New calendar for October and November coming on 10/1. Til then, daily updates: you might want to bookmark this page and check back regularly to see what’s new. There’s a comprehensive, recently updated list of places where these shows are happening 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 posted here weeks in advance. Weekly events first followed by the daily calendar.
Starting Sept 13 and continuing on Sundays 11 AM – 1 PM Sept 13, 20, 27, Oct 4 and 18 Tamara Hey leads her Alphabet City Music Theory 1 workshop with an introduction to chart writing. Designed for working musicians, it’s a very useful, relevant course, an enormous amount of material packed into five weeks. This blog took the course last year and gave it a rave review: recommended especially for people who need to brush up on or develop their sight reading, ear training and get a handle on basic arrangements, There’s lots of homework – those who goof off will fall behind quickly – but as far as bang for the buck is concerned ($240 including a custom-designed workbook), it’s a bargain. As a teacher, Hey is supportive, sympatico, never met a challenge she didn’t want to master and is as wryly funny as she is erudite.
On select Thursdays and Saturdays, 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. Next up: Sept 17 at 7 PM, repeating on Sept 20 at 4 PM, works by Debussy, Rameau and Mozart. Next concerts after that are 10/15 at 7 and 10/18 at 4 PM. Sugg don $10 (pay what you can), delicious gluten-free refreshments, beverages and lively conversation included! email for info/location.
Mondays at 6 PM global jazz chanteuse Gracie Terzian – whose axe is the harp ukulele – plays her chaming low-key originals and classics at the rooftop bar at Hotel Hugo, 525 Greenwich St (Vandan/Spring), free for happy hour, no minimum
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 nights at 9 PM charismatic Romany singer Eva Salina and her amazing, psychedelic band play high-voltage dub-tinged jams on classic themes from across the Balkans at Sisters Brooklyn, 900 Fulton St. (Washington/Waverly), Ft Greene, C to Clinton-Washington, free
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.
Also Mondays in September Rev. Vince Anderson and his band play Union Pool in Williamsburg, two sets starting around 11:30 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 til past three in the morning. Paula Henderson from Burnt Sugar is the lead soloist on baritone sax, with Dave Smith from Smoota on trombone, with frequent special guests.
Tuesdays in September, 8:30 PM the George Gee Swing Orchestra play surprising new arrangements of old big band standards at Swing 46, 349 W 46th St, $15
Tuesdays in September clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at 9 PM at Barbes. Get there as soon as you can as they’re very popular. $10 cover.
Tuesdays at around 10 Julia Haltigan and her band play 11th St. Bar. A torchy, charismatic force of nature, equally at home with fiery southwestern gothic rock, oldschool soul and steamy retro jazz ballads, and her band is just as good as she is.
Wednesdays in September, 8:30 PM guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg (of Dr. Lonnie Smith’s band) leads a trio at the Bar Next Door, $12.
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 at 5 PM, adventurous indie classical string quartet Ethel (Ralph Farris, viola; Dorothy Lawson, cello; Kip Jones, violin; and Tema Watstein, violin) play the balcony bar with a rotating cast of interesting special guests at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, free w/museum adm.
Fridays in September at 9 Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens play oldschool 1960s style gospel at the Fat Cat.
Fridays in September, 9ish dynamic, intense Bulgarian sax star Yuri Yunakov and the Grand Masters of Gypsy Music at Mehanata
Fridays at 11 PM flamenco guitarist Ian Banks with special guests each week at St. Mazie’s (the old Rose Bar) on Grand St. just off the BQE in Williamsburg
Saturdays in September at 4 PM at Bargemusic there are impromptu free classical concerts, usually solo piano or small chamber ensembles: if you get lucky, you’ll catch pyrotechnic violinist/music director Mark Peskanov and/or the many members of his circle. Early arrival advised.
Saturdays in September, 6 PM 75 Dollar Bill play their idiosyncratic, original take on Mauritainian music at Barbes 9/6 Zeke Healey & Karen Waltuck play their rustic violad-driven Americana at 6 to open the night.
Saturdays eclectic compelling Brazilian jazz chanteuse Marianni and her excellent band at Zinc Bar, three sets starting at 10 PM.
Sundays there’s a klezmer brunch at City Winery, show starts around 11:30 AM – 2 PM, $10 cover, no minimum, lots of good bands.
Sundays at 3 PM at the Stone a rotating cast of familiar faces from John Zorn’s circle perform from Zorn’s characteristically exhaustive, marathon collection of 300 works titled Bagatelles, recently composed between March and May 2015. “Each concert will be introduced by John Zorn, often in conversation with the musicians,” $15
Sundays in September, 7:30 PM spine-tingling art-rock/avant-garde/chamber pop singer Carol Lipnik – pretty much everybody’s choice for best singer in all of NYC – with hypnotically luminous pianist Matt Kanelos – at Pangea on 2nd Ave. btw 11th/12th Sts, $20. Several special guests are promised: Flotilla DeBarge on 9/3; Kim David Smith on 9/27; and on October 11th, Rachel Mason AND Lorraine Leckie with Pavel Cingl, wow!
Every Sunday the Ear-Regulars, led by trumpeter Jon Kellso and (frequently) guitarist Matt Munisteri play NYC’s only weekly hot jazz session starting around 8 PM at the Ear Inn on Spring St. Hard to believe, in the city that springboarded the careers of thousands of jazz legends, but true. This is by far the best value in town for marquee-caliber jazz: for the price of a drink and a tip for the band, you can see world-famous players (and brilliant obscure ones) you’d usually have to drop $100 for at some big-ticket room. The material is mostly old-time stuff from the 30s and 40s, but the players (especially Kellso and Munisteri, who have a chemistry that goes back several years) push it into some deliciously unexpected places.
Sundays in August, 8:30 PM purist guitarist Peter Mazza – who gets the thumbs up from bop-era legend Gene Bertoncini – leads a series of trios at the Bar Next Door.
9/1, 6 PM eclectic jam-oriented mostly-female klezmer/tango/jazz band Isle of Klezbos in the community garden next door to 520 E 12th St.
9/1, 8 PM catchy, hard-hitting guitar/drums garage-punk girlband Sharkmuffin at Brooklyn Bowl, $10
9/1-5, 8:30/10:30 PM intense, state-of-the-art alto saxophonist/composer Miguel Zenon and his quartet – pianistLouis Perdomo, bassist Hans Glawischnig and drummer Henry Cole at the Vanguard, $25
9/1-6, 8/10:30 PM 70s latin jazz legends Jerry Gonzalez & the Fort Apache Band at the Blue Note, $20 standing room avail.
9/1, 9 PM cult favorite Balkan/klezmer hotshots the West Philadelphia Orchestra at Barbes
9/1, 10 PM Parlor Walls – Eula guitarslinger Elyse Lamb’s snarling, catchy, noiserock/postpunk collaboration with Chris Mulligan – at at Shea Stadium, $10
9/1, 10:30 PM surf/twang instrumental rockers the Bakersfield Breakers – whose new album is a dead ringer for something from 1963, unbelievably cool and fun – at Sidewalk
9/1, 10 PM irrepressible, historically informed songwriter Elisa Flynn takes a break from booking nights of murder ballads to play her own erudite, often haunting tunes a at the Mercury, $10
9/2, 7 PM an intense, harmony-fueled, chamber pop/latin-inflected noir art-rock twin bill with Sweet Soubrette and Kotorino at Joe’s Pub, $15
9/2, 7 PM this era’s state-of-the-art retro soul band, Lake Street Dive at Central Park Summerstage
9/2, 8 PM legendary klezmer clarinetist and bluegrass mandolin wizard – and undercover surf rocker –Andy Statman and band at Barbes
9/2 eclectic Chilean third-stream jazz/Middle Eastern/klezmer-influenced pianist Benjamin Furman and his combo do a Dives of New York tour starting at Shrine at 8; 9/5 they’re at the third stage at the Rockwood for $10 plus that $10 minimum; 9/8 they’re at Shapeshifter Lab at 9:30 PM for $10
9/2, 8:30 PM Klazz-ma-tazz: : Benjamin Sutin, saxophones; Elijah Shiffer, alto sax, clarinet; Grant Goldstein, guitar; Ben Rosenblum, piano; Mat Muntz, bass; Tim Rachbach, drums play their wild klezmer jazz mashups at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 plus a $10 min
9/2, 9 PM intense, lyrically brilliant Americana/soul/janglerock tunesmith Matt Keating‘s new band Bastards of Fine Arts at Hifi Bar
9/2, 9 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” at at Troost
9/2, 9:30 PM cinematic, eclectic jazz bassist Antar Goodwin & the Prisoner’s Dilemma iat Club Bonarifide (in the old Something Jazz Club space) at 212 E 52nd St. free
9/3, 7:30 PM perennially innovative B3 jazz organist Jared Gold with his trio followed at 10:30 by noir-inclined tenor saxophonist Nick Hempton and his combo at Smalls
9/3, 8 PM dark, charismatic, mischieviously witty literate keyboardist/chanteuse Rachelle Garniez at Barbes
9/3, 8 PM intense blue-eyed soul siren Lizzie & the Makers play the album release show for their new one at the big room at the Rockwood
9/3, 8 PM Acid Dad – who put a tight, tuneful update on classic 60s and late 80s garagey sounds – at Shea Stadium, $12
9/3, 10 PM Joe Yoga – frontman of ferociously tuneful southwestern gothic rockers the Downward Dogs – at Sidewalk
9/3, midnight energetic, entertaining, female-fronted acoustic Veracruz-style folk-punk band Radio Jarocho at the small room at the Rockwood
9/4 6 PM oldschool-style high plains C&W singer Hope Debates & North 40 at 55 Bar. Damn, this woman can flat-out sing
9/4, 8 PM jazz chanteuse Allegra Levy – a welcome rarity in that she writes her own enigmatic, original songs – leading a killer quartet at the Whynot Jazz Room, $12
9/4, 9 PM Mac McCarty & the Kidd Twist Band play their fiery, sometimes unexpectedly poignant Pogues-ish punk and folk noir at Sidewalk
9/4, 9 PM smart, terse, female-fronted darkwave/retro 80s rockers Teletextile at the Cameo Gallery, $8
9/4, 10 PM this era’s greatest cinematic noir guitar instrumentalists, Big Lazy at Barbes
9/4, 10:30 PM cutting-edge B3 organ and trombone soul/jazz grooves with the Jared Gold and Dave Gibson Band at the Fat Catat the Fat Cat
9/4, 11 PM state-of-the-art, kinetically abrasive noiserockers the Sediment Club at Trans-Pecos, $8
9/5, 7 PM stoner metal/psychedelic night with in reverse order with the apocalyptic Saviours, the Skull, early 80s legends Trouble, Mirror Queen, the Bevis Frond at the Wick, $25
9/5, 9 PM one of Unsteady Freddie‘s best monthly surf rock extravaganzas in recent memory at Otto’s with Russian surf legends the Vivisectors – who surf up creepy old prison songs – followed by wild, Middle Eastern/Greek psychedelic rockers the Byzan-Tones and then ageless, jangly, purist NY originals the Supertones
9/5, 9/10:30 PM tuneful, lyrical pianist Angelica Sanchez leads a trio with Michael Formanek, bass; Tyshawn Sorey, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 minimum.
9/5, midnight the New Pornographers’ Kathryn Calder at the Mercury, $12
9/6, 6 PM the Texas/Missouri answer to Bill Frisell, lyrically cinematic pastoral jazz guitarist Cameron Mizell and band at the small room at the Rockwood
9/6, 7 PM a second stoner metal/psychedelic night, in reverse order, with Witch (the band J. Mascis should have founded back in the 80s instead of Dinosaur Jr.), heavy riffmeisters Carousel, the Bevis Frond, playful southern boogie band the Golden Grass, and intense NWOBHM-style art-metal band Worshipper at the Wick, $25
9/6, 7 PM theatrical darkwave/metal mashups with Betty Black at the Bell House, $10 adv tix rec
9/6, 8 PM a nighr of resonant minimalist majesty, in reverse order: the ominously chilly, enveloping Telecaves, mighty cinematic guitar soundscaper Noveller, smartly pensive, often haunting one-man string orchestra Christopher Tignor, noisy guitar texturalist Bill Nace at Trans-Pecos, $8
9/6, 8 PM intense improv night at Jack with the deliciously low-register Gate (Dan Peck – tuba, Tom Blancarte – double bass, Brian Osbourne – drums) + Domestic Noise + violninist Erica Dicker, $12
9/6, 9 PM purist, straightforward, warmly tuneful front-porch folk songwriter Joanna Sternberg at Sunny’s. 9/8 at 8 she’s at Pete’s, then she’s back at Pete’s on 9/26 at 9.
9/6, 9ish tuneful Americana/blues guitarist Jon LaDeau at Moto in south Williamsburg
9/7, 3 PM free burgers and dogs at Freddys’ annual Labor Day bbq – or bring your own and they’ll grill it for you. Beer specials all day.
9/7, 6 PM the playfully cinematic, erudite, cleverly witty Erica Seguine / Shannon Baker Jazz Orchestra at Shrine
9/7, 7:30 PM Macedonian guitarist/singer Kristo Rodzevski plays the album release show for his haunting, elegaic debut, Batania with a killer jazz band: Mary Halvorson – electric guitar; Michael Blanco – double bassTomas Fujiwara – drums at Joe’s Pub, $12
9/7, 8 PM composer Annie Gosfield‘s Labor Day bday bash at the Stone with performances by avant piano icon Kathleen Supove and others, $15
9/7-13, 8/10:30 PM popular trumpeter Roy Hargrove and band at the Blue Note, $20 standing room avail.
9/7, 9:30 PM Mailian desert rock legends Terakaft – a Tinariwen spinoff – at Joe’s Pub, $22
9/7, 11 PM purist, straightforward, warmly tuneful front-porch folk songwriter Joanna Sternberg at the small room at the Rockwood
9/8, 7 PM join courageous journalist Jeremy Scahill for the release of his new book The Wikileaks Files: The World According to U.S. Empire at the Bell House. Via video link from the Ecuadorian embassy in London, Julian Assange will join Scahill in conversation, followed by a q&a. Plus you get a free copy of The WikiLeaks Files with paid admission, $10.
9/8, 7 PM a good high-voltage twinbill: romping female-fronted continental swing band the Hot Sardines and wild, intense, frequently satirical newgrass/oldtimey hellraisers the Dustbowl Revival at the Mercury, $10
9/8, 7 PM eclectic, hard-hitting, lyrical composer/tenor saxophonist Stan Killian and group at 55 Bar
9/8, 7:30 PM dark, sweeping cinematic electroacoustic composer/performer Sven Helbig at le Poission Rouge, $15 adv ti rec
9/8, 8 PM Irish songwriter/guitarist/fiddler Clare Sands – who mashes up snarling electric Americana with vivid, lyrical Wexford folk sounds – at Caffe Vivaldi
9/8, 9 PM explosive 20-piece latin jazz band the Bronx Conexion at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, $10 general admission/$7 with student ID at the door/$25 two tickets plus two drinks
9/8-20, 8:30/10:30 PM oldschool piano jazz balladeer Bill Charlap with his longtime rhythm section of Peter Washington on bass and Kenny Washington on drums at the Vanguard, $25
9/8; 8:30 PM tuneful jazz guitarist David Ullmann leads a quintet with Chris Dingman, vibraphone; Karel Ruzicka Jr. , sax; Gary Wang, bass; Vinnie Sperrazza, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 minimum.
9/8, 9 PM haunting, tersely introspective pianist/singer Noa Fort – who mashes up moody Middle Eastern sounds, classical and jazz improvisation – leads her trio at the Whynot Jazz Room, $10
9/8, 10 PM art-rock and 70s-style folk-rock and more avant sounds from Danielle de Picciotto and Alexander Hacke at Trans-Pecos, $8
9/8, 10 PM the Super Friends Band play surf and soul classics at Sidewalk
9/8, 10 PM edgy female-fronted funk band Eliza & the Organix – feat. swirly alto sax player Kristen Tivey – at Shrine
9/8, 11 PM Thee Oh Sees – who’ve recently added a twisted 80s/new wave edge to their reverb-drenched garage-psych – at Bowery Ballroom, $20
9/9, 8 PM solo sets from cutting-edge jazz players; drummer Ches Smith and guitarslinger Mary Halvorson at Roulette, $20/$15 stud/srs
9/9, 8:30 PM intense improvising cellist cellist Daniel Levin plays the album release show for his new one, Friction with Nate Wooley, trumpet; Matt Moran, vibraphone; Brandon Lopez, bass at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 minimum.
9/9, 9 PM brilliant powerpop guitarist and songwriter Patti Rothberg at the Bitter End
9/9, 9 PM irreverent oldschool Williamsburg vocal jazz crew the Old Rugged Sauce at Freddy’s
9/9, 11ish catchy, playful, fun garage-soul sounds with Larry & the Babes at Shea Stadium, $tba
9/10, 4:30 PM a screening of filmmaker Robert Greenwald‘s new short documentary Whose Side Are You On, exploring the sad fact that the nation’s top 25 hedge fund managers earn more than all the kindergarten teachers in the country, COMBINED. With live Q&A with the director and Mayor Bill DiBlasio, at the Schimmel Auditorium at Pace University, 3 Spruce St. in the Financial District, 6 train to Brooklyn Bridge, free, rsvp reqd
9/10-11, 7:30 PM the US debut of French director Joris Lacoste‘s Suite No. 2, in which “five performers overlay and intertwine entries from Encyclopédie de la parole—a vast online archive of voice recordings— in a performance that decontextualizes speech into iconic mementos of civilization,” a twisted and fun evening of satire at the Alliance Francaise, 56 E 59th St., $25. In multiple languages with English supertitles.
9/10, 7:30 PM the Israeli Chamber Project play works by Dvorak, Schumann, Gilad Hochman and Henriette Renie at Merkin Concert Hall, $20 balcony seats avail.
9/10, 7:30/9:30 PM guitarist Jeff Taylor‘s Musterion quintet with special guest Jim Campilongo at the Jazz Gallery, first set $15, second $10
9/10, 8 PM intense lyricist and art-rock songwriter Pierre de Gaillande debuts his new band Open Kimono followed at 10 by the plush, balmy, oldtimey uke swing of Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies at Barbes
9/10, 8 PM harpist/composer Shelley Burgon performs her multimedia piece The Powerful Bond,at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, $10
9/10, 8:30 PM low-key, pensively lyrical guitarist/composer Lage Lund leads his trio with Orlando le Fleming, bass; Jonathan Blake, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 minimum.
9/10, 9 PM newschool Ethiopiques-inspired dancefloor groovemeisters Debo Band followed by Sierra Leone’s Refugee All-Stars mashing up roots reggae, Afrobeat and desert rock sounds at Brooklyn Bowl, $12 adv tix rec
9/10, 9 PM tuneful, rustic LA newgrass band the Show Ponies at Hill Country. 9/12, 11 PM they’re at at the small room at the Rockwood
9/10, 10 PM whirlwind electric punkgrass/honkytonk crew Demolition String Band,at Skinny Dennis
9/11, 6 PM performance/visual artist Anastasia Ax mauls a stack of recycled paper cubes with her body and gallons of black ink, in an interactive electroacoustic performance with composer C. Spencer Yeh. The following afternoon, 1 PM on 9/12, she repurposes the debris, which will comprise her exhibit on display through 10/24. A snide and assaultive alternative to Blue Man Group, maybe? At Black & White Gallery, 56 Bogart St, Bushwick, L to Morgan Ave., rsvp highly rec.
9/11, 7 PM sharp a screening of the dcumentary film Uzaklardan – witnessing freedom fighters defying the authorities in Turkey – followed by a show by searing, intense, brilliantly tuneful Turkish-American rockers Barakka at Drom, $10
9/11, 7 PM eerily playful, charismatic Nashville gothic/folk noir songstress Kelley Swindall at the Bitter End. 9/16 at 9 she’s at LIC Bar.
9/11, 7 PM True Concord Voices and Orchestra perform Mozart’s Requiem along with the New York premiere of Stephen Paulus’ Prayers and Remembrances, commissioned for the 10th anniversary of 9/11.at Alice Tully Hall, $20 toix avail, use discount code DCINY20 for an additional 20% off!
9/11, 7:30 PM the String Orchestra of Brooklyn plays works by Bach, Beethoven, Bottoms, Schlefer, Barber, Walton, Scriabin, Chopin at Bargemusic, free, early arrival a must
9/11-12, 7:30/9:30 PM globally-inspired drummer Adam Rudolph‘s smallscale improvising quintet featuring Kenny Wessel on guitar at the Jazz Gallery, $22
9/11, 8ish one of the year’s best twinbills with accordionist/chanteuse Kamala Sankaram’s hot surfy Bollywood project, Bombay Rickey and trippy female-fronted Cambodian psychedelic pop revivalists Dengue Fever at le Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec. Bombay Rickey are also at Barbes on 9/12 at 8.
9/11, 8 PM sultry retro Franco-American torch jazz/chamber pop/ukulele swing band les Chauds Lapins at Barbes
9/11, 8 PM Yotoco, “the bastard child of Umoja Orchestra, Bioritmo, and Cumbiagra plays a melange of salsa, Afro-Cuban rumba, boleros, and cumbias” at Meridian 23, $10
9/11, 8 PM 9/11 8 PM Ensemble Mise-En plays a rare program of works by Korean composers Joo Won Park, Song Sang and Eun Young Lee at a house concert at 678 Hart St #1B, in Bushwick, L to Dekalb Ave
9/11, 8:30 PM unselfconsciously fun, chirpy 60s girlgroup revivalists Pep at Arlene’s
9/11, 9 PM legendary psychedelic postpunks Certain General at Bowery Electric, $10 adv tix rec
9/11, 9:30 PM brilliant, majestic, explosive psychedelic rai rockers Aziz Sahmaoui & the University of Gnawa play their deliriously fun North African/Middle Eastern rock jams at Joe’s Pub, $20
9/11, 10 PM the noir-inclined, bluesy Phil Gammage Quartet at Sidewalk. 9/27 they’re at Otto’s at 7:30 PM
9/11, 10 PM Heights of Wisdom play roots reggae at Shrine
9/11, 10ish two bands vastly too big for this little space: newschool Ethiopiques-inspired dancefloor groovemeisters Debo Band and then Chop & Quench playing Fela classics and their own originals at Nublu. What a crazy concept: you might want to get to Nublu early!
9/11, 11 PM eclectic, anthemic, politically-fueled Senegalese-flavored roots reggae band Meta & the Cornerstones at SOB’s, $15 adv tix rec
9/11, 1 AM (actually wee hours of 9/12) indie legend and Thalia Zedek/Steve Wynn collaborator Chris Brokaw at Trans-Pecos, $10
9/12, 4 PM one of the year’s most awesome lineups: acidic psychedelic funk-metal band Mr. Bighead, catchy, edgy tropical ska band Changala at 5, sizzling psychotropical punks Escarioka at 6, carnivalesque tropical Romany cutups Consumata at 7 and neo glamrockers the Bushwick Hotel at the People’s Garden (on the corner of Greene Ave and Broadway, Bushwick, J to Gates Ave., free, $10 for all you can drink keg beer, delicious latin food available
9/12, 4:30 PM chamber ensemble Quintet of the Americas with special guest mbira virtuoso Chartwell Dutiro play an African-themed program TBA at Studio T-7 Gallery at Rockaway Arts Alliance, Fort Tilden in Far Rockaway, free
9/12, 7 PM firebrand, brilliantly lyrical noir blues rockers LJ Murphy and his ferocious band the Accomplices Sidewalk
9/12, 8 PM Puerto Rican salsa legends Gran Combo at NJPAC in Newark, $36 tix avail.
9/12, noon the Night Owls – Lee Feldman‘s piano trio – inspired by Vince Guaraldi, Horace Silver and Ramsey Lewis – play classic tv themes from Twin Peaks to Get Smart at Pangea, $10 + $10 brunch/booze min.
9/12, 7:30 PM the Limbs Percussion Duo play Middle Eastern-influenced original compositions at Dixon Place, $10 sugg don
9/12, 7:30 PM devious oldschool C&W/rockabilly parodists Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co. at Otto’s. They’re also here on 9/24 at 8..
9/12, 8 PM kanunist Jerry Bezdikian and his amazing allstar Middle Eastern band plus bellydancers at the Parkside, $10 cover
9/12, 8 PM bassoon sorceress Rebekah Heller plays electroacoustic world premieres by Carla Kihlstedt, Jason Eckardt and Levy Lorenzo and the New York premiere of the epic sonic exploration Metafagote for seven bassoons (one live and six pre-recorded) by Felipe Lara, at the Abrons Arts Center, free w/rsvp
9/12, 8 PM trumpeter Ron Horton – a member of Andrew Hill’s sextet from 1998 to 2003, as well as musical director/co-arranger for Hill’s big band – leads a stellar group featuring other aficionados of Hill’s music, including reed virtuoso Marty Ehrlich and pianist Frank Kimbrough. at Greenwich House Music School, $15/$12 stud
9/12, 8;30 PM ferocious female-fronted art-rock/metal band Ruby the Hatchet followed by menacing retro 70s stoner doom band Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats at Webster Hall
9/12, 9 PM smart, politically-fueled Irish rocker Niall Connolly and band at the big room at the Rockwood
9/12, 10 PM irresistibly named, darkly sizzling psychedelic garage punk rockers Anderson Council followed eventually at midnight by popular garage-psych band the Grip Weeds at Rock Shop, $15
9/12, 10 PM high voltage oldtimey southern string band the New Millennium Jelly Rollers followed at 10 by increasingly soul-oriented, guitarishly brilliant Miss Tess & the Talkbacks at the Jalopy, $10 adv tix rec
9/12, 10 PM Morocco’s Innove Gnawa Band followed by haphazardly edgy, Middle Eastern-tinged guitarist Yonatan Gat at Rough Trade, $12
9/12, 11 PM well-loved psychedelic/doom metal band Acid Witch at the Acheron, $12
9/13, 3 PM indie classical music’s premier cellist, Ashley Bathgate plays Australian composer Kate Moore’a poignant and hypnotic s unite Stories for Ocean Shells at the Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Road (at Vernon Boulevard), Long Island City, free
9/13, 3 PM “Martine Bellen, Zhang Er and Stephen Dembski tell the story of a contemporary Chang E 0 who chooses immortality and life on the moon over a childless sentence of domesticity with her absent husband, with Hai-Ting Chinn in the role of the disgruntled demigoddess of the moon,” accompanied by avant garde icon Vicky Chow on piano. Music by Stephen Dembski. Libretto by Zhang Er & Martine Bellen at Flushing Town Hall, $5
9/13, 4 PM an early show with Middle Eastern/southwestern gothic cult favorite Sir Richard Bishop at Trans-Pecos, $12
9/13, 4:30 PM soulful, latin-inspired, lushly exciting new jazz chanteuse Marianne Solivan leads her 11-piece Big Band at Smalls
9/13, 5 PM haunting Middle Eastern/Sephardic multi-recorder player/composer Tali Rubinstein – a frequemt Emil Zrihan collaborator – at Barbes followed at 7 by composer/clarinetist Mike McGinnis’ Roadtrip Band, taking a ride through Bill Smith’s Concerto for Clarinet & Jazz Combo (1957) along with McGinnis’ companion piece “Roadtrip. Followed at 9 by Romany jazz mastermind Stephane Wrembel. Rubinstein is also here on 9/27.
9/13, 5 PM edgy, uneasy female-fronted folk noir band Little Embers at LIC Bar
9/13, 8 PM in reverse order at Don Pedro’s: wild monster surf band the Mad Doctors, amazingly eclectic monster surf/ghoul go-go/noir garage band Deadly Lo-Fi; catchy, playful, fun garage-soul band Larry & the Babes and percussive early 80s-style postpunks the Abandos, $5
9/13, 8 PM Mauritanian folk music innovators 75 Dollar Bill followed by rare noir big band jazz and cinematic themes from the 30s and 40s with Brian Carpenter’s Ghost Train Orchestra at Pioneer Works in Red Hook, $15
9/13, 8 PM Sumari – Matt Lavelle (trumpet, cornet, flugelhorn, pocket trumpet, alto clarinet) Jack DeSalvo (mandola, cello, guitars) Tom Cabrera (bodhrán, tar, riq, doumbek, bass drum) – at Shapeshifter Lab
9/13, 9 PM savagely lyrical, enigmatic great plains gothic chanteuse Ember Schrag in a rare acoustic duo show with brilliant lead gutarist Bob Bannister, followed by a rare appearance by unearthly, disquietingly theatrical/psychedelic group Goddess and then Hamish Kilgour of the Clean at Cake Shop
9/13, 9 PM incomparable, deviously funny country/jazz/janglerock icon Amy Allison with guitar great Jon Graboff at 2A
9/13, 9 PM 70s freak-folk legend Kath Bloom at Troost
9/13, 9:30 PM smoky barroom blues/oldtimey jazz band Tin Pan play the albumr release show for their new one at Joe’s Pub, $14
9/14, 7 PM charming, low-key, rustic oldtime Americana banjo/cello duo the Littlest Birds at the third stage at the Rockwood, $10 + $10 drink min. very strictly enforced
9/14, 7 PM mesmerizing, hypnotic indie classical/jazz sax ensemble Battle Trance at Bric Arts, free
9/14, 8 PM avamt guitar summit: Bill Orcutt and Circuit Des Yeux a.k.a. guitarist Haley Fohr perform as a duo, plus a solo set by Loren Connors at First Unitarian Congregational Society: 116 Pierrepont St., downtown Brooklyn, $18
9/14, 8:30 PM stormy, intense Mediterranean/Middle Eastern violinist Elektra Kurtis plays the album release show for her new one with Reggie Nicholson, drums; Brad Jones, bass; Lefteris Bournias, clarinet; Curtis Stewart, violin at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 minimum.
9/14, 9 PM ex Bee & Flower bandleader/bassist Dana Schechter’s haunting, intense, grimly cinematic instrumental project Insect Ark plays at St. Vitus, $12
9/14, 9 PM LES legends the Mercenaries – sort of NYC’s counterpart to the Replacements – at Arlene’s, free
9/15, 7 PM smart, clever ex Chicha Libre timbalera and vocalist Karina Colis teams up with lyrical Colombian pianist and composer Carolina Calvache to reinterpret the Latin American songbook with some original jazz compositions. Followed by ten-piece funky Balkan brass/Ellington jazz monsters Slavic Soul Party at Barbes
9/15, 7 PM Dan Finnerty’s hilarious, viciously sarcastic top 40 cover band the Dan Band plays satirical stuff from their LMFAO new album at Joe’s Pub, $22
9/15-20, 8/10 PM John Zorn’s ethereal, haunting smallscale chorale Mycale books the Stone, $15. Choice pick: opening night at 10 PM with Sara Sera’s City Fragments Ensemble -Sara Serpa, Sofia Rei, Aubrey Johnson (voices) Andre Matos (guitar) Matt Brewer (bass) Tyshawn Sorey (drums)
9/15, 8 PM Sahra Motalebi performs a “convergence as well of choral sound fields, rhythmic vocal beats along with compositions that source inspiration from classical art song repertoire and Persian modal singing.” at the Kitchen, $12
9/15, 9 PM searing Radio Birdman garage-punk soundalikes the OBNIIIs at Union Pool, $10
9/15, 9 PM iconic salsa jazz percussionist Willie Martinez Y La Famillia at the Fat Cat
9/16 7 PM wild, energetic postpunk/80s retroists the Naked Heroes – the missing link between Adam Ant and the Detroit Cobras -at Grand Victory
9/16, 7 PM the reputedly amazing Hessen State Youth Jazz Orchestra play big band jazz by Ellington, Basie and others at Flushing Town Hall, free
9/16-18, 7:30/10 PM, tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander leads his quartet with John Webber on bass, Joe Farnsworth on drums and Harold Mabern guesting on piano at the new Club Bonarifide, 212 E 52nd St., use code WBGO for $12.50 tix
9/16, 8 PM Portuguese fado chanteuse Lula Pena at Drom, $25 adv tix rec
9/16, 8 PM John Hodel – the Bukowski of Lower East Side acoustic music – at Bowery Electric, free
9/16, 8:30 PM guitarishly brilliant Afrobeat band Timbila with mbira virtuoso Chartwell Dutiro at Bar Lunatico. 9/26 they’re at Barbes at 8 followed at 10 by the pan-latin Chia’s Dance Party
9/16, 8:30 PM eclectic third-stream pianist Anat Fort leads a trio with Gary Wang, bass; Matt Wilson, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 minimum.
9/16, 9:30 PM Brooklyn’s Ola Fresca dive deep into their Afro-Cuban roots with a set of salsa dura at Joe’s Pub, $
9/16, 10 PM Brazilian-influenced, dubwise roots reggae band Kiwi at Silvana
9/16, 10 PM Los Aliens play psychedelic cumbias at Silvana
9/17, 6 PM the CD release party for intense Turkish percussionist/bandleader Raquy Danziger’s new album Monkey Mind with her amazing group DÜM.at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 minimum.
9/17, 7 PM fearlessly political pals from the Air America days: Ambrosia Parsley and Holly Miranda at the Mercury, $15
9/17 conductor/Gil Evans scholar Ryan Truesdell’s exhilarating Gil Evans Project big band plays the Porgy & Bess and Miles Ahead albums with Terrell Stafford in the Miles Davis role at the Jazz Standard, 7:30/9:30 PM, $35
9/17, 8 PM brilliant Middle Eastern trumpeter/santoorist Amir ElSaffar’s Two Rivers Ensemble celebrate the release of their epic third CD, Crisis,at Symphony Space, $20 adv tix rec
9/17, 8 PM dark urbane Romany song maven (and Berthold Brecht descendant) Sanda Weigl and band followed by psychedelic Ethiopiques purists Nikhil Yerawadekar & Low Mentality at Barbes
9/17, 8 PM amazing doublebill: historically-inspired, richly tuneful, erudite singer/guitarist Elisa Flynn followed by the careening NYC counterpart to the Pogues, Thee Shambels at Troost
9/17, 8 PM weird segues, good triplebill: Ontario ghoulabilly band the Creepshow, rockabilly/surf guitar favorite Rev. Horton Heat and long-running first-wave punk pop band the Adicts at Stage 48, $25
9/17, 8:30 PM lyrical, anthemic jazz guitarist Liberty Ellmann plays the album release show for his new one, Radiate with Steve Lehman, alto sax; Jonathan Finlayson, trumpet; Jose Davila, trombone, tuba; Stephan Crump, bass; Damion Reid, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 minimum.
9/17, 9 PM a solid American reggae triplebill: the Brazilian-influenced, dubwise Kiwi followed by the more anthemic Treehouse and the rootsiest of the three, Boston’s High Hopes Band at Maxwell’s. $10. The three bands are at Fontana’s on 9/18 at 8, also for $10
9/17, 10 PM a rare reunion show by wickedly catchy late 90s powerpop/janglerockers the Star Spangles at Union Pool, $10
9/17, 11 PM catchy purist psychedelic pop songwriter Sam Kogon plays the album release show for his new one at Elvis Guesthouse, $5
9/17, 1 AM ish (wee hours of 9/18) bouncy Afrobeat orchestra Emefe – who’ve been going in a harder funk direction lately -at Baby’s All Right, $5. They’re also here on 9/24 (technically 9/25), same time
9/17 dubwise darkwave French keys/vox girl duo Brigitte at the Standard Hotel. On 9/18 they’re at le Poisson Rouge (duh, right?) at 8:30 for $20
9/18, 6 PM dancer Astad Deboo and zither player/flutist Yukio Tsuji perform ancient material from the Morroccan court in gallery 463 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, freee w/museum adm. On your way in, you might just get sidetracked by the brilliant Mariachi Real De Mexico de Ramón Ponce who will be playing in the museum’s great hall
9/18, 7 PM fearless musicologist Jason Hamacher discusses his travels in war-torn Syria, tracking down and recording ancient Jewish and Armenian sounds, among others, in a conversation to celebrate the release of the new album and Forty Martyrs: Armenian Chanting from Aleppo commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the holocaust in Armenia at the Zohrab Center, 630 2nd Ave.(34/35), free
9/18, 7 PM riveting, atmospheric, intense pan-Asian avant jazz singer/pianist Jen Shyu with Mat Maneri on viola, Dan Weiss on drums at the Rubin Musum of Art, $20
9/18, 7:30 PM the Chelsea Symphony play music of Vivaldi, Vaughan Williams, Tyzen Hsiao: and a Seth Bedford word premiere and Brahms’ Symphony No. 1 at at St. Paul’s Church, 315 W 22nd St, $20 sugg don.
9/18-20 drummer Dafnis Prieto leads his sextet with Peter Apfelbaum on tenor at the Jazz Standard, 7:30/9:30 PM, $30
9/18, 8 PM Middle Eastern/Central Asian/jazz jamband TriBeCaStan play the albumrelease show for their new one at Drom, $12 adv tix rec
9/18, 8 PM Ana Popovic – the Serbian Stevie Ray Vaughan – at Highline Ballroom, $20 adv tix rec
9/18, 8 PM hypnotic, intense Bollywood music/dance troupe Mystic India at NJPAC in Newark, $25 tix avail
9/18, 8 PM Certain General guitarslinger Phil Gammage’s Adventures in Bluesland– whose material spans from Muddy Waters to Elvis to originals – at Lucille’s, $tba. They’re also at Rock Shop on 9/23 at 8:30
9/18, 8 PM edgy female-fronted funk band Eliza & the Organix – feat. swirly alto sax player Kristen Tivey – at Leftfield
9/18, 8 PM legendary Japanese underground big band jazz with the Tochio Swing Beats at Flushing Town Hall, $16
9/18, 8:30 PM, repeating on 9/19 at 7:30 PM the Chelsea Symphony play orchestral works by Brahms and others at St. Peter’s German Church in Chelsea
9/18, 9 PM awesomely fun, Australian female-fronted garage-psych/punk-pop band the Pink Tiles at the Gutter in Williamsburg
9/18, 9 PM intense, original up-and-coming pianist/composer JJ Beck – jazz roots, cinematic scope, classical chops, punk inspiration – at Caffe Vivaldi
9/18, 10 PM eclectic, electric C&W/blues band the Jug Addicts at Barbes
9/18, 10 PM one of the best, most purposeful psychedelic metal acts of the last 20 years, Washington State power trio Mos Generator at Bowery Electric, $15 adv tx rec
9/19, 3 PM Drina Seay – torchy Americana/soul/jazz siren who is to NYC now what Neko Case was to Portland in 1999 – at the Pleasant Village Community Garden, Pleasant Ave. btwn 118th & 119th St., 4/6 to 116th St.
9/19, 4 PM the Time & Luck Quartet – led by Joshua and Lindsay of the Flatbellys – play their oldtimey Appalachian sounds at Madison Square Park
9/19, 5 PM one of this era’s most intense, gripping folk noir artists, Liz Tormes followed at 6 by former Bogman Vic Thrill at Pete’s
9/19, 6:30 PM intense folk noir/Americana/art-rock chanteuse/bandleader Betty Soo at the big room at the Rockwood, $10
9/19, 7:30 PM Son of Power Popaholic Fest kicks off with plaintive, soulful Baltimore singer Joylene Dalia’s catchy, jangly, purist band the Honest Mistakes followed at 8:15 by Youngstown, Ohio powerpop/garage band the Deadbeat Poets (basically a reconfiguration of Cleveland legends the Infidels, with longtime Stiv Bators collaborator Frank Secich), Boston powerpop band Watts (named for the Stones drummerr), power trio the Turnback and then at 11:15 first-wave garage legend Arthur Alexander’s latest project, the Sorrows at Matchless
9/19, 7:30 PM the Lou Rainone Quintet +1 with enigmatic chanteuse Dorian Devins, Richie Vitale – trumpet , Larry Farrell – trombone , Tom Dicarlo – bass , Taro Okamoto – drums at Smalls
9/19, 8 PM Shahin Najafi – who’s sort of the Iranian Joe Strummer – and his band at Drom, $25 adv tix a must
9/19, 8 PM lyrically edgy, socially aware banjo/uke harmony duo the Lords of Liechtenstein at the People’s Voice Cafe, $18, “no one turned away”
9/19, 8 PM Turkish-American third-stream/pastoral jazz chanteuse and guitarist Sinem Saniye at the new Club Bonafide, 212 E 52nd St.$15 adv tix rec
9/19, 9 PM vicious noiserock jamband the the Skull Practitioners– led by Steve Wynn sparring partner/genius guitarist Jason Victor – at Passenger Bar in Williamsburg
9/19, 9ish searing, theatrical Romany/Balkan punk rockers Bad Buka at Mehanata
9/19, 9 PM intense Romany/flamenco art-rock violin-guitar duo Kozm at the big room at the Rockwood, $10
9/19, 9 PM boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band at Hill Country
9/19, 9 PM swirly psychedelic garage-pop band Aircraft at Arlene’s
9/19, 9 PM the Orb Mellon Trio (resonator guitar, harmonica, drums) plays down-and-dirty Delta blues and Hill Country music at Dinosaur BBQ in Gowanus, free
9/19, 9:30 PM baritone sax legend Joe Temperley brings decades of irrepressible purism to a rare trio show with with pianist Adam Birnbaum and bassist Yasushi Nakamura.at Mezzrow, $20
9/19, 9/10:30 PM drummer Barry Altschul’s 3dom Factor – the best possible trio context you can see saxophonist Jon Irabagon play in right now – with Joe Fonda on bass at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 minimum.
9/20, 3 PM organist Christopher Houlihan performs works by JS Bach and Saint-Saens, as well as Louis Vierne’s Symphony No. 4 and the New York premiere of Patrick Greene’s Steel Symphony, (inspired by metal sculptures from the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Massachusetts) at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, 856 Pacific St, (Vanderbilt/Underhill; 2/3 to Bergen St., free
9/20, 4 PM slyly humorous urban country bandleader Alex Battles in the front room at Freddy’s
9/20, 4 PM no wave funk cult heroes James Chance and the Contortions at Trans-Pecos, $12
9/20, 5 PM ethereal, edgy jazz violinist Charlie Burnham leads a group at Barbes followed at 9 by bassist/horn man Matt Pavolka’s bouncy, staccato Horns Band
9/20, 6 PM Philly Afropunk legends McRad at Grand Victory
9/20, 6 PM pianist Beatrix Becker and cellist Noah Hoffeld team up for a darkly intense evening informed by jazz, klezmer, tango and other tasty styles at Cornelia St. Cafe, $8 includes a drink! Followed at 8:30 PM (separate $10 admission) by ambitious, smart, noir-inclined tenor sxophonist Patrick Cornelius and his octet.
9/20, 6 PM intense improvising cellist cellist Daniel Levin with cellist/alto saxophonist Chris Pitsiokos at Downtown Music Gallery, free
9/20, 6 PM balmy, sardonically individualistic vocal jazz stylist Dorian Devins and her trio at the Bahche, 191 7th St, (between 2nd and 3rd Aves) in Gowanus, free
9/20, 6 PM “poets Liza Jessie Peterson and Tongo Eisen-Martin, who will perform with violinists Jennifer Choi and Cornelius Dufallo, present music by Randall Woolf, Cornelius Dufallo, Aleksandra Vrebalov, Preston Stahly and Kenji Bunch, a blend of modern classical, hiphop, and American folk music” at the granite terrace in Brooklyn Bridge Park, free, go left when yo hit the Fulton Landing and follow the sound
9/20, 7 PM the sardonically titled Whippersnappers with Nick Anderson – drums; Mark Marshal l- guitar; Ari Folman-Cohen – bass; Kevin Moehringer – trombone; Pasquale Cangiano – trumpet; Akie Bermiss – vocals and piano; Kyle Nasser – sax and Alex Spiegelman – alto sax play classic ska, rocksteady and roots reggae grooves at Barbes followed at 9 by psychedelic/art-rock/ Romany guitar genius Stephane Wrembel
9/20, 8 PM psychedelic klezmer/bluegrass mandolin and clarinet legend Andy Statman at the Jalopy, $10
9/20, 10 PM brilliant Americana rock guitarslinger and tunesmith Tom Clark & the High Action Boys upstairs at 2A
9/20, 10 PM Led Zep stoner blues soundalikes Wake the Sun at Bowery Electric
9/20, 10:30 PM sweeping, swinging vibraphone jazz with the Behn Gillece Quartet feat. Nate Radley – guitar , Ugonna Okegwo – bass , Jason Tiemann – drums at Smalls http://www.behngillecejazz.com
9/21, 7 PM devious all-female honkytonk cover band Your Ex-Girlfriends at the big room at the Rockwood
9/21, 8 PM a night of murder ballads assembled by creepy noir chamber pop/murder ballad duo Charming Disaster – Sweet Soubrette’s femme fatale frontwoman Ellia Bisker and Kotorino’s murderous Jeff Morris = featuring cello rocker Patricia Santos, Donald and Lydia, Karen Poliski. the Debutante Hour’s Susan Hwang, Lyndol Descant, Jessica Clinton, at Branded Saloon, free
9/21, 8 PM older and newer improvising noisemaker, in reverse order: the Jazzfakers, Aaron Moore, Adam Bohman and Clive Graham, Schuyler Tsuda, and bewitchingly assaultive art-rock duo Naked Roots Conducive (violinist Natalia Steinbach and cellist Valerie Kuehne) at Spectrum, $10
9/21, 8 PM contrasting performances by Australian artists: ambient music maven Lawrence English and the acerbic, explosive John Chantler at the Walker Space, 40 Walker St. in Tribeca, $12
9/21, 8:30 PM innovative, kinetic vibraphonist Yuhan Su leads her band with Matt Holman, trumpet, flugelhorn; Petros Klampanis, bass; Nathan Ellman-Bell, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 minimum.
9/21, 9 PM NYC jazz legend and twin-reedman George Braith leads a quintet at the Fat Cat
9/21, 9:30 PM Moneco – NYC’s best psychedelic cumbia band now that Chicha Libre are on the shelf – at Barbes
9/21. 10 PM smart, soaring original blue-eyed soul/Americana songwriter Jo Williamson at LIC Bar
9/22, 6:30 PM up-and-coming guitarist/songwriter Alicyn Yaffee -the rare artist who successfully bridges the gap between lyrically-fueled chamber pop and jazz – at the Bar Next Door, free. She’s a strong singer too.
9/22-27, 8/10 PM powerhouse extended trumpet technique maven Peter Evans books a weeklong stand at the Stone, $15. Choice pick: the 9/25 10 PM show, his quintet with Ron Stabinsky (piano, synth) Tom Blancarte (bass) Jim Black (drums, electronics) http://www.moreismorerecords.com
9/22,. 8 PM free improv night: radical listening with Lipchitz (David Grollman/Ryan Krause), Jonathan Wood Vincent, Emilie Lesbros, and Naked Roots Conducive at Jack, $10
9/22, 8:30 Laura Ortman-violin with Patrick Holmes & Greg Fox. A new trio! followed at 10 by the tuneful Giacomo Merega playing a clinic in solo electric bass at Freddy’s
9/22-27, 8:30/10:30 PM lyrical, purposeful jazz guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel with bassist Eric Revis and drummer Nasheet Waits at the Vanguard, $25
9/22, 9:30 PM trumpeter Josh Evans leads 15-piece his big band at Smalls
9/22, 10 PM jangly, sharply lyrical folk-rock/chamberpop band the Morning Sea – like a more stripped-down, less druggy Elliott Smith – at the big room at the Rockwood
9/23, 7 PM the Unintended – a spinoff of lyrically brilliant, noirish, swamp punk/Americana rockers Shanghai Love Motel – at the Parkside, free
9/23, 7 PM charming but edgy Americana songstress Kelli King at the Bitter End
9/23, 7:30 PM a rare jazz accordion duo project with Gil Goldstein and Marc Berthoumieux at at the new Club Bonafide, 212 E 52nd St., $15, use code WBGO for a buck fifty off the cover charge, what a deal, huh?
9/23, 8 PM a rare US appearance by the Cumbia All-Stars – some of the greatest stars of psychedelia and surf rock in Peru in the 70s – at SOB’s, $25 gen adm – considering how many people came out for Los Wemblers in Red Hook, early arrival is a good idea
9/23, 8 PM Brooklyn Raga Massive put their psychedelic Indian classical spin on a wide swath of John Coltrane material spanning several of his eras, delving into the legacy with selections by Alice Coltrane, Pharaoh Sanders and the colossus himself at Pioneer Works, $15
9/23, 8 PM 90s dancehall and golden era roots reggae: Top Shotta Band featuring Screechy Dan followed by Black Uhuru – dunno which edition of the band this is, there’ve been so many – at Brooklyn Bowl, $15
9/23-24, 8:30 PM terse, smart Americana band Darlingside at the big room at the Rockwood
9/23, 9 PM a rare US performance by North African Balkan brass band hybrid Fanfarai at Drom, $15 adv tix rec. Their latest album is off the hook.
9/23, 9ish spine-tingling, charismatic Romany singer Eva Salina solo at the Jalopy, free
9/23, 9 PM Balkan bands at Freddy’s. Lineup TBA, hint: it’s the NY Gypsy Festival, so there could be artists rarely seen and heard in NYC here.
9/23, 9/10:30 PM politically relevant, breathtakingly eclectic Middle Eastern jazz with saxophonist Ochion Jewell plays the album release show for his new cd Volk with his amazing band:: Moroccan pianist Amino Belyamani, Persian-American bassist Sam Minaie, and Pakistani-American drummer Qasim Naqvi at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 minn.
9/23, 9 PM charming, low-key, vividly lyrically-driven Americana/chamber-pop guy/girl duo the Rough & Tumble – like a stripped-down Hem – at the small room at the Rockwood
9/23, 10 PM Portland, Oregon roots reggae band Satfisi at Shrine
9/24, 7 PM former Church twelve-string guitar genius Marty Willson-Piper’s Acres Of Space at the big room at the Rockwood, $20
9/24, 7 PM the Amernet String Quartet play works by Alex Freeman, Mathew Fuerst, and Daniel Ott at Merkin Concert Hall, $25
9/24-27 the Jeff “Tain” Watts Blue 5 with Troy Roberts – saxophones; Paul Bollenback – guitar (9/25 – 9/27 only); James Francies – piano; Orlando Le Fleming – bass, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $30
9/24, 7:30 PM eclectic border rock/psychedelic cumbia/funk/rock en Espanol band La Santa Cecilia at le Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec
9/24, 7:30 PM the Krar Collective play upbeat, otherworldly Ethiopian funk at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised
9/24, 8 PM explosive psychedelic metal band Greek Judas – formerly known as Que Vlo-Ve – ripping the hell out of rembetiko classics from the 1920s and 30s Greek gangster underground at Barbes
9/24, 8 PM ferocious, brilliantly lyrical punk/powerpop band Wormburner – probably the closest thing to the Jam the US has ever produced -at the Mercury, $10 adv tix rec
9/24, 8 PM reliably terse, smart, klezmer/third-stream piano improviser Anthony Coleman plays his birthday show with a massive cast of familar former Tonic faces at Roulette, $20/$15 stud/srs
9/24, 8:30 PM the powerhouse Dave Pietro on saxophone with Johannes Weidenmueller on bass and Ari Hoenig on drums at the Bar Next Door, $12
9/24, 8:30 PM pianist Conor Hanick performs Hans Otte’s spare, luminous minimalist cult favorite 80-minute suite Book Of Sounds at Spectrum, $15/$10 stud.
9/24, 9;30 PM newgrass/bluegrass string band the Blackberry Bushes at the Jalopy, $6 adv tix rec
9/24, 10 PM hilarious faux-French rockers les Sans Culottes – whose new album Les Dieux Ont Soif is both great fun and potently relevant – s at Rock Shop, $10
9/24, 10:30 PM the JD Allen Trio at Smalls. A rare chance to catch this era’s most relevant tenor sax player at the peak of his restless power and gravitas.
9/24, 11ish ferocious, guitarishly brilliant rockabilly/noir janglerocker Kim Lenz & the Jaguars at Bowery Electric
9/25, 7:30/9:30 PM darkly glimmering jazz pianist pianist Edward Simon and his awe-inspiring, lyrical quartet with Miguel Zenón – alto sax; Felipe Fournier – percussion, vibes; Jorge Roeder – bass at the Jazz Gallery, $22
9/25, 7:30 PM intense, soaring North Carolina Americana chanteuse/bandleader Jeanne Jolly at the big room at the Rockwood, $15
9/25, 7;30 PM the MSM Jazz Philharmonic Orchestra with guest soloists Dave Liebman, saxophone; Gilson Peranzzetta, piano, accordion and Cliff Korman, piano play music by Peranzzetta and Edu Lobo at Borden Auditorium at Manhattan School of Music, free but tix req
9/25, 8 PM opening night of the Brooklyn Americana Festival features the Mike and Ruthy Band, Mike Farkas of the increasingly psychedelic, rocking Wiyos, edgy Americana rock songweriter Ana Egge – who’s got a great new album out – Caleb Caudle, and soaringly haunting Yorkshire lass Jan Bell at the Jalopy, $15 adv tix rec
9/25 9 PM charmingly edgy oldschool C&W/Americana rock songstress Karen Hudson at Bar Chord
9/25, 9 PM strange and intense new performance art: Social Health Performance Club presents live performances by: Zachary Fabri, Raphael Sanchez, Geraldo Mercado+ Joiri Minaya at Grace Exhibition Space, 840 Broadway, 2nd Floor (btwn. Ellery St. & Park Ave., entrance left of liquor store – ring top buzzer, sugg don., J to Lorimer St/G to Flushing Ave.
9/25, 9:30 PM a rare duo show with Mike LeDonne moving from his usual organ to piano, with bassist Bob Cranshaw at Mezzrow, $20
9/25, 10ish fuzztone garage rockers the Mystery Lights and reverb-drenched dark garage-psych band the Heaters playing the album release show for their new one at Alphaville, $10
9/25, 10 PM roots reggae group Royal Khaoz at Shrine
9/25, 10 PM Bad Bad Hats – Minneapolis band with an Australian-accented frontwoman, growling fuzztone bass, catchy skittish garage guitar – followed at 11 by the Mynabirds, whose fearless politics you have to admire, it’s just a shame that the music hasn’t measured up lately, at Rough Trade, $12 adv tix rec
9/25, 10:30 PM pyrotechnic alto sax player Mike DiRubbo leads a quintet with Ugonna Okegwo – bass , Rudy Royston – drums , Josh Evans – trumpet , Brian Charette – organ at Smalls
9/25, 11 PM popular Americana highway rockers Waylon Speed at the Shop bbq joint in Bushwick
9/25 the Brown and Breen Piano Duo and didgeridoo player Russell Smith perform rare works by Australian composers, including the US premiere of Peter Sculthorpe’s final composition, “Island Songs,” plusworks by Percy Grainger, Elena Kats-Chermin, and Miriam Hyde at Symphony Space, free
9/26, 11 AM – 6 PM the SAE Institute holds their annual free allday mix of music tech demos, the latest production gizmos and panel discussions at the SAE Institute New York, 218 W 18th St, registration req
9/26, 2 PM this year’s Brooklyn Americana Festival continues with the high-voltage, rustic Strung Out String Band, oldtimey washboard/guitar duo Dubl Handi at 3, socially relevant country crooner Jesse Lenat at 4, Jan Bell’s haunting all-female harmony quartet the Maybelles at 5 and ferocious, intense blues guitarist/singer Will Scott at 6 and M Shanghi String Band headlining at 7 on the stage at Pier 1 in Brooklyn Bridge Park, go left when you hit the Fulton landing and follow the sound
9/26, 3 PM hard-hitting, brass-fueled newschool latin soul/boogaloo dance band Spanglish Fly at the Chile and Chocolate Festival at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, $20/$15 stud/srs, kids 12 and under free
9/26, 4 PM this year’s Brooklyn Americana Festival continues with banjoist Hilary Hawke leading an old time jam session followed by performances by Rashad Brown, Alex Mallett, Clarence Bucaro, Landry McMeans (Gangstagrass), and the wryly irrepressible Alex Battles at 68 Jay St Bar,.
9/26, 6 PM Sitar maestro Krishna Bhatt at the Rubin Musum of Art, $30
9/26, 6 PM singer and tireless vocal jazz advocate Katie Bull performs material from her new album All Hot Bodies Radiate with her first-class combo at the Whynot Jazz Room, $12
9/26, 7:30/9:30 PM trumpeter Marquis Hill‘s Signatures in Brass with a mighty six-trumpet frontline also including Phillip Dizack, Keyon Harrold, Billy Buss, Josh Evans, Ingrid Jensen plus ; Theo Hill – piano; Eric Wheeler – bass; Obed Calvaire – drums playing Kendall Moore compositions at the Jazz Gallery, $22. Part of this year’s reliably adrenalizing Festival of New Trumpet Music.
9/26, 8 PM colorful pianist Lang Lang plays works by Beethoven, Tschaikovsky and Chopin at NJPAC in Newark, $25 seats avail.
9/26, 8 PM the NY Gypsy Festival’s highlight this year is this amazing lineup: Sevillian flamenco chanteuse Elena Andujar, the amazing high-voltage original Balkan group Cocek Brass Band at 9:15, roaringly theatrical Balkan punks Bad Buka at 10:30, the amazingly tight and explosively jam-oriented Raya Brass Band at 11:45 and similarly combustible Romany string band Balti Mare at 1 AM at Drom, $15 adv tix rec
9/26, 8 PM the extraordinary, otherworldly Iranian Dastan Ensemble joined by rising star classical chanteuse Mahdieh Mohammadkhani at Roulette, $32/$28 stud/srs, expensive but worth it
9/26, 9 PM a killer night of surf music: Dick Dale cover band Let’s Go Trippin’, the cinematic TarantinosNYC and the Derangers at Sidewalk
9/26, 9 PM edgy psychedelic tropicalia chanteuse/bandleader Holly Holden y Su Banda at Shrine
9/26, 9 PM ghoulabilly bassist/bandleader Jessica Lee Wilkes and her band followed by Texas rockabilly crew the Bellfuries at Union Hall, $10
9/26, 9 PM exhilarating late-1800s style Appalachian/blues string band the Down Hill Strugglers at the Jalopy $10
9/26, 9 PM intense, alternately hypnotic and soaringly anthemic art-rock pianist/songwriter/indie classical composer Kristin Hoffmann at Caffe Vivaldi. She hasn’t played here in a long time, so arrive early if you’re going.
9/26, 9/10:30 PM, repeating on 9/28 at 8:30 PM thoughtful, soulful trombonist Ryan Keberle & Catharsis with Mike Rodriguez, trumpet; Camila Meza, voice; Jorge Roeder, bass; Eric Doob, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 minimum.
9/26, 10 PM fiery garage punks the 45 Adapters at Grand Victory, $10
9/26, 11 PM spiky, irresisittibly fun Hawaiian swing with King Isto’s Tropical String Band at Pete’s
9/26, 11ish Vancouver first-wave punk legends DOA at Bowery Electric, $18 adv tix rec
9/26, midnight perennially sinister ex-Cramps and Gun Club guitarist Kid Congo Powers & the Pink Monkey Birds play their noir cabaret-infused postpunk at Littlefield, $15
9/26-27 ex-Old Crow Medicine Show oldtime folk maven Willie Watson at the Rockwood
9/27, 11 AM Sunday bluegrass brunch at Superfine in Dumbo with Demolition String Band, Willy Gantrim, and Abby Hollander
9/27, noon Brooklyn legend Eddie “The Shiek” Kolchak leads his reliably inspired neighborhood Middle Eastern band the Amber-Aba Orchestra, delivering Middle Eastern bellydance classics and pop hits from the 50s and even further back on Atlantic Ave. just up the block from Sahadi’s as part of this year’s Atlantic Antic.
9/27, 2 PM a wind/strings octet from the Orchestra of St. Luke’s plays music by Beethoven, Strauss, and Nielsen at the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Snug Harbor, Staten Island, free. The program repeats at 6:30 PM at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, 1040 Grand Concourse.
9/27, 3 PM clarinetist Charles Neidich joins chamber orchestra the New York Classical Players for a dynamite program of works by Mozart, Nielsen’s Clarinet Concerto, Schönberg’s Verklärte Nacht, and Neidich’s own “Scherzissimo” for clarinet and strings at Church of the Heavenly Rest, on 90th and Fifth, free
9/27, 4 PM bad segue, great twinbill: a rare solo set by charismatic Romany singer Eva Salina followed by the Jack Grace Band playing their boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic under the archway below the Manhattan Bridge in Dumbo. Follow the sound!
9/27, 4 PM popular Lynchian crooner/bandleader Nicole Atkins followed by the perennially intense, tuneful godfather of edgy, lyrical, anthemic downtown NYC rock, Willie Nile at the Hoboken Arts & Music Festival, Washington St. and First St., free
9/27, 4:30 PM the George Gee Swing Orchestra – beneficiaries of trombonist Dave Gibson’s cool new arrangements – squeeze themselves into Smalls
9/27, 6 PM closing night of this year’s Brooklyn Americana Festival at Superfine in Dumbo featuring the Dirty Waltz Project – who don’t limit themselves to 3/4 time – followed by fiery Americana rock songwriter Ana Egge and the Balladeers, and the bluesy, lively New Orleans-style Free Agents Brass Band.
9/27, 7 PM maestro Dong-hyun Kim conducts the Queensboro Symphony Orchestra – NYC’s hottest new classical ensemble – in the world premier of Paul Joseph’s symphonic fantasy The King of the Mask,a multidisciplinary extravaganza and the lifelong reflection of celebrated Cuban artist Roman Valdes. Also on the bill: James Cohn’s rarely heard Symphony #4. at Mary’s Nativity Church, 46-02 Parsons Blvd. (at Holly Ave.), Flushing, just a short 10 minute walk from the Flushing Ave. stop on the 7 train, or take the Q27, Q65 bus
9/27, 7 PM brilliant bassist/singer Felice Rosser’s perennially vital groove band Faith at Green Oasis Garden, 368 E 8th St btwn Ave C and D
9/27, 7:30 PM smartly pensive, often haunting one-man string orchestra Christopher Tignor, SYMBOL (Chris King of This Will Destroy You) and Christian Frederickson (of Rachels) at Littlefield, $12
9/27, 7:30 PM pianist Victor Paukstelis plays visual art-inspired works by Scarlatti, Schumann, Debussy, Chopin, Rameau, and Liszt at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $25
9/27, 9 PM Czech indie classical luminary Iva Bittova with the Window Quartet at le Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec
9/28, 6 PM pianist Liz Magnes and violinist Rosi Hertley play haunting, klezmer-tinged third-stream jazz at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 minimum.
9/28, 7:30 PM pianist Thomas Muraco with the American String Quartet’s Peter Winograd, violin and Wolfram Koessel, cello play an all-Brahms program at Greenfield Hall at Manhattan School of Music, free
9/28, 8 PM Karolina Cicha and Bart Pałyga play haunting, feral, otherworldly Polesian folk tunes at Drom, $15 adv tix rec
9/29, half past noon violinists Lynn Bechtold & Mioi Takeda play “A History of Immigration via Violin Duos” including Rain Worthington’s Night Stream at the charming little Church of the Transfiguration, 1 E 29th St, $5 sugg don
9/29, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, a trombone/cello/bass clarinet trio subset of Ensemble Signal plays works by Francesconi, Saariaho and Luciano Berio’s Sequenza V at the Miller Theatre, free, get there on time because these free shows are getting mightly popular.
9/29, 7:30/9:30 PM moody Middle Eastern-inspired pianist Shai Maestro leads a quartet with Jorge Roeder – bass; Ziv Ravitz – drums; Theo Bleckmann – special guest vocalist at the Jazz Standard, $25
9/29, 8 PM intense, eclectic chamber pop/art-rock bandleader Lorraine Leckie and Her Demons joined by Czech violin wizard Pavel Cingl at the Mercury, $10
9/29, 8 PM postbop trumpet legend Eddie Henderson leads an allstar Quartet with special guests Marquis Hill, Randy Brecker and Dave Douglas and George Cables – piano; Doug Weiss – bass; Billy Drummond – drums at the Lang Community & Student Center, Arnhold Hall, 2nd Fl. at the New School (55 W. 13th St) , $20
9/29-30 and 10/2, 8 PM flutist Claire Chase plays three Edgar Varese-inspired solo programs at the Kitchen, $12. Day one is works from the avant canon: Reich, Lucier et al. day two, the most eclectic, includes works by Du Yun and Felipe Lara; day three is the most adventurous with pieces by Nathan Davis, Jason Eckardt, Dai Fujikura, Pauline Oliveros, and Francesca Verunelli
9/29-10/4, 8/10 PM a week of up-and-coming New England Conservatory talent booked by Anthony Coleman and Hankus Netsky play the Stone, $15
9/29, 9 PM slowcore art-rockers Godspeed You Black Emperor at Terminal 5, $30 adv tix avail at the Mercury box ofc Tues-Sat noon-6 PM
9/29, 9:30 PM a talented chamber quartet: Emir Gamsızoğlu – piano;; Angela Shankar – clarinet; Artur Kaganovskiy – violin; Michael Katz – cello play Romany-influenced classical works by Schubert, Hubay and others as part of this year’s NY Gypsy Festival at Drom, $15 adv tix rec
9/29, 9:30 PM saxophone powerhouse Lucas Pino‘s two-guitar No No Nonet at Smalls
9/30, 7 PM Estonian folk singer Maarja Nuut makes psychedelic loopmusic out of ancient Black Sea themes at Elebash Hall at CUNY, 365 5th Ave, $20
9/30, 7:30/9:30 PM composer Miho Hazama and M-Unit – her massive big band with string section – at the Jazz Standard, $25
9/30. 7:30 PM Positone Records Night at Smalls with two of their best acts: superb postbop composer and tenor saxophonist Tom Tallitsch leading a killer quintet with David Gibson – trombone , Jon Davis – piano , Peter Brendler – bass , Rudy Royston – drums followed at 10:30 PM by irrepressible B3 organ magician Brian Charette‘s quintet with Joe Magnarelli – trumpet , Walt Weiskopf – tenor sax , Doug Webb – tenor sax , and Rudy Royston doing double duty
9/30, 8 PM the Momenta String Quartet play works by Sparr, Dan Visconti, Philip Glass’ Music in Similar Motion, Christian Wolff and Charles Ives’ String Quartet No. 2 at the Tenri Institute, 43 W13th St, $15
9/30, 8 PM the new trio of Gelsey Bell (voice), Miguel Frasconi (glass and electronics), and Cleek Schrey (hardanger fiddle) improvise at Roulette, $20/$15 stud/srs
9/30, 8 PM violinist Zoe Black and pianist Joe Chindamo play their new arrangement of Bach’s Goldberg Variations at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $25
9/30, 8:30 PM pensive, reliably interesting guitarist Tom Chang leads his band with Quinsin Nachoff, tenor sax; Jeremy Powell, tenor sax; Sam Minaie, bass; Ziv Ravitz, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 minimum.
9/30, 9 PM a rare reunion show by Boston all-female Howlin Wolf-influenced dark garage rock duo Mr. Airplane Man followed by Memphis allstar garage band Reigning Sound at the Bell house, $15
9/30, 9ish a solid newschool metal boogie twinbill with fenale-fronted trio the Well and Kadavar at St. Vitus, $20
9/30, 10 PM creepy noir chamber pop/murder ballad duo Charming Disaster – Sweet Soubrette’s femme fatale frontwoman Ellia Bisker and Kotorino’s murderous Jeff Morris at Pete’s
9/30 clever, torchy lo-fi original Americana banjo player/chanteuse Odetta Hartman at Elvis Guesthouse, 85 Avenue A.
10/1, 6:30 PM a wind/strings octet from the Orchestra of St. Luke‘s plays music by Beethoven, Strauss, and Nielsen at the Brooklyn Historical Society. 128 Pierrepont St, downtown Brooklyn, free. The program repeats on 10/3 at 5 at the Rubin Museum of Art and then on 10/4 at 2 PM at the Queens Museum in Corona Park across the way from where Shea Stadium used to be.
10/1, 7 PM balmy, sardonically individualistic vocal jazz stylist Dorian Devins and her trio play a celebration of Harlem jazz at Settepani:,196 Malcolm X Blvd, (Lenox Ave) at 120th St., free
10/1, 7:30 PM subversively hilarious cabaret personality/chanteuse Tammy Faye Starlite leads an all-star chamber-rock band playing her twistedly brilliant Marianne Faithfull parody/homage at Pangea, $20
10/1, 7:30 PM otherworldly, rustic, haunting folk tunes and originals from the Reupblic of Georgia with Zedashe at Drom, $15 adv tix rec. Followed at 9:30 PM (separate adm, $15 adv tix available) by fiery female-fronted Russian Romany trio Via Romen
10/1, 8 PM sharp (get there a little early to make it easy on the host), a rare Manhattan house concert with poignantly lyrical, velvet-voiced southwestern gothic/tropicalia/psychedelia songwriter Jenifer Jackson at a convenient Upper West location (close to 1/2/3 trains at 96th), email for info/location
10/1, 8 PM the Momenta String Quartet with pianist Gilbert Kalish play “The Concert from Hell” with works by Julián Carrillo, Eugène Ysaÿe, Philip Glass, George Crumb’s Black Angels and Charles Ives’ Halloween at the Tenri Institute, 43 W13th St, $15
10/1. 9 PM a smaller subset of mighty 75-woman Brazilian drum battalion BatalaNYC at Meridian 23
10/1, 9 PM in reverse order; skronky, angular postpunk experimentalists Grex, the bludgeoning Weasel Walter/Chris Pitsiokos Duo, the baritone sax-driven, assaultive Andrew Barker Trio, and some serious shredding with Max Jaffe/Branxon Seabrook/Tim Dahl at Muchmore’s, $7. Also see 10/2.
10/1, 10 PM the Super Friends Band play surf and soul classics at Hank’s
10/1 a super rare Steve Wynn solo acoustic show at Bowery Electric. Saw the legendary noir psychedelic songwriter/guitar duellist play solo many, many years ago at Westbeth and the show was amazing.
10/2, 8 PM a killer triplebill at Sidewalk of all places: country blues guitar genius Lenny Molotov’s swing band the Fascinators followed by Mac McCarty & the Kidd Twist Band playing their fiery, sometimes unexpectedly poignant Pogues-ish punk and folk noir and then Joe Yoga, frontman of ferociously tuneful southwestern gothic rockers the Downward Dogs
10/2, 9:30 PM in reverse order: skronky, angular postpunk experimentalists Grex, Michael Coleman’s rainy-day bedroom pop project Young Nudist, clarinetist Aaron Novik‘s Abebbe, and drummer Marc Edwards and Slipstream Time Travel‘s smoky, enveloping firestorm at Pine Box Rock Shop, 12 Grattan St , Bushwick, L to Morgan Ave., free
10/2, 10 PM this era’s greatest cinematic noir guitar instrumentalists, Big Lazy at Barbes
10/3, 5 PM hypnotic, high-energy Garifuna dance-rock bandleader.guitarist Aurelio Martinez and band at the Brooklyn Museum, free He’s also at the Lincoln Center Atrium at 7:30 PM on 10/15
10/3, 8 PM singer/guitatarist Mia Wilson’s haunting, blues-infused, angst-ridden, psychedelic project with brilliant lead guitarist Quincy Ledbetter, the Bright Smoke at Union Hall, $10
10/3, 8 PM the Momenta String Quartet with guest Marcy Rosen on cello play the Debussy String Quartet plus George Crumb’s Sonata for Solo Cello and works by Michael Small, Luigi Boccherini, Tomas Luis de Victoria:at the Tenri Institute, 43 W13th St, $15
10/3, 8 PM one of Spain’s leading flamenco guitarists, Antón Jiménez, in a rare Brooklyn show at Roulette, $30/$26 stud/srs
10/3, 1 AM ish (actually the wee hours of 10/4) the ferocious, politically-inspired Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires play their “real Alabama R&R” at Baby’s All Right, $12
10/4, 11 AM community day at the newly opened National Sawdust in Williamasburg, free. Australian violinist Jon Rose engages the public with a ten-foot-tall, interactive electronic musical instrument, yikes! Via sensors and radio transmission, the movements and speed of the ball determine the sonic results. Puppeteer/designer/director Julian Crouch and musician/composer Saskia Lane—Birdheart collaborators and booking agents at the venue —join forces with Asphalt Orchestra for an interactive puppet parade to the East River at 3 PM. Found Sound Nation supply mobile studios throughout the parade for the public to make free recordings. The concert there that night with sets at 7 PM/9 PM features Terry Riley’s Abbeyozzud and Beyond with Gyan Riley, Zach Brock (violin), David Cossin (percussion), Travis Laplante (saxophone), Matmos (electronics), Benjamin Verdery and guitarists from the Yale School of Music, and Evan Ziporyn (saxophone), $25
10/4, 4 PM a free all-ages triplebill at Paperbox with carnivalesque tropical Romany cutups Consumata followed at 5 by snarling punk blues duo Slim Wray and at 6 by neo glamrockers the Bushwick Hotel
10/4, 4 PM early music ensemble Rebel perform a medieval program tracing “the Path to Enlightenment at Corpus Christi Church, 529 W 121st St, $10 seats avail.
10/4, 6:30 PM the Cassatt String Quartet play music by Peter Schickele and Antonín Dvorák at the Lounge at Hudson View Gardens, 128 Pinehurst Ave at 183rd St., $12 sugg don, reception to follow..
10/4, 7:30 PM a wild windup to this year’s NY Gypsy Festival with – in reverse order -trumpet icon Frank London’s Klezmer Brass All-Stars featuring singer Eleanor Reissa; NYC’s long-running, eclectic Hungry March Band; the similarly eclectic, Ellington and hip-hop-influenced Slavic Soul Party and the Underground Horns, who veer from the Balkans to the Mediterranean to New Orleans, at the Schimmel Auditorium at Pace Univ. on Spruce St. in the financial district, $20
10/4, 8 PM the Momenta String Quartet with guest pianist Gordon Beeferman play improvisational works by Borey Shin, Wilfrido Terrazas, Gordon Beeferman, Yusef Lateef: and Arthur Kampela, many of them world premieres, at the Tenri Institute, 43 W13th St, $15
10/4 9 PM a killler noir twinbill upstairs at 2A with the Orbisonesque blue-eyed soul of CC Carana and the ghoulabilly/protorock menace of Reid Paley
10/5 fiery, gospel-infused belter Lizzie Edwards leads a brilliant pickup band – comprising most of the people who played that awesome New Marble Giants tribute last month – in a performance of Paul McCartney’s Ram album at Bowery Electric
10/6, 7 PM a sensationally eclectic multi-performer bill with haunting all-female Bulgarian vocal choir Black Sea Hotel performing with the Brooklyn Youth Chorus plus string quartet; other composers/performers on the bill include Paola Prestini + Caroline Shaw at National Sawdust, $25
10/6, 7:30 PM the Imani Winds play Jeff Scott’s new arrangement of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring plus works by Mendelssohn, Wayne Shorter and Simon Shaheen at Music Mondays, Advent/ Broadway Church, 2504 Broadway at 93rd St., free.
10/6, 7:30 PM an all-star lineup: Joanna Maurer and Georgy Valtchev, violin; Dov Scheindlin and Danny Kim, viola’ Joel Noyes and Wolfram Koessel, cello; Troy Rinker, bass; Anna Stoytcheva and Lora Tchekoratova, piano plays works by Mozart, Dobrinka Tabakova plus Schubert’s Trout Quintet at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $25
10/7, 3 PM the Greenwich Village Orchestra play Brahms’ Academic Festival Overture, the Elgar Cello Concerto and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 at Washington Irving HS Auditorium, 16th St./Irving Place, $15 sugg don., reception to follow
10/7, 7:30 PM OMG one of the most exciting free concerts of the year – the Chamber Orchestra of the Macedonian Philharmonic with the supersonic Ismail Lumanovski on clarinet play works by Manchev, Tura (Concerto for Clarinet and String Orchestra) and Bartok at Merkin Concert Hall, early arrival a must
10/7, 10 PM tenor saxophonist Noah Preminger and his new band – with trumpeter Jason Palmer, bassist Kim Cass and drummer Ian Froman – perform half-hour, hard-swinging visions of Bukka White’s “Parchman Farm Blues” and “Fixin’ to Die Blues,” with “the sound channeling the Mississippi Delta via Ornette Coleman’s Free Jazz” at 55 Bar, $10
10/8, 6:30 PM a rare performance of Armenian and Western classical gems: pianist Sofya Melikyan plays works by Artunian, Kachaturian, Shahrimanyan, Granados and Mompou’s immortally plaintive Variations on a Theme by Chopin at Zinc Bar, $25/$15 stud.
10/8, 7 PM puppeteer Julian Crouch and bassist Saskia Lane’s multimedia project Birdheart – a contemplation of escape and renewal, among other things – with Bang on a Can Allstars guitarist Mark Stewart plus cellist Jeffrey Zeigler at National Sawdust, $25. The program repeats on 10/11 and 10/14.
10/8, 8 PM wry newschool oldtimey songwriter Odetta Hartman plays the record release for her new one at the big room at the Rockwood. 10/24 she’s at Festival of the Hunt at the Irondale Center in Ft. Greene.
10/8, 9 PM catchy, time-warping oldtimey Americana/oldschool soul mashups with “steamboat soul” band Roosevelt Dime at the big room at the Rockwood, $10
10/8, 11 PM psychedelic powerpop/new wave rocker Mike Rimbaud plays songs from his characteristically tuneful, snarling, politically smart, Elvis Costello-esque new one Put That Dream in Your Pipe and Smoke It at Nublu
10/9-10, 7:30 PM the premiere of Stefania de Kennesey‘s Bonfire of the Vanities: The Opera, based on the Tom Wolfe bestseller, at El Teatro at El Museo del Barrio, 1230 5th Ave. at 104th St, $30
10/9, 8 PM the first of a two-day John Zorn festival at National Sawdust with the world premiere of Madrigals Books I-II sung by Lisa Bielawa, Jane Sheldon, Sarah Brailey, Mellissa Hughes, Rachel Calloway and Kirsten Sollek perform this world premiere. The 10 PM set has Asmodeus featuring Marc Ribot (guitar), Trevor Dunn (bass) and Tyshawn Sorey (drums), $25
10/9, 8 PM indie classical group Ensemble Mise-En plays an enticing program of works by Frederic Rzewski, Enda Bates. Keeril Makan, and comductor/impersario Moon Young Ha at Mise-En Place Bushwick, 678 Hart St 1B in Bushwick, L to Dekalb Ave, $20/$15 stud/srs includes a drink
10/9 well-loved 90s Americana/garage rock road warriors the Bottle Rockets at Bowery Electric
10/10, 3 PM the Heritage Blues Orchestra play their explosive New Orleans roots music followed by the Trishas and their pillowy four-part oldtime C&W harmonies at Madison Square Park
10/10, 5 PM up-and-coming pianist Brian Le plays music by music by Rachmaninoff, Beethoven, Schumann, Bartok, Chopin, Ravel and Prokofiev at the DiMenna Center, $5
10/10, 8 PM day two of the John Zorn festival at National Sawdust has Zorn reprising his legendary Met Museum improvisation a couple of years ago with Wadada Leo Smith (trumpet) and Milford Graves (drums). The 10 PM set has Cobra featuring Mark Feldman (violin), Okkyung Lee (cello), Jeffrey Zeigler (cello), Ikue Mori (electronics), Sylvie Courvoisier (piano), Brian Marsella (keyboards), Eyal Maoz (guitar), Marc Ribot (guitar), Trevor Dunn (bass), Cyro Baptista (percussion), Ches Smith (drums/vibes), Kenny Wollesen (drums/vibes) and Zorn himself as “prompter,” $25
10/11, midnight edgy Russian art-rock/indie classical keyboardist/songwriter Olga Bell plays the album release show for her new one Incitation with violinists Mari Kimura and Jon Rose at National Sawdust, $25
10/12, 7 PM intense, darkly politically-fueled Tunisian-born art-rock chanteuse Emel Mathlouthi at National Sawdust, $25
10/12, 7:30 PM pianist Judit Gabos plays an all-Bartok program at the Hungarian Consulate, 223 E 52n d St., free, rsvp reqd
10/12, 8/10:30 PM moody but kinetic third-stream pianist Romain Collin with bassist Luques Curtis and drummer Nate Wood at the Blue Note
10/12, 8 PM new electroacoustic works by Neil Rolnick performed by the composer with Ashley Bathgate, cello; Ted Nash, alto saxophone; and Kathleen Supové, piano. at Roulette, $20
10/13, 8 PM the Philadelphia Orchestra play works by Grieg and Bartok plus Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5 at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, $21 tix avail.
10/14, 6 PM the Sphinx Virtuosi with the Catalyst Quartet and composer Gabriela Lena Frank at the piano perform works by Frank, Jennifer Higdon, Jessie Montgomery, Rachel Barton Pine, Daniel Bernard Roumain at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $25
10//14, 7 PM mesmerizing, hypnotic indie classical/jazz sax ensemble Battle Trance at Bric Arts, free
10/14, 8 PM in reverse order: Balkan brass, latin soul, second-line marches and French anarchy: Frank London, Spanglish Fly, New Creations Brass Band and Les Vilains Chicot at Littlefield, $12
10/15, 6:30 PM French pianist Lise de la Salle and American violist Kyle Armbrust play works by Bach, Prokofiev, Brahms, and Kodály at the French Consulate, 934 5th Ave., $30, all proceeds to benefit the French-American Piano Society
10/15, 8 PM the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra play works by Mendelssohn, Rihm and Schumann at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, $15 tix avail.
10/15, 8 PM the Ullmann Project performs rarely heard vocal music of cult favorite, individualistic early third-stream composer (and Holocaust victim) Viktor Ullmann at Merkin Concert Hall, $30
10/17, noon, free, otheworldly all-female Balkan choral trio Black Sea Hotel and the Kronos Quartet premiere brilliant, haunting singer/composer/multi-instrumentalist Sarah Small‘s new seven-part suite. Plus other composer-performers “too amazingly prolific and talented” to announce yet, at St. Ann’s Warehouse, early arrival a must. The program repeats at 8 PM; $26 tix available.
10/17, 7:30 PM massive, paradigm-shifting indie classical choir Roomful of Teeth perform works by Ted Hearne, Anna Clyne, Missy Mazzoli, William Brittell, Eric Dudley and Caleb Burhans at Natoinal Sawdust, $25. The 10 PM show (separate $25 admission) features the world premiere of Memory Palace, with Christopher Cerrone‘s music performed by percussionist Jonny Allen, and film by Francesco Simeti; Listen, Quiet, with Paola Prestini’s music performed by cellist Jeffrey Zeigler, percussionist David Cossin, and film projections by S. Katy Tucker; and the world premiere of a new collaboration by the amazingly multistylistic, haunting pianist/sound sculptor Bora Yoon and multimedia artist Joshue Ott. Then at midnight (separate $15 admission) there’s another show with the JG Ballard-inspired Low City and the strangely, intriguingly kinetic Hessismore
10/17-18, 8 PM legendary first-wave UK punk-reggae band the Subhumans at the Acheron, $15
10/18, 3 PM organist Renee Anne Louprette plays works by Jeanne Demessieux, Marin Marais (her own transcription), a Pamela Decker world premiere plus pieces by Ibert, Ad Wammes and a heroic finale with Franck’s Piece Heroique at the church of St. Ignatius Loyola on the upper west, $20
10/18, 3 PM pianist Alessio Bax plays Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition with live drawing by Doug Fitch at National Sawdust, $25
10/18, 3 PM a six-hour marathon of music by composers under 40 including Caroline Shaw, Jason Treuting and many, many others performed by the Jack Quartet, So Percussion, Duo Cortona and more at Merkin Concert Hall, $15
10/18, 4 PM early music group Musica Temprana make their US debut with a fascinating, rare performance of “Bailes, Tonadas & Cachuas, Songs and Dances from 18th Century Trujillo, Peru” at Corpus Christi Church, 529 W 121st St, $10 seats avail.
10/18, 8 PM sardonically hellraising multistylistic string band the Appleseed Collective – heirs to the throne of the Asylum Street Spankers – at the Jalopy
10/18, 10 PM brilliantly lyrical dark oldtimey songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Pete Lanctot and band at Littlefield, $12
10/19, 8 PM creepy noir chamber pop/murder ballad duo Charming Disaster – Jeff Morris of Kotorino and Ellia Bisker from Sweet Soubrette – host a night of murder ballads feat. inscrutable cellist/art-rocker Serena Jost and others at Branded Saloon
10/19, 9 PM charming all-female newgrass/southern pop harmony trio the Wild Reeds at Union Hall, $8
10/20, half past noon Claudia Dumschat, organ: plays Jean Langlais’ Suite Medievale at the charming little Church of the Transfiguration, 1 E 29th St, $5 sugg don
10/21, 7 PM Fulaso (charismatic singer Erica Ramos’ new funky latin soul band – get it?) play the birthday party for the East Village’s valuable Neighborhood Preservation Center at Webster Hall
10/21, 8:30 PM Steve Curtis from Hem and Ray Rizzo’s new band Three Ring Bender (in which Ray plays guitar) joined by special guest Sohrab Habibion from dark indie legends Obits at Threes Brewing, 333 Douglas @ 4th Ave in Gowanus, free
10/22, 8 PM Alarm Willl Sound plays new music by Texu Kim, Charlie Piper, Jeremy Podgursky, Kate Soper and John Orfe at Merkin Concert Hall, $25
10/23, 5 PM pianist Jose Garcia-Leon plays music by Earl Wild, Poulenc, Debussy, Albeniz, Gershwin and Carlos Surinach at the DiMenna Center, $5
10/23-24, 8 PM the world premiere of Beth Morrison Projects‘ Persona – based on the Bergman film, a “complex depiction of human frailty, cruelty and identity” with music by Keeril Makan directed by Evan Ziporyn, at National Sawdust, $25. On 10/23 at 10 there’s also a performance of Makan works by the Aeolus Quartet, $25
10/23, 8:30 PM catchy psychedelic pop band Summer Fiction – who blend Big Star jangle and balmy Zombies tunefulness – at Union Hall, $10. Popular indie jangle guy Chris Mills plays after.
10/24, 7:30 PM the London Symphony Orchestra with Yefim Brontman at the piano play Bartók: Suite from The Miraculous Mandarin and Piano Concerto No. 3 plus Stravinsky: The Firebird at NJPAC in Newark, a short ten-minute walk from the Path train, $25 tix avail.
10/24, 8 PM west African kora virtuoso Foday Musa Suso – a one-man orchestra of circular rhythmic riffage and intricate ornamentation – with his group at Roulette, $30/$26 stud/srs
10/25, 7 PM Brooklyn Rider violinist Johnny Gandelsman plays solo Bach partitas and sonatas at National Sawdust, $25
10/30-31, starting at 5ish adventurous indie classical string quartet Ethel (Ralph Farris, viola; Dorothy Lawson, cello; Kip Jones, violin; and Tema Watstein, violin) play the balcony bar at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, free w/museum adm.
10/30, 7:30 PM explosive brass-driven circus-rock monstrosity MarchFourth Marching Band at the Cutting Room, $15
10/30, 8 PM brilliant bassist/singer Felice Rosser’s perennially vital groove band Faith opens for Richard Lloyd at Bowery Electric
10/31, 9ish best Halloween show of the year: NYC”S most haunting, inscrutable, lyrically brilliant noir band Karla Rose & the Thorns open for circus rock legends World Inferno at Warsaw, $25
11/4 adventurous indie classical string quartet Ethel play works by women composers Julia Wolfe, Missy Mazzoli, Aleksandra Vrebalov, Lainie Fefferman, Mary Ellen Childs, Anna Clyne, Pamela Z, Paola Prestini and ETHEL’s own Dorothy Lawson at National Sawdust
11/11, 7 PM Czech-born chanteuse Lenka Lichtenberg & Fray play their kinetic yet swirling mashup of Middle Eastern, Balkan and Celtic sounds at Drom, $15 adv tix rec
11/15, 5 PM Andrii Didorenko and Yuliya Basis play violin and piano sonatas by Vivaldi, Schubert, Milhaud, and Didorenko at the Lounge at Hudson View Gardens, 128 Pinehurst Ave at 183rd St., $12 sugg don, reception to follow.
11/6, 8 PM Ensemble Mise-En plays new chamber works by New England composers: Keith Kirchoff, Beth Wiemann, Hiroya Miura and William Matthews at Mise-En Place in Bushwick (678 Hart St 1B), $20/$15 stud/srs includes a drink, L to Dekalb Ave
11/17 dark, charismatic, mischieviously witty literate keyboardist/chanteuse Rachelle Garniez plays the album release show for her new one at Dixon P lace
11/20, 8 PM popular garage-psych/janglerock/powerpop band the Grip Weeds at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center (the BMCC auditorium on Chambers east of the highway), $15
12/14, 10 PM a subversive holiday tradition: Xmas songs by Jewish songwriters. Subtext, anybody? Performers include host Steven Blier on piano with chanteuse Lauren Worsham, clarinetist Alan Kay, cantor Joshua Breitzer, many others at Henry’s Restaurant, 2745 Broadway at 105th St, $10; Reservations requred to 212-866-0600 if you want to eat but not for bar seating
12/20, 3 PM the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra play Handel’s Messiah at NJPAC in Newark, $30 tix avail.
1/31/16, 5 PM jazz chanteuse Suzanne Lorge and her combo at the Lounge at Hudson View Gardens, 128 Pinehurst Ave at 183rd St., $12 sugg don, reception to follow.