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CD Review: John Sheppard: Media Vita – Stile Antico

Stile Antico, the world’s most famous early music choral group, have outdone themselves. You probably know them – their most recent album Song of Songs topped the classical charts last year. Their latest is their best yet, a lush, majestic, hypnotic collection of works by cutting-edge sixteenth century British choirmaster John Sheppard. This isn’t the first all-Sheppard album – the Tallis Scholars did one over twenty years ago – but it is unquestionably the best. And hopefully the first of several more. In some ways, Sheppard was your typical hardworking church choir leader – never published during his lifetime, his work was performed by whatever group he happened to be working with…including the singers of the Queen’s Chapel. How could such a high-profile artist have fallen so far into obscurity? Lack of available manuscripts, many with missing parts; widespread availability of other perfectly good material to sing; the stubborn fact that Sheppard’s lavish scores are so challenging; and perhaps most plausibly, the fact that many of Sheppard’s works are in Latin, created for Mary Tudor’s Catholic liturgy, hardly a canon that your typical Anglican choir would have any desire to revisit. Technically speaking, Sheppard went for a giant wall of sound, utilizing six-part harmonies and even greater permutations along with dizzying counterpoint, but the six women and eight men of Stile Antico seem to relish the challenge (you can try this at home – there are scores at the Choral Public Domain Library) .

The centerpiece here is Sheppard’s colossal, haunting, death-fixated Media Vita. In an age when early mortality was the rule rather than the exception, it made sense (Sheppard himself probably never made it to fifty). It’s essentially a plea to be spared from impending death. Opening dramatically and continuing with an unrelenting intensity, the piece goes on for over twenty-five minutes – if you think the Messiah is difficult, try this on for size. What’s most amazing about this is that unlike an instrumental group or rock band, a choir can’t just punch in and record over a mistake: Stile Antico sing this all the way through, live.The other pieces here vividly illustrate the diversity of Sheppard’s compositions, notably the far more lively, soaring and only slightly less titanic call-and-response of the opening antiphon, and a couple of English-language hymnal arrangements which probably date from earlier in Sheppard’s career but already find him pushing the envelope. One of them was contemporaneously transcribed (or perhaps even originally written) as an instrumental for strings, testament to both Sheppard’s popularity during his lifetime as well as the melodic strength of his writing.

Not only is this album exquisitely sung, it is also exquisitely produced. The location where it was recorded doesn’t seem to be common knowledge (maybe the group are keeping it a secret!), but wherever it is, the natural reverb and slow decay time richly enhance the otherworldly – some would say heavenly – sonics.

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Song of the Day 3/1/10

The best 666 songs of alltime countdown continues every day, all the way to #1. Monday’s song is #150:

McGinty & White – Rewrite

When he’s at the top of his game – and he usually is – there’s no better songwriter than Ward White. This is one of his more lyrically pyrotechnic efforts – breaking the fourth wall, loading on as many savage double entendres and puns as he can summon – from his excellent 2009 retro-60s psychedelic pop collaboration with keyboard genius Joe McGinty. The whole album is streaming at the link above.

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New York City Live Music Calendar for March-April 2010

We update this every day – new April-May calendar coming 4/1, no fooling.  If you don’t recognize the place where a particular act is playing, check our venues page. If you didn’t see anything that tickled you this time around, you can check back later.  

 A few things you should know: bands are listed in order of appearance; showtimes listed here are actual set times, not the time doors open. If a listing here says something like ”9 PM-ish,” chances are it’ll run late. Cover charges are those listed on bands’ and venues’ sites: always best to click on the band link provided or go to the venues page for confirmation since we get much of this info weeks in advance. As always, weekly events first followed by the daily listings:

March 20-27 is NEC Jazz Week. We’ve got Juilliard, Manhattan School of Music, the New School jazz program; Boston has the New England Conservatory, the first classical conservatory to give a jazz curriculum their official imprimatur. In 40 years, NEC kids have gone on to do great things and many of those kids (not kids anymore!) are coming to town. Too many first-class acts to list here – our top picks are scattered throughout the calendar below. The complete roster of acts with venues and showtimes is here.

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.

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. He’s something of an institution here, plan on arriving EARLY, 45 minutes early isn’t too soon since the whole bar gets packed fast. 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 plays a solo set on piano around 10 PM, reason enough to put this on your calendar. April artists include Martin Bisi, Julia Frodahl of Edison Woods, Black Sea Hotel, Valerie Kuehne, Erin and Her Cello, Bad Reputation and more.

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 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.

Also Mondays in March 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 in March 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 March the Dred Scott Trio play astonishingly smart, dark piano jazz at the Rockwood at midnight. 

Wednesdays in March, 3/3, 3/10 and 3/24, edgy alt-country songwriter and frequent Farm Aid star Jesse Lenat plays 68 Jay St. Bar, 8 PM.

Thursdays in April Tall Tall Trees play Pete’s, 9 PM. Sort of a steampunk Americana jamband – a little bluegrass, a little blues and a great sense of humor. Always a lot of fun.

Every Friday in March 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.

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 trombonist Dave Smith’s latest devious jazz project Smoota, dark Euro-rocker Spottiswoode, Americana legend Greg Garing and  Nanuchka frontwoman Yula Beeri at Small Beast at the Delancey, 9ish.

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 legendary,lyrical Jamaican jazz pianist Monty Alexander at Birdland, $30 side seating avail.

3/2-7 and 3/9-14 piano jazz with 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 at Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Wburg 3/2-4 is SOLD OUT. Good for them. You’ll have to catch their hip-hop with a rustic delta blues groove and loud, shambling, tuneful garage/psych rock like the Libertines but tighter next 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 saloon jazz piano legend Mose Allison at City Winery, $25 tix available.

3/3 at Puppets Jazz Bar 7-8 PM latin jazz pianist Arturo O’Farrill solo for$10, followed at 9 by the John McNeil Group feat. Kenny Pexton

3/3 the Doc Marshalls- equally adept at Texas cajun and honkytonk – at Hill Country 9ish; they’re also here on 3/17

3/4, 7:30 PM auspicious young pianist Alexandra Joan plays Bach, Rachmaninoff, Beethoven, Schubert, Liszt and Huang Ruo at WMP Concert Hall, 31 W 28th St., tix $20/$10 stud.

3/4 Melomane at Barbes, 8 PM followed by Marta Topferova & the Other Shore at 10. The former were just about the best band in New York before they scattered and frontman Pierre de Gaillande focused on his current projects, art-rockers the Snow and his Bad Reputation Georges Brassens cover band. But these guys are amazing, darkly lyrical garage rock with lush ornate arrangements and snarling, smart lyrics. Topferova does quiet wonders with latin music of all kinds.

3/4, 8 PM at Carnegie Hall amazingly authentic, funny, retro 20s Weimar blues and noir cabaret revivalist 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 country bandleader Rosy Nolan and deviously lyrical, sultry oldtimey songwriter Kelli Rae Powell at Rodeo Bar, 9ish.

3/4 lyrical soul/Americana songwriter Derek James at the Rockwood 10 PM

3/4 multistylistic bluegrass innovators Frankenpine at Lakeside 9:15ish.

3/5 if you missed the best show of the year a couple of weeks ago at Freddy’s, here’s a close equivalent: alternately noir and jazzy Americana rock siren Erica Smith & the 99 Cent Dreams at 8 PM followed by the John Sharples Band at 9 – whose speciality is brilliant, obscure covers by New York artists – and the irrepressible, even more noir, explosively charismatic and funny Tom Warnick and World’s Fair at 10 at the Parkside.

3/5 cutting edge Greek-American oud player and composer Mavrothi Kontanis with his sensational band at 8 followed by raucous Indian brass band Red Baraat at 10 at Barbes

3/5 west coast guitar god Chuck Prophet – the thinking person’s Tom Petty – at Southpaw, 8 PM.

3/5, 9 PM an amazing live tour of Middle Eastern music through the centuries: George Ziadeh & Friends – From Al Andalus to Oum Kulthoum feat. Tareq Abboushi, buzuq and vocals; Zafer Tawil, oud, percussion and vocals; Amir ElSaffar, santoor and vocals; Johnny Farraj, percussion and vocals at Alwan for the Arts, $15.

3/5 Miz Metro impishly leads her raucous horn-driven ska band at BAM Cafe, 9 PM.

3/5 at Puppets Jazz Bar 9 PM Bill Ware’s New Vibes Quartet

3/5 Americana songwriter sensation Joe Pug – sort of a funnier Steve Earle – at Bowery Ballroom 9ish

3/5, 9ish first-rate harmony-driven honkytonk band the Newton Gang at Hank’s.

3/5 Grand Masters of Gypsy Music 10 PM at Mehanata

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 a good Americana doublebill with rustic songwriter Andrew Vladeck and the hilarious blues/bluegrass/jamband 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 glamrocker Kristeen Young at Trash.

3/5, 1 AM (actually wee hours of 3/6) jam-oriented funkmeisters Turkuaz at the Rockwood.

3/6 Amir Vahab & Soroosh Ensemble play at 6 (six) PM at Drom – if you’re kicking yourself that you missed (or couldn’t afford) Masters of Persian Music last month, this extraordinary group mixes classical Turkish, Uzbek and Persian sounds. Absurdly cheap at $10.

3/6 fiery, multistylistic Chicago-style blues guitarist Bobby Radcliff at Terra Blues, 7 PM. He’s also at Lucille’s at 8 on 3/13.

3/6, 7 PM noir garage rock bandleader Lorraine Leckie at Banjo Jim’s at 7 followed by a bluegrass jam at 9

3/6 original two-thirds female rockabilly/surf trio Catspaw at Desmond’s Tavern, 8 PM.

3/6 Americana siren Julia Haltigan at the Rockwood 9 PM.

3/6 bad segue, fun bands: Hank & Cupcakes’ retro 80s dancey synth-pop and the Royal Chains’ 90s tuneful Brit style anthemic guitar rock at the Cameo Gallery, 9 PM

3/6 Unsteady Freddie’s reliably god monthly surf extravaganza at Otto’s starting at 9 with the Sea Turtles, 10 PM Surf & Turf, 11 PM Bongo Surf and the ferocious El Muchacho at midnight.

3/6 quirky, innovative marimba-and-cello duo Goli 9:30 PM at Caffe Vivaldi.

3/6 Schaffer the Darklord does his hilarious, often scathingly satirical hip-hop at Arlene’s 11 PM

3/6, 11 PM entertaining Celtic punk rock with Box of Crayons at the Parkside.

3/7,7:30 PM at the Tank the Brooklyn Composers’ Collective puts on an interesting multistylistic concert with Beethoven’s C Minor String Trio Op. 9 No. 3, Nymphs by Gary Schocker for flute quartet and Steve Reich’s Music For Pieces of Wood alongside new works for string trio, flute quartet and percussion ensemble by Matt Frey, Amir Shpilman and Jay Vilnai. Cover is $7/$5 stud.

3/7, 8 PM a cool, funny original counry doulebill with the Jack Grace Band followed by Luther Wright & the Wrongs at the Jalopy, $8.

3/7, 8 PM lyrical, tuneful jazz quintet the Flail at the Fat Cat.

3/7, 8:30 PM Terry Dame and the aptly titled, hypnotic Electric Junkyard Gamelan at Rose Bar in Williamsburg.

3/7 the Alan Ferber Nonet at Cornelia St. Cafe, 8:30 PM followed at 10 by the Dan Pratt Organ Quartet that Ferber also plays in (separate admission, or $15 for the whole night)

3/7 Freddy Loco & the Gordos play ska at Shrine, 9 PM.

3/8, 7:30 PM Ljova & the Kontraband alternate between seemingly every good minor-key string band style in the world: Russian dances, ballads, tangos, cinematic instrumentals about Brooklyn Heights, you name it, at Barbes followed at around 9:45 by Chicha Libre.

3/8 country legend Greg Garing, grand guignol goddess Vera Beren and hypnotic, haunting Balkan/Appalachian vocal duo AE at Small Beast at the Delancey 9ish.

3/8  majestic, virtuosic, ornate Middle Eastern art-rock/metal band Orphaned Land play BB King’s, adv tix $15 very highly rec.

3/8 powerpop siren Patti Rothberg – whose upcoming cd is reputedly her best- downstairs at the Delancey, 10:45 PM, free.

3/8 interesting powerpop songwriter Mikal Evans at the Rockwood 11 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, 7 PM multistylistic violinist/composer/country singer Jenny Scheinman at Barbes followed at 9 by Slavic Soul Party

3/9 dark, intense South Serbian style brass monsters Raya Brass Band at Radegast Hall in Williamsburg, 9 PM – they’re loud enough to drown out all the trendoids.

3/9 Gogol Bordello at Irving Plaza, 9ish, adv tix $35 if you can afford it

3/9 grasscore pioneers Split Lip Rayfield at the Mercury 11ish.

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., sets 7:30/9:30.

3/10 funny yet furiously and smartly socially aware acoustic duo Left on Red -sort of a cross between the Dixie Chicks and the Dead Kennedys – at Caffe Vivaldi, 8:15 PM

3/10 roots reggae legends John Brown’s Body at Maxwell’s 10PMish $15.

3/10 hilarious, spot-on early 50s hillbilly music revivalists/satirists Susquehanna Industrial Tool and Die Co. at Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM.

3/10 haunting, moody, alternately austere and chaotic violin-driven indie rockers Bern and the Brights at Spike Hill, 11 PM.

3/11 Luther Wright and the Wrongs followed by Matt Keating and his band at Banjo Jim’s, 7 PM. Two first-rate songwriters, both wryly funny and way too popular for this little club. The first is more Americana-oriented and comedic; the second is a lot more intense. Get there early.

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, 8:30 PM genre-smashing Italian choreographer/percussionist Alessandra Belloni plays the cd release show for her lavish, psychedelic Tarantella Spider Dance cd at Drom, $TBA.

3/11 a good loud chick rock night with garage rockers the Anabolics followed by the ferociously noisy, funny but somewhat menacing punkish Beluga at Spike Hill, 9 PM

3/11, 10 PM a Cheap Dates reunion gig of sorts with Americana sirens Jan Bell, Megan Palmer and Hilary Hawke at Barbes

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 lush, romantic, frequently haunting, harmony-driven retro pan-Latin band las Rubias del Norte at Joe’s Pub doing their cd release show, $15

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 a killer country/Americana doublebill with Jack Grace and Luther Wright at Rodeo Bar 9:30ish.

3/12 irrepressibly charming but subtly ferocious steampunk harmony band the Moonlighters at Barbes, 10 PM

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, 6 PM country/bluegrass guitar monster Wayne Henderson plus Jeff Little play a house concert on the east side, midtown, sugg. don. at the door, email for info

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 lush, amusing, innuendo-driven 30s French chanson revivalists les Chauds Lapins – whose album made our top 20 list in 2007, and is available on delicious vinyl – at Barbes, 8 PM.

3/13, 8 PM Colorform plays Studio 4D at 440 Studios, 440 Lafayette Street south of Astor Place. These guys and girls have something cool going on: an acoustic trio (guitars, cello and vocals) plays pensive, lyrically driven songs while their artist Sarah Valeri paints a new creation – and she’s good. Similar to what Joseph Arthur does at Joe’s Pub. Wine and refreshments available, space limited, arrive early.

3/12 tasteful expat Chicago blues guitarist Irving Louis Lattin at Lucille’s, 8 PM; also here on 3/26, same time.

3/13, Barmaljova plays minor-key works from around the world, and attempts the impossible: to play Luciano Berio’s songs for his wife, legendary avant garde chanteuse Cathy Berberian. If there’s one singer in New York who might be able to pull it off, it’s Inna Barmash, with husband Ljova Zhurbin’s new viola arrangements. Also on the bill: Sxip Shirey & Sarah Alden, Lucía Pulido & Stomu Takeishi, as well as “a special guest who needs to remain anonymous, but is equally wonderful.” At the Ukrainian National Home on 2nd Ave., 7:30 PM.

3/13 the Dough Rollers play delta blues and oldtime hillbilly music, sometimes with a biting electric edge, at Caffe Vivaldi, 8:15 PM

3/13 massively tuneful, jangly Australian anthem rockers Grand Atlantic at Spike Hill, 8 PM.

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 steampunk blues/country siren Mamie Minch followed by Americana bandleader Alex Battles & Banjorama at the Jalopy, 9 PM.

3/13, 10 PM the Kronos Quartet with Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq unveiling a brand new commissioned work by Halifax composer Derek Charke: Tundra Songs. An “aural exploration of northern Canada with traditional folk instruments and contemporary electronic means alike. The ethereal plucked strings of Finnish kantele player Ritva Koistinen, the primitive sounds of the ancient Swedish Hurdy Gurdy electronically processed by Brisland-Ferner and Mattsson, the muscular and rhythmic music of Finnish accordion-sampler duo Pohjonen and Kosminen, and the raw and primal Inuit throat singing of Tanya Tagaq all join Kronos to evoke the powerful, varied soundscape of the Arctic Circle.” $28 tix available.

3/13 Greek party music monsters Magges at Mehanata, 10 PM, free before 10:30.

3/13 LES rockabilly/surf/punk legend Simon & the Bar Sinisters at Lakeside 10:15ish

3/13 eerie, funny bluespunks the Five Points Band at Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM

3/13, 11 PM Koony plays fiery, Peter Tosh-influenced roots reggae en Francais at Shrine.

3/13 bluesy Americana with Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds at the Rockwood, midnight

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.

3/14, 8 PM Michaela Ann, Alana Amram & the Rough Gems and Serena Jean play country and Americana at Spike Hill.

3/14 haunting cello-and-guitar Iranian-Amerian psychedelic rockers the Mast at the Rockwood, 10 PM

3/15 amazingly adventurous, genre-hopping string quartet Brooklyn Rider play the cd release show for their latest 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 now that Moisturizer are splitsville, the tiara for funnest NYC band has been passed to hilariously filthy, x-rated faux-60s girl group punk-popsters Cudzoo & the Fagettes, who open for Norwegian garage girls the Cocktail Slippers at 8:45 PM at the Delancey, downstairs.

3/15 country guitar/vocal legend Greg Garing, charmingly edgy accordionist/chanteuse Cassis and unstoppable grand guignol siren Vera Beren at Small Beast at the Delancey.

3/16, 7 PM Bach Reformed feat. acoustic guitarist Rob Moose at Barbes followed at 9 by Slavic Soul Party. Quiet intensity followed by the loud kind. Very highly recommended.

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., sets 7:30/9:30.

3/16-18 at Birdland the Lewis Nash Quintet feat. Renee Rosnes (piano) Jeremy Pelt (trumpet) Jimmy Greene (saxes) Peter Washington (bass), sets 9/11 PM, $30 gen adm. seats available.

3/17 the “NGSW (Not Going to South West) showcase” at Spike Hill starting at 8, arguably the worst segues between four acts this excellent anywhere in the world: Luminescent Orchestrii frontman Sxip Shirey followed by smart, noir-jazzy, lyrically driven rocker Avi Fox-Rosen works pretty well, then cowpunks the Nightmare River Band and then the menacing Balkan roar of Veveritse Brass Band.

3/17, 8 and 10 PM a tenor sax trio doublebill with the Marcus Strickland Trio and the JD Allen Trio at Iridium, $20.

3/17 at Galapagos, 9 PM Nina Simone-influenced songwriter-cellist Ayanna Witter-Johnson plays a solo set of smart, socially aware songs, followed at 10 PM by members of Wet-Ink Ensemble, MIVOS String Quartet and Loadbang play contemporary New York composers Dillon Kondor, David Utzinger and Sam Pluta, as well as works by Schoenberg, Webern, Ligeti, and Cage.

3/17, 10 PM clever, edgy, fiery, satirical composer/guitarist Avi Fox-Rosen at Banjo Jim’s

3/17 Joy Ryder – who these days is sort of the white Sharon Jones – at midnight at Kenny’s Castaways

3/18, 8 PM diminutive steampunk uke player slash lyrical genius slash femme fatale Kelli Rae Powell at Hill Country.

3/18 Ninth House guitarist Keith Otten‘s show at Sidewalk is CANCELLED.

3/18, 8:30 PM a good cheap $7 garage/punk rock triple bill at Glasslands starting at 8:30 with the fearlessly noir Des Roar followed by the grimy glam/garage rock of the Bali Shag Vipers and the dark minor-key post-J&MC Dead Sparrows (ex-Cummies).

3/18 gypsy punk/jazz with Pachora at Rose Bar, 8 PM, $12.

3/18 amazingly retro 1960s soul/pop band the One and Nines at Maxwell’s, 10 PM. Sort of like a quieter, slightly more rock/groove oriented version of what Sharon Jones is doing. They’re also at Spike Hill in Brooklyn on 3/19 at 9.

3/18 anthemic 90’s Brit style rockers Second Dan play the Mercury, 9:30 PM $10

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.

3/18 Jan Bell’s charming, darkly rustic harmony-driven Americana girl group the Maybelles at Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM

3/18 artsy nuevo keyboard popsters Secret History at the Knitting Factory, 11ish, $10

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, 8 PM innovative, tuneful new-music string quartet Build plays Galapagos

3/19, 8:30 PM at the Old Stone House in Park Slope jazz classics with Tacuma Bradley, tenor sax; Charles Sibirsky, piano; Dan Shuman, bass; Robert Weiss, drums, $12, beer/wine/munchies available.

3/19 one of the most stunningly authentic retro soul acts around, the One and Nines at Spike Hill 9 PM followed by blazing gypsy punks Kagero at 10. Another bad segue, another great show. You might just like both of them.

3/19 McGinty & White play their subtly snarling, lyrical psychedelic pop at Bowery Electric, 9 PM followed by the equally artsy, even more noir retro 60s sounding Ladybug Transistor – like Pulp but with older keyboards. $8, not bad for two good bands.

3/19, 9ish ferocious minor-key South Serbian style Raya Brass Band at Downhouse Lounge, 250 Ave X at McDonald Ave. in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, F train to Ave. X

3/19 a killer Americana triple bill at the Jalopy starting at 9 with Jan Bell, the Ukuladies and M Shanghai String Band.

3/19 Brazilian/Americana dance music monsters Nation Beat at BAM Cafe, 9 PM.

3/19, 9/10:30 PM at the Cornelia St. Cafe bass clarinetist/sax player Scott Robinson leads a noisy improvisational effects-enhanced night of sonic mayhem celebrating the release of his new double cd.

3/19 at Puppets Jazz Bar, 9 PM ostensibly the world’s most recorded bassoonist, Daniel Smith’s Blue Bassoon cd release show.

3/19, 10 PM steampunk/delta blues songwriter/guitar genius Lenny Molotov at Pete’s

3/19 the irrepressible, theatrical, hilariously x-rated faux-girlgroup pop of Cudzoo & the Fagettes at Glasslands, 10 PM.

3/19, 10 PM steampunk siren Jolie Holland at the 92YTribeca, 10 PM. Rain Machine, the side project of Kyp Malone of TV On The Radio, is opening, which ordinarily wouldn’t merit a mention except that Malone’s new cd is a concept album about the murder of Sean Bell – hey, maybe he’s taking it to the next level. $20 gen adm.

3/19 a funkfest with Psychedelphia, Bearquarium, Revision and the Effective Dose 10 PM at Bowery Poetry Club, $10, note that neither the club nor we have the slightest idea of who’s playing when.

3/19, 11 PM reliably tuneful ska-punks the Hub City Stompers at Trash.

3/19 the Boss Guitars play surf classics and obscurities at Lakeside 11 PM

3/19 half past midnight/1 AMish Americana multistylist/guitar god 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 Kozlov leads his Trio.

3/20, 7 PM darkly glimmering Persian-American psychedelic rock with the Mast at Bowery Poetry Club as part of this year’s Persian Arts Festival. With several poetry readings by contemporary Persian poets as well.

3/20 soulful latin jazz songwriter Claudia Acuna has put together a great benefit night for Chilean earthquake relief at le Poisson Rouge starting at 7:30, with Eva Ayllon, guitarist David Gilmore, pianists Jason Lindner and Pablo Vergara, and Acuna headlining with her amazing band, $20 sugg. don.

3/20 Blues in Space – part cello metal, part art-rock, part atmospheric, part adventurous new-music band, alternately haunting and ferocious, play Drom 8 PM, adv tix. rec.

3/20 a counterintuitive country doublebill at the Parkside, 8 PM: openers Kings County Queens basically invented the pensive, rustic Pete’s Candy Store urban country sound back in the late 90s; at 9, the Inbreeds, whose Red State satire makes uproarious fun of just about every style of country music ever invented.

3/20, 8 PM hypnotic gamelan instrumentals in homemade instruments with Electric Junkyard Gamelan at Barbes.

3/20 a great triple bill at Shrine: Finotee playing reggae and bluesy grooves at 8, Ansambl Mastika – the “new Balkan uproar” at 9 – and wild funk orchestra Bearquarium at 10.

3/20 the Anthony Coleman Group at 9 followed by Jeremy Udden’s Plainville at the Cornelia St. Cafe at 10:30 (part of NEC Jazz Weekend).

3/20 NYC’s playful, fun answer to X, Spanking Charlene at Lakeside 11 PM.

3/21 11:30AM-ish fiery, multistylistic, horn-driven Metropolitan Klezmer at City Winery for brunch, $10 cover, no minimum.

3/21, 1 (one) PM Dr. Jenny Brooks AKA Jenny Maul of the Maul Girls “will present lyrical analysis of anti-war songs written by American women that hit the top singles chart and the top selling albums chart. Composers to be covered will include Melanie, Buffy St. Marie, Patti Smith, Dar Williams, Ani DiFranco, and many more. The presentation will feature some of these songs and will also feature video of recent interviews Dr. Brooks conducted with women peace activists discussing the power of song in their organizing efforts.” At Middle Collegiate Church, 50 E 7th St. just east of Second Ave., free

3/21, starting at 2 PM the latest Brooklyn County Fair country/roots extravaganza at Spike Hill withMichaela Ann, the Newton Gang at 4,  the Doc Marshalls’ zydeco/cajun at 5,fiddler Charlie Burnham at 8, frequently funny Nashville gothic with Maynard & the Musties at 10 and this year’s winner so far for best band name, Mary & the Baby Cheeses at 11.

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, 3 PM the Antara Ensemble play an all-Bach program including the Brandenburg Concertos #4 and 5 at Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 2065 5th Ave. at 127th Street, $25/$20 srs.

3/21, 4 (four) PM composer/keyboardist Missy Mazzoli and her excellent, austerely ambient art-rock band Victoire at the Dweck Center, Brooklyn Public Library for the Performing Arts, free.

3/21, 6:30 PM star chanteuse of the Middle Eastern underground, Gaida plays the cd release show for her long awaited, cutting-edge 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.”

3/21 innovative Greek-American blues guitarist Spiros Soukis at Lucille’s 8 PM.

3/21, 8:30 PM at the Cornelia St. Cafe 8:30 PM: André Matos, guitar; Noah Preminger, tenor saxophone; Sara Serpa, voice; Thomas Morgan, bass; Leo Genovese, piano; Ted Poor, drums (part of NEC Jazz Week).

3/21 sultry all-female steampunk blues/hillbilly/harmony quartet the Roulette Sisters at the Mercury, 9:30 PM

3/21, 11 PM the noir/glam/noiserock Bellmer Dolls’ final show at Coco 66 in Greenpoint, 11 PM, $7

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.

3/22, 8 PM the New York Chamber Virtuosi play classical and new music at the Gershwin Hotel, 8 PM, $15

3/22 NYC powerpop legend George Usher at Lakeside 9 PM

3/23 poignant, lyrical jazz pianist Deanna Witkowski at Shrine, 8 PM.

3/23 hilarious, tuneful, socially aware punk/hardcore band Go Sell Drugs at Cake Shop, 8:15ish

3/23 at the Jazz Standard  “steampunk big band” Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, $25 adv tix very highly rec., sets 7:30/9:30. Part of NEC Jazz Week.

3/23, 9:30 PM stilletto wit and fearlessly satirical songwriting with underground theatre/comedy legendErik Frandsen and chanteuse Peri Lyons at Caffe Vivaldi.

3/23 pretty much all the good guitar styles you could want from the Roscoe Trio at Lakeside 9:30ish

3/23, 10 PM the Scott Amendola/Charlie Hunter Duo at the Stone – could be hypnotically good.

3/23 hokum blues and oldtime hillbilly music with the Second Fiddles at Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM.

3/24, 7 PM the reliably energetic Herve Duteil plays a recital of classical organ music at the Church of Saint Ignatius Loyola, Park Avenue @ 84th St., $20/$15 stud/srs.

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. Part of NEC Jazz Week.

3/24, 8 ish the Vivisectors, deliciously dark Russian surf band with bluesy lead guitar play Russian night at the World Bookstore, 126 Franklin St. at Milton in Greenpoint, G to Greenpoint Ave. They’re also at Otto’s on 3/26 at 10ish and at Downhouse Lounge in Brighton Beach on 3/27, 8ish. “The themes that form the core of their instrumental compositions are all based on traditional prison music (or similar songs) banned during the Soviet era for being too brutal, cruelly romantic or otherwise distasteful to the regime.”

3/24 over 23 years of Motor City madness with Gorevette (Amy Gore from the Gore Gore Girls and legendary Detroit garage punk priestess Nikki Corvette plus Lianna Castillo (bassist from the Gore Gore Girls) and Al King (Powertrane)) at the Highline Ballroom, 8 PM, opening for the soporific, sophomoric Donnas, who we saw last year and put us to sleep.

3/24 atmospheric noir rockers the Elysian Fields at the Knitting Factory 8 PM, $12 adv tix highly rec.

3/24, 9 PM ferocious Veveritse Brass Band, trancey glam/punk band Mother of Fire and Fuck Fuck (don’t even bother googling) at Secret Project Robot, 210 Kent Ave in Williamsburg, $7

3/24 live hip-hop with the equally auspicious Sha Stimuli, Wordsmith, the Doppelgangaz and Nipsey Hu$$le at SOB’s, 9 PM, $12 adv tix at the box ofc very highly rec. because this ought to sell out.

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, Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine with special guests (in support of their new album The Audacity of Hype) 7 PM at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple, $22, all ages.

3/25, 7:30 PM powerhouse Hazmat Modine trumpeter Pam Fleming’s All-Girl Quartet at 7:30 at Bowery Wine Co., 13 East 1st Street (betw 2nd Ave and Bowery), free, feat. Pam Fleming – trumpet; Lily White – saxes; Janice Friedman – piano; Jennifer Vincent – bass

3/25 noir/goth goddess Marissa Nadler at Littlefield in Gowanus, Brooklyn, 8 PM, $10.

3/25 always entertaining, period-perfect early 1950s style country/pre-rockabilly trio Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co. at Otto’s, 8 PM

3/25-27 an awful segue between two decent bands: the art-metal-funk of Mars Volta relatives Zechs Marquise and sometimes gothic, sometimes gently playful Americana/oldtimey band The Builders and the Butchers at the Gramercy Theatre, 8 PM, adv. tix. rec. Don’t waste your time waiting around the stupefyingly cliched corporate rock headliners the RX Bandits.

3/25, 8 PM clever, tongue-in-cheek early 50s hillbilly parodists Susquehanna Industrial Tool and Die Co. at Otto’s.

3/25 Tower of Power at BB King’s, 8:30 PM set is SOLD OUT, $30 adv. tix still available for 10 PM.

3/25 Damian Quinones and his tuneful psychedelic pop band play Freddy’s, 9ish.

3/25, 9 PM, a killer roots reggae/ska/rocksteady/dub triplebill with the Forthrights, the Hard Times and Predator Dub Assassins at Ella Lounge, 9 Avenue A (between Houston and 1st), only $6

3/25, 10 PM Rubber Skunk play vintage Larry Carlton-inflected funk and groove jazz at Ace of Clubs, 10 PM.

3/25 multistylistic Brazilian/Americana country dance groovemeisters Nation Beat at Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM

3/26 Malian superstar Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba at Carnegie Hall (Zankel Hall space), $38 tix avail.

3/26, 7:30 PM the Tallis Scholars at St. Bartholomew’s Church sing works by Mouton, Gombert, Compère and Josquin, $20 tix avail. “The Tallis Scholars are about to embark on a minor crusade to promote the music of Jean Mouton. Although Mouton’s name may bring to mind the Sunday roast before great music we believe he, like Josquin before him, deserves rehabilitation. We have chosen here a mass based on an amorous chanson by Loyset Compère, like Mouton a Franco-Flemish composer, which makes special use of some very low bass notes. The three Agnus Deis in particular are quite breathtaking in their dark sonorities.”

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.

3/26 LA sensations the X-rated, hilarious, satirical Dan Band at B.B. King’s, 8 PM, $25 adv tix. absolutely necessary, this will sell out.

3/26 resonator guitarist/steampunk godddess Mamie Minch at Barbes, 8 PM.

3/26, 8 PM, twangy literate rocker Richard Wallace with his former Fordfalconblue lead guitarist Eric Alter (of the Sloe Guns) and Paul Jay at Banjo Jim’s.

3/26, 8:30 PM the Universal Thump (multistylistic, richly tuneful and funny keyboard goddess Greta Gertler’s band) opens an intriguing night of Australian rock at the Norwood Club, 241 W 14th St., (btwn 7th & 8th Aves), followed by the Tyrone Noonan band, Diamond Cut Lingerie (? – bad band name), and anthemic 90s Brit-style rockers Second Dan at 11. Free but you need to tell the doorman the password which is “down under.”

3/26, 8:30 PM smoky noir cabaret chanteuse Little Annie – the “white Eartha Kitt” – and Botanica keyboard mastermind Paul Wallfisch at Picasso Machinery, 45 Broadway at Wythe in South Williamsburg, J/M to Marcy Ave and walk toward the water (past Peter Luger) as part of some literary/art event

3/26, 9 PM Middle Eastern jazz with Kinan Azmeh’s CityBand at Alwan for the Arts: Kinan Azmeh, clarinet; Kyle Sanna, guitar; John Hadfield, percussion; Josh Myers, bass, tix $20/$15 stud.

3/26 cross-generational soul/jazz/hiphop with Gary Bartz, Talib Kweli and Gil Scott-Heron at Littlefield, 9 PM, $25

3/26 smartly lyrical steampunk ukelele siren Kelli Rae Powell plays two sets with her band (Jim McNamara on upright and Dave Pollack on blues harp) starting at 9 at Cyprus Avenue Pub, 52 5th Ave at Bergen St. in Park Slope, any train to Atlantic Ave. She’s also opening for Jan Bell at the Jalopy on 4/1.

3/26 goth/art-rock siren/pianist Kristin Hoffmann at Caffe Vivaldi, 9 PM.

3/26, 9/10:30 PM at the Cornelia St. Cafe the John McNeil/Bill McHenry Quintet: John McNeil, trumpet; Bill McHenry, tenor saxophone; Billy Hart, drums; Ethan Iverson, piano; Matt Penman, bass (part of NEC Jazz Week).

3/26 the Moonlighters, 9:30 PM at Brooklyn Rod & Gun, 59 Kent Ave. between N 10th and 11th Sts., Williamsburg,”cookout and beverages available.”

3/26 first-class retro 60s honkytonk band the Dixons at Hill Country, 10 PM.

3/26 obscure Ohio surf music legends Purple K’Nif (with the Waitresses’ Chris Butler on drums) at Lakeside, 11 PM.

3/27, 1 PM a free concert at Bargemusic, most likely piano music, early arrival advised.

3/27, 3 PM Slavic Soul Party play a free show at the Queens Central Library, 89-11 Merrick Blvd. in Jamaica, Queens, F to 169th St. and about a seven-block walk.

3/27, 7:30 PM smart, pensive cello rockers Pearl & the Beard at the Bell House, $8

3/27-28 at the Jazz Standard the Charlie Hunter Trio [at 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. nightly] $30/$25 Sunday.

3/27 the incomparable, multistylistic, quietly intense Jenifer Jackson at Banjo Jim’s, 8 PM.

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 Sanabria and Ascencion – wow! – at Symphony Space, adv tix $27/$18 stud. highly rec.

3/27 charming steampunk harmonies with Daria Grace & the Prewar Ponies at Barbes at 8 followed by ferocious pan-Balkan rockers Ansambl Mastika – the “new Balkan uproar” – at 10.

3/27 careening Balkan/klezmer/gypsy ensemble Underscore Orchestra at Mehanata, 8 PM.

3/27, 8 PM, repeating on 3/28 at 3 PM the reliably adventurous and exciting Chelsea Symphony plays opera and ballet-themed music from Verdi’s La Forza del Destino, Weber’s Der Freischütz, Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite, and the world premiere of composer Aaron Dai’s miniature opera Hamlet: A Pocket Opera. Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante will round out the program on Saturday, and Vanhal’s Double Bass Concerto on Sunday. At St. Paul’s Church, 315 West 22nd Street, (between 8th and 9th Aves), cheap, only a $20 donation.

3/27, 8 PM at the Miller Theatre (116th/Bwy), Pauline Oliveros gets feted and an allstar cast including brilliant avant pianist Sarah Cahill plays an Oliveros retrospective, tix $25/$15 stud.

3/27, 8 PM Field Vision play original avant jazz at the Gershwin Hotel, 8 PM,$10

3/27, 9 PM a Kurdish Newroz Celebration at Alwan for the Arts: Emrah Kanisicak (vocals, baglama, cura, classical guitar);Erol Ak (shepherd flute, ney); Ramzi Edlibi (percussion); Çemen Yumlu (vocals) tix $20/$15 stud.

3/27 original urban country rockers Miller’s Farm at Hill Country 10 PM

3/27 ska/rocksteady with the Bluebeats at Two Boots Brooklyn 10 PM

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, 6 PM cellist Leigh Stuart plus her ensemble  at the Lounge at Hudson View Gardens, 116 Pinehurst Ave. and 183rd St. in the Bronx is CANCELLED.

3/28 Raya Brass Band with Portland’s Underscore Orkestra, Frank London’s and Jessica Lurie’s Freethiopiques, Sarah “Snaps” Alden and Butt Kapinski at Don Pedro’s, 8:30ish, $10-15 sliding scale – “no one turned away for lack of funds.”

3/28 the Komeda Project  – who hauntingly and intensely keep the work of legendary, doomed jazz composer and Roman Polanski 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.

3/28 NYC’s own hypnotic community gamelan orchestra Gamelan Dharma Swara at the Fat Cat, 9 PM.

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, 9ish.

3/29 9 PM the Asuka Kakitani Jazz Orchestra at Tea Lounge in Park Slope

3/29 one of the great remaining Chicago blues guitarists, Joe Louis Walker at the Blue Note, sets 8/10:30 PM, $10 standing room, $15 table seating

3/29 steampunk goddess Daria Grace and the Pre-War Ponies at Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM.

3/30 Tris McCall solo on piano at the Rockwood 7 PM – sort of the missing link between Jarvis Cocker and Springsteen. Defiantly populist, clever, iconoclastic and writes a hell of a tune. His new album Let the Night Fall is as good a candidate as any for the year’s best so far.

3/31, 7 PM, amazingly multistylistic klezmerites Isle of Klezbos plays 7 PM downstairs at Church of Gethsemane social hall., 1012 Eighth Ave. at 10th St., Park Slope, Brooklyn, F to 7th Ave, $10-20 “sliding scale,” under 18 free

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., sets 7:30/9:30 PM.

3/31 at R Bar a diverse and interesting show starting at 8 with Ten Feet Deep, innovative and contagiously danceable bugalu revivalists Spanglish Fly at 8, equally fun dance/Motown band Sonia’s Party at 10 and the Vanish at 11, cheap, only $5.

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 Tris McCall’s indie supergroup  Overlord at Bruar Falls 8 PM

4/1 Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk and Rebirth Brass Band at Highline Ballroom, 4/2 at Sullivan Hall

4/1 Brazilian tropicalia/garage rockers Garotas Suecas at the Knitting Factory, time TBA. They’re at Cake Shop on 4/2.

4/1 Bad Reputation at Barbes 8 PM

4/1-4 at the Jazz Standard pianist Danilo Perez and band play Dizzy Gillespie with the amazing Amir ElSaffar on trumpet, 7:30/9:30 adv. res. rec.

4/1, 9 PM mesmerizing Bay area Middle Eastern group Qadim Ensemble feat. Gari Hegedus on oud and saz, Faisal Zedan on percussion, Rachel Valfer Sills on lead vocals and oud, and Eliyahu Sills on ney, bansuri and oud at Zebulon. They’re also at Lafayette Bar and Grillon 4/2 at 8, at Sufi Books, 245 W Broadway on 4/3 at 8 (get there early if you’re going) and at Nublu on 4/4 at 9.

4/1 Frankenpine at Lakeside 9:15ish

4/1 Oh Liza Jane play original bluegrass and Americana at the Cornelia St. Cafe, 8:30 PM.

4/2 Egyptian film music revivalists Zikrayat at the Brooklyn Museum, 5 PM showtime, free, line up for tix 4:30 if you’re smart

4/2 Mary Lee’s Corvette at Lakeside 7 PMish.

4/2 Mississippi hill country blues night at Banjo Jim’s with Garry Burnside at 8, Pork Chop Willie at 9, Kent Burnside at 10.

4/2, 9:30 PM Sistermonk plays gypsy funk, Arabic trance and more, free at the bar at Symphony Space

4/2 the Second Fiddles at Two Boots Brooklyn 10 PM

4/2 fun, danceable bugalu revivalists Spanglish Fly at Camaradas El Barrio, 1st Ave/, 115th St., 10 PM. They’re also playing the cd release show for their new one at Rose Bar on 4/23.

4/2 retro country hellraiser Jack Grace at Barbes 10 PM

4/2, 11 PM funkmeisters Turkuaz at Spike Hill

4/3 jangly retro psychedelic rockers Love Camp 7 at the Parkside, 10ish.

4/3, 8 PM haunting Turkish classical and new compositions with Erkan Ogur & Ismail H. Demircioglu at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, $35 adv tix avail.

4/3 charming, harmony-driven steampunk veterans the Moonlighters at Two Boots Brooklyn, 10 PM

4/4 at Highline Ballroom at noon a New Orleans Easter brunch with Brother Joscephus & the Love Revival Revolution Orchestra.

4/6 the Whispering Tree plays Pete’s. Noir-ish folk and blues inflected rock songs, strong lyrics and unaffectly smart vocals from their frontwoman.

4/6, 8 PM pianist/songwriter Lee Feldman shows off his remarkably good classical chops playing Bach, Chopin and Feldman (that’s Lee, not Morton) at the Third St. Music School Settlement, free.

4/6-10, 8:30/11 PM the Pharaoh Sanders Quartet at Birdland, $30 tix available.

4/7 at Joe’s Pub Twang Twang Shock-a-Boom – the famously obscure, less-cynical, more-danceable Texas counterpart to the Violent Femmes – play as part of their 20-year reunion tou, time TBA

4/7, 6:30 PM Missy Mazzoli & Victoire and Arp & Anthony Moore (former collaborator with Pink Floyd’s Rick Wright) at le Poisson Rouge $15

4/7 the world premiere of Robert Sirota’s Assimilations played by the Washington Square Contemporary Music Society: “Assimilations, written for violin, clarinet, cello and piano, is an exploration of Robert Sirota’s [emotionally charged, sometimes uneasy] relationship with his Jewish heritage and identity.” Also on the bill: Richard Festinger: Concerto for Piano and Nine Instruments (NY Premiere); Fabio Grasso: Blumentraum (NY Premiere); Louis Karchin: Chamber Symphony (World Premiere); Laurie San Martin: Two Pieces for Piano and Percussion (World Premiere) at 8 PM at Merkin Concert Hall, adv tix $20/$15 srs/$8 stud. rec.

4/8 the Komeda Project feat. pianist Andrzej Winnicki and saxophonist Krzysztof Medyna, along with trumpeter Russ Johnson, bassist Drew Gress, and drummer Rudy Royston doing works by the haunting, doomed Polish jazz composer at the Polish and Slavic Center, 177 Kent St. (NOT Kent Ave), Greenpoint, G to Greenpoint Ave.

4/8 Serena Maneesh 8PMish at le Poisson Rouge $12

4/9 Turkish rock/new music stars chanteuse Sertab Erener and all-purpose guitar genius Demir Demirkan at Hiro Ballroom

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.

4/9, 8 PM at Galapagos big buzz jazz orchestra Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society

4/9, 9 PM George Clinton & the P-Funk Allstars at BB King’s, 9 PM, $37.50 adv tix absolutely necessary.

4/9 deliriously danceable latin bugalu revivalists Spanglish Fly at Barbes, 10 PM. They’re also playing the cd release show for their killer new one at Rose Bar on 4/23.

4/10 members of fiery, intense art-rockers Norden Bombsight play an ambient jam at the closing party for Daphane Park’s current art installation at Honey Space Gallery, 148 11th Ave. (btw. 21st & 22nd) in Chelsea.

4/10 charming harmony-driven steampunk vets the Moonlighters at 7:30 PM at the Indian Road Cafe, 600 West 218th St. in Inwood, 1 train to 215th St., walk up 10th Ave. and go left on 218th St. all the way to the end, it’s around the corner.

4/11 Ahreum Han plays a free classical organ recital St. Thomas Church, 53rd and 5th Ave., 5:15 PM. Of all the young organists we’ve seen over the last couple of years, Han’s blend of sensational chops and fearless emotional intensity set her apart from the others. Come see what the buzz is all about.

4/11 Gamelan Dharma Swara 7 PM at Joe’s Pub

4/11 late 80s British indie innovators the Wedding Present at Bowery Ballroom 10 PM, $15 adv tix rec.

4/12, 9:30 PM klezmer bassist Jim Guttmann, best known as the anchor in the Klezmer Conservatory Band plays the cd release show for his new one with a big fiery band at Joe’s Pub, $15

4/14, 6:30 PM cellist Maya Beiser at le Poisson Rouge $15. “Maya’s set features major scores composed for her by Michael Gordon (Industry), Steve Reich (Cello Counterpoint), and Joby Talbot (Motion Detector) along with an inspired selection of “covers” spanning from the 13th century to the 20th. Jed Distler’s soulful take on Ragovoy and Berns’s Piece of My Heart, made famous by Janis Joplin, will receive its world premiere. There will also be a pair of New York premieres: Evan Ziporyn and Beiser’s surprisingly faithful multi-tracked cello arrangement of Led Zeppelin’s Middle Eastern-tinged Kashmir, and David Lang’s Heroin, which sets Lou Reed’s lyrics for the notorious Velvet Underground song to new music by Lang. Maya sings while playing, accompanied by an unsettling video by Doug Aitken. Reaching back further, Ziporyn and Beiser’s Like Smoke is based on Tsmindao Ghmerto (Holy God), a 13th-century Sanctus from the orthodox Georgian Liturgy, to which Maya has set a text, sung in Hebrew, by modern Israeli poet Yehuda Amichai.”

4/14, 7:30 PM Nancianne Parrella plays an organ recital feat. works of Bach, DeBlasio, Dvorak, Stanford and Tournier with Jorge Ávila, violin; Victoria Drake, harp; and Arthur Fiacco, cello. at the Church of Saint Ignatius Loyola, Park Avenue @ 84th St., $20/$15 stud/srs.

4/14 the Refugee All Stars of Sierra Leone at Highline Ballroom

4/15 Lila Downs at Casita Maria Center in the Bronx; 4/17-18 she’s at City Winery

4/15 Cypress Hill at SOB’s 9 PM $25

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.

4/16 Jon Spencer Blues Explosion at the Brooklyn Bowl, 9 PM, adv tix $12

4/17, 7 PM desert blueswoman Rokia Traore at Highline Ballroom, gen adm tix $28.

4/17 at the Workmens Circle the Michael Winograd Klezmer Trio: clarinetist Michael Winograd, accordionist Patrick Farrell and bassist/singer Benjy Fox-Rosen

4/18 Reverend Billy & The Life After Shopping Gospel Choir, afternoon at Highline Ballroom.

4/18, 5 PM the NY Scandia Symphony roll out their string quartet at Our Savior of Atonement, 189th St. and Bennett Ave. in the Bronx for an intriguing bill of Grieg, Frank Foerster, Zack Patten, C.E.F. Weyse, Langgaard and Nielsen. Admission is free.

4/18 ACME and Eric Huebner play Louis Andriessen at le Poisson Rouge $15

4/18, 7 PM fado superstar Ana Moura at Symphony Space, tix $32/$18 stud.

4/18, 8 PM Karine Poghosyan plays the Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 2 in F, Op. 102 with the Jubilee Symphony at Christ and St. Stephen Church, 120 W 69th St. (Bwy/Columbus).

4/18 Ninth House’s ominous baritone frontman Mark Sinnis plays the cd release show for his third solo album of acoustic Nashville gothic songs, The Night’s Last Tomorrow at the Slipper Room, 10 PM.

4/19 fiery, literate rocker Matt Keating at the Rockwood

4/20-24 the Dave Holland Quintet at Birdland, sets 8:30/11 PM, $30 tix available.

4/21 and 4/23-24 Ian Hunter at City Winery 10 PM $30 tix available.

4/21, 7:30 PM organ adventurer Gail Archer plays selections from her new Bach cd at St. Paul’s Chapel (117th St & Amsterdam, 1 train to 116th St.). It’s her home turf – her previous concert back in March was exhilarating.

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, 8 PM Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks, who was steampunk before steampunk existed, back in the late 60s and is still going strong, at BB King’s, 8 PM, $25 adv tix. rec.

4/22 the Church acoustic at City Winery.

4/23 up-and-coming jazz pianist Carmen Staaf plays latin and klezmer-tinged originals with her trio at Shrine, 7 PM, free.

4/24, 1 PM a free concert at Bargemusic, probably piano music; there’s also a free one on 5/1 at 1 also.

4/24 theatrical Greek party music monsters Magges at Mehanata 10 PM free before 10:30

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, 5 PM the Contrasts Quartet at the Lounge at Hudson View Gardens, 116 Pinehurst Ave. and 183rd St., $10

4/25 smart, lyrical, soul/rock songwriter Dina Dean 7 PM at Bobo, 181 W 10th St. at 7th Ave., $10.

4/30 Graham Parker & the Figgs at City Winery $25 standing room tix available

5/1, 8 PM sitarist Shujaat Husain Khan (son and disciple of the late Ustad Vilayat Khan) at Symphony Space, tix $30/$18 stud.

5/3 Liz Tormes and her band play the Rockwood, 8 PM

5/6, 8 PM Monica Huggett, violin and Audrey Axinn, fortepiano play mostly early Romantics: Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Weber at the Abigail Adams Smith Museum Auditorium, 417 East 61st St., $25.

5/7 haunting, genre-defying Syrian chanteuse Gaida and her great levantine band at BAM Cafe

5/8, 8:30 PM Middle Eastern/groove/indescribable multistylistic world music orchestra Tribecastan invades Joe’s Pub feat. special guests trombonist Steve Turre, organist Al Kooper, Samantha Parton of the Be Good Tanyas, violinist Charlie Burnham, master percussionist Todd Isler.

5/10 Norden Bombsight – the missing link between Joy Division and Pink Floyd – at Matchless

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.

5/16, 4 (four) PM Larry Long plays Bach on the organ at The Church of the Epiphany, 1393 York Ave. and 74th St., $25

5/27-28 Reverend Horton Heat at Highline Ballroom

5/31 Alan Gilbert conducts the NY Philharmonic at 8 PM at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 8 PM, free, get there early, program TBA

6/4 Los Autenticos Decadentes at B.B.King’s

6/8 the Museum Mile Festival just gets shorter and shorter.This year the following museums are open for free 6-9 PM with Fifth Ave. turned into a pedestrian mall: El Museo del Barrio; The Museum of the City of New York; The Jewish Museum; Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution; National Academy Museum & School of Fine Arts; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Neue Galerie New York; Goethe-Institut New York/German Cultural Center; and The Metropolitan Museum of Art

6/26 desert blues titans  Tinariwen at Central Park Summerstage

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