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A Rapturous, Hauntingly Spare Solo Album From Enigmatic Cello Rock Songstress Serena Jost

The sheer hummability of cellist/multi-instrumentalist Serena Jost’s music contrasts with the opaqueness of her lyrics. In her music, nothing is ever as it seems despite all indications to the contrary. That enigmatic sensibility has served her well over the past fifteen years. The closest comparison is ELO’s Jeff Lynne, a similarly brilliant tunesmith whose signature sound blends classical ideas with rock, and has a similarly distinctively, elegant production style as well. Jost’s newest album, Up to the Sky – streaming at her music page – is her most ambitious to date. It’s a solo recording, just cello and vocals, recorded in the rich, reverberating sonics of St. Peter’s Church at 346 W 20th St. in Chelsea, where she’s playing the album release show on April 19 at 7:30 PM. Cover is $10; a reception will follow.

Window opens the album. Jost’s stark, ambered low chords, circling in a Philip Glass vein, anchor her clear, pensive vocals. A recurring shooting star reference adds to the nocturnal rapture and unease.

The influence of Jost’s frequent collaborator Amanda Thorpe shines through plaintively in The Cut, a canteringly hypnotic, Britfolk-tinged, plaintively imagistic lament. Likewise, the wave motion of Clement – just vocalese and cello – sets the stage for Great Conclusions. Playing this with her band, Jost cuts loose with a galloping, crescendoing intensity, but in this version, her pizzicato attack is muted, her vocals understated and clear, echoing Linda Thompson as the song’s gloomily allusive narrative winds out.

Hallway. another instrumental with vocalese, brings in a hazy late-afternoon sun, introducing the baroque-flavored vignette Happiness. “Happiness has come and gone without warning, just a lantern in the night.” Jost intones.

Lullaby is a melody much of the world knows from childhood; the cello adds a newly somber undercurrent. By contrast, It’s a Delight rises to an unexpectedly triumphant crescendo over the sparest, circling low-register riff. Jost works that dichotomy again in Silver Star, its images of escape and release over subtle variations on a mantra-like cello phrase. The album concludes, unresolved, with the fragmentary, echoing, mysterious Red Door. Fans of darkly individualistic songwriters from Carol Lipnik to Connie Converse will devour this. Indie classical people ought to check this out as well – for what it’s worth, Jost once arranged and led a fifty-cello performance of Terry Riley’s In C!


Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards Bring Their Fearlessly Imaginative, Psychedelic Americana to the Rockwood

Violinist Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards stand out in a crowded Americana field for their fearlessness and originality. They aren’t the first to play retro acoustic roots music for string ensemble – a lot of classical types have a secret or not-so-secret fondness for folk music. Sadly, much as some of that crew are completely sincere, they don’t swing and they can’t really improvise. That’s where Cortese really shines. She and the band are playing the downstairs third stage at the Rockwood tomorrow night, April 14 at 11:30 PM; cover is $15.

Their latest album California Calling – streaming at Spotfy – isn’t particularly oldtimey, either. In fact, there’s only one tradtional tune on it. What Hem were to the zeros, Cortese and band are in the here and now. Case in point: the hypnotic opening track, The Low Hum, awash in hazy washes of strings, second violinist Jenna Moynihan anchoring the song on banjo, multi-instrumentalist Sam Kassirer adding woozy Dr. Dre synth. That it works as seamlessly as it does validates Cortese’s outside-the-box arrangement.

Cortese;s vocals infuse the album’s title track with warmth and intimacy amid a swirl of backing vocals, swelling strings and bouncy pizzicato: it’s not clear whether that spiky lead line is Cortese, Moynihan or cellist Valerie Thompson.

The women in the band – which also includes bassist Natalie Bohrn – join voices and then instruments in the lush, Celtic-tinged Three Little Words. If Irish chamber folk psychedelia didn’t exist before now, this band just invented it. There’s a fetching, Kasey Chanbers-ish break in Cortese’s voice in the bittersweetly swaying ballad Skipping Stone, with more spiky/atmospheric contrast.

The psychedelic Hold On, with its gospel allusions and trip-hop beat, brings to mind cult favorite New York Americana songstress Barbara Brousal – who’s since absconded to Boston. The band reinvent Swing & Turn (Jubilee), the album’s lone traditional tune, in much the same fashion, Cortese’s vocals soaring to the top of her register before the band finally cut loose with a jaunty reel.

The women’s four-part harmonies offer comfort in icy times in Rhododendron, which segues into Someday, sort of a more bluegrass-oriented take on Andrew Bird at his most bucolic. Stockholm, an allusive cautionary tale – “You’ve got to find a place to call home” – is another unlikely successful mashup of bluegrass and echoey psychedelia.

Bohrn’s starkly dancing bassline propels Pace Myself, a bluesy trip-hop number, edging from echoey Soft Cell new wave pop toward neo-soul. The album closes with If You Can Hear Me, a Taylor Ashton cover that doesn’t measure up to the strength of Cortese’s songwriting despite an interesting arrangement. It’s impossible to imagine anyone releasing more original album than this lately.

Another Brilliantly Allusive, Eclectic Album From Haunting Singer/Multi-Instrumentalist Elisa Flynn

For over ten years, Elisa Flynn has been one of the most spellbinding and distinctive voices in New York music. Her songs are rich with history. They sparkle with images and tackle some heavy questions. Her melodies range from moody Radiohead complexity, to scruffy indie vignettes, to stark detours toward noir cabaret and 19th century art-song. Flybn’s vocals – full, meticulously modulated, often soaring, sometimes wrenchingly plaintive – are the shiraz that fuels the narratives on her latest album The World Has Ever Been on Fire, streaming at Bandcamp. She’s playing Picasso Machinery, 43 Broadway at Wythe in South Williamsburg on April 27 at around 9 PM. 

On the new record, Flynn is a one-woman orchestra, playing all the: guitars, banjo and drums. The Ballad of Richie and Margot rocks pretty hard, with a dreampop edge: spare, emphatic verse, big enveloping vintage Sonic Youth chorus, bitingly crescendoing stadium-rock guitar solo in the middle. She builds hypnotically ringing, pulsing grey-sky ambience with variations on a catchy, simple guitar hook in Before He Went Down – its doomed storyline ends suddenly, yet in the exact place where it makes sense.

Flynn picks out a spiky, distantly Middle Eastern-tinged vamp as Lost in the Woods shuffles along. “Maybe I’ll be addicted to those sleeping pills as well,”she muses in Syd, a catchy, darkly watery anthem. Paula Carino comes to mind: “I can only write these words in a kind of a trance…I can only feel like a girl when my lips are far too red.”

With its iush bed of multitracked, clanging guitars, the distantly tango-inflected escape anthem Wolves echoes the gloomy, anthemic intensity of Timber, the standout track on Flynn’s 2008 album Songs About Birds and Ghosts. The slowly swaying 6/8 ballad Prison Ship Martyr’s Monument – inspired by the Fort Greene memorial to the legions of US Revolutionary War soldiers who died in British captivity – is the album’s majestic centerpiece, a grim conflagration scenario. “Would you lend e your hand to climb out of the hold?” Flynn asks: the answer is all the more shattering for being left unsaid. It might be the single best song of 2018.

Veronica rises from a spare, rustic, allusively blue-infused one-chord banjo tune to a big, echoey, crashing full-band crescendo. The chiming, echoing No Diamond is even more hypnotic, an allusively wintry tableau capped off by an unexpectedly roaring guitar outro.

Sugar has a stomping, vamping mid-80s Throwing Muses vibe. The album winds up with Caution, a guarded love song that begins as a solo banjo number and then morphs into swirling, pouncing trip-hop. The contrast between sharp, translucent tunesmithing, Flynn’s enigmatic images and her strong, forceful vocals make this one of the best rock albums of 2018.

Fun fact: Flynn was a founding member of cult favorite kitchen-sink noiserockers Bunny Brains!

Video Satire of the Day – LMAO

If twee overkill has pushed you past the boiling point, you’ll feel deliciously avenged by Passive Aggressives Anonymous’ new video, (Let’s Have a Nice White) Middle Class Male Cry (via Youtube). If NPR doesn’t pick this deadpan, venomous faux bossa pop tune for a Tiny Desk Concert, there’s something wrong. Frontguy John Valenti’s outfit and haircut are just as spot-on sick as the song. Weird Al Yankovic meets Tredici Bacci with a Morrissey wannabe out front – it’s funny just to think about.

Tantalizing Original Surf Rock from the Jagaloons in the East Village Friday Night

Unsteady Freddie is sort of the Alan Lomax of East Coast surf music. Practically every month since the early zeros, he’s made the shlep in from out of town to Otto’s Shrunken Head, where he hosts what can often be a marathon night of surf rock. The crowds have thinned out over the years, but he’s still at it. His youtube channel has thousands of videos from over ten years worth of shows by bands who otherwise probably never would have played here.

This month’s lineup – on Friday the 6th – is pretty characteristic of what you can find there these days. There are cover bands at 9 and 10 PM, then the Jagaloons – who draw on spaghetti western and hotrod music as well as surf – play at 11. Jangly New York original surf rock cult heroes the Supertones headline sometime around midnight, revisiting their glory days when they used to pack the old Luna Lounge on Saturday nights.

If you’re into twang and clang and tons of reverb, you should grab both the Jagaloons’ ep and single, which are up at Bandcamp as name-your-price downloads. The first one, Knife Bumps, kicks off with the title track, built around a catchy descending fuzztone guitar riff, in s Peter Gunne Theme vein.

They do a haphazard cover of the Ventures’ Journey to the Stars and follow it with the wry border rock theme Sexo en la Playa. Then they pull out the repeaterbox and all the fuzz and whiplash volleys of drums for Creature From the Jagaloon Lagoon. After a skittish take of another Ventures classic, Penetration, they end with Deadeye, which has a long, dramatic buildup and then careens all over the place through a catchy bunch of changes before modulating.

The single is titled All Surfed Up and includes Kanagawal, a sort of twin-guitar update on Pipeline, and the spaghetti western-tinged Rancho Relaxo, their best song so far. Considering how imaginative, and also how purist their songwriting is, it’s a good bet that the band have tightened up their sound since throwing these recordings together.

Jazz Guitar Mastermind Mary Halvorson Embraces Lush, Uneasily Rapturous Improvisational Art-Rock

Mary Halvorson may be known as one of the world’s most brilliantly individualistic jazz guitarists, but some of her work skirts the edges where experimental rock and postrock spill over into jazz. She’s also a rare example of a world-class fret-burner who’s also an excellent singer. And she’s also an intriguing lyricist. For whatever reason, the words to the genre-defying songs on her new album Code Girl – streaming at Bandcamp – aren’t imbued with as much of the sardonic humor and stiletto wit that runs through her instrumental work. Amirtha Kidambi sings them with dynamics, drama and passion. The album title is ironic in the genuine sense of the word: it has absolutely nothing to do with tech worship. March tempos are everywhere here: a political reference, maybe? Halvorson and her quartet are playing the album release show tomorrow night, April 3 with sets at 7:30 and 9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard; cover is $25.

As usual, Halvorson’s compositions here go far beyond stereotypical verse/chorus/bridge architecture. The intro to the opening track, My Mind I Find in Time sounds like Bill Frisell playing calypso; then Halvorson shifts to a steady, pulsing drive with hints of Vegas noir. Drummer Tomas Fujiwara’s cymbals ice the backdrop, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire contributes wary resonance and then grit. Kidambi’s soul-infused mantra, “Reconstruction is required in time” has unexpected drama. Bassist Michael Formanek’s final flourishes close it deviously.

Fluttery arioso vocals contrast with the dark lyrical undercurrent of Possibility of Lightning, which morphs into a growling march capped off by some mean tremolo-picking, spins through a vortex of improvisation with Akinmusire anchoring the bandleader’s savagery, then the two themes merge.

The epic Storm Cloud begins as a spare, ominously tremoloing Lynchian set piece, then the whole band march it into moody pastoral terrain. Halvorson hits her pedal for Dave Fiuczynski microtonal warp and Akinmusire wafts as Fujiwara pushes the anthem’s methodical metric shifts:

The clearing of the storm
Finds extra ordinary lives
Pulsing behind the blood

Halvorson and Akinmusire work coy counterpoint over a steady backbeat in Pretty Mountain. The bandleader’s steady, twisted folk arpeggios hold the center; scatting vocals signal an implosion before this wistful travel reminiscence’s punchline kicks in.

Moving between staggered jangle and another march groove, Off the Record has unexpectedly tropical flavor.Formanek artfully hands off the broodingly terse melody to Halvorson as In the Second Before gets underway,Akinmusire and Fujiwara shifting gears from droll to stern. Halvorson builds a roaring crescendo from there, part doom metal, part frantic squall: it’s the album’s high point.

The bandleader has a lot of fun toying with the Orbison noir ballad melody of Accurate Hit, a twistedly spare nocturne for guitar and vocals. Her tantalizing latin noir allusions fuel The Beast, the album’s most picturesque song: is this a seduction or a murder in progress? That song foreshadows the album’s haunting centerpiece, The Unexpected Natural Phenomenon, shifting between atmospheric dark, bossa-tinged folk and a spare sway. Then the group give it a long, thorough, rather wry wringing-out:

In the water
Does laughing make you sink

Rustling counterpoint over yet another march beat give way to a pensive Akinmusire solo and desolate, reverbtoned tremolo-picking from Halvorson in Thunderhead, the closest thing to Frisell she’s ever written.

Halvorson’s muted pulses and enigmatically lingering lines contrast with Kidambi’s majestic delivery and Akinmusire’s uneasy airiness in the simply titled And; the unexpected turn toward New Orleans and then Indian drollery is irresistibly fun. Unsettled yet steady, Deepest Similar is a bittersweet love song, guardedly weighing hope for the future while letting go of the past: perhaps instructively, Kidambi’s angst-fueled vocals rise to their most tortured point here.

The album winds up with an amusing miniature, Armory Beams and then Drop the Needle, where Halvorson manages to orchestrate a shift from tongue-in-cheek and techy to slowly shuffling, moody resonance punctuated by Akinmusire’s pensively sailing lines and Formanek’s steady, bluesy melismas. Much as Halvorson has always been on the cutting edge, this is her most ambitious album to date – and there’s irony in that, considering how catchy most of these tunes are.

Live Music Calendar for New York City and Brooklyn for April and May 2018

Daily updates: if you go out a lot, bookmark this page and check back for the latest.

Free and cheap concerts in just about every neighborhood. If you’re leaving your hood, make sure you check for service changes considering how the trains are at night and on the weekend.

Constant updates. 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.

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 Wednesdays 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, beverages and lively conversation included! Upcoming concerts on 4/11 at 7 PM, 4/15 at 4 featuring rarely heard piano music of Dvorak, Clementi and Grieg, email for info/location.

For six shows beginning on 4/14 at 7:30 PM, repeating on 4/15-16 at 6:30 and 4/19, 4/21 and 4/22 at 7:30 PM, singer/sound artist Samita Sinha’s envelopingly confrontational multidisciplinary work This Ember State at the Asia Society, $20. With mashups of classical Indian ragas, sound art and dance inspired by the myth of Sati—the Hindu goddess who self-immolates in sacrifice—and the concept of dark matter, the work tackles a lot of heavy, relevant issues. “Some nudity is involved – not appropriate for children.” 

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

Wednesdays in April, 8 PM the Binky Griptite Orchestra (formerly Sharon Jones’ brilliant oldschool soul backing band) at Threes Brewing Outpost, 113 Franklin St (Greenpoint/Kent Aves) in Greenpoint, free

Thursdays at 8 in April 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 the Jalopy, $15 adv tix at the bar at the main space. Tons of special guests followed by a wild raga jam!

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 in May, 7:30 PM tenor saxophonist Ken Fowser leads his band at the Django. Jukebox jazz in a JD Allen vein but not as dark and more straight-ahead/groove-oriented: as postbop party music goes, nobody’s writing better than this guy right now.

Free classical concerts return on Saturdays at 4 PM in April at Bargemusic;  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 April, 6 PM Kane Mathis – whose fast fingers are as electrifying on the kora as they are on the oud – plays with a rotating cast of Middle Eastern and African talent 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 April, at sometime past noon at Hank’s, Nashville gothic crooner Sean Kershaw‘s legendary honkytonk brunch is back; special guests from his wide circle of NYC Americana acts keep the afternoon going until about 7. It’s just like 1999 again -at least until the bar closes sometime this year. Phil Gammage plays his dark Americana and blues there this month at 6 PM every Sunday this month as well.

Sundays in April, 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.

4/1, 4 PM the Iranian Female Composers Association launch their auspicious new series at National Sawdust with pianists Ava Nazar and Erika Dohi, the Steinem Quartet, Alison Rowe, and kamancheh player Niloufar Shiri, plus Anahita Abbasi, Aftab Darvishi, Farzia Fallah, Mahdis Golzar Kashani, Niloufar Karimi, Niloufar Nourbakhsh, Gity Razaz, Aida Shirazi, and Niloufar Shiri, $20

4/1, 6:30 PM Shafaat Khan – sitarist son of the legendary Vilayat Khan – at Joe’s Pub, $30. Gotta start early to give this guy a chance to take his time and mesmerize you.

4/1, 9ish the catchy, edgy, darkly kinetic female-fronted Romany-tinged Trouble with Kittens and explosive, creepy, colorful psychedelic rembetiko metal band Greek Judas at the Cobra Club

4/2, 7 PM night one of this year’s MATA festival of new music kicks off with a new music dream team of Miranda Cuckson, Ariadne Greif, Blair McMillen, Sarah Brailey, and Russell Greenberg playing a  mystical program including David M. Gordon’s song-cycle Mysteria Incarnationis, sung in the original Syriac plus works by Shawn Jaeger  and Lydia Winsor Brindamour at the Church of the Epiphany, 1393 York Avenue (at 74th St), $25

4/2, 7:30 PM eclectic Bay Area vocal jazz sextet Jazz-Ology at Club Bonafide, $2o 

4/2, 8:30 PM terse, purposeful guitarist Miles Okazaki with Linda Oh on bass and Dan Weiss on drums at Bar Lunatico

4/2, 9:30 PM Dilemastronauta Y Los Sabrosos Cosmicos play their cumbia-inspired stoner dub jams at Barbes

4/3, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, Ensemble Signal’s Lauren Cauley, violin; David Friend, piano play works by Christopher Cerrone, Tonia Ko, and David Lang at the Miller Theatre, free

4/3, 7 PM innovative, tuneful Indian-influenced drone-raga band Arranged Marriage NP followed at 9 by ten-piece funky Balkan brass jazz monsters Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

4/3, 7 PM irrepressibly theatrical parlor pop pianist Greta Gertler Gold at Joe’s Pub $15

4/3-4, 7:30/9:30 PM savagely eclectic guitarist Mary Halvorson plays the album release show for her excellent, sardonic new one Code Girl with Amitha Kidambi – vocals; Adam O’Farrill – trumpet; Michael Formanek – bass; Tomas Fujiwara – drums at the Jazz Standard, $30 but worth it

4/3, 7:30 PM pianist Jeanne Golan and the Attacca Quartet play a rare all-Mieczyslaw Weinberg program featuring his Piano Quintet, haunting Cello Sonata, and Piano Sonatine at the Baruch College Auditorium, 55 Lexington Ave at 24th St.,(enter mid-block), $21

4/3, 8 PM pianist Katie Reimer’s reliably adventurous Mimesis Ensemble play haunting Middle Eastern-inspired works by Mohammed Fairouz and Halim El-Dabh – arguably the world’s first electronic composer – at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $25

4/3, 8 PM enigmatically lyrical minimalist parlor pop pianist/singer Dia Luna followed by Sharon Jones guitarist Joe Crispiano and his band at Freddy’s 

4/3, 8 PM the Tak Ensemble sextet with bassoon soloist Rebekah Heller debut Mario Diaz de Leon’s first album-length suite at Roulete, $20 adv tix rec

4/3-9, 8:30/11 PM reliably lyrical pianist Renee Rosnes with Steve Nelson (vibes 4/3-4/7) Melissa Aldana (tenor sax 4/6-4/8) Peter Washington (bass) Lenny White (drums at the Vanguard

4/4, noon the Zorá String Quartet play Webern, Langsamer Satz; Beethoven, String Quartet No. 15 in A minor, Op. 132 at the Morgan Library, $20

4/4, 6 PM lyrical pianist Monika Herzig’s SHEroes album release celebration with a killer all-female band feat. Chicha Libre’s Karina Colis on drums, Jennifer Vincent on bass, Reut Regev on trombone and more at the New School 5th floor jazz room, 55 W 13th St., free

4/4, 7 PM a composer portrait of Jason Eckardt:  ”performers include, but are not necessarily limited to” Claire Chase (flute), Jordan Dodson (guitar), Rebekah Heller (bassoon), Bridget Kibbey (harp), and Will Lang (trombone) at Spectrum, $10

4/4, 9 PM intense frontwoman Hannah Fairchild’s searingly lyrical punk/art-rock/noir cabaret trio Hannah vs. the Many – NYC’s most dangerously underrated band – at LIC Bar

4/5, 7:30 PM eclectic, poignant cabaret chanteuse Gay Marshall – whose latest album is titled Go Back Where You Stayed Last Night – sings Leonard Cohen at Pangea, $25

4/5, 7:30 PM powerhouse bassist Shelley Nicole’s Blakbushe play their hard-edged Afrobeat-flavored funk at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

4/5, 7:30 PM a collaboration between visual artist Anna Fríða Jónsdóttir,violinist Abraham Brody and cellist Ásta María Kjartansdóttir tackles “a quest for the silence that can be found in abundance in their native Iceland” at Scandinavia House, $12

4/5, 7:30 PM pyrotechnic klezmler clarinetist David Krakauer and pianist Kathleen Tagg’s new immigration and displacement-themed Borderlands Project at Symphony Space, $30

4/5, 7:30/9:30 PM guitarist Yuri Juarez’s slinky Afroperuano group with Steve Turre on trombone; Shirazette Tinnin on drums and percussion; Moto Fukushima on bass; Renato Diz on piano; Héctor Morales on drums and percussion; and special guest Sofia Tosello on vocals at Minton’s

4/5, 8ish ethereal, raptly haunting singer Sara Serpa leads her shapeshifting group playing the album release show for her new one at the Owl, $10

4/5, 8 PM accordion genius Shoko Nagai ’s haunting Tokala Asian/klezmer mashup project at Barbes 

4/5, 8 PM Hindustani classical sarod virtuoso Steve Oda at the Jalopy, $15

4/5, 8 PM twistedly talented, vaudevillian cover band the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain at the Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec

4/5, 8 PM Camille Thurman – a double threat as nuanced singer and intense tenor saxophonist – with her band at Greenwich House Music School, $15

4/5, 9 PM lush, dynamic female-fronted art-rockers Arc Iris at Union Pool, $10 adv tix avail at the Poisson Rouge box ofc

4/5, 10 PM fiery, psychedelically bluesy oldschool soul/southern rockers Lizzie & the Makers at the Bitter End. 4/27 at 9 they’re at at the small room at the Rockwood

4/5, 10  PM the uneasily cinematic art-rock Pi PowerTrio  – film composer and former Raybeat Pat Irwin (guitar, electronics), Sasha Dobson (drums, vocals) and Daria Grace (bass, vocals) at Sunny’s

4/6, 1 and 3 PM oldschool deep Brooklyn gospel with Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens at Bar Lunatico. They’re also here on 4/20

4/6, 6 PM oldschool-style high plains C&W singer Hope Debates & North 40 at 55 Bar

4/6, 7 PM brilliant, Lynchian, darkly lyrical latin and Satie-inspired guitarist Jack Martin’s Bob Dylan Deathwatch open for Richard Lloyd of Television at Bowery Electric, $15 adv tix rec

4/6, 7 PM serpentine dark retro 60s psychedelic/stoner boogie/art-rock band Medusa’s Disco at Gussy’s Bar in Queens

4/6, 7 PM a killer, eclectic triplebill: irrepressible multi-instrumentalist Joanna Sternberg wearing her front-porch folk guitarist hat, Soul Loom with drummer Billy Mintz, violinist Ben Sutin, and clarinetist David Valbuena, and pianist Gabriel Zucker playing his own material in addition to works by Ives and Wadada Leo Smith at Spectrum, $10

4/6, 7 PM purposeful, uneasy, ferociously smart guitarist Sean Moran’s Sun Tiger trio  with cellist Hank Roberts and drummer Vinnie Sperrazza at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, $tba

4/6, 7:30 PM first night of the Brooklyn Folk Festival at St. Ann’s Church, 157 Montague St in downtown Brooklyn, $25 per concert, adv tix available at the Jalopy. On the main stage: 7:30pm Little Nora Brown – young banjoist with a very oldtime sound; 8:00pm Radio Jarocho & Zenen Zeferino – hilarious, acerbic Veracruz folk band with punk energy collaborating with the politically fearless poet; 8:45pm Mamie Minch & Tamar Korn – badass oldtimey resonator guitarist/singer with the similarly irrepressible Brain Cloud frontwoman/tapdancer; ; 9:30pm Innov Gnawa; 10:15pm Women’s Raga Massive – Indian Classical and folk music; 11:00pm The Crimson Ragdolls –Blues, folk and early Jazz. On the parish hall stage at 11 Jackson & the Janks play retro 50s style New Orleans R&B

4/6. 7:30 PM pioneering, otherworldly Tibetan singer Yungchen Lhamo at the Asia Society, 725 Park Ave at 70th St., free, early arrival advised

4/6, 8:30 PM a rare reunion of cult favorite Bay Area jazz group the Munchies with Dred Scott on piano and saxophonist Kenny Brooks at Bar Lunatico

4/6, 9ish dangerous folk noir chanteuse Larkin Grimm  – who’s gone in a psychedelic Indian direction lately – at Wonders of Nature

4/6 Unsteady Freddie‘s monthly surf rock extravaganza at Otto’s begins at 9 with Brooklyn cover trio the Band of Others, at 10 Dick Dale cover band Surf Squad, at 11 spaghetti western and hotrod influenced quartet the Jagaloons and then jangly New York original surf rock cult heroes the Supertones,

4/6, 9 PM DD White and her catchy, jangly retro garage/surf/R&B band at Singlecut Beersmiths 

4/6, 9:30 PM slinky psychedelic Americana rockers American String Conspiracy at Freddy’s

4/6, 10 PM classic C&W cover band and wry Sit N Spin side project the Lonesome Prairie Dogs followed by boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band  at Hank’s, $5. Grace is also at Bar Chord on 4/7 at 9.

4/6, 10 PM accordionist/sitarist Kamala Sankaram’s hot surfy Bollywood/cumbia/psychedelic rock project Bombay Rickey at Barbes. Those wondering how Sankaram might sound singing traditional western opera can check out Opera on Tap, who sing beforehand at 8.

4/6, 10 PM guitar mastermind Danny Weiss’ and magical Americana singer Mary Olive Smith’s soulful retro bluegrass band Stillhouse Serenade at Sunny’s

4/7 day two of the Brooklyn Folk Festival at St. Ann’s Church, 157 Montague St in downtown Brooklyn, $25 per concert, adv tix available at the Jalopy. On the main stage: at noon King Isto’s Tropical String Band play jaunty, balmy Hawaiian sounds; 12:45pm Suzy & Eric Thompson’s oldtime string duet; 1:30pm Piedmont Bluz’s haunting, politically apropros oldtime country blues; 2:15pm Georgia string band the HickHoppers; 3:00pm Brotherhood of the Jug Band Blues playing sly, traditional and original jug band music; 3:45pm Clifton Hicks plays ballads and banjo songs from Georgia; 4:30pm brilliant banjoist Bruce Molsky’s Mountain Drifters 5:15pm the Horse-Eyed Men plaing “disgruntled country songs and at 6 the Birdman of Rome returns, all the way from Rome, Italy! Not to be missed. The parish hall stage has jams, workshops and at 5:30pm Poorboy Krill playing blues and ragtime

4/7, 5 PM a house concert with magical carnatic singers Mohan Deshpande and Mitali Bhawmik plus Samir Chatterjee on tabla and Kedar Naphade on harmonium, $20, email the harmonium player for info/location 

4/7, 6 PM dark, intense, psychedelic guitarist/songwriter Anna Coogan at the small room at the Rockwood

4/7, 7 PM New Tide Orquesta, fronted by composer  Per Störby Jutbring mash up “chamber music, minimalism, improvisation, and hints of new tango.” at Scandinavia House, $15

4/7-8, 7 PM Susana Cook’s “ Run! It’s Getting Utly, a “satire about racism and discrimination – Cook shares what she calls a “family melodrama for these fascist times.” In the brazen, wacky play, a white nationalist family falls into a muddy and desperate identity crisis when they are attacked by “La Contaminación Cultural.” Their sense of language, grammar and origin gets altered, making them question who they really are.” at Jack, $15

4/7, 7:15 PM night two of the Brooklyn Folk Festival at St. Ann’s Church, 157 Montague St in downtown Brooklyn, $25 per concert, adv tix available at the Jalopy. On the main stage: 7:15pm Wyndham Baird doing folk and country blues; at 8 riveting, haunting Balkan singer/accordionist duo Eva Salina & Peter Stan; 8:45pm Bulla En El Barrio playing hypnotically pulsing Afro-Colombian trance-chants; 9:30pm amazing multi-instrumentalist and oldtime blues maven Jerron Paxton; 10:15pm high-voltage oldtime string band Spirit Family Reunion; 11:00pm brooding original Nashville gothic songwriter Feral Foster; 11:45pm Alabama jugband the Steel City Jug Slammers. The parish hall stage has salsa jazz icon Willie Martinez and the NYC Salsa All Stars at 9:30

4/7, 7:30 PM the aptly named Megalopolis Saxophone Orchestra, play NYC premiere of works by Kanasevich, Janmohammadi, and Glaser, as well as music by Edvard Grieg. at the DiMenna Center, $tba

4/7, 7:30 PM noir cabaret legend Ute Lemper and her ensemble at Irving HS Auditorium, 17th/Irving Place, $14. 4/9 she sings songs from Theresienstadt at Music Mondays, Advent Church, northwest corner of 93rd and Broadway, free 

4/7, 7:30 PM pianist Marie Blair plays works by Faure, Debussy, Quilter, Bridge, and Alwyn at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, $tba

4/7, 8 PM Fragile Sky – the Dead Boys meet Sonics Rendevous Band meet early Iron Maiden – at Gussy’s Bar in Queens 

4/7, 8 PM the world’s most captivatingly assaultive extended technique trumpeter, Peter Evans  plus percussionist Levy Lorenzo & pianist Yvette Janine Jackson at the Fridman Gallery, 287 Spring St. 

4/7, 9 PM cleverly lyrical, murderously witty murder ballad/chamber pop allstars Charming Disaster at Pete’s

4/7, 9 PM fiery, guitar-fueled female-fronted Americana punks Spanking Charlene at Sidewalk.

4/8, 11AM-ish violinist Ben Sutin’s high-voltage, eclectic klezmer jamband Klazz-Ma-Tazz at City Winery for brunch, $10, no min., kids 10-under free. Sutin is also at Sidewalk ?!? on 4/11 at 7 PM where he leads a trio.

4/8, 2 PM day three of the Brooklyn Folk Festival has a lot of workshops and kiddie music, and a banjo tossing competition at the corner of Smith and 9th Sts. in Gowanus at 1 PM to kick it off. The shows are at St. Ann’s Church, 157 Montague St in downtown Brooklyn, $25 per concert, adv tix available at the Jalopy. On the main stage, the adult stuff starts at about 3:30pm with bluegrass band the Hayrollers; 4:15pm Thomas McCarthy plays solo Irish songs; 5:00pm acoustic blues guitarist Pat Conte; 5:45pm the amazing East River String Band w/ R. Crumb playing all kinds of wild 19th century country blues in weird tunings. The parish hall stage has some jams and at 4 the rising star singers of the Jalopy Chorus, led by the great Eva Salina, singing haunting Balkan folk tunes.

4/8, 2:30 PM Cantori NY perform Valery Gavrilin’s acerbic new cautionary cantata, Chimes, exploring the seductive danger of nationalism at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix rec

4/8, 3 PM Patricia Santos and Tara Hanish’s amazing, intense, soul-infused cello-rock/cello-metal duo the Whiskey Girls at Pete’s

4/8, 4 PM the world’s most popular renaissance vocal ensemble, Stile Antico tackle one of the era’s greatest masterpieces, Tomás Luis de Victoria’s Tenebrae Responsories at Corpus Christi Church, 529 W 121st St, $10 tix avail

4/8, 4 PM the brand-new Clarosa String Quartet play a program TBA at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.

4/8, 6 PM noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo leads his trio at 55 Bar

4/8, 7 PM NYC’s own rippling, hypnotic, epic Javanese gamelan, Gamelan Dharma Swara play pool – woops, serenade the pool players – at the Fat Cat

4/8, 7 PM night three of the Brooklyn Folk Festival at St. Ann’s Church, 157 Montague St in downtown Brooklyn, $25 per concert, adv tix available at the Jalopy. On the main stage 7:00 pm the Down Hill Strugglers w/ John Cohen play rambunctious 19th century string band music; 7:45 pm Seyyah, the only largescale Turkish band in NYC; and at 10 amazing flamenco singer Julia Patinella closes it out. 

4/8, 7 PM Ansahman – limitless in Armenian flamenco guitarist Anna Garano and Armenian singer Anaïs Alexandra Tekerian’s poignant Near Eastern/Spanish mashup duo Ansahman (Armenian for eternal) followed at 9:30  by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

4/8, 7 PM sharply lyrical, Waits-ish southwestern gothic/Americana songwriter Tom Shaner at LIC Bar

4/8, 8:30 PM serpentine, cinematic, epic art-rock band Book of Harmony at Drom, $15 adv tix rec

4/8, 10 PM hard-hitting, brass-fueled newschool latin soul/boogaloo dance band Spanglish Fly at Bembe, 81 S 6th St, Williamsburg

4/9, 8ish Roger Miller covers in the round followed by New Orleans’ Jackson & the Janks at a house concert at 169 Spencer St. at Willoughby, Bed-Stuy, G to Myrtle-Willoughby, sug don

4/9, 8 PM the NY New Music Ensemble play dynamic new electroacoustic works by Paula Matthuse, Eric Wubbels, Benjamin Hackbarth and Rand Steiger at the DiMenna Center, $20/$10 stud/srs 

4/9, 9:30 PM horn-driven psychedelic cumbia band Los Cumpleanos at Barbes

4/10, 7 PM otherworldly, dynamic all-female Armenian vocal trio Zulal at Bric Arts, free w/rsvp 

4/10, 7 PM eclectic, hard-hitting, lyrical composer/tenor saxophonist Stan Killian plays a rare trio set at 55 Bar

4/10, 7 PM the Mivos Quartet play a mnemonically-themed program of works by Hans Thomalla, Charles Wuorinen, Matthew Ricketts, and Sofia Gubaidulina at the second floor space at 1 Rivington St. at Bowery, $15/$10 stud/srs, use code MKQ7 for $5 off

4/10-15, 7:30/9:30 PM iconic jazz bassist Christian McBride with trumpeter Josh Evans, tenor saxophonist Marcus Strickland, drummer Nasheet Waits at Dizzy’s Club, $25

4/10, 8 PM night two of this year’s MATA festival of new music with the East Coast debut of Mexico’s only independent new music ensemble, Liminar playing works by Sergey Khismatov’s D-Musik – for soprano broadcast from within a shower in the offices of the venue – plus works by Carlos Iturralde, Juro Kim Feliz and Annie Gosfield at the Kitchen, $25

4/10, 8/9:30 PM singer Michelle Lordi leada a phenonemal quartet with Orrin Evans, JD Allen & Ben Wolfe at Mezzrow, $20 

4/10-14, 8:30 PM ubiquitously terse, interesting drummer Tomas Fujiwara leads a series of ensembles at the new Stone, $20. Choice pick: 4/11 with Amir ElSaffar (trumpet); Ole Mathisen (tenor saxophone), wow

4/10, 8:30 PM popular, pensive retro C&W/bluegrass/soul singer Dori Freemanat City Vineyard, $12

4/10-14, 8:30 PM lyrical Italian pianist Enrico Pieranunzi with Scott Colley (bass) Clarence Penn (drums) reprising his smartly terse live album recorded at the Vanguard, $30

4/10, 9:30 PM the Bronx Conexion play their mighty salsa big band jazz at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe

4/10, 11 PM ethereal folk noir songstress Belle-Skinner – who wrote the chilling ballad John Wayne Gacy Jr. – at the Mercury, $10. She’s also at the small room at the Rockwood on 4/30 at midnight for the tip jar.

4/11, 8 PM feral, wildly improvisational, tuneful pianist Mara Rosenbloom  plays solo and then with her trio at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery

4/11, 8 PM night three of this year’s MATA festival  of new music with Liminar playing works by  Kristin Boussard, Sky Macklay, Valentin Pelisch, Michael Winter and David T. Little at the Kitchen, $25

4/11, 9:30 PM the whip comes down when subversive chanteuse/provocatrice Tammy Faye Starlite reprises her legendary Lakeside Lounge Stones cover nights by playing Some Girls in its entirety at Joe’s Pub, $15

4/11, 10 PM tenor sax improv legend George Garzone leads a quartet at Zinc Bar, $20

4/12, 7 PM violinist Abraham Brody and Lithuanian folk ensemble Trys Keturiose put a haunting new spin on ancient work and field songs at National Sawdust, $20 adv tix rec

4/12, 7:30 PM the Aeolus Quartet playBeethoven: Quartet in F major, Op. 18, No. 1; Ives: Quartet No. 2 at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

4/12, 8 PM haunting all-female Bulgarian vocal choir Black Sea Hotel followed by popular indie classical orchestra the Knights playing new arrangements of Brahms’ Hungarian Dances plus a world premiere arrangement of Ligeti’s Hungarian Rock by Knights horn player, Michael P. Atkinson at Bric Arts, $18 adv tix rec

4/12, 8:30 PM intense, rapturous Balkan/Middle Eastern ensemble the Secret Trio –Tamer Pinarbasi, Ismail Lumanovski & Ara Dinkjian – at Bar Lunatico

4/12, 8 PM night four of this year’s MATA festival of new music features nightmare-themed works by Erin Rogers, Ken Ueno, Du Yun, Aaron Graham, Jenny Hettne, Steven Whiteley and Chris Perren at the Kitchen, $25

4/12, 8 PM plush, balmy, oldtimey uke swing band Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies  followed by epic, cinematic violinist/soundtrack composer Christina Courtin at Barbes

4/12, 8 PM haunting, kinetic, paradigm-shifting Middle Eastern jazz with Ensemble Fanaa and tabla playser Roshni Samlal at the Jalopy, $15

4/12, 8 PM oceanically-inspired, relevant atmospheric sound artist Julia Santoli with sound artist Geng at Issue Project room, free 

4/12, 8 PM dazzlingly eclectic purist jazz singer Brianna Thomas and her group at Greenwich House Music School, $27

4/12, 9ish catchy, terse postbop tenor saxophonist Arman Raz leads his quintet at the old Nublu. Primo new record, lots of hooks, no wasted notes.

4/13, 7 PM a night of new and not so new works by some of the best avant jazz and new classical musicians in  NYC: Brandon Lopez, Lucie Víková, Jessica Pavone, Mary Halvorson, Matt Welch, Chris Corsano, Sam Yulsman and Emily Manzo at the Areté Venue and Gallery, 67 West St#103, Greenpoint, $10

4/13, 7:30/9:30 PM alto saxophonist Caroline Davis leads a quintet with Noah Preminger on tenor at the Jazz Gallery, $25. Damn – those two out front, could be some serious fireworks

4/13, 8 PM chamber ensemble Shattered Glass play Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 3, Bernard Herrmann’s Psycho Suite for Strings plus works by Glass and Caroline Shaw – WOW –  at Our Savior’s Atonement, 178 Bennett Ave one block west of Broadway at 189th St in Washington Heights, free

4/13, 8 PM playfully lyrical, fearlessly political superduo Kill Henry Sugar – guitar/banjo mastermind Erik Della Penna and drummer Dean Sharenow –followed at 10 by the world’s creepiest crime jazz/film noir band, Big Lazy at Barbes

4/13, 8 PM crystalline-voiced noir Americana songwriter Jessie Kilguss followed eventually at 10 by first-rate purist honkytonk crooner/bandleader Clifford Westfall at Hank’s, $8

4/13, 8 PM Claire Chase and ensemble play a Du Yun premiere; gamelanesque percussionist/composer Susie Ibarra debuts her Filipino talking gong project at Bric Arts, free w/rsvp 

4/13, 8 PM brilliantly cinematic, kinetic violinist Dana Lyn & guitarist Kyle Sanna play the album release show for their eco-disaster themed new one The Coral Suite at the Irish Arts Center, 551 W 51st St., $20 includes a copy of the cd

4/13, 8 PM night five of this year’s MATA festival of new music features “greatest hits” from past festivals  by Randy Hostetler, Carlos Gutierrez Quiroga, Kate Moore and Eric Wubbels’s played by pianist Vicky Chow, Sandbox Percussion and Face the Music at the Kitchen, $25

4/13, 7:30 PM the American String Quartet do a lot of gearshifting through Webern’s Five Movements,, Op. 5, Schoenberg’s creepily magical Verklärte Nacht and Schubert’s String Quartet No. 14 in D Major, D. 810, “Death and the Maiden” at Greenfield Hall at Manhattan School of Music

4/13, 8 PM pianist Stanislav Fridman plays compositions inspired by “ madness, passion, jealosy, desire” at the DiMenna Center, $20/$15 stud/srs, light refreshments included

4/13, 8 PM the New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra play an all-Leonard Bernstein program: the Candide Overture and other works at Symphony Space, $25

4/13, 9 PM pianist Shai Wosner plays late Schubert sonatas at the 92nd St. Y, $30

4/13, 10 PM fiddler Diane Stockwell’s high-voltage Fresh Baked Bluegrass at Sunny’s

4/13, midnight, haphazardly careening, occasionally theatrical dreampop/noiserockers Gold Dime at Baby’s All Right, $12

4/14, noon the Queens Jazz Overground festival with a lineup TBA at Flushing Town Hall, free

4/14, 4 PM the Erik Satie Quartet – Ron Hay (trombone), Max Seigel (bass trombone), Ben Holmes (trumpet), and Andrew Hadro (bari sax) –reinvent classic and obscure Satie chamber pieces as well as rare compositions by his obscure contemporaries, followed at 6 by oud powerhouseKane Mathis, at 8 by the deviously eclectic, psychedelic Tredici Bacci playing original instrumentals inspired by Italian film themes from the 60s and 70s and then at 10 by psychedelic salsa bandleader Zemog El Galle Bueno at Barbes

4/14, 6 PM charmingly inscrutable Parisienne chanteuse Chloe & the French Heart Jazz Band at Club Bonafide, $20

4/14, 7:30 PM a very rare solo show by brilliant bassist Mark Dresser; at 9 he leads a quartet with Michel Gentile – flute; Daniel Kelly – piano; Rob Garcia – drums at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, $15

4/14, 7:30 PM Ethan Philbrick leads six works for cello and string quartet at Dixon Place, free

4/14, 7:30 PM eclectic soul-jazz saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin plays the album release show for her new one at Ginny’s Supper Club, $15 standing room avail

4/14, 8 PM ageless CB’s era funk-punk/postrockers the Bush Tetras at the Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec

4/14, 8 PM night six of this year’s MATA festival of new music features chamber ensemble Contemporaneous playing theatrical and dance-oriented works by Andreas Eduardo Frank, David Kirkland Garner, William Dougherty, Jennifer Higdon and Jenna Lyle at the Kitchen, $25

4/14, 8:30 PM catchy, fun guy/girl indie soul band Sunshine Nights at Freddy’s

4/14, 8:30 PM Jeremy Flower, John Hollenbeck, Ethan Iverson, Carla Kihlstedt, Christopher Tordini & Patrick Zimmerli play songs of mourning and the passage of time at Merkin Concert Hall, $25

4/14, 9:30 PM urban country legends Miller’s Farm – who did the original dis song about the L train – at Hill Country

4/14, 11ish Jack Grace‘s legendary, raucous 90s jamband Steak at Hank’s

4/14, 11:30 PM violinist/string bandleader/intense songwriter Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards at the third stage at the Rockwood, $15. Late 90s/early zeros angst-fueled Americana songcraft for string ensemble: an idea you wish you invented.

4/15, 11 AM (in the morning) Chad Hoopes, violin and David Fung, piano play works by Ravel, Dvorak and Prokofiev at Walter Reade Theatre on 65th St. east of Broadway, $22

4/15, 4 PM mysterious, otherworldly, ecstatic Georgian traditional music and dances with Dancing Crane Company at the United Palace Theatre, 4140 Broadway (btwn 175th and 176th Sts).free w/rsvp

4/15, 4 PM carrillon player Dionisio A. Lind followed by organist Christopher Johnson playing a program TBA followed by the Combined Choirs of the Annual English Handbell Festival at Riverside Church, $20

4/15. 6:30 PM slinky Middle Eastern dance jamband Yemen Blues at Symphony Space, $18/$10 stud/srs

4/15, 7 PM improvisational multi-reed and bass magic Ned Rothenberg and Mark Dresser at Jack, $15

4/15, 7 PM International Contemporary Ensemble play a rare program of piano music by Conlon Nancarrow, Steve Reich, and Heather Stebbins on non-pianos including analog synthesizers, repurposed piano wiring & components, and B. Toys Meowsic keyboards at the Abrons Arts Center, free, res req

4/15, 8 PM the Last Revel play their wild oldtimey string band music at the Jalopy, $15

4/15. 8 PM 80s NJ janglerock icons the Feelies at Rough Trade, $25. Note that the 4/13-14 shows are sold out

4/16, 7 PM the Nels Cline 4 feat. Julian Lage, Scott Colley & Tom Rainey at the Poisson Rouge, $25 adv tix rec

4/16, 8/9:30 PM the Makrokosmos Orchestra – akin to a woodwind-ier take on Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society – at Sir D’s Lounge, 837 Union St., Park Slope, free 

4/16, 8 PM jazz pianist Yuko Fujiyama returns to Roulette with her new quartet to release of their album, joined by Graham Haynes on cornet and flugelhorn, Jennifer Choi on violin, and Reggie Nicholson on drums, $20 adv tix rec

4/16, 9 PM pianist/singer Neha – who mashes up simmering oldschool soul, torch jazz and a little quirky atmospheric rock – at LIC Bar 

4/16, 9 PM legendary dual-reedman George Braith – who can play two saxes at once better than most guys can play one – leading his quartet at the Fat Cat

4/16, 9:30 PM Cumbiagra – who’ve been going in a much more psychedelic direction lately – at Barbes

4/17, 7 PM brilliant steel guitarist Mike Neer’s Steelonious – who do Monk covers in the same vein as Buddy Emmons –  followed at 9 by by clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

4/17, 7 PM Twosense – pianist Lisa Moore and cellist Ashley Bathgate – play new works by Paul Dresher, Ingram Marshall, Jack Perla, Amy Beth Kirsten and Martin Bresnick at the  Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec

4/17, 7 PM drummer Colin Hinton’s enigmatically cinematic postrock jazz quartet Glassbath at Shapeshifter Lab, $tba

4/17, 7:30 PM Trio Vitruvi play works by Schubert, Shostakovich and Dvorak at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $25. 4/26 at 7:30 PM they play works by Dvorak, Mozart, Schubert and Beethoven at Scandinavia House

4/17, 7:30 PM the Dorian Wind Quintet play works by Gershwin, Billy Childs and Lalo Schifrin at St. Bartholomew’s Church, Park Ave/50th St., $25/$15 stud/srs

4/17, 7:30 PM Norwegian string quartet Quartetto Testosterone – all-male, one assumes but you never know – play both of Grieg’s quartets at Scandinavia House, free

4/17, 8 PM the intoxicatingly clattering, sintir bass lute fueled Moroccan trance grooves of Innov Gnawa at C’Mon Everybody, $12

4/17, 8 PM pyrotechnic blues guitarist Ana Popovic – who plays a ton of notes but doesn’t waste them – at Highline Ballroom, $20 adv tix rec

4/17, 8 PM ominously, relevantly lyrical no wave electro duo Ohmslice – sort of this era’s Suicide – celebrate frontwoman Jane LeCroy’s bday at Sensei Bar, 135 Eldridge St. in Chinatown

4/17-22. 8:30 PM brilliant bassist/composer Linda May Han Oh leads her quintet with Ben Wendel (saxophone) Matt Stevens (guitar) Fabian Almazan (piano) Rudy Royston (drums) at the Vanguard

4/17, 8:30 PM bassist Max Johnson’s Heroes Trio with Jason Rigby on saxophone, Jeff Davis on drums playing  “compositions by the great bassists and heroes, past and present, such as Jimmy Garrison, Henry Grimes, Charlie Haden, Mark Dresser, Slam Stewart and many more” at Bar Lunatico

4/17, 9 PM hypnotic postrock/art-rock/psychedelic supergroup Heroes of Toolik at Sunny’s

4/17, 10 PM Americana songbird Jackie Bristow – sort of the New Zealand counterpart to Kasey Chambers – at the third stage at the Rockwood, $10 

4/17, 10ish popular, pummeling postrockers Russian Circles at Elsewhere, $25

4/18, 6  PM oud/kora wizard Kane Mathi leads his oud power trio at the Rubin Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

4/18, 7/9 PM hauntingly tuneful, propulsive Lebanese jazz pianist Tarek Yamani and vibraphonist Sasha Berliner at the Cunningham studio space at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, 450 W. 37th St, $20

4/18, 7:30/9:30 PM intense, lyrical, politically fearless tenor saxophonist Roxy Coss leads her sextet at the Jazz Standard, $25

4/18, 7:30 PM Seth Parker Woods, cello, with Ashleigh Gordon, viola play a world premiere by Giorgio Nett and works by Claudio Gabriele, Matthias Pintscher, and Giacinto Scelsi at the Italian Academy at Columbia, 1161 Amsterdam Ave south of 118th, free

4/18, 8 PM an intriguing, no-BS soul triplebill: oldschool soul/funk singer Kara Ali and band, stoner trip-hop/neosoul singer Francesca Milazzo and the much harder-edged, simmeringly retro Amira B at Drom, $12 adv trix rec 

4/18. 8 PM the Mivos Quartet play new works by NYU composers TBA at  35 West 4th St Room 303 free

4/18, 9 PM purist retro dark Americana harmony band the Cactus Blossoms at Bowery Ballroom, $15

4/18, 9 PM charming front-porch folk duo Anna & Elizabeth play the record release show for their new one with special guest drummer Jim White and pedal steel sorceress Susan Alcorn at the Park Church Coop in Greenpoint, $tba

4/18, 9 PM tuneful, epically-inclined, cinematic trombonist John Yao leads his quintet at Terraza 7, $10

4/18, 10 PM oldschool soul ballads with singer Camille Atkisson’s Empire Beats at the Way Station

4/18, 10:30 PM the amazingly eclectic, groovalicious Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio – like Booker T & the MG’s on steroids – at the big room at the Rockwood, $15

4/19, 6/7:30 PM tenor saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock and vibraphonist Joel Ross improvise two sets in response to artwork by Terry Winter at the Drawing Center, 35 Wooster St, free w/rsvp 

4/19, 7 PM La Camerata Washington Heights play works by pan-latin composers Víctor Jara, Violeta Parra, Luis Dias, Caetano Veloso, Chico Buarque, Mercedes Sosa, Pablo Milanes, Silvio Rodriguez, at Aaron Davis Hall on the CCNY campus between W 133rd and 135th St on Convent Avenue. free w/rsvp  

4/19, 7:15 PM the NY debut of wild Finnish string band Frigg at Drom, $15 adv tix rec

4/19, 7:30 PM French-Tunisian saxophonist Yacine Boulares, French cellist Vincent Segal, and American drummer Nasheet Waits reimagine the forgotten tambeli tradition—a healing trance sound created by the descendants of sub-Saharan slaves brought to Tunisia – at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

4/19, 7:30 PM luminous, astonishingly eclectic, wickedly tuneful cello-rock badass Serena Jost  plays the album release show for her new solo release Up to the Sky at St. Peter’s Church, 346 W 20th Street between 8th & 9th Ave $10, reception to follow

4/19, 7:30/9:30 PM some real improvisational brilliance: Mike McGinnis – clarinet; Art Lande – piano; Steve Swallow – bass at the Jazz Standard, $25

4/19, 8 PM dark cabaret legend  Sanda Weigl sings Romany songs and Tom Waits material followed by high-voltage Dominican Afro-Caribbean trance-dance legends Enerolisa Nunez y El Grupo de Salve de Mata los Indios at Barbes

4/19, 8 PM fearlessly relevant latin rock songwriter and protest song connoisseur Ani Cordero at Greenwich House Music School $15

4/19. 8 PM ex-American Ambulance frontman and Stonesy rock maven Pete Cenedella’s new band Pete & the True Mongrel Hearts at a house concert at 269 Vose Ave in South Orange, NJ, a block and a half from the Jersey Transit station, $20 includes food and beverages

4/19, 8 PM the Del Sol String Quartet play an all-Rzewski concert at the Miller Theatre, $20 tix avail

4/19, 8 PM new music ensembles represent composers from their respective countries, the UK and France: ECCE and Court-Circuit join forces to play works by Christophe Bertrand, Philippe Hurel, David Felder, Philippe Leroux, and John Aylward at Roulettte, $20 adv tix rec

4/19-22, 8:30/10:30 PM iconic alto saxophonist Kenny Garrett at the Blue Note, $20 standing room avail

4/19, 9ish badass all-female swing harmony trio the Tickled Pinks sing an Elvis tribute followed by new surf band the Cameramen at Hank’s. The Pinks are also at Bedlam, 40 Ave C on 4/20 at 9 and at Pete’s on 4/22 at 8:30 PM

4/20, 5:30 PM darkly torchy southwestern gothic/Europolitan songwriter/guitarist Miwa Gemini, rockabilly bassist Laura Rebel Angel, and socially conscious rapper Melissa Czarnik at the American Folk Art Museum

4/20, 6 PM broodingly vivid, crystalline-voiced harmonium player/singer/atmospheric songstress Elena Low at Sidewalk. For those who prefer lucidity on 4/20. 

4/20, 7 PM the Orchestra Now  play Schubert, Symphony No. 8; Vaughan Williams, Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis; Prokofiev, Romeo and Juliet Suite at Aaron Davis Hall, on the CCNY campus between W133rd and 135th St on Convent Ave, free w/rsvp 

4/20, 7 PM playfully soaring pan-latin avant jazz songstress Sofia Rei and powerhouse guitarist Juancho Herrera team up to celebrate iconic Argentine artist Jorge de la Vega’s original music at the America’s Society, 680 Park Ave, $20

4/20, 7:30/9:30 PM paradigm-shifting trumpeter/santoorist Amir ElSaffar mashes up Middle Eastern and Indian sounds with the Brooklyn Raga Massive at the Jazz Gallery, $25

4/20, 7:30 PM 70s era salsa percussionist/bandleader Eddie Montalvo y su Orquesta at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

4/20, 7:30/9:30 PM the massive Evan Sherman Big Band  at Dizzy’s Club, $20

4/20, 8 PM Nowhere Near (dark art-rock guitar icon Martin Bisi and drummer Bob Bert) followed by Ex-Cop (ex-Cop Shoot Cop, haha) and then New Old Skull (3/4 of 80s noiserock legends Live Skull) at St. Vitus, $15

4/20, 8 PM the Dirty Waltz Band- a seven-piece group playing more than a dozen instruments in 3/4 time from Balkan, Irish, jazz, blues and American folk traditions, politically-inspired cover band the Occasionalists and darkly enigmatic singer Erika Simonian’s rainy-day indie project Little Silver at Littlefield, $15

4/20, 8 PM hard-hitting, brass-fueled newschool latin soul/boogaloo dance band Spanglish Fly and brassy, spot-on Fela cover band Chop & Quench at Flushing Town Hall, $16/$10 stud/srs

4/20, 8 PM blistering post-Sonic Youth noiserock trio Weeping Icon and the even more deliciously abrasive Elizabeth Colour Wheel at Holo, $15 

4/20, 8 PM epic cello rockers Break of Reality at the Poisson Rouge, $25 adv tx rec

4/20, 8 PM New Orleans-tinged hard funk band Here Come the Mummies at Highline Ballroom, $25 adv tix req 

4/20, 8 PM a night of seven-channel experimental works by cellist Leila Bordreuil, singer Ka Baird, and sound artists MV Carbon and Muyassar Kurdi at Holo, $10

4/20, 8 PM rustic Brazilian jungle guitar-and-accordion sounds with Regional de NY followed at 10 by Rana Santacruz – the Mexican Shane MacGowan, but without the booze if you can imagine that – at Barbes

4/20, 8 PM charismatic, soaring Ladybugs frontwoman Martina DaSilva with trumpeter Alex Nguyen and pianist Steven Feifke play jazz standards with original string orchestrations at 33 W 17th S, $20

4/20, 8:30 PM noisy, hazily jangly, psychedelic slowcore/free jazz/avant instrumentalists Sunwatchers  and post-Syd Barrett-ish Obits spinoff Savak at the Bell House, $15

4/20, 9ish exotic vibraphone-driven surf band the Vibro-jets  at Troost

4/20, 10 PM stoner 70s Murder City style rockers Sun Voyager play the album release show for their new one at Baby’s All Right, $10

4/20, 11 PM the darkly eclectic, enigmatic Lorraine Leckie  – equally adept at Slavic and Americana noir and dark cabaret – at Sidewalk

4/21, 4 PM pyrotechnic klezmer clarinetist and Dave Tarras protege Michael Winograd  and lyrical trumpeter Ben Holmes join forces for edgy new klezmer tunes followed eventually at 10 by pan-tropical psychedelic band Yotoco – whose rotating cast spins through cumbia and other south-of-the-border styles – at Barbes

4/21, 6:30 PM the final night of this year’s MATA festival  of new music is really wild: “Nadia Botello’s Sono/Aqua, part of MATA’s unique and vital initiative devoted to female-identifying composer-performers, A Room of One’s Own, will be a truly immersive event. The audience, having passed through stages of listening from the audible to the vibrational, will be invited to enter a sonified pool to become one with sound: generating, altering, and ultimately becoming sound incarnate,” at Imagine Swimming, 40 Harrison St west of Greenwich in Tribeca., $25, “tickets allow entry to the space for the duration of the event and for timed entry to the pool itself. Visitors will be required to sign a waiver in order to enter the pool. Not recommended for children, or for those with epilepsy or similar conditions”

4/21, 7 PM pianist Daniel Schreiner explores “100 years of radical pianism” via works by Debussy, Messiaen, Berio, Murail and Donnacha Dennehy at Scholes St. Studios, $!0. 4/29 at 4 he’s doing much of the same at Spectrum followed at 7:30 by pianist Erika Dohi playing sonatas by Berio, Schubert and Scriabin

4/21, 7:30 PM  the 18-member Steve Oquendo Mambo Orchestra with guest vocalists Ray De La Paz, Frankie Morales, Nayibe La Gitana, Luisito Rosario, Miss YaYa and flutist Jeremy Bosch play salsa dura classics at the Hostos Community College auditorium, 450 Grand Concourse, in the Bronx, $25 tix avail

4/21, 7:30 PM Glass Farm Ensemble e play works by Jonathan Harvey, Yvonne Troxler, Claude Vivier, Alfred Zimmerlin and Balz Trümpy at Symphony Space, $25

4/21, 8 PM cellist Mariel Roberts performs Davíð Brynjar Franzson’s Cartography of Time; Boston-based saxophone and viola duo Patchtax perform New York premieres; powerhouse soprano Mellissa Hughes does Great American Songbook material;improvisations by Peter Evans (trumpet) and Levi Lorenzo (percussion) with special guests Dan Peck (tuba) and percussionist Dennis Sullivan at the Invisible Dog Arts Center, 51 Bergen St. off Smith, Carroll Gardens, F to Bergen St., free w/rsvp

4/21, 8ish eclectic, tuneful accordionist/songwriter Ali Dineen and brilliant Elysian Fields guitarist Oren Bloedow at the Owl, $10

4/21, 8 PM the Ureuk Symphony Orchestra play Korean art songs and orchestral works by Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, and Beethoven at Merkin Concert Hall, $25 tix avail

4/21, 9ish wryly retro, period-perfect classic 60s style female-fronted honkytonk band the Bourbon Express, playing the album release show for their new one plus wickedly catchy Americana/paisley underground rockers Girls on Grass  at Hank’s

4/21, 9:30 PM wryly surreal Lynchian parlor pop duo the Dream Eaters at Pine Box Rock Shop

4/21, 10 PM Greg Lewis’ brilliant Organ Monk Trio at the Fat Cat, no joke

4/21, 10 PM wild psychedelic cumbia/tropicalia band Yotoco at Barbes

4/21, 10 PM hard-hitting bassist Dawn Drake & Zapote play hot Afrobeat-tinged funk grooves at Silvana

4/21, 10 PM trippy cinematic downtempo/boudoir soul instrumentalists House of Blondes at El Cortez, $10

4/21-22, 10 PM predictably tuneful Americana highway rocker Kevin Morby at Bowery Ballroom, $20

4/22, 2 PM the reliably entertaining, adventurous Chelsea Symphony play Michael Boyman — The Howling Wilderness (world premiere); Alan Hovhaness — And God Created Great Whales, op. 229, no. 1; John Luther Adams — Become Ocean in the ocean life section of the Museum of Natural History, free wmuseum adm

4/22, 2 PM violinist Stefan Jackiw and pianist Jeremy Denk play Ives sonatas at the Town Hall, $15

4/22, 2:30 PM an all-ages punk and punkish quadruplebill: dark second-wave style ska crew the Ladrones, intense charismatic danceable metal cumbia/skaragga/latin rockers Escarioka, girlpunks Babe Patrol & Ensemble Cavalera at Brooklyn Bazaar, $10

4/22, 7 PM a rare Sunday early evening show by the Crooked Trio with lyrical pianist Marta Sanchez, playing originals from their long-awaited debut album followed at 9:30  by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

4/22 7 PM cellist JunYi Chow plays his improvisational concerto Mountain Water with sho player Chatori Shimizu, singing bowl player Miyoko Satoh, and dancer Satoshi Haga at the Center for Remembering and Sharing, 123 4th Ave #2, $25

4/22, 7:30 PM noir-inspired alto saxophonist/composer Nick Hempton leads leads a quartet at Smalls

4/22, 9:30 PM lyrical trumpet powerhouse Nadje Noordhuis leads an unorthodox quintet with Maeve Gilchrist…harp; Jesse Lewis…guitar; Ike Sturm…bass; James Shipp…synths/percussion at 55 Bar

4/22, 10 PM lyrically-fueled electric folk noir band Leland Sundries  at the Silent Barn, $10

4/23, 8 PM the stormy, latin-inflected Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra at Sir D’s Lounge (the old Tea Lounge space), 837 Union St. south of 7th Ave., R to Union St. and walk uphill

4/23, 9:30 PM ex-Chicha Libre keyboard sorcerer Josh Camp’s wryly psychedelic cumbia/tropicalia/dub band Locobeach at Barbes

4/24, 6:30 PM New York Baroque Incorporated play works for two and three viols by Schenck, Couperin, and Marais, with musicians Wen Yang, Sarah Cunningham, and Shirley Hunt at the Morgan Library, $25

4/24, 7:30/9:30 PM tenor saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock’s Anti-House 4 with Mary Halvorson – guitar; Kris Davis – piano at the Jazz Gallery, $15

4/24, 8 PM the Columbia University Orchestra play Tchaikovsky’s Pathetique Symphony, Leonard Bernstein’s Overture to “Candide” and the Griffes Poem for Flute and Orchestra, featuring soloist Aimee Tomer at Symphony Space, free

4/24-28, 8:30 PM playfully soaring pan-latin avant jazz songstress Sofia Reileads a series of ensembles at the new Stone, $20.. Choice pick: 4/26 with “lides, Stills & Snapshots: Sara Serpa, Kyoko Kitamura, JD Walter, Monika Heidemann, Aubrey Johnson, Grecia Albán (vocals)

4/24, 8:30 PM quirky, smartly lyrical, female-fronted avant cello-rock with the Icebergs at Pete’s

4/24, 8:30 PM adventurous Velocity Duo avant jazz singer/pianist Lauren Lee followed by the amazing Miriam Elhajli – who switches effortlessly from Venezuelan-influenced folk to classic Appalachian sounds at the Postcrypt Coffeehouse

4/24, 9 PM cinematic Quincy Jones-style B3 gutbucket organ jazz with Underground System’s Colin Brown and his band at Freddy’s

4/24, 10:30 PM charismatic, adventurous postbop/avant garde trombonist/crooner Frank Lacy leads his  quintet at Smalls

4/24 enigmatically soaring orchestral rock songwriter Juliet Quick at the Silent Barn

4/25, 6 PM koto player Masayo Ishigure with fellow kotoist Chris Vancil and shamisen player Tomoko Kerr at the Rubin Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

4/25, 7 PM a rare duo appearance by cult favorite powerpop/indie Americana band the Silos’ Walter Salas-Humara with Pete Galub taking a rare turn on bass at Barbes

4/25, 7 PM legendary Sexmob drummer Kenny Wollesen’s twin-vibraphone Uzupis project with singer Laima Griciute at National Sawdust, $25 adv tix rec

4/25, 7:30 PM  the amazing, haunting, otherworldly NY Andalus Ensemble – who play ancient Middle Eastern and North African Jewish sounds from as far back as a thousand years ago – at La Nacional Benevolent Society, 239 W 14th St., $20

4/25, 8:30 PM brilliant oldtime blues guitar/banjo/piano genius Jerron Blind Boy Paxton at Iridium, $25

4/25, 9 PM high-energy twin-guitar ska-rockers Finn Miler & His Rustkickers – whose latest single is the deliciously funky Impeach the President – play the album release show for their new one at LIC Bar  

4/25, 10 PM inscrutable, tropically-tinged psychedelic singer/bandleader Renata Ziegeur at Elsewhere, $12

4/25, 10:15 PM intense, brooding Turkish jazz pianist Burak Bedikyan leads his trio at Drom, $10 adv tix very highly rec 

4/25, 10:30 PM Arcoiris Sandoval’s Sonic Asylum Quintet at Smalls. One of the most darkly melodic, intense, captivating pianists in jazz

4/25 Austin Americana/powerpop supertrio Nobody’s Girls – BettySoo, Grace Pettis, Rebecca Loebe – at the Rockwood

4/26, 6 PM fearlessly smart, eclectic, avant garde-inclined Toot Sweet accordionist Mary Spencer Knapp – who brings to mind Rachelle Garniez early in her career – at the small room at the Rockwood

4/26, 7 PM a rare Brooklyn appearance by spellbinding Israeli avant singer and BIg Lazy collaborator Victoria Hanna with Gershon Waiserfirer on electric oud and trombone at Arete,, 67 West St. in Greenpoint, G to Greenpoint Ave, $15

4/26, 7 PM sharp, composer and pianist Daniel Kelly and his trio reinterpret texts from Shakespeare’s most beloved plays with powerhouse jazz vocalist Frederick Johnson at Stella Adler Studio G, 31 W 27th St, Floor 3, free, get there on time, no late seating!

4/26, 7:30 PM edgy jazz cellist Tomeka Reid leads her awesome quartet with Jason Roebke, bass; Mary Halvorson, guitar; and Tomas Fujiwara, drums at the Jewish Museum, 1109 5th Ave at 92nd St., $18/$15 stud/srs, Includes museum admission.

4/26, 7:30 PM toy piano icon Margaret Leng Tan premires works by George Crumb, Suzanne Farrin and Kelly Moran at Merkin Concert Hall, $25

4/26, 7:30 PM, repeating on 4/28 at 8 the NY Philharmonic play Sibelius’ Pohjola’s Daughter and Dvorak’s Concerto for Orchestra plus Debussy’s Fantaisie with pianist Leif Ove Andsnes  at Avery Fisher Hall, $30 tix avail

4/26, 7:30 PM hard-hitting rising star saxophonist Chet Doxas leads his quintet at Smalls

4/26, 8 PM art-rocker Pierre de Gaillande’s Bad Reputation playing witty chamber pop English translations of Georges Brassens classics followed at 9 by psychedelic tropicalia allstars Combo Chimbita and then psychedelic Colombian cumbia reinventor Kiko Villamizar at Barbes

4/26, 8 PM brilliant Middle Eastern percussionist April Centrone with ney flutist/multi-instrumentalist Bassam Saba and NY Arabic Orchestra members at Greenwich House Music School, $27

4/26, 8 PM cutting-edge guitar/sax duo: Mary Halvorson & Maria Grand at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery

4/26, 8 PM guitarist Alyse Lamb’s fiery, subtly witty, tightly psychedelic jazz-inspired postpunk band Parlor Walls play the album release show for their new one at Alphaville, $10

4/26, 8 PM lyrical, Balkan-inspired pianist Uri Caine – just back from Dave Douglas tour – at Russ & Daughters, free

4/26, 8:15 PM the lush, intense Bobby Spellman Nonet with torchy, spectacular blue-eyed soul singer Sami Stevens set Charles Bukowski poetry to music at Shapeshifter Lab. A woman singing Bukowski: he would have liked this. 

4/26, 8:30 PM sarodist and Hindustani carnatic singer Samarth Nagarkar at the Jalopy, $15 

4/26, 10 PM popular, purist blue-eyed soul crooner Eli Paperboy Reed at Brooklyn Bazaar, $12

4/27, 6:30 PM angst-fueled blue-eyed soulstress and Americana singer Jessi Robertson – a real force of nature – at the American Folk Art Museum

4/27, 7:30 PM Gustavo Dudamel conducts the LA Philharmonic in a performance of Esa-Pekka Salonen: Pollux (New York premiere); Varèse: Amériques; Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 at Avery Fisher Hall ,$35 tix avail

4/27-28, 7:30 PM perennially tuneful tenor saxophonist John Ellis leads his quartet at Smalls. This era’s most intensely powerful tenor guy, JD Allen is there for a rare official after-hours set or two at 1 AM on 4/27 (actually wee hours of 4/28)

4/27, 7:30 PM the Alcott Trio play Ives’  Piano Trio and Beethoven’s Archduke Trio at Christ & St. Stephen’s Church, 122 W. 69th St., $25

4/27, 8 PM intense, cinematic Mexican jazz singer Magos Herrera leads an amazing quartet with Luis Perdomo (piano); Sam Minaie (bass) and Alex Kautz (drums) at Symphony Space, $22 adv tix highly rec

4/27, 8 PM catchy, fiery, female-fronted janglerockers/powerpop band Above the Moon – like a more forceful take on Versus – at Arlene’s, $10

4/27, 8 PM a rare NYC appearance by Afghani rubab lute virtuoso Homayoun Sakhi at Roulette, $30

4/27, 8 PM a rare duo show by uneasy Transylvanian jazz pianist Lucian Ban  and baritone saxophonist Alex Harding at Barbes, $10 cover

4/27, 8 PM the Washington Square Ensemble play new and recent chamber works by Fennelly, Karchin, Kern, Krzywicki, Thorvaldsdottir, and Wuorinen at the Tenri Cultural Institute, 43 W 13th St., $15/$8 stud

4/27, 8 PM the NYU Jazz Orchestra with Combo Novo play Rich Shemaria’s One World Suite at the Loewe Theatre, free

4/27, 9 PM dark latin/Russian ska/tropicalia/dub band Karikatura play the album release show for their new one at C’Mon Everybody, $12

4/27, 9ish enigmatic experimental indie vets Wet Tuna with Matt Valentine and P.G. Six at Wonders of Nature

4/27, 10 PM hard-hitting, brass-fueled, deviously witty newschool latin soul/boogaloo dance band Spanglish Fly at Barbes

4/27 irrepressible, historically informed, crystalline-voiced folk noir/art-rock songwriter Elisa Flynn at Picasso Machinery, 43 Broadway at Wythe in South Williamsburg

4/28, 2 PM the amazingly eclectic Musical Chairs Chamber Ensemble play Shostakovich Piano Trio no. 2, T.J. Tario’s Between the River Styx, plus works by Tina Kenny Jones and a world premiere piano trio by the Shostakovian Andrew Rosciszewski at the S. I. Museum (1000 Richmond Terrace, Building “A”, Staten Island). $15 

4/28, 6 PM saxophonist Arun Luthra’s Indian-inspired Konnakol Jazz Project with James Francies – piano, Evan Gregor – bass, Kenny Grohowski – drums at Flushing Town Hall, free w/rsvp  

4/28, 7 PM ruthlessly hilarious, fearlessly political Mexican chanteuse Astrid Haddad – whose satires of Mexican music, culture and stereotypes are sort of a Spanish-language mashup of Weird Al Yankovic, Madonna and Tenacious D – at the Rogers Auditorium at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, $35 

4/28, 8 PM brisk, edgy new Neapolitan and Turkish string band sounds with Newpoli and Dolunay at the Jalopy, $12 adv tix rec

4/28, 8 PM eclectic, globally-inspired violinist Dina Maccabee at Pete’s

4/28, 8 PM Mary Kate Small – who wrote the classic parody hit White Christians – and the boisterously amusing David Dodson at the People’s Voice Cafe, sugg don, $20, “more if you choose; less if you can’t; no one turned away”

4/28-29, 8 PM the perennially intense, tuneful godfather of edgy, lyrical, anthemic downtown NYC rock, Willie Nile at City Winery, $30 standing room avail

4/28, 8 PM epic sitarist Ustad Shahid Parvez at Roulette, $30

4/28, 8 PM poignant soprano and intrepid impresario Jessica Gould leads a quartet in a rich survey of the musical paradigm shifts during notorious Cardinal Mazarin’s regime in pre-Revolutionary France, including works by Rossi, Mazzocchi, Carrissimi and their contemporaries at he Church of St. Jean Baptiste, 184 E 76th St, $35/$25 stud/srs

4/28, 8 PM the Canticum Novum Singers perform Josquin Des Prez’ Missa Pange Lingua plus works by Handel at Advent Church, 93rd/Broadway, $25/$20 stud/srs  

4/28, 8:30 PM Day So Far with the magical microtonal Sarah Bernstein: vox/violin/keys; Stuart Popejoy keys; Danny Tunick drums at Troost

4/28, 9 PM edgy lefty guitarist Damian Quinones and his psychedelic latin soul band at Camaradas El Barrio, 2241 1st Ave b/t 116th St & 115th St , $10

4/28, 9:30 PM legendary Irish crooner Pierce Turner – sort of the missing link between the Pogues and the Moody Blues – at Joe’s Pub, $25

4/28, 10:30 PM hilarious, smartly political faux-French retro 60s psych-pop band les Sans Culottes  followed by creepy, psychedelic circus rock/Russian folk band Mad Meg at Freddy’s

4/28, 11ish feral psychedelic guitarslinger Debra Devi and her power trio at the Fox & Crow, 594 Palisade Ave, Jersey City Heights 

4/29, 2 PM the Juilliard String Quartet play works by Haydn, Dvorak and Bartok’s harrowing String Quartet No. 5 at the Town Hall, $15

4/29, 2:30 PM the Greenwich Village Orchestra play Verdi’s Requiem Aeternam at Church of the Incarnation, 209 Madison Ave

4/29, 3 PM Chinese Music Ensemble of New York – the only full-size Chinese orchestra in the Americas – play their 2017 annual spring concert at Merkin Concert Hall,  $25

4/29, 4 PM  singer Nora Fischer, the Ragazze Quartet and Remco Menting perform Morris Kliphuis’ harrowing, dystopic The Secret Diary of Nora Plain, examining surveillance and police-state monitoring as experienced by an ordinary teenage girl, at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix rec.

4/29, 5 PM the Jack Quartet play a program TBA at Our Savior’s Atonement, 178 Bennett Ave one block west of Broadway at 189th St in Washington Heights, free

4/29, 7 PM a killer melodic jazz triplebill: poignantly lyrical pianist Emma Grace Stephenson’s trio with popular singer Kristin Berardi followed at 8;15 PM by pianist Richard Sussman‘s sweeping, enveloping Sextet feat. Tim Hagans – trumpet; Rich Perry – tenor sax; Zach Brock – violin and then at 9:30 by the auspiciously tuneful Notet with saxophonist Jeremy Udden, trombonist JC Sanford, guitarist Andrew Green and guests playing the album release show for their new one at Shapeshifter Lab. Up the slope at 7 PM at Barbes beforehand, trombonist Ryan Keberle joins forces with Udden for some electroacoustic improvisation

4/29, 7 PM Hossein Omoumi, virtuoso of the Persian ney flute, makes a rare NY appearance joined by evocative vocalist Jessika Kenney, Amir Koushkani on setar and tar lutes, and Hamin Honari  on tombak and percussion at Roulette, $30

4/29, 8 PM creepy lo-fi horror-folk band Lucky Witch & the Righteous Ghost followed eventually at 10 by sardonically catchy powerpop/janglerockers the Hell Yeah Babies and 11 by edgy female-fronted funk band Eliza & the Organix – feat. swirly alto sax player Kristen Tivey – at Sidewalk 

4/29, 8 PM the Phalanx Trio: Matt Mitchell – piano; Kim Cass – bass Kate Gentile – drums followed by guitarist Ryan Blotnick’s KUSH with Michael Blake – saxophones; Ross Gallagher – bass; RJ Miller – drums at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, $15

4/29, 8:30 PM Blythe Gruda sings her enigmatic art-rock and parlor pop at Pete’s

4/30, 7:30 PM cleverly lyrical, coolly intriguing jazz chanteuse Dorian Devins leads her trio at the Bar Next Door, 

4/30, 8 PM acerbic, epic jazz guitarist composer Chris Jentsch’s No Net play the ostensibly final live performance of his intensely relevant suite Topics in American History at Greenwich House Music School, $10

4/30, 8/10 PM  ageless, perennially hard-hitting jazz piano sage and ex-Coltrane bandmate McCoy Tyner at the Blue Note, $30 standing room avail.

4/30, 9 PM Fuck You Tammy play amazingly spot-on recreations of themes from Twin Peaks and David Lynch films followed by careening original surf punks the Squeegee Men at LIC Bar 

5/1, 7 PM hotshot young bluegrass stars in an unexpected venue: Yonder Mountain String Band’s Jacob Jolliff (mandolin) & Max Johnson (double bass) at Barbes followed at 9 byclever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

5/1, 8 PM allstar Romany guitar jazz royalty: the Django Festival Allstars (guitarist Dorado Schmitt, his sons Samson and Amati, accordionist Ludovic Beier, violinist Pierre Blanchard, guitarists Doudou Cuillerier and Francko Mehrstein with Antonio Licusati and Gino Roman on bass) plus special gests singer Melody Gardot and reedman Ken Peplowski at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall

5/2, 9 PM hypnotically psychedelic Saharan desert rockers Imharhan at Rough Trade, $15. Or you could go see them for free on 5/3 at 7:30 PM at the Lincoln Center Atrium

5/3, 8 PM eclectic, edgy soul/art-rock/funk/chamber-pop cellist/singer Marika Hughes’ new string quartet at Greenwich House Music School, $15/$12 srs

5/3, 9 PM high-energy retro soul/Americana band the California Honeydrops  at Bowery Ballroom, $20 adv tix avail. at the Mercury

5/4, 7 PM pianist Anna Khanina plays works by Schubert, Mendelssohn, Rachmaninov and Chopin at Bloomingdale School of Music, 323 W 108th St, free

5/4, 7:30 PM Crampsy ghoul-surf/noir garage band Twin Guns  and noir cabaret/goth rock legend David J at Berlin, $12. Mr. Haskins (if you’re a Bauhaus fan, you get that) is also at the Owl the following night, 5/5 at 8 with this era’s greatest dark rock pianist, Botanica‘s Paul Wallfisch for two bucks less in the tip jar

5/5, 7:30 PM the Dover String Quartet with violist Steven Tenenbom play works by Haydn, Borodin and Mozart at Irving HS Auditorium, 17th/Irving Place, $15

5/5, 9 PM smartly lyrical, politically fearless Detroit underground art-rock legends Discipline – the American Genesis, at least if you count The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway as that British band’s peak – at Spectrum, $10 

5/6, 4 PM the Parthenia Viol Consort play works by Taverner, Purcell and their predecessors William Byrd, Robert Parsons, Orlando Gibbons, Giovanni Coprario, and John Jenkins, at St. Luke in the Fields, 487 Hudson St, $25

5/6, 9 PM diverse, upbeat, lyrical Americana/bluegrass string band and Steve Martin collaborators the Steep Canyon Rangers at Bowery Ballroom, $17 adv tix avail. at the Mercury

5/7, 8 PM composer/performer Elliot Cole & percussionist Peter Ferry team up with NYU percussionists for The Future is Bright, a suite for 100 flowerpots – will they get smashed? – along with Cole’s Hanuman’s Leap, “a dramatically percussive retelling of the ancient Indian Hanuman myth, which draws on epic song, hip hop, reggae, throat singing, choral, and experimental music to create something both ancient and new” at the NYU Loewe Theatre, 25 W 4th St., free

5/8, half past noon Scottish organist Kevin Duggan plays a program TBA at Central Synagogue, 54th/Lex, free

5/10, 7:30 PM high-voltage oldschool-style Detroit soulstress Thornetta Davis at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

5/10, 8 PM tuneful, terse guitarist/singer Camila Meza  and pianist Aaron Goldberg explore themes of justice, equality and social awareness in songs from the Latin America diaspora at Greenwich House Music School, $15/$12 srs

5/11, 7 PM early music ensemble Tenet play music of 12th and 13th century French troubadours at King Manor Museum, 150-03 Jamaica Ave,  Queens, $15/$10 srs. The program repeats on 5/12 at 7:30 PM at Christ Church Riverdale,  5030 Henry Hudson Parkway in the Bronx for $10 more

5/11, 8 PM the Cecilia Chorus of NY perform the Mozart Requiem and the US premiere of Dame Ethel Smyth’s final, similarly harrowing 1930 large-scale work, The Prison at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, $25 tix avail

5/11, 9 PM jangly Dylanesque acoustic dude Hiss Golden Messenger followed by lush, artsy Americana band Trampled by Turtles at the Nokia Theatre, $25

5/13. 2 PM ish sardonically catchy powerpop/janglerockers the Hell Yeah Babies and long-running, wickedly jangly, tuneful Americana rockers the Sloe Guns in Tompkins Square Park

5/14, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, Ensemble Signal plays works by Helmut Lachenmann at the Miller Theatre, free

5/15, 7:30 PM  pianist Tamara Cashour and ensemble play works by Frederick Boyle, Richard Brooks, Cashour, Robert Cohen, Kevin McCarter, Timothy Lee Miller, Dary John Mizelle, Dana Dimitri Richardson and David See Church of the Transfiguration, 1 E. 29th Street $20

5/18, 7 PM cleverly lyrical, witty saxophonist Daniel Bennett with guitarist Nat Janoff and Matthew Feick on drums at Bloomingdale School of Music, 323 W 108th St (off of Broadway), free

5/18, 9 PM broodingly lyrical Nashville gothic band Leland Sundries at Bowery Ballroom, $15 adv tix avail. at the Mercury. Avoid the putrid headlining poser-rock band at all costs.

5/18, 10:30ish alternately ambient and swirlingly ferocious guitar looper Ben Greenberg aka Hubble and the even more feral Reg Bloor playing the album release show for her deliciously assaultive new one Sensory Irritation Chamber at Muchmore/s, $10

5/19, 7 PM magical Persian/Turkish improvisations with kamancheh fiddle icon Kayhan Kalhor and baglama player Erdal Erzincan at the Schimmel Center at Pace University on Spruce St. in the financial district, $30 tix avail

5/19, 8 PM the Centre Symphony Orchestra play Brahms’ Symphony No. 3, plus Beethoven’s Triple Piano Concerto in C Major, Op. 56 with Muneko Otani, violin, Elizabeth Anderson, cello and Kaoru Fukuda, piano, at St. Peter’s Church, 619 Lexington Ave., at 54th St, $10 sugg don

5/24, 7:30 PM newschool Cuban salsa jazz quintet Gerardo Contino y Los Habaneros at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

5/29, 7 PM accordionist/sitarist Kamala Sankaram’s hot surfy Bollywood/cumbia/psychedelic rock band Bombay Rickey – a launching pad for her spellbinding four-octave voice – play the album release show for their new one at the Cutting Room

5/30, 8ish violinist Laura Ortman, fearlessly relevant no wave-ish songwriter Emilie Lesbros and the magical microtonal Sarah Bernstein’s Unearthish playing the album release show for their new one at Wonders of Nature

5/31, 7:30 PM Punjabi-American soul with Zeshan B at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

6/5, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, the Spektral Quartet play works by George Lewis, David Fulmer and Eliza Brown at the Miller Theatre, free

6/12, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6 the Mivos Quartet’s Olivia De Prato plays solo violin works by Ned Rothenberg, Missy Mazzoli and others at the Miller Theatre, free

6/12, 8 PM the NY Philharmonic plays a program TBA at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx. The program repeats on 6/13 on the great lawn in Central Park (enter at 79nd St. in the west side), 6/14 at Cunningham Park in Queens – enter at 193rd Street, near 81st Avenue or Union Turnpike, concert is at the 193rd St. field; and 6/15 in Prospect Park (use the 9th St. entrance). They’re also at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center in Staten Island for free at 3 PM on 6/17.

6/21-24, 8 PM dancer Molissa Fenley and Company join with percussionist Frank Cassara and violist Ralph Farris for an evening ofwater-themed scores by Linda Bouchard, Andrew Toovey, Frank Cassara and Tigran Mansurian at  Danspace Project, 131 E 10th St, $22

Captivating Cutting-Edge New Indian Sounds from  the Women’s Raga Massive

True to their bandname, the Brooklyn Raga Massive draw on a huge talent base, including but not necessarily limited to players who specialize in Indian classical music. Their rise from their early days at a grungy little Fort Greene bar to big summer festivals is a rare feel-good story in recent New York music. These days, they reinvent John Coltrane and Terry Riley, put on all-night raga parties and push the envelope with where Indian music can go.

Because all of their members are busy with their own careers, the cast is constantly rotating. The Brooklyn Raga Massive also have a subset, the Women’s Raga Massive, whose new compilation, compiled by brilliant violinist Trina Basu, is steaming at Bandcamp. 20% of the proceeds from the album are being donated to the nonprofit Indrani’s Light Foundation, dedicated to empowering women and combating gender violence. They’re playing Joe’s Pub tonight, March 31 at 7 PM; cover is $20.

The artists here are a mix of singers and instrumentalists. Although most of the tracks ultimately draw on centuries-old melodies, most of the arrangements are brand-new and very innovative. The album opens with flutist Rasika Shekar’s Uproar, rising from a brightly modal swirl to a mashup of Afro-Cuban jazz and modal carnatic riffage fueled by Hooni Min’s emphatic piano.

Basu’s string band Karavika contribute The Time Is Now, its warmly undulating melody over alternately scattergun and hypnotically thumping percussion. Cellist Amali Premawardhana’s memorably gentle solo sets up a brightly soaring response from Basu. A bit later on she and her violinist husband Arun Ramamurthy join forces with the aptly titled, epic Tempest, building from a hypnotic, rhythmic pulse to echo effects, a funky sway and all kinds of juicy, microtonal bends and churning riffs before a final calm.

Multimedia artist/singer Samita Sinha represents the avant garde with the sparse, childlike vocal piece Suspension. Arooj Aftab’s poignantly melismatic vocals swirl over Bhrigu Sahni’s delicate acoustic guitar and Baqir Abbas’ bansuri flute in the sparse, spacious Man Kunto Maula, a more traditional piece.

Mitali Bhawmik’s vocal ornamentations rise from restraint to pure tremoloing bliss in Miyan Ki Malhar, above a stately backdrop of Ramachandra Joshi’s harmonium and Meghashyam Keshav’s tabla.

Pianist/singer Ganavya Doraiswamy’s Nithakam: Dedication to Prashant Bhargava is a somber Indian take on Gershwin’s Summertime. Violin/piano sister duo Anjna & Rajna Swaminathan team up with guitarist Sam McCormally for the broodingly modal Indian gothic trip-hop anthem Ocean of Sadness. Then paradigm-shifting carnatic choir the Navatman Music Collective flip the script with their playfully hip-hop tinged Urban Gamaka (Hindolam Thillana), singers Roopa Mahadevan and Shiv Subramaniam trading shivery microtonal licks over a steady, swaying backdrop.

Navayee, by Persian-American singer/guitarist Haleh Liza Gafori is a balmy love ballad animated by Matt Kilmer’s clip-clop percussion. Psychedelic soul singer Shilpa Ananth works subtle dynamics with similarly lush atmospherics in Enge Nee, against Takahiro Izumikawa’s bubbly Rhodes piano.  

The album’s longest and most trad track is sitarist Alif Laila’s twelve-minute-plus segment of Raga Kedar, a brisk romp right off the bat that doesn’t wait to get to the shivery, spine-tingling heart of the matter. It’s arguably the high point of the album; the ending is a complete surprise.

Violinist Nistha Raj matches and then jauntily trades riffs with alto saxophonist Aakash Mittal in Jayanthi, which is only slightly shorter. Yalini Dream narrates an imagistic antiwar poem over Ganavya’s vocalese and atmospherics to close the album. Fans of cutting-edge Indian sounds like these should also check out the Brooklyn Raga Massive’s other albums, especially their Coltrane covers collection, which feature some of these artists.

Dark Beasts: Brooklyn’s Most Riveting, Relevant Young Band

The cold gaze of a black python greeted the crowd on their way up the stairs at the Gatehouse concert series in Fort Greene last night, where Dark Beasts played a tantalizingly short set of catchy, surreal, unflinchingly relevant songs that defy categorization. The band name suits the trio perfectly: their songs are dark, and they are definitely beasts.

Lead singer Lillian Schrag was responsible for that menacing creature and its removable green scales, in addition to the lowlit stage design and her band’s painted bestial faces. Their first song, The Python’s Lament, was more distantly sinister, Schrag’s torrents of lyrics over Trixie Madell’s enigmatically anthemic psych-folk guitar chords, violinist Violet Paris-Hillmer running an icy, creepy loop over and over.

Over the past couple of years, Dark Beasts have built a devoted following among their fellow musicians. Many of those fans are three or four times older than the group’s members. Each is a multi-instrumentalist. Schrag, the daughter of Rose Thomas Bannister – one of this era’s greatest songwriters – plays piano and bass, but in this group her main contribution is vocals. She’s also the primary lyricist. Whether on guitar or piano, Madell brings a deep David Bowie influence to the songs. Paris-Hillmer plays percussion in addition to violin, and has a background in classical music as well. Technique-wise, they’re a work in progress – although their proficiency continues to grow in all kinds of  unexpected ways. And their songwriting is astonishing. We give children too little credit for their depth and their insights. 

Madell switched to piano, balancing eerie highs against stygian lows throughout the second number, Soldier’s Song, a terse, brooding, mythologically-influenced antiwar anthem. Paris-Hillmer moved to frame drum for that one, where she’d remain for the rest of the set.

Standing tall – about four feet eight inches – in front of the band, Schrag was a somber, charismatic presence throughout the third song, Stop Polluting or the World’s Going to Die. Madell’s uneasy guitar vamps anchored Schrag’s clever wordplay in Night Animals, a Maurice Sendak-ish catalog of nocturnal wildlife. They closed with The Wolf, a brief, forlorn anthem

Schrag played the encore solo on bass, churning out a pitchblende drone beneath a lyric that seemed at least partly improvised. “If you’re smart enough to fire a gun, you should use your mind,” she cautioned. The crowd responded with a standing ovation. Afterward, the group signed balloons for the audience, then got into the ice cream.

Dark Beasts will probably be on hiatus until school vacation this June. In the meantime, at least one adult Brooklyn band has been playing Dark Beasts material. There are innumerable other children’s bands in Brooklyn, but most of them are cutesy, or at best they struggle to play cover songs. As Margaret Atwood once said – more or less  – compared to other little girls, Dark Beasts are lifesize. Watch this space for upcoming live appearances.

Populist Songwriter Courtney Marie Andrews Reinvents Classic Americana at the Mercury Tonight

Don’t let the hazy faux-70s Polaroid filter on the album cover of Courtney Marie Andrews’ latest album May Your Kindness Remain – streaming at Bandcamp – fool you. It isn’t dadrock. It’s a vivid, sobering collection of narratives set in a bleak, impoverished Trump-era milieu. The instrumentation behind the Americana songstress’ wounded wail is an unlikely blend of churchy organ and resonant, sometimes roaring washes of electric guitar. You might think that this mashup of oldschool soul, vintage C&W and psychedelia would be jarring to the extreme, but it works. Andrews is at the Mercury tonight, March 27 at 8 PM; cover is $12.

Andrews opens the record with the title track, a broodingly vivid 99-percenter ballad, hope against hope in a dingy blue-collar setting where kindness is “not something that can be bought or arranged.”

Lift the Lonely From My Heart is an oldschool country ballad reinvented as lingering psychedelic tone poem:  “Do you still see the good inside me or am I a shell of who I once was?” Andrews asks, dreading the obvious answer. The band – Dillon Warnek on lead guitar, Daniel Walker and Charles Wicklander on keys, Alex Sabel on bass and William Mapp on drums – pick up the pace with Two Cold Nights in Buffalo. “El Nino brought a blizzard…only the cheap motels were open, wrong side of the tracks,” Andrews recounts, ”That American dream dying, I hear the whispers of the ghosts.” As a paint-peeling indictment of real estate bubble era greed and despondency, it ranks with Jack Grace’s Get Out of Brooklyn for relevance and bite.

Andrews goes back to mashing up gospel and psychedelia in Rough Around the Edges: you could drown an entire congregation with the amount of reverb on that slightly out-of-tune piano. Fueled by echoey Fender Rhodes and sunbaked guitar, the southwestern gothic ballad Border salutes the resilience of Mexican immigrants: “You cannot measure a man until you’ve been down the devil’s road.:”

Andrews’ narrator manages to find solace amidst crushing poverty in Took You Up, another slow, enveloping psych-soul number. She keeps that ambience going with This House – hey, it’s a dump, but it’s home – and then lets the embers blaze through the wickedly catchy, embittered Kindness of Strangers. “How do you dive deeper in a shallow riverbed, when the current pulls your further?” Andrews wants to know.

The sarcasm in I’ve Hurt Worse is crushing: “Being with you is like being alone,” the woman in this relationship tells her abusive boyfriend. Andrews winds up the album with the swaying, summery, considerably more optimistic slide guitar ballad Long Road Back to You. Andrews’ previous album Honest Life was solid, but this is a quantum leap: fans of acts from Lucinda Williams, to Tift Merritt and Margo Price ought to check out Andrews.