The game plan to bring back the concert previews and show writeups –  which were this blog’s stock in trade for the last several years – is moving forward, but at a snail’s pace. Since Cuomo’s fascist regime has destroyed music in clubs and concert halls, and bars and restaurants have been officially ordered to program only background music – with no cover charge or ticket sales – a lot of artists who are putting on shows are continuing to keep things on the DL. So until it’s clear that covering live performances won’t result in mass arrests, this blog isn’t about to get anybody busted and will instead continue to focus more or less on recordings for the time being. Here’s what’s on tap for the last week of September:

  • anthemic, epic European psychedelic rock with classical flourishes

  • gritty guitar-fueled no wave and postrock from Hungary

  • individualistic jazz chanteuse reinvents her trumpet-playing mentor’s eclectic compositions with her often hilariously cynical lyrics

  • the first-ever solo album of new works for the world’s first-ever analog synthesizer

  • A mighty, vivid big band jazz celebration of a crucial turning point in the Civil Rights movement

  • This intriguing violinist/singer blends thoughtful chamber pop, latin music and the avant garde

  • One of the most energetic, unpredictable art-rock bands in Korea

  • A unique blend of traditional Chinese sounds, slinky funk and jazz

  • classical pianist plays lyrical versions of Debussy compositions; then an irrepressible jazz trio jam them out

  • If there are enough concerts that artists feel comfortable announcing to the public, there’ll be a new NYC live music calendar here on Oct 1

  • While researching the origins of the lockdown back in March, it was distressing to learn that the lockdowners had very seriously discussed shutting down the internet in potentially rebellious parts of the world. To ensure daily continuity here even in a worst-case scenario, the decision was made to inventory the albums which had been sitting around for the last few years but hadn’t yet received coverage, then to pick the best ones and line them up on the runway. What this means for you is that throughout this fall and into the winter, you will see some older releases among the new stuff. That doesn’t mean that the old stuff will be any less entertaining. The ultimate goal, of course, is for New York Music Daily to return to advocating for live music across the five boroughs, as soon as possible, with concert coverage, show previews, calendar listings, and all kinds of other fun.