumbia jazz at Ginny’s Supper Club, $20

9/2, 9 PM pensive postminimalist composer/violinist/multi-instrumentalist and Slow Six founder Christopher Tignor plays the album release show for his new one at the Poisson Rouge, $12 adv tix rec

9/2, 9ish quirky female-fronted psychedelic soul band Madam West at Aviv 

9/2, 10 PM this era’s most chillingly cinematic, shadowy reverbtoned noir guitar instrumentalists, Big Lazy at Barbes

9/2, 10 PM excoriating, reverb-drenched, searing horror surf/psychedelic instrumentals with Wooden Indian Burial Ground at Alphaville, $10. 9/7, 9ish they’re at Berlin

9/2, 10 PM searingly intense, charismatic, fearless acoustic punk blues siren Molly Ruth at Bar Chord

9/2, 10 PM rambunctious, catchy Irish folk-punk band the Led Farmers at Arlene’s, $10

9/2, 10 PM eclectic, soulful, lyrical original oldtime Americana/folk band the Woes at Sunny’s

9/2, 11 PM socially aware, oldtimey-flavored Americana band 2/3 Goat at Hill Country, free

9/2, 11 PM instrumental metal band Carl Satan at the big room at the Rockwood. No idea what they sound like, nothing on the web about them, but cool name…

9/3, 4 PMthe 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 by oudist Kane Mathis and his band at 6, then at 8 trumpeter Ben Holmes and accordionist Patrick Farrell play their new, creepily cinematic Conqueror Worm Suite (based on the Edgar Allen Poe tale) with animations by Natalie C. Sousa, followed at 10 by stormy Mexican ranchera/bolero brass crew Banda de los Muertos at Barbes

9/3, 7 PM the Furnace Mountain Band play high-voltage, high-lonesome Appalachian sounds at the Jalopy, $12

9/3, 7:30 PM drummer Evan Sherman‘s trad big band at Ginny’s Supper Club, $15

9/3, 9 PM the Alan Lomax of surf rock, Unsteady Freddie‘s monthly extravaganza at Otto’s starts with surfed-out tv themes and similarly cinematic sounds from Commercial Interruption, the Fireballs of Surf at 10,ageless, jangly, purist NY originals the Supertones at 11 and allstar Link Wray cover band the Wraycyclers sometime around midnight. The headliners are also here on 9/11 at 10.

9/3, 10 PM fiery state-of-the-art postbox alto saxophonist Carl Bartlett Jr. leads his quartet at Club Bonafide, $15

9/4, noon a celebration of Guyanese independence with dance and music byRhythm Tolee playing live bhangra, sufi and Indian folk grooves plus folk performers Rose October Edun and Winston “Jeggae” Hoppie plus a “big drum” ritual at Old Boys High School Grounds 736 Rutland Road at Troy Ave, Crown heights, 2/3/4/5 to Crown Heights-Utica Ave; or 2/5 to Winthrop St

9/4, 5 PM tuneful pastoral jazz saxophonist Levon Henry leads his quartet at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex, free

9/4, 5 PM perennially tuneful, Monk-influenced, witty Microscopic Septet pianist Joel Forrester followed at 7 by fast, purposeful Romany jazz guitarist Michael Sheridan and then Baltimore Romany jazz group Ultrafaux at 9 at Barbes

9/4, 7:30 PM low-register indie classical/art-rock group Bonjour – Florent Ghys and Eleonore Oppenheim on bass, Ashley Bathgate (cello), James Moore (guitars), and Owen Weaver (percussion) – at Joe’s Pub $15. followed at 9:30 PM by Ethiopian hypno-folk funk crew Fendika ($20 separate adm)

9/4, 7:30/9:30 PM torchy up-and-coming jazz chanteuse Emily Braden leads her combo at Minton’s, free, two-item minimum per person at tables

9/4, 8 PM rustic Brazilian rainforest nocturnes with Forro in the Dark at Manhattan Inn

9/4, 9 PM ten-piece country/carnivalesque/acoustic rock powerhouse M Shanghai String Band at the Jalopy, $10

9/5, 6 PM 6 PM a rare small club (ok, poolhall) performance by the improvisasionally-inclined Osso String Quartet at the Fat Cat

9/5, 9 PM Alfonso Velez – the rare Cure-influenced dark rocker who doesn’t suck – followed by noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo and his trio at the big room at the Rockwood

d9/6, 1 PM fiery klezmer violinist Jake Shulman-Ment with Pete Rushefsky rippling away on tsimbl (hammered dulcimer) at Poe Park, 2640 Grand Concourse in the Bronx, free

9/6, 7 PM clarinetist Andy Biskin‘s new project reimagining songs from Alan Lomax’s Folksongs of North America with John Carlson, Dave Smith, Kenny Warren – trumpets; Rob Garcia -drums followed at 9 by ten-piece Balkan/Duke Ellington brass band Slavic Soul Party at Barbes.

9/6-7, 8/10:30 PM mighty piano legend McCoy Tyner leads his quartet at the Blue Note, $30 standing room avail

9/6, 8 PM night one of the intriguing, avant garde vocal Resonant Bodies festival features soprano Julia Bullock singing David Hertzberg, Lukas Foss, and John Cage; flutist/lyric soprano Alice Teyssier, with her multi-media experimental ensemble, the Atelier (Bradley Scott Rosen, Michael Weyandt); and Ethiopian-born, Swedish composer/vocalist/improviser Sofia Jernberg, making her New York debut with her own compositions for solo voice and a world premiere by Johan Jutterström with International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) percussionist Ross Karre, at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

9/6, 9 PM awesome all-female latin jazz/tropicalia septet Cocomama – with fiery pianist Ariacne Trujillo – at the Fat Cat

9/7, 8 PM  spine-tingling, charismatic Romany singer Eva Salina plays a rare solo show at Bar Lunatico

9/7, 8 PM Miranda Cuckson and Mariel Roberts play violin and cello works by cult favorite indie classical compose Michael Hersch at Spectrum, $20

9/7, 8ish sizzling, hypnotically kinetic Middle Eastern/Northern African jazz trio Ensemble Fanaa at Rye Bar, 247 S 1st St in Williamsburg

9/7, 8 PM psychedelic klezmer/bluegrass mandolin and clarinet legend Andy Statman at Barbes, $10

9/7, 8 PM wild, energetic postpunk/80s retroists the Naked Heroes – the missing link between Adam Ant and the Detroit Cobras – at Sunnyvale

9/7, 8 PM night two of the intriguing, avant garde vocal Resonant Bodies festival features mezzo-soprano Abigail Fischer performing Missy Mazzoli, Caleb Burhans, Shane Monds, Kevin McFarland, Nigel Deane, and Lewis Pesacov works alongside tenor Peter Tantsits, whose program centers around sacred texts, illustrations, and works by Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Pascal Dusapin, and Milton Babbitt, among others; and Roomful of Teeth bass-baritone Dashon Burton,  performing works by Georges Aperghis, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Jake Endris and David Heard at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

9/7, 9 PM cutting edge pastoral violin jazz and cinematic sounds with Skye Steele  and band at the small room at the Rockwood

9/7, 9 PM Metalachi play their twisted high-voltage mashup of mariachi and Sabbath at Highline Ballroom, $15 adv tix rec. They’re at the Knitting Factory an hour later the following night, 9/8 for the same adv tix price

9/7, 10 PM perennially edgy downtown performance poet Puma Perl & Friends followed at 11 by lyrically intense avant garde chanteuse Jane LeCroy‘s Icebergs at Sidewalk

9/7, 11 PM keyboardist Frank LoCrasto plays his cinematic LA noir/boudoir soul instrumental soundtrack themes at the big room at the Rockwood

9/8, 6:30 PM Alessandra Belloni & I Giullari di Piazza play her mystical, tarantella-fueled psychedelic chamber-folk suite Voyage of the Black Madonna at NYU’s Casa Italiana, 24 W 12th St, free but rsvp req 

9/8, 6:30 PM one of the most interestingly lyrical, eclectic young jazz guitarists around, Dave Juarez leads his trio at the Bar Next Door, free

9/8, 7:30 PM subtly slashing, fearlessly political, witheringly funny songwriter/agitator Rachael Kilgour at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival a must

9/8, 8 PM the plush, balmy, oldtimey uke swing of Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies at Barbes

9/8, 8 PM Sam Morrow – who puts a bluesier, Waitsier spin on lyrically-driven Wallflowers highway rock – at the small room at the Rockwood

9/8, 8 PM the final night of the intriguing, avant garde vocal Resonant Bodies festival features Frauke Aulbert and her four-octave range plus Sophie Burgos performing music by Philippe Leroux, Lucian Berio, and Zesses Seglias, plus soprano Charlotte Mundy joined by her group TAK ensemble in premieres by Erin Gee, Doug Balliett, Marina Kifferstein and her own works featuring settings of Anne Carson’s poem, “The Albertine Workout.”

9/8, 8 PM soundscaper Oren Ambarchi in solo performance, and a duo set by the avant garde world’s go-to harpist Zeena Parkins with drummer Brian Chase at First Congregational Church, 116 Pierrepoint St., Brooklyn Heights, $20, 2/3 to Clark St.

9/8, 8 PM Miranda Cuckson, Sophie Shao, Gary Louie, Ah Young Hong, Michael Atkinson and the composer himself play Michael Hersch solo and chamber works at Spectrum, $20

9/8, 8:30 PM explosive klezmer jams with Eleanor Reissa w/Frank London’s Klezmer Brass All-Stars plus Brazilian klezmerista Nicole Borger at the Jalopy, $15

9/8, 8:30 PM newschool oldtimey country blues with Woody Pines at Hill Country Brooklyn

9/8, 9 PM brilliantly lyrical dark oldtimey songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Pete Lanctot and the Stray Dogs at Hank’s

9/8, 9 PM the Dead Daisies – who do a spot-on early AC/DC impersonation – rip the roof off the first-floor space at Webster Hall, $20

9/8, 9 PM highly regarded highway rock and alt-country road warriors the Felice Bros.at Bowery Ballroom, $20 gen adm

9/8, 9ish one of the great saxophonists in the history of ska, Dave Hillyard & the Rocksteady 7 at Troost. 9/10 at 9 PM they’re at Hank’s for $8

9/8, 10 PM iconic ex-Dead Boys and Rocket from the Tombs guitarist Cheetah Chrome at Bowery Electric, $15

9/8, 10 PM Aussie hokum blues songwriter/revivalist CW Stoneking – who schools a lot of the Americans mining the genre – at Rough Trade, $15

9/8, 10:30 PM unfailingly tuneful tenor saxophonist Ken Fowser leads a quintet at Smalls

9/8 catchy, harmony-driven, historically-inspired original newgrass string band Cricket Tell the Weather at Pete’s

9/9, 5:30 PM haunting, intense, wickedly tuneful Nashville gothic songwriter Jessie Kilguss and her band followed by eclectic soul/funk/janglerock singer Frank Bell and then powerful blues belter Queen Esther at the American Folk Art Museum

9/9, 7 PM Onix Ensemble play 21st century works by Mexican composers Charles Halka, Alejandro Escuer, Juan Pablo Contreras, David Dzubay, Gabriela Ortiz and Armando Luna at National Sawdust, free but rsvp reqd

9/9-10, 7:30/9:30 PM estimable bassist Pedro Giraudo leads his Tango ensemble at the Jazz Gallery, $22. If you can wait til 9/20, you can see them at 7 PM for the tip jar at Barbes followed by clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party  

9/9, 7:30 PM dazzlingly eclectic purist jazz singer Brianna Thomas and her band at Ginny’s Supper Club, $20

9/9, 8 PM this era’s most chillingly cinematic, shadowy reverbtoned noir guitar instrumentalists, Big Lazy at the carousel in Battery Park, free

9/9, 8 PM Middle Eastern-flavored psychedelic jams with Spaghetti Eastern Music at Leftfield. 9/24, 1:30 PM they’re at Brooklyn Waterfront Artist Coaltion (BWAC) Gallery, 499 Van Brunt St, Red Hook, free

9/9, 8 PM a rare solo show by amazingly eclectic jazz/oldtimey accordionist Will Holshouser followed by awesome Israeli Ethiopiques groove instrumentalists Anbessa Orchestra, f.k.a. Lions at Barbes

9/9, 8 PM Americana rock guitar legend and former Lakeside Lounge honcho  Eric Ambel – of the Del-Lords and formerly with Steve Earle – at Hill Country Brooklyn

9/9-10, 8/9:30 PM suave oldschool tuneful postbop: Harry Allen (tenor sax), Steve Ash (piano), Joel Forbes (bass) at Mezzrow, $25

9/9, 8:30 PM the Chelsea Symphony plays Zhou Long’s orchestral arrangements of Chinese folk songs plus the Richard Strauss Oboe Concerto with soloist Rachel Seiden and Tschaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4. The program more or less repeats on 9/10 at 7:30 PM, switching out the Strauss for the Elgar Cello Concerto at St. Paul’s Church, 315 W 22nd St., $20 sugg don

9/9, 9 PM expansive Thai-flavored psychedelic jams with Khruangbin at Bowery Ballroom, $16 adv tix rec

9/9, 9 PM Balkan/Latin/New Orleans brass grooves with the Underground Horns at Radegast Hall

9/9, 9 PM ageless indie powerpop icons the Figgs – NYC’s counterpart to Guided by Voices – open for long-running Boston garage rock band the Real Kids (who are probably real granddads by now) at the Bell House, $15

9/9, 10ish psychedelic funk band the People’s Champs – who’re going in more of an Afrobeat direction lately – at C’Mon Everybody

9/9, midnight & 2 AM atmospheric, acerbically witty jazz/downtempo saxophonist Ilhan Ersahin‘s Love Trio with guitarist Jesse Murphy & drummer Kenny Wollesen at Nublu

9/10, 3 PM charismatic, torchy, occasionally Lynchian jazz bassist/singer Kate Davis (of the Lady Bugs) with her combo at Madison Square Park

9/10, 5 PM pianist Frederic Chiu plays a classical smackdown – J.S. Bach vs. Philip Glass – at the DiMenna Center, $5 

9/10. 6 PM intense, perennially shapeshifing klezmer/Balkan muilti-reedman Matt Darriau’s twin-oud Du’Ud  project at Barbes

9/10, 7 PM balmy Spanish jazz singer Eva Cortes and her group at Minton’s, free, two-item minimum per person at tables

9/10, 7:30 PM the incomparable, deviously funny country/jazz/janglerock icon Amy Allison with pianist Lee Feldman at Dixon Place

9/10, 7:30 PM badass oldschool-style blues belter Shemekia Copeland and her similarly purist band at B.B. King’s, $27.50 adv tix rec

9/10, 8 PM firebrand, brilliantly lyrical noir blues rockers LJ Murphy and his ferocious band the Accomplices at Sidewalk

9/10, 8 PM ferociously funny, intense, guitar-fueled Americana punks Spanking Charlene  followed eventually at 10 by trash-garage guitar maven Palmyra Delran at Bowery Electric

9/10, 8 PM bassist Leila Bordreuil opens her 2016 Residency with the premiere of her mighty, amplified Piece for Cello and Double Bass Ensemble at Issue Project Room, 22 Boerum Pl., Brooklyn Heights, $20

9/10, 8 PM Unheard-Of Ensemble plays new works for clarinet, piano and cello by new works for clarinet, cello, and piano trio by Jay Lin, Christina Volpini, Alan Hankers, Phil Salathe, Howie Kenty, Joe Sferra, and Flannery Cunningham at the Firehouse Space, $10

9/10, 9 PM  psychedelically atmospheric folk noir cult favorite Richard Buckner at Union Hall, $15

9/10, 10 PM clattering, percussive Moroccan trance grooes with Innov Gnawa, at Barbes

9/10, 10 PM what’s left of the Skatalites – who invented the genre fifty-odd years ago – at American Beauty, $17

9/10, 11 PM popular NJ garage rockers the Othermen at Otto’s

9/11, 3 PM the Argus Quartet play works by Martin Bresnick at the Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd,| Long Island City, F to 21st/Queensbridge, free w/museum adm

 9/11, 8 PM in reverse order at the Bell House: a reunion show by popular early zeros powerpop/arenarock band the Anniversary, singer-songwriter Laura Stevenson and dub reggae band Extra Classic at the Bell House. Note that the same lineup sold out Bowery Ballroom.

9/10, 11 PM psychedelic hard funk band Afroskull at the Parkside

9/11, 4 PM the String Orchestra of Brooklyn with pianist Rita Sloan, violinist Mark Peskanov and others play works by Bach, Barber, Beethoven, Bottoms, Mozart and Schefer at Bargemusic, free, early arrival a must

9/11, 5 PM perennially tuneful, Monk-influenced, witty Microscopic Septet pianist Joel Forrester  followed at 7 by Brooklyn’s funnest new band, psychedelic organ-driven Middle Eastern-tinged surf rock trio Hearing Things and then at 9:30ish by psychedelic/art-rock/ Romany guitar genius Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

9/11, 7 PM the oud-driven Mehmet Polat Trio play their cutting-edge Middle Eastern themes at Club Bonafide, $10

9/11, 7 PM pianist Simon Mulligan plays a 9/11 memorial concert with music of Schubert, Liszt and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue at Symphony Space, $15

9/11, 7 PM pianist Jacob Rhodebeck plays Michael Hersch’s knotty, cascading, complete Vanishing Pavilions suite at Spectrum, $20

9/11, coffee and dessert at 7:30 PM, show at 8, lyrically fiery, politically fearless acoustic rock songwriter Fred Gillen Jr. and similarly acerbic Americana rock siren (and ex-Red Molly multi-instrumentalist) Carolann Solebello at First Acoustics House Concerts in Ditmas Park, $25, advance registration required

9/11, 8 PM smart, lyrically vivid psychedelic chamber pop/art-rock singer Jennifer Hall at the small room at the Rockwood

9/11, 9:30 PM moody cutting-edge vocal jazz: Shai Maestro (piano), Gretchen Parlato (vocalist) at Mezzrow, $20

9/12, 7 PM wild, intense Hungarian punk-folk string band Muzsikás at the Abrons Arts Center, free but rsvp req

9/12, 7:30 PM up-and-coming violin/viola duo Soliloquy – violinist Ariel Horowitz and violist Lauren Siess, play works by Bartok, Joan Tower and others at National Sawdust, $20 adv tix rec

9/12, 9:30 PM the enigmatic, charismatic Dorothy Parker of dusky noir cinematic rock, Karla Rose & the Thorns followed by Paul Collins – the ageless “king of powerpop,” who slayed here last year on this same twinbill – at Berlin, $10

9/13, 7 PM irrepressibly eclectic cellist Maya Beiser plays the album release show for her new electroacoustic release Tranceclassical at the Poisson Rouge, $tba

9/13-14, 7:30 PM lyrical jazz piano icon Fred Hersch in a rare duo show with Chris Potter on tenor sax at Mezzrow, $25

9/13, intense, lyrical tenor saxophonist Roxy Coss leads her quintet playing the album release for her new one, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25

9/13, 7:30 PM Yasser Tejeda & Palotré play their hard merengue jazz and psychedelic tropicalia at Club Bonafide, $10.

9/13, 8 PM fiery, slinky, female-fronted horn-driven latin soul crew Spanglish Fly at Goddard Riverside Center, 647 Amsterdam Ave south of 92nd St.,, $10. 9/23 at 8 PM they’re at Flushing Town Hall, $16/$10 stud

9/13, 8 PM pianist Katie Reimer plays works by J.S. Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Philip Glass, and the debut recording of Mohammed Fairouz’s Piano Sonata No. 2, “The Last Resistance” from her highly anticipated debut cd at the Poisson Rouge

9/13, 8 PM Steve Buscemi and composer/multi-instrumentalist Elliott Sharp return to present excerpts of their collaboration “Rub Out the Word.” plus a new collaboration between Cecilia Corrigan and bassist James Ilgenfritz at Issue Project Room, 22 Boerum Pl., Brooklyn Heights, $20

9/13, 8 PM purposeful, pensive Slavic jazz guitarist Martina Fiserova at the Way Station

9/13, 8:30 PM the Amernet String Quartet play short pictorially-inspired works by Steve Horowitz, Nataliya Medvedovskaya, Adam Reifsteck, Rolando Gori, Christopher Kaufman and Shie Rozow plus Frederic Kaufman’s String Quartet No. 6. at the National Opera Center, 333 7th Ave., $20

9/13, 9 PM highly regarded Americana fiddler and songwriter Amanda Shires plays the album release show for her new one at City Winery, $18 standing room avail.

9/13, 9:30 PM pensive, intense, darkly eclectic chanteuse Nikolett Pankovits leads her latin and Romany-tinged band at Joe’s Pub

9/13, 9:30 PM the Bronx Conexion play their mighty salsa big band jazz at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe

9/14, boarding at 7 PM, departing at 8 PM, wild, mighty, roughly thirty-piece noir Balkan brass/circus rock beast MarchFourth Brass Band aboard the Jewel, sailing from the pier behind the heliport at 23rd St. and the East River, $20 adv tix avail. at the office next door or the Highline Ballroom box ofc.

9/14, 7:30 PM organist Paul Jacobs plays works by Liszt, Brahms and the incendiary, vengeful Reubke Sonata on the 94th Psalm at Julliard’s Paul Hall, 155 West 65th St

9/14 Brooklyn’s own purist up-and-coming jazz chanteuse Charenee Wade leads her reinterpretive Gil Scott-Heron Project, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25

9/14, 8 PM imenacing punk-Americana legend and Legendary Shack Shakers frontman JD Wilkes  with the Flat Duo Jets’ Dexter Romweber at the Knitting Factory

9/14, 8 PM jangly, spiky, guitarishly brilliant Afrobeat band Timbila at Barbes

9/14, 9 PM legendary indie/noiserock guitarist and former Come/Live Skull frontwoman Thalia Zedek at Union Pool, $10

9/14, 9 PM legendary analog synth pioneer Suzanne Ciani – the Diva of the Diode – performs her first solo concert in New York in over 30 years on her Buchla synthesizer, coupled with video projections so the audience can watch her close up, at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec.

9/14, 11 PM eclectic, tuneful newgrass trio the Vine Brothers at the small room at the Rockwood. 9/15 they’re at Thai Rock , 375 Beach 92nd St. Rockaway Beach at 7 PM 

9/15, 7 PM brilliant Palestinian oudist/songwriter/bandleader Ramzi Aburedwan and the Dal Ouna Ensemble at the Poisson Rouge, $25 standing room avail

9/15, 7:30/9:30 PM saxophonist Mario Castro leads his quintet accompanied by the Solar String Quartet at the Jazz Gallery, $TBA

9/15, 7:30 PM luminous, soulful pan-Latin jazz chanteuse Claudia Acuña with Pablo Vergara on piano and Pablo Menares on bass at Mezzrow, $20

9/15, 7:30 PM tuneful pastoral jazz saxophonist Levon Henry leads his quartet at at the Owl

9/15, 8 PM dark urbane Romany song maven (and Berthold Brecht descendant) Sanda Weigl and her band followed at 10 by Svetlana & the Eastern Blokhedz playing their artsy take on kitschy Soviet pop from the 60s and 70s at Barbes

9/15, 8 PM awesomely unhinged horror surf/hotrod instrumentalists the Mad Doctors at Sunnyvale

9/15, 8 PM the JACK Quartet and New Thread Quartet present Vivarium, a program of new and recent works partially drawn from Elliott Sharp’s new album, Tranzience at Roulette

9/15, 8 PM psychedelic funk/retro boudoir soul harmony group Big Crown at Tender Trap, 66 Greenpoint Ave (Franklin/West), $10, G to Greenpoint Ave

9/15, 9 PM edgy, eclectic, tuneful, smartly lyrical punk-jazz-inspired rock songwriter Mimi Oz at Bar Chord. She’s also at Sidewalk at 7 the following night, 9/16

9/15, 9:30 PM ethereal, raptly haunting singer Sara Serpa with guitarist André Matos play the album release show for their smart, tuneful new duo cd at Joe’s Pub $15

9/15, 10ish arguably this era’s greatest conscious hip-hop artist, Immortal Technique at Highline Ballroom, $25 adv tix rec

9/16, 5 PM celebrating the awesomeness and the magically dusky visuals of the Jalopy, at the Jalopy, free! This newexhibit features the photographs of Jack Hirschorn, the paintings of Robin Hoffman, the sketches of Emily New and Ray Ray Mitrano. Jaxtaposed~Creations will feature wood burnings and jewelry inspired by various musicians. “Brooklyn Folk Festival Live,” a short film shot at the 2016 Brooklyn Film Festival by Samuel Curtis and Spencer Showalter, will premiere tonight!

9/16, 6 PM violinist Erik Carlson, violist Wendy Richman, and soprano/flutist Alice Teyssier perform works by Tim Feeney, Eva-Maria Houben, Salvatore Sciarrino, and Nicholas Deyoe. at the Abrons Arts Center, free

9/16, 6 PM Irish folk songbird Dee Gavin followed by folk noir duo the Tall Pines at the American Folk Art Museum

9/16, 7 PM probably the best night in the history of the Sidewalk: 7 PM Mimi Oz , darkly lo-fi guitar/drums duo Mischief Night (a Grasping Straws side project) at 9:25, female-fronted power trio Castle Black – who veer between acidic Bush Tetras postpunk, stoner metal and more straight-up, sardonic punk – at 10 and the darkly eclectic, enigmatic Lorraine Leckie  equally adept at Slavic and Americana noir – at 11

9/16, 7 PM eclectic jazz/blues resonator guitarist Elizabeth Wise at Caffe Vivaldi

9/16, 7:30 PM jazz piano titan Marc Cary collaborates with clatteringly hypnotic Moroccan trance groove ensemble Innov Gnawa at Ginny’s Supper Club, $15

9/16, 8 PM this year’s Brooklyn Americana Festival kicks off at the Jalopy. Two separate stages.  Stage 1 at the Jalopy Theatre has catchy oldtimey all-female string band the Calamity Janes  at 8, at 8:45 the Jalopy Chorus, singing Americana and Eastern European folk tune; at 9:30, intense, fearless Romany/Balkan chaunteuse Eva Salina and her similarly powerful accordionist Peter Stan; at 10:15 guitar bluesmama Mamie Minch, & Brain Cloud’s tapdancing western swing frontwoman Tamar Korn, followeed by Brain Cloud at 11, and Memphis Jug Band recreators Brotherhood of the Jug Band Blues a little before midnight. Stage 2 at Jalopy Tavern has the charming washboard-driven Dubl Handi at 8; at 9, guitarist Jackson Lynch of the 1800s style string band the Down Hill Strugglers; at 10, the similar Four O’Clock Flowers, and at 11 King Isto’s Tropical String Band playing awesomely fun, catchy Hawaiian slack-key guitar music, $15

9/16, 8 PM accordion wizard James Fearnley from the Pogues at Barbes

9/16, 8 PM cult favorite no wave era percussionist Ikue Mori’: Pomegranate Seed plus the debut of the new Obelisk string trio with Okkyung Lee, Sylvie Courvoisier, and Jim Black at Roulette

9/16, 8ish irrepressible slide trumpeter Steven Bernstein’s Universal Melody Brass Band at the Owl

9/16, 8 PM fiery, fearless no wave-tinged sax improviser Bonnie Kane leads a like-minded ensemble TBA at the Firehouse Space, $10

9/16, 8 PM percussion and piano quartet Yarn/Wire perform works by Alvin Lucier, Catherine Lamb and Anthony Vine at Pioneer Works in Red Hook, $15

9/16, 9 PM uneasy 80s-influenced postpunk/new wave band Sister Crayon at Littlefield, $20. Note that they’re opening for the pretty meh Album Leaf’s record release show and might not get as much time onstage as you’d like.

9/16, 9ish exotic surf rock band the Vibro-jets – a Sea Devils spinoff – at Troost

9/16, 9 PM catchy retro 60s psychedelic popsters Del Caesar at Baby’s All Right

9/16, 9 PM drummer Tom Rainey‘s Pool School with Mary Halvorson, guitar; Ingrid Laubrock, tenor sax followed by Sean Conly’s True North with the bassist plus Jacob Sacks on piano and Rainey on drums again at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

9/16, 10 PM LES surf/soul/punk legend Simon Chardiet & the Rooftoppers at Sunny’s

9/16-17 jangly, catchy retro 60s Laurel Canyon psychedelic band the Allah-Las at Baby’s All Right are SOLD OUT. Good for them.

9/17, 2:15 PM hard-hitting psychedelic/blues guitarslinger Debra Devi solo at the street fair in downtown Jersey City on Newark Avenue between Jersey Avenue and Coles St. Powerhouse oldschool soul band the One and Nines – NJ’s counterpart to Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings – play at 4.

9/17, 7 PM this era’s most chillingly cinematic, shadowy reverbtoned noir guitar instrumentalists, Big Lazy at the carousel at Battery Park

9/17, 7/9:30 PM perennially lyrical, prolific tenor postbop tenor saxophonist/composer Tom Tallitsch and his group at Minton’s, free, two-item minimum per person at tables

9/17, 7ish 7ish epic minor-key New Orleans blues/klezmer/soca/reggae jamband Hazmat Modine at Terra Blues

9/17, this year’s NY Americana Festival continues at the Jalopy at 7:30 PM with ten-piece country/carnivalesque/acoustic rock powerhouse M Shanghai String Band, the Whistling Wolves at 8:15, soaringly haunting Yorkshire lass Jan Bell and her all-female Americana band the Maybelles at 9, Pat Joe and Frankie at 9:45, dark acoustic Americana songwriter/impresario  Feral Foster at 10:30, at 11:15 wryly lyrical urban country pioneer Alex Battles & the Whiskey Rebellion and Skalopy – wonder what they could be playing, huh? at the Jalopy Theatre, $15. Next door at the Jalopy Tavern, there’s  Rashad Brown at 8, the Horse-Eyed Men at 9  purist, straightforward, warmly tuneful front-porch folk songwriter Joanna Sternberg at 10, doo-wop blues guy Willy Gantrim at 11 and  oldtimey guitar wizard Ernie Vega.‘s Big Nasty Band at midnight

9/17, 7:30 PM the all-female Rhythm Method String Quartet play new works by emerging composers Theophilus Chandler, Stanislav Fridman and Jared Miller at Standard Toykraft, 722 Metropolitan Ave, Williamsburg, L to Graham Ave, $12

9/17, 8 PM cutting-edge Middle Eastern sounds: virtuoso oudist Kenan Adnawi with cellist Naseem AlAtrash and guitarist Tony Barhoum at Alwan for the Arts, $20

9/17, 8 PM pianist Lucian Ban and violist Mat Maneri’s tersely haunting Transylvanian jazz project at Barbes 

9/17, 9/10:30 PM catchy, lyrical jazz pianist Jacob Sacks leads his quintet with acob Garchik, trombone; Ben Gerstein, trombone; Eivind Opsvik, bass; Dan Weiss, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

9/17, 9 PM catchy, fun indie soul band Sunshine Nights at at Freddy’s

9/17, 10 PM hauntingly jangly retro 60s Laurel Canyon psychedelic band the Mystic Braves at Rough Trade, $15

9/17, 10:30 PM first-rate baritone saxophonist Frank Basile leads his powerful octet at Smalls

9/18, 4 PM lush choral group Kinnara Ensemble sing Tallis’ Lamentations of Jeremiah and Britten’s Flower Songs at Christ Church United Methodist, 524 Park Ave (60/61), $25  

9/18, 6 PM, repeating at 7 PM on 9/19 and 9/22-23, the Middle Passage-themed play Speaking the Truth, plus “ the SPCBC campus transforms into the MAAFA Museum. The visual/interactive walking tour is designed to expand participants’ knowledge of the horrors and heroic survivors of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. Visitors experience “Africans in America” in a new and enlightening way with art, historical artifacts, wood carvings, quilts, historic vignettes and more,” at St. Paul Community Baptist Church 859 Hendrix Street, East New York, $25 seats avail, 2/3/4/5 to Van Siclen Ave 

9/18, 7 PM downtown multi-reed maven Ned Rothenberg convenes John Zorn, Muhal Richard Abrams, George Lewis and more for a rare improvisational group performance. at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

9/18, 7 PM “Clouds of Sound” with pianists Sergio Valenzuela and Kris Wettstein aka A Microscope improvising nebulously minimalist interludes on mystical themes at Scholes St. Studio in S Williamsburg

9/18 this year’s NY Americana Festival continues at the Jalopy Theatre at 7:30 PM with Big Night w/ Audra Rox & Tsanos singing Sinatra; at 7:45 erudite, fascinating jazz guitar mavens,Matt Munisteriat 8:30 Hubby Jenkins (of Carolina Chocolate Drops); at 9:15 the Down Hill Strugglers; at 10 torchy oldtimey swing band Jessy Carolina & the Hot Mess; at 10:45 multi-instrumentalist oldtime blues powerhouse Blind Boy Paxton. Stage 2 at the Jalopy Tavern has music starting at 7 with Richard Bennett plays his cross-pollinating mashup of Indian ragas and neoromantic/minimalist piano music, then at 9 the fun, erudite oldtime East River String Band at the Jalopy, $15

9/18, 7:30 PM distinctive, utterly unique mandolin-driven Hungarian folk-punk band Sondorgo at Drom, $15

9/18, 8:15 PM lyrical, aphoristic, tuneful, Waits-ish songwriter Chris Michael plays the album release show for his new one Elvis Presley and Marlon Brando Scream Love and Peace into the Darkness at Scratcher Bar on E 5th St. east of Bowery 

9/18, 8:30 PM amazingly eclectic, tuneful pedal steel sorceress Susan Alcorn with Nate Wooley – trumpet; Mary Halvorson – guitar; Ryan Sawyer – drums at I-Beam, $15, wow!

9/18, 8:30 PM pensive Scottish art-folk/slowcore/psychedelic band Lau at the big room at the Rockwood

9/18, 10 PM moody, purposeful Middle Eastern-tinged jazz with Uri Gurvich, saxophones backed by Manue Valera, piano; Peter Slavov, bass; Francisco Mela, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

9/19, 7:30 PM cutting-edge purist jazz chanteuse Champian Fulton – who’s equally captivating as a pianist – with bassist David Williams at Mezzrow, $20

9/19, 8 PM this year’s Festival of New Trumpet Music kicks off at 8 PM with Nadje Noordhuis in a duo with percussionist James Shipp; the Kenny Warren Quartet with JP Schlegelmilch (p), Noah Garabedian (b), Satoshi Takeishi (dr) and Ralph Alessi (trumpet) with the Wing Walker Orchestra at Threes Brewing Co., 333 Douglass St. in Gowanus, $10

9/19, 9 PM legendary twin-reedman George Braith – who can play two saxes at once better than most guys can play one – leading his quintet at the Fat Cat

9/19, 9:30 PM pan-tropical band Yotoco – whose rotating cast spins through cumbia and other south-of-the-border styles – at Barbes

9/20-21, 7:30/9:30 PM an Andrew Hill retrospective at the Jazz Standard, $30. 9/20 Vijay Iyer leads a quartet playing the Smoke Stack album; 9/21 Frank Kimbrough leads a sextet

9/20, 7:30 PM enigmatically intense punk classical ensemble thingNY play the album release show for their characteristically wild new one minis/Trajectories plus covers by composer/toy pianist Jerome Kitzke, Latin synth-star Helado Negro, theatrical-electro-percussion duo Radical 2, at Here, west side of 6th Ave (Spring/Prince), $9 includes download of the album!

9/20, 7:30 PM rising star pianist Nadejda Vlaeva plays New York premieres by Vladimir Drozdoff and Serge Borkiewicz plus works by Schubert and Liszt at Zankel Hall at Carnegie  Hall, $25 tix avail.

9/20, 8 PM irrepressible, historically informed, folk noir/jangly rock songwriter Elisa Flynn leads an allstar cast TBA singing songs about animals at the Way Station

9/20, 8 PM night two of this year’s Festival of New Trumpet Music opens with the duo of Aaron Shragge and Eli Asher, the Shane Endsley Quartet with Joel Frahm (ts), Matt Pavolka (b), Jim Black (dr), losing with trumpeter Shane Endsley fronting the Wing Walker Orchestra at Threes Brewing Co., 333 Douglass St. in Gowanus, $10

9/20, 8:30 PM exhilarating Balkan/Romany/dub groove band Tipsy Oxcart at American Beauty, $12

9/20, 9 PM intense stoner metal band the Space Merchants at St. Vitus, $12

9/20, 10:30 PM fiery alto saxophonist Lucas Pino’s twin-guitar No No Nonet at Smalls

9/20, 11 PM cleverly lyrical, murderously witty murder ballad/chamber pop allstars Charming Disaster at Pete’s

9/21, 7 PM the NY Virtuoso Singers perform Ellen Taafe Zwilich’s Memorial, Randall Thompson’s The Peaceable Kingdom and the Iraq War-themed Requiem for the Innocent by Katherine Hoover at Trinity Church, free  

9/21, 7 PM enigimatically witty, erudite jazz chanteuse/songwriter Dorian Devins leads her trio with Tom Hubbard – bass ; Lou Rainone – piano at Flute Midtown, 205 W 54th St, free

9/21, 7:30 PM high-voltage soul siren followed by blue-flame Stonesy Americana rock: Rembert and the Basic Goodness and then the Dirty Rollers at Hifi Bar

9/21, 7:30 PM the original indie classical quartet, the Turtle Island Quartet at the Cutting Room, $20 adv tix rec

9/21, 8 PM fiery, tuneful soul-punk rockers No Ice (a spinoff of the late, great Brooklyn What) at Trans-Pecos

9/21, 8 PM sizzling original and classic klezmer sounds with Jake Shulman-Ment – violin; Yoshie Fruchter – electric guitar and Richie Barshay – drums, percussion at Barbes

9/21, 8/9:30 PM drummer Dan Weiss leads his melodic trio with Jacob Sacks on piano and Thomas Morgan on bass at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

9/21, 8:30 PM intense jazz oudist/guitarist Gordon Grdina with Russ Lossing – piano; Oscar Noriega – sax/clarinet; Satoshi Takeishi – drums at I-Beam, $15

9/21, 9 PM spiky West African jammers 75 Dollar Bill open for legendary PiL bassist and Middle Eastern dub bandleader Jah Wobble & the Invaders of the Heart Band at Bowery Ballroom, $25 adv tix rec

9/22, 7:30 PM high-voltage psychedelic cumbia band MAKU Soundsystem – whose new album takes a detour toward Caribbean and African sounds – at the Lincoln Center Atrium 

9/22-25 one of the most tuneful, consistently interesting guitarists in jazz, Russell Malone leads his quartet, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $30

9/22 7:30 PM, repeating on 9/24 at 8 the NY Phil with violinist Lisa Batiashvili play Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto and Dvorak’s New World Symphony at Avery Fisher Hall, $31 tix avail

9/22, 7:30 PM an all-star cast TBA play classics from Elvis Costello’s post-1981 catalog at Hifi Bar

9/22, 8 PM the Ureuk Symphony Orchestra play works by Yun, Brahms and Rachmaninoff at Merkin Concert Hall, $30 tix avail

9/22, 8 PM vibraphonist/percussionist Kevin Norton presents Staten Island: All That Is Solid Melts Into Air, a lyrical and instrumental song cycle with Esther Noh (violin), Angelica Sanchez (piano), Julia Simoniello (voice, guitar), & Steve LaSpina (bass); Sarah Weaver presents Polydimensional Transformation for Mark Dresser (solo bass) and Resonance Synthesis for the SLM Ensemble (Jane Ira Bloom, James Zollar, Ellery Eskelin, David Taylor, Min Xiao-Fen, Zafer Tawil, Samir Chatterjee, Satoshi Takeishi, Denman Maroney, Mark Dresser, & Sarah Weaver) at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

9/22, 8:30 PM legendary soca-jazz trombonist and former Lounge Lizard Curtis Fowlkes and band at Bar Lunatico

9/22, 10 PM Juanita Cash play cumbia versions of Johnny Cash classics at Barbes. No joke – could be cool.

9/22, 11:30ish protean, ethereal jazz singer/composer Lauren Lee leads her “space jazz” trio at Club Bonafide, $10

9/23, the Americana fest starts under the archway beneath the Brooklyn Bridge at 2 PM with honkytonk power trio” Dylan Charles and the Layton Sisters; at 3 Jan Bellthe Maybelles; at 4 socially relevant country crooner Jesse Lenat; at 5 Beth Bombara, at 6 Curtis J Social, at 7 Austin honkytonk/soul band Palomino Shakedow, at 8 brilliantly lyrical dark oldtimey songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Pete Lanctot and band, free, F to York St.

9/23, 7 PM hard-charging classic 60s style postbop tenor saxophonist Eric Wyatt and his group at Minton’s, free, two-item minimum per person at tables

9/23, 7 PM the Brooklyn Brass Quartet, Practical Trumpet Society and soloists play new works for trumpet and brass by Matt Marks, Vinko Globakar, Anna Cleare, Timothy McCormack, Liza Lim and others and an oldie by Stockhausen at the New School auditorium at 66 W 12th, $20, stud. free

9/23. 7:30/9:30 PM intense, bristling accordion-and-strings-driven Balkan/Ethiopiques trio Lautari at Subrosa, 63 Gansevoort St., $15

9/23, 7:30 PM popular, tuneful post-REM janglerockers Waiting for Henry followed by the American counterparts to the Jam, fiery literate punk-inspired Wormburner at the Mercury, $10 adv tix rec

9/23, 7:30 PM the American String Quartet premiere Robert Sirota’s second string quartet, the Americana travelogue-flavored American Pilgrimage at Manhattan School of Music’s Greenfield Hall, 120 Claremont Ave in upper Manhattan, free

9/23, 8 PM intense, hypnotic jazz oudist/guitarist Gordon Grdina at Scholes St. Studio, 375 Lorimer St. in Williamsburg

9/23, 8ish eclectic, tuneful accordionist/songwriter Ali Dineen solo at the Owl

9/23, 8 PM more Americana Festival, in reverse order at the Jalopy: the Chapin Sisters, chamber popstress Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards, The Tillers, enigmatic soul/oldtime folk belter Queen Esther  Beth Bombara, and Rashad Brown. $30

9/23, 9 PM  Mac McCarty’s fearlessly political, Celtic-tinged, anthemic folk noir/acoustic punk group the Kidd Twist Band followed by majestic, cinematic surf instrumentalists the TarantinosNYC at Sidewalk

9/23, 9ish slashing, blues-infused guitarist/songwriter Mallory Feuer’s quartet the Grasping Straws – sort of like Grace Slick fronting Patti Smith’s band – at Gold Sounds

9/23, 9 PM the hilarious, politically astute Paranoid Larry & His Imaginary Band followed at 10 by darkly lyrical original Americana songwriter Joseph Huber at Red Hook Bait & Tackle

9/23, 9/10:30 PM the irrepressible Jon Irabagon on alto sax leads a really killer quintet with Tim Hagans, trumpet; Luis Perdomo, piano; Matt Clohesy, bass; Dan Weiss, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

9/23, 11:30 PM roots reggae legends Black Uhuru – dunno which edition of the band this is, there’ve been so many – at B. B. King’s, $25 adv tix rec

9/23, midnight the Sextones – who do a perfectly good Meters impersonation – at the small rooom at the Rockwood 

9/24 this year’s titanic Americana festival continues at Brooklyn Bridge Park, go south past the Fulton landing and follow the sound. Festivities start at 2 PM with the Jalopy Chorus, at 2:30 Eva Salina, at 3 Silver City Bound, at 4 Queen Esther, at 5 Luke Winslow King, at 6 Jan Bell and the Maybelles and at 7M Shanghai String Band at Brooklyn Bridge Park,

9/24, 3 PM the Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra plays Haydn’s Symphony No.101 “The Clock”, the Adagio from Mahler’s Symphony No. 5, Variaciones Concertantes by Alberto Ginastera in celebration of the composer’s centennial, and José Pablo Moncayo’s fiery Huapango at Ft. Washington Collegiate Church, 729 W 181st St. just east of Ft. Washington Ave, free, note that there is no A train service, take the 1 instead and walk west about five blocks.

9/24, 7 PM a night of extravagant trumpet-led large ensembles: cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum‘s fifteen-piece ensemble and Wadada Leo Smith’s Rosa Parks Oratorio featuring a trumpet quartet including Wadada, Ted Daniel, Hugh Ragin, and Graham Haynes at the New School auditorium at 66 West 12th, $20, stud. free

9/24, 7 PM trombone legend Roswell Rudd in a rare duo show with singer Heather Masse of the Wailin’ Jennys at Joe’s Pub, $20

9/24, 7/9 PM Chicago free jazz saxophone powerhouse Ken Vandermark leads a (probably) small group at Manhattan Inn, free

9/24, 7 PM the Brooklyn Guitar Circle plays ambient, immersive Robert Fripp-inspired improvisations at Brooklyn Zen Center, 505 Carroll St #2A, Gowanus, R to Union St, $15. Ring 30 when you arrive and someone will buzz you in. It’s the first door at the top of the stairs.

9/24, 7:30 PM newschool and oldschool ska:  Los Skarroneros, the Pomps and 80s NYC legends the Toasters at the Knitting Factory, $15 adv tix rec

9/24, 8 PM accordionist/chanteuse Kamala Sankaram’s hot surfy Bollywood/cumbia/psychedelic rock project Bombay Rickey – a launching pad for her spellbinding four-octave range – at Barbes

9/24, 8 PM composer Don Baragiano’s Hejira Middle Eastern project followed at 9 by the magically creepy southwestern gothic/janglerock of Miwa Gemini at Silvana. On 9/29 at 8 PM Hejira are at Shrine

9/24, 8 PM intutive, eclectic pianist Alexandra Joan with first-class strings: Mark Peskanov, violin; Thomas Mesa, cello play Beethoven – 7 Variations in E-flat Major on “Bei Mannern, Welche Liebe Fuhlen” from Mozart’s The Magic Flute, WoO 46; Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 8 in G Major, Op. 30, No. 3; Schumann – 5 Pieces in Folk Style, Op 102; Mendelssohn – Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 49 at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud

9/24, 8 PM innovative indie classical cellist Helen Newby plays a program TBA at the Firehouse Space, $10

9/24, 9 PM honkytonk/highway rock chanteuse Aron Blue & the Bootleggers followed at 10 by the Jack Grace Band playing their boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic at Red Hook Bait & Tackle

9/24, 9/10:30 PM not quite alone in a darkened room, the Count: Transylvania jazz pianist  Lucian Ban leads a quintet playing the album release show for his new one Songs from Afar with Abraham Burton, tenor sax; Mat Maneri, viola; John Hebert, bass; Eric McPherson, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

9/24, 9ish riveting, funny/scary performance artist Anya Liftig – best known for her bloody makeout session with a cactus, spines and all – at the PPL Space in Bushwick, sugg. don. Also on the bill: Jenna Kline, Franceska Alcantara and Ali Asgar

9/24, 10 PM Sweet Tits – the “punk lesbian Spinal Tap” – at Freddy’s

9/24, 11 PM a rare reunion by well-loved early zeros powerpop/janglerockers the Star Spangles at Union Pool, $10

9/24, 11:30 PM Nina Diaz – of Girl in a Coma notoriety – does her angst-fueled noir soul thing at the downstairs space at Webster Hall, $10

9/25 this year’s titanic Americana festival continues at Brooklyn Bridge Park, go south past the Fulton landing and follow the sound. Festivities start at 2 PM with new-Dylan type Nikolaus Shubeck and the Avalanches, at 3 bluegrass hellraisers the Dang-it Bobbys, at 5  Hubby Jenkins (of Carolina Chocolate Drops), at 6 Karen Poliski, at 6:30 ferocious, intense blues guitarist/singer Will Scott  and headlining at 7 Bobtown – arguably the best, most eclectic and inarguably the most harmonically rich folk noir group around –at Brooklyn Bridge Park, go south past the Fulton landing and follow the sound

9/25, 2 PM hilarious faux-French rockers les Sans Culottes outdoors at Hank’s as part of the Atlantic Antic street fair

9/25, 3 PM the Greenwich Village Orchestra play an all-Dvořák program – Slavonic Dance Op 46, No. 1; the Violin Concerto with soloist Adele Anthony; Symphony No. 9 From the New World at Washington Irving HS Auditorium, 16th St./Irving Place, $15 sugg don., reception to follow

9/25 this year’s titanic Americana festival continues at 68 Jay St. Bar at 4 PM with  catchy, fun indie soul band Sunshine Nights,Joseph Huber  at 5, Gin Daisy at 6, Feral Foster at 7, Clarence Bucaro at 8, Landry McMeans at 9, Rench at 9 and Alex Battles at 10

9/25, 5 PM mighty choir Musica Viva with the Aeolus String Quartet perform music by Tavener, Part, Vaughan Williams, Chausson and Barber’s Dover Beach at All Souls Church, 1157 Lexington Ave (at 80th), $30

9/25, 5 PM a salute to irrepressible trumpet great John McNeil followed by a performance by McNeil with Dave Douglas, Jeff Beal, Tony Glausi, Gary Versace, piano; Jerome Harris, bass; and Jay Sawyer, drums at the New School’s Arnhold Hall, Room I-202, 55 W 13th St., free, donations happily accepted

9/25, 5 PM eclectic third-stream jazz pianist Laila Biali at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex, free

9/25, 6 PM nuanced, purist Americana songstress Susanne Layton – of the Layton Sisters – plays solo on acoustic guitar at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 incl. a drink.

9/25, 6 PM acidic, purposeful improvisation with Ghosts of the Holy Spermic Brotherhood with saxophonist Andy Haas, drummer David Grollman and Michael Evans and then trombone improv maven Steve Swell with trumpeter Didrik Invaldsen at Downtown Music Gallery

9/25, 7 PM charming, badass singer Katie Curley’s honkytonk crew the Bourbon Express at Branded Saloon

9/25, 8 PM trumpeter Matt Lavelle and the 12 Houses Orchestra draw on rapper A.R.B.R.A.F. and trombonist Art Baron for a Duke Ellington-inspired performance at Roulette, $20 adv tix req

9/25, 8:30/10 PM tuneful, exploratorily expansive pianist Eri Yamamoto leads her trio at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 incl. a drink.

9/25, 9 PM deviously fun oldtimey swing guitarist/crooner Seth Kessel & the Two Cent Band at at Sunny’s

9/26, 7 PM intense, brilliantly lyrical folk noir/Americana songwriter Linda Draper at the small rooom at the Rockwood

9/26, 9 PM intense, individualistic, torchsong/art-rock piano chanteuse Jeanne Marie Boes at LIC Bar. 930 she’s at the Giving Tree Yoga Studio, 2256 31st St (Ditmars/23rd), Astoria, time tba

9/26, 930 PM Baladino play ladino rock at Drom, $15 adv tix rec

9/26, 9:30 PM bouncy, fun Colombian cumbia band Bulla en el Barrio at Barbes

9/27, 5:30 PM percussion and piano quartet Yarn/Wire perform new works by Andrew McIntosh, Wolfgang Von Schweinitz and Mac Sabat at the Miller Theatre, free

9/27, 6 PM explosive, wryly eclectic, Ellington/hip-hop influenced Balkan brass band Slavic Soul Party outdoors at 1 Penn Plaza, just south of 34th St, on the plaza upstairs from the A/C/E station at 8th Ave., free

9/27, 7 PM Afro-Peruvian jazz pianist/chanteuse Chi-Chi Glass and band  followed at 9 by ten-piece Balkan/Duke Ellington brass band Slavic Soul Party at Barbes.

9/27, 7:30 PM the Mannes American Composers Ensemble plays Stravinsky’s Septet plus works by Elliott Carter, Felipe Lira and Matthias Pitscher at Stiefel Concert Hall at Arnhold Hall (55 W13th St)

9/27-10/2, 8/10 PM amazingly eclectic, alternately punishing and subtle drummer Ches Smith plays a weeklong stand at the Stone with a bunch of different groups. Choice pick: the 9/30, 10 PM set with the Tanks trio feat. Brandon Seabrook (guitar) Toby Driver (bass) Ches Smith (drums): “loud and dark.”

9/27, 8 PM Metropolis Ensemble celebrate their 20th anniversary with Itinerant performers (violinist Sean Lee with roving Paganini Caprices; soprano Ariadne Greif with selections from Cage’s Song Books) interspersed between overlapping live-music installations and large-scale group performances featuring music by Anna Clyne, Timo Andres, Vivian Fung, Paula Matthusen, Andrew Norman, and Ricardo Romaneiro, a new open-score work for Pocket Operator + Instruments by Ryan Francis, and a Happy Birthday “pop-song” composed by Du Yun for orchestra with audience participation; featured performers include cellis Emily Wells, violinist Kristin Lee, cellist Ashley Bathgate, bassoonist/composer Brad Balliett, percussionist Ian Rosenbaum, and pianist Conor Hanick, at the Angel Orensanz Center, 172 Norfolk St., $20  

9/27, 8/9:30 PM improvisations to put a big grin on your face: tenor saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock‘s Ubatuba with Tim Berne, alto sax; Ben Gerstein, trombone; Dan Peck, tuba; Tom Rainey, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 incl. a drink.

9/27-10/2, 8:30/10:30 PM AACM sax legend Henry Threadgill’s Zooid with Christopher Hoffman (cello) Liberty Ellman (guitar) Jose Davila (tuba) Elliot Kavee (drums) at the Vanguard, $30

9/27, 9 PM intensely lyrical, soaring art-rock pianist/uke player/bicycle athlete Joanna Wallfisch at the small room at the Rockwood

9/27, 9ish Jeff the Brotherhood – Ty Segall’s mellower younger sibling, maybe? – at the Market Hotel, $15

9/27, 10 PM 10 PM brilliant drummer/percussionist Willie Martinez & La Familia Sextet play classic salsa grooves at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, $10

9/28, 6 PM koto/shamisen player and singer Yoko Reikano Kimura and cellist Hikaru Tamaki at the Rubin Museum, free w/museum adm

9/28, 7 PM violinist Karen Bentley Pollick performs multimedia works by Ole Saxe, Žibuoklė Martinaitytė, Loreta Narvilaitė,Dominique de Williencourt, Randall Woolf, Ayal Adler and Brian C. Moo at Spectrum, $15

9/28, 7:30 PM the Bushwick Book Club – a collective of incredibly diverse, typically excellent songwriters including irrepressibly fun ringleader Susan Hwang, the haunting Jessie Kilguss, and parlor pop mavens Sweet Soubrette – play play the album release for their new ep at Hifi Bar

9/28, 8 PM jangly Steve Wynn-esque paisley underground rockers Girls on Grass followed by excellent, purist honkytonk crooner/bandleader Clifford Westfall at 11th St. Bar

9/28, 8:30 PM pianist Eric Wubbels plays the album release show for his new indie classical album with his ensemble Wet Ink‘s musicians and guests (Erin Lesser, Josh Modney, Weston Olencki). at Spectrum, $15

9/28, 9ish postpunk supergroup Heroes of Toolik acoustic at Troost

9/28, 10ish high-voltage female-fronted surf rockers High Waisted at the Good Room in Greenpoint, $12 adv tix avail at the Poisson Rouge box office

9/29, 7:30 PM wild Balkan bagpipe music with Kaynak Pipers Band at Drom, $15 adv tix rec. Followed at 9:45 PM by eclectic Romany/circus rock band Mad Meg playing the album release show for their new one, $10 separate admission

9/29, 7:30 PM, repeating on 9/30-10/1 at 8 the NY Phil play Berlioz’s Les Nuits d’été plus Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherezade at Avery Fisher Hall, $34 tix avail

9/29-10/2 Steve Wilson and Wilsonian’s Grain with Wilson on alto sax plus Orrin Evans on piano, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $30

9/29, 8 PM a rare reunion of Gina Leishman‘s legendary, pioneering 90s circus rock/noir cinematic orchestra the Kamikaze Ground Crew at Roulette, $20 adv rix req

9/29, 8 PM intense Balkan chanteuse Jenny Luna‘s haunting, traditional Turkish band Dolunay folllowed at 10 by brilliant klezmer reedman Matt Darriau’s Who Is Manny Blanc, a homage to the legendary/obscure LES psychedelic Jewish jazz/esoterica compose at Barbes

9/29, 8 PM deviously theatrical oldschool C&W/rockabilly parodists Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co with special guest chanteuse Stellla Rose Saint Clair at Otto’s

9/29, 8 PM bassist Joonsam Lee “takes you on a journey with newly created sounds and quietude” with Rami Seo (Korean gayaguem zither), Satoshi Takeshi (percussion) and special guests, at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 incl. a drink.

9/29, 8:30 PM you want serious fret-burning? powerpopmeister Pete Galub & the Dissociation open for Dream Syndicate/noiserock/baseball rock icon Steve Wynn at Bowery Electric,

9/29, 8:30 PM irresistibly named, darkly sizzling psychedelic garage punk rockers Anderson Council at Maxwell’s, $12

9/30, 6 PM oldschool-style high plains C&W singer Hope Debates & North 40 at 55 Bar

9/30, 7 PM amazingly eclectic cellist and brilliant songwriter Marika Hughes  followed by hauntingly psychedelic art-rock piano improviser Matt Kanelos and his band playing the album release show for their new one at the Owl

9/30, 8 PM haunting, intense art-rock/noir cabaret pianist/singer Lacy Rose at Scholes St. Studio, 375 Lorimer St. in Williamsburg

9/30, 8 PM clarinet virtuoso Thomas Piercy leads a series of eleven chamber performers in a concert of rare Japanese works by Masatora Goya, Bin LI, Hidemi Mikai, Chatori Shimizu and Kazutomo Yamamoto at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud

9/30, 8 PM theremin virtuoso Pamelia Stickney with Leon Gruenbaum – samchillian & keys and Gerry Gibbs – drums at Barbes

9/30, 8 PM propulsively shapeshifting cello-driven art-rockers Break of Reality at the Hall at MP, $20 adv tix rec

9/30, 8 PM timbalero Orlando Marin, contemporary of Tito Puente, Machito, and Tito Rodriguez, the only orchestra leader from New York’s golden era of mambo who still performs regularly, with his band at Flushing Town Hall, $16/$10 stud

9/30, 8 PM edgy female-fronted funk band Eliza & the Organix – feat. swirly alto sax player Kristen Tivey – at the Way Station

9/30, 8 PM catchy reverbtoned janglerockers the Growlers at Webster Hall, $25

9/30, 8:30 PM perennially vital, perennially creepy husband-wife folk noir duo the Handsome Family at the Mercury, $17 adv tix rec. They’re at the Knitting Factory a half-hour later for the same price the following night, 10/1

9/30, 9 PM wryly lyrical urban country pioneer Alex Battles & the Engelberts and oldschool C&W/southwestern gothic bandleader Jack Grace & His Broken Mariachi Horns at the Jalopy, $10

9/30, 9 PM soulful, sardonically funny hard honkytonk/cowpunk bandleader Sarah Shook & the Disarmers at Bowery Electric, $8

9/30, 9 PM plaintive rainy-day slowcore/chamber pop band Ellen Siberian Tiger at Leftfield

9/30, 10 PM heavy-hitting postrockers Russian Circles at Warsaw, $20

9/30, 10 PM Red Gretchen – best known for their anguished Replacements/Niirvana anthems, although they’re even better at slowly undulating, doomy psychedelic/art-rock grooves followed by hard-surfing Link Wray cover band the Wraycyclers at Sidewalk

9/30, 10:30 PM inimitable, distantly ominous Japanese psychedelic folk/art-rock band Kikagaku Moyo at Sunnyvale, $15

9/30, midnight haphazardly edgy, Middle Eastern-tinged guitarist Yonatan Gatand band at the Bell House, $12

10/1, 4 PM composer/accordionist Michael Hearst’s Songs About Extraordinary People  – including the Iceman found more or less intact after 5300 years entombed in ice, and Marie Curie, whose radioactive notebooks are still lethal – followed at 8 by the all-star Barbes Baglama Orchestra playing Turkish and Greek classics and then at 10 by epic ranchera/bolero brass crew Banda de los Muertos at Barbes

10/1, 8 PM sardonically funny Beatlesque/Costelloesque powerpop songwriter Walter Ego playing his bday show followed by snarling southwestern gothic band the Downward Dogs‘ frontman Joe Yoga at Sidewalk

10/1, 8 PM Malian desert rock guitar shredder Vieux Farka Toure (son of Ali) at the Poisson Rouge, $30 adv tix rec

10/1, 8 PM wildly eclectic dub/reggae/tropical/psychedelic funk band Delsonido at SOB’s, $10 adv tix rec 

10/1, 8:30 PM the husband-wife duo of violin maestro R. Kumaresh and veena (lute) virtuoso Jayanthi Kumaresh play classical Indian music at Symphony Space, $28 adv tix rec

10/1, 9 PM oldtimey country blues singer Little Helen Rose followed eventually at 11 by chamber pop band Stills – the missing link between the Handsome Family and, say, Elliott Smith – at Union Hall, $10

10/1, 9 PM the So So Glos open for ageless first-wave British punk-popsters the Vibrators at Bowery Electric, $18

10/1, 9 PM irrepressibly brilliant, paradigm-shifting accordionist Guy Klucevsek plays the dvd release for his new one with Todd Reynolds (violin), Kamala Sankaram (soprano), and Phillip Bush (piano) at Spectrum, $15

10/1, 9ish witchy tarantella jams with Alessandra Belloni & I Giullari dii Piazza at Mehanata

10/2, 1:30 PM the Hai Tien Chorus joins forces with the Taipei Harmonic Chorus for a rare, titanic performance of Taiwanese music for choir at Flushing Town Hall, $10

10/2, 7 PM Jack Petruzzelli and Cameron Greider reinvent Ravel and Bartok via electric guitar arrangements, mixed with originals and improvisation followed at 9 by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

10/2, 7:30 PM Czech art-rock cult favorites Please the Trees at Bowery Electric, $10. The following night, 10/3 they’re at Union Hall at 8 for two bucks more.

10/2 this era’s most cutting-edge, politically relevant large jazz ensemble,Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society play their brand-new conspiracy theory-themed album Real Enemies – contender for best of 2016 – in its entirety at National Sawdust

10/3, 7 PM the eclectic, ambitious Ryan Carraher Group – who range from starlit microtonalisms to funkier guitar-fueled tangents to blustery postbop – at Shapeshifter Lab

10/4 60s jug band legends Jim Kweskin & Geoff Muldaur, still going strong, at Joe’s Pub

10/5, 7:30 PM IMJS Japanese Cultural Heritage Initiatives stages a celebration of the the work of pioneering Japanese koto virtuoso Michio Miyagi plus works by Tadao Sawai and Dai Fujikura at Merkin Concert Hall, free, early arrival advised

10/6, 7 PM enterprising indie classical chamber group American Contemporary Music Ensemble play play “Nordic noir” compositions by music by Danish composers Frans Bak, Ejnar Kanding, & MBD73 (aka Carsten Bo Eriksen) at the Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec

10/6, 7 PM scampering, kinetic Middle Eastern jazz with Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol & Whatsnext featuring ex Miles Davis alto sax great Dave Liebman at Joe’s Pub

10/6, 8 PM charismatic, sultry, torchy Americana songwriter/chanteuse Julia Haltigan and her fiery band  at Bowery Electric, $10

10/6, 8 PM the Parthenia Viol Consort play “royal and devotional music from the Stuart and Tudor Courts” at Church of Saint Luke in the Fields, 487 Hudson St, $25 tix avail

10/6, 8 PM gritty LA gutter blues duo 7horse – the guys responsible for the hit A Friend with Weed – at the Knitting Factory, $10 adv tix rec

10/6, 8:30 PM legendary, unstoppable dark glamrock bandleader Ian Hunter – probably the closest thing to Bowie we have left – at the Bell House, $30 adv tix rec

10/6, 9 PM hauntingly atmospheric female-fronted art-rockers Arc Iris at Rough Trade, $12 adv tix rec

10/6, 11 PM lush, pensive, eclectic noir cabaret/Romany rock/steampunk noir art-rock band Kotorino at Union  Hall, $10

10/7, 8 PM comedy-rock guy Jonathan Coulton – sort of a less edgy Walter Ego – at the Bell House, $30

10/7, 8 PM South Indian classical violin maestro Ganesh Rajagopalan plays a meditative concert at Roulette, $30

10/7-8, 8 PM repeating 10/8 at 3 PM Martin Halpern‘s witty new vintage baseball-themed opera What the Babe Said at Davenport Theater Complex, 354 W 45th Street (between 8th & 9th Aves), $22

10/7, 10:30 PM mighty ten-piece horn-driven Austin oldschool soul band the Nightowls at Union Hall, $8

10/7, 9:30 PM indie/postrock/chamber pop band Joan of Arc  at the Knitting Factory, $15 gen adm

10/8, 8 PM the Glenn Branca Ensemble, conducted by the composer, play The Light (for David), written for David Bowie, plus a revised version of  Branca’s assaultive 1981 guitar piece The Third Ascension at Roulette, $30 adv tix rec  

10/8, 8:30 PM edgy, lyrical guitarist Tony Moreno plays the album release for his new one with Marc Mommaas, Ron Horton, Jean-Michel Pilc and Ugonna Okegwo at 55 Bar, $20 incl. copy of their new double cd

10/8, 9 PM smart, lyrically vivid psychedelic chamber pop/art-rock singer Jennifer Hall followed by darkly ornate, goth-tinged art-rockers Overlord playing the album release how for their new one at Union Hall, $10

10/8 intense frontwoman Hannah Fairchild’s searingly lyrical punk/art-rock/noir cabaret band Hannah vs. the Many at the Way Station. 10/29 they’re playing a rare acoustic show at Sidewalk

10/9, 11AM ish exhilarating klezmer/latin/cumbia jamband Metropolitan Klezmer at West End Collegiate Church, 245 W 77th St @West End Ave, free, brunch food available. 10/29 they’re at the Ghouls & Gourds Festival at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, time tba

10/10, 5:30 PM the Curtis 20/21 Ensemble play works by emerging composers Emily Cooley, Nick DiBerardino, and Rene Orth rat the Miller Theatre, free

10/12 postpunk supergroup Heroes of Toolik at St. Vitus

10/13, 11 PM New Orleans’ eclectic, funky stoner brass band the Dirty Bourbon River Show at the Mercury

10/14, 7:30 PM hypnotic, entrancing ghazal chanteuse/bandleader Kiran Ahluwalia at  Flushing Town Hall free but rsvp reqd

10/14, 8 PM innovative chamber vocal group Mirror Visions Ensemble features soprano Vira Slywotzky, tenor Scott Murphree, baritone Jesse Blumberg, and pianist Grant Wenaus “traveling through the worlds of the mysterious and magical on a program with pieces by Holst, Sibelius, Schubert, Gershwin, Schumann and others about enchanted forests, whispering waters, and the creatures that inhabit them. The centerpiece of the program is by Gilda Lyons, a historical account of mythological beasts set to texts by Lawrence de Ferry, Hesiod, John Nieuhoff, and Claudius Aelianus,” at the Sheen Center, 18 Bleecker St., $20/$15 stud/srs. The program more or less repeats with changes in personnel plus student works on 10/31 at 7:30 PM at the NYU Loewe Theatre, 35 W 4th St, $10/$5 stud

10/15, 9 PM 80s powerpop legends Teenage Fanclub at Bowery Ballroom, $25 adv tix rec

10/16, 4 PM up-and-coming early music ensemble Juilliard415 with virtuoso violinist Rachel Podger play virtuoso concertos of the Italian Baroque by Veracini, Vivaldi, Corelli, and Valentini at Corpus Christi Church, 529 W 121st St, $10 seats avail.

10/16, 6 PM the up-and-coming New York based Shiloh Quartet: Sophia Stoyanovich (violin I) Alice Ivy-Pemberton (violin II) Alaina Rea (viola) Clara Abel (cello) play the world premiere of Patrick Stoyanovich’s String Quartet “Shiloh Church.” plus his duo for violin and cello, plus readings, at Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery, free

10/16, 8 PM the acerbic, smartly improvisational Frikativ Quartet: Sarah Bernstein – violin/composition; Scott Tixier – violin/compositio; Leonor Falcon – viola; Malcolm Parson – cello at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 incl a drink

10/16, 8 PM tunefulness balanced by the harder side of bop: trumpeter Josh Evans’ Quintet plus the Oliver Lake Big Band at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

10/17, 8 PM two especially interesting trios: purist but insatiably adventurous trombonist/crooner Frank Lacy with a rhythm section of Kevin Ray and Andrew Drury followed by alto saxophonist Oliver Lake with Reggie Workman and Andrew Cyrille at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

10/19, 7 PM psychedelic surf/darkwave/dub band La Femme at Warsaw, $18

10/20, 7:30 PM the sprawling, cutting-edge, psychedelic, aptly named Brooklyn Raga Massive at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free

10/21, 7 PM eclectically edgy, smartly populist female-fronted rock en Espanol band Eljuri – like a louder Hurray for the Riff Raff – at Drom, $15 adv tix rec,cover includes copy of their new cd 

10/21, 7:30 PM indie classical ensemble Third Sound – Sooyun Kim, flute; Romie de Guise-Langlois, clarinet; Karen Kim, violin; Michael Nicholas, cello; and Orion Weiss, piano – play a program tba in the chapel at St. Bartholomew’s Church, Park Ave/51st, $25

10/21, 8:30 PM fiery, virtuoso tar and setar lute player and composer Sahba Motallebi with pecussionist Naghmeh Farahmand play exhilarating Persian classics and originals at Symphony Space, $28 adv tix rec

10/21, 9 PM expertly jazzy guitarist and alt-country pioineer Robbie Fulks at Union Hall, $20

10/22, 7:30 PM the Israeli Chamber Project play Erwin Schulhoff’s Duo for Violin and Cello, Gilad Hochman’s Slightly Disturbed, and Brahm’s Clarinet Trio. at Baruch College Auditorium, 55 Lexington Ave (at 24th St); $35/$10 stud

10/23-24 the Shannon Wright/Shellac twinbill at the Bell House is sold out

10/23, 7 PM fiery nuevo tango pianist Polly Ferman and her lush, sweeping band GlamourTango at the Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec

10/23, 8 PM eclectic, haunting film composer Johan Johannsson with indie classical chamber stars American Contemporary Music Ensemble at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, 856 Pacific St, (Vanderbilt/Underhill), 2/3 to Bergen St., , $27.50 adv tix avail. at the Poisson Rouge box office

10/24, 7 PM a golden age Ethiopiques twinbill with legendary 1960s pianist Girma Beyene backed by the high-voltage Feedel Band at CUNY’s Elebash Hall

10/25, 8 PM soaring, intense, dark retro 60s/goth/soul bandleader Nicole Atkins at the Poisson Rouge, $14 adv tix rec. Anybody with the balls to cover the Church’s Under the Milk Way and do it well is worth seeing.

10/25 high-voltage, sardonic, purist Las Vegas rockaiblly band the Royal Hounds at Skinny Dennis. 10/26 they’re at the Parkside

10/26, 8 PM synthy loopmusic with Faten Kanaan, guitar soundscaper Grey McMurray and then drummer/bandleader Tim Kuhl and his enveloping 1982 art-rock project at Union Pool, $8

10/27, 7:30 PM Cuatro Sukiyaki Minimal – who play hypnotically circling, pensive themes with thumb piano, traditional Japanese instruments and percussion – at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free

0/27, 8 PM otherworldly, harmonically wild, hypnotically powerful all-male Republic of Georgia choral group Ensemble Basiani at the Town Hall, $37 adv tix available at the box ofc 

10/27, 8 PM indie classical pianist Vicky Chow premieres new solo piano works by Christopher Cerrone, Fjola Evans, David Brynjar Franzson, and Bang on a Can peeps David Lang, Julia Wolfe and Michael Gordon at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

10/28, 8 PM pianist James Johnston plays Frederic Mompou’s otherworldly, bell-like Musica Callada, Satie’s Sports & Divertissements and Debussy’s The Children’s Corner at Scholes St. Studios

10/28, 8 PM Urban Playground Chamber Orchestra plays a fascinating program of rarely performed works by female composers female composers Ethel Smyth, Doreen Carwithen, and Dobrinka Tabakova at Church of St. Luke in the Fields, 487 Hudson St., $20/$12 stud .

10/28, 8 PM legenday SoCal first-wave punks the Dickies play their 1977 debut The Incredible Shrinking Dickies at Bowery Electric, $20. The following night, 10/29 at 10 they play their 1979 classic Dawn of the Dickies album, same price

10/29, 3 PM organist Walter Hilse plays Widor’s Symphonie Gothique plus works by Bach and Frescobaldi at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex, $20/$15 stud/srs

10/29, 7:30 PM the London Symphony Orchestra play Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G with Yuja Wang as soloist plus Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 at NJPAC in Newark, $24 tix avail, get em now

10/30, 8:30 PM King Death play doomy surfy waves of slowcore sludge followed by fun Sabbath/Sleep-influenced Australian doom blues act Witchskull at St. Vitus, free 

10/30, 9 PM popular Americana highway rockers Mandolin Orange at Bowery Ballroom, $15 adv tix rec

10/31 perennially popular carnivalesque keys-and-personality duo Quintron & Miss Pussycat at Baby’s All Right

11/1, 7:30 PM at NJPAC in Newark, a Ralph Ellison-inspired superstar jazz bill with Wynton Marsalis, Catherine Russell,Talib Kweli, Angélique Kidjo, Patti Austin, and Joe Morton with Andy Farber & His Orchestra, $25 seats avail

11/4, 7:30 PM the cutting-edge Spectrum Symphony of NY play concertos for organ and orchestra by Poulenc and Hungarian composer Balint Karosi (world premiere) with organ soloist János Pálúr at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex, sugg don $25/$15 stud/srs

11/4, 9 PM a good latin rock triplebill, in reverse order: Hurray For the Riff Raff, Making Movies, Las Cafeteras at Bowery Ballroom, $25 gen adm

11/6, 3 PM the Greenwich Village Orchestra play Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juliet (selections from Suites 1 & 2) and the Lieutenant Kijé Suite plus the legendary, harrowing Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 with soloist Imri Talgam at Washington Irving HS Auditorium, 16th St./Irving Place, $15 sugg don., reception to follow

11/11, 8 PM adventurous, eclectic Korean folk-rock band Coreyah blend traditional, latin and Balkan sounds with Korean classical and folk themes at Flushing Town Hall, $16/$10 stud

11/16, 7 PM intense, haunting noir chanteuse Gemma Ray at the Owl

11/19, 8 PM Andalusian ensemble La Banda Morisca perform “an intoxicating blend of traditional flamenco with Arab-Andalusian melodies and rock” at Roulette, $25

12/1, 9ish careening folk noir and heavy-duty grasscore: O’Death and Slim Cessna’s Auto Club at the Bell House, $15 adv tix rec

12/3, 8 PM intense, rapturous Balkan/ Middle Eastern ensemble the Secret Trio –Tamer Pinarbasi, Ismail Lumanovski & Ara Dinkjian – at Roulette, $30

12/7, 6:30 PM thought-provoking musicologist and Oxford History of Western Music editor Richard Taruskin considers an artist’s obligation to society, based on his book The Dangers of Music, Taruskin’s talk will be followed by a discussion with GC professor Scott Burnham, with a musical interlude at Elebash Hall at CUNY, 365 5th Ave. north of 34th St., free but rsvp req

12/31, 11 PM in an annual St. Bart’s tradition, William Trafka, Director of Music and organist performs works by Bach, Böhm, Franck, and Willan on the grand Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ at St. Bartholomew’s Church, Park Ave at 51st St, free, reception to follow.

Smart, Edgy, Charmingly Retro Swing Quartet Rosie & the Riveters Make Their NYC Debut on Thursday

Rosie & the Riveters sing irrepressible, irresistible, original four-part-harmony swing tunes inspired by 30s girlgroups like the Andrews Sisters, spiced with equal parts jump blues, 18th century African-American gospel, and vintage soul music. Their vocal arrangements are packed with clever, amusing twists and turns. Likewise, their lyrics have a playfully retro charm. Their delightfully electic new album Good Clean Fun is streaming at Bandcamp, and they’re making their New York debut at the small room at the Rockwood on August 11 at 8 PM.

The album’s opening track, Red Dress gets a gentle, coy intro and then a jaunty shuffle, fueled by piano, acoustic guitar and a.swinging rhythm section. Everybody in the band, each a strong solo artist in her own right, sings: Allyson Reigh takes the lead here, working every slinky angle in the blue notes, the band punching in with gospel harmonies on the chorus. All I Need, with its clever rhymes and blend of dixieland and Lake Street Dive blue-dyed soul, is a showcase for Alexis Normand‘s pillowy delivery:

I don’t need a Strat guitar
I don’t need a limo car
I don’t smoke a fat cigar
To know I’ve found success…

And the list goes on. Likewise, A Million Little Things. roses out of a slow intro, into a cheery, resolute, accordion-driven bounce, Melissa Nygren’s wise, knowing vocals channeling optimism in the midst of everyday annoyances, the women in the band taking a droll round-robin midway through. The group take an unexpected and bristlingly successful turn into noir oldschool soul with Bad Man:“Behind that liar’s tongue are sharp,sharp teeth,” Farideh Olsen asserts. “Love won’t even find you in the grave.”

The band keeps a brooding minor-key groove going with the rustic, oldtime gospel-flavored Ain’t Gonna Bother, Reigh channeling a murderously simmering nuance. Honey Bee, a cha-cha, contrasts the tenderness of Nygren’s lead vocal with a spiky, biting undercurrent, fueled by moody clarinet. Hallelujah Baby follows a briskly scampering country gospel shuffle on the wings of banjo and steel guitar. Milk ‘N Honey is sort of the shadow image of that one, a bluesy minor-key number that brings to mind the Asylum Street Spankers.

With its “we don’t get out of here alive:” chorus, the stark, spare Go On Momma has a chilling mid-50s country gospel feel. The slinky, latin-flavored take of Dancing ‘Cause of My Joy, sung with a retro soul triumph by Normand, makes a striking contrast. The band returns to a darkly bluesy, banjo-infused atmosphere with the creepy global warming-era cautionary tale Watching the Water Rise. The album winds up with another period-perfect 1950s style gospel number, the gentle, resolutely sunny Yes It’s True. Pretty impressive for a quartet of gals from Saskatchewan. Sometimes if you come from outside of a musical idiom, you have to do it better than the original to earn your cred, and that’s exactly what Rosie & the Riveters do here.

New York City and Brooklyn Live Music Calendar for August and September 2016

New September/October calendar coming 9/1, and many daily updates after that since clubs are dragging their asses to update their calendars over the Labor Day weekend:. So you might want to bookmark this page and check back every so often. If you don’t recognize a venue where a particular act is playing, check the comprehensive, recently updated list of over 200 New York City music venues at New York Music Daily’s sister blog Lucid Culture.

This is not a list of every show in town – it’s a carefully handpicked selection. If this calendar seems short on praise for bands and artists, it’s because every act here is recommended if you like their particular kind of music. Many different styles to choose from here, something for everyone

Showtimes listed here are set times, not the time doors open – if a listing says something like “9ish,” that means it’ll probably start later than advertised. If you see a show listed without the start time, that’s because either the artist, their publicist or the venue in question sent incomplete info – those acts are usually listed last on a particular date.  Always best to check with the venue for the latest information on set times and door charges, since that information is often published here weeks in advance. Weekly events first followed by the daily calendar.

On select Thursdays and Sundays, an intimate, growing piano music salon on the Upper West Side featuring iconoclastically insightful, lyrical pianist Nancy Garniez – a cult favorite with an extraordinarily fluid, singing, legato style – exploring the delicious minutiae of works from across the centuries. Upcoming: Mozart and Beethoven, 8/11 at 7 PM and 8/21 (new date!) at 4.Waiting in the wings: Brahms, Tchaikovsky (!), Dvorak (!). Sugg don $10 (pay what you can), delicious gluten-free refreshments, beverages and lively conversation included! email for info/location.

8/22-28 the amazing Drive East Festival of Indian instrumental and vocal music and dance at LaMama. Too many great artists to list: the full lineup is here. Choice pick: the 8/24, 8:30 PM album release show by the Navatman Music Collective, one of the world’s only Carnatic choirs. Tix are in the $15 neighborhood and discounts abound.

Mondays in August, 7 and 9 PM, erudite pianist Orrin Evans‘ richly tuneful, purist, stampeding Captain Black Big Band at Smoke

Mondays at 7 PM multi-instrumentalist Dennis Lichtman’s popular western swing band Brain Cloud at Barbes followed at 9:30 PM by a variety of south-of-the-border-style bands playing cumbias, boogaloo, salsa, maybe all of the above.

Mondays at the Jazz Standard it’s all Mingus, whether with the Mingus Orchestra, Big Band or Mingus Dynasty: as jazz goes, it’s arguably the most exhilarating show of the week, every week. The first-rate players always rise to the level of the material. Sets 7:30/9:30 PM, $25 and worth it.

Also Monday and Tuesday nights Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks, a boisterous horn-driven 11-piece 1920s/early 30’s band play Iguana, 240 W. 54th St ( Broadway/8th Ave) , 3 sets from 8 to 11, surprisingly cheap $15 cover plus $15 minimum considering what you’re getting. Even before the Flying Neutrinos or the Moonlighters, multi-instrumentalist Giordano was pioneering the oldtimey sound in New York; his long-running residency at the old Cajun on lower 8th Ave. is legendary. He also gets a ton of film work (Giordano wrote the satirical number that Willie Nelson famously sang in Wag the Dog).

Mondays at the Vanguard the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra – composer Jim McNeely’s reliably good big band vehicle – plays 9/11 PM, $30 per set plus drink minimum.

Mondays at 9 PM erudite, purist torchy jazz chanteuse Svetlana & the Delancey 5 at the Back Room, 102 Norfolk St just north of Delancey St, free

Mondays at 10 noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo leads his trio at the big room at the Rockwood

Four Mondays in August: 8/1, 8/8, 8/22 and 8/29, 10 PM Dingonek Street Band play Afrobeat and Ethiopiques grooves at Pine Box Rock Shop.

Also 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, 8:30 PM the George Gee Swing Orchestra play surprising new arrangements of old big band standards at Swing 46, 349 W 46th St,  $15

Tuesdays in August clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party  at 9 PM at Barbes. Get there as soon as you can as they’re very popular. $10 cover.

Tuesdays in August, 9 PM a high-energy bluegrass twinbill with the harmony-driven NYCity Stompers and the fiddle-fueled Melody Allegra Band at American Beauty, 251 W 30th St., free

Wednesdays at 8-ish, amazing, psychedelic instrumentalists Sandcatchers – who blend cinematic, pastoral Americana and Middle Eastern themes – at Cheryl’s Restaurant, 236 Underhill Ave. (Eastern Pkwy/Lincoln Pl.) in Ft. Greene. Closest train is actually the 2/3 to Brooklyn Museum.

Wednesdays at 9 PM Feral Foster’s Roots & Ruckus takes over the Jalopy, a reliably excellent weekly mix of oldtimey acts: blues, bluegrass, country and swing.

Fridays and Saturdays at 5 PM adventurous indie classical string quartet Ethel plus frequent special guests playing a mix of classical and more contemporary mateiral at the balcony bar at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

Fridays in July, at 9 Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens play oldschool 1960s style gospel at the Fat Cat.

Fridays at around 9:30 PM Bulgarian Romany sax legend Yuri Yunakov with his wild but haunting band at Mehanata

Saturdays in August at 4 PM at Bargemusic there are impromptu free classical concerts, usually solo piano or small chamber ensembles: if you get lucky, you’ll catch pyrotechnic violinist/music director Mark Peskanov and/or the many members of his circle. Early arrival advised.

Every Saturday in August, 6 PM cinematic jazz trombonist/composer Curtis Hasselbring debuts “new music and concepts combining surf, garage rock, latin music and electronics at Barbes. Each week features the trio of Curtis (trombone, guitar and vocals), Simon Jermyn (bass) and Satoshi Takeishi (drums and percussion) as well as guests (Brian Drye on trombone and keys the 13th and 20th, others TBA). For the first time ever, Curtis will also delve into singing”

Saturdays eclectic compelling Brazilian jazz chanteuse Marianni and her excellent band at Zinc Bar, three sets starting at 10 PM.

Sundays there’s a klezmer brunch at City Winery, show starts around 11:30 AM – 2 PM, $10 cover, no minimum, lots of good bands

Sundays at 3 PM at the Stone a rotating cast of familiar faces from John Zorn’s circle perform from Zorn’s characteristically exhaustive, marathon collection of 300 works titled Bagatelles, recently composed between March and May 2015. “Each concert will be introduced by John Zorn, often in conversation with the musicians,” $15

Sundays in September starting on 9/18, 7 PM spine-tinglingm darkly mystical art-rock/avant-garde/chamber pop songwriter Carol Lipnik – pretty much everybody’s choice for best singer in all of NYC – at Pangea

Every Sunday the Ear-Regulars, led by trumpeter Jon Kellso and (frequently) guitarist Matt Munisteri play NYC’s only weekly hot jazz session starting around 8 PM at the Ear Inn on Spring St. Hard to believe, in the city that springboarded the careers of thousands of jazz legends, but true. This is by far the best value in town for marquee-caliber jazz: for the price of a drink and a tip for the band, you can see world-famous players (and brilliant obscure ones) you’d usually have to drop $100 for at some big-ticket room. The material is mostly old-time stuff from the 30s and 40s, but the players (especially Kellso and Munisteri, who have a chemistry that goes back several years) push it into some deliciously unexpected places.

Sundays in August, 8:30 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.

Sundays at Barbes at around 9:30 PM paradigm-shifting Romany jazz guitarist Stephane Wrembel – who blends Django with ominous Pink Floyd art-rock and growling post-Velvets psychedelia.

8/1, 6 PM the improvisationally-inclined Osso String Quartet at the Fat Cat

8/1, 9 PM this era’s most interesting voice in retro Britrock and glam-inspired art-rock,Edward Rogers and his killer band at Rough Trade, $15

8/1, 10 PM bassist Lisa Dowling’s enigmatic, theatrical, Kate Bush-influenced solo loopmusic project Kills to Kisses at Cake Shop, $8

8/1, 10 PM explosive instrumental art-rock/postrock band You Bred Raptors at at Sunnyvale

8/1, 10:30 PM lyrical, lyrically-driven rising star jazz pianist Helen Sung and her group at Smalls

8/2-7, 8/10 PM exhilarating, intense, noisy, witty, gritty guitarist Mary Halvorson plays a weeklong stand at the Stone wih a series of groups, $20. Choice pick: too many to mention. 8/7 at 8 she’s doing a duo with pedal steel icon Susan Alcorn, and on 8/6 she’s playing two sets with her octet

8/2, 7 PM spiky violin-mandolin duo jams with Skye Steele and Charlie Burnham followed at around 9 by ten-piece funky Balkan brass/Ellington jazz monsters Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

8/2, 7 PM dark post-Velvets songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Anne Husick at Sidewalk

8/2, 7:30 PM the East Coast Chamber Orchestra plays works by Lutoslawski, Turine, Monteverdi, Jalbert and Dvorak at Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, free

8/2-7, 8:30/10:30 PM luminous, picturesque pianist/composer Geri Allen leads her quinet with Ravi Coltrane (tenor) Wallace Roney Jr. (trumpet), Kenny Davis (bass) Victor Lewis (drums) at the Vanguard, $30

8/2, 9 PM sizzling newschool oldtimey swing and Americana guitarist Seth Kessel and band at Radegast Hall

8/2, 9 PM conscious roots reggae dancehall songbird Jah9 at SOB’s, $20

8/2, 10 PM catchy Americana rockers Greg Cornell & the Cornell Brothers play the album release show for their new one at the big room at the Rockwood 

8/3, 6:30 PM the world premiere of hauntingly atmospheric Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir‘s For It Will Never Return with tenor Peter Tantsits and harpist Megan Conley on the plaza at Lincoln Center, free

8/3, 6:30 PM explosive Bahian bandleader/percussionist Dende and his groupon the plaza at the Brooklyn Public Library, free

8/3, 7 PM haunting original folk noir fiddler/composer/improviser Tamalyn Miller (from art-rockers Goddess) performs solo at an intriguing group art show opening at Camera Club of New York, 126 Baxter St (between Canal and Hester)

8/3, 7 PM the explosive, richly angst-fueled Manhattan Camerata Tango-Fado Project featuring Nathalie Pires followed by Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center

8/3, 8 PM slinky, funky female-fronted Middle Eastern jamband Sekanjabin at Shrine

8/3, 8 PM legendary klezmer clarinetist and bluegrass mandolin wizard – and undercover surf rocker –Andy Statman and band at Barbes, $10

8/3, 9 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” at Troost in Greenpoint

8/3, 9 PM real oldschool Max’s style glampunks the New York Junk at Bowery Electric, $8

8/3, 9ish enigmatic, synthy, propulsive new wave act Decorum at Aviv

8/4, half past noon towering, intense, epic big band jazz composer Miho Hazama and her Ensemble outdoors at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex, free

8/4, 5 PM Junior Marvin’s version of the Wailers (there are two versions of what’s left of Bob Marley’s old backing band on the tour circuit these days) outdoors at Theatre Square in Newark, free

8/4, 7 PM Balkan singer Sarah Small’s hauntingly mesmerizing avant-folk trio Hydra and brilliant psychedelic desert rock/cantorial art-rock band Sway Machinery at Joe’s Pub

8/4, boarding at 7 PM, departing at 8 PM, a killer second-wave garage rock twinbill with the Headless Horsemen and the Fleshtones aboard the Jewel, sailing from the pier behind the heliport at 23rd St. and the East River, $20 adv tix avail. at the office next door or the Highline Ballroom box ofc.

8/4, 8 PM cellist Hank Roberts’ edgy jazz sextet followed at 10 by  brilliant klezmer reedman Matt Darriau’s Who Is Manny Blanc, a homage to the legendary/obscure LES psychedelic Jewish jazz/esoterica composer at Barbes

8/4, 8 PM long-running 90s alt-country favorites Rusty Truck at Hill Country, free

8/4, 8 PM soulful, latin-inspired, lushly exciting new jazz chanteuse Marianne Solivan sings a rare duo show backed by pianist Bruce Barth at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 includes a drink

8/4, 9 PM hot 20s swing with trumpeter Jason Prover and his Sneak Thievery Orchestra at Radegast Hall

8/4, 10 PM quirky, smartly lyrical avant chamber pop with the Icebergs – Jane LeCroy – vox; Tom Abbs – cello; David Rogers-Berry – drums – followed at 11 by fearlessly fun guy/girl-fronted C&W/Americana punk band theWorking Mothers at Pete’s

8/4, 10:30 PM uneasy, anthemic, cinematic/shoegaze noiserockers Avers play the album release show for their new one at the Mercury, $10 adv ti xrec

8/4. 10:30 PM purist, tuneful, postbop tenor saxophonist Ken Fowser and his group at Smalls

8/4, 11 PM Anguilla roots reggae band British Dependency at Shrine 

8/5, 5:30 PM  a rare Upper West appearance by ten-piece country/carnivalesque/acoustic rock powerhouse M Shanghai String Band at the American Folk Art Museum

8/5, 7:30 PM highly regarded front-porch folk songwriter Margaret Glaspy at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center

8/5, 7:30/9 PM the mighty sixteen-piece, accordion-spiced cumbia-jazz Gregorio Uribe Big Band  at Ginny’s Suppper Club, $20

8/5, 7:30 PM Anguilla roots reggae band British Dependency at Prospect Park Bandshell

8/5, 8 PM pastoral guitar instrumentalist JR Bohanon, guitarist David First’s noisy, shambling Bloodloops duo project and the cinematic, sprawlingly psychedelic Rhyton at Trans-Pecos, $8 PM 

8/5, 8 PM torchy, lyrically smashing original female-fronted oldtimey swing crew the Fascinators at Sidewalk

8/5, 9 PM darkly edgy, politically-fueled Irish tunesmith Niall Connolly at at the small room at the Rockwood. Down the block explosive Neil Y/Crazy Horse-ish sounds and slinky desert rock with guitarist Marco with Love play the big room at 11.

8/5, 9ish wild, ornately original Balkan trumpet music with Cocek Brass Band at Radegast Hall

8/5, 9 PM Middle Eastern-tinged Israeli guitarist Amos Hoffman leads his trio at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 includes a drink

8/5, 10 PM this era’s most chillingly cinematic, shadowy reverbtoned noir guitar instrumentalists, Big Lazy at Barbes

8/5, 10 PM reverb-drenched dark garage-psych band Heaters playing the album release show for their excellent new one at Baby’s All Right, $10

8/5, 10 PM brooding, ornate folk noir with Wavestate at the Way Station

8/5, 10:30 PM B3 organ and trombone soul/jazz grooves with the Jared Gold and Dave Gibson Band at the Fat Cat.

8/5, 11 PM edgy, eclectic, tuneful, smartly lyrical punk-jazz-inspired rock songwriter Mimi Oz at Pete’s. 8/10, 8:40 PM (not 8:30) she’s at stuffy Sidewalk

8/5, 11:30 PM hilarious 70s/80s metal spoofers Mighty High at Hanks, $10

8/5, midnight-ish a Latino punk festival with Atruth, Namatay sa ingay, Boston’s Disolados and Chicago’s Autonomy at Don Pedro’s

8/6, the Latino punk fest continues at around 4 PM at Don Pedro’s. In reverse order: Final (Colombia),Sem Hastro (Brasil/Dc), Desafio (Chicago), Manoz Zuzias (Arizona), Los Jacks (Ohio) and our own Demecia Alkoholika opening the afternoon. There’s another bill starting at midnight with (in reverse order) NYC’s The Brass, Dissagio (Minneapolis), Loa Dusters and Electro Insides

8/6, 4 PM ish Philly soul legend William Bell headlines at around 7, preceded by legendary Meters bassist George Porter Jr. and Runnin’ Pardners and then UK blue-eyed soul act the James Hunter Six at Pier 97 in Hudson River Park; enter at 59th St. on the river.

8/6, 6 PM oldschool soul ballads with singer Camille Atkisson’s Empire Beats a at Lucille’s, $10 adv tix rec

8/6, 7:30 PM a cool indie classical/postminimalist/postrock twinbill with Tigue Percussion followed by Paola Prestini‘s deep-space Hubble Cantata at Prospect Park Bandshell, free

8/6, 9 PM Unsteady Freddie‘s monthly surf rock extravaganza at Otto’s begins with the surf/spaghetti western Band of Others, then Russian legends the Vivisectors – who do surf versions of old Soviet gulag songs – then cinematic surf rockers the TarantinosNYC  and finally the monstrously creepy, awesome Inframen sometime after midnight.

8/6, 9 PM menacing Australian southwestern gothic croooner Henry Wagons at Hill Country

8/6, 9 PM enigmatic, psychedelically, distantly Lynchian soul bandleader Ivy Meissner plays the album release show for her new one at Littlefield, $10

8/6, 9 PM tunheful, eclectic baritone saxophonist Eden Bareket with Or Bareket, bass; Felix Lecaros, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 includes a drink Followed at 10:30 PM (separate admission, same deal) by a rare solo show by darkly lyrical jazz pianist Shai Maestro

8/6, 10 PM hard-hitting garage punks the 45 Adapters, folllowed at 11 by soul-rockers the Mighty Fine at Hank’s, $10

8/6, 10 PM legendary Hoboken psych-pop band the Special Pillow at Union Hall, $8

8/7, 5 PM plush singer Daria Grace’s torchy, delightful oldtime uke swing band the Pre-War Ponies at Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City

8/7, 5 PM lyrical jazz pianist/singer/composer Deanna Witkowski leads her quartet at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex, free

8/7, 6 PM enigmatic cool jazz singer/composer Dorian Devins leads her trio at Boccone, 506 9th Ave, (at 38th St), free

8/7, 7 PM wild, intense, frequently satirical newgrass/oldtimey hellraisers the Dustbowl Revival at the Mercury, $10

8/7, 7 PM an ironic twinbill: young oldschool C&W band the Cactus Blossoms and Dwight Yoakam, one of the first of the New Nashville guys, who’s now into bluegrass, at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center

8/7, 8 PM Silencio plays classic David Lynch soundtrack pieces plus original noir instrumentals at the Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec

8/7, 8 PM brilliant Americana/jazz/cinematic violinist  Skye Steele, eclectic, globally inspired songwriter Jean Rohe and dynamic, nuanced Sicilian/flamenco chanteuse Julia Patinella with her band. at the Owl

8/7, 8 PM vivid gothic Americana songstress Lara Ewen at Hell Phone in Bushwick

8/7, 8 PM recently regrouped, legendary Pittsburgh punk-funk band Stick Against Stone Orchestra in a very rare intimate show at the small room at the Rockwood.

8/7, 8:30 PM darkly rustic Brazilian rainforest folk (and John Zorn covers) with Forro in the Dark at Manhattan Inn, free

8/8, 8 PM quirkily charismatic, powerful-voiced, kinetic avant-pop siren Grace McLean at the small room at the Rockwood.

8/8, 8:30/10:30 PM haunting, intense, cinematic classical/jazz/art-rock pianist Salome Scheidegger at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 includes a drink

8/9, 7 PM trumpet luminary Nadje Noordhuis (with vibes/percussionist James Shipp) followed by chamber jazz virtuosi 9 Horses (Joe Brent, mandolin; Sara Caswell, violin; Emily Hope Price, cello; Ike Sturm, bass) “ in an evening of collaboration and experimentation” at Shapeshifter Lab, $15

8/9, 7 PM guitarist Yoshie Fruchter’s intense, cinematic Middle Eastern jamband Sandcatchers at Barbes

8/9, 7 PM tuneful, cinematic jazz trombonist John Yaos’ Quintet at Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City

8/9-14, 8/10 PM haunting pan-Asian avant-jazz songstress/composer Jen Shyu  plays her epic suite Song of Silver Geese at the Stone wih a series of groups, $20. Choice pick: Movements 1 and 2 with a large ensemble including a string quartet on the final night, both sets.

8/9-14,8:30/10:30 PM John Zorn bagatagelles played by a series of first-rate Stone regulars at the Vanguard, $30

8/9, 10:30 PM charismatic, adventurous postbop/avant garde trombonist/crooner Frank Lacy leads his quintet at Smalls

8/9, 9 PM jaunty Hawaiian swing sounds with King Isto’s Tropical String Band at Troost

8/9, 9:30 PM pandeiro jazz with the Tulio Araujo Quartet with Helio Alves piano), Cesar Garabini (7 string guitar) and Edward Perez (bass)at Club Bonafide  

8/10, 1 PM the brass-fueled David White Jazz Orchestra outdoors at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex, free

8/10, 6 PM one of this era’s most original, spellbinding oud players, Mavrothi Kontanis, with brilliant drumme Dan Kurfirst at the Rubin Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

8/10, 7/9:30 PM the sprawling, cutting-edge, psychedelic, aptly named Brooklyn Raga Massive at the Jazz Gallery, $15

8/10, 7:15 PM enigmatic, intense, lyrically brilliant noir rock siren Karla Rose & the Thorns play their hauntingly cinematic two-guitar anthems and misterioso ballads at Webster Hall, $20

8/10, 8 PM eclectic original Middle Eastern and North African style oudist Brandon Terzic leads his group at Barbes

8/10, 8 PM purposeful Malian desert rock jamband guitarist Mamadou Kelly and the Ali Farka Toure Allstars at Union Pool, $20

8/10, 8ish outsider jazz, outside, free: DarkMatterHalo with ageless trumpet sage Wadada Leo Smith followed by Nublu Orchestra improvising a Butch Morris tribute at East River Park

8/10, 8 PM the Bushwick Book Club – a collective of incredibly diverse, typically excellent songwriters including irrepressibly fun ringleader Susan Hwang, the haunting Jessie Kilguss, and parlor pop mavens Sweet Soubrette – play new songs inspired by Sean Patrick’s Nikola Tesla bio at Hifi Bar

8/10, 9 PM composer Don Baragiano’s Hejira Middle Eastern project at Shrine

8/10, 9 PM ferociously funny, intense, guitar-fueled Americana punks Spanking Charlene at at Ethyl’s, (1629 2nd Ave between 84th & 85th Sts), free

8/11, 7 PM catchy, soul-infused female-fronted existentialist parlor pop mavens Sweet Soubrette at Shrine

8/11, 7 PM sarod-percussion duo Camila Celin & Roshni Samlal open for hypnotic, atmospheric, genre-shifting Indian/newgrass string ensemble Karavika playing the album release show for their fun, innovative new one at Joe’s Pub

8/11-14, 7:30/9:30 PM irrepressible jazz drummer and Marsalis sideman Jeff Tain Watts leads his quintet at the Jazz Standard, $30

8/11, 7:30/9:30 PM tuneful up-and-coming alto saxophonist Caroline Davis leads her quintet at the Jazz Gallery, $15

8/11, 8ish darkly ecstatic, danceable Middle Eastern flavored Nubian grooves with Alsarah & the Nubatones at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free

8/11, 8 PM irresistibly charming 30s-style girlgroup harmony swing band Rosie & the Riveters – Saskatchewan’s counterpart to the Tickled Pinks – at the small room at the Rockwood

8/11, 8 PM catchy, individualistic rockers Elk City – who mash up paisley underground psychedelia and dreampop – at Hifi Bar

8/11, 8 PM Daria Grace’s torchy, delightful oldtime uke swing band the Pre-War Ponies at Barbes

8/11, 8 PM hard-hitting funk/Afrobeat band Shelley Nicole’s Blakbushe at C’Mon Everybody, $10

8/11, 8:15 PM Bombrasstico – who mash up dancehall reggae and marching band brasss – and the the New York Chillharmonic – singer/keyboardist Sara McDonald’s lush 17-piece art-rock/chamber pop band with string quartet and big band jazz orchestration – at Shapeshifter Lab, $8

8/11, 9 PM fiery, psychedelically bluesy oldschool soul/southern rockers Lizzie & the Makers play a rare acoustic set followed by smart, eclectic, avant garde-inclined Toot Sweet accordionist Mary Spencer Knapp at Pete’s

8/11, 9 PM edgy folk noir/punkgrass band Sour Bridges at Hill Country

8/11, 10 PM Yotoco, the “bastard child of Umoja Orchestra, Bioritmo, and Cumbiagra playing a melange of salsa, Afro-Cuban rumba, boleros, and cumbias” at Bar Chord

8/11, 10:30 PM catchy, cinematic, noir-inclined saxophonist/composer Nick Hempton leads his quartet at Smals

8/12, 7:30 PM wry, blues-tinged stadium rock favorites Dr. Dog team up with adventurous young orchestra the Knights at Prospect Park Bandshell, free

8/12, 7:30/9:30 PM meticulous, intense guitarist Liberty Ellman leads his excellent sextet with Steve Lehman – saxophone; Jonathan Finlayson – trumpet; Stephan Crump – bass; Jose Davila – tuba, Damion Reid – drums at the Jazz Gallery, $22

8/12, 8 PM fiery, tuneful soul-punk rockers No Ice (a spinoff of the late, great Brooklyn What) at Union Pool, $8. 8/20, 8 PM they’re at Matchless followed by the Graveyard Kids, the smart, eclectic, avant garde-inclined accordion-driven Toot Sweet and the Rocksteady Explosion

8/12, 8 PM this era’s most chillingly cinematic, shadowy reverbtoned noir guitar instrumentalists, Big Lazy at the carousel at Battery Park

8/12, 8 PM  accordionist/chanteuse Kamala Sankaram’s hot surfy Bollywood/cumbia/psychedelic rock project Bombay Rickey – a launching pad for her spellbinding four-octave range – followed at 10 by rustic, clatteringly hypnotic Moroccan trance groove ensemble Innov Gnawa at Barbes

8/12, 8 PM jazz vibraphonista Yuhan Su and her group play kinetic, towering originals inspired by a ancient Chinese sun god myth at Flushing Town Hall, $16/$10 stud/srs

8/12, 8 PM the Ghost Wolves bring back fond memories of the Cramps and similar ghoulabilly acts at Don Pedro’s

8/12, 8:15 PM  Jamie Kilstein and the Agenda – the Joe Strummer of psychedelic funk – at Sidewalk

8/12-13, 8:30/10:30 guitarist Lage Lund leads a tuneful trio at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 includes a drink

8/12, 9 PM a fundraiser for Black Lives Matter: performers include Prince Paul, Jean Grae, Heems and others at Friends & Lovers, $30, 100% of proceeds to the cause

8/12, 9 PM sizzling, deviously fun newgrass band Tacoma Narrows – who have been known to cover Ozzy Osbourne – at the big room at the Rockwood 

8/12, 9 PM exotic surf rock band the Vibro-jets – a Sea Devils spinoff – at  Troost

8/12. 10 PM power trio Grinning Dog – who alternate between trippy math-metal and dub reggae – at Pine Box Rock Shop

8/13, 3 PM organist/harpsichordist Nancy Kito performs an irreverent, enlightening multimedia under-the-hood demonstration of how her respective axes work, concluding with a visit to see the guts of a nearby church organ, concert/performance starts at 3 at Q.E.D. Astoria 27-16 23rd Av, Astoria, N to Ditmars Blvd, $10

8/13, 4 PM the Jimmy Heath Big Band celebrates his 90th birthday with special guests Antonio Hart (tenor saxophone) and Jeb Patton (pianist); plus  vocalist Alyson Williams on the Great Hill in Central Park; enter at 106th and CPW, free

8/13, 5 PM the Mostly Mozart Festival singers and members of the public (i.e. you) perform David Lang’s populist new choral work The Public Domain on the plaza at Lincoln Center, your participation is encouraged

8/13, 5 PM Palehound – who blend eerie, lyrical new wave with hypnotic motorik vintage Wire-style postpunk – at Trans-Pecos, $6.66

8/13, 6 PM  cleverly lyrical, coolly intriguing jazz chanteuse Dorian Devins leads herquartet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 includes a drink

8/13, 7:30 PM incomparable, deviously funny country/jazz/janglerock iconAmy Allison at Dixon Place

8/13, 8 PM intense, ferociously lyrical, politically fearless noir blues bandleader and showman LJ Murphy at Sidewalk followed at 9 by Mac McCarty & the Kidd Twist Band playing their fiery, sometimes unexpectedly poignant Pogues-ish punk and folk noir

8/13, 8 PM pianist Lucian Ban and violist Mat Maneri’s tersely haunting Transylvanian jazz project at Barbes

8/13, 8 PM intense, psychedelic, horn-driven latin soul crew Spanglish Fly at SOB’s

8/13, 10:30 PM shambling gutter blues band Harry Chronic Jr. at Leftfield

8/13, 9 PM  searing, theatrical Romany/Balkan punk rockers Bad Buka – who are just as fun as Gogol Bordello –  at Mehanata, $10

8/13, 9 PM Americana rock guitar legend and former Lakeside Lounge honcho  Eric Ambel – of the Del-Lords and formerly with Steve Earle – at Hill Country Brooklyn

8/13, 9 PM Texas swing icons the Hot Club of Cowtown at Bowery Ballroom, $17 adv tix rec

8/14, 3 PM the American Contemporary Music Ensemble play Philip Glass’ String Quartet No. 5 from 1991 and Meredith Monk’s only string quartet Stringsongs from 2005, plus a Caleb Burhans world premiere at the Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd,| Long Island City, free w/museum adm

8/14, 7 PM tuneful. subtle, pastorally-tinged drummer/composer Vinnie Sperrazza leads his Apocryphal project with Loren Stillman­ alto saxophone; Brandon Seabrook­ guitar; Eivind Opsvik­ bass followed at 9 by psychedelic/art-rock/ Romany guitar genius Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

8/14, 9;30 PM haunting, intense, lyrically-driven folk noir band Jagged Leaves at Sidewalk

8/15, 6:30 PM intriguing,up-and-coming guitarist/songwriter Alicyn Yaffee – formerly of adventurous all-female jazz/art-rock band the Cave Women – at the Bar Next Door

8/15, 7 PM Dennis Lichtman’s purist, oldschool western swing band Brain Cloud followed by 9:30 PM by Cumbiagra – whose take on psychedelic cumbias is more rustic and purist than most bands who play that stuff –at Barbes

8/15, 8/10:30 PM ageless, perennially hard-hitting jazz piano sage and ex-Coltrane bandmate McCoy Tyner at the Blue Note, $30 standing room avail.

8/15, 8:30/10:30 PM edgy, noir-inspired bassist Michael Blanco leads a solid quartet with with John Ellis, tenor sax; Aaron Goldberg, piano; Clarence Penn, drums; at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 includes a drink

8/15, 10 PM popular, relentless noisepunks Lightning Bug at the Silent Barn, $8

8/16, 7 PM legendary, politically fearless, fiery Ivory Coast roots reggae legend Alpha Blondy at Marcus Garvey Park

8/16, 7 PM smart, cleverly lyrical original swing chanteuse/songwriter/trombonist Emily Asher’s Garden Party at Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City

8/16, 7:30 PM haunting, eclectic, otherworldly, historically rich instrumentals from the Yiddish Art Trio – Patrick Farrell- accordion, Benjy Fox-Rosen- bass/vocals, Michael Winograd- clarinet –. at Pangea, $20

8/16, 7:30 PM bass goddess/singer Felice Rosser’s roots regge/dubsoul/groove band Faith at Tompkins Square Park

8/16-21, 8/10 PM intense, roaring avant-jazz/bluesmetal guitarist Joe Morris plays a weeklong stand at the Stone wih a series of groups, $20. Choice pick: the last night, both sets with his quartet including Mat Maneri (viola) Chris Lightcap (bass) Gerald Cleaver (drums)

8/16, 8 PM long-running Israeli reggae-rock jamband Moshav Band at Highline Ballroom, $15 adv tix req

8/17, 1 PM cleverly eclectic, paradigm-shifting B3 jazz organist Brian Charette Sextette at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex,

8/17, 2 PM bizarre segues, good show: Indian string band innovation with Karavika‘s Trina Basu & Arun Ramamurthy, haunting Nashville gothic songwriter Jaye Bartell and electroacoustic soundscaper Nick James Scavo at Trans-Pecos, $10

8/17, 8 PM careeningly intense gutter blues bandleader Breanna Barbara followed by tuneful, diverse retro 60s psychedelic garage rockers the Mystery Lights at Baby’s All Right, $12

8/17, 8 PM percussive, trance-inducing, bitingly tuneful, Middle Eatstern-tinged female-fronted jamband SisterMonk at the small room at the Rockwood

8/17, 8 PM atmospheric Indian folk-inspired psychedelia with Tongues in Trees – vocalist Samita Sinha, drummer Sunny Jain of Red Baraat, and guitarist Grey McMurray from itsnotyouitsme – at Barbes

8/17, 8:15 PM the Olson Pingrey Quartet – Kathy Olson- baritone saxophone Randy Pingrey- trombone Kendall Eddy- bass Austin McMahon- drums -evoking Bob Brookmeyer dueling with Gerry Mulligan, wow – at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

8/17, 9 PM fiery Americana rock guitarist/bandleader Michelle Malone – like Lucinda Williams at her hardest-rocking – at the Bitter End, $12

8/18, 7 PM the Brooklyn Underground Jazz Festival with the David Cook Quintet, fearlessly relevant, politically-inspired drummer/composer Rob Garcia and his trio with guitarist Steve Cardenas and bassist Matt Pavolka, and chanteuse Tammy Scheffer leading her sextet and voices (Aubrey Johnson, Katie Seiler, Tomas Cruz) at Shapeshifter Lab, $15

8/18, 7 PM playful, darkly eclectic toy piano virtuoso Phyllis Chen at Madison Square Park

8/18, 7:30 PM eclectic virtuoso oudist Mehmet Polat leads his Middle Eastern trio at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free

8/18, 8 PM art-rocker Pierre de Gaillande’s Bad Reputation plays witty chamber pop English translations of Georges Brassens classics followed at 10 by tersely tuneful guitarist Tom Csatari’s hauntingly cinematic, lushly sweeping Uncivilized large ensemble at Barbes

8/18, 8 PM perennially vital, powerful 80s new wave belter Martha Davis & the Motels at B.B. King’s, $25 adv tix rec

8/18, 10 PM perennially edgy, psychedelic cult favorite avant garde harpist/composer Zeena Parkins at Trans-Pecos, $10

8/18, 11 PM uneasy, brooding Newspeak pianist/singer Alexander Dubuvoy leads his jazz trio at Club Bonafide. 8/19, 6 PM they’re at Shrine and at Cornelia St. Cafe, also at 6 on 8/29.

8/18 distinctive guitarist Ava Mendoza, haunting violist/composer Jessica Pavone and saxophonist Chris Pitsiokos at Muchmore’s

8/18 swirly, hypnotic, totally 80s 4AD dreampop/shoegazers Dead Leaf Echo – who if they let their frontwoman sing fulltime would be one of NYC’s best bands –at Aviv

8/19, 6:30ish up-and-coming paisley underground band Moji Abiola – who add soulful vocals to the psychedelic mix – at the American Folk Art Museum

8/19, 7 PM lush, stately, jazz-inflected Uruguayan sounds with the Florencia Gonzalez Candombe Project at Shrine

8/19, 8 PM enigmatically careening,wickedly tuneful, intense female-fronted power trio Castle Black at Bowery Electric

8/19, 8:30 PM in reverse order at Union Hall: guy/girl powerpopsters Tatters & Rags, brilliantly creepy, cinematic circus rockers Northern Arms, and jangly Steve Wynn-esque paisley underground rockers Girls on Grass,  $10

8/19, 9/10:30 PM crystalline, enigmatically enchanting jazz singer and vocalese specialist Aubrey Johnson leads her eclectic band – with Tomoko Omura, violin; Michael Sachs, alto sax, bass clarinet; Glenn Zaleski, piano; Matt Aronoff, bass; Jimmy MacBride, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 includes a drink

8/19, 9ish wry, jangly, retro 60s psychedelic popsters Gringo Star at Shea Stadium, $12. 8/20, 8 PM they’re at Cake Shop

8/19 9 PM this era’s Hasil Adkins, one-man psycho blues showman Mark Sultan at Union Pool, $12

8/19, 10 PM darkly bristling, psychedelic Israeli Ethiopiques groove instrumentalists Anbessa Orchestra, f.k.a. Lions at Barbes

8/19, 9:30 PM hypnotic cello-and-marimba duo Goli at Caffe Vivaldi

8/19, 10 PM crooner Sean Kershaw‘s creepy ghoulabilly Serpentones at the Parkside

8/19, 10:30 PM catchy, anthemic New Orleans blues guitar jamband the Delta Saints at the Mercury $10 adv tix rec

8/19, 11:20 (not 11:30) PM intense, charismatic folk noir chanteuse Lorraine Leckie in a rare solo show, doing her dark cabaret multi-instrumentalist thing, followed at midnight by darkly lo-fi guitar/drums duo Mischief Night (a Grasping Straws side project) at Sidewalk 

8/20, 2 PM an afternoonlong performance of Punjabi folk songs and music from Peshawar, performers include multi-instrumentalist Aziz Peerzada and his tabla prodigy son Saboor Peerzada, impresarios/singer Sahib Gul fun Punjabi rock band Rhythm Tolee and percussion duo Eric Alabaster with Akbar Chaurdy at the BAC Folk Arts Tent at the Pakistani Independence Day street fair at Coney Island Avenue and Avenue H in Midwood, free .

8/20, 8 PM awesome new Middle Eastern-tinged surf rockers Hearing Things – Matt Bauder -saxophones, guitars; JP Schlegelmilch -organ/piano and Vinnie Sperrazza – drums. –  at Barbes

8/20, 8 PM catchy, fiery, female-fronted janglerockers/powerpop band Above the Moon – like a more forceful take on Versus –at the Delancey, $10

8/20, 8:30 PM powerhouse oldschool soul band the One and Nines – NJ’s counterpart to Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings – at Porta, 135 Newark Ave., Jersey City, free, about a block from the Grove St. Path station

8/20, 9/10:30 PM elegance and surreal humor: melodic pianist Sylvie Courvoisier with Mark Feldman, violin; Ingrid Laubrock, tenor sax; Tom Rainey, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 includes a drink

8/20, 9 PM wild, noisy, genuinely Hendrixian virtuoso lead guitarist Viva DeConcini and her band at the Way Station

8/21, 11:30 AM–ish slinky, haunting, jaunty mostly-female klezmer/latin jamband Isle of Klezbos at brunch at City Winery, $10, no minimums, kids under 12 free

8/21, half past noon vocal-and-guitar duo Yael & Gabriel lead their combo playing Piaf classics at Highline Ballroom, $22 adv tix rec

8/21, 6 PM a rare NYC appearance by Parisienne chanteuse Kristiana Roemer leading her quartet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 includes a drink 

8/21. 8 PM Ronald Reggae – who have a funky, newschool hip hop-tinged style, and you gotta love that name – at Otto’s

8/21 8:30 PM irrepressibly hilarious, poignant Americana songwriting icon Amy Allison followed by powerpop icon Lenny Kaye from Patti Smith’s band at the Treehouse at 2A

8/21, 9 PM unselfconsciously haunting, richly lyrical great plains folk noir/art-rock chanteuse Ember Schrag – whose Shakesperean adventures in dark psychedelic rock have been pretty amazing lately – at Troost

8/21, 10 PM ferocious reverb-driven noir garage rockers Twin Guns at Union Pool, $8

8/22-28 the amazing Drive East Festival of Indian instrumental and vocal music and dance at LaMama. Too many great artists to list: the full lineup is here. Choice pick: the 8/24, 8:30 PM album release show by the Navatman Music Collective, one of the world’s only Carnatic choirs. Tix are in the $15 neighborhood and discounts abound.

8/22, 7 PM fiery, eclectically cinematic lapsteel player/composer Raphel McGregor at Barbes followed at around 9:30 by the debut of an intriguing collaboration between members of psychedelic cumbia and soundtrack bands Chicha Libre and Los Crema Paraiso

8/22, 7:30/9:30 PM saxophonist Marcus Strickland leads his quartet with pianist David Bryant, bassist Ben Williams, and drummer E.J. Strickland at Dizzy’s Club, $30

8/22, 8 PM the self-explanatory, spiky, Djangoesque, psychedelic Gypsy Jazz Caravan at at Radegast Hall

8/22, 8:30 PM pianist Melody Fader – as good with a tune as her name implies – with violinist Keiko Tokumaga. “Melody will play solo piano music of Bach and Chopin, including Chopin’s Ballades numbers 3 and 4. Then, Keiko joins Melody for the lush Sonata in A Major for violin and piano,” at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 includes a drink

8/23, 6:30 PM one of the most interestingly lyrical, eclectic young jazz guitarists around, Dave Juarez leads his trio at the Bar Next Door, free

8/23, 8 PM Sharq Attack with Marandi Hostetter, 5 string violin; Brian Prunka, oud; John Murchison, double bass and Philip Mayer, percussion.jam out classic Middle Eastesrn themes followed at 9:30 by by ten-piece funky Balkan brass/Ellington jazz monsters Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

8/23-26, 8/10:30 PM iconic, tuneful Jamaican jazz pianist Monty Alexander plays a Milt Jackson/Ray Brown tribute; on 8/27 and 8/28 he leads his irrepressible reggae-jazz combo the Harlem-Kingston Express at the Blue Note, $20 standing room avail.

8/23-28, 8/10 PM iconic noise/jazz guitarist Nels Cline plays a weeklong stand at the Stone wih a series of groups, $20. Choice pick 8/23 at 10, his Blue Turf quartet with Jim Campilongo (electric guitars) Jerome Harris (bass, lap steel) Jim Black (drums). He’s also doing a duo jam with Marc Ribot on 8/24 at 8, holy smokes!

8/23, 11:30 PM guitarslinger Mallory Feuer’s fiery band the Grasping Straws – sort of a mashup of Patti Smith and Hole’s first album – at at the Mercury, $10

8/25, half past noon rising star latin jazz pianist Benito Gonzalez leads his trio at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex, free

8/25, 7 PM it took fifteen years, but the kind of ska and reggae you’d see at a place like the Cooler has finally come full circle, back to the meatpacking district. In reverse order at Highline Ballroom: the Ladrones, InCircles, the Threads & the Rudie Crew, $10 adv tix rec

8/25, 8 PM the Astor Piazzolla Quintet play classics from the Argentine icon’s catalog followed at 10 by wild, feral, intricate psychedelic metal versions of classic underground 1920s and 1930s Greek hash smoking music from Greek Judas at Barbes

8/25, 9 PM hardworking, ageless Jamaican roots reggae singer Gary “Nesta” Pine – former frontman of the City Heat Band – at Carroll Place, 157 Bleecker St., free. 

8/26. 5 PM a free outdoor classical extravaganza opened by cellist Inbal Segev playing solo works by J.S. Bach & Gity Razaz followed by performances by harpist Bridget Kibbey, violinist Kristin Lee, percussionist John Hadfield, the Patrick Zimmerli Quintet, the Kenari Quartet, and the Dan Tepfer Trio and String Quartet at Bryant Park, free

8/26, 5:30 PM elegant, ethereal art-rock/chamber pop violinist Concetta Abbate solo at the American Folk Art Museum

8/26, 6 PM edgy, eclectic, tuneful jazz composer/singer Rebecca Sullivan with Leonor Falcón, violin; Juanma Trujillo, guitar; Andrew Schiller, bass at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 includes a drink

8/26, 7 PM “ the slasher musical you’ve been waiting for: South By South Death. When her jaded New York friends head south to attend the infamous Didgeridoo Arts Festival, Sarah reluctantly tags along to see her ex open for pop superstar Ciley Myrus. But when a psycho in a Ciley mask starts killing off her squad and posting murder selfies, Sarah must survive a debaucherous landscape of sex, drugs, and EDM to unmask the “Selfie Killer.” By turns campy slasher-comedy, meticulous murder mystery, and vicious pop culture satire, South By South Death.is an epic rock musical about #ambition, #envy and #Instagram.at National Sawdust, $20 adv tix rec

8/26, boarding at 7 PM, departing at 8 from Pier 36 – 299 South St legendary third-wave ska/soul/reggae/blues band the Slackers  aboard the Liberty Belle, $30 adv tix rec avail. at the office next to the 23rd St. heliport at the East River or the Highline Ballroom box ofc.

8/26, 7 PM Nashville gothic/ghoulabilly act the Bones of J.R. Jones  at the piers at 125th St and the Hudson free

8/26, 8 PM menacing rock triplebill of the year: darkly psychedelic guitarist/bandleader/indie icon Martin Bisi and assorted luminaries from his circle, followed by the creepy, noisy, Crampsy Musk and then careening dark garage/psychedelic underground supergroup Woman playing their first show in five years – and maybe their last – at Union Pool, $10

8/26, 8 PM bassist Simon Hanes and his 14 piece ensemble Tredici Baci play cinematic themes inspired by classic 70s Italian film at Barbes

8/26, 8 PM sweepingly cinematic, intense art-rock violinist/bandleader Christina Courtin at the big room at the Rockwood.

/26, 9 PM Plates of Cake, who mash up 70s stadium bombast, early Pixies snarl and bite and a late 80s/early 90s retro glam vibe –e followed eventually around 10 by jangly, wickedly catchy Laurel Canyon style psych-pop band Bronze Float – like the bastard child of Sam Kogon and the Allah-Las – at the Knockdown Center, $8 /

8/26, 10 PM slinky original rocksteady with Osekre & the Lucky Bastards at Shrine

8/26, midnight Rockaway Bitch (feat. powerpop goddess Patti Rothberg as Joey Ramone) at Otto’s. If there’s any rock chick alive who can pull this off – other than Tammy Faye Starlite, maybe – it’s Patti

8/26, midnight LES stoner folk legends David Peel & the Lower East Side – who still can’t always remember the word to The Pope Smokes Dope – at Sidewalk

8/27, 5:30 PM ish timeless North African-inspired jazz piano paradigm-shifter Randy Weston at Marcus Garvey Park

8/27, 7:30 PM lyrically brilliant, fearless, soaring janglerock songwriter Linda Draper followed by plaintive, soulful Irish janglerock songwriter Ultan Conlon – sort of the missing link between Orbison and Morrissey – at Hifi Bar. 8/28, 8 PM he’s at 12th Street Bar & Grill in Park Slope, 8/29 he’s at Little Water Radio at South St. Seaport at 1 PM

8/27, 7:30 PM adventurous jazz guitarist Peter Knoll – whose distinctively warped electric style has Indian and Asian tinges – leads his trio at Club Bonafide 

8/27, 8 PM haunting, intense art-rock/noir cabaret pianist/singer Lacy Rose at the Owl

8/27, 8 PM dark urbane Romany song maven (and Berthold Brecht descendant) Sanda Weigl and band at Barbes

8/27 8 PM brilliant instrumental twang/surf band the Bakersfield Breakers at Hill Country Brooklyn

8/27, 10 PM roots reggae group Royal Khaoz at Shrine

8/27, 7:30 PM NYC’s answer to Spinal Tap: hair metal spoofers Satanicide at the Mercury, $10

8/27, 10:30 PM cutting-edge B3 jazz organist Jared Gold leads his trioat Smalls

8/28, 2 PM master latin percussionist Joaquin Pozo and band at the Harlem Meer Festival in Central Park, entrance: 110th between 5th & Lenox Ave.

8/28, 3 PM sharp, you want to learn to sing like Black Sea Hotel? Ukraine’s Rozhanytsia lead a workshop in haunting, microtonal folk singing from their native land at 440 Studios, Room 3G, 440 Lafayette St. (btwn Astor Pl. & East 4th St.). Space limited, rsvp req, $15$10 stud/srs

8/28, 3 PM in reverse order: this year’s Charlie Parker Festival at Tompkins Square Park features, in reverse order, the piano trio of DeJohnette – Holland – Moran, vet postbop piano bandleader Allan Harris, edgy newschool saxophonist Donny McCaslinand eclectically funky, lyrical chanteuse/saxophonist Grace Kelly

8/28, 7 PM David Rothenberg, Bernhard Wöstheinrich & Jay Nicholas join forces to play the album release show for their lush, atmospheric new collaboration, Cool Spring – interpolating sounds of nature amid the gentle, trippy pulse – at Spectrum, $15 

8/28, 7 PM roaring 20s hot jazz with Sweet Megg & the Wayfarers at Radegast Hall

8/28, 7 PM Afro-Peruvian jazz pianist/chanteuse Chi-Chi Glass and bandfollowed at 9 by psychedelic/art-rock/ Romany guitar genius Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

8/28, 9:30 PM ambitiously lyrical, cutting-edge rising star jazz composer/singer Annie Chen and her septet at Shapeshifter Lab, $12

8/29, 7 PM pianist Taka Kigawa plays preludes by Chopin and Debussy at the Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec

8/29, 8 PM distinctive yet expert Japanese klezmer band Jinta La Mvta  at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Place northwest of Battery Park, $18

8/30, half past noon Epylion – accordionist Ismail Butera and multi percussionist Natalia Perlaza – play ancient Albanian music along with their rendition of The Music of Creation, a piece based on the world’s earliest known notated composition from Ugarit in Syria circa 1700 BC at Plaza 33, outdoors 33rd St. between 7th & 8th Ave, free

8/30, 6 PM deviously funny early R&R/rockabilly parodists Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co. on the roof of the Cambria Hotel, 123 W 28th St (between Sixth and Seventh Aves.), free

8/30-31, 7 PM the Chiara String Quartet play Bartok at National Sawdust, $20 adv tix rec. Night 1: String Quartets, Nos. 1,3 and 5; even numbers on 8/31. They slay with this material and they know it by heart.

8/30, 7 PM eclectic, erudite rising star violinist Concetta Abbate leads a string quartet playing works by Boccherini, Haydn and more in McGoldrick Park in Greenpoint, free

8/30, 7:30 PM hauntingly elegant Americana/chamber pop/noir chanteuse Jessie Kilguss and her excellent band followed eventually at 9:30 PM by honkytonk crooner Clifford Westfall at 11th St. Bar

8/30, 10 PM brilliant drummer/percussionist Willie Martinez & La Familia Sextet play classic salsa grooves at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe

8/30, 11 PM lyrical, soaring alt-country multi-instrumentalist/bandleader Alana Amram & the Rough Gems at Union Pool, $10

8/31, 7:30 PM vivid. lyrical composer/trumpeter Tim Hagans leads his quintet at Smalls

8/31, 8 PM the Brooklyn Blowhards – a wild brass band who make sea chanteys out out of Albert Alyer jazz, and vice versa – at Barbes

8/31, 8:30/10 PM oldschool 70s jazz loft improvisation with Barry Altschul, drums; Joe Fonda, bass; and the irrepressible Jon Irabagon on tenor sax at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 includes a drink

9/1, 8 PM less incongruous a twinbill than it might seem on face value: dark, charismatic, mischieviously witty literate keyboardist/chanteuse Rachelle Garniez followed by boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band at Barbes.

9/1, 9ishfiery, psychedelically bluesy oldschool soul/southern rockers Lizzie & the Makers at the Bitter End

9/2, 8 PM torchy, lyrically smashing original female-fronted oldtimey swing crew the Fascinators at Sidewalk

9/2, 10 PM rambunctious, catchy Irish folk-punk band the Led Farmers at Arlene’s, $10

9/7, 9 PM cutting edge pastoral violin jazz and cinematic sounds with Skye Steele  and band at the small room at the Rockwood

9/7 sizzling, hypnotically kinetic Middle Eastern/Northern African jazz trio Ensemble Fanaa at Rye Bar, 247 S 1st St in Williamsburg

9/8, 8 PM Sam Morrow – who puts a bluesier, Waitsier spin on lyrically-driven Wallflowers highway rock – at the small room at the Rockwood

9/8, 9 PM highly regarded highway rock and alt-country road warriors the Felice Bros.at Bowery Ballroom, $20 gen adm

9/8 catchy, harmony-driven, historically-inspired original newgrass string band Cricket Tell the Weather at Pete’s

9/9, 8 PM this era’s most chillingly cinematic, shadowy reverbtoned noir guitar instrumentalists, Big Lazy at the carousel in Battery Park, free

9/9, 8 PM Middle Eastern-flavored psychedelic jams with Spaghetti Eastern Music at Leftfield. 9/24, 1:30 PM they’re at Brooklyn Waterfront Artist Coaltion (BWAC) Gallery, 499 Van Brunt St, Red Hook, free

9/9, 9 PM expansive Thai-flavored psychedelic jams with Khruangbin at Bowery Ballroom, $16 adv tix rec

9/9, 9 PM ageless indie powerpop icons the Figgs – NYC’s counterpart to Guided by Voices – open for long-running Boston garage rock band the Real Kids (who are probably real granddads by now) at the Bell House, $15

9/10, 3 PM charismatic, torchy, occasionally Lynchian jazz bassist/singer Kate Davis (of the Lady Bugs) with her combo at Madison Square Park

9/10, 5 PM pianist Frederic Chiu plays a classical smackdown – J.S. Bach vs. Philip Glass – at the DiMenna Center, $5 

9/10, 8 PM ferociously funny, intense, guitar-fueled Americana punks Spanking Charlene  followed eventually at 10 by trash-garage guitar maven Palmyra Delran at Bowery Electric

9/10, 9 PM  psychedelically atmospheric folk noir cult favorite Richard Buckner at Union Hall, $15

9/11, 3 PM the Argus Quartet play works by Martin Bresnick at the Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd,| Long Island City, F to 21st/Queensbridge, free w/museum adm

 9/11, 8 PM in reverse order at the Bell House: a reunion show by popular early zeros powerpop/arenarock band the Anniversary, singer-songwriter Laura Stevenson and dub reggae band Extra Classic at the Bell House. Note that the same lineup sold out Bowery Ballroom.

9/11 the oud-driven Mehmet Polat Trio play their cutting-edge Middle Eastern themes at Club Bonafide

9/12, 7 PM wild, intense Hungarian punk-folk string band Muzsikás at the Abrons Arts Center, free but rsvp req

9/13, 7 PM irrepressibly eclectic cellist Maya Beiser plays the album release show for her new electroacoustic release Tranceclassical at the Poisson Rouge, $tba

9/12, 8 PM the enigmatic, charismatic Dorothy Parker of dusky noir cinematic rock, Karla Rose & the Thorns followed by Paul Collins – the ageless “king of powerpop,” who slayed here last year on this same twinbill – at Berlin, $10

9/13, intense, lyrical tenor saxophonist Roxy Coss leads her quintet playing the album release for her new one 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25

9/13, 8 PM fiery, slinky, female-fronted horn-driven latin soul crew Spanglish Fly at Goddard Riverside Center, 647 Amsterdam Ave south of 92nd St.,, $10

9/13, 8:30 PM the Amernet String Quartet play short pictorially-inspired works by Steve Horowitz, Nataliya Medvedovskaya, Adam Reifsteck, Rolando Gori, Christopher Kaufman and Shie Rozow plus Frederic Kaufman’s String Quartet No. 6. at the National Opera Center, 333 7th Ave., $20

9/13, 9:30 PM pensive, intense, darkly eclectic chanteuse Nikolett Pankovits leads her latin and Romany-tinged band at Joe’s Pub

9/14, 7:30 PM organist Paul Jacobs plays works by Liszt, Brahms and the incendiary, vengeful Reubke Sonata on the 94th Psalm at Julliard’s Paul Hall, 155 West 65th St

9/14 Brooklyn’s own purist up-and-coming jazz chanteuse Charenee Wade  leads her reinterpretive Gil Scott-Heron Project, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25

9/14, 11 PM eclectic, tuneful newgrass trio the Vine Brothers at the small room at the Rockwood. 9/15 they’re at Thai Rock , 375 Beach 92nd St. Rockaway Beach at 7 PM 

9/15, 8 PM the JACK Quartet and New Thread Quartet present Vivarium, a program of new and recent works partially drawn from Elliott Sharp’s new album, Tranzience at Roulette

9/16, 8 PM cult favorite no wave era percussionist Ikue Mori’s: Pomegranate Seed plus the debut of the new Obelisk string trio with Okkyung Lee, Sylvie Courvoisier, and Jim Black at Roulette

9/16 jangly, catchy retro 60s Laurel Canyon psychedelic band the Allah-Las at Baby’s All Right

9/17, 7:30 PM the all-female Rhythm Method String Quartet play new works by emerging composers Theophilus Chandler, Stanislav Fridman and Jared Miller at Standard Toykraft, 722 Metropolitan Ave, Williamsburg, L to Graham Ave, $12

9/18, 4 PM lush choral group Kinnara Ensemble sing Tallis’ Lamentations of Jeremiah and Britten’s Flower Songs at Christ Church United Methodist, 524 Park Ave (60/61),  $25  

9/18, 7:30 PM distinctive, utterly unique mandolin-driven Hungarian folk-punk band Sondorgo at Drom, $15

9/18, 8:15 PM lyrical, aphoristic, tuneful, Waits-ish songwriter Chris Michael plays the album release show for his new one Elvis Presley and Marlon Brando Scream Love and Peace into the Darkness at Scratcher Bar on E 5th St. east of Bowery 

9/20-21, 7:30/9:30 PM an Andrew Hill retrospective at the Jazz Standard, $30. 9/20 Vijay Iyer leads a quartet playing the Smoke Stack album; 9/21 Frank Kimbrough leads a sextet

9/20, 7:30 PM enigmatically intense punk classical ensemble thingNY play the album release show for their characteristically wild new one minis/Trajectories plus covers by composer/toy pianist Jerome Kitzke, Latin synth-star Helado Negro, theatrical-electro-percussion duo Radical 2, at Here, west side of 6th Ave (Spring/Prince), $9 includes download of the album!

9/20, 7:30 PM rising star pianist Nadejda Vlaeva plays New York premieres by Vladimir Drozdoff and Serge Borkiewicz plus works by Schubert and Liszt at Zankel Hall at Carnegie  Hall, $25 tix avail.

9/21, 7 PM the NY Virtuoso Singers perform Ellen Taafe Zwilich’s Memorial, Randall Thompson’s The Peaceable Kingdom and the Iraq War-themed Requiem for the Innocent by Katherine Hoover at Trinity Church, free  

9/22-25 one of the most tuneful, consistently interesting guitarists in jazz, Russell Malone leads his quartet, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $30

9/22, 8 PM the Ureuk Symphony Orchestra play works by Yun, Brahms and Rachmaninoff at Merkin Concert Hall, $30 tix avail

9/23, 7:30 PM the American String Quartet premiere Robert Sirota’s second string quartet, the Americana travelogue-flavored American Pilgrimage at Manhattan School of Music’s Greenfield Hall, 120 Claremont Ave in upper Manhattan, free

9/23, 8 PM intense, hypnotic jazz oudist/guitarist Gordon Grdina at Scholes St. Studio, 375 Lorimer St. in Williamsburg

9/23, 9ish slashing, blues-infused guitarist/songwriter Mallory Feuer’s quartet the Grasping Straws – sort of like Grace Slick fronting Patti Smith’s band – at Gold Sounds

9/24, 11:30 PM Nina Diaz – of Girl in a Coma notoriety – does her angst-fueled noir soul thing at the downstairs space at Webster Hall, $10

9/25, 8 PM trumpeter Matt Lavelle and the 12 Houses Orchestra draw on rapper A.R.B.R.A.F. and trombonist Art Baron for a Duke Ellington-inspired performance at Roulette, $20 adv tix req

9/27, 8 PM Metropolis Ensemble celebrate their 20th anniversary with Itinerant performers (violinist Sean Lee with roving Paganini Caprices; soprano Ariadne Greif with selections from Cage’s Song Books) interspersed between overlapping live-music installations and large-scale group performances featuring music by Anna Clyne, Timo Andres, Vivian Fung, Paula Matthusen, Andrew Norman, and Ricardo Romaneiro, a new open-score work for Pocket Operator + Instruments by Ryan Francis, and a Happy Birthday “pop-song” composed by Du Yun for orchestra with audience participation; featured performers include cellis Emily Wells, violinist Kristin Lee, cellist Ashley Bathgate, bassoonist/composer Brad Balliett, percussionist Ian Rosenbaum, and pianist Conor Hanick, at the Angel Orensanz Center, 172 Norfolk St., $20  

9/28, 9ish postpunk supergroup Heroes of Toolik acoustic at Troost

9/29-10/2 Steve Wilson and Wilsonian’s Grain with Wilson on alto sax plus Orrin Evans on piano, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $30

9/29, 8 PM a rare reunion of Gina Leishman‘s legendary, pioneering 90s circus rock/noir cinematic orchestra the Kamikaze Ground Crew at Roulette, $20 adv rix req

9/30, 8 PM haunting, intense art-rock/noir cabaret pianist/singer Lacy Rose at Scholes St. Studio, 375 Lorimer St. in Williamsburg

9/30, 8 PM clarinet virtuoso Thomas Piercy leads a series of eleven chamber performers in a concert of rare Japanese works by Masatora Goya, Bin LI, Hidemi Mikai, Chatori Shimizu and Kazutomo Yamamoto at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud

9/30, midnight haphazardly edgy, Middle Eastern-tinged guitarist Yonatan Gat and band at the Bell House, $12

10/1, 8 PM Malian desert rock guitar shredder Vieux Farka Toure (son of Ali) at the Poisson Rouge, $30 adv tix rec

10/1, 8 PM wildly eclectic dub/reggae/tropical/psychedelic funk band Delsonido at SOB’s, $10 adv tix rec 

10/1, 8:30 PM the husband-wife duo of violin maestro R. Kumaresh and veena (lute) virtuoso Jayanthi Kumaresh play classical Indian music at Symphony Space, $28 adv tix rec

10/2 this era’s most cutting-edge, politically relevant large jazz ensemble, Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society play their brand-new conspiracy theory-themed album Real Enemies – contender for best of 2016 – in its entirety at National Sawdust

10/3, 7 PM the eclectic, ambitious Ryan Carraher Group – who range from starlit microtonalisms to funkier guitar-fueled tangents to blustery postbop – at Shapeshifter Lab

10/3, 8 PM Czech art-rock cult favorites Please the Trees at Union Hall, $12

10/6, 8 PM the Parthenia Viol Consort play “royal and devotional music from the Stuart and Tudor Courts” at Church of Saint Luke in the Fields, 487 Hudson St, $25 tix avail

10/6, 8:30 PM legendary, unstoppable dark glamrock bandleader Ian Hunter – probably the closest thing to Bowie we have left – at the Bell House, $30 adv tix rec

10/6, 11 PM lush, pensive, eclectic noir cabaret/Romany rock/steampunk noir art-rock band Kotorino at Union  Hall, $10

10/7, 8 PM South Indian classical violin maestro Ganesh Rajagopalan plays a meditative concert at Roulette, $30

10/8, 8 PM the Glenn Branca Ensemble, conducted by the composer, play The Light (for David), written for David Bowie, plus a revised version of  Branca’s assaultive 1981 guitar piece The Third Ascension at Roulette, $30 adv tix rec  

10/12 postpunk supergroup Heroes of Toolik at St. Vitus

10/14, 8 PM innovative chamber vocal group Mirror Visions Ensemble perform Tom Cipullo’s new Emily Dickinson-inspired song cycle plus new works by Margaret Barrett, John Glover, Aaron Grad and Daniel Temkin, featuring  sopranos Vira Slywotzky and Justine Aronson, tenor Scott Murphree, and baritones Mischa Bouvier and Jesse Blumberg, with pianists Alan Darling and Margaret Kampmeier at the Sheen Center, 18 Bleecker St., $20/$15 stud/srs. The program reprises 10/31 at 7:30 PM at the NYU Loewe Theatre, 35 W 4th St, $10/$5 stud

10/16, 8 PM tunefulness balanced by the harder side of bop: trumpeter Josh Evans’ Quintet plus the Oliver Lake Big Band at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

10/17, 8 PM two especially interesting trios: purist but insatiably adventurous trombonist/crooner Frank Lacy with a rhythm section of Kevin Ray and Andrew Drury followed by alto saxophonist Oliver Lake with Reggie Workman and Andrew Cyrille at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

10/21, 8:30 PM fiery, virtuoso tar and setar lute player and composer Sahba Motallebi with pecussionist Naghmeh Farahmand play exhilarating Persian classics and originals at Symphony Space, $28 adv tix rec

10/25, 8 PM soaring, intense, dark retro 60s/goth/soul bandleader Nicole Atkins at the Poisson Rouge, $14 adv tix rec. Anybody with the balls to cover the Church’s Under the Milk Way and do it well is worth seeing.

11/19, 8 PM Andalusian ensemble La Banda Morisca perform “an intoxicating blend of traditional flamenco with Arab-Andalusian melodies and rock” at Roulette, $25

12/3, 8 PM intense, rapturous Balkan/ Middle Eastern ensemble the Secret Trio – Tamer Pinarbasi, Ismail Lumanovski & Ara Dinkjian – at Roulette, $30

New York City and Brooklyn Live Music Calendar for July and August 2016

Daily updates, and a brand new calendar for August and September coming 8/1. You might want to bookmark this page and check back every so often. If you don’t recognize a venue where a particular act is playing, check the comprehensive, recently updated list of over 200 New York City music venues at New York Music Daily’s sister blog Lucid Culture.

This is not a list of every show in town – it’s a carefully handpicked selection. If this calendar seems short on praise for bands and artists, it’s because every act here is recommended if you like their particular kind of music. Many different styles to choose from here, something for everyone

Showtimes listed here are set times, not the time doors open – if a listing says something like “9ish,” that means it’ll probably start later than advertised. If you see a show listed without the start time, that’s because either the artist, their publicist or the venue in question sent incomplete info – those acts are usually listed last on a particular date.  Always best to check with the venue for the latest information on set times and door charges, since that information is often published here weeks in advance. Weekly events first followed by the daily calendar.