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The Brown Rice Family Bring Their Latin-Inspired Reggae and Ska to Drom, With a Psychedelic New Album

For the past several years, the Brown Rice Family have been one of New York’s most consistently fun jambands. Their catchy, danceable songs blend ska and reggae with all kinds of south-of-the-border sounds. They won the WNYC Battle of the Bands back when that achievement actually meant something – which wasn’t that long ago, actually. They’ve got a new album, Havana to Kingston, and an album release show on July 9 at 8 PM at Drom; advance tix are $10.

The basic band lineup is Sticky Rice and Okai on vocals, Yuichi on percussion, Soils on soprano sax, Amu on bass, Kaz on guitar, Isaiah on tenor sax and clarinet and Tama on drums. Like so many classic New York bands, their members hail from diverse backgrounds, representing Haiti, Japan, Nigeria and Jamaica and this city as well. The album kicks off with a really funny intro, a Jamaican guy hitting on a coy Cuban bartendress, leading into the first single, Latin Goes Ska, drawing equally on the original Alejandro Tovar Cuban hit as well as the better-known Skatalites remake for a joyous dancehall-infused jam lit up with sizzling horn solos.

Listening to the album, the first thing that hits you is that these songs are long: they go on for six or seven minutes at a clip, with a subtle dub influence. The oldschool roots reggae anthem Gun Town blends Israel Vibration harmonies to a classic Burning Spear-style groove, with a potent anti-violence message. Say What You Wanna Say is a punchy, upbeat blend of horn-fueled soca and vintage 80s dancehall. Repatriation (Mama Africa) builds to a lushly orchestrated, Rasta-themed peak, in the same vein as one of the more anthemic tracks on Bob Marley’s Kaya album –  Kaz’s Memphis-inspired guitar solo caps it off.

The propulsively bubbling Zimbabwe (Illegal Economic Sanctions) addresses the issue of how multinational corporations push western governments into terrorizing the third world, creating a new slave state for this era’s global robber barons. Moving Forward takes a potently relevant detour into conscious funk – “Eminent domain taking over your mainframe” – with a shout-out to a classic Crusaders hit. The band goes back to roots reggae with She’s Gone: “I”m becoming dysfunctional,” Sticky Rice laments, before a balmy Augustus Pablo-style melodica solo kicks off a dub interlude. The album winds up with Surfing, a vintage 70s roots groove. Since the record isn’t out yet, it’s not at any of the usual streaming sites, although it’s a good bet that the band will have some copies of it at this show. And as good and purist as the recording is, ultimately this is a live band: you really have to see them to appreciate them, whether you just want to chill and sway to the riddim or rock out and dance, either way they’re happy to have you there.

New York City Live Music Calendar for July and August 2015

Daily updates, and a new calendar for August and September coming 8/1: you might want to bookmark this page and check back regularly to see what’s new. There’s a comprehensive, very recently updated list of places where these shows are happening at New York Music Daily’s sister blog Lucid Culture.

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

Showtimes listed here are set times, not the time doors open – if a listing says something like “9ish,” that means it’ll probably start later than advertised. If you see a show listed without the start time, that’s because either the artist, their publicist or the venue in question sent incomplete info – those acts are usually listed last on a particular date.  Always best to check with the venue for the latest information on set times and door charges, since that information is often posted here weeks in advance. Weekly events first followed by the daily calendar.

On select Thursdays and Saturdays, an intimate, growing piano music salon on the Upper West Side featuring iconoclastically insightful, lyrical pianist Nancy Garniez – a cult favorite with an extraordinarily fluid, singing, legato style – exploring the delicious minutiae of works from across the centuries.  Next shows are at 7/16 at 7 PM and 7/19 at 4 with Chopin waltzes, Dvorak Scottish Dances and Grieg Lyric Pieces. Sugg don $30 (pay what you can), delicious gluten-free refreshments, beverages and lively conversation included! email for info/location.

Mondays at 6 PM global jazz chanteuse Gracie Terzian – whose axe is the harp ukulele – plays her chaming low-key originals and classics at the rooftop bar at Hotel Hugo, 525 Greenwich St (Vandan/Spring), free for happy hour, no minimum

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

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

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

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

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

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 July 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 July, 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 July 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 July and August, 6-8 PM a large percentage of NYC’s top accordionists descend on Bryant Park, playing their own stuff at various points throughout the space. Look out for Jenny Luna playing Turkish classics on 7/1; avant jazz/klezmer star Shoko Nagain on 7/15; haunting Balkan/Romany chanteuse Eva Salina and also indescribably good Japanese Balkan band the Dolomites on 7/22; and Gregorio Uribe doing cumbias on 8/5, just for starters.

Wednesdays in July, 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 July starting on the 9th, 7:30 PM spine-tingling art-rock/avant-garde/chamber pop singer Carol Lipnik – pretty much everybody’s choice for best singer in all of NYC – with hypnotically luminous pianist Matt Kanelos – at Pangea on 2nd Ave. btw 11th/12th Sts, $20. Several special guests are promised, including the amazing Rachelle Garniez on the 9th.

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

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

Fridays at 11 PM flamenco guitarist Ian Banks with special guests each week at St. Mazie’s (the old Rose Bar) on Grand St. just off the BQE in Williamsburg

Saturdays in July 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 July, 6 PM Roy Nathanson leads a variety of ensembles at Barbes. If you missed his Stone residency last month, the irrepressible cinematic noir saxophonist/composer, ex-Lounge Lizard and Jazz Passengers founder has an address book as deep as his songbook – lots of special guests in addition to his usual collaborators.

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

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

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

Sundays in July, 5 PM Sway Machinery guitarist/mastermind Jeremiah Lockwood at Barbes with a variety of ensembles. Desert blues, reinvented ancient cantorial themes, gorgeous guitar instrumentals and more. Choice picks: 7/19 with accordion sorceress Shoko Nagai and 7/26 with the Fraternal Order of the Society Blues, a tribute to Piedmont Blues guitar legend Carolina Slim, featuring three of his students–Jeremiah, Ernesto Gomez (Brotherhood of the Jug) and Ricky Gordon (Wynton Marsalis Ensemble).

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 July, 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.

7/1, 8 PM one of NYC’s most charmingly edgy voices and clever, terse tunesmiths, Tamara Hey at the Slipper Room, $10

7/1, 8:15 PM cult favorite Americana soul songstress Dina Regine followed by dark, smart, edgy post-Velvet rock songwriter and former Band of Susans guitarist Anne Husick playing the album release show for her new one at Sidewalk

7/1, 8:30 PM all-female UK lo-fi/punk/garage band Pins – sort of like the bastard child of the early Go Go’s and Wire play the Mercury, $12 adv tix rec

7/1-5, 8:30/10:30 PM lyrical jazz piano icon Fred Hersch leads his long-running trio at the Vanguard, $25

7/1, 8:30 PM bassist Lauren Falls leads an imaginatively arranged all-female octet with four singers playing a Joni Mitchell tribute at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.

7/1, 9 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” at at Troost in Greenpoint. They’re also at at Espresso 77, 35-57 77th Street, Jackson Hts., free at 8:30 on 7/16 and at Branded Saloon on 7/19, time TBA

7/1, 9 PM tango dancing with music by all-star Argentines Trio Milonguero: Pedro Giraudo, bass – Ariel Iud, bandoneon and Maurizio Najt, piano.at Drom, $17 includes a beer!

7/1-2, 10ish 90s relevant hip-hop icon Talib Kweli with a full band at Brooklyn Bowl, $20 adv tix a must

7/2, noon, Sharon Jones’ Daptone labelmate, oldschool soul growler Charles Bradley and his period-perfect band at Metrotech Park in downtown Brooklyn

7/2, 7 PM tuneful, anthemic, intense neoromantic/indie classical ensemble the Founders play the album release show for their auspicious new debut at the big room at the Rockwood

7/2, 7 PM long-rnnning, perennially tuneful janglerockers/powerpopsters Bubble at the small room at the Rockwood

7/2,. 7 PM a good all-acoustic improvisational sextet: Michael Lytle – bass and contrabass clarinet; Anthony Coleman – piano; Stephen Flinn – percussion; Jason Kao Hwang – violin; Mary Mackenzie – vocals; Eyal Maoz – acoustic guitar at Spectrum, $15

7/2, 7:30 PM high-energy, politically-fueled Mexican rockers Las Cafeteras at the Linclon Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

7/2, 8 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 pretty amazing – at Hifi Bar, free

7/2, 8 PM dark, charismatic, mischieviously witty literate keyboardist/chanteuse Rachelle Garniez followed at 10 by Up and Down Hands, a jazz tribute to Pakistani film music at Barbes

7/2, 8 PM tireless honkytonk crooner and brilliant steel guitarist Junior Brown at City Winery, $22 standing room avail.

7/2, 8 PM intense indie classica/art-song chanteuse Haley Fohr a.k.a. Circuit des Yeux followed at 9 by postrock chamber ensemble Bing & Ruth at Subculture, $12 adv tix rec

7/2, 9 PM psychedelic reggae-funk band Mad Satta play the album release show for their new one at Drom, $10 gen adm

7/2, 10 PM 10 PM intense, fearless Romany/Balkan chaunteuse Eva Salina and her allstar brass/accordion band at Friends and Lovers

7/2, 10ish ex Bee & Flower bandleader/bassist Dana Schechter’s haunting, intense, grimly cinematic instrumental project Insect Ark play the album release show for their new one at St. Vitus

7/2, 10 PM trippy, dubwise Florida roots reggae band the Ellameno Beat at Shrine

7/2, 11 PM noiserock legends Blind Idiot God at Paperbox, $10

7/3, 5:30 PM the Night Owls – Lee Feldman‘s piano trio inspired by Vince Guaraldi, Horace Silver and Ramsey Lewis – at the Bartow-Pell Mansion, 895 Shore Road, Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx

7/3, 7 PM an African reggae festival at Drom with Sekou Bolomba, Martin & Terry, Oxygen Box Band, Allinor and others, $10 adv tix rec

7/3, 8 PM Mark Peskanov, violin; Ursula Oppens, piano play Beethoven Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1 in D Major, Op. 12 No. 1; Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 5 in F Major, Op. 24, “Spring; Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 7 in C minor, Op. 30 No. at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud

7/3, 8 PM catchy, jangly, Beatlesque band the Sons of Seymour at Shrine

7/3. 9 PM Sean Kershaw‘s reputedly awesome new ghoulabilly/honkytonk band the Serpentones at the Red Door, Surf Ave & W 12th St., Coney Island, free

7/3, an outdoor screening of Zachary Treitz’s reputedly intense and historically rich Civil War drama – and Tribeca Film Festival winner – Men Go To Battle: film at 9 PM, Q&A with the filmmaker and party afterward, on the roof at Industry City. 220 36th St. Sunset Park, $15

7/3, 9:30 PM irresistibly charming oldtimey harmony/swing band the Ladybugs play the album release show for their new one at Joe’s Pub

7/3, 10 PM psychedelic, surfy, vallenato-influenced groovemeisters Los Crema Paraiso at Barbes

7/3. 10 PM cutting-edge B3 organ and trombone soul/jazz grooves with the Jared Gold and Dave Gibson Band at the Fat Cat

7/4, 5 PM rustically intense oldtime blues band Fife & Drom followed at 6 by the oldtimey/newgrass Good Morning Nags at LIC Bar

7/4, 8 PM the intriguing, piano-driven Alejandro Zuleta Vallenato Collective followed at 10 by upbeat Sinaloa-style Mexican mariachi/ranchera brass group Banda de los Muertos at Barbes

7/4, 8:30 PM lof-fi Balkan punks Stumblebum Brass Band at the Mercury, $10 gen adm

7/4, 9 PM an abbreviated lineup for Unsteady Freddie‘s monthly surf rock extravaganza at Otto’s with the Twang Twisters, all the way down from Binghamton, followed at 11 by ageless, jangly, purist NY originals the Supertones

7/4, 9/10:30 PM a comfortably improvisational trio: Ingrid Laubrock, saxophones; Tyshawn Sorey, drums; Kris Davis, piano at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

7/4, 10 PM catchy, psychedelically vamping Central American grooves with the Bodoma Garifuna Cultural Band at Shrine

7/5, 5 PM soulful, latin-inspired, lushly exciting new jazz chanteuse Marianne Solivan leads her 11-piece Big Band at Smalls

7/5, 7 PM intriguing, sometimes cinematic, sometimes pastoral jazz sounds with the Tom Csatari Band followed at 9 by another innovative guitarist, Romany jazz mastermind Stephane Wrembel, at Barbes

7/5, 7:30 PM  soaring, brilliant singer Magda Giannikou’s lush, sweeping, pan-Mediterranean art-rock/chamber pop/jazz group Banda Magda at Pier 1 on the upper west, free. They’re also at the big room at the Rockwood on 7/8 at 11 followed at midnight by the jazz-oriented, clarinet-fueled, explosive NY Gypsy All-Stars

7/5, 8:30 PM composer Liberté-Anne Lymberiou’s up-and-coming large ensemble the Liberté Big Band at Iridium, $15 with promo code Les Paul

7/6, 9 PM NYC jazz legenda and twin-reedman George Braith leads a quintet at the Fat Cat

7/7, 7 PM rising star cellist/composer Fjola Evans plays her new electroacoustic work based on otherworldly Icelandic poetry; pianist Brendan Littlefield unveils a new suite at Spectrum, $15

7/7, 8 PM singer/guitatarist Mia Wilson’s haunting, blues-infused, angst-ridden, psychedelic project with brilliant lead guitarist Quincy Ledbetter, the Bright Smoke at C’Mon Everybody, 325 Franklin Ave. (Clifton Pl./Greene Ave), Bed-Stuy, G to Classon Ave

7/7, 8 PM Yonder Mountain String Band at Brooklyn Bowl, $25, notice how their ticket prices have come down now they’re not playing Live Nation venues!

7/7, 8 PM a solidly good evening of noisy improvisation: Leila Bordreuil solo (amplified cello); Anthony Saunders solo (modular synthesizer); Michael Foster / Ben Bennett Duo (sax/objects) (percussion/membranes); Zero Player — Austin Julian / Cybelle Collins (electronic amplified bass object) (violin) at Jack in Ft. Greene, $12

7/7-12, 8/10 PM stylistically shapeshifting indie classical guitarist Gyan Riley has a weeklong residency at the Stone. Choice pick: opening night, 10 PM, Riley joining with three of the four guitarists from the Dither guitar quartet: Taylor Levine, James Moore and Josh Lopes

7/7-12, 8:30/10:30 PM tuneful guitarist Russell Malone leads his quartet with Rick Germanson-piano, Gerald Cannon-bass, Willie Jones III-drums at the Vanguard , $25

7/7, 9 PM jangly, surfy Rhode Island garage rockers Ravi Shavi followed by catchy, sardonically jangly, lo-fi soul-rockers Larry & the Babes – sort of a more tuneful, less punk version of Clear Plastic Masks – at Palisades

7/7, 10 psychedelic cumbia band MAKU Soundsystem and similarly psychedelic, surfy, vallenato-influenced groovemeisters Los Crema Paraiso at Bowery Electric, free

7/7, 11 PM purist, straightforward, warmly tuneful front-porch folk songwriter Joanna Sternberg at Muchmore’s, $5

7/8, 6 PM spellbinding Korean gayakeum zither virtuoso Rami Seo plays classical and folk material at the Rubin Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

7/8, 6:30 PM PM Ramzi Aburedwan and the Dal’Ouna Ensemble in a U.S. Premiere Tour, with special guests vocalist Lena Seikaly, percussionist Tareq Rantisi, ‘oudist Ziad Ben Youssef, and accordionist Edwin Buger.play the book launch for Sandy Tolan’s “Children of the Stone: The Power of Music in a Hard Land”, chronicling Aburedwan’s rise from stone-throwing Palestinian poster boy to world-famous oudist and composer at le Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec

7/8, 6:30 PM clever, wry, popular newschool honkytonk crooner Hayes Carll at the Mercury, $20 adv tix a must. He’s back there on 7/22 an hour later, same price, same deal, better get your tix soon.

7/8, 7 PM edgy, sometimes unexpectedly dark, reggaeish grooves with the Afri-Garifuna Jazz Ensemble outdoors on the steps at the Brooklyn Public Library, free

7/8, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, Charenee Wade sings the album release show for her fascinating new collection of obscure and lesser-known Gil Scott-Heron songs, $25

7/8, 8 PM trumpeter Kenny Warren‘s Avant-Americana band Laila and Smitty, featuring Jeremiah Lockwood, Myk Freedman, Ilusha Tsinadze, Adam Hopkins and Carlo Costa at Barbes

7/8, 9 PM a welcome return to NYC for oldschool-style high plains C&W singer Hope Debates & North 40 at Bar Chord. Damn, this woman can flat-out sing

7/8, 10 PM tuneful, state-of-the-art tenor saxophonist/composer Tom Tallitsch leads his combo at 55 Bar

7/9, half past noon hypnotically spiky West African grooves with Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba at Metrotech Park in downtown Brooklyn, free

7/9, 5 PM popular retro dance bandleader Felix Hernandez’s Rhythm Revue at NJPAC’s Theater Square, One Center St,, Newark, free, 5 minutes from the Path station

7/9, 7 PM pianist Melody Fader, violinist Emily Popham Gillins, violist Keats Dieffenbach and cellist Hamilton Barry, play Mozart’s Piano Quartet in G Minor, KV 478 and Schumann’s Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 47 at Spectrum, reception to follow, $20/$15 stud/srs

7/9, 7:30 PM indie classical violin star Todd Reynolds solo doing his high-energy loopmusic thing at the Jewish Museum

7/9, 7:30 catchy, eclectic ska-pop/latin/reggae sounds from Brown Rice Family playing their album release show at Drom, $10 adv tix rec

7/9, 8 PM catchy, fun ska/Caribbean groove band the Brown Rice Family play the album release show for their new one From Havana to Kingston at Drom

7/9, 8:30 PM edgy, noisily atmospheric guitarist Travis Reuter leads his group with Alan Bjorklund (trumpet), Mark Shim (tenor sax), Kim Cass (bass), Alex Ritz. at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

7/9, 8:30 PM tuneful saxophonist/composer Patrick Cornelius with Jared Gold on organ and Colin Stranahan on drums at the Bar Next Door, $12

7/9, 9 PM haunting noir soundtrack guitarist/loopmusic composer Ben Von Wildenhaus with guest vocalists Clara Kennedy and Scott Matthew, resonator guitarist Zeke Healey and violist Karen Waltuch at Troost in Greenpoint

7/9, 9 PM irresistibly fun, psychedelic, period-perfect 60s sunshine pop revivalist Jacco Gardner at Baby’s All Right, $12

7/9, 9 PM explosive postrock/psychedelic/metal/art-rockers Eidetic Seeing at the Acheron, $10

7/9, 9 PM careening gutter blues duo Slim Wray play the album release show for their new one at the big room at the Rockwood; after a bizarrely dorky, in-your-face funk band, the fun returns at 11:30 PM with the Brighton Beat playing their deliriously fun Afrobeat jams

7/9, 9 PM acerbic female-fronted funk band Eliza & the Organix – feat. swirly alto sax player Kristen Tivey –at Rock Shop

7/9, 9 PM Heights of Wisdom play original newschool roots reggae at Shrine

7/9, 9:30 PM bassist Matt Pavolka switches to trombone for his Horns Band with Kirk Knuffke, cornet; Loren Stillman, alto sax; Joe Fiedler, trombone; Mark Ferber, drum at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

7/9, 9:30 PM edgy, intense avant/jazz chanteuse and multi-instrumentlist Morgan Heringer at Sidewalk

7/9, 10 PM boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band at Skinny Dennis; they’re also back here on the 26th at 9

7/9, 10 PM the plush, balmy, oldtimey uke swing of Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies at Barbes

7/9, 11 PM Bombrasstico – sort of the trombone version of Moon Hooch – play their explosive, improvisational organic dancefloor grooves at Arlene’s, $8

7/9 11 PM soaringly explosive jazz composer/torch singer Nicole Zuraitis at the small room at the Rockwood

7/10, 4 PM Wendy Sutter, cello and Olga Vinokur, piano play Bach Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, BWV 1029; Shostakovich Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor, Op. 40; Rachmaninof Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, Op. 19 at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud

7/10, 7 PM high-energy, sardonic, horn-fueled Argentine ska-punk band Los Autenticos Decadentes at Prospect Park Bandshell

7/10, 7 PM “a collaborative performance between choreographer Kate Asson and composer Jen Kutler. The piece features musical accompaniment experienced through an experimental sound system which delivers sound through the teeth. The audience will be provided with vibrating dental plates to bite instead of a traditional speaker transferring vibration through the air (while supplies last)” at Spectrum, $15 .

7/10, 8 PM badass resonator guitarist and delta blues/oldtime hillbilly music maven Mamie Minch at Barbes followed at 10 by awesome low-register original vintage-style Cuban groove band Gato Loco

7/10, 8/10:30 PM guitarist Lage Lund leads a tuneful quartet with Glenn Zaleski, piano; Ben Street, bass; Craig Weinrib, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

7/10, 10 PM perennially smart, tuneful Texas Americana/rockabilly guitarslinger Rosie Flores at Hill Country, free

7/10, 10ish hypnotically undulating Israeli/Eastern European dancefloor grooves with Balkan Beat Box at Brooklyn Bowl $17 adv tix rec

7/10, 11 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 the Gutter, $5

7/10, 10 PM lyrically brilliant, noirish, swamp punk/Americana rockers Shanghai Love Motel at the Parkside

7/10, 10:30 PM Mac McCarty & the Kidd Twist Band play their fiery, sometimes unexpectedly poignant Pogues-ish punk and folk noir at Sidewalk

7/11, 3 PM mighty horn-driven soul/circus rock band No Te Va Gustar, Ximena Sariñana – who does an unconvincing, suspiciously halfhearted corporate ranchera-rock thing – and meat-and-potatoes (carne y papas?) four-on-the-floor stadium rocker Vicentico at Central Park Summerstage

7/11, 6 PM Iraq war veteran and insightful Memphis Americana songwriter Bryan Hayes at Sidewalk

7/11, 7:30 PM keyboardist Mick Rossi‘s all-star improvising quartet with Andy Laster, Peter Hess and Charles Waters at Spectrum, $15

7/11, 8 PM “performing on the 21-string Mandinka kora and the Turkish oud, Kane Mathis plays compelling interpretations of these traditional musics” followed at 10 PM by “punky Chicago burlesque-blues band” the Claudettes and then at 11 this era’s greatest cinematic noir guitar instrumentalists, Big Lazy at Barbes

7/11, 8ish 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 Hometown BBQ in Red Hook

7/11, 8:30 PM newschool powerpop icons the New Pornographers at Prospect Park Bandshell

7/11, 9 PM Afrobeat legend/drummer Tony Allen leads Jungle By Night, a psychedelic groove band arguably as good and a lot more diverse than the Fela groups he worked with way back in the day, at Rough Trade

7/11, 9 PM guitarist Mimi Oz‘s Rooster – a real kitchen-sink band with soul and rock and darker sounds and an omnipresent sense of humor followed by the Blue Dahlia – Alpha Blondy meets Edith Piaf – at the Way Station

7/11, 9 PM clarinetist Rane Moore and ensemble play an auspicious program of works by Georges Aperghis, Vinko Globokar, Enno Poppe, Kaija Saariaho, Salvatore Sciarrino and Ken Ueno at Spectrum, $15

7/11, 9ish popular, recently resurrected and darkly catchy 90s indie stars Rainer Maria at Shea Stadium, $15

7/11, 9:30ish edgy, politically aware NYC Romany/latin/ska rockers Karikatura give a mighty kickoff to their upcoming west coast tour witha show at Mehanata

7/11, 9:30 PM wild, hilariously satirical oldtimey hellraisers the Brothers Comatose at the big room at the Rockwood, $10

7/11, 9:30 PM Jonny Grave & the Tombstones play interesting, eclectic Americana informed by oldtime gospel, delta and Piedmont blues and front-porch folk at Hill Country, free

7/11, 9:30 PM Dan Finnerty’s hilarious, viciously sarcastic top 40 cover band the Dan Band play the album release show for their LMFAO new one at Joe’s Pub, $22

7/11, 10 PM countrypolitan maven and fearlessly funny oldschool honkytonk outlaw Dale Watson at Bowery Ballroom, $16 adv tix rec

7/11, 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 the Acheron,$10

7/12, noon-5 PM the annual Bastillle Day celebration on 60th St. with performances by the Chorale Arpège from Martinique, the Franco-American electro/pop/swing band Ginkgoa, the Hungry March Band, insanely good street food, crepes, etc., face painting for the kids, it’s a lot of fun.

7/12, 3 PM a rare Cape Verdean triplebill: Dino D’Santiago, Mayra Andrade and the Cesária Évora Orchestra at Central Park Summerstage

7/12, 3 PM Margaret Brouwer’s Blue Streak Ensemble play music of living composers Mario Davidovsky, John Harbison, Clint Needham, Andrew Rindfleisch, Chen Yi, Huang Ruo, and Brouwer herself. at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Brooklyn (139 St. John’s Place), free.

7/12, 5 PM drummer Art Lillard’s Heavenly Big Band at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex, free

7/12, 6 PM devious oldschool C&W/rockabilly parodists Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co. at Caracas Arepa Bar 106-01 Shore Front Parkway, on Rockaway Beach

7/12, 7 PM the US debut of beguiling female-fronted Iranian guitar jazz trio Sehrang at Drom, $21 adv tix rec

7/12, 7 PM the Yabuno Ettun Project : Haruka Yabuno (piano) – Ehud Ettun (bass) followed at 8.15 by Sicilian jazz singer/composer Sissy Castrogiovanni (voice, compositions) with the awesome, otherworldly Jussi Reijonen (classic guitar, oud) – Ehud Ettun (bass) – Jorge PerezAlbela (drums, percussions) at Shapeshifter Lab, $15

7/12, 8ish a screening of the ferociuosly relevant, elegaic anti-gentrification documentary Sound & Chaos: The Story Of BC Studio followed by a performance by legendary producer/dark psychedelic rocker Martin Bisi and his band with with Bob Bert (Sonic Youth), Algis Kisys (ex-Swans) and many others tba at Littlefield, $10

7/12, 8 PM brilliant violinist Dana Lyn & guitarist Kyle Sanna play their cinematic jazz/soundtrack/indie classical tunes at the Jalopy, $10

7/12, 8:30 PM jazz chanteuse Audrey Bernstein plays the album release show for her new one with a killer band – Brian Charette, Sean Harkness, Daniel Glass, & Steve Doyle – at the third stage at the Rockwood, $

7/13-15, 8 PM legendary performance artist Penny Arcade debuts her new show Longing Lasts Longer, a witheringly hilarious, hauntingly poignant critique of gentrification and the ongoing death of artistic communities in New York at Theatre for the New City, 1st Ave (9/10), $15

7/13, 8:30 PM noir rocker Nicole Atkins, Afrobeat dancefloor crew Emefe and others play John Lennon and Harry Nilsson covers at Manhattan Inn in Greenpoint, free

7/14, 2 PM ish 20s hot jazz brass maven Michael Arenella & the Hot 8 at Cercle Rouge, 41 W Broadway (btw Walker & White St., free

7/14, 7 PM Queens College’s Balinese gamelan orchestra Yowana Sari at Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City

7/14, 7:30 PM a Boston Symphony Orchestra chamber ensemble plays Nielsen’s Wind Quintet plus works by Mozart and Brahms at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, free, early arrival advised

7/14, 8 PM trumpeter Ben Holmes and accordionist Patrick Farrell work their klezmer/Balkan/Satie-esque magic followed at 9 by clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

7/14-19, 8:30/10:30 PM AACM legend Henry Threadgill‘s Zooid with Christopher Hoffman-cello, Liberty Ellman-guitar, Jose Davila-tuba/trombone, Elliiot Kavee-drums at the Vanguard, $25. Will be interesting to see how loud this potentially explosive crew gets in these hallowed confines.

7/14, 9 PM intense, haunting southwestern gothic songwriter Eilen Jewell plays the album release show for her new one with her killer band at City Winery, $22 standing room avail.

7/14, 9:30 PM cosmopolitan, torchy Euro-swing with the Carte Blanche Jazz Band at Joe’s Pub, $18

7/14, 9:30 PM twin guitar-fueled large ensemble jazz with the Lucas Pino Nonet at Smalls

7/15, 4 PM the Choir of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, England with David G. Skinner, director sing works by Gabrieli, Byrd, Palestrina, Croft, Holst, Parry and Whitacre at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, free

7/15, 6 PM psychedelic funk band the People’s Champs outdoors at Willoughby and Pearl Streets, downtown Brooklyn, free

7/15, 7 PM the ageless George Clinton & his latest P-Funk incarnation at Queensbridge Park. 7/16 they’re at NJPAC’s Theater Square, One Center St,, Newark, free, 5 minutes from the Path station

7/15-16, 7/9 PM dazzlingly eclectic, witty B3 jazz organist Brian Charette leads his trio with Will Bernard and Rudy Royston at Smoke, $15

7/15, 8 PM cinematic San Francisco Balkan Band La Peche at Barbes

7/15, 8 PM brilliantly lyrical, dark oldtimey songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Pete Lanctot and band followed eventually at 11 by resonator guitarist/singer Breanna Barbara Arneson  and her increasingly ornate blues band at the Way Station

7/15, 9 PM cleverly hilarious newschool honkytonk crooner Hayes Carll at Rough Trade, $20

7/15, 9 PM downtown jazz legend Doug Wieselman does his clarinet loop thing followed by elegant, Elizabeth Cotten-influenced front-porch folk songwriter Joanna Sternberg at Bar Lunatico in Bed-Stuy

7/15, 10 PM punkgrass favorites Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band at the Knitting Factory, $13 adv tix rec

7/15, 10 PM 1Secret Chiefs 3 plays world premiere selections from John Zorn’s Masada Book III, The Book Beriah with Eyvind Kang (violin) Matt Lebofsky (keyboards) Shanir Blumenkranz (bass, oud) Ches Smith (mallets, percussion) Kenny Grohowski (drums) Jason Schimmel (guitar) Trey Spruance (baritone guitar) at the Stone, $15. The program more or less repeats on 7/17

7/16, noon fiery fiddler Alicia Svigals‘ Klezmer Express at St. Marks Park, 2nd Ave and 10th St., free

7/16, half past noon George Clinton & P-Funk at Metrotech Park in downtown Brooklyn, free. Never seen the funk legend before? Wanna save forty bucks and not have to deal with the crowds? This is your place.

7/16-17, 7 PM the Midwestern Willie Nile: dramatic, Celtic-tinged anthemic four-on-the-floor rockers the Ike Reillly Assassination at the Mercury, $15. Oldtimey/country blues guy A.A. Bondy follows at 9 for a separate $15 cover. Reilly is also there the following day, 7/17 at 10:30 PM, same price

7/16, 7:30 PM elegantly ferocious cello/violin indie classical/art-rock duo Naked Roots Conducive with Uniska Wahala Kano, Tif Robinette (aka AGROFEMME), Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow, Rudi Salpietra at ABC No Rio, sliding scale starting at $3

7/16, 7;30 PM purist, socially conscious roots reggae cult favorite Taj Weekes & Adowa at Bric Arts, free, yes I!

7/16, 7:30 PM Algerian trance/groove band Gnawa Diffusion at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free

7/16-19, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, powerhouse, stormy postbop tenor saxophonist Azar Lawrence leads a quintet, $30

7/16, 8 PM half-hour sets from wickedly lyrical, warmly charismatic, edgy tunesmith/wordsmith Linda Draper followed by the snarling southwestern gothic band the Downward Dogs‘ frontman Joe Yoga at Sidewalk

7/;16, 8 PM tuneful blue-eyed soul songwriter Elijah Tucker and his excellent band followed eventually at 11 by the All Night Chemists – who blend a tuneful, gritty 90s NYC gutter blues vibe with Stonesy growl and some glam – at the Way Station

7/16, 8:30 PM smart, low-key guitar-fueled Ameripolitan tunesmithing: Robbie Fulks and Redd Volkaert play two sets as a duo at Union Hall, $15

7/16, 9 PM a killer noir/Nashville gothic twinbill; haunting, intense, wickedly tuneful songwriter Jessie Kilguss and her band and the similarly simmering, menacingly lyrical sounnds of Karla Moheno at Hank’s. Kilguss is also at the American Folk Art Museum at 5:30 on 7/31.

7/16, 9 PM high-energy old school gospel/Americana singer/bandleader Shelley King at Hill Country, free

7/16, 9:30 PM haunting, eclectic, otherworldly, historically rich instrumentals from the Yiddish Art Trio – Patrick Farrell- accordion, Benjy Fox-Rosen- bass/vocals, Michael Winograd- clarinet – followed by angst-fueled Lynchian art-rock crooner Dorian Wood at Joe’s Pub, $15

7/16, 9:30 PM Malian desert rock guitar shredder Vieux Farka Toure at Prospect Park Bandshell

7/17, 7/9:30 PM innovative, tuneful south-of-the-border large ensemble sounds with the Gregorio Uribe Big Band at Ginny’s Supper Club uptown, $20

7/17, 7:30 PM the film Son of the Sheik with a live score by Alloy Orchestra and Ghost Train Orchestra at Prospect Park Bandshell

7/17, 8 PM jangly, sharply lyrical folk-rock/chamberpop band the Morning Sea – like a more stripped-down, less druggy Elliott Smith – followed eventually at 11 by hotshot rockabilly bassist/bandleader Little Lesley & the Bloodshots at the Way Station

7/17, 9 PM a screening of Hao Zhu’s scathing documentary about political corruption in China, The Chinese Mayor – if you think the abuse of eminent domain has done a number on Brooklyn, wait til you see what happened in China. On the roof of the American Can building, 232 3rd St., Gowanus, $15, Q&A with the director afterward, R to Union St.

7/17, 10 PM sizzling, hypnotic Ethiopiques jamband Lions at Barbes

7/17, 10 PM state-of-the-art doom metal/sludgecore with Unearthly Trance at the Acheron, $10

7/17, 11 PM Lorraine Leckie plays a rare set of her sardonic chamber pop collaborations with scathing social critic Anthony Haden-Guest at Sidewalk

7/17, 11 PM deviously amusing, Afrobeat-inflenced psychedelic funk band Emergency Brakethru at Desmond’s

7/18, 4 PM tight, original, fascinating new arrangements of Satie and his contemporaries for wind ensemble by the Erik Satie Quartet followed at 6 by legendary noir saxophonist Roy Nathanson and at 8 by pianist Lucian Ban and violist Mat Maneri playing their creepy Transylvania jazz at Barbes

7/18, 4 PM nuevo salsa songwriter Jose Conde’s band Ola Fresca at FDR Park on Roosevelt Island, free

7/18, 5 PM catchy, anthemic Americana rockers the Cornell Brothers followed at 6 by the similarly anthemic, more psychedelic early 70s Fleetwood Mac-inflected Tara Lynne Band and then eventually smart, politically-fueled Irish rocker Niall Connolly and band at 10 at the Way Station

7/18, 7:30 PM cult favorite noirish crooner Joe Henry at Prospect Park Bandshell

7/18, 7:30 PM the Abjeez – sister act who were a smarter, edgier Iranian counterpart to the Gipsy Kings, and who are still going strong – at the Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec

7/18, 8 PM edgy dark Americana/ghoulabilly bassist/singer Jessica Lee Wilkes – of the Dirt Daubers – leads her own band at small room at the Rockwood

7/18, 8 PM pianist Jerome Rose opens this year’s International Keyboard Festival with a program tba at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, 695 Park Ave (68/69), $20

7/18, 9ish dark Murder City garage/punk girlband the Detroit Cobras at Brooklyn Bowl, $15

7/18, 9:30ish ferocious Balkan punk rockers Bad Buka at Mehanata

7/18, 10ish period-perfect early 70s-style Aussie stoner art-rock/proto-metal band Mondo Drag at St. Vitus. You’ll think you’re at a Nektar concert

7/18, 10 PM awesome classic Ethopian psychedelic funk and original jams from Arki at Silvana, free

7/18, midnight-ish psychobilly road warriors the Limit Club at the Cobra Club, 6 Wyckoff Ave, Bushwick

7/19, 3 PM composer-pianist Ramin Arjomand plays solo improvisations at Spectrum, $15

7/19, 4 PM brass-fueled klezmer/Afrobeat mashups with Zion80 at the BMHC Lab, 1303 Louis Niné Boulevard in the Bronx, 4 to Freeman St.

7/19, 7 PM a concert for Nepal earthquake relief with pastoral jazz pioneers the Claudia Quintet, eclectic guitarist Joel Harrison, flutist Jamie Baum, alto sax legend Dave Liebman and others at the Poisson Rouge, $25

7/19, 7 PM vividly lyrical acoustic songwriter Rosa Tu followed at 8 by powerhouse bassist Dawn Drake & Zapote playing their groovalicious funk and Afrobeat-influenced bounce at the Way Station

7/19, 8 PM Ken Waldman – Alaska’s fiddling poet, joined by guitarist Charlie Shaw and some surprises followed by Americana guitarist Diana Jones,and then Bobtown – arguably the best, most eclectic and inarguably the most harmonically rich folk noir group around – at the Jalopy, $10. Waldman also leads a workshop there at 4 for $20 which includes a copy of his album.

7/19, 8 PM pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin plays a program tba at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, 695 Park Ave (68/69), $20

7/20, 8 PM pianists Geoffrey Burleson and Quynh Nguen play a program tba at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, 695 Park Ave (68/69), $20

7/21, 2 PM bouncy Polish folk tunees with the Glukh Polka Band at Flushing Town Hall, free

7/21, 7:30 PM pianist/songwriter Rachel Mason’s creepy, cinematic, historically rich multimedia art-rock suite The Lives of Hamilton Fish at Anthology Film Archives, with live vocals. She also plays with her band at Joe’s Pub on 7/26 at 7, $15.

7/21, 7:30 PM the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra plays works by Haydn, Wagner and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, free, early arrival advised

7/21, 8 PM pianist Magdalena Bacewska plays a program tba at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, 695 Park Ave (68/69), $20

7/21, 8:30 PM wild, intense, frequently satirical newgrass/oldtimey hellraisers the Dustbowl Revival at Union Hall, $8

7/21, 8:30 PM all-female honkytonk band Your Ex-Girlfriends at the big room at the Rockwood

7/21-26, 8:30/10:30 PM state-of-the-art jazz violinist Jenny Scheinman with Doug Wieselman-reeds, Myra Melford-piano, Rudy Royston-drums at the Vanguard, $25

7/21, 9 PM hard-hitting Atlanta guy/girl punkgrass/newgrass duo Battlefield Collective at the Way Station

7/21, 10 PM cult fave British alt-country/cowpunk predecessors the Mekons at Bowery Ballroom, $25

7/22, 6 PM Kane Mathis (kora, oud) + Dan Kurfirst (percussion) at the Rubin Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

7/22, 7 PM hypnotic, entrancing ghazal chanteuse/bandleader Kiran Ahluwalia at Madison Square Park

7/22, 7 PM luminous art-rock cellist/chanteuse/bandleader Serena Jost at the third stage at the Rockwood, $10 + $10 drink minimum strictly enforced

7/22, 7 PM the Plumbers featuring Hoboken legend Gene Turonis play “Tex-Mex-Calypso-billy” at Church Square Park, Park Ave. & 4th St., Hoboken

7/22, 8 PM moody acoustic soundtrack-style atmospherics with the Inner Banks at Union Hall, $10

7/22-25, 8 PM tuneful third-stream jazz quartet 40Twenty with Jacob Garchik – trombone; Jacob Sacks – piano; Dave Ambrosio – bass; Vinnie Sperrazza – Drums at Seeds

7/22, 8 PM charming Boswell Sisters-influenced oldtimey harmony trio Camp Street at the Way Station

7/22, 8 PM pianist Alessio Bax plays a program tba at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, 695 Park Ave (68/69), $20

7/22, 8:30 PM what’s left of legendary soul studio band the Muscle Shoals All-Stars with guests Bettye LaVette and Sam Moore at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center

7/22 9 PM eerie psychedelic Romany rock bandleader Tine Kindemann leads her group at Shrine

7/22, 11 PM Crampsy ghoul-surf/noir garage band Twin Guns at Palisades

7/23, noon powerhouse percussionist Annette Aguilar & the Stringbeans septet mash up latin and Brazilian jazz and sounds from around the world at St. Marks Park, 2nd Ave and 10th St., free

7/23, half past noon high-voltage Houston gospel-funk band the Jones Family Singers at Metrotech Park in downtown Brooklyn, free

7/23, 7:30 PM “Freedom’s just another word for turning off your phone,” says chamber pop wit Nellie McKay, explaining part of the premise of her show at the Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec

7/23, 8 PM southwestern gothic and oldschool C&W bandleader Jack Grace followed by charismatic ex-Spanglish Fly frontwoman Erica Ramos’ exciting new latin soul band, Fulaso, at Barbes

7/23, 8 PM cult favorite literate folk-rock duo the Kennedys – whose latest album is reputedly sensational – at Hifi Bar, free

7/23, 8 PM devious oldschool C&W/rockabilly parodists Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co. at the Shop, 234 Starr St in Bushwick, a block from the Jefferson St. stop on the L, in Brooklyn. 7/30 at 8 they’re at Otto’s

7/23, 8 PM pianist Jeffrey Swann plays a program tba at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, 695 Park Ave (68/69), $20

7/23, 9:30 PM atmopsheric singer Sandra Liliana Vasquez’s downtempo/trip-hop/art-pop band SLV – who are incredibly fun, kinetic and psychedelic to watch live – followed by moody Austin Americana/Tex-Mex songstress Gina Chavez at Joe’s Pub, $15

7/24, half past noon the magically haunting, soaring all-female Mariachi Flor de Toloache at Madison Square Park

7/24, 5 PM the Queens Symphony Orchestra‘s brass section plays a program TBA at Flushing Town Hall, free

7/24, 7 PM torchy, Lynchian Guatemalan soul chanteuse/songwriter Gaby Moreno on the plaza at Lincoln Center

7/24, 7:30 PM explosive Texas gospel rock clan the Jones Family Singers at Joe’s Pub, $20

7/24, 8 PM pyrotechnic clarinetist Ismail Lumanovski leads a brilliant five-piece band including guitarist Emre Yilmaz and keyboardist Cenk Tezil playing Turkish classics and hits at Drom, $15

7/24, 8 PM a killer duo accordion show with two innovators with a sense of humor and killer chops: Guy Klucevsek and Alex Meixner at Barbes

7/24, 8 PM pianist Xiayin Wang plays a program tba at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, 695 Park Ave (68/69), $20

7/24, 8:30 PM high-voltage soul-rockers Kwame Binea Shakedown at the Rockwood

7/24, 10 PM roots reggae with Royal Khaoz at Shrine

7/24, 9/10:30 PM alto saxophonist Jon Irabagon‘s best trio project so far with drummer Barry Altschul and bassist Joe Fonda at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

7/24, 10 PM Ruby the Hatchet – female-fronted metal bnad who blend darkwave and a classic 70s stoner vibe to their Iron Maiden-inspired assault – at the Acheron

7/24, time/price TBA legendary Japanese/Balkan/circus rock band the Dolomites at Bizarre Bar, 12 Jefferson St. in Bushwickm, J/M to Myrtle Ave.

7/25, 2-6 PM Rudy Bishop’s Young Acolytes Symphonic Steel Orchestra ccompany a Guyanese dance celebration at 2806 Newkirk Ave. between E. 28th and 29th St. in Flatbush, free

7/25, 3 PM cellist Serena Jost and Matthew Robinson present their massive compositions for a 50-cello orchestra outdoors at the SW corner of Fort Jay on Governors Island, free

7/25, 3 PM New York’s Chinese American Arts Council put on an explosive performance of traditional music, dance and acrobatics on the plaza at Lincoln Center

7/25, 5 PM Niger’s desert rock guitar powerhouse Bombino at Central Park Summerstage

7/25, 3 PM golden age hip-hop cult favorite Big Daddy Kane finally makes it to Central Park Summerstage after toiling year after year in parks all over Brownsville and Staten Island

7/25, 5ish LES surf/soul/punk legends Simon & the Bar Sinisters return to their roots at ABC No Rio. Bow down to NYC punk royalty!

7/25, 7:30 PM Django Haskins’ creepy circus rock/Waitsian oldtimey band the Old Ceremony at Joe’s Pub, $15

7/25, 8 PM smolderingly intense singer/guitarist Mia Wilson’s deeply bluesy, brilliantly lyrical psychedelic band the Bright Smokeat the Mercury, $10. 7/26 at noon (ouch!) they’re playing the street fair at the corner of Flatbush Ave. and Midwood St. in Crown Heights followed at 1 by rising star jazz guitarist Camila Meza, B/Q to Prospect Park.

7/25, 8/10 PM brilliant pianist Luis Perdomo & the Controlling Ear Unit with bassist Mimi Jones and drummer Rudy Royston at the Jazz Gallery, $22

7/25, 8 PM Afropop guitar maven Banning Eyre and Timbila at Barbes

7/25, 8 PM improvising duos and trios: the Tony Malaby / Carlo Costa duo; Sean Ali / Leila Bordreuil / Joanna Mattrey playing a trio set and an Anais Maviel / Michael Foster duo at Jack in Ft. Greene, $12

7/25, 9 PM intense southwestern gothic band the Downward Dogs followed by wryly funny swing combo Double Down, who sometimes do silly swing versions of cheesy pop songs, at Sidewalk

7/25, 9 PM biting, eclectic oldschool soul/Americana crew the Jug Addicts at Bar Chord

7/25, 9 PM the Big Takeover play reggae and ska at Shrine

7/25, 9ish garage-punk duo Cinema Cinema play a rare trio show with special guest, brilliant klezmer reedman Matt Darriau at Freddy’s

7/25, 9:30ish edgy, intense, psychedelic skaragga/metal cumbia band Escarioka at Mehanata

7/26, 1-5 PM celebrate Eid al-Fitr with all sorts of cool music and tasty food at the 9th Annual Arab American Bazaar in Bay Ridge at Shore Road Park, use the entrance at 79th St. and Shore Rd.

7/26, 1 PM an eclectic all-day marathon runs til midnight with – in reverse order – the tastily noisy Stuyedeyed, goths the Makeout Club, Sing, blipsters Bird of Prey, surfy lo-fi garage rockers Grand Mariner, Chimes, Games, Pathos, Spirit Of…, dark garage/ghoulabilly act Don Babylon, the more retro garage Psychic Selves, excellent retro 70s stoner riffmeisters Thai Sun, Ceramics, the kitchen sink VoirVoir, New Order ripoff Low Mein, and schizophrenic bedroom rock/soul project Wolf Diamond at St. Vitus, $10

7/26, 2 PM charming French chanteuse Violette and her ensemble La Vie En Rose bring a blend of chanson, Golden Age swing, American standards and Jazz/Pop at Flushing Town Hall, free

7/26, 4 PM pianist Alon Goldstein plays a “homage to Scriabin” at Lang Concert Hall at Hunter College, 695 Park Ave (68/69), free

7/26, 7 PM timeless 60s folk icon Judy Collins at Damrosch Park

7/26, 7 PM the Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo with special guests Denis Savelyev (flute) and Jorge Torres (guitar) at Mannes School of Music 150 W 85th St, $25/$15 stud/srs

7/26, 10 PM perennially sinister ex-Cramps and Gun Club guitarist   Kid Congo Powers & the Pink Monkey Birds play their noir cabaret-infused postpunk at Bowery Electric, $15 adv tix rec

7/27, an awesomely groovealicious twinbill with twin-trombone dub reggae crew Super Hi-Fi and newschool latin soul/salsa rock band Spanglish Fly at Brooklyn Bowl, free adm before 7 PM, show at 8

7/27, 7:30 PM amazing, intense Kansas City mother/son duo Madisen Ward & the Mama Bear – who mash up haunting blues, front porch folk and classic soul – at Joe’s Pub, $15, get your tix now because this will sell out.

7/27, 10 PM Will Bernard – who’s got way more up his sleeve (Indian, Balkan, and noisy rock refs, just for starters) than most jazz guitarists, leading a similarly enterprising quartet with Tim Luntzel, Eric Kalb and Erik Deutsch at the small room at the Rockwood

7/27 this year’s alt-country chanteuse du jour, Emily King at Bowery Ballroom

7/28, 7 PM erudite, wryly literate, sardonic power pop/janglerock/glamrock songwriter Ward White at the small room at the Rockwood

7/28. 7 PM songwriter/chanteuse Greta Gertler’s rich, lush, gorgeously orchestrated art-rock band the Universal Thump play the album release show for their new one, recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London, followed at 9 by Zlatne Uste, NYC’s first and arguably most deeply authentic, explosive Balkan brass band, at Barbes

7/28, 7 PM a large percentage of the pantheon of pianists in the NYC indie classical world play Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1 in its entirety; performers including but not limited to Blair McMillen, Kathy Supove, Joan Forsyth, Emily Manzo, Taka Kigawa, Lisa Moore, Phyllis Chen and others, at Spectrum, $15

7/28, 8 PM powerhouse trumpet-drums duo Tim Hagans and Joe Hertenstein play duets with special guests at the Whynot Jazz Room, $10

7/28, 8 PM pianist Nina Tichman plays a program tba at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, 695 Park Ave (68/69), $20

7/28, 8:30 PM pianist Marta Sanchez leads a quartet with Jerome Sabbagh, tenor sax; Roman Filiu, alto sax; Marta Sanchez, piano; Sam Anning, bass at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

7/28, 9 PM fun, funny, politically incorrect punk/garage rockers Dream Team at Palisades, $7

7/28, 9 PM  beloved, adventurous young orchestra the Knights play play music by de Falla, Gluck, Ravel and more modern composers at Bryant Park, free

7/28,  9:30 PM trumpeter Josh Evans‘ massive, brass-driven big band at Smalls

7/29, half past noon the eclectic Balkan/latin/New Orleans Underground Horns at Madison Square Park

7/29, 6 PM Ehren Hanson (tabla) + Abhik Mukherjee (sitar) play ragas at the Rubin Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

7/29, 7 PM lush, eerie, psychedelic, Lynchian southwestern gothic/Tex-Mex band Orkesta Mendoza at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center

7/29, 7 PM bassist Hilliard Greene and the Jazz Expressions, a “powerhouse quartet launched by the legendary jazz balladeer Jimmy Scott”.at Wave Hill| W 249 St. and Independence Ave. in the Bronx, $8/$4 stud/srs

7/29, 8 PM pianist Arnaldo Cohen plays a program tba at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, 695 Park Ave (68/69), $20

7/29, 9ish conscious Rasta dub reggae sensation Jah9 with sound system Dubtronic Kru at SOB’s, $20

7/29, 9:30 PM oldtimey hell raiser Jimbo Mathus of the Squirrel Nut Zippers at Hill Country, free

7/29, 9:30 PM rustic Brazilian folk crew Forro in the Dark plays John Zorn at Joe’s Pub, $15 – go figure

7/29, 10 PM creepy, wildly psychedelia art-rock band Aunt Ange at Sidewalk

7/30, 7 PM  CANCELLED – an all-star indie classical lineup including Shara Worden, DM Stith, Timo Andres (piano), Beth Myers (viola), Nuiko Wadden (harp) and Taylor Levine (guitar) formerly scheduled to play the album release show for enigmatic composer Sarah Kirkland Snider‘s darkly swirling pastoral suite Unremembered at the DiMenna Center, 450 W 37th St

7/30, 7 PM Brazilian rainforest band Forró in the Dark plays John Zorn followed by Cyro Baptista’s Banquet of the Spirits and explosive Brazilian percussion troupe Letieres Leite & Orkestra Rumpilezz in their U.S. debut with special guests pianist Arturo O’Farrill and trumpeter Steven Bernstein at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center

7/30, 7 PM Mexican punk rockers Los Seis Pistos – who channel three decades of scorching guitar fury – at Bowery Electric, $7

7/30-31, 8 PM bassist Bruce Foxton and drummer Rick Buckler from 70s punk legends the Jam play the group’s excoriating 1979 classic album Setting Sons at Brooklyn Bowl, $20

7/30, 8 PM pianist Victor Rosenbaum plays a program tba at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, 695 Park Ave (68/69), $20

7/30, 8:45ish cleverly lyrical, deviously funny kitchen-sink songwriter Brian Woodbury plays the album release show for his new one, $10 cover; followed at 10 by 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 Barbes.

7/30, 9 PM riveting chanteuse Eve Seltzer’s charming Romany jazz combo Franglais – the rare Django-inspired band with vocals – at Silvana

7/30, 9 PM hypnotic, hard-hitting dance floor minimalists Dawn of Midi at Bowery Ballroom, $15 adv tix rec

7/31, 5 PM haunting Americana gothic bandleader/singer Jessie Kilguss and multi-instrumentalist oldtime songwriter Pete Lanctot at the American Folk Art Museum, free

7/31, 7 PM spare, dark Max Johnson compositions set to texts by Samuel Beckett, Harold Pinter and Lawrence Ferlinghetti, performed by mixed string/wind quartet at Spectrum, $15

7/31, 8 PM pianist Alexander Kobrin plays a program tba at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, 695 Park Ave (68/69), $20

7/31, 9 PM first-class, eclectic ghoulabilly band Lara Hope & the Ark-Tones at Beast of Bourbon

7/31, 9 PM sizzling oldschool acoustic Americana/bluegrass band Tumbling Bones at the Jalopy, $10

7/31, 9 PM psychedelic hard funk with Afroskull at Fontana’s, $10

7/31-8/1, 9/10:30 PM guitarist Joel Harrison plays the album release show for his new one Spirit House with Ralph Alessi, trumpet; Peter Apfelbaum, woodwinds; Kermit Driscoll, bass; Brian Blade, drumsat Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

7/31, 9:30 PM PM garage/psychedelic night with Acid Dad and fuzztone powerhouse the Mystery Lights at Our Wicked Lady, 153 Morgan Ave, (Scholes/Meserole Ave.), L to Morgan Ave., Bushwick, free

7/31, 9:30 PM trippy, ethereal dreampop/downtempo/retro 80s band band Fine Animal at the Cameo Gallery, $8

7/31, 11ish vicious noiserock jamband the the Skull Practitioners– led by Steve Wynn sparring partner/genius guitarist Jason Victor – at Kings County Saloon, 1 Knickerbocker Ave, Bushwick, L to Morgan Ave, $5

8/1, 1 PM Bulgarian songstress Vlada Tomova‘s haunting, enchanting, otherworodly Bulgarian Voices Trio on the plaza at Lincoln Center

8/1, 4 PM the Night Tripper himself, Dr. John at Central Park Summerstage: get there when the doors open at 3.

8/1 third-wave ska/soul/blues cult favorites the Slackers play the Rocks Off Concerrt Cruise aboard the Nautical Express, boarding at 6 PM, sailing at 7 PM from Pier 36 – 299 South St,  $30 adv tix avail. at the Rocks Off office out behind the heliport at 23r d St. and the East River or the Highline Ballroom box ofc.

8/1, 11 PM darkly watery dreampop band Lazyeyes at Rough Trade, $10 adv tix rec

8/2, 1 PM sitar virtuoso Ikhlaq Hussain on the plaza at Lincoln Center

8/2, 1 PM cleverly erudite, historically informed, nimble newschool country blues guitar maven/songwriter Lenny Molotov at East Village Social on St. Marks (1st and A), free

8/2, 3:30ish kitchen sink Brazilian/C&W/funk/New Orleans band Nation Beat‘s Carnival Caravan featuring Cha Wa and Nação Zumbi at Central Park Summerstage

8/2, 8 PM iconic, enigmatic noir countrypolitan/torch jazz songwriter/bandleader Eleni Mandell at the Mercury, $10

8/4, 7 PM NYCs original and maybe only original, oldschool Veracruz-style Mexican son jarocho dance band, Radio Jarocho at Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City

8/4, 7 PM 80s salsa romantica nostalgia with Tito Nieves at East River Park

8/4 – 8/8, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, the Christian McBride Trio with Christian Sands – piano ; Ulysses Owens Jr. – drums, $30

8/4, 7:30 PM the amazing East Coast Chamber Orchestra play works by Biber, Francesco Geminiani and Tschaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings in C major, at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, free, early arrival advised

8/4, 7:30 PM 80s hip-hop nostalgia with Kool Moe Dee (Kool J’s nemesis – remember?), Rob Base, Biz Markie and Dr. Roxanne Shante at Wingate Field in Crown Heights, watch your back.

8/4, 11 PM 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

8/5, 5 PM the Queens Symphony Orchestra’s string section plays a program TBA at Flushing Town Hall, free

8/5, 8:30 PM swirling avant garde ensemble Dither Guitar Quartet with guitariists Mark Steward and Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo, plus Yo La Tengo, plus possibly lots of jamming and cross-pollination at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center

8/6, 7 PM 60s latin soul legends Ray Lugo and the Boogaloo Destroyers with special guests powerhouse trumpeter Pete Rodriguez plus Richie Ray and Joe Bataan – with special guests of his own – at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center

8/6, 9 PM new jack roots reggae band New Kingston followed by golden age legends Steel Pulse at B.B. King’s, $32.50 adv tix highly rec., this will sell out even if the band doesn’t have all the original members

8/6, 10 PM the Thurston Moore band at Bowery Ballroom, $17 adv tix req

8/6, 11 PM Deerhoof – who are to Bushwick now what Wire was to Camden Town in 1979 – at the Bell House, $18 gen adm

8/7, 7 PM sardonically funny, lyrically brilliant Beatlesque/Costelloesque powerpop songwriter Walter Ego followed by Mac McCarty & the Kidd Twist Band playing their fiery, sometimes unexpectedly poignant Pogues-ish punk and folk noir at Sidewalk

8/7, 7 PM rising star indie classical ensemble RighteousGIRLS (flutist Gina Izzo and pianist Erika Dohi) celebrate the release of their debut album gathering blue, with help from guest artists Andy Akiho, Ambrose Akinmusire, and Justin Brown at Joe’s Pub, $15

8/7, 7 PM Sumari – Matt Lavelle (trumpet, cornet, flugelhorn, pocket trumpet, alto clarinet) Jack DeSalvo (mandola, cello, guitars) Tom Cabrera (bodhrán, tar, riq, doumbek, bass drum) – at El Taller Latino Americano, 225 W. 99th St at Broadway, 2/3 to 96th St.

8/7, 8:30 PM recently resurgent 70s roots reggae vets Third World at Prospect Park Bandshell

8/7, 8:30 PM gospel night with long-rnnning legends the McCrary Sisters and the Fairfield Four at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center

8/7, 9:30 PM dark female-fronted paisley underground/postpunk/psychedelic rockers Mesiko at the Bell House, $12 adv tix rec

8/7, 10 PM a rare appearance by tight, tuneful, kinda-creepy Bogota punk rockers Lupus at the Acheron, $10

8/8, 2 and 4 PM gorgeously slinky, period-perfect 1950s-style Egyptian film music revivalists Zikrayat at Queens Library at Broadway, 40-20 Broadway, Long Island City

8/8, 3 PM the Quebe Sisters play their harmony-driven Americana on the plaza at Lincoln Center

8/8, 7:30 PM the all-star Watkins Family Hour featuring Sean & Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek, Fiona Apple, Don Heffington, Sebastian Steinberg, Aimee Mann, Pokey LaFarge, and special guests play am acoustic version of Dylan’s Highway 61 Revisited in its entirety at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center

8/9, 3 PM popular Americana/gospel artist Iris DeMent on the plaza at Lincoln Center

8/9, 4 PM groovemistress/cellist/singer Marika Hughes & Bottom Heavy at East River Park

8/9, 7 PM popular countrypolitan songwriter Lyle Lovett and his Large Band at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center

8/9 drummer E.J. Strickland & Transient Beings featuring powerful gospel singer Alicia Olatuja and John Benitez, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25

8/9 rivetingly psychedelic, guitar-fueled desert blues/cantorial rockers the Sway Machinery with edgy latin rockers El Imperio at Union Pool

8/11 – 8/12 fiery Colombian harpist Edmar Castaneda’s eleven-piece World Ensemble play the cd rrelease shows for his new one 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25

8/11, 7:30 PM reggae lite and dancehall hits with Maxi Priest and Gyptian at Wingate Field in Crown Heights, watch your back

8/12, 4 PM St Cyprian’s Singers of St Cyprian’s Church, Clarence Gate (London, England) with Julian Collings, director sing works by Sheppard, Tallis, MacMillan, Tippett, Martin, Whitacre and Holst at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, free

8/13, 5 PM salsa legend Jose Alberto “El Canario” and band at NJPAC’s Theater Square, One Center St,, Newark, free, 5 minutes from the Path station

8/13 – 8/16 charming French jazz chanteuse Cyrille Aimee and her tropicaly-tinged two-guitar combo, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $30

8/13 African roots reggae crooner Rocky Dawuni at SOB’s. 8/14 he’s at the Lincoln Center Atrium

8/14, 8:30 PM smart, original, lyrically-fueled, intricate newgrass band Cricket Tell the Weather at the third stage at the Rockwood, $10 + $10 drink minimum strictly enforced

8/14, 10 PM psychedelic powerpop/new wave rocker Mike Rimbaud – arguably the closest thing to the Clash we have in NYC right now – at Nublu

8/14, 11 PM assaultively fun Nashville glam-punk/metal band Modoc at the small room at the Rockwood

8/15, noon? Talib Kweli and band at 2501 Pitkin Avenue, Brooklyn, free

8/15, 2 and 4 PM, intense, fearless Romany/Balkan chaunteuse/accordionist Eva Salina airs out her repertoire of haunting, otherworldly Romany and Jewish folk songs at Queens Library of Forest Hills, 108-19 71 Ave, Forest Hills

8/17, 8 PM intense, inscrutable, wickedly literate janglerock tunesmith/crooner Ward White and others TBA at Hifi Bar

8/18, 5ish the king of the literate, surrealist downtown NYC rock anthem, Willie Nile in the parking lot out back of City Winery, free

8/15, 7 PM eclectically tuneful oldschool soul/janglerock band Tuelo & Her Cousins at Joe’s Pub, $12 adv tix rec

8/15, 9 PM deviously smart, historically-inspired literate songwriter and brilliant chanteuse Elisa Flynn puts on one of her frequent theme nights. This time out it’s religious songs, “Participating artists play a cover of a song dealing with religion in any way – devotion to blasphemy, pure love to pure hate, Buddha to the Lord of Light. Then they play an original. Musicians include Elisa Flynn, Lys Guillorn, Thee Shambels’ Neville Elder, Jim Knable, Maharajah Sweets, Sean Cahill, John LaPolla, the Sterling Electric, George Hakkila,” at the Way Station

8/18 – 8/23 the mighty, purist Ron Carter Big Band, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $35

8/20, 5 PM imaginative, colorful guitarist/reedman Art Baron leads his combo at FDR Park on Roosevelt Island, free

8/20, 6 PM day one of the Brooklyn Country Music Festival Day has – probably in reverse order -the alternately boisterous, retro 60s honkytonk and ominous southwestern gothic Jack Grace Band, Dennis Lichtman’s perennially popular western swing band Brain Cloud, the retro 60s soul-fueled Miss Tess & the Talkbacks, Andrew Sovine (Red’s grandkid- he’s good), the Paisley Fields and North Of Amarillo at the Bell House, $15 adv tix rec

8/20. 7 PM high-spirited Louisiana zydeco/cajun/swamprock band the Revelers at the big room at the Rockwood, $10

8/21, 5:30 PM haunting, stark, lyrically brilliant gothic Americana duo Mark Rogers & Mary Byrne at the American Folk Art Museum

8/21, 6 PM day two of the Brooklyn Country Music Festival has – probably in reverse order – all-female honkytonkers Your Ex-Girlfriends, the hilariously satirical early R&R/rockabilly Susquehanna Tool & Industrial Die Co., Aron Blue & the Bootleggers, and the magically intense, southwestern gothic-inspired Julia Haltigan at the Bell House, $15 adv tix rec

8/21, 9ish the Oliver Lake Big Band at Marcus Garvey Park

8/21, 9 PM ageless, unstoppable surf guitar icon Dick Dale at Brooklyn Bowl, $25 adv tix rec

8/21, 9:30 PM conscious roots reggae faves Taj Weekes & Adowa at Joe’s Pub, $14

8/22, 3 PM day three of the Brooklyn Country Music Festival has – probably in reverse order – Western Caravan featuring Thirsty Dave, Zephaniah & the 18 Wheelers, eclectically guitarslinging rockabilly kitten Lil’ Mo & the Monicats, Terry Radigan, Bob Jones & Jon Sholle, the always evolving and entertaining (and creepy) Sean Kershaw & the New Jack Ramblers, and the CasHank Hootenanny Jamboree at the Bell House, $20 adv tix rec

8/22, 3 PM the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival with saxophonist Camille Thurman, drummer/bandleader/personality  Jeff “Tain” Watts and B3 organ groove legend Dr Lonnie Smith at Marcus Garvey Park

8/23, 3 PM the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival with retro crooner Michael Mwenso, luminously lyrical pianist Myra Melford and pyrotechnic alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa‘s Parker tribute, Bird Calls at Tompkins Square Park

8/24, 6 PM day three of the Brooklyn Country Music Festival has – probably in reverse order -60s folk legend Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, mesmerizingly badass resonator guitarist/singer Mamie Minch, the hauntingly original all-female Jan Bell & the Maybelles, honkytonkers the Third Wheel Band, and Abby Hollander Band, whirlwind electric punkgrass/honkytonk crew Demolition String Band, and longtime NYC bluegrass faves Sheriff & the Goodtimers at the Bell House, $15 adv tix rec

8/25 – 8/30 popular up-and-coming traditionalists, chanteuse Cecile McLorin Salvant and the Aaron Diehl Trio play an album release stand for their new collaboration 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $35

8/27, 8 PM cult favorite NYC artists join forces to play cult favorite postpunk/no wave legends Young Marble Giants’ Colossal Youth album in its entirety at Hifi Bar, free; performers including but not limited to Renee Lobue (elk city); Kali Holloway (easy lover); toni baumgartner (speed the plough); John Baumgartner (speed the plough); Mary Knapp (toot sweet); Erica Smith; Matt Davis ( a thousand pities ); Sam Weisberg (calotype); Mike Fornatale, Tom Shad

8/27, 8 PM legendary Milwaukee highway rockers the BoDeans – now led by lead guitarist Kurt Neumann – at City Winery, $25 standing room avail.

8/29, 7 PM oldschool 70s hippie alt-country and boogie-woogie with ageless piano guy Commander Cody at Joe’s Pub, $18

9/1, 6 PM eclectic jam-oriented mostly-female klezmer/tango/jazz band Isle of Klezbos in the community garden next door to 520 E 12th St.

9/2, 7 PM this era’s state-of-the-art retro soul band, Lake Street Dive at Central Park Summerstage

9/12, 8 PM Puerto Rican salsa legends Gran Combo at NJPAC in Newark, $36 tix avail.

9/12 menacing retro 70s stoner doom band Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats at Webster Hall

9/13, 8 PM Sumari – Matt Lavelle (trumpet, cornet, flugelhorn, pocket trumpet, alto clarinet) Jack DeSalvo (mandola, cello, guitars) Tom Cabrera (bodhrán, tar, riq, doumbek, bass drum) – at Shapeshifter Lab

9/17, 8 PM amazing doublebill: historically-inspired, richly tuneful, erudite singer/guitarist Elisa Flynn followed by the careening NYC counterpart to the Pogues, Thee Shambels at Troost

9/18, 8 PM hypnotic, intense Bollywood music/dance troupe Mystic India at NJPAC in Newark, $25 tix avail

9/18 one of the best, most purposeful psychedelic metal acts of the last 20 years, Washington State power trio Mos Generator at Bowery Electric

10/20.legendary, phantasmagorical psychedelic Balkan rocker Alec K Redfearn with the savagely lyrical, enigmatic great plains gothic chanteuse Ember Schrag and her equally amazing psychedelic band at Bowery Electric. Schrag also joins Redfearn’s band to play creepy Farfisa organ!

Nneka Brings Her Politically-Fueled, Eclectic African Reggae Sounds to the Mercury

Born in Nigeria, raised in Germany, Nneka has gone in many directions over the course of her relatively young career: through soukous-tinged African pop, roots reggae, stripped-down acoustic folk and more ornately jazzy stylings, all of them imbued with a fearless political sensibility. She sings her aphoristic, terse lyrics in a fervent voice that rises to a gritty, almost otherwordly wail when she goes up the scale. The effect is both ancient and in the here and now. She has a new album, My Fairy Tales – streaming at Spotify – and a show at the Mercury on June 23 at 7 PM. Advance tix are $15.

Nneka’s English is better than the songs on the album might have you believe (she titled her second album No Longer at Ease, after the classic Chinua Achebe postcolonial novel). And the songs are a stylistic grab bag, possibly due to having traipsed from studio to studio in making the album. This time out, her lyrics are more skeletal and opaque – several of them in her native dialect -and the revolutionary sensibility both more general than specific, and further in the background. The opening track, Believe System is something of a mashup of Afropop, roots reggae and Stevie Wonder. Likewise, Babylon builds a hard funk backdrop around some lively mid-70s SW-style riffage.

The reggae-lite My Love, My Love goes deeper into its roots on the reprise that follows it, while Local Champion works a trippy, techy vibe with layers of blippy keys. Pray for You takes a disco groove backwards from cold teens electronics to a biting, guitar-fueled 70s vibe. Surprise veers between a propulsive soca bounce and electro-reggae, while the morose impoverishment tale Book of Job is an attempt to make a roots song out of samples and cheap keyb settings. And the last song sounds like it was assembled with Garageband in somebody’s bedroom. On one hand, it’s authentically African – this is what people do when all there is to work with is a secondhand dollarstore Casio. On the other, Nneka is an artist with ostensible label backing and access to topflight recording situations and gear. But she’s also a charismatic performer with a strong back catalog and the ability to transcend the limitations of these recordings onstage.

New York City Live Music Calendar for June and July 2015

If you’re looking for upcoming shows, the new July-August calendar 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.

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

Showtimes listed here are set times, not the time doors open – if a listing says something like “9ish,” that means it’ll probably start later than advertised. If you see a show listed without the start time, that’s because either the artist, their publicist or the venue in question sent incomplete info – those acts are usually listed last on a particular date.  Always best to check with the venue for the latest information on set times and door charges, since that information is often posted here weeks in advance. Weekly events first followed by the daily calendar.

On select Thursdays and Saturdays, an intimate, growing piano music salon on the Upper West Side featuring iconoclastically insightful, lyrical pianist Nancy Garniez – a cult favorite with an extraordinarily fluid, singing, legato style – exploring the delicious minutiae of works from across the centuries.  Sugg don $30 (pay what you can), delicious gluten-free refreshments, beverages and lively conversation included! email for info/location.

Mondays at 6 PM global jazz chanteuse Gracie Terzian – whose axe is the harp ukulele – plays her chaming low-key originals and classics at the rooftop bar at Hotel Hugo, 525 Greenwich St (Vandan/Spring), free for happy hour, no minimum

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

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

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

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

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

Mondays in June, 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 June 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 June, 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 June 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 June: 6/16, 6/23 and 6/30 , 9 PM Trio Du Monde play “groovy tango, ska and French folk classics” 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 in June, 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 June at 9 Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens play oldschool 1960s style gospel at the Fat Cat.

Saturdays in June 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 June, 6 PM jazz guitarist Anders Nilsson leads a series of ensembles at Barbes: a revamped classic or two, rhythmic intensity, consistent tunefulness and plenty of lively interplay

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

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

Sundays in June starting on the 14th, 7:30 PM spine-tingling art-rock/avant-garde/chamber pop singer Carol Lipnik – pretty much everybody’s choice for best singer in all of NYC – with hypnotically luminous pianist Matt Kanelos – at Pangea on 2nd Ave. btw 11th/12th Sts, $20. Several special guests are promised: the duo switch to Thursday nights, same time, in July and August.

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 June, 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.

6/1, 7 PM the increasingly darker, more Americana-oriented, lyrically brilliant Linda Draper at the small room at the Rockwood. Noir guitar genius Jim Campilongo is there at 10 followed eventually at midnight by the similarly noir cult favorite piano jazz Dred Scott Trio, back at last!

6/1, 7:30 PM three of Italy’s most prominent jazz pianists on a triplebill: Giovanni Guidi and Domenico Sanna lead their trios with a solo set from Alessandro Lanzoni in between at Roulette, $10

6/1, 8 PM tuneful third-stream jazz pianist Laila Biali and her combo at Subculture, $15 adv tix rec

6/1, 9 PM charmingly edgy oldschool C&W/Americana rock songstress Karen Hudson at Bar Chord. 6/9 she’s at An Beal Bocht Cafe in the Bronx

6/1, 9:30 PM a psychedeic cumbia summit with members of El Combo Chimbita and MAKU Soundsystem at Barbes

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

6/2, 7 PM Scarface – yeah, him, from the Geto Boys – at Red Hook Park, early arrival advised, watch your back and your brother’s back too

6/2-4 Hsmmonf B3 jazz party icon Dr. Lonnie Smith leads his trio, then 6/5-7 he leads his larger Evolution band, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $30

6/2-7, 8/10:30 PM powerhouse postbop trumpeter Terrell Stafford leads a quintet with Tim Warfield Jr-alro aZ., Bruce Barth-piano Peter Washington-bass, Billy Williams-drums at the Vanguard, $30

6/2, 8 PM a rare solo show by Bubble janglemeister Dave Foster at Hifi Bar, free

6/2, 7:30 PM traditional Yiddish song maven Itzik Gottesman & friends at the Steven Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W 68th St., $15

6/2-7, 8/10 PM iconic noir jazz saxophonist Roy Nathanson plays a weeklong stand at the Stone, $15. Too many good sets to list. Choice pick (get there early!!!): the 10 PM slot  opening night with the Jazz Passengers, and also the 10 PM slot on 6/3, a B3 organ quartet with Marc Ribot! Suddenly it’s like it’s 1999 again and Tonic hasn’t yet been bulldozed for a luxury highrise!

6/2, 8 PM Parlor Walls – Eula guitarslinger Elyse Lamb’s snarling, catchy, noiserock/postpunk collaboration with Chris Mulligan – at Shea Stadium. 6/5 they’re at Big Irv’s Gallery, 381 Hooper St (S 1st/2nd). in South Williamsburg, L to Lorimer St..; 6/10 they’re at Alphaville, 140 Wilson Ave (Snydam/Willoughby). in Bushwick, M to Central Ave. and 6/25 they’ll be at Cake Shop at 11 for $8

6/2, 8 PM the North/South Chamber Orchestra play new works by Oliver Caplan, Emma Lou Diemer, Eugene Marlow, Patricia Morehead and Margarita Zelenaia with oboist William Meredith and bassoonist Gilbert Dejean, at Christ and St Stephen’s Church, 120 West 69th St (bet Bway & Columbus, free

6/2, 8 PM the Highline Chamber Ensemble play a program TBA at Subculture, $25 adv tix req

6/2, 8:30 PM smoldering Detroit noir soul band Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas at Baby’s All Right, $12

6/2-3, 9:30 PM lyrical, intense tenor saxophonist Noah Preminger records a live album at 55 Bar with Jason Palmer – trumpet; ; Kim Cass – bass; Ian Froman – drums, $10

6/2, 10 PM high-voltage Japanese Romany/circus-rock/oldtime swing band Kagero at Shrine. 6/4, 9 PM they’re at at Fontana’s for $10. Then they’re at the Way Station on 6/5 at 10 for 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

6/3, 7 PM sitar virtuoso Subroto Roy Chowdhury plays classic Hindustani ragas at the Rubin Museum of Art, $25

6/3, 8 PM Intense, soaring singer/pianist Anna Winthrop, cellist Kirin McElwain and flutist Emma Davis play their individualistic, windswept, cinematic jazz-inflected art-rock at Drom, $10

6/3-4, 9:30 PM a rare but not necessarily low-key duo show with pianist Gerald Clayton and saxophonist Ben Wendel at Mezzrow, $20

6/3, 10 PM creepy noir chamberpop crooner Jon DeRosa – the missing link between Scott Walker and Mark Sinnis – at St. Vitus

6/3, 10 PM guitarishly brilliant retro soul band Miss Tess & the Talkbacks at the big room at the Rockwood, $10

6/3, 11 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, $12 adv tix rec

6/3, 11 PM the Underarrestimates channel classic Booker T and Meters instrumental soul grooves at the Way Station

6/4, 2 PM-ish La La Brooks, former original lead singer of badgirl doo-wop legends the Crystals at a block party at 47-51 33rd St, Long Island City, free

6/4, 6-9 PM art-rocker Alexander Hacke‘s ecologically-themed soundtrack Transflexion: Net of Mirrors accompanies six visual artists’ projections at Made in NY Media Center, 30 John St, Dumbo, free. There will also be projections by other video artists screened outdoors at the corner of Anchorage and Pearl starting at dusk.

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, 7 PM highly regarded highway rock and alt-country road warriors the Barr Bros. and the Felice Bros. at Red Hook Park, free

6/4, 7 PM droll, witty, Monk-influenced jazz pianist Joel Forrester – of the Microscopic Septet – at Spectrum

6/4, 8 PM dark, charismatic, mischieviously witty literate keyboardist/chanteuse Rachelle Garniez at Barbes

6/4, 8/10 PM intense, historically-informed third-stream pianist Bobby Avey leads a very solid quartet with John O’Gallagher – alto sax; Thomson Kneeland – bass; Jordan Perlson – drums at the Jazz Gallery, $15 first set, $10 second

6/4, 8 PM a rare solo show by rising star guitarist/singer Camila Meza followed by pianist Jarrett Cherner with Aidan Carroll & Colin Stranahan at the Firehouse Space, $10

6/4, 8 PM intense, lyrically brilliant Americana/soul/janglerock tunesmith Matt Keating at Hifi Bar. 6/7 he’s at the small room at the Rockwood at 9

6/4, 8 PM oldtime Americana maven Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton, who may well be the most talented multi-instrumetalist in all of NYC, at Lucille’s, $10

6/4, 9 PM pianist Russell Rinker and his jazz combo back up the original freak folk cult singer, Brute Force and his daughter Lilah Freedland in a joint Serge Gainsbourg/Brigitte Bardot tribute at Le Baron, 32 Mulberry St., free

6/4, 9:15 PM intense acoustic art-rock/folk noir songwriter/chanteuse/force of nature Larkin Grimm at Matchless, $8

6/4, 10 PM the postpunk band that invented the genre, Wire at Bowery Ballroom, $25 gen adm

6/4, 10ish edgy, catchy, occasionally new wave tinged janglerocker Josh Berwanger and his band at Shea Stadium

6/4, 10:30 PM noir-inspired alto saxophonist/composer Nick Hempton leads a quartet with Dan Aran – drums , Tadataka Unno – piano , Dave Baron – bass at Smalls

6/4,. 11 PM an interesting, unexpected kind of twinbill: edgy, purposefuljazz guitarist Tom Csatari and original front-porch folk purist Joanna Sternberg at the Manhattan Inn in Greepoint, free

6/4, midnight tuneful, biting alto saxophonist Peter Apfelbaum leads an explosive Quartet with Josh Roseman, Will Bernard and Justin Brown at Nublu

6/4 the Budos Band/Antibalas twinbill at Highline Ballroom is sold out. Big surprise: it was free – while it lasted.

6/5-6, sets at 7, 9 and 11 PM paradigm-shifting Romany jazz guitarist Stephane Wrembel leads an all-star Romany jazz group playing a tribute to Django Reinhardt at Joe’s Pub, $30

6/5, 7 PM Jeffrey Milarsky conducts a NY Philharmonic chamber ensemble in a a Japan-focused program with works by Takemitsu, Messiaen, and Dai Fujikura and a U.S. premiere by Misato Mochizuki at the Rogers Auditorium at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, $25

6/5, 7 PM hot oldtimey swing band Svetlana & the Delancey Five in front of the TKTS booth at Times Square – let’s show the tourists who runs this town, huh!

6/5, 7 PM the Doc Wallace Trio play jazzy Texas-style fiddling and swing.tunes at Spectrum

6/5, 7:30 PM pensive Americana/janglerock guy/girl duo the Perennials – like a more chamberpoppy Low – followed by multistylistic, charismatic jazz badass bassist/singer Kate Davis and her combo at the Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec

6/5, 8 PM melancholy acoustic Americana cover song specialists the Sad Bastards of Brooklyn – a Spanking Charlene side project – at Sidewalk

6/5, 8 PM tuneful, eclectic Uruguayan saxophonist Florencia Gonzalez leads her Candombe Project at Shrine

6/4, 8ish the Funky Dawgz Brass Band followed by exuberant New Orleans gospel/funk trombonist/shouter Glen David Andrews at Drom, $15 adv tix rec

6/5, 8:15 PM guitar-fueled postpunk/dreampop rockers Lazyeyes followed by wry, jangly, retro 60s psychedelic popsters Gringo Star at the Knitting Factory, $10

6/5, 8:30 PM intense, lyrically brilliant, quirky female-fronted two-keyboard 80s-style art-rock/new wave revivalists Changing Modes at the Pyramid, $10

6/5, 9 PM Brandi & the Alexanders play their torchy oldschool soul and groove music at the small room at the Rockwood

6/5, 9 PM the high-energy, oldtimey Dirty Waltz Project at the Jalopy, $10

6/5, 9 PM hard-hitting female-fronted psychedelic guitar power trio Devi plays two sets at the Lincoln Inn, 13 Lincoln St. in Jersey City, free. Lead singer/guitarist Debra Devi will read from her hilarious Devil’s Dictionary of the blues, Language of the Blues: From Alcorub to Zuzu in between sets

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

6/5-6, 10:30 edgy, tuneful pianist David Kikoski leads a quartet with Seamus Blake – tenor sax, Boris Kozlov – bass , Ari Hoenig – drums at Smalls

6/5, 10:30 PM eclectic new wave/oldtimey/torchy duo Sarabande at Spin, $10

6/5, 11 PM wild, crazy, high-voltage string-driven art-rock/psychedelic band Someone You Can Xray at Desmond’s. Want a listing for your band here? It’s all about the branding, folks!

6/5, midnight 70s political funk legend, keyboardist and Gil Scott-Heron collaborator Brian Jackson at Nublu

6/6-7 create your own art posters from art materials and supplies available for everyone. the Black Lives Matter art show on Governor’s Island as part of the annual Figment art extravaganza there.

6/6, noon, free performances by avant improvisers including thingNY at the Grattan Street Performance Block Party at Bushwick Open Studios, Grattan St. between Bogart St. and Morgan Ave., L to Morgan Ave., with Oxygen Ensemble, Jeff Young’s Magical Kingdom of Dust, New Thread Quartet + Luke Schwarz, Naked Roots Conducive and Cacaw.

6/6. 2 PM the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra play Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony plus works by Copland and Verdi at NJPAC in Newark, five minuts from the Path train, tix $10 and up! Then that night at 8 PM they play an all-Beethoven program: the Coriolan Overture, Emperor Piano Concerto with soloist Marc-Andre Hamelin and then the Fifth Symphony, a bill which repeats at 3 PM the following day 6/7. $20 and up seats avail.

6/6. 3ish Moroccan trance-funk grooves with the Innove Gnawa Band outdoors at Union Pool, free. They’re also at the Way Station on 6/10 at 10.

6/6, 3 PM-ish, Soviet Georgian music/dance ensemble the Dancing Crane Company perform rousing material from their native land and Ukraine on the Coney Island Boardwalk – where, just follow your ears

6/6, 4 PM-ish trumpeter Roy Hargrove and band at Central Park Summerstage. Get there early since the 90s opening act is popular.

6/6, 4 PM ish massive horn-fueled latin ska band Los Skarroneros at Grand Victory, $10

6/6, 7 PM Mac McCarty & the Kidd Twist Band play their fiery, sometimes unexpectedly poignant Pogues-ish punk and folk noir at Sidewalk

6/6,  7 PM the indie classical world’s go-to pianist, Lisa Moore, plays new works by Kate Moore (US premiere), Stephen Cabell (world premiere), John Luther Adams, and Chris Rogerson (NY premieres) at the DiMenna Center, $20

6/6, 8 PM Mexican night at Barbes with energetic acoustic Veracruz-style folk-punk band Radio Jarocho followed at 10 by Sinaloa-style mariachi/ranchera brass group Banda de los Muertos

6/6, 8 PM former stars of Rodeo Bar, bassist Heidi Lieb’s trio  the Lonesome Prairie Dogs play all sorts of vintage C&W at the Way Station

6/6, 8:30 PM cellist Daniel Levin and violist Mat Maneri chop and slash it up at I-Beam, $15

6/6, 8:15 PM intense, soaring singer/pianist Anna Winthrop and cellist Kirin McElwain play their individualistic, windswept, cinematic jazz-inflected art-rock at Caffe Vivaldi

6/6, 8:30 PM Pakistani singer Arooj Aftab leads her eclectic, psychedelic, trancey band with harp, keys and flute playing the album release show for her new one at le Poisson Rouge, $12 adv tix rec

6/6, 9ish a gathering of freedom fighters against gentrification with music by hilarious faux-French rockers les Sans Culottes and ska vets the Rocksteady 7 at Hank’s

6/6 Unsteady Freddie‘s monthly four-band surf rock show at Otto’s begins at 9 with the cinematic, Morricone-inspired Derangers, the Weisstronauts at 10, 9th Wave – who are surpassed only by Dick Dale among currently active original surf bands – and the Tsunambots at around midnight.

6/6, 9 PM fiery, hyperliterate punk/powerpop alienation anthems with Hannah vs. the Many followed by a reunion of hilarious, sardonically careening glam/party band Haley Bowery & the Manimals at Rock Shop, $10

6/6, 9 PM deep two-trombone dub reggae and Afrobeat grooves with Super Hi-Fi at Bar Chord

6/6, 9 PM slinky, carnivalesque Romany/Mediterranean band Dodo Orchestra at Shrine

6/6, 9 PM irreverent oldschool Williamsburg vocal jazz crew the Old Rugged Sauce at Freddy’s

6/6, 10 PM ten-piece country/carnivalesque/acoustic rock powerhouse M Shanghai String Band at the Jalopy, $10

6/6, 10 PM brilliantly lyrical dark oldtimey songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Pete Lanctot and band at 68 Jay St. Bar

6/6, 10 PM creepy, theatrical female-fronted noir cabaret/circus rock band Orphan Jane at the Delancey

6/6. 10 PM funny, explosive oldschool style punk rockers the Live Ones at the Gutter in Williamsburg

6/6, 10 PM a rare solo show by the sharp, wryly literate, amusing, John Prine-influenced Joe Maynard of Maynard & the Musties at Sidewalk

6/6, 10ish catchy, sardonically jangly, lo-fi soul-rockers Larry & the Babes – sort of a more tuneful, less punk version of Clear Plastic Masks – at Aviv

6/6, 11 PM newschool garage rockers the Mystery Lights at the Knitting Factory, $12 adv tix rec

6/6, 11 PM the All Night Chemists – who blend a tuneful, gritty 90s NYC gutter blues vibe with Stonesy growl and some glam – at the Way Station

6/7, 10 AM (AM – not a joke) the earliest show to ever be listed on this calendar, purist bluegrass/Americana songwriter Vincent Cross at Caffe Vivaldi. Hey, if you’re in the neighborhood, they serve really strong espresso there.

6/7, 4 PM boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band at Skinny Dennis. They’re back here on the 21st, same time. Also on 6/27 they’re at Hill Country Brooklyn at 8 and then on 6/28 at 6 they’re outdoors in the backyard at LIC Bar

6/7. 4:30 PM tuneful, epically cinematic Argentine jazz pianist Emilio Solla and his mighty octet La Inestable de Brooklyn at Smalls

6/7, 5ish intense, eclectic, Middle Eastern-tinged afropop singer Angelique Kidjo at Central Park Summmerstage, best to get there at 3 when the gates open

6/7, 6ish oldschool soul crooner/Daptone rediscovery Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires at Corona Park in Queens

6/7, 7 PM boisterous oldtimey trombonist/uke player J. Walter Hawkes and friends feat special guests torch singer/uke player Daria Grace and Pat Irwin outdoors in the backyard at LIC Bar

6/7, 7:30 PM kinetic vibraphone jazz trio (and David Bowie reinventors) the Wee Trio at Subculture, $15 adv tix rec

6/7, 7:30ish Romany guitar genius Stephane Wrembel leads a Romany guitar band with a bunch of indigenous guitarists TBA at Barbes

6/7, 8 PM iconic AACM composer and tersely, majestically blues-inspired trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith performs with his Golden Quartet with pianist Anthony Davis, bassist John Lindberg and drummer Pheeroan akLaff at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, 58 7th Ave (Lincoln/St. John’s Pl), Park Slope, $20/$15 stud.

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

6/7, 9 PM two opposite approaches to swing: the cool, low-key Ted Hefko & the Thousandaires at 9 followed eventually at 11 by the boisterous, oldtimey female-fronted Swingaroos at the big room at the Rockwood

6/7 Canadian Indian musicians on their annual Red Ride Tour at the Cameo Gallery

6/8, 5:30 PM a seven-piece chamber ensemble from Music From China perform an eclectic mix of traditional Chinese and contemporary classical music, with Chen Yi’s CMA commissioned work “Three Dances from China South” along with traditional tunes on the upper terrace at Bryant Park, free

6/8, 8 PM the Wet Ink Large Ensemble plays new works by Mahir Cetiz, David Franzson, Sam Pluta and Katherine Young at Roulette, $20/$15 stud/srs

6/8, 9 PM not as bad a segue as you might think: propulsive, fun Asheville punkgrass band Clyde’s on Fire followed at 10 by psychedelic hard funk band Orange Burn at the Way Station

6/8, 9 PM hard-hitting funk/Afrobeat band Shelley Nicole’s Blakbushe at Bowery Electric, $10

6/8, 9:30 PM pianist Geoffrey Keezer and trumpeter Ingrid Jensen at Mezzrow, $20. He’s there the following night in a duo with saxophonist Steve Wilson

6/8, 10::30 PM drummer Ari Hoenig leads a swinging nonet at Smalls

6/8, 9:30 PM awesome low-register original vintage-style Cuban groove band Gato Loco – with bass and baritone sax, baritone guitar, bass and drums – at Barbes

6/8, 10 PM intense, eclectic jazz violinist/composer Zach Brock leads his group at 55 Bar

6/8, 11ish psychedelic, dub-inflected tenor saxophonist Ilhan Ersahin leads a new sax/bass/drums trio on his home turf at Nublu

6/9, 5ish popular, occassionally haunting all-female oldtime Americana harmony trio Della Mae in the parking lot out back of City Winery, free

6/9, 6-9 PM the Museum Mile Festival with free admission at several institutions: he Metropolitan Museum of Art; Neue Galerie New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; National Academy Museum & School; Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum; The Jewish Museum; The Museum of the City of New York; El Museo del Barrio; and the Africa Center

6/9, 6:30 PM highly regarded front-porch folk songwriter Margaret Glaspy out back of the World Financial Center, free

6/9, 7 PM Yotoco, the bastard child of Umoja Orchestra, Bioritmo, and Cumbiagra plays a melange of salsa, Afro-Cuban rumba, boleros, and cumbias followed at 9 by ten-piece Balkan/Duke Ellington brass band Slavic Soul Party at Barbes.

6/9, 7 PM tuneful, edgy Texas tenor saxophonist Stan Killian and his quartet at 55 Bar

6/9, 7:30 PM highwire klezmer violinist Lisa Gutkin and her Trio, w/tsimbl player Pete Rushefsky & Remy Yulzari at the Steven Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W 68th St., $15

6/9-14, 8/10 PM multi-reedman Charles Waters plays a weeklong stand at the Stone with a whole slew of collaborators, $15. Lots of good sets: the most intriguing one is the early show on 6/12 with the Constructionburg Festival Orchestra featuring violinist Katie Pawluk playing Steve Dalachinsky’s Porch Music: A Tale of Gentrification

6/9-14, 8/10:30 PM pianist Renee Rosnes leads an interesting quartet with Steve Nelson-vibes, Peter Washington-bass, Bill Stewart-drums at the Vanguard, $30

6/9, 8 PM chanteuse Myriam Phiro and her ensemble perform a Edith Piaf centennial tribute show at Drom, $20

6/9, 8:30 PM state-of-the-art postbop guitarist with intense rhythm section: Will Bernard on guitar with Ben Allison on bass and Allison Miller on drums at the Bar Next Door

6/9, 9 PM intense, atmospheric Russian indie classical/art-rock keyboardist Olga Bell at Bowery Ballroom, $15 adv tix rec

6/9, 9 PM intriguing jazz quartet Old Time Musketry, who blend oldtimey swing, modern bucolic styles and darker, more challenging improvisational sounds at Bar Chord

6/9, 10 PM crystalline-voiced Portland, Maine acoustic Americana chanteuse Caroline Cotter – who moves seamlessly and compellingly between original New England front-porch folk, jaunty Prohibition swing, French chanson and oldtimey/bluegrass stylings – at the third room at the Rockwood, $10 + $10 drink minimum very strictly enforced

6/9, 10 PM edgy female-fronted funk band Eliza & the Organix – feat. swirly alto sax player Kristen Tivey – at Silvana

6/9 hilarious faux-French garage/psychedelic rockers les Sans Culottes – whose new album Les Dieux Ont Soif is both great fun and potently relevant – at Drom

6/10, 6 PM Jiaju Shen (pipa) + Yuda Deng (guitar) play rustic Chinese folk music at the Rubin Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

6/10, 7 PM eclectic, smartly lyrical, entertaining oldtimey/noir cabaret/new wave singer/multi-instrumentalist Lily Frost at the third stage at the Rockwood, $10 + $10 drink min. strictly enforced

6/10, 7 PM purist oldschool country songwriter/bandleader Michaela Anne at Skinny Dennis

6/10, 7:30 PM the PRISM Quartet – adventurous sax quartet witth intense orchestral bulk and heft – augmented with guests Chris Potter and Ravi Coltrane at Symphony Space, $22

6/10, 8:30 PM crepuscular, lo-fi, intense blues guitarist/singer Breanna Barbara Arneson at Arlene’s

6/10, 9 PM Certain General guitarslinger Phil Gammage’s Adventures in Bluesland– whose material spans from Muddy Waters to Elvis to originals – play the album release show for their new one at Lucille’s Bar

6/10, 9:30 PM jamband favorite and Bob Marley reinventor, seven-string guitarist Charlie Hunter with Bobby Previte on drums and the inimitable Curtis Fowlkes on trombone at Joe’s Pub, $20

6/10,. 11 PM bagpipe rockers the Real McKenzies at Bowery Electric, $20

6/11, 7:30 PM, conversation moderated by filmmaker Warrington Hudlin with Rashid Johnson and blaxpliotation icon Melvin Van Peebles followed at 8 by a sreening of Johnson’s new film The New Black Yoga  at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival a must. After the screening, a performance by Melvin Van Peebles and his twisted soul band, Menage a Trio

6/11, 7:30 PM an all-Lukas Ligeti program of chamber works performed by Ligeti (drums), Daniel Blake (saxophone), Lorna Krier (synthesizer), Eyal Maoz and Grey McMurray (electric guitars), and special guests tba at the Austrian Cultural Center, 11 E 52nd St, free but res req to acfny.org. There’s a similar program at 5:30 PM on 6/14 at Roulette for $20/$15 stud/srs

6/11, 8 PM edgy lefty guitarist Damian Quinones and his psychedelic latin soul band and then Daria Grace’s torchy, delightful oldtime uke swing band the Pre-War Ponies at Barbes

6/11, 8 PM intense, smart, tuneful janglerock guitarist/bandleader Jennifer O’Connor at Hifi Bar, free. Catch her here before you have to pay big bucks to see her on the Neko Case tour later this summer.

6/11, 8 PM edgy improvisers: microtonal tenor sax man Noah Kaplan and his Trio, Dafna Naphtali and Jen Baker, and Iktus Percussion at Trans-Pecos, $8

6/11, 8 PM a League of Composers ensesmble led by conductors Louis Karchin and Scott Voyles perform a world premieres by Morris Rosenzweig, a U.S. premiere by Kaija Saariaho, a NY premiere by David Felder and Irving Fine’s twistedly immortal Notturno for Strings and Harp at the Miller Theatre, $20/$10 stud/srs

6/11, 8:30 PM a rare US appearance by exhilarating Budapest Romany/circus rock/reggae/dub band Irie Maffia at Drom, free!

6/11, 8:30 PM wickedly tuneful, smart postbop tenor sxophonist Tom Tallitsch with Art Hirahara on keys and Mark Ferber on drums at the Bar Next Door

6/11, 9 PM kick-ass guitar-and-organ-fueled original psychedelic garage rockers  the Electric Mess followed by trash-garage guitar maven Palmyra Delran at Hank’s, note $8 cover

6/11, 10 PM irresistibly fun, psychedelic, period-perfect 60s sunshine pop revivalist Jacco Gardner at Rough Trade, $12 adv tix rec

6/11, 9 PM torchy oldtimey swing band Jessy Carolina & the Hot Mess at Radegast Hall

6/11, midnight clarinet-fueled, explosively electric instrumentalists the NY Gypsy All-Stars at Nublu

6/12, 7 PM devious, charismatic, subversive comedic songwriter Killy Dwyer at the Delancey, $8

6/12-13, 7:30/9:30 PM the JD Allen Trio – this era’s most exhilarating, intense tenor sax group – at Minton’s, $25 at the bar

6/12, 7:30ish catchy retro 60s garage rock/Merseybeat band the Dolly Spartans at Muchmore’s, $5

6/12, 8 PM magical, ethereal, enveloping sound sculptures by Lesley Flanigan with additional vocalists Pamela Stein Lynde, Elizabeth Munn, and Pamela Martinez, utilizing Flanigan’s own custom-made speakers and mixers at Roulette

6/12, 8 PM compellingly low-key janglerock band and Hem spinoff Little Silver followed by moody acoustic soundtrack ensemble the Inner Banks at Rock Shop, $10

6/12, 8:30 PM popular bluegrass road warrilrs James Reams & the Barnstormers at the Jalopy, $10

6/12, 9 PM Laura Cantrell – arguably this era’s most compelling, magically clear-voiced female oldschool country artist – at Bowery Electric, $12

6/12, 9 PM Sean Kershaw side project the Serpentones play “hi octane Brooklyn honkytonk” at Bar Chord

6/12, 10 PM this era’s greatest cinematic noir guitar instrumentalists, Big Lazy at Barbes; 6/19 they’re at Sunny’s in Red Hook, same time

612, 10 PM the New York Chillharmonic – vocalist/composer Sara McDonald’s lush, third-stream 17 piece big band with string quartet – squeeze into at Pete’s

6/12,.10 PM deviously fun oldtimey swing guitarist/crooner Seth Kessel & the Two Cent Band at Sunny’s

6/12, 10 PM powerhouse bassist Dawn Drake & Zapote playing their funk and Afrobeat-influenced grooves at Silvana. She’s also at the Way Station at 10 on 6/20

6/13, 4 PM the Erik Satie Quartet – Ron Hay (trombone), Max Seigel (bass trombone), Ben Holmes (trumpet), and Andrew Hadro (bari sax) –reinvent classic and obscure Satie chamber pieces as well as rare compositions by his obscure contemporaries – at Barbes

6/13, 6 PM a free outdoor concert featuring surviving members of 70s latin soul legends the Ghetto Brothers with special guest, jazz drummer Bobby Sanabria at BMHC Lab, 1303 Louis Niné Blvd. in the Bronx,

6/13, 7 PM wild, phantasmagorical Romany/circus rock band Caravan of Thieves at the big room at the Rockwood, $15

6/13, 7 PM Chicago-style blues guitar monster Bobby Radcliff and his trio at Terra Blues

6/13. 7:30 PM panist Weiyin Chen plays Schubert’s G Major Sonata D. 894, the Bartok Sonata, and a world premiere by Marc Neikrug at Subculture

6/13, 8 PM the eclectic, intense Aliya Cycon Project play Arabic music from seven continents (count ’em!) from their auspicious debut release We Will Be Light at Alwan for the Arts, $15

6/13, 8 PM drummer Paal Nilssen-Love‘s explosive, darkly crescendoing, Nordic-tinged eleven-piece improvisational jazz group at First Unitarian Church, 116 Pierrepont St in Brooklyn Heights, 2/3 to Clark St., $15/$12 stud.

6/13, 8 PM Marta Hernández (aka Mar Salá) plays her acoustic flamenco rock followed eventually at 10 by the totally punk, oldschool 60s style Viva Vallenato Badass Acccordion Band at the Way Station

6/13, 8 PM adventurous, fun, quirky female-fronted psychedelic pop duo Robin’s Egg Blue at Pete’s

6/13, 8 PM the catchy, jangly Big Star-ish Nu-Sonics at Hank’s

6/13, 8 PM individualistic guitarist Alyse Lamb’s slashing, jaggedly catchy minimalist band Eula at Palisades, $15

6/13, 8:30 PM sardonically funny Beatlesque/Costelloesque powerpop songwriter Walter Ego at Sidewalk

6/13, 9 PM savage, macabre,cinematic noir jazz band Beninghove’s Hangmen at Bar Chord

6/13, 9 PM the funky, jangly female-fronted Aron Blue and the Bootleggers, torchy intense southwestern gothic songwrite Julia Haltigan and her excellent band and Jack Grace’s hilarious Van Hayride – who play C&W-flavored covers of cheesy metal and 70s rock hits – at the Bell House, $10

6/13, 9ish check out this insanely awesome global klezmer/Balkan lineup: clarinetist Merlin Shepherd, Klezmer Kapelye, Psoy Korolenko (co-leader of Oy Division), Vanya Zhuk and then the mysterious “Billy’s band” at Paperbox in Bushwick, $18

6/13, 9 PM 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 Bowery Ballroom, $15

6/13, 10ish psychedelic, hard-hitting metal cumbia/skaragga/latin rockers Escarioka at Mehanata

6/13, 10 PM Mississippi fiddler Johnny Campbell and the Bluegrass Drifters at 68 Jay St. Bar

6/13, 10 PM Crucial Bridge & the Inity Band play roots reggae at Shrine

6/13, 10:30 PM tenor sax powerhouse Ralph Bowen leads a no-nonsense, tuneful postbop quartet with Donald Edwards – drums , Jim Ridl – piano , Kenny Davis – bass at Smalls

6/13, midnight all-female UK lo-fi/punk/garage band Pins – sort of like the bastard child of the early Go Go’s and Wire – at Rough Trade, $12 adv tix rec

6/14, 2:30 PM it’s Choralfest at Symphony Space: a marathon of choirs including Angelica, C4 Choral Composer-Conductor Collective, Chameleonic, Connecticut Chamber Choir, Empire City Men’s Chorus, Ghostlight, Voices of Gotham, New Amsterdam Singers, Riverside Church Inspirational Choir, The Canticum Novum Singers, The New York Virtuoso Singers and Zamir Chorale sing works from across the centuries, free, early arrival advised.

6/14, 3 PM organist Stephen Rumpf and cellist Benjamin Larsen play Robert Sirota’s Easter Canticles at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 139 St. John’s Place, Park Slope, any train to Grand Army Plaza and walk downhill, free

6/14, 4 PM NYC’s only black bluegrass band – who also happen to be one of NYC’s best bluegrass and oldtime Americana crews – the Ebony Hillbillies at Betsy Head Park in Brooklyn

6/14 at the Silent Barn, free before 5 PM, $8 after, an excellent, noisy multiple-band bill, most liklely short sets from Surfbort, Sweet John Bloom, the awesomely shapeshifting Parlor Walls, Psychic Blood, Jason Victor’s searing Skull Practitioners, Austin Sley Julian of the Sediment Club, Youth Expire, Heaven’s Gate, Conduct and Annie Blech from Palberta

6/14, 7 PM the Dorothy Parker of piano-based chamber pop: Dawn Oberg at Freddy’s. 6/15 she’s at the Rockwood at 6.

6/14, 7 PM hammered dulcimer player/composer Dan Joseph‘s lush, string-driven third-stream classical/minimalist ensemble at Barbes

6/14, 7 PM Mexican son jarocho folk legend Zenen Zeferino and band at the Jalopy, $10

6/14, 7 PM the NJ Symphony Orchestra plays Weber’s Overon Overture, Mozart’s Overture for Flute and Harp and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 3 at NJPAC in Newark, five minutes from the Path train, tix $20 and up

6/14, 7:30 PM subversively hilarious cabaret personality/chanteuse Tammy Faye Starlite leads an all-star chamber-rock band playing her twistedly brilliant Marianne Faithfull parody/homage at Joe’s Pub, $15

6/14, 7:30 PM NYC’s original, iconic first klezmer punks, the Klezmatics with Neil Sedaka – no, not a joke – at the World Financial Center, free. Maybe ole Neil’s given up on camp and decided to get serious…or maybe the Klezmatics are all out of the closet now. You decide.

6/14, 8 PM Russian roots reggae legends Jah Divizion – don’t laugh, they’re good – at the Delancey, $20

6/14, 8 PM smart, tuneful, soulful oldschool blues/soul singer/multi-instrumentalist Lola Johnson at Sidewalk

6/14, 9 PM haunting, dusky, jangly southwestern gothic rock band And the Wiremen followed by a rare solo show by charismatic ghoulabilly/retro rock monster Reid Paley upstairs at 2A

6/14, 9 PM obscenely hilarious, ferocious, surprisingly eclectic punk/powerpop band Custard Wally at Otto’s

6/14, 9 PM state-of-the-art newschool psychedelia with the Middle Eastern-tinged Zola Jesus at Warsaw, $25

6/14, 10 PM the timeless Sun Ra Arkestra, with the timeless Marshall Allen and his freaky EWI horn – at Rough Trade, $18 adv tix rec

6/15, 7 PM weird segues, good triplebill: singing cellists the Whiskey Girls, energetic acoustic Veracruz-style folk-punk band Radio Jarocho and creepy, Lynchian noir/circus rock songwriter Miwa Gemini at Branded Saloon

6/15, 7 PM edgy, torchy, multicultural Jewish singer Vira Lozinsky and her klezmer combo at Joe’s Pub, $18; followed at 9 PM ($18 separate admission) by Japan’s foremost klezmer band, Jinta-la-Mvta

6/15, 7 PM indie classical chamber stars Now Ensemble play the album release show for their new one Dreamfall feat. works by Scott Smallwood, Mark Dancigers, John Supko, Nathan Williamson, Sarah Kirkland Snider, Andrea Mazzariello at the Greene Space, $20 includes a drink

6/15, 8 PM one of the year’s best triplebills at HiFi Bar on Ave. A (the old Brownies):Elvis Costello-esque underground powerpop heroes Lazy Lions‘ soulful frontman Jim Allen,  indie pop mastermind and Mascott frontwoman Kendall Jane Meade, and this era’s most erudite, tuneful NYC tunesmith, Ward White with violinist to the stars Claudia Chopek.

6/15, 8 PM the world’s most adventurous indie classical string quintet, Sybarite5 at Bryant Park, free, as part of the Chamber Music America New Music Marathon

6/15, 8 PM a screening of the ferociuosly relevant, elegaic anti-gentrification documentary Sound & Chaos: The Story Of BC Studio followed by a performance by legendary producer/dark psychedelic rocker Martin Bisi and his band at the Film Society of Lincoln Center amphitheatre, $10

6/15, 8 PM a chamber subset of the NY Philharmonic plays a Carl Nielsen 150th birthday show with his Wind Quintet and String Quartet No. 1 at Subculture, $25 adv tix rec

6/15, 8 PM the Ureuk Symphony Orchestra plays Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony plus works by Weber, Franck, Haydn and Mozart at Merkin Concert Hall, $30

6/15, 9:30 PM Cumbiagra – whose take on psychedelic cumbias is more rustic and purist than most bands who play that stuff –at Barbes

6/16, 6 PM singer Polina Shepherd and clarinet titan Merlin Shepherd jam out haunting old klezmer themes with pianist Jed Distler at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20; 6/17 at 8 they team up with Klezmatics frontman/accordionist Lorin Sklamberg at Barbes, playing for the tip jar

6/16, 6:30 PM soaring, brilliant singer Magda Giannikou’s lush, sweeping, pan-Mediterranean art-rock/chamber pop/jazz group Banda Magda out back of the World Financial Center, free

6/16, 7 PM dramatic, classically-tinged klezmer chanteuse Lucette van den Berg and her band at Joe’s Pub, $18; followed at 9 ($18 separate admission) by the riveting, intense, politically brilliant Jewish art-rocker Daniel Kahn and his group.

6/16, 7 PM quirky, comedic, woodwind-driven indie classical/art-rock/art-song ensemble Little King followed at 9 by ten-piece Balkan/Duke Ellington brass band Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

6/16, 7 PM Avremi Gourarie leads an allstar ensemble backing current-day cantorial and Yiddish singing stars Avraham Fried, Netanel Hershtik, Yanky Lemmer, Joseph Malovany, Lipa Schmeltzer and Zusha at Central Park Summerstage, order of acts unknown but it doesn’t really matter, they’re all good.

6/16, 7:30 PM dance leader Avia Moore, while colorful drummer Aaron Alexander leads his Klezmer Kapelye with Jordan Hirsch, Patty Farrell & the Workshop Klezmorim at the Steven Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W 68th St., $15

6/16, 8 PM intense, moody electroacoustic composer Sabisha Friedberg presents a live mix of the third and final movement of her melancholy suite The Hant Variance at Walker Space, 55 Walker St. in Tribeca, $10/$8 stud or $30 gets you show admission plus a double gatefold vinyl copy of the album!

6/16-21, 8/10 PM crooner Theo Bleckmann plays a weeklong stand at the Stone with a variety of interesting projects., $15 Choice pick: the late set 6/19, a duo performance of old Weimar songs with pianist Rob Schwimmer.

6/16, 8 PM haunting, tersely introspective pianist/singer Noa Fort – who mashes up moody Middle Eastern sounds, classical and jazz improvisation at Silvana

6/16, 8 PM the North/South Consonance Ensemble perform chamber and vocal music from across the Americas by Edmund Cionek, Dinos Constantinides, Max Lifchitz, and William Ortiz at Christ and St Stephen’s Churchm 120 W 69th St (bet Bway & Columbus), free

6/16, 9 PM cinematic jazz saxophonist Joshua Kwassman leads his group playing the album release show for his new one at Subculture, $15

6/16, 9:30 PM saxophone powerhouse Lucas Pino‘s two-guitar No No Nonet at Smalls.

6/16, 9:30 PM a lush, intense album release show by chanteuse Chris McNulty and her all-star chamber jazz band – pianist John Di Martino, guitarist Paul Bollenback, bassist Ugonna Okegwo, drummer Matt Wilson – at 54 Below, 254 W 54th St, $25

6/16, 10 PM the explosively enveloping hard groove Colin Stetson/Sarah Neufeld duo at Bowery Ballroom, $15

6/17, 7 PM trombonist John Yao’s 17-Piece Instrument – one of the most distinctive and enjoyable large jazz ensembles out there – play the album release show for their new one at Shapeshifter Lab

6/17.,7:30 PM lyrical jazz pianist Christian Sands leads his trio at Ginny’s Supper Club uptown, $15; note that his late show that night is sold out

6/17, 8 PM a rare Hungarian twinbill with two exhilarating Romany/folk/circus rock bands: Glass House Orchestra with trumpet legend Frank London & Muzsikás at the Skirball Ctr, 566 LaGuardia Pl. just south of the park, expensive ($36) but worth it.

6/17, 8 PM NYC’s original marching brass band, the eclectic Balkan/New Orleans/kitchen sink Hungry March Band at Matchless

6/17-18, 8/10 PM bassist Eric Revis leads a trio with pianist Kris Davis and drummer Gerald Cleaver. Lots of space, tension, push-pull and lively creations out of thin air, at the Jazz Gallery, $22

6/17, 8 PM bassist-composer Eivind Opsvik with his rocking quintet Overseas, featuring Tony Malaby, Brandon Seabrook, Jacob Sacks & Kenny Wollesen.at Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow St. in the west village, $15/$12 stud

6/17, 9 PM German klezmer crooner Karsten Troyke with violinist Daniel Weltlinger and pianist Zalmen Mlotek at Joe’s Pub, $18

6/17, midnight rustic Brazilian rainforest nocturnes with Forro in the Dark at Nublu

6/18, noon fiery, erudite pianist/bandleader Arturo O’Farrrill leads an Afro-Cuban flavored jazz sextet at St. Marks Park, 2nd Ave and 10th St., free

6/18, 6 PM atmospheric chanteuse Emilie Lesbros plays the closing night of Andrea Galvan’s allusively apocalyptic, heliocentric multimedia exhibition at Art in General, 79 Walker St. in Tribeca, then beams herself somehow to Sidewalk where she’s playnig her edgy blues-inspired, politically infused songs solo on guitar show at 7:45 as her alter ego Miss Elie Sorbsel

6/18. 7 PM exhilarating klezmer clarinet-piano duo Merlin & Polina Shepherd at Joe’s Pub, $18; followed at 9 (separate $18 admission) by the riotously funny, stampediing, accordion-and-violin-fueled klezmer punk band Golem

6/18, 7 PM oldschool honkytonk band the Honeycutters and the Hillbenders – whose latest album is a hilarious bluegrass version of the Who’s Tommy – followed eventually at 10:30 by similarly comedic, sardonic oldtimey swing guitarist/crooner Seth Kessel & the Two Cent Band at the big room at the Rockwood, $12

6/18, 7 PM powerhouse organist Christopher Houlihan plays works by Bach, Brahms, Vierne and Leo Sowerby at the Church of the Holy Apostles, 296 9th Avenue at 28th St, sugg don

6/18, 7 PM the release concert for klezmer/Ukrainian music mavens Michael Alpert and Julian Kytasty‘s new album Night Songs from a Neighboring Village at the Center for Jewish History, 15 W 16th St, $15/$10 stud/srs

6/18, 7 PM intense punk classical/art-rock cellist/singer Leah Coloff at Sidewalk

6/18, 8 PM the NY Phil plays Stravinsky’s Petroushka plus works by Ravel, Berlioz and Saint-Saens on the lawn in Central Park, enter at 7 nd St. and Central Park West, free, get there early. The program repeats on 6/19 at 8 in Prospect Park

6/18-21, 8/10 PM octogenarian South African jazz piano legend Abdullah Ibrahim at the Blue Note, $30 standing room avail.

6/18, 8 PM quartet guitar jazz with the New West Guitar Group with guest singers Gretchen Parlato, Sarah Gazarek and Peter Eldridge at Subculture, $15 adv tix rec

6/18, 8:30 PM wow – a baritone saaxophonist with just a rhythm section, and a really good one, how cool is that? Brian Landrus with Lonnie Plaxico on bass and Billy Hart on drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.

6/18, 9 PM the Strung Out String Band play hi-energy oldtime Appalachian tunes at Bar Chord

6/18. 9 PM balmy, sardonically individualistic vocal jazz stylist Dorian Devins and her trio at at Bar Thalia adjecent to Symphony Space, free

6/18, 10 PM the Letter Yellow – who blend swirly spacerock, catchy janglerock and some funkier stuff – play their tuneful blend of spacerock, psychedelia and funk at the Cameo Gallery

6/18 10:30ish catchy psychedelic pop band Summer Fiction – who blend Big Star jangle and balmy Zombies tunefulness – play the album release show for their long-awaited new one at Union Hall, $12

6/18, 11ish the magically haunting, soaring all-female Mariachi Flor de Toloache at Nublu

6/18, 11 PM high voltage newgrass/country blues jamband Buckeye Rooster at the Way Station

6/19, 6 PM Max ZT (hammered dulcimer) + Moto Fukushima (bass) – two thirds of rippling, psychedelic instrumentalists House of Waters – at the Rubin Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

6/19, 6:30 PM sitar virtuoso Krishna Mohan Bhatt with Nitin Mitta on the tabla and Camilla Celin on the tanpura.in the (Patti Cadby Birch Court at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, free w/museum adm.

6/19, 7 PM wild klezmer/Romany/Mexican circus rock mashups with Klezmerson at Joe’s Pub, $18; followed at 9 (separate $18 adm) by eclectic jam-oriented mostly-female klezmer/tango/jazz band Isle of Klezbos

6/19, 7 PM singer Sanjoy Banerjee performs north Indian raga nocturnes with his group at the Rubin Museum of Art, $25

6/19, 7 PM the RT9 Ensemble play Ravel String Quartet, Arvo Part’s Mozart Adagio, and Schumann Piano Quintet. at Spectrum

6/19, 8 PM accordionist/chanteuse Kamala Sankaram’s hot surfy Bollywood project, Bombay Rickey followed at 10 by the eclectic, electric C&W/blues band the Jug Addicts at Barbes

6/19-20, 8/10 PM innovative guitarist/singer Becca Stevens leads a ten-piece pastoral/chamber jazz ensemble with multiple vocals and strings at the Jazz Gallery, $22

6/19, 8 PM Skirl Records night at the Jalopy–trumpeter Arnold Hammerschlag‘s No Face, No Name, flutist Leah Paul‘s Trenza, saxophonist Sean Sonderegger‘s Eat the Air, and bassist Simon Jermyn‘s Trot A Mouse–play a joint albuum release extravaganza at the Jalopy

6/19, 8 PM drummer Antonio Sanchez & Migration w/ Donny McCaslin, John Escreet, Matt Brewer, and Adam Rogers at Subculture, $20 adv tix rec

6/19, 9/10:30 PM intense, Middle Eastern-tinged bassist Petros Klampanis leads a chamber jazz outfit including a string quartet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10+ $10 min

6/19, 9 PM hilarious, guitarishly brilliant, female-fronted honkytonk parody band Trailer Radio at Bar Chord

6/19, 9 PM Gisela Tangui & the Voodoo Cabaret play their darkly percussive hypnotic voodoo salsa and latin jazz grooves at Shrine

6/19, 9 PM unselfconsciously fun, chirpy 60s girlgroup revivalists Pep at Arlene’s

6/19, 9:30 PM tenor saxophonist Ken Fowser leads a high-voltage quintet with Rick Germanson – piano , Willie Jones III – drums , Gerald Cannon – bass , Josh Bruneau – trumpet at Smalls . Fowser is back here on 6/28 at 10:30 playing the album release for his vibraphonist pal Behn Gillece’s reputedly awesome new quintet session

6/19, 11 PM hypnotic, surrealistic Aussie psychedelic rockers King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard at Bowery Ballroom, $15

6/19, midnight a rare stripped-down duo show by Canadian gothic rocker Lorraine Leckie and blues guitar legend Hugh Pool at Sidewalk

6/19, midnight 90s Brooklyn psychedelic funk legends Groove Collective at Nublu

6/20, 8 AM and continuing through 8 AM on 6/21 – !!!! – a rotating cast of luminaries including but not limited to Eve Beglarian, Jed Distler, Allison Brewster Franzetti, Jeanne Golan, Marija Ilic, James Irsay, Sachiko Kato, Anna Keiserman, Mirna Lekic, Neil Rolnick, Kathleen Supové, Adam Tendler, Isidora Vladic, Nicole Wakabayashi, David Witten and Meng Yang play two “layers” of music performed simultaneously. 1) Serious Immobilities – 840 variations on Erik Satie’s epically circling, creepy Vexations, for piano solo, by Arthur Jarvinen 2) Spineless Dog – variations on Satie’s Vexations, for MIDI keyboard controller, MacIntosh computer and electronics, by Randall Woolf at West Park Presbyterian Church, 165 W 86th St. (Amsterdam & Columbus Aves),. free

6/20, 1 and 3 PM rippling, psychedelic hammered dulcimer instrumentalists House of Waters on Governors Island

6/20, 4 PM St. Thomas Church’s extraordinary organist and mussic director John Scott performs the program of works by J.S. Bach that  Felix Mendelssohn once played in 1840 at the Thomaskirche in Leipzig, on his home turf at 53rd St./5th Ave, $10 sugg don

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

6/20, 5:30 PM a free baseball-themeed show by Dominican ensemble KumaCarey at BMHC Lab, 1303 Louis Niné Blvd. in the Bronx

6/20, 6 PM Rebeca Vallejo, vocals; George Dulin, piano; David Silliman, bass play flamenco jazz at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.

6/20, 7 PM Dutch klezmer chanteuse Niki Jacobs, aka Nikitov sings classic and obscure Yiddish pop hits with her fiery band at Joe’s Pub, $18; followed at 11:30 (separate $18 adm) by psychedelic klezmer/bluegrass mandolin and clarinet legend Andy Statman

6/20, 7 PM tromonst Chris Washburne’s Syotos followed at 8 by slinky chanteuse Falu’s Bollywood Orchestra at Highline Ballroom, $20 standing room avail.

6/20, 7:30 PM rustic Brazilian rainforest nocturnes with Forro in the Dark at Prospect Park Bandshell

6/20, 8 PM badass resonator guitarist and delta blues/oldtime hillbilly music maven Mamie Minch & Her Business followed at 10 by cumbia grooves with Chia’s Dance Party at Barbes. Mamie’s also at the Jalopy on 6/26 at 9.

6/20, 8 PM long-rnnning, perennially tuneful janglerockers/powerpopsters Bubble followed eventually at 10 PM legendary/obscure 90s GBV-style dreampop band the Pineapples making a rare reunion appearance at the Knitting Factory, $10 adv ti rec

6/20, 8 PM sassy oldtimey swing and Americana withi Sara Bouchard & the Salt Parade at the Jalopy, sugg don.

6/20, 8:30 PM the Delorean Sisters – who specialize in funny oldtimey acoustic covers of cheesy 80s radio pop – at Hank’s

6/20, 9 PM creepy dark garage/punk soul band the Naked Heroes s at Rock Shop, $10

6/20, 9/10:30 PM guitar slasher Mary Halvorson‘s edgy Thumbscrew trio with bassist Michael Formanek and drummer Tomas Fujiwara at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.

6/20,. 9 PM drummer Billy Mintz and the ten-piece 2 Bass Band lay the album release show for their new live one at Smalls

6/20, 111ish the eclectic, Balkan/latin/funk brass stylings of the Underground Horns at Nublu

6/21, noon the well-loved annual avant garde Bang on a Can Marathon at the World Financial Center, free, get there early if you want a seat.

6/21, starting at 1 PM how would you like to make a record, even if you can’t afford studio time? Today you can! Found Sound Nation have set up fourteen portable recording studios around town, recording people first come first served til 4 PM for free! Engineers and producers will be at locations including Trans-Pecos, the World Financial Center, and 101 Ave. D as well as at spots in the Bronx, Harlem, Williamsburg and elsewhere.

6/21, 2 PM Quintet of the Americas plays Carl Maultsby’s Middle Passage-themed The Journey, Valerie Coleman’s Afro-Cuban Suite, plus works by Barbara Harbach and William Grant Still at St. Philips Episcopal Church, 204 W. 134th St east of ACP Blve., 2/3 to 135th St., free

6/21, 4:30 PM the intense, occasionally Middle Eastern-tinged fifteen piece Eyal Vilner Big Band at Smalls

6/21 a 90s ska triplebill on the Rocks Off Concerrt Cruise with Slow Children, the Voodoo Glow Skulls and Mephiskapheles aboard the Jewel, boarding at 7:30 PM, sailing at 8 PM from the pier behind the heliport at 23r d St. and the East River, $25 adv tix avail. at the office next door or the Highline Ballroom box ofc.

6/21, 8 PM the ageless, lefty king of the surf guitar, Dick Dale at Brooklyn Bowl, $25

6/22, 8 PM singer Amirtha Kidambi leads her sax/bass/drums quartet playing circular Sufi grooves and crushing free improvisation at Roulette, $20/$15 stud/srs

6/22, 9 PM ageless, cheery, jangly lo-fi Japanese girlband Shonen Knife at le Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec

6/22, 9:30 PM Colombian bandleader Carolina Oliveros leads her group Bulla En El Barrio playing obscure cumbia and party classics at Barbes

6/22, 10 PM Pistolera frontwoman Sandra Lilia Velasquez’s torchy, slinky, psychedelic downtempo/trip-hop/art-pop band SLV at C’Mon Everybody, 325 Franklin Ave (Clifton/Greene), Bed-Stuy, G to Classon Ave., $10

6/23, 7 PM Keith Gilyard and Greg Clark discuss moments in the history of jazz when musicians have used their art to address social problems and civic crises in the United States and beyond. These moments include two highly rhetorical musical stage shows: The Real Ambassadors, composed by Dave and Iola Brubeck and Louis Armstrong to critique the US State Department’s use of jazz as a propaganda tool in the Cold War, and Duke Ellington’s My People, composed to mark the centennial of the Emancipation Proclamation, as well other jazz works that do political critique. at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, 104 E. 126th St. just west of Lex, free

6/23, 7 PM magically luminescent partoral jazz group Bryan and the Aardvarks playing material from their highly anticipated second album at Shapeshifter Lab

6/23, 7:30 PM Gill Landry of Old Crow Medicine Show at the Mercury

6/23, 7:30 PM the Knights play Schubert’s 5 German Dances, Arvo Part’s Tabula Rasa, Georgyi Ligeti’s Concert Romanesc, Zhou Long’s Chinese Folk Song Suite and Dvorak’s Czech Suite at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, free, early arrival advised

6/23, 8 PM haunting, intense, wickedly tuneful Nashville gothic songwriter Jessie Kilguss and her band at Bowery Electric, $10

6/23, 8 PM Katya Mihailova, piano plays music of Messiaen, Satie and Josquin)followed by indie classical/art-rock chanteuse/multi-instrumentalist Colleen a.k.a. Cecile Schorr at Subculture, $15 adv tix rec

6/23-28, 8/10 PM cult fave bassist/producer Bill Laswell plays a weeklong stand at the Stone, $20. Choice pick: two duo sets on 6/25, the first with John Zorn, the second just bass and drums with Laswell and Milford Graves.

6/23, 8ish Australian darkwave songstress Wendy Rule at Caffe Vivaldi

6/23, 9 PM wild Austin newgrass/punkgrass band Sour Bridges at Skinny Dennis. 6/24 at 9 they’re at Hill Country Brooklyn and on 6/25 at 8 they’ll be at Bowery Electric for free

6/23, 8:30 PM art-rock/avant garde rocker Olga Bell‘s Krai project at South St. Seaport

6/23, 9 PM eclectic, smartly tuneful jazz guitarist Will Bernard leads his Trio featuring Ches Smith and Devin Hoff at Korzo

6/23 low key but intense African-born acoustic groove songwriter/chanteuse Nneka at the Mercury

6/24, 7/9 PM pyrtechnic latin jazz trumpeter Pete Rodriguez leading a brilliant band featuring Luis Perdomo on piano at Minton’s, $25 bar seats avail.

6/24, 7 PM Chris Potter’s well-liked Underground Orchestra – sort of the cooler prototype for acts like Snarky Puppy – at Madison Square Park

6/24, 8 PM starkly torchy chanteuse Treya, Nashville gothic/ghoulabilly act the Bones of J.R. Jones and 70s disco revivalists the Starlight Girls at Passenger Bar, 229 Roebling St between 2nd and 3rd St in Wiliamsburg, J/M to Marcy Ave, free

6/24, 8 PM enveloping and aggressive experimental works by sound artist Colin Black, Clip Mouth Unit – inspiring, innovative trombonist Jen Baker’s collaboration with singer/composer/sound artist Dafna Naphtali – and the mysterious Derek Baron at Panoply Performance Lab, 104 Meserole St, Bushwick, J/M to Lorimer St.

6/24, 9 PM Lakeside Lounge garage rock supergroup Los Dudes and ferociously funny, intense, guitar-fueled Americana punks Spanking Charlene at Bowery Electric, $10. They’re also at Beast of Bourbon on 6/27 at 9 for free

6/24-25, 7:30 PM pyrotechnic postbop alto saxophonist Jaleel Shaw leads a quartet at Smalls

6/24, 8 PM massive, paradigm-shifting indie classical choir Roomful of Teeth perform works by Caroline Shaw, Wally Gunn and selections from their upcoming album, Render at 28 Liberty Plaza in the financial district, free

6/24, 9ish Balkan bands at Freddy’s: Lauren Brody’s Accordion Bytes, brilliant violin-and-oud duo Megan Gould and Mavrothi Kontanis and possibly special guests

6/24, 11 PM tuneful, sophisticated, oldtime and Americana-influenced acoustic songwriter/chanteuse Shannon Pelcher at the Way Station

6/25, noon guitarist David Moreno & the Odd Morning Quartet mash up classical guitar, blues and jazz at St. Marks Park, 2nd Ave and 10th St., free

6/25, 7 PM adventurous indie classical violinist Sarah Plum performs works by Bartok as well as American composers Christopher Adler and Sidney Corbett at Spectrum, $15/$10 stud/srs

6/25, 7 PM the Lox – the 90s Yonkers hip-hop stars, not the nosh – at Corona Park in the Bronx

6/25, 7:30 PM two generations of Americana; banjo player/road warrior Jason Walker followed by Lucinda Williams at Prospect Park Bandshell

6/25, 7:30 PM many, many one-minute works by current-day composers: Kirsten Volness, Rain Worthington, Alon Nechushtan, countless others performed by an electroacoustic ensemble including Lilit Hartunian (violin), Eva Ingolf (electric violin), David Morneau (Gameboy), and Hans Tammen (Blippoo Box) at Gallery MC, (ride the freight elevator to the 8th floor), 549 W 52nd St, between 10th Ave and 11th Ave, $15/$7 stud

6/25, 8 PM devious oldschool C&W/rockabilly parodists Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co. at Otto’s.

6/25-27, 8 PM experimental noiserock crew Open House play their new psychedelic Richard Brautigan-inspired sound/light piece at the Kitchen, $15

6/25, 9 PM Parlor Walls – Eula guitarslinger Elyse Lamb’s snarling, catchy, noiserock/postpunk collaboration with drummer/organist Chris Mulligan at Cake Shop. They’re also at Trans-Pecos on 6/26 at 9 opening for no wave sax legend James Chance

6/25, 9ish someday people will say this stuff was classic: wry, entertaining late 90s stye urban country with Uncle Leon‘s Honkytonk Relapse at Hank’s

6/25, 9 PM King Isto’s Tropical String Band play awesomely fun, catchy Hawaiian slack-key guitar music at Bar Chord

6/25, 9 PM roaring Canadian girlpunk/powerpop hitmakers Hunter Valentine at the Knitting Factory, $12 adv tix rec

6/25, 11 PM singer Katie Brennan’s wryly retro, period-perfect classic 60s style honkytonk band the Bourbon Express at the Way Station

6/25, 11 PM eclectic jazz and Afrobeat-influenced Pittsburgh funk band Kinetic at Desmond’s. 6/26 they’re at Fontana’s at 8

6/25 drummer Adam Rudolph’s strikingly tuneful, rumblingly improvisational Go Organic Orchestra at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music

6/25 Andrew Bird at le Poisson Rouge is sold out . Big surprise.

6/26, 7 M vibaphonist Chris Dingman‘s luminous, hypnotic, gorgeously sweeping project the Subliminal & the Sublime play the album release show for their debut at the Greene Space (he wrote a cool theme that gets a lot of WNYC play, therefore the gig), $15.

6/26, 7 PM live hip-hop at Branded Saloon: Tom Phonic & Jack Wilson represent for the BK with Jumbnled, Butch Dawson and Elon from Baltimore and Billy Pilgrim, Shad Ali and Hubbs from Pittsburgh

6/26-27, 7:30/9:30 PM jazz piano titan Marc Cary ‘s majestic, intense Focus Trio at Minton’s, $15 bar seats avail.

6/26, 8 PM one of the year’s best bills: a subset of mighty all-female Brazilian drum troupe BatalaNYC, massive, intense Balkan crew Veveritse Brass Band, slinky boogaloo band Fulaso and then the explosive Balkan/New Orleans flavored Funkrust Brass Band at Rock Shop, $10

6/26, 8 PM iconic Britfolk guitarist/bandleader/songwriting genius Richard Thompson – who put on a typically transcendent solo show in Newark last month – plays with his electric band at the Town Hall, $35 tix might still be available.

6/26, 8 PM brilliant bassist/singer Felice Rosser’s perennially vital groove band Faith at Sidewalk

6/26-27, 8/10 PM trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson leads an absolutely killer sextet with Steve Lehman – alto saxophone; Brian Settles – tenor saxophone; Matt Mitchell – piano; Mark Helias – bass; Craig Weinrib – drums at the Jazz Gallery, $22

6/26, 8 PM pianist Ursula Oppens plays Frederic Rzewski Mayn Yingele; Schubert Four Impromptus Op. 90, D. 899; Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 27 in E minor, Op. 90; Conlon Nancarrow Two Canons for Ursula; Scriabin Piano Sonata No. 2 in G-sharp minor, Op. 19 at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud

6/26, 8 PM a rare electroacoustic perfomance by the DaCapo Chamber Players with works by Steve Reich, Thea Musgrave, Mario Davidovsky, Reinaldo Moya and Arthur Krieger, at at the Alvin Ailey Theater, 405 W 55th St, @ 9th Ave, $20/$10 stud/srs

6/26, 9ish slinky, dub-influenced Balkan band Tipsy Oxcart at Red Hook Bait & Tackle

6/26, 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, these guys and girls will hit the spot.

6/26, 9/10:30 PM jazz tuba legend Bob Stewart plays the album release show for his typically lively, droll new one with a chamber jazz-flavored outfit at at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.

6/26, 9 PM sick, hilariously satirical Dolly Parton cover band Doll Parts play Parton’s new album Blue Smoke in its entirety at Union Hall, $8

6/26, 10 PM 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 the Way Station

6/26, 10 PM the Doolittle Family play their jangly mix of 60s Laurel Canyon psych-pop and country at Pete’s

6/26, 11 PM whirlwind bouzouki player/guitarist Avram Pengas & the Noga Group at Drom, free

6/26, midnight newschool garage rockers the Mystery Lights followed by Ty Segall acoustic (why acoustic? Doesn’t his signature freakout attack pretty much require electricity?) at Rough Trade, $20 adv tix rec

6/27, 3 PM dancehall reggae hitmakers: Massive B, Bobby Konders & Jabba, Bunji Garlin & Fay Ann Lyons, Gypgian and Maxi Priest at Central Park Summerstage, the line to get in might be out of control so take that into consideration

6/27, 6 PM Venezuelan ice cream rockers (ok, psychedelic, surfy, vallenato-influenced groovemeisters) Los Crema Paraiso and hilarious, kick-ass klezmer punks Golem (the Jewish Gogol Bordello) at South St. Seaport

6/27, 7 PM fiery, hyperliterate punk/powerpop alienation anthems with Hannah vs. the Many at Arlene’s

6/27, 7:30 PM virtuoso classical guitarist Scott Tennant at the Mannes School of Music 150 W 85th St, $25/$15 stud/srs

6/27. 8 PM Silencio play David Lynch soundtrack works by Angelo Badalamenti and others at the Knitting Factory, $12 adv tix rec

6/27, 8 PM trumpeter Ben Holmes and accordionist Patrick Farrell work their klezmer/Balkan/Satie-esque magic at Barbes

6/27, 8 PM the Columbia University Middle Eastern Music Ensemble play traditional material from Syria, Turkey and Iraq plus a new piece by Amir ElSaffar at Alwan for the Arts, $15

6/27, 8 PM an album release show for eclectic, intense composer Lisa Bielawa‘s new album, The Lay of the Love and Death, performed by baritone Jesse Blumberg and pianist Jocelyn Dueck, with violinist Colin Jacobsen; pianist Evelyne Luest also performs Wait for solo piano and drone, at Spectrum, $15

6/27, 8 PM Mark Peskanov, violin; Adrian Daurov, cello; Olga Vinokur, piano play Brahms Sonatensatz in C minor, WoO 2; Beethoven Piano Trio in E-flat Major, Op. 1 No. 1; Mendelssohn Piano Trio No. 2 in C minor, Op. 66 at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud

6/27, 8 PM hard-hitting garge punks the 45 Adapters, oldschool punk Vinny Hooliganz and ska=reggae road warriors the Hub City Stompers at Grand Victory, $10

6/27, 8 PM drummer Devin Gray‘s cleverly shapeshifting Dirigo Rataplan with Ellery Eskelin, tenor saxophone; Michael Formanek, double-bass; Ralph Alessi, trumpet at Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow St. in the west village, $15/$12 stud

6/27 8:30 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” with Electric Engine’s wryly lyrical, REM-inspired tunesmith/guitarist Tim Reedy at Espresso 77, 35-57 77th Street, Jackson Hts., free.

6/27, 10:30 PM rustically intense oldtime blues band Fife & Drom at followed eventually at half past midnight by the Carte Blanche Jazz Band playing suave female-fronted continental jazz at the big room at the Rockwood

6/27, 11ish dark 90s cult favorite all-female Boston swamp blues duo Mr. Airplane Man at Hank’s

6/27,  midnight explosive guitar-fueled art-rock jamband Wounded Buffalo Theory play the last-ever show at Trash in the venue’s original Williamsburg location, $10

6/28, 3 PM a riveting Holocaust-themed concert with Sergey Deych (piano), Samuel Katz (violin) and Anya Fidelia (soprano) play music of Jewish composers Bloch, Schulhoff, Lochshin, Weinberg, plus Maurice Ravel’s Kiddush at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.

6/28, 3 PM a Catalan triplebill at Central Park Summerstage: inscrutable chanteuse Sílvia Pérez Cruz, scruffy latin chamber pop band La Iaia and slyly catchy circus rock/reggae/Romany band Oques Grasses

6/28, 4 PM Marcus Thompson, viola; Doris Stevenson, piano play Vivaldi Sonata No. 3 in A minor, RV 43; Schubert Sonata in A minor, D. 821, “Arpeggione”; Shostakovich Sonata for Viola and Piano, Op. 147; Weber Andante and Rondo Hungarian at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud

6/28, 4:30 PM the George Gee Swing Orchestra squeeze themselves into Smalls

6/28, 6:45 PM Alec Stephen – fiery, dynamic lead guitarist of sardonic 90s indie legends Railroad Jerk – at Sidewalk

6/28, 7:30 PM classical guitar duo Rene Izquierdo and Elina Chekan at the Mannes School of Music 150 W 85th St, $25/$15 stud/srs

6/28, 8 PM Australian guitar improvisor Oren Ambarchi plays a solo set opening for Yo La Tengo – augmented by No Grave Like the Sea bass god Tony Maimone – jamming out Georgia Hubley’s cult favorite Little Black Egg songs, at Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer St. in Red Hook, $30/$22 stud.

6/28, 7 PM one of the great wits in jazz, alto saxophonist Daniel Bennett and his group – Nat Janoff: guitar; Eddy Khaimovich: bass; Matthew Feick: drums play the album release show for their new one The Mystery At Clown Castle at the Metroppolitan Room, $15

6/29, 7:30 PM Duo Cantabile (Mariano Aguirre [guitar] and Lauri Aguirre [soprano]) featuring special guest guitarist Carlo Valte at the Mannes School of Music, 150 W 85th St, $25/$15 stud/srs

6/29, 8:30 PM soaring, rapturous jazz chanteuse Whitney James with with Pete McCann on guitar and Gregg August on bass at the Bar Next Door, $12

6/28, 9 PM high voltage all-female Americana/newgrass harmony trio Red Molly at City Winery, $18 standing room avail. – possibly their last NYC show for quite a while

6/29-30, 9ish the Melvins- you know them, right?  at Santos Party House, $20

6/30, 7 PM a whole slew of downtown legends: scathing social critic Anthony Haden-Guest, fearlessly political performance art firebomb Penny Arcade, folk noir songwriter Lorraine Leckie and others play Acme Underground, free

6/30, 7:30 PM pianist Simone Dinnerstein and a pickup ensemble play John Adams’ Shaker Loops, Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 23 in A and Schoenberg’s Verklarte Nacht at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, free, early arrival advised

6/30, 7:30 PM virtuoso classical guitarist Jorge Caballero at the Americas Society, 680 Park Ave, $20/$10 stud/srs

6/30, 8 PM purist bluegrass/Americana songwriter Vincent Cross followed at 9 by smartly terse, pensive art-rock cellist/singer Patricia Santos at the Way Station

6/30, 9 PM a different side of reedman Ken Thomson that you might not know: leading a sextet on alto sax with Anna Webber, tenor sax;Russ Johnson, trumpet; Jacob Garchik, trombone; Adam Armstrong, bass; EJ Strickland, drums at Korzo

6/30, 9:30 PM intense acoustic punk/soul songwriter Liah Alonso followed by slashing, blues-infused guitarist/songwriter Mallory Feuer’s power trio the Grasping Straws playing the album release show for their new one at the Mercury, $10

6/30, 9:30 PM the brass-fueled ten-piece Josh Evans Big Band at Smalls

6/30, midnight Jobs play their unhinged, bordering-on-evil noiserock at Baby’s All Right, $10

7/1, 8 PM one of NYC’s most charmingly edgy voices and clever, terse tunesmiths, Tamara Hey at the Slipper Room, $10

7/1, 8:30 PM bassist Lauren Falls leads an imaginatively arranged all-female octet with four singers playing a Joni Mitchell tribute at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.

7/1-2, 10ish 90s relevant hip-hop icon Talib Kweli with a full band at Brooklyn Bowl, $20 adv tix a must

7/2, 7 PM tuneful, anthemic, intense neoromantic/indie classical ensemble the Founders play the album release show for their auspicious new debut at the big room at the Rockwood

7/1, 9 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” at at Troost in Greenpoint

7/1, 9 PM dark, smart, edgy post-Velvet rock songwriter and former Band of Susans guitarist Anne Husick and band play the album release show for her new one at Sidewalk

7/2, 7:30 PM high-energy, politically-fueled Mexican rockers Las Cafeteras at the Linclon Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

7/2, 8 PM intense indie classica/art-song chanteuse Haley Fohr a.k.a. Circuit des Yeux followed at 9 by postrock chamber ensemble Bing & Ruth at Subculture, $12 adv tix rec

7/2, 10ish ex Bee & Flower bandleader/bassist Dana Schechter’s haunting, intense, grimly cinematic instrumental project Insect Ark play the album release show for their new one at St. Vitus

7/2, 11 PM noiserock legends Blind Idiot God at Paperbox, $10

7/3, 5:30 PM the Night Owls – Lee Feldman‘s piano trio inspired by Vince Guaraldi, Horace Silver and Ramsey Lewis – at the Bartow-Pell Mansion, 895 Shore Road, Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx

7/3, 9:30 PM irresistibly charming oldtimey harmony/swing band the Ladybugs play the album release show for their new one at Joe’s Pub

7/5, 7:30 PM  soaring, brilliant singer Magda Giannikou’s lush, sweeping, pan-Mediterranean art-rock/chamber pop/jazz group Banda Magda at Pier 1 on the upper west, free

7/7 8 PM singer/guitatarist Mia Wilson’s haunting, blues-infused, angst-ridden, psychedelic project with brilliant lead guitarist Quincy Ledbetter, the Bright Smoke at C’Mon Everybody, 325 Franklin Ave. (Clifton Pl./Greene Ave), Bed-Stuy, G to Classon Ave

7/7, 8 PM Yonder Mountain String Band at Brooklyn Bowl, $25, notice how their ticket prices have come down now they’re not playing Live Nation venues!

7/8. 6:30 PM PM Ramzi Aburedwan and the Dal’Ouna Ensemble in a U.S. Premiere Tour, with special guests vocalist Lena Seikaly, percussionist Tareq Rantisi, ‘oudist Ziad Ben Youssef, and accordionist Edwin Buger.play the book launch for Sandy Tolan’s “Children of the Stone: The Power of Music in a Hard Land”, chronicling Aburedwan’s rise from stone-throwing Palestinian poster boy to world-famous oudist and composer at le Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec

7/8, 6:30 PM clever, wry, popular newschool honkytonk crooner Hayes Carll at the Mercury, $20 adv tix a must. He’s back there on 7/22 an hour later, same price, same deal, better get your tix soon.

7/8, 7 PM edgy, sometimes unexpectedly dark, reggaeish grooves with the Afri-Garifuna Jazz Ensemble outdoors on the steps at the Brooklyn Public Library, free

7/9, half past noon hypnotically spiky West African grooves with Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba at Metrotech Park in downtown Brooklyn, free

7/9, 5 PM popular retro dance bandleader Felix Hernandez’s Rhythm Revue at NJPAC’s Theater Square, One Center St,, Newark, free, 5 minutes from the Path station

7/9, 8 PM catchy, fun ska/Caribbean groove band the Brown Rice Family play the album release show for their new one From Havana to Kingston at Drom

7/9, 9 PM haunting noir soundtrack guitarist/loopmusic composer Ben Von Wildenhaus with guest vocalists Clara Kennedy and Scott Matthew, resonator guitarist Zeke Healey and violist Karen Waltuch at Troost in Greenpoint

7/9, 9 PM acerbic female-fronted funk band Eliza & the Organix – feat. swirly alto sax player Kristen Tivey –at Rock Shop

7/10, 10ish hypnotically undulating Israeli/Eastern European dancefloor grooves with Balkan Beat Box at Brooklyn Bowl $17 adv tix rec

7/10, 7 PM high-energy, sardonic, horn-fueled Argentine ska-punk band Los Autenticos Decadentes at Prospect Park Bandshell

7/10, 10 PM lyrically brilliant, noirish, swamp punk/Americana rockers Shanghai Love Motel at the Parkside

7/10, 10:30 PM Mac McCarty & the Kidd Twist Band play their fiery, sometimes unexpectedly poignant Pogues-ish punk and folk noir at Sidewalk

7/11, 3 PM mighty horn-driven soul/circus rock band No Te Va Gustar, Ximena Sariñana – who does an unconvincing, suspiciously halfhearted corporate ranchera-rock thing – and meat-and-potatoes (carne y papas?) four-on-the-floor stadium rocker Vicentico at Central Park Summerstage

7/11, 6 PM Iraq war veteran and insightful Memphis Americana songwriter Bryan Hayes at Sidewalk

7/11, 8:30 PM newschool powerpop icons the New Pornographers at Prospect Park Bandshell

7/11, 9 PM Afrobeat legend/drummer Tony Allen leads Jungle By Night, a psychedelic groove band arguably as good and a lot more diverse than the Fela groups he worked with way back in the day, at Rough Trade

7/11, 9:30ish edgy, politically aware NYC Romany/latin/ska rockers Karikatura at give a mighty kickoff to their upcoming west coast tour witha show at Mehanata

7/11, 10 PM countrypolitan maven and fearlessly funny oldschool honkytonk outlaw Dale Watson at Bowery Ballroom, $16 adv tix rec

7/12, noon-5 PM the annual Bastillle Day celebration on 60th St. with performances by the Chorale Arpège from Martinique, the Franco-American electro/pop/swing band Ginkgoa, the Hungry March Band, insanely good street food, crepes, etc., face painting for the kids, it’s a lot of fun.

7/12, 3 PM a rare Cape Verdean triplebill: Dino D’Santiago, Mayra Andrade and the Cesária Évora Orchestra at Central Park Summerstage

7/12, 6 PM devious oldschool C&W/rockabilly parodists Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co. at Caracas Arepa Bar 106-01 Shore Front Parkway, on Rockaway Beach

7/12, 8ish a screening of the ferociuosly relevant, elegaic anti-gentrification documentary Sound & Chaos: The Story Of BC Studio followed by a performance by legendary producer/dark psychedelic rocker Martin Bisi and his band with with Bob Bert (Sonic Youth), Algis Kisys (ex-Swans) and many others tba at Littlefield, $10

7/14, 7:30 PM a Boston Symphony Orchestra chamber ensemble plays Nielsen’s Wind Quintet plus works by Mozart and Brahms at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, free, early arrival advised

7/15, 7 PM the ageless George Clinton & his latest P-Funk incarnation at Queensbridge Park. 7/16 they’re at NJPAC’s Theater Square, One Center St,, Newark, free, 5 minutes from the Path station

7/15-16, 7/9 PM dazzlingly eclectic, witty B3 jazz organist Brian Charette leads his trio with Will Bernard and Rudy Royston at Smoke, $15

7/15, 9 PM cleverly hilarious newschool honkytonk crooner Hayes Carll at Rough Trade, $20

7/16, noon fiery fiddler Alicia Svigals‘ Klezmer Express at St. Marks Park, 2nd Ave and 10th St., free

7/16, half past noon George Clinton & P-Funk at Metrotech Park in downtown Brooklyn, free. Never seen the funk legend before? Wanna save forty bucks and not have to deal with the crowds? This is your place.

7/!6, 7 PM the increasingly darker, more Americana-oriented, wickedly lyrical Linda Draper at Sidewalk

7/16, 7;30 PM purist, socially conscious roots reggae cult favorite Taj Weekes & Adowa at Bric Arts, free, yes I!

7/16, 7:30 PM Algerian trance/groove band Gnawa Diffusion at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free

7/16, 8:30 PM smart, low-key guitar-fueled Ameripolitan tunesmithing: Robbie Fulks and Redd Volkaert play two sets as a duo at Union Hall, $15

7/16 a killer noir/Nashville gothic twinbill; haunting, intense, wickedly tuneful songwriter Jessie Kilguss and her band and the similarly simmering, menacingly lyrical sounnds of Karla Moheno at Hank’s. Kilguss is also at the American Folk Art Museum at 5:30 on 7/31.

7/16, 9:30 PM Malian desert rock guitar shredder Vieux Farka Toure at Prospect Park Bandshell

7/16-17 the Midwestern Willie Nile: dramatic, Celtic-tinged anthemic four-on-the-floor rockers the Ike Reillly Assassination at the Mercury

7/17, 7:30 PM the film Son of the Sheik with a live score by Alloy Orchestra and Ghost Train Orchestra at Prospect Park Bandshell

7/18, 4 PM nuevo salsa songwriter Jose Conde’s band Ola Fresca at FDR Park on Roosevelt Island, free

7/18, 7:30 PM cult favorite noirish crooner Joe Henry at Prospect Park Bandshell

7/18, 9ish dark Murder City garage/punk girlband the Detroit Cobras at Brooklyn Bowl, $15

7/18, 10ish period-perfect early 70s-style Aussie stoner art-rock/proto-metal band Mondo Drag at St. Vitus. You’ll think you’re at a Nektar concert

7/18 edgy dark Americana/ghoulabilly bassist/singer Jessica Lee Wilkes – of the Dirt Daubers – leads her own band at the Rockwood

7/19, 7 PM Ken Waldman – Alaska’s fiddling poet, joined by guitarist Charlie Shaw and some surprises followed by Americana guitarist Diana Jones,and then Bobtown – arguably the best, most eclectic and inarguably the most harmonically rich folk noir group around – at the Jalopy, $10. Waldman also leads a workshop there at 4 for $20 which includes a copy of his album.

7/21, 2 PM bouncy Polish folk tunees with the Glukh Polka Band at Flushing Town Hall, free

7/21, 7:30 PM pianist/songwriter Rachel Mason’s creepy, cinematic, historically rich multimedia art-rock suite The Lives of Hamilton Fish at Anthology Film Archives, with live vocals. She also plays with her band at Joe’s Pub on 7/26 at 7.

7/21, 7:30 PM the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra plays works by Haydn, Wagner and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, free, early arrival advised

7/21, 8:30 PM wild, intense, frequently satirical newgrass/oldtimey hellraisers the Dustbowl Revival at Union Hall, $8

7/21, 10 PM cult fave British alt-country/cowpunk predecessors the Mekons at Bowery Ballroom, $25

7/22, 7 PM hypnotic, entrancing ghazal chanteuse/bandleader Kiran Ahluwalia at Madison Square Park

7/22, 8 PM moody acoustic soundtrack-style atmospherics with the Inner Banks at Union Hall, $10

7/22, 8:30 PM what’s left of legendary soul studio band the Muscle Shoals All-Stars with guests Bettye LaVette and Sam Moore at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center

7/23, noon powerhouse percussionist Annette Aguilar & the Stringbeans septet mash up latin and Brazilian jazz and sounds from around the world at St. Marks Park, 2nd Ave and 10th St., free

7/23, half past noon high-voltage Houston gospel-funk band the Jones Family Singers at Metrotech Park in downtown Brooklyn, free

7/23, 9 PM atmopsheric singer Sandra Liliana Vasquez’s downtempo/trip-hop/art-pop band SLV – who are incredibly fun, kinetic and psychedelic to watch live – at Joe’s Pub, $15

7/24, half past noon the magically haunting, soaring all-female Mariachi Flor de Toloache at Madison Square Park

7/24, 5 PM the Queens Symphony Orchestra‘s brass section plays a program TBA at Flushing Town Hall, free

7/24, 7 PM torchy, Lynchian Guatemalan soul chanteuse/songwriter Gaby Moreno on the plaza at Lincoln Center

7/24, 10 PM psychedelic powerpop/new wave rocker Mike Rimbaud – arguably the closest thing to the Clash we have in NYC right now – at Nublu

7/24, time/price TBA legendary Japanese/Balkan/circus rock band the Dolomites at Bizarre Bar, 12 Jefferson St. in Bushwickm, J/M to Myrtle Ave.

7/25, 2-6 PM Rudy Bishop’s Young Acolytes Symphonic Steel Orchestra ccompany a Guyanese dance celebration at 2806 Newkirk Ave. between E. 28th and 29th St. in Flatbush, free

7/25, 3 PM New York’s Chinese American Arts Council put on an explosive performance of traditional music, dance and acrobatics on the plaza at Lincoln Center

7/25, 5 PM Niger’s desert rock guitar powerhouse Bombino at Central Park Summerstage

7/25, 3 PM golden age hip-hop cult favorite Big Daddy Kane finally makes it to Central Park Summerstage after toiling year after year in parks all over Brownsville and Staten Island

7/25 Django Haskins’ creepy circus rock/Waitsian oldtimey band the Old Ceremony at Joe’s Pub

7/26, 1-5 PM celebrate Eid al-Fitr with all sorts of cool music and tasty food at the 9th Annual Arab American Bazaar in Bay Ridge at Shore Road Park, use the entrance at 79th St. and Shore Rd.

7/26, 2 PM charming French chanteuse Violette and her ensemble La Vie En Rose bring a blend of chanson, Golden Age swing, American standards and Jazz/Pop at Flushing Town Hall, free

7/26, 7 PM timeless 60s folk icon Judy Collins at Damrosch Park

7/26, 7 PM the Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo with special guests Denis Savelyev (flute) and Jorge Torres (guitar) at Mannes School of Music 150 W 85th St, $25/$15 stud/srs

7/27, 7:30 PM amazing, intense Kansas City mother/son duo Madisen Ward & the Mama Bear – who mash up haunting blues, front porch folk and classic soul – at Joe’s Pub, $15, get your tix now because this will sell out.

7/28, 9 PM  beloved, adventurous young orchestra the Knights play play music by de Falla, Gluck, Ravel and more modern composers at Bryant Park, free

7/29, half past noon the eclectic Balkan/latin/New Orleans Underground Horns at Madison Square Park

7/29, 6 PM Ehren Hanson (tabla) + Abhik Mukherjee (sitar) play ragas at the Rubin Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

7/29, 7PM lush, eerie, psychedelic, Lynchian southwestern gothic/Tex-Mex band Orkesta Mendoza at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center

7/29, 9ish conscious Rasta dub reggae sensation Jah9 with sound system Dubtronic Kru at SOB’s, $20

7/30, 7 PM Brazilian rainforest band Forró in the Dark plays John Zorn followed by Cyro Baptista’s Banquet of the Spirits and explosive Brazilian percussion troupe Letieres Leite & Orkestra Rumpilezz in their U.S. debut with special guests pianist Arturo O’Farrill and trumpeter Steven Bernstein at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center

7/30, 7 PM Mexican punk rockers Los Seis Pistos – who channel three decades of scorching guitar fury – at Bowery Electric, $7

8/1, 1 PM Bulgarian songstress Vlada Tomova‘s haunting, enchanting, otherworodly Bulgarian Voices Trio on the plaza at Lincoln Center

8/1, 4 PM the Night Tripper himself, Dr. John at Central Park Summerstage: get there when the doors open at 3.

8/1 third-wave ska/soul/blues cult favorites the Slackers play the Rocks Off Concerrt Cruise aboard the Nautical Express, boarding at 6 PM, sailing at 7 PM from Pier 36 – 299 South St,  $30 adv tix avail. at the Rocks Off office out behind the heliport at 23r d St. and the East River or the Highline Ballroom box ofc.

8/2, 1 PM sitar virtuoso Ikhlaq Hussain on the plaza at Lincoln Center

8/2, 3:30ish kitchen sink Brazilian/C&W/funk/New Orleans band Nation Beat‘s Carnival Caravan featuring Cha Wa and Nação Zumbi at Central Park Summerstage

8/2, 6:30 PM iconic, enigmatic noir countrypolitan/torch jazz songwriter/bandleader Eleni Mandell at the Mercury, $10

8/4, 7 PM 80s salsa romantica nostalgia with Tito Nieves at East River Park

8/4, 7:30 PM the amazing East Coast Chamber Orchestra play works by Biber, Francesco Geminiani and Tschaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings in C major, at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, free, early arrival advised

8/4, 7:30 PM 80s hip-hop nostalgia with Kool Moe Dee, Rob Base, Biz Markie and Dr. Roxanne Shante at Wingate Field in Crown Heights, watch your back.

8/4, 11 PM 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

8/5, 5 PM the Queens Symphony Orchestra’s string section plays a program TBA at Flushing Town Hall, free

8/5, 8:30 PM swirling avant garde ensemble Dither Guitar Quartet with guitariists Mark Steward and Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo, plus Yo La Tengo, plus possibly lots of jamming and cross-pollination at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center

8/6, 7 PM 60s latin soul legends Ray Lugo and the Boogaloo Destroyers with special guests powerhouse trumpeter Pete Rodriguez plus Richie Ray and Joe Bataan – with special guests of his own – at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center

8/6, 9 PM the Thurston Moore band at Bowery Ballroom, $17 adv tix req

8/7, 8:15 PM sardonically funny, lyrically brilliant Beatlesque/Costelloesque powerpop songwriter Walter Ego followed by Mac McCarty & the Kidd Twist Band playing their fiery, sometimes unexpectedly poignant Pogues-ish punk and folk noir at Sidewalk

8/7, 8:30 PM recently resurgent 70s roots reggae vets Third World at Prospect Park Bandshell

8/7, 8:30 PM gospel night with long-rnnning legends the McCrary Sisters and the Fairfield Four at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center

8/8, 2 and 4 PM gorgeously slinky, period-perfect 1950s-style Egyptian film music revivalists Zikrayat at Queens Library at Broadway, 40-20 Broadway, Long Island City

8/8, 3 PM the Quebe Sisters play their harmony-driven Americana on the plaza at Lincoln Center

8/8, 7:30 PM the all-star Watkins Family Hour featuring Sean & Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek, Fiona Apple, Don Heffington, Sebastian Steinberg, Aimee Mann, Pokey LaFarge, and special guests play am acoustic version of Dylan’s Highway 61 Revisited in its entirety at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center

8/9, 3 PM popular Americana/gospel artist Iris DeMent on the plaza at Lincoln Center

8/9, 4 PM groovemistress/cellist/singer Marika Hughes & Bottom Heavy at East River Park

8/9, 7 PM popular countrypolitan songwriter Lyle Lovett and his Large Band at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center

8/11, 7:30 PM reggae lite and dancehall hits with Maxi Priest and Gyptian at Wingate Field in Crown Heights, watch your back

8/13, 5 PM salsa legend Jose Alberto “El Canario” and band at NJPAC’s Theater Square, One Center St,, Newark, free, 5 minutes from the Path station

8/13 African roots reggae crooner Rocky Dawuni at SOB’s. 8/14 he’s at the Lincoln Center Atrium

8/14, 8:30 PM smart, original, lyrically-fueled, intricate newgrass band Cricket Tell the Weather at the third stage at the Rockwood, $10 + $10 drink minimum strictly enforced

8/15, 2 and 4 PM, intense, fearless Romany/Balkan chaunteuse/accordionist Eva Salina airs out her repertoire of haunting, otherworldly Romany and Jewish folk songs at Queens Library of Forest Hills, 108-19 71 Ave, Forest Hills

8/18, 5ish the king of the literate, surrealist downtown NYC rock anthem, Willie Nile in the parking lot out back of City Winery, free

8/20, 5 PM imaginative, colorful guitarist/reedman Art Baron leads his combo at FDR Park on Roosevelt Island, free

8/21, 5:30 PM haunting, stark, lyrically brilliant gothic Americana duo Mark Rogers & Mary Byrne at the American Folk Art Museum

8/21, 9ish the Oliver Lake Big Band at Marcus Garvey Park

8/22, 3 PM the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival with saxophonist Camille Thurman, drummer/bandleader/personality  Jeff “Tain” Watts and B3 organ groove legend Dr Lonnie Smith at Marcus Garvey Park

8/23, 3 PM the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival with retro crooner Michael Mwenso, luminously lyrical pianist Myra Melford and pyrotechnic alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa‘s Parker tribute, Bird Calls at Tompkins Square Park

9/2, 7 PM this era’s state-of-the-art retro soul band, Lake Street Dive at Central Park Summerstage

New York City Live Music Calendar for May and June 2015

New June/July calendar coming 6/1, plus daily updates here. 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.

Starting May 12 and continuing on Tuesdays 6:30-8:30 May 12, 19, June 2, 9, and 16 Tamara Hey leads her Alphabet City Music Theory 1 workshop with an introduction to chart writing. Designed for working musicians, it’s a very useful, relevant course, an enormous amount of material packed into five weeks. This blog took the course last year and gave it a rave review: recommended especially for people who need to brush up on or develop their sight reading, ear training and get a handle on basic arrangements, There’s lots of homework – those who goof off will fall behind quickly – but as far as bang for the buck is concerned ($235 with discounts for SESAC, NSAI and NY Songwriters Circle members), it’s a bargain. As a teacher, Hey is supportive, sympatico, never met a challenge she didn’t want to master and is as wryly funny as she is erudite.

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 concert on 5/15, 7 PM, repeating at 4 on 5/17 with the Bachs: old man Johann, Carl Phillip and William Friedemann, plus Poulenc – there is a segue but you just don’t know it yet. Sugg don $30 (pay what you can), delicious gluten-free refreshments, beverages and lively conversation included! email for info/location.

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

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

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

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 May, 8 PM Tongues in Trees – vocalist Samita Sinha, drummer Sunny Jain of Red Baraat, and guitarist Grey McMurray from itsnotyouitsme at Barbes

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

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

Saturdays at 6 PM in May Que Vlo-Ve play classic Greek hash smoking music and criminal underworld narratives from the 20s and 30s at Barbes

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

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

Sundays in May, 5 PM smart purist oldtime blues/Americana duo resonator guitarist Zeke Healey with Karen Waltuch joined by various ensembles followed at 7 by ubiquitiously good Americana guitarist Jason Loughlin & the String Gliders at Barbes.

Sundays in June, 7 PM spine-tingling art-rock/avant-garde/chamber pop singer Carol Lipnik – pretty much everybody’s choice for best singer in all of NYC – with hypnotically luminous pianist Matt Kanelos – at Pangea on 2nd Ave. btw 11th/12th Sts, $20. Several special guests are promised: the duo switch to Thursday nights in July and August.

Every Sunday the Ear-Regulars, led by trumpeter Jon Kellso and (frequently) guitarist Matt Munisteri play NYC’s only weekly hot jazz session starting around 8 PM at the Ear Inn on Spring St. Hard to believe, in the city that springboarded the careers of thousands of jazz legends, but true. This is by far the best value in town for marquee-caliber jazz: for the price of a drink and a tip for the band, you can see world-famous players (and brilliant obscure ones) you’d usually have to drop $100 for at some big-ticket room. The material is mostly old-time stuff from the 30s and 40s, but the players (especially Kellso and Munisteri, who have a chemistry that goes back several years) push it into some deliciously unexpected places.

Sundays in May, 8:30 PM purist guitarist Peter Mazza – who gets the thumbs up from bop-era legend Gene Bertoncini – leads a series of trios at the Bar Next Door.

Sundays in May 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.

5/1, 7 PM Dan Finnerty’s hilarious, viciously sarcastic top 40 cover band the Dan Band at Joe’s Pub, $22

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

5/1, 8 PM the Warbling Plebs -Brian Dolphin – guitar; Ali Dineen – accordion & washboard; Sam Harmet – banjolin & clarinet; Quince Marcum – percussion, bass, baritone horn – sing revolutionary anthems from across the centuries to celebrate May Day at Barbes

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

5/2, 5ish edgy, tuneful oldschool style all-female punk trio the Damn Broads headline a hardcore bill at ABC No Rio, $7 

5/2, 7 PM starkly psychedelic, moody folk noirish duo Belle Mare at Baby’s All Right, $12 

5/2, 7:15 PM  dark psychedelic acoustic blues/klezmer/reggae/soca jamband Hazmat Modine at Terra Blues

5/2, 8 PM an all-star ensemble; oudists Alfonso Mugaburo Cid, Zafer Tawil and Taoufiq Ben Amor, singer Bárbara Martínez, guitarist Arturo Martínez and percussionist Ramzi Eledlebi play ancient Andalucian Arabic flamenco music at Alwan for the Arts, $20/$15 stud

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, 9 PM mighty roots reggae band (and Pink Floyd and Radiohead reinventors) the Easy Star All-Stars at Brooklyn Bowl, $22 

5/2, 9ish choral ensemble (with celllo) Harmonic Insurgence “ sing about war, government spying, the environment, police brutality and racism, and getting from winter to spring, among other things” at the People’s Voice Cafe, $18, “nobody turned away”

5/2, 9 PM music for piri and string quartet with Ethel and special guests at Spectrum

5/2, 10 PM dark, lyrically driven LES gutter rockers the Rebel Factory at the Parkside

5/2, 10 PM Mexican ranchera/bolero brass crew Banda de los Muertos at Barbes

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 include downtown legend Penny Arcade and others, a good cause and reputedly some first class acts involved

5/3, 4:30 PM lustrous, up-and-coming latin-influenced jazz chanteuse Marianne Solivan leads a big band at Smalls

5/3, 7 PM a rare US appearance by Mariachi Real de Mexico de Ramon Ponce at a pre Cinco de Mayo festival at the Lehman Center, 250 Bedford Park Blvd West in the Bronx, free  

5/3, 7:30 PM eclectic, breathtakingly powerful Americana singer and Darlingside frontwoman Heather Maloney and her new band at Joe’s Pub, $15

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

5/3, 8 PM a blast from the East Village past: the Surreal McCoys followed by ferociously funny, intense, guitar-fueled Americana punks Spanking Charlene at Fat Baby on Rivington St. just west of Essex, $tba

5/3, 8 PM catchy oldtimey all-female string band the Calamity Janes followed at 9 by bluegrass group the Darke County Steam Threshers at the Jalopy, $10

5/3, 8:30 PM lushly sweeping, cutting-edge vocal jazz with Sara Serpa and her new electric quartet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

5/4, 9:30 PM El Combo Chimbita play psychedelic, dubwise, horn-driven cumbia and party grooves at Barbes

5/4, 10 PM swirling, artsy, epic psychedelic art-rock band Aunt Ange at the Cameo Gallery, $8 

5/4, 10ish high-voltage Fela repertory band Chop & Quench at Brooklyn Bowl, $10. They’re also here on 5/11, same time 

5/4, 10 PM oldtimey country blues hellraisers Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band at Bowery Electric, $12 adv tix rec 

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.

5/5, 8 PM Tim Fain plays Philip Glass: Partita for Solo Violin at the Kitchen, $12

5/5, 8:30 PM sometimes exhilarating, sometimes haunting Belgian barroom swing revivalists Musette Explosion with Will Holshouser on accordion, Matt Munisteri on guitar and Marcus Rojas on tuba at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

5/5, 9 PM trippy surf spacerock with Aquadora followed by hypnotically percussive indie/postrock legends the Wharton Tiers Ensemble at the Delancey, $

5/6, 6 PM a sizzling concert of Uzbek Persian/Jewish psychedelic folk wildness featuring tar lute powerhouse Roshel Rubinov, Yakov Rubinov and Ilya Khavasov at the New School Event Café, lower level of 65 5th Ave. at 13th St., free. The concert repeats 5/11 at quarter past noon at Queens College Student Union 206, 65-30 Kissena Blvd. in Flushing, corner of Kissena Blvd and Melbourne Ave. Worth calling in sick on Monday and figuring out how to get to Queens (a straight shot on the Kissena Blvd. bus just a block from the last stop on the 7 train at Main St. in Flushing).

5/6-10, 7;30/10 PM powerhouse alto/soprano saxophonist Steve Wilson with Orrin Evans – piano; Ugonna Ukegwo – bass ; Bill Stewart – drums at the Jazz Standard, 7:30/10 PM, $25 ($30 on the weekend)

5/6-7, 8 PM the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and the Collegiate Chorale play the U.S. premiere of The Road of Promise, a new Holocaust-themed adaptation of Kurt Weill and Franz Werfel’s 1937 epic at Carnegie Hall, $30 tix avail.

5/6, 8 PM David Allan Coe at B.B. King’s. Yeah, him. We’re really in Kansas now. $27.50 adv tix rec

5/6-8, 8:30/10 PM lush, pointillistic pastoral jazz pioneers the Claudia Quintet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min. A live album recording may be part of the picture: stay tuned.

5/6, 10 PM lyrically driven western swing and jazz-tinged newschool oldtimey songwriter Pokey LaFarge – sort of the missing link between Robbie Fulks and Tom Waits – at Bowery Ballroom, $20 

5/6, 10 PM edgy tenor saxophonist/composer Stan Killian leads an excellent quartet with Nir Felder on guitar, Bryan Copeland on bass and Donald Edwards on drums at 55 Bar

5/7, 1 PM the Chris Pattishall Quintet play their new arrangement of Mary Lou Williams’ Zodiac Suite at Trinity Church, free

5/7, 7 PM  intense, soaring singer/pianist Anna Winthrop and cellist Kirin McElwain play their individualistic, windswept, cinematic jazz-inflected art-rock at the Bitter End

5/7, 8 PM haunting but kinetic Israeli band the Libyans – who reinvent ancient North African cantorial themes – and then psychedelic Ethiopian groove orchestra Feedel Band at the World Financial Center, free

5/7, 8 PM Argentine circus rock sensations Violentango at Shrine

5/7, 8 PM 8 PM psychedelic klezmer/bluegrass mandolin and clarinet legend Andy Statman at Barbes, $10

5/7, 9 PM mysterious, purist surf rockers the Tiki Brothers at Hank’s

5/7, 9 PM John Caban’s Blues Dub Surf Trio – with the excellent Bennett Paster on keys – at Classon Social, $5

5/7, 11 PM ecletically hellraising, twangy, revertoned female-fronted garage rock/Americana band Those Darlins at Rough Trade, $15 

5/7 irrepressibly noisy, eclectic, tuneful, Middle Eastern-inspired guitarist Yonatan Gat and band at Aviv. He’s also here on 5/15 

5/8, 7 PM the Entre Madera Romany jazz trio – violin, guitar and bass – at Caffe Vivaldi 

5/8, 8 with intense, darkly politically-fueled Tunisian-born chanteuse Emel Mathlouthi – and then lushly enveloping, trancey, similarly political Canadian-based Persian song reinventors Niyaz at the World Financial Center, free.

5/8, 8 PM Tin Hat accordionist Rob Reich plays the album release show for his new album Shadowbox with a killer band followed at 10 by the psychedelic funk band the People’s Champs at Barbes

5/8, 8/10:30 PM intense bassist and oudist Omer Avital leads his Middle Eastern jazz band at Iridium, $25

5/8, 8 PM Staten Island’s only skiffle band, the Salt Cracker Crazies at the Way Station

5/8, 8ish shambling counntry/circus rock/noirish cabaret band the Green Gallows at Hometown BBQ in Red Hoook

5/8, 8 PM avant garde cult organist Klaus Lang’s collaboration with composer Mark Rushford gets a world premiere at the Abrons Arts Ctr, 466 Grand St. on the LES, $15/$12 stud/srs

5/8, 8 PM the NY Phil plays Schubert’s Unfiniished Symphony in B Minor plus the NY premiere of Peter Eötvös’ Senza Sangue (Bloodless) with soprano Ann-Sophie von Otter at Avery Fisher Hall, $33 tix aavail

5/8, 8 PM Panamanian group Julian playing cumbia, punto and saloma followed by Cameroonian soukous/jazz songstress Kaïssa; the two groups jam afterward at Flushing Town Hall, $15

5/8, 8 PM the Apollo Trio play Beethoven Piano Trio in E-flat Major, Op. 1 No. 1; Clara Schumann Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 17′ Ravel Piano Trio in A minor at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud 

5/8, 8 PM a sax trio version of Bonnie Kane’s intense Fire Maidens From Outer Space followed by improvisers the Jack Wright Quartet: Jack Wright: saxophones, Zach Darrup: guitar, Joe Hertenstein: drums, Ollie Brice – bass and then a Steve Dalachinsky spoken-word performance at the Firehouse Space, $10

5/8, 8:30 PM underground indie classical icons Anti-Social Music performs a set of solo pieces written by Patrick Castillo, Max Duykers, Pat Muchmore, Ed RosenBerg and more. Performers include Ed RosenBerg (tenor saxophone), Andie Springer (violin), Curtis Stewart (violin), and others! followed by awesome duo Scorpion vs. Snake – accordionist Nathan Koci and cellist Emily Hope Price – at I-Beam, $10

5/8, 9 PM intense, alternately hypnotic and soaringly anthemic art-rock pianist/songwriter/indie classical composer Kristin Hoffmann at Caffe Vivaldi

5/8, 9 PM roots reggae group Royal Khaoz at BAM Cafe, free

5/8 and 5/22, 10ish the self-explanatory Bulgarian Grand Masters of Gypsy Music with extraordinary saxophonist Yuri Yunakov at Mehanata

5/8, 10 PM brilliantly lyrical dark oldtimey songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Pete Lanctot and band at Hank’s

5/8, 10 PM pensive acoustic indie/chamber pop band Colorform – whose shows feature live painting in addition to the music – playing the album release show for their new one at Bowery Electric, $8 adv tix rec 

5/8, 10 PM Thunda Vida play roots reggae and dub at Shrine

5/8, 10:30 PM Mac McCarty & the Kidd Twist Band play their fiery, sometimes unexpectedly poignant Pogues-ish punk and folk noir at Sidewalk

5/9, 4 PM the Erik Satie Quartet – Ron Hay (trombone), Max Seigel (bass trombone), Ben Holmes (trumpet), and Andrew Hadro (bari sax) – followed by Que Vlo-Ve playing classic Greek hash smoking music and criminal underworld narratives from the 20s and 30s at 6 and then eventually at 10 the even more haunting, slinky, female-fronted noir bolero and desert/tropical rock band Las Rubias Del Norte at Barbes

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

5/9, 6 PM eclectic jazz chanteuse Allison Wedding leads a guitar-based quartet at 55 Bar

5/9, 7:30 PM intense, lyrically brilliant, quirky female-fronted two-keyboard 80s-style art-rock/new wave revivalists Changing Modes at Trash, $8, open bar with PBR and wells 7-8 PM with admission

5//9, 8 PM a rare Honduran twinbill with surf rocker Guayo Cedeno & Coco Bar and then Garifuna guitar legend Aurelio & the Garifuna Soul Band. at the World Financial Center, free

5/9, 8ish anthemic, eclectic often haunting female-fronted Americana/acoustic funk/art-rock jamband the Sometime Boys at Hometown BBQ in Red Hook

5/9, 8 PM a rare reunion of atmospheric, Radiohead-influenced early zeros rockers Cetacea followed eventually at around 10 by indie legend and former Come and Steve Wynn collaborator Chris Brokaw at Trans-Pecos

5/9, 8 PM the Canticum Novum Singer perform Brahms’ Schicksalslied, Randall Thompson’s The Road Not Taken (from Frostiana), David Lang’s It’s the Same Train, Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Toward the Unknown Region, William Schuman’s Carols of Death and Jonathan Harvey’s Angels at St. Ignatius of Antioch Church, 87th St. btw Broadway/West End Ave., $25/$20 stud/srs

5/9, 8:30 PM a first-class chamber ensemble comprising David Lisker and Regi Papa, violin; Cong Wu, viola; Michael Katz, cello; Renana Guttman, piano;Meredith Lustig, soprano plays intense, undeservedly obscure works by Holocaust-era composers Ernest Bloch, Erwin Schulhoff, Gideon Klein, Hans Krasa, Robert Dauber, Viktor Ullman, Joseph Achron, Carlo Taube, Ilse Weber, Pavel Haas and Mieczyslaw Weinberg , including some who were murdered: at Merkin Concert Hall, $30 and worth it

5/9, 9ish witty, eclectic Americana/Balkan accordion-violin duo the Wisterians at Moto in south Williamsburg

5/9, 9/10:30 PM one of the most consistently tuneful piano improvisers in the business, Kris Davis leads her quartet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

5/9, 10 PM brooding Americana/chamber pop/Nashville gothic band the Morning Sea at the Way Station

5/9, 10 PM catchy, edgy, tuneful soul/rock/Americana band Bethany St. Smith & the Gun Show at the Bitter End

5/9, 11 PM rustically intense oldtime blues band Fife & Drom at Pete’s

5/10, 1 PM yeah mon – dem a dancehall ting in de park – Ft. Greene Park to be precise, live dancehall ragamuffin performances by Assassin aka Agent Sasco, Tifa, Kranium, Ricky Blaze and Lisa Hyper plus many soundsystem, mon. Selassie I! Legalize it!

5/10, 3 PM pianist Abram Korsunksy plays music by Haydn, Smaldone, Chopin and Brahms at Flushing Town Hall, free

5/10, 4 PM Duo Prism + 1 – Jesse Mills, violin, Rieko Aizawa, piano and Alan R. Kay, clarinet, perform works by Francis Poulenc, Sebastian Currier, Mozart, and Grieg at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes. 

5/10, 4:30 PM majestic Argentine-tinged large ensemble jazz with Emilio Solla y La Inestable de Brooklyn at Smalls

5/10, 5 PM a new arrangement of Dave Brubeck’s rarely performed Jazz Mass for choirs and jazz quintet at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lexington Ave, free

5/10, 5 PM viola-centric new chamber music: violist Lois Martin joined by percussionist Mike Truesdell, cellist Caroline Stinson and pianist Molly Morkoski for world premieres of new works by Richard Festinger, Neal Kirkwood, Diego Tedesco and Sheree Clement as well as works by Edward Cone and Philip Hurel.at the Tenri Institute, 43 W 13th St $15/$10 stud/srs

5/10, 6 PM noir/western swing guitar icon Jim Campilongo and his trio at 55 Bar

5/10, 8 PM edgy yet subtle Romany-influenced French jazz guitarist Michael Valeanu and combo at Caffe Vivaldi 

5/10, 8:30 PM a killer jazz twinbill at the Bell House: high voltage postbop trumpet with the Nadje Noordhuis Quintet followed by the state-of-the-art, majestic, epic, ferociously relevant Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, $16 adv tix rec  

5/10, 9 PM Ameranouche – who distinguish themselves from the legions of Django imitators by sticking closer to the American/bluesy side of guitar jazz – at Silvana

5/10, 9ish low-key, soulful original country bluesman Jon LaDeau at Moto in south Williamsburg

5/10, 10 PM obscenely hilarious, ferocious, surprisingly eclectic punk/powerpop band Custard Wally at Otto’s. Show up at 8 if you want to see the Rock N Roll President

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

5/11, 9ish torchy, boss-influenced chanteuse and Norah Jones collaborator Sasha Dobson at Moto in south Williamsburg

5/11, 9:30 PM Cumbiagra – whose take on psychedelic cumbias is more rustic and purist than most bands who play that stuff –at Barbes

5/11, 10:30 PM crooner Guy Sands and his oldschool pedal steel-driven honkytonk band at the Manhattan Inn in Greenpoint, free

5/12, 7;30 PM the Ariel Quartet continue their Beethoven cycle with Quartet in B-flat major, Op. 18, No. 6 • Quartet in A minor, Op. 132 at Subculture, $25 adv tix rec

5/12, 8 PM indie classical icons the Kronos Quartet and their younger NYC counterparts Hotel Elefant play the world premiere of composer Mary Kouyhoumdjian’s Silent Cranes suite commemorating the 100th anniversary of the genocide in Armenia at Roulette, $20

5/12, 8ish the Bronx Conexion play their mighty salsa big band jazz at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, $tba

5/12, 8:30 PM purist, straightforward, warmly tuneful front-porch folk songwriter Joanna Sternberg- the rare act who gets comparisons to Elizabeth Cotten and deserves them – at Bar Lunatico in Bed-Stuy. She’s also at Pete’s on 5/31 at 10.

5/12, 9 PM catchy, sardonically jangly, lo-fi soul-rockers Larry & the Babes – sort of a more tuneful, less punk version of Clear Plastic Masks – at the Silent Barn

5/12, 9 9:30 PM saxophone powerhouse Lucas Pino‘s two-guitar No No Nonet at Smalls.

5/13, 7 PM the Bang on a Can All-Stars playing indie classical material off their latest album at the Greene Space, $20, adv tix highly rec

5/13, 8:30 PM violist Miranda Seilaff plays the Ligeti Viola Sonata at Seeds, $10

5/13, 11 PM playful, meticulously interesting composer Sara McDonald‘s large jazz ensemble the NYChillharmonic at the Knitting Factory, $10 adv tix rec

5/14, half past noon organist Angela Kraft Cross plays at Central Synagogue, Lex/53rd, free

5/14, 7 PM intense, stormy, noir cinematic nuevo tango/classical pianist/composer Fernando Otero leads his quartet at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.

5/14, 7 PM one of this era’s most individualistic, intense, lyrical oldtimey country blues guitarits and songwriters, Lenny Molotov at Sidewalk

5/14, 7 PM dark art-rock songwriter Ambrosia Parsley plays the al bum release show for her death-fixated new one at the big room at the Rockwood, $15

5/14, 7:30 PM potentially the year’s best twinbill with the most eclectic and arguably strongest songwriter in town, darkly and sardonically but also plaintively intense accordionist/singer Rachelle Garniez and the spine-tingling art-rock/avant-garde/chamber pop singer Carol Lipnik – pretty much everybody’s choice for best singer in all of NYC – playing the album release show for her new one at Joe’s Pub, $18

5/14-17, 7:30/10 PM conductor/Gil Evans scholar Ryan Truesdell’s exhilarating Gil Evans Project big band airs out Evans’ largely forgotten hot swing catalog from the early part of his career at the Jazz Standard, 7:30/10 PM, $30 ($35 on the weekend)

5/14, 7:30 PM hey birders – leave your Sibley at home but bring your binoculars! The Chamber Orchestra of NY perform Frederick Delius’s On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring, Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending and Respighi’s The Birds. Soloist is violinist Jennifer Pike, $25 tix avail

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.

5/14, 7:30 PM up-and-coming pianists Ariela Bohrod, Radoslawa Jasik, Matthew Griswold, Anna Glig (alumna), Shulin Guo, Gvantsa Zangaladze take turns performing sonatas by Lowell Liebermann, Alexander Reinagle, Charles Ives, Charles Griffes, Leonard Bernstein and Samuel Barber at Subculture, free, rsvp req to 212-533-5470 ext. 101

5/14, 8 PM high-voltage oldschool soul and funk with Sonny Knight & the Lakers at Brooklyn Bridge Park, free 

5/14, 8 PM acerbic, surrealistic, entertaining avant garde chanteuse/provocatrice Amy X Neuburg at the Old Stone House in Park Slopr, $10

5/14, 9 PM cleverly lyrical, darkly funny Nashville gothic rock with Maynard & the Musties at Hank’s

5/14, 9 PM creepy dark garage/punk soul band the Naked Heroes followed by the Space Merchants – who work a doomy reverb/fuzztone psych vibe, Sabbath with a Farfisa! – at Cake Shop, $8 

5/14, 9 PM wickedly catchy, jangly retro Laurel Canyon psych-folk band the Mystic Braves at Baby’s All Right, $12

5/14, 9 PM wild New Orleans/soul band Mingo Fishtrap followed by psychedelic hard funk band the Main Squeeze at Highline Ballroom, $20 adv tix rec

5/14, 10 PM the plush, balmy, oldtimey uke swing of Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies at Barbes

5/14, 10 PM ageless early 80s surf punks Agent Orange – still Living in Darkness after all these years – at St. Vitus, $15

5/14, 10 PM dazzlingly eclectic, witty B3 jazz organist Brian Charette‘s Mighty Grinders trio at 55 Bar

5/14, 11 PM a monstrously good monster surf/noir garage rock twinbilll with ferocious reverb-driven noir garage rockers Twin Guns and searing, Radio Birdman-esque garage punks the Brimstones – who don’t have a bass but don’t need one – at the Gutter, absurdly cheap, $5

5/15, 7:30 PM oudist-and-guitar duo Erdal Akkaya & Jeronimo Maya play spiky tunes “from Andalusia to Anatolia” at Drom, $15

5/15, 8 PM pianist André Watts and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra with conductor Peter Bay will present an imaginative selection of works that includes Grieg’s passionate concerto, Beethoven’s luminous fourth concerto, Stravinsky’s folk-inspired Four Norwegian Moods and Mozart’s effervescent Cosí fan tutte overture at NJPAC in Newark, five minutes from the Path train, $25 tix avail

5/15, 8/10 PM intense, edgy jazz guitarist Mike Moreno leads a smartly tight quartet with Aaron Parks-piano; Doug Weiss-bass; Adam Cruz – drums at the Jazz Gallery, $22

5/15, 8:30 PM the Chelsea Symphony plays Michael Boyman: Tightrope Walker, (winner of their 2015 composition competition); Schumann: Cello Concerto with soloist Jeanette Stenson; Prokofiev: Selections from Romeo and Juliet at St. Paul’s Church, 315 W 22nd St, $20 sugg don.

5/15, 8:30 PM violinist Sam Bardfeld leads a really cool trio with Kris Davis – Piano; Vinnie Sperrazza – Drums at I-Beam, $10

5/15, 9 PM shambling, fun indie soul harmony band Sunshine followed by Strait Up playing George Strait covers at Freddy’s

5/15, 9 PM the Blue Dahlia play their roots reggae/klezmer/tango/ska mashups at Bar Chord

5/15, 10 PM this era’s greatest cinematic noir guitar instrumentalists, Big Lazy at Barbes

5/15, 10 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 Sidewalk

5//15, 10 PM creepy, theatrical female-fronted noir cabaret/circus rock band Orphan Jane at Otto’s

5/15, 10ish nine-piece original psychedelic Afrobeat dancehall monsters Zongo Junction at the Kymberle Project, 1332 Atlantic Ave. (Nostrand/New York Ave.) in Bed-Stuy, A/C to Nostrand Ave. and a five-minute walk, $10. Campy Israeli couplecore disco duo Hank & Cupcakes open.

5/15, 10 PM high-energy newschool C&W jamband Holy Ghost Tent Revival at Rock Shop, $10

5/15, 11 PM cinematic soundtrack instrumentalists/surf rockers the Tarantinos NYC play the album release show for their new one at Lucille’s Bar, $10

5/15, midnight soaring, brilliant singer Magda Giannikou’s lush, sweeping, pan-Mediterranean art-rock/chamber pop/jazz group Banda Magda at the big room at the Rockwood

5/16, 3 PM enigmatic, kinetic Seattle 80s style indie rockers Mega Bog at Trans-Pecos, $8

5/16. 3 PM members of the Jackson Heights Orchestra: pianist Joseph Bartolozzi, soprano Jayne Skoog with guitarist Vincent Cross; plus performances by their brass section and string quartet at St. Mark’s Church, 81 st St. and 34 th Ave., Jackson Heights, $20, all proceeds to benefit the orchestra, reception to follow

5/16, 4 PM female-fronted New York drum ensembles: the 2nd Spirit of Aña and tarentella sorceress Alessandra Belloni and the Daughters of Cybele at the BMHC Lab,1303 Louis Niné Blvd in the Bronx.

5/16, 5 PM fiery Americana/Balkan/klezmer fiddler Sarah Alden and her all-star string band followed by the Bogmen’s Vic Thrill at Pete’s

5/16, 7 PM soaring, austerely majestic haunting Turkish choral group the New York Ataturk Chorus at Drom, $20 followed at 9 by the eclectic, Balkan/latin/funk brass stylings of the Underground Horns ($10 separate adm)

5/16, 7:15 PM dark psychedelic acoustic blues/klezmer/reggae/soca jamband Hazmat Modine at Terra Blues

5/16, 7:30 PM the Chelsea Symphony plays Michael Boyman: Tightrope Walker, (winner of their 2015 composition competition); Fasil Say: Violin Concerto (“1001 Nights in the Harem”) with soloist Jason Mellowl Prokofiev: Selections from Romeo and Juliet at St. Paul’s Church, 315 W 22nd St, $20 sugg don.

5/16, 8 PM a concert to commemorate the infamous events at Kent State and Jackson State with Emma’s Revolution and Magpie. at the People’s Voice Cafe, $18, “nobody turned away”

5/16, 8 PM Mike Gent of surrealistic, sardonic 90s powerpop legends the Figgs in a rare twinbill with Doug Gilllard at Hifi Bar

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

5/16, 8 PM innovative choral ensemble Cantori NY sing the world premiere of Pedro Páramo by Colombian-American composer Alba Pote plus Where the Willows Meet by Niels Rosing-Schow at the church of St. Luke in the Fields, 487 Hudson St $25/$20 srs/$5 stud

5/16, 8 PM works by Robert Sierra, Chopin, Monsalvatge, Sierra, Villa-Lobos performed by Harolyn Blackwell, soprano with the Split Second Piano Ensemble – Roberto Hidalgo and Marc Peloquin at the Tenri Cultural Institute, 43A West 13th St, $20

5/16, 9 PM tvicious noiserock jamband the the Skull Practitioners– led by Steve Wynn sparring partner/genius guitarist Jason Victor, and who also happen to be NYC’s forsemost practitioners of the last-minute gig – at the Flat,

5/16, 9 PM ferociously funny, intense, guitar-fueled female-fronted Americana punks Spanking Charlene at Bowery Electric, $10

5/16, 9 PM irresistibly quirky, hyperliterate, charming all-female cello/accordion.uke harmony trio the Debutante Hour at Moscow 57, 168 1/2 Delancey St

5/16, 9 PM guitarist Mimi Oz‘s Rooster – a real kitchen-sink band with soul and rock and darker sounds and an omnipresent sense of humor – followed at 10 by powerhouse bassist Dawn Drake & Zapote playing their groovalicious funk and Afrobeat-influenced bounce at the Way Station

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

5/16, 10 PM Certain General guitarslinger Phil Gammage’s Adventures in Bluesland– whose material spans from Muddy Waters to Elvis to originals – at Sidewalk

5/16, 10 PM Supermambo – vibraphonist Felipe Fournier‘s tribute to Tito Puente, who got his start on that instrument – at Barbes

5/16, 10 PM the self-explanatory Viva Vallenato Badass Accordion Band at Silvana

5/17, 1 PM almy, sardonically individualistic vocal jazz stylist Dorian Devins leads her trio with Lou Rainone – piano, Paul Gill – bass at Bar 9, 807 Ninth Ave (between 53rd & 54th,free

5/17, 3 PM the Greenwich Village Orchestra with conductor Barbara Yahr offer a dramatic conclusion to their season featuring Rossini’s William Tell Overture, a music video with music by Berlioz performed with special guest mezzo-soprano Naomi O’Connell, and then Gershwin’s An American in Paris. Suggested donation is $20/$10 stud/srs, reception to follow.

5/17, 5 PM ferociously tuneful southwestern gothic rockers the Downward Dogs at Palisades

5/17, 5 PM elegant jazz violinist Sara Caswell and her quartet at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lexington Ave, free

5/17, 7 PM percussive, trance-inducing, bitingly tuneful, Middle Eatstern-tinged female-fronted jamband SisterMonk at the small room at the Rockwood

5/17, 7 PM legendary Piedmont fingerstyle country blues guitarist Larry Johnson at Terra Blues

5/17, 7:30 PM pyrotechnic Galician bagpiper Cristina Pato – who adds a jazzy, otherworldly, sometimes Balkan edge to flamenco tunes – at Subculture, $20 adv tix rec

5/17, 7:30/9:30 elegant oldschool soul singer Mavis Swan Poole and Soul Understated at Ginny’s Supper Club uptown, $15

5/17, 4:30 PM the intense, occasionally Middle Eastern-tinged fifteen piece Eyal Vilner Big Band at Smalls

5/17, 10ish bouncy Afrobeat orchestra Emefe at Baby’s All Right, $10

5/18, 7:30 PM “Glass & Blood”: concert works from the bloodiest film scores by Philip Glass performed by pianist Michael Riesman and violinist Chase Spruill at le Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix avail

5/18, 7:30 PM trumpet icon Ingrid Jensen‘s Berklee Quintet – keeping it fresh and real – at Dizzy’s Club, $30

5/18, 8 PM dynamic Jewish folk grooves from across Eastern Europe with violinist Ben Sutin & Klazz Ma Tazz followed by Funkaholics Anonymous playing songs from their big black book at Silvana

5/18, 8 PM a brilliant ensemble from OpenICE – Jennifer Curtis, violin; Rebekah Heller, bassoon; Daniel Lippel, guitar; Joshua Rubin, clarinet ; Ross Karre, percussion – plays music by their mentor, Pauline Oliveros at Jack in Ft. Greene, free w/rsvp

5/18, 8 PM good twinbill: intense, piano-based, Aimee Mann-style literate chamber pop group Elizabeth & the Catapult followed by jaunty chamber pop band the Spring Standards at the Mercury, $12 adv tix rec

5/18, 8 PM oldtime Americana maven Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton, who may well be the most talented multi-instrumetalist in all of NYC followed by ex-Dylan lead guitarist Larry Campbell with singer Teresa Williams at City Winery, $20 standing room avail. at City Winery, $20 standing room avail.

5/18, 8 PM “contemporary piano star Joseph Kubera performs the world premiere of Elliott Sharp’s Berlin Noir, the New York premieres of Christian Wolff’s Sailing By and Stuart Saunders Smith’s Thicket, as well as John King’s Piano Diaries, small gems by David Mahler, and perhaps some surprises” at Roulette, $20/$15 stud/srs

5/18, 8 PM terse, moody jazz trumpeter Avishai Cohen‘s Triven at Subculture, $20 adv tix rec

5/18, 8:15/9:30 PM powerful, intense bass clarinetist Todd Marcus and his large ensemble play the album release show for his spine-tingling, Middle Eastern-tinged, politically-fueled new one at Shapeshifter Lab

5/18, 11 PM spiky, irresisittibly fun Hawaiian swing with King Isto’s Tropical String Band at Pete’s

5/19, 7 PM not a music event but an important one New Topics in Social Computing: Resistance Under Surveillance with panelists Kade Crockford, Ingrid Burrington, Bina Ahmad and Raven Rakia, “Wwe will consider how surveillance impacts communities and public discourse, and the way that dissent can thrive in a world under watch. We will talk about the human lives affected by surveillance and policing, focusing on communities in NYC and elsewhere. In this panel we will discuss strategies and tactics for activists and offer critical perspectives on solutions.” at Eyebeam, 34 35th Street, Unit 26 (5th Floor), Brooklyn, free

5/19, 7 PM a new big band jazz summit to rival anything majestic and epic staged in NYC this year: the Nathan Parker Smith Ensemble + JC Sanford Orchestra + Asuka Kakitani Jazz Orchestra at Shapeshifter Lab, wow!

5/19, 7 PM pianist Mathis Picard and the Juilliard Jazz Trio play Strayhorn numbers at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, 104 E. 126th Sr, free

5/19, 7 PM Susan Mandel, cello and Mikael Darmanie, piano play a program TBA followed by clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

5/19, 2:30 PM Andrew Yeargin plays the vintage 1830 Appleton Organ on the balcony in the musical instruments section at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

5/19, 8 PM eerie, otherworldly, psychedelic Erik Satie reinventors Dan Willis & Velvet Gentlemen at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.

5/19-24, 8/10 PM Aram Bajakian – Lou Reed’s last and arguably best lead guitarist – plays a weeklong stand at the Stone with a killer cast of characters, that you’d expect from the last great lead guitarist in Lou Reed’s band. Choice pick: late set, opening night, a Yusuf Lateef tribute with Sylvie Courvoisier on piano and Mat Maneri on viola, $15

5/19, 8 PM International Contemporary Ensemble and the JACK Quartet performi works from Jason Eckardt’s new CD “Subject” (Tzadik Records) and music of John Zorn, including the world premiere of Autumn Rhythm at Roulette, $20/$15 stud./srs

5/19, 9 PM the Bright Smoke (the French Exit’s Mia Wilson’s haunting, angst-ridden, atmospherically trippy new project)at the Cameo Gallery, $8

5/19, 9 PM adventurous, fun, quirky female-fronted psychedelic pop duo Robin’s Egg Blue at the Mercury, $10

5/20, 6 PM cross-pollinated Appalachian and Nepalese sounds with the Mountain Music Project feat. Tara Linhardt (mandolin) + Shyam Nepali (sarangi) + Rajendra Karn (percussion) at the Rubin Museum of Art, free

5/20, 7 PM violinist Meg Okura and the Pan Asian Chamber Jazz Ensemble at Mariners’ Temple Baptist Church, 3 Henry St. on the LES, F to East Broadway, $25/$15 stud/srs

5/20, 9 PM two generations of NYC Balkan brass wildness; the hard-rocking  Tipsy Oxcart and the more eclectic but also more punk Hungry March Band at Matchless

5/20, 9 PM dark, diverse art-rock/noir cabaret/Nashville gothic/new wave/latin rock band Demur Demure at the small room at the Rockwood

5/21, 7 PM the NY Andalus Ensemble play slinky, rapt, otherworldly Jewish themes from Andalucia and North Africa in many languages at Elebash Hall at CUNY, 365 5 th Ave. north of 34 th St., $13.50/$10 stud/srs

5/21, 7 PM the Toomai String Quartet play new arrangements of traditional tunes from around the globe at Spectrum 

5/21, 7:30 PM Talea Ensemble and the Jack Quartet play works of whimsically innovative Austrian cult favorite composer Clemens Gadenstaetter at the Austrian Cultural Center, 11 E 52nd St , free but res req to acfny.org. A similiar program takes place on 5/28 at 8 at the Bohemian National Hall, 321 E 73rd St

5/21, 8 PM bizarre segues but a good night of music: the Carte Blanche Jazz Band play suave female-fronted continental jazz followed at 9 by Marta Hernández (aka Mar Salá) playing her acoustic flamenco rock and then eventually at 11 by 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

5/21, 8 PM surf rock night (!!!) at Sidewalk of all places. Should sound good since none of these bands have vocals: ageless, jangly, purist NY originals the Supertones followed at 9 by the cinematic TarantinosNYC, the Insect Surfers at 10, and Empires of the Mind at 11

5/21, 8 PM Pierre de Gaillande’s Bad Reputation plays witty chamber pop English translations of Georges Brassens classics at Barbes

5/21, 8 PM intense acoustic art-rock/folk noir songwriter/chanteuse/force of nature Larkin Grimm at Uinon Hall, $10

5/21, 8 PM two rising star jazz chanteuses: bossa-inflected, subtle Rachel Brotman and bass-wielding, badass Kate Davis and their bands at Littlefield, $12

5/21, 8:30 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” at Espresso 77, 35-57 77th Street, Jackson Hts., free.

5/21, 9 PM eerily playful, charismatic Nashville gothic/folk noir songstress Kelley Swindall at the Bitter End

5/21. 10:30 PM unfailingly tuneful tenor saxophonist Ken Fowser leads a quintet with Rick Germanson – piano , Willie Jones III – drums , Gerald Cannon – bass , Josh Bruneau – trumpet at Smalls

5/22, 7:30ish the habibi crooner that Bushwick’s idle classes have inexplicably adopted as their own, Omar Souleyman at le Poisson Rouge, $17 adv tix req

5/22, 7:30 PM Whitney George conducts a chamber sextet playing new works by George, Robert Paterson, Girolamo Deraco, Greg Pfeiffer, Steven Landis and Pat Muchmore at the South Oxford Space, 138 S Oxford St. in Ft. Greene, $10.

5/22, 7:30 PM pianist Vytautas Smetona plays works by Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Schumann, and his own composition at the DiMenna Center, 450 West 37th St. $20 .

5/22, 8 PM Mariachi Flor de Toloache, NYC’s first and only all female mariachi band and Yianni Papastefanou, traditional Greek crooner with his orchestra; the two groups jam afterward at Flushing Town Hall, $15

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.”

5/22, 8 PM Indian carnatic jazz violinist Arun Ramamurthy and his funky trio at the Way Station

5/22, 9 PM explosive guitar-fueled art-rock jamband Wounded Buffalo Theory at Rock Shop, $10

5/22, 9 PM a big jazzy twinbill: Dennis Lichtman’s western swing band Brain Cloud followed by oldtimey swing archive raiders/obscure treasure revivalists the Ghost Train Orchestra both playing the album release shows for their new ones at the Jalopy, $10 adv tix available at the venue

5/22, 10 PM searing, theatrical Romany/Balkan punk rockers Bad Buka – who are just as fun as Gogol Bordello – at the Delancey, $10

5/22. 10 PM catchy, amazingly eclectic indie classical/funk/Indian/klezmer cellist Dan Kassel at Pete’s. You gotta give props to a club who’d book a cellist for a 10 PM gig on a Friday night.

5/22, 10ish edgy, abrasively tuneful postpunk band Anwar Sadat at Palisades

5/22, 10 PM roots reggae group Royal Khaoz at Shrine

5/22, 10:30 PM dark, guitarishly intense punk blues band Penrose at Arlene’s, $10

5/22, 11 PM ferocious, guitar-driven Austin gutter blues/noir rockers the Sideshow Tragedy at the small room at the Rockwood

5/22, 11 PM hilarious faux-French rockers les Sans Culottes – whose new album Les Dieux Ont Soif is both great fun and potently relevant at the Bitter End

5/22, midnight psychedelic original Nuyorican salsa band La Mecanica Popular at Nublu

5/23, 1:30 PM lushly kinetic, eclectic, viola-driven Russian Romany/tango/cinematic instrumentalists Ljova & the Kontraband at the Queens Library in Flushing, 41-17 Main St, free

5/23, 6 PM a killer triplebill at Barbes: Que Vlo-Ve play classic Greek hash smoking music and criminal underworld narratives from the 20s and 30s followed at 8 by pianist Alejandro Zuleta and band, who reinvent cumbia classics with a jazz and classical tinge, and then at 10 cumbia dance group Chia’s Dance Party

5/23, 7 PM Chicago-style blues guitar monster Bobby Radcliff and his trio at Terra Blues

5/23,7 PM NYC’s most reliably adventurous string ensemble, the Mivos Quartet play NY premieres by Katherine Young and Richard Carrick plus works by Andrew Greenwald, Sam Nichols and Carl Kanter at the DiMenna Center, $15/$10 stud/srs

5/23, 7:30 PM the Prism  saxophone quartet play new works written for them by Julia Wolfe; Michael Daugherty; David Hertzberg; Emma O’Halloran, Viet Cuong and Jonathan Russell;, Kyle Bartlett; Solon Snider and Mark Macaluso, and Prism’s own Matthew Levy at Symphony Space, $

5/23, 7:30 PM Ukrainian composer/piano shredder Lubomyr Melnyk at le Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix req

5/23, 8 PM dark intense cult favorite lyrical rocker LJ Murphy and his unstoppable, blues and Stax/Volt-infused noir band the Accomplices at Sidewalk

5/23, 8 PM Marta Hernández (aka Mar Salá) plays her acoustic flamenco rock at Shrine

5/23 9 PM hypnotic, psychedelic south Asian/Balkan dance trance band Sandaraa followed by the reliably ferocious, fun Balkan madness of Raya Brass Band at Littlefield

5/23, 9 PM intense, exhilarating string trio Trio Tritticali – who are as sizzling on classic Egyptian themes as they are at chamber funk, classical or latin music – play tangos at Freddy’s

5/24, 6 PM edgy improviser Shayna Dulberger plays a rare solo bass set at Downtown Music Gallery

5/24, 7 PM kinetic jazz and avant garde-inspired postrock instrumentalists the Cellar & Point at he big room at the Rockwood. 5/29, 8:30 PM they’re at Spectrum

5/24, 8 PM atmospheric avant garde classical lutenist Jozef Van Wissem at Littlefield, $15

5/24, 9 PM intoxicating LA noir psychedelic soul band Chicano Batman at Brooklyn Bowl, $7

5/25, 7 PM wry, tuneful, eclectic Nashville gothic band Maynard & the Musties– sort of NYC’s answer to John Prine – at Cowgirl Seahorse, 259 Front St in the South St Seaport

5/25, 7 PM the surprisingly counterintuitive, intricate, sweepingly majestic Cecilia Coleman Big Band at the Garage

5/25, 8 PM the NY Philharmonic plays Beethoven’s Egmont Overture plus Shosatakovich’s intense Symphony No. 10 at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, free, get there an hour early at least.

5/25, 9 PM jangly, anthemic, well-loved newgrass/chamber pop band Trampled by Turtles at Brooklyn Bowl, $25 adv tix rec

5/25, 9:30 PM Colombian bandleader Carolina Oliveros leads her group Bulla En El Barrio playing obscure cumbia and party classics at Barbes

5/26, 7:30 PM diverse European klezmer sounds with the Arnold Hammerschlag Group w/Sam Bardfeld, Wil Holshouser, Fima Ephron, and Aaron Alexander at the Steven Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W 68th St., $15

5/26, 6 PM ferocious, fearless, feral oldschool postbop tenor saxophonist Eric Wyatt leads a trio at the Garage. Happy hour crowd, look out. He’s also at Smalls at half past one in the morning the night of 5/30 (technically 5/31)

5/26, 6:30 PM torchy North Carolina newschool swing chanteuse/bandleader Bess McCrary fronts a solid quintet featuring noir guitar mastermind Al Street at the Cutting Room, $15 adv tix rec

5/26, 7:30 PM a show not to be missed: Bahaus bassist David J – as a songwriter, a noir icon in his own right – reads from his memoir Who Killed the Moonlight and then plays with this era’s greatest art-rock pianist, Botanica’s Paul Wallfisch at Joe’s Pub, $18

5/26-31, 8/10:30 PM lyrical jazz piano titan George Cables leads a trio at the Vanguard, $30

5/26, 8 PM reliably eclectic, meticulously compelling chamber group Mimesis Ensemble play an intriguing cross-centuries program including J.S. Bach: Concerto No. 1 in D minor, BWV 1052; Mohammed Fairouz: Sadat, a ballet in 5 acts (NYC premiere]; Osvaldo Golijov: Last Round; Stravinsky: Concerto in Eb Major, “Dumbarton Oaks” at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $tba

5/26-31, 8/10 PM iconic avant garde/jazz bassist Mark Dresser plays a weeklong stand at the Stone with a small arsenal of supporting players, $15. Choice pick: the early show on 5/27 with Myra Melford (piano) Matt Wilson (drums) , and the early show on 5/30, a duo with trombonist Roswell Rudd.

5/26, 8 PM Gerald Cleaver, Nels Cline and Larry Ochs improvise at Jack in Ft. Greente – sparks will fly at this one

5/26, 9 PM haunting, tersely introspective pianist/singer Noa Fort – who mashes up moody Middle Eastern sounds, classical and jazz improvisation at Caffe Vivaldi

5/26, 9 PM a rare duo show with Drina Seay – torchy Americana/soul/jazz siren who is to NYC now what Neko Case was to Portland in 1999 – with her sizzling guitarslinger pal Homeboy Steve Antonakos at Silvana

5/26, 9:30 PM the brass-fueled ten-piece Josh Evans Big Band at Smalls

5/26, 9ish Coeur de Pirate – pianist/singer Beatrice Martin’s torchy chamber pop/art-rock project – at le Poisson Rouge, $16 adv tix rec

5/27, 7:30 PM a monstrously good jazz triplebill: bassist Linda Oh‘s Sun Pictures with Ben Wendel (tenor sax), Ben Monder (guitar) and Justin Brown (drums); tenor man Donny McCaslin‘s Fast Future with Henry Hey (keyboards), Matt Clohesy (bass), Nate wood (drums) and then trombonist Ryan Keberle & Catharsis with Mike Rodriguez (trumpet), Camila Meza (voice), Jorge Roeder (bass), Jimmy MacBride (drums) at Subculture, $30 adv tix req

5/27, 8 PM International Contemporary Ensemble “explores music by composers who play in the nooks and crannies of musical tuning systems. Integrating phenomena such as beatings and pitch discrepancies inherent in instrument design, composers Larry Polansky, Peter Adriaansz, and Karola Obermueller” at the Abrons Arts Center on the LES, free w/ rsvp

5/27, 8:30 PM a killer Balkan night at Freddy’s starting with the Macedonian sounds of Odglasi, then that new Albanian band with Jenny Luna, Michael Winograd, Eylem Basaldi, Patrick Hay, Yoshie “Bud” Fruchter, Nezih Antakli and finally at around 11 Que Vlo-Ve playing classic Greek hash smoking music and criminal underworld narratives from the 20s and 30s

5/27, 9 PM smartly terse, pensive art-rock cellist/singer Patricia Santos plays the album release show for her new one at Max Cellar, 2 Knickerbocker Ave at Johnson Ave. in Bushwick, free, L to Morgan Ave.

5/28, 1 PM powerhouse contralto singer/vocal activist Melanie Demore plays every genre of African American folk music and rare 19 th century art-song as well as originals at Trinity Church, free

5/28, 6:30 PM a rare duo performance by Satoko Fujii and Natsuki Tamura’s lustrously tuneful piano/trumpet duo Kaze at Downtown Music Gallery

5/28, 7 PM a special preview screening of the forthcoming Oscar-worthy docudrama the Stanford Prison Experiment, starring Billy Crudup as Dr. Philip Zimbardo – a recreation of the chilling 1972 psychological experiment replicationg a prison environment when all hell broke loose, at the at Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave, Astoria, plus a Q&A with director Kyle Patrick Alvarez and Dr. Christina Maslach, wife of Zimbardo, credited with bringing the experiment to a halt.

5/28, 7 PM gutter blues/punk soul icons the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion at Bowery Ballroom, $25

5/28, 7:30 PM an auspicious collaboration between two fiery, gamelanesque percussionists: Electric Junkyard Gamelan’s Terry Dame and Sexmob‘s Kenny Wollesen at Barbes

5/28, 8 PM explosive postrock/psychedelic/metal/art-rockers Eidetic Seeing at Bowery Electric, $5 adv tix rec.

5/28, 8/10 PM the Jazz Gallery’s pickup big band plays new music for large ensemble from a trio of solid composers: composers: Nathan Parker Smith, Tom Erickson and John Yao – $15 first set, $10 for the second

5/28, 8 PM intuitive, uneasily telepathic largescale improvisation: Primitive Arkestra premieres the second part, the improvised section of Theme and Variations by David Haney with Steve Swell: Trombone, Adam Lane: Bass, Jack de Salvo: Cello, Avram Fefer: Tenor Sax, Blaise Siwula: Bass Clarinet, Jeremy Shaskus, Bass Clarinet, David Haney: Piano, others TBA at the Firehouse Space, $10

5/28, 9 PM someday people will say this stuff was classic: wry, entertaining late 90s stye urban country with Uncle Leon‘s Honkytonk Relapse at Hank’s

5/28, 10 PM Gene Ween plays Billy Joel. Not a joke – ok, it is a joke, but it’s really happening, at Brooklyn Bowl, $15 adv tix rec. He’s also here on 5/31 doing the same shtick

5/28, 10:30 PM one of the best-loved of the original grasscore bands, Slim Cessna’s Auto Club at the Mercury, $12 adv tix rec. They’re at Rough Trade at 11 the following night, 5/29 for the same advance price

5/28. 111 PM creepy southwestern gothic/western swing crooner/honkytonk bandleader Sean Kershaw & the New Jack Ramblers at the Way Station

5/28, midnight not a joke – massive gospel jamband Jesus on the Mainline seem to think that they can all fit inside the small room at the Rockwood. Maybe they’ll leave the door open so you can hear them on the siadwalk.

5/29-30 an amazing two-night stand by cutting-edge, intense Middle Eastern guitarist Ayman Fanous, three sets a night at 7, 8:30 and 10 PM at the Firehouse Space, $10. Choice pick: the opening set, first night with Susan Alcorn on pedal steel.

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

5/29, 7:30 PM fiery postbop alto saxophonist/composer Hailey Niswanger plays the album release show for her new one PDX Jazz at Drom, $10 adv tix rec

5/29, 7:30 PM Glass Farm Ensemble presents new chamber works for violin, cello, clarinet, percussion and piano by Paula Matthusen, Mary Ellen Childs, Philip Hefti and Lars Werdenberg.at Symphony Space, $20

5/29, 8 PM boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band followed by the even more oldschool (i.e. 1930s-50s) C&W/blues band the Jug Addicts at Barbes

5/29, 8 PM the Funky Dawgz Brass Band play New Orleans second-line grooves at Shrine

5/29, 9 PM long-running, wickedly jangly, tuneful Americana rockers the Sloe Guns followed eventually at one in the morming (wee hours of 5/30) by cool, intense, Stooges-inspired psychechdelic/gutter blues band the Pale Green Stars at the Bitter End

5/29-30, 9/10:30 PM an unorthodox and probably raptly rewarding piano-bass duo show with Frank Kimbrough – the go-to guy for big band jazz piano in NYC – and bassist Jay Anderson at Mezzrow, $20

5/29, 10 PM a rare Feral Foster appearance beyond his Jalopy home turf, at the smalll room at the Rockwood

5/29, 10 PM the Doolittle Family playing their jangly mix of 60s Laurel Canyon psych-pop and country at Pete’s

5/30, 1:30 PM an afternoon of jazz with vocalist Kris Adams and pianist Doug Johnson with the Broken Reed Sax Quartet’s Charley Gerard sitting in on a few numbers, $20 includes make-your-own tacos and Mexican beer, at 99 Gold St. #1L (Front/York), Dumbo, F to York St., $20 at the door, kids free!

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

5/30, 6 PM balmy, sardonically individualistic vocal jazz stylist Dorian Devins leads her “vocal /reedtet” with Tom Christensen – oboe, tenor sax; Lou Rainone – Fender Rhodes and Tom Hubbard – bass at the Whynot Jazz Room, $12. On 5/31 Devins is doing a 1 PM brunch show with her trio at Bar 9, 807 9th Ave

5/30, 7:30 PM the NY Composers Circle’s gala chamber concert this year features a whole slew of new works – feature the world premiere of the winner of its ninth annual composers’ competition, Vladimir del Orbe’s Contextual Enigma, for clarinet, double bass, and piano, plus three other world premieres: Emiko Hayashi’s End of Hot Summer, for soprano saxophone, vibraphone, piano, and bongos; Dary John Mizelle’s Baseball: Opening Day, for marimba and piano; and Robert S. Cohen’s Galapagos Suite, for marimba. In addition, the program will include Roger Blanc’s Mood Swings for Jazz Quartet, Tamara Cashour’s Queens Suite, for violin, viola, cello, and harp, Hubert Howe’s Inharmonic Fantasy, for electronics, and Madelyn Byrne’s First Flight, Early Spring, for flute and electronics in its New York premiere.at Symphony Space, $30/students free

5/30, 7:30/10 PM pianist Fred Hersch and alto saxophonist Miguel Zenon in a rare summit meeting of two of the most creative, erudite, surprising minds in jazz at the Jazz Standard, $30

5/30, 8 PM Syrian pianist Riyad Nicolas plays works by Chopin and Dia Al Succari at Alwan for the Arts in the financial district, $20/$15 stud/srs

5/30, 8ish alternately assaultive and plaintive punk classical/art-rock duo Naked Roots Conducive – violinist Natalia Steinbach and cellist Valerie Kuehne –at 1512 DeKalb Avenue #1R (Bedford/Skillman), G to Bedford-Nostrand if the train’s running this weekend

5/30, 8ish 5/30: twangy, wry oldschool country bandleader Andrew Sovine and friends at Hometown BBQ in Red Hook

5/30, 9 PM brilliant instrumental twang/surf band the Bakersfield Breakers at Route 66 Smokehouse, 46 Stone St. in the financial district, free

5/30, 9:30 PM high-voltage bluegrass with the Dark City Strings at Union Hall, $10

5/30, 10 PM Random Test play oldschool roots reggae at Shrine

5/30, 11:30 PM noie mastermind Karla Moheno’s irressistibly charming Andrews Sisters-inspired harmony trio the Tickled Pinks at the third stage at the Rockwood, $10 + $10 min strictly enforced

5/30, 11:30 PM a killer psychedelic funk twinbill: Mamarazzi followed by the Superpowers at the big room at the Rockwood

5/30, midnight a rare US appearance by Morocco’s Innove Gnawa Band at Nublu

5/31, 2:30 PM the Chinese Music Ensemble of NY plaus ancient Chinese classical as well as modern compositions on traditional Chinese instruments at Merkin Concert Hall, $25

5/31, 3 PM a performance of Gerald Cohen‘s harrowing, astringent Holocaust-themed opera Steal a Pencil For Me (based on the documentary film) at the Center for Jewish History, 15 W 16th St, $18

5/31, 6 PM Pablo Cafici: piano -Juan Pablo Navarro: double bass with special guests:Guillermo Klein: piano and Yotam Silberstein:guitar play new Argentine music at Spectrum

5/31, 7 PM a killer twang triplebill at the Jalopy: surf/twang instrumental rockers the Bakersfield Breakers – whose new album is a dead ringer for something from 1963, unbelievably cool and fun – followed by the Country Provisions Band and then Katie Brennan’s honkytonk crew the Bourbon Express playing the album release show for their excellent new one at the Jalopy, $10

5/31, 7 PM the Queensboro Symphony Orchestra plays a benefit concert for Nepal earthquake relief featuring Tchaikovsky’s monumental 5th symphony, Mozart’s Horn Concerto #3 (featuring Peter DelGrosso) and the Nepali national anthem arranged by Paul Joseph, at Mary’s Nativity Church, 46-02 Parsons Blvd. (at Holly Ave.), Flushing, just ten minutes on foot or by bus from the Flushing Ave. 7 train station. $20 sugg don, all proceeds to benefit Nepalese relief organizations

5/31, 7 PM cutting-edge, playful, acerbic vocalese-and-bass improvisation with the Velocity Duo: Lauren Lee and Charlie Sabatino at Downtown Music Galler

5/31, 7:30 PM irresistibly funny, smutty comedy-rock duo the Reformed Whores at Union Hall, $5

5/31, 8 PM ambitious, smart, noir-inclined tenor saxophonist Patrick Cornelius leads an octet including Fabian Almazan on piano and Peter Slavov on bass at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.

5/31, 9 PM bewitchingly intense Americana/jazz/janglerock songwriter Erica Smith, rockabilly/honkytonk guitar maven Monica Passin and then wryly edgy, politically-fueled American Ambulance frontman Pete Cenedella headlining at around 11 at 2A

5/31, 9 PM Kingston roots reggae band the Nomaddz at Shrine

6/1, 7 PM the increasingly darker, more Americana-oriented, lyrically brilliant Linda Draper at the small room at the Rockwood. Noir guitar genius Jim Campilongo is there at 10 followed eventually at midnight by the similarly noir cult favorite piano jazz Dred Scott Trio, back at last!

6/1, 8 PM tuneful third-stream jazz pianist Laila Biali and her combo at Subculture, $15 adv tix rec

6/1, 9:30 PM a psychedeic cumbia summit with members of El Combo Chimbita and MAKU Soundsystem at Barbes

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

6/2, 7 PM smoldering Detroit noir soul band Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas at Baby’s All Right, $12

6/2, 7 PM Scarface – yeah, him, from the Geto Boys – at Red Hook Park, early arrival advised, watch your back and your brother’s back too

6/2-7, 8/10:30 PM powerhouse postbop trumpeter Terrell Stafford leads a quintet with Tim Warfield Jr-alro aZ., Bruce Barth-piano Peter Washington-bass, Billy Williams-drums at the Vanguard, $30

6/2, 7:30 PM traditional Yiddish song maven Itzik Gottesman & friends at the Steven Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W 68th St., $15

6/2-7, 8/10 PM iconic noir jazz saxophonist Roy Nathanson plays a weeklong stand at the Stone, $15. Too many good sets to list. Choice pick (get there early!!!): the 10 PM slot  opening night with the Jazz Passengers, and also the 10 PM slot on 6/3, a B3 organ quartet with Marc Ribot! Suddenly it’s like it’s 1999 again and Tonic hasn’t yet been bulldozed for a luxury highrise!

6/2, 8 PM the North/South Chamber Orchestra play new works by Oliver Caplan, Emma Lou Diemer, Eugene Marlow, Patricia Morehead and Margarita Zelenaia with oboist William Meredith and bassoonist Gilbert Dejean, at Christ and St Stephen’s Church, 120 West 69th St (bet Bway & Columbus, free

6/2, 8 PM the Highline Chamber Ensemble play a program TBA at Subculture, $25 adv tix req

6/2-3, 9:30 PM lyrical, intense tenor saxophonist Noah Preminger records a live album at 55 Bar with Jason Palmer – trumpet; ; Kim Cass – bass; Ian Froman – drums, $10

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

6/3, 8 PM Intense, soaring singer/pianist Anna Winthrop, cellist Kirin McElwain and flutist Emma Davis play their individualistic, windswept, cinematic jazz-inflected art-rock at Drom, $10

6/3, 10 PM creepy noir chamberpop crooner Jon DeRosa – the missing link between Scott Walker and Mark Sinnis – at St. Vitus

6/3, 11 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, $12 adv tix rec

6/4, 2 PM-ish La La Brooks, former original lead singer of badgirl doo-wop legends the Crystals at a block party at 47-51 33rd St, Long Island City, free

6/4, 6-9 PM art-rocker Alexander Hacke‘s ecologically-themed soundtrack Transflexion: Net of Mirrors accompanies six visual artists’ projections at Made in NY Media Center, 30 John St, Dumbo, free. There will also be projections by other video artists screened outdoors at the corner of Anchorage and Pearl starting at dusk.

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, 7 PM highly regarded highway rock and alt-country road warriors the Barr Bros. and the Felice Bros. at Red Hook Park, free

6/4, 10 PM the postpunk band that invented the genre, Wire at Bowery Ballroom, $25 gen adm

6/5, 7 PM hot oldtimey swing band Svetlana & the Delancey Five in front of the TKTS booth at Times Square – let’s show the tourists who runs this town, huh!

6/5, 8 PM melancholy acoustic Americana cover song specialists the Sad Bastards of Brooklyn – a Spanking Charlene side project – at Sidewalk

6/5, 9 PM hard-hitting female-fronted psychedelic guitar power trio Devi plays two sets at the Lincoln Inn, 13 Lincoln St. in Jersey City, free. Lead singer/guitarist Debra Devi will read from her hilarious Devil’s Dictionary of the blues, Language of the Blues: From Alcorub to Zuzu in between sets http://www.devi-rock.com

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

6/6-7 create your own art posters from art materials and supplies available for everyone. the Black Lives Matter art show on Governor’s Island as part of the annual Figment art extravaganza there.

6/6, noon, free performances by avant improvisers including thingNY at the Grattan Street Performance Block Party at Bushwick Open Studios, Grattan St. between Bogart St. and Morgan Ave., L to Morgan Ave., with Oxygen Ensemble, Jeff Young’s Magical Kingdom of Dust, New Thread Quartet + Luke Schwarz, Naked Roots Conducive and Cacaw.

6/6. 3ish Moroccan trance-funk grooves with the Innove Gnawa Band outdoors at Union Pool, free

6/6, 3 PM-ish, Soviet Georgian music/dance ensemble the Dancing Crane Company perform rousing material from their native land and Ukraine on the Coney Island Boardwalk – where, just follow your ears

6/6, 4 PM-ish trumpeter Roy Hargrove and band at Central Park Summerstage. Get there early since the 90s opening act is popular.

6/6, 7 PM Mac McCarty & the Kidd Twist Band play their fiery, sometimes unexpectedly poignant Pogues-ish punk and folk noir at Sidewalk

6/6m 7PM the indie classical world’s go-to pianist, Lisa Moore, plays new works by Kate Moore (US premiere), Stephen Cabell (world premiere), John Luther Adams, and Chris Rogerson (NY premieres) at the DiMenna Center, $20

6/6, 8 PM former stars of Rodeo Bar, bassist Heidi Lieb’s trio  the Lonesome Prairie Dogs play all sorts of vintage C&W at the Way Station

6/6, 9ish a gathering of freedom fighters against gentrification with music by hilarious faux-French rockers les Sans Culottes and ska vets the Rocksteady 7 at Hank’s

6/6. 9 PM fiery, hyperliterate punk/powerpop alienation anthems with Hannah vs. the Many followed by a reunion of hilarious, sardonically careening glam/party band Haley Bowery & the Manimals at Rock Shop, $10

6/6, 10 PM a rare solo show by the sharp, wryly literate, amusing, John Prine-influenced Joe Maynard of Maynard & the Musties at Sidewalk

6/7, 5ish intense, eclectic, Middle Eastern-tinged afropop singer Angelique Kidjo at Central Park Summmerstage, best to get there at 3 when the gates open

6/7, 6ish oldschool soul crooner/Daptone rediscovery Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires at Corona Park in Queens

6/7, 7:30 PM kinetic vibraphone jazz trio (and David Bowie reinventors) the Wee Trio at Subculture, $15 adv tix rec

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

6/7 Canadian Indian musicians on their annual Red Ride Tour at the Cameo Gallery

6/8, 5:30 PM a seven-piece chamber ensemble from Music From China perform an eclectic mix of traditional Chinese and contemporary classical music, with Chen Yi’s CMA commissioned work “Three Dances from China South” along with traditional tunes on the upper terrace at Bryant Park, free

6/9, 5ish popular, occassionally haunting all-female oldtime Americana harmony trio Della Mae in the parking lot out back of City Winery, free

6/9, 6-9 PM the Museum Mile Festival with free admission at several institutions: he Metropolitan Museum of Art; Neue Galerie New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; National Academy Museum & School; Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum; The Jewish Museum; The Museum of the City of New York; El Museo del Barrio; and the Africa Center

6/9, 7:30 PM highwire klezmer violinist Lisa Gutkin and her Trio, w/tsimbl player Pete Rushefsky & Remy Yulzari at the Steven Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W 68th St., $15

6/9-14, 8/10:30 PM pianist Renee Rosnes leads an interesting quartet with Steve Nelson-vibes, Peter Washington-bass, Bill Stewart-drums at the Vanguard, $30

6/9, 9 PM intense, atmospheric Russian indie classical/art-rock keyboardist Olga Bell at Bowery Ballroom, $15 adv tix rec

6/9, 10 PM crystalline-voiced Portland, Maine acoustic Americana chanteuse Caroline Cotter – who moves seamlessly and compellingly between original New England front-porch folk, jaunty Prohibition swing, French chanson and oldtimey/bluegrass stylings – at the third room at the Rockwood, $10 + $10 drink minimum very strictly enforced

6/10, 9 PM Certain General guitarslinger Phil Gammage’s Adventures in Bluesland– whose material spans from Muddy Waters to Elvis to originals – play the album release show for their new one at Lucille’s Bar

6/9 hilarious faux-French garage/psychedelic rockers les Sans Culottes – whose new album Les Dieux Ont Soif is both great fun and potently relevant – at Drom

6/11, 7:30 PM, conversation moderated by filmmaker Warrington Hudlin with Rashid Johnson and blaxpliotation icon Melvin Van Peebles followed at 8 by a sreening of Johnson’s new film The New Black Yoga  at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival a must. After the screening, a performance by Melvin Van Peebles and his twisted soul band, Menage a Trio

6/11, 7:30 PM an all-Lukas Ligeti program of chamber works performed by Ligeti (drums), Daniel Blake (saxophone), Lorna Krier (synthesizer), Eyal Maoz and Grey McMurray (electric guitars), and special guests tba at the Austrian Cultural Center, 11 E 52nd St, free but res req to acfny.org. There’s a similar program at 5:30 PM on 6/14 at Roulette for $20/$15 stud/srs

6/11, 8 PM a League of Composers ensesmble led by conductors Louis Karchin and Scott Voyles perform a world premieres by Morris Rosenzweig, a U.S. premiere by Kaija Saariaho, a NY premiere by David Felder and Irving Fine’s twistedly immortal Notturno for Strings and Harp at the Miller Theatre, $20/$10 stud/srs

6/11, 9 PM irresistibly fun, psychedelic, period-perfect 60s sunshine pop revivalist Jacco Gardner at Rough Trade, $12 adv tix rec

6/12, 8 PM magical, ethereal, enveloping sound sculptures by Lesley Flanigan with additional vocalists Pamela Stein Lynde, Elizabeth Munn, and Pamela Martinez, utilizing Flanigan’s own custom-made speakers and mixers at Roulette

6/12, 8 PM compellingly low-key janglerock band and Hem spinoff Little Silver at Rock Shop, $10

6/12 Laura Cantrell – arguably this era’s most compelling, magically clear-voiced female oldschool country artist – at Bowery Electric

6/13. 7:30 PM panist Weiyin Chen plays Schubert’s G Major Sonata D. 894, the Bartok Sonata, and a world premiere by Marc Neikrug at Subculture https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qlMqRyPUpLE

6/13, 8:30 PM sardonically funny Beatlesque/Costelloesque powerpop songwriter Walter Ego at Sidewalk

6/13, 9ish check out this insanely awesome global klezmer/Balkan lineup: clarinetist Merlin Shepherd, Klezmer Kapelye, Psoy Korolenko (co-leader of Oy Division), Vanya Zhuk and then the mysterious “Billy’s band” at Paperbox in Bushwick, $18

6/13, 9 PM 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 Bowery Ballroom, $15

6/13, 10ish psychedelic, hard-hitting metal cumbia/skaragga/latin rockers Escarioka at Mehanata

6/13, 11 PM all-female UK lo-fi/punk/garage band Pins – sort of like the bastard child of the early Go Go’s and Wire – at Rough Trade, $12 adv tix rec

6/14, 2:30 PM it’s Choralfest at Symphony Space: a marathon of choirs including Angelica, C4 Choral Composer-Conductor Collective, Chameleonic, Connecticut Chamber Choir, Empire City Men’s Chorus, Ghostlight, Voices of Gotham, New Amsterdam Singers, Riverside Church Inspirational Choir, The Canticum Novum Singers, The New York Virtuoso Singers and Zamir Chorale sing works from across the centuries, free, early arrival advised.

6/14, 3 PM organist Stephen Rumpf and cellist Benjamin Larsen play Robert Sirota’s Easter Canticles at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 139 St. John’s Place, Park Slope, any train to Grand Army Plaza and walk downhill, free

6/14, 4 PM NYC’s only black bluegrass band – who also happen to be one of NYC’s best bluegrass and oldtime Americana crews – the Ebony Hillbillies at Betsy Head Park in Brooklyn

6/14, 8 PM smart, tuneful, soulful oldschool blues/soul singer/multi-instrumentalist Lola Johnson at Sidewalk

6/14, 9 PM the timeless Sun Ra Arkestra, with the timeless Marshall Allen and his freaky EWI horn – at Rough Trade, $18 adv tix rec

6/14 the Dorothy Parker of piano-based chamber pop: Dawn Oberg at Freddy’s.. 6/15 she’s at the Rockwood

6/14 state-of-the-art newschool psychedelia with the Middle Eastern-tinged Zola Jesus at Warsaw

6/15, 8 PM the world’s most adventurous indie classical string quintet, Sybarite5 at Bryant Park, free, as part of the Chamber Music America New Music Marathon

6/16, 7 PM Avremi Gourarie leads an allstar ensemble backing current-day cantorial and Yiddish singing stars Avraham Fried, Netanel Hershtik, Yanky Lemmer, Joseph Malovany, Lipa Schmeltzer and Zusha at Central Park Summerstage, order of acts unknown but it doesn’t really matter, they’re all good.

6/16, 7:30 PM dance leader Avia Moore, while colorful drummer Aaron Alexander leads his Klezmer Kapelye with Jordan Hirsch, Patty Farrell & the Workshop Klezmorim at the Steven Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W 68th St., $15

6/16-21, 8/10 PM crooner Theo Bleckmann plays a weeklong stand at the Stone with a variety of interesting projects., $15 Choice pick: the late set 6/19, a duo performance of old Weimar songs with pianist Rob Schwimmer.

6/16, 9 PM cinematic jazz saxophonist Joshua Kwassman leads his group playing the album release show for his new one at Subculture, $15

6/16, 9:30 PM a lush, intense album release show by chanteuse Chris McNulty and her all-star chamber jazz band – pianist John Di Martino, guitarist Paul Bollenback, bassist Ugonna Okegwo, drummer Matt Wilson – at 54 Below, 254 W 54th St, $25

6/16, 10 PM the explosively enveloping hard groove Colin Stetson/Sarah Neufeld duo at Bowery Ballroom, $15

6/17, 7 PM trombonist John Yao’s 17-Piece Instrument – one of the most distinctive and enjoyable large jazz ensembles out there – play the album release show for their new one at Shapeshifter Lab

6/17, 8 PM a rare Hungarian twinbill with two exhilarating Romany/folk/circus rock bands: Glass House Orchestra with trumpet legend Frank London & Muzsikás at the Skirball Ctr, 566 LaGuardia Pl. just south of the park, expensive ($36) but worth it.

6/18, 7 PM powerhouse organist Christopher Houlihan plays works by Bach, Brahms, Vierne and Leo Sowerby at the Church of the Holy Apostles, 296 9th Avenue at 28th St, sugg don

6/18, 7 PM the release concert for klezmer/Ukrainian music mavens Michael Alpert and Julian Kytasty‘s new album Night Songs from a Neighboring Village at the Center for Jewish History, 15 W 16th St, $15/$10 stud/srs

6/18, 7 PM in the spirit of Luther Wright’s bluegrass take on Pink Floyd’s The Wall, the Hillbenders play their droll but perfectly executed bluegrass version of the Who’s Tommy at the big room at the Rockwood, $12

6/18, 8 PM the NY Phil plays Stravinsky’s Petroushka plus works by Ravel, Berlioz and Saint-Saens on the lawn in Central Park, enter at 7 nd St. and Central Park West, free, get there early. The program repeats on 6/19 at 8 in Prospect Park

6/18-21, 8/10 PM octogenarian South African jazz piano legend Abdullah Ibrahim at the Blue Note, $30 standing room avail.

6/18 dynamic, cutting edge female-fronted Ashebville Americana band the Honeycutters – who bridge the gap between oldschool honkytonk and newgrass – at the big room at the Rockwood

6/19, 9 PM eclectic jam-oriented mostly-female klezmer/tango/jazz band Isle of Klezbos at Joe’s Pub, $18

6/19, 11 PM hypnotic, surrealistic Aussie psychedelic rockers King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard at Bowery Ballroom, $15

6/19 Gill Landry of Old Crow Medicine Show at the Mercury

6/20, 4 PM St. Thomas Church’s extraordinary organist and mussic director John Scott performs the program of works by J.S. Bach that  Felix Mendelssohn once played in 1840 at the Thomaskirche in Leipzig, on his home turf at 53rd St./5th Ave, $10 sugg don

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

6/20, 7:30 PM rustic Brazilian rainforest nocturnes with Forro in the Dark at Prospect Park Bandshell

6/20, 8 PM Rachel Grimes of the Rachels plays haunting, creepy, historically rich songs off her new album The Lives of Hamilton Fish at Subculture, $15 adv tix rec

6/20, 8 PM long-rnnning, perennially tuneful janglerockers/powerpopsters Bubble followed eventually at 10 PM legendary/obscure 90s GBV-style dreampop band the Pineapples making a rare reunion appearance at the Knitting Factory, $10 adv ti rec

6/21, noonish the well-loved annual avant garde Bang on a Can Marathon at the World Financial Center, free, get there early if you want a seat.

6/21 a 90s ska triplebill on the Rocks Off Concerrt Cruise with Slow Children, the Voodoo Glow Skulls and Mephiskapheles aboard the Jewel, boarding at 7:30 PM, sailing at 8 PM from the pier behind the heliport at 23r d St. and the East River, $25 adv tix avail. at the office next door or the Highline Ballroom box ofc.

6/21, 8 PM the ageless, lefty king of the surf guitar, Dick Dale at Brooklyn Bowl, $25

6/22 ferociously funny, intense, guitar-fueled Americana punks Spanking Charlene at Bowery Electric

6/23, 7 PM Keith Gilyard and Greg Clark discuss moments in the history of jazz when musicians have used their art to address social problems and civic crises in the United States and beyond. These moments include two highly rhetorical musical stage shows: The Real Ambassadors, composed by Dave and Iola Brubeck and Louis Armstrong to critique the US State Department’s use of jazz as a propaganda tool in the Cold War, and Duke Ellington’s My People, composed to mark the centennial of the Emancipation Proclamation, as well other jazz works that do political critique. at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, 104 E. 126th St. just west of Lex, free

6/23, 7:30 PM the Knights play Schubert’s 5 German Dances, Arvo Part’s Tabula Rasa, Georgyi Ligeti’s Concert Romanesc, Zhou Long’s Chinese Folk Song Suite and Dvorak’s Czech Suite at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, free, early arrival advised

6/23, 8:30 PM art-rock/avant garde rocker Olga Bell‘s Krai project at South St. Seaport

6/23 low key but intense African-born acoustic groove songwriter/chanteuse Nneka at the Mercury

6/24, 7 PM Chris Potter’s well-liked Underground Orchestra – sort of the cooler prototype for acts like Snarky Puppy – at Madison Square Park

6/25, 7 PM adventurous indie classical violinist Sarah Plum performs works by Bartok as well as American composers Christopher Adler and Sidney Corbett at Spectrum, $15/$10 stud/srs

6/25, 7 PM the Lox – the 90s Yonkers hip-hop stars, not the nosh – at Corona Park in the Bronx

6/25, 7:30 PM two generations of Americana; banjo player/road warrior Jason Walker followed by Lucinda Williams at Prospect Park Bandshell

6/25-27, 8 PM experimental noiserock crew Open House play their new psychedelic Richard Brautigan-inspired sound/light piece at the Kitchen, $15

6/25 drumm Adam Rudolph’s strikingly tuneful, rumblingly improvisational Go Organic Orchestra at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music

6/26, 8 PM iconic Britfolk guitarist/bandleader/songwriting genius Richard Thompson – who put on a typically transcendent solo show in Newark last month – plays with his electric band at the Town Hall, $35 tix might still be available.

6/26, 9ish slinky, dub-influenced Balkan band Tipsy Oxcart at Red Hook Bait & Tackle

6/26, midnight newschool garage rockers the Mystery Lights followed by Ty Segall acoustic (why acoustic? Doesn’t his signature freakout attack pretty much require electricity?) at Rough Trade, $20 adv tix rec

6/26 vibaphonist Chris Dingman‘s luminous, hypnotic, gorgeously sweeping project the Subliminal & the Sublime play the album release show for their debut at the Greene Space (he wrote a cool theme that gets a lot of WNYC play, therefore the gig).

6/27, 3 PM dancehall reggae hitmakers: Massive B, Bobby Konders & Jabba, Bunji Garlin & Fay Ann Lyons, Gypgian and Maxi Priest at Central Park Summerstage, the line to get in might be out of control so take that into consideration

6/27, 6 PM Venezuelan ice cream rockers (ok, psychedelic, surfy, vallenato-influenced groovemeisters) Los Crema Paraiso and hilarious, kick-ass klezmer punks Golem (the Jewish Gogol Bordello) at South St. Seaport

6/28. 3 PM a Catalan triplebill at Central Park Summerstage: inscrutable chanteuse Sílvia Pérez Cruz, scruffy latin chamber pop band La Iaia and slyly catchy circus rock/reggae/Romany band Oques Grasses

6/29-30, 9ish the Melvins- you know them, right?  at Santos Party House, $20

6/30, 7:30 PM pianist Simone Dinnerstein and a pickup ensemble play John Adams’ Shaker Loops, Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 23 in A and Schoenberg’s Verklarte Nacht at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, free, early arrival advised

7/2, 7:30 PM high-energy, politically-fueled Mexican rockers Las Cafeteras at the Linclon Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

7/2 ex Bee & Flower bandleader/bassist Dana Schechter’s haunting, intense, grimly cinematic instrumental project Insect Ark play the album release show for their new one at St. Vitus

7/5, 7:30 PM  soaring, brilliant singer Magda Giannikou’s lush, sweeping, pan-Mediterranean art-rock/chamber pop/jazz group Banda Magda at Pier 1 on the upper west, free

7/7, 8 PM Yonder Mountain String Band at Brooklyn Bowl, $25, notice how their ticket prices have come down now they’re not playing Live Nation venues!

7/9, half past noon hypnotically spiky West African grooves with Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba at Metrotech Park in downtown Brooklyn, free

7/10, 10ish hypnotically undulating Israeli/Eastern European dancefloor grooves with Balkan Beat Box at Brooklyn Bowl $17 adv tix rec

7/10, 7 PM high-energy, sardonic, horn-fueled Argentine ska-punk band Los Autenticos Decadentes at Prospect Park Bandshell

7/11, 3 PM mighty horn-driven soul/circus rock band No Te Va Gustar, Ximena Sariñana – who does an unconvincing, suspiciously halfhearted corporate ranchera-rock thing – and meat-and-potatoes (carne y papas?) four-on-the-floor stadium rocker Vicentico at Central Park Summerstage

7/11, 8:30 PM newschool powerpop icons the New Pornographers at Prospect Park Bandshell

7/12, 3 PM a rare Cape Verdeab triplebill: Dino D’Santiago, Mayra Andrade and the Cesária Évora Orchestra at Central Park Summerstage

7/14, 7:30 PM a Boston Symphony Orchestra chamber ensemble plays Nielsen’s Wind Quintet plus works by Mozart and Brahms at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, free, early arrival advised

7/15, 7 PM the ageless George Clinton & his latest P-Funk incarnation at Queensbridge Park

7/15, 9 PM cleverly hilarious newschool honkytonk crooner Hayes Carll at Rough Trade, $20

7/16, half past noon George Clinton & P-Funk at Metrotech Park in downtown Brooklyn, free. Never seen the funk legend before? Wanna save forty bucks and not have to deal with the crowds? This is your place.

7/16, 9:30 PM Malian desert rock guitar shredder Vieux Farka Toure at Prospect Park Bandshell

7/17, 7:30 PM the film Son of the Sheik with a live score by Alloy Orchestra and Ghost Train Orchestra at Prospect Park Bandshell

7/18, 7:30 PM cult favorite noirish crooner Joe Henry at Prospect Park Bandshell

7/18 period-perfect early 70s-style Aussie stoner art-rock/proto-metal band Mondo Drag at St. Vitus. You’ll think you’re at a Nektar concert

7/21, 7:30 PM the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra plays works by Haydn, Wagner and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, free, early arrival advised

7/22, 7 PM hypnotic, entrancing ghazal chanteuse/bandleader Kiran Ahluwalia at Madison Square Park

7/23, half past noon high-voltage Houston gospel-funk band the Jones Family Singers at Metrotech Park in downtown Brooklyn, free

7/24, half past noon the magically haunting, soaring all-female Mariachi Flor de Toloache at Madison Square Park

7/25, 2-6 PM Rudy Bishop’s Young Acolytes Symphonic Steel Orchestra ccompany a Guyanese dance celebration at 2806 Newkirk Ave. between E. 28th and 29th St. in Flatbush, free

7/25, 5 PM Niger’s desert rock guitar powerhouse Bombino at Central Park Summerstage

7/25, 3 PM golden age hip-hop cult favorite Big Daddy Kane finally makes it to Central Park Summerstage after toiling year after year in parks all over Brownsville and Staten Island

7/26, 1-5 PM celebrate Eid al-Fitr with all sorts of cool music and tasty food at the 9th Annual Arab American Bazaar in Bay Ridge at Shore Road Park, use the entrance at 79th St. and Shore Rd.

7/29, half past noon the eclectic Balkan/latin/New Orleans Underground Horns at Madison Square Park

8/1, 4 PM the Night Tripper himself, Dr. John at Central Park Summerstage: get there when the doors open at 3.

8/1 third-wave ska/soul/blues cult favorites the Slackers play the Rocks Off Concerrt Cruise aboard the Nautical Express, boarding at 6 PM, sailing at 7 PM from Pier 36 – 299 South St,  $30 adv tix avail. at the Rocks Off office out behind the heliport at 23r d St. and the East River or the Highline Ballroom box ofc.

8/2, 3:30ish kitchen sink Brazilian/C&W/funk/New Orleans band Nation Beat‘s Carnival Caravan featuring Cha Wa and Nação Zumbi at Central Park Summerstage

8/4, 7 PM 80s salsa romantica nostalgia with Tito Nieves at East River Park

8/4, 7:30 PM the amazing East Coast Chamber Orchestra play works by Biber, Francesco Geminiani and Tschaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings in C major, at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, free, early arrival advised

8/4, 7:30 PM 80s hip-hop nostalgia with Kool Moe Dee, Rob Base, Biz Markie and Dr. Roxanne Shante at Wingate Field in Crown Heights, watch your back.

8/4, 11 PM 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

8/6, 9 PM the Thurston Moore band at Bowery Ballroom, $17 adv tix req

8/7, 8:30 PM recently resurgent 70s roots reggae vets Third World at Prospect Park Bandshell

8/9, 4 PM groovemistress/cellist/singer Marika Hughes & Bottom Heavy at East River Park

8/11, 7:30 PM reggae lite and dancehall hits with Maxi Priest and Gyptian at Wingate Field in Crown Heights, watch your back

8/18, 5ish the king of the literate, surrealist downtown NYC rock anthem, Willie Nile in the parking lot out back of City Winery, free

8/21, 9ish the Oliver Lake Big Band at Marcus Garvey Park

8/22, 3 PM the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival with saxophonist Camille Thurman, drummer/bandleader/personality  Jeff “Tain” Watts and B3 organ groove legend Dr Lonnie Smith at Marcus Garvey Park

8/23, 3 PM the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival with retro crooner Michael Mwenso, luminously lyrical pianist Myra Melford and pyrotechnic alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa‘s Parker tribute, Bird Calls at Tompkins Square Park

9/2, 7 PM this era’s state-of-the-art retro soul band, Lake Street Dive at Central Park Summerstage

New York City Live Music Calendar for April and May 2015

New May-June calendar (a work in progress) 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.

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 May, 8 PM Tongues in Trees – vocalist Samita Sinha, drummer Sunny Jain of Red Baraat, and guitarist Grey McMurray from itsnotyouitsme at Barbes

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.

Saturdays at 6 PM in May Que Vlo-Ve play classic Greek hash smoking music and criminal underworld narratives from the 20s and 30s 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.

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 May, 5 PM smart purist oldtime blues/Americana duo resonator guitarist Zeke Healey with Karen Waltuch joined by various ensembles followed at 7 by ubiquitiously good Americana guitarist Jason Loughlin & the String Gliders at Barbes

Sundays in May 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

4/30, 8 PM indie classical chambe group Cadillac Moon Ensemble play new works and premieres by Viet Cuong, Peyman Farzinpour, Kyle Tieman, Ryan Francis, Caleb Burhans and Osnat Netzer at South Oxford Space, 138 S. Oxford St in Ft. Greene, $15/$10 stud/srs

4/30, 8 PM devious oldschool C&W/rockabilly parodists Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co. at Otto’s

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

5/1, 8 PM the Warbling Plebs -Brian Dolphin – guitar; Ali Dineen – accordion & washboard; Sam Harmet – banjolin & clarinet; Quince Marcum – percussion, bass, baritone horn – sing revolutionary anthems from across the centuries to celebrate May Day at Barbes

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

5/2, 8 PM an all-star ensemble; oudists Alfonso Mugaburo Cid, Zafer Tawil and Taoufiq Ben Amor, singer Bárbara Martínez, guitarist Arturo Martínez and percussionist Ramzi Eledlebi play ancient Andalucian Arabic flamenco music at Alwan for the Arts, $20/$15 stud

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 Mexican ranchera/bolero brass crew Banda de los Muertos at Barbes

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, 4:30 PM lustrous, up-and-coming latin-influenced jazz chanteuse Marianne Solivan leads a big band at Smalls

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

5/3, 8 PM a blast from the East Village past: the Surreal McCoys followed by ferociously funny, intense, guitar-fueled Americana punks Spanking Charlene at Fat Baby on Rivington St. just west of Essex, $tba

5/3, 8 PM catchy oldtimey all-female string band the Calamity Janes followed at 9 by bluegrass group the Darke County Steam Threshers at the Jalopy, $10

5/4, 9:30 PM El Combo Chimbita play psychedelic, dubwise, horn-driven cumbia and party grooves at Barbes

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.

5/7, 8 PM Argentine circus rock sensations Violentango at Shrine

5/7, 8 PM 8 PM psychedelic klezmer/bluegrass mandolin and clarinet legend Andy Statman at Barbes, $10

5/7, 9 PM mysterious, purist surf rockers the Tiki Brothers at Hank’s

5/8, 8 PM Tin Hat accordionist Rob Reich plays the album release show for his new album Shadowbox with a killer band followed at 10 by the psychedelic funk band the People’s Champs at Barbes

5/8, 8 PM a sax trio version of Bonnie Kane’s intense Fire Maidens From Outer Space followed by improvisers the Jack Wright Quartet: Jack Wright: saxophones, Zach Darrup: guitar, Joe Hertenstein: drums, Ollie Brice – bass and then a Steve Dalachinsky spoken-word performance at the Firehouse Space, $10

5/8, 10 PM brilliantly lyrical dark oldtimey songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Pete Lanctot and band at Hank’s

5/8, 10 PM Thunda Vida play roots reggae and dub at Shrine

5/9, 4 PM the Erik Satie Quartet – Ron Hay (trombone), Max Seigel (bass trombone), Ben Holmes (trumpet), and Andrew Hadro (bari sax) – followed by Que Vlo-Ve playing classic Greek hash smoking music and criminal underworld narratives from the 20s and 30s at 6 and then eventually at 10 the even more haunting, slinky, female-fronted noir bolero and desert/tropical rock band Las Rubias Del Norte at Barbes

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

5/11, 9:30 PM Cumbiagra – whose take on psychedelic cumbias is more rustic and purist than most bands who play that stuff –at Barbes

5/12, 8 PM indie classical icons the Kronos Quartet and their younger NYC counterparts Hotel Elefant play the world premiere of composer Mary Kouyhoumdjian’s Silent Cranes suite commemorating the 100th anniversary of the genocide in Armenia at Roulette, $20

5/14, half past noon organist Angela Kraft Cross plays at Central Synagogue, Lex/53rd, 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.

5/14, 9 PM cleverly lyrical, darkly funny Nashville gothic rock with Maynard & the Musties at Hank’s

5/14, 10 PM the plush, balmy, oldtimey uke swing of Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies at Barbes

5/15, 7:30 PM oudist-and-guitar duo Erdal Akkaya & Jeronimo Maya play spiky tunes “from Andalusia to Anatolia” at Drom, $15

5/15, 10 PM this era’s greatest cinematic noir guitar instrumentalists, Big Lazy at Barbes

5/16, 4 PM female-fronted New York drum ensembles: the 2nd Spirit of Aña and tarentella sorceress Alessandra Belloni and the Daughters of Cybele at the BMHC Lab,1303 Louis Niné Blvd in the Bronx.

5/16, 7 PM soaring, austerely majestic haunting Turkish choral group the New York Ataturk Chorus at Drom, $20 followed at 9 by the eclectic, Balkan/latin/funk brass stylings of the Underground Horns ($10 separate adm)

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

5/16, 8 PM innovative choral ensemble Cantori NY sing the world premiere of Pedro Páramo by Colombian-American composer Alba Pote plus Where the Willows Meet by Niels Rosing-Schow at the church of St. Luke in the Fields, 487 Hudson St $25/$20 srs/$5 stud

5/16, 8 PM works by Robert Sierra, Chopin, Monsalvatge, Sierra, Villa-Lobos performed by Harolyn Blackwell, soprano with the Split Second Piano Ensemble – Roberto Hidalgo and Marc Peloquin at the Tenri Cultural Institute, 43A West 13th St, $20

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

5/16, 10 PM Supermambo – vibraphonist Felipe Fournier‘s tribute to Tito Puente, who got his start on that instrument – at Barbes

5/17, 7:30 PM pyrotechnic Galician bagpiper Cristina Pato – who adds a jazzy, otherworldly, sometimes Balkan edge to flamenco tunes – at Subculture, $20 adv tix rec

5/17 bouncy Afrobeat orchestra Emefe at Baby’s All Right

5/19, 7 PM Susan Mandel, cello and Mikael Darmanie, piano play a program TBA followed by ssp at Barbes

5/19 a new big band jazz summit to rival anything majestic and epic staged in NYC this year: the Nathan Parker Smith Ensemble + JC Sanford Orchestra + Asuka Kakitani Jazz Orchestra at Shapeshifter Lab, wow!

5/20, 7 PM violinist Meg Okura and the Pan Asian Chamber Jazz Ensemble at Mariners’ Temple Baptist Church, 3 Henry St. on the LES, F to East Broadway, $25/$15 stud/srs

5/21, 8 PM Pierre de Gaillande’s Bad Reputation plays witty chamber pop English translations of Georges Brassens classics at Barbes

5/21, 8:30 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” at Espresso 77, 35-57 77th Street, Jackson Hts., free.

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.”

5/22, 9 PM a big jazzy twinbill: Dennis Lichtman’s western swing band Brain Cloud followed by oldtimey swing archive raiders/obscure treasure revivalists the Ghost Train Orchestra both playing the album release shows for their new ones at the Jalopy, $10 adv tix available at the venue

5/22, 10 PM roots reggae group Royal Khaoz at Shrine

5/23, 1:30 PM lushly kinetic, eclectic, viola-driven Russian Romany/tango/cinematic instrumentalists Ljova & the Kontraband at the Queens Library in Flushing, 41-17 Main St, free

5/23, 6 PM a killer triplebill at Barbes: Que Vlo-Ve play classic Greek hash smoking music and criminal underworld narratives from the 20s and 30s followed at 8 by pianist Alejandro Zuleta and band, who reinvent cumbia classics with a jazz and classical tinge, and then at 10 cumbia dance group Chia’s Dance Party

5/23, 8 PM Marta Hernández (aka Mar Salá) plays her acoustic flamenco rock at Shrine

5/25, 9:30 PM Colombian bandleader Carolina Oliveros leads her group Bulla En El Barrio playing obscure cumbia and party classics at Barbes

5/26, 9 PM a rare duo show with Drina Seay – torchy Americana/soul/jazz siren who is to NYC now what Neko Case was to Portland in 1999 – with her sizzling guitarslinger pal Homeboy Steve Antonakos at Silvana

5/28, 7:30 PM an auspicious collaboration between two fiery, gamelanesque percussionists: Electric Junkyard Gamelan’s Terry Dame and Sexmob‘s Kenny Wollesen at Barbes

5/28, 9 PM someday people will say this stuff was classic: wry, entertaining late 90s stye urban country with Uncle Leon‘s Honkytonk Relapse at Hank’s

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

5/29, 7:30 PM fiery postbop alto saxophonist/composer Hailey Niswanger plays the album release show for her new one PDX Jazz at Drom, $10 adv tix rec

5/29, 8 PM boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band followed by the even more oldschool (i.e. 1930s-50s) C&W/blues band the Jug Addicts at Barbes

5/29, 8 PM the Funky Dawgz Brass Band play New Orleans second-line grooves at Shrine

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

5/30, 8 PM Syrian pianist Riyad Nicolas plays works by Chopin and Dia Al Succari at Alwan for the Arts in the financial district, $20/$15 stud/srs

5/30, 10 PM Random Test play oldschool roots reggae at Shrine

5/31, 8 PM the oldschool Country Provisions Band play the album release show for their new one at the Jalopy, $10

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

6/6, 9ish a gathering of freedom fighters against gentrification with music by hilarious faux-French rockers les Sans Culottes and ska vets the Rocksteady 7 at Hank’s

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

6/16, 9:30 PM a lush, intense album release show by chanteuse Chris McNulty and her all-star chamber jazz band – pianist John Di Martino, guitarist Paul Bollenback, bassist Ugonna Okegwo, drummer Matt Wilson – at 54 Below, 254 W 54th St, $25

6/18, 7 PM the release concert for klezmer/Ukrainian music mavens Michael Alpert and Julian Kytasty‘s new album Night Songs from a Neighboring Village at the Center for Jewish History, 15 W 16th St, $15/$10 stud/srs

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

6/20, 8 PM long-rnnning, perennially tuneful janglerockers/powerpopsters Bubble followed eventually at 10 PM legendary/obscure 90s GBV-style dreampop band the Pineapples making a rare reunion appearance at the Knitting Factory, $10 adv ti rec

7/11 the New Pornographers at Prospect Park Bandshell

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.

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