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Album of the Day 2/1/11

Every day, our 1000 best albums of all time countdown continues all the way to #1. Didn’t think we’d get to this one today, did you! Tuesday’s album is #728:

The Moonlighters – Live in Baden-Baden

This one was a hard call. Everything the well-loved harmony-driven, Hawaiian-flavored, oldtime New York swing band has released, from their swoony 2000 debut Dreamland, through the bristling charm of 2009’s Enchanted, is worth owning. We picked this 2004 release because it so vividly illustrates how effortlessly tight their arrangements and tricky layers of vocals are in a live setting. Effervescent yet edgy frontwoman/uke player Bliss Blood (who as a teenager played in S&M punk legends the Pain Teens) is best known for writing songs that sound like classics from the 1920s, and this album is full of them. It’s got her best one, Blue and Black-Eyed, an eerie account of a desperate prostitute leaping from the fire escape at the notorious Bowery dive McGuirk’s Suicide Hall. The hypnotic Chaining up the Moonlight matches that one’s brooding ambience; most of the other tracks, like the jaunty hobo tune Ballad of a Gink, the casually seductive Desperado and a scurrying cover of My Blackbirds Are Bluebirds Now are considerably more upbeat. Trombonist/crooner Michael Arenella adds sly hokum blues vocals on a cover of When I Take My Sugar to Tea; the rest of the album includes an unselfconsciously romantic Hawaiian medley, a biting version of There Ain’t No Sweet Man Worth the Salt of My Tears and the hilariously risque Mr. Mitchell. A little sleuthing didn’t turn up any torrents, but the album is still available via cdbaby and itunes.


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Jazz Composer Howard Wiley’s Latest Album Looks Deeply Inside the Prison System

Howard Wiley’s 2006 album The Angola Project took its impetus from the saxophonist/composer’s experience with prisoners in the music program – such that there is one – at notorious Angola Prison in Louisiana. Five years later, he’s released a sequel, 12 Gates to the City, somewhat less grim but still unflinchingly aware of the harsh day-to-day conditions behind bars on the site of a former slave plantation – and something of a celebration of the efforts of the inmates there to maintain their sanity. Blending original jazz with rustic, bucolic gospel themes similar to the field recordings of convicts made by Allen Lomax and John Oster, this makes a good companion piece to Marcus Shelby’s Soul of the Movement album (just reviewed here). It’ll resonate with fans of both classic gospel music and retro Americana interpreters like Lavay Smith and Daria Grace. Shelby plays bass here, alongside Wiley on alto and soprano saxophones, Geechi Taylor on trumpet,Yeruda Caesar-Kaptoech and Dina Maccabee on violins, drummer Sly Randolph, trombonist Danny Armstrong and singer Faye Carol.

There’s a lot of vocalese on these songs without words: in a way, Carol is the bad cop, the powerful low end, alongside an uncredited voice whose scatting has a distinctly Asian flavor. There’s considerable irony that an album that more than alludes to a kind of de facto slavery that’s still practiced in this country would evoke China, much of whose export economy is based on it. There are also echoes of the baroque on many of the tracks here which have strings, notably the warily hypnotic Come Forth (To the House of the Lord). The album builds with the rippling gospel boogie Old Highway 66 – which wouldn’t be out of place in Rev. Vince Anderson’s catalog – to the longing and stateliness of Captain Donna DeMoss, a tribute to the prison guard who impressed Wiley with her humanity during his time with the inmates.

Endless Fields, which depicts a cotton plantation ready for picking, adds jazz embellishments to a vintage 20s swing-pop tune. John Taylor, dedicated to a strong-voiced inmate who by all accounts was prohibited by the warden from participating in music, brutally evokes a master-slave relationship, with uneasy scurrying rhythms paired off against suspiciously blase piano. The rest of the album balances a handful of warmly swinging, wordless gospel numbers with a searing big band gospel jam, a gritty hip-hop number about life on the inside, and a diptych of tone poems that serve as the background for a thoughtful spoken-word interlude by former inmate Robert King, who aptly connects the dots between the American prison system and the practice of slavery.

As is commonly known, major multinational corporations rely on prison labor for everything from piecework to customer service. If you manage to get through to a call center at a major telecommunications company, you may well be talking to a prisoner. In one notorious case, California state prison laborers were forced to remove “made in China” tags and replace them with “made in USA” stickers. Such practices are typically justified by corporate executives as a way to maintain “competitiveness.” Interestingly, in economic terms, competitiveness equals hours worked divided by wages: slavery, theoretically if not realistically speaking, is infinitively competitive. One can only imagine the howls of indignation from the corporate elite should there be a public outcry against this shameful system. While there’s no harm in giving inmates a productive way to pass the time, like stamping out license plates or highway signs, displacing workers in the outside world is another matter. Meanwhile, entire rural areas have come to depend on the prison system as a sole source of income. To slow the steady flow of predominantly black and latino convicts from mainly urban areas would severely impact certain segments of the countryside: divide and conquer taken to its logical, ugly extreme.

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NYC Live Music Calendar for February and March 2011

The latest calendar for March and April is 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:

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.

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 March the Chico O’Farrill latin Jazz Orchestra at Birdland, sets 8/10:30 PM, $30 seats avail

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.

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.

Mondays at the Vanguard the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra – composer Jim McNeely’s reliably good big band vehicle – plays 9/11 PM, $30 per set plus drink minimum.

Also Mondays in March the Barbes house band, Chicha Libre plays there starting around 9:30. They’ve singlehandedly resurrected an amazing subgenre, chicha, which was popular in the Peruvian Amazon in the late 60s and early 70s. With electric accordion, cuatro, surf guitar and a 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 March Rev. Vince Anderson and his band play Union Pool in Williamsburg, two sets starting around 11 PM. The Rev. is one of the great keyboardists around, equally thrilling on organ or electric piano, an expert at Billy Preston style funk, honkytonk, gospel and blues. He writes very funny, very politically astute, frequently salacious original 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 March 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.

Tuesday nights at 10, Marc Ribot has taken on booking a weekly show at Watty & Meg, 248 Court St. in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn: two guitarists each week, each playing solo, then trading songs, ideas, conversations, possibly jamming, $15 cover includes a drink.

Tuesdays in March the Dred Scott Trio play astonishingly smart, dark piano jazz at the smaller room at the Rockwood at midnight.

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.

Thursdays and Fridays in March at Mehanata it’s Bulgarian sax powerhouse Yuri Yukanov and the Grand Masters of Gypsy Music, 10 PM, $10.

Fridays at 8:30 PM adventurous cellist/composer Valerie Kuehne books an intriguing avant garde/classical/unclassifiable “weekly experimental cabaret” at Cafe Orwell in Bushwick, 247 Varet St. (White/Bogart), L to Morgan Ave. It’s sort of a more outside version of Small Beast, a lot of cutting-edge performers working out new ideas in casual, unstuffy surroundings. Kuehne promises “never a dull moment.”

Fridays in March at 9 Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens play the Fat Cat.

Saturdays in February slinky yet edgy tropicalia chanteuse Marianni plays Zinc Bar at 10 PM with her band

2/1 trombone free jazz legend Steve Swell with Perry Robinson on clarinet and Max Johnson on bass at 7 at Barbes, followed at 9 by Slavic Soul Party who also know a thing or two about good trombone.

2/1, 7 PM the Pride of the Subway Ceili Band at Banjo Jim’s followed at 9 by the NYCity Slickers playing classic and original bluegrass.

2/1, 8 PM, hypnotic, lush, atmospheric art-rockers the Quavers open for southwestern gothic legends Giant Sand at City Winery, $22 standing room tix avail.

2/1, 8 PM Caithlin DeMarrais plays the Mercury. One of the few truly spellbinding singers of our time – she was good in Rainer Maria and she’s pretty amazing now. And a haunting, pensive songwriter with a promising new album in the works.

2/1 midnight-ish lyrical star Talib Kweli at the Brooklyn Bowl, $10.

2/2, 7:30 PM the latest in edgy pianist Alexandra Joan’s Kaleidoscope series features her alongside fiery Balkan clarinetist Vasko Dukovski, Icelandic cellist Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir and violinist Erno Kallai performing Bartok: Contrasts for Piano, Violin and Clarinet: Brahms: Clarinet Trio, op. 114; Messiaen: Quartet for the End of Time at WMP Concert Hall, 31 E 28th St. $25/$15 stud. Most of this crew delivered one of last year’s best concerts together; this could be another one.

2/2, 8 PM an excellent Afrobeat doublebill with Ikebe Shakedown and Zongo Junction at Brooklyn Bowl, $5

2/2, 8:30 PM female-fronted Canadian rock with Toronto’s edgy danceable postpunk People You Know and ferocious powerpop/punkpop Hunter Valentine at the Knitting Factory, adv tix $8 rec., all ages.

2/2, 9 PM the Mercenaries at Lakeside – Altogether Steve and the rest of the crew are still kicking ass after all these years, sort of the NYC version of the Replacements.

2/3 a 90th Birthday Celebration for Egyptian composer Halim El-Dabh, 6 PM at Bruno Walter Auditorium at the NYPL for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center – performers include soprano Christine Moore, violinist Luis Casal, and pianists Ruzan Asatryan and Katie Reimer. Free, early arrival advised.

2/3-6, 7:30/9:30 PM tenor saxophonist and Miles Davis/Max Roach alum George Coleman leads an interesting quintet lineup including Larry Goldings on organ and Peter Bernstein on guitar at the Jazz Standard

2/3 subversive comedic musical duo Mel & El at Comix 353 W. 14th St, 7:30 PM, $10

2/3, 7:30 PM guest conductor George Steel leads the Trinity choir in a wonderful, often haunting program of 13th-16th century English renaissance choral works by Tallis, Sheppard and Parsons and others at Trinity Church, $20, early arrival rec.

2/3, 8 PM kick-ass new intelligent Brooklyn-bred rock with Mussels, the incomparably funny and assaultive Brooklyn What, the Proud Humans and Steer at Rock Shop in Gowanus, $8

2/3, 8 PM Pierre de Gaillande’s Bad Reputation doing their hysterically funny, vicious Georges Brassens songs in English, followed by the charming, sultry Les Chauds Lapins – who mine French chanson that predates Brassens by about 20 years- at Barbes. It was bound to happen.

2/3, 8 PM tuneful mathrock/metal band Stats, beautifully ugly/assaultive guitar jazz with the felicitously named Seabrook Power Plant and then Mantra Percussion playing Iannis Xenakis at Littlefield.

2/3, 8 PM edgy, snarky British postpunk/dance rockers Deluka at the Bell House, $15 gen adm.

2/3, 9 PM jaunty oldtimey swing and country with Miss Tess & the Bon Ton Parade at the Jalopy followed at 10 by gypsy jazz power trio Ameranouche.

2/3, 9:30 PM eclectic latin jazz bandoneon player Gregorio Uribe’s Big Band at Zinc Bar.

2/3, 10 PM eclectic cosmopolitan songwriter Tajna Tanovic at the downstairs cafe at Symphony Space, free

2/3, 10ish multistylistic, deliriously fun, danceable all-purpose Brazilian/country band Nation Beat at Rodeo Bar.

2/3, 11 PM psychedelic, fearlessly obscene French garage/surf rockers La Femme play Lit.

2/3, 11:30 PM the Hollows play their irrepressibly fun oldtimey bluegrass/hillbilly music at the Knitting Factory

2/3, 11:30 PM sharp literate tuneful downtempo Aimee Mann-ish rockers Elizabeth & the Catapult play the big room at the Rockwood.

2/4, 7 PM pianist Simone Dinnerstein hosts a program feat. cellist Wendy Sutter and violinist Maria Bachmann playing Kodaly’s Duo for Violin and Cello, plus a preview of a new duo written by Philip Glass at PS 142, 100 Attorney St. (Rivington/Delancey), $15 tix go to benefit the 4th/5th grade band program at the school. “The Neighborhood Classics series is designed for families, but is enjoyed by audience members of all types.”

2/4, 7:30 PM the MSM Philharmonia play Villa-Logos: Uirapuru (The Enchanted Bird); Francaix: Clarinet Concerto; Sibelius: Symphony No. 1 in E Minor, op.39 at Borden Auditorium at Borden Auditorium at Manhattan School of Music, $10/$5 stud/srs.

2/4, 7:30 PM the reliably comedic Erin & Her Cello at the big room at the Rockwood followed eventually at 10:30 by the brassy, funky Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds (who are back again the following night, same time, same room).

2/4, 8 PM cleverly lyrical, socially aware, inspiringly tuneful janglepop duo Left on Red take a break from busking for a show at Bar 82, just north of St. Mark’s on 2nd Ave.; 2/14 they’re at the NYC Transit Museum

2/4 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 followed at 10 by the martini cowboy himself, the Jack Grace Band.

2/4, 8ish, smart twangy literate Americana rock with Chip Robinson backed by the Roscoe Trio at Lakeside followed at 11 by the even higher-energy Tom Clark & the High Action Boys.

2/4, 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 Ran Blake is transcendent.

2/4, 9 PM Nashville guitar/piano legend – Jerry Lee stomp and ferocious pickin -with Greg Garing at the Jalopy

2/4 the jangly, effervescent, irrepressible Mexican Go-Go’s – Pistolera – at Joe’s Pub, 9:30 PM, $15.

2/4, 10 PM Jennifer Choi (violin) Wendy Law (cello) Justin Hines (percussion) Rubin Kodheli (electric cello) “Classical Jam Trio and special guest Rubin Kodheli, featured performer and composer in the movie “Precious,” join forces in an evening of composed and improvised music including Osvaldo Golijov’s tango inspired cello solo, Ômaramor, Hines’ Samai’i Shira based on rhythms and melodies with Arabic influences, A.C.T. Amplified Cardbord Tube for solo percussion, Choi’s flamenco inspired Madrileño, and Kodheli’s Jungle and Nightengale” at the Stone, $10

2/4, 11 PM lush, atmospheric, socially aware, Radiohead-influenced rockers My Pet Dragon at the Bitter End.

2/4 garage rockers the Thigh Highs play midnightish at Hank’s

2/5, 7 PM an underworldly noir chanteuse doublebill with the Nashville gothic Lorraine Leckie and the Coney Island gothic Carol Lipnik at Banjo Jim’s – yum.

2/5, 7 PM fiery, funky Chicago-style electric blues guitarist Bobby Radcliff at Terra Blues

2/5 the year’s best doublebill so far: rustic, darkly intricate gypsy-inspired rockers Kotorino at 8 PM followed by ferocious pan-Balkan band Ansambl Mastika – whose new album is the best one we’ve heard so far this year – at Barbes.

2/5, 8 PM, free, pianist Chie Sato Roden and cellist Jody Redhage’s excellent chamber jazz ensemble Fire in July celebrate the release of their CD “Streetcar Journey,” featuring the music of beloved American film composer Alex North (1910-1991) and his magnificent, jazz-inflected score to the 1951 classic “A Streetcar Named Desire” at the Tenri Cultural Institute, 43A West 13th Street between 5th and 6th Aves.

2/5 starting at 8 the Truants, Bongo Surf, Mr.Neutron, Blue Wave Theory and the Tarantinos NYC at Unsteady Freddie’s surf music extravaganza at Otto’s.

2/5, 8 PM unusually tuneful mathrock with Stats at Cake Shop.

2/5, 8:30 PM edgy, funky songwriter Shayna Zaid & the Catch at the big room at the Rockwood

2/5, 9ish David First’s legendary late 70s noise-rock band the Notekillers – who were doing Sonic Youth stuff ten years before Sonic Youth – at Coco 66.

2/5 9 PM careening southwestern gothic/C&W band the Newton Gang at 68 Jay St. Bar

2/5 the Mighty Paradocs play their blend of hip-hop and punk at 9 followed by Rockers Galore playing dub reggae at Shrine at 10.

2/5, 9:30 PM sophisticated, torchy, eclectic Americana chanteuse Hope DeBates & North Forty at Caffe Vivaldi.

2/5 Taj Weekes & Adowa – who are about the best thing happening in roots reggae right now – at Joe’s Pub, 9:30 PM, $14

2/5, 10 PM crazed gypsy punks Bad Buka at Mehanata.

2/5, 90s Britrock style melodic powerpop with the Royal Chains, 10 PM at the Cameo Gallery

2/5, midnight the Jack Grace Band at the small room at the Rockwood.

2/6, 8 PM original and classic Cuban songs with low-register instruments: bass, baritone sax, baritone guitar, tuba, et al. with Gato Loco at Bowery Poetry Club.

2/6, 9 PM twisted Merle Haggard covers done free jazz style by Bryan & the Haggards at Rodeo Bar.

2/6, 10 PM fiery and sultry Roulette Sisters frontwoman/bluesmama Mamie Minch at the Jalopy

2/6, 11:30 AM or so cleverly virtuosic mostly female original klezmer band Isle of Klezbos at City Winery for brunch, $10, no minimum

2/6, 3 PM organist Gail Archer plays Liszt at the Church of St. John the Baptist, Lexington at 76th St.

2/6, 6:30 PM Matei Varga on piano playing Enescu, Janácek, Bartók, and Szymanowski at le Poisson Rouge, $15

2/7, 7 PM sultry oldtimey chanteuse Robin Aigner and her band at the small room at the Rockwood.

2/7, 8:30 PM Leif Arntzen’s TLAB: Leif Arntzen, trumpet; Ryan Blotnick, guitar; Michael Bates, bass; Miles Arntzen, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10

2/7 charismatic noir powerhouse Vera Beren takes a turn booking Small Beast: so far she’s the only one who’s consistently been able to evoke the intense 2008-09 transcendence of the weekly dark rock show. On the bill: 9 PM Hypnofolk, 10 PM Lone Vein, 11 PM Beren’s own astonishingly powerful Gothic Chamber Blues Ensemble and eclectic surf instrumentalists the Tarantinos NYC at midnight.

2/7, 9 PM edgy Japanese big band jazz with the Yaozeki Big Band at Tea Lounge in Park Slope

2/8, 7:30 PM at Barbes Petr Cancura’s Down Home: his “attempt to capture the nostalgia of classic b & W photography with music steeped in Americana,” with Skye Steele – violin; Petr Cancura – sax, clarinet, mandolin; Scott Kettner – drums, percussion; Garth Stevenson – bass and Jesse Lewis – guitar.

2/8-13 alto saxophonist Steve Wilson’s weeklong 50th birthday celebration at the Jazz Standard: 2/8 with guests Carla Cook and Karrin Allyson; 2/9 a quartet show with strings; 2/11 a quintet featuring Mulgrew Miller, Lewis Nash and Christian McBride; 2/12-13 Tain Watts takes over the drum chair.

2/8 rare solo sets from an especially choice bunch of edgy songwriters: indie pop goddess Kendall Jane Meade of Juicy and Mascott, 90s luminary Richard Balayut of Versus and terse, intense, guitarishly spot-on Jennifer O’Connor, 9 PM at Rock Shop in Gowanus, $10

2/8, 8 PM politically potent dancehall reggae star Anthony B at B.B. King’s, $20 adv tix rec.

2/8, 8:30 PM And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead’s cd release show at Littlefield, $12 adv tix highly rec., this will sell out.

2/8, 9 PM smartly lyrical retro soul/rock songwriter Dina RuDean at the small room at the Rockwood.

2/8, 9 PM alto saxophonist David Binney leads an inspired quartet with Jacob Sacks on keys, Thomas Morgan on bass and Dan Weiss on drums at 55 Bar

2/8, 9ish Adult Themes play Death by Audio. Distorted keys, fuzz bass, chick vocals, primitive garage rock meets noise but purposefully – cool stuff.

2/8 vintage R&B flavored powerpop powerhouse the Brilliant Mistakes at Rodeo Bar, 10ish.

2/8, 11 PM sprawling dark Americana band Bogs Visionary Orchestra at Goodbye Blue Monday – sort of the prototype for O’Death

2/9, 6 PM torchy sultry bluesy jazz chanteuse Natalie Galey leads a quartet at Caffe Vivaldi.

2/9, 8 PM dark guitar atmospherics with Spooky Ghost at the Stone, $10.

2/9 an impressively strong, cheap quadruple bill at Southpaw starting at 8:30 with pensive, jazz-tinged Canadian songwriter Chloe Charles, fiery gypsy punks Kagero, the ragtime dance-punk of Apocalypse Five and Dime and garage-soul rockers Billy Woodward & the Senders, $10

2/9, 9 PM noir singer Nicole Atkins & the Black Sea at Bowery Ballroom, $16 adv tix rec.

2/9 tropical punk madness at midnight-ish with Chicolina Sound Machine feat. Pedro Erazo of Gogol Bordello at Bowery Electric; even more amazing skaragga/metal cumbia rockers Escarioka open the show at around 9. CSM are also here on 2/23.

2/9, 10 PM tuneful up-and-coming jazz guitar star Ila Cantor shows off her pop songwriter side at the Cornelia St. Cafe, $10

2/9, 10ish tongue-in-cheek, period-perfect early 50s style country from Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co. at Rodeo Bar.

2/9, 11 PM big psychedelic funk band Turkuaz at Cake Shop

2/10, rustic old hillbilly songs with the Weal and the Woe at 8 followed at 10 PM by retro country legend Greg Garing at Barbes.

2/10 Israeli roots reggae with Moshav Band at the Canal Room, 8 PM, $10 adv tix. rec.

2/10, 9 PM the Michael Winograd Klezmer Trio at the Jalopy followed at 10:30 by pyrotechnic Balkan brass band Veveritse.

2/10, 9 PM ten-piece, six-trumpet funk band the Chase Experiment at Spike Hill.

2/10 LES punk/surf/soul legend Simon and the Bar Sinisters, 10ish at Rodeo Bar; he’s at Lakeside at the same time on 2/12.

2/11 artist Robin Hoffman, whose vibrant illustrations have documented the equally vibrant oldtimey/Americana scene at the Jalopy, celebrates the release of her latest coffee-table book there at 6 PM.

2/11 Ethiopian-inspired big band jazz legends Either/Orchestra’s 25th Anniversary Concert, 6 PM at le Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix very highly rec.

2/11, 7 PM witty, legendary Clash collaborator and Americana chanteuse Ellen Foley at Lakeside

2/11, 7 PM the Bantu Dub Project play dub reggae at Shrine

2/11, 7:30 PM pianist Edmund Arkus plays Brahms, Liszt and Haydn at the Third St. Music School Settlement, free

2/11, 8 PM House of Stride: Allison Leyton-Brown – piano; Russ Meissner – drums; Jim Whitney – upright bass and special guest Daria Grace at Barbes followed at 10 by Smokey Hormel’s Roundup doing their western swing thing.

2/11, 9 PM Changing Modes – the cleverly eclectic, sometimes new wave tinged female-fronted art-pop/punk band responsible for our choice of best song of 2010 – at Fontana’s.

2/11, 9:30 PM the Sometime Boys – a sometimes haunting, sometimes slinky and funky, sometimes rustically fun acoustic Americana spinoff of fiery art-rockers System Noise – at Branded Saloon, 603 Vanderbilt Ave. at Bergen, Ft. Greene, Brooklyn. Directions: 2/3/4 train to Bergen. Walk east on Bergen about 2 blocks to Vanderbilt. Or take the B/Q to 7th Ave/Brighton and walk north on Carlton 3 short blocks. Take a right on Bergen and walk one block to Vanderbilt

2/11 up-and-coming jazz vibraphonist Tyler Blanton and band at Miles Cafe, 9:30 PM $20 includes a drink and “snacks.”

2/11, 10 PM latin soul big band the Brooklyn Boogaloo Blowout at 55 Bar.

2/11, 10:30 PM cool improvs with Nasheet Waits’ Equality Band: Logan Richardson, alto sax; John Hebert, bass; Nasheet Waits, drums at the Cornelia St. Cafe, $10.

2/11, 10:30 PM big band bassist/composer Joris Teepe leads a quintet at the Fat Cat.

2/11 Belgian barroom accordion jazz revivalists Musette Explosion at City Winery, 11 PM, free w/rsvp before 2/8 to

2/11, 11 PM SOJA (formerly Soldiers of Jah Army) play roots reggae at Bowery Ballroom, $25 gen adm.

2/11, 11:30ish noir rock legend Martin Bisi with Brian Viglione of the Dresden Dolls on drums at Bruar Falls, early arrival advised.

2/11 ska-punk with the Rudie Crew at Otto’s at midnight.

2/11, midnight, wittily tuneful, original jazz trumpeter John McNeil and his Quartet at Puppets Jazz Bar

2/12, 1 PM a free concert at Bargemusic, program TBA, most likely piano music, early arrival advised.

2/12, 6:30 PM ecstatic oldschool New Orleans funk/soul with Brother Joscephus and The Love Revival Revolution Orchestra at le Poisson Rouge, $10 adv tix rec.

2/12, 8 PM, repeating 2/13, 3 PM the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony plays Tschaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 with the fiery, virtuosic Karine Poghosyan on piano and Rachmaninoff: Symphony #2 at All Saints Church, 230 E 60th St. (2/3rd Aves)., adv. tix $20 rec.

2/12, 8 PM Bassam Saba and the 30-piece New York Arabic Orchestra at Symphony Space, $30/$20 stud/srs. Arguably the foremost Middle Eastern orchestra in North America, Saba also has an extraordinary new album out, Wonderful Land, a tribute to his native Lebanon. This will sell out, adv tix. absolutely required.

2/12, 8 PM global brass madness with Veveritse Brass Band followed at 10 by Red Baraat at Barbes.

2/12 a tasty ska doublebill with the Forthrights and the Pietasters at the Brooklyn Bowl, 8 PM.

2/12, 8:15 PM smart, socially aware Americana/acoustic psychedelic songwriter Allysen Callery at Caffe Vivaldi.

2/12, 8:30 PM Balkan-tinged jazz with the Ben Holmes Quartet feat. Ben Holmes (trumpet); Curtis Hasselbring (trombone); Geoff Kraly (bass); Vinnie Sperrazza (drums) at I-Beam.

2/12, 9 PM relentless, psychedelic Mississippi hill country style blues guitarist Will Scott – a worthy heir to the RL Burnside/Junior Kimbrough throne – at 68 Jay St. Bar.

2/12, 9 PM imaginative large country band Yarn – whose horn section makes perfect sense – at Sullivan Hall, $12.

2/12, 10 PM Kevin Batchelor’s Grand Concourse feat. members of Rocksteady 7, The Stingers & Westbound Train plays classic and original ska at Two Boots Brooklyn.

2/13, 3 PM the Greenwich Village Orchestra play an all-Brahms bill: Hungarian Dance No. 5; the Double Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra, and Symphony No. 2 at Washington Irving HS Auditorium, $20 sug don. They’ve done all these previously, and brilliantly.

2/13 Frances-Marie Uitti, cello and Lisa Bielawa, composer/vocalist playing and singing Xenakis, Luciano Berio, and improvised settings of sonnets by Christian Hawkey, 6:30 PM at le Poisson Rouge, $15.

2/13, 7 PM violinist Hye-Jin Kim at Barbes, program TBA, followed at 9:30ish by jazz manouche monster Stephane Wrembel.

2/13, 8:30 PM the massively hilarious all-female accordion ensemble Main Squeeze Orchestra play the cd release show for their new one at Drom.

2/13, 9 PM Virginia’s hottest original bluegrass band the Dixie Bee-Liners at the Jalopy.

2/13, 11 PM literate powerpop star Patti Rothberg plays the cd release for her somewhat controversial new one Overnite Sensation at Otto’s. Only in New York – most recently she’s playing some stadium with the B-52’s, but she’s doing her cd release at Otto’s late on a Sunday. Early arrival advised.

2/14, 6 PM classic tango with the Hector Del Curto Tango Orchestra at the World Financial Center, free

2/14, 9 PM big band jazz night with the Delphian Jazz Orchestra at Tea Lounge in Park Slope

2/14, 9ish a rare Rosie Flores solo acoustic show at Bowery Electric, $10 adv tix rec.

2/14 oldtimey swing with Daria Grace and the Pre-War Ponies – “the best Valentines band in New York City” – 10ish at Rodeo Bar.

2/14, 10 PM Ghanian-American hip-hop powerhouse Blitz the Ambassador and his wild Afrobeat band at the new cafe at the Apollo Theatre, $15 adv tix rec.

2/15, 7 PM jazz/Americana violin star Jenny Scheinman at Barbes followed at 9 by Slavic Soul Party

2/15-20 intense jazz vibraphonist Joe Locke w/Geoffrey Keezer, George Mraz, Clarence Penn & Kenny Washington on vocals, 7:30/9:30 PM at Dizzy’s Club, $30 tix avail.

2/15, 7:30/9:30 PM saxophonist Seamus Blake leads a quartet with David Kikoski – piano; Matt Penman – bass; Victor Lewis – drums at the Jazz Standard, $20

2/15 tango nuevo bandoneon genius Raul Jaurena leads a trio with Pablo Aslan on bass and Roger Davidson on piano at Caffe Vivaldi, 8:15 PM.

2/15 compelling, frequently creepy art-folk chanteuse Larkin Grimm at Union Pool, 11 PM

2/16, 6:30 PM innovative violinist/composer Ana Milosavljevic plays an eclectic bill with Kathleen Supové on piano feat. TAKE Dance Music by Aleksandra Vrebalov, Eve Beglarian, Svjetlana Bukvich-Nichols and Milosavljevic herself at le Poisson Rouge, $10 adv tix rec. She played most of this program last year at Lincoln Center and it was very hypnotic and interesting.

2/16, 7:30/9:30 PM saxophonist Noah Preminger leads the quartet who play on his absolutely brilliant, terse new ballads album Before the Rain: Frank Kimbrough at the piano, John Hebert on bass and Matt Wilson on drums at the Jazz Standard, $20 – could be one of those shows people will be talking about for a long time.

2/16, 7:30 PM opening night of the Tune-In Festival at the Park Ave. Armory, 643 Park Ave. features Sympho, New York Polyphony, and Charles Perry Sprawls playing Arvo Pärt’s epic Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten plus the otherworldly world premiere of ARCO co-composed by Paul Haas, Paul Fowler and Bora Yoon, $25

2/16, 7:30 PM Georgy Valtchev, violin; Amir Eldan, cello; Lora Tchekoratova, piano  play Beethoven: Sonata in A Major, op 69; Sonata in A Major, op. 47, “Kreutzer;” Piano Trio in B-flat Major, “Archduke” at the Bulgarian Consulate, 121 E 62nd. St., free.

2/16, 8 PM subtle, soulful jazz/rock/Americana wordsmith/tunesmith Dina RuDean at Bowery Electric

2/16, 8 PM psychedelic Australian art-rock legends the Church play three of their classic albums in their entirety: Untitled #23, Starfish and Priest = Aura at the Highline, tix are painfully expensive ($39.50) but are probably worth it. on 2/17 they’re at B.B. King’s

2/16-18, 8 PM flamenco jazz piano titan Chano Dominguez’ Flamenco Hoy music/dance spectacular at NY City Center, 55th St. (6/7 Aves.), $35 tix avail.

2/16, 8 PM sharply literate, understatedly intense soul/rock songwriter Dina Rudeen with her excellent band at Bowery Electric

2/16, 8:30 PM a potentially alchemical bill with Brandon Ross – guitar/banjo/vocal with Stomu Takeishi – acoustic bass guitar and JT Lewis – drums at Roulette, $15

2/16 scorching Nashville gothic/paisley underground rockers the Newton Gang at Lakeside at 9 PM.

2/16, 10 PM virtuosic cello metal with Stratuspheerius at Fat Baby.

2/16, 10ish Vagina Panther at Death by Audio – snarling, in-your-face, female-fronted riff-metal.

2/17, 7:30 PM violinist Gil Morgenstern’s latest Reflections Series concert – this time with pianist Jonathan Feldman – explores the influence of location and dislocation on creativity with music by Ernest Chausson, Erin Schulhoff, Bedrich Smetana, Frédéric Chopin and Leoš Janácek. At WMP Concert Hall, 31 East 28th St.

2/17, 7:30 PM night two of the Tune-In Festival at the Park Ave. Armory, 643 Park Ave. features diverse politically-inspired avant garde music: ferocious, fearless new music ensemble Newspeak doing Matt Marks: A Portrait of Glenn Beck (2009), Eighth Blackbird playing Rzewski’s Attica memoir Coming Together, plus an all-star crew playing Andriessen’s Worker’s Union, $30.

2/17 cleverly lyrical classic pop/janglerock goddess Patti Rothberg at the Parkside, 8:30 PM

2/17, 8:30/10:30 smart new alto sax compositions with Jacam Manricks – saxes, Matt Wilson – drums and Sam Yahael- organ at the Bar Next Door.

2/17 worldbeat siren Chiwoniso plays Zimbabwean mbira funk at the Atrium at Lincoln Center, 8:30 PM, free, early arrival advised.

2/17 all-purpose jazz/Americana stringed instrument virtuoso Matt Munisteri at Barbes, 10 PM.

2/17, 10 PM Ilamawana play original roots reggae at Shrine.

2/18, 7:30 PM NYC noir art-rock legends Elysian Fields at le Poisson Rouge, $15

2/18-20 the Mingus Big Band and then on 2/21 the Mingus Orchestra at the Jazz Standard, 7:30/9:30 PM, $25-30 tix rec.

2/18, 7:30 PM the MSM Philharmonia play Sejourne: Marimba Concerto; Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol, op.34; Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D Major, op. 73 at Borden Auditorium at Manhattan School of Music, $10/$5 stud/srs.

2/18, 8 PM devious intense, literate, charismatic ukelele siren/songwriter Kelli Rae Powell solo at Jimmy’s 43, 43 East 7th St, eet in the East Village

2/18 smart eclectic new jazz and funk with trumpet star Leron Thomas, Boston band Six Figures and saxophonist Logan Richardson at the 92YTribeca, 9 PM, $10 adv tix rec.

2/18 Scott Kettner’s Forro Brass Band at Barbes at 8 followed by hip-hop/soul/jazz crew Peoples Champs at 10 feat. members of Slavic Soul Party, Meta and the Cornerstones, Baye Kouyate, Jo Jo Kuo and His Afrobeat Collective, Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds, Afrodesia, Nation Beat.

2/18, 8:30 PM Dawn of Midi: Indian contrabassist Aakaash Israni, Pakistani percussionist Qasim Naqvi, and Moroccan pianist Amino Belyamani plus celebrated electric guitar quartet Dither playing new works including world premieres by Brent Miller, Adam Fong and Denise Gilson, and music by Lisa R. Coons from Dither’s 2010 album at Issue Project Room, $10.

2/18, 10 PM fiery noir guitar rocker Nathan Halpern and band – sort of the cross between Orbison and Pulp – at Sunny’s in Red Hook

2/18 sly western swing/country crooner Sean Kershaw and the New Jack Ramblers 10ish at Rodeo Bar.

2/19, 11 AM this year’s free marathon at Symphony Space is “young concert artists,” that is if you think under 50 is young. OK, by some standards it is. The complete schedule is here: the choicest hours seem to be the Bach hour at 11 AM and the Chopin hour (which you might think of arriving early for) at 3.

2/19, 8 PM at Trash the Brooklyn What’s monthly ass-kicking rock throwdown: big powerpop buzz band New Atlantic Youth, clever, percussively hypnotic indie duo Eleanor, Let Me Crazy, the Nuclears, the Brooklyn What and rock/ska en Espanol titans Escarioka, who are as good a pick as any for best live band in NYC. Wow.

2/19, 8 PM French early music choir le Poeme Harmonique sing a program titled Esperar, Sentir, Morir at Church of St. Mary the Virgin, 145 W 4th St., $35 tix avail.

2/19, 9 PM Middle Eastern multi-instrumentalist legend Ali Jihad Racy makes his debut at Alwan for the Arts, $25/$20 stud/srs. – this program focuses on the classical musical traditions of the Ottoman Sufi world featuring peformances on the buzuq and ney. Early arrival very highly advised, this will sell out.

2/19, 9 PM the Roulette Sisters – whose innuendo-steeped yet deep oldtime blues harmony album is a top contender for the year’s best – at the Jalopy.

2/19 and again on 2/26 deviously smart, edgy pianist/songwriter Lee Feldman plays the Path Cafe, 131 Christopher near Hudson, at 9 followed by singer-songwriter Daniel Hartnett who comes with some psych rock and Americana cred.

2/19, 10 PM legendary literate Irish punk/janglerockers Black 47 at Connolly’s

2/19, 11 PM NYC’s fun, funny, fiery counterpart to X, Spanking Charlene at Lakeside.

2/19, 11:30 PM snarling 90s indie rock trio Versus at the Mercury, $12

2/20 a rare solo appearance by legendary chanteuse Tracey Thorn of Everything but the Girl at Caffe Vivaldi, 8 PM.

2/20 multi-reed man Ben Kono’s cd release show with a choice band: Ben Kono, tenor sax, oboe, english horn, clarinets, flutes, compositions; Pete McCann, guitar; Henry Hey, piano; John Hollenbeck, drums, percussion; John Hebert, bass; Heather Laws, voice, French horn at the Cornelia St. Cafe, 8:30 PM, $10.

2/20, 9:30 PM agelessly assaultive faux-metal terrorists Gwar at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, $25 gen adm.

2/21, 4 PM now everybody wants to do their own Bang on a Can marathon – which is ok with us. The latest avant festival is at Symphony Space, it’s cheap ($10) and features an “85th birthday tribute to Gunther Schuller performed by Ensemble Pi, the US debut of Ireland’s Fidelio Trio performing works by Charles Wuorinen and Evan Ziporyn, new songs from Errollyn Wallen, visual musical collaboration as performances by Matt Sullivan on oboe with live electronics and by jazz pianist Gustavo Casenave are accompanied by live painting from artists Ken Cro-Ken and Vicky Barranguet. Also featured is the Cassatt Quartet joined by Ursula Oppens, and appearances by composers Joan Tower, Huang Ruo, Tania Leon, David Del Tredici, and Amir El Saffar, among others.”

2/21, 6:30 PM soaring, intense, original country rockers Her & Kings County at the Mercury, $10. They were good when they were playing Hank’s five years ago – touring nationally now, they’re even better.

2/21 the Enso Quartet at Advent Church, 93rd and Broadway, 7:30 PM, free.

2/21, 8:30/10:30 PM haunting and sometimes quirky vocalese fueled jazz with Sara Serpa – vocals; Andre Matos – guitar; Matt Brewer – bass at the Bar Next Door.

2/21 eclectic Balkan/Greek/Jewish powerhouse Klezwoods and intense Eastern European juggernaut Raya Brass Band at Coco 66, 9ish.

2/21, 9 PM the Mike Fahie Jazz Orchestra (led by the first trombonist in Darcy James Argue’s band) at Tea Lounge in Park Slope.

2/21, 9:30 PM a rare small club appearance by the JD Allen Trio (with Dezron Douglas on bass this time around, maybe working up some new tunes) at Smalls. Allen might be the most consistently interesting composer in jazz right now – if you’re free this could be a night to remember.

2/22, 6 PM in the Alice Tully Hall outer lobby International Contemporary Ensemble performing the world premiere of Nathan Davis’ Bells, free.

2/22, 8 PM southpaw guitarslinger Sam Sherwin – who’s doing the catchy Jakob Dylanesque janglerock/soul thing now – at Arlene’s

2/22-26 alto sax legend Dave Liebman with his famous 80s quartet including pianist Richie Beirach, bassist Ron McClure and drummer Billy Hart, 8:30/11 PM at Birdland, $30 tix avail.

2/23, 6 PM avant sounds from Allison Miller & Boom Tic Boom followed by Gutbucket playing the cd release for their new one at le Poisson Rouge, $12.

2/23, 8 PM the New York Chamber Virtuosi play Schubert (Piano Quintet in A Major, D. 667), Saint Saens, Rossini, Weber and more at a “soiree” at the Gershwin Hotel

2/23, 8 PM ferocious psychedelic country/psychedelic rockers the Newton Gang upstairs at the National Underground.

2/23, 8:30 PM soaring Americana with banjo player Hilary Hawke & the Flipsides at 68 Jay St. Bar.

2/23, 8:30 PM a benefit concert “for education and to celebrate the Egyptian Revolution, feat. Shadia Mansour, Lowkey, Logic, Narcycist, Marcel Cartier, Mazzi of S.O.U.L. Purpose, Lah Tere of Rebel Diaz, Likwuid, Jody McIntyre. Proceeds to benefit Egypt Relief: Resala, LEAP, and Existence is Resistance” at Galapagos, $20 adv tix rec.

2/23, 10 PM subtle, psychedelic, completely original roots reggae/dub/worldbeat band Kiwi play at Shrine.

2/24, 7:30 PM irrepressible, irresistible Americana harmony trio Red Molly at the big room at the Rockwood welcoming new member Molly Venter, $10.

2/24, 7:30 PM fearless, politically aware new music group Newspeak play the world premiere of Darcy James Argue’s The Sleep Room; Argue’s Secret Society big band plays works by Vijay Iyer and Newspeak’s David T. Little at Merkin Concert Hall, $25 tix rec.

2/24 Irish and American new music with the Fidelio Trio and Evan Ziporyn, 7:30 PM at Symphony Space, $15

2/24, 8 PM clever, entertaining toy piano aficionado Phyllis Chen at Barbes.

2/24, 8 PM a rare worthwhile concert at Irving Plaza – roots reggae nostalgia with 80s stars the Itals, the Skatalites (probably no original members) and crooner Barrington Levy, $32.50 adv tix rec. at the box office.

2/24, 8 PM a rare acoustic duo show by Americana roots rock maven Jon Sobel and smart roots-pop tunesmith Elisa Peimer at Uncle Bourbon’s, 691 Bay St., Staten Island

2/24, 8:30 PM African-flavored jazz with percussionist Kahil El’Zabar’s Ethnic Heritage Ensemble feat. Corey Wilkes and Ernest Dawkins at the Atrium at Lincoln Center, free, early arrival advised.

2/24 Pauline Oliveros performs Oracle Bones, a work corresponding to the Taoist Cardinal Directions, on accordion along with the spoken word of Ione and the koto of Miya Masaoka, 9 PM at Roulette, $15

2/24, 9 PM nobody but roots rock fanatics remembered who Wanda Jackson was until she made an album with Jack White and now all of a sudden all the trendoids are all over it. But anyway, she’s good – nice to see her get a $30 headline gig at Bowery Ballroom.

2/24, 9/10:30 PM brooding, intense Argentinian piano eclecticist Fernando Otero leads a sextet at the Jazz Gallery, first set $15, second one is $10, band includes Fernando Otero – piano, Nick Danielson – violin, Juan Pablo Jofre Romarion – bandoneon, Martin Moretto – guitar, Pablo Aslan – bass, David Silliman – drums.

2/25, 7:30 PM adventurous Hungarian world music ambassadors Czik Band at Symphony Space, $30 adv tix rec

2/25, 7:30 PM reliably adrenalizing alto saxophonist Jaleel Shaw leads a trio at the Bar Next Door.

2/25, 8 PM the wry, tongue-in-cheek instrumentalists Songs for Unusual Creatures at Barbes feat. Michael Hearst, Allyssa Lamb, Ben Holmes and Kristin Mueller (the same people who brought you Songs for Ice Cream Trucks).

2/25, 8 PM deviously funny, brilliantly tuneful songwriter Sharon Goldman in the round with the similar Americana-influenced Carolann Solebello and blue eyed soul siren Meg Braun at the Good Coffeehouse Music Series at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture, 53 Prospect Park West, Park Slope, 2 train to Grand Army Plaza

2/25, 8 PM Boston garage rockers Jenny Dee & the Deelinquents open for third-wave surf superstars Los Straitjackets at the Bell House, 8 PM, $15.

2/25, 8 PM drummer Neal Smith leads a quintet with Eric Alexander, tenor saxophone, Mark Whitfield, guitar, Mulgrew Miller, piano, Neal Smith, drums, Nat Reeves, bass at the Miller Theatre at Columbia Univ., 116th and Broadway, $25/$15 stud.

2/25 a classic oldschool NYC avant lineup: Susie Ibarra, drums, percussion, composer; Bridget Kibbey, harp; Jennifer Choi, violin; Kathleen Supové, piano 8:30 PM at Roulette, $15

2/25 la Fleur Fatale play 9 PM at Union Hall – majestic tuneful hard-hitting psychedelic powerpop from Sweden.

2/25, 9/10:30 PM bassist Gregg August leads a quartet with Sam Newsome – soprano saxophone, Luis Perdomo – piano, Rudy Royston – drums at the Jazz Gallery

2/25, 10 PM the irrepressible clown prince of oldschool country music, the Jack Grace Band at Rodeo Bar.

2/25, 11 PM the hilarious, X-rated girlgroup parody band Cudzoo & the Fagettes at Arlene’s – kind of the ultimate Friday night madness that would have fit in perfectly in this neighborhood ten years ago when it was still cool.

2/25, 11 PM Cleveland surf rock legends Purple K’nif – with the Waitresses’ Chris Butler on drums – at Lakeside.

2/26, 7 PM up-and-coming Americana chanteuse/songwriter Sarah Jarosz at the little room at the Rockwood

2/26, 7 PM hypnotic cello/marimba duo Goli open for goth-tinged art-rock songwriter Kristin Hoffmann at Caffe Vivaldi

2/26 ageless, fearless chamber-goth cello band Rasputina at the Highline Ballroom, 8 PM, $15 adv tix rec. Voltaire – who’s most recently been ripping off Mark Sinnis’ Nashville gothic sound – opens at 7.

2/26, 7:30 PM dark French psychedelic pop with Revolver at the Mercury, $10.

2/26, 8 PM the Lewis Nash Quintet : Jeremy Pelt, trumpet; Jimmy Greene, saxophone; Renee Rosnes, piano; Lewis Nash, drums; Peter Washington, bass at the Miller Theatre at Columbia Univ., 116th and Broadway, $25/$15 stud

2/26, 8 PM deviously torchy, wickedly lyrical ukelele siren Kelli Rae Powell opens for  prolific, lyrically intense Americana songwriter Jessi Robertson, playing the cd release show for her impressive new one Small Town Girls at 10 PM at Bar 4.

2/26, 8 PM Tony Malaby’s Novela featuring Kris Davis conducting from the piano at I-Beam

2/26, 9 PM soulful powerhouse Lebanese singer Naji Youssef performs Melkite and Maronite hymns and chants at Alwan for the Arts, $20/$15 stud.

2/26, 9 PM the Dysfunctional Family Jazz Band at Rodeo Bar.

2/26, 10:30 PM 1960s New Orleans soul survivor Willie West makes his NYC debut at Southpaw, $10 adv tix rec.

2/26, 11 PM the world’s funniest bar bandleader Jesse Bates & His Flying Guitars feat. various members of the Fleshtones at Lakeside

2/26, 11 PM East Village Pharmacy play dub reggae and psychedelic latin grooves at Shrine

2/26 Bill Ware’s Vibes Quartet at midnight 9 PM at Puppets Jazz Bar

2/27, 7:30 PM, an avant evening with Tristan Perich with Loud Objects, Jakum Ciupinski and the Syzygy New Music Ensemble at Galapagos, $12

2/27, 9 PM darkly comedic, intense, politically aware singer/composer Ted Hearne – whose Katrina Ballads album made our Best of 2010 list – at Littlefield, $10.

2/27, 10ish Iraqi metal monsters Acrassicauda at Bowery Electric, $15.

2/28 The Noriko Ueda Jazz Orchestra 9 PM at Tea Lounge in Park Slope.

2/28, 10 PM Motorhead at the Nokia Theatre, adv tix $37.50 available

3/1 drummer John Hollenbeck’s epically good Large Ensemble at the Jazz Standard, sets 7:30/9:30 PM.

3/2 creepy, cinematic, noir instrumentalists Mojo Mancini at the big room at the Rockwood ,7 PM $10

3/2, 7:30 PM the Wiyos at Rock Shop in Gowanus, $10

3/3, 7ish smart lo-fi garage duo the Fools, the Debutante Hour’s reliably entertaining, clever Susan Hwang and fearless punk cabaret songwriter Sabrina Chap among others at Goodbye Blue Monday.

3/3, 8 PM modern roots reggae with Giant Panda Guerrilla Dub Squad and Rebelution at Irving Plaza, $20 adv tix rec.

3/3 Police cover band NY’s Finest at 9 followed by Tammy Faye Starlite’s hilarious Blondie tribute/spoof band the Pretty Babies at 10 at R Bar

3/3, 9 PM lushly rustic atmospheric Americana duo Arborea followed at 10 by lutenist Jozef Van Wissum at Littlefield, $10.

3/3, 10:30 PM Whiting Tennis – the former Scholars frontman and arguably the finest practitioner of Pacific Northwest gothic rock – at Pete’s.

3/4-5, 8 PM at the Kitchen: “Inspired by her immigrant grandfather, a junk dealer in the Lower East Side who recycled scrap metal and other byproducts of the industrial age, Annie Gosfield will sample the sounds of metal, machines, and factories, and transform these raw materials into something new. Featuring two ensembles: the Annie Gosfield Ensemble, with Gosfield on sampling keyboard, Roger Kleier on electric guitar, and Ches Smith on drums and percussion; and Real Quiet with Felix Fan on cello, piano by Andrew Russo, and guest percussionist Alex Lipowski. Also pianist Stephen Gosling performs a selection of Gosfield solos.”

3/4 entertaining, intense Boston horror-surf rockers Beware The Dangers Of A Ghost Scorpion at Otto’s; they’re at Spike Hill on 3/27

3/4, 10ish the New Collisions at Union Hall; 3/5 they’re at the little downstairs room at Webster Hall at 8 followed by Deluka at 9. Good doublebill!

3/4, 11 PM hypnotic, melodic cellist/composer Julia Kent at Littlefield, $8

3/5, 8 PM utterly original cantorial riff-rockers Sway Machinery open for Malian psychedelic desert blues goddess Khaira Arby at the Bell House, 8 PM, $15 adv tix rec.

3/5, 8 PM, repeating on 3/6, 3 PM the Chelsea Symphony plays Sibelius’ lush, lyrical Fifth Symphony and other works at St. Paul’s Church, 315 W 22nd St.

3/5 gypsy punk with Bad Buka (FKA Panonian Wave) at Mehanata, 10 PM

3/5, 10 PM Koony plays darkly intense, lyrical African Francophone roots reggae at Shrine.

3/5 hilariously satirical, lyrically-driven torch song parody band the Debutante Hour’s cd release show, 11 PM at Bowery Electric.

3/7 the uncommonly imaginative Christine Jensen Jazz Orchestra at Dizzy’s Club 7:30/9:30 PM, $20

3/8, 8 PM Ice Cube – yeah, the guy from the Friday movies, doing his rap thing (back in the day he was one of the great ones) at B.B. King’s, $27 adv tix rec.

3/8, guessing sometime around 11ish, Raekwon plays a cd release show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, $15 adv tix rec.

3/8-12, 11 PM bassist Jennifer Leitham leads a trio with Sherrie Maricle on drums and Tomoko Ohno (not to be confused with the former Red Sox pitcher) on piano at Dizzy’s Club, $10 tix avail.

3/8, 11 PM Eli Paperboy Reed at the Knitting Factory, $15, all ages

3/9 adventurous string quartet Brooklyn Rider with Iranian spike fiddle virtuoso/composer Kayhan Kalhor at Alice Tully Hall, 7:30 PM, $20.

3/9, 7:30 PM cello-driven world music band Deoro plays the big room at the Rockwood.

3/10 NYC indie/janglerock legends Scout 8 PM at the small room at the Rockwood

3/10 Stephan Said’s Magic Orchestra, 8 PM at Drom, $10 – fiery, socially aware rock, hip-hop, Balkan and reggae tunes

3/10 Burnt Sugar play Bowie at the Atrium at Lincoln Center, 8:30 PM.

3/10, 9 PM two of the funniest and most period-perfect songwriters in oldtimey Americana, Al Duvall and Robin Aigner at Rest Au Rant, 30-01 35th Ave., Long Island City.

3/11-12, 8 PM the long-awaited debut of The Songs of Buelah Rowley, by the brilliantly eclectic Mary Lee Kortes at the Cell Theatre, 338 W. 23rd St. (8th and 9th Aves.): “A song cycle with narration and projections based on the biography of Beulah Rowley, a regionally-known depression-era singer and songwriter from the Midwest,” $20 adv tix rec.

3/11, 8 PM the Budos Band at the Bell House, $15.

3/11, 9 PM powerpop/oldschool R&B with the Brilliant Mistakes at the small room at the Rockwood.

3/11-12 Wess Anderson, Charles McPherson and others play music from Charlie Parker’s Bird with Strings at Rose Theatre at Lincoln Center, $30 tix avail.

3/12, 7:30 PM psychedelic Middle Eastern/Balkan/Asian jamband Tribecastan at Joe’s Pub, $15 adv tix rec.

3/12, 8 PM lush, clever, quirky art-rockers the Universal Thump at Barbes.

3/13, 3 PM organist Gail Archer plays Liszt at West End Collegiate Church, West End Ave. at 77th St.

3/13, 7 PM, hot modern klezmer with the Klez Dispensers at Drom, $10.

3/13, 9 PM a wild cerebral exuberant intense psychedelic doublebill at Joe’s Pub with the incomparable Rachelle Garniez opening for Electric Junkyard Gamelan. The former topped our best albums list in 2007; the latter played arguably the best concert we saw all year long in 2010.

3/15-16, 9ish Godspeed You Black Emperor at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple, $TBA, this may sell out, no word on adv tix.

3/18, 7 PM pianist Simone Dinnerstein PS 142, 100 Attorney St. (Rivington/Delancey), $15, program TBA, possibly Bach from her ridiculously popular new cd.

3/18, 7:30 PM the NYC debut of big band arrangements of Esquivel “compositions” by Mr. Ho’s Orchestrotica at le Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec

3/18, 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 Richard Thompson at NJPAC in Newark – $35 tix still available according to their website.

3/18, 8 PM new music ensemble Detour at Galapagos, program TBA, $10

3/19 irrepressible folk/Americana harmony trio Red Molly with Pat Wictor on guitar at the First Acoustics Coffeehouse in downtown Brooklyn, $30 adv tix rec.

3/21 Israeli Jam/Buzzcocks ripoff Electra at Bruar Falls

3/23-24 Lila Downs at City Winery

3/23, 7:30 PM, new music ensemble Le Train Bleu plays their debut performance of Stravinsky’s Histoire du Soldat at Galapagos, $20/$10 stud.

3/23, 7:30 PM Pedro Diaz, oboe; Milan Milisavljevic, viola; Anna Stoytcheva, piano play Schumann, Brahms, Saint-Saens and Loeffler at the Bulgarian Consulate, 121 E 62nd. St., free.

3/23 former Verve frontman Richard Ashcroft at Bowery Ballroom, 9ish

3/24, 8 PM the Talea Ensemble play new works by Evan Ziporyn, Rand Steiger, Fred Lerdahl, David Fulmer, Elizabeth Hoffman, and Aaron Cassidy: “a highlight on the program will be a world premiere by Rand Steiger entitled A Menacing Plume (2011) which is a musical response to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.” At Merkin Concert Hall, $20

3/25,9 PM charming, sultry French chanson revivalists les Chauds Lapins play the cd release show for their long awaited second album Amourettes at the 92YTribeca, $12.

3/27, 6:30 PM the Jack Quartet plays György Ligeti, Steve Lehman, and Horatiu Radulescu at le Poisson Rouge, $15

3/28 the Jasper Quartet at Advent Church, 93rd and Broadway, 7:30 PM, free.

3/31, 8 PM the Chiara String Quartet’s latest Creator/Curator concert features Lutoslawski’s String Quartet (with improvisations) and Daniel Ott’s String Quartet No. 2

at Galapagos, $10 adv tix rec

4/2 Graham Parker at City Winery.

4/3, 2 (two) PM the Parker String Quartet free at Flushing Town Hall.

4/5, 9 PM Wire at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, $20 adv tix rec.

4/9, 8 PM up-and-coming southwestern gothic star Kerry Kennedy – part noir femme fatale, part fiery bandleader – at Union Hall, $12 adv tix highly rec.

4/9, 10 PM the Black Angels at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, $20 adv tix. on sale 2/4

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