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A Wickedly Catchy Weekend Show by the Mysterious Melissa & the Mannequins

Melissa & the Mannequins are New York’s most exciting new band. There’s very little about them on the web. The only one of their songs that’s made it online so far is Slip Away, the gorgeously bittersweet, propulsively jangly number they closed their deliciously catchy set with at Long Island City Bar over the Labor Day weekend. They’ve been around for about  a year, tops. Quietly and steadily, they’ve put what’s obviously been an enormous amount of work into this band, equal to their formidable chops. Up-and-coming rock acts seldom have as much command of their instruments, let alone as many styles as this group winds their way through.

In roughly an hour onstage, frontwoman/guitarist Melissa Gordon sang with a cool, collected delivery over a tight rhythm section. Lyrically, most of the songs dealt with brooding breakup scenarios, often in contrast to the tunes’ bright,upbeat quality, Stylistically, they really ran the gamut. Several numbers worked a psychedelic soul vein, bringing to mind Chicano Batman with a woman out front and a more subdued, atmospheric keyboardist: throughout the set, the Mannequin on keys kept a tight focus and added all kinds of subtle textures and washes of sound.

Midway through the set, the band switched it up with an unexpectedly funky song, like Turkuaz in a rare low-key, trippy moment. There were also a couple of detours in the direction of Jacco Gardner-ish retro 60s sunshine pop and a distant Beatles influence. The most riveting song of the set might be called I Wasn’t Listening, an uncharacteristically haunting, epic, wounded noir soul ballad in 6/8 tiime, lead guitarist Steve Flakus capping it off with a long, biting, purist blues solo.

Gordon is also an excellent guitarist (which you wouldn’t know from her Soundcloud page, something she obviously put up as she was learning the fretboard). She and Flakus took a grand total of three perfectly synchronized twin solos: it wasn’t Iron Maiden, but it was just as tight. Gordon also engaged the crowd with her deadpan sense of humor: she seems to come out of a theatre background. LIC Bar also seems to be the group’s home base these days as they build a following, an aptly cool joint for this band. Watch this space for upcoming shows.

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Nicole Atkins Brings Her Noir Soul to an Intimate Mercury Lounge Gig This Saturday Night

Here’s how to survive at the top level of what’s left of the music business. You tour constantly – summer festivals, rock venues, jazz clubs, house concerts, whatever’s available for the cash. You crowdfund your album, then record it live to two-inch analog tape with people who get what you do and can wrap it up in less than a week. Meanwhile, you bombard your fan base with everything from Spotify playlists of your influences to limited-edition concert recordings.  And the social media treadmill – one goofy pic after another, oy. That’ll drive you to drinking.

So maybe you quit for a bit. Nicole Atklns did that since booze has been her muse long before she wrote The Worst Hangover in the World. But while her latest album Goodnight Rhonda Lee – streaming at Bandcamp – has a requisite boozy song, the central theme is musical rather than lyrical, a spectacularly successful attempt to bring Dusty Springfield-style late 60s Memphis soul into the here and now. Atkins is bringing that to the Mercury on Sept 9 at 8 PM. General admission is $15, and since it’s a small venue for her, it couldn’t hurt to get there early.

The album opens with A Little Crazy, a co-write with Chris Isaak, a female take on classic early 60s Orbison noir. That crowdfunding campaign must have brought in a ton of dough because the production is lush: pedal steel, piano, shivery strings and Chris Vivion’s snappy hollowbody bass behind Atkins’ impassioned, soaring vocals.

Drummer Josh Block’s whipcrack soul/funk drums push Atkins’ Springfield evocation in the Darkness Falls So Quiet – it’s almost cute that the string section is more country than symphonic, maybe because the album was recorded in Austin.

Listen Up, inspired by a near-disastrous fall into a sinkhole after a gig in Knoxville, has a similarly funky snap. The way the organ voices a popular soul-gospel riff is awfully cool, as is how guitarist Austin Jenkins plays the In the Midnight Hour hook on the chorus at halfspeed. Lots of old ideas here, but they’re twisted into all sorts of imaginative new shapes.

The album’s title track opens as a dead ringer for an early Laura Cantrell favorite and then turns into a mashup of Tex-Mex and Everlys, with some neat staccato surf guitar for extra carbonation. Masking a recycled Brill Building riff behind sheets of sustained reverb guitar doesn’t work so well in I Could, but Colors, with its wary, surreal lyric and rich, string-heavy parlor pop ambience, is Atkins at the top of her moody game.

Brokedown Luck slowly coalesces with trippy quasi-barrelhouse piano and then a stark funk groove, peppy horns spicing Atkins’ narrative of frustration in a dead-end scene. The album’s best song is the slow-simmering, crushingly sarcastic, angst-driven piano-and-horns anthem I Love Living Here: “Nobody knows the real you, just the character you play…burn it to the ground,” she intones

Sleepwalking nicks a famous Marvin Gaye vamp and a slightly less famous new wave hook, but this elegant period-perfect early 70s-style soul anthem is irresistible. With A Night of Serious Drinking, Atkins puts her angst-fueled noir spin on what the Three Degrees would have done as a charmingly twinkling nocturnal vamp, complete with low-key brass and steel guitar lingering in the distance: “You and I are not like that legendary  bird that rises from the ash/ We burn and crash.”

The album ends with a slightly more optimistic one of Atkins’ towering, doomed signature anthems, A Dream Without Pain. “May the path be lit up by the bridges that I’ve burned,” she wails: things may be good at the moment, but how long will they last? Good to see Atkins still battling demons and making expertly catchy, smart music out of them.

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

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

Three Mondays in September at midnight: 9/4, 9/18 and 9/25 gonzo postbop pianist Dred Scott leads his trio at the small room at the Rockwood

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

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

Wednesdays in September, 6 PM powerful, dynamic blue-eyed soul belter Sarah Wise at Shrine

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

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

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

Fridays 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 September, 6 PM dark urbane Romany song maven (and Berthold Brecht descendant) Sanda Weigl is at Barbes for a series of intimate duo shows

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!

Sundays at 5 PM in September,  iconic noir NYC saxophonist/raconteur and Jazz Passenger Roy Nathanson at Barbes

9/1, if you’re going to the stadium to see the Yankees get their asses kicked by the Red Sox, get there early because the perennially intense, tuneful godfather of edgy, lyrical, anthemic downtown NYC rock, Willie Nile is playing at 5:45 for no extra charge. His Willie Nile Plays Dylan show at City Winery is sold out.

 9/1-2, 8:30 PM John Zorn improv night with special guests – lots to choose from – at the New School’s Glass Box Performance Space, 55 W 13th St, $20

9/1, 10 PM the world’s creepiest crime jazz/film noir band, Big Lazy at Barbes

9/1, 10 PM Sekouba & Baloumba play West African roots reggae at Shrine

9/1, 10 PM one of the great saxophonists in the history of ska, Dave Hillyard & the Rocksteady 7 at  Sunny’s

9/1, 10:30 PM catchy Booker T-esque soul jazz with the David Gibson/Jared Gold, Hammond B3 organ band at the Fat Cat

9/1, 11 PM the intoxicatingly clattering, sintir bass lute fueled Moroccan trance/dance grooves of Innov Gnawa  at C’Mon Everybody, $10

9/2, 7ish Bobby Radcliff – the rare blues guitarist who plays a ton of notes but doesn’t waste them, sort of a funkier Stevie Ray Vaughan – with his trio at Terra Blues

9/2, 7 PM intense, brilliantly lyrical, fearlessly political 1950s style original folk/blues singer Joshua Garcia followed eventually at 8 by prosaic but tuneful folkie Jeremy Aaron and then at 8:30 by clever, playful swing/oldtimey accordionist-singer Erica Mancini at Caffe Vivaldi 

9/2, 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). Followed at 10 by epic ranchera/bolero brass crew Banda de los Muertos at Barbes

9/2, 8 PM post-Stooges riff-rock stoners the Greasy Hearts at Alphaville $10

 9/2, 9 PM ten-piece country/carnivalesque/acoustic rock powerhouse M Shanghai String Band at the Jalopy, $!0

9/2, 9 PM darkly playful, epic piano-based art-rock singer Eve Lesov  at Sidewalk. 9/24 at 7 PM she’s at the small room at the Rockwood

9/2. 8 PM high voltage skiffle/Americana band the Salt Cracker Crazies f at the Way Station

9/2, 9 PM the monthly surf shindig at Otto’s is a short one this time, with Link Wray cover band the Wraycyclers followed by guitar mastermind Mike Rosado’s volcanic, pounding Dick Dale-influenced 9th Wave at Otto’s

9/2, 9 PM Super Yamba play their psychedelic Afrobeat jams at Bar Chord

9/2, 10 PM popular fourth-wave garage rockers the Othermen at Union Pool, $10

 9/2, 11 PM ferociously dynamic, tuneful, female-fronted power trio Castle Black  at Arlene’s $10

9/3, 1 PM jangly New York original surf rock cult heroes the Supertones at Jacob Riis Beach in the Rockaways, take the Rockaway ferry for the cost of a subway ride from Sunset Park or Wall Street/Pier 11. From there, a free shuttle will take you right to Jacob Riis Park. Take the shuttle heading west to get to the beach, and east to get back to the NYC ferry.

9/3, 5 PM darkly jangly, catchy, new wave-ish rockers Melissa & the Mannequins followed by boisterous, erudite oldtimey jazz trombonist J. Walter Hawkes and band at LIC Bar

9/3, 7 PM witty Microscopic Septet pianist Joel Forrester  at Cleopatra’s Needle

9/3, 7 PM pastoral gothic accordion art-rock with Sam Reider & the Human Hands  followed at 9:30 by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes. Reider is also here on 9/19

9/3, 9 PM perennially lyrical, prolific tenor postbop tenor saxophonist/composer Tom Tallitsch and his quintet at 55 Bar

9/4, 1 PM intense charismatic danceable metal cumbia/skaragga/latin rockers Escarioka at Jacob Riis Beach in the Rockaways, take the Rockaway ferry for the cost of a subway ride from Sunset Park or Wall Street/Pier 11. From there, a free shuttle will take you right to Jacob Riis Park. Take the shuttle heading west to get to the beach, and east to get back to the NYC ferry.

9/4, 4 PM fiery, psychedelically bluesy oldschool soul/southern rockers Lizzie & the Makers  followed eventually at 7 bythe 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

9/4, 7 PM excellent oldschool blues guitarist Aaron Frazer (of the fiery, dirty Charley Patton’s War) leads a two-violin band followed by charming oldtimey swing brass band Tuba Skinny a at a house concert at 169 Spencer St. at Willoughby, C to Myrtle-Willoughby (G train not running). Tuba Skinny are at the Jalopy the following night, 9/5 at 9 for $12. 

9/4, 7:30 PM magical Balkan singer Corinna Snyder’s haunting Macedonian duo Glas followed by wild Bulgarian wedding band Kabile at Sisters Brooklyn, 900 Fulton St., Ft. Greene, A/C to Clinton-Washington

9/4, 9 PM sweeping, swinging vibraphonist Behn Gillece leads his quintet at the Fat Cat. 9/12, 7:30 PM they’re at Smalls

9/4, 9:30 PM Dilemastronauta Y Los Sabrosos Cosmicos with members of M.A.K.U and Combo Chimbit play space cumbia at Barbes

9/4, 10:30 PM this era’s hardest-hitting, most purposeful, some might say darkest tenor saxophonist/composer JD Allen leads his quartet at Smalls

9/5, 6 PM ferocious, Middle Eastern-inspired jazz violinist Elektra Kurtis  and Ensemble Elektra with microtonal sax powerhouse Lefteris Bournias and bassist Brad Jones at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min. 9/19, 7:30 PM they’re at  Symphony Space, $27/$15 stud/srs

9/5-9 irrepressible drum icon Jeff “Tain” Watts leads an Elvin Jones alumni band including Ravi Coltrane and Dave Liebman on altos at the Jazz Standard, $30

9/5, 7:30 PM eclectic Venezuelan cuatro star Jorge Glem leads a kinetic, first-class pan-Latin band band with special guests saxophonist Paquito D’Rivera and accordionist Sam Reider at Joe’s Pub, $30

9/5, 7:30 PM night one of this year’s Resonant Bodies festival of new vocal music with avant crooner Theo Bleckmann , Irish singer Jennifer Walshe and bass-baritone Davóne Tines at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

9/5, 7:30 PM charismatic, adventurous postbop/avant garde trombonist/crooner Frank Lacy leads his quintet at Smalls

9/5-17, 8/10 PM perennially popular, lyrical pianist Bill Charlap leads his trio at the Vanguard, $30

9/5. 8 PM Patricia Santos and Tara Hanish’s amazing, intense, soul-infused cello-rock/cello-metal duo the Whiskey Girls  followed by darkly torchy southwestern gothic/Europolitan songwriter/guitarist Miwa Gemini  at the Way Station

9/5. 8 PM Triple Paste play hot 20s jazz and parse the Lennie Tristano’s songbook, featuring Eric Pakula, Matt Darriau, Katie Down, Rafe D’Lugoff, Arthur Kell and Vinnie Sperazza followed at 9:30 by clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party  at Barbes

9/5, 8 PM lyrical jazz piano icon Fred Hersch ’s Pocket Orchestra with vocalist Jo Lawry, trumpetist Mike Rodriguez and percussionist Rogerio Boccato at Mezzrow, $25

9/5, 9 PM popular 90s/zeros post-Velvets psychedelic band Brian Jonestown Massacre at Brooklyn Steel $28 adv tix rec

9/5. 10 PM acerbic alto saxophonist David Binney leads his quartet at at 55 Bar. He’s also here on 9/12

9/6, 1 PM the up-and-coming Argus String Quartet play works by Haydn, Keith Livengood, Garth Knox at the at Greene Space, free, res req 

 9/6, 7 PM pianist Minji Kim leads her lustrous, cinematic quartet at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

9/6, 7:30 PM Venezuela in Motion: Carmela Ramirez, fiery guitarslinger Juancho Herrera, pianist Gabriel Chakarji and Edward Ramirez at Club Bonafide, $10

9/6, 7:30 PM night two of this year’s Resonant Bodies festival of new vocal music with Hai-Ting Chinn’s vocal trio, iconic, ageless singer/composer Joan La Barbara, and Odeya Nini solo at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

9/6, 8 PM psychedelic klezmer/bluegrass mandolin and clarinet legend Andy Statman at Barbes, $10

9/6, 8ish singer/keyboardist Sara McDonald does double duty, with her lush 17-piece art-rock/chamber pop band the New York Chillharmonic and then with whirlwind Munich techno orchestra the Jazzrausch Bigband at the Good Room, $10. They’re also at the Sheen Center on Bleecker just off Bowery at 7:30 on 9/8 with a dadrock band for twice that. 

9/6 ,8 PM luminous, soulful pan-Latin jazz chanteuse Claudia Acuña with pianist Pablo Vergara & bassist Pablo Menares at Mezzrow, $20

9/6, 9 PM  hot 20s swing with trumpeter Jason Prover and his Sneak Thievery Orchestra at Radegast Hall

9/6, 9ish Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play haunting underground Greek  revolutionary anthems and hash-smoking songs from the 20s and 30sat Troost

9/6, 10 PM guitar mastermind Danny Weiss’ and magical Americana singer Mary Olive Smith’s soulful retro bluegrass band Stillhouse Serenade at Sunny’s

9/6, 10 PM psychedelic soul-rockers Madam West at C’Mon Everybody, $10

9/7, 7;30 PM terse, purposeful sitar virtuoso Roopa Panesar at the Lincoln Centra Atrium, free, early arrival advised

9/7, 7:30 PM singer Fran Pado’s dark comedy Floodpants “featuring pothead dads, the evil Green Hook Man [legendary NJ serial killer boogieman from the 70s], blue-collar N.J. in the ’70s, and a 9yr. old girl  who must save the world from space aliens,” with music by her similarly haunting psychedelic art-rock band Goddess at Dixon Place, free

9/7, 7:30 PM night three of this year’s Resonant Bodies festival of new vocal music with indie opera soprano Mary Bonhag and headliner Kayleigh Butcher performing new music by 21st century composers, and in the middle spectacular chanteuse Kamala Sankaram and her wild cumbia/psychedelic Bollywood band Bombay Rickey – the loudest act ever to play this venue – at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

9/7, 7:30/9:30 PM drummer Ulysses Owens Jr. leads an unorthodox trio with Joel Ross on vibes and Ruben Rogers on bass at the Jazz Gallery, $15

9/7, 8 PM pianist Marc Peloquin plays new solo works by David Del Tredici at Symphony Space, $20 adv tix rec

9/7, 8 PM brilliantly cinematic, kinetic violinist Dana Lyn‘s pssychedelic, ecolotically themed Mother Octopus quartet at the Owl

9/7, 8 PM intense Balkan chanteuse Jenny Luna‘s haunting, traditional Turkish band Dolunay followed at 10 by intense, intricately orchestrated, low register-loving psycho mambo band Gato Loco at Barbes

9/7, 8 PM long-running 90s alt-country favorites Rusty Truck at Hill Country

9/7, 8:30 PM mostly-female pan-latin rockers Ladama, – who mash up cumbia, maracatu, onda nueva and joropa with jaunty acoustic rock – at the third stage at the Rockwood, $10

9/7, 8:30 /10 PM conscious hip-hop lyricist Talib Kweli with his band at the Blue Note, $30 standing room avail

 9/7, 9 PM intense, haunting Americana/honkytonk singer Ruby Rae at Hank’s

9/7, 10 PM the great unsung hero of darkly purposeful, noir-tinged jazz guitar, Saul Rubin leads his Zebtet at the Fat Cat. He’s also here on 9/12 at 7

9/7, 10:30 PM catchy, cinematic, noir-inclined saxophonist/composer Nick Hempton leads his quintet at Smalls

9/8, 6 PM crystalline-voiced, noir-tinged third-stream jazz chanteuse Tessa Souter and her band at 55 Bar

9/8, 7 PM Changing Modes – NYC’s funnest, most unpredictable, sharply lyrical new wave art-rock band – at Highline Ballroom, $15 adv tix rec

9/8, 7:30 PM haunting trumpeter/santoorist Amir ElSaffar leads a rapturously improvisational ensemble: Firas Zreik, qanun; Naseem Alatrash, cello; Arun Ramamurthy, violin Abhik Mukherjee, sitar; Jay Gandhi, bansuri; Shiva Ghoshal, tabla mashing up Iraqi and Indian themes at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival a must

9/8, 7:30 PM  brooding Hungarian folk-influenced saxophonist Mihály Dresch leads a quartet with Chris Potter on sax, Joe Martin on bass, and Gerald Cleaver on drums at Hungarian House, 213 E 82nd St, free

9/8, 7:30 PM pianist Nicole Bancato, trumpeter Gregory Hammontree and soprano saxophonist Barry Hartglass play multimeida works by pieces by Clara Schumann, Terry Riley and Charlie Parker at Scholes St. Studios

9/8, 8 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 10 by awesomely slinky, psychedelic Israeli Ethiopiques groove instrumentalists Anbessa Orchestra at Barbes

9/8, 8 PM Brooklyn’s funnest band, psychedelic organ-driven Middle Eastern-tinged surf rock trio Hearing Things at the Knockdown Center, free

 9/8, 8 PM Mediterranean chanteuse Zana plays “gypsy pop” at Shrine 

9/8-9, 8:30 PM irrepressible slide trumpeter Steven Bernstein leads his group at the New School’s Glass Box Performance Space, 55 W 13th St, $20

9/8, 10 PM hard-hitting psychedelic/blues guitarslinger Debra Devi  plays the album release show for her new one Wild Little Girl followed by similarly guitarishly brilliant surf rockers the Black Flamingos at Maxwell’s, $10

9/8, 10 PM fiery electric bluegrass and C&W with Demolition String Band at Finnegan’s, 908 Willow Ave at 8th St. in Hoboken

9/8, 10 PM wild, noisy, genuinely Hendrixian virtuoso lead guitarist Viva DeConcini and her band  at the Way Station

 9/8-9, 10:30 PMe clectic, paradigm-shifting B3 jazz organist Brian Charette leads his quartet at Smalls

9/9, noon-4 PM the haunting Bukharan Shashmaqam Ensemble, otherworldly Georgian Dancing Crane Ensemble and wild, spiraling, rare rustic minor-key Polesian klezmer dances and grooves with Litvakuson the boardwalk at Coney Island  in front of the gazebo at Brighton 4th St. You can also register to vote here.

9/9, noon, fearlessly haunting, dynamic, charismatic Romany/Balkan chanteuse Eva Salina with pyrotechnic accordionist Peter Stan followed by oldschool Cuban son band Conjunto Guantanamo at Rufus King Manor,150-03 Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica Queens, free, rsvp reqd, E/J to Jamaica/Parsons 

9/9, noon-10 PM the inaugural Hudson West Folk Festival at Cathedral Hall, 380 Montgomery St. in Jersey City, just a couple of blocks from the Grove St. Path train, $30. In reverse order: newgrass harmony band the Mammals, fiddler Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards, Red Molly’s jazzy dobro player Abbie Gardner, wishful drinker Matt Nakoa, mandolin-driven string band Sleeping Bee, purist front-porch folksinger Diana Jones, the sardonic, relentlessly relevant Paul Sachs, ten-piece country/carnivalesque/acoustic rock powerhouse M Shanghai String Band, incomparable country/jazz/janglerock icon Amy Allison, hauntingly harmony-driven folk noir supergroup Bobtown and Tim Erbach

9/9, 2 PM jazz improvisation outdoors: the William Parker / Cooper-Moore duo followed at 3 by the Microscopic Septet’s baritone saxophonist Dave Sewelson and bassist Dave Hofstra with special guest Bobby Kapp and then at 4 trombone wizard Steve Swell with William Parker and TA Thompson at the community garden at Stanton and Norfolk

9/9, 3 PM the first annual Ft. Greene Jazz Festival in Ft Greene Park featuring latin jazz with a big cast of singers, players and Maraku Watanabe on keys

9/9, 3 PM catchy, anthemic, charismatic folk noir band Thee Shambels – sort of the missing link between Nick Cave and the Pogues at the small room at the Rockwood

9/9, 6 PM dark urbane Romany song maven (and Berthold Brecht descendant) Sanda Weigl in a special intimate duo show with Shoko Nagai on piano followed at 8 by pianist Lucian Ban  and saxophonist Abraham Burton’s own duo project, Blacksalt and then Felipe Fournier‘s Supermambo vibraphone band playing a  Tito Puente tribute at Barbes

9/9, 7:30 PM songwriter Yu-Wei Hsieh and band make kinetic rock out of ancient Taiwanese themes at Flushing Town Hall, $10

9/9, 7 PM charming oldtimey trio the Crimson Ragdolls:  Joanna Sternberg, Ali Dineen & Lucine Yeghiazaryanne at Terra Blues

 9/9, 7:30/9:30 PM drummer Tom Rainey leads his frequently electrifying trio with saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock and guitarist Mary Halvorson at the Jazz Gallery, $22

9/9, 8 PM perennially dark, soaring noir soul singer/bandleader Nicole Atkins at the Mercury, $15, get there early.

9/9, 8 PM hot 20s and 30s swing with Naama Gherber and the Misbehavin’ Seven at the Cell Theatre, $15/$10 stud.srs. Followed at 9:30 (separate $15 adm) by dynamic jazz chanteuse Lady Cantrese and her purist oldschool quartet.

9/9, 8 PM intense, soaringly lyrical dark Americana songwriter Lara Ewen followed eventually at 10 by the even more ferocious, angst-fueled Jessi Robertson – a real force of nature – at Salzy Bar

9/9, 8 PM Jane Lecroy’s edgy, intensely lyrical art/punk band Ohmslice play the record release show for their new one followed by Brooklyn’s original punk Balkan horn group Hungry March Band, at Halyards in Gowanus

 9/9, 8:30 PM state-of-the-art trumpeter Dave Douglas  with fellow brass peeps  Stephanie Richards, Jeremy Pelt, Nate Wooley, and David Adewumi with Brad Jones on bass and Gerald Cleaver on drums at the New School’s Glass Box Performance Space, 55 W 13th St, $20

9/9, 9 PM the Transylvanian Üsztürü Band with Marianna Nyitrai (vocal), Levente Fazakas (violin), and Mihály Dresch (flute) play a wild Hungarian dance party at Hungarian House, 213 E 82nd St, free. There’s also an allday street fair on 82nd where there’s a good chance they’ll be doing a set sometime in the day as well.

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

9/9, 9 PM Mar Salá plays her acoustic flamenco rock at Shrine

9/9,10 PM oldschool psychedelic soul/groove band Empire Beats at the Way Station

9/10, 3 PM wickedly jangly surf/twang/country instrumentalists the Bakersfield Breakers at Zeppelin Hall, 88 Liberty View Dr, Jersey City, about 12 blocks from the Exchange Place Path station, free

9/10, 3 PM brilliant, dynamic Indian violinists Trina Basu & Arun Ramamurthy of Karavika at the Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd,, Long Island City,  N to Broadway and about a 15-block walk, free w/museum adm

9/10. 6 PM OMFG a double bass doubleheader! Bass duo Thomas Helton and Michael Bisio followed by two bass clarinet/bass/drums quartet Dou B: Lisa Mezzacappa, Josh Sinton, Aaron Novik and Jason Levis at Downtown Music Gallery, free

 9/10, 7 PM guitarists Jason Loughlin and John Shannon play Chet Atkins tunes followed at 9:30 by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes at Barbes

9/10, 7 PM pianist Éva Polgár plays works by Franz Liszt and Zoltán Kodály at Hungarian House, 213 E 82nd St, free

9/10, 7 PM elegant, sharply lyrical parlor pop stylist Heather Eatman at the small room at the Rockwood

9/10, 8 PM pianist Jorn Swart’s darkly edgy Malnota Trio with the Turtle Island Quartet’s Benni von Gutzeit on viola and Lucas Pino on bass clarinet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

9/10, 10 PM ferocious Americana rock guitarist and acerbically hilarious songwriter Tom Clark & the High Action Boys at the Treehouse at 2A

9/11, 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.

9/11,  8:30 PM amazing, psychedelic instrumentalists Sandcatchers – who blend cinematic, pastoral Americana and Middle Eastern themes – at Bar Lunatico

9/11, 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 

9/12. drinks at 5:30 PM, music at 6, the up-and-coming Argus String Quartet play music of Ted Hearne, Andrew Norman and others at the Miller Theatre, free

9/12, 7 PM intense, edgily tuneful Texas tenor saxophonist Stan Killian leads his postbop quartet at 55 Bar

9/12, 8 PM crystalline-voiced noir Americana songwriter Jessie Kilguss followed by the ageless, catchy, Beatlesque Bubble at Union Hall, $8

9/12. 9 PM edgy female-fronted funk band Eliza & the Organix – feat. swirly alto sax player Kristen Tivey – at the Way Station

9/12, 9:30 PM the Bronx Conexion play their mighty salsa big band jazz at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, $10

9/12, 9:30 PM tenor saxophonist Logan Strosahl leads his quintet with Jessica Pavone, viola;  Aquiles Navarro, trumpet;  Lim Yang, bass;  Allan Mednard, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

9/12-16, 11:30 PM the massive Evan Sherman Big Band at Dizzy’s Club, $10/$5 stud

9/13, 6 PM the opening reception for Meriem Bennani’s dynamic video installation Siham and Hafida, exploring female roles in Moroccan culture: an intimate view into the intergenerational experiences of two women in Moroccan shikha music and dance, at the Kitchen, free

9/13, 7 PM night one of this year’s Festival of New Trumpet Music at Shapeshifter Lab with the Oskar Stenmark Quartet – Oskar Stenmark (lugelhorn), Billy Test (piano), Vicente Archer (bass), Robin Baytas (drums) followed at 8:15 by Signal ProblemsDanny Gouker (trumpet), Eric Trudel (tenor sax), Adam Hopkins (bass), Nathan Ellman-bell (drums) and at 9:30 the fourteen-piece Wing Walker Orchestra feat. Jonathan Finlayson, $10

9/13, 7 PM the Night Kitchen play “Hank Williams, old timey and country with three distinctly amazing performers  Gene Yelin – guitar & vocals Trip Henderson – harmonica; Joanna Sternberg – bass and vocals” at Barbes – reputedly they are amazing

9/13, 7:30 PM tunefully psychedelic composer/avant-harpist Zeena Parkins and Thomas Dunn at the Drawing Center, 35 Wooster St, $20

9/13, 8 PM Tris McCall – New Jersey’s version of Elvis Costello, hard at work on his 50-song cycle, each set in a US state – at Sidewalk

9/13, 8/9:30 PM  the world’s funniest improvising ensemble, Mostly Other People Do the Killing, – down to just a trio this time, with Ron Stabinsky, piano;  Moppa Elliott, bass;  Kevin Shea, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

9/13. 8 PM irrepressible, historically informed, folk noir/art-rock songwriter Elisa Flynn hosts one of her reliably entertaining multi-act theme nights

9/13, 8 PM haunting Nashville gothic songwriter Jaye Bartell & Night Shop at Berlin, $10. 9/18 at 9ish they’re at Troost for the tip jar

9/13, 8 PM cellist Peggy Lee leads her improvisational septet at Roulette $20 adv tix rec

9/13, 9 PM trippy, epic, enveloping art-rock/spacerock band Debris of Titan at the Delancey, $10 

9/13-14, 9:30 PM amazingly eclectic female-fronted latin/Mediterranean/Romany and charming French ye-ye pop ensemble Banda Magda play a two-night album release stand for their new one Tigre at Joe’s Pub, $20 adv tix rec

9/13, 11 PM baritone crooner Sean Kershaw‘s Serpentones play “hi octane Brooklyn honkytonk”at Otto’s

9/14, 7 PM night two of this year’s Festival of New Trumpet Music at Shapeshifter Lab with the Allison Philips Trio/; Allison Philips (rumpetp), Gal Shaya (bass), Connor Parks (drums), at 8:15 the  Jason Palmer Quintet with Noah Preminger (tenor sax), Max Light (guitar), Simòn Willson (bass), Lee Fish (drums) and at 9:30- the fourteen-piece Wing Walker Orchestra feat. Jason Palmer, $10

9/14,  7 PM drummer Dan Pugach leads his nonet with Nicole Zuraitis on the mic at 55 Bar

9/14, 7:30 PM unstoppably edgy, deservedly iconic, witty downtown guitarist  Marc Ribot at the Drawing Center, 35 Wooster St, $20

9/14, 7:30/9:30 PM Camille Bertault – who rocketed to youtube virality with her spot-on vocalizations of famous jazz solos – with her similarly playful group at the Jazz Standard, $25

9/14, 8 PM plush, balmy, oldtimey uke swing band Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies followed at 10 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 Barbe

9/14, 8 PM fearlessly relevant, populist trumpet visionary/improviser Matana Roberts leads a killer sextet  with Jaimie Branch – trumpet; Peter Evans – trumpet; Gabriel Guerrero – piano; Henry Grimes – bass; Mike Pride – Drums playing her new suite, Breathe, about the dangerous rise of militarized police in the US at Roulette $20 adv tix rec

9/14,  8:30 PM a rare,starkly intimate, haunting klezmer duo show with singer Polina Shepherd and Klezmatics frontman/accordionist Lorin Sklamberg at the Jalopy, $15

9/14, 8:30 PM legendary 80s paisley underground psychedelic rocker Russ Tolman – Steve Wynn collaborator and mastermind behind the immortal True West – at Pete’s

9/14, 9 PMsmart, cleverly lyrical original swing chanteuse/songwriter/trombonist Emily Asher’s Garden Party at Radegast Hall

9/14, 10 PM fiery, psychedelically bluesy oldschool soul/southern rockers Lizzie & the Makers at the small room at the Rockwood. 9/16 at 2 PM they’re in the park outside Ikea in Red Hook, free

9/14, 11 PM dark, fiery, female-fronted female-fronted surf rockers High Waisted at Berlin $10

9/15, 6:15 PM the Brooklyn Art Song Society sing at a bourbon tasting at the Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St. at Clinton in downtown Brooklyn, any train to Borough Hall, free

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

9/15, 7:30 PM repeating on 9/16 at 8:30 the reliably entertaining, adventurous Chelsea Symphony perform Tim Kiah — Endangered Song (world premiere); Ralph Vaughan Williams — Concerto for Oboe and Strings in A Minor with Phil Rashkin as soloist; Claude Debussy — La mer, trois esquisses symphoniques pour orchestre at the DiMenna Center, $20 sug don. Saturday’s show switches out the Vaughan Williams for Sally Beamish’s Viola Concerto No. 2

9/15, 8 PM lush, dynamic female-fronted art-rockers Arc Iris at C’Mon Everybody, $12

9/15, 8 PM playfully lyrical, fearlessly political superduo Kill Henry Sugar – guitar/banjo mastermind Erik Della Penna and drummer Dean Sharenow –followed at 10by amazingly psychedelic,  mystical Moroccan trance-dance band Innov Gnawa at Barbes

9/15, 8 PM Stillness in Queens –  pianist/composer JunYi Chow and video artist, Karen Y. Chan‘s enveloping video and sound art piece exploring the beauty and quietude of NYC’s most authentic oldschool borough, Queens, at Flushing Town Hall, $15/$10 stud

9/15, 8 PM early music ensemble Collectio Musicorum plays works from the Reformation by Luther, Zwingli, William Child, Claude Goudimel, Eustachio Romano, and Conrad Rein at Christ & St. Stephen’s Church, 120 W 69th St., free

9/15-16, 8 PM brilliantly lyrical latin jazz pianist Luis Perdomo  with Drew Gress & Billy Drummond at Mezzrow, $20 at the bar

9/15-16, 8:30 PM enigmatically witty klezmer-influenced pianist Uri Caine and band at the New School’s Glass Box Performance Space, 55 W 13th St, $20

9/15, 10 PM LES punk/surf guitar legend Simon Chardiet’s Rooftoppers – who give him a chance to show off his prowess with jazz and proto-rock and western swing – at Sunny’s

9/16, 7 PM pianist Polly Ferman‘s historically-infused, all-female, all-encompassing tango ensemble  Glamourtango at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex, $20

9/16, 7 PM Elena Sartori plays classical organ works at James Chapel at Columbia, 3041 Broadway at 121st St., free

9/16, 7 PM catchy, anthemic Americana rock with the Cornell Bros. at the small room at the Rockwood. Later roots reggae group Royal Khaoz play at 11. Run em in, run em out.

9/16, 7 PM a screening of bassist Mimi Jones’ new documentary about octogenarian postbop pianist Bertha Hope, plus a set by by the Mimi Jones Band & the Black Madonna Project at BMHC Lab, 1303 Louis Niné Blvd in the Bronx, free; 2 or 5 train to Freeman St

9/16, 7:30 PM ethereal, raptly haunting singer Sara Serpa with harpist Zeena Parkins and tenor saxophonist Mark Turner at the Drawing Center, 35 Wooster St, $20

9/16, 8 PM 60s folk legend Carolyn Hester celebrates her 80th birthday with her daughters, Amy and Karla Blume 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”

9/16, 8:30 PM irrepressible noir keyboardist/crooner Tom Warnick joins forces with high-voltage oldtimey barrelhouse swing group the 4th St. Nite Owls at Freddy’s  A brilliant collaboration.

9/16, 10 PM Hayes Carll – who’s taken his brooding, purist, lyrical Americana to the next level recently – at Bowery Ballroom, $22 adv tix rec

9/17, 2 PM a panel discussion on the evolution of salsa in New York followed by a performance by oldschool 70s style Cuban psychedelic salsa band Ola Fresca  and a reception afterward at the Museum of the City of New York, $25/$20 stud/srs

9/17, 3 PM Martha Cargo, flute;Benjamin Larsen, cello play works by Esmail, Andersen, George and Ding at Concerts on the Slope, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 139 St. John’s Place downhill from 7th Ave, sugg don

9/17, 5 PM the Daedalus String Quartet perform music of Mendelssohn, Beethoven and Ives at the Lounge at Hudson View Gardens, 128 Pinehurst Ave at W183rd St, $12, reception to follow

9/17, reception at 5:30, show at 6, a rare NYC concert by Japanese classical flutist Nobutaka Shimizu with Mayumi Shimizu, piano playing works by Debussy, Widor, Dutilleux, Raymond Guiot, Gary Schocker, Kazuo Fukushima and Ryohei Hirose at Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Ave (entrance on E. 25th St),  $25/$15 stud/srs

9/17, 6 PM ferocious, anthemic, lyrical post-mod band Wormburner – the American counterpart to the Jam – at LIC Bar

9/17, 7 PM the lavish, kinetic Liberte Big Band led by pianist Liberté-Anne Lymberiou at the Wiliamsburg Music Center at the big room at the Rockwood

9/17, 7:30 PM eclectic jazz multi-keyboardist Brian Marsella at the Drawing Center, 35 Wooster St, $20

9/17, 8 PM weird segues, good bands: skronky Chicago guitar improvisers Tacoma Narrows,  cinematic newgrass jamband the Jon Stickley Trio and Minneapolis newgrassers the Last Revel at the Knitting Factory, $12 adv tix rec,   

9/17, 9 PM sharply lyrical janglerock/Americana/soul songwriter Matt Keating and guitarist Steve Mayone’s catchy new project the Bastards of Fine Arts at the Treehouse at 2A 

9/17, 10 PM ageless Rocket from the Tombs/Dead Boys lead guitar legend Cheetah Chrome leads what’s left of the Dead Boys at Bowery Electric, $12 adv tix req, this will sell out

9/17, 10 PM the album release show for Ancient Ocean’s enveloping, slowly tectonic ambient instrumental debut album Titan’s Island at Union Pool, $10 

9/18, 6 PM  party for our right to fight:  volcanic brass street band Rude Mechanical Orchestra, Ras Moshe Burnett, The Black Lives Matter Band and open jam session, and speakers from the Stop Mass Incarceration Network and #WhoisUncleTom followed by discussion at the Living Gallery Outpost, 246  E 4th St

9/18, 7 PM guitarist/songwriter Alicyn Yaffee -the rare artist who successfully bridges the gap between lyrically-fueled chamber pop and jazz –  and her group followed by guitarist Pravin Thompson’s tuneful, sometimes sardonic quartet at Shapeshifter Lab, $10 

9/18, 8 PM charmingly nuanced, erudite singer/pianist and Dinah Washington reinventor  Champian Fulton leads her trio at  Radegast Hall. She’s also here on 9/25.

9/18, 8 PM the DaCapo Chamber Players perform music by up-and-coming composers abroad including Will Healy, Scott Lee, Tonia Ko, Hannah Lash, Mario Diaz, Anthony Cheung, Mike Bono and Christian Lee at Merkin Concert Hall, $20

9/18, 9:30 PM Chicha Libre spinoff Locobeach play trippy electro-cumbia at Barbes

9/18, 10:30 PM intense, lyrical tenor saxophonist Roxy Coss leads her quintet at Smalls

9/19, 6 PM eclectic Florida roots reggae band the Ellameno Beat at Shrine. 9/26, same time they’re at Silvana

9/19, 6 PM not a music event but worth knowing about: economists Angus Deaton and Anne Case discuss their recent work, Mortality and Morbidity in the 21st Century, which identifies a shocking trend known as “deaths of despair.” “While racial minorities in the U.S. have seen improvements in lifespan over the last two decades, more white middle-aged Americans have been dying younger, especially those with a high school education or less. Widespread addiction, suicide, alcoholic liver disease and heart disease, coupled with long-term stagnant economic opportunities, have shaped shorter lives characterized by more pain and anguish…The ability to translate pain into death is accelerated” At the Lang Community Center, room I-202 at the New School, 55 W 13th, free

9/19, 7 PM pianist Polly Ferman plays a multimedia show encompassing about a century worth of tango up to the present day, including works by Emmanuel Chabrier, Isaac Albeniz, Luis C. Mortet, Luis Mattos Rodriguez, Ernesto Nazareth, Alberto Ginastera, Pintin Castellanos, Anibal Troilo, Astor Piazzolla and Daniel Binelli at the National Opera Center, 333 7th Ave., $20 

9/19, 8 PM a rare guitar/bass duo show by tuneful, terse guitarist/singer Camila Meza and bassist Noam Wiesenberg, at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

9/19, 8 PM pianist Ana Cervantes plays works by Faye-Ellen Silverman, Hilary Tann, Rain Worthington, and Joelle Wallach as well as music of Alba Potes (Colombia) and Georgina Derbez, Marcela Rodríguez, and Gabriela Ortiz of Mexico at Christ & St. Stephen’s Church, 120 W 69th St., $15/$10 stud/srs

9/19, 10:30 PM brilliant drummer/percussionist Willie Martinez & La Familia Sextet play classic salsa grooves at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, $10

9/19, 11 PM haphazardly careening, occasionally theatrical dreampop/noiserockers Gold Dime  at  at Alphaville, $10

9/19-20, 11:30 PM pianist Miki Yamanaka leads her Quartet at Dizzy’s Club, $5. She plays organ, leading a trio on 9/21-23

9/20-21, 7:30 PM former Dizzy Gillespie guitarist Ed Cherry with his trio at Smalls. 9/20 a similarly terse but far more eclectic guitarist, Will Bernard follows with his quartet at 10:30. 9/25, 11 PM Bernard and group are at the small room at the Rockwood

9/20, 6:30 PM Eljuri play their ferocious, brilliantly guitar-driven, fearlessly populist rock en Espanol at  a ACLU benefit at Drom, $15 adv tix rec

9/20, 7 PM Arone Dyer’s Dronechoir followed by popular postrock/avant minimalists Bing & Ruth at the Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec

9/20. 7:30 PM popular late 90s jangle/art-rock vets Elk City at Bowery Electric, $8 adv tix rec

9/21, 7 PM sintirst Hassan Hakmoun leads his psychedelic gnawa rock band at Joe’s Pub, $20. Followed at 9:30 by slinky, oud-fueled Middle Eastern/Nile Delta dance orchestra Alsarah & the Nubatones ($15 separate adm)

9/21, 7:30 PM Benjamin Larsen, cello and Hyungjin Choi, piano play the Prokofiev Cello Sonata plus originals and jazz at the Cathedral of the Holy Virgin Protection, 59 E 2nd St

9/21-23, 7:30/9:30 PM “the king of nouveau swing,” saxophonist Donald Harrison leads a quintet with special guest Brian Lynch on tenor at the Jazz Standard, $30

9/20, 8 PM pointilllistic, Bjork-esque electro-psych act Toska, Jane Lecroy’s edgy, intensely lyrical art/punk band Ohmslice  and at 11 creepy lo-fi horror-folk band Lucky Witch & the Righteous Ghost at Footlight Bar 

9/20, 8 PM ageless, perennially fun rockabilly/oldschool soul/C&W band Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys at Union Pool, $10

9/21, 8 PM darkly counterintuitive pianist Sylvie Courvoisier and brilliant, savagely eclectic guitarist Mary Halvorson create new elements and improvise at the Owl, $20

9/21, 8 PM the Radamés Gnattali Quartet performs works by Villa-Lobos at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $25

9/21, 8 PM pensive apocalyptic piano pop with the Mynabirds  – Amanda Palmer minus the drama – at Sunnyvale, $14

9/21, 8:30 PM feral, wildly improvisational, tuneful pianist Mara Rosenbloom leads her ferocious trio followed by her bassist Sean Conly leading his at I-Beam, $15

 9/21, 9 PM velvety noir jazz singer (and Tickled Pinks member) Stephanie Layton’s impressively eclectic torch/swing jazz band Eden Lane at at Pete’s

9/21, 9:30 PM Paraguayan harpist Silvio Solis accompanied by Argentinian guitarist Dani Cortaza and popular Paraguayan band Grupo Americanta at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

9/21, 10 PM  guitarist Sean Cronin“raised on country, trained in classical, steeped in punk, and brought to maturity as a jazz musician, leads the band Very Good which is actually quite good, playing a Leonard Cohen tribute at Barbes

9/22, 3 PM the Mannes Orchestra play Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade at the New School auditorium at 63 Fifth Avenue, Room U100, free

9/22, 6 PM Argentine Americana songwriter Rodrigo Aranjuelo and folk noir duo Thoughtdream at the American Folk Art Museum

9/22, 7 PM well-loved Boston alt-country vets Session Americana  followed at 8 by gritty Mississippi hill country style blues guitarist Will Scott and at 9 by fiery oldtimey 19th century style string band the Four O’Clock Flowers  under the Manhattan Bridge in Dumbo, follow the sound toward the water

9/22, 7 PM intense blue-eyed soul singer and Dr. John collaborator Shannon McNally at the big room at the Rockwood, $18. Later at 11 jaunty female-fronted retro rocksteady band Big Takeover plays for the tip jar

9/22, 7 PM bassist Abby Hollander and her eclectic Americana band at Pete’s

9/22, 7:30 PM Bronx Nuyorican salsa legends Charanga America at the Lincoln Center Atrium

9/22, 7:30/9:30 PM the album release show for drummer Tomas Fujiwara’s Triple Double album – Brandon Seabrook and Mary Halvorson on guitars,wow – at the Jazz Gallery, $22

9/22, 7:30 PM piano duo of feral, wildly improvisational, tuneful pianist Mara Rosenbloom and Cooper-Moore followed by the ensemble of Cooper-Moore, Mara Rosenbloom, cellist Nioka Workman and vocalist/percussionist Anais Maviel (second set) at Greenwich House Music School, $20/$15 stud/rs

 9/22, 8 PM rustic Brazilian jungle guitar-and-accordion sounds with Regional de NY followed at 10 by psychedelic latin bandleader Zemog El Galle Bueno at Barbes

9/22, 8 PM oldschool 70s style Cuban psychedelic salsa band Ola Fresca at Flushing Town Hall, $16

9/22, 8 PM pianists Jeri-Mae G. Astolfi and Betty Wishart play colorful instrumental suites by Wishart at Christ & St. Stephen’s Church, 120 W 69th St., free

9/22, 8 PM in reverse order at the Owl: Brandon Lopez, the sax/drum duo of Ingrid Laubrock & Tom Rainey; thoughtful, often riveting microtonal violinist Sarah Bernstein and her Quartet, $10

9/22-23, 8:30 PM multi-reed maven Ned Rothenberg and band at the New School’s Glass Box Performance Space, 55 W 13th St, $20

9/22-23, 8:30/10 PM tenor sax improv legend George Garzone with John Lockwood, bass;  Francesco Mela, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

9/22, 10  PM Nashville gothic band Karen & the Sorrows play the album release show for their new one at C’Mon Everybody, $10

9/22, 10 PM well-loved Boston alt-country vets Session Americana at Sunny’s

9/23, 3 PM, hauntingly harmony-driven folk noir supergroup Bobtown under the Manhattan Bridge arch in Dumbo, free

9/23, 3 PM John Hodel – the Bukowski of what’s left of the late 90s LES singer-songwriters – in the community Garden on E 8th St. between Ave B and C. You know the song – Tuesday Morning in a Bar

9/23, 3 PM the Orchestra of St. Luke’s presents a free multimedia chamber concert focusing on trailblazing composer Florence Price at Flushing Town Hall

9/23, 6 PM dark urbane Romany song maven (and Berthold Brecht descendant) Sanda Weigl followed at 8 by wryly funny, psychedelic covers of 60s Russian pop with the Eastern Blokhedz – who specialize in the catalog of legendary Polish singer Edita Piaha – and then at 10 by Rana Santacruz – the Mexican Shane MacGowan, but without the booze if you can imagine that.

9/23, 6 PM an oldschool swing jazz dance party with the Harlem Renaissance Orchestra at Marcus Garvey Park

9/23, guessing at around 7 Stevie Wonder plays on the great lawn at Central Park after a whole bunch of tedious corporate acts. The show isn’t free and will undoubtedly be fenced off – it’s being staged by a ostensibly leftwing organization that tracks you on your phone and could make big bucks selling your data to Trump. This is the kind of situation where if you have some free time in the evening, it might be interesting to hang on the perimeter, maybe use your tree-climbing skills and see what’s happening.

9/23, 7:30 PM indie classical cello/percussion duo New Morse Code (Hannah Collins, cello; Michael Compitello, percussion) play the album release show for their new one at the DiMenna Center, $10 cover includes beverages and “specialty snacks!”

9/23-24, 7 PM noir cabaret legend Ute Lemper sings heartbroken narratives by Bukowski, Coehlo, Leo Ferre, Jacques Brel, Nick Cave, and Tom Waits at Joe’s Pub, $30

9/23, 8 PM intense, brilliantly lyrical, fearlessly political 1950s style original folk/blues singer Joshua Garcia followed by sardonic, socially aware blues/folk singer Jan Luby 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” 

9/23, 8 PM the Ureuk Symphony Orchestra play works by Weber, Nanpa Hong, Stephen Foster, Elgar, and Prokofiev at Merkin Concert Hall, $25 tix avail

9/23. 8 PM identities corrode and economies collapse in Steven Warwick’s apocalyptic interactive electronic work Elevator to Mezzanine, “that offers observations of millennial placelessness, an inescapably fearful media climate, the emotional disaffection and degradation of the pressures of wage labor, contemporary uncertainty and urban isolation. It suggests collapse in lieu of the obligation to offer answers, which in itself opens up a space where bodies are still amongst each other and together.” At Secret Project Robot, 1186 Broadway, (Larayette/Van Buren), Bushwick, J/M to Kosciusko St., $$15/12 stud/srs

9/23, 10:30 PM brooding rainy-day Celtic-tinged songs of desperation and intrigue from Adam Masterson at Bowery Electric, $10 adv tix rec

9/24, 1-6 PM Abraham Brody’s The Violinist Is Present – “violinist Abraham Brody invites members of the public to sit in front of him, one at a time, and he will create musical improvisations based on what he sees in their eyes.” at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery. The harder the stare, the more intense the jam?

9/24, 1:30 PM jazz improv in the garden: saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock and drummer Tom Rainey, then at Miriam Parker and William Parker, at 3:30 Melanie Dyer / Jason Kao Hwang / Brandon Lopez / Michael Wimberly and 4:30pm – Henry Fraser / Dan Pencer / Connor Baker at the First Street Garden, 33 E 1st St

 9/24 the Brooklyn Americana Festival at Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park to the south of the bridge, on the manmade peninsula starts at 2 with purist, harmony-driven “honkytonk power trio” Dylan Charles and the Layton Sisters3:00 PM banjo player/singer Hilary Hawke & the Wild Goats; 4:00 PM fiery oldtimey 19th century style string band the Four O’Clock Flowers ; 5:00 PM ten-piece country/carnivalesque/acoustic rock powerhouse M Shanghai String Band and eventually at 7 brilliantly lyrical dark oldtimey songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Pete Lanctot and the Stray Dogs

9/24, 7 PM haunting acoustic juke-joint folk/blues songwriter Tyrone Cotton at Sunny’s 

9/24, 7 PM guitarist Jonathan Goldberger’s excellent, uneasy, Indian and Middle Eastern-tinged pastoral guitar jazz trio Surface to Air at Barbes. Be aware that the Bill Frisell/Jenny Scheinman show afterward is sold out. Big surprise.

9/24, 8 PM bassist Jeonglim Yang leads her ELV Trio with Elias Stemeseder, piano; Vinnie Sperrazza, drums: “an aspiring new piano trio formed to create ‘straight ahead’ jazz into their whimsical interpretation,” at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

9/25, 9:30 PM singer Carolina Oliveros’ mighty 13-piece Afro-Colombian  trance/dance choir Bulla en el Barrio  at Barbes

9/26, 7:30 PM indie classical group Wet Ink Ensemble play the release show for leader Alex Mincek’s new Torrent album with special guests trumpeter Nate Wooley and String Noise at Scholes St. Studios, $10/students get in free

9/26, 9:30 PM fiery alto saxophonist Lucas Pino’s twin-guitar No No Nonet at Smalls

9/26-30, 11:30 PM up-and-coming postbop tenor saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins leads his combo at Dizzy’s Club, $5  

9/27, 6 PM ambitiously lyrical, cutting-edge rising star jazz composer/singer Annie Chen and her septet at  leads her quintet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

9/27, 7 PM jazz pianist Rory Cowal premieres eight through-composed pieces for the Vernal Equinox, Followed by perennially tuneful, lyrical piano improviser/composer Kris Davis and her quintet from Capricorn Climber plus special guest Michael Nicolas play new material at National Sawdust, $25 adv tix req

9/27, 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

9/27, 8 PM smart, eclectic songwriter Greta Keating plays her biting, tuneful, lyrical acoustic rock followed by brooding, morose pianist/singer Sara Donnellan – man, does she have a franchise on clinical depression –  at Silvana 

9/27, 8 PM  brilliant pedal steel player Mike Neer’s Steelonious – who do Monk covers in the same vein as Buddy Emmons – at Barbes

9/27, 8 PM Tom Blancarte plays his new work for solo bass followed by the auspicious debut of trumpet monster Peter Evans’ new group with Joel Ross on vibraphone, Jordan Morton on bass and Max Jaffe on drums at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

9/27, 9 PM Australian psychedelic/art-rock legends the Church – minus 12-string guitar icon Marty Willson-Piper –at the Poisson Rouge, $30 adv tix req. 9/28 at 9 they make their Brooklyn debut at the Bell House, $30 adv tix req

9/27, 9 PM the Space Merchants – the missing link between the Stooges and X – at  Sunnyvale, $10

9/27, 10 PM artsy, edgy, catchily enigmatic 90s indie favorites Rainer Maria  at Bowery Ballroom, $20

9/28, 7:30 PM Niger’s Tuareg psychedelic guitar sensation Mdou Moctar at the Lincoln Center Atrium

9/28, 7:30 PM the Claremont Trio play works by Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn plus a Kati Ogocs NY premiere at Music Mondays, Advent Church, northwest corner of 93rd and Broadway, free 

9/28, 8 PM the elegant but fiery Austin Piazzolla Quintet  play classic nuevo tango and originals followed at 10 by the  deviously eclectic, psychedelic Tredici Bacci playing original psychedelic instrumentals inspired by Italian film themes from the 60s and 70s at Barbes

9/28, 9:30 PM the darkly eclectic, enigmatic Lorraine Leckie  – equally adept at Slavic and Americana noir and dark cabaret – at Pete’s

9/28, 10 PM lustrous, harmony-driven, alternately haunting and badass oldschool honkytonk band the Sweetback Sisters atthe big room at the Rockwood, $14

9/29, 6:30 PM dark Americana guy/girl harmony duo the Tall Pines at the American Folk Art Museum

9/29, 7:30 PM amazingly psychedelic,  mystical Moroccan trance-dance band Innov Gnawa followed by a rare US performance by legendary, cinematic Moroccan art-rockers Group Doueh at the Poisson Rouge, $30 adv tix rec

9/29, 8 PM the NY Classical Players with pianist Haesun Paik as the soloist in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 on a bill that also includes works by Shostakovich, a Renaissance-inspired premiere by Eric Nathan and Saint-Saens’ Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso at Advent Church, 93rd/Broadway, free

9/29, 8 PM the premiere of For Trumpet Player by Christian Wolff, a performance of Ashley Fure’s Piece for Percussion and Dynamic Subwoofers and Annea Lockwood’s Bayou-Borne, for Pauline, and a debut duo performance by Michael Pisaro and Christian Wolff at Issue Project  Room, $15/$12 stud/srs

 9/29-30, 8 PM Ian Antonio and Russell Greenberg, of experimental piano-percussion quartet Yarn/Wire perform Adjacencies, the only surviving score by pioneering ambient electroacoustic composer Maryanne Amacher at the Kitchen, $20

9/29-30, 8:30 PM intense, poignantly cutting-edge guitarist Mary Halvorson and her group at the New School’s Glass Box Performance Space, 55 W 13th St, $20

9/29, 8:30 PM eight-piece bluegrass band the Toomtown Hellraiasers at Caffe Vivaldi

9/29, 8:30 PM crystalline, enigmatically enchanting jazz singer and vocalese specialist Aubrey Johnson leads her eclectic band – Tomoko Omura, violin; Michael Sachs, alto sax, bass clarinet; Chris Ziemba, piano; Matt Aronoff, bass; Jeremy Noller, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

9/29, 9 PM popular Tuareg duskcore road warriors Songhoy Blues at Bowery Ballroom, $25 adv tix rec

9/29, 10 PM Yotoco, the bastard child of Umoja Orchestra, Bioritmo, and Cumbiagra playing a melange of salsa, Afro-Cuban rumba, boleros, and cumbia at Barbes

9/30, 6 PM dark urbane Romany song maven (and Berthold Brecht descendant) Sanda Weigl with violist Mat Maneri and Transylvanian pianist Lucian Ban play Kurt Weill followed at 10 by hard-hitting, brass-fueled newschool latin soul/boogaloo dance band Spanglish Fly at Barbes

9/30, 7 PM dark psychedelic acoustic blues/klezmer/reggae/soca jamband Hazmat Modine at Terra Blues

9/30, 8 PM wild accordion-driven Chilean psychedelic sounds with Pascuala Ilabaca y Fauna making their US debut at Drom, $15 adv tix rec

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

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

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, 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

10/3, 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

10/4, 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

10/5, 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

10/6, 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 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, 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 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

10/8, 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, 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

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

10/14, 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

10/22, 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.

 10/29, 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.

10/30, 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

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

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

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

The Jazzrausch Bigband Rock Lincoln Center in Their US Debut

“Who here has heard German techno big band jazz before? This is a first for me!” Lincoln Center impresario Meera Dugal grinned. “The second you hear this music, you’re going to want to get up and dance.”

Watching Munich’s Jazzrausch Bigband in their US debut last evening at Lincoln Center had the effect composer Leonhard Kuhn was shooting for: “rausch” means “drunk.” Standing behind his Macbook and bass synth, head bobbing like a turtle crossing the autobahn, he and his seventeen-piece outfit validated their reputation as one of the world’s most  distinctive and adrenalizing dance outfits.

What was shocking, and gloriously refreshing right from the first hammerhead beats of Marco Dufner’s kickdrum, was that this band swings. Which completely sets them apart from the machines and the would-be cyborgs who man them. At first the crowd didn’t know what to make of the band. “Why don’t you get up and party with us?” trombonist/bandleader Roman Sladek encouraged. Watching this massive outfit, the brass and reeds running the same motorik loop and then clever variations on it throughout their opening number, Moebius Strip was genuinely breathtaking: imagine the amount of practice that requires. Singers Patricia Roemer and guest Sara McDonald harmonized about being taken to the other side, Kuhn having fun mixing their vocals dubwise at the end.

Sladek also had the turtlehead thing going even when he was playing, through the relentlessly pulsing second number in lockstep with Kevin Welch’s piano and Maximilian Hirning’s bass. The Euclidean Trip Through Paintings by Escher (that’s the title) was a clinic in how to make odd meters not only look easy, but to get America kids to dance to them, propelled by an endless bass loop and peaking midway through with guitarist Heinrich Wulff’s steady, echoey pace down the runway to a final liftoff.

Welch took over the mic as the brass swelled and faded behind him, the band’s two tenor saxophonists taking kinetic tag-team solos, followed eventually by a gruff, wildly applauded baritone sax solo from Florian Leuschner that elevated the song above the level of generic 70s disco. By now the crowd had gotten over their shyness and were out on the floor.

Kuhn’s blippy electro beats, Sladek’s tight blasts and Jutta Keess’ similarly forceful low-register tuba propelled Jesus Christ Version 2.0: trumpeter Angela Avetisyan’s purist bluesy phrasing and blazing postbop trills in this context were a trip, to say the least. As the song unwound, alto saxophonist Daniel Klingl took an animated turn centerstage, Roemer’s disembodied vocals hovering as the rhythm section pedaled themselves to a big crescendo…and then shifted gears when the two singers pulled the harmonies together again.

Uneasy echo effects between the two singers, big brass swells, an elephantine bass solo and finally a welcome detour into Afrobeat were next on the bill. If the epic, surprisingly subtly shapeshifting Dancing Wittgenstein –  not as bizarre a concept as some might think – is to be believed, the philosopher liked polyrhythms and minor-key vamps. McDonald bookended it with deadpan readings about – this is a paraphrase – how to achieve genuine lucidity. The group closed with the gargantuan Punkt und Linie zur Flaeche (Point and Line to the Area), Avetisyan channeling a high-voltage ghost with her airy phrases over the endless thump-thump, flitting voices from throughout the group filtering into the mix to max out the psychedelic impact.

If this is the future of EDM, it’s this band’s ODM that’s going to replace it – that’s a big O for Organic. The Jazzrausch Bigband make their Brooklyn debut at the Good Room in Greenpoint with McDonald’s similarly epic, more eclectic NYChillharmonic. on Sept 6 at 8PMish; cover is $10. The two groups are also at the Sheen Center on Bleecker just off Bowery at 7:30 on Sept 8 with a dadrock band for twice that. 

A Sneak Peek at One of the Year’s Most Enticing Big Band Shows

It used to be that an artist never got a Lincoln Center gig until they were well established. That’s changed. These days, if you want to catch some of the world’s most exciting up-and-coming acts, Lincoln Center is the place to be. This August 31 at 7:30 PM the mighty, cinematic and wildly danceable Jazzrausch Bigband make their Lincoln Center debut at the atrium space on Broadway just north of 62nd Street. The show is free, so whether you want a seat or a spot on the dancefloor, getting there on time is always a good idea.

Some mystery surrounds this largescale German ensemble. There isn’t much about them on the web other than a Soundcloud page and a youtube channel, which is surprising, considering how individualistic, cutting-edge and irrepressibly fun they are. Like the NYChillharmonic – whose leader, Sara McDonald, has also sung with them – their instrumentation follows the standard big band jazz model. Stylistically, they’re all over the map.

A listen to four tracks from their forthcoming album reveals influences that range from current-day big band jazz to EDM, autobahn krautrock, indie classical and disco. The result is an organic dancefloor thud like a much more ornate Dawn of Midi or Moon Hooch. Much as these recordings are extremely tight, the band have a reputation for explosive live shows, with roots that trace all the way back to the raucous European anarchist street bands of the late 1800s.

The first album track that mysteriously made its way into the inbox here is the aptly titled Moebius Strip. Loopy, pinpoint syncopation from the reeds -Daniel Klingl, Raphael Huber, Moritz Stahl and Florian Leuschner – leads to a suspenseful pulse fueled by the low brass, and then they’re off onto a whoomp-whoomp groove. “It’s a weird strip,” intones soul-infused chanteuse Patricia Roemer; at the center, before the strutting crescendo peaks out, there’s a jaunty alto sax solo.

The ten-minute epic Punkt und Linie zur Flaeche (Point and Line to the Area) has a relentless motorik drive, cinematic flashes and flickers from throughout the orchestra and a deadpan hip-hop lyric. Moody muted trumpet and dancing saxes punctuate the mist as the band build a towering disco inferno: is that white noise from Kevin Welch’s synth, or the whole group breathing through their horns?

The Euclidean Trip Through Paintings by Escher brings back the loopy syncopation, with a playfully bouncy melody that could be a fully grown Snarky Puppy, trumpet shifting the theme into uneasier territory until they turn on a dime with a little New Orleans flair. The last of the tracks, Trust in Me, is another epic and the most traditionally jazz-oriented number. When’s the last time you heard a disco song that combined flavors like Henrich Wulff’s lingering Pink Floyd guitar,Marco Dufner’s sparkling chicha-flavored drums and stern faux hi-de-ho brass from trumpeters Angela Avetisyan and Julius Braun, trombonists Roman Sladek, and Carsten Fuss and tuba player Jutta Keess?

Nina Diaz Brings Her Relentless Angst and Catchy 80s-Influenced Tunesmithing to Wlliamsburg

Nina Diaz is best known as the frontwoman and guitarist of Girl in a Coma. Without knowing her background, you might swear that many of the songs on  her debut solo album The Beat Is Dead – streaming at Spotify – were relics from the 80s. Synthesizers pulse and swirl; the guitars and basslines are as dry as they are precise and catchy. Otherwise, the record sounds like a sleeker take on her main band, a series of angry anthems that would make a great soundtrack for a sequel to or remake of Fatal Attraction. You know – rain-slick streets, Soho lofts that you take the freight elevator up to since the real estate bubble hasn’t started to blow yet, and everybody’s wearing black eyeliner. 

Some of the songs here also recall Nicole Atkins, right down to the the brooding minor keys, slightly throaty vocals and noir tinges. Diaz’s next New York gig is at Rough Trade on August 17 at 9 for ten bucks in advance.

The album opens with Trick Candle, propelled by a dancing octave bass riff and spiraling synth, like Missing Persons without the metal buffoonery. With its darkly irresistible chorus, the album’s title track, more or less, is Queen Beats King.”All he seems to care about is fame… in the silence you create your own violence to turn and kill,” Diaz accuses.

Rebirth begins as syncopated cabaret-punk and then follows a trip-hop slink that eventually straightens out: “I will not love you until you are my enemy,” Diaz says perversely. With its doomed, angst-fueled major/minor changes, January 9th is a dead ringer for Atkins: “I don’t wanna be the bad one, I don;t wanna be the sad one that you find,” Diaz insists, althogh her voice can’t disguise that she knows what’s coming.

Fall in Love keeps that same wounded atmosphere going, awash in starry omnichord synth over a trip-hop groove: “Sometimes I speak too quickly, end up inside another shell…how would you know yourself, if you were never to fall in love…”

With Young Man, Diaz goes back to icy, stainless-countertopped new wave that explodes into Billy Idol bombast. She opens It with a tricky intro that artfully morphs into strutting, defiant ba-BUMP new wave noir cabaret. Then she hits a vengeful, sequencer-fueled motorik punk drive with Screaming Without a Sound. 

Its wryly blippy synth contrasting with big stadium rock guitars, Down continues the 80s vibe, this time going up into the attic for a Siouxsie-esque menace:: “I know all your secrets, I will push you to the ground, and you say, oh, why’d you kick me while I’m down?”, Diaz recounts.

She hits a creepy peak with Dig, its guitar chromatics fueling a lurid tale of abandonment and lust, and follows that with Star, a titanic, blue-flame 6/8 anthem, a counterpart to Atkins’ signature song The Tower.

Stark, starlit guitar builds a moody noir ranchera backdrop behind Diaz’s melancholy vocals in For You, a sad waltz. The album winds up with Mortician Musician, a bitter soul anthem recast as Orbison noir: “I’m not a fool for writing melodies, I’m just a fool for trying to make you see what I see,, ask me what kind of coffin I’d like, it’s the one you picked out for me,” Diaz rails..Dudes, get your skinny tie on; girls, feather your hair and take the subway to Bedford Avenue on the 17th because there was no Uber back when it sounds like this unselfconsciously brilliant album was made.

A Brooding Live Film Score and New York’s Most Relevant Gospel Choir at Prospect Park

It wouldn’t be fair to let the month go by without mentioning the wickedly amusing, entertaining score that Sexmob played to the 1925 Italian silent film Maciste All’Inferno at Prospect Park Bandshell a couple of weeks ago. Another A-list jazz talent, pianist Jason Moran, teams up with the Wordless Music Orchestra there tonight, August 10 to play a live score to another more famous film. Selma. The Brooklyn United Marching Band opens the night at 7:30 PM, and if you’re going, you should get there on time.

It’s amazing what an epic sound trumpeter/bandleader Steven Bernstein manages to evince from the four voices in his long-running quartet, which also includes alto sax player Briggan Krauss, bassist Tony Scherr and drummer Kenny Wollesen. Part of the equation is long, desolate sustained tones; part is echo effects and the rest of it is the reverb on Wollesen’s drums, gongs and assorted percussive implements. On one hand, much of this score seemed like a remake of the band’s 2015 cult classic album Cinema, Circus & Spaghetti: Sexmob Plays Nino Rota, especially the brooding opening sequence. With a very close resemblance to Bernstein’s reinvention of the Amarcord main title theme, the band went slinking along on the moody but trebly pulse of Scherr’s incisive bass and Wollesen’s ominously muted and-four-and tom-tom hits.

Yet as much as the rest of this new score followed the same sonic formula (or tried to – as usual this year, the sound mix here was atrocious, bass and drums way too high in the mix), the themes were more playful than that album’s relentless noir ambience. At the same time, Bernstein’s uneasy but earthily rooted dynamics added a welcome gravitas to the movie’s vaudevillian charm. In brief (you can get the whole thing at IMDB): strongman Maciste, stalked by the devil, ends up in hell, fends off all sorts of cartoonish human/orc types and ends up having a potentially deadly flirtation. All the while, he’s missing his true love and family topside. Will he finally vanquish the hordes of tortured souls hell-bent into making him one of their own?

Wollesen built one of his typical, mystical temple-garden-in-the-mist tableaux with his gongs, and cymbals, and finally his toms, to open the score. It’s a catchy one, and the hooks were as hummable as the two main themes were expansive. In addition to the many variations on the title one, there was also a funky bass octave riff that subtly pushed the music into a similarly hummable uh-oh interlude and then back, spiced here and there with screaming unison riffs from the horns and one achingly menacing spot where Krauss mimicked guitar feedback. But the scrambling and scampering ultimately took a backseat to gloom. For this band, hell is more of a lake of ice than fire.

“Is this forest a Walmart now?” fearless ecological crusader Rev. Billy Talen asked midway through his incendiary opening set with his titanic, practically fifty-piece group the Stop Shopping Choir. That was his response to a security guard who’d told him the other night that the park was closed. For this Park Slope resident, not being able to connect with the nature he loves so much and has dedicated his life to protecting is an issue.

When he isn’t getting arrested for protesting against fracking, or clearcutting, or the use of the lethal herbicide Roundup in New York City parks, Rev. Billy makes albums of insightful, grimly funny faux-gospel music…and then goes up to the public park on the tenth floor of the Trump Tower to write more. And tells funny stories about all of that. He was in typically sardonic form, playing emcee as a rotating cast of impassioned singers from the choir took turns out front, through a lot of new material.

Pending apocalypse was a recurrent theme right from the pouncing, minor-key anthem that opened the set: “How can we tell the creatures it’s the end of the world?” was the recurrent question. Relax: they saw this coming a lot sooner than we did and they’ve all come south from the pole for one last feast on our polluted corpses. In between towering, angst-fueled contemplations of that eventuality, Rev. Billy and his crew took Devil Monsanto to task for its frankenseed assault on farmers, the environment, and ultimately the food chain. In the night’s most harrowing moment, they interrupted a towering, rising-and-falling anti-police brutality broadside with a long reading of names of young black and latino men murdered by police: Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, Amadou Diallo and many, many more.

Miking a choir is a tough job, no doubt, but the inept sound crew here didn’t help much making Talen and his singers audible over the sinewy piano/bass/drums trio behind them. And it wasn’t possible to get close to the stage to listen since all the front seats, almost all of them left empty, are all reserved for paying customers here now. Ever feel like you’re being pushed out of your own city?

A History of Bollywood Music and Dance In Colorful 3-D Gets an Epic World Premiere at Lincoln Center

If you think it might be daunting to pull together a band who can competently reinvent seventy years worth of film themes by dozens of different composers, try choreographing every one of those songs for an ensemble comprising eighteen dancers. Heena Patel and Rushi Vakil pulled off that epic feat last night at Lincoln Center Out of Doors with the world premiere of their multimedia extravaganza Bollywood Boulevard. A lively and insightful capsule history of Indian cinema as well as a revealing immersion in cinematic cross-pollination and playful mass movement, the performance drew a similarly vast audience of New Yorkers, many of whom knew the songs and sang along lustily.

For those who didn’t know the words, or the source material, or the vernacular, it was still a lot of fun. The band was fantastic, bringing a dynamically shifting rock edge to a wildly eclectic mix of themes, from a couple of baroque-tinged songs from the 1940s, to the mighty, angst-fueled ballads of the golden age of Bollywood in the 50s and 60s, to the funk and disco of the 70s and 80s and finally the surreal mashups of the last three decades.

Raj Kapoor’s 1950s epics and adventure star Amitabh Bachchan’s 70s vehicles featured heavily in the mix as the band kept a steady beat, from ancient carnatic themes interspersed within Gabriel Faure-esque Romanticism, to even more towering Romantic heights, gritty funk, irresistibly cantering bhangra and finally hints of the Middle East, sung with raw gusto by one the guys. The crowd was also finally treated to a couple of verses of Dum Maro Dum, the iconic pot-smoking anthem: remember, marijuana is an Indian herb.

It was particularly fascinating to see singer Rini Raghavan – whose own music with her band Rini is as picturesque as anything on this bill, and rocks a lot harder – bring a gentle melismatic nuance and a striking upper register to much of the quieter material. Playing violin with similar subtlety and plaintiveness, she was as much of a lead soloist as anyone in the group.

It was just as much fun to watch Harshitha Krishnan tackle many of the more kinetic numbers in her majestic, wounded wail. Keyboardist Rohan Prebhudesai spun volleys of microtones, stately orchestral washes and spare piano lines with equal aplomb over the nimble acoustic and electric fretwork of guitarist Niranjan Nayar and bassist Achal Murthy, backed by drummer Varun Das and percussionist Sanjoy Karmakar. Baritone singers Krishna Sridharan and Neel Nadkarni took alternately droll and intense turns in the spotlight as well.

All the while, a pantheon of South Asian deities or facsimiles thereof twirled and pranced and lept and glided across the stage. It wa a nonstop procession of fire maidens, and archers, and warriors…and starcrossed lovers, as the narrative continued into the 90s and beyond. Historical sagas, mythological epics, crime dramas, buddy movies and an endless succession of chick flicks were represented among dozens of Bollywood historical landmarks flashing on the screen above the stage. Personalities and characters from over the decades were gamely represented in a constantly changing series of costumes, with goodnaturedly split-seoond timing, by a cast including but not limited to Aaliya Islam, Aria Dandawate, Avinaash Gabbeta, Geatali Tampy, Manav Gulati, Minal Mehta, Panav Kadakia, Poonam Desai, Proma Khosla, Rhea Gosh, Rohit Gajare, Rohit Thakre, Sean Kulsum, Barkha, Bhumit, Bindi and Pranav Patel.

Lincoln Center Out of Doors ocntinues tonight, August 4 at 7:30 PM with violinist Miguel Atwood-Ferguson leading a chamber orchestra through lavish new arrangements of J Dilla hip-hop tunes out back in Damrosch Park.

Live Music Calendar for New York City and Brooklyn for August and September 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 awful the trains have been lately.

Constant updates. Considering how Trump’s minions are hell-bent on slashing funding for the arts, this might be the last good season of free summer shows here for awhile. So you might want to bookmark this page and check back every so often – and then go out! If there was ever a summer in New York to check out some cool free live music, this is it!

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

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

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

On select Wednesdays and Sundays, an intimate, growing piano music salon on the Upper West Side featuring iconoclastically insightful, lyrical pianist Nancy Garniez – a cult favorite with an extraordinarily fluid, singing, legato style – exploring the delicious minutiae of works from across the centuries. Up next: Bartok, 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 August, Rev. Vince Anderson and his band play Union Pool in Williamsburg, two sets starting at 10:30 PM. The Rev. is one of the great keyboardists around, equally thrilling on organ or electric piano, an expert at Billy Preston style funk, honkytonk, gospel and blues. He writes very funny, very politically astute, sexy original songs and is one of the most charismatic, intense live performers of our time. It’s a crazy dance party. Paula Henderson from Burnt Sugar is the lead soloist on baritone sax, with frequent special guests.

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

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

Tuesdays in August, 10:30 PM oldschool Texas-style fingerstyle acoustic blues with fantastic guitarist Noe Socha and Cliff Schmitt on bass at Pete’s. They’re also at Barbes on 8/13 at 7. 

Wednesdays in September, 6 PM powerful, dynamic blue-eyed soul belter Sarah Wise at Shrine

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 the Owl, $15

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

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

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

Fridays 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 September, 6 PM dark urbane Romany song maven (and Berthold Brecht descendant) Sanda Weigl is at Barbes for a series of intimate duo shows

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

8/1, 7:30 PM the East Coast Chamber Orchestra play works by Holst, Shostakovich and Bach at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, free

8/1, 8 PM hilarious jazz versions of Merle Haggard classics with Bryan & the Haggards – a Mostly Other People Do the Killing spinoff –  at Tiny Montgomery, 333 Douglass St. (the old Douglass St. collective), free

8/1, 8/9:30 PM the ageless Gene Bertoncini on guitar with bassist Josh Marcum at Mezzrow, $20

8/1, 8 PM indie classical chamber luminaries Talea Ensemble  play works by emerging composers Mayu Hirano, Hunjoo Jung, Chaya Czernowin, Jason Thorpe Buchanan, Martin Rane Bauck, Steven Kazuo Takasuga at the DiMenna Center, $20. 8/2 and 8/5, same time, the composers on the bill are Sam Salem, Christine Burke, Weston Olencki, Jeffery Shivers, Hans Tutschku

8/1, 9ish haunting string soundscapes and noir Americana from all-female harmony band Little Mazarn at Troost 

8/1, 9:30 PM a rare reunion of intense, brilliantly lyrical Jagged Leaves frontman Dan Penta’s haunting chamber rock group Heath at Sidewalk. Penta’s also here solo on 8/8 at 10:30

8/2, noon percussive, trance-inducing, bitingly tuneful, Middle Etstern-tinged female-fronted jamband SisterMonk at the triangle at 66th St. and Broadway

8/2, noon upbeat original ska with the Brown Rice Family at Madison Square Park, free

8/2, 6:30 PM Sonido Costeno mash up merengue, reggae and cuban son on the steps at the Brooklyn Public Library

8/2, 7 PM dark psychedelic soundtrack legends Morricone Youth at the long meadow in Prospect Park, closest train is actually the F/G to 15th St. 

8/2, 7 PM all-female Americana harmony trio the Wild Reeds at Madison Square Park, free

8/2, 7:30 PM Ibibio Sound Machine play EDM with hints of Afrobeat followed by Angelique Kidjo and band covering a crappy Talking Heads album at Damrosch Park

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

8/2, 9 PM oldschool-style high plains C&W singer Hope Debates & North 40 at Bar Chord

8/2, 8:30 PM brilliant pedal steel player Mike Neer’s Steelonious – who do Monk covers in the same vein as Buddy Emmons – with vibraphonist Tom Beckham, bassist Andrew Hall and drummer Diego Voglino at Bar Lunatico

8/2. 9;30ish Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” at Troost

8/2, 9:30 PM twisted 80s style goth/postpunk band Midnight Crisis followed by stoner boogie band Ten Ton Mojo at the Delancey, $10 

8/2, 10 PM postbop trumpet star Jeremy Pelt leads a quartet at an especially intimate show at 55 Bar

8/3, 5 PM lBay Area latin soul legends Tower of Power at NJPAC in Newark, free

8/3, 7 PM catchy, intricate art-folk instrumental acoustic guitar/bass duo Endless Field followed by Awakening Orchestra playing their lush, angst-fueled post-election suite I Can See My Country From Here at Shapshifter Lab, $tba

8/3, 7:30 PM newschool cabaret agitator Nellie McKay followed by perennially fun, psychedelic banjo jamband leader Bela Fleck at Prospect Park Bandshell

8/3, 7;30 PM dance sequences from Bollywood film set to live music by a group TBA at Damrosch Park. Followed at 10:30 PM by a “silent screening” of The Big Lebowski where everybody wears headphones, supplied by the venue. Guess this means we have to text our buddies to share a laugh or two during the film.

8/3, 7:30 PM Fleur Seule play swing dance tunes from the 1940s on the water at Astoria Park, Shore Boulevard between the Hell Gate Bridge and the pool, about a 15-block walk from the Ditmars Blvd N station

8/3, 8 PM the Jack Quartet play the New York premiere of John Luther Adams’ Everything That Rises at the DiMenna Center, $20

8/3, 8 PM hard-charging trumpeter Jim Rotondi with David Hazeltine (piano), John Webber (bass) at Mezzrow, $20

8/3. 9 PM careening, charismatic, lyrically-fueled soul-rockers No Ice – arguably Brooklyn’s best band  – followed by ferociously populist Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires – the Alabama highway rock equivalent of the Clash –  at Union Pool, $12

8/3, 9:30 PM slinky original rocksteady with Osekre & the Lucky Bastards at Joe’s Pub, $15

8/3, 10 PM intense, intricately orchestrated, low register-loving psycho mambo band Gato Loco at Barbes

8/4, 5:30 PM Americana harmony band Triboro at the American Folk Art Museum 

8/4, 6 PM a tribute to third-stream luminary Billy Childs tribute with pianist Manuel Valera, the Triton Brass Quintet, the City of Tomorrow chamber ensemble, and Billy Childs’ own Quartet at Bryant Park, free

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

8/4, 7;30 PM orchestral hip-hop: violinist Miguel Atwood-Ferguson leads a chamber orchestra playing a J Dilla tribute at Damrosch Park

8/4, 8 PM Quatuor Bozzini play works by Jürg Frey – Unhörbare Zeit (2004-06) and String Quartet 3 (2010-2014) – at the DiMenna Center, $20

8/4, 8ish violinist Dina Maccabee followed by haunting, purposeful violist Jessica Pavone’s improvisational string quartet with Maccabee, Robby Kraft (viola), Sarah Bernstein(violin) plus guest Nick Podgursky on synth at the Owl

8/4, 8 PM the Sad Bastards of Brooklyn – basically Spanking Charlene playing melancholy acoustic classics – at Sidewalk.

8/4-5, 8/10:30 PM legendary bassist Rufus Reid with Gary Versace on piano at Mezzrow, $20

8/4, 8 PM De Lautaros play cumbia and salsa at Guadalupe Inn

8/4-5, 8:30 PM Trigger play John Zorn Apparitions  (enigmata/valentines day) with Will Greene (guitar) Simon Hanes (bass) Aaron Edgcomb (drums) at the Glass Box Theatre at the New School, $20

8/4, 9:30 PM awesomely unhinged horror surf/hotrod instrumentalists the Mad Doctors  and stoner 70s Murder City style rockers  Sun Voyager at Brooklyn Bazaar, $10. The Mad Doctors are also at the Gutter on 8/10 at 10ish for half that.

8/4. 10 PM Hollywood’s Dan Finnerty leads his savagely hilarious top 40 parody group the Dan Band at Joe’s Pub, $25

8/4, 10 PM this era’s most chillingly cinematic, shadowy reverbtoned noir guitar instrumentalists, Big Lazy at Barbes. 8/12, 8:30 PM they’re at Bar Lunatico 

8/4. 10:30 PMcutting-edge B3 organ and trombone soul/jazz grooves with the Jared Gold and Dave Gibson Band at the Fat Cat

8/5, 2 PM indie classical types Ashley Jackson, Helen Sung, Luciana Souza, Manhattan Chamber Players, Derek Bermel and Nate Smith, and Metropolis Ensemble play music by Bermel at Bryant Park, free

8/5, 3ish Orquesta Criolla Nacional de Puerto Rico on the plaza at Lincoln Center

8/5, 7 PM the original creepy circus punks, World Inferno at Brooklyn Bazaar, $17

8/5, 7 PM the CCB Reggae All-Stars at 96th St. Tennis Courts in Riverside Park. Bun de chalice, mon! 

8/5, 7:30 PM brilliant psychedelic desert rock/cantorial art-rock band Sway Machinery  at Drom, $10 adv tix rec

8/5, 7:30 PM sweeping, swinging vibraphonist Behn Gillece leads his quintet at Smalls

8/5, 7:30 PM second-wave surf rock icons Los Straitjackets and British roots-rock maven Nick Lowe at Damrosch Park

8/5, 8 PMpianist Lucian Ban and violist Mat Maneri playing their creepy Transylvanian jazz followed  at 10 by psychedelic latin bandleader Zemog El Galle Bueno at Barbes

8/5, 8 PM a killer triplebill: Nashville gothic band Karen & the Sorrows, first-rate purist honkytonk crooner/bandleader Clifford Westfall and wickedly catchy Americana/paisley underground rockers Girls on Grass at Union Hall, $10

8/5, 8 PM crystalline, enigmatically enchanting jazz singer and vocalese specialist Aubrey Johnson leads her  leads her quintet at the Cell Theatre, $15

8/5, 8:30 PM ferociously fun, menacing psychobilly/horror rockers the Omega Men at Lucky 13 Saloon, $8

8/5, 8:30 PM funny, explosive oldschool style punk rockers the Live Ones  at the Gutter, $5

8/5, 8:30 PM pantheonic, eclectic guitar hero Nels Cline leads his big pastoral jazz band at Prospect Park Bandshell

8/5 Unsteady Freddie‘s monthly surf rock extravaganza at Otto’s begins at 9 with the X-Wrays (guess who they cover), the majestic, cinematic TarantinosNYC  at 10, tunefully jangly Strange but Surf  at 11 and Blondie cover band SundayGirl at midnight 

8/5, 10 PM wild, noisy, genuinely Hendrixian virtuoso lead guitarist Viva DeConcini and her band   at the Way Station

8/6, 1 PM Albanian superstar vocal/accordion duo Merita Halili & Raif Hyseni and the Cheres Ukrainian Folk Ensemble on the plaza at Lincoln Center

8/6, 2 PM the surviving members of Reuben Wilson’s quartet play his distinctive B3 organ jazz at the Discovery Center (inside Central Park at 110th St between Lenox and Fifth Aves)

8/6, 5 PM hardcore late 90s hip-hop nostalgia with Jadakiss at Crotona Park North to South, Fulton Ave to Southern Blvd and Crotona Park East in the Bronx, 3 to Freeman St. 

8/6, 6 PM cleverly lyrical, edgily funny, spine-tingling powerpop/acoustic rock singer Tamara Hey at the small room at the Rockwood

8/6, 7 PM intense, edgily tuneful Texas tenor saxophonist Stan Killian leads his postbop quartet at 55 Bar

8/6, 7:30 PM New York’s most charismatic, darkly compelling lyrical songwriter/storyteller/keyboard genius Rachelle Garniez at Pangea, $20

8/7, 7:30 PM drummer/composer Rob Garcia  leads his trioplaying his fearlessly political, tuneful, relevant compositions at Smalls. Chanteuse Tammy Scheffer leads her sextet later at midnight

8/7, 8 PM wryly funny honkytonk steel guitar genius/crooner Junior Brown at City Winery, $22 standing room avail.

8/7, 8/10:30 PM ageless salsa jazz piano powerhouse Eddie Palmieri at the Blue Note. He’s back on the 28th.

8/7, 9ish magically luminescent pastoral jazz group Bryan and the Aardvarks at Tiny Montgomery, 333 Douglass St. in Gowanus, $15

8/7, 10 PM popular Israeli reggae/stoner rock crew Moshav Band at Highline Ballroom, $15 adv tix rec

8/8, 7 PM youngish hotshot bluegrass duo Jacob Jolliff (mandolin) & Max Johnson (double bass) followed at 9ish by clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

 8/8, 7 PM Lincoln Center impresario Meera Dugal – one of this era’s small handful of genuine visionaries in NYC music programming  – and National Sawdust sound engineer Sascha von Oertzen lead a free roundtable discussion of the challenges of live sound, and being a woman in that field, at Pioneer Works

8/8-13, 7:30 PM Bill Frisell plays solo at the Stone, $20. OMFG, arguably the best jazz guitarist of the past 40 years, get there early. 

8/8. 7:30 PM charismatic, adventurous postbop/avant garde trombonist/crooner Frank Lacy leads his quintet at Smalls

8/8, 9 PM blue-eyed soul guy Ernest Ernie & the Sincerities  at the Knitting Factory, $12 adv tix rec

8/8,  9:30 PM the Bronx Conexion play their mighty salsa big band jazz at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, $10

8/9, 1 PM high-voltage accordion-and-microtonal sax-fueled original Balkan tunes with Tipsy Oxcart at  at the triangle at 66th St. and Broadway

8/9, 6:30 PM darkly rustic danceable Brazilian rainforest folk (and John Zorn covers) with Forro in the Dark on the steps at the Brooklyn Public Library

8/9, 7 PM cleverly lyrical, coolly intriguing jazz chanteuse Dorian Devins leads her trio   at Flute Midtown, 205 W 54th St (between 7th Ave & Broadway), free

8/9, 7:30 PM theatrical, energetic Korean disco band Ssing Ssing at Joe’s Pub, $20

8/9, 7:30 PM spectacular, fiery Colombian jazz harpist Edmar Castanedafollowed by the swinging salsa dura sounds of the Spanish Harlem Orchestra at Damrosch Park

8/9, 8:30 PM alto sax icon Kenny Garrett and his band at Madison Square Park, free

8/9, 9ish wickedly lyrical, allusively menacing noir songstress Karla Rose – the missing link between Dorothy Parker and Neko Case – witih gonzo pianist Guyora Kats (who did a cameo on her cult classic debut album) at 11th St. Bar

8/9, 9 PM eclectic, paradigm-shifting B3 jazz organist Brian Charette‘s Mighty Grinders grind it out at Bar Chord

 8/9, 9:30 PM innovative alto saxophonist Hashem Assadullahi leads his quartet with Leornard Thompson, piano;  Peter Brendler, bass;  Vinnie Sperrazza, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

8/10, 7 PM drummer Dan Pugach leads his nonet with Nicole Zuraitis on the mic at 55 Bar

8/10, 7  PM lush improvising orchestra Burnt Sugar at East River Park, free. 8/23, 7/10 PM they’re at National Sawdust, $18 adv tix rec for those who prefer airconditioned shows

8/10, 7:30 PM the Brooklyn United Marching Band followed by jazz piano star Jason Moran and the Wordless Music Orchestra playing a live score to the film Selma at Prospect Park Bandshell

8/10, 7:30 PM meat-and-potatoes rock anthem bandleader DB Rielly – the Midwestern Willie Nile – on the water at Astoria Park, Shore Boulevard between the Hell Gate Bridge and the pool, N to Ditmars Blvd. and a 15-block walk more or less

8/10, 7:30.9:30 PM purposeful, smart, tuneful saxophonist Sharel Cassity & Elektra at Ginny’s Supper Club, $15

8/10, 9 PM haunting, intense ,soulful folk noir songwriter Holly Miranda – who’s as good on Telecaster as she is on piano – at Union Pool, $15

8/10, 9 PM smart, cleverly lyrical original swing chanteuse/songwriter/trombonist Emily Asher’s Garden Party at Radegast Hall. She’s also there an hour earlier on 8/15.

8/10, 9 PM fiery female-fronted powerpop band the Shondes at Union Hall, $10

 8/10, 10 PM agelessly soulful Armenian clarinetist Souren Baronian’s Taksim Middle Eastern jazz combo at Barbes

8/10, 10 PM charismatic, sultry, torchy Americana songwriter/chanteuse Julia Haltigan and her fiery band  at the third stage at the Rockwood, $10

8/10, 11:30 PM ferociously lyrical, politically spot-on acoustic blues/swing guitar genius Lenny Molotov at Sidewalk

8/11, 6 PM Andy Montanez,  El Godfather de la Salsa, Puerto Rican bolero singer/songwriter legend at East River Park

8/11, 6:30 PM intense, brilliantly lyrical, fearlessly political 1950s style original folk/blues singer Joshua Garcia at the American Folk Art Museum

8/11, 7:30/9:30 PM pianist Manuel Valera premieres his suite The Planets with his trio at the Jazz Gallery, $22

8/11. 8 PM playfully lyrical, fearlessly political superduo Kill Henry Sugar – guitar/banjo mastermind Erik Della Penna and drummer Dean Sharenow –followed at 10 by awesomely slinky, psychedelic Israeli Ethiopiques groove instrumentalists Anbessa Orchestra  at Barbes.

8/11, 8 PM edgy lefty guitarist Damian Quinones and his psychedelic latin soul band at  Pete’s. 8/29, 9 PM he’s at the Way Station

8/11, 8 PM Go-Go’s guitarist Jane Wiedlin & Elettrodomestico do their wry retro 80s new wave thing at Iridium,  $25 

8/11, 8:30 PM fun, catchy, noisy girlpunk band Sharkmuffin at Brooklyn Bazaar, $10

8/11-12, 8:30 PM perennially tuneful, lyrical piano improviser/composer Kris Davis leads a trio  at the Glass Box Theatre at the New School, 55 W 13th St., $20

 8/11, 9 PM Mischief Night – the Grasping Straws’ Mallory Feuer’s menacingly lo-fi guitar-drums duo – at Sidewalk

8/11, 9;30ish exotic vibraphone surf rock band the Vibro-jets – a Sea Devils spinoff – at Troost

8/11, 9:30 PM searing, theatrical Romany/Balkan punk rockers Bad Buka acoustic at Radegast Hall

 8/11, 10 PM somber, cinematic postrock soundscapes with the End of the Oceanat Alphaville, $10 

8/12, 10:30 AM (yup) the Chinese Music Ensemble of New York in Flushing Meadows Park to kick off the annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival

8/12, 1/3  PM indie classical ensemble Contemporaneous plays music by Ian Gottlieb, Emma O’Halloran and Finnegan Shanahan in Nolan Park in the middle of Governors Island, free

8/12, 2 PM vivid, subtly lyrical Americana fiddler and songwriter Amanda Shires solo on the plaza ar Lincoln Center

8/12, 2 PM haphazardly careening, occasionally theatrical dreampop/noiserockers Gold Dime  at Union Pool, free

8/12, 4 PM the Erik Satie Quartet – Ron Hay (trombone), Max Seigel (bass trombone), Ben Holmes (trumpet), and Andrew Hadro (bari sax) –reinvent classic and obscure Satie chamber pieces as well as rare compositions by his obscure contemporaries, followed at 8 by eclectic, electric C&W/blues band the Jug Addicts and at 10 PM by Pangari & the Socialites playing classic ska and rocksteady – most of it from the 60s Skatalites catalog – at Barbes

8/12, 8 PM iconic 90s Americana janglerockers the Jayhawks at Damrosch Park. What’s this gonna be? The soaring, angst-fueled, harmony-driven post-Big Star anthems of late in the decade, or the more C&W ish stuff from their early days? 

8/12, 8 PM high voltage skiffle/Americana band the Salt Cracker Crazies  at the Way Station

8/12, 8 PM pianist Simona Premazzi leads her quintet playing the album release show for her new one at the Cell Theatre, $15

8/12, 9 PM intense charismatic danceable metal cumbia/skaragga/latin rockers Escarioka at Mehanta, $10

8/12, 10 PM jangly, sharply lyrical folk-rock/chamberpop band the Morning Sea– like a more stripped-down, less druggy Elliott Smith –  at the small room at the Rockwood.Miss Velvet & the Blue Wolf play quirky, torchy blue-eyed soul with incisively edgy, purist blues guitar next door at the big room, same time . Miss Velvet and pal are also here on 8/24.

8/13, 3 PM slinky, oud-fueled Middle Eastern/Nile Delta dance orchestra Alsarah & the Nubatones  at the Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd,, Long Island City,  N to Broadway and about a 15-block walk, free w/museum adm

8/13. 4 PM fiery, psychedelically bluesy oldschool soul/southern rockers Lizzie & the Makers  at LIC Bar outside

8/13, 7 PM Bonnie Raitt at Damrosch Park. Yeah, she never figured out how to write a song, but she’s still reputedly a hell of a blues guitarist. 

8/14, 6 PM the improvisationally-inclined Osso String Quartet f at the Fat Cat

8/14, 7 PMtuneful postbop pianist Jim Ridl leads his group from behind the Rhodes at 55 Bar

8/14, 8 PM a rare, free Brooklyn appearance by charmingly nuanced, erudite singer/pianist and Dinah Washington reinventor  Champian Fulton leading her trio at Radegast Hall. She’s also there on 8/21

8/14, 8/10 PM  ageless, perennially hard-hitting jazz piano sage and ex-Coltrane bandmate McCoy Tyner at the Blue Note, $30 standing room avail.

8/14, 9:30 PM Los Cumpleanos play psychedelic cumbias with new wave synths & retro organ, effect-laden trombone and trumpet as well as a three piece percussion section at Barbes

8/15, 7 PM eclectic original Middle Eastern and North African style oudist and kora player Brandon Terzic leads his group followed at 9 by clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

8/15, 7 PM two generations of free newschool and oldschool postbop jazz: the Eric Person Band and Houston Person at Pier 1 in Brooklyn Bridge Park

8/15, 8 PM hilarious, smartly political faux-French retro 60s psych-pop band les Sans Culottes  at St. Vitus, $8

8/15, 9 PM dynamic, fearlessly populist soul belter Stephanie Rooker at the Way Station

8/15, 10 PM brilliant drummer/percussionist Willie Martinez & La Familia Sextet play classic salsa grooves at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe

8/16, noon, Colombian sounds with Parranda Vallenata followed by feral sax/drums duo Receta Secreta at the triangle at 66th St. and Broadway 

8/16, 1 PM the intense, Middle Eastern-tinged, cinematic Eyal Vilner Big Band at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex

8/16, 7 PM hard-driving, often noir-tinged swing pianist/singer Davina & the Vagabonds at Madison Square Park, free

8/17, 5 PM 90s hardcore Brooklyn hip-hop nostalgia: Black Sheep and Das EFX  at NJPAC in Newark, free

8/17, :30/9:30 PM bassist Ricky Rodriguez leads a killer quintet with John Ellis – tenor saxophone & bass clarinet ; Luis Perdomo – piano; Lage Lund – guitar ; Obed Calvaire – drums at the Jazz Gallery, $15

8/17, 8 PM hot 20s swing with trumpeter Jason Prover and his Sneak Thievery Orchestra at Radegast Hall

8/17, 8 PM John Hodel – the Bukowski of what’s left of the late 90s LES singer-songwriters – at Sidewalk. You know the song – Tuesday Morning in a Bar

8/17, 8:30 PM psychedelic stoner boogie band the Dead Daisies at Highline Ballroom, $20 adv tix rec

8/17, 9 PM Nina Diaz – of Girl in a Coma notoriety – does her angst-fueled noir soul thing at Rough Trade, $10 av tix re

8/17, 10 PM lyrical, Indian-influenced alto saxophonist Aakash Mittal leads his Quintet with a rare NYC appearance by Chicago trumpeter Brad Goode at the third stage at the Rockwood, $10

8/17, 10 pastoral gothic accordion art-rock with Sam Reider & the Human Hands at Barbes 

8/18, 6 PM bass goddess Felice Rosser’s ageless reggae-rock-groove band Faith at  at the small room at the Rockwood

8/18, 6 PM Los Hijos Del Agobio play 70s style Spanish-style art-rock and psychedelia at Shrine. 8/21 at 8:30 they’re at Pete’s  

8/18,  8 PM Brooklyn’s funnest band, psychedelic organ-driven Middle Eastern-tinged surf rock trio Hearing Things at Barbes

8/18, 8 PM a rare NYC appearance by Lynchian Americana duo the Whiskey Charmers at the Way Station

8/18, 8 PM popular bluegrass road warriors Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys at the big room at the Rockwood, $12

8/18, 8:30 PM El edgy female-fronted funk band Eliza & the Organix – feat. swirly alto sax player Kristen Tivey – at Freddy’s

8/18, 8:30 PM elegantly melodic, darkly counterintuitive pianist Sylvie Courvoisier  leads a pretty wild quintet with Ken Vandermark on tenor sax and Nate Wooley on trumpet at the  Glass Box Theatre at the New School, 55 W 13th St., $20

8/18. 10 PM reverb guitar heaven: Crampsy ghoul-surf/noir garage band Twin Guns  at Otto’s

8/18, 10:40 PM (not 10:40, mind you) Dalton Deschain & the Traveling Show play their creepy circus punk and arena rock followed by popular NYC folk noir songwriter Lorraine Leckie  at Sidewalk

8/19, 6 PM Skye Steele leads composers in the round with fellow innovative violinists Christina Courtin and Lily Henley and Christopher Hoffman, followed at 8 PM yaccordionist/sitarist Kamala Sankaram’s hot surfy Bollywood/cumbia/psychedelic rock project Bombay Rickey – a launching pad for her spellbinding four-octave voice –  followed by amazingly psychedelic,  mystical Moroccan trance-dance band Innov Gnawa at Barbes

8/19, 6 PM hypnotic, intricate, eclectically virtuosic fingerstyle guitar instrumentalist RD King – Fahey meets Kottke meets Dave Miller? – at the small room at the Rockwood

8/19, 7 PM Los Hermons Cintron play flamenco at the 96th Street Tennis Courts (n Riverside Park

8/19, 7:30 PM a killer female-fronted quadruplebill: trash-garage guitar maven Palmyra Delran,,well-liked, fearlessly political LES soul-rock songwriter/chanteuse Dina Regine, electric Americana chanteuse Diane Gentile and fiery, guitar-fueled Americana punks Spanking Charlene  at Bowery Electric, $15

8/19, 7:30/9:30 PM captivating, darkly tuneful  pianist Shai Maestro‘ plays solo at the Jazz Gallery, $22

8/19, 8 PMaccordionist/sitarist Kamala Sankaram’s hot surfy Bollywood/cumbia/psychedelic rock project Bombay Rickey – a launching pad for her spellbinding four-octave voice – followed at 10 by amazingly psychedelic,  mystical Moroccan trance-dance band Innov Gnawa at Barbes

8/19, 8/10:30 PM a rare duo set by two jazz icons: pianist Kenny Barron with bassist Ray Drummond at Mezzrow, $20 at the bar

8/19, 8:30 PM lustrous, harmony-driven, alternately haunting and badass oldschool honkytonk band the Sweetback Sisters at the Jalppy, $20

8/19, 8:30 PM avant garde monster surf jamband Abraxas with Aram Bajakian (guitar) Eyal Maoz (guitar) Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz (gimbri) Kenny Grohowski (drums)play John Zorn’s  Masada: Book of Angels Vol. 19 at the Stone, $20. 8/20 the material is Zorn’s Psychomagia

8/19, 11 PM ferociously dynamic, tuneful, female-fronted power trio Castle Black at Otto’s

8/19, 10 PM oldschool psychedelic soul/groove band Empire Beats  at the Way Station

8/19, 10:30 PM Sweet Tits – the “punk lesbian Spinal Tap” – at Freddy’s

8/20, 3 (three) PM fearlessly political janglerock songwriter Fred Gillen Jr  with the similarly fearless, even more lyrically brilliant Linda Draper at  at the small room at the Rockwood. A couple of doors down quirkily charismatic, powerful-voiced, kinetic avant-pop siren Grace McLean  plays the third stage at 7 for $10

8/20, 5 PM  in reverse order: the year’s best outdoor show with ageless Ethiopian jazz composer Mulatu Astatke, fiery Tunisian art-rocker Emel Mathlouthi and slinky Middle Eastern/Nile Delta band Alsarah & the Nubatones at Central Park Summerstage

8/20, 7 PM LES punk/surf guitar legend Simon Chardiet’s Rooftoppers – who give him a chance to show off his prowess with jazz and proto-rock and western swing –followed at 9:30 by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

8/20, 7 PM haunting, cinematic, Middle Eastern-inspired bass clarinetist Todd Marcus leads his quartet at Shapeshifter Lab

8/20, 7:30 PM the Queensboro Symphony Chamber Orchestra play their new arrangement of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons at St Ann’s Church, 58-02 146th St. (at 58th Ave.), Flushing,,  7 train to Flushing/Main St. and a comfortable ten-minute walk, or take the Q44 or Q20 bus

8/20, 10 PM menacing noir rock band Des Roar – the missing link between the Dead Boys and Jesus & Mary Chain – at Union Pool, $10

8/21, 7 PM intense, cinematic lapsteel virtuoso Raphael McGregor and probably some of his Brain Cloud western swing bandmates, followed at 9:30ish bypsychedelic cumbia band Yotoco at Barbes

8/21, 7:15 PM sarod virtuoso Aashish Khan at Dixon Place: part of this years’s Drive East Festival of Indian music at Dixon Place, $25 tix avail

8/21, 8:30 PM highly regarded soprano saxophonist Sam Newsome leads a quintet with special guest violinist Meg Okura at Bar Lunatico

 8/21-27 the amazing Drive East Festival of classical Indian music and dance moves into Dixon Place. Too many amazing acts to list – the whole lineup is here

8/22, 6 PM a fantastic Indian music twinbill: Hindustani singer Indrani Khare, $15, followed by rising star sitar player Kinnar Seen at Dixon Place, $20 separate adm – part of this years’s Drive East Festival of Indian music, $25 tix avail

8/22, 7:30/9:30 PM rising star jazz harpist Brandee Younger leads her quintet at the Jazz Standard, $25

8/22, 6 PM the Weekly Readers Village with Tom Beckham, vibes;  Janet Grice, bassoon;  Carlos Cuevas, melodica/piano;  Lee Tomboulian, accordion;  Dave Silllman, percussion;  Cliff Schmitt, bass play the album release show for their new one at Cornelia St. Cafe $10 + $10 mi. Followed at 9:30 by fearless avant garde singer Anaïs Maviel leading a trio with Alexis Marcelo, piano, keyboards;  Leonid Galaganov, drums, separate adm. 

8/22, 7 PM the So Wrong It’s Right trombone quartet with Dave Taylor, Kalun Leung, David Whitwell, Felix Del Tredici – at Shapeshifter Lab, $8

8/22, 7:30 PM Tango Buenos Aires perform a music-and-dance tribute to early 20th century pioneer Carlos Gardel at NJPAC in Newark, $30 seats avail.

8/22-9/3, 8:10/10 PM postbop guitar master Kurt Rosenwinkel leads his trio and starting on the 29th, his quintet at the Vanguard, $30

8/22-27, 8:30 PM pantheonic, eclectic guitar hero Nels Cline leads a series of groups at the Stone, $20. Choice pick: opening night with Erik Friedlander (cello) Yuka C Honda (electronics, keys) Ikue Mori (laptop) Nels Cline (electric guitar)

 8/22, 7:30 PM fiery alto saxophonist Lucas Pino’s twin-guitar No No Nonet at Smalls

8/22, 9 PM sick noiserock fun with the Sediment Club at Alphaville, $10

8/22. 9 PM what’s left of 70s Jamaican roots reggae harmony band Culture with Joseph Hill’s son Kenyatta fronting the band, celebrating the 40th annniversary of the band’s roots reggae classic Two Sevens Clash at B.B. King’s, $15 adv tix rec

8/22, 9:30 PM cinematic Quincy Jones-style B3 gutbucket organ jazz with Underground System’s Colin Brown and his band at Freddy’s 

8/23, noon the eclectic, Balkan/latin/funk brass Underground Horns at the triangle at 66th St. and Broadway

8/23, 7:30 PM a Mannes College of Music ensemble with soloist Dave Glasser taking the role of Charlie Parker plays “Bird With Strings” in its entirety at Johnson/Kaplan Hall, 66 W12th St, free

8/23, 8 PM lyrical third-stream jazz pianist Vadim Neselovskyi with lustrous vocalese specialiast Aubrey Johnson, Dan Loomis, bass;  Ronen Itzik, drums, percussionat Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min. ollowed at 9:30 (separate adm) by haunting Hungarian folk-jazz chanteuse Júlia Karosi with Yago Vázquez, piano;  Ike Sturm, bass;  Peter Kronreif, drums

8/23, 8:30 carnatic singer Shankar Ramani – part of this years’s Drive East Festival of Indian music at Dixon Place – $20 tix avail

8/24, 5 PM conscious hip-hop icon Talib Kweli at NJPAC in Newark, free

 8/24, 6 PM plaintive songstress Jan Bell – who makes the connection between bluegrass and ancient English folk tunes – and her all-female band the Maybelles at Miraflores Community Garden, 900 Broadway in Bushwick, just a block from the Myrtle Ave. J/M station

8/24, 7 PM rambunctious oldtimey swing/Americana harmony band the Bumper Jacksons at the Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec

8/24, 7:30 PM a rare twinbill of hypnotic, otherworldly, intense Colombian bullerengue  with singer and tambolero Emilsen Pacheco Blanco followed by singer Carolina Oliveros’ mighty 13-piece vocal/percussion choir Bulla en el Barrio at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised. 8/28 at 10ish BEEB are at Barbes

8/24, 8 PM art-rocker Pierre de Gaillande’s Bad Reputation playing witty chamber pop English translations of Georges Brassens classics followed by Super Yamba playing their psychedelic Afrobeat jams at Barbes

8/24-27, 8/10:30 PM pyrotechnic soprano/tenor saxophonist James Carter and his band at the Blue Note, $20 standing room avail

8/24, 8:30 PM carnatic vocal star Ananya Ashok – part of this years’s Drive East Festival of Indian music at Dixon Place – $20 tix avail

8/24, 8:30 PM slyly lyrical New Orleans oldschool soul/groove/Americana crew the Nat Osborn Band at the third stage at the Rockwood, $12

8/24, 10 PM intense, haunting Americana/honkytonk singer Ruby Rae at Pete’s

8/24, 10 PM noir-inclined, bluesy guitarslinger Phil Gammage and band at 11th St. Bar

8/24, 11 PM high-voltage Venezuelan jazz singer/bandleader Eliana Cuevas at Shrine. 8/28 at 8 she’s at Silvana

 8/25, 7 PM the lavish, sax/clarinet-fueled Anat Cohen Tentet at Marcus Garvey Park

8/25, 7 PM 70s cult favorites the Shirts’ ageless, soaring, theatrical singer, Annie Golden at Joe’s Pub, $20

8/25, 8 PM rustic Brazilian jungle guitar-and-accordion sounds with Regional de NY followed at 10  by Felipe Fournier‘s Supermambo vibraphone band playing a Tito Puente tribute at Barbes

8/25. 8 PM hauntingly phantasmagorical art-rock/noir cabaret pianist/singer Anana Kaye at the small room at the Rockwood

8/25-26, 8:30 PM darkly incisive Middle Eastern-infused saxophonist Uri Gurvich and his Quartet  play the album release show for their new one at the  Glass Box Theatre at the New School, 55 W 13th St., $20

8/25, 10 PM irrepressibly funny, guitarishly erudite all-star Americana four-piece the Yayhoos – the Del-Lords’ Eric Ambel, the Georgia Satellites’ Dan Baird, bassist Keith Christopher and drummer/singer Terry Anderson – at Hill Country, $20

8/25, 10 PM 60s janglerock/psych-pop legends the Flamin Groovies at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, $20 adv tix rec

8/25, 10 PM jangly New York original surf rock cult heroes the Supertones at Otto’s

8/25-26, 10:30 PM terse, purposeful rising star postbop saxophonist Melissa Aldana leads her quintet at Smalls

8/25, 10:30 PM anthemic, surfy chamame rock band Paracuta  at Pine Box Rock Shop

8/25, 11 PM ferociously dynamic, tuneful, female-fronted power trio Castle Black play the album release show for their new one at the Well

8/26, 2:30 PM young Hindustani crooner Shankhadip Chakraborty ($15) followed at 3:30 by Carnatic Power playing innovative Indian guitar music ($15 separate adm)- part of this years’s Drive East Festival of Indian music at Dixon Place

8/26, 3 PM in reverse order:  cool jazz legends the Lee Konitz Quartet, dynamic drummer Terri Lyne Carrington and Social Science, postbop drummer Louis Hayes and his group, and powerful belter – and Gil Scott-Heron reinventor –  Charenee Wade at Marcus Garvey Park

8/26, 6 PM brilliantly cinematic, kinetic violinist Dana Lyn  & guitarist Kyle Sanna do their Irish thing at Pete’s

8/26, 6 PM pianist Jesse Cook plays works by Rachmaninoff, Chopin, Scarlatti, Beethoven and Faure at the DiMenna Center, $20

8/26, 7 PM creepy noir chamber pop/murder ballad duo Charming Disaster provide musical interludes for a cemetery stroll commemorating the Battle of Brooklyn, with18th century food and maybe a ghost or two at Green-Wood Cemetery, $25

8/26,  7:30 PM Syrian bandleader Yousef Shamoun & the Tarab Ensemble play lushly orchestrated Middle Eastern classics by Umm Kulthumm, Hafez and Mohammed Abdel Wahab at the Poisson Rouge, $20 standing room avail.

8/26, 8 PM eclectic, lyrical jazz bassist/composer Pedro Giraudo leads his Tango Quartet at Barbes

8/26, 8:30 PM a rare deep-Brooklyn appearance by the brilliant Greg Lewis Organ Monk Trio at Bar Lunatico. 8/28 at 7 they’re at 55 Bar. 

8/26, 9:30 PM concise, tuneful jazz pianist Marta Sanchez leads her quintet at the Cell Theatre, $15

8/26, midnight ferociously catchy. fearlessly populist ska-punk/latin rock band Outernational at the Mercury, $10 adv tix rec

8/27, 11:30AM ish eclectic mostly-female klezmer/cumbia/tango jamband Isle of Klezbos’ all-gal sextet ensemble  at City Winery, $10, no minimum, kids under 12 free

8/27, 2 PM the Navatman Music Collective – the only carnatic choir outside of India – sing their innovative, lustrous, lush new arrangements of ancient themes  – part of this years’s Drive East Festival of Indian music at Dixon Place – $25 tix avail

 8/27, 3 PM Cantata Profana perform works by Stravinsky, Brahms and Steven Hartke at Concerts on the Slope, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 139 St. John’s Place downhill from 7th Ave, sugg don

8/27, 4 PM in reverse order: state-of-the-art alto postbop with the Joshua Redman Quartet, oldschool soul-jazz man Lou Donaldson, and the ferociously intense, charismatic Tia Fuller at Tompkins Square Park

8/27, 4 PM New Asia Chamber Music Society play music of Patrick Zimmerli and Max Bruch at National Sawdust, $20 adv tix rec

8/27, 6 PM take a break from the Charlie Parker Festival with Guillermo Gregorio, Mat Maneri and Nicholas Jozwiak debuting a new clarinet/viola/cello trio at Downtown Music Gallery, free

8/27, 7 PM French violinist Eleonore Biezunski leads her Yerushe ensemble singing womens’ Yiddish folk songs followed at 9:30 by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

8/27, 8 PM Silencio play Twin Peaks themes and originals in a similar creepy vein  at the Poisson Rouge, $12 adv tix rec

8/27, 8:30 PM fearlessly smart, eclectic, avant garde-inclined Toot Sweet accordionist Mary Spencer Knapp – who brings to mind Rachelle Garniez early in her career – followed by rockabilly/honkytonk guitar maven Monica Passin a.k.a. L’il Mo and then fiery, psychedelically bluesy oldschool soul/southern rockers Lizzie & the Makers at the Treehouse at 2A

8/27, 8:30-/10 PM edgy, noir-inspired bassist Michael Blanco leads his quartet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

8/28. 7 PM pianist Taka Kigawa plays Olivier Messiaen’s birdcall-themed Catalogue d’Oiseaux at the Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec

8/28, 8 PM dark, swirly lo-fi surf/garage band the Shivas – gotta love that name – at Alphaville, $10 

8/28, 9 PM trippy improvised sounds in reverse order: guitarist Chris Cochrane’s Collapsible Shoulder, haunting, purposeful violist Jessica Pavone’s improvisational string quartet, Booker Stardrum & vibraphonist/composer Sam Sowyrda at Secret Project Robot: 1186 Broadway, (Larayette/Van Buren), Bushwick, J/M to Kosciusio St., $10 adv tix avail at the Poisson Rouge box ofc

8/29-30, 5 PM velvety noir jazz singer (and Tickled Pinks co-founder) Stephanie Layton’s impressively eclectic torch/swing jazz band Eden Lane in the courtyard out back of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, 455 Madison Ave., free

8/29, 7 PM perennially interesting, irrepressible Brooklyn Raga Massive honcho/drummer Sameer Gupta plays his Indian jazz project A Circle Has No Beginning  first with a violin/flute/percussion trio, then leading what’s basically the Massive itself at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

8/29, 7 PM a rare reunion of hilarious metal spoofers Satanicide – NYC’s answer to Spinal Tap – at the Mercury, $10

8/29, 7 PM Inkarayku play Peruvian psychedelic folk at Gantry Plaza State Park

8/30, noon a really good twinbill: dark latin/Russian ska/tropicalia band Karikatura and chanteuse/uke player Dahlia Dumont’s Blue Dahlia playing edgy, smartly lyrically-fueled, jazz-infused tunes in English and French with classic chanson and Caribbean influences at the triangle at 66th St. and Broadway

8/30, 7 PM intense, poignantly cutting-edge guitarist Mary Halvorson and adventurous  jazz trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire premiere new duo pieces at National Sawdust, $25 adv tix rec

8/30, 8/10:30 PM gonzo postbop piano with the Dred Scott Trio  at Mezzrow, $20

8/30, 8:30 PM dark, sardonic, brilliantly tuneful jazz pianist Danny Fox and his Trio at Bar Lunatico

8/30, 8:30 PM intense, lyrical tenor saxophonist Roxy Coss leads her quintet at  the third stage at the Rockwood, $10

8/30, 9 PM oldschool-style Texas honkytonk crooner Dale Watson  at Hill Country, $20

8/30, 9 PM flamenco guitarist Mariano Manzella at Freddy’s

8/31, 6 PM cleverly lyrical, coolly intriguing jazz chanteuse Dorian Devins leads her quartet  at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 cover plus $10 minimum

8/31, 7 PM high-voltage accordion-and-microtonal sax-fueled original Balkan tunes with Tipsy Oxcart followed by creepy, psychedelic circus rock/Russian folk band Mad Meg at Bowery Electric, $10

8/31, 7 PM expansively lyrical, Americana-inspired lit-rock songwriter/crooner Nathaniel Bellows at the third stage at the Rockwood, $10

8/31, 7:30 PMa very rare US appearance by the feral, improvisational Munich-based Jazzrausch Bigband at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

8/31, 8:30 PM darkly torchy southwestern gothic/Europolitan songwriter/guitarist Miwa Gemini at Freddy’s

8/31, 10 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

8/31, 10 PM Chicago psychedelic cumbia band Dos Santos and Austin’s Money Chicha – maybe the heaviest cumbia band on the planet – at the Bell House, $12 adv tix rec

8/31, 10:30 PM catchy, cinematic, noir-inclined saxophonist/composer Nick Hempton leads his quintet at Smalls

9/1, if you’re going to the stadium to see the Yankees get their asses kicked by the Red Sox, get there early because the perennially intense, tuneful godfather of edgy, lyrical, anthemic downtown NYC rock, Willie Nile is playing at 5:45 for no extra charge.

9/26, 9 PM Australian psychedelic/art-rock legends the Church – minus 12-string guitar icon Marty Willson-Piper – make their Brooklyn debut at the Bell House, $30 adv tix rec

A Historic Rickie Lee Jones Performance Opens This Year’s Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival

Iconic beatnik rock songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Rickie Lee Jones opened this year’s Lincoln Center Out of Doors festival last night playing her cult favorite 1981 Pirates album cover to cove for the first time ever. There are other must-see outdoor festivals in this city – the ongoing slate of shows at Prospect Park Bandshell is particularly enticing – but year after year, this series has plenty of sonic treats for both the cognoscenti and the merely curious. And Damrosch Park grows more and more hospitable as other parts of town go in the opposite direction.

“Pirates is forty-four minutes long,” Jones explained. “We stretched the integrity of the grooves.” What she meant by that was that there’s only so much music you can fit on a side of a vinyl album. Cram the grooves too close together and not is the sound compromised: a bad needle can do twice as much damage. “That was a long time ago,” Jones shrugged.

Her voice is more weathered now, but she still hits the high notes, arguably with more authenticity than she had when she made the record – although by that time she’d already established herself among the indomitable, resolute outsiders who populate her street scenes and wee-hours narratives. What’s most striking about the album is how surprisingly well it holds together despite Jones’ stylistic leapfrogging, from allusive latin grooves, to oldschool 60s soul, hints of gospel and the occasoinal detour down toward glimmering neoromanticism..

So it made sense that it was basically Steely Dan who backed her on the record. This time out, the seven-piece group behind her punched in when required, otherwise providing a low-key backdrop for Jones’ incisive, emphatic piano. Guitarist Tony Scherr took all of one solo all night on his Gibson SG, an understatedly moody, bluesy couple of bars. Likewise, trumpeter Steven Bernstein, tenor saxophonist Michael Blake, and the group’s multi-reedman, multi-percussionist, bassist and drummer rose together when a chorus or a turnaround would hit a peak.

Jones has switched out her signature coy chirp from forty years ago for a gracefully melismatic approach that shows off how much low-register power she’s gained over the years. She’s aged magnificently well: it would be fair to say that she’s grown into herself. In that context, her late-night cat-and-mouse flirtation scenarios and character studies of the down-but-hardly-out have gained poignancy. The tales on this album include but are hardly limited to a death by police shooting, a pregnancy, lots of moving around, endings and new beginnings and enough banter for two, maybe three Bo Diddley records. At the end, Jones finally emerged from behind the piano, sauntered around the stage, picked up her acoustic guitar and led the band through a tightly dancing, understatedly triumphant take of Traces of the Western Slopes.

Lincoln Center Out of Doors continues tonight at 7 PM at Damrosch Park with a four-act extravaganza from across the latin music spectrum: fiery, dramatic belter Xenia Rubinos,  trippy downtempo guy Helado Negro,  our own Alynda Segarra aka Hurray For the Riff Raff, and finally fearlessly populist LA folk-punks Las Cafeteras,