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New York City and Brooklyn Live Music Calendar for May and June 2016

Daily updates. Since May is when most of the free outdoor concert series are announced, if there’s one month you might want to bookmark this page and check back every so often, this is it. 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.

Thursdays through 5/26, 9ish soulful folk noir songwriter Holly Miranda at Hell Phone, 247 Varet St. in Bushwick. L to Morgan Ave., $10 or $15 incl. a download of her new ep.

On select Thursdays and Sundays, an intimate, growing piano music salon on the Upper West Side featuring iconoclastically insightful, lyrical pianist Nancy Garniez – a cult favorite with an extraordinarily fluid, singing, legato style – exploring the delicious minutiae of works from across the centuries. 5/19 at 7 and 5/22 at 4, continuing the conversation with and about Mozart with input from Schumann, Albeniz and Brahms. Waiting in the wings: Brahms, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky (!), Dvorak (!). Sugg don $10 (pay what you can), delicious gluten-free refreshments, beverages and lively conversation included! email for info/location.

Mondays in May, 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.

Mondays at 9 PM erudite, purist torchy jazz chanteuse Svetlana & the Delancey 5 at the Back Room, 102 Norfolk St just north of Delancey St, free

Mondays at 10 noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo leads his trio at the big room at the Rockwood

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

Tuesdays in June, 9 PM a high-energy bluegrass twinbill with the harmony-driven NYCity Stompers and the fiddle-fueled Melody Allegra Band at American Beauty, 251 W 30th St., free

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

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

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

Fridays at around 9:30 PM Bulgarian Romany sax legend Yuri Yunakov with his wild but haunting band at Mehanata

Three Saturdays in June: 6/4, 6/11 and 6/18 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 May at 6 PM dark urbane Romany song maven (and Berthold Brecht descendant) Sanda Weigl and her band 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 May, 4 PM Triple Paste – new quintet with Eric Pakula on alto sax, Matt Darriau on clarinet and tenor, Katie Down on flute, vocals and ukulele, Matt Applebaum on guitar and Ray Parker on bass – play swing tunes from the 20’s and 30’s as well as some originals and new interpretations of Lenny Tristano works at Barbes

Sundays in May, 7 PM spine-tinglingm darkly mystical art-rock/avant-garde/chamber pop songwriter Carol Lipnik – pretty much everybody’s choice for best singer in all of NYC – at Pangea

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 May, 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.

Sundays at Barbes at around 9:30 PM paradigm-shifting Romany jazz guitarist Stephane Wrembel – who blends Django with ominous Pink Floyr art-rock and growling post-Velvets psychedelia.

5/1, 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. They’re also here on 5/8.

5/1, 2 PM composer Skip La Plante plays his epic new suite for thousands of chimes at Flushing Town Hall, free

5/1, 4 PM pianist Steven Masi plays Beethoven Sonata No.6, Op.10 No.2; Sonata No.26, Op.81a; Sonata No.12, Op.26 and Sonata No.30, Op.109 at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes

5/1, 7 PM otherworldly, intensely lyrical post-PJ Harvey vocal powerhouse Jessi Robertson, similarly spellbimding folk noir songwriter Lara Ewen and edgy powerpop trio Rony’s Insomnia at Hell Phone in Bushwick

5/1, 7 PM art-rockers the Universal Thump present the second installment of their Seder-Songwriter Project: funny and poignant new songs on Passover themes by artists including Serena Jost, Pete Galub, Anna Copa Cabanna, Chicha Libre’s Josh Camp and others at Joe’s Pub, $15

5/1, 8 PM Chinese Music Ensemble NY plays sweeping, lush orchestral themes at Merkin Concert Hall, $25/$15 stud/srs

5/2, 7 PM the Blind Suns play surfy female-fronted dreampop at Shrine

5/2, 7 PM brief sets by magician pan-Asian singer Jen Shyu + Jade Tongue, the Del Sol Quartet, and Organ Monk at National Sawdust, free

5/2, 8 PM sultry, torchy, creepy noir soul bandleader/chanteuse Karina Denike at Cake Shop, $10

5/2, 8:30 PM fiery postbop alto saxophonist/composer Hailey Niswanger leads her trio at Bar Lunatico

5/2, 9 PM Iintense female-fronted psychedelic/funk band Imunuri at Bar Chord. 5/9 at 9:30 they’re at Club Bonafide, free

5/2, 9 PM cutting-edge postbop jazz vibraphonist Behn Gillece and his combo at the Fat Cata

5/2, 9ish intense, funky Indian brass bhangra band Red Baraat at at Brooklyn Bowl, $12 adv tix recs

5/3-7, 7:30/9:30 PM piano icon Kenny Barron leads his trio at the Jazz Standard, $30 ($35 on the weekend)

5/3, 8 PM Klazztet (fiery klezmer/Eastern European jamband Klazz-Ma-Tazz acoustic) playing classic Balkan and Middle Eastern themes at t Jebon, 15 St. Marks Place, downstairs

5/3, 8 PM a steampunk/circus rock/darkwave quadruplebill: Nathaniel Johnstone, circus rock band Not Waving But Drowning, Jeff Mach‘s rock opera and synthy swoopers Psyche Corporation at Drom, $10

5/3, 8 PM tuneful pianist Kris Davis leads a quartet including Mary Halvorson on guitar at the Stone, $20. At 10 (separate $20 adm) Halvorson leads hers.

5/3, 8 PM Mike Alfreds directs Jane Afnrield in The Tin Ring, a dramatization of Zdenka Fantlová’s harrowing Holocaust memoir, Q&A to follow, at the Czech Center, 321 E 73rd St.. free

5/3-8, 8/10:30 PM jazz bass legend Ron Carter celebrates his 79th birthday with a week at the Blue Note, $30 standing room avail. 5/3-4 with his nonet; 5-5-6 leading a quartet and the rest of the week he leads a trio

5/3, 8:30 PM purist, straightforward, warmly tuneful front-porch folk songwriter Joanna Sternberg at Bar Lunatico

5/3, 9:30 PM eclectic jazz/blues resonator guitarist Elizabeth Wise at Caffe Vivaldi

5/3, 10:30 PM Middle Eastern-tinged Israeli guitarist Amos Hoffman leads his combo at Smalls 

5/4, 6 PM magical Nepali madal zither player Raj Kapoor with Amrit Biswokarma on flute and sarangi at the Rubn Museum of Art, free w/museum adm 

5/4, 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 with Jordan Morton on bass and Nathan Ellman-Bell on srums, She’s also there on 5/10

5/4, 7 PM a screening of Murry Sidlin’s documentary Defiant Requiem, exploring the subversive performance of Verdi’s Requiem byconductor Rafael Schächter and his prisoner choir in the Terezín Concentration Camp, Q&A with the director to follow, at the Czech Center, 321 E 73rd St.. free

5/4, 7 PM guitarist Cameron Mizell – whose take on Bill Frisell-style pastoral jazz tends toward the atmospheric and cinematic – leads his organ trio at Shrine

5/4-5, 7/9 PM disarmingly direct, individualistic, warmly compelling rising star jazz chanteuse Marianne Solivan leads her quintet with Steve Wilson on alto sax at Smoke. Tenor saxophonist Camille Thurman leads hers afterward around midnight

5/4, 7:30 PM rising star jazzwomen: lush but edgy original jazz chanteuse/songwriter Gracie Terzian – whose axe is the harp ukulele – leds her band ($15) followed at 9:30 by fiery postbop alto saxophonist/composer Hailey Niswanger and her quartet at Club Bonafide, $10

5/4, 8 PM Barbes comes to the ‘Shweck: psychedelic cumbia night with Yotoco, Los Aliens and El Combo Chimbita at the Silent Barn, $8

5/4, 8 PM psychedelic klezmer/bluegrass mandolin and clarinet legend Andy Statman at Barbes, $10

5/4, 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 Sidewalk. They’re also at Otto’s on 5/15 at 8

5/4, 8 PM Frederic Rzewski plays The Road, Part VII: Final Preparations (1999-2001) at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud Ursula Oppens plays more Rzewski piano works on 4/6, same time, same deal. On 5/7 at 8 and 5/8 at 4 at 8 the compose leads an all-star quintet playing new works for piano four hands and chamber group

5/4, 8/9:30 PM ethereal, often haunting jazz guitarist Todd Neufeld leads his quintet with Rema Hasumi, voice; Thomas Morgan, bass; Tyshawn Sorey, drums; Billy Mintz, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min. 

5/4 Jenny Lewis’ new band Nice as Fuck (NAF) with Au Revoir Simone’s Erika Forster and the Like’s Tennessee Thomas at Webster Hall

5/5,1 PM the Borromeo String Quartet play Alberto Ginastera – String Quartet No. 2, Op. 26 (1958, Rev. 1968); Ludwig van Beethoven – String Quartet No 14 in C-sharp minor, Op. 131 at Trinity Church, free 

5/5, 7 PM the New York premiere of Murry Sidlin’s new multimedia concert-drama Hours of Freedom: The Story of the Terezín Composers, showcasing music by fifteen composers imprisoned in Terezín in WWII, at the Czech Center, 321 E 73rd St.. free

5/5, 7:30 PM the Enso String Quartet play Beethoven: String Quartet in E-flat major (“Harp”) and Sibelius: String Quartet in D minor (“Voces intimae”) at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free

5/5, 7;30 PM drummer Ullysses Owens Jr. leads a tribute to Mulgrew Miller; at 10:30 tenor saxophonist Ken Fowser leads his killer postbop quintet afterward at Smalls 

5/5, 7:30/9 PM cutting-edge organ jazz grooves with the Akiko Tsuruga Trio at Ginny’s Suppper Club, $15

5/5, 8 PM dark, charismatic, mischievously witty art-rock keyboardist/chanteuse Rachelle Garniez at Barbes. 5/12, 7:30 PM she’s at Pangea

5/5, 8 PM intense multi-instrumentalist and art-rock/folk noir bandleader Spottiwoode & His Enemies at the big room at the Rockwood, $15

5/4, 8 PM magical, delicate, otherworldly Korean traditional muaic: YoungJae Kim plays haegeum, the Korean fiddle accompanied by SunHo Kim on daegeum (bamboo flute) at the Korea Society, 950 Third Ave., 8th Fl, $20

5/5, 8 PM elegantly melodic, darkly counterintuitive pianist Sylvie Courvoisier and violinist Mark Feldman do their haunting duo thing at the Stone, $20

5/5, 8 PM deviously fun cabaret/chamber pop chanteuse Grace McLean sings selections from her forthcoming Hildegard Von Bingen opera In the Green at Greenwich House Music School, $15 incl. open bar!

5/5, 8 PM guitarishly brilliant Afrobeat band Timbila with mbira virtuoso Chartwell Dutiro at Shrine. 5/11, 7 PM they’re at Barbes

5/5-9, 8 PM a soundpainting (improvisational musical conducting, similar to Butch Morris’ Conduction) festival at the Firehouse Space, too many interesting players/acts to list, full list is here.

5/5, 8 PM long-running 90s alt-country favorites Rusty Truck at Hill Country, free

5/5, 8 PM New York premieres of string orchestra works by Mexican composers Carlos Chavez, Leandro Espinosa, Max Lifchitz and Salvador Torre at Christ & St Stephen’s Church, 120 W 69th St, (between Bway & Columbus), free

5/5, 9 PM the Whiskey Spitters‘ wizard of the strings Ernie Vega on mandolin, guitar, and fiddle,at the Jalopy Tavern

5/5, 10 PM deviously fun oldtimey swing guitarist/crooner Seth Kessel & the Two Cent Band at at Skinny Dennis

5/5, 10 PM Brain Cloud’s tapdancing western swing frontwoman Tamar Korn & Kornukopia at St. Mazie’s 

5/6, 7 PM darkly intense parlor pop songwriter Peg Simone, haunting folk noir singer and bandleader Jessie Kilguss  and the Debutante Hour’s charmingly lyrical, quirky Susan Hwang at Basement Bar in Bushwick 

5/6, 7 PM an evening of Haitian vodou and rara music with the Asòtò band featuring Haitian Vodou singer Sirene Dantor, and KONGO Haitian Roots Music directed by Oneza Lafontant. at the New School’s Johnson / Kaplan Auditorium, 66 W 12th St, free

5/6, 7:30 PM hypnotic, entrancing ghazal chanteuse/bandleader Kiran Ahluwalia at at Joe’s Pub, $20 adv tix rec

5/6, 7:30/9 PM the mighty sixteen-piece, accordion-spiced cumbia-jazz Gregorio Uribe Big Band , at Ginny’s Suppper Club, $20

5/6, 7:30 PM the Kim-Larsen-Park Trio featuring: Ann Kim, violin Ben Larsen, cello Jeong-Hwa Park, piano playing Beethoven Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 2 in A Major, Op. 12 Shostakovich Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor, Op. 40 Schumann Piano Trio No. 2 in F Major, Op. 80 at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, $tba, also streaming live at http://www.BKCM.ORG/LIVE

5/6, 8 PM playfully literate superduo Kill Henry Sugar – guitar/banjo mastermind Erik Della Penna and drummer Dean Sharenow followed at 10 by this era’s most chillingly cinematic, shadowy reverbtoned noir guitar instrumentalists, Big Lazy at Barbes

5/6, 8 PM sassy, lyrically edgy female-fronted original oldtimey swing band the Fascinators at Sidewalk

5/6, 8 PM toy piano icon Phyllis Chen programs a theme night perusing “unusual spaces.” including two world premieres: Caccia by Jo Kondo, and a new original work, ceaturing Chen and the JACK Quartet. The JACK Quartet also perform John Luther Adams’ The Wind in High Places, plus bassoonist Rebekah Heller performing Nathan Davis’ On speaking a hundred names, and scientist/musician/instrument-builder Daniel Jodocy presenting his musical suitcases, at the Invisible Dog Arts Center, 51 Bergen St in Cobble Hill, F to Bergen St, free

5/6, 8 PM John Medeski takes a turn on organ with Uri Caine on piano at the Stone, $20. At 10 ($20 separate adm) Medeski leads a trio with Dave Fiuczynski (guitar) Calvin Weston (drums)

5/6. 8 PM Mexican folk-rock jamband the Villalobos Bros. at Flushing Town Hall, $16

5/6, 8 PM the Cecilia Chorus of New York sing Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, $25 tix avail

5/6, 8:30 PM expertoy jazzy guitarist and alt-country pioineer Robbie Fulks at Union Hall, $15

5/6, 8:30 PM the fun oldtime  East River String Band at the American Folk Art Museum

5/6, 8:30 PM vibraphone-piano improvs with Anthony Smith and Jim Ridl at I-Beam, $15. Smith is there the following night 5/7 leading a guitar/sax/drums quartet

5/6, 9 PM soul-rockers No Ice – charismatic bandleader Jamie Frey’s successor band to the someday-legendary Brooklyn What – followed eventually at 11 by the similarly lyrically-driven, savagely political, hard-hitting Alabama populist rockers Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires at Shea Stadium, $10 all ages

5/6, 9 PM socially aware, oldtimey-flavored Americana band 2/3 Goat at Hill Country, free. 5/28 they’re at the Brooklyn branch at 8 PM

5/6, 9/10:30 PM guitarist Lage Lund leads a tuneful trio wih Matt Brewer, bass; Justin Faulkner, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.

5/6, 10 PM purist reverbtoned original instrumental rockers Strange but Surf followed eventually at midnight by deviously fun oldtimey swing guitarist/crooner Seth Kessel & the Two Cent Band at Otto’s

5/6, 10:30 PM B3 organ and trombone soul/jazz grooves with the Jared Gold and Dave Gibson Band at the Fat Cat.

5/6, 11 PM the self-explanatory Balkan Express play Romany sounds at Drom, $10

5/6, 11 PM ominous postrock tableaux with banjo, slide guitar and sax from Hostile Beauty at Pete’s

5/6, midnight guitarist/singer Kiki Sabater’s careeningly psychedelic, Hole-like power trio Slow Suck at Muchmore’s, free

5/7, 11 AM the haunting, magical, all-female Mariachi Flor de Toloache at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free

5/7, 2 PM Brooklyn’s original Balkan horn band, Hungry March Band play a Kentucky Derby show at the Bell House, $8 adv tix rec

5/7, 2 PM a free rooftop show by cult favorite 50s cool jazz pianist Bertha Hope & Jazzberry Jam plus melodic jazz bassist Mimi Jones leading her group at the Graham Triangle. 138 St. & 3rd. Ave.

5/7, 3 PM organist Noriko Kumada plays works by Bach, Messiaen, and William Albright at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex, free

5/7, 3 PM oldschool 60s psychedelic funk band Merrymakers Orchestrina at Paperbox, free

5/7, 3 and 7 PM Parthenia, “New York’s premiere viol consort,” perform Semper Dowland, the complete Lachrimae collection of 1604 by John Dowland at the Vélez Blanco Patio at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

5/7, 3 PM mixed-period ensemble the Colonials play their new arrangement of Schubert’s Trout Variations with six new contemporary segments by Brad Balliett, Lembit Beecher, Jonathan Dawe, Paul Epstein, Molly Joyce, and Gity Razaz interwoven into the fourth movement of his Piano Quintet in A Major at Flushing Town Hall, $25/$15 stud/srs

5/7, 4 PM quirkily cinematic, psychedelic, family-friendly instrumentalists Songs for Unusual Creatures, followed at 6 by dark urbane Romany song maven (and Berthold Brecht descendant) Sanda Weigl and her band and at 10 by epic, sweeping, adventurous Sinaloa-style mariachi/ranchera brass group Banda de los Muertos at Barbes

5/7, 5 PM a rare US performance by underground Belgian hip-hop artists L’Enfant Pavé and his Bongo Thugs bandmate Kaer Mig One and the Bronx’s own Circa ’95 at the BMHC Lab, 1303 Louis Nine Blvd. , Bronx, 2/5 to Freeman St

5/7, starting at 5 PM, “In response to the recent resurgence of anti-feminist backlashes around the world, most notoriously the neo-masculine movement of rape culture, Legacy Fatale invites both women and men to join in their protest-like march garnering banners from Maria Hernandez Park in Bushwick to Grace Exhibition space, followed by a 6:30 performance of the dance suite The Lasso of Truth “representing an awakening from oppression to liberation with an original score by experimental composer Pierrot Carrilero at Grace Exhibition Space, 840 Broadway, 2nd Floor (btwn. Ellery St. & Park Ave.)entrance left of liquor store – ring top buzzer, J/M to Flushing Ave

5/7, 7 PM Rock Against Oligarchy: a Bernie Sanders fundraiser with Bay Kee, Miracle Sweepstakes, Stuydeye at Cake Shop, $10

5/7, 8 PM the aggressively swirly psychedelic/noiserock/dreampop Aquadora, punk trio the Unknown Nobodies, enigmatically careening, intense female-fronted power trio Castle Black playing the single release show for their ferocious new one at 10 and the similarly excellent, anthemic, grittily 80s-tinged Dark Moon Apache at 11 at Matchless

5/7, 8 PM torchy singer Jennifer Charles’ haunting, atmospheric, cinematic art-rock band Elysian Fields  play the album release show for their new one at the Owl in Ditnas Park, $15

5/7, 8 PM drummer/multi-instrumentalist ssongwriter Alice Bierhorst will be presenting the fullness of her orchestral pop album “The Beacon” at Branded Saloon

5/7, 8 PM joined by guest artists oboist Nancy Ranger, violinist Dan Auerbach and harpsichordists Rebecca Pechefsky and Elaine Funaro play a program of Baroque and modern music for flute, oboe, violin, pcello, and harpsichord. Works include G.F. Telemann’s Quartet in D minor, J.G. Janitsch’s Sonata de Camera in C major, Elliott Carter’s Sonata for Flute, Oboe, Cello and harpsichord, and Graham Lynch’s French Concerto. at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, $15/$10 stud/srs

5/7, 8 PM, repeating 5/8, 4 PM L.Gray, Michael J. Schumacher, Stefan Tcherepnin, and Nisi Jacobs perform their harrowing newsreel-style multimedia piece Abigail Hobbs which “explores subjugation and its remedy, from Salem Village to the Port Haven Psychiatric Facility, through live multichannel sound improvisation, projection, historical reenactment, and more. In a space between the meta-­ceremonial and a YouTube truther pastiche exists a conjectural Abigail Hobbs, a Monarch/Epsilon anti-heroine avatar, “at the Sunview Luncheonette, 221 Nassau Ave., Greenpoint, $5

5/7, 8:30 PM Americana purist Gill Landry of Old Crow Medicine Show at the big room at the Rockwood, $15, followed eventually (no cover) at 11 by sprawling gospel-rock orchestra Jesus on the Mainline – featuring spectacular frontwoman Mel Flannery

5/7, 8:30 PM exhilarating, brass-driven retro 60s latin soul revivalists Spanglish Fly at the Lively

5/7, 9 PM Unsteady Freddie‘s monthly surf rock extravaganza at Otto’s begins with surfed-out tv th from Commercial Interruption, similarly cinematic sounds from the TarantinosNYC, ageless, jangly, purist NY originals the Supertones and then surf-loungers Plato Zorba around midnight.

5/7, 9 PM eclectic noir soul/psychedelic/parlor pop songwriter Karina Denike and glampunk band Phantom Fifth at Union Hall, $12

5/7, 9/10:30 PM crystalline, enigmatically enchanting jazz singer and vocalese specialist Aubrey Johnson leads her eclectic band – Tomoko Omura (violin), Michael Sachs (sax/bass clarinet), Chris Ziemba (piano), Matt Aronoff (bass), and Jeremy Noller (drums) – at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

5/7. 10 PM first-class, eclectic ghoulabilly band Lara Hope & the Ark-Tones at Skinny Dennis

5/7. 10 PM torchy oldtimey swing band Jessy Carolina & the Hot Mess at St. Mazie’s

5/7, 10 PM lots of deviously witty interplay: Uri Caine (piano) Jon Irabagon (sax) at the Stone, $20

5/8, 4 PM he intense, occasionally Middle Eastern-tinged fifteen piece Eyal Vilner Big Band at Smalls

5/8, 4 PM PUBLIQuartet play new works tba for string quartet at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes

5/8, 6 PM noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo leads his trio at 55 Bar

5/8, 6 PM acoustic guitarist/French chanson devotee Susanne Layton followed at 8:30 by edgy Chicago chamber jazz trio Twin Talk at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min. 

5/8, 7 PM oldtimey swing with a Lynchian noir edge from inscrutable jazz chanteuse Heather Holloway and the Heebie Jeebies at Radegast Hall 

5/8, 7 PM twelve-piece contemporary music ensemble Hotel Elefant play art songs by Matt Marks at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

5/8, 7 PM the New York Jazzharmonic trio bolstered by drums and bassoon ! at Bar Thalia next door to Symphony Space, free

5/8, 7:30 PM violinist Martin Stoner and pianist Cullan Bryant play works by Debussy, Mendelssohn, Brahms, and Tchaikovsky at Merkin Concert Hall, $30 tix avail

5/8, 8 PM a fascinating new chamber suite by composer Denise Mei Yan Hoffman based on crowdsourced first-thing-in-the-morning thoughts at the Glass Box Theatre 55 W 13th St, Arnold Hall at Mannes College of Music

5/8, 8 PM dark twin cello improvisations: Erik Friedlander and Michael Nicolas at the Stone, $20

5/8, 8 PM the Dirty Waltz Band with special guests Val Killen and Anna-Lise Pasch Santella at the Jalopy, $10

5/8, 8:30 PM an allstar band with the gospel-singing trio Como Mamas, John Medeski, Luther Dickinson, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Valerie June, Dom Flemons (of the Carolina Chocolate Drops) and blues vocalist Ruthie Foster play a Sister Rosetta Tharpe tribute at the World Financial Center, free

5/8, 9 PM the Jack Grace Band play their boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic at Skinny Dennis. They’re also here on 5/22

5/9, 7 PM tuneful pianist Jim Ridl leads his trio from behind the Fender Rhodes at 55 Bar

5/9, 7 PM the New York New Music Ensemble plays North American premieres by composers from south of the border: Juan Manuel Quinteros, Javier Alvarez, Diego Tedesco, Pablo Galaz and Miguel Chuaqui at the Americas Society, 680 Park Ave, $20

5/9 at 7 PM avant garde cult favorites the SEM Ensemble conducted by Petr Kotik, with Roscoe Mitchell on woodwinds plays world premieres by Mitchell, Lucie Vítková, and Kotik plus works by George Lewis, Cage, and Stockhausen at Bohemian Hall, 321 E 73rd St.

5/9, 8 PM the extraordinary pianist Haskell Small – specialist in rapt, haunting, quiet music – plays a program including the the New York premiere of John Tavener’s St. Malachy’s – The Actor’s Chapel, 239 W 49th St. His 5/10 concert at the Crypt at the Church of the Intercession. 550 W 155th is sold out.

5/9, 8 PM Kent Tritle leads the Oratorio Society of NY and soloists in the NY premiere of Merrryma’s Jonah and  Haydn’s Missa in Angustiis (Mass in Difficult Times) at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, $25 seats avail.

5/9. 8:30 PM colorful drummer Aaron Alexander leads his Klezmer Klez Messengers, w/Michael Winograd & Patrick Farrell at the Jalopy, $15

5/9, 9 PM chamber Americana duo the Moon & You and Southern gothic troubadour Ole Fateful at Union Hall, $8

5/10, 7 PM intense, edgily tuneful Texas tenor saxophonist Stan Killian leads his postbop quartet at 55 Bar.

5/10, 7 PM violinist Miranda Cuckson and pianist Blair McMillen play the album release concert for their new one with music of Bartók, Schnittke, Stucky, and Carter at le Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec

5/10, 7:30 PM amazing, endearing, period-perfect Korean doo-wop swing vocal harmony trio the Barberettes at American Beauty (the old Downtime space), 251 W 30th St., $20

5/10-15, 7:30/9:30 PM lyrical jazz piano icon Fred Hersch leads a series of duos at the Jazz Standard, $25. Choice pick: final night with alto saxophonist Yosvany Terry

5/10, 7:30 PM bouncy, rustic, retro proto-salsa dance band Los Hacheros featuring Maite Hontelé at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free

5/10, 8 PM bewitchingly intense Nashville gothic/folk noir/jazz/janglerock songwriter Erica Smith, and purist, golden-roiced Americana songwriter Rebecca Turner at Hifi Bar

5/10, 8/9:30 PM glass bells and vocals! How’s that for ethereal and fun and esoteric? Katie Down, glass, winds; Miguel Frasconi, glass, electronics; Terry Dame  home ins (??).; Gelsey Bell, voice at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

5/10, 8 PM the Strawbs play their lush, ornate 1975 cult favorite art-rock/psychedelic Britfolk album Hero & Heroine in its entirety at B.B King’s, $25 adv tix rec

5/10, 8 PM ICE – International Contemporary Ensemble – perform works by: Ashley Fure / Chaya Czernowin / Luigi Nono; the Mivos Quartet tackle the Helmut Lachenmann, String Quartet No. 3 “GRIDO” (2001) and the Scott Wollschleger, String Quartet No. 2 at Roulette, $20

5/10, 8 PM twin-piano group Ensemble Zofo play two-piano works by Terry Riley plus materilal by Katherine Balch and Dylan Mattingly along with work by David Lang and Urmas Sisask at the Kitchen, $15

5/10, 8 PM Carolyn Leonhart with Helen Sung on piano – who’s awfully good with singers – at Mezzrow, $20. Sung is back with trumpeter Jeremy Pelt at 9:30 on 5/13-14, same deal

5/10, 8 PM the New York Choral Society present Handel’s biblical oratorio Israel in Egypt under the baton of Music Director David Hayes at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium.$30 seats avail

5/10-15, 8:30/10:30 PM progressive jazz alto sax icon Steve Coleman & Five Elements at the Vanguard, $25

5/10, 9 PM ten-piece country/carnivalesque/acoustic rock powerhouse M Shanghai String Band play the album releae show for their new one at the Jalopy, $10

5/10, 9 PM smartly tuneful, pensive newgrass/Americana songsmith Kelley McRae at the big room at the Rockwood, $10

5/10, 9:30 PM fearless eco-crusader Reverend Billy & the mighty gospel choir Fiery Eagles of Justice play the album release show for their explosive, relevant new one at Joe’s Pub, $12

5/10, 9:30 PM the Bronx Conexion play their mighty salsa big band jazz at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe

5/10, 11 PM playful, individualistic avant jazz singer Lauren Lee and her Space Jazz Trio at Muchmore’s, $5

5/10 and subsequent dates Diamanda Galas at that church in Harlem is sold out

5/11, 1 PM the Cecilia Coleman Big Band on the plaza at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex, free

5/11, 7:30 PM intense, lyrically brilliant Americana/soul/janglerock tunesmith Matt Keating at Hifi Bar

5/11, 8 PM terse, purist cool-voiced Americana singer Vienna D’Amato Hall followed at 9 by kick-ass tuneful powerpop/GBV-influenced bandleader James Barry at the Way Station

5/11, 8 PM Yarn/Wire’s composer portrait of Michael Gordon at the Miller Theatrr is sold out

5/11, 10 PM a rare small-club appearance by soulful virtuoso postbop composer/trumpeter Ingrid Jensen with a quintet at 55 Bar

5/11, midnight, perennially sinister ex-Cramps and Gun Club guitarist Kid Congo Powers & the Pink Monkey Birds play their noir cabaret-infused postpunk at s at the Bell House, $15

5/12, 1 PM irrepressible, charismatic organist Chelsea Chen plays works by Ginastera, Maurice Duruflé, and Nicolas De Grigny at Trinity Church, free

5/12, 7 PM highly regarded front-porch folk songwriter Margaret Glaspy followed by state-of-the-art jazz violinist Jenny Scheinman‘s Mischief & Mayhem ft. Nels Cline, Jim Black, and Todd Sickafoose at le Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec

5/12, 7:30 PM cult favorite Americana soul songstress Dina Regine, Certain General guitarslinger Phil Gammage and dark post-Velvets songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Anne Husick in the round at Sidewalk

5/12, 7 PM the Attacca Quartet finish their Haydn Quartet cycle with Quartets Opus 1, No. 1; Opus 42; Opus 103; and Opus 76, No. 5 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 3 W 65th St off Central Park, $20/students and seniors free

5/12, 7 PM soaringly explosive jazz composer/torch singer Nicole Zuraitis at 55 Bar

5/12, 8 PM bizarre segue, great twinbill: plush singer Daria Grace’s torchy, delightful oldtime uke swing band the Pre-War Ponies followed at 10 by explosive psychedelic rembetiko metal band Greek Judas at Barbes

5/12, 8 PM ferocious, brilliantly lyrical punk/powerpop band Wormburner – probably the closest thing to the Jam the US has ever produced – at the Mercury, $10 adv tix rec

5/12, 8  PM magically slinky vintage 50s-60s Egyptian film music band Zikrayat at Meridian 23, 161 W 23rd St., free

5/12, 8 PM gritty guitarist Mary Halvorson’s Thumbscrew trio with Michael Formanek and Tomas Fujiwara play the album release show for their new one Convallaria at Roulette

5/12, 9 PM whirlwind electric punkgrass/honkytonk crew Demolition String Band,at the Jalopy Tavern, free

5/12, 9 PM oldschool-style high plains C&W singer Hope Debates & North 40 at Bar Chord

5/12, 9:30 PM fiery, elegant flamenco jazz chanteuse Eva Cortes with a solid band: Jon Cowher: piano; Ricky Rodriguez: bass’ Francisco Mela: drums at Club Bonafide, $15

5/12, 9:30 PM George Crumb’s Black Angels : 13 Images From the Dark Land for electric string quartet performed by Ensemble LPR; scintillating soprano Daisy Press performs Favus Distillans from a song cycle based upon Hildegard von Bingen’s Chants to Saint Ursula; plus the the world premiere of Ricardo Romaneiro’s Nocturnal Suite, a multi-movement ethereal nocturne cycle with words and vocals by Hannah Sumner, performed by Ensemble LPR and special guest Sandbox Percussion, harpist Jacqui Kerrod, Ramin & Justin Abrams , and narrator Tom Schubert at House of Yes, 2 Wyckoff Ave. at Jefferson, Bushwick, J to Jefferson St., $20

5/12, 9:30 PM the Sides – bassists Danton Boller and Jeremy Wilms and ace drummer Shawn Baltazor. followed by jazz pianist/vibraphonist Brittany Anjou at the Owl

5/12, 10:30 PM hypnotically epic newschool psychedelic band Frogbelly & Symphony at Rock Shop, $10

5/12, 10:30 PM noir-inclined tenor saxophonist Nick Hempton and his combo at Smalls

5/12, 11 PM exotic surf rock band the Vibro-jets – a Sea Devils spinoff – at the Way Station

5/13, 6 PM intense Middle Eastern classical/jazz trumpeter Amir Elsaffar leads a small group at the   at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, free w/museuma adm. 5/28, 8 PM he’s with his Indian/Middle Eastern cross-pollination Rajas Project w/ Rajna Swaminathan (mridangam), Anjna Swaminathan (violin) Miles Okazaki (guitar), Maria Grand (tenor saxophone) at Alwan for the Arts, $20

5/13, 6 PM powerful soul belter Sarah Wise (of explosive gospel-rock ensemble Lizzie & the Sinners) at Caffe Vivaldi. She’s also here on the 20th.

5/13, 6 PM crystalline-voiced, noir-tinged third-stream jazz chanteuse Tessa Souter and her band at 55 Bar

5/13, 7 PM fronted by the young chanteuse considered widely to be the best in all of Indian music, Falu’s Bollywood Orchestra at the Rubin Museum of Art, $30

5/13, 7 PM catchy, fiery, female-fronted Above the Moon – like a more forceful take on Versus – at Leftfield

5/13, 7 PM Norwegiain string orchestra 1B1 join with pianist Simone Dinnerstein for an all-Bach program at National Sawdust, $25 adv tix rec

5/13-14 and also 5/20-21, 7 PM chanteuse Barb Jungr leads a quartet with jazz pianist Lawrence Hobgood playing “Songs of Hope for Troubled Times” by Dylan, Springsteen, Leonard Cohen, Peter Gabriel, Bacharach/David and others at Joe’s Pub, $25

5/13-15, 7/9 PM tuneful, terse vibraphonist Warren Wolf leads his quartet at Smoke

5/13, 7:30 PM in reverse order: brilliant, lyrical trumpeter Nadje Noordhuis & James Shipp, similarly lyrical trombonist/composer Marshall Gilkes and his trio, and powerhouse, globally-inspired chanteuse Michele Zayla at Club Bonafide, $20

5/13-14, 7:30/9:30 PM the cutting-edge, atmospheric, cinematic Alan Ferber Nonet at the Jazz Gallery, $22

5/13, 8 PM Middle Eastern avant jazz guitarist/singer Yousif Yaseen followed by hauntingly rustic all-female Serbian choral group Rosa at Muchmore’s, $10

5/13, 8 PM  elegantly melodic pianist Sylvie Courvoisier leads her trio at the Owl

5/13, 8 PM boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band followed at 10 by Yotoco, the bastard child of Umoja Orchestra, Bioritmo, and Cumbiagra playing a melange of salsa, Afro-Cuban rumba, boleros, and cumbia at Barbes

5/13, 8 PM edgy female-fronted funk band Eliza & the Organix – feat. swirly alto sax player Kristen Tivey –x at the Way Station

5/13, 8 PM the Semiosis Quartet premieres Justin Barish’s new quartet “first snow: butterfly/butterflied…,” and also plays Shawn Jeager’s “Thy Wondering Eyes,” Georg Friedrich Haas’ String Quartet No. 2, and Psalom by Arvo Pärt at the Firehouse Space, $10

5/13, 8:30/10:30 PM ethereal, raptly haunting singer Sara Serpa with guitarist André Matos; Chris Cheek – saxophones; Chris Morrisey – bass at Cornelia St. Cafe.

5/13, 9 PM hauntingly torchy pianist/chanteuse Jennifer Scott plays the album release show for her new one Le Temps de L’Amour at Freddy’s

5/13, 10 PM perennially vital, haunting film score mavens Morricone Youth and surf rock band Maui Hurricane at Union Hall, $10

5/13, 10 PM darkly sardonic Southwestern gothic baritone crooner Sean Kershaw‘s auspicious new Nashville gothic project the Serpentones at Bar Chord

5/13, 10 PM rustically intense oldtime blues band Fife & Drom at the big room at the Rockwood

5/13-14 10:30 PM whirlwind alto sax player Mike DiRubbo leads his quintet at Smalls

5/13, 10:30 PM ormer Dizzy Gillespie guitarist Ed Cherry leads his quartet at the Fat Cat

5/13, 11 PM the feral, frenetic NY Gypsy Allstars play Turkish classics at Drom, $10 adv tix rec

5/14, 10:30 AM to 5 PM guitarists and stringed instrumentalists play throughout the grounds of the Cloisters, free w’museum adm. The entire day’s lineup is here. Highlights: oud virtuoso Simon Shaheen at the Langon Chapel at half past noon, followed by classical guitarist Alberta Khoury; at 2:30 PM at the Early Gothic Hall, spellbindingly eclectic avant garde pipa player Min Xiao-Fen performs.

5/14, 3 PM Norwegian string orchestra 1B1 play works by Kaija Saariaho plus Arvo Part’s Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten at National Sawdust, $25 adv tix rec

5/14, 5 PM vibraphonist Stefon Harris with the United States Air Force’s “premier jazz ensemble,” the Airmen of Note followed by dirty Jerz hip-hop icons Naughty by Nature at Military Park, 51 Park Place in Newark, free

5/14, 6 PM cult favorite Romany chanteuse (and Berthold Brecht descendant) Sanda Weigl and her killer band followed at 8 by Svetlana & the Eastern Blokhedz playing their artsy take on kitschy Soviet pop from the 60s and 70s at Barbes

5/14 hypnotic, psychedelic pan-Asian ambient noise group FEN (Far East Network): Ryu Hankil (S. Korea), Yan Jun (China), and Yuen Chee Wai (Singapore) play two sets at the Japan Society, 333 E 47th St. (1/2 Aves): a standing-room show on the first floor at 7, then a seated set in the auditorium, $18 per set or $32 for the whole night

5/14, 7 PM Ba Ban Chinese Music Society with pipa virtuoso Zhou Yi play otherworldly medieval classical and folk themes at Flushing Town Hall, $16

5/14, 7 PM Bobby Radcliff – the rare blues guitarist who plays a ton of notes but doesn’t waste them, sort of a funkier Stevie Ray Vaughan – with his trio at Terra Blues

5/14, 7:30 PM incomparable, deviously funny country/jazz/janglerock icon Amy Allison at Dixon Place

5/14, 8 PM intense, ferociously lyrical, politically fearless noir blues bandleader and showman LJ Murphy at Sidewalk followed at 9 by Mac McCarty & the Kidd Twist Band playing their fiery, sometimes unexpectedly poignant Pogues-ish punk and folk noir

5/14, 8 PM fiery klezmer/Balkan/Middle Eastern jamband Klazz-Ma-Tazz at Shrine

5/14, 8 PM NYC’s very own Javanese gamelan orchestra, Gamelan Kusuma Laras at Symphony Space

5/14, 8 PM Anna Sato and Shingo Maeyama perform the rare, hauningtly delicate folk music of Amami Island, Japan at Roulette, $25

5/14, 8 PM eclectic, tuneful accordionist/songwriter Ali Dineen leads her band at the Owl

5/14, 8 PM the Icebergs – lyrically intense avant garde chanteuse Jane LeCroy with Tom Abbs on cello; David Rogers-Berry on drums at the Parkside

5/14-15, 8 PM Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber plays ambient soundscapes plus works by Jenna Nichols and Piotr Nowotnik to accompany a dance perforomance at CK Arts Center, 29 Jay St., Dumbo, $25/$15 stud/srs

5/14, 8 PM clarinetist Andy Biskin’s 16 TONS – John Carlson – trumpet Kenny Warren – trumpet Matt Holman – trumpet Andy Biskin – clarinet & bass clarinet Rob Garcia – drums Daniel Kelly’s Rakonto: Voices from South Memphis Chanda Rule – voice Frederick Johnson – voice Daniel Kelly – piano Brad Jones – bass Gene Lake – drums, at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, $10

5/14, 8 PM the premiere of Frances White’s Between Here and There, John Glover’s Life Cycles, a work for flute, viola, and electronics accompanied by video projections by Rob Dietz, which respond to a cycle of large-scale paintings by Mark Mastroianni, performed by members of Ensemble Meme: Barry Crawford, flutes; Liuh-Wen Ting, viola; and Molly Morkoski, piano. at the DiMenna Center, $15

5/14, 9 PM savagely lyrical, wryly erudite art-rock/new wavers Changing Modes – sort of akin to a female-fronted Elvis Costello & the Attractions – at Fifth Estate Bar in Park Slope, $5; 5/15 at 5 (five) PM they’re at the downstairs studio space at Webster Hall for ten bucks more

5/14, 9/10:30 PM lyrical latin jazz pianist Aruan Ortiz with Ingrid Laubrock, tenor sax; Mark Helias, bass; Tom Rainey, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

5/14, 9:30 PM awesome Israeli Ethiopiques groove instrumentalists Ambessa Orchestra, f.k.a. Lions at at the Lively

5/14, 10 PM whirlwind electric punkgrass/honkytonk crew Demolition String Band,at Skinny Dennis

5/14, 10ish swirly, hypnotic, totally 80s 4AD dreampop/shoegazers Dead Leaf Echo – who if they let their frontwoman sing all the time would be one of NYC’s best bands – at Sunnyvale, $10

5/14, 10:30 PM funky, lyrically intense dark folk jamband the Sometime Boys– with the riveting Sarah Mucho on vocals – at Pine Box Rock Shop

5/14, 11 PM wild, noisy, genuinely Hendrixian virtuoso lead guitarist Viva DeConcini and her band at the Way Station

5/14, 11:30 PM a rare NYC appearance by popular Pakistani quintet Saami Brothers Qawwali at Drom, $20

5/14 psychedelic band King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard at Baby’s All Right and Bowery Ballroom (both venues have them on their calendar on this date, go figure), are sold out

5/15,1:30 PM a killer klezmer/jamband triplebill; Isle of Klezbos , Maida Feingold, Boston’s Ezekiel’s Wheels at the Bronx KlezFest, 3301 Bainbridge Ave, (208/210), D to Norwood/205th, $10. IoK are also at Muchmore’s on 5/17 at 9 for $5

5/15, 3 PM the Canticum Novum Singers and members of New York Virtuoso Singers perform Roberto Sierra’s Missa Latina at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, $25 tix avail

5/15, 4 PM the avant garde world’s go-to cellist, Ashley Bathgate plays the album release show for her new collection of Kate Moore compositions, Stories for Ocean Shells plus works by Douglas Cuomo, Jascha Naverson and a new series of reflections inspired by the Unaccompanied Cello Suites of J.S. Bach at the Cell Theatre, $25

5/15, 4 PM gospel group Jubilation Choir with iconic soul singer Cissy Houston followed at 5:30 by popular 90s salsa romantica chanteuse La India at Military Park, 51 Park Place in Newark, free

5/15, 5 PM the Choir of Trinity Wall Street, the Downtown Voices and indie classical ensemble Novus NY join forces with cellist Matt Haimovitz for a performance of Ginastera’s Cello Concerto #1 and Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis.at Trinity Church

5/15, 6 PM smart, soaring original front-porch folk songbird Jo Williamson at the small room at the Rockwood

5/15, 7 PM ntense, individualistic, torchsong/art-rock piano chanteuse Jeanne Marie Boes atat LIC Bar

5/15, 7:30 PM devious, charismatic, subversive comedic songwriter Killy Dwyer at Sidewalk

5/15, 8 PM spellbinding, dynamic jazz chanteuse Stephanie Layton – of the Tickled Pinks – at Caffe Vivaldi. she’s also here on the 29th at 8.

5/15, 9 PM percussive postrock pioneers the Wharton Tiers Ensemble at Union Pool, $8

5/15, 9 PM the irrepressible Jon Irabagon on saxophone leads his quintet at the Fat Cat

5/15, 9ish timeless freak-folk pioneer Kath Bloom at Troost

5/15, 10:30 PM esteemed Mingus Orchestra alto saxophonist Dmitri Baevsky leads his quartet at Smalls 

5/16, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, cellist Michael Nicolas with keyboardist Annie Gosfield play works by Gosfield, John Zorn, Mario Davidovsky, David Fulmer and Jaime E. Oliver at the Miller Theatre, free

5/16, 7 PM wickedly catchy Pakistani/klezmer jamband Sandaraa debut their new project The Pomegranate of Sistan folloowed at 9:30 PM by Cumbiagra – whose take on psychedelic cumbias is more rustic and purist than most bands who play that stuff – at Barbes

5/16, 7 PM pianist Taka Kigawa tackles the complete Ligeti piano etudes at le Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix avail.

5/16-17, 7:30 PM irrepressible newschool outlaw country songwriter Hayes Carll at Joe’s Pub, $25

5/16, 8 PM the magically haunting, soaring all-female Mariachi Flor de Toloache followed by explosively funky, bass drum-driven Indian brass bhangra band Red Baraat at Brooklyn Bowl, $12

5/16, 8 PM ageless no wave guitar maven Glenn Branca’s 9-piece guitar orchestra play his explosive 8th and 10th Guitar Symphonies at Masonic Hall, 71 W 23rd St., $25

5/16, 8:30 PM endearingly retro charmer Jay Leonhart on bass and vocals with pianist Tomoko Ohno at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

5/16, 9 PM jazz legend and twin-reedman George Braith leads a quintet at the Fat Cat

5/16, 10 PM the trippy, funky, female-fronted Madam West and the the NYChillharmonic – singer/keyboardist Sara McDonald’s lush 17-piece art-rock/chamber pop band with string quartet and big band jazz orchestration – at the Knitting Factory, $10

5/17, 1 PM the Momenta String Quartet with Vicky Chow, piano play sonatas by Beethoven and Ginastera at Trinity Church, free

5/17, 7 PM LA punk legend and X bassist John Doe at Rough Trade, free

5/17, 7:30/9:30 PM intense, smart,lyrical tenor saxophonist Noah Preminger leads his quartet at the Jazz Standard, $25

5/17. 7:30 PM ageless retro cabaret chanteuse Phoebe Legere followed by Texas blues road warriors the Fabulous Thunderbirds at B.B. Kings, $27.50 adv tix avail

5/17, 8 PM hilarious, guitarishly brilliant oldschool honkytonk/cowpunk band Trailer Radio play the album release show for their new one Country Girls Ain’t Cheap at Brother Jimmys BBQ at Union Square.

5/17-22, 8/10 PM no wave electronic percussion pioneer Ikue Mori plays a weeklong stand at the Stone with special guets, $20. Choice pick: the 5/18 early set with brilliant pianist Satoko Fujii and multi-reedman Ned Rothenberg

5/17, 8:30 PM the Satoko Fujii Orchestra – probably the best largescale improvising ensemble of the last 20 years – at I-Beam, $15

5/17, 9 PM Walter Thompson takes a turn out front soundpainting the noise rock/free jazz band Mob Job; the 12-piece Dalius Naujo Band employs Conduction (Butch Morris’s gesture-based composition language) at Nublu, $10

5/17, 9:30 PM Jiaju Shen, pipa; Feifei Yang, erhtu; Li Zong, comp., piano play cutting-edge improvisations on otherworldly ancient Chinese themes at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

5/17, 10 PM intense, piano-based, Aimee Mann-style literate chamber pop group Elizabeth & the Catapult at the big room at the Rockwood, $15

5/18, 7 PM intense violist/singer Carla Kihlstedt’s gothic-tinged art-rock duo Rabbit Rabbit at National Sawdust, $25 adv tix rec

5/18, 7:30 PM the Dirty Rollers – a spinoff of NYC Americana rock legends American Ambulance – at Hifi Bar with special guest Erica Smith on vocals

5/18, 7:30/9:30 PM charming Boswell Sisters-influenced swing trio Duchess (Amy Cervini, Hilary Gardner and Melissa Stylianou. sort of a less purist counterpart to the Tickled Pinks) at the Jazz Standard, $25

5/18, 8 PM arguably NYC’s most eclectic and dynamic singer Karla Rose – equally adept at new wave, noir cinematics, oldschool soul, Lynchian torch song and neo-Velvets janglerock – plays a rare, intimate solo acoustic show at Berlin

5/18, 8 PM awesome new Middle Eastern-tinged surf rockers Hearing Things – Matt Bauder -saxophones, guitars; JP Schlegelmilch -organ/piano and Vinnie Sperrazza – drums. – at Barbes

5/18, 8 PM ewschool Ethiopiques-inspired dancefloor groovemeisters Debo Band followed by followed by perennially fun second-wave Afrobeat jamband Antibalas at Brooklyn Bowl, $15 adv tix rec

5/18, 8 and 9:30 PM saxophonist Jon Irabagon leads a lyrical quartet including drummer Rudy Royston and pianist Luis Perdomo at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

5/18, 9 PM high-voltage female-fronted surf rockers High Waisted  and dark garage chicks LA Witch at Shea Stadium, $12

5/18, 9 PM darkly edgy, politically-fueled Irish tunesmith Niall Connolly at the small room at the Rockwood,

5/18 Marissa Nadler at Union Pool is sold out. Good for her!

5/19, 1 PM Norwegian string ensemble 1B1 play Richard Strauss’ Metamorphosen plus works by Knut Nystedt and Ginastera at Trinity Church, free 

5/19, 7 PM popular West Virginia retro/newgrass Americana songwriter Dori Freeman at the big room at the Rockwood, $10

5/19, 7:30 lush, enveloping spectal music: up-and-coming indie classical ensemble Face the Music play an all-Tristan Murail program with a performance by New Chamber Ballet at the French Institute, 55 E 59th St., $25/$15 stud/srs

5/19, 7:30 PM pyrotechnic pianist Kathleen Supove playspremieres Dylan Mattingly’s Achilles Dreams of Ebbets Field”.at the DiMenna Center, $15. It’s not known if the composer is related to the Yankees’ MVP

5/19, 8 PM ageless first-wave British punk band the Angelic Upstarts at the first-floor room at Webster Hall, $20 adv tix rec

5/19, 8 PM whirlwind indie classsical marimba virtuoso Makoto Nakura and pianist Barbara Podgurski play works by Bach, Lane Harder, Philip Lasser and others at the Church-in-the-Gardens, 50 Ascan Ave, (Greenway/Burns) Forest Hills, E/F to 75th Ave., , $20, reception to follow

5/19, 8 PM violinist Tom Chiu’s Ensemble Metrix do their tongue-in-cheek cut-and-paste improvisations on cheesy pop themes at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, $10

5/19-27, 8 PM Mike Iveson‘s The Tear Drinkers – “a suite of sci-fi songs for six performers. It follows four humans who have been abducted by the United States government and brought to an underground holding tank in New Mexico, so that the government can determine which of them is actually an alien from another planet masquerading as an earthling. Downtown performer Mike Iveson leads a team of exceptional artists, including pioneering video artist Charles Atlas, in a look at the private heartaches and private bathroom rituals of humans and aliens alike. Including performances by April Armstrong, Anthony R. Brown, Don Castro, Gavin Price, Courtney Williams, Akyiaa Wilson, and Mike Iveson” at the Kitchen, $20

5/19, 9 PM Yotoco, “the bastard child of Umoja Orchestra, Bioritmo, and Cumbiagra plays a melange of salsa, Afro-Cuban rumba, boleros, and cumbia” at Bar Chord

5/19, 9 PM Marta Hernández (aka Mar Salá) plays her acoustic flamenco rock at Silvana

5/19, 9 PM psychedelic swamp blues guitarist Daryl Hance (ex JJ Grey and Mofro) – sort of the missing link between Brian Jonestown Masscre & the Black Keys – at the small room at the Rockwood

5/19, 9:30 PM avant garde vocal summit: Katie Geissinger, Theo Bleckmann and Meredith Monk at National Sawdust, $30

5/19 Of Clocks & Clouds play their twisted postrock and goth-tinged post-new wave anthems at Bowery Electric 

5/20, 7 PM ornate art-rock/metal bandleader Sharon Knight at Caffe Vivaldi

5/20, 7:30 PM explosively percussive Ukrainian art-rock/folk-punk band DakhaBrahka at the Schimmel Auditorium at Pace University, $30. on 5/21, same time they’re premiering their live core to a screening of Oleksandr Dovzhenko’s legendary 1930 Ukrainian silent film Earth

5/20, 7:30 PM amazing thirty-woman choir (and Bowie cover specialists) Conspiracy of Venus at the big room at the Rockwood, $10

5/20, 7:30 PM purist, straightforward, warmly tuneful front-porch folk songwriter Joanna Sternberg at Hometown BBQ in Red Hook

5/20, 8 PM intense, brilliant guitarist Rony Corcos’ post-PJ Harvey power trio Rony’s Insomnia at the Lively

5/20, 8 PM melancholy acoustic Americana cover song specialists the Sad Bastards of Brooklyn – a Spanking Charlene side project – at Sidewalk

5/20, 8 PM Ensemble 365 plays new chamber works by composes of Asian heritage: Bun-Ching Lam, Ravi Shankar, Bright Sheng, Toru Takemitsu and Ming-Hsiu Yen at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, free

5/20, 8 PM up-and-coming indie classical chamber group the RAM Players perform new works by David Fetherolf, Gilbert Galindo, Guy Barash, Ronnie Reshef and David Schober at the Secret Theatre in Long Island City, $20

5/20, 8:30 PM edgy improvisaitonal conversations between Susana Santos Silva – trumpet; Kris Davis – piano; and Mat Maneri – viola at I-Beam, $15

5/21, 3 PM the eclectic, Balkan/latin/funk brass Underground Horns at Radegast Hall

5/21, 5 PM songwriter Miwa Gemini – who’s just as adept at creepy southwestern gothic as she is at moody continental waltzes and paisley underground psychedelia – at the small room at the Rockwood

5/21, 5 PM seven young Argentinean pianists – Tamara Benitez, Jonathan Guelfand, Agustin Muriago, Leandro Jauregui, Marcelo Lian, Fernando Palomeque and Leonardo Soria play the complete solo piano music of Alberto Ginastera at the DiMenna Center, $5

5/21, 5 PM indie classical chamber group Exceptet play new works by Brian Petuch, Fay Wang, ­Brooks Fredrickson, Eric Shanfield, Brendon Randall-Myers and Alex Weiser at the Secret Theatre in Queens, $20

5/21, 7 PM Ifti Chowdhury & the Royal Bengali Tea House play their surreallistically kinetic Bangladeshi-Spanish musical fusion followed by the Feringhees performing cinematic Banghra rock and Indian folk-rock at the BMHC Lab, 1303 Louis Nine Blvd. , Bronx, 2/5 to Freeman St

5/21, 7:15ish dark psychedelic acoustic blues/klezmer/reggae/soca jamband Hazmat Modine – whose forthcoming third album is reputedly amazing – at Terra Blues.

5/21, 8 PM briliantly lyrical, aphoristic Americana songwriter Jim Allen & the Ramblin’ Kind – the Americana guy Elvis Costello always wanted to be – followed by 90s-style Wilco-ish alt-country act Butchers Blind at Hank’s, note, $6 cover

5/21, 8 PM a steampunk triplebill with Romany guitar-fueled duo Frenchy and the Punk, the Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing and Walter Sickert and the Army of Broken Toys at the Delancey, $10

5/21, 8 PM tireless honkytonk crooner and brilliant steel guitarist Junior Brown makes his Brooklyn debut at the Hall at MP, $25 adv tix rec

5/21, 8 PM the Ulysses String Quartet play Bartok’s intense, haunting String Quartet No. 4; plus a percussion ensemble performs new works for strings, piano, brass, and percussion by Jordan McLean, Amir Ziv, and Jacob Robinette at Immersive Gallery, 132 Bedofrd Ave at N 9th, Williamsburg, $15

5/21, 8 PM Brandi & the Alexanders play their torchy oldschool soul and groove music at the big room at the Rockwood

5/21, 8 PM hypnotic, psychedelic Moroccan trance grooves with Innov Gnawa at at the Owl

5/21, 8 PM Magpie (Terry Leonino & Greg Artzner) play a Phil Ochs tribute at the People’s Voice Cafe, $18, “no one turned away”

5/21, 8 PM unique art-rock/chamber jazz singer/bandleader Karen Mantler at Barbes

5/21, 8 PM pianist Andrea Lodge and soprano Sara Paar perform works by Charles Ives at the Firehouse Space, $10

5/21, 8 PM viola luminary Ljova performs in a concert staged by Composers Concordance, featuring new music by Kinan Azmeh, Charles Coleman, Dan Cooper, Patrick Grant, Daniel Palkowski, Milica Paranosic, Daniel Schnyder, Aleksandra Vrebalov, Dorian Wallace, and Randy Woolf at the Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center, 250 W 65th St (between Amsterdam & West End Aves.). $12

5/21-22, starting at 8:15 and continuing at 20-minute intervals, Authority Figure: “a social psychology experiment that uses choreography, sound and installation to elicit emotional response from the audience. Monica Mirabile and Sarah Kinlaw have brought together 6 choreographers, 7 installation artists, original sound compositions by various musicians as well as a cast of 150+ performers to create a performance that motivates the audience to consider relationships to authority, obedience and each other. We are asking ourselves and the audience to be conscious of relationships to police brutality, big data, and surveillance as it mingles with the complexity of our psychology in regard to power dynamics. During each two-­hour show, groups of 20 are directed into the space every 20 minutes. Each individual will face different durational and emotional challenges corresponding to the entry time and driven by intentional choreography. The performance begins with ticket sales. In order to secure admission at all, the audience must first take the “Personality of Endurance Quiz” to determine which entry bracket will be most appropriate for their experience, “.at the Knockdown Center, $25

5/21, 9 PM in reverse order: hilarious, kick-ass klezmer punks Golem (the Jewish Gogol Bordello), amazing thirty-woman choir Conspiracy of Venus, delta blues/oldtime hillbilly music maven Mamie Minch & Brain Cloud frontwoman Tamar Korn at the Jalopy, $10. Conspiracy of Venus are also at Highline Ballroom on 5/22 at noon for $12 in advance

5/21, 9 PM haunting, intense ,soulful folk noir songwriter Holly Miranda who’s as good on Telecaster as she is on piano = at the Market Hotel, $14

5/21, 9:15 pm Thunda Vida play roots reggae at Shrine

5/21, 9:30ish searing, theatrical Romany/Balkan punk rockers Bad Buka – who are just as fun as Gogol Bordello – at Mehanata

5/21, 10 PM funny, explosive oldschool style punk rockers the Live Ones at Pine Box Rock Shop

5/22, 1 PM Iktus Percussion play new works by Philip Schuessler, Mikel Kuehn, Erin Rogers and Hiroya Miura at the Secret Theatre in Long Island City, $20. There’s also a 5 PM program featuring the Switch Ensemble playing electroacoustic pieces by Chris Chandler, Lisa Streich, Clay Mettens, Santiago Diez-Fischer, Anthony Vine and Alexander Schubert, same price

5/22, 2 PM Leon Botstein and the Orchestra Now play Mendelssohn’s Scottish Symphony at the Rogers Auditorium at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; $30 tix avail, incl. museum admission, they suggest showing up early and viewing the Turners on display to get you psyched for the performance

5/22, 3 PM the Greenwich Village Orchestra with trumpet soloist Eric Ridenour play works by Mozart, Hindemith, Tschaikovsky and Gershwin at Washington Irving HS Auditorium, 16th St./Irving Place, $15 sugg don., reception to follow

5/22, 3 PM the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony play Mozart’s Concerto for Flute no 1 in G major, K. 313 with flutist Petra Rivero, Elgar’s Cello Concerto with cellist Inbal Segev and Mendelssohn’s Symphony no 3 in A minor, Op. 56 “Scottish” at All Saints Church, 60th St. west of First Ave, $20 sugg don

5/22, 3ish erudite latin jazz pianist/composer Arturo O’Farrill plays a free outdoor show with his trio at 52 Park I across from 681 Kelly St.in the Bronx, 4/5 to Grand Concourse

5/22, 4 PM Martha Guth, soprano; Tyler Duncan, baritone; Michael Brofman, Erika Switzer, piano perform a “ Great Canadian songbook” program TBA at the Old Stone House in Park Slope $25

5/22, 7 PM intuitive, magically dynamic pianist Karine Poghosyan plays a folk-inspired program of works by Grieg, Liszt, Komitas and Stravinsky at the DiMenna Center, $35/$20 stud/srs

5/22, 7 PM guitarist Max Hatt and chanteuse Edda Glass play their moody pastoral jazz at Club Bonafide

5/22, 8 PM a Bernie Sanders benefit with noisy pastiche-rock crew Turnip King, psychedelic delta/ gutter blues guitar band Crushed Out, pensive pastoral bedroom popsters Soft Fangs, the post Sonic-Youth World of Darkness and Infinity Girl – who veer between noise, mathrock and cinematics – at the Silent Barn, $10

5/22, 8 PM iconic, satirical “surrealistic swing” band the Microscopic Septet at the Owl, $15

5/22, 8:30/10 PM edgy, noir-inspired bassist Michael Blanco leads his quartet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

5/22, 9:30 PM a rare duo performance by eclectic, paradigm-shifting B3 jazz organist Brian Charette and & purist guitarist Peter Bernstein at Mezzrow, $20

5/22, 10 PM wild, theatrical, fun female-fronted barrelhouse piano -blues band” the Claudettes at Barbes

5/23, 7 PM jangly, wickedly tuneful, bittersweetly lyrical British band the Seven Twenty -the missing link between the Left Banke and Blur – at Arlene’s. 5/25, 8:30 PM they’re at Freddy’s

5/23, 8 PM catchy, eclectic ska-pop/latin/reggae sounds from the Brown Rice Family followed by at 9 by ten-piece Balkan/Duke Ellington brass band Slavic Soul Party at Brooklyn Bowl, $8

5/23, 8 PM pianist Marilyn Nonken with chamber ensemble Sound Icon revisit Gerard Grisey’s rarely performed horizontal music classic Vox Temporum plus works by Grisey-inspired composes Richard Carrick, Nina C. Young, Christopher Trapani, Marcos Balter, Victoria Cheah, Brian Erickson, and Edmund Campion at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec.

5/23, 8 PM the DaCapo Chamber Players perform works by Marc Mellits, Valerie Coleman, Joan Bower, George Tsontakis, Tania Leon and Steven Albert at Merkin Concert Hall, $20/$10 stu/srs

5/23, 8:30 PM 70s Britrock/art-rock maven Edward Rogers,plays the album release show for his new one at Hifi Bar

5/24, 7 PM intense Balkan chanteuse Jenny Luna‘s haunting, traditional Turkish band Dolunay followed at 9 by ten-piece Balkan/Duke Ellington brass band Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

5/24, 7 PM Jennifer Koh premieres 30 new short works for solo violin by a vast list of composers at National Sawdust, $25 adv tix rec. The program repeats on 5/3

5/24, 7 PM fim. bristling heartland newgrass with Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys followed by edgy Americana rock songweriter Ana Egge at the big room at the Rockwood, $10

5/24, 8 PM Sonos Chamber Orchestra play nature-themed works by Sibelius, Paul Moravec, Alexander Brott, Pehr Henrik Nordgren, Alice Ping-Yee Ho, Fredrik Sixten and Jessie Montgomery, at Merkin Concert Hall, $30/$20 stud/sts

5/24-29, 8/10 PM drummer/improvisational large ensemble leader Adam Rudolph plays a weeklong stand at the Stone with special guests, $20. Choice pick: opening night at 8, leading a quartet with Wadada Leo Smith

5/24, 8 PM powerhouse, soulful singer Rembert Block and her band at Krupa Grocery, 231 Prospect Park W at Windsor Pl, F/G to 15th St. 

5/24, 9 PM haunting, dusky, jangly southwestern gothic rock band And the Wiremen at Troost

5/24, 10 PM acerbic alto saxophonist David Binney leads his quartet at at 55 Bar

5/24, 10:30 PM l saxophone powerhouse Lucas Pino‘s two-guitar No No Nonet at Smalls

5/25, 6:30 PM one of the most interestingly lyrical, eclectic young jazz guitarists around, Dave Juarez leads his trio at the Bar Next Door, free

5/25, 7 PM lyrical paisley underground psychedelic band Psychic Lines followed by the brilliantly edgy, catchy, Elvis Costello-esque Dada Paradox (a Larch spinoff) playing the album release show for their amazing new one Mobile Flight at Bowery Electric, $10 

5/25, 7:30 PM Mimi Stern’s Downtown Players perform an all-Erwin Schulhoff program including the Hot Sonata for Saxophone and Piano, dance solos from his piano music, including tango, blues, ragtime, and waltzes and the String Quartet #1 at the Center for Jewish History, 15 W 16th St., $15/$10 stud/srs

5/25, 7:30 PM indie classical chamber group Ensemble Mise-En perform works by Austrian composers Christof Ressi, Belma Beslic-Gal, Alexander Kaiser, as well as American composers Kurt Rohde, Gilbert Galindo, and Hiroya Miura.at the Austrian Cultural Center, 11 E 52nd St. just off 5th, free but res req 

5/25, 7:30 PM in reverse order: a Belgian pastoral jazz festival with Jozef Dumoulin & the Red Hill Orchestra  and the pensive Carate Urio Orchestra septet led by Joachim Badenhorst at le Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec

5/25, 8 PM Pierre de Gaillande’s Bad Reputation plays witty chamber pop English translations of Georges Brassens classics at Barbes

5/25, 8 PM the Icebergs – lyrically intense avant garde chanteuse Jane LeCroy with Tom Abbs on cello; David Rogers-Berry on drums – with the awesomely fun, quirky female-fronted Romany/Balkan/new wave band Trouble with Kittens & “Yiddish revolutionary rock” band Koyt Far Dayn (the filth of your suspicion) at the Cobra Club in Bushwick, $5

5/25, 9 PM all-female country cover band Your Ex-Girlfriends  – who aren’t just a novelty act – and wryly lyrical urban country pioneer Alex Battles at Union Pool, $10

5/25, 9:30 PM catchy, fiery, female-fronted Above the Moon – like a more forceful take on Versus –at the  Bitter End

5/25, 9:30 PM shamisen player/singer/improviser Emi Makabe leads her quartet with Vitor Gonçalves, piano, accordion; Thomas Morgan, bass; Vinnie Sperrazza, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

5/25, 10 PM catchy minimalist bassist and new wave songwriter Palehound at Baby’s All Right, $14

5/26, 7 PM Aussie hokum blues songwriter/revivalist CW Stoneking – who schools a lot of the Americans mining the genre – at Rough Trade, $15. 5/27, 7;30 PM he’s at the Mercury, $15

5/26, 7:30 PM, repeating on 5/27 at 2, and 5/28 at 2 and 8 the NY Phil plays Holst’s The Planets at Avery Fisher Hall, $30 tix avail

5/26, 7:30 PM polymath percussionist/alto saxophonist Terry Dame and one of her many fun, erudite projects followed at 10 by Chia’s Dance Party spinoff the Cumbia River Band playing psychedelic, surfy grooves at Barbes

5/26, 7:30 PM intense, lyrical tenor saxophonist Roxy Coss leads her quartet ($10), followed by hot oldtimey swing band Svetlana & the Delancey Five ($15) at Club Bonafide

5/26, 7:30 PM original 30s style swing band Glenn Crytzer’s Savoy Seven – who play deliriously fun oldtime swing tunes that sounds like originals from eighty years ago even though they’re all originals –at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free

5/26, 8 PM hard-hitting, deep groove-driven original Romany/Balkan jamband Tipsy Oxcart at the Lively

5/26, 8 PM noir-inspired low-register reedman Ben Goldberg – clarinet Nels Cline – guitar Tom Rainey – drums at the Owl

5/26, 8 PM purist oldschool country songwriter/bandleader Michaela Anne plays the album release show for her new one at the Mercury, $10 adv tix rec

5/26, 8 PM American Modern Ensemble play a thunderous program of music by contemporary percussionist composers including Andy Akiho, Robert Beaser, Warren Benson, David T. Little, Robert Paterson and Marta Ptaszynska at Merkin Concert Hall, free

5/26-28, 8 PM Joan of Arc premiere their new multimedia piece Testimonium, combining recitation, movement, and music, composed in response to Testimony: The United States 1885 – 1915, the unfinished masterwork by the American Objectivist poet Charles Reznikoff based on transcripts of courtroom testimony, at the Knockdown Center, $20

5/26, 8:30 PM guitar powerhouse Debra Devi – of fiery psychedelic power trio Devi, in a rare stripped-down acoustic show – at Strong Place, 270 Court St. (Butler/Douglass), Cobble Hill, Brooklyn

5/26, 8:30 PM Greek gangsta girl klezmer – the Jewish Women of Rebetika featuring singer Carol Freeman, Adam Moss at the Jalopy, $15

5/26, 8:30 PM fiery blues belter Lizzie Edwards’ intense psychedelic/boogie band Lizzie & the Makers at the Bitter End

5/26, 9 PM guitarist Alyse Lamb’s fiery, subtly witty tightly psychedelic jazz-inspired postpunk band Parlor Walls and darkly psychedelic guitarist/bandleader/indie icon Martin Bisi at Shea Stadium, $12

5/26, 10 PM 90s surf/trashrock favorites Southern Culture on the Skids at the Bell House, $17 adv tix rec

5/27, 6 PM awesome outdoor cumbai fun: surrealistically slinky, wickedly fun psychedelic cumbia band Consumata and the more synthy, newschool R-Tronika at the People’s Garden (on the corner of Greene Ave and Broadway, Bushwick, J to Gates Ave., free, all ages, plus keg beer available, all you can drink for $10

5/27-28, kettle corn and drinks at 7 PM, show shortly thereafter, irrepressible chamber/vocal ensemble Cantata Profana perform works of Arnold Schoenberg, György Ligeti, Unsuk Chin, and a world premiere by Alex Weiser at the DiMenna Center, $20

5/27, 8 PM captivatingly noisy, punk-informed, female-fronted power trio Castle Black at Gold Sounds in Bushwick

5/27, 8 PM Noree Performing Arts put on their third annual Ga-Mu festival of cutting-edge new Korean dance and a darkly cinematic new Kento Iwasaki piano trio at the little theatre at the YMCA, 10 W 64th St., $20/$15 stud/srs

5/27, 8 PM some of New York’s most illustrious improviser/composers gather for a set of short solos: Moppa Elliott (double bass), Dan Blake (soprano/tenor saxophone), Sandra Sprecher (piano), Dan Peck (tuba), Brandon Seabrook (guitar/banjo), Tom Blancarte (double bass), Alejandro Florez (guitar/electronics), Darius Jones (alto saxophone), Jessica Pavone (viola), Charlie Evans (baritone saxophone) at the Firehouse Space, $10

5/27, 9 PM killer, purist, bluesy Crazy Horse-like guitar jamband Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real at Brooklyn Bowl, $15.

5/27, 10 PM charismatic, sultry, torchy Americana songwriter/chanteuse Julia Haltigan and her fiery band at the big room at the Rockwood

5/27, 10 PM long-running, wickedly jangly, tuneful Americana rockers the Sloe Guns at the Bitter End

5/27, 10 PM psychedelic Ethiopiques purists Nikhil Yerawadekar & Low Mentality at Barbes

5/27, 10 PM rockabilly/honkytonk guitar maven Monica Passin a.k.a. L’il Mo & the Monicats at Sunny’s

5/28, 7:15 PM darkly anthemic Russian/Romany stadium rockers Newborn play the album release show for their new one at the Knitting Factory, $10 adv tix rec

5/28, 7:30 PM well-loved Boston alt-country vets Session Americana at the Jalopy, $10

5/28, 7:30/9 PM purist up-and-coming jazz chanteuse Brianna Thomas and her combo at Ginny’s Suppper Club, $20

5/28, 8 PM edgy Romany/latin/ska rockers Karikatura at at Radegast Hall

5/28, 8 PM Indian jazz group Rajas – Rajna Swaminathan, mrudangam; Miles Okazaki, guitar; Stephan Crump, bass; Amir ElSaffar, trumpet, santur; Anjna Swaminathan, violin; Maria Grand, tenor saxophoneat Alwan for the Arts, $20/$15 stud/srs

5/28. 9 PM surf punks Band of Others at Freddy’s

5/28. 10 PM awesome Israeli Ethiopiques groove instrumentalists Ambessa Orchestra, f.k.a. Lions at at Barbes

5/28, 11:30ish haunting, tersely introspective pianist/singer Noa Fort – who mashes up moody Middle Eastern sounds, classical and jazz improvisation –at Club Bonafide, $15

5/29, 5 PM chamber ensemble House of Time play music of J.S. Bach, C.P.E. Bach and Georg Philipp Telemann. at the Lounge @ Hudson View Gardens, 128 Pinehurst Avenue at W. 183rd St., suggested donation of $12 includes post-concert reception with the artists

5/29, 6 PM a rare West Village show by this era’s most chillingly cinematic, shadowy reverbtoned noir guitar instrumentalists, Big Lazy at 55 Bar, free

5/29, 9 PM the Nat Osborn Band – whose wry, cleverly lyrical New Orleans sounds come across somewhere in between Dr. John and Brother Joscephus – at Brooklyn Bowl, $5

5/29, 10  PM jauntily fun oldtimey “steamboat soul” crew Roosevelt Dime with eight-piece brass section the Bruce Harris Orchestra at National Sawdust, $25, get an advance ticket and get a free download of the band’s complete discography

5/29 time TBA some of the world’s finest big band jazz composers: Asuka Kakitani, Migiwa Miyajima, Meg Okura, and Noriko Ueda (who coincidentally all happen to be women of Japanese heritage) assemble a mighty seventeen-piece ensemble comprising top NYC jazz talent to play their compositions at Shapeshifter Lab

5/30, get there early (like 4 PM) the NY Philharmonic play Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, free

5/30, 8 PM  creepy noir chamber pop/murder ballad duo Charming Disaster headline their monthly, wickedly fun Murder Ballad Monday series at Branded Saloon. This is the final show before going on summer hiatus. This lineup features freak folk, a gentle indie rock boy, comedy types and killer trumpeter Jesse Selengut with Deborah Hardt.

5/30, 10 PM edgy Japanese post punk girl band the Hard Nips at the Gutter

5/31, 8 PM tartly nutritious (ok, you asked for it) Ensemble Pamplemousse play Andrew Greenwald’s new composition for dueling pairs of cellos and keys, and Jessie Marino’s US premiere of Discreet Observations For Your Family’s Peace of Mind— the concert also features works by Mauro Lanza and Mauricio Pauly’s at Roulette, $2o

5/31, 8:30/10:30 PM tuneful, frequently poignant, soulful jazz guitarist Russell Malone starts a weeklong stand at the Vanguard

5/31, 9 PM the mighty Afro-Caribbean No Small Money Brass Band open for Akoya Afrobeat‘s album release show at Baby’s All Right, $15

5/31, 10 PM dark Teutonic art-rockers the Grey Man at the Way Station

5/31, 10 PM brilliant drummer/percussionist Willie Martinez & La Familia Sextet play classic salsa grooves at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, $10

5/31, 11 PM dueling fiddles: dazzlingly acerbic, eclectic Americana/klezmer violinist Lily Henley with Duncan Wickel at Pete’s

6/1, 7 PM acclaimed Mexican poet and folk music legend Zenen Zeferino with NYC’s only original son jarocho party band, Radio Jarocho at Elebash Hall, 365 5th Ave. north of 34th St., $15

6/1, 7 PM Bat for Lashes at St. Ann & the Holy Trinity in downtown Brookliyn is sold out

6/1, 7:30 PM Charles Wuorinen conducts his own work with pianist Anne-Marie McDermott as soloist in a performance by the Orchestra of the League of Composers including works by Huck Hudge, Felipe Lara and Paul Moravec at the Miller Theatre, $25/$15 stud/srs 

6/2, 7:30 PM eclectic Austrian jazz guitarist Andy Manndorf plays a rare solo show at at the Austrian Cultural Center, 11 E 52nd St. just off 5th, free but res req

6/2, 8 PM thoughtful newschool Americana songstress Kristin Andreassen followed by fun, edgy, eclectic bluegrass/newgrass band the Steep Canyon Rangers – Steve Martin’s backing unit – at City Winery, $25 standing room avail.

6/2, 8 PM violinist Jennifer Choi and hypnotic percussion ensemble Talujon present an evening of works celebrating the Javanese gamelan, featuring compositions by Lou Harrison, Nick Brooke and others at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

6/3, 9 PM enigmatically careening, intense female-fronted power trio Castle Black  at Leftfield. 6/14 they’re at Bowery Electric

6/3, 11 PM awesome Israeli Ethiopiques groove instrumentalists Anbessa Orchestra, f.k.a. Lions record a live album to two-inch tape at Chemistry Creative, 305 Ten Eyck St. (Waterbury/Bogart) Bushwick, L to Morgan Ave. 6/6, 11 PM they’re at the small room at the Rockwood at 11.

6/4, 3-10 PM Choralfest featuring dozens of top choral groups from NYC and outlying areas performing a marathon daylong festival, featuring the University at Buffalo Choir, Promise Church Children’s Choir from Flushing, Suffolk Singers of Suffolk County, Manhattan’s C4: The Choral Composer-Conductor Collective, La Guardia High School Women’s Chorus of Queens, eVoco Voice Collective from Garden City, Manhattan’s Ghostlight and Lavender Light and The Canticum Novum Singers. Peter Schickele narrates the final satirical work, at Symphony Space, free, complete program is here 

6/4, 5 PM a veteran jazz summit unequalled anywhere in NYC this year: McCoy Tyner, Ron Carter and Roy Haynes leading their respective groups at Central Park Summerstage

6/4, 7:30 PM feral New Orleans blues/klezmer/reggae/soca jamband Hazmat Modine play the album release show for their new one at the Poisson Rouge, $16 adv tix rec

6/4, 11 PM funny/serious Dolly Parton cover band Doll Parts at Union Hall, $10

6/4 tersely Lynchian songwriter Holly Miranda at Arlene’s

6/5, 7 PM S ethereal, raptly haunting singer Sara Serpa and tersely lyrical guitarist André Matos play a rare duo show at the Rockwood

6/5, 11 PM fearlessly political, globally-focused French/Middle Eastern/American Mediterranean funk/hip-hop band Atlas Soul at Shrine

6/5 star indie classical violist and WQXR personality Nadia Sirota plays music of Bermel, Greenstein, Vrebalov, and Theofanidis at the Poisson Rouge

6/6, 8 PM intriguing postminimalist/postrock/indie classical crew Tigue Percussion play the album release show for their new one Surfaces at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

6/7-12, 8/10 PM ace jazz cellist Erik Friedlander – equally adept at haunting cantorially-inspired themes, jaunty Colombian folk tunes and otherworldly avant garde sounds – plays a weeklong stand at the Stone, $20. Choice pick: opening night at 10 with the distinctive and often similarly haunting Sylvie Courvoisier on piano and Ikue Mori on electronics

6/7-11, 8:30/10:30 PM explosive postbop showdown: Terell Stafford (trumpet) with Tim Warfield (tenor sax) Bruce Barth (piano) Peter Washington (bass) Billy Williams (drums) at the Vanguard, $25

6/8, 8:30 PM oldschool soul icons Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings at Prospect Park Bandshell, free

6/8, 10 PM noir Americana/creepy circus rock icons O’Death at Brooklyn Bowl, $12 adv tix rec

6/9-11, 8 PM Martin Halpern‘s serio-comic chamber opera “The Damned Thing”- how do you build something with a crucial piece missing? Maybe you try to build without it? Pandemonium ensues! with singers Alisa Peterson, Peter Ludwig, Jim Trainor, pianist: Earl Buys, at Church of Saint Gregory the Great, 144 W 90th St, $22 

6/10, 7 PM “New York’s Infrequent Seams record label presents three nights of experimental music in Williamsburg” at the Firehouse Space. Devin Maxwell’s cd release; Red Desert Ensemble (Devin Maxwell / Katie Porter); trombone innovator Jen Baker’s Polyverse Ensemble with saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock & singer Anais Maviel; Providence Research Ensemble with the Czech Republic’s Lucie Vitkova and bassist James Ilgenfritz

6/10, 9 PM savagely relevant, lyrical southwestern gothic/dark NYC rockers Shanghai Love Motel at Connolly’s, 121 W 4tth St., $tba

6/10 the Subhumans at St. Vitus are sold out

6/11, 5ish legendary British reggae-funk band Cymande at Central Park Summerstage

6/11, 7 PM “New York’s Infrequent Seams record label presents three nights of experimental music in Williamsburg” at the Firehouse Space. Night two features Philip White: solo electronics; Hate Speech: Charlie Looker / Jeremiah Cymerman; Seth Parker Woods: works by Louis Andriessen, Jürg Frey, Klaus Lang, Matthias Pintscher; Anagram Ensemble: works by James Ilgenfritz, Natacha Diels, Elliott Sharp

6/12, 7 PM  “New York’s Infrequent Seams record label presents three nights of experimental music in Williamsburg” at the Firehouse Space. Night three features Anagram Ensemble: works by James Ilgenfritz, Pauline Oliveros, Jürg Frey, Charles Waters, Devin Maxwell, Lucie Vitkova, Jonah Rosenberg

6/12, 8 PM elegant, ethereal art-rock/chamber pop violinist Concetta Abbate solo at Chinatown Soup, 16B Orchard St. just north of Canal.

6/12, 6  PM smart, catchy, purist, sometimes devastatingly funny acoustic pop songwriter Elisa Peimer plays the album release show for her new one at First Acoustics at First Unitarian Church, 116 Pierrepont St at Monroe Place, Brookliyn Heights, closest train is actually the 2/3 to Clark St., $10 includes yummy vegetarian food

6/13, 6 PM Yemeni singer and oud player Abdulrahman AlAkhfash plays a rarely-heard program of solo traditional music at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, free w/museuma adm

6/13, 7:30 PM the Big Sing at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, free: Kent Tritle hosts 300+ NYC singers from at least a dozen first-class choirs performing favorites including “Dona nobis pacem” from Bach’s Mass in B Minor, the central movement of Brahm’s German Requiem, “He Watching Over Israel” from Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and more, full list of artists here

6/14, 7:30 PM a pickup chamber group with extraordinary clarinetist Vasko Dukovski play Julia Wolfe’s chilling Cruel Sister plus works by Ives and Vaughan Williams at Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, free

6/15, 6 PM cantorial and hasidic vocal stars: cantors Netanel Hershtik and Joseph Malovany, Yanky Lemmer of the NY Klezmer Allstars, ortnodox pop star Lipa Schmeltzer, the Israeli-inflected Maccabeats, Zusha, and special guest actor/crooner Dudu Fisher at Central Park Summerstage

6/15, 8 PM an allstar band plays Squeeze’s Argybargy and West Side Story in their entirety at Hifi Bar, free. Check out this awesome lineup: Rembert Block, Tom Shad, Dave Derby,  C.P Roth, Lizzie Edwards, Erica Smith, Beth Wawerna, Tommy Devito , John Merjave, Dave Foster, Mike Messer, Karlee Devito, John Brodeur , Chadbourne Oliver, Alexis Thomason, Lane Steinberg, Verena Wiesendanger, Dave Derby and Tom Clark

6/15, 8:30 PM moody, kinetically cinematic third-stream pianist Romain Collin leads his trio at Iridium

6/16, 7 PM well-loved 90s goth/noise purveyors Blonde Redhead at Red Hook Park

6/16, 7 PM haunting new music chorale The Crossing joins with the Prism Sax Quartet to premiere Gavin Bryars’ elegaic The Fifth Century, inspired by Thomas Traherne’s Centuries of Meditations, plus other new works by Bryars and Tomo Korvits at Trinity Church, $30

6/16, 8 PM Lost Dog New Music Ensemble with Sarah Joy Miller, soprano play a program of works by dark Danish composer Per Norgard at Scandinavia House, 37th St./Park Ave., $20

6/16, 8 PM popular new-jack oldschool soul crooner Eli Paperboy Reed and his excellent band play the album release show for his new one at Union Pool, $15

6/17, 8 PM the Momenta Quartet play four US premieres by a program of works by dark Danish composer Per Norgard at Scandinavia House, 37th St./Park Ave., $20

6/18, 7:30 PM acerbic postpunk guitar icon Kristin Hersh and the Violent Femmes – who probably never expected to get played over the PA at every baseball stadium on the planet – at Prospect Park Bandshell, free

6/18, 8 PM the Momenta Quartet with speicial guests perfom a program of larger-scale chamber works including four US premieres by by dark Danish composer Per Norgard at Scandinavia House, 37th St./Park Ave., $20

6/18 the annual Porchstomp acoustic Americana festival on Governors Island

6/19, 8 PM enigmatcally catchy 90s, acerbic, female-fronted 90s favorites Rainer Maria – who got lumped in with emo even though they weren’t emo at all – at Union Pool, $15. They’re also here on 6/26

6/19, 9:30 PM Hungarian klezmer rockers Nigun play electrified Bartok at Joe’s Pub

6/19 Punk Island on Governors Island

6/21, 5 PM in reverse order: southwestern gothic-inclined French guitarist to the stars Yael Naim, psychedelic funk dude General Elektriks and psychedelic surf/darkwave/dub band La Femme at Central Park Summerstage

6/21, 5 PM Philip Glass plays his Etudes for piano at Pier 1 in Riverside Park

6/21, 5 PM International Contemporary Ensemble plays works by Mario Davidofsky and Ginastera at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park

6/21, 7 PM golden age hip-hop icons Public Enemy at Betsy Head Park, Dumont Ave. & Strauss St. ,Brownsville, 2/4 to Rockaway Ave

6/21, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, a rare NYC appearance by Polish jazz crew the Obara International Quartet ,$25

6/22 “America’s filthiest country singer” Wheeler Walker Jr. – OMFG, he makes David Allen Coe look like a pussy – at the Mercury

6/24, 7 PM haunting, Linda Thompson-esque Britfolk/chamber pop singer Mary Fahl at the Rubin Museum, $25 adv tix rec

6/24, 7:30/9:30 PM subtle, compelling, eclectically torchy speakeasy jazz combo Svetlana & the Delancey Five with special guest trombonist Wycliffe Gordon at Lucille’s, $20 adv tix rec

6/25, 3ish jauntily female-fronted cosmopolitan swing the Hot Sardines followed by Butler, Bernstein & the  Hot 9 doing their N’Awlins thing at Central Park Summerstage

6/26, 8 PM cutting-edge Balkan jazz with the Lutosławski Quartet with colorful klazmer jazz pianist Uri Caine at National Sawdust, $25

6/28, 4ish roots reggae and punk afternoon at the People’s Garden (on the corner of Greene Ave and Broadway, Bushwick, J to Gates Ave., free, with Top Shotta Band, the Far East, roots/rocksteady crew Crazy Baldhead and hardcore punks Radio Daze, all ages, free, food trucks, and all-you-can-drink keg beer for $10

6/28, 7:15 PM cutting edge Hungarian jazz crew the Balázs Elemér Group, with the Rolling Stones’ Tim Ries on alto sax at Drom

6/28, 7:30 PM the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra play Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony plus the Coriolan Overture and piano concertos with soloist Nobuyuki Sujii at Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, free

6/28-7/3 8:30/10:30 PM the Rudy Royston 303: Nadje Noordhuis (trumpet) Jaleel Shaw (alto sax) Sam Harris (piano) Nir Felder (guitar) Mimi Jones, Yasushi Nakamura (bass) and the high-octane, erudite Rudy Royston (drums) leading the sizzling ensemble in their debut at the Vanguard, $25

6/29, 7:30 PM the Aleph Guitar Quartet performs the U.S. premiere of Bernhard Lang’s “The Cold Trip Part I” with spectacular soprano Daisy Press, plus an American premiere by Alberto Hortigüela and music by Georg Friedrich Haas at the Austrian Cultural Center, 11 E 52nd St. just off 5th, free but res req.

6/29, 9 PM iconic new wave’postrock pioneers Pere Ubu play songs from their 1975-82 catalog at Bowery Ballroom, $25 adv tix rec

7/1 awesome Israeli Ethiopiques groove instrumentalists Anbessa Orchestra, f.k.a. Lions open for the similar and more oldschool Hailu Mergia at Pioneer Works in Red  Hook

7/3, 8 PM legendary, intense 80s/90s bedroom pop/folk noir cult heroine Barbara Manning at Union Hall, $8

7/7, 7:30 PM  intense, funky Indian brass bhangra band Red Baraat at Prospect Park Bandshell, free

7/9, 7 PM latin rockers Buscabulla followed byintense, politically aware songwriter Alynda Segarra a.k.a. Hurray for the Riff Raff at Prospect Park Bandshell, free

7/9, 8:30 PM luminous, astonishingly eclectic, wickedly tuneful cello-rock badass Serena Jost and Emily Rogers – sort of like the Dirty Three with good, darkly Americana-inflected vocals –  at Union Hall, $10

7/12, 7:30 PM beloved, adventurous young orchestra the Knights play Schubert’s 5th Symphony plus works by Haydn, Bob Dylan and Bob Haggart at Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, free

7/13 newschool roots reggae band the Movement aboard the Jewel, boarding at 6 PM, sailing at 7 PM from the pier behind the heliport at 23r d St. and the East River, $25 adv tix avail. at the office next door or the Highline Ballroom box ofc

7/14, 8 PM sophisticated, quirky, intense French accordionist/chanteuse Jessica Fichot followed by a screening of the film The Triplets of Belleville with live score by guitaristcomposer Benoit Charest at Prospect Park Bandshell, free

7/15, 7:30 PM hypnotically funky Ethiopian harp jams with Krar Collective followed by fearlessly political French-Algerian rai rock legend Rachid Taha – sort of the Joe Strummer of the French-Arabic world – at Prospect Park Bandshell, free

7/16, 8 PM ex-Crooked Still frontwoman and soaring Americana bandleaderAoife O’Donovan at Prospect Park Bandshell, free

7/20, 7:30 PM the magically haunting, soaring all-female Mariachi Flor de Toloache followed by “a night of words and music” with Patti Smith, her guitarist Lenny Kaye, and bassist Tony Shanahan at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, free, get there early

7/21, 7:30 PM up-and-coming jazzz harpist Brandee Younger and her band at Prospect Park Bandshell, free

7/21, 7:30 PM the Hallelujah Train featuring Pastor Brady Blade Sr., and his jazz drummer kid Brian Blade, Daniel Lanois, and guests Ladysmith Black Mambazo mashing up southern gospel and African sounds at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center

7/22, 7 PM oldschool soul/R&B legend Barbara Lynn on the plaza at Lincoln Center

7/22, 7:30 PM Niger’s psychedelic desert rock guitar powerhouse Bombino with his band at Prospect Park Bandshell, free

7/22, 7:30 PM the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra with Louis Langrée, conductor and violin soloist Simone Porter play an all-Mozart program:Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K.216 and the famous Symphony No. 41 in C major, K.551 (“Jupiter”) at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center

7/23, 7:30 PM New Orleans hard funk bandleader Jon Batiste & Stay Human at Prospect Park Bandshell, free

7/23, 11 PM appropriately named three-guitar flamenco-rock instrumental powerhouse Incendio at Club Bonafide

7/24, 7:30 PM haunting Puerto Rican bolero revivalists Miramar – whose Sylvia Rexach covers are to die for – followed by salsa dura pioneers Richie Ray and Bobby Cruz at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center

7/27, 7 PM theatrical parlor pop crooner/songwriter Dane Terry on the plaza at Lincoln Center

7/29, 7 PM surrealistically slinky, wickedly fun psychedelic cumbia band Consumata at Summer on the Hudson in Harlem

7/29, 7:30 PM alto sax luminary Yosvany Terry leads his quintet followed by edgy African/Middle Eastern singer/bandleaderAngelique Kidjo with percussion ace Pedrito Martinez playing a Celia Cruz tribute at Prospect Park Bandshell, free

7/29, 7 PM oldschool 60s style blue-eyed soul crooner Eli “Paperboy” Reed on the plaza at Lincoln Center

7/29, 8:30 PM perennially fun second-wave Afrobeat dancefloor jamband Antibalas at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center7

7/30 The Bells: A Daylong Celebration of Lou Reed all day at Lincoln Center, program and artists TBA

7/30, 8:30 PM 90s stoner hip-hop/trip-hop faves Digable Planets at Prospect Park Bandshell, free

8/2, 7:30 PM the East Coast Chamber Orchestra plays works by Lutoslawski, Turine, Monteverdi, Jalbert and Dvorak at Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, free

8/3, 7 PM the explosive, richly angst-fueled Manhattan Camerata Tango-Fado Project featuring Nathalie Pires followed by Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center

8/5, 7:30 PM highly regarded front-porch folk songwriter Margaret Glaspy at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center

8/6, 7:30 PM a cool indie classical/postminimalist/postrock twinbill with Tigue Percussion followed by Paola Prestini‘s deep-space Hubble Cantata at Prospect Park Bandshell, free

8/12, 7:30 PM wry, blues-tinged stadium rock favorites Dr. Dog team up with adventurous young orchestra the Knights at Prospect Park Bandshell, free

8/13, 5 PM the Mostly Mozart Festival singers and members of the public (i.e. you) perform David Lang’s populist new choral work The Public Domain on the plaza at Lincoln Center, your participation is encouraged

New York City and Brooklyn Live Music Calendar for April and May 2016

Daily updates. 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.

Thursdays through 5/26, 9ish soulful folk noir songwriter Holly Miranda at Hell Phone, 247 Varet St. in Bushwick. L to Morgan Ave., $10 or $15 incl. a download of her new ep.

On select Thursdays and Sundays, an intimate, growing piano music salon on the Upper West Side featuring iconoclastically insightful, lyrical pianist Nancy Garniez – a cult favorite with an extraordinarily fluid, singing, legato style – exploring the delicious minutiae of works from across the centuries. Next up: 4/15 at 7, 4/17 at 4 Mozart and besides Mozart himself: Schumann, Albeniz, Bartok, Chopin. Waiting in the wings: Brahms, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky (!), Dvorak (!)

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

Mondays in May, 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.

Mondays at 9 PM erudite, purist torchy jazz chanteuse Svetlana & the Delancey 5 at the Back Room, 102 Norfolk St just north of Delancey St, free

Mondays at 10 noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo leads his trio at the big room at the Rockwood

Also Mondays in Mayl, 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 May, 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 May 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 May at 9 Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens play oldschool 1960s style gospel at the Fat Cat.

Saturdays in May 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 May at 6 PM dark urbane Romany song maven (and Berthold Brecht descendant) Sanda Weigl and her band 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 May, 4 PM Triple Paste – new quintet with Eric Pakula on alto sax, Matt Darriau on clarinet and tenor, Katie Down on flute, vocals and ukulele, Matt Applebaum on guitar and Ray Parker on bass – play swing tunes from the 20’s and 30’s as well as some originals and new interpretations of Lenny Tristano works at Barbes

Sundays in May, 7 PM spine-tinglingm darkly mystical art-rock/avant-garde/chamber pop songwriter Carol Lipnik – pretty much everybody’s choice for best singer in all of NYC – at Pangea

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 May, 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.

Sundays at Barbes at around 9:30 PM paradigm-shifting Romany jazz guitarist Stephane Wrembel – who blends Django with ominous Pink Floyr art-rock and growling post-Velvets psychedelia.

4/1 5:30 PM purist, straightforward, warmly tuneful front-porch folk songwriter Joanna Sternberg at the American Folk Art Museum

4/1, 6:30 PM eerily playful, charismatic Nashville gothic/folk noir songstress Kelley Swindall at Lucille’s, $15

4/1, 7 PM sound sculptor Lesley Flanigan – who is a far more kinetic, fascinating performer to watch than her hypnotic work suggests – plays the album release show for her mesmerizing, labyrinthine new one, Hedera plus performances by C Spencer Yeh, Maria Chavez, and Nick Hallett + Daisy Press at National Sawdust

4/1, 8 PM torchy, lyrically smashing original female-fronted oldtimey swing crew the Fascinators at Sidewalk

4/1, 8 PM ex-Dylan lead guitarist Larry Campbell with singer Teresa Williams and guest Bill Payne of Little Feat on keys at City Winery, $20 standing room avail

4/1, 8 PM the Zentripetal violin/cello duo present a lively program of with guest artists Milica Paranosic and Mioi Takeda including premieres by composers Lee Hyla, Martin Phelps, Tomi Räisänen, and Ann Warren and duos by Milica Paranosic and Iannis Xenakis at the Firehouse Space, $10

4/1, 8:30/10:30 PM the sixteen-piece, accordion-spiced Gregorio Uribe Big Band play cumbia jazz at Ginny’s Supper Club, $20

4/1, 8:30 PM edgy duos with electric accordionist Andrea Parkins and violist Mat Maneri at I-Beam , $15

4/1, 9ish a now-rare NYC appearancse by legendary noir cabaret chanteuse Little Annie Bandez with Botanica piano mastermind Paul Wallfisch, plus 90s chamber pop favorite Blasco (of Blasco Ballroom), and haunting, dusky, jangly southwestern gothic rock band And the Wiremen at the Owl in Lefferts Gardens, $18

4/1, 9 PM sizzling twin-guitar paisley underground/psychedelic janglerock band Girls on Grass at Rock Shop, $10

4/1, 9 PM the fiery, noisy, enveloping organ-and-guitar-driven Parlor Walls (a Eula spinoff)at the Silent Barn, $8

4/1, 9 PM funny cover bands at the Gutter in Williamsburg, in reverse order: X Ray-Spanx (get it?) Amor Prohibido covering Selena, Doll Parts doing Dolly Parton. the Beastie Grrrls, Teen Whores playing Hole and Frances Farmer covering Nirvana

4/1-2, 9ish fuzztone garage rockers the Mystery Lights followed by hypnotic danceable Ethiopian-inspired sounds with Budos Band at Brooklyn Bowl, $20. 4/2 Budos Band are back with the awesome, magically haunting, soaring all-female Mariachi Flor de Toloache opening, same price

4/1, 9:30 PM former stars of Rodeo Bar, bassist Heidi Lieb’s trio  the Lonesome Prairie Dogs play all sorts of vintage C&W at the Shop in Bushwick

4/1, 10 PM this era’s most chillingly cinematic, shadowy reverbtoned noir guitar instrumentalists, Big Lazy at Barbes

4/1, 10 PM powerful Americana belter and Bobtown folk noir songwriter Karen Dahlstrom at the Jalopy, $10. If there’s any show tonight that can lure this blog away from Barbes, this is it.

4/1, 10 PM pensive chamber pop/art-rock chanteuse Basia Bulat and band at Bowery Ballroom $15 adv tix rec

4/1, 10:30 PM catchy Booker T-esque soul jazz with the David Gibson/Jared Gold, Hammond B3 organ band at the Fat Cat

4/1, 11 PM Certain General’s noir crooner/guitarslinger Phil Gammage leads his own quintet followed by unhinged, excellent ghoulabilly/noir punks the Omega Men at Otto’s. Gammage and band are also at Sidewalk on 4/14 at 8.

4/2, 5 PM Falu – widely considered the foremost interpeter of Hindustani classical vocalas in the US – and her band at the Brooklyn Museum, free w/museum adm.

4/2, 6 PM a live radio broadcast from Barbes with short sets from Brooklyn Raga Massive sitar mastermind Neel Murgai, sitar (from Raga Massive), Balkan haunters Sofie Salonika at 6:45, Carolina Oliveros’ Colombian cumbia party band Bulla En El Barrio at 7:30 and at 8:15 Moroccan trance grooes with Innov Gnawa, followed at 10 by epic ranchera/bolero brass crew Banda de los Muertos 

4/2, 6 PM songwriter Miwa Gemini – who’s just as adept at creepy southwestern gothic as she is at moody continental waltzes and paisley underground psychedelia – at the small room at the Rockwood

4/2,, 7:15ish dark psychedelic acoustic blues/klezmer/reggae/soca jamband Hazmat Modine at Terra Blues. They’re back here on 4/16, same time

4/2, 7:30 PM incomparable country/jazz/janglerock icon Amy Allison with Jon Graboff on lead guitar and Lee Feldman on piano at Dixon Place. Briliant new material! Devastatingly funny between-song banter!

4/2, 7;30 PM Elisabeth Marshall, soprano; Kate Maroney, mezzo soprano; Brandon Snook, tenor; Steven Eddy, baritone; Michael Brofman, Jocelyn Dueck, Miori Sugiyama, piano perform music of Brahms, Schumann, Virgil Thomson, Judith Wweir, Scott Wheeler and Ben Gunn at the Tenri Institute, $20/$15 stud srs

4/2, 8 PM torchy, intense, dramatically soaring pianist/songwriter Elaine Romanelli at the People’s Voice Cafe, $18, “no one turned away”

4/2, 8/10 PM hard-hitting, brass-fueled newschool latin soul/boogaloo dance band Spanglish Fly at SOB’s, $10

4/2, 8 PM clarinetist Eric Umble plays Berio and Messiaen; percussion/string ensemble the Rhythm Method play Sclesi and Zorn; Bunblebeee Percussion Duo plays Boulez at the Firehouse Space, $10

4/2, 8 PM two of Galicia’s leading musicians, guitar/vox duo Uxia & Narf at Roulette, $25

4/2, 8 PM new music ensembles Loadbang and the Mivos Quartet,play new works by up-and-coming Columbia University composers at Symphony Space, free

4/2, 8:30/10:30 PM ageless, elegantly jazzy electric blues guitarist Duke Robillard at Iridium, $27.50

4/2 Unsteady Freddie‘s monthly surf rock extravaganza at Otto’s begins at 9 with the Aquatudes, Blue Wave Theory at 10, kick-ass original third-wavers Tsunami of Sound at 11 and Fear City sometime around midnight.

4/2, 9 PM female-fronted power trio Castle Black – who veer between acidic Bush Tetras postpunk, stoner metal and more straight-up, sardonic punk – at Leftfield. They’re at Sidewalk on 4/5 at 10.

4/2, 9 PM legendary third-wave ska/soul/reggae/blues band the Slackers at the Bell House, $20

4/2, 9ish veteran carnivalesque Nashville gothic/noir pop songwriter Thomas Truax at the Owl in Lefferts Gardens, $10

4/2, 9 PM electric oldschool C&W/blues band the Jug Addicts at s at Bar Chord

4/2, 9 PM timeless freak-folk pioneer Kath Bloom at Troost

4/2, 9:30 PM hypnotic cello-and-marimba duo Goli at Caffe Vivaldi

4/2, 9:30 PM Osekre & the Lucky Bastards play African-tinged roots reggae and rocksteady at the Knitting Factory, $12 adv tix rec

4/2, 10 PM ferociously funny, intense, guitar-fueled Americana punks Spanking Charlene followed by garage rockers the Lord Calverts at Gussy’s Bar, $10

4/2, 10ish fiery, tuneful soul-punk rockers No Ice (a spinoff of the late, great Brooklyn What) at Aviv. 4/15, 8 PM they’re at Shrine for free

4/2, 10 PM sly, scampering circus rock/Appalachian gothic/psychedelic Americana band Fable Cry at Fat Baby. 4/3 they’re at Paperbox at 2 PM for free

4/2, 11 PM Sweet Megg & the Wayfarers play sassy oldtimey swing at the Manderley Bar, free

4/2, midnight the Nat Osborn Band – whose wry, cleverly lyrical New Orleans sounds come across somewhere in between Dr. John and Brother Joscephus – at t Rough Trade, $10 adv tix recs

4/3, 11 AM (i.e. before noon) Roman Rabinovich, piano plays works by Haydn, Schumann and Michael Brown at the Walter Reade Theatre at Lincoln Center, $22 tix avail

4/3. 4 PM Boston-based vocal ensemble Blue Heron teams with the wind band Dark Horse Consort in a program of Spanish music from Seville’s 16th-century Golden Age at Corpus Christi Church, 529 W 121st St, $10 seats avail.

4/3, 4 PM dramatic British art-ballad/chamber pop chanteuse Tina Mali – Marianne Faithfull meets Kate Bush – at the small room ar the Rockwood

4/3, 4 PM violinists Juliette Kang and Che-Hung Chen, cellist Tom Kraines and pianist Natalie Zhu perform Beethoven’s String Trio in Cminor, op 9 no.3 and Brahms Quartet in A major op. 26 at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes. rsvp reqd

4/3, 7:30 PM entrancing Moroccan sintir virftuoso Hassan Hakmoun – the James Brown of gnawa – with his band at Joe’s Pub, $20

4/3, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, Ravi Coltrane leads a quintet with Ralph Alessi – trumpet Andrae Murchinson – trombone Glenn Zaleski – piano Dezron Douglas – bass Kush Abadey – drums $30

4/3, 8 PM violinist Michelle Painter leads a quartet playing Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time at the Firehouse Space, $10

4/3, 8 PM haunting Turkish crooner Ahmet Erdogdular and Makam NY play dark, hypnotic Middle Eastern jams at Merkin Concert Hall, $28/$15s tud/srs

4/3, 8 PM high-energy oldschool soul/groove band the California Honeydrops at the Knitting Factory, $17 adv tix rec

4/3, midnight, brilliantly jangly paisley underground guitarist Dave Miller leads his band playing psychedelic instrumentals at the small room at the Rockwood. 4/6 he’s at Manhattan Inn in Greenpoint at 10.

4/4, 6:30 PM tuneful, purposeful up-and-coming jazz guitarist Dave Juarez with his trio at the Bar Next Door

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

4/4, 8 PM the self-explanatory Gypsy Jazz Caravan at Radegast Hall

4/4, 8 PM smartly bluesy, low-key, lyrical parlor pop songwriter/pianist Juliet Strong at Caffe Vivaldi

4/4, 8 PM the NYU Symphony plays Anna Clyne’s Masquerade; George Antheil’s Symphony No. 4; Jason Treuting’s oblique music for 4 plus (blank) at Symphony Space, free. They absolutely slayed with their versions of the suite from Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho and Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring last time here.

4/4, 8 PM a benefit concert for P-Funk keyboard legend Bernie Worrell at Webster Hall with Bootsy Collins and filmmaker Jonathan Demme plus performances by George Clinton, Living Colour, Jerry Harrison of Talking Heads, Nona Hendryx, Meryl Streep, Rick Springfield (the one and only!), Bill Laswell with The Last Poets (Abiodun Oyewole, Umar Bin Hassan, Babatunde & special guests), Paul Shaffer and the World’s Most Dangerous Band, Fred Schneider of the B-52’s, and the Black Rock Coalition Orchestra, $50, expensive, but all proceeds go to the Wizard of Woo in his battle to stay alive.

4/4, 9 PM intense female-fronted psychedelic/funk band Immuri at Bar Chord

4/4, 9:30ish El Combo Chimbita play psychedelic, dubwise, horn-driven cumbia and party grooves at Barbes

4/4, 9:30 PM insightful, colorful, captivatingly theatrical chanteuse Gay Marshall performs Piaf classics – in the original French and in her own English translations, with an unusual mix of the iconic (La Vie en Rose and L’Accordeoniste) and the rare (Avec Ce Soleil and The Lady From Pigalle) with accompaniment by Ross Patterson at the Metropolitan Room, 34 West 22nd St, $25

4/5, 7:30 PM pianist Sahan Arzruni plays an all-Armenian program with works by Arno Babadjian Alan Hovhaness, Aram Kachaturian, Komitas Vardapet and Kara-Mourza at Merkin Concert Hall, $35 but worth it

4/5, 8/10 PM iconic klezmer/Balkan/jazz trumpeter Frank London leads a variety of ensembles at the Stone, $15. Choice pick: opening night, both sets with the Shekkina Big Band

4/5, 8 PM trumpeter Nicholas Payton and Nouveau Standards at le Poisson Rouge, $16 adv tix rec

4/5-6, 8 PM tonight must be serious trumpet night: Peter Evans/Levy Lorenzo/Jennifer Curtis/Tyshawn Sorey improvise electroacoustically at the Abrons Arts Center, free

4/5, 8:30 PM high-voltage Fela repertory band Chop & Quench at the Knitting Factory, $10

4/6, 7 PM dark, smart, edgy post-Velvet rock songwriter and former Band of Susans guitarist Anne Husick followed eventually at 10 by the captivatingly noisy, punk-informed, female-fronted power trio Castle Black at Sidewalk

4/6, 7:30 PM popular, enigmatic 90s trip-hop/chamber-pop songwriter Heather Nova at the Cutting Room, $22.50 adv tix rec

4/6, 7:30 PM lush but edgy original jazz chanteuse/songwriter Gracie Terzian – whose axe is the harp ukulele – at Club Bonafide, $15. 4/28 at 7 she’s at Leftfield

4/6, 8 PM Dolunay’s intense violinist Maya Shanker at LIC Bar

4/6, 8 PM psychedelic klezmer/bluegrass mandolin and clarinet legend Andy Statman at Barbes, $10

4/6, 9 PM a killer oldtimey Americana lineup at the Jalopy with Feral Foster‘s smart, purist, gloomy Americana , Willy Gantrim, Jackson Lynch and multi-instrumentalist oldtime blues powerhouse Blind Boy Paxton , free

4/6, 9 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” at Troost in Greenpoint.They’re at Espresso 21m at Espresso 77, 35-57 77th Street, Jackson Hts on 4/21 at 8:30

4/6, 10 PM intense blue-eyed soul siren Lizzie & the Makers at the Bitter End, $8

4/6 pensive, purposeful, darkly minimalist jazz guitarist Ryan Dugre at the Manhattan Inn

4/6 violinist Francesca dePasquale performs works from her self-titled debut album alongside pianist Meng-Chieh Liu, including the New York premiere of Oceanic Fantasy by Paola Prestini.at National Sawdust

4/7, 1 PM the Enso String Quartet play works by Ginastera and Beethoven. inviting soprano Mellissa Hughes for Ginastera’s String Quartet No. 3 for soprano and string quartet at Trinity Church, free

4/7, 7 PM this era’s definitive cool jazz kitten, Karrin Allyson at the Greene Space, $30

4/7, 7 PM pianist Junko Ueno Garrett plays tangos, latin American themes and classical works TBA at Flushing Town Hall, free

4/7, coffee and dessert at 7:30 PM, show at 8,sharply lyrical, sometimes uproariously amusing purist janglerock songwriter Sharon Goldman and her band at First Acoustics House Concerts in Ditmas Park, $25, advance registration required

4/7, 7:30 9:30 PM big band jazz with a killer lineup: the Christopher Zuar Orchestra playing the album release show for their new one, Musings, at the Jazz Galllery, $15

4/7, 8 PM less incongruous a twinbill than it might seem on face value: dark, charismatic, mischieviously witty literate keyboardist/chanteuse Rachelle Garniez followed by boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band at Barbes. Intelligence is a common link; both have darkened over the years.

4/7, 8 PM long-running 90s alt-country favorites Rusty Truck at Hill Country, free

4/7, 8 PM composer/harpist Hannah Lash with the Mivos Quartet and Loadband playing a career retrospective at the Miller Theatre, $20 tix avail

4/7, 8:30 PM eclectic jam-oriented mostly-female klezmer/tango/jazz band Isle of Klezbos at the Jalopy, $15

4/7, 9ish cello provocatrice Valerie Kuehne followed by Swans drummer Phil Puleo joined by Cop Shoot Cop keyboardist Jim Coleman on hurdy-gurdy and Botanica keyboard monster Paul Wallfisch taking a very rare turn on bass.(he’s good) at the Owl in Lefferts Gardens, $10

4/7, 9 PM raucous southern roots/jamgrass/honkytonk band the Pine Hill Haints and the truly Legendary Shack Shakers doing their ghoulabilly and gutter blues at the Bell House, $15 adv tix rec

4/7, 9 PM oldtimey guitar wizard Ernie Vega.at the Jalopy Tavern (next door to the big venue), free

4/7, 9 PM 20s hot jazz revivalists Cait and the Critters at Radegast Hall

4/7, 9:30 PM, and 4/8 at 7, klezme clarinet powerhouse David Krakauer plays the album release shows for his new one Ancestral Groove with his electric band at National Sawdust

4/7, 10:30 PM tenor saxophonist Ken Fowser leads his killer postbop quartet at Smalls

4/8, 7 PM hilarious faux-French rockers les Sans Culottes – whose new album Les Dieux Ont Soif is both great fun and potently relevant – open forPenelope Houston‘s recently revitalized, legendary first-wave punk band the Avengers at Grand Victory, $20 adv tix a must

4/8, 8 PM torchy, riveting, erudite countrypolitan songwriter Drina Seay at Sidewalk

4/8, 8 PM Okkyung Lee leads an eleven-piece string orchestra with Ches Smith on percussion playing new works at Roulette, $20/$15 stud/srs

4/8, 8 PM oldschool Cuban hill country/son/bomba/salsa roots band Los Hacheros and psychedelic original Nuyorican salsa band La Mecanica Popular at Baby’s All Right, $10

4/8, 8 PM the New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra play Mendelssohn works: Midummer Night’s Dream Overture, the Scottish Symphony ( No.3), and, the Violin Concerto with soloist Daniel Phillips at Symphony Space, $25

4/8, 8 PM the Dover Quartet play the first of Beethoven’s three Razumovsky quartets with Berg’s sole quartet and Dvorák’s “American,” in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall

4/8, 8 PM the NJ Symphony Orchestra play the Barber Violin Concerto with soloist Jennifer Frautsch plus Tschaikovsky’s Marche Slav and Symphony No. 4 at NJPAC in Newark, $20 tix avail

4/8, 8 PM pianist Geoffrey Burleson plays works by Saint-Saens, Yehudi Wyner, James Primosch, David Rakowski, Missy Mazzoli plus his own Powerhouse Passacaglia at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud

4/8, 8:30 PM Turkish classical icons Erkan Ogur & Ismail Hakki Demircioglu play haunting, hypnotic, spiky instrumentals at Drom, $30 adv tix a must

4/8, 9ish enticingly enigmatic third-stream jazz chanteuse Joanna Wallfisch, edgy klezmer-driven Barbez guitarist Dan Kaufman and drummer John Bollinger playing a rare, characteristically psychedelic duo set followed by Molecular, an improvisational ensemble featuring Swans bassist Algis Kyzis, And the Wiremen bandleader/guitarist Lynn Wright and popular bassist Eric Eble riffing off the poetry of Enabler’s frontman Pete Simonelli at the Owl in Lefferts Gardens, $10

4/8, 10 PM hypnotic, psychedelic Moroccan trance grooves with Innov Gnawa at Barbes. Svetlana & the Eastern Blokhedz play their artsy take on kitschy Soviet pop from the 60s and 70s at 8.

4/8, 10 PM epic, sweeping, tuneful spacerock/art-rockers Sky Picnic at Matchless, $8

4/8, 10 PM crystalline-voiced, noir-tinged third-stream jazz chanteuse Tessa Souter and her band at 55 Bar

4/8-9, 10:30 PM erudite pianist Orrin Evans leads his group at Smalls

4/8, 10:30 PM melodic jazz bassist Mimi Jones leads her group at the Fat Cat

4/9, 7 PM brilliant, haunting Syrian clarinetist Kinan Azmeh teams up with guitarist Erdem Helvacioglu to “explore the moods of a society under oppression.” Relevant, that’s for sure! At Spectrum, $15

4/9, 7 PM Chicago-style blues guitar monster Bobby Radcliff and his trio at Terra Blues

4/9, 8 PM pianist Lucian Ban and violist Mat Maneri’s tersely haunting Transylvanian jazz project at Barbes followed at 10 by awesome Israeli Ethiopiques groove instrumentalists Ambesa Orchestra, f.k.a. Lions 

4/9, 8 PM Gisela Tangui & the Voodoo Cabaret play their Santeria-inspired funk, roots reggae and Afrobeat jams at Sat Shrine

4/9, 8/10 PM purist oldschool Chicago-style blues guitarist Joe Louis Walker at Lucille’s, $10

4/9, 8/10 PM the American Contemporary Music Ensemble play works by Joseph Byrd, Julius Eastman, Philip Glass, Meredith Monk, Steve Reich, and Charlemagne Palestine at the Kitchen, $15

4/9 8:30 PM Middle Eastern-flavored psychedelic jams with Spaghetti Eastern Music at Beast of Bourbon, note $10 cover

4/9, 9ish haunting Nashville gothic/ghoulabilly chanteuse/guitarsist Gemma Ray and the Patti Smith Group’s Lenny Kaye at the Owl in Lefferts Gardens, $10

4/9, 9 PM Catalina Shortwave play purposeful 70s style stoner boogie – who knew! – at Matchless, $10

4/9, 9 PM cinematic surf rockers the TarantinosNYC at the Way Station

4/9, 9 PM Mac McCarty & the Kidd Twist Band play their fiery, sometimes unexpectedly poignant Pogues-ish punk and folk noir at Sidewalk

4/9, 9:30 PM pyrotechnic alto sax player Mike DiRubbo leads a quartet at Club Bonafide, $20

4/9, 9:30 PM rising star pianist Gerald Clayton and vibraphonist Joel Ross at Mezzrow, $20 bar seats avail.

4/9, 10:30 PM haunting, intense, wickedly tuneful Nashville gothic songwriter Jessie Kilguss and her band at Arlene’s

4/10, 3 PM the Greenwich Village Orchestra play Mozart: Adagio and Rondo; Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor; Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 5 “The Reformation” at Church of the Incarnation, 209 Madison Avenue, at the northeast corner of 35th St,, $20 sugg don., reception to follow

4/10, 4 PM chamber choir Kinnara Ensemble make its New York City debut with music by Gabrieli,Frank Martin, Schutz, Thompson, Elgar and Brahms at Christ Church United Methodist, 524 Park Ave, $25

4/10, 6 PM noir guitar twangmeister Jim Campilongo and band at 55 Bar.

4/10, 6:30 PM haphazardly edgy, Middle Eastern-tinged guitarist Yonatan Gat and band followed by brilliant klezmer reedman Matt Darriau’s Who Is Manny Blanc, a homage to the legendary/obscure LES psychedelic Jewish jazz/esoterica composer at Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer Street (between Imlay & Conover), Red Hook, $10

4/10, 7 PM a Nowrooz celebration with Amir Vahab and his Ensemble perform songs selected from the poetry of Sufi Masters Rumi, Hafez, Yunus Emre as well as classic folk tunes from different parts of Iran, Turkey and Azerbaijan at Drom, $10 adv tix rec

4/10, 7 PM songwriter/chanteuse Greta Gertler, od lush, gorgeously orchestrated art-rock band the Universal Thump plus her fellow pensive chamber-pop tunesmith Alice Bierhorst at Barbes followed at 9:30 or so by paradigm-shifting Romany guitarist Stephane Wrembel

4/10, 7:30 PM state-of-the-art, intense, witty, politically fearless indie classical composer Mohammed Fairouz conducts the Mimesis Ensemble with Rachel Barton Pine in the New York premiere of his “Violin Concerto: Al-Andalus,” and “Pax Universalis” at NYU’s Skirball Center

4/10, 8ish British oi-punk legends Peter & the Test Tube Babies – maybe best known for their hilarious album of cheesy 80s Stock/Aitken/Waterman covers, The Shit Factory – at Grand Victory, $20 adv tix a must

4/10, 8:30/10:30 PM Olli Soikkeli, guitar; Koran Agan, guitar; Josh Kaye, guitar; Eduardo Belo, bass play Django Reinhardt classics at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

4/11, 7 PM lyrical jazz pianist Jim Ridl tickles the plastic on the Rhodes at 55 Bar

4/11, 7 PM this year’s MATA Festival of new music opens with Norwegian indie classical group Ensemble Neon playing new works by Andrew Norman, Pascal Dusapin and Jan St. Werner at Paula Cooper Gallery, 534 West 21st St, $25/$20 stud/srs,

4/11, 7:30 PM powerful Teutonic cabaret belter Ute Lemper & the Jasper Quartet play music of Kurt Weill at at Music Mondays, Advent/ Broadway Church, 2504 Broadway at 93rd St., free.

4/11, 7:30 PM the Spectrum Symphony celebrates the Alberto Ginastera centennial with works by Ginastera and Stavreva with special guest harpiest Melanie Genin at Broadway Presbyterian Church, 114th/Broadway, free

4/11, 9 PM good dark Americana guitar twinbill: Jack Grace followed by Jim Campilongo and his trio at the big room at the Rockwood. Grace is at Skinny Dennis at 9 on 4/27.

4/11, 10:30 PM brilliantly lyrical dark oldtimey songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Pete Lanctot and band at at Pine Box Rock Shop

4/11, 11 PM atmospheric avant garde classical lutenist Jozef Van Wissem at le Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec

4/12, 7 PM perennially invigorating string quartet Brooklyn Rider – a magnet for cool composers from across all genres – play new works by Dana Lyn, Aiofe O’Donovan Greg Saunier and others at National Sawdust, $25

4/12, 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

4/12, eclectic, lyrical jazz bassist/composer Pedro Giraudo leads his big band, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25

4/12, 8/10 PM clarinetist Andy Biskin leads a variety of ensembles at the Stone, $15. Choice pick: the clarinet quartet ealy set, opening night, with Peter Hess, Mike McGinnis, Sam Sadigursky

4/12, 8 PM the boisterous, oldtimey female-fronted Swingaroos at Radegast Hall

4/12, 8 PM day two of this year’s MATA Festival of new music continues with Norwegian indie classical ensemble group Ensemble Neon playing works Neil Luck, Alexander Kaiser,. Diego Jiménez Tamame, Jan Martin Smørdal, Seán Clancy and Matthew Welch at Scandinavia House, 58 Park Ave at 38th St., $25/$20 stud/srs,

4/12-13, 9 PM psychedelic janglerock cult favorites the Dandy Warhols at Bowery Ballroom, $30 adv tix rec

4/12, 9:30 PM edgy, noir-inspired bassist Michael Blanco leads a solid quartet with John Ellis, tenor sax; Lage Lund, guitar; Clarence Penn, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

4/12-13, 10ish legendary 70s British reggae icons Steel Pulse at Brooklyn Bowl, $25 adv tix a must

4/13, 7 PM Natasha Paremski, piano plays Brahms – Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Op. 35, Book I and II; Beethoven – Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-flat Major, Op. 110; Mussorgsky – Pictures At An Exhibition at the Bulgarian Consulate, 121 E 62nd St., free

4/13, 7:30 PM edgy, improvisationally-inclined indie string ensemble the Sirius Quartet plays the album release show for their new one at the Cell Theatre, 338 W 23rd St ,$15

4/13-17, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, stellar multi-reedwoman Anat Cohen leads her mighty dectet, $30 ($35 on wknd). She’s back here 4/36-27 with her quartet playing the album release for her new one

4/13, 8 PM intense, paradigm-shifting Middle Eastern trumpeter Amir ElSaffar joins forces with Belgian saxophonist Fabrizo Cassol plus special guests at Barbes

4/13, 8 PM day three of this year’s MATA Festival of new music continues with Ensemble Linea playing works by Weijun Chen, Yair Klartag, Michelle Agnes Magalhaes’, Scott Wollschleger, Zeno Baldi, Arash Yazdani and Utku Asoruglu at National Sawdust,$25/$20 stud/srs,

4/13, 9 PM Algiers – who mash up creepy, explosively cinematic postpunk with noir soul and a fearless, confrontational anti-surveillance state political stance- at le Poisson Rouge, $15

4/13, 10 PM terse, tuneful rising star tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana leads her quartet at 55 Bar. 4/22-23, 10:30 PM she’s at Smalls

4/13, 10:30 PM cutting-edge B3 jazz organist Jared Gold leads his trio at Smalls

4/14, 1 PM Paavali Jumppanen, piano plays Beethoven sonatas at Trinity Church, free

4/14,

4/14, 8 PM agelessly soulful Armenian clarinetist Souren Baronian‘s Taksim followed at 10 by Daria Grace’s torchy, delightful oldtime uke swing band the Pre-War Ponies at Barbes

4/14, 6 PM the Parhelion Trio – Sarah Carrier, flute; Ashleé Miller, clarinet; Andrea Christie, piano – play works by Whitney George, Daniel Felsenfeld, Sunny Knable, Jennifer Higdon, and Philip Glass plus Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun by Claude Debussy at Cornelia St. Cafe, $9 includes a drink!.

4/14, 6:30 PM a tribute/benefit concert in memory of Sunny’s beloved proprietor Sunny Balzano at Pioneer Works in Red Hook with guitarists Smokey Hormel, Marc Ribot, John Pinamonti and others

4/14, 7 PM singer/guitatarist Mia Wilson’s haunting, blues-infused, angst-ridden, psychedelic project with brilliant lead guitarist Quincy Ledbetter, the Bright Smoke at the Mercury, $10

4/14, 7 PM Malian road warriors Songhoy Blues at le Poisson Rouge, $20

4/14, 7 PM a screening of filmmaker Holly Morris’ flawed but chilling post-nuclear disaster documentary “The Babushkas of Chernobyl”at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes, early arrival a must

4/14, 8ish psychedelic cumbia band Yotoco, Erica Ramos’ funky latin soul project Fulaso and fearlessly populist NYC ska/latin rockers Karikatura at Bowery Electric

4/14, 8 PM guitarslinger Phil Gammage leads his rock quintet followed eventually at 10 by 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

4/14, 8 PM Polish sound artist/compose Marek Chołoniewski and percussionist/improvisational conductor Adam Rudolph join forces to play music for strings and percussion at Roulette, $20/$15 stud/srs

4/14, 8 PM romping female-fronted continental swing band the Hot Sardines at Union Hall, $15

4/14, 8:30 PM Avia Moore & trumpet powerhouse Jordan Hirsch’s “Overnight Kugel” klezmer band at the Jalopy, $15

4/14, 8:30 PM socially aware, oldtimey-flavored Americana band 2/3 Goat at Hill Country, free

4/14, 8:30/10:30 PM rising star alto saxophonist/bandleader Lakecia Benjamin & Soul Squad mix it up with oldschool soul, funk and hip-hop influenced sounds at Ginny’s Supper Club, $15

4/14, 10 PM one of the year’s best triplebills at Drom: slinky, torchy, creepy female-fronted circus rock/noir cabaret band Egress, the blazing No Small Money Brass Band and then the intricate, intense, minor-key Balkan Cocek Brass Band playing the album release show for their new one, $10 adv tix rec

4/14, 10 PM ex-Crooked Still frontwoman and soaring Americana bandleader Aoife O’Donovan at Bowery Ballroom, $20 adv tix rec

4/14, 10:30 PM noir-inspired alto saxophonist/composer Nick Hempton leads his group at Smalls

4/14, midnight, NYC’s most haunting, torchily mysterious, lyrically brilliant noir/psychedelic/janglerock band Karla Rose & the Thorns at the big room at the Rockwood

4/15, 6 PM baglama lute player Ramzi El-Edlibi plays Turkish, Kurdish, and Armenian repertoire at gallery 456 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

4/15, 6 PM eclectic jazz singer/bandleader Annie Chen  leads her sextet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

4/15, 8 PM pyrotechnic pianist/’songwriter/blues and ragtime maven Jack Spann plays the releaase show for his new art-rock record followed at 10 by exhilarating female-fronted heavy psychedelic Argentine-American rock band Desert Flower – with punk, blues, noiserock and 70s metal influences-and then at 11 by dazzlingly eclectic, enigmatic Canadian gothic bandleader Lorraine Leckie at Sidewalk

4/15, 8 PM playfully literate superduo Kill Henry Sugar – guitar/banjo mastermind Erik Della Penna and drummer Dean Sharenow – at Barbes followed at 10 by rustic oldschool cumbia group Chia’s Dance Party 

4/15, 8 PM Feral Foster‘s smart, purist, gloomy  Americana followed by Nashville gothic/ghoulabilly act the Bones of J.R. Jones playing the album release show for their new one at the Mercury, $10 adv tix rec

4/15, 8 PM day four of this year’s MATA Festival of new music continues with composer-performers Sabina Ahn, Nicolai Worsaae, Maxim Kolomiiets, Qian Zhon, Mátyás Wettl and Germán Alonso’ at Dixon Place, ,$25/$20 stud/srs,

4/15, 8:30 PM, repeating on 4/16 at 7:30, the Chelsea Symphony premiere Caroline Shaw — Entr’Acte and play the Mozart Bassoon and Oboe Concertos plus Stravinsky’s Pulcinella at St. Paul’s Church, 315 W 22nd St, $20 sugg don.

4/15, 9 PM exotic surf rock band the Vibro-jets – a Sea Devils spinoff – at Troost

4/15, 9 PM gritty LA gutter blues duo 7horse – the guys responsible for the hit A Friend with Weed – at Bowery Electric

4/15, 9 PM Daniel Carter, Vasko Dukovski, Stelios Mihas, Jeff Harshbarger and George Spanos join forces and improvise at Gallery MC, 549 W 52nd St., 8th fl., $10

4/15,10ish torchy singer Jennifer Charles’ haunting, atmospheric, cinematic art-rock band Elysian Fields at the Owl in Lefferts Gardens, $18

4/15, 10:30 PM tuneful postbop trombonist Steve Davis leads his quintet followed after midnight by ferocious, fearless, feral oldschool postbop tenor saxophonist Eric Wyatt and his combo. Davis is back on 4/16, same time

4/16, noon, the annual Queens Overground Jazz Festival with ten hours of free music, performers TBA at Flushing Town Hall

4/16, 5 PM rooftop performance by brilliant latin jazz drummer Bobby Sanabria’s Multiverse Big Bandp. across the street from the BMHC Lab (1301 Louis Nine Blvd.) then at 7 it’s a screening of The Girls in the Band (2011), a film chronicling the stories of the International Sweethearts of Rhythm and at 8 the Stomp Society Swing Band playing swing music following the film screening, free

4/16, 5 PM pianist Jose Ramos Santana plays works by Beethoven, Villa-Lobos, and others at the DiMenna Center, $5

4/16, 7 PM cult favorite folksinger Eric Andersen sings from his most recent, Albert Camus-themed album at National Sawdust,, $25

4/16, 7:30/9:30 PM diverse, purist up-and-coming jazz chanteuse Brianna Thomas and her combo aat Ginny’s Supper Club $20

4/16, 8 PM Hossein Alizadeh and Pejman Hadadi play centuries’ worth of mystical Persian sounds at Roulette, expensive, $35, but worth it

4/16, 8 PM accordionist/chanteuse Kamala Sankaram’s hot surfy Bollywood project, Bombay Rickey followed at 10 by psychedelic, surfy, sweepingly cinematic, vallenato-influenced groovemeisters Los Crema Paraiso at Barbes

4/16, 8 PM devious, charismatic, subversive comedic songwriter Killy Dwyer followed followed eventually at 11 by edgy, eclectic, tuneful, smartly lyrical punk-jazz-inspired rock songwriter Mimi Oz at Sidewalk

4/16, 8 PM concluding night of this year’s MATA Festival of new music with indie classical group the Rhythm Method Quartet playing improvisationally-inclined works by Lula Romero, Helen Papaioannou, José Manuel Serrano, Edgar Guzmán, Ophir Ilzetzki and Emma O’Halloran at Dixon Place, ,$25/$20 stud/srs,

4/16, 8 PM the NYU Composers’ Collective play new works TBA at Provincetown Playhouse, 133 Macdougal, free

4/16, 8:30 the aptly named Ghost Ensemble play works by Stockhausen, Oliveros, Brown, Bulist, and others, at the Firehouse Space, $10

4/16, 8:30 PM energetic acoustic Veracruz-style folk-punk band Radio Jarocho at Branded Saloon

4/16, 9 PM in reverse order: wryly intense brass metal band Lowdown Brass Band, ferocious Balkan crew Raya Brass Band, and postrockers Great Circles.at Industry City Distillery, 33 35th St, 6th Floor, Sunset Park, R to 36th St, $12. Great Circles are at the Cobra Club in Bushwick at around 11 on the 24th., $8

4/16 9 PM creepy, noisy, funny hardcore punk band Sex Scheme, the Hot Solids and punk-metal band Elefantkiller at Hank’s, note $5 cover

4/16, 10ish lyrically-fueled electric folk noir band Leland Sundries at Freddy’s

4/17, 1 PM whirlwind electric punkgrass/honkytonk crew Demolition String Band play a free brunch show at Brooklyn Bowl

4/17, 5 PM the Attacca Quartet play Haydn’s Quartet in F major, op. 74 no. 2, Janacek’s Quartet No. 1, “Kreutzer Sonata,” and Beethoven’s Quartet No. 9, op. 59 no. 3., at the Stiefel Concert Hall at Mannes College of Music, 5th Ave/13th St., free, reception to folow

4/17, 6 PM soulful C&W singer Shelly Bhushan followed by darkly catchy folk noir band Little Embers at LIC Bar

4/17, 6 PM pensively intense violinist/singer Sarah Bernstein leads her quartet with Ron Stabinsky on piano, Stuart Popejoy on electric bass and Tomas Fujiwara on drums.at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

4/17, 7 PM sophisticated, quirky, intense accordionist/chanteuse Jessica Fichot at Barbes folloed at 9:30 by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

4/17, 7:30 PM a rare NYC appearance by legendary songwriter/avant garde poet Shahyar Ghanbari – sort of the Leonard Cohen of Iran – at Drom, $30 adv tix a must

4/17, 8 PM creepy, lyrically brilliant noir chamber pop/murder ballad duo Charming Disaster at Pete’s

4/17, 8 PM dynamic honkytonk/newschool C&W band Holy Ghost Tent Revival at Union Hall, $10

4/17, 9 PM intense, fearlessly relevant Middle Eastern clarinetist Kinan Azmeh & City Band at National Sawdust, $25

4/17, 10:30 PM sweeping, swinging vibraphone jazz with the Behn Gillece and his quartet at Smalls

4/18, 7:30 PM wild, hypnotic bass saxophonist Colin Stetson leads an ensemble playing his new largescale piece Sorrow, a reimagining of Gorecki’s mystical, morose 3rd Symphony at le Poisson Rouge, $25 adv tix rec

4/18, 8 PM creepy noir chamber pop/murder ballad duo Charming Disaster headline their monthly, wickedly fun Murder Ballad Monday series at Branded Saloon, special guests include wih historically-inspired, richly tuneful, erudite singer/guitarist Elisa Flynn, , intense, wickedly tuneful Nashville gothic songwriter Jessie Kilguss and keyboardist/shortwave radio operator Steve Espinola

4/18, 8 PM the North/South Trio – Claudia Schaer, violin; Tomoko Fujita, cello; Max Lifchitz, piano play new piano triso by Brian Banks, Ofer Ben-Amots, Allan Crossman at Christ & St Stephen’s Church, 120 W 69th St(bet Bway & Columbus

4/18, 9ish vicious noiserock jamband the the Skull Practitioners– led by Steve Wynn sparring partner/genius guitarist Jason Victor at Grand Victory, $9

4/18, 9 PM NYC jazz legend and twin-reedman George Braith leads his group at the Fat Cat

4/19, 8 PM awesome new Middle Eastern-tinged surf rockers Hearing Things – Matt Bauder -saxophones, guitars; JP Schlegelmilch -organ/piano and Vinnie Sperrazza – drums. – followed at 9 by ten-piece Balkan/Duke Ellington brass band Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

4/19-24, 8/10 PM multi-reedman Ned Rothenberg plays with a variety of ensembles at the Stone, $15. Choice pick: tons of great sets, to choose. Opening night, early, a quintet with the Mivos Quartet and Rothenberg on clafinet, ought to hit the spot

4/19, 8 PM organist Johannes Lundgren and pianist Matthew Odell anchor a program of rare Viktor Ullmann vocal works, plus pieces by Zemlinsky and Eben sung by a first class cast including but not limited to Dominique Hellsten, Monica Niemi and others at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex

4/19, 8 PM elegantly melodic pianist Sylvie Courvoisier leads herTrio w/ Drew Gress + Kenny Wollesen at Roulette, $20/$15 stud/srs

4/19, 8 PM wickedly catchy 60s-style Britpop/garage/psych rockers Aloud at Bowery Electric

4/19, 8/9:30 PM jazz chanteuse Allegra Levy – a welcome rarity in that she writes her own enigmatic, original songs – leads her sextet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

4/19, 9 PM brilliant drummer/percussionist Willie Martinez & La Familia Sextet play classic salsa grooves at the Fat Cat

4/20, 7 PM an all-star cast: Frank London, Doug Wieselman, Mathias Kunzli, Kyle Sanna, Mick McAuley and Dana Lyn perform a live and mostly original klezmer-inspired score to “The Cohens and the Kellys”, a silent film about the Lower East Side in the early 20’s, at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, a block north and west of Battery Park, $15

4/20, 7 PM inscrutable cool jazz chanteuse and clever lyricist Dorian Devins and her trio at Flute Midtown, 205 W 54th St,, free

4/20, 8 PM eclectic, atmospheric jazz violinist Tom Swafford‘s String Power at Barbes

4/20, 9 PM mighty roots reggae band (and Pink Floyd and Radiohead reinventors) the Easy Star All-Stars at Highline Ballroom, $20 adv tix a must. Highline, get it?

4/20, 9ish funky, psychedelic Ethiopiques band Nikhil P. Yerawadekar and Low Mentality followed by  followed by perennially fun second-wave Afrobeat dancefloor jamband Antibalas with special guest John Medeski at Brooklyn Bowl, $15 adv tix a must

4/20, 9 PM intense, piano-based, Aimee Mann-style literate chamber pop group Elizabeth & the Catapult at the Knitting Factory, $15

4/20, 9ish tersely tuneful guitarist Tom Csatari’s hauntingly cinematic, lushly sweeping Uncivilized large ensemble at Aviv

4/20, 9:30 PM bassist Adam Hopkins leads his sextet with Ed Rosenberg, tenor sax; Anna Webber, tenor sax; Josh Sinton, baritone sax, bass clarinet; Brandon Seabrook, guitar; Hank Roberts, cello; Devin Gray, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

4/20, 10:30 PM eclectic jazz/blues resonator guitarist Elizabeth Wise at Caffe Vivaldi

4/20, 11 PM amazingly multistylistic Maya Sharpe & her band play elegantly artsy, sometimes haunting trippy Romany-infused soul sounds at the small room at the Rockwood

4/21, 6 PM Rock al Garden and Chicha Radical play a benefit for Ecuadorian earthquake relief at SOB’s, $15. Please bring first aid supplies and nonperishable food if you can.

4/21, 7 PM haunting pan-Asian avant-jazz songstress/composer Jen Shyu debuts her latest dance collaboration at the Czech Center, 321 E 73rd St.

4/21, 7 PM iconic trumpeter Frank London teams up with Guy Barash and fiery guitarist Eyal Maoz to jam out rare Hungarian Jewish pre-Holodaust themes at the Whitebox Gallery, 329 Broome St, free

4/21, 7 PM innovative pastoral jazz guitarist/singer Becca Stevens and band at National Sawdust, $25s

4/21, 8 PM smart, lyrically vivid psychedelic chamber pop/art-rock singer Jennifer Hall at the small room at the Rockwood

4/21, 8 PM brilliant, jazz-inclined accordionist Victor Prieto’s Valinor Quartet followed by the  cinematic, amazingly eclectic International String Trio at Lucille’s, $10

4/21, 8 PM International Contemporary Ensemble play lay a “composer portrait” of electroacoustic composer Francesca Verunelli at the Miller Theatre, $20 seas avail

4/21, 8 PM eclectic, funky jazz/soul violinist Mazz Swift‘s Mazzmuse Breakdown feat. James Shipp at Greenwich House Music School, $15 incl. open bar!

4/21, 8:30 PM a powerhouse klezmer trio: violinist Jake Shulman-Ment, killer surf/metal guitarist Yoshie Fruchter & Klezmatics drummer Richie Barshay at the Jalopy, $15

4/21, 8:30 PM ambitious, smart, noir-inclined tenor sxophonist Patrick Cornelius with Jared Gold on organ at the Bar Next Door

4/21, 9 PM Sexmob – who’ve distinguished themselves with their noir jazz reinventions of Nino Rota Fellini soundtracks – at Rough Trade, $10 adv tix rec

4/21, 10 PM wild, noisy, genuinely Hendrixian virtuoso lead guitarist Viva DeConcini and her band at Union Hall ,$12

4/21, 10 PM legendary, politically fearless, fiery Ivory Coast roots reggae legend Alpha Blondy at B.B. King’s, $32.50 adv tix a must

4/21, 10 PM Boss Tenor play country and Jazz standards with Oscar Noriega (drums), Chris Speed(tenorsax, clarinet), Matt Pavolka (bass). Nate Radley (Guitar) and Jesse Quarrto (voice). $10 at Barbes

4/21, 11:30 PM elegant, spacious Chilean guitar-and-drums jazz duo Peregrinos with special guest, hip-hop cumbia artist Ana Tijoux at the big room at the Rockwood

4/22, 5:30 PM Beatlesque popsinger Jeff Litman, Clifford Westfall and Girls on Grass guitarist Barbara Endes, and Americana guitar genius Tom Clark at the American Folk Art Museum

4/22, 7:30 PM the Vaya! 63: Mambo Legends Orchestra at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, gegt there early

4/22, 7:30 PM the Mekaal Hasan Band play fiery Middle Eastern and south Asian art-rock at Joe’s Pub,, $17 adv tix rec

4/22, 7:30 PM solo piano by the darkly lyrical Fabian Almazan followed at 9 by the similar Kris Davis at the Jazz Gallery. She’s there at 8:15 on 4/23 in between the elegant Aaron Parks, who’s on at 7, and the briliantly tuneful Luis Perdomo headlining at 9, $22

4/22, 8 PM ethereal but intense cellist Janel Leppin (of Janel & Anthony) at C’Mon Everybody

4/22, 8 PM a reprise of a semi-legendary Sunny’s evening celebrating the twisted songwriting genius of Roger Miller, featuring Jalopy regulars Jackson Lynch, Jesse Quatro, Ernesto Gomez, Guy Sands, Morgan O’Kane and many more, free at 169 Spencer St. at Willoughby, G to Myrtle-Wilioughby

4/22, 8 PM fiery violinist Dana Lyn with Mick McAuley and Patrick Doocey play Irish traditional favorites at the Owl in Lefferts Gardens

4/22, 8 PM cellist Hank Roberts, singer Emilie Lesbros, violinist Sarah Bernstein impovise; pianist Angelica Sanches plays a solo set at 9 at the Firehouse Space, $10

4/22, 8 PM rustic Brazilian jungle sounds with Regional de NY followed at 10 by Supermambo – vibraphonist Felipe Fournier‘s tribute to Tito Puente, who got his start on that instrument – at Barbes

4/22, 9 PM the ska-punk Ladrones and bass goddess Felice Rosser’s psychedelic roots reggae/dub/soul project Faith at Bowery Electric

4/22. 8 PM wild, epic Afrobeat jamband the Brighton Beat at the Lively, 24th St/9th Ave.

4/22, 9 PM legendary CBGB era psychedelic/powerpop band Certain General warm up for their upcoming European tour at Sidewalk

4/22, 9ish the Machine plays Pink Floyd at Brooklyn Bowl, $15. Most cover bands suck but these guys absolutely nail the sound, and the textures, and have the daunting chops necessary to do this stuff.

4/22, 10 PM the Kenyatta Beasley Septet plays a Frank Foster tribute at BAM Cafe, free

4/22, 11 PM LA gutter blues band the Record Company at the Mercury, $12 adv tix rec

4/22, midnight, searing, theatrical Romany/Balkan punk rockers Bad Buka – who are just as fun as Gogol Bordello – at Drom, $10

4/23, 6 PM the Erik Satie Quartet – Ron Hay (trombone), Max Seigel (bass trombone), Ben Holmes (trumpet), and Andrew Hadro (bari sax) –reinvent classic and obscure Satie chamber pieces as well as rare compositions by his obscure contemporaries – followed at 8 by sultry retro Franco-American torch jazz/chamber pop/ukulele swing band les Chauds Lapins at Barbes

4/23, 7:30 PM ethereal, raptly haunting singer Sara Serpa leads her harmony-driven  City Fragments band with Aubrey Johnson and Kyoko Kitamura – voice; André Matos – guitar; Erik Friedlander – cello; Tyshawn Sorey – drums at the Cell Theatre, 38 W 23rd St,

4/23, 8 PM slinky, otherworldly oud/percussion duo Tareq Abdallah & Adel Shams El-Dinat Alwan for the Arts, $20/$15 stud/srs

4/23, 8 PM the darkly Middle Eastern flavored Nubian grooves of Alsarah & the Nubatones at Flushing Town Hall, $16

4/23, 8:30 PM intense, psychedelic, horn-driven latin soul crew Spanglish Fly at Subrosa, $10

4/23, 9 PM the soul-infused art-rock Nerissa Campbell Band featuring Gamelan Dharma Swara playing the album release show for her new one at le Poisson Rouge, $18 adv tix rec

4/23, 9 PM NYC’s most lyrically savage punk trio, Hannah vs. the Many followed by entertaining four-on-the-floor glam/party rockers Haley Bowery & the Manimals at the Way Station

4/23, 9 PM haunting dark Americana songwriter/belter Jessi Robertson followed eventually at 11 by PJ Harvey-esque power trio Rony’s Insomnia at Pine Box Rock Shop

4/23, 9:30 PM Tatters & Rags – who alternate between brooding C&W slowcore and fiery Neil/Crazy Horse anthems with a snarky Violent Femmes edge – play the album release show for their new one at Union Hall, $10

4/23, 9ish searing Radio Birdman garage-punk soundalikes the OBNIIIs at Shea Stadium, $12

4/23, 9ish psychedelic funk band the People’s Champs followed by this era’s default 4/20 party band, roots reggae vets John Brown’s Body at Brooklyn Bowl, $15 adv tix rec

4/23, 9/10:30 PM the irrepressibly virtuosic, fearless Jon Irabagon, tenor sax in what might be his best setting with a trio: Chris Lightcap, bass; Gerald Cleaver, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

4/23, 9 PM twangy altcountryAmericana/psychedelic crew American String Conspiracy at Freddy’s

4/24, 4 PM early music ensemble Quicksilver air out compositions from Bach’s Library at Corpus Christi Church, 529 W 121st St, $10 seats avail.

4/24, 7 PM rousing Irish Celtgrass band We Banjo 3 at the Cutting Room, $25

4/24, 6:30 PM the queen of otherworldly, exhilarating Romany ballads, Esma Redžepova & Folk Masters at le Poisson Rouge $20

4/24, 8 PM noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo leading an expansive five-piece band at Barbes

4/24, 8 PM quirky, cinematic J-Music Ensemble playing Japanese punk jazz followed by violinist Benjamin Sutin’s searing Romany/klezmer band Klazz-Ma-Tazz at Drom, $10

4/24, 8 PM eerily playful, charismatic Nashville gothic/folk noir songstress Kelley Swindall at Scratcher Bar on E 5th St

4/24, 9 PM unfailingly tuneful tenor saxophonist Ken Fowser leads his quintet at the Fat Cat

4/24, 10 PM Revolutionary Council play Afrobeat at Shrine

4/25, 8:30 PM soaring, rapturous jazz chanteuse Whitney James leads her trio at the Bar Next Door, $12

4/25, 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

4/25, 8 PM charming antique Appalachian folk duo Anna & Elizabeth at the Indonesian Consulate, 5 E 68th St, $20

4/25, 9 PM the imaginative Furmi Gomez String Quartet – who combine a sax duo with a string section – at Pete’s

4/25, 10ish ten-piece funky Balkan brass/Ellington jazz monsters Slavic Soul Party at Brooklyn Bowl, $8, two bucks cheaper than Barbes!

4/26, 7 PM the New York Composers Circle present a concert of new music featuring five world premieres with unorthodox instrumentation, by Scott D. Miller, Jacob E. Goodman, Kevin McCarter, David Picton and Eugene Marlow plus works by Nataliya Medvedovskaya, Frank Retzel, Jennifer Griffith and others; violinist Miranda Cuckson stars in the ensemble. At St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex, reception to follow, $20 sugg don.

4/26, 7:30 PM a rare bass-fronted large jazz ensemble (just like Mingus), the Ross Kratter Big Band at Club Bonafide, $15

4/26, 7:30 PM charmingly nuanced, erudite singer/pianist Champian Fulton – playing from her insightful, captivating new album of Dinah Washington tunes with bassist David Williams at Mezzrow, $20

4/26, 8 PM bluesy, darkly soulful belter Alexis Thomason and eclectic, individualistic parlor pop accordionist Mary Spencer Knapp at Hifi Bar

4/26-5/1, 8/10 PM multi-saxophone genius Scott Robinson takes over the Stone with a bunch of different groups. Choice pick: the early show, 4/29, check this out! Immensities for Large Instruments (Chamber Music Compositions by Scott Robinson) with Scott Robinson (bass & contrabass saxes, contrabass sarrusophone, bass tarogato etc.) Sharon Robinson (alto flute) Kevin Norton (bass marimba) Bohdan Hilash (bass & contrabass clarinets) David Gould (contrabass clarinet & basset horn) and others

4/26, 8 PM Pangari & the Socialites play classic ska, soul and rocksteady – most of it from the 60s Skatalites catalog – at Barbes

4/26, 8 PM darkly torchy oldtimey swing bandleader/chanteuse Heather Holloway & the Heebie Jeebies at Radegast Hall

4/26, 8/10 PM moody, cinematic, minimalist electroacoustic jazz/postrock trio Ergo play the album release for their new one As Subtle As Tomorrow at Cornelia St. Cafe, $$10 cover, $10 min

4/26, 8:30ish a killer loud rock twinbill: vicious noiserock jamband the the Skull Practitioners– led by Steve Wynn sparring partner/genius guitarist Jason Victor followed by ferocious reverb-driven noir garage rockers Twin Guns at Union Pool, $8

4/26, 10 PM brilliant drummer/percussionist Willie Martinez & La Familia Sextet play classic salsa grooves at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, $10

4/27, 6 PM cutting-edge improvisaitions with Japanese koto and shamisen player Sumie Kaneko at the Rubin Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

4/27, 9 PM gleefully ghoulish, psychedelically Lynchian noir cinematic instrumental jamband Beninghove’s Hangmen at Otto’s

4/27, 9 PM well-liked oldtimey Americana string band the Hackensaw Boys at Brooklyn Bowl, $12

4/27, 7 PM Daniela Mineva, piano plays L.V. Beethoven – Rondo in C Major; Debussy – Images, Book II; Messiaen – Preludes; Ivan Spassov – Piano Sonata No. 3; Alexandra Fol – Piano Etudes (world premiere) at the Bulgarian Consulate, 121 E 62nd St., free

4/27, 8 PM Middle Eastern and North African grooves and sizzling improvisations from the World String Trio – Brandon Terzic – oud and ngoni; Kane Mathis – kora and oud; Rufus Cappodocia – cello. at Barbes

4/27, 9:30 PM Kyle Nasser, tenor sax with Jeff Miles, guitar; Dov Manski, piano; Chris Van Voorst Van Beest, bass; Jason Nazary, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

4/27, 10 PM Laurie Anderson goes slumming at the Market Hotel in Bushwick, preceded on the bill by a couple of trendoids, $17.

4/28, 7 PM Sexmob’s Briggan Krauss, guitar (!) & alto saxophone; Sylvie Courvoisier, piano; Tom Rainey, drums improvise new elements at the Firehouse Space, $10

4/28, 7:30 PM sharply lyrical, Dylanesque, oldschool southern soul chanteuse Dina Rudeen followed by janglerock/powerpopsmith Don Piper at Hifi Bar

4/28, 7:30/9:30 PM tuneful, state-of-the-art bassist Linda Oh leads herf quartet with Ben Wendel – saxophone; Matt Stevens – guitar; Rudy Royston – drumsat the Jazz Gallery, $22

4/28, 8 PM auntingly atmospheric, hypnotic Korean-American composer/performer Bora Yoon and Andrew Nemr at Greenwich House Music School, $15 incl. open bar!

4/28, 8 PM devious oldschool C&W/rockabilly parodists Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co. at Otto’s

4/28, 8 PM a solidly fun oldschool bluegrass twinbill with the Jon Stickley Trio and Dark City Strings at Union Hall, $10

4/28, 8 PM saxophonist Dave Anderson with a solid lineup: Tom Guarna-guitar; Pat Bianchi-organ; Matt Wilson-drums playing the album release show for their new one Blue Innuendo at Michiko Studios, 149 W 46th St, $15

4/28, 9ish oldtimey country blues hellraisers Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band at at Brooklyn Bowl, $15 adv tix rec

4/28, 10 PM wild Aegean and Balkan psychedelia: keyboard-fueled trio Choban Elektrik followed at 11 by explosive psychedelic rembetiko metal band Greek Judas at Barbes

4/28, 10 PM the Thurston Moore band at at Rough Trade, $20, get your tix now because the Sonic Youth guitarist always sells out here

4/28 Summer Cannibals – who mix sunbaked 70s proto-stoner vibe with punk and abrasive Sleater Kinney-ness – at the Market Hotel in Bushwick

4/28 Jamie Kilstein and the Agenda – the Joe Strummer of psychedelic funk – at Bowery Electric

4/29, 5 PM indie classical chamber group Ensemble Mise-En play a rare program of works by by Edison Denisov, one of the pioneers of the Russian avant-garde at the Bobst Library a.k.a. Suicide Central at NYU, free

4/29, 7 PM wickedly lyrical, warmly charismatic, edgy tunesmith/wordsmith Linda Draper plays the album release show for her most richly tuneful new one yet, Modern Day Decay at the big room at the Rockwood

4/29, 7:30 PM brilliantly eclectic Middle Eastern/Balkan chanteuse Shelley Thomas sings the cd release show for her new solo a-cappella album Joy at Gallery MC, 549 W. 52nd St., 8th Fl, $15 or $20 includes copy of the cd

4/29, 8 PM art-rocker Pierre de Gaillande’s Bad Reputation plays witty chamber pop English translations of Georges Brassens classics followed at 10 by eclectic, electric C&W/blues band the Jug Addicts at Barbes

4/29, 8 PM the kinetic, high-energy, rustic Saied Shanbehzadeh Ensemble play acoustic Persian Gulf trance music at Roulette, expensive, $35, but worth it

4/29, 8 PM guerrilla bluegrass hellraisers Hot Buttered Rum at the big room at the Rockwood, $18

4;29, 8 PM percussion and piano quartet Yarn/Wire perform Chiyoko Szlavnics’ Mind is Moving.;  Saskia Lankhoorn performs selections by Kate Moore from her recent ECM release Dances and Canons, and Hollerbrag play J. Alexander Brown’s Music for Double Bass, at Bric Arts, free

4/29, 8 PM two dark contemporary operas: Kenneth Fuchs’ Falling Man – based on the Don DeLillo post-9/11 novel – and Jeremy Beck’s Chappaquiddick-themed Black Water – based on the Joyce Carol Oates book – at Symphony Space, $30

4/29, 8:30 PM Americana rock guitar legend and former Lakeside Lounge honcho  Eric Ambel – of the Del-Lords and formerly with Steve Earle – followed by sardonically intense Americana punks Spanking Charlene at Berlin

4/29, 8:30 PM a Patti Smith cover night with an allstar lineup: the Bongos’ Richard Barone, Cait Brennan, Rony Corcos, Heather Eatman, Mamie Minch, Puma Perl, Dina Regine, Tammy Faye Starlight, Natti Vogel and others at Union Hall, $10

4/29-30, 8:30 PM cdllist Hank Roberts with a killer band: Gerald Cleaver – Drums; Mike McGinnis – Clarinet + Reeds; Brian Drye – Trombone; Dana Lyn – Violin; Jacob Sacks – Pianoat I-Beam, $15

4/29, 9 PM edgy female-fronted funk band Eliza & the Organix – feat. swirly alto sax player Kristen Tivey – at Freddy’s

4/29, 9:30 PM hilarious faux-French rockers les Sans Culottes – whose latest album Les Dieux Ont Soif is both great fun and potently relevant, garage rockers the Britemores and the mysteriously impossible-to-find Carvels at Hank’s, note $7 cover

4/29, 10 PM funky, lyrically intense dark folk jamband the Sometime Boys– with the riveting Sarah Mucho on vocals – at the Way Station

4/29, 10 PM long-running, wickedly jangly, tuneful Americana rockers the Sloe Guns at Desmond’s

4/29, 10ish smart, harmony-fueled female-fronted C&W jamband the Working Mothers at Branded Saloon

4/29, 11ish 90s hip-hop nostalgia with three of the more memorable, smart acts from the era: Black Moon, Smif N Wessun and Naughty by Nature at Stage 48, $20

4/29 a killer newschool/oldschool powerpop twinbill with Dany Laj & the Looks and the ageless, indomitable Paul Collins Beat at Cake Shop. 4/30 they’re at the Acheron at 9 with ferocious reverb-driven noir garage rockers Twin Guns for $10

4/29 Chicago chamber jazz improvisational trio Twin Talk –  Andrew Green (drums), Dustin Laurenzi (saxophone), and Katie Ernst (bass/vocals)  at Cornelia St. Cafe

4/30, 7:30 PM iconic country and parlor pop songwriter/chanteuse Amy Allison at Hifi Bar

4/30, 7:30 PM dynamic, intense, soaring Armenian jazz chaneuse Tatev & the Soundsketch at Drom, $10 adv tix rec

4/30, 8 PM badass resonator guitarist and delta blues/oldtime hillbilly music maven Mamie Minch & Her Business followed at 10 brilliant klezmer reedman Matt Darriau’s Who Is Manny Blanc, a homage to the legendary/obscure LES psychedelic Jewish jazz/esoterica composer at Barbes

4/30, 8 PM the perennially intense, tuneful godfather of edgy, lyrical, anthemic downtown NYC rock, Willie Nile plays the album release show for his new one World War Willie at City Winery, $28 standing room aval.

4/30, 8 PM Dan Finnerty’s hilarious, viciously sarcastic top 40 cover band the Dan Band at Highline Ballroom, $25

4/30, 8 PM badass harpist Bridget Kibbey performs Kaija Saariaho’s Fall; then joined by oboist James Austin Smith for Elliott Carter’s Trilogy. Also on the program: members of Meredith Monk and Vocal Ensemble and The M6 perform selections from Book of Days at Bric Arts, free

4/30, 9 PM multistylistically interesting violinist/composer Concetta Abbate plays her elegant keyboard-based chamber pop with a string quartet at Spectrum, $15

4/30, 9 PM deviously fun oldtimey swing guitarist/crooner Seth Kessel & the Two Cent Band at Skinny Dennis

4/30, 9/10:30 PM Marta Sanchez, piano with Jerome Sabbagh, tenor sax; Roman Filiu, alto sax; Martin Nevin, bass; Jason Birger, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

4/30, 10 PM careening garage rock/Americana band Pale Green Stars at Black Bear Bar in Williamsburg

5/1, 2 PM composer Skip La Plante plays his epic new suite for thousands of chimes at Flushing Town Hall, free

5/1, 7 PM otherworldly, intensely lyrical post-PJ Harvey vocal powerhouse Jessi Robertson, similarly spellbimding folk noir songwriter Lara Ewen and edgy powerpop trio Rony’s Insomnia at Hell Phone in Bushwick

5/1, 8 PM Chinese Music Ensemble NY plays sweeping, lush orchestral themes at Merkin Concert Hall, $25/$15 stud/srs

5/2, 9ish intense, funky Indian brass bhangra band Red Baraat at at Brooklyn Bowl, $12 adv tix recs

5/3, 8 PM Klazztet (fiery klezmer/Eastern European jamband Klazz-Ma-Tazz acoustic) playing classic Balkan and Middle Eastern themes at t Jebon, 15 St. Marks Place, downstairs

5/3, 8 PM Mike Alfreds directs Jane Afnrield in The Tin Ring, a dramatization of Zdenka Fantlová’s harrowing Holocaust memoir, Q&A to follow, at the Czech Center, 321 E 73rd St.. free

5/4, 7 PM a screening of Murry Sidlin’s documentary Defiant Requiem, exploring the subversive performance of Verdi’s Requiem byconductor Rafael Schächter and his prisoner choir in the Terezín Concentration Camp, Q&A with the director to follow, at the Czech Center, 321 E 73rd St.. free

5/4 Jenny Lewis Lewis’ new band Nice as Fuck (NAF) with Au Revoir Simone’s Erika Forster and the Like’s Tennessee Thomas at Webster Hall

5/5, 7 PM the New York premiere of Murry Sidlin’s new multimedia concert-drama Hours of Freedom: The Story of the Terezín Composers, showcasing music by fifteen composers imprisoned in Terezín in WWII, at the Czech Center, 321 E 73rd St.. free

5/5, 7:30 PM the Enso String Quartet play Beethoven: String Quartet in E-flat major (“Harp”) and Sibelius: String Quartet in D minor (“Voces intimae”) at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free

5/5, 8 PM deviously fun cabaret/chamber pop chanteuse Grace McLean sings selections from her forthcoming Hildegard Von Bingen opera In the Green at Greenwich House Music School, $15 incl. open bar!

5/5, 8 PM New York premieres of string orchestra works by Mexican composers Carlos Chavez, Leandro Espinosa, Max Lifchitz and Salvador Torre at Christ & St Stephen’s Church, 120 West 69th St, New York City (between Bway & Columbus)

5/6, 7:30 PM hypnotic, entrancing ghazal chanteuse/bandleader Kiran Ahluwalia at at Joe’s Pub, $20 adv tix rec

5/6, 8 PM the Cecilia Chorus of New York sing Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, $25 tix avail

5/6. 8:30 PM expertoy jazzy guitarist and alt-country pioineer Robbie Fulks at Union Hall, $15

5/6 haunting folk noir singer and bandleader Jessie Kilguss at Basement Bar in Bushwick with the Debutante Hour’s charmingly lyrical, quirky Susan Hwang and darkly intense parlor pop songwriter Peg Simone

5/6, 8 PM toy piano icon Phyllis Chen programs a theme night perusing “unusual spaces.” including two world premieres: Caccia by Jo Kondo, and a new original work, ceaturing Chen and the JACK Quartet. The JACK Quartet also perform John Luther Adams’ The Wind in High Places, plus bassoonist Rebekah Heller performing Nathan Davis’ On speaking a hundred names, and scientist/musician/instrument-builder Daniel Jodocy presenting his musical suitcases, at the Invisible Dog Arts Center, 51 Bergen St in Cobble Hill, F to Bergen St, free

5/7, 11 AM the haunting, magical, all-female Mariachi Flor de Toloache at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free

5/7, 2 PM Brooklyn’s original Balkan horn band, Hungry March Band play a Kentucky Derby show at the Bell House, $8 adv tix rec

5/7, 3 and 7 PM Parthenia, “New York’s premiere viol consort,” perform Semper Dowland, the complete Lachrimae collection of 1604 by John Dowland at the Vélez Blanco Patio at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

5/7, 5 PM a rare US performance by underground Belgian hip-hop artists L’Enfant Pavé and his Bongo Thugs bandmate Kaer Mig One and the Bronx’s own Circa ’95 at the BMHC Lab, 1303 Louis Nine Blvd. , Bronx, 2/5 to Freeman St

5/7, 8 PM the aggressively swirly psychedelic/noiserock/dreampop Aquadora, punk trio the Unknown Nobodies, enigmatically careening, intense female-fronted power trio Castle Black playing the single release show for their ferocious new one at 10 and the similarly excellent, anthemic, grittily 80s-tinged Dark Moon Apache at 11 at Matchless

5/7, 9 PM eclectic noir soul/psychedelic/parlor pop songwriter Karina Denike and glampunk band Phantom Fifth at Union Hall, $12

5/8, 7:30 PM violinist Martin Stoner and pianist Cullan Bryant play works by Debussy, Mendelssohn, Brahms, and Tchaikovsky at Merkin Concert Hall, $30 tix avail

5/8, 8 PM avant garde cult favorites the SEM Ensemble conducted by Petr Kotik, with Roscoe Mitchell on woodwinds plays world premieres by Mitchell, Lucie Vítková, and Kotik plus works by George Lewis, Cage, and Stockhausen at Willow Auditorium, 26 Willow Place (Joralemon/State), Brooklyn Heights, $20, reception to follow. The program repeats on 5/9 at 7 PM at Bohemian Hall, 321 E 73rd St.

5/9, 8 PM Kent Tritle leads the Oratorio Society of NY and soloists in the NY premiere of Merrryma’s Jonah and  Haydn’s Missa in Angustiis (Mass in Difficult Times) at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, $25 seats avail.

5/7, 9/10:30 PM crystalline, enigmatically enchanting jazz singer and vocalese specialist Aubrey Johnson leads her eclectic band – Tomoko Omura (violin), Michael Sachs (sax/bass clarinet), Chris Ziemba (piano), Matt Aronoff (bass), and Jeremy Noller (drums) – at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

5/9, 9 PM chamber Americana duo the Moon & You and Southern gothic troubadour Ole Fateful at Union Hall, $8

5/9, time TBA the extraordinary pianist Haskell Small – specialist in rapt, haunting, quiet music – plays a program including the the New York premiere of John Tavener’s St. Malachy’s – The Actor’s Chapel, 239 W 49th St. 5/10 at 8 PM he plays the Crypt at the Church of the Intercession. 550 W 155th

5/10, 7:30 PM bouncy, rustic, retro proto-salsa dance band Los Hacheros featuring Maite Hontelé at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free

5/10, 8 PM twin-piano group Ensemble Zofo play two-piano works by Terry Riley plus materilal by Katherine Balch and Dylan Mattingly along with work by David Lang and Urmas Sisask at the Kitchen, $15

5/10, 8 PM the New York Choral Society present Handel’s biblical oratorio Israel in Egypt under the baton of Music Director David Hayes at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium.$30 seats avail

5/10 UK psychedelic folk/art-rock legends the Strawbs at B.B. King’s

5/10 smartly tuneful, pensive newgrass/Americana songsmith Kelley McRae at the big room at the Rockwood

5/11, 8 PM Yarn/Wire’s composr portrait of Michael Gordon at the Miller Theatrr is sold out

5/11, midnight, perennially sinister ex-Cramps and Gun Club guitarist Kid Congo Powers & the Pink Monkey Birds play their noir cabaret-infused postpunk at s at the Bell House, $15

5/12, 7:30 PM cult favorite Americana soul songstress Dina Regine, Certain General guitarslinger Phil Gammage and dark post-Velvets songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Anne Husick in the round at Sidewalk

5/12, 7 PM the Attacca Quartet finish their Haydn Quartet cycle with Quartets Opus 1, No. 1; Opus 42; Opus 103; and Opus 76, No. 5 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 3 W 65th St off Central Park, $20/students and seniors free

5/12, 8 PM ferocious, brilliantly lyrical punk/powerpop band Wormburner – probably the closest thing to the Jam the US has ever produced – at the Mercury, $10 adv tix rec

5/12, 8 PM gritty guitarist Mary Halvorson’s Thumbscrew trio with Michael Formanek and Tomas Fujiwara play the album release show for their new one Convallaria at Roulette

5/12, 9:30 PM George Crumb’s Black Angels : 13 Images From the Dark Land for electric string quartet performed by Ensemble LPR; scintillating soprano Daisy Press performs Favus Distillans from a song cycle based upon Hildegard von Bingen’s Chants to Saint Ursula; plus the the world premiere of Ricardo Romaneiro’s Nocturnal Suite, a multi-movement ethereal nocturne cycle with words and vocals by Hannah Sumner, performed by Ensemble LPR and special guest Sandbox Percussion, harpist Jacqui Kerrod, Ramin & Justin Abrams , and narrator Tom Schubert at House of Yes, 2 Wyckoff Ave. at Jefferson, Bushwick, J to Jefferson St., $20

5/12, 10:30 PM hypnotically epic newschool psychedelic band Frogbelly & Symphony at Rock Shop, $10

5/13. 6 PM intense Middle Eastern classical/jazz trumpeter Amir Elsaffar leads a small group at the   at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, free w/museuma adm. 5/28, 8 PM he’s with his Indian/Middle Eastern cross-pollination Rajas Project w/ Rajna Swaminathan (mridangam), Anjna Swaminathan (violin) Miles Okazaki (guitar), Maria Grand (tenor saxophone) at Alwan for the Arts, $20

5/13, 7 PM fronted by the young chanteuse considered widely to be the best in all of Indian music, Falu’s Bollywood Orchestra at the Rubin Museum of Art, $30

5/13, 7 PM catchy, fiery, female-fronted Above the Moon – like a more forceful take on Versus – at Leftfield

5/13, 8:30/10:30 PM ethereal, raptly haunting singer Sara Serpa with guitarist André Matos; Chris Cheek – saxophones; Chris Morrisey – bass at Cornelia St. Cafe.

5/13, 10 PM perennially vital, haunting film score mavens Morricone Youth and surf rock band Maui Hurricane at Union Hall, $10

5/13, 11 PM the feral, frenetic NY Gypsy Allstars play Turkish classics at Drom, $10 adv tix rec

5/14, 5 PM vibraphonist Stefon Harris with the United States Air Force’s “premier jazz ensemble,” the Airmen of Note followed by dirty Jerz hip-hop icons Naughty by Nature at Military Park, 51 Park Place in Newark, free

5/14 hypnotic, psychedelic pan-Asian ambient noise group FEN (Far East Network): Ryu Hankil (S. Korea), Yan Jun (China), and Yuen Chee Wai (Singapore) play two sets at the Japan Society, 333 E 47th St. (1/2 Aves): a standing-room show on the first floor at 7, then a seated set in the auditorium, $18 per set or $32 for the whole night

5/14, 8 PM intense, ferociously lyrical, politically fearless noir blues bandleader and showman LJ Murphy at Sidewalk followed at 9 by Mac McCarty & the Kidd Twist Band playing their fiery, sometimes unexpectedly poignant Pogues-ish punk and folk noir

5/14, 8 PM fiery klezmer/Balkan/Middle Eastern jamband Klazz-Ma-Tazz at Shrine

5/14, 8 PM NYC’s very own Javanese gamelan orchestra, Gamelan Kusuma Laras at Symphony Space

5/14, 8 PM Anna Sato and Shingo Maeyama perform the rare, hauningtly delicate folk music of Amami Island, Japan at Roulette, $25

5/15, 3 PM the Canticum Novum Singers and members of New York Virtuoso Singers perform Roberto Sierra’s Missa Latina at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, $25 tix avail

5/15, 4 PM gospel group Jubilation Choir with iconic soul singer Cissy Houston followed at 5:30 by popular 90s salsa romantica chanteuse La India at Military Park, 51 Park Place in Newark, free

5/16-17, 7:30 PM irrepressible newschool outlaw country songwriter Hayes Carll at Joe’s Pub, $25

5/17, 8 PM hilarious, guitarishly brilliant oldschool honkytonk/cowpunk band Trailer Radio play the album release show for their new one Country Girls Ain’t Cheap at Brother Jimmys BBQ at Union Square.

5/17, 8:30 PM the Satoko Fujii Orchestra – probably the best largescale improvising ensemble of the last 20 years – at I-Beam, $15

5/17. 7:30 PM ageless retro cabaret chanteuse Phoebe Legere followed by Texas blues road warriors the Fabulous Thunderbirds at B.B. Kings, $27.50 adv tix avail

5/18, 9ish arguably NYC’s most eclectic and dynamic singer Karla Rose – equally adept at new wave, noir cinematics, oldschool soul, Lynchian torch song and neo-Velvets janglerock – plays a rare, intimate solo acoustic show at Berlin

5/18 high-voltage original Ethio-funk crew Debo Band at Brooklyn Bowl

5/19, 7 PM popular West Virginia retro/newgrass Americana songwriter Dori Freeman at the big room at the Rockwood, $10

5/19, 8 PM whirlwind indie classsical marimba virtuoso Makoto Nakura and pianist Barbara Podgurski play works by Bach, Lane Harder, Philip Lasser and others at the Church-in-the-Gardens, 50 Ascan Ave, (Greenway/Burns) Forest Hills, E/F to 75th Ave., , $20, reception to follow

5/19 9 PM psychedelic swamp blues guitarist Daryl Hance (ex JJ Grey and Mofro) – sort of the missing link between Brian Jonestown Masscre & the Black Keys – at the small room at the Rockwood

5/20, 8 PM up-and-coming indie classical chamber group the RAM Players perform new works by David Fetherolf, Gilbert Galindo, Guy Barash, Ronnie Reshef and David Schober at the Secret Theatre in Long Island City, $20

5/21, 5 PM indie classical chamber group Exceptet play new works by Brian Petuch, Fay Wang, ­Brooks Fredrickson, Eric Shanfield, Brendon Randall-Myers and Alex Weiser at the Secret Theatre in Queens, $20

5/21, 7 PM Ifti Chowdhury & the Royal Bengali Tea House play their surreallistically kinetic Bangladeshi-Spanish musical fusion followed by the Feringhees performing cinematic Banghra rock and Indian folk-rock at the BMHC Lab, 1303 Louis Nine Blvd. , Bronx, 2/5 to Freeman St

5/22, 1 PM Iktus Percussion play new works by Philip Schuessler, Mikel Kuehn, Erin Rogers and Hiroya Miura at the Secret Theatre in Long Island City, $20. There’s also a 5 PM program featuring the Switch Ensemble playing electroacoustic pieces by Chris Chandler, Lisa Streich, Clay Mettens, Santiago Diez-Fischer, Anthony Vine and Alexander Schubert, same price

5/22, 3 PM the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony play Mozart’s Concerto for Flute no 1 in G major, K. 313 with flutist Petra Rivero, Elgar’s Cello Concerto with cellist Inbal Segev and Mendelssohn’s Symphony no 3 in A minor, Op. 56 “Scottish” at All Saints Church, 60th St. west of First Ave, $20 sugg don

5/23, 8 PM pianist Marilyn Nonken with chamber ensemble Sound Icon revisit Gerard Grisey’s rarely performed horizontal music classic Vox Temporum plus works by Grisey-inspired composes Richard Carrick, Nina C. Young, Christopher Trapani, Marcos Balter, Victoria Cheah, Brian Erickson, and Edmund Campion at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec.

5/23, 8 PM the DaCapo Chamber Players perform works by Marc Mellits, Valerie Coleman, Joan Bower, George Tsontakis, Tania Leon and Steven Albert at Merkin Concert Hall, $20/$10 stu/srs

5/24, 8 PM Sonos Chamber Orchestra play works by Sibelius, Paul Moravec, Alexander Brott, Pehr Henrik Nordgren, Alice Ping-Yee Ho, Fredrik Sixten and Jessie Montgomery, at Merkin Concert Hall, $30/$20 stud/sts

5/25, 8 PM catchy minimalist bassist and new wave songwriter Palehound at Baby’s All Right

5/26, 10 PM 90s surf/trashrock favorites Southern Culture on the Skids at the Bell House, $17 adv tix rec

5/29, 8 PM spellbinding, dynamic jazz chanteuse Stephanie Layton – of the Tickled Pinks – at Caffe Vivaldi

5/30, get there early (like 4 PM) the NY Philharmonic play Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, free

6/3, 9 PM enigmatically careening, intense female-fronted power trio Castle Black  at Leftfield. 6/14 they’re at Bowery Electric

6/5, 7 PM S ethereal, raptly haunting singer Sara Serpa and tersely lyrical guitarist André Matos play a rare duo show at the Rockwood

6/13, 6 PM Yemeni singer and oud player Abdulrahman AlAkhfash plays a rarely-heard program of solo traditional music at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, free w/museuma adm

6/13, 7:30 PM the Big Sing at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, free: Kent Tritle hosts 300+ NYC singers from at least a dozen first-class choirs performing favorites including “Dona nobis pacem” from Bach’s Mass in B Minor, the central movement of Brahm’s German Requiem, “He Watching Over Israel” from Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and more, full list of artists here

6/15, 8:30 PM moody, kinetically cinematic third-stream pianist Romain Collin leads his trio at Iridium

6/16, 8 PM Lost Dog New Music Ensemble with Sarah Joy Miller, soprano play a program of works by dark Danish composer Per Norgard at Scandinavia House, 37th St./Park Ave., $20

6/17, 8 PM the Momenta Quartet play four US premieres by a program of works by dark Danish composer Per Norgard at Scandinavia House, 37th St./Park Ave., $20

6/18, 8 PM the Momenta Quartet with speicial guests perfom a program of larger-scale chamber works including four US premieres by by dark Danish composer Per Norgard at Scandinavia House, 37th St./Park Ave., $20

6/18 the annual Porchstomp acoustic Americana festival on Governors Island

6/19 Punk Island on Governors Island

6/21, 5 PM Philip Glass plays his Etudes for piano at Pier 1 in Riverside Park

6/21, 5 PM International Contemporary Ensemble plays works by Mario Davidofsky and Ginastera at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park

6/22 “America’s filthiest country singer” Wheeler Walker Jr. – OMFG, he makes David Allen Coe look like a pussy – at the Mercury

7/30 The Bells: A Daylong Celebration of Lou Reed all day at Lincoln Center, program and artists TBA

New York City and Brooklyn Live Music Calendar for March and April 2016

Daily updates. 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 Sundays, an intimate, growing piano music salon on the Upper West Side featuring iconoclastically insightful, lyrical pianist Nancy Garniez – a cult favorite with an extraordinarily fluid, singing, legato style – exploring the delicious minutiae of works from across the centuries. Next up: March is all about Mozart, 3/10 at 7  PM, 3/13  at 4 . Sugg don $10 (pay what you can), delicious gluten-free refreshments, beverages and lively conversation included! email for info/location.

Mondays in March, 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.

Mondays at 10 noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo leads his trio at the big room at the Rockwood

Also Mondays in March, 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 March, 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 March, 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.

Three Thursdays in March – 3/3, 3/10/, 3/17 – spine-tingling art-rock/avant-garde/chamber pop singer Carol Lipnik – pretty much everybody’s choice for best singer in all of NYC – with luminous pianist Matt Kanelos at Joe’s Pub

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

Saturdays in March 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 March at 6 PM adventurous multi-reedman Matt Darriau – whose styles range from klezmer to jazz improvisation to Balkan and Middle Eastern music – plays saxes and maybe bagpipes if we’re lucky, with a variety of ensembles, 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

undays in April, 7 PM elegant, coyly wittty cabaret chanteuse Celia Berk sings smartly New York-centric songs from her new album, Manhattan Serenade at the Metropolitan Room, 34 W 22nd St

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 March, 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.

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. They’re also here on 3/3, same time, same deal, playing Chamber Music of Ana-Maria Avram

3/1, 7:30 PM the NY Phil with violnist Baiba Skride play works by Dvorak and Bartok at Avery Fisher Hall, $30 tix avail

3/1, 7:30 PM luminous, soulful pan-Latin jazz chanteuse Claudia Acuña with Pablo Vergara on piano and Pablo Menares on bass at Mezzrow, $20

3/1, 8  PM jangly, sharply lyrical folk-rock/chamberpop band the Morning Sea – like a more stripped-down, less druggy Elliott Smith – at the Knitting Factory, $10

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

3/1, 8 PM singer Dafna Naphtali’s eerily dystopic Robotica – an evening-length electroacoustic solo show inspired by the work of Al-Jazari, the 13th century Mesopotamian inventor and author of the “Book of Knowledge of Ingenious Mechanical Devices” – at Wild Project, 195 E 3rd St, $15

3/1-6, 8:30/10:30 PM vivid, intense, lyrical jazz pianist Myra Melford leads her wryly titled Debt ensemble with Ron Miles (trumpet) Liberty Ellman (guitar) Stomu Takeishi (acoustic bass guitar) Tyshawn Sorey (drums) at the Vanguard, $30

3/1, 9 PM hot 20s swing with trumpeter Jason Prover and his Sneak Thievery Orchestra at Radegast Hall. They’re back here on 3/24

3/2, 3:30 PM a rare free daytime show by edgy, intense Romany/circus rock/noir cabaret band Yula and the Extended Family at Merkin Concert Hall

3/2, 6 PM Bosnian jazz drummer/composer Ivan Srdjanovic and band at Shrine

3/2, 7 PM improvisations in celebration of women’s history month with Cheryl Pyle- flute/Jamie Baum- flute /Nora McCarthy -voice/ Claire Daly– baritone sax/Shayna Dulberger-bass at Muchmore’s, $10

3/2, 7:30 PM swirling avant garde ensemble Dither Guitar Quartet with Sonic Youth Lee Ranaldo at Merkin Concert Hall, $25

3/2, 7:30 PM tuneful pianist and Fred Hersch protege Vadim Neselovskyi leads his quartet feat. singer Sara Serpa at Club Bonafide, $15

3/2, 8 PM legendary klezmer clarinetist and bluegrass mandolin wizard – and undercover surf rocker –Andy Statman and band at Barbes

3/2, 8/10 PM hip-hop lyricist par excellence Talib Kweli does his hip-hop jazz thing at the Blue Note, $20 standing roon avail.

3/2, 9 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” at Troost in Greenpoint.

3/2-3, 10 PM advengturous jazz/atmospheric tenor saxophonist Wayne Escoffery leads his group at Smalls. Excellent bassist/composer Joris Teepe opens the night with his band on 3/3 at 7:30

3/3, 1 PM Chamber Orchestra Kremlin play a Russian-themed program TBA at Trinity Church, free

3/3, 7 PM spine-tingling art-rock/avant-garde/chamber pop singer Carol Lipnik – pretty much everybody’s choice for best singer in all of NYC – at Joe’s Pub, $16. She’s also here on 3/10 and 3/17.

3/3, 7 PM cutting-edge indie classical chamber group Ensemble Mise-En play new music by French composers Gérard Buquet, Carlos Grätzer, Patrick Marcland, François Paris at La Maison Française at NYU, (16 Washington Mews) off University Place, free

3/3, 7:30 PM a rare free show by noisy noir jazz guitar icon Marc Ribot y Los Cubanos Postizos at the Lincoln Center Atrium, get there early

3/3, 7:30/9:30 PM awesome Israeli Ethiopiques groove instrumentalists Ambessa Orchestra, f.k.a. Lions at Ginny’s Supper Club. 3/26, 10 PM they’re at Barbes for the tip jar

3/3 and 3/8, 7:30 PM, repeating on 3/4-5 at 8, the NY Philharmonic with the New York Choral Artists play Brahms’ German Requiem at Avery Fisher Hall, $30 tix avail

3/3, 7:30 PM cellist Beiliang Zhu performs Bach’s Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello at the Kosciusko Foundation, $25/$20 stud/srs

3/3-5, 7:30/9:30 PM intense Cuban third-stream/latin jazz pianist Alfredo Rodriguez leads his trio with guest chanteuse Ganavya Doraiswamy.at the Jazz Standard, $30

3/3, 8 PM intense, fearless Romany/Balkan chaunteuse Eva Salina with pyrotechnic accordionist Peter Stan followed at 10 by charismatic ex-Spanglish Fly frontwoman Erica Ramos’ exciting new latin soul band, Fulaso at Barbes. The following night, 3/4 Eva and Peter are at the American Folk Art Museum at 5:30 PM

3/3, 8 PM International Contemporary Ensemble with Suzanne Farrin play new pieces for ondes Martenot (a variant of the theremin) and chamber ensemble by Alvin Lucie and Ashley Fure, with its centerpiece the original version of Olivier Messiaen’s “Louange à l’Éternité de Jésus” from the Quartet for the End of Time at the Abrons Arts Center, free

3/3, 8 PM in reverse order: honkytonk guitar monster Wayne Hancock, Stonesy bar band Nathan Kalish and the Lastcallers, and newgrass with the Dark City Strings at the Knitting Factory, $15

3/3, 8 PM Red Gretchen – best known for their anguished Replacements/Nirvana anthems, although they’re even better at slowly undulating, doomy psychedelic/art-rock grooves – at Leftfield

3/3, 8:30 OMG what an amazingan all-star klazmer lineup with Steve Weintraub, the  All-Star Fidl Kapelye featuring Alicia Svigals, Deborah Strauss, Jake Shulman-Ment, Amy Zakar, Lily Henley, Keryn Kleiman, Pete Rushefsky, Brian Glassman kicking off the debut Jalopy performance of the NY klezmer series at their new Jalopy digs, $15

3/3, 9 PM long-running 90s alt-country favorites Rusty Truck at Hill Country, free

3/3, 9:30 PM high-voltage female-fronted surf rockers High Waisted play the album release show for their new one at the Mercury, $10

3/3, 9:30 PM eclectic jazz/blues resonator guitarist Elizabeth Wise at Caffe Vivaldi

3/3, 9:30 PM Cuban pianist Ivan Melon Lewis with his quartet and special guest singer Magos Herrera at National Sawdust, $25

3/3, 10ish fascinating, kinetic electroacoustic sound sculptures with Sontag Shogun – who do very cool things with water sounds, among other textures – playing their “tour sendoff” show at Trans-Pecos

3/3, 10ish catchy, fun indie soul band Sunshine Nights at the Cobra Club in Bushwick. 3/31 they’re at Freddy’s at 8 

3/3, 10:30 PM surf/twang instrumental rockers the Bakersfield Breakers – whose album is a dead ringer for something from 1963, unbelievably cool and fun –at Hank’s

3/4, 6 PM noir chamber jazz chanteuse Rebecca Sullivan and her quintet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

3/4, 7 PM drummer Tim Kuhl’s fascinatingly enveloping, trippy, cinematic soundtrack band St. Helena at Leftfield

3/4, 7:30 PM a great acoustic roots triplebill, in reverse order: purist, straightforward, warmly tuneful front-porch folk songwriter Joanna Sternberg oldtimey blues guitarist Eli Smit and the duo of accordionist Ali Dineen & flutist/singer Eleonore Weill – at the Owl, 487 Rogers Ave at Midwood St. in Lefferts Gardens, 2/5 to Sterling St.

3/4, 8 PM torchy, lyrically smashing original female-fronted oldtimey swing crew the Fascinators at Sidewalk

3/4, 8 PM International Contemporary Ensemble cellists Kivie Cahn-Lipman, Katinka Kleijn, and Michael Nicolas play works by Wuoreinen, Saariaho, Diaz De Leon and others at the Abrons Arts Center, free

3/4, 8 PM indie classical and dangerously fun improvisation: a duo set by Iktus Percussion, Ashcan Orchestra and Pretty Monsters with Mike Pride – drums, Erica Dicker – violin, Owen Stewart-Robertson – guitar, Katherine Young – bassoon at Jack in Ft. Greene, $12

3/4, 8 PM the mystical, otherworldly operatic improvisations of Conspiracy of Proletarian Shamans at the Firehouse Space, $10

3/4, 9 PM searing, theatrical Romany/Balkan punk rockers Bad Buka acoustic ?!? at Radegast Hall. Even without amps, they have the energy to drown out the tourists.

3/4, 9 PM charismatic, psychedelic funkmeistress Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds at Brooklyn Bowl, $15 adv tix rec

3/4 9 PM the Delorean Sisters – who do funny, sarcastic country/bluegrass covers of cheesy 80s pop hits – at the Way Station

3/4, 10 PM this era’s most chillingly cinematic, shadowy reverbtoned noir guitar instrumentalists, Big Lazy at Barbes

3/4, 10:30 PM catchy Booker T-esque soul jazz with the David Gibson/Jared Gold, Hammond B3 organ band preceded by the purist, surprisingly low-key Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens at the Fat Cat.

 3/4, 11 PM brooding, velvet-voiced noir/southwestern gothic bandleader Raquel Vidal & the Monday Men at the West End Lounge, 855 West End Ave just south of 102nd

3/5, 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 Balkan/klezmer multi-reedman Matt Darriau and one of his many projects, at 8 by pianist Lucian Ban and violist Mat Maneri playing their creepy Transylvania jazz and at 10 by upbeat Sinaloa-style Mexican mariachi/ranchera brass group Banda de los Muertos and their amazing arrangements, $10

3/5,7 PM the world premiere of composer/singer Randy Gibson’s epic four-hour immersive drone-a-thon Apparitions of The Four Pillars in the Midwinter for low-register sextet and vocals at Wild Project, 195 E 3rd St, $15

3/5, 8 PM subversive hip-hop crew the Peace Poets and political street band The Filthy Rotten System at the People’s Voice Cafe, $18, “no one turned away”

3/5, 8 PM literate Tom-Waits-ish alt country band Fist of Kindness at Desmond’s

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

3/5, 8 PM Tom Shaner – brilliant tunesmith and lyricist whose eclectic catalog spans from haunting southwestern gothic rock to Americana, rockabilly, Celtic balladry and psychedelia – at Bowery Electric, $10

3/5, 9 PM Unsteady Freddie‘s monthly surf rock extravaganza at Otto’s begins with B11, Killers from Space at 10, the purist reverbtoned Strange but Surf at 11 and Brad & the Bombers sometime around midnight.

3/5, 9 PM bass goddess Felice Rosser’s roots regge/dubsoul/groove band Faith at BAM Cafe

3/5, 9.10:30 PM hauntingly cinematic Mediterranean/Middle Eastern jazz bassist Petros Klampanis and his octet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

3/5, 11ish honkytonk/highway rock chanteuse Aron Blue & the Bootleggers at Hank’s. They’re at Freddy’s on 3/25 at 11

3/5, 11 PM guitar-and-horn-driven groove jazz explorers Alpha Band at Club Bonafide, They’re also here on 3/19.

3/6, 5 PM cinematic, eclectic Balkan- and latin-tinged string band Ljova & the Kontraband featuring sizzling Romany jazz accordionist Julien Labro at National Sawdust, $25, kids under 12 free

3/6, 7 PM one of this era’s most exhilarating Balkan multi-reedmen, Raya Brass Band and Sherita bandleader and alto saxophonist/clarinetist Greg Squared’s Circle at Barbes

3/6, 8 PM flamenco guitar hero Vicente Amigo at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, $17 tix avail

3/6 noisy, hazily jangly, psychedelic slowcore/free jazz/avant instrumentalists Sunwatchers  – with Hubble guitarist Ben Greenberg – at Palisades

3/7, 6:30 PM one of the most interestingly lyrical, eclectic young jazz guitarists around, Dave Juarez leads his trio at the Bar Next Door

3/7, 7 PM tersely poignant, straitghtforward acoustic tunesmith Amy Bezunartea followed by similarly intense, smart, tuneful janglerock guitarist Jennifer O’Connor playing the album release show for her new one at the Mercury, $12 adv tix rec

3/7, 7:30 PM the NY Phil’s Contact avant garde chamber ensemble play Messiaen’s Le Merle Noir and plus Messiaen-influened works by Pierre Bouez, George Benhjamin and Oliver Knussen at National Sawdust, $25

/7, 7:30 PM the Attacca Quartet and Dorian Wind Quintet with Miranda Cuckson, violin and Aaron Wunsch, piano play miniatures by Dvorak, Ligeti, Kurtag, Prokofiev, Penderecki, Andrew Norman, Frank Bridge and John Adams at Advent Church, 93rd and Broadway, free

3/7, 8 PM hard-hitting bassist Dawn Drake & Zapote play hot Afrobeat-tinged funk grooves at Brooklyn Bowl, $8

3/7, 9:30 PM insightful, colorful, captivatingly theatrical chanteuse Gay Marshall performs Piaf classics – in the original French and in her own English translations, with an unusual mix of the iconic (La Vie en Rose and L’Accordeoniste) and the rare (Avec Ce Soleil and The Lady From Pigalle) with accompaniment by Ross Patterson at the Metropolitan Room, 34 West 22nd St, $25

3/7, 10 PM intense female-fronted psychedelic/funk band Imunuri at Bar Chord. 3/19 at 9 they’re doing the record release show for their new one at the big room at the Rockwood

3/8, 7 PM nocturnal jazz chanteuse/pianist/uke player Gina Leishman with her band followed at 9 by ten-piece funky Balkan brass/Ellington jazz monsters Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

3/8, 8 PM edgy latin rockers El Imperio followed by perennially fun second-wave Afrobeat dancefloor jamband Antibalas at Brooklyn Bowl, $15 adv tix rec

3/8-13, 8/10 PM International Contemporary Ensemble plays the Stone with a whole bunch of different lineups and composers, $15. Choice pick: 3/10, 8 PM with Pauline Oliveros, accordion, and Jennifer Curtis, violin

3/8. 8 PM fiery, eclectic klezmer jazz jamband Klazz-Ma-Tazz at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

3/8, 8 PM torchy oldtimey swing with Heather Holloway and the Heebie Jeebies at Radegast Hall 

3/8-20, 8:30/10:30 PM pastoral noir jazz guitar icon Bill Frisell does a long stand at the Vanguard, first as a duo with bassist Thomas Morgan, then starting on the 15th leading a vocal quartet, $30

3/8, 9:30 PM the Bronx Conexion play their mighty salsa big band jazz at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, $10

3/9, 7:30 PM slinky, haunting, jaunty mostly-female klezmer/latin jamband Isle of Klezbos at Pangea, $15

3/9-10, 7:30  PM state-of-the-art alto saxophonist/composer Miguel Zenon leads his quartet at Smalls,wow, get there early. Similarly tuneful, more retro-inclined postbop tenor saxophonist Ken Fowser and his group play afterward at 10:30 on 3/10

3/9, 7:30 PM pianist Eric Huebner plays works by Messiaen including Cloches d’angoisse et larmes d’adieu, from Préludes plus works by Dukas, Tristan Murail, George Benjamin and others at Faith-Good Shepherd Church out back of Lincoln Center, $25

3/9, 8 PM darkly edgy Las Rubias Del Norte guitarist Giancarlo Vulcano’s My Funny Detective cinematic instrumental project at Barbes

3/9, 8 PM New Zealand’s theatrical Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra at the Bell House, $15 adv tix rec

3/9, 8:30 PM a great tuneful, sardonically lyrical twinbill: ex-White Hassle frontman Marcellus Hall and then his longtime guitarist pal Chris Maxwell playing the album release show for his new one at Hifi Bar, free

3/9, 8:30 PM disarmingly intimate, breathtaking chanteuse Marianne Solivan leads her mighty 13-piece, latin-inflected big band at Smalls, $25

3/9, 10:30 PM electric, lyrically-fueled folk noir band Leland Sundries at Rock Shop, $10

3/10, 1 PM Jeffrey Zeigler, cello (ex-Kronos Quartet) and Pedja Muzijevic, piano play works by Ginastera, Beethoven, and Richard Wilson at Trinity Church, free

3/10-11, 7 PM haunting Andalucian/Middle Eastern guitarist Ayman Fanous plays three sets each night with a slew of great collaborators. the Ayman Fanous/Denman Maroney Duo plus guests, then at 8 the Ayman Fanous/Jason Hwang/Ned Rothenberg/Daniel Levin Quartet and at 9:30 the Ayman Fanous/Ikue Mori Duo plus guests at the Firehouse Space, $10

3/10, 8 PM state-of-the-art big band Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society play their rarely performed suite Tensile Curves, inspired by Ellington’s Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue at National Sawdust, $28

3/10. 8 PM a rare duo performance between irrepressible, paradigm-shifting accordionist Guy Klucevsek and soprano saxophonist Phillip Johnston followed at 10 by Daria Grace’s torchy, delightful oldtime uke swing band the Pre-War Ponies at Barbes

3/10, 8 PM in reverse order at Palisades: newschool garage rockers the Mystery Lights, fuzztone noisemakers Surfbort, trippy lo-fi soundtrack/surf/blue-eyed soul band Shark Week and resonator guitarist/singer Breanna Barbara Arneson  and her boisterous blues band,

3/10, 8 PM an Alvin Singleton retropective with works performed by the Momenta Quartet, as well as three of Singleton’s works for solo piano: “Baked In The Cake”, “Argoru I”, & “In My Own Skin”, performed by pianist Joseph Kubera, and “Be Natural”, for three string players, with Meaghan Burke, Stephanie Griffin, and James Ilgenfritz. at Roulettte, $25

3/10, 8:30 PM hard-hitting Eastern Bloc Jewish drinking music with Binyomin Ginzberg & the Breslov Bar Band at the Jalopy, $15

 3/10, 9 PM socially conscious, oldtimey-flavored Americana band 2/3 Goat at Hill Country, free

3/10, 9ish fiery, swirling soundtrack composer/guitar monster Sarah Lipstate a.ka. Noveller and the similar Ben Greenberg a.k.a. Hubble at Trans-Pecos

3/11, 8 PM badass resonator guitarist and delta blues/oldtime hillbilly music maven Mamie Minch, followed at 10 by Morocan trance-folk bandleader Samir Langus at Barbes 

3/11, 8 PM Honor Finnegan – brilliantly eclectic folk/jazz/parlor pop tunesmith whose songs can be quirky and hilarious, or brooding and haunting – at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture, 53 Prospect Park W, any train to Grand Army Plaza, $10

3/11, 8 PM a good female-fronted rock triplebill: sassy  saloon blues band Pepperwine, Versus-like, hard-hitting, bristlingly guitar-fueled 90s-style indie powerpop band Above the Moon and searingly brilliant lead guitarist Debra Devi in a rare solo set at the Citizen, 332 2nd St in Jersey City

3/11, 8 PM a chamber sextet ensembled by Chicago’s Sounds of Silent Film Festival plays a new score to Teshigahara’s rarely screened art documentary Gaudi with music by Lawrence Axelrod, Ryan Ingebritsen, Patricia Morehead and L.J. White at Symphony Space, $20/$10 stud/srs

3/11, 8 PM, repeating on 3/12 at 7:30 PM the Chelsea Symphony play Schumann’s Symphony No. 2 plus the Strauss Horn Concerto and Dohnányi’s Concertino for Harp and Orchestra at St. Paul’s Church, 315 W 22nd St, $20 sugg don.

3/11, 8:30 PM playful impovising quartet Bright Dog Red – “Digable Planets meets Mahavisnhu” – at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

3/11, 9 PM haphazardly edgy, Middle Eastern-tinged guitarist Yonatan Gat and band at at the basement space at Webster Hall, $10

3/11, 9ish popular 90s dark ska band Mephiskapheles at Grand Victory, $20

3/11, 9 PM Mac McCarty & the Kidd Twist Band playing their fiery, sometimes unexpectedly poignant Pogues-ish punk and folk noir at Sidewalk

3/11, 10 PM oldschool psychedelic soul/groove band Empire Beats at the Way Station

3/11 terse, tuneful jazz guitarist Julian Lage with bassist Scott Colley and drummer Kenny Wollesen at the big room at the Rockwood

3/12, 2 PM the American Chamber Ensemble trio plays Andre Previn, Ravel, Saint Saens, Joaquin Rodrigo, De Falla and Jonathan Russ performed by flutist Tia Roper, soprano Donna Balson and pianist/ACE co-director Marilyn Lehman at the National Opera  Center, 330 7th Ave., $20

3/12, 5 PM pianists José Menor, Vanessa Perez and Adam Kent perform music by Enrique Granados  at the DiMenna Center, $5

3/12, 7:30 PM cult favorite Irish art-rock crooner Pierce Turner and band debut their new album Love Can’t Always Be Articulate, making use of the pipe organ at Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church, 155 E 22nd St. @3rd Ave $10 sugg don

3/12, 7:30 PM the Brooklyn Conservatory Community Orchestra with violinist Alice Ivy-Pemberton play works by Ravel and Khachaturian plus Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 at Plymouth Church,75 Hicks St , downtown Brooklyn, $18/$12 stud.srs

3/12, 8 PM creepy noir chamber pop/murder ballad duo Charming Disaster – Jeff Morris of Kotorino and Ellia Bisker from Sweet Soubrette – at Pete’s. They absolutely slayed here last month, haha, no joke.

3/12, 8 PM Kuwaiti guitarist/songwriter Yousif Yaseen with Argentinian composer/guitarist/bassist Tomas Latorre, Chilean composer/pianist Benjamin Furman, and German composer/percussionist Clemens Grassmann. at Alwan for the Arts, $20/$15 stud/srs

3/12, 8 PM smartly lyrical, brilliantly torchy chanteuse Hilary Downes with her new chamber pop band Secrets of Birds at Barbes

3/12, 8 PM the NY Festival Orchestra plays a 3/11 memorial concert featuring a program of “Musical Prayers” on the 5th Anniversary after Japan’s Fukushima disaster with music by Barber, Dvorak, Grieg, Hirai, and Sisler at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church (Chelsea), 346 W 20th, $20

3/12, 8 PM fiery belter Charlene McPherson’s ferociously funny, intense, guitar-fueled Americana punks Spanking Charlene ad Lakeside Lounge garage rock supergroup Los Dudes at Fontana’s, $tba

3/12, 8 PM the Apollo Chamber Players perform string quartets by Smetana, Arthur Hernandez and Julia Smith at Symphony Space, $30

3/12, 8 PM Cantori New York perform the U.S. Premiere of La remontée des cendres, a tender and haunting piece for chorus, soloists and instrumental ensemble based on the eponymous French poem by Tahar Ben Jelloun, which puts into stark relief the destruction and despair wrought by the Persian Gulf War. The program also includes the U.S. premiere of the exquisite Tre nuovi madrigali by the Italian composer Bruno Bettinelli, and the imposing At the Edge of the Earth, a 21st-century work by Latvian composer Maija Einfelde on the story of Prometheus, in its New York premiere. at Church of St. Luke in the Fields, 487 Hudson St., $25

3/12, 8 PM perennially vital 60s folk cult heroine Carolyn Hester, with her daughters Amy & Karla Blume at the People’s Voice Cafe, $18, “no one turned away”

3/12, 9 PM singer Katie Curley’s wryly retro, period-perfect classic 60s style honkytonk band the Bourbon Express at Leftfield. They’re at the small room at the Rockwood on 4/9 at 6.

3/12, 10 PM roots reggae group Royal Khaoz at Shrine

3/13, 2:30 PM the Apple Hill String Quartet play music of Purcell, Glass, Haas at St. Bartholomew’s Church, Park Ave. at 50th St.,, $25/$15 stud/srs

3/13, 3 PM pianist Kate Liu plays a program TBA at Temple Emmanu-El, 1 E 65th St. free

3/13, 4 PM the annual New Music Bake Sale with RighteousGIRLS ( flutist Gina Izzo and pianist Erika Dohi), Kimura/Lytle/Supové Trio (piano, violin, and bass clarinet improvisational trio), Resonant Bodies Festival (contemporary vocal music), Mantra Youth Percussion, Lunar Ensemble (flexible chamber group), Threefifty (guitarists Brett Parnell and Geremy Schulick’s folk- and baroque-inspired instrumental band) at Roulette, absurdly cheap at $10 plus all kinds of yummy treats available.

3/13, 7:30 PM Americana chamber pop band Goldfeather (fronted by violinist Sarah Goldfeather) plus indie classical crew Exceptet (who take their instrumentaiton from Stravinsky’s L’Historie Du Soldat)  playing premieres by Fay Wang and Brendon Randall-Myers and recent works by Paul Kerekes and Brooks Frederickson at Merkin Concert Hall, $25`

3/13, 8 PM a brilliant cello-rock twinbill: Shelby Lynn Sangdahl followed by Patricia Santos’ amazing, intense, soul-infused duo the Whiskey Girls at Matchless

3/13, 8ish in reverse order at Bowery Electric: LES drum legend Dee Pop’s birthday bash with NYC’s original jagged female-fronted postpunkers the Bush Tetras, deep roots reggae/dub/soul grooves with Faith, legendary airy chanteuse, Floor Kiss frontwoman and John Cale collaborator Deerfrance, Dennis Discoll and others, $10

3/13, 8 PM intense, sardonic, smart art-rock/avant garde pianist/chanteuse Nicole Zaray leads a trio with Tom Swirly and Damien Olsen at the Firehouse Space, $10

3/13, 8 PM blue-eyed soul loopmusic guy Adam Schatz of Landlady leads an Allen Toussaint tribute night with spectacular singer Abena Koomson and others at Manhattan Inn

3/14, 6 PM the improvisationally-inclined Osso String Quartet at the Fat Cat

3/14,  7 PM brilliant Balkan/classical accordionist Ksenija Sidorova  at le Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec 

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

3/14, 8  PM strikingly eclectic violinist/composer/parlor pop songwritger Concetta Abbate at Shades of Green Pub, 125 E 15th St

3/14, 8:30 PM the best twinbill of the year wth two intense, grimly funny, virtuosic noir soundtrack outfits: the savage, macabre,cinematic Beninghove’s Hangmen and guitar icon Steve Ulrich’s noir twang instrumental trio, Big Lazy at Manhattan Inn

3/14, 9:30 PM Los Cumpleanos – with Nestor Gomez – vox/percussion; Lautaro Burgos – drums; Eric Lane – keyboards; Alex Asher – trombone. play Colombian cumbias, salsa and originals at Barbes

3/15, 4 PM Irish ensemble the Maynooth University Chamber Choir with organist John O’Keefe perform music by Choral works and arrangements by Eric Whitacre, Sydney, Guillame, Javier Busto, Felix Mendelssohn, Jonathan Dove, Samuel Barber, and Percy Grainger at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, free

3/15, 7 PM hauntingly Gil Evans-inspired jazz with the Robert Sabin Dectet followed by trombonist John Yao‘s mighty, colorful 17-Piece Instrument big band at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

3/15, 8 PM wild, lickety-split Serbian Romany trumpet jams with the Boban Markovic Orkestra at le Poisson Rouge, $25 adv tix req

3/15, 8 PM irrepressible impresario and spine-tingling singer Elisa Flynn books another multi-act evening: this time out, artists play a cover song about or mentioning a musician and write a new one. Performers include Chris Q. Murphy, Elisa Flynn, Maharajah Sweets, George Hakkila, Mary Spencer Knapp, Neville Elder, John LaPolla, Dan Cullinan, Charming Disaster at the Way Station. 3/19 at 8 Flynn is doing a solo set at 8 at Matchless

3/15, 8 PM devious all-female honkytonk cover band Your Ex-Girlfriends at the big room at the Rockwood

3/15, 8 PM concise, tuneful jazz pianist Marta Sanchez leads her quintet with Jerome Sabbagh, tenor sax;  Roman Filiu, alto sax;  Rick Rosato, bass;  Colin Stranahan, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

3/15, 8 PM the North/South Consonance Ensemble play chamber works by composers from Spain and the Americas:Benet Casablancas, Christopher Ha Chun, David Colson, Max Lifchitz & Carlos Rodriguez at Christ & St Stephen’s Church, 120 W 69th St, free

3/16, 7 PM under the direction of conductor K. Scott Warren, the Choir of St. Ignatius Loyola join wiht sensational New York soprano Tami Petty for Frank Ferko’s intense Stabat Mater for unaccompanied mixed chorus and soprano solo; plus harpist Victoria Drake joins the choir for the NYC premiere of William Culverhouse’s poignant Requiem, at St. Ignatius Church, Park Ave/84 St. $25 seats avail

3/16, 7 PM avant garde Korean chamber folk ensemble Jeong Ga Ak Hoe at Elebash Hall at CUNY, 365 5th Ave. north of 34th St., $25

3/16, 8 PM guitarist Tom Csatari – whose new big band album is rapturously good and tuneful – leads his Uncivilized chamber jazz project at Barbes

3/16, 8 PM hypnotically spiky Mauritanian folk music reinventors 75 Dollar Bill and long-running postrock pioneers Tortoise at le Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec

3/16, 8 PM crystalline, ethereal singer/composer Aubrey Johnson leads her quintet with Tomoko Omura, violin;  Michael Sachs, alto sax, bass clarinet;  Matt Aronoff, bass;  Jeremy Noller, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

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 the New York Chillharmonic – singer/keyboardist Sara McDonald’s lush 17-piece art-rock/chamber pop band with string quartet and big band jazz orchestration – at Littlefield, $10

3/17, 1 PM indie classsical ensemble Novus NY play works by Ginastera and Stravinsky. at Trinity Church, free

3/17, 7:30 PM plus 3/18-19 at 8 the New York Philharmonic premiere Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Karawane featuring the New York Choral Artists, plus Sibelius’s Violin Concerto, with Leonidas Kavakos as soloist; and Shostakovich’s Suite from The Age of Gold at Avery Fisher Hall ,$33 tix avail

3/17, 7:30 PM a festival of works by women composers works by Kaija Saariaho, Cindi Hsu, Bettina Sheppard, Veronika Krausas, Shelley Washington, Emanuela Ballio, Inna Buganina, Maggi Payne, Kezia Yap, Elizabeth Adams, Syrlane Albuquerque, and Jennifer Merkowitz performed by pianists Sara Bong and Markus Kaitila, flutists Angela Collier-Reynolds and Emily Voye, sopranos Carla Wesby and Melissa Wozniak, alto Shelley Washington, tenor Mario Gullo, and baritone Brendan Littleton. Plus a fiteen new one-minute piano pieces by even more current NYC artists, at the Firehouse Space, $10

3/17, 7:30 PM Astoria performs French love songs by Busnoys, Binchois, Dufay and others; at the Kosciusko Foundation, $25/$20 stud/srs

3/17, 8:30 PM high-voltage tsimbl dulcimer player Pete Rushefsky and band jam out klezme classics from Russia and the Ukraine at the Jalopy, $15

3/17, 9 PM Jef Brown and Zeb Visini (aka the Spy From Cairo) play psychedelic Middle Eastern dub grooves at Troost

3/17, 9:30 PM if you must go out and get trashed on St. Paddy’s, this is your best and funniest bet – savagely sardonic, politically-fueled faux-French rockers Les Sans Culottes – followed by metal parodists/comedy-rock legends Satanicide – NYC’s version of Spinal Tap -at the Mercury, $10 gen adm

3/17, 9 PM haunting Dutch noir art-rock/chamber pop band Chabliz at Freddy’s

3/17, 10 PM Marc Ribot (guitar), Greg Lewis (B3 organ), drums tba at Sunny’s in Red Hook, wow!

3/17, 10;30 PM catchy, cinematic, noir-inclined saxophonist/composer Nick Hempton leads his quintet at Smalls

3/18, 5:30 PM purposeful, wickedly tuneful, crystalinne-voiced literate songstress Sharon Goldman at the American Folk Art Museum

3/18, 8 PM Coeur de Pirate – pianist/singer Beatrice Martin’s torchy chamber pop/art-rock project – at Highline Ballroom $18 adv tix rec

3/18, 9 PM guitarslinger/edgy bandleader Mallory Feuer leads her power trio the Grasping Straws at Pine Box Rock Shop

3/18, 9 PM well-liked all-female Americana/newgrass harmony trio Underhill Rose at e followed at 11 by rapidfire, fun newgrass/oldtimey jamband the Howlin Bros. at Hill Country. Underhill Rose are at the Brooklyn branch of the overpriced bbq spot on 3/29 at 8

3/18, 11 PM Canadian gothic songstress Lorraine Leckie plays a high-octane set with her band the Demons at Sidewalk

3/19, 5 PM  pianist Mirian Conti plays music by Bach, Haydn, Schumann, Nathaniel Dett, Zez Confrey, Duke Ellington, Manuel Halffter at the DiMenna Center, $5 http://www.mirianconti.com

3/19, 7 PM intense, fearlessly political Tunisian-American art-rock/Middle Eastern singer Emel Mathlouthi and her band at National Sawdust, $25

3/19, 7 PM Kankaba Kanuteh and Badenya play jali folk music from Sierra Leone, Gambia and Mali at BMHC Lab, 1303 Louis Niné Blvd. in the Bronx, 2 to Freeman St, free

3/19, 8 PM brilliantly torchy parlor pop/Americana chanteuse Robin Aigner assembles a talented cast for a night of Elvis Costello covers at Freddy’s. Among others on the bill: David Benjoya, Bill Carney, Pierre de Gaillande, Charming Disaster, Larry Cook, Katie Down, Rima Fand, Pete Galub, Phil Jacob Glauberzon, Susan Hwang, Jacob Jiles, Dan Kilian, Shannon McArdle, Jennifer Sirey & Kevin Bailey, Gavin Smith, Bob Van Pelt and more. Her Tom Waits cover night last year was off the hook.

3/19, 8 PM bassist Simon Hanes and his 14 piece ensemble Tredici Baci play cinematic themes inspired by classic 70s Italian film followed by cumbia dance group Chia’s Dance Party at Barbes

3/19, 8 PM acclaimed, hypnotic Pakistani sufi grooves with Riyaaz Qawwali at Roulette, $30

3/19, 8 PM edgy Romany/flamenco guitar jazz trio Ameranouche followed eventually at 10 by Arki playing Ethiopian grooves at Silvana

3/19, 8 PM intense, roaring avant-jazz/bluesmetal guitarist Joe Morris’ Arcade with Joe Moffett trumpet;; Henry Fraser – bass at I-Beam, $15

3/19, 9 PM Richard X. Heyman plays his cult favorite 1990 powerpop album Hey Man all the way through with his band at Arlene’s, free cd with paid admission

3/20, 4 PM wickedly literate, psychedelic songwriter Ember Schrag leading a band playing Buffy Sainte-Marie’s psych-folk cult favorite Illuminations album. It’s Ember’s bday show – two other March babies, Nick and Alex Curtin cover new wave faves The Only Ones and Subway Sect after. Ember is bringing homemade cake!!

3/20, 4 PM the Choir of Corpus Christi Church sing a sixteeth-century celebration of Lent including two works by the innovative composer Jacob Handl plus Renaissance composers Byrd, Josquin, Morley, Palestrina, Lassus, and Victoria at Corpus Christi Church, 529 W 121st St, $10 seats avail.

3/21, 7 PM the Choir of Grace Church sings selections from Handel’s Messiah at Grace Church, Bwy/12th St.

3/21, 7:30 PM the American String Quartet play works by Haydn, Chausson, Respighi and Brahms joined by two up-and-coing sopranos at Borden Auditorium at Manhattan School of Music, free

3/21, 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 with a killer lineup including the haunting, hisorically-informed Elisa Flynn and others TBA

3/21, 8 PM hauntingly oldschool front-porch folk singer Jo Williamson at LIC Bar

3/21, 8:30 irrepressible, erudite jazz parodists Mostly Other People Do the Killing have fun making fun of hot 20s sounds with an expanded lineup: Thomas Heberer, sax;  Jon Irabagon, piano;  Dave Taylor, bass;  Brandon Seabrook, drums;  Ron Stabinsky, piano;  Moppa Elliott, bass;  Kevin Shea, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

3/21, 8:30 PM violinist Jennifer Koh and pianist Shai Wosner play Beethoven violin sonatas at the 92nd St. Y, $25

3/22, 7 PM the women of the Yale Slavic Chorus jam themselves into Barbes followed at 9 by ten-piece funky Balkan brass/Ellington jazz monsters Slavic Soul Party

3/22, 7 PM enchanting Italian percussionist Alessandra Belloni with her mystical Daughters of Cybele project at the Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere, 79 Howard Ave, Staten Island, 3/26 at around 9:30 she’s at Mehanata with her fiery tarantella rock band

3/22-26, 8/10 PM intense avant/classical violinist Mark Feldman leads a series of groups at the Stone, $15. Choice pick: the late set Friday night with his longtime collaborator, pianist Sylvie Courvoisier, playing from John Zorn’s Book of Angels

3/22 and 3/24, 11 PM upbeat, keyboard-spiced psychedelic/art-rock bandJukebox the Ghost at Bowery Ballroom, $22 adv tix rec

3/23, 7:30 PM pianist Ian Hobson plays Rachmaninoff’s Variations on a Theme of Corelli plus works by Chopin, Debussy and Yehudi Wyner at Merkin Concert Hall, $20

3/23, 8 PM innovative, terse delta blues-inspired jazz guitarist Ross Hammond with tabla playe Sameer Gupta at Barbes

3/23, 8 PM String Orchestra of Brooklyn performs recent works for strings by Michael Harrison and Alex Mincek, alongside a newly commissioned work by Alexandra Gardner for strings and electronics, and a new concerto by Taylor Brook at Roulette, $20

3/24, 7 PM colorful, compelling, dynamic avant jazz chanteuse Lauren Lee and her combo at Cleopatra’s Needle

3/24, 7:30 PM the MSM Symphony Orchestra play Elgar’s Sea Pictures and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 at Borden Auditorium at Manhattan School of Music, free

3/24, 7:30/9:30 PM tenor saxophonist Roxy Coss leads her guitar-piano quintet at Club Bonafide, $10

3/24, 8 PM the Jalopy takes over the West Village: oldtime country blues guitarist Eli Smith with special guests incl. Americana songwriters Feral Foster and Wyndham Baird, John Cohen of the New Los City Ramblers, badass resonator guitarist/bluesmama Mamie Minch, Walter Shepard, charming front-porch songwriter Joanna Sternberg, playing relevant and historically-informed classics and new material at Greenwich House Music School, $15 incl. open bar!

 3/24, 8ish droll Nordic garage-punk rockers Stupidity, oldschool garage/powerpop allstar band the Split Squad, and trash-garage guitar maven Palmyra Delran at Bowery Electric

3/24, 8 PM indie classical/Americana violinist Sarah Goldfeather performs works by Kate Soper, Julia Wolfe and Alex Weiser, joined by soprano Justine Aronson and others for the New York premiere of Chris Cerrone‘s The Pieces That Fall to Earth at Roulette, $20

3/24, 8 PM Spanish pianist José Menor plays an all-Granados program at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $25

3/24, 8ish, in reverse order hard-hitting garge punks the 45 Adapters, edgy 70s style punk-pop band the Up Up Ups,  funny ska-punks Inrod and searing, Radio Birdman-esque garage punks the Brimstones – who don’t have a bass but don’t need one at Grand Victory, $10

3/24, 8:30 PM in reverse order: high-energy Americana band the Goddamn Gallows, Outlaw Ritual, and fiery southwestern gothic/Romany rock band Butcher Knives at the knitting Factory, $10 adv tix rec

3/24, 8:30 PM the Fraydele trio with bassist Joanna Sternberg, violinist Zoe Aqua and powerhouse singer Eva Salina do otherworldly klezmer harmonies at the Jalopy, $15

/24, 9ish vicious noiserock jamband the the Skull Practitioners– led by Steve Wynn sparring partner/genius guitarist Jason Victor – at Shea Stadium, $8

3/25, 5:30 PM tasteful newgrass songwriter Vincent Cross and sharply lyrical parlor pop stylist Heather Eatman at the American Folk Art Museum

3/25, 7 PM bassist Marcos Varela plays the album release show for his new one San Ygnacio with his quartet at Drom, $15 adv tix rec

3/25, 8 PM ten-piece funky Balkan brass/Ellington jazz monsters Slavic Soul Party at Brooklyn Bowl, $8

3/25, 8 PM sharply lyrical, historically aware, harmony-fueled Americana/chamber pop/soul band Sweet Soubrette at the Hive in Bushwick

 3/25, 8 PM one of this era’s most erudite, fascinating jazz guitar mavens, Matt Munisteri at Sunny’s

 3/25, 8 PM Dada Paradox – the catchy psychedelic new wave project from the Larch’s Ian and Liza – at Freddy’s

3/25, 8 PM irrepressible cutting-edge chamber goup Ensemblle Mise-En plays new works by women composers Tawnie Olson, Whitney George, Frances White and Kala Pierson at the Mise-En place, 678 Hart St #1B, in Bushwick, L to Dekalb Ave

3/25, 8:30 PM southwestern gothic and oldschool C&W bandleader Jack Grace does double duty, first with his band and then with a rare reunion of his legendary 90s jamband Steak at Hank’s, note $10 cover

 3/25, 10 PM Zlatne Uste, NYC’s first and arguably most deeply authentic, explosive Balkan brass band, plus the similar Orkestar Balkan Express at Drom, $15 adv tix rec

3/25, 10 PM ferociously funny, lyrical, jangly Americana anthem band Fireships at Union Hall, $10

3/26, 4 PM the Columbia University Gagaku Instrumental Ensemble play classical Japanese works by Etenraku and Goshōraku (for jo & kyū), contemporary works and traditional fare at the Miller Theatre, free

3/26, 5 PM Laura Cantrell – charismatic, hilarious bandleader and this era’s greatest Americana singer – pays a rare solo show at Pete’s

3/26, 6:30 PM balmy, sardonically individualistic vocal jazz stylist Dorian Devins and her trio at the Astor Room, 3412 36th St, Astoria, free. 3/31 she’s at Cornelia St. Cafe with the addition of oboeist Tom Christensen for just a $10 min, no cover

3/26, 7 PM sardonically funny Beatlesque/Costelloesque powerpop songwriter Walter Ego at Sidewalk playing his favorite 12 songs from his massive 24 in 2015 solo album.

3/26, 7 PM the Zodiac Trio play haunting new Iranian,  Jewish and playful astrological-themed works for strings and piano by Richard Danielpour, Andrew List and John Mackey at Spectrum, $15

3/26, 7:30 PM fronted by the young chanteuse considered widely to be the best in all of Indian music, Falu’s Bollywood Orchestra at Flushing Town Hall, $16

3/26, 8 PM in reverse order Niger’s desert rock guitar powerhouse Bombino, Ghanian crooner Jojo Abot, the darkly Middle Eastern flavored Nubian grooves of Alsarah & the Nubatones and Zimbabwian jamband Mokoomba at the Apollo Theatre, $25 tix avail

3/26 8 PM the haunting all-female Yale Slavic Chorus followed at 9 by a couple of roots reggae bands, Challenger & the Core and Thunda Vida at Silvana

3/26, 9:30ish intense percussionist Alessandra Belloni’s tartantella rock band at Mehanata

3/27, 8 PM keyboardist Richard Sussman’s The Evolution Suite for jazz quintet and string quartet at Greenwich House Music School, $tba

3/27, 8 PM dark, poliitcally fearless Dominican art-rock/tropical punk rockers Jobo at Silvana

3/27, 9 PM southwestern gothic rock and boisterously funny oldschool C&W with Jack Grace at Skinny Dennis

3/27, 11 PM intense, funky Indian brass bhangra band Red Baraat at Bowery Ballroom, $20 adv tix rec

3/28, 8 PM haunting pan-Asian avant-jazz songstress/composer Jen Shyu debuts her archetypal Song of Silver Geese with MIVOS Quartet, plus vibraphonist Chris Dingman’s Jade Tongue, at Roulete, $20

3/29, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, indie classical quintet Ensemble Pamplemousse play works by David Broom and others at the Miller Theatre

3/29, 6 PM sharp, Haitian vodou songs by Taina Ligonde & her band and dancer Erzuli Guillaume at the Flatbush Library, 22 Linden Blvd at Flatbush, free. Light refreshments will be served and audience participation is encouraged!

3/29, 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.

3/29, 7 PM oudist Brian Prunka‘s Sharq Attack with Marandi Hostetter, 5 string violin; Brian Prunka, oud; John Murchison, double bass and Philip Mayer, percussion.jam out classic Middle Eastesrn themes at Barbes

3/29, 7 PM high-voltage oldschool 60s JBs style Texas funk band Roxy Roca at the big room at the Rockwood, $10. The kinetic-yet0haunting female-fronted Americana jamband the Sometime Boys follow at 8.

3/29-4/3, 8/10 PM cutting edge pan-Asian jazz violinist Meg Okura plays with a series of ensembles at the Stone, $15. Choice pick: both sets on 3/30, where shes playing with slinky nuevo-Middle Eastern song crew Pharaoh’s Daughter.

3/29, 8 PM well-liked all-female Americana/newgrass harmony trio Underhill Rose at Hill Country Brooklyn

3/29, 9 PM in reverse order at Trans-Pecos: DUO Premier with Brian Chippendale (Lightning Bolt) and hammer of the gods drummer Greg Saunier (Deerhoof) w/ special guests, iconically soulful klezmer trumpeter Frank London and band, and downtown guitar hero Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog, $12, proceeds to benefit Ishtar Women & Family Center in Kurdistan

3/29, 10 PM brilliant drummer/percussionist Willie Martinez & La Familia Sextet play classic salsa grooves at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, $10

3/30, 8 PM in reverse order: quirky accordion-driven parlor pop band Toot Sweet, shambling Americana rock crew the Harmonica Lewinskies and the slinky, self-explanatory Cumbia River Band at the Knitting Factory, $10

3/30, 8 PM kinetically tuneful, smartly pensive chamber pop songwriter Erika Lloyd at LIC Bar

3/30, 9 PM multi-instrumentalist Wendy Griffiths’ lyrically intense, swirlingly lush two-keyboard art-rock/new wave band Changing Modes at Arlene’s, $8

3/30, 9 PM a ”troubled songwriters’ circle” with haunting folk noir/lo-fi psychedelic guy Jaye Bartell, intense art-rock pianist Laura Loriga a.k.a. Mimes of Wine and Dylan Angel (don’t bother googling) at Troost

3/30-31, 9ish state-of-the-art jamgrass with the Infamous Stringdusters at with Hicki Bluhm at Bowery Ballroom, $22 adv tix rec

3/30, 10:30 PM purist jazz guitarist and former DIzzy Gillespie sideman Ed Cherry and his group at Smalls

3/31, 1 PM the avant garde world’s go-to cellist, Ashley Bathgate plays solo works by Britten and Ginastera at Trinity Church, free

3/31, 7:30 PM amazing triplebill: enigmatically dark improvisations from Sandcatchers with Big Lazy guitarist Steve Ulrich, sizzling psychedelic Balkan rock band Choban Elektrik and explosive remembetiko metal band Greek Judas at Rock Shop, $10

3/31, 7:30 PM wild, spiraling, rare rustic Polesian klezmer dances and grooves with Litvakus at the Jalopy, $15

3/31, 7:30 PM pianist Alexei Tartakovsky plays works by Chopin, Rachmaninoff and Liszt at Merkin Concert Hall, $25

3/31, 8 PM the Minetti Quartet play the Schubet Quartettsatz, Beethoven: String Quartet in F major, Op. 18, No. 1 and a Kurtag piece at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free

3/31 8 PM devious oldschool C&W/rockabilly parodists Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co. at Otto’s

3/31, 8 PM Sexmob’s perennially charismatic trumpeter Steven Bernstein in a rare performance with guitar quartet including Steve Cardenas, Dave ronzo and surprise guests at Green wich House Music School, $15 incl. open bar!

3/31, 8 PM unstoppable art-rock cellist/iimpresario Valerie Kuehne’s latest extemporareous musical/performance art Trauma Salon includes performances by Robert Pepper, Rebecca Patek, Birdorgan, David Jan Griess, Vengiko, violinist Natalia Steinbach, Alex Cohen and maybe more at the PPL space in Bushwick

3/31, 9:30 PM hot oldtimey swing band Svetltna & the Delancey Five at Club Bonafide, $15

4/1, 9 PM sizzling twin-guitar paisley underground/psychedelic janglerock band Girls on Grass at Rock Shop, $10

4/1-2, 9 PM hypnotic danceable Ethiopian-inspired sounds with Budos Band at Brooklyn Bowl, $20

4/1, 10 PM pensive chamber pop/art-rock chanteuse Basia Bulat and band at Bowery Ballroom $15 adv tix rec

4/1, 7 PM sound sculptor Lesley Flanigan – who is a far more kinetic, fascinating performer to watch than her hypnotic work suggests – plays the album release show for her mesmerizing, labyrinthine new one, Hedera plus performances by C Spencer Yeh, Maria Chavez, and Nick Hallett + Daisy Press at National Sawdust

4/2, 5 PM Falu – widely considered the foremost interpeter of Hindustani classical vocalas in the US – and her band at the Brooklyn Museum, free w/museum adm.

4/2, 6 PM songwriter Miwa Gemini – who’s just as adept at creepy southwestern gothic as she is at moody continental waltzes and paisley underground psychedelia – at the small room at the Rockwood

4/2, 7:30 PM incomparable country/jazz/janglerock icon Amy Allison with Jon Graboff on lead guitar and Lee Feldman on piano at Dixon Place. Briliant new material! Devastatingly funny between-song banter!

4/2, 7;30 PM Elisabeth Marshall, soprano; Kate Maroney, mezzo soprano; Brandon Snook, tenor; Steven Eddy, baritone; Michael Brofman, Jocelyn Dueck, Miori Sugiyama, piano perform music of Brahms, Schumann, Virgil Thomson, Judith Wweir, Scott Wheeler and Ben Gunn at the Tenri Institute, $20/$15 stud srs

4/2, 8 PM hard-hitting, brass-fueled newschool latin soul/boogaloo dance band Spanglish Fly at SOB’s, $10

4/2, 8 PM two of Galicia’s leading musicians, guitar/vox duo Uxia & Narf at Roulette, $25

4/2, 9 PM legendary third-wave ska/soul/reggae/blues band the Slackers at the Bell House, $20

4/2, 9:30 PM hypnotic cello-and-marimba duo Goli at Caffe Vivaldi

4/2, 10 PM ferociously funny, intense, guitar-fueled Americana punks Spanking Charlene followed by garage rockers the Lord Calverts at Gussy’s Bar, $10

4/3,11 AM (i.e. before noon) Roman Rabinovich, piano plays works by Haydn, Schumann and Michael Brown at the Walter Reade Theatre at Lincoln Center, $22 tix avail

4/3. 4 PM Boston-based vocal ensemble Blue Heron teams with the wind band Dark Horse Consort in a program of Spanish music from Seville’s 16th-century Golden Age at Corpus Christi Church, 529 W 121st St, $10 seats avail.

4/3, 4 PM dramatic British art-ballad/chamber pop chanteuse Tina Mali – Marianne Faithfull meets Kate Bush – at the small room ar the Rockwood

4/3, 8 PM violinist Michelle Painter leads a quartet playing Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time at the Firehouse Space, $10

4/3, 8 PM haunting Turkish crooner Ahmet Erdogdular and Makam NY play dark, hypnotic Middle Eastern jams at Merkin Concert Hall, $28/$15s tud/srs

4/3, midnight, brilliantly jangly paisley underground guitarist Dave Miller leads his band playing psychedelic instrumentals at the small room at the Rockwood. 4/6 he’s at Manhattan Inn in Greenpoint at 10.

4/3 high-energy oldschool soul/groove band the California Honeydrops at the Knitting Factory

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

4/4, 8 PM a benefit concert for P-Funk keyboard legend Bernie Worrell at Webster Hall with Bootsy Collins and filmmaker Jonathan Demme plus performances by George Clinton, Living Colour, Jerry Harrison of Talking Heads, Nona Hendryx, Meryl Streep, Rick Springfield (the one and only!), Bill Laswell with The Last Poets (Abiodun Oyewole, Umar Bin Hassan, Babatunde & special guests), Paul Shaffer and the World’s Most Dangerous Band, Fred Schneider of the B-52’s, and the Black Rock Coalition Orchestra, $50, expensive, but all proceeds go to the Wizard of Woo in his battle to stay alive.

4/4, 9:30 PM insightful, colorful, captivatingly theatrical chanteuse Gay Marshall performs Piaf classics – in the original French and in her own English translations, with an unusual mix of the iconic (La Vie en Rose and L’Accordeoniste) and the rare (Avec Ce Soleil and The Lady From Pigalle) with accompaniment by Ross Patterson at the Metropolitan Room, 34 West 22nd St, $25

4/5, 7:30 PM pianist Sahan Arzruni plays an all-Armenian program with works by Arno Babadjian Alan Hovhaness, Aram Kachaturian, Komitas Vardapet and Kara-Mourza at Merkin Concert Hall, $35 but worth it

4/5-6, 8 PM Peter Evans/Levy Lorenzo/Jennifer Curtis/Tyshawn Sorey improvise electroacoustically at the Abrons Arts Center, free

4/6, 9 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” at Troost in Greenpoint.They’re at Espresso 21m at Espresso 77, 35-57 77th Street, Jackson Hts on 4/21 at 8:30

4/6 violinist Francesca dePasquale performs works from her self-titled debut album alongside pianist Meng-Chieh Liu, including the New York premiere of Oceanic Fantasy by Paola Prestini.at National Sawdust

4/6 soaring cult favorite 90s chanteuse Heather Nova plays the album release show for her new one at the Cuttitng Room

4/7, coffee and dessert at 7:30 PM, show at 8,sharply lyrical, sometimes uproariously amusing purist janglerock songwriter Sharon Goldman and her band at First Acoustics House Concerts in Ditmas Park, $25, advance registration required

4/7, 9 PM raucous southern roots/jamgrass/honkytonk band the Pine Hill Haints and the truly Legendary Shack Shakers doing their ghoulabilly and gutter blues at the Bell House, $15 adv tix rec

4/7, 9:30 PM, and 4/8 at 7, klezme clarinet powerhouse David Krakauer plays the album release shows for his new one Ancestral Groove with his electric band at National Sawdust

4/8, 7 PM hilarious faux-French rockers les Sans Culottes – whose new album Les Dieux Ont Soif is both great fun and potently relevant – open forPenelope Houston‘s recently revitalized, legendary first-wave punk band the Avengers at Grand Victory, $20 adv tix a must

4/8, 8 PM torchy, riveting, erudite countrypolitan songwriter Drina Seay at Sidewalk

4/8, 8 PM the Dover Quartet play the first of Beethoven’s three Razumovsky quartets with Berg’s sole quartet and Dvorák’s “American,” in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall

4/8, 9ish well-regarded Americana rock and heather Maloney collaborators Darlingside at Rough Trade

4/10, 3 PM the Greenwich Village Orchestra play Mozart: Adagio and Rondo; Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor; Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 5 “The Reformation” at Washington Irving HS Auditorium, 16th St./Irving Place, $20 sugg don., reception to follow

4/10, 4 PM chamber choir Kinnara Ensemble make its New York City debut with music by Gabrieli,Frank Martin, Schutz, Thompson, Elgar and Brahms at Christ Church United Methodist, 524 Park Ave, $25

4/10, 7:30 PM state-of-the-art, intense, witty, politicallyh fearless indie classical composer Mohammed Fairouz conducts the Mimesis Ensemble with Rachel Barton Pine in the New York premiere of his “Violin Concerto: Al-Andalus,” and “Pax Universalis” at NYU’s Skirball Center

4/10, 8ish British oi-punk legends Peter & the Test Tube Babies – maybe best known for their hilarious album of cheesy 80s Stock/Aitken/Waterman covers, The Shit Factory – at Grand Victory, $20 adv tix a must

4/11, 7:30 PM the Spectrum Symphony celebrates the Alberto Ginastera centennial with works by Ginastera and Stavreva with special guest harpiest Melanie Genin at Broadway Presbyterian Church, 114th/Broadway, free

4/12-13, 9 PM psychedelic janglerock cult favorites the Dandy Warhols at Bowery Ballroom, $30 adv tix rec

4/14, 8 PM romping female-fronted continental swing band the Hot Sardines at Union Hall, $15

4/14, 10 PM ex-Crooked Still frontwoman and soaring Americana bandleader Aoife O’Donovan at Bowery Ballroom, $20 adv tix rec

4/16, noon, the annual Queens Overground Jazz Festival with ten hours of free music, performers TBA at Flushing Town Hall

4/16, 8 PM Hossein Alizadeh and Pejman Hadadi play centuries’ worth of mystical Persian sounds at Roulette, expensive, $35, but worth it

4/17, 6 PM pensively intense violinist/singer Sarah Bernstein leads her quartet with Ron Stabinsky on piano, Stuart Popejoy on electric bass and Tomas Fujiwara on drums.at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

4/17,8 PM dynamic honkytonk/newschool C&W band Holy Ghost Tent Revival at Union Hall, $10

4/18, 8 PM creepy noir chamber pop/murder ballad duo Charming Disaster headline their monthly, wickedly fun Murder Ballad Monday series at Branded Saloon, special guests include wih historically-inspired, richly tuneful, erudite singer/guitarist Elisa Flynn, , intense, wickedly tuneful Nashville gothic songwriter Jessie Kilguss and keyboardist/shortwave radio operator Steve Espinola

4/20, 9ish tersely tuneful guitarist Tom Csatari’s hauntingly cinematic, lushly sweeping Uncivilized large ensemble at Aviv

4/21, 8 PM eclectic, funky jazz/soul violinist Mazz Swift‘s Mazzmuse Breakdown feat. James Shipp at Greenwich House Music School, $15 incl. open bar!

4/21, 8 PM International Contemporary Ensemble play a rare “composer portrait” of Francesca Verunelli at Miller Theatre $25 seats avail

4/21, 10 PM wild, noisy, genuinely Hendrixian virtuoso lead guitarist Viva DeConcini and her band at Union Hall ,$12

4/22, 7:30 PM the Vaya! 63: Mambo Legends Orchestra at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, gegt there early

4/22, 11 PM LA gutter blues band the Record Company at the Mercury, $12 adv tix rec

4/23, 8 PM slinky, otherworldly oud/percussion duo Tareq Abdallah & Adel Shams El-Dinat Alwan for the Arts, $20/$15 stud/srs

4/24, 4 PM early music ensemble Quicksilver air out compositions from Bach’s Library at Corpus Christi Church, 529 W 121st St, $10 seats avail.

4/26, 7 PM the New York Composers Circle present a concert of new music featuring five world premieres with unorthodox instrumentation, by Scott D. Miller, Jacob E. Goodman, Kevin McCarter, David Picton and Eugene Marlow plus works by Nataliya Medvedovskaya, Frank Retzel, Jennifer Griffith and others; violinist Miranda Cuckson stars in the ensemble. At St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex, reception to follow, $20 sugg don.

4/27 well-liked oldtimey Americana string band the Hackensaw Boys at Brooklyn Bowl

4/28, 8 PM auntingly atmospheric, hypnotic Korean-American composer/performer Bora Yoon and Andrew Nemr at Greenwich House Music School, $15 incl. open bar!

4/28, 8 PM a solidly fun oldschool bluegrass twinbill with the Jon Stickley Trio and Dark City Strings at Union Hall, $10

4/28 Summer Cannibals – who mix sunbaked 70s proto-stoner vibe with punk and abrasive Sleater Kinney-ness – at the Market Hotel in Bushwick

4/29, 5 PM indie classical chamber group Ensemble Mise-En play a rare program of works by by Edison Denisov, one of the pioneers of the Russian avant-garde at the Bobst Library a.k.a. Suicide Central at NYU, free

4/29, 8 PM the kinetic, high-energy, rustic Saied Shanbehzadeh Ensemble play acoustic Persian Gulf trance music at Roulette, expensive, $35, but worth it

4/29 a killer newschool/oldschool powerpop twinbill with Dany Laj & the Looks and the ageless, indomitable Paul Collins Beat at Cake Shop. 4/30 they’re at the Acheron

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

Constantly updated, lots of great stuff this month and a brand-new calendar for March and April coming 3/1. 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.

2/1-8, 9/11 PM the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra play a weeklong stand on their home turf featuring compositions by their founder Thad Jones, leaders Bob Brookmeyer, Jim McNeely and others from their massive catalog of of over 300 tunes, $30

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

2/2-7, 8/10 PM tight, swirling, intense indie classical/postrock guitar quartet Dither plays a weeklong stand at the Stone, $15. Choice pick: the 10 PM set 2/4 with guitarists Mary Halvorson and Gyan Riley plus Kevin Shea on drums. Shea will also emcee. Fun times.

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, 7:30 PM Nuyorican salsa legends Tipica 73 at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, ealy arrival advised

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 a rare chance to see fiery, lyrically intense guitar/keyboard-driven powerpop/punk band Wormburner in a very intimate setting at 11th St. Bar, suggest you get there early if you want a seat

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

2/4, 10:30 PM tuneful postbop tenor saxophonist/composer Ken Fowser leads his quintet at Smalls

2/4, 11 PM No Ice – charismatic bandleader Jamie Frey’s successor band to the someday-legendary Brooklyn What – at the Gutter in Williamsburg

2/5, 8 PM sizzling early 60s style twang/surf trio the Bakersfield Breakers at Singlecut Beersmiths in Astoria

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

2/5, 8:30 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, 9 PM an excellent dark country/Americana twin bill with Karen & the Sorrows and Maynard & the Musties at Beast of Bourbon

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

2/6, 7:30 PM irrepressible 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, 9 PM Red Gretchen – who veer from snarling, artsy, guitar-fueled psychedelia to four-on-the-floor post-Replacements anthems -at Beast of Bourbon

2/6, 10 PM funny, explosive oldschool style punk rockers the Live Ones at the Gutter in Williamsburg

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

2/7, 9 PM wry baritone C&W crooner (and darkly edgy southwestern gothic/border rock songwriter) Jack Grace and band at Skinny Dennis

2/7, 11ish catchy female-fronted psychedelic funk/art-rock band Big Figment at Aviv, $tba

2/8, 7 PM tight, hard-hitting postbox big band jazz with the Keio Light Music Society followed by the Franky Rousseau Large Band at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

2/8, 7 PM powerful, lush male choir Cantus sings romantically-themed works by works by Poulenc, Grieg, Beethoven and Kurt Elling, paired with newly commissioned pieces by David Lang, Joseph Gregorio, Ysaye Barnwell and Roger Treece.at the Greene Space, $25 includes a drink

2/8, 7 PM tuneful postbop pianist Jim Ridl leads his group from behind the Rhodes at 55 Bar

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, 8 PM the funky, jangly female-fronted Aron Blue and the Bootleggers at Branded Saloon

2/8, 9 PM edgy, Romany punk/funk bassist Honeybird at LIC Bar

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

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, 7:30 PM the NY Philharmonic celebrates Chinese New Year with Maxim Vengerov, violin and Nancy Allen, harp playing works by Li Huanzhi, Chen Gang/He Zhanhao, Kreisler and Tan Dun at Avery Fisher Hall, $33 tix avail

2/9, 8 PM cleverly lyrical powerpop icon Patti Rothberg at the Bitter End

2/9 8 PM an evening of performances by Thomas Buckner (voice), Earl Howard (saxophones and electronics), Oliver Lake (saxophones), Lewis (electronics, trombone), Michael Lytle (clarinets), Miya Masaoka (koto and electronics), Ikue Mori (electronics), Andrea Parkins (accordion, objects, electronics), and Lucie Vítková (accordion and voice), assembled to evoke the edgy downtown New York 80s music scene at the Kitchen, $15

2/9, 8 PM indie classical ensemble Talujon play rarely performed percussion works by Reich, Juila Wolfe, and Brooke at the DiMenna Center, $10

2/9, 8:30 PM trombonist John Yao’s 17-piece Instrument play their hefty, swinging, tuneful original big band compositions at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

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 hypnotic, hard-hitting dance floor minimalists Dawn of Midi at the Kitchen, $15

2/10, 6:30 PM tuneful, purposeful up-and-coming jazz guitarist Dave Juarez with Marcos Varela on bass and Ricardo Recabarren on drums at the Bar Next Door

2/10, 8 PM pianist Fabian Almazan’s haunting Rhizome chamber jazz project at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

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

2/10, 9 PM slinky groove-driven Ethiopiques/dub jamband Lions followed eventually at midnight by hard-hitting original Balkan rockers Tipsy Oxcart at the small room at the Rockwood

2/10, 9 PM fiery, psychedelically bluesy oldschool soul/southern rockers Lizzie & the Makers at Arlene’s

2/10, 10ish No Ice – charismatic bandleader Jamie Frey’s successor band to the someday-legendary Brooklyn What – the , sardonic, jangly, politically spot-on Bodega Bay and Paul Collins – the ageless “king of powerpop,” who slayed here last year on a twinbill with Karla Rose & the Thorns – at Berlin under 2A 

2/10, 10  PM kinetic low end-ffueled art-rock/metal/psychedelic band You Bred Raptors at the Manderley Bar

2/10, 10:30 PM eclectic jazz/blues resonator guitarist Elizabeth Wise at Caffe Vivaldi

2/11, 7 PM soaringly explosive jazz composer/torch singer Nicole Zuraitis at 55 Bar

2/11, 7 PM pianist David Kaplan plays works by Schumann (Davidsbündlertänze) and Beethoven (Sonata in C major, op.53) and contemporary American composers, including Andrew Norman, Augusta Read Thomas, Michael Brown,Timo Andres and Caroline Shaw at the Yamaha Piano Salon,689 5th Ave, 3rd floor (entrance on 54th St., $35, reception to follow

2/11, 7:30 PM the Dover Quartet play Schumann: String Quartet in A minor, Op. 41, No. 1; Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 2 at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

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

2/11, 8 PM edgy, politically aware NYC Romany/latin/ska rockers Karikatura and perennially fun second-wave Afrobeat dancefloor jamband Antibalas at Brooklyn Bowl, $15 adv tix rec

2/11, 8 PM Ranjit Bhatnagar – who is inventing an instrument a day this month – shows off the eleven or so he’s created so far at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, $10

2/11, 9ish bitingly charming accordion-fueled swing/chamber pop band Toot Sweet at Sunny’s in Red Hook

2/11, 9 PM sultry, upbeat oldtimey swing with Cait and the Critters at Radegast Hall

2/11, 9:30 PM cleverly cutting-edge string quintet Sybarite5 play suites by Radiohead, Dan Visconti and more at National Sawdust, $25

2/11, 10 PM wild stoner newgrass band the Devil Makes Three at Terminal 5, $25 adv tix rec

2/11, 10:30 PM catchy, cinematic, noir-inclined saxophonist/composer Nick Hempton leads his quintet at Smals

2/11, 11:30 PM legendary, perennially vital, fearlessly relevant first-wave Rasta roots reggae harmony trio Israel Vibration with the Roots Radics Band at B.B. King’s, $25 adv tix rec

2/12, 6 PM an American-Palestinian oud joint venture with oudists Aliya Cycon and Ghassan Sawalhi creating new sounds in gallery 456 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

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

2/12, 6 PM soaring, dramatic third-stream jazz chanteuse Tessa Souter with her combo at 55 Bar

2/12-13, 7:30/9:30 PM the Dan Weiss Large Ensemble play the album release shows for their fun, witty new one Sixteen Drummers Suite – springboarding off a series of the drummer’s favorite riffs from across the ages – at the Jazz Gallery, $22

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, 8 PM pensively anthemic art-rock/chamber pop band the Morning Sea play the album release show for their new one at the big room at the Rockwood

2/12, 8 PM oldschool JB’s-style 60s soul-funk grooves with JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound at Brooklyn Bowl, $10 adv tix req

2/12, 8 PM artsy Nordic chanteuse Ane Brun at Housing Works bookstore just south of Houston on Crosby in Soho, $20 gen adm

2/12, 8 PM the String Orchestra of NY plays works by Aaron Jay Kernis’ “Sarabanda in Memoriam”, Joel Friedmann’s NYC Premiere of “Movable Home”, Reena Esmail and others at National Sawdust, $25

2/12, 8 PM the New Amsterdam Symphony play Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 plus Michelle Ross as soloist in Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2 at Symphony Space, $25/$18 stud/srs

2/12, 9ish popular retro roots 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

2/12, 9:30 PM ferociously good, psychedelic, female-froned minor-key art-rock band Desert Flower at Matchless, $8

2/12-13, 9:30 PM a rare piano-bass summit with the elegantly intense Luis Perdomo and current-day four-string legend Rufus Reid at Mezzrow, $20

2/12, 10  PM brilliantly eclectic Ameriana guitarist Jason Loughlin & the Essex Three play Valentine’s murder ballads at Sunny’s in Red Hook

2/12, 10 PM oldschool soul ballads with singer Camille Atkisson’s Empire Beats at the Way Station

2/12, 11 PM guitarist Alyse Lamb’s fiery, subtly witty tightly psychedelic jazz-inspired postpunk band Parlor Walls at Trans-Pecos

2/12, 11:30 PM savagely psychedelic horror surf/macabre jamband Wooden Indian Burial Ground at the Mercury, $10 gen adm

2/12, half past midnight ish swooshy, synth-driven newschool psychedelic cumbia band R-Tronika at Grand Victory, $10

2/13, 7 PM a solid ska/punk quardruplebill with Rude Boy George – who ska up cheesy 80s pop hits – oldschool NYC punks Bastard Clan, smartly catchy ska-punks Duffy’s Cut and the more reggaeish Hub City Stompers at Grand Victory, $12

2/13, 7 PM cleverly lyrical, coolly intriguing jazz chanteuse Dorian Devins leads her Trio at the Astor Room, 3412 36th St,  Astoria, E/R to Steinway St.. 2/17, 7 PM they’re at Flute Midtown, 205 W 54th St, also free

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, 8 PM the Ureuk Symphony Orchestra play Korean symphonic music plus Tschaikovsky’s Symphony No.4 and the world premiere of Negruta’s Clarinet Concerto at Merkin Concert Hall, $30

2/13, 8 PM pianist Mary Prescott’s Alice Project “delves into a world of experimental art music – a hyper-sensory dimension of fantasy, curiosity, and unpredictability, examining Lewis Carroll’s surreal novel through improvisation” at the Firehouse Space, $10

2/13, 8ish 90s-style Wilco-ish alt-country act Butchers Blind at Hifi Bar

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 wickedly catchy, tuneful, surf-influenced powerpop.janglerock band Simon Doom at Palisades

2/13, 9 PM long-running, wickedly jangly, tuneful Americana rockers the Sloe Guns at the Bitter End

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, 9 PM catchy, irresistibly fun female-fronted oldschool rocksteady/roots reggae band the Big Takeover at the big room at the Rockwood

2/13, 9 PM fiery original and classic flamenco guitar songs and instrumentals with the James Lebrosse Collective at the Way Station

2/13, 9:15 PM a very rare solo show by Mac McCarty wthout his Kidd Twist Band doing acoustic takeds of his fiery, sometimes unexpectedly poignant Pogues-ish punk and folk noir at Sidewalk

2/13. 9:30ish intense charismatic danceable metal cumbia/skaragga/latin rockers Escarioka at Mehanata

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 the cosmopolitan, global Carte Blanche Jazz Band at St. Mazie’s (the old Rose Bar) in Williamsburg

2/13, 10 PM roaring Canadian girlpunk/powerpop hitmakers Hunter Valentine at Bowery Ballroom, $15 gen adm

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

2/14, 11 AM high-voltage, eclectic klezmer jamband Klazz-Ma-Tazz at City Winery for brunch, $10, no minimum

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, 5 PM lyrical Norwegian tenor saxophonist/chamber jazz composer Froydis Grorud leads her trio at St. Peter’s Church, free

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, 7 PM surfed-out tv themes and similarly cinematic sounds from Commercial Interruption at Otto’s – visit this place on V-day at your peril

2/14, 9 PM crystalline-voiced Portland, Maine acoustic Americana chanteuse Caroline Cotter – who moves seamlessly and compellingly between original New England front-porch folk, jaunty Prohibition swing, French chanson and oldtimey/bluegrass stylings – at the small room at the Rockwood

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, 7 PM Dorit Chrysler, Rob Schwimmer and “special international guest” Charlie Draper and the NY Theremin Society perform a tonebending late Valentines show, reinventing material from Serge Gainsbourg to Yma Sumac to Harold Arlen and others at Joe’s Pub, $15

2/15, 8 PM creepy noir chamber pop/murder ballad duo Charming Disaster headline their monthly, wickedly fun Murder Ballad Monday series at Branded Saloon, special guests include Jessi Robertson, Mudville and NYC’s queen of NYC murder ballads, Liz Tormes.

2/15, 8 PM hard-rocking psychedelic cumbia/surf dance band Consumata Sonidera and the magically haunting, soaring all-female Mariachi Flor de Toloache at Brooklyn Bowl, $8

2/15, 9 PM Lake Street Dive‘s brilliant bassist Bridget Kearney & Ben Lazar Davis followed by intense, piano-based, Aimee Mann-style literate chamber pop group Elizabeth & the Catapult at Manhattan Inn, free

2/15, 9 PM NYC jazz legend and twin-reedman George Braith leads his quintet at the Fat Cat

2/15, 10 PM dark 80s influenced goth/art-rock songwriter Alfonso Velez at the small room at the Rockwood. Next door at the big room, same time,noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo and his trio leads his trio

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 edgy baritone sax/piano jams with the Charles Evans/Ron Stabinsky duo followed by the world’s funniest jazz group, Mostly Other People Do the Killing playing the album release show for irrepresssible, briliant bassist Moppa Elliott’s new solo album (!?!) at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

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, 7 PM elegantly tuneful bassist Iris Ornig leads her quartet at 55 Bar

2/16, 8 PM the self-explanatory Gypsy Jazz Caravan at Radegast Hal

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, 6 PM magical traditional Chinese string sounds with pipa player Jiaju Shen and Fujianese guzheng lutenist Mengyan Yu at the Rubin Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

2/17, 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

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

2/17, 7:30 PM noiserock/soundtrack icons Yo La Tengo play music by Alvin Lucier at Merkin Concert Hall, $25

2/17, 8:30 PM darkly pensive third-stream jazz pianist Noa Fort leads her trio at Dominique Bistro, 14 Christopher St., $10 min.

2/17, 9:20 PM (not 9:30) devious, charismatic, subversive comedic songwriter Killy Dwyer at Sidewalk

2/17, 9:30 PM circus rock pioneer Sxip Shirey plays his kinetic New Orleans/hip-hop influenced sounds with his band plus special guests Rob Schwimmer on theremin and Todd Reynolds on violin and loops at Joe’s Pub, $22

2/17, 10 PM quirky, smartly lyrical avant chamber pop with the Icebergs – Jane LeCroy – vox; Tom Abbs – cello; David Rogers-Berry – drums – at Black Bear Bar in Williamsburg

2/17, 11 PM the Space Merchants – who work a doomy reverb/fuzztone psych vibe, Sabbath with a Farfisa! – at Palisades, $5

2/18-21, 7:30/9:30 PM erudite pianist Orrin Evans leads a series of ensembles at the Jazz Standard, $25/$30 on the weekend. The Captain Black Big Band on the 19t h should be especially fun

2/18, 7 PM delicious original Americana/newgrass band Chamomile & Whiskey at at the small room at the Rockwood

2/18. 7:30 PM pianist Matt Herskowitz and violinist Philippe Quint reimagine Bach with a tuneful, original, jazz, latin and third-stream spin at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival a must

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, 8 PM Vox Novus perform works by contemporary composers: Greg Bartholomew, Fabian Beltran, Douglas Townsend, and Robert Voisey plus 15 one-minute pieces by fifteen others at the Firehouse Space, $10

2/18, 9:30 PM confrontentially comedic singer Dan Finnerty’s hilarious, viciously sarcastic top 40 cover band the Dan Band at Joe’s Pub, $22

2/18, 10 PM parlor pop lullabies and hypnotically warm, atmospheric trip-hop with keyboardist/chanteuse Kate Mattison’s band Mattison at Sunny’s in Red Hook

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

2/18. 11 PM wild, noisy, genuinely Hendrixian virtuoso lead guitarist Viva DeConcini and her band at the Way Station

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, 7 PM cutting-edge indie classical chamber group Ensemble Mise-En spotlight new music by composers from the west coast and midwest: Texu Kim, Stephen Taylor, Nick Norton, Carl Schimmel, and Moon Young Haat the Cell Theatre, 338 W 23rd St,, $20/$15 stud/srs

2/19-20, 7;30/9:30 PM saxophonist John Ellis‘ The Ice Siren – a jazz opera with Gretchen Parlato in the role of ghost luring her lover somewhere – with his ten-piece ensemble featuring a string quartet at the Jazz Gallery, $30

2/19, 7:30 PM the Phoenix Quartet play Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time refreshed with remixes by a diverse group of composers, including Rebecca Erin Smith, Emily Praetorius, Tyler Kline, and Scott Rubin at the Firehouse Space, $10

2/19, 7:30 PM chamber orchestra the New York Classical Players perform Schubert’s Quartettsatz, the Enescu Octet, and Schumann’s Cello Concerto at Flushing Town Hall, free, rsvp reqd

2/19, 8 PM intense Middle Eastern-influenced art-rock/metal chanteuse/bandleader Hanna Barakat at Gussy’s Bar in Astoria

2/19, 8 PM catchy, soul-infused existentialist parlor pop mavens Sweet Soubrette followed by the bounce of the Debutante Hour’s Susan Hwang & the Relastics at the Basement Bar, 249 Varet St (between Bogart & White), Bushwick, L to  Morgan Ave

2/19, 8 PM creepy, theatrical female-fronted noir cabaret/circus rock band Orphan Jane play the album release show for their new one at the Bitter End

2/19, 8 PM the SLM Ensemble play new experimental chamber works by Mark Dresser and Sarah Weaver written in response to the Newtown, SC massacre at Symphony Space, $20

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 eclectically tuneful third-stream pianist J.J. Beck at Caffe Vivaldi.

2/19, 9 PM searing, theatrical Romany/Balkan guy/girl-fronted punk rockers Bad Buka acoustic at Radegast Hall. The following night they’re plugging in and blasting out the crowd at Mehanata at around 9:30.

2/19, 9:30 PM anthemic, eclectic often haunting female-fronted Americana/acoustic funk/art-rock jamband the Sometime Boys at Pine Box Rock Shop

2/19, 10 PM uneasy southwestern gothic and swinging noir rock with Raquel Vidal & the Monday Men at Desmond’s

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 wickedly catchy Americana/paisley underground rockers Girls on Grass followed at 11 by the catchy, jangly Big Star-ish Nu-Sonics at Matchless, $10

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

2/19-20, 10:30 PM tuneful, state-of-the-art trombonist/composer Michael Dease leads his sextet at Smalls

2/19, midnight unhinged, excellent ghoulabilly/noir punks the Omega Men at Otto’s

2/20, 7:30/9:30 PM up-and-coming eclectic, purist jazz singer Brianna Thomas leads her combo at Ginny’s Supper Club, $15

2/20, 8 PM Cara Crash and her punk band- who bring to mind the Avengers or a female-fronted Ramones – at Leftfield

2/20, 8 PM banjoist Chris Seymour leads his band followed by politically fearless acoustic songwriter Ben Grosscup at the People’s Voice Cafe, “$18 contribution — more if you choose, less if you can’t; no one turned away”

2/20, 8 PM Mar Salá plays her acoustic flamenco rock at the Way Station

2/20, 10 PM Harlem roots reggae legends Crucial Bridge & the Inity Band at Silvana

2/20, 11:30 PM intense frontwoman Hannah Fairchild’s searingly lyrical punk/art-rock/noir cabaret band Hannah vs. the Many at Pine Box Rock Shop

2/21, 1 PM Americana brunch with the Abby Hollander Band at Brooklyn Bowl, free

2/21, 4 PM high-voltage latin chamber-jazz with Sweet Plantain at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.

2/21, 5 PM a rare NYC appearance by tuneful jazz pianist Ellen Rowe leading a trio at St. Peter’s Church, free

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, 6 PM noir guitar twangmeister Jim Campilongo at 55 Bar

2/21, 8 PM slinky oldschool noir R&B/rockailly band Eve & the Alligators – a Knife Thrower’s Assistance side project – at Otto’s

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

2/21, 9ish timeless freak-folk pioneer Kath Bloom & Most Selfless Cheerleader at Troost

2/21, 10 PM tuneful, thoughtful, lyrical Colombian pianist and composer Carolina Calvache followed by a wannabe new wave band at the small room at the Rockwood. Go figure

2/22, 7/9 PM dark, wryly lyrical, John Prine-ish Ameicana band Maynard & the Musties at Cowgirl Seahorse, 259 Front St at South Street Seaport

2/22, 7:30 PM pianist Ian Hobson plays Chopin Variations on “La ci darem la mano”, Op. 2; Debussy Preludes, Book II; Rachmaninoff Etudes-Tableaux, Op. 39 at Merkin Concert Hall, $20/$13 stud/srs

2/23, 4 PM the Saint Mary’s University Chamber Singers perform works by Woollen, Howells, Schumann, Odekha, Palestrina, Clausen, Miller, and Hogan at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, free

2/23, 7/9 PM and 2/24 at 8 Glenn Branca conducts his six-piece, four-guitar ensemble at the Kitchen is sold out – good for him!

2/23 7:30 PM the indie classical world’s go-to pianist, Lisa Moore plays the album release show for her new one The Stone People with music of John Luther Adams, Martin Bresnick, Fredrick Rzewski and others at le Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec

2/23, 8 PM ex Bee & Flower bandleader/bassist Dana Schechter’s haunting, intense, grimly cinematic instrumental project Insect Ark at St. Vitus, $12

2/23, 8/9:30 PM the Weasel Walter Large Ensemble with Elliott Sharp on guitar at Jack, $12

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

2/23, 8:15 PM smart, catchy, terse, often understatedly haunting acoustic pop tunesmith Sharon Goldman at Caffe Vivaldi

2/23, 9ish haunting, dusky, jangly southwestern gothic rock band And the Wiremen at Troost

2/23, 10 PM brilliant drummer/percussionist Willie Martinez & La Familia Sextet play classic salsa grooves at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, $10

2/24, 6 PM koto/shamisen player and singer Yoko Reikano Kimura and cellist Hikaru Tamaki improvise on classic Japanese thenes at the Rubin Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

2/24, 7 PM hot oldtimey swing twinbill: Danny Lipsitz & his Brass Tacks and Svetlana & the Delancey Five at Joe’s Pub, $16

2/24, 8 PM Paula Carino’s transgressively fun, wickedly lyrical original punk-inspired band, Regular Einstein and shapeshifting, often haunting female-fronted Americana/acoustic funk/art-rock jamband the Sometime Boys  – who put out this blog’s pick for best song of 2014 – at Cake Shop, $10

2/24, 8 PM ferocious reverb-driven noir garage rockers Twin Guns at the Good Room in Greenpoint, $6

2/24, 8ish popular Americana chanteuse and ex-Lakeside Lounge regular Megan Reilly at Hifi Bar

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.

2/24, 9 PM smart, tuneful kitchen-sink songwriter Mimi Oz at Sidewalk

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, 7:30 PM the Parker Quartet play Szymanowski: String Quartet No. 1; Webern: Five Movements for String Quartet; Beethoven: String Quartet in G major, Op. 18, No. 2 at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

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 intense acoustic art-rock/folk noir songwriter/chanteuse/force of nature Larkin Grimm att he Silent Barn, $5

2/25, 8 PM Norwegian-American French noir chanson and Romany jazz with the female-fronted Salt at the Way Station

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, 8ish the album release show for Hoboken powerpop/janglerock cult favorites Speed the Plough‘s long-awaited new one at Hifi Bar

2/25, 8ish deviously funny early R&R/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, 8 PM Jeffrey Milarsky leads Ensemble Échappé in its first full sinfonietta concert with recent orks by David Hertzberg, Tonia Ko, Andrew Norman, and Nina C. Young. at Symphony Space, $20

2/25, 9ish haunting folk noir/lo-fi psychedelic songwriter Jaye Bartell at Troost

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

2/25, 10 PM purist, straightforward, warmly tuneful front-porch folk songwriter Joanna Sternberg and first-class delta blues guitarist Ernie Vega join forces at Sunny’s in Red Hook

2/25, 10 PM Gotham City Riot – who mash up late 70s Sham 60 with later 80s Cali punk sounds – at Leftfield

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

2/26, 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

2/26, 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, 7 PM eerily playful, charismatic Nashville gothic/folk noir songstress Kelley Swindall at Caffe Vivaldi

2/26, 8 PM the magically haunting, soaring all-female Mariachi Flor de Toloache followed by oldschool Cuban hill country/son/bomba/salsa roots band Los Hacheros playing the album release show for their gritty, rustic new one at the Django, in the basement of the hotel at 2 6th Ave north of Canal

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

2/26-27, 8 PM a rare return engagement by legendary Colorado funky Americana jamband Poi Dog Pondering at City Winery,, $25 standing room avail

2/26, 8 PM pianist Lara Downes reprises her very popular 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

2/26, 8 PM indie classical chamber group Talea Ensemble performs a program of Georg Friedich Haas compositions for large ensembles at Bohemian National Hall, 321 E. 73rd St, free

2/26, 8 PM the NYU Symphony plays Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring plus works by winners of the university’s annual film score competition at Symphony Space, free

2/26, 8:40 PM guitarslinger/edgy bandleader Mallory Feuer does double duty, first leading her power trio the Grasping Straws and then Jagged Leaves, who’re doing their album release show, at Sidewalk

2/26, 9ish resonator guitarist/singer Breanna Barbara Arneson  and her boisterous blues band, the retro 60s Britrock-influenced Britanys (who are three dudes actually), the Clean’s Hamish Kilgour’s new band Roya and newschool garage rockers the Mystery Lights at Berlin under 2A: 

2/26, 9 PM comedic, dramatic pianist/songwriter Ssmantha Echo – who writes love songs to Hamlet, FB satires and sax with retards – real ones – at Leftfield

2/26, 10:15 PM lyrically-fueled electric folk noir band Leland Sundries followed by cumbia/Mex-folk/circus rock band Rabia Labia at Muchmore’s

2/26, 11 PM edgy lefty guitarist Damian Quinones and his psychedelic latin soul band at the Way Station

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

2/27, 7 PM pianist/flutist Diana Wayburn‘s hypnotically intense, spectacularly eclectic African/Middle Eastern/indie classical/improvisational Dances of the World Chamber Ensemble at Silvana

2/27, 7:30/9:30 PM saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock leads her quintet playing the album release show for her entertaning wtt-infused new album Ubatuba at the Jazz Gallery, $22

2/27, 7:30 PM the New York New Music Ensemble play new works by Natacha Diels:, Eric Wubbels, Ashley Fure, Kate Soper and Nathan Heidelberger at the Tenri Institute, 43A W 13 th St., $20/$15 stud/srs

2/27, 8 PM flutist David Wechsler joins violist Arthur Dibble and harpist Karen Lindquist for an evening including Debussy’s “Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp”, Sofia Gubaidulina’s “The Garden of Joys and Sorrows,” Toru Takemitsu’s “And Then I Knew ‘Twas Wind” and the world premiere of Wechsler’s “Three Movements for Flute, Viola and Harp.” at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, $10 seats avail

2/27, 9ish legendary indie/noiserock guitarist and former Come/Live Skull frontwoan Thalia Zedek at Troost – get there early!

2/27, 10 PM noirish but also deviously funny twin-trombone dub reggae crew Super Hi-Fi at Bar Chord

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

2/28, 3 PM Lisa Hansen, flute and Max Lifchitz, piano play works by pan-American composers including Matthew Halper, Francis Kayali, Katrina Krimsky, Max Lifchitz, & Jose Lezcano at Spectrum, free

2/28, 4 PM pianist Natalie Zhu and cellist Clancy Newman play sonatas by Sergei Rachmaninov and Edvard Grieg at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.

2/28, 5 PM soulful, latin-inspired, lushly exciting new jazz chanteuse Marianne Solivan leads her combo at St. Peter’s Church, free

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

2/28, 7:30 PM Spanish violinist Lina Tur Bonet makes her NYC debut performing Vivaldi, Marchand, Scarlatti, and Elisabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre with harpsichordist Kenneth Weiss at the Kosciusko Foundation, $25/$20 stud/srs

2/28, 8 PM cutting-edge Asian and Middle Eastern-inspired sounds: solo sets by cellist Okkyung Lee and trumpeter Amir ElSaffar at issue Project Room, $15

2/28, 10ish the indie world’s favorite noiserock guitarist, Ty Segall at Webster Hall, $25

2/28, 10ish acoustic bummecore songwriter Christian Lee Hutson – like a more fragile, acoustic Richard Buckner – at Union Pool

2/29, 8 PM tireless honkytonk crooner and brilliant steel guitarist Junior Brown at City Winery, $22 standing room avail.

2/29, 8:30 PM hypnotically swirling shoegaze/dreampop band Lazyeyes at Arlene’s, $8

2/29, 9 PM explosive, wryly eclectic, Ellington/hip-hop influenced Balkan brass band Slavic Soul Party at Brooklyn Bowl $8

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

3/2, 3:30 PM a rare free daytime show by edgy, intense Romany/circus rock/noir cabaret band Yula and the Extended Family at Merkin Concert Hall

3/3, 7 PM spine-tingling art-rock/avant-garde/chamber pop singer Carol Lipnik – pretty much everybody’s choice for best singer in all of NYC – at Joe’s Pub, $16

3/3, 7 PM cutting-edge indie classical chamber group Ensemble Mise-En play new music by French composers Gérard Buquet, Carlos Grätzer, Patrick Marcland, François Paris at La Maison Française at NYU, (16 Washington Mews) off University Place, free

3/3, 7:30 PM cellist Beiliang Zhu performs Bach’s Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello at the Kosciusko Foundation, $25/$20 stud/srs

3/3, 8 PM International Contemporary Ensemble with Suzanne Farrin play new pieces for ondes Martenot (a variant of the theremin) and chamber ensemble by Alvin Lucie and Ashley Fure, with its centerpiece the original version of Olivier Messiaen’s “Louange à l’Éternité de Jésus” from the Quartet for the End of Time at the Abrons Arts Center, free

3/3, 9:30 PM high-voltage female-fronted surf rockers High Waisted play the album release show for their new one at the Mercury, $10

3/4, 8 PM torchy, lyrically smashing original female-fronted oldtimey swing crew the Fascinators at Sidewalk

3/4, 8 PM International Contemporary Ensemble cellists Kivie Cahn-Lipman, Katinka Kleijn, and Michael Nicolas play works by Wuoreinen, Saariaho, Diaz De Leon and others at the Abrons Arts Center, free

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

3/5, 8 PM Tom Shaner – brilliant tunesmith and lyricist whose eclectic catalog spans from haunting southwestern gothic rock to Americana, rockabilly, Celtic balladry and psychedelia – at Bowery Electric, $10

3/5, 9 PM bass goddess Felice Rosser’s roots regge/dubsoul/groove band Faith at BAM Cafe

3/6 noisy, hazily jangly, psychedelic slowcore/free jazz/avant instrumentalists Sunwatchers  – with Hubble guitarist Ben Greenberg – at Palisades

3/7, 10 PM intense female-fronted psychedelic/funk band Imunuri at Bar Chord. 3/19 at 9 they’re doing the record release show for their new one at the big room at the Rockwood 

3/8-13, 8/10 PM International Contemporary Ensemble plays the Stone with a whole bunch of different lineups and composers, $15. Choice pick: 3/10, 8 PM with Pauline Oliveros, accordion, and Jennifer Curtis, violin

3/9, 7:30 PM slinky, haunting, jaunty mostly-female klezmer/latin jamband Isle of Klezbos at Pangea, $15

3/9, 8 PM New Zealand’s theatrical Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra at the Bell House, $15 adv tix rec

3/11, 8 PM Honor Finnegan – brilliantly eclectic folk/jazz/parlor pop tunesmith whose songs can be quirky and hilarious, or brooding and haunting – at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture, 53 Prospect Park W, any train to Grand Army Plaza, $10 

3/11 terse, tuneful jazz guitarist Julian Lage with bassist Scott Colley and drummer Kenny Wollesen at the big room at the Rockwood

3/12, 2 PM the American Chamber Ensemble trio plays Andre Previn, Ravel, Saint Saens, Joaquin Rodrigo, De Falla and Jonathan Russ performed by flutist Tia Roper, soprano Donna Balson and pianist/ACE co-director Marilyn Lehman at the National Opera  Center, 330 7th Ave., $20

3/12, 5 PM pianists José Menor, Vanessa Perez and Adam Kent perform music by Enrique Granados  at the DiMenna Center, $5

3/12, 8 PM Cantori New York perform the U.S. Premiere of La remontée des cendres, a tender and haunting piece for chorus, soloists and instrumental ensemble based on the eponymous French poem by Tahar Ben Jelloun, which puts into stark relief the destruction and despair wrought by the Persian Gulf War. The program also includes the U.S. premiere of the exquisite Tre nuovi madrigali by the Italian composer Bruno Bettinelli, and the imposing At the Edge of the Earth, a 21st-century work by Latvian composer Maija Einfelde on the story of Prometheus, in its New York premiere. at Church of St. Luke in the Fields, 487 Hudson St., $25

3/13, 4 PM the annual New Music Bake Sale with RighteousGIRLS ( flutist Gina Izzo and pianist Erika Dohi), Kimura/Lytle/Supové Trio (piano, violin, and bass clarinet improvisational trio), Resonant Bodies Festival (contemporary vocal music), Mantra Youth Percussion, Lunar Ensemble (flexible chamber group), Threefifty (guitarists Brett Parnell and Geremy Schulick’s folk- and baroque-inspired instrumental band) at Roulette, absurdly cheap at $10 plus all kinds of yummy treats available.

3/13, 7:30 PM Americana chamber pop band Goldfeather (fronted by violinist Sarah Goldfeather) plus indie classical crew Excepter (who take their instrumentaiton from Stravinsky’s L’Historie Du Soldat)  playing premieres by Fay Wang and Brendon Randall-Myers and recent works by Paul Kerekes and Brooks Frederickson at Merkin Concert Hall, $25`

3/13, 8ish in reverse order at Bowery Electric: Deep Pop’s birthday bash with NYC’s original jagged female-fronted postpunkers the Bush Tetras, deep roots reggae/dub/soul grooves with Faith, legendary airy chanteuse, Floor Kiss frontwoman and John Cale collaborator Deerfrance, Dennis Discoll and others, $10

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

3/15, 4 PM Irish ensemble the Maynooth University Chamber Choir with organist John O’Keefe perform music by Choral works and arrangements by Eric Whitacre, Sydney, Guillame, Javier Busto, Felix Mendelssohn, Jonathan Dove, Samuel Barber, and Percy Grainger at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, free

3/15, 8 PM wild, lickety-split Serbian Romany trumpet jams with the Boban Markovic Orkestra at le Poisson Rouge, $25 adv tix req

3/16, 7 PM under the direction of conductor K. Scott Warren, the Choir of St. Ignatius Loyola join wiht sensational New York soprano Tami Petty for Frank Ferko’s intense Stabat Mater for unaccompanied mixed chorus and soprano solo; plus harpist Victoria Drake joins the choir for the NYC premiere of William Culverhouse’s poignant Requiem, at St. Ignatius Church, Park Ave/84 St. $25 seats avail

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

3/17, 7:30 PM plus 3/18-19 at 8 the New York Philharmonic premiere Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Karawane featuring the New York Choral Artists, plus Sibelius’s Violin Concerto, with Leonidas Kavakos as soloist; and Shostakovich’s Suite from The Age of Gold at Avery Fisher Hall ,$33 tix avail

3/17, 7:30 PM Astoria performs French love songs by Busnoys, Binchois, Dufay and others; at the Kosciusko Foundation, $25/$20 stud/srs

3/18, 8 PM Coeur de Pirate – pianist/singer Beatrice Martin’s torchy chamber pop/art-rock project – at Highline Ballroom $18 adv tix rec

3/19, 8 PM acclaimed, hypnotic Pakistani sufi grooves with Riyaaz Qawwali at Roulette, $30

3/19, 9 PM Richard X. Heyman plays his cult favorite 1990 powerpop album Hey Man all the way through with his band at Arlene’s, free cd with paid admission

3/22 and 3/24, 11 PM upbeat, keyboard-spiced psychedelic/art-rock band Jukebox the Ghost at Bowery Ballroom, $22 adv tix rec

3/24, 8 PM Spanish pianist José Menor plays an all-Granados program at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $25

3/26, 7:30 PM fronted by the young chanteuse considered widely to be the best in all of Indian music, Falu’s Bollywood Orchestra at Flushing Town Hall, $16

3.27, 11 PM intense, funky Indian brass bhangra band Red Baraat at Bowery Ballroom, $20 adv tix rec

3/29, 8 PM well-liked all-female Americana/newgrass harmony trio Underhill Rose at Hill Country Brooklyn

4/2, 9 PM legendary third-wave ska/soul/reggae/blues band the Slackers at the Bell House, $20

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

4/8, 7 PM hilarious faux-French rockers les Sans Culottes – whose new album Les Dieux Ont Soif is both great fun and potently relevant – open for Penelope Houston‘s recently revitalized, legendary first-wave punk band the Avengers at Grand Victory, $20 adv tix a must

4/10, 3 PM the Greenwich Village Orchestra play Mozart: Adagio and Rondo; Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor; Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 5 “The Reformation” at Washington Irving HS Auditorium, 16th St./Irving Place, $20 sugg don., reception to follow

4/10, 8ish British oi-punk legends Peter & the Test Tube Babies – maybe best known for their hilarious album of cheesy 80s Stock/Aitken/Waterman covers, The Shit Factory – at Grand Victory, $20 adv tix a must

4/29 a killer newschool/oldschool powerpop twinbill with Dany Laj & the Looks and the ageless, indomitable Paul Collins Beat at Cake Shop. 4/30 they’re at the Acheron

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, 9 PM dark oldtimey songwriter Feral Foster, intense Balkan duo Eva Salina & Peter Stan, kinetic Veracruz folk group energetic, entertaining, female-fronted acoustic Veracruz-style folk-punk band Radio Jarocho and dynamic, nuanced flamenco chanteuse Julia Patinella with her band. at the Jalopy, free

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.

1/14, 9 PM hauntingly elegant Americana/chamber pop/noir chanteuse Jessie Kilguss and her excellent band and catchy, soul-infused existentialist parlor pop mavens Sweet Soubrette at Rock Shop, $10

1/14, 10 PM the plush, balmy, oldtimey uke swing of Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies at Barbes

1/15, 7 PM avant garde Canadian cellist Cris Derksen followed eventually at 9:15 by amazing oldschool Cuban son/proto-salsa combo Septeto Nacional De Ignacio Piñeiro and then lush, soaring Romany/Middle Eastern/flamenco band Ventanas at half past midnight at Drom, free

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, 9:30 PM exhilarating Ethiopian/Israeli groove band Lions followed by similarly funky, psychedelic Ethiopiques band Nikhil P. Yerawadekar and Low Mentality at Barbes

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!

1/15, midnight Punk Kabarett International featuring Joey Arias, Barb Jungr, Stew & Heidi, Penny Arcade and Carol Lipnik at Joe’s Pub, $25

1/16, 7;30 PM cellist Benjamin Larsen leads a string octet playing Shostakovich’s first quartet, Reena Esmail’s quartet, and the Mendelssohn Octet 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

1/16, 8:30 PM intense, lyrically brilliant, quirky female-fronted two-keyboard 80s-style art-rock/new wave revivalists Changing Modes at Fifth Estate bar in Park Slope, $10

1/16, 9 PM aphoristic oldtimey fingerstyle guitarist/songwriter Lord Youth followed by the deliroiusly fun punkgrass/swing sounds of the Corn Potato String Band at a house concert at 169 Spencer St. at Willoughby , $5, G to Myrtle-Wilioughby

1/16, 9;30 PM kitchen sink Brazilian/C&W/funk/New Orleans band Nation Beat followed by Yotoco, the “bastard child of Umoja Orchestra, Bioritmo, and Cumbiagra playing a melange of salsa, Afro-Cuban rumba, boleros, and cumbias” at Barbes

1/16, 9:30 PM performance artist Penny Arcade‘s searing critique of gentrification and the destruction of the arts in NYC, Longing Lasts Longer at Joe’s Pub, $20

1/16, 10 PM savage, macabre,cinematic Middle Eastern surf/crime jazz band Beninghove’s Hangmen at the Fox & Crow, 594 Palisade Ave, Jersey City heights

1/16, 10 PM exhilarating female-fronted heavy psychedelic Argentine-American rock band Desert Flower – with punk, blues, noiserock and 70s metal influences – at Fat Baby on Rivington St.

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, 5 PM mezzo-soprano Audrey Babcock and baritone Christopher Burchett lend their talents to a concert reading of La Reina, an electro-acoustic opera commissioned by American Lyric Theater with text in Spanish and English by composer Jorge Sosa and librettist Laura Sosa Pedroza, which draws its narrative from the Mexico-U.S. drug trade at the French Alliance, 55 E 59th St., $25

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, 7 PM plush, balmy, oldtimey uke swing band Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies play the album release show for their long-awaited new one at the Slipper Room, $12

1/17, 7:30 PM darkly lyrical, charismatic, mischieviously witty keyboardist/chanteuse Rachelle Garniez at Barbes

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

1/18. 9:30 PM pyrotechnic alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa‘s Parker tribute, Bird Calls at Joe’s Pub, $20

1/18, 10:30 PM Jones Beach play their hard-hitting guitar/drums original surf music at Pine Box Rock Shop

1/19, 7 PM intense, eclectic original Balkan clarinet/violin/oud/percussion quartet Sherita followed at 9 by ten-piece funky Balkan brass/Ellington jazz monsters Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

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

1/19, 9 PM darkly sardonic Southwestern gothic baritone crooner Sean Kershaw at Coyote Ugly Saloon

1/21, 7:30 PM early music ensemble Cantata Profana play music of Monteverdi, Caccini, Rossi, Rochberg, Webern, and Dallapiccola at 235 South 1st St in Williamsburg, $20/$10 stud/srs. The program repeats at Symphony Space on 1/22 at 8

1/21, 7:30 PM the NY Classical Quartet plays Haydn— Quartet in G minor, Op. 20, no. 3, Quartet in C, Op. 33, no. 3 The Bird and Quartet in E flat, Op. 64, no. 6 at the Church of the Transfiguration, 1 E 29 th St., $25/$15 stud/sr

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

1/22, 8 PM the Spectrum Symphony of NY play Beethoven, Leonore Overture no. 1, Op. 138; Russell J. Courter, “Atmospheres” for trumpet and chamber orchestra (world premiere) with Christopher Scanlon, trumpet; Mozart, Clarinet Concerto, K.622 ; with Vadim Lando, clarinet; Beethoven, Symphony no. 1, Op. 21 at Broadway Presbyterian Church, 114th St/Broadway, free

1/22, 8 PM Syrian composer and clarinetist Kinan Azmeh plays his soundtrack to Syrian-Armenian artist Kevork Mourad’s haunting visuals on themes of exile and displacement at Alwan for the Arts, $20/$15 stud/srs

1/22, 10 PM Colombian champeta band Tribu Baharu at Meridian 23

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

1/26, 7 PM state-of-the-art jazz violinist Jenny Scheinman and band followed at 9 by clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

1/26, 8 PM low register magic! Rebekah Heller and Michael Nicolas explore the sonic possibilities of the cello and bassoon, both as solo instruments and as duo partners via music of Olga Neuwirth and Dai Fujikura. at the Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand St. on the LES, free

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 PM harpist Bridget Kibbey and violinist David Bowlin team up to play duo works by Saint-Saens, Du Yun, Sebastian Currier, Kati Ogocs and others at the Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand St. on the LES, free

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, 7:30 PM an auspicious collaboration between two fiery, gamelanesque percussionists: Electric Junkyard Gamelan’s Terry Dame and Sexmob‘s Kenny Wollesen at Barbes

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

1/28, 8:30 PM devious oldschool C&W/rockabilly parodists Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co. at Otto’s

1/29, 8 PM playfully literate superduo Kill Henry Sugar – guitar/banjo mastermind Erik Della Penna and drummer Dean Sharenow – at Barbes

1/29, 8 PM International Contemporary Ensemble “dream team” Claire Chase (flute), Ryan Muncy (saxophone), Ross Karre (percussion), and Levy Lorenzo (electronics) bring Mauricio Pauly’s The Threshing Floor to the Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand St. on the LES, free

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

1/30, 10 PM psychedelic funk band the People’s Champs – who’re going in more of an Afrobeat direction lately at Barbes

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, 7 PM explosive psychedelic rembetiko metal band Greek Judas at Barbes

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.

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