Hey – this isn’t the latest calendar here. This is. If you don’t recognize the place where a particular act is playing, check our venues page. Show times listed here are actual set times, not the time doors open. We try to be as accurate as possible, but if a listing here says something like ”9 PM-ish,” that means the show could be at nine, quarter after nine or possibly later, click on the band link provided or go to the venues page.
Important – in the case of several bands on the bill, they’re listed in order of appearance (unless the promoters have not specified who’s playing when – you’d be surprised by how often that happens).
As always, weekly events first followed by the daily listings:
Saturdays 2/13, 2/20, 2/27 legendary, indomitable Irish-American rockers Black 47 – whose cd Iraq was Lucid Culture’s pick for best album of 2008 – are at Connolly’s in midtown.
Sundays there’s a klezmer brunch at City Winery, show starts round 11:30 AM – 2 PM, $10 cover, no minimum, lots of good bands.
Sundays from half past noon to 3:30 PM, bluegrass cats Freshly Baked (f.k.a. Graveyard Shift), featuring excellent, incisive fiddle player Diane Stockwell play Nolita House (upstairs over Botanica at 47 E Houston). Free drink with your entree.
Sundays in February there’s a Balkan jam at Goodbye Blue Monday in Bushwick starting at 3ish.
The 2009-10 series of organ concerts at St. Thomas Church continues most every Sunday (holidays excepted) at 5:15 sharp, featuring an allstar cast of performers. Concerts continue through the end of May 2010.
Stephane Wrembel plays Sundays at Barbes at 9. The guitarist has few if any equals as an interpreter of Django Reinhardt, but it’s where he takes the gypsy jazz influence in his own remarkably original, psychedelic writing – and what he brings to the Django stuff – that makes all the difference. One of the most interesting players in any style of music, anywhere in the world.
Every Sunday the Ear-Regulars, led by trumpeter Jon Kellso and (frequently) guitarist Matt Munisteri play NYC’s only weekly hot jazz session starting around 8 PM at the Ear Inn on Spring St. Hard to believe, in the city that springboarded the careers of thousands of jazz legends, but true. This is by far the best value in town for marquee-caliber jazz: for the price of a drink and a tip for the band, you can see world-famous players (and brilliant obscure ones) you’d usually have to drop $100 for at some big-ticket room. The material is mostly old-time stuff from the 30s and 40s, but the players (especially Kellso and Munisteri, who have a chemistry that goes back several years) push it into some deliciously unexpected places.
Every Sunday, hip-hop MC Big Zoo hosts the long-running End of the Weak rap showcase at the Pyramid, 9 PM, admission $5 before 10, $7 afterward. This is one of the best places to discover some of the hottest under-the-radar hip-hop talent, both short cameos as well as longer sets from both newcomers and established vets.
Mondays at the Fat Cat the Heun Choi String Quartet play a wide repertoire of chamber music from Bach to Shostakovich starting at 7
Mondays at the Jazz Standard it’s all Mingus, whether with the Mingus Orchestra, Big Band or Mingus Dynasty: you know the material and the players are all first rate. Sets 7:30/9:30 PM, $25 and worth it.
Mondays at the Delancey on the main floor, 8:30 PMish Botanica frontman and master of menace Paul Wallfisch presents the edgiest weekly music series in town, playfully called Small Beast, an international mix of some of the most intelligent (and frequently darkest) performers passing through town. It’s free and there’s always some kind of drink special or freebee. If you wish Tonic was still open, Wallfisch is keeping the flame alive. He typically opens the night solo on piano, reason enough to put this on your calendar. February artists include Greg Garing, Randi Russo, Alice Texas, Darren Gaines & the Key Party, Gutbucket and Little Annie.
Also Monday nights Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks, a boisterous horn-driven 11-piece 1920s/early 30’s band play Sofia’s Restaurant, downstairs at the Edison Hotel, 221 West 46th Street between 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 in February the Mercenaries – semi-legendary New York rockers who are sort of the missing link between the Stones and the Replacements – at Arlene’s, 9 PM.
Also Mondays in February the Barbes house band, Chicha Libre plays there starting around 9:30. They’ve singlehandedly resurrected an amazing subgenre, chicha, which was popular in the Peruvian Amazon in the late 60s and early 70s. With electric accordion, cuatro, surf guitar and a boisterous rhythm section, their mix of obscure classics and originals is one of the funnest, most danceable things you’ll witness this year. Perhaps not so strangely, they sound a lot like Finnish surf rockers Laika and the Cosmonauts in their most imaginative moments.
Also Mondays Feb 8, 15 and 27 exhilarating, anthemic, sweepingly majestic, socially aware Radiohead-influenced art-rockers My Pet Dragon play the Cameo Gallery, 10 PM.
Also Mondays in February Rev. Vince Anderson and his band play Union Pool in Williamsburg, two sets starting around 11 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, frequently salacious original gospel songs and is one of the most charismatic, intense live performers of our time. Paula Henderson from Burnt Sugar is the lead soloist on baritone sax.
The second and fourth Tuesday of the month there are free organ recitals at half past noon at Central Synagogue, Lexington Ave. at 55th., an exciting list of first-class performers in a sonically gorgeous space, a great way to spend your lunch break if you work in the neighborhood.
Tuesdays the boisterous and very popular brass-heavy gypsy jazz band Slavic Soul Party plays Barbes at 9. Get here as soon as you can as the opening act is usually popular as well.
Tuesdays in February the Dred Scott Trio play astonishingly smart, dark piano jazz at the Rockwood at midnight.
Wednesdays in FEBRUARY: 2/10, 17, 24 Mamie Minch plays at 9 PM at 68 Jay St. Bar. With her spiky, fluid Resonator guitar playing and her innuendo-laden lyrics, the devious mastermind behind the Roulette Sisters sounds like a bluesmama from the 1920s…or like the Carter Family member who got kicked out for shacking up out of matrimony.
Wednesdays in MARCH: 3/3, 3/10 and 3/24, edgy alt-country songwriter and frequent Farm Aid star Jesse Lenat at 68 Jay St. Bar, 8 PM
Thursdays in February Mattison plays Pete’s, 9 PM. Casually smart keyboardist/chanteuse Kate Mattison and her rhythm section lay down a slinky, seductive groove that blends soul/jazz with modern pop sounds along the lines of the Secret History or Greta Gertler.
Every Friday in February at 8:30 PM at the Fat Cat Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens bring an authentic here-and-now Brooklyn church vibe, no slick theatrics, just soul.
Fridays there’s live Mediterranean music – Greek- Arabic, Turkish Armenian, Israeli fusion with Mike Stoupakis, Christos Zavolas, Sofia on on vocals, Elias Sarkar-oud/vocals, Kostas Konstantinou – drums, plus bellydancers at Lafayette Grill & Bar, 54 Franklin St., downtown,$20 cover, 10ish, free after 1 AM.
3/22-4/21 free concerts with chamber music of J.S. Bach at half past noon at Philosophy Hall, Columbia University (on the east edge of campus, north of 116th St./College Walk and east of Low Library and Buell Hall).Seating is limited; early arrival is strongly recommended. Violinist Jennifer Koh 3/22-24; pianist Benjamin Hochman 4/12-14; cellist Alisa Weilerstein 4/19-21.
2/2 at Rose Bar 10 PMish pianist Jason Lindner and his latin jazz trio Now Vs Now with Mark Guiliana & Panagiotis Andreou.
2/2, 11 PM stark, rustic acoustic Americana group Rescue Bird at Bruar Falls
2/2-7 terse, cutting-edge tenor saxist/composer JD Allen and his Trio (Gregg August on bass and Tyshawn Sorey on drums this time, which should put the songs and the tunes even more front and center than usual) at the Vanguard.
2/2-7 the Wess “Warmdaddy” Anderson Quintet w/Terell Stafford, Marc Cary, Neal Caine & Jeff “Tain” Watts7:30/9:30 PM at Dizzy’s Club $30 tix avail.
2/2, 9 PM fiery, politically astute, Fela-influenced Afrobeat siren Nneka at SOB’s 9 PM, adv tix $15 highly rec.
2/3, 7 PM at Caffe Vivaldi new music adventurers Dollshot playing new arrangements of art songs by Schoenberg, Poulenc, Ives, and Ravel plus originals.
2/3, 9 PM legendary soul/blues crooner Bobby Bland at BB King’s $25 adv tix rec.
2/3 oldtimey fun with Those Darlins at Maxwell’s 10ish.
2/3 hooky two-guitar 90s Britrock style band the Royal Chains at Union Hall 11:30ish
2/4, 7 PM the Chiara String Quartet plays three choice Beethoven quartets at PS 321, 180 7th Ave., Brooklyn, $15. The following day 2/5 they’re at Good Shepherd-Faith Presbyterian Church, 152 West 66th Street at 8. The whirlwind NY tour winds up on 2/7 at 4 (four) PM at Union Church of Bay Ridge, 80th Street and Ridge Blvd., Brooklyn.
2/4 fun, multistylistic bluegrass and oldtimey music with Frankenpine at Lakeside, 9:15ish.
2/4 the reliably boisterous, enelope-pushing Steven Bernstein’s Millennial Territory Orchestra at 10 PM at 55 Bar.
2/4 edgy, bluesy, bucolic Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds at Arlene’s 10 PM
2/4 ukelele player/lyricist/sultry chanteuse Kelli Rae Powell at Rodeo Bar, midnight.
2/5, 6 (six) PM Moroccan world music innovator Malika Zarra with her band including Brahim Fribgane on oud and Mamadou Ba on bass at 55 Bar.
2/5, 7:30 PM the Jacam Manricks trio at Smalls. The alto player put out a massively good, lush big band cd last year; this stripped-down show ought to be a clinic in tunefulness.
2/5, 8 PM art-rocker Christina Courtin at le Poisson Rouge, $25 – yikes – guess this is what happens after you record with Tom Petty’s band and then you open for permanent tourist Josh Rouse.
2/5 Sounds of Taraab at Barbes, 8 PM: “a spicy blend of Arabic modes, Indian melody, and a driving African beat.”
2/5 the Salvation Band at the Postcrypt Coffeehouse uptown, 9 PM – tuneful oldtimey acoustic Americana with an Irish edge.
2/5, 9 PM soul siren Bethany Saint Smith & the Gun Show at Banjo Jim’s followed by Pork Chop Willie at 10 and then at 11 RL Burnside’s grandson Kent Burnside each playing hypnotic Mississippi hill country blues.
2/5 rockabilly guitar monster Jimmy Nations at Hill Country, 9 PM. If there’s anybody who can get the bridge-and-tunnel crowd to just shut up and eat, it’s this guy.
2/5, 10 PM hilarious, smartly aware acoustic Irish-inflected punk band Box of Crayons at Otto’s
2/5 The Mast FKA Haale play their haunting, crescendoing, hypnotically intense Iranian-inflected psychedelic rock at Joe’s Pub, 9:30 PM.
2/5 the Dred Scott Trio at BAM Cafe 10 (ten) PM, free. The fiery, haunting, envelope-pushing jazz pianist – somewhat similar to Vijay Iyer – has lately leveraged his weekly Tuesday midnight Rockwood show into bigger-room gigs like this. Get to know him before he’s famous.
2/5, 10 PM classic 1960s style boogaloo revivalists Spanglish Fly at Camaradas El Barrio, 2241 1st Ave (115th St.), absurdly cheap at $5.
2/5, 11 PM potently tuneful powerpop Brooklyn What guitarist John-Severin and the Quiet 1s at Fat Baby
2/5, 11 PM, ageless faux French garage band les Sans Culottes at Spikehill.
2/5 majestic, symphonic, impressively tuneful 70s-style art-rock revivalists Igor’s Egg at the Bitter End, 11 PMish.
2/5 charming country harmonies and oldtimey tunes with Those Darlins at Bowery Ballroom, 11ish
2/5 the Cannabis Cup reggae band at BB King’s 11:30 PM $22 adv tix; they’re also here on 2/12 at 7:30.
2/6, 1 PM a free concert at Bargemusic, most likely piano music; early arrival advised.
2/6, 2 (two) PM wild, innovative, insanely popular Balkan brass monsters Slavic Soul Party plays a free show !!! at Coney Island Brooklyn Public Library, 1901 Mermaid Avenue (Near West 19th Street), any train to Stillwell Ave.
2/6, 4-7 PM a rare reunion show by the Hangdogs at Rodeo Bar. The missing link between George Jones and the Dead Kennedys, NYC’s best-ever Americana rockers drank a lot of bars dry and released some of the funniest, most politically aware stuff of any band from the 90s through the early zeros. This show is totally impromptu – the best kind – and billed as a “kid friendly family show” which, ironically, it actually is, if you’re raising your kids to be aware that are places in the world without any yuppies.
2/6, 8 PM Rev. Billy & the Life After Shopping Gospel Choir play politically charged punk gospel at the 92YTribeca, $10
2/6, 8 PM soaring four-part harmony group Bobtown play rousing originals with oldtime gospel, bluegrass and Nashville gothic influences at Banjo Jim’s followed by a bluegrass jam
2/6 Egyptian/Australian brothers Joseph Tawadros on oud and James Tawadros on percussion play original compositions at Alwan for the Arts, 9 PM, early arrival very highly advised since their last show here sold out.
2/6 gorgeously retro 60s-style soul harmony sisters the Sweet Divines at BAM Cafe, 9 PM.
2/6 clever, sometimes funny experimental pop duo Goli - marimba/cello/vocals – at Caffe Vivaldi, 9:30 PM.
2/6 Husnu Senlendirici & NY Gypsy All-Stars at Drom, 10 PM, $25 adv tix very highly rec. The clarinetist who’s something akin to the Turkish Miles Davis’ show last year at le Poisson Rouge with these guys had many moments of real transcendence.
2/6, 10 PM Unsteady Freddie’s reliably good monthly surf rock show at Otto’s with The Tarantinos NYC – who just keep getting better and better and more diverse – at 10, Dick Dale-influenced 9th Wave - who might be the best surf band in the world right now – at 11, and at midnight Mister Neutron who maintain the breakneck pace.
2/6, 10 PM moody, hypnotic punk-era legends Band of Outsiders at the Parkside.
2/6, 10 PM Second Dan plays loud anthemic 90s style melodic Britrock at Rockwood Music Hall (?!?)
2/6, midnight, punk Balkan brass madness with the Stumblebum Brass Band at the Mercury,$10.
2/7 Balkan trumpeter Ben Holmes and his band play klezmer brunch at City Winery 11:30 AM-ish
2/7, 3 PM the Neos Quartet plays Schumann, Piazzolla and Schubert’s Death & the Maiden at Bargemusic, tix $35 $30/15 srs/stud.
2/7, 4 (four) PM adventurous, irrepressible classical organist Gail Archer plays Bach selections from her highly anticipated forthcoming new cd at the charming little Church of the Transfiguration, 1 E 29th St between 5th/Madison, free.
2/7, 4 PM Leon Botstein conducts the American Symphony Orchestra doing Beethoven’s Third (Eroica) Symphony at Symphony Space, $30/$20 stud/srs.
2/7 Katherine Meloan plays the organ at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, 4:45 PM, free
2/7 casually smart female-fronted rockabilly/surf band Catspaw play Otto’s at 7:30.
2/7, 8 PM, innovative Greek-American electric blues guitarist Spiros Soukis at Lucille’s
2/7, 9 PM the Smooth Maria play their soulful, nocturnal Americana rock at the Rockwood.
2/8 darkly soulful, terse, smartly tuneful Americana-inflected songwriter Liz Tormes at the Rockwood, 7 PM.
2/8 the Dave Hillyard 3 at Spike Hill, 8:30 PM – the Slackers’ sax monster gets to show off his Coleman Hawkins side, since it’s jazz night.
2/8 psychedelic, hypnotic Mississippi hill country blues guitar powerhouse Will Scott at LIC Bar, 9 PM. He’s also at Bar 4 in Brooklyn on 2/26 at 10.
2/8 El Pueblo play deep dub reggae in Espanol at Rose Bar in Williamsburg, 9 PMish.
2/8, 9PMish Canibus at Southpaw ,$10 adv tix highly rec. You don’t get to see this kind of top-quality hip-hop lyricism for this cheap usually – the guy may not have been given the superstardom everybody predicted, but he’s definitely lived up to the hype talent-wise.
2/8 pioneering alt-country hellraiser Zane Campbell at the Rodeo Bar 10:30 PM
2/9, 6:30 PM Zuill Bailey plays the cd release show for his new one the Bach Cello Suites at le Poisson Rouge, $15.
2/9, 7 PM deliciously psychedelic yet propulsive retro 60s rockers Bellman Barker at Arlene’s.
2/9 cutting edge tango nuevo with Emilio Solla & the Tango Jazz Conspiracy at the Jazz Standard, 7:30/9:30 PM, $20: Emilio Solla – piano; Chris Cheek – saxophones; Victor Prieto – accordeon, Jorge Roeder – bass; Richie Barshay – drums, 7:30/9:30 PM, $20.
2/9-14 the Gerald Clayton Trio at the Vanguard, sets 9/11 PM. There are a million hotshot jazz pianists out there, but this guy’s a notch above (dad is great jazz bassist John Clayton). Mucho melody, a sense of humor, a dash of the avant and soul all the way through.
2/9 a killer chanteuse doublebill at Banjo Jim’s starting at 9 with Americana soul songwriter Rebecca Turner followed by the equally alluring, multistylistic Erica Smith and her band playing jazz classics, obscurities and bossa nova.
2/10 at the Kitano the Paul Meyers Quartet - guitarist Meyers with saxophonist/flutist Frank Wess, bassist Martin Wind and drummer Tony Jefferson play the release fortheir new CD “Paul Meyers Quartet Featuring Frank Wess, 8/10 PM.
2/10 Hope DeBates & North 40 at Hill Country, 9 PM. DeBates is in the same vein as Neko Case but subtler and has a similarly excellent band. This will likely be an upbeat show since she’ll be competing for volume with the crowds from Jersey.
2/10 a rare solo show by crafty, effervescent, encyclopedically smart oldtimey siren Bliss Blood of the Moonlighters at Rose Bar, 10 PMish
2/10, 11 PM Porfirio – menacing noir bassist George Porfiris’ new LES glampunk band – at Lit.
2/11 opening at 6 PM and running through 3/27 at Abrons Art Center, 466 Grand St. on the LES, the opening for WHERE THEY AT: A MULTI-MEDIA ARCHIVE OF NEW ORLEANS BOUNCE “Photographs, oral histories, and video footage compiled by photographer Aubrey Edwards and journalist Alison Fensterstock document the passing of seminal beats from New Orleans music traditions to a new generation in the late 1980’s, and the creation of this new voice in Southern roots music. This multi-media archive draws a line to the present-day diaspora, as Hurricane Katrina has scattered a once tight-knit bounce and hip-hop community whose music only existed at home — a home that has been redefined physically and culturally.” Question – will they serve sizzurp at the opening?
2/11 the NY Scandia Symphony play a characteristically fascinating and obscure mix of US premieres and other Scandinavian classical and avant fare by Poul Schierbeck, Johan Helmich, Anders Koppel, Johan Svendsen, Frank Foerster including works for accordion, viola and chamber ensemble. Concert: $15. Concert and dinner package at Smörgås Chef (three-course prix fixe from 5 to 10 PM; show is at 8 sharp, everything for $34). At Scandinavia House, 58 Park Ave. (between 37th & 38th Sts).
2/11, avant-garde luminaries ACME play Henryk Górecki at le Poisson Rouge, 8 PM, $15.
2/11 longtime NYC powerpop legend George Usher at Banjo Jim’s at 8.
2/11, 8 PM purist jazz with the Dave Douglas Quintet at LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, LaGuardia Community College, 31-10 Thompson Ave., Long Island City, free, 7 train to 33rd St.
2/11, 9 PM ageless rockabilly queen Wanda Jackson at the Knitting Factory, adv tix $15.
2/11 at M1-5 in Tribeca a killer Brazilian-flavored dance night starting at 10ish with drum ensemble Maracatu NY, trumpeter Frank London’s Frevo Bombastico featuring Bahian percussion legend Nanny Assis and Scott Kettner’s Forró Brass Band, cheap, just $10.
2/11, 9:30 PM powerpop siren Patti Rothberg – whose forthcoming album is reputedly her best ever – at Ace of Clubs.
2/11, 10 PM Boston oldtimey chanteuse Miss Tess (of Miss Tess & the Bon Ton Parade) at Sidewalk.
2/11 legendary Patti Smith guitarist – and smart powerpop songwriter – Lenny Kaye at Bowery Electric at midnight.
2/12, 8 PM a killer noir rock doublebill with the southwestern gothic And the Wiremen and then the gypsy rock menace of Botanica – arguably the most potent live band on the planet right now - at the Knitting Factory.
2/12, 7:30 PM, Nnenna Ogwo, piano plays Beethoven and Debussy at the Third St. Music School Settlement, free.
2/12 expat Chicago blues guitarist Irving Louis Lattin at Lucille’s 8 PM; he’s also here on 2/26 at 8.
2/12 a raucous Americana night with eerie, funny bluespunks the Five Points Band, cowpunks I’ll Be John Brown and the Celtic-tinged Salvation Band at Hank’s, 9 PM. The Salvation Band are also at Lakeside at 9 on the 21st.
2/12-13 fiery, tuneful, kick-ass garage psychedelic band Obits at Cake Shop, 10 PMish.
2/12, 10 PM Moonlighters frontwoman Bliss Blood’s rousing, fiery barrelhouse blues band Delta Dreambox at Two Boots Brooklyn, free.
2/12 loud, hypnotic shoegaze rockers Susu at Glasslands, 10 PMish.
2/12, 10 PM Magnetic Island FKA Renminbi play Spike Hill. Like Sonic Youth gone more shoegaze – hypnotic and sometimes pretty intense.
2/12 reliably boisterous, entertaining, very smart oldschool country throwbacks the Jack Grace Band at Barbes, 10 PM.
2/12 early Syd Barrett-inspired psychedelic trio Laughing Sky at the Delancey at midnight.
2/13 dark garage rocker Lorraine Leckie & Her Demons at Banjo Jim’s, 7 PM.
2/13 rustic, psychedelic, minor-key Balkan/klezmer/reggae/New Orleans pandemonium with Hazmat Modine at Terra Blues, 7:15ish
2/13 it’s impossible to imagine a better bill anywhere this year. At Freddy’s starting at 8 there’s guitar genius Alan Bigelow’s Solar Punch, the world’s only solar-powered band, followed by lyrical janglerock mastermind Paula Carino at 9 playing the cd release show for her long-awaited new one, then the John Sharples Band – whose specialty is brilliant, obscure covers by New York bands – at 10, then inpredictably jangly psychedelic rockers Love Camp 7 at 11 the indomitable, inscrutably noir, charismatic Tom Warnick & World’s Fair – like the Doors at times, but cooler – at midnight.
2/13, 8 PM and repeating 2/14, 3 (three) PM a romantic program of classical music with the Chelsea Symphony at St. Paul’s Church 315 West 22. Music from Bizet’s “Carmen,” Augusta Holmès’ “La Nuit et L’Amour” and the world premiere of violist, accordionist and composer Seth Bedford’s “Cabaret Music.” Prokofiev’s First Violin Concerto rounds out the program on Saturday, Sunday it’s Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme.
2/13 haunting, otherworldly Balkan/Appalachian vocal duo Æ at Banjo Jim’s, 9 PM. They’re also at the Jalopy on 2/14 at 10 with Allison Williams opening at 9.
2/13, 9 PM at Spike Hill the Curtis Brothers play high-octane piano-based latin jazz rooted in the Fania era classics but with counterintuitive tinges
2/13 a reunion show by the mistresses of luscious oldtimey blues and country innuendo, the Roulette Sisters at Barbes, 10 PM. This band sparked the careers of both Mamie Minch and les Chauds Lapins while giving washboard player Megan Burleyson and violist Karen Waltuch a chance to do their sultriest stuff.
2/13 Franglais play gypsy swing jazz at Two Boots Brooklyn, 10 PM
2/13 Miller’s Farm – the Brooklyn country band who did that hilarious song about the L train – at Hill Country, 10 PM.
2/13 retro country band the Jack Grace Band – with a horn section this time! – at the Rodeo Bar 10:30 PM.
2/13, 11 PM African roots reggae with Meta & the Cornerstones at Zebulon.
2/14 edgy, original, genre-busting klezmerites Isle of Klezbos at Cith Winery, 11:30 AM-ish for brunch.
2/14, 4:45 PM a free organ recital by Stephen R. Fraser at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
2/14 a Valentines Day show that actually doesn’t suck: clever visual artist/songwriter Michael Arthur and then the sprawling, sometimes deliciously noir Americana and 60s style pop of Balthrop Alabama at Joe’s Pub, 7 PM, $15.
2/14 Matt Keating at the Rockwood, 7 PM. Guaranteed to be an antidote to any Valentine saccharine BS that may have pissed you off. Keating is coming off his best-ever album and rocks awfully hard for a guy who gets unfairly pegged as a folkie.
2/14, 11PMish artsy, keyboard-driven nouveau popsters the Secret History play a rare free show at Zebulon.
2/15, 7:30 PM, free, the East Coast Chamber Orchestra plays Britten, Purcell, Elgar, Turina and Tschaikovsky at Advent Lutheran/ Broadway United Church, 2504 Broadway at 93rd St., 1/2/3 to 96th St.
2/15, 7:30 PM at Spike Hill James Muschler, jazz/new music drummer/pianist who wrote “based on the fossil record. The piece is 40 minutes long, simulating 4 billion years of Earth’s biological history. This particular recording features William Parker – (bass, percussion), Nick Jozwiak – (bass, ocarina), Elad Muskatel – (bass), Daniel Carter – (alto saxophone), Carlos Homs – (piano, percussion), Eden Ladin – (rhodes), and myself – (drums, percussion).” Followed at 9:30 by versatile, tuneful neoclassical/jazz oboeist/soprano sax player/composer Rob Mosher and his band, then at 10:30 bassist Matt Snow leading a smartly melodic, probably trumpet-driven project.
2/15, 9 PMish the smartly lyrical, Tom Waits/Lou Reed style noir rock of Darren Gaines & the Key Party, Americana songwriter/guitar god Greg Garing and then the velvet-voiced, fearlessly intense, frequently noir Randi Russo at Small Beast at the Delancey.
2/16, 8:15 PM Courtney Yasmineh – a clever and funny Minnesota improvement on the Sheryl Crow concept- at Caffe Vivaldi.
2/16, 9 PM Amy Allison sings at Lakeside as part of the “song roundup” hosted by Greg Trooper and Nels Andrews
2/16 a zydeco flavored Mardi Gras party with members of Loup Garou and Dirty Water Dogs plus the inimitable Rachelle Garniez – who plays a mean New Orleans flavored accordion at One and One, 76 E. 1st St. & 1st Ave. 10 PM, $10.
2/17, 7:30 PM one of NYC’s best bands of the late 90s/early zeros, the gorgeously rain-drenched, jangly Scout reunites at Union Hall, followed eventually by their former lead guitarist Steve Schiltz’s new band Hurricane Bells at 10, also featuring Scout’s inscrutable frontwoman Ashen Keilyn.
2/17, 8 PM Spanish rhumba rock with Canteca de Macao at Highline Ballroom, $20 adv tix rec.
2/17, 8 PM multistylistic French jazz violinist Scott Tixier at Bowery Poetry Club with his band.
2/17, 10 PM smartly lyrical Aimee Mann-esque songwriter Andrea Wittgens at Spike Hill.
2/17 oldschool country harmony crew Reckon So at the Rodeo Bar 10:30 PM
2/18 the gorgeously tuneful, intensely lyrical Americana rock of Mary Lee’s Corvette at Lakeside for happy hour, 7 PM. Then after Mary Lee Kortes and her crew are done you can go around the corner to Banjo Jim’s where Jenifer Jackson is playing her similarly brilliant multistylistic stuff at 8!
2/18, 7 PM at Barbes, a killer triplebill: phantasmagorical four-octave noir siren Carol Lipnik & Spookarama, deviously inscrutable composer/cellist Serena Jost and her art-rock band and then two guitar gods, jazz/Americana cat Matt Munisteri with Whit Smith, formerly of Western Caravan, at Barbes.
2/18, 8 PM one of the most highly anticipated shows of the year: Masters of Persian Music feat. the great Kayhan Kalhor on kamancheh (Iranian spike fiddle), Hossein Alizadeh on tar lute and star Iranian singer Hamid Reza Nourbakhsh, at the NYU Skirball Center, 566 LaGuardia at Wash. Sq. South, $30 adv tix highly rec.
2/18, 8 PM multistylistic rocker Avi Fox-Rosen’s new theatrical creation, a puppet cabaret satire titled The Church of Babel co-written with Ora Fruchter takes place at the New Yiddish Repertory Theater in the Workmen’s Circle, 45 E. 33rd St., $15 sugg. don.
2/18, 9:15ish iconic Tuareg desert rockers Tinariwen at the Highline Ballroom, adv tix $25. They’re also at the Bell House the next night 2/19 at 8:3o for the same price, adv tix also very highly rec.
2/18, 8:30 PM avant Chinese-American siren Jen Shyu plays her eerie, intense stuff solo on piano, moon lute, er hu, and violin followed by the Yoon-Sun Choi Group feat. Jacob Sacks on piano at the Cornelia St. Cafe.
2/18, 9:30ish, fun danceable synth-pop duo Hank & Cupcakes at the Brooklyn Bowl, free.
2/18 unstoppable Brazilian/reggae/country multistylist groovemeisters Nation Beat at the Rodeo Bar 10:30 PM.
2/18 a real oldschool roots reggae doublebill with the City Billies and Meta & the Cornerstones at Southpaw, 10ish, $10
2/19, 7 PM Absolute Bach: Kristian Jarvi’s Absolute Ensemble with Simone Dinnerstein on piano at le Poisson Rouge, playing Innovation J.S. by Charles Coleman; Reinventions by Gene Pritsker; Undertow by Matt Herskowitz; Raga on a Theme by Bach by Mike Block; and toopART Reinventions by Daniel Schnyder, $25.
2/19, 7:30 PM the Threefifty Duo – “classical guitar with a rock edge”- at First Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn Heights, 124 Henry St., 2/3 to Clark St., A/C to High St. or 4/5 to Borough Hall, $10 sugg. don.
2/19, 8 PM the energetic, charmingly self-explanatory Ukuladies at Barbes.
2/19, 9 PM a cross-generational soul summit with new school Brooklyn crew Charles Bradley and the Menahan Street Band and then the rowdy, hellraising oldschool Lee Fields & the Expressions at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, $15 adv tix highly rec at the Mercury box ofc.
2/19, 9 PM at Puppets Jazz Bar latin jazz with very popular pianist Arturo O’Farrill, this time with a quartet; Mingus Orchestra bassist Boris Kozlov follows at midnight with his trio.
2/19, 9 PM Ameranouche play gypsy guitar jazz at Drom, $10.
2/19, 11ish catchy, jangly/crunchy powerpop rockers Elk City at Union Hall.
2/19 Steve Wynn – whose classic, warped 2001 desert rock album Here Come the Miracles we just named Best Album of the Decade – at Lakeside 9:30ish, early arrival recommended.
2/19 the Brooklyn What – whose London Calling-esque, brilliantly lyrical, multistylistic punk flavored album was our pick for best album of 2009 – at Don Pedros, 10ish.
2/19, 10 PM steampunk guitar god Lenny Molotov plays songs from his richly rustic, lyrically potent new album Illuminated Blues at Sidewalk with his band.
2/19 first-class new music ensemble Red Shift Ensemble - Andie Springer, Kate Campell, Rose Bellini, Jeff Anderle – play an environmentally-themed program David Crowell: Valley of Fire (commission/premiere) – James Holt: Evening (commission/premiere); Mason Bates: Red River; Max Stoffregen: The Delicate Flow of Vines; Ian Dicke: White Parasol; Jeff Myers: Vertigo – at Galapagos, 10:30 PM, cheap, $10
2/19, 11 PM western swing with Sean Kershaw at Hill Country.
2/20, 1 PM a free concert at Bargemusic, most likely piano music; early arrival advised.
2/20, 8 PM moody downtempo rockers El Jezel at Union Hall.
2/20, 8 PM Chicago-style blues guitar monster Bobby Radcliff at Lucille’s.
2/20, 8 PM adventurous chamber ensembles Fourbythree play Shostakovich, Golijov and Elgar; the Brattle Street Chamber Players tackle Tschaikovsky’s Souvenir of Florence and the NY premiere of Forrest O’Connor’s Homage to the Old Mill at Symphony Space, $10/$7 stud/srs.
2/20, 8 PM the Workmen’s Circle Purim Bash at the Synagogue for the Arts, downtown at 49 White St. with Avi Fox-Rosen’s smart, virtuosic funky-jazzy rock band, the funny, satirical powerpop of Yiddish Princess and others.
2/20 Red Baraat – who play Indian brass band wedding music as well as amusingly stylized brass band covers of rock and pop songs- at BAM Cafe, 9 PM.
2/20, 10 PM Erin Regan alternates bleak, intense narratives of dead-end lives in stripmall land with fun, jaunty, original steampunk songs at Sidewalk
2/20 Spanking Charlene - playful and clever X-inflected LES Americana rockers – at Lakeside, 11 PM.
2/20 El Pueblo plays dub reggae en Espanol at Shrine, 11 PM.
2/21, 2 PM young new music ensemble Face the Music at Hudson View Gardens, 116 Pinehurst Ave., da Bronx. Program includes works by Marcelo Zarvos, Miguel del Aguila, Paul Desenne, Nico Muhly and JacobTV
2/21, 3 PM the world-class Greenwich Village Orchestra plays Prokofiev – Violin Concerto No. 1 and Shostakovich – Symphony No. 5 at Washington Irving HS Auditorium (Irving Place betw. 16/17), cheap, $20 donation.
2/21, 3 PM Zalmen Mlotek presents “100 Years of Yiddish Theater Music – From shtetl to klezmer revival featuring special guest Daniella Rabbani, and the New Yiddish Chorale” at the Queens Theatre in the Park, tix $33.
2/21, 4 PM at Fordham United Methodist Church, 2543 Marion Ave in the Bronx, Harriett D. Foy’s Black History Month spiritual show “My Soul Looks Back In Wonder: A Journey Through the Memories of a People in Word and Song: conceived by Ms. Foy and directed by Marcus Gardley, based on first-hand experiences of slaves.” Info here: sugg don $25 “cash or check.” B/D train to Fordham Rd.
2/21, 4:45 PM a free organ recital at St. Patrick’s Cathedral by Emmanuel Duperrey.
2/21 the Inner Banks - Caroline Schutz from Folksongs from the Afterlife and David Gould from the Bootleg Remedy – play Bruar Falls, 8 PM. Dark, pensive, smartly atmospheric stuff with Americana flourishes
2/21, 8 PM George Clinton & The P-Funk All-Stars at BB King’s adv tix $37.50.
2/22 Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies play upbeat oldtimey country and ragtime at the Rodeo Bar 10:30 PM
2/22, 6 (six) PM pyrotechnic avant/jazz composer and pianist Donal Fox plays Chopin, Ellington, Bach, Gershwin, Monk, Schumann, Scarlatti and his own stuff at the Queens Borough Public Library/Flushing Branch, 41-17 Main Street, Flushing, free.
2/22 Shana Wooley, cello and Fredrica Wyman, piano play Beethoven, Bloch and Takemitsu; also Nathaniel LaNasa, piano plays Bach and Debussy, 7:30 PM at the Third St. Music School Settlement, free.
2/22, 8:30 PM Rachelle Garniez at the Cornelia St. Cafe, $10. Inscrutable yet wrenchingly intense, crying on the outside sometimes but always laughing on the inside, as she’s alluded. She plays accordion among other instruments, is psyched that the club has a really good new piano, and her two most recent cds were rated #2 and #3 on our list of the best albums of the previous decade.
2/23-24 Bay area steampunks Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers at the Jazz Standard, 7:30/9:30 PM, $25.
2/23-28 the Christian McBride Big Band at Dizzy’s Club, sets 7:30/9:30 PM, $20 tix avail.
2/23-28 Bill Frisell, Ron Carter and Paul Motian at the Blue Note, 8/11 PM, $20 “bar seating” available. Haven’t heard their trio cd from a few years ago, fairly recently released? It’s as cool as you would think.
2/23 bluesy, soulful, lyrical Slackers frontman Vic Ruggiero does a rare acoustic doublebill with Tree, frontwoman of boisterous Americana/psychedelic rockers with friends from Any Day Parade, 9 PM at Lucky 7 Tavern in Jersey City.
2/23 the entertaining, upbeat Sonia’s Party - who put a current stamp on Motown and funk dance fun – with trombonist Dave Smith’s adventurous new band Smoota – with vocals! – at Union Pool, 10ish, free
2/23 the Second Fiddles play wild hokum blues and oldtimey hillbilly music at the Rodeo Bar 10:30 PM
2/24, 7:30 PM the Bang on a Can All-Stars: Ashley Bathgate, cello; Robert Black, bass; Vicky Chow, piano; David Cossin; drums and percussion; Mark Stewart, guitars and Evan Ziporyn, clarinets at Merkin Concert Hall playing a typically cutting-edge program of world premieres by Nik Bärtsch, Oscar Bettison and Christine Southworth, plus more, tix $30/$25.
2/24 Ensemble ACJW playing Philippe Manoury, Harrison Birtwistle, Stefan Wolpe, Elliot Cole, & Osvaldo Golijov at le Poisson Rouge, $15, time TBA, early,7ish.
2/24, 7 PM the Manhattan Valley Ramblers play rustic Americana at the P & W Sandwich Shop, 1030 Amsterdam Ave. across from St. John the Divine on the upper west, free.
2/24, 8:30 PM atmospheric, sometimes sultry, sometimes pensive Nordic string band Kaiku plays the cd release show for their new one at the Cornelia St. Cafe, $10.
2/24 a benefit for Haiti with Irish-American rock legends Black 47 plus roots reggae at Connolly’s,7 pm.
2/24 snarling garage-punk band Des Roar – of Ted Bundy Was a Ladies Man notoriety – at the Cameo Gallery, 8ish.
2/24 And You Will Know Us by the Trail of the Dead do a rare small club show at Union Pool 10ish – get there early
2/24 soaring, rustic oldtimey country sounds with the Hilary Hawke Band at the Rodeo Bar 10:30 PM.
2/25, 7:30 PM Russell St. John sings spirituals by legendary African-American composer Hall Johnson with Douglas Drake on the Steinway at Merkin Concert Hall, $25
2/25, 7:30 PM organ adventurer Gail Archer plays selections from her upcoming Bach cd at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 3 W 65th St @ CPW, 1 train to 66th St.
2/25-28 the Lionel Loueke Trio: Lionel Loueke – guitar, Massimo Biolcati – bass, Ferenc Nemeth – drums at the Jazz Standard, 7:30/9:30 PM,$25/$30 Friday & Saturday.
2/25, 8 PM funny yet furiously and smartly socially aware acoustic duo Left on Red play Caffe Vivaldi, sort of a cross between the Dixie Chicks and the Dead Kennedys.
2/25 a murderer’s row of oldtimey songwriting talent: the master of dirty innuendo, Al Duvall, the effervescent but razor-sharp Moonlighters and the alternately sultry and ferocious Kelli Rae Powell at the Jalopy, 9 PM.
2/25 wish you could see Willie Martinez & La Familia Sextet at Dizzy’s Club but you don’t have the cash? You can see the latin jazz percussionist and his excellent conjunto at the Nuyorican tonight at 9 for just $7 ($5 students).
2/25 King Django plays ska and reggae at Shrine, 9 PM.
2/26, 6 PM at Banjo Jim’s Charlene and Mo of Spanking Charlene do a rare acoustic gig
2/26 devious, haunting-voiced Americana siren/songwriter Robin Aigner – whose new album Bandito is amazing – at the cafe at the 92YTribeca ,7 PM.
2/26 the Mast – fiery hypnotic guitar and cello-driven Middle Eastern-inflected psychedelic rockers – open for ethereal downtempo Middle Eastern trance/dance group Nijaz at le Poisson Rouge, 7 PM, $23 adv tix highly rec.
2/26, 7:30 PM at the Third St. Music School Settlement inscrutable songwriter/pianist Lee Feldman shows off his classical chops, playing Bach, Chopin and Feldman (one assumes his own devious stuff).Eddy Kronengold, piano, and Elinor Amlen, piano follow with music of Milhaud, Mozart and Schumann.
2/26 evocatively Booker T-style Memphis soul/groove instrumentalists the City Champs at Highline Ballroom, 8 PM. The North Mississippi All-Stars headline.
2/26 atmospheric, darkly groove driven shoegaze trio El Jezel at Cake Shop, 8 PMish.
2/26, 8 PM at Bargemusic the Cygnus Ensemble and Guitar Ensemble play a big avant bill including works by David Claman, Mohammed Fairouz, Frank Brickle, Mario Davidovsky, David Loeb, Rebekah Driscoll,Ferruccio Busoni, Harold Meltzer, tix $35.
2/26 moody, slinky downtempo trio El Jezel 8 PM at Cake Shop
2/26-27, 9/10:30 PM haunting, pioneering Middle Eastern jazz trumpeter Amir ElSaffar and his band (recently commissioned here) at the Jazz Gallery, $15.
2/26, 9:30 PM tuneful, incisively fiery new jazz quintet the Flail at Smalls; they’re also here 2/27 at 10:30.
2/26 gypsy punk with Kagero at Two Boots Brooklyn, 10 PM
2/26 the legendary “vanilla queen of soul,” Joy Ryder – a singer in the same league as Sharon Jones – and her band play 10 PM at the the New P&G Bar, 380 Columbus Ave. @ W. 78th St.
2/26, 11 PM the Boss Guitars play surf classics and obscurities at Lakeside.
2/26, midnight Cudzoo & the Faggettes play their filthy, frequently hilarious faux 60s girl group pop at Arlene’s.
2/26, midnight Homeboy Steve Antonakos, lead guitarist to the stars of the underground plays his own clever Americana stuff at Banjo Jim’s.
2/27 a killer oldschool New York rock evening kicks off at at Banjo Jim’s at 7 PM with carnivalesque noir rock legend LJ Murphy. To maintain the vibe of the evening we suggest you take the party on the road to Freddy’s at 9 for The Toneballs and then around the corner and down the block to Hank’s for Ninth House at 11.
2/27, 7 PM at the new Soundfix Lounge a rare appearance by William Nowik, whose 1974 cult classic psychedelic/ambient lp Pan Symphony in E Minor is finally out on CD for the first time. He’s playing the whole album live plus a short solo set.
2/27, 7 PM the cleverly comedic Erin & Her Cello at the Rockwood
2/27 minor-key Balkan/world music improvisers Hazmat Modine at 7:15 followed by soulful crooner/fiery Chicago blues guitarist Johnny Allen at 10 at Terra Blues
2/27 lush, smartly orchestrated country band Yarn – whose horn section only enhances the big band feel – at Sullivan Hall, 7:30 PM
2/27, 8 PM, amazing horn-driven New Orleans soul/gospel group Brother Joscephus & the Love Revival Revolution Orchestra play 2 sets at the Brooklyn Bowl, $5
2/27 haunting noir guitar soundscapes with the Ulrich/Ziegler Duo at Barbes, 8 PM followed by once-and-future Roulette Sister Mamie Minch at 9 and then smart, terse, funny Americana rock duo Kill Henry Sugar.
2/27 another underground legend, filmmaker Dan Sallitt and his latest project the Toneballs with lead guitar god Paul McKenzie plus Love Camp 7′s Dann BAker - all originals plus one new Richard Thompson cover – at Freddy’s, 9 PM.
2/27, 9 PM Middle Eastern jazz quintet SHUSMO – Arab maqam meets jazz, featuring pyrotechnic clarinetist Lefteris Bournias at Alwan for the Arts, $15.
2/27, 9 PM Kevin Blechdom and Irene Moon play “Exponential Death” – a “noise operetta”with a sense of humor. Warped neo-psychedelia? Demented soundtracks? Downtempo industrial? If you inhale you might want to go to this after inhaling. At Port D’or, 841 Sterling Place at Nostrand, Crown Heights, 2/3 to Nostrand Ave.
2/27, 9ish at Bowery Poetry Club a killer ska bill with Tri-State Conspiracy, the Hub City Stompers, Simon and the Bar Sinisters (you should hear their ska version of In a Gadda Da Vida), and special guest Tommy Ramone.
2/27 Kevin Batchelor’s Grand Concourse – ska band featuring members of the Skatalites, Rocksteady 7, the Stingers & Westbound Train at Two Boots Brooklyn 10 PM
2/27 wild electric bluegrass guitar, stinging mandolin and one smart Americana tune after another with Demolition String Band at the Rodeo Bar 10:30 PM
2/27 the Sadies (Neko Case’s longtime backing band doing their own dark, bristling Americana) at the Mercury, 11 PM, $13.
2/28 dark, incisive, sometimes ornately haunting female-fronted indie rockers Bern & the Brights at LIC Bar, 5 (five) PM. They’re also at Spike Hill on 3/10 at 11.
2/28 Sousalves’ Songwriters from Hell at the Parkside, 8 PM. There are always a handful of killer performances in Paul Alves AKA Sousalves’ sprawling acoustic evening of mini-sets, performers TBA.
2/28 the amazingly multistylistic, jazzy Talat play klezmer/reggae/minor key grooves at Shrine 8 PM followed at 9 by Ivoirien expat S.S. King playing smart roots reggae with lyrics in in 5 different languages (French, English, Hebrew, Mandingo and Arabic).
2/28 Pierre de Gaillande’s amazing English-language Georges Brassens cover band Bad Reputation at Joe’s Pub, 9:30 PM followed by Pascal Parisot, a cult sensation in France who’s taken it upon himself to pick up where Gainsbourg left off, $15.
3/1-5 the Chopin-a-thon at the World Financial Center, performances 9 AM – noon with open pianos for interested players. Noon til 7, the pros take over (four separate pianos in different areas of the rotunda) with nightly shows 7 PM, a series of big-name classical performers, all of this free.
3/1, 9:30 PM and repeating on 3/7 at 7:30 PM the rivetingly intense yet cleverly amusing Sarah Mucho sings Neil Young’s After the Gold Rush at Don’t Tell Mama, $20 or two for one admission with flyer
3/1 lyrical, understatedly soulful Dina Dean brings her inimitable blend of Americana, classic soul/gospel and incisive rock out of mothballs at Goodbye Blue Monday, 11 PM. Your last chance to see her playing under this name!
3/2-3 at the Jazz Standard the dark, tango-inflected Pedro Giraudo Jazz Orchestra, sets 7:30/10, $25 adv tix very highly rec.
3/2-6, 8:30/11 PM Monty Alexander at Birdland, $30 side seating avail.
3/2-7 and 3/9-14 the Bill Charlap Trio w/Peter Washington & Kenny Washington at Dizzy’s Club, $30 tix avail.
3/2 Brooklyn’s own haunting, innovative Balkan vocal quartet Black Sea Hotel at Pete’s 9 PM.
3/2 Cage the Elephant alternate between hip-hop with a rustic delta blues groove and loud, shambling, tuneful garage/psych rock like the Libertines but tighter. With funny hip-hop lyrics. Totally original, smart and these guys don’t live in a vaccuum. At Bowery Ballroom 3/2, 10ish; also at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on 3/4, same time.
3/3, 7:30 PM new music string quartet adventurers Ethel at the Pregones Theater 571-575 Walton Ave. in the Bronx, free.
3/3, 8 PM Mose Allison at City Winery, $25 tix available.
3/3 at Puppets Jazz Bar 7-8 PM Arturo O’Farrill solo for$10, followed at 9 by the John McNeil Group feat. Kenny Pexton
3/3, 10, 24 Jesse Lenat at 68 Jay St. Bar 9 PM.
3/4, 8 PM at Carnegie Hall Max Raabe & Palast Orchester, $28 adv tix avail.
3/4 Americana soul with the Smooth Maria at Union Pool, 9 PM.
3/4, 9 PM the NY Gypsy All-Stars at Rose Bar in Williamsburg, a measly $5
3/4 soaring janglerockers Girl to Gorilla at Trash 9 PM
3/4 Frankenpine at Lakeside 9:15ish
3/5 Chuck Prophet at Southpaw 8 PM
3/5 at Puppets Jazz Bar 9 PM Bill Ware’s New Vibes Quartet
3/5 Joe Pug at Bowery Ballroom 9ish
3/5, 9ish first-rate harmony-driven honkytonk band the Newton Gang at Hank’s
3/5 smart, literate keyboardist/rocker Tris McCall & the Housing Bubble at Maxwell’s 11 PM doing songs from his new NJ-themed album: “Just as you go to the Felt Forum to see the ice capades, or to Sea World to see people get eaten by killer whales, you must go to Maxwell’s to get the full Tris McCall experience.”.
3/5 Andrew Vladeck and Tall Tall Trees at the Postcrypt Coffeehouse, 9:30 PM.
3/5 playful, entertaining guitar virtuoso Bill Kirchen – who basically invented alt-country back in the 70s – at Rodeo Bar 10:30 PM.
3/5 midnight Kristeen Young at Trash.
3/6 Bobby Radcliff at Terra Blues 7 PM
3/6 original two-thirds female rockabilly/surf trio Catspaw at Desmond’s Tavern, 8 PM.
3/7, 8:30 PM Terry Dame and the aptly titled, hypnotic Electric Junkyard Gamelan at Rose Bar in Williamsburg
3/7 Freddy Loco & the Gordos play ska at Shrine, 9 PM.
3/9, 1 PM at Trinity Church the NY Scandia Symphony play the U.S. Premiere of Franz Neruda’s Cello Concerto plus works by Ernest Bloch, Poul Schierbeck, Emil Hartmann, Carl Nielsen, free, early arrival advised.
3/9 Split Lip Rayfield at the Mercury.
3/10 the Borromeo String Quartet play Gunther Schuller and Mohammed Fairouz at the Stone, 8 PM. Their Boston performance of this program back in December was fascinating and had some genuinely transcendent moments.
3/10 at the Jazz Standard the adventurous Amina Figarova Sextet: Amina Figarova – piano; Bart Platteau – flutes; Marc Mommaas – tenor saxophone; Ernie Hammes – trumpet; Jeroen Vierdag – bass; Chris ” Buckshot” Strik – drums, $20 adv tix rec.
3/11, 8 PM Irish traditional legends Altan at Symphony Space, tix $25/$18 stud.
3/11, 8 PM at SOB’s classic era hip-hop with Chubb Rock plus Dres (from Black Sheep) plus opening acts TBA, hosted by 98.7’s legendary Kool DJ Red Alert, adv tix $20 a must.
3/11, 10ish Noble Society plays roots reggae at Rose Bar in Williamsburg $5
3/11 roots reggae/dub legends John Brown’s Body at the Music Hall of Williamsburg 11ish $15 adv tix.
3/12, 8 PM Black 47 at the College of Staten Island Williamson Theatre
3/12, 8 PM horn player Rob Mosher’s adventurous 10 piece jazz/classical band Storytime and Petr Cancura’s mulistylistic jazz/Americana string band Down Home play a benefit for NYC charity Rational Animal at the Great Room at South Oxford Space, 138 South Oxford Street (Atlantic Avenue/Fulton St.), Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Adv tix $12 includes a t-shirt and “other small gifts.” C to Lafayette or any train to Atlantic Ave.
3/12 Shilelagh Law play Irish drinking music at Connolly’s 10 PM
3/12, midnight at SOB’s an A-list “hip-hop for Haiti” lyricist bill feat. Talib Kweli, Styles P, Immortal Technique, Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz, Cormega, SF (Spark Flame) & Mr Reo, Royce Da 5’9″, adv tix $25 a must.
3/13, 7 PM at Highline Ballroom Joe Hurley’s annual Irish allstar festival, dozens of cameos by A-list NYC rockers, $20 adv tix rec
3/13 massively tuneful Australian anthem rockers Grand Atlantic at Spike Hill
3/13 Blue Oyster Cult at BB King’s, $27.50, sets at 7:30 and 10.
3/13 the Wolfe Tones at Connolly’s (only NYC appearances), 8 PM. They’re also here on 3/14 at 7.
3/13 Greek party music monsters Magges at Mehanata, 10 PM, free before 10:30.
3/13 Simon & the Bar Sinisters at Lakeside 10:15ish
3/13, 11 PM Koony plays fiery, Peter Tosh-influenced roots reggae en Francais at Shrine.
3/14, 3 PM organ adventurer Gail Archer plays selections from her upcoming Bach cd at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church (225 W 99th St, Train 1/2/3-W 96th St)
3/14 an ACME doublebill at le Poisson Rouge. The 7:30 PM show has them playing Adams’ In a Treeless Place, Only Snow for celesta, harp, two vibraphones, and string quartet; and his The Farthest Place for violin, vibraphone, marimba, piano, double bass; alongside Volans’ String Quartet No. 1, White Man Sleeps; and his String Quartet No. 9, Shiva Dances.; at 10 they’ll be joined by pianists Volker Bertelmann (a.k.a. Hauschka) and Dustin O’Halloran playing works by each. Tix $15 or $20 for both shows.
3/15 amazingly adventurous, genre-hopping string quartet Brooklyn Rider play the cd release show for the lastest one at the Angel Oresanz Center.
3/15 artsy, tuneful Icelandic indie popsters Seabear play the Mercury, 7 PM; they’re at Southpaw at 8:30ish the following night 3/16.
3/15 Greg Garing, Cassis and Vera Beren at Small Beast at the Delancey
3/16 at the Jazz Standard chanteuse Carolyn Leonhart with saxman Wayne Escoffery plus Toru Dodo – piano; Boris Kozlov – bass; Donald Edwards – drums; Jeff Haynes – percussion, $20 adv tix highly rec.
3/18, 8 PM diminutive steampunk uke player slash lyrical genius slash femme fatale Kelli Rae Powell at Hill Country.
3/18, 10 PM scorching female-fronted powerpop/jamband Devi at Sullivan Hall
3/18 Chicago blues legend Lucky Peterson – a true threat on both guitar and keys – at Terra Blues 10 PM
3/19, 7:30 PM the female Lenny Bruce, Tammy Faye Starlite and her hilarious Runaways cover band the Stay-at-Homes – better than the real thing! – plus an all-girl Cheap Trick cover band, $15
3/19, 9 PM popular steampunk chanteuse Jolie Holland and her “old fashioned morphine” at the 92ytribeca, $20
3/19 at Puppets Jazz Bar 9 PM Daniel Smith’s Blue Bassoon cd release show
3/19, 11 PM reliably propulsive ska-punks the Hub City Stompers at Trash.
3/19 half past midnight/1 AMish Homeboy Steve Antonakis at Banjo Jim’s
3/20 at Puppets Jazz Bar 6 PM pianist Frank Carlberg’s Tivoli Trio cd release show; at 9 PM Mingus Orchestra bassist Boris Koslov leads his Trio.
3/21 ,2 (two) PM pianist Christian Zacharias conducting the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium – C.P.E. Bach: Symphony in E-flat Major; Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37; Zimmerman: Rheinische Kirmestänze; Schumann: Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 97; $28 tix avail.
3/21, 6:30 PM star singer of the Middle Eastern underground, Gaida plays the cd release show for her long awaited debut Levantine Indulgence at le Poisson Rouge adv tix $15 a must.
3/21 at Merkin Concert Hall, 7:30 PM: ETHEL Plays JacobTV: “A special edition of WNYC’s New Sounds Live with host John Schaefer – New York’s high-octane string quartet ETHEL teams up with Dutch “avant-pop” composer JacobTV (Jacob Ter Veldhuis) for an adventurous evening that includes U.S. premieres of Low Angle Close Up Dolly Shot Highway and Syracuse Blues + soundtrack.”
3/22, 7:30 PM the Daedalus Quartet play a free, all-Beethoven program at Advent Lutheran/ Broadway United Church, 2504 Broadway at 93rd St., 1/2/3 to 96th.
3/23 poignant, lyrical jazz pianist Deanna Witkowski at Shrine, 8 PM
3/23 at the Jazz Standard “steampunk big band” Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, $25 adv tix very highly rec.
3/23 the Roscoe Trio at Lakeside 9:30ish
3/23, 10 PM the Scott Amendola/Charlie Hunter Duo at the Stone – could be hypnotically good
3/24, 7:30 PM at the Jazz Standard the NEC Jazz Faculty All-Stars featuring George Garzone, John McNeil, Cecil McBee, Billy Hart & Frank Carlberg, $25 adv tix very highly rec.
3/24 casually smart jazz chanteuse Calley Bliss at Shrine 9 PM
3/25 ferociously tuneful, sometimes jangly, sometimes punkish Williamsburg indie vets Cementhead – who date from when indie was cool and so was Williamsburg – play Trash
3/25 Tower of Power at BB King’s, sets at 8:30 and 10, $30 adv tix.
3/26 Malian superstar Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba at Carnegie Hall (Zankel Hall space), $38 tix avail.
3/26, 7:30 PM pianist Kathleen Supové at First Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn Heights, 124 Henry St., 2/3 to Clark St., A/C to High St. or 4/5 to Borough Hall, $10 sugg. don.(
3/27-28 at the Jazz Standard the Charlie Hunter Trio [at 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. nightly] $30/$25 Sunday.
3/27, 8 PM Yomo Toro – the powerhouse lefty Dick Dale of the Puerto Rican cuatro – along with legendary avant jazz trombonist/composer Roswell Rudd and musical director/drummer Bobby Sanabira and Ascencion – wow! – at Symphony Space, adv tix $27/$18 stud. highly rec.
3/27, 10:30 PM fearless, tuneful, politically-charged songwriter Fred Gillen Jr. sat the Postcrypt Coffeehouse at Columbia.
3/27 the Brooklyn What – NYC’s most charismatic, funny, intelligent loud rock band – play Trash at midnight. Also on the bill: Anna Anabolic’s good garage band the Anabolics at 8 followed by High Teen Boogie and then the Lipstick Killers at 11 or so.
3/28, 3 (three) PM the Chelsea Symphony play Bottesini: Double Bass Concerto #2 in B Minor; Dia: Hamlet; de Falla: El Amor Brujo, cheap, $20 donation.
3/28 the Komeda Project - who hauntingly and intensely keep the work of legendary, doomed jazz composer and RomaPolanski collaborator Krzysztof Komeda alive – are at the Cornelia St. Café, 8:30 PM, $10 featuring pianist/composer/arranger Andrzej Winnicki and saxophonist Krzysztof Medyna, along with trumpeter Russ Johnson and a rhythm section.
3/28 at Public Assembly, 9ish a rare quadruple bill with four excellent loud guitar bands: Rosetta and their ornate atmospheric Radiohead-inflected shoegaze/metal, equally ornate and brutal Philly underground metal legends Starkweather, the richly intense, haunting, Joy Division-esque Junius and the low-register Melvins-ish sludge of Archon. No idea who’s playing when but it’s a solid bill top to bottom.
3/29 soul siren Joy Ryder and her band play at Otto’s at 8.
3/29 art rockers Paul Wallfisch and Serena Jost at Small Beast at the Delancey
3/31 at the Jazz Standard Todd Sickafoose’s Tiny Resistors with Jenny Scheinman – violin; John Ellis – tenor sax, clarinet; Alan Ferber – trombone; Adam Levy – guitar; Erik Deutsch – piano; Todd Sickafoose – bass; the phenomenal Rudy Royston – drums & percussion, $20 highly rec.
3/31, 8 PM at the Stone multistylistic avant/jazz violinist Carla Kihlstedt and Matthias Bossi on drums with Shahzad Ismaily on bass and others TBA
4/1-2 Jonathan Coulton at Highline Ballroom.
4/4 at Highline Ballroom at noon a New Orleans Easter Brunch with Brother Joscephus & the Love Revival Revolution Orchestra
4/9, 7:30 PM at Carnegie Hall – Orchestra Underground performing “Louis & the Young Americans,”Jeffrey Milarsky conducting: Louis Andriessen – Symphony for Open Strings (New York City Premiere); Missy Mazzoli: These Worlds in Us (World Premiere, new orchestration); Michael Fiday: HST: In Memoriam Hunter S. Thompson (World Premiere, ACO Commission); John Korsrud: New Work (World Premiere, ACO Commission). This is a big deal in NYC music history, the concert will sell out, if you consider yourself a fan of new music you really ought to catch the show.
4/11 late 80s British indie innovators the Wedding Present at Bowery Ballroom 10 PM, $15 adv tix rec.
4/14 the Refugee All Stars of Sierra Leone at Highline Ballroom
4/16, 7:30 PM cellist/vocalist Jody Redhage and Fire in July at First Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn Heights, 124 Henry St., 2/3 to Clark St., A/C to High St. or 4/5 to Borough Hall, $10 sugg. don.
4/16, 8 PM the auspicious second episode of CONTACT! the NY Phil’s avant ensemble extravaganza has Alan Gilbert conducting world premieres by composers Sean Sheperd, Nico Muhly, and Matthias Pintscher, adv tix $28 highly rec., this will sell out.
4/17, 7 PM desert blueswoman Rokia Traore at Highline Ballroom, gen adm tix $28.
4/18 Reverend Billy & The Life After Shopping Gospel Choir, afternoon at Highline Ballroom
4/18, 7 PM fado superstar Ana Moura at Symphony Space, tix $32/$18 stud.
4/21 the Specials at Terminal 5, $30 adv tix.
4/22, 7:30 PM Lark Chamber Artists and pianist Jeremy Denk perform the world premiere of Paul Moravec’s Piano Quintet, also Jennifer Higdon’s Exaltation of Larks; Felix Mendelssohn’s Four Pieces for String Quartet, Op.81; and Robert Schumann’s Piano Quintet in E flat Major, Op. 44. at Merkin Concert Hall.
4/22 the Church acoustic at City Winery
4/23-24 Ian Hunter at City Winery 10 PM $30 tix available.
4/25, 4 PM Leon Botstein and the American Symphony Orchestra play Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony at Symphony Space, $30, stud/srs. $20 They play the Fifth on 4/27 at 7.
4/25 smart, lyrical, soul/rock songwriter Dina Dean 7 PM at Bobo, 181 W 10th St. at 7th Ave., $10
5/1, 8 PM sitarist Shujaat Husain Khan (son and disciple of the late Ustad Vilayat Khan) at Symphony Space, tix $30/$18 stud.
5/14, 7:30 PM PM at Symphony Space Joydeep Ghosh plays classical and contemporary Indian compositions on the rare, ancient surshringar, sort of a bass sarod lute, tix $25/$18 stud.
5/27-28 Reverend Horton Heat at Highline Ballroom
6/26 desert blues titans Tinariwen at Central Park Summerstage
The best 666 songs of alltime countdown continues every day, all the way to #1. Tuesday’s song is #177:
Elvis Costello – Party Girl
The world’s greatest lyrical psychopathologist at his most dismissive, fiery janglerock band behind him. “I could give you anything but time.” From Armed Forces, 1979.
This is one of the albums left over from late last year when Lucid Culture had sort of fallen into disrepair. Running all over the country, we were putting up new content in fits and gasps and had to temporarily abandon our most popular feature, the NYC live music calendar. Meanwhile, the albums kept piling up. When we got back up to speed last month, most of those albums had lost currency and had to be left behind. But not this one.
Clare & the Reasons’ new album Arrow sounds an awful lot like Greta Gertler. Frontwoman Clare Muldaur Manchon – daughter of 70s Americana multistylist Geoff Muldaur – has a similarly high, girlish vocal range – where Gertler goes completely off the wall and devious and funny, Manchon goes sultry with a Norah Jones nouvelle-Billie Holliday feel. It’s smart, artsy orchestrated pop with an alternately Beatlesque and retro soul edge, in the same vein as Gertler, the Secret History or Mattison. This is a dreamscape of sorts with a neat false ending.
It opens blithe, optimistic and McCartneyesque with just pizzicato strings and vocals, “No trouble is our trouble now…yeah it’s our time,” setting a nocturnal tone for the rest of the album. Then they do like Sir Paul again with electric piano over jangly acoustic guitar and a lead guitar track straight of the White Album. Our Team Is Grand is breathily seductive, somewhat hypnotic with lush strings and a big Beatles crescendo, soulful trombone accents, strings climbing furiously and descending just as fast.
There are two tracks here titled You Getting Me, the first with a synth loop that gives way to austere strings, the second a hypnotic trip-hop number that brings in the strings again, this time lush and triumphant. They follow that with a resoundingly funny, horn-driven tongue-in-cheek cover of the Phil Collins-era Genesis hit That’s All; another original where dreampop gives way to sassy Britrock; the big 6/8 ballad Kyoto Nights, introducing an element of disquiet; a swirling, swaying psychedelic pop number and the quirky, hypnotic Perdue a Paris. The best song on the album makes a striking change from everything that preceded it: Murder, They Want Murder is a richly suspenseful noir ballad set in the suspicious small town of “Ditmasville,” Manchon’s voice soaring over a hypnotic, repetitive staccato piano lick, strings fluttering up and down at the end as trumpet twitters over the eerie mantra “They will talk about you.” The album reverts to a dreamy vibe, closing with Wake Up, You Sleepyhead, its trip-hop beat, gently breathy vocals and playful lyrics like something that would be perfectly at home in the Kate Mattison songbook. There’s a lot to enjoy here, after dark for maximum effect. By the way, the band’s upstart label Frog Stand Records has an enticing special offer, three albums for $19 including this one, Clare & the Reasons’ debut The Movie plus their digital Live in Paris recording, click the link above for info.
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