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A Current-Day Roots Reggae Masterpiece From Taj Weekes & Adowa

Most reggae fans, if they didn’t know the band, would never guess that Taj Weekes & Adowa aren’t one of the golden-age bands of the 70s, contemporaries of Bob Marley, Burning Spear and the rest. Those familiar with studio recording from across the ages would notice the cleaner production quality, as opposed to what was coming out of cramped, dingy Jamdown analog rooms throughout that time (and what that stuff sounds like as overcompressed mp3s from the web). Weekes has an individualistic sound, setting his aphoristic, socially conscious lyrics to slinky, artfully orchestrated organic grooves with low-key guitar multitracks, flowing organ, incisive piano, and a tight, fat rhythm section. What sets Weekes apart is that he doesn’t just vamp out on a couple of chords – his melodies are anthemic and shapeshifting, as equally informed by psychedelic rock and the 60s as by Bob Marley. His expressive voice sails up to the rafters on occasion when he wants to really drive a point home or match the music. Weekes and the band are playing the album release show for their new one Love Herb & Reggae at the Knitting Factory on Feb 12 at around 10 for $12 in advance. Popular 90s artist Mighty Mystic opens at around 8.

The album – streaming at Storyamp – kicks off with Let Your Voice, as in “let your voice be as loud as your silence.” In an age where so much of what’s left of reggae is ditsy good-vibes hippie bs, this allusive revolutionary anthem is a caustic blast of Caribbean heat. Weekes follows that with the similarly catchy, subtly dub-tinged Life in the Red. It’s an unselfconsciously poetic look at breaking free…but for a price. “Traded my desk for convenience of life…caught dead fighting fire with a feather,’ he warns.

The sad rocksteady ballad Full Sight is another example of how Weekes’ songwriting looks back to far more sophisticated era in reggae, both musically and lyrically. Giant Beast is a vengeful anti-tyranny anthem with a mighty intro – “One day her name no longer spoken, one day her ruins to my right,” Weekes nonchalantly intones. The album has a couple of version of the single Here I Stand, a brave choice of song in the world where Boom Bye Bye still tends to be the norm rather than the exception.

You don’t need no wings to fly,” is the mantra of the soaring, sunny title track. Bullet for a Gun casts Weekes’ antiviolence message into a elegant soul-jazz influenced ballad with some hints of vintage dub. Mediocrity is an especially defiant number: “I won’t wallow in self-pity and I won’t make peace with mediocrity …I shun the comfort of compromise,” Weekes insists. More songwriters ought to make that promise.

Rebels to the Street adds gospel vocals to what could be a vintage Brixton Riots-era Aswad song. The Laws, the most Marley-esque track here, revisits age-old logic for legalizing the herb – what are we watiing for, in New York it’s impossible to walk down the street or ride the train without at least catching a whiff of the wisdom weed. The album winds up with Was It You, a love song with some sweet melodica that reminds of Augustus Pablo; the acoustic Rebel, which attests to how oppression creates “criminals;” and St. Lucia on My Mind, a fond shout-out to Weekes’ home turf in the islands. It’s hard to think of another roots reggae album this purist and smart and original released in the last few years.

New York City Live Music Calendar for February and March 2016

Complete update in the works and then daily updates afterward – this page scheduled to explode by sometime next week, haven’t given up  on doing a real bangup list of great stuff this month. There’s a comprehensive, recently updated list of places where these events 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.

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 AND the connection between visual art, folk art and the classics via the pianist’s own imaginative fabric work from over the years. Next up: works by Schumann and Mozart. Sugg don $10 (pay what you can), delicious gluten-free refreshments, beverages and lively conversation included! email for info/location.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fridays in February,at 9 Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens play oldschool 1960s style gospel at the Fat Cat.

Fridays in February, 9ish dynamic, intense Bulgarian sax star Yuri Yunakov and the Grand Masters of Gypsy Music at Mehanata

Saturdays in February 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 February at 6 PM adventurous oudist/composer/musical traveler Kane Mathis – whose own style seems to gravitate toward mystical, ancient northern African sounds -at Barbes

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

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

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

Sundays in February at 5 PM droll, witty, Monk-influenced jazz pianist Joel Forrester – of the Microscopic Septet – tickles the ivories at Barbes

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 February, 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.

2/1, 9:30 PM new psychedelic cumbia trio Los Aliens – Ricardo Gallo – synths; Sebastián Cruz – guitar; Amanda Ruzza – bass and Andres Jimenez – drums. at Barbes. They’re also here on 2/21 at 7

2/2, 8 PM indie classical ensemble Counter Induction play works by Hungarian composers Ligeti and Kurtag plus a world premiere by Gregory Mertl’ at the Sheen Center on Bleecker just west of Bowery, $20

2/3, 10 PM surf/twang instrumental rockers the Bakersfield Breakers – whose album is a dead ringer for something from 1963, unbelievably cool and fun –at Shrine

2/4, 7 PM rtrailblazing idie classical chamber group Cadillac Moon Ensemble play new works by Conrad Winslow, Viet Cuong, Caleb Burhans, and Rick Burkhardt.at Shapeshifter Lab, $15

2/4, 8 PM darkly and sardonically but also plaintively intense accordionist/singer Rachelle Garniez followed at 10 ($10 cover) by psychedelic klezmer/bluegrass mandolin and clarinet legend Andy Statman at Barbes

2/4, 8 PM International Contemporary Ensemble play a “composer portrait” of renegade Upper Peninsula, Michigan electroacoustic composer Ashley Fure at the Miller Theatre, $30

2/4, 8 PM Sweet Tits – the “punk lesbian Spinal Tap”followed at 9 by hilarious faux-French rockers les Sans Culottes – whose new album Les Dieux Ont Soif is both great fun and potently relevant – at Freddy’s

2/4, 9:30 PM brilliantly lyrical dark oldtimey songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Pete Lanctot and band at Hank’s

2/5, 8 PM a rare trio show by sassy, lyrically edgy female-fronted original oldtimey swing band the Fascinators at Sidewalk

2/5, 8 PM artsy Nordic chanteuse Ane Brun at Housing Works bookstore just south of Houston on Crosby in Soho, $20 gen adm

2/5, 8:30 PM an awesomely diverse and actually pretty contiguous bill with the irrepressible, theatrical, politically spot-on Ukuladies, sultry retro Franco-American torch jazz/chamber pop/ukulele swing band les Chauds Lapins and sensational oldtime Americana/blues maven Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton at the Jalopy, $10

2/5, 10 PM murderously twangy, reverb-fueled crime jazz tableaux, tense highway themes, shapeshifting audio narratives, and deviously fun Italian erotica themes from this era’s greatest cinematic noir guitar instrumentalists, Big Lazy at Barbes

2/5, 10 PM noi blues and edgy downtown oldschool 80s NYC styles with the Phil Gammage Quartet plus hard-surfing Link Wray cover band the Wraycyclers and oldschool 50s-style real-R&B band Sean Coleman & The Quasars at Otto’s

2/5, 11 PM edgy female-fronted funk band Eliza & the Organix – feat. swirly alto sax player Kristen Tivey – at Pete’s

2/6, 2:30 PM the NY Classical Players perform Beethoven / Symphony No. 2, Piano Trio Version; Piano Trio, “Archduke” at Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center, free, early arrival a must

2/6, 4 PM Songs for Unusual Creatures – whose charming, psychedelic tributes to weirdness in the animal kingdom are suitable for adults as well as children –follwed by adventurous oudist/composer/musical traveler Kane Mathis and then by upbeat Sinaloa-style Mexican mariachi/ranchera brass group Banda de los Muertos at Barbes 

2/6, 5 PM the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony plays Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony with the audience seated inside the orchestra (in other words, the orchestra is on the perimeter, audience seated within them) at the DiMenna Center, $25/$15 stud/srs

2/6, 7:30 PMirrepressible indie classical art-rock band the Bang on a Can All-Stars play world premieres by Caroline Shaw, Gabriella Smith,Zhang Shouwang & René Lussier plus music by Julia Wolfe at Merkin Concert Hall, $25

2/6, 7:30/9:30 PM tenor saxophonist Roxy Coss leads her guitar-piano quintet at Club Bonafide, $20

2/6, 9 PM ten-piece country/carnivalesque/acoustic rock powerhouse M Shanghai String Band – whose latest album is amazing – at the Jalopy, $10

2/6, 10 PM Random Test play oldschool roots reggae at Shrine

2/7, 2 PM Sheng Ching Hsu, violin; Mark Dover, clarinet; Benjamin Larsen, cello; Daniel Epstein, piano play Messiaen’s rarely staged, haunting Holocaust-era Quartet for the End of Time at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 139 St. John’s Pl just south of 7th Ave, Park Slope, take any train to Grand Army Plaza

2/7, 3 PM the Greenwich Village Orchestra celebrates the 150th anniversary of Sibelius’s birth with two lush, rich works, his Symphony No. 7 and the iconic Finlandia, paired with Grieg’s iconic Romantic Piano Concerto in A minor, performed by rising star Lo-Eun Yi. at Washington Irving HS Auditorium, 16th St./Irving Place, $20 sugg don., reception to follow

2/7; 3:30 PM adventurous seven-piece chamber ensemble International Street Cannibals play Debussy’s Sonata fror Cello and Piano plus premieres by a global cast of current composers: Dominique Lemaître, Thierry Escaich, Fernando Maglia, Christopher Lyndon-Gee and others at St. Marks Church, 2nd Ave/10th St., $20/$15 stud/srs

2/7, 7 PM dazzlingly eclectic harpist Bridget Kibbey and the Amphion String Quartet play Bach’s Concerto for Harpsichord in F minor, Haydn’s String Quartet in G Major, Op. 77, No. 1, Debussy’s Danses sacrée et profane for Harp and Strings and Andre Capelet’s Conte Fantastique for Harp and Strings  at Bric Arts, free

2/7, 7 PM the Delorean Sisters – who specialize in funny oldtimey acoustic covers of cheesy 80s radio pop – at Barbes

2/8, 8 PM edgy art-rock bandleader Vera Beren directs the music for UBU SINGS UBU, the songs of alt-rock legends Pere Ubu sung by the character Pere Ubu himself, star of Alfred Jarry’s legendary scatalogical satire “Ubu Roi”.with THE UBU SINGS UBU BAND: Matt Butterfield (Prince Bougrelas of Poland, Guitar, Backing vocals), Patrick “Paddymyke” Conlon (King Weneslas of Poland/Drums/Backing Vocals) Mark Ettinger (Queen Rosemund of Poland/Keys/Theremin/Backing Vocals), Emmitt Joe George (Captain Edge, Bass, Backing Vocals) Julie Atlas Muz (Cowbell/AK-47), Dan Safer (Bear/Ghost/Doomed Nobles/Backing Vocals). at B.B. King’s, $22 adv tix a must

2/8, 9:30 PM the brand-new Cumpleanos – with Nestor Gomez – vox/percussion; Lautaro Burgos – drums; Eric Lane – keyboards; Alex Asher – trombone. play Colombian cumbias, salsa and originals at Barbes

2/9, 7 PM purist, straightforward, warmly tuneful front-porch folk songwriter Joanna Sternberg followed by ten-piece funky Balkan brass/Ellington jazz monsters Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

2/9, 7:30 PM a program playfully titled Modern Claras: Five award-winning pianists present their husbands – composers works. Tradition meets contemporary innovation with several new works by husbands & wives aka composers & pianists. Kathleen Supove plays Randall Woolf; Lisa Moore presenting Martin Bresnick; llison Brewster Franzetti presenting Carlos Franzetti; Evelyne Luest plays Aaron Jay Kernis; Tatjana Rankovich presenting Ionel Petroi at Good Shepherd Church, 152 W 66th St, $25

2/9, 9ish eclectic New Orleans/Balkan/circus conglomerate Hungry March Band play a Mardi Gras bash at the Bell House, $15

2/10, 8 PM pianist Kris Wettstein aka A Microscope improvises clouds of sound and minimalist interludes on mystical themes at the Broom Tree Theatre, 23-35 Broadway (23rd St/Crescent), Astoria, N/Q to Broadway, sugg don, all proceeds to benefit neighborhood community gardens

2/10, 8 PM pianist Rachel Grimes and string section celebrate the re-release of her cult favorite 1990 album Music for Egon Schiele at Merkin Concert Hall, $25

2/10, 8 PM Afrobeat-inspired postrock minimalists Empyrean Atlas at Barbes

2/11, 7:30 PM new music ensemble Contemporaneous perform the New York premiere of fascinatingly atmospheric tectonic Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s Streaming Arhythmia at Pioneer Works in Red Hook, $10 sug don

2/11, 8 PM deviously lyrical, historically spot-on, cleverly sultry oldtimey/Americana songwriter/bandleader Robin Aigner and Parlour Game with Rima Fand on violin and keys and Larry Cook on bass followed at 10 by the plush, balmy, oldtimey uke swing of Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies at Barbes

2/12, 6ish edgy, darkly lyrical Americana/powerpop vet Matt Keating at the American Folk Art Museum

2/12, 8 PM delta blues singer/guitarist Jerie Choi followed by soaringly haunting Yorkshire lass Jan Bell playing her bday bash with her awesome all-female Ameriicana roots band the Maybelles at the Jalopy, $10

2/12, 9ish popular 90s reggae artist Mighty Mystic followed by smart, anthemic, golden age-style roots reggae songwriter/bandleader Taj Weekes & Adowa playing the album release show for their new one Love Herb & Reggae at the Knitting Factory, $12

2/13, 8 PM wildly psychedelic, surfy, vallenato-influenced groovemeisters Los Crema Paraiso followed by nuevo salsa songwriter Jose Conde’s oldschool Cuban styhle salsa band Ola Fresca at Barbes

2/13, 9 PM hilarious faux-French rockers les Sans Culottes – whose new album Les Dieux Ont Soif is both great fun and potently relevant – at followed at 10 by fun, stonping, oldschool retro 60s Boston garage rock revivalists Muck & the Mires at Hank’s, note $8 cover

2/13, 9 PM a mighty oldschool soul/New Orleans twinbill with  Ernest Ernie & the Sincerities and the titanic Brother Joscephus and the Love Revolution + special guests at the Bell House, $10 adv tix rec

2/13, 10 PM 3 sets of vintage danceable Gatsby-era French gems by Myriam Phiro & the Cavaliers of Swing in a milieu recreating 1920s Pigalle Paris mashed up with a Rubulad/Burning Man sensibility at the Gemini & Scorpio loft in Gowanus, $20, email for location/info 

2/13, 10 PM roots reggae with Royal Khaoz at Shrine

2/14, 3 PM the North/South Chamber Orchestra play music of pan-American composers Joel Feigin, Max Lifchitz, Robert Martin & Eddie Venegas at Christ & St Stephen’s Church, 120 W 69th St (bet Bway & Columbus), free

2/14, 3 PM pianist Lee Dionne and percussionist Doug Perry of irrepressible chamber/vocal ensemble Cantata Profana deliver a playful program of works by Unsuk Chin, Steen-Andersen and others at Spectrum, $15

2/14, 3:30 PM Palestinian oudist Najib Shaheen (Simon’s brilliant and witty brother) of the Near East Music Ensemble at the Newark Museum, 49 Washington St., Newark, free

2/14, 4 PM the 17-piece Sakura Jazz Orchestra plays material by four brilliant NY-based female Japanese jazz composers: Miho Hazama, Asuka Kakitani, Migiwa Miyajima, Meg Okura, and Noriko Ueda at Shapeshifter Lab, $15

2/14, 7 PM Villa Delirium – who shift from hypnotic, slowcore Americana to creepy circus rock – followed at 9 ($20 cover) by psychedelic guitar monster Jeremiah Lockwood’s brilliant desert rock/cantorial art-rock band Sway Machinery at Barbes

2/14, 10 PM wild oldschool-style original Pacific Northwest bluegrass crew Foghorn String Band at the Jalopy, $20

2/14, 10 PM the Doolittle Family playing their jangly “dream delay psychedelics” at Pete’s

2/15, 10 PM pensive wind-and-string indie classical/postrock/chamber-pop ensemble Floating Compass at Pete’s

2/16, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, indie classical ensemble Loadbang plays new works by David Lang and others at the Miller Theatre, free

2/16, 7 PM irrepressible darkly continental chanteuse Gina Leishman and her ensemble followed by ten-piece funky Balkan brass/Ellington jazz monsters Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

2/16, 11ish well-loved hard-drinking punkgrass/oldtimey/folk noir band Freakwater at the Bell House, $15 adv tix req

2/17, noon, Yun-Chin Zhou, piano plays Rachmaninoff preludes plus works by Profokofiev, Bach and Chopin at the Morgan Library, $20

2/17, 7 PM rustic 1800s style Appalachian folksinger/picker Lukas Papenfusscline at Arlene’s, $8. 2/18 he’s at Hank’s at 8 and then on 2/21 at Hell Phone (back room at the Ange Noir Cafe, 247 Varet St in Bushwick at 8

2/18, 8 PM the Budapest Festival Orchestra with pianist Marc-André Hamelin play Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5 at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, $16 tix avail

2/18, 10:30 PM hauntingly elegant Americana/chamber pop/noir chanteuse Jessie Kilguss and her excellent band at the Manderley Bar

2/19, 5:30 PM dark, intense, fearless blues and soul-inspired songwriter Jessi Robertson at the American Folk Art Museum

2/19, 7 PM cellist Inbal Segev plays the world premiere of Gitty Razaz’s Sigh, an Azeri folk-inspired electroacoustic contemplation of alienation and angst at National Sawdust.The program will also include Razaz’ Valley of Not-Knowing performed by Debbie Lifton, soprano; Jesse Blumberg, baritone; Lidiya Yankovskaya, conductor; Michael Smith, piano; Paul Wiancko, cello; and Pascal Archer, clarinet.

2/19, 8 PM playfully literate superduo Kill Henry Sugar – guitar/banjo mastermind Erik Della Penna and drummer Dean Sharenow – at Barbes

2/19, 8 PM the NY Classical Players perform music including Schubert’s Quartettsatz, Enescu Octet, and Schumann’s Cello Concerto at Flushing Town Hall, free w/rsvp 

2/19, 9 PM uneasy southwestern gothic and swinging noir rock with Raquel Vidal & the Monday Men at Desmond’s

2/19, 9 PM eclectically tuneful third-stream pianist J.J. Beck at Caffe Vivaldi.

2/19, 10 PM high-voltage desert rock/janglerock songwriter Joe Yoga plays the album release show for his new live record followed by Canadian gothic songstress Lorraine Leckie playing a similarly high-octane set at Sidewalk

2/19 10 PM hard-hitting, anthemic roots reggae band Indaze at Shrine

2/21, 5 PM Louise Schulman, viola, and Bill Zito, guitar play music of Mauro Guiliani, Beethoven, Ravel and others at the Lounge at Hudson View Gardens, 128 Pinehurst Ave at 183rd St., $12 sugg don, reception to follow.

2/21, 9 PM percussionist Jaimeo Brown’s haunting, oldtime African-American spiritual jazz project Transcendence  plays the album release show for their new one Work Songs with Chris Sholar and pyrotechnic alto saxophonist Jaleel Shaw at Brooklyn Bowl, $10

2/22, 5:30 PM intriguing violinist Sean Lee, reggae croone Moha Ngom, and darkly edgy, politically-fueled Irish tunesmith Niall Connolly at the American Folk Art Museum

2/23, 8 PM rising star pianist Fei-Fei Dong plays Baldassare Galuppi’s Sonata in C Minor, Schumann’s Papillons, Op. 2, Lowell Liebermann’s Gargoyles, Op. 29, and Liszt’s B Minor Sonata.at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $25

2/24, 8:30 PM Balkan night at Freddy’s with bands TBA – the club waits til the last minute to list who’s playing, but there’s always something worth seeing here.

2/25, 4 PM a free performance by legendary, haunting Bukharian art-folk Ensemble Shashmaqam at the Coney Island Branch Library, 1901 Mermaid Ave. (Near W. 19th St.), any train to Stilwell Ave.

2/25, 8 PM incendiary cellist Valerie Kuehne & the Wasps Nests with World Inferno violinist Jeff Young and drummer Alex Cohen play from their twistedly satirical new art-rock/faux lieder album at Panoply Performance Laboratory, 104 Meserole St, Bushwick

2/25, 8 PM pianist and organist (!) Anthony Coleman plays a belated bday show at Roulette with Tilt Brass and the Kalmanovitch/Coleman/Reichman trio, $20/$15

2/25, 8:30 PM ish devious oldschool C&W/rockabilly parodists Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co. play a Johnny Cash bday tribute show with guest chanteuse Stella Rose St. Clair at Otto’s

2/25, 10 PM explosive psychedelic rembetiko metal band Greek Judas at Barbes

2/25, 10 PM high-voltage violin shredding with Stratospheerius at Shrine

2/26, 7 PM bassist to the stars of the art-rock world and longtime Marty Willson-Piper collaborator Hannah Lash shows off her most sonically enveloping, advemturous side at Spectrum, $15

2/26, 8 PM eclectic jazz singer/bandleader Annie Chen with her septet playing her compositions with influences from Chinese traditional, gospel, classical, Middle Eastern and other styles at Flushing Town Hall, $16

2/26, 11 PM Volcano Eruption & the Rum Shack Band play roots reggae at Shrine

2/28, 11:30 AM ish exhilarating klezmer/latin/cumbia jamband Metropolitan Klezmer at City Winery for brunch, $10, no ninimums, kids free

2/28, 7 PM North Carolina newgfrass vets Hank Smith & Pattie Kinlaw at the small room at the Rockwood

3/1,drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6,Either/Or Ensemble play a rare composer portrait featuring the work of Iancu Dumitrescu.at the Miller Theatre, free

3/1-6 Dave Douglas’ lyrical piano guy Matt Mitchell plays a weeklong stand at the Stone with special guests including Mary Halvorson, Travis Laplante, Ches Smith, Dan Weiss, Ben Gerstein, Kate Gentile, Kim Cass and others, sets 8/10 PM, $15

3/5, 8 PM indie classical ensemble Either/Or play a “composer portrait” of legendary/obscure Romanian spectralist Iancu Dumitrescu at the Miller Theatre, $30

3/14, 7:30 PM amazingly eclectic cellist and brilliant songwriter Marika Hughes & Bottom Heavy play the album release show for their exhilarating new soul/chamber-pop/art-rock album at Joe’s Pub

3/16, 8 PM Joshua Bell, violinist and conductor with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields play works by Beethoven, Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky (the Violin Concerto) at NJPAC in Newark, $25 tix avail

3/16, 10ish exuberant, New Orleans-tinged soul/gospel/jazz crew Sammy Miller and the Congregation and singer/keyboardist Sara McDonald’s NYChillharmonic – a mighty eighteen-piece orchestra with strings and jazz arrangements who play lush chamber pop  at Littlefield

4/4, 7:30 PM pianist Bruce Levingston premieres new socially conscious works including James Matheson’s Windows and Nolan Gasser’s An American Citizen and Repast: An Oratorio in Honor of Mr. Booker Wright at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall

New York City Live Music Calendar for January and February 2016

Rest of the blog survived a momentary crisis; this page still under reconstruction. Daily updates continuing in the meantime. There’s a comprehensive, recently updated list of places where these events 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.

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 AND the connection between visual art, folk art and the classics via the pianist’s own imaginative fabric work from over the years. Next up: works by Schumann and Mozart, 1/10 at 4 and 1/14 at 7 PM. Sugg don $10 (pay what you can), delicious gluten-free refreshments, beverages and lively conversation included! email for info/location.

Jan 7, 8, 12 at 7:30 PM plus Jan 9 at 6; Jan 10 at 2; Jan 11 at 4 PM the world premiere of Kaneza Schaal’s Go Forth, “ Schaal approaches the 3,000-year-old funerary text as an ancient performance score: excavating the spells and incantations to create a series of burial vignettes, fragments of translation, memory and imagination. Presented in the labyrinthine basement of Westbeth’s Artists Community in Chelsea, an essential artery of New York City’s artistic community, remnants of past legends, such as Merce Cunningham’s studios and the flood of Hurricane Sandy, line the walls. Photographic funerary murals usher the audience into the mythological landscape of the performance. Spurred by Schaal’s experience of ritualized grieving with her family in Rwanda,” at Westbeth Artists Community, 55 Bethune St in the west village, , $20 / $15 students & seniors, l./A./E/C to 14th St.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fridays in January,at 9 Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens play oldschool 1960s style gospel at the Fat Cat.

Fridays inJanuary,, 9ish dynamic, intense Bulgarian sax star Yuri Yunakov and the Grand Masters of Gypsy Music at Mehanata

Saturdays in January 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 at 6 at Barbes soulful, groove-oriented cellist/composer Marika Hughes leads a series of bands, spanning from jazz to downtempo and indie classical.

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 January, 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.

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 January, 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.

1/1, 8ish ferociously funny, intense, guitar-fueled Americana punks Spanking Charlene at Bowery Electric, free

1/1, 10 PM the most monstrously creepy noir twang instrumental band on the planet, Big Lazy – whose latest album was rated best of 2014 here – at Barbes

1/2, 4 PM quirkily cinematic, psychedelic, family-friendly instrumentalists Songs for Unusual Creatures, followed at 6 by cellist/composer Marika Hughes & Bottom Heavy, multi-reedman Matt Darriau’s Balkan bagpipe project, Gaida Electrique with Matt on gaida and alto, Jessica Lurie – bari sax, Seido – drums, Ari Folman-Cohen – bass, Yoshie and Avi – guitars. and at 10 by upbeat Sinaloa-style Mexican mariachi/ranchera brass group Banda de los Muertos for $10 at Barbes 

1/2, 9:30 PM darkly eclectic quirk-rock/soundtrack instrumentalist the Lonesome Organist followed by intense minor-key klzmer/groove/classical instrumentalists Barbez playing new material from their long-awaited forthcoming album White Phosphorus, a reflection on post-9/11 trauma in the Middle East, at Joe’s Pub, $15

1/3, 2 PM wry noir jazz icons the Jazz Passengers at Littlefield, $25. It’s your guess if Debbie Harry’s goinna be with them or not.

1/4, 7:30 PM sensational accordionist Ismail Butera‘s Velvet Jubillee with eclectically charismatic singer Deborah Karpel playing their “cajuny, bluesy, bar hoppin’ music” at at Cowgirl Seahorse, 259 Front St at South Street Seaport

1/4 pianists Jenny Lin and Uri Caine jam out on Scarlatti, Mozart and other composers at le Poisson Rouge

1/5, 7 PM pianist Akiko Pavolka leads her trio followed by clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

1/5, 9 PM boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band at Coyote Ugly Saloon. He’s also here on 1/26

1/6, 1 PM pianist Rossanno Sportiello in a rare duo show with bassist Nicki Parrott at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex, $10 sugg don

1/6, 7 PM and repeating 1/10, 12, 13, 15, 16, & 17 and also 1/9 at 3 PM composer Du Yun’s harrowing, icily kinetic indie classical opera Angel’s Bone, exploring themes of human trafficking, at the 3LD Arts & Technology Center, 80 Greenwich St., $25. Part of this year’s exciting theatrical Prototype Festival.

1/6, 8 PM honkytonk/highway rock chanteuse Aron Blue & the Bootleggers at Sidewalk

1/6, 10ish an extremely rare solo acoustic show by lyrically intense, southwestern gothic-tinged, darkly charismatic, subtly amusing noir singer Karla Rose of Karla Rose & the Thorns at 11th St Bar

1/7, 7 PM cellist cellist/composer Erik Friedlander‘s Black Phebe trio with accordionist Shoko Nagai and drummer Satoshi Takeishi followed at 8 by dark, charismatic, mischievously witty art-rock keyboardist/chanteuse Rachelle Garniez and at 10 by original vintage-style Cuban psycho mambo band Gato Loco at Barbes

1/7-10 and 1/12-17, 7 PM composer Heidi Rodewald’s theatrical antiwar parable The Good Swimmer, which recasts the story of Antigone onto a family of lifeguards in the early days of the Vietnam War at Here,145 6th Ave just south of Spring and west of 6 th Ave., enter on Dominick St. $25.Part of this year’s exciting theatrical Prototype Festival.

1/7-8, 1/12 at 7:30 PM; 1/9 at 6; 1/10 at 2 and 1/11 at 4 PM Kaneza Schaal’s performance piece Go Forth:”Drawing inspiration from the Egyptian Book of the Dead, GO FORTH is a performance and photo installation that considers how we create space in our lives for the presence of the absent. Burial is proposed not as erasure but as offering restitution and performing rites. Schaal approaches the 3,000-year-old funerary text as an ancient performance score: excavating the spells and incantations to create a series of burial vignettes, fragments of translation, memory and imagination. Presented in the labyrinthine basement of Westbeth, remnants of past legends, such as Merce Cunningham’s studios and the flood of Hurricane Sandy, line the walls. Photographic funerary murals usher the audience into the mythological landscape of the performance. Spurred by Schaal’s experience of ritualized grieving with her family in Rwanda and considering the harrowing intimacy between black people and death around the world, GO FORTH paves way for its audience to reflect on their individual and collective mourning processes,” at Westbeth Theatre, 55 Bethune St in the west village, $20 / $15 students & seniors

1/7, 8:30 PM Tracy Island – the catchy, smart, literate new wave/psychedelic rock project from Ian and Liza of the WonderWheels and the Larch – at Greenhouse Cafe, 7717 3rd Ave., Bay Ridge, R to 77th St.

1/8, 8 PM rip-roaring, oldtimey,-punk ghoul-swing band Megan Jean & the KFB at the Knitting Factory, $10 adv tix rec

1/8, 8 PM cutting-edge concert harpist Park Stickney at Barbes

1/8 and 1/15 at 8:30 PM, also 1/9 and 1/16 at 8:30 & 10:30 accordionist/chanteuse Kamala Sankaram’s hot surfy Bollywood/cumbia/psychedelic rock project, Bombay Rickey – a launching pad for her spellbinding four-octave range -at Here, 145 6th Ave just south of Spring and west of 6th Ave., enter on Dominick St. $25. Part of this year’s exciting theatrical Prototype Festival.

1/8, 9 PM darkly sardonic Southwestern gothic baritone crooner Sean Kershaw aka the Coney Island Cowboy and his New Jack Ramblers play an Elvis Bday tribute show at Red Hook Bait & Tackle

1/8-9, 10 PM hard-charging postrockers Russian Circles at St. Vitus, $20

1/9, 4 PM tight, original, fascinating new arrangements of Satie and his contemporaries for wind ensemble by the Erik Satie Quartet followed at 6 by eclectic, vivid jazz cellist/singer Marika Hughes & Bottom Heavy and at 10 by psychedelic Ethiopiques purists Nikhil Yerawadekar & Low Mentality at Barbes

1/9, 5 PM Miwa Gemini – the missing link between Francoise Hardy, Calexico and Shonen Knife – at the small room at the Rockwood

1/9, 7/10 PM, repeating 1/10, 7 PM Belgian art-rock/chamber pop band Dez Mona plays their theatrical song cycle Saga, inspired by Norse mythology, an exploration of lost souls searching for home – at National Sawdust, $25 Part of this year’s exciting theatrical Prototype Festival.

1/9, 8 PM an exhilarating, historically rich evening of haunting, otherworldly sounds from across the Sephardic world with ASEFA and the NY Andalus Ensemble playing a program titled “A Taste of Sepharad, an intimate, cabaret-style concert of music in Hebrew, Arabic, and Ladino, featuring songs from different Sephardi-Mizraḥi traditions. Tasty Sephardic desserts and drinks will be served “,at Brotherhood Synaogue, 28 Gramercy Park S, $10 adv tix avail at the synagogue office open daily.

1/9, 8 PM cleverly lyrical, murderously witty murder ballad/chamber pop allstars Charming Disaster at Pete’s

1/9, 9 PM a very auspicious, aptly dark and wintry new arrangement of Franz Schubert’s Winterreise arr. for bass and string quintet by Harold Birston with Dashon Burton, bass-baritone and the Diderot String Quartet with Doug Balliett, double bass, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 3 West 65th Street (at Central Park West), $25/$15 stud/srs

1/9, 9 PM Mac McCarty & the Kidd Twist Band play their fiery, sometimes unexpectedly poignant Pogues-ish punk and folk noir at Sidewalk

1/10, 7 PM high-voltage Romany jazz violinist/bandleader Pooquette leads her group followed at 9 by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

1/10, 7:30 PM pianist Jenny Q Chai plays old and new visually-themed works by Chopin, Schumann and Kapuscinski at le Poisson Rouge

1/11, 6:30 PM pianist Yoonie Han’s Gloriosa Trio play newly commissioned works by Theodore Wiprud and Karen LeFrak at Zinc Bar, $25/$15 stud/srs/artists

1/11, 7:30 PM the Brentano Quartet play Bach – Selected Fugues from Art of the Fugue, BWV 1080; Britten – String Quartet No. 3; Dvořak – String Quartet in C Major, op. 61at at Music Mondays, Advent/ Broadway Church, 2504 Broadway at 93rd St., free.

1/11, 9:30 PM the brand-new Cumpleanos – with Nestor Gomez – vox/percussion; Lautaro Burgos – drums; Eric Lane – keyboards; Alex Asher – trombone. play Colombian cumbias, salsa and originals at Barbes

1/12, 6 PM, repeating 1/13-14 at 7, 1/15 at 10, 1/16 at 9 and 1/17 at 5 the US premiere of Findlay//Sandsmark + Pettersen‘s multidisciplinary performance installation O’ death – which “impossibly and playfully attempts to prove that death does not exist and everything we have ever loved is not enough…a reflexive interaction between sound and movement, the performance comes alive amidst towering styrofoam sculptures and mechanical trees, giving sound a physical presence in movements, objects and lights, inspired by 1920s blues singer and brimstone pastor JM Gates’ songs such as “O’ Death, Where is Thy Sting?” at Ideal Glass Gallery, 22 E 2nd St, $20 / $15 Students & Seniors

1/12, 7 PM Pangari & the Socialites play classic ska, soul and rocksteady. followed at 9 by ten-piece Balkan/Duke Ellington brass band Slavic Soul Party at Barbes.

1/12,.8 PM the Telegraph Quartet play Mozart: String Quartet K428 in E flat – 1st movementl Britten: Three Divertimenti; Webern: Fünf Sätze; Schubert: String Quartet No. 14 in D minor “Death and the Maiden”at St. Peter’s Church, 54 th/Lex, $20/$10 stud/srs 

1/12, 8:15 PM a killer new large ensemble jazz twinbill: the Ken Thomson Sextet, led by the esteemed Bang on a Can bass clarinetist, followed by Mike McGinnis’ exquisitely lush, cinematic, pastoral Road Trip Big Band at Shapeshifter Lab

1/13, 7 PM Georgy Valtchev, violin and Lora Tchekoratova piano play piano trios by Smetana and Tschaikovsky at the Bulgarian Consulate, 121 E 62nd St., free

1/13, 7/9:30 PM “wrapped in an absurd and hyperbolic narrative, the music film, Sever revisits the ancient Chinese folktale of Diao Chan with live accompaniment by the modern Chinese band Xi Ban. Mixing classical instrumentation with westernized form, Xi Ban create an intriguing interplay between kabuki theatre and American delta blues,” at the Asia Society, 725 Park Ave. free but res req

1/13, 8 PM lush, pensive, eclectic noir cabaret/Romany rock/steampunk chamber pop band Kotorino at Barbes

1/13, time TBA explosive psychedelic rembetiko metal band Greek Judas at at Fifth Estate bar in Park Slope

1/14, 8 PM a killer multi-act Americana mini-festival at the Jalopy with stark Alaskan fiddler/poet Ken Waldman – a starkly distinctive and erudite player – opening the evening, backed by a rotating cast from the rest of the night’s acts. After Waldman, there’s honey-voiced singer/banjo player Evie Ladin with Keith Terry, then Anna & Elizabeth, who are a time machine back to Appalachia in the 1800s, with a delightfully imaginative, visual component to their act; powerful Appalachian banjoist, singer and luthier Riley Baugus; coyly edgy pre-rockabilly duo the Aching Hearts (Ryan Spearman and Kelly Wells); the mighty banjo-fiddle team of Richie Stearns and Rosie Newton; the wild oldtimey/punkgrass Corn Potato String Band; and Mo Mojo playing zydeco at the top of the bill. Cover is $15, not bad considering how much music there is on the bill.

1/14, 8 PM Jared Rabin at the Bitter End. A tunesmith worth braving this hellhole for. Purist pop chops, some Americana, jangle and clang and big stadium choruses, stuff you hum on the train on the way home.

1/15, 7:30 PM otherworldly Balkan/Middle Eastern singer Shelley Thomas’ Bulgarian Voices Trio at Fridman Gallery, 287 Spring St. east of Varick, $15

1/15, 9 PM this era’s most chillingly cinematic, shadowy reverbtoned noir guitar instrumentalists, Big Lazy at the Knitting Factory

1/15, 10 PM Mike Rimbaud & the Subway Sun – NYC’s current powerpop/new wave counterpart to Joe Strummer – followed at 11 by eclectic folk noir/Canadian gothic songstress Lorraine Leckie at Sidewalk

1/16, 7:30 PM the Barbes folks put on what’s probably going to be the funnest, most adrenalizing multi-band extravaganza of the year, heavy on the cumbia, OMFG, at Drom, $10; in order: Morrocan trance grooves with Samir Langus, psychedelic, surfy, vallenato-influenced art-rock groovemeisters Los Crema Paraiso, the even more psychedelic cumbia/salsa jammers Dos Santos Anti-Beat Orquesta; the magically haunting, soaring all-female Mariachi Flor de Toloache , Tucson desert rocker Gabriel Sullivan’s coyly titled psychedelic cumbia project, Xixa, the darkly Middle Eastern flavored Nubian grooves of Alsarah & the Nubatones , rustic Haitian/Dominican cumbia/vallenato group Buyepongo and newschool Ethiopiques-inspired dancefloor groovemeisters Debo Band. Buyepongo and then Xixa are also at Union Hall on 1/17 at 8 for $10

1/16, 7:30 PM intense, lyrical indie classical cellist Ashley Bathgate plays a new suite inspired by the Bach Cello Suites with movements written by Timo Andres, Andrew Norman, Jacob Cooper,Christopher Cerrone, Robert Honstein, and Ted Hearne at le Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec

1/16, 8 PM violinist Josh Modney leads a trio with members of Wet Ink Ensemble playing electroacoustic works by Kate Soper, Mario Diaz de Leon, Eric Wubbels, Scott Wollschleger, Sky Macklay and Zach Seely at Spectrum, $15

1/16, 10 PM high-energy old-time Americana band the Woes at Pete’s

1/16, midnight Golden Fest afterparty with bands tba at Freddy’s – Balkan madness, acts still hot from performanes around the corner, and without the steep cover charge!

1/17, 2 PM hypnotically intense, allusively creepy, lyrical original folk noir duo Mark Rogers & Mary Byrne at Mayflower Bar in Ft. Greene

1/17, 6 PM otherworldly a-cappella trio Black Sea Hotel – who reinvent haunting old Bulgarian and Balkan songs – at Pioneer Works in Red Hook

1/17, 8 PM acoustic Americana power trio Eva – Kath Buckell, Liz Simmons and Nicole Zuraitis – like a more piano-based, commercial-free version of the Dixie Chicks- at the small room at the Rockwood

1/18. 7 PM psychedelic, surfy, vallenato-influenced art-rock groovemeisters Los Crema Paraiso, the sixteen-piece, accordion-spiced Gregorio Uribe Big Band , singer Sofía Tosello & innovative percussionist Franco Pinna’s hypnotic new folk-trance duo Chuño, slashingly eclectic Pan-American guitarist Juancho Herrera and band and magically eclectic singer (and member of Sara Serpa’s dreamy Mycale project) Sofía Rei at Drom, $20 adv tix rec

1/19, 8 PM classic, slinky Egyptian themes with Broolyn Tahkt feat. haunting chanteuse Shelley Thomas with Brian Prunka – oud , Samer Ali – violin, Zafer Tawil – percussion, and Sprocket Royer – bass at Drom, $10 adv tix rec

1/21, 10 PM Palehound – who put a hypnotic motorik spin on vintage Wire-era postpunk – at Bowery Ballroom

1/23, 9 PM funky, fun, shapeshiftingly unpredictable art-rockers Big Figment at the Gateway in Bushwick. $5

1/24, 4 PM celebrated, magical UK early music choir Stile Antico join with the Folger Consort for a Shakespeare-themed choral extravaganza at Corpus Christi Church, 529 W 121st St, $10 seats avail.

1/24, 8ish Old Time Musketry reedman Adam Schneit’s band feat. Sean Moran on guitar, Eivind Opsvik on bass and Kenny Wollesen on drums and then lyrical, Americana-inspired jazz guitarist Mike Baggetta in a new trio setting with Matt Mitchell on piano and Billy Mintz on drums at Threes Brewing Company, 333 Douglass St. in Gowanus

1/27, 6 PM the Erica Seguine/Shannon Baker Jazz Orchestra – arguably the most original, interesting and shapeshiftingly fun, cinematic large jazz ensemble in NYC, right up there with Darcy James Argue – at Shrine

1/27, 8:30 PM individualistic alto saxophonst Jessica Lurie’s awesome Balkan project, Sofie Salonika followed by the similarly haunting Sherita with violinist/singer Rima Fand and Raya Brass Band multi-reed monster Greg Squared at Freddy’s

1/27, 10:30 PM pianist Frank LoCresto’s Kolumbo tiki-jazz combo at Threes Brewing Company, 333 Douglass St. in Gowanus

1/28-30 and 2/4-6, 7 PM the world premiere of the late Robert Ashley’s avant garde opera Quicksand at the Kitchen, $20. “Divided into three acts of 16 scenes each, combines separate and “moveable” sequences of choreography by Steve Paxton, electric orchestra composed by Tom Hamilton, and light environments by David Moodey to present a unified work without a linear narrative structure.. Using Ashley’s signature blend of speech and song, Quicksand tells the story of a composer who has been coerced by a U.S. Government Agency (“the Company”) to serve as a low-level spy. Traveling with his wife to an unnamed South Asian country run by a military dictatorship, he becomes involved with plans to overthrow the government through his close friendship with two tour guides. With the assistance of four American mercenaries sent by “the Company,” the composer participates in the capture and imprisonment of the country’s leaders, and the destruction of the torture operation by which the dictatorship has maintained its power.”

1/28, 8 PM jauntily eclectic newschool/olddtime accordionist Lonesome Leash,jangly lo-fi Americana bedroom prop project Holy Holy Vine and the more low-key newschool pastoral Molasses Gospel at a house concert at169 Spencer St. at Willoughby, Bed-Stuy, G to Myrtle-Willoughby, $5

1/29, 8:30 PM, repeating on 1/30 at 7:30 PM the reliably entertaining, adventurous Chelsea Symphony play Moussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, and Fernande Breilh-Decruck’s Sonata in C# Minor (NYC premiere) at St. Paul’s Church, 315 W 22nd St., $20 sugg don

1/29, 9 PM irrepressibly edgy multi-reedwoman Bonnie Kane with a sympatico  improvising ensemble including Dafna Natpthali, Sandra Sprecher on piano, Andrew Drury on drums at the Firehouse Space, $10

1/29, 11:30 PM intense, intricately orchestrated, low register-loving psycho mambo band Gato Loco play an epic set of auspiciously new material at Joe’s Pub

1/30, 7:30  PM irrepressibly hilarious, poignant Americana songwriting icon Amy Allison with the estimable Jon Graboff on guitar and Lee Feldman on piano at Dixon Place, free

1/30, 7:30 PM composer-performers including Gustavo Casenave, Steve Mackey, Jeff Scott, Jin Hi Kim, Alexis Cuadrado, Peter Van Zandt Lane, and Polina Nazaykinskaya  present and discuss recent works. Tania León, founder and artistic director of Composers Now, hosts at the Tenri Cultural Institute (W 13th St between 5th & 6th Ave), $25

1/30, 9:30 PM postpunk supergroup Heroes of Toolik and longtime janglerock/psychedelic/powerpop faves Speed the Plough at Union Hall, $10

1/31, 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.

1/31, 8 PM Jamaican roots reggae harmony trio the Mighty Diamonds – best known for the original Pass the Kutchie – at SOB’s, $15 adv tix rec

2/5, 8 PM artsy Nordic chanteuse Ane Brun at Housing Works bookstore just south of Houston on Crosby in Soho, $20 gen adm

2/7, 7 PM dazzlingly eclectic harpist Bridget Kibbey and the Amphion String Quartet play Bach’s Concerto for Harpsichord in F minor, Haydn’s String Quartet in G Major, Op. 77, No. 1, Debussy’s Danses sacrée et profane for Harp and Strings and Andre Capelet’s Conte Fantastique for Harp and Strings  at Bric Arts, free

2/9, 9ish eclectic New Orleans/Balkan/circus conglomerate Hungry March Band play a Mardi Gras bash at the Bell House, $15

2/10, 8 PM pianist Kris Wettstein aka A Microscope improvises clouds of sound and minimalist interludes on mystical themes at the Broom Tree Theatre, 23-35 Broadway (23rd St/Crescent), Astoria, N/Q to Broadway, sugg don, all proceeds to benefit neighborhood community gardens

2/13, 9 PM a mighty oldschool soul/New Orleans twinbill with  Ernest Ernie & the Sincerities and the titanic Brother Joscephus and the Love Revolution + special guests at the Bell House, $10 adv tix rec

2/16, 11ish well-loved hard-drinking punkgrass/oldtimey/folk noir band Freakwater at the Bell House, $15 adv tix req

2/17, noon, Yun-Chin Zhou, piano plays Rachmaninoff preludes plus works by Profokofiev, Bach and Chopin at the Morgan Library, $20

2/17, 7 PM rustic 1800s style Appalachian folksinger/picker Lukas Papenfusscline at Arlene’s, $8. 2/18 he’s at Hank’s at 8 and then on 2/21 at Hell Phone (back room at the Ange Noir Cafe, 247 Varet St in Bushwick at 8

2/19, 7 PM cellist Inbal Segev plays the world premiere of Gitty Razaz’s Sigh, an Azeri folk-inspired electroacoustic contemplation of alienation and angst at National Sawdust.The program will also include Razaz’ Valley of Not-Knowing performed by Debbie Lifton, soprano; Jesse Blumberg, baritone; Lidiya Yankovskaya, conductor; Michael Smith, piano; Paul Wiancko, cello; and Pascal Archer, clarinet.

2/19, 8 PM the NY Classical Players perform music including Schubert’s Quartettsatz, Enescu Octet, and Schumann’s Cello Concerto at Flushing Town Hall, free w/rsvp 

2/19, 9 PM eclectically tuneful third-stream pianist J.J. Beck at Caffe Vivaldi.

2/21, 5 PM Louise Schulman, viola, and Bill Zito, guitar play music of Mauro Guiliani, Beethoven, Ravel and others at the Lounge at Hudson View Gardens, 128 Pinehurst Ave at 183rd St., $12 sugg don, reception to follow.

2/21, 9 PM percussionist Jaimeo Brown’s haunting, oldtime African-American spiritual jazz project Transcendence  plays the album release show for their new one Work Songs with Chris Sholar and pyrotechnic alto saxophonist Jaleel Shaw at Brooklyn Bowl, $10

2/23, 8 PM rising star pianist Fei-Fei Dong plays Baldassare Galuppi’s Sonata in C Minor, Schumann’s Papillons, Op. 2, Lowell Liebermann’s Gargoyles, Op. 29, and Liszt’s B Minor Sonata.at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $25

2/26, 8 PM eclectic jazz singer/bandleader Annie Chen with her septet playing her compositions with influences from Chinese traditional, gospel, classical, Middle Eastern and other styles at Flushing Town Hall, $16

2/28, 7 PM North Carolina newgfrass vets Hank Smith & Pattie Kinlaw at the small room at the Rockwood

3/1-6 Dave Douglas’ lyrical piano guy Matt Mitchell plays a weeklong stand at the Stone with special guests including Mary Halvorson, Travis Laplante, Ches Smith, Dan Weiss, Ben Gerstein, Kate Gentile, Kim Cass and others, sets 8/10 PM, $15

A Second Sick, Reverb-Drenched Disc of Holiday Dub from Super Hi-Fi

Super Hi-Fi play live dub reggae. Their signature sound blends the twin-trombone frontline of Rick Parker and Curtis Fowlkes (of Lounge Lizards/Jazz Passengers fame) into a moodier, sometimes noir-tinged take on vintage Lee Scratch Perry or what the Skatalites were doing in their quieter moments during the golden age of Jamaican ska. When the band started, they had more of an Afrobeat feel, no surprise since bassist/bandleader Ezra Gale led first-rate, second-wave Bay Area Afrobeat band Aphrodesia. These days, they’re a lot slinkier and more low key. From their doomy and seriously excellent debut album, Dub to the Bone, you’d have no idea just how funny this band can be…unless you also know the follow-up to that, Yule Analog Vol. 1, a snarky collection of dub versions of Christmas carols. Sure enough, when the band went into the studio, they did enough of those to fill not one but two cds  – four album sides, considering that the band is known for their vinyl releases – of this shit. And they’re back, with Yule Analog, Vol. 2 – streaming at Bandcamp – and a show in the front window at the intimate, laid-back Bar Chord in Ditmas Park on December 19 at 9.

The previous collection opened with a theme that Jethro Tull was known for pilfering – are you laughing yet? This time it’s Simon & Garfunkel. OK, not a Simon & Garfunkel original, and not with the samples or the antiwar message. What it does have is tons of reverb on the guitar, gently oscillating organ, a rhythm section that sways rather than skanks along and meanderingly goodnatured ska-jazz trombone solos. It sets the stage: the most recurring joke here is the cat-and-mouse game about what song they’re playing and how far they go with it.

O Come All Ye Faithfull (with the double L in “faithfull” – oldschool 90s stoner humor?) doesn’t do that as much, and after awhile the carol has you reaching for the fast-forward. The Christmas Song takes a very, very, very familiar Irving Berlin theme toward swing, with a wry Mitch Marcus tenor sax solo that fades just when it seems like there’s a serious punchline on deck. But the Tschaikovsky theme is killer: who else would have thought to wring Jamdown noir and ambient noise from the Nutcracker?

Gale and drummer Madhu Siddappa keep What Child Is This very close to the ground for a bit until the screams from Jon Lipscomb’s guitar signal another chorus: it’s not hard to imagine this epically delicious plate emanating from the Black Ark in a cloud of ganja smoke circa 1976. They follow that with a funny ska song, Please Santa Bring Me an Echoplex, the album’s only vocal number.

The rest of the tracks are versions of the early songs, and each is an improvement. O Come All Ye etc. gets a black-hole spin through the Echoplex. The Tschaikovsky grows into a mind-altering blend of the baroque, King Tubby and postbop jazz. There’s also the noisy What Version Is This?  [memo to self – isn’t there a carol called It Came Upon a  Midnight Clear?] and a brief Echoplex Reprise. The joke works better before or after December: as heavy disguises as these songs wear, it’s hard to avoid reaching holiday smarm saturation point this time of year. Unless you do your grocery shopping and other retail stuff where this blog travels – in that case, that means salsa, bachata, reggaeton and Polish hip-hop. All of which have never sounded better than they have this month.

New York City Live Music Calendar for December 2015 and January 2016

Daily updates, new shows always being added, plus a new January/February calendar coming on the first of the year. There’s a comprehensive, recently updated list of places where these events 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.

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 AND the connection between visual art, folk art and the classics via the pianist’s own imaginative fabric work from over the years. Next up: works by Debussy, Rameau and Mozart, 12/10 at 7 and 12/13 at 4 PM. Sugg don $10 (pay what you can), delicious gluten-free refreshments, beverages and lively conversation included! email for info/location.

Jan 7, 8, 12 at 7:30 PM plus Jan 9 at 6; Jan 10 at 2; Jan 11 at 4 PM the world premiere of Kaneza Schaal’s Go Forth, “ Schaal approaches the 3,000-year-old funerary text as an ancient performance score: excavating the spells and incantations to create a series of burial vignettes, fragments of translation, memory and imagination. Presented in the labyrinthine basement of Westbeth’s Artists Community in Chelsea, an essential artery of New York City’s artistic community, remnants of past legends, such as Merce Cunningham’s studios and the flood of Hurricane Sandy, line the walls. Photographic funerary murals usher the audience into the mythological landscape of the performance. Spurred by Schaal’s experience of ritualized grieving with her family in Rwanda,” at Westbeth Artists Community, 55 Bethune St in the west village, , $20 / $15 students & seniors, l./A./E/C to 14th St.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesdays in December, 10ish the Slackers‘ timelessly soulful, bluesy frontman Vic Ruggiero at Grand Victory, $10

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

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

Fridays in December at 9 Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens play oldschool 1960s style gospel at the Fat Cat.

Fridays in December, 9ish dynamic, intense Bulgarian sax star Yuri Yunakov and the Grand Masters of Gypsy Music at Mehanata

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

Saturdays 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.

Three Sundays in December, 12/6,. 12/13 and 12/20, 2 PM Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir play their deliriously fun mix of original eco-warrior gospel and edgy street theatre at Joe’s Pub, $15

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

Sundays in December at Barbes at 5 PM multistylistic viola virtuoso and evocative film composer Ljova,plays with a variety of ensembles, plus solo.

Sundays in December, 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.

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 December, 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.

12/1, 7:30/9:30 PM edgy tuneful guitarist Mike Moreno and his quartet with Aaron Parks – piano, Doug Weiss – bass Eric Harland – drums playing the album release show for his new one Lotus at the Jazz Standard, $25

12/1, 7:30 PM pianist Ian Hobson plays works by Debussy, Chopin, Rachmaninoff and Szymanowski at Subculture, $20 adv tix rec

12/1, 8 PM intricately arranged, psychedelic funk with the MK Groove Orchestra at Brooklyn Bowl, $5

12/1, 8 PM guitarist Joel Harrison and his amazing big band Infinite Possibility premiere 7 new works for 18-piece jazz orchestra at Roulette, $20/$15 stud/srs

12/1, 10:30 PM drummer Devin Gray & his intricate, playfully improvisaitional progressive jazz band RelativE ResonancE,at Korzo, $10

12/1, 10ish ominous Aussie baritone crooner Jack Ladder & the Dreamlanders at Baby’s All Right, $14; 12/2 he’s at the Mercury at 7:30 for $12 in advance

12/1, midnight Parlor Walls – Eula guitarslinger Elyse Lamb’s shapeshifting,catchy, art-rock/postpunk collaboration with organist/drummer Chris Mulligan – at at the Silent Barn

12/2 the Madisen Ward & the Mama Bear show at City Winery is a private event and not open to the public

12/2, 6 PM low-register reedman Ben Goldberg with alto saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock and drummer Tom Rainey at Downtown Music Gallery

12/2, 7 PM Mongolian horsehead fiddle virtuoso Jigjiddorj Nanzaddorj performs modern and traditional tunes alongside contemporary Western classical works at the Rubin Museum of Art, $20

12/2, 7 PM Minneapolis band the 4 on the Floor – sort of a punchier, beefier take on the Yardbirds, with a little soul and ‘Mats edge – at the big room at the Rockwood, $10

12/2, 7 PM a rare performance of works by noted Bulgarian composer Dobrinka Tabakova at the Bulgarian Consulate, 121 E 62nd St., free

12/2, 7:30 PM the cd release party for colorful drummer Aaron Alexander‘s Klez Messengers with the sensational Michael Winograd (clarinet) and Patrick Farrell (accordion) at Mehanata, $15

12/2-6, 7:30 PM avant art-rock luminaries the Bang on a Can All-Stars play in back of a new theatrical production of Julia Wolfe’s Steel Hammer – a darkly kaleidescopic retelling of the John Henry folksong and story -at BAM, $20

12/2, 7:30 PM relatively rare NYC appearance by smart, purposeful highway rocker/Americana songwriter Eric Stuart at the Bitter End. If you couldn’t afford the BoDeans at City Winery, this guy will do just fine.

12/2, 8 PM amazingly eclectic flamenco/Romany jazz/Mediterranean guitarist Alberto Lombardi upstairs at Bowery Electric, free. 12/3 he’s at Silvana at 9

12/2, 8 PM, in reverse order: epic Washington, DC drone-noise shamblers Kohoutek, avamt-psych instrumental trio Metal Mountains (Helen Rush, PG Six and Samara Lubelski), String Noise – known for their twisted chamber covers of pop and global sounds – and performance artist Devi Mambouka at Trans-Pecos, $8

12/2, 8:30 PM two dark, edgy, noir jazz storytellers: the Jazz Passengers’ Roy Nathanson on alto and soprano sax plus Ben Goldberg on clarinet at Seeds

12/2, 9 PM day one of Roots & Ruckus Fest at the Jalopy, free, with the newly organized Jalopy Chorus; 9:30 PM Wyndham Baird; 10:00 PM string band the 4 o’Clock Flowers; 10:30 PM the bluegrass Berger Sisters; 11:00 PM the amazing Brotherhood of the Jug Band Blues; 11:30 PM Eli Smith (of the fiery, 1800s style Down Hill Strugglers); 12:00 AM Karen Poliski. Next door at the Jalopy Tavern starting at 9 they have the 5 Mile String Band; 10:00 PM haunting Greek 1920s hash-smoking music and gangster tales with Que Vlo-Ve?; 11:00 PM Pocket Tonics

12/2, 9 PM searingly intense, charismatic, fearless acoustic punk blues siren Molly Ruth  at Rock Shop, $10. 12/21 she’s at Bowery Electric

12/2, 9 PM clarinetist Ismail Lumanovski’s searing, lickety-split explosive NY Gypsy All-Stars play the album release show for their new one Dromomania at Drom, $10 adv tix rec. They’re also at the big room at the Rockwood on 12/23 at 7

12/2, 9 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues”.at Troost. 12/17 at 8:30 they’re at at Espresso 77, 35-57 77th Street, Jackson Hts., free

12/2, 9:30 PM pianist Aaron Parks with tenor saxophonist George Garzone in what might seem a completely mismatched duo setiting…until you realize how vastly these two’s backgrounds actuallly intersect. Parks might cut loose more and Garzone might hang back here a little just to be counterintuitive, $20

12/3, 5:30 PM NYC’s most eclectic, sensationally jam-oriented klezmer/latin/cumbia band, Metropolitan Klezmer at at the World Financial Center, free. They’re also in the lobby at at 1 NY Plaza, Water and Whitehall, free on 12/9

12/3, 8 PM dark, charismatic, mischieviously witty literate keyboardist/chanteuse Rachelle Garniez followed at 10 by Chia’s Dance Party spinoff the Cumbia River Band with the amazingly eclectic Mary Spencer Knapp on accordion at Barbes. Garniez is also at Pangea on 12/7 and 12/14 at 7:30, $15

12/3, 8 PM a performance by Shawn Escarciga and an opening improvisational set by Ron Anderson (guitar), Chris Cochrane (guitar) , Brian Chase (drums), Michael Evans (drums). followed by ever-increasingly intense cellist Valerie Kuehne and the Wasp Nests playing the album release show for their new one The Apocalypse as Witnessed by a Slice of American Cheese and at some point in the evening, an unspecified piece for choir, at Jack, $10

12/3, 8:30 PM lushly sweeping, cutting-edge vocal jazz with Sara Serpa and her luminous new ensemble including André Matos, guitar; Guillermo Klein, piano; Aubrey Johnson, voice at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min. Matos leads a quartet with Tony Malaby, tenor sax; Masa Kamaguchi, bass; Billy Mintz, drums after at 10.

12/3, 9 PM day two of Roots & Ruckus Fest at the Jalopy, free with Aaron Frazer ;9:30 PM the East River String Band; 10:00 PM Morgan O’Kane; 10:30 PM Tamar Korn (irrepressibly entertaining frontwoman of Dennis Lichtman’s Brain Cloud, Cangelosi Cards); 11:00 PM sizzling Belarussian klezmer clarinetist/songwriter Dmitri Zisl Slepovitch & Friends (of Litvakus); 11:30 PM Jackson Lynch; 12:00 AM charmingly low-key front-porch songstress Joanna Sternberg. Next door at the Jalopy Tavern at 9 they have Locust Honey String Band; 10:00 PM Mike Termini ;11:00 PM Pat Hurley and his Whereabouts

12/3. 9 PM classical pianist (and onetime Dresden Doll) Tania Stavreva plays a program TBA at Caffe Vivaldi

12/3, 9:30 PM CB’s era punk legends the Sic Fucs followed by Walter Lure’s reliably oldschool punk band the Waldos at Bowery Electric, $10 adv tix rec

12/3, 10 PM Joe Yoga – ex-frontman of ferociously tuneful southwestern gothic rockers the Downward Dogs at Sidewalk. He’s also here on 12/23 at 8:15 followed by psychedelic poetry/gong/guitar loop drone project Chink Floyd

12/3, 10:30 PM tenor saxophonist Ken Fowser leads his killer postbop quartet at Smalls

12/3, 11 PM avant garde ensemble Tigue Percussion (either with or without members of Yo La Tengo, who knows) at Manhattan Inn, free

12/4, 5ish LES surf/soul/punk legends Simon & the Bar Sinisters return to their roots at ABC No Rio. Bow down to NYC punk royalty!

12/4, 7 PM American Modern Ensemble play moon-themed works by Claude Baker, Daniel Strong Godfrey, Robert Paterson, Judith Shati and George Tsontakis – but no Pierrot Lunaire – at National Sawdust. Same time, same venue, the program also includes violinist Miranda Cuckson joining percussion and piano quartet Yarn/Wire for the world premiere by composer, improvisor, and trombonist George Lewis. Also on the bill: a new work by Chiyoko Szlavnics, $25. Separate rooms or doublebooking?

12/4, 7:30 PM trumpeter David Smith leads his Quintet with saxophonist Dan Pratt, guitarist Nate Radley, bassist Matt Aronoff and drummer Mark Ferber. followed by intriguing singer Tammy Scheffer leading her killer Sextet with saxophonists Uri Gurvich and Dan Pratt, pianist Billy Test, bassist Peter Slavov and drummer Ronen Itzik at Prospect Range, 1228 Prospect Ave. (Vanderbilt/Reeve), Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn, F/G to Ft. Hamilton Pkwy, $20/$10 stud

12/4, 7:30/9:30 PM the irrepressible Jon Irabagon on saxophone with Peter Brendler on bass and Vinnie Sperazza on drums at the Bar Next Door, $12. This rhythm section has the snarky sense of fun to bring out the very best in the guy, and vice versa.

12/4, 8 PM epic, sweeping, tuneful spacerock/art-rockers Sky Picnic at Matchless, $8

12/4, 8 PM the Chelsea Symphony play Engelbert Humperdinck — Prelude to Hänsel und Gretel; He Zhanhao & Chen Gang — The Butterfly Lovers’ Violin Concerto with Phong Ta, violin; Charles Griffes — Poem for Flute and Orchestra with Melanie Chirignan, flute; Leroy Anderson — Sleigh Ridel Aaron Dai — The Night Before Christmas; Public Advocate Tish James serves as narrator, at St. Paul’s Church, 315 W 22nd St, $20 sugg don.

12/4, 8 PM Marta Hernández (aka Mar Salá) plays her acoustic flamenco rock at Shrine

12/4, 8 PM “Wemilere: Songs & A Just Meditation: Lullabies, slave songs, resistance and Ancestral Memory in dedication to Chango. Reflecting on the importance of holding community space in a time of grieving, crying out, calling out amidst trauma, violence, and poverty sweeping the world. This concert & rumba will be in celebration for the orisha Chango on his day,” at Jack, $10

12/4, 8 PM day three of Roots & Ruckus Fest at the Jalopy, free with the otherworldlyUkrainian Village Voices; 8:30 PM similarly haunting Yorkshire/Americana songstress Jan Bell ; 9:00 PM riveting, intense Romany song reinventor Eva Salina; 9:30 PM Twain; 10:00 PM Hubby Jenkins (of Carolina Chocolate Drops) 10:30 PM The Whiskey Spitters ;11:00 PM Lord Youth; 11:30 Jessy Carolina (of the torchy Jessy Carolina & the Hot Mess); 12:00 AM oldtimey guitar wizard Ernie Vega. Next door at the Jalopy Tavern at 8 they have another first-rate guitarslinger, Michael Gomez; 9:00 PM jaunty Hawaiian swing crew King Isto’s Tropical String Band ;10:00pm – 1:00am Dr. Hop

12/4, 9 PM Mac McCarty & the Kidd Twist Band play their fiery, sometimes unexpectedly poignant Pogues-ish punk and folk noir followed eventually at 11 by funny faux faux-sensitiive (get it?)  singersongwriter Will Newman and then at midnight by hilarious original two-woman comedy-folk duo Hardwood at Sidewalk

12/4, 9 PM Rhythm Tolee play live bhangra, sufi and Indian folk grooves at the Way Station

12/4, 9:30 PM intense klezmer reedman Matt Darriau’s Paradox Trio at BAM Cafe

12/4, 10 PM this era’s most chillingly cinematic, shadowy reverbtoned noir guitar instrumentalists, Big Lazy at Barbes

12/4, 11 PM smart, politically-fueled Irish rocker Niall Connolly and band at the small room at the Rockwood. He’s also here on 12/18, same time and then on 12/23 an hour earlier

12/4, 11 PM hard-hitting funk/Afrobeat band Shelley Nicole’s Blakbushe at the Bitter End

12/5, 4 PM Songs for Unusual Creatures – whose charming, psychedelic tributes to weirdness in the animal kingdom are suitable for adults as well as children – followed at 6 by accordionist Uri Sharlin’s funky Dogcat Ensemble project, at 8 by edgy lefty guitarist Damian Quinones and his psychedelic latin soul band and then at 10 by Sinaloa-style mariachi/ranchera brass group Banda de los Muertos at Barbes

12/5, 5:30 PM day four of Roots & Ruckus Fest at the Jalopy, free with Jenny Luna’s intense Turkish folk jamband Dolunay; 6:00 PM the Hoodoo Honeydrippers; 6:30 PM smart, pensive, eclectic accordionist/singer Ali Dineen; 7:00 PM mysterouis Translvanian band Szkojani Charlatans; 7:30 PM Isto (the King?); 8:00 PM Stephanie Nilles; 8:30 PM bouncy original retro Veracruz son jarocho group Radio Jarocho; 9:00 PM The Horse Eyed Men; 9:30 PM Willy Gantrim; 10:00 PM Spirit Family Reunion; 10:30 Feral Foster; 11:00 PM Crushed Out ;11:30 Rashad Brown. Next door at the Jalopy Tavern starting at 6 they have the charming washboard-driven Dubl Handi; 7:00 PM Chris Q. Murphy; 8:00 PM Crisco Dreams? 9:00 PM Outlaw Ritual’ 10:00 PM the Down Hill Strugglers

12/5, 7/9 PM adventurous yet purist jazz singer Charenee Wade leads her fascinating Gil Scott-Heron cover project at Ginny’s Supper Club, $15

12/5, 7 PM cutting-edge indie classical singer Lucy Dhegrae leads a chamber sextet playing music by Robert Sierra, Susan Botti and more at Third Street Music School Settlement

12/5, 7 PM the Doolittle Family playing their jangly mix of 60s Laurel Canyon psych-pop and country at the small room at the Rockwood

12/5, 7 PM a surrealistic performance by the butoh and jazz-inspired Conspiracy of Proletarian Shamans followed by literate Tom-Waits-ish alt country band Fist of Kindness at Medicine Show Theatre, 549 W 52nd St., 3rd Floor,$15/$12 stud/srs

12/’5, 7:15ish dark psychedelic acoustic blues/klezmer/reggae/soca jamband Hazmat Modine at Terra Blues. They’re also here on 12/19

12/5, 8 PM an intense duo show with haunting dark Americana songwriter/belter Jessi Robertson with the similarly minded Rony Corcos on lead guitar at Pine Box Rock Shop in Bushwick

12/5, 8 PM Behzod Abduraimov, piano plays Moussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition plus works by Schubert and Liszt at Irving HS Auditorium, Irving Place at 18th St., $14

12/5, 8 PM intense, alternately hypnotic and soaringly anthemic art-rock pianist/songwriter/indie classical composer Kristin Hoffmann at Caffe Vivaldi

12/5, 8 PM Dutch saxophonist and composer Marike van Dijk‘s massive thirteen-piece improvisational chamber jazz Stereography Project followed at 10 by low-register reedman Ben Goldberg, guitarist Steve Cardenas and drummer Billy Mintz playing Monk tunes at I-Beam, $15

12/5, 8 PM legendary improvisers in reverse order: Ikue Mori and Sam Pluta; Rajna Swaminathan (mridangam), in duo with guitarist Travis Reuter.; Peter Evans’ Zebulon trio, with bassist John Hébert and drummer Kassa Overall. at Jack, $20

12/5, 8:30 PM Celtic party band the Narrowbacks followed by Asbury Park’s high-voltage bluegrass/newgrass Dark City Strings at Union Hall, $10

12/5, the Alan Lomax of surf rock, Unsteady Freddie‘s monthly extravaganza at Otto’s begins at 9 with the cinematic/southwestern gothic Agent Octopus, the similarly Morricone-inspired Derangers, at 10, the Jersey Shore’s explosive, deviously original, Dick Dale-influenced Black Flamingos at 11 and guitar duo the Fireballs of Surf sometime past midnight.

12/5, 9 PM the reliably ferocious, fun Balkan (and occasionally Ethiopian and latin-tinged) madness of Raya Brass Band at at the Brooklyn Museum, free

12/5, 11 PM high-energy acoustic oldtime Americana band the Woes at Pete’s

 12/5, 11ish fuzztone garage rock monsters the Mystery Lights at Shea Stadium, $tba

12/5, 9:30 PM one of the most epic, exhilarating art-rock bands in New York, Planta – imagine Pink Floyd or Nektar up close in a small club – followed at around 11 PM by Bombrasstico mashing up dancefloor brass band grooves with dancehall reggae and Afrobeat at the Bitter End.

12/6, 1:30 PM bluegrass fiddle star Melody Allegra leads her band at Brooklyn Bowl, free /

12/6, 2 PM intense tenor saxophonist/rabbi Greg Wall with Michael Cochrane on piano, Steve Johns on drums and his son, Daryl on bass plus choreographer Carolyn Dorfman and her dancers in an afternoon of jazz, dance and schmoozing, at Jewish Museum of New Jersey at Congregation Ahavas Sholom , 145 Broadway, Newark., free

12/6, 2 PM cult favorite literary songwriter (and Laura Cantrell collaborator) Franklin Bruno at Mayflower, 132 Greene Ave  (cor Waverly & Greene), Ft. Greene

12/6, 4:30 PM the Duo Figer-Khanina play music for violin and piano TBA at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.

12/6, 6 PM intense jazz oudist/guitarist Gordon Grdina in a rare solo performance followed by noir-inspired low-register reedman Ben Goldberg at Downtown Music Gallery

12/6, 7:30 PM maestro Dong-hyun Kim conducts the Queensboro Symphony Orchestra – NYC’s hottest new classical ensemble – in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 at Mary’s Nativity Church, 46-02 Parsons Blvd. (at Holly Ave.), Flushing, 7 train to Main St. (the last stop), transfer to the Q27 bus, sugg. don.

12/6, 8 PM female-fronted power trio Castle Black – who veer between acidic Bush Tetras postpunk, stoner metal and more straight-up, sardonic punk – at Otto’s, followed at 9 by Cheri Dahl, who mashes up Marianne Faithfull, Mazzy Star and brooding oldschool punk-influenced sounds. 12/19 Castle Black are at Leftfield at 8

12/6, 8 PM sympatico third-stream improvisations, in reverse order: the Sarah Bernstein + Stuart Popejoy duo; Red Metal with Patrick Breiner – tenor saxophone and clarinet; Anais Maviel – voice’ Sana Nagano – violin; Chris Hoffman – cello at Jack, $12

12/6, 9 PM Cheetah Chrome’s legendary pre-Dead Boys proto-punk band Rocket from the Tombs at Baby’s All Right, $18

12/6, 9 PM the Space Merchants – who work a doomy reverb/fuzztone psych vibe, Sabbath with a Farfisa – followed eventually by Spencer Moody of the Murder City Devils at St. Vitus, $12

12/6, 9 PM boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band at Skinny Dennis

12/6, 9 PM charismatic ghoulabilly/retro rock monster Reid Paley at 12th Street Bar at 8th Avenue and 12th Street, a block from Prospect Park and a few short blocks from the 7th Avenue F & G station.

12/6, 11 PM hard-rocking, groove-driven Balkan band Tipsy Oxcart at the small room at the Rockwood

12/7, 7 PM SWARMIUS – sort of a tripper San Diego counterpart to Tribecastan -doing their wickedly fun, Balkan-tinged, populiat jams with guest pianist Geoffrey Burleson followed by hauntingly philosophical percussion/electronics/spoken word duo Bradford Reed & Jane LeCroy and then a solo set by Burleson at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

12/7, 7:30 PM the Horszowski Trio and Claremont Trio play Schubert works (including the Notturno and String Quintet in C) plus works by Poulenc and Kurtag at Music Mondays, Advent/ Broadway Church, 2504 Broadway at 93rd St., free.

12/7. 7:30 PM “an evening of silent films from the 1960s-1970s by experimental artist Frans Zwartjes rescored by composer Whitney George, and performed by chamber emsemble the Curiosity Cabinet. at CUNY’s Elebash Hall, 365 5th Ave north of 34th St., free

12/7, 8:30/10:30 PM Rachel Caswell (of the Caswell Sisters) on vocals with Dave Stryker on guitar and Jay Anderson on bass at the Bar Next Door, $12 

12/7, 8 PM not a musical event, but a good one: Brian G. Murphy directs a performance of Neil LaBute’s play Fat Pig, a searing, caustic critique of shallowness and misogyny. at Roulette, $17.

12/7, 8:30 PM violinist Jennifer Koh and pianist Shai Wosner play Beethoven sonatas at the 92nd St. Y, $25/$15 under 30

12/7, 9 PM  explosive guitar-fueled art-rock jamband Wounded Buffalo Theory at Pine Box Rock Shop in Bushwick

12/7, 10 PM noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo and his trio ollowed at 11 by guitarist Nick Russo’s the Hot Jazz Jumpers, who are more eclectic than just about any other retro swing band out there, at the small room at the Rockwood

12/7, 11 PM long-running Israeli reggae-rock jamband Moshav Band at Highline Ballroom, $15 adv tix req

12/7 the Manhattan Chamber Players make their debut at le Poisson Rouge with piano/string music by Mendelssohn, Brahms, Schubert, Fauré, Chausson, Shostakovich, and Piazzolla plus world premieres by Vivian Fung and Chris Rogerson. They’re at Baruch College on 12/15

12/8, half past noon organist Marco LoMuscio plays a program TBA at Central Synagogue, Lex/54t h, free

12/8 drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, Tilt Brass play works by Anthony Coleman, Tilt co-founder Chris McIntyre, James Tenney, Liza Lim and Catherine Lamb at the Miller Theatre, free

12/8, 6:30 PM intriguing,up-and-coming guitarist/songwriter Alicyn Yaffee – formerly of adventurous all-female jazz/art-rock band the Cave Women – at the Bar Next Door. 12/20 she’s at the small room at the Rockwood at 9.

12/8, 7 PM smart purist oldtime blues/Americana resonator guitarist Zeke Healy & intense, eclectic violist Karen Waltuch followed by ten-piece funky Balkan brass/Ellington jazz monsters Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

12/8, 7:30 PM well-liked folk noir guy/girl duo Whitehorse – Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland – at the Mercury, $15

12/8, 7:30 PM a wild Ernest Hemingway-inspired night at the Morgan Library: Cygnus Ensemble performs new commissions  that relate to Hemingway and other writers and artists from 1920s Paris, including vocal and instrumental music inspired by the museum’s exhibition Ernest Hemingway: Between Two Wars by Laura Kaminsky, Errollyn Wallen, Damon Ferrante, Frank Brickle, and Jessie Montgomery as well as George Anthiel, Ezra Pound, and Cole Porter. The evening will also feature special appearances by the Sheer Pluck Guitar Orchestra and soprano Elizabeth Farnum. $35/$25 srud/srs

12/8, 9 PM Italian bluegrass trio the Blue Grasshoppers followed at 10 by brilliant ex-Girls Guns & Glory guitarist Jon Glover’s new southwestern gothic project, Mongoose at the Way Station. The Blue Grasshoppers are also at Shrine on 12/10 at 9.

12/8, 9:30 PM the exhilarating klezmer jazz project Tarras Band – who play the repertoire of legendary hotshot klezmer clarinetis Dave Taras -featuring Tarras’ former pianist Pete Sokolow (piano), Michael Winograd (clarinet,) Ben Holmes (trumpet), Jim Guttmann (bass,) and Dave Licht (drums.) do the album release show for their new one – which includes Tarras mateiral plus songs by Naftule Brandwein and Sam Musiker as well as originals – at Drom, $10 adv tix rec

12/8, 11 PM Jones Beach play their hard-hitting guitar/drums original surf music at Shrine

12/8, time tba wild, female-fronted noir cabaret/circus rock band Amour Obscur at Aviv

12/9, 7 PM Roshel Rubinov – the haunting, Middle Eastern-tinged Bukharan Jewish guitar god equivalent to Richard Thompson – at Elebash Hall, 365 5th Ave north of 34th St., $25

12/9, 7 PM intense, Middle Eastern-tinged bassist Petros Klampanis leads his innovative ensemble, Chroma playing the album release show for their new one at the Onassis Cultural Center NY, 645 5th Avenue, (at 51st St) free w/rsvp . They’re also at Cornelia St. Cafe on 12/26 at 9 and 10:30 for $10 + $1o min.

12/9, 7 PM pianist Pablo Zinger backs a series of first-rate Latina singers: Brenda Feliciano, Gizelzanath, Virginia Herrera, and Maribel Salazar, to perform a program dedicated exclusively to the powerful and immensely varied vocal music of Mexico from olero to classical, passing through rancheras, huapangos, habaneras and danzones. Featured composers include “the father of Mexican music”, Manuel M. Ponce, and Tata Nacho (Ignacio Fernández Esperón) to the composer of “Granada”, Agustín Lara, to Armando Manzanero (creator of “Somos novios” – “It’s Impossible”).at the Sheen Center, 18 Bleecker (Elizabeth/Mott, $30

12/9, 7:30 PM powerful, intense bass clarinetist Todd Marcus leads his Middle Eastern-inspired big band at Smalls

12/9, 7:30 PM haunting, lushly sweeping klezmer string band Bivolita featuring accordionist Christina Crowder and fiddler Keryn Kleiman. at Mehanata, $15

12/9, 8 PM dark urbane Romany song maven (and Berthold Brecht descendant) Sanda Weigl and band at Barbes

12/9-12, 8 PM Tyshawn Sorey conducts his string sextet from behind the drum kit at Seeds

12/9, 9:30 PM tuneful, anthemic, intense neoromantic/indie classical ensemble the Founders play new works inspired by Schubert’s Winterreise at National Sawdust, $15

12/9, 10 PM stark, intense acoustic circus rock/musette/Romany punk band the Sullied Accolades – like a more stripped-down Kotorino – followed at 11 by delicious original Americana/newgrass band Chamomile & Whiskey at the Way Station

12/9, 10 PM irreverent oldschool Williamsburg saloon vocal jazz crew the Old Rugged Sauce at Freddy’s

12/10, half past noon jazz harpist Brandee Younger – this generation’s counterpart to Dorothy Ashby – in the lobby at at 1 NY Plaza, Water and Whitehall, free

12/10, 6 PM Argentinean pianist Valentin Surif plays a rare program of music from his home turf nicluding Alberto Williams’ (1862-1952) Demi-teinte de la Suite Sur la Terrasse (1891), Berceuse, Op. 47 Nº 1 (1906) and Suite En la sierra (1891), Juan Josè Ramos’s (1930-1995) Siete Variaciones de Tango (1978), Astor Piazzolla’s (1921-1992) Adiós Nonino (1959) and Roberto Garcia Morillo’s (1911-2003) Cuarta Sonata Op 26 (1959) at the Consulate General of Argentina in New York, 12 West 56th St, free but res rec to rsvp@cnyor.com

12/10, 6 PM guitarist Nick Nace – ex-A Brief View of the Hudson – followed eventually at 10 by dark 80s influenced goth/art-rock songwriter Alfonso Velez at the small room at the Rockwood. Nace is also at Sidewalk on 12/18 at 10. 

12/10, 7 PM pianist Jacob Greenberg plays music by Chopin, Schubert, Debussy, Webern and a world premiere by Dai Fujikura at Spectrum, $15

12/10, 7:30 PM, repeating on 12/11-12 at 8, the NY Philharmonic with pianist Jeffrey Kahane premiere an Andrew Norman concerto, plus Richard Strauss’ Till Eulenspigel and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4 at Avery Fisher Hall, $30 tix avail 

12/10. 7:30 PM rising star saxophonist Melissa Aldana leads her quartet at Smalls

12/10, 8 PM violinist Sam Bardfeld leads his trio followed at 10 by the plush, balmy, oldtimey uke swing of Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies at Barbes

12/10, 8 PM old cutting-edge jazz pals from the AACM days: saxophonist/multimedia artist Douglas Ewart & Quasar and tersely, majestically blues-inspired trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith at Roulette, $20/$15 stud/srs

12/10, 8 PM gorgeously slinky, period-perfect 1950s-style Egyptian film music revivalists Zikrayat at Meridian 23, $tba

12/10, 8 PM intense, mesmerizing clarinetist Vasko Dukovski performs spectral composer Marcelo Toledo’s Entrañas/Descentros for solo clarinet and then together with the composer, the two work out an improvisation at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, $10

12/10, 9 PM savage, macabre,cinematic noir jazz band Beninghove’s Hangmen at Bar Chord

12/10. 9 PM subversively torchy, historically-informed, richly lyrical oldtime Americana chanteuse Robin Aigner & Parlour Game at the Jalopy, $10

12/11, 6 PM NYC’s most innovative, hypnotically pointillistic Balinese bell orchestra, Gamelan Dharma Swara in the Chinese Garden Court at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, free w/museum adm. 12/13 at 6 they’re at the Stone playing a new piece by innovative bagpiper Matthew Welch for $20then on the 20 th they’re at the Fat Cat at 7.

12/11, 7 PM Chicago-style blues guitar monster Bobby Radcliff at Terra Blues.

12/11-12, 7:30/9:30 PM pianist Fabian Almazan’s amazing, Shostakovich-influenced, string-driven chamber jazz octet Rhizome at the Jazz Gallery, $22

12/11, 8 PM legendary Korean traditional music/dance troupe Kkuns – with their rapidrife hwimori rhythms, entertaining buna (spinning dishes), drums and ritual chants – at Flushing Town Hall, free w/rsvp

12/11, 8 PM meticulous, thrilling pianist Alexandra Joan plays Kaija Saatiaho Preludel Bach Partita for keyboard No. 1 in B-flat Major, BWV. 825; Arvo Part Partita, Op. 2;; Elliott Carter “90+”; Schumann Etudes Symphoniques, Op.13, Posthumous Etudes at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud

12/11, 8 PM Cousin Earth – who play mischievously funny covers of everything from bluegrass to EDM on ukuleles – at Singlecut Beersmiths in Astoria, free

12/11, 8:45 PM intriguingly lyrical, enigmatic Americana songwriter Jeffrey Foucault – sort of a grungier Steve Earle – with the soaring, similarly rocking Caitlin Canty at the big room at the Rockwood, $15

12/11, 9 PM ethereally menacing, jangly female-fronted Bunny Punch – who mangle folk noir into janglerock with a dreampop edge – at Matchless, $8

12/11-12, 9:30 PM smoky, suave oldschool tenor saxophonist Harry Allen leads his trio at Mezzrow, $20

12/11, 11 PM flutist Hiroaki Honshuku’s quartet Racha Fora with special guest Donny McCaslin plays material from their innovative, bracing new Miles Davis homage at Club Bonafide, 215 East 52nd St. , $10

12/11 an extremely rare appearance by no wave icons Teenage Jesus and the Jerks with Lydia Lunch at Trans-Pecos, midnight $20

12/11 exhilarating, brass-driven retro 60s latin soul revivalists Spanglish Fly at Barbes

12/11 GBV’s Doug Gillard and ageless indie powerpop favorites the Figgs at Bowery Electric

12/11, 5:30 PM cult favorite Americana soul songstress Dina Regine at the American Folk Art Museum

12/11, 7 PM International Contemporary Ensemble play Zosha Di Castri and David Adamcyk’s theatrical kitchen-sink electroacoustic epic Phonobellow, Natacha Diels’ minimalist, percussive, quirky An Economy of Means and Bulgarian composer/experimental vocalist Maria Stankova’s presumably otherworldly, haunting new work for voice and clarinet performed by Alice Teyssier and Joshua Rubin at the Teatro of the Italian Academy at Columbia University, 1161 Amsterdam Ave, free

12/12, 5 PM a panel discussion of the future of Caribbean and South American emigration to the US followed by a performance by Colombian marimba de chonta player/bandleader Diego Obregon at the Queens Museum, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, free

12/12, 7 PM it’s the flagship event of the annual, magically enveloping, global Unsilent Night boombox parade! For 22 consecutive years, composer Phil Kline has led this interactive parade from Washington Square Park to Tompkins Square Park. Show up no later than 6:45 PM, and you can pick up a boombox with a cassette of his carillonesque, pointillistic electronic score. Or download it for free, then bring your phone, mp3 player or tablet and join the fun! You can also stream it at soundcloud as you walk if you have a wifi connection. A great family event!

12/12, 7 PM the Attacca String Quartet performs music by Adams, Andres, Schumann, Rogerson, and Ippolitoat the DiMenna Center, 450 W 37th St., $20

12/12, 8 PM You Break You Buy with keyboardist Mick Rossi (Phillip Glass), guitarist Stephen Ulrich (Big Lazy) with Sexmob’s Tony Sherr (bass) Dean Sharenow (drums) playing creepy noir jams at Spectrum, $15

12/12, 8 PM Cairo-Montreal improvisational duo Flying Street, with Sam Shalabi on oud and Stefan Christoff on piano at Alwan for the Arts, $20/$15 stud/srs

12/12, 8 PM, repeating on 12/13 at 3 PM, Alessandra Belloni and her trancey tarantella band play Mystical Music in Honor of the Black Madonna,” a musical journey around the world to the ancient sacred sites of the primeval earth spirit created from authentic traditions of Southern Italy, Spain, France, Portugal, and Brazil “ at Theater for the New City, 155 First Avenue (bet. 9th & 10th Sts) $25

12/12, 8 PM the eclectic, Balkan/latin/funk brass Underground Horns and catchy, eclectic ska-pop/latin/reggae from the Brown Rice Family at Drom, $10 adv tix rec

12/12, 8 PM pyrotechnic alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa‘s Charlie Parker tribute, Bird Calls at at the Miller Theatre, $20 seats avail

12/12, 8 PM Chamber Orchestra of New York play Gershwin’s Lullaby and Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings, along with Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 35 and the world premiere of Three Variations on a Gregorian Theme by Emiliano Imondi, at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $30 tix avail

12/12, 8 PM the Cecilia Chorus of New York sing Handel’s Messiah at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, $25 tix avail

12/12, 9 PM cinematic soundtrack instrumentalists/surf rockers the Tarantinos NYC at Rock Shop, $10

12/12, 9ish a sizzling gospel/oldschool twinbill with monster piano player/charismatic showman Rev. Vince Anderson and period-perfect 60s blue eyed soul crooner Eli Paperboy Reed at Union Pool, $14

12/12, 9 PM Dubistry play deep roots reggae grooves, mento, ska and psychedelic dub instros at Shrine

12/12, 10 PM ex Bee & Flower bandleader/bassist Dana Schechter’s haunting, intense, grimly cinematic instrumental project Insect Ark at St. Vitus, $10

12/12, 10 PM twin-guitar, twin-keyboard psychedelic band Up & Down Hands play Pakistani film themes by legendary composer M. Ashraf at Barbes

12/12, 10:15 PM honkytonk with the Third Wheel Band at the big room at the Rockwood

12/12 grittily tuneful, 3rd generation Stooges-influenced rockers Swanky Tiger at Bowery Electric

12/13, 2 PM timeless freak-folk pioneer Kath Bloom at Mayflower, 132 Greene Ave  (cor Waverly & Greene), Ft. Greene

12/13, 4 PM Miwa Gemini – the darkly enigmatic missing link between Calexico and Shonen Knife – followed at 5 by torchy, bluesy classical harpist/chamber pop songwriter Tara Minton and then eventually at 7 by percussive, trance-inducing, bitingly tuneful, Middle Eastern-tinged female-fronted jamband SisterMonk and then at 8 by magical-voiced indie pop songwriter Jes Hudak at the small room at the Rockwood

12/13, 4 PM early music group Juilliard415 with harspichorist Richard Egarr perform a holiday choral celebration at Corpus Christi Church, 529 W 121st St, $10 seats avail.

12/13, 6:30 PM pianist Margarita Rovenskaya plays works by Haydn, Brahms, Prokofiev, Bach and at Caffe Vivaldi

12/13. 7 PM Nadia Shpachenko-Gottesman plays 6 world premieres by Missy Mazzoli, Michael Vincent Waller, Vera Ivanova, Tom Flaherty, Daniel Felsenfeld and Peter Yates at Spectrum, $15

12/13, 9 PM guitarist/singer Breanna Barbara Arneson and her diverse blues band followed at 10 by lyrically-fueled electric folk noir band Leland Sundries at Palisades

12/13, 10ish Lenny Kaye (lead guitar genius from Patti Smith’s band, in case you don’t know) does his classic powerpop thing…or his country thing, or maybe both, upstairs at 2A

12/13 eerily playful, charismatic Nashville gothic/folk noir songstress Kelley Swindall at Scratcher Bar, 209 E 5th St.

12/13 creepy, accordion-fueled Balkan psychedelic rockers Alec K Redfearn & the Eyesores, no wave jamband Escape by Ostrich and postpunk supergroup Heroes of Toolik at Bowery Electric.

12/14, 8 PM one of the year’s best twinbills: hard-rocking psychedelic cumbia/surf dance band Consumata and similarly psychedelic, surfy, vallenato-influenced art-rock groovemeisters Los Crema Paraiso at Brooklyn Bowl, $8

12/14, 8:30 PM multi-instrumentalist oldtime blues powerhouse Blind Boy Paxton at the Jalopy, $10

12/14, 9 PM irrepressible saxophonist Jon Irabagon celebrates the release of his wild, technically challenging first solo sopranino saxophone record Inaction Is An Action Delroy’s Wine Bar, 65 Fenimore St just off Flatbush Ave, Q to Parkside Ave, $10 sug don

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

12/14, 11 PM noir jazz piano monsters the Dred Scott Trio return to their old stomping grounds at the small room at the Rockwood

12/15, 5:30 PM fiery Americana/Balkan/chamber-pop fiddler Sarah Alden and her all-star string band at the World Financial Center, free. She’s also here at 4:30 PM on 12/19

12/15, 9 PM the Bogmen’s charismatic, UFO-fixated Vic Thrill followed by NYC’s most haunting, inscrutable, savagely guitar-fueled, lyrically brilliant noir band Karla Rose & the Thorns at Grand Victory, $10

12/15-16, 7:30.9:30 PM intense, inscrutabley fiery guitarist Mary Halvorson leads her lush, lustrously brooding octet at the Jazz Gallery, $22

12/15, 7:30 PM chamber quartet the Curiosity Cabinet plays their conductor Whitney George’s work The Strange Library, for narrator and quartet, with projections, inspired by the creepy, surreal Haruki Murakami novella at the Center for Fiction, 17 E. 47th St, $15/$12 stud

12/15, 7:30 PM rising star cellist Sang-Eun Lee and pianist Noreen Polera play works by Rachmaninoff, Stravinsky, Crumb and Brahms at Merkin Concert Hall, $10 seats avail.

12/15, 9 PM brilliant drummer/percussionist Willie Martinez & La Familia Sextet play classic salsa grooves at the Fat Cat

12/15 state-of-the-art, sinisterly socially aware newschool big band jazz Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society at the Bell House

12/16, 7 PM in reverse order at the Knitting Factory: psychedelic funk band the People’s Champs – who’re going in more of an Afrobeat direction lately – playing the album release showfor their ne wone American Dreamers, brilliant psychedelic desert rock/cantorial art-rock band Sway Machinery doing the same for their new one, funky, psychedelic Ethiopiques band Nikhil P. Yerawadekar and Low Mentality and low-key, soulful original country bluesman Jon LaDeau, $10 adv tix rec

12/16. 7:30 PM a wonderful new group on the scene, Tsibele with Eleonore Weill (flutes), Hannah Temple (accordion), Eva Boodman (trumpet), & Zoe Aqua (violin) playing klezmer classics and obscure treasures.at Zeb’s Place 223 W.28th St. (bet. 7th & 8th Ave.), $15

12/16, 8 PM intense, eclectic original Balkan clarinet/violin/oud/percussion quartet Sherita at the Delancey, $10

12/16, 8:30 PM an amazing all-instrumental twinbill: savage, macabre,cinematic Middle Eastern surf/crime jazz band Beninghove’s Hangmen and then deep two-trombone dub reggae and Afrobeat grooves with Super Hi-Fi playing the album release show for their sick new Xmas dub colllection at Brooklyn Bowl, $5

12/16, 8:30 PM NPR’s “Piano Puzzler” Bruce Adolphe hosts a program of piano music by Beethoven played by Orli Shaham and Noam Elkies at Engelman Recital Hall, Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Ave, $30

12/16, 9 PM the Strung Out String Band play hi-energy oldtime Appalachian tunes at Bar Chord

12/16, 10 PM the intoxicating Katie Brennan & the Bourbon Express play honkytonk at the Way Station

12/16, 10:30 PM the increasingly soul-oriented, guitarishly brilliant Miss Tess & the Talkbacks at the big room at the Rockwood, $10

12/17, 5::30 PM playful, fun, eclectic oldtimey accordion/violin Americana/Romany/musette band the Wisterians at at the World Financial Center, free. They’re also here on 12/23

12/17, 6 PM composer and pianist Marika Takeuchi plays her tranquil contemporary instrumental music with violinist Rebekah Butler and cellist Bobbie Lee Crow III. at Cornelia St. Cafe, $9 incl a drink! 

12/17, 7 PM pianist Vassily Primakov with Rachael Lee, violin, Ben Capps, cello, David Aladashvili, piano.play works by Tschaikovsky at Zinc Bar, $25

12/17, 7:30 PM intense gothic/punk/blues art-rock bandleader Vera Beren directs Pamela Enz’ Body Parts a Series of…starring Anita Durst, Julie Atlas Muz and Jack Neiman with music by Luis Mujica played by a live band at Dixon Place, $10

12/17, 8 PM the Danish Piano Trio‘s US debut with music by Felix Mendelssohn and Niels W. Gade; plus a world premiere by Geoffrey Gordon and a US premiere by Bent Sørensen, at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $20. Good, cutting-edge stuff!

12/17, 8/10 PM pianist Helen Sung plays her song cycle based on Dana Gioia poems featuring multi-reedist John Ellis, trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, bassist Reuben Rogers, drummer Donald Edwards, percussionist Samuel Torres, along with guest vocalists Carmen Lundy and Carolyn Leonhart, at the Jazz Gallery, $22

12/17, 8:30 PM the New York Chillharmonic – vocalist/composer Sara McDonald’s lush, third-stream 17-piece big band with string quartet –at the Lincoln Center Atrium, early arrival advised

12/17, 8:30 PM a hot oldtimey swing jazz triplebill with King Istos Tropical String Band, Cait & the Critters and Sweet Megg & the Wayfarers at the Jalopy, $10

12/17, 9 PM fiery, torrentially lyrical, vengefully catchy punk/powerpop alienation anthems with Hannah vs. the Many at Rock Shop, $10

12/17, 10 PM lush but edgy original jazz chanteuse/songwriter Gracie Terzian – whose axe is the harp ukulele – at Club Bonarifide (in the old Something Jazz Club space) at 212 E 52nd St, $15

12/18, 7:30 PM the China National Traditional Orchestra play concertos for pipa and orchestra, erhu and orchestra and other sweepingly cross-pollinated sounds at Alice Tully Hall, $20 tix avail. They’re also at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall on 12/20 at 8 playing new , theatrically staged compositions by musical director Jiang Yin, $20 seats avail.

12/18, 8 PM haunting dark Americana songwriter/belter Jessi Robertson, chamber pop stylist Elizabeth Ziman of Elizabeth & the Catapult, Shannon Conley, Jenna Nicholls, Kiyoshi Matsuyama and others play a tribute to PJ Harvey on the 15th anniversary of Stories From the City, Stories From the Sea at le Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec

12/18, 8 PM a mighty Americana quadruplebill at Hank’s with blazing guitarist Alan Lee and the Whiskey Bumps followed eventually by electrified bluegrass/Celtic band Tatters and Rags at 10 and cleverly lyrical, darkly funny Nashville gothic rockers Maynard & the Musties headlining at 11

12/18, 8 PM slinky, exhilarating, brass-driven retro 60s latin soul revivalists Spanglish Fly at at SOB’s, $10

12/18, 8 PM charming female-fronted continental swing jazz combo the Hot Sardines play the album release show for their new one at Uinon Hall, $12

12/18, 8 PM cellist Inbal Segev and classical guitarist Jason Vieaux play a Fernando Otero world premiere as well as works by DeFalla, Granados, Piazzolla and and Gnattali at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stu d

12/18, guessing that this starts at around 8, in reverse order: the Bad Brains’ HR & the Dubb Agents, Jawalski, Skarroneros, and one of Harlem’s longest-running, tightest first-wave punk bands, the Banddroidz at Bowery Electric

12/18, 10 PM Krawbel and the Snipper Snappers play their mashup of bluegrass, newgrass and acoustic janglerock at Freddy’s

12/18, 11 PM dazzlingly eclectic, enigmatic Canadian gothic bandleader Lorraine Leckie at Sidewalk

12/18, midnight he Brighton Beat play their deliriously fun Afrobeat jams at Joe’s Pub, $12

12/18, quarter past midnight ferocious latin/Romany rockers the Butcher Knives at the Kniiting Factory

12/19, 7 PM hilarious, savagely funny top 40 parodists the Dan Band at Joe’s Pub, $22

12/19, 8 PM pianist Lucian Ban and violist Mat Maneri’s tersely haunting Transylvanian jazz project at Barbes, $10

12/19, 8 PM chamber/choral group the Western Wind Ensemble performs styles ranging from Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Early American and Romantic to contemporary works, folk songs and spiritual plus new arrangements of seasonal chestnuts such as I Saw Three Ships and Tom Lehrer’s Chanukkah in Santa Monica at Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium, 417 E 61st off 1st Ave., $25 gen adm avail.

12/19, 9 PM deep two-trombone dub reggae and Afrobeat band Super Hi-Fi play sick versions of Xmas carols from their hilarious new album at Bar Chord

12/19, 9 PM the Rosewood Girl mash up enigmatic Neko C. Americana, nebulous post Sonic Youth jangle and vintage honkytonk at Freddy’s

12/19, 10 PM this era’s most chillingly cinematic, shadowy reverbtoned noir guitar instrumentalists, Big Lazy at Barbes at Fox and Crow, 594 Palisade Ave, (Congress/Hobson), Jersey City,

12/19, 10 PM agelessly hilarious, sardonic first-wave punk rockers the Dickies at Bowery Electric

12/19, 10 PM edgy, intense alto saxophonist Sharel Cassity’s Electra at the Fat Cat

12/19, 11 PM Red Gretchen – best known for their anguished Replacements/Niirvana anthems, although they’re even better at slowly undulating, doomy psychedelic/art-rock grooves – at Sidewalk

12/19, 11:30 PM smolderingly intense singer/guitarist Mia Wilson’s deeply bluesy, brilliantly lyrical psychedelic band the Bright Smoke at the Mercury, $10

12/19, midnight ark female-fronted new wave/punk band Ingrid & the Defectors at Hank’s, $5

12/20, half past noon vocal-and-guitar duo Yael & Gabriel lead their combo playing Piaf classics at Highline Ballroom, $22 adv tix rec

12/20, 2 PM Lise de la Salle, piano with members of everybody’s favorite indie classical orchestra, the Knights, playing works by Ravel, Takemitsu, Mozart and Martinu at the Town Hall, $15 seats avail.

12/20, 2 PM politically-inspired soul singer Tomas Doncker at Mayflower, 132 Greene Ave  (cor Waverly & Greene), Ft. Greene

12/20, 3 PM the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra play Handel’s Messiah at NJPAC in Newark, $30 tix avail.

12/20, 7 PM Charming Hostess – Jewlia Eisenberg, Marika Hughes, Dana Lyn and Mazz Swift – play edgy, lushly intense Balkan and Sephardically-inspired Jewish music from across the ages and similarly radical originals at Barbes

12/21 it’s Make Music Winter. Great idea – definitely more comfortable than the annual June 21 allday outdoor buskerthon – debatable execution. Along with the yodelers carousing through Washington Heights – good grief, why donn’t they stay homr in Jersey? – there are some cool participatory parades and such going on..

3 PM: Decantations: “Composer Ravi Kittapa and pianist Karl Larson invite the public to perform the New York premiere of Decantations III, Kittapa’s piece featuring the sound of sruti boxes (easily playable Indian drone instruments). Beginning at 3:00 pm, performers split into three groups and walk divergent paths around Astoria, playing a variety of sustaining instruments and electronic devices, while interacting with the sounds of the neighborhood. After 30 minutes everyone converges in Athens Square Park to create a large and varying drone resolving to a finish.”

4 PM: Melrose Parranda: “The Bronx Music Heritage Center (BMHC) inaugurates its annual Melrose procession series with a focus on the Puerto Rican tradition of caroling called parranda. At 4:00 pm, a parranda with the Puerto Rican music of plena, and singing holiday songs from the island, will be led by Jorge Vazquez, Bobby Sanabria and others. Join the procession at the 149th St./3rd Avenue subway stop as we wind our way through Melrose into beloved local landmarks, ending with a jubilant jam session and refreshments. Come ready to sing, dance, and play!” And drink…There’s also a Trullita Navideña being organized at 4:30 PM on the south side of Williamsburg at El Puente Headquarters (211 S. 4th St)

4:30 PM: Kalmibascope: This sounds like real fun! “Participants are invited to join the Kalimbascope Ensemble, and promenade at dusk with the music of the enchanted thumb piano. Composer J.C. King leads a kalimba parade through the streets of Ridgewood and Bushwick, ending at Maria Hernandez Park. The parade will be accompanied by real-time electronics, giving the music an air of mystery and fascination. The parade begins at 4:30 pm at Trans Pecos (915 Wyckoff Ave). All are encouraged to bring their own kalimbas (though kalimbas will be available for the first 25 participants to borrow)”

6 PM: Bell by Bell: “Artist Tom Peyton distributes seventy color-coded bells to the crowd, one color per note. At the front of the parade, a team of conductors waves corresponding colored flags to lead the group in slowly moving music, written by a variety of composers. When the conductors raise their red and green flags, everyone with red and green bells start ringing, and so on for each color, creating a sonorous, atmospheric soundscape in DUMBO’s cavernous spaces. The parade begins at 6:00 pm at the DUMBO Archway and ends at Brooklyn Bridge Park (at Old Dock Street).”

6 PM: Pilgrimage: “Early Music singers led by conductor Malcolm J. Merriweather walk from West Park Presbyterian Church (Amsterdam and W. 86th) to the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, carrying lanterns while singing medieval melodies once sung along the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela. All singers are invited to join, from absolute beginners to early music specialists. The pilgrimage begins at 6:00 pm and culminates in a triumphant arrival at the Cathedral with organ accompaniment. Presented in association with West Park Presbyterian Church and the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine.”

12/21, 8 PM it’s Murder Ballad Night at Branded Saloon in Ft. Greene, arguably NYC’s funnest and creepiest monthly concert. Hosted by luridly charismatic chamber-pop duo Charming Disaster and featuringpowerful Americana belter and Bobtown folk noir songwriter Karen Dahlstrom, intensely enigmatic, tuneful cello songstress Serena Jost,, Americana singer Karen Poliski, popular folk-pop songwriter Terry Radigan, creepy, theatrical female-fronted noir cabaret/circus rock band Orphan Jane, and more. Get there on time, the room fills up quick!

12/21, 8 PM Kent Tritle conducts the Oratorio Society of NY in the Mozart arrangement of Handel’s Messiah at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, $25 tix avail

12/22, 9 PM wild Middle Eastern art-rock and metal guitarist Yoshie Fruchter at Silvana

12/22, 9 PM state-of-the-art hip-hop with the dead-serious but very funny Jean Grae at the Bell House, $20

12/23, 8 PM exhilarating female-fronted heavy psychedelic Argentine-American rock band Desert Flower – with punk, blues, noiserock and 70s metal influences at Black Bear Bar on N Sixth St. in Williamsburg, $10

12/23, 8:30 PM Bob Wills-style swing with Western Caravan followed by long-running 90s alt-country favorites Rusty Truck at Hill Country, free

12/23, 8:30 PM jazz chanteuse Allegra Levy – a welcome rarity in that she writes her own enigmatic, original songs – with Josh Deutsch, trumpet; Jason Yeager, piano; Timothy Norton, bass at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

12/23, 8:30 PM Balkan night at Freddy’s with bands TBA

12/24, 10 PM Anthem Band play newschool roots reggae and dancehall sounds at Shrine 

12/25, 3 and 5 PM NYC’s most eclectic, sensationally jam-oriented klezmer/latin/cumbia band, Metropolitan Klezmer at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 + $10 min

12/26, 8 PM stars of the klezmer and Yiddish world including Frank London, Sarah Gordon and Michael Winograd present an evening of music from singer/musicologist Adrienne Cooper’s cult classic 1999 album In Love and In Struggle: The Musical Legacy of the Jewish Labor Bund at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Pl. north of Batttery Park, expensive, $36

12/26, 9 PM percussionist/bandleader Alessandra Belloni‘s explosive, fiery tarantella/Brazilian trance band Tarantata at Mehanata, $10

12/27, 7 PM Venezuelan jazz violinist Alí Bello & the Sweet Wire Band play original and fascinating stuff at Club Bonarifide (in the old Something Jazz Club space) at 212 E 52nd St, $15

12/27, 8:30 PM expansively lyrical pianist Eri Yamamoto with David Ambrosio, bass; Ikuo Takeuchi, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 + $10 min

12/28. 10 PM increasingly dark and Americana-oriented, lyrically brilliant acoustic guitarist/songwriter Linda Draper at Pete’s

12/28, 10ish one of the great saxophonists in the history of ska, Dave Hillyard & the Rocksteady 7 at Hank’s

12/29, 7 PM eerily playful, charismatic Nashville gothic/folk noir songstress Kelley Swindall at Caffe Vivaldi

12/29, 7 PM a rare reunion show by legendary/obscure 90s NYC jug band Washboard Jungle – who predated the Brooklyn Americana explosion by 20 years – at Barbes. 12/30 they’re at Dixon Place.

12/29, 7:30 PM bewitching noir torch song stylist Bliss Blood and brilliant guitarist Al Street at Freddy’s

12/29-30, 7:30 PM and 1/2 at 8 PM, the NY Philharmonic with violinist Joshua Bell play Sibelius’ Swan of Tuonela, Finlandia and Symphony No. 4 plus Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto at Avery Fisher Hall, $33 tix avail

12/29, 8 PM arguably the best twinbill of the entire year with wild, guitar-and-keyboard-driven Balkan psychedelic rock monsters Choban Elektrik followed by explosive psychedelic rembetiko metal band Greek Judas at Rock Shop, $10

12/29-30, 8:30 PM one of the alltime great Chicago blues artists – equally intense on organ, piano and guitar – Lucky Peterson at Iridium, $28

12/29, 9 PM amazing, darkly psychedelic Middle Eastern jamband the Sandcatchers: Yoshie Fruchter (oud)’ Michael Bates (acoustic bass); Yonadav Halevy (drums)Stephen Ulrich (lap steel) at Rock Shop

12/29, 9 PM the Jack Grace Band play their boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic at Coyote Ugly Saloon

12/30, 8 PM the Brooklyn Ivo Papasov, pyrotechnic Balkan reedman Greg Squared‘s Circle at Barbes

12/30, 10 PM an extremely rare solo acoustic show by lyrically intense, southwestern gothic-tinged, darkly charismatic noir singer Karla Rose of Karla Rose & the Thorns at 11th St Bar

12/30, 10:30 PM haunting latin noir/gutter blues/psychedelic guitarist Jack Martin’s Bob Dylan Deathwatch at the Manderley Bar

12/30-31 Gogol Bordello at Terminal 5, $35 adv tix rec

12/31, 10 PM the year’s possibly most asshole-free New Year’s Eve celebration at Freddy’s with Sweet Tits – the “punk lesbian Spinal Tap” with Donald O’Finn’s classic full-length backwards version of It’s a Wonderful Life – complete with backward-masked sound – blasting on the tvs throughout the bar.

12/31, 10ish for fans of darkly bristling, bouncy Brazilian rainforest folk sounds, accordionist Rob Curto leads his forro band at Barbes, $20

12/31 devious oldschool C&W/rockabilly parodists Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co. at Otto’s, 11 PM. If you must be in the East Village on New Year’s Eve (your inner New Yorker may be screaming STAY HOME), this is the place to be. The band is hilarious and they may skewer the tourists who will probably make up them majority of people in the house.

1/3, 2 PM wry noir jazz icons the Jazz Passengers at Littlefield, $25. It’s your guess if Debbie Harry’s goinna be with them or not.

1/8, 8 PM rip-roaring, oldtimey,-punk ghoul-swing band Megan Jean & the KFB at the Knitting Factory, $10 adv tix rec

1/4 pianists Jenny Lin and Uri Caine jam out on Scarlatti, Mozart and other composers at le Poisson Rouge

1/8-9, 10 PM hard-charging postrockers Russian Circles at St. Vitus, $20

1/9, 9 PM Mac McCarty & the Kidd Twist Band play their fiery, sometimes unexpectedly poignant Pogues-ish punk and folk noir at Sidewalk

1/10, 7:30 PM pianist Jenny Q Chai plays old and new visually-themed works by Chopin, Schumann and Kapuscinski at le Poisson Rouge

1/13, 7 PM Georgy Valtchev, violin and Lora Tchekoratova piano play piano trios by Smetana and Tschaikovsky at the Bulgarian Consulate, 121 E 62nd St., free

1/13, 7/9:30 PM “wrapped in an absurd and hyperbolic narrative, the music film, Sever revisits the ancient Chinese folktale of Diao Chan with live accompaniment by the modern Chinese band Xi Ban. Mixing classical instrumentation with westernized form, Xi Ban create an intriguing interplay between kabuki theatre and American delta blues,” at the Asia Society, 725 Park Ave. free but res req

1/15, 9 PM this era’s most chillingly cinematic, shadowy reverbtoned noir guitar instrumentalists, Big Lazy at the Knitting Factory

1/16, 7:30 PM the Barbes folks put on what’s probably going to be the funnest, most adrenalizing multi-band extravaganza of the year, heavy on the cumbia, OMFG, at Drom, $10; in order: Morrocan trance grooves with Samir Langus, psychedelic, surfy, vallenato-influenced art-rock groovemeisters Los Crema Paraiso, the even more psychedelic cumbia/salsa jammers Dos Santos Anti-Beat Orquesta; the magically haunting, soaring all-female Mariachi Flor de Toloache , Tucson desert rocker Gabriel Sullivan’s coyly titled psychedelic cumbia project, Xixa, the darkly Middle Eastern flavored Nubian grooves of Alsarah & the Nubatones , rustic Haitian/Dominican cumbia/vallenato group Buyepongo and newschool Ethiopiques-inspired dancefloor groovemeisters Debo Band

1/18. 7 PM psychedelic, surfy, vallenato-influenced art-rock groovemeisters Los Crema Paraiso, the sixteen-piece, accordion-spiced Gregorio Uribe Big Band , singer Sofía Tosello & innovative percussionist Franco Pinna’s hypnotic new folk-trance duo Chuño, slashingly eclectic Pan-American guitarist Juancho Herrera and band and magically eclectic singer (and member of Sara Serpa’s dreamy Mycale project) Sofía Rei at Drom, $20 adv tix rec

1/23, 9 PM funky, fun, shapeshiftingly unpredictable art-rockers Big Figment at the Gateway in Bushwick. $5

1/24, 4 PM celebrated, magical UK early music choir Stile Antico join with the Folger Consort for a Shakespeare-themed choral extravaganza at Corpus Christi Church, 529 W 121st St, $10 seats avail.

1/27, 6 PM the Erica Seguine/Shannon Baker Jazz Orchestra – arguably the most original, interesting and shapeshiftingly fun, cinematic large jazz ensemble in NYC, right up there with Darcy James Argue – at Shrine

1/31, 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.

1/28-30 and 2/4-6, 7 PM the world premiere of the late Robert Ashley’s avant garde opera Quicksand at the Kitchen, $20. “Divided into three acts of 16 scenes each, combines separate and “moveable” sequences of choreography by Steve Paxton, electric orchestra composed by Tom Hamilton, and light environments by David Moodey to present a unified work without a linear narrative structure.. Using Ashley’s signature blend of speech and song, Quicksand tells the story of a composer who has been coerced by a U.S. Government Agency (“the Company”) to serve as a low-level spy. Traveling with his wife to an unnamed South Asian country run by a military dictatorship, he becomes involved with plans to overthrow the government through his close friendship with two tour guides. With the assistance of four American mercenaries sent by “the Company,” the composer participates in the capture and imprisonment of the country’s leaders, and the destruction of the torture operation by which the dictatorship has maintained its power.”

A Catchy, Smartly Arranged New Album and a Maxwell’s Show by Roots Reggae Stars Kiwi

Kiwi are the best roots reggae band in the tri-state area, maybe the best roots reggae band in the entire northeast. What elevates them above the other groups in what’s now a legacy genre, like bluegrass or Chicago blues, is how much they have going on in their songs. Bassist Steve Capecci anchors them with a fat, minimalist, wickedly catchy pulse: as with a lot of reggae from the golden age in the 70s, it’s the bass hooks that often serve as the songs’ central point. Likewise, drummer Ramsey Norman holds down the groove with a low-key, elegant approach, having fun with the occasional Sly Dunbar-style accent and oldschool one-drop flourish. Frontman/guitarist Alex Tea’s tunes shift shape in a split second, unpredictably and counterintuitively., with elements of oldschool soul music, dub, rocksteady and the occasional departure toward psychedelic art-rock. His arrangements, including horns and multi-keys, spread the textures across the sonic picture. The purist production of their new album A Room with a View – streaming at Spotify – looks back forty years.  They’re headlining at 10 PM on November 28 at Maxwell’s in Hoboken; one of the world’s great ska sax players, Dave Hillyard & the Rocksteady 7 open the night at 9. Cover is $10.

The new album opens with New Year Steady, its catchy, spare, fat low-register bass hook, Memphis soul-infused guitar, slinky organ and a jaunty horn chart straight out of mid-70s Stevie Wonder. Wait Until Tomorrow is a spare, bouncy number fueled by a catchy bass riff and airy horns, in the same vein as a Burning Spear hit from about 25 years ago. Likewise, the balmy horn arrangement for February, which hints that it’s going to go in a dub direction before it rises to a triumphantly anthemic chorus, fueled by an animated exchange between the horns – then, finally, it gets all trippy.

Against the Wall, with its edgy, tense horns over boomy, ominous bass and troubled lyrics, brings to mind vintage Steel Pulse, Barami Waspe adding an all-too-brief, brooding tenor sax solo. The band picks things up from there with How Many Times, which looks back to Bob Marley at his mid-70s sunniest. Long Ago pairs tersely chugging organ from Dave Stolarz with Capecci’s bare-bones yet bone-penetrating bass. I Come Around comes around from an atmospheric, art rock-tinged verse to yet another one of the band’s signature catchy choruses. They follow that with the bass-fueled lovers rock ballad As I Am.

All Through the Evening takes the music back up into big anthemic territory, the brass and keys giving it a mighty majesty before the band slowly makes their way down toward dub…and then they’re done. With Red, they go back toward vintage Burning Spear and mash that up with Steel Pulse, again working the dynamics from towering and triumphant to sparse and suspenseful. The best track on the album is the moodily reflective, noir-tinged, minor-key Simmer. The album winds up with Trees, its soul jazz-inspired tune looking back to early 70s Third World. If this thing came out back then, it would have ruled the album charts.

Raging Fyah Burn Down Babylon

One of Jamaican roots reggae band Raging Fyah‘s distinguishing characteristics is that they’re a lot more musically interesting than their brethren in two-chord vamps. Listening to the group’s latest tracks from Judgement Day & Destiny – streaming at Spotify – immediately brings to mind longtime Jamdown roots vets Israel Vibration. Raging Fyah don’t have that group’s eendearingly wobbly vocal harmonies, but they’ve got the tunes and the musicianship. And they also have good lyrics: some of the songs here are your typical good-vibes anthems, but true to their name, there’s some political fire as well. In an era where the claim of staying true to the spirit of classic roots reggae almost always turns out to be an empty cliche, these guys deliver. They’re playing on November 24 at around 10 at Milk River, 960 Atlantic Ave (Grand/Willoughby) in Ft. Greene; take the C to Clinton-Washington. Cover is $20.

Irie Vibe, the sunny first cut, kicks off with keyboardist Demar Gayle’s wavery portanento string synth over guitarist Courtland White’s wry, lowdown wah-wah guitar and rises from there. Later on, Gayle has fun with classical riffage and then impersonating a vibraphone. The title track is sort of a mashup of early Third World and Kaya-era Marley: White goes for biting, sustained phrases over Gayle’s icy Wya Lindo-style organ. Likewise, First Love goes back for a deep hit of sophisticated, soul-jazz flavored roofs smoke. And Behold really gets the band firing on all cylinders right out of the chute, drummer Anthony Watson spinning and spiraling over White’s Memphis-tinged, Chinna Smith-style lines, frontman Kumar Bent’s low-key delivery matching the spiritually-inspired lyrics.

I and I breaks out of the mold of doctrinaire Africanist speechifying with some trippy dub touches and what sounds like an electrified toy piano. Music Isn’t Biased cynically revisits a handful of Babylon system nursery rhymes; it’s got an aphoristic edge that looks back to Bob Marley without ripping him off. One of the catchiest and most anthemic numbers here is Fight: “Don’t you be a fish to the fisherman,” Bent warns.over a watery, very 80s roots backdrop.

Nah Look Back further bolsters the argument that White might be the best reggae guitarist working right now: lots of taste and texture in this guy’s spare, lingering riffs. “Mankind don’t know the power they have,” Bent laments on the wickedly catchy track after that, Gayle orchestrating it with pulsing synth brass and rippling gospel organ. The final cut here is the piano-driven, aptly triumphant Jah Glory. In an era when most Jamaican reggae has been digitized to death, this band is a breath of fresh air straight off Montego Bay.

Faith Put Their Individualistic Downtown NYC Spin on Classic Roots Reggae

For the better part of two decades, reggae-rockers Faith have been one of New York’s most distinctive, intoxicatingly groove-driven bands. Frontwoman Felice Rosser’s deep, purposefully exploratory basslines established her long ago as one of the most consistently interesting and original four-string players in town. She sings in an earthy, unselfconsciously soulful contralto that brings to mind Nina Simone, but with more range and a breathier, more balmy upper register. The band has a brand-new ep, Soul Secrets – streaming at Soundcloud – and a show tonight, November 14 at 8 PM at Matchless in Williamsburg where they’re followed by metalish cinema rock band Western Estates and then postrock pioneer Wharton Tiers – who recorded this album – and his band. Cover is $8.

The album’s title track has a driving vintage 70s roots reggae feel – think Aswad, Steel Pulse, Jacob Miller, i.e. the more guitar-fueled acts from reggae’s golden age. “Sometimes we are two cultured pearls inside a crusty shell,” Rosser muses in Lovers, which-builds from a slinky guitar-and-organ roots groove to a harder-edged, guitar-fueled chorus, Rosser shifting seamlessly from her powerful low range to an arguably even more powerful falsetto. Her rising bass matches Nao Hakamada’s slowly crescendoing, smoldering guitar solo.

The third track, Love of a Lifetime falls midway between those two styles, Hakamada pulling the band out of a dizzying dub interlude with some neat backward-masked riffage before he takes the energy further toward redline. The slow/midtempo, early 70s style soul-jazz infused Carried Away brings to mind classic-period Third World. There’s also a dub version of that track that gives the whole band, especially drummer Paddy Boom more headroom for his psychedelic textures. Much as there’s plenty of studio sorcery going on here, especially in the deepest of the dub moments, the album is a good approximation of Faith’s hypnotic live show. They’re a New York institution: there aren’t many people left from the Lower East Side when it was a hotbed of creativity, 10 or 20 years ago, who haven’t seen them. Now it’s your turn.

New York City Live Music Calendar for November and December 2015

The new December/January calendar is here.

There’s a comprehensive, recently updated list of places where these events 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.

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: works by Debussy, Rameau and Mozart, 11/12 at 7 and 11/15 at 4 PM. Sugg don $10 (pay what you can), delicious gluten-free refreshments, beverages and lively conversation included! email for info/location.

Jan 7, 8, 12 at 7:30 PM plus Jan 9 at 6; Jan 10 at 2; Jan 11 at 4 PM the world premiere of Kaneza Schaal’s Go Forth, “ Schaal approaches the 3,000-year-old funerary text as an ancient performance score: excavating the spells and incantations to create a series of burial vignettes, fragments of translation, memory and imagination. Presented in the labyrinthine basement of Westbeth’s Artists Community in Chelsea, an essential artery of New York City’s artistic community, remnants of past legends, such as Merce Cunningham’s studios and the flood of Hurricane Sandy, line the walls. Photographic funerary murals usher the audience into the mythological landscape of the performance. Spurred by Schaal’s experience of ritualized grieving with her family in Rwanda,” at Westbeth Artists Community, 55 Bethune St in the west village, , $20 / $15 Students & Seniors, l./A./E/C to 14th St.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Three Wednesdays in November: 11/4. 11/11 and 11/18, 9ish iconic second-wave Afrobeat pioneers Antibalas – still vital and surprisingly terse after all these years – at Brooklyn Bowl The increasingly hard-funk oriented Emefe opens the 11/4 show at 9.

Wednesdays in December, 9ish the Slackers‘ timelessly soulful, bluesy frontman Vic Ruggiero at Grand Victory, $10

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

Thursdays in November, 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

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

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

Fridays in November at 9 Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens play oldschool 1960s style gospel at the Fat Cat.

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

Saturdays in November, 6 PM badass resonator guitarist and delta blues/oldtime hillbilly music maven Mamie Minch at Barbes

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

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

Sundays in November, 2 PM Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir play their deliriously fun mix of original eco-warrior gospel and edgy street theatre at Joe’s Pub, $15

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

Sundays in November 5 PM Afro-Peruvian jazz pianist/chanteuse Chi-Chi Glass leads a rotating series of bands at Barbes

Sundays in November, 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.

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 November, 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.

11/1, 2 PM ex-Fire in the Kitchen and current Ember Schrag band lead guitar monster Bob Bannister at Mayflower Bar

11/1, 3 PM a rare performance of Astor Piazzolla vocal music with pianist Pablo Zinger and a global cast of vocalists including Gizelzanath, Leonardo Granados (Venezuela) and Diana López (Honduras-USA) at the Sheen Center, 18 Bleecker St (Elizabeth/Mott), $30

11/1, 4 PM Michelle Kim, violin; Wendy Sutter, cello; Bill Wolfram, piano play the Handel-Halvorsen Passacaglia for violin and cello; Brahms Piano Trio in C minor, Op. 101; Dvorak Piano Trio in F minor, Op. 65 at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud

11/1, 6 PM: clarinetist Ben Goldberg with guitar noisemeister and Wilco guy Nels Cline and Billy Mintz followed at 7 by the alto sax/violin duo of Patrick Brennan and Jason Hwang at Downtown Music Gallery, free

11/1, 8 PM a rare NYC appearance by pianist/songwriter Tris McCall – one of the few guys who deserves to be mentioned in the same sentence as Eivis Cotello -at Sidewalk. Nobody writes about dead-end suburban angst better than this guy.

11/1, 9 PM catchy, eclectic ska-pop/latin/reggae sounds from the Brown Rice Family at Brooklyn Bowl, $7

11/1, 10:30 PM neon-riffing stoner garage tunes with Sun Voyager at the Mercury, $8

11/2, 7 PM eerily playful, charismatic Nashville gothic/folk noir songstress Kelley Swindall at the Mercury, $10

11/2, 7:30 PM a memorial concert for the late great Bob Belden featuring the surviving members of his groups the Treasure Island Band, Animation/Imagination and Animation, at le Poisson Rouge, free

11/2, 8 PM 11-piece string ensemble String Power play everything from Slayer to Earth Wind & Fire at Branded Saloon

11/2, 8:30 PM the Daedalus Quartet play an all-Czech program: Martinu: Fantasie for Theremin, Oboe, Piano and Strings; Ullmann: String Quartet No. 3; Elisa Cilkova: String Quartet No. 3, Kalabis: String Quartet No 5. Op. 63, “In Memory of Marc Chagall”; Jezek: Bugatti Step at the 92nd St. Y, $30

11/2, 9 PM Amigo the Devil play their murderous folk noir at the Acheron, $10

11/2, 9 PM careening soulpunk/psychedelic band Clear Plastic Masks followed by Wanda Jackson-influenced Americana badass Nikki Lane at Bowery Ballroom, $15 gen adm

11/2, 10 PM deulling cello improvisations with Serena Jost and Matthew Robinson – creepy and cool! – at LIC Bar

11/2, 10:30 PM sultry, torchy, creepy noir soul bandleader/chanteuse Karina Denike at Cake Shop, $10

11/3, 7 PM a killer triplebill at Bowery Electric: purist, golden-roiced Americana songwriter Rebecca Turner, Tracy Island – the catchy, smart, literate new wave/psychedelic rock project from Ian and Liza of the WonderWheels and the Larch – playing the album release show for their new one and well-loved Americana duo the Kennedys playing the album releaes show for theirs, $9

11/3, 7 PM badass stars of klezmer violin Jake Shulman-Ment, Deborah Strauss and Alicia Svigals: at the Eldrigdge St. Synagogue, on Eldridge just north of Division in Chinatown, $20/$14 stud/srs

11/3, 8/10 PM soul belter Sharon Clark, backed by the Chris Grasso Trio, delivers songs of heartbreak and revenge at Iridium, $30, yikes!

11/3-8. 8:30/10:30 PM a week of John Zorn ensembles – with and without the downtown sax icon – at the Vanguard. Choice pick: 11/7 at 8:30 a quartet with Zorn, Wadada Leo Smith (trumpet) Bill Laswell (bass) Milford Graves (drums)

11/3, 9 PM newgrass banjo innovator Tony Trischka and his group followed by ex-Dylan lead guitarist Larry Campbell with singer Teresa Williams at Brooklyn Bowl, $15

11/3, 10 PM current Mingus band stars led by trumpeter Alex Sipiagin and including David Kikoski…piano; Boris Kozlov…bass ;Donald Edwards…drums at 55 Bar

11/4, 7 PM a rare rare solo show by Cementhead’s fiery, jangly guitarist Gordon Smethurst followed eventually at around 10 by hilarious faux-French rockers les Sans Culottes – whose new album Les Dieux Ont Soif is both great fun and potently relevant – at Grand Victory, $9

11/4, 8 PM powerhouse klezmer clarinetist Michael Winograd leads his band at Mehanata, $10 + 1 drink min

11/4, 8 PM psychedelic klezmer/bluegrass mandolin and clarinet legend Andy Statman at Barbes, $10

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

11/5, 7 PM the Olympus Piano Trio play Rachmaninoff’s immortal, haunting Trio Elegiaque plus works by Ravel, Hatis and Mendelssohn at Merkin Concert Hall, free but rsvp required

11/5, 7 PM pianist Jessica Osborne focusees on music by women composers TBA at Spectrum, $15

11/5, 7:30 PM he cleverly lyrical, darkly funny Nashville gothic rock of Maynard & the Musties at Counterevolution, 37 W 17th St (bet 5th & 6th), 2nd floor,

11/5, 7:30/9:30 PM sassy, torchy oldtimey swing/saloon blues pianist/chanteuse Davina & the Vagabonds at B.B. King’s, $15

11/5, 7:30 PM latin jazz drummer extraordinaire Bobby Sanabria directs the MSM Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra playing the music of James Brown, the Brecker Brothers and Earth, Wind & Fire at Borden Auditorium at Manhattan School of Music, free, get there early!

11/5, 7:30/9:30 PM alto saxophonist Caroline Davis leads a quartet with Julian Shore – piano; Tamir Shmerling – bass; Jay Sawyer – drums at the Jazz Gallery, $15

11/5, 8 PM the most eclectic and arguably strongest songwriter in town, darkly and sardonically but also plaintively intense accordionist/singer Rachelle Garniez followed at 10 by pianist Alejandro Zuleta and band, who reinvent cumbia classics with a jazz and classical tinge, at Barbes

11/5, 9ish fiery, tuneful soul-punk rockers No Ice (succesor to the Brooklyn What) at the Gateway, 1272 Broadway (Lexington/Greene) in Bushwick, J to Gates Ave

11/5, 9 PM purist oldtime Americana songwriter Nora Jane Struthers with Joe Overton followed by cowpunk/Wilcoesque Americana band Parsonfield (FKA Poor Old Shine) and then newschool oldtimey/circus rock band Elephant Revival at Bowery Ballroom, $15 adv tix rec

11/5, 9 PM awesomely catchy hip-hop brass crew the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble at the Knitting Factory, $15 adv tix rec

11/6, 5:30 PM oldtime Memphis-style Americana jugband and stringband music with the Chitlin Cookers feat. “the tasty harmonica, the uke and bass singing of Trip Henderson, the wizard of the strings Ernie Vega on mandolin, guitar, and fiddle, Charlie Giordano on piano and accordion, and Peter Ford on the box bass” at the American Folk Art Museum

11/6, 7 PM Bora Kim, Karin Kuroda, Samantha Y. Shao and EXP’s sardonic, satirical multimedia piece I’m Making a Boy Band (IMMABB) about “reverse engineering a K-Pop band” with no Koreans in it, plus Christopher K. Ho‘s new performative lecture roams over  instructional diagrams  composed over the past year on “tiger” parenthood and life planning in an Asian/American context at CP Projects Space at SVA’s MA Curatorial Practice, 132 W 21st St, 10th Floor

11/6, 7 PM oldschool salsa dura night with Aguanile Na’ Ma at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, $20

11/6, 7:30 PM the Brooklyn Art Song Society with Miori Sugiyama on piano perform “Songs of the Great War” by Vaughan Williams, Browne, Finzi and Gurney at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, $20/$10 stud/srs

11/6, 8 PM firebrand, brilliantly lyrical noir blues rockers LJ Murphy and his ferocious band the Accomplices followed by Mac McCarty & the Kidd Twist Band playing their hard-charging, sometimes unexpectedly poignant Pogues-ish punk and folk noir after at 9, at Sidewalk

11/6, 8 PM Pierre de Gaillande’s Bad Reputation plays witty chamber pop English translations of Georges Brassens classics followed at 10 by followed by the most monstrously creepy noir twang instrumental band on the planet, Big Lazy at Barbes

11/6, 8 PM the inimitable, hilarious Mostly Other People Do the Killing play their LMFAO satire of 20s hot jazz – just one of the styles they pillory – at Bargemusic, $20. This sedate watercraft has never seen this kind of madness!

11/6, 8 PM the Nat Osborn Band – whose wry, cleverly lyrical New Orleans sounds come across somewhere in between Dr. John and Brother Joscephus – at the Knitting Factory, $10 adv tix rec

11/6, 8 PM Nashville gothic/ghoulabilly act the Bones of J.R. Jones at the Mercury, $10 adv tix rec

11/6, 8 PM newschool psych-pop/chamber pop bandleader Sam Kogon at at Baby’s All Right, $10

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

11/6, 8:30 PM two sax quartets on one bill? Yeah. Broken Reed Saxophone Quartet – Jenny Hill, Charley Gerard, Lívio Almeida, and Dimitri Moderbacher – playing Harry Smith works!, Plus New Thread Saxophone Quartet: Geoffrey Landman, Kristen McKeon, Erin Rogers, and Zach Herchen at I-Beam, $15

11/6, 8 PM moody Austin Americana/border rock chanteuse Gina Chavez and edgy Romany/latin/ska rockers Karikatura at at Bowery Electric, $10

11/6, 9 PM a stunningly eclectic night of guitar jazz: Nick Russo + 11 doing the 9th year reunion of the guitarists’s ambitious large ensemble debut album, followed at 10 by the wild female-fronted Hott Jazz Jumpers doing their album/dvd release show at Pete’s

11/6, 10 PM Franz Nicolay of World Inferno and a million other good carnivalesque bands, leading his own group at Grand Victory, $10

11/6, 10 PM a rare free show by the cutting-edge large jazz ensemble the Eco-Music Big Band, led by Marie Incontrera and featuring trumpeter John Korsrud at National Sawdust

11/6, 10 PM Antibalas spinoff Amayo’s Fu-Arkist-Ra play their original Afrobeat dance grooves at Meridian 23, $10

11/6, 10 PM bluegrass fiddle star Melody Allegra leads her band at at Hill Coutnry. They’re at Hill Country Brooklyn the next night 11/7 at 8 for free

11/6, 10:30 PM cutting-edge B3 organ and trombone soul/jazz grooves with the Jared Gold and Dave Gibson Band at the Fat Cat. Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens open the night at 9.

11/6, 11 PM stunningly eclectic female-fronted reggae/ska/janglerock/chamberpop band Bern & the Brights play the album release show for their new one at Maxwell’s, $10

11/6, 1:30 AM (morning of 11/7), cynical, chromatically searing cult favorite ex-Dominican metalcore band La Armada at the Acheron, $10

11/6, midnight unselfconsciously fun, chirpy 60s girlgroup revivalists Pep at Matchless

11/7, 3 PM a benefit for Somos Los Otros NY with Material Support (female-fronted political punk from Queens), intense hardcore crew Dominio Propio and Burden to the Grave (Brooklyn metal) Plus the screening of Xavier Robles’ documentary “Ayotzinapa: Chronicle of a State Crime” about the 2015 Iguala, Mexico massacre and disappearance of college students, at ABC No Rio

11/7, 4 PM Songs for Unusual Creatures – whose charming, psychedelic tributes to weirdness in the animal kingdom are suitable for adults as well as children – followed at 8 by boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band at and then at 10 by Sinaloa-style mariachi/ranchera brass group Banda de los Muertos at Barbes

11/7, 7:15 PM edgy, wildly eclectic Middle Eastern/Sephardic/Ladino band Baladino at Drom, $15 adv tix rec. Followed at 9:30 PM (separate $10 adv tix adm) by Armenian-born chanteuse/percussionist Tatev leading her plaintive, soaring Middle Eastern jazz band. The astonishing, hard-hitting, psychedelic electric saz band Baba Zula play at midnight for $25 in advance if you’re feeling trippy and adrenalized.

11/7, 7;30 PM the Oliver Lake Organ Quartet at Bethany Baptist Church, 275 W Market St in Newark, free

11/7, 9 PM Unsteady Freddie‘s monthly four-band surf rock show at Otto’s begins at 9 with the Aquatudes, kick-ass original third-wavers Tsunami of Sound and 9th Wave – who are surpassed only by Dick Dale among currently active original surf bands at Otto’s

11/7, 9 PM dynamic female-fronted Boston newgrass trio Honeysuckle open for ten-piece country/carnivalesque/acoustic rock powerhouse M Shanghai String Band – whose latest album is amazing – at the Jalopy, $10

11/7, 9 PM eclectic rising star jazz chanteuse Tammy Scheffer leads her sextet at BAM Cafe, free

11/7, 9 PM Magico Trio +2 – Vincent Chancey: french horn; Angelica Sanchez: piano; Joe Fonda: bass; Lou Grassi: drums. Omar Tamez: guitar & small instrumentsat the Firehouse Space, $10

11/7, 9 PM kick-ass psychedelic soul/blues/jamband Wild Adriatic followed by charismatic, psychedelic funkmeistress Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds at Bowery Ballroom, $15 adv tix rec

11/7 9 PM sardonic, theatrical bandleader Dan Kilian & the Millon Man Band followed eventually at 11 by Americana jamband American String Conspiracy at Freddy’s

11/7, 9ish ferociously funny, intense, guitar-fueled Americana punks Spanking Charlene at Beast of Bourbon

11/7, 9ish playful, fun, eclectic oldtimey accordion/violin Americana/Romany/musette band the Wisterians at Moto in South Williamsburg

11/7, 9:30ish intense charismatic danceable metal cumbia/skaragga/latin rockers Escarioka at Mehanata

11/7, 9:30 PM Paul Collins – the ageless “king of powerpop,” who slayed earlier this month on a twinbill with Karla Rose & the Thorns – at Cake Shop, $10

11/7, Operator – who put a quirky motorik spin on trebly bass-fueled 80s inspired postpunk and postrock – at Secret Project Robot

11/8, half past noon vocal-and-guitar duoYael & Gabriel lead their combo playing Piaf classics at Highline Ballroom, $22 adv tix rec

11/8, 2 PM exhilarating female-fronted heavy psychedelic Argentine-American rock band Desert Flower – with punk, blues, noiserock and 70s metal influences- at Paperbox, free. They’re at Sidewalk on 11/14 at midnight.

11/8, 2 PM an extremely rare gig by Balkan gothic accordion monster Alec K Redfearn at Mayflower Bar

11/8, 3 PM the Washington Square Winds play works inspired by the Fauré Pavane, Op. 50, by Alex Weiser, Brian Erickson, and Stephanie Ann Boyd. at Spectrum, $!5

11/8, 4 PM Cappella Pratensis perform medieval choral works by Josquin at at Corpus Christi Church, 529 W 121st St, $10 seats avail.

11/8, 4 PM intense neoromatic/nuevo tango/noir soundtrack pianist Fernando Otero leads a quartet at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.

11/8, 5 PM Now Ensemble – famous for their performance of Missy Mazzoli works – play an indie classical program TBA at National Sawdust, free

11/8, 5:45 PM ntense, lyrically brilliant, quirky female-fronted two-keyboard 80s-style art-rock/new wave revivalists Changing Modes followed eventually at 9:45 by the irresistibly named, darkly sizzling psychedelic garage punk rockers Anderson Council at Matchless, $10

11/8, 6 PM noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo leads his trio at 55 Bar

11/8, 6 PM surfed-out tv themes and similarly cinematic sounds from Commercial Interruption followed eventually at 9 by the noir-inclined, bluesy Phil Gammage Quintet at Otto’s

11/8, 7 PM composer/clarinetist Mike McGinnis’ lush, gorgeously panoramic pastoral jazz nonet followed at 9 by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

11/8, 8 PM a seriously evil improv jazz triplebill: Ava Mendoza / Daniel Carter / Kim Cass / Andrew Barker followed by a rare solo show by iconic avant violist Jessica Pavone and then James Ilgenfritz / Jeremiah Cymerman / Larry Kwartowitz at Jack, $12

11/8, 8:30 PM psychedelic funk band the People’s Champs – who’re going in more of an Afrobeat direction lately – bouncy Afrobeat orchestra Emefe and others play a Stevie Wonder cover night at Manhttan Inn, free

11/9, 8 PM lively Celtic folk act Tam Lin and intense, lyrically brilliant Americana/soul/janglerock tunesmith Matt Keating in the back room at Hifi Bar, free

11/9, 9:30 PM Yotoco, “the bastard child of Umoja Orchestra, Bioritmo, and Cumbiagra plays a melange of salsa, Afro-Cuban rumba, boleros, and cumbia” at Barbes

11/9. 9:30 PM edgy, distinctive jazz pianist Glenn Zaleski in a rare duo sho with bassist Desmond White at Mezzrow, $20/$10 stud.

11/9, 10:30 PM southern gothic chamber pop band Balthrop Alabama at the big room at the Rockwood

11/9, 11 PM The Oh Hellos – who put an elegant chamber pop spin on folk noir – at Bowery Ballroom are sold out. Good for them.

11/10, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, the Curtis 20/21 Ensemble with soprano Alize Rozsnyai play Schoenberg’s immortally creepy Pierrot Lunaire at the Miller Theatre

11/10, 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.with Ben Tiberio on bass and Jason Archie on drums

11/10, 7 PM iconic New York downtown noir ensemble the Jazz Passengers followed at 9 by ten-piece Balkan/Duke Ellington brass band Slavic Soul Party at Barbes.

11/10, 7 PM tuneful, edgy Texas tenor saxophonist Stan Killian and his quartet at 55 Bar

11/10, 7:30 PM a rare trio show by luminous, soulful pan-Latin jazz chanteuse Claudia Acuña with Pablo Vergara on piano and John Benitez on bass at Mezzrow, $20/$10 stud.

11/10, 8ish haunting, intense, wickedly tuneful Nashville gothic songwriter Jessie Kilguss and her band at Hifi Bar

11/10-15, 8:30/10:30 PM progressive jazz alto sax icon Steve Coleman leads a series of ensembles (including his Five Elements) at the Vanguard 

11/10, 9 PM Vitor Goncalves plays a rare solo piano and accordion set followed by a similarly rare accordion/a-cappella set by spine-tingling, charismatic Romany singer Eva Salina at Bar Lunatico

11/10, 9 PM Gisela Tangui & the Voodoo Cabaret play their darkly percussive hypnotic voodoo salsa and latin jazz grooves at Shrine

11/10, 9 PM the first-ever good twinbill in the history of the Bitter End with powerpop icon (and brilliant lead guitarist) Patti Rothberg and then searingly intense, charismatic, fearless acoustic punk blues siren Molly Ruth  at 10, $10

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

11/11-12 this era’s state-of-the-art retro soul band, Lake Street Dive at the big room at the Rockwood are sold out. Figures!

11/11, 1 PM wildly popular early music choir Seraphic Fire sing Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Dixit Dominus; Jean-Joseph de Mondonville: Dominus Regnavit; George Frideric Handel: Dixit Dominus at Trinity Church

11/11, 6:15/8:30 PM the Modern Art Orchestra with special guest saxophonist Dave Liebman play a progarm including a new arrangement of Bartok’s Allegro Barbaro at Symphony Space, $16 adv tix rec

11/11, 6:30 PM tuneful, purposeful up-and-coming jazz guitarist Dave Juarez with Julian Smith on bass and Zack O’Farrill on drums at the Bar Next Door

11/11, 7 PM well-liked all-female Americana/newgrass harmony trio Underhill Rose at the third stage at the Rockwoodk, $12 gen adm + $10 drin min. They they jump in a cab and run from the Rockood to Hill Country for a free 9 PM show there.

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

11/11, 7 PM droll, amazingly eclectic jazz/ragtime/stoner folk quartet the Four Bags at Barbes

11/11, 8 PM a decent triplebill where the headliner should really be the opener: fiery female-fronted psychedelic/garage/honkytonk hellraisers Those Darlins, the Oh Hellos – who put an elegant chamber pop spin on folk noir and then fire-and-brimstone Americana dude Shakey Graves at Terminal 5, $27.50 adv tix rec

11/11, 8 PM whirlwind clarinetist Dimitri Zisl Slepovitch of Litvakus leads an allstar cast playing a Yiddish folk dance party at Mehanata, $10 + 1 drink min

11/11, 8 PM Ensemble Variances with composer-performers Lisa Bielawa and Thierry Pecou play new chamber and vocal works at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud

11/11, 9 PM postrock improvisers Voice Coils followed eventually at 11 by intense acoustic art-rock/folk noir songwriter/chanteuse/force of nature Larkin Grimm at Palisades

11/11, 9 PM irreverent oldschool Williamsburg vocal jazz crew the Old Rugged Sauce at Freddy’s

11/11, 9 PM catchy, pensive newschool new wave with Royal Canoe at Bowery Ballroom, $15 gen adm

11/11, 9 PM global flapper hits and 30s Depression grooves from accordionist Erica Mancini at Moto in South Williamsburg

11/11, 9sh deviously fun oldtimey swing guitarist/crooner Seth Kessel & the Two Cent Band at at Radegast Hall

11/11, 10:30 PM psychedelia female-fronted Indian foli-rock/trip-hop/downtempo grooves with Tongues in Trees at the Mercury, $10 adv tix rec

11/12, 7 PM fiery, haunting, individualistic original soul/blues siren Lizzie Edwards’ band Lizzie & the Makers at the Shop in Bushwick

11/12, 7 PM the orchestra and piano version of Grieg’s Holberg Variations, Op. 40 – Part performed by 1B1 and pianist Christian Ihle Hadland at National Sawdust, $30

11/12, 8 PM oldschool C&W cult favorites Session Americana followed at 10 by the plush, balmy, oldtimey uke swing of Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies at Barbes

11/12, 8 PM sound artist Matthew Goodheart plays his atmospheric electroacoustic works at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, $10, reception to follow

11/12, 9 PM brooding, velvet-voiced noir/southwestern gothic bandleader Raquel Vidal & the Monday Men at Shrine

11/12, 9 PM fuzztone garage rock monsters the Mystery Lights followed eventually at around 11 by the similar King Khan & BBQ Show at the Knitting Factory, $15 adv tix rec. King Khan is back here on the 14 th at around 11, same price

11/12, 9 PM Laura Cantrell – charismatic, hilarious bandleader and this era’s greatest Americana singer – at Berlin, $15

11/12, 10 PM Alfonso Velez – the rare Cure-influenced dark rocker who doesn’t suck – at the small room at the Rockwood

11/12, 10 PM hypnotically growling J&MC-influenced Alabama postpunk/postrock/dark shoegaze band GT at Rock Shop, $10

11/13, 6 PM tabla artist Suphala with the great Zafer Tawil on oud and violin playing Moroccan court music in Gallery 456 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, free w/museum adm /

11/13, 7 PM pianist Matteo Arevalos plays a program of modern Italian composers TBA at Spectrum, $15

11/13, 8 PM the New York Classical Players perform Piazzolla’s Four Seasons in Buenos Aires plus Brazilian composer Ney Rosauro’s Marimba concerto, performed by Tomoya Aomori at Flushing Town Hall, free w/rsvp

11/13, 8 PM sultry retro 1930s/40s Franco-American swing band les Chauds Lapins followed at 10 by Diego Obregón leading his Afro-Colombian marimba band at Barbes

11/13, 8 PM a solid ska-punk lineup, in reverse order, at the Knitting Factory: Mustard Plug, Survay Says!, hilarious 80s cover skankers Rude Boy George, Sunnyside Social Club, $13 adv tix rec

11/13, 8 PM pianist/indie classical composer Michael Rose (not the reggae guy) plays his own Rilke Songbook suite as well as Janacek’s Diary of One Who Disappeared at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, $20/$10 stud

11/13, 9 PM bewitchingly fun. darkly catchy, eclectic cello/vocal duo the Whiskey Girls followed by psychedelic pop chanteuse/bandleader Miwa Gemini at Branded Saloon

11/13, 9 PM creepy gutter blues/garage-psych band Dark Carpet at Fifth Estate in the South Slope

11/13, 9 PM trippy keyboard-driven funk and downtempo grooves with Jesse Fischer & Soul Cycle at Fontana’s, $10

11/13, 9 PM edgy, kinetic Balkan brass unit West Philadelphia Orchestra and NYC’s most epic, intense, battle-ready original Balkan brass ensemble, Raya Brass Band playing the album release show for their new one at Littlefield, $15

11/13, 10 PM sitarist/ multi-instrumentalist Dawoud (formerly of Renegade Sufi) leads his new trippy electroacoustic raga group God’s Unruly Friends at BAM Cafe, free

11/13, 11 PM socially aware, oldtimey-flavored Americana band 2/3 Goat at Hill Country, free

11/13, midnight haphazardly edgy, Middle Eastern-tinged guitarist Yonatan Gat and band at Palisades1/24 he’s at the Knitting Factory at 9 for $10

11/14, noon smart, deviously eclectic pianist Lee Feldman’s Night Owls: with Ben Gallina (bass) + David Berger (drums) play their sophisticated, witty take on classic tv themes and more at Pangea, $10 or $25 for family of 4

11/14, 4 PM a marathon six-hour concert of eclectic Colombian sounds featuring (probably in reverse order) Gregorio Uribe Big Band, Cumbia Universal, Bulla en el Barrio, Pablo Mayor/Foklore Urbano’s “El Barrio Project”, Los Aliens, Alejandro Florez and the Tin Throat Project, Cumbia River Band, Sebastian Cruz Cheap Landscape, Veronica Tierra, Olga Dominguez Sextet and more at the Poisson Rouge, $25

11/14, 4 PM the Erik Satie Quartet featuring trumpet (Ben Holmes), bass trombone (Max Seigel) and baritone saxophone (Alex Hamlin), and related French Poetry (read by Barbes chef de boîte Olivier Conan at Barbes, where else, right?

11/14, 5 PM haunting, atmospheric, erudite, calmly shattering folk noir songwriter Liz Tormes at Pete’s

11/14, 7:15 PM  dark psychedelic acoustic blues/klezmer/reggae/soca jamband Hazmat Modine at Terra Blues

11/14, 8 PM ageless reggae-rock-groove band Faith followed at 9 by Western Estates and then at 10 by percussive postrock pioneers the Wharton Tiers Ensemble at Matchless, $8

11/14, 8 PM Jordanian art-rock/flamenco/Middle Eastern singer-guitarist Farah Siraj at Roulette, $25/$21 stud/srs

11/14, 8 PM innovative four-man choral group NY Polyphony sing elegiac sacred works from across the centuries by Andrew Smith, Francisco de Peñalos, Cyrillus Kreek and Loyset Compère at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, 145 W 46t h St., $30 seats avail.

11/14, 9:30ish intense Romany brass band Black Masala at Mehanata

11/14, 10 PM whirlwind electric punkgrass/honkytonk crew Demolition String Band,at Skinny Dennis

11/14, 10 PM Rebellum – Burnt Sugar Arkestra’s “Avant Splinter Cell” keeping the large ensemble jamband thing alive at BAM Cafe, free

11/15, 11 AM (in the morning) Iranian chanteuse/multi-instrumentalist Hani Niroo and her five-piece ensemble play “an interactive musical journey to explore Persian language and culture” for families and children of all ages and languages. Introduce your kids to this stuff now and they’ll thank you for life. At Merkin Concert Hall, $28

11/15, half past noon edgy jazz chanteuse Ramona Renea and her combo play a thematic, politically relevant Nina Simone tribute show at Highline Ballroom, $22 adv tix rec

11/15, 4 PM pianist Sofya Mellikyan plays works by Armenian composers Aram Khachaturian, Komitas Vardapet, Eduard Sadoyan , Alexander Arutunian, Jirayr Shahrimanyan and Arno Babadjanian to commenorate the 100th anniverary of the genocide in Armenia at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under sixes

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.

11/15, 6 PM a free screening of a cult favorite 1965 British documentary on natural disasters, “Compiled of film gathered from all over the world, including unique footage of an Alaskan earthquake taken by a sailor who was filming people on a jetty only a few seconds before the disaster occurred. The camera ran on during the first onslaught of the earthquake.”  …To be accompanied by archive shorts, cartoons, and other ephemera from the California-based 3TON archive” at the Knockdown Center in Maspeth.

11/15, 8 PM a rare US apprearance by Hungarian pianist Gábor Csalog playing music by Liszt, Ligeti, Beethoven and Bartok at Symphony Space, freew/rsvp

11/15, 8 PM Red Gretchen – best known for their anguished Replacements/Niirvana anthems, although they’re even better at slowly undulating, doomy psychedelic/art-rock grooves -at Otto’s

11/15, 8 PM noisy jazz improv bookending a droll vocal/trumpet duo: Zevious (guitarist Mike Eber, drummer Jeff Eber and bassist Johnny DeBlase) followed by the Twins of El Dorado (Joe Moffett: trumpet, Kristin Slipp: voice) and then Voice Coils (Kelly Moran: synthesizer, Sam Garrett: guitar, composition, Caley Monahon-Ward: guitar, Kevin Wunderlich: bass, Cameron Wisch: drumset) at Jack, $12

11/15, 9 PM the Super Friends Band play surf and soul classics at Shrine

11/16, 6 PM the Osso String Quartet – who shift between art-rock and indie classical – followed at 9 byfollowed at 9 by jazz legend and twin-reedman George Braith leading his group at the Fat Cat

11/16, 7 PM virtuoso cinematic psychedelic/western swing steel guitar player Raphael McGregor leads his eclectic band at Barbes

11/16, 7:30 PM the NY Philharmonic‘s Contact new-music chamber series presents performances of recent works: Adam Schoenberg’s Fleeting (2008), Nathan Heidelberger’s Halve Time (quartet after Zeno) (2012), Caroline Mallonée’s Unless Acted Upon: Manifestations of Newton’s First Law (2011), and Kate Sope at National Sawdust, $25

11/16, 8 PM creepy noir chamber pop/murder ballad duo Charming Disaster and a bunch of murderously inclined songwriters play the monthly murder ballad night at Branded Saloon. You should come out if you’re in the hood – gonna be fun!

11/16, 8 PM the self-explanatory. reliably rousing, Djangoesque Alex Simon Gypsy Swing Ensemble at Radegast Hall

11/16, 8:30 PM soaring, rapturous jazz chanteuse Whitney James with Ethan Mann on Guitar and Gregg August on bass at the Bar Next Door

11/16, 9 PM smart, intense, original blue-eyed soul/Americana songwriter Jo Williamson at LIC Bar

11/17, 6 PM powerhouse, eclectic, up-and-coming tenor saxophonist Carl Bartlett Jr. leads a trio at the Garage, free

11/17, 6:30 PM the Carducci String Quartet play Shostakovich Stirng Quartets Nos. 8 and 9 – the real, real, haunting ones – at le Poisson Rouge, $10

11/17, 7 PM NYC’s most haunting, inscrutable, lyrically brilliant noir band Karla Rose & the Thorns at the Mercury, $10

11/17, 7 PM luminous, intense, enigmatic art-rock chanteuse/cellist/multi-instrumentalist Serena Jost followed at 9 by ten-piece funky Balkan brass/Ellington jazz monsters Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

11/17, 7 PM a wind/string subset of International Contemporary Ensemble play electroacoustic works by Pierre Boulez and George Lewis, plus a world premiere by Olga Neuwirth at National Sawdust, $25. They’re also here on 11/19 at 9:30 PM and 11/21 at 10.

11/17 7:30 PM a rare intimate duo show with haunting, intense flamenco jazz pianist Chano Dominguez with Alexis Cuadrado on bass at Mezzrow, $20/$10 stud.

11/17, 7:30 PM dusky Midwestern gothic acoustic songstress Julie Byrne followed by an ambient/indie classical twinbill: Port St. Willow playing Syncope and Bing & Ruth playng City Lake at le Poisson Rouge, $12 adv tix rec

11/17, 8 PM irrepressible, historically informed, folk noir/jangly rock songwriter Elisa Flynn leads an evening of “songs of antagonism and rivalry” with Lys Guillorn, Maharajah Sweets, Dan Cullinan, Wifey, Sarah Bisman, Neville Elder, John LaPolla, plus a eading by Kevin Kinsella at the Way Station

11/17-22, 8/10 PM one of the most tersely interesting and melodically gifted performers in the avant garde, harpist Zeena Parkins leads a variety of ensembles at the Stone. Choice pick: the 8 PM show on 11/18 , a trio with drummer Jim Black and guitar monster Nels Cline. This one may call for an amp on the harp!

11/17, 8:30 PM amazingly prolific, tuneful third-stream jazz pianist Satoko Fujii leads her surprisingly improvisaitonal Tobira with Natsuki Tamura a.k.a. ‘Kappa Maki “– trumpet;; Todd Nicholson – bass; Yoshi Shutto – drums at I-Bem, 15

11/17, 8:30 PM Washington State’s awesome oldschool Caleb Klauder Country Band at the Jalopy, $10

11/17, 9ish dark, charismatic, mischieviously witty literate keyboardist/chanteuse Rachelle Garniez plays the album release show for her new one at Dixon Place

11/17, 9ish darkly torchy oldtimey swing bandleader/chanteuse Heather Holloway & the Heebie Jeebies at Radegast Hall

11/17, 10:30 PM sprawling gospel-rock orchestra Jesus on the Mainline – featuring spectacular frontwoman Mel Flannery – at Rough Trade, $10 adv tix rec

11/18-22, 7:30 PM this era’s most cutting-edge, politically relevant large jazz ensemble, Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society premieres their latest, hauntingly relevant conspiracy theory-themed album Real Enemies at BAM’s Harvey Theatre, $25 tix avail

11/18, 8 PM Klezmerfest! w/saxophonist/”jazz rabbi” and tenor saxophonist Greg Wall, Jordan Hirsch, Zev Zions, Brian Glassman, Aaron Alexander at Mehanata, $10 + 1 drink min

11/18, 8 PM XTC cover night with bands/artists TBA, should be good, at Hifi Bar. Dear god, still making plans for Nigel?

11/18, 9 PM state-of-the-art, shapeshifting jazz violinist Zach Brock at the small room at the Rockwood

11/18, 9 PM trumpeter Gordon Au’s lively, oldtimey swing unit the Grand Street Stompers at Radegast Hall

11/19, 7 PM gloomy 80s minimalist art-rockers the Ocean Blue play their debut and Cerulean albums at the Mercury, $20

11/19-22, 7:30/9:30 PM one of this era’s most consistently interesting, shapeshifting trumpeters, Dave Douglas leads his awesome quintet with Jon Irabagon – saxophones; Matt Mitchell – piano; Linda Oh – bass; Rudy Royston – drums at the Jazz Standard, $30

11/19, 7:30 PM the NY Philharmonic play an all-Rachmaninoff program with the rarely heard, faux-Tschaikovsky Symphony No. 1 and the 4th Piano Concerto at Avery Fisher Hall, $30 tix avail. The prpgram repeats on 11/20 at 2 (two0 PM and then on 11/21 at 8.

11/19, 7:30 PM fiery fiddler Alicia Svigals‘ Klezmer Express at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes

11/19, 7:30/9:30 PM luminous, soulful pan-Latin jazz chanteuse Claudia Acuña with a killer quintet with Samora Pinderhughes – piano; Juancho Herrera – guitar; John Benitez – bass; Yayo Serka – drums at the Jazz Gallery, $15. 11/24 they’re at Seeds at 9.

11/19, 8 PM a rare reunion show with one of the zeros’ most exhilarating Romany/klezmer string bands, Romashka at the Jewish Museum, $13 adv tix rec, admission is for both museum galleries and concert

11/19, 8 PM brilliant, fiery, intense Balkan/bluegrass fiddler Sarah Alden & the Red Hot Rubies at Barbes

11/19, 8 PM devious oldschool C&W/rockabilly parodists Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co. at Otto’s. 11/21 they’re at East Village Social, 126 St. Marks Place (between First Avenue and Avenue A) with sets at 1:30 and 3 PM 

11/19, 8 PM Ensemble Mise-En plays exciting new works by Danish composers Per Nørgård, Hans Abrahamsen, Bent Sørensen, Thomas Agerfeldt Olesen, and Simon Steen-Andersen, at Scandinavia House, 58 Park Ave, $15

11/19, 8 PM intense indie classical viola/piano duo Maria Strojniak & Myla Kato-DuVally at the Firehouse Space, $10

11/19, 9 PM a subset of mighty all-female Brazilian drum troupe BatalaNYC, featuring the amazing Viva DeConcini on pyrotechnic lead guitar and Jen Nascimento on vocals at Meridian 23, email for $10 list

11/19, 9 PM hot 20s swing with trumpeter Jason Prover and his Sneak Thievery Orchestra at Radegast Hall

11/19, 9:30 PM first-class oldtimey acoustic blues guitarist/singer Elizabeth Wise at Caffe Vivaldi

11/20, 5:30 PM tuneful Americana/blues guitarist Jon LaDeau followed by popular folk songwriter Terry Radigan, and edgliy Santa Cruz folk-blues songwriter Laura Meyer at the American Folk Art Museum

11/20, 6 PM toy piano pioneer Margaret Leng Tan in Gallery 217 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

11/20, 8 PM Ymusic play Robert Sirota’s high-voltage new chamber work, Epimetheus plus world premieres by Paul Wiancko and Nate Thatcher at New York Live Arts, 219 W 19th St, $25/$20 stud/srs

11/20, 7 PM Naoko Shimizu, viola with Anna Stoytcheva, piano play works by Schumann, Schubert and Franck at the Bulgarian Consulate, 121 E 62nd St., free

11/20, 7:30/9:30 PM up-and-coming trumpet sensation Adam O’Farrill leads a quartet with Chad Lefkowitz-Brown – saxophone; Walter Stinson – bass; Zack O’Farrill – drums at the Jazz Gallery, $22

11/20, 7:30 PM works by David T. Little, Donnacha Dennehy, Jacob ter Veldhuis, and Steven Mackey. Trio Chimera was formed in 2015 by violinist Courtney Orlando, cellist Brian Snow, and pianist James Johnston at National Sawdust, $25

11/20, 8 PM surf/twang instrumental rockers the Bakersfield Breakers – whose new album is a dead ringer for something from 1963, unbelievably cool and fun – at Singlecut Beersmiths, 19-33 37th St (19/20 Aves) in Astoria, free, N/Q to Ditmars Blvd (last stop)

11/20, 8 PM ferociously funny, intense, guitar-fueled Americana punks Spanking Charlene at Bowery Electric

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

11/20, 8 PM Morrocan trance band Innov Gnawa followed at 10 by followed by horn-driven Colombian party band Chia’s Dance Party at Barbes

11/20, 8 PM pianist Lara Downes plays a lovestruck/heartbroken program including Sergei Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet before Parting, Op. 75, No. 10, Schumann’s Fantasiestücke Op. 12 and works by Vladimir Drozdoff, Debussy and Billie Holiday at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud

11/20, 8 PM indie classical chamber supergroup Ymusic play Robert Sirota’s high-voltage new chamber work, Epimetheus plus world premieres by Paul Wiancko and Nate Thatcher at New York Live Arts, 219 W 19th St, $25/$20 stud/srs

11/20, 8 PM the Jack Quartet with Anthony McGill, principal clarinetist of the New York Philharmonic play the world premiere of Geoffrey Gordon’s Clarinet Quintet.plus works by Earl Brown and John Luther Adams at Roulette, $20/$15 stud/srs

11/20, 8 PM hard-hitting funk/Afrobeat band Shelley Nicole’s Blakbushe at e at C’Mon Everybody $10

11/20, 9 PM the ageless king of the edgy downtown NYC rock anthem, Willlie Nile at Higihline Ballroom, $25 adv tic req

11/20, 9 PM smart, politically-fueled Irish rocker Niall Connolly and band at the big room at the Rockwood. 11/22 at 7 he’s at LIC Bar

11/20, 9:30 PM a rare duo show with bassist Buster Williams and lyrical pianist Renee Rosnes at Mezzrow, $20 bar seats avail.

11/20, 10 PM diverse, often haunting original Americana/acoustic funk/art-rock jamband the Sometime Boys at Freddy’s

11/20, 10 PM macabre garage/psychedelic band the Amphibious Man followed by ghoulpunks Danse de Sade at Fifth Estate

11/20, 10 PM roots reggae group Royal Khaoz at Silvana

11/20, 10:30 PM the Midwestern Willie Nile: dramatic, Celtic-tinged anthemic four-on-the-floor rockers the Ike Reillly Assassination at the Mercury, $15

11/21, 1 PM Falu – widely considered the foremost interpeter of Hindustani classical vocalas in the US – leads a quartet celebrating Diwali, plus Indian food and wares at Flushing Town Hall, $20/$15 stud/srs

11/21, 3 PM eerily playful, charismatic Nashville gothic/folk noir songstress Kelley Swindall at Caffe Vivaldi

11/21, 7 PM Binky Griptite of the Dap-Kings playing blues, followed by Fred Thomas (ex-James Brown’s Jbs) and then the Lyres, still running if maybe on alcohol fumes, at Grand Victory, $15

11/21, 7:30/9:30 PM Dave Liebman leads his Expansions Group on soprano sax, with Chad Lefkowitz-Brown – saxophone; Walter Stinson – bass; Zack O’Farrill – drums at the Jazz Gallery, $22

11/21, 8 PM the irrepressible Ellia Bisker’s explosive Balkan/New Orleans flavored Funkrust Brass Band at Red Lantern Bicycles, 345 Myrtle Ave (Carlton/Adelphi), Bed-Stuy, a hike from the DeKalb B/D, $5 don to cranksgiving.org

11/21, 8 PM badass resonator guitarist and delta blues/oldtime hillbilly music maven Mamie Minch, followed at by guitar sideman to the legends, Smokey Hormel‘s Secret Family at Barbes

11/21, 8 PM lushly hypnotic Indonesian bell orchestra Gamelan Kusuma Laras at Roulette, $25/$21 stud/srs

11/21, 8 PM the Karl Berger Improvising Orchestra – who are pretty much unsurpassed at creating dark, surrealistically swinging big band jazz by the seat of their collective pants – at at the Firehouse Space, $10

11/21, 9 PM NYC ferocoiusly assaultive horror surf legends the Coffin Daggers, garage-psych band the Cosmic Light Shapes, the similar Britemores and hilarious faux-French rockers les Sans Culottes – whose new album Les Dieux Ont Soif is both great fun and potently relevant – at Hank’s, note $7 cover

11/21, 9ish slyly humorous urban country bandleader Alex Battles & Whisky Rebellion at Freddy’s

11/21, 9ish sly, devious female-fronted horror punk/surf/darkwave band the Long Losts at the Cobra Club in Bushwick

11/21, 10 PM awesome low-register original vintage-style Cuban psycho mambo band Gato Loco at BAM Cafe, free

11/21, 10 PM Arki play classic, haunting, otherworldly Ethiopiques funk grooves at Silvana

11/22, 2 PM Courtney & Western frontwoman and NYC alt-country poineer Courtney Lee Adams, Jr at Mayflower Bar, 132 Greene Ave. in Ft. Greene

11/22, 2 PM a historically-rich multimedia program with two international tsimbl (Balkan/Ukrainian Jewish hammered dulcimer) players, Pete Rushefsky and Walter Zev Feldman plus special guests performing rare Polish klezmer music from across the centuries at the the Center for Jewish History, 15 W 16th St, $10/$7 stud/srs

11/22, 3 PM the Greenwich Village Orchestra play Verdi: Forza del Destino Overture; Mahler: Songs of the Wayfarer; Strauss: Death and Transfiguration at Washington Irving HS Auditorium, 16th St./Irving Place, $15 sugg don., reception to follow

11/22, 4 PM Lindsay Garritson, piano, Igor Pikayzen, violin, and Mihai Marica cello play Beethoven Piano Trio in G Major, Op. 1 No. 2; Debussy Sonata for Violin and Piano in G minor, L. 140; Tchaikovsky Piano Trio in A minor, Op. 50 at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud

11/22, 7 PM smart, lyrically-fueled, female-fronted oldschool honkytonk band the Honeycutters at the big room at the Rockwood, $12

11/22, 7 PM Anthony Braxton’s Tri-Centric Orchestra plays new works by Michael Attias, Dan Blake, Joseph Daley, Jessica Pavone at Roulette, $20/$15 stud/srs

11/22, 7:30 PM Balkansky feat. Bulgarian kaval legend Theodosii Spassov and special guest Bulgarian chanteuse Vlada Tomova play their bewitching electroacoustic hypno-folk at Drom, $20 adv tix rec

11/22, 7:30 PM Xenia Rubinos singing Nina Simone – WHOAH! – and joining others in a tribute to the soul legend at Manhattan Inn, free

11/22, 8 PM original Django-influenced Romany guitar swing band Ultrafaux at Silvana

11/22, 8 PM 70s stoner stoul and blaxploitation soundtrack legend Roy Ayers at the Blue Note, $20 standing room avail.

11/22, 8 PM indie classical ensemble Cantata Profana perform a French-themed program including Poulenc’s raucous and irreverant Le Bal Masqué to the tristesse of Louis-Nicolas Clerambault’s savagely dramatic solo cantata Médée, at Dixon Place, $20/$12 stud

11/22, 8 PM monster drummer Weasel Walter leads his bludgeoningly improvisational Large Ensemble through two sets at Jack, $12

11/22, 9 PM 60s/70s powerpop/proto-punk legends the Flamin’ Groovies’ first-ever Williamsburg show at Baby’s All Right, $20

11/22, 10 PM longtime Jamaican roots reggae crooner/opening act Mark Dillon leads his roots band at Shrine

11/23, 7 PM torchy intense southwestern gothic songwrite Julia Haltigan and her excellent band at the big room at the Rockwood

11/23, 7:30 PM art-rock/chamber-pop pianist/songwriter Dane Terry at Pangea

11/23, 8 PM creepy Lynchian reverb guitarist/chanteuse Catfox, harsh noisemakers Channel 63, performance artist Borts Minorts and menacing cellist/composer Valerie Kuehne‘s: Horror Vacui at Panoply Performance Lab in Bushwick, $10

11/23, 8 PM composer/conductor Adam Rudolph’s improvisational 11-piece Go Organic Guitar Orchestra with Nels Cline, David Gilmore, Miles Okazaki, Damon Banks, Marco Cappelli, Liberty Ellman, Joel Harrison, Jerome Harris, Brandon Ross, Kenny Wessel play the album release show for their new one at Roulette, $20/$15

11/23, 9 PM rockabilly/honkytonk guitar maven and classic pop stylist Monica Passin a.k.a. L’il Mo at Skinny Dennis

11/23, 9 PM sweeping, swinging vibraphone jazz with the Behn Gillece Quartet at the Fat Cat

11/23, 10 PM edgy female-fronted funk band Eliza & the Organix – feat. swirly alto sax player Kristen Tivey –at Pete’s

11/24, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, Ensemble Signal play works for cello and percussion by David Lang, Caroline Shaw, Ken Thomson and Iannis Xenakis at the Miller Theatre, free

11/24, 6:30 PM performances by Colombian vocalist and cuatro player Johanna Castañeda and harpist Vidal Garzón; Gambian kora player and jail (praise singer) Alhaji Papa Susso; and members of stark, haunting Central Asian group Ensemble Shashmaqam.and a discussion of the current crisis in US immigration reform at Elebash Hall at CUNY, 365 5th Ave. just north of 34 th St., free but rsvp reqd

11/24, 7 PM a “new trio continuing on the path laid by the groundbreaking Jimmy Giuffre 3. The group will be performing a set of brand new music alongside themes by Britten, Stravinsky and more. Ben Goldberg – clarinet, Liberty Ellman – guitar, Max Johnson – bass.” followed at 9 by ten-piece funky Balkan brass/Ellington jazz monsters Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

11/24, 7:30 PM a rare NYC appearnce by pensive Istanbul-based classically-tinged jazz pianist Burak Bedikyan leading a quartet with Loren Stilllman on alto sax at Drom, $10 adv tix rec. They’re also at Pangea the following night, 11/25 at 7 for $20

11/24, 7:30 PM haunting Romany chanteuse Sanda Weigl presents her latest multimedia project, Jaunt into My Eerie Heart with projections and Marie Pohl as the “guest storyteller of fantastic fairy tales and translations” at Joe’s Pub, $18

11/24, 7:30 PM “Pittsburgh’s premier new music series, Music on the Edge, presents its first New York show featuring a rare performance of Burr Van Nostrand’s sound-texture piece, Fantasy Manual for Urban Survival. This piece will receive its New York premiere by the phenomenal Dave Eggar (cello), Lindsey Goodman (alto flute), and Eric Moe (prepared piano). Also featured on the program is Amy Williams’ First Lines, Eric Moe’s Let Me Tell U About R Specials, Roger Zahab’s deceived by starlight and a spunky twenty-eight, Lee Hyla’s One

11/24-29 (skipping Thanksgiving, 11/26), 8/10 PM free jazz trombone powerhouse Steve Swell leads a series of groups at the Stone, $15. Choice pick: the 8 PM, 11/25 show Kende Dreams: Hommage to Bela Bartok with Rob Brown (alto saxophone) Connie Crothers (piano) Larry Roland (bass) Chad Taylor (drums)

11/24-29, 8:30/10:30 PM well-regarded, lyrical jazz pianist Jason Moran & the Bandwagon at the Vanguard

11/24, 9 PM the NYC debut of the most exciting, politically vital Jamaican roots reggae band in a long time, Raging Fyah – this century’s closest thing to Israel Vibration – at Milk River,960 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn

11/24, 9:30 PM latin jazz percussion legend Wlllie Martinez y La Familia Sextet at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe $10

11/24, 10 PM intense, eclectic original Balkan clarinet/violin/oud/percussion quartet Sherita at Pete’s

11/25, 7 PM intense Mediterranean/Middle Eastern violinist/composer Maria Manousaki playing the album release show for her new one followed by eclectic Americana/highway rock bandleader Diane Gentile with the amazing Jason Victor (from Steve Wynn’s band) on lead guitar at the big room at the Rockwood

11/25, 8 PM Briitish klezmer songstress Polina Shepherd and band at Mehanata, $10 + 1 drink min

11/25, 9 PM guitarist Tom Csatari’s tectonically shifting ten-piece “drone-jazz orchestra“ Uncivilized followed eventually at 11 by James T. Psychopath’s through-composed noise drones at Bizarre Bushwick, 12 Jefferson St off Myrtle, J/M to Myrtle Ave., free

11/25, 9 PM oldschool-style high plains C&W singer Hope Debates & North 40 at Bar Chord. Damn, this woman can flat-out sing

11/25, 9 PM rustic, eclectic newschool front-porch folk songwriter Caroline Ferrante at Silvana

11/27, 7:30 PM ambient Americana/film composer Goldmund followed by intense Ukrainian composer/pianist Lubomyr Melnyk playing the album release show for his new one Rivers & Streams at le Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec

11/27-29, 8:30 PM tuneful third-stream pianist Romain Collin with Clarence Penn on drums and Harish Raghavan on bass at Iridium

11/27, 9 PM darkly intense Romany/noir Mediterranean rock bassist/bandleader Honeybird at Rock Shop, $10

11/27, midnight boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band at Hill Couutry

11/28. 2 PM the NY Philharmonic play Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances plus works by Handel, Glinka and Albinoni at Avery Fisher Hall, $30 tix avail

11/28, 5 PM intense, lyrically brilliant Americana/soul/janglerock tunesmith Matt Keating followed at 6 by the timelessly, darkly carnivalesque Vic Thrill and at 10 by original front-porch folk purist Joanna Sternberg at Pete’s

11/28, 8 PM reliably tuneful, Balkan trumpet maven Ben Holmes & supersonic, erudite accordionist Patrick Farrell debut their new suite a cycle of compositions based on Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Conqueror Worm”. at Barbes

11/28, 8 PM the Eddie Palmieri Salsa Jazz Orchestra at B.B. King’s, $32.50 adv tix rec, expensive, but the guy’s a salsa piano jazz legend and he’s still amazing.

11/28, 8 PM the NJ Symphony Orchestra with violin soloist Eric Wyrick play Boccherini’s Symphony No. 6, Respighi’s Ancient Airs and Dances suite and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons at NJPAC in Newark, $20 seats avail.

11/28, 8 PM amazingly eclectic flamenco/Romany jazz/Mediterranean guitarist Alberto Lombardi at Session 73, 1359 1st Ave

11/28, 9 PM one of the great saxophonists in the history of ska, Dave Hillyard & the Rocksteady 7 followed by the eclectic, wickedly tuneful, dub-inspired Kiwi – the best roots reggae band in the tri-state area – at Maxwell’s, $10

11/28, 9 PM ageless roots reggae harmony trio the Mighty Diamonds – who were responsible for the original Pass the Kutchie – at SOB’s, $15 adv tix rec

11/28, 9 PM all-female psychedelic Brazilian cover band AsLolas – featuring killer lead guitarist Viva DiConcini – play 70s classics by Os Mutantes and others followed at 10 by hard-hitting bassist Dawn Drake & Zapote playing hot Afrobeat-tinged funk grooves Silvana 

11/28, 9:30 PM they love piano/bass duos at Mezzrow: the latest is Kenny Werner with Scott Colley, $20 bar seats avail.

11/29, 2 PM world premieres of new vocal works by Katherine Balch, Matthew Browne, Jason Thorpe Buchanan, Jaehyuck Choi, Takuma Itoh, John Liberatore, Loren Loiacono, Sky Macklay,Gity Razaz, and Kathryn Salfelder performed by the New York Virtuoso Singers, led by Harold Rosenbaum. at National Sawdust, $25

11/29, 6 PM rapturous, adventurous Japanese folk-influenced jazz with  Emi Makabe…(voice, shamisen & compositions with Vitor Gonçalves…piano & accordion; Thomas Morgan…bass; Vinnie Sperrazza…drums at 55 Bar

11/29, 6 PM trumpet trio Kate Amrine, Lynn Chao and Alexandria Smith join forces with cellist Peri Mauer for works by Bach, Britten, David Lang, Mauer herself, Giacinto Scelsi, Jacob Elion and more at Good Shepherd RC Church, 1950 Batchelder St.(Ave S/T), Mill Basin, Brooklyn, free, B/Q to Ave. U then take the Ave. U bus about 20 blocks

11/29, 8 PM Dither’s James Moore (guitar), James Ilgenftriz (bass), Brian Chase (drums) doingthe first installation of Moore’s larger cycle of music for Ilgenfritz’s Anagram Ensemble, inspired by the poetry and line drawings from Unica Zürn’s Hexentexte.followed by PAK or Not – Ron Anderson (guitar), Stuart Popejoy (bass), Sarah Bernstein (violin), Alex Cohen (drums) at Jack, $12

11/29, 8 PM dancehall reggae pioneer Capleton at B.B. King’s, $25 adv tix rec

11/29, 9 PM stylstically diverse, reliably colorful, lyrical jazz pianist Lou Rainone leads his Sextet at the Fat Cat

11/29, open mic for MCs at 10, show at 11, End of the Weak with appearances by Jesse James, James Lion, Chris Rivers, and EPMD’s Parrish Smith at Bowery Electric, $10

11/30, 7 PM a concert in remembrance of the victims of the holocaust in Armenia a hundred years ago with Alissa Margulis – violin • Mischa Maisky – cello • Elena Lisitsian – piano Lily Maisky – Piano • Annie Dutoit – narration, performing music of Tschaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Katchaturian, Shostakovish, Babadjanian, Dvorak and Komitas at le Poisson Rouge, $30 standing room avail.

11/30, 7 PM Chop & Quench playing Fela classics and their own wild original Afrobeat jams at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival a must

11/30, 7:30 PM piano luminaries including Jed Distler, Sachiko Kato, Simon Mulligan, toy pianistMargaret Leng Tan and Kirk Nurock kick out the jams in a program TBA to benefit Animal Zone International, hosted by David Dubal. at West Park Presbyterian Church, 165 W 86th St. (bet. Amsterdam & Columbus Aves.), $30

11/30, 7:30 PM the MSM Symphonic Chorus, Women’s Chorus & Chamber Orchestra perform a program tba at the cathedral of St. John the Divine

11/30, 9 PM noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo followed by jangly, anthemic, catchy, original stadium folk-rock band Fireships at the big room at the Rockwood

12/1, 7:30 PM pianist Ian Hobson plays works by Debussy, Chopin, Rachmaninoff and Szymanowski at Subculture, $20 adv tix rec

12/1, 8 PM intricately arranged, psychedelic funk with the MK Groove Orchestra at Brooklyn Bowl, $5

12/1, 8 PM guitarist Joel Harrison and his amazing big band Infinite Possibility premiere 7 new works for 18-piece jazz orchestra at Roulette, $20/$15 stud/srs

12/1, 10:30 PM drummer Devin Gray & his intricate, playfully improvisaitional progressive jazz band RelativE ResonancE,at Korzo, $10

12/1, 10ish ominous Aussie baritone crooner Jack Ladder & the Dreamlanders at Baby’s All Right, $14; 12/2 he’s at the Mercury at 7:30 for $12 in advance

12/2 the Madisen Ward & the Mama Bear show at City Winery is a private event and not open to the public

12/2, 6 PM low-register reedman Ben Goldberg with alto saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock and drummer Tom Rainey at Downtown Music Gallery

12/2, 7 PM Minneapolis band the 4 on the Floor – sort of a punchier, beefier take on the Yardbirds, with a little soul and Mats edge – at the big room at the Rockwood, $10

12/2, 7 PM a rare performance of works by noted Bulgarian composer Dobrinka Tabakova at the Bulgarian Consulate, 121 E 62nd St., free

12/2, 8 PM amazingly eclectic flamenco/Romany jazz/Mediterranean guitarist Alberto Lombardi upstairs at Bowery Electric, free. 12/3 he’s at Silvana at 9

12/2, 9 PM clarinetist Ismail Lumanovski’s searing, lickety-split explosive NY Gypsy All-Stars play the album release show for their new one Dromomania at Drom, $10 adv tix rec

12/2-6, 7:30 PM avant art-rock luminaries the Bang on a Can All-Stars play in back of a new theatrical production of Julia Wolfe’s Steel Hammer – a darkly kaleidescopic retelling of the John Henry folksong and story -at BAM, $20

12/4, 7 PM American Modern Ensemble play moon-themed works by Claude Baker, Daniel Strong Godfrey, Robert Paterson, Judith Shati and George Tsontakis – but no Pierrot Lunaire – at National Sawdust

12/4, 8 PM the Chelsea Symphony play Engelbert Humperdinck — Prelude to Hänsel und Gretel; He Zhanhao & Chen Gang — The Butterfly Lovers’ Violin Concerto with Phong Ta, violin; Charles Griffes — Poem for Flute and Orchestra with Melanie Chirignan, flute; Leroy Anderson — Sleigh Ridel Aaron Dai — The Night Before Christmas; Public Advocate Tish James serves as narrator, at St. Paul’s Church, 315 W 22nd St, $20 sugg don.

12/4, 8 PM “Wemilere: Songs & A Just Meditation: Lullabies, slave songs, resistance and Ancestral Memory in dedication to Chango. Reflecting on the importance of holding community space in a time of grieving, crying out, calling out amidst trauma, violence, and poverty sweeping the world. This concert & rumba will be in celebration for the orisha Chango on his day,” at Jack, $10

12/5, 7 PM a surrealistic performance by the butoh and jazz-inspired Conspiracy of Proletarian Shamans followed by literate Tom-Waits-ish alt country band Fist of Kindness at Medicine Show Theatre, 549 W 52nd St., 3rd Floor,$15/$12 stud/srs

12/5, 8 PM an intense duo show with haunting dark Americana songwriter/belter Jessi Robertson with the similarly minded Rony Corcos on lead guitar at Pine Box Rock Shop in Bushwick

12/5, 8:30 PM Celtic party band the Narrowbacks followed by Asbury Park’s high-voltage bluegrass/newgrass Dark City Strings at Union Hall, $10

12/5, 9 PM he reliably ferocious, fun Balkan (and occasionally Ethiopian and latin-tinged) madness of Raya Brass Band at at the Brooklyn Museum, free

12/5 one of the most epic, exhilarating art-rock bands in New York, Planta at the Bitter End – imagine Pink Floyd or Nektar up close in a small club.

12/6, 2 PM intense tenor saxophonist/rabbi Greg Wall with Michael Cochrane on piano, Steve Johns on drums and his son, Daryl on bass plus choreographer Carolyn Dorfman and her dancers in an afternoon of jazz, dance and schmoozing, at Jewish Museum of New Jersey at Congregation Ahavas Sholom , 145 Broadway, Newark., free

12/6, 7:30 PM maestro Dong-hyun Kim conducts the Queensboro Symphony Orchestra – NYC’s hottest new classical ensemble – in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 at Mary’s Nativity Church, 46-02 Parsons Blvd. (at Holly Ave.), Flushing, 7 train to Main St. (the last stop), transfer to the Q27 bus, sugg. don.

12/7, 7 PM SWARMIUS – sort of a tripper San Diego counterpart to Tribecastan -doing their wickedly fun, Balkan-tinged, populiat jams with guest pianist Geoffrey Burleson followed by hauntingly philosophical percussion/electronics/spoken word duo Bradford Reed & Jane LeCroy and then a solo set by Burleson at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

12/7 the Manhattan Chamber Players make their debut at le Poisson Rouge with piano/string music by Mendelssohn, Brahms, Schubert, Fauré, Chausson, Shostakovich, and Piazzolla plus world premieres by Vivian Fung and Chris Rogerson. They’re at Baruch College on 12/15

12/8, half past noon organist Marco LoMuscio plays a program TBA at Central Synagogue, Lex/54t h, free

12/8 drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, Tilt Brass play works by Anthony Coleman, Tilt co-founder Chris McIntyre, James Tenney, Liza Lim and Catherine Lamb at the Miller Theatre, free

12/9, 7 PM Roshel Rubinov – the haunting, Middle Eastern-tinged Bukharan Jewish guitar god equivalent to Richard Thompson – at Elebash Hall, 365 5th Ave north of 34th St., $25

12/9, 7 PM intense, Middle Eastern-tinged bassist Petros Klampanis leads his innovative ensemble, Chroma playing the album release show for their new one at the Onassis Cultural Center NY, 645 5th Avenue, (at 51st St) free w/rsvp .

12/9, 7 PM pianist Pablo Zinger backs a series of first-rate Latina singers: Brenda Feliciano, Gizelzanath, Virginia Herrera, and Maribel Salazar, to perform a program dedicated exclusively to the powerful and immensely varied vocal music of Mexico from olero to classical, passing through rancheras, huapangos, habaneras and danzones. Featured composers include “the father of Mexican music”, Manuel M. Ponce, and Tata Nacho (Ignacio Fernández Esperón) to the composer of “Granada”, Agustín Lara, to Armando Manzanero (creator of “Somos novios” – “It’s Impossible”).at the Sheen Center, 18 Bleecker (Elizabeth/Mott, $30

12/9, 9:30 PM tuneful, anthemic, intense neoromantic/indie classical ensemble the Founders play new works inspired by Schubert’s Winterreise at National Sawdust, $15

12/10, 6 PM Argentinean pianist Valentin Surif plays a rare program of music from his home turf nicluding Alberto Williams’ (1862-1952) Demi-teinte de la Suite Sur la Terrasse (1891), Berceuse, Op. 47 Nº 1 (1906) and Suite En la sierra (1891), Juan Josè Ramos’s (1930-1995) Siete Variaciones de Tango (1978), Astor Piazzolla’s (1921-1992) Adiós Nonino (1959) and Roberto Garcia Morillo’s (1911-2003) Cuarta Sonata Op 26 (1959) at the Consulate General of Argentina in New York, 12 West 56th St, free but res rec to rsvp@cnyor.com.

12/11, 6 PM NYC’s most innovative, hypnotically pointillistic Balinese bell orchestra, Gamelan Dharma Swara in the Chinese Garden Court at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, free w/museum adm. 12/13 at 6 they’re at the Stone playing a new piece by innovative bagpiper Matthew Welch for $20then on the 20 th they’re at the Fat Cat at 7.

12/11 an extremely rare appearance by no wave icons Teenage Jesus and the Jerks with Lydia Lunch at Trans-Pecos, midnight $20

12/12, 8 PM, repeating on 12/13 at 3 PM, Alessandra Belloni and her trancey tarantella band play Mystical Music in Honor of the Black Madonna,” a musical journey around the world to the ancient sacred sites of the primeval earth spirit created from authentic traditions of Southern Italy, Spain, France, Portugal, and Brazil “ at Theater for the New City, 155 First Avenue (bet. 9th & 10th Sts) $25

12/12, 8 PM pyrotechnic alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa‘s Charlie Parker tribute, Bird Calls at at the Miller Theatre, $20 seats avail

12/12, 8 PM Chamber Orchestra of New York play Gershwin’s Lullaby and Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings, along with Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 35 and the world premiere of Three Variations on a Gregorian Theme by Emiliano Imondi, at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $30 tix avail

12/12, 8 PM the Cecilia Chorus of New York sing Handel’s Messiah at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, $25 tix avail

12/12, 9ish a sizzling gospel/oldschool twinbill with monster piano player/charismatic showman Rev. Vince Anderson and period-perfect 60s blue eyed soul crooner Eli Paperboy Reed at Union Pool, $14

12/13, 4 PM early music group Juilliard415 with harspichorist Richard Egarr perform a holiday choral celebration at Corpus Christi Church, 529 W 121st St, $10 seats avail.

12/13 eerily playful, charismatic Nashville gothic/folk noir songstress Kelley Swindall at Scratcher Bar, 209 E 5th St.

12/13 creepy, accordion-fueled Balkan psychedelic rockers Alec K Redfearn & the Eyesores, no wave jamband Escape by Ostrich and postpunk supergroup Heroes of Toolik at Bowery Electric.

12/14, 9 PM irrepressible saxophonist Jon Irabagon celebrates the release of his wild, technically challenging first solo sopranino saxophone record Inaction Is An Action Delroy’s Wine Bar, 65 Fenimore St just off Flatbush Ave, Q to Parkside Ave, $10 sug don

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

12/15, 7 PM NYC’s most haunting, inscrutable, savagely guitar-fueled, lyrically brilliant noir band Karla Rose & the Thorns at Grand Victory, $10

12/16, 10:30 PM the increasingly soul-oriented, guitarishly brilliant Miss Tess & the Talkbacks at the big room at the Rockwood, $10

12/18, 8 PM charming female-fronted continental swing jazz combo the Hot Sardines play the album release show for their new one at Uinon Hall, $12

12/18, quarter past midnight ferocious latin/Romany rockers the Butcher Knives at the Kniiting Factory

12/20, 3 PM the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra play Handel’s Messiah at NJPAC in Newark, $30 tix avail.

12/26, 8 PM stars of the klezmer and Yiddish world including Frank London, Sarah Gordon and Michael Winograd present an evening of music from singer/musicologist Adrienne Cooper’s cult classic 1999 album In Love and In Struggle: The Musical Legacy of the Jewish Labor Bund at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Pl. north of Batttery Park

12/30-31 Gogol Bordello at Terminal 5, $35 adv tix rec

12/31 devious oldschool C&W/rockabilly parodists Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co. at Otto’s, 11 PM. If you must be in the East Village on New Year’s Eve (your inner New Yorker may be screaming STAY HOME), this is the place to be. The band is hilarious and they may skewer the tourists who will probably make up them majority of people in the house. 

1/13, 7/9:30 PM “wrapped in an absurd and hyperbolic narrative, the music film, Sever revisits the ancient Chinese folktale of Diao Chan with live accompaniment by the modern Chinese band Xi Ban. Mixing classical instrumentation with westernized form, Xi Ban create an intriguing interplay between kabuki theatre and American delta blues,” at the Asia Society, 725 Park Ave. free but res req

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.

1/28-30 and 2/4-6, 7 PM the world premiere of the late Robert Ashley’s avant garde opera Quicksand at the Kitchen, $20. “Divided into three acts of 16 scenes each, combines separate and “moveable” sequences of choreography by Steve Paxton, electric orchestra composed by Tom Hamilton, and light environments by David Moodey to present a unified work without a linear narrative structure.. Using Ashley’s signature blend of speech and song, Quicksand tells the story of a composer who has been coerced by a U.S. Government Agency (“the Company”) to serve as a low-level spy. Traveling with his wife to an unnamed South Asian country run by a military dictatorship, he becomes involved with plans to overthrow the government through his close friendship with two tour guides. With the assistance of four American mercenaries sent by “the Company,” the composer participates in the capture and imprisonment of the country’s leaders, and the destruction of the torture operation by which the dictatorship has maintained its power.”

Tasty Psychedelic Cumbias and Dancefloor Delirium from Consumata Sonidera

Consumata Sonidera opened their set the evening of the fourth at Paperbox with a steady four-on-the-floor beat and a catchy four-chord latin rock tune (what’s up with all these fours?) fueled by guitarist Puffy Ramirez’s edgy, distortion-tinged chords and frontman/alto saxophonist Bruno Navarro’s eerily crystalline lines. And then suddenly drummer Jorge Black hit a cumbia beat…and within seconds the room had filled. The crowd were like rats to a trap baited with bacon – it was almost funny. Navarro seized the moment with his wry, gruff vocals, and the set just got more slinky and fun from there. Consumata Sonidera are a late addition to open that excellent ska/punk bill at Grand Victory on October 10 at 7 PM which also features anthemic Celtic-flavored punk rockers the Crypt Keeper 5 and perennially popular 90s ska band Inspecter 7 headlining; cover is $15 and worth it.

At the Paperbox show, the band followed the first of their psychedelic cumbias with a shapeshifting tropical number that veered between dub and hardcore, wah guitar giving way to a searchlight alto sax break: if the Bad Brains had gone deeper into dub, this is what they would have sounded like. They went back to cumbia sabrosa from there, Billybob’s fat bass anchoring the snakecharmer ambience as the guitar skanked and the sax sailed uneasily overhead. By now, everybody in the impressively multicultural crowd was dancing: imagine that, a dancefloor full of random people who’d wandered in from the flea market in too-cool-for-school Bushwick!

From there they took a rambunctious detour into surf rock with a south-of-the-border tune that alluded to the classic Pipeline, but not close enough to be a straight-up ripoff. Billybob shifted from a deep, reggae-tinged pulse to nimble, trebly lines that he played with a pick, but that didn’t slow him down as the band made their way from cumbia to ska to more doublespeed punk and eventually a long, ominously murky dub interlude at the end of a Mexican folk-tinged dance number, everybody going way down into the abyss. And then Navarro slowly brought them back up out of the smokiness as the guiitar’s reverb-drenched echoes bounced off the cinderblock. They sent another echoey, Guns of Brixton-ish reggae shout-out to their peeps, then back to the cumbias, Ramirez hitting his pedal for some creepy, watery textures. It’s hard to imagine a catchier or cooler band opening a hot set on a Saturday night.

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