NYC Live Music Calendar for November-December 2010
The December-January live calendar is up now, click here.
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:
Saturdays in November, 11/6, 13 and 20, reliably charming oldtimey/Hawaiian harmony band the Moonlighters at the Loving Cup Cafe in Williamsburg with Jim Fryer (Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks, Boardwalk Empire) on horns.
Sundays there’s a klezmer brunch at City Winery, show starts around 11:30 AM – 2 PM, $10 cover, no minimum, lots of good bands.
Sundays from half past noon to 3:30 PM, bluegrass cats Freshly Baked (f.k.a. Graveyard Shift), featuring excellent, incisive fiddle player Diane Stockwell play Nolita House (upstairs over Botanica at 47 E Houston). Free drink with your entree.
Sundays through May of 2011 the series of free organ concerts at 5:15 PM continues most every week (holidays excepted) at St. Thomas Church, 53rd St. and 5th Ave.
Sundays in November steampunk goddess Bliss Blood of the Moonlighters plays with her new project Evanescent feat. Al Street (of Spacemen 3) on guitar at Bruar Falls starting at 8ish along with featured performers including Jamie Scandal, Craig Robertson, J. Walter Hawkes, Al Duvall, Not Waving But Drowning, the Ukemen and Marni Rice. Essentially, this is Small Beast relocated to Williamsburg. Kudos to Bliss for bringing so much coolness to such an unexpected location.
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 Choi Fairbanks String Quartet play a wide repertoire of chamber music from Bach to Shostakovich starting at 7.
Mondays starting a little after 7 PM Howard Williams leads his Jazz Orchestra from the piano at the Garage, 99 7th Ave. S at Grove St. There are also big bands here most every Tuesday 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 in January the Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra play the Brooklyn Bowl at 6 PM, free
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 Tea Lounge in Park Slope at 9 PM trombonist/composer JC Sanford books big band jazz, an exciting, global mix of some of the edgiest large-ensemble sounds around. If you’re anybody in the world of big band jazz and you make it to New York, you end up playing here: what CBGB was to punk, this unlikely spot promises to be to the jazz world. No cover.
Also Mondays in November 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 slinky but boisterous rhythm section, their mix of obscure classics and originals is one of the funnest, most danceable things you’ll witness this year.
Also Mondays in November the Flanks play Pete’s, 9:30 PM. They’re sort of the quintessential Pete’s band, but louder – their virtuosic acoustic rustic Americana rocks this room more than most any band who’s ever played here.
Also Mondays in November 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 songs and is one of the most charismatic, intense live performers of our time. It’s a crazy dance party til past three in the morning. Paula Henderson from Burnt Sugar is the lead soloist on baritone sax, with Dave Smith from Smoota and the Fela pit band on trombone, with frequent special guests.
The second and fourth Tuesday of the month there are free organ concerts at half past noon at Central Synagogue, 652 Lexington Ave @ 55th St. curated by celebrated organ adventurer Gail Archer, a global mix of veteran and up-and-coming talent.
Tuesdays in November Balkan brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party play Barbes at 9. Get here as soon as you can as they’re very popular.
Tuesdays Julia Haltigan plays 11th St. Bar at 10 “for the rest of her life.” A nuanced, cleverly lyrical country/Americana chanteuse with a terrific band behind her and a growing catalog of first-class original songs. See her now before it costs you big bucks at the Beacon.
Tuesdays in November (also 12/7 and 12/14), 10 PM Palomar plays Rock Shop in Gowanus, $10. Tuneful female-fronted powerpop/jangle band who were one of the 90s/early zeros best indie label groups. For a band that doesn’t draw on a trendoid crowd (who don’t have to work for a living and can go out any night they want), a Tuesday residency in a distant part of town like this is tough, plus every show here is a benefit for a cause. Get out and support if you like these folks.
Tuesdays in November the Dred Scott Trio play astonishingly smart, dark piano jazz at the smaller room at the Rockwood at midnight.
Tuesdays in January Johnny Winter plays B.B. King’s
Wednesdays at 9 PM Feral Foster’s Roots & Ruckus takes over the Jalopy, a reliably excellent weekly mix of oldtimey acts: blues, bluegrass, country and swing.
Every Thursday the Michael Arenella Quartet play 1920s hot jazz 8-11 PM at Nios, 130 W 46th St.
Every Friday in November 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 Bulgarian sax powerhouse Yuri Yukanov and the Grand Masters of Gypsy Music, 10 PM, $10.
11/3 sharp, smoky, literate, Aimee Mann-inflected chamber rockers Elizabeth & the Catapult at Joe’s Pub
11/3 Kent Tritle conducts the MSM Symphony and Symphonic Chorus in Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, 7:30 PM at Manhattan School of Music, $10.
11/3-7 Christian McBride & Inside Straight: Steve Wilson – saxophones; Warren Wolf – vibraphone; Christian Sands – piano; Christian McBride – bass; Carl Allen – drums at the Jazz Standard sets, 7:30/9:30 PM, $25
11/3 torchy chanteuse Sari Schorr at Southpaw 8:30 PM with Liberty DeVito from Billy Joel’s band (good player, actually) on drums
11/3, 9 PM, haunting, mesmerizing, intense improvisational somewhat noir rock siren Katie Elevitch at Banjo Jim’s.
11/4, 6 PM a screening of Fred Zara’s new documentary film Average Community about Italian-American kids in decaying NJ cities in the punk and hardcore scenes, at the John D. Calandra Italian-American Institute, 25 W 43rd St. (5th/6th Ave.).
11/4 Missy Mazzoli’s hypnotic, atmospheric,haunting art-rock ensemble Victoire at Smack Mellon Gallery in Dumbo, free.
11/4, 7 PM long-running retro 60s R&B revivalists the Brilliant Mistakes at the big room at the Rockwood
11/4, 8 PM intense yet emotionally diverse piano powerhouse Karine Poghosyan plays DeFalla, Komitas and Stravinsky at the Church of the Ascension, 221 W 107th St., 8 PM, $10 sugg don
11/4 celebrated Brazilian pianist Marcelo Bratke and Camerata Brasil play a Villa-Lobos retrospective at Carnegie Hall, 8 PM, $30 includes free cd/dvd box set.
11/4 tuneful, intense, smart powerpop from the Brooklyn What’s John-Severin & the Quiet 1s at Union Hall, 8 PM
11/4, 8 PM, an amazing Middle Eastern-flavored triplebill: vintage Egyptian film music revivalists Zikrayat, rockers Raquy & the Cavemen and then hypnotic groove/trance band Copal playing the cd release for their new one at Drom, $15 adv tix highly rec.
11/4 bluegrass band Hot Rize play their first NYC show in ten years at B.B. King’s, 9 PM, $25 adv tix rec.
11/4, 9 PM DIY rock legend R. Stevie Moore followed by the equally legendary Brute Force playing the cd release show for the reissue of his 1967 debut album (also including bonus tracks including the legendary banned single The King of Fuh, produced by George Harrison), at Secret Project Robot, 210 Kent Ave. (corner of River St., enter through the loading dock), Williamsburg. Does this mean that the bedhead-and-trust-fund set has discovered these guys and thinks they’re kitschy?
11/4, 9 PM Evanescent (the Moonlighters’ Bliss Blood’s new project with Al Street of Spacemen 3) at Castello Plan, 1213 Cortelyou Rd. (Argyle/Westminster) in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn, 2 1/2 blocks from the B/Q train. They’re also here on 11/18.
11/4, 10 PM the Black Angels – who absolutely ripped up the Orensanz Center a month ago – at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, $20
11/4 we don’t usually list nights like this but there’s free whiskey upstairs at the Delancey from 10 to 11 while they screen vintage chicha footage (the club seems to want to start a night dedicated to metal cumbia, skaragga and rock en Espanol). Cool, huh?
11/4, 11 PM Vic Ruggiero, soulful frontman of the Slackers in a semi-rare solo show at Desmond’s
11/5, 7 PM the comedic, virtuosic Erin & Her Cello at the small room at the Rockwood
11/5, 8 PM at Dave Liebman and Randy Brecker with the Manhattan School of Music Jazz Philharmonic Orchestra performing John Coltrane’s “Meditations Suite” arranged by Gunnar Mossblad at Manhattan School of Music, 120 Claremont Avenue (Broadway and 122nd St).$10 adults; $5 srs/stud.
11/5, 9 PM the Dandy Warhols at the Bell House are SOLD OUT. Good for them.
11/5, 9 PM it’s soul/funk night with Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds followed by the Pimps of Joytime at Highline Ballroom, $10 adv tix rec.
11/5, 9 PM sprawling oldtime country crew M Shanghai String Band at the Jalopy, $10
11/5 zydeco and Texas honkytonk with the Doc Marshalls at Hill Country, 9:30 PM.
11/5, 10 PM all-female Japanese-American punk/popsters the Hard Nips followed by the ageless, hilariously potent punk of the Live Ones at Matchless in Williamsburg
11/5, 11 PM Exit Clov at the big room at the Rockwood.
11/6 Serial Underground (Jed Distler, Celia Cooke, Kathleen Supove) plus the cd release for the new one Reflections by the wonderful violinist Ana Milosavljevic at the Cornelia St. Cafe, 6 PM, $10
11/6 jazz pianist Vijay Iyer solo at Flushing Town Hall, free, 7 PM, early arrival highly advised.
11/6 the monthly ska/punk show at the Knitting Factory is a good one starting at 8 with Across the Aisle,the Drastics, the King Django Septet and Big D & the Kids’ Table, $12 adv tix rec.
11/6, 8 PM Adela y Lupita at Barbes – violin/guitar/vocals in the classic Mexican tradition of Las Hermanas Huertas or Lena y Lola
11/6, 8 PM Adrienne Cooper plays the cd release show for her new Yiddish song cd at Drom with an all-star band: Marilyn Lerner (piano) Mike Winograd (clarinet), Benjy Fox-Rosen (bass), Avi Fox-Rosen (guitar), Patrick Farrell, (accordion), Chris Berry (drums), Jon Singer (marimba), Ben Holmes (trumpet), and Sarah Mina Gordon (back-up vocals), $15 adv tix rec.
11/6 Ameranouche play gypsy jazz at 68 Jay St. Bar, 8 PM.
11/6 a doublebill at the Parkside starting at 8 with – gasp – two jangly bands influenced by middle-period REM who actually don’t suck, the louder Cementhead followed by the janglier Electric Engine at 9
11/6 surf music night at Otto’s has been moved to the Delancey in the wake of the fire: for a cheap $5 cover you can see the amazingly multistylistic Tarantinos NYC at 9, the ferociously macabre Coffin Daggers at 11 and the equally intense El Muchacho at midnight.
11/6, 9 PM: Jay Banerjee & the Heartthrobs’ album (cd and vinyl!!) release show at Crash Mansion. Not only is Banerjee the best rock promoter in town (his Hipster Demolition Nights will be legendary someday), he’s also a first-class powerpop/janglerock songwriter with a Byrds fixation. Which is a very good thing. This typically first-class quadruple bill begins at 9 with the Neutron Drivers followed by the Naturals at 10, the Hotcakes at 11 and then Banerjee and his band at midnight
11/6 the most eclectic and entertaining klezmer revivalists on the planet, Metropolitan Klezmer at the Brooklyn Museum, free, 9 PM.
11/6 Transylvanian jazz with Lucian Ban, piano; Mat Maneri, viola; Bruce Williams, alto sax, flute; Gerald Cleaver, drums; Bob Stewart, tuba at the Cornelia St. Cafe 9/10:30 PM, $15
11/6 Dance and Music Performance – Raqs Arabi: Karim Nagi and the Arab Dance Seminar at Alwan for the Arts, 9 PM, $20.
11/6 gypsy punks Bad Buka at Mehanata, 9:30 PM
11/6, 9:30 PM clever, sometimes funny experimental pop duo Goli – marimba/cello/vocals – at Caffe Vivaldi, 9:30 PM.
11/6 playful satirical songwriter Danielle Ate the Sandwich at Littlefield, 9:30 PM, $10, all ages
11/6, 11 PM the Subway Surfers – instrumental rockers who are more subway than surf – at Lakeside.
11/6 soaring, ethereal, anthemic, socially aware art-rock band My Pet Dragon play 11 PM at the Cameo Gallery. Their Saturday residency here last winter was intense.
11/6, 1 AM (wee hours of 11/7, actually) Streams of Whiskey at Arlene’s playing Pogues classics.
11/7 violin/cello duo the Tiger Lilies play western and Indian classical music at Caffe Vivaldi, 6 PM
11/7 at Bruar Falls the Moonlighters’ Bliss Blood’s edgy ukelele night starting at 8 featuring Jamie Scandal, Evanescent (Bliss Blood & Al Street) and ambitiously noirish gypsy punk/cabaret band Not Waving But Drowning.
11/7, 8 PM low-register (tuba/baritone guitar/baritone sax/bass) vintage Cuban revivalists who play excellent originals in the same vein, Gato Loco at Bowery Poetry Club.
11/7, 8 PM bluegrass legend Dr. Ralph Stanley at B.B. King’s, $29.50 adv tix highly rec.
11/7 and 11/14 violinist to the stars, Susan Mitchell at Caravan of Dreams (the vegetarian place that doesn’t believe in salt or spices) on E 6th St., just east of Sidewalk, 8 PM.
11/7, 8 PM Swiss chanteuse Tatiana Fleischmann sings world-weary, haunting French and Russian songs at the Jalopy, $10
11/7 Spiros Soukis plays innovative Greek-tinged electric blues at Lucille’s, 8 PM
11/7 Memphis groove band and Booker T. soundalikes the City Champs at Rose Bar.
11/7, 9 PM powerpop guitar god Pete Galub plus band at Banjo Jim’s
11/7 cutting-edge trombonist Josh Roseman with Peter Apfelbaum on organ and bass plus Dave Treut on drums and special guests at Zebulon, 9:30ish.
11/8 haunting, eclectic Syrian-American chanteuse Gaida opens for Natacha Atlas – who’s reinvented herself as a Fairouz-class chanteuse, playing stuff from her amazing new cd Mounqaliba – at le Poisson Rouge, 7 PM.
11/8, 7:30 PM the Borromeo Quartet playsWebern: Quartet in E flat major for String Quartet, Langsamer Satz; Bartok, String Quartet #6; Beethoven, String Quartet Op. 95, “Serioso,” free at Advent Lutheran/ Broadway United Church, NE corner of Broadway/93rd St.
11/8 the reliably inspired, innovative Sospiro Winds play quintets by Ravel, Haas, Barber, and Villa-Lobos (a composer whose work they really excel at) at CUNY’s Elebash Hall, 365 Fifth Avenue (34th/35th), 8 PM.
11/8 the Pete McGuinness Jazz Orchestra at Tea Lounge in Park Slope, 9 PM
11/8 the “weirdo country sounds” of the Jack Grace Band at the Ear Inn at midnight.
11/9 6:30 PM pianist Marilyn Nonken plays new and iconic avant garde material: Miguel Chuaqui: Blues en el Corazon and Frederic Rzewski/Ethan Iverson: The People United Will Never Be Defeated! at le Poisson Rouge, $20
11/9 underground Manhattan songwriting legend Willie Nile 7 PM at Joe’s Pub, full band show, $25.
11/9, 8 PM at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall classical guitar luminary Benjamin Verdery plus students playing world premieres and works by nine Yale composers: Martin Bresnick; Aaron Jay Kernis; Ezra Laderman; David Lang; Ingram Marshall; Jack Vees; Kathryn Alexander; Samuel Adams, $15 tix avail.
11/9, 8 PM Eyal Maoz plays his dark Middle Eastern surf/jazz guitar instrumentals at Goodbye Blue Monday
11/9 authentically oldschool LES punk/folk acoustic rocker Donna Susan at Banjo Jim’s, 8 PM
11/9-10 bassist Kyle Eastwood (Clint’s kid – he’s actually good, like his dad) and band at the Blue Note, 8:30/10 PM.
11/9, 11 PM torchy jazz/soul pianist/singer Abby Payne at the small room at the Rockwood
11/9 haunting gothic Americana with Whispering Tree at R Bar, 11 PM.
11/10, 6 (six) PM jazz violinist Zach Brock & the Magic Number at the small room at the Rockwood
11/10, 8 PM Americana chanteuse Stephanie Finch followed by her longtime bandmate/mentor, guitar monster Chuck Prophet – one of the few players in the world who can solo for ten minutes straight and leave you wanting more – at Union Hall, $12.
11/10, 8 PM Carmen Staaf (piano, accordion) Kendall Eddy (acoustic bass) Austin McMahon (drums) at the Stone, $10; she does a duo show with bass legend Henry Grimes there at 10 for a $20 separate admission
11/10, 8ish at Littlefield the eclectic reed player Anat Cohen leads her Quintet. All ages: over 21 $14 (+$6 drink min.), under 21: $10 (+$3 drink min.).
11/10, 9ish hypnotic, intense noise-rock band Adult Themes – who mix swoopy organ with fuzz bass, screaming guitar and surprisingly interesting drums – at Coco 66
11/10 Deer Tick at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, 9 PM, $17 adv tix. rec. at the Mercury box office.
11/10, 9:30 PM a “75th birthday celebration for Arvo Part and Giya Kancheli” with music of Part, Kancheli and Bach performed by Andrei Pushkarev, vibraphone and Andrius Zlabys, piano at le Poisson Rouge free w/rsvp
11/10 oldschool country satirists/revivalists Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co. at Rodeo Bar 10:30 PM
11/10 grasscore pioneers Slim Cessna’s Auto Club at the Mercury, as wild and intense as ever, 10:30 PM, $10.
11/11, 7:30 PM Paul Rosenthal, violin and Kazuko Hayami, piano play sonatas by Bach, Taneyev and Beethoven at the marvelous Gilded Age confines of the Fabbri Library, 7 E 95th St.
11/11, 9 PM Hipster Demolition Night at Public Assembly: this one’s a powerpop-flavored extravaganza with the Jupiter Deluxe at 9, the punk/pop blaze of True Love at 10 and NYC’s best rock promoter, Jay Banerjee & the Heartthrobs doing their deliciously jangly, Byrds-tinged stuff at 11.
11/11-13, 8:30 PM it’s the Vital Vox fest of avant-garde vocal music at Issue Project Room, 8:30 PM, $10. The 11/11 program includes Inner Chapters performed by Jen Shyu; Songs for Double Bass and Voice by the Dirty Projectors’ Nat Baldwin; River of Painted Birds by Sabrina Lastman; and The Art of the Diff by Chris Mann.
11/11 Patti Smith and Lenny Kaye at Southpaw – benefit for FortnightJournal.com
11/11, 8 PM dark, gritty rock legend Ian Hunter at Highline Ballroom, adv tix $27 rec.
11/11-12, 8 PM Trio Vela (Olga Vinokur, piano; Asmira Woodward Page, violin; Amy Barston, cello) play trios by Lera Auerbach, Victoria Bond, Lili Boulanger, Germaine Tailleferre, and Joan Tower at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud.
11/11 the diversely bluesy, captivating Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds’ cd release show at Sullivan Hall, 8 PM.
11/11, 8:30 PM and 11/13-14 8 PM the Cypress String Quartet in their NYC debut at the Tenri Cultural Institute, 43A W 13th St., releasing their last cd of the late Beethoven quartets in 2011.
11/11 theatrical, reliably amusing cabaret/folk duo the Reformed Whores at Pete’s, 10 PM
11/11, 9 PM the incomparable, lyrical, eclectic noir/cabaret/punk/country Rachelle Garniez followed by the equally intense and much louder Veveritse Brass Band at 10:30 at the Jalopy, $10
11/11 ferociously literate somewhat noir ukelele siren Kelli Rae Powell with band at Hill Country, 9 PM followed by country comedienne Lindy Loo at 10 and then the Michaela Ann Band at 11
11/11, 9 PM literate southwestern gothic rocker Tom Shaner at Lakeside
11/11 9 PM Toots & the Maytals at the Brooklyn Bowl $26 adv tix rec.
11/11, 9 PM tuneful keyboard-driven indie pop band the Secret History at Rock Shop, $14
11/11, 9 PM powerpop bandleader Mikal Evans at the small room at the Rockwood
11/11, 10 PM Nation Beat frontwoman Liliana Araujo’s Forro de Madame project at Barbes
11/11 noir retro rock menace with the Reid Paley Trio at Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM
11/12 the Orchestra of St. Luke’s plays an all-Faure program at St. Thomas Church including the iconic Requiem along with the Cantique de Jean Racine.
11/12, 8 PM new music pioneer (vocals/cello/keys) Audrey Chen at the Stone, $10
11/12, 9:30 PM funny, politically-fueled punk rocker Paranoid Larry & His Imaginary Band downstairs at the Delancey, $5
11/12, 8 PM oldtimey stars the Asylum Street Spankers play their farewell NYC show – for real – at Highline Ballroom, $25 adv tix rec.
11/12, 8 PM literate funk/soul songwriter Chocolate Genius with his band at the Bell House, $15.
11/12 and again on 11/19 purist expat Chicago blues guitarist Irving Louis Lattin at Lucille’s, 8 PM
11/12 edgy acoustic songwriter Jessi Robertson plays her birthday show at Bar 4, 8 PM.
11/12 plaintive, literate, amusing 6/8 songwriter (she loves that time signature and is very good at it) Elisa Flynn at the Loving Cup Cafe in Williamsburg, 8:30 PM
11/12, 8:30 PM the Ghazal Ensemble feat. Kayhan Kalhor and Shujaat Hussain Khan at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, $38 tix avail.
11/12-13 “steampunk big band” Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society at the Jazz Gallery, 9 PM, $20.
11/12 Man or Astroman – the original band – at Bowery Ballroom, 9 PM, $15. They’re also at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on 11/13 for the same price, adv tix available at the Mercury.
11/12-13, 11 PM dark Syd Barrett/Stooges-inflected nuevo garage rockers Obits at the Knitting Factory, $13 adv tix rec.
11/13, 7:15 PM rustic, psychedelic, gypsyish minor-key harmonica-driven two-guitar jam band Hazmat Modine at Terra Blues
11/13, 7:30 PM Ehud Asherie – who’s got a killer new B3 groove record out – plays solo piano at Smalls
11/13 this month’s edition of the Brooklyn County Fair at the Jalopy starts at 8 with free beer for an hour with $10 admission. Music starts at 8 with Savannah Sky, Blue Harvest, the brilliantly dark, psychedelic, paisley underground/outlaw country Newton Gang at 10, the equally eclectic honkytonk/Texas zydeco band the Doc Marshalls at 11 and the reliably surreal, smartly retro, western swing-tined Sean Kershaw & the New Jack Ramblers at midnight
11/13 soaring, sharply literate, slyly amusing Americana chanteuse Robin Aigner at Barbes with her band, 8:30 PM.
11/13, 8:30 PM the final night of the Vital Vox Fest at Issue Project Room has the Takadimi Duo (Lori Cotler with Glen Velez); Untitled for 2010 by Audrey Chen; Present, Past and Future Sees by Sasha Bogdanowitsch; and Gisburg’s The Rainer Werner Fassbinder Songs performed by Magic Names.
11/13, 9 PM NYC’s most original, exciting blues guitarist, Will Scott – who mines the same dark hypnotic territory as RL Burnside and Junior Kimbrough – at 68 Jay St. Bar
11/13, 9 PM Wind of Anatolia feat. Esat Seyho – vocals; Ismail Siglam – baglama; Fatih M. Bayram – guitar; Ozcan Atav – darbuka, bendir, drums playing classic and obscure folk music from all over Turkey at Alwan for the Arts, $15.
11/13, 9 PM Azizah & the Tribal Council play roots reggae at Shrine
11/13 fiery, virtuosic gypsy punk band Kagero at Mehanata, 9:30 PM.
11/13, 10 PM AwShockKiss play Sidewalk – fiery tuneful female-fronted anthemic rock with an 80s vibe that’s not cheesy. They played one of the year’s best triple bills earlier in the year with a couple of Canadian bands, if you can believe that.
11/13, 10:15ish punk/surf/soul/rockabilly rock guitar genius Simon & the Bar Sinisters at Lakeside
11/13, 11 PM hip-hop/trance/funk with Thousands of One at Shrine
11/14, 3 PM the Greenwich Village Orchestra play Bruch – Violin Concerto no. 1 in G Minor, with special guest 12-year-old violin sensation Alice Ivy Pemberton (whom we’ve seen, and is the real deal); and Vaughan Williams – Symphony No. 2 “A London Symphony” at Washington Irving HS Auditorium, Irving Pl./17th St., $20 don., a steal.
11/14, 4:45 PM Joel Gregory plays an organ recital at St. Patrick’s Cathedral
11/14 violinist Jennifer Choi and pianist Kathleen Supove play Vijay Iyer, Preston Stahly, Jacob TV and Randall Woolf at the Cell Theatre in Chelsea, email for info.
11/14, 6 PM Kirk Knuffke and Kenny Wollesen play trumpet/drums duos at Downtown Music Gallery
11/14, 7 PM violist Jennifer Stumm at Barbes playing Bach, Britten and Ligeti.
11/14, 7:30 PM, dark all-original rockabilly/surf trio Catspaw at the Delancey, downstairs, free (note new venue).
11/14 at Bruar Falls the Moonlighters‘ Bliss Blood’s edgy ukelele night starting at 8 featuring Boston’s clever Craig Robertson, haunting Piaf scholar/accordionist/chanteuse Marni Rice, the hilarious master of oldtime banjo innuendo songs, Al Duvall and Evanescent (Bliss Blood & Al Street)
11/14, 9 PM smart, fiery, politically aware new music chamber orchestra Newspeak play the cd release show for their new one Sweet Light Crude at Littlefield
11/14, 9 PM Nick Cave’s noisy power trio Grinderman at the Nokia Theatre, $37.50.
11/14, 9:30 PM the Randy Weinstein Group plays eclectic original harmonica-driven blues and jazz at the Jalopy, $10
11/14 Dysfunctional Family Jazz Band at Rodeo Bar 10:30 PM
11/15, 7:30 PM the launch party for Meet the Composer Studio feat. previews of new works by Kati Agócs, Marcos Balter, Yu-Hui Chang, Glenn Kotche, Dohee Lee, and Ken Ueno at the 92YTribeca, $15 adv tix rec.
11/15, 8 PM haunting guitar atmospherics with Spooky Ghost at the big room at the Rockwood
11/15, 9ish Semi-Free feat. chanteuse Janine Nichols with guitarist Brandon Ross and Shahzad Ismaily followed by phantasmagorical noir siren Carol Lipnik & Spookarama at 10 and then the equally noir, haunting Sally Norvell at 11 at Small Beast at the Delancey.
11/15, 9 PM the Andrew Rathbun Large Ensemble play the weekly big band jazz extravaganza at Tea Lounge in Park Slope
11/15, 9 PM Americana violinist Hilary Hawke and her band at Banjo Jim’s.
11/16, 6:30 PM at le Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec., the 6th annual reading of In C by Terry Riley: you can never have too much Terry Riley, Nick Hallett, Zach Layton, Kathleen Supove, le Poisson Rouge, or In C in your life…..
11/16, 7 PM star jazz violinist/Americana singer Jenny Scheinman at Barbes.
11/16, 9 PM original alt-country crooner Jesse Lenat at the Jalopy, $10.
11/16, 11 PM trumpeter Ben Syversen’s amazingly intense noiserock/jazz/Balkan project Cracked Vessel at Korzo in Park Slope/Sunset Park; also at University of the Streets, 130 E 7th St. at 10 PM for $10 on 12/7.
11/17, a murderously good trio show: Jeff “Tain” Watts (drums) Henry Grimes (bass, violin) Scott Robinson (reeds) 8/10 PM at the Stone, $20
11/17 charming, boisterous Americana harmony trio Red Molly at City Winery, 8 PM.
11/17 eclectic percussionist Jaimeo Brown’s Transcendence – Calcutta meets Alabama – w/guitarist Chris Sholar, tenor sax titan JD Allen at Smalls, 8:30 PM
11/17, 8:30 PM pianist Gabriel Kahane plays new commissions from Timo Andres, Andrew Norman, Yotam Haber, Joseph Hallman, Chris Thile, Shara Worden, Paola Prestini, Brett Banducci, and Ted Hearne along with Schumann’s song cycle Dichterliebe at Issue Project Room, $10.
11/17, 9 PM careening, improvisational Balkan monsters Raya Brass Band at Radegast Hall
11/17, 9 PM darkly anthemic Slovakian rockers Para at Drom, 9 PM, $10 adv tix rec.
11/17, 9 PM Uncle Monk (Tommy Ramone’s bluegrass project) at Banjo Jim’s
11/18 the Hot Club of San Francisco play gypsy jazz at the Atrium at Lincoln Center, 7:30 PM arrival advised
11/18, 7:30 PM, “The second concert of this season’s Reflections Series takes us inside the celebrated Parisian salon of famed salonière Winnaretta Singer, heiress to the Singer Sewing Machine fortune. Music to be performed includes works commissioned by her, dedicated to her, or premiered at her salon by Ravel, Fauré, Stravinsky, Debussy, de Falla, Satie and Percy Grainger. Soprano Deborah Selig and pianist Donald Berman will join violinist Gil Morgenstern for this performance,” at WMP Concert Hall, 31 E 28th St., $25.
11/18, 7:30 PM altoist Marc McDonald leads a trio with Jim Ridl on piano and Sim Cain on drums at Miles Cafe
11/18, 8 PM Terry Dame (mastermind of the phenomenally psychedelic Electric Junkyard Gamelan) at Barbes playing new works on newly created instruments along with fellow instrument inventor Ken Butler and bassoonist Sara Schoenbeck.
11/18, 8 PM cutting-edge electroacoustic new music ensemble Nextworks (with violinist Cornelius Duffalo and vocalist Joan La Barbara) plays the release show for their latest CD, NxW Live, Vol. 1, with works by Jon Gibson, Leroy Jenkins, and Arthur Russell, and a little-known score by Edgard Varèse at Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow Street (between Bedford St. & 7th Ave. S), $15
11/18, 8 PM torchy, bluesy, no-nonsense piano chanteuse Jeanne Marie Boes at Bar 4 in Brooklyn.
11/18 sultry, smart oldtimey blues/Americana siren Mamie Minch at 9 followed at 10:30 by the utterly unique acoustic gypsy punk Gomorran Aid & Social Pleasure Club at the Jalopy, $10
11/18, 9/10:30 PM up-and-coming soul/jazz reed star Tia Fuller leads her Quintet at the Jazz Gallery, first set $15, second $10.
11/18, 9ish, members of Antibalas, Pimps of Joytime, Zongo Junction, Meta and the Cornerstones, Easy Star All-Stars and Akoya Afrobeat Ensemble play a Gregory Isaacs tribute at Rose Bar in Williamsburg, $5 sugg don.
11/18, 10 PM the electric NY Gypsy All-Stars feat. sensational clarinetist Ismail Lumanovski at Drom, adv tix $10 very highly rec.
11/18 hilarious metal parody band Mighty High at Lit, 10:30 PM – last time they played a Manhattan gig the cops shut them down after 4 songs.
11/19, time TBA, the Amina Claudine Myers/Reggie Nichols Duo and the Wadada Leo Smith Silver Orchestra at Community Church of New York, 40 East 35th Street, $30/$15 srs/stud.
11/19 at Symphony Space, 7 PM (and at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on 11/20, 7 PM) the NY Phil’s CONTACT series features Alan Gilbert conducting the world premiere of a new work by Magnus Lindberg (a New York Philharmonic commission), and Gerard Grisey’s Quatre Chants Pour Franchir le Seuil, featuring soprano Barbara Hannigan at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, $20 adv tix highly rec., this will sell out.
11/19, 7:30 PM, amusing, virtuosic oldtimey hokum blues and hillbilly tunes with the Second Fiddles at Hill Country.
11/19, 8 PM soulful twangy country-rock with the Karen Hudson River Band feat. special guest Deb O’Nair of garage rock legends the Fuzztones at Banjo Jim’s at 7 followed eventually at 9 by Austin noir cabaret cello/accordion duo Just Desserts.
11/19, 8 PM Gyan Riley (Terry’s talented guitarist kid) at Barbes.
11/19 a very cool diverse bill at Trash starting at 8 PM with energetic, noisy indie duo Eleanor, the Highway Gimps – the Jesus & Mary Chain meets My Bloody Valentine – Suzanne Beale, then the Shirts (Annie Golden’s new wave legends?) and then at 11 the fiery, hilarious, brilliantly punk/soul inspired anti-gentrification rockers the Brooklyn What, absurdly cheap at $7.
11/19, 9 PM the Highway Gimps – the missing link between My Bloody Valentine and Motorhead – at Tommy’s Tavern in Greenpoint
11/19 legendary late 70s postpunk/dance/trance synth experimentalists Crash Course in Science at Issue Project Room, $10, 9 PM
11/19 bassist Linda Oh leads a trio with Ambrose Akinmusire on trumpet and Nasheet Waits on drums at the Jaz Gallery, 9/10:30 PM, $20.
11/19, 9:30 PM noir garage/Americana siren Lorraine Leckie & Her Demons at the Postcrypt.
11/19, 10:30ish noirish, Patti Smith-inspired siren Katie Elevitch at Banjo Jim’s playing a full band show and promising “improv, experiments, new songs, 1 AM police activity?”
11/19 surf music classics and obscuities with the Boss Guitars at Lakeside, 11 PM.
11/20, 1 PM a free concert at Bargemusic, early arrival advised, piano or string quartet most likely.
11/20, 3 PM Antisociales (Puerto Rican power-pop), Un Final Fatal (hardcore punk from Puerto Rico), Philly punk band Stockpile at ABC No Rio
11/20, 7 PM NYC noir rock legend LJ Murphy at Banjo Jim’s.
11/20, 8 PM the reliably amusing Erin & Her Cello at the big room at the Rockwood
11/20, 8 PM the hilarious, lyrically charged, philosophically inclined, sultry cello/guitar trio the Debutante Hour at Barbes
11/20, 8 PM, classical vocal quartet NY Polyphony sing a program titled Giants of the Flemish Renaissance at Church of St. Mary the Virgin, 145 W 4th St., $35 tix avail.
11/20 sly acoustic Americana jam band Tall Tall Trees at the Mercury, 8:30 PM, $10
11/20, 9 PM artsy, counterintuitive, lyrically potent, gorgeously melodic 90s style Britrock with Special Patrol Group at Arlene’s
11/20, 9 PM Irish-American punk/literate rock legends Black 47 at Connolly’s; they’re also here on 12/11
11/20, 9 PM an oldschool soul/funk summit: Charles Bradley & the Menahan Street Band followed by Lee Fields & the Expressions at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, $17 adv tix rec.
11/20, 9 PM a female-fronted, more newschool funk doublebill at BAM Cafe with the latin flavored Dawn Drake & ZapOte and Shelley Nicole’s blaKbüshe.
11/20 arguably the most ecstatically fun live band in NYC, “turbo tropical cumbia tangomuffins (?)” Escarioka at Mehanata, 9:30 PM.
11/20 dusky,hypnotoic, hauntingly psychedelic southwestern gothic rocker James Apollo at Sycamore Bar in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn, 10 PM, $10
11/20, 10 PM Lenny Molotov – the American Richard Thompson, with his rustic, bluesy songs, virtuosic guitar chops and fiery lyrics – at the Parkside
11/20 the bubonically, chronically psychedelic Giant Panda Guerrilla Dub Squad at the Mercury, 10:30 PM, separate admission, $12.
11/20 Spanking Charlene plays their frontwoman Charlene McPherson’s birthday bash at Lakeside, 11 PM. The edgy punk/Americana rockers promise special treats and surprises: you might get to spank Charlene (dangerous idea: she’s not somebody you would want to hit), or she might spank you…
11/20, 11 PM psychedelic, sweepingly anthemic, socially aware art-rockers My Pet Dragon at the small room at the Rockwood
11/21, 3 PM the Third Street Philharmonia Orchestra under guest conductor Leslie B. Dunner with soloists Raul Jaurena, bandoneon, Nadav Lev, guitar, and Marguerite Krull, soprano are performing De Falla’s “El Amor Brujo”, Arriaga’s “Los Esclavos Felices,” and Piazolla’s double concerto for guitar and bandoneon.at St. Mark’s Church at 2nd Ave. and 10th St.
11/21 “The belly dance event of the year” feat. Layla Isis, Azza, Laura, Sherine, Marayah, Yowalka and Jaidabacked by the incomparable Zikrayat playing Mohammed Abdel Wahab classics at Galapagos, 7 PM, $15 adv tix very highly rec.
11/21, 7:15 PM amusing, sharply lyrical, satirical torch song/Americana trio the Debutante Hour at the Mercury, $10
11/21 at Bruar Falls the Moonlighters’ Bliss Blood’s edgy ukelele night starting at 8 with the delightfully named Sonic Uke, the satirical Ukemen, Jamie Scandal, Evanescent (Bliss Blood & Al Street with Jim Fryer on horns) and rockers Tom Clark and Craig Chesler (of Clark’s High Action Boys)
11/21 the JC Hopkins Big Band open for Mose Allison at City Winery, 8 PM, $30 tix avail.
11/21 pianist Bobby Avey’s cd release show for his brilliant new one A New Face at the Cornelia St. Cafe, shows 8:45/10 PM, $10.
11/21 a stunning program of original Azeri music with jazz, Arabic and avant garde tinges: the cd release show for the latest one by violinist Sabina Rakcheyeva (the first Azeri to graduate from Juilliard) and her Ensemble, featuring Kinan Azmeh at Alwan for the Arts, 8 PM, $20
11/21 hilarious cowpunk band Uncle Leon & the Alibis at Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM.
11/22, 8 PM Aimee Mann at the Music Hall of Williamsburg – worth checking to see if there are any scalpers who haven’t been able to unload their $35 tix
11/22 the Marc Cary Focus Trio at the Blue Note, sets 8/10:30 PM, $10 seating avail. Ridiculously cheap way to see the intense, brooding, brilliantly eclectic and melodic jazz pianist in a sonically superb setting.
11/22 west coast gypsy punk/brass hellraisers the Gomorrans at Banjo Jim’s, 8 PM
11/22, 9 PM the lush, surprising, eclectic David Schumacher Jazz Orchestra at Tea Lounge in Park Slope
11/22, 8 PM noir Americana siren/songwriter Jessie Kilguss at Goodbye Blue Monday
11/22 charming oldtimey swing/Americana with Daria Grace and the Pre-War Ponies at Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM.
11/22, midnight, Stringbean & the Stalkers play oldschool Chicago blues harp jams at the Ear Inn.
11/23-28 the Maria Schneider Orchestra at the Jazz Standard, sets 7:30/9:30 PM, $35.
11/23, 7:30 PM the phenomenal, intense, Balkan-tinged two-clarinet-and-piano Grneta Duo+ with Vasko Dukovski and Ismail Lumanovski on reeds plus star pianist Alexandra Joan at WMP Concert Hall, 31 E 28th St., $25
11/23 Darker My Love 8 PMish at Webster Hall.
11/23, 8 PM, free, the Mannes Orchestra in a performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4, Isaac Selya conducting; and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5, Taeyoung Lee conducting at Symphony Space, early arrival encouraged
11/23-26 old-fashioned toe-tapping music with the Ken Peplowski/Bucky Pizzarelli quartet at Dizzy’s Club, 8/10 PM, $30 tix avail (11/25 be aware that there’s a prix-fixe Thxgiving dinner requirement as well).
11/23 fascinating, noirish vibraphonist Tom Beckham leads his jazz group at the Cornelia St. Cafe, 8:30 PM
11/23-25 lyrical Jamaican jazz piano legend Monty Alexander leads a quintet at Birdland, sets 8:30/11, $30 seats avail.
11/23, 9 PM Balkan trumpeter Ben Syversen’s Cracked Vessel – whose noisy, rumbling new album is deliciously intense – at Cafe Orwell, 247 Varet St, Bushwick
11/23, 9:30 PM PUBLIQuartet play Bach Cello Suites arranged for bassoon, Mozart Flute Quartet, arranged for bassoon by Rebekah Heller along with the Britten String Quartet No. 2 at Caffe Vivaldi.
11/23, 10 PM, 90s style melodic Britrock with the Royal Chains at Union Hall.
11/24, 6:30 PM Madalyn Parnas, violin; Cicely Parnas, cello; Yaron Kohlberg, piano play music of Martinu, Hindemith, Lutoslawski, Janácek and Shostakovich at le Poisson Rouge, $15.
11/24, 7:30 PM the Jared Gold organ quintet play Jimmy Smith style grooves at Miles Cafe in midtown
11/24, 8 PM paradigm-shifting pan-Asian avant garde siren Jen Shyu at Barbes, $10, early arrival advised, this will sell out quickly. You want fearless? There’s nobody more fearless on the mic than she is.
11/24 electric blues guitar star Bobby Radcliff, 8 PM at P&G Bar on the upper west
11/24, 9 PM a Guinness-fueled Irish dance party with Shilelagh Law at Connolly’s.
11/24, 9:30 PM anthemic, hypnotic, socially aware Radiohead-influenced art-rockers My Pet Dragon at the big room at the Rockwood.
11/25 hot 20s jazz with the Blues Vipers of Brooklyn, 7:30 PM at the Atrium at Lincoln Center
11/25 bassist Omer Avital leads a combo featuring latin jazz pianist Jason Lindner at Smalls, 9:30 PM
11/26 a good Americana roots doublebill at Hill Country with the oldschool country of the Jack Grace Band at 7:30 followed by the swampy Chicago harmonica blues of BBQ Bob & the Spareribs at 9:30
11/26 tuneful, ferociously lyrical powerpop siren Patti Rothberg at Caffe Vivaldi, 9:30 PM.
11/27, 8 PM Czech-American choral group Kackala at Barbes: “Hilary Binder as Backdoor Bobbi; Eva Kubesová as Luscious Lucille; Katerina Kubesová as Pretty Pink Pussy; Stacey Rubin as Ruby Royale and Lexa Walsh as Black Belt Betty”
11/27, 9 PM haunting but sometimes playfully fun acoustic Nashville gothic band Bobtown at 68 Jay St. Bar.
11/27, 9/10:30 PM wry, clever jazz trumpeter John McNeil’s Urban Legend at the Cornelia St. Cafe
11/27 charming, innuendo-driven French chanson revivalists les Chauds Lapins at Pete’s, 10 PM
11/27, 11 PM sprawling funk orchestra Turkuaz at the big room at the Rockwood, $7
11/27 ecstatic, charismatic oldschool Memphis soul revivalists the One and Nines at midnight at Maxwell’s, $8
11/27 oldschool soul duo Dwight & Nicole’s cd release show at the Blue Note, half past midnight, $15. Dwight Ritcher’s purist Steve Cropper guitar and Nicole Nelson’s breathy yet unselfconscious intensity create the kind of ambience you rarely see these days, perfect for a wee hours show like this.
11/28, 3 PM The Queen’s Chamber Trio (Robert Zubrycki, violin; Peter Seidenberg, cello; Elaine Comparone, harpsichord) continues their popular Haydn cycle at St. Marks Church (2nd Ave/10th St.), $25/$12.50 stud/srs/musicians half price.
11/29 nouveau Indian brass band Red Baraat at the Atrium at Lincoln Center, 6 PM arrival advised
11/29, 6:30 PM the Claremont Trio play Beethoven, Ravel, Piazzolla, and New York premieres by Nico Muhly and Donald Crockett at le Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec. At 10 (separate admission), there’s a benefit for our pals over at Search and Restore featuring a “Night of Round Robin Improvised Duets” w/ Ben Allison (bass) , Steven Bernstein (trumpet) , Ralph Alessi (trumpet) , Jason Lindner (keys) , Tim Lefebvre (bass) , Reid Anderson (bass) , Dan Weiss (drums) , Mark Guiliana (drums) , Roswell Rudd (trombone) , Matt Wilson (drums) , Avishai Cohen (trumpet) and Theo Bleckmann (voice), $30 to a good cause and a good website.
11/29, 9 PM the Middle Eastern/klezmer tinged Idan Santhaus Big Band at Tea Lounge in Park Slope.
11/30, 6:30 PM Anthony de Mare plays Frederic Rzewski, Jerome Kitzke, Laurie Anderson and Derek Bermel, lyrics by Allen Ginsburg and Oscar Wilde
11/30-12/1 the Peter Bernstein Quartet: Peter Bernstein – guitar; Mike LeDonne – piano; John Webber – bass; Joe Farnsworth – drums at the Jazz Standard, sets 7:30/9:30 PM, $20.
11/30 proto-hip-hop lyrical soul/funk legend Gil Scott-Heron at SOB’s, 8 PM, adv tix $30 highly rec.
11/30, 9 PM the original steampunk songwriter, Dan Hicks at City Winery, $28 tix avail.
11/30 Yahoos drummer Terry Anderson’s hilarious, smart Americana rock band OAKTeam (a.k.a. the Olympic Ass Kicking Team) at Lakeside, 10 PM
11/30, 10 PM third-wave garage rock with the Greenhornes at Bowery Ballroom, $15.
12/1, 4 PM at Galapagos composer Lisa Bielawa celebrates the releases of two new albums – Chance Encounter and In medias res. “The performance will feature music from both albums including selections from Bielawa’s Double Violin Concerto for violinist/vocalist Carla Kihlstedt and violinist Colin Jacobsen and from Chance Encounter for soprano Susan Narucki and the Knights, as well as Bielawa’s Synopses solo pieces for Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP) members pianist Sarah Bob, percussionist Robert Schulz, and harpist Ina Zdorovetchi.” $15
12/1, 8 PM conscious hip-hop with the Peace Poets and Genesis Be, then intense hypnotic Iranian/American psychedelic rockers Haale and the Mast and then literate, politically aware songwriter Stephan Said at Drom, $15
12/1, 8 PM at Issue Project Room, legendary avant-garde composer Luciano Berio’s complete Sequenzas performed by Claire Chase (flute), Shelley Burgon (harp), Daisy Press (voice), Stephen Gosling (piano), Chris McIntyre (trombone) John Pickford Richards (viola), James Austin Smith (oboe), Jennifer Choi (violin), Joshua Rubin (clarinet), and Gareth Flowers (trumpet).
12/1, 8 PM saxophonist Erik Lawrence’s Honey Ear Trio at Barbes
12/2, 2 PM, cellist Friedrich Kleinhapl plays Zemlinsky, Schittke, Beethoven, Gulda and Rachmaninoff at Town Hall, $12.
12/2, 6 PM the legendarily clever Spinal Tap of jazz, the Microscopic Septet at Birdland playing selections from their brand-new cd Friday the 13th: The Micros Play Monk, $20
12/2 Mr. Ho’s Vibraphone quartet (vibraphonist Mr. Ho (Brian O’Neill) Geni Skendo on bass flute/woodwinds, Noriko Terada on percussion, and Jason Davis on acoustic bass) plays Esquivel rarities at Caffe Vivaldi, 7 PM.
12/2-5, jazzy tango nuevo with the Pablo Ziegler Quartet: Pablo Ziegler – piano; Claudio Ragazzi – guitar; Hector Del Curto – bandeon; Pedro Giraudo – bass plus Prometheus Jenkins (12/2-3( and Regina Carter (12/4-5), 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $30.
12/2, 8 PM the Spokes, who “may be the most portable group in jazz” at Barbes: Andy Biskin: clarinet; Phillip Johnston: soprano saxophone; Curt Hasselbring: trombone
12/2, 8 PM bluegrass with the Union St. Preservation Society at the National Underground.
12/2 check this out for a bizarrely good doublebill: Williamsburg jazz legends the Old Rugged Sauce open for Geen Ween’s acoustic show at the Knitting Factory, 9 PM, $25.
12/2, 9 PM haunting, hypnotic Middle Eastern chamber rock group Pharaoh’s Daughter at the 92YTribeca, $15 adv tix rec
12/2 fiery improvisational rock siren Katie Elevitch’s birthday show at Banjo Jim’s 10 PM.
12/2 danceable Brazilian/C&W/New Orleans band Nation Beat at Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM
12/3, 7:30 PM pianist Tatyana Sirota plays Beethoven and Schubert at the Third St. Music School Settlement auditorium, free.
12/3, 7:30 PM singer Lainie Fefferman’s Quartet “Phthia” – a quirky acoustic ensemble of all-star players (Sara Budde on clarinets; James Moore on banjo, guitar, and mandolin; and Missy Mazzoli on melodica) plus ubiquitously good avant clarinetist/reedman Ken Thomson and Slow Fast celebrate the release of their new CD It Would Be Easier If at the First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn, 124 Henry St., downtown Brooklyn, $10.
12/3 at BB King’s, 8 PM: George Clinton & the P-Funk Allstars
12/3 terse expat Chicago blues guitarist Irving Louis Lattin at Lucille’s, 8 PM.
12/3, 8 PM the Particle Ensemble – Thomas Buckner (baritone), Earl Howard (electronics and saxophones), Mari Kimura (violin and electronics), and J.D. Parran (winds) play premieres by the group members at Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow Street (between Bedford St. & 7th Ave. S), $15/$10 stud/srs.
12/3, Andy Laster’s Yiash play arrangements of early 20th-Century Egyptian pop by Jewish composers Zaki Murad and Dawud Husni, among others, followed by the world premiere of Laster’s new string trio plus works for string quartet and quintet, 8:30 PM at Roulette.
12/3, 8:30 PM literate indie rock songwriter Richard Buckner at the Mercury, $15
12/3 darkly lyrical indie folk songwriter Richard Buckner at the Mercury, 8:30 PM, $12 adv tix rec
12/3 soul, funk and Ethiopian-tinged instrumental grooves with the Budos Band at Bowery Ballroom, 9 PM, $15.
12/3, 10 PM haunting 1950s/60s style Mexican/Pan-American harmony band las Rubias del Norte at Barbes – their new album Ziguala is a strong contender for best of 2010.
12/3 clever, wry Americana tunesmith Luther Wright & the Wrongs at Rodeo Bar 10:30 PM
12/3-4, 11:30 PM lyrical soul bandleader Chocolate Genius at Joe’s Pub, $TBA.
12/4, 7 PM noir garage rocker Lorraine Leckie solo acoustic at Banjo Jim’s: “Lets get drunk after cause Christmas is coming and thats always a horror show!!!!”
12/4 haunting, ornate, majestic, lyrically brilliant art-rockers the Snow at 8 PM at Pete’s.
12/4, 8 PM sharp at Barbes – a screening of the new documentary Soul Power, about the legendary 1974 soul concert in Kinshasa, Zaire featuring James Brown, Bill Withers, Celia Cruz, Yomo Toro, Franco, Rochereau, the Spinners, Miriam Makeba.
12/4, 8/9:30 PM klezmer brass with Frank London’s All Star Jew Review at Drom, adv tix $10 highly rec
12/4, 8 PM fiery, smart Chicago style electric blues guitarist Bobby Radcliff at Terra Blues
12/4, 8 PM at the Greene Space pianist Fei-Fei Dong and author Gish Jen collaborate on a Global Piano and Literary Salon: All Along the Silk Road, includes a drink (they have good wine here!),
12/4, 8 PM, Beefstock comes to Bay Ridge at 3 Jolly Pigeons, 6802 3rd Ave. for jamband drum legend Joe Filosa’s bday bash feat. Beefheart cover band Shmeefbrain, plus retro soul crew the Nopar King, spectacular all-female noise-punk trio Out of Order, punk/metal monsters Black Death and others.
12/4, 8 PM, Luther Wright & the Wrongs – the clever Canadian acoustic Americana songwriter responsible for the bluegrass version of Pink Floyd’s The Wall – at 68 Jay St. Bar.
12/4, 8 PM the Brentano Quartet plays Schumann: Quartet in F Major, Op. 41, No. 2; Berg: Quartet, Op. 3; Beethoven: Quartet in E flat Major, Op. 127 at Washington Irving HS Auditorium, $12.
12/4, 8 PM a choreographed baroque/contemporary concert by Anthony Roth Costanzo, countertenor, with Joelle Harvey, soprano and the Second Instrumental Unit, that “explores human expression as conceived in baroque terms. Incorporating music, dance, and spoken text, the evening touches upon three questions: How can we communicate our deepest hollows? How can we start a conversation between the internal and the external? How can we make pain beautiful?” Yikes! $20 at Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium, 417 E 61st St. between York and First Ave.
12/4, 9 PM George Ziadeh – vocals and oud with Tareq Abboushi – buzuq; Amir ElSaffar – santoor and trumpet; Zafer Tawil – violin and percussion at Alwan for the Arts, $15, playing classic Egyptian repertoire including Oum Kaltsoum classics.
12/4, 9 PM smartly aware, funny hardcore punk and hip-hop with Prayers for Atheists at Bowery Poetry Club, $7
12/4 Unsteady Freddie’s monthly surf rock show returns triumphantly to the now-reopened Otto’s; show starts at 9 with Preston Wayne, the Surfalicious Dudes at 10, the North Shore Troubadours at 11 and Thee Icepicks at midnight.
12/4, 9 PM the hilarious, theatrical oldtimey Ukuladies’ cd release show at the Jalopy, $10.
12/4 at 9/10:30 PM and repeating on 12/5 at 8:30 PM the Joel Harrison Septet:Joel Harrison, guitar; Zach Brock, violin; Donny McCaslin, saxophones; Dana Leong, cello; Gary Versace, piano; Stephan Crump, bass; Clarence Penn, drums at the Cornelia St. Café
12/4, 9ish country rock band John Xavier & the Bowerytones followed by ageless, hypnotic, swirling psychedelic punk pioneers Band of Outsiders at Bowery Electric, $10
12/4 ska sax legend Dave Hillyard’s Rocksteady 7 at Two Boots Brooklyn, 10 PM.
12/4 ferocious, intense Radio Birdman style garage punk band the Mess Around at Trash, 11 PM
12/4, 11ish oldschool 70s style soul/funk with JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound at Public Assembly.
12/4, 11 PM Antibalas take a break from being the Fela pit band with a gig at le Poisson Rouge
12/5, 2 (two) PM klezmer violin titan the Alicia Svigals Trio at Flushing Town Hall, $16.
12/5, 4:30 PM the Chiara String Quartet plays Gorecki’s String Quartet No. 2 and Huang Ruo’s Calligraffiti (World Premiere) at Galapagos, $15. It’s the second in the ongoing series of Creator/Curator concerts where the Chiaras play a new commission plus other material chosen by the composer.
12/5, 8 PM the gorgeous retro country harmonies of the Sweetback Sisters at the Jalopy, $10
12/5, 8 PM violist Lars Anders Tomter with pianist Nelson Padgett playing Schubert, Britten, Grieg plus the US premiere of Ragnar Söderlind’s Friesiche Landschaft at Church of Christ and St. Stephen’s, 120 W 69th St. (Columbus/Broadway), $15/$10 srs/$5 stud.
12/5 Streams of Whiskey play Pogues classics at 9 followed by Pork Chop Willie’s Mississippi hill country blues at 10 at Spike Hill.
12/5, 10 PM lyrical powerpop monsters John-Severin & the Quiet 1s (who are not so quiet) at Trash.
12/6, 8:30 PM intense, haunting, soaring Americana chanteuse/songwriter Jan Bell at Rock Shop in Gowanus, $10
12/6, 9 PM captivating, hypnotically lyrical noir rocker Alice Texas, Avondale Airforce (Peter Aaron from the Crome Cranks with Stanton Warren) at 10 and then ferociously charismatic siren Vera Beren’s Gothic Chamber Blues Ensemble at 11 at Small Beast at the Delancey
12/6 Ted Leo Pharmacists at 9 followed by the New Pornographers at Terminal 5, all ages, $30 adv tix rec.
12/7, 7 PM jazz/Americana violin multistylist Jenny Scheinman at Barbes
12/7 star reedman Doug Wieselman plays solo at 8 followed at 10 by his Trio S with Jane Scarpantoni on cello and Kenny Wollesen on drums at the Stone, $10.
12/8, 6 PM highly regarded Latvian pianist Vestard Shimkus plays Beethoven, Chopin, Soler and Gershwin at the Yamaha Piano Salon, $TBA.
12/8, 7 PM the Arcos Orchestra play G. F. Handel – Judas Maccabaeus Overture; Samuel Adler – Concertino No 3; Dimitri Terzakis – Nymphs of Night and Fire (world première) and Béla Bartók – Divertimento, free at Temple Emmanu-El, Fifth Ave/65th St.
12/8 a first-rate pop/soul triplebill: British expat Edward Rogers, who really nails the 70s Birmingham sound, followed by multi-instrumentalist/soul singer Don Piper and then sometimes soaring, sometimes haunting, multistylistic Americana/pop siren Maura Kennedy at Bowery Electric, $10
12/8, 8 PM los Crema Paraiso play funky Venezuelan psychedelic grooves at Shrine.
12/8-9, 9 PM witty oldschool country followed by one of the more popular alt-country bands of the 90s: Hayes Carll followed by the Old 97s at Bowery Ballroom (SOLD OUT), $25. Tix still available for the 12/10 show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg for the same price.
12/8 hilarious period-perfect early 50s hillbilly rock satirists Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co at Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM
12/9, 7:30 PM, ISSA Sonus Ensemble incl. Laura Falzon (flute); Emily Ondracek (violin); Erik Peterson (viola) and Adrian Daurov (cello), perform the New York premiere of Munir Beken’s A Turk in Seattle and other works by NY women composers at Symphony Space, $15 adv tix rec.
12/9 this month’s Hipster Demolition Night at Public Assembly – NYC’s most consistently entertaining monthly rock show – starts at 8 with the garage rocking Demands, jangly Byrdsophiles Jay Banerjee & the Heartthrobs, psychedelic rockers Whooping Crane and oldschool soul stylists the Solid Set.
12/9, 8 PM lyrical, tuneful, Aimee Mann-inflected songwriter Andrea Wittgens at Caffe Vivaldi
12/9, 8 PM the Weal and Woe: “vintage country, gospel classics and close harmony” at Barbes followed at 10 by Nashville piano/guitar legend Greg Garing.
12/9, 9 PM intense, chromatically charged Veveritse Brass Band’s cd release show at the Jalopy, $10
12/10, 7 PM captivating noir rocker Peg Simone at Bowery Poetry Club.
12/10 Tommy Ramone’s Americana duo Uncle Monk at 7 PM at Banjo Jim’s followed eventually by the Big Star style sounds of the Nu-Sonics at 9
12/10, 8ish a heavenly noiserock night with the Sediment Club, Nice Face at 9ish, K-Holes at 10ish and Woman – whose screaming noir blues/noise album from last year was one of our favorites – headlining at 11 or so at Death by Audio.
12/10, 8 PM House of Stride with Allison Leyton-Brown – piano; Russ Meissner – drums; Jim Whitney – upright bass and special guest Daria Grace at Barbes followed at 10 by Red Baraat and their Indian brass band madness.
12/10, 8 PM the Chelsea Symphony play Dai: The Night Before Christmas; Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 5 at St. Paul’s Church, 315 W 22nd St., $20 sugg don.
12/10, 8 PM Latin-Jazz Coalition Big Band led by Demetrios Kastaris performs with special guest, trombonist, Steve Turre; bouzouki player Theofilos Katechis plays folkloric Greek music with jazz trumpeter Yiannis Economides. Making their debut, Conjunto Kathari plays gospel salsa with four trombones at Flushing Town Hall, $15.
12/10, 9 PM anthemic, ridiculously catchy, smartly lyrical highway rock band Wormburner at the Mercury, $12 adv tix rec. If Springsteen still wrote good songs he’d sound like these guys.
12/10 sly banjo-driven acoustic Americana jam band Tall Tall Trees followed by the funky Brooklyn Qawwali Party and then the eclectically danceable Brazilian/C&W/New Orleans sounds of Nation Beat at Littlefield, 9 PM, $10 adv tix rec.
12/10, 10 PM smart eclectic Americana chanteuse Julia Haltigan at the small room at the Rockwood.
12/10 raucous, virtuosic barrelhouse blues with the 4th St. Nite Owls at Two Boots Brooklyn, 10 PM.
12/10 innovative yet retro latin soul revivalists Spanglish Fly at Rose Bar in Williamsburg, 10 PM
12/11 hypnotic, tuneful, torchily captivating indie pop/downtempo trio Mattison play their 7″ release show at Cake Shop
12/11, 8 PM the Microscopic Septet at the Gershwin Hotel, playing “at least two sets” of selections from their brand-new cd Friday the 13th: The Micros Play Monk, $25
12/11, 8 PM Nellie McKay playing stuff from her new one Home Sweet Mobile Home at Highline Ballroom, $20 adv tix rec.
12/11 klezmer/bluegrass titan Andy Statman at Barbes, 8 PM, $10.
12/11, 9 PM, Abdel Rahim Boutat on the Algerian loutar plus Ahmed Sahel and Adel Bror on the bandir playing hypnotic, haunting sounds at Alwan for the Arts, $15
12/11 dark low-key Americana-tinged rock with Mad Juana at Bowery Electric, 10 PM
12/11, 10 PM scorchingly noisy, distantly Balkan tinged avant jazz/rock with Ben Syversen’s Cracked Vessel at Freedom Garden, 294 Troutman St, Bushwick.
12/11 punk/rockabilly/surf guitar genius Simon & the Bar Sinisters at Lakeside, 10:15ish
12/11, 11 PM art-rock songwriter Christina Courtin at the big room at the Rockwood.
12/12, 7 PM the Enso String Quartet at Barbes followed at 9 by gypsy guitar powerhouse Stephane Wrembel
12/12, 8 PM and repeating 12/13 at 2 PM Gamelan Dharma Swara play their annual holiday concert featuring music from this year’s Bali concert tour/competition at the Indonesian Consulate, 5 East 68th St. between 5th and Madison. The program will include “‘a performance of Kebyar Legong, the famously challenging 30 minute dance work of the virtuosic kebyar repertoire, the first time the complete work, composed in the 1920s by I Wayan Wendres, will be performed outside of Bali’” These concerts sell out fast, get your tickets now.
12/12, 8 PM BedStuy Ewe play Afrobeat at Shrine.
12/12 darkly torchy Americana rock siren Essie Jain at Glasslands, 11ish.
12/12, 11:30 PM artsy noir rock legends Elysian Fields at Joe’s Pub.
12/13, 7 PM new music guitar styles Gyan Riley at Barbes followed at 9:30 by the incomparably fun 70s Peruvian style chicha/surf band Chicha Libre
12/13, 7:30 PM the Sospiro Winds plus violinist Miranda Cuckson and pianist Aaron Wunsch, playing music of Gyorgi Ligeti at Advent Church, 93rd and Broadway, 7:30 PM, free.
12/13, 7 PM at Galapagos the American Modern Ensemble presents “an evening of sextets by eight of America’s most talented composers under 40” incl. A Matter of Truth by New York’s own Hannah Lash, OK Feel Good by Jonathan Newman and Robert Paterson’s Sextet, inspired by criminals on Route 66 as well as Action Figure by Washington DC based composer Armando Bayolo and Haiku Catharsis by Philadelphia composer David Ludwig, as well as Chris Chandler’s the resonance after…, the winning work of AME’s Fifth Annual Composition Competition. All of the composers will be in the audience, $20
12/13, 8ish at the Knit, hilarious, politically incorrect X-rated faux girl-group punks Cudzoo & the Fagettes,$10
12/14, 9 PM alt-country husband-and-wife duo Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis at Bowery Ballroom, $25.
12/14 Miss Tess & the Bon Ton Parade play torchy swing jazz and countrypolitan songs at Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM
12/15 cruel choice at 7 PM at the Rockwood: intense lyrical rocker Matt Keating in the small room or haunting Middle Eastern tinged art-rock trio Deoro feat. chanteuse Dina Fanai in the big one? Maybe shuttle between rooms?
12/15, 9:30 PM at the Tank: Dialogues of Silence by Sabrina Lastman, Armored Old Banger by Marcos Wasem & Out of the Word, into the Sound by Ernesto Estrella Cózar: existentialist multiamedia poetry; poems based on excerpts taken from interviews to Israeli soldiers on duty in checkpoints in the occupied territories during the 02-03 intifada and sonically reprocessed poems from the Hispanic tradition, $10
12/16, 1 PM pianist Akimi Fukuhara plays a free lunchtime show at Trinity Church.
12/16, singer-songwriter Rebecca Martin airs out her jazz book with Bill McHenry on tenor sax and Larry Grenadier on bass, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $20
12/16-17, 8 PM and repeating on 12/18 at 2 PM and 8 PM, the Paul Winter Consort plays their annual solstice shows at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine with Armenian vocalist Arto Tunçboyaciyan, gospel singer Theresa Thomason and the Forces of Nature Dance Theatre, who lit up the show last year. The Consort includes Paul Winter, soprano sax, double-reed master Paul McCandless, Eugene Friesen on cello, keyboardist Paul Sullivan, percussionists Jamey Haddad and Bill Cahn and Tim Brumfield on the Cathedral’s pipe organ. $35 tix avail.
12/16-18, 7:30 PM and repeating 12/19 at 3 PM, Craig Harris’ God’s Trombones – a musical interpretation of James Weldon Johnson’s 1927 collection of poems – at Aaron Davis Hall uptown, $35 adv tix highly rec.
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.
12/16 Brubeck-esque jazz composer and pianist Fahir Atakoglu at Drom, 9 PM, $25 adv tix rec
12/16, 9/10:30 PM the Alan Ferber Nonet with Strings at the Jazz Gallery, $20.
12/16, 10 PM jazz/Americana guitarist/banjoist Matt Munisteri at Barbes
12/16, 10:30 PM AwShockKiss at the Mercury, $10. Retro 80s anthemic pop in the best possible retro way – good tunes, catchy choruses, a soulful, fiery frontwoman in Kiri Jewell and smart songwriting by multi-instrumentalist Stef Bassett. Last spring they played one of the best shows we’ve seen this year.
12/17, 7:30 PM Erin & Her Cello’s full-band “holiday spectacular” at the big room at the Rockwood.
12/17 the amazingly psychedelic Electric Junklyard Gamelan with their hypnotic beats and homemade instruments at Barbes 8 PM followed at 10 by the carnivalesque hot 20s jazz sounds of Brian Carpenter’s Ghost Train Orchestra
12/17, 9 PM Pierre de Gaillande’s Bad Reputation plays his incredibly clever English translations of Georges Brassens song feat. special guests Joel Favreau (Brassens’ lead guitarist), and Jean Jacques Franchin at the 92YTribeca, $15.
12/17-18, 9/10:30 PM jazz guitarist Rez Abbasi’s Invocation: Vijay Iyer, piano; Rudresh Mahanthappa, alto saxophone; Johannes Weidenmueller, bass; Dan Weiss, drums at the Cornelia St. Café, $15
12/17, Causing A Tiger: Carla Kihlstedt (violin, vocals) Matthias Bossi (drums, piano, vocals) Shahzad Ismaily (electric bass) 10 PM at the Stone, $10.
12/17 the Boss Guitars play surf classics and obscurities at Lakeside, 11 PM
12/18 this year’s New York area Unsilent Night procession takes place on December 18, leaving at 7 PM at the arch at Washington Square Park and marching to Tompkins Square Park. Arrival by about 6:40 PM is advised.
12/18 at Trash hilarious, ferocious anti-gentrification rockers the Brooklyn What’s monthly kick-ass rock night starting with the Proud Humans at 8 followed by New Atlantic Youth, Pistols 40 Paces, the Highway Gimps (the missing link between My Bloody Valentine and Motorhead), the Brooklyn What and then Mussles. Open bar on PBR/wells from 8-9. What a great night.
12/18, 8 PM the ferociously funny, politically charged all-star Citizens Band at Highline Ballroom, $35.
12/18, 8 PM legendary third-wave ska/soul band the Slackers at Brooklyn Bowl, $12 tix rec.
12/18, 8 PM the NY Philharmonic’s exciting cutting-edge new music series Contact at Symphony Space, $21.
12/18, 8 PM and repeating 12/19, 3 PM Trio Vela play Mozart, Tschaikovsky and Rachmaninoff’s legendary Trio Elegiaque at Bargemusic, $35, $30 srs./$15 stud
12/18, 10 PM Roots Vibration play roots reggae at Shrine.
12/18 the hellraising Jack Grace Band play classic 60s style country from their excellent new album Drinking Songs for Lovers at Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM.
12/18 smart, funny, X-ish Americana punk rockers Spanking Charlene at Lakeside, 11 PM
12/18, midnight, lyrical Americana rocker Derek James and band at the big room at the Rockwood. His first album was excellent. His second one was beautifully produced but not so good. Worth seeing what he’s up to now.
12/19, 3 PM the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra plays Saint-Saens: La Muse et Le Poete with Judy Spokes, violin and David Cho, cello followed by Dvorak: Symphony #6 at St. Ann’s Church in downtown Brooklyn.
12/19, 8 PM dreampop with Su (ex-Susu), assaultive free jazz with Talibam and then legendary psychedelic/noir rocker Martin Bisi with his old pal Bill Laswell at the Knit, $8 dirt cheap
12/21, 9 PM charming, virtuosic oldtimey swing/blues band Lake Street Dive at the small room of the Rockwood followed by torchy chanteuse Marilyn Carino and bassist Ben Rubin of Mudville – who sound like Goldfrapp but better – at 11.
12/21, 9 PM Americana pop/rocker Craig Chesler, Bliss Blood’s barrelhouse blues project Delta Dreambox at 10 and then boisterious oldtimey trombonist J. Walter Hawkes at the Jalopy, $5
12/22, 9 PM intense, unpredictable Balkan party band Raya Brass Band at Radegast Hall.
12/22, 9:30 PM trombonist Alan Ferber leads his tuneful, cutting-edge Nonet at Smalls
12/23 lush, romantic, innuendo-driven French chanson revivalists les Chauds Lapins at Barbes at 8.
12/23 a rare reunion show by one of the best bands ever to come out of NYC, the Hangdogs – the missing link between Waylon Jennings and the Dead Kennedys – at Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM
12/24 Bill Ware – the noir genius from the Jazz Passengers – leads his vibraphone combo at Puppets Jazz Bar, 9 PM.
12/24 eclectic world music/Middle Eastern/rock guitarist Demir Demirkan at Drom, 10 PM, $25 adv tix rec.
12/25, 8:30 PM at the Sixth St. Synagogue the unstoppable big-band golem Ayn Sof Arkestra & Bigger Band, trumpet star Frank London’s Hasidic New Wave, the klezmer/bop synthesis of Paul Shapiro’s Midnight Minyan, ancient/modern Jewish power trio Rashanim with Jon Madof on guitar, Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz on bass and Mathias Kunzli on drums, and Pitom, guitarist and composer Yoshie Fruchter’s Jewish jazz-punk-country-metal hybrid. Acts will probably perform in reverse order. $20 adv tix very highly rec.
12/26 kick-ass intelligent hip-hop with Strong Arm Steady, Jean Grae and Talib Kweli plus special guests at Highline Ballroom, 10PM, adv tix $22 very highly rec.
12/26, 10:30 PM colorful, phantasmagorical metal satirists Gwar at the Nokia Theatre, $22.50.
12/27 Daria Grace’s charming obscure swing revivalists the Pre-War Ponies at Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM
12/28-30 the Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio at the Jazz Standard 7:30/9:30 PM $30 ($35 on 12/30); 1/2 he’s playing a new trio show with Neel Murgai on sitar and Sameer Gupta on tabla.
12/28, 9:30 PM the John Farnsworth Quartet with Jeremy Pelt: John Farnsworth – tenor sax , Jeremy Pelt – trumpet , Lucas Brown – organ , Peppe Merolla – drums at Smalls
12/28-30 the annual rent party at the Stone. A cynic would say this is a lot of usual suspects – but it’s a hell of a cast of suspects! Ned Rothenberg, Sylvie Courvoisier, Dave Douglas, Peter Evans, Erik Friedlander, Brandon Ross, Zeena Parkins, etc., and John Zorn leading the jams. $20, sets at 8/10 PM, check the club calendar for the various nights’ lineups.
12/30 the Grey Race at the small room at the Rockwood 10 PM.
12/30 eerie bluespunks the Five Points Band at Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM
12/31 at Puppets Jazz Bar “legendary jazz all-stars playing all night long” which is no joke – and it’s free and you get champagne at midnight, no cover but donations to help pay the rent are gladly accepted
12/31 the most lyrical and probably most cost-effective New Years Eve show is Black 47 at Connolly’s – they’re just far enough away from Times Square amateur city for you to make your getaway via an east side train.
12/31 the gypsiest New Years Eve show is at Mehanata with Kagero at 9:30 PM.
12/31 the most goth New Years Eve show in NYC is Kristin Hoffmann and NLX at Caffe Vivaldi, 10ish
12/31 the most bang for your buck New Years Eve show is at Maxwell’s with the Detroit Cobras at 10:30 followed by the Fleshtones, $20 adv tix at the club and at Other Music.
12/31 the only possibly tourist/gentrifier-free New Years Eve show in the East Village is Tammy Faye Starlite’s side-splittingly funny Stones cover band the Mike Hunt Band at Lakeside, 11 PM
12/31 this year’s most danceable New Years Eve show is retro 60s latin soul/bugalu revivalists Spanglish Fly at Barbes, 11 PM, $15.
12/31 if you want to avoid the tourists on the LES on New Years Eve, the Birdhive Boys are playing bluegrass at the National Underground, 11 PM
1/1 Gogol Bordello at Terminal 5, 10 PM, $35 adv tix onsale now.
1/5 “Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune,” the new film about the iconic lyrical rocker premieres at the IFC Center (a.k.a. the Waverly
1/7-8/11 Winter Jazzfest is coming; just to give you a heads-up, last year’s (known as the Undead Jazz Festival) was amazing by all accounts.
1/9 Globalfest at Webster Hall, 3 stages including Ballaké Sissoko & Vincent Segal, Creole Choir of Cuba, Diblo Dibala, Kaumakaiwa Kanaka’ole, La-33, Mustafa Özarslan (U.S. debut), Novalima, Orquestra Contemporânea de Olinda, Pedro Martinez Project (not the ex-Red Sox hurler), RAM, Red Baraat, Rhythms of Rajastan, Yoro Ndiaye (U.S. debut), tix $35 before Nov 30 at the World Music Institute box office.
1/13 hypnotic Middle Eastern psychedelic rockers the Mast at Joe’s Pub
1/15 8 PM Tim Fite and O’Death at the Bell House $10 adv tix rec
1/15, 9 PM Elizabeth & the Catapult at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, $15.
1/24/11 the East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO) at Advent Church, 93rd and Broadway, 7:30 PM, free.
1/28 hypnotic roots reggae grooves with Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, 8 PM at the Nokia Theatre, $25
1/28, 9 PM cellist Marika Hughes plays the cd release show for her two new ones at the 92YTribeca with an unbelievable ensemble: Kyle Sanna—guitar, Shahzad Ismaily—guitar, Todd Sickafoose—bass, Mathias Kunzli—drums, plus special guests Jim Campilongo—guitar, Charlie Burnham—violin, Mazz Swift—violin, Jessica Troy—viola, Elana Arian—violin and Jenny Scheinman—violin, $12
2/2 Mr. Ho’s Orchestrotica, the “world’s only ensemble dedicated to the space-age big band music of Juan Garcia Esquivel,” 8 PM at Barbes.
2/4/11, 9 PM jazz/third-stream chanteuse/composer Sara Serpa with a first-rate band: Andre Matos- guitar; Kris Davis- piano; Matt Brewer-bass; Tommy Crane- drums, at the Cornelia St. Cafe. Serpa is scary-good, one of the most original singers and writers in any style around these days: her latest album with noir jazz piano legend Rank Blake is transcendent.
2/21 the Enso Quartet at Advent Church, 93rd and Broadway, 7:30 PM, free
3/18/11, 8 PM, repeating 3/19/11 at 9 PM at Symphony Space, legendary Lebanese expat oud icon/composer Marcel Khalife in the US premiere of his Concerto Al Andalus for oud and orchestra; Armenia’s most renowned kanun (zither) virtuoso, Karine Hovhannisyan, performing the concerto for kanun and orchestra by Khachatur Avetisyan; and clarinetist David Krakauer playing the NY premiere of the Klezmer Concerto by Ofer Ben-Amots for strings, harp, percussion and clarinet; plus the eclectic Orchestra Celebrate, conducted by Laurine Celeste Fox, $25 adv tix avail. at the World Music Institute box office and highly rec.
3/18/11 Richard Thompson at NJPAC in Newark – $35 tix still available according to their website
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