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Spanglish Fly Push the Envelope with a Classic, Slinky Latin Soul Sound

Much as the hypnotically clattering opening track on Spanglish Fly’s new album Ay Que Boogaloo! is titled Bugalú pa’ mi Abuela, this isn’t your grandmother’s latin soul. For the the past few years, Spanglish Fly have been putting a spicy horn-driven spin on the classic sounds that percolated out of Spanish Harlem in the mid-60s, when the local Puerto Rican and African-American populations started what would become a legendary musical cross-pollination. Much as this is dance music first and foremost, the new album is packed with neat instrumental touches that flash by so fast that it’s hard to keep track.

And much as the record – recorded live to two-inch analog tape, available on delicious vinyl and streaming at Bandcamp -pays mucho respect to the greats who came before, several generations of Nuyorican multi-disciplinary artistry are represented. To kick it off, El Callegueso guests as emcee, as do a number of poets and personalities from across the decades on several of the tracks.

“This is Subway Joe talking to you from way back,” the godfather of latin soul, Joe Bataan grins as New York Rules slinks along. It’s a shout-out to the B train (and the scary shit that every New Yorker risks every time we swipe through, or jump the turnstile). The closing interlude, with its sly Ellington quote, is irresistibly fun even if it’s kind of obvious

The band reinvents Amy Winehouse’s You Know I’m No Good as Chica Mala Mambo, a brooding, simmering groove under Mariella Gonzalez’s gritty vocals, part brass and part smoke. Morgan Price’s smoldering baritone sax rises out of a jungle of percussion and coros on the outro.   

Ojalá-Inshallah dances around a catchy, anthemic brass chart, proto-Afrobeat and latin soul mashed up like Hugh Masekela might have done it in the late 60s…but with hints of Arabic music. As with the rest of the tracks here, there are all kinds of tasty tradeoffs and interplay, in this case between Kenny Bruno’s piano and the percussion section – timbalero Teddy Acosta, conguero Dylan Blanchard, bongo player Ronnie Roc and drummer Arei Sekiguchi.

Gonzalez celebrates the Spanish Caribbean/New York, rural-to-urban connection in the summery La Clave e’Mi Bugalú, punctuated by a tantalizing breakdown, Bruno’s organ shimmering behind the horns and a thumping thicket of percussion. The most distinctly retro number, with its sultry jazz harmonies from the two frontwomen and mashup of jump blue and latin soul, is  Boogaloo Shoes – tenor saxophonist Matt Thomas steps out on that one. 

Mister Dizzy Izzy – a shout-out to Salsa Magazine founder Izzy Sanabria, featuring actor Flaco Navaja – hides an oldschool son montuno tune inside the band’s intricate interweave and a blazing crescendo driven by trumpeter/bandleader Jonathan Goldman.

Aretha sang about Spanish Harlem, but the group really take her sound there with a smoking,, boogaloo-ized reinvention of Chain of Fools, with sizzling baritone and tenor sax breaks, and percussion by Snowboy.

Swinging along over an incisive, LA Woman-style electric piano and organ groove, Coco Helado features an unexpectedly somber cameo by poet Rowan Ricardo Phillips. They wind up the party with the mighty noir soul anthem How Do You Know/Cómo Sabes, Paloma Muñoz’s richly brooding vocals over the uneasy, brassy backdrop that morphs into a streetwise call-and-response at the end. Goldman and the rest of the band find it appropriate that this multi-lingual, multicultural female-fronted mashup would be one of the first albums recorded during the scary first days of the current Presidential administration. If Putin’s big fat obese bitch in the Oval Office survives impeachment, he can always go see these guys at the Kennedy Center.

Spanglish fly’s next gig is at 8 PM on April 20 on a twinbill with wild Fela cover band Chop & Quench at Flushing Town Hall; cover is $16/$10 stud, and ages 13-19 get in free with school ID.

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Future Soul Star Jalen N’Gonda Channels the Spirit of Stars Past at Lincoln Center

On one hand, there’s absolutely nothing original about what Jalen N’Gonda does. On the other, if this was 1967, he would be a major star in the world of soul music. As his tireless, methodical set at Lincoln Center Thursday night proved, he has an encyclopedic grasp of vintage 60s and 70s Stax/Volt and Motown riffs, he’s an understatedly strong singer, a gifted guitarist, capable pianist and also a hell of a tunesmith. He’ll always have a paying gig somewhere, playing his own material.

Born in Maryland of Zambian heritage and now based in Liverpool, N’Gonda played solo for more than an hour, varying his vocals from an allusive tenor to the occasional jump into falsetto. As the show went on, it was easy to imagine a brass section punching in behind him, maybe a smoky baritone sax accenting a slinky bass/drums groove. N’Gonda obviously has experience fronting good bands.

The night’s best song was Easy Street, a swaying, sunny, jangly number that would have been a strong tune in the Curtis Mayfield catalog. From there N’Gonda went into insistent minor-key reggae with I Guess That Makes Me a Loser and followed that with a doo-wop tinged anthem set to lingering jazz chords: it was hardly the only place in the set where Smokey Robinson’s influence could be felt.

N’Gonda opened Lucky Love with a bouncy blues bassline, then took the song in a jaunty mid-60s Carnaby Street pop direction. He switched to piano for the world premiere of his new ballad When You Belong to Me, building out of an anxious, lingering verse to a catchy chorus in a late-60s Marvin Gaye vein. From there N’ Gonda took a step in the direction of vintage Bacharach-style balladry with The More I See Your Face and then a more theatrical tangent  with Love Don’t Live Here, which brought to mind both David Bowie and Al Green.

N’Gonda made dancing Jackson Five-ish funk out of the riff from Blondie’s One Way or Another, hit a brooding Little Milton-style guitar shuffle groove, went deep into the blues and eventually evoked Gil Scott Heron more than once. In an age where every other band seems to want to rebrand themselves as the next Lake Street Dive, where any rich Long Island lawyer can pull some random, mopey beardo singer-songwriter off the tiny stage at Rockwood Music Hall, rechristen him as a blue-eyed soul crooner, throw a band of mercenaries behind him and send them all on tour at respectable midsize venues across the country, N’Gonda is a desperately needed breath of fresh air. Authenticity is a slippery concept, but if anybody has it, it’s this guy. Hopefully we’ll be seeing more of him on this side of the pond.

The next free concert at the Lincoln Center atrium space on Broadway north of 62nd Street is tomorrow, Feb 8 at 7:30 PM with singer Imani Uzuri and her mashup of vintage soul and many global styles; get there early to make sure you get a seat.

Live Music Calendar for New York City and Brooklyn for February and March 2018

Free and cheap concerts in just about every neighborhood. If you’re leaving your hood, make sure you check http://www.mta.info 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. Next up: 2/14 at 7 PM, 2/18 at 4 PM Haydn, Clementi and Chopin. beverages and lively conversation included! email for info/location.

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.

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

Wednesdays at 6 PM, irrepressible pianist/singer Champian Fulton – as entertaining a postbop improviser as torch singer – plays at Talde, 8 Erie St. (Bay/1st) in Jersey City, a block and a half from the Grove St. Path station

Wednesdays at 8 in February 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!

Wednesdays in February, 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

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 February, 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 March 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 February, 6 PM one of New York’s most eclectic, interesting oudists, Brian Prunka at Barbes. 2/3 and 2/10 with his group Nashaz playing originals; 2/17 in a guitar trio with Ben Gallina and Joe Nero and 2/24 with Sharq Attack, who play haunting Egyptian classics

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

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

Sundays in February, at sometime past noon at Hank’s, Nashville gothic crooner Sean Kershaw‘s legendary honkytonk brunch is back; 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.

2/1, 7 PM intense, fearlessly relevant Middle Eastern clarinetist Kinan Azmeh  leads his haunting Middle Eastern piano trio at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix rec. Followed by ($25 separate adm) by the album release by similarly intense, more  lavish Middle Eastern/Balkan band the Epichorus

2/1, 7 PM Zlatne Uste, NYC’s first and arguably most deeply authentic, explosive Balkan brass unit at Drom, $10

2/1, 7 PM tenor saxophonist Ken Fowser leads his band at the Fat Cat. 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.  Followed a 10 by the great unsung hero of darkly purposeful, noir-tinged jazz guitar, Saul Rubin leading his Zebtet  at the Fat Cat. Rubin is also there on 2/13 at 7

2/1 ,7:30 PM daunting postbop technique and dynamic tunesmithing from saxophonist Carl Bartlett Jr,  leading his quartet at Smalls

2/1, 7:30 PM oldschool-style Liverpool-based soul dude Jalen N’Gonda at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

2/1, 8 PM kinetic, hard-hitting Raphael Cendo chamber works performed by Vasko Dukovski on contrabass clarinet (!?!?!), percussion and piano quartet Yarn/Wire  and indie classical ensemble Either/Or at the Miller Theatre, $20 tix avail

2/1, 8 PM solo piano works from German pianist George Graewe; Carman Moore leads the voices, strings ands reeds of Skymusic Ensemble in a program of NY-centric pieces at  Roulette, $15 adv tix rec

2/1, 8:30 PM Innov Gnaw’s Samir LanGus on sintir and vocals with his hypnotic cross-pollinated group at Bar Lunatico

2/1-4, 8:30/10 PM perennially popular sax player Donny McCaslin leads his group with Jason Lindner (piano) Nate Wood (bass) Mark Giuliana (drums) at the Vanguard

2/1, 9 PM intense female-fronted psychedelic groove/funk band Imunuri  at Bar Chord. 2/3 at 0 they play the album release show for their new one at the Knitting Factory, $10 adv tix rec

2/1, 9:30 PM chanteuse Dor Sagi’s wildly eclectic, elegantly artsy band Sage – who float between enigmatic pastoral jazz-tinged themes, sleek new wave and janglerock – at Sunnyvale, $10

2/1. 10 PM wryly funny, psychedelic covers of 60s Russian pop with the Eastern Blokhedz – who specialize in the catalog of legendary Polish singer Edita Piaha –  at Barbes

2/1, 10 PM intense, haunting Americana/honkytonk singer Ruby Rae at Hank’s

2/1, 10:30 PM charmingly inscrutable Parisienne chanteuse Chloe & the French Heart Jazz Band at the Manderley Bar

2/2, 5:30 PM ethereal folk noir songstress Belle-Skinner – who wrote the chilling ballad John Wayne Gacy Jr. – at the American Folk Art Museum

2/2, 7 PM irrepressible cross-genre violinist/composer Tom Swafford  plays the complete Ravel Sonata for Violin and Piano with pianist Emile Blondel; then he joins guitarist/banjoist Benjamin “Baby Copperhead” Lee and bassist Zach Swanson for a set of oldtime country blues and originals in the same vein at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, $15

2/2, 7 PM Benjamin Sung, violin plays music by Schnittke, Berio, Maderna; 6 Caprices by Sciarrino followed at 8 by pianist Karl Larson playing dystopic Scott Wollschleger works at Spectrum, $15

2/2, 7 PM spine-tingling art-rock/avant-garde/chamber pop songwriter Carol Lipnik – pretty much everybody’s choice for best singer in all of NYC – celebrates three consecutive years of her ongoing Pangea residency with special guest singer and LES noir cabaret legend Little Annie Bandez

2/2, 7:30 PM the Queens Symphony Orchestra play Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras No. 9; Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme, and “music by the Beatles in the Baroque styles of Handel, Bach, Vivaldi, and more,” at Flushing Town Hall, free, get there early

 2/2-3, 7:30/9:30 PM Nicholas Payton – trumpet; Matt Brewer – bass; Justin Brown – drums; plus special guests at the Jazz Gallery, $25

2/2, 7:30 PM edgy, eclectic pan-Mediterranean art-rock/latin/chanson ensemble Banda Magda at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, 1040 Grand Concourse, free, B/D to 167th St.

2/2, 7:30 PM the Mannes Orchestra play Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from “West Side Story”;4 songs by Richard Strauss with soloists: Lydia Ciaputa, Isabelle Freeman and Alexa Jarvis; and Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in E Minor at Tishman Auditorium, 63 5th Ave., free

2/2, 7:30 PM Juilliard’s Axiom new music ensemble plays Hans Abrahamsen’s season-appropriate Schnee at the Sharp Theatre at Juilliard, free

2/2, 8 PM the debut of Nadja Verena Marcin‘s Ophelia, “an architectural live performance and video sculpture focusing on the human destruction of the biosphere” at Fridman Gallery, 287 Spring St, free

2/2, 8 PM the ambient duo of Stephen Vitiello/Taylor Deupree, pianist Gust Burns and the innovative Rhythm Method String Quartet at Fridman Gallery, 287 Spring St, $15 

2/2, 8 PM fiery garage/powerpop band the Lord Calverts followed by the similarly guitar-fueled female-fronted Americana punks Spanking Charlene at Sidewalk

2/2, 8 PM Syrian bandleader Yousef Shamoun & the Tarab Ensemble play lushly orchestrated Middle Eastern classics by Umm Kulthumm, Hafez and Mohammed Abdel Wahab at the Poisson Rouge, $20 standing room avail.

2/2, 8 PM singer/guitarist Anna R0berts-Gevalt of Anna & Elizabeth, fiddler Dave Bing and banjoist Ben Townsend play rare West Virginia tunes at the Jalopy, dessert included, $10

 2/2, 8 PM wild, explosive, chromatically intense Serbian-style brass music with Cocek Brass Band at Radegast Hall

 2/2-3, 8:30 PM hardworking, perennially tuneful bassist/composer Linda May Han Oh  at the New School’s Glass Box Performance Space, 55 W 13th St, $20

2/2-4, 8:30 PM savagely eclectic guitarist Mary Halvorson leads a series of groups at the Stone, $20. Choice pick: playing selections from John Zorn’s Masada, Book 2 with her quartet on 2/3.

2/2, 9 PM moodily lyrical, politically savvy Irish folk-rocker Niall Connolly at the small room at the Rockwood. He’s also here on 2/23 followed eventually at 11 by lush, intense, artfully orchestrated psychedelic rockers Aunt Ange 

2/2, 10 PM crystalline-voiced noir Americana songwriter Jessie Kilguss and her killer band at Hank’s, $8

2/2, 10:30 PM 10:30 PM cutting-edge B3 organ and trombone soul/jazz grooves with the Jared Gold and Dave Gibson Band at the Fat Cat

2/3, 2 and 8 PM, repeating 2/4 at 3 PM the Tango Fire Company of Buenos Aires blend music and dance at the Queens Theatre in the Park, $20 seats avail

2/3, 2 PM charming front-porch folk duo Anna & Elizabeth celebrate the Celtic holiday Imbolc at the Irish Arts Center,553 W 51st, $10

 2/3, 4 PM cinematic, psychedelic quirk-pop keyboardist Michael Hearst presents “Curious, Unusual and Extraordinary” songs from his many bands followed eventually at 10 by epic ranchera/bolero brass crew Banda de los Muertos at Barbes

2/3, 4 and 7:30 PM the CCB Reggae Allstars celebrate Bob Marley’s birthday at B.B. King’s, $25 adv tix rec

2/3, 7 PM wryly retro, period-perfect classic 60s style female-fronted honkytonk band the Bourbon Express, legendarily eclectic surf band Tiki Brothers and Brooklyn surf cover crew Band of Others at the Parkside

2/3, 7 PM intense, soaringly lyrical dark Americana songwriter Lara Ewen followed  followed by darkly torchy southwestern gothic/Europolitan songwriter/guitarist Miwa Gemini at at the Way Station

2/3, 7:30 PM sharply lyrical southwestern gothic/Americana songwriter Tom Shaner at Bowery Electric, $8

2/3, 7ish Bobby Radcliff – the rare blues guitarist who plays a ton of notes but doesn’t waste them, sort of a funkier Stevie Ray Vaughan – with his trio at Terra Blues

2/3, 7:30 PM ambitious, smart, noir-inclined tenor saxophonist Patrick Cornelius on saxophone with Harish Raghavan on bass and Mark Ferber on  drums at the Bar Next Door, $12

2/3, 7:30 PM indie classical chamber ensemble Hotel Elefant play music by Kaija Saariaho (Nocturne, Oi kuu) with the New York City premières of new works by Hotel Elefant composers Hannis Brown, Patrick Castillo, Jascha Narveson, Leaha Maria Villarreal, and Kirsten Volness at St. Batholomew’s Church, $25/$15 stud

2/3, 8 PM the hilarious Gerry Segal – who wrote the classic I Love Facebook – and veteran comedic cabaret chanteuse Lois Morton at the People’s Voice Cafe, sugg don, $20; $12 for subscribers; “More if you choose; less if you can’t; no one turned away”

2/3, 8 PM Ekmeles and Tilt Brass play Julius Eastman’s work for 10 cellos The Holy Presence of Joan D’Arc and its introspective companion vocal piece Prelude to the Holy Presence of Joan d’Arc at the Kitchen, $25

2/3, 8 PM this era’s most cutting-edge, politically relevant large jazz ensemble, Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society play their Ellington-inspired suite Tensile Curves in its entirety at the Miller Theatre, $20 tix avail

2/3, 8 PM fun, catchy, noisy girlpunk band Sharkmuffin at Union Pool, $12

2/3 8:30 PM pianist Chang Wang plays works by Bach, Beethoven, Dutilleux and Chopin at Paul Hall at Juilliard, free

2/3, 9 PM Unsteady Freddie‘s monthly surf rock extravaganza at Otto’s begins at 9 PM with surfed-up tv themes from Commercial Interruption, at 10 gloomy surfed-up Russian prison songs with the Vivisectors, at 11 jangly New York original surf rock cult heroes the Supertones and at midnight or so fiery rockabilly chanteuse Alix & the Mechanix 

2/3, 10 PM catchy, fun indie soul band Sunshine Nights  at Pine Box Rock Shop

2/3, 10 PM high-v0ltage ghoulabilly with Lynchian chanteuse Lara Hope & the Ark-Tones at Skinny Dennis

2/3. 10:30 PM erudite, purist torchy cosmopolitan jazz chanteuse Svetlana & the Delancey 5  at the Django, $15

2/3, 10:30 PM roaring 20s hot jazz with Sweet Megg & the Wayfarers at St. Mazie’s

2/4, 2 PM the annual Super Bolus of improvised music with an allstar lineup: Anaïs Maviel, Andrew Livingston (Piad Guyvessant, thingNY), Angela Morris (Rallidae), Brian McCorkle (Panoply Performance Lab), Carl Testa, Dave Kadden (Invisible Circle), Dave Ruder (thingNY), ellen o, Hans Tammen, and John King at the Glove, 885 Lexington Ave, btwn Patchen Ave & Broadway, J to Kosciuszko $tba

2/4, 3 PM sharply lyrical janglerock/Americana/soul songwriter Matt Keating and guitarist Steve Mayone’s catchy new project the Bastards of Fine Arts at Pete’s

2/4, 3 PM edgy indie classical pianist Niloufar Nourbaksh plays original, politically fearless compositions plus works by Semegen and Kagel at Spectrum, $15

2/4, 4 PM charismatic, politically fearless, historically-inspired oldtime country blues duo Piedmont Bluz  at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, $10

 2/4, 5 PM Michael Brown (piano), Elena Urioste (violin), and Nicholas Canellakis (cello) perform Fauré and Dvořák piano trios  at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.

2/4, 7 PM sensational ex-Klezmatics fiddler Alicia Svigals and pianist Uli Geissendoerfer play the release show for their fascinating new Beregovski Suite –  inspired by the tragic story of the guy who was essentially the Russian Jewish Alan Lomax – at Jpe’s Pub, $20

2/4, 7:30 PM hypnotic, cinematic ambient/noir quintet Suss – guitarist Pat Irwin, Bob Holmes, Gary Leib, Jonathan Gregg and William Garrett at the Secret Theatre, 4402 23rd St, Long Island City, free, G to 21st/Van Alst

2/4, 8 PM electronic composer Phill Niblock, keyboardist Tim Shaw, and multimedia artist Katherine Liberovskaya at Fridman Gallery, 287 Spring St, $15

]2/5, 7:30 PM the Kronos Quartet joins up-and-coming new music ensemble Face the Music in works by Haber and Ramnath at Merkin Concert Hall, $20

2/5, 8 PM unpredictably fun, funny psychedelic art-rock band the Academy Blues Project  at LIC Bar

2/5, 8 PM conscious Ghanian hip-hop artist Poetic X and pianist Yvette Janine Jackson‘s Destination Freedom at Fridman Gallery, 287 Spring St, $15

2/5, 9 PM sweeping, swinging vibraphonist Behn Gillece leads his quartet at the Fat Cat

2/5, 9:30 PM Dilemastronauta Y Los Sabrosos Cosmicos play their cumbia-inspired stoner dub jams at Barbes

2/6, 7 PM purposeful, uneasy, ferociously smart guitarist Sean Moran’s Sun Tiger trio followed at 9 by clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

2/6, 7:30 PM violinist Ben Sutin’s high-voltage, eclectic klezmer jamband Klazz-Ma-Tazz at Club Bonafide, $10

2/6, 8 PM lavish oldschool style New Orleans funk/soul orchestra bandleader Brother Joscephus at City Winery, $20 standing room avail

 2/6, 8:30 PM epic cinemascapes and Bollywood cumbia revelry: atmospheric postrockers Empyrean Atlas, accordionist/sitarist Kamala Sankaram’s hot surfy Bollywood/cumbia/psychedelic rock project Bombay Rickey – a launching pad for her spellbinding four-octave voice – and darkly cinematic postrock band the Knells at Littlefield, $15. Bombay Rickey are also at Barbes at 10 on 2/9.

2/6, 8:30 PM Eric Ambel at Rough Trade, $10. Time to put this revered lead guitar monster in the pantheon along with guys like Keith Richards and B.B. King – he’s that good and that diverse. Steve Earle knew that and put him in his band for a long time. 

2/6, 8 PM the Telegraph Quartet play Robert Sirota’s new politically-inspired String Quartet No. 3 plus acerbic quartets by Kirchner and Schoenberg at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $20

 2/6-11, 8:30 PM darkly counterintuitive pianist Sylvie Courvoisier  leads a series of ensembles at the Stone, $20. Choice pick: 2/8 with violinist Mark Feldman

 2/6-11, 8:30/10 PM alto sax icon Miguel Zenón leads his long-running quartet with Luis Perdomo on piano at the Vanguard, $30

2/6, 9 PM oldschool Texas fingerstyle acoustic blues, Romany swing and all sorts of fiery antique styles with fantastic guitarist Noe Socha at Freddy’s

2/6, 9 PM irrepressible multi-instrumentalist Joanna Sternberg wearing her front-porch folk guitarist hat at Sunny’s

2/6, 9:30 PM quirky, smartly lyrical avant chamber pop with the Icebergs at Sidewalk. 2/27, 8:30 they’re at Pete’s 

2/6, 10:30 PM “comedy night” with eclectic, paradigm-shifting B3 jazz organist Brian Charette‘s band at the Django. Not as ridiculous as it seems because he’s actually a great wit if not a FB comedy “star” 

2/6, 10:30 PM state-of-the-art postbop guitarist Will Bernard leads his trio at Korzo

2/6. 10:30 PM charismatic, adventurous postbop/avant garde trombonist/crooner Frank Lacy leads his  quintet at Smalls. He’s also there on 2/27

 2/7, noon French oboist Olivier Stankiewicz with pianist Jonathan Ware play works by Poulenc, Dorati, Saint-Saens and Sancan at the Morgan Library $20 incl museum adm

2/7, 7:30 PM guitarist/songwriter Alicyn Yaffee -the rare artist who successfully bridges the gap between lyrically-fueled chamber pop and jazz –  and her group at the Bar Next Door

2/7, 7:30/9:30 PM inspired, cutting-edge trombonist/composer Ryan Keberle’s Suite Ravel quartet with Frank Woeste – piano; Erik Friedlander – cello; Adam Cruz – drums at the Jazz Gallery, $25

2/7, 8 PM psychedelic klezmer/bluegrass mandolin and clarinet legend Andy Statman at Barbes, $10

2/7, 8 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play haunting underground Greek  revolutionary anthems and hash-smoking songs from the 20s and 30s at Troost. 2/16 at 8:30 they’re  at Espresso 77, 35-57 77th Street, Jackson Hts.

2/7, 7:30 PM witty Microscopic Septet pianist Joel Forrester followed by darkly hypnotic postrock/art-rock supergroup Heroes of Toolik with Moppa Elliott on bass, omfg at Spectrum, $15

2/7,  8 PM Kara Rooney’s But for What’s My Axis? Part 2. Desire, Brian Chase‘s Drums and Drones and Ursula Scherrer at Fridman Gallery, 287 Spring St, $15

2/8-9, 7 PM spectacular, fearlessly relevant singer and Bombay Rickey frontwoman Kamala Sankaram’s multimedia work in progress Looking At You, examining the sinister growth of the surveillance state at Bric Arts, $8 adv tix highly rec

 2/8, 7 PM the record release concert for guitarist Matteo Liberatore‘s “SOLOS ” with an allstar cast feat. Matteo Liberatore, Elliott Sharp, Steve Dalachisky, Carlo Costa at Spectrum, $15

2/8, 7:30/9:30 PM vibraphonist Sasha Berliner with Maria Grand – tenor saxophone; Chris McCarthy – piano ; Ben Tiberio – bass; Mareike Wiening – drums at the Jazz Gallery, $15

2/8, 7:30 PM bluegrass/newgrass mandolin star Sierra Hull featuring Ethan Jodziewicz and Eddie Barbash at Joe’s Pub, $22

2/8, 7:30 PM repeating 2/10 at 8 the NY Philharmonic play Saint-Saens’ Organ Symphony plus the Britten Piano Concerto and Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis at Avery Fisher Hall, $32 tix avail 

2/8, 8 PM plush, balmy, oldtimey uke swing band Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies at Barbes

2/8, 8 PM amazing Thai psychedelic jamband Drunken Foreigner Band at Holo, $10

2/8, 7:30 PM multi-stylistic global avant-soul chanteuse Imani Uzuri at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

2/8, 8 PM mesmerizing sound sculptor/singer Lesley Flanigan, composer/performers Jacob KirkegaardTristan Perich and Katinka Fogh Vindelev at Fridman Gallery, 287 Spring St, $15

2/8, 8 PM awesome psychedelic Afrobeat band Golden Dawn Arkestra at Elsewhere, $12

2/8, 8 PM hard-hitting, brass-fueled newschool latin soul/boogaloo dance band Spanglish Fly play the album release show for their new one followed by 60s boogaloo legend Joe Bataan at Highline Ballroom, $20

2/8, 8:30 PM spellbinding Indian carnatic string jamband Karavika at the Jalopy, $10 adv tix rec

2/8, 10 PM intense gutter blues band Jane Lee Hooker play the album release show for their new one at the Cutting Room, $12

2/8, 10 PM fiery oldtimey string band the Four O’Clock Flowers at Sunny’s

2/9, 7 PM haunting Middle Eastern guitarist/bouzouki player Ayman Fanous with Tomas Ulrich (cello) & Mark Feldman (violin); at 8 he plays with Jason Kao Hwang (viola), Ned Rothenberg (woodwinds), Willam Parker (bass) & Michael Wimberly (percussion) and at 9 with Kali Z. Fasteau (reeds) and guests at Jack, $25 to benefit the Arthur Ashe Foundation

2/9, 7 PM the New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra play Beethoven’s Archduke Overture plus Mendelssohn’s Scottish Symphony at Symphony Space, $25/$18 stud/srs

 2/9, 7 PM haunting noir cabaret pioneer Little Annie & Botanica piano mastermind Paul Wallfisch at Pangea, $20. They’re also here on 2/11

2/9, 7:30 PM pianist Eliza Garth performs new alternately shimmery and kinetic  works by composers Sheree Clement and Perry Goldstein at the Tenri Institute, 43 W 13th St.., $20/$10 std/srs

2/9, 7:30/9:30 PM drummer Rodney Green leads his quartet at the Cave at St. George’s, 209 E. 16th St (east of 3rd Ave), $15

2/9, 7:30 PM powerful Malian songstress Awa Sangho and the Brooklyn Raga Massive take classical Indian themes to wild new places at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

2/9, 7:30 PM all-female chamber choir Lorelei Ensemble sing works by Guillaume Du Fay, David Lang, Scott Ordway, Peter Gilbert, Joshua Bornfield, Shawn Kirchner, Joshua Shank, Adam Jacob Simon and Moira Smiley at Church of St. Luke in the Fields, 487 Hudson St., $25

2/9, 8 PM energetic acoustic Veracruz-style folk-punk band Radio Jarocho at Guadalupe Inn

2/9, 8 PM Buenos Aires bandoneonista Matilde Vitullo followed at 10 by accordionist/sitarist Kamala Sankaram’s hot surfy Bollywood/cumbia/psychedelic rock project Bombay Rickey – a launching pad for her spellbinding four-octave voice – at Barbes

 2/9. 9 PM Palehound – who blend eerie, lyrical new wave with hypnotic motorik vintage Wire-style postpunk – at Brooklyn Bazaar, $15

2/9, 9ish catchy, enigmatic female-fronted dreampop band Loosie at the Owl, $10. 2/25 at 10 they’re at C’Mon Everybody, same price

2/9, 9:30 PM Ava Luna plays Serge Gainsbourg’s Histoire De Melody Nelson at Joe’s Pub, $20. Could be really cool or could be a trainwreck…

2/9, 10 PM the hauntingly kinetic, cinematic Ghost Funk Orchestra at the Gutter, $5

2/9, 10:30 PM acoustic punkgrass band Big High Hills at Freddy’s 

2/10, 3 PM intense, charismatic singer Sami Stevens’ oldschool soul group at the small room at the Rockwood

2/10, 4 PM the Erik Satie Quartet, a stately wind ensemble who reinvent Satie material as well as obscurities by his contemporaries folllowed at 8 by art-song stylist Karen Mantler and at 10 by Yotoco, the “bastard child of Umoja Orchestra, Bioritmo, and Cumbiagra playing a melange of salsa, Afro-Cuban rumba, boleros, and cumbia” at Barbes

2/10, 4 PM this era’s most spellbinding oldschool country singer, Laura Cantrell at Pete’s 2/19, 8:30 PM she’s at City Vineyard for $15

2/10. 7:15ish dark psychedelic acoustic blues/klezmer/reggae/soca jamband Hazmat Modine at Terra Blues.

2/10. 7:30 PM pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin plays works by Liszt, Debussy and Samuel Feinberg at Irving HS Auditorium, 17th/Irving Place, $14

2/10, 8 PM singer Lara Solnicki backed by a killer band – Marta Sanchez, piano; Roman Filiu,alto sax; Rick Rosato, bass; Rodrigo Recabarren, drums at the Cell Theatre, $15/$10 stud/sr

2/10, 8 PM acerbic, spot-on, fearlessly funny political folksinger Rod MacDonald at the People’s Voice Cafe, sugg don, $20; $12 for subscribers; “More if you choose; less if you can’t; no one turned away”

2/10, 9 PM slinky, oud-fueled Middle Eastern/Nile Delta dance orchestra Alsarah & the Nubatones at C’Mon Everybody, $12

 2/10, 9:30 PM creepy lo-fi horror-folk band Lucky Witch & the Righteous Ghost at Sidewalk

2/10, 10 PM bass sax monster Stefan Zeniuk does double duty, first with his punk mambo band the NY Fowl Harmonic  followed by his larger, intense, intricately orchestrated, low register-loving psycho mambo crew Gato Loco at Hank’s, $7

2/10, 10 PM oldschool psychedelic soul/groove band Empire Beats at  the Way Station. 2/14 at 9 they’re at Hill Country

2/11, 2 PM pianist Kirill Gerstein plays works by Schumann, Bach, Debussy and Chopin at the Town Hall, $14 tix avail

2/11, 3 PM a Charles Wuorinen 80th bday tribute by the composer’s champions Steven Beck, Alan Feinberg, Marilyn Nonken, Ursula Oppens, and Jeffrey Swann at the NYU Loewe Theatre, 35 W 4th St, free

2/11, 3 PM the NY Choral Society perform Sir Charles Stanford’s Songs of the Fleet, Op. 117, featuring baritone Jarrett Ott, Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture, plus the East Coast premiere of Frank Ticheli’s Symphony No. 3, The Shore at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, $30 seats avail

2/11, 4 PM Ensemble Leonarda – Susan Hahn Graham, flute; Claire Smith Bermingham violin; Sarah Stone cello; Nancy Kito, harpsichord. – play works by Czech composers Biber, Benda, Tuma, & Zelenka at the French Church du St. Esprit, 109 E. 60th Street (betw. Lex. & Park Ave), $20/$15 stud/srs

2/11, 7 PM a mighty thirty-something piece ensemble plays new big band and orchestral works by trumpeter Matt Holman at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

2/11, 8 PM metalpunks Sharptooth, metalcore crew Stray From the Path and political punk vets Anti-Flag at Highline Ballroom, $20 adv tix rec

 2/11. 8 PM intense Balkan chanteuse Jenny Luna‘s haunting, traditional Turkish band Dolunay  and Sharq Attack with Marandi Hostetter, 5 string violin; Brian Prunka, oud; John Murchison, double bass and Philip Mayer, percussion jamming out classic Middle Eastern themes at the Owl, $10

2/11, 8 PM fearlessly populist LA folk-punks Las Cafeteras and  noir mambo powerhouse Orkesta Mendoza at B.B. King’s, $25 adv ti rec

2/11, 8 PM the Sono Auros Trio with flutist Lucian Rinando, cellist Samuel Magill and harpist extraordinaire Mélanie Genin at the Cell Theatre, free

2/11, 8:30 PM a wild klezmer night with Josh Waletsky, Deborah Strauss & fiddler Jake Shulman-Ment at the Jalopy, $15

2/12, 7:30 PM lush, majestic string ensemble the East Coast Chamber Orchestra play works by Dvořák and Shostakovich as well as the New York Premiere of Derek Bermel’s Murmurations at Music Mondays, Advent Church, northwest corner of 93rd and Broadway, free 

2/12, 7:30 PM the Chosen Vale Trio – trumpeters Sandy Coffin, Erika Izaguirre, and Annie Lemieux – play the world premiere of  Scottish trumpeter/composer John Wallace’s “Spontaneous Combustion: A Trilogy for 3 Brass and Keyboard,” at Christ & St. Stephen’s Church, 122 W. 69th St.  $10

2/12, 8/10 PM  ageless, perennially hard-hitting jazz piano sage and ex-Coltrane bandmate McCoy Tyner at the Blue Note, $30 standing room avail. He’s also here on the 26th.

2/12, 8 PM the NYU Chamber Ensemble plays Missy Mazzoli’s Still Life with Avalanche and other contemporary works at the NYU Loewe Theatre, 35 W 4th St, free

 2/12, 9:30 PM psychedelic cumbia band Los Cumpleanos – new wave synths & retro organ sounds with effect-laden trombone and trumpet as well as a three piece percussion section – at Barbes

2/12, 10 PM no idea who’s playing but could be fun: music from Twin Peaks: The Return live at LIC Bar

2/13, half past noon organist Roman Krasnovsky plays a program TBA at Central Synagogue, 54th/Lex, free

2/13, 5:30 PM drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, the Mivos Quartet plays works by their members: Marisol Jimenez, Jeffrey Mumford, and Victor Lowrie’s Streya for violin solo  at the Miller Theatre, free

2/13, 6 PM an acoustic jam followed by an acoustic set by Eugene Hütz and Sergey Ryabtsev of Gogol Bordello along with performance by klezmer legend Frank London & Deep Singh, Bulgarian sax titan Yuri Yunakov, accordion wizard Yuri Lemeshev, oudist Avram Pengas and probably others at Mehanata in celebration of the iconic Bulgarian bar’s unlikely 20th anniversary, $20, first 200 through the door get a free Mehanata 20th anniversary t-shirt

 2/13, 7:30 PM the San Francisco Girls Chorus sing works from their album by Philip Glass, Lisa Bielawa, John Zorn, Carla Kihlstedt, Matthew Welch, and Theo Bleckmann at the Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec

2/13, 7:30 PM legendary downtown performance artist Penny Arcade’s scathingly anti-gentrification memoir/call to arms Longing Lasts Longer at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

2/13, 8 PM the all-female Resistance Revival Chorus sing anti-trumpie broadsides with special guests at the Knitting Factory, $15, all proceeds to their fave pro-immigrant groups. Special superstar guests are likely. 

 2/13-18, 8:30/10 PM state-of-the-art large jazz ensemble the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra play a week on their home turf, $30

2/13-18, 8:30 PM legendary klezmer/Balkan trumpeter Frank London leads a series of ensembles at the Stone, $20. Choice pick: 2/17 with LES Elegy 5: Fuck Gentrification (Tribute to Lester Bowie) with Edward Arrocha aka Eak the Geek (poet) Jaimie Branch (trumpet) Vincent Chancey (horn) Brian Drye, Josh Roseman (trombones) Eyal Maoz (guitar) Newman Baker (drums) Marcus Rojas (tuba)

2/13. 8:30 PM captivating, darkly tuneful  pianist Shai Maestro leads his trio at Shapeshifter Lab at Shapeshifter Lab, $12

2/13, 9:30 PM the Bronx Conexion play their mighty salsa big band jazz at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe

2/14, 6 PM santoorist Vinay Desai with table player Tejas Tope at the Rubin Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

2/14, 6 PM dark parlor-pop pianist/songwriter Juliet Strong at the small room at the Rockwood

2/14, 7:30 PM dark psychedelic soundtrack legends Morricone Youth with special guest, haunting noir singer Karla Rose on vocals at Nighthawk Cinema in Williamsburg is sold out. Bummer!

2/14, 8 PM Melissa & the Mannequins play all their lusciously tuneful, heartbroken janglerock songs at LIC Bar

2/14, 10 PM fiery, deviously fun oldtimey swing guitarist/crooner Seth Kessel & the Two Cent Band at Sunny’s – a cool anti-Valentines night out

2/15-16, 7:30.9:30 PM intense pianist Gerald Clayton  with Joel Ross – vibraphone; Matt Brewer – bass; Obed Calvaire – drums; Gabo Lugo – percussion at the Jazz Standard, $30

2/15, 7:30 PM Tito Puente Jr. and many alums from his dad’s band at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

2/15, 8 PM intense Balkan chanteuse Jenny Luna‘s haunting, traditional Turkish band Dolunay  at Barbes

 2/15, 8:30 PM the socially conscious Paul Jones on saxophone with Tim Thorton on bass and Colin Stranahan on drums at the Bar Next Door, $12

2/15, 8:30 PM sensational Indian classical violinist/improviser Arun Ramamurthy ’s Unstruck Sound drone project at the Jalopy, $10 adv tix rec

2/15, 9 PM a klezmer dance party with chanteuse Sarah Myerson, Lauren Brody, Aaron Alexander & a special surprise guest at Funky Joe’s, 455 W.56th St, $15

2/15, 9:45 PM excellent, darkly jangly psychedelic band Oberon Rose at the Gutter, $5 

2/15. 10:30 PM explosive, creepy, colorful psychedelic rembetiko metal band Greek Judas at Hank’s 

 2/16, 6:30 PM elegant, sharply lyrical parlor pop stylist Heather Eatman at the American Folk Art Museum

2/16, 7 PM Whitney George’s chamber ensemble plays George’s Chasing Light and new works by New York based composers at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, reception to follow, $15/$10 stud/srs

2/16, 7 PM the Ariel Winds with pianist Tania Tachkova play an all-French program including works by Rameau – Vier Stuke, Jacques Ibert, Georges Auric, Claude Debussy, Gabriel Pierné, and Francis Poulenc at Bloomingdale School of Music, 323 W 108th St (off of Broadway), free

2/16, 7:15 PM cinematic guitarist Demir Demirkan plays the album release show for his ferocious, politically-inspired new one at Drom, $10 adv tix rec

2/16, 7:30/9:30 PM haunting, epic, tunefully individualistic pianist/composer Fabian Almazan’s epic Alcanza septet at the Jazz Galley, $25

2/16, 8 PM the sleek, new wave-influenced Wye Oak, and Metropolis Ensemble play William Brittelle’s song cycle Spiritual America featuring Brooklyn Youth Chorus and Ben Cassorla (guitar) at Symphony Space, $25, $20 under 30

2/16, 8 PM an unclassifiable trio of adventurous violinists at the Owl, $10: the ambient-inclined Zosha Warpeha, the Israeli Gaya Feldheim-Schorr & the carnatically-inspired Ashni

2/16, 8 PM 178 Product play their slinky, psychedelic latin soul jams followed bybass goddess Felice Rosser’s ageless reggae-rock-groove band Faith at Rose Gold, 96 Morgan Ave, Bushwick, L to Morgan Ave, $10

2/16, 8 PM jugband music with the charming, all-female Queens of Everything Crisco Dreams, the Brotherhood of the Jug Band Blues – who do an awesome, slyly funny evocation of the Memphis Jug Band – and the Ever-Lovin’ Jug Band at the Jalopy, $12

2/16, 8 PM  rustic Brazilian jungle guitar sounds with Regional de NY followed at 10 by the intoxicatingly clattering, sintir bass lute fueled Moroccan trance grooves of Innov Gnawa at Barbes

2/16, 9 PM lush, atmospheric female-fronted art-rock/postrock/soul band Votive Crown at Club Bonafide, $10

2/16, 9ish excellent female-fronted metal-tinged 80s style powerpop band Bat Fangs at Union Pool 

 2/16, 9 PM luminous, astonishingly eclectic, wickedly tuneful cello-rock badass Serena Jost at Pete’s

2/16, 9 PM hilarious, smartly political faux-French retro 60s psych-pop band les Sans Culottes at Bar Chord

2/16, 9ish exotic vibraphone surf rock band the Vibro-jets – a Sea Devils spinoff – at Troost. 

2/16, 11 PM the darkly eclectic, enigmatic Lorraine Leckie  – equally adept at Slavic and Americana noir and dark cabaret – at Sidewalk

2/16. 11:30 PM cleverly lyrical, murderously witty murder ballad/chamber pop allstars Charming Disaster at Pine Box Rock Shop

  2/17, 2 PM everybody’s welcome to join in a community spiritual singalong at St. George’s Church, on Stuyvesant Park, 7 Rutherford Place between 16th and 17th Sts, east of Third Ave.

2/17, 4 PM trumpeter Ben Holmes and  clarinetist Michael Winograd play their haunting, occasionally wild new klezmer tunes  followed at 6 by oudist Brian Prunka taking a rare turn on guitar leading a jazz trio, at 8 by art-rocker Pierre de Gaillande’s Bad Reputation playing witty chamber pop English translations of Georges Brassens classics  and then at 10 by psychedelic latin bandleader Zemog El Galle Bueno at Barbes

2/17, 7 PM zydeco road warriors the Lost Bayou Ramblers at National Sawdust, $15 adv tix rec

2/17, 7:30 PM torchy, oldschool fadista Sofia Ribiero’s trio at Club Bonafide, $20

2/17, 7:30 PM all-star septet collective ECCE play an Italian/American-themed program comprising Clara Iannotta’s Limun, Salvatore Sciarrino’s Tre Notturni Brillanti, and the New York premiere of Angelus Novus,  a new monodrama by ECCE’s John Aylward at the DiMenna Center,$20/$10 stud/srs 

2/17, 8 PM high-voltage psychedelic cumbia band MAKU Soundsystem – whose latest album takes a detour toward Caribbean and African sounds – at C’Mon Everybody, $12

2/17, 8 PM jugband music with Washboard Slim & the Blue Lights, thDirdy Birdies Jug Band, eclectic, electric C&W/blues band the Jug AddictsSwampgrass Jug Band and at midnight Fatboy Wilson & Old Viejo Bones at the Jalopy, $12

 2/17, 8:30 PM noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo leads his trio at Bar Lunatico

2/17, 9 PM the Crown Heights Saxophone Quartet play a program TBA at Spectrum, $15

 2/17, 11 PM fiery, psychedelically bluesy oldschool soul/southern rockers Lizzie & the Makers  at Sidewalk. 2/21, 7 PM they are at Arlene’s for $8

2/17 Aleppo, Syrian music master Muhammad Qadri Dala at Alwan for the Arts is sold out

 2/18, 3 PM adventurous organist Renee Anne Louprette plays works by Bach, De Grigny, Boulanger and Maurice Duruflé  from her new album at St. Ignatius Church, 980 Park Ave at 84th, $25, reception to follow

 2/18, 4 PM percussionist Ian Rosenbaum, violinist Emily Daggett Smith and cellist/composer Andrea Casarrubios play works by Osvaldo Golijov, Andy Akiho, and Casarrubios herself –  the world premiere of Liberty Rose Weeping – at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix rec

2/18, 4 PM trailblazing pipa goddess and singer Min Xiao-Fen and guitarist Rez Abbasi create a live score to the 1934 Chinese silent film The Goddess at  Roulette, $15 adv tix rec

2/18, 4 PM pianist Steven Masi plays the seventh concert in his eight-part Beethoven sonata cycle  at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.

2/18, 7 PM the New Thread Saxophone Quartet play a program TBA at Spectrum, $15

2/18, 8 PM art-song and excerpts from a new opera, a “Brechtian take on a detective story” by Changing Modes’ mastermind Wendy Griffiths plus Thomas Addison, Faye-Ellen Silverman, Carolyn Lord and David Tcimpidis at the New School’s Arnholt Hall auditorium, 1st floor, 55 W 13th St., free

2/19, 7 PM first-rate purist honkytonk crooner/bandleader Clifford Westfall at the small room at the Rockwood

2/19, 8ish edgy, improvisationally-inclined microtonal string ensemble the Sirius Quartet , the electroacoustic Cenk Ergun/Jason Treuting/Jeff Snyder trio, and So Percussion at Brooklyn Bound, 20 Grand Ave. #205 (Park/Flushing), Ft. Greene, F to Jay St and about a 15 minute walk, $10 https://www.siriusquartet.com/

2/19, 9:30 PM ex-Chicha Libre keyboard sorcerer Josh Camp’s wryly psychedelic cumbia/tropicalia/dub band Locobeach at Barbes

2/20, 7 PM Eleonore Biezunski (violin, vocals), Ilya Shneyveys (accordion) and Jake Shulman-Ment (violin) playing haunting old klezmer tunes followed at 9 by clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

2/20, 7 PM classical guitarist Dan Lippel performs works by Ingram Marshall, Fausto Romitelli, Reiko Fueting, Ursula Mamlok, Martin Bresnick, Chris Rogerson and a world premiere by Ryan Harper at the Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec, show up early for free kettle corn!

2/20, 7:30 PM fiery alto saxophonist Lucas Pino’s twin-guitar No No Nonet at Smalls

2/20-21, 8 PM Joe Diebes’ new chamber opera Oyster – inspired by Alan Lomax’s “cantometrics “system of analyzing and categorizing songs from around the world – featuring John Rose, Christina Campanella, Michael Chinworth, and Saori Tsukada at Roulette, $20 adv rix rec

2/20, 10 PM  brilliant drummer/percussionist Willie Martinez & La Familia Sextet play classic salsa grooves at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe

2/20, 11 PM pastoral gothic accordion art-rock with Sam Reider & the Human Hands at the small room at the Rockwood

 2/21 ,6 PM Middle Eastern jazz sorcery with Tom Chess on oud and percussionist Shane Shanahan at the Rubin Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

2/21, 7 PM the NY New Music Ensemble play new works by Brazilian composers  Alexandre Lunsqui, Flo Menezes, and Silvio Ferraz at the Americas Society, 680 Park Ave, free 

 2/21, 7 PM singer/percussionist Sandy Cressman with Vitor Gonçalves on piano and accordion, Flavio Lira on bass, Vanderlei Pereira on drums and trombonist daughter Natalie Cressman at Zinc Bar 

2/21, 7:30 PM Talea Ensemble play Luigi Nono’s “La Lontananza Nostalgica Utopica Futura” for violin and 8-channel electronics at the Italian Academy at Columbia, 1161 Amsterdam Ave south of 118th, free

2/21,  7:30 PM a rare bass-fronted large jazz ensemble (just like Mingus), the Ross Kratter Jazz Orchestra at Club Bonafide, $15

2/21, 8 PM gonzo postbop pianist Dred Scott leads his trio at Mezzrow, $20. They’re also here on 2/28

2/21, 9 PM Nik & the Central Plains – excellent dark Americana/Nashville gothic band in need of a strong lead singer – at LIC Bar 

2/22, 7:30 PM this era’s most interesting voice in retro Britrock and glam-inspired art-rock, Edward Rogers and his killer band and twelve-string guitar legend Marty Willson-Piper of the Church at the Cutting Room, $20

 2/22, 7:30/9:30 PM pianist Theo Walentiny leads a septet with Adam O’Farrill on trumpet at the Jazz Gallery, $1

2/22, 7:30 PM the Harlem Quartet perform Piston: Quartet No. 3; Debussy: Quartet in G minor; Guido López Gavilán: Guaguanco at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

2/22, 7:30 PM fiery, ambitious pan-slavic violinist/composer Iva Bittova at the Jewish Museum, $18 incl museum adm

2/22, 8 PM hauntingly innovative cellist Erik Friedlander solo at Russ & Daughters, Houston and Allen Sts., free

2/22, 8  PM haphazardly careening, occasionally theatrical dreampop/noiserockers Gold Dime  and artsy, edgy, catchily enigmatic 90s indie favorites Rainer Maria at Elsewhere, $21 (yup not $20)

2/22, 8 PM guitarist Raimundo Santander and drummer Rodrigo Recabarren’s Chilean jazz band Pergrinios at Barbes

2/22, 9 PM check out this awesome klezmer lineup: Frank London, Michael Winograd, Zevy Zions, Joanna Sternberg, Aaron Alexander at Funky Joe’s, 455 W.56th St, $15

2/23, 3 PM intricately orchestrated, low register-loving psycho mambo crew Gato Loco somewhere at the School of Visual Arts, 209 E 23rd St

2/23, 5:30 PM low-key, thoughtful oldtime country blues guitarist Jon LaDeau at the American Folk Art Museum

 2/23, 7:30 PM irrepressibly theatrical parlor pop pianist Greta Gertler Gold‘s Une Parisienne in New York at Dixon Place, free. 2/28 at 8 she’s at Barbes doing her poignant, occasionally quirky art-rock songs

2/23-24, 7:30/9:30 PM enigmatic parlor rock/jazz singer Becca Stevens solo and with special guests at the Jazz Galley, $25

2/23, 7:30 PM Estonian artists Sten Heinoja (piano) and Theodor Sink (cello) play works by Beethoven, Shostakovich, Piazzolla, Eller,Tüür at Christ & St. Stephen’s Church, 122 W. 69th St. free

2/23, 8 PM dark 90s psychedelic pop faves the Dandy Warhols at Highline Ballroom, $23 adv tix rec. They’re also at Warsaw on 2/25 at 9 for $5 more (in advance – tix at the Mercury)

2/23, 8 PM Resident Alien with Ali Sethi on vocals, Sunny Jain on drumset/dhol, Grey Mcmurray on guitar and keyboards, and Elenna Canlas on keyboards. play immigration-inspired grooves at the Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec

2/23, 8 PM overtone-spiced works by Tashi Wada performed by cellist Charles Curtis, bassoonist Dafne Vicente-Sandoval and keyboardist Julia Holter at the San Damiano Mission, $20

2/23, 8 PM popular purist postbop saxophonist Eric Alexander leas his quartet at Flushing Town Hall, $16/$10 stud/srs, 13-19 free w/ID

2/23, 8 PM guitarslinger Phil Gammage plays his dark Americana and blues  at Sidewalk

2/23, 8:30 PM Brooklyn surf cover crew Band of Others, the percussively self-explanatory Bongo Surf, and the majestic, cinematic TarantinosNYC  at Freddy’s 

2/23, 10 PM this era’s most chillingly cinematic, shadowy reverbtoned noir guitar instrumentalists, Big Lazy at Barbes

2/23, 10 PM creepy Laurel Canyon art-rock/psych-folk/dark Americana band Quicksilver Daydream  at Pine Box Rock Shop

2/23, 10 PM drummer Dan Pugach leads his nonet with the explosive Nicole Zuraitis on the mic at 55 Bar

2/23-24, 10:30 PM up-and-coming postbop tenor saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins leads his quintet at Smalls

2/23, 11 PM inscrutable avant jazz singer Renata Ziegeur plays the album release show for her new one at Union Pool, $12

 2/24, 3 PM pianist Sarah Sherman, violinist Anne Marie Bermont and cellist Luke Krafka play Bach Inventions and the Rachmaninoff Cello Concerto at Scholes St; Studios, $15

2/24, 7 PM Patti Smith lead guitarist Lenny Kaye and hilariously acerbic, perennially relevant purist Americana songwriter Amy Rigby playing the album release show for her new one at El Cortez, $tba

2/24, 7 PM Unheard-of Ensemble play works by Meg Schedel, Erin Rogers, Reiko Fueting, Nickitas Demos, and Michael Lanci among others  at Spectrum $15

2/24. 7:30 PM rising star cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan plays works by Schumann, Brahms, Albeniz Tsinadze and Massenet at Irving HS Auditorium, 17th/Irving Place, $14

 2/24, 8 PM NY Polyphony sing Tallis’ Lamentations at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, $30 seats avail 

2/24, 10 PM wild, noisy, genuinely Hendrixian virtuoso lead guitarist Viva DeConcini and her band at the Way Station.

 2/24-25, 10 PM one of NYC’s original urban country dudes, Alex Battles plays his annual Johnny Cash bday tribute at Littlefield, $10

2/25, 3 PM the North/South Chamber Orchestra performs new works by Josh Henderson and Ching-chu Hu. Soprano Elizabeth Farnum joins the ensemble for a repeat performance of David Maves’ setting of John Donne’s The Captive at Christ & St. Stephen’s Church, 122 W. 69th St. free

2/25,  7 PM smart purist oldtime blues/Americana resonator guitarist Zeke Healy & intense, eclectic violist Karen Waltuch make wild psychedelia out of classic Americana folk themes followed at 9:30  by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

2/25, 7 PM velvety noir jazz singer (and Tickled Pinks member) Stephanie Layton’s impressively eclectic torch/swing jazz band Eden Lane at Caffe Vivaldi

2/25, 10:30 PM noir-inspired alto saxophonist/composer Nick Hempton leads leads a quartet at Smalls 

2/26, 9:30 PM singer Carolina Oliveros’ mighty 13-piece Afro-Colombian  trance/dance choir Bulla en el Barrio at Barbes

 2/26, 11 PM the diversely rippling NY Electric Piano at the small room at the Rockwood 

 2/27. 7:30/9;30 PM drummer Adam Nussbaum’s Leadbelly Project – reinvented jazz versions of oldtime blues classics – at the Jazz Standard, $25

2/27, 8 PM singer “Amirtha Kidambi‘s Yajna, a solo vocal ritual, a sacrifice to the metaphoric sacred fire to purge the dark energies of this era” at Roulette, $15 adv tix rec.

2/27, 8 PM fearlessly haunting, dynamic, charismatic Romany/Balkan chanteuse Eva Salina with pyrotechnic accordionist Peter Stan at Union Pool, $13

2/27-3/3 8:30 PM ambitious, lustrous trumpeter/composer Jonathan Finlayson leads a series of ensembles at the Stone, $20. Choice pick: opening night with his sextet

2/27, 9 PM blues guitarist Will Scott – who can play just about any style from all over the country  at Sunny’s

2/27, 9 PM dancehall pioneer Big Youth – Jamaica’s bestselling reggae artist of the 70s – at B.B. King’s

2/27, 9 PM cinematic Quincy Jones-style B3 gutbucket organ jazz with Underground System’s Colin Brown and his band at Freddy’s

2/27, 9PM edgy lefty guitarist Damian Quinones and his psychedelic latin soul band at Bar Chord

2/28, 6 PM psychedelically machinegunning hammered dulcimer virtuoso Max ZT solo at the Rubin Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

2/28, 7 PM Blagomira Lipari, violin; Katinka Kleijn, cello and Ani Gogova, piano play works by Piazzolla, Shostakovich, Vladigerov and others at the Bulgarian Consulate, 121 E 62nd St, free, res req 

 2/28-3/1, 7:30/9:30 PM cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum leads a wild string band: Tomeka Reid – cello; Stomu Takeishi – electric bass ; Ken Filiano – acoustic bass; Tomas Fujiwara – drums at the Jazz Gallery, $20

2/28, 7:30 PM  bassist Xavier Foley plays works by Bach, Sperger, Franck and his own compositions at Merkin Concert Hall, $10 seats avail

2/28, 7:30 PM the NY Philharmonic with Jaap van Zweden on the podium plays Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1 with Yuja Wang as soloist and Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5 at Avery Fisher Hall, the show repeats on 3/1 at 7:30 and 3/2-3 at 8.

2/28, 8 PM the Trump Beatles – who do hilarious political satire set to classic Fab Four tunes – at Drom, $10 adv tix rec

2/28, 8 PM “indie classical piano/percussion ensemble Bearthoven teams up with Shelley Washington, Kristina Wolfe, Adam Roberts, Scott Wollschleger to perform new works for modern anxieties” at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec.

2/28, 8:30 PM alt-country pioneer and brilliant guitarist Robbie Fulks at City Vineyard, $15

2/28, 8 PM slinky psychedelic Americana rockers American String Conspiracy  at Silvana

 2/28 10:30 PM adventurous, individualistic postbop jazz organist Jared Gold leads his trio at Smalls

3/1, 7:30 PM the Ladies Day Jazz Quartet – MJ Territo – vocals; Linda Presgrave – piano; Iris Ornig – bass; and Barbara Merjan – drums – play material by women jazz composers including Mary Lou Williams, Marian McPartland, Peggy Lee, Abbey Lincoln, Patricia Barber,  at Club Bonafide,$tba. That’s a hell of a rhythm section.  

3/2, 5:30 PM irrepressible multi-instrumentalist Joanna Sternberg does her charming, oldschool Americana songwriter thing at the American Folk Art Museum

3/2, 7 PM violist Aundrey Mitchell & pianist Tim McCullough trace the development of viola music from the classical era to the mid 20th century with a program tba at Bloomingdale School of Music, 323 W 108th St (off of Broadway), free

3/2, 9:30 PM intricately orchestrated, low register-loving psycho mambo crew Gato Loco and searing, theatrical Romany/Balkan punk rockers Bad Buka at Brooklyn Bazaar, $10

3/3,  2 PM artist Julie Klear leads a “protest animal” workshop for children: “kids are invited to create their own animal and choose an emotion, a protest, and to voice an opinion,” at FIAF Tinker Auditorium, 55 E 59th Street (between Park and Madison Avenue), free w/rsvp  

3/3, 7 PM jazz sax icon Miguel Zenón, with Bang on a Can clarinetist Evan Ziporyn lead an ensemble playing a benefit for Puerto Rico at Silberman School of Social Work Auditorium, 2180 Third Ave, $20

3/3, 8 PM bassist Mark Wade leads his lyrical piano trio at Club Bonafide, $15

3/4, 2:30 PM the Apple Hill String Quartet play a program TBA at St. Bartholomew’s Church, 325 Park Ave at 51st, $25/$15 stud/srs

3/5, 7:30 PM the Manhattan Chamber Players with guest cellist Marcy Rosen perform Schubert’s Quartettsatz plus string quartets by Mozart and Brahms at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 3 W. 65th St., $20, students/kids free

3/8, 7:30 PM genre-smashing avant-jazz saxophonist/singer Stephanie Chou with Andy Li on erhu and viola and Kenny Wollesen on drums at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

3/9, 10 PM duskily  Leonard Cohen-influenced janglers the Low Anthem at Bowery Ballroom, $20 adv tix rec

3/12-14, 8/10 PM  ageless, perennially hard-hitting jazz piano sage and ex-Coltrane bandmate McCoy Tyner at the Blue Note, $30 standing room avail.

3/13, 8 PM the North/South Chamber Orchestra play Robert Martin’s Wind Quintets at Christ & St. Stephen’s Church, 122 W. 69th St. free

3/14, 7 PM Colin Stokes, cello and Sophie Zhang, piano play works by Goleminov, Stravinsky, Poulenc and Bridge at the Bulgarian Consulate, 121 E 62nd St, free, res req 

3/14, 8 PM the darkly eclectic, enigmatic Lorraine Leckie  – equally adept at Slavic and Americana noir and dark cabaret – plays the album release show for her wildly psychedelic new album Live at Mercury Lounge at…the Mercury, where else, $tba

3/15-18, 8/10 PM ageless jazz drum legend Roy Haynes celebrate his 93rd bday at the Blue Note, $30 standing room avail

3/16, 5:30 PM multi-instrumentalist Bassam Saba & guests from the NY Arabic Orchestra play a kid-friendly introduction to the magical microtone of the Middle East for zgess 4-up at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, 972 Fifth Avenue (at 79th Street), free

3/16, 7:30 PM perennially vital latin jazz piano sage Eddie Palmieri at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

3/17, 1 PM a “Poetry as Protest” workshop for kids with Amélie Gaulier: “kids are encouraged to create their own slogan, protest poster, catchphrase, or mantra,” at FIAF Tinker Auditorium, 55 E 59th St

3/17, 8 PM haunting, dynamic oudist Simon Shaheen’s Qantara with special guest group the Qantara Berklee Ensemble play iconic themes from Arabic cinema across the decades at Roulette, $30

3/22, 7 PM a sax summit: the PRISM Quartet, Dave Liebman, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Tim Ries, and Miguel Zenón, wow, at Symphony Space, $23/$15 srs/$8 stud

3/22, 7:30 PM the Heath Quartet play Haydn: Quartet in C major, Op. 74, No. 1; Tchaikovsky: Quartet No. 1 at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

3/22, 9 PM noisy, shambling 90s Britrock nostalgia: the Wedding Present at the Bell House, $20 adv tix rec

3/23, 7:30 PM haunting, edgy Middle Eastern jazz pianist Tarek Yamani at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

3/26, 7:30 PM the Brentano Quartet play works by Haydn, Brahms and Steven Hartke at Music Mondays, Advent Church, northwest corner of 93rd and Broadway, free

3/27, 8 PM Courtney Marie Andrews – who’s gone in a refreshingly purist Melba Montgomery-ish 70s C&W/soul direction – at the Mercury, $12

3/28, 7:30 PM Elissa Cassini, violin + Roy Amotz, flute play Gervasoni reinventions of Bach at the Italian Academy at Columbia, 1161 Amsterdam Ave south of 118th, free

3/29, 7:30 PM Portuguese fado-jazz crooner/guitarist António Zambujo at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Black Lillies Bring Their Fiery, Eclectic Americana to the West Side This Weekend

The Black Lillies are one of the most esteemed, eclectic and hardest-working bands out on the Americana highway. But they transcend that label, blending Nashville gothic, psychedelic rock and oldschool soul into their hard-hitting mix. Their latest album Hard to Please is streaming at Bandcamp. They’re playing a relatively rare, intimate gig this Jan 28 at 8 PM at City Winery;  general admission is $15.

Bandleader Cruz Contreras – who plays several keyboards and guitars here – gets a lot of production work, so he draws on an extensive talent base. The core of the band on this album includes singer Trisha Gene Brady, pedal steel player Matt Smith, guitarist Daniel Donato, bassist Bill Reynolds and drummer Bowman Townsend.

The album opens with the title cut, guests Jamel Mitchell’s baritone sax and Kris Donegan’s baritone guitar growling on the low end, building a vintage 60s R&B sway in the same vein as the Pretty Things or early Kinks. That’s the Way It Goes Down follows a familiar Americana rock pattern: catchy, jangly verse, explosive chorus as the BoDeans would have done it in their heyday twenty years ago. Donato’s savage lead blasts through into the third chorus and just doesn’t stop: it’s the album’s high point.

Contreras’ echoey Wurlitzer and Ed Roth’s Hammond organ infuse Mercy with a Memphis soul-gospel simmer, Mitchell leading a similarly summery horn section. Brady’s passionate vocals rise over the horns’ steady late 60s soul pulse in The First Time, with a neat exchange of solos, Donegan’s guitar and Smith’s steel over Contreras’ bubbly electric piano.

Matt Menfee’s banjo echoes mournfully in the grim duet Bound to Roam, an update on the folk classic Wayfaring Stranger. Then the band picks up the pace with Dancin’, Contreras’ bluegrass guitar contrasting with Smith’s honkytonk steel and Donegan’s southern-fried riffage; Menefee’s banjo is the icing on the cake.

Backlit by steel and easygoing acoustic picking, Desire sounds like a more down-to-earth Deer Tick. Contreras’ jaunty barrelhouse piano fuels the raucously Chuck Berry-ish band-on-the-road narrative 40 Days. He switches to mandolin for the album’s most relevant number, the broodingly allusive World War II Pacific theatre ballad Broken Shore. The album closes with a surreal mashup of mid-80s Cure pop and 70s dadrock. The band have a new one in the works; the show this weekend may be a good chance to get a taste of what they have in store.

Powerful Singer Nicole Zuraitis’ New Album Explores the Dark Side of the Psyche

Nicole Zuraitis is one of the most powerfully eclectic singers in New York. She can literally sing anything: jazz, Americana, rock, you name it. Maybe because of that, her songwriting isn’t easily categorized. A similarly diverse pianist, she’s had a monthly 55 Bar residency since what seems forever. She’s playing there tomorrow night, Jan 12 at 10 PM with her husband, drummer Dan Pugach’s mighty nonet.

Zuraitis’ 2013 debut album Pariah Anthem was ambitious but not particularly translucent. Her new one, Hive Mind – streaming at Spotify – goes completely in the opposite direction. Yet while the music is often brightly attractive, Zuraitis’ subject matter drifts toward the dark side. The album’s title  is a reflection on madness, a theme that recurs occasionally in the ten tracks here. Carmen Staaf’s tersely echoey Wurlitzer adds subtle hints of reggae in the opening number, Move On, a hypnotic late 80s Sade-style jazz-pop ballad. Guitarist Idan Morim winds it up with a gritty, jagged solo, flying out of a big Zuraitis vocal crescendo.

Pugach’s jaunty shuffle and bassist Alex Busby Smith’s staccato pulse propel The Inscription: imagine peak-era Earth Wind & Fire stripped to the guitar and rhythm section, with a woman out front playing bubbly Rhodes lines. Guest singer Nandini Srika opens Idle, an angst-ridden Indian-influenced art-rock tone poem of sorts with rapturously enigmatic vocalese, in contrast to Zuraitis’ plaintive intensity over Morim’s David Gilmour-esque slide guitar. It packs a wallop, and it’s the album’s strongest cut.

Covering a song as iconic as Jolene is a disaster waiting to happen, but Zuraitis pulls it off, reinventing it as brooding, dymamically shifting, gospel-infused soul: Roberta Flack might have done it this way. Then the band pick up the energy with the slinky, catchy, crescendoing Sunny Side: this time it’s Morim who’s adding the neat little reggae touches.

Episodes, a twinkling, sweeping Hollywood Hills boudoir soul instrumental, seems serene enough on the surface. but the disembodied voices in the background hint at something more sinister. Zuraitis’ reinvention of a tune from the Willy Wonka movie keeps the Rhodes lullaby ambience going. The album closes with Shirley’s Waltz, a tribute to Zuraitis’ late grandmother: you could call it Lynchian ragtime. While the album is obviously meant as a showcase for the many subtleties in Zuraitis’ voice, what she doesn’t do too often here is really cut loose with that fearsome wail of hers. Then again, you can always see her do that live.

Live Music Calendar for New York City and Brooklyn for January and February 2018

Free and cheap concerts in just about every neighborhood. If you’re leaving your hood, make sure you check http://www.mta.info 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. A new project, deep listening workshops in the works, delicious gluten-free refreshments, beverages and lively conversation included! email for info/location.

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 7 PM, Analog Experimental – guitarist Damian Quinones and bassist Greg Richardson’s electroacoustic duo – play “experimental Pan-Latin dance music” with Afro Caribbean rhythms at Bar Tabac in Cobble Hill, free

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

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

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

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

Also Mondays in January (except for New Year’s Day), 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. In addition, three Fridays in December: 12/1, 5 and 29, 7ish he’s at Troost

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

Wednesdays at 6 PM, irrepressible pianist/singer Champian Fulton – as entertaining a postbop improviser as torch singer – plays at Talde, 8 Erie St. (Bay/1st) in Jersey City, a block and a half from the Grove St. Path station

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

Wednesdays in January, 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

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

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

Free classical concerts return on Saturdays at 4 PM in March 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 February, 6 PM one of New York’s most eclectic, interesting oudists, Brian Prunka at Barbes. 2/3 and 2/10 with his group Nashaz playing originals; 2/10 in a guitar trio with Ben Gallina and Joe Nero and 2/24 with Sharq Attack, who play haunting Egyptian classics

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 January, 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.

1/1, 8 PM lead guitarist to the stars of the NY underworld – and a tuneful powerpop songwriter in his own right – Homeboy Steve Antonakos at Bowery Electric, free

1/1, 9 PM quirky, fun swing-infused songwriter Orly Bendavid & the Mona Dahls at Pete’s 

1/1, 9 PM catchy horn-and-vibraphone-driven Ethio-jazz and othe Afrian sounds from Molly Tigre at Bar Chord 

1/1, 9:30ish Dilemastronauta Y Los Sabrosos Cosmicos play their cumbia-inspired stoner dub jams  They’re also here on 1/8.

1/2, 7 PM the New Year’s Hank-O-Rama – the Hank Williams cover show that the old Rodeo Bar used to host – with the Lonesome Prairie Dogs, Tammy Faye Starlite, Lenny Kaye, and special guests at Joe’s Pub, $15

1/2, 6 PM pianist Arcoiris Sandoval’s Sonic Asylum Trio with Marty Kenney, bass;  Allan Mednard, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min. She’s one of the most incisive, darkly purposeful pianists around: to put her in the same league with Kris Davis wouldn’t be overhype.

1/2, 7 PM bassist Jim Whitney’s sardonic quartet with guitar, flute and drums followed at 9ish by clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

1/2-7, 7:30/9:30 PM erudite, reliably tuneful postbop pianist Orrin Evans opens the year with a week at the Jazz Standard, $30: 1/2-3 leading the Captain Black Big Band, the rest of the stand with his sextet including JD Allen and Ingrid Jensen, holy smokes

1/2-7, 8 PM Chicago improvisational sax icon Ken Vandermark plays a weeklong stand at the Stone with a variety of players, $20. Choice pick: 1/5 wih a quartet including Sylvie Courvoisier (piano) Tom Rainey (drums) Nate Wooley (trumpet)

1/2-7, 8:30/10 PM perennially popular lyrical jazz pianist Brad Mehldau with his trio at the Vanguard, $30

1/2. 10 PM acerbic alto saxophonist David Binney leads his quartet at at 55 Bar. 

1/3, 7  PM powerhouse B3 organist Pat Bianchi leads his trio at Smalls

1/3, 8 PM psychedelic klezmer/bluegrass mandolin and clarinet legend Andy Statman at Barbes, $10. He’s also at the Old Stone House in  Park Slope on 1/7 at 4 for the same price

1/3. 8 PM wryly psychedelic cumbia/tropicalia/dub band Locobeach at SOB’s, $10. They’re also at Barbes on 1/15 at 10.

1/3. 8 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” at Troost

1/3, 8:30 PM pantheonic, eclectic guitar hero Nels Cline leads a trio at Bar  Lunatico

1/3. 10 PM Mimi Oz – a real kitchen-sink songwriter with soul and rock and darker sounds, and an omnipresent sense of humor – at  the Way Station

1/4, 7 PM hauntingly atmospheric pan-Asian chanteuse/composer Jen Shyu plays her new solo suite Nine Doors — a “ritual music drama” -at the Owl

1/4, 7 PM haunting, kinetic, paradigm-shifting Middle Eastern jazz with Ensemble Fanaa followed by drummer Whit Dickey and intense violist Mat Maneri at the Cemente Soto Velez Center, $20

1/4, 7:30 PM funk behemoth Burnt Sugar Arkestra ‘“freak Dayton Ohio’s Sweet Sticky Thangbook, caramelizing music by the Ohio Players, Zapp, Lakeside, Junie Morrison, Heatwave, Slave, Aurra, and Steve Arrington” at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

1/4, 7:30 PM Ensemble Connect play works by Ligeti, Beethoven and Richard Strauss’ Metamorphosen at Paul Hall at Juilliard, free

1/4, 8 PM explosive, creepy, colorful psychedelic rembetiko metal band Greek Judas  at Barbes

1/4, 8 PM the Emerald Trio play new works by New York composers Davide Zannoni – Dan Cooper – Carolyn Steinberg – Milica Paranosic – Joseph Pehrson – Matt Castle at the DiMenna Center, $15/$10 stud/srs

1/4, 8:30  PM klezmer Anschluss! with an allstar cast: Ilya Shneyveys, bassist Jordan Morton, clarinet maven Michael Winograd, Craig Judelman, Sah-Schah Lou Ree, Hankus Melone at the Jalopy, $15

1/4, 10 PM noisy, hazily jangly, psychedelic slowcore/free jazz/avant instrumentalists Sunwatchers atat Union Pool, $10

1/4, 10 PM ferociously dynamic, tuneful, female-fronted power trio Castle Black at the Well

1/4, 10 PM the great unsung hero of darkly purposeful, noir-tinged jazz guitar, Saul Rubin leads his Zebtet at the Fat Cat. They’re also here on 1/9 at 7.

1/5, 7 PM pianist Judith Berkson and Gutbucket guitarist Ty Citerman premiere cutting-edge, contemporary music for voices, keyboards, guitars and electronics at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, free

1/5, 8 PM eclectic, harmony-driven newgrass band the Lobbyists at the big room at the Rockwood, $10 

1/5, 8 PM the hauntingly kinetic, cinematic Ghost Funk Orchestra at Baby’s All Right, free

1/5, 8 PM singer/guitarist Anna R0berts-Gevalt of Anna & Elizabeth and fiddler Cleek Shrey play rare Virginia and Appalachian tunes at the Jalopy

 1/5, 8 PM the Neave Piano Trio play music of Leonard Bernstein, Robert Paterson, and Russell Steinberg. $20, complimentary glass of wine with each ticket

1/5-6 at 8, Akemi Naito’s monodrama Emily Brontë – Through Life and Death, A Chainless Soul, with mezzo-soprano Jessica Bowers, pianist Marilyn Nonken, visual artist Toshihiro Sakuma and narration by Robert Ian Mackenzie at the Tenri Cultural Institute, 43A W 13th St., $20

1/5, 8:30 PM perennially tuneful tenor saxophonist John Ellis & Double Wide at Bar  Lunatico

1/5, 11 PM Don’t Upset the Bear, who play Pretty Things-style oldschool punk/R&B at Maxwelll’s, $10

1/5, 10 PM velvety noir jazz singer (and Tickled Pinks member) Stephanie Layton’s impressively eclectic torch/swing jazz band Eden Lane followed at 11 by ethereal folk noir songstress Belle-Skinner – who wrote the chilling ballad John Wayne Gacy Jr. – at Pete’s 

1/5, 10 PM wickedly catchy Americana/paisley underground rockers Girls on Grass  at the Parkside

 1/5, 10 PM eclectic, guitarishly fierce electric C&W/blues band the Jug Addicts at Barbes

1/5, 10:30 PM catchy Booker T-esque soul jazz with the David Gibson/Jared Gold, Hammond B3 organ band at the Fat Cat

1/5, midnight lyrical tenor saxophonist John Farnsworth leads his quartet at Smoke, no cover

1/6, 3 (three) PM enigmatic art-rock/chamber jazz singer Nerissa Campbell’s new project the Breakout Lights at the small room at the Rockwood 

1/6, 7 PM oldschool bluegrass player Dan Whitener, clever, playful swing/oldtimey accordionist-singer Erica Mancini, fiddler Max Smith and intense, brilliantly lyrical, fearlessly political 1950s style original folk/blues singer Joshua Garcia at Caffe Vivaldi

1/6, 7 PM charismatic, tuneful bassist Mimi Jones’ Group at the Fat Cat

1/6, 7 PM Ghost Ensemble with David Rothenberg, clarinet; Ben Richter, accordion; Lucie Stavros, harp and James Ilgenfritz, bass play works by Pauline Oliveros and others at Spectrum

1/6, 7 PM Organ Monk organist Greg Lewis duels with drummer Ronnie Burrage; low-register reedman JD Parran leads his Deep Ecology Trio; combustible drummer Weasel Walter leads his quintet at the Clemente Soto Velez Center, $20 for 1 or 2 sets, more for all 3

1/6, 7 PM brilliant pianist Liza Stepanova plays works from Bach to Ligeti from her insightful, wildly eclectic new album at National Sawdust, $25 adv tix rec

1/6, 8 PM epic, original, intense original Balkan monsters Raya Brass Band  followed at 10 by epic ranchera/bolero brass crew Banda de los Muertos at Barbes

1/6, 8 PM ecently revitalized, careening ten-piece Balkan brass crew Veveritse at Silvana

 1/6, 8 PM lo-fi stoner Americana band Lord Youth followed by cleverly lyrical, murderously witty murder ballad/chamber pop allstars Charming Disaster at the Owl 

1/6, 8 PM the Ureuk Symphony play Tschaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 and Rococo Variations plus works by Woo and Kang at Merkin Concert Hall, $25 tix avail

1/6, 8:30 PM Mary Lorson – whose eclectic catalog comprises everything from uneasy parlor pop to trip-hop to swing – at the third stage at the Rockwood, $12

1/6, 9 PM catchy janglerockers Nixon Mask – who blend the Jesus & Mary Chain, Americana and pastoral Pink Floyd – at Union Pool, $10 

1/6, 9 PM fiery, guitar-fueled female-fronted Americana punks Spanking Charlene at Sidewalk. 1/19 at 9 they’re at Hill Country followed by twangrock supergroup Los Dudes

 1/6 Unsteady Freddie‘s monthly surf rock extravaganza at Otto’s begins at 9 PM with Brooklyn cover crew Band of Others, metalish Providence band the Infra-Men at 10, the majestic, cinematic TarantinosNYC at 11 and Link Wray cover band the WrayCyclers at around midnight

1/6, 9 PM cleverly lyrical 90s Britrock-influenced stadium rock band Mustardmind at the Mercury, $10 

1/6, 10 PM catchy, fiery, female-fronted janglerockers/powerpop band Above the Moon – like a more forceful take on Versus – at Arlene’s, $10

1/6. 10 PM first-rate purist honkytonk crooner/bandleader Clifford Westfall  at Skinny Dennis

1/6, 10 PM anthemic lit-rocker Dalton Deschain  at Pine Box Rock Shop. 1/20 at 10 he and the band are at the Way Station

1/6, 11 PM oldschool psychedelic soul/groove band Empire Beats at the Way Station

1/7, 4 PM pianist Huizi Zhang and violinist Holly Nelson play works by Michael Levinas, Patrick Thompson, Gu Wei, Yifan Guo, and Fabian Beltran at National Sawdust, $20 adv tix rec

1/7, 7 PMCarol Lipnik – pretty much everybody’s choice for best singer in all of NYC –  at Pangea. She’s also here on 1/13 at 9

1/7, 8 PM a killer twinbill at the Owl: luminous, astonishingly eclectic, wickedly tuneful cello-rock badass Serena Jost and New York’s most charismatic, darkly compelling lyrical songwriter/storyteller/keyboard genius Rachelle Garniez , $10

 1/8, 5:30 PM a Juilliard chamber ensemble plays works by Dutilleux, Lasser (a setting of Debussy and Fauré songs for voice and chamber ensemble) and Dvorak at the Sharp Theatre at Juilliard, free. another concert tonight at Paul Hall at 7:30 as well

1/8, 8 PM intense Balkan chanteuse Jenny Luna‘s haunting, traditional Turkish band Dolunay at Sisters Brooklyn, 900 Fulton St., Ft. Greene, A/C to Clinton-Washington

 1/8 8/9:30  , noir-inspired bassist Michael Blanco leads his quartet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

 1/8, 8/10:30 PM ageless, perennially hard-hitting jazz piano sage and ex-Coltrane bandmate McCoy Tyner at the Blue Note, $30 standing room avail

1/8, 8 PM duels and conversation between tenor sax and drums: the George Garzone/Colin Stranahan duo at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min. Garzone is back here on 1/27 at 8:30 leading a trio with Peter Slavov, bass;  Niclas Campagno, drums

1/8, 9 PM catchy, period-perfect, glossy 80s style new wave synth band the Retroglyphs at the Mercury, $10 

1/8, 9:30 PM chanteuse Dor Sagi’s wildly eclectic, elegantly artsy band Sage – who float between enigmatic pastoral jazz-tinged themes, sleek new wave and janglerock – at Pete’s  

1/9, half past noon, Sergio Orabona plays a program TBA on the organ at Central Synagogue, 54th/Lex, free

1/9, 4/7 PM a free screening of the acclaimed Edith Piaf biopic La Vie En Rose starring Marion Cotillard at the French Institute, 55 E 59th St., reception to follow, early arrival advised

1/9, 7 PM Unspeakable Garbage – basically the world’s funniest jazz satirists, Mostly Other People Do the Killing with Nick Millevoi on guitar – at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

1/9, 7 PM eclectic, hard-hitting, lyrical composer/tenor saxophonist Stan Killian and group followed at 10 by trumpeter Alex Sipiagin leading a killer quintet at 55 Bar

1/9-13, 7:30 PM and 1/14 at 6, the premiere of Michael Gordon’s Acquanetta, inspired by 1940s horror films and performed by Bang on a Can Opera and the Choir of Trinity Wall Street at Gelsey Kirkland Arts Center, 29 Jay St., Dumbo, $30 tix avail, F to York St.

1/9-14, 8 PM edgy, tuneful klezmer-influenced Uri Gurvich plays a weeklong stand at the Stone with a variety of players, $20. Choice pick: opening night, the Gnawaism trio with Innov Gnaw’s Amino Belyamani (vocals, qraqeb) Samir Langus (vocals, sintir)

 1/9, 8 PM uneasy postpunk/new wave/dreampop band Rich Girls at the Knitting Factory, $10

1/9-14, 8:30/10 PM state-of-the-art alto postbop with the Joshua Redman Quartet at the Blue Note, $30 standing room avail

1/9, 9 PM irrepressible multi-instrumentalist Joanna Sternbergg wearing her front-porch folk guitarist hat at Sunny’s. 1/13 at 8ish  she’s playing the album release show for her new one at the Jalopy, $10

1/9, 9:30 PM oldschool Texas fingerstyle acoustic blues, Romany swing and all sorts of fiery antique styles with fantastic guitarist Noe Socha at Freddy’s

1/9, 10 PM the Royal Arctic Institute – who veer between surfy rock instrumentals and darker, quieter, more noir and jazz-tinged themes – at the third stage at the Rockwood, $10 

1/9, 11 PM stoner riff-rock power trio the Hazytones at Shrine, free. The following night, 1/10 they’re at St. Vitus an hour earlier, preceded at 9 by stoner 70s Murder City style rockers Sun Voyager for $10 

1/10, 7 PM mesmerizing microtonal saxophonist Daro Behroozi with Daniel Carter – woodwinds; Leonid Galaganov – percussion; Dan Kurfirst – percussion; ​Alexis Marcelo – piano followed at 8 by edgy violinist Sana Nagano with Peter Apfelbaum – reeds; Ken Filiano – bass; Max Jaffe – drums; ​Keisuke Matsuno – guitar at the Cemente Soto Velez Center, $20 

1/10, 6 PM pipa virtuoso Jiaju Shen with guzheng player Wei Sun at the Rubin Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

1/10, 6 PM, repeating on 1/11 at 3 fiery Chinese pipa player Yu Bin and his ensemble play their new suite Overlord, offering a new look at a legendary villain in Chinese opera history at the Asia Society, $25

1/10, 7ish state-of-the-art postbop guitarist Will Bernard and his quartet with fellow guitarist Steve Cardenas reinvent Ellington and Strayhorn with a touch of surf ! at Barbes

1/10, 7 PM darkly brilliant, psychedelic Klezmatics multi-reedman Matt Darriau’s Xalam Trio at City Vineyard. They’re also there on 1/17

1/10, 7:30 PM, repeating 1/12-13 and 1/18-20 the riveting Blythe Gaissert and downtown vocal legend John Kelly star in Mikael Karlsson’s multimedia opera The Echo Drift, about a convicted murderer looking to make a surreal jailbreak, at the Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Ave (enter on the south side of 25th St), $30

1/10, 10 PM sarcastic glam punks the Defectives at the big room at the Rockwood

1/11, 1:30 PM soprano Alicia Hall Moran sings her new ice skating-inspired avant garde work at Bryant Park. 1/12 at  2:30 PM she’s at Riverbank State Park Skating Complex (679 Riverside Drive), enter at 145th St

 1/11, 6 PM purposeful, low-key tropical jazz singer Eva Cortes plays the album release show for her new one with her sextet at Minton’s, $10

1/11, 7 PM the haunting, ancient Jewish/Middle Eastern sounds of Asefa followed by violin looper Joe Kye, then cinematic guitar mastermind Demir Demirkan at Drom, free

1/11, 7:30/9:30 PM this era’s most cutting-edge, politically relevant large jazz ensemble,Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society  at the Jazz Gallery, $25

1/11, 7:30 PM LA-based Cuban salsa-punk band  Changüí Majadero at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

1/11, 7:30 PM Music From Yellow Barn sing Bach’s Musical Offering, interspersed with the segments of Lei Liang’s Garden Eight at Symphony Space, $30/$20 under 30

1/11, 8 PM the Jimi Hendrix of the cuatro, Jorge Glem followed at 9:30 by Sam Reider & the Human Hands  playing pastoral gothic accordion art-rock and then at 11 by fiery accordion-fueled circus rock with hip-hop attitude from Jet Black Pearl at Barbes 

1/11, 9 PM 20s hot jazz revivalists Cait and the Critters at Radegast Hall. They’re also here on 1/16 at 8.

1/11-13, 9:30 PM, repeating on 1/17-20 (with an additional 4 PM show on the 20th) violinist Carla Kilhstedt’s haunting undersea art-rock odyssey Black Inscription at Here, 145 6th Ave (enter on Dominick), $30

 1/11, 10 PM fiery oldtimey 19th century style string band the Four O’Clock Flowers at Sunny’s

1/11, 10 PM explosively theatrical, phantasmagorical indie/metal trio A Deer A Horse  at St. Vitus, $10

1/12-13 it’s Golden Fest, the annual mega-celebration of Balkan and Middle Eastern sounds at Grand Prospect Hall south of Windsor Terrace, R to Prospect Ave and walk a block and a half uphill. Expensive, but arguably the best annual concert weekend in New York, year after year. Too many (80+) good bands to list, the full lineup is here

 1/12, 6:30ish trumpeter Itamar Borochov with mystical Moroccan trance-dance band Innov Gnawa at Nublu 151, $10. The following night, 1/13 at. 7:45 PM they’re at Joe’s Pub for double the money. 

1/12, 7 PM Afro-Puerto Rican Bomba collective Redobles de Cultura, the amazing genre-smashing klezmer/Pakistani ensemble Sandaraa with vocalist Zeb Bangash and composer/clarinetist Michael Winograd and Mexican punk-folk-dance crew Grupo Rebol at City Lore Gallery, 59 E 1st St., $10

1/12, 7 PM violist Nadia Sirota and bass viol player Liam Byrne play a Donnacha Dennechy live score to accompany video animation at National Sawdust, $25 adv tix rec

1/12, 7 PM in reverse order: thoughtful newgrass band Phoebe Hunt & the Gatherers, popular, pensive retro C&W/bluegrass/soul singer Dori Freeman & the  Carolina Chocolate Drops’ Dom Flemons at City Winery, $15 standing room avail 

1/12, 7 PM the Chartreuse string trio, featuring  violinist/violist Carrie Frey, play a water-themed program of music by women composers including Kaija Saariaho and Pauline Oliveros at Bloomingdale School of Music, 323 W 108th St (off of Broadway), free

1/12, 7 PM crystalline-voiced, noir-tinged third-stream jazz chanteuse Tessa Souter and her band at 55 Bar

1/12, 8 PM energetic acoustic Veracruz-style folk-punk band Radio Jarocho at Guadalupe Inn

1/12, 8 PM day one of this year’s UK Commotion festival with Lost Dog New Music Ensemble playing new music by UK composers Mark Bowden, Philip Cashian, Tom Coult, Deirdre Gribbin, Ken Hesketh, Anna Meredith and Mark Simpson at the Tenri Cultural Institute, 43A W 13th St., $20 

1/12-13, 8:30 PM cellist Okkyung Lee leads an intriguing chamber jazz quartet with Maeve Gilchrist (harp) Eivind Opsvik (bass) Jacob Sacks (piano)  at the New School’s Glass Box Performance Space, 55 W 13th St, $20

1/12. 8:30 PM lush, dynamically eclectic Korean folk/art-rock band Coreyah mash up lustrous, often plaintive themes with hard-charging hip-hop and dance tunes  followed eventually at 10 by Eljuri playing their ferocious, brilliantly guitar-driven, fearlessly populist rock en Espanol  and finally at half past midnight brooding, fearlessly political Egyptian crooner Ramy Essan at Drom, free

1/12, 9 PM creepy circus rock band Sarah & the Safe Word – like a female-fronted World Inferno – at Silvana 

1/12, 9 PM jangly, spiky, guitarishly brilliant Afrobeat band Timbila followed by Rosa Tatuata playing kinetic, edgy oldtime Sicilian folk at the Parkside

1/12, 9 PM the edgy, improvisational Rhythm Method String Quartet at the Owl

1/12, 10 PM fiery female-fronted powerpop band the Shondes at the Silent Barn, $8

1/12, 10 PM CC Roots – oldschool reggae jamband with a blues harp – at Maxwell’s, free 

1/12, 10:30 PM excellent accordion-fueled, female-fronted noir Americana band Crooked Horse at Pine Box Rock Shop 

 1/12, 9:30 PM wryly funny, psychedelic covers of 60s Russian pop with theEastern Blokhedz – who specialize in the catalog of legendary Polish singer Edita Piaha – followed at 11 byLos Cumpleanos playing psychedelic cumbias with new wave synths & retro organ, effect-laden trombone and trumpet as well as a three piece percussion section at Barbes

1/12, 10 PM drummer Dan Pugach leads his nonet with Nicole Zuraitis on the mic  at 55 Bar

1/13, 3 PM cinematic, psychedelic quirk-pop keyboardist Michael Hearst presents “Curious, Unusual and Extraordinary” songs from his many bands followed at 4 by the Erik Satie Quartet, a stately wind ensemble who reinvent Satie material as well as obscurities by his contemporaries, and then, eventually at 9:30 by this era’s most chillingly cinematic, shadowy reverbtoned noir guitar instrumentalists, Big Lazy  and at 11 by accordionist/sitarist Kamala Sankaram’s hot surfy Bollywood/cumbia/psychedelic rock project Bombay Rickey at Barbes

1/13, daytime showtime tba, hilarious, smartly political faux-French retro 60s psych-pop band les Sans Culottes at Hank’s

1/13, 4 PM day two of this year’s UK Commotion festival with Lost Dog New Music Ensemble and pianist Jacob Rhodebeck playing works by Britten, Birtwistle and a very rare performance of Peter Maxwell Davies’ brutally challenging Sonata at the Tenri Cultural Institute, $20; the festival concludes at 8 PM ($20 separate admin) with soprano Srah Moye performing works by Julian Anderson,Richard Barrett, Anna Clyne,Tansy Davies,James Dillon,Helen Grime, Colin Matthews,Thea Musgrave and Martin Suckling at the Tenri Cultural Institute, 43A W 13th St., $20

1/13, 5 PM guitarist Gabriel Morton plays a set, plus reclaimed wood specialists from Sawkill Lumber and guitar maker Matt Rubendall discuss the use of tonewoods in instrument building. at Sawkill Lumber Passive House, 158 Clifton Place (Franklin/Classon), Bed-Stuy, G to Classon Ave., free. Crack for fans of wood physics and acoustic science!

 1/13. 6:30 PM Berlin jazz singer Lucia Cadotsch’s Speak Low trio with tenor saxophonist Otis Sandsjö and double-bassist Peter Eldh, who contrast low-key, purist vocals and rough-edged improvisation in new interpretations of standards at Greenwich House Music School, $20

1/13, 7 PM an eclectic triplebill of often magical Korean sounds; lush, dynamically eclectic Korean folk/art-rock band Coreyah, who mash up lustrous, often plaintive themes with hard-charging hip-hop and dance tunes ,violin looper Joe Kye,  and paradigm-shifting gayageum zither player Park Kyungso with drummer Kim Chaek at the big room at the Rockwood, $20

1/13, 7/10 PM, repeating on 1/14 at noon/5 PM Claron McFadden’s sardonically crowdsourced, Balkan-tinged chamber opera Secrets – like a game of telephone run amok – at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix rec

 1/13, 7:15 PM dark psychedelic acoustic blues/klezmer/reggae/soca jamband Hazmat Modine at Terra Blues. They’re also here on 1/27

1/13, 7:30 PM best lineup of the year: Christylez Bacon & Nistha Raj’s Indian hip-hop Bhairavi Beatbox, at 8:15 Super Yamba playing their psychedelic Afrobeat jams, at 9 singer Carolina Oliveros’ mighty 13-piece Afro-Colombian  trance/dance choir Bulla en el Barrio, at 10 the amazing Thai psychedelic jamband Drunken Foreigner Band, at 11:15 the similarly trippy, more eclectic Combo Chimbita, at midnight awesomely slinky, psychedelic Israeli Ethiopiques groove instrumentalists Anbessa Orchestra and at around 1 Brooklyn’s funnest band, psychedelic organ-driven Middle Eastern-tinged surf rock trio Hearing Things at Drom, $10 

1/13, 8 PM playfully psychedelic, tropically-infused instrumentals influenced by 1960 Italian film music from Tredici Bacci at Elsewhere, $12

1/13, 8 PM the Vigil Antics – who blend ornate NWOBHM metal with uneasy postrock and dreampop – at Gussy’s Bar in Queens. Very original and tuneful. 

 1/13, 8 PM a solo set by haunting jazz pedal steel virtuoso Susan Alcorn followed by guitarist Alan Licht’s live score to Aki Onda’s new experimental film at Issue Project Room, $15/$12 stud/srs

1/13, 8 PM hard-hitting trumpeter Rachel Therrien and her quintet at the Cell Theatre, $15/$10 stud/srs

1/13, 8:30 PM low-register reed connoisseur Josh Sinton leads a super cool, subtle trio with Todd Neufeld on guitar and Giacomo Merega on bass followed by violinist Jason Kao Hwang leading a quintet featuring Steve Swell on trombone at Scholes St. Studios, $20/$15 stud/srs

1/13, 10:30 PM fiery garage/powerpop band the Lord Calverts at Otto’s

1/14, 11 AM kinetic klezmer/cumbia/cinematic jambands Metropolitan Klezmer and Isle of Klezbos  seen for the first time in the same room together! Proof that they are not the same band! at City Winery, $10, no min, kids 10 and under free!

1/14, 4 PM up-and-coming early music ensemble Juilliard415 and charismatic harpsichordist Jonathan Cohen play works by Boccherini, Telemann, Purcell, Corelli and Durante  at Corpus Christi Church, 529 W 121st St, $10 tix avail

1/14, 4 PM Tetsuro Hoshii plays piano improvisations inspired by folk, jazz and American composers at Scholes St. Studios, $10

1/14, 6 PM a pretty intense post Golden Fest show with up-an-coming Balkan brass band Čoček Nation, wild Macedonian string band Zabava, the similarly feral, brass-fueled Novi Hitovi and Slavic Soul Party spinoff the Mountain Lions, who play hypnotic Turkish zurla music on saxes and drums at the Jalopy, sug don

1/14, 6 PM noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo at 55 Bar

1/14, 7 PM brooding, dynamic Turkish band Yeni Nostalji followed at 9:30ish by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

1/14, 7 PM charming front-porch folk duo Anna & Elizabeth, Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons playing robust oldtimey fiddle and banjo tunes,pensive songwriter  Kristin Andreassen at 8:30 and kinetic, fearlessly populist oldtime Americana songwriter/banjoist Kaia Kater  at 9:15 )at the small room at the Rockwood 

1/14, 6 PM the Desdemona String Trio – Adrianne Munden-Dixon, violin;  Carrie Frey, viola;  Julia Henderson, cello – parse “the dulcet polyphony of Henry Purcell, Sofia Gubaidulina’s mystical characters, and a frolic through Luciano Berio’s youthful Divertimento” at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

1/14, 7:30/9:30 PM intense pianist Gerald Clayton  solo at the Jazz Gallery, $25 ‘

1/14, 1 AM (actually wee hours of 1/15) York Factory Complaint launch into their drony assault at Brooklyn Bazaar, $10, after a bunch of similarly noisy, less interesting bands 

1/15, 2 PM the new theatrical concert Soul to Soul celebrates the civil rights era collaborations between African-American and Jewish freedom fighters, with gospel and Yiddish tunes and a killer ensemble including Dmitri Zisl Slepovitch, Taylor Bergren-Chrisman, and Matt Temkin and singers Lisa and Magda Fishman, Tony Perry and Elmore James (the actor not the late legendary blues guitarist) at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Place north of Battery Park, $25  

1/15, 7 PM carnivalesque loopmusic maven Sxip Shirey  – a one-man New Orleans funeral parade – leads a 40-person choir performing requiems for David Bowie and Amelia Earhart at National Sawdust, $25 adv tix rec

1/15, 8/9:30 PM haunting, slinky Turkish band Seyvah with Jenny Luna, voice; Kane Mathis, oud; Marandi Hostetter, violin; Greg Squared, clarinet; Shane Shanahan and Philip Mayer, percussion at Cornelia St. Cafe for $10 + $10 min

1/15, 8 PM the haunting, eclectic, harmonically rich all-female Mariachi Flor de Toloache, cumbia jazz accordionist/crooner Gregorio Uribe and band,oldschool Cuban hill-country folk band Los Hacheros  and the Jimi Hendrix of the cuatro, Jorge Glem at Drom, $15 adv tix rec

1/15-16 and 1/18-20, 8 PM the world premiere of Ukrainian composer Roman Grygoriv’s twisted microtonal art-rock opera Iyov (Ukrainian for “job”) at Here, 145 6th Ave (enter on Dominick), $30

1/15, 9 PM haunting, Lynchian, psychedelic organ-driven Puerto Rican bolero revivalists and Sylvia Rexach reinventors Miramar followed by wryly psychedelic cumbia/tropicalia/dub band Locobeach at Barbes

1/15, 8 PM a killer triplebill at the big room at the Rockwood: tropical tripmeisters Combo Chimbita, fearlessly relevant latin rock songwriter and protest song connoisseur Ani Cordero, and slinky maracatu/New Orleans/surf rock mashups from Nation Beat, $10. Next door at the small room fiery jazz violinist/composer Zach Brock plays at 10.

1/16, 7 PM tanbur player Tev Stevig’s haunting Cesni Trio play Turkish sounds followed at 8 PM intense Balkan chanteuse Jenny Luna‘s haunting, traditional Turkish band Dolunay, followed by clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

1/16, 7 PM Russian folk noir chamber ensemble Russian Renaissance play a multimedia show at National Sawdust, $25 adv tix rec

1/16-17, 7 PM Dylan Mattingly’s lavish microtonal four-hour quasi-opera Stranger Love featuring a 30+ member version of Contemporaneous at Roulette, $30

1/16, 8/9:30 PM captivating, darkly tuneful  pianist Shai Maestro leads his trio at Shapeshifter Lab, $12. 1/24 at 8 he’s at Mezzrow in a rare duo set with Chris Potter on tenor sax, $20. Then he’s with the trio again on 1/26 at 8:30 at Cornelia St. Cafe for $20 if you include cover and minimum

 1/16, 7 PM percussionist John Hadfield leads an improvisational quartet with Kenny Werner, piano;  Ari Hoenig, drums;  Or Bareket, bass at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

1/16, 9 PM haunting psychedelic Middle Eastern/southwestern gothic songwriter Sir Richard Bishop at Union Pool, free

1/16, 10:30 PM brilliant drummer/percussionist Willie Martinez & La Familia Sextet play classic salsa grooves at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, $10

1/16, 10:30 PM smart, eclectic songwriter Greta Keating plays her biting, tuneful, lyrical acoustic rock at Pete’s

 1/17, 1 PM lyrical jazz piano titan Bill Mays at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex

1/17-18, 7:30 and 1/19-20 at 8 PM Joshua Weilerstein conducts the New York Philharmonic in a French program spotlighting Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand, with Jean-Yves Thibaudet as soloist; Le Tombeau de Couperin; Valses nobles et sentimentales; Boléro; and Ravel’s orchestration of Debussy’s Sarabande at Avery Fisher Hall, $34 tix avail

1/17, 7:30/9:30 PM pyrotechnic trumpeter Wayne Tucker & the Bad Muthas sextet at the Jazz Gallery, $25

1/17, 8 PM violinist Elmira Darvarova and pianist Vassily Lobanov play works by Brahms, Franck, Clara Schumann at Christ & St. Stephen’s Church, 122 W. 69th St. free

 1/17, 9:30 PM the hypnotic, pyrotechnic Orakel duo – Roshni Samlal, tabla;  Kane Mathis, kora and oud – at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

 1/17, 10 PM ominous female-fronted slowcore trio Haybaby followed by noisy art=rock/indie guitar legend Martin Bisi at Alphaville, $10 

1/18, 7 PM spectacular singer Martina DaSilva (of the Ladybugs) and trumpeter Alex Nguyen lead the band and audience through a mix of spirituals and hymn at St. George’s Chapel, 4 Rutherford Place east of 3rd Ave, between 16 & 17 Sts, free

1/18, 7:30 PM powerful jazz belter – and Gil Scott-Heron reinventor –  Charenee Wade at Ginny’s Supper Club, $15

1/18-21, 7:30/9:30 PM Americana jazz violin powerhouse Jenny Scheinman’s Mischief & Mayhem with Nels Cline on guitar at the Jazz Standard, $30

1/18, 7:30 PM the Israeli Chamber Project play Strauss’ Till Eulenspigel, Stravinsky’s Histoire du Soldat and Bartok’s Piano Trio in C at Paul Hall at Juilliard, free

 1/18, 7:30/9:30 PM tenor saxophonist Anna Webber leads her killer septet with Jeremy Viner – tenor saxophone, clarinet; Jacob Garchik – trombone; Chris Hoffman – cello; Matt Mitchell – piano; Chris Tordini – bass; Ches Smith – drums, vibraphone at the Jazz Gallery, $25 

1/18, 7:30 PM classic oldschool Cuban-style charanga José Fajardo Jr. y Sus Estrellas at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

1/18, 8 PM playfully lyrical, fearlessly political superduo Kill Henry Sugar – guitar/banjo mastermind Erik Della Penna and drummer Dean Sharenow – at Barbes

1/18, 8 PM Certain General guitarslinger/crooner Phil Gammage plays his dark Americana and blues at 11th St. Bar

1/18, 9 PM catchy, restless female-fronted Americana/newgrass anthem band Kaylor Otwell & the Tin Cans at Hill Country 

1/18, 9 PM smart, cleverly lyrical original swing chanteuse/songwriter/trombonist Emily Asher’s Garden Party at Radegast Hall

1/18, 9 PM brilliant, open-tuned original blues, bluegrass and acoustic Americana from Dougmore at Muchmore’s. How much more of this can we take?

 1/18, 9:30 PM intriguingly original, bitingly lyrical, jangly female-fronted acoustic rock trio Yellow Bells at Freddy’s

1/19, 7 PM site-specific spacious sonics: three simultaneous soloists: guitarist David Grubbs, vibraphonist Sarah Hennies and C. Spencer Yeh – violin/vocals spaced apart in separate corners of the main space at Pioneer Works, $15

1/19, 7 PM woodwind quintet SoundMind Ensemble explores the depth of counterpoint in Schoenberg’s Wind Quintet, Op. 26  and Will Healy’s new work, Synapses  at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, $15/$10 stud/srs

 1/19, 7 PM crystalline, lyrical postbop trumpeter Tim Hagans leads his quartet at Smalls

1/19, 7 PM Afro-Cuban duo Melvis Santa & Ashedí sing deep oldschool rhumba – just vocals and percussion – at the Mercy Home for Children, 273 Willoughby Ave( Classon/Taafe), Ft. Greene, $25, “light refreshments” included. G train to Clinton-Washington, $25

 1/19-21, 8/10:30 PM catchy, funky hip-hop brass band the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble at the Blue Note, $20 standing room avail

1/19, 8 PM dynamic Colombian singer Andrea Tierra plays the album release show for her new one leading a quintet with Edmar Castaneda on harp at Shapeshifter Lab, $15 

1/19-20, 8:30 PM irrepressible, transgressively funny saxophonist Jon Irabagon leads an organ trio with Gary Versace behind the B3  at the New School’s Glass Box Performance Space, 55 W 13th St, $20. The 1/20 show he’s joined by the Mivos  String Quartet and pianist Matt Mitchell playing his brand new suite

1/19, 9 PM feral psychedelic guitarslinger Debra Devi followed by anthemic, cinematic, creepily artsy metal band Black Wail at White Eagle Hall, 337 Newark Ave., Jesey Citiy, $12 

1/19, 9 PM smartly populist oldtimey-flavored Americana band 2/3 Goat t at Opry City Stage

1/19, 9:45 PM slashing, female-fronted proto-metal band Nuclear Family Fantasy at the Gutter, $5. 1/25 at 10 they’re at Diviera Drive, 131 Berry St (N 6/7th Sts) also in Williamsburg

 1/19, 10 PM psychedelic salsa bandleader Zemog El Galle Bueno  at Barbes

1/19, 10 PM one of the great saxophonists in the history of ska, Dave Hillyard and his quintet at Sunny’s

1/19, 10 PM wild, noisy, genuinely Hendrixian virtuoso lead guitarist Viva DeConcini and her band at the Way Station.

1/19, 10 PM the Marauders play roots reggae at the small room at the Rockwood 

1/19, 10:30 PM a kick-ass punk twinbill; all-female trio Thundera followed by fearless, hard-hitting oldschool CB’s style band the 86s at Legion Bar, free. The two bands on afterward don’t have very searchable names. 

 1/19, 11 PM the darkly eclectic, enigmatic Lorraine Leckie  – equally adept at Slavic and Americana noir – at Sidewalk

1/20, 2 PM a free bellydance brunch with oudists Avram Pengas and Scott Wilson leading a quartet plus dancers including Salit and others at Basera Indian Bistro, 745 9th Ave (between 50th and 51st) 

1/20, 5 PM atmospheric, cinematic drummer/composer Tim Kuhl – sort of a more straightforwardly trippy version of John Hollenbeck – at Pete’s

1/20 7 PM Middle Eastern jazz sorcery with Tom Chess on oud, ney flute and morsing with Esat Ekincioglu on acoustic bass at Downtown Music Gallery

1/20, 7 PM charming oldtimey trio the Crimson Ragdolls:  Joanna Sternberg, Ali Dineen & Lucine Yeghiazaryanne at Terra Blues

1/20, 7 PM irrepressible vocal/instrumental chamber ensemble Cantata Profana  explore American Gothic  with Daniel Schlosberg, piano, Jacob Ashworth, violin, and special guest Anna Roberts-Gevalt of Anna & Elizabeth on banjo, guitar, and fiddle at Joe’s Pub, $15

 1/20, 7:30 PM pianist Alessio Bax and a string trio play works by Beethoven, Mozart and Smetana at Irving HS Auditorium, Irving Place betw 17th/18th, $14

1/20, 7:30/9:30 PM unpredictable, entertaining drummer Tom Rainey leads his Obbligato quintet, slicing up jazz standards with Ingrid Laubrock – saxophone and Kris Davis on piano at the Jazz Gallery, $25 

 1/20, 8 PM eclectic, lyrical jazz bassist/composer Pedro Giraudo leads his Tango Quartet followed at 10 by Pangari & the Socialites playing classic ska and rocksteady – most of it from the 60s Skatalites catalog – at Barbes

1/20, 8 PM Ancient Ocean play slide guitar-fueled, enveloping, slowly tectonic ambient instrumentals followed by the hypnotically pounding, similarly psychedelic Myrrors at Berlin

 1/20, 8 PM haunting Brazilian psychedelic new wave/no wave bandleader Ava Rocha followed by high-voltage psychedelic cumbia band MAKU Soundsystem – whose latest album takes a detour toward Caribbean and African sounds – at C’Mon Everybody, $12

1/20, 8 PM the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with Pinchas Zukerman, conductor and soloist play Weber’s Overture to Der Freischütz, Beethoven’s Violin Concerto and Dvořák’s Seventh Symphony at NJPAC in Newark, $24 tix avail

1/20, 8 PM electroacoustic cellist/improviser Audrey Chen – one of the most fearlessly assaultive avant garde performers anywhere – performs a very rare vocal show at Roulette, $15 adv tix rec

1/20, 9 PM the haunting, eclectic, harmonically rich all-female Mariachi Flor de Toloache at BAM Cafe, free

1/20, 9 PM sprawling bluegrass collective the Tomtown Ramblers at Caffe Vivaldi

1/20, 9:30 PM Belgian theatrical art-rockers Dez Mona and Baroque Orchestration X play their new Norse mythology-inspired song cycle at Joe’s Pub, $30

1/20, 9:30 PM the Muslim and a Mexican play haunting, driving 60s and 70s Iranian psychedelia at Freddy’s

1/20, 1 AM (actually wee hours of 1/21) catchy, hard-hitting, horn-driven, ska-tinged latin rock band Maquina Mono at the Bitter End 

 1/21, 4 PM International Contemporary Ensemble  presents new works by Okkyung Lee, Nicole Mitchell, and Lu Wang at National Sawdust, $tba

1/21, 6 PM Queens College’s Gamelan Yowana Sari play new indie classical chamber works for gamelan by David Rozenblatt, Zach Seely, Dan Cooper, Daniel Schnyder, and Monroe Golden at the Goddard Riverside Center, 647 Columbus Ave, (91/92) free

1/21, 4 PM the Orchestra Now play Enescu’s Romanian Rhapsody No. 1; Sibelius’ The Swan of Tuonela; Rimsky-Korskov’s Capriccio espagnol and Einojuhani Rautavaara’s  Symphony No. 8, The Journey at Symphony Space, free

 1/21, 4 PM the Imani Winds – who style themselves more like a wild brass band than a sedate wind ensemble – play a program TBA at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.

1/21, 7 PM accordion genius Shoko Nagai ’s Tokala at Barbes “Tokala is the name of a mysterious country in Central Asia which had a connection to Japan via the silk road which was responsible for bringing Middle Eastern culture to ancient Japan.  The band explores the sound of this ancient connection where cultural exchange left an imprint which became integral part of Japanese culture.” With Zisl Slepovitch (clarinet); Kenny Warren (trumpet) and Stomu Takeishi (bass). Followed at 9:30  by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel 

1/21-22, 7:30/9:30 PM drummer Johnathan Blake records a live album with Chris Potter on tenor and Linda Oh on bass at the Jazz Gallery, $25 ‘

1/21, 9ish 70s dark folk legend Kath Bloom – who has a haunting new album out  – at Troost

1/21 9 PM bassist Eivind Opsvik’s Overseas with Brandon Seabrook – guitar; Tony Malaby – tenor saxophone; Kenny Wollesen – drums;  Jacob Sacks – piano at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, $15/$10 stud/srs

1/21, 10:30 PM noir-inspired alto saxophonist/composer Nick Hempton leads leads a quartet at Smalls 

1/22, 8 PM rousing sea chantey band the Mercantillers at Silvana, They might actually be able to get the fratboys here to shut up and listen. 

 1/22, 8 PM dark, sardonic, brilliantly tuneful jazz pianist Danny Fox and his Trio a at Mezzrow, $20

1/22, 9:30 PM Jina Brass Band play live bhangra at Barbes

1/22, 7:30 PM cellist Benjamin Larsen leads a cello quartet playing a program tba at the Cathedral of the Holy Virgin Protection, 59 E 2nd St

1/22, 9 PM improvisational cinematic duo the Flushing Remonstrance – Catherine Cramer (percussion) and Robert Kennedy (keyboards, electronics, voice)  at Pine Box Rock Shop

1/23, 7 PM smart, darkly pensive third-stream jazz pianist Noa Fort plays the album release show for her new one at the big room at the Rockwood

1/23, 7 PM violonist and singer Eleonore Biezunski’s new klezmer band Lyubtshe followed by clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

1/23, 7 PM hauntingly psychedelic folk noir songwriter Jaye Bartell at Holo, $5

 1/23, 7:30 PM a festival of new chamber works by Chinese composers Shang Peilei, Hi Xuntian, Zhao Xi, Li Shaosheng, Wang Delong and others at Paul Hall at Juilliard, free. The festival continues through 1/25 here and then at Alice Tully Hall on 1/26, same time

1/23, 8 PM Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel  plays the album release show for his latest one The Django Experiment Vol. 2 at Joe’s Pub, $25

 1/23-28, 8:30/10 PM reliably spellbinding multi-saxophonist Steve Wilson leads a colorful quartet with Uri Caine (piano) Ugonna Okegwo (bass) Bill Stewart (drums) at the Vanguard

1/23-28, 8:30 PM perennially tuneful, lyrical piano improviser/composer Kris Davis  leads a variety of ensembles at the Stone. Choice pick: 1/25-27 with Jen Shyu (voice) Ikue Mori (electronics) Trevor Dunn (bass) Mat Maneri (viola) Ches Smith (drums)

1/23, 9 PM the Dead Sea Sisters – Hilary Hawke, Andrea Asprelli and – join their voices for stark oldtime country blues and folk harmonies at the small room at the Rockwood 

 1/23, 9 PM cinematic Quincy Jones-style B3 gutbucket organ jazz with Underground System’s Colin Brown and his band at Freddy’s]

1/23, 9ish Nick Demopoulos‘ twinkly, atmospheric electroacoustic Smomid project at Troost

1/24, 7:30/9:30 PM haunting pan-Asian avant-jazz songstress/composer Jen Shyu plays her solo theatrical Nine Doors suite at the Jazz Gallery, $25 ‘

1/24, 7 PM sitarist Amit Chatterjee jams out evening ragas at the Rubin Museum of Art, $25 adv tix rec

 1/24-25. 7 PM purist lyrical postbop saxophonist Seamus Blake leads his quartet at Smalls

1/24, 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

1/24, 8 PM the Night Kitchen play “Hank Williams, old timey and country with three distinctly amazing performers  Gene Yelin – guitar & vocals Trip Henderson – harmonica; Joanna Sternberg – bass and vocals” at Barbes

1/24, midnight, enigmatically intense, sometimes assaultive jazz/postrock group Desert Foxx at Branded Saloon

1/25, 6 PM the Zentripetal duo – cellist Jennifer DeVore and violinist Lynn Bechtold – play contemporary works by NYC composers Matthew Browne, Dan Cooper, Sara Holtzschue, Earl Maneein & Ann Warren, as well as tangos by Carlos Gardel & Astor Piazzolla and Romany tunes by Erwin Schulhoff & Django Reinhardt at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

1/25, 7 PM two choirs sing music rarely heard on a twinbill anywhere in the world: Georgian a-capella group Sepruli followed by Sardinians Tenores De Aterue at Spectrum, $15

 1/25, 7:30/9:30 PM darkly lyrical latin jazz pianist Emilio Solla Y La Inestable de Brooklyn at Minton’s, $10

1/25, 7:30/9:30 PM a rare performance of brass works by Villa-Lobos and Ginastera by the MSM Brass at Greenfield Hall, Manhattan School of Music, free

1/25, 7:30 PM the Rolston String Quartet play works by Mozart and microtonalist R. Murray Schafer at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

1/25, 7:30 PM acoustic songstress Leyla McCalla – who shifts between oldschool country blues, New Orleans and her Haitian roots – at Caveat, 21A Clinton St., $25

1/25, 8 PM brilliant steel guitarist Mike Neer’s Steelonious – who do Monk covers in the same vein as Buddy Emmons –  followed at 10 by trombonist Vera Kemper’s Blu Cha Cha salsa jazz band at Barbes 

1/25, 8 PM cellist Maya Beiser and actress Kate Valk play the album release show for their new one The Day: Music of David Lang at Paula Cooper Gallery, 534 W. 21st St, $15

1/25, 8 PM the SEM Ensemble play legendary black avant garde composer Julius Eastman’s Feminine + Joy Boy at the Kitchen, $25

1/25, 8:30 PM deviously theatrical oldschool C&W/rockabilly parodists Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co at Otto’s

1/25, 8:30 PM quirkily charismatic, powerful-voiced, kinetic avant-pop siren Grace McLean at the third stage at the Rockwood, $15

1/25, 10  PM psychedelic acoustic jamband Spirit Family Reunion at Sunny’s

1/26, 7 PM the Ayibobo Trio feat Paul Beauborn, Morgan Zwerlein and Chico Boyer play Hatian vodou songs at the Mercy Home for Children, 273 Willoughby Ave (Classon/Taafe), Ft. Greene, $25, “light refreshments” included. G train to Clinton-Washington, $25

1/26, 7:30 PM Sardinian choir Tenores De Aterue and  fearlessly haunting, dynamic, charismatic Romany/Balkan chanteuse Eva Salina with pyrotechnic accordionist Peter Stan  at the Owl

1/26, 7:30 PM chamber quartet Philonia play works by Kodaly and Bartok at the Old Stone  House in Park Slope, $25/$10 stud/srs

1/26, 7:30 PM Glass Farm Ensemble with Yvonne Troxler on toy piano play the US premiere of Ian Wilson’s Spillaert’s Beach for viola and piano, and Denis Schuler’s Myn for toy piano, flute, oboe and viola at Symphony Space, $25

 1/26, 7:30 PM the MSM Jazz Philharmonic with Jon Faddis on trumpet play a Clifford Brown tribute at Aaron Davis Hall, Convent Ave btw 133/135, 1 to 137th Stl, free, rsvp reqd 

 1/26, 8 PM searing, explosive, mesmerizing Korean postrock/noise/jazz jamband Black String – who employ ancient instruments like geomungo and daegeum – at Flushing Town Hall, $16/$10 srs, kids 13-19 free w/school ID

1/26, 8 PM harpist Àiné O’Dwyer and violinist Mohammed Issa AKA Matona jam out haunting Zanzibar taraab themes at the San Damiano Mission, $20

1/26, 8 PM, repeating 1/27 at 7:30 PM the reliably entertaining, adventurous Chelsea Symphony  the Chelsea Symphony play Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5 and an Eric Lemmon world premiere. The 1/26 program also has Deborah  Nixon as soloist in Saint-Saens’ Violin Concerto No. 5;  on 1/27, it’s replaced by Michael Colina’s Isle of Shoals.

 1/26, 8 PM funny, gritty punkmetal band the ToxiTeens at the Delancey, $10 

1/26-27, 8;30 PM legendary Japanese film composer Ryuichi Sakamoto plays a weekend stand at the New School’s Glass Box Performance Space, 55 W 13th St, $20. Friday night he’s at the piano with guest Camille Norment (glass harmonica), then saturday he’s with guest Ami Yamasaki on vocals.

1/26, 8:30 PM wildly eclectic Sardinian guitarist Paolo Angeli at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, $30 tix avail w/code RBA28410

 1/26, 9ish organist Sarah Davachi presents work for reed organ, violin, viola da gamba, and electronics utilizing open tunings and harmonics at Issue Project Room, $15/$12 stud/srs

1/26, 9:30 PMlustrously dark jazz pianist Guy Mintus leads his trio at Caffe Vivaldi

1/27, 7 PM violinist Megumi Saruhashi leads a brilliant Middle Eastern jazz band with Brian Prunka – oud; Alon Nechustan – piano; Dan Kurfirst – percussion at CRS NY, 123 4th Ave (12/13), $25

1/27, 7:30 PM the Spectrum Symphony play a Mozart birthday concert with pianist Hsin-I Huang performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto no. 17 in G and the NY Premiere of “To the Colors” by rising composer Nick DiBerardino at Church of the Holy Apostles, 296 Ninth Ave, $20 seats avail

1/27, 8 PM Arcana Music Ensemble play one of Julius Eastman’s earliest works, Thruway (for soprano, flute, clarinet, trombone, violin, cello, large choir, and jazz trio); performances by Moor Mother and the late cult figure composer’s brother Gerry open the night, at the Kitchen, $25

1/27, 8 PM Jim Boggia plays Springsteen tunes solo on the ukulele at Arlene’s, $10

1/27 9 PM a rare free show by intense charismatic danceable metal cumbia/skaragga/latin rockers Escarioka at Bar Chord

1/27, 10 PM ferociously dynamic, tuneful, female-fronted power trio Castle Black at El Cortez, free

 1/27, 10:30  PM Secret Cities’ Marie Parker’s trippy electronically-tinged keyboard-based art-rock band Moon Revenge at Pine Box Rock Shop 

1/27, 11 PM Crampsy ghoul-surf/noir garage band Twin Guns at Berlin, $5

1/28, 8ish Altes EI (improvisational viola icon Jessica Pavone and violinist Erica Dicker) followed by playful loopmusic/ambient/cinematic ensemble Sontag Shogun at Holo, $8

 1/28, 8 PM Argentine pianist Emilio Teubal with his trio playing the album release show for their new one at Drom, $15 adv tix rec

 1/28, 8 PM a piano quartet TBA play Julius Eastman’s Crazy Nigger, Evil Nigger, and Gay Guerrilla  at the Knockdown Center, $25

1/28, 8 PM snarling, careening psychedelic Americana band the Black Lillies at City Winery, $15 standing room avail

 1/28-29 Cheetah Chrome and what’s left of the Dead Boys at Bowery Electric are sold out

1/29, 7:30/9:30 PM expansively picturesque pianist Amina Figarova and her Sextet play the album release show for their new one at Dizzy’s Club, $30

1/29, 8:30 PM whirlwind drummer Allison Miller’s catchy, entertaining Boom Tic Boom at Bar  Lunatico

1/29, 9 PM wildly eclectic, female-fronted, politically fearless Mexican dance-rock band La Santa Cecilia at SOB’s, $25, all ages

1/29, 9:30 PM singer Carolina Oliveros’ mighty 13-piece Afro-Colombian  trance/dance choir Bulla en el Barrio at Barbes

1/29, 10 PM high-voltage delta blues/Romany swing guitarist Felix Slim at LIC Bar

1/30-2/4, savagely eclectic guitarist Mary Halvorson leads a series of groups at the Stone, $20. Choice pick: 1/31 in a duo with fellow adventurous six-stringer Liberty Ellman

1/30, 7 PM Anna & Elizabeth play their alternately charming and disarmingly dark Appalachian sounds at the third stage at the Rockwood, $15

1/30-31 7:30/9:30 PM lyrical Cuban jazz pianist David Virelles with Román Díaz – percussion; Keisel Jiménez- timbales; Rashaan Carter – bass at the Jazz Standard, $25

1/30, 9 PM Claudia Quintet drummer/bandleader John Hollenbeck‘s Large Ensemble playing his acerbic, politically-fueled originals at the Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec

1/30, 9 PM wow – what a killer duo. Dangerous blues guitarist Will Scott – who can play just about any style from all over the country – with brilliant jazz violinist Charlie Burnham at Sunny’s

1/31. 7 PM pianist Jenny Lin plays a Philip Glass bday show at the Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec

1/31, 10:30  PM sweeping, swinging vibraphonist Behn Gillece leads his quartet at Smalls

2/1. 7 PM intense, fearlessly relevant Middle Eastern clarinetist Kinan Azmeh  leads his haunting Middle Eastern piano trio at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix rec. Followed by ($25 separate adm) by the album release by similarly intense, more  lavish Middle Eastern/Balkan band the Epichorus

2/1 ,7:30 PM daunting postbop technique and dynamic tunesmithing from saxophonist Carl Bartlett Jr,  leading his quartet at Smalls

2/1, 7:30 PM oldschool-style Liverpool-based soul dude Jalen N’Gonda at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

2/1, 8 PM kinetic, hard-hitting Raphael Cendo chamber works performed by Vasko Dukovski on contrabass clarinet (!?!?!), percussion and piano quartet Yarn/Wire  and indie classical ensemble Either/Or at the Miller Theatre, $20 tix avail

2/1, 9 PM intense female-fronted psychedelic groove/funk band Imunuri  at Bar Chord. 2/3 at 0 they play the album release show for their new one at the Knitting Factory, $10 adv tix rec

2/2, 7 PM spine-tingling art-rock/avant-garde/chamber pop songwriter Carol Lipnik – pretty much everybody’s choice for best singer in all of NYC – celebrates three consecutive years of her ongoing Pangea residency with special guest singer and LES noir cabaret legend Little Annie Bandez

2/2, 7:30 PM the Queens Symphony Orchestra play Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras No. 9; Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme, and “music by the Beatles in the Baroque styles of Handel, Bach, Vivaldi, and more,” at Flushing Town Hall, free, get there early

2/2, 7:30 PM edgy, eclectic pan-Mediterranean art-rock/latin/chanson ensemble Banda Magda at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, 1040 Grand Concourse, free, B/D to 167th St.

2/2, 8 PM the debut of Nadja Verena Marcin‘s Ophelia, “an architectural live performance and video sculpture focusing on the human destruction of the biosphere” at Fridman Gallery, 287 Spring St, free

2/2, 8 PM pianist Karl Larson plays dystopic piano music by Scott Wollschleger at Spectrum, $15

2/2, 8 PM the ambient duo of Stephen Vitiello/Taylor Deupree, pianist Gust Burns and the Rhythm Method String Quartet at Fridman Gallery, 287 Spring St, $15 

2/3, 2 PM charming front-porch folk duo Anna & Elizabeth celebrate the Celtic holiday Imbolc at the Irish Arts Center,553 W 51st, $10

2/3, 7:30 PM indie classical chamber ensemble Hotel Elefant play music by Kaija Saariaho (Nocturne, Oi kuu) with the New York City premières of new works by Hotel Elefant composers Hannis Brown, Patrick Castillo, Jascha Narveson, Leaha Maria Villarreal, and Kirsten Volness at St. Batholomew’s Church, $25/$15 stud

2/3, 8 PM the hilarious Gerry Segal – who wrote the classic I Love Facebook – and veteran comedic cabaret chanteuse Lois Morton at the People’s Voice Cafe, sugg don, $20; $12 for subscribers; “More if you choose; less if you can’t; no one turned away”

2/3, 8 PM Ekmeles and Tilt Brass play Julius Eastman’s Eastman’s work for 10 cellos The Holy Presence of Joan D’Arc and its introspective companion vocal piece Prelude to the Holy Presence of Joan d’Arc at the Kitchen, $25

2/3. 8 PM this era’s most cutting-edge, politically relevant large jazz ensemble, Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society play their Ellington-inspired suite Tensile Curves in its entirety at the Miller Theatre, $20 tix avail

2/4, 2 PM the annual Super Bolus of improvised music with an allstar lineup: Anaïs Maviel, Andrew Livingston (Piad Guyvessant, thingNY), Angela Morris (Rallidae), Brian McCorkle (Panoply Performance Lab), Carl Testa, Dave Kadden (Invisible Circle), Dave Ruder (thingNY), ellen o, Hans Tammen, and John King at the Glove, 885 Lexington Ave, btwn Patchen Ave & Broadway, J to Kosciuszko $tba

2/4 7:30 PM hypnotic ambient/noir quartet Suss – Pat Irwin, Bob Holmes, Gary Leib, Jonathan Gregg and William Garrett. at the Secret Theatre, free

2/4, 8 PM electronic composer Phill Niblock, keyboardist Tim Shaw, and multimedia artist Katherine Liberovskaya at Fridman Gallery, 287 Spring St, $15

2/5, 8 PM conscious Ghanian hip-hop artist Poetic X and pianist Yvette Janine Jackson‘s Destination Freedom at Fridman Gallery, 287 Spring St, $15

2/7, 7:30 PM witty Microscopic Septet pianist Joel Forrester followed by darkly hypnotic postrock/art-rock supergroup Heroes of Toolik with Moppa Elliott on bass, omfg at Spectrum, $15

2/6, 7:30 PM the world premiere of Robert Sirota’s Wave Upon Wave performed by the Telegraph Quartet along with Kirchner’s String Quartet No. 1 and Schoenberg’s String Quartet No. 1 in D Minor at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $20/$10 stud/srs

2/7,  8 PM Kara Rooney But for What’s My Axis? Part 2. Desire, Brian Chase‘s Drums and Drones and Ursula Scherrer at Fridman Gallery, 287 Spring St, $15

2/8-9, 7 PM spectacular, fearlessly relevant singer and Bombay Rickey frontwoman Kamala Sankaram’s multimedia work in progress Looking At You, examining the sinister growth of the surveillance state at Bric Arts, $8 adv tix highly rec

2/8, 7:30 PM multi-stylistic global avant-soul chanteuse Imani Uzuri at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

2/8, 8 PM mesmerizing sound sculptor/singer Lesley Flanigan, composer/performers Jacob Kirkegaard, Tristan Perich and Katinka Fogh Vindelev at Fridman Gallery, 287 Spring St, $15

2/8, 8 PM awesome psychedelic Afrobeat band Golden Dawn Arkestra at Elsewhere, $12

2/8, 8 PM hard-hitting, brass-fueled newschool latin soul/boogaloo dance band Spanglish Fly play the album release show for their new one followed by 60s boogaloo legend Joe Bataan at Highline Ballroom, $20

2/9, 7:30 PM powerful Malian songstress Awa Sangho and the Brooklyn Raga Massive take classical Indian themes to wild new places at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

2/9, 7:30 PM all-female chamber choir Lorelei Ensemble sing works by Guillaume Du Fay, David Lang, Scott Ordway, Peter Gilbert, Joshua Bornfield, Shawn Kirchner, Joshua Shank, Adam Jacob Simon and Moira Smiley at Church of St. Luke in the Fields, 487 Hudson St., $25

2/10, 8 PM acerbic, spot-on, fearlessly funny political folksinger Rod MacDonald at the People’s Voice Cafe, sugg don, $20; $12 for subscribers; “More if you choose; less if you can’t; no one turned away”

2/11, 3 PM the NY Choral Society perform Sir Charles Stanford’s Songs of the Fleet, Op. 117, featuring baritone Jarrett Ott, Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture, and the East Coast premiere of Frank Ticheli’s Symphony No. 3, The Shore at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, $30 seats avail

2/13, 7:30 PM legendary downtown performance artist Penny Arcade’s scathingly anti-gentrification memoir/call to arms Longing Lasts Longer at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

2/15, 7:30 PM Tito Puente Jr. and many alums from his dad’s band at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

2/16. 7 PM the Ariel Winds with pianist Tania Tachkova play an all-French program including works by Rameau – Vier Stuke, Jacques Ibert, Georges Auric, Claude Debussy, Gabriel Pierné, and Francis Poulenc at Bloomingdale School of Music, 323 W 108th St (off of Broadway), free

2/16, 8 PM sleek new wave revivalists Wye Oak, Metropolis Ensemble and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus premiere William Brittelle’s Spiritual America at Symphony Space, $25

2/16, 9ish excellent female-fronted metal-tinged 80s style powerpop band Bat Fangs at Union Pool 

2/18, 3 PM organist Renee Anne Louprette plays works by Bach, De Grigny, Boulanger and Maurice Duruflé  from her new album at St. Ignatius Church, 980 Park Ave at 84th, $25, reception to follow

2/19, 7 PM first-rate purist honkytonk crooner/bandleader Clifford Westfall at the small room at the Rockwood

2/20, 7 PM classical guitarist Dan Lippel performs works by Ingram Marshall, Fausto Romitelli, Reiko Fueting, Ursula Mamlok, Martin Bresnick, Chris Rogerson and a world premiere by Ryan Harper at the Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec, show up early for free kettle corn!

2/20-21, 8 PM Joe Diebes’ new chamber opera Oyster – inspired by Alan Lomax’s “cantometrics “system of analyzing and categorizing songs from around the world – featuring John Rose, Christina Campanella, Michael Chinworth, and Saori Tsukada at Roulette, $20 adv rix rec

2/22, 7:30 PM the Harlem Quartet perform Piston: Quartet No. 3; Debussy: Quartet in G minor; Guido López Gavilán: Guaguanco at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

2/22, 7:30 PM fiery, ambitious pan-slavic violinist/composer Iva Bittova at the Jewish Museum, $18 incl museum adm

2/23, 8 PM overtone-spiced works by Tashi Wada performed by cellist Charles Curtis, bassoonist Dafne Vicente-Sandoval and keyboardist Julia Holter at the San Damiano Mission, $20

2/23, 10 PM this era’s most chillingly cinematic, shadowy reverbtoned noir guitar instrumentalists, Big Lazy at Barbes

2/25, 3 PM the North/South Chamber Orchestra performs new works by Josh Henderson and Ching-chu Hu. Soprano Elizabeth Farnum joins the ensemble for a repeat performance of David Maves’ setting of John Donne’s The Captive at Christ & St. Stephen’s Church, 122 W. 69th St. free

3/5, 7:30 PM the Manhattan Chamber Players with guest cellist Marcy Rosen perform Schubert’s Quartettsatz plus string quartets by Mozart and Brahms at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 3 W. 65th St., $20, students/kids free

3/17, 8 PM haunting, dynamic oudist Simon Shaheen’s Qantara with special guest group the Qantara Berklee Ensemble play iconic themes from Arabic cinema across the decades at Roulette, $30

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

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

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

Celisse Henderson Stuns a Lincoln Center Crowd With Her Guitar and Vocal Chops

Celisse Henderson is definitely an artist we feel is representing New York, and representing Lincoln Center,”  impresario Jordana Leigh told a packed house last night.

“I just want to let everybody know I’m really excited at being at such a fancy establishment without getting kicked out,” Henderson responded a little later. At her debut headlining show at Manhattan’s cultural mecca, the dynamic, charismatic multi-instrumentalist flexed some fearsome guitar chops, and her powerful voice, and kept the crowd in stitches with her between-song banter (she’s also an actress – go figure). Force of nature would be an understatement.

Backed by a tight, supple rhythm section – Mark McLean on drums and Paul Frazier on bass – she opened the night on Strat with a new number, America, flinging bits and piece of Hendrixian chordlets until she hit her solo midway through, and in a second peaked out the intensity with a searing blast of blues way up the fretboard. She switched to a vintage hollowbody Gibson for the next number, Stuck On You Blues rising from sunbaked red dirt Texas soul to a hard-hitting chorus and back: this time it was her vocals that pinned every needle on the soundboard.

She brought the lights down over a slinky, distantly boomy groove for the aptly titled Lost and then picked up the pace with a powerhouse soul-funk anthem, Mystery to Me. When she followed a snarling, flying leap out of a whirlwind of notes to low-register grit and then a trick ending, the effect was nothing short of breathtaking. Switching to piano, she got the crowd howling with a little ditty that called on the talents of Dorian the soundguy before a subdued take of Enough, an enigmatic, hypnotic soul ballad..

She followed the bouncy clave piano soul of Wanna Be Your Lover with Crazy, an impassioned guitar number with a wry, surreal, spiky low-register solo and then took the crowd to Memphis circa 1967 with the catchy, bouncy Undercover. Much as it takes nerve to do a song solo with just bass – a snazzy-looking Fender Jazz copy – Henderson made it look easy, making a snarky singalong out of the wry empowerment anthem I Love Being Me.

She closed with a slowly crescendoing, angst-fueled but ultimately hopeful piano ballad for troubled times, We’re the Ones We’re Waiting For and encored with Only Girl in the World, a smoldering update on Synchronicity-era Police.

The next concert at the atrium space at Lincoln Center on Broadway north of 62nd Street is Red Baraat leader and mega-percussionist Sunny Jain’s Indian jamband on Dec 14 at 7:30 PM. Get there early or risk getting shut out because the crew there never let the space get uncomfortably crowded.

The Resistance Revival Chorus Sing a Fiery, Fearless Benefit for Immigrant Rights

When the Resistance Revival Chorus hit the stage Tuesday night for the first of their rousing, oldschool gospel-style protest songs, there seemed to be about two dozen women in the group. By the time the show ended, individual choir members and special guests treating a sold-out crowd at City Winery to a tantalizing series of cameos, it seemed that the size of the chorus had doubled. Are they New York’s largest ensemble? At the rate they’re growing, they will be, and in the current political climate it’s not going to take long.

Much as booking a group with a ton of people in it is a surefire way to pack a club, there’s never been more of an audience for protest music. The chorus had put together a short video to kick off the show, tracing the history and profound influence of protest songs on this continent from field hollers and back-to-Africa anthems thinly disguised as Christian hymns, all the way to hip-hop.

There was a little bit of that, but most of the material was songs that drew on decades of soul music. And this was as much of a populist rally as concert. Three of the group’s founding members were organizers of the Women’s March on Washington earlier this year. They’re also affiliated with many pro-democracy and advocacy groups including Communities for Change and pro-immigrant organizations working under that umbrella. A couple of group leaders took the stage midway through the show and delivered a defiant, grimly entertaining bilingual English-Spanish account of the perils of being an undocumented immigrant, even in a so-called sanctuary city.

Laurie Anderson’s cameo was the funniest, with a bit of droll, satirical faux-autotune pop and a story about narrowly sidestepping what could have been a grisly stage mishap bookending a communal scream. The artist who got the crowd to scream even louder was Amy Leon, who otherwise held everybody rapt with her fearless, individualistic, witheringly acerbic blend of Nina Simone, Gil Scott-Heron and what might be called avant garde soul. She picked up where Simone left off with a misterioso take of Bob Dylan’s Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll and added her own scathingly insightful commentary on coping with white supremacy: things haven’t changed all that much in half a century.

Nigerian-American songstress Ayo – who has an album release show coming up at Drom this Dec 20 at 9:30 -,led her trio through a couple of spare, withering roots reggae tunes dealing with the murder of young black men at the hands of the police, and resistance in general. Trixie Whitley reached for similarly hypnotic ambience with a single psychedelic folk-blues number, solo on electric guitar. And a smaller subset of the choir got the crowd bouncing to their intricate interweave of voices, from Sam Cooke to classic gospel.

The catchiest of all the songs might have been the two by singer Alba Ponce De Leon and her band the Mighty Lions. The latin soul diptych they opened with veered into psychedelic Chicano Batman territory, then they raised the roof with the big, funky vintage-style soul anthem Love Army, which as the bandleader said, needed no explanation.

At one point, the chorus situated themselves throughout the room, for a neat stereo effect. At the end of the show, the whole crew finally made it onto the stage for a soaring, imperturbable take of their big youtube hit Under My Feet, where the narrative starts out at the rich man’s house and ends up at the White House speaking truth to power. And as one of the chorus’ founders reminded, their next performance may be at a rally or with a flashmob if it’s not at City Winery, which has become their home base. Pick an issue, find an advocacy group and then go out and represent – how ironic that at this point in history, we’ve never had so many to choose from.

Live Music Calendar for New York City and Brooklyn for December 2017 and January 2018

New January calendar coming on the first of the new year, but most of the listings will be incorporated into this one first. Free and cheap concerts in just about every neighborhood. If you’re leaving your hood, make sure you check http://www.mta.info 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. A new project, deep listening workshops in the works, delicious gluten-free refreshments, beverages and lively conversation included! email for info/location.

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

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

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

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

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

Also Mondays in January (except for New Year’s Day), 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. In addition, three Fridays in December: 12/1, 5 and 29, 7ish he’s at Troost

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

Wednesdays at 6 PM, irrepressible pianist/singer Champian Fulton – as entertaining a postbop improviser as torch singer – plays at Talde, 8 Erie St. (Bay/1st) in Jersey City, a block and a half from the Grove St. Path station

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

Wednesdays in January, 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

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

Wednesdays in January, 9 PM popular, purist blue-eyed soul crooner Eli Paperboy Reed and band at Threes Brewing,333 Douglass St., Gowanus, free

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

Two Saturdays in January: 1/6 and 1/13, t 4 PM at Bargemusic there are impromptu free classical concerts, usually solo piano or small chamber ensembles: if you get lucky, you’ll catch pyrotechnic violinist/music director Mark Peskanov and/or the many members of his circle. Early arrival advised.

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

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

Sundays in January, 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.

12/1, 5:30 PM pensively psychedelic, massively tuneful Moroccan/Venezuelan-influenced songwriter Miriam Elhajl at the American Folk Art Museum 

12/1, 7 PM eclectic, tuneful, witty former Burning Spear saxophonist Jenny Hill and her quartet Liquid Horn at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, $15

12/1, 7/10 PM saxophonist Michael Eaton, bassist Adam Minkoff, saxophonist David Liebman, guitarist Marc Ribot, pianist Jamie Saft, and drummers Anthony Cole and Ben Perowsky play late Coltrane works at National Sawdust, $25

12/1, 7 PM violist Aundrey Mitchell and pianist Tim McCullough play 19th to early/mid-20th century works tba at Bloomingdale School of Music, 323 W 108th St (off of Broadway), free

12/1, 7:30/9:30 PM eclectic, lyrical jazz bassist/composer Pedro Giraudo leads a tango octet with the powerful, intense Sofia Tosello on vocals at the Jazz Gallery, $25. 12/2 he’s there with his big band, same deal

12/1, 7:30 PM kinetic, pensive Punjabi/duskcore songwriter/singer Kiran Ahluwalia at Bric Arts, free w/rsvp 

12/1, 7:30 PM Juilliard’s excellent new-music ensemble, Axiom play works by Luciano Berio at Alice Tully Hall, free tix available at the box ofc

12/1, 7:30 PM 10-piece Austrian new music ensemble Studio Dan play works rarely heard in the US including a Christian Schiller premiere at the Austrian Cultural Center, 11 E 52nd St., free, res req 

12/1, 8 PM don’t let the name fool you – Fairy Tale are more Brothers Grimm than Cinderella – in Korean. Amazing Korean psychedelic folk sounds from this mostly-female group at Flushing Town Hall, $16/$10 stud

12/1, 8 PM dark Americana sister singers Jolie Holland & Samantha Parton (2/3 of the Be Good Tanyas) reunite at the Mercury, $18

12/1, 8 PM energetic, sometimes hilarious acoustic Veracruz-style folk-punk band Radio Jarocho at Guadalupe Inn

12/1, 8 PM Marilyn Nonken, piano; Rolf Schulte, violin; Coleman Itzkoff, cello play music of Schoenberg and Webern at NYU’s Black Box Theatre, 82 Washington Square East, free

12/1, 8 PM violinist Chin Kim leads an ensemble performing works by Debussy, Bach, Bartok and Saint-Saens at the New School auditorium at 66 W 12th St, free

12/1-2, 8:30 PM perennially edgy avant garde violin icon Laurie Anderson at the New School’s Glass Box Performance Space, 55 W 13th St, $20 at the door

12/1-2, 8:30 PM avant jazz icon John Zorn plays his annual benefit concert at the Stone with special guests TBA. On 12/2 he’s with Israeli reggae/Afrobeat band Zion80

12/1-10, 8:30/10 PM perennially relevant A-list bassist Christian McBride finishes his long stand at the Vanguard, through 12/3 with Tip City with Emmet Cohen (piano) Dan Wilson (guitar)and then with his reliably awesome Inside Sraight: Steve Wilson (sax) Warren Wolf (vibes) Peter Martin (piano) Carl Allen (drums), $30

12/1, 9 PM searing, theatrical Romany/Balkan punk rockers Bad Buka at Radegast Hall

12/1, 10 PM the world’s creepiest and most subtly amusing crime jazz/film noir band, Big Lazy at Barbes

12/1, 10  PM catchy, fiery, female-fronted janglerockers/powerpop band Above the Moon – like a more forceful take on Versus – followed by the hard-hitting, populist 21 Kings – who mash up powerpop and 80s style indie – at Maxwell’s, $10 

12/1, 10 PM Revolutionary Council play Afrobeat at Shrine

12/1,  midnight Elias Meister’s Spacepilot – Mogwai meets Dopapod meets Sonic Youth in Owsley’s drug lab – at the old Nublu 

12/1, 10 PM LES punk/surf guitar legend Simon Chardiet’s Rooftoppers – who give him a chance to show off his prowess with jazz, proto-rock and western swing –  at Sunny’s

12/1, 10 PM iconic second-wave roots reggae road warriors John Brown’s Body at Bowery Ballroom, $20 adv tix rec

12/1, 11 PM the eclectic, Balkan/latin/funk brass Underground Horns  followed by fiery, noirish Canadian Balkan/Romany band Lemon Bucket Orkestra at Drom, $15 adv tix rec

12/2, 1 PM an 8-hour almost-all Leonard Bernstein marathon with a barrage of singers backed by pianists Michael Barrett and Leann Osterkamp, plus world premieres by composers Daniel Sabzgabhaei and Denise Mei Yan Hofmann at the CUNY Grad Center, 35 5th Ave. north of 34th, free

12/2, noon smartly eclectic singer and vivid original jazz songwriter Allegra Levy  leads her group at the Jazz Standard, $10

12/2, 4 PM brilliant rising star pianist Carmen Staaf – who’s as potent and tuneful with latin and klezmer as straight-up postbop jazz – leads her trio at Smalls. On 12/12 at 8/9:30 PM she’s at Cornelia St. Cafe for $10 + $10 min playing the album release show for her new one Day Dream with Nicole Zuraitis, voice;  Dave Ballou, trumpet, flugelhorn;  Kris Allen, alto sax;  Jon Michel, bass;  George Schuller, drums

12/2, 4 PM cinematic, psychedelic quirk-pop keyboardist Michael Hearst presents “Curious, Unusual and Extraordinary” songs from his many bands followed eventually at 10 by epic ranchera/bolero brass crew Banda de los Muertos at Barbes

12/2, 5/8 PM gamelanesque downtown percussion icon Susie Ibarra leads a multi-percussion ensemble with strings and electronics blending multi-channel installation and live music, choreographed and improvised movement with custom built motion capture software at Pioneer Works, $20

12/2, 7 PM dark, intense, psychedelic guitarist/songwriter Anna Coogan at the small room at the Rockwood

 12/2, 7 PM a string quartet comprising Erik Carlson, Leah Asher, Wendy Richman and TJ Borden play Jurg Frey’s delicate, atmospheric String Quartets nos. 2 and 3 at Scholes St. Studios

12/2, 7 PM the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra play Handel’s Water Music plus works by Stravinsky, Shostakovich and Shuying Li at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, $25 seats avail

12/2, 7 PM a killer south Asian-tinged band plays musical explorations of often tortuous immigrant paths: Ali Sethi on vocals, Sunny Jain on drumset/dhol, Grey Mcmurray on guitar, Shoko Nagai on keyboards at Joe’s Pub, $15

12/2, 7:30 PM the Greenwich Village Orchestra play Rachmaninoff – Vocalise; Daugherty-  Raise the Roof; Shostakovich – Symphony No. 10 at Good Shepherd-Faith Presbyterian Church, 152 W 66th St., $20 sug don, reception to follow

12/2, 8 PM Gamelan Kusuma Laras with Javanese gamelan luminaries Darsono Hadiraharjo, “the best young Javanese gamelan player of his generation;” master musician Midiyanto; and rising star singer Heni Savitri; at Roulette, $25

12/2, 8 PM percussion and piano quartet Yarn/Wire play works by Michelle Lou and Klaus Lang at First Unitarian Church, 119-121 Pierrepont St, downtown Brooklyn, $15

12/2, 8 PM Hollywood’s Dan Finnerty leads his savagely hilarious top 40 parody group the Dan Band doing a “holiday show” at the Bell House, $25

12/2, 8 PM jazz violinist Leonor Falcón leads her quartet – with bass clarinet in place of bass – playing he album release show for her new one at the Cell Theatre, $15. Followed at 9:30 (separate $15 adm) by lyrical saxophonist Caroline Davis leading her quintet with Julian Shore on piano.

12/2, 8 PM Brooklyn’s most epic band, doom/slowcore crew Clouds Taste Satanic followed by doom/stoner trio Eternal Black, a jarring segue with ambient soundscaper Bowhead and then Providence hardcore band Suicide Pact at Gold Sounds, $10

12/2, 8:30 PM saxophonist Lena Bloch leads her quartet with Russ Lossing (piano); Cameron Brown (bass); Billy Mintz (drums) at I-Beam, $15

12/2, 9 PM fiery, guitar-fueled female-fronted Americana punks Spanking Charlene at Sidewalk

12/2, 9 PM Television’s Richard Lloyd and his band open for Steve Wynn’s iconic, amazingly vital 80s darkly psychedelic, noisyjamband the Dream Syndicate at Bowery Ballroom, $25 gen adm

12/2, 9:15 PM cumbia jazz accordionist/crooner Gregorio Uribe and band at Drom, $15 adv tix rec. Followed at midnight ($10 separate adv adm) by high-voltage psychedelic cumbia band MAKU Soundsystem – whose new album takes a detour toward Caribbean and African sounds. Uribe is also at Ginny’s Supper Club on 12/14 at 7:30/9:30 PM for the same deal

12/2, 10 PM wild, noisy, genuinely Hendrixian virtuoso lead guitarist Viva DeConcini and her band at the Way Station

12/2, Unsteady Freddie‘s monthly surf rock extravaganza at Otto’s begins at 10 with the Luau Cinders – soon to be renamed the Kaweem Abdoo Jabbaws? – at 11 the creepy, Lynchian Tsunami Experiment and at midnight the world’s only electric kazoo surf punk  band, El Muchacho

12/3, 11 AM (in the morning) pianist Conrad Tao plays works by Bach, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff and Eckart at the Walter Reade Theatre, 165 W 65th St, $22, reception to follow

12/3, performances at 11 AM plus 1, 3 and 5 PM, the allday chamber music marathon at the New School in rooms throughout the campus with very diverse programming, free

12/3, 2 PM the Omer String Quartet play works by Beethoven, Bartok and Jalbert at at the New School auditorium at 66 W 12th St, $18

12/3 3 PM hot Israeli band 12th Night Klezmer with guest singer Daniella Rabbani at Kingsborough  Performing Arts Center, 2001 Oriental Boulevard (at Oxford), Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn, $32 seats avail., B/Q to Brighton Beach

12/3, 7 PM spine-tingling, darkly mystical art-rock/avant-garde/chamber pop songwriter Carol Lipnik – pretty much everybody’s choice for best singer in all of NYC – with a similarly brilliant, lyrical special guest, Rachelle Garniez, at Pangea

12/3, 7 PM sharply lyrical southwestern gothic/Americana songwriter Tom Shaner at LIC Bar

12/3, 7:30 PM haunting, cinematic, Middle Eastern-inspired bass clarinetist Todd Marcus leads his Jazz Orchestra followed at 10:30 by baritone saxophonist Frank Basile leading his quintet at Smalls

12/3, 7 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 – followed at 9:30ish by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

12/3, 8 PM in reverse order: psychedelic Afrobeat band the People’s Champs; female-fronted trip-hop/postrock band Green and Glass; brilliant bassist Ezra Gale’s funky, psychedelic project the Eargoggle; psychedelic pastoral jazz guitarist Dustin CarlsonRyan Dugre‘s African-inspired, hypnotic guitar sounds; and cinematic guitar-and-EFX dude Xander Naylor at Secret Project Robot, 1186 Broadway, (Lafayette/Van Buren), Bushwick, J/M to Kosciusko St, $10 

12/3, 8 PM rising star classical talent play etudes and elegies including works by Chopin, Liszt, Debussy, Scriabin, Sor, Stravinsky, Villa-Lobos, Ligeti & Kapustin at the New School’s Arnhold Hall, 4th floor, 55 W 13th St, free

12/3, 8 PM the Columbia University Orchestra play works by Richard Strauss, Barber and Brahms’ Symphony No. 3 at Lerner Hall, 2920 Broadway (114/115), free. The program repeats on 12/12 at 8 at Symphony Space

12/3, 8 PM the assaultive drums/trumpet Mike Pride/Peter Evans Duo and low-register reed connoisseur Josh Sinton’s Predicate Trio at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, $15

12/3 the Attacca Quartet at the Brooklyn Public Library is sold out

12/3, 9:30 PM theatrical, punk-inspired songwriter Sabrina Chap at Pete’s. 12/14 at 10 she’s at the Way Station

12/3, 10:30 PM explosive electric blues guitarist/songwriter Jackie Venson – arguably the best thing happening in Texas blues right now – at  the third stage at the Rockwood, $10

12/4, 7 PM multi-instrumentalist Dennis Lichtman’s popular western swing band Brain Cloud at Barbes followed at 9:30 PM  by Dilemastronauta Y Los Sabrosos Cosmicos with members of M.A.K.U and Combo Chimbita playing space cumbia at Barbes

12/4, 7 PM the New School John Coltrane Ensemble followed by at 9 by the New School Herbie Hancock ensemble at the New School’s Arnhold Hall, 4th floor, 55 W13th St, free

12/4, 8 PM fearlessly haunting, dynamic, charismatic Romany/Balkan chanteuse Eva Salina with pyrotechnic accordionist Peter Stan followed at by by and exciting Turkish band Seyvah with Jenny Luna, voice; Kane Mathis, oud; Marandi Hostetter, violin; Greg Squared, clarinet; Shane Shanahan and Philip Mayer, percussion at Sisters Brooklyn, 900 Fulton St., Ft. Greene, A/C to Clinton-Washington

12/4, 9:30 PM violinist Ben Sutin’s high-voltage, eclectic klezmer jamband Klazz-Ma-Tazz at Club Bonafide, $10

12/5, 7 PM brilliant, Lynchian, darkly lyrical latin and Satie-inspired guitarist Jack Martin’s Bob Dylan Deathwatch at Bowery Electric, $10

12/5, 7 PM violonist and singer Eleonore Biezunski’s new klezmer band Lyubtshe followed at 9ish by clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

12/5, 7:30 PM charismatic, adventurous postbop/avant garde trombonist/crooner Frank Lacy leads his group at Smalls

12/5, 8 PM the all-female Resistance Revival Chorus sing anti-trumpie broadsides with special guests at City Winery, $15

12/5, 8 PM live dub band High Disciple followed by creepy, cinematic twin-guitar pastoral jazz trio the Royal Arctic Institute and then doomy, hypnotic postrockers the Messthetics at St. Vitus, $15 

12/5, 8 PM Velocity Duo singer/pianist Lauren Lee leads a rare large ensemble –  voice, piano, compostion;  Shelly Washington, baritone sax, flute;  Brad Mulholland, alto sax, clarinet;  Lauren Seay, bass, voice;  Kevin Neyer, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min. Followed at 9:30 (separate admission) by Matkot singing their torchy, harmonically rich Mediterranean vocal jazz 

12/5, 8 PM violist Catherine Lamb with Brian Eubanks on synth “filtering a live sound input of the outer atmosphere to the listening space,” at the Kitchen, $20

12/5-10, 8:30 PM perennially lyrical multi-reed maven Ned Rothenberg plays with a series of lineups at the Stone. Choice pick: opening night with the Mivos String Quartet, and then 12/8, duo duels with John Zorn

12/5, 9 PM pastoral gothic art-rock accordionist Sam Reider plays his birthday show at Sunny’s. He’s also there an hour later on 12/12

12/5, 9 PM the New School’s Progressive Rock Ensemble play tunes by music from King Crimson, Yes, Genesis, Pink Floyd, Peter Gabriel, etc the New School’s Arnhold Hall, 4th floor, 55 W13th St, free…hmmm…maybe some ELO and Procol Harum if we’re lucky? The Alan Parsons Project?

12/5, 10 Greta Van Fleet at Bowery Ballroom, $18 adv tix avail. On one hand, this seems to be a corporate stunt: a bunch of Michigan kids in their teens who discovered their dad’s stoner boogie albums from the 70s. But at least they’re playing real instruments instead of making EDM with their phones. Be aware that their 12/6 show is sold out

12/6, 6 PM Margarita Rovenskaya, piano;  Elly Toyoda, violin play music by Chopin, Mozart, Brahms and Gershwin at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min. Followed at 8 and 9:30 (separate adm) by the Out Louds: Tomas Fujiwara, drums;  Ben​ ​Goldberg, clarinet;  Mary​ ​Halvorson, guitar

12/6, 7 PM composer Tania Leon hosts an intriguing, extremely eclectic composer roundtable at the Americas Society, 680 Park Ave with the electroacoustically-inclined Zosha Di Castri, violinist Pauchi Sasaki, and jazz sax icon Miguel Zenón, free, rsvp req

12/6, 7 PM bassist Reggie Workman’s largescale improvisational Futuristic Concepts Ensemble at  the New School’s Arnhold Hall, 4th floor, 55 W13th St, free. Followed at 8 by a chamber ensemble premiering new works by electroacoustic composer Yifan Guo

12/6, 7:30 PM Columbia’s lush, magical Japanese Gagaku/Hogaku Ensemble at St. Paul’s Chapel, 116th/Amsterdam, free

12/6, 8 PM psychedelic klezmer/bluegrass mandolin and clarinet legend Andy Statman at Barbes, $10

12/6, 8 PM a benefit for Puerto Rican hurricane relief with fiery guitarists Ava Mendoza and Brandon Lopez and latino hardcore band S.P.I.Cat the Silent Barn, $5 or pay more if you can afford it. All proceeds to real grassroots organizations helping the island rather than to greedy disaster profiteer NGO’s

12/6, 9 PM day one of the Jalopy’s Roots & Ruckus fest of first-class acoustic Americana. At the main room at the Jalopy the show starts with soul-Americana singer Wyndham Baird, at 9 Belle Skinner, at 10 the amazing Miriam Elhajli – who switches effortlessly from Venezuelan-influenced folk to classic Appalachian sounds – at 10:30 Lord Youth and at 11 Taylor & Rashad. At the Jalopy Tavern the show starts with Jackson Lynch at 7 PM followed at 8 by Billy Woodward, at 9 Fatboy Wilson & Old Viejo Bones, at 10 King Isto’s awesome Hawaiian Tropical String Band and at 11 Hannah Thompson

12/6, 9ish Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” at Troost 

12/6, 9 PM edgy lefty guitarist Damian Quinones and his psychedelic latin soul band at Bar Chord; 12/16, 8 PM they’re at Shrine and on 12/20 at 9 at the Way Station

12/6, 10 PM conscious, oldschool-style roots reggae chanteuse Jah9 at SOB’s, $20

12/6, 10:30 PM tenor saxophonist Ken Fowser leads his band at Smalls. 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. 

12/7, 7 PM multi-instrumentalist Laura Ortman plays violin, Apache violin, piano, electric guitar, keyboards, and pedal steel guitar at National Sawdust, $20 adv tix rec

12/7, 7 PM charming but edgy Slovak jazz chanteuse Ester Wiesnerova at Shrine 

 12/7, 7:30 PM badass oldschool electric bluesmistress Celisse Henderson at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

12/7, 7:30/9:30 PM unsurpassed low-key pastoral jazz: the Bill Frisell/Thomas Morgan duo at the Jazz Standard, $30

12/7, 8 PM chamber jazz with trumpeter Matt Holman’s Outlands with Ben Monder, guitar;  Matt Clohesy, bass;  Mark Ferber, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.

12/7, 8 PM freaky Americana rock anthems with Hiss Golden Messenger at Bowery Ballroom, $20. He’s there a half hour later on 12/8

12/7, 8 PM the American Symphony Orchestra play Schnittke’s Symphony No. 5, Martinu’s Symphony No. 6 plus works by Grażyna Bacewicz at Alice Tully Hall, $22 tix avail.

12/7, 8:30 PM day two of the Jalopy’s Roots & Ruckus fest of first-class acoustic Americana. At the main room at the Jalopy the show starts with the haunting Balkan Jalopy Chorus, at 9 the brilliant Jan Bell – who switches between  19th century Britfolk and haunting Americana – at 9:30 soul/gospel belter Queen Esther, at 10fearlessly haunting, dynamic, charismatic Romany/Balkan chanteuse Eva Salina with pyrotechnic accordionist Peter Stan, at 10:30 Morgan O’Kane and at 11 Mara Kaye. At the Jalopy Tavern the show starts at 8  with the Dime Store Romeos and at 10 ska cover band Skalopy.

12/7, 8:30 PM the irrepressible Jon Irabagon on sax with Gary Versace on organ and Colin Stranahan on drums at the Bar Next Door, $12

12/7, 9 PM dangerous folk noir chanteuse Larkin Grimm  – who’s gone in a psychedelic Indian direction lately –  darkly anthemic rainy-day cello-rock band Secret Moths and enigmatic, kinetic punk-jazz/psych-funk/postrock horn band Kleptokrat at Trans-Pecos, $10  

 12/7-10, 8/9:30 PM the 17-piece Jimmy Heath Big Band – a mix of legends and rising star talent  at the Blue Note, $20 standing room avail.

12/7, 10 PM the great unsung hero of darkly purposeful, noir-tinged jazz guitar, Saul Rubin leads his Zebtet at the Fat Cat. They’re at Smalls on 12/27 at 10:30

12/8, 6 PM crystalline-voiced, noir-tinged third-stream jazz chanteuse Tessa Souter and her band at 55 Bar

12/8, 6:30 PM Floyds Row play their rousing mashup of ribald British folk and baroque music at the American Folk Art Museum 

12/8, 7 PM perennially interesting new music advocates Ensemble Mise-En play world premieres for chamber ensemble and haegeum (Korean wood flute) by Kari Besharse, Kyong Mee Choi, Timothy Ernest Johnson, Gideon Gee-Bum Kim and Moon Young Ha at the Cell Theatre, free, reception to follow

12/8, 7 PM the Rolston String Quartet play a program of Canadian composers TBA at the Americas Society, 680 Park Ave, free, rsvp req

12/8, 7 PM guitarists Mark Mollica and Nate Radley with John Ellis on saxophone, Ike Sturm on bass and Jared Schonig on drums at Bloomingdale School of Music, 323 W 108th St (off of Broadway), free

12/8, 7:30/9:30 PM singer Sofia Tosello performs the album release show for her dynamic new one, Lluvia Fue (Chamber Tango) with a killer quintet featuring Fernando Otero on piano at Minton’s, $15

12/8, 7:30 PM state-of-the-art postbop trio: Dave Pietro on saxophone with Jay Anderson on bass and Mark Ferber on drums at the Bar Next Door, $12

12/8-9, 7:30/9:30 PM perennially tuneful, lyrical piano improviser/composer Kris Davis leads her Borderlands Trio playing the album release show for her new one at the Jazz Gallery, $25

12/8, 7:45 PM brilliant, soaring south Indian chanteuse Falu‘s Karyshma and slinky maracatu/New Orleans/surf rock mashup band Nation Beat at Drom, $15 adv tix rec

12/8 8 PM a super rare East Village gig by piano jazz icon Vijay Iyer with his trio at Nublu 151, $20

12/8, 8 PM eclectic, electric C&W/blues band the Jug Addicts at Barbes

12/8, 8:30 PM day three of the Jalopy’s Roots & Ruckus fest of first-class acoustic Americana. At the main room at the Jalopy the show starts with oldtime blues guitarist Eli Smith, at 8:30 purist, straightforward, warmly tuneful front-porch folk songwriter Joanna Sternberg , at 9 Brother Roy, at 9:30 King Isto’s Tropical String Bnd at 10 fiery oldtimey 19th century style string band the Four O’Clock Flowers, at 10:30 Brain Cloud’s tapddancing western swing frontwoman Tamar Korn, at 11 brilliant oldtime blues guitar/banjo/piano genius Jerron Blind Boy Paxton and at 11:30 Nat Myers.

12/8-9, 8:30 the world’s most captivatingly assaultive extended technique trumpeter, Peter Evans  leads a couple of ensembles at the New School’s Glass Box Performance Space, 55 W 13th St, $20

12/8, 9 PM grim, apocalyptic postrock themes with Mogwai at Terminal 5, $30 gen adm

12/8, 9ish exotic vibraphone surf rock band the Vibro-jets – a Sea Devils spinoff – at Troost. 12/22, 9 PM they’re at Singlecut Beersmiths in Queens

12/8, 9 PM wickedly jangly surf/twang/country instrumentalists the Bakersfield Breakers at Singlecut Beersmiths in Queens

12/8, 10 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 the Way Station

12/8, 10 PM a rare free show by intense charismatic danceable metal cumbia/skaragga/latin rockers Escarioka at Bar Chord

12/8-9, 10:30 PM hard-charging alto saxophonist Mike DiRubbo leads his quartet with the great Brian Charette on organ at Smalls

12/9, 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 8 by eclectic, lyrical jazz bassist/composer Pedro Giraudo  leading his at Barbes

12/9, 4 PM luminous, astonishingly eclectic, wickedly tuneful cello-rock badass Serena Jost at Pete’s

12/9, 4 PM the Desoff Choir sing Handel’s Messiah at Union Theological Seminary, 3041 Broadway @ 121st St, $15

12/9, 5 PM tenor sax explorations by Ras Moshe Burnett and open jam session along with speakers from Take the Stands and the Stop Mass Incarceration Network at Dacia Gallery, 53 Stanton St

12/9, free kettle corn at 7 PM, show shortly thereafter by the Argus Quartet with guest soprano Lucy Fitz Gibbon performing works by Kaija Saariaho, New York premieres by Loren Loiacono and Jordan Nelson with text by Gertrude Stein at the 53rd St. library, 18 W 53rd St. free, rsvp reqd 

12/9, 8 PM Lusterlit play their ominous, noirish literary chamber pop followed by crystalline-voiced noir Americana songwriter Jessie Kilguss with her excellent band at Hank’s

12/9, 8 PM the Barnard-Columbia Chorus and soloists perform Handel’s oratorio Judas Maccabeus at Church of the Ascension, 221 W 107th St (Broadway/Amsterdam), $5/$3 stud/srs

12/9, 8 PM wild stuff: the New York City debut of the aptly named Megalopolis Saxophone Orchestra, including the NYC premiere of works by Alex Burtzos, Stephen Dankner, and Jesse Limbacher at the DiMenna Center, $10 sug don 

12/9, 8 PM electronic music maven/archivist Antenes plays a “glimpse of ongoing new work culled from archival audio recordings from original commemorative, educational, and informational tape and vinyl releases from the Bell Labs library. The performance arranges samples contained within these documents alongside audio experiments influenced by the instructions and techniques suggested within them: pitch perception studies and various computer and electronic music techniques performed at Bell Labs in the early-to-mid 20th century” plus distant remnants of noise from the big bang, at Issue Project Room, $10 sug don

12/9, 8 PM pianist Dorian Wallace’s improvisational Free Sound Ahn-somble at the Cell Theatre, $15.

12/9, 8:30 PM day four of the Jalopy’s Roots & Ruckus fest of first-class acoustic Americana. At the main room at the Jalopy the show starts with brilliantly lyrical dark oldtimey songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Pete Lanctot and similarly amazing violinist Ginger Dolden of Pete and the Stray Dogs at 7, at 7:30 the haunting Ukrainian Village Voices, at 8 Aaron Frazer, at 8:30 nergetic acoustic Veracruz-style folk-punk band Radio Jarocho, at 9 eclectic, tuneful accordionist/songwriter Ali Dineen, at 9:30 wild, spiraling, rare rustic minor-key Polesian klezmer dances and grooves with Litvakus, at 10 folk noir songwriter Feral Foster, at 10:30 excellent acoustic jamband Spirit Family Reunion, and at 11 brilliant singer Jenny Luna‘s new Turkish band Seyyah, who absolutely slayed a week ago at their show in Fort Greene. At the Jalopy Tavern the show starts at 8 with the Brotherhood of the Jug Band Blues – who do an awesome, slyly funny evocation of the Memphis Jug Band – at 9 the Horse Eyed Men, at 10 Crisco Dreams and at 11 Dr. Hop

12/9, 8:30 PM incomparable country/jazz/janglerock icon Amy Allison at Dixon Place, free. Brilliant new material, all kinds of rarities and devastatingly funny between-song banter

12/9, 8:30 PM multi-sax improvisational jazz powerhouse Jessica Lurie at the Owl

12/9, 8:30 PM a killer improvising quartet: Brian Drye – trombone; Vinnie Sperrazza – drums; Hank Roberts – cello; Chet Doxas – saxophone at I-Beam, $15

12/9, 10 PM expansive brass-fueled Afrobeat jams with the Brighton Beat at American Beauty, $15

12/9, 10 PM Greg Lewis’ brilliant Organ Monk Trio  at the Fat Cat

 12/9, midnight sardonic, hard-hitting, noisy Japanese girlpunks the Hard Nips at the Cobra Club, $tba

12/10, 10/11 AM (in the morning) a free performance of Momenta Quartet violist Stephanie Griffin’s new Lost String Quartet, for children 4 and up at the Time In Children’s Arts Initiative, 227 W. 29th St, Studio 4R, free, res rec.  

12/10, 2 PM the Variation String Trio with Orion Weiss on piano play music of Brahms, Beethoven, Schubert and Nina Young at the Town Hall, $10

12/10, 2 PM the album release for the new one by rainy-day psychedelic duo Wet Tuna (PG Six and Matt Valentine) at Trans-Pecos, $10

12/10, 5 PM Microscopic Septet pianist and Fresh Air theme composer Joel Forrester followed at 7 by Belgian violinist Guillaume Pirard and pianist George Shevtsov playing belle-epoque salon music and then at 9:30ish by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

12/10, 6 PM noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo leads his trio at 55 Bar

12/10, 9:30 PM intense gutter blues band Jane Lee Hooker at Otto’s

12/10, 9 PM Arki play darkly classic Ethiopian funk grooves at Silvana. They’re also at Shrine on 12/17 at 9 PM followed by roots reggae band the Zebulonites

12/10, 7 PM string/winds/piano ensemble Lena Vidulich & Fire Ecology play works by Reiko Fueting and Whitney George at Spectrum

12/10, 8 PM the NYU Contemporay Music Ensemble plays Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du soldat and Wynton Marsalis’ A Fiddler’s Tale at the NYU Loewe Theatre, 35 W 4th St, free

12/10, 8 PM smart, darkly pensive third-stream jazz pianist Noa Fort  leads her quartet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

12/10, 9 PM the Columbia Arabic Music Ensemble at Symphony Space, free

12/10, 9 PM catchy oldschool roots reggae jams with a fearlessly populist Senegalese feel from Meta & the Cornerstones at B.B. King’s, $15 adv tix rec

12/10, 10 PM sardonically lyrical powerpop/new wave band the Fast Romantics at the Mercury, $10

12/11, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, all-female punk classical French horn quartet Genghis Barbie play works from Bizet to Queen to Badfinger at the Miller Theatre, free

12/11, 6 PM hypnotic, brilliant Indian sarod/guitar improviser Camila Celin at the Fat Cat

12/11, 6 PM tuneful postbop pianist Jim Ridl leads his group from behind the Rhodes  followed at 10 by eclectic, paradigm-shifting B3 jazz organist Brian Charette leading his Kurrent trio with Vic Juris on guitar and Jordan Young on drums at 55 Bar

12/11, 7 PM pyrotechnic but purposeful psychedelic guitarist and power trio leader Debra Devi at Berlin, $10

12/11, 7:30 PM the Juilliard Percussion Ensemble play an all-Chinese program of bell and percussion works by Guo Wenjing, Zhou Long, Lei Liang, Hou Wen-Chung and Tan Dun at Alice Tully Hall, free

12/11, 7:30 PM fiery pan-latin guitarslinger Juancho Herrera and band at Club Bonafide, $10

12/11, 9  PM Tibor Szemző (films, music, narration, flutes) and László Gőz (bass trumpet, sea shells) evoke the clandestine Hungarian underground of the 60s and 70s with a performance at at 224 Centre St #3, free. 12/14, 7:30 PM they accompany a gritty site-specific post-industrial urban installation at  Radiator Gallery Project Space, 10-61 Jackson Ave, Long Island City, free, 7 to Vernon-Jackson

 12/11, 9:30 PM cumbia band Los Cumpleanos – with new wave synths & retro organ sounds with effect-laden trombone and trumpet as well as a three piece percussion section – at Barbes

12/11, 10 PM popular Israeli reggae/stoner rock crew Moshav Band at  Baby’s All Right, $15

12/12, 7 PM bassist Matt Pavolka’s clever wind ensemble the Horns Band followed at 9ish by clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

12/12, 7 PM eclectic, hard-hitting, lyrical composer/tenor saxophonist Stan Killian and group at 55 Bar

12/12, 7:30 PM not a music event but one that will resonate with everyone who’s fed up with the endless blitzkrieg of gentrification – downtown performance art icon Penny Arcade’s Longing Last Longer at Pangea, $20

12/12, 8 PM the Columbia Klezmer Ensemble at 112 Dodge Hall, 2960 Broadway at 116th on the Columbia campus, free

12/12, 8:30 PM Rachael & Vilray feat. Lake Street Dive frontwoman Rachael Price sing torchy, purist Americana jazz duets at Bar Lunatico

12/12-26, 8:30/10 PM pianist Kenny Barron has a long stand at the Vanguard, through the 17th with his quintet – Mike Rodriguez (trumpet) Dayna Stephens (saxophone) ​Kiyoshi Kitagawa (bass) Johnathan Blake (drums) and then dropping out the horns the rest of the way. Presumably they’re not playing on xmas day

12/12-17, 8:30 PM jazz violinist Mark Feldman plays with a series of lineups at the Stone, $20. Choice pick: opening night with Ingrid Laubrock (sax) Sylvie Courvoisier (piano) Tom Rainey (drums)

12/12, 9:30 PM virtuoso toy pianist Margaret Leng Tan and the Hands in Motion percussion ensemble play meditative watertoned music by Milos Raickovich & Teodora Stepancic at Shapeshifter Lab, $tba

12/12, 9:30 PM the Bronx Conexion play their mighty salsa big band jazz at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe

12/13, 5 PM the New School’s swing jazz ensemble plays vintage material from the catalogs of Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Ben Webster, “Sweets” Edison, Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins, and Billie Holiday at  the New School’s Arnhold Hall jazz performance space, 55 W 13th St, free. At 7 Armen Donelian leads their Sonny Rollins repertory band

12/13, 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., $18

12/13, 7:30 PM a rare bass-fronted large jazz ensemble (just like Mingus), the Ross Kratter Jazz Orchestra at Club Bonafide, $15

12/13, 7:30/9:30 PM bassist Chris Tordini’s Choir Invisible with Charlotte Greve – alto saxophone; Vinnie Sperrazza – drums at the Jazz Gallery, $15

12/13, 7:30 PM eclectic mostly-female klezmer/cumbia/tango jamband Isle of Klezbos  at Piano on Park, 10 Park Ave #22D, $25

12/13, 8 PM NewMusicMannes play works by Gubaidulina, Anna Clyne, Sergej Newski, Alcides Lanza and others at the New School’s Glass Box Performance Space, 55 W 13th St, free

12/13, 8/9:30 PM pianist Jesus Hernandez’s lush, intense flamenco jazz group the Bojaira Project at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min. 12/20, 9:30 PM they’re at Drom, $15 adv tix rec

12/13, 8 PM Ken Filiano – bass, compositions / Ingrid Laubrock – saxophones / Anders Nilsson – guitar / Michael T.A. Thompson – drums followed sometime after 9 by bassist Michael Bisio with Avram Fefer on sax and Art Bailey on accordion at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery, $15

12/13, 8 PM John Hodel – the Bukowski of what’s left of the late 90s LES singer-songwriters – at Sidewalk. You know the song – Tuesday Morning in a Bar

12/13, 8:30 PM intense, charismatic singer Sami Stevens’ oldschool soul group at Bowery Electric, $10

12/13, 9:30 PM Mireya Ramos, frontwoman of the haunting, eclectic, harmonically rich all-female Mariachi Flor de Toloache sings Mercedes Sosa at Joe’s Pub, $20

12/13, 10 PM haunting, creepy noir art-rock pianist Lorrie Doriza at the Way Station. She was doing her evil cinematic stuff while still in her teens; good to see her out there on the club circuit now. 

12/13, 10:30 PM rising star singer/pianist pianist Kelly Green leads her sextet at Smalls

12/14, 7 PM deviously lyrical cult favorite Americana soul/punk songwriter Marcellus Hall at the small room at the Rockwood

12/14, 7 PM soaringly explosive jazz composer/torch singer Nicole Zuraitis at 55 Bar

12/14, 7:30 PM drummer Sunny Jain‘s explosively funky Indian ExtravaJAMza jamband at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

12/14, 7:30/9:30 PM sensational rising star trumpeter Adam O’Farrill leads his group at  the Jazz Gallery, $15

12/14, 7:30 PM the Orchestra Now play Holst’s Planets, Penderecki’s Double Concerto and works by John Adams at Alice Tully Hall $22 seats avail

12/14, 8 PM edgy postbop guitarists Mike Baggetta and Anders Nilsson team up with bassist Jerome Harris and drummer Satoshi Takeishi at Greenwich House Music School, $15/$12 stud

12/14, 8 PM crystalline-voiced, eclectic chamber jazz guitarist Camila Meza leads her group at the Jamaica Center, 161-04 Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica, Queens, E/J to Jamaica/Parsons, $10

12/14, 8 PM Darren Solomon and CJ Camerieri play “ambient music for trumpet and Wurlitzer,” at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery,

 12/14-15, 8 PM Sahra Motalebi’s new experimental opera Directory of Portrayals, based on an ongoing online exchange between the composer and her Iran-based sister, whom she has never met, at the Kitchen, $20

 12/14, 8:30 PM an allstar klezmer jazz band –  Lauren Brody, Jordan Hirsch, Zoe Christiansen, Joanna Sternberg, Aaron Alexander – kick out the jams at the Jalopy, $15

12/14, 8 PM plush, balmy, oldtimey uke swing band Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies at Barbes

12/14, 8 PM Hypercolor – bass monster James Ilgenfritz, percussionist Lukas Ligeti and guitarit Eyal Maoz followed at 9 by the Admiral Launch Duo (Jennifer Ellis, harp / Jonathan Hulting-Cohen, saxophone) at Spectrum

12/14, 8:30 PM rapturously innovative shamisen player/singer/improviser Emi Makabe leads a new quartet with Ches Smith (drums); Thomas Morgan (double bass); Vitor Gonçalves( piano/accordion) at I-Beam, $15

12/14, 9 PM explosive, creepy, colorful psychedelic rembetiko metal band Greek Judas at Hank’s

12/14, 9 PM epic Radiohead soundalikes Calaspera at Arlene’s, $8 

12/14, 10 PM fiery oldtimey string band the Four O’Clock Flowers at Sunny’s

12/14, 10 PM haunting, Lynchian, psychedelic organ-driven Puerto Rican bolero revivalists and Sylvia Rexach reinventors Miramar at Barbes. They’re also here on 12/30 at 10.

12/14, 10:30 PM saxophonist/composer Michael Blake leads a killer quartet with Frank Kimbrough on piano, Ben Allison on bass and Rudy Royston on drums at Smalls

 12/14, 10:30 PM one of NYC’s most original bands, Gold – just four womens’ vocal harmonies over concise, Slits-ish bass and drums – at Pete’s

12/14, midnight trumpeter Steven Bernstein’s legendary noir jazz outfit Sexmob  at Nublu 151, $15

12/15, 5:30 PM torchy, charming uke cabaret songwriter Trinidad Montalvo at the American Folk Art Museum

12/15, 7 PM an unlikely but hypnotic twinbill: sitar virtuoso Krishna Bhatt and guitarist Gyan Riley at the Rubin Museum of Art, $30

12/15, 7:30 PM pianist Minji Kim leads her colorful, cinematic quintet with Alex Sipiagin on trumpet at Club Bonafide, $15

12/15, 8 PM Sharq Attack with Marandi Hostetter, 5 string violin; Brian Prunka, oud; John Murchison, double bass and Philip Mayer, percussion jamming out classic Middle Eastern themes followed at 10 by accordionist/sitarist Kamala Sankaram’s hot surfy Bollywood/cumbia/psychedelic rock project Bombay Rickey – a launching pad for her spellbinding four-octave voice – at Barbes

12/15, 8/9:30 PM ethereal, raptly haunting singer Sara Serpa’s lush, philosophically-inspired City Fragments Band at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

12/15, 8 PM International Contemporary Ensemble play the the world premiere of Wojtek Blecharz’s Music for Invisible Places, at the Abrons Arts Center, free, early arrival a must

12/15, 8:30 PM surf night at Freddy’s: the majestic, cinematic TarantinosNYC , Lateslip, the legendary Tiki Brothers, & Brooklyn cover crew Band of Others doing the ep release show for their new one

 12/15, 8:30 PM multi-reedman/brilliant composer Mike McGinnis’ lush, enveloping pastoral jazz Roadtrip band at I-Beam, $15

12/15, 9:30 PM Three Bad Jacks play dark garage, ghoulabilly and punkish Americana at Hill Country 

12/15-16, 10:30 PM hard-hitting, tuneful postbop saxophonist/composer Ralph Bowen leads his quartet at Smalls

12/15, 11 PM Picture One and Safe Hex play bass-driven rainy-day 80s Xymox-style goth at Muchmore’s 

12/15, 11 PM Cartagena play funky psychedelic latin soul at Pete’s 

12/15, 11 PM the darkly eclectic, enigmatic Lorraine Leckie  – equally adept at Slavic and Americana noir and dark cabaret – at Sidewalk

12/16, 4 PM pyrotechnic klezmer clarinetist Michael Winograd and riveting Balkan trumpeter Ben Holmes air out new material followed at 8 by intense Balkan chanteuse Jenny Luna‘s haunting, traditional Turkish band Dolunay, and then at 10 by Rana Santacruz – the Mexican Shane MacGowan, but without the booze if you can imagine that.  at Barbes. Winograd is also at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music the following afternoon, 12/17 at 3:30 with a larger band, $10 includes free latkes

12/16, 6 PM velvety noir jazz singer (and Tickled Pinks member) Stephanie Layton’s impressively eclectic torch/swing jazz band Eden Lane at the historic Onderdonk House, 1820 Flushing Avenue, Ridgewood, $3, take the L to Jefferson St. and a 10-minute walk up Flushing Ave.

12/16, 7 PM lyrical jazz piano icon Fred Hersch’s Pocket Orchestra with the otherworldly Aubrey Johnson on vocals and Ingrid Jensen on trumpet at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix rec

12/16, 7 PM , repeating on 12/17 at 2 PM the Brooklyn Brandenburgers play  music by Telemann,  Mozart, Gene Glickman, Astor Piazzolla, Arthur Foote, Beethoven and Bach at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, $10, kids under 16 free

12/16, 7:30 PM the edgy, tuneful klezmer-influenced Uri Gurvich on saxophone with Peter Slavov on bass and Francisco Mela on drums at the Bar Next Door, $12

12/16, 7:30 PM riveting, intuitive pianist Karine Poghosyan plays a benefit for the Music Conservatory of Puerto Rico with an all-Beethoven program: Piano Sonata in E Minor, Op. 90. and the regal Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major with string quartet at Broadway Presbyterian Church, 601 W 114th St., $20, all proceeds to benefit the conservatory.

12/16, 7:30 PM the the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio play music of Dvorak, Beeethoven and Brahms at Washington Irving HS Auditorium, 16th St./Irving Place, $14

12/16, 7:30 PM rapturously eclectic jazz chanteuse Marianne Solivan leads her elegant quartet at Smalls

12/16, 8 PM fun, fast-picking original bluegrass and newgrass with the River Bones Band followed eventually at 10 by Dubistry doing their live dub thing and then oldschool-style rocksteady/roots reggae singer Caz Gardiner and her excellent band at Silvana 

12/16,  8/9:30 PM terse, purposeful rising star postbop saxophonist Melissa Aldana  with Aaron Diehl on piano at Mezzrow, $20 at the bar

12/16, 9 PM fiery, psychedelically bluesy oldschool soul/southern rockers Lizzie & the Makers at Footlight Bar. 12/20 at 11 they’re at the small room at the Rockwood

12/16, 9 PM sardonic folk noir band Bad Galaxy followed by wryly surreal prozac rock duo the Dream Eaters  at Pete’s 

12/16, 9 PM very diverse works by rising star jazz composer Sarah Weaver: a solo bass piece written for and played by the great Mark Dresser followed by Weaver’s killer twelve-piece orchestra featuring Min Xiao-Fen on pipa and Ned Rothenberg on reeds, among others, at the DiMenna Center, $25/$15 stud/srs

12/16, 9:30 PM trash-garage guitar maven Palmyra Delran and her band at Bowery Electric, $15

12/16, 10 PM period-perfect 80s goth dance-rock band Kissing Is a Crime at Trans-Pecos, $10

12/16, 10 PM oldschool psychedelic soul/groove band Empire Beats at the Way Station

12/16, 11 PM charmingly torchy vocal trio the Ladybugs – who put a twistedly original spin on old Disney movie themes – at the third stage at the Rockwood,$15

12/16, midnight the Dye play a mashup of 60s Laurel Canyon psych and 80s goth at the small room at the Rockwood

12/17, 3 PM pianist Karl Larson’s Light Matter Trio play works by Kaja Saariaho, Adrian Knight, Garth Knox and Scott Wollschleger at Spectrum

12/17, 4 PM boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band at Luckydog, 303 Bedford Ave (S 1st/2nd), Williamsburg. They’re also at Barbes on 12/23 at 8.

12/17, meet at 5:45, parade at 6 PM, this year’s flagship event of the annual global Unsilent Night festival hosted by the composer who started it all, Phil Kline. Bring your boombox, phone, tablet or laptop, download a file or borrow one of Kline’s cassettes and march in this twinkling, enveloping, mesmerizing parade to Tompkins Square Park. The procession takes about an hour – family-friendly and one of the funnest things you could do this holiday season.

12/17, 7 PM the ethereal, Balkan-influenced Accord Treble Choir followed at 9:30ish by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

12/17, 9:30 PM lyrical trumpet powerhouse Nadje Noordhuis leads her Quartet at 55 Bar

12/18, 9 PM deviously funny twin-trombone dub reggae crew Super Hi-Fi play their twised dub reggae covers of xmas carols  at the big room at the Rockwood, $10. Be aware that the Ventures show advertised beforehand is not the Ventures, the classic surf band, but somebody who’s obviously never heard of them.

12/18, 9:30ish Chicha Libre spinoff Locobeach play trippy electro-cumbia at Barbes

12/18, 10 PM high-voltage delta blues/Romany swing guitarist Felix Slim at LIC Bar

12/19, half past noon eclectically kinetic klezmer/cumbia/cinematic jamband Metropolitan Klezmer  at 1 Liberty Plaza in the Financial District, free

12/19, 7 PM smart purist oldtime blues/Americana resonator guitarist Zeke Healy & intense, eclectic violist Karen Waltuch make wild psychedelia out of classic Americana folk themes followed at 9ish by clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

12/19, 7:30/9:30 PM darkly lyrical latin jazz pianist Emilio Solla Y La Inestable de Brooklyn at Minton’s, $10

12/19-23, 8:30 PM drummer Ches Smith leads a series of ensembles at the Stone, $20. Choice pick: opening night with Jennifer Choi (violin) Anna Webber (flute) Nate Wooley (trumpet) Oscar Noriega (clarinets) Michael Nicolas (cello)

12/19, 10:30 PM brilliant drummer/percussionist Willie Martinez & La Familia Sextet play classic salsa grooves at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, $10

12/20, 7 PM darkly brilliant, psychedelic Klezmatics multi-reedman Matt Darriau’s Xalam Trio at City Vineyard. They’re also here on 12/27, sug don $10

12/20, 7:15 PM Afrobeat/roots reggae songstress Ayo plays the album release show for her new one at Drom, $15 adv tix rec

12/20, 8 PM purposeful, playful postbop guitarist Amanda Monaco leads an organ trio at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min – good situation for her. Followed at 9:30 (separate adm) by intense, lyrical tenor saxophonist Roxy Coss leading her quintet

12/21, 7 PM the Jack Quartet play play the world premiere of Georg Friedrich Haas’ String Quartet No. 9 in total darkness at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix rec. The last time they did this – with his previous quartet – the show was off the hook.

12/21, 8:30 PM drummer Aaron Alexander – the Art Blakey of Jewish jazz – leads an allstar combo at the Jalopy, $15

12/21, 10 PM Brooklyn’s funnest band, psychedelic organ-driven Middle Eastern-tinged surf rock trio Hearing Things at Barbes

12/22, 7 PM epic, cinematic Indian violin-fueled art-rock themes with Rini and her explosive band at the big room at the Rockwood, $10

12/22, 7:30/9:30 PM pyrotechnic, charismatic Argentine bandoneonist and composer JP Jofre leads his tango-jazz group at Minton’s, $15

12/22-23, 8/9:30 PM bassist Petros Klamanis leads his hauntingly lush, string-driven, Middle Eastern-tinged septet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

12/22, 8 PM rustic Brazilian jungle guitar-and-accordion sounds with Regional de NY followed at 10 by vibraphonist Felipe Fournier‘s Supermambo band playing a  Tito Puente tribute at Barbes 

12/22. 10 PM kinetic, funky, horn-fueled Algerian-Turkish-Nigerian dance crew Dahka Band at Littlefield, $15

12/22-23, 10 PM ageless second-wave ska/soul/blues band the Slackers play the Bell House, $20 adv tix or $32 2-day pass available.the original creepy circus punks, World Inferno open the night at 9 on 12/23 for no extra charge

12/22, 10 PM fiery, deviously fun oldtimey swing guitarist/crooner Seth Kessel & the Two Cent Band at Sunny’s

12/22, 10 PM Littlebuh play trippy cinematic vibraphone jazz at Pete’s 

12/23, 5 PM a classical Indian vocal ensemble with Doyel Ghosh, Aakhi Roy, Anhiti Naskar, Srijita Guha, Piyali Chatterjee,  Debadrita Mukherjee and Hemantika Mukherjee plus Debjit Patitundi on tabla followed at 6 by sitarist Shubho Chakraborty and then at 7 by singer Brajeshwar Mukherjee with the great Samir Chatterjee on tabla and Anirban Chakraborty on harmonium at the Chhandayan Center for Indian Music, 4 W 43rd Street #618

12/23, 6 PM oldschool-style high plains C&W singer Hope Debates & North 40 at 55 Bar

12/23, 7:30 PM a wild klezmer dance party with  YNY All-Stars led by pyrotechnic clarinetist Michael Winograd and iconic trumpeter Frank London of the Klezmatics plus klezmer luminaries Deborah Strauss, Dan Blacksberg, David Licht, Cookie Segelstein, Josh Horowitz, Stuart Brotman & many more at the Sirovich Center, 331 E 12th St, $20

12/23, 8 PM boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band followed at 10 by psychedelic salsa bandleader Zemog El Galle Bueno at Barbes

12/23, 10 PM noir-inclined, bluesy guitarslinger Phil Gammage and band  at the small room at the Rockwood

12/23, 10:30 PM powerful singer Bela Zap Art’s transcendently good, ferociously stampeding heavy, latin-tinged psychedelic band Desert Flower at Pete’s. Peeps at this little joint won’t know what hit them.

12/24, 7:30 PM an A-list Yiddish folksinger lineup including Ethel Raim, Itzik Gottesman, Josh Waletzky and Esther Gottesman open for fiery Cali klezmer/Romany string band Veretski Pass at the Town and Village Synagogue, 334 East 14th St, $20

12/25, sets at 3/5 PM, eclectically kinetic klezmer/cumbia/cinematic jamband Metropolitan Klezmer at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 + $10 min

12/25, 6 PM guy/girl duo Yael & Gabriel sing intimate versions of Edith Piaf classics at Lucille’s, $15 adv tix rec

12/25, 7:30 PM up-and-coming klezmer hotshots including Goyfriend – the duo of charismatic Belarussian-Jewish clarinetist Zisl Slepovitch and Latvian-Yiddish chanteuse Sasha Lurje, followed by dynamic, subtle all-female klezmer band Tsibele (Yiddish for onion) and trumpeter Jordan Hirsch and Overnight Kugel playing classic Hasidic wedding music from the 50’s through the 70’s at the Town and Village Synagogue, 334 East 14th St, $20

12/26, 7:30 PM fiery alto saxophonist Lucas Pino’s twin-guitar No No Nonet at Smalls

12/26, 7:30 PM  Indian classical singer Shabnam Abedi leads her jazz quintet at Club Bonafide, $10. Followed at 9:30 PM by irrepressible Aubrey Johnson protegee/singer Karen Tennison leading her Quartet, separate $10 adm 

12/26, 8 PM a massive Jewish jazz triplebill: multi-reedman Paul Shapiro’s Ribs & Brisket Revue, legendary pianist and Dave Tarras collaborator Pete Sokolow’s Yiddish-American Jass Band and the Shvesters of Swing: Joanne Borts, Tamar Korn, Cilla Owens & Eleonor Reissa at the  Clemente Soto Velez Center, 107 Suffolk Street (corner of Rivington), $20

12/26, 8/9:30 PM tuneful, expansive pianist Eri Yamamoto leads her trio at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

12/26-31, 8:30 PM thereminist/singer Makigami Koichi leads a series of ensembles at the Stone, $20. Choice pick: 12/28 with Ikue Mori (laptop) Sylvie Courvoisier (piano)

12/27, 1 PM jazz pianist Geoffrey Keezer and his combo at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex

 12/27, 6 PM santoorist Yanik Jayaram at the Rubin Museu of Art, free w/museum adm

12/27, 7 PM A-list indie classical pianist Vicky Chow plays an all-John Zorn program with an improvising rhythm section:  Tyshawn Sorey and Shanir Blumenkranz at National Sawdust, $25

12/27, 7:30 PM ambitious, smart, noir-inclined tenor saxophonist Patrick Cornelius leads a quartet at Smalls

12/27-28, 7:30 PM and 12/29-30 at 8 the NY Phil play Moussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition at Avery Fisher Hall, $35

12/27, 8 PM the Machine do an amazingly close approximation of Pink Floyd classics and obscure material at B.B. King’s, , $25 adv tix rec.

12/27, 9:30 PM Kitari – who veer between lazy moveable-chord indie and angst-fueled, soul-tinged psychedelia – play the album release show for their new one at the Mercury, $10 

12/28, 6 PM fiery electric bluegrass and C&W with Demolition String Band at the new Opry City Stage, 1604 Broadway (48/49), free. They’re here the following night, 12/29 a half hour earlier

12/28, 6 PM Tina Kenny & the Balance play catchy, surprisingly uncliched 70s style “hard rock” at the small room at the Rockwood 

12/28, 8 PM deviously theatrical oldschool C&W/rockabilly parodists Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co at Otto’s

12/28, 9ish haunting Nashville gothic songwriter Jaye Bartell at Troost

12/28. 9 PM accordion genius Shoko Nagai ’s Tokala at Barbes. “Tokala is the name of a mysterious country in Central Asia which had a connection to Japan via the silk road which was responsible for bringing Middle Eastern culture to ancient Japan.  The band explores the sound of this ancient connection where cultural exchange left an imprint which became integral part of Japanese culture.” With Zisl Slepovitch (clarinet); Kenny Warren (trumpet) and Stomu Takeishi (bass) at Barbes

12/29, 6 PM New Aires Tango with singer Malena Dayen and pianist David Rosenmeyer at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

12/29, 7 PM 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 – with Afro-Cuban drummer Roman Diaz at the Rubin Museum of Art, $25 adv tix rec

12/29, 7 PM smart, eclectic songwriter Greta Keating plays her biting, tuneful, lyrical acoustic rock at Sidewalk

12/29, 8 PM Prileps, Macedonia’s #1 Romany dance band, Prilepski Zvezdi at Drom, free

12/29, 8 PM Tanayilt mash up Algerian psych-folk and its American counterpart at Shrine 

12/29, 8 PM Colombian singer Maria Raquel and band play boleros, cumbias, salsa, son cubano, and traditional rhythms  at Guadalupe Inn

12/29, 10:30 PM a rare reunion of Yula Beeri’s edgy, carnivalesque anthem band Nanuchka at the big room at the Rockwood

12/29, 11 PM catchy, sardonic powerpop trio the New Arlenes (gotta love that name) at the Gutter, $5 

12/30, 7:30 PM former Dizzy Gillespie guitarist Ed Cherry with his trio at the Bar Next Door, $12

12/30, 8 PM brilliant pedal steel player Mike Neer’s Steelonious – who do Monk covers in the same vein as Buddy Emmons  followed at 10 by haunting, Lynchian, psychedelic organ-driven Puerto Rican bolero revivalists and Sylvia Rexach reinventors Miramar at Barbes

12/30, 8/9:30 PM unpredictable, entertaining drummer Tom Rainey’s improvisational trio with Kris Davis, piano;  Drew Gress, bass at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

12/30, 9 PM wickedly jangly, tuneful twin-guitar Americana rockers the Sloe Guns at  the Bitter End

12/30, 9 PM boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band at Bar Chord

12/31, 6:30 PM sardonic folk noir band Bad Galaxy at Branded Saloon. Get in, get out.

12/30, 11 PM Super Yamba play their bracingly psychedelic Afrobeat jams at C’Mon Everybody, $12

12/31, 10 PM awesomely slinky, psychedelic Israeli Ethiopiques groove instrumentalists Anbessa Orchestra at Barbes, $20. As Olivier at the venue says, NO TV, NO WARM CHAMPAGNE TOAST

12/31, 10 PM fiery, psychedelically bluesy oldschool soul/southern rockers Lizzie & the Makers at Pine Box Rock Shop. Your best bet for a cheap NYE night out- no cover, and the back room (past the bar, to the right) is hidden away so nobody’s going to hustle you for drinks. 

12/31, 11 PM organist William Trafka performs works by Bach, Guilmant and Mendelssohn at St. Bartholomew’s Church, free, champagne after midnight!

12/31, 11:30 PM Sweet Tits – the “punk lesbian Spinal Tap” – at Freddy’s

1/1, 8 PM lead guitarist to the stars of the NY underworld – and a tuneful powerpop songwriter in his own right – Homeboy Steve Antonakos at Bowery Electric, free

1/1, 9 PM quirky, fun swing-infused songwriter Orly Bendavid & the Mona Dahls at Pete’s 

1/1, 9 PM catchy horn-and-vibraphone-driven Ethio-jazz and othe Afrian sounds from Molly Tigre at Bar Chord 

1/1, 9:30ish Dilemastronauta Y Los Sabrosos Cosmicos play their cumbia-inspired stoner dub jams  They’re also here on 1/8.

1/2, 7 PM the New Year’s Hank-O-Rama – the Hank Williams cover show that the old Rodeo Bar used to host – with the Lonesome Prairie Dogs, Tammy Faye Starlite, Lenny Kaye, and special guests at Joe’s Pub, $15

1/2, 6 PM pianist Arcoiris Sandoval’s Sonic Asylum Trio with Marty Kenney, bass;  Allan Mednard, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min. She’s one of the most incisive, darkly purposeful pianists around: to put her in the same league with Kris Davis wouldn’t be overhype. 

1/2, 7 PM bassist Jim Whitney’s sardonic quartet with guitar, flute and drums followed at 9ish by clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

1/2-7, 7:30/9:30 PM erudite, reliably tuneful postbop pianist Orrin Evans opens the year with a week at the Jazz Standard, $30: 1/2-3 leading the Captain Black Big Band, the rest of the stand with his sextet including JD Allen and Ingrid Jensen, holy smokes

1/2-7, 8 PM Chicago improvisational sax icon Ken Vandermark plays a weeklong stand at the Stone with a variety of players, $20. Choice pick: 1/5 wih a quartet including Sylvie Courvoisier (piano) Tom Rainey (drums) Nate Wooley (trumpet)

1/2-7, 8:30/10 PM perennially popular lyrical jazz pianist Brad Mehldau with his trio at the Vanguard, $30

1/3, 7  PM powerhouse B3 organist Pat Bianchi leads his trio at Smalls

1/3, 8 PM psychedelic klezmer/bluegrass mandolin and clarinet legend Andy Statman at Barbes, $10. He’s also at the Old Stone House in  Park Slope on 1/7 at 4 for the same price

1/3. 8 PM wryly psychedelic cumbia/tropicalia/dub band Locobeach at SOB’s, $10. They’re also at Barbes on 1/15 at 10.

1/3. 8 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” at Troost

1/3, 8:30 PM pantheonic, eclectic guitar hero Nels Cline leads a trio at Bar  Lunatico

1/3. 10 PM Mimi Oz – a real kitchen-sink songwriter with soul and rock and darker sounds, and an omnipresent sense of humor – at  the Way Station

1/4, 7 PM haunting, kinetic, paradigm-shifting Middle Eastern jazz with Ensemble Fanaa followed by drummer Whit Dickey and intense violist Mat Maneri at the Cemente Soto Velez Center, $20

1/4, 7:30 PM funk behemoth Burnt Sugar Arkestra ‘“freak Dayton Ohio’s Sweet Sticky Thangbook, caramelizing music by the Ohio Players, Zapp, Lakeside, Junie Morrison, Heatwave, Slave, Aurra, and Steve Arrington” at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

1/4, 7:30 PM Ensemble Connect play works by Ligeti, Beethoven and Richard Strauss’ Metamorphosen at Paul Hall at Juilliard, free

1/4, 8 PM explosive, creepy, colorful psychedelic rembetiko metal band Greek Judas  at Barbes

1/4, 8 PM the Emerald Trio play new works by New York composers Davide Zannoni – Dan Cooper – Carolyn Steinberg – Milica Paranosic – Joseph Pehrson – Matt Castle at the DiMenna Center, $15/$10 stud/srs

1/4, 8:30  PM klezmer Anschluss! with an allstar cast: Ilya Shneyveys, bassist Jordan Morton, clarinet maven Michael Winograd, Craig Judelman, Sah-Schah Lou Ree, Hankus Melone at the Jalopy, $15

1/4, 10 PM noisy, hazily jangly, psychedelic slowcore/free jazz/avant instrumentalists Sunwatchers atat Union Pool, $10

1/4, 10 PM the great unsung hero of darkly purposeful, noir-tinged jazz guitar, Saul Rubin leads his Zebtet at the Fat Cat. They’re also here on 1/9 at 7.

1/5, 7 PM pianist Judith Berkson and Gutbucket guitarist Ty Citerman premiere cutting-edge, contemporary music for voices, keyboards, guitars and electronics at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, free

1/5, 8 PM eclectic, harmony-driven newgrass band the Lobbyists at the big room at the Rockwood, $10 

1/5, 8 PM the hauntingly kinetic, cinematic Ghost Funk Orchestra at Baby’s All Right, free

 1/5, 8 PM the Neave Piano Trio play music of Leonard Bernstein, Robert Paterson, and Russell Steinberg. $20, complimentary glass of wine with each ticket

1/5, 8:30 PM perennially tuneful tenor saxophonist John Ellis & Double Wide at Bar  Lunatico

1/5, 11 PM Don’t Upset the Bear, who play Pretty Things-style oldschool punk/R&B at Maxwelll’s, $10

1/5, 10 PM velvety noir jazz singer (and Tickled Pinks member) Stephanie Layton’s impressively eclectic torch/swing jazz band Eden Lane followed at 11 by ethereal folk noir songstress Belle-Skinner – who wrote the chilling ballad John Wayne Gacy Jr. – at Pete’s 

 1/5, 10 PM eclectic, guitarishly fierce electric C&W/blues band the Jug Addicts at Barbes

1/5, 10:30 PM catchy Booker T-esque soul jazz with the David Gibson/Jared Gold, Hammond B3 organ band at the Fat Cat

1/5, midnight lyrical tenor saxophonist John Farnsworth leads his quartet at Smoke, no cover

1/6, 3 (three) PM enigmatic art-rock/chamber jazz singer Nerissa Campbell’s new project the Breakout Lights at the small room at the Rockwood 

1/6, 7 PM charismatic, tuneful bassist Mimi Jones’ Group at the Fat Cat

1/6, 7 PM Ghost Ensemble with David Rothenberg, clarinet; Ben Richter, accordion; Lucie Stavros, harp and James Ilgenfritz, bass play works by Pauline Oliveros and others at Spectrum

1/6, 7 PM Organ Monk organist Greg Lewis duels with drummer Ronnie Burrage; low-register reedman JD Parran leads his Deep Ecology Trio; combustible drummer Weasel Walter leads his quintet at the Clemente Soto Velez Center, $20 for 1 or 2 sets, more for all 3

1/6, 7 PM brilliant pianist Liza Stepanova plays works from Bach to Ligeti from her insightful, wildly eclectic new album at National Sawdust, $25 adv tix rec

1/6, 8 PM epic, original, intense original Balkan monsters Raya Brass Band  followed at 10 by epic ranchera/bolero brass crew Banda de los Muertos at Barbes

 1/6, 8 PM lo-fi stoner Americana band Lord Youth followed by cleverly lyrical, murderously witty murder ballad/chamber pop allstars Charming Disaster at the Owl 

1/6, 8 PM the Ureuk Symphony play Tschaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 and Rococo Variations plus works by Woo and Kang at Merkin Concert Hall, $25 tix avail

1/6, 8:30 PM Mary Lorson – whose eclectic catalog comprises everything from uneasy parlor pop to trip-hop to swing – at the third stage at the Rockwood, $12

1/6, 9 PM catchy janglerockers Nixon Mask – who blend the Jesus & Mary Chain, Americana and pastoral Pink Floyd – at Union Pool, $10 

1/6, 9 PM fiery, guitar-fueled female-fronted Americana punks Spanking Charlene at Sidewalk. 1/19 at 9 they’re at Hill Country followed by twangrock supergroup Los Dudes

 1/6 Unsteady Freddie‘s monthly surf rock extravaganza at Otto’s begins at 9 PM with Brooklyn cover crew Band of Others, metalish Providence band the Infra-Men at 10, the majestic, cinematic TarantinosNYC at 11 and Link Wray cover band the WrayCyclers at around midnight

1/6, 9 PM cleverly lyrical 90s Britrock-influenced stadium rock band Mustardmind at the Mercury, $10 

1/6, 10 PM catchy, fiery, female-fronted janglerockers/powerpop band Above the Moon – like a more forceful take on Versus – at Arlene’s, $10

1/6, 10 PM anthemic lit-rocker Dalton Deschain  at Pine Box Rock Shop. 1/20 at 10 he and the band are at the Way Station

1/6, 11 PM oldschool psychedelic soul/groove band Empire Beats at the Way Station

1/7, 4 PM pianist Huizi Zhang and violinist Holly Nelson play works by Michael Levinas, Patrick Thompson, Gu Wei, Yifan Guo, and Fabian Beltran at National Sawdust, $20 adv tix rec

1/7, 7 PMCarol Lipnik – pretty much everybody’s choice for best singer in all of NYC –  at Pangea. She’s also here on 1/13 at 9

1/7, 7 PM the haunting, ancient Jewish/Middle Eastern sounds of Asefa followed by violin looper Joe Kye, then cinematic guitar mastermind Demir Demirkan at Drom, free

1/7, 8 PM a killer twinbill at the Owl: luminous, astonishingly eclectic, wickedly tuneful cello-rock badass Serena Jost and New York’s most charismatic, darkly compelling lyrical songwriter/storyteller/keyboard genius Rachelle Garniez , $10

 1/8, 5:30 PM a Juilliard chamber ensemble plays works by Dutilleux, Lasser (a setting of Debussy and Fauré songs for voice and chamber ensemble) and Dvorak at the Sharp Theatre at Juilliard, free. another concert tonight at Paul Hall at 7:30 as well

 1/8 8/9:30  , noir-inspired bassist Michael Blanco leads his quartet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

 1/8, 8/10:30 PM ageless, perennially hard-hitting jazz piano sage and ex-Coltrane bandmate McCoy Tyner at the Blue Note, $30 standing room avail

1/8, 8 PM duels and conversation between tenor sax and drums: the George Garzone/Colin Stranahan duo at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min. Garzone is back here on 1/27 at 8:30 leading a trio with Peter Slavov, bass;  Niclas Campagno, drums

1/8, 9 PM catchy, restless female-fronted Americana/newgrass anthem band Kaylor Otwell & the Tin Cans at Hill Country 

1/8, 9 PM catchy, period-perfect, glossy 80s style new wave synth band the Retroglyphs at the Mercury, $10 

1/8, 9:30 PM chanteuse Dor Sagi’s wildly eclectic, elegantly artsy band Sage – who float between enigmatic pastoral jazz-tinged themes, sleek new wave and janglerock – at Pete’s  

1/9, 7 PM Unspeakable Garbage – basically the world’s funniest jazz satirists, Mostly Other People Do the Killing with Nick Millevoi on guitar – at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

1/9-14, 8 PM edgy, tuneful klezmer-influenced Uri Gurvich plays a weeklong stand at the Stone with a variety of players, $20. Choice pick: opening night, the Gnawaism trio with Innov Gnaw’s Amino Belyamani (vocals, qraqeb) Samir Langus (vocals, sintir)

 1/9, 8 PM uneasy postpunk/new wave/dreampop band Rich Girls at the Knitting Factory, $10

1/9-14, 8:30/10 PM state-of-the-art alto postbop with the Joshua Redman Quartet at the Blue Note, $30 standing room avail

1/9, 9 PM irrepressible multi-instrumentalist Joanna Sternbergg wearing her front-porch folk guitarist hat at Sunny’s. 1/13 at 8ish  she’s playing the album release show for her new one at the Jalopy, $10

1/9, 9:30 PM oldschool Texas fingerstyle acoustic blues, Romany swing and all sorts of fiery antique styles with fantastic guitarist Noe Socha at Freddy’s

1/9, 10 PM the Royal Arctic Institute – who veer between surfy rock instrumentals and darker, quieter, more noir and jazz-tinged themes – at the third stage at the Rockwood, $10 

1/9, 11 PM stoner riff-rock power trio the Hazytones at Shrine, free. The following night, 1/10 they’re at St. Vitus an hour earlier, preceded at 9 by stoner 70s Murder City style rockers Sun Voyager for $10 

1/10, 7 PM mesmerizing microtonal saxophonist Daro Behroozi with Daniel Carter – woodwinds; Leonid Galaganov – percussion; Dan Kurfirst – percussion; ​Alexis Marcelo – piano followed at 8 by edgy violinist Sana Nagano with Peter Apfelbaum – reeds; Ken Filiano – bass; Max Jaffe – drums; ​Keisuke Matsuno – guitar at the Cemente Soto Velez Center, $20 

1/10, 6 PM pipa virtuoso Jiaju Shen with guzheng player Wei Sun at the Rubin Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

1/10, 7 PM darkly brilliant, psychedelic Klezmatics multi-reedman Matt Darriau’s Xalam Trio at City Vineyard. They’re also there on 1/17

1/11, 7:30/9:30 PM this era’s most cutting-edge, politically relevant large jazz ensemble,Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society  at the Jazz Gallery, $25

1/10, 6 PM, repeating on 1/11 at 3 fiery Chinese pipa player Yu Bin and his ensemble play their new suite Overlord, offering a new look at a legendary villain in Chinese opera history at the Asia Society, $25

1/10, 10 PM sarcastic glam punks the Defectives at the big room at the Rockwood

 1/11, 6 PM purposeful, low-key tropical jazz singer Eva Cortes plays the album release show for her new one with her sextet at Minton’s, $10

1/11, 7:30 PM LA-based Cuban salsa-punk band  Changüí Majadero at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

1/11, 7:30 PM Music From Yellow Barn sing Bach’s Musical Offering, interspersed with the segments of Lei Liang’s Garden Eight at Symphony Space, $30/$20 under 30

1/11, 9 PM 20s hot jazz revivalists Cait and the Critters at Radegast Hall. They’re also here on 1/16 at 8.

 1/11. 10 PM fiery oldtimey 19th century style string band the Four O’Clock Flowers at Sunny’s

1/11, 10 PM explosively theatrical, phantasmagorical indie/metal trio A Deer A Horse  at St. Vitus, $10

1/12, 7 PM violist Nadia Sirota and bass viol player Liam Byrne play a Donnacha Dennechy live score to accompany video animation at National Sawdust, $25 adv tix rec

 1/12, 6:30ish trumpeter Itamar Borochov with mystical Moroccan trance-dance band Innov Gnawa at Nublu 151, $10. The following night, 1/13 at. 7:45 PM they’re at Joe’s Pub for double the money. 

1/12, 7 PM in reverse order: thoughtful newgrass band Phoebe Hunt & the Gatherers, popular, pensive retro C&W/bluegrass/soul singer Dori Freeman & the  Carolina Chocolate Drops’ Dom Flemons at City Winery, $15 standing room avail 

1/11, 8 PM the Jimi Hendrix of the cuatro, Jorge Glem followed at 9:30 by Sam Reider & the Human Hands  playing pastoral gothic accordion art-rock at Barbes

1/12, 8 PM energetic acoustic Veracruz-style folk-punk band Radio Jarocho at Guadalupe Inn

1/12-13, 8:30 PM cellist Okkyung Lee leads an intriguing chamber jazz quartet with Maeve Gilchrist (harp) Eivind Opsvik (bass) Jacob Sacks (piano)  at the New School’s Glass Box Performance Space, 55 W 13th St, $20

1/12. 8:30 PM lush, dynamically eclectic Korean folk/art-rock band Coreyah mash up lustrous, often plaintive themes with hard-charging hip-hop and dance tunes  followed eventually at 10 by Eljuri playing their ferocious, brilliantly guitar-driven, fearlessly populist rock en Espanol  and finally at half past midnight brooding, fearlessly political Egyptian crooner Ramy Essan at Drom, free

1/12, 9 PM the edgy, improvisational Rhythm Method String Quartet at the Owl

1/12, 10 PM fiery female-fronted powerpop band the Shondes at the Silent Barn, $8

1/12, 10 PM CC Roots – oldschool reggae jamband with a blues harp – at Maxwell’s, free 

1/12, 10:30 PM excellent accordion-fueled, female-fronted noir Americana band Crooked Horse at Pine Box Rock Shop 

 1/12, 9:30 PM wryly funny, psychedelic covers of 60s Russian pop with theEastern Blokhedz – who specialize in the catalog of legendary Polish singer Edita Piaha – followed at 11 byLos Cumpleanos playing psychedelic cumbias with new wave synths & retro organ, effect-laden trombone and trumpet as well as a three piece percussion section at Barbes

1/13, 3 PM cinematic, psychedelic quirk-pop keyboardist Michael Hearst presents “Curious, Unusual and Extraordinary” songs from his many bands followed at 4 by the Erik Satie Quartet, a stately wind ensemble who reinvent Satie material as well as obscurities by his contemporaries, and then, eventually at 9:30 by this era’s most chillingly cinematic, shadowy reverbtoned noir guitar instrumentalists, Big Lazy  and at 11 by accordionist/sitarist Kamala Sankaram’s hot surfy Bollywood/cumbia/psychedelic rock project Bombay Rickey at Barbes

1/13, daytime showtime tba, hilarious, smartly political faux-French retro 60s psych-pop band les Sans Culottes at Hank’s

 1/13. 6:30 PM Berlin jazz singer Lucia Cadotsch’s Speak Low trio with tenor saxophonist Otis Sandsjö and double-bassist Peter Eldh, who contrast low-key, purist vocals and rough-edged improvisation in new interpretations of standards at Greenwich House Music School, $20

1/13, 7 PM an eclectic triplebill of often magical Korean sounds; lush, dynamically eclectic Korean folk/art-rock band Coreyah, who mash up lustrous, often plaintive themes with hard-charging hip-hop and dance tunes ,violin looper Joe Kye,  and paradigm-shifting gayageum zither player Park Kyungso with drummer Kim Chaek at the big room at the Rockwood, $20

 1/13, 7:15 PM dark psychedelic acoustic blues/klezmer/reggae/soca jamband Hazmat Modine at Terra Blues. They’re also here on 1/27

1/13, 7:30 PM best lineup of the year: Christylez Bacon & Nistha Raj’s Indian hip-hop Bhairavi Beatbox, at 8:15 Super Yamba playing their psychedelic Afrobeat jams, at 9 singer Carolina Oliveros’ mighty 13-piece Afro-Colombian  trance/dance choir Bulla en el Barrio, at 10 the amazing Thai psychedelic jamband Drunken Foreigner Band, at 11:15 the similarly trippy, more eclectic Combo Chimbita, at midnight awesomely slinky, psychedelic Israeli Ethiopiques groove instrumentalists Anbessa Orchestra and at around 1 Brooklyn’s funnest band, psychedelic organ-driven Middle Eastern-tinged surf rock trio Hearing Things at Drom, $10 

1/13, 8 PM the Vigil Antics – who blend ornate NWOBHM metal with uneasy postrock and dreampop – at Gussy’s Bar in Queens. Very original and tuneful. 

 1/13, 8 PM a solo set by haunting jazz pedal steel virtuoso Susan Alcorn followed by guitarist Alan Licht’s live score to Aki Onda’s new experimental film at Issue Project Room, $15/$12 stud/srs

1/13, 8 PM hard-hitting trumpeter Rachel Therrien and her quintet at the Cell Theatre, $15/$10 stud/srs

1/14, 11 AM kinetic klezmer/cumbia/cinematic jambands Metropolitan Klezmer and Isle of Klezbos  seen for the first time in the same room together! Proof that they are not the same band! at City Winery, $10, no min, kids 10 and under free!

1/14. 7 PM charming front-porch folk duo Anna & Elizabeth, Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons playing robust oldtimey fiddle and banjo tunes,pensive songwriter  Kristin Andreassen at 8:30 and kinetic, fearlessly populist oldtime Americana songwriter/banjoist Kaia Kater  at 9:15 )at the small room at the Rockwood 

1/14, 6 PM the Desdemona String Trio – Adrianne Munden-Dixon, violin;  Carrie Frey, viola;  Julia Henderson, cello – parse “the dulcet polyphony of Henry Purcell, Sofia Gubaidulina’s mystical characters, and a frolic through Luciano Berio’s youthful Divertimento” at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

1/14, 7:30/9:30 PM intense pianist Gerald Clayton  solo at the Jazz Gallery, $25 ‘

1/14, 1 AM (actually wee hours of 1/15) York Factory Complaint launch into their drony assault at Brooklyn Bazaar, $10, after a bunch of similarly noisy, less interesting bands 

1/15, 7 PM carnivalesque loopmusic maven Sxip Shirey  – a one-man New Orleans funeral parade – leads a 40-person choir performing requiems for David Bowie and Amelia Earhart at National Sawdust, $25 adv tix rec

1/15, 8/9:30 PM haunting, slinky Turkish band Seyvah with Jenny Luna, voice; Kane Mathis, oud; Marandi Hostetter, violin; Greg Squared, clarinet; Shane Shanahan and Philip Mayer, percussion at Cornelia St. Cafe for $10 + $10 min

1/15, 9 PM haunting, Lynchian, psychedelic organ-driven Puerto Rican bolero revivalists and Sylvia Rexach reinventors Miramar followed by wryly psychedelic cumbia/tropicalia/dub band Locobeach at Barbes

1/15, 8 PM a killer triplebill at the big room at the Rockwood: tropical tripmeisters Combo Chimbita, fearlessly relevant latin rock songwriter and protest song connoisseur Ani Cordero, and slinky maracatu/New Orleans/surf rock mashups from Nation Beat, $10. Next door at the small room fiery jazz violinist/composer Zach Brock plays at 10.

1/16, 7 PM intense Balkan chanteuse Jenny Luna‘s haunting, traditional Turkish band Dolunay,followed by clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

1/16. 7 PM Russian folk noir chamber ensemble Russian Renaissance play a multimedia show at National Sawdust, $25 adv tix rec

1/16-17, 7 PM Dylan Mattingly’s lavish microtonal four-hour quasi-opera Stranger Love featuring a 30+ member version of Contemporaneous at Roulette, $30

1/16, 8/9:30 PM captivating, darkly tuneful  pianist Shai Maestro leads his trio at Shapeshifter Lab, $12. 1/24 at 8 he’s at Mezzrow in a rare duo set with Chris Potter on tenor sax, $20. Then he’s with the trio again on 1/26 at 8:30 at Cornelia St. Cafe for $20 if you include cover and minimum

 1/16, 7 PM percussionist John Hadfield leads an improvisational quartet with Kenny Werner, piano;  Ari Hoenig, drums;  Or Bareket, bass at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

1/16, 9 PM haunting psychedelic Middle Eastern/southwestern gothic songwriter Sir Richard Bishop at Union Pool, free

1/16, 10:30 PM brilliant drummer/percussionist Willie Martinez & La Familia Sextet play classic salsa grooves at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, $10

1/16, 10:30 PM smart, eclectic songwriter Greta Keating plays her biting, tuneful, lyrical acoustic rock at Pete’s

 1/17, 1 PM lyrical jazz piano titan Bill Mays at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex

1/17 7:30/9:30 PM Wayne Tucker & the Bad Muthas sextet at the Jazz Gallery, $25

 1/17, 9:30 PM the hypnotic, pyrotechnic Orakel duo – Roshni Samlal, tabla;  Kane Mathis, kora and oud – at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

 1/17, 10 PM ominous female-fronted slowcore trio Haybaby followed by noisy art=rock/indie guitar legend Martin Bisi at Alphaville, $10 

1/18 7:30 PM powerful jazz belter – and Gil Scott-Heron reinventor –  Charenee Wade at Ginny’s Supper Club, $15

1/18-21, 7:30/9:30 PM Americana jazz violin powerhouse Jenny Scheinman’s Mischief & Mayhem with Nels Cline on guitar at the Jazz Standard, $30

1/18, 7:30 PM the Israeli Chamber Project play Strauss’ Till Eulenspigel, Stravinsky’s Histoire du Soldat and Bartok’s Piano Trio in C at Paul Hall at Juilliard, free

 1/18, 7:30/9:30 PM tenor saxophonist Anna Webber leads her killer septet with Jeremy Viner – tenor saxophone, clarinet; Jacob Garchik – trombone; Chris Hoffman – cello; Matt Mitchell – piano; Chris Tordini – bass; Ches Smith – drums, vibraphone at the Jazz Gallery, $25 

1/18, 7:30 PM classic oldschool Cuban-style charanga José Fajardo Jr. y Sus Estrellas at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

1/18, 8 PM playfully lyrical, fearlessly political superduo Kill Henry Sugar – guitar/banjo mastermind Erik Della Penna and drummer Dean Sharenow – at Barbes

1/18, 9 PM smart, cleverly lyrical original swing chanteuse/songwriter/trombonist Emily Asher’s Garden Party at Radegast Hall

1/18, 9 PM brilliant, open-tuned original blues, bluegrass and acoustic Americana from Dougmore at Muchmore’s. How much more of this can we take?

 1/18. 9:30 PM intriguingly original, bitingly lyrical, jangly female-fronted acoustic rock trio Yellow Bells at Freddy’s 

1/19, 7  PM site-specific spacious sonics: three simultaneous soloists: guitarist David Grubbs, vibraphonist Sarah Hennies and C. Spencer Yeh – violin/vocals spaced apart in separate corners of the main space at Pioneer Works, $15

1/19, 7 PM woodwind quintet SoundMind Ensemble explores the depth of counterpoint in Schoenberg’s Wind Quintet, Op. 26  and Will Healy’s new work, Synapses  at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, $15/$10 stud/srs

 1/19, 7 PM crystalline, lyrical postbop trumpeter Tim Hagans leads his quartet at Smalls

 1/19-21, 8/10:30 PM catchy, funky hip-hop brass band the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble at the Blue Note, $20 standing room avail

1/19-20. 8:30 PM irrepressible, transgressively funny saxophonist Jon Irabagon leads an organ trio with Gary Versace behind the B3  at the New School’s Glass Box Performance Space, 55 W 13th St, $20. The 1/20 show he’s joined by the Mivos  String Quartet and pianist Matt Mitchell playing his brand new suite

 1/19. 10 PM psychedelic salsa bandleader Zemog El Galle Bueno  at Barbes

1/19. 10 PM one of the great saxophonists in the history of ska, Dave Hillyard and his quintet at Sunny’s

1/19, 10 PM wild, noisy, genuinely Hendrixian virtuoso lead guitarist Viva DeConcini and her band at the Way Station.

1/19. 10 PM the Marauders play roots reggae at the small room at the Rockwood 

 1/19. 11 PM the darkly eclectic, enigmatic Lorraine Leckie  – equally adept at Slavic and Americana noir – at Sidewalk

1/20. 5 PM atmospheric, cinematic drummer/composer Tim Kuhl – sort of a more straightforwardly trippy version of John Hollenbeck – at Pete’s

1/20, 7 PM charming oldtimey trio the Crimson Ragdolls:  Joanna Sternberg, Ali Dineen & Lucine Yeghiazaryanne at Terra Blues

 1/20, 7:30 PM pianist Alessio Bax and a string trio play works by Beethoven, Mozart and Smetana at Irving HS Auditorium, Irving Place betw 17th/18th, $14

1/20. 7:30/9:30 PM unpredictable, entertaining drummer Tom Rainey leads his Obbligato quintet, slicing up jazz standards with Ingrid Laubrock – saxophone and Kris Davis on piano at the Jazz Gallery, $25 

 1/20, 8 PM eclectic, lyrical jazz bassist/composer Pedro Giraudo leads his Tango Quartet followed at 10 by Pangari & the Socialites playing classic ska and rocksteady – most of it from the 60s Skatalites catalog – at Barbes

 1/20, 8 PM high-voltage psychedelic cumbia band MAKU Soundsystem – whose latest album takes a detour toward Caribbean and African sounds – at C’Mon Everybody, $12

1/20, 8 PM the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with Pinchas Zukerman, conductor and soloist play Weber’s Overture to Der Freischütz, Beethoven’s Violin Concerto and Dvořák’s Seventh Symphony at NJPAC in Newark, $24 tix avail

 1/21, 4 PM International Contemporary Ensemble  presents new works by Okkyung Lee, Nicole Mitchell, and Lu Wang at National Sawdust, $tba

1/21, 6 PM Queens College’s Gamelan Yowana Sari play new indie classical chamber works for gamelan by David Rozenblatt, Zach Seely, Dan Cooper, Daniel Schnyder, and Monroe Golden at the Goddard Riverside Center, 647 Columbus Ave, (91/92) free

1/21, 4 PM the Orchestra Now play Enescu’s Romanian Rhapsody No. 1; Sibelius’ The Swan of Tuonela; Rimsky-Korskov’s Capriccio espagnol and Einojuhani Rautavaara’s  Symphony No. 8, The Journey at Symphony Space, free

 1/21, 4 PM the Imani Winds – who style themselves more like a wild brass band than a sedate wind ensemble – play a program TBA at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.

1/21, 7 PM accordion genius Shoko Nagai ’s Tokala at Barbes “Tokala is the name of a mysterious country in Central Asia which had a connection to Japan via the silk road which was responsible for bringing Middle Eastern culture to ancient Japan.  The band explores the sound of this ancient connection where cultural exchange left an imprint which became integral part of Japanese culture.” With Zisl Slepovitch (clarinet); Kenny Warren (trumpet) and Stomu Takeishi (bass). Followed at 9:30  by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel 

1/21-22, 7:30/9:30 PM drummer Johnathan Blake records a live album with Chris Potter on tenor and Linda Oh on bass at the Jazz Gallery, $25 ‘

1/21, 9ish 70s dark folk legend Kath Bloom – who has a haunting new album out  – at Troost

1/21 9 PM bassist Eivind Opsvik’s Overseas with Brandon Seabrook – guitar; Tony Malaby – tenor saxophone; Kenny Wollesen – drums;  Jacob Sacks – piano at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, $15/$10 stud/srs

1/21, 10:30 PM noir-inspired alto saxophonist/composer Nick Hempton leads leads a quartet at Smalls 

 1/22, 8 PM dark, sardonic, brilliantly tuneful jazz pianist Danny Fox and his Trio a at Mezzrow, $20

1/22, 9:30 PM Jina Brass Band play live bhangra at Barbes

1/22, 7:30 PM cellist Benjamin Larsen leads a cello quartet playing a program tba at the Cathedral of the Holy Virgin Protection, 59 E 2nd St

1/22, 9 PM improvisational cinematic duo the Flushing Remonstrance – Catherine Cramer (percussion) and Robert Kennedy (keyboards, electronics, voice)  at Pine Box Rock Shop

1/23, 7 PM violonist and singer Eleonore Biezunski’s new klezmer band Lyubtshe followed by clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

 1/23, 7:30 PM a festival of new chamber works by Chinese composers Shang Peilei, Hi Xuntian, Zhao Xi, Li Shaosheng, Wang Delong and others at Paul Hall at Juilliard, free. The festival continues through 1/25 here and then at Alice Tully Hall on 1/26, same time

1/23, 8 PM Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel  plays the album release show for his latest one The Django Experiment Vol. 2 at Joe’s Pub, $25

 1/23-28, 8:30/10 PM reliably spellbinding multi-saxophonist Steve Wilson leads a colorful quartet with Uri Caine (piano) Ugonna Okegwo (bass) Bill Stewart (drums) at the Vanguard

1/23-28, 8:30 PM perennially tuneful, lyrical piano improviser/composer Kris Davis  leads a variety of ensembles at the Stone. Choice pick: 1/25-27 with Jen Shyu (voice) Ikue Mori (electronics) Trevor Dunn (bass) Mat Maneri (viola) Ches Smith (drums)

 1/23, 9 PM cinematic Quincy Jones-style B3 gutbucket organ jazz with Underground System’s Colin Brown and his band at Freddy’s

1/24, 7:30/9:30 PM haunting pan-Asian avant-jazz songstress/composer Jen Shyu plays her solo theatrical Nine Doors suite at the Jazz Gallery, $25 ‘

1/24, 7 PM sitarist Amit Chatterjee jams out evening ragas at the Rubin Museum of Art, $25 adv tix rec

 1/24-25. 7 PM purist lyrical postbop saxophonist Seamus Blake leads his quartet at Smalls

1/24, 8 PM the Night Kitchen play “Hank Williams, old timey and country with three distinctly amazing performers  Gene Yelin – guitar & vocals Trip Henderson – harmonica; Joanna Sternberg – bass and vocals” at Barbes

1/25, 6 PM the Zentripetal duo – cellist Jennifer DeVore and violinist Lynn Bechtold – play contemporary works by NYC composers Matthew Browne, Dan Cooper, Sara Holtzschue, Earl Maneein & Ann Warren, as well as tangos by Carlos Gardel & Astor Piazzolla and Romany tunes by Erwin Schulhoff & Django Reinhardt at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

1/25, 7 PM two choirs sing music rarely heard on a twinbill anywhere in the world: Georgian a-capella group Sepruli followed by Sardinians Tenores De Aterue at Spectrum, $15

 1/25, 7:30/9:30 PM darkly lyrical latin jazz pianist Emilio Solla Y La Inestable de Brooklyn at Minton’s, $10

1/25, 7:30/9:30 PM a rare performance of brass works by Villa-Lobos and Ginastera by the MSM Brass at Greenfield Hall, Manhattan School of Music, free

1/25, 7:30 PM the Rolston String Quartet play works by Mozart and microtonalist R. Murray Schafer at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

1/25. 8 PM the SEM Ensemble play legendary black avant garde composer Julius Eastman’s Feminine + Joy Boy at the Kitchen, $25

1/25, 10  PM psychedelic acoustic jamband Spirit Family Reunion at Sunny’s

1/26, 7:30 PM Glass Farm Ensemble with Yvonne Troxler on toy piano play the US premiere of Ian Wilson’s Spillaert’s Beach for viola and piano, and Denis Schuler’s Myn for toy piano, flute, oboe and viola at Symphony Space, $25

 1/26, 7:30 PM the MSM Jazz Philharmonic with Jon Faddis on trumpet play a Clifford Brown tribute at Aaron Davis Hall, Convent Ave btw 133/135, 1 to 137th Stl, free, rsvp reqd 

1/26, 8 PM brilliant pedal steel player Mike Neer’s Steelonious – who do Monk covers in the same vein as Buddy Emmons –  followed at 10 by trombonist Vera Kemper’s Blu Cha Cha salsa jazz band at Barbes 

 1/26, 8 PM searing, explosive, mesmerizing Korean postrock/noise/jazz jamband Black String – who employ ancient instruments like geomungo and daegeum – at Flushing Town Hall, $16/$10 srs, kids 13-19 free w/school ID

1/26, 8 PM, repeating 1/27 at 7:30 PM the reliably entertaining, adventurous Chelsea Symphony  the Chelsea Symphony play Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5 and an Eric Lemmon world premiere. The 1/26 program also has Deborah  Nixon as soloist in Saint-Saens’ Violin Concerto No. 5;  on 1/27, it’s replaced by Michael Colina’s Isle of Shoals.

 1/26, 8 PM funny, gritty punkmetal band the ToxiTeens at the Delancey, $10 

1/26-27, 8;30 PM legendary Japanese film composer Ryuichi Sakamoto plays a weekend stand at the New School’s Glass Box Performance Space, 55 W 13th St, $20. Friday night he’s at the piano with guest Camille Norment (glass harmonica), then saturday he’s with guest Ami Yamasaki on vocals.

 1/26, 9ish organist Sarah Davachi presents work for reed organ, violin, viola da gamba, and electronics utilizing open tunings and harmonics at Issue Project Room, $15/$12 stud/srs

1/27, 8 PM Arcana Music Ensemble play one of Julius Eastman’s earliest works, Thruway (for soprano, flute, clarinet, trombone, violin, cello, large choir, and jazz trio); performances by Moor Mother and the late cult figure composer’s brother Gerry open the night, at the Kitchen, $25

 1/27, 10:30  PM Secret Cities’ Marie Parker’s trippy electronically-tinged keyboard-based art-rock band Moon Revenge at Pine Box Rock Shop 

 1/28, 8 PM Argentine pianist Emilio Teubal with his trio playing the album release show for their new one at Drom, $15 adv tix rec

 1/28. 8 PM a piano quartet TBA play Julius Eastman’s Crazy Nigger, Evil Nigger, and Gay Guerrilla  at the Knockdown Center, $25

1/28, 8 PM snarling, careening psychedelic Americana band the Black Lillies at City Winery, $15 standing room avail

 1/28-29 Cheetah Chrome and what’s left of the Dead Boys at Bowery Electric are sold out

1/29, 7:30/9:30 PM expansively picturesque pianist Amina Figarova and her Sextet play the album release show for their new one at Dizzy’s Club, $30

1/29, 9:30 PM singer Carolina Oliveros’ mighty 13-piece Afro-Colombian  trance/dance choir Bulla en el Barrio at Barbes

1/29, 8:30 PM whirlwind drummer Allison Miller’s catchy, entertaining Boom Tic Boom at Bar  Lunatico

1/30-2/4, savagely eclectic guitarist Mary Halvorson leads a series of groups at the Stone, $20. Choice pick: 1/31 in a duo with fellow adventurous six-stringer Liberty Ellman

1/30, 9 PM wow – what a killer duo. Dangerous blues guitarist Will Scott – who can play just about any style from all over the country – with brilliant jazz violinist Charlie Burnham at Sunny’s

1/31. 10:30  PM sweeping, swinging vibraphonist Behn Gillece leads his quartet at Smalls

2/1, 10:30 PM daunting postbop technique and dynamic tunesmithing from saxophonist Carl Bartlett Jr,  leading his quartet at Smalls

2/2, 7:30 PM the Queens Symphony Orchestra play Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras No. 9; Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme, and “music by the Beatles in the Baroque styles of Handel, Bach, Vivaldi, and more,” at Flushing Town Hall, free, get there early

2/2, 7:30 PM edgy, eclectic pan-Mediterranean art-rock/latin/chanson ensemble Banda Magda at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, 1040 Grand Concourse, free, B/D to 167th St.

2/2, 8 PM pianist Karl Larson plays dystopic piano music by Scott Wollschleger at Spectrum, $15

2/3, 2 PM charming front-porch folk duo Anna & Elizabeth celebrate the Celtic holiday Imbolc at the Irish Arts Center,553 W 51st, $10

2/3, 8 PM the hilarious Gerry Segal – who wrote the classic I Love Facebook – and veteran comedic cabaret chanteuse Lois Morton at the People’s Voice Cafe, sugg don, $20; $12 for subscribers; “More if you choose; less if you can’t; no one turned away”

2/3, 8 PM Ekmeles and Tilt Brass play Julius Eastman’s Eastman’s work for 10 cellos The Holy Presence of Joan D’Arc and its introspective companion vocal piece Prelude to the Holy Presence of Joan d’Arc at the Kitchen, $25

2/3. 8 PM this era’s most cutting-edge, politically relevant large jazz ensemble, Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society play their Ellington-inspired suite Tensile Curves in its entirety at the Miller Theatre, $20 tix avail

2/6, 7:30 PM the world premiere of Robert Sirota’s Wave Upon Wave performed by the Telegraph Quartet along with Kirchner’s String Quartet No. 1 and Schoenberg’s String Quartet No. 1 in D Minor at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $20/$10 stud/srs

2/10, 8 PM acerbic, spot-on, fearlessly funny political folksinger Rod MacDonald at the People’s Voice Cafe, sugg don, $20; $12 for subscribers; “More if you choose; less if you can’t; no one turned away”

Catchy, Raw, Soulful, Original Funk and Dance Music From Eliza and the Organix

There’s no band in New York who sound anything like Eliza and the Organix. You can dance to them, but they also have flashes of psychedelia and a vintage punk fearlessness. They’re funky, but their sound is uncluttered and gritty – is it legal to call them organic? In other words, they’re nothing like the slick, cheesy Berklee clones noodling ad nauseum into the wee hours at Rockwood Music Hall. Over the past few years, Eliza and the Organix have been gigging constantly all over town. Their new album Present Fuure Dreams is streaming at Bandcamp; their next show is Nov 16 at 11 PM at the Way Station in Bed-Stuy.

Frontwoman/guitarist Eliza Waldman gets the funk going on the album’s catchy opening track, My Way (no relation to the Sex Pistols classic), but she also hits some burning Keith Richards riffage. Alto saxophonist Kristen Tivey – an ambitious songwriter and multi-instrumentalist in her own right-  adds vocal harmonies over John Gergely’s subtly crescendoing drums. On the album, Stephen Cleary and Will Carbery share bass duties. The song has a recurrent reference to “doing coke out on the driveway,” which could be sarcastic – or not.

When I Call You is a snide slap upside the head of a “nihilist, masturbator, man-hater,” Waldman’s smoldering distorted chords rising to an unexpectedly swirly break midway through, with more of the band’s signature, tasty guitar/sax harmonies.

Blameless has a slinky latin soul groove under Waldman’s sarcastic vocals and wah guitar: “Aimless, shameless, am I blameless?” she wants to know. Waldman’s organ and Matt Soares’ vibes linger over sharp, staccato guitar in Trouble, an individualist’s anthem and another latin-flavored number: “I’ve been in trouble so long that I hardly remember the other side,” Waldman confides.

The album winds up with the moody nocturne Tapestry in Blue, which is an organ tune until Waldman’s guitar kicks in hard at the end. Everything here sounds like it could go on for twice as long and it would still be interesting – and you could give your lower parts a decent workout. Fans of Sharon Jones,classic soul and funk, and obscure punk-funk cult heroes like the Maul Girls should check them out.