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New York City Live Music Calendar for April and May 2015

This calendar’s never completely finished – there are daily updates. So you might want to bookmark this page and check back regularly to see what’s new. There’s a comprehensive, recently updated list of places where these shows are happening at New York Music Daily’s sister blog Lucid Culture.

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

Showing through May 17, Thurs-Mon, noon-6 PM, Stonemilker – the surround-sound virtual reality installation of Bjork’s atmospheric seaside work for strings – at PS1, 22-25 Jackson Ave. in Long Island City, $10/$5 stud/srs or $5 with PS1 ticket from the previous two weeks.

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. Upcoming concerts feature music of Beethoven, Stravinsky, Handel  and Bartok, sugg don $30 (pay what you can), delicious gluten-free refreshments, beverages and lively conversation included! email for info/location.

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

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

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

Mondays nights at 9 PM charismatic Romany singer Eva Salina and her amazing, psychedelic band play high-voltage dub-tinged jams on classic themes from across the Balkans at Sisters Brooklyn, 900 Fulton St. (Washington/Waverly), Ft Greene, C to Clinton-Washington, free

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

Mondays in April, 10 PM noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo leads his trio at the small room at the Rockwood.

Mondays at 10 PM there’s been quite a buzz about acoustic songbird Angela McCluskey and saxophonist Paul Cantelon’s weekly residency at the third stage at the Rockwood, with a rotating cast of high-quality special guests. It’s expensive: $15 plus a $10 drink minimum very strictly enforced.

Also Mondays in April Rev. Vince Anderson and his band play Union Pool in Williamsburg, two sets starting around 11:30 PM. The Rev. is one of the great keyboardists around, equally thrilling on organ or electric piano, an expert at Billy Preston style funk, honkytonk, gospel and blues. He writes very funny, very politically astute, sexy original songs and is one of the most charismatic, intense live performers of our time. It’s a crazy dance party til past three in the morning. Paula Henderson from Burnt Sugar is the lead soloist on baritone sax, with Dave Smith from Smoota on trombone, with frequent special guests.

Tuesdays in April, 7 PM the Jack Grace Band play their boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic at Skinny Dennis. They’re also at Hill Country Brooklyn at 8 on 4/9.

Tuesdays in April, 7 PM Ninth House‘s hotshot lead guitarist Keith Otten plays his own tuneful, Britrock-influenced sounds at Isle of Skye, 488 Driggs Ave (btwn N9th/N10th St.) in Williamsburg

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

Three Tuesdays in May: 5/5, 5/12 and 5/19 at 8 PM tuneful, eclectic pastoral jazz crew Old Time Musketry at Bar Chord

Tuesdays in May, 9ish Laura Cantrell – arguably this era’s most compelling, magically clear-voiced female oldschool country artist – at Union Hall. A series of special guests including resonator blues guitar badass Mamie Minch and cult songwriter Franklin Bruno play opening slots, more info TK.

Tuesdays at around 10 Julia Haltigan and her band play 11th St. Bar. A torchy, charismatic force of nature, equally at home with fiery southwestern gothic rock, oldschool soul and steamy retro jazz ballads, and her band is just as good as she is.

Wednesdays in April at 7 PM sardonically funny, oldtimey swing guitarist/crooner Seth Kessel & the Two Cent Band at Skinny Dennis

Wednesdays in April, 8:30 PM guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg (of Dr. Lonnie Smith’s band) leads a trio at the Bar Next Door, $12.

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

Thursdays in May, 8 PM Amy Rigby plays Hifi Bar. Intense, rugged individualist with a plaintively balmy voice, bitingly literate lyrics, a tunefulness that spans from her Americana roots to Brill Building pop and new wave, and a longtime connection to this part of town. Not to be missed if great songs with an alienated streak are your thing. Ostensibly a solo residency but in reality probably involving a whole slew of special guests.

Fridays at 5 PM, adventurous indie classical string quartet Ethel (Ralph Farris, viola; Dorothy Lawson, cello; Kip Jones, violin; and Tema Watstein, violin) play the balcony bar with a rotating cast of interesting special guests at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, free w/museum adm.

The first Friday of the month, anytime between midnight and midnight you can download four songs from Kiam Records artists – like Jennifer O’Connor, Mascott and Tim Foljahn – for free.  Each month’s theme is different (previously they have tackled covers, colors and money)  December’s the fourth edition and a holiday theme.  Available to download only on Friday and then archived and streaming at Soundcloud.

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

Saturdays in April 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.

Every Saturday in April, 8 PM wild clarinet and alto sax powerhouse Greg Squared – probably best known as co-leader of the volcanic Balkan jamband Raya Brass Band – leads one of his many projects at Barbes. His webpage says “soulful expression, hard-driving chops.” OMFG – you have no idea.

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.

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 April, 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 in April at 9 – check the Barbes calendar to make sure -Romany guitar genius Stephane Wrembel plays Barbes. He’s holding on to the edgy, danceable spirit of Django Reinhardt while taking the style to new and unexpected places like art-rock and post-Velvets noiserock. He’s also very popular: get there early.

Sundays at 9 PM in May charismatic, torchy, occasionally Lynchian jazz bassist/singer Kate Davis (of the Lady Bugs) with her combo at Bemelmans Bar at the Carlyle, 35 E 76th St @ Madison Ave, bar seating is $15 per person, table seating $25 per person.

4/1, 7 PM balmy, sardonically individualistic vocal jazz stylist Dorian Devins and her trio at Flute Gramercy, 40 E 20th St. 4/13, 8:30 PM she’s at the Bar Next Door at 8:30 PM with Behn Gillece – vibraphone and Hans Glawischnig – bass. They’re also at Flute on 4/29

4/1, 7:30ish what a killer quadruplebill:, soaring, irresisitbly witty psychedelic/Americana songstress and Golden Palominos frontwoman Lianne Smith, blue-eyed soul songwriter/guitarist Don Piper, anthemic and politically astute 70s Britrock/art-rock maven Edward Rogers and Britfolk legend John Ford (ex-Strawbs) at Bowery Electric, $8

4/1, 7:30 PM Music for sextet by Long Island composers Jay Gach, Dana Richardson, Leonard Lehrman, Julie Mandel, Margaret Stoop and Jane Leslie performed by new music sextet Innovox at Lefrak Concert Hall at Queens College, Kissena Blvd. and the LIE, 65-30 Kissena Blvd. Flushing, 7 train to the end of the line and then take the Main St. bus, free

4/1 multi-reedman Michael Blake leads a killer quartet with  Frank Kimbrough – piano; Ben Allison – bass; Rudy Royston – drums, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25

4/1, 8 PM El Imperio – intense, edgy, funky band who mash up Ethiopiques and latin styles- followed by psychedelic Ethiopiques purists Nikhil Yerawadekar & Low Mentality amd then brilliant psychedelic desert rock/cantorial art-rock band Sway Machinery at the Hive, 20 Cook St., Bushwick (Graham/Manhattan, just off Broadway, J/M to Flushing Ave) $10 sugg don

4/1, 8 PM psychedelic klezmer/bluegrass mandolin and clarinet legend Andy Statman at Barbes, $10

4/1, 9 PM surreal, Waits-influeuced, noirish, apocalyptic Americana guitar band Fellaheen at the Way Station

4/1, 9:30 PM wild, psychedelic Bay Area Romany/Middle Eastern/Balkan band Taraf de Locos – sort of the left coast version of Tribecastan – at Drom, $10. They’re at Silvana at 11 the following night, 4/2 for free.

4/2, 7:30 PM percussive postpunk band Xiu Xiu and Mantra Percussion premiere “Extinction Meditation,” their 4-movement piece about the impending environmental apocalypse due to begin around the year 2050 at Merkin Concert Hall, $25

4/2-5 Randy Weston‘s African Rhythms Quintet, featuring alto saxophonist TK Blue and veteran drummer Lewis Nash celebrate the iconic pianist/Africanist/composer’s 89th birthday, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $30 ($35 on the weekend)

4/2, 7:30 PM up-and-coming chamber ensemble Face the Music play new works by Yonatan Rozin, Paris Lavidis and Michael Daugherty at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised.

4/2, 8 PM dark, charismatic, mischieviously witty literate keyboardist/chanteuse Rachelle Garniez at Barbes

4/2, 11 PM brilliantly lyrical dark oldtimey songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Pete Lanctot and band at Pete’s. No, he doesn’t own the place.

4/3, 6:30 PM the City & Horses play their catchy, upbeat, jangly retro 80s post new wave Britpop at Chelsea Market, 79 9th Ave. (15/16), free. They sound like they just stepped out of 1988.

4/3, 7 PM an amazing triplebill of clever, lyrically-fueled tunesmithing at Sidewalk: the increasingly darker, more Americana-oriented Linda Draper, sardonically funny Beatlesque/Costelloesque powerpop songwriter Walter Ego doing an all-piano show, after he’ll switch to bass to play in Mac McCarty‘s fiery folk noir band

4/3 8ish latin ska/reggae band Radio Armada, Lima’s fun, cross-pollinating chicha/reggae/dub crew La Inedita and intense charismatic danceable metal cumbia/skaragga/latin rockers Escarioka at Bowery Electric, $10

4/3, 8:30 PM trippy, noisy, hypnotically psychedelic three-guitar acid rock jamband Desmadrados Soldados De Ventura at Spectrum

4/3, 9 PM a good Spanish-tinged twinbill: Mar Salá plays her acoustic flamenco rock followed by  edgy lefty guitarist Damian Quinones and his psychedelic latin soul band at Silvana

4/3, 9 PM powerhouse bassist Dawn Drake & Zapote play hot Afrobeat-tinged funk grooves at BAM Cafe

4/3, 10 PM Cumbiagra – whose take on psychedelic cumbias is more rustically Colombian and purist than most bands who play that stuff – at Barbes

4/3, 11:30 PM hypnotic, psychedelic dulcimer/bass/drums instrumentalists House of Waters at Unit J, 338 Moffat St, Bushwick, L to Wilson Ave, venue is just 2 blocks from the train.

4/4, 4 PM quirkily cinematic, psychedelic, family-friendly instrumentalists Songs for Unusual Creatures, followed at 8 by intense, eclectic original Balkan clarinet/violin/oud/percussion quartet Sherita and then at 10 by upbeat Sinaloa-style Mexican mariachi/ranchera brass group Banda de los Muertos for $10 at Barbes

4/4, 5 PM Argentine pianist Agustin Anievas plays Schubert and Chopin at the DiMenna Center, 450 W 37th St., $5

4/4, 7:30 PM bewitchingly assaultive art-rock duo Naked Roots Conducive – violinist Natalia Steinbach and cellist Valerie Kuehne – play the record release show for their “performance opera” Sacred521, “which “explores the beauty and terror of personal disclosure and visceral catharsis in individual experience” at Dixon Place, $12 adv tix rec

4/4, 7:30 PM banjo virtuoso Jayme Stone’s historically rich, individualistic folk ensemble the Lomax Project at the Lincoln Center Atrium

4/4, 8 PM raga pianist Utsav Lal and carnatic singer Anurag Harsh at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, $15 tix avail.

4/4, 8:30ish intense, smart, tuneful janglerock guitarist Jennifer O’Connor at Bowery Electric, $10

4/4, 9 PM the Brooklyn What‘s frontman Jamie Frey’s bday show at Freddy’s. No idea who’s on the bill but the bands are bound to be good.

4/4 9 PM ten-piece country/carnivalesque/acoustic rock powerhouse M Shanghai String Band – whose latest album is amazing – at the Jalopy, $10

4/4 Unsteady Freddie‘s monthly four-band surf rock show at Otto’s begins at 9 with the Aquatudes, cinematic soundtrack instrumentalists/surf rockers the Tarantinos NYC playing the album release release show for their new one at 10, kick-ass original third-wavers Tsunami of Sound at 11 and the Jersey Shore’s explosive, deviously original, Dick Dale-influenced Black Flamingos sometime after midnight

4/4, 9 PM the self-explanatory, oldtimey Jug Addicts – who are a magnet for NYC’s top Americana talent and draw lots of special guests – at Skinny Dennis

4/4, 9 PM hypnotic, kinetic percussionist Alessandra Belloni‘s cross-pollinated Italian/Brazilian tarantella/samba drum-and-accordion group at Mehanata

4/4, 9:30ish playful, fun, eclectic oldtimey accordion/violin Americana/Romany/musette band the Wisterians at Moto in South Williamsburg

4/4, 9:30 PM acclaimed Turkish classical guitarist Sinan Ersahin at Bar Thalia adjacent to Symphony Space, free

4/4, 10 PM psychedelic latin folk grooves with Los Hacheros followed by the magically haunting, soaring all-female Mariachi Flor de Toloache playing the album release show for their debut at Meridian 23, 161 @ 23rd St just east of 7th Ave.

4/5, 7 PM intense Middle Eastern/tango/Mediterranean jazz chanteuse Defne Sahin with an allstar band: Fabian Almazan (piano), Petros Klampanis (bass), Henry Cole (drums) and Keisuke Matsuno (guitar),at Drom, $10 adv tix rec

4/5, 8 PM a killer acoustic Americana house concert with the Hawkins Brothers (guitarists Jackson Lynch and Ernie Vega and fiery fiddler Chloe Swantner) and the raucously rustic Corn Potato String Band (Lindsay McCaw, Aaron Lewis, Ben Belcher), $5 at 169 Spencer St at Willoughby, Bed-Stuy, G to Myrtle-Willoughby (the G train IS RUNNING this weekend!)/

4/5, 8 PM the Brighton Beat bring their deliriously fun Afrobeat jams to Brooklyn Bowl, $8; free entry before 7 PM

4/6 7:30 PM – 100 years ago Claude Debussy began a project of six large-scale sonatas for “diverse instruments” but completed only three before his death in 1918. Three contemporary composers – Thomas Adès, Marc-Andre Dalbavie and Libby Larsen – completed those six final large-scale works; a stellar eleven-piece chamber ensemble plays them along with the three that Debussy himself finished, in a world premiere at Advent/ Broadway Church, 2504 Broadway at 93rd St., free

4/6, 7:30 PM James Austin Smith, oboe; Tessa Lark, violin; Max Mandel, viola; Edward Arron, cello; and Pedja Muzijevic, piano, play Mozart’s Piano Quartet in G minor, K. 478, plus Luciano Berio’s Sequenza VII for oboe and John Cage pieces at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, 450 W 37th St., $20

4/6, 8 PM electric mandolinist Emmet Haltigan & intense, torchy southwestern gothic singer Julia Haltigan play a rare father-daughter duo show followed eventually at 10 by noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo and his trio at the small room at the Rockwood

4/7, 7 PM the Tarras Band – who play the repertoire of legendary hotshot klezmer clarinetist Dave Tarras – featuring Tarras’ ageless, charismatic former pianist Pete Sokolow plus an allstar band including Michael Winograd (clarinet,) Ben Holmes (trumpet), Jim Guttmann (bass) and Dave Licht (drums) at Barbes followed by ten-piece funky Balkan brass/Ellington jazz monsters Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

4/7, 7 PM dubious segue, good edgy jazz twinbill: Jon Irabagon, Matt Bauder and Tomas Fujiwara rip paint off the walls followed by soprano saxophonist Jasmine Lovell-Smith‘s colorful, deftly cinematic chamber/pastoral jazz project Towering Poppies with Cat Toren – piano, Adam Hopkins – bass, Kate Gentile – drums at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

4/7, 7:30 PM Raphaël Sévère, clarinet; Paul Montag, piano; Paul Huang, violin play works by Brahms, Boulez, Picart, Stravinsky and Poulenc at Merkin Concert Hall, $10

4/7, 8:30 PM ferociously tuneful brass-and-guitar-fueled southwestern gothic rockers the Downward Dogs at the Mercury, $10

4/7, 11ish catchy, sunny, kinetic janglepop band Kuroma at Baby’s All Right

4/8, 7 PM purist Memphis electric blues slide guitarist/singer Elizabeth Wise at Caffe Vivaldi

4/8, 7 PM a fundraiser for the survivors of the 2nd Ave. building explosion, acts TBA, food/drink specials, $5 cover, all proceeds to benefit those left homeless by the tragedy.

4/8, 7:30 PM jazz pianist Steven Prutsman plays his third-stream album Passengers all the way through at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, 450 W 37th St., $20

4/8, 8 PM oudist Brandon Terzic and his group Xalam – Pyeng Threadgill on vocals, Matt Kilmer on percussion, Tim Keiper on calabash, Matt Darriau on saxophone and kaval, Rufus Cappadocia on cello – play their Africanized take on Robert Johnson at Barbes

4/9, 7′:30 PM fun, lo-fi punk blues resonator guitarist/singer Breanna Barbara Arneson followed by edgy female-fronted funk band Eliza & the Organix – feat. swirly alto sax player Kristen Tivey – playing the ep release show for their new one at Rock Shop, $10

4/9. 8 PM a killer night of hide-and-seek jazz: brilliant composer and alto saxophonist Sarah Manning’s Underworld Alchemy with fellow altoist , Briggan Krauss: plus Simon Jermyn: bass, Andrew Drury: drums followed at 9:30 by bassist John Murchison’s group with Devin Gray: drums, David Robbins: baritone sax, Jesse Stacken: piano, Justin Wood: alto sax, Bryan Murray: tenor sax – playing Sun Ra tunes at the Firehouse Space, $10

4/9, 8 PM the NY Scandia Symphony celebrates the 150th anniversary of the births of  Carl Nielsen and Jean Sibelius at Symphony Space, $15 adv tix rec.

4/9, 8 PM two of the greatest singers in town on a killer twinbill: luminous, intense, enigmatic art-rock chanteuse/cellist/multi-instrumentalist Serena Jost followed at 10 by Daria Grace’s torchy, delightful oldtime uke swing band the Pre-War Ponies at Barbes

4/9, 9:30 PM coolly enigmatic original jazz/torch singer Dorian Devins and her first-rate combo at Bar Thalia adjacent to Symphony Space, free

4/9, 10 PM haunting Nashville gothic band Bobtown‘s intense guitarist and brilliant Americana songwriter Karen Dahlstrom does double duty, first in Americana jamband American String Conspiracy and then playing a solo set at Freddy’s

4/9. midnight ferocious reverb-driven noir garage rockers Twin Guns at the Gutter

4/10, 8 PM intense, celebrated Armenian-American oudist Ara Dinkjian plays from his new album of Armenian songs 1915-2015 Truth & Hope in commenoration of the 1915 holocaust there, backed by a string quartet plus the briliant Tamer Pinarbasi on qanun.at Alwan for the Arts, $20

4/10, 8 PM cult favorite Romany chanteuse (and Berthold Brecht descendant) Sanda Weigl and her amazing band followed at 10 by funky, psychedelic Ethiopiques band Nikhil P. Yerawadekar and Low Mentality at Barbes

4/10, 8 PM anthemic, eclectic often haunting female-fronted Americana/acoustic funk/art-rock jamband the Sometime Boys and hard funk band Afroskull at Rock Shop, $10

4/10, 8 PM coy all-female Cuban group Cocomama meets the Hawaiian music of the Josh Kekoa Cho Trio: twinbill, then the two groups jam together, at Flushing Town Hall, $15/$10 stud

4/10, 8:30 PM cinematic tenor sax powerhouse and composer Bob Belden’s Animation play a pair of tributes to trumpeter Miles Davis: Miles from India and Miles Español: New Sketches From Spain, a polirically savvvy, noir-infused inspired by Birth of the Cool at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center, 199 Chambers St. just east of the west side highway, $25

4/10, 8:30 PM Drina Seay – torchy Americana/soul/jazz siren who is to NYC now what Neko Case was to Portland in 1999 – followed by diverse, guitarishly brilliant rockabilly/C&W bandleader Monica Passin at the Parkside. Passin is also upstairs at 2A at 9 on 4/26.

4/10-11, 8:30 PM intense, Bartok and Can-influenced drummer/composer Sean Noonan leads a series of groups in two marathon nights at I-Beam. Night one opens with solo drums and storytelling followed by the  Brewed by Noon Afro-Celtic Trio with Alex Marcelo – piano; Peter Bitenc – bass and then the”avees Dance Trio featuring Brandon Seabrook – guitar and Jonathan Moritz – sax. The Saturday show also opens with solo drums followed by a trio set with Kirk Knuffke – cornet; Christof Knoche – bass clarinet and then the Afro-Celtic Trio

4/10, 9 PM Wildbone play their brooding, doomed acoustic blues/noir cabaret stuff followed by Eric Simons of intense gutter blues band Revel in Dimes at the Jalopy, $10. Revel in Dimes are at Bowery Electric on 4/20, time TBA

4/10, 9ish psychedelic original Nuyorican salsa band La Mecanica Popular at the Brooklyn Night Bazaar, free

4/10, 9ish psychedelic funk jamband the Pimps of Joytime at Brooklyn Bowl, $15, followed by (separate $12 admission) Moon Hooch – two tenor saxes and drums playing the craziest funky grooves you could imagine with the intensity of a brass band and the catchiness and edge of punk rock – at around half past midnight

4/10, 11 PM hard-hitting female-fronted psychedelic guitar power trio Devi at the Dopeness, 422 2nd St., Jersey City, $10 byob

4/11, 2:30 PM Canta Libre Chamber Ensemble play Marcel Grandjany’s O Bien Aimee and Aria in Classic Style, Handel’s Harp Concerto with Grandjany’s cadenzas, Joseph Jongen’s Concerto a Cinque and Debussy’s Sonata for Viola, Flute and Harp.Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center’s Bruno Walter Auditorium, 111 Amsterdam Ave, free, early arrival a must

4/11, 4 PM noiserock guitar monsters the Skull Practitioners – who put out last year’s best cassette, no contest – play a benefit for this year’s Punk Island festival at Grand Victory, $10

4/11, 5 PM Luiz de Moura Castro plays piano works by Villa-Lobos, Liszt, Chopin and Mendelssohn at the DiMenna Center, 450 W 37th St., $5

4/11, 6 PM an amazing night at Barbes: Long Shadow, the new duo from Sherita‘s Greg Squared and Rima Fand, joined by intense Greek rembetiko band Astoriani – Rima Fand-violin, vocals; Matthew Fass-accordion; Matt Moran-percussion; Greg Squared-clarinets, vocals; Demetri Tashie-laouto- followed at 8 by the Toomai String Quartet with pyrotechnic accordionist Peter Stan & vibraphonist Matt Moran playing Romanian music .

4/11, 6 PM Adam Klipple‘s Organ Soul Explosion at 55 Bar

4/11, 8 PM the Latvian National Choir sing rarely heard works by Arvo Part, Vytautas Miskinis, Vaclovas Augustinas, Ugis Praulins, Jekabs Janchevskis, Gundega Smite, Raimonds Tiguls, Eriks Esenvalds,  Veljo Tormis and Eric Whitacre’s luminous Lux Aurumque at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, 450 W 37th St., $20

4/11, 8ish diverse, often haunting female-fronted Americana/acoustic funk/art-rock jamband the Sometime Boys at Hometown BBQ in Red Hook

4/11, 8 PM high-voltage, eclectic acoustic-electric Americana band Spuyten Duyvil followed at 9 by catchy, anthemic 90s style alt-country band Miles to Dayton at the Jalopy, $10

4/11, 9 PM Trapper Schoepp – a Milwaukee minor-leaguer with some promise, in a growling, lyrical Jeffrey Foucault Americana vein – opens for noiserock/paisley underground/noir rock legend Steve Wynn at Bowery Ballroom, $20

4/11, 9ish the Mercenaries – semi-legendary New York rockers who are sort of the missing link between the Stones and the Replacements at Bowery Electric, $10 adv tix rec

4/11, 10:30 PM purist tenor saxophonist Virginia Mayhew leads her quartet at the Garage; she’s also here on 4/25.

4/12, 11 AM-ish accordion powerhouse Ismael Butera‘s Velvet Jubilee playplay Yiddish, Sephardic, Latin American & American music at Toloache, 205 Thompson St.

4/12, 2 (two) PM multistylistically interesting violinist/composer Concetta Abbate with her collaborator Josh Martin on woodwinds and electronics at Mayflower, 132 Greene Ave (cor Waverly & Greene), Ft. Greene

4/12, 3 PM the Greenwich Village Orchestra play an all-Tchaikovsky program with the Festival Coronation March, the Violin Concerto with soloist Siwoo Kim, and Symphony No. 4 at Washington Irving HS Auditorium, 16th St./Irving Place, $15 sugg don., reception to follow

4/12, 3 PM the Downtown Chamber Players perform a global Spanish-tinged program of composers including Carlos Gardel, Astor Piazzolla, G.H. Rodriguez, Montsalvatge and de Falla at the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center, 107 Suffolk St, $15; $12.50 for students/seniors

4/12, 3 PM Sandbox Percussion premieres Robert Sirota’s Spindrift at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Park Slope (139 St. John’s Pl), sugg don.

4/12, 3 PM the Washington Square Winds play new and recent music by Paul Moravec, Alex Weiser and Doug Fisk at Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow St., $10

4/12, 4 PM Ustad Shafaat Khan performs Indian classical music, featuring sitar, surbuhar and tabla at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.

4/12, 5 PM Jocie Adams’ sprightly, shiny pastoral pop band Arc Iris opens for one of the Shaggs – not a joke – at Baby’s All Right, $12

4/12, 6 PM noir guitar twangmeister Jim Campilongo and his trio at 55 Bar

4/12, 6 PM Cecile Broche, Francois Grillot, Stepanie Griffin, Jake Sokolov and Todd Capp: violin, bass, viola, cello and drums improvising at at Downtown Music Gallery

4/12, 7 PM jazz pianist/chanteuse Akiko Pavolka & House of Illusions with : vocals and piano; Guillermo Klein: Wurlitzer electric piano, vocals; Loren Stillman: alto sax; Nate Radley: guitar; Matt Pavolka: bass and Russ Meissner: drums followed at 9 by Romany guitar genius Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

4/12, 7:30 PM Makam NY plays haunting classical and traditional sounds from Turkey, Greece and elsewhere in the Middle East at Merkin Concert Hall, $30/$20 stud/srs

4/12, 8 PM dark, guitarishly intense punk blues band Penrose at the Cameo Gallery, $8

4/12, 9 PM boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band followed by a rare solo show by charismatic ghoulabilly/retro rock monster Reid Paley upstairs at 2A

4/12, 10 PM obscenely hilarious, ferocious, surprisingly eclectic punk/powerpop band Custard Wally dedicate their set at Otto’s to Barry Manilow‘s recent gay marriage, LMAO

4/13, 6 PM the Osso String Quartet play a program TBA at the Fat Cat, $3

4/13, 7 PM the intense, occasionally Middle Eastern-tinged fifteen piece Eyal Vilner Big Band at the Garage

4/13, 8 PM tuneful purist powerpop/Laurel Canyon folk-rock/psych-pop duo George Usher & Lisa Burns followed by similarly catchy blue-eyed soul crooner/songwriter/guitarist Don Piper at Hifi Bar, free

4/13, 8 PM legendary 70s art-rock/hippie band Magma keep their own invented Kobaiian language alive at le Poisson Rouge, $30 adv tix req

4/13, 10 PM a blast from the past – longtime Sunday resident and purist Americana songwriter/crooner Matty Charles back on his old turf at Pete’s

4/13, 10 PM Americana songwriter Andrew Sovine – trucker song legend Red Sovine’s grandson – at Skinny Dennis

4/14, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, a quartet version of Ensemble Signal plays childhood-inspired works by Clemens Gadenstätter, Sean Griffin, Elliott Carter and Helmut Lachenmann at the Miller Theatre, free

4/14, 6 PM Roy Jennings and supporting soloists play rarely heard African-American art-songs at St. Paul’s Chapel uptown, 117th St and Amsterdam Ave

4/14, 7 PM nocturnal jazz chanteuse/pianist/uke player Gina Leishman with a killer band : Charlie Burnham – violin; Matt Muisteri – guitar and Greg Cohen – bass followed at 9 by ten-piece funky Balkan brass/Ellington jazz monsters Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

4/14, 7 PM intense, edgily tuneful Texas tenor saxophonist Stan Killian leads his postbop quartet at 55 Bar. Similarly acerbic alto saxophonist David Binney leads his combo there later at 11.

4/14, 7:30 PM jazz bassist Brian Glassman’s brass-fueled Klezmer/Jazz Alliance at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W. 68th St, $15

4/14-15 lyrical jazz guitaist Julian Lage leads his trio with  Scott Colley – bass, Eric Harland – drums, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25

4/14, 7:30 violinist Paul Huang, pianist Louis Schwizgebel and cellist Julian Schwarz play music of Maurice Ravel and César Franck, and Francis Poulenc at Zinc Bar, $25/15 stud/srs

4/14, 8 PM a rare twinbill with two of this era’s greatest conscious hip-hop lyricists, Talib Kweli and Immortal Technique at Highline Ballroom, $27 adv tix rec

4/14, 8 PM opening night of this year’s MATA Festival: the Curious Chamber Players perform new avant garde works from Finland, Bolivia, China, Sweden and the US by Tomi Räisänen, Todd Tarantino, Carlos Gutiérrez Quiroga, Wang Lu, Johan Svensson and Malin Bång at the Kitchen, $20/$15 stud

4/15, 7 PM Ali Akbar Moradi – Iranian-Kurdish tambour lute virtuoso, Bahar Movahed collaborator and master of the Yarsan (Iranian Kurdish Sufi) repertoire – at Elebash Hall, 365 5th Ave. north of 34th St., $25

4/15, 7:30 PM up-and-coming cellist Jay Campbell and  pianist Conor Hanick play works by Carter, Stravinsky, Brahms, and a New York premiere by David Fulmer at Subculture, $20 adv tix rec

4/15, 7:30 PM winds/strings/guitar chamber group the Curious Chamber Players perform new and recent Nordic works by Simon Steen Andersen, Malin Bång, Bent Sørensen. Ida Lundén and Rei Munakata at Spectrum

4/15, 8 PM oudist/mandinka/kora player Kane Mathis plays music from North Africa on south at Barbes

4/15, 8:30 PM Trabajo play their trippy gamelanesque mashups followed by the mysterious Shraf and then keyboardist/oboeist Dave Kadden aka Invisible Circle with likely special guests playing his bright, distantly baroque-inflected ambient/minimalist instrumentals at Secret Project Robot, 389 Melrose St (Irving/Knickerbocker) in Bushwick, L to Morgan Ave., $6 admission or $12 for admission plus a record.

4/15, 8 PM pianist Mohammed Shams plays works by Mendelssohn, Ravel, E. Carter, Liszt, and Egyptian composer Gamal Abdel Rahim at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $25 tix avail

4/15, 8 PM night two of this year’s MATA Festival features singer Abigail Fischer, Melanie Aceto and Music for Lamps performing Nordic, Balkan and American avant garde works by Bjørn Erik Haugen, Jasna Velickovic, Mirela Ivicevic, Megan Grace Beugger and others at the Kitchen, $20/$15 stud

4/15, 8 PM bad segue, good show: psychedelic Afrobeat jamband Ikebe Shakedown followed by purist retro 60s garage rockers the Monophonics at Brooklyn Bowl, $12

4/15, 8:30ish irrepressible, historically informed songwriter Elisa Flynn takes a break from booking nights of murder ballads to play her own erudite, often haunting tunes at Troost

4/15,9 PM new wave icon, ageless powerpop belter/bandleader Martha Davis & the Motels at Highline Ballroom, $25 adv tix req.

4/15, 11 PM intense, inscrutable, wickedly literate janglerock tunesmith/crooner Ward White at Pete’s

4/15, 11 PM reliably tuneful and surprising bassist Linda Oh leads her intriguing, melodic quartet at 55 Bar with Greg Ward on sax, Fabian Almazan on Rhodes and Justin Brown on drums

4/16, 7 PM eclectic funk orchestra (and Melvin Van Peebles collaborators) Burnt Sugar playing material from their searingly funny Brer Rabbit-themed critique of gentrification at Drom, $15

4/16, 7:30 PM haunting Middle Eastern jazz trumpeter Amir El Saffar‘s Two Rivers Large Ensemble at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival a must

4/16, 7:30 PM catchy, anthemic, socially aware Britrock tunesmith/crooner Edward Rogers – who absolutely slayed with his band at Rough Trade last month – opens for 70s art-rock cult figure Terry Reid at the Cutting Room, $20 adv tix avail.

4/16, 7:30 PM Cantata Profana performs “Dreams & Visions, a haunting musical nightscape of songs and string quartets. Apparitions drift from Webern’s nostalgic early romanticism to the writhing of Saariaho’s Tempest Songbook and the springtime of De Falla’s Psyché. The program opens with Berio’s ecstatic Sequenza III, sung by John Taylor Ward in a rare performance by male voice. The evening culminates in Schoenberg’s String Quartet No. 2, one of his most intriguing, expressive, and transfiguring works, featuring soprano Kristina Bachrach” at Symphony Space

4/16 8 PM brilliant western swing/jazz/southwestern gothic steel guitar player Raphael McGregor and band followed by sardonic, clever songwriter Dan Kilian‘s album release show (with dessert food) at Freddy’s

4/16, 8 PM night three of this year’s MATA Festival features the Momenta Quartet + Christa van Alstine, Carl Christian Bettendorf, Stuart Breczinski, Ian Rosenbaum, Matthew Weber performing avant garde works from Greece, Brazil, Iran and the US by Michalis Paraskakis, Daniel Moreira, Guy Barash, Alex Weiser, Eric Nathan and Idin Samimi Mofakham at the Kitchen, $20/$15 stud

4/16, 8:30 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” at Espresso 77, 35-57 77th Street, Jackson Hts., free

4/16, 8:30 PM 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 – do the album release show for their period-perfect new one Uptown Jump at Swing 46, $15.

4/16, 8:30 PM tuneful saxophonist/composer Patrick Cornelius with Jared Gold on organ and Kyle Poole on drums at the Bar Next Door, $12

4/16, 9 PM Daniel Levin- cello; Nate Wooley- trumpet; Matt Moran- vibraphone improvising at Spectrum, wow!

4/16, 9:30 PM moody acoustic soundtrack-style atmospherics with the Inner Banks at Union Hall, $10

4/17, 1 PM a rare quintet version of exhilarating klezmer/latin/cumbia jamband Metropolitan Klezmer at the Van Ness/Pelham Parkway library, 2147 Barnes Ave in the Bronx,; 4/23 at 5 PM they’re at the Riverdale Branch library, 5540 Mosholu Ave in the Bronx, both dates with songs in Yiddish & Russian sung by guest artist Yelena Shmulenson.

4/17, 7 PM haunting, tersely introspective pianist/singer Noa Fort – who mashes up moody Middle Eastern sounds, classical and jazz improvisation – at Pete’s

4/17, 7 PM the nonthly oldschool ska-punk series that the Knitting Factory used to hold for years and years has found a good home at Grand Victory. This month’s has the Beat Brigade, the Rudie Crew, Montreal’s the Beatdown and the Skarroneros, $10

4/17, 7 PM intriguing jazz quartet Old Time Musketry, who blend oldtimey swing, modern bucolic styles and darker, more challenging improvisational sounds at Brooklyn Conservatory, 58 7th Ave (Lincoln/St. John’s Pl), Park Slope, closest trains are the 2/3 to Grand Army Plaza

4/17, 7:30 dark chamber duo Soldier Kane, moody noir folk trio Hope For Agoldensummer and intense minor-key klzmer/groove/classical instrumentalists Barbez at Litttlefield, $12

4/17, 7:30 PM accordion wizard Sy Kushner’s Jewish Music Ensemble, w/Jeremy Brown and Marty Confurius at the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W 68th St., $15

4/17, 7:30 PM songwriter Colombina Parra, Andean folk stars Illapu, and Chilean cumbia singer Ana Tijoux pay homage to firebrand Chilean chanteuse Violetta Parra at the Schimmel Auditorium at Pace University, 3 Spruce St. in the financial district, $30

4/17-18, 7:30/9:30 PM jazz piano titan Marc Cary indulges his funky Rhodes side with the album release show for his new one Rhodes Ahead at Ginny’s Supper Club, $20

4/17, 7:30 PM the Respect Sextet – Eli Asher (trumpet, toys), James Hirschfeld (trombone, jamespectronics, toys), Dan Loomis (bass), Josh Rutner (reeds, radio, toys), Red Wierenga (piano, keyboard, accordion, redspectronics) and Devin Gray (drums) – plays music by the likes of Roland Kirk, Sun Ra and more at Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow St., $15/$12 stud/srs

4/17, 7:30 the Fire Pink Trio play Debussy’s Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp plus vivid works by Adrienne Albert, Dan Locklair,, Manuel Moreno-Buendia, Sonny Burnette and Hilary Tann at tke DiMenna Center, 450 West 37th St., $25 . Their performance of this program last year in the Lincoln Center neighborhood was dreamy and gorgeous.

4/17, 7:30 PM former Dizzy Gillespie guitarist Ed Cherry with Kyle Koehler on organ and Chrsi Beck on drums at the Bar Next Door

4/17, 8 PM new arrangements of haunting old Armenian songs by flamenco guitarist Anna Garano with Armenian chanteuse Anais Alexandra Tekerian, plus clarinetist Kinan Azmeh at Alwan for the Arts, $20/$15 stud/srs

add 4/17, 8 PM night one of the Brooklyn Folk Festival at St. Ann’s Church in downtown Brooklyn kicks off with Jackson Lynch playing lues guitar, old time fiddle and banjo breakdowns; at 8:45 PM Horse Eyed Men doing “original disgruntled folk/country outer-space music”; at 9:30 PM legendary freak-folk pioneer Michael Hurley; 10:15 PM oldtime Americana maven Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton, who may well be the most talented multi-instrumetalist in all of NYC; 11 PM Eubie Blake ragtime piano protege Terry Waldo’s Rum House Band ; 11:45 PM brooding, smartly lyrical oldtime Americana songwriter Feral Foster and his allstar Jalopy band , $25

4/17, 8 PM two generations of twisted, asaultively fun noiserock: Blind Idiot God and Insect Ark at St. Vitus Bar  $10

4/17, 8 PM pensive, intense newgrass fiddler April Verch and her trio at Subculture

4/17, 8 PM night four of this year’s MATA Festival features avant garde chamber ensemble Bearthoven, Amanda Schoofs and Du Yun playing works by Schoofs, Yun, David Alan Broome, Jonathan Nangle amd Adam de la Cour at the Kitchen, $20/$15 stud

4/17, 8ish rustically intense oldtime blues band Fife & Drom at Hometown BBQ in Red Hook

4/17, 9  PM the Bright Smoke (the French Exit’s Mia Wilson’s haunting, angst-ridden, atmospherically trippy new project) at at the Mercury, $10

4/17, 9 PM Joe Yoga – frontman of ferociously tuneful southwestern gothic rockers the Downward Dogs plays his bday show followed at 11 by Canadian gothic chanteuse Lorraine Leckie and her phenomenal, ferocious band at Sidewalk

4/17. 9 PM the high-energy, oldtimey Dirty Waltz Project at Freddy’s.

4/17, 9 PM edgy Chilean psychedelic cumbia/hip-hop/reggaeton bandleader Ana Tijoux at Bowery Ballroom, $15 adv tix rec. She’s at Rough Trade the following night, 4/18 at 11 for the same price.

4/17 9/10:30 PM fiery progressive jazz guitarist Mary Halvorson in a rare duo show with Vijay Iyer bassist Stefan Crump at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min. She’s back the following night as part of Tomas Fujiwara’s quintet playing their album release show.

4/17-26, 10 PM art-rock/chamber-pop pianist/songwriter Dane Terry performs his one-man theatre piece Bird in the House at LaMama, $10. Brightly neoromantic tunes laced with ragtime, Steven Foster minstrelsy and allusively creepy, childlike lyrics, like a slightly less grim Lee Feldman

4/18, 11 AM to 7 PM an all-day benefit for the survivors of the 2nd Ave. building collapse with many familiar and reliably excellent people: oldschool purist country songstress Laura Cantrell, the Dictators’ Handsome Dick Manitoba, and bass goddess Felice Rosser’s soul/groove band Faith are on at 5:30 at La Palapa, 77 St. Marks Pl, $25 cover, all proceeds to those left homeless by the disaster

4/18, 1:30 PM the daytime segment of day two of the Brooklyn Folk Festival at St. Ann’s Church in downtown Brooklyn starts at 1:30 PM with the bluesy Wyndham Baird; 2:15 PM King Isto’s Tropical String Band playing awesomely fun, catchy Hawaiian slack-key guitar music; at 3 Ryan Spearman playing old and new banjo and fiddle music; 3:45 PM Brotherhood of the Jug Band Blues playing Memphis Jug Band classics with an all-star cast; 4:30 PM string band duo Frank Fairfield and Zac Sokolow; 5:15 PM Appalachian/Cajun/country blues duo Suzy & Eric Thompson; 6 PM Tom Marion (of the Sweet Hollywians) with Frank Fairfield  doing polkas, waltzes and mazurkas and at 6:45 PM kick-ass Arkansas string band the Ozark Highballers, $20

4/18, 2 PM celebrated organist Delbert Disselhorst plays a program TBA at Grace Church, 802 Broadway north of 11th St., $20

4/18, 4 PM Robert McKay and Jennifer Rau star in a multimedia performance of “liberation imagery in the early American consciousness which comes to life through works by William Billings (1746 – 1800), Stephen Jenks (1772 – 1856), early spirituals and Shaker hymns performed with historical texts selected from abolitionist writings and slave and suffragette narratives, including selections from Solomon Northup’s Twelve Years a Slave” at the Fraunces Tavern Museum, 54 Pearl St. in the financial district, $35/$20 stud/srs

4/18, 6 PM an amazing night at Barbes: Long Shadow, the new duo from Sherita‘s Greg Squared and Rima Fand, followed by the pyrotechnic Balkan reedman’s equally intense jamband Ansambl Mastika

4/18, 7 PM a rare solo show by blue-eyed soul cult favorite Eli Paperboy Reed at Friends & Lovers in Bed-Stuy, $15

4/18, 7:30 PM the OSA and Hunter College Choirs perform the Faure Requiem at Our Saviour’s Atonement, 178 Bennett Avenue (one block west of Broadway at 189th St, free

4/18. 8 PM the nighttime portion of day two of the Brooklyn Folk Festival at St. Ann’s Church in downtown Brooklyn is one of the best shows of the year. An amazing lineup that opens at 8 with M. Chad Levitt, St. Ann’s organist playing a program TBA and ends with iconic, ageless, infinitely soulful Armenian jazz composer/reedman Souren Baronian and his edgy combo at 11. In between there’s the Secret Museum of Mankind series’s Pat Conte at 8:30, country harmony crew the Cactus Blossoms at 9:15 and purist oldschool gospel deep-Brooklyn gospel band Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens at 10, $25

4/18, 8 PM intense, charismatic, grimly funny surrealist noir rocker Tom Warnick & World’s Fair at Otto’s

4/18. 8 PM virtuoso sitarist Iklaq Hussein Khan at Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow St., $30

4/18, 8 PM final night of this year’s MATA Festival features Talea Ensemble playing adventurous works by Anna Clyne and otheres at the Kitchen, $20/$15 stud

4/18, 8 PM David Bird “prepares an immersive live electronic score to the previously un-soundtracked 1999 horror film The Blair Witch Project, featuring contextual readings by Cole Hager, and a percussive performance of Jessie Marino’s “Ritual I :: Commitment :: BiiM” by Ellery Trafford.” at the Firehouse Space, $10

4/18, 8 PM repeating on 4/19, 4 PM violinist Mark Peskanov with Robert deMaine, cello and Ran Dank, piano play the Handel-Halvorsen Passacaglia; Shostakovich Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67; Schubert Piano Trio in B-flat Major, D. 898 at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud

4/18, 8:30 PM the Israeli Chamber Project play works by Debussy, Carter, Zohar Sharon, Ravel and Schumann, at Merkin Concert Hall, $20

4/18, 9  PM the powerhouse oldschool soul band the One and Nines – NJ’s counterpart to Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings – at Lincoln Inn Bar & Grill, 13 Lincoln St. Jersey City

4/18 Australian sensation the Cat Empire – quirky, latin-and-ska-inflected and great fun organic stoner dance grooves – at the at Webster Hall, 9 PM $25

4/18, 9ish fun, stonping, oldschool retro 60s Boston garage rock revivalists Muck & the Mires at Bowery Electric, $10

4/18, 9:30 PM Wendy Griffiths’ intense, lyrically brilliant , quirky two-keyboard 80s-style art-rock/new wave revivalists Changing Modes at Fifth Estate bar in Park Slope, $10

4/18, 10 PM brilliantly lyrical, politically fearless, guitarishly excellent Americana songwriter James McMurtry at Bowery Ballroom, $20

4/18, 11 PM moody noir folk trio Hope For Agoldensummer at Pete’s

4/18 one of the year’s best rock doublebills: scorchingly lyrical, politically-fueled two-guitar anthemic punk/circus rock band the Brooklyn What followed by the similarly lyrically-driven, savagely political, hard-hitting Alabama populist rockers Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires at the Knitting Factory

4/19, 4 PM new works by Tokyo- and NYC-based composers performed by Thomas Piercy on clairnet/bassclarinet and hichiriki and with pianist Taka Kigawa, bassist Pablo Aslan and Shakuhachi player James Nyoraku Schlefer: premieres by Fernando Otero, Gilbert Galindo, Nina Siniakova plus works by Jun Nagao, Hifumi Shimoya, Paul Yeon Lee, David Loeb, Joshua Banks Mailman, Yoshihiko Banno, Tomo Hirayama, Miyuki Ito, Chatori Shimizu, Tomoko Uzawa, and Atsushi Yoshinaka at the Tenri Institute, 43 W 13th St

4/19, 4 PM Scott Ballantyne, cello, and Hiroko Sasaki, piano, perform sonatas by Kodaly, Debussy, and Brahms at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.

4/19, 5 PM Bas Duo – classical guitarist Peter Press and flutist Elyse Knobloch – at the Lounge at Hudson View Gardens, 128 Pinehurst Ave at 183rd St., $12 sugg don, reception to follow.

4/19, 8 PM guitarist Tom Csatari – whose new big band album is rapturously good and tuneful – with a smaller group, followed eventually at 10 by chirpy guitarist/singer Renata Zeiguer’s catchy, jangly, psych-pop project Cantina at Union Pool, $8

4/19, 9 PM eclectic chanteuse Mavis Swan Poole’s oldschool psychedelic soul/funk band Soul Understated at BAM Cafe

4/20, 7:30 PM pianist Paul Barnes performs a Lukas Floyd world premiere plus new works by Jason Bahr and Zack Stanton followed by the festival debut of Miho Hazama’s m_unit jazz ensemble joined by saxophonist Steve Wilson playing world premieres by Hazama, Scott Ninmer and Chris Reza at Symphony Space, $20 adv tix req.

4/20, 10 PM this era’s default 4/20 party band, roots reggae vets John Brown’s Body at Brooklyn Bowl, $12

4/21, 7 PM Kotorino cellist Patricia Santos plays her own intriguing, catchy, terse songs at the Dead Poet , 450 Amsterdam Ave (81/82), free

4/21, 7:30 PM the New York Composers Circle chamber ensemble plays the world premieres of Susan J. Fischer’s Intermezzo, for oboe, violin, cello, and piano; Peri Mauer’s Journey, for oboe; Gayther Myers’s The Workday, for flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, and piano; Max Giteck Duykers’s Dark Body, for flute, violin, cello, and piano; David Picton’s Turning Leaves for Sandy, for oboe and guitar; Eugene Marlow’s Trois Chansons pour une Poetesse, for flute and alto flute; and Richard Brooks’s Into the Twilight, for flute, bassoon, violin, viola and piano plus Orlando Legname’s Vortici D’etere, for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, and piano, in its New York premiere at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex, $20 sugg don

4/21-25, 8/10:30 PM elegant, tuneful third-stream pianist Michel Camilo‘s 3+3 (piano trio plus horns) at the Blue Note, $30 standing room avail.

4/22, 7 PM Norway, Sweden and the Shetland Islands’ virtuoso fiddling traditions represented by Olav Luksengård Mjelva, Anders Hall and Kevin Henderson at Symphony Space, $30

4/22-26 the Vijay Iyer Trio play their cutting-edge piano jazz sounds, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard,  $25

4/22, 8 PM good twinbill: jaunty chamber pop band the Spring Standards followed by intense, piano-based, Aimee Mann-style literate chamber pop group Elizabeth & the Catapult at the Mercury, $12

4/22, 8 PM the New Orleans’ eclectic, funky stoner brass band the Dirty Bourbon River Show at Brooklyn Bowl

4/22, 9 PM Plates of Cake, who mash up 70s stadium bombast, early Pixies snarl and bite and a late 80s/early 90s retro glam vibe – followed by groovealicious Philly psychedelic soul band Needle Points at Arlene’s, $8

4/23, 7 PM high-voltage Puerto Rican pre-salsa revivalists Plena Libre at the Hostos Center for the Arts, 450 Grand Concourse at 149th St., $20/$10 stud

4/23, 7:30 PM the JACK Quartet play Missy Mazzoli’s Death Valley Junction and John Zorn’s The Alchemist plus works by Caroline Shaw, Jason Eckardt and Crawford Seeger at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised.

4/23, 7:30 PM otherworldly all-female choral quartet Anonymous 4 – on their final tour with Americana music maven Bruce Molsky – at the great hall at Cooper Union, $25 gen adm

4/23, 8 PM Ensemble Signal with Lauren Radnofsky, cello and Adrián Sandí, clarinet play an Anna Clyne retrospective at the Miller Theatre, $20 tix avail.

4/23, 8 PM cellist Alisa Weilerstein with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and Pablo Heras-Casado playing Shostakovich’s riveting Cello Concerto No. 2 at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall

4/23, 11 PM awesome Ethiopiques band Lions at the small room at the Rockwood. 4/30 they’re at Barbes at 10

4/24, 7:30 PM charmingly jaunty French jazz chanteuse Cyrille Aimee and band at the Lynch Theatre at John Jay College, 524 W 59th St. (10/11), free

4/24 intense, fearless Romany/Balkan chaunteuse Eva Salina with pyrotechnic accordionist Peter Stan and cimbalom legend Marius Mihalache at Hungarian House, 213 E 82nd St.

4/24, 8 PM Willie & the Wolves – who play killer oldschool soul, funk and latin grooves that sounds like classics from the 60s but are originals, with the powerhouse Anne DeAcetis on lead vocals – doing the album release show for their excellent new one at Paddy Reilly’s, 519 2nd Ave

4/24, 10 PM soulpunk/psychedelic band Clear Plastic Masks and acoustic populist Alynda Lee Segarra aka Hurray for the Riff Raff at Bowery Ballroom are SOLD OUT – good for them.

4/24 the queen of otherworldly, exhilarating Romany ballads, Esma Redžepova at le Poisson Rouge

4/25, 4-11 PM Wall to Wall Johnny Cash – seven hours of songs by the Man in  Black – at Symphony Space, free, with Alison Brown (banjo), Sierra Hull (mandolin), Mike Barnett (fiddle), and Trey Hensley (guitar), and a whole slew of Jalopy/NYC heavyweight talent including Bruce Molsky, Mamie Minch, Marika Hughes, Janine Nichols, Nation Beat and many others

4/25, 7 PM Hilka – the otherworldly side project from Shelley Thomas and Willa Roberts of Black Sea Hotel – singing rare Ukrainian and Belorussian songs once common to the Chernobyl region – at the Ukrainian Museum, 222 E 6th St

4/25, 7 PM torchy, intense, dramatically soaring pianist/songwriter Elaine Romanelli at the third room at the Rockwood, $10

4/25, 8 PM irrepressible chamber music ensemble the International Street Cannibals hold their second annual boxing-themed concert at Gleason’s Gym, 7 Front St, Dumbo,  $20/$15 stud/srs//$10 for under 17 at door. “10- to 15-minute sets of 3- to 4-minute chamber works alternate with 8-minute bouts of boxing, three rounds each. 60-second thematic musical interludes performed in between the teen pugilists’ rounds. Performances take place in the three main rings of the gym, contributing to a theater-in-the-round effect, with the audience progressing from one ring to another. Music by Bach, Mozart, Dan Barrett, Evin Fein and others.”

4/25, 8:30 PM the NY Virtuoso Singers perform works by Luigi Dallapiccola (a premiere), Elliott Carter, Thea Musgrave, George Perle, Hugo Weisgall, Karol Rathaus, Joel Mandelbaum, Leo Kraft, Allen Brings, Edward Smaldone, Bruce Saylor and David Schober at Merkin Concert Hall, $25

4/26, 3 PM the Australian Chamber Orchestra play works by Haydn, Mozart, Prokofiev and a world premiere by Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall

4/26, 7 PM the Queensboro Symphony Orchestra play Beethoven’s Egmont Overture, Handel’s Royal Fireworks Music, Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto (featuring Chulho Kim) and a world premiere by Paul Joseph 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.

4/26 cellist/composer Erik Friedlander plays haunting, shapeshifting new pieces from his latest solo album, mixing up the baroque and the Middle East at Dixon Place

4/26 garage/powerpop allstar band the Split Squad, ageless garage rock legends the Fleshtones and iconic ex-Dead Boys and Rocket from the Tombs guitarist Cheetah Chrome at Bowery Electric

4/27, 7:30 PM the Miró Quartet perform Schubert’s Quartet in G Major at Advent/ Broadway Church, 2504 Broadway at 93rd St., free

4/27, 8 PM edgy, funky Israeli Ethiopiques/Afrobeat/soul singer Ester Rada and band at SOB’s, $16 adv tix rec

4/28, 5 PM pianist Rosa Torres Pardo plays an all-Iberian program including works by Soler-Scarlatti, Albeniz, de Falla at the DiMenna Center, 450 W 37th St., $5

4/28, 7 PM haunting, otherworldly three-woman Bulgarian choir Black Sea Hotel – who do fascinating original arrangements of ancient Baltic tunes – at Pete’s

4/28 eclectic, lyrical jazz bassist/composer Pedro Giraudo leads his big band, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25

4/28, 7:30 PM Jewish folksong maven Susan Leviton and band at the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W 68th St., $15.

4/28, 8 PM S.E.M. Ensemble with Ostravská Banda and Roscoe Mitchell, Thomas Buckner and George Lewis celebrate fifty years of the AACM with music by Lewis, Mitchell, Henry Threadgill, Christian Wolff and others at Bohemian National Hall, 321 E 73rd St, between 1st an 2nd Ave, sugg. don. The following night 4/29 at 8 features a jam between Muhal Richard Abrams, Mitchell and Lewis plus the SEM Orchestra playing Mitchell and Abrams pieces.

4/28, 9:30ish sprawling gospel-rock orchestra Jesus on the Mainline – featuring spectacular frontwoman Mel Flannery – at the at Brooklyn Bowl, $10

4/29 tuneful latin jazz pianist Manuel Valera leads his trio with Hans Glawischnig – bass and EJ Strickland – drums playing the album release show for his new one, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25

4/30, 8 PM Guinean Fula flute sounds with Bailo Bah & Sylvain Leroux followed by fiery Mauritanian pschedelic/desert rock bandleader/chanteuse Noura Mint Seymali at Roulette

4/30, 8ish edgy gutter blues band Jane Lee Hooker followed at around 10 by the Bluebonnets with the Go Go’s Kathy Valentine (not only a superior bassist but a ferociously sizzling lead guitarist), $10 gen adm

5/1, 8 PM Pakistan’s Farid Ayaz, Abu Muhammad & Brothers Qawwali at Roulette

5/1, 8:30 PM female-fronted postpunk icons the Bush Tetras – of Too Many Creeps fame – at le Poisson Rouge

5/1, 10 PM this era’s version of Steve Earle, Joe Pug at Bowery Ballroom, $15

5/2, 8 PM intense 30–member all-male choir A Conspiracy of Beards sing from their vast repertoire of imaginatively orchestrated Leonard Cohen songs at Littlefield, $10

5/2, 8 PM entrancing Moroccan sintir virftuoso Hassan Hakmoun – the James Brown of gnawa – with his band at Roulette

5/2, 9  PM the Baseball Project – jangly, wickedly literate, historically informed baseball-themed supergroup fronted by Steve Wynn with Peter Buck and Mike Mills from REM and others – at Rough Trade, $20 gen adm

5/2, 10 PM a benefit concert for SaveNYC – the small business advocacy organization fighting to keep independently owned and operated businesses from being forced out by astronomical rent hikes and replaced by bland corporate chain stores – at Arlene’s, performers TBA, a good cause and reputedly some first class acts involved

5/3, 8 PM avant jazz grooves with Ned Rothenberg & Glen Velez followed by a rare global throat-singing twinbilll with Alash and Huun-Huur-Tu, the Throat-Singers of Tuva at Roulette

5/5, 7:30 PM powerful violinist and klezmer bandleader Yale Strom & Hot Pstromi at the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W 68th St., $15.

5/9, 5 PM pianist Josep Colom plays “a dialogue between Mozart and Chopin” at the DiMenna Center, 450 W 37th St., $5

5/11 drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, the Daedalus Quartet with pianist Benjamin Hochman play Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s haunting, Shostakovian 1944 Piano Quintet at the Miller Theatre, free

5/11, 7:30 PM Kate Soper, soprano; Gelsey Bell, soprano; Brett Umlauf, soprano;  Erin Lesser, flutes;  Ian Antonio, percussion;  Joshua Modney, violin perform works by Soper, Guillaume de Machaut and Hildegard von Bingen at Advent/ Broadway Church,2504 Broadway at 93rd St., free

5/14, 7:30 PM edgy Romany/latin/ska rockers Karikatura followed by fiery, hard-rocking Balkan band Tipsy Oxcart playing the album release show for their new one at the big room at the Rockwood, $12

5/14, 7:30 PM James Lovell and his rustic Caribbean Garifuna Drum Band play a cross-pollinated collaboration with Cape Breton singers at Meridian 23 on 23rd St. east of 7th Ave.

5/16, 8 PM the band that put Haitian psychedelic funk on the map in the 90s, Boukman Eksperyans at Roulette, $25

5/16, 9 PM legendary Hoboken proto-dreampop jangleband the Feelies at the Bell House, $25 gen adm, adv tix rec, this might sell out

5/22-23, 8 PM a six-pianist ensemble – Taka Kigawa, Jenny Lin, Laura Barger, Tania Tachova, Joseph Kubera and Ning Yu – play the world premiere of John King‘s expansive Piano Vectors at the equally spacious Knockdown Center, 52-19 Flushing Ave, Maspeth, L to Jefferson St, $10, “Imagine the 6 pianists traveling through space and time, each at their own rate, compressing or stretching time in randomized and improvised ways.”

5/29, 7 PM anthemic, kinetic, mathrock-inclined cello band Break of Reality at Highline Ballroom, $22 adv tix rec

5/30, 5 PM pianist Jeffrey Siegel plays Bach, Beethoven, Paderewski, Gershwin at the DiMenna Center, 450 W 37th St., $5

6/2, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, the American Contemporary Music Ensemble with violinist Caroline Shaw play an all-Timo Andres program at the Miller Theatre, free

6/3, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6: Vicky Chow, piano; Jennifer Choi, violin; Michael Nicolas, cello play John Zorn trios at the Miller Theatre, free

6/4-7. 7 PM with a 2 PM matinee on 6/7, drummer Eve Sicular and her exhilaring, multistylistic band Metropolitan Klezmer perform her ever-more-relevant, musically rich musical theatre piece J. Edgar Klezmer: Songs from My Grandmother’s FBI Files at Here, west of 6th Ave. past the park just south of Spring St.,, $25/20 stud/srs

6/4, 9 PM the postpunk band that invented the genre, Wire at Bowery Ballroom, $25 gen adm

6/5, 9;30 PM ageless, corrosively lyrical glamrock icon Ian Hunter at the Bell House, $30 adv tix req

6/7-8, 9 PM southwestern gothic/desert psychedelia cult heroes Calexico at Bowery Ballroom, $25 gen adm

6/20, 5 PM pianist Enrique Graf plays music from Uruguay and Russia at the DiMenna Center, 450 W 37th St., $5

8/4, 10ish Penelope Houston‘s recently revitalized, legendary first-wave punk band the Avengers play their first-ever Brooklyn show at the Bell House, $18 adv tix req., if this doesn’t sell out, something’s seriously wrong with this city

New York City Live Music Calendar for March and April 2015

The new April/May calendar, constantly updated, is here.

There’s a comprehensive, recently updated list of places where these shows are happening at New York Music Daily’s sister blog Lucid Culture.

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. Upcoming concerts feature music of Beethoven, Stravinsky, Handel  and Bartok, sugg don $30 (pay what you can), delicious gluten-free refreshments, beverages and lively conversation included! email for info/location, next salons are 3/26 at 7 and 3/29 at 4 PM.

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

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

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

Mondays nights at 9 PM charismatic Romany singer Eva Salina and her amazing, psychedelic band play high-voltage dub-tinged jams on classic themes from across the Balkans at Sisters Brooklyn, 900 Fulton St. (Washington/Waverly), Ft Greene, C to Clinton-Washington, free

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

Mondays in March, 10 PM noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo leads his trio at the small room at the Rockwood. Now you can go see him since the Living Room, that hellhole where he used to rehearse on Monday nights, is closed forever!

Mondays at 10 PM there’s been quite a buzz about acoustic songbird Angela McCluskey and saxophonist Paul Cantelon’s weekly residency at the third stage at the Rockwood, with a rotating cast of high-quality special guests. It’s expensive: $15 plus a $10 drink minimum very strictly enforced.

Also Mondays in March Rev. Vince Anderson and his band play Union Pool in Williamsburg, two sets starting around 11:30 PM. The Rev. is one of the great keyboardists around, equally thrilling on organ or electric piano, an expert at Billy Preston style funk, honkytonk, gospel and blues. He writes very funny, very politically astute, sexy original songs and is one of the most charismatic, intense live performers of our time. It’s a crazy dance party til past three in the morning. Paula Henderson from Burnt Sugar is the lead soloist on baritone sax, with Dave Smith from Smoota on trombone, with frequent special guests.

Tuesdays in March, 7 PM Ninth House‘s hotshot lead guitarist Keith Otten plays his own tuneful, Britrock-influenced sounds at Isle of Skye, 488 Driggs Ave (btwn N9th/N10th St.) in Williamsburg

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.

Tuesdays at around 10 Julia Haltigan and her band play 11th St. Bar. A torchy, charismatic force of nature, equally at home with fiery southwestern gothic rock, oldschool soul and steamy retro jazz ballads, and her band is just as good as she is.

Wednesdays in March, 8:30 PM guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg (of Dr. Lonnie Smith’s band) leads a trio at the Bar Next Door, $12.

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

Fridays at 5 PM, adventurous indie classical string quartet Ethel (Ralph Farris, viola; Dorothy Lawson, cello; Kip Jones, violin; and Tema Watstein, violin) play the balcony bar with a rotating cast of interesting special guests at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, free w/museum adm.

The first Friday of the month, anytime between midnight and midnight you can download four songs from Kiam Records artists – like Jennifer O’Connor, Mascott and Tim Foljahn – for free.  Each month’s theme is different (previously they have tackled covers, colors and money)  December’s the fourth edition and a holiday theme.  Available to download only on Friday and then archived and streaming at Soundcloud.

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 dark, carnivalesque, urbane Romany song maven (and Berthold Brecht descendant) Sanda Weigl with special guests from throughout the Romany community at Barbes

Every Saturday in April, 8 PM wild clarinet and alto sax powerhouse Greg Squared – probably best known as co-leader of the volcanic Balkan jamband Raya Brass Band – leads one of his many projects at Barbes. His webpage says “soulful expression, hard-driving chops.” OMFG – you have no idea.

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 4 PM in March the high-energy, harmony-and-strings-fueled oldtimey Dirty Waltz Project plays Barbes followed at 5 PM by virtuoso cinematic psychedelic/western swing steel guitar player Raphael McGregor, who can do southern boogie, Bob Wills, creepy desert rock grooves, or sounds that run a lot further outside.

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.

Sundays in March at 9 – check the Barbes calendar to make sure -Romany guitar genius Stephane Wrembel plays Barbes. He’s holding on to the edgy, danceable spirit of Django Reinhardt while taking the style to new and unexpected places like art-rock and post-Velvets noiserock. He’s also very popular: get there early.

3/1, 1 PM intense, boisterously fun clarinet and violin-fueled klezmer group Litvakus – who specialize in rare songs from Belarus -at JCH in Bensonhurst, 7802 Bay Pkwy., Brooklyn, D to Bay Parkway, walk 8 blocks.

3/1, 3 PM Ann Kim, violin; Benjamin Larsen, cello; Juliana Han, piano; Ian Rosenbaum, percussion play a Mozart Violin Sonata, then Golijov’s “Mariel”, before moving on to Sirota’s Cello Sonata, and wrap up with Beethoven’s Piano Trio in E flat, Opus 70 no. 2.at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Park Slope, 139 St. John’s Place at 7th Ave., any train to Grand Army Plaza and walk downhill

3/1, 7 PM socially aware, oldtimey-flavored Americana band 2/3 Goat at the big room at the Rockwood

3/1, 9:30 PM Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE) perform Mozart and Haydn on period instruments at Littlefield, $10

3/2, 6:30 PM noir chanteuse and Reid Paley collaborator Peg Simone followed by powerpop icons George Usher & Lisa Burns at the Mercury, $10 adv tix rec

3/2, 7 PM author Evan Rapport discusses his new book Greeted with Smiles: Bukharian Jewish Music & Musicians in New York followed by a performance by the haunting, otherworldly Ezro Malakov Maqom Ensemble at the Center for Jewish History, 15 W 16th St, free but rsvp reqd

3/2, 8 PM the NYC premiere of Duo Cracow: Jan Kalinowski (cello) and Marek Szlezer (piano) celebrating Chopin’s 250th birthday at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, free tickets available at the box office which opens at 7 PM, limit 4 per person

3/3, 6 PM celebrate World Musc Freedom Day with performances dedicated to Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning and Mohamedou Ould Slahi.  Singer Jill Burton teams up with pianist Gordon Beeferman and guitarist Chris Cochrane, plus jams by violinist Sara Walraf and pianist Liz Kosack, and a screening from the forthcoming documentary They Will Have to Kill Us: Malian Music in Exile at Spectrum, $15

3/3, 7:30 PM high-voltage string-fueled klezmer dance tunes with the Klez Dispensers‘ Amy Zakar’s Fidl Kapelye at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W 68th St, $15

3/3, 8 PM clarinetist/singer/composer Dave Ruder presents The Gentleman Rests, for five vocalists and five instrumentalists, contemplating the infamous events of the joint session of Congress on January 6th, 2001 which rubberstamped the “election” of George W. Bush as President after the Supreme Court-approved coup d’etat, at Roulette, $20/$15 stud/srs

3/3, 8 PM American Modern Ensemble with powerhouse pianists Stephen Gosling and Blair McMillen play music of Amanda Harberg, Robert Paterson and Frederic Rzewski, by Margaret Brouwer, George Crumb and Laura Kaminsky.at Subculture, $20 adv tix rec

3/3-8, 8/10 PM incisive soprano saxophonist Phillip Johnston plays a stand at the Stone with a whole slew of groups, $15. Also see below for his perennially fun swing band the Microscopic Septet‘s upcoming shows

3/3, 10 PM the NYU Jazz Orchestra plays a program tba followed at 11 by the NYU World Music Ensemble directed by Brad Shepik at Drom, free

3/3, midnight, careeningly noisy, occasionally Middle Eastern and African-influenced guitar instrumentalist Yonatan Gat at Union Pool, $10

3/4, 7 PM (early arrival advised) a rare (first-ever?) solo acoustic performance by Steel Pulse’s David Hinds plus a Q&A with Gary “Dr. Dread” Himmelfarb, well-known and well-connected 90s reggae producer reading from his memoir The Half That’s Never Been Told at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free

3/4-6, 8 PM catchy reverbtoned janglerockers the Growlers at Baby’s All Right, $20. Be aware that the Saturday, 3/7 show is sold out

3/4, 8 PM auspicious new avant garde ensemble the RAM Players, with clarinetist Thomas Piercy, violinist Karen Kim, violist Robert Meyer and cellist Kate Dillingham play works by Guy Barash, David Fetherolf, Gilbert Galindo, Wang Jie, and Frances White at the Little Secret Theatre, 4402 23rd St, Long Island City, $10. The program repeats on 3/6, 8 PM at the DiMenna Center for $20, reception to follow

3/4, 9 PM psychedelic powerpop/new wave rocker Mike Rimbaud plays his characteristically tuneful, snarling, politically smart, Elvis Costello-esque songs at Bowery Electric, $8

3/4, 9 PM pianist Eugene Marlow’s tunefully cinematic latin-klezmer jazz group Heritage Ensemble with Bobby Sanabria on drums at Something Jazz Club, $15

3/4, 10 PM a good lo-fi blues twinbill: Pork Chop Willie and his Mississippi hill country sounds followed by the acerbic Breanna Barbara Arneson at the Way Station

3/4, 10 PM brooding darkwave songstress Alice Boman at Rough Trade, $12

3/5, 6:30 PM, not a music event but an important one: join the Village Independent Democrats in a discussion of how to save small independently owned businesses in this city: a panel discussion with speakers including Sung Soo Kim – Former Chair: Mayor’ Small Business Advisory Board;  Alfred Placeres – Founder, NYS Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; Jenny Dubnau – Spokesperson for The Artist Studio Affordability Project; Jack Segan – Community Affairs Representative for Jetro Foods;  Robert Perl – President of Tower Brokerage; Mark Crispin Miller – Professor of Media Studies; Critic of NYU overdevelopment, moderated by Lincoln Anderson, Editor-in-Chief, the Villager at Judson Church, 55 Washington Square South.

3/5, 7 PM Eve Lesov plays her birthday show at the big room at the Rockwood. Excellent, tuneful art-rock pianist, strong singer with dry wit, wickedly catchy songs and a great band.

3/5, 7 PM the Brighton Beat bring their deliriously fun Afrobeat jams to Shapeshifter Lab, playing material off ther high-voltage new album Off We Go

3/5, 7:30 PM the Phoenix Chamber Ensemble plays new works by Russian composers Inessa Zaretsky, Tanya Anismova, Yekaterina Merkulyeva, Jakov Jakoulov and Igor Tkachenko at the Center for Jewish History, 15 W 16th St. just off 5th Ave., $15/$10 stud/srs

3/5, 7:30 PM the up-and-coming new New York Festival Orchestra plays Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in A major and  Piano Concert No. 5 in E-flat major with pianist Ivan Donchev, plus the Overture to “The Marriage of Figaro” by Mozart; and the American premiere of “Misteri” (Mysteries) for Piano and String Orchestra by Italian composer Francesco Marino at Merkin Concert Hall, $30

3/5, 8 PM jaunty chamber pop stuff from the intriguing trio of Heather Robb of the Spring Standards, Lauren Balthrop & Neha Jiwrajka followed at 10 by fiddler Laura Cortese with Valerie Thompson (cello/vox) and Mariel Vandersteel (fiddle/hardingfele/vox) at Barbes

3/5, 8 PM JACK Quartet (who just played a stunning Georg Friedrich Haas premiere here) and Third Coast Percussion perform an all Augusta Read Thomas program at the Miller Theatre, $25 tix avail.

3/5, 8:30 PM a cutting-edge old and new banjo music twinbill with Jackson Lynch followed by North Carolina’s Ryan Cavanaugh at the Jalopy, $8

3/5, 9:30 PM iconic, satirical “surrealistic swing” band the Microscopic Septet play their first-ever concert of free improvisations at The Stone, as part of soprano saxophonist Phillip Johnston’s residency there – a one-time event! 3/7, 8 PM a unique variant, the Microscopic Saxophone Quartet, performs at the Stone. 3/19 at 9:30 the whole band is at Smalls

3/5, 11 PM  infectious Brazilian maracatu/funk/New Orleans/surf/country band Nation Beat at the small room at the Rockwood

3/5, 11ish individualistic guitarist Alyse Lamb’s jaggedly intense postpunk band Eula play the album release for their deliciously abrasive Siousxie-esque, Martin Bisi-produced new album Wool Sucking at Palisades

3/6, 7 PM the annual Battle of the Bands continues at the Greene Space with the Brooklyn edition. Of all the intra-borough battles, this one is a horse race. This blog’s pick is moody, intriguingly relevant, angst-fueled lo-fi folk-rock act Company of Selves, although pensive postpunks Teletextile and the lively, wryly lyrical New Orleans-flavored Nat Osborn Band are also good. Would be a shame if they lost out to a world-weary folkie girl who specializes in Xmas carols, an old Cuban guy struggling to master a Leonard Cohen song, a couple of Frank Ocean wannabes, or an autistic dude. Yup, one of the finalists is a retard. This is NYC, 2015, y’all. Cover is $15 which includes a drink or $30 for open bar

3/6, 7 PM guitarist David Moreno leads a first-class quartet with Arturo O’Farrill on piano, Renee Cruz on bass and Brandon Lewis on drums at Third Street Music School Settlement, free

3/6, 8 PM the extraordinary Lebanese-American composer/multi-instrumentalist Bassam Saba and his ensemble playing haunting, sweepingly majestic original works at Roulette, $30/$25 stud/srs.

3/6, 8 PM the pretty self-explanatory Sensational Country Blues Wonders at the Way Station

3/6, 8 PM eclectic soul-groove chanteuse Imani Uzuri premieres a new cantata inspired by the clever signification in the Black American quiltmaking tradition, as part of this year’s Avant Festival at Wild Project Theatre, 195 E 3rd St, $15/$10 stud.

3/6, 10ish powerhouse oldschool soul band the One and Nines – NJ’s counterpart to Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings – at the Park Tavern, 575 West Side Ave (Communipaw/Roosevelt, in Jersey City

3/6, 11 PM the Big Sleep play their drony instrumental dreampop noiserock cyclotron at Rough Trade, $12

3/6, 11:30 roots reggae group Royal Khaoz at the big room at the Rockwood. They’re also at Silvana at 10 on 3/20.

3/7, 2 PM tuneful oldschool early 80s style assaultive/relevant punk rockers the Scrapers play Grand Victory, $10

3/7, 7 PM Alan Gilbert conducts a NY Phil chamber ensemble playing exciting new Nordic music by Per Nogard, Kalevi Aho, Duro Zivkoric and Kaija Saariaho at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, $25

3/7, 7 PM a marathon evening of Randy Gibson‘s hypnotic, psychedelic minimalist drone music, part of this year’s Avant Festival at Wild Project Theatre, 195 E 3rd St, $15/$10 stud

3/7, 7 PM legendary jazz/blues/soul guitarist Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters at B.B. King’s, $27 adv tix req

3/7, 7:15 PM charismatic blues harpist/resonator guitarist Wade Schuman’s dark psychedelic acoustic blues/klezmer/reggae/soca jamband Hazmat Modine at Terra Blues

3/7, 7:30 PM indie classical ensemble Contemporaneous plays introspective new chamber works by Dylan Mattingly, Tamzin Elliott, Matt Evans, Vicente Alexim and Finnegan Shanahan at the DiMenna Center, 450 W 37th St., free

3/7, 8 PM intense, lyrically brilliant , quirky female-fronted two-keyboard 80s-style art-rock/new wave revivalists Changing Modes at Lit

3/7, 8 PM Texas swing icons the Hot Club of Cowtown – whose fiddler Elana James has a sizzling new album out – at Subculture, $20 adv tix rec

3/7, 8 PM awful segues, good triplebill: Marta Hernández (aka Mar Salá) plays her acoustic flamenco rock followed at 9 by the Viva Vallenato Badass Accordion Band and then honktonk band the Lonesome Cupcakes at 10 at the Way Station

3/7, 8 PM the Aaron Diehl Quartet with Peter Washington, bass; Pete Van Nostrand, drums; Warren Wolf, vibes play the pianist’s elegant melodic straight-ahead jazz at the Miller Theatre, $20 tix avail.

3/7, 9 PM intense, grimly funny noir rocker Tom Warnick & World’s Fair followed by Tracy Island – the catchy, smart, literate new wave/psychedelic rock project from Ian and Liza of the WonderWheels and the Larch – at Freddy’s

3/7, 9 PM Unsteady Freddie’s monthly surf rock shindig at Otto’s kicks off at 9 with the trad Chillers, Los Pocos Locos at 10, the cinematic Commercial Interruption at 11 and Buzzchopper sometime after midnight, free

3/7, 9 PM intense, funky Indian brass bhangra band Red Baraat at Bowery Ballroom, $18 adv tix req. The following night 3/8 they’re at Brooklyn Bowl for three bucks less on a killer triplebill starting at 8 with the psychedelic Brooklyn Raga Massive followed by circus rock/noir cabaret chanteuse Rupa & the April Fishes.

3/7, 9 PM oldtimey harmony-fueled band the Calamity Janes and wryly humorous NYC urban country pioneer Alex Battles & the Whisky Rebellion play a Johnny Cash bday party show at the Bell House, $18 adv tix rec; there’s also a 3 PM all-ages show there on 3/8 for three bucks less in advance

3/7, 9 PM ten-piece country/carnivalesque/acoustic rock powerhouse M Shanghai String Band – whose latest album is amazing – at the Jalopy, $10

3/7, 9 PM charismatic, psychedelic funkmeistress Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds at Brooklyn Bowl, $12 adv tix rec

3/7. 9 PM pianist Vicki Ray plays solo works by Mel Powell, James Tenney, Stephen “Lucky” Mosko, and Arthur Jarvinen as well as a multi-composer piece composed in in the style of a cadavre exquis at Spectrum

3/7, 10ish Brooklyn What frontman Jamie Frey’s edgy, tuneful new band No Ice at Big Irv’s, 381 Hooper St (Grand/S 2nd) in Williamsburg, L to Lorimer St.

3/7, 10 PM brilliantly lyrical dark oldtimey songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Pete Lanctot and band at 68 Jay St. Bar

3/7, 10 PM upbeat Sinaloa-style Mexican mariachi/ranchera brass group Banda de los Muertos at Barbes, $10

3/7, 10 PM Black Taxi play their propulsive oldschool disco-funk at the big room at the Rockwood, $12

3/7, 11 PM a fiery Turkish rock doublebill: Twenty 7 followed by Gripin at Drom, $30 adv tix rec.

3/7 1:30 AM (actually wee hours of 3/8) a wild, deep-Brooklyn style postbop night with tenor sax powerhouse Eric Wyatt with Benito Gonzalez – piano , Essiet Essiet – bass , Jonathan Barber – drums  at Smalls, $20

3/8, 2 PM the Momenta Quartet play Tan Dun’s aptly named Ghost Opera at Flushing Town Hall, $15

3/8, 3 PM the Apple Hill String Quartet play “Stringsongs,” by Meredith Monk; “Suite for String Quartet and Fiddler,” a premiere by Dana Lyn and String Quartet no. 2, by Britten at St. Bartholomew’s Church, Park Ave//50th St., $tba

3/8, 4:30ish soulful, latin-inspired, lushly exciting new jazz chanteuse Marianne Solivan leads a 12-piece big band including Stacy Dillard, Dave Gibson and Carl Maraghi at Smalls, $20. Tuneful, first-rate original postbop jazz sextet the Flail play afterward at around 10:30

3/8, 7 PM legendary Piedmont fingerstyle blues guitarist Larry Johnson at Terra Blues

3/8, 7 PM new and recent works for violin duo by New York women composers: Debra Kaye, Max Lifchitz (token hombre), Beata Moon, Rain Worthington, Lynn Bechtold, Melissa Grey and Elena Ruehr at Spectrum, $15/$10 stud/srs

3/8, 8 PM indie classical ensemble Hotel Elefant plays new works by Paola Prestini, Lainie Fefferman and Leaha Maria Villarreal at Subculture, $17 adv tix rec

3/8, 9 PM surf/twang instrumental rockers the Bakersfield Breakers – whose new album is a dead ringer for something from 1963, unbelievably cool and fun – followed by fellow instrumentalists the Combine, who are reputedly just as good, upstairs at 2A

3/9, 8:30 PM the Frikativ Quartet presents compositions by Sarah Bernstein for improvising string quartet. Four inventive and soloistic musicians create a sound that taps the orchestral power of string ensembles and the agility of the jazz quartet. With Scott Tixier, violin, Sarah Bernstein, violin, Stephanie Griffin, viola, Malcolm Parson, cello at Cornelia St. Cafe

3/9, 9 PM psychedelic funk band the People’s Champs followed by the similarly fun, Colombian psychedelic cumbia band MAKU Soundsystem at Brooklyn Bowl, $8

3/9, 9:30 PM Cumbiagra – whose take on psychedelic cumbias is more rustic and purist than most bands who play that stuff – at Barbes

3/9, 11 PM the Doolittle Family play their jangly mix of 60s Laurel Canyon psych-pop and country at the Way Station

3/10, 6 PM cellist Elad Kabilio leads a trio with clarinet and vocals performing otherworldly, haunting themes played in synagogues around the world, throughout history, at the Center for Jewish History, 15 W 16th St. just off 5th Ave., $25/$15 stud/srs

3/10, 6 PM 2Flutes ensemble— Laura Falzon & Pamela Sklar flutes, with Daniel Beliavsky, piano play premieres by Marilyn Bliss and Anze Rozman plus works by Doppler, Delibes, Morley, Rain Worthington and Chen Yi at St Paul’s Chapel uptown, Amsterdam Ave at 117th St., free. 3/15, they’re at the Nicholas Roerich Museum, 319 W 107th St,, $15/$10 stud/srs

3/10, 7 PM the Tarras Band play music associated with ferociously fun klezmer clarinet legend Dave Tarras, featuring Tarras’ former pianist Pete Sokolow, Michael Winograd (clarinet,) Ben Holmes (trumpet), Jim Guttmann (bass,) and Dave Licht (drums. at Barbes followed by ten-piece funky Balkan brass/Ellington jazz monsters Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

3/10, 7:30 PM a slightly smaller subset of the explosive Ayn Sof big band playing epic klezmer jazz tunes with Greg Wall, Jordan Hirsch, Zev Zions, Brian Glassman, and Aaron Alexander among others at the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W 68th St., $15.

3/10-15 elegantly melodic pianist Sylvie Courvoisier plays a weeklong stand at the Stone with sets at 8 and 10 PM, $15. Choice pick: opening night, the first set a duo with violinist Mark Feldman playing stuff from John Zorn’s Book of Angels, the second a duet with Marc Ribot!

3/10, 8 PM pyrotechnic pianist Kathleen Supove plays space-specific new works for piano and soundtrack by Joan La Barbara, Mary Kouyoumdjian, Randall Woolf, and Marti Epstein at Roulette

3/10, 8 PM 90s roots reggae nostalgia with Rasta crooner Luciano at B.B. King’s, $25 adv tix req

3/10, 9:30 PM saxophone powerhouse Lucas Pino‘s two-guitar No No Nonet at Smalls at Smalls, $20

3/10, 11 PM the Rat Problem – promising new wave ish band with sarcastic, sardonic, biting lyrics at the Way Station

3/10, 11 PM gritty, tuneful, Shane MacGowan-ish UK songwriter Adam Masterson at the third room at the Rockwood, $10 + two-drink minimum very strictly enforced

3/11, 7 PM the Isaye Trio – Rada Ovcharova, violin; Emlyn Stam, viola; Willem Stam, cello – play works by Teethoven, Donyanyi and Otterloo at the Bulgarian Consulate General, 121 E 62nd St, free

3/11, 7:30 PM a rare NYC apprearance by the extraordinary violist Kim Kashkashian with Péter Nagy, piano playing works by Schumann, Bartok, Brayms and  László Tihanyi at the Morgan Library, $35

3/11, 7:30 classical mandolin virtuoso Avi Avital and the Venice Baroque Orchestra perform a program of Italian Baroque repertoire by Vivaldi, Paisiello and Marcello at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall. 3/12, 7 PM they’re at the Greene Space

3/11, 8 PM Gato Loco‘s brilliant baritone saxophonist Stefan Zeniuk hosts a strange and interesting evening with animated films and a show by lush, pensive, eclectic noir cabaret/Romany rock/steampunk chamber pop band Kotorino at the Hive, 20 Cook St. off Broadway in Bushwick, J/M to Flushing Ave., free/pay what you can

3/11, 8:30 PM dark, sardonic, brilliantly tuneful jazz pianist Danny Fox and his Trio at Seeds

3/11 and 3/14, 9 PM phenomenal bandoneon virtuoso/nuevo tango composer JP Jofre leads a quintet with strings and piano at Something Jazz Club, $12

3/11, 9 PM brassy female-fronted Jerry Lee Lewis-influenced rockabilly band Rocket J & the 88s followed at 10 by Dr. Bluegrass & the Illbilly 8 and then the cleverly lyrical, darkly funny Nashville gothic rock of Maynard & the Musties at the Way Station

3/11, 8 PM psychedelic klezmer/bluegrass mandolin and clarinet legend Andy Statman at Barbes, $10

3/11, 10 PM a good psychedelic twinbill with jangly, gorgeously reverb guitar-and-organ-driven San Francisco psychedelic band the Cool Ghouls and fuzztone monsters the Mystery Lights at Union Pool, $10. The Cool Ghouls are also at Cake Shop on 3/12

3/12, 1 PM the Jack Quartet featuring soprano Rachel Calloway perform the world premiere of Jeff Myers’ Requiem Aeternam  at Trinity Church, free

3/12, 7  PM searingly intense, charismatic, fearless acoustic punk blues siren Molly Ruth followed by fiery Canadian gothic rocker Lorraine Leckie and her psychedelic band with Hugh Pool on lead guitar at the Mercury

3/12, 7 PM Pakistani chanteuse/bandleader Mai Dhai plays traditional Manganiyar songs at Elebash Hall at CUNY, 365 5th Ave. north of 34th St., $25

3/12, 7 PM Libaña Maraza play rarely heard, rustically haunting Honduran Garifuna songs at City Lore Gallery, 56 E. 1st St, $10

3/12, 7 PM Doron Schleifer, countertenor with Corina Marti on clavisymbalum and recorders perform Jewish and Christian music from late medieval Italy at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W 68th St

3/12, 7 PM a rare performance of traditional Garifuna songs in endangered indigenous Caribbean languages by folk ensemble Libaña Maraza at City Lore Gallery, 56 E 1st St (between 1st and 2nd Ave), $10

3/12, 8 PM Zambubananas play original Brazilian forro music followed at 10 by the plush, balmy, oldtimey uke swing of Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies at Barbes

3/12, 8 PM Israeli reggae crew Moshav Band play the album release show for their new one at Highline Ballrooom, $15 adv tix req

3/12, 8 PM Anne Lanzilotti, viola, Alice Teyssier, flute, and Karl Larson, piano play premieres by Leah Asher, Martin Bresnick, and Scott Wollschleger, plus works by Andrew Norman, Caroline Shaw, and Mozart at the NYU Black Box theatre, Washington Pl. just east of the park (a block north of Washington Square South), free

3/12, 8 PM interesting new and repertory chamber works by by Ruby Aspinall, Sofia Bilianska, Lili Boulanger, Jinhee Han, Faye-Ellen Silverman, Kaija Saariaho, Nicky Sohn, and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich performed by Harmonnia Junus, violin, Ji-Hyeon Yun, cello, and Kathryn Sloat, harp, Daniel Dunford, bass trombone and Dmitry Glivinskiy, piano at Mannes College Concert Hall, 150 W 85th St, free

3/12, 8:30 PM luminous, intense, enigmatic art-rock chanteuse/cellist/multi-instrumentalist Serena Jost at the third room at the Rockwood, $10

3/12, 9 PM irresistibly named, darkly jangling psychedelic garage/powerpop rockers Anderson Council at Maxwell’s

3/12, 9 PM dark psychedelic Austin-based legend Nic Armstrong and band at Cake Shop. Then that same night (??) they’re supposed to be at Otto’s around 11:30.

3/12, 9 PM edgy, politically-fueled French-American punk-jazz-soul chanteuse/guitarist Miss Elie Sorbsel aka Emilie Lesbros plays the album release show for her new one on a killer triplebill with the guy who’s arguably the best lyricist on the planet, the Coup’s Boots Riley, plus pensively intense violinist/singer Sarah Bernstein at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, $10

3/12, 9 PM guitarist Patrick Brennan’s improvisational jazz orchestra the Transparency Kestra at Shapeshifter Lab, $tba

3/12, 10 PM NYC’s most intense, purist Peruvian cumbia-surf rockers, Moneco – who play all the classics by Juaneco, Los Destellos and other rare psychedelic treats – at the Way Station

3/12, 10 PM legendary Come and Steve Wynn guitarist Chris Brokaw at Union Pool, $10

3/13, 7 PM pianist Daniela Bracchi plays works by Bach, Schubert and Chopin at Third Street Music School Settlement, free

3/13, 7 PM violinist Rachel Koblyakov plays solo works by Boulez, Yuri Boguinia, Gideon Broshy, Johannes Maria Von Staud, Wolfgang Rihm and Jules Matton at Spectrum

3/13,  7:30 PM Chia’s Dance Party spinoff the Cumbia River Band play psychedelic, surfy grooves at Drom, $10 adv tix rec

3/13, 7:30 PM the NY Composers’ Circle ensemble plays eclectic new vocal music by Frank Retzel, Dana Dimitri Richardson, Eugene Marlow, Susan J. Fischer and Tamara Cashour plus instrumental pieces by Matt Weber and Robert S. Cohen (the latter inspired by an ant carrying the much larger carcass of a dead roach across a tennis court) at the DiMenna Center, 450 W 37th St., $20, reception to follow

3/13, 8 PM hypnotic guitarscaper Hubble, plantively sardonic, elegant nouveau-chamber violinist/composer Christopher Tignor and the similarly poignant, evocative indie chamber minimalists/pastoralists Bing & Ruth at Littlefield, $14 . Particularly appropriate that B&R would be on this bill here considering that they have an album titled Kentile Floors.

3/13, 9 PM legendary, sweepingly majestic,timelessly relevant Australian psychedelic rockers the Church – who were arguably the best rock band in the world for a good fifteen years back in the 80s and 90s – at Bowery Ballroom, $30. 3/14 they’re at Rough Trade for the same price and will undoubtedly sell out. Adv tix rec at the Marcury, from 5-7 PM, M-F

3/13, 9 PM the Phryg – who put an irresistibly funny, biting, Zappa-esque spin on classic funk – at the Bitter End

3/13, 9 PM Brandi & the Alexanders play their torchy oldschool soul and groove music at the Way Station

3/14, 5 PM edgy Argentine classical pianist Mirian Conti plays a solo recital tilted “$5 for 5 Composers” at the DiMenna Center, 450 W 37th St.

3/14, 7 PM Chicago-style blues guitar monster Bobby Radcliff at Terra Blues.

3/14, 8 PM the Brooklyn What, who are to this era in this city what the Dead Boys and for that matter, the Clash, were to 1979 – at Union Pool, $8, get there on time, this could sell out.

3/14, 8 PM sultry retro 1930s/40s Franco-American swing band les Chauds Lapins followed by horn-driven Colombian party band Chia’s Dance Party at Barbes

3/14, 8 PM Caribbean and south-of-the-border big band flavors with the sixteen-piece Gregorio Uribe Big Band and special guest violinist/singer Mireya Ramos from Mariachi Flor de Toloache at Roulette, $25; open rum bar 7-8 PM!

3/14, 8 PM the hilarious, politically astute Paranoid Larry & His Imaginary Band at 68 Jay St. Bar

3/14, 8 PM trumpeter Matt Lavelle and the 12 Houses play big band jazz improvisations at the Firehouse Space, $10

3/14, 8:30/10:30 PM pianist Jason Moran joins with Bill Frisell and Alicia Hall Moran to play their newly commissioned work The Quilts of Gee’s Bend, exploring rustic rural African-American spirituals, at the Vanguard, $30

3/14, 9 PM awesome Israeli Ethiopiques groove instrumentalists Lions (a Zvuloon Dub System spinoff) at Silvana

3/14, 9 PM tenor saxophonist Dayna Stephens leads a trio with Gilad Hekselman on guitar and Adam Arruda on drums followed by tunefully shapeshifting new postbop quartet Walking Distance – Caleb Curtis – alto saxophone, Kenny Pexton – tenor saxophone, Adam Coté – bass, Shawn Baltazor – drums – playing the album release show for their new one at Subculture, $15 adv tix rec

3/14, 9 PM cinematic soundtrack instrumentalists/surf rockers the Tarantinos NYC followed at 10 by edgy lefty guitarist Damian Quinones and his psychedelic latin soul band and then at midnight by instrumental trio the Grey Man, who put an acidic postpunk spin on early Can, at the Way Station

3/14, 9:30 PM elegant oldtime Americana chanteuse Nora Jane Struthers and the Party Line at Joe’s Pub, followed at 11:30 PM (separate admission) by haunting Portuguese noir surf band Dead Combo (not to be confused with the Stooges-influenced New York band from the mid-zeros) at Joe’s Pub, $12

3/14, midnight 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 Freddy’s

3/15, 4-11 PM the annual New Music Bake Sale with performances by avant garde ensembles including AndPlay (violin and viola duo), Eleonore Oppenheim (solo upright bass), ThingNY (composer-performer chamber collective), C4: The Choral Composer/Conductor Collective (contemporary choral music), Anti-Depressant: Kathleen Supové and Jennifer Choi (outrageously fun piano and violin duo), Tigue (percussion trio), the Knells (art-rock ensemble) plus all kinds of yummy treats available, at Roulette, $10

3/15, 4 PM the Bacheler Consort play early 17th century chamber music with treble viol, flute, lute, bandora, cittern, and bass viol at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.

3/15, 4:30ish the intense, occasionally Middle Eastern-tinged fifteen piece Eyal Vilner Big Band with singer Charenee Wade (who just finished a great stand with Rufus Reid’s big band) at Smalls, $20

3/15, 6 (six) PM 70s freak-folk legend Kath Bloom at the Mercury, $8 adv tix rec because this just might sell out

3/15, 7 PM a rare Portuguese superstar twinbill: fado crooner Camané and noir cabaret/monster surf band Dead Combo at NJPAC in Newark, $30 tix avail.

3/15, 8 PM legendary organ improviser Thomas Murray performs at Church of the Resurrection, 119 E. 74th St. (Park/Lexington). $20 ($15 students & seniors)

3/15, 8 PM fiery, trance-inducing  percussionist/bandleader Alessandra Belloni‘s ensemble Daughters of Cybele at the Italian American Museum,155 Mulberry St, $20

3/15, 8:30/10:30 PM tenor sax legend Charles Lloyd with his new quartet featuring Jason Moran, Reuben Rogers and Eric Harland at the Vanguard, $30

3/15, 9 PM the Anna & Elizabeth Show –  Anna Roberts-Gevalt (fiddle, banjo, guitar) and Elizabeth LaPrelle (ballads, banjo), with oldtime mountain music and real old-fashioned crankies at the Jalopy, $10

3/15, 10 PM eclectic, paradigm-shifting B3 jazz organist Brian Charette and band at 55 Bar

3/16, 7 PM Van Davis – with Chop & Quench singer Abena Koomson – who alternate between sunny oldschool soul and ferocious, guitar-fueled funk, followed at 8:30 by Afrobeat funk jamband the New York Horns – with Mojo Mancini’s Sean Pelton on drums – at Arlene’s, free

3/16, 8 PM a rare small club appearance by cutting-edge avant garde composer/performer Milica Paranosic at Silvana

3/16, 8 PM the DaCapo Chamber Players perform works by pan-American composers including Eleanor Alberga, Paquito D’Rivera, Martin Gendelman, Jorge Martin and Gabriela Ortiz at the DiMenna Center, 450 W 37th St. $20/$10 stud/sts

3/16, 8 PM the North-South Consonance Ensemble play music for spring (bring it on!) by Ari Ben-Shabetai’, Chan Kai-Young, Matthew Durrant and Max Lifchitz with horn soloist Anne Ellsworth at Christ & St Stephen’s Church, 120 W 69th S. free

3/16, 9:30 PM newschool latin soul dance band Spanglish Fly at Barbes – heavier on the salsa than the soul, with a charismatic frontwoman and the same kind of relevance the old boogaloo bands had back in the 60s.

3/16 recently revitalized, considerably quieter and more techy than they were in the punk era, corrosively relevant no-wavers the Pop Group at Rough Trade; 3/17 they’re at Bowery Ballroom

3/17, 7 PM rapt, ethereal third-stream voice-guitar sounds with the Sara Serpa/Andre Matos duo at Shapeshifter Lab, $12/$10 stud

3/17, 7 PM pianists Simone Dinnerstein and Doris Stevenson play music of Ravel, Gershwin, and Philip Lasser at PS321 Auditorium, 180 7th Ave., Park Slope, Brooklyn, R to Union St and walk uphill, $15, all proceeds to benefit the school.

3/17-22, 8/10 PM irrepressible, paradigm-shifting accordionist Guy Klucevsek plays with a whole bunch of ensembles, $20. Choice pick: 3/18 at 8 doing film music with Kamala Sankaram and Peter Brown (vocals); Phyllis Chen (toy piano & piano); Todd Reynolds (violin)

3/17, 8 PM a rare St. Paddy’s Day show for pros rather than amateurs: sly lyrical soul guy Leo Sidran (whose latest album is titled Don’t Cry for No Hipster), eclectic violinist and genre-smashing jazz/indie classical/cinematic/Celtic composer Skye Steele and lush, intense, anthemic female-fronted Celtic acoustic band Burning Bridget Cleary at the third room at the Rockwood, $12, $10 drink min. strictly enforced

3/17, 8 PM fun, quirky, catchy female-fronted ska band Across the Aisle at Arlene’s, $8

3/17-22, 8:30/10:30 PM intimate guitar-bass duos with Bill Frisell and Thomas Morgan at the Vanguard, $30

3/17, 9 PM  intense, darkly cinematic slowcore/postrock guitarist Shannon Wright at St. Vitus, $15

3/17, 10 PM smart, purist oldtimey female-fronted swing band the Swingaroos at the big room at the Rockwood

3/18, 7ish the CTMD puts on one of their occasional Jewish zingeray folksong song swaps with tunes from the repertoires of Carol Freeman, Sarah Gordon, Esther Gottesman, Janet Leuchter, Jerry Marcus and CTMD’s Ethel Raim at City Lore Galley,  56 E 1st St.

3/18, 7 PM eclectic violinist Concetta Abbate and poet Jeff Martin improvise at Branded Saloon

3/18, 8 PM the alternatively explosive and shimmering Nakatani Gong Orchestra at the Green Building, 452 Union St (Nevins/Bond) in Gowanus, R to Union St. and walk downhill, $15

3/18, 8 PM smart, eclectic, harmony-driven oldtime Americana/Celtic/acoustic C&W band the Henry Girls at Barbes

3/18-22, 8 PM plus matinees (full schedule is here), Cantata Profana provides the music to György Kurtág’s twisted opera Kafka Fragments plus a new English translation of Offenbach’s Daphnis & Chloe at the new Sheen Center, 18 Bleecker St., $20 tix avail.

3/18, 8 PM the Ariel Quartet continue their performance of the Beethoven string quartet cycle at Subculture, $25 adv tix rec

3/18, 8 PM solo vocal sets by avant garde singers Odeya Nini and Gelsey Bell followed by the premiere of Bell’s Spent Horizons, incorporating theatrical elements and field recordings, arranged and performed by both performers at Roulette, $20/$15 stud/srs

3/18, 10 PM a killer triplebill at Rough Trade: creepy noir chamber pop/murder ballad duo Charming Disaster, eclectic art-rock violinist/bandleader Christina Courtin and sardonically clanging postpunks Frogbelly & Symphony (who have a new Martin Bisi-produced album out), $10 adv tix rec.

3/18, 10 PM soulful, groove-oriented cellist/composer Marika Hughes followed by minimialist, rapt avant garde lutenist Jozef Van Wissem at the Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec

3/18, 11ish vicious noiserock jamband the the Skull Practitioners– led by Steve Wynn sparring partner/genius guitarist Jason Victor – at the Flat, 308 Hooper St,. South Williamsburg, J/M to Hewes St., $5

3/19, 1 PM Novus NY play John Adams’ Chamber Symphony and Arnold Schoenberg’s Chamber Symphony No. 1 at Trinity Church, free

3/19, 7 PM Romanian cimbalom icon Marius Mihalache plays solo and then joins torchy Romany singer Sanda Weigl‘s performance at 8 PM at Barbes. Martin Vejarano‘s Cumbia River Band plays afterward at 10.

3/19, 7 PM awardwinning Spanish pianist Josu de Solaun plays works by Granados and Albeniz at Zinc Bar, $25

3/19, 7:30 PM torchy intense southwestern gothic songwrite Julia Haltigan and her excellent band at the Mercury, $10 adv tix rec

3/19, 7:30 PM entrancing Middle Eastern/Nubian largescale jamband the Nile Project revisit the scene of their live album, the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival a must. They’re at the Schimmel Auditorium at Pace University, 3 Spruce St. in the financial district the following night, 3/20 for $30

3/19, 7:30 PM early music consort the Wayward Sisters perform a program titled The Naughty List: Music By Braggarts, Hotheads, Curmudgeons and Snobs with music by obnoxious men Matthew Locke, Tarquinio Merula, William Brade, Nicola Matteis, and Dario Castello at the Kosciuszko Foundation, 15 E 65th St, $25

3/19, 7:30 PM thrilling British violinist Rachel Podger leads the Julliard415 baroque ensemble in a performance of works from Vivaldi’s L’Estro Armonico at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, 921 Madison Ave (73/74), $20

3/19 and 3/24 at 7:30 PM, plus 3/20 at 11 AM (in the morning) and and 3/22 at 8 the NY Phil play Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G, Richard Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier plus works by Debussy and Esa-Pekka Salonen at Avery Fisher Hall, $30 tix avail

3/19-21, 7:30 PM kabuki theatre maven Tamasaburo Bando‘s explosive taiko drum/Japanese folk ritual troupe play their new extravaganza Kodo One Earth Tour: Mystery at BAM, $25 tix avail

3/19, 8 PM Pistolera frontwoman Sandra Lilia Velasquez’s torchy, slinky, psychedelic downtempo/trip-hop/art-pop band SLV at Greenwich House Music School, $15

3/19, 8 PM a chamber-sized subset of beloved, adventurous young orchestra the Knights play works by Haydn, Schnittke, Timo Andres, Fred Lerdahl and Thomas Adès at Subculture, $20 adv tix rec

3/19, 8 PM baritone Thomas Buckner accompanied by pianist Joseph Kubera, Christopher Hoffman, Alex Lipowski, Matthew Gold, and others performing concert works by long-time associates from the AACM: Muhal Richard Abrams, Leroy Jenkins, Roscoe Mitchell, Amina Claudine Myers, Henry Threadgill and Wadada Leo Smith at Roulette, $20/$15 stud/srs

3/19, 8  PM a “trauma salon” with performances by cellist Valerie Kuehne, drummer David Grollman, plus a dance and performance art component, at the PPL Space, 104 Meserole St., Bushwick, G to Flushing/L to Grand St., sugg don. Might give new meaning to the word cathartic.

3/19, 8:30 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” at Espresso 77, 35-57 77th Street, Jackson Hts., free. They’re also at Troost in Greenpoint, same time, on 3/25.

3/19, 9 PM the perennially intense, tuneful godfather of edgy, lyrical, anthemic downtown NYC rock, Willie Nile at Rough Trade, $30

3/19, 11 PM darkly cinematic saxophonist/composer Nick Hempton leads a quartet following the Microscopic Septet‘s album release show at Smalls, $20

3/19, 11:30 PM clarinet-fueled, explosively electric instrumentalists the NY Gypsy All-Stars at the big room at the Rockwood

3/20, 7 PM violinist Melissa Tong with members of the Artemis Chamber Ensemble play music by Part, Johnston and Messiaen at Third Street Music School Settlement, free

3/20, 7 PM Richard Bennett plays his cross-pollinating mashup of Indian ragas and neoromantic/minimalist piano music at the Rubin Museum of Art, $20

3/20, 7:30 PM Athens-born composer and pianist Petros Sakelliou’s lush, cinematic instrumental art-rock/circus-rock project Visual Music Circus at Drom, $10 adv tix rec

3/20, 7:30 PM intense, state-of-the-art alto saxophonist/composer Miguel Zenon and his quartet salute the Puerto Rican roots in much of jazz at the Hostos Center Theater, 450 Grand Concourse in the Bronx, 2/4/5 to Grand Concourese/149th St., $15/$7.50 stud/srs

3/20, 7:30 PM 90s indie powerpop/mod punk legends the Figgs play the album release show for their new one at the Mercury, $12 gen adm

3/20-22, 7:30/9:30 PM the sweeping, epic, playfully theatrical Brussels Jazz Orchestra with graphic novelist Philip Paquet create Graphicology; a once-in-a-lifetime live jazz score in tandem with with projections at Dizzy’s Club

3/20, 8 PM sultry retro 1930s/40s Franco-American swing band les Chauds Lapins followed at 10 by accordion-fueled oldschool Colombian vallenato punk band Very Be Careful at Barbes

3/20, 8 PM, repeating 3/21, 7:30 PM the Chelsea Symphony play Bedford: Flushing Meadows, 1964 for Saxophone and Orchestra (world premiere) with soloist Aaron Patterson; Vaughan Williams: Oboe Concerto with soloist Kelly Jo Breczka; Grafe: Cello Concerto with soloist Eric Allen; Sibelius: Overture to the Tempest and Tchaikovsky: The Tempest at St. Paul’s Church, 315 W 22nd St, $20 sugg don.

3/20, 8 PM pianist Inna Faliks performs a Clarice Assad world premiere & Brahms Sonatas Nos. 2 & 3 plus a Clara Schumann miniature at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud

3/20, 9 PM a killer literate rock/powerpop twinbill: Paula Carino’s transgressively fun original band, Regular Einstein and Elvis Costello-esque underground powerpop heroes Lazy Lions both play the album release show for their new ones at Rock Shop, $10

3/20, 9 PM wild oldschool-style original bluegrass crew Foghorn String Band followed at 10 by the increasingly soul-oriented, guitarishly brilliant Miss Tess & the Talkbacks at the Jalopy, $15

3/20, 9 PM Aaron Freeman of Ween plays his somewhat subtler but equally tuneful newer material at City Winery, $22 standing room avail.

3/20, 9 PM dark Certain General guitarist Phil Gammage‘s Adventures in Bluesland project at Beast of Bourbon

3/20, 9:30 PM singer/pianist Rebecca Mimiaga plays the album release show for her new one Words in the Dark with a killer band including Doug Wieselman on oboe and strings, Maxim Moston on viola, Katie Krestek on cello and more at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

3/20, 9:30 PM Dan Finnerty’s hilarious, viciously sarcastic top 40 cover band the Dan Band at Joe’s Pub, $22

3/20, 9:30 PM moody, jangly, jazz-tinged female-fronted art-rock/chamber pop/postrock band Friend Roulette at Palisades

3/20, 9:30 PM downtown NYC supergroup Heroes of Toolik play deceptively catchy, hypnotically growling, post-Velvets grooves at Union Hall, $10

3/20, 10 PM fiery, politically-inspired acoustic rock songwriter Liah Alonso followed by darkly eclectic, similarly ferocious Canadian gothic rock bandleader Lorraine Leckie & Her Demons at Sidewalk.

3/20, 11:30 PM the Nat Osborn Band – whose wry, cleverly lyrical New Orleans sounds come across somewhere in between Dr. John and Brother Joscephus at Rough Trade, $10 adv tix rec

3/21, 5 PM this era’s most poignant voice in country and Americana, Laura Cantrell at Pete’s – get there an hour early and sit through Howard Fishman, who’s actually a pretty good blues guitarist and songwriter.

3/21, 8 PM unique art-rock/chamber jazz singer/bandleader Karen Mantler at Barbes

3/21, 8 PM North Indian violinist Kala Ramnath and ensemble at Roulette

3/21, 8 PM an uncommonly good Tom Waits tribute night with contributions from the torchy, historically-inspired Robin Aigner, Regular Einstein guitarist Dave Benjoya, art-rocker Pierre de Gaillande of the Snow, cello songstress Serena Jost, guitar bluesmama Mamie Minch, composer Jay Vilnai and many others at Freddy’s

3/21, 10 PM hard-hitting bassist Dawn Drake & Zapote play hot Afrobeat-tinged funk grooves at the Way Station

3/21, 10:30 PM catchy original newgrass string band Cricket Tell the Weather at the third stage at the Rockwood, $10 + $10 drink minimum very strictly enforced

3/22, 3 PM composer Huang Ruo and up-and-coming chamber ensemble New Asia Chamber Music Society play music for modern dance to accompany Nai-Ni Chen’s dance group at Flushing Town Hall, free but rsvp reqd

3/22, 3 PM Hannah Min, violin; Monica Davis, viola; Isabelle Fairbanks and Benjamin Larsen, cello; Zach Mo, piano play Faure’s C minor Piano Quartet, and Arensky’s haunting A minor Quartet for violin, viola and two cellos at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Park Slope, 139 St. John’s Place at 7th Ave., any train to Grand Army Plaza and walk downhill

3/22, 4 PM viol consort Parthenia with guest harpist Christa Patton play works by Henry Purcell, Orlando Gibbons, Carlo Farina, Giovanni Battista Vitali, Nicolo Corradini and Giovanni Legrenzi plus a Eleonor Sandresky world premiere at Picture Ray Studio, 245 W 18th St, $25/$10 stud/srs

3/22, 6 PM an all-star downtown NYC rock cast: Erica Smith, John Sharples, American Ambulance’s Pete Cenedella, Lisa Dowling, Lizzie Edwards of Lizzie & the Sinners, Matt Keating, Tim Simmonds and others (hint: like…special guests!) play two classic albums: Richard & Linda Thompson’s Shoot Out the Lights and Graham Parker’s Squeezing Out Sparks at the Mercury, $10

3/22, 7 PM exhilarating  late-1800s style Appalachian/blues string band the Down Hill Strugglers, at the Jalopy, $10

3/22, 7 PM the Queensboro Symphony Orchestra play Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony No. 5, Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto with soloist Jie Hyue Kim and Paul Joseph‘s spring-themed First Tears of Spring and Cry of a Butterfly 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.

3/22, 10:30 PM the wryly tuneful Well Tempered Quartet: Spike Wilner – piano , Behn Gillece – vibraphone , Anthony Pinciotti – drums , Brian Charette – organ at Smalls, $20

3/22, 11 PM edgy, eclectic, tuneful, smartly lyrical punk-jazz-inspired rock songwriter Mimi Oz‘s Rooster at Cake Shop

3/22, 11 PM NY’s only original Mexican son jarocho band, Radio Jarocho at the small room at the Rockwood

3/23, 7:30 PM the East Coast Chamber Orchestra plays music of Tchaikovsky, Sibelius, Janacek and Golijov at Advent/ Broadway Church, 2504 Broadway at 93rd St., free

3/23, 8 PM the Atlantic Ensemble plays newly commissioned chamber works by composers TBA at Symphony Space, free

3/23 gutter blues/punk soul icons the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion plays a rare (their first ever?) dives of New York tour starting at at Liedy’s Shore Inn, 745 Richmond Terrace on Staten Island for free at 9 PM and continuing on 3/24 at Cake Shop, time TBA, $8; 3/25 at 9 PM at  WFMU Monty Hall, 43 Montgomery St. in Jersey City, price $TBA,  3/26 at Hank’s at 10 PM for free; at the Point, 940 Garrison Ave. in the Bronx (6 train to Longwood Ave.)  on 3/27 at 9, $5  at and Singlecut Brewery  in Astoria at on 3/28 at 9 for free.

3/23, 11 PM a rare small club appearance by darkly lyrical jazz sax icon Peter Apfelbaum with percussionist Matthias Kunzli at Pete’s

3/24, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, indie chamber group Yarn/Wire play electroacoustic works by Thomas Meadowcroft and Chiyoko Szlavnics at the Miller Theatre, free.

3/24, 7:30 PM creepy, theatrical female-fronted noir cabaret/circus rock band Orphan Jane at Arlene’s, $8

3/24-29, 8/10 PM vivid, intense, lyrical jazz pianist Myra Melford leads a series of ensembles at the Stone, $15. Choice pick: how do you choose from this feast of riches? Just for starters, the 3/25, 10 PM show with Miya Masaoka (koto) and Mary Halvorson (guitar) is pretty amazing.

3/24, 8 PM clear-voiced, classically-tinged jazz singer/bandleader Joanna Wallfisch and pianist Dan Tepfer play the album release show for their new one at Subculture, $15 adv tix rec

3/24, 8 PM new indie classical vocal/chamber group Arkora play Benton Roark’s troubled song cycle, Songs from the Rainshadow’s Edge: radical harpists Duo Scorpio play Andy Akiho works; and Ear Heart Music impresario Amelia Lukas joins them on flute for a rare Toru Takemitsu piece at Roulette, $25

3/24-29, 8:30/10:30 PM fiery downtown postbop sax personality Oliver Lake leads a trio with Reggie Workman on bass and Andrew Cyrille on drums at the Vanguard, $30

3/24, 10 PM the brass-fueled ten-piece Josh Evans Big Band at Smalls, $20. They’re also here on 3/31 at 9:30

3/25, 7 PM conductor K. Scott Warren leads the Choir of St. Ignatius Loyola in a Lenten program featuring Gregorian chant and a cappella motets by Tallis, Lassus, Gesualdo, Purcell and others amidst the Venetian mosaics depicting the way of the cross at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola (980 Park Avenue at 84th St.), $25 seats avail

3/25, 7:30 PM PM exciting new orchestra the Spectrum Symphony play Anthony Iannaccone’s From Time to Time, Fantasias on Two Appalachian Folksongs;  Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A minor with soloist Victoria Mushkatkol and Sibelius’ Symphony No. 3 at St. Joseph’s Church, 371 6th Ave south of Waverly, $20

3/25, 8 PM boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band at Barbes

3/25, 9 PM the Riff Notes, TBS and the Cheap Sneakers play a Joe Meek tribute show at Otto’s – which makes sense, considering that Meek was the father of British surf music. Let’s see if Graham Parker – who wrote a caustic, totally unsympathetic song about him – shows up.

3/25, 10:45 PM Maxo plays his clever, witty, cinematic 16-bit keyb soundtracks at Baby’s All Right, $8

3/26, 7 PM sick Dolly Parton cover band Doll Parts– who mix straight-up rock versions of her schlockiest 80s crap with acoustic covers of her country classics – at the Parkside

3/26, 7 PM badass, torchy Irish swing singer Tara O’Grady plays the album release for her new one Irish Bayou – tracing the rich history of the Irish in New Orleans – at the Metropolitan Room, 34 W 22 St

3/26, 7:30 PM the Heath Quartet play Janácek’s String Quartet No. 2 (“Intimate Letters”) and Beethoven’s String Quartet in C-sharp minor, Op. 131 at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

3/26, 7:30 PM cutting-edge vocal quartet NY Polyphony sing renaissance works by Dunstable, Plummer, Brumel, and Clemens as well as contemporary pieces by Ivan Moody, John Scott, Michael McGlynn and Geoffrey Williams at the Greene Space

3/26, 8 PM devious oldschool C&W/rockabilly parodists Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co. at Otto’s.

3/26, 8 PM the String Theories Festival kicks off with the New York premiere of Andrew Norman‘s The Companion Guide to Rome plus recent chamber works by Scott Wollschleger, Leah Asher, and John Stulz. Violist Anne Lanzilotti programmed the night and performs alongside Meaghan Burke, cello; Lavinia Pavlish, violin; John Stulz, viola; and Alice Teyssier, flute, at the South Oxford Space, 138 South Oxford Street, Fort Greene, $15/10 stud/srs

3/26, 8 PM Drums of the Diaspora featuring Dendê, Joaquin Pozo and Bonga Jean-Baptiste blend Bahian, Cuban and Haitian beats at Meridian 23, 161 W 23rd St. just east of 7th Ave

3/26, 8:30 PM haunting, dusky, jangly southwestern gothic rock band And the Wiremen at Troost, 1011 Manhattan Ave, Greenpoint

3/26, 9:30 PM the irrepressible, theatrical, politically spot-on Ukuladies – who bring bacon to every show – at Freddy’s

3/26, 10 PM oudist Brian Prunka’s diverse Middle Eastern jazz combo Nashaz at Barbes

3/26, 10 PM Jack Ladder & the Dreamlanders – late 80s Leonard Cohen wannabe crooning down-and-out synth/darkwave/noir pop – at Rough Trade, $15 adv tix rec.

3/27-4/13 a retrospective of the work of photographer Joel Brodsky, best known for his iconic images of Jim Morrison “half devoted to Brodsky’s work with the Doors and the other half will be featuring his expansive back catalog images for diverse performers, including Tom Waits, Tim Buckley, Aretha Franklin, Judy Collins, Isaac Hayes, Country Joe & the Fish, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Iggy Pop” at Morrison Hotel Gallery, 116 Prince St

3/27, 7 PM a Nowrooz celebration with Iranian violin luminary Navid Kandelousi, pensive songwriter Arian Saleh and Persian-American roots rock outfit Vatan at Drom, $15 adv tix rec

3/27, 7 PM pianist Edmund Arkus plays plays music of Schubert, Chopin, Granados and Bach at Third Street Music School Settlement, free

3/27, 7:30 PM Sexmob – who’ve distinguished themselves with their noir jazz reinventions of Nino Rota Fellini soundtracks – perform the world premiere of their score to Guido Brignon’s classic Italian silent film Maciste all’inferno at Symphony Space, $25

3/27, 8 PM the second concert of the String Theories Festival features violinist Rachel Lee Priday and pianist David Kaplan playing works by Chris Cerrone, Scott Wollschleger, Samuel Carl Adams, and Ludwig van Beethoven at the South Oxford Space, 138 South Oxford Street, Fort Greene, $15/10 stud/srs

3/27, 8 PM guitarist/mandolinist John Ehlis with his lively improvisational sextet at Shapeshifter Lab, $12

3/27, 9 PM one of the year’s best if most improbable twinbills: this era’s greatest cinematic noir guitar instrumentalists, Big Lazy and the Jack Grace Band at the Jalopy, $10. This bill might actually have happened (maybe in reverse) at the C-Note fifteen years ago or so. Jack’s no slouch on guitar, either.

3/27, 9 PM Indian carnatic jazz violinist Arun Ramamurthy and his funky trio followed at 10 by anthemic, eclectic often haunting female-fronted Americana/acoustic funk/art-rock jamband the Sometime Boys at the Way Station

3/27-28, 9:30ish PM hypnotic danceable Ethiopian-inspired sounds with Budos Band at Brooklyn Bowl, $20

3/28, 5 PM pianist Rosa Torres Pardo plays an all-Iberian program including works by Soler-Scarlatti, Albeniz, de Falla at the DiMenna Center, 450 W 37th St., $5

3/28, 7 PM high-voltage, eclectic acoustic-electric Americana band Spuyten Duyvil at the big room at the Rockwood

3/28, 8 PM a rare US performance of traditional and original Yemeni songs by virtuoso singer/oudist Abdulrahman Al Akhfash at Alwan for the Arts, $20/$15 stud/srs

3/28, 8 PM Molly Ruth – whose searing, genuinely angst-fueled, careening electric songs, part oldschool delta blues, part vintage C&W, part doom punk make her one of the few truly scary songwriters in town – at Trash Bar. Open bar with PBRs and wells til 9. You’ll need them.

3/28, 8 PM intense Balkan chanteuse Jenny Luna‘s haunting, traditional Turkish band Dolunay play the album release show for their new one followed at 10 bythe reliably ferocious, fun Balkan madness of Raya Brass Band at Barbes

3/28, 8 PM omg what a fun doublebill: wild party band Litvakus, who rescue obscure Belorrusian klezmer dances from musty old archives, and the similarly wild, hilarious, accordion-and-violin-fueled klezmer punk band Golem at Drom, $15 adv tix very highly rec

3/28, 8 PM legendary dirty soul man/iconic filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles‘ Menage a Trio featuring guitarist/percussionist/vocalist William Spaceman Patterson and baritone saxophonist “Moist” Paula Henderson, with special guests at Hifi Bar

3/28, 8 PM the final concert of the String Theories Festival features violinist Erica Dicker and pianist Emily Manzo playing works by Sofia Gubaidulina, Judd Greenstein, and the US premiere of Ig Henneman‘s In the Storm of Roses for solo violin.at the South Oxford Space, 138 South Oxford Street, Fort Greene, $15/10 stud/srs

3/28, 9 PM another rare appearance by the hilarious, politically astute Paranoid Larry & His Imaginary Band at Freddy’s  – this makes two in two months!

3/28, 9 PM a newschool roots reggae twinbill with the Blue Dahlia followed by Thunda Vida at Silvana

3/28, 10 PM vicious noiserock jamband the the Skull Practitioners– led by Steve Wynn sparring partner/genius guitarist Jason Victor – at Cake Shop, $8

3/29, 2 PM French singers Eléonore Biezunski and Eléonore Weill team up as the ‘Lib’Ele Duo’ (The Dragonflies) to mash up acerbic French and Yiddish music with tsimbl (Ukrainian Jewish cimbalom) wizard Pete Rushefsky, playing both wry, lyrical French-Yiddish songs songwriter Jacques Grober as well as cross-pollinated repertoire from each tradition, plus a puppet show at the Center for Jewish History, 15 W 16th St., $12

3/29, 4 PM Susan Rotholz, flute, Eliot Bailen, cello and Margaret Kampmeier, piano, perform sonatas by C.P.E. Bach, Lowell Leibermann in addition to compositions by Eliot Bailen,  Villa-Lobos and Martinu at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.

3/29, 8 PM bewitching noir torch song stylist Bliss Blood and brilliant guitarist Al Street lead their trio at Epistrophy Cafe, 200 Mott St. (Kenmare/Spring)

3/29, 8 PM violist Miranda Sielaff performs a set of solo John Harbison etudes, followed by members of Contemporaneous performing a string quintet by Dylan Mattingly. Finally, the String Orchestra of Brooklyn and loadbang present two world premieres by Reiko Füting and Mario Diaz de León, alongside recent works by Füting, Richard Carrick, andJuste Janulyte.at Roulette, $20/$15 stud/srs

3/29, 8 PM the Chamber Players of the League-ISCM play new works by Bruce Reiprich, Brian Fennelly, Louis Karchin, Jenny Olivia Johnson, Andrew Rudin and olderr pieces by Kaija Saariaho at the Tenri Cultural Institute 43A West 13th St $15/$8 stud/srs

3/29, 9ish Willie & the Wolves – who play killer oldschool soul, funk and latin grooves that sounds like classics from the 60s but are originals, with the powerhouse Anne DeAcetis on lead vocals – at Tara Hill Tavern, 2794 Broadway at 108th

3/29, 9ish Drina Seay – torchy Americana/soul/jazz siren who is to NYC now what Neko Case was to Portland in 1999 – and many others play a night of Brill Building pop covers upstairs at 2A.

3/29, 9:30ish the George Gee Swing Orchestra make a return appearance at Smalls with their lush new arrangements of old standards, $20

3/29, 10 PM tuneful, evocative, purist original front-porch folk songwriter Joanna Sternberg at Pete’s

3/30, 6:30 PM sensational up-and-coming organist Stephen Buzard plays Camil van Hulse’s rarely performed Symphonia Elegiaca in its entirety at St. Thomas Church, 53rd St./5th Ave., sugg don.

3/30 biting, darkly psychedelic Eurofolk/rock band Carl Barât & The Jackals at the small downstairs studio space at Webster Hall is sold out – good for them

3/31, 8 PM intense, inscrutable, wickedly literate janglerock tunesmith/crooner Ward White at the small room at the Rockwood

3/31, 9:30 PM intense, soaring singer/pianist Anna Winthrop and cellist Kirin McElwain play their individualistic, windswept, cinematic jazz-inflected art-rock at Caffe Vivaldi

4/1, 7 PM balmy, sardonically individualistic vocal jazz stylist Dorian Devins and her trio at Flute Gramercy, 40 E 20th St. 4/13, 8:30 PM she’s at the Bar Next Door at 8:30 PM with Behn Gillece – vibraphone and Hans Glawischnig – bass. They’re also at Flute on 4/29

4/1, 7:30 PM Music for sextet by Long Island composers Jay Gach, Dana Richardson, Leonard Lehrman, Julie Mandel, Margaret Stoop and Jane Leslie performed by new music sextet Innovox at Lefrak Concert Hall at Queens College, Kissena Blvd. and the LIE, 65-30 Kissena Blvd. Flushing, 7 train to the end of the line and then take the Main St. bus, free

4/1 multi-reedman Michael Blake leads a killer quartet with  Frank Kimbrough – piano; Ben Allison – bass; Rudy Royston – drums, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25

4/1, 8 PM El Imperio – intense, edgy, funky band who mash up Ethiopiques and latin styles- followed by psychedelic Ethiopiques purists Nikhil Yerawadekar & Low Mentality amd then brilliant psychedelic desert rock/cantorial art-rock band Sway Machinery at the Hive, 20 Cook St., Bushwick (Graham/Manhattan, just off Broadway, J/M to Flushing Ave) $10 sugg don

4/1, 8 PM psychedelic klezmer/bluegrass mandolin and clarinet legend Andy Statman at Barbes, $10

4/1, 9 PM surreal, Waits-influeuced, noirish, apocalyptic Americana guitar band Fellaheen at the Way Station

4/2-5 Randy Weston‘s African Rhythms Quintet, featuring alto saxophonist TK Blue and veteran drummer Lewis Nash celebrate the iconic pianist/Africanist/composer’s 89th birthday, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $30 ($35 on the weekend)

4/2, 7:30 PM up-and-coming chamber ensemble Face the Music play new works by Yonatan Rozin, Paris Lavidis and Michael Daugherty at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised.

4/2, 8 PM dark, charismatic, mischieviously witty literate keyboardist/chanteuse Rachelle Garniez at Barbes

4/2, 11 PM wild, psychedelic Bay Area Romany/Middle Eastern/Balkan band Taraf de Locos – sort of the left coast version of Tribecastan – at Silvana

4/3, 8 PM sharp, satirical, catchy, sardonically funny Beatlesque/Costelloesque powerpop songwriter Walter Ego at Sidewalk

4/3, 9 PM a good Spanish-tinged twinbill: Mar Salá plays her acoustic flamenco rock followed by  edgy lefty guitarist Damian Quinones and his psychedelic latin soul band at Silvana

4/3, 9 PM powerhouse bassist Dawn Drake & Zapote play hot Afrobeat-tinged funk grooves at BAM Cafe

4/3, 10 PM Cumbiagra – whose take on psychedelic cumbias is more rustically Colombian and purist than most bands who play that stuff – at Barbes

4/4, 4 PM quirkily cinematic, psychedelic, family-friendly instrumentalists Songs for Unusual Creatures, followed at 8 by intense, eclectic original Balkan clarinet/violin/oud/percussion quartet Sherita and then at 10 by upbeat Sinaloa-style Mexican mariachi/ranchera brass group Banda de los Muertos for $10 at Barbes

4/4, 5 PM Argentine pianist Agustin Anievas plays Schubert and Chopin at the DiMenna Center, 450 W 37th St., $5

4/4, 7:30 PM bewitchingly assaultive art-rock duo Naked Roots Conducive – violinist Natalia Steinbach and cellist Valerie Kuehne – play the record release show for their “performance opera” Sacred521, “which “explores the beauty and terror of personal disclosure and visceral catharsis in individual experience” at Dixon Place, $12 adv tix rec

4/4, 7:30 PM banjo virtuoso Jayme Stone’s historically rich, individualistic folk ensemble the Lomax Project at the Lincoln Center Atrium

4/4, 8ish bewitchingly assaultive art-rock duo Naked Roots Conducive – violinist Natalia Steinbach and cellist Valerie Kuehne – at Dixon Place

4/4, 8 PM raga pianist Utsav Lal and carnatic singer Anurag Harsh at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, $15 tix avail.

4/4 Unsteady Freddie‘s monthly four-band surf rock show at Otto’s begins at 9 with the Aquatudes, cinematic soundtrack instrumentalists/surf rockers the Tarantinos NYC playing the album release release show for their new one at 10, kick-ass original third-wavers Tsunami of Sound at 11 and the Jersey Shore’s explosive, deviously original, Dick Dale-influenced Black Flamingos sometime after midnight

4/4, 9:30 PM acclaimed Turkish classical guitarist Sinan Ersahin at Bar Thalia adjacent to Symphony Space, free

4/5, 8 PM the Brighton Beat bring their deliriously fun Afrobeat jams to Brooklyn Bowl, $8; free entry before 7 PM

4/6 7:30 PM – 100 years ago Claude Debussy began a project of six large-scale sonatas for “diverse instruments” but completed only three before his death in 1918. Three contemporary composers – Thomas Adès, Marc-Andre Dalbavie and Libby Larsen – completed those six final large-scale works; a stellar eleven-piece chamber ensemble plays them along with the three that Debussy himself finished, in a world premiere at Advent/ Broadway Church, 2504 Broadway at 93rd St., free

4/6, 7:30 PM James Austin Smith, oboe; Tessa Lark, violin; Max Mandel, viola; Edward Arron, cello; and Pedja Muzijevic, piano, play Mozart’s Piano Quartet in G minor, K. 478, plus Luciano Berio’s Sequenza VII for oboe and John Cage pieces at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, 450 W 37th St., $20

4/7, 7 PM the Tarras Band – who play the repertoire of legendary hotshot klezmer clarinetist Dave Tarras – featuring Tarras’ ageless, charismatic former pianist Pete Sokolow plus an allstar band including Michael Winograd (clarinet,) Ben Holmes (trumpet), Jim Guttmann (bass) and Dave Licht (drums) at Barbes followed by ten-piece funky Balkan brass/Ellington jazz monsters Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

4/7, 7 PM dubious segue, good edgy jazz twinbill: Jon Irabagon, Matt Bauder and Tomas Fujiwara rip paint off the walls followed by soprano saxophonist Jasmine Lovell-Smith‘s colorful, deftly cinematic chamber/pastoral jazz project Towering Poppies with Cat Toren – piano, Adam Hopkins – bass, Kate Gentile – drums at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

4/7, 11ish catchy, sunny, kinetic janglepop band Kuroma at Baby’s All Right

4/8, 7:30 PM jazz pianist Steven Prutsman plays his third-stream album Passengers all the way through at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, 450 W 37th St., $20

4/8, 8 PM oudist Brandon Terzic and his group Xalam – Pyeng Threadgill on vocals, Matt Kilmer on percussion, Tim Keiper on calabash, Matt Darriau on saxophone and kaval, Rufus Cappadocia on cello – play their Africanized take on Robert Johnson at Barbes

4/9, 7′:30 PM fun, lo-fi punk blues resonator guitarist/singer Breanna Barbara Arneson followed by edgy female-fronted funk band Eliza & the Organix – feat. swirly alto sax player Kristen Tivey – playing the ep release show for their new one at Rock Shop, $10

4/9, 8 PM the NY Scandia Symphony celebrates the 150th anniversary of the births of  Carl Nielsen and Jean Sibelius at Symphony Space, $15 adv tix rec.

4/9, 8 PM two of the greatest singers in town on a killer twinbill: luminous, intense, enigmatic art-rock chanteuse/cellist/multi-instrumentalist Serena Jost followed at 10 by Daria Grace’s torchy, delightful oldtime uke swing band the Pre-War Ponies at Barbes

4/9, 9:30 PM coolly enigmatic original jazz/torch singer Dorian Devins and her first-rate combo at Bar Thalia adjacent to Symphony Space, free

4/10, 7 PM Ali Akbar Moradi – Iranian-Kurdish tambour lute virtuoso, Bahar Movahed collaborator and master of the Yarsan (Iranian Kurdish Sufi) repertoire – at Elebash Hall, 365 5th Ave. north of 34th St., $25

4/10, 8 PM intense, celebrated Armenian-American oudist Ara Dinkjian plays from his new album of Armenian songs 1915-2015 Truth & Hope in commenoration of the 1915 holocaust there, backed by a string quartet plus the briliant Tamer Pinarbasi on qanun.at Alwan for the Arts, $20

4/10, 8 PM cult favorite Romany chanteuse (and Berthold Brecht descendant) Sanda Weigl and her amazing band followed at 10 by funky, psychedelic Ethiopiques band Nikhil P. Yerawadekar and Low Mentality at Barbes

4/10, 8 PM anthemic, eclectic often haunting female-fronted Americana/acoustic funk/art-rock jamband the Sometime Boys and hard funk band Afroskull at Rock Shop, $10

4/10, 9ish psychedelic funk jamband the Pimps of Joytime at Brooklyn Bowl, $15, followed by (separate $12 admission) Moon Hooch – two tenor saxes and drums playing the craziest funky grooves you could imagine with the intensity of a brass band and the catchiness and edge of punk rock – at around half past midnight

4/10 Drina Seay – torchy Americana/soul/jazz siren who is to NYC now what Neko Case was to Portland in 1999 –  at the Parkside

4/11, 2:30 PM Canta Libre Chamber Ensemble play Marcel Grandjany’s O Bien Aimee and Aria in Classic Style, Handel’s Harp Concerto with Grandjany’s cadenzas, Joseph Jongen’s Concerto a Cinque and Debussy’s Sonata for Viola, Flute and Harp.Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center’s Bruno Walter Auditorium, 111 Amsterdam Ave, free, early arrival a must

4/11, 5 PM Luiz de Moura Castro plays piano works by Villa-Lobos, Liszt, Chopin and Mendelssohn at the DiMenna Center, 450 W 37th St., $5

4/11, 6 PM an amazing night at Barbes: Long Shadow, the new duo from Sherita‘s Greg Squared and Rima Fand, joined by intense Greek rembetiko band Astoriani – Rima Fand-violin, vocals; Matthew Fass-accordion; Matt Moran-percussion; Greg Squared-clarinets, vocals; Demetri Tashie-laouto- followed at 8 by the Toomai String Quartet with pyrotechnic accordionist Peter Stan & vibraphonist Matt Moran playing Romanian music .

4/11, 8 PM the Latvian National Choir sing rarely heard works by Arvo Part, Vytautas Miskinis, Vaclovas Augustinas, Ugis Praulins, Jekabs Janchevskis, Gundega Smite, Raimonds Tiguls, Eriks Esenvalds,  Veljo Tormis and Eric Whitacre’s luminous Lux Aurumque at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, 450 W 37th St., $20

4/11, 9 PM Trapper Schoepp – a Milwaukee minor-leaguer with some promise, in a growling, lyrical Jeffrey Foucault Americana vein – opens for noiserock/paisley underground/noir rock legend Steve Wynn at Bowery Ballroom, $20

4/12, 3 PM the Greenwich Village Orchestra play an all-Tchaikovsky program with the Festival Coronation March, the Violin Concerto with soloist Siwoo Kim, and Symphony No. 4 at Washington Irving HS Auditorium, 16th St./Irving Place, $15 sugg don., reception to follow

4/12, 3 PM the Downtown Chamber Players perform a global Spanish-tinged program of composers including Carlos Gardel, Astor Piazzolla, G.H. Rodriguez, Montsalvatge and de Falla at the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center, 107 Suffolk St, $15; $12.50 for students/seniors

4/12, 3 PM Sandbox Percussion premieres Robert Sirota’s Spindrift at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Park Slope (139 St. John’s Pl), sugg don.

4/12, 4 PM Ustad Shafaat Khan performs Indian classical music, featuring sitar, surbuhar and tabla at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.

4/12, 7 PM jazz pianist/chanteuse Akiko Pavolka & House of Illusions with : vocals and piano; Guillermo Klein: Wurlitzer electric piano, vocals; Loren Stillman: alto sax; Nate Radley: guitar; Matt Pavolka: bass and Russ Meissner: drums followed at 9 by Romany guitar genius Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

4/12, 9 PM boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band followed by a rare solo show by charismatic ghoulabilly/retro rock monster Reid Paley upstairs at 2A

4/13, 8 PM legendary 70s art-rock/hippie band Magma keep their own invented Kobaiian language alive at le Poisson Rouge, $30 adv tix req

4/14, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, a quartet version of Ensemble Signal plays childhood-inspired works by Clemens Gadenstätter, Sean Griffin, Elliott Carter and Helmut Lachenmann at the Miller Theatre, free

4/14, 7 PM nocturnal jazz chanteuse/pianist/uke player Gina Leishman with a killer band : Charlie Burnham – violin; Matt Muisteri – guitar and Greg Cohen – bass followed at 9 by ten-piece funky Balkan brass/Ellington jazz monsters Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

4/14, 7:30 PM jazz bassist Brian Glassman’s brass-fueled Klezmer/Jazz Alliance at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W. 68th St, $15

4/14-15 lyrical jazz guitaist Julian Lage leads his trio with  Scott Colley – bass, Eric Harland – drums, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25

4/14, 7:30 violinist Paul Huang, pianist Louis Schwizgebel and cellist Julian Schwarz play music of Maurice Ravel and César Franck, and Francis Poulenc at Zinc Bar, $25/15 stud/srs

4/14, 8 PM opening night of this year’s MATA Festival: the Curious Chamber Players perform new avant garde works from Finland, Bolivia, China, Sweden and the US by Tomi Räisänen, Todd Tarantino, Carlos Gutiérrez Quiroga, Wang Lu, Johan Svensson and Malin Bång at the Kitchen, $20/$15 stud

4/15, 7:30 PM up-and-coming cellist Jay Campbell and  pianist Conor Hanick play works by Carter, Stravinsky, Brahms, and a New York premiere by David Fulmer at Subculture, $20 adv tix rec

4/15, 8 PM oudist/mandinka/kora player Kane Mathis plays music from North Africa on south at Barbes

4/15, 8 PM night two of this year’s MATA Festival features singer Abigail Fischer, Melanie Aceto and Music for Lamps performing Nordic, Balkan and American avant garde works by Bjørn Erik Haugen, Jasna Velickovic, Mirela Ivicevic, Megan Grace Beugger and others at the Kitchen, $20/$15 stud

4/15, 8 PM bad segue, good show: psychedelic Afrobeat jamband Ikebe Shakedown followed by purist retro 60s garage rockers the Monophonics at Brooklyn Bowl, $12

4/15, 8:30ish irrepressible, historically informed songwriter Elisa Flynn takes a break from booking nights of murder ballads to play her own erudite, often haunting tunes at Troost

4/16, 7:30 PM haunting Middle Eastern jazz trumpeter Amir El Saffar‘s Two Rivers Large Ensemble at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival a must

4/16, night three of this year’s MATA Festival features the Momenta Quartet + Christa van Alstine, Carl Christian Bettendorf, Stuart Breczinski, Ian Rosenbaum, Matthew Weber performing avant garde works from Greece, Brazil, Iran and the US by Michalis Paraskakis, Daniel Moreira, Guy Barash, Alex Weiser, Eric Nathan and Idin Samimi Mofakham at the Kitchen, $20/$15 stud

4/17, 7:30 dark chamber duo Soldier Kane, moody noir folk trio Hope For Agoldensummer and intense minor-key klzmer/groove/classical instrumentalists Barbez at Litttlefield, $12

4/17, 7:30 PM accordion wizard Sy Kushner’s Jewish Music Ensemble, w/Jeremy Brown and Marty Confurius at the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W 68th St., $15

4/17, 7:30 the Fire Pink Trio play Debussy’s Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp plus vivid works by Adrienne Albert, Dan Locklair,, Manuel Moreno-Buendia, Sonny Burnette and Hilary Tann at tke DiMenna Center, 450 West 37th St., $25 . Their performance of this program last year in the Lincoln Center neighborhood was dreamy and gorgeous.

4/17, 8 PM new arrangements of haunting old Armenian songs by flamenco guitarist Anna Garano with Armenian chanteuse Anais Alexandra Tekerian, plus clarinetist Kinan Azmeh at Alwan for the Arts, $20/$15 stud/srs

4/17, 8 PM two generations of twisted, asaultively fun noiserock: Blind Idiot God and Insect Ark at St. Vitus Bar  $10

4/17, 8 PM pensive, intense newgrass fiddler April Verch and her trio at Subculture

4/17, 8 PM night four of this year’s MATA Festival features avant garde chamber ensemble Bearthoven, Amanda Schoofs and Du Yun playing works by Schoofs, Yun, David Alan Broome, Jonathan Nangle amd Adam de la Cour at the Kitchen, $20/$15 stud

4/17, 9 PM edgy Chilean psychedelic cumbia/hip-hop/reggaeton bandleader Ana Tijoux at Bowery Ballroom, $15 adv tix rec

4/17-26, 10 PM art-rock/chamber-pop pianist/songwriter Dane Terry performs his one-man theatre piece Bird in the House at LaMama, $10. Brightly neoromantic tunes laced with ragtime, Steven Foster minstrelsy and allusively creepy, childlike lyrics, like a slightly less grim Lee Feldman

4/17-19 the Brooklyn Folk Festival at St. Ann’s Church in Brooklyn Heights, lineup tba

4/18, 2 PM celebrated organist Delbert Disselhorst plays a program TBA at Grace Church, 802 Broadway north of 11th St., $20

4/18, 4 PM Robert McKay and Jennifer Rau star in a multimedia performance of “liberation imagery in the early American consciousness which comes to life through works by William Billings (1746 – 1800), Stephen Jenks (1772 – 1856), early spirituals and Shaker hymns performed with historical texts selected from abolitionist writings and slave and suffragette narratives, including selections from Solomon Northup’s Twelve Years a Slave” at the Fraunces Tavern Museum, 54 Pearl St. in the financial district, $35/$20 stud/srs

4/18, 8 PM final night of this year’s MATA Festival features Talea Ensemble playing adventurous works by Anna Clyne and otheres at the Kitchen, $20/$15 stud

4/18 Australian sensation the Cat Empire – quirky, latin-and-ska-inflected and great fun organic stoner dance grooves – at the at Webster Hall, 9 PM $25

4/18 one of the year’s best rock doublebills: scorchingly lyrical, politically-fueled two-guitar anthemic punk/circus rock band the Brooklyn What followed by the similarly lyrically-driven, savagely political, hard-hitting Alabama populist rockers Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires at the Knitting Factory

4/19, 9 PM eclectic chanteuse Mavis Swan Poole’s oldschool psychedelic soul/funk band Soul Understated at BAM Cafe

4/20, 7:30 PM pianist Paul Barnes performs a Lukas Floyd world premiere plus new works by Jason Bahr and Zack Stanton followed by the festival debut of Miho Hazama’s m_unit jazz ensemble joined by saxophonist Steve Wilson playing world premieres by Hazama, Scott Ninmer and Chris Reza at Symphony Space, $20 adv tix req.

4/20, 10 PM this era’s default 4/20 party band, roots reggae vets John Brown’s Body at Brooklyn Bowl, $12

4/21, 7 PM Kotorino cellist Patricia Santos plays her own intriguing, catchy, terse songs at the Dead Poet , 450 Amsterdam Ave (81/82), free

4/21, 7:30 PM the New York Composers Circle chamber ensemble plays the world premieres of Susan J. Fischer’s Intermezzo, for oboe, violin, cello, and piano; Peri Mauer’s Journey, for oboe; Gayther Myers’s The Workday, for flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, and piano; Max Giteck Duykers’s Dark Body, for flute, violin, cello, and piano; David Picton’s Turning Leaves for Sandy, for oboe and guitar; Eugene Marlow’s Trois Chansons pour une Poetesse, for flute and alto flute; and Richard Brooks’s Into the Twilight, for flute, bassoon, violin, viola and piano plus Orlando Legname’s Vortici D’etere, for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, and piano, in its New York premiere at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex, $20 sugg don

4/21-25, 8/10:30 PM elegant, tuneful third-stream pianist Michel Camilo‘s 3+3 (piano trio plus horns) at the Blue Note, $30 standing room avail.

4/22, 7 PM Norway, Sweden and the Shetland Islands’ virtuoso fiddling traditions represented by Olav Luksengård Mjelva, Anders Hall and Kevin Henderson at Symphony Space, $30

4/22-26 the Vijay Iyer Trio play their cutting-edge piano jazz sounds, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard,  $25

4/22, 8 PM the New Orleans’ eclectic, funky stoner brass band the Dirty Bourbon River Show at Brooklyn Bowl

4/22, 9 PM Plates of Cake, who mash up 70s stadium bombast, early Pixies snarl and bite and a late 80s/early 90s retro glam vibe – followed by groovealicious Philly psychedelic soul band Needle Points at Arlene’s, $8

4/23, 7 PM high-voltage Puerto Rican pre-salsa revivalists Plena Libre at the Hostos Center for the Arts, 450 Grand Concourse at 149th St., $20/$10 stud

4/23, 7:30 PM the JACK Quartet play Missy Mazzoli’s Death Valley Junction and John Zorn’s The Alchemist plus works by Caroline Shaw, Jason Eckardt and Crawford Seeger at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised.

4/23, 7:30 PM otherworldly all-female choral quartet Anonymous 4 – on their final tour with Americana music maven Bruce Molsky – at the great hall at Cooper Union, $25 gen adm

4/23, 8 PM Ensemble Signal with Lauren Radnofsky, cello and Adrián Sandí, clarinet play an Anna Clyne retrospective at the Miller Theatre, $20 tix avail.

4/23, 8 PM cellist Alisa Weilerstein with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and Pablo Heras-Casado playing Shostakovich’s riveting Cello Concerto No. 2 at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall

4/23, 11 PM awesome Ethiopiques band Lions at the small room at the Rockwood. 4/30 they’re at Barbes at 10

4/24, 7:30 PM charmingly jaunty French jazz chanteuse Cyrille Aimee and band at the Lynch Theatre at John Jay College, 524 W 59th St. (10/11), free

4/24 intense, fearless Romany/Balkan chaunteuse Eva Salina with pyrotechnic accordionist Peter Stan and cimbalom legend Marius Mihalache at Hungarian House, 213 E 82nd St.

4/24, 8 PM Willie & the Wolves – who play killer oldschool soul, funk and latin grooves that sounds like classics from the 60s but are originals, with the powerhouse Anne DeAcetis on lead vocals – doing the album release show for their excellent new one at Paddy Reilly’s, 519 2nd Ave

4/24, 10 PM soulpunk/psychedelic band Clear Plastic Masks open for acoustic populist Alynda Lee Segarra aka Hurray for the Riff Raff at Bowery Ballroom, $15 adv tix rec

4/24 the queen of otherworldly, exhilarating Romany ballads, Esma Redžepova at le Poisson Rouge

4/25, 4-11 PM Wall to Wall Johnny Cash – seven hours of songs by the Man in  Black – at Symphony Space, free, with Alison Brown (banjo), Sierra Hull (mandolin), Mike Barnett (fiddle), and Trey Hensley (guitar), and a whole slew of Jalopy/NYC heavyweight talent including Bruce Molsky, Mamie Minch, Marika Hughes, Janine Nichols, Nation Beat and many others

4/25, 7 PM Hilka – the otherworldly side project from Shelley Thomas and Willa Roberts of Black Sea Hotel – singing rare Ukrainian and Belorussian songs once common to the Chernobyl region – at the Ukrainian Museum, 222 E 6th St

4/25, 7 PM torchy, intense, dramatically soaring pianist/songwriter Elaine Romanelli at the third room at the Rockwood, $10

4/25, 8 PM irrepressible chamber music ensemble the International Street Cannibals hold their second annual boxing-themed concert at Gleason’s Gym, 7 Front St, Dumbo,  $20/$15 stud/srs//$10 for under 17 at door. “10- to 15-minute sets of 3- to 4-minute chamber works alternate with 8-minute bouts of boxing, three rounds each. 60-second thematic musical interludes performed in between the teen pugilists’ rounds. Performances take place in the three main rings of the gym, contributing to a theater-in-the-round effect, with the audience progressing from one ring to another. Music by Bach, Mozart, Dan Barrett, Evin Fein and others.”

4/26, 3 PM the Australian Chamber Orchestra play works by Haydn, Mozart, Prokofiev and a world premiere by Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall

4/26 cellist/composer Erik Friedlander plays haunting, shapeshifting new pieces from his latest solo album, mixing up the baroque and the Middle East at Dixon Place

4/26 garage/powerpop allstar band the Split Squad, ageless garage rock legends the Fleshtones and iconic ex-Dead Boys and Rocket from the Tombs guitarist Cheetah Chrome at Bowery Electric

4/27, 7:30 PM the Miró Quartet perform Schubert’s Quartet in G Major at Advent/ Broadway Church, 2504 Broadway at 93rd St., free

4/27, 8 PM edgy, funky Israeli Ethiopiques/Afrobeat/soul singer Ester Rada and band at SOB’s, $16 adv tix rec

4/28, 5 PM pianist Rosa Torres Pardo plays an all-Iberian program including works by Soler-Scarlatti, Albeniz, de Falla at the DiMenna Center, 450 W 37th St., $5

4/28, 7 PM haunting, otherworldly three-woman Bulgarian choir Black Sea Hotel – who do fascinating original arrangements of ancient Baltic tunes – at Pete’s

4/28 eclectic, lyrical jazz bassist/composer Pedro Giraudo leads his big band, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25

4/28, 7:30 PM Jewish folksong maven Susan Leviton and band at the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W 68th St., $15.

4/28, 8 PM S.E.M. Ensemble with Ostravská Banda and Roscoe Mitchell, Thomas Buckner and George Lewis celebrate fifty years of the AACM with music by Lewis, Mitchell, Henry Threadgill, Christian Wolff and others at Bohemian National Hall, 321 E 73rd St, between 1st an 2nd Ave, sugg. don. The following night 4/29 at 8 features a jam between Muhal Richard Abrams, Mitchell and Lewis plus the SEM Orchestra playing Mitchell and Abrams pieces.

4/28, 9:30ish sprawling gospel-rock orchestra Jesus on the Mainline – featuring spectacular frontwoman Mel Flannery – at the at Brooklyn Bowl, $10

4/29 tuneful latin jazz pianist Manuel Valera leads his trio with Hans Glawischnig – bass and EJ Strickland – drums playing the album release show for his new one, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25

4/30, 8 PM Guinean Fula flute sounds with Bailo Bah & Sylvain Leroux followed by fiery Mauritanian pschedelic/desert rock bandleader/chanteuse Noura Mint Seymali at Roulette

4/30 8ish edgy gutter blues band Jane Lee Hooker followed at around 10 by the Bluebonnets with the Go Go’s Kathy Valentine (not only a superior bassist but a ferociously sizzling lead guitarist), $10 gen adm

5/1, 8 PM Pakistan’s Farid Ayaz, Abu Muhammad & Brothers Qawwali at Roulette

5/1, 8:30 PM female-fronted postpunk icons the Bush Tetras – of Too Many Creeps fame – at le Poisson Rouge

5/1, 9 PM this era’s version of Steve Earle, Joe Pug at Bowery Ballroom, $15

5/2, 8 PM intense 30–member all-male choir A Conspiracy of Beards sing from their vast repertoire of imaginatively orchestrated Leonard Cohen songs at Littlefield, $10

5/2, 8 PM entrancing Moroccan sintir virftuoso Hassan Hakmoun – the James Brown of gnawa – with his band at Roulette

5/2, 10 PM a benefit concert for SaveNYC – the small business advocacy organization fighting to keep independently owned and operated businesses from being forced out by astronomical rent hikes and replaced by bland corporate chain stores – at Arlene’s, performers TBA, a good cause and reputedly some first class acts involved

5/3, 8 PM avant jazz grooves with Ned Rothenberg & Glen Velez followed by a rare global throat-singing twinbilll with Alash and Huun-Huur-Tu, the Throat-Singers of Tuva at Roulette

5/5, 7:30 PM powerful violinist and klezmer bandleader Yale Strom & Hot Pstromi at the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W 68th St., $15.

5/9, 5 PM pianist Josep Colom plays “a dialogue between Mozart and Chopin” at the DiMenna Center, 450 W 37th St., $5

5/11 drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, the Daedalus Quartet with pianist Benjamin Hochman play Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s haunting, Shostakovian 1944 Piano Quintet at the Miller Theatre, free

5/11, 7:30 PM Kate Soper, soprano; Gelsey Bell, soprano; Brett Umlauf, soprano;  Erin Lesser, flutes;  Ian Antonio, percussion;  Joshua Modney, violin perform works by Soper, Guillaume de Machaut and Hildegard von Bingen at Advent/ Broadway Church, 2504 Broadway at 93rd St., free

5/14, 7:30 PM edgy Romany/latin/ska rockers Karikatura followed by fiery, hard-rocking Balkan band Tipsy Oxcart playing the album release show for their new one at the big room at the Rockwood, $12

5/14, 7:30 PM James Lovell and his rustic Caribbean Garifuna Drum Band play a cross-pollinated collaboration with Cape Breton singers at Meridian 23 on 23rd St. east of 7th Ave.

5/16, 8 PM the band that put Haitian psychedelic funk on the map in the 90s, Boukman Eksperyans at Roulette, $25

5/16, 9 PM legendary Hoboken proto-dreampop jangleband the Feelies at the Bell House, $25 gen adm, adv tix rec, this might sell out

5/22-23, 8 PM a six-pianist ensemble – Taka Kigawa, Jenny Lin, Laura Barger, Tania Tachova, Joseph Kubera and Ning Yu – play the world premiere of John King‘s expansive Piano Vectors at the equally spacious Knockdown Center, 52-19 Flushing Ave, Maspeth, L to Jefferson St, $10, “Imagine the 6 pianists traveling through space and time, each at their own rate, compressing or stretching time in randomized and improvised ways.”

5/29, 7 PM anthemic, kinetic, mathrock-inclined cello band Break of Reality at Highline Ballroom, $22 adv tix rec

5/30, 5 PM pianist Jeffrey Siegel plays Bach, Beethoven, Paderewski, Gershwin at the DiMenna Center, 450 W 37th St., $5

6/2, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, the American Contemporary Music Ensemble with violinist Caroline Shaw play an all-Timo Andres program at the Miller Theatre, free

6/3, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6: Vicky Chow, piano; Jennifer Choi, violin; Michael Nicolas, cello play John Zorn trios at the Miller Theatre, free

6/4-7. 7 PM with a 2 PM matinee on 6/7, drummer Eve Sicular and her exhilaring, multistylistic band Metropolitan Klezmer perform her ever-more-relevant, musically rich musical theatre piece J. Edgar Klezmer: Songs from My Grandmother’s FBI Files at Here, west of 6th Ave. past the park just south of Spring St.,, $25/20 stud/srs

6/4, 9 PM the postpunk band that invented the genre, Wire at Bowery Ballroom, $25 gen adm

6/5, 9;30 PM ageless, corrosively lyrical glamrock icon Ian Hunter at the Bell House, $30 adv tix req

6/7-8, 9 PM southwestern gothic/desert psychedelia cult heroes Calexico at Bowery Ballroom, $25 gen adm

6/20, 5 PM pianist Enrique Graf plays music from Uruguay and Russia at the DiMenna Center, 450 W 37th St., $5

8/4, 10ish Penelope Houston‘s recently revitalized, legendary first-wave punk band the Avengers play their first-ever Brooklyn show at the Bell House, $18 adv tix req., if this doesn’t sell out, something’s seriously wrong with this city

New York City Live Music Calendar for February and March 2015

Click this link for the  new calendar for March and April.

There’s a comprehensive, recently updated list of places where these shows are happening at New York Music Daily’s sister blog Lucid Culture.

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. Upcoming concerts on 2/12 at 7 and 2/15 at 4 PM feature music of Beethoven, Stravinsky, Handel  and Bartok, sugg don $30 (pay what you can), delicious gluten-free refreshments, beverages and lively conversation included! email for info/location.

Are you on the fence about whether crack is wack or not? Have you been sheltered from the rantings of crackheads in the street and on the train? Do you miss Amy Winehouse or Gil Scott-Heron? If so, maybe you should see Horrors of Cocaine, written and directed by Carla Cubit, a new play which “chronicles the life of a Kansas City, Missouri woman addicted to cocaine for seven years. After starting a cocaine habit at her job, she loses the job, and her American dream begins to unravel as she encounters crime, theft, prostitution, homelessness, psych wards, hospitals, and more trouble as a result of her addiction to crack,” running February 19 – March 1, 2015, Thursdays-Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. at Theater for the New City, 155 1st Ave at 10th St, $10

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

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

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

Mondays nights at 9 PM charismatic Romany singer Eva Salina and her amazing, psychedelic band play high-voltage dub-tinged jams on classic themes from across the Balkans at Sisters Brooklyn, 900 Fulton St. (Washington/Waverly), Ft Greene, C to Clinton-Washington, free

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

Mondays in February, 10 PM noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo leads his trio at the small room at the Rockwood. Now you can go see him since the Living Room, that hellhole where he used to rehearse on Monday nights, is closed forever!

Mondays at 10 PM there’s been quite a buzz about acoustic songbird Angela McCluskey and saxophonist Paul Cantelon’s weekly residency at the third stage at the Rockwood, with a rotating cast of high-quality special guests. It’s expensive: $15 plus a $10 drink minimum very strictly enforced.

Also Mondays in February Rev. Vince Anderson and his band play Union Pool in Williamsburg, two sets starting around 11:30 PM. The Rev. is one of the great keyboardists around, equally thrilling on organ or electric piano, an expert at Billy Preston style funk, honkytonk, gospel and blues. He writes very funny, very politically astute, sexy original songs and is one of the most charismatic, intense live performers of our time. It’s a crazy dance party til past three in the morning. Paula Henderson from Burnt Sugar is the lead soloist on baritone sax, with Dave Smith from Smoota on trombone, with frequent special guests.

Tuesdays in February, 7 PM Ninth House‘s hotshot lead guitarist Keith Otten plays his own tuneful, Britrock-influenced sounds at Isle of Skye, 488 Driggs Ave (btwn N9th/N10th St.) in Williamsburg

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.

Tuesdays at around 10 Julia Haltigan and her band play 11th St. Bar. A torchy, charismatic force of nature, equally at home with fiery southwestern gothic rock, oldschool soul and steamy retro jazz ballads, and her band is just as good as she is.

Wednesdays in February, 8:30 PM guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg (of Dr. Lonnie Smith’s band) leads a trio at the Bar Next Door, $12.

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

Fridays at 5 PM, adventurous indie classical string quartet Ethel (Ralph Farris, viola; Dorothy Lawson, cello; Kip Jones, violin; and Tema Watstein, violin) play the balcony bar with a rotating cast of interesting special guests at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, free w/museum adm.

The first Friday of the month, anytime between midnight and midnight you can download four songs from Kiam Records artists – like Jennifer O’Connor, Mascott and Tim Foljahn – for free.  Each month’s theme is different (previously they have tackled covers, colors and money)  December’s the fourth edition and a holiday theme.  Available to download only on Friday and then archived and streaming at Soundcloud.

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

February 28 plus 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 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 4:30 PM, 1/11 through 2/1 spectacularly eclectic viola virtuoso/composerLjova plays with a revolving A-list cast including violinist Charlie Burnham, bassist Pablo Aslan, his other trio with Miki-Sophia Cloud & JP Jofre,  his wife and spectacular singer Inna Barmash’s Yiddish Lullabies & Love Songs project, and a new mystery project, at Silvana, free.

Sundays in February, 5:30/7 PM up-and-coming purist jazz chanteuse Brianna Thomas – old soul, new ideas – and her quintet at Minton’s, $10 at the bar/$20 at tables

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.

Sundays in February at 9 – check the Barbes calendar to make sure -Romany guitar genius Stephane Wrembel plays Barbes. He’s holding on to the edgy, danceable spirit of Django Reinhardt while taking the style to new and unexpected places like art-rock and post-Velvets noiserock. He’s also very popular: get there early.

2/1, 2 PM Small Toolik (postpunk supergroup Heroes of Toolik’s duo project with Jennifer Coates on violin, Arad Evans on guitars ) at Mayflower, 132 Greene Ave  (cor Waverly & Greene), Ft. Greene

2/1, 4:30 PM learn Ukrainian polyphony from the great Mariana Sadovska, composer of Chernobyl: The Harvest, connoisseur of both the avant garde and ancient folk songs! At 440 Studios, Room 3D, 440 Lafayette St. (between Astor Pl. and E. 4th St), $10/$5 stud/srs, kids free space is limited, rsvp reqd

2/1, 4:30 PM the George Gee Swing Orchestra make a rare appearance away from their Swing 46 home turf to play the album release show for their new one Swing Makes You Happy at Smalls.

2/1, 6 PM a cool string improv trio: Daniel Levin, Natura Morta’s Frantz Loriot and Flin Van Hemmen followed at 7 by Pascal Niggenkemper leading a trio at Downtown Music Gallery, free

2/1, 7 PM Jason Loughlin & the String Gliders play smartly exuberant western swing jams at Barbes opening for another amazing guitarist, Stephane Wrembel, who plays at 9.

2/1, 7:30 Patrick Brennan’s Transparency Kestra play fluid, enveloping wind-and-string improvisations for large ensemble at the Firehouse Space, $10

2/1, 8 PM high-energy oldtime acoustic Americana with the Five Mile String Band at the Jalopy, $10

2/1, 8:30 PM tuneful spontaneity: Jacob Sacks, piano; Masa Kamaguchi, bass; Vinnie Sperrazza, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

2/1, 11 PM intriguing, enveloping slowcore/postrock/soundscape band Aquadora at the Delancey, $5

2/2, 7 PM tongue-in-cheek singer-songwriter parodists the Lascivious Biddies followed eventually at 9 by Sexmob’s Tony Scherr‘s band, then noir guitarist Jim Campilongo and his creepy Monday night residency at the small room at the Rockwood

2/2, 8 PM bewitchingly assaultive art-rock duo Naked Roots Conducive – violinist Natalia Steinbach and cellist Valerie Kuehne play an event lovingly entitled Fucking Strings. Also on the bill: bassist Sean Ali, violinist Jeffery Young,  bassist Shayna Dulberger and guitarist Chris Welcome’s Hot Date,  and thereminist the Use at Torus Porta, 113 Stockholm St, storefront 1A (just off Myrtle), Bushwick, M to Myrtle Ave.

2/2, 8 PM catchy purist psychedelic pop songwriter Sam Kogon at the Cameo Gallery, $8

2/2, 10:30 PM the irrepressible, theatrical, politically spot-on Ukuladies at the Manderley Bar

2/3, 7 PM high-energy newschool honkytonk band American Aquarium at the Mercury, $12 adv tix rec

2/3, 7:30 PM choreographer/ethnic dance maven Avia Moore & Matt Temkin‘s wild klezmer jamband at the Steven Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W 68th St., $15

2/3-8 Ravi Coltrane leads a quintet with Ralph Alessi – trumpet; Aaron Parks – piano; Bob Hurst – bass; Jeff “Tain” Watts – drums, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $30

2/3, 8 PM the self-explanatory Gypsy Jazz Caravan at Radegast Hall

2/3-8, 8:30/10:30 PM saxophonist Wayne Escoffery shows off his purist side with a quartet including pianist David Kikoski, bassist Ugonna Okegwo and monster drummer Ralph Peterson- at the Vanguard, $25

2/3, 8:30 PM edgy, acerbic guitarist Travis Reuter leads a killer band: Adam O’Farrill, trumpet; John O’Gallagher, alto sax; Rajna Swaminathan, mrudangam; Chris Tordini, bass at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

2/3, 9:30 PM Tongues in Trees – vocalist Samita Sinha, drummer Sunny Jain of Red Baraat, and guitarist Grey McMurray from itsnotyouitsme followed by LA noir soul/Nashville gothic pop band Spain at Rough Trade, $15

2/4, 6 PM Duo Yumeno – koto / shamisen player and singer Yoko Reikano Kimura and cellist Hikaru Tamaki – play elgant Japanese folk-based material at the Rubin Museum of Art, free w/museum adm.

2/4, 7 PM Vanguel Tangarov, clarinet and Ekaterina Tangarova, piano play works by Weber, Valtchanov, Poulenc, Giamperi and others at the Bulgarian Consulate General, 121 E 62nd St, free

2/4, 7 PM killer improvisation from this four-piece: Anna Webber: tenor sax; Travis Reuter: guitar; Marc Hannaford:piano; Will Mason: drums at Spectrum, $10

2/4, 7 PM Vanguel Tangarov, clarinet and Ekaterina Tangarova, piano play duo pieces by Weber, Poulenc, Chiamparini, Joseph Horovitz, Marin Valtchanov and Béla Kovács at the Bulgarian Consulate, 121 # 62nd St, 2nd Floor, free

2/4, 7:30 PM pianist Jenny Lin plays brooding works by Valentin Silvestrov plus Stravinsky: Piano Sonata and Scriabin: Piano Sonata No. 4  at Le Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec.

2/4, 8 PM a good stoner garage/retro rock bill with the Greasy Hearts, awesomely unhinged horror surf/hotrod instrumentalists the Mad Doctors and Sun Voyager at St. Vitus, $8

2/4, 8 PM the 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.) at Barbes

2/4, 8 PM a benefit for the Vanilla Queen of Soul, Joy Ryder featuring the legendary blue-eyed soul sister with her band plus CB’s era punk legends the Sic Fucks, violin powerhouse Marissa Licata, cult favorite Americana soul songstress Dina Regine and others at Bowery Electric, $10

2/4, 8 PM the Jake Schepps Quintet play their fascinating cross-pollinating blend of newgrass and classical chamber music at Subculture – plus Bartok for bluegrass band! $20 adv tix highly rec.

2/4, 8:30 PM bassist Bob Gingery leads an all-star quartet with Jon Irabagon, sax; Mike Baggetta, guitar; Mark Ferber, drums playing the album release show for their new one followed at 9:30 PM by irrepressible, sometimes punk-jazz, sometimes edgy postbop composer/guitarist Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord playing the album release show for their new one Jeremiah – which includes a pair of wiccan songs – at Cornelia Street Cafe, $10 + $10 min

2/4, 9 PM majestic, epic, anthemic cinematic art-rock loopmusic guitarist Sarah Lipstate a.k.a. Noveller at the Wick, $15

2/4, 9 PM the Jalopy’s main man, Feral Foster brings his smart, purist, gloomy Americana to  Hill Country. 2/6 he’s at the overpriced bbq joint’s Brooklyn branch

2/4, 9:30 PM cellist/singer Meaghan Burke and the Rhythm Method play Ligeti’s String Quartet No. 1 plus her own darkly kinetic songs at Joe’s Pub, $16

2/4, 11 PM 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 Cake Shop, $8

2/5, 7 PM the Sylvan Winds play French and American music from NYC’s Gilded Age including works by Debussy, Faure, MacDowell, Still, and Lefebvre at the Museum of the City of NY, $25/$20 stud/srs, reception to follow. Use the museum’s 103rd St. entrance.

2/5, 7:30 PM, repeating 2/6-7 at 8 the NY Philharmonic with violinist Lisa Batiashvili play Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2 plus the Barber Violin Concerto at Avery Fisher Hall, $32 tix avail. There’s also a 2/7, 2 PM concert with the Rachmaninoff preceded by the Dvorak Piano Quintet.

2/5, 7:30 PM experimental vocal works by avant garde composers and extended voice pioneers Joan La Barbara and Pamela Z at the Lincoln Center Atrium, early arrival advised.

2/5, 8 PM a composer portrait of Missy Mazzoli feat. string quartets Ethel and the Mivos Quartet, soprano Marnie Breckenridge, cellist Jody Redhage, violist Nathan Schram, violinist Robert Simonds, playing new and recent, meticulously enveloping, often achingly intense chamber works at the Miller Theatre, $20 tix avail.

2/5, 8ish well whaddya know- ticket sales at the Live Nation empire have tanked so badly they’re finally booking acts from outside the major label latrine! $13 will get you into Irving Plaza  to see edgy gutter blues band Jane Lee Hooker and wild, exhilarating twin guitar-fueled NWOBHM-style metal band the Blackfires and you don’t need to buy tix in advance.

2/5, 8/10 PM fiery guitarist Mike Moreno leads a quartet with Jon Cowherd – piano; Doug Weiss – bass; Clarence Penn – drums  at the Jazz Gallery, $15 first set/$10 second

2/5, 8 PM Dmitry Ishenko opens the night solo on bass followed by pianist Leo Genovese’s chamber jazz nonet at the Firehouse Space, $10

2/5, 9 PM  deviously intense, funny, charismatic oldtimey ukelele siren/songwriter Kelli Rae Powell at at Hill Country. 2/7 she’s at the Brooklyn branch, an hour earlier.

2/5, 9 PM boisteroiusly funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band at Skinny Dennis

2/5, 9ish, $27 for Anti-Flag at the Gramercy Theatre? So much for populism.

2/5, 9:30 PM pyrotechnic salsa jazz pianist Ariacne Trujillo takes a break from Pedrito Martinez‘s band to lead her own quartet at Drom, $10

2/5, 10 PM dark, charismatic, mischieviously witty literate keyboardist/chanteuse Rachelle Garniez at Barbes

2/5, 10 PM oldschool C&W cult favorites Session Americana at at the Jalopy, $10

2/5, 10 PM intriguing, atmospheric, intense avant garde singer Emilie Weibel at Hank’s

2/6, 7 PM excellent blues cover band Boxing the Needle – who reinvent classics from across the ages as psychedelia or dub followed by irresistibly named, darkly sizzling psychedelic garage punk rockers Anderson Council at 8 and then Stones/Social D-influenced guitar band Anchor Lot at the Delancey, $5.

2/6, 7 PM Cantata Profana put renaissance polyphony in sharp context/contrast with a “semi-staged chamber concert: 17th century Monteverdi next to Salvatore Sciarrino’s modern orchestrations of Gesualdo madrigals, Aribert Reimann’s modern string quartet recreations of Brahms songs, along with George Crumb’s fantastical first book of Madrigals, ending with Monteverdi’s most ambitious madrigal, Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda” at the Fabbri Library, 7 E 95th St. (just off 5th Ave), $23/$10 stud/srs

2/6, 7 PM irrepressible, historically informed, folk noir/jangly rock songwriter Elisa Flynn with the reputedly like-minded Jim Knable and Maharajah Sweets at Branded Saloon.

2/6, 7 PM WNYC’s annual Battle of the Bands kicks off at the Greene Space with the Manhattan edition. Go out and root for competent salsa romantica crooner Gerardo Contino in hopes that he can beat out a Katy Perry cover band, a bunch of prettyboys playing dentist-office pop, a fusion jazz band, a bearded dude banging out phony noir cabaret and a guy who doesn’t even play music: he plugs his phone into the PA. What Jersey turnpike they find these freaks on? Cover is $15 which includes a drink or $30 for open bar, which you may need to sit through all of this.

2/6, 7:30 PM violinist Rachel Lee Priday and pianist David Kaplan play contemporary works by Eric Shanfield, Matthew Aucoin, Hannah Lash, Caroline Shaw, Scott Wollschleger, Samuel Carl Adams, Sayo Kosugi, Eric Shanfield and Christopher Cerrone at Subculture, $20/$15 stud.

2/6, 8 PM eclectic jam-oriented mostly-female klezmer/tango/jazz band Isle of Klezbos– playing lots of new material off their subversive forthcoming album J. Edgar Klezmer:  Songs From My Grandmother’s FBI Files – at the Actors’ Temple, 339 W. 47th St., $15/$10 stud/srs

2/6, 8 PM violinist Jason Kao Hwang pulls out all the stops, playing two improvisational sets with two extremely interesting units: Sing House with Andrew Drury – drum set; Ken Filiano – bass; Chris Forbes – piano and Steve Swell – trombone and Amygdala with Rami Seo on the haunting, tone-warping Korean gayageum and Michael Wimberly on percussion at Roulette, $20

2/6, 8 PM sprawling gospel-rock orchestra Jesus on the Mainline – featuring spectacular frontwoman Mel Flannery – at the Mercury, $12 adv tix rec. How are they gonna fit all those people on that little stage?

2/6, 8:30 PM the cleverly tuneful, individualistic, witty Broken Reed Saxophone Quartet playing bandleader Charley Gerard’s Bukowski-influenced new suite with guest singer Kristin Slipp at I-Beam, $10

2/6, 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. If you couldn’t afford Gogol Bordello at Terminal 5, these guys and girls will hit the spot.

2/6, 9 PM oldschool Rasta roots reggae with Heights of Wisdom followed by powerhouse bassist Dawn Drake & Zapote playing hot Afrobeat-tinged funk grooves at Silvana

2/6, 9 PM guitarslinger Hugo G – whose darkly hypnotic, politically aware originals are a smart, original update on the slowly unwinding Texas blues pioneered by Lightning Hopkins in the 30s and 40s – at Beluga Bar, 75 Murray St, Tribeca, $10

2/6, 9 PM a string-band infused preview of this year’s upcoming Brooklyn Folk Festival with Eli Smith, the Four O’Clock Flowers and ageless psych-folk icon Peter Stampfel at the Jalopy, $10

2/6, 9.10:30 PM the Fringe with free jazz icons George Garzone, tenor saxophone;  John Lockwood, bass;  Bob Gulloti, drums  at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

2/6, 10 PM estimable fiddler and luthier Chloe Swantner assembles a bunch of topnotch NYC Americana talent to play songs by the great, eccentric C&W songwriter Roger Miller at Sunny’s.

2/6, 10 PM rockabilly/honkytonk maven Monica Passin a.k.a. L’il Mo at the Parkside. 2/14 she offers a rare glimpse of her dark side with a pissed-off, anti-Valentine’s show at 9 at Beast of Bourbon

2/6, 10 PM tunefully riff-rocking psychedelic pop band the Sleepy Hahas at the Cameo Gallery

2/6, 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.

2/6, 11 PM catchy janglerockers the Rotaries at Shea Stadium, $7

2/6-7, 10:30 PM trumpeter Alex Sipiagin leads a first-class quintet with Dave Binney – alto sax , John Escreet – piano , Matt Brewer – bass , Donald Edwards – drums  at Smalls

2/6, 11 PM St. Croix roots reggae stars Midnite play a Bob Marley bday celebration at SOB’s, $28 gen adm

2/6, midnight Bombrasstico – sort of the trombone version of Moon Hooch – play their explosive, improvisational organic dancefloor grooves followed by  infectious Brazilian maracatu/funk/New Orleans/surf/country band Nation Beat at Drom, $10 gen adm

2/6, 1 AM (wee hours of 2/7) conscious Rasta dub reggae sensation Jah9 with the Dub Treatment Band, at Milk River Cafe, 960 Atlantic Ave (Grand Ave/St. James Pl.), Brooklyn, 2/3 to Dean St.

2/7, 4 PM quirkily cinematic, psychedelic, family-friendly instrumentalists Songs for Unusual Creatures, followed at 8 by the Alejandro Zuleta Vallenato Collective and then at 10 by upbeat Sinaloa-style Mexican mariachi/ranchera brass group Banda de los Muertos at Barbes

2/7, 4:30 PM two shows by the Cannabis Cup Reggae Band at B.B. King’s: the first a “family-friendly” Bob Marley cover set (with pot brownies for the kids?) followed by one for the older stoners at 7:30, $25 adv tix req.

2/7, 5 PM ecstatic, original, jazzily psychedelic New Orleans funk band Water Seed at the Brooklyn Museum, free

2/7 and 2/21, 7:15 PM charismatic blues harpist/resonator guitarist Wade Schuman’s dark psychedelic acoustic blues/klezmer/reggae/soca jamband Hazmat Modine at Terra Blues

2/7. 7:30 PM intense, lyrically brilliant, quirky female-fronted two-keyboard 80s-style art-rock/new wave revivalists Changing Modes at Bar 13, 121 University Pl (13/14), $10

2/7, 7:30 PM thoughtfully melodic guitarist André Matos leads a quintet w/ Tony Malaby, saxophone; Jacob Sacks, piano; Eivind Opsvik, double-bass; Billy Mintz, drums; and: Sacks plays an intriguing quartet show with Mat Maneri, viola; Eivind Opsvik, double-bass; Billy Mintz, drums afterward, at Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow St., $15/$12 stud/srs

2/7, 8 PM drummer Carlo Costa’s viscerally haunting, sepulchral Natura Morta trio at the Full Salon, 221 Linden Blvd, Building D, Apt #3A, Brooklyn

2/7, 8 PM Cuban crooner Pepito Gomez and band at Roulette, open mojito bar 7-8 PM, $25

2/7, 8 PM indie classical chamber stars American Contemporary Music Ensemble and the always awesome avant-garde choral ensemble Roomful of Teeth join forces for a concert full of firsts including the world premiere of a new version of Caroline Shaw’s ever-evolving Ritornello 2.3 plus works by Purcell and Gavin Bryars at the Kasser Theatre at Montclair State University, 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, NJ, $20, charter bus available from the Port Authority arcade on 41st St between 8th and 9th Aves to the theatre, ($10 per person, round trip), bus reservations may be made at 973-655-5112 or http://www.peakperfs.org

2/7 Unsteady Freddie‘s monthly surf rock extravaganza at Otto’s begins at 9 with B11, the purist reverbtoned Strange but Surf at 10, the savagely Link Wray-inspired Howlin Thurstons at 11 and then surf-loungers Plato Zorba around midnight.

2/7, 9 PM ferociously tuneful southwestern gothic rockers the Downward Dogs at Sidewalk.

2/7, 9:30  soaring, brilliant singer Magda Giannikou’s lush, sweeping, pan-Mediterranean art-rock/chamber pop/jazz group Banda Magda at Joe’s Pub, $20

2/7, 10 PM intense, smart, tuneful janglerock guitarist Jennifer O’Connor at Union Hall, $10

2/7, 10 PM the totally punk, oldschool 60s style Viva Vallenato Badass Acccordion Band at Silvana

2/8, 11 AMish multi-instrumentalists Sam Thomas and Elie Massias play their exciting new update on haunting Sephardic and Jewish diaspora sounds at City Winery, $10, no minimum, under-12’s free

2/8, 11 AM (in the morning), pianist Steven Osborne plays a tantalizingly biting all-Russian program of Rachmaninoff etude-tableaux plus Moussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition at the Walter Reade Theatre, 165 W 65th St.  $22 adv tix highly rec.

2/8, 2 PM utterly charming all-female oldtimey string band the Queens of Everything at Mayflower, 132 Greene Ave (cor Waverly & Greene), Ft. Greene

2/8, 3 PM the Shanghai Quartet premieres Du Yun’s Tattooed in Snow alongside Beethoven’s String Quartet, no. 12 in E-flat Major, op. 127 as well as Ravel’s String Quartet in F Major at the Kasser Theatre at Montclair State University, 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, NJ, $20, charter bus available from the Port Authority arcade on 41st St between 8th and 9th Aves to the theatre, ($10 per person, round trip), bus reservations may be made at 973-655-5112 or http://www.peakperfs.org.

2/8, 4 PM the Apollo Trio perform Beethoven’s Piano Trio in E-flat Major, Op.1 No.1, Clara Schumann’s Piano Trio in G Minor, Op. 17 and Ravel’s Piano Trio in A Minor at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.

2/8, 4:30 PM at Bowery Electric a killer pan-Asian lineup play a memorial/benefit concert for the survivors of 3/11: Japanese folk-pop band the Poku Poku Boys, the riff-rocking Underground Channel, exhilarating erhu fiddle-driven Taiwanese art-metal instrumentalists the Hsu-Nami, adventurous, fun, quirky female-fronted psychedelic pop duo Robin’s Egg Blue, artsy all-female janglerockers Bala and then danceable ska-pop with the Brown Rice Family and Uzuhi, playing their final show ever. Cover is $10.

2/8, 4:30 PM the intense, minor-key, Middle Eastern tinged Eyal Vilner Big Band at Smalls

2/8, 4:30 PM world premieres by exciting contemporary composers: Miranda Cuckson is the soloist in Wendy Griffiths‘ Concerto for Violin; new works by Thomas Addison, Carolyn Lord, Faye-Ellen Silverman and David Tcimpidis also on the bill at Mannes College Auditorium, 150 W 85th St., free

2/8, 5 PM violist Jessica Meyer leads her new composer-performer ensemble with composer/pianists Steven Long and Amanda Harberg and cellist Paul Dwyer. at Spectrum, $15

2/8, 7:30 PM NYC’s very own mesmerizing, hypnotically pointillistic Balinese orchestra Gamelan Dharma Swara play the North American premiere of “Geregel,” a landmark in contemporary gamelan composition by leading Balinese composer Dewa Ketut Alit at le Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec.

2/8, 8 PM the New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra play a characteristically dark orchestral program with Brahms’ Tragic Overture and the Shostakovich Cello Concerto with soloist Julian Schwarz at Symphony Space, $25/$18 stud/srs

2/8, 8 PM newschool roots reggae from the Eastern Seaboard and Jamaica: New Kingston and Mighty Mystic at the Knitting Factory, $10 adv tix req

2/8, 8:30 PM the New York Chillharmonic – vocalist/composer Sara McDonald’s lush, third-stream 17 piece big band with string quartet – at Shapeshifter Lab, $8

2/8, 9 PM the incomparable, deviously funny country/jazz/janglerock icon Amy Allison leads her band at 2A

2/8, 10 PM Heroes of Toolik play their deceptively catchy, hypnotically growling post-Velvets grooves at the Mercury, $10

2/8, 11 PM fascinating, kinetic electroacoustic sound sculptures with Sontag Shogun – who do very cool things with water sounds, among other textures – at the Manhattan Inn

2/9, 7:30 PM soprano Jennifer Zetlan and the Claremont Trio play an all-Shostakovich program including Trio No. 1 in C Minor, op. 8; Seven Romances on Poems by Alexander Blok, op. 127; Trio No. 2 in E Minor, op. 67 Music Mondays, Advent/ Broadway Church, 2504 Broadway at 93rd St., free.

2/9, 7:30 PM a subset of the NY Philharmonic plays new music by Israeli composers Avner Dorman, Yotam Haber, Shulamit Ran and Josef Bardanashvili at Subculture, pricy at $35 but could be worth it.

2/9, 7:30 PM Ward Stare conducts a chamber ensemble including Elizabeth Pridgen, piano and Amy Schwartz Moretti, violin playing music of John Adams, Elliot Goldenthal, and Béla Bartók at le Poisson Rouge, $15 gen adm.

2/9, 7:30 PM LES punk/rockabilly/surf/soul legends Simon & the Bar Sinisters at at Bowery Electric, free. 2/13 they’re at Beast of Bourbon at 9.

2/9, 8 PM original psychedelic funk/hip-hop band Mamarazzi a followed by edgy Romany/latin/ska rockers Karikatura at Brooklyn Bowl, $7

2/9, 10 PM Canadian gothic chanteuse Lorraine Leckie with bluesmama Lola Johnson on bass at Silvana; 2/14, 10:30 PM the’re at Muchmore’s

2/10, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, guitarists Alec Holcomb, Jiyeon Kim, Xiaobo Pu and Hao Yang play works by Paul Lansky and Steve Mackey at the Miller Theatre, free

2/10, 7 PM tuneful, evocative, purist original front-porch folk songwriter Joanna Sternberg at the small room at the Rockwood. NYC’s preeminent literate janglerock/chamber pop crooner/bandleader Ward White plays across the way at the big room – tough choice, huh? – followed eventually at 10 by first-class American guitarist Bennett Sullivan and then at 11 by raucous, purist oldschool Asheville bluegrass band Town Mountain

2/10, 7 PM explosive Malian percussionist Awa Sangho and her band at Elebash Hall at CUNY, 365 5th Ave. north of 34th St., $25

2/10, 7;30 PM intense clarinet and violin-fueled klezmer group Litvakus at the Steven Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W 68th St., $15

2/10, 8 PM sizzling sarod superstars Amaan Ali Khan and Ayaan Ali Khan at Symphony Space, $25 adv tix a must

2/10, 8ish awesomely unhinged horror surf/hotrod instrumentalists the Mad Doctors, magically creepy Argentine noir/postrock instrumentalists La Venganza De Cheetara and hard-hitting girlpunks the Whiskey Bitches at Trans-Pecos, $7

2/10-15, 8:30/10:30 PM John Zorn does his Stone thing at the Vanguard, leading a bunch of different groups, $25. Choice pick: the 2/10, 10:30 PM set with Bill Frisell, harpist Carol Emmanuel and Kenny Wollesen on vibes, reprising their ethereally gorgeous set at the Met Museum a couple of years ago.

2/10, 8:30 PM edgy Mediterranean-inflected jazz from Crete via South Africa with violist Maria Manousaki leading her quartet with Shai Maestro, piano;  Petros Klampanis, bass;  John Hadfield, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

2/10, 9 PM Briana Layon & the Boys play their dark heavy stadium rock anthems at the Cameo Gallery, $10. God DAMN, can this woman belt. And she’s got a genius lead guitarist in  Chris DiBerardino

2/10, 9 PM intriguing jazz quartet Old Time Musketry, who blend oldtimey swing, modern bucolic styles and darker, more challenging improvisational sounds at Bar Chord

2/10, 9:30 PM saxophone powerhouse Lucas Pino‘s two-guitar No No Nonet at Smalls.

2/11, 7 PM intuitive, magically dynamic pianist Karine Poghosyan plays rare Aram Khachaturian works in conjunction with an exhibition by her painter dad Razmik at the Louis Meisel Gallery, 141 Prince St., $35/$25 stud

2/11, 7 PM pianist Tom Rosenkranz plays Sonata No. 2 “Concord, Mass., 1840-1860″ by Charles Ives at Spectrum, $15

2/11-12, 7:30 PM the NY Philharmonic play Faure’s Pelléas et Mélisande Suite. a James MacMillan NY premiere and Tschaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 at Avery Fisher Hall, $29 tix avail.

2/11, 7:30 PM intriguing, intense, fun, lo-fi original punk blues resonator guitarist/singer Breanna Barbara Arneson at Bowery Electric, $8

2/11, 8 PM guitarishly brilliant Afrobeat band Timbila followed at 9 by haunting original Americana/Britfolk chanteuse Jan Bell playing her birthday show at the Jalopy, $10

2/11, 8 PM quirky, sarcastic, lyrically-driven, XTC-ish clang/jangle/postpunk band theJames Rocket followed by the more comedic, considerably louder faux-arenarocking Bunkbed, the similarly hard-charging, distantly Replacements-esque, restkess Kenny Chambers & the Electric Ears and the catchy, jangly Big Star-ish Nu-Sonics at Cake Shop

2/11, 9 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” at Troost, 1011 Manhattan Avenue btwn Huron & Green

2/11, 8:30 PM guitarist Lage Lund leads a tuneful improvising quartet with Matt Brewer, bass; Tyshawn Sorey, drums; Glen Zaleski, piano at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

2/11, 9 PM tuneful/magically counterintuitive jazz drummer/composer Vinnie Sperrazza leads his group at Bar Chord

2/11, 9:30 PM tuneful third-stream pianist Yaniv Taubenhouse and his trio play the album release show for their new one at the Metropolitan Room, 34 W 22nd St

2/12, 6 PM CheHo Lam, violin;  Kyungmi Nam, piano play works by Brahms, Clara Schumann, Kreisler and more at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min followed at 8:30 PM by always surprising saxophonist Michael Blake leading a quartet with Cat Toren, piano;  Ben Allison, bass;  Rudy Royston, drums

2/12, 7 PM pianist Moira Lo Bianco plays solo piano improvisations based on works by composers such as Bach, Chopin and Satie as well as folk songs, standards and original compositions at Spectrum, $15

2/12, 7 PM purposefully noisy improvisation with guitarist Bonnie Kane and drummer Kevin Shea from Talibam at Muchmore’s

2/12, 7 PM a screening of Heather Quinlan’s documentary film If These Knishes Could Talk: The Story of the New York Accent followed by “a competition that pits one New Yorker from each borough against the others to vie for the best New York accent,” at City Lore Gallery, 56 E 1st St (between 1st and 2nd Ave), $15.

2/12, 7:30 PM the lush, psychedelic art-rock/jazz ensemble Awakening Orchestra play their adaptation of Jesse Lewis’ 2008 largescale piece Atticus, featuring the composer himself, at Shapeshifter Lab, $12

2/12, 7:30 PM Talea Ensemble joins forces with the unstoppable John Zorn for a program of new and classic works; Zorn’s “Prophetic Mysteries” for solo flute and two foley performers, with Ikue Mori, plus the world premiere of a new trio for piano, bass and drums featuring Tyshawn Sorey and Trevor Dunn along with Talea pianist Stephen Goslingl and two of Zorn’s notorious game pieces, “Rugby” and “Hockey,” the latter including John Zorn on saxophone. Talea perform the ensemble work “Bateau Ivre,” composed for them, and the world premiere of a new string trio, at Merkin Concert Hall, $25

2/12, 7:30 PM the Chamber Orchestra of NY plays a handful of baroque treats including Albinoni’s Adagio for strings and organ plus works by CPE Bach, Corrette and Vivaldi at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $25 tix avail.

2/12, 8 PM one of the 90s greatest and most distinctive rock guitarists, Thalia Zedek of Come at Troost, 1011 Manhattan Avenue btwn Huron & Green. This place is small, get there early!

2/12, 8 PM darkly intense, tuneful Portland, Maine circus rock/newgrass/noir blues band Muddy Ruckus at at the small room at the Rockwood

2/12, 8 PM improvisational electroacoustic atmospheric and ambient music created by Laura Ortman with Michael Garofalo and Pat Noeckerat the Old Stone House in Park Slope, $10

2/12, 8 PM cult favorite Romany chanteuse (and Berthold Brecht descendant) Sanda Weigl with haunting violist Mat Maneri and Transylvanian pianist Lucian band play Kurt Weill and Weimar songs followed at 10 by the plush, balmy, oldtimey uke swing of Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies at Barbes

2/12, 8 PM Robert Sirota’s harrowing 9/11-themed suite for strings, Triptych performed by violinists Sarah Koenig-Plonskier and Karen Dekker, violist Michael Davis, and cellist Benjamin Larsen at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 139 St. John’s Place, Park Slope, free

2/12, 8 PM the New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra plays  the Shostakovich Cello Concerto and Franck’s Symphony in D minor at Symphony Space, $25/$18 stud

2/12, 8:30 PM ambitious, smart, noir-inclined tenor sxophonist Patrick Cornelius with Jared Gold on organ and and McClenty Hunter on drums at the Bar Next Door, $12

2/12, 9 PM pianist/flutist Diana Wayburn‘s hypnotically intense, spectacularly eclectic African/Middle Eastern/indie classical/improvisational Dances of the World Chamber Ensemble at the Firehouse Space, $10

2/12, 9 PM fiery, tuneful, female-fronted psychedelic powerpop jamband Devi records a live album at Arlene’s

2/12, midnight, noir-inspired alto saxophonist/composer Nick Hempton leads a quartet with Dan Aran – drums , Jeremy Manasia – piano , Dave Baron – bass at Smalls. They’re also here on the 26th, same time

2/13, 7 PM pianists Mira Armij Gill and Marc Ponthus play music by Mendelssohn, Liszt, Lyapunov, Beethoven and Boulez  at Third Street Music School Settlement, free

2/13, 7 PM WNYC’s annual Battle of the Bands continues at the Greene Space with the Bronx edition. As with the Manhattan competitors, the pickings are slim. Go vote for individualistic third-stream jazz pianist Russ Kaplan and his septet,or explosively psychedelic soul/funk/Afrobeat band Lady Moon & the Eclipse, or competent funk band Dragonfly13 to make sure they don’t lose out to an Alicia Keys wannabe, a lame Jack Johnson wannabe, a fusion jazz dude from Buffalo (how’d he get in here?) or a bunch of gay dudes who ostensibly sound like Belle & Sebastian but don’t even have a single song on the web. How does one get into this contest, let alone compete in the finals, without a single recording, live or otherwise? Who blew who? Cover is $15 which includes a drink or $30 for open bar

2/13-16 the Mingus Big Band plays a rare multi-night stand, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $30. Hmmm…did Sue Mingus notice the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra doing a week on their home turf and think, ok, we can kick their ass?

2/13, 7:30 PM soulful, latin-inspired, lushly exciting new jazz chanteuse Marianne Solivan leads her quartet followed at 10:30 by suave, smoky tenor player Harry Allen and his quartet at Smalls

2/13, 8 PM viola Duo Folie a Deux – Nora Krohn and Nick Revel – play a program TBA at Flushing Town Hall, free but rsvp reqd. There’s also a second show free here at the same time featuring the Composers Collective ensemble playing works by Alicia Lieu, Kit Goldstein Grant, Deborah Lau, Derek P. Simon, Eimi Tanaka, Matthew Mezzacappa, Ruth Ansell, Mike Wells, Charles Martin Casal, Peter Jan, Hany Rizkalla and Terence Petersen

2/13, 8 PM pianist Kumi Ogano and violinist Rolf Schulte play works by pioneering, cross-pollinating Japanese composer Akira Miyoshi plus Ravel’s Sonata for Violin and Piano and Donald Martino’s 1962 Fantasy-Variations for solo violin at the Tenri Institute, 43 W 13th St, $15/$10 stud/srs

2/13, 8/10 PM pianist Manuel Valera leads a killer quintet with John Ellis – saxophone; Nir Felder – guitar; John Benitez – bass; EJ Strickland – drums at the Jazz Gallery, $22

2/13, 9 PM cinematic, plaintively sardonic composer/violinist Christopher Tignor followed by pensively tuneful female-fronted keyboard-driven chamber pop band Secret Cities at the Cameo Gallery, $10

2/13, 10 PM intense, fearless Romany/Balkan chaunteuse Eva Salina and her allstar band at Friends and Lovers; 2/25 she’s playing a rare solo show (vox/accordion) at the Jalopy at 9ish

2/13, 10 PM intense, atmospheric, hauntingly abrasive guitar band VBA followed by acidic, hypnotically swirling shoegaze/dreampop band Lazyeyes at the Acheron, $10

2/13, 10 PM brilliant Americana guitarist Jason Loughlin leads a band playing murder ballads at Sunny’s

2/13, 10 PM erudite, brilliant swing jazz/Americana guitar virtuoso Matt Munisteri plays a duo show with Jared Engel at the Jalopy, $10

2/13, 11 PM deviously fun oldtimey swing guitarist/crooner Seth Kessel & the Two Cent Band at the small room at the Rockwood. 2/19 he’s at Radegast Hall at 9.

2/13, SF’s raging, Nirvana-influenced gutter blues guitar/drums duo Two Gallants‘ shows at the Mercury and on 2/14 at Rough Trade are both sold out. Good for them

2/14, 4 PM eclectic jazz/soul/classical violinist Mazz Swift‘s loopmusic project followed by murderously intense noir Americana chanteuse Liz Tormes and then the Bogmen’s Vic Thrill at 6 at Pete’s

2/14, 7 PM Chicago-style blues guitar monster Bobby Radcliff and his trio at Terra Blues

2/14, 7 PM viola da gamba virtuoso Lisa Terry and lutenist Richard Stone perform music of Marin Marais plus solo lute and theorbo pieces by Sainte-Colombe, Francois Couperin, and Robert de Visée  at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex, $25

2/14, 7:30 PM anthemic, eclectic, often haunting female-fronted Americana/acoustic funk/art-rock jamband the Sometime Boys at Hometown BBQ in Red Hook

2/14, 8 PM darkly captivating Americana/dreampop songwriter and former Aquanetta Debby Schwartz followed by jangly chamber pop/dreampop/80s Britpop band the Special Pillow at Cake Shop, $8

2/14, 8 PM sultry retro Franco-American torch jazz/chamber pop/ukulele swing band les Chauds Lapins at Barbes

2/14, 8 PM a multi-generational ska-punk triplebill: the Mugs, Ladrones and 90s cult faves Inspecter 7 at Grand Victory, $15

2/14, 8 PM Enrique Bátiz conducts the Orquesta Sinfonica del Estado de Mexico with rising-star pianist Irina Chistiakova playing music of Granados, de Falla and Brahms at the Lehman Center Auditorium, 250 Bedford Park Blvd West in the Bronx, $25 tix avail.

2/14, 8 PM the New York Virtuoso Singers perform amorous choral works by Josquin des Prez, Purcell, Monteverdi, Haydn, Ravel, Daniel Pinkham, Cole Porter, Paul Simon, Thea Musgrave and others at Merkin Concert Hall, $25.

2/14, 9 PM wry, sly, slide guitar-driven blues band the Cannibal Ramblers at Red Hook Bait & Tackle

2/14, 10 PM a rare US appearance by newschool Portuguese fado chanteuse Sofia Ribeiro and her trio at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

2/15, 2 PM unearthly, disquieting lo-fi avant/shoegaze/psychedelic group Goddess at Mayflower, 132 Greene Ave  (cor Waverly & Greene), Ft. Greene

2/15, 3 PM the North/South Consonance Ensemble with William Schimmel, accordion play his compositions in addition to works by Max Lifchitz, Frank Corcoran, Terry Riley and Thomas Whitman at Christ & St. Steven’s Church, 120 W 69th St., free

2/15, 3 PM trombonist Craig Harris leads his quintet playing a multimedia jazz score that aims to float like a butterfly, sting like a bee in tribute to Muhammad Ali at Mt. Morris Presbyterian Church, 122nd St & Mt. Morris Pk W (equivalent of 5th Ave) across the street from Marcus Garvey Park, 4 train to 125th St, $10

2/15, 4 PM haunting, otherworldly Georgian mens choir Zekari at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.

2/15, 4 PM early music choir Blue Heron explore the repertoire of underrated 15th century composer Johannes Ockeghem plus two of his earlier influences, Gilles de Bins (a.k.a. Binchois) and Guillaume Du Fay at Corpus Christi Church, 529 W 121st St, $10 seats avail.

2/15, 8 PM a killer twinbill: the increasingly darker, more Americana-oriented, lyrically brilliant Linda Draper followed by the very dark, very Americana-oriented Eilen Jewell and her amazing band at City Winery, $18 standing room avail.

2/15, 8 PM groovealicious Philly psychedelic soul band Needle Points, a Cure wannabe and then terse, wickedly tuneful garage/jangle/powerpop band Aloud at the Mercury, $10

2/15, 8 PM Gisela Tangui & the Voodoo Cabaret play their Santeria-inspired funk, roots reggae and Afrobeat jams at Silvana

2/15, 8:30 PM catchy, Americana-tinged North Carolina janglerocker Jeffrey Dean Foster at 12th St. Bar & Grill,1123 8th Ave @ 12th St, Park Slope (F/G to 7th Ave;) 2/17 he’s at the small room at the Rockwood at 6. If you’re into Big Star, vintage REM or the whole chimy 80s southern pop thing, he’s the man.

2/15, 8:30 PM jazz singer Annie Chen records a live album with her sextet plus a string quartet at Shapeshifter Lab, $12

2/15, 10 PM haunting Nashville gothic crooner Mark Sinnis – whose recent turn into hard honkytonk is absolutely kick-ass – upstairs at 2A

2/16, 7:30 PM Art Hirahara – one of the real unsung titans of current lyrical jazz piano – plays the album release show for his eclectic, kinetic new one Libations & Meditations with Linda Oh on bass and John Davis on drums at Smalls

2/16, 7:30 PM – 100 years ago Claude Debussy began a project of six large-scale sonatas for “diverse instruments” but completed only three before his death in 1918. Three contemporary composers – Thomas Adès, Marc-Andre Dalbavie and Libby Larsen – completed those six final large-scale works; a stellar eleven-piece chamber ensemble plays them along with the three that Debussy himself finished, in a world premiere rescheduled from last months at Advent/ Broadway Church, 2504 Broadway at 93rd St., free

2/16, 8 PM pianist Gerald Clayton leads a quartet featurning reedman Ben Wendel at Subculture, $25 adv tix req

2/16, 9:30 PM exhilarating, brass-driven retro 60s latin soul revivalists Spanglish Fly at Barbes

2/17, 7 PM accordion monster Ismael Butera’s Velvet Jubilee play “bluesy ballads and cajuny/zydeco/African-esque accordion inspired music from the jaunts & haunts of neo-tropical humidity” at at Cowgirl Seahorse, 259 Front St in the South St Seaport

2/17, 7 PM a rare screening of filmmaker Richard Widmer and Taiwanese musician Yi-Chen Chang’s microtonal Joe Maneri biopic The Passion of Joe at Spectrum

2/17, 7 PM an evening of new music hosted and curated by Bright Sheng featuring scenes from his new opera Dream of the Red Chamber at the National Opera Center, 330 Seventh Avenue (at 29th St), $15

2/17, 7:30 PM intense guitarist Allen Watsky’s Jewish/Romany jazz Djangle Box Project at the Steven Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W 68th St., $15

2/17-18 entrancing, unselfconsciously deep jazz guitarist Russell Malone plays the album release show for his new one with a stellar quartet: Rick Germanson – piano; Gerald Cannon – bass; Willie Jones III – drums 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $30

2/17 and 2/19, 8 PM Jim Jarmusch’s legendary noiserock/post-Velvets band Squrl play live soundtracks to four classic Man Ray silent films: Retour a la Raison (1923); Emak Bakia (1926); Les Mysteres Du Chateau Du De (1929); L’Etoile De Mer (1928) at the World Financial Center, free, early arrival advised

2/17, 8 PM intense, lyrically brilliant Americana/soul/janglerock tunesmith Matt Keating plays the album release show for his long-awaited new one at the big room at the Rockwood

2/17, 8ish a killer doublebill with wickedly oldschool Brazilian-flavored dub reggae with Kiwi and powerhouse oldschool soul band the One and Nines – NJ’s counterpart to Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings – at Port-o-Lounge, 286 1st St. at Newark Ave, Jersey City, $20

2/17-22, 8/10 PM individualistic, colorful pianist Uri Caine leads a series of ensembles at the Stone, $15. Choice pick: Caine backing crooner Theo Bleckmann singing Schubert’s Winterreise on 2/19 at 8 ?!?

2/17, 8 PM the Ariel Quartet plays Beethoven quartets in their ongoing cycle of the composer’s works at Subculture, $25 adv tix rec

2/17, 8 PM drummer Andrew Drury leads a 2-sax trio with Briggan Krauss and Ingrid Laubrock and follows with a second set, adding Brandon Seabrook on guitar at Roulette, $20

2/17, 8:30 PM pianist Nick Sanders plays the album release show for his kinetic, tunefully shapeshifting new one You Are a Creature with Henry Fraser, bass; Connor Baker, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

2/17 and also 2/19, 10 PM one of most original and entertaining of the many NYC urban country songwriters, Alex Battles at Pete’s

2/17, 9 PM edgy third-stream pianist Frank Carlberg with bassist John Hebert and drummer Michael Sarin followed at 10:30 by pianist David Bryant and trumpeter Peter Evans at Korzo

2/17, 9:30 PM trumpeter Josh Evans leads 15-piece his big band at Smalls.

2/18, 6 PM flamenco guitarist Diego Campo and violinist Ben Swan at the Rubin Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

2/18, 8 PM tuneful, lyrical, inscrutable cellist/multi-instrumentalist/siren Serena Jost and irrepressible, improvisationally-inclined pianist/guitarist Matt Kanelos at LIC Bar

2/18 and 2/20, 8 PM the US premiere of Pablo Berger’s film Blancanieves with live soundtrack provided by Wordless Music Orchestra with Alfonso Vilallonga at the World Financial Center, free, early arrival advised

2/18, 10 PM oldschool soul/funk band the Jay Vons followed by Des Roar – whose tuneful mix of punk and post Jesus & Mary Chain late 80s/early 90s rock includes the classic Ted Bundy Was a Ladies Man – at Rough Trade, $12 adv tix very highly rec.

2/19-22 a celebration of the freedom songs of the Civil Rights Movement with a compelling current-day focus on inequality in NYC organized by the Brooklyn anti-gentrification movement and Equality for Flatbush with artists including Justin Hicks and Heritage Blues Orchestra frontwoman Chaney Sims at Jack in Ft. Greene, details tba

2/19, 7 PM best quadruplebill of 2015 by a country mile: bewitchingly intense Americana/jazz/janglerock songwriter Erica Smith, subversively torchy oldtime Americana chanteuse Robin Aigner, rockabilly/honkytonk maven Monica Passin and accordion-violin duo the Wisterians at the Jalopy, free

2/19, 7 PM chamber ensemble Canta Libre play works by Piazzolla, Jean Cras, Francaix,Villa-Lobos and Ginastera at the Salmagundi Center for American Art, 47 5th Ave, $15

2/19, 7:30 PM a killer oldschool edgy NYC triplebill at Bowery Electric: brilliant bassist/singer Felice Rosser’s perennially vital groove band Faith, ferociously funny, intense, guitar-fueled Americana punks Spanking Charlene at 8:30 and Lakeside Lounge supergroup Los Dudes playing the album release show for their new one Hipster Entertainment Home, $8

2/19, 7:30 PM a monster sardonic/edgy/punkish jazz triplebill: the Kraus/Halvorson/Fujiwara Trio, bari sax-driven Charles Evans Quartet and the inimitable, hilarious Mostly Other People Do the Killing at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

2/19, 7:30 PM the Daedalus Quartet play Bartok: String Quartet No. 2 and Sibelius: String Quartet in D minor (“Voces intimae”) at the Lincoln Center Atrium, early arrival advised

2/19, 8 PM virtuoso cinematic psychedelic/western swing steel guitar player Raphael McGregor leads his eclectic band at Freddy’s

2/19, 8 PM La Vitrola feat. Neha Jiwrajka on voice, Alejandro Zuleta on voice and guitar and Sebastian Cruz on requite and voice, Edward Perez on bass and Jonathan Gomez-Cornejo on percussion playing classic, haunting Puerto Rican boleros at Barbes

2/19, 8 PM a “composer portrait” featuring the dissociative, acerbically kinetic work of Stefano Gervasoni performed by Yarn/Wire, Mivos Quartet and Ekmeles at the Miller Theatre, $20 tix avail

2/19, 9 PM savage, macabre,cinematic noir jazz band Beninghove’s Hangmen at Bar Chord

2/19, 9:30 PM purist oldschool country songwriter/bandleader Michaela Anne at the big room at the Rockwood. 2/22 she’s at Skinny Dennis at 9

2/19, 9:30 PM ethereal, Middle Eastern-tinged Malagasy chanteuse Razia Said plays the album release for her new one at Joe’s Pub, $20

2/19, 9:30 PM trombonist David Gibson leads an interesting quintet with Josh Evans – trumpet , Theo Hill – piano , Alexander Claffy – bass , Kush Abadey – drums  at Smalls

2/19, 10 PM catchy, sardonically jangly, lo-fi soul-rockers Larry & the Babes – sort of a more tuneful, less punk version of Clear Plastic Masks – at Palisades

2/19, 10 PM sick Dolly Parton cover band Doll Parts – who mix straight-up rock versions of her schlockiest 80s crap with acoustic covers of her country classics – at Rock Shop, $10

2/20, 5:30 PM tuneful Americana/blues guitarist Jon LaDeau followed by purist, clear-voiced front-porch folk songstress Cara Scarmack at the American Folk Art Museum, free

2/20, 6 PM edgy, intense postbop tenor saxophonist/composer Tom Tallitsch leads a quartet at the Garage, free

2/20, 7 PM Orrin Evans‘ mighty Captain Black Big Band play a tribute to Thomas Hart Benton in the aditorium at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, $35

2/20, 7 PM the annual Battle of the Bands continues at the Greene Space with the Queens edition. Pyrotechnic pianist/’songwriter/blues and ragtime maven Jack Spann ought to walk away with this one:: come out and make sure he doesn’t lose out to a promising but raw jazz guitarist…or an Eddie Money wannabe, a stilted folk-jazz trio, or a talented chamber pop duo who should have way better songs than they do. Cover is $15 which includes a drink or $30 for open bar

2/20, 8 PM art-rocker Pierre de Gaillande’s Bad Reputation plays witty chamber pop English translations of Georges Brassens classics followed at 10 by rambunctious oldtime Baby Soda Jazz Band at Barbes

2/20, 8 PM elegant chamber pop and indie classical themes with the Parkington Sisters followed by Jocie Adams’ sprightly, shiny pastoral pop band Arc Iris at the Knitting Factory, $10 adv tix rec. There’s also a midnight show by horn-fueled country jamband Yarn, separate adm., $15 adv.

2/20, 9 PM haunting, intense, wickedly tuneful Nashville gothic songwriter Jessie Kilguss and her band at Red Hook Bait and Tackle.

2/20, 9 PM epic, sweeping, tuneful spacerock/art-rockers Sky Picnic at Matchless

2/20, 9.10:30 PM perennially interesting, Middle Eastern-inspired bassist Petros Klampanis leads a large, luminously string-driven improvising unit including Gilad Hekselman, guitar; Jean-Michel Pilc, piano; Gokce Erem, violin; Maria Manousaki, violin, viola; Peter Kiral, viola; Colin Stokes, viola at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

2/20-21, 10:30 PM Mike DiRubbo leads his killer quintet with Josh Evans – trumpet , Brian Charette – organ , Ugonna Okegwo – bass , Rudy Royston – drums  at Smalls. On the 21st, drummer Sylvia Cuenca leads a high-voltage B3 quartet with Tivon Pennicott – tenor sax , Jared Gold – organ , Paul Bollenback – guitar , to open the night at 7:30

2/20, 11 PM Canadian gothic chanteuse Lorraine Leckie and her phenomenal, ferocious band at Sidewalk

2/22, 1 PM Quintet of the Americas plays tangos, waltzes, a William Grant Still classical piece and others allowing “the opportunity for the audience to join the Quintet playing bells and water glasses” at El Paraiso, 102-11 43rd Avenue, Corona, Queens, free

2/21, 7 PM wry, tuneful, eclectic Nashville gothic band Maynard & the Musties play a rare acoustic gig at the Cowgirl Hall of Fame, 519 Hudson St (W 10th/Charles)

2/21, 7:30 PM Jane Sheldon on vocals plus avant garde luminary Lisa Moore on piano plus Eileen Mack on clarinets playing music by Beat Furrer, David Lang and others at Spectrum, $15

2/21, 8 PM an extremely rare US appearance by Kuwait-born oud virtuoso Issam Rafea in a duo performance of jams and compositions with bassist Dave Phillips at Alwan for the Arts, $20/$15 studs/srs

2/21, 8 PM accordionist/chanteuse Kamala Sankaram’s hot surfy psychedelic Bollywood art-rock project Bombay Rickey at Barbes

2/21, 8 PM pianist Marc Peloquin joins forces with composer/pianist/thereminist Dalit Warshaw for a fascinating program including works by Brahms, Warshaw, Schubert, a David Del Tredici world premiere and a new piano/theremin arrangement of a portion of Messiaen’s otherworldly Quartet for the End of Time at the Tenri Institute, 43A W 13th St, $20

2/21, 8 PM Kiran Ahluwalia sings mystical Sufi songs with a west African desert rock edge with her husband guitarist Rez Abbasi, sensational accordionist Will Holshouser and a rhythm section at Roulette, $30/$25 stud/srs

2/21, 8 PM haphazardly edgy, Middle Eastern-tinged guitarist Yonatan Gat and band at Baby’s All Right.

2/21, 8 PM the choir of Trinity Wall Street presents epic rarities by Ginastera & Ives at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall with further epic enhancement from three additional choirs (!!), $15 tix avail.

2/21, 9 PM a first-class homegrown bluegrass twinbill with fiddler Diane Stockwell’s Fresh Baked Bluegrass followed by the Feinberg Bros. duo at the Jalopy, $10

2/21, 9/10:30 PM three guys who can’t resist a good time, and may make fun of you, or themselves: Jon Irabagon, tenor sax; Bob Stewart, tuba; Barry Altschul, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

2/21, 9 PM improvisational brass band the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble at BAM Cafe, free

2/21, 10 PM roots reggae group Royal Khaoz at Shrine

2/21, 10:30 PM Black Taxi play their propulsive oldschool disco-funk at the big room at the Rockwood, $12

2/22, noonish, tuneful jazz bassist/composer Iris Ornig leads her quartet for brunch at the Garage

2/22, 2 PM singer Liv Carrrow and Wowz guitarist Sam James “explore the shadowy terrain of Appalachian melody”at Mayflower, 132 Greene Ave (cor Waverly & Greene), Ft. Greene

2/22, 3 PM organist Adam J. Brakel plays Healey Willan’s iconic Introduction, Passacaglia and Fugue plus Jeanne Demessieux’s Six Etudes, as well as music of J.S. Bach, Bossi, Rameau, Reger, Whitlock and de Grigny at St. Ignatius Loyola Church, Park Ave at 84th St., $20

2/22, 3 PM pianists Tania Tachkova and Luba Poliak play a program TBA at the Weill art gallery at the 92nd St. Y, free

2/22, 3 PM the Park Ave. Chamber Symphony plays Stravinsky: Le sacre du printemps and Lorin Maazel’s arrangement of Wagner themes, The Ring Without Words at Rose Theatre at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

2/22, 3 PM the adventurous Washington Square Winds play a program TBA at Spectrum, $15

2/22, 7 PM an auspicious new trombone-fueled big band twinbill: Nick Finzer’s Ten Years Suite and Andy Clausen’s Split Stream Big Band at Shapeshifter Lab, $8

2/22, 7 PM noir guitar twangmeister Jim Campilongo followed by the more psychedelic, Romany inspired Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

2/22, 7 PM legendary Piedmont fingerstyle blues guitarist Larry Johnson at Terra Blues

2/22, 8 PM intense Balkan chanteuse Jenny Luna‘s haunting, traditional Turkish band Dolunay followed at 9 by the all-star Brooklyn Takht Ensemble: Shelley Thomas – vocals; Brian Prunka- oud; Tareq Rantisi- riq; Bridget Robbins- nay flute – doing Arabic classical music plus hits by Fairouz, Leila Murad + Asmahan at Drom, $10

2/22, 8 PM guitarist Tom Csatari leads an ensemble tba (his new big band album is rapturously good and tuneful) followed by bludgeoning noise instrumentalists James T. Psychopath at Trans-Pecos, $tba

2/22, 8 PM pensive, dark Americana/country blues songwriter Jeffrey Foucault – sort of a younger, more somber Steve Earle -at Subculture, $18 adv tix a must

2/22, 8:30 PM edgy gutter blues band Jane Lee Hooker at the Mercury, $10

2/23, 8:30 PM a cool indie classical duo collaboration between violist Jessica Meyer and bassist Florent Ghys at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

2/23, 8:30 PM soaring, rapturous jazz chanteuse Whitney James with LaRue Nicholson on guitar and the great Gregg August on bass  at the Bar Next Door, $12

2/23, midnight, drummer Tim Kuhl‘s St. Helena psychedelic art-rock project at the small room at the Rockwood.

2/24, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, the Jack Quartet play the American premiere of Georg Friedrich Haas’ String Quartet No. 8 at the Miller Theatre, free

2/24, 7 PM pyrotechnic nuevo tango paradigm-shifter and bandoneonist JP Jofre leads a quintet with Siyi Fang-piano; Eric Silberger-violin; Amy Kang-cello; Chris Johnson-bass at Something Jazz Club, $15

2/24, 7 PM violinist Miranda Cuckson and pianist Blair McMillen play works by Prokofiev, George Crumb, Anna Weesner, and David Rakowski at Zinc Bar, $25/$15 stud

2/24, 7 PM powerhouse, eclectic, up-and-coming tenor saxophonist Carl Bartlett Jr. leads a trio at the Garage, free

2/24, 9 PM irrepressible, historically informed, folk noir/jangly rock songwriter Elisa Flynn presents a night of murder ballads – everybody does one of their own and one of somebody else’s – artists include Chris Q. Murphy, Maharajah Sweets, the Halsey Hellhounds, Jim Knable, Neville Elder of Thee Shambels and others at the Way Station

2/24, 9 PM brilliant drummer/percussionist Willie Martinez & La Familia Sextet play classic salsa grooves at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, $10

2/24, 10ish Brooklyn What frontman Jamie Frey’s edgy, tuneful new band No Ice at Three’s Brewing Company, 333 Douglass St. in Gowanus

2/24, 11 PM NYC’s preeminent literate janglerock/chamber pop bandleader Ward White does a stripped-down acoustic show at Pete’s

2/25, 6 PM a potentially pyrotechnic collaboration: House of Waters‘ psychedelic hammered dulcimer virtuoso Max ZT and eclectic cellist Dave Eggar at the Rubin Museum of Art, free w/museum adm.

2/25, 7 PM striking, stark, soaring sounds from the global Jewish diaspora with Bukharian Jewish singer Muhabbat Shamayeva and Persian Jewish singer/composerGaleet Dardashti and their ensembles at Symphony Space, $30/$20 stud/srs

2/25, 7 PM the Amphion String Quartet, special guests Miki-Sophia Cloud & Karl Doty perform their noir theatre piece Death’s Cabaret at Shapeshifter Lab, $12

2/25, 7:30 PM Goodnight Moonshine with Americana luminaries Molly Venter (Red Molly) and Eben Pariser (Roosevelt Dime) play lively oldtimey and torchily jazzy pre-rockabilly sounds at the third stage at the Rockwood, $10 plus $10 min. strictly enforced

2/25-3/1 well-loved jazz bassist Rufus Reid leads a big band playing material from his fantastic Elizabeth Catlett-inspired album, 7:30/9:30 PM  at the Jazz Standard, $30

2/25, 10ish bewitchingly assaultive art-rock duo Naked Roots Conducive – violinist Natalia Steinbach and cellist Valerie Kuehne – at Muchmore’s

2/25, 10 PM uproarious newgrass/Americana bandleader JD McPherson at Bowery Ballroom

2/26, 6 PM pianist Marta Sanchez leads a rippling, tuneful sextet with Kavita Shah, voice, keys;  Charlotte Greve, alto sax;  Patricia Franceschy, vibes;  Petros Kamplanis, bass;  Mark Schilders, drums followed at 8:30 PM by the incomparable, atmospheric, paradigm-shifting singer Sara Serpa playing her birthday show with her fresh quartet including André Matos, guitar;  Pete Rende, piano, keyboards;  Thomas Morgan, bass at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

2/26, 7 PM Boston C&W band Girls Guns & Glory play high-voltage Hank Wiliams covers off their latest live Hank Williams album at the big room at the Rockwood, $10

2/26, 7:30 PM the Skip James Project  featuring trombone powerhouse Ku-umba Frank Lacy, Kevin Ray, and Andrew Drury with special guests J.D. Allen and Justin Hicks at the Lincoln Center Atrium. “Eschewing chordal instruments, they deploy trombone/flumpet, bass, drums, and vocals to re-examine the material of 1930s delta blues legend Skip James’s musical legacy,” at the Lincoln Center Atrium, early arrival advised

2/26, 7:30 PM, repeating 2/28 at 8 the NY Philharmonic play Sibelius’ Oceanides and Violin Concerto plus Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 at Avery Fisher Hall, $30 tix avail.

2/26-27. 7:30 PM, repeating on 2/28 at 5:30 PM Norwegian actress Nina Bendiksen stars in a performance of Flagstad – Triumph and Tragedy, the one-woman bioplay written and directed by Norwegian playwright Einar Bjorge in celebration of legendary soprano Kirsten Flagstad’s debut with the Metropolitan Opera 80 years ago that launched her to stardom, at Scandinavia House, 58 Park Ave (at 38th St), $20

2/26, 8 PM So Hideous play “throat searing chamber music” followed by Christopher Tignor‘s more contemplative, unselfcosciously deep cinematic pieces, followed by more assaultive postrock with This Will Destroy You at St. Vitus, $20

2/26, 8 PM “new music from two important figures of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. Pianist/composer Amina Claudine Myers brings her trio with Jerome Harris (bass guitar) and Reggie Nicholson (drums). Composer and percussionist Thurman Barker presents his percussion quintet Strike Force, plus the premiere of Chicago Suite featuring Malik Washington (timpani, percussion) Bryan Carrott (vibes, percussion), Eli Fountain (marimba, percussion), Ray Mantilla (percussion), Lonnie Gasperini (Hammond organ) and Thurman Barker (drums and percussion). at Roulette, $tba

2/26, 8 PM excellent, dark Americana guy/girl duo A Brief View of the Hudson followed eventually at 10 by devious, charismatic, subversive comedic songwriter Killy Dwyer at Sidewalk

2/26, 8 PM the Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra, undiminshed and explosive as ever, at B.B. King’s, $30 adv tix req.

2/26, 8 PM bassist Ben Wolfe plays the album release show for his new one with his quartet at Ginny’s Supper Club, $10

2/26, 9 PM Single Red Cent– who mix sharp, socially aware punk with a more atonal Gang of Four/Neighborhoods vibe – at Trash, $8

2/26, 10 PM high-voltage violin shredding with Stratospheerius at Shrine

2/26, 11 PM hard-hitting, lyrically edgy powerpop band Tenterhooks – Cheap Trick if they came up via CB’s rather than Chicago – at the Way Station

2/26, 11 PM Sandra Lilia Velasquez’s torchy, sultry downtempo/trip-hop/neosoul band SLV at Pete’s

2/27, 5:30ish intense, individualistic, torchsong/art-rock piano chanteuse Jeanne Marie Boes at the American Folk Art Museum, free

2/27, 7 PM Yi-Fang Huang, piano; Dana Pielet, piano; Shanda Wooley, cello with flutist Susan Friedlander and violnist Caitlin Lynch play works by Aitken, Bach, Brahms, Ian Clarke, Farrenc, Hétu, Mauthe and Piazzolla at Third Street Music School Settlement, free

2/27, 7 PM the  annual Battle of the Bands continues at the Greene Space with the Staten Island edition. Pickings are extremely slim: come out for rockabilly/cowpunk band the Grand Pantrymen, who at least have some good guitar, and hope they don’t lose out to a bunch of indie dorks, a generically mathrocky metal act, a couple of lame emo acts and an even lamer white rapper. Cover is $15 which includes a drink or $30 for open bar

2/27-28, 8 PM a rare acoustic show by legendary Colorado funky Americana jamband Poi Dog Pondering at City Winery, $25 standing room avail.

2/27, 8 PM Mantra Percussion, Dither Guitar Quartet and Philip White premiere new Paula Matthusen compositions at the opening night of this year’s Avant Festival at Wild Project Theatre, 195 E 3rd St, $15/$10 stud.

2/27, 8 PM the NYU Symphony with conductor Jens Georg Bachmann and piano competition winner Tadeusz Domanowski perform Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2, Stravinsky’s Firebird and student works at Symphony Space, free, early arrival advised

2/27, 9 PM the Moonlighters play charming but biting oldtime Hawaiian swing and noir jazz at the Delancey, $5

2/27, 10 PM hilarious, politically spot-on faux French garage rockers les Sans Culottes – whose new album Les Dieux Ont Soif is the closest thing to the Clash, lyrically speaking, that’s been released in this city lately – at Rock Shop, $10

2/27, 10 PM dark female-fronted paisley underground/postpunk/psychedelic rockers Mesiko at Union Hall, $10

2/27, 10 PM the Me Oh My Oh’s – Hilary Hawke and Abby Hollander’s raucous honkytonk band – at Sunny’s

2/27, midnight Middle Eastern dancefloor jamband Yemen Blues play a rare acoustic show at SOB’s, $25 gen adm

2/28, 2 PM brilliant Britrock tunesmith/crooner Edward Rogers at Rough Trade, free

2/28, 2:15 PM EastRiver Ensemble mix acrobatics stunts and rarely heard folk tunes from the the Dongbei and Hebei regions of northern China, with yangqin (dulcimer), pipa (lute), flutes, fiddles and percussion at Flushing Town Hall, $13

2/28, 2 PM flutist Daphna Mor’s slinky East of the River ensemble doing their bracing Mediterranean/Middle Eastern mashups at Flushing Town Hall, $13

2/28, 4 PM charmingly edgy oldschool C&W/Americana rock songstress Karen Hudson at Caffe Vivaldi

2/28, 6 PM pianist/flutist Diana Wayburn‘s hypnotically intense, spectacularly eclectic African/Middle Eastern/indie classical/improvisational Dances of the World Chamber Ensemble at Silvana

2/28, 7 PM Lucia Baldacci, organist of the Cathedral of Florence, plays music associated with that medieval structure at Christ and St. Stephen’s Church, 120 W 69th St

2/28, 8 PM Svetlana & the Eastern Blokhedz: Svetlana Shmulyian (vocal), Patrick Farrell (keyboards), Izaak Mills (organ, sax, vocal, sound effects), Quince Marcum (vocal, horn, tympani), Wade Ripka (guitar, vocal), Nick Cudahy (bass), Russ Meissner(drums) playing rare 1960s Soviet pop followed at 10 by the pan-latin Chia’s Dance Party at Barbes

2/28, 8 PM, repeating 3/1 at 4 PM William Hite, tenor and Gilles Vonsattel, piano play Schubert’s creepy, doomed, thinly veiled existentialist political suite Winterreise at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud

2/28, 8 PM celebrated, magical UK early music choir Stile Antico join the rest of the choral world in resuscitating renaissance music written for the court of the Hapsburgs by Josquin, Crequillon, Tallis and others at Church of St. Mary the Virgin, 145 W 46th St, $35 tix available via the Miller Theatre box office

2/28, 8 PM the Sweet Plaintain Quartet play their kinetic originals and other material at Subculture, $20 adv tix req.

2/28, 9 PM one one of the year’s best doubleiblls:  fiery, hyperliterate punk/powerpop alienation anthems with Hannah vs. the Many followed by catchy, edgy, tuneful soul/rock/Americana band Bethany St. Smith & the Gun Show at Rock Shop, $10

2/28, 9 PM a killer (sorry, couldn’t resist) twinbill: Nashville gothic/circus rock icons O’Death followed by the more theatrical but similar Murder by Death at Bowery Ballroom, $20 adv tix highly rec

2/28, 9 PM rare noir jazz and cinematic themes from the 30s and 40s with Brian Carpenter’s Ghost Train Orchestra followed by the cosmopolitan, global Carte Blanche Jazz Band at the Jalopy, $10.

2/28, 9 PM increasingly creepy southwestern gothic/western swing crooner Sean Kershaw & the New Jack Ramblers at Bar Chord

2/28, 9 PM roughhewn alt-country band Mail the Horse at Union Hall, $10

2/28, 10 PM Random Test play oldschool roots reggae at Shrine

2/28, 10 PM popular creepy indie experimentalists Deerhoof at Webster Hall, $18. Note that the show is not in the main room but in the smaller first-floor space which has a much lower ceiling and inferior sound

2/28, 11 PM adventurous, fun, quirky female-fronted psychedelic pop duo Robin’s Egg Blue at  the Bitter End playing the album release show for their new one

2/28, 11ish popular honkytonk jamband Blackberry Smoke at Webster Hall, $25

2/28, 11 PM jangly, sharply lyrical folk-rock/chamberpop band the Morning Sea – like a more stripped-down, less druggy Elliott Smith – at the Way Station

2/28 dark, sardonically lyrical Swedish paisley underground psych rockers the Plastic Pals at Sidewalk. 3/4 they’re at Bowery Electric at 9:30 for $8.

3/1, 1 PM intense, boisterously fun clarinet and violin-fueled klezmer group Litvakus – who specialize in rare songs from Belarus -at JCH in Bensonhurst, 7802 Bay Pkwy., Brooklyn, D to Bay Parkway, walk 8 blocks.

3/1, 3 PM Ann Kim, violin; Benjamin Larsen, cello; Juliana Han, piano; Ian Rosenbaum, percussion play a Mozart Violin Sonata, then Golijov’s “Mariel”, before moving on to Sirota’s Cello Sonata, and wrap up with Beethoven’s Piano Trio in E flat, Opus 70 no. 2.at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Park Slope, 139 St. John’s Place at 7th Ave., any train to Grand Army Plaza and walk downhill

3/1, 9:30 PM Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE) perform Mozart and Haydn on period instruments at Littlefield, $10

3/2, 6:30 PM noir chanteuse and Reid Paley collaborator Peg Simone followed by powerpop icons George Usher & Lisa Burns at the Mercury, $10 adv tix rec

3/3, 7:30 PM high-voltage string-fueled klezmer dance tunes with the Klez Dispensers‘ Amy Zakar’s Fidl Kapelye at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W 68th St, $15

3/3, 8 PM clarinetist/singer/composer Dave Ruder presents The Gentleman Rests, for five vocalists and five instrumentalists, contemplating the infamous events of the joint session of Congress on January 6th, 2001 which rubberstamped the “election” of George W. Bush as President after the Supreme Court-approved coup d’etat, at Roulette, $20/$15 stud/srs

3/3, 8 PM American Modern Ensemble with powerhouse pianists Stephen Gosling and Blair McMillen play music of Amanda Harberg, Robert Paterson and Frederic Rzewski, by Margaret Brouwer, George Crumb and Laura Kaminsky.at Subculture, $20 adv tix rc

3/4-6, 8 PM catchy reverbtoned janglerockers the Growlers at Baby’s All Right, $20. Be aware that the Saturday, 3/7 show is sold out

3/4, 10 PM brooding darkwave songstress Alice Boman at Rough Trade, $12

3/5, 7:30 PM the up-and-coming new New York Festival Orchestra plays Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in A major and  Piano Concert No. 5 in E-flat major with pianist Ivan Donchev, plus the Overture to “The Marriage of Figaro” by Mozart; and the American premiere of “Misteri” (Mysteries) for Piano and String Orchestra by Italian composer Francesco Marino at Merkin Concert Hall, $30

3/5, 8 PM JACK Quartet and Third Coast Percussion play an all Augusta Read Thomas program at the Miller Theatre, $25 tix avail.

3/5, 9:30 PM iconic, satirical “surrealistic swing” band the Microscopic Septet play their first-ever concert of free improvisations at The Stone, as part of soprano saxophonist Phillip Johnston’s residency there – a one-time event! 3/7, 8 PM a unique variant, the Microscopic Saxophone Quartet, performs at the Stone. 3/19 at 9:30 the whole band is at Smalls

3/5 individualistic guitarist Alyse Lamb’s jaggedly intense postpunk band Eula play the album release for their deliciously abrasive Siousxie-esque, Martin Bisi-produced new album Wool Sucking at Palisades

3/6, 7 PM the annual Battle of the Bands continues at the Greene Space with the Brooklyn edition. Of all the intra-borough battles, this one is a horse race. This blog’s pick is moody, intriguingly relevant, angst-fueled lo-fi folk-rock act Company of Selves, although pensive postpunks Teletextile and the lively, wryly lyrical New Orleans-flavored Nat Osborn Band are also good. Would be a shame if they lost out to a world-weary folkie girl who specializes in Xmas carols, an old Cuban guy struggling to master a Leonard Cohen song, a couple of Frank Ocean wannabes, or an autistic dude. Yup, one of the finalists is a retard. This is NYC, 2015, y’all. Cover is $15 which includes a drink or $30 for open bar

3/6, 8 PM the extraordinary Lebanese-American composer/multi-instrumentalist Bassam Saba and his ensemble playing haunting, sweepingly majestic original works at Roulette, $30/$25 stud/srs.

3/6, 8 PM eclectic soul-groove chanteuse Imani Uzuri premieres a new cantata inspired by the clever signification in the Black American quiltmaking tradition, as part of this year’s Avant Festival at Wild Project Theatre, 195 E 3rd St, $15/$10 stud.

3/7, 7 PM Alan Gilbert conducts a NY Phil chamber ensemble playing exciting new Nordic music by Per Nogard, Kalevi Aho, Duro Zivkoric and Kaija Saariaho at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, $25

3/7, 7 PM a marathon evening of Randy Gibson‘s hypnotic, psychedelic minimalist drone music, part of this year’s Avant Festival at Wild Project Theatre, 195 E 3rd St, $15/$10 stud

3/7, 7 PM legendary jazz/blues/soul guitarist Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters at B.B. King’s, $27 adv tix req

3/7, 8 PM intense, lyrically brilliant , quirky female-fronted two-keyboard 80s-style art-rock/new wave revivalists Changing Modes at Lit

3/7, 8 PM Texas swing icons the Hot Club of Cowtown – whose fiddler Elana James has a sizzling new album out – at Subculture, $20 adv tix rec

3/7, 8 PM the Aaron Diehl Quartet with Peter Washington, bass; Pete Van Nostrand, drums; Warren Wolf, vibes play the pianist’s elegant melodic straight-ahead jazz at the Miller Theatre, $20 tix avail.

3/7, 9 PM intense, funky Indian brass bhangra band Red Baraat at Bowery Ballroom, $18 adv tix req. The following night 3/8 they’re at Brooklyn Bowl for three bucks less on a killer triplebill starting at 8 with the psychedelic Brooklyn Raga Massive followed by circus rock/noir cabaret chanteuse Rupa & the April Fishes.

3/7, 9 PM oldtimey harmony-fueled band the Calamity Janes and wryly humorous NYC urban country pioneer Alex Battles & the Whisky Rebellion play a Johnny Cash bday party show at the Bell House, $18 adv tix rec; there’s also a 3 PM all-ages show there on 3/8 for three bucks less in advance

3/7, 9 PM charismatic, psychedelic funkmeistress Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds at Brooklyn Bowl, $12 adv tix rec

3/7 10ish Brooklyn What frontman Jamie Frey’s edgy, tuneful new band No Ice at Big Irv’s, 381 Hooper St (Grand/S 2nd) in Williamsburg, L to Lorimer St.

3/8, 2 PM the Momenta Quartet play Tan Dun’s aptly named Ghost Opera at Flushing Town Hall, $15

3/9, 8:30 PM the Frikativ Quartet presents compositions by Sarah Bernstein for improvising string quartet. Four inventive and soloistic musicians create a sound that taps the orchestral power of string ensembles and the agility of the jazz quartet. With Scott Tixier, violin, Sarah Bernstein, violin, Stephanie Griffin, viola, Malcolm Parson, cello at Cornelia St. Cafe

3/10, 7:30 PM a slightly smaller subset of the explosive Ayn Sof big band playing epic klezmer jazz tunes with Greg Wall, Jordan Hirsch, Zev Zions, Brian Glassman, and Aaron Alexander among others at the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W 68th St., $15.

3/10 8 PM pyrotechnic pianist Kathleen Supove plays space-specific new works for piano and soundtrack by Joan La Barbara, Mary Kouyoumdjian, Randall Woolf, and Marti Epstein at Roulette

3/10, 8 PM 90s roots reggae nostalgia with Rasta crooner Luciano at B.B. King’s, $25 adv tix req

3/11, 7 PM the Isaye Trio – Rada Ovcharova, violin; Emlyn Stam, viola; Willem Stam, cello – play works by Teethoven, Donyanyi and Otterloo at the Bulgarian Consulate General, 121 E 62nd St, free

3/11, 7:30 PM a rare NYC apprearance by the extraordinary violist Kim Kashkashian with Péter Nagy, piano playing works by Schumann, Bartok, Brayms and  László Tihanyi at the Morgan Library, $35

3/12, 7  PM searingly intense, charismatic, fearless acoustic punk blues siren Molly Ruth followed by fiery Canadian gothic rocker Lorraine Leckie and her psychedelic band with Hugh Pool on lead guitar at the Mercury

3/12, 7 PM Pakistani chanteuse/bandleader Mai Dhai plays traditional Manganiyar songs at Elebash Hall at CUNY, 365 5th Ave. north of 34th St., $25

3/12, 7 PM Doron Schleifer, countertenor with Corina Marti on clavisymbalum and recorders perform Jewish and Christian music from late medieval Italy at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W 68th St

3/12, 7 PM a rare performance of traditional Garifuna songs in endangered indigenous Caribbean languages by folk ensemble Libaña Maraza at City Lore Gallery, 56 E 1st St (between 1st and 2nd Ave), $10

3/12, 8 PM Israeli reggae crew Moshav Band play the album release show for their new one at Highline Ballrooom, $15 adv tix req

3/12, 8:30 PM luminous, intense, enigmatic art-rock chanteuse/cellist/multi-instrumentalist Serena Jost at the third room at the Rockwood, $10

3/12, 9 PM irresistibly named, darkly jangling psychedelic garage/powerpop rockers Anderson Council at Maxwell’s

3/13, 7 PM pianist Daniela Bracchi plays works by Bach, Schubert and Chopin at Third Street Music School Settlement, free

3/13,  7:30 PM Chia’s Dance Party spinoff tthe Cumbia River Band play psychedelic, surfy grooves at Drom, $10 adv tix rec

3/13, 7:30 PM the NY Composers’ Circle ensemble plays eclectic new vocal music by Frank Retzel, Dana Dimitri Richardson, Eugene Marlow, Susan J. Fischer and Tamara Cashour’s plus instrumental pieces by Matt Weber and Robert S. Cohen (the latter inspired by an ant carrying the much larger carcass of a dead roach across a tennis court) at the DiMenna Center, 450 W 37th St., $20, reception to follow

3/13, 8 PM hypnotic guitarscaper Hubble, plantively sardonic, elegant nouveau-chamber violinist/composer Christopher Tignor and the similarly poignant, evocative indie chamber minimalists/pastoralists Bing & Ruth at Littlefield, $14 . Particularly appropriate that B&R would be on this bill here considering that they have an album titled Kentile Floors.

3/13, 9 PM legendary, sweepingly majestic,timelessly relevant Australian psychedelic rockers the Church – who were arguably the best rock band in the world for a good fifteen years back in the 80s and 90s – at Bowery Ballroom, $30. 3/14 they’re at Rough Trade for the same price and will undoubtedly sell out. Adv tix rec at the Marcury, from 5-7 PM, M-F

3/14, 5 PM edgy Argentine classical pianist Mirian Conti plays a solo recital tilted “$5 for 5 Composers” at the DiMenna Center, 450 W 37th St.

3/14, 8 PM the sixteen-piece Caribbean and south-of-the-border big band flavors with the Gregorio Uribe Big Band and special guest violinist/singer Mireya Ramos from Mariachi Flor de Toloache at Roulette, $25; open rum bar 7-8 PM!

3/14, 9:30 PM elegant oldtime Americana chanteuse Nora Jane Struthers and the Party Line at Joe’s Pub, followed at 11:30 PM (separate admission) by haunting Portuguese noir surf band Dead Combo (not to be confused with the Stooges-influenced New York band from the mid-zeros) at Joe’s Pub, $12

3/15, 4-11 PM the annual New Music Bake Sale with performances by avant garde ensembles including AndPlay (violin and viola duo), Eleonore Oppenheim (solo upright bass), ThingNY (composer-performer chamber collective), C4: The Choral Composer/Conductor Collective (contemporary choral music), Anti-Depressant: Kathleen Supové and Jennifer Choi (outrageously fun piano and violin duo), Tigue (percussion trio), the Knells (art-rock ensemble) plus all kinds of yummy treats available, at Roulette, $10

3/15, 7 PM a rare Portuguese superstar twinbill: fado crooner Camané and noir cabaret/monster surf band Dead Combo at NJPAC in Newark, $30 tix avail.

3/15, 8 PM fiery, trance-inducing  percussionist/bandleader Alessandra Belloni‘s ensemble Daughters of Cybele at the Italian American Museum,155 Mulberry St, $20

3/16, 8 PM a rare small club appearance by cutting-edge avant garde composer/performer Milica Paranosic at Silvana

3/17-22, 8/10 PM irrepressible, paradigm-shifting accordionist Guy Klucevsek plays with a whole bunch of ensembles, $20. Choice pick: 3/18 at 8 doing film music with Kamala Sankaram and Peter Brown (vocals); Phyllis Chen (toy piano & piano); Todd Reynolds (violin)

3/17, 7 PM pianists Simone Dinnerstein and Doris Stevenson play music of Ravel, Gershwin, and Philip Lasser at PS321 Auditorium, 180 7th Ave., Park Slope, Brooklyn, R to Union St and walk uphill, $15, all proceeds to benefit the school.

3/17 intense, darkly cinematic slowcore/postrock guitarist Shannon Wright at St. Vitus

3/18, 8 PM the alternatively explosive and shimmering Nakatani Gong Orchestra at the Green Building, 452 Union St (Nevins/Bond) in Gowanus, R to Union St. and walk downhill, $15

3/18 the CTMD puts on one of their occasional, hellraising Jewish/Slavic Yiddish Zingeray dance parties at City Lore Galley,  56 E 1st St., performers tba

3/19, 7:30 PM torchy intense southwestern gothic songwrite Julia Haltigan and her excellent band at the Mercury, $10 adv tix rec

3/19, 7:30 PM entrancing Middle Eastern/Nubian largescale jamband the Nile Project revisit the scene of their live album, the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival a must

3/19, 7:30 PM early music consort the Wayward Sisters perform a program titled The Naughty List: Music By Braggarts, Hotheads, Curmudgeons and Snobs with music by obnoxious men Matthew Locke, Tarquinio Merula, William Brade, Nicola Matteis, and Dario Castello at the Kosciuszko Foundation, 15 E 65th St, $25

3/19 and 3/24 at 7:30 PM, plus 3/20 at 11 AM (in the morning) and and 3/22 at 8? the NY Phil play Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G, Richard Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier plus works by Debussy and Esa-Pekka Salonen at Avery Fisher Hall, $30 tix avail

3/19-21, 7:30 PM kabuki theatre maven Tamasaburo Bando‘s explosive taiko drum/Japanese folk ritual troupe play their new extravaganza Kodo One Earth Tour: Mystery at BAM, $25 tix avail

3/19, 9 PM the perennially intense, tuneful godfather of edgy, lyrical, anthemic downtown NYC rock, Willie Nile at Rough Trade, $30

3/20, 7 PM violinist Melissa Tong with members of the Artemis Chamber Ensemble play music by Part, Johnston and Messiaen at Third Street Music School Settlement, free

3/20, 7:30 PM intense, state-of-the-art alto saxophonist/composer Miguel Zenon and his quartet salute the Puerto Rican roots in much of jazz at the Hostos Center Theater, 450 Grand Concourse in the Bronx, 2/4/5 to Grand Concourese/149th St., $15/$7.50 stud/srs

3/20, 7:30 PM 90s indie powerpop/mod punk legends the Figgs play the album release show for their new one at the Mercury, $12 gen adm

3/20, 8 PM, repeating 3/21, 7:30 PM the Chelsea Symphony play Bedford: Flushing Meadows, 1964 for Saxophone and Orchestra (world premiere) with soloist Aaron Patterson; Vaughan Williams: Oboe Concerto with soloist Kelly Jo Breczka; Grafe: Cello Concerto with soloist Eric Allen; Sibelius: Overture to the Tempest and Tchaikovsky: The Tempest at St. Paul’s Church, 315 W 22nd St, $20 sugg don.

3/20, 9 PM a killer literate rock/powerpop twinbill: Paula Carino’s transgressively fun original band, Regular Einstein and Elvis Costello-esque underground powerpop heroes Lazy Lions both play the album release show for their new ones at Rock Shop, $10

3/20, 9:30 PM Dan Finnerty’s hilarious, viciously sarcastic top 40 cover band the Dan Band at Joe’s Pub, $22

3/21, 8 PM North Indian violinist Kala Ramnath and ensemble at Roulette

3/22, 3 PM composer Huang Ruo and up-and-coming chamber ensemble New Asia Chamber Music Society play music for modern dance to accompany Nai-Ni Chen’s dance group at Flushing Town Hall, free but rsvp reqd

3/22, 3 PM Hannah Min, violin; Monica Davis, viola; Isabelle Fairbanks and Benjamin Larsen, cello; Zach Mo, piano play Faure’s C minor Piano Quartet, and Arensky’s haunting A minor Quartet for violin, viola and two cellos at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Park Slope, 139 St. John’s Place at 7th Ave., any train to Grand Army Plaza and walk downhill

3/24, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, indie chamber group Yarn/Wire play electroacoustic works by Thomas Meadowcroft and Chiyoko Szlavnics at the Miller Theatre, free.

3/26, 7 PM badass, torchy Irish swing singer Tara O’Grady plays the album release for her new one Irish Bayou – tracing the rich history of the Irish in New Orleans – at the Metropolitan Room, 34 W 22 St

3/26, 7:30 PM the Heath Quartet play Janácek’s String Quartet No. 2 (“Intimate Letters”) and Beethoven’s String Quartet in C-sharp minor, Op. 131 at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

3/26 Jack Ladder & the Dreamlanders – late 80s Leonard Cohen wannabe crooning down-and-out synth/darkwave/noir pop – at Rough Trade

3/27, 7:30 PM Sexmob – who’ve distinguished themselves with their noir jazz reinventions of Nino Rota Fellini soundtracks – perform the world premiere of their score to Guido Brignon’s classic Italian silent film Maciste all’inferno at Symphony Space, $25

3/28, 5 PM pianist Rosa Torres Pardo plays an all-Iberian program including works by Soler-Scarlatti, Albeniz, de Falla at the DiMenna Center, 450 W 37th St., $5

3/30 biting, darkly psychedelic Eurofolk/rock band Carl Barât & The Jackals at the small downstairs studio space at Webster Hall

4/10, 8 PM anthemic, eclectic often haunting female-fronted Americana/acoustic funk/art-rock jamband the Sometime Boys and hard funk band Afroskull at Rock Shop, $10

4/11, 5 PM Argentine pianist Agustin Anievas plays Schubert and Chopin at the DiMenna Center, 450 W 37th St., $5

4/11, 9 PM Trapper Schoepp – a Milwaukee minor-leaguer with some promise, in a growling, lyrical Jeffrey Foucault Americana vein – opens for noiserock/paisley underground/noir rock legend Steve Wynn at Bowery Ballroom, $20

4/12, 3 PM the Greenwich Village Orchestra play an all-Tchaikovsky program with the Festival Coronation March, the Violin Concerto with soloist Siwoo Kim, and Symphony No. 4 at Washington Irving HS Auditorium, 16th St./Irving Place, $15 sugg don., reception to follow

4/13, 8 PM legendary 70s art-rock/hippie band Magma keep their own invented Kobaiian language alive at le Poisson Rouge, $30 adv tix req

4/14, 7:30 PM Brian Glassman’s brass-fueled Klezmer/Jazz Alliance at at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W. 68th St, $15

4/16, 7:30 PM haunting Middle Eastern jazz trumpeter Amir El Saffar‘s Two Rivers Large Ensemble at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival a must

4/17, 8 PM pensive, intense newgrass fiddler April Verch and her trio at Subculture

4/17, 9 PM edgy Chilean psychedelic cumbia/hip-hop/reggaeton bandleader Ana Tijoux at Bowery Ballroom, $15 adv tix rec

4/17-19 the Brooklyn Folk Festival at St. Ann’s Church in Brooklyn Heights, lineup tba

4/18 Australian sensation the Cat Empire – quirky, latin-and-ska-inflected and great fun organic stoner dance grooves – at the at Webster Hall, 9 PM $25

4/18 one of the year’s best rock doublebills: scorchingly lyrical, politically-fueled two-guitar anthemic punk/circus rock band the Brooklyn What followed by the similarly lyrically-driven, savagely political, hard-hitting Alabama populist rockers Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires at the Knitting Factory

4/22, 7 PM Norway, Sweden and the Shetland Islands’ virtuoso fiddling traditions represented by Olav Luksengård Mjelva, Anders Hall and Kevin Henderson at Symphony Space, $30

4/23, 7:30 PM otherworldly all-female choral quartet Anonymous 4 – on their final tour with Americana music maven Bruce Molsky – at the great hall at Cooper Union, $25 gen adm

4/24, 10 PM soulpunk/psychedelic band Clear Plastic Masks open for acoustic populist Alynda Lee Segarra aka Hurray for the Riff Raff at Bowery Ballroom, $15 adv tix rec

4/24 the queen of otherworldly, exhilarating Romany ballads, Esma Redžepova at le Poisson Rouge

4/25, 7 PM torchy, intense, dramatically soaring pianist/songwriter Elaine Romanelli at the third room at the Rockwood, $10

4/26, 3 PM the Australian Chamber Orchestra play works by Haydn, Mozart, Prokofiev and a world premiere by Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall

4/30, 8 PM Guinean Fula flute sounds with Bailo Bah & Sylvain Leroux followed by fiery Mauritanian pschedelic/desert rock bandleader/chanteuse Noura Mint Seymali at Roulette

4/30 8ish edgy gutter blues band Jane Lee Hooker followed at around 10 by the Bluebonnets with the Go Go’s Kathy Valentine (not only a superior bassist but a ferociously sizzling lead guitarist), $10 gen adm

5/1, 8 PM Pakistan’s Farid Ayaz, Abu Muhammad & Brothers Qawwali at Roulette

5/1, 9 PM this era’s version of Steve Earle, Joe Pug at Bowery Ballroom, $15

5/2, 8 PM entrancing Moroccan sintir virftuoso Hassan Hakmoun – the James Brown of gnawa – with his band at Roulette

5/3, 8 PM avant jazz grooves with Ned Rothenberg & Glen Velez followed by a rare global throat-singing twinbilll with Alash and Huun-Huur-Tu, the Throat-Singers of Tuva at Roulette http://www.nedrothenberg.com

5/9, 5 PM pianist Josep Colom plays “a dialogue between Mozart and Chopin” at the DiMenna Center, 450 W 37th St., $5

5/16, 8 PM the band that put Haitian psychedelic funk on the map in the 90s, Boukman Eksperyans at Roulette, $25

Jah9 Brings Her Homegrown Jamaican Rasta Roots Reggae to NYC

With her coolly determined alto voice and politically-fueled lyrics, Jah9 is the latest Jamaican roots reggae star to make a move beyond the island to a larger stage in mid-career. She stands out for a lot of reasons, most obviously because she’s a woman in an overwhelmingly male-dominated field. At a time when dancehall – which these days is basically just Jamaican rap – dominates across the Caribbean, she comes across as committed to a roots vibe, albeit one from the 90s when she was growing up. And in an era where roots reggae is pretty much a legacy genre, like bluegrass or Chicago blues, played mostly by white American jambands, she keeps her Rasta spear burning. Truth in advertising: the title track on her new album New Name – streaming at Soundcloud – is a remake of a Ras Michael classic. She’s playing a New York show on Feb 6 (actually the wee hours of Saturday the 7th, at one in the morning) backed by her group the Dub Treatment Band at Milk River Cafe, 960 Atlantic Ave (Grand Ave/St. James Pl.), in Brooklyn. The closest trains are actually the 2 or 3 to Dean St.; otherwise, take any train to Atlantic Ave and walk a few blocks deeper into Brooklyn.

Musically, the album’s production – with judicious, jazz-tinged guitar, synthesized brass and strings, digital organ and piano, synth bass and drum samples (or just a drum machine) – looks back to the era when Luciano rather than Sister Carol (an artist Jah9 resembles philosophically if not musically) ruled the charts. Where the album’s title track works a spiritual vibe, the second, Intention, has an incendiary political focus, Jah9 determined to live outside the system as much as she dares.

After a long, cinematic intro and some light dub touches, Preacher Man gives Jah9 a platform to go after hypocrites in politics and religion, a braver move than you might think considering that she’s a minister’s daughter. She follows a surprisingly poetic voice-and-piano contemplation with the trippy, dubby Gratitude and its mantra of “your only limitation is your imagination.”

Taken, the token shout-out to the only cure for glaucoma, features none other than the ageless Cedric Myton of the Congos on backing vocals – and it may be the only reggae song ever to suggest that you might not want to get so stoned that you can’t function. Avocado nicks a famous Burning Spear tune for a sly stoner boudoir jam, while Jungle offers encouragement for anyone who’d rather find their own niche in the world instead of slaving for some “unjust corporation,” a message Jah9 revisits on the album’s closing cut, Inner Voice.

 

Mike Rimbaud: The Closest Thing to the Clash That NYC Has Right Now

Much like Ward White, Mike Rimbaud has quietly and methodically built a vast catalog of wickedly smart, catchy, relevant lyrical rock songs. Where White has drawn on janglerock, Americana, chamber pop and most recently, an artsy glam sound, Rimbaud looks back to new wave and punk, but also to reggae, and jazz, and Phil Ochs. White’s narratives are elusive to the extreme; Rimbaud’s are disarmingly direct, with a savagely spot-on political sensibility. A strong case could be made that no other New York artist represents this city’s defiantly populist past – or, one hopes, its future – more than Mike Rimbaud. He’s playing the album release show for his characteristically excoriating new one, Put That Dream in Your Pipe and Smoke It (streaming at Spotify) at Bowery Electric at 8:30 PM on Jan 15. Cover is eight bucks.

The album title alone is intriguing. Is it a pipe dream to think that we could create a world that improves on the current paradigm of speculators taking their profits private and passing all their losses off to an increasingly destitute public? Should we take Rimbaud’s suggestion as a challenge, as fuel for our imagination…or is he just throwing a cynical swipe at dashed hopes? Whichever the case, isn’t that what song lyrics should do: draw you in, keep your interest, maybe make you laugh a little, and think at the same time?

The album opens with Frequent Flyer Subway Rider, a cruelly evocative narrative which will resonate with any New Yorker who shares Rimbaud’s feeling that we deserve a few free rides for all we’ve suffered with the trains over the years. Rimbaud plays all the guitars on the album, with Chris Fletcher on bass and Kevin Tooley on drums; Lee Feldman’s bluesy Rhodes piano perfectly matches Rimbaud’s gritty ambience here.

Friend is a snarling, reverbtoned new wave update on Highway 61 era Dylan, a slap at social media addicts that’s as funny as it is accurate: “Your BFF is only BS,” Rimbaud snickers. Likewise, Rimbaud takes a blackly amusing look at the all-too-real dangers of fracking in Shale ‘n’ Roll over brooding bolero-rock that wouldn’t be out of place on a Las Rubias Del Norte album, Marc Billon’s creepy electric piano matching Rimbaud’s watery menace.

Over a vamping psychedelic rock backdrop that offers a wink to Dave Brubeck, Know Nothing Know It All makes gleeful fun of limousine liberals, both among the electorate and the elected: “Owned by Coke, and the Koch brothers,” Rimbaud reminds, Feldman laying down a serpentine groove.

Erik Friedlander’s ambered cello lines anchor the swaying, jangly Apple Doesn’t Mean Apple Anymore and its sardonic wordplay, a look at how corporate newspeak subtly replaces everyday language. Poverty Is a Thief, a Gil Scott-Heron-inspired duet with soul singer Danni Gee, makes the connection between the credit trap and the prison-industrial complex.

Among the album’s more lighthearted numbers, Paris Is the Heart sends a shuffling, stream-of-consciousness latin-rock shout-out to that city’s haunts. The requisite Marley-esque reggae song here is Tears Don’t Fall in Outer Space; the album ends with a cover of the Clash’s Rock the Casbah, revealing it as the prophetic anthem it turned out to be. For what it’s worth, Rimbaud has never sung better than he does here. Where he used to snarl, he’s more likely to croon these days, which is somewhat ironic considering how much unbridled wrath there is in these songs. Another winner from a guy who refuses to quit.

New York City Live Music Calendar for January and February 2015

The new calendar for Feb and March is here. There’s a comprehensive, recently updated list of places where these shows are happening at NY Music Daily’s sister blog Lucid Culture.

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

Starting 1/20, 6:30-8:30 PM and continuing weekly on Tuesdays – February 3, 10 and 24 (skipping the 17th), Tamara Hey’s Alphabet City Music Workshop, Basic Theory 1 is a fantastic introductory course on music theory as it applies to songwriting, performing and writing charts. Classes are small and tailored to the needs of performing musicians, with lots of individualized attention. This blog attended the previous session: the work was intense, with a lot of material packed into a short time frame, but the lively debate and interaction in the class was great fun, definitely worth the $235 price (there are discounts for members of NSAI, SESAC and the NY Songwriters Collective as well as new members to the school’s email list). Classes meet at a convenient Astor Place location.

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. Thursday evenings at 7, a series of shows: the next ones are Jan 22 at 7 and Jan 25 at 4 featuring works b Mozart, Rameau, Ravel and Bach, sugg don $30 (pay what you can), delicious gluten-free refreshments, beverages and lively conversation included! email for info/location.

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 in January at Barbes hard-hitting oldschool latin soul groove band Spanglish Fly take over the 9:30 PM slot held for so many years by the now temporarily disbanded Chicha Libre. A hard act to follow, but if anybody can keep the party going, it’s this crew. Heavier on the salsa than the soul, with a charismatic new-ish frontwoman and the same kind of relevance the old boogaloo bands had back in the 60s.

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 in January, 10 PM noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo leads his trio at the small room at the Rockwood. Now you can go see him since the Living Room, that hellhole where he used to rehearse on Monday nights, is closed forever!

Also Mondays in January Rev. Vince Anderson and his band play Union Pool in Williamsburg, two sets starting around 11:30 PM. The Rev. is one of the great keyboardists around, equally thrilling on organ or electric piano, an expert at Billy Preston style funk, honkytonk, gospel and blues. He writes very funny, very politically astute, sexy original songs and is one of the most charismatic, intense live performers of our time. It’s a crazy dance party til past three in the morning. Paula Henderson from Burnt Sugar is the lead soloist on baritone sax, with Dave Smith from Smoota on trombone, with frequent special guests.

Tuesdays in January, 7 PM Ninth House‘s hotshot lead guitarist Keith Otten plays his own tuneful, Britrock-influenced sounds at Isle of Skye, 488 Driggs Ave (btwn N9th/N10th St.) in Williamsburg

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.

Tuesdays in January,  9 PM eclectic soul/Americana bandleader and excellent guitarist Miss Tess at Bar Chord

Tuesdays at around 10 Julia Haltigan and her band play 11th St. Bar. A torchy, charismatic force of nature, equally at home with fiery southwestern gothic rock, oldschool soul and steamy retro jazz ballads, and her band is just as good as she is.

Tuesdays at 10 PM in January jangly, smart rock/powerpop songwriter Rob Teter (of Romany jazz/blues band the Belleville Outfit) at Pete’s, presumably with his usual rotating cast of excellent Austin and ex-Austin players

Wednesdays in January, 8:30 PM guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg (of Dr. Lonnie Smith’s band) leads a trio at the Bar Next Door, $12.

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

Fridays at 5 PM, adventurous indie classical string quartet Ethel (Ralph Farris, viola; Dorothy Lawson, cello; Kip Jones, violin; and Tema Watstein, violin) play the balcony bar with a rotating cast of interesting special guests at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, free w/museum adm.

The first Friday of the month, anytime between midnight and midnight you can download four songs from Kiam Records artists – like Jennifer O’Connor, Mascott and Tim Foljahn – for free.  Each month’s theme is different (previously they have tackled covers, colors and money)  December’s the fourth edition and a holiday theme.  Available to download only on Friday and then archived and streaming at Soundcloud.

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

Three Saturdays in January: Jan 3, 10 and 17 plus February 28 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.

Sundays at 4 PM fun, hellraising booze-fueled acoustic Americana band Jumbo Brown at Skinny Dennis, 152 Metropolitan Ave. (next to Nitehawk Cinema), Williamsburg.

Sundays at 4:30 PM, 1/11 through 2/1 spectacularly eclectic viola virtuoso/composer Ljova plays with a revolving A-list cast including violinist Charlie Burnham, bassist Pablo Aslan, his other trio with Miki-Sophia Cloud & JP Jofre,  his wife and spectacular singer Inna Barmash’s Yiddish Lullabies & Love Songs project, and a new mystery project, at Silvana, free.

Sundays at 5 PM smart, politically-fueled Irish rocker Niall Connolly at LIC Bar

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.

Sundays in January at 9 – check the Barbes calendar to make sure -Romany guitar genius Stephane Wrembel plays Barbes. He’s holding on to the edgy, danceable spirit of Django Reinhardt while taking the style to new and unexpected places like art-rock and post-Velvets noiserock. He’s also very popular: get there early.

1/1, 7 PM Americana/psychedelic guitar powerhouse Homeboy Steve Antonakos with Tim Heap followed by dark female-fronted new wave/punk band Ingrid & the Defectors at Bowery Electric, free

1/1, 7 PM elegantly tuneful bassist Iris Ornig leads a guitar-and-reeds quartet at 55 Bar

1/1, 8 PM ark, charismatic, mischieviously witty literate keyboardist/chanteuse Rachelle Garniez at Barbes. She’ll be gentle this time because she knows you’ll be in pain.

1/1, 8 PM powerpop/paisley underground guitar genius Chuck Prophet at City Winery, $20.

1/1-3, 8 PM and 1/4, 4 PM a rotating cast including pianist Ursula Oppens, multistylistic viola virtuoso Ljova, and the Horszowski Trio play new works by David Del Tredici, Annie Gosfield, Ljova Zhurbin himself and many others at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud

1/2, 7:30 PM a great doublebill at Drom: accordionist/chanteuse Kamala Sankaram’s hot surfy Bollywood project, Bombay Rickey followed by awesome low-register original vintage-style Cuban groove band Gato Loco – with bass and baritone sax, baritone guitar, bass and drums, $10

1/2, 8 PM boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band at Hill Country Brooklyn

1/2, 8 PM sly, rustic late 20s style jug band/hokum blues crew Brotherhood of the Jug Band Blues at Branded Saloon

1/2, 9 PM creepy dark garage/punk soul band the Naked Heroes followed by the Motor City equivalent, more or less, the Detroit Cobras at Baby’s All Right, $20

1/2-3, 9/10:30 PM and 1/4, 8:30 PM it’s Jon Irabagon Fest at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 minimum. You want assaultive? The saxophonist plays 1/2 with Mary Halvorson, guitar;  Nasheet Waits, drums. You want devious and unselfconsciously fun and swinging? 1/3 he’s with Mark Helias, bass;  Barry Altschul, drums. You want (gasp) lyrical? 1/4 with Luis Perdomo, piano;  Yasushi Nakamura, bass;  Rudy Royston, drums

1/2-3, 11 PM Gogol Bordello at Terminal 5, $35 adv tix rec. You know them, you love them – reggaeton lyricist Ana Tijoux opens the 1/2 show at 10.

1/3, 11 AM (in the morning), the Harlem Gospel Choir at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early (yawn) arrival advised – don’t worry, they’ll wake you up.

1/3, 7:30 PM pianist Kristin Samadi and guitarist Dan Keene play works by Beethoven, Mauro Giuliani and others at Spectrum, $15

1/3, 8 PM dark urbane Romany song maven (and Berthold Brecht descendant) Sanda Weigl and band followed at 10 by Mexican ranchera/bolero brass crew Banda de los Muertos at Barbes

1/3, 9 PM accordionist/chanteuse Kamala Sankaram’s hot surfy Bollywood project, Bombay Rickey at Tea Lounge in Park Slope.

1/3. 9:30 PM hypnotic, fun, psychedelic-as-hell art-rock/prog instrumentalists You Bred Raptors – Epileptic Peat on 8-string bass, Zach Schmidlein on drums and Bryan Wilson on cello –  at the Mercury, $10

1/3, 10 PM the amazing Middle Eastern/Greek psychedelic sounds of the Byzan-Tones at Otto’s.

1/3, 11:30 PM intense, eclectic original Balkan clarinet/violin/oud/percussion quartet Sherita followed by the more jazz-oriented, clarinet-fueled and even more explosive NY Gypsy All-Stars at Drom, $10

1/3, 11 PM high-voltage Boston bluegrass/newgrass band Twisted Pine at the small room at the Rockwood. 1/6 there’s at Pete’s at 9

1/4, 7 PM brilliant violinist Dana Lyn‘s cinematic, oceanically-fixated, lively improvisaitonal Mother Octopus followed at 9 PM by Stephane Wrembel sparring partner and guitarist Roy Williams leading his own band the Bog Swing Group at Barbes playing similar Romany jazz along with western swing and other Americana.

1/4, 7 PM Cornelius Dufallo and Patrick Derivaz and probably special guests craft string-driven electroacoustic soundscapes at Spectrum, $15

1/4, 8 PM badass resonator guitarist and delta blues/oldtime hillbilly music maven Mamie Minch followed by ex-Dylan lead guitarist Larry Campbell with singer Teresa Williams at City Winery, $20 standing room avail.

1/4, 9 PM torchy, intense, literate, charismatic oldtimey ukelele siren/songwriter Kelli Rae Powell plays her final NYC show with her band and special guest Austin Hughes of M Shanghai String Band at the Jalopy, $10.

1/6, 7:30 PM purist oldschool Chicago-style blues guitarist Joe Louis Walker at B.B. King’s, $20 adv tix rec.

1/6 lyrical pianist and Mingus advocate Helen Sung leads a quintet with Seamus Blake – tenor saxophone; Mike Rodriguez – trumpet; Reuben Rogers – bass; Obed Calvaire – drums, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $20.

1/6, 8 PM bluegrass fiddle star Melody Allegra leads her band at Hill Country Brooklyn. She’s back there on 1/22.

1/6, 9 PM Que Vlo-Ve play classic Greek hash smoking music and criminal underworld narratives from the 20s and 30s at Barbes.

1/6, 10 PM alto saxophonist David Binney leads his quartet at 55 Bar.

1/7, 7 PM the show by Balinese shadow and mask dancer Sidarta with music by bass god Shahzad Ismaily and members of NYC’s very own mesmerizing, hypnotically pointillistic Balinese orchestra Gamelan Dharma Swara has been moved from the Poisson Rouge to a free performance at 1665 Norman St (Wyckoff/Cypress) in Ridgewood (L to Halsey St) due to “sluggish sales” – looks like the Poisson Rouge is more interested in promoting the Miley Cyrus cover band that plays there on the weekend

1/7, 8 PM dark, smart, edgy post-Velvet rock songwriter and former Band of Susans guitarist Anne Husick and band at Sidewalk

1/6, 8/10 PM pianist Matt Mitchell (of Dave Douglas’ band) leads a quartet at the Jazz Gallery, $15 first set, $10 second

1/7, 8:30ish PM the reliably ferocious, fun Balkan madness of Raya Brass Band followed by Underground System at Brooklyn Bowl, $7

1/7, 9:30 PM eclectic, paradigm-shifting B3 jazz organist Brian Charette with “the Well Tempered Quartet” – Spike Wilner (piano), Behn Gillece (viibes), and Anthony Pinciotti (drums) at Smalls. The next night 1/8 he’s at 55 Bar with the Mighty Grinders w/ Eric Kalb (drums) and Will Bernard (guitar) at 10.

1/7, 10 PM Pistolera frontwoman Sandra Lilia Velasquez’s torchy, slinky, psychedelic downtempo/trip-hop/art-pop band SLV at Shrine.

1/7 grittily tuneful, 3rd generation Stooges-influenced rockers Swanky Tiger, 11 PM at Bowery Electric $8

1/8 and 1/13, 7:30 PM, also 1/9-10 at 8 PM the NY Philharmonic play an especially awesome triplebill: Ravel’s Valses Nobles et Sentimentales, the Nielsen Clarinet Concerto and selections from Tschaikovsky’s Swan Lake at Avery Fisher Hall, $33 tix avail.

1/8, 7:30 PM prizewinning up-and-coming pianist Larry Weng plays works by Ives, Ravel, Horatio Parker and Aaron Jay Kernis at Subculture, $25.

1/8-11, 8 PM otherworldly, politially relevant vocal theatre company Carmina Slovenica perform their intense dance/choral drama Toxic Psalms, ”an open-ended collection of scenes by Hanne Blank, Veljo Tormis, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Karin Rehnquist, Jacob Cooper, Hafiz and Bronius Kutavicius,” at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Dumbo,  $25 seats avail.

1/8, 8 PM a show aptly titled “from Red Hook to the real Alaska” with Ken Waldman, Alaska’s fiddling poet, ex-Mamou Playboys Cajun fiddler David Greely, dance/harp duo Nic Gareiss & Maeve Gilchrist, multi-instrumentalist oldtime blues powerhouse Blind Boy Paxton, thoughtful newschool Americana songstress Kristin Andreassen and the Ray of Sun, Binghamton Americana quartet Milkweed, exhilarating 1800s style string band the Down Hill Strugglers, and rustic banjo/washboard duo Dubl Handi at the Jalopy, $10. The promoters say that “this lineup is on par with a strong international festival stage” and they’re right.

1/8. 8 PM global chanteuse and Leonard Cohen collaborator Perla Batalla  sings his songs followed at 9 by the electric, jazz-oriented, explosive NY Gypsy All-Stars at Drom, $10

1/8-11, 8/10 PM lyrical jazz pianist Kenny Werner leads a series of intimate small ensembles at the Stone.

1/8, 9ish this era’s version of Steve Earle, Joe Pug followed by wild stoner newgrass band the Devil Makes Three at Irving Plaza, $28.50.

1/8, 9 PM tuneful, hypnotic sometimes dreampop-infused tunesmithing, gorgeous vocals, wry lyrics: ex-Aquanettas guitarist/singer Debby Schwartz at Union Hall, $8.

1/8, 9:30 PM a pretty crazy night at Smalls with Steve Cardenas and Brandon Seabrook – guitars, Ben Allison – bass , Allison Miller – drums

1/8, 9 PM violinist and cinematic loopmusic composer Cameron Orr at the Way Station

1/8, 10 PM Daria Grace’s torchy, delightful oldtime uke swing band the Pre-War Ponies at Barbes

1/8, 10 PM slyly shapeshifting B3 organ paradigm-shifter Brian Charette and his trio at 55 Bar

1/8, 11 PM intense, inscrutable, wickedly literate janglerock tunesmith Ward White at Pete’s

1/9-10 Winter Jazzfest takes over the cheesy clubs along the Bleecker Street strip and turns them into classy if sardine-can crowded for a couple of nights. The full lineup and ticket deal is here: your best bet is the two-day pass for $55 .

1/9, 5:30ish smart, politically-fueled Irish rocker Niall Connolly at the American Folk Art Museum

1/9, 6 PM crystalline-voiced, noir-tinged third-stream jazz chanteuse Tessa Souter and her band at 55 Bar

1/9, 7 PM the annual Maqamfest – a showcase for cutting-edge sounds from across the Middle East, its diaspora and beyond – at Alwan for the Arts in the financial district with explosive Bulgarian reedman Yuri Yunakov, sitarist Ustad Ikhlaq Hussein Khan, agelessly soulful Armenian clarinetist Souren Baronian, haunting Bukharan Jewish ensemble Shasmaqam, Brian Prunka’s eclectic oud jazz outfit Nashaz, Syrian oudist Kinan Idnawi, paradigm-shifting trumpeter Amir ElSaffar & the Two Rivers Ensemble and the Alwan Arab Music Ensemble, who jam out classic themes from Egypt, Syria and Iraq, $30/$25 stud/srs

1/9, the booking agents are in town for the convention this weekend and consequently there are some amazing multi-act bills happening. Like this incredibly cheap one at Drom which is $10 and starts at  7 PM with David Buchbinder’s exhilarating Odessa/Havana Jewish jazz project followed at 8 by Elizabeth Shepherd – the Canadian Norah Jones – at 8, Ghanian roots reggae songwriter Rocky Dawuni at 9:30, the voice of the Garifuna people, Belize-based singer Aurelio at 10, French-Canadian latin/reggaeton crooner Boogat at 11, infectious Brazilian maracatu/funk/New Orleans/surf/country band Nation Beat at 11:45 and then smartly aware Montreal reggae/hip-hop crew Nomadic Massive at around 1 in the morning. The following night 1/10 Aurelio is at Joe’s Pub at 11:30 followed by wickedly cachy, darkly keyboard-driven Colombian psychedelic cumbia band MAKU Soundsystem.

1/9, 7 PM pensive rainy-day atmospherics with the Samara Lubelski-Marcia Bassett guitar duo at Baby’s All Right, $12. Followed at 9:30 ($15 separate admission) by a killer African twinbill with the Nubian grooves of Alsarah & the Nubatones and Ethiopiques icon Hailu Margia & Low Mentality.

1/9. 7:15 PM  dark psychedelic acoustic blues/klezmer/reggae/soca jamband Hazmat Modine at Terra Blues

1/9, 7:30 PM tuneful jazz pianist/composer Frank Kimbrough leads a trio at Smalls

1/9, 8 PM Raquel and Ray (guitar/keys and drums) from darkly shapeshifting paisley underground/psychedelic postpunk rockers Mesiko at Cake Shop; 1/12 they’re at Pete’s at 11.

1/9, 8 PM the violin/piano duo of Tricia Frasure and Caitlin Foster play new and 20th-century works by emerging composers Stephen Lilly, Matt Magerkurth, Zane Merritt, Carter John Rice, Ryan Woodhouse and Viola Yip, alongside pieces by Ives, Rzewski and Prokofiev at the Firehouse Space, $10

1/9, 9 PM stark, terse ex-Old Crow Medicine Show oldschool folk crooner/guitarist Willie Watson at Rough Trade, $12 adv tix rec

1/9, 9 PM edgy, tuneful klezmer-infused jazz with Uri Gurvich – saxophone; Asen Doykin – Fender Rhodes; Edward Perez – bass; Ronen Itzik – drums at the Whynot Jazz Room

1/9, 9:30ish rare noir big band jazz and cinematic themes from the 30s and 40s with Brian Carpenter’s Ghost Train Orchestra at Barbes.

1/9, 9:30 PM up-and-coming jazz chanteuse Natalie John leads a quintet playing the album release show for her new one at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

1/9, 10 PM hypnotic, psychedelic dulcimer/bass/drums instrumentalists House of Waters at the small room at the Rockwood

1/9. 10 PM Thunda Vida play roots reggae and dub at Shrine

1/9, 10:30 PM sick Dolly Parton cover band Doll Parts – who mix straight-up rock versions of her schlockiest 80s crap with acoustic covers of her country classics – at Sidewalk

1/9, 11 PM soaring, brilliant singer Magda Giannikou’s lush, sweeping, pan-Mediterranean art-rock/chamber pop/jazz group Banda Magda followed at midnight by the electric, jazz-oriented, explosive NY Gypsy All-Stars at the big room at the Rockwood, free

1/9, 11 PM high-energy acoustic oldtime Americana band the Woes at Pete’s

1/9, 11 PM edgy jazz violinist Scott Tixier leads a trio at Something Jazz Club, $15

1/10, 1 (one) PM kinetic jazz and avant garde-inspired postrock instrumentalists the Cellar & Point at the Apple Store in SoHo, 103 Prince St., free

1/10, 2 PM a gathering in defense of freedom of expression, in solidarity with the surviving staff of Charlie Hebdo, at Washington Square Park

1/10, 4 PM violinist Dana Lyn and guitarist Kyle Sanna jam out on Celtic themes followed at 5 by likemindedly eclectic improviser Matt Kanelos and then Vic Thrill of the Bogmen at 6 at Pete’s

1/10, 5 and 7 PM dancers from popular Indian classical dance troupe Nrityagram  perform to set to an original live score composed by Pandit Raghunath Panigrahi at the first-floor Temple of Dendur at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, free w/museum admin.

1/10, 6 PM eclectic third-stream jazz pianist Laila Biali followed at 7 by Tongues in Trees – vocalist Samita Sinha, drummer Sunny Jain of Red Baraat, and guitarist Grey McMurray from itsnotyouitsme and then at 8 by Dom Flemons of the Carolina Chocolate Drops at the small room at the Rockwood

1/10 will there be a better show in NYC this year? Probably not. At Drom, starting at 7:30, check out this unbelievable lineup: pan-latin revolutionary anthem singer/banddleader Ani Cordero , ten-piece Balkan/Duke Ellington brass band Slavic Soul Party, nine-piece original psychedelic Afrobeat dancehall monsters Zongo Junction, intoxicating LA noir psychedelic soul band Chicano Batman,  politically-fueled latino punk band Las Cafeteras, Ethiopiques keyboard legend Hailu Mergia & Low Mentality, a bit of a lull and then at around 1 AM Chop & Quench playing Fela classics and their own originals. Cover is ten measly bucks.

1/10, 7:30 PM anthemic, eclectic often haunting female-fronted Americana/acoustic funk/art-rock jamband the Sometime Boys at Hometown BBQ in Red Hook

1/10, 8 PM energetic acoustic Mexican folk-punk band Radio Jarocho followed at 9:30 by similarly influenced but funkier songwriter Rana Santacruz and then at 11 catchy, politically astute Mexican-American janglerockers Pistolera at 11 at Barbes.

1/10, 8 PM the Terry Dame Trio a.k.a. The Volar Portex with the irrepressible instrument inventor Terry Dame on her Dr. Seuss-like percussion instruments plua Jessica Lurie on sax and Chris Cochrane on guitar followed at 9 by pianist Gordon Beeferman with singer Dafna Natphtali at the Firehouse Space, $10

1/10, 8 PM a lute/guitar/bass version of pianist/flutist Diana Wayburn‘s hypnotically intense, spectacularly eclectic African/Middle Eastern/indie classical/improvisational Dances of the World Chamber Ensemble at the Shed Space, 366 6th Street (5th/6th Aves, entrance on 2nd floor up the stoop) Park Slope, Brooklyn

1/10, 9 PM a killer horn-fueled triplebill: John Brown’s Body trumpeter Sam Dechenne’s explosive, all-original Balkan Cocek Brass Band,  hip-hop oriented grooves with No BS! Brass Band and bouncy Afrobeat orchestra Emefe at Littlefield, $15

1/10, 9 PM Heights of Wisdom play African roots reggae at Shrine

1/10. 9:30 PM wickedly cachy, darkly keyboard-driven Colombian psychedelic cumbia band MAKU Soundsystem at Joe’s Pub, $15, Followed at 11:30 by Garifuna star Aurelio Martinez and band ($20 separate adm)

1/10, 10 PM oldschool Max’s Kansas City-style proto-punk rockers the New York Junk at Beast of Bourbon

1/10, 11 PM tuneful, pan-latin-influenced pianist Emilio Solla leads a killer quintet with accordionist Victor Prieto and saxophonist Chris Cheek at Something Jazz Club, $15

1/11, 11 AM (in the morning) a blazing klezmer/psychedelic cumbia/latin doublebill with Isle of Klezbos and Metropolitan Klezmer – who each have sensational live albums out – at City Winery, $10, kids free, no minimum.

1/11. 3 PM intriguing, intense, fun, lo-fi original punk blues resonator guitarist/singer Breanna Barbara Arneson at Palisades

1/11, 3 PM the North-South Chamber Orchestra with Lisa Hansen, flute; Jordan Dodson, guitar plays a half-dozen Robert Martin works inspired by the paintings of Arshile Gorky at aChrist & St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 120 W 69th St.(bet Bway & Columbus, free

1/11, 5:30/8:30 PM up-and-coming eclectic, purist jazz singer Brianna Thomas, with an interesting band: Sullivan Fortner, piano; Yasushi Nakamura, bass; John Davis, drums; Tivon Pennicott, sax at Minton’s, $10 at the bar/$20 at tables.

1/11, 6 PM noir guitar twangmeister Jim Campilongo and band at 55 Bar. Pianist David Kikoski leads a trio there later at 10

1/11, 7 PM a killer LA psychedelic latin rock twinbill with Las Cafeteras and Chicano Batman at Club Open (formerly SRB), 177 Second Avenue @ 14th St in Gowanus, $15

1/11 vibraphone powerhouse Stefon  Harris & Sonic Creed with James Francies – piano; Joshua Crumbly – bass; Jonathan Pinson – drums; Elena Pinderhughes – flute, vocals; Mike Moreno – guitar, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $20

1/11, 10:30 PM the well-named Well Tempered Quartet: Brian Charette – organ , Spike Wilner – piano , Behn Gillece – vibraphone , Anthony Pinciotti – drums at Smalls

1/11, 11 PM guitar-fueled postpunk/dreampop rockers Lazyeyes play the album release show for their new one at Baby’s All Right, $10

1/12, 6 PM tuneful pianist Jim Ridl leads his trio from behind the Fender Rhodes at 55 Bar

1/12, 8 PM at Smalls a quadruplebill of rarely heard French voices in jazz: alto saxophonist Pierrick Pedron leads a trio reinventing the Cure; Romany jazz guitar hellraisers Les Doigs de L’Homme join forces with accordion legend Marian Badoi; trumpeter Julien Alour leads a quintet inspired by a legendary/obscure Gore Vidal novel; saxophonist Olivier Boge, leading a quartet, and longtime Omer Avital sideman Yonatan Avishai, leading a trio, play after, $20 for the whole night

1/12, 8 PM Marta Hernández (aka Mar Salá) plays her acoustic flamenco rock at Pete’s

1/12, 9 PM pianist Orrin Evans‘ fearsomely majestic, shapeshiftingly epic Captain Black Big Band at Smoke, bar seats avail if you get there early enough They’re also here on 1/19 and 1/26.

1/12, 9/10 PM the perennially adventurous Del Sol String Quartet play works from their latest  album Peter Sculthorpe: The Complete String Quartets with Didjeridu at Cornelia St. Cafe.

1/13, 7 PM tuneful, edgy Texas tenor saxophonist Stan Killian and his quartet at 55 Bar

1/13, 7 PM dynamic, often haunting Balkan band the G String Orchestra  followed at 9 by explosive, wryly eclectic, Ellington/hip-hop influenced Balkan brass band Slavic Soul Party at Barbes.

1/13, 7/9 PM B3 organist Mike LeDonne‘s Groover Quartet with Eric Alexander [tenor saxophone], Mark Whitfield [guitar], Willie Jones III [drums] at Smoke, bar seats avail if you get there early enough. They’re also here on 1/20

1/13-14 bass and oud innovator Omer Avital leads a quintet with Joel Frahm – tenor saxophone; Michael Rodriguez – trumpet; Yonathan Avishai – piano; Daniel Freedman – drums, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $20.

1/13, 7:30 PM new music piano luminary Lisa Moore plays an all-Philip Glass program at le Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec.

1/13, 8 PM one of this era’s greatest Americana songwriters and also one of the most shattering singers in any style, from classical to country, Mary Lee Kortes – whose cover album of Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks is a genuine classic – at Concert Window, watch from your laptop, pay what you want! 1/20, 7 PM she’s at the big room at the Rockwood, $12

1/13, 8 PM Middle Eastern/Central Asian/jazz jamband TriBeCaStan, haunting all-female Bulgarian vocal choir Black Sea Hotel and elegant, sardonic art-rock pianist/bandleader Eve Lesov at Drom, $10.

1/13-14, 8 PM NOVUS NY and the Choir of Trinity Wall Street perform Ellen Reid‘s southern gothic choral opera Winter’s Child – sort of a mashup of the Virgin Suicides and the Adam & Eve myth – at St. Paul’s Chapel downtown, $20.

1/13-18, 8/10:30 PM Ramsey Lewis celebrates the 50th anniversary of his iconic album The In Crowd at the Blue Note, $30 standing room avail.

1/13-18, 8:30/10:30 PM lyrical jazz piano icon Fred Hersch leads a quartet with saxophonist Mark Turner, trumpeter Ralph Alessi-tpt, and his usual rhythm section of bassist John Hébert and drummer Eric McPherson at the Vanguard, $25. He then plays a solo piano stand here 1/20-25.

1/13, 9 PM thoughtful newschool Americana songstress Kristin Andreassen followed eventually at midnight by eclectic, funky, compelling jazz violinist Zach Brock at the small room at the Rockwood

1/13, 9:30 PM saxophone powerhouse Lucas Pino‘s two-guitar No No Nonet at Smalls.

1/13, 10 PM Occitane chanteuse Fada a.k.a. Eleonore Weill sings classic oldschool French chanson and originals at the Way Station

1/13, 10:30 PM Cumbre Vieja, who alternate between kick-ass classic 70s stoner metal and riff-rock, and less interesting 90s sounds, at Arlene’s, $8

1/14-17, 7:30 PM (with a 10 PM show on 1/15 and a 2 PM show on the 17th in addition) hauntingly atmospheric, hypnotic Korean-American composer/performer Bora Yoon plays and sings from her brilliant new album Sunken Cathedral, “tracing a musical and archetypal journey through the subconscious” at LaMama, $25.

1/14, 7:30 PM pianist Weiyin Chen plays Brahms’ Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34 with the Miró Quartet, who play the composer’s String Quartet, Op. 51, No2 in A Minor and Quartet in C minor, Op. 60  at Subculture. The following night there, 1/15 at 7:30 PM they join the American Modern Ensemble, JACK Quartet, PUBLIQuartet and conductor Delta David Gier for an evening of world premieres from Jacob Bancks, Sidney Boquiren and Robert Paterson plus music by Chinary Ung, Jessie Montgomery, John Zorn and John Luther Adams, $20 adv tix rec.

1/14, 8 PM a night of adventurous experimentation under an edgy jazz rubric with Joe Moffett, Brad Henkel, Sophie Delphis, and Mariel Berger at Panoply Performance Lab in Bushwick

1/14, 9 PM bracing Macedonian band Odglasi, the exhilaratingly trippy Choban Elektrik, who make guitar and organ-fueled psychedelia out of haunting Balkan themes, brass-fueled Ornamatik and Tom Waits-influenced blues-rockers the Darrin James Band at Muchmore’s, $10

1/14, 9 PM tuneful up-and-coming hotshot jazz pianist Christian Sands in a rare duo show with bassist Ben Williams at Mezzrow, $25. Sands is here with Noah Jackson on the four-string on 1/15.

1/14, 9:30 PM Bobtown – arguably the best, most eclectic and inarguably the most harmonically rich folk noir group around – play the album release show for their new one A History of Ghosts at Hill Country.

1/14, 9:30 PM atmospheric, acerbically witty jazz/downtempo saxophonist Ilhan Ersahin‘s Istanbul Sessions at Drom, $15 adv tix rec

1/14, 10 PM charismatic, sultry, torchy Americana songwriter/chanteuse Julia Haltigan and her fiery band at Union Pool

1/14, 11 PM guitarslinger Hugo G – whose darkly hypnotic, politically aware originals are a smart, original update on the slowly unwinding Texas blues pioneered by Lightning Hopkins in the 30s and 40s – at the small room at the Rockwood

1/15, 6 PM cleverly lyrical, edgily funny, spine-tingling powerpop/acoustic rock singer Tamara Hey at the small room at the Rockwood .

1/15, 7 PM a rare early evening show by careening soulpunk/psychedelic band Clear Plastic Masks at Baby’s All Right, $10. Be aware that their previous Williamsburg show sold out.

1/15-18 purist, terse pianist Aaron Goldberg leads a trio with Reuben Rogers – bass; Eric Harland – drums, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $20.

1/15, 7:30 PM American Modern Ensemble play world premieres from Jacob Bancks, Sidney Boquiren and Robert Paterson, plus the Del Sol String Quartet playing Chinary Ung’s tribute to victims of Cambonian genocide, Spiral X “In Memoriam” (performed by San Fran-based Del Sol), the PUBLIQuartet play Jessie Montgomery’s Breakaway; the Jack Quartet play John Zorn’s The Dead Man and close with all the players performing Dream in White on White by John Luther Adams at Subculture, $20 adv tix a must

1/15, 8 PM virtuoso cinematic psychedelic/western swing steel guitar player Raphael McGregor leads his eclectic band at Freddy’s

1/15, 8 PM steel pan pioneer Ian Williams with Mantra Percussion at the World Financial Center atrium, free. Mantra Percussion return there the following night, 1/16 with works by Wet Ink Ensemble’s Sam Pluta, Alex Mincek and Eric Wubbels.

1/15, 8 PM a solid Americana triplebill: the amusing mandolin/fiddle duo of Mike Barnett and Jacob Jolliff, oldtimey string band Barefoot & Bankside and outlaw country duo North of Nashville at Union Hall, $10

1/15, 8:30 PM psychedelic powerpop/new wave rocker Mike Rimbaud plays the album release for his characteristically tuneful, snarling, politically smart, Elvis Costello-esque new one Put That Dream in Your Pipe at Bowery Electric

1/15, 9 PM edgy, intense, innovative Syrian and Argentine sounds; a killer doublebill and a good segue from clarinetist Kinan Azmeh‘s CityBand to bandoneon monster JP Jofre‘s Hard Tango Chamber Band at Drom, $15 adv tix rec.

1/15, 9 PM slyly humorous urban country bandleader Alex Battles followed by catchy oldtimey all-female string band the Calamity Janes at the Jalopy, $10

1/15, 10 PM hard-rocking Balkan band Tipsy Oxcart at followed at 11 by the similarly energetic, more trad Ornamatik at Barbes – fresh from Golden Festival and not out of gas yet!

1/15. 10 PM explosive guitar-fueled art-rock jamband Wounded Buffalo Theory at Fontana’s, $10

1/15, 10 PM brilliantly lyrical dark oldtimey songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Pete Lanctot and band at Pete’s. No, he doesn’t own the place.

1/15, midnight, noir-inspired alto saxophonist/composer Nick Hempton leads a quartet with  Dan Aran – drums , Jeremy Manasia – piano , Dave Baron – bass at Smalls

1/15, 10 PM Certain General guitarslinger Phil Gammage‘s noirish Adventures in Bluesland project at Shrine.

1/16, 6 PM edgy tenor saxophonist Tom Tallitsch leads a quaret at the Garage, free

1/16, 7 PM Ensemble Chartreuse plays new chamber works for string trio and winds by Katherine Young and David Bird, an electroacoustic piece by Ryan Pratt, plus “as a family of civilian ghosts phase-shifts through the fog lights” by Kurt Isaacson.at Spectrum, $15. Followed at 9 by Judith Berkson playing new microtonal music for piano and voice

1/16, 7:30 PM it’s Golden Festival, the wildest Balkan music extravaganza anywhere west of the Danube, at Grand Prospect Hall, 263 Prospect Ave. in Park Slope, lineup tba,  $35/$30 studs.

1/16, 8 PM theatrical traditional Korean dance/music ensemble Norian Maro at Flushing town Hall free but rsvp reqd

1/16, 8 PM a wickedly tuneful improvisational trio: Fabian Almazan – piano; Ryan Ferreira – guitar; Chris Dingman – vibes at I-Beam, $15

1/16, 8/10 PM lyrical pianist Glenn Zaleski leads a trio at the Jazz Gallery, $22

1/16, 8 PM tuneful, anthemic Americana rockers the Cornell Bros. at the Way Station

1/16-17, 9 PM a rare duo show by cerebrally tuneful pianist Orrin Evans with bassist Vicente Archer at Mezzrow, $25

1/16, 9:30 PM two intense female-fronted bands: soul-inspired rockers Bethany St. Smith & the Gun Show and diverse, often haunting original Americana/acoustic funk/art-rock jamband the Sometime Boys at Fontana’s, $10

1/16, 9:30 PM jazz chanteuse Stacy Sullivan with musical director/pianist Jon Weber – who succeeded Marian McPartland as host of NPR’s Piano Jazz – play a tribute to McPartland with songs from Ellington to Peggy Lee at the Metropolitan Room, 34 W 22nd St, $25 plus 2 drink min.

1/16, 10 PM Ruby Rae of the Ex-Debutantes plays her Nashville gothic songs at Freddy’s.

1/16, 10:30 PM noir chanteuse Kerry Kennedy’s aptly titled, intense Americana/paisley underground band Ghostwise followed eventualy at midnight by hilarious faux-French rockers les Sans Culottes – whose new album Les Dieux Ont Soif is both great fun and potently relevant – at Muchmore’s, $tba

1/16, 11 PM fiery Canadian gothic rocker Lorraine Leckie and her psychedelic band with Hugh Pool on lead guitar at Sidewalk.

1/17, 2 (two) PM this blog’s new favorite songwriter, unselfconsciously haunting, richly lyrical great plains folk noir chanteuse Ember Schrag – whose recent adventures in dark psychedelic rock have been auspicious – followed by smart purist oldtime blues/Americana resonator guitarist Zeke Healey at Union Pool

1/17, 7 PM cult favorite Irish chamber pop crooner Pierce Turner – the missing link between the Pogues and the Moody Blues – at Joe’s Pub, $25

1/17, 7:30 PM Taylor Ward, voice; Arash Noori, guitar; and Doug Perry, percussion perform a diverse program “from the roots of Spanish song to George Crumb’s Spanish Songbook I: Ghosts of Alhambra, and from the beginnings of French and English lute song” at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex, free

1/17, 8 PM Pierre de Gaillande’s Bad Reputation plays witty chamber pop English translations of Georges Brassens classics at Barbes.followed at 10 by mighty Indian funk band Brooklyn Qawwali Party.

1/17, 8 PM string trio Ensemble Chartreuse – Myra Hinrichs (violin), Carrie Frey (viola), and Helen Newby (cello) – double their size by adding a trio of winds and play intriguing new works by David Bird and Katherine Young at the Firehouse Space, $10

1/17, 8 PM, repeating on 1/18 at 4 PM Mark Peskanov, violin; Nicholas Tzavaras, cello; Olga Vinokur, piano play Haydn Piano Trio No. 41 in E-flat minor, Hob.XV:31, “Jacob’s Dream;” Shostakovich Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67; Beethoven Piano Trio in E-flat Major, Op. 70, No. 2 at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud

1/17, 8 PM new William Parker works performed by five improvising musicians Daniel Carter, Joe McPhee, Hamid Drake, Cooper Moore and Parker himself on bass plus a vocal ensemble featuring Fay Victor, Kyoko Kitamura and Anais Maviel at Roulette, $25

1/17, 9 PM smart, shapeshiftingly tuneful cinematic punks the Brooklyn What have organized a benefit for Ferguson, MO at the Gutter in Williamsburg; it’s a Lou Reed/VU tribute night  with a whole slew of bands including Jeff Lewis, 60s folk legend Peter Stampfel, No One and The Somebodys, Ghospal, the Planes, Electric People, Old Table and possibly  more.

1/17, 9 PM smart, anthemic, golden age-style roots reggae songwriter/bandleader Taj Weekes at the Knitting Factory, $12

1/17, 10 PM powerhouse bassist Dawn Drake & Zapote playing their groovalicious funk and Afrobeat-influenced bounce at the Way Station

1/18, 2 PM two Japanese theatre pieces by koto player Kento Iwasaki and Cris Ryan: the otherworldly “Moon Princess Song Cycle,” sung by soprano-piano duo Sara Heaton and Akiko Sasaki, plus Beloved Prey, a” portable opera” in English, about a lioness who adopts a baby antelope and the antelope’s mom, faced with the challenge of rescuing her child, at Flushing Town Hall, free

1/18, 2 PM the Distinguished Concerts Orchestra & Singers International play a Pan-American program including the New York premiere of Argentinian composer Martin Palmeri’s Misa A Buenos Aires plus a solo tango and flamenco dance performance by the Tierra Adentro de Nuevo Mexico Dance Ensemble at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, $20 tix avail. The ensemble return the following night, 1/19 at 7 PM peforming music of Welsh composer Karl Jenkins

1/18, 3 PM the Budapest Festival Orchestra play Brahms’ Symphony No. 3 plus works by the Mendelssohns (Felix and Fanny) at Avery Fisher Hall, $35 tix avail. They’re also here at 1/21 at 8 playing Brahms’ Symphony No. 1 and works by Mozart, same price.

1/18, 4 PM the Enso String Quartet play Haydn’s String Quartet in G Minor, Op.76, No. 1; Janacek’s ‘Kreutzer Sonata’ and works by Puccini and Verdi at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.

1/18, 4 PM Erica Gould’s classical theatre piece More Between Heaven and Earth, a site-specific drama based on the letters of Thomas Jefferson and his singer/mistress/muse Maria Cosway, starring Jonathan Cake, Melissa Errico, and Kathleen Chalfant and featuring music of Corelli, Cosway, Hewitt, and Sacchini at Fraunces Tavern Museum in the financial district (where Jefferson reputedly wrote some of those letters), $35.

1/18, 5 PM a crazy post-Golden Fest Balkan party with the brass-stoked Cocek Nation, Moldovan accordionist Sergiu Popa‘s Balkan Camp Reunion Band, Macedonian group Odglasi, Pontic Firebird playing their Greek Black Sea repertoire and kick-ass zurna-fueled Turkish band MWE at Drom, $10/$5 with a Golden Fest ticket

1/18. 5 PM the Daedalus String Quartet play works by Schumann and Sibelius at the Lounge at Hudson View Gardens, 128 Pinehurst Ave at 183rd St., $12 sugg don, reception to follow.

1/18, 5:30/8:30 PM powerhouse pianist Christian Sands – of Christian McBride’s band -leads his trio at Minton’s, $10 at the bar/$20 at tables

1/18, 7 PM legendary Piedmont blues guitarist Larry Johnson at Terra Blues. He’s also here on 1/25

1/18, 7:30 PM the world’s most interesting string quintet, Sybarite5 play works by Radiohead (from their Radiohead covers album) plus Taraf de Haidouks: Astor Piazzolla, Jessica Meyer, Dan Visconti and others along with Armenian folk songs at Subculture, $20 adv tix highly rec.

1/18, 10:30 PM catchy, propulsive, rippling posbop grooves with Ken Fowser – tenor sax , Behn Gillece – vibraphone , Jeremy Manasia – piano , Joseph Lepore – bass , Charles Ruggiero – drums  at Smalls

1/19, 7:30 PM dark, sardonic, brilliantly tuneful jazz pianist Danny Fox and his Trio at Smalls

1/19, 8 PM high-voltage oldschool 60s-style soul/funk band the Revelations at the Blue Note, $10

1/19, 11 PM Joseph West and band play morosely catchy, lyrical John Prine-ish country-folk at the Way Station

1/20, 7 PM a rare guitar/baritone sax duo show: Russell Malone and Joe Temperley playing Ellington, wow, at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, $20

1/20, 7:30 PM the pyrotechnic, all-star Kleztraphobix with Mike Cohen, Jordan Hirsch, Pesachya Septimuss at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W. 68th St, $15

1/20-25, 8/10 PM state-of-the-art jazz pianist Vijay Iyer leads a series of groups at the Stone, $20. Choice picks: the late set on 1/23 with an octet with two basses and Mat Maneri on viola, and the early show on 1/25, a duet with Wadada Leo Smith. 3 words: get there early.

1/20, 9/10:30 PM alto sax powerhouse Miguel Zenon plays duets with pianist Dan Tepfer at Mezzrow, $25

1/20, 9:50 PM (will you really miss a song if you show up at 9:53?) psychedelically tinged female-fronted electric blues band the Hurt Project play Chicago classics and their own guitar-and-organ-fueled originals at the Delancey, $10

1/21. 7 PM sitar player Ikhlaq Hussain plays classic North Indian ragas at the Rubin Museum of Art, $25

1/21, 7 PM classical guitarist Jason Vieaux plays music of Albeniz and legendary early 19th century composer/guitarist Mauro Giuliani at P.S. 321’s Auditorium, 180 7th Ave. in Park Slope, $15

1/21, 7:30 PM deviously fun cabaret/chamber pop chanteuse Grace McLean & Them Apples , popular if controversial Americana band David Mayfield Parade and a bunch of twee trendoid losers at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised.

1/21, 8 PM ludicrously bad segues, good triplebill: flamenco/Middle Eastern rocker Khaled Dajani and band followed at 9 by terse, purist cool-voiced Americana singer Vienna D’Amato Hall and then hypnotic ambient soundscape project Letters to Nepal at the Way Station

1/21, 9 PM vicious noiserock jamband the the Skull Practitioners– led by Steve Wynn sparring partner/genius guitarist Jason Victor – at Bowery Electric, $8

1/21, 10:30 PM  eclectic, tuneful pastoral jazz/cinematic violinist-composer Skye Steele with Nate Wood and Masu  at Littlefield, $10

1/22, 7 PM Barbes’ first annual oud festival featuring “featuring some of the best American oud players in the city” – Brandon Terzic, Brian Prunka, Mavrothi Kontanis, Kane Mathis, Adam Good and Tom Chess – wow!

1/22, 7:30 PM the Calidore String Quartet play works by Mozart, Caroline Shaw and Mendelssohn’s String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 13 at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

1/22, 7:30 PM and 1/23-24, 8 PM the NY Philharmonic plays a Chen Qigang NY premiere, the Mozart Horn Concerto No. 4 and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 at Avery Fisher Hall, $33 tix avail.

1/22, 7:30 sprawling guitar-and-keys-driven psychedelic funk band Allies at the Delancey $8

1/22, 8 PM a rare NYC show by Argentine tango composer/singer/bandoneonist Josefina Rozenwasser – leader of pan-Latin band Tia Juanita – at Shrine

1/22, 8 PM dark and possibly savagely bluesy improvisation: Joe Morris, electric guitar; Mat Maneri, viola; Chris Lightcap, double-bass; Gerald Cleaver, drums at Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow St. in the west village, $15/$12 stud/srs

1/22, 8:30 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” at Espresso 77, 35-57 77th Street, Jackson Hts., free.

1/22, 8:30 PM Cajun party hellraisers the Lost Bayou Ramblers at le Poisson Rouge, $10

1/22, 9 PM balmy, sardonically individualistic vocal jazz stylist Dorian Devins and her trio at Bar Thalia adjacent to Symphony Space, free

1/22, 10 PM Dahlia Dumont and her accordion-bass Trio Du Monde sing original ska, reggae, tango and French chanson at Pete’s

1/23, 8 PM accordionist/chanteuse Kamala Sankaram’s hot surfy Bollywood project, Bombay Rickey followed by the rambunctious oldtime Baby Soda Jazz Band at Barbes

1/23, 8 PM darkly sardonic art-rock pianist Eve Lesov at the Way Station

1/24, 8 PM popular lyrical jazz pianist Renee Rosnes with an interesting quartet: Steve Nelson, vibraphone; Peter Washington, bass; Bill Stewart, drums at the Miller Theatre, $20 tix avail.

1/24, 7 PM dark intense lyrical rocker LJ Murphy and his unstoppable noir band at Sidewalk

1/24, 7:30 PM individualistic, witty pianist Jean-Michel Pilc improvises with Petros Klampanis on bass and Gilad Hekselman on guitar at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

1/24, 8 PM spellbinding oud virtuoso George Ziadeh backed by kanun and string quartet performing classic Arab-Islamic poetry (Khayamm’s Rubiyat, and Tarjuman al Ashwaq by Ibn Al Arabi)  at Alwan for the Arts, $25/$15 stud/srs

1/24, 8/10 PM saxophonist Mario Castro leads a nonet (quintet plus string quartet!) at the Jazz Gallery, $22

1/24, 8 PM the St. Lawrence String Quartet plays two Haydn quartets and a NY premiere by Jonathan Berger at the DiMenna Center, 450 W 37th St., $25

1/24, 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

1/24, 10 PM fuzztone garage rock monsters the Mystery Lights at the Knitting Factory, $10

1/24, 10 PM hellraising rockabilly chanteuse/bassist Little Lesley & the Bloodshots at the Way Station

1/25, 11 AM (in the morning) up-and-coming duo Paul Huang, violin and Jessica Xylina Osborne, piano play works byJanácek, Sibelius, Sarasate and Grieg at Walter Reade Theatre, 165 W. 65th St, in the Lincoln Center complex, $22 adv tix req., these morning shows frequently sell out

1/25, 4 PM early music luminaries Pomerium perform music by Isaac, Josquin, Senfl, Gombert, and Crecquillon written for the Augsburg Empire at Corpus Christi Church, 529 W 121st St, $10 seats avail.

1/25, 4 PM baroque chamber quartet Ensemble Leonarda with Lauren Alfano, soprano perform early French music: Monteclair’s cantata, “Pan et Syrinx” (because love is not all it’s cracked up to be…) plus works by Boismortier, Barriere, and Couperin at the French Church du St. Esprit, 109 E. 60th Street (betw. Park and Lex, $25/$15 stud/srs

1/25, 5 PM creepy noir chamber pop/murder ballad duo Charming Disaster play a show streaming at Concert Window, pay what you want, 1/27 at 8 they’re at Silvana

1/25, 5:30/8:30 PM jazz harpist Brandee Younger – this generation’s counterpart to Dorothy Ashby – leads her quintet with Rashaan Carter, bass; E.J. Strickland, drums; Chelsea Baratz, tenor sax at Minton’s, $10 at the bar/$20 at tables

1/25, 6 PM accordion powerhouse Ismael Butera‘s Velvet Jubilee play”blues ballads, cajun and spicy southern tunes” at Silvana

1/25, 8 PM a rare Jersey City house concert by sharply lyrical, sometimes uproariousl amusing purist janglerock songwriter Sharon Goldman with fellow tunesmiths Karyn Oliver and Meg Braun, email for info/location

1/26, 7 PM pianists Nina Schumann and Luis Magalhães play works for four hands by Mozart, Brahms, Debussy, Rachmaninoff and Ravel at the Bulgarian Consulate, 121 E 62nd St, 2nd Floor, free

1/26, 7:30 PM pianist Michael Riesman and violinist Chase Spruill play “works from the bloodiest film scores by Philip Glass” at le Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix req.

1/26, 7:30 PM – 100 years ago Claude Debussy began a project of six large-scale sonatas for “diverse instruments” but completed only three before his death in 1918. Three contemporary composers – Thomas Adès, Marc-Andre Dalbavie and Libby Larsen – completed those six final large-scale works; a stellar eleven-piece chamber ensemble plays them along with the three that Debussy himself finished, in a world premiere at Advent/ Broadway Church, 2504 Broadway at 93rd St., free

1/26, 8 PM site-specific, arttfully orchestrated new works by Jakub Ciupinski, Chris Cerrone and Ricardo Romaneiro at the American Irish Historical Society,  991 5th Ave (80/81) $30/$20 stud. Chamber ensembles playing echoey music throughout the several stories and rooms of a Gilded Age NYC townhouse, amplified by an electronic component. You want trippy?

1/26, 8 PM oboeist Ian Shafer with the Voxare String Quartet premiere Mohammed Fairouz’s cinematic new suite, Locales – portraits of Beirut, Dubai, Paris, London and NYC – along with works by works for oboe and strings by Mozart, Britten, and Barber at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall

1/26, 8 PM eclectic, vivid jazz cellist/singer Marika Hughes & Bottom Heavy at the Blue Note

1/26, 9 PM perennially smart, tuneful Texas Americana/rockabilly guitarslinger Rosie Flores at Hill Country

1/26, 9 PM hilariously bad segue, good twinbill: purist, clear-voiced front-porch folk songstress Cara Scarmack followed at 10 by Czech jazz guitarslinger Martina Fiserova at the Way Station

1/27, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, Vicky Chow, piano; Jennifer Choi, violin;Michael Nicolas, cello play trios by John Zorn at the Miller Theatre, free

1/27, 7:30 PM the oldschool purist intense clarinet-and-accordion klezmer Ken Maltz/Sy Kushner Duo at the Steven Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W 68th St., $15

1/27-31 the eleven-piece Chris Potter Underground Orchestra – including a five-piece string section! -7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $20

1/27-2/1 intense singer/oudist Basya Schecter of anthemic Middle Eastern groove band Pharaoh’s Daughter leads a series of bands at the Stone, $15. Choice pick: the 1/29. 10 PM show with singer Eden Perlstein and pyrotechnic kanun player Tamer Pinarbasi

1/27-2/1, 8:30/10:30 PM the reliably sweeping, melodic Vanguard Jazz Orchestra celebrate 49 years in business on their home turf, $25. They’ve also got a killer new album of Bob Brookmeyer tunes just out.

1/27, 9 PM harmony-driven folk noir trio Doll Magdalene – sort of a minor league Bobtown – followed eventually at 11 by the Doolittle Family playing their jangly mix of 60s Laurel Canyon psych-pop and country at the Way Station

1/27, 9:30 PM trumpeter Josh Evans leads 15-piece his big band at Smalls – a good choice if you don’t want to fight the crowds at the Vanguard.

1/27 a killer triplebill with 70s Britrock/art-rock maven Edward Rogers, Britfolk legend John Ford (ex-Strawbs) and blue-eyed soul songwriter/guitarist Don Piper at Bowery Electric.

1/28, 7 PM poignant, eclectic Yiddish singer and songwriter Miryem-Khaye Seigel plays the album release show for her new one Toyznt Tamen = A Thousand Flavors with a killer klezmer band at the Eldridge Street Synagogue, $20/$15 stud/srs

1/28, 7 PM otherworldly Tibetan chanteuse Yungchen Lhamo and band at Symphony Space, $30/$20 stud/srs.

1/28, 7:30 PM the MSM Jazz Orchestra with alto saxophonist Dave Liebman plays a tribute to Wayne Shorter’s 1960s compositions at Borden Auditorum at Manhattan School of Music, free

1/28-29, 7:30 PM and 1/31 at 8 pianist Emmanuel Ax with the NY Philharmonic play Rachmaninoff’s Vocalise plus works by Chopin, Stravinsky and Bartok at Avery Fisher Hall, $30 tix avail.

1/28, 8 PM Big Eyed Rabbit – Ross Martin – guitar, Max Johnson – bass, Jeff Davis – drums.- make electric free jazz out of old bluegrass themes at Barbes

1/28, 8:30 PM tuneful, purist classic pop maven Elisa Peimer at the Delancey, $10

1/28. 9 PM accordionist Eva Zollner plays classical works by Christian Wolff, Rebecca Saunders,Carl Bettendorf, Georgia Debrez, Knut Muller and Bent Sorensen at Spectrum, $15

1/29, 7:30 PM dynamic, intense cellist Maya Beiser plays works by Hildegard von Bingen, Gershwin, Eve Beglarian, the U.S. premiere of Rest These Hands by Anna Clyne, Byzantine chant arranged by Aleksandra Vrebalov, and Yoko Ono’s Cut Piece at the Jewish Museum, 5th Ave./92nd St. (enter on 92nd), $18/$15 stud/srs

1/29, 7:30 PM allstar indie classical pianist Sarah Cahill plays an all Terry Riley program at le Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix req.

1/29, 7:30 PM LA noir soul/Nashville gothic pop band Spain at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival very highly advised. 2/3 they’re at Rough Trade.

1/29, 8 PM lushly sweeping, cutting-edge vocal jazz like you’ve never heard it before: Sara Serpa, vocals; Andre Matos, electric guitar; Thomas Morgan, double-bass; Tyshawn Sorey, drums, plus three-part choir at Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow St. in the west village, $15/$12 stud/srs

1/29, 8 PM violin duo String Noise – Pauline Kim Harris and Conrad Harris play new works by Bernhard Lang, Petr Bakla, Spencer Topel, Dan Siegler; Montreal’s Bozzini Quartet perform works by Canadian composers Nicole Lizée and Martin Arnold, as well as James Tenney’s Koan For String Quartet at Roulette, $20/$15 stud/srs

1/29, 8:30 PM bluegrass night at the Jalopy with the Kings County Cut Ups followed by an allstar lineup of Elio Schiavo, Grant Gordy, Rob Hecht, James Genus & Ellery Marshall, $10

1/29, 8:30 PM pianist Karl Larson (of Bearthoven) premieres pieces by Robert Honstein and David Lang at Spectrum, $15

1/29, 9 PM haunting, dusky, jangly southwestern gothic rock band And the Wiremen at Troost, 1011 Manhattan Ave, Greenpoint

1/29, 9 PM the Kings County Ramblers play bluegrass followed by crepuscular, lo-fi, intense blues guitarist/singer Breanna Barbara Arneson – this blog has never seen her, so whoever told her that New York Music Daily said that her live show was whatever is pulling her leg.

1/29, 9:15 PM the Nat Osborn Band – whose wry piano-based New Orleans sounds come across somewhere in between Dr. John and Brother Joscephus – at the big room at the Rockwood

1/29, 10:30 PM kick-ass guitar-and-organ-fueled original psychedelic garage rockers the Electric Mess at Union  Pool

1/30, 6/7:30 PM, two sets of swing and postbop standards, Ellington to Miles to Max Roach performed by an insanely good crop of jazz talent including but not limited to groups led by Jenny Scheinman, Linda Oh, Amir ElSaffar, Marvin Sewell and Matt Mitchell at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, free w/museum adm., the full lineup and whereabouts of the groups playing through the galleries is here 

1/30, 7 PM hilarious, politically spot-on faux French garage rockers les Sans Culottes – whose new album Les Dieux Ont Soif is the closest thing to the Clash, lyrically speaking, that’s been released in this city lately – at Grand Victory

1/30, 7 PM pianist Joan Forsyth plays works by Brahms, Arensky, Schwendinger, Dawe and Anderson at Third Street Music School Settlement, free

1/30, 8 PM a rare Brooklyn appearance by pianist Lucian Ban and violist Mat Maneri playing duos off their haunting, intense, mysterious Transylvania Concert album at Barbes, $10

1/30, 8:30 PM, repeating 1/31 at 7:30 PM the Chelsea Symphony play  Segal: Caprice for Cello and Orchestra with Erich Schoen-René on cello; Dai: World Premiere; Leonard Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story; Sibelius: Violin Concerto with solist Emanouil Manalov at St. Paul’s Church, 315 W 22nd St, $20 sugg don.

1/30, 9:30 PM theatrical, darkly funny noir folk band Thee Shambels at the Postcrypt Coffeehouse

1/30, 9:30 PM socially aware, oldtimey-flavored Americana band 2/3 Goat at Hill Country, free

1/30, 10 PM psychedelic folk legend Peter Stampfel and the Ether Frolic Mob at the Jalopy, $10

1/30, 10 PM the high-energy, oldtimey Dirty Waltz Project at Freddy’s.

1/30, 10 PM Ay Mayo & Los Colombian Roots throw a dance party at Drom, $10

1/30, 11 PM vicious noiserock jamband the Skull Practitioners– led by Steve Wynn sparring partner/genius guitarist Jason Victor – at Matchless, $8

1/30. 11:30 PM sardonically lyrical, Jayhawks-ish janglerock/powerpop/Americana band Frontier Ruckus at the Mercury, $10 adv tix very highly rec

1/31, 4 PM chamber pop trio the Trouveres – Max Zeugner, bassist for the New York Philharmonic; renaissance viol player Doug Balliett) and ethereal classical singer Charlotte Mundy – play standard repertoire, ancient obscure treasures and originals in the same vein at Pete’s.

1/31, 6 PM darkly kinetic Israeli-Ethiopian funk band Lions at Barbes

1/31, 7 PM psychedelic Indian funk/downtempo guitarist Shubh Saran and his instrumental jamband at Shapeshifter Lab, $7

1/31, 7:30 PM hip-swaying instrumental twinbill: intriguing, cinematic New Haven psychedelic funk band the Mushroom Cloud at the Delancey followed eventually by the similar but slightly more straightforwardly funky Newton Crosby at 9:30, $5

1/31, 7:30 PM Jon Irabagon on saxophone with Yasushi Nakamura on bass and Rudy Royston on drums at the Bar Next Door – is this the swing set or the slyly amusing one?

1/31, 9 PM purist, straightforward, warmly tuneful front-porch folk songwriter Joanna Sternberg plays the album release show for her excellent solo acoustic cd Lullaby to Myself at the Jalopy, $10

1/31, 9 PM the dubby, trippy, Middle Eastern-inflected Brooklyn Gypsies play the album release show for their new one at Drom, $7 adv tix rec

1/31, 11 PM, LMFAO segue, two completely different but good bands: roots reggae group Royal Khaoz followed at midnight by fiery, hard-rocking Balkan band Tipsy Oxcart at the small room at the Rockwood

1/31, 10 PM a rare appearance by the hilarious, politically astute Paranoid Larry & His Imaginary Band at Freddy’s.

2/1, 4:30 PM learn haunting Ukrainian polyphony from the great Mariana Sadovska, composer of Chernobyl: The Harvest, connoisseur of both the avant garde and ancient folk sons! At 440 Studios, Room 3D, 440 Lafayette St. (between Astor Pl. and E. 4th St), $10/$5 stud/srs, kids free space is limited, rsvp reqd

2/1, 11 PM intriguing, enveloping slowcore/postrock/soundscape band Aquadora at the Delancey, $5

2/2, 8 PM bewitchingly assaultive art-rock duo Naked Roots Conducive – violinist Natalia Steinbach and cellist Valerie Kuehne play an event lovingly entitled Fucking Strings. Also on the bill: bassist Sean Ali, violinist Jeffery Young,  bassist Shayna Dulberger and guitarist Chris Welcome’s Hot Date,  and thereminist the Use at Torus Porta, 113 Stockholm St, storefront 1A (just off Myrtle), Bushwick, M to Myrtle Ave.

2/2, 8 PM a composer portrait of Missy Mazzoli feat. string quartets Ethel and the Mivos Quartet, soprano Marnie Breckenridge, cellist Jody Redhage, violist Nathan Schram, violinist Robert Simonds, playing new and recent, meticulously enveloping, often achingly intense chamber works at the Miller Theatre, $20 tix avail.

2/3, 7 PM high-energy newschool honkytonk band American Aquarium at the Mercury, $12 adv tix rec

2/3, 7:30 PM choreographer/ethnic dance maven Avia Moore & Matt Temkin‘s wild klezmer jamband at the Steven Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W 68th St., $15

2/3-8, 8:30/10:30 PM saxophonist Wayne Escoffery shows off his purist side with a quartet including pianist David Kikoski, bassist Ugonna Okegwo and monster drummer Ralph Peterson- at the Vanguard, $25

2/4, 7 PM Vanguel Tangarov, clarinet and Ekaterina Tangarova, piano play duo pieces by Weber, Poulenc, Chiamparini, Joseph Horovitz, Marin Valtchanov and Béla Kovács at the Bulgarian Consulate, 121 # 62nd St, 2nd Floor, free

2/4, 7:30 PM pianist Jenny Lin plays brooding works by Valentin Silvestrov plus Stravinsky: Piano Sonata and Scriabin: Piano Sonata No. 4  at Le Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec.

2/4, 8 PM the Jake Schepps Quintet play their fascinating cross-pollinating blend of newgrass and classical chamber music at Subculture – plus Bartok for bluegrass band! $20 adv tix highly rec.

2/4, 9:30  PM irrepresible, sometimes punk-jazz, sometimes edgy postbop composer/guitarist Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord play the album release show for their new one Jeremiah – which includes a medley of wiccan songs – at Cornelia Street Cafe

2/4, 9:30 PM cellist/singer Meaghan Burke and the Rhythm Method play Ligeti’s String Quartet No. 1 plus her own darkly kinetic songs at Joe’s Pub, $16

2/5, 7:30 PM, repeating 2/6-7 at 8 the NY Philharmonic with violinist Lisa Batiashvili play Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2 plus the Barber Violin Concerto at Avery Fisher Hall, $32 tix avail. There’s also a 2/7, 2 PM concert with the Rachmaninoff preceded by the Dvorak Piano Quintet.

2/5, 7:30 PM experimental vocal works by avant garde composers and extended voice pioneers Joan La Barbara and Pamela Z at the Lincoln Center Atrium, early arrival advised.

2/6, 7 PM excellent blues cover band Boxing the Needle – who reinvent classics from across the ages as psychedelia or dub followed by irresistibly named, darkly sizzling psychedelic garage punk rockers Anderson Council at 8 and then Stones/Social D-influenced guitar band Anchor Lot at the Delancey, $5.

2/6, 7 PM Cantata Profana put renaissance polyphony in sharp context/contrast with a “semi-staged chamber concert: 17th century Monteverdi next to Salvatore Sciarrino’s modern orchestrations of Gesualdo madrigals, Aribert Reimann’s modern string quartet recreations of Brahms songs, along with George Crumb’s fantastical first book of Madrigals, ending with Monteverdi’s most ambitious madrigal, Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda” at the Fabbri Library, 7 E 95th St. (just off 5th Ave), $23/$10 stud/srs

2/6, 7 PM irrepressible, historically informed, folk noir/jangly rock songwriter Elisa Flynn with the reputedly like-minded Jim Knable and Maharajah Sweets at Branded Saloon.

2/6, 7:30 PM violinist Rachel Lee Priday and pianist David Kaplan play contemporary works by Eric Shanfield, Matthew Aucoin, Hannah Lash, Caroline Shaw, Scott Wollschleger, Samuel Carl Adams, Sayo Kosugi, Eric Shanfield and Christopher Cerrone at Subculture, $20/$15 stud.

2/6, 8 PM eclectic jam-oriented mostly-female klezmer/tango/jazz band Isle of Klezbos – playing lots of new material off their subversive forthcoming album J. Edgar Klezmer:  Songs From My Grandmother’s FBI Files – at the Actors’ Temple, 339 W. 47th St., $15/$10 stud/srs

2/6, 8 PM violinist Jason Kao Hwang pulls out all the stops, playing two improvisational sets with two extremely interesting units: Sing House with Andrew Drury – drum set; Ken Filiano – bass; Chris Forbes – piano and Steve Swell – trombone and Amygdala with Rami Seo on the haunting, tone-warping Korean gayageum and Michael Wimberly on percussion at Roulette, $20

2/6, 8 PM sprawling gospel-rock orchestra Jesus on the Mainline – featuring spectacular frontwoman Mel Flannery – at the Mercury, $12 adv tix rec. How are they gonna fit all those people on that little stage?

2/6, 8 PM the cleverly tuneful, individualistic, witty Broken Reed Saxophone Quartet playing bandleader Charley Gerard’s Bukowski-influenced new suite with guest singer Kristin Slipp at I-Beam, $10

2/6, 9 PM guitarslinger Hugo G – whose darkly hypnotic, politically aware originals are a smart, original update on the slowly unwinding Texas blues pioneered by Lightning Hopkins in the 30s and 40s – at Beluga Bar, 75 Murray St, Tribeca, $10

2/6, 11 PM St. Croix roots reggae stars Midnite play a Bob Marley bday celebration at SOB’s, $28 gen adm

2/6, midnight Bombrasstico – sort of the trombone version of Moon Hooch – play their explosive, improvisational organic dancefloor grooves followed by  infectious Brazilian maracatu/funk/New Orleans/surf/country band Nation Beat at Drom, $10 gen adm

2/6, 1 AM (wee hours of 2/7) conscious Rasta dub reggae sensation Jah9 with the Dub Treatment Band, at Milk River Cafe, 960 Atlantic Ave (Grand Ave/St. James Pl.), Brooklyn, 2/3 to Dean St.

2/7, 5 PM ecstatic, original, jazzily psychedelic New Orleans funk band Water Seed at the Brooklyn Museum, free

2/7, 8 PM deviously intense, funny, charismatic oldtimey ukelele siren/songwriter Kelli Rae Powell at at Hill Country Brooklyn

2/7, 8 PM Cuban crooner Pepito Gomez and band at Roulette, open mojito bar 7-8 PM, $25

2/7, 8 PM indie classical chamber stars American Contemporary Music Ensemble and the always awesome avant-garde choral ensemble Roomful of Teeth join forces for a concert full of firsts including the world premiere of a new version of Caroline Shaw’s ever-evolving Ritornello 2.3 plus works by Purcell and Gavin Bryars at the Kasser Theatre at Montclair State University, 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, NJ, $20, charter bus available from the Port Authority arcade on 41st St between 8th and 9th Aves to the theatre, ($10 per person, round trip), bus reservations may be made at 973-655-5112 or http://www.peakperfs.org

2/7, 9 PM ferociously tuneful southwestern gothic rockers the Downward Dogs at Sidewalk.

2/7, 9:30  soaring, brilliant singer Magda Giannikou’s lush, sweeping, pan-Mediterranean art-rock/chamber pop/jazz group Banda Magda at Joe’s Pub, $20

2/7, 10 PM intense, smart, tuneful janglerock guitarist Jennifer O’Connor at Union Hall, $10

2/8, 11 AM (in the morning), pianist Steven Osborne plays a tantalizingly biting all-Russian program of Rachmaninoff etude-tableaux plus Moussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition at the Walter Reade Theatre, 165 W 65th St.  $22 adv tix highly rec.

2/8, 3 PM the Shanghai Quartet premieres Du Yun’s Tattooed in Snow alongside Beethoven’s String Quartet, no. 12 in E-flat Major, op. 127 as well as Ravel’s String Quartet in F Major at the Kasser Theatre at Montclair State University, 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, NJ, $20, charter bus available from the Port Authority arcade on 41st St between 8th and 9th Aves to the theatre, ($10 per person, round trip), bus reservations may be made at 973-655-5112 or http://www.peakperfs.org.

2/8, 4 PM the Apollo Trio perform Beethoven’s Piano Trio in E-flat Major, Op.1 No.1, Clara Schumann’s Piano Trio in G Minor, Op. 17 and Ravel’s Piano Trio in A Minor at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.

2/8, 4:30 PM world premieres by exciting contemporary composers: Miranda Cuckson is the soloist in Wendy Griffiths‘ Concerto for Violin; new works by Thomas Addison, Carolyn Lord, Faye-Ellen Silverman and David Tcimpidis also on the bill at Mannes College Auditorium, 150 W 85th St., free

2/8, 7:30 PM NYC’s very own mesmerizing, hypnotically pointillistic Balinese orchestra Gamelan Dharma Swara play the North American premiere of “Geregel,” a landmark in contemporary gamelan composition by leading Balinese composer Dewa Ketut Alit at le Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec.

2/8, 8 PM adventurous, fun, quirky female-fronted psychedelic pop duo Robin’s Egg Blue at Bowery Electric. 2/28 they’re at the Bitter End playing the album release show for their new one at 11

2/8, 8 PM the New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra play a characteristically dark orchestral program with Brahms’ Tragic Overture and the Shostakovich Cello Concerto with soloist Julian Schwarz at Symphony Space, $25/$18 stud/srs

2/9, 7:30 PM soprano Jennifer Zetlan and the Claremont Trio play an all-Shostakovich program including Trio No. 1 in C Minor, op. 8; Seven Romances on Poems by Alexander Blok, op. 127; Trio No. 2 in E Minor, op. 67 Music Mondays, Advent/ Broadway Church, 2504 Broadway at 93rd St., free.

2/9, 7:30 PM a subset of the NY Philharmonic plays new music by Israeli composers Avner Dorman, Yotam Haber, Shulamit Ran and Josef Bardanashvili at Subculture, pricy at $35 but could be worth it.

2/9, 7:30 PM Ward Stare conducts a chamber ensemble including Elizabeth Pridgen, piano and Amy Schwartz Moretti, violin playing music of John Adams, Elliot Goldenthal, and Béla Bartók at le Poisson Rouge, $15 gen adm.

2/10, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, guitarists Alec Holcomb, Jiyeon Kim, Xiaobo Pu and Hao Yang play works by Paul Lansky and Steve Mackey at the Miller Theatre, free

2/10, 7 PM NYC’s preeminent literate janglerock/chamber pop crooner/bandleader Ward White at the big room at the Rockwood, free

2/10, 7 PM explosive Malian percussionist Awa Sangho and her band at Elebash Hall at CUNY, 365 5th Ave. north of 34th St., $25

2/10, 7;30 PM intense clarinet and violin-fueled klezmer group Litvakus at the Steven Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W 68th St., $15

2/10, 8 PM sizzling sarod superstars Amaan Ali Khan and Ayaan Ali Khan at Symphony Space, $25 adv tix a must

2/10-15, 8:30/10:30 PM John Zorn does his Stone thing, leading a bunch of different groups at the Vanguard, $25. Choice pick: the 2/10, 10:30 PM set with Bill Frisell, harpist Carol Emmanuel and Kenny Wollesen on vibes, reprising their ethereally gorgeous set at the Met Museum a couple of years ago.

2/10, 11 PM brilliantly eclectic, original Asheville bluegrass band Town Mountain at the big room at the Rockwood, free

2/11, 7 PM intuitive, magically dynamic pianist Karine Poghosyan plays rare Aram Khachaturian works in conjunction with an exhibition by her painter dad Razmik at the Louis Meisel Gallery, 141 Prince St., $35/$25 stud

2/11, 8 PM quirky, sarcastic, lyrically-driven, XTC-ish clang/jangle/postpunk band the James Rocket followed by the more comedic, considerably louder faux-arenarocking Bunkbed, the similarly hard-charging, distantly Replacements-esque, restkess Kenny Chambers & the Electric Ears and the catchy, jangly Big Star-ish Nu-Sonics at Cake Shop

2/11-12, 7:30 PM the NY Philharmonic play Faure’s Pelléas et Mélisande Suite. a James MacMillan NY premiere and Tschaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 at Avery Fisher Hall, $29 tix avail.

2/11, 9:30 PM tuneful third-stream pianist Yaniv Taubenhouse and his trio play the album release show for their new one at the Metropolitan Room, 34 W 22nd St

2/12, 7:30 PM Talea Ensemble joins forces with the unstoppable John Zorn for a program of new and classic works; Zorn’s “Prophetic Mysteries” for solo flute and two foley performers, with Ikue Mori, plus the world premiere of a new trio for piano, bass and drums featuring Tyshawn Sorey and Trevor Dunn along with Talea pianist Stephen Goslingl and two of Zorn’s notorious game pieces, “Rugby” and “Hockey,” the latter including John Zorn on saxophone. Talea perform the ensemble work “Bateau Ivre,” composed for them, and the world premiere of a new string trio, at Merkin Concert Hall, $25

2/12, 7:30 PM the Chamber Orchestra of NY plays a handful of baroque treats including Albinoni’s Adagio for strings and organ plus works by CPE Bach, Corrette and Vivaldi at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $25 tix avail.

2/12, 8 PM Robert Sirota’s harrowing 9/11-themed suite for strings, Triptych performed by violinists Sarah Koenig-Plonskier and Karen Dekker, violist Michael Davis, and cellist Benjamin Larsen at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 139 St. John’s Place, Park Slope, free

2/12, 8 PM the New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra plays  the Shostakovich Cello Concerto and Franck’s Symphony in D minor at Symphony Space, $25/$18 stud

2/13, 8 PM viola Duo Folie a Deux – Nora Krohn and Nick Revel – play a program TBA at Flushing Town Hall, free but rsvp reqd

2/13, 8 PM pianist Kumi Ogano and violinist Rolf Schulte play works by pioneering, cross-pollinating Japanese composer Akira Miyoshi plus Ravel’s Sonata for Violin and Piano and Donald Martino’s 1962 Fantasy-Variations for solo violin at the Tenri Institute, 43 W 13th St, $15/$10 stud/srs

2/13, SF’s raging, Nirvana-influenced gutter blues guitar/drums duo Two Gallants at the Mercury. 2/14 they’re at Rough Trade.

2/14, 7 PM pianists Mira Armij Gill and Marc Ponthus play works by Mendelssohn, Liszt, Lyapunov, Beethoven and Boulez at Third Street Music School Settlement, free

2/14, 7 PM viola da gamba virtuoso Lisa Terry and lutenist Richard Stone perform music of Marin Marais plus solo lute and theorbo pieces by Sainte-Colombe, Francois Couperin, and Robert de Visée  at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex, $25

2/14, 7:30 PM anthemic, eclectic, often haunting female-fronted Americana/acoustic funk/art-rock jamband the Sometime Boys at Hometown BBQ in Red Hook

2/14, 8 PM the New York Virtuoso Singers perform amorous choral works by Josquin des Prez, Purcell, Monteverdi, Haydn, Ravel, Daniel Pinkham, Cole Porter, Paul Simon, Thea Musgrave and others at Merkin Concert Hall, $25

2/15, 4 PM early music choir Blue Heron perform early music by Ockeghem, Binchois, & Du Fay at Corpus Christi Church, 529 W 121st St, $10 seats avail.

2/15, 8:30 PM catchy, Americana-tinged North Carolina janglerocker Jeffrey Dean Foster at 12th St. Bar & Grill,1123 8th Ave @ 12th St, Park Slope (F/G to 7th Ave;) 2/17 he’s at the small room at the Rockwood at 6. If you’re into Big Star, vintage REM or the whole chimy 80s southern pop thing, he’s the man.

2/18, 8 PM tuneful, lyrical, inscrutable cellist/multi-instrumentalist/siren Serena Jost and irrepressible, improvisationally-inclined pianist/guitarist Matt Kanelos at LIC Bar

2/15, 8 PM groovealicious Philly psychedelic soul band Needle Points, a Cure wannabe and then terse, wickedly tuneful garage/jangle/powerpop band Aloud at the Mercury, $10

2/15, 10 PM haunting Nashville gothic crooner Mark Sinnis – whose recent turn into hard honkytonk is absolutely kick-ass – upstairs at 2A

2/17, 7 PM an evening of new music hosted and curated by Bright Sheng featuring scenes from his new opera Dream of the Red Chamber at the National Opera Center, 330 Seventh Avenue (at 29th St), $15

2/17, 7:30 PM intense guitarist Allen Watsky’s Jewish/Romany jazz Djangle Box Project at the Steven Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W 68th St., $15

2/17, 8 PM Jim Jarmusch’s legendary noiserock/post-Velvets band Squrl play live soundtracks to four classic Man Ray silent films: Retour a la Raison (1923); Emak Bakia (1926); Les Mysteres Du Chateau Du De (1929); L’Etoile De Mer (1928) at the World Financial Center, free, early arrival advised

2/17, 8 PM intense, lyrically brilliant Americana/soul/janglerock tunesmith Matt Keating plays the album release show for his long-awaited new one at the big room at the Rockwood

2/18 and 2/20, 8 PM the US premiere of Pablo Berger’s film Blancanieves with live soundtrack provided by Wordless Music Orchestra with Alfonso Vilallonga at the World Financial Center, free, early arrival advised

2/18, 11 PM Des Roar – whose tuneful mix of punk and post Jesus & Mary Chain late 80s/early 90s rock includes the classic Ted Bundy Was a Ladies Man – at Rough Trade, $12 adv tix very highly rec.

2/19-22 a celebration of the freedom songs of the Civil Rights Movement with a compelling current-day focus on inequality in NYC organized by the Brooklyn anti-gentrification movement and Equality for Flatbush with artists including Justin Hicks and Heritage Blues Orchestra frontwoman Chaney Sims at Jack in Ft. Greene, details tba

2/19, 7 PM chamber ensemble Canta Libre play works by Piazzolla, Jean Cras, Francaix,Villa-Lobos and Ginastera at the Salmagundi Center for American Art, 47 5th Ave, $15

2/19, 7:30 PM the Daedalus Quartet play Bartok: String Quartet No. 2 and Sibelius: String Quartet in D minor (“Voces intimae”) at the Lincoln Center Atrium, early arrival advised

2/19, 8 PM a “composer portrait” featuring the dissociative, acerbically kinetic work of Stefano Gervasoni performed by Yarn/Wire, Mivos Quartet and Ekmeles at the Miller Theatre, $20 tix avail

2/19, 9:30 PM ethereal, Middle Eastern-tinged Malagasy chanteuse Razia Said plays the album release for her new one at Joe’s Pub, $20

2/19, 10 PM sick Dolly Parton cover band Doll Parts – who mix straight-up rock versions of her schlockiest 80s crap with acoustic covers of her country classics – at Rock Shop, $10

2/20, 9 PM haunting, intense, wickedly tuneful Nashville gothic songwriter Jessie Kilguss and her band at Red Hook Bait and Tackle.

2/20, 11 PM Canadian gothic chanteuse Lorraine Leckie and her phenomenal, ferocious band at Sidewalk

2/21, 8 PM Kiran Ahluwalia sings mystical Sufi songs with a west African desert rock edge with her husband guitarist Rez Abbasi, sensational accordionist Will Holshouser and a rhythm section at Roulette, $30/$25 stud/srs

2/21, 8 PM the choir of Trinity Wall Street presents epic rarities by Ginastera & Ives at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall with further epic enhancement from three additional choirs (!!), $15 tix avail.

2/22, 3 PM organist Adam J. Brakel plays Healey Willan’s iconic Introduction, Passacaglia and Fugue plus Jeanne Demessieux’s Six Etudes, as well as music of J.S. Bach, Bossi, Rameau, Reger, Whitlock and de Grigny at St. Ignatius Loyola Church, Park Ave at 84th St., $20

2/22, 3 PM the Park Ave. Chamber Symphony plays Stravinsky: Le sacre du printemps and Lorin Maazel’s arrangement of Wagner themes, The Ring Without Words at Rose Theatre at Jazz at Lincoln Center

2/22, 8 PM pensive, dark Americana/country blues songwriter Jeffrey Foucault – sort of a younger, more somber Steve Earle -at Subculture, $18 adv tix a must

2/24, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, the Jack Quartet play the American premiere of Georg Friedrich Haas’ String Quartet No. 8 at the Miller Theatre, free

2/24, 9 PM irrepressible, historically informed, folk noir/jangly rock songwriter Elisa Flynn presents a night of murder ballads – everybody does one of their own and one of somebody else’s – artists include Chris Q. Murphy, Maharajah Sweets, the Halsey Hellhounds, Jim Knable, Neville Elder of Thee Shambels and others at the Way Station

2/24, 11 PM NYC’s preeminent literate janglerock/chamber pop bandleader Ward White does a stripped-down acoustic show at Pete’s

2/25, 7 PM striking, stark, soaring sounds from the global Jewish diaspora with Bukharian Jewish singer Muhabbat Shamayeva and Persian Jewish singer/composer Galeet Dardashti and their ensembles at Symphony Space, $30/$20 stud/srs

2/26, 7:30 PM the Skip James Project  featuring trombone powerhouse Ku-umba Frank Lacy, Kevin Ray, and Andrew Drury with special guests J.D. Allen and Justin Hicks at the Lincoln Center Atrium. “Eschewing chordal instruments, they deploy trombone/flumpet, bass, drums, and vocals to re-examine the material of 1930s delta blues legend Skip James’s musical legacy,” at the Lincoln Center Atrium, early arrival advised

2/26, 7:30 PM, repeating 2/28 at 8 the NY Philharmonic play Sibelius’ Oceanides and Violin Concerto plus Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 at Avery Fisher Hall, $30 tix avail.

2/26-27. 7:30 PM, repeating on 2/28 at 5:30 PM Norwegian actress Nina Bendiksen stars in a performance of Flagstad – Triumph and Tragedy, the one-woman bioplay written and directed by Norwegian playwright Einar Bjorge in celebration of legendary soprano Kirsten Flagstad’s debut with the Metropolitan Opera 80 years ago that launched her to stardom, at Scandinavia House, 58 Park Ave (at 38th St).  $20

2/26 timeless noiserock legends Swans at Bowery Ballroom

2/27, 7 PM Yi-Fang Huang, piano; Dana Pielet, piano; Shanda Wooley, cello with flutist Susan Friedlander and violnist Caitlin Lynch play works by Aitken, Bach, Brahms, Ian Clarke, Farrenc, Hétu, Mauthe and Piazzolla at Third Street Music School Settlement, free

2/27, 8 PM the NYU Symphony with conductor Jens Georg Bachmann and piano competition winner Tadeusz Domanowski perform Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2, Stravinsky’s Firebird and student works at Symphony Space, free, early arrival advised

2/28, 2 PM brilliant Britrock tunesmith/crooner Edward Rogers at Rough Trade, free

2/28, 2 PM flutist Daphna Mor’s slinky East of the River ensemble doing their bracing Mediterranean/Middle Eastern mashups at Flushing Town Hall, $13

2/28, 8 PM, repeating 3/1 at 4 PM William Hite, tenor and Gilles Vonsattel, piano play Schubert’s creepy, doomed, thinly veiled existentialist political suite Winterreise at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud

2/28, 8 PM celebrated, magical UK early music choir Stile Antico join the rest of the choral world in resuscitating renaissance music written for the court of the Hapsburgs by Josquin, Crequillon, Tallis and others at Church of St. Mary the Virgin, 145 W 46th St, $35 tix available via the Miller Theatre box office

2/28, 8 PM the Sweet Plaintain Quartet play their kinetic originals and other material at Subculture, $20 adv tix req.

2/28, 9 PM a killer (sorry, couldn’t resist) twinbill: Nashville gothic/circus rock icons O’Death followed by the more theatrical but similar Murder by Death at Bowery Ballroom, $20 adv tix highly rec

2/28 dark, sardonically lyrical Swedish paisley underground psych rockers the Plastic Pals at Sidewalk. 3/4 they’re at Bowery Electric

3/1, 3 PM Ann Kim, violin; Benjamin Larsen, cello; Juliana Han, piano; Ian Rosenbaum, percussion play a Mozart Violin Sonata, then Golijov’s “Mariel”, before moving on to Sirota’s Cello Sonata, and wrap up with Beethoven’s Piano Trio in E flat, Opus 70 no. 2.at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Park Slope, 139 St. John’s Place at 7th Ave., any train to Grand Army Plaza and walk downhill

3/6, 8 PM the extraordinary Lebanese-American composer/multi-instrumentalist Bassam Saba and his ensemble playing haunting, sweepingly majestic original works at Roulette, $30/$25 stud/srs.

3/12,7  PM searingly intense, charismatic, fearless acoustic punk blues siren Molly Ruth followed by fiery Canadian gothic rocker Lorraine Leckie and her psychedelic band with Hugh Pool on lead guitar at the Mercury

3/13, 9 PM legendary, sweepingly majestic,timelessly relevant Australian psychedelic rockers the Church – who were arguably the best rock band in the world for a good fifteen years back in the 80s and 90s – at Bowery Ballroom, $30. 3/14 they’re at Rough Trade for the same price and will undoubtedly sell out. Adv tix rec at the Marcury, from 5-7 PM, M-F

3/14, 5 PM edgy Argentine classical pianist Mirian Conti plays a solo recital tilted “$5 for 5 Composers” at the DiMenna Center, 450 W 37th St.

3/14, 8 PM the sixteen-piece Caribbean and south-of-the-border big band flavors with the Gregorio Uribe Big Band at Roulette, $25

3/18 the CTMD puts on one of their occasional, hellraising Jewish/Slavic Yiddish Zingeray dance parties at City Lore Galley,  56 E 1st St., performers tba

3/20, 8 PM, repeating 3/21, 7:30 PM the Chelsea Symphony play Bedford: Flushing Meadows, 1964 for Saxophone and Orchestra (world premiere) with soloist Aaron Patterson; Vaughan Williams: Oboe Concerto with soloist Kelly Jo Breczka; Grafe: Cello Concerto with soloist Eric Allen; Sibelius: Overture to the Tempest and Tchaikovsky: The Tempest at St. Paul’s Church, 315 W 22nd St, $20 sugg don.

3/22, 3 PM Hannah Min, violin; Monica Davis, viola; Isabelle Fairbanks and Benjamin Larsen, cello; Zach Mo, piano play Faure’s C minor Piano Quartet, and Arensky’s haunting A minor Quartet for violin, viola and two cellos at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Park Slope, 139 St. John’s Place at 7th Ave., any train to Grand Army Plaza and walk downhill

3/24, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, indie chamber group Yarn/Wire play electroacoustic works by Thomas Meadowcroft and Chiyoko Szlavnics at the Miller Theatre, free.

3/26, 7 PM badass, torchy Irish swing singer Tara O’Grady plays the album release for her new one Irish Bayou – tracing the rich history of the Irish in New Orleans – at the Metropolitan Room, 34 W 22 St

3/28, 5 PM pianist Rosa Torres Pardo plays an all-Iberian program including works by Soler-Scarlatti, Albeniz, de Falla at the DiMenna Center, 450 W 37th St., $5

4/11, 9 PM Trapper Schoepp – a Milwaukee minor-leaguer with some promise, in a growling, lyrical Jeffrey Foucault Americana vein – opens for noiserock/paisley underground/noir rock legend Steve Wynn at Bowery Ballroom

4/12, 3 PM the Greenwich Village Orchestra play an all-Tchaikovsky program with the Festival Coronation March, the Violin Concerto with soloist Siwoo Kim, and Symphony No. 4 at Washington Irving HS Auditorium, 16th St./Irving Place, $15 sugg don., reception to follow

4/18 Australian sensation the Cat Empire – quirky, latin-and-ska-inflected and great fun organic stoner dance grooves – at the at Webster Hall

4/22, 7 PM Norway, Sweden and the Shetland Islands’ virtuoso fiddling traditions represented by Olav Luksengård Mjelva, Anders Hall and Kevin Henderson at Symphony Space, $30

4/24 the queen of otherworldly, exhilarating Romany ballads, Esma Redžepova at le Poisson Rouge

5/16, 8 PM the band that put Haitian psychedelic funk on the map in the 90s, Boukman Eksperyans at Roulette, $25

New York City Live Music Calendar for December 2014 and January 2015

A lot of people assume that December is a dead month for live music. That’s the Grinch talking! Lame-ass Grinch wants you to stay home away from all the fun. Lots of good things happening this month, and daily updates here: you might want to bookmark this page and check back regularly to see what’s new. There’s a comprehensive list of places where these shows are happening at NY Music Daily’s sister blog Lucid Culture.

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 scene 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. Thursday evenings at 7, a series of surprise, impromptu shows, the next one Dec 21 at 4 PM. Purcell to Bartok, Bach to Stravinsky, sugg don $30 (pay what you can), delicious gluten-free refreshments, beverages and lively conversation included! email for info/location.

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 in December at Barbes Erica Ramos’ sultry oldschool latin soul groove band Spanglish Fly take over the 9:30 PM slot held for so many years by the now temporarily disbanded Chicha Libre. Hard act to follow, but this party should be just as much fun.

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 in December, 10 PM noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo leads his trio at the small room at the Rockwood. Now you can go see him since the Living Room, that hellhole where he used to rehearse on Monday nights, is closed forever!

Also Mondays in December Rev. Vince Anderson and his band play Union Pool in Williamsburg, two sets starting around 11:30 PM. The Rev. is one of the great keyboardists around, equally thrilling on organ or electric piano, an expert at Billy Preston style funk, honkytonk, gospel and blues. He writes very funny, very politically astute, sexy original songs and is one of the most charismatic, intense live performers of our time. It’s a crazy dance party til past three in the morning. Paula Henderson from Burnt Sugar is the lead soloist on baritone sax, with Dave Smith from Smoota on trombone, with frequent special guests.

Tuesdays in December, 7 PM Ninth House‘s hotshot lead guitarist Keith Otten plays his own tuneful, Britrock-influenced sounds at Isle of Skye, 488 Driggs Ave (btwn N9th/N10th St.) in Williamsburg

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.

Tuesdays in December,  9 PM eclectic soul/Americana bandleader and excellent guitarist Miss Tess at Bar Chord

Tuesdays at around 10 Julia Haltigan and her band play 11th St. Bar. A torchy, charismatic force of nature, equally at home with fiery southwestern gothic rock, oldschool soul and steamy retro jazz ballads, and her band is just as good as she is.

Wednesdays at 1 PM there are free organ concerts at St. Paul’s Chapel downtown, a mix of NYC-area and international talent.

Every Wednesday, 8:30 PM Jazz with Attitude featuring Wayne Holmes on keys, Jeff Sheloff on sax, Shinya Miyomoto on drums, Dave Jones on bass and Stephanay JNote on vocals at the Proper Café, at 21701 Linden Blvd in Cambria Heights, Queens, free

Wednesdays in December, 8:30 PM guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg (of Dr. Lonnie Smith’s band) leads a trio at the Bar Next Door, $12.

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

Fridays at 5 PM, adventurous indie classical string quartet Ethel (Ralph Farris, viola; Dorothy Lawson, cello; Kip Jones, violin; and Tema Watstein, violin) play the balcony bar with a rotating cast of interesting special guests at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, free w/museum adm.

The first Friday of the month, anytime between midnight and midnight you can download four songs from Kiam Records artists – like Jennifer O’Connor, Mascott and Tim Foljahn – for free.  Each month’s theme is different (previously they have tackled covers, colors and money)  December’s the fourth edition and a holiday theme.  Available to download only on Friday and then archived and streaming at Soundcloud.

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

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: 12/7, 14 and 21 at 2 PM the perennially relevant, satirical Reverend Billy & the Church of Stop Shopping Gospel Choir – whose mighty sound will move you to action against eco-destroyers and corporate criminals – take on the potentially apocalyptic farm-destroying, cancer-causing Frankenfood monster Monsanto at Joe’s Pub, $15

Sundays at 4 PM fun, hellraising booze-fueled acoustic Americana band Jumbo Brown at Skinny Dennis, 152 Metropolitan Ave. (next to Nitehawk Cinema), Williamsburg.

Sundays at 5 PM through Dec 5 at Barbes irrepressible viola virtuoso/composer Ljova Zhurbin joins with a revolving door of collaborators including his brilliant singer/wife, Inna Barmash, Romany chanteuse Sanda Weigl, Ukrainian-American bandurist Julian Kytasty, tango maestros JP Jofre (bandoneon) and Pablo Aslan (bass), violin stars Charlie Burnham, Johnny Gandelsman and Miki-Sophia Cloud, clarinetists Sam Sadigursky & Kinan Azmeh, plus the members of Ljova and the Kontraband (Patrick Farrell, Jordan Morton and Mathias Künzli) and of the Yiddish Love Songs & Lullabies band (Shoko Nagai & Dmitry Ishenko). Every week, something different and potentially wild.

Sundays at 5 PM Durban-born Thuli Dumakude’s African/American music revue features choral group Thokoza – six South African and African women singing classics and obscure material from Southern church gospel to traditional South African Township songs – at the Jackie Onassis Theatre, 120 West 46thStreet between Broadway and 6th Ave., $30/$20 stud/srs

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.

Sundays in December at 9 – check the Barbes calendar to make sure -Romany guitar genius Stephane Wrembel plays Barbes. He’s holding on to the edgy, danceable spirit of Django Reinhardt while taking the style to new and unexpected places like art-rock and post-Velvets noiserock. He’s also very popular: get there early.

12/1, 7 PM wickedly cachy, darkly keyboard-driven Colombian psychedelic cumbia band MAKU Soundsystem at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival a must.

12/1, 7 PM balmy, sardonically individualistic vocal jazz stylist Dorian Devins in a typically outside-the-box setting with the always excellent Behn Gillece on vibraphone and Hans Glawischnig on bass at the Whynot Jazz Room, 14 Christopher St, downstairs, $10

12/1, 8 PM cult fave powerpopster/wordsmith Franklin Bruno, similarly lyrical LES experimental legends the Scene Is Now and offkilter postpunk downtown supergroupHeroes of Toolik at Bowery Electric.

12/1, 9:30 PM Costa Rican vibraphonist Felipe Fournier leads a band playing a Tito Puente tribute focusing on Puente’s less celebrated work on the vibes at Barbes.

12/2, 7 PM wickedly lyrical, inscrutable crooner Ward White – whose glamrock-tinged new album Ward White Is the Matador is the hardest-rocking thing he’s ever done – at the Mercury, $10. He’s also playing a rare duo show with Mesiko drummer Ray Rizzo on 12/8 at 8 at Hifi Bar (the old Brownies)

12/2, 7 PM reedman Matt Darriau‘s Balkan jazz Paradox Trio followed at 9 by ten-piece Balkan horn monsters Slavic Soul Party at Barbes.

12/2, 7:30 PM classic hundred-year-old klezmer grooves with pianist Dave Levitt and his Trio featuring Mike Cohen and Christina Crowder at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W. 68th St. (Columbus/CPW), $15.

12/2, 7:30 PM a memorial concert for composer Leo Kraft featuring his works plus compositions by Nailah Nombeko, Carl Kanter, Eugene W. McBride, Jacob E. Goodman; Craig Slon, Kevin McCarter and Scott D. Miller performed by a cast including violinists Miranda Cuckson, Curtis Macomber, Calvin Wiersma, Gregor Kitzis, Marina Kifferstein, and Ken Hamao, violist Daniel Panner, cellist Greg Hesselink, and pianist Blair McMillen at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex, $20 sugg don.

12/2-7, 8/10 PM guitarist Jon Madof plays the Stone with a whole slew of Jewish jazz luminaries. Choice picks: two sets of Zorn on 12/3 with Shanir Blumenkranz on guitar and Mathias Kunzli on drums; and 12/6, a large ensemble playing Shlomo Carlebach hits for the first set and more Zorn for the second, $15

12/2, 8:30 PM edgy, dynamic, genre-defying Greek South African violinist Maria Manousaki  with Shai Maestro, piano;  Petros Klampanis, bass;  John Hadfield, drums;  Zayn Mohamed, oud at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 minimum

12/2-14 bass luminary Christian McBride plays with his Inside Straight quintet (secret weapon: vibraphonist Warren Wolf) through 12/7, then 12/9-14 with his trio (secret weapon: pianist Christian Sands) at the Vanguard, 8:30/10:30 PM, $25

12/2, 9 PM intense, pyrotechnic ragtime pianist/songwriter Jack Spann at the Way Station.

12/2, 9 PM  creepy dark garage/punk soul band the Naked Heroes at Cake Shop, $7. They’re also at Grand Victory at 11 on 12/13 for three bucks more.

12/2, 10:30 PM cutting-edge improvsition from an unusual trio: Yukari on flutes, Shoko Nagai on piano and Pascal Niggenkemper on bass at Korzo

12/2, 11:30 PM trumpeter Jason Prover & the Sneak Thievery Orchestra play the albm release show for their new oldtimey swing collection at Dizzy’s Club, $5

12/3, 2:30 PM Gregory Zelek plays the 1830 Appleton organ on the balcony adjacent to the musical instruments section at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, free w/museum adm.

12/3, 5 PM up-and-coming pipa (haunting, delicate Chinese lute) virtuoso Jiaju Shen with classical guitarist Yuda Deng at the Rubin Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

12/3, 7 PM free jazz keyboardist and avant-garde composer Judith Berkson in a rare solo vocal-and-keys performance at Barbes

12/3-7, 7:30 PM playful, fun avant garde icon Meredith Monk leads a seven-piece choir performing her latest suite On Behalf of Nature at BAM, $20 tix avail.

12/3, 8 PM alto saxist/individualistic, politically astute composer Matana Roberts’Anthem with Kevin Tkacz, bass; Liberty Ellman, guitar; Ches Smith, drums at Roulette, $20

12/3, 8 PM this could be deliciously vindictive and twisted…or sonic hell: James Hoff presents his Blaster project – electronic music created by infecting drum machine samples with computer viruses. Spencer Yeh does electroacoustic improvisations with violin and vocals.at the Kitchen, $15

12/3, 8:30 PM Norwegian improvisational legends Ballrogg with Klaus Ellerhusen Holm – clarinet, bass clarinet; Roger Arntzen – double bass; Ivar Grydeland – pedal steel, guitar play their cinematic, shapeshifting, epically pastoral jams followed by Eivind Opsvik playing solo bass at 10 at I-Beam, $15.

12/3, 8:30 drummer Kate Gentile‘s Trio + 1: Matt Mitchell – piano; Adam Hopkins – bass; + Jeremy Viner – sax/clarinet followed by altoist Anna Weber and her quartet at Seeds

12/3, 8:30 PM Circle Down – Angelica Sanchez, piano;  Chris Lightcap , bass;  Chad Taylor, drums – at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 minimum

12/3. 9 PM dark, smart, edgy post-Velvet rock songwriter and former Band of Susans guitarist Anne Husick and band at Sidewalk

12/3, 9:30ish intriguing, intense, fun, lo-fi original punk blues resonator guitarist/singer Breanna Barbara Arneson at Brooklyn Rod & Gun Club.

12/3, 9:30 PM to 12:00 AM – tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio with Glenn Zaleski – piano , Pablo Menares – bass , Francisco Mela – drums at Smalls

12/4, 7 PM tuneful pianist Jim Ridl leads his trio from behind the Fender Rhodes at 55 Bar

12/4 and 12/9, 7:30 PM, also on 12/5 at 2 and 12/6 at 8 cellist Alisa Weilerstein and the NY Philharmonic play Dvorak’s Cello Concerto and Symphony No. 7 at Avery Fisher Hall, $30 tix avail.

12/4, 7:30 PM Federico Agostini, violin and Enrico Elisi, piano play Brahms, Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Major, Op. 78; Beethoven, Violin Sonata No. 10 in G Major, Op. 96 at the Morgan Library, $25.

12/4, 8 PM dark, charismatic, deviously witty literate keyboardist/chanteuse Rachelle Garniez at Barbes followed at 10 by Martin Vejarano‘s Cumbia River Band playing “a festive repertoire of Colombian Cumbia standards.”

12/4, 8 PM deliciously ugly, skin-peeling noiserock with the Sediment Club followed eventually at around 11 by late 70s postpunk legends Pere Ubu at Cake Shop (ostensibly a secret show, but this will probably sell out so get there early), $10

12/4, 8ish a mostly John Zorn evening at Nublu: edgy reedman Uri Gurvitch opens followed sometime after 9 by cellist Erik Friedlander, tropical singer Sofia Rei at 10, rustic Brazilian folk group Forro in the Dark at 11 and John Zorn’s wild surfy Abraxas at midnight or later. This is Nublu, you know the deal.

12/4, 8 /10 PM an especially interesting configuration for darkly mutable guitar legend Marc Ribot with Greg Lewis – organ and Jeremy Clemons – drums at Classon Social, $10

12/4, 8/10 PM bassist Lauren Falls leads a quartet playing her lyrical compositions with Seamus Blake- tenor saxophone; Nir Felder – guitar; Can Olgun – piano; Justin Brown – drums at the Jazz Gallery, $15 for first set, $10 for second.

12/4, 8 PM soprano saxophonist Dan Blake with Richie Barshay: drums; Jorge Roeder: bass followed by the aggressively exploratory quartet of James Ilgenfritz: bass; Sam Kulik: trombone; Federico Ughi: drums; Jonah Rosenberg:keys at the Firehouse Space, $10

12/4, 8:30  PM guitarishly intense noir surf/postrock/metal instrumentalists Dark City at Bowery Electric, $10.

12/4, 8:30 PM haunting, dusky, jangly southwestern gothic rock band And the Wiremen at Troost, 1011 Manhattan Ave, Greenpoint

12/4, 8:30 PM oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band at at Hill Country Brooklyn. He’s also at Barbes the following night, 12/5 at 10, at at Slake on 12/17 at 6 and at Beast of Bourbon on 12/20 at 9 PM

12/4, 8:30 PM high-velocity acoustic jams with Astrograss followed at 10 by honkytonkers the Me Oh My Ohs featuring Hilary Hawke & Abby Hollander at the Jalopy, $10

12/4, 9:30ish irreverent oldschool Williamsburg vocal jazz crew the Old Rugged Sauce at Brooklyn Rod & Gun Club. They’re also here on 12/18.

12/4, 10 PM ferocious dark artsy metalish rockers Junius  at St. Vitus, $15

12/4, 10 PM brilliantly lyrical dark oldtimey songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Pete Lanctot and band at at Hank’s.

12/4, midnight high-voltage Bay area Afrobeat/disco jamband Afrolicious at Shrine. They’re also here at noon on Xmas day!

12/5, half past noon a stripped-down quartet version of cumbia/klezmer/latin jamband Metropolitan Klezmer play a free lunchtime show at 1 New York Plaza downtown, repeating on 12/19 as well. On 12/12, same time they’ll be at 1 Liberty Plaza just south of Zucotti Park.

12/5, 5 PM a book signing and reading by Amy Yates Wuelfing and Steven DiLodovico fr their new Trenton punk/hardcore history No Slam Dancing, No Stage Diving, No Spikes (feat. interviews with Jello Biafra, Peter Hook, Peter Murphy, Henry Rollins, Al Jourgenson, Jon Stewart and others associated with it), followed by an acoustic show by documentary filmmaker/punk rocker Drew Stone & the Hit Squad with special guests Tristan Michael and Bopa King Carre playing classic first-wave punk covers at Cake Shop, free.

12/5, 6 PM punk/rockabilly/surf legends Simon & the Bar Sinisters at Slake, free

12/5, 7 PM a killer newschool ska-punk quadruplebill, in reverse order : the Hub City Stompers, Montreal’s The Beatdown, the 45 Adapters and Ladrones at Grand Victory, $10

12/5, 7 PM Bulgarian chanteuse Vlada Tomova and her rustic, haunting band at the small room at the Rockwood followed eventually at midnight by deviously oldtimey swing jazz crew Seth Kessel & the Two Cent Band 

12/5, 7 PM a night of electrocacoustic works by Roland Kuit, Sheena Hong, Nancy Bogen, Joel Gressel, Phil Mango, Angelo Bello, Ari Frankel, John Bock, Michael Gogins and Hubert Howe at Spectrum, $15

12/5-6, 7:30 PM Philip Glass is joined by nine other pianists—including Timo Andres, Jenny Lin, and Aaron Diehl—to perform the composer’s complete piano etudes  at BAM, $20 tix avail.

12/5. 8 PM indie chamber ensemble Either/Or plays eerily astringent Keeril Makan spectral works for strings at the Miller Theatre, $20 tix avail.

12/5, 8 PM tenor saxophonist Larry Ochs reprises the fire and energy of his recent stand at the Stone with Harris Eisenstadt: drums; Ken Filiano: bass; Pascal Niggenkemper: bass; Nate Wooley: trumpet at the Firehouse Space, $10

12/5, 8:30  PM Banda de los Muertos trombonist Jacob Garchik leads a gorgeously tuneful jazz sextet including Jacob Sacks: Piano, Dan Weiss: drums, Kristi Helberg: violin, Miranda Sielaff: viola, Jane O’Hpra: cello at I-Beam, $15. The following night12/6 they’re at  the Firehouse Space at 7 for five bucks less.

12/5, 9 PM powerful, haunting, intense folk noir singer Jessi Robertson and band plays the album release show for her new one I Came From the War followed by the quieter but similarly brooding Richard Buckner at Union Hall, $15, this will sell out.

12/5, 9 PM mesmerizing, soaring, intense art-rock pianist/songwriter Kristin Hoffmann at Caffe Vivaldi.

12/5, 10 PM a rare appearance by third-wave ska legends the Scofflaws at Otto’s

12/5, 10 PM ten-piece country/circus/acoustic rock powerhouse M Shanghai String Band – whose latest album is amazing – at the Jalopy.

12/5, 10:30 PM ex-Aquanettas singer (and current Ember Schrag bassist) Debby Schwartz does her intriguing, soaring dreampop/janglerock/postpunk at Hank’s.

12/5, 11ish Silver with hypnotic, sardonioc saxophonist Ilhan Ersahin and Eddie Henderson, Juini Booth, Kenny Wollesen followed sometime after midnight by psychedelic original Nuyorican salsa band La Mecanica Popular at Nublu

12/6, 4 PM Songs for Unusual Creatures, brought to you by many of the same people behind Songs for Ice Cream Trucks: “A celebration of the under-appreciated creatures that roam the planet. From the Australian Bilby to the deep-sea Magnapinna Squid, to the Saddleback Caterpillar” followed eventually at 10 by upbeat Sinaloa-style Mexican mariachi/ranchera brass group Banda de los Muertos at Barbes.

12/6, 6 PM sassy, guitarishly excellent female-fronted C&W/honkytonk parodists Trailer Radio at at Slake, free.

12/6, 7:15ish charismatic blues harpist/resonator guitarist Wade Schuman’s dark psychedelic acoustic blues/klezmer/reggae/soca jamband Hazmat Modine at Terra Blues They’re also here on 12/13

12/6, 8 PM smart, thoughtful, female=fronted band Bern & the Brights – who’ve moved from acerbic indie jangle to catchy, punchy, reggae-infused groove-rock – at Desmond’s

12/6, 8 PM accordion-and-guitar duo Charlie King & Rick Burkhardt – Joe Hill meets Berthold Brecht? acoustic Gogol Bordello, maybe? at the People’s Voice Cafe, $18 sugg don, “no one turned away”

12/6, 8/10 PM trumpeter John Daversa leads his brass-heavy big band at the Jazz Gallery, $22

12/6, 9 PM oldimey duo Barefoot & Bankside followed at 10 by Kagero – the missing link between jaunty oldtimey swing and wild Romany punk rock – at the Way Station

12/6, 9 PM edgy gutter blues band Jane Lee Hooker at Beast of Bourbon

12/6, 9/10:30 PM tuneful but perennially surprising pianist Kris Davis leads an interesting trio with Sam Barfeld, violin;  Satoshi Takeishi, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 minimum

12/6, 9 PM Unsteady Freddie’s monthly surf rock extravaganza returns to Otto’s starting with the Weisstronauts at 9, the world’s darkest, most slashing horror surf band, the Coffin Daggers at 10, the Matt Rae Trio at 11 and then Aaron & the Burrs dueling it out – sorry, couldn’t resist – at sometime after midnight.

12/6, 111ish veteran multi-reed improviser Charles Gayle followed by the Sun Ra Arkestra squeezing themselves into the tiny space for a stage at Nublu? Yup.

12/6, time TBA fun, anthemic Spector-esque retro girl-group band Pep at Friends & Lovers.

12/7, 4 PM noir rockers Elysian Fields’ guitar monster Oren Bloedow brings an all-star band TBD to Sunny’s in Red Hook. He’s also there on 12/13, same time.

12/7, 4 PM the Cassatt String Quartet play Dvorak’s American Quartet and Peter Schickele’s American Dreams at Ross Hall at the Bronx Botanic Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd, B/D to Fordham Rd., $33/$20 stud/srs

12/7, 4 PM oldtimey string band the Whistling Wolves at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, $10

12/7, 5 PM the Dover Quartet perform Haydn’s String Quartet in G Major, Op. 76, No. 1 and Beethoven’s String Quartet in A Major, Op. 18, No. 5. at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza, free, no under-sixes.

12/7, 7 PM Anna Stoytcheva, piano plays Rachmaninoff preludes plus works by Schumann, Ravel and Mozart at the Bulgarian Consulate General, 121 E 62nd St., free.

12/7, 7 PM a cool low-key acoustic gathering of thoughtful, cliche-free A-list cult favorite songwriters: Jennifer O’Connor, Mascott‘s Kendall Jane Meade, Amy Bezunartea and others at HiFi Bar (the former Brownies).

12/7, 7 PM Piedmont fingerstyle blues guitar legend Larry Johnson at Terra Blues. He’s also here on 12/14.

12/7, 7 PM eclectic chamber ensemble the Washington Square Winds play a program TBA at Caffe Vivaldi

12/7, 8 PM the JACK Quartet play the world premiere of downtown avant garde luminary Annie Gosfield’s Signal Jamming and Random Interference for string quartet and jammed radio signals at Roulette, $20

12/7. 10 PM sardonic Japanese Brooklyn postpunk girlband the Hard Nips at Trans-Pecos, $8

12/7, 10:30 PM vibraphone virtuoso Behn Gillece leads a particularly interesting quartet with Spike Wilner – piano , Brian Charette – organ , Anthony Pinciotti – drums at Smalls

12/8, 6 PM cleverly lyrical, edgily funny, spine-tingling powerpop/acoustic rock singer Tamara Hey in a rare duo show with acoustic bassist Richard Hammond, then at 7 PM amusing singer-songwriter parodists the Lascivious Biddies followed at 8 by a rare father-daughter duo show with torchy singer Julia Haltigan and her electric mandolinist dad Emmet and then at 9 by tersely jangly guitarist Tony Scherr (sideman to a million brilliant songwriters) and his band at the small room at the Rockwood

12/8, 7:30 PM the Aeolus Quartet and the Aizuri Quartet take turns onstage performing works by Mendelssohn, Schulhoff, Lembit Beecher and a NY premiere by Dan Welcher at Advent Lutheran Church, 2504 Broadway at 93rd St.free

12/9, doors and drinks at 5:30, show at 6 PM, the Mivos Quartet parse the avant garde spectrum for works by Martin Stauning, Patrick Higgins, a new arrangement of J.S. Bach’s Contrapunctus XIX, and György Kurtág’s cult favorite suite of “microludes” at the Miller Theatre, free.

12/9, 6 PM the Ebony Hillbillies – NYC’s one and only black bluegrass band and  brilliant, badass resonator guitarist/oldtime country/hokum blues songwriter Mamie Minch at Slake

12/9, 7 PM once-and-future Chicha Libre timbalera Karina Colis followed at 9 by ten-piece Balkan horn monsters Slavic Soul Party at Barbes.

12/9, 7 PM tuneful, edgy Texas tenor saxophonist Stan Killian and his quartet at 55 Bar

12/9, 7:30 PM trumpeter Jordan Hirsch’s Band of Dreamers plays for a Yiddish dance party at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W. 68th St. (Columbus/CPW), $15.

12/9-10 sax powerhouse Azar Lawrence celebrates the 50th anniversary of Coltrane’s A Love Supreme with a sensationally good quartet: Benito Gonzalez – piano; Reggie Workman – bass; Jeff “Tain” Watts – drums, 7:30/10 PM at the Jazz Standard, $30

12/9, 7:30 PM the Brooklyn Art Song Society backed by pianists Michael Brofman and  Jocelyn Dueck sing Satie-influenced tunes by Louis Durey and works by Germaine Tailleferre at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, $20/$10 stud/srs

12/9, 8 PM a monster jazz improv triplebill with the Andrea Parkins/Viv Corringham duo, then pianist Matt Mitchell with Andrew Hock and Mike Pride Trio (their debut peformance together) followd by saxophonist Chris Pitsiokos with Max Johnson on bass and Kevin Shea on drums at Spectrum, $15

12/9, 8 PM an intriguing, genre-smashing, possibly very intense all Svetlana Bukvich program at Roulette with the Sarajevo-born composer on keys plus an ensemble including Patti Kilroy on violin, Jessica Meyer on viola and the incomparable Kamala Sankaram on vocals, $20

12/9, 9 PM the instrumental half of  80s/90s downtempo/trip-hop/acid jazz icons Everything But the Girl, Ben Watt, at le Poisson Rouge, $25 adv tix rec

12/9, 9:30  PM vicious noiserock jamband the the Skull Practitioners– led by Steve Wynn sparring partner/genius guitarist Jason Victor – at Grand Victory, $TBA

12/9. 10ish hypnotic, intense atmospheric/chamber pop/art-rock project Opal Onyx at Shea Stadium, $tba

12/9, 10 PM pianist/flutist Diana Wayburn‘s hypnotically intense, spectacularly eclectic African/Middle Eastern/indie classical/improvisational Dances of the World Chamber Ensemble at the Way Station

12/9, 11 PM wild, high-energy Afrobeat jamband the Brighton Beat at Arlene’s, $8. They’re also at Brooklyn Bowl at 8 on 12/15, show up before 7 and get in free, otherwise it’s $6. Check out their unbelievable live free download page.

12/10, 6 PM stunningly down-to-earth, nuanced, smartly lyrical cabaret-rock chanteuse/pianist Jeanne Marie Boes and her torchy band at the small room at the Rockwood

12/10, 6 PM koto/shamisen player/vocalist Sumie Kaneko and flutist/shinobue player Nobuko Miyazaki at the Rubin Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

12/10, 7 PM pianists Adam Tendler and Sarah Cahill play Luciano Berio works at the Italian Academy at Columbia University, 1161 Amsterdam Avenue just south of 118th St. free.

12/10, 8 PM psychedelic klezmer/bluegrass mandolin and clarinet legend Andy Statman at Barbes, $10

12/10-13, 8 PM bassist Thomas Morgan with Pete Rende – piano and Dan Weiss – drums at Seeds

12/10, 8 PM drummer Tyshawn Sorey leads his expansively funky trio with Cory Smythe, piano, Christopher Tordini, bass  at Roulette, $20

12/10, 8:30/10 PM a Jen Shyu doublebill at I-Bream, $15: her solo historically-informed pan-Asian Sounds & Cries of the World with performances on vocals, Taiwanese moon lute, gayageum, piano,followed by her Winged Rain in Diamond Light with Mat Maneri: viola; Satoshi Haga: dance; Randy Peterson: drums – as usual with her, could be magically intense.

12/10, 8:30 PM drummer Henry Cole (of  Miguel  Zenon’s quartet) leads a quartet with John Ellis, tenor sax;  Adam Rogers, guitar;  Joe Sanders, bass at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 minimum

12/10, 9 PM exciting, lushly rocking avant garde/indie classical string quartet New Retro Strings – Claudia Chopek and Hilary Castle on violins, Gillian Gallagher on viola and Eleanor Norton on cello. at the Delancey, $6

12/10, 9 PM high-energy jangly garage-soul band Needle Points followed at 10 by cleverly tuneful/jarring vintage Sonic Youth influenced DC guitar band Paperhaus and then the mysterious Mr. Kid & the Suicide Policemen at Palisades, 906 Broadway, Bushwick, $7, J/M to Myrtle Ave.

12/10. 9 PM Greg Smith & the Broken English – who’re sort of a more down-to-earth Deer Tick – at Rock Shop, $10

12/10, 9 PM violists Kristina Giles and Jessica Meyer team up for an evening of duos and sol original indie classical works for gut-stringed instruments at Spectrum, $15

12/10, 9:30 PM Dan Finnerty’s hilarious, viciously sarcastic top 40 cover band the Dan Band play a sick Xmas show at Joe’s Pub, $22

12/10, 10 PM scary intense hypnotic folk noir singer Larkin Grimm at Cake Shop, $8

12/11, half past noon torchy purist jazz chanteuse Catherine Russell plays a free show with her combo at the World Financial Center

12/11, 7:30 PM, also 12/12-13 at 8 PM the NY Philharmonic plays Dvorak’s Piano Concerto and New World Symphony at Avery Fisher Hall, $33 tix avail.

12/11, 7:30 PM the Chamber Orchestra of NY plays two Respighi works plus vocal works by Richard Strauss and a Daniel Mack world premiere at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $25 tix avail.

12/11, 8 PM eclectic, lyrical jazz bassist/composer Pedro Giraudo leads his sextet at Barbes followed at 10 by Daria Grace’s torchy, delightful oldtime uke swing band the Pre-War Ponies.

12/11, 8 PM a fantastic free triplebill at the Jalopy with Feral Foster & His Band, Mexican folk-punks Radio Jarocho, and Hubby Jenkins of the Carolina Chocolate Drops.

12/11, 8 PM vintage Neil Young-inspired janglerockers the Nu-Sonics at Rock Shop, $10

12/11, 8:30 PM alto saxophonist Loren Stillman leads a quartet with Shane Endsley, trumpet;  Drew Gress, bass;  Mark Ferber, drums  at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 minimum

12/11, 9 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” at Troost, 1011 Manhattan Avenue btwn Huron & Green. They’re at Espresso 77, 35-57 77th Street, Jackson Hts., free. on 12/18.

12/11, 9 PM SisterMonk play their high-energy Romany/Middle Eastern punk/funk at Shrine

12/11, 9 PM janglemeister/powerpop maven Daniel Stampfel’s latest band, At the Moment at the Way Station

12/11, 9:30 PM socially aware, oldtimey-flavored, female-fronted Americana band 2/3 Goat at Hill Country

12/12, 6 PM crystalline-voiced, noir-tinged third-stream jazz chanteuse Tessa Souter and her band at 55 Bar

12/12, 7 PM works for two pianos plus horn and strings by Gorecki, Reich, led by pianists Vladislav Boguinia and Yuri Boguinia at Spectrum, $15

12/12, 7:30/9:30 PM the reliably brilliant, noirish Tom Beckham on vibes with Aidan Carroll on bass and Eric Doob on drums at the Bar Next Door, $12

12/12, 8:30 PM soaring Tom Waits-influenced Americana chanteuse Lara Ewen at Hank’s

12/12, 9 PM haunting, intense Nashville gothic songwriter Jessie Kilguss and similarly intense, eclectic, lyrically-driven Americana/soul songwriter Matt Keating at Red Hook Bait & Tackle

12/12, 9 PM a killler Americana twinbill: otherworldly bluegrass singer and first-class songwriter Jen Larson and band followed by wryly amusing newgrass/urban Americana tunesmith Alex Battles & the Whisky Rebellion at the Bell House, $10

12/12, 9 PM the Jacks of Kings County play their high-energy Americana followed by explosive female-fronted Americana jamband the Sometime Boys at the Way Station

12/12, 9 PM surf/twang instrumental rockers the Bakersfield Breakers – whose new album is a dead ringer for something from 1963, unbelievably cool and fun, at Route 66 Smokehouse (46 Stone St in the financial district), free

12/12, 9 PM Ethiopian folk-reggae chanteuse Wayna and band at BAM Cafe, free

12/12, 9ish 90s indie powerpop/mod punk legends the Figgs at Bowery Electric, $10

12/12, 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. If you can’t afford Gogol Bordello at Terminal 5, these guys and girls will do just fine

12/12, 10 PM ethereal, shimmeringly captivating atmospheric duo Janel & Anthony at I-Beam, $15

12/12, 11 PM aptly named 70s outlaw country-tinged highway rockers Waylon Speed at the small room at the Rockwood – kind of a loud band for this space, but what the hell.

12/13, 4 PM the Erik Satie Quartet- Anders Nilsson – guitar; David Ambrosio – bass; Satoshi Takeishi – drums and Tim Keiper – at Barbes .

12/13, 6:45 PM avant garde icon Phil Kline’s annual  twinkling, psychedelic, enveloping boombox processional Unsilent Night gathers at the arch at Washington Square Park; at 7, join the procession and march to Tompkins Square Park. Downloadthe app for your phone or burn a cd for your boombox, or use the link to stream during the procession – or borrow one of Kline’s cassettes for whatever vintage equipment you have. There will be a limited number of boomboxes courtesy of Kline as well – and a worldwide series of Unsilent Nights in other cities throughout December

12/13, 7 PM, repeating on 12/14 at 2 PM chamber ensemble the Brooklyn Brandenburgers play music by Byrd, Scheidt, Charpentier, J.S. Bach, Geminiani and Dvorak.at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, $10

12/13, 7:30 PM the eclectic Balkan/latin/hip-hop Underground Horns followed by eclectic ska/rocksteady/world funk band the Brown Rice Family at at Drom, $10 adv tix rec

12/13, 7:30 PM adventurous keyboardist and Philip Glass/Big Lazy collaborator Mick Rossi with bassist Michael Bates and drummer Jeff Davis at Spectrum, $15

12/13, 8 PM and repeating 12/14 at 3 PM percussionist/bandleader Alessandra Belloni‘s creepy tarantella rock band I Giullari Di Piazza play the darkest xmas concert you’ll ever hear at the Italian American Museum, 155 Mulberry St, $25

12/13, 8 PM adventurous, cinematic violinist Dana Lyn leads a quartet  with Mike McGinnis, Sara Schoenbeck and Stephanie Richards plus a performance by dancer Davalois Fearon at the Vazquez Building, 93 Forrest St. in Bushwick, aboug 5 blocks from the Morgan Ave. L station.

12/13, 8/10 PM a killer show at the Jazz Gallery with tuba player Bob Stewart‘s Double Quartet First Line Band joined by the strings of the Publiquartet, $22.

12/13, 8 PM smart, edgy guitar paradigm-shifter Mary Halvorson in a rare solo show followed by the eclectic Lucky Chops Brass Band playing their party favorites at Industry City Distillery, 33 35th St in Gowanus, N/R to 36th St., $8

12/13, 8 PM Puetro Rican hill country music from across the generations starting in the early 60s with Felito Felix Y El Trio Los Antares, Odilio Gonzalez El Jibarito de Lares” and 80s hitmaker Lily Y Su Gran Trio at the Lehman Center, 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West, Bronx, D/4 to Bedford Park Blvd., $25 adult and $10 kids’ tix avail.

12/13, 8 PM the Cecilia Chorus of New York directed by Mark Shapirol presents masterworks for chorus and orchestra by Francis Poulenc and Ralph Vaughan Williams at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, $25 tix avail

12/13, 10 PM  psychedelic latin soul maven Damian Quinones and his killer two-guitar band at Silvana

12/13, 10ish Louisville early 80s style noise-punk band Anwar Sadat at Shea Stadium

12/13, 11 PM darkly captivating piano-and-guitar art-rock duo Christy & Emily at the Gutter, $5

12/14, 3 PM guitarist Gerard Edery and Ensemble – Barbara Martínez (vocals/dancer & choreographer), Cristian Puig (flamenco guitar), and Jessie Reagen Mann (cello) – play their mix of acoustic Sephardic and flamenco sounds at Congregation Shaarai Tefilla, 38-20 Parsons Blvd., Flushing, 7 to Main St. $10

12/14, 4 PM the Division Piano Trio play works by Haydn, Beethoven and others at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza, free, no under-sixes

12/14, 3 PM pianist Ramin Arjomand plays through-composed and improvised works followed at 5 by pianist Marilyn Nonken with Hannah Levinson, viola & Adam Holmes, crotales playing a Drew Baker composer portrait at Spectrum, $20/$10 stud/srs

12/14, 6 PM noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo at 55 Bar

12/14, 6 PM Hat Trick –  April Clayton, flute; David Wallace, viola; and Kristi Shade, harp – perform works by Debussy, Gubaidulina and Takemitsu at the Lounge at Hudson View Gardens, 128 Pinehurst Ave at 183rd St., $12 sugg don, reception to follow.

12/14, 7 PM jazz violin legend Michael Urbaniak leads his quintet at Drom, $25 adv tix a must.

12/14, 7 PM pianist Mimi Stern-Wolfe and her daughter Laura Wolfe play a LES-themed program of songs by Joni Mitchell, Harold Rome and originals at Pangaea, 178 Second Avenue (between 11th & 12th), $15 + $15 min

12/14, 7:30 PM bassist Todd Sickafoose‘s perennially adrenalizing Tiny Resistors w/Jenny Scheinman ,Ben Goldberg ,Kirk Knuffke , Erik Deutsch ,Adam Levy ,Rob Reich , and Allison Miller at le Poisson Rouge, $13 adv tix rec.

12/14, 7:30/10 PM pianist Aaron Diehl and vibraphonist Warren Wolf team up for a classy, tuneful duo show at the Jazz Standard, $25

12/14, 8 PM brilliant violinist Dana Lyn leads a killer cinematic semi-improvisational band with Clara Kennedy (cello), Mike McGinnis (clarinet), Jonathan Goldberger (guitar) and Vinnie Sperrazza (drums) at the Firehouse Space, $10. She slayed with this unit here last spring.

12/14, 9 PM exciting up-and-coming jazz guitarist Ila Cantor followed at 10 by classical guitarist Michael Sheridan leading his trio at Barbes

12/14, 9 PM newschool dark psych-pop band Mystery Lights at the Mercury, $8

12/15, 7 PM wild, eclectic, klezmer/psychedelic cumbia/latin jazz jamband Metropolitan Klezmer play the album release show for their long-awaited new live one at the Eldridge Street Synagogue just north of Division St., $20/$15 stud/srs .

12/15, 7 PM Elliot Figg, clavichord with Shirley Hunt (baroque cello), Thomas Dunford (lute), and Jude Ziliak (baroque violin). play works by C.P.E. Bach and premieres at Spectrum followed by the club’s annual holiday party, $15.

12/15, 7:30 PM soprano Allison Charney hosts a diverse evening of chamber music including pianist Navah Perlman performing Chopin’s Barcarolle and B-minor Sonata; cellist Kajsa William-Olsson joined by the night’s host in a world premiere of a new setting of American composer Kim D Sherman’s song cycle, Prairie Diaries and pianist Joel Fan’s debut of a new arrangement of Liszt’s Mephisto Waltz at the Manhattan JCC, 334 Amsterdam Ave at W 76th St ,$15/$10 stud/$5 62+

12/15, 8 PM drummer Allison Miller‘s reliably explosive, tuneful Boom Tic Boom with Myra Melford, piano; Jenny Scheinman, violin; Kirk Knuffke, cornet; Todd Sickafoose, bass at Roulette, $20

12/15, 8 PM Wet Ink Ensemble plays works by Peter Ablinger’s recent ensemble piece of the same name, as well as music by Klaus Lang, Alex Mincek, Kate Soper and Eric Wubbels at St. Peter’s Church, 346 W. 20th St. $10/students free

12/15, 8 PM electroacoustic violist/singer Jessica Meyer plays the album release show for her new solo cd at the Cell Theatre, 338 W 23rd St., $20.

12/15. 8:30 PM pianist Marta Sanchez leads a quintet with Roman Filiu, alto saxophone;  Jerome Sabbagh, tenor saxophone;  Marta Sanchez, piano;  Or Bareket, bass;  Jason Burger, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 minimum

12/16, 7 PM high-energy, lyrical folk noir rockers Mac McCarty & the Kidd Twist Band at Path Cafe

12/15, 10 PM pianist/impresario Steven Blier and a slew of singers deliver Xmas songs by Jewish composers including Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (sung in Yiddish), ad infinitum, at Henry’s Restaurant, 2745 Broadway at 105th St., $10.

12/16, 7 PM resonator guitarist Zeke Healy and violist Karen Waltuch – who do Kurt Weill and Saint-Saens along with the expected oldtime Americana – folowd by ten-piece Balkan horn monsters Slavic Soul Party at Barbes.

12/16, 7 PM pianist Gabriel Zucker plays Messiaen followed at 8 by Throughways (Dan Blake – saxophone; Terri Hron – recorder, electronics; Sarah Bernstein – violin, voice electronics) and then mischievous Microscopic Septet pianist Joel Forrester at Spectrum, $15

12/16, 7 PM pianist David Virelles plays the album release party for his new one, “Sacred Music for piano, 2 basses, drumset andbiankoméko abakuá” at Drom, $15 adv

12/16, 7:30 PM a monster Hanukkah blowout with Montreal’s Shtreiml w/Jason Rosenblatt & Ismail Fencioglu at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W. 68th St. (Columbus/CPW), $15.

12/17, 7:30 PM indie classical chamber group Ensemble Pi play their annual peace concert feat. socially aware works by Penderecki, Sostakovich, Laura Kaminsky, Susan Botti, Jason Eckardt, Bryant Kong at Subculture, $20/$15 stud/srs.

12/16, 7:30/10 PM trumpeter Dave Douglas & pianist Uri Caine spar with their typical out-of-the-box verve at Subculture, $22 adv tix rec.

12/16, 8 PM spectacular, intuitive pianist Karine Poghosyan joins with members of the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony directed by David Bernard for a performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 3 at the DiMenna Center, $25

12/16, 8 PM noir clarinetist/composer Ben Goldberg with saxophonist Donny McCaslin, drummer Tyshawn Sorey, guitarist Steve Cardenas and bassist Stomu Takeishi at Roulette, $20

12/16-21 jazz drum icon Jeff “Tain” Watts leads a small combo with Ravi Coltrane on alto sax at the Vanguard, 8:30/10:30 PM, $25

12/16, 9:30 PM atmospheric, groove-driven large ensemble jazz with trombonist Alan Ferber‘s Nonet at Smalls

12/17, 6 PM the Yiddish Art Trio – Michael Winograd (clarinet), Benjy Fox-Rosen (bass/vocal) and Patrick Farrell (accordion) at Cornelia St. Cafe, $8 incl. a drink. 12/21 at 7 PM they play the album release show for their new one at the Eldridge Street Synagogue, $20/$15 stud/srs.

12/17, 7 PM an un-cheesy Hanukah triplebill at the Greene  Space, $25: Ukrainian Jewish tsimbl dulcimer wizard Pete Rushefsky and violinist Jake Shulman-Ment (whose most recent show together was as adrenalizing as it was hypnotic) followed by choral ensemble Pella singing rare and familiar Jewish repertoire, then East of the River doing their bracing Mediterranean/Middle Eastern mashups.

12/17, 7:30 PM perennially relevant indie classical chamber group Ensemble Pi play one of their politically-fueled programs at Subculture: Bryant Kong’s The Poetry of Donald Rumsfeld, for piano and voice (a setting of Donald Rumsfeld’s pronouncements from Pentagon briefings and media interviews via Hart Seely’s book, Pieces of Intelligence: The Existential Poetry of Donald Rumsfeld) plus Shostakovich’s Alexander Bloch suite, works by Penderecki and Jason Eckart and premieres by Laura Kaminsky and Susan Botti, $20/$15 stud/sts

12/17, 8 PM a rare NY show by brilliant Tin Hat/Gaucho accordionist Rob Reich with a killer band – Ila Cantor – guitar;Ben Goldberg – clarinet; Matt Pavolka – bass and Brian Chase – drums – at Barbes

12/17, 8 PM funk bass goddess Shelley Nicole’s Blakbushe at Bowery Electric, $10

12/17, 8:30 PM a particularly choice version of trombonist Ryan Keberle’s Catharsis with Ingrid Jensen – trumpet; Jorge Roeder – bass; Eric Doob – drums; Camila Meza – vocals at Seeds

12/17, midnight, cutting-edge postbop organist Jared Gold leads his trio at Smalls. This guy is the real deal, like Brian Charette. If you want to see where jazz organ is going, check this guy out.

12/18-20, 7:30 PM cutting-edge jazz pianist Vijay Iyer performs his recent suite Mutations I-X for piano, string quartet, and electronics; his score to the film Radhe Radhe: Rites of Holi; and the world premiere of a new commission at BAM, $20 tix avail.

12/18, 8 PM virtuoso cinematic psychedelic/western swing steel guitar player Raphael McGregor leads his eclectic band at Freddy’s

12/18, 8 PM the Out Louds – “a one of a kind power trio” improvising like mad with Tomas Fujiwara – drums; Ben Goldberg – clarinet and Mary Halvorson – guitar at Barbes.

12/18, 8 PM globally influenced Franco-Algerian chanteuse Ourida (vocals in French, Russian and Berber) with Jonathan Levy on bass and Joe Hertenstein on drums at Shapeshifter Lab, $8

12/18, 8 PM repeating 12/13, 4 PM Jennifer Choi, violin; Pala Garcia, violin; Kyle Armbrust, viola; Michael Nicolas, cello play Bartók String Quartet No. 6 plus works by Kurtag and Ligeti at Barrgemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud.

12/18, 8 PM in reverse order: Gold Dime (Andrya Ambro of Talk Normal); the Flag (easy to find online, huh?); Parlor Walls – the side project of Eula‘s fiery, distinctive guitarist/frontwoman Alyse Lamb; Courtship Ritual and Shanghai Beach at Palisades, $8

12/18, 9 PM violinist Tom Swafford‘s mighty twelve-piece string ensemble String Power at Tea Lounge in Park Slope

12/18, 9 PM intense southwestern gothic songwriter Joe Yoga (of the Downward Dogs) does his annual twisted Xmas show featuring a slew of downtown songwriting talent including himself, Killy Dwyer and others, plus a “double-blind Secret Santa: bring a gift/get a gift… they all go in a big box and then pick one at random later on in the show! This is always one of the biggest hits at Yoga Christmas so be sure to participate!”  at Under St Marks Theater 94 St Marks Place, $5

12/18 midnight, noir-inspired alto saxophonist Nick Hempton leads a quartet with Dan Aran – drums , Tadataka Unno – piano , Dave Baron – bass at Smalls

12/19, 6 PM Candice Hoyes sings rare Ellington Songs for soprano & jazz trio with Emmet Cohen, piano; Yasushi Nakamura, bass; Ulysses Owens, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 minimum. Cult favorite Romany jazz chanteuse Sanda Weigl sings Kurt Weill songs afterward with sets at 9 and 10:30 (separate admission, same price) with pianist Lucian Ban and violist Mat Maneri which should be pretty amazing

12/19, 6 PM fiery, twisted, theatrical noir folk/Americana rock band Thee Shambels – who will prove an impossibly charismatic act for all who follow them onstage tonight – at the small room at the Rockwood

12/19, 8 PM sinister noir cabaret/oldtime guy/girl duo Charming Disaster – Jeff Morris from Kotorino and Ellia Bisker from Sweet Soubrette – followed at 9 by intriguing jazz quartet Old Time Musketry, who blend oldtimey swing, modern bucolic styles and darker, more challenging improvisational sounds at Pete’s

12/19, 8 PM RighteousGIRLS – Gina Izzo: flute and Erika Dohi: piano pair up with Mobius Percussion for an evening of new music by quality indie classical composers including Andy Akiho, Wally Gunn, Amy Beth Kirsten, and others at the Firehouse Space, $10

12/19, 8 PM reedman Petr Cancura‘s Down Home oldtimey pastoral jazz group with Richie Barshay – drums; Garth Stevenson – bass;Brian Drye – trombone, piano; Jeremy Udden – sax followed at 10 by the Jug Addicts at Barbes

12/19, 9 PM charismatic, sultry, torchy Americana songwriter/chanteuse Julia Haltigan opens for popular 90s extraterrestrials the Bogmen at Bowery Ballroom, $30. Should be the other way around, but it’s still a good doublebill.

12/19, 9 PM deviously dark murder ballad/talking blues/folk noir songwriter Kelley Swindall at the Bitter End.

12/19, 9 PM popular bellydancer Tamar Raqs hosts a night of live Middle Eastern music and revelry with music by dusky chanteuse AlSarah‘s Fairouz tribute band, at BAM Cafe, free

12/19, 10 PM ex-Sit n Spin leader Heidi Lieb’s wry all-female oldtime Americana band the Lonesome Prairie Dogs at the Way Station.

12/19, 9 PM irrepressible, noir-inspired trombonist/composer Curtis Hasselbring + Seven Suns at Spectrum, $15

12/19, 10 PM current-day trumpet icon Ingrid Jensen makes a rare dive bar appearance at 55 Bar with an unnamed ensemble, but it’s got to be good

12/19, 11 PM fiery Canadian gothic rocker Lorraine Leckie and her psychedelic band with Hugh Pool on lead guitar at Sidewalk

12/20, 7 PM an excellent global twinbill: hypnotic, pointillistically psychedelic dulcimer instrumentalists House of Waters followed by soaring, brilliant singer Magda Giannikou’s lush, sweeping, pan-Mediterranean art-rock/chamber pop/jazz group Banda Magda at Drom, $17 adv tix rec.

12/20, 8 PM the Roulette Sisters’ badass resonator guitarist Mamie Minch followed at 10 by haunting, noir cumbia/Mexican harmony band Las Rubias del Norte at Barbes

12/20, 8 PM shapeshifting violinist/singer Sarah Bernstein leads her amazing Quartet w/Kris Davis, Stuart Popejoy, Ches Smith at Scholes Street Studio, 375 Lorimer St in Williamsburg, $10

12/20, 8 PM, repeating on 12/21, 4 PM Mark Peskanov, violin; Andrew Gonzalez, viola; Coleman Itzkoff, cello; Michael Kimmelman, piano play Bach Partita No. 1 in B-flat Major, BWV 825; Beethoven String Trio in G Major, Op. 9, No. 1; Brahms Intermezzos; Debussy l’isle joyeuse; Mozart Piano Quartet in G minor, K. 478 at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud

12/20, 9 PM dark 90s ska faves Mephiskapheles followed by ageless, perennially vital third-wave ska/soul/blues party mavens the Slackers at the Bell House, $20

12/20, 9 PM smart, politically-fueled Irish rocker Niall Connolly and band at the big room at the Rockwood

12/20, 9/10:30 PM pianist Jacob Sacks leads his tuneful quintet with Jacob Garchik, trombone;  Ben Gerstein, trombone;  Thomas Morgan, bass;  Dan Weiss, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 minimum

12/20, 9 PM Cantata Profana – whose repertoire spans medieval and contemporary vocal and chamber works – at Caffe Vivaldi

12/20, 9:30 PM cult classic 70s surrealist punks the Dickies – remember Stuck in a Pagoda with Tricia Toyota? –  at Bowery Electric, $15.

12/20, 9:30 PM Cantata Profana – pianist Dan Schlosberg and artistic director Jacob Ashworth – play duo works by Ives, Janacek, Prokofiev, and Britten at Caffe Vivaldi.

12/20, 10 PM ferociously lyrical, smart, jangle/dreampop rockers the Brixton Riot at Cake Shop, $10. Their 2012 album Palace Amusements was one of the year’s most exhilarating releases.

12/21 the annual interactive Make Music Winter activities take place today. Most of them are on the dumb side, substituting digital gadgetry for anything that might require actual musicianship or effort. Others are just as stupid for other reasons: a Bach relay race on the G train, interrupted by the loudest alarms in the entire subway system every time the car doors open or close ? Pure genius. But there are a handful that seem like real fun:

11 AM, Baritone Christopher Dylan Herbert leads a parade performing a participatory version of Schubert’s bitter existentialist/revolutionary song cycle Winterreise from Magnolia Plaza (in front of the administration building) at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, then into and around the garden, where there’ll be free admission. Herbert sings along to a Timothy Long piano recording of the Schubert score, amplified by handheld radios carried by the paraders.

4 PM beginning at Intervale Green, 1330 Intervale Ave in the Bronx, a parade through Morrissania celebrating parranda, the Puerto Rican and Garifuna holiday caroling tradition, led by Hector “Pucho” Alamo, Lucy Blanco, Carlos Espada, Matthew Gonzalez, James Lovell, Los Hermanos Nuñez and Jorge “Georgie” Vázquez and ending with a big jam.

4 PM starting out at the basketball courts at W 3rd and 6th Ave, percussionists Amy Garapic and Clara Warnaar lead participants in a performance of Terry Riley’s iconic avant garde work In C around Washington Square Park for the NYC celebration of the piece’s 50th anniversary. “All instrumentalists are welcome to bring their own instruments and join in. Large cue cards will display individual musical cells, which will lead participants through the piece as well as along their route around the park.”

6:30 PM early music singers led by conductor Malcolm Merriweather walk from the steps of the American Museum of Natural History at 79th and CPW to the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, carrying lanterns through Central Park, performing material once sung along the medieval pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. All singers are invited to join; one assumes scores will be provided.

12/21, 1 PM a sizzling allstar klezmer lineup – Aaron Alexander, Zoe Christiansen, KlezKamp Founder Henry Sapoznik, plus Hy Wolfe, the Brothers Nazaroff”s Daniel Kahn, Psoy Korolenko, Jake Shulman-Ment, Michael Winograd, Patrick Farrell, Jordan Hirsch, and Mark Rubin  join forces up in the Bronx at the Sholem Aleichem Cultural Center, 3301 Bainbridge Ave., D train to 205th / 4 train to Mosholu Pkwy, $10 includes noshes.

12/21, 4 PM musical sisters violinist Madalyn Parnas and cellist Cicely Parnas play a program TBA at Subculture, $20

12/21, 5/7 PM Marc Cary – maybe the most consistently interesting, tuneful pianist in jazz – leads his Focus Trio at Minton’s, $10 at the bar/$20 at tables

12/21, 9 PM otherworldly, indescribably noir Oaxaca-based Mexican circus music ensemble Pasatono Orquesta at Barbes

12/21, 9:30 PM high-voltage, smartly tuneful trumpeter Nadje Noordhuis leads her group at 55 Bar

12/21, 10 PM anthemic, eclectic often haunting female-fronted Americana/acoustic funk/art-rock jamband the Sometime Boys at the big room at the Rockwood

12/22, 7:30 PM a sneak preview of new operas by women composers: Alla Borzova‘s comic chamber opera “The Wedding Gift of Pirate Granny,” Patricia Leonard’s “My Dearest Friend: The Letters of John and Abigail Adams,” Julie Mandel’s “A Pious Cat,” Anne Phillips’ macabre “Plot,” Lou Rogers’ Manhattan Mother Goose,”Mira J. Spektor’s “The Passion of Lizzie Borden” and 6 minutes of heroes and heroines in her “Ladies of Romance.” with a first-class group of singers and pianists at Opera America, 330 7th Ave.at 29th St., $20, reception to follow

12/22, 8 PM deviously fun cabaret/chamber pop chanteuse Grace McLean & Them Apples at the big room at the Rockwood. At midnight across the way at the small room Royal Khaoz plays roots reggae – the first-ever reggae band to play here! Yeah mon!

12/23-28 reliably electrifying pianist Kenny Barron leads a quintet with Stefon Harris on vibes Elena Pinderhughes on flute, Kiyoshi Kitagawa on bass Johnathan Blake on drums at the Vanguard, 8:30/10:30 PM, $25

12/23, 8:30 PM Chilean vibraphonist Diego Urbano with Dave Robaire, bass;  Jimmy Macbride, drums play cutting-edge, tuneful, south-of-the-border third-stream sounds at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

12/23, 6 PM surf/twang instrumental rockers the Bakersfield Breakers – whose new album is a dead ringer for something from 1963, unbelievably cool and fun – at Slake.

12/23, 9 PM a benefit at SOB’s with all proceeds to benefit the the surviving family of Eric Garner, performers TBA, $15 adv tix rec. In solidarity with the movement for justice, the organizers are requesting that concertgoers dress entirely in black,

12/23, 10 PM edgy alto saxophonist David Binney leads his group at 55 Bar

12/23, sometime late, Captain Black Big Band drummer Anwar Marshall’s wickedly catchy, groove-driven lyrical jazz project the Fresh Cut Orchestra at Nublu

12/24, 10 PM cutting-edge trumpeter Jeremy Pelt leads a small group at 55 Bar

12/25 why to got the movies when you can see slinky klezmer jamband Metropolitan Klezmer play two sets, 3 and 5 PM at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 + $10 min

12/25, 10 PM a reunion of intense improvisational piano trio legends Pilc Moutin Hoenig at 55 Bar

12/26, 6 PM a rare NYC show by Argentine tango composer/singer/bandoneonist Josefina Rozenwasser – leader of pan-Latin band Tia Juanita – followed eventually at 10 by roots reggae band Royal Khaoz at Silvana. Rozenwasser is also at Shrine on 12/29 at 8.

12/26, 7 PM intense, tuneful, state-of-the-art noir rock songwriter Nicole Atkins in a rare acoustic show at the Rubin Museum of Art,  , $27.50 adv tix rec

12/26, 8:30 PM the perennially intense, tuneful godfather of edgy, lyrical, anthemic downtown NYC rock, Willie Nile at Highline Ballroom, $25.

12/26. 10 PM Que Vlo-Ve play haunting, classic Greek hash-smoking and gangster underworld music from the 20s and 30s at Barbes

12/26, 10 PM LES punk/rockabilly/Americana guitar legend Simon Chardiet and the Rooftoppers at Sunny’s in Red Hook

12/26-27, 10:30 PM oldschool cool East Coast jazz: what a great way to wind down the holiday break: Ken Peplowski – clarinet , Ehud Asherie – piano , Martin Wind – bass , Matt Wilson – drums at Smalls

12/26 brooding Turkish art-rock/folk-rock crooner Rafet El Roman at Drom, $30 adv tix rec.

12/27. 6 PM New Aires – singer Malena Dayen and pianist David Rosenmeyer – play their original interpretations of classic tango plus tango arrangements of Cuban and Argentine folk tunes

12/27, 7 PM Chicago-style blues guitar monster Bobby Radcliff at Terra Blues

12/27, 9 PM Marta Hernández, aka Mar Salá plays her high-energy flamenco-rock at the Way Station

12/27, 10 PM Crucial Bridge & the Inity Band play their Antiguan take on classic roots reggae at Shrine

12/27, 10 PM torchy, fearless, country/blues siren Kelli King at Pete’s

12/28, 8:30 PM lyrical yet expansive pianist Eri Yamamoto with David Ambrosio, bass;  Ikuo Takeuchi, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

12/28, 10 PM Stephane Wrembel sparring partner and guitarist Roy Williams leads his own band the Bog Swing Group at Barbes playing similar Romany jazz along with western swing and other Americana

12/28 intense charismatic danceable metal cumbia/skaragga/latin rock band Escarioka at Bowery Electric.

12/29, 7 PM cleverly lyrical, darkly funny Nashville gothic rock with Maynard & the Musties at Cowgirl Seahorse, 259 Front St in the South St Seaport, free

12/29, 8 PM electrifying singer Shelley Thomas + the Brooklyn Takht Ensemble play Egyptian/Lebanese classics by Leila Mourad and others followed by lush, slinky vintage-era Middle Eastern film music ensemble Zikrayat at Drom, $10 adv tix rec

12/29, 8;30/10:30 PM intense, brilliant, compelling jazz singer Marianne Solivan with John Chin on keys and Neal Caine on bass at the Bar Next Door, $12

12/29, 9 PM Tongues in Trees – vocalist Samita Sinha, drummer Sunny Jain of Red Baraat, and guitarist Grey McMurray from itsnotyouitsme followed at 10 by noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo and band at the big room at the Rockwood

12/30 and 1/6, 7:30 PM, also 1/2-3 at 8 PM, the NY Philharmonic with Danil Trifonov on piano play Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnol, Rachmanionff’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and Tschaikovsky’s Pathetique Symphony at Avery Fisher Hall, $33 tix avail.

12/30, 9:30ish Deer Tick plays Elvis Costello’s My Aim Is True plus originals at Brooklyn Bowl, $20 – this is the most enticing night of a long stand here where the band plays their own stuff plus some pretty dubious cover nights.

12/30, 7:30 PM JC Hopkins and his Biggish Band play classics by Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and Billie Holiday at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival a must

12/30-31, 8 PM John Zorn improv night at the Stone. 12/30 is heavy on percussion, 12/31 on strings, $25

12/30, 8 PM a wild allstar bluegrass night with guitarist Michael Daves, bamjo players Noam Pikelny and Sarah Jarosz, fiddler Brittany Haas and bass god Mike Bub at the Bell House, $15

12/30, 8ish explosive noir garage guitar/drums duo Twin Guns followed eventually by  dark garage rockers the Detroit Cobras at Bowery Electric, $20

12/30, 8:30 PM drummer Tom Rainey leads a potentially explosive trio with Mary Halvorson, guitar;  Ingrid Laubrock, tenor saxophone; at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

12/30, 9:30 PM saxophone powerhouse Lucas Pino‘s two-guitar No No Nonet at Smalls.

12/31 the Brooklyn Raga Massive with sitarist Neel Murgai, percussionist Sameer Gupta and an all-star cast play a NYE party with state-of-the-art new Indian classical music and improvisation beginning at 4 with a program for the kids and continuing from 6 to 10:30 for the adults followed by an all-night jam at Art Café, 884 Pacific St (at Underhill Ave), Ft. Greene, A/C to Clinton-Washington, $20 ($10 after midnight)

12/31, 9ish the coolest, most laid-back New Years Eve show in town: slyly humorous urban country bandleader Alex Battles & the Whisky Rebellion + Brotherhood of the Jug Band Blues at Brooklyn Rod & Gun Club.

12/31, 10:30 PM Black Taxi play their propulsive oldschool disco-funk at the Mercury, $20 adv tix rec., you could do a lot worse for NYE than this party.

12/31, 11 PM pensively edgy dark 90s indie band Rainer Maria. back together with the original members, at Bowery Ballroom, $25 adv tix rec.

1/1, 8 PM ark, charismatic, mischieviously witty literate keyboardist/chanteuse Rachelle Garniez at Barbes. She’ll be gentle this time because she knows you’ll be in pain.

1/1, 8 PM powerpop/paisley underground guitar genius Chuck Prophet at City Winery, $20

1/2, 7:30 PM a great doublebill at Drom: accordionist/chanteuse Kamala Sankaram’s hot surfy Bollywood project, Bombay Rickey followed by awesome low-register original vintage-style Cuban groove band Gato Loco – with bass and baritone sax, baritone guitar, bass and drums, $10

1/2-3, 9/10:30 PM and 1/4, 8:30 PM it’s Jon Irabagon Fest at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 minimum. You want assaultive? The saxophonist plays 1/2 with Mary Halvorson, guitar;  Nasheet Waits, drums. You want devious and unselfconsciously fun and swinging? 1/3 he’s with Mark Helias, bass;  Barry Altschul, drums. You want (gasp) lyrical? 1/4 with Luis Perdomo, piano;  Yasushi Nakamura, bass;  Rudy Royston, drums

1/2-3, 11 PM Gogol Bordello at Terminal 5, $35 adv tix rec. You know them, you love them – reggaeton lyricist Ana Tijoux opens the 1/2 show at 10.

1/3, 11 AM (in the morning), the Harlem Gospel Choir at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early (yawn) arrival advised – don’t worry, they’ll wake you up.

1/3, 8 PM dark urbane Romany song maven (and Berthold Brecht descendant) Sanda Weigl and band followed at 10 by Mexican ranchera/bolero brass crew Banda de los Muertos at Barbes

1/3, 9 PM accordionist/chanteuse Kamala Sankaram’s hot surfy Bollywood project, Bombay Rickey at Tea Lounge in Park Slope

1/3, 10 PM the amazing Middle Eastern/Greek psychedelic sounds of the Byzan-Tones at Otto’s.

1/3, 11:30 PM intense, eclectic original Balkan clarinet/violin/oud/percussion quartet Sherita followed by the more jazz-oriented, clarinet-fueled and even more explosive NY Gypsy All-Stars at Drom, $10

1/4, 7 PM brilliant violinist Dana Lyn‘s cinematic, oceanically-fixated, lively improvisaitonal Mother Octopus followed at 9 PM by Stephane Wrembel sparring partner and guitarist Roy Williams leading his own band the Bog Swing Group at Barbes playing similar Romany jazz along with western swing and other Americana.

1/4, 8 PM badass resonator guitarist and delta blues/oldtime hillbilly music maven Mamie Minch followed by ex-Dylan lead guitarist Larry Campbell with singer Teresa Williams at City Winery, $20 standing room avail.

1/4, 9 PM torchy, intense, literate, charismatic oldtimey ukelele siren/songwriter Kelli Rae Powell plays her final NYC show with her band and special guest Austin Hughes of M Shanghai String Band at the Jalopy, $10.

1/6, 7 PM Balinese shadow and mask dancer Sidarta with music by bass god Shahzad Ismaily with members of NYC’s very own mesmerizing, hypnotically pointillistic Balinese orchestra Gamelan Dharma Swara at le Poisson Rouge, $15

1/6, 7:30 PM purist oldschool Chicago-style blues guitarist Joe Louis Walker at B.B. King’s, $20 adv tix rec.

1/6 lyrical pianist and Mingus advocate Helen Sung leads a quintet with Seamus Blake – tenor saxophone; Mike Rodriguez – trumpet; Reuben Rogers – bass; Obed Calvaire – drums, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $20

1/6, 9 PM Que Vlo-Ve play classic Greek hash smoking music and criminal underworld narratives from the 20s and 30s at Barbes.

1/7, 9:30 PM eclectic, paradigm-shifting B3 jazz organist Brian Charette with “the Well Tempered Quartet” – Spike Wilner (piano), Behn Gillece (viibes), and Anthony Pinciotti (drums) at Smalls. The next night 1/8 he’s at 55 Bar with the Mighty Grinders w/ Eric Kalb (drums) and Will Bernard (guitar) at 10.

1/7, 10 PM Pistolera frontwoman Sandra Lilia Velasquez’s torchy, slinky, psychedelic downtempo/trip-hop/art-pop band SLV at Shrine.

1/7 grittily tuneful, 3rd generation Stooges-influenced rockers Swanky Tiger, 11 PM at Bowery Electric $8

1/8 and 1/13, 7:30 PM, also 1/9-10 at 8 PM the NY Philharmonic play an especially awesome triplebill: Ravel’s Valses Nobles et Sentimentales, the Nielsen Clarinet Concerto and selections from Tschaikovsky’s Swan Lake at Avery Fisher Hall, $33 tix avail.

1/8, 7:30 PM prizewinning up-and-coming pianist Larry Weng plays works by Ives, Ravel, Horatio Parker and Aaron Jay Kernis at Subculture, $25.

1/8-11, 8 PM otherworldly, politially relevant vocal theatre company Carmina Slovenica perform their intense dance/choral drama Toxic Psalms, ”an open-ended collection of scenes by Hanne Blank, Veljo Tormis, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Karin Rehnquist, Jacob Cooper, Hafiz and Bronius Kutavicius,” at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Dumbo,  $25 seats avail.

1/8, 8 PM a show aptly titled “from Red Hook to the real Alaska” with Ken Waldman, Alaska’s fiddling poet, ex-Mamou Playboys Cajun fiddler David Greely, dance/harp duo Nic Gareiss & Maeve Gilchrist, multi-instrumentalist oldtime blues powerhouse Blind Boy Paxton, thoughtful newschool Americana songstress Kristin Andreassen and the Ray of Sun, Binghamton Americana quartet Milkweed, exhilarating 1800s style string band the Down Hill Strugglers, and rustic banjo/washboard duo Dubl Handi at the Jalopy, $10. The promoters say that “this lineup is on par with a strong international festival stage” and they’re right.

1/8. 8 PM global chanteuse and Leonard Cohen collaborator Perla Batalla  sings his songs followed at 9 by the electric, jazz-oriented, explosive NY Gypsy All-Stars at Drom, $10

1/8, 9ish this era’s version of Steve Earle, Joe Pug followed by wild stoner newgrass band the Devil Makes Three at Irving Plaza, $28.50.

1/8, 9 PM tuneful, hypnotic sometimes dreampop-infused tunesmithing, gorgeous vocals, wry lyrics: ex-Aquanettas guitarist/singer Debby Schwartz at Union Hall, $8

1/8, 10 PM Daria Grace’s torchy, delightful oldtime uke swing band the Pre-War Ponies at Barbes

1/9, the booking agents are in town for the convention this weekend and consequently there are some amazing multi-act bills happening. Like this incredibly cheap one at Drom which is $10 and starts at  7 PM with David Buchbinder’s exhilarating Odessa/Havana Jewish jazz project followed at 8 by Elizabeth Shepherd – the Canadian Norah Jones – at 8, Ghanian roots reggae songwriter Rocky Dawuni at 9:30, the voice of the Garifuna people, Belize-based singer Aurelio at 10, French-Canadian latin/reggaeton crooner Boogat at 11, infectious Brazilian maracatu/funk/New Orleans/surf/country band Nation Beat at 11:45 and then smartly aware Montreal reggae/hip-hop crew Nomadic Massive at around 1 in the morning. The following night 1/10 Aurelio is at Joe’s Pub at 11:30 followed by wickedly cachy, darkly keyboard-driven Colombian psychedelic cumbia band MAKU Soundsystem

1/9, 8 PM dark female-fronted Americana/psychedelic rockers Mesiko at Cake Shop.

1/9, 9ish intense, jazzily haunting Ethiopiques legend Hailu Mergia and Low Mentality and similarly slinky Egyptian folk-funk band Alsarah and the Nubatones at Baby’s All Right, $15

1/9-10 Winter Jazzfest takes over the cheesy clubs along the Bleecker Street strip and turns them into classy if sardine-can crowded for a couple of nights. The full lineup and ticket deal is here: your best bet is the two-day pass for $55 .

1/9, 10 PM  low-key, purist oldtime folk revivialist and David Rawlings collaborator Willie Watson at Rough Trade, $12 adv tix rec.

1/10, 5 and 7 PM dancers from popular Indian classical dance troupe Nrityagram  perform to set to an original live score composed by Pandit Raghunath Panigrahi at the first-floor Temple of Dendur at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, free w/museum admin.

1/10 will there be a better show in NYC this year? Probably not. At Drom, starting at 7:30, check out this unbelievable lineup: pan-latin revolutionary anthem singer/banddleader Ani Cordero , ten-piece Balkan/Duke Ellington brass band Slavic Soul Party, nine-piece original psychedelic Afrobeat dancehall monsters Zongo Junction, intoxicating LA noir psychedelic soul band Chicano Batman,  politically-fueled latino punk band Las Cafeteras, Ethiopiques keyboard legend Hailu Mergia & Low Mentality, a bit of a lull and then at around 1 AM Chop & Quench playing Fela classics and their own originals. Cover is ten measly bucks.

1/10, 8 PM energetic acoustic Mexican folk-punk band Radio Jarocho followed at 9:30 by similarly influenced but funkier songwriter Rana Santacruz and then at 11 catchy, politically astute Mexican-American janglerockers Pistolera at 11 at Barbes.

1/10, 9 PM a killer horn-fueled triplebill: John Brown’s Body trumpeter Sam Dechenne’s explosive, all-original Balkan Cocek Brass Band,  hip-hop oriented grooves with No BS! Brass Band and bouncy Afrobeat orchestra Emefe at Littlefield, $15

1/11, 11 AM (in the morning) a blazing klezmer/psychedelic cumbia/latin doublebill with Isle of Klezbos and Metropolitan Klezmer – who each have sensational live albums out – at City Winery, $10, kids free, no minimum.

1/11, 3 PM the North-South Chamber Orchestra with Lisa Hansen, flute; Jordan Dodson, guitar plays a half-dozen Robert Martin works inspired by the paintings of Arshile Gorky at aChrist & St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 120 W 69th St.(bet Bway & Columbus, free

1/11, 5:30/8:30 PM up-and-coming eclectic, purist jazz singer Brianna Thomas, with an interesting band: Sullivan Fortner, piano; Yasushi Nakamura, bass; John Davis, drums; Tivon Pennicott, sax at Minton’s, $10 at the bar/$20 at tables

1/11, 7 PM a killer LA psychedelic latin rock twinbill with Las Cafeteras and Chicano Batman at Club Open (formerly SRB), 177 Second Avenue @ 14th St in Gowanus, $15

1/11 vibraphone powerhouse Stefon  Harris & Sonic Creed with James Francies – piano; Joshua Crumbly – bass; Jonathan Pinson – drums; Elena Pinderhughes – flute, vocals; Mike Moreno – guitar, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $20

1/12, 9/10 PM the perennially adventurous Del Sol String Quartet play works from their latest  album Peter Sculthorpe: The Complete String Quartets with Didjeridu   at Cornelia St. Cafe.

1/12 haunting, intense, politically-fueled Tunisian-French art-rock bandleader/singer Emel Mathlouthi at le Poisson Rouge

1/13, 7:30 PM new music piano luminary Lisa Moore plays an all-Philip Glass program at le Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec.

1/13, 7 PM dynamic, often haunting Balkan band the G String Orchestra  followed at 9 by explosive, wryly eclectic, Ellington/hip-hop influenced Balkan brass band Slavic Soul Party at Barbes.

1/13-14 bass and oud innovator Omer Avital leads a quintet with Joel Frahm – tenor saxophone; Michael Rodriguez – trumpet; Yonathan Avishai – piano; Daniel Freedman – drums, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $20

1/13, 8 PM Middle Eastern/Central Asian/jazz jamband TriBeCaStan, haunting all-female Bulgarian vocal choir Black Sea Hotel and elegant, sardonic art-rock pianist/bandleader Eve Lesov at Drom, $10.

1/13-14, 8 PM NOVUS NY and the Choir of Trinity Wall Street perform Ellen Reid‘s southern gothic choral opera Winter’s Child – sort of a mashup of the Virgin Suicides and the Adam & Eve myth – at St. Paul’s Chapel downtown, $20.

1/14-17, 7:30 PM (with a 10 PM show on 1/15 and a 2 PM show on the 17th in addition) hauntingly atmospheric, hypnotic Korean-American composer/performer Bora Yoon plays and sings from her brilliant new album Sunken Cathedral, “tracing a musical and archetypal journey through the subconscious” at LaMama, $25.

1/14, 7:30 PM pianist Weiyin Chen plays Brahms’ Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34 with the Miró Quartet, who play the composer’s String Quartet, Op. 51, No2 in A Minor and Quartet in C minor, Op. 60  at Subculture. The following night there, 1/15 at 7:30 PM they join the American Modern Ensemble, JACK Quartet, PUBLIQuartet and conductor Delta David Gier for an evening of world premieres from Jacob Bancks, Sidney Boquiren and Robert Paterson plus music by Chinary Ung, Jessie Montgomery, John Zorn and John Luther Adams, $20 adv tix rec

1/14, 8:30 PM Bobtown – arguably the best, most eclectic and inarguably the most harmonically rich folk noir group around – play the album release show for their new one A History of Ghosts at Hill Country.

1/14, 9:30 PM atmospheric, acerbically witty jazz/downtempo saxophonist Ilhan Ersahin‘s Istanbul Sessions at Drom, $15 adv tix rec

1/15, 7:30 PM slinky mostly-female klezmer jamband Isle of Klezbos at the Lincoln Center Atrium.

1/15-18 purist, terse pianist Aaron Goldberg leads a trio with Reuben Rogers – bass; Eric Harland – drums, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $20

1/15, 8 PM steel pan pioneer Ian Williams with Mantra Percussion at the World Financial Center atrium, free. Mantra Percussion return there the following night, 1/16 with works by Wet Ink Ensemble’s Sam Pluta, Alex Mincek and Eric Wubbels.

1/15, 8 PM a solid Americana triplebill: the amusing mandolin/fiddle duo of Mike Barnett and Jacob Jolliff, oldtimey string band Barefoot & Bankside and outlaw country duo North of Nashville at Union Hall, $10

1/15, 8:30 PM psychedelic powerpop/new wave rocker Mike Rimbaud plays the album release for his characteristically tuneful, snarling, politically smart, Elvis Costello-esque new one Put That Dream in Your Pipe at Bowery Electric

1/15, 9 PM edgy, intense, innovative Syrian and Argentine sounds; a killer doublebill and a good segue from clarinetist Kinan Azmeh‘s CityBand to bandoneon monster JP Jofre‘s Hard Tango Chamber Band at Drom, $15 adv tix rec.

1/15, 10 PM hard-rocking Balkan band Tipsy Oxcart at followed at 11 by the similarly energetic, more trad Ornamatik at Barbes – fresh from Golden Festival and not out of gas yet!

1/16, 7:30 PM it’s Golden Festival, the wildest Balkan music extravaganza anywhere west of the Danube, at Grand Prospect Hall, 263 Prospect Ave. in Park Slope, lineup tba,  $35/$30 studs.

1/16, 11 PM fiery Canadian gothic rocker Lorraine Leckie and her psychedelic band with Hugh Pool on lead guitar at Sidewalk

1/17. 8 PM Pierre de Gaillande’s Bad Reputation plays witty chamber pop English translations of Georges Brassens classics at Barbes.followed at 10 by mighty Indian funk band Brooklyn Qawwali Party.

1/17. 9 PM smart, shapeshiftingly tuneful cinematic punks the Brooklyn What have organized a benefit for Ferguson, MO at the Gutter in Williamsburg; it’s a Lou Reed/VU tribute night  with a whole slew of bands including Jeff Lewis, 60s folk legend Peter Stampfel, No One and The Somebodys, Ghospal, the Planes, Electric People, Old Table and possibly  more.

1/18, 2 PM the Distinguished Concerts Orchestra & Singers International play a Pan-American program including the New York premiere of Argentinian composer Martin Palmeri’s Misa A Buenos Aires plus a solo tango and flamenco dance performance by the Tierra Adentro de Nuevo Mexico Dance Ensemble at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, $20 tix avail. The ensemble return the following night, 1/19 at 7 PM peforming music of Welsh composer Karl Jenkins

1/18, 3 PM the Budapest Festival Orchestra play Brahms’ Symphony No. 3 plus works by the Mendelssohns (Felix and Fanny) at Avery Fisher Hall, $35 tix avail. They’re also here at 1/21 at 8 playing Brahms’ Symphony No. 1 and works by Mozart, same price.

1/18, 4 PM Erica Gould’s classical theatre piece More Between Heaven and Earth, a site-specific drama based on the letters of Thomas Jefferson and his singer/mistress/muse Maria Cosway, starring Jonathan Cake, Melissa Errico, and Kathleen Chalfant and featuring music of Corelli, Cosway, Hewitt, and Sacchini at Fraunces Tavern Museum in the financial district (where Jefferson reputedly wrote some of those letters), $35.

1/18, 5 PM a crazy post-Golden Fest Balkan party with the brass-stoked Cocek Nation, Moldovan accordionist Sergiu Popa‘s Balkan Camp Reunion Band, Macedonian group Odglasi, Pontic Firebird playing their Greek Black Sea repertoire and kick-ass zurna-fueled Turkish band MWE at Drom, $10/$5 with a Golden Fest ticket

1/18, 5:30/8:30 PM powerhouse pianist Christian Sands – of Christian McBride’s band -leads his trio at Minton’s, $10 at the bar/$20 at tables

1/18, 7:30 PM the world’s most interesting string quintet, Sybarite5 play works by Radiohead (from their Radiohead covers album) plus Taraf de Haidouks: Astor Piazzolla, Jessica Meyer, Dan Visconti and others along with Armenian folk songs at Subculture, $20 adv tix highly rec.

1/20, 7;30 PM intense clarinet and violin-fueled klezmer group Litvakus at the Steven Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W 68th St., $15

1/20 eclectic, tuneful pastoral jazz/cinematic violinist-composer Skye Steele with Nate Wood and Masu  at Littlefield

1/21, 7 PM classical guitarist Jason Vieaux plays music of Albeniz and legendary early 19th century composer/guitarist Mauro Giuliani at P.S. 321’s Auditorium, 180 7th Ave. in Park Slope, $15

1/21, 7:30 PM deviously fun cabaret/chamber pop chanteuse Grace McLean & Them Apples , popular if controversial Americana band David Mayfield Parade and a bunch of twee trendoid losers at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised.

1/22, 7:30 PM the Calidore String Quartet play works by Mozart, Caroline Shaw and Mendelssohn’s String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 13 at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

1/22, 7:30 PM and 1/23-24, 8 PM the NY Philharmonic plays a Chen Qigang NY premiere, the Mozart Horn Concerto No. 4 and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 at Avery Fisher Hall, $33 tix avail.

1/22, 9 PM balmy, sardonically individualistic vocal jazz stylist Dorian Devins and her trio at Bar Thalia adjacent to Symphony Space, free

1/24, 8 PM popular lyrical jazz pianist Renee Rosnes with an interesting quartet: Steve Nelson, vibraphone; Peter Washington, bass; Bill Stewart, drums at the Miller Theatre, $20 tix avail.

1/24 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

1/25, 11 AM (in the morning) up-and-coming duo Paul Huang, violin and Jessica Xylina Osborne, piano play works byJanácek, Sibelius, Sarasate and Grieg at Walter Reade Theatre, 165 W. 65th St, in the Lincoln Center complex, $22 adv tix req., these morning shows frequently sell out

1/25, 5:30/8:30 PM jazz harpist Brandee Younger – this generation’s counterpart to Dorothy Ashby -leads her quintet with Rashaan Carter, bass; E.J. Strickland, drums; Chelsea Baratz, tenor sax at Minton’s, $10 at the bar/$20 at tables

1/25 explosive guitar-fueled art-rock jamband Wounded Buffalo Theory at Fontana’s

1/26, 7:30 PM pianist Michael Riesman and violinist Chase Spruill play “works from the bloodiest film scores by Philip Glass” at le Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix req.

1/26, 8 PM eclectic, vivid jazz cellist/singer Marika Hughes & Bottom Heavy at the Blue Note

1/27. drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, Vicky Chow, piano; Jennifer Choi, violin;Michael Nicolas, cello play trios by John Zorn at the Miller Theatre, free

1/27, 7:30 PM the oldschool purist intense klezmer Ken Maltz/Sy Kushner Duo at the Steven Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W 68th St., $15

1/27-31 the eleven-piece Chris Potter Underground Orchestra – including a five-piece string section! -7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $20

1/28, 7 PM otherworldly Tibetan chanteuse Yungchen Lhamo and band at Symphony Space, $30/$20 stud/srs.

1/29, 7:30 PM dynamic, intense cellist Maya Beiser plays works by Hildegard von Bingen, Gershwin, Eve Beglarian, the U.S. premiere of Rest These Hands by Anna Clyne, Byzantine chant arranged by Aleksandra Vrebalov, and Yoko Ono’s Cut Piece at the Jewish Museum, 5th Ave./92nd St. (enter on 92nd), $18/$15 stud/srs

1/29, 7:30 PM allstar indie classical pianist Sarah Cahill plays an all Terry Riley program at le Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix req.

1/29, 7:30 PM LA noir soul/Nashville gothic pop band Spain at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival very highly advised

1/30, 8:30 PM, repeating 1/31 at 7:30 PM the Chelsea Symphony play  Segal: Caprice for Cello and Orchestra with Erich Schoen-René on cello; Dai: World Premiere; Leonard Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story; Sibelius: Violin Concerto with solist Emanouil Manalov at St. Paul’s Church, 315 W 22nd St, $20 sugg don.

2/5 popular, pioneering indie classical string quartet Ethel play a composer portrait of Missy Mazzoli – who might be the best of the current crop of composers in the idiom -at the Miller Theatre

2/10, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, guitarists Alec Holcomb, Jiyeon Kim, Xiaobo Pu and Hao Yang play works by Paul Lansky and Steve Mackey at the Miller Theatre, free

2/10, 8 PM sizzling sarod superstars Amaan Ali Khan and Ayaan Ali Khan at Symphony Space, $25 adv tix a must

2/12, 8 PM Robert Sirota’s harrowing 9/11-themed suite for strings, Triptych performed by violinists Sarah Koenig-Plonskier and Karen Dekker, violist Michael Davis, and cellist Benjamin Larsen at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 139 St. John’s Place, Park Slope, free

2/12, 8 PM the New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra plays  the Shostakovich Cello Concerto and Franck’s Symphony in D minor at Symphony Space, $25/$18 stud

2/13 SF’s raging, Nirvana-influenced gutter blues guitar/drums duo Two Gallants at the Mercury. 2/14 they’re at Rough Trade.

2/22, 3 PM the Park Ave. Chamber Symphony plays Stravinsky: Le sacre du printemps and Lorin Maazel’s arrangement of Wagner themes, The Ring Without Words at Rose Theatre at Jazz at Lincoln Center

2/24, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, the Jack Quartet play the American premiere of Georg Friedrich Haas’ String Quartet No. 8 at the Miller Theatre, free

2/25, 7 PM striking, stark, soaring sounds from the global Jewish diaspora with Bukharian Jewish singer Muhabbat Shamayeva and Persian Jewish singer/composer Galeet Dardashti and their ensembles at Symphony Space, $30/$20 stud/srs

2/27, 8 PM the NYU Symphony with conductor Jens Georg Bachmann and piano competition winner Tadeusz Domanowski perform Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2, Stravinsky’s Firebird and student works at Symphony Space, free, early arrival advised

2/28, 9 PM sprawlingly creepy oldtimey/Americana guys O’Death – who sound better than ever despite the loss of of their tour van and all their vintage instruments – at Bowery Ballroom, $20 adv tix rec.

3/6, 8 PM the extraordinary Lebanese-American composer/multi-instrumentalist Bassam Saba and his ensemble playing haunting, sweepingly majestic original works at Roulette, $30/$25 stud/srs.

3/12,7  PM searingly intense, charismatic, fearless acoustic punk blues siren Molly Ruth followed by fiery Canadian gothic rocker Lorraine Leckie and her psychedelic band with Hugh Pool on lead guitar at the Mercury

3/13, 9 PM legendary, sweepingly majestic,timelessly relevant Australian psychedelic rockers the Church – who were arguably the best rock band in the world for a good fifteen years back in the 80s and 90s – at Bowery Ballroom, $30. 3/14 they’re at Rough Trade for the same price and will undoubtedly sell out. Adv tix rec at the Marcury, from 5-7 PM, M-F

3/24,. drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, indie chamber group Yarn/Wire play electroacoustic works by Thomas Meadowcroft and Chiyoko Szlavnics at the Miller Theatre, free.

4/22, 7 PM Norway, Sweden and the Shetland Islands’ virtuoso fiddling traditions represented by Olav Luksengård Mjelva, Anders Hall and Kevin Henderson at Symphony Space, $30

New York City Live Music Calendar for November and December 2014

Updates continuing pretty much daily throughout the month: you might want to bookmark this page and check back to see what’s new. There’s a comprehensive list of places where these shows are happening at NY Music Daily’s sister blog Lucid Culture.

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.

The NYC Documentary Film Festival is coming this monthand there are some enticing music-related ones. 11/19, 7:15 PM at the IFC Center, Andrew & Wendy, about a woman who brings her husband back from what looks like death by playing Bach for him; 11/20, 7:15 PM Bela Fleck’s How to Write a Banjo Concerto at the IFC Center; plus Nickolas Rossi’s Elliott Smith biopic;  John Pirozzi’s Cambodian psychedelic rock doc; plus films on Washington DC punk, Bronx hip-hop and two Frederick Wiseman classics. The full schedule is here.

On select Thursdays and Saturdays, an intimate, growing piano music scene 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. Thursday evenings at 7 starting Oct 9  and Sundays at 4 starting Oct 12, a series of surprise, impromptu shows: Purcell to Bartok, Bach to Stravinsky, sugg don $30 (pay what you can), delicious gluten-free refreshments, beverages and lively conversation included! email for info/location.

Mondays starting a little after 7 PM Howard Williams leads his Jazz Orchestra from the piano at the Garage, 99 7th Ave. S at Grove St. There are also big bands here most every Tuesday at 7.

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 Tea Lounge in Park Slope at 8:30 PM trombonist/composer JC Sanford books big band jazz, an exciting, global mix of some of the edgiest large-ensemble sounds around. If you’re anybody in the world of big band jazz and you make it to New York, you end up playing here: what CBGB was to punk, this unlikely spot promises to be to the jazz world. No cover.

Mondays in December at Barbes Erica Ramos’ sultry oldschool latin soul groove band Spanglish Fly take over the 9 PM slot held for so many years by the nowtemporarily disbanded Chicha Libre. Hard act to follow, but this party should be just as much fun.

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

Mondays in November, 10 PM noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo leads his trio at the small room at the Rockwood. Now you can go see him since the Living Room, that hellhole where he used to rehearse on Monday nights, is closed forever!

Also Mondays in November Rev. Vince Anderson and his band play Union Pool in Williamsburg, two sets starting around 11:30 PM. The Rev. is one of the great keyboardists around, equally thrilling on organ or electric piano, an expert at Billy Preston style funk, honkytonk, gospel and blues. He writes very funny, very politically astute, sexy original songs and is one of the most charismatic, intense live performers of our time. It’s a crazy dance party til past three in the morning. Paula Henderson from Burnt Sugar is the lead soloist on baritone sax, with Dave Smith from Smoota on trombone, with frequent special guests.

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

Tuesdays at around 10 Julia Haltigan and her band play 11th St. Bar. A torchy, charismatic force of nature, equally at home with fiery southwestern gothic rock, oldschool soul and steamy retro jazz ballads, and her band is just as good as she is.

Tuesdays in November, 11 PM brilliantly lyrical, dark oldtimey songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Pete Lanctot and band at Spike Hill.

Wednesdays at 1 PM there are free organ concerts at St. Paul’s Chapel downtown, a mix of NYC-area and international talent.

Every Wednesday, 8:30 PM Jazz with Attitude featuring Wayne Holmes on keys, Jeff Sheloff on sax, Shinya Miyomoto on drums, Dave Jones on bass and Stephanay JNote on vocals at the Proper Café, at 21701 Linden Blvd in Cambria Heights, Queens, free

Wednesdays in November, 8:30 PM guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg (of Dr. Lonnie Smith’s band) leads a trio at the Bar Next Door, $12.

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

Thursdays and Fridays in November Bulgarian alto sax star Yuri Yunakov and band play Mehanata starting around 10. One of the most intense and gripping improvisers in Balkan music.

The first Friday of the month, anytime between midnight and midnight you can download four songs from Kiam Records artists – like Jennifer O’Connor, Mascott and Tim Foljahn – for free.  Each month’s theme is different (previously they have tackled covers, colors and money)  December’s the fourth edition and a holiday theme.  Available to download only on Friday and then archived and streaming at Soundcloud.

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

Saturdays in November 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 November 6 PM, arguably this generation’s best art-rock band, pianist Greta Gertler’s lush, sweeping Universal Thump 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 4 PM fun, hellraising booze-fueled acoustic Americana band Jumbo Brown at Skinny Dennis, 152 Metropolitan Ave. (next to Nitehawk Cinema), Williamsburg.

Sundays at 5 PM through Dec 5 at Barbes irrepressible viola virtuoso/composer Ljova Zhurbin joins with a revolving door of collaborators including his brilliant singer/wife, Inna Barmash, Romany chanteuse Sanda Weigl, Ukrainian-American bandurist Julian Kytasty, tango maestros JP Jofre (bandoneon) and Pablo Aslan (bass), violin stars Charlie Burnham, Johnny Gandelsman and Miki-Sophia Cloud, clarinetists Sam Sadigursky & Kinan Azmeh, plus the members of Ljova and the Kontraband (Patrick Farrell, Jordan Morton and Mathias Künzli) and of the Yiddish Love Songs & Lullabies band (Shoko Nagai & Dmitry Ishenko). Every week, something different and potentially wild.

Sundays at 5 PM Durban-born Thuli Dumakude’s African/American music revue features choral group Thokoza – six South African and African women singing classics and obscure material from Southern church gospel to traditional South African Township songs – at the Jackie Onassis Theatre, 120 West 46thStreet between Broadway and 6th Ave., $30/$20 stud/srs

Every Sunday the Ear-Regulars, led by trumpeter Jon Kellso and (frequently) guitarist Matt Munisteri play NYC’s only weekly hot jazz session starting around 8 PM at the Ear Inn on Spring St. Hard to believe, in the city that springboarded the careers of thousands of jazz legends, but true. This is by far the best value in town for marquee-caliber jazz: for the price of a drink and a tip for the band, you can see world-famous players (and brilliant obscure ones) you’d usually have to drop $100 for at some big-ticket room. The material is mostly old-time stuff from the 30s and 40s, but the players (especially Kellso and Munisteri, who have a chemistry that goes back several years) push it into some deliciously unexpected places.

Sundays in November, 8:30 PM purist guitarist Peter Mazza – who gets the thumbs up from bop-era legend Gene Bertoncini – leads a series of trios at the Bar Next Door.

Sundays in November at 9 Romany guitar genius Stephane Wrembel plays Barbes. He’s holding on to the edgy, danceable spirit of Django Reinhardt while taking the style to new and unexpected places. He’s also very popular: get there early.

11/1, 7:30/9:30 PM Australian powerhouse Jacam Manricks on alto saxophone with Gianluca Renzi on bass and Ross Pederson on drums  at the Bar Next Door .

11/1, 8 PM the haunting, charismatic, blues-infused king of noir New York rock songwriting, LJ Murphy and his band the Accomplices at Sidewalk.

11/1, 8 PM paradigm-shifting Navid Kandelousi on kamanchah and tar with an all-star Middle Eastern improvisational jazz crew; Patrick McGuire: cello ; Jeremy Smith: percussion ; Ava Nazar: piano at Alwan for the Arts, $20/$15 stud/srs.

11/1, 8 PM Xalam – playing the music of the great Robert Johnson through the lens of traditional African music with Brandon Terzic on oud and ngoni, Pyeng Threadgill on vocals, Matt Kilmer on percussion, Tim Keiper on calabash, Matt Darriau on saxophone and kaval, Rufus Cappadocia on cello followed at 10 by horn-fueled, anthemic ranchera Banda Sinaloense de los Muertos at Barbes

11/1, 8 PM darkly compelling, Tom Waits-ish Irish chanteuse/songwriter Lisa O’Neill at the Irish Arts Center, 553 W 51st St.

11/1, 8 PM Indian violinist Arun Ramamurthy and band play the release show for their fun, dynamic cross-pollinating new Jazz Carnatica album at Greenwich House Music School $15

11/1, 8 PM pianist Eunbi Kim and her jazz trio performs her theatrical program Murakami Music comprising piano works with theatrical readings that explore the lives behind the pianists in Harumi Murakami’s books including Sputnik Sweetheart, Kafka on the Shore, and Norwegian Wood, at the Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Ave., $25 .

11/1, 9 PM ten-piece Brooklyn country/gypsy/acoustic rock institution M Shanghai String Band – whose latest album is amazing – at the Jalopy, $10.

11/1, 9 PM the Dean Ween Group at Brooklyn Bowl, $15.

11/1, 9 PM jangly Merseybeat revivalists the Above followed by garage rock guitar maven (and ex-Friggs bandleader) Palmyra Delran and her band and then purist Stockholm garage-punks Stupidity at 11 at the Delancey,

11/1, 9 PM sassy female-fronted C&W parodists Trailer Radio at Bar Chord

11/1, 9:30 PM innovative, intricate, captivating cello-and-marimba chamber pop duo Goli at Caffe Vivaldi.

11/1 Mesiko – who’ve made the shift from paisley underground to more straight-up Lou Reed-influenced, growling NYC rock – at Baby’s All Right

11/2, 11 AM (eleven in the morning) choral ensemble Cantus sings works by Petronius, Josquin, Dvorak, Janacek and others at the Walter Reade Theatre at Lincoln Center, $22

11/2, 3 PM organist David Enlow plays the world premiere of his arrangement of Dvorak’s Slavonic Dances, Op. 46 (movements I, II and VI) plus arrangements of Debussy, Richard Strauss and Verdi and the legendary Cesar Franck Grand Pièce Symphonique at the Church of St Ignatius Loyola, 980 Park Ave at 84th St., $20.

11/2, 7 PM pianist/flutist Diana Wayburn‘s hypnotically intense, spectacularly eclectic African/Middle Eastern/indie classical/improvisational Dances of the World Chamber Ensemble at the Parkside.

11/2, 7 PM prepare for some explosions: David Hobbs on alto sax and Weasel Walter on drums doing duos and solos at 61 Local, 61 Bergen St. (Smith/Boerum Pl.), Cobble Hill, $10

11/3, 10 PM hilarious, politically spot-on faux French garage rockers les Sans Culottes at Cake Shop, $10.

11/4, 7 PM intense clarinet and violin-fueled klezmer group Litvakus followed at 9 by ten-piece Balkan brass monsters Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

11/4, 7:30 PM dance like back in the old country with a live klezmer band led by intense German clarinet sensation Franzi Seehausen at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W. 68th St. (Columbus/CPW), $15.

11/4, 8/10 PM luminous, gorgeous state-of-the-art pastoral jazz with Bryan & the Aardvarks at the Jazz Gallery, this time with Glenn Zaleski on piano in place of Fabian Almazan, and Camila Meza on vocals!

11/4, 8 PM legendary bagpipe-and-strings Scottish traditional group Battlefield Band at Drom, $20 adv tix a must.

11/4, 8 PM Canta Libre play works by Villa-Lobos,  Sarasate, Ginastera and Piazzolla arranged for flute, harp and strings at  Christ and St. Stephen’s Church, 120 W 69th St. (between Columbus Ave & Broadway), $15.

11/4, 9:30 PM fun, anthemic Spector-esque retro girl-group band Pep at at the Mercury, $10 adv tix rec.

11/4-6, 10:30 PM extremely popular, creepy indie band Deerhoof – sort of this era’s version of the Eels – at Baby’s All Right. Intense, charismatic singer/keyboadist Xenia Rubinos opens the 11/4 show at 9:30, $18

11/5, 7:30 indie classical ensemble Loadbang plays the album release show for their new one Monodramas plus performances by the Righteous Girls, Eve Beglarian, Paul Pinto and others at Greenwich House Music School, free CD with concert admission, $15/$10 stud/srs.

11/5, 8 PM pianist Juan Pablo Horcasitas plays music of Juan Pablo Contreras, Samuel Zyman,  Manuel M. Ponce, Luis Jordá, Astor Piazzolla and Heitor Villa-Lobos at Baruch College Auditorium, 55 Lexington Ave (24/25), $20.

11/6 7 PM Kurt Nikkanen, violin and Maria Asteriadou, piano play works by Schubert, Mitropoulos, Theofanidis and Strauss at Merkin Concert Hall, free

11/6, 7 PM the UNSRC Symphony Orchestra plays Khachaturian’s Violin Concerto in D, and Dvorak’s New World Symphony at Symphony Space, $22/$18 stud/srs.

11/6, 7:30 PM iconic jazz bassist Rufus Reid leads his big band in a performance of his exciting, blues-infused new suite Quiet Pride, inspired by sculptor Elizabeth Catlett’s work, at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival a must

11/6, 7:30 PM a rare trio show by progressive jazz icon Steve Coleman with Jonathan Finlayson (trumpet) and Anthony Tidd (bass) at the Jewish Museum, $18/$15 stud/srs.

11/6, 8:30/10:30 PM smart, tuneful postbop saxophonist/composer Patrick Cornelius with Russell Hall on bass and Gerry Gibbs on drums at the Bar Next Door

11/6, 8 PM dark, charismatic, deviously witty literate keyboardist/chanteuse Rachelle Garniez followed at 10 by psychedelic klezmer/bluegrass mandolin and clarinet legend Andy Statman at Barbes.

11/6, 8 PM Serena Jost, arguably this era’s most captivating chamber pop singer – and a hell of a songwriter and cellist besides – at the third stage at the Rockwood, $10 + $10 drink minimum

11/6, 9 PM keyboardist/bassist Wendy Griffiths’ intricate, tuneful, intensely literate, kinetically fun art-rock band Changing Modes at Matchless.

11/6, 9 PM orginal, surfy, noirish original female-fronted rockabilly trio Catspaw at Desmond’s

11/6, 9:30ish irreverent oldschool Williamsburg vocal jazz crew the Old Rugged Sauce at Brooklyn Rod & Gun Club. They’re also here on 11/20.

11/7, 5:30 PM CTMD impresario Pete Rushefsky – who’s also nimble on the tsimbl, the Ukrainian dulcimer – at the American Folk Art Museum

11/7, 7 PM hard-charging, creepy Nashville gothic narratives with MacMcCarty & the Kidd Twist Band at Sidewalk

11/7, 7 PM pianist Margaret Mills plays works by American composers at Third Street Music School Settlement, free, pre-concert lecture at 6:15

11/7, 8 PM the NYU Symphony play Ravel: Pavane pour une infante défunte; Ibert: Flute Concerto with Zachary Hicks, flute; Fauré: Pelléas et Mélisande Suite; Sibelius: Pelléas et Mélisande Suite at the Church of St. Joseph, 6th Ave. just south of Waverly Place, free.

11/7, 8:30 PM brilliantly lyrical, politically fearless, guitarishly excellent Americana songwriter James McMurtry at the Mercury, $17 adv tix rec.

11/7, 9 PM subversive chanteuse and woman of a million voices Tammy Faye Starlite channels Nico at BAM Cafe, free. She’s so spot-on and cruelly funny, it’s scary.

11/7, 10 PM the Steep Canyon Rangers – famous for backing Steve Martin, though their own bluegrass/newgrass is killer as well – at Brooklyn Bowl, $15.

11/7, 10ish Peter Hook & the Light at Irving Plaza, $35 – if legendary bassists playing covers from their old band (Joy Division) is your thing.

11/7, 10 PM pensive Americana songwriter Donna Susan at Desmond’s, free. Raised on punk, inspired by country, more honest and haunting than any of the newbies recently relocated to Bushwick.

11/8, 4 PM the Erik Satie Quartet– Anders Nilsson – guitar; David Ambrosio – bass; Satoshi Takeishi – drums and Tim Keiper – percussion followed at 6 by pianist Greta Gertler’s Greta Gertler’s lush, sweeping Universal Thump, the similarly lush retro Franco-American chamber pop band les Chauds Lapins at 8 and horn-driven Colombian party band Chia’s Dance Party at 10 at Barbes.

11/8, 6 PM pianist/chanteuse Mary Lorson & the Soubrettes play edgy, witty oldtime-flavored songs from their excellent album Burn Baby Burn at the small room at the Rockwood.followed eventually at 10 by the Nat Osborn Band – whose wry piano-based New Orleans sounds come across somewhere in between Dr. John and Brother Joscephus

11/8, 9 PM LES punk/surf/soul legends Simon and the Bar Sinisters at Beast of Bourbon.

11/8, 10 PM riveting retro bluegrass singer/bandleader Jen Larson plays the album release show for her new one at the Jalopy with an all-star cast, $10. She’s got one of those high lonesome voices that’ll give you goosebumps; her brief show at City Winery at the end of the summer was off the hook.

11/8. 10:30 PM rustically intense oldtime blues band Fife & Drom at the big room at the Rockwood

11/9, 3 PM Patricia Cay, mezzo-soprano and Max Lifchitz, piano perform songs by Ernesto Cordero, Max Lifchitz, Xavier Montsalvatge, Manuel M. Ponce & Heitor Villa-Lobos at Christ and St Stephen’s Church, 120 W 69th St (bet Bway & Columbus), free.

11/9, 5 PM pianists Steven Gosling, Evelyne Luest, cellist Sophie Shaq and others play works by Milhaud, Kernis, Chopin and Brahms at the Lounge at Hudson View Gardens, 128 Pinehurst Ave at 183rd St., $12 sugg don, reception to follow.

11/9, 6 PM accordion monster Ismael Butera’s Velvet Jubilee play “bluesy ballads and cajuny/zydeco/African-esque accordion inspired music from the jaunts & haunts of neo-tropical humidity” at Silvana in Harlem

11/9, 7 PM 90s indie chick nostalgia: lyrical dark folk songwriter Tara Jane O’Neil, the Rogers Sisters (who were good for awhile), dark guitar legend Thalia Zedek and band and gritty indie trio Versus at Rough Trade, $20.

11/9, 7 PM plaintive pastoral jazz with saxophonist Jeremy Udden’s Plainville – Will Graefe – guitar, Pete Rende – accordion, Eivind Opsvik – bass, RJ MIller – drums followed at 8:30 by similarly tuneful guitairst Mike Baggetta and his Quartet – Jason Rigby – saxophones, Cameron Brown – bass, George Schuller – drums playing the album release show for their new one Thieves and Secrets at Shapeshifter Lab, $10.

11/9, 7 PM intense, piano-based, Aimee Mann-style literate chamber pop with Elizabeth & the Catapult at the big room at the Rockwood

11/9, 11ish Mesiko – who’ve made the shift from paisley underground to more straight-up Lou Reed-influenced, growling NYC rock – play the album release show for their long-awaited new one at Bowery Electric, $8

11/9 aptly titled 70s outlaw country-tinged highway rockers Waylon Speed at Trash

11/10, 7 PM the Janacek Quartet play a program TBA at the Czech Center, 321 E 73rd St, free.

11/10, 8 PM edgy, socially conscious hip-hop with Rabbi Darkside at Spike Hill

11/10, 8 PM the Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig with Nikolaj Znaider, violin play Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61 and Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 5 in D major, Op. 107 (“Reformation”) at Avery Fisher Hall, $35 tix avail.

11/10, 8:30 the Nels Cline Singers play 2 sets of noisy, unpredictable postrock-flavored guitar jazz at Rough Trade, $16 adv tix rec.

11/11, 7 PM Ballkan trumpeter Ben Holmes and accordionist Patrick Farrell followed by ten-piece Balkan brass monsters Slavic Soul Party at 9 at Barbes

11/11, 7 PM lute virtuoso Hopkinson Smith plays an all-Bach program at Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium. 417 E 61 St (between First and York Avenues), $35/$25 stud/srs

11/11, 7:30 PM klezmer dance madness with Binyomin Ginzberg (of the Breslov Bar Band), Boris Corchesko, amazingly eclectic guitarist Avi Fox-Rosen & Ari Folman-Cohen at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W. 68th St. (Columbus/CPW), $15.

11/11, 8 PM intense, soaring folk noir songwriter Jessie Kilguss plays the album release show for her new one at Bowery Electric on a killer triplebill: NYC’s preeminent literate janglerock/chamber pop bandleader Ward White and the similarly dark, anthemic Matt Keating follow on the bill.

11/11, 8 PM haunting Bulgarian vocal ensemble Yasna Voices on an amazing bill with the similar Young Bulgarian Voices NY, 101 Kaba Gaidi NY, percussionist Mathias Kunzli, and Bulgarian Voices Trio at TheaterLab, 357 W. 36th St., $15, reception to follow

11/11, 9 PM intriguing jazz quartet Old Time Musketry, who blend oldtimey swing, modern bucolic styles and darker, more challenging improvisational sounds at Bar Chord

11/11, 9  PM eclectic British Americana chanteuse Caridad Harmon – who’s equally at home with pensive southern folk as with elegant jazz – at the big room at the Rockwood, free.

11/12, 8 PM new variations on oldtimey Americana sounds: resonator guitarist Zeke Healey with violist Karen Waltuch at 7, at Barbes

11/12, 8 PM flutist/impresario Amelia Lukas’ first Ear Heart Music program of the season kicks off with a bang, Contemporaneous playing John Adams’ joyous Son of Chamber Symphony; Julia Wolfe’s sinister Vermeer Room; a vigorous piece from Yotam Haber and a playful one from Thomas Ades at Roulette, $20/$15 stud/srs.

11/12, 11 PM intriguing, intense, fun, lo-fi original punk blues resonator guitarist/singer Breanna Barbara Arneson at the Way Station. 11/21 she’s at Greenpoint Gallery at 10.

11/13, 7 PM edgy acoustic Americana/talking blues/murder ballad singer Kelley Swindall followed at 8 by fiery Canadian gothic rocker Lorraine Leckie playing the album release show for her smoldering new oldschool LES rock record at the Mercury, $10 adv tix rec.

11/13. 7:30 PM oboeist Jacqueline Leclair, bassoonist Brad Balliett and and clarinetist Marianne Gythfeldt play music by Balliett, Neil Saunders, Oliver Knudson, Elizabeth Hoffman, Charles Wuorinen, and Judith Bingham at Roosevelt 312 Performance Space,
Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music 2900 Bedford Ave, Midwood, free, Q train to Ave. H or 2/5 to Flatbush Ave. and walk around the campus

11/13, 7:30 PM passionate New Orleans trombonist/gospel shouter Glenn David Andrews, Crooked Still’s purist bluegrass/Americana bandleader and brilliant singer Aoife O’Donovan, Elle King (the Americana version of Cat Power), and charmingly harmony-driven, tuneful acoustic Americana guy/girl duo the Spring Standards at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival a must

11/13, 7:30ish searing, edgily funny female-fronted Americana/punk rockers Spanking Charlene at Bowery Electric, $10.

11/13, 8 PM dark urbane Romany song maven (and Berthold Brecht descendant) Sanda Weigl and band followed at 10 by Daria Grace’s torchy, delightful oldtime uke swing band the Pre-War Ponies at Barbes

11/13 the world’s best noir instrumental outfit, guitarist Steve Ulrich’s menacing trio Big Lazy play the album release show for their creepy new masterpiece Don’t Cross Myrtle at the McKittrick Hotel.

11/13, 8 PM C4, the Choral Composer/Conductor Colleective performs composer Lisa Bielawa’s war-themed Lamentations for a City plus new works by Christopher Marshall, Bettina Sheppard, Andrea Clearfield, Timothy Brown, Bill Heigen, and Lisa Whitson Burns at Galapagos; the program repeats on 11/15 at 8 at the Church of St. Luke in the Fields, 487 Hudson St.; $20 adv tix rec.

11/13, 8 PM the Klopotic-Pierce-Zoernig Trio – violinist Julianne Klopotic, cellist Lawrence Zoernig and pianist Joshua Pierce  – play Beethoven’s Fourteen Variations on an Original Theme in Eb Major, Op. 44 and Schubert’s Piano Trio in Bb Major, Op. 99 at the DiMenna Center, 450 W 37th St. $20

11/13-14, 10 PM the Rural Alberta Advantage – sort of the Canadian Rockies’ version of the Jayhawks – at Bowery Ballroom, $18 adv tix rec

11/14 explosive Balkan brass jamband Raya Brass Band – with Greg Squared on clarinet and alto sax followed by intense Balkan singer Sarah Small’s eclectic, Middle Eastern-flavored trio Hydra with violinist Rima Fand and mandolinist Yula Beeri and then a double feature of filmmaker Josephine Decker‘s creepy  Butter on the Latch and Thou Wast Mild and Lovely at MINY Media Center, 30 John St., downtown Brooklyn, F to York St. Hydra will also perform after the screening here on 11/16.

11/14, 7 PM dazzlingly eclectic virtuoso string ensemble Trio Tritticali play originals, Latin, Middle Eastern, jazz, and clever pop/rock arrangements, plus dancers, at Brooklyn Conservatory ,58 7th Ave. (corner of 7th Ave. and Lincoln Pl.) in Park Slope, R to Union St. and walk uphill, $10 sugg don.

11/14, 8 PM catchy, edgy, tuneful soul/rock/Americana band Bethany St. Smith & the Gun Show at Rock Shop, $10

11/14, 8 PM eclectic, hard-driving indie classica/jazz violinist David Wong & High Strung at the Tribeca Performing Arts Ctr (the BMCC auditorium on Chambers St.), $15.

11/14, 9ish obscenely hilarious, ferocious, surprisingly eclectic punk/powerpop band Custard Wally at Gussy’s, 20-14 29th St, Astoria

11/14, 9 PM rare noir jazz and cinematic themes from the 30s and 40s with Brian Carpenter’s Ghost Train Orchestra followed by the cosmopolitan, global Carte Blanche Jazz Band at the Jalopy, $10.

11/14-15, 9 PM well-loved, state-of-the-art female-fronted oldschool soul revivalists Lake Street Dive at Terminal 5, $25

11/14, 9:30ish wryly amusing urban country storyteller/bandleader Alex Battles & Whisky Rebellion at Brooklyn Rod & Gun Club

11/14, 11 PM sprawlingly creepy oldtimey/Americana guys O’Death – whose new album is characteristically excellent – at the Bell House, $15.

11/14, 11 PM dark retro Link Wray-influenced surf/soul rockers Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside at at Rough Trade, $15

11/14, 11 PM artsy, wickedly catchy janglerock band Long Faces – part glistening retro 80s, with a little funk and 4AD rainy day feel  -at the small room at the Rockwood.

11/14, midnight sick Dolly Parton cover band Doll Parts– who mix straight-up rock versions of her schlockiest 80s crap with acoustic covers of her country classics – at Lucille’s, $10.

11/15, 2 PM the  Downtown Chamber Trio: Jim Ferraiuolo, clarinet; Robert Kogan, cello; Mimi Stern-Wolfe, piano play Ludwig van Beethoven, Trio in B-flat major, Opus 11 (1798) ; Nino Rota, Trio per clarinetto, violoncello e pianoforte (1973); Alexander Zemlinsky, Trio in D minor, Opus 3 (1896)  at the Tompkins Square Library, 331 E 10th off Ave. B., free

11/14 the Living Kills – who distinguish themselves from the legions of riff-rocking 4th-wave garage rock imitators with Jen Bassett’s creepy, swirly organ – play the album release show for their new one at the Knitting Factory.

11/15, 6 PM arguably this generation’s best art-rock band, pianist Greta Gertler’s lush, sweeping Universal Thump followed at 8 PM by Tongues in Trees – vocalist Samita Sinha, drummer Sunny Jain of Red Baraat, and guitarist Grey McMurray from itsnotyouitsme – and then hauntingly harmony-driven cumbia/bolero/retro Mexican harmony band Las Rubias del Norte at 10 at Barbes

11/15, 7:30 sharp, experimental shamisen improviser Yumiko Tanaka creates a live soundtrack to Teinosuke Kinugasa’s legendary, hallucinatory 1928 avant garde silent film Crossroads at the Japan Society, 333 E 47th St., $15/$12 stud/srs

11/15, 8 PM newgrass jams with the Yonder Mountain String Band at Brooklyn Bowl, $27.50 adv tix rec.

11/15, 8 PM classic flamenco with Felah Menguz and Espiritu Gitano at Roulette, $20.

11/15, 8 PM NY Polyphony sing Spanish choral works by Spanish liturgical music by Morales, Guerrero and Victoria at Church of St. Mary the Virgin (145 W. 46th St), $35/$21 stud

11/15, 8 PM the NY Virtuoso Singers sing works by emerging composers Eleanor Bragg, Phillip Golub, Andrew Hsu, Tengku Irfan, Sidarth Jayadev, Molly Joyce, Michael Parsons, Gabriella Smith, Conrad Tao and Jonas Tarm at Merkin Concert Hall, $25/$20 stud/srs.

11/15, 9 PM a cool Americana triplebill at the Jalopy: hilarious, period-perfect, subtly filthy oldtimey banjoist/songwriter Al Duvall followed at 10 by oldtimey string band Sheesham & Lotus & Son and then the self-explanatory, fun Memphis Jug Band-inspired Brotherhood of the Jug Band Blues at 11, $10

11/15, 9 PM maybe your last-ever chance to see perennially powerful, tuneful, lyrically relevant Irish rockers Black 47 at B.B. King’s, $30 adv tix rec

11/15, 9:30ish punk/rockabilly/surf legends Simon & the Bar Sinisters at Brooklyn Rod & Gun Club.

11/15, midnight hard-rocking Balkan band Tipsy Oxcart at the small room at the Rockwood

11/16, 11 AM (eleven in the morning) the Simón Bolivar String Quartet make their New York debut playing Ginastera: String Quartet No. 1, Op. 20 and Brahms: String Quartet in C minor, Op. 51, No. 1 at the Walter Reade Theatre at Lincoln Center, $22

11/16. 2 PM the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra plays Janacek: Taras Bulba; Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 2; Dvorak: Symphony No. 9, “From the New World at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, $19 tix avail.

11/16, 3 PM the Greenwich Village Orchestra play Griffes – The White Peacock; Schumann – Cello Concerto; Sibelius – Symphony No. 1 at Washington Irving HS Auditorium, 16th St./Irving Place, $15 sugg don., reception to follow.

11/16, 3 PM  violinist Tema Watstein, pianist Cherie Khor, and cellist Benjamin Larsen play works by Schubert, Brahms, Robert Sirota and Marjorie Merryman at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 139 St. John’s Place, Park Slope, free.

11/16, 3 PM American Chamber Ensemble – clarinetist Naomi Drucker, pianist Marilyn Lehman, with soprano Karen Lehman DiMartino, violinist Eriko Sato and cellist Laurinel Owen with clarinetist Stanley Drucker – perform new music by Jonathan Russ at Christ and St. Stephen’s Church, 120 W 69th St, $20 sugg don.

11/16, 4 PM piano/winds chamber ensemble An Die Musik play a family-friendly program including works by Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and a wryly narrative piece by bandleader Robert Mann at Merkin Concert Hall.

11/16, 7 PM saxophonist Matt Nelson plays a solo set for the release of his new album Lower Bottoms followed by the assaultive duo of Brandon Seabrook on guitar and Brandon Lopez on bass at 61 Local, 61 Bergen St. (Smith/Boerum Pl.), Cobble Hill, $10.

11/16, 8 PM Steve Wynn‘s iconic 80s paisley underground band the Dream Syndicate playing classics from The Days of Wine & Roses, Medicine Show and the other records at Rough Trade, $20. The 11/15 show is sold out

11/16, 9 PM first-wave 50s rockabilly legend Wanda Jackson at Bowery Ballroom, $25 adv tix rec

11/16, 10 PM horn-fueled country jamband Yarn at Brooklyn Bowl, $12.

11/17, 7 PM 7 PM intense Americana/chamber pop songwriter Mary Lee Kortes plays her Songs of Beulah Rowley project at the big room at the Rockwood. Kortes channels Rowley, a brilliant, obscure, multistylistic midwestern songwriter from the 30s and 40s who wrote swing, edgy pop, saloon jazz and country among other styles, $12

11/17, 7:30 PM the Enso String Quartet with Aaron Wunsch, piano play works by Shostakovich, Janacek and Beethoven at Advent/Broadway Church, 2504 Broadway at 93rd St., free

11/17, 7:30 PM the NY Phil‘s Contact avant garde chamber music series kicks off this year’s schedule with new compositions from Daníel Bjarnason, Ingram Marshall, Missy Mazzoli, and Timo Andres; John Adams is emcee, at Subculture, $35.

11/17, 7:30 PM the first annual Mata Jr. Festival featuring world premieres for chamber ensemble by NYC-based pre-college composers, performed by the Kaufman Center’s teenage indie classical ensemble Face the Music at the DiMenna Center, 450 W 37th St., $30/$20 stud/srs

11/17, 8 PM Maiden NY play Iron Maiden covers at Arlene’s, free. They’re also here on 11/24,

11/17, 9ish Steve Wynn guitar monster Jason Victor’s searing noiserock trio the Skull Practitioners at Cake Shop followed eventually by irresistible surf punks Guantanamo Baywatch.

11/17, 10 PM singer Corinne Winters and pianist Steven Blier perform Spanish art-songs from their new album at Henry’s Restaurant, 2745 Broadway at 105th St., $10.

11/17 high energy Middle Eastern dance-rock/art-rock band Yemen Blues at Joe’s Pub

11/18, doors and drinks at 5:30, show at 6 PM, indie classical quartet Loadbang play new and recent works by Alex Mincek, Scott Wollschleger, Charles Wuorinen and Reiko Füting at the Miller Theatre, free.

11/18, 7 PM keyboardist Michael Hearst’s Songs for Fearful Flyers play the album release show for their new one: ” It’s estimated that one in five people have a fear of flying. Michael Hearst is one of those people. His new album tries to allay those fears with songs such as It’s Only A Sound, Alprazolam and Like Bumps In The Road. Narration courtesy of fellow fearful flyer Whoopi Goldberg. A stewardess will serve mini cocktails, leg room will be limited and our uncomfortable seats will be outfitted with vomit bags. Some music will be played,” followed at 9 by ten-piece Balkan brass monsters Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

11/18, 7 PM violinist and Earthen Grave bandleader Rachel Barton Pine plays Bach’s Sonata in G Minor and selections from Paganini’s 24 Caprices, Op. 1, plus new works dedicated to her from Mohammed Fairouz and Earl Maneein at P.S. 321, 180 7th Ave.,Park Slope, R to Union St. and walk uphill, $15

11/18, 7:30 PM Psoy Korolenko play their wryly edgy “KlezBard Cabaret” folk-rock at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W. 68th St. (Columbus/CPW), $15.

11/18, 7:30 PM the Donald Sinta Quartet– Dan Graser, soprano saxophone; Zach Stern, alto  saxophone;  Joseph Girard, tenor saxophone; and Danny Hawthorne-Foss, baritone saxophone – play their arrangements of the Barber Adagio and Schubert’s Quartettsatz plus works by Pierne, Ligeti and others at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall.

11/18, 7:30 PM the American Contemporary Music Ensemble play a program of Polish composers including Panufnik’s String Quartet No. 2, “Messages” and his Song to the Virgin Mary, plus Alesksander Lason’s String Quartet No. 4 and Deciso e affetuoso for solo cello at le Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec.

11/18, 8 PM smart, tuneful, lyrically thoughtful oldschool soul revivalist Dina Regine plays the album release show for her new one at Bowery Electric.

11/18, 8 PM an awesome oldtimey/Americana/honkytonk house concert: JP Harris and the Tough Choices, the Horse-Eyed Men and the Hawkins Brothers (Ernie Vega and Jackson Lynch) at the Chicken Hut 169 Spencer St. at Willoughby, $8, G to Bedford-Nostrand

11/18-23, 8:30/10:30 PM  Miguel Zenon and his quartet – drummer Henry Cole, pianist Luis Perdomo and bassist Hans Glawischnig – celebrate his new CD Identities are Changeable with a stand at the Vanguard, $25. What JD Allen is to the tenor sax lately, this guy is the alto. Different idioms, same intensity.

11/18, 9 PM haunting, brilliantly lyrical noir songwriter Karla Moheno – whose latest album might be the year’s best – at the big room at the Rockwood, free.

11/18, 10 PM well-loved noir garage guitar jamband Thee Oh Sees at Bowery Ballroom, $20. They’re also at Warsaw on 11/21.

11/18 Malian guitar monster Vieux Farka Toure – who’s even faster and a lot more adrenalizing than his legendary dad Ali – at Symphony Space.

11/19, 7 PM Susanna Mendlow, cello, Tomina Parvanova, harp and others play works for harp and string quartet by Sweelinck, Part, Korngold, Tournier and more at the Bulgarian Consulate General, 121 E 62nd St., free

11/19, 7 PM pianist Benjamin Hochman plays works by Matthew Aucoin, Bach, Dallapiccola, Frescobaldi, Ligeti, and Schumann at the Italian Academy at Columbia University, 1161 Amsterdam Avenue just south of 118th St. free.

11/19, 7 PM Dvorak chamber music performed by the Arts Ahimsa String Quartet at the Czech Center, 321 E 73rd St, free.

11/19, 8 PM  a new Rumi-inspired collaboration between intense, expressive Ottoman Turkish singer Ahmet Erdogdular and Armenian-American oud virtuoso/composer Ara Dinkjian with their bands and dancers, playing Turkish classical themes and improvisations at Merkin Concert Hall, $20/$20 stud/srs.

11/19, 8 PM keyboard maven Matt Kanelos switches to guitar with his longtime conspirators Ilusha Tsinadze and violinist Dana Lyn for an acoustic show followed by gorgeous Dutch art-rock band Cloudmachine at Rolling Orange bike shop, 269 Baltic St in Cobble Hill, any train to Borough Hall or F to Bergen St., $10 sugg don

11/19, 8 PM glam/goth goddess Kristeen Young at the Mercury, $10 adv tix rec.

11/19, 9ish a killer postrock/indie chamber music night with the Cellar & Point, Empyrean Atlas & the Knells at Glasslands

11/19, 9:30 PM cosmopolitan jazz/soul siren Nicole Zuraitis at Caffe Vivaldi

11/20, 7 PM haunting, intense, politically-fueled Tunisian-French art-rock bandleader/singer Emel Mathlouthi at Elebash Hall, 5th Ave. just north of 34th St., $25.

11/20, 7:30 PM Ursula Oppens and Bruce Brubaker play Meredith Monk’s Piano Songs at the Poisson Rouge

11/20, 7 PM a raptly compelling duo show by eclectic Mexican torch singer Magos Herrera and terse flamenco guitarist Javier Limón at Joe’s Pub

11/20, 7/9 PM the Jack Quartet plays their new arrangement of Monteverdi’s Orfeo plus Matthias Pintscher’s Studies for Treatise on the Veil written in response to Cy Twombly’s painting (currently on display) at the Morgan Library, $30.

11/20, music at 7:30ish, “dinner mob” organized by Jeremiah Moss of Vanishing New York starts at 6ish, with a free  “power trio” performance by Metropolitan Klezmer to help save iconic theatre district eatery Cafe Edison , aka the Polish Tearoom, 228 W 47th St. Enjoy oldschool comfort food with like-minded New Yorkers who don’t want to see an independent restaurant founded by a Holocaust survivor replaced by a cellphone store or a Starbucks.

11/20, 7 PM indie classical group Now Ensemble play new works by Patrick Burke, Mark Dancigers, Missy Mazzoli (whose Songs from the Uproar they recorded, brilliantly), and Derek Bermel at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival a must.

11/20, 7:30 PM not a music event but very relevant: Erin Kissane, Sydette Harry and Melissa Gira Grant host a panel discussion on online abuse: “How does a minor scuffle so quickly become an avalanche of online harassment? Why are women, people of color, and the queer and trans community disproportionately targeted? What are steps we can take to build safe spaces on the internet? A killfile or block button is no longer a sufficient tool to prevent abuse and the common advice ‘don’t feed the troll’ ignores the contemporary climate of online abuse. We will discuss tactics to minimize online abuse and the potential for structural change,”.at Eyebeam, 34 35th St., Unit 26, Sunset Park, free but rsvp recommended, D/N/R to 36th St. and walk toward the water

11/20-21, 8/10 PM ten-piece Balkan brass monsters Slavic Soul Party play their high-voltage original arrangement of Duke Ellington’s iconic Far East Suite (which actually sounds a lot more Middle Eastern) at Barbes, $15 cover per set.

11/20, 9 PM the Brooklyn What – NYC’s most intense, funny, socially aware rockers followed by similarly lyrical 90s-style alt-country band Butchers Blind at the Cameo Gallery, $8

11/21, 7 PM Chiu-Chen Liu, viola and Vanessa Lee, piano play works by Schumann at Third Street Music School Settlement, free.

11/21, 7:30 PM arguably the year’s best indie classical triplebill: intense, pensive cellist/composer Julia Kent, Slow Six founder and similarly intense composer/violinist Christopher Tignor and cinematic composer Sarah Lipstate a.k.a. Noveller at Littlefield, $12

11/21, 8 PM classical pan-Arabic string repertoire with George Ziadeh on oud, Naseem Alatrash on cello, Layth Al-Rubaye on violin and Zafer Tawil on percussion at Alwan for the Arts in the financial district, $20/$15 stud/srs

11/21, 8 PM innovative flute/viola/cello trio Eight Strings and a Whistle perform  Thought’s Torsion by Peri Mauer, Scott Brickman’s French Suite, Albert Roussel’s Trio, Op. 40, a charming work by Paul Wranitzky, Mark Winges’ Dusk Music and Martin Rokeach’s Going Up? at the Tenri Institute, 43A West 13th St.

11/21, 8 PM Adam Neiman, piano plays Rachmaninoff Complete Études-Tableaux, Op. 33, 39 at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud.

11/21, 8:30 PM luminous, exhilarating Golden Palominos frontwoman Lianne Smith followed by the similarly lyrical, brilliant Ember Schrag and band at Troost, 1011 Manhattan Ave.in Greenpoint, free

11/21, 8:30 PM powerpop guitar genius Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express – the thinking person’s Tom Petty – at the Bell House, $15.

11/21, 8:30 PM edgy, darkly intense pianist/composer Bobby Avey with his trio and special guest Rudresh Mahanthappa on alto sax, opening night at new venue the Beethoven Concert Space, 211 W 58th St., $15.

11/21, 9 PM wickedly cachy, darkly keyboard-driven Colombian psychedelic cumbia band MAKU Soundsystem at BAM Cafe, free.

11/21, 9 PM intense, haunting, mega-psychedelic twin-trombone dub band Super Hi-Fi at Bar Chord

11/21, 9:30ish catchy oldtimey all-female string band the Calamity Janes at Brooklyn Rod & Gun Club.

11/21, 11ish diverse, often haunting female-fronted Americana/acoustic funk/art-rock jamband the Sometime Boys followed by hard-charging art-rock/jamband Wounded Buffalo Theory – who are sort of like Radiohead on steroids – at Freddys

11/21 state-of-the-art current-day Jamaican reggae stylings: Black-Am-I and I Wayne at Albany Manor, 585 Albany Ave (Midwood St/Rutland Rd) in Crown Heights, 2/5 to Winthrop St. and about an eight-block walk; 11/23 they’ll be at B.B King’s

11/22 and 11/23 sound sculptor Lesley Flanigan creates her signature eerily ethereal atmospherics with vocals and her own custom-designed speakers and analog electronics in the Tower Level 5 Gallery at the Guggenheim, 89th St/5th Ave, free with museum admission ($22 general admission, $18 students). There’s also a concert in the auditorium there at 8:30 on 11/22 for $25, adv tix very highly rec. h

11/22, 7 PM Alabama Americana songwriter Nell Robinson & the Rose of No-Man’s Land with special guest Ramblin’ Jack Elliott play songs about wars of the past 250 years (with an intense, theatrical audience-interactive component) at Joe’s Pub, $25.

11/22, 8 PM Slavic Soul Party trumpeter/composer Kenny Warren‘s oldtime yet brand-new Americana group Laila & Smitty with Jeremiah Lockwood and Ilusha Tsinadze on blues guitar, MYK Freedman on lap steel, and Adam Hopkins and Carlo Costa on upright bass and drums followed by wild, bone-chilling Eastern European jamband Raya Brass Band at Littlefield, $10.

11/22, 8 PM the Roulette Sisters’ badass resonator guitarist Mamie Minch followed at 10 by accordionist Rob Curto’s rustic, sometimes haunting Brazilian forro band at Barbes.

11/22, 8 PM Benjamin Capps, cello; Vassily Primakov, piano play Chopin Sonata for cello and piano in G minor, Op. 65; Rachmaninoff Two Pieces for cello and piano, Op. 2, Prelude, Oriental Dance, Op 2, No 2; Chopin Introduction and Polonaise brillante in C Major for cello and piano, Op. 3; Rachmaninoff Sonata for cello and piano in G minor, Op. 19 at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud

11/22, 9 PM wickedly tuneful noir surf/dark garage band the Wytches at Baby’s All Right, $15. They’re at the Mercury on 11/24 at 8 for two bucks less if you get tix in advance.

11/22, 9 PM crooner Rell Gaddis’ high-voltage oldschool 60s-style soul/funk band the Revelations at BAM Cafe, free.

11/22, 10:30 PM smart, politically-fueled, anthemically tuneful Irish rocker Niall Connolly plays the album release show for his new one (free download if you sign his mailing list) at the big room at the Rockwood, $10

11/22, 11 PM Turkish folk-funk songwriter Mirkelam at Drom, $30 adv tix req,

11/22, 11:30 PM Moon Hooch at the Mercury, $12 adv tix rec. Two tenor saxes and drums playing the craziest funky grooves you could imagine with the intensity of a brass band and the catchiness and edge of punk rock.

11/23, 7 PM legendary, ethereal, surprisingly anthemic Tuvan throat-singing ensemble Huun Huur Tu with pianist James Carson at Subculture, $20

11/24, 7:30 PM Velvet Jubilee – accordion powerhouse Ismael Butera with slinky chanteuse Deb Karpel, bassist Dave Hofstra and Suzanne Davenport on violin. at Cowgirl Seahorse, 259 Front St at South Street Seaport, free

11/24 soaring harmony-driven newgrass/folk noir trio the Stray Birds at the Rockwood.

11/25, 7 PM the Innove Gnawa Band play hypnotic, pulsing Moroccan trance music followed by reliably fun, slinky, groovalicious downtempo/dub/postpunk band Faith at the Mercury, $10

11/25, 7:30 PM drummers all have the biggest address books because the good ones are always in demand. See who Aaron Alexander (leader of fiery, majestic klezmer jazz big band the Ayn Sof Orchestra) brings out ot the woodwork tonight at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W. 68th St. (Columbus/CPW), $15.

11/25, 8 PM Bill Laswell & Christopher Janney‘s hypnotic, kinetic, percussion-driven light/sound/dance project Exploring the Hidden Music with choreographer Sara Rudner, Sheila E, Trilok Girtu and others at the Gramercy Theatre, $30

11/25-26, 10 PM popular 90s goth/art-rock band Blonde Redhead at Bowery Ballrom, $25 adv tix rec. The more intense, atmospheric, hauntingly abrasive VBA open the show on 11/26 at 9.

11/25 intricate, fascinating guitar conversations and duels: Nels Cline and Julian Lage play the album release show for their new duo cd, Room at Subculture.

11/26, 5 PM an indie classical triplebill with the high-voltage Mobius Percussion, multi-percussionist Matt Evans (he gets around on a lot of instruments) and cellist/loopmusic composer Mariel Roberts at Baby’s All Right, $12

11/26, 8 PM Que Vlo-Ve play classic Greek hash smoking music from the 20s and 30s at Barbes

11/26, 9ish old stoners never stop writing rhymes: Method Man & Redman at the Nokia Theatre, $30 tix avail.

11/28, 8 PM witty Microscopic Septet pianist Joel Forrester at followed at 10  by the self-explanatory, oldtimey Jug Addicts at Barbes.

11/28, 9ish a ferocious Romany dance party with the intense original brass tunes of John Brown’s Body spinoff Cocek Brass Band followed by the sizzling, electrified, NY Gypsy All-Stars with pyrotechnic clarinetist Ismail Lumanovski at Drom

11/28-29, 10 PM a cool NYC-bred psychedelic funk jamband twinbill: the Pimps of Joytime followed by Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds at Bowery Ballroom, $18 adv tix rec

11/28, 10 PM Royal Khaoz play roots reggae at Shrine

11/29, 6 PM arguably this generation’s best art-rock band, pianist Greta Gertler’s lush, sweeping Universal Thump followed at 8 by accordionist/chanteuse Kamala Sankaram’s hot surfy Bollywood project, Bombay Rickey and at 10 by Pogues accordionist James Fearnley with  accordionist Nathan Koci, bouzouki- and banjo-player, Sean Condron, guitarist Mark McAdam, bassist George Rush and drummer Aaron Latos at Barbès.

11/29, 6 PM  pianist/flutist Diana Wayburn‘s hypnotically intense, spectacularly eclectic African/Middle Eastern/indie classical/improvisational Dances of the World Chamber Ensemble at Silvana

11/29, guesing around 9 the Big Takeover play slinky female-fronted rocksteady, ska, soca-pop and reggae at Bowery Electric

11/29, 9:30ish explosive acoustic oldtime Americana band the Woes at Brooklyn Rod & Gun Club.

11/29, 10 PM original psychedelic funk/hip-hop band Mamarazzi at the big room at the Rockwood

11/30, 7 PM a rare duo show with drummer Susie Ibarra (who’s got an entrancingly good new Electric Kulintang album out) and her old bassist pal William Parker at 61 Local, 61 Bergen St. (Smith/Boerum Pl.), Cobble Hill, $15

12/1, 7 PM wickedly cachy, darkly keyboard-driven Colombian psychedelic cumbia band MAKU Soundsystem at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival a must.

12/1, 8 PM cult fave powerpopster/wordsmith Franklin Bruno, similarly lyrical LES experimental legends the Scene Is Now and offkilter postpunk downtown supergroup Heroes of Toolik at Bowery Electric

12/2, 7:30 PM classic hundred-year-old klezmer grooves with pianist Dave Levitt and his Trio featuring Mike Cohen and Christina Crowder at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W. 68th St. (Columbus/CPW), $15.

12/2, 7:30 PM a memorial concert for composer Leo Kraft featuring his works plus compositions by Nailah Nombeko, Carl Kanter, Eugene W. McBride, Jacob E. Goodman; Craig Slon, Kevin McCarter and Scott D. Miller performed by a cast including violinists Miranda Cuckson, Curtis Macomber, Calvin Wiersma, Gregor Kitzis, Marina Kifferstein, and Ken Hamao, violist Daniel Panner, cellist Greg Hesselink, and pianist Blair McMillen at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex, $20 sugg don

12/3-7, 7:30 PM playful, fun avant garde icon Meredith Monk leads a seven-piece choir performing her latest suite On Behalf of Nature at BAM, $20 tix avail.

12/3, 9:30ish intriguing, intense, fun, lo-fi original punk blues resonator guitarist/singer Breanna Barbara Arneson at Brooklyn Rod & Gun Club

12/4, 7:30 PM Federico Agostini, violin and Enrico Elisi, piano play Brahms, Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Major, Op. 78; Beethoven, Violin Sonata No. 10 in G Major, Op. 96 at the Morgan Library, $25.

12/4, 8:30  PMguitarishly intense noir surf/postrock/metal instrumentalists Dark City at Bowery Electric, $10.

12/5, 5 PM a book signing and reading by Amy Yates Wuelfing and Steven DiLodovico fr their new Trenton punk/hardcore history No Slam Dancing, No Stage Diving, No Spikes (feat. interviews with Jello Biafra, Peter Hook, Peter Murphy, Henry Rollins, Al Jourgenson, Jon Stewart and others associated with it), followed by an acoustic show by documentary filmmaker/punk rocker Drew Stone & the Hit Squad with special guests Tristan Michael and Bopa King Carre playing classic first-wave punk covers at Cake Shop, free

12/5. 8 PM indie chamber ensemble Either/Or plays eerily astringent Keeril Makan spectral works for strings at the Miller Theatre, $20 tix avail.

12/5, 9 PM powerful, haunting, intense folk noir singer Jessi Robertson and band plays the album release show for her new one I Came From the War followed by the quieter but similarly brooding Richard Buckner at Union Hall, $15, this will sell out

12/6, 6 PM sassy, guitarishly excellent female-fronted C&W/honkytonk parodists Trailer Radio at at Slake, free

12/6, 10 PM the world’s darkest, most slashing horror surf band, the Coffin Daggers followed by the Lynchian, jangly Lost Patrol at Otto’s.

12/7, 4 PM the Cassatt String Quartet play Dvorak’s American Quartet and Peter Schickele’s American Dreams at Ross Hall at the Bronx Botanic Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd, B/D to Fordham Rd., $33/$20 stud/srs

12/7, 7 PM Anna Stoytcheva, piano plays Rachmaninoff preludes plus works by Schumann, Ravel and Mozart at the Bulgarian Consulate General, 121 E 62nd St., free.

12/8, 7:30 PM the Aeolus Quartet and the Aizuri Quartet take turns onstage performing works by Mendelssohn, Schulhoff, Lembit Beecher and a NY premiere by Dan Welcher at Advent Lutheran Church, 2504 Broadway at 93rd St.free

12/9, doors and drinks at 5:30, show at 6 PM, the Mivos Quartet parse the avant garde spectrum for works by Martin Stauning, Patrick Higgins, a new arrangement of J.S. Bach’s Contrapunctus XIX, and György Kurtág’s cult favorite suite of “microludes” at the Miller Theatre, free.

12/9, 7:30 PM trumpeter Jordan Hirsch’s Band of Dreamers plays for a Yiddish dance party at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W. 68th St. (Columbus/CPW), $15.

12/9, 10 PM pianist/flutist Diana Wayburn‘s hypnotically intense, spectacularly eclectic African/Middle Eastern/indie classical/improvisational Dances of the World Chamber Ensemble at the Way Station

12/9 the instrumental half of  80s/90s downtempo/trip-hop/acid jazz icons Everything But the Girl, Ben Watt, at le Poisson Rouge

12/10, 7 PM pianists Adam Tendler and Sarah Cahill play Luciano Berio works at the Italian Academy at Columbia University, 1161 Amsterdam Avenue just south of 118th St. free.

12/10, 9 PM high-energy jangly garage-soul band Needle Points followed at 10 by cleverly tuneful/jarring vintage Sonic Youth influenced DC guitar band Paperhaus and then the mysterious Mr. Kid & the Suicide Policemen at Palisades, 906 Broadway, Bushwick, $7, J/M to Myrtle Ave.

12/13, 6:45 PM avant garde icon Phil Kline’s annual  twinkling, psychedelic, enveloping boombox processional Unsilent Night gathers at the arch at Washington Square Park; at 7, join the procession and march to Tompkins Square Park. Download the app for your phone or burn a cd for your boombox, or use the link to stream during the procession – or borrow one of Kline’s cassettes for whatever vintage equipment you have. There will be a limited number of boomboxes courtesy of Kline as well – and a worldwide series of Unsilent Nights in other cities throughout December

12/13, 8 PM and repeating 12/14 at 3 PM percussionist/bandleader Alessandra Belloni‘s creepy tarantella rock band I Giullari Di Piazza play the darkest xmas concert you’ll ever hear at the Italian American Museum, 155 Mulberry St, $25

12/13, 8 PM Puetro Rican hill country music from across the generations starting in the early 60s with Felito Felix Y El Trio Los Antares, Odilio Gonzalez El Jibarito de Lares” and 80s hitmaker Lily Y Su Gran Trio at the Lehman Center, 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West, Bronx, D/4 to Bedford Park Blvd., $25 adult and $10 kids’ tix avail.

12/13, 8 PM the Cecilia Chorus of New York directed by Mark Shapirol presents masterworks for chorus and orchestra by Francis Poulenc and Ralph Vaughan Williams at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, $25 tix avail

12/13 smart, edgy guitar paradigm-shifter Mary Halvorson followed by the eclectic Lucky Chops Brass Band playing their party favorites at Industry City Distillery, 33 35th St in Gowanus, N/R to 36th St.

12/14, 6 PM Hat Trick –  April Clayton, flute; David Wallace, viola; and Kristi Shade, harp – perform works by Debussy, Gubaidulina and Takemitsu at the Lounge at Hudson View Gardens, 128 Pinehurst Ave at 183rd St., $12 sugg don, reception to follow.

12/14, 9 PM newschool dark psych-pop band Mystery Lights at the Mercury, $8

12/15, 7 PM wild, eclectic, klezmer/psychedelic cumbia/latin jazz jamband Metropolitan Klezmer play the album release show for their long-awaited new live one at the Eldridge Street Synagogue just north of Division St., $20/$15 stud/srs .

12/15, 8 PM electroacoustic violist/singer Jessica Meyer plays the album release show for her new solo cd at the Cell Theatre, 338 W 23rd St., $20.

12/15, 10 PM pianist/impresario Steven Blier and a slew of singers deliver Xmas songs by Jewish composers including Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (sung in Yiddish), ad infinitum, at Henry’s Restaurant, 2745 Broadway at 105th St., $10

12/16, 7:30 PM a monster Hanukkah blowout with Montreal’s Shtreiml w/Jason Rosenblatt & Ismail Fencioglu at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W. 68th St. (Columbus/CPW), $15.

12/17, 7:30 PM indie classical chamber group Ensemble Pi play their annual peace concert feat. socially aware works by Penderecki, Sostakovich, Laura Kaminsky, Susan Botti, Jason Eckardt, Bryant Kong at Subculture, $20/$15 stud/srs

12/18 9 PM intense southwestern gothic songwriter Joe Yoga (of the Downward Dogs) does his annual twisted Xmas show featuring a slew of downtown songwriting talent including himself, Killy Dwyer and others, plus a “double-blind Secret Santa: bring a gift/get a gift… they all go in a big box and then pick one at random later on in the show! This is always one of the biggest hits at Yoga Christmas so be sure to participate!”  at Under St Marks Theater 94 St Marks Place, $5

12/20, 7 PM an excellent global twinbill: hypnotic, pointillistically psychedelic dulcimer instrumentalists House of Waters followed by soaring, brilliant singer Magda Giannikou’s lush, sweeping, pan-Mediterranean art-rock/chamber pop/jazz group Banda Magda at Drom, $17 adv tix rec.

12/20, 8 PM shapeshifting violinist/singer Sarah Bernstein leads her amazing Quartet w/Kris Davis, Stuart Popejoy, Ches Smith at Scholes Street Studio, 375 Lorimer St in Williamsburg, $10

12/20, 9 PM ageless, perennially vital third-wave ska/soul/blues party mavens the Slackers at the Bell House, $20

12/20, 9:30 PM cult classic 70s surrealist punks the Dickies – remember Stuck in a Pagoda with Tricia Toyota? –  at Bowery Electric, $15

12/21 the annual interactive Make Music Winter activities take place today. Most of them are on the dumb side, substituting digital gadgetry for anything that might require actual musicianship or effort. Others are just as stupid for other reasons: a Bach relay race on the G train, interrupted by the loudest alarms in the entire subway system every time the car doors open or close ? Pure genius. But there are a handful that seem like real fun:

11 AM, Baritone Christopher Dylan Herbert leads a parade performing a participatory version of Schubert’s bitter existentialist/revolutionary song cycle Winterreise from Magnolia Plaza (in front of the administration building) at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, then into and around the garden, where there’ll be free admission. Herbert sings along to a Timothy Long piano recording of the Schubert score, amplified by handheld radios carried by the paraders.

4 PM beginning at Intervale Green, 1330 Intervale Ave in the Bronx, a parade through Morrissania celebrating parranda, the Puerto Rican and Garifuna holiday caroling tradition, led by Hector “Pucho” Alamo, Lucy Blanco, Carlos Espada, Matthew Gonzalez, James Lovell, Los Hermanos Nuñez and Jorge “Georgie” Vázquez and ending with a big jam.

4 PM starting out at the basketball courts at W 3rd and 6th Ave, percussionists Amy Garapic and Clara Warnaar lead participants in a performance of Terry Riley’s iconic avant garde work In C around Washington Square Park for the NYC celebration of the piece’s 50th anniversary. “All instrumentalists are welcome to bring their own instruments and join in. Large cue cards will display individual musical cells, which will lead participants through the piece as well as along their route around the park.”

6:30 PM early music singers led by conductor Malcolm Merriweather walk from the steps of the American Museum of Natural History at 79th and CPW to the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, carrying lanterns through Central Park, performing material once sung along the medieval pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. All singers are invited to join; one assumes scores will be provided.

12/26 brooding Turkish art-rock/folk-rock crooner Rafet El Roman at Drom, $30 adv tix rec

12/30, 9:30ish Deer Tick plays Elvis Costello’s My Aim Is True plus originals at Brooklyn Bowl, $20 – this is the most enticing night of a long stand here where the band plays their own stuff plus some pretty dubious cover nights.

12/30, 7:30 PM JC Hopkins and his Biggish Band play classics by Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and Billie Holiday at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival a must

12/30, 8 PM dark garage rockers the Detroit Cobras at Bowery Electric, $20

12/31, 11 PM pensively edgy dark 90s indie band Rainer Maria. back together with the original members, at Bowery Ballroom, $25 adv tix rec.

1/9 low-key, purist oldtime folk revivialist and David Rawlings collaborator Willie Watson at Rough Trade

1/13 Middle Eastern/Central Asian/jazz jamband TriBeCaStan, haunting all-female Bulgarian vocal choir Black Sea Hotel and elegant, sardonic art-rock pianist/bandleader Eve Lesov at Drom

New York City Live Music Calendar for October and November 2014

Updates continuing pretty much daily throughout the month, and a new calendar coming Nov 1: you might want to bookmark this page and check back to see what’s new. There’s a comprehensive list of places where these shows are happening at NY Music Daily’s sister blog Lucid Culture.

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.

The NYC Documentary Film Festival is coming in November and there are some enticing music-related ones. 11/19, 7:15 PM at the IFC Center, Andrew & Wendy, about a woman who brings her husband back from what looks like death by playing Bach for him; 11/20, 7:15 PM Bela Fleck’s How to Write a Banjo Concerto at the IFC Center; plus Nickolas Rossi’s Elliott Smith biopic;  John Pirozzi’s Cambodian psychedelic rock doc; plus films on Washington DC punk, Bronx hip-hop and two Frederick Wiseman classics. The full schedule is here.

On select Thursdays and Saturdays, an intimate, growing piano music scene 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. Thursday evenings at 7 starting Oct 9  and Sundays at 4 starting Oct 12, a series of surprise, impromptu shows: Purcell to Bartok, Bach to Stravinsky, sugg don $30 (pay what you can), delicious gluten-free refreshments, beverages and lively conversation included! email for info/location.

Mondays starting a little after 7 PM Howard Williams leads his Jazz Orchestra from the piano at the Garage, 99 7th Ave. S at Grove St. There are also big bands here most every Tuesday at 7.

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 Tea Lounge in Park Slope at 8:30 PM trombonist/composer JC Sanford books big band jazz, an exciting, global mix of some of the edgiest large-ensemble sounds around. If you’re anybody in the world of big band jazz and you make it to New York, you end up playing here: what CBGB was to punk, this unlikely spot promises to be to the jazz world. No cover.

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

Mondays in October, 10 PM noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo leads his trio at the small room at the Rockwood. Now you can go see him since the Living Room, that hellhole where he used to rehearse on Monday nights, is closed forever!

Also Mondays in October Rev. Vince Anderson and his band play Union Pool in Williamsburg, two sets starting around 11:30 PM. The Rev. is one of the great keyboardists around, equally thrilling on organ or electric piano, an expert at Billy Preston style funk, honkytonk, gospel and blues. He writes very funny, very politically astute, sexy original songs and is one of the most charismatic, intense live performers of our time. It’s a crazy dance party til past three in the morning. Paula Henderson from Burnt Sugar is the lead soloist on baritone sax, with Dave Smith from Smoota on trombone, with frequent special guests.

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

Tuesdays at around 10 Julia Haltigan and her band play 11th St. Bar. A torchy, charismatic force of nature, equally at home with fiery southwestern gothic rock, oldschool soul and steamy retro jazz ballads, and her band is just as good as she is.

Tuesdays in November, 11 PM brilliantly lyrical, dark oldtimey songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Pete Lanctot and band at Spike Hill.

Wednesdays at 1 PM there are free organ concerts at St. Paul’s Chapel downtown, a mix of NYC-area and international talent.

Wednesdays in October, 7 PM Eve Lesov hosts an open mic at Ariana Restaurant, 138-140 W Houston St (Sullivan/MacDougal). You know the deal with open mics: most of them suck. Most people who play them can’t get a gig anywhere else – and in a city with over 200 venues, where even the suckiest bands can find a Bushwick loft where they can pose and pout, that’s especially pathetic. Eve is different. She’s an excellent art-rock pianist and songwriter, who most likely will draw on a global network (Russians especially) to put some good stuff on here. This could be a great place for quality artists to try out new material in a semi-invisible setting, surrounded by their peers.

Every Wednesday, 8:30 PM Jazz with Attitude featuring Wayne Holmes on keys, Jeff Sheloff on sax, Shinya Miyomoto on drums, Dave Jones on bass and Stephanay JNote on vocals at the Proper Café, at 21701 Linden Blvd in Cambria Heights, Queens, free

Wednesdays in October, 8:30 PM guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg (of Dr. Lonnie Smith’s band) leads a trio at the Bar Next Door, $12.

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

Thursdays and Fridays in October Bulgarian alto sax star Yuri Yunakov and band play Mehanata starting around 10. One of the most intense and gripping improvisers in Balkan music.

The first Friday of the month, anytime between midnight and midnight you can download four songs from Kiam Records artists – like Jennifer O’Connor, Mascott and Tim Foljahn – for free.  Each month’s theme is different (previously they have tackled covers, colors and money)  December’s the fourth edition and a holiday theme.  Available to download only on Friday and then archived and streaming at Soundcloud.

Fridays at noon members of the Greenwich Village Orchestra play chamber works from across the ages at the Albany Street plaza (a block from the 9/11 memorial downtown), free

Fridays at 5 PM in October, adventurous indie classical string quartet Ethel (Ralph Farris, viola; Dorothy Lawson, cello; Kip Jones, violin; and Tema Watstein, violin) plays the balcony bar at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, free w/museum adm. When they’re not there, they’ll have someone from from their wide circle of like-minded avant ensembles. Although the sound wafts across the balcony, you actually have to be in the bar itself in order to really appreciate what they’re doing.

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

Saturdays in October 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 in October Mamie Minch plays Barbes. “She’s a rockstar,” one crowd member murmured at a recent show here. A nimble resonator guitarist, oldtime blues and country maven who writes her own edgy songs which are period-perfect yet completely in the here and now, she’s also got a powerful, sultry alto voice and charisma to match. There will probably be a parade of like-minded special guests joining her throughout the month.

Saturdays in November 6 PM, arguably this generation’s best art-rock band, pianist Greta Gertler’s lush, sweeping Universal Thump 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 4 PM fun, hellraising booze-fueled acoustic Americana band Jumbo Brown at Skinny Dennis, 152 Metropolitan Ave. (next to Nitehawk Cinema), Williamsburg.

Add Sundays at 5 PM through Dec 5 at Barbes irrepressible viola virtuoso/composer Ljova Zhurbin joins with a revolving door of collaborators including his brilliant singer/wife, Inna Barmash, Romany chanteuse Sanda Weigl, Ukrainian-American bandurist Julian Kytasty, tango maestros JP Jofre (bandoneon) and Pablo Aslan (bass), violin stars Charlie Burnham, Johnny Gandelsman and Miki-Sophia Cloud, clarinetists Sam Sadigursky & Kinan Azmeh, plus the members of Ljova and the Kontraband (Patrick Farrell, Jordan Morton and Mathias Künzli) and of the Yiddish Love Songs & Lullabies band (Shoko Nagai & Dmitry Ishenko). Every week, something different and potentially wild.

Sundays at 5 PM Durban-born Thuli Dumakude’s African/American music revue features choral group Thokoza – six South African and African women singing classics and obscure material from Southern church gospel to traditional South African Township songs – at the Jackie Onassis Theatre, 120 West 46thStreet between Broadway and 6th Ave., $30/$20 stud/srs

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 October, 8:30/11 PM the mighty, politically astute, symphonically majestic Arturo O’Farrill Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra at Birdland, $30 seats avail

Sundays in October, 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 in October at 9 Romany guitar genius Stephane Wrembel plays Barbes. He’s holding on to the edgy, danceable spirit of Django Reinhardt while taking the style to new and unexpected places. He’s also very popular: get there early.

10/1-2, 7:30 PM and 10/3, 2 PM the NY Philharmonic plays Carl Nielsen’s Maskarade Overture plus Symphonies Nos. 5 and 6 at Avery Fisher Hall, $29 tix avail. Nielsen is a secret favorite of conductors, and Alan Gilbert has an absolute blast with the composer’s blustery, richly tuneful orchestration.

10/1, 8 PM dark experimental Nina Simone-influenced Belgian soul/jazz/noir chanteuse Melanie DeBiasio at the big room at the Rockwood, free w/rsvp to burexny@gmail.com

10/1, 8 PM pianist Alberto Reyes plays music of Chopin, Schumann and Franck at Merkin Concert Hall, $15 tix avail.

10/1, 8 PM the Mivos Quartet plays the NY premiere of Samson Young‘s The Anatomy of a String Quartet, which embodies a Beethoven quartet plus improvisation based on electroacoustic interaction with a laptop monitoring the ensemble’s movement and brainwaves. The musicians look like they’re wired up for the electric chair. At Roulette, $20

10/1-2, 9:30 PM  pianist Danny Grissett and his Quartet with Jaleel Shaw – alto sax , Ben Williams – bass , Jonathan Barber – drums  at Smalls .

10/2, 7 PM Hungarian avant jazz ensemble Modern Art Orchestra with special guest saxophonist Dave Liebman at Symphony Space, free.

10/2, 730 PM brilliant, haunting, intense Turkish art-rock band Barrakka followed by controversial Turkish psychedelic rocker Ahmet Musin at Drom, $20 adv ix ver highly rec.

10/2 8 PM deviously witty, charismatic, lyrical keyboardist/accordionist Rachelle Garniez at Barbes

10/2, 8 PM cult favorite Irish chamber pop crooner Pierce Turner at Connolly’s.

10/2, 8 PM the NYU Philharmonia plays Beethoven: Egmont Overture; Brahms: Variations on a Theme of Joseph Haydn; Ginastera: Estancia; De Falla: El Amor Brujo Ballet Suite at the Loewe Theatre, W 4th St. just west of Washington Square Park, free

10/2, 8 PM blazing Americana/soul jamband Holy Ghost Tent Revival at the Knitting Factory, $12 .

10/2, 8:30 PM Stage Fright -high-voltage acoustic jazz guitar duo Stephen B Antonakos & Scott Aldrich – at Espresso 77, 35-57 77th Stoff 37th Ave, Jackson Heights,. 10/8 they’re at Brooklyn Rod & Gun Club at 9ish.

10/2, 8:30 PM Julia Haltigan – a torchy, charismatic force of nature, equally at home with fiery southwestern gothic rock, oldschool soul and steamy retro jazz ballads – with her band at the Mercury, $10.

10/2, 8:30 PM Roosevelt Dime play tongue-in-cheek oldtimey Americana and retro soul originals followed by guitarishly brilliant eclectic soul/Americana bandleader Miss Tess & the Talkbacks at the Bell House, $12.

10/2, 9 PM edgy, politically-fueled Romany/latin/ska rockers Karikatura at Arlene’s, $8.

10/2, 9:30 PM opening night of this year’s NY Gypsy Festival with Mexican son jarocho punk band Las Cafeteras at Drom, $12 adv tix rec.

10/3, 7 PM mezzo-soprano Augusta Caso and pianist Carl Bolleia premiere Jay Vilnai’s new song cycle of Charles Bukowski poems, There’s a Bluebird in My Heart, which draws on both the jazz of Bukowski’s youth as well as the German composers he admired, at the South Oxford Space, 138 S Oxford St., Ft. Greene, $10, any train to Jay St/Borough Hall and about a 10 minute walk

10/3, 7:30 PM 90s indie powerpop/mod punk legends the Figgs at the Mercury, $10

10/3, 8 PM Costello piano legend Steve Nieve and French crooner Tall Ulysse play Elvis Costello songs at City Winery, $20 standing room avail.

10/3, 8:30 PM 90s indie powerpop/mod punk legends the Figgs at the Mercury, $12 – price went up $2 since they played there last time!

10/4, 3 PM western swing with Dennis Lichtman’s Brain Cloud followed by oldtime country blues maven Don Flemons at Madison Square Park, free.

10/4, 4 PM the family-friendly Songs for Unusual Creatures, brought to you by many of the same people behind Songs for Ice Cream Trucks: “A celebration of the under-appreciated creatures that roam the planet. From the Australian Bilby to the deep-sea Magnapinna Squid, to the Saddleback Caterpillar” followed at 6 by badass resonator guitarist/blues chanteuse Mamie Minch at 6,  Raquel Z Rivera y Ojos de Sofia playing classic Puerto Rican bomba music at 8 and then eclectic brass-fueled Mexican ranchera and banda music with Banda Sinaloense de los Muertos at 10 at Barbes

10/4, 7:30 PM this month’s festival of women classical musicians from India kicks off with sitarist Roopa Panesar at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex., $30/20 stud/sts

10/4, 7:30 PM electric Neil Young soundalike Israel Nash at the Mercury, $12.

10/4, 8 PM night two of this year’s NY Gypsy Festival is a killer Balkan brass lineup (one assumes in this order): NYC’s original Serbian-style crew Zlatne Uste, volcanic improvisers Raya Brass Band, trumpet icon Frank London’s Klezmer Brass All-Stars, intense Romany band Black Masala and Slovak monsters Orchester Prazevica at Drom, $15 adv tix a must

10/4, 8 PM deliriously fun, psychedelic Colombian metal cumbia band MAKU Soundsystem at Flushing Town Hall, $15/$10 stud.

10/4, 8 PM world premiere performances of Draculette, an Opera, by William Maselli; Carmilla, For String Orchestra, by Charles Coleman, and Visions of Sabbath: Classic Early Themes of Black Sabbath Arranged for Orchestra, starring Olga Zhuravel and Micaela Oeste, sopranos, and Featuring Frederika Krier on violin at Merkin Concert Hall, $35 tix avail.

10/4, 8 PM, repeating on 10/5 at 3 PM indie classical ensemble Alarm Will Sound premieres Scott Johnson’s Mind Out of Matter – a lively, rock-influenced suite that contemplates the wonders of the heavens from a scientific rather than religious perspective – at the Kasser Theater at Montclair State University is located at 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, NJ,  $20, Charter bus service is provided from the Port Authority arcade on 41st Street between 8th and 9th Avenues–to the Kasser Theater ($10 per person, round trip) for all Saturday and Sunday performances. Bus reservations may be made by calling 973-655- 5112 or by visiting http://www.peakperfs.org

10/4, 10 PM charming French pop revivalists Banda Magda  – whose new album goes in a bracing new Mediterranean direction – at Subculture, $18 adv tix rec

10/4, 10:30ish explosive, unpredictable, brilliantly original Balkan party instrumentalists Cocek Brass Band playing the album release show for their excellent debut cd at Mehanata.

10/5, 3 PM the Greenwich Village Orchestra play Beethoven: Violin Concerto; Elgar – Enigma Variations at Washington Irving HS Auditorium, 16th St./Irving Place, $15 sugg don., reception to follow.

10/5, 4 PM early music ensemble Quicksilver play “sumptuous sonatas and ingenious ballets” by Bertali, Biber, Buonamente, Kerll, Fux, Schmelzer and their contemporaries at Corpus Christi Church, 529 W 121st St $10 tix avail.

10/5, 4 PM the Clarosa Quartet play the Schumann Piano Quartet and Schubert’s “Trout” Quintet at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza, free, no under-sixes.

10/5, 7:30 PM fiery Balkan brass dancefloor band Boban i Marko Markovic Orkestar – fresh from Belgrade Beer Fest – at the Schimmel Auditorium at Pace University on Spruce St. in the financial district, very pricy, $39 but could be worth it.

10/5, 8 PM gently intense, deviously psychedelic, amazingly eclectic Austin-based Americana/jazz chanteuse/guitarist Jenifer Jackson and band at the small room at the Rockwood.

10/5, 8 PM the Sweetback Sisters play two sultry badass sets of classic-sounding original honkytonk and oldschool C&W at the Jalopy, $15. Their City Winery show last August was off the hook.

10/5, 8:30 PM fun, quirky, catchy female-fronted ska band Across the Aisle at Arlene’s, $8

10/5, 9 PM alto saxophonist Alex Weisss ‘s tuneful, unpredictable, improvisaitonal chamber/pastoral jazz outfit Outhead with baritone saxophonist Charlie Gurke, bassist Rob Woodcock and drummer Dillon Westbrook, plus guest guitarist Peter Galub play the release show for their new album, Cabezazo at Muchmore’s, $10 sugg don. 10/21 they’re at the Why Not Jazz Room on Christopher St. at 8 and then on 10/26 at Shapeshifter Lab

10/6, 7:30 PM paradigm-shifting, electrifying ensemble the Imani Winds play a new arrangement of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring plus works by Mendelssohn, Simon Shaheen and Wayne Shorter at Music Mondays, Advent/ Broadway Church, 2504 Broadway at 93rd St., free.

10/6, 7:30 PM Tre Voci (Kim Kashkashian, viola; Marina Piccinini, flute; Sivan Magen, harp) play music of Rameau, Debussy, and Sofia Gubaidulina at le Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec.

10/6, 8 PM the NYU Symphony plays Riegger: Dance Rhythms, Op. 58; Lalo: Cello Concerto in D minor with Phoebe Tsai, cello; Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major “Eroica” at the Loewe Theatre, W 4th St. just west of Washington Square Park, free

10/7, 7 PM intense Americana/chamber pop songwriter Mary Lee Kortes plays her Songs of Beulah Rowley project at the big room at the Rockwood. Kortes channels Rowley, a brilliant, obscure, multistylistic midwestern songwriter from the 30s and 40s who wrote swing, edgy pop, saloon jazz and country among other styles.

10/7, 7 PM haunting, slinky East African/Middle Eastern dance-folk/groove band Alsarah & the Nubatones at Bric Arts, free

10/7, 7 PM a tango summit at Symphony Space paying tribute to Argentine legend Anibal Triolo with performances by the Binelli-Ferman Duo (piano and bandoneon); Eddy Marcano; Quinteto Tango Leopoldo Federico from Colombia; GlamourTango (a tribute to the early women of tango); Facundo Posadas & Ching Pin de Posadas; Leandro Oliver & Laila Rezk; Dardo Galletto; Karina Romero; Mariana Parma; Mariana Galassi; and Silvana Brizuela, $30 adv tix a must. The program repeats on 10/11 at the 92nd St. Y at 8.

10/7, 7:30 PM the Tarras Band feat.  longtime Dave Tarras sideman and klezmer legend, Pete Sokolow (piano) plus an all-star current-day lineup: Michael Winograd (clarinet, Yiddish Art Trio), Ben Holmes (trumpet, Klez Dispensers), Dave Licht (drums, the Klezmatics), Jim Guttman (bass, Klezmer Conservatory Band) and Dan Blacksberg (trombone,) at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W. 68th St. (Columbus/CPW), $15.

10/7 inspired, cutting-edge trombonist/composer Ryan Keberle & Catharsis feat. Camila Meza – voice; Mike Rodriguez – trumpet; Scott Robinson – saxophone; Matt Clohesy – bass, Eric Doob – drums, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $20.

10/7, 7:30 PM, repeating on 10/8 at 10 PM the Sara Galas Band feat. Bill Ruyle, Claudio Scarabottini, Yuka Tadano and Yukio Tsuji play eclectic chamber pop with Romany, gamelan, Asian and Italian folk influences at La MaMa, 74 E 4th St., free.

10/8, 7 PM violinist Eddy Marcano with his ensemble, David Peña, double bass and guitar, José Pepe Saglimbeni, accordion and violin, Yilmer Vivas, percussionist, Manuel Rangel, maracas and guitar, Dino Dinelli, pianist and Karlo Flores, violinist and conductor play Astor Piazzolla classics and Venezuelan traditional tunes at the Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Center, 3940 Broadway at 165th St. , $10

10/8 the cross-generational Wolff & Clark Expedition feat. the spectacular Hailey Niswanger and Steve Wilson on saxes with Mike Wolff – piano; James Genus – bass; Mike Clark – drums, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $20.

10/8, 8 PM strummy lo-fi guitar/organ duo Christy & Emily, scary/awesome guitar/viola jazz duo Mary Halvorson & Jessica Pavone, darkly enchanting Great Plains Gothic narratives from luminous tunesmith Ember Schrag and band, and hypnotically intense art-rock/indie classical dirges from cellist/songwriter Meaner Pencil at Trans-Pecos, $8.

10/8, 8 PM the New Old Timers play bluegrass arranged for horns with Petr Cancura (banjo/saxophones); Jeremy Udden (saxophones); Aryeh Kobrinsky (bass) and Richie Barshay (drums).at Barbes.

10/8, 9:30 PM sizzling South Serbian Romany brass outfit Boban i Marko Markovic at Drom, $20

10/8-9 the Brian Charette Organ Trio w/ Yotam Silberstein and Mark Ferber play the album release show for their characeristically witty new one Good Tipper at Smalls.

10/9, 7 PM harpsichordist Jory Vinikour performs Rameau at Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium , 417 E 61st St between First and York Ave, $35/$25 stud/srs.

10/9, 7:30 PM stampeding Indian Romany group Rajasthani Gypsy Caravan at Drom, $15 adv tix rec.

10/9-12 the reliably intense, tuneful Steve Wilson on alto and soprano sax leading an exceptionally good Quintet with George Cables – piano; Alex Sipiagin – trumpet; Larry Grenadier – bass; Ulysses Owens, Jr. – drums, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25/$30 on the weekend .

10/9, 8 PM haunting Romany jazz chanteuse/bandleader (and Berthold Brecht descendant) Sanda Weigl followed at 10 by Turli Tava playing haunting Macedonia tunes with Walt Mahovlich – clarinet, sax, gajda; Adam Good – guitar, oud, dzhumbush, kaval ad Jerry Kisslinger – tapan, dumbek, percussion at Barbes

10/9-11, 8 PM wildly popular indie classical string quartet Brooklyn Rider and singer/violinist Carla Kihlstedt play a new score behind a ballet performance based on dadaesque Kandinsky poems from the 1950s at Baryshnikov Arts Center,, 450 W 37th St. $25 tix avail. at the Lincoln Center box offices

10/9, 9 PM kick-ass Austin twangrock/honkyonk songwriter/bandleader Shelley King at Hill Country, free.

10/9, 10 PM hard-riffing Led Zep soundalikes Wake the Sun at Lit, $12

10/9, guesing around 10ish  chromatically edgy two-guitar metal band Fit For Rivals at Santos Party House.

10/9, 11 PM hypnotic, intense atmospheric/chamber pop/art-rock project Opal Onyx at Muchmore’s.

10/10, 7 PM Nathaniel LaNasa plays piano works by Beethoven, Debussy, Franck and Schoenberg at Third Street Music School Settlement, free.

10/10, 7:30 PM edgy postbop tunefulness: Nick Moran on guitar with Brad Whiteley on piano and Diego Voglino on drums at the Bar Next Door

10/10, 8 PM wild but tight Afrobeat jamband the Brighton Beat followed by the even wilder, theatrical Balkan brass/circus rock band MarchFourth Marching Band at Brooklyn Bowl, $10 adv tix rec.

10/10, 8 PM bass clarinetist Ken Thomson & Slow/Fast – with guitarist Nir Felder, trumpeter Russ Johnson, bassist Adam Armstrong, and drummer Fred Kennedy- play the album release show for their new one at Shapeshifter Lab, $10.

10/10, 9 PM vintage acoustic Americana from the past two centuries:  the 5 Mile String Band followed at 10 by the Down Hill Strugglers at the Jalopy, $10

10/10, 10 PM horn-driven Colombian party band Chia’s Dance Party at Barbes.

10/11, 4 PM the Erik Satie Quartet- Anders Nilsson – guitar; David Ambrosio – bass; Satoshi Takeishi – drums and Tim Keiper – percussion followed at 6 by badass resonator guitarist Mamie  Minch, charming French chanson revivalistst Les Chauds Lapins at 8 and then Diego Obregon‘s Colombian marimba band Grupo Chonta at Barbes .

10/11, 7 PM Jordanian chanteuse/guitarist Farah Siraj plays her “vivacious Arabian flamenco jazz” with her band at Drom, $15 adv tix highly rec.

10/11, 7:30 PM brilliant, cinematically creepy vibraphonist Tom Beckham with Peter Slavov on bass and Devin Gray on drums at the Bar Next Door

10/11, 8 PM cutting-edge Syrian classical/jazz/improvisational trio Hewar: Kinan Azmeh, clarinet ; Issam Rafea, oud ; Dima Orsho, vocals at Alwan for the Arts, $20/$15 stud/srs.

10/11, 8 PM the Avalon Quartet play Golijov – Tenebrae; Debussy – String Quartet in G minor, Op.10; Schumann String Quartet No. 3 in A Major, Op. 41 at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud .They also play here at 4 PM on Sunday, 10/12 with works by Tschaikovsky, Brahms and Schubert’s Quartettsatz.

10/11, 8:30 PM searingly political ska-punk/latin rock band Outernational at the Mercury, $10 adv tix rec

10/11, 9ish dark art-rockers the Devil’s Broadcast followed at 10:30 PM by the Reid Paley Trio playing their completely unhinged noir blues, ghoulabilly and gutter blues at Hank’s

10/11, 9 PM Joe B & the Poor Riders Trio – Pat Conte, Joe Bellulovich and Frankie Basile – playing “old cornfield jazz” followed by Long Tom Legs & the Salt Flat Dreggs doing pre-bluegrass and oldtime mountain music at the Jalopy, $10

10/11, 9 PM politically charged acoustic punk/folk band Filthy Rotten System at the People’s Voice Cafe, $18 sugg cover, “no one turned away”

10/11, 9 PM Procol Harum cover band Shine on Brightly play classic organ-driven art-rock at Connolly’s. They don’t have a Gary Brooker soundalike but they have a real passion for the songs, especially the obscure ones!

10/12, 3 PM the North/South Chamber Orchestra play Elizabeth Bell’s Concerto for Chamber Orchestra; Douglas Ovens’ Manhattan Cityscape; and Raoul Pleskow’s Eight Brief Pieces. Max Lifchitz’s Yellow Ribbons No. 40 at Christ and St Stephen’s Church, 120 W 69th St (bet Bway & Columbus), free

10/12, 3 PM the Shanghai Quartet and Wu Han play music of Haydn, Schumann and Dvorák at the Kasser Theater at Montclair State University, 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, NJ, $20; Charter bus service available from the Port Authority Bus Terminal arcade on 41st St between 8th and 9th Aves, $10 per person, roundtrip; bus reservations at 973-655-5112 or http://www.peakperfs.org.

10/12, 4 PM the electrifying the Lysander Piano Trio perform “Autumn” and “Spring” from Astor Piazzolla’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires and Dvorak’s Trio op. 90 at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza, free, no under-sixes.

12, 7 PM  Trio Natura Morta (Frantz Loriot viola, Sean Ali bass and Carlo Costa drums) play Costa’s flickering, mesmerizing improvisational soundscapes at ABC No Rio.

10/12, 7 PM guitarist Denise Mei Yan Hofmann pairs with a chamber ensemble including Salome Scheidegger, Xue Yang Liu, Francesca Dardani, and Yumi Oshima for new works and a concluding improvisation at Spectrum

10/12, 8 PM intoxicating, hypnotic, spikily kinetic, aptly named Afghani rubab rock band Khumariyaan (“the Intoxicators”) at the Asia Society, 725 Park Ave, $25/$22 stud.

10/12, 9 PM hotshot Finnish Romany jazz guitarist Olli Soikelli at Barbes

10/12, guessing around 11ish, noisy metal/arenarock band Lacuna Coil – who seem like they’ve finally slipped from under their record label’s repressive fingers – at the Gramercy Theatre, $34.

10/13, 5:30 PM NYC’s original Balkan marching unit, Hungry March Band outdoors at 1 Penn Plaza, not far from Madison Square Garden where they once played.

10/13, 6:30 PM noir chanteuse and Reid Paley collaborator Peg Simone followed by purist 60s style psych-pop chanteuse Lisa Burns and powerpop maven George Usher at the Mercury, $10 adv tix rec

10/13, 9 PM captivating hypnotic downtempo/acoustic songwriter Miwa Gemini at Shrine

10/14 7 PM a north/south Balkan brass twinbill: New Orleans’ Mahala followed at 9 by Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

10/14, 2 PM the Amphion String Quartet play works by Barber, Dvorak and Elliott Carter at the New School Auditorium, 66 W 12th St., $17.

10/14, 5:30 PM French brass band Radio Kaizman play their “special blend of hip hop, New Orleans brass and Latin rhythms” at 1 Penn Plaza, free

10/14, doors and drinks at 5:30, show at 6 PM, indie classical quartet Either/Or play works by Alvin Lucier, Horatiu Radalescu and others at the Miller Theatre, free

10/14, 6 PM haunting, intense folk noir/Americana harmony duo Mark Rogers & Mary Byrne play the album release show for their amazing debut at the small room at the Rockwood.

10/14, 7:30 PM the Bang on a Can All-Stars play Julia Wolfe’s Steel Hammer at the World Financial Center, free.

10/14-15 state-of-the-art Brazilian guitarist Romero Lubambo leads his Quartet with Helio Alves – piano; Hans Glawishnig – bass; Mauricio Zotarelli – drums, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25.

10/14, 8 PM haunting, intense, lyrically gripping noir folk songwriter/bandleader Jessi Robertson at Matchless. 10/17 she’s at Branded Saloon, time TBA; 10/18 at 8 at the Path Cafe and 10/31 at 5:30 solo acoustic at the American Folk Art Museum. Whew!

10/14, 8 PM jangly, catchy, anthemic acoustic highway rock/newgrass band Roadkill Ghost Choir play the album release show for their new one at the Mercury, $10 adv tix rec.

10/14, 8ish Joshua Kwassman and Brother Spirit play sweeping, lush, cinematic original jazz at Subculture, $15

10/15, 5:30  PM Chaotic Noise Marching Corps brass band, comprised of performers from multiple Seattle-based groups such as Titanium Sporkestra and Sounders FC Soundwave Band at 1 Penn Plaza, free.

10/15, 8 PM a brass band summit at Littlefield; trumpeter Frank London headlines with his Klezmer Brass All-Stars, with wild Muscovites Pakava It,  Parisiennes Les Muses Tanguent, volcanic Brooklyn Balkan improvisers Raya Brass Band and PitchBlak Brass Band, probably in reverse order, $12

10/15, 8 PM psychedelic latin soul maven Damian Quinones and his killer two-guitar band at Barbes

10/15-17, 8 PM and 10/18, 7:30 PM Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the NY Phil playing Stravinsky’s Firefird at Avery Fisher Hall, $29 tix avail.

10/15-18, 8 PM the Orchestra of St. Luke’s plays Stravinsky works including the Rite of Spring to accompany puppeteer Basil Twist’s new production at Rose Theatre at Jazz at Lincoln Center, $25 tix avail.

10/15, 8:30 PM edgy, tuneful jazz guitarist Mike Moreno with Joe Sanders on bass and Kendrick Scott on drums at the Bar Next Door

10/15 jangly, tuneful Australian Americana band Lachlan Bryan & the Wildes at Bowery Electric. 10/16 they’re at the Rockwood; 10/17 at the Path Cafe and 10/18 at Goodbye Blue Monday.

10/15, 10 PM a band that will inspire the lazy sound crew at Arlene’s to get off their asses and get it right: explosive purist 80s British style metal band the Blackfires, $5

10/15, 10:30 PM high energy noir swing/circus rock band Professor Gall at Branded Saloon

10/16, 7 PM eclectic Afropop/neosoul/jazz singer Somi at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza, free, no under-sixes, free but tix req

10/16, 7:30 PM guitarist Grey McMurray leads the Wordless Music Orchestra performing his new arrangement of Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells at the World Financial Center, free.

10/16-19 pyrotechnic saxophonist James Carter’s Django Unchained with Gerard Gibbs – Hammond B3 organ; Leonard King – drums, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $30

10/16, 7:30 PM sexagenarian Minneapolis soul veteran Sonny Knight and his new retro band the Lakers at the Knitting Factory, $10

10/16, 8ish Americana songwriter/violinist Sarah Goldfeather followed by brilliantly lyrical oldtimey bandleader/guitarist/violinist Pete Lanctot & the Stray Dogs at Littlefield.

10/16, 8 PM cutting-edge and outsider brass band madness: Kenny Wollesen’s Himalyas, Seattle’s Chaotic Noise Marching Band, Radio Kaizman, Pakava It and Chicago performance art group/marching band Environmental Encroachment at WFMU’s Monty Hall , 43 Montgomery St (Greene/Washington), Jersey City, Path train to Exchange Place, $10. New Yorkers can see many of the bands on this bill for free at Tompkins Square Park at 3 on Oct 18. And there’s also a show at 9 that same night, Oct 18 with Lucky Chops Brass Band, Russia’s Pakava It and others, location/price TBD, watch this space for details.

10/16, 8 PM all-female Parisian street brass band Les Muses Tanguent at Barbes

10/16-18 indie classical ensemble Eighth Blackbird perform Murder Ballades at the Brooklyn Academy of Music with L.A Dance Project and choreography by New York City Ballet dancer Justin Peck at BAM.

10/16, 8:30 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangasta blues” at Espresso 77, 35-57 77th St. (just off of 37th Ave), Jackson Heights.

10/16, 10 PM the Brooklyn Blow-Hards play 19th century sea chanteys, Albert Ayler tunes and other more improvisational material, with Jeff Lederer/Petr Cancura (reeds);Kirk Knuffke/Brian Drye (brass) and Rob Garcia (bass drum, ship’s bell, chum bucket and chains).

10/17, noon and 8 PM and repeating 10/17-18 at 8 PM and 10/19 at 3 PM the Kathryn Posin Dance Company performs original material set to music by Bulgarian composer Emil Tabakov, plus Balto-Finnic, Mongolian and Bulgarian choral works, and compositions by John Adams and Steve Reich at the 92nd St. Y, $25 (under 35 use code DIg15 for $15 tix). They’re also at the Bulgarian Consulate, 121 E 62nd St. at 7 on 10/20

10/17, half past noon a mid-day concert featuring renowned pianist Elio Villafranca and the James Weidman Trio playing Thelonious Monk tunes. There’s also an evening concert of Monk played by the David Weiss Sextet, Renee Rosnes Quartet, and Grammy Award-winning Arturo O’Farrill and His Tiny Afro-Latin Big Band starting at 6:30 PM at the World Financial Center, free.

10/17-23 a new restoration of Manfred Kirchheimer‘s long-lost 1981 NYC subway graffiti art documentary Stations of the Elevated (with a killer Charles Mingus score) on a double feature with with his 1968 doc Claw at BAM. Screenings begin 2 PM on Friday, with a director Q&A on Saturday at 7.

10/17, 7 PM saxophonist Julie Joslyn and drummer/pianist Leo Ciesa’s incendiarily tuneful noir jazz duo Iconoclast at Michiko Studios, 149 W 46th St.

10/17, 7 PM irrepressibly tuneful composer Peri Mauer‘s Morning, Night & Noon for 2 clarinets played by NYC’s top two reedmen: Vasko Dukovski and Ismail Lumanovski at Spectrum

10/17, 7 PM pensive, virtuoso pianist/art-rock songwriter Matt Kanelos with Kyle Sanna, Ilusha Tsinadze, Dana Lyn at the third stage at the Rockwood, $10 + $10 min strictly enforced.

10/17-18, 7:30 PM two performances of the harrowing, real-life stage play A Day for Grace, chronicling a family’s crisis when the mother is imperiled in childbirth, with a riveting live score by ex-BoDeans frontman Sam Llanas at Stage Left Studios, 214 W 30th St., $22

10/17, 7:30 PM virtuoso Indian sitarist Anupama Bhagwat at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex., $30/20 stud/sts.

10/17, 8 PM dark psychedelic acoustic blues/klezmer/reggae/soca jamband Hazmat Modine at Drom, $15 adv tix rec. Followed at 11 (separate $20 admission) by Russian party band Pakava It Orchestra 

10/17, 8 PM the Chiara String Quartet play Bartok String Quartets Nos. 1, 3, and 5 at Bargemusic,$35/$30 srs/$15 stud.

10./17, 8 PM intriguing Americana/chamber pop trio Holte – Patricia Thornley and M. Shanghai String Band’s Austin Hughes, with Patty Hughes on bass followed at 9:30 by haunting original Americana/Britfolk chanteuse Jan Bell at the Jalopy, $10

10/17, 8 PM Los Crema Paraiso – named for a Caracas ice cream joint, as it turns out – play their individualistic rock-inspired update on traditional Venezuelan sounds at Barbes

10/17, 8 PM NEA Jazz Master pianist Barry Harris and jazz pianist/composer Valerie Capers share the stage for the first time, with Ray Drummond on bass and Leroy Williams on drums.at Flushing Town Hall, $25/$10 stud.

10/17, 8:30 PM Heather Kropf: catchy, eclectic, thoughtfully down-to-earth pianist/songwriter and fantastic singer at Caffe Vivaldi. On the winsome Tamara Hey/Deena Shoskes tip.

10/17, 9 PM darkly bluesy Nick Cave/Stooges-influenced Syracuse band Pale Green Stars at Dinosaur BBQ, 700 W. 125th St. at 12th Ave, 10/18 they’re at the Brooklyn branch, same time.

10/17, 10:15ish intense, epic art-rock/postrock instrumentalists No Grave Like the Sea at Threes Brewing, 333 Douglass St. in Gowanus

10/18, 7:30 PM Glass Farm Ensemble play new music for viola, cello, and piano by Max Duyker, Yvonne Troxler and others at Symphony Space, $20/stud/srs$15.

10/18, 7:30 PM Romanian Romany music maven Nicolae Voiculet – a virtuoso of the pan flute – with band at Drom, free, followed at 9:30 by Hungarian crew Rackajam, who put a more rocking, jazz-oriented spin on a Gipsy Kings style ($10 adv tix rec).

10/18, 8 PM a politically-fueled acoustic songwriters’ triplebill: Emma Graves, Ben Grosscup and Alexandra Bradbury – editrix of the Brooklyn working peoples’ magazine Labor Notes – at the People’s Voice Cafe, $18 sugg cover, “no one turned away”

10/18, 8 PM a killer tuneful/noisy improvisational triplebill at the Firehouse Space: the Sprecher / Shoko Nagai/ Rosenberg Ensemble with processed grand piano and accordion; the magically psychedelic Fire Maidens From Outer Space with Bonnie Kane, Reuben Radding, and Dave Miller – and the sonically surprising Aimee Norwich / Ian Cook bass/drums duo at the Firehouse Space, $10

10/18, 9 PM a roots reggae twinbill with Brixton Saint followed at 10 by Crucial Bridge & the Inity Band at Shrine.

10/18, 9ish the New York Trad Fest with a bunch of reliably good Irish acts: Donnie Carroll, Eileen Ivers, the Murphys and others at Connolly’s

10/18, 10 PM hard-charging, surreal Libertines-style garage rock stomp wih Archie Powell & the Exports at Rock Shop, $10

10/18, 11 PM eclectic Canadian gothic chanteuse Lorraine Leckie doing her creepy chamber pop thing followed at midnight by equally haunting former Piker Ryan and Kundera frontman Mark Steiner at Sidewalk. Intense Czech violinist Pavel Cingl does double duty with both bands.

10/18, 11 PM brilliantly lyrical dark oldtimey songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Pete Lanctot at Hank’s

10/18 enigmatic frontwoman Ashen Keilyn’s perennially popular rainy-day janglerock band Scout at Bowery Electric,

10/18 Chicago-based, British-sounding garage-punks Archie Powell & the Exports at Rock Shop

10/19, 2 PM the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble plays their new arrangement of Beethoven: Symphony No. 2, Op. 36 in D Major (arr. Stein); Roberto Sierra; New work; Schubert: Octet in F Major, D. 803 at the Brooklyn Museum, $10 tix avail. The program repeats on 10/22 and 10/24 at 7:30 at the Morgan Library.

10/19, 3 PM would you like to learn to sing haunting Ukrainian folk songs? Ukrainian singer and bandurist Nadia Tarnawsky leads a workshop at All Saints Ukrainian Orthodox Church, 206 E 11th St (btw 2nd and 3rd Aves), $10 adults/$5 students & seniors/children free, seats are limited, rsvp reqd

10/19, 4 PM the Urban Tango Trio – Octavio Brunetti on piano; Machiko Ozawa, former concertmaster of Orquesta Sinfonica Sinaloa de Las Artes, on violin; and Pedro Giraudo on bass at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza, free, no under-sixes.

10/19, 5 PM John Adams conducts the Yale Philharmonia playing his Absolute Jest and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4; the Brentano Quartet also perform Stravinsky’s Orpheus, at Avery Fisher Hall, $30/$15 stud.

10/19, 7 PM darkly captivating Americana/dreampop songwriter Debby Schwartz, eclectically tuneful, quirkily original keyboardist Steve Espinola (who’s been known to employ a shortwave radio in his live shows and then hypnotic West African balafon/cello band Kakande at Sidewalk

10/19, 7::30 PM ferocious all-female powerpop/punk-pop band Hunter Valentine at the Mercury, $12 adv tix rec

10/19, 8 PM jazz pianist/singer Grazyna Auguscik plays her intriguing reinventions of Nick Drake songs at Drom, $20 adv tix rec.

10/19, 10 PM one of this era’s most smartly lyrical songwriters (and gorgeously individualistic singers) in Americana and now jazz, Amy Allison with Jon Graboff on guitar and Richard Hammond on bass at 2A

10/20, 8 PM eclectic, contemplative, cross-pollinating violinist Sarah Bernstein leads a quartet with with Kris Davis on piano, Stuart Popejoy on electric bass and Ches Smith on drums. at Cornelia St. Cafe., $10 + $10 min.

10/21 the dreaded CMJ festival moves in and the last places you would think would be venues suddenly are: Starbucks, Blimpie, that check-cashing place at Union and Broadway in South Williamsburg. OK, maybe not there, but anywhere the exploitative promoters can stick a band willing to fork over the bucks to play to a crowd of three people. Be aware that sets this week at rock venues could be very, very short, and that if there’s a cover, it may not be worth it for you to go out. Now’s as good a time as ever to go to Barbes or the Jalopy, neither of whom is hosting a CMJ show.

10/21, 3ish fun, catchy, swirly psychedelic band Spires – who come across as sort of a more poppy Brian Jonestown Massacre – at Baby’s All Right. They’re at Glasslands at 9:30 that night and at Rough Trade on 10/25 at 7:30

10/21, 6 PM sometimes hauntingly atmospheric, sometimes psychedelic funky Japanese noiserockers Bo Ningen at Baby’s All Right, free

10/21, 7 PM classically-trained Israeli chanteuse Inbal Hever and her ensemble play “new arrangements of classical pieces, including works by Weill, Poulenc, Faure and Satie, Brel, Hamilton and more” followed at 9 by ten-piece Balkan horn monsters Slavic Soul Party at Barbes.

10/21-22 the spectacular Colombian harp-driven  ten-piece  Edmar Castañeda World Ensemble feat. spectacular qanun virtuoso Tamer Pinarbasi 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25.

10/21, 7:30 PM a high energy klezmer night with the Sy Kushner Ensemble w/the Klezmer Mountain Boys’ Marty Confurius, Jeremy Brown, Aaron Kushner & drummer/impresario Aaron Alexander at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W. 68th St. (Columbus/CPW), $15.

10/21 creepy theatrical French noir cabaret chanteuse Cleo T at Rock Shop; 10/22 she’s at Le Baron, 32 Mulberry St., free w/rsvp to burexny@gmail.com and then ostensibly sometime after that at the Bitter End

10/21-22 Flowers – who sound like Britfolk rock legend Amanda Thorpe backed by the Smiths – at Cake Shop; 10/22 they’re at the Delancey at 8, 10/23 at the Knitting Factory, 10/24 back at Cake Shop and then later at the Brooklyn Night Bazaar

10/22, 3 PM explosive chromatically-fueled garage/punk Radio Birdman soundalikes Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires followed at 4 PM by intense girlpunk band Pins at Arlene’s, free.

10/22, 7 PM Amir Vahab & Ensemble play rustic, haunting ancient sufi music in the adjacent chapel at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, $10

10/22, 7 PM  Ensemble Mise-En play Luciano Berio sequenzas, plus his chamber work Chemin IV at the Italian Academy at Columbia University, 1161 Amsterdam Avenue just south of 118th St. free.

10/22, 7:30 PM vicious noiserock jamband the the Skull Practitioners– led by Steve Wynn sparring partner/genius guitarist Jason Victor – at Radio Bushwick, $7; on 10/31 – how appropriately – they’re at Pine Box Rock Shop, 12 Grattan St, Bushwick for free at 10

10/22, 7:30 PM trombonist Curtis Hasselbring’s noir cinematic devious Number Stations, legendary swing surrealists the Microscopic Septet and lowregister reedman Josh Sinton‘s Ideal Bread (snarky, unpredictably fun Steve Lacy repertory band) celebrating 20 years of their cool little label, Cuneiform Records at Shapeshifter Lab, $20

10/22-25, 7:30 PM the world premieres of  Ted Hearne‘s musical theatre piece The Source, drawn from the leaks of antifascist hero/heroine Chelsea Manning, at BAM.

10/22, 8 PM Naked Roots Conducive (violinist Natalia Steinbach and cellist Valerie Kuehne) doing rather haunting art-rock and explosive string punk songs) followed by drummer Carlo Costa’s sepulcuhrally magical, creepy Natura Morta trio at Panoply Performanc Lab, 104 Meserole St. in Bushwick. Kuehne plays solo on 10/25 at 7:30 at Transfer Point, 1665 Norman St. in Ridgewood.

10/22,  8 PM rustic yet in the here-and-now lyrical acoustic tunesmithing: Caitlin Canty at the third stage at the Rockwood, $10 + $10 min strictly enforced. 10/23, 7 PM she’s at the Parsonage, location/details TK

10/22, 8 PM eclectic chanteuse Elynne Rey with a cool combo: Bennett Paster – piano; Paul Beaudry – bass; Saul Rubin – guitar; Jerome Jennings – drums playing the album release show for her new one A Little Bit of Moonlight at Zeb’s, 223 W 28th St, $10.

10/22, 9 PM guitarist Alyse Lamb’s brilliantly edgy, noisy, intense postpunk/postrock power trio Eula at Trans Pecos. 10/25 they’re at Leftfield, 87 Ludlow south of Delancey at 9.

10/22, 9ish ferocious, anthemic, literate rockers Wormburner at Bowery Electric.

10/22, 9 PM unhinged Tallahassee band Ex-Breathers – who at their best sound like the missing link between peak-era Sonic Youth and Polvo – at Grand Victory

10/22 gorgeously jangly Australian band (and Dandy Warhols spinoff) the Immigrant Union at Santos Party House; 10/24 they’re at Pete’s

10/23 ,3 PM creepy monster garage band the Wytches at Rough Trade, free. 10/25 they’re here again at 7ish on a weird bill with Japanese noiserock/dreampop guitar monsters Bo Ningen, who play at around 9, with A Place to Bury Strangers sometime in the wee hours (3 AM?) $12 adv tix rec

10/23-26 accordionist Richard Galliano leads a quintet with Josh Nelson – piano; Peter Bernstein – guitar; George Mraz – bass; Mauricio Zottarelli – drums 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25/$30 on the weekend

10/23,  8ish in reverse order at Littlefield: Golem (the Jewish Gogol Bordello), Schizophonia (‘cantorial recordings reimagined’), Doppelskope and keyboardist Brian Marsella’s Imaginarium.

10/23, 8 PM 8 PM cellist Maya Beiser plays works by Michael Gordon (his harrowing post-9/11 Light Is Calling) and Michael Harrison’s entrancing Just Ancient Loops to accompany the night’s edition of the Bill Morrissey film retrospective at MOMA, $12

10/23, 8 PM luminous piano virtuoso Alexandra Joan plays Bach – English Suite No. 3 in G minor; Ravel – Valses Nobles et Sentimentales; Schubert/Liszt – Der Doppelgänger; Liszt – Soirées de Vienne—Valse Caprice No. 6; Spinning Chorus from Wagner’s Flying Dutchman; Valse Impromptu; Chopin – 4 Mazurkas, Op. 24, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud.

10/23, 8 PM smartly lyrical country crooner Jesse Lenat plays the album release show for his new one at the Jalopy, $10

10/23, 8 PM International Contemporary Ensemble plays an all-Chaya Czernowin program including the world premiere of her Winter Songs suite at the Miller Theatre, $20 tix avail.

10/23-25, 8 PM Brian Schober’s new opera White Witch – a gruesome tale of murder and revenge, based on the 19th century Jamaican plantation owner and reputed serial killer Annie Palmer, known as the White Witch of Rose Hall – at Symphony Space, $25/$15 stud/srs.

10/23, 10 PM art-rock maven Pierre de Gaillande’s Bad Reputation plays witty chamber pop English translations of Georges Brassens classics at Barbes.

10/23 darkly atmospheric Austin postrock soundscapers Pompeii at Passenger Bar, 229 Roebling St (S 2nd/3rd), Williamsburg. They’re also at the Delancey that same night (earlier? later? good question) and then at Goodbye Blue Monday on 10/24.

10/23 cool Cramps/Ramones-ish dark garage-punk band Girl Tears play their short (1 minute average) songs at Baby’s All Right; later that day (night?) they’re the Neverlands 538 Johnson Ave. in Bushwick; then on 10/25 they’re at Cake Shop at around 11 for $10.

10/24, 7 PM eclectic, lyrical Spanish songwriter Javier Ruibal joins forces with accordionist Victor Prieto at Flushing Town Hall, $15/$10 stud

10/24, 7 PM pianist Jessica Xylina Osborne plays music by Chopin, Haydn, Liszt and Scriabin at Third Street Music School Settlement, free

10/24, 7:30 PM carnatic singer Anandi Bhattacharya – daughter of legendary Indian slide guitarist Debashish Bhattacharya – at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex., $30/20 stud/sts .

10/24, 7 :30 PM brilliant clarinetists Vasko Dukovski and Ismail Lumanovski and Christa Van Alstine, and pianists Jonathan Howe and Craig Ketter play electroacoustic works for clarinet and piano by Herbert Howe, Jacob Goodman, Max Giteck, Peri Mauer and Raoul Pleskow at the DiMenna Center, 450 W 37th St., $20 sugg don.

10/24, 8 PM plus 10/25, 4 PM violinist Mark Peskanov leads a string quartet  playing Beethoven quartets, a different triplebill each day plus a tribute to George Crumb at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud.

10/24, 8:30 PM, repeating on 10/25, 7:30 PM the Chelsea Symphony play Shakespeare-themed works by Beethoven and Shostakovich: the brooding Coriolan Overture, selections from William Walton’s Henry V, and  Shostakovich’s bracing Hamlet Suite. The concerts open with the world premiere of “The Phoenix and the Turtle,” a meditative work based on the eponymous Shakespeare poem, by Chelsea Symphony composer and bassist Tim Kiah at St Paul’s German Lutheran Church, 315 W 22nd St (between 8th and 9th Aves), $20 sugg don

10/24, 9 PM iconic folk noir songwriter/ethereally haunting chanteuse Marissa Nadler at Trans-Pecos, $8.

10/24, 9:30 PM soulful country chanteuse Karen Hudson and band at An Beal Bocht Cafe, 445 W 238th St in Inwood, free.

10/24-25, 9:30ish oldschool C&W cult favorites Session Americana at Brooklyn Rod & Gun Club

10/24, 10 PM the self-explanatory, 90s style (i.e. metalish lead guitar, busy rhythm section) High Times CCB Reggae Allstars at Brooklyn Bowl, $10

10/25, 1:30 PM uneasily interesting female-fronted Seattle dreampop band Mega Bog at the Cameo Gallery, $5

10/25, 6 PM charismatic blues chanteuse/resonator guitarist Mamie Minch followed at 8 PM torchy sultry literate historically-informed chanteuse/songwriter Robin Aigner and band playing the album release album release show for their new one, followed by haunting, noir cumbia/Mexican harmony band Las Rubias del Norte at 10 at Barbes.

10/25, 6 PM awesomely noisy (their album has a Brandon Seabrook cameo) twin guitar postpunk/early 80s SST style metalish punk band Split/Red at Trans-Pecos

10/25, 7;30  PM Chengdu, China’s Sichuan Opera Theatre of Chengdu performs Wang Wenxun’s Raging Waves in the Sea of Desire – based on Eugene O’Neill’s “Desire Under the Elms” at the Gerald Lynch Theater at John Jay College, 324 W 59th St, sugg don $30

10/25, 8 PM brilliant pianist Armen Donelian and his trio play Armenian-inspired jazz at Alwan for the Arts, $20/$15 stud/srs.

10/25, 8 PM Shakir Khan plays classical Indian music for sitar at Roulette

10/25, 8 PM early music luminaties Le Poeme Harmonique sing dark renaissance works by Lalande, Charpentier and the greatest composer of all time, Anonymous at Church of St. Mary the Virgin, 145 W 46th St., $35 tix avail.

10/25, 8 PM Jose Alberto “El Canario” reunited for the first time with his original bandmates from pioneering 70s psychedelic salsa band Tipica ’73: Camilo Azuquita, Tito Allen, Sony Bravo, Johnny Rodriguez, Alfredo De La Fé and others at the Lehman Center at CUNY Lehman College, 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West, Bronx, 4 train to Bedford Park Blvd, $35 tix avail but get em now.

10/25, 9ish Mesiko‘s Rachael Bell solo on her ancient 1960s analog synth – disquieting and unpredictable and a lot of fun –  at Red Hook Bait & Tackle

10/25, 9 PM Dubl Handi play Appalachian banjo tunes with cool guy/girl harmonies at the Jalopy, $10

10/25, 11 PM perennially popular Afrobeat/funk/groove unit Budos Band play the album release show for their new one at the Wick, $22.

10/26, 2:30 PM brilliant, lyrical pianist Karine Poghosyan plays works by Chopin, Debussy, Stravinsky, Komitas and DeFalla to benefit Armenian orphans at the Armenian Church, 152 E 34th St., $25/$15 stud.

10/26, 3 and 6:30 PM a screening of the Juilliard String Quartet documentary film  Speak the Music: Robert Mann and the Mysteries of Chamber Music followed by the Amphion String Quartet playing Beethoven’s Beethoven’s String Quartet in F minor, Op. 95 at Symphony Space, free.

10/26, 4 PM edgy, tuneful postbop saxophonist Carl Bartlett Jr. leads a quintet at the Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St. Flushing, a five minute walk from the Main St. Flushing 7 train station, free w/garden adm.

10/26, 4 PM Vox Luminis performs Heinrich Schütz’s pioneering 1636 pre-baroque Musikalische Exequien at Corpus Christi Church, 529 W 121st St, $10 tix avail.

10/26, 4 PM the American Symphony Orchestra play Schubert’s C Major Symphony at Symphony Space, $29 tix avail.

10/26, 4 PM Rolf Schulte, violin, and James Goldsworthy, piano perform works by Dvorák, Smetana,  Grieg and Josef Suk at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza, free, no under-sixes, rsvp may be required

10/26, 4 PM legendary octogenarian first-wave cool jazz pianist Bertha Hope leads her quintet at Morris Campus Auditorium, 1110 Boston Road, Bronx, $5 sugg don

10/26, 6ish Barmaljova – haunting klezmer singer Inna Barmash and her virtuoso violist husband Ljova Zhurbin – followed by a killer guitar twinbill: Jim Campilongo & Honeyfingers doing their Jimmy Bryant-inspired pastoral jazz followed at 10 by Stephane Wrembel and his intense, individualistic update on classic Romany guitar at Barbes.

10/26, 6 PM lyrical, cinematic composer/bassist Iris Ornig and her quintet – Dan Pratt on sax, David Smith on trumpet, Daisuke Abe on guitar and Ronen Itzik on drums – at 55 Bar

10/26, 8ish guitarist Paul Dresher‘s Double Duo with special guest stars pianist Lisa Moore and cellist Ashley Bathgate, plus performers on newly invented instruments the quadrachord and marimba lumina, premiering Dresher’s Family Matters plus Martin Bresnick’s Fantasia on a Theme by Willie Dixon at Roulette, $20/$15 stud

10/26, 10 PM Thurston Moore leads an unnamed band at Rough Trade, $15; this will sell out so fast it’s insane. His new instrumental trio album is a real return to twisted noisy 80s form.

10/26 creepy noir Americana/ghoulabilly band the Goddamn Gallows at Bowery Electric.

10/27, 7:30 PM pianist Katie Reimer’s Mimesis Ensemble play works by Stravinsky (Elegy for JFK and The Owl & the Pussycat), Mohammed Fairouz, Yip Harburg, Daniel Bernard Roumain, Irving Berlin and others at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $20

10/27, 8 PM the Kazakhstan-based Astana Opera Company make their New York debut performing Kazakh folk songs, arias by Kazakh composers Zhubanov-Khamidi, Rakhmadiev, and Mukhamedjanov along with standard-repertoire material and the Tschaikovsky Violin Concerto with soloist Erzhan Kulibaev at Carnegie Hall, $10 tix avail

10/27, 8:30 PM subtly soaring, eclectically original jazz chanteuse Whitney James on with Richard Padron on guitar and the reliably amazing Gregg August on bass at the Bar Next Door.

10/27, 10 PM tuneful, dazzlingly diverse jazz trumpeter Eric Vloeimans – who’s as at home with funk grooves as he is with resonant classically-inflected pieces – playing a rare NYC gig with Trio Xalam (Matt Darriau, Matt Kilmer, Brandon Terzic) at Drom, $10

10/27, 10 PM dramatic goth-tinged art-rock/metal siren Militia Vox and her band at Times Scare, 669 8th Avenue at 42nd St., $10 She’s also here on 11/2, same time.

10/28, 6 PM Jessica Gould, soprano & Noa Frenkel, contralto with Grant Herreid, theorbo and Pedro d’Aquino, harpsichord and organ perform rare Italian Jewish renaissance works by Benedetto Marcello, Francesco Durante, Barbara Strozzi, Salomone Rossi and G.F. Handel at St. Paul’s Chapel at Columbia Univ., 116th/Bwy, free

10/28 a global brass twinbill: 7 PM France’s Radio Kaizman followed at 9 by massive ten-piece Balkan brass band Slavic Soul Party at Barbes.

10/28, 7 PM tuneful composer/trombonist John Yao & His 17-piece Instrument play new big band jazz at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

10/28, 7:30 PM a klezmer violin showdown with Deborah Strauss, Vanessa Vroomans and special mystery guest at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W. 68th St. (Columbus/CPW), $15.

10/28-11/2 state-of-the-art lyrical saxman Joshua Redman leads his quartet at the Vanguard, 8:30/10:30 PM, $25.

10/29, 7 PM creepy Halloween music played on the mighty organ at St. Paul’s Chapel uptown, 117th/Amsterdam Ave. including Bach’s famous Toccata in D plus the themes from the Munsters, Addams Family and the Alfred Hitchcock show, free!

10/29, 7 PM lost Jewish music from Belarus with Zisl Slepovitch and Litvakus at the Center for Jewish History , 15 W 16th St, $15

10/29, 7 PM Josh Quillen directs the NYU Steel playing “an Evening with Kendall Williams featuring the Crossfire Steel Orchestra in collaboration with the American Composers Orchestra at the Loewe Theatre, W 4th St. just west of Washington Square Park, free.

10/29, 7:30 PM the Spectrum Symphony of NY premieres the string orchestra version of Ljova Zhurbin’s piece “Mecklenburg” on a program with Beethoven’s “Eroica” Symphony and the Brahms Double Concerto at St. Joseph’s Church, 371 6th Ave. south of Waverly, $20

10/29, 8 PM pianist/flutist Diana Wayburn‘s hypnotically intense, spectacularly eclectic African/Middle Eastern/indie classical/improvisational Dances of the World Chamber Ensemble followed by the bass-and-twin-sax Philip Sirois Trio at The Three Jewels, 61 4th Ave (btwn 9th & 10th St) 3rd fl.

10/29, 8 PM clarinetist Mike McGinnis‘ Roadtrip Band “takes you on a ride through Bill Smith’s ahead-of-its-time 1957 Concerto for Clarinet & Jazz Combo along with McGinnis’ companion piece, Roadtrip” at Barbes.

10/29, 8 PM the Felice Bros. – the thinking/breathing person’s alternative to the Mumfords, et al. at Brooklyn Bowl, $20

10/29, 8 PM Michel Camilo, David Del Tredici, Joseph Kalichstein, Branford Marsalis, Erik Rönmark, Jeffrey Siegel, Joyce Yang & Fred Zlotkin play music of Liszt, Bach, Higdon, Del Tredici and others to celebrate Leonard Slatkin’s 70th birthday at Subculture, $35,

10/29, 9:30ish captivating southwestern gothic/oldtime blues/Americana songwriter Melaena Cadiz at Brooklyn Rod & Gun Club

10/29, 10 PM fiery, hyperliterate punk/powerpop alienation anthems with Hannah vs. the Many at Rock Shop, $!0

10/29, 10ish haphazardly unhinged, globally eclectic guitarist Yonatan Gat and band at Death by Audio, $10

10/30, 7PM the JACK Quartet, pianist Steven Beck, Vox n Plux, cellist Jay Campbell and Miranda Cuckson on viola.play new works by Jonathan Dawe, Charles Wuorinen, William Anderson and Matthew Greenbaum at the Italian Academy at Columbia University, 1161 Amsterdam Avenue just south of 118th St. free.

10/30, 8;30 PM two generations of fun, funny alt-country – the more lyrically-inclined Alex Battles & the Whisky Rebellion followed by the more guitarishly inclined Robbie Fulks at Union Hall, $15

10/30-31 grasscore icons the Infamous Stringdusters at Highline Ballroom. First night is a Grateful Dead tribute show starting at 9 PM, $25 adv tix rec. The 10/31 show starts an hour earlier and is over by 11.

10/30, 7:30 PM puckishly brilliant multi-instrumentalist and Electric Junkyard Gamelan leader Terry Dame and one of her ensembles at Barbes

10/30-11/2 serious oldschool bop; George Coleman Sr. – tenor saxophone; Eric Alexander – tenor saxophone; Harold Mabern – piano; John Webber – bass; George Coleman Jr. – drums 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $30.

10/30, 8 PM American Modern Ensemble play a creepy Halloween program: George Crumb: Music for a Summer Evening; David Del Tredici: Dracula; Robert Paterson: Hell’s Kitchen, Closet Full of Demons and Ghost Theater* at Merkin Concert Hall, $

10/30, 8 PM dark neo-garage punks the Dum Dum Girls at Brooklyn Bowl, $20.

10/30, 10 PM lush, pensive, eclectic noir cabaret/Romany rock/steampunk chamber pop band Kotorino at Barbes

10/31, 5 PM hauntingly intense, lyrical, powerful acoustic singer Jessi Robertson in an increasingly rare solo acoustic performance, plus deviously dark murder ballad specialist Kelley Swindall at the American Folk Art Museum.

10/31, 6 PM darkly slinky jazz/reggae/latin/klezmer trumpeter Pam Fleming’s Dead Zombie Band play creepy original Halloween big band jazz on Waverly Ave., between Willoughby and DeKalb Ave., Brooklyn, free, G to Clinton-Washington

10/31, 7 PM pianist Michael Riesman plays Philip Glass’ score to Dracula to accompany a screening of the original 1931 film at the Morgan Library, $25.

10/31, 8 PM two sets of murder ballads on Halloween at the Jalopy! Artists include Katherine Slingluff, Stuckey and Murray, Leigh Anderson and Fran Leadon, Trip Henderson and Emily Eagen, Jen Larson, Boo Reiners and Elena Skye, Diane Stockwell, Doug Hatt , $10 sugg don.

10/30, 8 PM intense, ethereal, atmospheric singer/composer Kristin Hoffmann with dance performances by Kaeshi Chai, Irina Akulenko, Troy Stallman (aka Rise of Troy), and Charly Wenzel performing songs from her latest ep The Human Compass: New Directions at the Slipper Room, $10

10/31, 8 PM fun oldtimey swing sounds bookended by two good bluegrass bands: fiddler Melody Allegra and her crew, deviously fun oldtimey swing guitarist/crooner Seth Kessel & the Two Cent Band, newschool oldtimey guy/girl duo Barefoot & Bankside and rustic, sometimes ominously fiddle-driven string band Dancegrass at Union Hall, $12

10/31, 8 PM the Dirty Waltz project with Kate Prascher (mandolin, vocals), Mike Shapiro (harmonica, keys, vocals), Susie Greenebaum (violin), Rob Rapley (guitar), Mollie McQuarrie (accordion), and Chris Nattrass (bass)  at Barbes

10/31, 9 PM ageless garage rock legends the Fleshtones followed by similarly legendary but vital surf band Los Straitjackets with guest Deke Dickerson at the Bell House, $20.

10/31, 10 PM electic danceable dark pan-latin and worldbeat grooves with Paprika, who host a Halloween party at Branded Saloon

10/31, 11 PM ghoulabilly/retro rockers Lara Hope & the Ark-Tones at Arlene’s, $10. 11/1 they’re at Dive Bar (which used to be a dive but hasn’t been one for a long time), Amsterdam Ave. just south of 96th St. at 9, free

11/1, 7:30/9:30 PM Australian powerhouse Jacam Manricks on alto saxophone with Gianluca Renzi on bass and Ross Pederson on drums  at the Bar Next Door .

11/1, 8 PM the haunting, charismatic, blues-infused king of noir New York rock songwriting, LJ Murphy and his band the Accomplices at Sidewalk.

11/1, 8 PM paradigm-shifting Navid Kandelousi on kamanchah and tar with an all-star Middle Eastern improvisational jazz crew; Patrick McGuire: cello ; Jeremy Smith: percussion ; Ava Nazar: piano at Alwan for the Arts, $20/$15 stud/srs.

11/1, 8 PM Xalam – playing the music of the great Robert Johnson through the lens of traditional African music with Brandon Terzic on oud and ngoni, Pyeng Threadgill on vocals, Matt Kilmer on percussion, Tim Keiper on calabash, Matt Darriau on saxophone and kaval, Rufus Cappadocia on cello followed at 10 by horn-fueled, anthemic ranchera Banda Sinaloense de los Muertos at Barbes

11/1, 8 PM darkly compelling, Tom Waits-ish Irish chanteuse/songwriter Lisa O’Neill at the Irish Arts Center, 553 W 51st St.

11/1, 8 PM Indian violinist Arun Ramamurthy and band play the release show for their fun, dynamic cross-pollinating new Jazz Carnatica album at Greenwich House Music School $15

11/1, 8 PM pianist Eunbi Kim and her jazz trio performs her theatrical program Murakami Music comprising piano works with theatrical readings that explore the lives behind the pianists in Harumi Murakami’s books including Sputnik Sweetheart, Kafka on the Shore, and Norwegian Wood, at the Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Ave., $25 .

11/1, 9 PM ten-piece Brooklyn country/gypsy/acoustic rock institution M Shanghai String Band – whose latest album is amazing – at the Jalopy, $10.

11/1, 9 PM the Dean Ween Group at Brooklyn Bowl, $15.

11/1, 9 PM jangly Merseybeat revivalists the Above followed by garage rock guitar maven (and ex-Friggs bandleader) Palmyra Delran and her band and then purist Stockholm garage-punks Stupidity at 11 at the Delancey,

11/1, 9 PM sassy female-fronted C&W parodists Trailer Radio at Bar Chord

11/1, 9:30 PM innovative, intricate, captivating cello-and-marimba chamber pop duo Goli at Caffe Vivaldi.

11/1 Mesiko – who’ve made the shift from paisley underground to more straight-up Lou Reed-influenced, growling NYC rock – at Baby’s All Right

11/2, 11 AM (eleven in the morning) choral ensemble Cantus sings works by Petronius, Josquin, Dvorak, Janacek and others at the Walter Reade Theatre at Lincoln Center, $22

11/2, 3 PM organist David Enlow plays the world premiere of his arrangement of Dvorak’s Slavonic Dances, Op. 46 (movements I, II and VI) plus arrangements of Debussy, Richard Strauss and Verdi and the legendary Cesar Franck Grand Pièce Symphonique at the Church of St Ignatius Loyola, 980 Park Ave at 84th St., $20.

11/2, 7 PM pianist/flutist Diana Wayburn‘s hypnotically intense, spectacularly eclectic African/Middle Eastern/indie classical/improvisational Dances of the World Chamber Ensemble at the Parkside.

11/2, 7 PM prepare for some explosions: David Hobbs on alto sax and Weasel Walter on drums doing duos and solos at 61 Local, 61 Bergen St. (Smith/Boerum Pl.), Cobble Hill, $10

11/3, 10 PM hilarious, politically spot-on faux French garage rockers les Sans Culottes at Cake Shop, $10.

11/4, 7 PM intense clarinet and violin-fueled klezmer group Litvakus followed at 9 by ten-piece Balkan brass monsters Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

11/4, 7:30 PM dance like back in the old country with a live klezmer band led by intense German clarinet sensation Franzi Seehausen at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W. 68th St. (Columbus/CPW), $15.

11/4, 8/10 PM luminous, gorgeous state-of-the-art pastoral jazz with Bryan & the Aardvarks at the Jazz Gallery, this time with Glenn Zaleski on piano in place of Fabian Almazan, and Camila Meza on vocals!

11/4, 8 PM legendary bagpipe-and-strings Scottish traditional group Battlefield Band at Drom, $20 adv tix a must.

11/4, 8 PM Canta Libre play works by Villa-Lobos,  Sarasate, Ginastera and Piazzolla arranged for flute, harp and strings at  Christ and St. Stephen’s Church, 120 W 69th St. (between Columbus Ave & Broadway), $15.

11/4, 9:30 PM fun, anthemic Spector-esque retro girl-group band Pep at at the Mercury, $10 adv tix rec.

11/4-6, 10:30 PM extremely popular, creepy indie band Deerhoof – sort of this era’s version of the Eels – at Baby’s All Right. Intense, charismatic singer/keyboadist Xenia Rubinos opens the 11/4 show at 9:30, $18

11/5, 7:30 indie classical ensemble Loadbang plays the album release show for their new one Monodramas plus performances by the Righteous Girls, Eve Beglarian, Paul Pinto and others at Greenwich House Music School, free CD with concert admission, $15/$10 stud/srs

11/6, 7 PM the UNSRC Symphony Orchestra plays Khachaturian’s Violin Concerto in D, and Dvorak’s New World Symphony at Symphony Space, $22/$18 stud/srs.

11/6, 7:30 PM iconic jazz bassist Rufus Reid leads his big band in a performance of his exciting, blues-infused new suite Quiet Pride, inspired by sculptor Elizabeth Catlett’s work, at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival a must

11/6, 7:30 PM a rare trio show by progressive jazz icon Steve Coleman with Jonathan Finlayson (trumpet) and Anthony Tidd (bass) at the Jewish Museum, $18/$15 stud/srs.

11/6, 8:30/10:30 PM smart, tuneful postbop saxophonist/composer Patrick Cornelius with Russell Hall on bass and Gerry Gibbs on drums at the Bar Next Door

11/6, 8 PM dark, charismatic, deviously witty literate keyboardist/chanteuse Rachelle Garniez followed at 10 by psychedelic klezmer/bluegrass mandolin and clarinet legend Andy Statman at Barbes

11/6, 9 PM keyboardist/bassist Wendy Griffiths’ intricate, tuneful, intensely literate, kinetically fun art-rock band Changing Modes at Matchless.

11/6, 9 PM orginal, surfy, noirish original female-fronted rockabilly trio Catspaw at Desmond’s

11/6, 9:30ish irreverent oldschool Williamsburg vocal jazz crew the Old Rugged Sauce at Brooklyn Rod & Gun Club. They’re also here on 11/20.

11/7, 5:30 PM CTMD impresario Pete Rushefsky – who’s also nimble on the tsimbl, the Ukrainian dulcimer – at the American Folk Art Museum

11/7, 7 PM hard-charging, creepy Nashville gothic narratives with MacMcCarty & the Kidd Twist Band at Sidewalk

11/7, 7 PM pianist Margaret Mills plays works by American composers at Third Street Music School Settlement, free, pre-concert lecture at 6:15

11/7, 8 PM the NYU Symphony play Ravel: Pavane pour une infante défunte; Ibert: Flute Concerto with Zachary Hicks, flute; Fauré: Pelléas et Mélisande Suite; Sibelius: Pelléas et Mélisande Suite at the Church of St. Joseph, 6th Ave. just south of Waverly Place, free.

11/7, 8:30 PM brilliantly lyrical, politically fearless, guitarishly excellent Americana songwriter James McMurtry at the Mercury, $17 adv tix rec.

11/7, 9 PM subversive chanteuse and woman of a million voices Tammy Faye Starlite channels Nico at BAM Cafe, free. She’s so spot-on and cruelly funny, it’s scary.

11/7, 10 PM the Steep Canyon Rangers – famous for backing Steve Martin, though their own bluegrass/newgrass is killer as well – at Brooklyn Bowl, $15.

11/7, 10ish Peter Hook & the Light at Irving Plaza, $35 – if legendary bassists playing covers from their old band (Joy Division) is your thing.

11/7, 10 PM pensive Americana songwriter Donna Susan at Desmond’s, free. Raised on punk, inspired by country, more honest and haunting than any of the newbies recently relocated to Bushwick.

11/8, 4 PM the Erik Satie Quartet– Anders Nilsson – guitar; David Ambrosio – bass; Satoshi Takeishi – drums and Tim Keiper – percussion followed at 6 by pianist Greta Gertler’s Greta Gertler’s lush, sweeping Universal Thump, the similarly lush retro Franco-American chamber pop band les Chauds Lapins at 8 and horn-driven Colombian party band Chia’s Dance Party at 10 at Barbes.

11/8, 9 PM LES punk/surf/soul legends Simon and the Bar Sinisters at Beast of Bourbon.

11/8, 10 PM riveting retro bluegrass singer/bandleader Jen Larson plays the album release show for her new one at the Jalopy with an all-star cast, $10. She’s got one of those high lonesome voices that’ll give you goosebumps; her brief show at City Winery at the end of the summer was off the hook.

11/9, 3 PM Patricia Cay, mezzo-soprano and Max Lifchitz, piano perform songs by Ernesto Cordero, Max Lifchitz, Xavier Montsalvatge, Manuel M. Ponce & Heitor Villa-Lobos at Christ and St Stephen’s Church, 120 W 69th St (bet Bway & Columbus), free.

11/9, 5 PM pianists Steven Gosling, Evelyne Luest, cellist Sophie Shaq and others play works by Milhaud, Kernis, Chopin and Brahms at the Lounge at Hudson View Gardens, 128 Pinehurst Ave at 183rd St., $12 sugg don, reception to follow

11/9, 7 PM 90s indie chick nostalgia: lyrical dark folk songwriter Tara Jane O’Neil, the Rogers Sisters (who were good for awhile), dark guitar legend Thalia Zedek and band and gritty indie trio Versus at Rough Trade, $20.

11/9, 7 PM plaintive pastoral jazz with saxophonist Jeremy Udden’s Plainville – Will Graefe – guitar, Pete Rende – accordion, Eivind Opsvik – bass, RJ MIller – drums followed at 8:30 by similarly tuneful guitairst Mike Baggetta and his Quartet – Jason Rigby – saxophones, Cameron Brown – bass, George Schuller – drums playing the album release show for their new one Thieves and Secrets at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

11/9, 11ish Mesiko – who’ve made the shift from paisley underground to more straight-up Lou Reed-influenced, growling NYC rock – play the album release show for their long-awaited new one at Bowery Electric, $8

11/9 aptly titled 70s outlaw country-tinged highway rockers Waylon Speed at Trash

11/10, 7 PM the Janacek Quartet play a program TBA at the Czech Center, 321 E 73rd St, free.

11/10, 8 PM edgy, socially conscious hip-hop with Rabbi Darkside at Spike Hill

11/10, 8 PM the Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig with Nikolaj Znaider, violin play Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61 and Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 5 in D major, Op. 107 (“Reformation”) at Avery Fisher Hall, $35 tix avail.

11/10, 8:30 the Nels Cline Singers play 2 sets of noisy, unpredictable postrock-flavored guitar jazz at Rough Trade, $16 adv tix rec.

11/10, 11 PM hilarious, politically spot-on faux French garage rockers les Sans Culottes  play the album release show for their new one at Baby’s All Right, $10

11/11, 7 PM Ballkan trumpeter Ben Holmes and accordionist Patrick Farrell followed by ten-piece Balkan brass monsters Slavic Soul Party at 9 at Barbes

11/11, 7 PM lute virtuoso Hopkinson Smith plays an all-Bach program at Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium. 417 E 61 St (between First and York Avenues), $35/$25 stud/srs

11/11, 7:30 PM klezmer dance madness with Binyomin Ginzberg (of the Breslov Bar Band), Boris Corchesko, amazingly eclectic guitarist Avi Fox-Rosen & Ari Folman-Cohen at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W. 68th St. (Columbus/CPW), $15.

11/11, 8 PM intense, soaring folk noir songwriter Jessie Kilguss plays the album release show for her new one at Bowery Electric on a killer triplebill: NYC’s preeminent literate janglerock/chamber pop bandleader Ward White and the similarly dark, anthemic Matt Keating follow on the bill.

11/11, 9 PM intriguing jazz quartet Old Time Musketry, who blend oldtimey swing, modern bucolic styles and darker, more challenging improvisational sounds at Bar Chord

11/11, 9  PM eclectic British Americana chanteuse Caridad Harmon – who’s equally at home with pensive southern folk as with elegant jazz – at the big room at the Rockwood, free.

11/12, 8 PM new variations on oldtimey Americana sounds: resonator guitarist Zeke Healey with violist Karen Waltuch at 7, at Barbes

11/12, 8 PM flutist/impresario Amelia Lukas’ first Ear Heart Music program of the season kicks off with a bang, Contemporaneous playing John Adams’ joyous Son of Chamber Symphony; Julia Wolfe’s sinister Vermeer Room; a vigorous piece from Yotam Haber and a playful one from Thomas Ades at Roulette, $20/$15 stud/srs

11/13, 7 PM edgy acoustic Americana/talking blues/murder ballad singer Kelley Swindall followed at 8 by fiery Canadian gothic rocker Lorraine Leckie playing the album release show for her smoldering new oldschool LES rock record at the Mercury, $10 adv tix rec

11/13, 7:30 PM passionate New Orleans trombonist/gospel shouter Glenn David Andrews, Crooked Still’s purist bluegrass/Americana bandleader and brilliant singer Aoife O’Donovan, Elle King (the Americana version of Cat Power), and charmingly harmony-driven, tuneful acoustic Americana guy/girl duo the Spring Standards at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival a must

11/13, 7:30ish searing, edgily funny female-fronted Americana/punk rockers Spanking Charlene at Bowery Electric, $10.

11/13, 8 PM dark urbane Romany song maven (and Berthold Brecht descendant) Sanda Weigl and band followed at 10 by Daria Grace’s torchy, delightful oldtime uke swing band the Pre-War Ponies at Barbes

11/13 the world’s best noir instrumental outfit, guitarist Steve Ulrich’s menacing trio Big Lazy play the album release show for their creepy new masterpiece Don’t Cross Myrtle at the McKittrick Hotel.

11/13, 8 PM C4, the Choral Composer/Conductor Colleective performs composer Lisa Bielawa’s war-themed Lamentations for a City plus new works by Christopher Marshall, Bettina Sheppard, Andrea Clearfield, Timothy Brown, Bill Heigen, and Lisa Whitson Burns at Galapagos; the program repeats on 11/15 at 8 at the Church of St. Luke in the Fields, 487 Hudson St.; $20 adv tix rec.

11/13-14, 10 PM the Rural Alberta Advantage – sort of the Canadian Rockies’ version of the Jayhawks – at Bowery Ballroom, $18 adv tix rec

11/14 explosive Balkan brass jamband Raya Brass Band – with Greg Squared on clarinet and alto sax followed by intense Balkan singer Sarah Small’s eclectic, Middle Eastern-flavored trio Hydra with violinist Rima Fand and mandolinist Yula Beeri and then a double feature of filmmaker Josephine Decker‘s creepy  Butter on the Latch and Thou Wast Mild and Lovely at MINY Media Center, 30 John St., downtown Brooklyn, F to York St.

11/14, 8 PM catchy, edgy, tuneful soul/rock/Americana band Bethany St. Smith & the Gun Show at Rock Shop, $10

11/14, 8 PM eclectic, hard-driving indie classica/jazz violinist David Wong & High Strung at the Tribeca Performing Arts Ctr (the BMCC auditorium on Chambers St.), $15.

11/14, 9 PM rare noir jazz and cinematic themes from the 30s and 40s with Brian Carpenter’s Ghost Train Orchestra followed by the cosmopolitan, global Carte Blanche Jazz Band at the Jalopy, $10

11/14, 9:30ish wryly amusing urban country storyteller/bandleader Alex Battles & Whisky Rebellion at Brooklyn Rod & Gun Club

11/14, 11 PM sprawlingly creepy oldtimey/Americana guys O’Death – whose new album is characteristically excellent – at the Bell House, $15.

11/14, 11 PM artsy, wickedly catchy janglerock band Long Faces – part glistening retro 80s, with a little funk and 4AD rainy day feel  -at the small room at the Rockwood.

11/14 the Living Kills – who distinguish themselves from the legions of riff-rocking 4th-wave garage rock imitators with Jen Bassett’s creepy, swirly organ – play the album release show for their new one at the Knitting Factory.

11/15, 6 PM arguably this generation’s best art-rock band, pianist Greta Gertler’s lush, sweeping Universal Thump followed at 8 PM by Tongues in Trees – vocalist Samita Sinha, drummer Sunny Jain of Red Baraat, and guitarist Grey McMurray from itsnotyouitsme – and then hauntingly harmony-driven cumbia/bolero/retro Mexican harmony band Las Rubias del Norte at 10 at Barbes

11/15, 7:30 sharp, experimental shamisen improviser Yumiko Tanaka creates a live soundtrack to Teinosuke Kinugasa’s legendary, hallucinatory 1928 avant garde silent film Crossroads at the Japan Society, 333 E 47th St., $15/$12 stud/srs

11/15, 8 PM perennially powerful, tuneful, lyrically relevant Irish rockers Black 47 are disbanding – this is their final B.B. King’s show, $30 adv tix rec.

11/15, 8 PM newgrass jams with the Yonder Mountain String Band at Brooklyn Bowl, $27.50 adv tix rec.

11/15, 8 PM classic flamenco with Felah Menguz and Espiritu Gitano at Roulette, $20.

11/15, 8 PM NY Polyphony sing Spanish choral works by Spanish liturgical music by Morales, Guerrero and Victoria at Church of St. Mary the Virgin (145 W. 46th St), $35/$21 stud

11/15, 8 PM the NY Virtuoso Singers sing works by emerging composers Eleanor Bragg, Phillip Golub, Andrew Hsu, Tengku Irfan, Sidarth Jayadev, Molly Joyce, Michael Parsons, Gabriella Smith, Conrad Tao and Jonas Tarm at Merkin Concert Hall, $25/$20 stud/srs

11/15, 9:30ish punk/rockabilly/surf legends Simon & the Bar Sinisters at Brooklyn Rod & Gun Club

11/16, 11 AM (eleven in the morning) the Simón Bolivar String Quartet make their New York debut playing Ginastera: String Quartet No. 1, Op. 20 and Brahms: String Quartet in C minor, Op. 51, No. 1 at the Walter Reade Theatre at Lincoln Center, $22

11/16. 2 PM the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra plays Janacek: Taras Bulba; Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 2; Dvorak: Symphony No. 9, “From the New World at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, $19 tix avail.

11/16, 3 PM the Greenwich Village Orchestra play Griffes – The White Peacock; Schumann – Cello Concerto; Sibelius – Symphony No. 1 at Washington Irving HS Auditorium, 16th St./Irving Place, $15 sugg don., reception to follow.

11/16, 3 PM  violinist Tema Watstein, pianist Cherie Khor, and cellist Benjamin Larsen play works by Schubert, Brahms, Robert Sirota and Marjorie Merryman at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 139 St. John’s Place, Park Slope, free

11/16, 4 PM piano/winds chamber ensemble An Die Musik play a family-friendly program including works by Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and a wryly narrative piece by bandleader Robert Mann at Merkin Concert Hall.

11/16, 7 PM saxophonist Matt Nelson plays a solo set for the release of his new album Lower Bottoms followed by the assaultive duo of Brandon Seabrook on guitar and Brandon Lopez on bass at 61 Local, 61 Bergen St. (Smith/Boerum Pl.), Cobble Hill, $10

11/16, 10 PM horn-fueled country jamband Yarn at Brooklyn Bowl, $12.

11/17, 7:30 PM the Enso String Quartet with Aaron Wunsch, piano play works by Shostakovich, Janacek and Beethoven at Advent/Broadway Church, 2504 Broadway at 93rd St., free

11/17, 7:30 PM the NY Phil‘s Contact avant garde chamber music series kicks off this year’s schedule with new compositions from Daníel Bjarnason, Ingram Marshall, Missy Mazzoli, and Timo Andres; John Adams is emcee, at Subculture, $35

11/17, 10 PM singer Corinne Winters and pianist Steven Blier perform Spanish art-songs from their new album at Henry’s Restaurant, 2745 Broadway at 105th St., $10

11/18, doors and drinks at 5:30, show at 6 PM, indie classical quartet Loadbang play new and recent works by Alex Mincek, Scott Wollschleger, Charles Wuorinen and Reiko Füting at the Miller Theatre, free.

11/18, 7 PM keyboardist Michael Hearst’s Songs for Fearful Flyers play the album release show for their new one: ” It’s estimated that one in five people have a fear of flying. Michael Hearst is one of those people. His new album tries to allay those fears with songs such as It’s Only A Sound, Alprazolam and Like Bumps In The Road. Narration courtesy of fellow fearful flyer Whoopi Goldberg. A stewardess will serve mini cocktails, leg room will be limited and our uncomfortable seats will be outfitted with vomit bags. Some music will be played,” followed at 9 by ten-piece Balkan brass monsters Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

11/18, 7 PM violinist and Earthen Grave bandleader Rachel Barton Pine plays Bach’s Sonata in G Minor and selections from Paganini’s 24 Caprices, Op. 1, plus new works dedicated to her from Mohammed Fairouz and Earl Maneein at P.S. 321, 180 7th Ave.,Park Slope, R to Union St. and walk uphill, $15

11/18, 7:30 PM Psoy Korolenko play their wryly edgy “KlezBard Cabaret” folk-rock at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W. 68th St. (Columbus/CPW), $15.

11/18, 7:30 PM the Donald Sinta Quartet– Dan Graser, soprano saxophone; Zach Stern, alto  saxophone;  Joseph Girard, tenor saxophone; and Danny Hawthorne-Foss, baritone saxophone – play their arrangements of the Barber Adagio and Schubert’s Quartettsatz plus works by Pierne, Ligeti and others at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall.

11/18, 7:30 PM the American Contemporary Music Ensemble play a program of Polish composers including Panufnik’s String Quartet No. 2, “Messages” and his Song to the Virgin Mary, plus Alesksander Lason’s String Quartet No. 4 and Deciso e affetuoso for solo cello at le Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec.

11/18, 8 PM smart, tuneful, lyrically thoughtful oldschool soul revivalist Dina Regine plays the album release show for her new one at Bowery Electric.

11/18-23, 8:30/10:30 PM  Miguel Zenon and his quartet – drummer Henry Cole, pianist Luis Perdomo and bassist Hans Glawischnig – celebrate his new CD Identities are Changeable with a stand at the Vanguard, $25. What JD Allen is to the tenor sax lately, this guy is the alto. Different idioms, same intensity.

11/18, 9 PM haunting, brilliantly lyrical noir songwriter Karla Moheno – whose latest album might be the year’s best – at the big room at the Rockwood, free

11/19, 7 PM pianist Benjamin Hochman plays works by Matthew Aucoin, Bach, Dallapiccola, Frescobaldi, Ligeti, and Schumann at the Italian Academy at Columbia University, 1161 Amsterdam Avenue just south of 118th St. free

11/19, 8 PM  a new Rumi-inspired collaboration between intense, expressive Ottoman Turkish singer Ahmet Erdogdular and Armenian-American oud virtuoso/composer Ara Dinkjian with their bands and dancers, playing Turkish classical themes and improvisations at Merkin Concert Hall, $20/$20 stud/srs

11/20, 7 PM haunting, intense, politically-fueled Tunisian-French art-rock bandleader/singer Emel Mathlouthi at Elebash Hall, 5th Ave. just north of 34th St., $25.

11/20, 7 PM a raptly compelling duo show by eclectic Mexican torch singer Magos Herrera and terse flamenco guitarist Javier Limón at Joe’s Pub

11/20, 7/9 PM the Jack Quartet plays their new arrangement of Monteverdi’s Orfeo plus Matthias Pintscher’s Studies for Treatise on the Veil written in response to Cy Twombly’s painting (currently on display) at the Morgan Library, $30.

11/20, 7 PM indie classical group Now Ensemble play new works by Patrick Burke, Mark Dancigers, Missy Mazzoli (whose Songs from the Uproar they recorded, brilliantly), and Derek Bermel at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival a must.

11/20-21, 8/10 PM ten-piece Balkan brass monsters Slavic Soul Party play their high-voltage original arrangement of Duke Ellington’s iconic Far East Suite (which actually sounds a lot more Middle Eastern) at Barbes, $15 cover per set.

11/20, 9 PM the Brooklyn What – NYC’s most intense, funny, socially aware rockers followed by similarly lyrical 90s-style alt-country band Butchers Blind at the Cameo Gallery, $8

11/21, 7 PM Chiu-Chen Liu, viola and Vanessa Lee, piano play works by Schumann at Third Street Music School Settlement, free.

11/21, 8 PM innovative flute/viola/cello trio Eight Strings and a Whistle perform  Thought’s Torsion by Peri Mauer, Scott Brickman’s French Suite, Albert Roussel’s Trio, Op. 40, a charming work by Paul Wranitzky, Mark Winges’ Dusk Music and Martin Rokeach’s Going Up? at the Tenri Institute, 43A West 13th St

11/21, 8:30 PM powerpop guitar genius Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express – the thinking person’s Tom Petty – at the Bell House, $15.

11/21, 8:30 PM edgy, darkly intense pianist/composer Bobby Avey with his trio and special guest Rudresh Mahanthappa on alto sax, opening night at new venue the Beethoven Concert Space, 211 W 58th St., $15

11/21, 9:30ish catchy oldtimey all-female string band the Calamity Janes at Brooklyn Rod & Gun Club

11/21 state-of-the-art current-day Jamaican reggae stylings: Black-Am-I and I Wayne at Albany Manor, 585 Albany Ave (Midwood St/Rutland Rd) in Crown Heights, 2/5 to Winthrop St. and about an eight-block walk;; 11/23 they’ll be at B.B King’s

11/22, 7 PM Alabama Americana songwriter Nell Robinson & the Rose of No-Man’s Land with special guest Ramblin’ Jack Elliott play songs about wars of the past 250 years (with an intense, theatrical audience-interactive component) at Joe’s Pub, $25.

11/22, 8 PM Slavic Soul Party trumpeter/composer Kenny Warren‘s oldtime yet brand-new Americana group Laila & Smitty with Jeremiah Lockwood and Ilusha Tsinadze on blues guitar, MYK Freedman on lap steel, and Adam Hopkins and Carlo Costa on upright bass and drums followed by wild, bone-chilling Eastern European jamband Raya Brass Band at Littlefield, $10.

11/22, 8 PM the Roulette Sisters’ badass resonator guitarist Mamie Minch followed at 10 by accordionist Rob Curto’s rustic, sometimes haunting Brazilian forro band at Barbes

11/22 wickedly tuneful female-fronted noir surf/dark garage band the Wytches at Baby’s All Right

11/24 soaring harmony-driven newgrass/folk noir trio the Stray Birds at the Rockwood.

11/25, 7:30 PM drummers all have the biggest address books because the good ones are always in demand. See who Aaron Alexander (leader of fiery, majestic klezmer jazz big band the Ayn Sof Orchestra) brings out ot the woodwork tonight at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W. 68th St. (Columbus/CPW), $15.

11/25 intricate, fascinating guitar conversations and duels: Nels Cline and Julian Lage play the album release show for their new duo cd, Room at Subculture.

11/26, 8 PM Que Vlo-Ve play classic Greek hash smoking music from the 20s and 30s at Barbes

11/26, 9ish old stoners never stop writing rhymes: Method Man & Redman at the Nokia Theatre, $30 tix avail.

11/28, 8 PM witty Microscopic Septet pianist Joel Forrester at followed at 10  by the self-explanatory, oldtimey Jug Addicts at Barbes

11/29, 6 PM arguably this generation’s best art-rock band, pianist Greta Gertler’s lush, sweeping Universal Thump followed at 8 by accordionist/chanteuse Kamala Sankaram’s hot surfy Bollywood project, Bombay Rickey and at 10 by Pogues accordionist James Fearnley with  accordionist Nathan Koci, bouzouki- and banjo-player, Sean Condron, guitarist Mark McAdam, bassist George Rush and drummer Aaron Latos at Barbès.

11/29, 9:30ish explosive acoustic oldtime Americana band the Woes at Brooklyn Rod & Gun Club.

11/30, 7 PM a rare duo show with drummer Susie Ibarra (who’s got an entrancingly good new Electric Kulintang album out) and her old bassist pal William Parker at 61 Local, 61 Bergen St. (Smith/Boerum Pl.), Cobble Hill, $15

12/1, 7 PM wickedly cachy, darkly keyboard-driven Colombian psychedelic cumbia band MAKU Soundsystem at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival a must

12/2 7:30 PM classic hundred-year-old klezmer grooves with pianist Dave Levitt and his Trio featuring Mike Cohen and Christina Crowder at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W. 68th St. (Columbus/CPW), $15.

12/2, 7:30 PM violinist Miranda Cuckson and members of the Da Capo Chamber Players and Manhattan String Quartet play eight works for strings and piano, including Carl Kanter’s Piano Trio; Leo Kraft’s Six Pieces for Violin with Piano Obbligato; Eugene W. McBride’s Moments for Violin, Violoncello, and Piano; Scott Miller’s Coots and Rails, scored for three violins; and Craig Slon’s String Quartet. at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex, $20 sugg don

12/4, 7:30 PM Federico Agostini, violin and Enrico Elisi, piano play Brahms, Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Major, Op. 78; Beethoven, Violin Sonata No. 10 in G Major, Op. 96 at the Morgan Library, $25.

12/6, 10 PM the world’s darkest, most slashing horror surf band, the Coffin Daggers followed by the Lynchian, jangly Lost Patrol at Otto’s

12/9, doors and drinks at 5:30, show at 6 PM, the Mivos Quartet parse the avant garde spectrum for works by Martin Stauning, Patrick Higgins, a new arrangement of J.S. Bach’s Contrapunctus XIX, and György Kurtág’s cult favorite suite of “microludes” at the Miller Theatre, free.

12/9 7:30 PM trumpeter Jordan Hirsch’s Band of Dreamers plays for a Yiddish dance party at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W. 68th St. (Columbus/CPW), $15.

12/10, 7 PM pianists Adam Tendler and Sarah Cahill play Luciano Berio works at the Italian Academy at Columbia University, 1161 Amsterdam Avenue just south of 118th St. free.

12/13 smart, edgy guitar paradigm-shifter Mary Halvorson followed by the eclectic Lucky Chops Brass Band playing their party favorites at Industry City Distillery, 33 35th St in Gowanus, N/R to 36th St.

12/15, 7 PM wild, eclectic, jam-oriented worldbeat/klezmer band Metropolitan Klezmer play the album release show for their long-awaited new live one at the Eldridge Street Synagogue just north of Division St., $20/$15 stud/srs .

12/16, 7:30 PM a monster Hanukkah blowout with Montreal’s Shtreiml w/Jason Rosenblatt & Ismail Fencioglu at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W. 68th St. (Columbus/CPW), $15.

12/30, 9:30ish Deer Tick plays Elvis Costello’s My Aim Is True plus originals at Brooklyn Bowl, $20 – this is the most enticing night of a long stand here where the band plays their own stuff plus some pretty dubious cover nights.

12/30, 7:30 PM JC Hopkins and his Biggish Band play classics by Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and Billie Holiday at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival a must

12/30 dark garage rockers the Detroit Cobras at Bowery Electric

New York City Live Music Calendar for September and October 2014

There’s a new calendar for October and November and it’s here.

Updates continuing pretty much daily, throughout the month: you might want to bookmark this page and check back to see what’s new. There’s a comprehensive list of places where these shows are happening at NY Music Daily’s sister blog Lucid Culture.

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 scene 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. The next concerts are Sept 6 and 9 exploring Clementi and two admirers: Brahms and Beethoven. email for info/location.

Mondays starting a little after 7 PM Howard Williams leads his Jazz Orchestra from the piano at the Garage, 99 7th Ave. S at Grove St. There are also big bands here most every Tuesday at 7.

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 Tea Lounge in Park Slope at 8:30 PM trombonist/composer JC Sanford books big band jazz, an exciting, global mix of some of the edgiest large-ensemble sounds around. If you’re anybody in the world of big band jazz and you make it to New York, you end up playing here: what CBGB was to punk, this unlikely spot promises to be to the jazz world. No cover.

Three Mondays in September, 9 PM female-fronted punk-popo band the Whiskey Bitches – who mix Ramones stomp with Runaways sneer – at Arlene’s, free

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

Mondays in September (check the Barbes website for updates), 9:30ish Chicha Libre plays their home turf at Barbes. The world’s most vital, entertaining oldschool chicha band, they blend twangy, frequently noir Peruvian surf sounds with cumbia and other south-of-the-border styles with swirling psychedelic jams and deep dub interludes. Show up early because they are insanely popular.

Mondays in August, 10 PM noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo leads his trio at the small room at the Rockwood. Now you can go see him since the Living Room, that hellhole where he used to rehearse on Monday nights, is closed forever!

Mondays in September at 11 brilliantly lyrical oldtimey bandleader/guitarist/violinist Pete Lanctot at Pete’s. No, he doesn’t own the place. But he does play jaunty, catchy, edgy songs with all kinds of clever wordplay. You ought to see him sometime.

Also Mondays in September Rev. Vince Anderson and his band play Union Pool in Williamsburg, two sets starting around 11:30 PM. The Rev. is one of the great keyboardists around, equally thrilling on organ or electric piano, an expert at Billy Preston style funk, honkytonk, gospel and blues. He writes very funny, very politically astute, sexy original songs and is one of the most charismatic, intense live performers of our time. It’s a crazy dance party til past three in the morning. Paula Henderson from Burnt Sugar is the lead soloist on baritone sax, with Dave Smith from Smoota on trombone, with frequent special guests.

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

Tuesdays at around 10 Julia Haltigan and her band play 11th St. Bar. A torchy, charismatic force of nature, equally at home with fiery southwestern gothic rock, oldschool soul and steamy retro jazz ballads, and her band is just as good as she is.

Wednesdays at 1 PM there are free organ concerts at St. Paul’s Chapel downtown, a mix of NYC-area and international talent.

Every Wednesday, 8:30 PM Jazz with Attitude featuring Wayne Holmes on keys, Jeff Sheloff on sax, Shinya Miyomoto on drums, Dave Jones on bass and Stephanay JNote on vocals at the Proper Café, at 21701 Linden Blvd in Cambria Heights, Queens, free

Wednesdays in September, 8:30 PM guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg (of Dr. Lonnie Smith’s band) leads a trio at the Bar Next Door, $12.

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

Thursdays and Fridays in September Bulgarian alto sax star Yuri Yunakov and band play Mehanata starting around 10. One of the most intense and gripping improvisers in Balkan music.

The first Friday of the month, anytime between midnight and midnight you can download four songs from Kiam Records artists – like Jennifer O’Connor, Mascott and Tim Foljahn – for free.  Each month’s theme is different (previously they have tackled covers, colors and money)  December’s the fourth edition and a holiday theme.  Available to download only on Friday and then archived and streaming at Soundcloud.

Fridays at 5 PM in September, adventurous indie classical string quartet Ethel (Ralph Farris, viola; Dorothy Lawson, cello; Kip Jones, violin; and Tema Watstein, violin) plays the balcony bar at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, free w/museum adm. When they’re not there, they’ll have someone from from their wide circle of like-minded avant ensembles. Although the sound wafts across the balcony, you actually have to be in the bar itself in order to really appreciate what they’re doing.

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

Saturdays in September at 3 PM at Bargemusic there are impromptu free classical concerts, usually solo piano or small chamber ensembles: if you get lucky, you’ll catch pyrotechnic violinist/music director Mark Peskanov and/or the many members of his circle. Early arrival advised.

Saturdays in September, 6 PM wittty, tuneful Microscopic Septet co-founder and pianist Joel Forrester – the guy who wrote the Fresh Air radio theme – 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 4 PM fun, hellraising booze-fueled acoustic Americana band Jumbo Brown at Skinny Dennis, 152 Metropolitan Ave. (next to Nitehawk Cinema), Williamsburg.

Sundays at 5 PM Durban-born Thuli Dumakude’s African/American music revue features choral group Thokoza – six South African and African women singing classics and obscure material from Southern church gospel to traditional South African Township songs – at the Jackie Onassis Theatre, 120 West 46thStreet between Broadway and 6th Ave., $30/$20 stud/srs

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 September, 8:30/11 PM the mighty, politically astute, symphonically majesticArturo O’Farrill Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra at Birdland, $30 seats avail

Sundays in September, 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 in September at 9 Romany guitar genius Stephane Wrembel plays Barbes. He’s holding on to the edgy, danceable spirit of Django Reinhardt while taking the style to new and unexpected places. He’s also very popular: get there early.

9/1, 7 PM moodily anthemic female-fronted darkwave/trip-hop band the Smoke Fairies at Rough Trade, free

9/1, 10ish kick-ass dark garage rock and monster surf with Twin Guns at Bowery Electric, $12

9/2 singer Kavita Shah leads a quintet with guitar and piano, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $20. Her new album adds rustic, occasionally otherworldly Indian folk touches to her lively, lilting compositions.

9/2, 7:30 PM the Juilliard Jazz Ensemble plays an Ellington/Strayhorn program at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

9/2-7, 8:30/10:30 PM  the Stone moves to the West Village! A rotating cast of characters play two performances per night from John Zorn’s Masada: Book of Angels, books 2 and 3, $25.

9/2, 10 PM luminous singer/violinist Mireya Ramos’ ostensibly aphrodisiac Mariachi Flor de Toloache – NYC’s only all-female mariachi group – at Brooklyn Bowl, $5. 9/5 they’re at Barbes at 10 for free.

9/3, 7 PM classical Indian music with singer Mashkoor Ali Khan at the Rubin Museum of Art, $25.

9/3 pianist Ethan Iverson gets presumably oldschool with drum legend Tootie Heath, with Ben Street on bass, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25.

9/3, 8 PM a killer dance twinbill: Afrobeat from Zongo Junction and edgy funk and vintage disco from Afrolicious at Brooklyn Bowl, $10. The following night, 9/4 Afrolicious are at Shrine at midnight-ish. 

9/3, 9 PM catchy, anthemic Irish/Americana band County Kings at Bar Chord.

9/3, 9:30 PM haunting, otherworldly three-woman Bulgarian choir Black Sea Hotel – who do fascinating original arrangements of ancient Baltic tunes – at Joe’s Pub, $15 adv tix req.

9/3, 10 PM Forq – Henry Hey…keyboards; Adam Rogers…guitar; Michael League…bass; Jason ‘JT’ Thomas…drums – plays the album release show for their new one at 55 Bar.

9/4, 7 PM the Brothers Nazaroff, fronted by subversive klezmer-rock songwriter Daniel Kahn, play songs from the twisted midcentury Odessa underworld, a tribute to the legendary mysterious outsider Yiddish troubadour Nathan “Prince” Nazaroff’s cult classic 1954 album Jewish Freilach Songs at the Eldridge St. Synagogue, Eldridge St. btw Canal/Division, $20

9/4, 7:30 PM cellist Maya Beiser plays Led Zeppelin, Howlin’ Wolf, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, King Crimson, Pink Floyd, Muddy Waters and AC/DC at le Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec.

9/4, 8:30 PM tuneful saxophonist/composer Patrick Cornelius leads an octet with Jason Palmer, trumpet; John Ellis, tenor sax, bass clarinet; Nick Vayenas, trombone; Miles Okazaki, guitar; Glenn Zaleski, piano; Peter Slavov, bass; Henry Cole, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

9/4-7 drummer Dafnis Prieto with an excellent lineup: Peter Apfelbaum – tenor saxophone; Mike Rodriguez – trumpet; Felipe Lamoglia – alto saxophone ; Manuel Valera – piano; Johannes Weidenmueller – bass, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25/30 on the weekend.

9/4, 8 PM deviously witty, charismatic, lyrical keyboardist/accordionist Rachelle Garniez at Barbes followed at 10 by haunting Romany jazz chanteuse/bandleader (and Berthold Brecht descendant) Sanda Weigl.

9/4, 8 PM cult favorite Irish chamber pop crooner Pierce Turner at Connolly’s.

9/4, 9 PM smart, wryly lyrical hard country/honkytonk rocker Mike Stinson at Hill Country.

9/5, 4 PM and continuing daily through 9/11, 8 AM – 11 PM Christopher Janney’s Sonic Forest sound/light installation, which empowers passersby to compose anything from a simple tune to a “communal symphony” with others, in LaGuardia Park (between Bleecker and Houston on LaGuardia Place).

9/5, 7 PM haunting oldschool country band Karen & the Sorrows at at the small room at the Rockwood

9/5, 8 PM sultry, amusingly charming female-fronted French chanson revivalists Les Chauds Lapins followed at 10 by eclectic, haunting Mexican noir folk band Mariachi Flor de Toloache – NYC’s only all-female mariachi crew- at Barbes.

9/5, 8:30 PM phantasmagorical chanteuse Carol Lipnik with psychedelic art-rock pianist Matt Kanelos on piano at the third stage at the Rockwood, $10 plus $10 drink min very strictly enforced.

9/5, 9 PM unselfconsciously haunting great plains folk noir chanteuse Ember Schrag – this blog’s new favorite songwriter- with her psychedelic rock band, followed at 10 by slinky dark Stonesy female-fronted garage/psychedelic band Coke Weed at Trans-Pecos, $8. The following night Sept 6 at 11 PM Schrag plays her acoustic stuff at Pete’s.

9/5, 9 PM Brown Sabbath play oldschool 70s style psychedelic soul covers of Sabbath classics at Brooklyn Bowl, $15.

9/5, 9/10 PM lyrical cutting-edge jazz pianist Kris Davis leads her trio at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

9/5, 9 PM hilarious female-fronted oldschool honkytonk band Trailer Radio at Beast of Bourbon.

9/5, 10:30 PM catchy anthemic Oasis soundalikes Second Dan followed by charming French pop revivalists Banda Magda at 11:30 PM at the big room at the Rockwood

9/5, time TBA, female-fronted dark soul band Shenandoah & the Night at Friends & Lovers, $10. 9/19 they’re at the small room at the Rockwood at 7.

9/6, 2 PM cello-driven psychedelic art-rock, worldbeat and reggae with Deoro at the Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza.

9/6, starting at 3ish a typical, eclectically brilliant quadruplebill at Barbes the Erik Satie Quartet– Anders Nilsson – guitar; David Ambrosio – bass; Satoshi Takeishi – drums and Tim Keiper – percussion followed at 4 by quirky family-friendly instrumentalists Songs for Unusual Creatures, the somewhat similarly quirky Joel Forrester solo on piano at 6, guitarishly brilliant Afrobeat band Timbila at 8 and diverse, brassy Mexican ranchera-polka group Banda Sinaloense de los Muertos at 10.

9/6, 4 PM dark female-fronted Americana/psychedelic rockers Mesiko and intense lyrical songwriter Erika Simonian’s subtle, captivating more-or-less acoustic band Little Silver in the garden at Broadway and Greene in Bushwick, free. 9/12 at 11ish Mesiko are at Brooklyn Rod & Gun Club

9/6, 6 PM brassy, intense, no-nonsense jazz singer Kristina Koller and her quartet at Shrine.

9/6, 7 PM a good ska/punk quadruplebill at Grand Victory with Lion’s Law, Step 2 Far, Skarroneros and Inspecter 7 headlining, $15

9/6, 8/10 PM the massive, tuneful, perennially explosive Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra at SOB’s, $30

9/6, 8 PM the Sad Bastards of Brooklyn – Charlene and Mo from Spanking Charlene singing the saddest acoustic covers they can find – at Sidewalk

9/6, 8:30 PM wry, literate underground songwriter duo Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby followed by ageless dark glam rocker Ian Hunter at the Bell House, $30 adv tix rec.

9/6, 9 PM dark Middle Eastern-tinged instrumentalist Sir Richard Bishop at Issue Project Room, $15.

9/6, 9 PM surf rock with Coney Island Whitefish at Freddy’s.

9/6, 9/10:30 PM trumpeter John McNeil and saxophonist Jeremy Udden’s catchy quartet Hush Point at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.

9/6, 10:30 PM psychedelic funk/hip-hop band Mamarazzi followed at 11:30 by fun, anthemic Spector-esque retro girl-group band Pep at the big room at the Rockwood

9/6, half past midnight, Rolling Stones saxophonist Tim Ries & the East Gipsy Band at the Blue Note, $10.

9/7, 2 PM monster multiple-piano ensemble Grand Band plays six-piano music by Steve Reich, Kate Moore, Philip Glass, and two New York premieres by Michael Gordon on Governors Island, free (go right at the top of the hill past the ferry and follow the road around the corner).

9/7, 8 PM the eclectic Balkan/latin/hip-hop Underground Hornsoriginal psychedelic funk/hip-hop band Mamarazzi and then Niger desert blues guitar sensation Bombino at Brooklyn Bowl, $12.

9/7, 10 PM the incomparable, deviously lyrical alt-country legend Amy Allison at 2A

9/8, 8 PM accordionist/chanteuse Kamala Sankaram’s hot surfy Bollywood project,Bombay Rickey play the album release party for their new one at Joe’s Pub, $12 adv tix req.

9/8, 8 PM catchy, purist original bluegrass with Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys at the Rockwood.

9/8, 8:30 PM richly tuneful unpredictable classically-tinged jazz improvisation: the Sylvie Courvoisier Trio with Kenny Wollesen and Drew Gress at Roulette, $20/$15 stud.

9/8, 10:30 PM art-rocker/indie classical violinist Christina Courtin at the big room at the Rockwood

9/9, 7 PM intense, edgily tuneful Texas trumpeter Stan Killian leads his quartet at 55 Bar

9/9 bassist Ben Wolfe leads a tuneful quartet with Orrin Evans – piano; Donald Edwards – drums; Stacy Dillard – tenor saxophone, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $20.

9/9, 7:30 PM charmingly jaunty French jazz chanteuse Cyrille Aimee at the big room at the Rockwood, $10

9/9, 8 PM lyrical jazz piano star Brad Mehldau with his trio at BAM, $25 seats avail.

9/9, 9 PM Ensemble LPR performs string quartets by Lounge Lizards founder John Lurie along with tunes reimagined for string quintet at le Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec.

9/9 haunting, intense folk noir/Americana harmony duo Mark Rogers & Mary Byrne at Baby’s All Right

9/10, 7 PM Sandaraa feat. superstar chanteuse Zeb Bangash, Patrick Farrell (accordion), Richie Barshay (percussion), Eylem Basaldi (violin), Zoe Guigueno (bass) and Yoshie Fruchter (guitar) blend haunting Pakistani and Balkan sounds at the Rubin Museum of Art, $25

9/10, 7:30 PM New York Baroque Incorporated plays music of Vivaldi, Telemann, Stradella, and Huang Ruo at le Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec.

9/10-11, Steel House play their edgy lyrical compositions with Scott Colley – bass; Edward Simon – piano; Brian Blade – drums, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25.

9/10, 7:30 PM New York Baroque Incorporated plays music of Vivaldi, Telemann, Stradella, and Huang Ruo at le Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec.

9/10, 8 PM Daria Grace’s torchy, delightful oldtime uke swing band the Pre-War Ponies at Barbes.

9/10, 8 PM organist Paul Jacobs plays works by Bach and Reger at Juilliard’s Paull Hall, 155 W 65th St.

9/10, 8 PM three piano trios: Adam Kromelow’s Krom, the darkly cinematic Danny Fox Trio, and the Cory Henry Trio at Subculture.

9/10, 8:30 PM a solo show by intense jazz singer/composer Jen Shyu with pre-concert screening and discussion of her fieldwork in East Timor, Java, Taiwan, South Korea, Kalimantan, as source material for her Solo Rites: Seven Breaths project at Seeds

9/10, 9 PM Phil Spector-style girlgroup revivalists Pep followed by edgy, Lynchian noir soul crooner Nick Waterhouse at Rough Trade, $18 adv tix rec

9/10-11, 9 PM soulpunk/psychedelic band Clear Plastic Masks open for the similar but less consistently good White Denim at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, $20 – the 9/12 show is sold out.

9/10, 9ish  glam/goth goddess Kristeen Young at Bowery Electric

9/10, 10 PM 90s sci-fi/surf instrumental masked men Man or Astroman at Brooklyn Bowl, $15. They’re also at the Mercury the following night, 9/11 at 10:30 for the same price.

9/10 original Fela drummer Tony Allen leads his own Afrobeat band at SOBs

9/11, noon-6 PM a politically relevant 9/11 themed day of theatre and performance at First Street Green Park, 33 E 1st St. with speakers Reverend Frank Morales and Paul DeRienzo, a Occupy 911 Art show, and 9/11 plays titled David’s Aliens, Naked Uncle Sam, 9/11 & the Youtube Tapes, Horrors of Cocaine and To Kill Eric Garner, plus a Bread and Puppet Theater Company world premiere of a new play, Gaza Emergency Pageant, free. The theatrical lineup pretty much repeats on 9/12 at 2 PM at the Playroom Theatre, 151 W 46th St. and then at 8 at the Medicine Show Theatre, 549 W 52nd St., both for $10 adm., and then back at the park on 9/13 from 1 to 8 PM.

9/11 high-voltage oldtimey songs and Nashville gothic with the Legendary Shack Shakers at the Knitting Factory

9/11, doors at 6:30 PM, free, violinist Mark Peskanov leads a sextet playing works by Bach, Bottoms, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Ligeti at Bargemusic, free.

9/11, 6:30 PM Gregory Singer & the Manhattan Symphonie Chamber Orchestra with choir and Okinawin sanshin lute play a memorial concert of Japanese-themed music for both 9/11 and 3/11 victims and survivors at Merkin Concert Hall, $!0

9/11, 8:30 PM trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson’s Analytical Symmetry with Michaël Attias, alto sax; Aruán Ortiz, piano; Nasheet Waits, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.

9/11, 9ish New Zealand roots reggae crew Katchafire at B.B. King’s, $15 adv tix rec

9/11, 10 PM iconic ex-Dead Boys and Rocket from the Tombs guitarist Cheetah Chrome playing solo acoustic ?!!?!? at Niagara Bar (corner of E 7th/Ave. A), free. Then he’s doing an electric band show at 10 at Bowery Electric on 9/12.

9/11, 9ish irreverent oldschool Williamsburg vocal jazz crew the Old Rugged Sauce at Brooklyn Rod & Gun Club.

9/11, 10 PM psychedelic funk band the People’s Champs at Barbes. 9/21 they’re at the big room at the Rockwood, free

9/12, 7 PM an extremely rare solo US performance by iconic Brazilian composer/guitarist Egberto Gismonti at Symphony Space, $30/$15 stud/srs

9/12-14 ageless jazz organ groovemeister Dr. Lonnie Smith leads a B3 trio, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $30.

9/12, 7:30 PM edgy saxophonis Dmitry Baevsky‘s Quartet with Jeb Patton – piano , Mike Karn – bass , Joe Strasser – drums followed at 10 by state-of-the-art soprano sax guy Sam Newsome and his quintet. On 9/13 Newsome and band are followed by blistering, intense oldschool tenorman Eric Wyatt and his group at midnight

9/12, 8 PM heavy stoner blues and metal bands update a classic early Sabbath era sound with the hypnotic electric Neil Young influenced King Buffalo followed eventually at 10 by the Golden Grass and 11 by the Midnight Ghost Train at Matchless, $10.  Golden Grass also at St. Vitus on 9/29 at 9 for the same price

9/12, 8 PM indie classical violinist Christopher Tignor, atmospheric guitar soundscape project Hubble and intriguing found sound/indie chamber group Sontag Shogun at the Silent Barn, $8.

9/12, 8 PM cellists Charles Curtis and and Judith Hamann perform the NY premiere of Tashi Wada’s Duets for cello; Curtis performing works for solo cello by Alvin Lucier, JS Bach, and Luigi Dallapiccola at Issue Project Room, $15/$10 stud.

9/12, 8:30 PM, repeating on 9/13, 7:30 PM the Chelsea Symphony plays Felix Mendelssohn’s Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream and two pieces inspired by Much Ado About Nothing: Hector Berlioz’s Overture to Béatrice et Bénédict and Erich Korngold’s suite of incidental music for the play at St Paul’s German Lutheran Church, 315 West 22nd St (between 8th and 9th Aves), $20 sugg don

9/12, 9ish Manchester punk-era presence John Cooper Clarke, Miriam of the garage-rocking A-Bones, iconic ex-Dead Boys and Rocket from the Tombs guitarist Cheetah Chrome and band and Mad Juana with their brooding punk-influenced southwestern gothic at Bowery Electric, $15.

9/12, 9 PM resonator blues guitar virtuoso Toby Walker at the Jalopy, $10

9/12, 9 PM fiery, twin guitar-fueled anthemic highway rockers the Sloe Guns at Arlene’s, $10.

9/12, 9 PM intense, crystalline-voiced dark 80s style art-pop songwriter Kristin Hoffmann at Caffe Vivaldi

9/12, 9ish Irish drinking music with Shilelagh Law at Connolly’s.

9/12, 11 PM ageless, charmingly jangly lo-fi Japanese rocker women Shonen Knife at the Wick, $12.

9/12, 11 PM dark garage rockers the Detroit Cobras at the Bell House, $!5.

9/12, 1 AM ish (actually morning of 9/13) all-female, ostensibly aphrodisiac Mexican folk orchestra Mariachi Flor de Toloache at the big room at the Rockwood

9/13, 2 PM newschool torchy British noir chanteuse Gemma Ray plays a free show at Rough Trade. She’s also at Brooklyn Bowl for free on 9/15 at 8 PM but a rsvp is required.

9/13, 2:30 PM the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble plays woodwind works by Ligeti, Beach, D’Rivera and Barber at Library for the Performing Arts, 111 Amsterdam Ave out back of Lincoln Center, free, early arrival a must. Concerts continue throughout the five boroughs later in the month, the complete calendar is here.

9/13, 3 PM eclectic, guitarishly excellent eclectic soul/Americana bandleader Miss Tess & the Talkbacks followed at 4 by newgrass favorite Suzy Bogguss at Madison Square Park, free

9/13, 7 PM Sandbox Percussion plays music of Steve Reich, David Lang, David T. Little, Jonny Allen and world premieres from Alex Weiser and Thomas Kotcheff at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music, 450 W. 37th St, $15.

9/13, 7:30 PM pianist Weiyin Chen with the Camerata RCO (the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra’s chamber ensemble) play works by Mozart and Mendelssohn at Subculture

9/13, 8 PM sharp, satirical, catchy, sardonically funny powerpop Beatlesque/Costelloesque songwriter Walter Ego at Sidewalk.

9/13, 8 PM Irish supergroup the Alt – John Doyle, Nuala Kennedy and Eamon O’Leary, who’ve got a gorgeously dark new folk album out – at the Irish Arts Center, 553 West 51 St, $30

9/13, 8 PM, repeating on 9/14 at 4 PM Mark Peskanov, violin and Rita Sloan, piano play Mozart – Sonata for violin and piano in D Major, K. 306; Schubert – Sonata for violin and piano in A Major, D. 574, “Grand Duo”; Franck – Sonata for violin and piano in A Major at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud.

9/13, 8ish newgrass jams with Greensky Bluegrass at the Gramercy Theatre, $26

9/13, 9ish dark, atmospheric, apocalyptic art-rock/psychedelic songwriter Tim Foljahn at Union Hall, $10.

9/13, 9ish massive majestic sonic waves and washes from the Wharton Tiers Ensemble at the Delancey, $TBA

9/13, 9/10:30 PM the Mat Maneri /Lucian Ban New Quintet with Tony Malaby, tenor sax; Bob Stewart, tuba; Billy Mintz, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.

9/13, 10 PM rockabilly guitar firecracker/bandleader Rosie Flores at Hill Country, free. She’s at the Knitting Factory on 9/16 at 9:30 for $12 in advance.

9/13, 10:30 PM wild, exhilarating twin guitar-fueled NWOBHM-style metal band the Blackfires at the Mercury, $10 adv tix rec.

9/14, 3 PM flutist/pianist/composer Diana Wayburn‘s lively, eclectic Dances of the World Chamber Ensemble with Adam Matthes (viola); Barry Seroff (flute); Spencer Hale (trombone); Ken Silverman (guitar);Yonatan Avi Oleiski (percussion) at St. Marks Church, 2nd Ave/10th St., $10

9/14, 3 PM the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble play music of Barber, Beach, Ligeti and D’Rivera at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.

9/14, 6 PM twangy noir guitar genius Jim Campilongo and his trio at 55 Bar

9/14, 6 PM a 9/11-themed series of readings by Judith Malina, Lois Kagen – Minus, John Farris, Bob Holman, Carla Cubit, Exavier Wardlaw, Robert Hegger and Steve Canon at Bowery Poetry Club on Bowery across the street from where CB’s Gallery used to be.

9/14, 7:30 PM world-class Appalachian fiddler Bruce Molsky at the Jalopy, $15 adv tix highly rec.

9/14, 7:30 PM indie classical ensemble Hotel Elefant plays music of Hannis Brown, Mary Kouyoumdjian, Matt Marks, and Leaha Maria Villarreal at le Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec.

9/14, 8 PM charming Jacco Gardner-esque Seattle retro 60s psychedelic sunshine pop band Tomten followed eventually around 10 by   brooding darkwave songstress Alice Boman at Baby’s All Right, $12.

9/14, 8 PM cutting-edge latin jazz composer/pianist Arturo O’Farrill and his quartet featuring his kids Zack O’Farrill on drums, Adam O’Farrill on trumpet, and Walter Stinson on bass.at Flushing Town Hall, $25.

9/14, 10ish sardonic Japanese Brooklyn postpunk girlband the Hard Nips at Union Pool, $10

9/14, midnight wickedly tuneful vibes/tenor duo Behn Gillece and Ken Fowser – with a like-minded cast: Rick Germanson – piano , Paul Gill – bass , Charles Ruggiero – drums at Smalls

9/15, 7:30 PM the reliably invigorating Lysander Piano Trio play works by Tchaikovsky and Richard Danielpour at Subculture.

9/15, 8 PM tuneful, lyrically smart, jangly oldtimey/C&W/noir swing band the Far West at the Rockwood

9/15, 9ish singer Rachael Price’s wickedly catchy oldschool soul band Lake Street Dive– who absolutely slayed opening for Sharon Jones earlier this summer- at the Bell House.

9/16 pensive rainy-day chamber jazz with the Owl Trio: Lage Lund – guitar; Orlando Le Fleming – bass; Will Vinson – saxophones, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $20.

9/16, 8 PM the ultimate noir jazz band playing noir material: Sexmob plays John Lurie film music at le Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec.

9/16-28, 8/10 PM Steve Coleman & Five Elements play one of the longest residencies in recent years at the Stone, $15. Eat your heart out, Village Vanguard.

9/16, 8 PM conductor/flutist Harold Jones leads the Antara Ensemble playing works by Bizet and Dvorák; William Foster McDaniel conducts Telemann’s Suite in A minor for Flute and Strings at Saint Peter’s Church, 54th St/Lexington Ave, $25/$20 stud/srs.

9/16, 8:30 PM Cretan/South African violinist Maria Manousaki leads a quartet with Shai Maestro, piano; Petros Klampanis, bass; John Hadfield, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.

9/16, 10:30 PM saxophone powerhouse Lucas Pino‘s two-guitar No No Nonet at Smalls.

9/17, 7 PM smart, politically-charged, assaultively creepy chromatic punk/metal band Millsted at Grand Victory, $9.

9/17, 7 PM pianist/singer Rachel Zylstra’s artsy, tuneful, cleverly lyrical chamber pop trio the Tacit Turn at the small room at the Rockwood

9/17, 8 PM Que Vlo-Ve play classic Greek hash smoking music from the 20s and 30s at Barbes

9/17, 8 PM a solo show by eclectic, lyrical jazz pianist Geoffrey Keezer at Subculture

9/17, 10ish iconic 80s ska/soca popsters the English Beat – whose recent tour is by all accounts unbelievably fun – at Brooklyn Bowl, $25.

9/18, 7:30 PM fun, intense, trippy Moroccan funk/metal jamband Hoba Hoba Spirit at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

9/18-21 tenor saxophonist Mark Turner plays material from his new ECM album with Avishai Cohen – trumpet; Joe Martin – bass; Justin Brown – drums,7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25/30 on the weekend.

9/18, 8 PM brilliant steel guitar player Raphael McGregor – formerly of Nation Beat -leads his eclectic band at at Freddy’s.

9/18, 8 PM creepy, theatrical female-fronted noir cabaret/circus rock band Orphan Jane at Rock Shop, $12

9/18, 8 PM diverse, slinky, tuneful female-fronted pan-latin rockers La Santa Cecilia at Highline Ballroom, $15 adv tix highly rec.

9/18, 8 PM indie classsical chamber group Eighth Blackbird play the New York premiere of Amy Beth Kirsten’s Colombine’s Paradise plus works by Monteverdi, Gesualdo and Justin Bieber at the Miller Theatre, $25 tix avail.

9/18, 8:30 PM well-loved indie classical orchestra the Knights play Prokofiev: Overture on Hebrew Themes; Dvorak: Selections from Symphony No. 7 in D Minor, Op. 70, B. 141; Milhaud: Le boeuf sur le toit at Roulette, $25/$15 stud

9/18, 8:30 PM the Bedsit Poets’ brilliant lead guitarist Mac Randall plays the album release show for his eclectic new one at the Delancey, $5.

9/18, 8:30 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” at Espresso 77, 35-57 77th Street, Jackson Hts., free

9/18, 8:30 PM drummer/composer Vinnnie Sperazza leads a quartet playing his tersely lyrical compositions with Loren Stillman, alto sax; Brandon Seabrook, guitar; Eivind Opsvik, bass at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.

9/18, 9 PM high-voltage violin shredding with Stratospheerius at Shrine

9/18, 10 PM the Alejandro Zuleta Vallenato Group put their own update on classic Colombian sounds at Barbes.

9/18, 11 PM violinist Tom Swafford‘s mighty String Power ensemble at Tea Lounge in Park Slope, free

9/18 catchy highway rockers Greg Smith & the Broken English – a more upbeat, down-to-earth counterpart to Deer Tick – play Bowery Electric.

9/19, 5:30 PM brilliant Americana guitarist/songwriter Ann Klein plays a rare solo acoustic show at the American Folk Art Museum. Excellent singer too!

9/19 dark, tuneful Australian guy/girl garage-punk duo Gooch Palms at Cake Shop. 9/20 they’re at Death by Audio and on 9/22 at the Flat in Bushwick.

9/19, 7:30 PM pioneering Iranian jazz chanteuse Rana Farhan plays the album release show for her new one at Drom, $25

9/19, 8 PM virtuoso clarinetist Thomas Piercy and pianist Noritaka Ito perform works pairing NYC composers with their Tokyo counterparts: Fernando Otero, Toshio Hosokawa, Yuichi Matsumoto, Masatora Goya, Senri Oe, Tomo Hirayama, Kaito Nakahori, Atsushi Yoshinaka; and premieres by NYC’s Trevor Bachman, Peri Mauer, and David Wolfson all on the bill at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud.

9/19, 8 PM the Bushwick Book Club and their sister band from Malmo, Sweden team up for new songs inspired by Maya Angelou’s I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings at Dixon Place Theatre, free

9/19-20, 9 PM darkly jangly retro 60s band the Dandy Warhols at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, $25.

9/19, 9 PM ecstatic 19th century/ragtime/country gospel/hokum revivalists the Down Hill Strugglers at the Jalopy, $10 .

9/19, 9 PM Drina Seay – torchy Americana/soul/jazz siren who is to NYC now what Neko Case was to Portland in 1999 – followed at 10 by sassy female-fronted C&W parodists Trailer Radio at the Way Station

9/19, 9 PM punk/rockabilly/surf legends Simon & the Bar Sinisters at Beast of Bourbon.

9/19, 10 PM politically conscious oldschool-style soul crooner Preachermann & the Revival at Shrine

9/19, 10 PM ex-Cramps guitarist and noisy noir rock troublemaker Kid Congo & the Pink Monkey Birds at Glasslands, $12.

9/19-20, 10:30 PM the Clifford Adams/Orrin Evans Quartet with Clifford Adams – trombone , Orrin Evans – piano , Reid Anderson – bass , Steve Williams – drums at Smalls

9/19, 11 PM Canadian gothic chanteuse Lorraine Leckie and her phenomenal, ferocious band at Sidewalk

9/19, midnight massive horn-fueled psychedelic Afrobeat/funk orchestra Big Mean Sound Machine at Drom, $10.

9/20, 2 PM ish noiserock guitar monsters the Skull Practitioners – who put out this year’s best cassette, no contest – followed eventually on an all-garage rock bill by fuzztone monsters  the Mystery Lights at around 8 at Radio Bushwick, $10. Mystery Lights return on 9/21, time TBA

9/20, 3 PM rustic newgrass/acoustic twangrock duo Cahalen Morrison and Eli West followed at 4 by highly regarded Americana/jazz chanteuse Aoife O’Donovan at Madison Square Park, free.

9/20, 7 PM pianist Daniela Candillari and singer Samantha Malk play originals and Jacques Brel tunes at Spectrum, $15

9/20, 7 PM intense, tuneful, no-bullshit Northwest Connecticut all-female punk trio Damn Broads at Gussy’s Bar in Astoria.

9/20, 7 PM bassist/singer Felice Rosser’s perennially vital groove band Faith in a rare  acoustic show at Green Oasis Garden 368 East 8th street btwn Ave C and D

9/20, 7 PM Bronx Latin music legend Orlando Marín, “El Maestro” and his mambo band at the BMHC Lab, 1303 Louis Niñé Blvd in the Bronx, free, take the 2 or 5 train to Freeman Street or the Bx19 bus.

9/20, 7:30/9:30 PM guitarist Mike Baggetta‘s trio with Cameron Brown – bass and Jeff Hirshfield – drums take an inspired departure into Americana jazz at the Bar Next Door, $12.

9/20, 8 PM  renowned Yemeni singer Abdulrahman Al-Akhfash and band at Alwan for the Arts, $20.

9/20, 8 PM Tom Heyman (formerly of feral Americana/paisley underground rockers Go to Blazes) doing his noir blues thing at Pete’s

9/20, 8 PM the Johnson Girls sing sea chanteys at the People’s Voice Cafe, $18 sugg cover, “no one turned away”

9/20, 8 PM Japanese antinuclear activist and guitarist/songwriter Tori Kudo‘s stark, darkly pastoral woodwind-driven postrock/neofolk ensemble Maher Shalal Hash Baz at Issue Project Room, $15/$10 stud.

9/20, 8 PM, repeating on 9/21 at 4 PM, Mark Peskanov, violin; Nicholas Cannelakis, cello; Jeffrey Swann, piano play Haydn Piano Trio No. 39 in G Major, Hob. XV/25, “Gypsy”; Beethoven Piano Trio No. 6 in E-flat Major, Op. 70, No. 2; Brahms Piano Trio in C minor, Op. 101 at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud,

9/20, 8 PM one of this city’s funnest, wittiest jazz crews, the Daniel Bennett Group at Tomi Jazz, $10 + $10 min

9/20, 9 PM legendary Irish first-wave punk band Stiff Little Fingers, still vital after all these years at Irving Plaza, $32.50 adv tix a must.

9/20, 9 PM Nashville heavy blues/stoner psych band All Them Witches at St. Vitus, $10

9/20, 9/11 PM enigmatic, graceful, intense pan-Asian jazz chanteuse Jen Shyu plays solo followed by a set with her Jade Tongue group: David Binney – alto saxophone; Mat Maneri – viola; Thomas Morgan – bass;Dan Weiss – drums at the Jazz Gallery, $22.

9/21, 3 PM K. Scott Warren plays organ works by Bach, Stanford, Vierne, Fannie Charles Dillon and Alec Rowley at St. Ignatius Loyola Church, Park Ave at 84th St., $20

9/21, 3 PM smart, politically-charged, assaultively creepy chromatic punk/metal band Millsted at Palisades in Bushwick.

9/21 ,3 PM pianist Ramin Arjomand plays a longform solo improvisation at Spectrum, $15

9/21, 6 PM cleverly lyrical, edgily funny, spine-tingling powerpop/acoustic rock singer Tamara Hey in a rare duo show with acoustic bassist Richard Hammond at the small room at the Rockwood .

9/21, 6 PM an impromptu all-star string quartet – Mary Rowell, Neil Dufallo, Nathan Schram, and Wendy Law.- play the quartet premiere of Randall Woolf’s Everything Is Green plus works by Dufallo and others, plus poetry readings, at Brooklyn Bridge Park, free

9/21, 7 PM ambitious pianist Jenny Q Chai plays the album release show for her new one feat. works by Marco Stroppa, Nils Vigeland, Jaroslaw Kapucsinski and others at Spectrum, $15

9/21, 7:30 PM virtuoso clarinetist and Japanese indie classical music maven Thomas Piercy leads a small ensemble at Caffe Vivaldi

9/21, 8 PM elegant trad piano jazz with the Ted Rosenthal Trio at Subculture.

9/21, 9 PM massive majestic sonic waves and washes from the Wharton Tiers Ensemble at Union Pool, $10

9/21, 9:30 PM eclectic, paradigm-shifting B3 jazz organist Brian Charette‘s Rivington Project w/ George Coleman Jr. (drums) Mike DiRubbo (alto sax) at 55 Bar.

9/21, 10 PM edgy lyrical intense Nina Simone-influenced soul siren Alice Lee followed at 11:30 by high-voltage eclectic funk/Afrobeat/hip-hop dance band the People’s Champs at the big room at the Rockwood

9/21, 10 PM wanna hear a trumpet quartet? Check out this one: Lewis “Flip Barnes, Dave Douglas, Stephanie Richards, Aaron Shragge at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.

9/22, 8 PM torchy, haunting noir chanteuse/ukulele songwriter Bliss Blood & brilliant guitarist Al Street at Pete’s

9/22, 8 PM the DaCapo Chamber Players celebrate the music of Shulamith Ran at Merkin Concert Hall, $20.

9/22, 8:30 PM Lisa Daehlin sings Kurt Weill with Richard Pearson Thomas on piano at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.

9/23, 6 PM Lee “Scratch” Perry’s debut NYC art show at the Keeping Style Alive gallery, 513 Johnson Ave (Varick/Stewart). in Bushwick, free, L to Jefferson St., people will be smoking up here.

9/23-24 and 9/26-28 lyrical piano jazz icon Fred Hersch leads a new trio with Esperanza Spaulding on bass and Richie Barshay on drums, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $30. He’s also playing solo on 9/25.

9/23, 8 PM intriguing, clever, hypnotic vocal-and-harp chamber pop duo Addi & Jacq at Caffe Vivaldi .

9/23-24, 8/10:30 PM drummer Billy Hart and pianist George Cables‘ postbop supergroup the Cookers at the Blue Note, $20 standing room avail.

9/23, 8 PM classical pianist Inon Barnatan playing a program TBA at Subculture.

9/23, 8:30 PM the auspiciously edgy new duo project from guitarist Viva DeConcini & alto saxophonist Jessica Lurie followed at 10:30 by low register psychedelic doom metal/free jazz tuba/bass/percussion trio the Gate (Dan Peck, Tom Blancarte and Brian Osborne) at Freddy’s.

9/23, 9 PM a rare, not-to-be-missed show by Steve Wynn guitar monster Jason Victor’s searing noiserock trio Skull Practitioners at Cake Shop

9/23, 10ish wild, intense female-fronted psychedelic guitar power trio Devi at Bowery Electric.

9/23, 11 PM the electric, jazz-oriented, explosive NY Gypsy All-Stars at the big room at the Rockwood.

9/24 7:30 PM early music ensemble House of Time: Tatiana Daubek, violins; Gonzalo X. Ruiz, oboe; Beiliang Zhu, viola da gamba; and Avi Stein, harpsichord reach “the summit of the French baroque” with works by Couperin and Leclair at Hudson View Gardens at the Lounge, 116 Pinehurst Ave., Washington Heights, $20/10 stud/srs. The program repeats on 9/25, same time at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 3 W 65th St. (corner of Central Park West), $35/20 srs/10 stud.

9/24, 8 PM Malian roots music with singer and multi-instrumentalist Rokia Traoré and kora virtuoso Toumani Diabaté with his son Sidiki Diabaté at the BAM opera house, $25 tix avail.

9/24, 8 PM pianist and Beatles reinventor Anthony Molinaro at Subculture.

9/24, 8:30 PM edgy gutter blues band Jane Lee Hooker followed by creepy dark garage/punk soul  band the Naked Heroes at the Mercury, $10.

9/24, 9:30 PM theatrical, surreal, creepy psychedelic/art-rock/circus rock band Frogbelly & Symphony at Bowery Ballroom

9/24, 9:30 PM hilariously satirical oldtimey/newgrass hellraisers the Dustbowl Revival at the Bell House, $!0.

9/24, 9:30 PM atmospheric, shapeshifting indie classical ensemble Battle Trance play the album release show for their new one Palace of Wind at Roulette, $15/$10 stud

9/24, 10 PM tuneful hypnotic sometimes dreampop-infused tunesmithing, gorgeous vocals, wry lyrics: ex-Aquanettas guitarist/singer Debby Schwartz plays the album release show for her new one at Cake Shop, $8

9/24, 10ish ageless dub icon and marijuana advocate Lee Scratch Perry at Brooklyn Bowl, $20.

9/25, 7 PM sizzling mandolin-fueled Balkan party music with Hungarian hellraisers Sondorgo at Elebash Hall, 365 5th Ave. just north of 34th St., $25

9/25, 8 PM an upbeat, good-time brass band triplebill: hip-hop oriented grooves with No BS! Brass, FONT’s Afro-Brass Assembly and Mexican ranchera/bolero crew Banda de los Muertos at Littlefield, $20.

9/25, 8ish intriguing multi-reedwoman Anna Webber leads a trio including pianist Matt Mitchell followed by the chamber jazz crew that started it all, the Claudia Quintet at Shapeshifter Lab

9/25, 8 PM hard-charging, Ben Webster-influenced Russian tenor sax player Oleg Kireyev leads a quintet at Symphony Space, $17 adv tix rec.

9/25-28, 8/10:30 PM this could be something pretty amazing: tuneful pianist Kenny Werner leads a quintet including David Sanchez and Miguel Zenon at the Blue Note, $20 standing room avail.

9/25, 8 PM a twinbill of trumpet-fueled duos: Kirk Knuffke, trumpet; Jesse Stacken, piano plus Ben Holmes, trumpet; Patrick Farrell, accordion at Greenwich House Music School, $15/$12 stud/srs.

9/25, 9 PM second-wave Afrobeat icons Antibalas and Hellbent perform the music of John Lurie & the Lounge Lizards at le Poisson Rouge, $25 adv tix rec. – could be pretty wild.

9/25, 9 PM Venezuelan guitar god Juancho Herrera with his eclectic, kinetic latin/jazz/rock unit C4 at Joe’s Pub, $20

9/25, 9 PM luminous singer Shara Worden’s kinetic, string-driven art-rock band My Brightest Diamond at Bowery Ballroom, $20 adv tix rec.

9/26, 7 PM psychedelic samba funk/jazz guitar duo Chico Coehlo & Dave Ridnell at Drom, $10 adv tix rec.

9/26, 7 PM inventive jazz pianist John Escreet teams up with the equally gutsy Sirius Quartet at the Rubin Museum of Art, $18 adv tix rec.

9/26, 7:30 PM highly regarded progressive jazz crew Kneebody – with keyboardist Adam Benjamin, trumpeter Shane Endsley, electric bassist Kaveh Rastegar, saxophonist Ben Wendel and drummer Nate Wood – at le Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec.

9/26, 8 PM the Chiara String Quartet play Bartok String Quartets Nos. 2, 4, and 6 at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud.

9/26, 8 PM the New York Classical Players with violinist Itamar Zorman play Beethoven’s Violin Concerto transcribed for string orchestra, Bartok’s Divertimento for String Orchestra, and Vocalise by Rachmaninoff at Flushing Town Hall, free w/rsvp

9/26, 8 PM cinematic/minimalist composer/pianist Evan Duffy at Subculture

9/26, 8:30 PM ferocious, anthemic, literate rockers Wormburner play the album release show for their new one at the Mercury, $12 adv tix rec.

9/26, 9 PM intense Balkan chanteuse Jenny Luna‘s haunting, traditional Turkish band Dolunay  followed at 10 by Armenian-Brooklyn clarinet legend Souren Baronian‘s Taksim at Tea Lounge in Park Slope, free

9/26, 9 PM the clever, reliably fun Two Man Gentlemen Band play classic oldtimey swing tunes off their jaunty new album at the Jalopy, $15.

9/26, 9 PM smart, politically-fueled Irish rocker Niall Connolly at the big room at the Rockwood

9/26, 9/10:30 PM tenor sax titan George Garzone leads a quintet with Kenny Brooks, tenor sax; Doug Yates, alto sax, bass clarinet; Peter Slavov, bass; Pete Zimmer, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min,

9/26, 10 PM diverse, often haunting female-fronted Americana/acoustic funk/art-rock jamband the Sometime Boys at the Way Station.

9/26, midnight, appropriately enough, the Midnight Moan – who are a dead ringer for the Stones circa 1971 – play the Bitter End

9/27, 3 PM Bay area female-fronted newgrass jamband Front Country at Madison Square Park, free.

9/27, 6ish  a special tribute to Lydia Mendoza by haunting Mexican harmony band Las Rubias del Norte, badass resonator guitar blues by Mamie Minch, rural Colombian vallenato by sizzling accordionist El Rey Vallenato Beto Jamaica plus a screening of the new roots music documentary film about Arhoolie Records, Ain’t No Mouse Music at Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer St (between Imlay & Conover), Red Hook, $15

9/27, 7 PM Dan Finnerty’s hilarious, viciously sarcastic top 40 cover band the Dan Band at Joe’s Pub, $22

9/27, 7:30 PM Joey DeFrancesco guitarist Paul Bollenback plays the album release show for his intriguing, subtly samba-influenced new one Portraits In Space and Time with Marcus Strickland , Joseph LePore ,Rogerio Boccato , andJeff “Tain” Watts at le Poisson Rouge, $10 adv tix rec.

9/27, 8 PM a rare US show by brilliant oudist/kanunist/composer Huda Asfour at Alwan for the Arts, $20/$15 stud/srs

9/27, 8 PM psychedelic funky Japanese noiserock/dreampop band Bo Ningen at Terminal 5, $30.

9/27, 8 PM a rare NYC show by Turkish fretless classical/Middle Eastern guitarist/baglama player Erkan Ogur and band at Drom, $30 adv tix a must.

9/27, 8 PM Colin Carr, cello and Thomas Sauer, piano play Mendelssohn Sonata for cello and piano No. 2 in D Major, Op. 58; Debussy Cello Sonata; Thomas Adès Lieux retrouvés; Beethoven Sonata for cello and piano No. 3 in A Major, Op. 69 at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud

9/27, 8 PM drummer Devin Gray‘s cleverly shapeshifting Dirigo Rataplan with Ellery Eskelin, saxophone; Dave Ballou, trumpet; Michael Formanek, bass at Greenwich House Music School, $15/$12 stud/srs.

9/27, 9 PM darkly intense, tuneful Portland, Maine circus rock/newgrass/noir blues band Muddy Ruckus at the Rockwood

9/27, 9ish sharp, perennially vital, politically-fueled anthemic Irish-American rockers Black 47 at Connolly’s.

9/27, 9 PM folk harmony group the Mountain Maidens – Marie Mularczyk O’Connell, Candice Baranello and Lorraine Berger – play rustic Americana, joined by Wild Ginger for some Balkan tunes, at the People’s Voice Cafe, $18 sugg cover, “no one turned away”

9/27, 9 PM oldtimey ragtime guitarist Craig Ventresco with torchy oldtime chanteuse/mandolinist Meredith Axelrod followed by western swing band Brain Cloud at the Jalopy, $10.

9/27, 10:30 PM fiery fiddle-driven acoustic Americana band the Green Gallows at Union Hall, $8.

9/27, midnight high-voltage Austin Afrobeat funk orchestra Hard Proof at the big room at the Rockwood, free.

9/27 obscenely hilarious, ferocious, surprisingly eclectic punk/powerpop band Custard Wally at at Gussy’s Bar in Astoria. 9/28 they’re at Otto’s ,

9/28 starting noon-ish it’s the Atlantic Antic, bands tba. Last year was garage rock on upper Atlantic Ave., Afrobeat close to Hoyt St., ska-punk outside Hank’s. Fun if you’re in the hood.

9/28, 1 PM art-rock band Xiu Xiu “present a durational performance titled Kling Klang using vibrating instruments activated against the copper sheets of Danh Vo’s We The People on Pier 3 in Brooklyn Bridge Park in DUMBO, free

9/28, 3 PM the Secret Quartet: Cornelius Dufallo, Jennifer Choi; Lev Zhurbin and Yves Dharamraj play music of John King, Raz Mesinai, Michael Vincent Waller, and Joan Jeanreneaud at Spectrum, $15

9/28, 3 PM legendary Chicago jazz guitarist George Freeman – a Charlie Parker sideman – plays a rare NYC solo show at the Lounge at Hudson View Gardens, 128 Pinehurst Ave at 183rd St., $12 sugg don, reception to follow

9/28, 7 PM haunting, otherworldly classical Turkish music with Dahi Levent Armagan plus Hasan Isakkut ( kanun ); Ismail Lumanovski ( clarinet ); Engin Gunay ( percussion ); Gokce Eren and Gulsah Sevimli (violins); Ara Dinkjian (oud); Mehmet Aydin (ney); Sukru Unluturk (percussion) Haris Krijestorac (guitar) at Merkin Concert Hall, $30.

9/28, 7:30 PM haunting Romany chanteuse Sanda Weigl sings Weimar noir cabaret songs with violist Mat Maneri and pianist Lucian Ban at Joe’s Pub, $18.

9/28, 7:30 PM David Lang‘s opera for five singers, ensemble and chorus The Difficulty of Crossing a Field, based on the 1888 Ambrose Bierce story about a pre-Civil War American slave owner who disappears, and the aftermath, at Roulette, $20/$15 stud

9/28, 8 PM a rare NYC show by upbeat, eclectic Iranian rockers Kiosk at Drom, $20 adv tix rec

9/28, 8 PM Milwaukee highway rock legends the BoDeans – who’re going in an increasingly lush, Americana-fueled direction – at B.B. King’s, $28.50 adv tix rec.

9/28, 8 PM harmony-driven oldtimey string band trio Brother Sun followed at 9 by powerhouse clawhammer banjo player Evie Ladin at the Jalopy, $20.

9/28, 8:30 PM the Talamana Trio – Laila Salins, vocals; Jim Matus, laoutar; Shane Shanahan, percussion – play “Eastern European music with Middle Eastern overtones,” Latvian classics and music from the Baltic Sea to the Mediterranean.at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.

9/28, 9:30 PM swirling, intense, noiserock/free jazz improvisers Big Plastic Finger at the Silent Barn

9/28, 11 PM terse, lyrical, jazz and classical-tinged pianist/songwriter Rachel Eckroth at the small room at the Rockwood.

9/29, 7 PM amusing singer-songwriter parodists the Lascivious Biddies at the small room at the Rockwood

9/29-30, 9 PM dark Danish garage rock with the Raveonettes at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, $25.

9/29, 9ish indie/Americana powerpop legends the Silos at Bowery Electric, $12

9/30, 7 PM Bolivian jazz vocal star Gian-Carla Tisera plays the album relese show for her debut solo cd Nora la Bella at the Americas Society, 680 Park Ave., $20/$10 stud., no extra charge for online tix reservations.

9/30 rising star Cuban pianist Harold López-Nussa withRuy Adrian López-Nussa – percussion; Jorge Sawa Perez– bass,7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $20

9/30, 8 PM the Ariel Quartet plays Beethoven string quartets Op. 18, No. 3 (D major); Op. 95 (F minor); Op. 135 (F major) at Subculture.

9/30-10/5, 8/10 PM perennially interesting drummer Ches Smith plays a weeklong stand at the Stone with his usual assortment of wildly noisy and unexpectedly lyrical pals. Choice pick: 10/5 at 10 with Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog (get there early!) .

9/30, 8 PM eclectic, smart art-rock pianist/guitarist Matt Kanelos solo at Branded Saloon.

9/30, 8:30ish Alysa of darkly experimental punk/funk/dreampop crew Eula presides over a similarly incisive lineup of improvisationally inclined types, in reverse order:: Short Nerve (feat. Greg Saunier of Deerhoof & Ofir Ganon of Speedo), Eula themselves, Adam Schatz (Landlady, Man Man); Sadie Dupuis (Speedy Ortiz), Amy Klein (Hilly Eye), Maiden China (belly dancing NYC style), Jason Martin Animal Power System, Andra and Nose Fixer at Glasslands, $10

10/1-2, 7:30 PM and 10/3, 2 PM the NY Philharmonic plays Carl Nielsen’s Maskarade Overture plus Symphonies Nos. 5 and 6 at Avery Fisher Hall, $29 tix avail. Nielsen is a secret favorite of conductors, and Alan Gilbert has an absolute blast with the composer’s blustery, richly tuneful orchestration.

10/1, 8 PM dark experimental Nina Simone-influenced Belgian soul/jazz/noir chanteuse Melanie DeBlasio (no relation to you know who) at the big room at the Rockwood, free w/rsvp to burexny@gmail.com

10/1, 8 PM pianist Alberto Reyes plays music of Chopin, Schumann and Franck at Merkin Concert Hall, $15 tix avail.

10/1, 8 PM the Mivos Quartet plays the NY premiere of Samson Young‘s The Anatomy of a String Quartet, which embodies a Beethoven quartet plus improvisation based on electroacoustic interaction with a laptop monitoring the ensemble’s movement and brainwaves. The musicians look like they’re wired up for the electric chair. At Roulette, $20

10/1-2, 9:30 PM  pianist Danny Grissett and his Quartet with Jaleel Shaw – alto sax , Ben Williams – bass , Jonathan Barber – drums  at Smalls .

10/2, 7 PM Hungarian avant jazz ensemble Modern Art Orchestra with special guest saxophonist Dave Liebman at Symphony Space, free.

10/2, 730 PM brilliant, haunting, intense Turkish art-rock band Barrakka followed by controversial Turkish psychedelic rocker Ahmet Musin at Drom, $20 adv ix ver highly rec.

10/2, 8 PM cult favorite Irish chamber pop crooner Pierce Turner at Connolly’s.

10/2, 8:30 PM Stage Fright -high-voltage acoustic jazz guitar duo Stephen B Antonakos & Scott Aldrich – at Espresso 77, 35-57 77th Stoff 37th Ave, Jackson Heights,. 10/8 they’re at Brooklyn Rod & Gun Club at 9ish.

10/2, 8 PM blazing Americana/soul jamband Holy Ghost Tent Revival at the Knitting Factory, $12 .

10/2, 8:30 PM Julia Haltigan – a torchy, charismatic force of nature, equally at home with fiery southwestern gothic rock, oldschool soul and steamy retro jazz ballads – with her band at the Mercury, $10.

10/2, 8:30 PM Roosevelt Dime play tongue-in-cheek oldtimey Americana and retro soul originals followed by guitarishly brilliant eclectic soul/Americana bandleader Miss Tess & the Talkbacks at the Bell House, $12.

10/2, 9 PM edgy, politically-fueled Romany/latin/ska rockers Karikatura at Arlene’s, $8.

10/2, 9:30 PM opening night of this year’s NY Gypsy Festival with Mexican son jarocho punk band Las Cafeteras at Drom, $12 adv tix rec.

10/3, 7 PM mezzo-soprano Augusta Caso and pianist Carl Bolleia premiere Jay Vilnai’s new song cycle of Charles Bukowski poems, There’s a Bluebird in My Heart, which draws on both the jazz of Bukowski’s youth as well as the German composers he admired, at the South Oxford Space, 138 S Oxford St., Ft. Greene, $10, any train to Jay St/Borough Hall and about a 10 minute walk

10/3, 7:30 PM 90s indie powerpop/mod punk legends the Figgs at the Mercury, $10

10/3, 8 PM Costello piano legend Steve Nieve and French crooner Tall Ulysse play Elvis Costello songs at City Winery, $20 standing room avail.

10/3, 8:30 PM 90s indie powerpop/mod punk legends the Figgs at the Mercury, $12 – price went up $2 since they played there last time!

10/4, 3 PM western swing with Dennis Lichtman’s Brain Cloud followed by oldtime country blues maven Don Flemons at Madison Square Park, free.

10/4, 7:30 PM this month’s festival of women classical musicians from India kicks off with sitarist Roopa Panesar at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex., $30/20 stud/sts

10/4, 7:30 PM electric Neil Young soundalike Israel Nash at the Mercury, $12.

10/4, 8 PM night two of this year’s NY Gypsy Festival is a killer Balkan brass lineup (one assumes in this order): NYC’s original Serbian-style crew Zlatne Uste, volcanic improvisers Raya Brass Band, trumpet icon Frank London’s Klezmer Brass All-Stars, intense Romany band Black Masala and Slovak monsters Orchester Prazevica at Drom, $15 adv tix a must

10/4, 8 PM deliriously fun, psychedelic Colombian metal cumbia band MAKU Soundsystem at Flushing Town Hall, $15/$10 stud.

10/4, 8 PM world premiere performances of Draculette, an Opera, by William Maselli; Carmilla, For String Orchestra, by Charles Coleman, and Visions of Sabbath: Classic Early Themes of Black Sabbath Arranged for Orchestra, starring Olga Zhuravel and Micaela Oeste, sopranos, and Featuring Frederika Krier on violin at Merkin Concert Hall, $35 tix avail.

10/4, 8 PM, repeating on 10/5 at 3 PM indie classical ensemble Alarm Will Sound premieres Scott Johnson’s Mind Out of Matter – a lively, rock-influenced suite that contemplates the wonders of the heavens from a scientific rather than religious perspective – at the Kasser Theater at Montclair State University is located at 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, NJ,  $20, Charter bus service is provided from the Port Authority arcade on 41st Street between 8th and 9th Avenues–to the Kasser Theater ($10 per person, round trip) for all Saturday and Sunday performances. Bus reservations may be made by calling 973-655- 5112 or by visiting http://www.peakperfs.org

10/4, 10 PM charming French pop revivalists Banda Magda  – whose new album goes in a bracing new Mediterranean direction – at Subculture, $18 adv tix rec

10/4, 10:30ish explosive, unpredictable, brilliantly original Balkan party instrumentalists Cocek Brass Band playing the album release show for their excellent debut cd at Mehanata.

10/5, 3 PM the Greenwich Village Orchestra play Beethoven: Violin Concerto; Elgar – Enigma Variations at Washington Irving HS Auditorium, 16th St./Irving Place, $15 sugg don., reception to follow.

10/5, 4 PM early music ensemble Quicksilver play “sumptuous sonatas and ingenious ballets” by Bertali, Biber, Buonamente, Kerll, Fux, Schmelzer and their contemporaries at Corpus Christi Church, 529 W 121st St $10 tix avail.

10/5, 4 PM the Clarosa Quartet play the Schumann Piano Quartet and Schubert’s “Trout” Quintet at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza, free, no under-sixes.

10/5, 7:30 PM fiery Balkan brass dancefloor band Boban i Marko Markovic Orkestar – fresh from Belgrade Beer Fest – at the Schimmel Auditorium at Pace University on Spruce St. in the financial district, very pricy, $39 but could be worth it.

10/5, 8 PM gently intense, deviously psychedelic, amazingly eclectic Austin-based Americana/jazz chanteuse/guitarist Jenifer Jackson and band at the small room at the Rockwood.

10/6, 7:30 PM paradigm-shifting, electrifying ensemble the Imani Winds play a new arrangement of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring plus works by Mendelssohn, Simon Shaheen and Wayne Shorter at Music Mondays, Advent/ Broadway Church, 2504 Broadway at 93rd St., free.

10/6, 7:30 PM Tre Voci (Kim Kashkashian, viola; Marina Piccinini, flute; Sivan Magen, harp) play music of Rameau, Debussy, and Sofia Gubaidulina at le Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec.

10/7, 7 PM intense Americana/chamber pop songwriter Mary Lee Kortes plays her Songs of Beulah Rowley project at the big room at the Rockwood. Kortes channels Rowley, a brilliant, obscure, multistylistic midwestern songwriter from the 30s and 40s who wrote swing, edgy pop, saloon jazz and country among other styles.

10/7, 7 PM haunting, slinky East African/Middle Eastern dance-folk/groove band Alsarah & the Nubatones at Bric Arts, free

10/7, 7 PM a tango summit at Symphony Space paying tribute to Argentine legend Anibal Triolo with performances by the Binelli-Ferman Duo (piano and bandoneon); Eddy Marcano; Quinteto Tango Leopoldo Federico from Colombia; GlamourTango (a tribute to the early women of tango); Facundo Posadas & Ching Pin de Posadas; Leandro Oliver & Laila Rezk; Dardo Galletto; Karina Romero; Mariana Parma; Mariana Galassi; and Silvana Brizuela, $30 adv tix a must. The program repeats on 10/11 at the 92nd St. Y at 8.

10/7 inspired, cutting-edge trombonist/composer Ryan Keberle & Catharsis feat. Camila Meza – voice; Mike Rodriguez – trumpet; Scott Robinson – saxophone; Matt Clohesy – bass, Eric Doob – drums, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $20.

10/7, 7:30 PM, repeating on 10/8 at 10 PM the Sara Galas Band feat. Bill Ruyle, Claudio Scarabottini, Yuka Tadano and Yukio Tsuji play eclectic chamber pop with Romany, gamelan, Asian and Italian folk influences at La MaMa, 74 E 4th St., free.

10/8, 7 PM violinist Eddy Marcano with his ensemble, David Peña, double bass and guitar, José Pepe Saglimbeni, accordion and violin, Yilmer Vivas, percussionist, Manuel Rangel, maracas and guitar, Dino Dinelli, pianist and Karlo Flores, violinist and conductor play Astor Piazzolla classics and Venezuelan traditional tunes at the Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Center, 3940 Broadway at 165th St. , $10

10/8 the cross-generational Wolff & Clark Expedition feat. the spectacular Hailey Niswanger and Steve Wilson on saxes with Mike Wolff – piano; James Genus – bass; Mike Clark – drums, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $20.

10/8, 8 PM strummy lo-fi guitar/organ duo Christy & Emily, scary/awesome guitar/viola jazz duo Mary Halvorson & Jessica Pavone, darkly enchanting Great Plains Gothic narratives from luminous tunesmith Ember Schrag and band, and hypnotically intense art-rock/indie classical dirges from cellist/songwriter Meaner Pencil at Trans-Pecos, $8

10/8-9 the Brian Charette Organ Trio w/ Yotam Silberstein and Mark Ferber play the album release show for their characeristically witty new one Good Tipper at Smalls.

10/9, 7 PM harpsichordist Jory Vinikour performs Rameau at Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium , 417 E 61st St between First and York Ave, $35/$25 stud/srs.

10/9, 7:30 PM stampeding Indian Romany group Rajasthani Gypsy Caravan at Drom, $15 adv tix rec.

10/9-12 the reliably intense, tuneful Steve Wilson on alto and soprano sax leading an exceptionally good Quintet with George Cables – piano; Alex Sipiagin – trumpet; Larry Grenadier – bass; Ulysses Owens, Jr. – drums, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25/$30 on the weekend .

10/9-11, 8 PM wildly popular indie classical string quartet Brooklyn Rider and singer/violinist Carla Kihlstedt play a new score behind a ballet performance based on dadaesque Kandinsky poems from the 1950s at Baryshnikov Arts Center,, 450 W 37th St. $25 tix avail. at the Lincoln Center box offices

10/9, 9 PM kick-ass Austin twangrock/honkyonk songwriter/bandleader Shelley King at Hill Country, free.

10/9, guesing around 10ish  chromatically edgy two-guitar metal band Fit For Rivals at Santos Party House

10/10, 8 PM wild but tight Afrobeat jamband the Brighton Beat followed by the even wilder, theatrical Balkan brass/circus rock band MarchFourth Marching Band at Brooklyn Bowl, $10 adv tix rec.

10/10, 8 PM bass clarinetist Ken Thomson & Slow/Fast – with guitarist Nir Felder, trumpeter Russ Johnson, bassist Adam Armstrong, and drummer Fred Kennedy- play the album release show for their new one at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

10/11, 8 PM cutting-edge Syrian classical/jazz/improvisational trio Hewar: Kinan Azmeh, clarinet ; Issam Rafea, oud ; Dima Orsho, vocals at Alwan for the Arts, $20/$15 stud/srs

10/11, 9 PM politically charged acoustic punk/folk band Filthy Rotten System at the People’s Voice Cafe, $18 sugg cover, “no one turned away”

10/11, 9 PM Procol Harum cover band Shine on Brightly play classic organ-driven art-rock at Connolly’s. They don’t have a Gary Brooker soundalike but they have a real passion for the songs, especially the obscure ones!

10/12, 3 PM the Shanghai Quartet and Wu Han play music of Haydn, Schumann and Dvorák at the Kasser Theater at Montclair State University, 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, NJ, $20; Charter bus service available from the Port Authority Bus Terminal arcade on 41st St between 8th and 9th Aves, $10 per person, roundtrip; bus reservations at 973-655-5112 or http://www.peakperfs.org.

10/12, 4 PM the electrifying the Lysander Piano Trio perform “Autumn” and “Spring” from Astor Piazolla’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires and Dvorak’s Trio op. 90 at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza, free, no under-sixes.

10/12, guessing around 11ish, noisy metal/arenarock band Lacuna Coil – who seem like they’ve finally slipped from under their record label’s repressive fingers – at the Gramercy Theatre, $34.

10/13, 5:30 PM NYC’s original Balkan marching unit, Hungry March Band outdoors at 1 Penn Plaza, not far from Madison Square Garden where they once played

10/14, 2 PM the Amphion String Quartet play works by Barber, Dvorak and Elliott Carter at the New School Auditorium, 66 W 12th St., $17.

10/14, 5:30 PM French brass band Radio Kaizman play their “special blend of hip hop, New Orleans brass and Latin rhythms” at 1 Penn Plaza, free

10/14, doors and drinks at 5:30, show at 6 PM, indie classical quartet Either/Or play works by Alvin Lucier, Horatiu Radalescu and others at the Miller Theatre, free

10/14, 6 PM haunting, intense folk noir/Americana harmony duo Mark Rogers & Mary Byrne play the album release show for their amazing debut at the small room at the Rockwood.

10/14, 7:30 PM the Bang on a Can All-Stars play Julia Wolfe’s Steel Hammer at the World Financial Center, free.

10/14-15 state-of-the-art Brazilian guitarist Romero Lubambo leads his Quartet with Helio Alves – piano; Hans Glawishnig – bass; Mauricio Zotarelli – drums, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25.

10/14, 8 PM haunting, intense, lyrically gripping noir folk songwriter/bandleader Jessi Robertson at Matchless. 10/17 she’s at Branded Saloon, time TBA; 10/18 at 8 at the Path Cafe and 10/31 at 5:30 solo acoustic at the American Folk Art Museum. Whew!

10/14, 8 PM jangly, catchy, anthemic acoustic highway rock/newgrass band Roadkill Ghost Choir play the album release show for their new one at the Mercury, $10 adv tix rec.

10/14, 8ish Joshua Kwassman and Brother Spirit play sweeping, lush, cinematic original jazz at Subculture, $15

10/15, 5:30  PM Chaotic Noise Marching Corps brass band, comprised of performers from multiple Seattle-based groups such as Titanium Sporkestra and Sounders FC Soundwave Band at 1 Penn Plaza, free.

10/15, 8 PM a brass band summit at Littlefield; trumpeter Frank London headlines with his Klezmer Brass All-Stars, with wild Muscovites Pakava It,  Parisiennes Les Muses Tanguent, volcanic Brooklyn Balkan improvisers Raya Brass Band and PitchBlak Brass Band, $12

10/15, 8 PM psychedelic latin soul maven Damian Quinones and his kller two-guitar band at Barbes

10/15-17, 8 PM and 10/18, 7:30 PM Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the NY Phil playing Stravinsky’s Firefird at Avery Fisher Hall, $29 tix avail.

10/15-18, 8 PM the Orchestra of St. Luke’s plays Stravinsky works including the Rite of Spring to accompany puppeteer Basil Twist’s new production at Rose Theatre at Jazz at Lincoln Center, $25 tix avail.

10/16, 7:30 PM guitarist Grey McMurray leads the Wordless Music Orchestra performing his new arrangement of Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells at the World Financial Center, free.

10/16-19 pyrotechnic saxophonist James Carter’s Django Unchained with Gerard Gibbs – Hammond B3 organ; Leonard King – drums, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $30

10/16, 8ish Americana songwriter/violinist Sarah Goldfeather followed by brilliantly lyrical oldtimey bandleader/guitarist/violinist Pete Lanctot & the Stray Dogs at Littlefield.

10/16, 8 PM cutting-edge and outsider brass band madness: Kenny Wollesen’s Himalyas, Seattle’s Chaotic Noise Marching Band, Radio Kaizman, Pakava It and Chicago performance art group/marching band Environmental Encroachment at WFMU’s Monty Hall , 43 Montgomery St (Greene/Washington), Jersey City, Path train to Exchange Place, $10. New Yorkers can see many of the bands on this bill for free at Tompkins Square Park at 3 on Oct 18. And there’s also a show at 9 that same night, Oct 18 with Lucky Chops Brass Band, Russia’s Pakava It and others, location/price TBD, watch this space for details.

10/16, 8 PM all-female Parisian street brass band Les Muses Tanguent at Barbes

10/16-18 indie classical ensemble Eighth Blackbird perform Murder Ballades at the Brooklyn Academy of Music with L.A Dance Project and choreography by New York City Ballet dancer Justin Peck at BAM.

10/17, half past noon a mid-day concert featuring renowned pianist Elio Villafranca and the James Weidman Trio playing Thelonious Monk tunes. There’s also an evening concert of Monk played by the David Weiss Sextet, Renee Rosnes Quartet, and Grammy Award-winning Arturo O’Farrill and His Tiny Afro-Latin Big Band starting at 6:30 PM at the World Financial Center, free.

10/17, 7 PM saxophonist Julie Joslyn and drummer/pianist Leo Ciesa’s incendiarily tuneful noir jazz duo Iconoclast at Michiko Studios, 149 W 46th St

10/17, 7:30 PM virtuoso Indian sitarist Anupama Bhagwat at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex., $30/20 stud/sts.

10/17, 8 PM dark psychedelic acoustic blues/klezmer/reggae/soca jamband Hazmat Modine at Drom, $15 adv tix rec. Followed at 11 (separate $20 admission) by Russian party band Pakava It Orchestra 

10/17, 8 PM 8 PM the Chiara String Quartet play Bartok String Quartets Nos. 1, 3, and 5 at Bargemusic,$35/$30 srs/$15 stud.

10/17, 8 PM NEA Jazz Master pianist Barry Harris and jazz pianist/composer Valerie Capers share the stage for the first time, with Ray Drummond on bass and Leroy Williams on drums.at Flushing Town Hall, $25/$10 stud.

10/17, 8:30 PM Heather Kropf: catchy, eclectic, thoughtfully down-to-earth pianist/songwriter and fantastic singer at Caffe Vivaldi. On the winsome Tamara Hey/Deena Shoskes tip.

10/18, 7:30 PM Glass Farm Ensemble play new music for viola, cello, and piano by Max Duyker, Yvonne Troxler and others at Symphony Space, $20/stud/srs$15

10/18, 8 PM a politically-fueled acoustic songwriters’ triplebill: Emma Graves, Ben Grosscup and Alexandra Bradbury – editrix of the Brooklyn working peoples’ magazine Labor Notes – at the People’s Voice Cafe, $18 sugg cover, “no one turned away”

10/18, 10 PM hard-charging, surreal Libertines-style garage rock stomp wih Archie Powell & the Exports at Rock Shop, $10

10/18, 11 PM eclectic Canadian gothic chanteuse Lorraine Leckie doing her creepy chamber pop thing followed at midnight by equally haunting former Piker Ryan and Kundera frontman Mark Steiner at Sidewalk. Intense Czech violinist Pavel Cingl does double duty with both bands.

10/18 enigmatic frontwoman Ashen Keilyn’s perennially popular rainy-day janglerock band Scout at Bowery Electric

10/19, 2 PM the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble plays their new arrangement of Beethoven: Symphony No. 2, Op. 36 in D Major (arr. Stein); Roberto Sierra; New work; Schubert: Octet in F Major, D. 803 at the Brooklyn Museum, $10 tix avail. The program repeats on 10/22 and 10/24 at 7:30 at the Morgan Library.

10/19, 4 PM the Urban Tango Trio – Octavio Brunetti on piano; Machiko Ozawa, former concertmaster of Orquesta Sinfonica Sinaloa de Las Artes, on violin; and Pedro Giraudo on bass at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza, free, no under-sixes.

10/19, 5 PM John Adams conducts the Yale Philharmonia playing his Absolute Jest and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4; the Brentano Quartet also perform Stravinsky’s Orpheus, at Avery Fisher Hall, $30/$15 stud

10/20, 8 PM eclectic, contemplative, cross-pollinating violinist Sarah Bernstein leads a quartet with with Kris Davis on piano, Stuart Popejoy on electric bass and Ches Smith on drums. at Cornelia St. Cafe., $10 + $10 min

10/22-25, 7:30 PM the world premieres of  Ted Hearne‘s musical theatre piece The Source, drawn from the leaks of antifascist hero/heroine Chelsea Manning, at BAM.

10/21-22 the spectacular Colombian harp-driven  ten-piece  Edmar Castañeda World Ensemble feat. spectacular qanun virtuoso Tamer Pinarbasi 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25.

10/22 8 PM eclectic chanteuse Elynne Rey with a cool combo: Bennett Paster – piano; Paul Beaudry – bass; Saul Rubin – guitar; Jerome Jennings – drums playing the album release show for her new one A Little Bit of Moonlight at Zeb’s, 223 W 28th St, $10

10/22, 9ish ferocious, anthemic, literate rockers Wormburner at Bowery Electric.

10/23-26 accordionist Richard Galliano leads a quintet with Josh Nelson – piano; Peter Bernstein – guitar; George Mraz – bass; Mauricio Zottarelli – drums 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25/$30 on the weekend

10/23-25, 8 PM Brian Schober’s new opera White Witch – a gruesome tale of murder and revenge, based on the 19th century Jamaican plantation owner and reputed serial killer Annie Palmer, known as the White Witch of Rose Hall – at Symphony Space, $25/$15 stud/srs

10/24, 7 PM eclectic, lyrical Spanish songwriter Javier Ruibal joins forces with accordionist Victor Prieto at Flushing Town Hall, $15/$10 stud

10/24, 7:30 PM carnatic singer Anandi Bhattacharya – daughter of legendary Indian slide guitarist Debashish Bhattacharya – at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex., $30/20 stud/sts .

10/24, 7 :30 PM brilliant clarinetists Vasko Dukovski and Ismail Lumanovski and Christa Van Alstine, and pianists Jonathan Howe and Craig Ketter play electroacoustic works for clarinet and piano by Herbert Howe, Jacob Goodman, Max Giteck, Peri Mauer and Raoul Pleskow at the DiMenna Center, 450 W 37th St., $20 sugg don.

10/24, 9 PM iconic folk noir songwriter/ethereally haunting chanteuse Marissa Nadler at Trans-Pecos, $8.

10/25, 8 PM brilliant pianist Armen Donelian and his trio play Armenian-inspired jazz at Alwan for the Arts, $20/$15 stud/srs.

10/25, 8 PM Shakir Khan plays classical Indian music for sitar at Roulette

10/25, 8 PM Jose Alberto “El Canario” reunited for the first time with his original bandmates from pioneering 70s psychedelic salsa band Tipica ’73: Camilo Azuquita, Tito Allen, Sony Bravo, Johnny Rodriguez, Alfredo De La Fé and others at the Lehman Center at CUNY Lehman College, 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West, Bronx, 4 train to Bedford Park Blvd, $35 tix avail but get em now

10/25, 11 PM perennially popular Afrobeat/funk/groove unit Budos Band play the album release show for their new one at the Wick, $22.

10/26, 3 and 6:30 PM a screening of the Juilliard String Quartet documentary film  Speak the Music: Robert Mann and the Mysteries of Chamber Music followed by the Amphion String Quartet playing Beethoven’s Beethoven’s String Quartet in F minor, Op. 95 at Symphony Space, free.

10/26, 4 PM the American Symphony Orchestra play Schubert’s C Major Symphony at Symphony Space, $29 tix avail

10/26, 9 PM Thurston Moore leads an unnamed band at Rough Trade, $15; this will sell out so fast it’s insane. His new instrumental trio album is a real return to twisted noisy 80s form.

10/26 creepy noir Americana/ghoulabilly band the Goddamn Gallows at Bowery Electric.

10/28-11/2 state-of-the-art lyrical saxman Joshua Redman leads his quartet at the Vanguard, 8:30/10:30 PM, $25

10/29, 10 PM fiery, hyperliterate punk/powerpop alienation anthems with Hannah vs. the Many at Rock Shop, $!0

10/30-31 grasscore icons the Infamous Stringdusters at Highline Ballroom. First night is a Grateful Dead tribute show starting at 9 PM, $25 adv tix rec. The 10/31 show starts an hour earlier and is over by 11.

10/30, 7 PM super cool 80s/90s ska nostalgia in reverse order: Mephiskapheles, the Toasters, No Redeeming Social Value, the Ladrones at the Mercury, $20 adv tix req.

10/30-11/2 serious oldschool bop; George Coleman Sr. – tenor saxophone; Eric Alexander – tenor saxophone; Harold Mabern – piano; John Webber – bass; George Coleman Jr. – drums 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $30.

10/30, 8 PM American Modern Ensemble play a creepy Halloween program: George Crumb: Music for a Summer Evening; David Del Tredici: Dracula; Robert Paterson: Hell’s Kitchen, Closet Full of Demons and Ghost Theater* at Merkin Concert Hall, $

10/30, 8 PM dark neo-garage punks the Dum Dum Girls at Brooklyn Bowl, $20

10/31, 7 PM pianist Michael Riesman plays Philip Glass’ score to Dracula to accompany a screening of the original 1931 film at the Morgan Library, $25.

10/31, 9 PM ageless garage rock legends the Fleshtones followed by similarly legendary but vital surf band Los Straitjackets with guest Deke Dickerson at the Bell House, $20.

11/1, 7 PM hard-charging, creepy Nashville gothic narratives with MacMcCarty & the Kidd Twist Band followed by the haunting, charismatic, blues-infused king of noir New York rock songwriting, LJ Murphy and his band the Accomplices at Sidewalk.

11/1, 9 PM the Dean Ween Group at Brooklyn Bowl, $15

11/1, 9 PM perennially vital New Orleans soul piano legend Allen Toussaint plus the amazingly funky, tuba-driven, otherworldly Preservation Hall Jazz Band at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, $25.

11/6, 7 PM the UNSRC Symphony Orchestra plays Khachaturian’s Violin Concerto in D, and Dvorak’s New World Symphony at Symphony Space, $22/$18 stud/srs

11/7, 7:30 PM brilliantly lyrical, politically fearless, guitarishly excellent Americana songwriter James McMurtry at the Mercury, $17 adv tix rec.

11/7, 10 PM the Steep Canyon Rangers – famous for backing Steve Martin, though their own bluegrass/newgrass is killer as well – at Brooklyn Bowl, $15.

11/7, 10ish Peter Hook & the Light at Irving Plaza, $35 – if legendary bassists playing covers from their old band (Joy Division) is your thing.

11/10, 7 PM the Janacek Quartet play a program TBA at the Czech Center, 321 E 73rd St, free

11/10, 8:30 PM the Nels Cline Singers play 2 sets at Rough Trade, $16 adv tix rec.

11/11 Norwegian garage punks Stupidity and ex-Friggs guitar maven Palmyra Delran at the Delancey

11/13, 6:30 PM soaring Nashville gothic chanteuse Kelley Swindall – whose murder ballads are to die for – on a doublebill with her tourmate, ominously eclectic Canadian gothic/chamber pop songwriter Lorraine Leckie at the Mercury, $10 adv tix rec

11/13, 7:30ish searing, edgily funny female-fronted Americana/punk rockers Spanking Charlene at Bowery Electric, $10.

11/14-15, 8 PM well-loved, state-of-the-art female-fronted oldschool soul revivalists Lake Street Dive at Terminal 5, $25.

11/14, 8 PM eclectic, hard-driving indie classica/jazz violinist David Wong & High Strung at the Tribeca Performing Arts Ctr (the BMCC auditorium on Chambers St.), $15

11/14, 11 PM sprawlingly creepy oldtimey/Americana guys O’Death – whose new album is characteristically excellent – at the Bell House, $15.

11/15, 8 PM perennially powerful, tuneful, lyrically relevant Irish rockers Black 47 are disbanding – this is their final B.B. King’s show, $30 adv tix rec.

11/15, 8 PM newgrass jams with the Yonder Mountain String Band at Brooklyn Bowl, $27.50 adv tix rec.

11/15, 8 PM classic flamenco with Felah Menguz and Espiritu Gitano at Roulette

11/15, 9 PM Steve Wynn‘s legendary 80s paisley underground band the Dream Syndicate at Rough Trade, playing the classic Days of Wine & Roses album in its entirety, $20 – this edition of the band has Jason Victor on guitar with Mark Walton on bass and Dennis Duck on drums.

11/16,. 2 PM the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra plays Janacek: Taras Bulba; Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 2; Dvorak: Symphony No. 9, “From the New World at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, $19 tix avail.

11/16, 3 PM the Greenwich Village Orchestra play Griffes – The White Peacock; Schumann – Cello Concerto; Sibelius – Symphony No. 1 at Washington Irving HS Auditorium, 16th St./Irving Place, $15 sugg don., reception to follow.

11/16, 4 PM piano/winds chamber ensemble An Die Musik play a family-friendly program including works by Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and a wryly narrative piece by bandleader Robert Mann at Merkin Concert Hall

11/18, doors and drinks at 5:30, show at 6 PM, indie classical quartet Loadbang play new and recent works by Alex Mincek, Scott Wollschleger, Charles Wuorinen and Reiko Füting at the Miller Theatre, free

11/18 perennially popular, gleefully menacing dark garage rockers Thee Oh Sees at Bowery Ballroom; 11/21 they’re at Warsaw

11/20, 7 PM haunting, intense, politically-fueled Tunisian-French art-rock bandleader/singer Emel Mathlouthi at Elebash Hall, 5th Ave. just north of 34th St., $25

11/21, 8:30 PM powerpop guitar genius Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express – the thinking person’s Tom Petty – at the Bell House, $15

11/22 wickedly tuneful female-fronted noir surf/dark garage band the Wytches at Baby’s All Right – 11/24 they’re at the Mercury at 6:30 for $13 in advance.

11/24, 10 PM dark psych-pop band the Allah-Las – who seem to be going in an even catchier, jangly post-Byrds direction – at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, $15 adv tix rec.

11/25-26, 9 PM well-regarded 90s goth/noise band Blonde Redhead at Bowery Ballroom, $25 adv tix rec; they’re at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on 12/2 for the same deal.

11/26, 9ish old stoners never stop writing rhymes: Method Man & Redman at the Nokia Theatre, $30 tix avail.

11/28-29, 9 PM NYC-bred funky jamband twinbill: the Pimps of Joytime plus charismatic, psychedelic funkmeistress Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds at Bowery Ballroom, $18 adv tix rec.

12/2, 7:30 PM violinist Miranda Cuckson and members of the Da Capo Chamber Players and Manhattan String Quartet play eight works for strings and piano, including Carl Kanter’s Piano Trio; Leo Kraft’s Six Pieces for Violin with Piano Obbligato; Eugene W. McBride’s Moments for Violin, Violoncello, and Piano; Scott Miller’s Coots and Rails, scored for three violins; and Craig Slon’s String Quartet. at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex, $20 sugg don

12/4, 7:30 PM Federico Agostini, violin and Enrico Elisi, piano play Brahms, Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Major, Op. 78; Beethoven, Violin Sonata No. 10 in G Major, Op. 96 at the Morgan Library, $25.

12/9, doors and drinks at 5:30, show at 6 PM, the Mivos Quartet parse the avant garde spectrum for works by Martin Stauning, Patrick Higgins, a new arrangement of J.S. Bach’s Contrapunctus XIX, and György Kurtág’s cult favorite suite of “microludes” at the Miller Theatre, free.

12/9 Swans at Warsaw. OMG this boomy space will become a cyclotron.

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