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Carsie Blanton Charms and Provokes at the Mercury

Tuesday night at the Mercury, New Orleans bandleader Carsie Blanton was at the top of her hilarious game. She makes good albums, but nothing compares to seeing her onstage. The woman is devastatingly funny, and politically spot-on, and charismatic to the extreme. Decked out in a sassy vintage red dress, fronting her skintight four-piece group, the inventor of the sexy board game Bango kept the audience in stitches when she wasn’t taking requests or running through a mix of torchy soul, swing and retro rock from her latest album So Ferocious.

One of the funniest moments of the night was when she explained the backstory for the bouncy kiss-off anthem Fat and Happy. As you would expect, she’s an Ella Fitzgerald fan, but she winced at how cheesy some of the choir arrangements on Fitzgerald’s albums from the 40s were. “So I thought, what if I took a song and ended it with the band going, ‘Oooohhh, FUUUUUUCK,” Blanton grinned. The band – keyboardist Pat Firth, bassist Joe Plowman and drummer Nicholas Falk – did exactly that, slowly and in perfect three-part harmony. The crowd roared.

“My friends said take the high road, turn the other cheek,” Blanton elaborated with a grin, “But I’m a revenge-taking kind of person.” So the tale of a selfish dude hell-bent on piggybacking on Blanton’s success resonated even more: “Will you still be whining like a suckling pig, or will you be trying to get on the gig?” she sneered.

She’d opened with a simmering blue-flame soul song that Amy Winehouse would have traded her stash to have had the chance to sing. “You don’t scare me,” was the refrain: no joke. Blanton followed that with Scoundrel, a bouncy early 60s-style John Waters soul-pop number and then the hazy, summer-evening soul of Hot Night. She explained that she’d written most of that one in Madrid on vacation, sulking in her unairconditioned B&B, serenaded by street noise until she realized how lucky she was to be there at all.

Throughout the set, Blanton worked the dynamics up and down, more than a tinge of smoke in her voice, through the gentle 6/8 torch-soul ballad Loving Is Easy to a wryly propulsive number from her Idiot Heart album, a typical surreal/crazy/creepy New Orleans moment when a guy tried to pick her up with the line, “Why not, we’re all gonna die one day.”

The first of the audience requests, Chicken grew out an idea that had stuck in her head, she said, which she’d dismissed as silly until she wrote the song…and it turned out to be one of her biggest crowd-pleasers. She followed Money in the Bank – a slinky mashup of sly, low-key Lou Reed and oldschool soul – with another novelty song, Moustache, a newschool Motown number. Blanton revealed that she actually has no issues with facial hair on dudes – it’s just that this one particular fuzzy upper lip turned out to be a big mistake.

Twister, a brand-new number, brought back the sultry/icy vibe of the night’s opening song. inspired by the recent tornado that hit her hometown, contemplating how a new romance could be altered by that sort of calamity. To Be Known made a poignant change of pace, part vintage BeeGees angst, part Jimmy Webb art-song. She kept pretty low-key with The Animal I Am, inspired by a badass canine friend who chews her underwear and, like her owner, is a general hellraiser. Then the group picked up the pace a little with Backbone, a snide dis at a sappy guy who’s probably too lazy to show a little gumption.

Blanton warned the crowd that she’d save the best for last, and she sort of did. It was a brand-new song where everybody in the band changed instruments. Pandemonium ensued as she railed about how everything went completely haywire at an election-night party, and how history reminds that back in the early 30s, lists of forbidden nations and ethnicities were being compiled just like they are now. The crowd begged for another encore but didn’t get one. Blanton’s tour continues at the Lancaster Roots & Blues Festival at the Ware Center, 42 N Prince St. in Lancaster, PA tonight, Feb 25 at 7:45 PM.

The Searing, Psychedelic Space Merchants Headline an Eclectic Show for a Good Cause in Park Slope

With their edgy guitar riffage, ominous organ and tight rhythmic assault, the Space Merchants are sort of the missing link between the Stooges and X, with frequent detours into stoner riff-rock and long, hypnotic, vortical jams in the same vein as the Brian Jonestown Massacre or Black Angels. They’re headlining a benefit for Planned Parenthood on March 4 at 10:30 PM at Union Hall; first-rate honkytonk songwriter Cliff Westfall opens the night at 8:30, followed by Tatters and Rags, who veer between plaintive Jayhawks Americana, honkytonk and cowpunk. Cover is $10.

The last time this blog and the Space Merchants were in the same place, it was in early November at St. Vitus. They opened with a low-key, purposeful stoner 70s riff-rocker that they suddenly took doublespeed, with a hypnotically pounding jam, like the Black Angels at their ballsiest.

Their second number had a fast backbeat from drummer Carter Logan, uneasy close harmonies from guitarist Michael Guggino and keyboardist Ani Monteleone; it was as if John Doe and Exene teamed up with the Stooges right at the point where Iggy went AWOL and checked into rehab. Guggino’s biting bluesmetal interspersed with bassist Aileen Brophy’s catchy, serpentine riffs against Monteleone’s tornado-on-the-horizon organ.

The next song was the reverse image of that, opening with a stomping swing that Guggino took halfspeed with a simmering, slide-fueled southern vibe. The band brought back the X harmonies on the song afterward, a stomping, swaying anthem, part Paperback Writer Beatles, part Deep Purple, Guggino playing through a repeaterbox patch, then hitting his wah pedal for a long raga solo as the organ rose to a flood warning behind him. Monteleone took over lead vocals as the song lurched toward heavy MC5 territory,Guggino veering between unhinged blues, wry hammer-ons and some murderous tremolo-picking.

From there they mashed up Steppenwolf and early Destroy All Monsters, hit a brief bass-and-drums interlude and segued into a burning, swaying midtempo song akin to Sonics Rendezvous Band covering one of the more cowpunk-flavored tunes on X’s Wild Gift album. They took it out with shimmering sheets of feedback.

The night’s last song brought to mind the Stooges’ Johanna with a woman out in front of the band; then they took it in a macabre Blue Oyster Cult direction. All night long, Guggino had been generating some of the most delicious low-midrange sounds heard at any rock show in town: was he splitting his signal between a Fender Twin and an ancient, unidentifiable, vintage sandstone-colored amp behind him? It was impossible to tell – St. Vitus always has great sound, anyway. The Union Hall show should be even more intense since the basement room there is a lot smaller.

Rich Girls Bring Their Enigmatically Catchy, Allusive Sound to Bowery Electric

You either have to be sarcastic, and afraid of nothing, or just plain clueless to call your band Rich Girls these days. Is this New York group a bunch of snobby, entitled Lana Del Rey wannabes – or are they punk, or hip-hop? As it turns out, none of the above. Frontwoman Luisa Black’’s cool, inscrutable vocals and enigmatic, offhanded lyrical metaphors float over a reverbtoned guitar backdrop that’s part new wave and part dreampop. Black’s latest project is a lot more dynamic than her old group, San Francisco dark garage band the Blacks. The new  debut ep Love Is the Dealer is streaming at Bandcamp; the band has a show at Bowery Electric on March 7 at 9:30 PM. Cover is $8

The opening number, New Bag has a hypnotic, insistent, echoey downstroke guitar drive set to a 2/4 new wave pulse: Wire and New Order are the obvious comparisons.

Loaded is the album’s best cut, a steady, twinkling, reverby, noir-tinged number, 60s Orbison pop updated for the teens. Early Sharon Van Etten and Holly Miranda sounded a lot like this; the band follows a steady trajectory upward to an enveloping dreampop vortex

Open Water is a more propulsive take on the post-New Order sound of the ep’s first song..It seems to be about taking a plunge, and the consequences afterward.

Grip has a catchy middle-period Jesus & Mary Chain growl and a far more dynamic singer than that band had. The ep’s final cut is Black Night, an allusive waltz. “White light, head in your hands, you’re alive again,” Black intones “Alive, alive, back from the dead…hold the feeling and not repeat until we run.” Like most of the other songs here, it builds toward a deep-space shimmer not unlike what the Church was doing 25 years ago. If the band does all this onstage, it could be something to get lost in.

Relevant Mexican Sounds, and the Hip-Hop Elite Salute a Chinatown Legend

Fearless Mexican-American folk-rockers Las Cafeteras have a cool free download today just in time for President’s Day. If I Was President is off their forthcoming Tastes Like LA album. “We’ve got a different kind of party in the White House tonight.” For real!

And even if rap or stoner Chinese food isn’t your thing, and you’re a New Yorker, check out Narcotechs‘ great new video for their joint Chicken Lo Mein. They filmed it at Wo Hop. If you’re OG NYC, at one time or another you’ve indulged at the legendary Mott Street spot. This was filmed in the basement space – duh – not the street-level room, which draws the tourists in for more ducats. The production draws on a Wu-tang classic from back in the day. Relive your lost youth in this one if you can remember it.

A Playful Change of Pace for New Orleans Chanteuse Carsie Blanton

On one hand, for Carsie Blanton to put out a record of Lynchian retro rock is kind of like the Squirrel Nut Zippers making a heavy metal album. But the Zippers are great musicians – who knows, maybe they’d pull it off. Turns out Blanton is just as adept at allusive, nocturnal early 60s Nashville pop as the oldtimey swing she made her mark in. Her latest album, So Ferocious, is streaming at her webpage and available as a name-your-price download, the best advertising she could possibly want for her upcoming show at 7 PM on Feb 21 at the Mercury. Cover is $10.

Although it’s a switch for her, Blanton is just as badass and funny as she is out in front of a swing band. She sings and plays uke here, backed by guitarist Pete Donnelly, keyboardist Pat Firth, bassist Joe Plowman and drummer Jano Rix. One of the funniest tracks is Fat and Happy, a return to Blanton’s oldtimey days: the theme is “just wait and see,” and the way it turns out is too LMAO to give away.

Fever Dream builds a surreal New Orleans after-the-storm scenario, darkly spare bass paired against sepulchral toy piano. Hot Night offers a bouncy, energetic contrast, spiced with a distant brass chart; if Springsteen really wanted to write an oldschool soul song, he would have done it like this. Another nocturnal soul ballad, Lovin Is Easy pairs a spare string section against similarly low-key electric piano and Blanton’s unselfconsciously matter-of-fact, tender vocals.

Ravenous, a chirpy look back at adolescent friskiness, has a roller-rink charm that brings to mind both the Kinks and the Cucumbers, a mashup that Blanton revisits on the understatedly biting title track.. She turns the clock back anothe twenty years in Scoundrel, a coy Phil Spector pop tale about a couple of troublemakers.

Musically speaking, the album’s best track is probably The Animal I Am, a defiant individualist’s anthem set to artsy Jeff Lynne-style Nashville gothic pop. The album’s darkest track is To Be Known, part brooding Jimmy Webb chamber pop, part early BeeeGees existentialist lament. “Isn’t it al you ever wanted, to be alone?” Blanton ponders. Or is it “To be known?”. There’s also Vim and Vigor, a funnier take on what Amy Winehouse was up to before she self-destructed. Download this irrepressibly fun, dynamic mix and get to know one of the real genuine individualists in retro rock and many other styles as well.

Dave Fiuczynski Lifts Off to a Better Planet Than This 

Last night at Drom Dave Fiuczynski’s Kif played one of the most exhilarating and sophisticated shows of the past several months in this city. Fiuczynski might be the best guitarist in the world: he is without the doubt the most individualistic. His musical language is completely his own. If it had words instead of notes, it would be part Hindi, part French, part Arabic and part Korean, with some Chinese and plenty of English too. His double-necked, microtonally fretted guitar enables him to play in microtonal scales without bending notes, as well as in the standard western scale. His 2012 album Planet Microjam is one of this century’s half-dozen most innovative and arguably best releases. His latest microtonal project, Flam! Blam! Pan-Asian MicroJam may not have the subtlest title, but the music continues Fiuczynski’s epic quest to find the most magical places in between the notes, drawing from just about every musical tradition around the globe.

This was a trio show. Fiuczynski opened with the Simpson’s Theme, which he proceeded to spin through a trippy prism of scales that exist only on Planet Microjam, along the way firing off energetic Indian sitar riffage, some wildly bent phrases typical of Korean gaegeum music,  and even a flurry or two of rapidfire postbop American jazz. Fiuczynski’s songs are slinkier than they are funky, and his low-key rhythm section kept a serpentine groove going throughout the set with the occasional rise to a four-on-the-floor pulse when the bandleader would hit a peak with a burning series of distorted rock chords. Throughout the set, the drummer stayed pretty chill while the bass player occasionally flavored a song with woozy textures via a wah and an octave pedal, in a subdued P-Funk vein. He also contributed one of the night’s most straight-up numbers, which the bandleader took further out toward Indian raga territory and then spiced with Asian phrasing, into territory that only Fiuczynski knows well.

After opening with the twisted tv theme, they sliced and diced a Russian klezmer melody into offcenter tonalities, with the occasional unexpected leap back toward the original minor key. Opening act Jonathan Scales joined the band during one of the later numbers and played vividly ringing Asian licks against Fiuczynski’s austere, uneasy microtonal chords and otherworldly, Messiaenic ambience. Throughout these epic themes, with their innumerable dynamic shifts, the atmosphere shifted artfully from austere and starlit to raw, stomping triumph. The best song of the night might have been Mood Ring Bacchanal, with its leap from resonant, allusively bent Asian phrasing to a tongue-in-cheek, emphatic oldschool disco interlude. The night’s last song blended wah-wah sitar licks, Orientalisms and slow spacerock with echoes of roots reggae.

Fiuczynski is a legend on the jamband circuit and will no doubt be making the rounds of summer festivals this year. Watch this space for future NYC dates. 

Escaping Into the Ether at Lincoln Center

It was good to finally get to see Radiohead last night. That’s a big drop in the bucket list.

OK, it wasn’t really Radiohead. Briars of North America are a very close facsimile, though. Uneasy harmonies? Check. Tricky metrics? Doublecheck. An omnipresent sense of angst and longing, with vocals that mimic Thom Yorke most of the time? Check, check, check. But their sound is vastly more organic, as one audience member put it. His vastly more articulate friend nailed what they’re about: “Organic Whole Foods free range chicken Radiohead.”

Briars of North America switch out the icy glitchiness for a moody resonance that’s both more acoustic and more minimalist, with the occasional rainy-day Americana-influenced theme. They’re a talented bunch. Gideon Crevoshay switched between organ, piano and a mixer; Jeremy Thal moved effortlessly between acoustic and electric guitars and french horn. Bassist Greg Chudzik alternated between stark bowing on upright and a slow, elegant,  terse pulse on his Fender. And their pianist switched to accordion and then played banjo on the most folk-influenced numbers, including the best song in their relatively brief, forty-minute set, a steadily strolling, melancholy ballad.

This was a multimedia concert. While the band played, a series of metaphorically-charged multiple-exposure projections by Ryan Murdock flashed across the screen above the stage. According to Crevoshay, many of them were taken from declassified spy agency footage. Images of war, surveillance activity and ominous nature imagery alluded to eco-disaster, violence against women and Wall Street greed, but in softer focus than the general consensus among New Yorkers since Inauguration Day. Crevoshay acknowledged those perils, cautiously, limiting his commentary to the argument that if there’s ever been a time to make art, this is the moment.

Port St. Willow drummer Tommy Crane led his trio through a hypnotic set of rather epic, math-y stoner krautrock to a different set of projections by Tracy Maurice. A combative ballet between a man a woman gave way quickly to magnified raindrops and fast-forward ice crystals. “Where’s the beach ball?” one wag in the crowd wanted to know.

“I feel like I’m inside a beach ball,” the guy next to him replied. To their infinite credit, keyboardists Eliot Krimsky and Colin Killalea played almost all of their endlessly shifting, loopy arpeggios live rather than stashing them away in a sequencer or a pedal like so many other bands would have done. Playing the same rapidfire broken chords over and over and keeping everything tight is hard work, and these guys made it look easy, varying their textures from dry and keening, to woozy and warpy, to echoey electric piano and calm rivulets of organ.

Crane is a subtle but colorful drummer, shifting his shades as artfully as his bandmates, occasionally flavoring the sonic expanse with echoey syndrum accents and riffs. His ride cymbal was a wreck, with big rip in the side, but the muted effect it provided was probably a deliberate choice. And he really felt the room, keeping the thump on his kickdrum low in the mix. At the end of the set, he switched to keys and showed off a similar command through a surreal, starry boudoir theme and then a warm, gently tectonic outro behind the closing credits.

All this made for a welcome escape from the events of the past two weeks…and raised questions like whether or not we should be indulging ourselves in this kind of escapism. There’s an argument that doing so is transgressive. After all, the Swamp Cabinet would much prefer that we work for them, for no pay, and spend any free time we have watching Fox News and praying in the Christian church of their choice rather than contemplating anything that might encourage the promise of greater comfort. Trouble is, it may take more than just making art and then drifting off into it to sidestep those dangers.

These free atrium concerts are addictive. For a similar if much more antique kind of contemplative escapism, the New Orford String Quartet play works by Beethoven and R. Murray Schafer on Feb 9 at 7:30 PM. Enter on Broadway just north of 62nd; the earlier you get there (the classical shows here are a huge hit with the locals), the better.

Three Indian-Influenced Bands Play the Year’s Best Triplebill So Far in the East Village

What’s the likelihood of seeing three of the most fascinating, individualistic, often spine-tingling bands in town, all on the same bill – fronted by three similarly distinctive, brilliant singers, no less? And at a good venue with terrific sound – Drom, in the East Village – rather than at some scuzzy Bushwick bar that nobody outside the neighborhood can get to since the trains aren’t running on the weekend?

It happened five days ago on a triplebill put together by fiery, dramatic art-rock violinist/singer Rini and her band, who played in between swoony psychedelic soul singer/bandleader Shilpa Ananth and titanic spacerock band Humeysha. Although the three acts were stylistically very different, the common link – beyond sheer fun and breathtaking musical chops – was that each draws on classical Indian melodies for inspiration.

Although the club wasn’t packed, there was a good turnout considering that the show coincided with the flashmobs out at Kennedy Airport protesting Trump’s racist anti-Muslim edict. Ananth was the subtlest act on the bill. Her songs shifted shape, sometimes gently, sometimes dramatically as her voice rose, singing in English, Hindi and Tamil. Her opening neosoul anthem had an early 80s trip-hop pulse that got funkier as it hit a peak, driven by Khairul Aiman’s purposeful bass and Kazuhiro Odagiri’s drums. Multi-keyboardist Takahiro Izumikawa shifted artfully between echoey, surrealisitcally nocturnal electric piano, swirly organ and some wryly warped P-Funk tone-bending when the ambience got totally psychedelic.Ananth swayed, eyes closed, lost in the music most of the time. Guitatist Luis D’Elias got to fire off the most electrifying solos of the set: long, menacing, reverb-iced cumbia and Middle Eastern-tinged passages, and later a blisteirng blast of bluesmetal. Tabla player Sai Raman added texture and kept the suspenseful groove going when the songs got quiet; trumpeter Bobby Spellman added crystalline Miles Davis-influenced lines, sometimes harmonizing with alto sax player Syl DuBenion.

Ananth brought to mind Anita O’Day at her most playful and plush, then went into starry, unselfconsciously tender mode with her melismatics over an emphatic, trip hop-ish beat. As the music swayed behind her, she went off-script midway through the night’s most enigmatically aching ballad to explain that in Hindi, just as in English, finding a home means finding a space, and that the time is now for us to defend ours,  a message that resounded with the audience. Ananth’s next show is Feb 23 at 7 PM, an acoustic set with tabla and piano at Kava Shteeble, 94 Ralph Ave in Bushwick; take the J to Gates Ave..

Rini a.k.a Harini S Raghavan delivered the night’s most intense performance. The Chennai, India-born frontwoman leads what has to be the most multicultural band in town. Guitarist Aleif Hamdan is from Jakarta; bassist Achal Murthy hails from Luxembourg. Drummer Tancredi Lo Cigno is Italian and sax/electronic wind instrument player Íñigo Galdeano Lasheras is Spanish. Whatever language they speak, it all adds up to fire. Their jaunty opening number faked everybody out: from there, the band dug in and the storm began.

With her powerful, often ferocious mazzo-soprano and dancing, carnatically-influenced violin lines, Raghavan led the group through a dynamic set that blended Trans-Siberian Orchestra pomp with distantly macabre early ELO and even more towering cinematics. Somewhere there is a video game franchise or a postapocalyptic film screaming out for this woman to write its soundtrack.

Staying in sync with an electronic track – in this case, mostly loops of piano and ambience – is difficult, but the band stayed on track as Raghavan’s voice dipped and lept and bent as the music careened and slunk along, through a swaying heroic overture, a catchy bhangra riff transposed to trip-hop, knifes-edge Middle Eastern themes, a detour into menacing, wah-driven Doctors of Madness-style psychedelia and finally a galloping mini-raga. What a blissfully adrenalizing set. Rini are scheduled to rip the roof off Silvana on Feb 17 at 9.

Humeysha were the most epic band of the night – and distinguished themselves with the shortest songs of any epic band anywhere in the world. They always leave you wanting more. Frontman/guitarist Zain Alam sang in a strong, expressive chorister’s baritone and played through a vast wash of digital delay and reverb, matched by lead guitarist Adrien Defontaine. Alam’s brother Shayan went high up the fretboard of his bass, Peter Hook style as drummer John Snyder anchored the spacious sonics, at one point taking an unexpected and deliciously artful shift where he played the most of the song on the offbeat against the rest of the group.

Their only really lighthearted number brought to mind the Smiths in a sardonic moment; many of the other songs could have fit easily on a Church album from the early 90s. Defontaine hung out around the 18th fret for most of the set, firing off meteor showers of notes and taking the occasional lightning-bolt run down the scale. Where the night’s first two acts were all over the place stylistically, these guys set a mood and launched it as far and as deep as they could take it, reinventing a bunch of centuries-old carnatic riffs in the meantime. At the end of the night, the crowd screamed for an encore; the frontman explained that with his brother being new in the band, they didn’t have any more material worked up. They’re at Brooklyn Bazaar on Feb 15 at around 9ish.

Live Music Calendar for New York City and Brooklyn for February and March 2017

Constant updates: you might want to bookmark this page and check back every so often. If you don’t recognize a venue where a particular act is playing, check the comprehensive, recently updated list of over 200 New York City music venues 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 published here weeks in advance. Weekly events first followed by the daily calendar.

On select Thursdays and Sundays, an intimate, growing piano music salon on the Upper West Side featuring iconoclastically insightful, lyrical pianist Nancy Garniez – a cult favorite with an extraordinarily fluid, singing, legato style – exploring the delicious minutiae of works from across the centuries. Up next: Bartok, Haydn, Brahms and Chopin, 2/22 at 7 PM and 2/26 at 4.. Sugg don $10 (pay what you can), delicious gluten-free refreshments, beverages and lively conversation included! email for info/location. Upcoming dates: Wednesdays at 7: Mar 22,  Apr 19 , May 17,  June 21, and Sundays at 4:   Mar 26,  Apr 23,  May 21,  June 25.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesdays in February, 10 PM the great unsung hero of darkly purposeful, noir-tinged jazz guitar, Saul Rubin‘s Zebtet at the Fat Cat

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

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

Wednesdays at 8-ish, amazing, psychedelic instrumentalists Sandcatchers – who blend cinematic, pastoral Americana and Middle Eastern themes – at Cheryl’s Restaurant, 236 Underhill Ave. (Eastern Pkwy/Lincoln Pl.) in Ft. Greene. Closest train is actually the 2/3 to Brooklyn Museum.

Wednesdays at 8 the Brooklyn Raga Massive – a rotating cast of A-list Indian, jazz and rock musicians who love to jam out classic Indian themes from over the centuries to the present day – play Art Cafe, 884 Pacific St.(at Washington Ave) in Brooklyn, $15; closest train is the 2 to Bergen St.

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.

Wednesdays in February, 11ish darkly rustic danceable Brazilian rainforest folk (and John Zorn covers) with Forro in the Dark at Nublu 151

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

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

Saturday Feb 24, reverting to weekly Saturdays at 4 PM  beginning in March at Bargemusic there are impromptu free classical concerts, usually solo piano or small chamber ensembles: if you get lucky, you’ll catch pyrotechnic violinist/music director Mark Peskanov and/or the many members of his circle. Early arrival advised.

Saturdays in February, 6 PM eclectic, vivid jazz cellist/singer Marika Hughes & Bottom Heavy 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 February at sometime past noon at Hank’s, Nashville gothic crooner Sean Kershaw‘s legendary honkytonk brunch is back! It’s just like 1999 again!

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

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

Sundays in March, 8 PM purist guitarist Peter Mazza – who gets the thumbs up from bop-era legend Gene Bertoncini – leads a series of trios at the Bar Next Door.

2/1, 6 PM works for two kotos played by Masayo Ishigure + Kyoko Kurokawa at the Rubin Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

2/1, 7:30 PM the purposefully intertwining postbop Melissa Aldana / Glenn Zaleski Sextet at the Jazz Gallery, $22

2/1, 8 PM psychedelic klezmer/bluegrass mandolin and clarinet legend Andy Statman at Barbes, $10

2/1, 8 PM enigmatic, synthy, propulsive new wave act Decorum at the Silent Barn, $10

2/1, 8:30 PM tuneful, thoughtful, lyrical Colombian pianist and composer Carolina Calvache at the third stage at the Rockwood, $10

2/1, 9 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” at Troost

2/1, 9 PM first-class honkytonk cover band Scotch Bonnet play a ACLU benefit at 11th St. Bar

2/1 Gill Landry at Bowery Ballroom is sold out

2/2, 7 PM labyrinthine Nordic noir guitar and bass themes with Skúli Sverrisson at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix rec. Followed at 11 (separate $30 adv tix adm) by vibraphonist Nikara Warren (Kenny Barron’s granddaughter) and her group paying tribute to the survivors of the Greenwood, Oklahoma lynchings.

2/2, 7 PM pianist Brian Marsella’s tuneful, first-rate original postbop jazz sextet the Flail at the Fat Cat

2/2, 7:30 PM ethereally rustic sounds: “post-Americana” chamber rock ensemble Briars of North America followed by Late Bloomers’ Tommy Crane playing to projections by Tracy Maurice at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

2/2, 7:30 PM, repeating on 2/4 at 8 and 2/7 at 730 the NY Phil with soloist with Kirill Gerstein play Tschaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto & Manfred Symphony at Avery Fisher Hall, $31 tix avail

2/1, 9:30 PM Conscience Collective – a strikingly tuneful large-ish improvising ensemble – at Shapeshifter Lab, $8

2/1, 10:30 PM cutting-edge B3 jazz organist Jared Gold leads his trio at Smalls

2/2, 7 PM labyrinthine Nordic noir guitar and bass themes with Skúli Sverrisson at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix rec. Followed at 11 (separate $30 adv tix adm) by vibraphonist Nikara Warren (Kenny Barron’s granddaughter) and her group paying tribute to the survivors of the Greenwood, Oklahoma lynchings.

2/2, 7 PM André Laplante performs piano sonatas by Mozart and Beethoven alongside music of Liszt and Ravel. at Symphony Space, $15

2/2, 8 PM dark, charismatic, mischievously witty art-rock keyboardist/chanteuse Rachelle Garniez  followed at 10 by by dark urbane Romany song maven (and Berthold Brecht descendant) Sanda Weigl and her band at Barbes

2/2, 8 PM  luminous, soulful pan-Latin jazz chanteuse Claudia Acuña with Pablo Vergara on piano at Mezzrow, $20

2/2, 8ish downtown guitar hero Elliott Sharp and fellow Stone legend, multi-reedist Doug Wieselman play intriguing, colorful solos & duos at the Owl, $10

2/2, 8 PM Richard Carrick conducts Either/Or in an all-Beat Furrer program of postminimalism at the Miller Theatre, $20 tix avail

2/2, 8:30 PM a characteristically propulsive klezmer dance party with T-Klez (w/Dena Ressler, Pesachya Septimus & David Licht)  at the Jalopy, $15

2/2, 8:30 PM long-running 90s alt-country favorites Rusty Truck at Hill Country, free

2/2, 9 PM darkly eclectic latin jazz/noir cabaret pianist/singer Cristina Morrison at Guadalupe Inn, $10 

2/2, 9 PM  incisive, darkly tuneful latin jazz pianist Aruan Ortiz leads his Trio at Bar Lunatico, $10. They’re also here on 2/16

2/2, 9 PM darkly eclectic latin jazz/noir cabaret pianist/singer Cristina Morrison at Guadalupe Inn, $10

2/2, 9 PM smart, cleverly lyrical original swing chanteuse/songwriter/trombonist Emily Asher’s Garden Party at at Radegast Hall. They’re also here on 2/28

2/2, 9:30 PM hauntingly phantasmagorical art-rock/noir cabaret pianist/singer Anana Kaye at Sidewalk

2/2,  10:30 PM unfailingly tuneful tenor saxophonist Ken Fowser leads a quintet at Smalls

2/3, 5:30 PM wild, spiraling, rare rustic minor-key Polesian klezmer dances and grooves with Litvakus  with special guest Sasha Lurje at the American Folk Art Museum

2/3, 7 PM magically lustrous indie classical choir the Crossing with Taylor Levine and James Moore, electric guitars play “Ted Hearne’s exploration of the Supreme Court’s Citizen’s United decision. Hearne lifts texts from Jena Osman’s Corporate Relations, a collection of poems that follows the historical trajectory of corporate personhood in the United States. The five movements combine language taken from landmark Supreme Court Cases with words from ventriloquism textbooks “ no joke and a good time, at National Sawdust $25 adv tix rec

2/3-4, 7 PM popular lyrical pianist Bill Charlap plays solo piano at Mezzrow, $25

2/3, 7:30 PM slinky, carnivalesque Romany/Mediterranean band Dodo Orchestra at Club Bonafide, $15

2/3, 8 PM the magically haunting, soaring, eclectic all-female Mariachi Flor de Toloache at Maxwell’s, $10

2/3. 8 PM intense, eclectic klezmer/jazz/hip-hop violinist Benjamin Sutin and saxophonist Elijah Shiffer lead their respective groups at Scholes St. Studios

2/3, 8 PM Lakeside Lounge garage supergroup Los Dudes, NJ garage rock cult faves the Gripweeds and the current edition of legendary 80s LA powerpop band the Plimsouls at Bowery Electric, $10

2/3, 8:30ish steel pan wizard Jonathan Scales’ Fourchestra followed by Middle Eastern-inspired microtonal guitar god Dave Fiuczynski’s Kif at Drom, $12 adv tix rec

2/3-5, 9 PM Tredici Bacci – whose specialty is original psychedelic instrumentals inspired by Italian film soundtracks – at the Stone, $20. First and last night they’re doing their own stuff, on 2/4 they’re doing classic Morricone and Nino Rota themes and Thin Lizzy ?!?

2/3. 9 PM Middle Eastern-flavored psychedelic jams with Spaghetti Eastern Music at Silvana

2/3, 10 PM this era’s most chillingly cinematic, shadowy reverbtoned noir guitar instrumentalists, Big Lazy at Barbes

2/3, 10 PM worst segue of the year but two Americana acts worth seeing: jugband legend Peter Stampfel and ferociously populist Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires – the Alabama highway rock version of the Clash – at the Knitting Factory, $15

2/3, 10 PM awesomely abrasive noise/drone band York Factory Complaint at Alphaville, $8

2/3, 10:30 PM female-fronted power trio Castle Black – who rampage between acidic Bush Tetras postpunk, stoner metal and more straight-up, sardonic punk at Lucky 13 Saloon in Gowanus

2/3, midnight Mimi Oz – a real kitchen-sink songwriter with soul and rock and darker sounds and an omnipresent sense of humor – followed by lush, intense, artfully orchestrated psychedelic rockers Aunt Ange at the small room at the Rockwood. Aunt Ange are also at the Mercury on 2/19 at 10:30 PM for $8, which is actually a better bargain.

2/4, 4 PM quirkily cinematic, psychedelic, family-friendly instrumentalists Songs for Extraordinary People followed at 6  by eclectic, vivid jazz cellist/singer Marika Hughes & Bottom Heavythen at 8 by the wildly fun, hypnotic Brooklyn Raga Massive All-Stars then at 10 by stormy Mexican ranchera/bolero brass crew Banda de los Muertos at Barbes

2/4, 7:30 PM Marja Kaisla, piano; Domenic Salerni, violin;  Benjamin Larsen, cello   play original works plus material by Ke-chao Chen, Kaila and Dvorak at Concerts on the Slope, St. John’s Episcopal Church 139 St. John’s Place downhill from 7th Ave

2/4, 7:30 PM the mesmerizing, eclectic Min Xiao-Fen – pipa, sanxian, ruan, voice, sound effects; Satoshi Takeishi – percussion and electronics plus WORKS: Michel Gentile – flute; Daniel Kelly – piano; Rob Garcia – drumsat the Brookliyn Conservatory of Music, $15

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

2/4, 8 PM the Crown Heights Saxophone Quartet followed by the Stratus String Quartet at Scholes St. Studios

2/4, 8 PM Colibri – violinist Evelyn Petcher and pianist Hannah Mindeman – play Shostakovich’s Opus 134 plus Debussy violin-piano sonatas at the DiMenna Center, sugg don

2/4, 8 PM the Ureuk Symphony Orchestra play Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 3 and the Tschaikovsky Violin Concerto with soloist Kyung Sun Lee at Merkin Concert Hall, $25 tix avail

2/4, 8 PM the Budapest Festival Orchestra perform the First and Fifth Symphony in an all-Beethoven program, plus pianist Richard Goode playing Piano Concerto No. 2 at NJPAC in Newark, $24 tix avail, kids free

2/4, 8PM purist jazz pianist Marcus Roberts leads his trio at the Miller Theatre, $20 tix avail

2/4 Unsteady Freddie‘s monthly surf rock extravaganza at Otto’s begins at 9 with the Obsidians, at 10 the savagely Link Wray-inspired Howlin Thurstons, at 11 the purist reverbtoned Strange but Surf, and finally the monstrously creepy, awesome Inframen sometime after midnight.

2/4, 9 PM catchy, anthemic, charismatic folk noir band Thee Shambels – sort of the missing link between Nick Cave and the Pogues – followed by darkly torchy southwestern gothic/Europolitan songwriter/guitarist Miwa Gemini at Postmark Cafe, 326 6th St. north of 4th Ave in Park Slope, free

2/4, 9 PM ten-piece country/carnivalesque/acoustic rock powerhouse M Shanghai String Band at the Jalopy, $10

2/4, 9 PM in reverse order at American Beauty: psychedelic funk band Kwame Binea Shakedown, roots reggae with Judah Tribe and tectonically shifting improvisational soundscapes with Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber, $15

2/4, 9 PM first-call postbop tenor sax player John Ellis’ Double Wide at Bar Lunatico, $10. They’re also here on 2/18

2/4, 9:30 PM concise, tuneful jazz pianist Marta Sanchez leads a quintet at the Cell Theatre, $15

2/4, 10 PM careening, savage electric blues guitarist Jeremy Bar-Ilan at Arlene’s, $10

2/4, 11 PM wryly lyrical urban country pioneer Alex Battles & the Whiskey Rebellion celebrate six years of Freddy’s Bar at the current location

2/4 the Bush Tetras at Bowery Electric are sold out

2/5, 1 (one) PM a wild bunch of first-class improvisers from the Gold Bolus scene join forces in variously noisy collaborations: Anaïs Maviel, Angela Morris (Rallidae), Anne Rhodes (Broadcloth), Carl Testa, Daniel Levine (Knuckleball), Dave Ruder, ellen o, Erin Rogers (thingNY), Joe White, Lisa Dowling (kills to kisses), Matthew D. Gantt, Sam Sowyrda, at Footlight Bar, 465 Seneca Ave, Ridgewood, $8 

2/5, 2 PM LES outsider jazz hero Willie Klein channels Woody Guthrie with his acoustic songs for troubled times at Mayflower Bar, 132 Greene Ave in Ft. Greene, free

2/5, 2 PM pianist Alexander Melnikov plays Rachmaninoff: Variations on a Theme by Chopin, Op. 22 and Variations on a Theme by Corelli, Op. 42 [;is Debussy: Preludes for Piano, Book 2 at the Town Hall, $15 tix avail

2/5, 3 PM the Greenwich Village Orchestra play Sibelius – Swan of Tuonela;† R. Strauss – Don Jua; Debussy – Rhapsody; Ravel – Daphnis & Chloé Suite No. 2 at Washington Irving HS Auditorium, 16th St./Irving Place, $15 sugg don., reception to follow

2/5, 4 PM pianist Steven Masi plays Beeethoven sonatas at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.

2/5, 4 PM  Italienisches Liederbuch — a collection of 46 lieder by composer Hugo Wolf (1860-1903), sung by Jesse Blumberg, baritone, Donna Breitzer, mezzo-soprano with Grant Wenaus, piano at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, $20/$10 stud/srs

2/5, 5 PM intense, lyrical, smartly Waits/Dylanesque Americana songwriter Pete Lanctot with superb violinist Ginger Dolden at LIC Bar

2/5, 7 PM superbly counterintuitive drummer/composer Vinnie Sperrazza leads Apocryphal with Loren Stillman­ alto saxophone; Brandon Seabrook­ guitar; Eivind Opsvik­, bass followed at 9:30 by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

2/5, 8 PM bracingly atmospheric art-rock guitarist Samara Lubelski at Union Pool, $15

2/5, 11 PM the darkly eclectic Merrymaker’s Orchestrina – who veer from catchy jangle uneasy cinematics to fullscale noir rock at Leftfield

2/6, 7 PM Allen Lewis Rickman directs a brand-new English version of Isaac Zolotarevsky’s ribald 1910 Yiddish play Money, Love, and Shame! starring Everett Quinton and Samantha Maurice.“Not for the weak of heart, it’s a wild ride with a group of dysfunctional Jewish immigrants. Though considered “shund” or “trash” by critics, it was one of the most popular and most often produced plays on the Yiddish stage.” At the Center for Jewish Culture, 15 W 16th St., $15/$10 stud/srs.

2/6, 8 PM performance artist Anya Liftig at the PPL Space, 104 Meserole St. in Bushwick, sugg don. This is the woman who made out with a cactus – for a long time. You can watch it on youtube if you have the nerve. Scary/powerful stuff. She also does somewhat more lighthearted things with food.

2/6, 8 PM the mighty 180-voice New York Choral Society sing Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass and Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem with soloists Vanessa Vasquez, soprano, Abigail Fischer, mezzo-soprano, Zach Borichevsky, tenor, and Sava Vemic, bass. at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall , $30 tix avail

2/6-7, 8.10:30 PM ageless, perennially hard-hitting jazz piano sage and ex-Coltrane bandmate McCoy Tyner at the Blue Note, $30 standing room avail

2/6, 9:30 PM Level 5 play catchy, funky organ/guitar grooves, part vintage Meters, part JBs, with a psychedelic edge at the Bitter End. 2/20, 10 PM they’re at the small room at the Rockwood 

2/6, 10 PM explosive, theatrical, phantasmagorical indie/metal band A Deer A Horse at St. Vitus, free

2/6 10:30 PM JD Allen Trio – this era’s most important, and purposeful, and darkly intelligent tenor sax group – at Smalls

2/6, midnight noir piano jazz with the Dred Scott Trio back at their old spot, the small room at the Rockwood They’re here again on 2/26

2/7, 7 PM guitarist Jonathan Goldberger’s excellent, uneasy, Indian and Middle Eastern-tinged pastoral guitar jazz trio Surface to Air followed by explosive, wryly eclectic, Ellington/hip-hop influenced Balkan brass band Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

2/7, 7 PM the Manhattan Chamber Players revisit the heartbroken year of 1877 through Gabriel Faure’s music at the Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix avail

2/7 7:30/9:30 PM A-list avant crooner Theo Bleckmann leads his Elegy Quintet with Ben Monder – guitar; Shai Maestro – keyboard; Chris Tordini – bass; John Hollenbeck – drums at the Jazz Standard, $25

2/7, 7:30 PM the up-and-doing Verona Quartet performs works by Beethoven, Ravel, and a world premiere by Michael Gilbertson at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.

2/7, 8 PM roaring 20s hot jazz with Sweet Megg & the Wayfarers at Radegast Hall

2/7-12 9 PM perennially tuneful, improvisational pianist Kris Davis leads a series of groups at the Stone, $20. Choice pick: 2/8 with mysterious, fearlessly relevant pan-Asian singer Jen Shyu

2/7-12, 9/11 PM the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra play a weeklong stand on their home turf featuring compositions by their founder Thad Jones, leaders Bob Brookmeyer, Jim McNeely and others from their massive catalog of of over 300 tunes, $30

2/7, 9 PM edgy lefty guitarist Damian Quinones and his psychedelic latin soul band at Freddy’s

2/7, 9 PM conscious dancehall reggae star Anthony B – who still wants to burn down Babylon – at B.B. King’s, $25 adv tix rec

2/7, 9:30 PM the fascinating, tuneful Giacomo Merega plays solo bass at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

2/7, 10 PM majestic, cinematic surf instrumentalists the TarantinosNYC  at the Knitting Factory, $10

2/7, 10ish psychedelic, atmospheric downtown postpunk supergroup Heroes of Toolik at the Silent Barn, $10

2/7, 10:30 PM saxophone powerhouse Lucas Pino‘s two-guitar No No Nonet at Smalls

2/8, 7:30 PM amazing, eckectically kinetic Tunisian oudist/singer Dhaffer Yousef at the Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix avail

2/8, 8ish crystalline-voiced noir Americana songwriter Jessie Kilguss leads an all-star cast – Heather Eatman, Freddie Stevenson, Adam Rubenstein, John Brodeur, Jon Crider, Bird of Youth, John Wray, Hilary Downes, Cliff Westfall and others – singing a Leonard Cohen tribute at Hifi Bar

2/8, 8 PM gamelanesque downtown percussion icon Susie Ibarra‘s lustrously string-driven Dreamtime Ensemble at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

2/8 8:30 PM a short set fom brilliantly eclectic, cinematic cellist Emily Hope Price followed at 9 by ethereally enchanting art-folk autoharpist/singer Elizabeth Devlin,at Sidewalk

2/8, 11:30 PM intense art-funk/psychedelic soul chanteuse Imani Uzuri at Brownsville Recreation Center in Brownsville Playground, 1555 Linden Boulevard (Christopher/Mother Gaston), East New York, free, 4/5 to New Lots Ave

2/9,  7 PM soaringly explosive jazz composer/torch singer Nicole Zuraitis at 55 Bar

2/9 7:30 PM, repeating 2/10-11 at 8 Semyon Bychkov conducts the NY Phil playing Tschaikovskiy’s Pathetique Symphony at Avery Fisher Hall, $30 tix avail

2/9, 7:30 PM, the New Orford String Quartet play R. Murray Schafer: String Quartet No. 1; Beethoven: String Quartet in C major, Op. 59, No. 3 (“Razumovsky”) at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

2/9, 7:30 PM colorful drummer Aaron Alexander leads his Klez Messengers, with clarinet god Michael Winograd and the similarly pyrotechnic Patrick Farrell on accordion at the Jalopy, $15

2/9, 8 PM wild, intense, frequently satirical newgrass/oldtimey hellraisers the Dustbowl Revival at Union Pool, $15

2/9, 8 PM pianist Jihee Heo‘s lustrous, lush Passion Septet at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

2/9, 8 PM deep-space solo guitar epics with David Grubbs at the Old Stone House in Brooklyn, $10

2/9, 8 PM plush singer Daria Grace’s torchy, delightful oldtime uke swing band the Pre-War Ponies Barbes

2/9, 8 PM intense, brilliantly lyrical, fearlessly political 1950s style original folk/blues singer Joshua Garcia at Caffe Vivaldi

2/9, 8:30 PM ethereal chamber pop songwriter/pianist Neha opens for the broodingly compelling, Elliott Smith-influenced Emily Mure at the third stage at the Rockwood, $15

2/9, 9 PM  hot 20s swing with trumpeter Jason Prover and his Sneak Thievery Orchestra at Radegast Hall

2/9, 9 PM wild, noisy, genuinely Hendrixian virtuoso lead guitarist Viva DeConcini and her band at the Way Station. She’s also there on 2/18 at 10

2/9, 10 PM ferociously catchy. fearlessly populiat ska-punk/latin rock band Outernational at Bowery Electric, $8

2/9, 10 PM unstoppably edgy, deservedly iconic, witty downtown guitarist  Marc Ribot  at Sunny’s. He’s also here on 2/23

2/9, 10:30 PM noir-inspired alto saxophonist/composer Nick Hempton leads his group at Smalls

2/9, 11 PM guitarslinger Mallory Feuer’s fiery power trio the Grasping Straws – sort of a mashup of Patti Smith and Hole’s first album – at Muchmore’s, $5

2/9, 11 PM high-voltage circus rock/Balkan brass monsters This Way to the Egress at Mehanata, free. Then they rush up to at the small room at the Rockwood for a midnight show

2/10, 6 PM  tuneful original delta blues and acoustic Americana from Jon LaDeau at the American Folk Art Museum

2/10, 6 PM crystalline-voiced, noir-tinged third-stream jazz chanteuse Tessa Souter and her band at 55 Bar

2/10, 6;30 PM jazz, oldtime folk and other material performed by an allstar band including jazz piano luminaries Bennett Paster and Deidre Rodman Struck and bassist Jim Whitney, M Shanghai String Band’s Philippa Thompson and many others plus guest drummer Scott Neumann at PS 130 Upper School Auditorium, 713 Caton Ave at E 7th St, Windsor Terrace; F to Ft. Hamilton Pkwy; Admission free, all donations benefit the PS 130 PTA

2/10, 7:30 PM short sets by high plainst gothic songstress, Karen Dahlstrom, art-rock pianist Greta Gertler, soaring cello rocker Serena Jost, Gato Loco low-register sax powerhouse Stefan Zeniuk, powerpop guitar genius Pete Galub, hypnotic art-rock pianist Matt Kanelos, folk noir piano songwriter Juliet Strong, jazz pianists Brittany Anjoy and Deidre Struck and maybe others at Greenwood Church, 461 6th St. (chapel entrance on 7th btw 5th/6th sts, Park Slope, $10 all proceeds to C.H.I/P.S, B/D/Q to 7th Ave

2/10, 7:30 PMsweeping, swinging vibraphone jazz with Behn Gillece and his quartet at Smalls

2/10, 7:30/9:30 PM pianist David Virelles leads his quartet with Roman Filiu on alto at the Jazz Gallery, $22

2/10, 8 PM  RighteousGIRLS – pianist Erika Dohi and flutist Gina Izzo – and cellist Jillian Blythe’s Love Every Note presents an anti-Valentine’s Day show with a program including Ravel’s Duo Sonata for Violin and Cello pllus works by Andy Akiho, Todd Reynolds and others at the Firehouse Space, $10

2/10, 8 PM pianist Thomas Sauer plays Joseph Haydn: Sonata in C major, H. XVI: 48 (1789); Hans Abrahamsen: Selections from Ten Studies for Piano (1984-1998); Stephen Hartke: Sonata for Solo Piano (1998;  Beethoven: Sonata in C Minor, Op. 111 (1821-22)at the New School auditorium at 66 W 12th St., free

2/10, 8:30 PM vicious noiserock jamband the the Skull Practitioners– led by Steve Wynn sparring partner/genius guitarist Jason Victor at Matchless, $8

2/10, 8:30 PM Anti-Social Music drinks alone with works by performs a set of solo pieces written by Patrick Castillo, Ty Citerman, Max Duykers, Andrea La Rose, Pat Muchmore, Ed RosenBerg and Charlie Waters. Performers include Ty Citerman (guitar), Domenica Fossati (flute), Steven Gosling (piano), Mihai Marica (cello), Pat Muchmore (cello), and Ed RosenBerg (reeds).followed by Josh Sinton‘s horn trio at I-Beam, $15

2/10, 9 PM enigmatic latin jazz singer Linda Briceno at Pine Box Rock Shop

2/10, 9 PM guitar mastermind Danny Weiss’ and magical Americana singer Mary Olive Smith’s soulful retro bluegrass band Stillhouse Serenade at the Jalopy, $10

2/10, 9 PM Brandi & the Alexanders play their torchy oldschool soul and groove music followed by blue-eyed soul guy Ernest Ernie & the Sincerities at the Bell House, $12 adv tix rec

2/10, 10 PM jaunty Hawaiian swing sounds with King Isto’s Tropical String Bandat Sunny’s. They’re also here on 2/16

2/10. 10:30 PM catchy, irresistibly fun female-fronted oldschool rocksteady/roots reggae band the Big Takeover at the big room at the Rockwood

2/10 11 PM awesomely unhinged horror surf/hotrod instrumentalists the Mad Doctors at the Gutter, $5

2/11, 10 AM (in the morning) a family-friendly interactive concert/jazz workshop for all ages by haunting oldtime gospel/blues/jazz group Jaimeo Brown’s Transcendence at PS 130 Upper School Auditorium, 713 Caton Ave at E 7th St, Windsor Terrace; F to Ft. Hamilton Pkwy; Admission free, all donations benefit the PS 130 PTA

2/11, 1 PM the opening of the new exhiibit Brooklyn Abolitionists/In Pursuit of Freedom. Titled Weeksville: Transforming Community/In Pursuit Of Freedom, exploring the origins of one of the first free black communities in the country. Plus tours of the Historic Hunterfly Road Houses, a screening of “Digging For Black Pride” which chronicles the community centered archaeological dig of 1968, a family arts workshop, and BRIC’s “Black TV Matters”, a screening of community produced shorts that portray various facets of Black American life. At 2 pm, a deep listening session and discussion of oral histories collected as part of BHS’s Voices of Crown Heights public history project. at Weeksville Heritage Center, 158 Buffalo Ave at St. Marks, Crown Heights, A/C to Utica Ave, free

2/11, 3 PM the eclectic, Balkan/latin/funk brass Underground Horns at Radegast Hall. 2/24 they’re at Nublu 151 at around 10

2/11, 6 PM amazingly eclectic cellist and brilliant songwriter Marika Hughes  followed by badass resonator guitarist and delta blues/oldtime hillbilly music maven Mamie Minch  and then otherworldly Tuvan throat-singing group Alash,

2/11, 7 PM up-and-coming chamber music trio Longleash with guest violist Anne Lanzilotti perform works by Scandinavian composers Saariaho, Abrahamsen and Thorvaldsdottir paired with Americans Wollschleger and Marshall at Scandinavia House, 58 Park Ave (37/38), $20

2/11, 7 PM lush string-driven Indian classical ensemble Akshara featuring powerhouse musicians Arun Ramamurthy, Dave Eggar and Kabilan Jeganathan perform along with dancers Sonali Skandan, Sahana Sridhar, Aishwarya Madhav and Janani Comar at Salaam Bombay, 319 Greenwich St at Reade, $25/$18 Seniors and Students/children under 12 free, 1 train to Chambers

2/11,7:30 PM incomparable country/jazz/janglerock icon Amy Allison with Lee Feldman on piano at Dixon Place. Briliant new material! Devastatingly funny between-song banter!

2/11, 7;30 PM powerhouse flamenco guitarist Javier Limon explores the roots of the style at Merkin Concert Hall, $25 tix avail

2/11, 7:30 PM the great unsung hero of darkly purposeful, noir-tinged jazz guitar, Saul Rubin‘ leads his Zeb Trio at Smalls

2/11, 7:30/9 PM Brooklyn’s own purist up-and-coming jazz chanteuse (and Gil Scott-Heron reinterpreter) Charenee Wade and her combo at Ginny’s Suppper Club, $20

2/11, 8 PM fiery southwestern gothic-inflected jazz guitarist Nick Millevoi’s Desertion Trio at Greenwich House Music School, $15/$12 stud/srs

2/11, 8 PM short sets from sardonically funny Beatlesque/Costelloesque powerpop songwriter Walter Ego – solo on piano – andMac McCarty of folk noir band Abraham’s River at Sidewalk

2/11, 8 PM the Musical Chairs Chamber Ensemble play a fantastic program of string quartets: Shostakovich – String Quartet no. 8, Rosciszewski – *String Quartets nos. 1 & 2 (world premieres); Gorecki – String Quartet no. 2 at the Staten Island Museum, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Building “A”$15 

2/11, 8 PM Lauren Alfano-Ishida and Rachel Alexander play music for voice & violin by Blacher – Hovhannes – Vaughan-Williams –Villa-Lobos, at the DiMenna Center, $20

2/11, 8:30 PM pianist Yoon Sun Choi‘s Owls At Night trio followed by brilliantly cinematic, kinetic violinist Dana Lyn ‘s pssychedelic, ecolotically themed Mother Octopus quartet at I-Beam, $15

2/11, 9 PM intense charismatic danceable metal cumbia/skaragga/latin rockers Escarioka at Mehanata, $10

2/11, 9 PM fiery flamenco jazz with the James Labrosse Collective followed at 10 by oldschool psychedelic soul/groove band Empire Beats

2/11, 8ish intense, charismatic, fearlessly populist art-soul crooner/songwriter Chocolate Genius at the Owl, $10

2/11, 9 PM lyrical, soaring alt-country multi-instrumentalist/bandleader Alana Amram& the Rough Gems at Union Pool, $10

2/12, 2 PM elegant, atmospheric art-rock violinist/songwriter Concetta Abbate at Mayflower Bar in Ft. Greene

2/12, 6 PM noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo leads his trio at 55 Bar

2/12, 6 PM erudite, witty art-rock pianist/songwriter/composer Lee Feldman at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 incl a drink

2/12, 7 PM up-and-coming alto saxophonist Caroline Davis leads her quintet at the Fat Cat

2/12, 7:30 PM Unheard-of Ensemble perform Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time as a tribute to the place where many of New York’s great new music ensembles and new works got their start. at the Firehouse Space, $10

2/12, 8 PM perennially interesting improvisers: solo sets from Chris Pitsiokos, trumpeter Nate Wooley,bassist Leila Bordreuil at the Knockdown Center, $10

2/12, 8 PMeclectic, soulful, lyrical original oldtime Americana/folk band the Woes at the Mercury, $8

2/12, 8:15 PM the Amazonas Strings with guest pianist Cesar Orozco play elegant, enveloping latin pastoral jazz at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

2/12, 10 PM intense, hypnotic, otherworldly instrumental solo electric guitar blues with Catriona Sturton at Alphavilla, $8

2/13, 7 PM popular postrock/avant minimalists Bing & Ruth play their new album No Home of the Mind in its entirety at the Greene Space, free but res req 

2/13, 7 PM tuneful postbop pianist Jim Ridl leads his group from behind the Rhodes at 55 Bar

2/13, 8 PM American Contemporary Music Ensemble play featuring Meredith Monk’s Stringsongs plus music by Caroline Shaw, Caleb Burhans, and Timo Andres from ACME’s new album Thrive on Routine at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

2/13, 9 PM darkly jangly, catchy, new wave-ish rockers Melissa & the Mannequins followed at 10 by explosive, creepy, colorful psychedelic rembetiko metal band Greek Judas at LIC Bar

2/13, 9:30 PM Los Cumpleanos – new wave synths & retro organ sounds with effect-laden trombone and trumpet as well as a three piece percussion section – at Barbes

2/14, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, all-female punk classical French horn quartet Genghis Barbie play works from Bizet to Queen to Badfinger at the Miller Theatre, free

2/14, 7 PM intense Balkan chanteuse Jenny Luna‘s haunting, traditional Turkish band Dolunay followed by ten-piece funky Balkan brass/Ellington jazz monsters Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

2/14, 7 PMeclectic, hard-hitting, lyrical composer/tenor saxophonist Stan Killian and group at 55 Bar

2/14, 9 PM eclectic, paradigm-shifting B3 jazz organist Brian Charette‘s Mighty Grinders grind it out at Bar Chord

2/14, 8ish cinematic, eclectic Balkan- and latin-tinged string band Ljova & the Kontraband  at the Owl, $10

2/14-19, 9/11 PM state-of-the-art alto saxophonist/composer Miguel Zenon leads his quintet at the Vanguard, $30

2/14, 9:30 PM the Bronx Conexion play their mighty salsa big band jazz at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, $10

2/14, 10 PM excellent, purist honkytonk crooner/bandleader Clifford Westfall at 11th St. Bar

2/15, 6:30 PM  up-and-coming guitarist/songwriter Alicyn Yaffee -the rare artist who successfully bridges the gap between lyrically-fueled chamber pop and jazz – at the Bar Next Door, free

2/15. 8 PM retro continental swing sounds with singer Tatiana Eva-Marie & the Avalon Jazz Band at Guadalupe Inn, $5

2/15, 8 PM inspired, cutting-edge trombonist/composer Ryan Keberle & Catharsis  at Barbes

2/15, 8 PM  hauntingly phantasmagorical art-rock/noir cabaret pianist/singer Anana Kaye at LIC Bar

2/15, 8 PM powerhouse Nina Simone-influenced oldschool soul/jazz belter Spring Brooks at the Way Station 

2/15, 9 PM the Monk-inspired Greg Lewis Organ Trio featuring guitar monster Marc Ribot at Bar Lunatico, $10

2/15, 9ish epic Indian-inspired spacerock band Humeysha at Brooklyn Bazaar

2/16, 7 PM the all-female Ensemble Leonarda explore works by composers who sought out brave new worlds:  Handel (in England), Hotteterre (who went to Rome), & French baroque opera founder, Jean-Baptiste Lully (who emigrated from Florence, Italy to the French court of Louis XIV).  Plus a special rendition of Dvorak’s “Largo” from his “New World” Symphony, featuring hilarious performance artist Kelly Dwyer at the National Opera Center, 333 7th Ave, $25/$15 stud/srs 

2/16, 7 PM intense theatrical Bartok-influenced drummer/composer Sean Noonan’s “Soap” with Alex Marcelo piano Peter Bitenc bass at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

2/16, 7:30 PM rippling tsimbl dulcimer player Pete Rushefsky & the Ternovka Ensemble play eclectic Russian, Ukrainian and Eastern European klezmer sounds at the Jalopy, $15

2/16, 8 PM deviously lyrical, historically spot-on, cleverly sultry oldtimey/Americana songwriter/bandleader Robin Aigner and Parlour Game folllowed at 10 by brilliant klezmer reedman Matt Darriau’s Who Is Manny Blanc, a homage to the legendary/obscure LES psychedelic Jewish jazz/esoterica compose at Barbes

2/16, 8 PM shapeshifting indie classical luminaries Ensemble Mise-en with brilliant, lustrous clarinetist Vasko Dukovski showcase the works of Djuro Zivkovic and Thomas Agerfeldt Olesen in a double portrait concert at Scandinavia House, 37th St./Park Ave., $15/$10 stud

2/16, 8 PM deviously theatrical oldschool C&W/rockabilly parodists Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co at Otto’s

2/16, 9  PM stoner soul and classic blaxpolitation soundtrack grooves with vibraphone legend Roy Ayers at Bric Arts, $15 adv tix rec

2/16, 9 PM powerpopmeister Pete Galub followed eventually at around 11 by edgy, guitar-fueled peak era King Crimson-ish art-rockers Woodhead at Muchmore’s

2/16, 10 PM oldtime blues guitar/banjo/piano genius Jerron Blind Boy Paxton at Iridium, $25. He’s finally playing for the tourists now.

2/17, 6 PM author and record producer Ian Brennan – responsible for the Zomba Prison Project compilation, among others – discusses his book How Music Dies (or Lives)  at Arnhold Hall 55 West 13th Street, Room I-202, at the New School, free

2/17, 7 PM eclectic jazz/blues resonator guitarist Elizabeth Wise at Caffe Vivaldi

2/17, 7:30 PM organist Jason Roberts plays a live score to the Charlie Chaplin classic The Gold Rush at St. Bartholomew’s Church $20/$10 stud/srs

2/17-18, 7:30/9:30 PM a rare weekend engagement by the Mingus Big Band on their home turf at the Jazz Standard, $30

2/17, 7:30 PM catchy oldschool roots reggae jams with a fearlessly populist Senegalese feel from Meta & the Cornerstones at the Poisson Rouge, $12 adv tix rec

2/17, 8 PM Mike Rimbaud – NYC’s current powerpop/new wave counterpart to Joe Strummer – at Bowery Electric

2/17, 8 PM playfully literate superduo Kill Henry Sugar – guitar/banjo mastermind Erik Della Penna and drummer Dean Sharenow –at Barbes

2/17, 8 PM Nadya Meykson, violin; Andrey Tchekmazov, cello Victoria Schwartzman, piano play trios by Brahms and Shostakovich at Scholes St. Studios

2/17, 9 PM epic, cinematic Indian violin-fueled art-rock themes with Rini and her explosive band at Silvana

2/17, 9ish Barmaljova – irrepressiblle indie classical/art-rock/klezmer string band violist Ljova and his similarly amazing wife, singer Inna Barmash – at the Postcrypt Coffehouse

2/17, 9 PM brilliant extrovert jazz drummer Allison Miller leads her band at Bar Lunatico, $10

2/17, 9/10:30 PM ethereal, raptly haunting singer Sara Serpa  leads an unorthodox trio with Ingrid Laubrock, tenor sax;  Erik Friedlander, cello at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

2/17, 10 PM roots reggae group Royal Khaoz at Shrine

2/18 not a music event but important and relevant: the poignant photo exhibit Muslim in New York, covering from the 80s to the present opens at the Museum of the City of NY, 1220 5th Ave. $18/$12 stud, under 20, free 

2/18, 7:30 PM up-and-coming jazz violinists lead their groups, in reverse order: Tomoko Omura Roots and the  Lisanne Tremblay Trio at the Cell Theatre, $tba

2/18, 8ish  lyrical pianist Jacob Sacks’ Chamber Quartet with Miranda Sielaff – viola, Kristi Helberg – violin, Mike McGinnis – at the Owl, $10

2/18, 8 PM Michael Malis plays solo piano followed by kinetic, darkly incisive guitarist Jessica Ackerley leading her trio, playing the album release for her new one Coalesce at Scholes St. Studios, $10

2/18, 8 PM high-energy original Fairport Convention-stye Britfolk with Divining Rod at the Way Station 

2/18, 9 PM searing, theatrical Romany/Balkan guy/girl-fronted punk rockers Bad Buka at Mehanata

2/18, 9/10:30 PM intense, fearlessly relevant Middle Eastern clarinetist Kinan Azmeh‘s kinetic, picturesque City Band at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

2/18, 9:30 PM pensive, smart multi-instrumentalist Kristen Tivey – of the edgy female-fronted Talking Heads-ish Eliza & the Organix – fronts her own folk/jazz band followed eventually by her main act at Pine Box Rock Shop

2/18, 10 PM enigmatically jangly, female-fronted rainy-day lo-fi band Belle Mare at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, $15

2/18, 10:30 PM singer Rev. Mary and her Blue Crew “unveil a steamy array of vintage bawdy blues, paying homage to performers like Mae West, Sophie Tucker, Bessie Smith, Rosa Henderson, Ruth Brown, Stella Johnson and Barrel House Annie, to name a few” at Freddy’s

2/19, 2:30 PM intense indie classical/art-rock cellist Leah Coloff at Mayflower Bar in Ft. Greene

2/19, 3 PM harpist Kate Sloat performs contemporary works for solo harp by Lowell Liebermann, Brian Erickson, and many more! at Spectrum, $15

2/19, 3 PM The North/South Chamber Orchestra play premieres by Arthur Gottschalk, David Maves, Winnie Yang , Margarita Zelenaia at Christ & St Stephen’s Church, 120 West 69th St, free

2/19, 4 PM the Emerson String Quartet’s Eugene Drucker, violin; Roberta Cooper, viola; and Gili Melamed Lev, piano; play works by Beethoven and Brahms at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes

2/19, 5 PM brilliantly lyrical latin jazz pianist Luis Perdomo + the Controlling Ear Unit at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex, free

2/19, 5:30  PM the fantastic and irrepressible Momenta Quartet play a fascinating program of new Japanese chamber music by Shoichi Yabuta, Yuta Bandoh and Yoshiaki Onishi, on a program also featuring Molly Morkoski, Miya Masaoka, Akikazu Nakamura, Elizabeth Brown, Wendy Stern, Brian Ellingsen and Eriko Sato in other works by Jo Kondo, Tetsuya Yamamoto, Shohei Amimori and Miya Masaoka at Scandinavia House, 37th St./Park Ave.$20/$15 stud/srs

2/19, 7  PM brilliant pedal steel player Mike Neer’s Steelonious – who do Monk covers in the same vein as Buddy Emmons – at Barbes

2/19, 9/10:30 PM the long-awaited return of the world’s funniest improvising ensemble, Mostly Other People Do the Killingplaying the album release hsow for their new one Loafer’s Hollow with Steven Bernstein on trumpet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

2/19,  10 PM the intoxicatingly clattering Moroccan trance grooves of Innov Gnawa; eclectic indie classical percussion ensemble Tigue open at 9 at Threes Brewing

2/20, 8 PM fiery, charismatic soul siren Meah Pace and her oldschool band at LIC Bar

2/20, 10 PM tuneful, state-of-the-art bassist Linda Oh leads her killer quartet with Jon Irabagon on alto sax at 55 Bar

2/21, 7 PM Carsie Blanton – who’s shifted her slinky act from oldtimey swing to torchy retro rock – at the Mercury, $12

2/21, 7:30 PM a fantastic Middle Eastern music benefit for the International Refugee Assistance Project from the seven banned countries featuring the Brooklyn Nomads feat. Hadi Eldebek, Mohammad Eldebek, Ramzi Edlibi, Nick Chbat and Shelley Thomas at the Poisson Rouge, $20 standing room avail

2/21, 7:30 PM the Mannes American Composers Ensemble play Andrew Norman: Try; Harrison Birtwistle: Carmen Arcadiae Mechanicae Perpetuum; Louis Andriessen: Workers’ Union at r63 Fifth Avenue, Room U100 at the New School, free

2/21, 8 PM wickedly lyrical French chanson/Romany jazz/cinematic new wave band Paris Combo at City Winery, $25 standing room avail. 

2/21, 8 PM magicallly crepuscular, cinematic Montreal slowcore/postrock/pastoral jazz trio Desert Foxx followed by similar, hyperkinetiically shapeshifting multi-instrumentalist/songwriter Thana Iyer at Muchmore’s. Iyer is playing the album release show for her new one on 2/23 at midnight at the small room at the Rockwood 

2/21, 8 PM lyricallyy sharp chamber pop/art-rock/jazz songwriter Joanna Wallfisch with Kenny Werner on piano at Mezzrow, $20

2/21, 8 PM the Weasel Walter improvisational Large Ensemble featuring Steve Swell on trombone, Leila Bourdreuil on cello and Brandon Seabrook on guitar at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

2/21, 8/10:30 PM drummer Dan Weiss leads a tuneful trio with Jacob Sacks, piano;  Ben Street, bass at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

2/21-26, 9 PM vibraphonist Chris Dingman leads a series of ensembles at the Stone, $20. Choice pick: his cinematic, enveloping Subliminal & Sublime project on 2/23

2/21, 10:30 PM 10:30 PM charismatic, adventurous postbop/avant garde trombonist/crooner Frank Lacy leads his group at Smalls

2/21 Lake Street Dive at the Music Hall of Williamsburg is sold out

2/22, 7 PM smart, lyrically edgy Americana rock songstress/bandleader Abbie Barrett at the Mercury, $10

2/22-25, 7 PM Duchess – Amy Cervini, Hilary Gardner and Melissa Stylianou – sing the album release stand for their new one Laughing at Life – their charming update on the Boswell Sisters’ harmony swing – backed by an excellent quintet at 55 Bar

2/22, 7 PM unstoppable guitar and banjo shredder Brandon Seabrookquartet with  Dan Levin- cello;Vinnie Sperrazza- drums and Henry Fraser – bass at Barbes

2/22, 7:30 PM, repeating on 2/25 at 8 the NY Phil play Beethoven Symphonies No. 8 and 8 at Avery Fisher Hall, $31 tix avail2/22, 9 PM singer Renee LoBue’s popular, catchy, anthemic early zeros powerpop/southwesten gothic band Elk City at Hifi Bar

2/22, 8 PM maybe the best big band jazz night of the year: violnist Meg Okura‘s Pan Asian Chamber Jazz Ensemble & the Erica Seguine/Shannon Baker Jazz Orchestra – arguably the most original, interesting and shapeshiftingly fun, cinematic large jazz ensemble in NYC, right up there with Darcy James Argue –at Shapeshifter Lab, $tba

2/22, 10 PM fiery punk/blues/soul bandleader Black Joe Lewis – sort of a mashup of Iggy Pop and Albert Collins – at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, $20 adv tix at the Mercury M-F 5-7 PM highly rec.

2/23, 7 PM riveting, smart, Indian-influenced psychecelic soul singer/bandleader Shilpa Ananth  – the Indian Sade, maybe – plays a rare trio show with piano and tabla at Kava Shteeble on 94 Ralph Ave, Brooklyn

2/23, 7 PM epic Indian-inspired spacerock band Humeysha at the Mercury, $10

2/23, 7 PM scorching female-fronted psychedelic doom metal band Electric Citizen open for the Crazy World of Arthur Brown – still crazy after all these years – at the Poisson Rouge, $25 adv tix avail

2/23, 7 PM pianist Yoonie Han performs the world premiere of Theodore Wiprud’s Miss Ellen Terry as Lady Macbeth and selections from Enrique Granados’ Goyescas; plus the composer, pianist and art historian Professor Gail Levin all discuss the influence of visual art on music af the Recital Hall at Baruch College, E. 25th St between 3rd and Lexington Ave, use code CC20 for $20 tix

2/23, 7:30 PM the Catalyst Quartet play their string quartet arrangement of Bach’s Goldberg Variations at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

2/23, 8 PM charismatic, torchy, occasionally Lynchian jazz bassist/singer Kate Davis (of the Lady Bugs) with her combo followed at 10 by Chia’s Dance Party spinoff the Cumbia River Band playing rustic Colombian acoustic grooves at Barbes

2/23, 8 PM an explosive collaboration between drummer Greg Fox and low-register noise composer Eli Keszler at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

2/22, 8 PM ex-Dylan lead guitarist Larry Campbell with singer Teresa Williams and guest pianist Bill Payne of Little Feat at City Winery $22 standing room vail

 2/23, 9 PM ace drummer/bandleader Tim Kuhl and his enveloping John Hollenbeck-ish 1982 art-rock project at Troost

2/23, 9 PM soulful chanteuse Kelly Sloan’s cachy, kinetic downtempo/neosoul group K Sloan & the Melodics at the Bitter End

2/23, 9ish cleverly lyrical, murderously witty murder ballad/chamber pop allstars Charming Disaster  at the Jalopy

2/23, 10 PM intense, lyrical, smartly Waits/Dylanesque Americana songwriter Pete Lanctot at Pete’s

2/23, 10 PM tunefully simmerimg improvisations from drummer Nick Fraser with Pat Briener – saxophone, Myk Freedman – lap steel at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery

2/23, 10 PM hypnotic, catchy loopmusic cellist Laura Wolf at Pine Box Rock Shop

2/24, 7 PM brilliant, haunting oudist Ara Dinkjian and his legendary singer dad Onnik Dinkjian perform a rare Armenian and Turkish program at the CUNY Grad Center, 365 5th Ave north of 34th St;, $25

2/24, 7 PM the world premiere of the new global warming-themed opera Upon this Handful of Earth by Norwegian composer Gisle Kverndokk and librettist Aksel-Otto Bull at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, 980 Park Ave $25 tix avail

2/24-25, 7 PM Cantata Profana bings a brand new staging of Leos Janácek’s song cycle, The Diary of One Who Disappeared, and one of J.S.Bach’s most sublime cantatas, BWV170 “Vergnügte Ru” to Symphony Space, $20 adv tix rec

2/24, 7:30 PM Happy Traum’s multimedia event Coming of Age in the Greenwich Village Folk Revival and the Woodstock Scene (1954 – 1971): “With colorful anecdotes and incisive memories, and the aid of vintage photos and music clips, Traum relates some of his adventures as an active member of the New York folk revival; his participation in the “Great Folk Singers Riot” in Washington Square; and his friendships with some of the leading folk artists of the day such as Brownie McGhee, and a young Bob Dylan. Happy punctuates his remembrances with songs and guitar solos from the folk era and beyond,”  at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 81 Christopher St $25/$15 stud.

2/24, 7:30 PM high voltage latin jazz with the Pedrito Martinez Group at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

2/24, 8 PM fearless punk classical cellist Valerie Kuehne at the PPL Space, 104 Meserole St in Bushwick, sugg don. She’s at Spectrum the following night, 2/25 at 8:30 PM for $15

2/24, 8 PM soaring alto saxophonist/jazz chanteuse Grace Kelly leads her quartet at Flushing Town Hall, $16, free for teens age 13-19 with ID.

2/24, 8 PM 8 PM rustic Brazilian jungle sounds with Regional de NY at Barbes

2/24, 9 PM the Dirty Waltz Project- a seven-piece band playing more than a dozen instruments in 3/4 time in countless genres from Balkan, Irish, jazz, blues and American folk traditions – at the Jalopy, $10

2/24 9:30 PM boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band and the Broken Mariachi Horns at Hill Country

2/24, 9 PM popular, shambling stoner boogie/Americana rockers Jeff the Brotherhood at Sunnyvale, $15

2/24, 9 PM tuneful, intriguing third-stream jazz pianist Noa Fort leads her trio at Pete’s

2/24, 9:30 PM intense, charismatic Tunisian art-rock songwriter – and Arab Spring heroine – Emel Mathlouthi at Joe’s Pub, $18

2/24, 10 PM jangly, sharply lyrical folk-rock/chamberpop band the Morning Sea – like a more stripped-down, less druggy Elliott Smith – at the small room at the Rockwood

2/24, 10 PM Dead Man Winter -Trampled By Turtles’ Dave Simonett’s second-generation Wallfowers rock side project – at Bowery Ballroom, $18

2/24, 11 PM high-voltage Tex-Mex and zydeco sounds with the Whiskey Killers at Guadalupe Inn, $5

2/25, 5 PM a free dance party with the Harlem Renaissance Orchestra at the community center in the middle of Marcus Garvey Pak, free

2/25, 6 PM amazingly eclectic cellist and brilliant soul/art-rock/jazz songwriter Marika Hughes followed at 8 by eclectic, electric C&W/blues band the Jug Addicts and at 10 by trippy North African dance grooves from Innov Gnawa at Barbes

2/25, 7 PM percussionist Jaimeo Brown’s Transcendence (ft. Chris Sholar & Jaleel Shaw) – who make haunting jazz soundscapes out of rustic African-American gospel themes – at the Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix avail

2/25, 7 PM enigmatic female-fronted psychedelic pop/new wave band the New Tarot play the album release show for their new one at Bowery Electric, $8

2/25, 7 PM Hollywood’s Dan Finnerty leads his savagely hilarious top 40 parody group the Dan Band at Joe’s Pub, $22

2/25, 7:30 PM intense, controversial Portuguese fado star Gisela João makes her US debut backed by a great acoustic band at the Schimmel Center at Pace University, 3 Spruce St, $30, 6/J/M to City Hall

2/25, 7:30 PM Victoria Schwartzman, piano ;Andrey Tchekmazov, cello; Nadya Meykson, violin play works  by Alfred Schnittke, Alban Berg, Arvo Pärt and Dmitry Shostakovich at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, $20 sugg don

2/25, 8/10 PM popular oldschool 70s stye psychedelic salsa dura band Bio Ritmo at Subrosa, 63 Gansevoort St., $15

2/25, 8 PM the enigmatic Moodswing Orchestra – drummer Ben Perowsky, keyboardist Glenn Patscha and guitar monster Oren Bloedow – at the Owl, $10

2/25, 8 PM rapturously textured British Renaissance choir Stile Antico sing a pretty wild program of classics and obscurities by Tallis, Clemens Non Papa, Tompkins, Vivanco, McCabe and others at at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, 145 W 46th St between 6th and 7th aves, $30 seats avail

2/25, 8:30 PM Sharq Attack with Marandi Hostetter, 5 string violin; Brian Prunka, oud; John Murchison, double bass and Philip Mayer, percussion jam out classic Middle Eastern themes at the Postcrypt Coffeehouse

2/25, 9 PM Emiliano Messiez, piano and Rodolfo Zanetti Via, bandoneon play classic tango at Caffe Vivaldi

2/25, 9:30 PM Washington DC psychedelic soul band Aztec Sun followed by Pitchblak Brass Band at the Hall at MP, $12 adv tix rec

2/25, 9:30 PM eclectic Americana/C&W rock band Spuyten Duyvil at the Jalopy, $12

2/25, 10ish a free dreampop night at Muchmore’s with the glimmering, ringing Beach Moon Peach Moon and then the Parrot Dream Band, who sound like a louder Cocteau Twins

2/26, 2:30 PM the Dessoff Choirs sing an all-French program with music of Marcel Dupré, Claude Debussy, Lili Boulanger, Reynaldo Hahn, Jean Langlais, and Francis Poulen accompanied by organist Ray Nagem at St. Jean Baptiste Church, 184 East 76th St, $25/$15 stud/srs

2/26, 3  PM pianist Imri Talgam plays music of Daniel Fox, Peter Kramer and Vicente Alexim at Spectrum, $15

2/26, 5 PM former Little Jimmy Scott tenor sax player TK Blue and band at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex, free

2/26, 6 PM ferocious, Middle Eastern-inspired jazz violinist Elektra Kurtis with indie classical chamber ensemble the PubliQuartet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

2/26, 6 PM powerhouse multi-reedwoman Jenny Hill plays both sax and flute at the album release for her new one with her sextet at 55 Bar

2/26, 7ish vivid gothic Americana songstress Lara Ewen at Scratcher Bar on E 5th just off Bowery

2/26, 8:30ish dark, charismatic, mischievously witty art-rock keyboardist/chanteuse Rachelle Garniez, rockabilly/honkytonk guitar maven Monica Passin a.k.a. L’il Mo, Barbara Endes of wickedly catchy Americana/paisley underground rockers Girls on Grass and NYC C&W vet Jonathan Gregg at the Treehouse at 2A

2/26, 9 PM mart, politically-fueled Irish rocker Niall Connolly at at the small room at the Rockwood

2/27, 7:30 PM Damstadt Essential Music join forces to play Terry Riley’s In C – performers include Nick Hallett and Zach Layton leading an ensemble with Elliott Sharp, Peter Kotik, Pauline and Conrad Harris, David Grubbs, Laura Ortman, Roddy Bottum – at the Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec

2/27. 7:30 PM the Calefax Reed Quintet, organist Paul Jacobs, flutist Claire Chase, and the  Grand Electric ensemble play new arrangements of classic Bach workss at Music Mondays at Advent Church, 93rd/Broadway, free

2/28, 7 PMa ferocious update on a darkly classic sound: the Avi Fox-Rosen Electric Klezmer Trio with Dave Licht on drums,and Zoe Guigueno on bass play Dave Tarras tunes followed at 9 by ten-piece funky Balkan brass jazz monsters Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

2/28, 7 PM La Mecanica Popular play their original update on classic 70s Nuyorican salsa dura at Bric Arts, free w/rsvp 

2/28, 8 PM pianist/composer Richard Sussman’s Evolution Ensemble presents the lush, explosive Evolution Suite for jazz quintet, string quartet, and Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

2/28, 9 PM purist oldschool country songwriter/bandleader Michaela Anne a at the big room at the Rockwood, $12

2/28. 9 PM Brooklyn’s original punk Balkan horn group Hungry March Band,at the Bell House, $15

2/28, 10 PM brilliant drummer/percussionist Willie Martinez & La Familia Sextet play classic salsa grooves at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe

3/1, 7 PM PubliQuartet cellist Amanda Gookin plays electroacoustic piece by Leila Adu, Jessica Meyer, Allison Loggins-Hull, Morgan Krauss, Nathalie Joachim, and Amanda Feery from her new album at National Sawdust $30 adv tix rec

3/1, 8 PM a murderer’s row of first-rate singers including but not limited toErica Smith, Tammy Faye Starlite, Lizzie Edwards ofLizzie & the Makers play a Leonard Cohen tribute, backed by an all-star band at Bowery Electric, $8

3/1, 9 PM oldschool-style high plains C&W singer Hope Debates & North 40 at Bar Chord

3/2, 7 PM fearless Malian psychedelic desert rock bandleader/freedom fighter Noura Mint Seymali at Littlefield, $20 adv tix avail

3/2, 7 PM oldschool soul bandleader Eliza Neals and the Narcotics plays the album release show for her new one followed eventually at 10 by wryly trippy dub reggae bandleader Effie Liu at the Bitter End

3/2, 8:30 PM riveting, dynamic, poignant klazmer singer Inna Barmash and her similarly band sing “winkling klezmer lullabies, songs of love and love gone wrong” at the  Jalopy, $15

3/3, 7ish killer dark retro 60s psychedelic/stoner boogie/art-rock band Medusa’s Disco at Gussy’s Bar in Queens

3/3, 8:30 PM a benefit for the ACLU and Brooklyn-based immigrants rights group DRUM with the Occasionalists serving as the live band for revolutionary karaoke i.e. R.E.M.’s End of the World as We Know It to Bob Marley’s Redemption Song to the Beatles’ Revolution to Public Enemy’s Fight the Power to Bowie/Queen’s Under Pressure at Union Hall, $10

3/3, 10 PM New York City’s only Farsi funk group, the hauntingly psychedelic retro 60s/70s Iranian revivalists Mitra Sumara at Pete’s

3/4, 8:30 PM a benefit for Planned Parenthood with excellent, purist honkytonk crooner/bandleader Clifford Westfall followed by Tatters & Rags and then the Space Merchants – the missing link between the Stooges and X – at Union Hall, $10

3/4, 9:30 PM smart, cosmopolitan jazz chanteuse Svetlana & the Delancey 5  – Breakfast at Tiffany’s meets Some Like It Hot – at Joe’s Pub

3/4, 10 PM Ensemble Mik Nawooj – who work the same classical/hip-hop turf as Yasiin Bey, often covering classic 90s joints from the Wu-tang Clan and others – at the Apollo Music Cafe, $20 tix avail at the Apollo box ofc

3/5, 2:30 PM the Apple Hill String Quartet play the world premiere of Presences by John Harbison for string quartet, cello, and bass  at St. Bartholomew’s Church, $25

3/5, 7:30 PM powerpop supergroup the Split Squad at Bowery Electric, $10

3/6, 6:30 PM violinist Kristin Lee, concertmaster of the Metropolis Ensemble plays the ep release show for composer Molly Joyce’s intense, acerbic new one; Joyce will also premiere a new work for toy organ and electronics, “Form and Deform.” at 1 Rivington St., free w/rsvp, reception to follow . 

3/7, 6 PM pianist Frank Levy plays works by Scarlatti, Mozart, Chopin, Bach/Marcello and Rachmaninov at the Yamaha Piano Salon, 689 Fifth Avenue (entrance on 54th street), $6 

3/7, 9:30 PM blazing Balkan/Romany rock/Middle Eastern/flamenco jamband Ventanas at Drom,  $10 adv tix rec

3/8, 9 PM a good Afrobeat twinbill in Greenpoint: the Super Yamba Band followed by the People’s Champs at Brooklyn Bazaar, $10 adv tix avail at the Poisson Rouge box ofc

3/9, 1 PM harpist Bridget Kibbey plays her arrangement of Debussy’s haunting prelude La Cathédrale engloutie at Trinity Church, free

3/9, 8 PM intense, funky Indian brass bhangra band Red Baraat play the album release show for their new one at Bric Arts, $15 adv tix rec. They’re at the Poisson Rouge on 3/16

3/10, 6:30 PM otherworldly Mongolian throat-singing folk ensemble Khusugtun at the Rubin Museum of Art, $30 adv tix rec

3/10, 7 PM hypnotic, richly tuneful Indian sounds: Rajasthani master of the Sindhi sarangi, Lakha Khan and ensemble at the CUNY Grad Center, 365 5th Ave north of 34th, $25/$20 stud

3/11, 7:30 PM dark Nordic chamber pop songbird Agnes Obel at the Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix avail

3/14, 7 PM My Brightest Dimond’s Shara Nova and others backed by adventurous young orchestra the Knights  play Sarah Kirkland Snider‘s song suite  Unremembered, a hilling reminiscence of childhood traumas at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix a must

3/15, 8 PM Perl – former lead singer of Bulletproof Stockings, the Hasidic Sleater-Kinney – followed by fiery, brilliantly lyrical soul/rock songwriter Nehedar singing the album release show for her latest one, then she does double duty on vocals in powerpop bnd Fierce Love, then sardonic new wavers Blanket Statementstein at Bowery Electric

3/16, 1 PM Useful Chamber Orchestra play their arrangement of Debussy’s haunting prelude La Cathédrale engloutie at Trinity Church, free

3/16, 7:30 PM ancient, otherworldly trance beats: the first-ever US performance by the master musicians of the Festival Gnaoua et des Musiques du Monde in Essaouira, Morocco at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

3/17, 10 PM Pussy Riot at National Sawdust. Tix not avail yet – and might not be affordable – watch this space

3/19, 3:15 PM organist Karen Electra Christianson – one of the most electrifying church organists in the country – plays a program TBA at St. Patrick’s Cathedral

3/19, 4 PM the perennially witty Broken Reed Saxophone Quartet with pianist Roberta Piket at Sounds on Sackett at St. Agnes Church 433 Sackett St off of Hoyt St, Cobble Hill, any train to Atlantic Ave, $20, reception to follow

3/20, 8 PM the Bob Bennett Big Band with Erica Seguine on piano at Sir D’s Lounge, 837 Union St, south of 7th Ave, Park Slope, R to Union St.

3/23-24, 7:30 PM, repeating 3/25 at 8 and 3/26 at 3 PM Amy Beth Kirsten’s Quixote- a vividly original reimagining of the Cervantes classic, performed by the HOWL ensemble withLindsay Kesselman (soprano), Hai-Ting Chinn (mezzo-soprano), Kirsten Sollek (contralto), Mark DeChiazza and four singing players from Sandbox Percussion: Ian Rosenbaum, Victor Caccese, Terry Sweeney and Jonathan Allen at the Kasser Theatre, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair NJ, $20; catch the shuttle buss leaving from 41st behind Port Authority 

3/25, 8 PM standout British early music chamber ensemble the Orlando Consort perform the haunting Renaissance music of Loyset Compère at the auditorium at 150 W 83rd St., $30 tix avail at the Miller Theatre box ofc at 116th/Bwy, M-F noon-6

3/29, 8 PM haunting, intuitive cellist Inbal Segev opens for the String Orchestra of Brooklyn and Mivos Quartet performing works by Anna Clyne at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

3/30,1 PM lyrical jazz pianist Chris Pattishall and his group at Trinity Church, free

3/30, 8 PM the W4 New Music Collective premiere a collaboration between composers Matt Frey, Tim Hansen and Molly Herron exploring aspects of solitude at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

3/31, 7 PM haunting Puerto Rican bolero revivalists – and Sylvia Rexach reinventors – Miramar at the CUNY Grad Center, 365 5th Ave north of 34th, $25/$20 stud

3/31, 8 PM the Argus String Quartet air out a mix of new and old works at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

5/1, 7 PM Finnish murder ballad singer Pekko Käppi leads his haunting, austere folk trio at the CUNY Grad Center, 365 5th Ave north of 34th, $25/$20 stud

Haunting Singer Carol Lipnik’s East Village Residency Takes On New Relevance

This past Sunday evening at Pangea, Carol Lipnik reached for the rafters, with her voice and with her hand, as if trying to pull stars from the sky. It wasn’t as if she was imploring some unseen force, but there was a quiet desperation as her four-octave voice rose to the stratosphere. Behind her, Matt Kanelos built a twilit mist of electronics and then played steady, lustrous neoromantic piano chords to anchor his longtime collaborator’s uneasy flights upward.

“We’ve fallen backward into a strange abyss of imperfection,” Lipnik mused, in between songs. Iridescent in a shimmery midnight blue dress, she addressed the ugly events of the past week with grim understatement. “Our pleasure ship has hit an iceberg. My life raft is made of paper, and my oar, a pen…my song is a torn sail, my voice the ripping wind.” Much as Lipnik’s performances, and especially her lyrics, can be both hilarious and heartwrenching, this was out of character.

Then again, we’ve all been wrenched from our comfort zones. Calmly and matter-of-factly, Lipnik built a dynamic intensity that rose and fell, laced with dark punk rock humor and ominous nature imagery. The fun stuff included a leap to the rafters with a boisterous cover of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ I Put a Spell on You that its author would no doubt have been proud of. Lipnik channeled Klaus Nomi in a phantasmagorical version of The Twist. She drew the most feverish applause when she introduced a famous 60s cabaret-rock hit. “The Barnum and Bailey circus is going out of business, Lipnik explained. “Now there’s a new circus in town. Let’s all drink to the death of a clown!” Without further elaboration, the duo onstage brought out every ounce of creepiness in Dave Davies’ metaphorically-loaded circus narrative. Later, the two brought out far more angst than hope in a relentlessly steady take of Leonard Cohen’s Anthem.

The most bittersweet number of the night was a brand-new, rather elegaic collaboration with David Cale titled A History of Kisses. The most apt for the moment was an insistent minor-key art-rock anthem titled Beast Bird, a familiar bestiary facing an even more familiar peril. An elegantly surreal “torch song to a wild goose,” a disquietingly airy take of Goddess of Imperfection – Lipnik’s theme song for her ongoing Pangea residency – and the allusive eco-disaster parable My Piano (which was a tree in a past life) completed the picture. Lipnik’s weekly Sunday shows in the sonically exquisite back room at this comfortable East Village boite are almost as legendary as her vocal range; the show continues this Sunday, Feb 5 at around 7 PM.

Midway through the show, Lipnik brought up Witchfinder Witch, the brand-new duo collaboration between Dennis Davison, frontman of LA psychedelic rock legends the Jigsaw Seen and folk noir songstress Lorraine Leckie, who were making their Manhattan debut. She delivered a cute singalong about legendary Lower East Side dive Mars Bar; he held the crowd rapt with The Unhappiest Man Under the Sun with Leckie on piano, a song that no doubt spoke for a lot of people in the crowd.