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Two Red Mollies Play Their Own Individualistic Americana at Pete’s

There’s going to be a rare Red Molly reunion of sorts this Nov 14 at 8:30 PM at Pete’s Candy Store when brilliantly incisive dobro player Abbie Gardner – who has a Tuesday night residency there this month – opens a twinbill with her old Red Molly bandmate, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Carolann Solebello.

Obviously, Red Molly have been back in action for awhile, with Molly Venter in Solebello’s place. The Pete’s show is a chance to hear two longtime friends and distinctive Americana artists in an intimate setting, doing their own material and very possibly working up new stuff.

The last time this blog caught up with Solebello, she was playing a fantastic twinbill at the American Folk Art Museum on a Friday night last spring with brooding New England gothic songsmith Nathaniel Bellows. With the first soaring notes of the bittersweet, opening country ballad, Brooklyn in the Rain, her strong, clear, insistent vocals were a potent reminder why she’d gotten the Red Molly gig to begin with. That, and her purist, similarly eclectic guitar chops. The fluidity of Solebello’s fretwork, whether with her chords or fingerpicking, should be the rule rather than the exception, but in what’s left of the singer-songwriter demimonde, it seldom is.

She told a funny story about her experiences as a struggling Brooklyn-born-and-raised songwriter dating an Upper West Side yuppie with season tickets to the opera, and then followed with a bouncy, pouncing, defiant, bluegrass-tinged post-breakup narrative. Like many of her songs, it was equal parts urban and bucolic, traditional and in the here and now: clearly, the dude was a fish out of water in her Lower East Side Americana scene.

That defiant quality is a consistent trait: she doesn’t feel at home in the role of victim. She added a gentle touch of vintage Judy Collins-style vibrato to a swaying, pensively catchy number after that, then brought the lights down for a fond reminiscence of her grandmother. The rest of her tantalizingly brief set was much the same, acerbic major/minor chord changes and often surprising dynamic shifts in support of vivid narratives that transcend the usual lovelorn coffeehouse girl stereotype. There will no doubt be plenty of those at the Pete’s show, times two, and maybe a duet or two.

And the ongoing Friday night series at the Folk Art Museum continues on Nov 17 at 5:30 PM with low-key, plainspoken, populist folk-pop songwriter Jeremy Aaron.

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Little Coyote Bring Their Relentless Angst to Bushwick

The alienation and sadness are relentless through Toronto band Little Coyote’s debut album The Trouble With Teeth, streaming at Bandcamp. Frontwoman/keyboardist Teagan Johnson blends brooding, neoromantic piano with Mike Poisson’s lushly elegant synthesized orchestration, yet with remarkable restraint: there’s more 21st century minimalism than there is Chopin or Tschaikovsky in her emphatic anthems. Little Coyote are headlining an excellent triplebill this Friday night, Nov 10 at Bushwick Public House at around 10 PM; trippy electro/downtempo chanteuse Pearla opens the night at 8, followed by excellent, catchy rainy day psych-pop band Minor Poet at 9. Cover is 5.

“I’ll figure it out,” Johnson intones uneasily as the album’s first full-length cut, The Bottom, winds up – but at that point her voice breaks. All the bluster that led up to it, bassist Aretha Tillotson’s lines rising like waves amidst a hurricane over the insistent drums, can’t lift Johnson out of the gloom that persists throughout this album.

“All my old friends say they can’t breathe,” she laments as the icepick piano chords of Medicine kick in. “Setting off atom bombs in the desert, said there’s nothing wrong wiith forever,” she broods as the alienated rainy-day ballad Daylighit Twilight begins its relentless sway. “Black water, black water swallow me whole/Oh daugher, oh daugher, when will you control the darkness?” she asks.

Teeth Rot is Cure-influenced without being a total ripoff: it’s the poppiest track here (and could do double duty as a commercial for small-batch toothpaste). Annie’s Dead rises from a plaintive, elegiac intro to a roaring blend of noir cabaret and stadium rock: “I’m just a memory, too easily replaced,” Johnson muses.

Byron Patterson’s icy tremolo-picked guitar mingles with stately piano in Lucy Get Blue, while the pounding, turbulent swirl of Electric mashes up two generations of goth: 17 Seconds-era Cure and Amanda Palmer. With its torrents of water imagery, Handshake Tragedy is the album’s most hypnotic track.

“We’ll make it out alive,” Johnson asserts in the bouncy Delirium, but again, she sounds far from certain. It’s clear that it’s going to take more than a relationship to pull this woman up from the bottom of the well: “My heart breaks easy and my bones do too.” The album winds up with the title track, which hints at ragtime but never goes there. Fans of the Mynabirds and Holly Miranda – and all the girls who’ve outgrown that New Zealand goth chick who was all the rage a couple of years ago -ß ought to check this band out. Dig out that black eyeliner and jump on the L this Friday night. 

Politically Fearless Noir Mexican Psychedelia at Lincoln Center Thursday Night

“This has been a long time in the making,” Lincoln Center’s Meera Dugal told an ecstatic crowd there Thursday evening.  “Tonight you are in for a treat, a powerful and soulful voice.” Then she let Edna Vazquez’s charismatic presence and slinky, thoughtful, psychedelic, often haunting songs speak for themselves.

Maybe the singer/guitarist’s stunningly eclectic blend of styles mirrors her Mexican ancestry, considering that Mexico is every bit as much of a melting pot as the US. “The Mexican government is not so different from this one,” she wryly confided three songs into her set. And then spun through the rapidfire chord changes of a tune that could be characterized as noiriachi…or the great lost Arthur Lee hit from 1966. Did he rip a mariachi riff for the ominous scamper of 7 and 7 Is…or did Vazquez hear that and decide to take that idea to the next level, with a message about freeing ourselves from the distraction that keeps us from joining forces and overthrowing the forces of evil? Or did each artist come up with those ideas completely independently?

Playing acoustic guitar and singing  mostly in Spanish in a formidable, intense mezzo-soprano that often brought to mind Nina Simone, Vazquez and her five-piece band opened with a psychedelic rock number that put a bouncy, syncopated spin on the old Status Quo hit Pictures of Matchstick Men, keyboardist Gil Assayas adding extra menace with his downwardly cascading glockenspiel lines. Then the group – which also included William Marsh on lead guitar, 3 Leg Torso’s Milo Fultz on bass and Jesse Brooke on drums – launched into the first of several slinky numbers that sounded like Love teleported to Mexico City, 1967.

Fultz switched from upright to Fender bass for Do You See, by Vazquez’s old band No Passengers, a kinetic, funk-tinged number with Lynchian lead guitar and keys and a big powerpop chorus –  the Motels gone south of the border. Marsh played allusively uneasy blues on a big anti-globalization anthem; Assayas’ brooding organ and evilly starry keys flickered through the noir new wave number that followed.

From there the band pounced their way through muted trip-hop about the serendipities of meeting random strangers, then driving backbeat rock, a mashup of Cuban rhumba and noir Mexican bolero, and a brisk new wave rock number- is there any style in Spanish or English that this woman can’t write in?

She aired out the big a-cappella intro to Sola, the night’s most dynamic and dramatic anthem, with a dark gospel-flavored intensity that built to righteous 60s soul rage,  When she finally got to the cumbia number that the dancers out on the floor had seemed to be waiting for, it turned out to be a cheery hybrid of vintage soul and Peruvian psychedelia.

An ecstatic crowd called her back for three encores: an understatedly haunting, spare solo acoustic take of the Mexican folk classic La Llorona, a stately, soaring mariachi tune with the band going full steam and then an imploringly resonant soul ballad, which Vazquez sang in English.

Vazquez and band are at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC tomorrow night, Nov 6 at 6 PM; the show is free. And the next concert at Lincoln Center’s atrium space just north of 62nd Street is this Friday, Nov 10 at 7:30 PM, with Afro-Cuban percussionist Roman Diaz joining forces with the Brooklyn Raga Massive  to reinvent classic Indian themes. This show is also free – the earlier you get there, the better.

Live Music Calendar for New York City and Brooklyn for November and December 2017

Free and cheap concerts in just about every neighborhood. If you’re leaving your hood, make sure you check http://www.mta.info for service changes considering how the trains are at night and on the weekend.

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

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

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

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, Mozart and fascinating improvisations. Sugg don $10 (pay what you can), delicious gluten-free refreshments, beverages and lively conversation included! email for info/location.

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 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.

Wednesdays at 6 PM, irrepressible pianist/singer Champian Fulton – as entertaining a postbop improviser as torch singer – plays at Talde, 8 Erie St. (Bay/1st) in Jersey City, a block and a half from the Grove St. Path station

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. Tons of special guests followed by a wild raga jam!

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

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, 10 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 LIC Bar

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 November, 6 PM eclectic, edgy soul/art-rock/funk/chamber-pop cellist/singer Marika Hughes & Bottom Heavy at Barbes

Saturdays in November, 10 PM oldschool female-fronted psychedelic soul/groove band Empire Beats at the Way Station

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 November, at sometime past noon at Hank’s, Nashville gothic crooner Sean Kershaw‘s legendary honkytonk brunch is back; special guests from his wide circle of NYC Americana acts keep the afternoon going until about 7. It’s just like 1999 again!

11/1, 1 PM clarinetist Sam Boutris and ensemble play a program tba at the Greene Space, free, rsvp req 

11/1, 6 PM koto player Asuka Yoshizaki at the Rubin Museu of Art, free w/museum adm

11/1, 7:30 PM Brandi & the Alexanders play their torchy oldschool soul and groove music at  at Friends & Lovers, $TBA

11/1, 8 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues”at Troost 

11/1, 8 PM psychedelic klezmer/bluegrass mandolin and clarinet legend Andy Statman at Barbes, $10

11/1, 8 PM the  deviously eclectic, psychedelic Tredici Bacci jam out original psychedelic instrumentals inspired by Italian film themes from the 60s and 70s at Roulette, $15 adv tix rec

11/1, 8 PM pianist Katie Reimer’s reliably adventurous Mimesis Ensemble play a New York premiere by Clarice Assad plus works by Mohammed Fairouz, Mary Kouyoumdjian, Arvo Pärt, and William Grant Still at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $25

11/1-3, 8 PM trio The HawtPlates (Justin Hicks, Kenita Miller Hicks, Jade Hicks) and director Charlotte Brathwaite perform their Toni Morrison-inspired suite about ownership and the American Dream via the “ancient songs, shifting murmurs, calls, shouts, stomps and whispers” of a house’s many inhabitants. Goldilocks and the Three Bears and s Twilight Zone episode “unpack the subtle radicalized under-breath utterances of a community in flux – the inherited language and layered vocabularies of gentrification and conversations on so-called progress,”  at Jack, $15

11/1-2, 8:30/10 PM lyrical jazz piano icon Fred Hersch solo at the Vanguard. 11/3-5 he’s there with his great trio.

11/1, 8:30 PM legendary Irish crooner Pierce Turner – sort of the missing link between the Pogues and the Moody Blues – at 11th St. Bar

11/1, 9 PM catchy Connecticut newgrass/Americana band Plywood Cowboy at the Bitter End 

11/2, 7 PM pyrotechnic klezmler clarinetist David Krakauer’s surprisingly funky Ancestral Groove at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix rec. Followed at 10 (separate $25 adm) by amazing, psychedelic instrumentalists Sandcatchers – who blend cinematic, pastoral Americana and Middle Eastern themes – playing the album release show for their new one.

 11/2, 7 PM organist/composer Richard J. Clark’s Requiem pour une américaine à Paris and works by Hovhaness, Pinkham and Sowerby, performed with Richard Kelley on trumpet at St. Patrick’s Cathedral

11/2, 7:30 PM witchy Mexican psychedelic folk singer Edna Vazquez and band at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

11/2, 7:30/9:30 PM erudite, reliably tuneful postbop pianist Orrin Evans leads a new quartet at the Jazz Gallery, $15

11/2, 8 PM a rare US show by eerie Japanese freak-folk pioneer Kazuki Tomokawa, the “screaming philosopher” of the 1970s Tokyo avant garde underground at Greene Naftali, 508 W 26th St, $20

11/2, 8 PM melancholy Americana harmony band the Cut Worms play the album release show for their new one at Baby’s All Right, $10

11/2, 8 PM music of Michael Byron performed by pianists Joseph Kubera & Marilyn Nonken, plus Juho Laitinen‘s Manifesto of Sounding for solo cello at Roulette, $15 adv tix rec

11/2, 8:30 PM hot klezmer string band jams with Sarah Myerson & the NY Fidl Kapelye led by Amy Zakar at the Jalopy, $15

11/2, 9 PM quirky, smartly lyrical avant chamber pop with the Icebergs – Jane LeCroy – vox; Tom Abbs – cello; David Rogers-Berry – drums – at Pete’s

11/2, 10 PM Chicago’s street-smart Lowdown Brass Band at Barbes 

11/2, 10 PM the great unsung hero of darkly purposeful, noir-tinged NYC jazz guitar, Saul Rubin leads his  quintet at the Fat Cat. He’s also leading his “Zebtet” here at 7 PM on 11/7

 11/3, 5:30 PM oldtime country blues duo Piedmont Bluz at the American Folk Art Museum:

11/3, 7:30 PM jaunty Hawaiian swing sounds with King Isto followed by ragtime-influenced guitarist Gabriel Zucker’s indie jazz orchestra the Delegation at Spectrum, $15

 11/3. 7:30 PM Glass Farm Ensemble plays new piano works by Yvonne Troxler, Paul Matthusen, Michael Jarrels and Balz Trümpy at Symphony Space, $20

 11/3. 7:30 PM pianist Beth Levin and her ensemble Vista Lirica play works by Brahms, Schubert, Zemlinsky and Royston at Greenwich House Music School, $30/$20 stud/srs

11/3. 7:30 PM Indian-influenced sax trio Mughal Muesli at Scholes St. Studios

11/3, 8 PM awesome awesome twinbill: ancient kinetic hypnotic ritual African call-and-response songs from Morocco and Colombia with Innov Gnawa; and Bulla en el Barrio at C’Mon Everybody, $12

11/3, 8 PM irrepressible, historically informed folk noir/art-rock songwriter Elisa Flynn at the Way Station

11/3, 8 PM pianist Kaveh Karandish leads his trio with oudist Mazy Karandish and kaval player Eric Zang doing the album release show for their elegantly moody, Iranian-influenced new one at Caffe Vivaldi

 11/3, 8 PM singers and players celebrate the deep, immersive work of Pauline Oliveros: Anne Bourne, Carrier Band, Seth Cluett, Viv Corringham, David Grubbs, Ethan Hayden, Kristin Norderval, Daniel Weintraub at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

11/3, 8 PM Xander Naylor plays from his creepily squirrelly new guitar-and-efx album at Greenpoint Gallery, 390 McGuinness Blvd., G to Greenpoint Ave.

11/3, 8:30 PM darkly torchy southwestern gothic/Europolitan songwriter/guitarist Miwa Gemini   at Hank’s, $8

11/3, 9 PM bizarre segue, good twinbill: enigmatic new wave-ish Yukon Blonde followed by catchy, anthemic Americana rockers the Rural Alberta Advantage at  Rough Trade, $20 adv tix rec. The following night, 11/4 they’re at Bowery Ballroom for the same deal

11/3, 9ish exotic vibraphone surf rock band the Vibro-jets – a Sea Devils spinoff – at Troost

11/3, 10 PM the world’s creepiest crime jazz/film noir band, Big Lazy at Barbes

11/3, 10 PM guitar mastermind Danny Weiss’ and magical Americana singer Mary Olive Smith’s soulful retro bluegrass band Stillhouse Serenade at Sunny’s

 11/3. 10 PM oldschool, no-BS all-female punk band LA Witch at St. Vitus, $15

11/3, 10:30 PM catchy Booker T-esque soul jazz with the David Gibson/Jared Gold, Hammond B3 organ band at the Fat Cat

 11/4, 1:30 PM this era’s most spellbinding oldschool country singer, Laura Cantrell at Union Pool, $20

11/4, 4 PM stark but hard-hitting Georgian folk ensemble Dancing Crane Ensemble at Actors Fund Art Space,  160 Schermerhorn St, downtown Brooklyn, $20

11/4, 4 PM cinematic, psychedelic quirk-pop keyboardist Michael Hearst presents “Curious, Unusual and Extraordinary” songs from his many bands followed at 6 by eclectic, edgy soul/art-rock/funk/chamber-pop cellist/singer Marika Hughes & Bottom Heavy , at 8 by pianist Lucian Ban and violist Mat Maneri playing their creepy Transylvanian jazz and then at 10 by epic ranchera/bolero brass crew Banda de los Muertos at Barbes

 11/4, 7 PM multiphonic guitarist Benjamin Miller, percussive postrock pioneers the Wharton Tiers Ensemble and the original downtown guitar shredmeister, Elliott Sharp at Spectrum, $15

11/4,  7ish Bobby Radcliff – the rare blues guitarist who plays a ton of notes but doesn’t waste them, sort of a funkier Stevie Ray Vaughan – with his trio at Terra Blues

11/4, 7:30 PM the Juilliard String Quartet play works by Beethoven and James MacMillan at Washington Irving HS Auditorium, 16th St./Irving Place, $15

 11/4, 8 PM magical chamber ensemble Music From China play premieres by Mathew Rosenblum, Zhou Long and Wang Guowei at Symphony Space, $18 adv tix rec

11/4, 8 PM haunting, kinetic, paradigm-shifting Middle Eastern jazz with Ensemble Fanaa at Alwan for the Arts, $20/$15 stud

11/4 8 PM Owls at Night with Yoon Sun Choi, vocals/piano, Dana Lyn on violin and Vinnie Sperrazza, drums. ollowed at  9:30 by Mother Octopus with Dana Lyn on violin Mike McGinnis (clarinet), Clara Kennedy (cello), Ty Citerman (guitar), Vinnie Sperrazza (drums) at I-Beam, $15

11/4, 8 PM “avant neo-jazz” pianist Yayoi Ikawa leads her quintet followed by edgy jazz violinist Tomoko Omura leading hers at the Cell Theatre, $10

11/4, 8:30 PM the truly legendary, murderously intense, creepy punk/ghoulabilly Legendary Shack Shakers at Hill Country Brooklyn, $18

11/4, Unsteady Freddie‘s monthly surf rock extravaganza at Otto’s begins at 9 with surfed-up tv themes from Commercial Interruption, at 10  jangly New York original surf rock cult heroes the Supertones, , at 11 the swirly, hard-hitting, reverb-iced Strange but Surf  and at midnight the southwestern gothic-tinged Derangers (#2 band in Rockland, Massachusetts according to Reverbnation)

11/4, 9 PM ten-piece country/carnivalesque/acoustic rock powerhouse M Shanghai String Band at the Jalopy, $!0

11/4, 9 PM fiery, guitar-fueled female-fronted Americana punks Spanking Charlene at Sidewalk

11/4, 11 PM fiery, psychedelically bluesy oldschool soul/southern rockers Lizzie & the Makers  at the Way Station

11/4, midnight, dark, fiery, female-fronted female-fronted surf rockers High Waisted – who’ve been flailing around with generic dreampop lately – at Rough Trade, $10 adv tix rec

11/5, 4 PM the release show for rising indie designer Mary Symczak’s classy Fall women’s collection with live jazz from bassist Jeon Lim Yang‘s group and a performance by the Mari Meade Dance Company at Barbes, free. Followed at 7 by state-of-the-art postbop guitarist Will Bernard  leading a Billy Strayhorn tribute and then at 9:30ish by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel

11/5, 6 PM the genuinely Beyond Group (Cheryl Pyle, Michael Eaton, Jamie Baum, Claire Daly, Matt Lavelle and Gene Coleman) followed by tenor saxophonist Jonathan Moritz with bassist Sean Ali and drummer Carlo Costa improvising up some flickering new elements at Downtown Music Gallery

11/5, 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

11/5, 7 PM a twin album release show by atmospheric postrockers Empyrean Atlas and kinetic, tuneful vibraphone/percussion Ensemble Et Al. at Baby’s All Right, $15

11/5, 7:30 PM sweeping, swinging vibraphonist Behn Gillece leads his quintet at Smalls

 11/5, 8:30 PM violinist Benjamin Sung plays works by Sciarrino, Berio, Paganini, Schnittke and Maderna at Spectrum, $15

11/5, 8:30 PM New York’s most charismatic, darkly compelling lyrical songwriter/storyteller/keyboard genius Rachelle Garniez at at the third stage at the Rockwood, $12. 11/26 at 7 she’s at Pangea.

11/5, 9ish darkly edgy jazz guitarist/composer Lucas Brode at Troost

11/6, 8 PM microtonal violinist Mari Kimura plays a interactive audio-video show for violin and motion sensor, featuring traditional Japanese ceramics (one assumes for sonics..or maybe just to eat off of?) at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

11/6-7 plus 11/9-12 and 11/15-18, 8:30 PM Joan LaBarbara stars in Paul Pinto’s Thomas Paine in Violence, an “electro-acoustic opera-sermon set in Thomas Paine’s afterlife,” backed by a choir and intense indie classical ensemble Thingny at Here, 145 Sixth Ave south of Spring, $25

11/6, 9 PM Matkot play their torchy Mediterranean vocal jazz at Shrine

11/6, 10 PM high-voltage delta blues/Romany swing guitarist Felix Slim at LIC Bar

11/7, 7 PM innovative, tuneful Indian-influenced drone-raga band Arranged Marriage NP followed at 9 by ten-piece funky Balkan brass jazz monsters Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

11/7, 7:30 PM the incomparable, lush, eclectic Jenifer Jackson – a connoisseur of Americana, Beatlesque janglerock, bossa nova and Texas noir – at the Owl

11/7, 7:30 PM charismatic, adventurous postbop/avant garde trombonist/crooner Frank Lacy leads his  quintet at Smalls

11/7, 7:30 PM the New Juilliard Ensemble play new works by Mauricio Kagel and Giya Kancheli, at Bruno Walter Studio, Room 309 at Juilliard, free

11/7, 8 PM fiery, psychedelically bluesy oldschool soul/southern rockers Lizzie & the Makers – the only soul group on the planet who got their inspiration for a song from a Rachmaninoff classic – at American Beauty, $12 adv tix rec

11/7, 8 PM eclectic, nuanced jazz chanteuse Tammy Scheffer leads her sextet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

11/7, 8:30 PM perennially edgy 80s dreampop heroine Kristin Hersh at City Vineyard, $25

 11/7-12, 8:30 PM unstoppably edgy, deservedly iconic, witty downtown guitarist Marc Ribot leads a series of small groups at the Stone, $20. Choice pick: his protest-jazz Songs of Resistance project on 11/10 with Shahzad Ismaily (percussion, bass, keys) Briggan Krauss (sax)

11/7, 9 PM dynamic, subtle new female-fronted klezmer band Tsibele (Yiddish for onion) at the Jalopy, $10. 11/11, 7:30 PM they’re at the People’s Voice Cafe, at the People’s Voice Cafe, sugg don, $20; $12 for subscribers; “More if you choose; less if you can’t; no one turned away”

11/7, 9 PM perennially dark, soaring noir soul singer/bandleader Nicole Atkins  at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, $25

11/7, 9:30 PM harpist/singer Pia Salvia with her five-piece band  at Shapeshifter Lab, $tba

11/7, 10 PM creepy lo-fi horror-folk band Lucky Witch & the Righteous Ghost followed at midnight by anthemic lit-rocker Dalton Deschain at Sidewalk

11/8, 7 PM shamisen player/singer/improviser Emi Makabe lead her group with Jacob Sacks on Rhodes at 55 Bar

11/8, 7 PM pianist Javor Bracic plays Chopin waltxes, mazurkas and more at the Bulgarian Consulate, 221 E 62nd St, free

11/8, 7:30 PM first-rate purist honkytonk crooner/bandleader Clifford Westfall at Lovecraft Bar, Ave. B/4th St.

11/8, 8 PM accordion genius Shoko Nagai ’s Tokala at Barbes “Tokala is the name of a mysterious country in Central Asia which had a connection to Japan via the silk road which was responsible for bringing Middle Eastern culture to ancient Japan.  The band explores the sound of this ancient connection where cultural exchange left an imprint which became integral part of Japanese culture.” With Zisl Slepovitch (clarinet); Kenny Warren (trumpet) and Stomu Takeishi (bass) at Barbes

11/8, 8 PM kinetic jazz vibraphonista Yuhan Su leads her quartet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 cover plus $10 minimum

11/8. 8 PM night one of the Alvin Lucier retrospective program features the four-guitarist, three-sax, four-violinist Ever Present Orchestra playing recent works; composer/sound artist Joan La Barbara also performs the American premiere of Lucier’s Double Rainbow, a new commissioned work for voice and oscillator and then Lucier himself staging his seminal 1976 work Bird and Person Dyning. “Dyning” is Lucier’s abbreviated version of “heterodyning,” a term from the early days of radio describing the phenomenon of two waves mixing in a non-linear medium to produce two extra signals (created with the sum and difference in frequency), at Issue Project Room, $20/$15 stud

11/8, 8:30 PM Giant Sand honcho and southwestern gothic icon Howe Gelb’s Future Standards at the Owl, $15

11/8, 9 PM ageless golden-age roots reggae crooner Freddie McGregor at B.B. King’s, $25 adv tix rec

11/8, 10:30 PM fearlessly populist, cutting-edge trombonist/composer Ryan Keberle & Catharsis at Smalls

 11/9, 7 PM Rimi Basu & Ensemble play Indian sufi sounds at Drom, $15 adv tix tec

11/9, 5 PM pianist Cesar Reyes plays a tribute to Violeta Parra at Brooklyn College Auditorium, 2900 Bedford Ave, free

11/9, 7 PM Mapuche-language Patagonian art-rock/avant garde sounds with multi-keyboardist Juan Namuncura followed by pianist Ignacio Montoyo Carlotto playing works by Horacio Salgán, Astor Piazzolla, and other oldschool tango composers at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex, $20

11/9, 7:30 PM haunting cinematic loopmusic cellist Julia Kent and multi-reedman Doug Wieselman‘s Trio S at the Owl, $10

 11/9, 7:30/9:30 PM trombonist Kaila Vandever leads an excellent quintet with Immanuel Willkins on tenor sax and Kanoa Mendenhall on bass at the Jazz Gallery, $15

11/9, 7:30 PM torchy singer Jennifer Charles’ and guitar mastermind Oren Bloedow’s long-running art-rock/noir band Elysian Fields in their similarly haunting psychedelic Sephardic folk disguise, La Mar Enfortunada at the Jewish Museum, 1109 5th Ave at 92nd St,  $18/$15 stud/srs

11/9, 8 PM plush, balmy, oldtimey uke swing band Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies followed at 10 by well-loved Boston alt-country vets Session Americana at Barbes

11/9, 8/9:30 PM tenor saxophonist Kyle Nasser leads his sextet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

11/9, 8 PM night two of the Alvin Lucier retrospective features a performance of Lucier’s 2013 Criss-Cross for two electric guitars played by Oren Ambarchi and Gary Schmalzl, Lucier’s first and only piece for electric guitar; the four-guitarist, three-sax, four-violinist Ever Present Orchestra playing NY premieres and finally Lucier himself staging his paradigmatic 1970 work I am sitting in a room – several sentences of recorded speech simultaneously played back and re-recorded sequentially for a cool crowd-noise effect at Issue Project Room, $20/$15 stud

11/9-11,  7:30/9:30 PM dazzlingly eclectic purist jazz singer Brianna Thomas and her band at Ginny’s Supper Club, $20

11/9, 8 PM feral, satirical, inimitable Americana/oldtime/swing crew the Brothers Comatose at Bowery Ballroom, $20

11/9, 8:30 PM dynamic klezmer trombonist Dan Blacksberg’s Radiant Others at the Jalopy, $15

 11/9, 10 PM fiery oldtimey string band the Four O’Clock Flowers at Sunny’s

11/9, 10:30 PM noir-inspired alto saxophonist/composer Nick Hempton leads leads a trio at Smalls

11/9, 11 PM quirky, smartly lyrical avant chamber pop with the Icebergs – Jane LeCroy – vox; Tom Abbs – cello; David Rogers-Berry – drums –  at Sidewalk. 11/16 they’re at Wayward Social, 135 Ingraham St. in Bushwick, L to Morgan Ave., time tba

11/9, 11 PM atmospheric, cinematic drummer/composer Tim Kuhl – sort of a more straightforwardly trippy version of John Hollenbeck – at Pete’s

11/10, 5:30 PM clarinet wizard Dmitri Zisl Slepovitch, leader of wild Polesian klezmer dance outfit Litvakus,at the American Folk Art Museum 

11/10, 7 PM Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society play their haunting, sardonically menacing big band suite, Real Enemies at Shapeshifter Lab, $20

11/10, 7 PM the magical New York Andalus Ensemble Chamber Trio play ancient Jewish themes from the Middle East and North Africa at the Manhattan JCC, Amsterdam at 76th, $18

11/10, 7 PM Nashville gothic sister duo Larkin Poe at the Mercury, $15

11/10, 7:30 PM Afro-Cuban percussionist Roman Diaz and theBrooklyn Raga Massive reinvent classic Indian themes at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

11/10, 7:30 PM indie classical ensemble Hotel Elefant play music of Kirsten Volness and Jascha Narveson at Scholes St. Studios, sugg don

11/10, 7:30 PM the Rolling Stones’ Tim Ries on sax leading his quintet followed at 10:30 PM by pianist Brian Marsella’s tuneful, first-rate original postbop jazz sextet the Flail at Smalls. The Flail are also here the following night, 11/11

11/10, 7:45 PM the world’s creepiest crime jazz/film noir band, Big Lazy , wild, theatrical, fun female-fronted barrelhouse piano blues band the Claudette & Brian Carpenter and the Confessions – the dark oldtime jazz maven’s Lynchian rock band – at Drom, $12 adv tix rec

11/10 , 8 PM trippy electro/downtempo chanteuse Pearla,  excellent, catchy rainy day psych-pop band Minor Poet and haunting, Siouxsie-esque Canadian art-rock trio Little Coyote at Bushwick Public House, $5

11/10, 8 PM chanteuse/uke player Dahlia Dumont’s Blue Dahlia playing edgy, smartly lyrically-fueled, jazz-infused tunes in English and French with classic chanson and Caribbean influences  followed 10 by Super Yamba playing their psychedelic Afrobeat jams at Barbes

 11/10, 8 PM energetic, sometimes hilarious acoustic Veracruz-style folk-punk band Radio Jarocho at Guadalupe Inn

 11/10, 8 PM the Downtown Voices sing Rachmaninoff’s ethereal and lush setting of the mystical All-Night Vigil at Trinity Church, free. The program repeats on 11/12

11/10, 8 PM elegant, sharply lyrical parlor pop stylist Heather Eatman, crystalline-voiced noir Americana songwriter Jessie Kilguss  and dark Americana guy/girl harmony duo the Tall Pines at Red Hook Bait & Tackle

11/10, 9 PM intense female-fronted psychedelic/funk band Imunuri at Bar Chord

11/10, 9ish CBs style female-fronted punks the Carvels NYC and Heidi Lieb’s recently reunited all-female punk/powerpop NYC legends Sit N Spin at Hank’s, $tba

11/10, 10 PM Super Yamba play their psychedelic Afrobeat jams at Barbes

11/10, 10 PM entrancing singer Sandra Lilia Velasquez’s hypnotic downtempo/psychedelic band SLV at Pete’s, free. They’re also at C’mon Everybody on 11/29 at 9 for $12

11/10, 10 PM hard-hitting bassist Dawn Drake & Zapote play hot Afrobeat-tinged funk grooves at the Way Station

11/11 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 at 6 PM by eclectic, edgy soul/art-rock/funk/chamber-pop cellist/singer Marika Hughes & Bottom Heavy, at 8 by the reputedly amazing  Night Kitchen – Gene Yelin – guitar & vocals; Trip Henderson – harmonica; Joanna Sternberg – bass and vocals – playing “Hank Williams, old timey and country” and at 10 by La Mecanica Popular playing their original, psychedelic update on classic 70s Nuyorican salsa dura at Barbes

11/11, 7 PM Argentine songwriter Luna Sureña plays Patagonian music at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex, free

11/11, 7 PM cellist Matt Haimovitz and pianist Christopher O’Riley play works by Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, Shostakovich and others from the top at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix rec

11/11, 7:15ish dark psychedelic acoustic blues/klezmer/reggae/soca jamband Hazmat Modine at Terra Blues. They’re also here on 11/25

 11/11, 7:30 PM incomparable country/jazz/janglerock icon Amy Allison at Dixon Place, free. Brilliant new material, all kinds of rarities and devastatingly funny between-song banter

 11/11, 8:30 PM slinky, oud-fueled Middle Eastern/Nile Delta dance orchestra Alsarah & the Nubatones  at C’Mon Everybody, $12

11/11, 8:30/10 PM Transylvanian pianist Lucian Ban leads his Elevation sextet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

11/11, 9 PM hilarious, smartly political faux-French retro 60s psych-pop band les Sans Culottes at Bar Chord. 11/25 at around 10 they’re at Hank’s for $10.

11/11, 10 PM delicious original Americana/newgrass band Chamomile & Whiskey atHill Country

11/12, 2 PM lush Asian woodwind sounds with the Japan Kocarina Ensemble with  folk singer Kanemi Yaguchi and the Ai Chorus at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, $25

11/12, 2 PM the Rolston String Quartet play Tschaikovsky’s String Quartet No. 1 plus works by Mozart and Murray Schafer at the New School Auditorium, 66 W 12th St., $!8

 11/12, 3 PM the Downtown Chamber Players play piano and woodwind music by female composers Llii Boulanger, Cecile Chaminade, Madeleine Dring, Louise Farrenc and Mira Spector at St. Marks Church, 2nd Ave/1oth St, $20

11/12, 3 PM catchy, darky entrancing Honduran beach party sounds with the Garifuna Jazz Ensemble at the BMHC space, 1303 Louis Niné Blvd in the Bronx, free; 2 or 5 train to Freeman St

11/12, 4 PM An die Musik – Mark Peskanov, violin; Nicholas Mann, viola; Robert Ingliss, oboe; Constance Emmerich, piano with special guest Thomas Demenga, cello play works by Beethoven, Handel, Mozart and Haydn at Merkin Concert Hall, $16

11/12, 4 PM the Enso String Quartet play works by Webern and Beethoven at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.

11/12, 5 PM psychedelically machinegunning virtuoso Max ZT on the hammered dulcimer with Uri Sharlin on accordion followed at 9 by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

11/12, ​5 PM Ensemble Connect play works by Hartske, Brahms and Dvorak’s String Quintet in G Major, Op. 77 at Our Saviour’s Atonement, 178 Bennett Ave (one block west of Broadway at 189th St), free

11/12, 5:30 PM Baltimore Symphony flutist Emily Skala plays works by Debussy, Bach, Messiaen, Mendelssohn, and Franck at Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Ave,$25/$15 stud/srs

11/12, 7:30 PM 70s psychedelic Britfolk legends the Strawbs – whose Grave New World is more relevant than ever – at B.B. King’s, $26.50 adv tix rec

11/12, 7:30 PM soaringly explosive jazz composer/torch singer Nicole Zuraitis plays the album release show for her harrowing new one Hive Mind at Dron, $10 adv tix rec

11/12, 7:30 PM eclectic, tuneful accordionist/songwriter Ali Dineen, at the Owl

11/12, 9 PM legendary 70s postrock pioneers Pere Ubu at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, $25 adv tix rec

11/12, 9 PMArki play darkly classic Ethiopian funk grooves at Silvana

 11/13, 8 PM charmingly nuanced, erudite singer/pianist and Dinah Washington reinventor  Champian Fulton leads her trio at Radegast Hall, She’s also here on 11/20

11/13, 10 PM awesomely slinky, psychedelic Israeli Ethiopiques groove instrumentalists Anbessa Orchestra at the small room at the Rockwood

11/14, 7 PM eclectic, hard-hitting, lyrical composer/tenor saxophonist Stan Killian and group at 55 Bar

11/4. 7:30 PM fiery alto saxophonist Lucas Pino’s twin-guitar No No Nonet at Smalls

11/14, 7:30 PM an all-star benefit for the National Jazz Museum in Harlem with iconic North African scholar/pianist Randy Weston and bassist Reggie Workman, lyrical piano genius Marc Cary and blues dude Guy Davis at the Schomburg Center, $25 seats avail. Cary is also at the museum on 11/28 at 7 playing Ellington tunes, $10

11/14, 8 PM haunting, crepuscular folk noir songwriter Erin Regan  at Sidewalk

11/14-19, 8:30/10 PM various groups play John Zorn’s Masada Book 3 at the Vanguard, $30. Choice pick: Zorn’s monstrous surf band Abraxas with Aram Bajakian on guitar on 11/16

11/14, 8 PM Nancy Wu, violin; Kari Docter, cello; Vladimir Valjarevic, piano play works by Haydn and Dvorak at Mannes School of Jazz Performance Space, Arnhold Hall, 55 W13th St on the 5th floor, free

11/14-19, 8:30 PM legendary electroacoustic percussionist Ikue Mori leads a series of ensembles at the Stone, $20. Choice pick: Mephista on opening night with Sylvie Courvoisier (piano) Susie Ibarra (drums) Jim Staley (trombone)

11/14, 8:30 PM torchy, eclectically brilliant dobro player Abbie Gardner of Red Molly  followed at 9:30 by her darkly lyrical ex-bandmate, multi-instrumentalist/songwriter Carolann Solebello, at Pete’s

11/14, 9:30 PM the Bronx Conexion play their mighty salsa big band jazz at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, $10

11/15, 6 PM music by brilliant, darkly cinematic composer Dobrinka Tabakova in a multimedia performance at the Bulgarian Consulate, 221 E 62nd St, free

11/15. 6 PM sensational Indian classical violinist/improviser Arun Ramamurthy with his group at the Rubin Museu of Art, free w/museum adm

11/15, 6 PM charismatic, darkly eclectic cellist/songwriter Meaghan Burke  leads her Creature Comforts parlor pop trio at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

11/15, 7 PM pianist and harpsichordist Magdalena Baczewska plays works by Clementi, Monterverdi and Berio at the Italian Academy at Columbia University, 1161 Amsterdam Ave north of 116th St., free

11/15, 7:30 PM vividly lyrical rising star pianist Chris Pattishall and sensational trumpeter Adam O’Farrill play a live score to projections by visual artist Kambui’s new project Where Does the Time Go starring Irungu Mutu and Jessica Allie at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

11/15, 7:30 PM the gentler side of powerpop: the Low Doses, Jay Gonzalez & the Guilty Pleasures and the Eyelids doing their post-Dream Syndicate thing at WFMU’s Monty Hall, 43 Montgomery Street, Jersey City. 11/18, same time they’re at Cape House, 2 Knickerbocker Ave in Bushwick for the same deal

11/15, 8 PM Glas (riveting singer/percussionist Corinna Snyder’s Macedonian duo with Vedran Boskovski) followed by singer Jenny Luna’s haunting, oud-and-clarinet-driven Turkish band Dolunay and oud/kora wizard Kane Mathis at Trans-Pecos, $10

11/15, 8 PM eclectic, lyrical jazz bassist/composer Pedro Giraudo and his Tango  Trio joins the string quartet Quartetto Tomassini at Barbes. Giraudo and band are also at Terraza 7 the following night, 11/16 at 9 for $10

11/15, 8:30 PM noir slowcore art-rock with Black Heart Procession at Baby’s All Right, $20. They’re at the Mercury the following night, 11/16 at 10:30 for three bucks less in advance

11/16, 7 PM intense Greek classical pianist Vassilis Varvaresos plays a program tba at Merkin Concert Hall, free, rsvp req

11/16,  7 PM latin jazz alto sax luminary Yosvany Terry leads a trio at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, $15. They’re also at the Jazz Gallery on 11/30 at 7:30/9:30 for the same price

11/16, 7:30 PM the album release show for the new one by paradigm-shifting, irrepressibly edgy, fun Dominican bandleader Irka Mateo & La Tirindanga at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

11/16. 7:30/9:30 PM ambitious, lustrous trumpeter/composer Jonathan Finlayson & Sicilian Defense at the Jazz Gallery, $22

11/16, 8 PM singer Jenny Luna’s haunting, oud-and-clarinet-driven Turkish band Dolunay followed at 10 by a killer tuneful improvisational trio::Hearing Things‘ JP Schlegelmilch – organ; Jonathan Goldberger – guitar and Jim Black – drums – at Barbes 

11/16, 8:30 PM all-star klezmer trio Midwood with Jake Shulman-Ment on violin, Yoshie Fruchter on guitar and Klezmatic Richie Barshay on drums at the Jalopy, $15

10/16, 8:30 PM killer improvisation: Cheryl Richards on vocals, Claire De Brunner on bassoon and the feral Mara Rosenbloom on piano at I-Beam, $15

11/17, 5:30 PM gentle, topical original folk songwriter Jeremy Aaron at the American Folk Art Museum

11/17, 7:30 PM the Arion Chamber Music trio play works by Beethoven and Dvorak at at Christ & St. Stephen’s Church, 120 W 69th St., $25/$12 stud

11/17, 7:30 PM salsa piano legend Arturo Ortiz Y Los 7 Con Calle at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

 11/17, 8 PM catchy, fiery, female-fronted janglerockers/powerpop band Above the Moon – like a more forceful take on Versus – at the Delancey, $10

11/17, 8 PM the NYU01 new music ensemble plays Philip Glass’ Symphony No. 1 at the NYU  Skirball Center, LaGuardia and Washington Square South, free

11/17, 8 PM baritone saxophonist Carol Sudhalter’s Astoria Big Band play swing classics at Flushing Town Hall, $16/$10 stud

 11/17, 8 PM golden age pottymouth dancehall reggae nostlgia:  Yellowman and band at SOB”s, $25

11/17, 8 PM Monika Krajewska, mezzo-soprano, and Natasha Ulyanovsky, pianist and organist, join forces for a program of ancient Jewish music, Yiddish art songs, Russian romances and Argentine tango, at Barnard College’s Sulzberger Parlor, 3rd Floor Barnard Hall, 117th St and Broadway, free

11/17, 8:30 PM haunting, gorgeously lyrical pianist Satoko Fujii’s darkly slinky, Romany-inspired Gato Libre at I-Beam, $15

11/17, 8:30  PM violinist Jennifer Choi with the Secret Quartet play works by Ljova Zhurbin and Ursula Chinn at the New School’s Glass Box Performance Space, 55 W 13th St, $20. She’s also there on 11/18 with pianists Kathleen Supove and Alexandra Joan playing works by Jen Shyu and Stravinsky.

11/17, 9 PM hauting female-fronted Turkish art-song trio Neotolia at Silvana

11/17, 9 PM goth-tinged arena rock with Swanky Tiger at Shrine

 11/17, 9:30 PM urban country legends Miller’s Farm – who did the original dis song about the L train – at Hill  Country

11/17, 10 PM 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

11/17. 10 PM darkly playful, epic piano-based art-rock singer Eve Lesov followed by the darkly eclectic, enigmatic Lorraine Leckie  – equally adept at Slavic and Americana noir and dark cabaret – at Sidewalk

11/17, 10 PM the Shockwaves – a catchy blend of glam, psychedelia, stoner boogie and a little edgy Raybeats thrown in – at Greenpoint Gallery 

11/17, 11 PM ferociously fun, menacing psychobilly/horror rockers the Omega Men at Otto’s

 11/18, 1;30 PM the Kunqu Society perform dramatic Chinese opera pieces at Flushing Town Hall, $16/$10 stud

11/18 4 PM pyrotechnic klezmer clarinetist and Dave Tarras protege Michael Winograd  and lyrical trumpeter Ben Holmes join forces for edgy new klezmer tunes followed at 6 byeclectic, edgy soul/art-rock/funk/chamber-pop cellist/singer Marika Hughes & Bottom Heavy, at 8 by playfully lyrical, fearlessly political superduo Kill Henry Sugar – guitar/banjo mastermind Erik Della Penna and drummer Dean Sharenow – and at 10 by haunting Puerto Rican bolero revivalists and Sylvia Rexach reinventors Miramar. Best quadruplebill of the year!

11/18, 7 PM charming oldtimey trio the Crimson Ragdolls:  Joanna Sternberg, Ali Dineen & Lucine Yeghiazaryanne at Terra Blues

11/18, 7:30 PM sharply lyrical, sometimes uproariously amusing purist janglerock songwriter Sharon Goldman at the People’s Voice Cafe, sugg don, $20; “More if you choose; less if you can’t; no one turned away”

11/18, 7:30 PM the Dover String Quartet play music by Mendelssohn, Laks, Schumann and Viktor Ullmann at Washington Irving HS Auditorium, 16th St./Irving Place, $15

11/18, 8 PM early music ensemble Vox Luminis sing royal funeral music at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, 145 W 46th St between 6th and 7th aves, $30 seats avail. We need a royal funeral in this country right about now! 

11/18, 8 PM purist, lyrical pianist/singer Kelly Green leads her plays the album release show for her new one with her sextet at the Cell Theatre, $10

11/18, 8 PM haunting minimalist/cinematic multi-keyboardist Dominique Lawalrée at the San Damiano Mission, 85 N 15th St, Williamsburg, $20

11/18, 8 PM Athens’ #1 gangster hash-smoking 1920s/30s style rebetiko music band, Rebetiki Istoria at Roulette, $25

11/18, 9 PM the NY Jazzharmonic Trio with the amazing ArcoIris Sandoval on piano at Bar Thalia adjacent to Symphony Space, free

11/18, 10 PM epic, cinematic Indian violin-fueled art-rock themes with Rini and her explosive band at  at Legion Bar, $10

11/18, 10 PM oldschool psychedelic soul/groove band Empire Beats at the Way Station

11/18, 10:30 PM wild, intense, frequently satirical newgrass/oldtimey hellraisers the Dustbowl Revival at the big room at the Rockwood, $15

11/18, time tba a subset of fiery latin noir/circus rock band Kotorino with the similarly phantasmagorical Not Waving But Drowning at House of Collections, 315 Berry St, Williamburg

11/19, 3 PM Omega Ensemble play chamber and string works by Rachmaninoff, Debussy, Beethoven and Gershwin at Christ & St. Stephen’s Church, 120 W 69th St. free

11/19, 4 PM the Apollo Trio play works by Mozart and Brahms  at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.

 11/19, 4 PM the Navatman Music Collective – the only carnatic choir on this continent – sing their innovative, lustrous, lush new arrangements of ancient Indian themes at Symphony Space, $32 but worth it. Like the choir says, “Think you know Indian classical music? Think again!”

11/19, 4 PM the Orchestra Now play Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4 plus Goossens’ Jubilee Variations at Symphony Space, free, rsvp req 

11/19, 5 PM cleverly lyrical, edgily funny, spine-tingling powerpop/acoustic rock singer Tamara Hey at the small room at the Rockwood

11/19. 5 PM clarinetist Matt Rosen and ensemble play works by Bartok, Dolphy and Brahms at the New School’s Glass Box Performance Space, 55 W 13th St, free

11/19. 7 PM NYC’s own rippling, hypnotic, epic Javanese gamelan, Gamelan Dharma Swara at the Fat Cat

 11/19, 8 PM lush, lustrously haunting Balkan art-rock ensemble Dashina at Silvana

11/19, 8ish recently revitalized, careening ten-piece Balkan brass crew Veveritse followed by explosive, creepy, colorful psychedelic rembetiko metal band Greek Judas at Starr Bar, 214 Starr St. (Irving/Wyckoff) in Bushwick, L to Jefferson St.

11/19, 8 PM explosively thundering Ukrainian art-folk band DakhaBrakha at Littlefield, $30

11/20, 7:30 PM Trident Ensemble with Miranda Cuckson, violin and Raman Ramakrishnan, cello play Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time. Also on the bill: vocal works  by Pérotin, Francis Poulenc, Arvo Pärt, Mariano Garau at Music Mondays, Advent Church, northwest corner of 93rd and Broadway, free 

11/20, 8:30 PM pianist Karl Larson plays dystopic new piano music by Wollschleger at Spectrum, $15

11/20, 9:30ish Chicha Libre spinoff Locobeach play trippy electro-cumbia at Barbes

11/20, 10 PM dark psychedelic Americana rock – electric Neil soundalikes Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, $20

 11/21, drinks at 5:30, show at 6: rustic Brazilian jungle guitar-and-accordion sounds with Regional de NY at the Miller Theatre, free

11/21, 7 PM longtime Piazzolla sideman and tango jazz piano luminary Pablo Ziegler l & brilliant violinist Lara St. John revisit Piazzolla’s Central Park concert at the Poisson Rouge, $25 adv tix rec

11/21, 7 PM Daniel Binelli‘s Bandoneorama, the world’s only four-bandoneon group play classic and nuevo tango plus works by Bach, Stravinsky and more followed at 8 by Baden Goyo, piano and Eddy Marcano, violín playing works by Binelli, Galindez, Camacaro, Piazzolla, Hernández, at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex, $20

11/21, 7 PM lyrical pianist Angelica Sanchez leads her group followed at 9:30 by clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party  at 9 PM at Barbes

11/21, 7:30/9:30 PM Gamelan Yowana Sari with the Queens College Percussion Ensemble and special guests  at the Jazz Gallery, $15

11/21, 8 PM Manhattan Chamber play music by Richard Auldon Clark, Howard Cass, Seymour Barab, Eric Ewazen and Alan Hovhaness.at Symphony Space, $20 adv tix rec

11/21-26, 8:30/10 PM one of this era’s great, purist blues-based jazz pianists, Jason Moran & the Bandwagon at the Vanguard, $30

11/21, 8:30 PM haunting folk noir duo Karen & the Secret Documents f.k.a.  Pear Claw at Sidewalk 

11/21, 10 PM brilliant drummer/percussionist Willie Martinez & La Familia Sextet play classic salsa grooves at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe

11/22, 3 PM irrepressible trumpeter Steven Bernstein leads an allstar 14-piece band with Marc Cary on piano, Luis Bonilla on trombone, Marika Hughes on cello and more at the Town Hall, “revisiting Coretta Scott King’s Freedom Concerts,  a milestone collaboration between Dizzy Gillespie and Chano Pozo,  and cantor Moishe Oysher’s anti-Nazi fundraising rally,” $27 tix avail. at the box office

11/22, 7:30 PM, repeating 11/24-25 at 8 the NY Phil play  Rachmaninoff’s Third Symphony, with concertmaster Frank Huang as soloist in Saint-Saëns’s Violin Concerto No. 3 at Avery Fisher Hall, $35 tix avail

11/22. 8/9:30 PM concise, tuneful jazz pianist Marta Sanchez leads her  quintet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

11/22, 8:30 PM intense, rapturous Balkan/Middle Eastern ensemble the Secret Trio –Tamer Pinarbasi, Ismail Lumanovski & Ara Dinkjian – at Bar Lunatico

11/23, 9:30 PM lyrical trumpet powerhouse Nadje Noordhuis leads her Quintet at 55 Bar

11/24-25, 7:30/9:30 PM drummer Johnathan Blake’s “My Life Matters” with Dayna Stephens – saxophones / EWI; Joel Ross – vibraphone; Fabian Almazan – piano; Rashaan Carter – bass at the Jazz Gallery, $25

11/24, 8 PM rustic Brazilian jungle guitar-and-accordion sounds with Regional de NY followed at 10 by Pangari & the Socialites playing classic ska and rocksteady – most of it from the 60s Skatalites catalog – at Barbes

11/25, 6 PM eclectic, edgy soul/art-rock/funk/chamber-pop cellist/singer Marika Hughes & Bottom Heavy  followed at 8 by a very rare US appearance by Australian pedal steel player Lucky Oceans and his band at Barbes  

 11/25, 7:30 PM the Aviary bassoon and cello duo  play a program tba at Scholes St. Studios

11/25, 8;30 PM violinists Conrad and Pauline Kim Harris play compositions for solo violin by Eric Lyon and the NY premiere of Paul Marquardt’s Variations on a theme from “Young Frankenstein” at Spectrum, $15

11/25, 9 PM cleverly lyrical, murderously witty murder ballad/chamber pop allstars Charming Disaster  at Pete’s

11/25, 9 PM popular, purist blue-eyed soul crooner Eli Paperboy Reed at Union Pool, $12

 11/26, 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, $10

 11/26, 10:30 PM tuneful soul-jazz trombonist Dave Gibson leads his quintet at Smalls

1/27, 7:30 PM the Juilliard String Quartet play works by Haydn and Dvorak plus Bartok’s searing String Quartet No. 5 at Alice Tully Hall, $20

11/27, 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

11/27-28, 8 PM drummer Adam Rudolph’s strikingly tuneful, rumblingly improvisational Go Organic Orchestra at Roulette, $15

11/27, 10ish haunting, powerful Afro-Colombian trance choir Bulla en El Barrio at Barbes 

11/28, 7 PM tuneful, terse guitarist/singer Camila Meza and her Nectar Orchestra chamber jazz septet at at the third stage at the Rockwood, $10

11/28, 7 PM the world’s funniest improvising ensemble, Mostly Other People Do the Killing play a trio show with Ron Stabinsky on piano, Moppa Elliott on bass and Kevin Shea on drums followed at 8 by sometimes haunting baritone sax player Charles Evans’ quartet at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

11/28, 7 PM the Cassatt String Quartet and clarinetist Vasko Dubrovski premiere Gerald Cohen’s new spacescape with projections at the Hayden Planetarium (use the 81st St. entrance), $13.50

11/28, 7:30 PM Bomsori Kim, violin and Drew Petersen, piano play works by Messiaen, Faure, Ravel and Saint-Saens at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, free tix available at 6:30 PM day of show

11/28, 7:30 PM brilliantly cinematic, kinetic violinist Dana Lyn  & guitarist Kyle Sanna do their Irish thing followed byintense, fearlessly relevant Middle Eastern clarinetist Kinan Azmeh and his group at the Owl. Azmeh and his haunting, epic Songs for Days to Come project are at Symphony Space on 11/30 at 7:30 PM for $30

11/28, 7:30/9:30 PM eclectic drummer/vibraphonist Kate Gentile‘s new quartet with Matt Mitchell on piano at the Jazz Gallery, $25

11/27-28, 8 PM synth player/composer Laurel Halo and guest percussioist Eli Keszler play selections from her recent album Dust, “revolving around loose and languid songs; warped, sun-filled, melted and at times, heavy-hearted and obscure. A collection of breezy, broken songs, based on woody instrumentation, sub bass and restlessness” at the Kitchen, $20

 11/29, 1 PM the Howard Williams Jazz Orchestra play big band standards at St Peter’s Church, Lex/54th

 11/29, 6 PM harmonium player Doyal Gauranga at the Rubin Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

 11/29, 7:30/9:30 PM a large ensemble assembled by the brilliant, epic Miho Hazama plays new big band jazz tunes by similarly awesome composers: Christopher Zuar, Erica Seguine, Jon Schapiro, Martha Kato, Chuck Iwanusa, Michael Thomas, Andy Clausen, Jihye Lee and Hazama herself at the Jazz Gallery, $15, wow.

1/29, 8 PM haunting, atmospheric brass band Slavic Soul Party spinoff the Mountain Lions at Barbes. They’re here the following night, 11/30 opening for the Eastern Blokhedz – who specialize in the catalog of legendary Polish singer Edita Piaha – who play at 10.

11/29, 9 PM gamelanesque downtown percussion icon Susie Ibarra plays the album release show for her new one, Perception with her DreamTime Ensemble at the Park Church Coop in Greenpoint, $15 adv tix avail at the Poisson Rouge box ofc

11/29. 9 PM the New School Punk & Noise Ensemble at Mannes School of Jazz Performance Space, Arnhold Hall, 55 W13th St on the 5th floor, free. Hey ho, let’s go! 

11/29, 9 PM smart, cleverly lyrical original swing chanteuse/songwriter/trombonist Emily Asher’s Garden Party at Radegast Hall.

11/29, 9 PM funky, lyrically intense dark folk jamband the Sometime Boys– with the riveting Sarah Mucho on vocals  at the small room at the Rockwood. Darkly jangly, catchy, new wave-ish rockers Melissa & the Mannequins  are at the big room an hour later for $10

11/30, 6 PM tuneful postbop jazz guitarist Dave Juarez leads his trio at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min, followed at 8/10:30 by cinematic, nocturnally-inclined pastoral jazz vibraphonist Chris Dingman in a rare trio performance

 11/30, 7:30 PM indie classical chamber luminaries Talea Ensemble  play the NY premiere of FACE for voice and ensemble by Pierluigi Billone at the Italian Academy at Columbia University, 1161 Amsterdam Ave north of 116th St., free

11/30, 7;30 PM the edgy, microtonal Frikativ String Quartet: Sarah Bernstein , Scott Tixier, Mat Maneri, Tomeka Reid at the Owl

11/30, 8 PM Hans Tammen & the eleven-piece electroacoustic Dark Circuits Orchestra play “a controlled chaos of loud, visceral blast of colors, flashes and polyrhythmic machinations” at the Knockdown Center, $10

11/30, 9 PM one of the year’s best triplebills: Balkan bands Tipsy Oxcartt, Raya Brass Band and Dolunay at Littlefield, $10

11/30, 9:30 PM smartly populist oldtimey-flavored Americana band 2/3 Goat  at Hill Country

11/30. 9:30 PM enigmatically intense, sometimes assaultive jazz/postrock group Desert Foxx  at Pine Box Rock Shop

 11/30, 9:30 PM bouncy, catchy, sardonically lyrical 90s style Britrock band Maximo Park at Bowery Ballroom, $20 adv tix rec

12/1, 7:30 PM 10-piece Austrian new music ensemble Studio Dan play works rarely heard in the US including a Christian Schiller premiere at the Austrian Cultural Center, 11 E 52nd St., free, res req 

12/1, 8 PM  don’t let the name fool you – Fairy Tale are more Brothers Grimm than Cinderella – in Korean. Amazing Korean psychedelic folk sounds from this mostly-female group at Flushing Town Hall, $16/$10 stud

12/1, 9 PM searing, theatrical Romany/Balkan punk rockers Bad Buka at Radegast

12/1, 10 PM iconic second-wave roots reggae road warriors John Brown’s Body at Bowery Ballroom, $20 adv tix rec

12/2, 7 PM dark, intense, psychedelic guitarist/songwriter Anna Coogan at the small room at the Rockwood

12/2, 8 PM Gamelan Kusuma Laras with Javanese gamelan luminaries Darsono Hadiraharjo, “the best young Javanese gamelan player of his generation;” master musician Midiyanto; and rising star singer Heni Savitri; at Roulette, $25

12/2, 9 PM Television’s Richard Lloyd and his band open for Steve Wynn’s iconic, amazingly vital 80s darkly psychedelic, noisyjamband the Dream Syndicate at Bowery Ballroom, $25 gen adm

12/9, 4 PM the Desoff Choir sing Handel’s Messiah at Union Theological Seminary, 3041 Broadway @ 121st St, $15

12/9,  5 PM tenor sax explorations by Ras Moshe Burnett and open jam session along with speakers from Take the Stands and the Stop Mass Incarceration Network at Dacia Gallery, 53 Stanton St

12/11, 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

12/13, 7:30 PM eclectic mostly-female klezmer/cumbia/tango jamband Isle of Klezbos  at Piano on Park, 10 Park Ave #22D, $25

12/16, 9 PM very diverse works by rising star jazz composer Sarah Weaver: a solo bass piece written for and played by the great Mark Dresser followed by Weaver’s killer twelve-piece orchestra featuring Min Xiao-Fen on pipa and Ned Rothenberg on reeds, among others, at the DiMenna Center, $25/$15 stud/srs

12/31, 11 PM organist William Trafka performs works by Bach, Guilmant and Mendelssohn at St. Bartholomew’s Church, free, champagne after midnight!

Dawn Oberg’s Nothing Rhymes With Orange: 2017’s Funniest Political Album

What’s more Halloweenish than Putin’s little bitch in the Oval Office? That’s what Dawn Oberg calls him in the scathingly hilarious, Beatlesque parlor-pop title track of her new ep, Nothing Rhymes with Orange. It’s streaming at Bandcamp, and she’s making a relatively rare New York appearance at 2:45 PM at Matchless in Williamsburg on Nov 12. Similarly lyrical, unpredictable, wickedly catchy keyboard-fueled art-rockers Changing Modes eventually follow later in the evening at 5:45; cover is $10.

Oberg is unsurpasssed at sardonically funny, insightful tunesmithing. With her sharp wit, erudite gospel-inspired piano chops and quirky vocals, she’s been pursuing her distinctive, literary parlor pop and artsy rock since the early zeros. She never met a good pun she could resist, and slings one of those after another at the failed casino magnate whose unlikely ascendancy to the one public office he’ll ever hold left the world in a state of shock and horror last November. Until the slow wheels of impeachment reach their inevitable destination, we have this record to soothe the burn.

Oberg’s band here includes Roger Rocha on guitar, Shawn Miller on bass, Erik Ian Walker on organ and Andrew Laubacher on drums. They shuflfle along with with Oberg’s tumbling piano and torrents of lyrics in Information Is Your Friend, a snide response to the deluge of fake news being sent out by the “tweeting twat” in the White House:

Someone smart said a long time ago, the truth will set you free
And it sucks I even have to say it, that I have to sing and play it…

That disillusion is echoed in I’d Love to Be Wrong, which alludes to Oberg’s classic breakup-as-earthquake anthem End of the Continent:

I see four guys on horses
The sky growing dark,
I can hear the rattle of chains
They ain’t coming to help us
Their hostages already slain

Oberg is no stranger to political satire, or irresistible jokes – her 2008 album is titled Horticulture Wars – but this is the funniest thing she’s ever done. And it’s reason to look forward to what she has to say when hubris catches up with that tweeting twat. Let’s just hope he doesn’t start a real war when he finally figures out that he bit off way too much more than he could chew.

Dark, Brooding, Catchy Powerpop and New Wave From Lauren Hoffman & the Secret Storm

Today’s Halloween album, streaming at Bandcamp, is The Family Ghost, by Lauren Hoffman & the Secret Storm. As with yesterday’s album, it’s anything but cartoonish: the unease is pretty relentless, and when there’s menace, it’s typically implied. The music is on the dark side, blending artsy parlor pop, powerpop, and new wave – and it’s catchy as hell. Hoffman’s clear, uncluttered voice is a powerful vehicle for these mostly sad songs.

The opening track sways along on a trip-hop groove, Hoffman’s elegantly restrained vocals evoking Changing Modes’ Wendy Griffiths over Tony Lechmanski’s lingering, Lynchian guitar clang. And then the song hits a blazing crescendo. It’s about being hunted, and escaping that: it’s not clear who the girl and her little brother are running from. In a city where the subways and buses are on track to become part of a surveillance-based system by 2023, songs like this really resonate.

Feel It All Over is a catchy minor-key new wave powerpop hit bolstered by Ethan Lipscomb’s piano and Cathy Monnes’ one-woman string section, Hoffman’s protagonist determined to live at full throttle until the curtain falls. A Britfolk-tinged waltz amped up with burning guitars, Let the Waves Crash on Me is a love song to a would-be escapee: I’ve got your back, I’ll hold your guns while you make a break for it, Hoffman insists.

Sick With Love is every bit as plainspoken and morose as the title indicates, Hoffman pondering what who’ll miss the random strangers in the street when they’re dead. Over an anthemic four-chord powerpop hook, In the Sun broodingly contemplates the hope for something genuinely transcendent. “I’m not that strong, but I’m strong enough to suffer if that’s the price I have to pay,” she laments.

She goes back to mid 80s style Go-Go’s powerpop with I Just Broke up With a Guy Who Looks Kinda Like You, whose title doesn’t come close to hinting at where the muted, somber vocals and narrative are going. The snarling, Middle Eastern-tinged title track is both the album’s musical high point…and its lyrically weakest track. OK, seduce the dude, whatev. And skip the next track – even some tasty, fluttery cello can’t redeem that one.

With its blend of enigmatic guitar, swooping cello and incisive keys, the album’s most ornate, witchiest number is The Dragon: “You’re a tease and a flirt,” Hoffman tells the monster. The album closes with the sad waltz Til it Lasts: “I won’t be so brave next time,” Hoffman tells herself, “You die for their love, or die of it.” Nothing more Halloweenish than that.

Ella Atlas’ Debut Album Builds Hauntingly Cinematic Twin Peaks Ambience

Stephen Masucci is best known for his film music and for his lead guitar in one of the most haunting, Lynchian New York bands ever, the Lost Patrol. Since that group ground to a halt a couple of years ago, he’s been busy with a new, similarly dark, cinematic project, Ella Atlas, with compellingly enigmatic, eclectic singer/multi-instrumentalist Tarrah Maria. The duo’s deliciously reverb-drenched new album The Road to Now is streaming at Bandcamp.

It opens with the catchy, distantly shimmering When the Gods Are Fading, swirly late 70s ELO through a surreal new wave prism peppered with references to wars and death. Masucci’s icy clang fuels the slowly swaying Red Kingdom, Tarrah Maria’s vocals lush with a similarly chilly allure.

Likewise, Hotel You begins with blue velvet tremolo guitar chords but quickly hits a brisk new wave take on a roadhouse rock groove, Tarrah Maria’s voice taking on a hint of a country twang in a luridly aphoristic tale of conflagration and escape. The slower. even more plush Waking Up has a spacerock sweep, the frontwoman’s voice bringing to mind Karla Rose at her most subtly torchy and dynamic.

Meteor shower atmospherics build to a propulsive chorus in Horses on the Run. Breaking Ice comes across as a noir surf-influenced take on the kind of angst-fueled retro new wave the New Collisions mined so memorably around the turn of the past decade.

Something to Be Desired is part hearbroken Nashville gothic pop, part Cocteau Twins, Tarrah Maria turning in her most ominously pillowy vocals here. The duo make an enveloping anthem out of an On Broadway vamp in Blindful & Bliss, then build strutting, turbulent, red-neon ambience in Can’t Go Back.

“I know that this will end, but I’m addicted to the view,” Tarrah Maria intones in Leave Me in Blue, the most darkly lingering, epically sweeping track here. The album winds up with Skin & Bones, rising out and then back to spare, rainy-day melancholy. As with the Lost Patrol, a persistent unease and distant sense of dread pervades these nocturnes: they’re songs for our time. Arguably the best debut album of 2017 so far.

Artsy Afrobeat-Inflected Tunesmithing and a City Winery Show from Jenn Wasner

Jenn Wasner is an anomaly in the indie rock world: a fluent, imaginative guitarist who uses just about every sound available to her and writes smart, pensive, lyrical songs. She’s bringing her band Wye Oak to a rare Manhattan gig tomorrow night, Oct 6 at City Winery. If you can get to Manhattan, you can also get home afterward since the show is early – 8 PM – and you won’t have to worry about the train leaving you at some random outpost in the remote fringes of Bushwick. And you can get in for twenty bucks at the door.

Wasner also has an intriguing side project, Flock of Dimes, whose debut album is streaming at Bandcamp. The songs blend icy, crisply produced ABC-style 80s art-pop with a stainless-topped, airconditioned 90s lounge feel over Afrobeat-inflected rhythms. Wasner likes dancing vocal melodies and tricky tempos which percolate throughout pretty much every song here.

Wasner’s lingering guitar resonates over a soukous-ish triplet beat on the opening track, Birthplace; “My love is not an object,” she asserts, then dancing, synthesized strings kick in. The Joke is a powerpop gem as the Talking Heads might have played it, with blippy synth and surrealistically echoing faux-Leslie speaker guitars: the steel solo that the song fades out on is anunexpected treat and over too soon.

Everything Is Happening Today pairs atmospheric verse against kinetic, metrically tricky chorus.  Likewise, Semaphore shifts from uneasy resonance to subtly crescendoing dancefloor-beat angst on the chorus, “Too far gone for a sempahore.”

The danciest and techiest track is Ida Glow. which could be Missing Persons or Garbage without the sexpot pose. Wasner goes back toward Remain in Light-era Talking Heads with Flight, an allusive, lushly textured account of betrayal.

With its watery layers of chorus-box guitar and similarly disembodied vocals, Apparition could be late-period Siouxsie without the microtones…and then it goes in the direction of the Fixx or Tears for Fears. Spiraling, Spanish-tinged guitars punctuate the gorgeous Given/Electric Life, which could be Linda Draper with slicker production: “I’m not in the ways of counting days, distract myself,” Wasner insists.

“We seem to be awake, but we are dreaming,” shse intones enigmatically at the end of Minor Justice, a return to icy, blippy Afrobeat-pop. “I couldn’t free you, I couldn’t free myself,” she laments in You, the Vatican – #bestsongtitleever, huh? The album ends with,…To Have No Answer, which sounds like Bjork at her trippiest and most atmospheric. Throughout the album, Wasner plays all the guitars and keys as well: she obviously put a lot of time and effort into this. It’s like an artichoke, one layer after another to unfold. If the album had come out thirty years ago, every graying Gen-Xer would still have the cd somewhere – and that’s a compliment.

Live Music Calendar for New York City and Brooklyn for October and November 2017

Free and cheap concerts in just about every neighborhood. If you’re leaving your hood, make sure you check http://www.mta.info for service changes considering how the trains are at night and on the weekend.

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

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

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

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, Mozart and fascinating improvisations. Sugg don $10 (pay what you can), delicious gluten-free refreshments, beverages and lively conversation included! email for info/location.

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).

Three Mondays in October: 10/9, 10/16 and 10/23 at 8 PM charismatic,cutting-edge purist jazz chanteuse Champian Fulton – who’s equally captivating as a pianist –  leads her trio at Radegast Hall

Mondays in October, 8 PM erudite, fascinating jazz guitar maven,Matt Munisteri plays “guitar for lovers” at the Jalopy Tavern, free

Mondays in October, 8:30 PM powerful, dynamic blue-eyed soul belter Sarah Wise at Pete’s

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 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.

Mondays at midnight in October gonzo postbop pianist Dred Scott leads his trio at the small room at the Rockwood

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 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 6 PM, irrepressible pianist/singer Champian Fulton – as entertaining a postbop improviser as torch singer – plays at Talde, 8 Erie St. (Bay/1st) in Jersey City, a block and a half from the Grove St. Path station

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. Tons of special guests followed by a wild raga jam!

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

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.

Three Wednesdays in October: 10/11, 1018 and 10/25 ,9 PM enigmatic female-fronted psychedelic pop/new wave band the New Tarot at Bowery Electric, $10

Thursdays in October, 8 PM drummer Francisco Mora-Catlett’s AfroHORN mashes up Sun Ra and Afro-Cuban jazz at Zinc Bar

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 November, 6 PM eclectic, edgy soul/art-rock/funk/chamber-pop cellist/singer Marika Hughes & Bottom Heavy at Barbes

Saturdays in October, 10 PM oldschool ffemale-fronted psychedelic soul/groove band Empire Beats at the Way Station

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

10/1, 11:30AM ish eclectic mostly-female klezmer/cumbia/tango jamband Isle of Klezbos at City Winery, $10, no minimum, kids under 12 free

10/1, 2 PM popular indie classical orchestra the Knights  play Mendelssohn’s Italian symphony; special guest tenor Nicholas Phan joins them for Benjamin Britten’s Les Illuminations at Bric Arts, $12 adv tix rec. There’s also a 10/5, 8 PM show there for six bucks more in advance. 

10/1, 3 PM the New York Classical Players plus pianist HaeSun Paik play Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4, a premiere of Eric Nathan’s “Omaggio a Gesualdo” plus works by Shostakovich and Saint-Saens at Flushing Town Hall, free w/rsvp 

10/1, 4 PM badass harpist Bridget Kibbey and violinist Siwoo Kim reinvent works by Bach at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix rec. You have to hear Kibbey’s version of the Toccata in D – it’s not what you would expect at all!

10/1, 5 PM forward-looking indie classical piano trio Longleash play the album release show for their new one at the Poisson Rouge

10/1. 6 PM drummer Jeremy Carlstedt and haunting electroacoustic trombonist Rick Parker – of horror surf band Behinghove’s Hangmen –  at Downtown Music Gallery

10/1, 7 PM eclectic, lyrical jazz bassist/composer Pedro Giraudo leads his Tango Quartet followed at 9:30 by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

10/1, 7 PM the fantastic and irrepressible Momenta Quartet with Elizabeth Brown, theremin play works by Biber, Schoenberg, Kee Yong Chong, Michael Small, Elizabeth Brown at Dixon Place, free

10/1, 7 PM eclectic Americana crooner Charley Crockett – sort of the Texas version of Hayes Carll – at the Knitting Factory, $12 adv tix rec 

10/1, 7 PM charming continental swing harmony band the New York Nightingales at Caffe Vivaldi.

10/1, 7:30 PM wild, theatrical, ancient Punjabi dance band Rajasthani Caravan at Drom, $15. Followed at 9:15 by innovative, energetic all-male a-cappella jazz sextet M-Pact, separate $15 adv tix adm.

10/1, 7:30 PM wryly playful, hauntingly atmospheric, otherworldly Tuvan throat-singing group Alash at Merkin Concert Hall, $25

10/1, 8 PM guitarslinger Mallory Feuer’s fiery power trio the Grasping Straws – sort of a mashup of Patti Smith and Hole’s first album –at Pine Box Rock Shop. They slayed with a surprising amount of new material at a low-key East Village show last month.

10/1, 8:30ish the uneasily cinematic art-rock Pi PowerTrio  – film composer and former Raybeat Pat Irwin (guitar, electronics), Sasha Dobson (drums, vocals) and Daria Grace (bass, vocals) at the Treehouse at 2A

10/1, 9 PM darkly jangly, catchy, new wave-ish rockers Melissa & the Mannequins at Bowery Electric, $10. They’re also at LIC Bar on 10/25 at 9.

10/1, 10:30 PM the great unsung hero of darkly purposeful, noir-tinged jazz guitar, Saul Rubin leads his quartet at Smalls. 10/5 and 10/10, 7 PM his Zebtet are at the Fat Cat.

10/2, 6 PM the improvisationally-inclined Osso String Quartet at the Fat Cat

10/2, 7 PM the Momenta Quartet  with Vicky Chow, piano, and Hilliard Greene,bass play a liberation-themed program of works by Schoenberg, Alvin Singleton, Agustín Fernández and a violin/bass improvisation at the Americas Society, 680 Park Ave, free

10/2, 7 PM feral psychedelic guitarslinger Debra Devi at the small room at the Rockwood

10/2. 7:30 PM Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland’s intense folk noir band Whitehorse at Baby’s All Right, $15

10/2, 8 PM the NYU01 Ensemble play Berlioz: Roman Carnival Overture, Op. 9; Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16; Elgar: Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36, “Enigma” at the NYU Loewe Theatre, 35 W 4th St, free

10/2, 9:30 PM a screening of newly digitized, restored footage filmed by Metropolis Video comprising the world premiere of several rare, rediscovered songs from summer and fall 1975 CBGB performances by the Talking Heads, at the Kitchen, free

10/3, 7 PM the Momenta Quartet with Samuel Rhodes, viola, and ​Marcy Rosen​, cello play works by Britten, Tschaikovsky and Claude Baker at the Italian Academy at Columbia University, 1161 Amsterdam Ave north of 116th St., free

10/3, 7:30 PM harpist Hae Joo Hahn plays works by Bach, Gounod, Handel, Vivaldi, Faure, Debussy and more at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, $30 tix avail

10/3, 7:30 PM the New Juilliard Ensemble play North American premieres by John Woolrich, Gerald Barry, Akira Nishimura and Raminta Serksnyte at the Sharp Theatre at Juilliard, free

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

10/3-4, 7:30/9:30 PM drummer Adam Rudolph’s strikingly tuneful, rumblingly improvisational Moving Pictures at the Jazz Gallery, $15

10/3, 7:30/9:30 PM guitarist Steve Cardenas leads his quartet playing Monk tunes at the Jazz Standard, $25

10/3, 8 PM in reverse order at the Silent Barn: eclectic drummer/vibraphonist Kate Gentile‘s Friends of Reason, math-y duo Bangladeafy, wildfire guitarist Brandon SeabrookNeedle Driver playing the album release show for their new one, and noisy art=rock/indie guitar legend Martin Bisi, $8

10/3-8, 8:30 PM the world’s most captivatingly assaultive extended technique trumpeter, Peter Evans plays with a series of ensembles at the Stone, $20. Choice pick: opening night, with strings: Mazz Swift (violin) Tomeka Reid (cello) Brandon Lopez (bass) Dan Lippel (guitar) Craig Taborn (piano) Miya Masaoka (koto)

10/3, 10 PM Duckie Simpson’s version of what’s left of 80s roots reggae legends Black Uhuru at B.B. King’s,  $25 adv tix rec

10/4, 6 PM enigmatically intense, sometimes assaultive jazz/postrock group Desert Foxx with eclectic special guest Levon Henry at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 includes a drink!  

10/4, 7 PM wildly eclectic, theatrical one-man band the Lonesome Organist followed by intense minor-key klezmer/groove/psychedelic art-rock instrumentalists Barbez playing the album release show for their new one For Those Who Came After: Songs of Resistance from the Spanish Civil War at Joe’s Pub, $15. Followed at 9:30 (separate $20 adm) by high-voltage sarod duo Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash with Karsh Kale on percussion.

10/4, 7 PM the Momenta Quartet  with Nana Shi, pianist play works by Milhaud, Per Norgard’s awesome String Quartet No. 8, Hiroya Miura and João Pedro Oliveira at West Park Presbyterian Church, 165 W 86th St at Amsterdam

10/4, 7 PM Skip LaPlante’s wild, gamelesque kitchen-sink percussion piece Symphony of Chimes performed by the composer, Laurie Bennett, David Demnitz, Skip La Plante, Andrea Skurr, Omar Zubair and others at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

10/4, 7:30 PM indie powerpop cult hero Walter Salas-Humara of the Silos at Hifi Bar

10/4, 7:30/9:30 PM guitarist Mike Moreno leads his quartet playing Monk tunes at the Jazz Standard, $25

10/4, 8 PM fearlessly political LES soul-rock songwriter/chanteuse Dina Regine at Sidewalk

10/4, 8 PM pianist Steven Masi plays Beeethoven sonatas at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.

10/4, 8:30 PM magically luminescent pastoral jazz/space-jazz group Bryan and the Aardvarks  at Nublu 151, $10

10/4, 9 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” at Troost 

10/4 Zola Jesus at Rough Trade is sold out. Good for her.

10/5, 6:30 PM not a music event but an important one: a panel discussion on the criminalization of poverty with Brooklyn Law School professor Jocelyn Simonson plus Josmar Trujillo of the Coalition to End Broken Windows, Alyssa Aguilera of VOCAL-NY, Imani Henry of Equality for Flatbush: E4F, and Ben Ndugga-Kabuye of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI) at the Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St. in downtown Brooklyn, free

10/5, 7 PM percussionist Alessandra Belloni‘s rustically witchy tarantella band at the Italian American Museum, 155 Mulberry St. near Grand, $25

10/5-6, 7 PM Tanya Kalmanovitch’s ominously polyphonic, improvisational eco-disaster suite The Tar Sands Songbook, focusing on the Ft. McMurrray oil sands debacle, at the New School 4th Floor Theatre at 55 W 13th St., free

10/5, 7/8:30 PM, repeating on 10/6, the Momenta Quartet play an all-Ursula Mamlok program alongside Miro Magloire’s new chamber ballet, Stray Bird, in tribute to the composer at German Academy New York, 1014 5h Aven (bet. 82 & 83 Sts), free, rsvp req

10/5, 7:30 PM popular bachata crooner Joan Soriano “El Duque de la Bachata,” at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

10/5. 8 PM Eva Zollner plays accordion music by women composers followed by trombone-fueled improvisational alchemy with the Steve Swell Ensemble at Roueltte, $20

10/5, 8/9:30 PM violinist Sam Bardfeld plays the album release show for his excellent, eclectic new one, The Great Enthusiasms with  Kris Davis, piano;  Michael Sarin, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

10/5, 8:30 PM the irrepressible, cinematic, comedic Broken Reed Saxophone Quartet play new material at Shapeshifter Lab, $15

10/5, 10 PM high-energy female-fronted honkytonk/hard country band American Aquarium at the Knitting Factory, $15

10/6, 5:30 PM oldtimey toe-tapping tunes with Washboard Slim and the Bluelights at the American Folk Art Museum

10/6, 7 PM the Jentsch Group No Net play work from guitarist Chris Jentsch’s ongoing acerbic, relevant Topics in American History suite for large jazz emsemble – referencing pre-Colombian North America, the Lincoln/Douglass Debates, Manifest Destiny, and the Domino Theory – at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, $15

10/6, 7 PM the Art Ensemble of Chicago, legends of avant garde jazz, make their first NYC stop in decades. Lineup this time out is Roscoe Mitchell, flutes, saxophones; Famoudou Don Moye, drums, percussion; Hugh Ragin, trumpet; Tomeka Reid, cello; Junius Paul, double bass; Joseph Jarman, spoken word, at Columbia’s Lenfest Center for the Arts , 615 W 129th St, $25/$15 stud

10/6. 7 PM the US premiere of The Strange Library of Babel – a largescale improvisational work drawing on both Murakami’s “The strange library” and Borges’ “The library of Babel”, with music by the Mivos Quartet, saxophonist Anna Webber, trumpeter Nate Wooley and others at Spectrum, $15

10/6, 7 PM Jog Blues – who reinvent classical Indian themes much as Brooklyn Raga Massive does – at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix rec

10/6, 7 PM postrock octet Threefifty at Shapeshifter Lab, $15

10/6, 7 PM pianists Brent Funderburk and Miori Sugiyama back the Brooklyn Art Song Society in works by Ravel and Debussy at the Brooklyn Historical Society,  128 Pierrepont St. in downtown Brooklyn, $25

10/6-7, 7:30/9:30 PM the Alan Ferber Big Band play the album release show for their typically lush, diverse new one at the Jazz Gallery, $25

10/6, 8 PM cinematic, psychedelic, dynamic Chinese folk/postrock/shoegaze band Zhaoze make their US debut at American Beauty, $15 

10/6. 8ish LA psychedelic latin soul stars Chicano Batman  preceded by  Thai-inspired heavy psych trio Khruangbin at Warsaw, $26 tix avail. at the Knitting Factory ticket window. Don’t buy online unless you want to get really screwed.

10/6, 8 PM Belarus classical and folk multi-instrumental wizard Siarhei Douhushau – who plays kolavaia lira (hurdy-gurdy), parnaia dudka (double bagpipe), Belarusian dudka (fife), akaryna (okarina), zhaleika, and sapilka – at the  Jalopy, $15

10/6, 8 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 play Terry Riley’s In C at the Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec. You want psychedelic?

10/6, 8 PM high-voltage rustic Belize coastal dance tunes with the Garifuna Collective featuring Umalali at Flushing Town Hall, $16/$10 srs/, ages 13-19 free w/ID

10/6, 8 PM percussion and piano quartet Yarn/Wire play the world premiere of Enno Poppe’s Feld, “filtered through microtonal organs or paired with dense, perpetually moving piano complexity” at the Kitchen, $20/$15 stud/srs

10/6. 8:30 PM reliably unpredictable, assaultively tuneful guitarist Brandon Seabrook leads a trio with Daniel Levin on cello and Henry Feaser on bass at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min –  yikes!

10/6. 9 PM moodily lyrical, politically savvy Irish folk-rocker Niall Connolly  plays the album release show for his new one Dream Your Way Out of This One at Union Hall, $12

10/6, 9ish trumpeter Darren Johnston’s Wind Over Walls with the amazing Carmen Staaf – piano; the equally amazing Alison Miller – drums; Noah Garabedian – upright bass at I-Beam, $15

10/6, 9:15 PM Miss Velvet & the Blue Wolf play quirky, torchy blue-eyed soul with incisively edgy, purist blues guitar at the big room at the Rockwood, $10

10/6, 9:30 PM upbeat oldschool C&W and more rustic sounds with Woody Pines at Hill Country

10/6, 10 PM the world’s creepiest and most subtly amusing crime jazz/film noir band, Big Lazy at Barbes

10/6, 10:30 PM catchy Booker T-esque soul jazz with the David Gibson/Jared Gold, Hammond B3 organ band at the Fat Cat

10/6, 11 PM theatrical female-fronted circus rock/Romany folk-inspired rock band Varya at Sidewalk

10/7. 6 PMquirkily cinematic, psychedelic, family-friendly instrumentalists Songs for Unusual Creatures, followed  eventually at 10 by eclectic, electric C&W/blues band the Jug Addicts at Barbes

10/7, 7 PM Du Yun and Novus NY play excerpts from her creepy, cynical work in progress Angel’s Bone – about a couple who ostensibly find a couple of battered and bruised angels, but under the pretext of repairing their wings, cannibalize their bodies – at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix rec

10/7, 7 PM dark psychedelic acoustic blues/klezmer/reggae/soca jamband Hazmat Modine at Terra Blues. They’re also here on 10/21

10/7, 7:30 PM the Israeli Chamber Project  play Stravinsky’s Soldier’s Tale plus works by Mozart, Schumann and Leef at Merkin Concert Hall, $30

10/7, 8ish Mary Lorson – whose eclectic catalog comprises everything from uneasy parlor pop to trip-hop to swing – at the Owl, $10

10/7, 8 PM B3 organ cult fave Dr. Lonnie Smith leads his trio at the Miller Theatre, $20 seats avail

10/7, 8:30 PM Jason Stein – bass clarinet; Jacob Sacks – piano; Tomas Fujiwara – drums collaborate at I-Beam. $15

10/7, 9 PM Unsteady Freddie‘s monthly surf rock extravaganza at Otto’s begins at 9 with the percussive Bongo Surf, at 10  jangly New York original surf rock cult heroes the Supertones, at 11 menacing horror surf legends the Coffin Daggers and then Brooklyn cover trio the Band of Others sometime around midnight

10/7, 9 PM baritone crooner Sean Kershaw‘s Serpentones play “hi octane Brooklyn honkytonk”at  Bar Chord

10/7, 9 PM haphazardly careening, occasionally theatrical dreampop/noiserockers Gold Dime at Alphaville, $10

10/7, 10:30 PM kinetic jazz vibraphonista Yuhan Su leads her quartet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 cover plus $10 minimum

10/7, 11 PM explosive electric blues guitarist/songwriter Jackie Venson – arguably the best thing happening in Texas blues right now – at  the third stage at the Rockwood, $10

10/8, noon jangly New York original surf rock cult heroes the Supertones at the Dropout, 16702 Rockaway Beach Blvd at Bay 9 in the Rockaways, free

10/8, 3 PM Brigid Coleridge, violin; Julia Yang, cello; Lee Dionne, piano play works by Beethoven, Schubert and Shostakovich at Concerts on the Slope, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 139 St. John’s Place downhill from 7th Ave, sugg don

10/8, 4 PM pianist Steven Masi plays Beeethoven sonatas at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.

10/8, 5 PM flutist Joseph Piscitelli, cellist Michael Finckel and pianist Helene Jeanney play; music by Haydn, Weber and Damase at the Lounge at Hudson View Gardens, 128 Pinehurst Ave at W183rd St, $12, reception to follow

10/8, 6 PM dueling violins from Venezuela and New York: Leonor Falcon with Sana Nagano at Downtown Music Gallery

10/8, 6 PM lustrously dark jazz pianist Guy Mintus at Caffe Vivaldi

10/8, 7 PM witty Microscopic Septet pianist Joel Forrester followed at 9:30isy byRomany guitar legend Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

10/8, 7:30 PM sitar virtuoso Nishat Khan at Merkin Concert Hall, $25 tix avail

10/8, 7:30/9:30 PM cool improvisational stuff: tenor saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock  leads an electroacoustic septet with Kris Davis on piano and Miya Masaoka on koto at the Jazz Gallery, $15

10/8, 7:30 PM the intrepid Queensboro Symphony Orchestra  plays Fabrizio Ferraro’s guitar concerto Hachiko with the composer as soloist; also on the program iare Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3 featuring Hanako Miyajima and Brahms’ Symphony No. 1 at Mary’s Nativity Church, 46-02 Parsons Blvd. (at Holly Ave.), Flushing, sugg don, 7 to Flushing/Main St. and a comfortable 10-minute walk, or take the Q27 or Q65 bus

 10/8, 8 PM a very rare NYC appearance by Macedonian brass band Prilepski Zvezdi and Zlatne Uste, NYC’s first and arguably most deeply authentic, explosive Balkan brass unit, with special guest clarinet monster Bilhan Macev at Drom, $15 adv tix rec

10/8, 8 PM dark late 70s CB’s style punk-pop/powerpop band Ingrid & the Defectors at Otto’s

10/8, 9 PM smart, original oldtimey guitar/banjo instrumentals with Breadfoot at Sidewalk

10/9,  7 PM tuneful pianist Jim Ridl leads his trio from behind the Fender Rhodes at 55 Bar

10/9, 8 PM darkly cinematic Israeli Middle Eastern jazz trio Kadawa at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min 

10/10, 6:30 PM a killer triplebill: snotty lo-fi accordion-driven oldschool cumbia band Ratas En Zelo, fiery singer Carolina Oliveros’ trippy tropicalia band Combo Chimbita and then Thee Commons – the missing link between Tom Waits, Los Destellos, Industrial Tepee and the Ventures – at the Mercury, $10 

10/10, 9 PM oldschool Texas fingerstyle acoustic blues, Romany swing and all sorts of fiery antique styles with fantastic guitarist Noe Socha at Freddy’s

10/9, 9:30 PM cumbia band Los Cumpleanos – with new wave synths & retro organ sounds with effect-laden trombone and trumpet as well as a three piece percussion section – at Barbes 

 10/10-15, 8/10:30 PM ageless salsa jazz piano powerhouse Eddie Palmieri celebrates his 80th birthday with a week at the Blue Note, $30 standing room avail

10/10, 8 PM the perennially intense, tuneful godfather of edgy, lyrical, anthemic downtown NYC rock, Willie Nile sings Dylan at City Winery, $30 standing room avail.

10/10, 8 PM opening night of this year’s Honk festival of Balkan brass music with New Orleans’ New Creation Brass Band and the L Train Brass Band (which never goes where it’s supposed to, stops abruptly and then doesn’t do anything?) at City Reliquary, 370 Metropolitan Ave cattycorner from the Knitting Factory, free

10/10-15, 8:30 PMnoir-inspired low-register reedman Ben Goldberg  plays with a variety of ensembles at the Stone, $20. Choice pick: opening night with Orphic Machine:  Carla Kihlstedt (violin) Ches Smith, Kenny Wollesen (vibes) Myra Melford (piano) Ron Miles (trumpet) Nate Radley (guitar), Trevor Dunn (bass)

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

10/11, 5 PM free, eclectic brass band triplebill:  Brazil’s all-female, canavalesque Damas de Ferro, New Orleans’ New Creation Brass Band and drummer Kenny Wollesen‘s Sonic Massage at Everything Goes Book Cafe, 208 Bay Street, Staten Island

10/11, 6 PM Middle Eastern oudist Tom Chess at the Rubin Museu of Art, free w/museum adm

10/11, 7:30/9:30 PM piano icon Kenny Barron  leads his trio playing Monk tunes at the Jazz Standard, $25

10/11-12, 7:30 PM purposeful, subtl  guitarist Lage Lund leads his quartet at Smalls. 10/12 he’s followed at 10:30 PM by trumpet powerhouse Wayne Tucker – of Anbessa Orchestra – leading a sextet

10/11, 8 PM dynamic, subtle new female-fronted klezmer band Tsibele play the album release show for their new one at Barbes

 10/11 8 PM deviously theatrical oldschool C&W/rockabilly parodists Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co  followed by hard honkytonk guitarslinger Wayne “The Train” Hancock at the Bell House, $15 adv tix rec

10/11, 8 PM drummer Ches Smith “debuts 3 new pieces that explore orchestrational commonalities and incongruences among acoustic and electronic sounds”with Jennifer Choi (violin),  Anna Webber (flute), Nate Wooley (trumpet), Oscar Noriega (clarinet), Michael Nicolas (cello), at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

 10/11-12, 10 PM high-energy retro soul/Americana band the California Honeydrops at Bowery Balroom, $15 adv tix rec. On 10/11 Cumbiagra – whose take on psychedelic cumbias is more rustic and purist than most bands who play that stuff  – open the show at 9.

10/12, 7 PM Brazil’s all-female, canavalesque Damas de Ferro, New Orleans’ New Creation Brass Band,by Brooklyn’s original punk Balkan horn group Hungry March Band, amusing trip-hop brass group Pussy Grabs Back: The Band and careening ten-piece Balkan brass crew Veveritse  at WFMU’s Monty Hall, 43 Montgomery Street, Jersey City

10/12, 7 PM innovative art-rock/postrock string chamber ensemble Founders play their new Edgar Allen Poe song cycle and new arrangement of Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix rec. This could be awesome. 

10/12, 7 PM hypnotic, intricate, eclectically virtuosic fingerstyle guitar instrumentalist RD King – Fahey meets Kottke meets Dave Miller? – at Shrine

10/12, 7 PM irrepressible slide trumpeter Steven Bernstein  leads the New School Studio Orchestra at the New School U100 auditorium, 63 5th Ave., free. 10/13-14 at 8:30 PM he and his band are at the New School’s Glass Box Performance Space, 55 W 13th St, $20

 10/12, 7:30 PM Leif Ove Andsnes plays Rachaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 4 with the NY Philharmonic. Also on the bill: an Esa-Pekka Salonen premiere, and Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5 at Avery Fisher Hall, $31 tix avail. The program repeats on 10/14 at 8 and 10/17 at 7:30.

10/12, 7:30/9:30 PM the John Beasley Monkestra play big band versions of Monk tunes at the Jazz Standard, $30

10/12, 7:30 PM eclectic new versions of classical Indian themes – Akshara play the album release show for their excellent new one at Drom, $20 adv tix req

10/12. 8 PM plush, balmy, oldtimey uke swing band Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies followed at 10 by Jina Brass Band at Barbes

10/12, 8 PM bassist Lisa Mezzacappa “presents Glorious Ravage, an evening-length song cycle inspired by female explorers” at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

 10/12, 8.9:30 PM the Jazz Samaritan Alliance – Nadje Noordhuis, trumpet;  Kris Allen, alto sax;  Chris Dingman, vibraphone;  Noah Baerman, piano;  Ike Sturm, bass – play protest jazz at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

10/12, 8 PM rockabilly/honkytonk guitar maven Monica Passin a.k.a. L’il Mo and her trio followed by a rare solo set byDemolition String Band’s Elena Skye at Sidewalk

10/12, 9 PM smart, cleverly lyrical original swing chanteuse/songwriter/trombonist Emily Asher’s Garden Party at Radegast Hall.

10/12, 9ish noir-inclined, bluesy guitarslinger Phil Gammage and band at 11th St. Bar

10/12, 10 PM the massive 18-piece NYC Ska Orchestra at the Fat Cat

10/13, 5:30 PM cinematic pastoral chamber-folk instrumentals from Dougmore at the American Folk Art Museum

 10/13, 7 PM intense, politically fearless, frequently hilarious gothic Americana songwriter Rachael Kilgour  at Caffe Vivaldi

 10/13. 7 PM pianist Jerome Lowenthal performs works by Mozart, Chopin, Debussy and Poulenc at Greenwich House Music School, $15/$10 stud/srs

10/13, 7 PM edgy postbop guitarist Mike Baggetta  leads his trio at Spectrum, $15

10/13, 7 PM pianist Monica Verona plays fugues by Bach, Beethoven and Barber – who knew? – at Bloomingdale School of Music, 323 W108th St, free

10/13, 7;30  PM whirlwind bass sax god Colin Stetson plays his new suite Sorrow: A Re-imagining of Górecki’s Third Symphony at the World Financial Center, free

10/13, 8 PM mesmerizing, haunting Middle Eastern singer Shelley Thomas and oudist Brian Prunka play Fairouziyat, Wahabiyat, Muwashahat followed by Kane Mathis (kora) & Roshni Samlal (tabla) and their hypnotic duo Orakel at the Owl, $15

10/13, 8 PM singer Jenny Luna’s haunting, oud-and-clarinet-driven Turkish band Dolunay followed by irrepressibly slinky, accordion-driven multi-instrumentalists Cumbiagra – whose take on classic Colombian cumbia has gone in a more psychedelic direction lately – at Barbes

10/13, 8 PM the George Gee Swing Orchestraat Flushing Town Hall, free w/rsvp 

10/13, 9 PM darkly lyrical Americana rock bandleader Nora Jane Struthers plays the album release show for her new one at American Beauty, $12

10/13, 9 PM guitar genius Lenny Molotov’s torchy, lyrically smashing original female-fronted oldtimey swing crew the Fascinators  at Sidewalk

10/13, 9 PM guitarist Alyse Lamb’s fiery, subtly witty tightly psychedelic jazz-inspired postpunk band Parlor Walls  followed by 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 the Knitting Factory, $10 adv tix rec

10/13, 9 PM enigmatic, darkly cinematic downtempo/art-rock band Seasonal Beast play the album release show for their new one at the big room at the Rockwood 

10/13, 10 PM quirky, smartly lyrical avant chamber pop with the Icebergs – Jane LeCroy – vox; Tom Abbs – cello; David Rogers-Berry – drums – at Pete’s

10/13, 10 PM a fiery brass band twinbill with Brazil’s all-female, canavalesque Damas de Ferro followed by New Orleans’ New Creation Brass Band at Shrine. Damas De Ferro are also at the NYC Transit Museum at 1 PM the following day, 10/14 with the L Train Brass Band – unless that group goes out of service at Myrtle-Wyckoff. 

10/14, 4 PM the Me Oh My Oh’s play oldschool C&W at Pete’s

10/14, 5 PM a cheap, high-quality brass street band triplebill in anticipation of this year’s NY Gypsy Festival: trumpet icon Frank London and his group headline, preceded by Artists for a Free World and the 3 Million Majority Band at Drom, $10

10/14, 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, followed at 8 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

10/14, 7 PM eclectic, hard-hitting, lyrical composer/tenor saxophonist Stan Killian and group at 55 Bar

10/14, 7 PM Juilliard415 and the Yale Schola Cantorum play Bach cantatas at St. Michael’s Church, 225 W. 99th, free

10/14, 7ish Bobby Radcliff – the rare blues guitarist who plays a ton of notes but doesn’t waste them, sort of a funkier Stevie Ray Vaughan – with his trio at Terra Blues

10/14, 7:30 PM elegantly intense Cuban jazz pianist Elio Villafranca with a woodwind quintet play his new Caribbean Suite at Hostos College Repertory Theatre, 450 Grand Concourse, Bronx, 2 to Grand Concourse, $15.

10/14, 7:30 PM pianist Shai Wosner plays works by Schubert, Chopin, Gershwin and Ives at Irving HS Auditorium, Irving Place betw 17th/18th, $14

 10/14, 8 PM high-voltage psychedelic cumbia band MAKU Soundsystem – whose latest album takes a detour toward Caribbean and African sounds  at C’Mon Everybody, $12

10/14, 8ish newgrass string duo Tessa Lark & Michael Thurber followed by pastoral gothic accordion art-rock with Sam Reider & the Human Hands at the Owl, $10

10/14. 8 PM stoner 70s Murder City style rockers  Sun Voyager at the Knitting Factory, $20 adv tix rec

10/14, 8 PM Rohab Ensemble featuring members of legendary Iranian group Dastan Ensemble – Hossein Behroozinia (barbat – lute), Said Farajpoori (kamancheh – spike fiddle) and Behnam Samani (tombak – goblet drum) – with Hamid Behrouzinia (tar – lute) and entrancing vocalist Sepideh Raissad at at Roulette, $32

10/14. 10 PM hilarious, smartly political faux-French retro 60s psych-pop band les Sans Culottes  followed by dark oldschool soul/garage band Mighty Fine at Hank’s, $8

10/14, 10 PM innovative electroacoustic/postbop saxophonist Wayne Escoffery leads his quintet at the Fat Cat

10/15, 5 PM pianist Eleanor Bindman and violinist Robert Chausow play an all-Bach program, including  Sonatas #2 and #4 for Violin and Piano, and Partita #3 for solo piano at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, $20/$10 srs.

10/15, 5 PM Hypercube with Erin Rogers on saxophones, Chris Graham on percussion,Jay Sorce on classical and electric guitar, and Andrea Lodge on piano play high energy works ncluding Louis Andriessen’s Hout, Philippe Hurel’s spectral Localized Corrosion, Chris Cerrone’s Variations on a Still Point,  Mikel Kuehn’s Color Fields and Philip Schuessler’s Liminal Bridges at the  Poisson Rouge 

10/15, 7 PM clarinetist Andy Biskin‘s wryly but aptly titled Reed Basket followed at 9:30ish by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

 10/15, 7 PM the reliably dynamic, intense Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir plays solo cello works at Spectrum, $15

10/15, 7:30/9:30 PMnoir jazz piano mastermind Frank Kimbrough and his Quartet play Monk at the Jazz Standard, $25

10/15, 7:30 PM Andrew Smith, cello and Alfredo Oyaguez Montero, piano play Spanish works by Granados, Turina, Cassado, Falla, Montsalvatge, and Casalsat Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $25

10/15, 7:30/9:30 PM intense postbop pianist Gerald Clayton leads his trio at the Jazz Gallery, $25

10/15, 8 PM purist, guitarishly excellent oldschool soul band Miss Tess & the Talkbacks  and bewitching noir Americana chanteuse Eilen Jewell and her amazing band at City Winery, $20 standing room avail

10/16, 8 PM “rising experimental pianist Kelly Moran presents Hallucinations, influenced by states of altered consciousness and their effect on musical processes. The program will feature prepared piano, synthesizers, and recorded electronics in front of video projections,” at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

10/16, 9 PM Carolina Oliveros’ trippy tropicalia band Combo Chimbita – who mash up cumbia, salsa, champeta and a whole bunch of other south of the border styles  open for a very rare US appearance by wild, legendary 1960s/70s Peruvian psychedelic cumbia jamband Los Wemblers at Pioneer Works, $25

10/16, 9:30 PM Chicha Libre spinoff Locobeach play trippy electro-cumbia at Barbes

10/17, 7 PM violinist Eleonore Biezunski and Ukrainian tsimbl (hammered dulciimer) player Pete Rushefsky’s darkly rustic klezmer band the Klezmographers with special guest, haunting chanteuse Zhenya Lopatnik, followed at 9 by ten-piece funky Balkan brass jazz monsters Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

10/17, 7 PM  Canadian ensemble L’Harmonie des Saisons “presents a program of rarely heard eighteenth-century French music for the pardessus de viole, the crowning glory of the viola da gamba family” at the Americas Society, 680 Park Ave., $20/$10 stud

10/17, 8 PM the new quartet of charming front-porch folk duo Anna & Elizabeth, fiddler/composer Cleek Schrey & viola da gamba player Liam Byrne unveil quietly lush new compositions and reimagine ancient melodies in the rich sonics at the San Damiano Mission, 85 N 15th St, Williamsburg, $15

10/17, 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

 10/17, 8 PM darkly tuneful, intensely focused, noir-tinged guitarist Andre Matos leads his quartet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

10/17, 8:30 PM Red Molly’s dobro sorceress Abbie Gardner at Pete’s

10/17, 8:30 PM intense, smartly lyrical newgrass/janglerock/parlor pop bandleader Missy Raines and the New Hip at the third stage at the Rockwood, $15

10/17-22, 8:30 PM cellis Okkyung Lee plays with a variety of ensembles at the Stone, $20.Choice pick: opening night, a duo with Nels Cline

 10/17, 9 PM popular newschool Americana/southern soul singer Jessica Lea Mayfield at Baby’s All Right, $15

10/17, 10:30 PM brilliant drummer/percussionist Willie Martinez & La Familia Sextet play classic salsa grooves at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, $10

10/18, 6 PM magically intertwining kotos played by Masayo Ishigure + Kyoko Morishima at the Rubin Museu of Art, free w/museum adm

10/18, 7:30 PM trumpeter Brian Lynch and his quintet play Monk at the Jazz Standard, $25

10/18, 7:30/9:30 PM pianist Marta Sanchez leads her quintet playing the album release show for her new one Danza Imposible at the Jazz Gallery, $15

10/18, 8/10:30 PM saxophonist Marcus Strickland’s Twi-Life at the Blue Note, $15 standing room avail

10/18, 9 PM wild sax-and-drum dancefloor madness with Moon Hooch at Bowery Ballroom, $20 adv tix rec. If the club calendar is accurate, they’re here the following night, 10/19 at 8. Avoid the wanky synth player also on the bill, who’s ostensibly opening on the 18th and headlining on the 19th

10/18, 9:30 PM intense, piano-based, Aimee Mann-style literate chamber pop group Elizabeth & the Catapult  play the album release show for their new one at the Poisson Rouge, $12 adv tix rec

10/19, 7 PM Changing Modes – NYC’s funnest, most unpredictable, sharply lyrical new wave art-rock band –  at Drom, $10 adv tix rec

10/19, 7:30 PM hypnotic, kinetic female-fronted Mexican downtempo-trip-hop/folk-pop band Ampersan at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised 

10/19, 7:30 PM the MSM Brass Ensemble play an all-Bartok program at Ades Performance Space at Manhattan School of Music, free

10/19, 7:30 PM night one of the Bric Jazzfest with – in reverse order: the Sun Ra Arkestra under the direction of nonagenarian EWI player Marshall Allen, hip-hop string ensemble Miles Mosley & the West Coast Get Down, drummer Terri Lyne Carrington and Social Science,  awesome, purist, guitar-driven oldschool soul/blues crew the Binky Griptite Orchestra, a tuneless mathrock band, a noodly guitarist struggling to find his own style, the funky postbop Mike Casey Trio, a singer who’s halfheartedly trying to blend Indian music and jazz, and purposeful, smart, tuneful saxophonist Sharel Cassity & Elektra  – at Bric Arts, $25 adv tix rec

 10/19, 7:30/9:30 PM feral, wildly improvisational, tuneful pianist Mara Rosenbloom   leads her trio at the Jazz Gallery, $15

10/19-21, 7:30/9:30 PM the Charles Tolliver Tentet plays Monk at the Town Hall 1959 in its entirety at the Jazz Standard, $30

0/19, 8 PM Sephardic band Alhambra followed by Red Baraa spinoff Jina Brass Band playing live bhangra at Barbes

10/19, 8 PM state-of-the-art indie classical string quartet Brooklyn Rider play five new works influenced by Bach, Cage, Zorn, Xenakis, Minor White, and others at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

10/19, 8 PM the Jack Quartet playworks by American composers Natacha Diels, John Zorn, Gloria Coates and Ruth Crawford Seeger at the Miller Theatre, $20 seats avail

10/19, 8:15 PM popular retro C&W/bluegrass/soul singer Dori Freeman at the big room at the Rockwood, $12

10/19, 8:30 PM Binyomin Ginzberg’s boisterous, intense Breslov Bar Band at the Jalopy, $15

10/19. 8:30 PM saxophonist Jeremy Udden’s Plainville – one of NYC’s first and best pastoral jazz outfits – at the Owl, $10

10/19, 9 PM Haakon’s Fault – who mash up stoner boogie, ornate keyboard-driven art-rock and a litle psych-funk – at Arlene’s, $8

10/20, 8 PM Lusterlit play their ominous, noirish literary chamber pop  at Communitea, 11-18 46th Rd., Long Island City, G to 21st/Van Alst

10/20, 5:30 PM charming, thoughtful classic front-porch folk songstress Cordelia Stephens at the American Folk Art Museum

10/20, 7 PM fearlessly relevant latin rock songwriter and protest song connoisseur Ani Cordero leads her band at the CUNY Grad Center auditorium, 365 5th Ave north of 34th St., $25

10/20, 7:30 PM the Mannes Orchestra play Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol; Daugherty: Raise the Roof for Timpani and Orchestra (Jeffrey Kautz, soloist), Grieg: Piano Concerto (Ivan Gusev, soloist) at the Room U100 auditorium, 63 Fifth Ave, free

10/20, 7:30 PM Avenida B play classic LES salsa dura at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

10/20, 7:30 PM the American String Quartet play Zhou Tian: Viaje (Journey), Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 1 and Shostakovich’s harrowing String Quartet No. 7 at Greenfield Hall at Manhattan School of Music, $15/$10 stud/srs

10/20, 7:30 PM night two of the Bric Jazzfest is a mixed bag: some allstars and some real duds. The allstars, in reverse order: violinist Regina Carter reinventing Ella Fitzgerald tunes, the Vijay Iyer Sextet, trumpeter Dave Douglas “Meets the Westerlies,” latin jazz trombonist Papo Vazquez‘s Mighty Pirate Troubadours, haunting Puerto Rican bolero revivalists and Sylvia Rexach reinventors Miramar, and drummer LaFrae Sci + the Groove at Bric Arts, $25 adv tix rec

10/20, 8 PM three scions of important flamenco legacies: Kiki Morente and Alba Molina on vocals accompanied by Juan ‘Habichuela’ on guitar at Drom, $20 adv tix rec

10/20, 8 PM playfully lyrical, fearlessly political superduo Kill Henry Sugar – guitar/banjo mastermind Erik Della Penna and drummer Dean Sharenow –followed at 10 by the intoxicatingly clattering, sintir bass lute fueled Moroccan trance grooves of Innov Gnawa at Barbes

10/20, 8/9:30 PM drummer Dan Weiss leads his trio with Jacob Sacks on piano and Ben Street on bass at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

10/20, 8 PM Hollywood’s Dan Finnerty leads his savagely hilarious top 40 parody group the Dan Band at Highline Ballroom, $25 adv tix rec

10/20, 8 PM chamber ensemble Repast Baroque play music of Couperin and his baroque contemporaries at First Unitarian Church, 119 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn Heights, $30/$20 stud/srs. The program repeats on 10/21 at Advent Lutheran Church, 2504 Broadway at 93rd St 

10/20-21, 8:30 PM hauntingly innovative cellist Erik Friedlander at the New School’s Glass Box Performance Space, 55 W 13th St, $20

10/20, 9:30 PM intense, charismatic singer Sami Stevens’ oldschool soul group at the Parkside (the Brooklyn boite at 705 Flatbush Ave between Winthrop and Parkside), free

10/20-21, 8 PM ex-Moody Blues synth player Patrick Moraz plays solo piano at Iridium, $27.50 tix avail. Go figure.

10/20, 8 PM electroacoustic works by Laetitia Radigue performed by  clarinetist Carol Robinson and harpist Rhodri Davies, plus a performance of Radigue’s 2013 piece OCCAM IX by Laetitia Sonami at Issue Project Room, $20

10/20, 8:30 PM intriguing improvisational triangulations: Scott R. Looney – piano; Sarah Bernstein – violin; Reuben Radding – bass at I-Beam, $15

 10/20, 10 PM high-voltage steampunk duo Frenchy & the Punk followed by charismatic folk noir chanteuse Lorraine Leckie at Sidewalk

10/21, 10 AM (in the morning) til 10 AM 10/22 the 24-hour raga festival at the Rubin Museum of Art streaming live at NYC Radio Live 

10/21, 3:30 PM sitar virtuoso Shafaat Khan at the Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St, 7 to Flushing/Main St., $6

10/21, 4 PM trumpeter Ben Holmes and accordionist Patrick Farrell – two thirds of the fiery Yiddish Art Trio – play new compositions by Patrick Farrell & Ben Holmes followed eventually at 8 by the reputedly amazing  Night Kitchen -Gene Yelin – guitar & vocals Trip Henderson – harmonica; Joanna Sternberg – bass and vocals – playing “Hank Williams, old timey and country” and then at 10 by haunting Puerto Rican bolero revivalists – and Sylvia Rexach reinventors – Miramar a at Barbes

10/21, 7 PM the Cita Rodriguez Orchestra, led by legendary singer El Conde Rodriguez’s daughter/singer and featuring a ton of big names from the golden age of salsa dura, at Hostos Center for the Arts and Culture, 450 Grand Concourse, Bronx, 2 to Grand Concourse, $25. They played Lincoln Center a couple of years back and are amazing live.

10/21, 7 PM legendary, often haunting Hungarian folk group Kaláka Ensemble at Hungarian House,  213 E 82nd St, free

10/21, 7:30 PM the Rosamunde String Quartet with guest cellist Peter Wiley play works by Haydn, Barber and Schubert at Irving HS Auditorium, Irving Place betw 17th/18th, $14

10/21, 7:30 PM night three of the Bric Jazzfest is a mixed bag: some allstars and some real duds. In reverse order: the JBs’ Maceo Parker, a fussy British electro band, postbop trumpeter Theo Croker‘s Escape Velocity, visionary Indian-American saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa‘s Indo-Pak Coalition, guitarist Brandon Ross’ hazy trio Harriet Tubman, soul-funkstress Imani Uzuri‘sWild Cotton, and some peeps who call themselves Butcher (awesome branding, btw) at Bric Arts, $25 adv tix rec

10/21,  7:30 PM the Greenwich Village Orchestra play with soloist Tosca Opdam, violin play Berlioz – Roman Carnival Overture; Sibelius – Violin Concerto; Beethoven – Symphony No. 3, “Eroica” at Good Shepherd-Faith Presbyterian Church, 152 W 66th St., $15 sug don, reception to follow

 10/21, 7:30 PM, repeating on 10/22 at 5  Lissa Moira directs Paul Kirby’s new song cycle about UN Secretary-General and peace crusader Dag Hammarskjold’s struggles, Night of the Secretary General, at Our Saviour’s Atonement, 178 Bennett Ave (one block west of Broadway at 189th St), free

10/21, 8 PM haunting, slinky Middle Easten compositions by Mohammed Abdel-Wahab, Wadi ElSafi, Zakariyya Ahmed, Sayyed Makkawi, and Farid Alatrash performed by allstars George Ziadeh on oud, Tareq Abboushi on buzuq and Firas Zriek on kanun at Alwan for the Arts, $20/$15 stud

10/21, 8 PM multi-generational Afro-Venezuelan soul, traditional rhythms and dances with Betsayda Machado and La Parranda El Clavo  at Flushing Town Hall, $16/$10 srs/, ages 13-19 free w/ID

10/21, 8 PM eclectic Americana/C&W rock band Spuyten Duyvil and newgrass jamband Man About a Horse at the Jalopy, $10

10/21, 8:30 PM Afrobeat dancefloor jammers Ikebe Shakedown play the album release show for their new one at Union Pool, $12

10/21, 9ish deviously lyrical, historically spot-on, cleverly sultry oldtimey/Americana songwriter/bandleader Robin Aigner  followed by high-voltage oldtimey barrelhouse swing group the 4th St. Nite Owls at Freddy’s

10/22, 2 PM fearless, badass, lyrically brilliant janglerock songwriter Linda Draper at Sunnyvale, $8

10/22, 2 PM pianist Ádám György plays works by Chopin and Liszt at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, $12 seats avail

10/22, 3  PM cinematic music by violinist Carlo Nicolau along with post-industrial projections by video artist Vanessa Garcia Lembo at the Queens Museum in Crotona Park, free

10/22, 3 PM irrepressible trumpeter Steven Bernstein leads an allstar 14-piece band with Marc Cary on piano, Luis Bonilla on trombone, Marika Hughes on cello and more at the Town Hall, “revisiting Coretta Scott King’s Freedom Concerts,  a milestone collaboration between Dizzy Gillespie and Chano Pozo,  and cantor Moishe Oysher’s anti-Nazi fundraising rally,” $27 tix avail. at the box office

 10/22, 3 PM the Circe Trio: Isabel Fairbanks (cellist), Laura Kay (soprano) and Zach Mo (pianist) play works by Andre Previn, Mozart, Amy Beach and others at the art gallery at the 92nd St. Y, free

10/22, 4 PM violinist Rolf Schulte and pianist Nicolas Namoradze perform works by Medtner, Debussy, and Schumann.at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.

10/22, 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

10/22, 7 PM Jane Lecroy’s edgy, intensely lyrical punkish cello-rock band Ohmslice at 389 Melrose St., Bushwick

 10/22, 8/9:30 PM ethereal, raptly haunting singer Sara Serpa leads a trio with Kris Davis on piano and Chris Tordini on bass at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

10/23, 7 PM Kacy & Clayton – who sound like a 60s Laurel Canyon psychedelic version of Jenifer Jackson at the Mercury, $15  

10/23, 7 PM a benefit for Puerto Rico with the Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band with  many special guests: trumpeter Jimmy Owens, pianist Larry Harlow, Fania All Star Eddie Montalvo and more at the Poisson Rouge, $25 gen adm

10/23, 7:30 PM  the Shanghai Quartet play works by Bridge, Zhou Long and Dvořák / String Quartet in E-flat Major, op. 51 at Music Mondays, Advent Church, northwest corner of 93rd and Broadway, free 

10/24, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6 clarinetist Vasko Dukovski and bass clarinetist Joshua Rubin play works by John Zorn, Peter Eotvos and more at the Miller Theatre, free

10/24-25, 7:30/9:30 PM fearlessly intense postbop saxophonist Azar Lawrence leads his quintet with Steve Turre on trombone and shells at the Jazz Standard, $30

10/24, 7:30 PM pianist Sara Davis Buechner plays works by Mozart, Chopin, and her arrangement of Gershwin’s Rhapsody No.2. at the Baruch Performing Arts Cente, 25th St. btw Lex/3rd Ave, free

10/24, 7:30 PM allstar wind ensemble Windscape with special guest Margaret Kampmeier, piano play works by Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Rimsky-Korsakov and Borodin at Greenfield Hall at Manhattan School of Music, free

10/24, 8 PM violinist Elmira Darvarova and French harpist Melanie Genin play French works for violin and harp by by Saint-Saëns, Massenet, Ibert, Messiaen, Marais, Berthomieu, and others at Christ & St. Stephen’s Church, 120 W 69th St., free

10/24, 9ish trippy, hypnotically enveloping EWI and ambient electronics from baritone sax mastermind Moist Paula Henderson at Troost

10/24. 9 PM cinematic Quincy Jones-style B3 gutbucket organ jazz with Underground System’s Colin Brown and his band at Freddy’s

10/25, 7 PM improvisational cinematic duo the Flushing Remonstrance – Catherine Cramer (percussion) and Robert Kennedy (keyboards, electronics, voice) play their original live score to F.W. Murnau’s classic 1922 film Nosferatu at Shapeshifter Lab, $10 

10/25, 7 PM pianist Taka Kigawa plays works by Berio, Galuppi and Marco Stroppa at the Italian Academy at Columbia University, 1161 Amsterdam Ave north of 116th St., free

10/25, 8 PM Brooklyn’s funnest band, psychedelic organ-driven Middle Eastern-tinged surf rock trio Hearing Things at Barbes

10/25, 8 PM percussionist James Shipp and trumpeter Nadje Noordhuis jam out at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

10/25, 9 PM oldschool-style high plains C&W singer Hope Debates & North 40 at Bar Chord

10/25, 10 PM sardonically catchy indie jangler Pujol (say it in Spanish, haha) at Alphaville, $10

10/25, 10:30 PM purist oldtimey acoustic folk revivialist Willie Watson at Rough Trade, $20. His show the following night at the Mercury is sold out

10/26, 7:30 PM this era’s most spellbinding oldschool country singer, Laura Cantrell at Sid Gold’s Request Room, 165 W 26th St (6/7th Aves), $10

10/26, 8 PM the annual oud summit at Barbes, watch this space!

10/26, 8ish the intoxicatingly clattering, sintir bass lute fueled Moroccan trance grooves of Innov Gnawa at the Owl, $10

10/26, 8 PM irrepressible bass saxophonist/compose Stefan Zeniuk of low register-loving psycho mambo band Gato Loco play mambos with his new outfit Green Mambo at Threes Brewing, 113 Franklin St. off Kent in Greenpoint, free

10/26, 8 PM singers Ka Baird and Byron Westbrook lead their respective new-music ensembles at Fridman Gallery, 287 Spring St., $15

10/26, 8:30 PM singers Eleonore Biezunski & Lauren Brody’s Yerushe Yiddish women’s folksong project at the Jalopy, $15

10/26, 9 PM darkly lyrical Americana songwriting great James McMurtry at Hill Country, $25, could be kinda intimate and cool or pure hell

10/26, 9 PM Carolina Oliveros’ trippy tropicalia band Combo Chimbita, who mash up cumbia, salsa, champeta and a whole bunch of other south of the border styles followed by psychedelic funk and Afrobeat with the People’s Champs at C’Mon Everybody, $12

10/26, 9 PM hot 20s swing with trumpeter Jason Prover and his Sneak Thievery Orchestra at Radegast Hall

10/26, 10ish west village reggae legend Chukka Riddim at the Bitter End. He’s been around forever, you are destined to see him

10/26, 10:30 PM cleverly lyrical, murderously witty murder ballad/chamber pop allstars Charming Disaster. at Pete’s

10/26, 11 PM lyrically brilliant lit-rocker Tris McCall – hard at work on his fifty-state Almanac song cycle – at the small room at the Rockwood

10/27, 3 PM the Mannes Orchestra play Mendelssohn’s Scottish Symphony at the New School U100 auditorium, 63 5th Ave., free

10/27, 5:30 PM interesting original delta blues guitarist Rust Dust followed eventually at 6:30 by darkly theatrical cello rocker Meaghan Burke at the American Folk Art Museum

10/27, 7 PM rippling Indian santoor star Sandip Chatterjee with percussionist  Subhajyoti Guha at the Rubin Museum of Art, $25

10/27, 7:30 PM, repeating on 10/28 at 8:30 PM the reliably entertaining, adventurous Chelsea Symphony perform Beethoven’s “Pastoral” Symphony. Friday’s concert features soloist Alicia Furey performing Saint-Saëns’ Cello Concerto No. 1; Saturday’s concert features Jessica Lightfoot on Beethoven’s Romance No. 2 for Violin and Anna Keelin Fitzgerald performing Weber’s Concerto for Bassoon. Both concerts open with a world premiere by composer Aaron Dai,  at St. Paul’s Church, 315 W 22nd St., $20 sugg don

10/27,  8 PM rustic Brazilian jungle guitar-and-accordion sounds with Regional de NY followed at 10 by psychedelic salsa bandleader Zemog El Galle Bueno at Barbes

10/27, 8 PM cinematic, plaintively sardonic composer/violinist and one-man band Christopher Tignor at Alphaville, $10

10/27, 8 PM indie classical ensemble Either/Or play a memorial concert for Romanian composer Ana-Maria Avram at Issue Project Room, $15/$12 stud/srs

10/27-28, 8:30 MPM haunting pan-Asian avant-jazz songstress/composer Jen Shyu at the New School’s Glass Box Performance Space, 55 W 13th St, $20

10/27, 8:30 PM solo electroacoustic sets by drummer/sound artist Angus Tarnawsky, Kamron Saniee  and multimedia artist Rose Kallal, then at around quarter to 11 they join forces and jam at Fridman Gallery, 287 Spring St.

10/27, 9ish bouncily menacing French noir surf/new wave band La Femme at Warsaw, $20 tix avail. at the Knitting Factory ticket window, don’t buy em online because you’ll get ripped off. 

10/27, 9 PM eclectic, electric C&W/blues band the Jug Addicts  at Bar Chord

10/27, 10:30 PM funky, lyrically intense dark folk jamband the Sometime Boys– with the riveting Sarah Mucho on vocals – at Freddy’s

10/28, 6 PM incomparable country/jazz/janglerock icon Amy Allison with pianist Lee Feldman at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

10/28, 6 PM a good Halloween weekend act: menacing female-fronted art-rock/doom metal band Ruby the Hatchet at the Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec

10/28, 7 PM ska and punk in reverse order at Bowery Electric: Mephiskapheles, the Hub City Stompers and 45 Adapters, $20

10/28, 7 PM Long Gone West play brooding Lynchian Americana and Orbisonian rock at Branded Saloon 

10/28, 7:30 PM celebrated musical artists from South Korea, including Lee Tae-Baek (ajaeng), Yun Jin-Chul (pansori singer), Yi Ji-Young (gayageum), You Kyung-Hwa (janngu/cheolhyeongeum), Kwak Soo-Eun (25-String gayageum) and Lee Young-Sub (daegeum flute) at Merkin Concert Hall, $30 tix avail

 10/28, 7:30 PM pianist Vladimir Feltsman plays Moussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition plus works by Brahms at Irving HS Auditorium, Irving Place betw 17th/18th, $14

10/28, 8 PM wryly funny, psychedelic covers of 60s Russian pop with the Eastern Blokhedz – who specialize in the catalog of legendary Polish singer Edita Piaha – at Barbes

10/28, 8 PM early music chorale the Orlando Consort sing the “Loire Valley in Song” at Church of St. Mary the Virgin, 145 West 46th St, $30 tix avail

10/28, 8:30 PM massive shapeshifting improvisational big band jazz – the CMS Improvisers Orchestra led by Karl Berger play their 99th concert, with special guest, the charismatic Min Xiao-Fen on pipa and vocals at El Taller Cultural Community Center, 215 E 99th St, $20./$15 stud

10/28, 10 PM unpredictably fun, funny psychedelic art-rock band the Academy Blues Project play songs from the Big Lebowski soundtrack at the big room at the Rockwood, $10

10/28, 10 PM ferociously dynamic, tuneful, female-fronted power trio Castle Black  at Lantern Hall, 52 Harrison Pl., Bushwick, free, L to Morgan Ave

10/28, 10 PM funny, growly oldschool soul/Americana band the Hooten Hollers at Hill Country. They’re also at the downtown Brooklyn branch on 11/30 at 9.

10/28, 11 PM Zuli – a one -man Badfinger – at Murmur Ballroom, 17 Eastern Pkwy, Ft. Greene, $12. There’s no 2/3 train between Manhattan and Brooklyn this weekend so it’s a bit of a hike to the closest train, the C at Clinton-Washington, $12

10/29, 3 PM Sheng-Ching Hsu, violin; Maren Ro Rothfritz, viola; Ben Larson,cello Daniel Epstein, piano play works by Tania Leon, Robert Sirota and Brahms at Concerts on the Slope, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 139 St. John’s Place downhill from 7th Ave, sugg don

 10/29, 4 PM the American Brass Quintet perform an eclectic program of consort music of Elizabethan and Jacobean England, canons of the 16th century, and contemporary works by Steven Franklin at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.

10/29, 7 PM this year’s best Halloween show is at Barbes where darkly careening guitarist Tom Csatari‘s large-ensemble Americana jazz project Uncivilized  plays Twin Peaks themes, followed at 9:30 by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

10/29, 7:30 PM the New York Symphony Orchestra play Beethoven’s Emperor Piano Concerto and Eroica Symphony at Merkin Concert Hall, $30 tix avail

10/29, 8 PM wry Swedish garage rock vets Stupidity, trash-garage guitar maven Palmyra Delran, and powerpop supergroup the Split Squad at Bowery Electric, $15

10/29. 8 PM careeningly intense gutter blues bandleader Breanna Barbara  followed by hypnotic psychedelic/spacerock band the Heaters at Baby’s All Right, $12

10/29, 9 PM creepy Americana hellraiser duo the Tall Pines at at Muchmore’s

 10/30, 6 PM Oscar Wilde’s kid sister was the “pet of the house;” she died at nine of a brain aneurysm. Kari Swenson Riely stars in Isola, with text by Oscar and his mom and a live score by pensive, atmospheric soprano saxophonist David Aaron. Followed by a brief set with his quartet Flip City at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

10/30, 7 PM intense, cinematic lapsteel virtuoso Raphael McGregor and probably some of his Brain Cloud western swing bandmates, followed at 9:30ish by  haunting, powerful Afro-Colombian trance choir Bulla en El Barrio at Barbes 

10/30. 7 PM Juilliard’s new music ensemble Axium play  an all-Jacob Druckman program at Alice Tully Hall, free

10/30, 7:30 PM Alpine klezmer band the Niftys at the Austrian Cultural Forum, 11 E 52nd St., free, rsvp req 

10/30, 10 PM fiery jazz violinist/composer Zach Brock at the small room at the Rockwood

10/31, 6-9 PM trumpeter Pam Fleming’s colorful Halloween project, the Dead Zombie Band play a free show on Waverly Ave., between Willoughby and DeKalb Ave. in Ft. Greene

10/31, 6 PM New Aires Tango play a Halloween show with classic Argentine tango, boleros and Cuban tunes at Cornelia St. Cafe, $15 + $10 min

10/31, 7:30/9:30 PM Scott Robinson’s sextet the Hellotones with drummer Matt Wilson,trombonist Frank Lacy and Gary Versace on piano and organ play a Halloween show at the Jazz Standard, $25

10/31, 8 PM a very rare performance of Philip Glass’ minimalist masterpiece Music With Changing Parts by Slovakia’s Cluster Ensemble at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

10/31, 8:30 PM this year’s ultimate Halloween show: spine-tingling art-rock/avant-garde/chamber pop songwriter Carol Lipnik – pretty much everybody’s choice for best singer in all of NYC – unveils her creepy, mystical new suite Songs From a Stone Tower at Bar Lunatico

 10/31, 9ish the original creepy circus punks, World Inferno at Warsaw, $25 tix avail. at the Knitting Factory ticket window, don’t buy online unless you want to get screwed

10/31, 9:30 PM careening, charismatic, lyrically-fueled soul-rockers No Ice – arguably Brooklyn’s best band  at the Mercury, $10

10/31, 10 PM wild string metal faves Stratospheerius at Shrine

11/1, 1 PM clarinetist Sam Boutris and ensemble play a program tba at the Greene Space, free, rsvp req 

11/1, 9 PM catchy Connecticut newgrass/Americana band Plywood Cowboy at the Bitter End 

11/2, 8 PM a rare US show by eerie Japanese freak-folk pioneer Kazuki Tomokawa, the “screaming philosopher” of the 1970s Tokyo avant garde underground at Greene Naftali, 508 W 26th St, $20

11/3, 8 PM Xander Naylor plays from his creepily squirrelly new guitar-and-efx album at Greenpoint Gallery, 390 McGuinness Blvd., G to Greenpoint Ave.

11/5, 4 PM the release show for rising indie designer Mary Symczak’s classy Fall women’s collection with live jazz from bassist Jeon Lim Yang‘s group and a performance by the Mari Meade Dance Company at Barbes, free. Followed at 7 by state-of-the-art postbop guitarist Will Bernard  leading a Billy Strayhorn tribute and then at 9:30ish by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel

11/7, 8 PM the incomparable, lush, eclectic Jenifer Jackson – a connoisseur of Americana, Beatlesque janglerock, bossa nova and Texas noir – at the Owl

11/8, 7 PM pianist Javor Bracic plays Chopin waltxes, mazurkas and more at the Bulgarian Consulate, 221 E 62nd St, free

11/9, 7:30 PM torchy singer Jennifer Charles’ and guitar mastermind Oren Bloedow’s long-running art-rock/noir band Elysian Fields in their similarly haunting psychedelic Sephardic folk disguise, La Mar Enfortunada at the Jewish Museum,1109 5th Ave at 92nd St,  $18/$15 stud/srs

11/10, 8 PM elegant, sharply lyrical parlor pop stylist Heather Eatman, crystalline-voiced noir Americana songwriter Jessie Kilguss  and dark Americana guy/girl harmony duo the Tall Pines at Red Hook Bait & Tackle

11/18, 8 PM haunting minimalist/cinematic multi-keyboardist Dominique Lawalrée at the San Damiano Mission, 85 N 15th St, Williamsburg, $20

11/18, 8 PM Athens’ #1 gangster hash-smoking 1920s/30s style rebetiko music band, Rebetiki Istoria at Roulette, $25

11/20, 7:30 PM Trident Ensemble with Miranda Cuckson, violin and Raman Ramakrishnan, cello play Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time. Also on the bill: vocal works  by Pérotin, Francis Poulenc, Arvo Pärt, Mariano Garau at Music Mondays, Advent Church, northwest corner of 93rd and Broadway, free 

12/2, 8 PM Gamelan Kusuma Laras with Javanese gamelan luminaries Darsono Hadiraharjo, “the best young Javanese gamelan player of his generation;” master musician Midiyanto; and rising star singer Heni Savitri; at Roulette, $25

Everybody’s Favorite Americana Harmony Trio, Red Molly, Make a Triumphant Return to City Winery

Is there another Americana band with as individualistic and spine-tingling a blend of voices as Red Molly? Actually yes – Bobtown, who played the Brooklyn Americana Festival on Saturday. More about them later.

Red Molly’s first New York show in two years last night at City Winery was epic. The harmony trio of dobro player Abbie Gardner, guitarists Molly Venter and Laurie MacAllister really give you a lot of bang for your buck. In two long sets, bolstered by bassist Craig Akin and Roosevelt Dime guitarist/percussionist Eben Pariser, they played a wickedly fun, dynamic mix of originals and a bunch of choice covers.

Each group member has a solo album in progress: MacAllister fretted about how the trio would be able to “shoehorn the songs into a Red Molly show,” but everything worked seamlessly. As usual, the women took turns on lead vocals, often in the same number. Venter took centerstage on one of the best of the new songs, Cold Black Water, a portrait of an indomitable single mother making a new start on the rugged Oregon coast, rising from an enigmatic, quiet suspense on the verse to a ferociously anthemic payoff on the chorus. Another standout was a hauntingly muted ballad by Gardner, told from the point of view of a war veteran’s wife who’s watching her wounded warrior trying to keep himself together.

And the voices were sublime. Gardner has jazz bloodlines and Venter is a connoisseur of Texas Americana, with blue notes peeking out from every secret corner. MacAllister contrasts with a disarmingly direct delivery. And while there was plenty of the usual banter between the group and what seemed to be a sold-out crowd, MacAllister came across as the ringleader in this merry band. Introducing a rousing number inspired by a gig in Alaska that wound up with a dude in the crowd throwing a taxidermied fox onto the stage, she related how, for a woman in a state with a gender imbalance, “The odds were good, but the goods were odd.”

The best song of the night was When It’s All Wrong. Gardner’s dobro slid and slithered through every macabre passing tone in the scale as her voice channeled a bitterness and menace that Lana Del Rey and all the other wannabe noir pinups would die to have written.                   

The covers were choice, beginning with the famous Richard Thompson tune from which they take their name. Gardner drew lots of chuckles with a sly little dobro lick on the intro to Crazy, which Venter sang with a nuance that would have made Patsy Cline proud. The three-part harmonies, backed by just bass, on The Fever were a lot of fun, while the group’s most calmly rapturous moment was their a-capella take of their original May I Suggest. As long as Red Molly are still together and touring – something that didn’t seem likely a couple of years ago – maybe, despite the madmen in the White House, we are truly living in the best years of our lives. The darkest times sometimes produce the greatest art. Red Molly’s current tour continues on Oct 6 at at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, CA; advance tix are $25.

Next month is a particularly good one at City Winery, Just for starters, Willie Nile – the world’s most obvious choice to sing Dylan – does that on the 10th at 8 PM: tix are expensive, $30, but this could be an awful lot of fun. And then there’s a killer twinbill on the 15th at 8 with blue-eyed soulstress and fiery guitarslinger Miss Tess followed by one of the great songwriters in noir Americana, Eilen Jewell, for $20.

And Gardner has a solo show at Pete’s on Oct 17 at 8:30 PM