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

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

Thursdays in December, 5 PM poignantly lyrical, eclectic pianist Marta Sanchez at Bar Bayeux

Sundays at around 8 PM trumpeter Jon Kellso and (frequently) guitarist Matt Munisteri lead the Ear-Regulars in NYC’s only remaining weekly hot jazz jam session at the Ear Inn

12/1, 7:30 PM pianist Boris Berman plays a one-night-only concert of music by Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov, at the Baryshnikov Arts Center 450 W 37th St just east of the DiMenna Ctr., $25

12/1, 7:30 PM atmospheric vocal soundscaper Antonina Nowacka and Ego Death the duo of instrument builder Aho Ssan (aka Niamké Désiré) and haunting, atmospheric Polish composer/cellist Resina (aka Karolina Rec) at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free

12/1, 7:30 PM the Concert Chorale and Winter Festival Orchestra sing Vvaldi’s Gloria and Timothy Amukele’s What Sweeter Music at Merkin Concert Hall, $25

12/1, 8 PM pyrotechnic clarinetist Ismail Lumanovski’s ferociously kinetic NY Gypsy All-Stars at Drom, $15

12/1, 8 PM catchy guy/girl folk duo First Crush and eclectic noiserock/dreampop/new wave band Percocet and minimalist shoegazers To the Wedding at Bar Freda, $10

12/1, 8/10:30 PM jazz guitar and loopmusic icon Bill Frisell  solo at the Blue Note. 12/2-4 he leads a series of quartets, $35

12/1, 8 PM pianist Helene Grimaud plays works by Chopin, Debussy, Satie, Schumann and Valentin Silvestrov at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, $35.50 tix avail

12/2, 7 PM epic, haunting, searingly lyrical art-rock songwriter and baritone crooner Spottiswoode at the downstairs room at the Rockwood, $20

12/2, 7 PM  uneful oldschool soul/jazz trombonist Dave Gibson leads his Organ Quartet followed at 11:30 by smartly impressionistic postbop pianist Miki Yamanaka at Cellar Dog. She’s at Smalls on 12/5 and 12/26 at 10:30 for $25; he’s there on 12/17

12/2, 7 PM gorgeously jangly Northern Gothic band the Sadies – minus the late great Dallas Good – at Union Pool, $25

12/2, 7:30 PM brilliant baritone saxophonist Lauren Sevian leads a quaret at the Django, $25

12/2-3, 7:30/9 PM acerbic tenor saxophonist Rich Perry leads a quartet with Gary Versace on piano

12/2, 7:30 PM guzheng player Yang Yi leads an ensemble performing Angel Lam‘s song cycle Lost Shanghai (what a timely theme, huh?) at Merkin Concert Hall, $25/$20 srs/$10 stud

12/2, 10:30ish catchy, fun guy/girl indie soul band Sunshine Nights at Freddy’s

12/2-3, 8 PM powerhouse reedwoman Anna Webber’s Shimmer Wince with Adam O’Farrill on trumpet and Mariel Roberts on cello at Seeds

12/2, 8 PM roots reggae bandleader Nixon Omolla at Silvana

12/2, 8 PM  ambitious postbop saxophonist: Kyle Nasser and singer Simona Premazzi lead a quartet at Bar Bayeux

12/2, 9 PM  clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at BAM Cafe

12/3, 2 PM clarinetist Matthew Fontana leads a trio playing works by Bach, Bruch, Mozart and Schumann at the Brooklyn Heights Library, 286 Cadman Plaza W, free

12/3, 3 PM the Momenta Quartet and bassist Hilliard Greene celebrate Meredith Monk’s 80th birthday with a house concert of her music for strings, free, email for deets/NYC location 

12/3, 7 PM dark psychedelic acoustic blues/klezmer/reggae/soca jamband Hazmat Modine at Terra Blues. They’re also here on 12/17

12/3, 7 PM twangy altcountryAmericana/psychedelic crew American String Conspiracy at Freddy’s

12/3, 7:30 PM rising star Snehesh Nag on sitar with Aditya Phatak on tabla at the Chhandayan Center For Indian Music, $25

12/3, 7:30 PM the rousingly soulful Harlem Gospel Travelers at City Winery, $15 standing room avail

12/3, 8 PM enveloping, cinematic black metal band Antimony at Lucky 13 Saloon, $12

12/3, 8 PM a 50th anniversary celebration of Lou Reed’s Transformer album with Joe Hurley & the Gents with Eugene Hutz of Gogol Bordello and members of Bob Dylan’s band, the Ian Hunter Band, Roxy Music, Sonic Youth, with Edward Rogers, Mary Lee Kortes, Ellen Foley, Don Fleming, Tish & Snooky, Richard Barone, Eamon Rush, Roger Clark, Screaming Orphans, Michael Tee, Jesse Bates at City Winery,$30 standing room avail

12/3, 8 PM  evocative alto saxophonist Dmitri Baevsky and his quartet at the Django, $25

12/3, 8 PM  eclectic cosmopolitan jazz singer Sivan Arbell followed by pianist James Carney with Ravi Coltrane, sax; Dezron Douglas, bass; and Tom Rainey, drums.at the Owl

12/3, 8 PM surf night at Otto’s starting with surfed-out tv themes from Commercial Interruption, at 9:30 the alternately jangly and immersive Blue Wave Theory and at 11 cover group Band of Others

12/3, 8 PM new wave/powerpopstress Kira Metcalf followed eventually at 10 by blue-eyed soul guy Ben Pagano at Bar Freda, $10. Avoid the dorky 9 PM act in between

12/3, 9 PM ex-Chicha Libre keyboard sorcerer Josh Camp’s wryly psychedelic cumbia/tropicalia/dub band Locobeach at BAM Cafe

12/3, 11 PM sharply lyrical southwestern gothic/Americana songwriter Tom Shaner at LIC Bar. He’s also here New Years Eve at around the same time

12/4 3 PM iconic, tuneful Jamaican jazz pianist Monty Alexander leads his trio at Trinity Church, free

12/4. 8 PM trombonist Joe Moffet jams with saxophonist Sam Decker followed by trumpeter Kenny Warren’s invigoratingly noisy Sweet World trio with Christopher Hoffman on cello and Nathan Ellman-Bell on drums. at the Owl

12/4. 8 PM Korean oboeist/flutist Gamin leads her ensemble at Roulette, $25 adv tix rec

12/4, 9 PM deviously entertaining western swing chanteuse Sweet Megg Farrellt at Skinny Dennis

12/5, 8 PM catchy female-fronted powerpop band Cool Dead Woman at Our Wicked Lady, $14

12/5, 9 PM expert, extrovert rockabilly/retro rock bassist Eugene Chrysler and band at Skinny Dennis

12/6 Taraf de Chicago at Merkin Concert Hall are sold out

12/6, 7:30 PM vivid pianist Manuel Valera & New Cuban Express at the Django, $25

12/6, 8 PM cellist Amanda Gookin plays solo electroacoustic works by Pamela Z, Jessie Montgomery, Sarah Hennies, Camila Agosto, Seong Ae Kim at Roulette, $25 adv tix rec

12/6, 8:30 PM intriguing, atmospheric chamber pop/shoegaze band Year of the Hare at Bar Freda, $10

12/6, 9 PM acerbic, versatile tenor saxophonist Julieta Eugenio leads a chordless trio at Bar Lunatico

12/7 1 PM purist oldschool jazz guitarist Bill Wurtzel with bassist Jay Leonhart at the American Folk Art Museum.

12/7, 7 PM clever, purist B3 jazz organist Akiko Tsuruga at Cellar Dog

12/8, 7 PM eclectic 21st century composition specialists NOW Ensemble play a program tba at the Brooklyn Public Library Grand Army Plaza branch

12/8, 8 PM a screening of FW Murnau’s classic silent film Nosferatu with live score by creepy classical ensemble the Flushing Remonstrance at Lucky 13 Saloon, $12

12/7, 7:30 PM salsa/tropicalia cantante Mireya Ramos at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free

12/8, 7 PM Gangspil, featuring Sonnich Lydom on accordion and harmonica and Kristian Bugge on fiddle play rarely heard ancient Danish folk songs and dance tunes at Scandinavia House, $15

12/8, 7:30 PM the Korean-inspired Rin Seo Big Band at Culture Lab, $25

12/8, 7:30 PM Colombian vallenato accordionist/singer Diana Burco at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free

12/8, 8 PM performance poet Rena Anakwe followed by a rare improvisational showdown with Mary Margaret O’Hara & cellist Peggy Lee at First Unitarian Church, 116 Pierrepont St, downtown Brooklyn, $30, any train to Borough Hall

12/8, 8 PM  Certain General guitarslinger Phil Gammage plays his dark Americana and blues at 11th St Bar. 12/12, 7:30 PM he’s at Cowgirl Seahorse

12/8, 8 PM tenor sax improv titan George Garzone leads his band at Bar Bayeux

12/9, 7 PM  sweepingly intense, smartly lyrical art-rock songwriter Victoria Langford at the downstairs room at the Rockwood, $12

12/9, 7 PM soprano Aliana de la Guardia and a sextet perform Gabriel Bouche Caro’s new song cycle on themes of Puerto Rican identity at the Americas Society, 680 Park Ave, free

12/9-10, 7:30/9 PM  tuneful, refreshingly edgy pianist Rachel Z leads a quartet  at Smalls, $25

12/9. 8 PM state-of-the-art trumpeter Dave Douglas‘ Quintet with Jon Irabagon, Matt Mitchell, Matt Penman, Rudy Royston play two sets, the second backing brilliant Elysian Fields guitarist Oren Bloedow at the Owl, $20

12/9, 8:30 PM disquieting Elliott Smith-esque band Horror Movie Marathon at Bar Freda, $10

12/10, 4 PM multi-reedman JD Parran leads an ensemble playing classic ragtime and early jazz by James Reese Europe and the Harlem Hellfighters 369th Infantry, then plays his own adventurous stuff with a quartet at All Saints Episcopal Church, 728 7th Ave., south Park Slope, R to Prospect Ave.,

12/10. 6 PM Nora Stanley on sax, Victor Tsilimparis on keys and Eliza Salem on drums jam out at Downtown Music Gallery

12/10, 7:30 PM edgy, versatile bassist Max Johnson  leads his trio at the Django, $25

12/10, 9 PM  fiery electric bluegrass and C&W with Demolition String Band at Skinny Dennis

12/10, 10:30 PM  jazz nonet Small Kingdom with powerhouse singer Melanie Scholtz at the downstairs room at the Rockwood, $15

12/11, 3 PM cellist Benjamin Larsen leads a trio playing music by Haydn, Chausson and Lewis Spratlin at Concerts on the Slope, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 139 St. John’s Place downhill from 7th Ave,, $25

12/11, 5 PM brilliantly adventurous harpist Bridget Kibbey and the Calidore String Quartet plays works by Debussy and Caplet’s “Masque of the Red Death” at Our Saviour’s Atonement Lutheran Church 178 Bennett Avenue at 189th St, free

12/11, 8 PM the ageless, legendary band who started the klezmer revival, the Klezmatics at Drom, expensive, $35 standing room avail

12/11, 9 PM  elegant folk noir songwriter Jean Rohe at the Owl

12/12,7 PM postbop jazz supergroup the Cookers – Billy Harper, Cecil McBee, George Cables, Eddie Henderson, and Billy Hart – at the Schomburg Center, 135th/Malcolm X Blvd, RSVP required:

12/12, 7 PM innovative, atmospheric bassist Brandi Disterheft leads her quartet at Cellar Dog

12/12, 7:30 PM the best singing pianist (and the best piano-playing singer) in jazz, Champian Fulton at the Django, $25

12/12, 8 PM funk-jazz crew the Silver Arrow Band at Drom, free.

12/12, 9 PM Jazz Passengers sax legend Roy Nathanson with trombonist Curtis Fowlkes and Deidre Rodman at Bar Lunatico

12/12, 10 PM boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band  at the Ear Inn

12/13 half past noon organist Paolo Bougeat plays a program tba at Central Synagogue, 54th/Lex, free

12/13, 6:30 PM guitarist Ben Tyree with drummer Sameer Gupta followed by Abacoa with bassist Kenneth Jimenez, Hery Paz on sax and Willy Rodriguez on drums, then at 8:30 the Mahakala trio with Chad Fowler, Dave Sewelson on bari sax and Steve Hirsh on drums and at 9:30 noir-inspired low-register reedman Ben Goldberg leading a trio at Downtown Music Gallery

12/13, 7:30/9 PM  sweeping, swinging vibraphonist Behn Gillece leads a trio at Mezzrow, $25

12/13, 8 PM  intense janglerock/Americana/soul songwriter Matt Keating and guitarist Steve Mayone’s catchy project the Bastards of Fine Arts at  at the small room at the Rockwood

12/14, 7:30 PM lyrical, thoughtful tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander leads a quartet at the Django, $25

12/14, 8 PM eclectic bassist Nick Dunston’s trio with trombonist Kalia Vandever and DoYeon Kim on gayageum, wow, at Roulette, $25 adv tix rec

12/14, 9 PM reliably powerful tenor saxophonist Stacy Dillard leads a chordless trio at Bar Lunatico

12/15, 7 PM the New York Composers Circle presents world premieres of vocal and chamber music by Peter Kelsh, Scott D. Miller, Kevin McCarter, David Mecionis. Emiko Hayashi. Anthony Izzo, Sergey Oskolov and Patrick Andrew Thompson at Church of the Transfiguration, 1 E 29th St, $15

12/15, 8 PM pianist Eva Polgar plays an all-Hungarian program of music by Kodaly, Dubrovay and Kharitonov at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $35 tix avail

12/15, 8 PM the Bergamot Quartet play a program of 21st century music tba at the Owl

12/15. 9 PM haunting, reverb guitar-driven noir cinematic instrumentalists Big Lazy at Bar Lunatico

12/15, 9 PM  iconic Afro-Cuban percussionist/bandleader Pedrito Martinez at Drom, $30 standing room avail

12/16-17, 7 PM politically fearless visionary/tenor sax improviser Matana Roberts solo and klezmer band Black Ox Orkestar at Union Pool, $25

12/16, 7:30 all-female Colombian salsa band Lulada Club at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free

12/16, 7:30 PM   jazz organist Mike LeDonne leads a trio at at the Django, $25 12/18. 7 PM he’s at Cellar Dog

12/16-17, 7:30/9 PM  erudite tenor saxophonist Wayne Escoffery leads a quartet at Smalls, $25

12/16, 10 PM fiery, psychedelically bluesy oldschool soul/roadhouse jamband Lizzie & the Makers at the small room at the Rockwood. 12/30 at 8 they’re at Sunny’s

12/16, 11:30 PM a rare NYC appearance by brooding Turkish songwriter Niyazi Koyuncu at Drom, $30 standing room avail

12/17, 7:30 PM rising star Indian carnatic singer Rucha Jambekar leads her trio with Aditya Phatak on tabla and Anish Dharam on harmonium at the Chhandayan Center For Indian Music, $25

12/17, 8 PM downtown sax vet Marty Ehrlich leads his group at Bar Bayeux

12/17, 9 PM Irish party band the Narrowbacks at Connolly’s, $5ba

12/17, 10:30 PM  noir-inspired alto saxophonist/composer Nick Hempton  at the Django, $25

12/18, 4 PM  oldschool-style high plains C&W singer Hope Debates & North 40 at Skinny Dennis

12/18, 7:30 PM colorful,  eclectic, paradigm-shifting B3 jazz organist Brian Charette leads a trio at the Django, $25

12/18, 10 PM uneasily vivid bedroom pop songwriter Allegra Krieger at the Owl

12/19. 7 PM purist postbop jazz guitarist Ed Cherry leads a trio at Cellar Dog

12/19, 8 PM a new music extravaganza: Either/Or Ensemble performs works by Talib Rasul Hakim, Jō Kondō, James Díaz, and Katherine Young. Drew Wesely presents a solo prepared guitar performance in celebration of the release of their album and media book Blank Body. 4tet2duos (Katie Porter, Lucie Vítková, James Ilgenfritz, Teerapat Parnmongkol) presents an extended structured work for improvisers. Eli Wallace celebrates the release of his new album of solo prepared piano music. Ghost Ensemble presents the premiere of Ben Richter’s Rewild.at Roulette, $25 adv tix rec

12/19, 9 PM alto saxophonist Caroline Davis’ ambitious Portals quintet at Bar Lunatico

12/19. 10:30 PM cinematically tuneful jazz pianist Steven Feifke’s Big Band at the Django, $25

12/21, 7 PM irrepressible, ebullient Brain Cloud jazz chanteuse/tapdancer Tamar Korn leads her band at Cellar Dog

12/22, 6 PM terse, intense, individualistic, often hypnotic acoustic songwriter Kalyani Singh at the small room at the Rockwood

12/22, 8 PM gritty downtown rocker Diane Gentile, dark blues/folk noir/oldschool soul songwriter Kelley Swindall and well-liked, fearlessly political LES soul-rock songwriter/chanteuse Dina Regine at 11th St Bar

12/23, 7 PMcharismatic, adventurous postbop/avant garde trombonist/crooner Frank Lacy leads a quartet followed at 11:30 by deviously entertaining pianist Jinjoo Yoo at Cellar Dog He’s at Smalls on 12/27 at 7:30 for $25

12/23-24, 7:30/9 PM popular lyrical postbop trumpeter Jeremy Pelt leads a trio at Mezzrow, $25

12/24, 7 PM the NY String Orchestra play works by Mozart, Tschaikovsky and others at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, $21 tix avail. The program repeats on 12/28 at 8.

12/24, 8 PM a rare NYC appearance by versatile Turkish chanteuse Zuleyha Ortak – who ranges from haunting folk tunes to slick Anatolian disco – at Drom, $30 standing room avail

12/26, 7:30/9 PM classy, cinematic, purist NZ jazz pianist Alan Broadbent  leads a trio at Mezzrow, $25

12/27,8 PM plaintive Yorkshire/Appalachian singer Jan Bell –whose gloomy chronicles of Brooklyn gentrification are spot-on – with bassist Tina Lama at Sunny’s

12/30 7 PM purist postbop guitarist Sheryl Bailey leads her quartet followed at 11:30 by innovative, individualistic jazz organist Jared Gold and his trio at Cellar Dog

12/31, 9 PM the Binky Griptite Orchestra (formerly Sharon Jones’ brilliant oldschool soul backing band) at Bar Lunatico, $20 cover

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A Venomously Delicious Blast of Dark Retro Powerpop From Cinema Hearts

If the idea of noir-tinged powerpop makes your pulse race, look no further than Cinema Hearts‘ debut short album Your Ideal, streaming at Bandcamp. Frontwoman Caroline Weinroth packs a ton of counterintuitive chord changes and impact into very compact spaces, typically under three minutes. Likewise, the rest of her band – guitarist Bartees Strange, bassist Max Nichols and drummer Nicholas King – keep things dead on target. Brevity notwithstanding, this is one of the best rock records of the year.

Weinroth gets off to a good start with the first track, Mirror, a roaring little anthem in 6/8 time which will resonate with anyone who’s ever dealt with a narcissist. Sarcasm reaches redline in the album’s title track, extending to the retro 60s soul melody and those goofy handclaps.

Weinroth goes back to 6/8 for Everyday Is a Day Without You: if Amy Allison had a thing for Lynchian pop ballads, she would have written this offhandedly slashing gem. Likewise, Can I Tell You I Love You has an Orbisonian Tex-Mex bittersweetness, complete with a surreal, icy baritone guitar solo.

The final cut is Sister, a starry, drifting Twin Peaks tableau. Let’s hope this band stays together and gives us more of the same.

Robin Holcomb Brings Her Loaded Imagery and Tersely Crystallized Songcraft to Roulette

Few songwriters have the ability to crystallize a troubling image and build a tableau around it as memorably or tersely as pianist Robin Holcomb. She’s enjoyed a cult following since the 90s; she has an environmentalist streak and prefers shadowy melodies that draw as deeply on 19th century American front-porch folk and balladry as Charles Ives.

She had to go to the free state of Montana to find a studio to record her new solo album One Way or Another, streaming at Bandcamp. She’s playing the album release show on Nov 10 at around 9 at Roulette. Her husband, keyboardist Wayne Horvitz (of Presidents of the United States of America fame) opens the night at 8 in a duo performance with the brilliantly thoughtful bassoonist Sara Schoenbeck. You can get in for $25 in advance.

Holcomb’s new record is a mix of intimate versions of older songs, material from a couple of theatrical projects and a couple of covers. If anything, the songs are crystallized to a finer diamond finish than before: most of them clock in at under three minutes, some considerably less.

She opens with the title track (an original, not the Blondie hit), a spare spacious, gospel-tinged reflection. “Remember learning to crawl as you stagger out under the weight of the world, one foot it starts to fall,” Holcomb intones with her usual graceful understatement.

Track two is simply titled Waltz, Holcomb building a a distant sense of foreboding with her sparse, modal melody and imagery to match, a big-sky tableau with “nary a place to bury the bones.” Holcomb reinvents Stephen Foster’s Hard Times Come Again No More with tightly clustering phrases that bring to mind Dawn Oberg.

Doc Pomus’ I’ve Got That Feeling comes across as minimalist Carole King, at least until Holcomb really pounces on it after the second chorus. She shifts between gospel resonance and Carol Lipnik phantasmagoria in Once: the Steely Dan references and the trick ending are spot-on.

Likewise, Holcomb works uneasy Carla Bley harmonies over a jaunty Appalachian dance beat in A Lazy Farmer Boy, playing up the underlying grimness in the rustic tale. She builds the album’s most hauntingly allusive narrative in I’m Gonna Lose Again: the way she brings the story full circle will give you chills. It’s one of the best songs of the year.

“Don’t confuse me with my laughter, I won’t return the morning after,” Holcomb reminds in Copper Bottom, a key track from her Utopia Project about early 20th century cults.

“The mirror allows what the darkness divides,” she reveals in Rockabye, a subtly venomous, Tom Waits-ish lullaby for a drunken abuser. The darkness and regret is buried much deeper in the hypnotic circles of Shining.

Holcomb goes back to waltz time for Electrical Storm: the devil’s also in the details for that one. She mutes the absence and sense of sheer abandonment in the light-fingered Britfolk cadences of another Foster song, Old Dog Tray. The final cut, The Point of it All provides a wary, broodingly detailed coda for this inviting and often haunting record.

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

Frequent updates, with a new calendar for the first week of December coming 12/1. As crazy as the world is right now, it makes more sense to play this by ear and pull together these listings week by week, rather than investing the 30 hours or so that it would take to compile a whole month at a time, only to see those concerts cancelled when the evil Hochul decides to play dictator again. Bookmark this page and hopefully we’ll all get through the end of the year together.

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

Sundays at around 8 PM trumpeter Jon Kellso and (frequently) guitarist Matt Munisteri lead the Ear-Regulars in NYC’s only remaining weekly hot jazz jam session at the Ear Inn

11/1, 6:30: PM guitarist Max Kutner with drummer Kevin Shea followed by the potentially combustible Astro Turf with mandolinist Sam Day Harnet, violinist Sana Nagano and bassist Zach Swanson at Downtown Music Gallery

11/1, 7:30 PM guitar-percussion-piano chamber group Hypercube play new music by Seong Ae Kim, Michael Fiday, and others at Mise-En Space, 341 Calyer St (Russell/Humboldt), Greenpoint, G to Greenpoint Ave., $10

11/1, 8 PM bassist Dominic Wagner leads an ensemble plays works by Montag, Martín, Penderecki, Gershwin and his own pieces at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $34 tix avail

11/1, 8 PM funk-jazz crew the Silver Arrow Band at Drom, free. They’re back on the 28th

11/1, 8 PM avant garde piano titan Kathleen Supove, violinist Jennifer Choi and guitarist James Moore play works by Richard Carrick, Lainie Fefferman, James Ilgenfritz, Alexandra Vrebalov, Randall Woolf, and John Zorn at Roulette, $25 adv tix rec

11/1, 9 PM Arthur Kell on bass with Brad Shepik and Nate Radley on guitars, an auspiciously unorthodox lineup, at Bar Lunatico

11/1. 10:30 PM Los Hacheros, who play fiery electric tres-driven Cuban sounds at the Django, $25

11/2, 1 PM purist oldschool jazz guitarist Bill Wurtzel resumes his long-running stand at the American Folk Art Museum. He’s back on 11/16

11/2, 7:30/9 PM  purist postbop jazz guitarist Ed Cherry leads a trio at Smalls $25

11/2, 9 PM ferociously tuneful, kinetic merengue/tropical psychedelic Dominican guitarist Yasser Tejeda & Pelotre at Bar Lunatico

11/2. 10:30 PM  lyrical, thoughtful tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander at the Django, $25

11/3, 7 PM the Orchestra Now play obscure pre-WWII works by Brook, Apostel, Braunfels and Kauder at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, $15.50 tix avail

11/3, 7 PM classical guitarist Antonio Meneses and cellist Paul Galbraith play works by Bach, Schubert, Albeniz and others at the Americas Society, 680 Park Ave., free, res req to gportale@as-coa.org

11/3, 7:30 PM Rolling Stones tenor saxophonist Tim Ries leads his quintet at the Django, $25. He’s back on 11/10 and 11/17

11/3, 8 PM  iconic trumpeter and fearlessly political composer Wadada Leo Smith duets with low-register reed icon Scott Robinson at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

11/3 8 PM Americana banjo songwriter Hilary Hawke  at Sunny’s

11/3. 10:30 PM uneful oldschool soul/jazz trombonist Dave Gibson leads his quartet at Smalls, $25.

11/4, 7 PM clever, purist B3 jazz organist Akiko Tsuruga at Cellar Dog

11/4, 8 PM fierce acoustic Americana/gospel/blues songwriter Rhiannon Giddens leads a cool acoustic Americana band with Amythyst Kiah on banjo at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, $32 tix avail

11/4, 8 PM ish slinky, horn-driven retro bugalu band Spanglish Fly at SOB’s, $15

11/4, 7:30 PM postbop  trombonist Conrad Herwig leads his quartet at the Django, $25

11/4-5, 7:30 PM  jazz organist Mike LeDonne leads a quintet at Smalls, $25. He’s also at the Django on 11/6 at 9

11/4, 8 PM wryly lyrical urban Americana vet Alex Battles at Sunny’s

11/4, 8 PM riveting Japanese shamisen player/singer/improviser Emi Makabe leads a trio with Thomas Morgan on bass, Vitor Gonçalves on piano/accordion at Bar Bayeux

11/4, 9 PM good-natured newgrass band Grain Thief at the downstairs room at the Rockwood, $12

11/4, 10 PM roots reggae band Sons of Solomon at Shrine

11/4. 10:30 PM classy, cinematic, purist NZ jazz pianist Alan Broadbent  leads a trio at Mezzrow, $25

11/5, 7:30 PM expressive carnatic singer Rajyashree Ghosh with tabla sorcerer Samir Chatterjee and Anirban Chakraborty on harmonium at the Chhandayan Center For Indian Music, $25

11/5. 8 PM a surf rock triplebill: Drip 2.0, the incisive Surf Junkies and at 11 darkly cinematic, ornate instrumentalists the TarantinosNYC.at Otto’s

11/5, 8 PM surreali art-song chanteuse Leila Adu and eclectic, tuneful folk noir accordionist/guitarist/songwriter Ali Dineen at the Owl, $12

11/5, 8 ish dynamic oldschool-style soul songstress Danielle Ponder at SOB’s, $20

11/5, 9 PM brilliant, fearlessly political B3 organist Greg Lewis does his Organ Monk thing at Bar Lunatico

11/5,10:30 PM  the great unsung NYC hero of darkly purposeful, noir-tinged jazz guitar,Saul Rubin leads his quartet at Smalls, $25.

11/6, 4 PM fiery, deviously fun oldtimey swing guitarist/crooner Seth Kessel at Skinny Dennis

11/6, 6 PM the Dave Stryker Organ Quartet play their low-down grooves at Cellar Dog

11/6. 6:30 PM New Orleans reedman Craig Handy followed at 9 by  jazz organist Mike LeDonne and trio at the Django, $25

11/6, 7:30 PM electrifying vibraphonist Simon Moullier and band at Smalls, $25.

11/6, 7:30 PM luminous latin-inspired jazz chanteuse Marianne Solivan at Mezzrow, $25

11/7, 7:30 PM violist Thomas Reibl and pianist Thomas Sauer play works by Schubert, Bach and Garth Knox at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $23 tix avail

11/7. 8 PM pianist Myra Melford’s Fire and Water chamber jazz quintet at Roulette, $25 adv tix rec

11/7, 9 PM pastoral gothic accordion bandleader Sam Reider with the Jimi Hendrix of the cuatro, Jorge Glem at Bar Lunatico

11/7, 9 PM boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with Jack Grace at Skinny Dennis

11/7, 10:30 PM tuneful, epic bassist Marcos Varela leads a piano-guitar quartet at the Django, $25

11/7. 10:30 PM smartly impressionistic postbop pianist Miki Yamanaka at Smalls, $25

11/8, 7 PM  haunting Middle Eastern jazz bassist Petros Klampanis leads a trio with pianist Kristjan Randalu at Drom, $15 adv tix rec

11/8, 7:30 PM a musical program featuring the poetry of iconic Norwegian poet Olav H. Hauge! with Reidun Horvei (voice) and Inger-Kristine Riber (keyboard and composition) at Scandinavia House, free

11/8. 7:30/9 PM eclectic. edgy violinist Zach Brock and pianist Steve Sandberg at Mezzrow, $25

11/8, half past noon organist Mark Pacoe plays a program tba at Central Synagogue, 54th/Lex

11/8, .8 PM ska/rockabilly band the Sweet Talkers and  wickedly jangly surf/twang/country instrumentalists the Bakersfield Breakers at 11th St Bar

11/8, 9 PM singer Veronica Davila’s twangy, Bakersfield-flavored hard honkytonk band Low Roller at Skinny Dennis

11/9, 7 PM lyrical Mingus band pianist David Kikoski solo at the Cutting Room, $24 adv tix rec

11/9, 7:30 PM haunting Turkish six-string kopuz player Ismet Ertas leads a quintet at Drom, $15 adv tix rec

11/9, 10 PM Melissa Gordon of Melissa & the Mannequins, one of the best purist janglerock songwriters in NYC, at LIC Bar. She’s also here on 11/16, 11/23 and 11/30

11/10, 7 PM underground NYC soul legend and crooner Ellis Hooks at Terra Blues

11/10, 7:30 PM poignant Palestinian pianist Rami Khalife at Drom, $25 adv tix rec. Followed at 9:30 PM (separate $15 adm) by a rare appearance by Turkish jazz bassist and singer Esra Kayıkçı with her quartet including Bilge Gunaydin on piano

11/10, 8 PM the bassoon/keyboard Sara Schoenbeck/Wayne Horvitz Duo perform material from their debut album, followed by spare, allusively haunting pianist/songwriter Robin Holcomb playing the album release show for her excellent new one  at Roulette, $25 adv tix rec

11/10, 8 PM a screening of Buster Keaton’s The General with music by Trio Ferrovia at the Owl, $12

11/10, 8 PM bombastic Massachusetts punk legends the Nervous Eaters and agelessly slashing, tuneful janglerock/powerpop icon Willie Nile at City Winery, $30 standing room avail

11/10, 11:30 PM deviously entertaining pianist Jinjoo Yoo leads her Quartet at Cellar Dog

11/11, 7 PM trumpeter Wayne Tucker – who veers between sunny postbop jazz, Afrobeat and goofy vocal shtick – leads his quartet at Cellar Dog

11/11, 8 PM violist Joanna Mattrey and percussionist Billy Martin’s spiritually-inspired Chanting project at Roulette, $25 adv tix rec

11/11-12, 7:30/9 PM free jazz tenor sax legend George Garzone leads a quartet at Smalls, $25. 11/12 the equally oldschool, purist  tenor guy Eric Wyatt  plays at 10:30 and runs the jam session afterward

11/11, 9 PM  cult favorite gonzo pianist Dred Scott‘s Cali Mambo band with Tom Beckham on vibes at Bar Lunatico, 11/15 at 7:30/9 PM Scott leads his regular trio at Smalls, $25

11/12, 4 PM  Sarah Durning & the Fun Sisters play twangy oldschool-style original honkytonk at Skinny Dennis

11/12, 6:30 PM sound artists Jad Atoui, Susie Ibarra, and Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe build surround-soundscapes to accompany Tarek Atoui’s exhibit The Whisperers at FLAG, 545 W 25th St, 9th Fl, free, rsvp reqd

11/12. 8 PM violinist Layth Sidiq – artistic director of the New York Arabic Orchestra – leads his quartet at Roulette, $30 adv tix rec

11/12, 8 PM bassist Dan Loomis leads his jazz quartet with Noa Fort – vocals; Mike McGinnis – clarinet; Jeff Miles – guitar playing his song cycle about the secret life of trees at a house concert in Ditmas Park, $18, email for deets

11/13, 3 PM cellist  Benjamin Larsen leads an eclectic quintet with guitarist Jordan Dodson playing works by Mozart, Paganini, Salerni and Dvorak  on the Slope, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 139 St. John’s Place downhill from 7th Ave, $25

11/13, 3 PM the Downtown Voices and the NOVUS NY string quartet present works by Undine Smith Moore, Jessie Montgomery, Jenni Brandon, and David Lang at Trinity Church, free

11/13, 4 PM Malian kora wizard Yacouba Sissoko at the Dreck Center at the main branch of the Brooklyn Public Library, free

11/13, 7 PM otherworldly Ukrainian harmony vocal trio Zozulka, rustic Colombian coastal trance-dance band La Manga and Greek psychedelic band Habbina Habbina at Pioneer Works, free

11/13, 7/9:30 PM baritone saxophonists Frank Basile and Gary Smulyan lead a quintet at Smalls, $25

11/13, 8 PM Changing Modes– NYC’s funnest, most unpredictable, sharply lyrical new wave art-rock band at Bar Freda, 801 Seneca Ave. in Ridgewood, M to Seneca Ave., $10

11/13, 8 PM retro continental swing sounds with singer Tatiana Eva-Marie & the Avalon Jazz Band at Drom, $25

11/13. 9 PM fiery electric bluegrass and C&W with Demolition String Band at Skinny Dennis

11/14, 8 PM Maria Brea, soprano; Melisa Bonetti, mezzo-soprano and Max Lifchitz, piano perform works by Ruth Crawford, Odaline de la Martinez, Aurelio de la Vega, Osvaldo Golijov, Robert Fleisher, James Kachulis, Max Lifchitz, Robert Martin, William Ortiz, & Francisco Zapata-Bello.at the National Opera Center, 330 7th Avenue, 7th Fl, free

11/14, 10 PM crooner Kevin Harris with jazz organ paradigm-shifter Brian Charette at the Ear Inn

11/15, 1 PM Bardekova Ensemble play woodwind music of Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn, Ellington, Celia Cruz and others Williamsbridge Oval Recreation Center, 3225 Reservoir Oval East in the Bronx, 4 to Mosholu Pkwy

11/15, 6:30 PM a wild night of improvisation: a rare solo show by downtown jazz guitar icon Elliott Sharp followed by the Bob Musso/Mark Daterman guitar duo and then tuba player Ben Stapp with violinist Olivia De Prato at Downtown Music Gallery

11/15, 7 PM  innovative, atmospheric bassist Brandi Disterheft leads her quartet at Cellar Dog

11/15, 7 PM the New York Composers Circle play new music: Hubert Howe’s Moments of Uncertainty, Marina Shmotova’s Games I-III, Roger Blanc’s Fantasy Variations, Dana Dimitri Richardson’s Consolations, all for piano solo, Richard Brooks’s Sonata, Igor Vorobyov’s Elegy in the Old Style, both for solo guitar and Christopher Kaufman’s Mercury’s Shadow for 2 violins at Church of the Transfiguration, 1 E 29th St off 5th Ave, $15

11/15, 8 PM  fascinatingly lyrical, individualistic pianist Sylvie Courvoisier‘s lush Chimeara sextet feat. Christian Fennesz, Wadada Leo Smith, Nate Wooley, Drew Gress & Kenny Wollesen, wow at Roulette, $25 adv tix rec

11/16, 1 PM NOVUS NY, soloists from the Choir of Trinity Wall Street and Sandbox Percussion perform George Crumb’s American Songbook No. 1: The River of Life: Songs of Joy and Sorrow and Bartok’s Divertimento led by concertmaster Katie Hyun at St. Paul’s Chapel downtown, free

11/16, 8 PM a killer triplebill: the electro-surf Zolephants followed at 9 PM by Middle Eastern and Greek-flavored psychedelic surf-rock of the Byzan-tones and wickedly catchy Americana/paisley underground rockers Girls on Grass at 10 at Wonderville, 1186 Broadway, Bushwick, J to Kosciuszko St.

11/16, 10:30 PM tuneful, refreshingly edgy pianist Rachel Z leads her quartet at the Django, $25

11/17, 7 PM pianist Per Tengstrand and ensemble play Beethoven’s 4th Piano Concerto at Scandinavia House, $30

11/17, 7 PM the rustic Piedmont-style blues guitar duo Gordon Lockwood at Terra Blues

11/17, 8 PM Lloyd Cole plays a career retrospective at City Winery. $30 tix avail. He had a good run in the 80s as a Elvis Costello Jr. type and then in the 90s with a more psychedelic sound, would be interesting to see what he has left in the tank.

11/17, 7 PM organist David Enlow plays an all Cesar Franck program at Church of the Ascension, 10th St/5th Ave, $20. The organ there has rich French style colors and is well suited to the composer’s work.

11/18, 7:30 PM the Philosonia Quartet: Ji in Yang (violin), Stanichka Dimitrova (violin), Luke Fleming (viola), and Michael Katz (cello) perform works by Charles Peck, Alexander Borodin, & Dmitri Shostakovich at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, $20/$15 stud/srs

11/18. 7:30 PM bass goddess/soul singer Felice Rosser’s ageless reggae-rock-groove band Faith at the small room at the Rockwood

11/18, 7:30 PM jazz pianist Aaron Diehl performs Sir Roland Hanna’s 24 Preludes in their entirety alongside a prelude and fugue by J.S. Bach – plus a new composition at Merkin Concert Hall, $30

11/18, 8 PM Laurie Anderson, agelessly funny, perennially relevant grand dame of the avant garde, solo at Pioneer Works, $30 adv tix rec

11/18, 8 PM Renee LoBue’s darkly catchy veteran powerpop/art-rock band Elk City and jagged-edged Wire-ish postpunks Savak at Union Pool, $16

11/18 8 PM Lizzie Edwards of fiery, psychedelically bluesy oldschool soul/roadhouse jamband Lizzie & the Makers at Sunny’s

11/18, 8 PM ska night at Otto’s with surf band the Yeggs, Mephiskapheles spinoff Barbicide, the contagiously catchy Pandemics and at 11 slinky cumbia/reggae band Stop the Presses

11/18, 9ish psychedelic cumibia band Los Aliens play the album release show for their new one at C’Mon Everybody, $13

11/18, 11 PM ish dark carnival rock icon Franz Nicolay plays the album release show for his new one at Bar Freda in Ridgewood, $12

11/19, noon, there’s a freedom rally at Union Square. Bring friends, these things are fun!

11/19, 7:30 PM a serendipitous duo: lyrical pianist Geoffrey Keezer and innovative saxophonist Caroline Davis at Mezzrow, $25

11/19, 7:30 PM prolific postbop composer and tenor saxophonist Ken Fowser  leads a quintet at Smalls, $25

11/19, 7:30 PM Harold Rosenbaum conducts the New York Virtuoso Singers performing the choral movements from J.S. Bach’s Cantatas 134 through 146, with piano accompanist Eduardo de la Vega at Merkin Concert Hall, $30

11/19, 10 PM Certain General guitarslinger Phil Gammage plays his dark Americana and blues at Shrine

11/19, 10:30 PM powerhouse trombonist Mariel Bildstein leads a septet at the Django, $25 11/25, 11:30 PM she’s with her Quartet at Cellar Dog

11/20, 11 AM (in the morning) the Isidore String Quartet perform Dinuk Wijeratne’s The Disappearance of Lisa Gherardini, selections from J. S. Bach’s Art of the Fugue, and Billy Childs’ String Quartet No. 2 “Awakening” at the Museum of Art & Design, 2 Columbus Cir., $25, coffee/breakfast snacks included

11/20, 5 PM  soaring, politically relevant, brilliantly purposeful alto saxophonist Miguel Zenon with pianist Luis Perdomo, piano at Our Saviour’s Atonement Lutheran Church 178 Bennett Avenue at 189th St, free

11/20, 8 PM cult favorite improvisational pianist Yuko Fujiayama leads a sextet with Jen Shyu, Graham Haynes, Reggie Nicholson at Roulette, $25 adv tix rec. She’s back on the 21st with another unit including Sylvie Courvoisier, Ned Rothenberg, Do Yeon Kim, Satoshi Takeishi, Shoko Nagai,

11/20, 8 PM ish ska night with aggro reggaeton band Dub Corps, the Capturers and the ageless Hub City Stompers at Gold Sounds, $18

11/20, 8 PM trumpeter Wayne Tucker leads a trio at Bar Lunatico

11/21, 6:30 PM Cameron Campbell improvises solo on keys followed by saxophonist Ayumi Ishito, guitarist Aron Namenwirth and drummer Kevin Shea jamming at Downtown Music Gallery

11/21, 7 PM Neil Rolnick celebrates the release of his new album Lockdown Fantasies with spectacular and adventurous pianists Geoffrey Burleson and Kathleen Supové in two large scale pieces for piano and electronics at Mise-En Place in Greenpoint, $10

11/21, 10:30 PM  smartly impressionistic postbop pianist Miki Yamanaka at Smalls, $25

11/22, 1 PM wildfire Colombian harpist Edmar Castaneda leads his trio at St. Paul’s Chapel downtown, free

11/22, 7:30 PM colorful tenor saxophonist Michael Blake leads a quartet at Smalls, $25

11/22, 7:30 PM  kinetic Cuban jazz pianist Elio Villafranca leads a trio and choir playing his suite about Cuban freedom fighter Florentina Zulueta battling slave traders and conquistadors at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free

11/22-27, 8/10:30 PM perennially vital latin jazz piano sage Eddie Palmieri  at the Blue Note, expensive, $35 standing room avail

11/22, 9 PM the eclectic, electrifying accordion-driven Los Mochuelos play classic gangsta Colombian vallenato and cumbia at Terraza 7, $15

11/23, 7:30 PM the best singing pianist (and the best piano-playing singer) in jazz, Champian Fulton in followed at 10:30 by noir-inspired alto saxophonist/composer Nick Hempton at the Django, $25

11/23, 8 PM sharply lyrical southwestern gothic/Americana songwriter Tom Shaner followed at 10 by purist janglerock songwriter Melissa Gordon of Melissa & the Mannequins, at LIC Bar

11/23, 9 PM high voltage Irish drinking music with  Shilelagh Law at Connolly’s

11/24, 10:30 PM charismatic, adventurous postbop/avant garde trombonist/crooner Frank Lacy leads a quartet at Smalls, $25

11/25, 6 PM the Catalyst Quartet play works by Florence Price, Joseph Bologne (Chevalier de Saint-Georges), Germaine Tailleferre, Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, William Grant Still, Ethel Smyth, George Walker at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Where? Ask the front desk girl

11/25-26, 7:30 PM a rare intimate solo show by Bill Evans-inspired pianist Bill Charlap at Mezzrow, $25

11/25, 8 PM irrepressible, ebullient Brain Cloud jazz chanteuse/tapdancer Tamar Korn  at Sunny’s

11/26, 7:30 PM evocative alto saxophonist Dmitri Baevsky leads his quartet at Smalls, $25. He pares it down to a trio at Mezzrow on 11/28, same time

11/26, 9 PM  the Binky Griptite Orchestra (formerly Sharon Jones’ brilliant oldschool soul backing band) at Bar Lunatico

11/26, 9 PM deviously entertaining hot 20s swing chanteuse Sweet Megg Farrell puts on her cowboy hat at Skinny Dennis

11/27, 7:30 PM crystalline-voiced, noir-tinged third-stream jazz chanteuse Tessa Souter with Luis Perdomo on piano and Dezron Douglas on bass at Mezzrow, $25

11/27, 7 PM whirlwind Indian violinist Arun Ramamurthy followed by Dan Kurfirst’s Arkinetics playing the album release show for their mesmerizing new one at Drom, $20 adv tix rec

11/28, 7:30 PM  eclectic, witty, paradigm-shifting B3 jazz organist Brian Charette  with a quintet at the Django, $25

11/28, 8 PM a great adventurous lineup: cornetist Kirk Knuffke with Matthew Shipp on piano and Michael Bisio on bass at Roulette, $25 adv tix rec

11/28. 8 PM thoughtful saxophonist Alain Metrailler with Dana Saul (piano), Mathias Jensen (bass), Matt Honor (drums) at Branded Saloon

11/29, 7:30/9 PM catchy, intricate guitarist Alicyn Yaffee – who bridges the gap between postbop jazz, pensive parlor pop and art-rock with trumpeter Jeremy Pelt and bassist Russell Hall at Mezzrow, $25

11/29, 8 PM powerhouse saxophonists Anna Webber and Angela Morris join forces with their Webber/Morris Big Band playing adventurous 18-piece big band jazz  at Roulette, $25 adv tix rec

11/29, 9 PM  tunefully eclectic pianist Leo Genovese leads a trio at Bar Lunatico

11/29-30, 8/10:30 PM guitar icon Bill Frisell leads an amazing quintet with Tony Scherr and Thomas Morgan on bass, Kenny Wollesen and Rudy Royston on drums at the Blue Note, $30 standing room avail

11/29, 9 PM ex-Chicha Libre keyboard sorcerer Josh Camp’s wryly psychedelic cumbia/tropicalia/dub band Locobeach at Terraza 7, $15

11/29, 10:30 PM Los Hacheros, who play fiery electric tres-driven Cuban sounds at the Django, $25

11/30, 6:30 PM the Modus Operandi Orchestra play a fantastic program of works by Jessie Montgomery, Richard Strauss’s epic Metamorphosen and Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony (the orchestral arrangement of his haunting String Quartet No. 8) and Piano Concerto No. 1 at Merkin Concert Hall, $30

11/30, 7:30 PM  tuneful, refreshingly edgy pianist Rachel Z leads her trio at the Django, $25

11/30, 7:30/9 PM a rare duo show with one of the great orchestrally-minded composers in jazz, Mike Holober on piano with Charles Pillow on soprano sax at Mezzrow, $25

11/30, 9 PM colorful, politically fearless jazz pianist Eri Yamamoto at Bar Lunatico

11/30, 7 PM short sets by crystalline-voiced noir Americana songwriter Jessie Kilguss, Lusterlit art-rock tunesmith Charlie Nieland, Americana songstress Andi Rae Healy, and others at Branded Saloon

12/1, 7:30 PM pianist Boris Berman plays a one-night-only concert of music by Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov, at the Baryshnikov Arts Center 450 W 37th St just east of the DiMenna Ctr., $25

Stealing a Halloween Playlist From a Reliably Hilarious Source Here in Town

Thanks to Daisy Moses for making New York Music Daily’s job a lot easier today. Her Substack page is one of the most entertaining places on the web. She’s a native New Yorker who writes in a faux Minnie Pearl vernacular, but beneath the cornpone persona is a ferocious intellect. Her crime scene analysis of the mysterious death of Anne Heche went viral a couple of months ago. And she’s funny beyond belief.

Her taste in music runs toward the retro. Since she loves Halloween as much as this blog does, today’s next-to-last installment in the annual, October-long celebration here is the playlist she just put up today, which you can spin here. She’s got something for everybody: 50s cartoon stuff like the Zanies’ Mad Scientist and Nervus Norvus’ novelty hit, Transfusion; Zombie Walk, the Magics’ alternative to the 60s dance crazes; a Scottish murder ballad, and punk era favorites by the Cramps and Siouxsie & the Banshees.

And the obscure songs are killer. Check out Sheldon Allman’s lounge lizard parody Children’s Day At the Morgue; folksinger Oscar Brand doing The Hearse Song; The Cannibal Song, by franken-crooner Thurl Ravenscroft, and Stinky Picnic‘s If You’re Dead, a folk noir counterpart to Maria Gallagher’s version of the Clash classic The Guns of Brixton.

Digging Up a Final Batch of Halloween Month Singles

It wouldn’t be fair to lower the curtain down forever on Halloween Month, 2022 here without a batch of short items: songs, snarky memes and a dash of black humor. As usual, click on artist or author names for their webpages, click on titles for audio, video, or a quick read.

Anne Gibbons’ Wake Up New York meme dates back to September of 2021, but it resonates every bit as much now as it did then.

Singer and satirist Daisy Moses wants to ask the FDA, “Why are food and drugs lumped together?”

Visceral Adventure‘s Sayin’ a Lie is a surprisingly true-to-life cover of a famous BeeGees disco hit, bandleader Tonika Todorova reinventing it as a fierce protest song with a hilarious video of a bunch of usual suspects

Irish hip-hop isn’t this blog’s usual fare, but They Despise Our Kind. by Dr. McHonkHonk has a long, redemptive litany of venomous lyrics for anyone who was persecuted during the lockdown:

They weren’t scared, and they were gettin’ all of the science
“The science” scared you into a state of fearful reliance
All those foolish daily briefings with Ivan, Tam and Valance
Three sadistic pharma henchmen engineering compliance

Enjoy some hilarious Amy Sukwan Halloween costume memes! The serial killer is the obvious one but the best one is the wokester.

Johnny Dollar just put out a ridiculously funny Substack parody of the ongoing Canadian investigation into the trucker protests and the government overreaction to them. One-minute read:

Dr. Vinu Arumugham is one of the world’s elite statisticians. He doesn’t post a lot at his Substack, but when he does, he really brings the science, as far as the plandemic is concerned. He also has a sense of humor. His latest piece proves how “the Pfizer vaccine trial shows saline injection has 75% efficacy in preventing cardiac arrest deaths and 85.7% efficacy preventing Bell’s palsy. The Josef Mengele Institute (formerly FDA) should therefore provide Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) of saline injections.”

Justin Trudeau needs a hug. Or at least a friend. Priceless 15 sec video from Stella Maris via investigative journalist Sage Hana

West Coast John and Dissident Army observe the Speed of Science in a page of memes. The best one is the last, schemed up in a late-night brainstorm on Sage’s comment page.

Dr. Meryl Nass, who blew the whistle on the anthrax vaccine that did so much damage to US troops, liveblogged the ACIP meeting where the death shot was rubberstamped as an addition to the US childhood vaccine schedule (even though it’s not a vaccine). If you can handle black humor, her play-by-play of how scientific fraud and genocide is perpetrated is priceless, with additional commentary from Brooklyn freedom fighter Brucha Weisberger. Dr. Nass: “I have screenshot all the people involved in these studies for future reference so we can get them discussing these studies with their hands on a bible.” Also see her comments on how fraudulently the incidence of polio in New York is misrepresented.

Orange County, California’s #1 freedom fighter Peggy Hall explains how Cali schools are being incentivized – and required – to report anyone who didn’t take the lethal Covid shot. They’re done with us and coming after the kids now. After all, the World Economic Forum doesn’t want an orphan crisis. Start the video at 5:30

Let’s end on a positive if cautionary note. Adrienne Elise is an intuitive healer and also the rare astrologer who has spoken out fiercely and hilariously against the insanity of the past thirty-one months. Fast forward this video to 6:05 where she calls bullshit on the hypocrites stuck in the death throes of the Kali Yuga. “This is part of the whole medical conspiracy right now. There are so many so-called spiritual movements, they have this high holy vibration, but nobody’s going anywhere. The end game is these loops that track you back in.”

Three Powerful Women From Heavy Rock Join Forces in a Surprisingly Subtle, Poignant Project

One of the strangest and most distantly haunting albums of the year is the debut album by the Erinyes. Not to be confused with the punkish Berlin trio, this is a new group. Their debut album – streaming at Spotify – is a concept record of songs that look at pain from a distance. You could call this the heavy record the Motels never made.

Three strong, individualistic frontwomen from the world of heavy rock – Justine Daaé, from French death metal-lite band Elyose; Mizuho Lin of Brazilian group Semblant, and Italian band Kalidia‘s Nicoletta Rosellini – blend and contrast their voices in a collection that transcends stadium rock.

The central theme is angst, more or less: a love rivalry is involved, although it’s hardly over-the-top. While all the singers have versatile chops, their voices are distinctive. Daaé brings the fullscale plaintiveness, Lin edges toward grit and Rosellini is the big belter.

The three women join in a brief, icy chorale in the brief opening theme, Life Needs Love, rising to full-blown High Romantic angst. The second track is Drown the Flame. Keyboardist Antonio Agate’s brooding, purposeful suspense film orchestration anchors the music in reality as guitarist Aldo Lonobile goes tapping up into the stratosphere over Andrea Buratto’s methodical bass and Michele Sanna’s drums. Daaé sings what’s basically a catchy early 80s minor-key new wave pop hit in heavy disguise.

Lin, who has a grittier delivery, sings On My Way to Love, a stormy, hauntingly allusive ballad with a momentary operatic break from the women. Rosellini takes over lead vocals in Betrayed, a similarly bittersweet, enigmatic, early 80s-flavored number, Lonobile adding ornate bagpipe-like riffage.

Guitar crunch contrasts with swirly organ and blustery synth as the women blend voices in Death By a Broken Heart, the energy climbing toward fullscale angst but never quite getting there.

Where Do We Go is a gorgeous vintage 70s soul ballad subsumed in the flames of a sunset going down on a churning ocean. The band go back to four-on-the-floor new wave era anthem territory with It’s Time, then the intensity rises again in Someday, the album’s most darkly turbulent number.

They could have left the hip-hop influences out of My Kiss Goodbye and it would have been a lot stronger as a stomping power ballad. The group shift between dissociative, trickily rhythmic verse and big hooky chorus in Paradise and follow with Take Me, an unlikely successful blend of Asbury Park piano rock and moody European stadium bombast.

They close with the album’s most towering, majestic, art-rock oriented cut, You And Me Against the World, which despite all the heroic overtones seems like a pyrrhic victory. May these chthonic deities stick together and put out another record as good as this one.

Fans of the Dark Stray Far Enough From the Expected to Disturb You

The reason why caricatures aren’t frightening is that they’re too obvious. Other than extreme cases like Hitler and Klaus Schwab, genuinely evil people tend to be as multi-dimensional as everyone else. What we perceive as most troubling is when something is just a little off.

Fans of the Dark play crunchy pop music with loud guitars and macabre themes. Powerpop as invented by Americans and Brits doesn’t sound anything like this, and the metal edge doesn’t fit the mold. That’s why the Swedish band’s new album Suburbia – streaming at Spotify – is today’s installment in the ongoing, monthlong Halloween celebration here. To their credit, they’ve taken a bunch of well-worn ideas and twisted them into a strange and original sound that shouldn’t work at all, but somehow they make it happen.

The first track, Night of the Living Dead, actually doesn’t reference the movie. Switch out Oscar Bromvall’s distorted guitars and the crazed volleys of tapping for synths, and you’d have Blondie or Donna Summer. And it’s not a stupid song: frontman Alex Falk channels smalltown alienation as metaphor for something more sinister.

The second track, The Pirates of Maine is even weirder despite its catchiness. Drummer Freddie Allen and bassist Rickard Gramfors shift imperceptibly from a muted slink to a harder drive in what seems to be a shot at a doomed seafaring anthem that has absolutely nothing to to with the time-honored Maine maritime song tradition.

From there they move to a surreal mashup of brisk new wave pop, soccer stadium stomp and a little spacerock in Fantasia. Sick! Sick Sick! is a linguistic joke: the number of the beast in this song is just about up, although you wouldn’t necessarily know that until the lively, bagpipe-ish twin guitars back away and then the band hit a relentless viking gallop. Fright Night also does not reference a film (the cheesy 80s flick actually had a memorable Brad Fiedel soundtrack). But it does quote from a certain iconic Iron Maiden tune, if only lyrically.

In yet another strange stroke of fate, the band’s theme song is a breakup anthem, with a punk rock strut beneath the big heavy riffs. The band charge through the wide-angle chords of The Goblin King and wind up the album with Restless Soul, the album’s second big epic, which seems to be a medieval murder mystery. Diehard metal fans may well dismiss this as lightweight; likewise, some pop people won’t be able to handle the volume. Their loss.

More Savagely Funny Protest Songs, Plandemic Parodies and New Videos From Turfseer

In the spring of 2020, it didn’t take long for songwriter Lewis Papier to get wise to the plandemic. He was outraged – as more artists should have been. So he and a rotating cast of hired guns – who were no doubt overjoyed to play his savagely satirical, often ridiculously funny songs – worked steadily on a series of singles. Recording under the name Turfseer, he would eventually put them up at Soundcloud as a whole album, Scamdemic Songs, in the fall of 2021.

This blog discovered them through Mark Crispin Miller’s invaluable News From Underground feed this past February, when there were a grand total of 33 songs on the playlist. It has since grown to 44! What’s more, there’s a growing collection of videos at Turfseer’s youtube channel, which mysteriously has not been censored. There’s at least one seriously LOL moment in all of them. If you’re bummed out by the prospect of more restrictions and endless doom porn, do yourself a favor and clipgrab these gems before they disappear. Watching the playlist for the first time, there was already a Youtube lethal injection propaganda pop-up ad in place by the third video. Then it disappeared…but sure enough, it was back for the song 1984 Is Here.

As a songwriter, Papier has an erudite grasp on a ton of styles: ornate art-rock, classic country, Beatlesque pop and more. The first of the videos is the Trust the Science Rag. ‘”You must refute and persecute all those who disagree,” Papier insists, over a rollicking piano tune. The video is a particularly apt Fatty Arbuckle/Buster Keaton silent film edit.

Is that one of the Chinese “big whites” spraying an empty bedroom with nameless toxic dust in the video for the darkly orchestrated, ELO-tinged Church of the Pandemic Mind?

The Virus Is My God, a southwestern gothic spoof of Covid true believers, has an irresistibly funny faux spaghetti western plotline: the devil is in the details!

The juxtaposition of the Salem Witch Trials and plandemic imagery in 1692 Was a Very Good Year, another ELO-esque gem, is spot-on. Sheeple University is a doctrinaire, churchy faux-Christian pop parody of wokester extremism: “Learn to bully, throw a fit, just obey and submit.”

The Commandant is one of the most chilling of the big art-rock numbers, with visuals to match: “We invented a monster that you’ll never see, how do you like that you’ll never be free?” O Holy Roman, another art-rock anthem, is just as metaphorically loaded. Turfseer’s insight into historical basis of plandemic brainwashing runs deep, underscored by the eerie folk-pop of The Ballad of Typhoid Mary.

Just Too Good to Be True, a country song, reflects the wave of deaths that followed the 2021 kill shot rollout. Another one from this past summer, You Didn’t Recognize Me, is a gorgeously bittersweet Amy Rigby soundalike, but with one of the most sinister undercurrents in the playlist

The most inspiring number on the original playlist, Forever Freedom Brigade, pops up in the middle of the videos. The Emperor’s New Clothes reflects the despondency that swept over the world before the freedom movement started growing toward critical mass.

Once in awhile Turfseer’s parody extends to music as well, as with the operatic spoof Vaccine, My Love; One Trick Pony, where he makes fun of lite FM piano pop; and In Toba Tek Singh, a searing Bollywood tale of the ravages of plandemic-induced poverty. The musicianship is strong all the way through: once in awhile there’s a sizzling solo, like the big guitar break in My Way Or the Highway Disease.

The playlist ends – at least at this point – on an optimistic note with a country song, Dawn of a New Day. And that, folks, is today’s installment of this month’s ongoing, daily Halloween celebration, which continues through the end of October. There will be more of the macabre, or at least something like it, here tomorrow.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10/6, 8 PM dark psychedelic punk band Movie Movie, ferocious, twin guitar-fueled, Radio Birdman-esque psychedelic punks the Electric Mess and female-fronted Joy Division-esque power trio the Juliett Class at Our wicked Lady, $14

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10/8, 3 PM  bass goddess/soul singer Felice Rosser’s ageless reggae-rock-groove band Faith at the community garden at 522 East 12th st (Ave A and B). Then 10/9 at 8 they’re playing acoustic at the garden at 370 East 8th st (C and D)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10/9, 7 PM eclectic, sometimes noir-tinged jazz guitarist Mike Baggetta at Scratcher Bar, 209 E 5th St

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10/13, 11:30 PM expansive postbop pianist Miki Yamanaka at Cellar Dog. She’s also at Smalls on 10/31 at 10:39

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10/16, 10 PM haunting Nashville gothic and rousing classic honkytonk with Mark Sinnis at Madame X at 94 W Houston St between LaGuardia Pl. and Thompson. It’s vampire night, wear black

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

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

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

10/18, 7:30 PM the Hot Club of Cowtown – who are just as wildly fun with western swing as they are at Django-style Romany guitar jazz – at Drom, $25 gen adm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10/25, half past noon organist Craig Williams plays a program tba at Central Synagogue, 54th/Lex

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10/28, 9:30 PM slinky, Middle Eastern-tinged Pontic surf band the Byzan-tones at Sundownstairs, (below Bar Sundown) 68-38 Forest Ave. at Catalpa, Ridgewood, M to Forest Ave, $10

10/30, 2 PM carnivalesque Balkan punk monstrosity Funkrust Brass Band march from Rosemary’s Playground (Madison and Fairview) in Ridgewood by the Forest Ave. M stop and end at Evergreen Cemetery. 10/31, 4 PM they’re marching again, starting at Washington St. betw. Front and Water in Dumbo

10/30, 3 PM not music-related but important: major players on team humanity including hero attorney Bobbie Anne Cox, attorney Tom Renz, freedom fighter and WHO investigator James Roguski, Rabbi Jonathan Rietti and others discuss where we go from here. Brilliant investigative journalist Brucha Weisberger moderates. Free, at 1437 President St (Kingston/Albany), Midwood, Brooklyn, 2 to Nostand Ave, also livestreaming

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

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

10/31, 6-9ish a legendary Brooklyn ritual returns: wild and slinky and sometimes spooky reggae and latin jazz with Pam Fleming’s Dead Zombie Band at the Ft. Greene Halloween street fair outside 237 Waverly Ave, G to Myrtle-Willoughby

10/31, 7 PM ish Outernational – the border-rock Gogol Bordello – then mystery band Wifeknife, rapturous piano-driven Argentine folk-jazz band De Raiz, elegantly violin-driven Mexican folk trio Los Guachinangos at Our Wicked Lady, $14

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

10/31, 7:30 PM Falkner Evans solo on piano – sometimes inscrutable, sometimes darkly rapturous – at Mezzrow, $25

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

10/31, 10 ish legendary first-wave UK reggae-punk band the Subhumans at the Market Hotel, $20