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NYC Live Music Calendar Plus Other Events for July-August 2010

Hey! This is last month’s calendar! Click here for the current one! Most of these shows are free; most everything that costs money is less than $12 unless otherwise indicated. 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 always check back later because this page is always being updated.

 A few things you should know about this calendar: acts are listed here in order of appearance, NOT headliner first and supporting acts after; 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:

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.

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.

Sundays in August Matty Charles plays Pete’s at 9:30 PM. For those who missed his years playing  here back in the zeros, he writes a classy acoustic melody and a wryly understated lyric to go with it, in a John Prine sort of way.

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.

Add Sundays in August pianist Arturo O’Farrill’s Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra at Birdland, sets 9/11 PM, $30 tix avail.

Mondays at the Fat Cat the Choi Fairbanks 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. July 19 is an especially cool date because the Big Band has Rudy Royston on drums.

Mondays in July Sir Richard Bishop plays at Zebulon, 8ish, free. Psychedelic Middle Eastern and southwestern gothic tinged acoustic instrumentals: someone you should hear if you haven’t already.

Mondays at the Delancey on the main floor, 8:30 PMish it’s Small Beast, NYC’s edgiest and most vital rock and rock-oriented scene, founded by Botanica frontman and master of menace Paul Wallfisch. It’s 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, the Beast is keeping the flame alive. Lately, sensational noir siren Carol Lipnik  has been hosting and playing; watch this space for upcoming August artists.

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 July 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 and possibly eeriest shows you’ll witness this year.

Mondays in August Spanglish Fly – sly, danceable Brooklyn bugalu revivalists, who put a new spin on classic latin soul from the 60s – are at Barbes at 10 PM while Chicha Libre is on tour. They’re also at Rose Bar in Williamsburg on 7/24 at 11 and at Camaradas El Barrio, 2241 1st Ave (at 115th) at 10 PM on 8/6.

Also Mondays in July 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.

Every Tuesday the Birdhive Boys play classic and original bluegrass upstairs at the National Underground, 8 PM.

Tuesdays in August 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 July the Dred Scott Trio play astonishingly smart, dark piano jazz at the Rockwood at midnight.

Wednesdays in August Damien Quinones y Su Nuevo Conjunto play the Loving Cup Cafe (the bar/restaurant you have to go through to get to the Cameo Gallery) on N 6th St. in Williamsburg, 10 PM. They’ve got a completely original sound – psychedelic pop with a 60s flavor (think the Zombies) with a latin soul tinge and an impressive catalog of good songs.

Every Thursday the Michael Arenella Quartet play 1920s hot jazz 8-11 PM at Nios, 130 W 46th St.

Every Friday in July at 9 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 at Mehanata it’s Balkan sax powerhouse Yuri Yukanov and the Grand Masters of Gypsy Music, 10 PM, $10

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.

7/1 the Cannabis Cup Band play “a special tribute to the classic revolutionary vinyl lp reggae anthems of the ‘60’s & ’70’s” on the Rocks Off Concert Cruise aboard the Temptress boarding at 6:30 and leaving from 41st St. and the river, first hundred tix are $20, after that adv tix $25, highly rec. at the Highline box office.

7/1, 7:30 PM Margot Leverett and the Klezmer Mountain Boys at the Jewish Museum is SOLD OUT. Good for her.

7/1, 8 PM Lee Feldman’s surreal rock musical Starboy – like the Simpsons, suitable for children but delightful for adults – performed in its entirety by an all-star cast including pianist Feldman, Henry Hample, Pete Galub, Greta Gertler, Daniel Harnett, and Jonathan Maron at Dixon Place Theatre, 161A Chrystie St. (between Rivington & Delancey).

7/1 two of the best in the NYC Americana scene – the poignant, soaring Jan Bell followed by furious, politically charged, lyrically brilliant banjoist Curtis Eller at Banjo Jim’s, 9 PM.

7/1, 9 PM crafty, fun, harmony-driven cabaret/noir/torch trio the Debutante Hour with guest pianist Jonathan Vincent at Sycamore Bar in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn.

7/1 sprawling, adventurous, innovative original bluegrass band Frankenpine play Lakeside, 9:15ish

7/1, sets 9/10:30 PM Basscentric, low-register heaven with a trio of bassists: Joelle Leandre, Mark Helias and Mark Dresser at Cornelia St. Cafe, repeating on 7/2 at 9 PM only. Helias and Dresser play a probably much further-out duo show at 10:30 PM on 7/2 afterward.

7/1, 9ish the Doc Marshalls – equally skilled at honkytonk and west Texas zydeco – at Hill Country

7/1 accordion-driven cumbia party band Very Be Careful – who have discovered the totally punk rock vibe that the best cumbia music has – at Barbes, 10 PM, note the $10 cover. Their new album is amazing.

7/1 garage rockers the Zoobombs – the Japanese Muck & the Mires – at Union Hall 10ish, early arrival advised.

7/1 delirious multistylistic Brazilian/New Orleans/funk band Nation Beat at Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM

7/1 Boston’s best rock band, the fiery, retro 80s new wave/powerpop New Collisions at Arlene’s, 11 PM.

7/2 the king of the mighty janglerock anthem, Willie Nile, at City Winery opening for Alejandro Escovedo, 7 PM

7/2, 8 PM at Barbes: “House of Stride. Part performance-project, part-band, House of Stride wanders from classic stride piano to old-school cabaret gems and re-imagined pop classics. With Allison Leyton-Brown – piano; Russ Meissner – drums; Jim Whitney – upright bass and special guest chanteuse Daria Grace.” Followed by exhilarating 20s hot jazz big band Brian Carpenter’s Ghost Train Orchestra at 10.

7/2 moody, slinky downtempo/shoegaze rock trio El Jezel at the Silent Barn, 8 PM, $5

7/2, 8:30 PM, gypsy brass punk rockers Stumblebum Brass Band at the Mercury, $10.

7/2, 9 PM fiddle-driven country music with the Hilary Hawke Band followed by the rousing oldtimey country harmonies of the Sweetback Sisters at the Jalopy, $10

7/2 a killer dark rock doublebill: the inimitably psychedelic, swirling guitar art-rock of Martin Bisi and then ghoul goddess Marissa Nadler at Union Pool, 10 PM.

7/2, 10 PM anthemic, literate indie rockers Overlord at Bruar Falls, $6.

7/3, 2 PM Rosanne Cash on Governors Island, free – take the free ferry (to the east of the new Shaolin ferry terminal) and follow the crowd/noise

7/3, 3 PM the second Turkish Woodstock at Central Park Summerstage with the Sounds of Turkey feat. Kenan Dogulu, Mor ve Otesi, Ilhan Ersahin’s Istanbul Sessions with Burhan Ocal and Tulug Tirpan, and Sukriye Tutkun.

7/3, 7 PM dark garage rocker Lorraine Leckie & Her Demons followed eventually by Melody Allegra’s bluegrass jam at 9 at Banjo Jim’s.

7/3, 7 PM honkytonk singer Kara Suzanne followed by quirky jazz-pop keyboardist Heather Christian at 8 and then eventually at 10 clever, funny funk/soul siren Shayna Zaid and the Catch at the small room at the Rockwood.

7/3, 8 PM a killer third-wave ska night at the Knitting Factory with (in reverse order) the NY Ska-Jazz Ensemble, the Scofflaws, Mother Fletcher, Tip the Van, and Harold’s Trousers, $10 adv tix highly rec. One of the best bills of the year so far.

7/3 smart, deviously satirical acoustic Americana jam band Tall Tall Trees at the Mercury, 8 PM, $10.

7/3 this month’s version of Unsteady Freddy’s monthly surf rock spectacular at Otto’s starts at 9 with the original, retro-toned Aaron & the Burrs, the artsy Commercial Interruption, New York twang surf legends the Supertones and sometime after midnight Mr. Action & the Boss Guitars playing classic surf covers and obscurities.

7/3 a cool triplebill at the Jalopy starting at 9 with acoustic Nashville noir harmony band Bobtown, then concert harpist/singer Veronica Valerio (who sounds nothing like Joanna Newsom) at 10 and then at 11 the blues harp-driven Randy Weinstein Group (ex-Hazmat Modine, and they sound a lot like his old band)

7/3, 9 PM gypsy punks Kagero followed at 10:30 by the Basement Band playing rousing country sounds at Spike Hill. Kagero are also at Two Boots Brooklyn at 10 on 7/9.

7/3, 9 PM charmingly retro 60s psychedelic pop with guy/girl vocals from the Nopar King followed by funk/groovemeisters Baby Daddy at 3 Jolly Pigeons, 6802 3rd Ave., Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.

7/3, 9:30 PM, more eerie, swampy blues harp music with BBQ Bob & the Spareribs at Hill Country

7/3, 11 PM, Brooklyn’s own otherworldly, haunting, deviously smart Balkan vocal quartet Black Sea Hotel plays Pete’s Candy Store.

7/3 Escarioka – the ecstatic, sometimes transcendentally fun, horn-and-guitar-driven latin Gogol Bordello – at Kenny’s Castaways, 11 PM

7/3 slyly amusing jam-oriented acoustic Americana band Tall Tall Trees at the Mercury, 11:30 PM, $10. They’re also at Pete’s at 10 on 7/9.

7/4 original, innovative Greek-American electric blues guitarist Spiros Soukis at Lucille’s, 8 PM

7/4 killer country/punk twangsters Demolition String Band with Americana rocker Chip Robinson at Banjo Jim’s, 10 PM.

7/4 noirish indie/Americana rocker DB Reilly plays Pete’s, 10:30 PM in a rare acoustic duo show.

7/5, 8/10 PM, legendary nylon-string jazz guitarist Gene Bertoncini with the surviving members of the Les Paul Trio at Iridium, $25

7/5 fiery cello rockers Blues in SpaceBotanica’s master of menace Paul Wallfisch,  Nashville gothic crooner Mark Sinnis at Small Beast at the Delancey 9ish. Blues in Space are also at Trash on 7/24 at 11.

7/5 goth glam goddess Kristeen Young at the Knitting Factory, 10 PM, adv tix $10 rec.

7/6 alternately charming and haunting all-girl Norwegian noir cabaret quartet Katzenjammer at the Mercury, 7:30 PM, $10.

7/6, Double Drum Duty feat. an allstar jazz cast: Ben Monder on guitar, Gary Versace on piano, Mark Ferber, Diego Voglino, 10 PM at Royale in Park Slope.

7/7 half past noon smart, politically charged acoustic songwriting duo Left on Red at Liberty Park, downtown Broadway and Liberty Sts.

7/7, 3:30 PM Paolo Bordignon plays selections on the 1830 Appleton pipe organ in the musical instruments section at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, free w/museum adm.

7/7, free, 7 PM doors, 7:30 PM a set by chamber folk sextet Dark Dark Dark, 8:30 PM the film Flood Tide: Remixed accompanied by a new live musical score. “A meditative journey down a strange and meandering river that flows both ways with the tides.The handmade boats and their crews drift past empty new condo developments, explore crumbling castles and swim in iridescent quarries. They get stopped by torrents of rain and groaning motors.” At Socrates Sculpture Garden, on the grass along the water at Socrates Sculpture Park, 3134 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City. N train to Broadway, walk on Broadway all the way to the water as the street names (30th, 29th etc) get smaller.

7/7-9 adventurous jazz guitarist Mary Halvorson leads a quintet, a quartet and a trio at Roulette, 8 PM, $15/$10stud/under 30/srs.

7/8 soca legend Mighty Sparrow – who’s got to be in his eighties now – at noon at Metrotech Park in downtown Brooklyn, F to Jay St.

7/8 Phosphorescent – sort of the teens version of gently rootsy early Wilco – plays Pier 54 at 14th St., gates at 6 for the diehards or fans of early 70s style El Lay dad-pop band Dawes.

7/8, 7 PM Americana roots chanteuse Drina Seay with guitar god Steve Antonakos followed by another sensational guitarist, jazz/Americana stylist Peter Calo at Banjo Jim’s

7/8, 7:30 PM the extraordinary pan-Balkan punk jazz of Ansambl Mastika at the Jewish Museum, 92nd St. at 5th Ave., $15/$12 stud.

7/8 a funkfest at Sullivan Hall starting at 8 with Big Ben Hillman the Professor of FUNK & The Royal Family, Easy Over, Richard James, Zongo Junction and Turkuaz, $10.

7/8, 9:30ish Nashville alt-country legend and virtuosically extreme guitarist/piano player Greg Garing at Barbes

7/9 the lush art-rock of the Quavers at 8 at Barbes followed at 10 by the eternally charming, effervescent oldtimey Moonlighters.

7/8 NYC’s most exciting blues guitarist, Mississippi hill country bluesman Will Scott at Hill Country, 9 PM. He’s also at 68 Jay St. Bar on 7/10 at 8.

7/9, 7:30 PM the clever, playful Erin and Her Cello play the big room at Rockwood Music Hall

7/9 purist expat Chicago blues guitarist Irving Louis Lattin at Lucille’s 8 PM; he’s also here on the 23rd.

7/9 stark yet playful cello rockers Pearl & the Beard at the Mercury, 8:30 PM, $10

7/9 bewitching, rustic ancient Italian ritual songs and dances with Allesandra Belloni at Mehanata, 9 PM, $10.

7/9 ornate, artsy goth chanteuse/keyboardist Wendy Rule at Caffe Vivaldi, 9 PM.

7/9, 9:30 PM Chelsea Madchen: Ein Deutscher Evening Mit Nico starring Tammy Faye Starlite at Joe’s Pub, $15. Will the world’s most subversive comedienne and cover band leader end the show by falling off a bike in a druggy stupor, or with a goth version of Deutschland Uber Alles?

7/9 honkytonk guitar god Danny Weiss’ gorgeously oldschool country band Reckon So at Hill Country, 9:30 PM

7/9 hypnotic, hauntingly jangly southwestern gothic-tinged Americana rockers Tandy at Lakeside, 11 PM

7/9, 11 PM oldschool 90s LES indie stars Versus at the Bell House $17.50 adv tix rec.

7/10 the best bill of the year so far, top to bottom, is the Brooklyn County Fair country music afternoon spectacular, one great band after another starting at noon with Maynard & the Musties, 1 PM the Dixons, 2 PM Alana Amram & the Rough Gems, 3 PM the Newton Gang, 4 PM the Doc Marshalls, 5 PM Uncle Leon & the Alibis; the show continues at 10 at the Jalopy with Frankenpine. Wow. The afternoon show is at Urban Meadow, 36 President at Van Brunt, Red Hook, Brooklyn, $10.

7/10, 2-10 PM the Albert Ayler Festival right past the F train station on Roosevelt Island featuring sets by the New Atlantis Sextet with Marshall Allen, William Hooker, Charles Gayle, Gunter Hampel, Giuseppi Logan, possibly others, no idea who’s playing when but it’s free.

7/10 Mexican punk/ska legends Maldita Vecindad at Central Park Summerstage 4-ish, doors at 3.

7/10, 4 (four) PM one of underground hip-hop’s smartest MCs, Queen Godis at Pier 1, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Old Fulton St. at Furman St., Dumbo

7/10, 7 PM Larkin Grimm, with her spectacular voice and wickedly playful, literate goth/avant/folk songs opens for dark, politically aware original cello rockers Rasputina at le Poisson Rouge, $15.

7/10, 8 PM clever, innuendo-driven 1930s French chanson revivalists les Chauds Lapins at Barbes.

7/10, 8 PM retro soul kitten Alice Smith – she purrs, she growls, with a 70s post-Motown/disco feel – at B.B. King’s, $20 adv tix rec.

7/10, 9 PM unselfconsciously good fun with the comedic keystone kops music of the Xylopholks and the Stagger Back Brass Band at Union Pool, $10

7/10, 9 PM Finotee play roots reggae and ska at Shrine

7/10, 10 PM catchy, tuneful powerpop with the Mikal Evans Band at Matchless

7/10 NYC’s answer to X, Americana-punk rockers Spanking Charlene at Lakeside, 11 PM.

7/10, midnight, hilarious, satirical hip-hop artist Schaffer the Darklord plays Arlene’s

7/11 Jimmy Cliff at Central Park Summerstage, 5-ish, doors at 3

7/11 amazingly fun traditional accordion-driven Dominican merengue tipica band Liony Parra y La Mega Mafia Tipica at 7 PM at Pier One on the upper west.

7/11, 7 PM Andy Laster’s Sounds of Cairo at Barbes – Middle Eastern music from the 1920s including vintage Umm Kulthumm, Zaki Murad and Dawud Husni songs with clarinet, cello, bass and trombone. Followed by the amazing Stephane Wrembel’s gypsy guitar jazz at 9.

7/11, 7:30 PM Chris Rozzi’s one-man show Outre Island feat. music by the reliably excellent Balthrop Alabama at Joe’s Pub, $12 adv tix rec. “You may have heard that the diminutive nation of Outré Island has been trying to build a bridge to the shores of America for some time. But with oil in the Gulf (sigh), designers are moving the bridge inland to the small town of Balthrop, Alabama for one night only!”

7/11 haunting Nashville gothic crooner Mark Sinnis – whose latest album is the best thing he’s ever done – at Spike Hill, 8 PM.

7/12 the Ohio Players and George Clinton and P-Funk at Wingate Field in Crown Heights, free, get there early, 6:30 PM and watch your back, the cops have quotas to make.

7/12 legendary 80s chanteuse and Clash collaborator Ellen Foley at Lakeside, early, 7 PM.

7/12, 9 PM the Asuka Kakitani Jazz Orchestra at Tea Lounge in Park Slope

7/12 the devious, harmonically exquisite, funny, torchy Debutante Hour at Goodbye Blue Monday, 10 PM.

7/13, 7:30 PM haunting, intense Persian-American psychedelic rocker Haale plays the big room at the Rockwood with her band.

7/13 a great ska bill at Public Assembly starting at 8 with the Local Skank, 4 Point 0, CBJ, Hey Stranger, Across the Aisle and the Jukebox Romantics, $10

7/13 hip-hop from toward the end of the golden age: a 15 year celebration of the Boot Camp Clik featuring Sean Price, Buckshot, Smif N Wessun, Heltah Skeltah, Pharoahe Monch, Kidz In The Hall, Skyzoo, Marco Polo & Torae at BB King’s, 8 ish, $22 adv tix highly rec; first fifty ticketed customers through the doors get a free commemorative concert t-shirt.

7/13-14 powerhouse piano jazz with the Orrin Evans Quartet at the Jazz Standard, 7:30/9:30 PM, $20.

7/13-18 jazz violinist Jenny Scheinman plays the Vanguard with Nels Cline on guitar, Todd Sickafoose on bass and Jim Black on drums, sets 9/11 PM, $35.

7/13, 9:30 PM Ornette Coleman acolytes Wake Up at the Parkside: Federico Ughi – drums, voice; David Moss – bass, voice; Demian Richardson – trumpet; Daniel Carter – sax

7/14 the NY Philharmonic  feat. Branford Marsalis, saxophone and Andrey Boreyko, conductor plays Lyadov – Baba Yaga; Glazunov – Concerto for Alto Sax; Schulhoff – Hot Sonate for Alto Sax and Orchestra; Prokofiev – Selections from Romeo & Juliet on the Great Lawn in Central Park, free, concert at 8 PM, get there early, i.e. 6 and make a night of it if you’re going

7/14, 6 PM the Mad Jazz Hatters play oldtimey stuff at Bryant Park, free

7/14 Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens at the Stuyvesant Town Oval, 7 PM. They’re at Metrotech Park in downtown Brooklyn the next day at noon.

7/14 the Jazz Museum in Harlem presents the film Nina Simone Great Performances, 7 PM at Marcus Garvey Park on Lawn A, Madison Ave. side of the park between 122nd and 124th St., free.

7/14, 7 PM The Plumbers play “Tex-Mex-Calypso-billy” at Church Square Park, Park Ave. & 4th St., Hoboken, free

7/14 reggae crooner Barrington Levy at BB King’s, 8 PM.

7/14 Sarazino play at SOB’s 10 PM – reggae with gypsy/latin/Arabic tinges in the same vein as Manu Chao

7/14 hilariously satirical early 50s hillbilly music trio Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co. at Rodeo Bar 10:30 PM

7/15, half past noon jazz pianist Emmett Cohen on the World Financial Ctr. plaza.

7/15 Funkmaster Flex and EPMD at Queensbridge Park, Queens 7 PM.

7/15-18 Brazilian jazz legend Vincius Cantuaria at the Jazz Standard, 7:30/9:30, $25 ($30 weekend)

7/15, 7:30 PM the Sexteto Rodriguez Cuban-Jewish All Stars at the Jewish Museum, 92nd St. at 5th Ave. is SOLD OUT.

7/15, 8 PM at Glasslands it’s “Hipster Demolition Night II” – woo hoo – featuring (in reverse order) garage rockers Muck & the Mires, Jay Banerjee & the Heartthrobs, Wormburner, the Anabolics, $10.

7/15 the surf-punk Subway Surfers and garage rock genius Palmyra Delran and her band at Maxwell’s, 8:30 PM, $10.

7/15, 9 PM smartly tuneful, melodic jazz with the Tim Kuhl Group at Tea Lounge in Park Slope

7/15, 9 PM Matt Darriau’s World Tango Project at the Cornelia St. Cafe

7/15 fearless NYC noir rockabilly/glam with the Reid Paley Trio at Rodeo Bar 10:30 PM

7/15, 11 PM Sun Records rockabilly legend Sonny Burgess at Public Assembly, $12 adv tix highly rec.

7/16, 6 PM at South St. Seaport it’s lo-fi garage rock night: the distantly Syd Barrett-influenced Thee Oh Sees followed by the equally high-energy Golden Triangle – part Teenage Fanclub punk/pop, part late 80s J&MC snarl.

7/16, 8 PM Changing Modes – a really amazing, catchy, smart blend of Siouxsie-esque new wave, and oldschool art-rock – at R Bar, $10

7/16, 8 PM the Universal Thump (Greta Gertler’s auspicious new art-pop band) feat. bassist Jonathan Maron from Groove Collective plus a string quartet plays Barbes. Gertler has been a great songwriter for the better part of a decade and their forthcoming album promises to be her best effort yet. Followed at 10 by the ballistically intense Balkan/Greek/Carpathian horn-and-guitar monstrosity Ansambl Mastika at 10.

7/16 the Nu-Sonics play tasty, jangly Big Star-style rock at Banjo Jim’s, 8 PM.

7/16, 8ish Clinic play the Bell House $15 – their new album is quite a change, baroque pop rather than their trademark stomp

7/16 the lush, noir Elysian Fields at the Knitting Factory, 8:30 PM, $10 adv tix rec.

7/16 a terrific Middle Eastern bill feat. George Ziadeh and Amir ElSaffar (vocals, oud and santoor) with Sami Abu Shumays, Arabic violin, plus members of his Zikrayat Ensemble, 9 PM at Alwan for the Arts, $15

7/16, 9 PM a killer reggae triplebill: the Movement, Black Seeds and SOJA (Souldiers of Jah Army) at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, $15 adv tix highly rec.

7/16, 9:30 PM, imaginative, tuneful art-pop songwriter Christina Courtin at Joe’s Pub, $14.

7/16, 9:30 PM twangy western swing with Sean Kershaw & the New Jack Ramblers at Hill Country.

7/16, 10 PM ska sax legend Dave Hillyard & the Rocksteady 7 at Two Boots Brooklyn.

7/16, 11 PM the Live Ones – arguably NYC’s most intense, relentless punk band – at Trash

7/16 the Boss Guitars play classic and obscure surf covers at Lakeside 11 PM

7/16, midnight, sly and danceable latin soul/bugalu revivalists Spanglish Fly play the obvious venue for them (other than Roseland) – SOB’s – for a measly $10

7/17, 1-7 PM the Bay Ridge Arab American Bazaar takes place at 79th Street and Shore Road (Shore Road Park): food/music/rides/homemade Middle Eastern ice cream/kids stuff and more.

7/17, 8 PM Rev. Billy & the Life After Shopping Gospel Choir – the Dead Kennedys of original gospel music, with their 30-piece choir and politically-charged vamps – at the 92YTribeca, $10.

7/17, 8 PM the 4th St. Nite Owls play ecstatic barrelhouse blues and ragtime at Barbes.

7/17, 8:30 PM the cd release show for the auspicious new one from intense, violin-and-guitar-driven indie art-rockers Bern & the Brights at Maxwell’s, $8.

7/17, 9:30 PM original, multistylistic noir Americana chanteuse Jessie Kilguss at Goodbye Blue Monday.

7/17, 10 PM Chicago style electric bluesman Johnny Allen – a double threat on lead guitar and soulful vocals – plays Terra Blues

7/17 LES punk/rockabilly/surf legend Simon & the Bar Sinisters at Lakeside, 10:15 PMish. They’re also at Public Assembly on 7/24 around the same time.

7/18, 2-7 PM the Astoria Arab American Heritage Festival at Athens Square Park – 30th Street and 30th Avenue in Astoria with food, music, crafts, kids’ entertainment. “There is no where cooler than Astoria so be there!”

7/18 potently lyrical mod/punk songwriter Jerome O’Brien of the Dog Show plays a rare solo show at Sarah Roosevelt Park on the LES, 3 PM – take the B/D to Grand St. and follow the music

7/18, 3 PM Brother Joscephus & the Love Revival Revolution Orchestra play their ecstatically fun New Orleans funk, gospel and soul at Riverwalk Commons, right past the F train station on Roosevelt Island.

7/18 fiery, Syd Barrett/post-Stooges rockers Obits play at around 4 PM at the Williamsburg Waterfront AKA East River State Park, free.

7/18, 7 PM African roots reggae with Meta & the Cornerstones at Pier One on the upper west.

7/18, 7ish Canadian goth keyboardist/chanteuse NLX at Caffe Vivaldi on a bill with jazzy, brassy chanteuse Amanda Mabro, a generic Canadian Coldplay wannabe and a folkie girl.

7/18 uncommonly smart, original rockabilly/surf trio Catspaw at Otto’s 7 PM

7/18, 8 PM at the Stone a bargain for a bill this good: Matthew Shipp (piano), Michael Bisio (bass), Whit Dickey (percusssion), $10.

7/18, 8:30 PM a good roots/Americana triplebill at Banjo Jim’s with Monica Passin of L’il Mo & the Monicats, guitarist Danny Weiss and singer Mary Olive Smith of first-class retro country band Reckon So and Caroline Doctorow, whose latest album is a collection of Richard and Mimi Farina covers.

7/19-20 southwestern gothic pioneers Calexico at City Winery, 9 PM, $30 standing room tix avail.

7/19 potently lyrical Americana songwriter Joe Pug – this generation’s Steve Earle? – at the Mercury, 10 PM, $12

7/19 the NYCity Slickers play bluegrass at Rodeo Bar 10:30 PM

7/20, 5 PM the understatedly soulful Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens in the parking lot out back of City Winery, free.

7/20, 7:30 PM Feast of Music’s reliably adventurous monthly show at Littlefield starts off with deviously funny, ferociously virtuosic new music pianist Kathleen Supove playing the equally devious music of big buzz composer Jacob TV, followed at around by Noveller’s icy synth minimalism and Alan Licht’s loopy noise guitar soundscapes, $8 adv tix rec

7/20, 8/9:30 PM the Jamie Begian Big Band playing songs off their terrific new cd Great Big Grin at The Bahai Center, 53 E 11th St between University Place & Broadway, $15/$10 stud.

7/20 a rare live performance by Walter Ego at Banjo Jim’s, 9 PM – this is the sharply literate, sardonic, soul-influenced New York songwriter, not the blues band or the dub reggae outfit.

7/20-25 Jamaican piano jazz titan Monty Alexander at Dizzy’s Club, sets 9/11 PM, $30 tix avail.

7/20, 9 PM torchy Eastern European rock/pop with Lana Mir at Arlene’s

7/20, 7 PM a pretty amazing doubebill at Barbes. Las Rubias del Norte, whose latest album is their most psychedelic and haunting, are followed by the ferocious Balkan Veveritse Brass Band at 9 (Slavic Soul Party is taking the month of July off at Barbes since they’re doing so many other shows). Veveritse are also here on 7/27 at 9.

7/20 the Marcus Strickland Quartet: Marcus Strickland – soprano & tenor sax; David Bryant – piano; Ben Williams – bass; E.J. Strickland – drums at the Jazz Standard, 7:30/9:30 PM, $20.

7/20, 10 PM Linda Draper plays Pete’s. She’s probably the best lyricist you never heard of, has a way with a catchy hook and effortless fingerstyle guitar. Sort of like a slightly more lively Nina Nastasia.

7/21, 8:30 fiery, aggressive indie rock vets Cementhead at Union Hall, $7.

7/21, 10 PM noir/goth rocker Yula Beeri of Nanuchka plays the big room at the Rockwood

7/21, 6 PM lush modern big band jazz with John Ellis & Double-Wide at Madison Square Park

7/21 reggae covers of Radiohead, Floyd and the Fab Four by the devious Easy Star All-Stars at the Stuyvesant Town Oval, 7 PM

7/21, 7 PM state of the art lyricism with Pharaoh Monche at Queensbrige Park in Queens

7/21 a killer doublebill: brilliantly lyrical soul/rock songwriter Dina RuDean and the haunting, lush, artsy chamber pop of the Snow at the Knitting Factory, 9 PM, $8 adv tix. rec.

7/22 twangy noir guitar god Jim Campilongo plays Wagner Park, just north of Battery Park, 7 PM

7/22 (note date change from 7/24) Dave Campbell was one of the finest drummers in New York, a well-loved and influential figure. There’s a memorial concert at the Parkside starting around 8 with the surviving members of bands he played with: psychedelic rockers Love Camp 7, noir jazzy Americana group Erica Smith & the 99 Cent Dreams, the high-energy, punkish K’s and others.

7/22 Antibalas at Castle Clinton, 7 PM, free, tix two per person handed out to those in line at 4 PM.

7/22, 7 PM Mexican folk-punk songwriter Rana Santacruz at the Jewish Museum, 92nd and 5th Ave., $15.

7/23 Batusis feat. the Dead Boys’ Cheetah Chrome, Syl Sylvain from the NY Dolls, plus a rhythm section at Europa, 7 PM, $12 – any excuse to see Cheetah, one of the great lead guitarists ever, is worth it.

7/22, 8:30 PM ecstatically sprawling Americana/roots band the Woes at the Bell House followed eventually by charismatic oldtimey/noir chanteuse April Smith & the Great Picture Show at around 10:30, $10 adv tix highly rec.

7/22 NYC’s best blues band, the Moonlighters’ Bliss Blood’s barrelhouse piano-driven Delta Dreambox at Barbes, 10 PM

7/22 punkish, virtuosic electric bluegrass/country rockers Demolition String Band at Rodeo Bar 10:30 PM.

7/22, 11 PM Irish acoustic punks Box of Crayons at Trash

7/23 Loose Limbs play South St. Seaport, 6 PM – lo-fi garage rock with soul/gospel vocals – if you like the Detroit Cobras you’ll like Loose Limbs.

7/23 smart, fiery latin rockers Outernational at 7 PM at Highline Ballroom followed by oi-punk legends GBH, adv tix $17 highly rec.

7/23 Bern & the Brights – riding the buzz from their excellent new ep, part raw, emotionally intense chamber pop, part deviously jangly rock, at Spike Hill 8 PM

7/23, 8:30 PM Indian raga jazz with the Neel Murgai Ensemble followed by Namaskar at le Poisson Rouge, $TBA

7/23, 8 PM a killer bluegrass/string band triple bill at the 92YTribeca with Joy Kills Sorrow, M Shanghai String Band and the Abrams Bros., $10

7/23, 8 PM at Bargemusic the Voxare Quartet: Emily Ondracek, violin, Galina Zhdanova, violin, Erik Peterson, viola, Adrian Daurov, cello) Riley – String Quartet; Lou Harrison – String Quartet Set; Hamza El Din – Escalay (The Water Wheel); Riley – Mystic Birds Waltz, Sunrise of the Planetary Dream Collector, tix $25/$20 srs/$10 stud.

7/23 deliriously fun ska/punk/reggaeton rock en Espanol monsters Escarioka at the Bell House, 8 PM, $10.

7/23, 8:30 PM anthemic Australian expat rockers Second Dan – who mine a tuneful post-Oasis vibe – at the big room at the Rockwood

7/23-24 the Pedro Giraudo Jazz Orchestra at the Jazz Gallery, 9/10:30 PM, $20

7/23, 9:30 PM darkly bristling Americana rockers the Sadies (Neko Case’s backing band) at Bowery Ballroom

7/23 ferocious soul/rock/noir siren Katie Elevitch at Banjo Jim’s 10 PM followed eventually by excellent, ubiquitous guitarist and Americana expert Homeboy Steve Antonakos at midnight

7/23 darkly funny outlaw country/Nashville gothic band Maynard & the Musties at Lakeside 11 PM.

7/23, midnight, NYC’s most charismatic, amusingly powerful band, the Brooklyn What at Trash. El Muchacho plays surf music for open bar in the back at 8.

7/23, 1 AM (actually wee hours of 7/24) the O at Arlene’s. Is this the legendary hip-hop crew, with the Anal Thermometer song, and the violent stage antics?

7/24 amazingly multistylistic string band Ljova and the Kontraband – equally devious and original with eerie, glowering Russian melodies, tangos, Afrobeat-tinged psychedelia and swirling atmospherics – at 5 PM at Pier 1, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Dumbo

7/24 a surf bill indoors at Cha Cha’s on the boardwalk at Coney Island starting at 7 with the jangly, retro Mr. Action and the Boss Guitars, 8 PM the brand-new Alien Surfer Babes with the Octomen, and 9 PM the diverse, tunefully original TarantinosNYC, cheap, $5.

7/24, 8 PM Persian poetry/music ensemble Linebreak at Zora Art Space, 315 4th Avenue (3rd and 2nd streets) Park Slope, Brooklyn. Sugg don: $8

7/24, 8 PM powerpop rocker/guitar genius Pete Galub at the Red Horse Cafe on the corner of 12th St./ 6th Avenue in Park Slope, F to 7th Ave.

7/24 multistylistic blues guitar monster Bobby Radcliff at Lucille’s, 8 PM. If only the people who thought Clapton was good knew this who this guy was, he’d be playing the Garden instead.

7/24 wickedly lyrical retro 60s psychedelic pop band McGinty and White at the Tank, 9 PM, $5

7/24, 9:30 PM lush, ecstatically anthemic Radiohead-influenced art-rockers My Pet Dragon at the Bitter End

7/24 captivating, innovative cello-and-marimba chamber pop duo Goli at Caffe Vivaldi, 9:30 PM.

7/24, 10 PM first-rate Memphis-style retro soul band the One and Nines and the Old Glorys “featuring former members of legendary country-western/punk-rock band Any Day Parade” at the Wreck Room, 940 Flushing Ave., Brooklyn, J/M to Flushing Ave.

7/24, 10 PM one of our favorite bands, extremely danceable oldschool bugalu/latin soul revivalists Spanglish Fly at Rose Bar

7/24, 10 PM the stark, tunefully bluesy Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds play the big room at the Rockwood

7/24, 11 PM PM Luminescent Orchestrii frontman Sxip Shirey’s cd release show at City Winery, $12 adv tix rec. -”deep sexy beats created on Industrial Flutes, Bullhorn Harmonica, Regurgitated Music Box, Triple Extended Pennywhistles, Miniature Hand Bell Choir, Obnoxiophone, Glass Bowls With Red Marbles and a clutch of curious objects.”

7/25, 3 PM African music from the US with Fool’s Gold, Burkina Faso with Burkina Electric and then Malian superstar Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni Ba at Central Park Summerstage.

7/25 upstairs at the Stonewall Inn, 53 Christopher St., it’s Drunkapalooza starting at 5 PM with cleverly lyrical pianist/songwriter Nate Buccieri, 6 PM soul-inflected siren Shanna Sharp, 7 PM the similarly inclined Tracy Stark, 8 PM Americana singer Clare Cooper and at 9 PM the Sometime Boys, the rustic acoustic blues/oldtimey/bluegrass spinoff of ferocious art-rockers System Noise, a benefit concert, sugg don $10.

7/25 the latest jazzcat to go country, Myron Walden Countryfied: Myron Walden – tenor sax; “Oz Not” – guitar; Ron Oswanski – organ; Rudy Royston – drums, 7ish at Rose Bar in Williamsburg.

7/25, 8 PM the Union St. Preservation Society play their rustic soulful oldschool bluegrass at Spike Hill. They’re also at Bruar Falls on 8/3.

7/25 check out the opening acts for Foxy Brown at B.B. King’s: Dr. Roxanne Shante (!?!), Cormega, AZ and Spragga Benz – those four are worth the $20 advance ticket price alone, if you like golden age hip hop. Show starts at 8, advance tix recommended.

7/25 ferociously charismatic, all-female noise-punk trio Out of Order – stars of the Beefstock 2010 festival – play at the National Underground, time TBA

7/25 the hilarious Uncle Leon & the Alibis – NYC’s answer to David Allan Coe – at Rodeo Bar 10:30 PM.

7/26 at Small Beast upstairs at the Delancey a first-class bill with literate songwriter Frank Tedesso at 8ish, then haunting noir southwestern gothic chanteuse Kerry Kennedy and Ghostwise, and phantasmagorical and equally charismatic duo Carol Lipnik & Spookarama.

7/26, 9 PM the Anita Brown Jazz Orchestra at Tea Lounge in Park Slope

7/26 Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies with Matt Munisteri on guitar at Rodeo Bar 10:30 PM.

7/27 the new Mogwai concert film, Burning is streaming at 3 (three) PM EST on their site and 40 others who have more bandwidth to monkey with than we do

7/27, 7 PM Michael and Christian Blackwood’s extensive 1968 footage Thelonious Monk concert/documentary film Straight No Chaser at the Maysles Institute, 343 Malcolm X Blvd / Lenox Ave (between 127th and 128th Streets), free.

7/27, 7 PM klezmerite/Americanist Andy Statman at at Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City, 7 PM. He’s also at Barbes at 8 on 7/29.

7/27 the Mingus Orchestra at Washington Square Park, 8 PM.

7/27, 9:30ish soul-inflected songwriter Derek James followed by Brother Joscephus & the Love Revival Revolution Orchestra at the Brooklyn Bowl $10.

7/27, 10ish, charming, retro country siren Laura Cantrell plays a benefit for Nashville flood relief at le Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix highly rec.

7/27 the oldtimey/hokum blues of the Second Fiddles at Rodeo Bar 10:30 PM

7/28, 6:30 PM outdoors in back of Lincoln Center the subversive 1960s play No Snakes in This Grass by James Magnuson, free

7/28, 7 PM Plena Libre play classic oldtime boricua tunes at Wagner Park downtown.

7/28 the hypnotic, mesmerizing Electric Junkyard Gamelan, with their homemade instruments, play Barbes at 8. Their show here earlier this year was one of the most unbelievably fun nights we’ve had recently.

7/28, 8ish, Palaceaides, “a Brooklyn indie duo w/cello well worth checking out,” Smiths-ish retro 80s janglers the Cloud Room and darkly captivating, guitarishly delicious southwestern gothic rockers And the Wiremen at Bowery Electric, $10

7/28, 8 PM I’ll Be John Brown rock the Sidewalk with their raucous cowpunk.

7/28 three of the best songwriters on the planet, in the round: the darkly jazzy yet warmly charismatic Erica Smith, brilliantly lyrical janglerocker Paula Carino and Americana soul singer Rebecca Turner at the Parkside, 8:30 PM.

7/28, 10 PM remarkably diverse, original bluesman Chris Thomas King – from the Coen Bros.’ O Brother Where Art Thou – plays Terra Blues.

7/28 world-class free jazz trombonist Steve Swell leads a quintet at the Stone, 10 PM, $10

7/28, 10:30 PM upbeat reggae rockers Three Legged Fox at Sullivan Hall, $10.

7/28 Stringbean & the Stalkers play swampy harmonica-driven electric blues at the Ear Inn, 11 PM

7/29 duskcore guitar great Vieux Farka Toure at noon at Metrotech Park in downtown Brooklyn, F to Jay St.

7/29, 5:30 PM tuneful, smart jam band Mr. Hunter plays the Naumburg Bandshell at Central Park – nice organ/guitar interplay, a soulful frontwoman and they want you to know that they’re psyched to play a stage where the Grateful Dead actually played!

7/29, 7:30 PM jazz guitar genius Matt Munisteri plays the plaza at the Brooklyn Central Library at Grand Army Plaza, free. Then he’s off to the Jalopy (at 9! he’d better play a short set) to open for the reliably charming Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies.

7/29, 7:30 PM at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center a Haitian bill feat. Ansanm, Emeline Michel, Beethova Obas, BélO, Zili Misik, acts will probbly appear in reverse order.

7/29 Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes plus George Thorogood at Asser Levy Park next to the Coney Island Aquarium, 7:30 PM, F to W 8th St. or any train to Stillwell Ave.

7/29-31, 8/10 PM, the Larry Coryell Power Trio at Iridium, $25. He’s been doing the Indian jazz thing lately – maybe this is a return to the woozy but invigorating electric guitar stuff he was doing circa The Real Great Escape in the early 70s.

7/29, 9 PM literate new wave rocker Mike Rimbaud at Gilles Larrain Studio, 95 Grand St., Soho, A/C/E to Canal or C/E to Spring St.

7/29, 9 PM sax player Noah Preminger leads his quartet at Tea Lounge in Park Slope.

7/30 torchy, original jazz/pop siren Abby Payne, 8 PM at Spike Hill.

7/30, 8 PM Americana/roots songwriter Sara Bouchard plays from her new song cycle Songs of Lewis and Clark followed by her bluegrass band the Union St. Preservation Society aboard the Mary A. Whalen Tanker, 180 Clinton Wharf (entrance at Pioneer St & Conover St.), Red Hook, Brooklyn

7/30, 9/10:30 PM alto sax jazz star Jacam Manricks leads a quartet playing compositions from his really quite extraordinary new album Trigonometry at the Cornelia St. Cafe, $10.

7/30 the Pietasters play smart, fun third-wave ska on the Rocks Off Concert Cruise aboard the Temptress, boarding at 23rd St. and the FDR at 7 and departing at 8, adv tix $25 at the Highline box office highly rec.

7/30, 8 PM Yomo Toro – the ferocious, southpaw king of the cuatro – at the Queens Theatre in the Park, 8 PM, $20 adv tix rec., if you are a fan of surf music, latin music or great guitar, this guy’s performances are legendary.

7/30, 10 PM smart, devious acoustic Americana jamband Tall Tall Trees followed by powerpop rocker Mikal Evans at 11 at the small room at the Rockwood.

7/30 killer honkytonk band the Dixons at Rodeo Bar 10:30 PM

7/30, 11 PM, the ageless, eternally relevant Avengers – who were the American Sex Pistols thirty years ago – at the Bell House, $25.

7/31 on the plaza at Lincoln Center a murderously good Detroit music afternoon starting with Eddie Kirkland acoustic at 2 PM, the Motor City Soul Revue: Eddie Kirkland, Spyder Turner, Melvin Davis, Dennis Coffey & The Velvelettes with The Party Stompers at 2:30. At 5 PM out back in Damrosch Park it’s pioneering black punk rockers Death followed by the Gories at 6, ? and the Mysterians at 7:15 and Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels at 8:30. Niger desert blues band Etran Finatawa plays the plaza while Death takes over out back.

7/31, 2 PM Moona Luna plays the Queens Theatre in the Park, 7 train to Shea Stadium. Free but reservations required to 718-760-0064. The world’s only bilingual Spanish/English children’s music band is actually really cool – they’re a spinoff of the fun, jangly Pistolera (the Mexican Go Go’s). Now’s the time to get your kids listening to rock en Espanol!

7/31-8/1 if you can’t make it to the Newport Folk Festival you can still listen on WFUV. Highlights of Saturday’s bill: Nneka, Calexico, Andrew Bird and John Prine; Sunday the middle-of-the-day artists, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings and the Avett Brothers are always good for a listen.

7/31 sharp-dressed, ferociously literate NYC noir rock legend LJ Murphy at Banjo Jim’s, 7 PM

7/31, 9 PM fiery, psychedelic, soul/punk/art-rock siren Katie Elevitch plays a rare duo show at Cin-M-Art Space, 432 6th Ave. (9th & 10th Sts).

7/31, 9:30 PM wild intense gypsy punk band Bad Buka at Mehanata. They’re also here on 8/7

7/31 haunting yet charming Balkan vocal quartet Black Sea Hotel at the Jalopy at 9 followed by the ferociously blazing Veveritse Brass Band at 10:30

7/31, 9ish Sonic Youth free at Prospect Park Bandshell – this is one you’ll have to hear from behind the fence out back because no matter what time you show up it’ll be a mobscene.

7/31 fiery guitar-and-horns Balkan rockers Ansambl Mastika at Shrine, 9 PM followed at 10 by FLC Afro Cuban Band playing reggae/funk .

7/31 Australian sensation the Cat Empire – quirky, ska-inflected and great fun – at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, 9 PM, adv tix $22 rec. Their new album is very cool.

7/31, 9 PM Brazilian percussion master and bandleader Nanny Assis plays the 92YTribeca, $15, a rare and considerably less expensive way to see him away from his home turf at SOB’s.

7/31 the Jack Grace Band – whose new retro honkytonk album Drinking Songs for Lovers is a classic – at Hill Country, 9:30 PM.

7/31, 10 PM the Hard Nips play Spike Hill. Imagine if Shonen Knife had been born 20 years later and were better musicians. Their new album is titled I Shit U Not.

7/31, 10:30ish the alternately haunting and ecstatic Balkan/Middle Eastern Cafe Antarsia Ensemble at Zebulon

7/31 captivatingly brooding Americana/avant trio Rescue Bird play Pete’s, 11 PM. They’re also in the small space at the Rockwood on 8/5 at 10.

7/31, midnight-ish at Rose Bar, Super Hi Fi playing a mix of dub and Afrobeat feat. members of Aphrodesia, Slavic Soul Party, the Superpowers and Blue Man Group (!?!)

8/1 indie pop girls: the fairly reliable Basia Bulat followed by some trendoid followed by the sometimes precious, sometimes captivating St. Vincent at Central Park Summerstage.

8/1 the unstoppable oldtimey Dead Kennedys of oldtimey music, the Asylum Street Spankers (with Christina Marrs but no Wammo), 2 PM on the plaza at Lincoln Center followed by masked surf music banditos Los Straitjackets. The Spankers move to Joe’s Pub at 7 the same night for an indoor show.

8/1, 6:30 PM Hector Del Curto’s Eternal Tango Orchestra at Pier 54 on the river in Chelsea

8/1 great lineup starting at 8: new wave punk/pop with the Pleasure Kills, the Above, the blisteringly intense garage rock of the Mess Around and the Anabolics – whose Hipster Demolition Night show last month was killer – at Bruar Falls.

8/1, 9 PM St. Croix reggae band Midnite play SOB’s, $27 adv tix highly rec.

8/2, 6:30 PM pianists Marilyn Nonken and Sarah Rothenberg play Messiaen’s Visions de l’Amen at le Poisson Rouge, $15.

8/2, 9 PM Nneka at Highline Ballroom, adv tix $15 highly rec.

8/2, 9:30 PM Lichtman’s Brain Cloud – a Cangelosi Cards spinoff – play western swing at Banjo Jim’s, 9:30 PM

8/2-3 Dr. John & the Lower 9/11 at City Winery, 8:30 PM, $35 standing room tix avail.

8/2, 10 PM female-fronted new wave/punk-pop throwbacks the Pleasure Kills followed by hilarious fake French garage rockers les Sans Culottes at Cake Shop

8/3, 7 PM “indie classical” stars the Knights at the Naumburg Bandshell at Central Park – how they’re going to fit the entire orchestra into that space is the question – playing Beethoven, Rossini, Shostakovich (arr. – Zhurbin), Debussy and Haydn

8/3, 7 PM Elvis Martinez plays his bachata hits at Highbridge Park.

8/3, 7:30 PM janglerockers Elk City play their cd release show at Joe’s Pub, $12

8/3-8 legendary jazz bassist Ron Carter with Russell Malone, Mulgrew Miller at the Blue Note, sets 8/10:30 PM, $20 bar seating avail.

8/3, 8 PM bachata guitar genius Aquiles Baez at Barbes followed by Slavic Soul Party

8/3, 8 PM the Yoshido Bros. – who do Hendrix-style psych/metal on the tsugaru-shamisen – at Highline Ballroom, adv tix $25 highly rec.

8/3, 8 PM at the Stone Sarah Cahill—New Music for Piano: Sarah premieres a new work by Carl Stone and performs the NYC premieres of Annie Gosfield’s “Five Characters Walk Into a Bar” and Eve Beglarian’s “Night Psalm”, along with recent compositions by Terry Riley, Guy Klucevsek, Larry Polansky, and Mamoru Fujieda.

8/3 Peter Lemongello at B.B. King’s, 8 PM – THE Peter Lemongello? The guy with the K-tel style ballads album that sold a gazillion copies back in the 70s? The guy whose near-no-hitter Houston Astros pitcher cousin once kidnapped him? Yup.

8/3, 9 PM Talib Kweli with a live band at the Brooklyn Bowl $5 (five bucks, wow).

8/3 the Pride of the Subway Ceili Band, a “celtic wall of sound,” play Banjo Jim’s, 9 PM

8/3 the haunting, gorgeous-voiced mistress of jangly minor-key rock and 6/8 time, Elisa Flynn at Pete’s, 10 PM

8/3, midnight at Smalls, Ken Fowser on tenor sax and Behn Gillece on vibes – whose new album Little Echo is a period-perfect late 50s style masterpiece – lead a jazz jam with a rotating cast of quality players.

8/4, 1 (one) PM chamber-pop group Cloud Chamber at Trinity Church

8/4-8, 7 PM outdoors behind Lincoln Center, Asphalt Orchestra (a Bang on a Can project) marches and plays world premieres byYoko Ono and David Byrne/Annie Clark

8/4, 7 PM sax player James Carter’s Organ Trio at Madison Square Park

8/4, 7 PM Conjunto Imagen at Wagner Park downtown.

8/4 los Chantas Tango Quartet 8 PM at the Queens Theatre in the Park, 8 PM, free, res req to 718-760-0064

8/4, 9 PM fiery female-fronted psychedelic rockers Devi at Bowery Electric

8/4 Middle Eastern siren Natacha Atlas – whose 2009 album Ana Hina was one of the year’s best – at SOB’s, 9 PM $20

8/5 Michael Rose of Black Uhuru at noon at Metrotech Park in downtown Brooklyn, F to Jay St.

8/5, 7 PM the godfather of hip-hop, Gil Scott-Heron at Marcus Garvey Park.

8/5, 8 PM the Tarras Band at Barbes, “dedicated to the repertoire of Yiddish-American clarinetist and composer Dave Tarras. Michael Winograd (cl), Ben Holmes (tpt), Jim Guttman (bs), Richie Barshay (drums), and featuring Klezmer legend and long-time Tarras accompanist Pete Sokolow (piano),” followed at 10 by Romanian gypsy chanteuse Sanda Weigl.

8/5, 8 PM at the Stone avant piano titan Kathleen Supové playsWorks of Jacob TV and Alvin Curran including the premiere of “Love Means” by Jacob TV in Supové’s version for piano and soundtrack; “The Body Of Your Dreams” by Jacob TV; selections from “Inner Cities” and “For Cornelius” by Curran.

8/5, 9 PM fiery Balkan madness with Raya Brass Band at Radegast Hall in Williamsburg

8/5, 9 PM psychedelic tropical/Middle Eastern/acid jazz instrumental group El Topo at Coco 66 in Greenpoint.

8/5, 9 PM Khaled (not the rai guy) plays gritty flamenco/gypsy rock at Shrine

8/5 the Dixons, who are a real trip, a time warp back to classic Bakersfield country circa 1962, right down to their outfits, at Maxwell’s, 10 PM, $8. They kicked ass at a tough gig at the Brooklyn County Fair this month.

8/5 a cool latin and rock en Espanol bill at Southpaw starting at 9 with guitarist Rafael Gomez (formerly with psychedelic Venezuelan bands Bacalao Men and Lapamariposa), psychedelic dub reggae crew El Pueblo (whose excellent new album Isla is just out) at 10 and and Dominican-nuyorqueno rockers La Ruta. They call the night the “Latin Alternative Hangover” – nice to see a bill like this, dirt cheap at $8.

8/5 original bluegrass behemoth Frankenpine at Lakeside 9:15ish

8/5 the Brooklyn What at Union Hall, 9:30 PM. Brooklyn’s finest, most ferociously funny rockers make a stop in Park Slope, let’s see if the yuppie puppies can recover after these guys blast through.

8/5 multistylistic Brazilian/C&W/New Orleans dance band Nation Beat at Rodeo Bar 10:30 PM.

8/6, 6 PM at 55 Bar groove jazz organist Adam Klipple’s Sneak with trumpeter/chanteuse Natalie John out in front of the band.

8/6, 6 PM ferocious Chicago-style blues guitarist Bobby Radcliff at P&G Bar on the upper west, he’s also at Lucille’s 8 PM on 8/20

8/6 witty, effortlessly virtuosic alto sax player Jon Irabagon at the Bar Next Door, 7:30, 9:30 & 11:30

8/6-8 up-and-coming Cuban jazz pianoist Alfredo Rodriguez leads a trio at the Jazz Standard, sets 7:30/9:30 PM, $30/$25 Sun.

8/6, 8 PM MotherMoon play their cd release show at Spike Hill. Smart, tuneful, sometimes haunting soul-influenced female-fronted band. Like Cat Power but less precious, or Katie Elevitch in a less amped moment.

8/6, 8 PM luminary Cuban songwriter Carlos Varela at the Queens Theatre in the Park, $25 adv tix rec.

8/6, 8:30 PM fiery, atmospheric, swirling cello metal/soundtrack rockers Blues in Space at le Poisson Rouge, $10. They absolutely slayed at this club earlier this year.

8/6, 9 PM, sophisticated Americana chanteuse Julia Haltigan plays the small room at the Rockwood.

8/6 a Mississippi hill country blues night starting at 9 with Will Scott followed by Pork Chop Willie and then Kent Burnside (RL’s kid) at Banjo Jim’s

8/6, 9 PM edgy female-fronted punk/funk/dancerock band Deluka at Union Hall, $10

8/6 Thunda Vida play roots reggae at Shrine, 10 PM

8/6 noise-rock band Woman create a murky vortex of delicious stomping reverb-driven oldschool LES-style riffs and feedback at Union Pool, 10ish

8/7, 2 (two) PM, the 8th annual NYC Musical Saw Festival, Hellenic Cultural Center, 27-09 Crescent Street (corner of Newtown Avenue), Astoria, $10. “Concert & art exhibit revolving around the 300 year old art of playing music on a carpenter’s handsaw. Musical saw solos & ensembles, performing many music styles (jazz, classical, pop, folk, showtunes, etc.) performed by musical saw players from all over the world. Also – ‘Ameriklectic’ – a 10 piece band featuring the musical saw as the lead instrument.”

8/7 surf music in front of the Wonder Wheel at Coney Island starting at 3 PM with Annapolis, Maryland’s the Atom Bums, 4 PM the Link Wrays and Smiling Bigsbys (gotta love that name), 5 PM the North Shore Troubadours, 6 PM Bongo Surf, and headlining at 7 the Alien Surfer Babes (a Witches in Bikinis spinoff). The bands get louder and more original as the day goes on.

8/7, 7 PM the Budos Band and Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings at Prospect Park Bandshell.

8/7, 7 PM Mucca Pazza and Balkan Beat Box at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center.

8/7 smart dark jangly garage rocker Lorraine Leckie at Banjo Jim’s, 7 PM

8/7 at Otto’s, 8 PM it’s Unsteady Freddie’s monthly surf music extravaganza starting with Maryland band the Atom Bumz, 9 PM the frequently ferocious Strange But Surf, 10 PM the more reserved but still tasty Clams, 11 PM the ever-more-diverse and original TarantinosNYC and sometime after midnight the absolutely off-the-hook Mister Neutron. This is one is Freddy’s best and most energetic bill in awhile.

8/7 another cool ska/rocksteady bill at the Knitting Factory starting at 8 with (in reverse order) the Bluebeats, Top Shottaz, The Forthrights, Hey, Stranger, The Cool and Deadly, adv tix $10 highly rec.

8/7, eclectic accordion star Alex Meixner at 8 followed at 10 PM by fiery, smartly intense gypsy/jazz/avant guitarist Jai Vilnai’s Vampire Suit at Barbes.

8/7, 8 PM quirky, provocative female-fronted indie band Glass Lamborghini at Matchless.

8/7, 9 PM richly melodic, multistylistic, edgy art-rockers Changing Modes – whose new album is one of the year’s best – at Fontana’s.

8/7 at Sidewalk three first-rate songwriters play covers: 9:30 PM haunting lefty guitarist/indie rock siren Randi Russo, 10 PM brilliantly eclectic Americana guitar god Lenny Molotov, 11 PM brooding, bitter (and sometimes jaunty and hilarious) acoustic songwriter Erin Regan.

8/7, 10 PM at the Stone the Jasper String Quartet play “a late work by the father of the string quartet (Haydn Op. 77 No. 1); Alban Berg’s monumental yet cryptic Lyric Suite; and the NYC premiere of maverick Annie Gosfield’s latest quartet.”

8/7, 11ish, Senegalese-style conscious roots reggaewith Meta & the Cornerstones at the 92YTribeca 11ish $12 adv tix avail.

8/7 one of the smartest and most stylistically interesting original roots reggae artists around, Taj Weekes & Adowa at Joe’s Pub, 11:30 PM, $14

8/8, 2 PM haunting Greek rebetika band the Maeandros Ensemble, the lushly slinky vintage Egyptian film music revivalists Zikrayat and Yuri Yunakov on the plaza at Lincoln Center.

8/8, 7 PM at Littlefield soulful Americana pianist/songwriter Matt Kanelos followed eventually at 11 by atmospheric jazz juggernaut Burnt Sugar, $15

8/8, 7 PM Slavic Soul Party bring Balkan brass madness to Pier One on the upper west.

8/8, 7:30 PM chanteuse Susana Baca at the Queens Theatre in the Park, $25 adv tix rec.

8/8, 8 PM in reverse order at the Knitting Factory: fiery indie rock guitar legend and longtime Steve Wynn collaborator Chris Brokaw, UnFact (bassist David Wm. Sims of Jesus Lizard’s solo project and Reid Paley’s band) and noir chanteuse Peg Simone, $10 adv tix very highly rec.

8/9 coy avant bass/vocal duo Flutterbox, adventurous avant blues/jazz slide guitarist Richard Bonnet, German hardcore punk band Low Society and charismatic noir siren Vera Beren’s Gothic Chamber Blues Ensemble at Small Beast at the Delancey, 9 PM

8/8, 9ish the self-explanatory Skampeda followed by Colombian roots reggae crew Alerta Kamarada at SOB’s, $15 adv tix rec

8/8 fado siren Ramana Vieira at City Winery, 9 PM, $22 adv tix avail.

8/8 twangy growling intelligent Americana songwriting with Mark McKay at Lakeside 9ish, playing stuff from his reputedly excellent forthcoming one Dakota Dust; he’s also here on 8/27 at 11.

8/8 Pierre de Gaillande of the Snow and Melomane sings his English language translations of hilarious, profane, often poignant Georges Brassens songs from his killer new album Bad Reputation at Joe’s Pub, 9:30 PM, $15

8/9 the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin at Wingate Field in Crown Heights, get there early, 6:30 PM and watch your back, the cops have quotas to make. 8/12 she’s at at Asser Levy Park in Coney Island, 7:30 PM, early arrival also advised.

8/9 darkly glimmering Eastern European-tinged piano jazz with the Amina Figarova Sextet at Dizzy’s Club, 7:30/9:30 PM, $20.

8/9 JP, Chrissie and the Fairground Boys feat. Chrissie Hynde and J. P. Jones at the big room at the Rockwood, 8:30 PM, not sold out yet but tix going quickly.

8/9, 9/11 PM chanteuse/pianist Hilary Kole at Birdland – her new album features Dave Brubeck, Hank Jones, Monty Alexander and a whole slew of killer 88s guys.

8/9 saxist Logan Richardson leads a quartet with Nasheet Waits, Tarus Mateen, and Jason Moran ,10 PM at le Poisson Rouge, $15

8/10, 7 PM bossa nova chanteuse Hiromi Suda at Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City.

8/10, 7 PM Bachata Heightz at Highbridge Park uptown.

8/10-12 ever-more-diverse jazz drummer Tyshawn Sorey leads his band at Roulette, 8 PM, $15/$10stud/under 30/srs.

8/10 the John Ellis Group “Doublewide”: John Ellis – tenor sax , Alan Ferber – trombone , Brian Coogan – piano , Derrek Phillips – drums at Smalls, 9:30 PM

8/10, 10 PM our favorite dark improvisational female-fronted art-song demolition crew Dollshot play Korzo, 667 5th Avenue (19th + 20th Sts.), Park Slope, Brooklyn.

8/11, 7 PM charismatic retro singers April Smith & the Great Picture Show and Eli “Paperboy” Reed & the True Loves at le Poisson Rouge, $15

8/11, 7 PM boricua guitarist Nino Segarra and His Orchestra at Wagner Park downtown.

8/11 retro soul star Eli Paperboy Reed at le Poisson Rouge, 7 PM, $15.

8/11, 9 PM moody, groove-driven shoegaze/downtempo rock trio El Jezel at Bruar Falls.

8/12, 9 PM scorching Radio Birdman-style garage punks the Mess Around at Union Hall, $8

8/12, 8:30 PM amazing multistylistic Russian/tango/jazz string band Ljova & the Kontraband at the Atrium at Lincoln Center, free, get there at least a half hour early

8/12 the creepy, artsy, extraordinarily popular Deerhunter at Pier 54 at 14th St., gates at 6, show starts at 7 with the richkid eunuch rock of Real Estate which you will have to stand through in order to see the headliners.

8/12-15 the 8/12 – 8/15 the Jeff “Tain” Watts Quartet at the Jazz Standard, sets 7:30/9:30 PM, $25/$30 weekend: Steve Wilson – alto & soprano saxophones; David Kikoski – piano; James Genus – bass; Jeff “Tain” Watts – drums.

8/12 the Newton Gang – one part dark outlaw country, one part fearless careening psychedelic Americana rock monster – at Lakeside, 9 PM.

8/12 at Maxwell’s the Baseball Project feat. Steve Wynn, Scott McCaughey, Linda Pitmon and Mike Mills (also doing Dream Syndicate and Minus 5 songs) 9 PM, $13 adv. tix. rec.

8/12, 10 PM Satabdi Express at Barbes opening for the reliably amazing Balkan juggernaut Ansambl Mastika – Dave Cipriani on 20-string Indian slide guitar, Melissa Hullman on violin, Jake Leckie on bass, Alan Munshower on drums & percussion.

8/13 the “vanilla queen of soul,” Joy Ryder and her excellent funky band, 7 PM at at P&G Bar on the upper west

8/13 popular British indie vets the Wedding Present at South St. Seaport, 7 PM.

8/13, 7ish Evan Ziporyn’s amazing Gamelan Galak Tika – stars of this year’s Bang on a Can Marathon – march their way around the plaza at Lincoln Center. At 7:30 PM out back in Damrosch Park the Kronos Quartet with special guest Gamelan Galak Tika perform the world premiere of Christine Southworth’s Super Collider plus works by Steve Reich, Café Tacuba and others.

8/13 alto saxist/composer Jacam Manricks leads a trio – a great way to hear his melodies cut through – at the Bar Next Door ,7:30, 9:30 & 11:30

8/13-15 it’s the Gypsy Tabor Festival at Floyd Bennett Field in Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn. People come from miles around and camp out here; daily tix are also available. Even from the bus, it’s a bit of a hike but it’s worth it. Last year’s bill was one of the best NYC outdoor lineups in decades.

8/13, 8 PM recently reunited early zeros NYC indie janglerock legends Scout at the big room at the Rockwood

8/13 and 8/27 terse, tasteful Chicago expat blues guitarist Irving Louis Lattin at Lucille’s, 8 PM

8/13, 8 PM at Barbes Banda Sinaloense de los Muertos: “A 14 piece brass band with more power than Metallica, more sousaphone than a second line parade and more tequila than Malcom Lowry.” Actually, didn’t Lowry drink wine? But these guys will put you on top of the volcano – it’s banda music with a global vibe.

8/13, 9 PM a wildly eclectic hip-hop bill feat. Dead Prez, Pharoahe Monch, Cody Chestnutt, Homeboy Sandman, Sadat X , Divine of the Dey, ADM, Hasan Salaam, Hakim Green, Bajah & the Dry Eye Crew , Akir, Kalae All Day, La Bruja, Lah Tere,at Highline Ballroom ,$15 adv tix rec

8/13, 9 PM impressively multistylistic klezmer/bluegrass/classical woodwind ensemble the Sixth Floor Trio followed by the Union St. Preservation Society playing their rustic soulful oldschool bluegrass at the National Underground.

8/13 possibly the best live band in NYC, raucous, careening gypsy/ska/punk/reggaeton monster Escarioka – who are huge in Latin America – at Fat Baby, 10 PM.

8/13 ska-punks the Void Union at Two Boots Brooklyn, 10 PM

8/13 purist, bluesy, tongue-in-cheek New Orleans pianist/songwriter (and former Jack Grace sideman) Bill Malchow and the Go Cup All Stars at Rodeo Bar 10:30 PM

8/14, 3 PM Bachata Fest at Central Park Summerstage with Andy Andy, Luis Miguel de la Amargue, Elvis Martinez and Alexandria.

8/14, 7 PM inventive, clever woodwind ensemble the Sixth Floor Trio at Caffe Vivaldi

8/14, 7:30 PM at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center a major moment in nuyorican music history: Larry Harlow’s La Raza Latina, A Salsa Suite makes its New York premiere, conducted by Larry Harlow with Rubén Blades, Adonis Puentes plus Orchestra and Chorus and the Bobby Sanabria Big Band.

8/14, 8 PM mesmerizing Mississippi hill country bluesman Will Scott with Miller’s Farm frontman Brian Miller at 68 Jay St Bar.

8/14, 8/10 PM Bahian percussion/dance behemeoth Dende & Hahahaes at SOB’s, free w/dinner res. before 7 PM otherwise $15 w/o

8/14 ecstatically fun Greek party band Magges – with electric bouzouki and the incomparable Susan Mitchell on electric viola – at Mehanata, 10 PM, free before 10:30.

8/14 LES punk/rockabilly/surf legends Simon & the Bar Sinisters at Lakeside 10:15ish

8/14 funky danceable bliss with Chin Chin and then Turkuaz at midnight at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, $15.

8/15, 3 PM Blitz the Ambassador, 7th Octave and Public Enemy at Central Park Summerstage.

8/15 oldschool retro soul/funk man Lee Fields plays at around 4 PM at the Williamsburg Waterfront AKA East River State Park, free.

8/15, 7 PM Q2 streams Highlights from the 2010 Bang on a Can Marathon – hopefully that will include Evan Ziporyn’s amazing gamelan piece.

8/15, 8:30 PM Tanya Kalmanovitch, violin, viola; Ted Reichman, accordion; Anthony Coleman, piano play edgy Middle Eastern inflected jazz at the Cornelia St Café

8/15, 9 PM a rare solo show by Moonlighters ukelele goddess Bliss Blood solo at Rose Bar in Williamsburg.

8/15, 11 PM the Greg Garing All Stars – the virtuosic Nashville guitarist/pianist and whoever else he’s managed to rustle up – at the small room at the Rockwood.

8/17, 7 PM psychedelic raga fusion with Mission on Mars: Kristin Hoffmann on vocals, Vin Scialla on drums, sitar player Neel Murgai, electric guitarist David Ullmann, bass player, and keyboardist Jason Lindner working the effects at Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City.

8/17 effortlessly charismatic, subtly hilarious avant garde piano titan Kathy Supove plays the cd release show for her new one at 7:30 PM at le Poisson Rouge, including “the amazing video that Joshue Ott made to go with Anna Clyne’s piece On Track, the NEW video that Jennifer Stock will be creating live, on the spot, for Isabelle Eberhardt Dreams of Pianos by Missy Mazzoli, media/video artist Peter Schmideg “performing” a work he created and revised for this event, based on the performance artist Marge Cameron, and inspired by Sutra Sutra by Randall Woolf…Revolution by Dan Becker will have a video specially designed for it by Safy Etiel (V.J. name: Sniper), an Israeli artist living in Berlin! Rounding out the show will be A Shaking of the Pumpkin [great piece, by the way] by Michael Gatonska, which features his custom-designed accessories and is a video in itself! Plus a “fake fashion show” and an auction!

8/17, 9 PM dub reggae inventor Lee Scratch Perry at Highline Ballroom, $25 adv tix a must, this will sell out. He’s crazy but he can be an awful lot of fun

8/17, 10 PM death-obsesssed artsy pop songwriter Jeremy Messersmith – who can really write a tune, in an Elliott Smith kind of way, without seeming derivative – at Joe’s Pub, $14.

8/18, 8 PM deliciously creepy noir psychedelic soundtrack instrumentals with Mojo Mancini (feat. John Leventhal from Rosanne Cash’s band plus Brian Mitchell from Dylan’s touring band) at the Canal Room.

8/19 Hipster Demolition Night III at Public Assembly starting at 8 PM with four kick-ass tuneful bands playing music with zero artifice, whimsy, shallowness or poser-ness. Watch this space.

8/19, 8 PM the B-52’s at Asser Levy Park in Coney Island, F to W 8th St. or any train to Stillwell. Belinda Carlisle – performing her schlocky solo songs, one assumes – opens the show at 7:30.

8/19, 9:30 PM at Smalls latin piano jazz with the Jason Lindner Trio.

8/19, 9:30 PM Clinic at Joe’s Pub doing their chamberpop thing, $15 this will sell out. They’re also at Maxwell’s on 8/21 at 10:30, $13 adv tix rec.

8/19 twangy psychedelic electric bluegrass/country/rock crew Demolition String Band at Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM.

8/19-22 the Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio at the Jazz Standard, sets 7:30/9:30 PM, $25/$30 wknd.

8/19, midnight the retro soul/R&B Brilliant Mistakes play the small room at the Rockwood.

8/20 the Detroit Cobras play the Rocks Off Concert Cruise aboard the Half Moon, boarding at 7, departing at 8 from the FDR and 23rd St., adv tix $20 at the Highline box office highly rec.

8/20 imaginative, anthemic, tuneful retro country band Yarn – with a horn section! – play two sets 8 and 10 PM at the Jalopy, $10 adv tix rec.

8/20, 9 PM bassist John Hébert’s Rambling Confessions with Bennie Wallace – tenor saxophone, Jen Shyu – vocals, Andy Milne – piano, Billy Drummond – drums at the Jazz Gallery

8/20 at Smalls, 9:30 PM Mingus Big Band pianist David Kikoski with Ed Howard – bass , Gary Novak – drums.

8/20, Brian Carpenter’s Ghost Train Orchestra play sizzling obscure 1920s and 1930s hot jazz at 10 PM at Barbes.

8/20 the Boss Guitars play vintage surf classics and obscurities at Lakeside, 11 PM

8/21 a killer afternoon of surf music in front of the Wonder Wheel at Coney Island starting at 2 PM with Reverb Galaxy, the rockabilly/honkytonk Sean Kershaw & the Terrible Twos at 3, Strange But Surf at 4, the Octomen at 5, Superbug at 6 and at 7 the Alien Surfer Babes (a Witches in Bikinis spinoff).

8/21 a great triplebill at Caffe Vivaldi starting early at 6 PM with incorrigible extrovert and blue-eyed soul siren Meg Braun followed by intense, brilliant multi-instrumentalist/songwriter Carolann Solebello (from Red Molly) and then the hypnotic cello/vibraphone duo Goli at 9:30

8/21 Iris DeMent at B.B. King’s

8/21 fiery, politically charged, lyrically brilliant banjo rocker Curtis Eller at 68 Jay St. Bar, 8 PM.

8/21, 9:30 PM, Japanese gypsy punks Kagero at Mehanata.

8/21, 10 PM at the Stone Ashley Bathgate (cello) Annie Gosfield (sampler, Four Roses only): “Ashley Bathgate mixes Heroin, Four Roses, and other mind-altering substances. Bang on a Can’s cellist injects her lively spirit in David Lang’s “Heroin”, takes a swig of Annie Gosfield’s “Four Roses*” (in a duet with the composer for cello and detuned piano), asks “What is the price of Iron?” in a piece for cello and electronics by Roger Kleier, and gets industrious with Michael Gordon’s “Industry” and “Light is Calling”. *Four Roses is not only the name of the piece, but is also the name of a cheap whiskey”

8/21 midnight Homeboy Steve Antonakos – lead guitarist extraordinaire from Love Camp 7, Magges, Ellen Foley’s band and others – at Banjo Jim’s

8/22, 2 PM Cued Up on Q2 presents Elizabeth and the Catapult from New Sounds Live at Merkin Concert Hall

8/22 the Specials at Central Park Summerstage, 5ish, doors at 3.

8/22, 6:30 PM new music pianist Taka Kigawa plays Xenakis, Boulez, Webern, Pintscher and Eckardt at le Poisson Rouge, $20

8/23 edgy new jazz with the Brandon Wright Quintet with the equally edgy Orrin Evans on piano at Dizzy’s Club, 7:30/9:30 PM, $20

8/23, 9 PM roots reggae crew Jah Levi & the Higher Reasoning at SOB’s $20 adv tix rec.

8/24 southwestern gothic chanteuse Marianne Dissard – whose new album Paris One Takes is one of our favorites – at Joe’s Pub, 7 PM, $17. Also on the bill: delightful janglerock en Espanol band Cordero. Dissard is also at MOMA on 8/26 at 5:30/7 PM and at Barbes on 8/27 with her guitarist Brian Lopez.

8/24 classic-style roots reggae with Groundation on the Rocks Off Concert Cruise aboard the Jewel, boarding at 7 at the FDR and 23rd St., adv tix $30 at the Highline box office highly rec.

8/24 Cape Breton fiddler Natalie McMaster at City Winery, 8 PM, $30 standing room tix avail.

8/24 the new Mogwai concert film, Burning screens at the Music Hall of Williamsburg.

8/24 the Second Fiddles play fun, upbeat, virtuosic hokum blues and oldtime hillbilly music at Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM.

8/25, 6 PM xylophone arrangements of 20s hot jazz, satirical Jewish rock and wild Jewish/gypsy punk with the Xylopholks, Yiddish Princess, and the Breslov Bar Band at the Knit, $10 adv tix rec.

8/25, 8 PM western swing with Sean Kershaw and the New Jack Ramblers at 68 Jay St Bar

8/25, 10 PM ethereal, sweepingly psychedelic, socially aware art-rockers My Pet Dragon play the small room at the Rockwood. Their Saturday residency at the Cameo Gallery last winter was absolutely killer.

8/25 Balkan brass punk rockers Stumblebum Brass Band play Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM. Huh?!? This will be fun!

8/26, 8 PM goth/glamrock siren Kristeen Young followed eventually at 10 by nuevo keyboard art-pop band the Secret History at the Knit, $8 adv tix rec.

8/26, 8:30 PM haunting ecstatic Middle Eastern jazz with Taksim feat. Souren Baronian: reeds, percussion; Haig Manoukian , oud; Lee Baronian , dumbek; Mal Stein , drums; Sprocket Royer, bass at th Cornelia St Café, $10

8/26-27 the Fumes (the hypnotic, intense Australian band who play RL Burnside-style Mississippi hill country blues, not the fiery ska-rock band from Queens) play the big room at the Rockwood

8/26-29 fiery, imaginative, fascinatingly good up-and-coming pianist Gerald Clayton leads his Quintet at the Jazz Standard sets 7:30/9:30 PM, $25/$30 wknd. Logan Richardson – alto saxophone; Ambrose Akinmusire – trumpet; Gerald Clayton – piano; Joe Sanders – bass; Justin Brown – drums.

8/27 at Smalls 7:30 PM the Jacam Manricks Group with Jacam Manricks – alto sax, Gary Versace – piano, Chris Tordini – bass, Obed Calvaire – drums followed at 9:30 PM by “Jazz Incorporated” featuring Jeremy Pelt & Louis Hayes: Jeremy Pelt – trumpet, Louis Hayes – drums, Anthony Wonsey – piano, Dezron Douglas – bass. Pelt and group are here on the 28th as well.

8/27 reliably tuneful sax composer John Ellis at the Bar Next Door, 7:30, 9:30 & 11:30 PM.

8/27, 9 PM, melodically ornate, goth-inflected pianist/songwriter Kristin Hoffmann at Caffe Vivaldi

8/27 ghoulabilly stars the Memphis Morticians play their cd release show at Public Assembly, 11ish, $TBA.

8/28, 3 PM the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival at Marcus Garvey Park  featuring McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Scott, Jason Moran and the Bandwagon and Revive da Live: Charlie Parker Revisited.

8/28 Irish-American literate punk/janglerock legends Black 47 play the Rocks Off Concert Cruise aboard the Half Moon departing 23rd St. & FDR at 7 PM, $25 adv tix at the highline box ofc highly rec. This is a band you really ought to see at least once in your life.

8/28, 9 PM trippy Afrobeat/latin band (and Antibalas offshoot) Ocote Soul Sounds at the Brooklyn Bowl, $5

8/28, 9:30 PM Afrobeat band Elikeh at Joe’s Pub $14.

8/28 Johnny Allen, who’s a double threat on searing yet terse electric blues guitar and soulful vox, at Terra Blues, 10 PM.

8/29, 2 PM Cued Up on Q2 presents Missy Mazzoli and Victoire recorded live at le Poisson Rouge

8/29, 3 PM the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival at Tompkins Square Park with James Moody, Catherine Russell, Vijay Iyer and the JD Allen Trio.

8/29, 8 PM Nellie McKay at Highline Ballroom $20 adv tix highly rec., this will probably sell out. She’s playing her Doris Day set.

8/29, 8:30 PM Americana songwriter Matty Charles at Pete’s followed at 9:30 by former Railroad Jerk lead guitarist Alec Stephen who’s been doing a terse, propulsive garage/blues thing lately.

8/29 the Bobby Sanabria New School Afro-Cuban Big Band, 9 PM, $10 at the Nuyorican

8/29, 10 PM quirky, edgy, indelibly New York indie rockers the Sprinkle Genies (with Erika Simonian on guitar) at Hank’s.

8/30, 7-9 PM Bill Frisell conduxcts a guitar workshop at the Stone, $20, bring your axe

8/30, 7:30 PM Marty Stuart – mining a rich acoustic Americana roots vein – at Joe’s Pub $30.

8/30, 8 PM Jan Bell’s soaring, harmony-driven Americana girlgroup the Maybelles at 68 Jay St Bar

8/30 Dan Pritzker’s silent film Louis, a homage to Louis Armstrong with live accompaniment by the Wynton Marsalis Ensemble and pianist Cecile Licad, 8 PM at the Apollo Theatre, $35 tix avail. at the box ofc.

8/30 charming, harmony driven Americana sirens the Maybelles at 68 Jay St. Bar, 8 PM.

8/31 at Smalls, 9:30 PM the Jon Erik-Kellso Quartet:Jon-Erik Kellso – trumpet, John Allred – trombone, Matt Munisteri – guitar, Joel Forbes – bass followed at midnight by the afterhours jam hosted by Ken Fowser & Behn Gillece.

8/31, 10 PM the Linda Oh Trio with Avishai Cohen on trumpet and Obed Calvaire on drums at 55 Bar

9/1 the John Farnsworth Quartet outdoors at Bryant Park, 6 PM, free.

9/1-2 the Cecil McBee Band: Noah Preminger – tenor saxophone; Eddie Henderson – trumpet; George Cables – piano; Cecil McBee – bass; Victor Lewis – drums at the Jazz Standard, 7:30/9:30 PM

9/2 at Matchless, 9 PM Russian-American ska/reggae crew Karikatura, 10 PM ska-punks Radio Armada, and then at 11, Escarioka, the latin Gogol Bordello.

9/2, 9 PM wickedly smart avant/folk/chamberpop songwriter Larkin Grimm at the Knit, $10

9/3-5 ageless saloon jazz legend Mose Allison at the Jazz Standard, his home away from home, 7:30/9:30 PM

9/3-4, 8 PM New Model Army at the Bell House, $24 adv tix avail. or two-night passes for cheaper if you’re a diehard fan

9/3, 11:30 PM garage rockers the Greenhornes free at the Mercury w/rsvp

9/4 the Big Takeover play ska at Shrine, 10 PM

9/5 oldschool style Israeli roots reggae crew Moshav Band at Highline Ballroom, 9 PM, adv tix $15 rec

9/7 Shellac at the Bell House, 9 PM, $17 adv tix highly rec., this will sell out

9/10, Piazzolla tango classics played by pianist Octavio Brunetti, cellist Christine Walevska and former Metropolitan Opera concertmaster Elmira Darvarova, 5 PM at Symphony Space, $20 adv tix rec.

9/10 horn-driven Brooklyn country band Yarn plays the Rocks Off Concert Cruise aboard the Half Moon boarding at 23rd St. and the FDR at 6, leaving an hour later, adv tix $20 highly rec.

9/10-12 it’s the Brooklyn Country Music Festival at Southpaw. Best deal is the $30 three-day ticket, otherwise each concert is $15. 9/10 it’s Banjorama, Julia Haltigan, then one of those lame, sarcastic, richkid indie bands pretending to be “country”, then excellent, oldtimey headliners the Woes.

9/10, 9 PM the recently reconfigurated Golden Palominos with guests the Jim Campilongo Electric Trio and the Tony Scherr Trio. at City Winery, $22 adv tix avail

9/10, 9:30ish Ice-T does his oldschool hip-hop thing at the Knitting Factory $20 adv tix highly rec.

9/10, 10:30 PM funkmeisters Buzz Universe at the Mercury, $10

9/11 Sierra Leone’s Refugee All-Stars at the Knitting Factory, 7 PM, $25 adv tix highly rec. Their show at the Highline back in May was ecstatically fun.

9/11 the Brooklyn Country Music Festival at Southpaw continues at 8 with the Roulette Sisters, Spirit Family Reunion, the Jack Grace Band, Jessica Rose & the High Life and Uncle Leon & The Alibis.

9/11 NYC ska/rocksteady/blues/soul legends the Slackers play the Rocks Off Concert Cruise aboard the Temptress departing 41st St. & the Hudson River at 8 PM, $25 adv tix at the Highline box ofc highly rec.

9/11, 9 PM NYC’s most exciting original blues guitarist, Will Scott at 68 Jay St Bar

9/11, 9 PM oldschool soul/funk with the Dynamites featuring Charles Walker at the Brooklyn Bowl, $5.

9/11 Greek party music monsters Magges – with electric bouzouki and the amazing Susan Mitchell on viola – at Mehanata 9:30 PM

9/12 reggae legends Israel Vibration – now a duo – at B.B. King’s

9/12 the final night of the Brooklyn Country Music Festival at Southpaw starting at 8 has the Roulette Sisters, Brooklyn Jugs, Kristin Andreassen, Dock Oscar, Alex Battles and the Flanks.

9/14, 6:30 PM innovative, haunting Iranian-Jewish siren Galeet Dardashti plays the cd release show for her new one The Naming at le Poisson Rouge, $12 adv tix rec.

9/14-15 the Marc Cary Focus Trio at the Jazz Standard 7:30/9:30 PM. The pianist has a big buzz going among the cognoscenti, highly recommended.

9/14, 8:30/10 PM alto sax monster Jon Irabagon plays the cd release show for his new one Foxy at Cornelia St. Cafe with Barry Altschul on drums Peter Brendler on bass, $10

9/15, 8 PM the Newton Gang – part outlaw country, part careening paisley underground rockers – at 68 Jay St Bar

9/17, 10 PM Kid Congo Powers and the Pink Monkey Birds at the Brooklyn Bowl, $5.

9/18, 8 PM at Merkin Concert Hall Ensembl 212 plays Beethoven: Coriolan Overture; Mohammed Fairouz: Symphony No. 2 (New York premiere); Double Concerto for Violin, Cello & Orchestra, “States of Fantasy” (world premiere) plus members of the Borromeo Quartet (Nicholas Kitchen, violin & Yeesun Kim, violoncello) performing
Beethoven:The Creatures of Prometheus Finale; Mohammed Fairouz: Symphony No. 1 “Symphonic Aphorisms,” $35 tix avail.

9/18, 10 PM popular ska punks King Django play Shrine

9/19 Strings of the Black Sea: a Celebration of Lutes and Fiddles from Bulgaria, Ukraine, Crimea and Turkey, 3 PM at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Rogers Auditorium, $30 at the museum ticket windows

9/21 British folk-rock legends the Strawbs acoustic at BB King’s.

9/22 Anti-Flag at the Bell House, 8 PM, all ages, $15 adv tix highly rec. Gotta love their awareness (“Depleted Uranium Is a War Crime”), wish they didn’t sound sooooo Warped Tour these days…

9/23-26 the Taylor Eigsti Trio with chanteuse Becca Stevens plus special guests Julian Lage (9/23), Gretchen Parlato & Gerald Clayton (9/26z0 doing the cd release show for their new one Daylight at Midnight at the Jazz Standard 7:30/9:30 PM.

9/23 moody indie pop chanteuse Basia Bulat at the Mercury, 9:30 PM $12; also at Littlefield at 9 PM for $12 on 9/24

9/23, 11 PM bluegrass/Americana harmony sirens Those Darlins at Bowery Ballroom $13 adv tix highly rec.

9/24, 9 PM one of the most compelling voices in Americana music, Jan Bell at 68 Jay St Bar.

9/25, 8 PM the Eels at Terminal 5, $27.50 adv tix rec.

9/26, 3 PM at Central Park Summerstage: the Black Sea Roma Festival featuring Mahala Rai Banda, Tecsoi Banda, Selim Sesler & the NY Gypsy All-Stars and the Yuri Yunakov Ensemble.

9/29 the Jazz Passengers with Debbie Harry at the Jazz Standard 7:30/9:30 PM

9/30, 8:30 PM Canta Libre – harp, flute and strings quintet with chamber music of late 19th and early-20th century Paris – at the Atrium at Lincoln Center, free, get there at least a half hour early.

10/2 Missy Mazzoli’s intriguing, hypnotic art-rock band Victoire play the cd release show for their brilliant new one at Joe’s Pub.

10/2, 7:30 PM Clare & the Reasons at the Bell House, $25

10/2, 11 PM first-generation British punk/pop with the Vibrators at the Bell House, $12.

10/5, 8 PM the Master Plan and the Hoodoo Gurus at the Bell House, $15 adv tix rec.

10/7 8 PM Gil Scott-Heron at B.B. King’s

10/10 deviously multistylistic, virtuosic all-female klezmer band Isle of Klezbos at the Eldridge St. Synagogue, 4 PM, $20/$15 stud/srs.

10/12 Indian jazz group Namaskar play the cd release show for their new one at Aaron Davis  Hall uptown.

10/13, 8 PM west coast Americana chanteuse (and Neko Case pal) Carolyn Mark at 68 Jay St Bar

10/14-17: the Apex (Rudresh Mahathappa and Bunky Green) cd release show: Rudresh Mahathappa – alto saxophone; Bunky Green – alto saxophone; Jason Moran – piano; Francois Moutin – bass; Damion Reid – drums at the Jazz Standard 7:30/9:30 PM

10/14 Metropolitan Klezmer, the world’s most stylistically diverse klezmer band – ecstatic experts in film music, latin music, dirges, freilachs, you name it – 8:30 PM at the Atrium at Lincoln Center, free, get there at least a half hour early or get shut out.

10/15 the DKs at Irving Plaza is not the original band – no Jello, which is like the Beatles w/o Lennon

10/16, 8 PM King Kahn & the Shrines at the Bell House, $15.

10/18 the Tamir Hendelman Trio at Dizzy’s Club, 8 PM, $20/10 stud.

10/28 Michael Franti & Spearhead, 9 PM at Terminal 5, $35 adv tix avail.

10/29 NYC third-wave NYC ska legends the Toasters at BB King’s.

11/5, 9 PM the Dandy Warhols at the Bell House, $27 adv tix avail. starting 7/23 at the box office.

11/11 Ian Hunter at Highline Ballroom

11/17 Red Molly at City Winery 8 PM

12/16, 8:30 PM Balthrop Alabama play a Xmas show at the Atrium at Lincoln Center, free, get there at least a half hour early or get shut out. Just letting you know a little ahead of time.

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Song of the Day 7/2/10

Less than a month til our best 666 songs of alltime countdown reaches #1! Friday’s song is #27:

The Rolling Stones – Sister Morphine

As gruesomely as Jagger recounts this deathbed scenario, it’s Keith Richards’ and Ry Cooder’s guitars that make it so macabre. “And in the morning you can wash all those clean white sheets stained red.” From Sticky Fingers, 1972.

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CD Review: The Cat Empire – Cinema

Back in the day they used to call this “good top 40.” Australian sensations the Cat Empire have a very 80s sound, but with values that go back another 20 years. With their anthemic songwriting, catchy chord changes, and high energy, unaffected vocals, they’re huge down under, now in the process of extending their fan base outside the Tropic of Capricorn. Interestingly, their lead instrument is Ollie McGill’s electric piano, incisive and bluesy like Rod Argent during his time with the Zombies. Frontman/percussionist Felix Riebl projects with a hoarse insistence that vividly evokes Peter Gabriel on his first solo albums. Drummer Will Hull-Brown gives the songs a big-room drama while the band’s turntablist Jamshid Khadiwala adds the occasional sample or scratch for a bit of a hip-hop/trip-hop tinge.

The album’s catchy opening track Waiting swings along with Zombies-esque electric piano. Trumpeter Harry Angus brings the hip-hop-inflected Falling up at the end with a big crescendo. The indomitable Feelings Gone sounds like Men at Work if that band had come out in the late 90s: “I think that I’m gonna wake up on your lawn,” announces Riebl, unperturbed. The best song on the album is the slinky, uneasy Only Light, building from a rousing gospel organ intro to a big roaring chorus. The next cut, All Hell pounds along, dark and Beatlesque, with an expansive and absolutely delicious organ solo. 

The Heart Is a Cannibal is the most overtly 80s of all the cuts here. Another standout track, Call Me Home is bouncy, ska-tinged and apprehensive: “Call me home, is there anybody there at all?” Riebl asks. On My Way follows that, reggae-tinged, with a blithe dixieland solo from Angus. Ballads don’t seem to be the band’s strong suit, but that’s not the point of the Cat Empire anyway. They sound like they’d be a lot of fun live (their most recent album, a live recording, went platinum in Australia). The Cat Empire play the Music Hall of Williamsburg on July 31 at 9.

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Concert Review: Mose Allison at Madison Square Park, NYC 6/30/10

What’s the likelihood of seeing someone this good in a public park, for free? This being New York, we take this kind of show for granted. We shouldn’t. Transcending what must have been an awful monitor mix early on, saloon jazz legend Mose Allison, his bassist and drummer ran through a set of both iconic and more obscure songs from throughout the Sage of Tippo, Mississippi’s career. There was a nonchalance in how the band moved methodically from one song to the next, but there was none in the playing: there was an ever-present sense of defiance in the way Allison punched at his chords, with a judicious bite. Maybe he was venting his frustration of having no piano in the monitor, slamming out a brightly aggressive wash of notes early on that sounded like Stravinsky. Although he would probably laugh at that comparison – Allison has always downplayed his brilliance.

But at 82, he remains a formidable link in a chain of classic Americana that goes back to Robert Johnson and before (the trio played a swinging number written by Johnson’s stepson, Robert Jr. Lockwood, featuring a gleaming, elegantly legato piano solo). His encore was a Willie Dixon number, he told the crowd, but one which went back to Sister Rosetta Tharp. Her version is the spiritual Bound for Glory, redone by Dixon and recorded by Little Walter as My Babe, and now turned into My Brain, which Allison said with characteristic sardonic wit “was losing power, twelve hundred neurons every hour.” Which he can get away with saying because it’s so far from reality. Allison’s voice still has the same sly breeziness that’s been his trademark since the 1950s, and while he stuck mostly to a swinging, chordal attack on the keys, his fingers haven’t lost much of anything either.

And as good as the covers were (especially an unusually stark, rainy-day version of You Are My Sunshine, which Allison took care to note was written by former Louisiana Governor Jimmie Davis, and an imperturbable version of Percy Mayfield’s You Can’t Keep a Good Man Down), it was the originals that everybody came to hear and which resonated the most. Your Molecular Structure is just as good a come-on as it was ages ago; the cautionary tale In the City echoed a more dangerous time in New York before gentrification that’s on its way back with a vengeance. Your Mind Is on Vacation struck a nerve: playful as the lyrics are, it might be the first great anti-trendoid anthem. “I’m not disillusioned, but I’m getting there,” he sang wryly on a number from his new, Joe Henry-produced album The Way of the World. And Kidding on the Square is still beyond hip, Allison both mocking and embracing the exuberance of its jazzcat (or faux-jazzcat) vernacular.

There are some other worthwhile jazz shows coming up at Madison Square Park: John Ellis and Double Wide at 6 PM on 7/21, and James Carter’s Organ Trio on 8/4 at 7.

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Song of the Day 7/1/10

Less than a month til our best 666 songs of alltime countdown reaches #1! Thursday’s song is #28:

The Pretenders – Back on the Chain Gang

One of the greatest janglerock songs, a requiem for not one but two of Chrissie Hynde’s bandmates, guitarist James Honeyman Scott and bassist Pete Farndon:

Those were the happiest days of my life
Like a break in the battle was your part
In the wretched life of a lonely heart

A hit single at the end of 1982, it’s on the Learning to Crawl album.

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