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JAZZ, CLASSICAL MUSIC AND THE ARTS IN NEW YORK CITY

New York City Live Music Calendar for March-April 2010

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

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

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

Sundays there’s a klezmer brunch at City Winery, show starts round 11:30 AM – 2 PM, $10 cover, no minimum, lots of good bands.

Sundays from half past noon to 3:30 PM, bluegrass cats Freshly Baked (f.k.a. Graveyard Shift), featuring excellent, incisive fiddle player Diane Stockwell play Nolita House (upstairs over Botanica at 47 E Houston). Free drink with your entree.

The 2009-10 series of organ concerts at St. Thomas Church continues most every Sunday (holidays excepted) at 5:15 sharp, featuring an allstar cast of performers. Concerts continue through the end of May 2010.

Stephane Wrembel plays Sundays at Barbes at 9. He’s something of an institution here, plan on arriving EARLY, 45 minutes early isn’t too soon since the whole bar gets packed fast. The guitarist has few if any equals as an interpreter of Django Reinhardt, but it’s where he takes the gypsy jazz influence in his own remarkably original, psychedelic writing – and what he brings to the Django stuff – that makes all the difference. One of the most interesting players in any style of music, anywhere in the world.

Every Sunday the Ear-Regulars, led by trumpeter Jon Kellso and (frequently) guitarist Matt Munisteri play NYC’s only weekly hot jazz session starting around 8 PM at the Ear Inn on Spring St.  Hard to believe, in the city that springboarded the careers of thousands of jazz legends, but true. This is by far the best value in town for marquee-caliber jazz: for the price of a drink and a tip for the band, you can see world-famous players (and brilliant obscure ones) you’d usually have to drop $100 for at some big-ticket room. The material is mostly old-time stuff from the 30s and 40s, but the players (especially Kellso and Munisteri, who have a chemistry that goes back several years) push it into some deliciously unexpected places.

Every Sunday, hip-hop MC Big Zoo hosts the long-running End of the Weak rap showcase at the Pyramid, 9 PM, admission $5 before 10, $7 afterward. This is one of the best places to discover some of the hottest under-the-radar hip-hop talent, both short cameos as well as longer sets from both newcomers and established vets.

Mondays at the Fat Cat the Heun Choi String Quartet play a wide repertoire of chamber music from Bach to Shostakovich starting at 7

Mondays at the Jazz Standard it’s all Mingus, whether with the Mingus Orchestra, Big Band or Mingus Dynasty: you know the material and the players are all first rate. Sets 7:30/9:30 PM, $25 and worth it.

Mondays at the Delancey on the main floor, 8:30 PMish Botanica frontman and master of menace Paul Wallfisch presents the edgiest weekly music series in town, playfully called Small Beast, an international mix of some of the most intelligent (and frequently darkest) performers passing through town. It’s free and there’s always some kind of drink special or freebee. If you wish Tonic was still open, Wallfisch is keeping the flame alive. He typically plays a solo set on piano around 10 PM, reason enough to put this on your calendar. April artists include Martin Bisi, Julia Frodahl of Edison Woods, Black Sea Hotel, Valerie Kuehne, Erin and Her Cello, Bad Reputation and more.

Also Monday nights Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks, a boisterous horn-driven 11-piece 1920s/early 30’s band play Sofia’s Restaurant, downstairs at the Edison Hotel, 221 West 46th Street between Broadway & 8th Ave., 3 sets from 8 to 11, surprisingly cheap $15 cover plus $15 minimum considering what you’re getting. Even before the Flying Neutrinos or the Moonlighters, multi-instrumentalist Giordano was pioneering the oldtimey sound in New York; his long-running residency at the old Cajun on lower 8th Ave. is legendary. He also gets a ton of film work (Giordano wrote the satirical number that Willie Nelson famously sang in Wag the Dog).

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

Also Mondays in March the Barbes house band, Chicha Libre plays there starting around 9:30. They’ve singlehandedly resurrected an amazing subgenre, chicha, which was popular in the Peruvian Amazon in the late 60s and early 70s. With electric accordion, cuatro, surf guitar and a boisterous rhythm section, their mix of obscure classics and originals is one of the funnest, most danceable things you’ll witness this year. Perhaps not so strangely, they sound a lot like Finnish surf rockers Laika and the Cosmonauts in their most imaginative moments.

Also Mondays in March Rev. Vince Anderson and his band play Union Pool in Williamsburg, two sets starting around 11 PM. The Rev. is one of the great keyboardists around, equally thrilling on organ or electric piano, an expert at Billy Preston style funk, honkytonk, gospel and blues. He writes very funny, very politically astute, frequently salacious original gospel songs and is one of the most charismatic, intense live performers of our time. Paula Henderson from Burnt Sugar is the lead soloist on baritone sax.

The second and fourth Tuesday of the month there are free organ recitals at half past noon at Central Synagogue, Lexington Ave. at 55th., an exciting list of first-class performers in a sonically gorgeous space, a great way to spend your lunch break if you work in the neighborhood.

Tuesdays the boisterous and very popular brass-heavy gypsy jazz band Slavic Soul Party plays Barbes at 9. Get here as soon as you can as the opening act is usually popular as well.

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

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

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

Every Friday in March at 8:30 PM at the Fat Cat Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens bring an authentic here-and-now Brooklyn church vibe, no slick theatrics, just soul.

Fridays there’s live Mediterranean music – Greek- Arabic, Turkish Armenian, Israeli fusion with Mike Stoupakis, Christos Zavolas, Sofia on on vocals, Elias Sarkar-oud/vocals, Kostas Konstantinou – drums,  plus bellydancers at Lafayette Grill & Bar, 54 Franklin St., downtown,$20 cover, 10ish, free after 1 AM.

3/22-4/21 free concerts with chamber music of J.S. Bach at half past noon at Philosophy Hall, Columbia University (on the east edge of campus, north of 116th St./College Walk and east of Low Library and Buell Hall).Seating is limited; early arrival is strongly recommended. Violinist Jennifer Koh 3/22-24; pianist Benjamin Hochman 4/12-14; cellist Alisa Weilerstein 4/19-21.

3/1-5 the Chopin-a-thon at the World Financial Center, performances 9 AM – noon with open pianos for interested players. Noon til 7, the pros take over (four separate pianos in different areas of the rotunda) with nightly shows 7 PM, a series of big-name classical performers, all of this free.

3/1, 9:30 PM and repeating on 3/7 at 7:30 PM the rivetingly intense yet cleverly amusing Sarah Mucho sings Neil Young’s After the Gold Rush at Don’t Tell Mama, $20 or two for one admission with flyer

3/1 trombonist Dave Smith’s latest devious jazz project Smoota, dark Euro-rocker Spottiswoode, Americana legend Greg Garing and  Nanuchka frontwoman Yula Beeri at Small Beast at the Delancey, 9ish.

3/1 lyrical, understatedly soulful Dina Dean brings her inimitable blend of Americana, classic soul/gospel and incisive rock out of mothballs at Goodbye Blue Monday, 11 PM. Your last chance to see her playing under this name!

3/2-3 at the Jazz Standard the dark, tango-inflected Pedro Giraudo Jazz Orchestra, sets 7:30/10, $25 adv tix very highly rec.

3/2-6, 8:30/11 PM legendary,lyrical Jamaican jazz pianist Monty Alexander at Birdland, $30 side seating avail.

3/2-7 and 3/9-14 piano jazz with the Bill Charlap Trio w/Peter Washington & Kenny Washington at Dizzy’s Club, $30 tix avail.

3/2 Brooklyn’s own haunting, innovative Balkan vocal quartet Black Sea Hotel at Pete’s 9 PM.

3/2 Cage the Elephant at Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Wburg 3/2-4 is SOLD OUT. Good for them. You’ll have to catch their hip-hop with a rustic delta blues groove and loud, shambling, tuneful garage/psych rock like the Libertines but tighter next time.

3/3, 7:30 PM new music string quartet adventurers Ethel at the Pregones Theater 571-575 Walton Ave. in the Bronx, free.

3/3, 8 PM saloon jazz piano legend Mose Allison at City Winery, $25 tix available.

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

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

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

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

3/4, 8 PM at Carnegie Hall amazingly authentic, funny, retro 20s Weimar blues and noir cabaret revivalist Max Raabe & Palast Orchester, $28 adv tix avail.

3/4 Americana soul with the Smooth Maria at Union Pool, 9 PM.

3/4, 9 PM the NY Gypsy All-Stars at Rose Bar in Williamsburg, a measly $5.

3/4 soaring janglerockers Girl to Gorilla at Trash, 9 PM.

3/4 country bandleader Rosy Nolan and deviously lyrical, sultry oldtimey songwriter Kelli Rae Powell at Rodeo Bar, 9ish.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3/5 smart, literate keyboardist/rocker Tris McCall & the Housing Bubble at Maxwell’s 11 PM doing songs from his new NJ-themed album: “Just as you go to the Felt Forum to see the ice capades, or to Sea World to see people get eaten by killer whales, you must go to Maxwell’s to get the full Tris McCall experience.”.

3/5 a good Americana doublebill with rustic songwriter Andrew Vladeck and the hilarious blues/bluegrass/jamband Tall Tall Trees at the Postcrypt Coffeehouse, 9:30 PM.

3/5 playful, entertaining guitar virtuoso Bill Kirchen – who basically invented alt-country back in the 70s – at Rodeo Bar 10:30 PM.

3/5, midnight glamrocker Kristeen Young at Trash.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3/8 interesting powerpop songwriter Mikal Evans at the Rockwood 11 PM

3/9, 1 PM at Trinity Church the NY Scandia Symphony play the U.S. Premiere of Franz Neruda’s Cello Concerto plus works by Ernest Bloch, Poul Schierbeck, Emil Hartmann, Carl Nielsen, free, early arrival advised.

3/9, 7 PM multistylistic violinist/composer/country singer Jenny Scheinman at Barbes followed at 9 by Slavic Soul Party

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

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

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

3/10 the Borromeo String Quartet play Gunther Schuller and Mohammed Fairouz at the Stone, 8 PM. Their Boston performance of this program back in December was fascinating and had some genuinely transcendent moments.

3/10 at the Jazz Standard the adventurous Amina Figarova Sextet: Amina Figarova – piano; Bart Platteau – flutes; Marc Mommaas – tenor saxophone; Ernie Hammes – trumpet; Jeroen Vierdag – bass; Chris ” Buckshot” Strik – drums, $20 adv tix rec., sets 7:30/9:30.

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

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

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

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

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

3/11, 8 PM Irish traditional legends Altan at Symphony Space, tix $25/$18 stud.

3/11, 8 PM at SOB’s classic era hip-hop with Chubb Rock plus Dres (from Black Sheep) plus opening acts TBA, hosted by 98.7’s legendary Kool DJ Red Alert, adv tix $20 a must.

3/11, 8:30 PM genre-smashing Italian choreographer/percussionist Alessandra Belloni plays the cd release show for her lavish, psychedelic Tarantella Spider Dance cd at Drom, $TBA.

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

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

3/11, 10ish Noble Society plays roots reggae at Rose Bar in Williamsburg $5

3/11 roots reggae/dub legends John Brown’s Body at the Music Hall of Williamsburg 11ish $15 adv tix.

3/12 lush, romantic, frequently haunting, harmony-driven retro pan-Latin band las Rubias del Norte at Joe’s Pub doing their cd release show, $15

3/12, 8 PM Black 47 at the College of Staten Island Williamson Theatre

3/12, 8 PM horn player Rob Mosher’s adventurous 10 piece jazz/classical band Storytime and Petr Cancura’s mulistylistic jazz/Americana string band Down Home play a benefit for NYC charity Rational Animal at the Great Room at South Oxford Space, 138 South Oxford Street (Atlantic Avenue/Fulton St.), Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Adv tix $12 includes a t-shirt and “other small gifts.” C to Lafayette or any train to Atlantic Ave.

3/12 a killer country/Americana doublebill with Jack Grace and Luther Wright at Rodeo Bar 9:30ish.

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

3/12 Shilelagh Law play Irish drinking music at Connolly’s 10 PM

3/12, midnight at SOB’s an A-list “hip-hop for Haiti” lyricist bill feat. Talib Kweli, Styles P, Immortal Technique, Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz, Cormega, SF (Spark Flame) & Mr Reo, Royce Da 5′9″, adv tix $25 a must.

3/13, 6 PM country/bluegrass guitar monster Wayne Henderson plus Jeff Little play a house concert on the east side, midtown, sugg. don. at the door, email for info

3/13, 7 PM at Highline Ballroom Joe Hurley’s annual Irish allstar festival, dozens of cameos by A-list NYC rockers, $20 adv tix rec.

3/13 lush, amusing, innuendo-driven 30s French chanson revivalists les Chauds Lapins – whose album made our top 20 list in 2007, and is available on delicious vinyl – at Barbes, 8 PM.

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

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

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

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

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

3/13 Blue Oyster Cult at BB King’s, $27.50, sets at 7:30 and 10.

3/13 the Wolfe Tones at Connolly’s (only NYC appearances), 8 PM. They’re also here on 3/14 at 7.

3/13 steampunk blues/country siren Mamie Minch followed by Americana bandleader Alex Battles & Banjorama at the Jalopy, 9 PM.

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

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

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

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

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

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

3/14, 3 PM organ adventurer Gail Archer plays selections from her upcoming Bach cd at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church (225 W 99th St, Train 1/2/3-W 96th St)

3/14 an ACME doublebill at le Poisson Rouge. The 7:30 PM show has them playing Adams’ In a Treeless Place, Only Snow for celesta, harp, two vibraphones, and string quartet; and his The Farthest Place for violin, vibraphone, marimba, piano, double bass; alongside Volans’ String Quartet No. 1, White Man Sleeps; and his String Quartet No. 9, Shiva Dances.; at 10 they’ll be joined by pianists Volker Bertelmann (a.k.a. Hauschka) and Dustin O’Halloran playing works by each. Tix $15 or $20 for both shows.

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

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

3/15 amazingly adventurous, genre-hopping string quartet Brooklyn Rider play the cd release show for their latest one at the Angel Oresanz Center.

3/15 artsy, tuneful Icelandic indie popsters Seabear play the Mercury, 7 PM; they’re at Southpaw at 8:30ish the following night 3/16.

3/15 now that Moisturizer are splitsville, the tiara for funnest NYC band has been passed to hilariously filthy, x-rated faux-60s girl group punk-popsters Cudzoo & the Fagettes, who open for Norwegian garage girls the Cocktail Slippers at 8:45 PM at the Delancey, downstairs.

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

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

3/16 at the Jazz Standard chanteuse Carolyn Leonhart with saxman Wayne Escoffery plus Toru Dodo – piano; Boris Kozlov – bass; Donald Edwards – drums; Jeff Haynes – percussion, $20 adv tix highly rec., sets 7:30/9:30.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3/18, 10 PM scorching female-fronted powerpop/jamband Devi at Sullivan Hall

3/18 Chicago blues legend Lucky Peterson – a true threat on both guitar and keys – at Terra Blues 10 PM.

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

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

3/19, 7:30 PM the female Lenny Bruce, Tammy Faye Starlite and her hilarious Runaways cover band the Stay-at-Homes – better than the real thing! – plus an all-girl Cheap Trick cover band, $15.

3/19, 8 PM innovative, tuneful new-music string quartet Build plays Galapagos

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3/19 half past midnight/1 AMish Americana multistylist/guitar god Homeboy Steve Antonakis at Banjo Jim’s

3/20 at Puppets Jazz Bar 6 PM pianist Frank Carlberg’s Tivoli Trio cd release show; at 9 PM Mingus Orchestra bassist Boris Kozlov leads his Trio.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3/21 ,2 (two) PM pianist Christian Zacharias conducting the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium – C.P.E. Bach: Symphony in E-flat Major; Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37; Zimmerman: Rheinische Kirmestänze; Schumann: Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 97; $28 tix avail.

3/21, 3 PM the Antara Ensemble play an all-Bach program including the Brandenburg Concertos #4 and 5 at Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 2065 5th Ave. at 127th Street, $25/$20 srs.

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

3/21, 6:30 PM star chanteuse of the Middle Eastern underground, Gaida plays the cd release show for her long awaited, cutting-edge debut Levantine Indulgence at le Poisson Rouge, adv tix $15 a must.

3/21 at Merkin Concert Hall, 7:30 PM: ETHEL Plays JacobTV: “A special edition of WNYC’s New Sounds Live with host John Schaefer – New York’s high-octane string quartet ETHEL teams up with Dutch “avant-pop” composer JacobTV (Jacob Ter Veldhuis) for an adventurous evening that includes U.S. premieres of Low Angle Close Up Dolly Shot Highway and Syracuse Blues + soundtrack.”

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

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

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

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

3/22, 7:30 PM the Daedalus Quartet play a free, all-Beethoven program at Advent Lutheran/ Broadway United Church, 2504 Broadway at 93rd St., 1/2/3 to 96th.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3/24, 7:30 PM at the Jazz Standard the NEC Jazz Faculty All-Stars featuring George Garzone, John McNeil, Cecil McBee, Billy Hart & Frank Carlberg, $25 adv tix very highly rec. Part of NEC Jazz Week.

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

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

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

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

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

3/24 casually smart jazz chanteuse Calley Bliss at Shrine 9 PM

3/25 ferociously tuneful, sometimes jangly, sometimes punkish Williamsburg indie vets Cementhead – who date from when indie was cool and so was Williamsburg – play Trash.

3/25, Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine with special guests (in support of their new album The Audacity of Hype) 7 PM at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple, $22, all ages.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3/26, 7:30 PM pianist Kathleen Supové at First Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn Heights, 124 Henry St., 2/3 to Clark St., A/C to High St. or 4/5 to Borough Hall, $10 sugg. don.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3/27, 8 PM Yomo Toro – the powerhouse lefty Dick Dale of the Puerto Rican cuatro – along with legendary avant jazz trombonist/composer Roswell Rudd and musical director/drummer Bobby Sanabria and Ascencion – wow! – at Symphony Space, adv tix $27/$18 stud. highly rec.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3/27, 10:30 PM fearless, tuneful, politically-charged songwriter Fred Gillen Jr. sat the Postcrypt Coffeehouse at Columbia.

3/27 the Brooklyn What – NYC’s most charismatic, funny, intelligent loud rock band – play Trash at midnight. Also on the bill: Anna Anabolic’s good garage band the Anabolics at 8 followed by High Teen Boogie and then the Lipstick Killers at 11 or so.

3/28, 6 PM cellist Leigh Stuart plus her ensemble  at the Lounge at Hudson View Gardens, 116 Pinehurst Ave. and 183rd St. in the Bronx is CANCELLED.

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

3/28 the Komeda Project  – who hauntingly and intensely keep the work of legendary, doomed jazz composer and Roman Polanski collaborator Krzysztof Komeda alive – are at the Cornelia St. Café, 8:30 PM, $10 featuring pianist/composer/arranger Andrzej Winnicki and saxophonist Krzysztof Medyna, along with trumpeter Russ Johnson and a rhythm section.

3/28 at Public Assembly, 9ish a rare quadruple bill with four excellent loud guitar bands: Rosetta and their ornate atmospheric Radiohead-inflected shoegaze/metal, equally ornate and brutal Philly underground metal legends Starkweather, the richly intense, haunting, Joy Division-esque Junius and the low-register Melvins-ish sludge of Archon. No idea who’s playing when but it’s a solid bill top to bottom.

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

3/29 soul siren Joy Ryder and her band play at Otto’s at 8.

3/29 art rockers Paul Wallfisch and Serena Jost at Small Beast at the Delancey, 9ish.

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

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

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

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

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

3/31 at the Jazz Standard  Todd Sickafoose’s Tiny Resistors with Jenny Scheinman – violin; John Ellis – tenor sax, clarinet; Alan Ferber – trombone; Adam Levy – guitar; Erik Deutsch – piano; Todd Sickafoose – bass; the phenomenal Rudy Royston – drums & percussion, $20 highly rec., sets 7:30/9:30 PM.

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

3/31, 8 PM at the Stone multistylistic avant/jazz violinist Carla Kihlstedt and Matthias Bossi on drums with Shahzad Ismaily on bass and others TBA.

4/1 Tris McCall’s indie supergroup  Overlord at Bruar Falls 8 PM

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

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

4/1 Bad Reputation at Barbes 8 PM

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

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

4/1 Frankenpine at Lakeside 9:15ish

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

4/2, 11 PM funkmeisters Turkuaz at Spike Hill

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

4/9, 7:30 PM at Carnegie Hall – Orchestra Underground performing “Louis & the Young Americans,”Jeffrey Milarsky conducting: Louis Andriessen – Symphony for Open Strings (New York City Premiere); Missy Mazzoli: These Worlds in Us (World Premiere, new orchestration); Michael Fiday: HST: In Memoriam Hunter S. Thompson (World Premiere, ACO Commission); John Korsrud: New Work (World Premiere, ACO Commission). This is a big deal in NYC music history, the concert will sell out, if you consider yourself a fan of new music you really ought to catch the show.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

4/15 Cypress Hill at SOB’s 9 PM $25

4/16, 7:30 PM cellist/vocalist Jody Redhage and Fire in July at First Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn Heights, 124 Henry St., 2/3 to Clark St., A/C to High St. or 4/5 to Borough Hall, $10 sugg. don.

4/16, 8 PM the auspicious second episode of CONTACT! the NY Phil’s avant ensemble extravaganza has Alan Gilbert conducting world premieres by composers Sean Sheperd, Nico Muhly, and Matthias Pintscher, adv tix $28 highly rec., this will sell out.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

4/21 the Specials at Terminal 5, $30 adv tix.

4/22, 7:30 PM Lark Chamber Artists and pianist Jeremy Denk perform the world premiere of Paul Moravec’s Piano Quintet, also Jennifer Higdon’s Exaltation of Larks; Felix Mendelssohn’s Four Pieces for String Quartet, Op.81; and Robert Schumann’s Piano Quintet in E flat Major, Op. 44. at Merkin Concert Hall.

4/22, 8 PM Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks, who was steampunk before steampunk existed, back in the late 60s and is still going strong, at BB King’s, 8 PM, $25 adv tix. rec.

4/22 the Church acoustic at City Winery.

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

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

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

4/25, 4 PM Leon Botstein and the American Symphony Orchestra play Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony at Symphony Space, $30, stud/srs. $20 They play the Fifth on 4/27 at 7.

4/25, 5 PM the Contrasts Quartet at the Lounge at Hudson View Gardens, 116 Pinehurst Ave. and 183rd St., $10

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5/14, 7:30 PM PM at Symphony Space Joydeep Ghosh plays classical and contemporary Indian compositions on the rare, ancient surshringar, sort of a bass sarod lute, tix $25/$18 stud.

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

5/27-28 Reverend Horton Heat at Highline Ballroom

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

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

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

6/26 desert blues titans  Tinariwen at Central Park Summerstage

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NYC Live Music Calendar for February-March 2010 Plus Other Events

Hey – this isn’t the latest calendar here. This is. If you don’t recognize the place where a particular act is playing, check our venues page.  Show times listed here are actual set times, not the time doors open. We try to be as accurate as possible, but if a listing here says something like “9 PM-ish,” that means the show could be at nine, quarter after nine or possibly later, click on the band link provided or go to the venues page.

Important – in the case of several bands on the bill, they’re listed in order of appearance (unless the promoters have not specified who’s playing when – you’d be surprised by how often that happens).

As always, weekly events first followed by the daily listings:

Saturdays 2/13, 2/20, 2/27 legendary, indomitable Irish-American rockers Black 47 – whose cd Iraq was Lucid Culture’s pick for best album of 2008 – are at Connolly’s in midtown.

Sundays there’s a klezmer brunch at City Winery, show starts round 11:30 AM – 2 PM, $10 cover, no minimum, lots of good bands.

Sundays from half past noon to 3:30 PM, bluegrass cats Freshly Baked (f.k.a. Graveyard Shift), featuring excellent, incisive fiddle player Diane Stockwell play Nolita House (upstairs over Botanica at 47 E Houston). Free drink with your entree.

Sundays in February there’s a Balkan jam at Goodbye Blue Monday in Bushwick starting at 3ish.

The 2009-10 series of organ concerts at St. Thomas Church continues most every Sunday (holidays excepted) at 5:15 sharp, featuring an allstar cast of performers. Concerts continue through the end of May 2010.

Stephane Wrembel plays Sundays at Barbes at 9. The guitarist has few if any equals as an interpreter of Django Reinhardt, but it’s where he takes the gypsy jazz influence in his own remarkably original, psychedelic writing – and what he brings to the Django stuff – that makes all the difference. One of the most interesting players in any style of music, anywhere in the world.

Every Sunday the Ear-Regulars, led by trumpeter Jon Kellso and (frequently) guitarist Matt Munisteri play NYC’s only weekly hot jazz session starting around 8 PM at the Ear Inn on Spring St.  Hard to believe, in the city that springboarded the careers of thousands of jazz legends, but true. This is by far the best value in town for marquee-caliber jazz: for the price of a drink and a tip for the band, you can see world-famous players (and brilliant obscure ones) you’d usually have to drop $100 for at some big-ticket room. The material is mostly old-time stuff from the 30s and 40s, but the players (especially Kellso and Munisteri, who have a chemistry that goes back several years) push it into some deliciously unexpected places.

Every Sunday, hip-hop MC Big Zoo hosts the long-running End of the Weak rap showcase at the Pyramid, 9 PM, admission $5 before 10, $7 afterward. This is one of the best places to discover some of the hottest under-the-radar hip-hop talent, both short cameos as well as longer sets from both newcomers and established vets.

Mondays at the Fat Cat the Heun Choi String Quartet play a wide repertoire of chamber music from Bach to Shostakovich starting at 7

Mondays at the Jazz Standard it’s all Mingus, whether with the Mingus Orchestra, Big Band or Mingus Dynasty: you know the material and the players are all first rate. Sets 7:30/9:30 PM, $25 and worth it.

Mondays at the Delancey on the main floor, 8:30 PMish Botanica frontman and master of menace Paul Wallfisch presents the edgiest weekly music series in town, playfully called Small Beast, an international mix of some of the most intelligent (and frequently darkest) performers passing through town. It’s free and there’s always some kind of drink special or freebee. If you wish Tonic was still open, Wallfisch is keeping the flame alive. He typically opens the night solo on piano, reason enough to put this on your calendar. February artists include Greg Garing, Randi Russo, Alice Texas, Darren Gaines & the Key Party, Gutbucket and Little Annie.

Also Monday nights Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks, a boisterous horn-driven 11-piece 1920s/early 30’s band play Sofia’s Restaurant, downstairs at the Edison Hotel, 221 West 46th Street between Broadway & 8th Ave., 3 sets from 8 to 11, surprisingly cheap $15 cover plus $15 minimum considering what you’re getting. Even before the Flying Neutrinos or the Moonlighters, multi-instrumentalist Giordano was pioneering the oldtimey sound in New York; his long-running residency at the old Cajun on lower 8th Ave. is legendary. He also gets a ton of film work (Giordano wrote the satirical number that Willie Nelson famously sang in Wag the Dog).

Mondays 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

Mondays in February the Mercenaries – semi-legendary New York rockers who are sort of the missing link between the Stones and the Replacements – at Arlene’s, 9 PM.

Also Mondays in February the Barbes house band, Chicha Libre plays there starting around 9:30. They’ve singlehandedly resurrected an amazing subgenre, chicha, which was popular in the Peruvian Amazon in the late 60s and early 70s. With electric accordion, cuatro, surf guitar and a boisterous rhythm section, their mix of obscure classics and originals is one of the funnest, most danceable things you’ll witness this year. Perhaps not so strangely, they sound a lot like Finnish surf rockers Laika and the Cosmonauts in their most imaginative moments.

Also Mondays Feb 8, 15 and 27 exhilarating, anthemic, sweepingly majestic, socially aware Radiohead-influenced art-rockers My Pet Dragon play the Cameo Gallery, 10 PM.

Also Mondays in February Rev. Vince Anderson and his band play Union Pool in Williamsburg, two sets starting around 11 PM. The Rev. is one of the great keyboardists around, equally thrilling on organ or electric piano, an expert at Billy Preston style funk, honkytonk, gospel and blues. He writes very funny, very politically astute, frequently salacious original gospel songs and is one of the most charismatic, intense live performers of our time. Paula Henderson from Burnt Sugar is the lead soloist on baritone sax.

The second and fourth Tuesday of the month there are free organ recitals at half past noon at Central Synagogue, Lexington Ave. at 55th., an exciting list of first-class performers in a sonically gorgeous space, a great way to spend your lunch break if you work in the neighborhood.

Tuesdays the boisterous and very popular brass-heavy gypsy jazz band Slavic Soul Party plays Barbes at 9. Get here as soon as you can as the opening act is usually popular as well.

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

Wednesdays in FEBRUARY: 2/10, 17, 24 Mamie Minch plays at 9 PM at 68 Jay St. Bar. With her spiky, fluid Resonator guitar playing and her innuendo-laden lyrics, the devious mastermind behind the Roulette Sisters sounds like a bluesmama from the 1920s…or like the Carter Family member who got kicked out for shacking up out of matrimony.

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

Thursdays in February Mattison plays Pete’s, 9 PM. Casually smart keyboardist/chanteuse Kate Mattison and her rhythm section lay down a slinky, seductive groove that blends soul/jazz with modern pop sounds along the lines of the Secret History or Greta Gertler.

Every Friday in February at 8:30 PM at the Fat Cat Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens bring an authentic here-and-now Brooklyn church vibe, no slick theatrics, just soul.

Fridays there’s live Mediterranean music – Greek- Arabic, Turkish Armenian, Israeli fusion with Mike Stoupakis, Christos Zavolas, Sofia on on vocals, Elias Sarkar-oud/vocals, Kostas Konstantinou – drums,  plus bellydancers at Lafayette Grill & Bar, 54 Franklin St., downtown,$20 cover, 10ish, free after 1 AM.

3/22-4/21 free concerts with chamber music of J.S. Bach at half past noon at Philosophy Hall, Columbia University (on the east edge of campus, north of 116th St./College Walk and east of Low Library and Buell Hall).Seating is limited; early arrival is strongly recommended. Violinist Jennifer Koh 3/22-24; pianist Benjamin Hochman 4/12-14; cellist Alisa Weilerstein 4/19-21.

2/2 at Rose Bar 10 PMish pianist Jason Lindner and his latin jazz trio Now Vs Now with Mark Guiliana & Panagiotis Andreou.

2/2, 11 PM stark, rustic acoustic Americana group Rescue Bird at Bruar Falls

2/2-7 terse, cutting-edge tenor saxist/composer JD Allen and his Trio (Gregg August on bass and Tyshawn Sorey on drums this time, which should put the songs and the tunes even more front and center than usual) at the Vanguard.

2/2-7 the Wess “Warmdaddy” Anderson Quintet w/Terell Stafford, Marc Cary, Neal Caine & Jeff “Tain” Watts7:30/9:30 PM at Dizzy’s Club $30 tix avail.

2/2, 9 PM fiery, politically astute, Fela-influenced Afrobeat siren Nneka at SOB’s 9 PM, adv tix $15 highly rec.

2/3, 7 PM at Caffe Vivaldi new music adventurers Dollshot playing new arrangements of art songs by Schoenberg, Poulenc, Ives, and Ravel plus originals.

2/3, 9 PM legendary soul/blues crooner Bobby Bland at BB King’s $25 adv tix rec.

2/3 oldtimey fun with Those Darlins at Maxwell’s 10ish.

2/3 hooky two-guitar 90s Britrock style band the Royal Chains at Union Hall 11:30ish

2/4, 7 PM the Chiara String Quartet plays three choice Beethoven quartets at PS 321, 180 7th Ave., Brooklyn, $15. The following day 2/5 they’re at Good Shepherd-Faith Presbyterian Church, 152 West 66th Street at 8. The whirlwind NY tour winds up on 2/7 at 4 (four) PM at Union Church of Bay Ridge, 80th Street and Ridge Blvd., Brooklyn.

2/4 The Snow’s Pierre de Gaillande’s richly lyrical, hilarious yet haunting English-language Georges Brassens cover band Bad Reputation at 8 PM at Barbes.

2/4 Mattison at 9 at Pete’s followed by the City Billies playing roots reggae at 10 – at Pete’s, yeah mon!

2/4 fun, multistylistic bluegrass and oldtimey music with Frankenpine at Lakeside, 9:15ish.

2/4 the reliably boisterous, enelope-pushing Steven Bernstein’s Millennial Territory Orchestra at 10 PM at 55 Bar.

2/4 edgy, bluesy, bucolic Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds at Arlene’s 10 PM

2/4 ukelele player/lyricist/sultry chanteuse Kelli Rae Powell at Rodeo Bar, midnight.

2/5, 6 (six) PM Moroccan world music innovator Malika Zarra with her band including Brahim Fribgane on oud and Mamadou Ba on bass at 55 Bar.

2/5, 7 PM intriguing South Asian ambient string duo the Tiger Lilies followed by the Neel Murgai Ensemble’s sitar jazz cd release show at 8 at Caffe Vivaldi.

2/5, 7:30 PM the Jacam Manricks trio at Smalls. The alto player put out a massively good, lush big band cd last year; this stripped-down show ought to be a clinic in tunefulness.

2/5, 8 PM art-rocker Christina Courtin at le Poisson Rouge, $25 – yikes – guess this is what happens after you record with Tom Petty’s band and then you open for permanent tourist Josh Rouse.

2/5 Sounds of Taraab at Barbes, 8 PM: “a spicy blend of Arabic modes, Indian melody, and a driving African beat.”

2/5 the Salvation Band at the Postcrypt Coffeehouse uptown, 9 PM – tuneful oldtimey acoustic Americana with an Irish edge.

2/5, 9 PM soul siren Bethany Saint Smith & the Gun Show at Banjo Jim’s followed by Pork Chop Willie at 10 and then at 11 RL Burnside’s grandson Kent Burnside each playing hypnotic Mississippi hill country blues.

2/5 rockabilly guitar monster Jimmy Nations at Hill Country, 9 PM. If there’s anybody who can get the bridge-and-tunnel crowd to just shut up and eat, it’s this guy.

2/5, 10 PM hilarious, smartly aware acoustic Irish-inflected punk band Box of Crayons at Otto’s

2/5, 9 PM edgy piano jazz with the Jacob Sacks Trio followed at 10:30 PM by guitarist Ryan Blotnick’s Sextet at Cornelia St. Cafe

2/5 The Mast FKA Haale play their haunting, crescendoing, hypnotically intense Iranian-inflected psychedelic rock at Joe’s Pub, 9:30 PM.

2/5 the Dred Scott Trio at BAM Cafe 10 (ten) PM, free. The fiery, haunting, envelope-pushing jazz pianist – somewhat similar to Vijay Iyer – has lately leveraged his weekly Tuesday midnight Rockwood show into bigger-room gigs like this. Get to know him before he’s famous.

2/5 gypsy rockes Kagero and then the wild Americana juggernaut the Woes at Southpaw, 10 PM.

2/5, 10 PM classic 1960s style boogaloo revivalists Spanglish Fly at Camaradas El Barrio, 2241 1st Ave (115th St.), absurdly cheap at $5.

2/5, 11 PM potently tuneful powerpop Brooklyn What guitarist John-Severin and the Quiet 1s at Fat Baby

2/5, 11 PM, ageless faux French garage band les Sans Culottes at Spikehill.

2/5 majestic, symphonic, impressively tuneful 70s-style art-rock revivalists Igor’s Egg at the Bitter End, 11 PMish.

2/5 charming country harmonies and oldtimey tunes with Those Darlins at Bowery Ballroom, 11ish

2/5 the Cannabis Cup reggae band at BB King’s 11:30 PM $22 adv tix; they’re also here on 2/12 at 7:30.

2/6, 1 PM a free concert at Bargemusic, most likely piano music; early arrival advised.

2/6, 2 (two) PM wild, innovative, insanely popular Balkan brass monsters Slavic Soul Party plays a free show !!! at Coney Island Brooklyn Public Library, 1901 Mermaid Avenue (Near West 19th Street), any train to Stillwell Ave.

2/6, 4-7 PM a rare reunion show by the Hangdogs at Rodeo Bar. The missing link between George Jones and the Dead Kennedys, NYC’s best-ever Americana rockers drank a lot of bars dry and released some of the funniest, most politically aware stuff of any band from the 90s through the early zeros. This show is totally impromptu – the best kind – and billed as a “kid friendly family show” which, ironically, it actually  is, if you’re raising your kids to be aware that are places in the world without any yuppies.

2/6, 8 PM Rev. Billy & the Life After Shopping Gospel Choir play politically charged punk gospel at the 92YTribeca, $10

2/6, 8 PM, a killer ska/reggae triplebill at the Knitting Factory with the King Django Septet, Hub City Stompers, Predator Dub Assassins, $10 adv tix.

2/6, 8 PM soaring four-part harmony group Bobtown play rousing originals with oldtime gospel, bluegrass and Nashville gothic influences at Banjo Jim’s followed by a bluegrass jam

2/6 Egyptian/Australian brothers Joseph Tawadros on oud and James Tawadros on percussion play original compositions at Alwan for the Arts, 9 PM, early arrival very highly advised since their last show here sold out.

2/6 gorgeously retro 60s-style soul harmony sisters the Sweet Divines at BAM Cafe, 9 PM.

2/6 cowpunk with I’ll Be John Brown followed by the first-rate honkytonk of the Newton Gang at Hank’s, 9 PM.

2/6, 9 PM a feisty, clever doublebill with two edgy, musically inclined hellraiser actresses – Tinkerbel Tompsin followed by Jen Kwok – at the Jalopy.

2/6 clever, sometimes funny experimental pop duo Goli – marimba/cello/vocals – at Caffe Vivaldi, 9:30 PM.

2/6 Husnu Senlendirici & NY Gypsy All-Stars at Drom, 10 PM, $25 adv tix very highly rec. The clarinetist who’s something akin to the Turkish Miles Davis’ show last year at le Poisson Rouge with these guys had many moments of real transcendence.

2/6, 10 PM Unsteady Freddie’s reliably good monthly surf rock show at Otto’s with The Tarantinos NYC – who just keep getting better and better and more diverse – at 10, Dick Dale-influenced 9th Wave – who might be the best surf band in the world right now – at 11, and at midnight Mister Neutron who maintain the breakneck pace.

2/6, 10 PM moody, hypnotic punk-era legends Band of Outsiders at the Parkside.

2/6, 10 PM Second Dan plays loud anthemic 90s style melodic Britrock at Rockwood Music Hall (?!?)

2/6 a good reggae/ska night at Fontana’s starting at 11ish with Dub Poet Anton, Under the Rasta Influence and the upbeat, peppy Brown Rice Family.

2/6, midnight, punk Balkan brass madness with the Stumblebum Brass Band at the Mercury,$10.

2/7 Balkan trumpeter Ben Holmes and his band play klezmer brunch at City Winery 11:30 AM-ish

2/7, 3 PM the Neos Quartet plays Schumann, Piazzolla and  Schubert’s Death & the Maiden at Bargemusic, tix $35 $30/15 srs/stud.

2/7, 4 (four) PM adventurous, irrepressible classical organist Gail Archer plays Bach selections from her highly anticipated forthcoming new cd at the charming little Church of the Transfiguration, 1 E 29th St between 5th/Madison, free.

2/7, 4 PM Leon Botstein conducts the American Symphony Orchestra doing Beethoven’s Third (Eroica) Symphony at Symphony Space, $30/$20 stud/srs.

2/7 Katherine Meloan plays the organ at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, 4:45 PM, free

2/7 casually smart female-fronted rockabilly/surf band Catspaw play Otto’s at 7:30.

2/7, 8 PM, innovative Greek-American electric blues guitarist Spiros Soukis at Lucille’s

2/7, 9 PM the Smooth Maria play their soulful, nocturnal Americana rock at the Rockwood.

2/8 darkly soulful, terse, smartly tuneful Americana-inflected songwriter Liz Tormes at the Rockwood, 7 PM.

2/8 the Dave Hillyard 3 at Spike Hill, 8:30 PM – the Slackers’ sax monster gets to show off his Coleman Hawkins side, since it’s jazz night.

2/8 psychedelic, hypnotic Mississippi hill country blues guitar powerhouse Will Scott at LIC Bar, 9 PM. He’s also at Bar 4 in Brooklyn on 2/26 at 10.

2/8 El Pueblo play deep dub reggae in Espanol at Rose Bar in Williamsburg, 9 PMish.

2/8, 9PMish Canibus at Southpaw ,$10 adv tix highly rec. You don’t get to see this kind of top-quality hip-hop lyricism for this cheap usually – the guy may not have been given the superstardom everybody predicted, but he’s definitely lived up to the hype talent-wise.

2/8 the irrepressible, wrenchingly funny monsters of noir cabaret, Little Annie & Paul Wallfisch, 9:30 PM at Small Beast at the Delancey; punk gypsy jazz pioneers Gutbucket at 11.

2/8 pioneering alt-country hellraiser Zane Campbell at the Rodeo Bar 10:30 PM

2/9, 6:30 PM Zuill Bailey plays the cd release show for his new one the Bach Cello Suites at le Poisson Rouge, $15.

2/9, 7 PM deliciously psychedelic yet propulsive retro 60s rockers Bellman Barker at Arlene’s.

2/9 cutting edge tango nuevo with Emilio Solla & the Tango Jazz Conspiracy at the Jazz Standard, 7:30/9:30 PM, $20: Emilio Solla – piano; Chris Cheek – saxophones; Victor Prieto – accordeon, Jorge Roeder – bass; Richie Barshay – drums, 7:30/9:30 PM, $20.

2/9-14 the Gerald Clayton Trio at the Vanguard, sets 9/11 PM. There are a million hotshot jazz pianists out there, but this guy’s a notch above (dad is great jazz bassist John Clayton). Mucho melody, a sense of humor, a dash of the avant and soul all the way through.

2/9 a killer chanteuse doublebill at Banjo Jim’s starting at 9 with Americana soul songwriter Rebecca Turner followed by the equally alluring, multistylistic Erica Smith and her band playing jazz classics, obscurities and bossa nova.

2/10 at the Kitano the Paul Meyers Quartet – guitarist Meyers with saxophonist/flutist Frank Wess, bassist Martin Wind and drummer Tony Jefferson play the release fortheir new CD “Paul Meyers Quartet Featuring Frank Wess, 8/10 PM.

2/10 Hope DeBates & North 40 at Hill Country, 9 PM. DeBates is in the same vein as Neko Case but subtler and has a similarly excellent band. This will likely be an upbeat show since she’ll be competing for volume with the crowds from Jersey.

2/10 a rare solo show by crafty, effervescent, encyclopedically smart oldtimey siren Bliss Blood of the Moonlighters at Rose Bar, 10 PMish

2/10, 11 PM Porfirio – menacing noir bassist George Porfiris’ new LES glampunk band – at Lit.

2/11 opening at 6 PM and running through 3/27 at Abrons Art Center, 466 Grand St. on the LES, the opening for WHERE THEY AT: A MULTI-MEDIA ARCHIVE OF NEW ORLEANS BOUNCE “Photographs, oral histories, and video footage compiled by photographer Aubrey Edwards and journalist Alison Fensterstock document the passing of seminal beats from New Orleans music traditions to a new generation in the late 1980’s, and the creation of this new voice in Southern roots music. This multi-media archive draws a line to the present-day diaspora, as Hurricane Katrina has scattered a once tight-knit bounce and hip-hop community whose music only existed at home — a home that has been redefined physically and culturally.” Question – will they serve sizzurp at the opening?

2/11 the NY Scandia Symphony play a characteristically fascinating and obscure mix of US premieres and other Scandinavian classical and avant fare by Poul Schierbeck, Johan Helmich, Anders Koppel, Johan Svendsen, Frank Foerster including works for accordion, viola and chamber ensemble. Concert: $15. Concert and dinner package at Smörgås Chef (three-course prix fixe from 5 to 10 PM; show is at 8 sharp, everything for $34). At Scandinavia House, 58 Park Ave. (between 37th & 38th Sts).

2/11, avant-garde luminaries ACME play Henryk Górecki at le Poisson Rouge, 8 PM, $15.

2/11 longtime NYC powerpop legend George Usher at Banjo Jim’s at 8.

2/11, 8 PM purist jazz with the Dave Douglas Quintet at LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, LaGuardia Community College, 31-10 Thompson Ave., Long Island City, free, 7 train to 33rd St.

2/11, 9 PM ageless rockabilly queen Wanda Jackson at the Knitting Factory, adv tix $15.

2/11 at M1-5 in Tribeca a killer Brazilian-flavored dance night starting at 10ish with drum ensemble Maracatu NY, trumpeter Frank London’s Frevo Bombastico featuring Bahian percussion legend Nanny Assis and Scott Kettner’s Forró Brass Band, cheap, just $10.

2/11, 9:30 PM powerpop siren Patti Rothberg – whose forthcoming album is reputedly her best ever – at Ace of Clubs.

2/11, 10 PM Boston oldtimey chanteuse Miss Tess (of Miss Tess & the Bon Ton Parade) at Sidewalk.

2/11 legendary Patti Smith guitarist – and smart powerpop songwriter – Lenny Kaye at Bowery Electric at midnight.

2/12 at Puppets Jazz Bar an adventurous bill starting at 6 PM with keyboardist Dan Berg & the Gestalt and then at 9 the Noah Preminger Group.

2/12, 8 PM a killer noir rock doublebill with the southwestern gothic And the Wiremen and then the gypsy rock menace of Botanica – arguably the most potent live band on the planet right now – at the Knitting Factory.

2/12, 7:30 PM, Nnenna Ogwo, piano plays Beethoven and Debussy at the Third St. Music School Settlement, free.

2/12 expat Chicago blues guitarist Irving Louis Lattin at Lucille’s 8 PM; he’s also here on 2/26 at 8.

2/12 a raucous Americana night with eerie, funny bluespunks the Five Points Band, cowpunks I’ll Be John Brown and the Celtic-tinged Salvation Band at Hank’s, 9 PM. The Salvation Band are also at Lakeside at 9 on the 21st.

2/12-13 fiery, tuneful, kick-ass garage psychedelic band Obits at Cake Shop, 10 PMish.

2/12, 10 PM Moonlighters frontwoman Bliss Blood’s rousing, fiery barrelhouse blues band Delta Dreambox at Two Boots Brooklyn, free.

2/12 loud, hypnotic shoegaze rockers Susu at Glasslands, 10 PMish.

2/12, 10 PM Magnetic Island FKA Renminbi play Spike Hill. Like Sonic Youth gone more shoegaze – hypnotic and sometimes pretty intense.

2/12 reliably boisterous, entertaining, very smart oldschool country throwbacks the Jack Grace Band at Barbes, 10 PM.

2/12 early Syd Barrett-inspired psychedelic trio Laughing Sky at the Delancey at midnight.

2/13 dark garage rocker Lorraine Leckie & Her Demons at Banjo Jim’s, 7 PM.

2/13 rustic, psychedelic, minor-key Balkan/klezmer/reggae/New Orleans pandemonium with Hazmat Modine at Terra Blues, 7:15ish

2/13 it’s impossible to imagine a better bill anywhere this year. At Freddy’s starting at 8 there’s guitar genius Alan Bigelow’s Solar Punch, the world’s only solar-powered band, followed by lyrical janglerock mastermind Paula Carino at 9 playing the cd release show for her long-awaited new one, then the John Sharples Band – whose specialty is brilliant, obscure covers by New York bands – at 10, then inpredictably jangly psychedelic rockers Love Camp 7 at 11 the indomitable, inscrutably noir, charismatic Tom Warnick & World’s Fair – like the Doors at times, but cooler – at midnight.

2/13, 8 PM and repeating 2/14, 3 (three) PM a romantic program of classical music with the Chelsea Symphony at St. Paul’s Church 315 West 22. Music from Bizet’s “Carmen,” Augusta Holmès’ “La Nuit et L’Amour” and the world premiere of violist, accordionist and composer Seth Bedford’s “Cabaret Music.” Prokofiev’s First Violin Concerto rounds out the program on Saturday, Sunday it’s Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme.

2/13 haunting, otherworldly Balkan/Appalachian vocal duo Æ at Banjo Jim’s, 9 PM. They’re also at the Jalopy on 2/14 at 10 with Allison Williams opening at 9.

2/13, 9 PM at Spike Hill the Curtis Brothers play high-octane piano-based latin jazz rooted in the Fania era classics but with counterintuitive tinges

2/13 a reunion show by the mistresses of luscious oldtimey blues and country innuendo, the Roulette Sisters at Barbes, 10 PM. This band sparked the careers of both Mamie Minch and les Chauds Lapins while giving washboard player Megan Burleyson and violist Karen Waltuch a chance to do their sultriest stuff.

2/13 Franglais play gypsy swing jazz at Two Boots Brooklyn, 10 PM

2/13 Miller’s Farm – the Brooklyn country band who did that hilarious song about the L train – at Hill Country, 10 PM.

2/13 retro country band the Jack Grace Band – with a horn section this time! – at the Rodeo Bar 10:30 PM.

2/13, 11 PM African roots reggae with Meta & the Cornerstones at Zebulon.

2/14 edgy, original, genre-busting klezmerites Isle of Klezbos at Cith Winery, 11:30 AM-ish for brunch.

2/14, 4:45 PM a free organ recital by Stephen R. Fraser at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

2/14 a Valentines Day show that actually doesn’t suck: clever visual artist/songwriter Michael Arthur and then the sprawling, sometimes deliciously noir Americana and 60s style pop of Balthrop Alabama at Joe’s Pub, 7 PM, $15.

2/14 Matt Keating at the Rockwood, 7 PM. Guaranteed to be an antidote to any Valentine saccharine BS that may have pissed you off. Keating is coming off his best-ever album and rocks awfully hard for a guy who gets unfairly pegged as a folkie.

2/14, 11PMish artsy, keyboard-driven nouveau popsters the Secret History play a rare free show at Zebulon.

2/15, 7:30 PM, free, the East Coast Chamber Orchestra plays Britten, Purcell, Elgar, Turina and Tschaikovsky at Advent Lutheran/ Broadway United Church, 2504 Broadway at 93rd St., 1/2/3 to 96th St.

2/15, 7:30 PM at Spike Hill James Muschler, jazz/new music drummer/pianist who wrote “based on the fossil record. The piece is 40 minutes long, simulating 4 billion years of Earth’s biological history. This particular recording features William Parker – (bass, percussion), Nick Jozwiak – (bass, ocarina), Elad Muskatel – (bass), Daniel Carter – (alto saxophone), Carlos Homs – (piano, percussion), Eden Ladin – (rhodes), and myself – (drums, percussion).” Followed at 9:30 by versatile, tuneful neoclassical/jazz oboeist/soprano sax player/composer Rob Mosher and his band, then at 10:30 bassist Matt Snow leading a smartly melodic, probably trumpet-driven project.

2/15, 9 PMish the smartly lyrical, Tom Waits/Lou Reed style noir rock of Darren Gaines & the Key Party, Americana songwriter/guitar god Greg Garing and then the velvet-voiced, fearlessly intense, frequently noir Randi Russo at Small Beast at the Delancey.

2/16, 8:15 PM Courtney Yasmineh – a clever and funny Minnesota improvement on the Sheryl Crow concept- at Caffe Vivaldi.

2/16, 9 PM Amy Allison sings at Lakeside as part of the “song roundup” hosted by Greg Trooper and Nels Andrews

2/16 a zydeco flavored Mardi Gras party with members of Loup Garou and Dirty Water Dogs plus the inimitable Rachelle Garniez – who plays a mean New Orleans flavored accordion at One and One, 76 E. 1st St. & 1st Ave. 10 PM, $10.

2/17, 7:30 PM one of NYC’s best bands of the late 90s/early zeros, the gorgeously rain-drenched, jangly Scout reunites at Union Hall, followed eventually by their former lead guitarist Steve Schiltz’s new band Hurricane Bells at 10, also featuring Scout’s inscrutable frontwoman Ashen Keilyn.

2/17, 8 PM Spanish rhumba rock with Canteca de Macao at Highline Ballroom, $20 adv tix rec.

2/17, 8 PM multistylistic French jazz violinist Scott Tixier at Bowery Poetry Club with his band.

2/17, 10 PM smartly lyrical Aimee Mann-esque songwriter Andrea Wittgens at Spike Hill.

2/17 oldschool country harmony crew Reckon So at the Rodeo Bar 10:30 PM

2/18 the gorgeously tuneful, intensely lyrical Americana rock of Mary Lee’s Corvette at Lakeside for happy hour, 7 PM. Then after Mary Lee Kortes and her crew are done you can go around the corner to Banjo Jim’s where Jenifer Jackson is playing her similarly brilliant multistylistic stuff at 8!

2/18, 7 PM at Barbes, a killer triplebill: phantasmagorical four-octave noir siren Carol Lipnik & Spookarama, deviously inscrutable composer/cellist Serena Jost and her art-rock band and then two guitar gods, jazz/Americana cat Matt Munisteri with Whit Smith, formerly of Western Caravan, at Barbes.

2/18, 8 PM one of the most highly anticipated shows of the year: Masters of Persian Music feat. the great Kayhan Kalhor on kamancheh (Iranian spike fiddle), Hossein Alizadeh on tar lute and star Iranian singer Hamid Reza Nourbakhsh, at the NYU Skirball Center, 566 LaGuardia at Wash. Sq. South, $30 adv tix highly rec.

2/18, 8 PM multistylistic rocker Avi Fox-Rosen’s new theatrical creation, a puppet cabaret satire titled The Church of Babel co-written with Ora Fruchter takes place at the New Yiddish Repertory Theater in the Workmen’s Circle, 45 E. 33rd St., $15 sugg. don.

2/18, 9:15ish  iconic Tuareg desert rockers Tinariwen at the Highline Ballroom, adv tix $25. They’re also at the Bell House the next night 2/19 at 8:3o for the same price, adv tix also very highly rec.

2/18, 8:30 PM avant Chinese-American siren Jen Shyu plays her eerie, intense stuff solo on piano, moon lute, er hu, and violin followed by the Yoon-Sun Choi Group feat. Jacob Sacks on piano at the Cornelia St. Cafe.

2/18, 9:30ish, fun danceable synth-pop duo Hank & Cupcakes at the Brooklyn Bowl, free.

2/18 unstoppable Brazilian/reggae/country multistylist groovemeisters Nation Beat at the Rodeo Bar 10:30 PM.

2/18 a real oldschool roots reggae doublebill with the City Billies and Meta & the Cornerstones at Southpaw, 10ish, $10

2/19, 7 PM Absolute Bach: Kristian Jarvi’s Absolute Ensemble with Simone Dinnerstein on piano at le Poisson Rouge, playing Innovation J.S. by Charles Coleman; Reinventions by Gene Pritsker; Undertow by Matt Herskowitz; Raga on a Theme by Bach by Mike Block; and toopART Reinventions by Daniel Schnyder, $25.

2/19, 7:30 PM the Threefifty Duo – “classical guitar with a rock edge”- at First Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn Heights, 124 Henry St., 2/3 to Clark St., A/C to High St. or 4/5 to Borough Hall, $10 sugg. don.

2/19 the Moto-Wrays play surf punk (!!) at Pete’s at 8 followed by soaring country singer Alana Amram at 9.

2/19, 8 PM the energetic, charmingly self-explanatory Ukuladies at Barbes.

2/19, 9 PM a cross-generational soul summit with new school Brooklyn crew Charles Bradley and the Menahan Street Band and then the rowdy, hellraising oldschool Lee Fields & the Expressions at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, $15 adv tix highly rec at the Mercury box ofc.

2/19, 9 PM at Puppets Jazz Bar latin jazz with very popular pianist Arturo O’Farrill, this time with a quartet; Mingus Orchestra bassist Boris Kozlov follows at midnight with his trio.

2/19, 9 PM Ameranouche play gypsy guitar jazz at Drom, $10.

2/19, 11ish catchy, jangly/crunchy powerpop rockers Elk City at Union Hall.

2/19 Steve Wynn – whose classic, warped 2001 desert rock album Here Come the Miracles we just named Best Album of the Decade – at Lakeside 9:30ish, early arrival recommended.

2/19 the Brooklyn What – whose London Calling-esque, brilliantly lyrical, multistylistic punk flavored album was our pick for best album of 2009 – at Don Pedros, 10ish.

2/19, 10 PM steampunk guitar god Lenny Molotov plays songs from his richly rustic, lyrically potent new album Illuminated Blues at Sidewalk with his band.

2/19 first-class new music ensemble Red Shift Ensemble – Andie Springer, Kate Campell, Rose Bellini, Jeff Anderle – play an environmentally-themed program David Crowell: Valley of Fire (commission/premiere) – James Holt: Evening (commission/premiere); Mason Bates: Red River; Max Stoffregen: The Delicate Flow of Vines; Ian Dicke: White Parasol; Jeff Myers: Vertigo – at Galapagos, 10:30 PM, cheap, $10

2/19, 11 PM western swing with Sean Kershaw at Hill Country.

2/20, 1 PM a free concert at Bargemusic, most likely piano music; early arrival advised.

2/20, 8 PM moody downtempo rockers El Jezel at Union Hall.

2/20, 8 PM Chicago-style blues guitar monster Bobby Radcliff at Lucille’s.

2/20, 8 PM adventurous chamber ensembles Fourbythree play Shostakovich, Golijov and Elgar; the Brattle Street Chamber Players tackle Tschaikovsky’s Souvenir of Florence and the NY premiere of Forrest O’Connor’s Homage to the Old Mill at Symphony Space, $10/$7 stud/srs.

2/20, 8 PM the Workmen’s Circle Purim Bash at the Synagogue for the Arts, downtown at 49 White St. with Avi Fox-Rosen’s smart, virtuosic funky-jazzy rock band, the funny, satirical powerpop of Yiddish Princess and others.

2/20 Red Baraat – who play Indian brass band wedding music as well as amusingly stylized brass band covers of rock and pop songs- at BAM Cafe, 9 PM.

2/20, 10 PM Erin Regan alternates bleak, intense narratives of dead-end lives in stripmall land with fun, jaunty, original steampunk songs at Sidewalk

2/20 Spanking Charlene – playful and clever X-inflected LES Americana rockers – at Lakeside, 11 PM.

2/20 El Pueblo plays dub reggae en Espanol at Shrine, 11 PM.

2/21, 2 PM young new music ensemble Face the Music at Hudson View Gardens, 116 Pinehurst Ave., da Bronx. Program includes works by Marcelo Zarvos, Miguel del Aguila, Paul Desenne, Nico Muhly and JacobTV

2/21, 3 PM the world-class Greenwich Village Orchestra plays Prokofiev – Violin Concerto No. 1 and Shostakovich – Symphony No. 5 at Washington Irving HS Auditorium (Irving Place betw. 16/17), cheap, $20 donation.

2/21, 3 PM Zalmen Mlotek presents “100 Years of Yiddish Theater Music – From shtetl to klezmer revival featuring special guest Daniella Rabbani, and the New Yiddish Chorale” at the Queens Theatre in the Park, tix $33.

2/21, 4 PM at Fordham United Methodist Church, 2543 Marion Ave in the Bronx, Harriett D. Foy’s Black History Month spiritual show “My Soul Looks Back In Wonder: A Journey Through the Memories of a People in Word and Song: conceived by Ms. Foy and directed by Marcus Gardley, based on first-hand experiences of slaves.” Info here: sugg don $25 “cash or check.” B/D train to Fordham Rd.

2/21, 4:45 PM a free organ recital at St. Patrick’s Cathedral by Emmanuel Duperrey.

2/21 the Inner Banks – Caroline Schutz from Folksongs from the Afterlife and David Gould from the Bootleg Remedy – play Bruar Falls, 8 PM. Dark, pensive, smartly atmospheric stuff with Americana flourishes

2/21, 8 PM George Clinton & The P-Funk All-Stars at BB King’s adv tix $37.50.

2/22 Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies play upbeat oldtimey country and ragtime at the Rodeo Bar 10:30 PM

2/22, 6 (six) PM pyrotechnic avant/jazz composer and pianist Donal Fox plays Chopin, Ellington, Bach, Gershwin, Monk, Schumann, Scarlatti and his own stuff at the Queens Borough Public Library/Flushing Branch, 41-17 Main Street, Flushing, free.

2/22, 7 PM theatrical carnivalesque jazz with the Kamikaze Ground Crew at Barbes, 7 PM followed by our favorite band (one of them, anyway) Chicha Libre at around 9:30.

2/22 Shana Wooley, cello and Fredrica Wyman, piano play Beethoven, Bloch and Takemitsu; also Nathaniel LaNasa, piano plays Bach and Debussy, 7:30 PM at the Third St. Music School Settlement, free.

2/22, 8:30 PM Rachelle Garniez at the Cornelia St. Cafe, $10. Inscrutable yet wrenchingly intense, crying on the outside sometimes but always laughing on the inside, as she’s alluded. She plays accordion among other instruments, is psyched that the club has a really good new piano, and her two most recent cds were rated #2 and #3 on our list of the best albums of the previous decade.

2/23 haunting, atmospheric, Americana-inclined violinist/composer/country singer Jenny Scheinman at 7 PM followed by Slavic Soul Party at 9 at Barbes.

2/23-24 Bay area steampunks Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers at the Jazz Standard, 7:30/9:30 PM, $25.

2/23-28 the Christian McBride Big Band at Dizzy’s Club, sets 7:30/9:30 PM, $20 tix avail.

2/23-28 Bill Frisell, Ron Carter and Paul Motian at the Blue Note, 8/11 PM, $20 “bar seating” available. Haven’t heard their trio cd from a few years ago, fairly recently released? It’s as cool as you would think.

2/23 bluesy, soulful, lyrical Slackers frontman Vic Ruggiero does a rare acoustic doublebill with Tree, frontwoman of boisterous Americana/psychedelic rockers with friends from Any Day Parade, 9 PM at Lucky 7 Tavern in Jersey City.

2/23 the entertaining, upbeat Sonia’s Party – who put a current stamp on Motown and funk dance fun – with trombonist Dave Smith’s adventurous new band Smoota – with vocals! – at Union Pool, 10ish, free

2/23, 10:30 PM at Smalls the Jon-Erik Kellso Quartet led by the soulful trumpeter and featuring his longtime sparring partner, guitarist Matt Munisteri. Very highly recommended.

2/23 the Second Fiddles play wild hokum blues and oldtimey hillbilly music at the Rodeo Bar 10:30 PM

2/24, 7:30 PM the Bang on a Can All-Stars: Ashley Bathgate, cello; Robert Black, bass; Vicky Chow, piano; David Cossin; drums and percussion; Mark Stewart, guitars and Evan Ziporyn, clarinets at Merkin Concert Hall playing a typically cutting-edge program of world premieres by Nik Bärtsch, Oscar Bettison and Christine Southworth, plus more, tix $30/$25.

2/24 Ensemble ACJW playing Philippe Manoury, Harrison Birtwistle, Stefan Wolpe, Elliot Cole, & Osvaldo Golijov at le Poisson Rouge, $15, time TBA, early,7ish.

2/24, 7 PM the Manhattan Valley Ramblers play rustic Americana at the P & W Sandwich Shop, 1030 Amsterdam Ave.  across from St. John the Divine on the upper west, free.

2/24, 8:30 PM atmospheric, sometimes sultry, sometimes pensive Nordic string band Kaiku plays the cd release show for their new one at the Cornelia St. Cafe, $10.

2/24 a benefit for Haiti with Irish-American rock legends Black 47  plus roots reggae at Connolly’s,7 pm.

2/24 snarling garage-punk band Des Roar – of Ted Bundy Was a Ladies Man notoriety – at the Cameo Gallery, 8ish.

2/24 And You Will Know Us by the Trail of the Dead do a rare small club show at Union Pool 10ish – get there early

2/24 soaring, rustic oldtimey country sounds with the Hilary Hawke Band at the Rodeo Bar 10:30 PM.

2/24, 11PMish, free, at le Poisson Rouge a Joe Cuba-style latin soul extravaganza with the Boogaloo Assassins plus the cd release show for Chico Mann’s new one, “for guaranteed entry RSVP here.”

2/25, 7:30 PM Russell St. John sings spirituals by legendary African-American composer Hall Johnson with Douglas Drake on the Steinway at Merkin Concert Hall, $25

2/25, 7:30 PM organ adventurer Gail Archer plays selections from her upcoming Bach cd at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 3 W 65th St @ CPW, 1 train to 66th St.

2/25 Uncle Monk (feat. Tommy Ramone) at Banjo Jim’s 8 PM followed by Boo & Elena of Demolition String Band at 9

2/25-28 the Lionel Loueke Trio: Lionel Loueke – guitar, Massimo Biolcati – bass, Ferenc Nemeth – drums at the Jazz Standard, 7:30/9:30 PM,$25/$30 Friday & Saturday.

2/25, 8 PM funny yet furiously and smartly socially aware acoustic duo Left on Red play Caffe Vivaldi, sort of a cross between the Dixie Chicks and the Dead Kennedys.

2/25 a murderer’s row of oldtimey songwriting talent: the master of dirty innuendo, Al Duvall, the effervescent but razor-sharp Moonlighters and the alternately sultry and ferocious Kelli Rae Powell at the Jalopy, 9 PM.

2/25 wish you could see Willie Martinez & La Familia Sextet at Dizzy’s Club but you don’t have the cash? You can see the latin jazz percussionist and his excellent conjunto at the Nuyorican tonight at 9 for just $7 ($5 students).

2/25 King Django plays ska and reggae at Shrine, 9 PM.

2/26, 6 PM at Banjo Jim’s Charlene and Mo of Spanking Charlene do a rare acoustic gig

2/26 devious, haunting-voiced Americana siren/songwriter Robin Aigner – whose new album Bandito is amazing – at the cafe at the 92YTribeca ,7 PM.

2/26 the Mast – fiery hypnotic guitar and cello-driven Middle Eastern-inflected psychedelic rockers – open for ethereal downtempo Middle Eastern trance/dance group Nijaz at le Poisson Rouge, 7 PM, $23 adv tix highly rec.

2/26, 7:30 PM at the Third St. Music School Settlement inscrutable songwriter/pianist Lee Feldman shows off his classical chops, playing Bach, Chopin and Feldman (one assumes his own devious stuff).Eddy Kronengold, piano, and Elinor Amlen, piano follow with music of Milhaud, Mozart and Schumann.

2/26 evocatively Booker T-style Memphis soul/groove instrumentalists the City Champs at Highline Ballroom, 8 PM. The North Mississippi All-Stars headline.

2/26 atmospheric, darkly groove driven shoegaze trio El Jezel at Cake Shop, 8 PMish.

2/26, 8 PM at Bargemusic the Cygnus Ensemble and Guitar Ensemble play a big avant bill including works by David Claman, Mohammed Fairouz, Frank Brickle, Mario Davidovsky, David Loeb, Rebekah Driscoll,Ferruccio Busoni, Harold Meltzer, tix $35.

2/26 moody, slinky downtempo trio El Jezel 8 PM at Cake Shop

2/26 a strange but intriguing doublebill with funny hip-hop guy Tim Fite and then World Inferno gypsy rocker Franz Nicolay at the Knit, 9ish, $8

2/26-27, 9/10:30 PM haunting, pioneering Middle Eastern jazz trumpeter Amir ElSaffar and his band (recently commissioned here) at the Jazz Gallery, $15.

2/26, 9:30 PM tuneful, incisively fiery new jazz quintet the Flail at Smalls; they’re also here 2/27 at 10:30.

2/26 gypsy punk with Kagero at Two Boots Brooklyn, 10 PM

2/26 the legendary “vanilla queen of soul,” Joy Ryder – a singer in the same league as Sharon Jones – and her band play 10 PM at the the New P&G Bar, 380 Columbus Ave. @ W. 78th St.

2/26, 11 PM the Boss Guitars play surf classics and obscurities at Lakeside.

2/26, midnight Cudzoo & the Faggettes play their filthy, frequently hilarious faux 60s girl group pop at Arlene’s.

2/26, midnight Homeboy Steve Antonakos, lead guitarist to the stars of the underground plays his own clever Americana stuff at Banjo Jim’s.

2/27 a killer oldschool New York rock evening kicks off at at Banjo Jim’s at 7 PM with carnivalesque noir rock legend LJ Murphy. To maintain the vibe of the evening we suggest you take the party on the road to Freddy’s at 9 for The Toneballs and then around the corner and down the block to Hank’s for Ninth House at 11.

2/27, 7 PM at the new Soundfix Lounge a rare appearance by William Nowik, whose 1974 cult classic psychedelic/ambient lp Pan Symphony in E Minor is finally out on CD for the first time. He’s playing the whole album live plus a short solo set.

2/27, 7 PM the cleverly comedic Erin & Her Cello at the Rockwood

2/27 minor-key Balkan/world music improvisers Hazmat Modine at 7:15 followed by soulful crooner/fiery Chicago blues guitarist Johnny Allen at 10 at Terra Blues

2/27 lush, smartly orchestrated country band Yarn – whose horn section only enhances the big band feel – at Sullivan Hall, 7:30 PM

2/27, 8 PM, amazing horn-driven New Orleans soul/gospel group Brother Joscephus & the Love Revival Revolution Orchestra play 2 sets at the Brooklyn Bowl, $5

2/27 haunting noir guitar soundscapes with the Ulrich/Ziegler Duo at Barbes, 8 PM followed by once-and-future Roulette Sister Mamie Minch at 9 and then smart, terse, funny Americana rock duo Kill Henry Sugar.

2/27 another underground legend, filmmaker Dan Sallitt and his latest project the Toneballs with lead guitar god Paul McKenzie plus Love Camp 7’s Dann BAker – all originals plus one new Richard Thompson cover – at Freddy’s, 9 PM.

2/27, 9 PM Middle Eastern jazz quintet SHUSMO – Arab maqam meets jazz, featuring pyrotechnic clarinetist Lefteris Bournias at Alwan for the Arts, $15.

2/27, 9 PM Kevin Blechdom and Irene Moon play “Exponential Death” – a “noise operetta”with a sense of humor. Warped neo-psychedelia? Demented soundtracks? Downtempo industrial? If you inhale you might want to go to this after inhaling. At Port D’or, 841 Sterling Place at Nostrand, Crown Heights, 2/3 to Nostrand Ave.

2/27, 9ish at Bowery Poetry Club a killer ska bill with Tri-State Conspiracy, the Hub City Stompers, Simon and the Bar Sinisters (you should hear their ska version of In a Gadda Da Vida), and special guest Tommy Ramone.

2/27 Kevin Batchelor’s Grand Concourse – ska band featuring members of the Skatalites, Rocksteady 7, the Stingers & Westbound Train at Two Boots Brooklyn 10 PM

2/27 tongue-in-cheek, period-perfect early 50s style country from Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co. plus the ferocious Nashville gothic of Ninth House at Hank’s, 10 PM.

2/27 wild electric bluegrass guitar, stinging mandolin and one smart Americana tune after another with Demolition String Band at the Rodeo Bar 10:30 PM

2/27 the Sadies (Neko Case’s longtime backing band doing their own dark, bristling Americana) at the Mercury, 11 PM, $13.

2/28 dark, incisive, sometimes ornately haunting female-fronted indie rockers Bern & the Brights at LIC Bar, 5 (five) PM. They’re also at Spike Hill on 3/10 at 11.

2/28 Sousalves’ Songwriters from Hell at the Parkside, 8 PM. There are always a handful of killer performances in Paul Alves AKA Sousalves’ sprawling acoustic evening of mini-sets, performers TBA.

2/28 the amazingly multistylistic, jazzy Talat play klezmer/reggae/minor key grooves at Shrine 8 PM followed at 9 by Ivoirien expat S.S. King playing smart roots reggae with lyrics in in 5 different languages (French, English, Hebrew, Mandingo and Arabic).

2/28 Pierre de Gaillande’s amazing English-language Georges Brassens cover band Bad Reputation at Joe’s Pub, 9:30 PM followed by Pascal Parisot, a cult sensation in France who’s taken it upon himself to pick up where Gainsbourg left off, $15.

3/1-5 the Chopin-a-thon at the World Financial Center, performances 9 AM – noon with open pianos for interested players. Noon til 7, the pros take over (four separate pianos in different areas of the rotunda) with nightly shows 7 PM, a series of big-name classical performers, all of this free.

3/1, 9:30 PM and repeating on 3/7 at 7:30 PM the rivetingly intense yet cleverly amusing Sarah Mucho sings Neil Young’s After the Gold Rush at Don’t Tell Mama, $20 or two for one admission with flyer

3/1 trombonist Dave Smith’s latest devious jazz project Smoota, dark Euro-rocker Spottiswoode, Americana legend Greg Garing and  Nanuchka frontwoman Yula Beeri at Small Beast at the Delancey, 9ish.

3/1 lyrical, understatedly soulful Dina Dean brings her inimitable blend of Americana, classic soul/gospel and incisive rock out of mothballs at Goodbye Blue Monday, 11 PM. Your last chance to see her playing under this name!

3/2-3 at the Jazz Standard the dark, tango-inflected Pedro Giraudo Jazz Orchestra, sets 7:30/10, $25 adv tix very highly rec.

3/2-6, 8:30/11 PM Monty Alexander at Birdland, $30 side seating avail.

3/2-7 and 3/9-14 the Bill Charlap Trio w/Peter Washington & Kenny Washington at Dizzy’s Club, $30 tix avail.

3/2 Brooklyn’s own haunting, innovative Balkan vocal quartet Black Sea Hotel at Pete’s 9 PM.

3/2 Cage the Elephant alternate between hip-hop with a rustic delta blues groove and loud, shambling, tuneful garage/psych rock like the Libertines but tighter. With funny hip-hop lyrics. Totally original, smart and these guys don’t live in a vaccuum. At Bowery Ballroom 3/2, 10ish; also at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on 3/4, same time.

3/3, 7:30 PM new music string quartet adventurers Ethel at the Pregones Theater 571-575 Walton Ave. in the Bronx, free.

3/3, 8 PM Mose Allison at City Winery, $25 tix available.

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

3/3, 10, 24 Jesse Lenat at 68 Jay St. Bar 9 PM.

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

3/4, 8 PM at Carnegie Hall Max Raabe & Palast Orchester, $28 adv tix avail.

3/4 Americana soul with the Smooth Maria at Union Pool, 9 PM.

3/4, 9 PM the NY Gypsy All-Stars at Rose Bar in Williamsburg, a measly $5

3/4 soaring janglerockers Girl to Gorilla at Trash 9 PM

3/4 Frankenpine at Lakeside 9:15ish

3/5 Chuck Prophet at Southpaw 8 PM

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

3/5 Joe Pug at Bowery Ballroom 9ish

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

3/5 

3/5 smart, literate keyboardist/rocker Tris McCall & the Housing Bubble at Maxwell’s 11 PM doing songs from his new NJ-themed album: “Just as you go to the Felt Forum to see the ice capades, or to Sea World to see people get eaten by killer whales, you must go to Maxwell’s to get the full Tris McCall experience.”.

3/5 Andrew Vladeck and Tall Tall Trees at the Postcrypt Coffeehouse, 9:30 PM.

3/5 playful, entertaining guitar virtuoso Bill Kirchen – who basically invented alt-country back in the 70s – at Rodeo Bar 10:30 PM.

3/5 midnight Kristeen Young at Trash.

3/6 Bobby Radcliff at Terra Blues 7 PM

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

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

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

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

3/9, 1 PM at Trinity Church the NY Scandia Symphony play the U.S. Premiere of Franz Neruda’s Cello Concerto plus works by Ernest Bloch, Poul Schierbeck, Emil Hartmann, Carl Nielsen, free, early arrival advised.

3/9 Split Lip Rayfield at the Mercury.

3/10 the Borromeo String Quartet play Gunther Schuller and Mohammed Fairouz at the Stone, 8 PM. Their Boston performance of this program back in December was fascinating and had some genuinely transcendent moments.

3/10 at the Jazz Standard the adventurous Amina Figarova Sextet: Amina Figarova – piano; Bart Platteau – flutes; Marc Mommaas – tenor saxophone; Ernie Hammes – trumpet; Jeroen Vierdag – bass; Chris ” Buckshot” Strik – drums, $20 adv tix rec.

3/11, 8 PM Irish traditional legends Altan at Symphony Space, tix $25/$18 stud.

3/11, 8 PM at SOB’s classic era hip-hop with Chubb Rock plus Dres (from Black Sheep) plus opening acts TBA, hosted by 98.7’s legendary Kool DJ Red Alert, adv tix $20 a must.

3/11, 10ish Noble Society plays roots reggae at Rose Bar in Williamsburg $5

3/11 roots reggae/dub legends John Brown’s Body at the Music Hall of Williamsburg 11ish $15 adv tix.

3/12, 8 PM Black 47 at the College of Staten Island Williamson Theatre

3/12, 8 PM horn player Rob Mosher’s adventurous 10 piece jazz/classical band Storytime and Petr Cancura’s mulistylistic jazz/Americana string band Down Home play a benefit for NYC charity Rational Animal at the Great Room at South Oxford Space, 138 South Oxford Street (Atlantic Avenue/Fulton St.), Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Adv tix $12 includes a t-shirt and “other small gifts.” C to Lafayette or any train to Atlantic Ave.

3/12 Shilelagh Law play Irish drinking music at Connolly’s 10 PM

3/12, midnight at SOB’s an A-list “hip-hop for Haiti” lyricist bill feat. Talib Kweli, Styles P, Immortal Technique, Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz, Cormega, SF (Spark Flame) & Mr Reo, Royce Da 5’9″, adv tix $25 a must.

3/13, 7 PM at Highline Ballroom Joe Hurley’s annual Irish allstar festival, dozens of cameos by A-list NYC rockers, $20 adv tix rec

3/13 massively tuneful Australian anthem rockers Grand Atlantic at Spike Hill

3/13 Blue Oyster Cult at BB King’s, $27.50, sets at 7:30 and 10.

3/13 the Wolfe Tones at Connolly’s (only NYC appearances), 8 PM. They’re also here on 3/14 at 7.

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

3/13 Simon & the Bar Sinisters at Lakeside 10:15ish

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

3/14, 3 PM organ adventurer Gail Archer plays selections from her upcoming Bach cd at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church (225 W 99th St, Train 1/2/3-W 96th St)

3/14 an ACME doublebill at le Poisson Rouge. The 7:30 PM show has them playing Adams’ In a Treeless Place, Only Snow for celesta, harp, two vibraphones, and string quartet; and his The Farthest Place for violin, vibraphone, marimba, piano, double bass; alongside Volans’ String Quartet No. 1, White Man Sleeps; and his String Quartet No. 9, Shiva Dances.; at 10 they’ll be joined by pianists Volker Bertelmann (a.k.a. Hauschka) and Dustin O’Halloran playing works by each. Tix $15 or $20 for both shows.

3/15 amazingly adventurous, genre-hopping string quartet Brooklyn Rider play the cd release show for the lastest one at the Angel Oresanz Center.

3/15 artsy, tuneful Icelandic indie popsters Seabear play the Mercury, 7 PM; they’re at Southpaw at 8:30ish the following night 3/16.

3/15 Greg Garing, Cassis and Vera Beren at Small Beast at the Delancey

3/16 at the Jazz Standard chanteuse Carolyn Leonhart with saxman Wayne Escoffery plus Toru Dodo – piano; Boris Kozlov – bass; Donald Edwards – drums; Jeff Haynes – percussion, $20 adv tix highly rec.

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

3/18, 10 PM scorching female-fronted powerpop/jamband Devi at Sullivan Hall

3/18 Chicago blues legend Lucky Peterson – a true threat on both guitar and keys – at Terra Blues 10 PM

3/19, 7:30 PM the female Lenny Bruce, Tammy Faye Starlite and her hilarious Runaways cover band the Stay-at-Homes – better than the real thing! – plus an all-girl Cheap Trick cover band, $15

3/19, 9 PM popular steampunk chanteuse Jolie Holland and her “old fashioned morphine” at the 92ytribeca, $20

3/19 at Puppets Jazz Bar 9 PM Daniel Smith’s Blue Bassoon cd release show

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

3/19 half past midnight/1 AMish Homeboy Steve Antonakis at Banjo Jim’s

3/20 at Puppets Jazz Bar 6 PM pianist Frank Carlberg’s Tivoli Trio cd release show; at 9 PM Mingus Orchestra bassist Boris Koslov leads his Trio.

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

3/21 ,2 (two) PM pianist Christian Zacharias conducting the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium – C.P.E. Bach: Symphony in E-flat Major; Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37; Zimmerman: Rheinische Kirmestänze; Schumann: Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 97; $28 tix avail.

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

3/21, 6:30 PM star singer of the Middle Eastern underground, Gaida plays the cd release show for her long awaited debut Levantine Indulgence at le Poisson Rouge adv tix $15 a must.

3/21 at Merkin Concert Hall, 7:30 PM: ETHEL Plays JacobTV: “A special edition of WNYC’s New Sounds Live with host John Schaefer – New York’s high-octane string quartet ETHEL teams up with Dutch “avant-pop” composer JacobTV (Jacob Ter Veldhuis) for an adventurous evening that includes U.S. premieres of Low Angle Close Up Dolly Shot Highway and Syracuse Blues + soundtrack.”

3/22, 7:30 PM the Daedalus Quartet play a free, all-Beethoven program at Advent Lutheran/ Broadway United Church, 2504 Broadway at 93rd St., 1/2/3 to 96th.

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

3/23 at the Jazz Standard  “steampunk big band” Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, $25 adv tix very highly rec.

3/23 the Roscoe Trio at Lakeside 9:30ish

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

3/24, 7:30 PM at the Jazz Standard the NEC Jazz Faculty All-Stars featuring George Garzone, John McNeil, Cecil McBee, Billy Hart & Frank Carlberg, $25 adv tix very highly rec.

3/24 casually smart jazz chanteuse Calley Bliss at Shrine 9 PM

3/25 ferociously tuneful, sometimes jangly, sometimes punkish Williamsburg indie vets Cementhead – who date from when indie was cool and so was Williamsburg – play Trash

3/25 Tower of Power at BB King’s, sets at 8:30 and 10, $30 adv tix.

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

3/26, 7:30 PM pianist Kathleen Supové at First Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn Heights, 124 Henry St., 2/3 to Clark St., A/C to High St. or 4/5 to Borough Hall, $10 sugg. don.(

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

3/27, 8 PM Yomo Toro – the powerhouse lefty Dick Dale of the Puerto Rican cuatro – along with legendary avant jazz trombonist/composer Roswell Rudd and musical director/drummer Bobby Sanabira and Ascencion – wow! – at Symphony Space, adv tix $27/$18 stud. highly rec.

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

3/27, 10:30 PM fearless, tuneful, politically-charged songwriter Fred Gillen Jr. sat the Postcrypt Coffeehouse at Columbia.

3/27 the Brooklyn What – NYC’s most charismatic, funny, intelligent loud rock band – play Trash at midnight. Also on the bill: Anna Anabolic’s good garage band the Anabolics at 8 followed by High Teen Boogie and then the Lipstick Killers at 11 or so.

3/28, 3 (three) PM the Chelsea Symphony play Bottesini: Double Bass Concerto #2 in B Minor; Dia: Hamlet; de Falla: El Amor Brujo, cheap, $20 donation.

3/28 the Komeda Project  – who hauntingly and intensely keep the work of legendary, doomed jazz composer and RomaPolanski collaborator Krzysztof Komeda alive – are at the Cornelia St. Café, 8:30 PM, $10 featuring pianist/composer/arranger Andrzej Winnicki and saxophonist Krzysztof Medyna, along with trumpeter Russ Johnson and a rhythm section.

3/28 at Public Assembly, 9ish a rare quadruple bill with four excellent loud guitar bands: Rosetta and their ornate atmospheric Radiohead-inflected shoegaze/metal, equally ornate and brutal Philly underground metal legends Starkweather, the richly intense, haunting, Joy Division-esque Junius and the low-register Melvins-ish sludge of Archon. No idea who’s playing when but it’s a solid bill top to bottom.

3/29 soul siren Joy Ryder and her band play at Otto’s at 8.

3/29 art rockers Paul Wallfisch and Serena Jost at Small Beast at the Delancey

3/31 at the Jazz Standard  Todd Sickafoose’s Tiny Resistors with Jenny Scheinman – violin; John Ellis – tenor sax, clarinet; Alan Ferber – trombone; Adam Levy – guitar; Erik Deutsch – piano; Todd Sickafoose – bass; the phenomenal Rudy Royston – drums & percussion, $20 highly rec.

3/31, 8 PM at the Stone multistylistic avant/jazz violinist Carla Kihlstedt and Matthias Bossi on drums with Shahzad Ismaily on bass and others TBA

4/1-2 Jonathan Coulton at Highline Ballroom.

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

4/9, 7:30 PM at Carnegie Hall – Orchestra Underground performing “Louis & the Young Americans,”Jeffrey Milarsky conducting: Louis Andriessen – Symphony for Open Strings (New York City Premiere); Missy Mazzoli: These Worlds in Us (World Premiere, new orchestration); Michael Fiday: HST: In Memoriam Hunter S. Thompson (World Premiere, ACO Commission); John Korsrud: New Work (World Premiere, ACO Commission). This is a big deal in NYC music history, the concert will sell out, if you consider yourself a fan of new music you really ought to catch the show.

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

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

4/16, 7:30 PM cellist/vocalist Jody Redhage and Fire in July at First Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn Heights, 124 Henry St., 2/3 to Clark St., A/C to High St. or 4/5 to Borough Hall, $10 sugg. don.

4/16, 8 PM the auspicious second episode of CONTACT! the NY Phil’s avant ensemble extravaganza has Alan Gilbert conducting world premieres by composers Sean Sheperd, Nico Muhly, and Matthias Pintscher, adv tix $28 highly rec., this will sell out.

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

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

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

4/21 the Specials at Terminal 5, $30 adv tix.

4/22, 7:30 PM Lark Chamber Artists and pianist Jeremy Denk perform the world premiere of Paul Moravec’s Piano Quintet, also Jennifer Higdon’s Exaltation of Larks; Felix Mendelssohn’s Four Pieces for String Quartet, Op.81; and Robert Schumann’s Piano Quintet in E flat Major, Op. 44. at Merkin Concert Hall.

4/22 the Church acoustic at City Winery

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

4/25, 4 PM Leon Botstein and the American Symphony Orchestra play Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony at Symphony Space, $30, stud/srs. $20 They play the Fifth on 4/27 at 7.

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

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

5/14, 7:30 PM PM at Symphony Space Joydeep Ghosh plays classical and contemporary Indian compositions on the rare, ancient surshringar, sort of a bass sarod lute, tix $25/$18 stud.

5/27-28 Reverend Horton Heat at Highline Ballroom

6/26 desert blues titans  Tinariwen at Central Park Summerstage

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NYC Live Music Calendar for January-February 2010 Plus Other Events

Hey, we’ve got a new February-March calendar up now!

 As always, weekly events first followed by the daily listings:

Sundays there’s a klezmer brunch at City Winery, show starts round 11:30 AM – 2 PM, $10 cover, no minimum, lots of good bands.

Sundays from half past noon to 3:30 PM, bluegrass cats Freshly Baked (f.k.a. Graveyard Shift), featuring excellent, incisive fiddle player Diane Stockwell play Nolita House (upstairs over Botanica at 47 E Houston). Free drink with your entree.

Sundays in February there’s a Balkan jam at Goodbye Blue Monday starting at 3ish.

The 2009-10 series of organ concerts at St. Thomas Church continues most every Sunday (holidays excepted) at 5:15 sharp, featuring an allstar cast of performers. Concerts continue through the end of May 2010.

Stephane Wrembel plays Sundays at Barbes at 9. The guitarist has few if any equals as an interpreter of Django Reinhardt, but it’s where he takes the gypsy jazz influence in his own remarkably original, psychedelic writing – and what he brings to the Django stuff – that makes all the difference. One of the most interesting players in any style of music, anywhere in the world.

Every Sunday the Ear-Regulars, led by trumpeter Jon Kellso and (frequently) guitarist Matt Munisteri play NYC’s only weekly hot jazz session starting around 8 PM at the Ear Inn on Spring St.  Hard to believe, in the city that springboarded the careers of thousands of jazz legends, but true. This is by far the best value in town for marquee-caliber jazz: for the price of a drink and a tip for the band, you can see world-famous players (and brilliant obscure ones) you’d usually have to drop $100 for at some big-ticket room. The material is mostly old-time stuff from the 30s and 40s, but the players (especially Kellso and Munisteri, who have a chemistry that goes back several years) push it into some deliciously unexpected places.

Every Sunday, hip-hop MC Big Zoo hosts the long-running End of the Weak rap showcase at the Pyramid, 9 PM, admission $5 before 10, $7 afterward. This is one of the best places to discover some of the hottest under-the-radar hip-hop talent, both short cameos as well as longer sets from both newcomers and established vets.

Mondays at the Fat Cat the Heun Choi String Quartet play a wide repertoire of chamber music from Bach to Shostakovich starting at 7

Mondays at the Jazz Standard it’s all Mingus, whether with the Mingus Orchestra, Big Band or Mingus Dynasty: you know the material and the players are all first rate. Sets 7:30/9:30 PM, $25 and worth it.

Mondays at the Delancey on the main floor, 8:30 PMish Botanica frontman and master of menace Paul Wallfisch presents the edgiest weekly music series in town, playfully called Small Beast, an international mix of some of the most intelligent (and frequently darkest) performers passing through town. It’s free and there’s always some kind of drink special or freebee. If you wish Tonic was still open, Wallfisch is keeping the flame alive. He typically opens the night solo on piano, reason enough to put this on your calendar. January artists include Greg Garing, Greta Gertler, Elisa Flynn, Kings County Queens, Kerry Kennedy and Marni Rice.

Also Monday nights Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks, a boisterous horn-driven 11-piece 1920s/early 30’s band play Sofia’s Restaurant, downstairs at the Edison Hotel, 221 West 46th Street between Broadway & 8th Ave., 3 sets from 8 to 11, surprisingly cheap $15 cover plus $15 minimum considering what you’re getting. Even before the Flying Neutrinos or the Moonlighters, multi-instrumentalist Giordano was pioneering the oldtimey sound in New York; his long-running residency at the old Cajun on lower 8th Ave. is legendary. He also gets a ton of film work (Giordano wrote the satirical number that Willie Nelson famously sang in Wag the Dog).

Mondays in February the Mercenaries – semi-legendary New York rockers who are sort of the missing link between the Stones and the Replacements – at Arlene’s 9 PM

Also Mondays in January starting on the 18th (and all of February) the Barbes house band, Chicha Libre plays there starting around 9:30. They’ve singlehandedly resurrected an amazing subgenre, chicha, which was popular in the Peruvian Amazon in the late 60s and early 70s. With electric accordion, cuatro, surf guitar and a boisterous rhythm section, their mix of obscure classics and originals is one of the funnest, most danceable things you’ll witness this year. Perhaps not so strangely, they sound a lot like Finnish surf rockers Laika and the Cosmonauts in their most imaginative moments.

Also Mondays in January Rev. Vince Anderson and his band play Union Pool in Williamsburg, two sets starting around 11 PM. The Rev. is one of the great keyboardists around, equally thrilling on organ or electric piano, an expert at Billy Preston style funk, honkytonk, gospel and blues. He writes very funny, very politically astute, frequently salacious original gospel songs and is one of the most charismatic, intense live performers of our time. Paula Henderson from Burnt Sugar is the lead soloist on baritone sax.

The second and fourth Tuesday of the month there are free organ recitals at half past noon at Central Synagogue, Lexington Ave. at 55th., an exciting list of first-class performers in a sonically gorgeous space, a great way to spend your lunch break if you work in the neighborhood.

Tuesdays the boisterous and very popular brass-heavy gypsy jazz band Slavic Soul Party plays Barbes at 9. Get here as soon as you can as the opening act is usually popular as well.

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

Every Wednesday, Michael Arenella & the Dreamland Dance Band play sly yet boisterous oldtimey hot jazz at the Clover Club, 210 Smith St. (Butler/Baltic) in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, 8:30 -10:30 PM.

Every Friday in January at 8:30 PM at the Fat Cat Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens bring an authentic here-and-now Brooklyn church vibe, no slick theatrics, just soul.

Fridays there’s live Mediterranean music – Greek- Arabic, Turkish Armenian, Israeli fusion with Mike Stoupakis, Christos Zavolas, Sofia on on vocals, Elias Sarkar-oud/vocals, Kostas Konstantinou – drums,  plus bellydancers at Lafayette Grill & Bar, 54 Franklin St., downtown,$20 cover, 10ish, free after 1 AM.

12/29 Senegalese roots reggae juggernaut Meta & the Cornerstones at Drom, 11 PM $10

12/30, 8 PM, wild, intense Balkan/Mediterranean/Middle Eastern rockers Ansambl Mastika – no longer just an instrumental band! – at Barbes. If you missed their show at Shrine last month, you missed a real treat.

12/30, 8 PM  haunting Balkan band the Ivan Milev Band and soul legends Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings at the Brooklyn Bowl, tix only $20

12/30 propulsive early Dire Straits-style Americana rockers Whisperado at Hank’s 9ish

12/30 amusingly disconcerting bluespunks the Five Points Band at Rodeo Bar 10:30 PM

12/30 Dr. John & the Lower 9/11 at the Highline Ballroom, sets 7/9:30 PM, adv tix $35 (not avail. day of show)

12/31 Irving Louis Lattin and his Chicago blues trio at 55 Bar, early, 6 PM

12/31 tongue-in-cheek, period perfect early 50s hillbilly satirizers Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co 8 PM at Otto’s, then at about 1 AM Vic Ruggiero (of the Slackers) plays a rare acoustic show.

12/31, 9 PM psychedelic powerpopsters Ian Roure and Liza Garelik of the Larch and Liza & the WonderWheels play a rare acoustic show at Freddy’s – they did this at the Parkside back in the fall and it was off the hook.

12/31 we don’t usually list events like this, but this could be extra fun if you can afford it ($40 advance tickets available at serdarilhan.com) because it’s OPEN BAR with beer, wine AND rakija, the bewitching Layla Isis bellydancing and a pan-global, Mehanata-style dj mix at the Hungarian (Magyarhaz), 213 E 82nd St (between 2nd and 3rd Aves), starting 9ish.

Also 12/31 at the Bell House a bad segue between two killer bands: retro 60s soulsters Eli Paperboy Reed & the True Loves and then ferocious, haunting psychedelic garage rockers Obits plus free cans (?!?) of champagne, 9 PMish, $30 adv tix very highly rec.

Also 12/31, 10 PM at Spikehill a cheap and reliably high-energy way to say goodbye to a rotten decade with some fun Americana tunes by the Nightmare River Band and then the Woes at 11, dirt cheap at $10.

12/31 usually the last place you would want to be on New Year’s Eve – other than Times Square, anyway – is Bleecker St., but oldschool Chicago blues guitar monster – and soul singer par excellence – Johnny Allen is ushering the new decade in at 10 at Kenny’s Castaways

Also 12/31 Tammy Faye Starlite’s sick Stones cover band the Mike Hunt Band plays the seminal, serendipitously titled 1966 album “December’s Children (And Everybody’s)” at Lakeside, 11 PM but get there early.

12/31, 11 PM twangy western swing with Sean Kershaw & the New Jack Ramblers feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos at Banjo Jim’s, only $10.

1/1 atmospheric, haunting loop-driven art-rockers the Quavers at Barbes at 8 PM followed by haunting, slinky, Middle Eastern inflected oldtime Zanzibar dance music revivalists Sounds of Taraab at 10 PM.

1/1, sets 9/10:30 PM chanteuse Heather Masse of the Wailin Jennys does her jazz thing at the Cornelia St. Café, $10

1/1 twang for your hangover with Chip Robinson & the Roscoe Trio at Lakeside, 10 PM.

1/1 garage revivalists the Detroit Cobras – with ex-Moisturizer bass goddess Gina Rodriguez -at Maxwell’s, 10:30 PM, $15

1/1 half past midnight (actually the morning of 1/2) Akim Funk Buddha at the Blue Note, $8: “Somehow manages to juggle human beat-boxing with East Asian martial arts and African-inspired drum, making the circus reference the title more than appropriate.. from Tuvan throat singing, beat box, Ndebele clicks, to scat..”

1 /2, 9 PM at Otto’s Unsteady Freddie’s Birthday Surf-Rock Shindig starting with Strange But Surf, the Doughboys, Matt Rae Trio and after midnight Mr. Action & the Boss Guitars.

1/2 at Nublu Love Trio – Ilhan Ersahin, Jesse Murphy, Kenny Wollesen – plays 9:30ish.

1/2, 10 PM Afrobeat rockers Bearquarium and roots reggae band Toussaint Liberator & Buru Style at Public Assembly, $10

1/2 the boisterous and authentic oldtimey Baby Soda Jazz Band at Barbes at 8 followed by the amusing, often hilarious, equally upbeat country hellraisers the Jack Grace Band at 10.

1/2 Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co. 10ish at the Bell House plus free mint juleps, $10

1/2 the Disclaimers play Spikehill at midnight. Two-tone soul siren duo fronting the band (or playing violin, trombone, keys, percussion or kazoo), swooping organ, scorching guitar and songs that veer from hypnotic 60s soul warmth to Radio Birdman style garage punk. One of the best bands in NYC.

1/ 3, 3 PM and 1/6, 8 PM pianist Niklas Sivelov plays Bach’s Well Tempered Clavier #s 13-24 at Bargemusic tix $35/$30/15 srs/stud.

1/3 innovative Greek blues guitarist Spiros Soukis at Lucille’s, 8 PM

1/3, 8 PM  sharp, lyrical powerpop siren Patti Rothberg at the Delancey.

1/3 ex-Black Star hip-hop star Talib Kweli plus John Forte and others at the Brooklyn Bowl, 8ish, tix $10

1/3 at Nublu – the reliably charismatic Bato the Yugo & Gypsy Boogie, 9:30ish

1/4 menacing Botanica frontman/impresario Paul Wallfisch and alt-country legend Greg Garing at Small Beast at the Delancey, 8:30ish.

1/5 at Barbes 8 PM the Mat Maneri Quartet. Mat Maneri -viola; Randy Peterson – drums; Garth Stevenson – bass, and Jacob Sacks – piano. Followed at 9 by Slavic Soul Party

1/5, 8 PM the adventurous Antara Ensemble play works by Corelli, Quantz, Janácek plus the world premiere of Ray Leslee’s “Shakespeare Songs for Tenor, Flute & Strings” at Saint Peter’s Lutheran Church, 619 Lexington Avenue (at 54th Street), $25 (stud/srs $20).

1/5 haunting, otherworldly, absolutely hypnotic Brooklyn Balkan vocal quartet Black Sea Hotel at Pete’s, 10 PM

1/6-12 the Clayton Bros. Band at Dizzy’s Club, 7:30/9:30 PM, $30 tix avail. John Clayton, bass; Jeff Clayton, alto saxophone; Gerald Clayton, piano; Terell Stafford, trumpet; Obed Calvaire, drums. Their weeklong stand here last year was deliriously fun.

1/6 the blazing, innovative, lushly atmospheric Joris Teepe Big Band at the Fat Cat, 8:30 PM

1/6, 8:30 PM George Garzone, saxophone (one of the most interesting, fearlessly intuitive players out there) with Rachel Z, piano;  Peter Slavov, bass;  Pete Zimmer, drums at the Cornelia St. Café, $10

1/6 ferocious psychedelic power trio Devi with special guest keyboardist Rob Klores at Sullivan Hall, 10 PM. They kicked ass with him at the Mercury last year.

1/6 the surfy Cuban Cowboys at Maxwell’s, 10 PM.

1/6, 10:30 PM ferocious two-guitar punk/garage rockers Des Roar – of Ted Bundy Was a Ladies Man infamy – at the Mercury, $10.

1/7, 7:15ish at le Poisson Rouge acoustic noir rockers Mad Juana and dark Americana rocker Matt Keating.

1/7, 7:30/9:30 PM the Kenny Barron Quintet with Anne Drummond on flute, meaning the powerhouse pianist may chill out a little, at the Jazz Standard, adv tix $30 highly rec.

1/7 Bad Reputation: Pierre de Gaillande sings George Brassens, 8 PM at Barbes – the Snow’s frontman has tackled the monumental task of rendering the iconic, fearless, often lewd French songwriter in a sort of noir cabaret context with a woodwind section. It works spectacularly well (the album’s due out sometime this year on Barbes Records) and it’s often hilarious.

1/7 adventurous, defiantly original, funny bluegrass band Frankenpine at Lakeside 9:30 PM.

1/7, 10 PM Raquy and the Cavemen play percussive Middle Eastern-inflected rock at Drom,$10 adv tix rec.

1/8, 8 PM haunting, danceable, psychedelic Brazilian forest music with Forro for All at Barbes

1/8 at the 92YTribeca an amazing bill starting at 8: the Snow’s Pierre de Gaillande singing his own translations of iconic French troublemaker/songwriter Georges Brassens; Mexican folk-rocker Rana Santacruz; devious Mexican janglerock sirens Pistolera; NYC’s funnest band, the psychedelic, surfy Peruvian-style instrumentalists Chicha Libre; the surf-rock Cuban Cowboys and then headlining around midnight,wildly intense Balkan brass band Slavic Soul Party!

1/8 ferociously powerful yet fascinatingly subtle powerpopster/guitar legend-in-the-making Pete Galub at Lakeside 9:30 PM.

1/8-9 in the West Village it’s the Winter Jazz Fest where a bunch of clubs that usually feature cheesy top 40 cover bands open their doors to some sensationally good jazzcats. Several of the cheap multi-artist bills here would cost you hundreds to see separately in more fancy surroundings. Too much good stuff going on to list here – the complete schedule is here. Highlights below:

1/8, 6 PM (six) at Zinc Bar: Soul Cycle with Jesse Fischer, keyboards / Louis Fouché, alto sax / Josh David, bass / Corey Rawls, drums / Shawn Banks, percussion; 7 PM Ben Williams & Sound Effect: Ben Williams, trumpet / Jamire Williams, drums / Jaleel Shaw, alto saxophone / Dave Bryant, piano; 8 PM the Chelsea Baratz Quartet with Chelsea Baratz, saxophone / Orrin Evans, Piano / John Davis, Drums / Corey Wilkes, trumpet; 9 PM the fiery Jaleel Shaw Quartet: Jaleel Shaw, saxophone / Ben Williams, bass / Johnathan Blake, drums / Aaron Goldberg, piano.

1/8, 6:30 PM at le Poisson Rouge: adventurous big band Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society; 7:20 PM Jamie Leonhart: Jamie Leonhart, vocals / Michael Leonhart, piano & trumpet / Gary Wang, acoustic bass and others;  8:20 PM ELEW / Eric Lewis solo: 9:20 PM trumpeter Nicholas Payton’s aptly titled  SeXXXtet: Nicholas Payton, trumpet and vocals / Taylor Eigsti, piano/Rhodes / Vicente Archer, bass / Marcus Gilmore, drums / Daniel Sadownick, percussion.

1/8, 6:40 PM at Kenny’s Castaways the Joel Harrison Sextet: Joel Harrison, acoustic guitar / Donny McCaslin, sax / Christian Howes, violin / Dan Tepfer, keys / Stephan Crump, bass / Ted Poor, drums / Johnaye Kendrick, vox; 6:40 PM Briggan Krauss’ Trio Coordinate: Briggan Krauss, saxophone / Kenny Wollesen, drums / Skuli Sverrisson, bass; 8:40 PM the alternately Frisell-esque and haunting Americana jazz of Jeremy Udden’s Plainville with Jeremy Udden, saxophones / Brandon Seabrook, banjo and guitar / Pete Rende, pump organ and Fender Rhodes / Eivind Opsvik, bass / RJ Miller, drums; 9:40 PM the Matt Wilson Quartet: Matt Wilson, drums / Jeff Lederer, tenor & soprano saxophone, clarinet / Kirk Knuffke, trumpet / Chris Lightcap, bass; 10:40 PM Bobby Previte’s New Bump Quartet: Ellery Eskelin, tenor saxophone / Bill Ware, vibraphone / Brad Jones, bass / Bobby Previte, drums; 11:40 PM Mark Guiliana’s Beat Music:Mark Guiliana, drums / Jason Fraticelli, electric bass / Aaron Dugan, guitar / Nir Felder, guitar; 12:40 AM (that’s twenty before one in the AM) Jamie Saft’s Whoopie Pie with Bill McHenry, saxophone / Jamie Saft, bass and keys / Mike Pride, drums; 1:40 AM Peter Apfelbaum and the New York Hieroglyphics: Peter Apfelbaum, saxophone, piano, percussion / Peck Allmond, trumpet, reeds / Jessica Jones, saxophone / Tony Jones, saxophone / Josh Roseman, trombone / Natalie Cressman, trombone / Charlie Burnham, violin / Dave Phelps, guitar / Viva DeConcini, guitar / Patrice Blanchard, bass / Dafnis Prieto, drums.

1/8, 8 PM pianist Elena Ulyanova plays Soler, Chopin, Liszt, Debussy and Rachmaninoff at Bargemusic, tix $35, $30/15 srs/stud.

1/8, 8:30 PM multistylistic trombonist Reut Regev’s R Time w/special guest Judith Insell on viola at the Cornelia St. Café, $10.

1/8, 9 PM loud, hypnotic shoegazers Susu at Cake Shop.

1/8 Mostly Other People Do the Killing, the hilarious and potent Spinal Tap of improv jazz at Zebulon, 9:30ish.

1/8, 10 PM Spanglish Fly – who play the groovalicious catalog of boogaloo inventor Joe Cuba (sort of the Spanish Harlem equivalent of Fela) – are at Camaradas El Barrio, 2241 1st Ave (115th St.), $5.

1/8 fiery blues/Americana guitar genius – and first-rate lyrical songwriter – Lenny Molotov at Pete’s, 11 PM

1/9, the Winter Jazz Festival continues at 7 PM at le Poisson Rouge with Ben Allison: Jenny Scheinman, violin / Shane Endsley, trumpet / Steve Cardenas, guitar / Ben Allison, bass / Rudy Royston, drums; ay 8, the Occidental Brothers Dance Band International: Nathaniel Braddock, guitar / Josh Ramos, bass / Greg Ward, alto saxophone / Makaya McRaven, drums / Samba Mapangala, vocals; at 9, Jenny Scheinman & Jason Moran: Jenny Scheinman, violin / Jason Moran, piano; 10 PM, Lionel Loueke: Lionel Loueke, guitar and vocals / Massimo Biolcati, bass / Ferenc Nemeth, drums; at 11, the haunting, innovative Vijay Iyer Trio: Vijay Iyer, piano / Marcus Gilmore, drums / Stephan Crump, acoustic bass.

1/9, 7 PM at Zinc Bar Jayme Stone’s sparkling, psychedelic, rustic Africa to Appalachia project: Jayme Stone, banjo / Yacouba Sissoko, kora and vocals / Mike Barnett, fiddle / Brandi Disterheft, bass / Nick Fraser, percussion.

1/9 the world’s funniest oldtimey Americana band – sort of the Dead Kennedys of the steampunk set – the Asylum St. Spankers at the Bell House, 8 PM. Also at the Gramercy Theatre with another good, energetic roots music band, the Wiyos on 1/11 at 9:30.

1/9, 7:30 PM the Del McCoury Band w/the Preservation Hall Jazz Band featuring openers Marty Stuart + His Fabulous Superlatives + Sarah Jarosz at BB King’s adv tix $35 and worth it.

1/9 back at the 92YTribeca with another great bill starting 8ish, this time the sly humor of the Two Man Gentlemen Band, Luminescent Orchestrii’s Sxip Shirey, Boston oldtimey siren Miss Tess, the hellrasing hokum blues/grasscore juggernaut the New Familiars, the Hot Seats, plus sultry, retro 30s original swingstress Christabel & the Jons.

1/9 the Mondo Mundo Festival at the Hiro Ballroom feat Abaji (Greek/Turkish instrument innovator/inventor/virtuoso), Ocote Soul Sounds and others, 8 PM, $15.

1/9 blues guitar powerhouse Bobby Radcliff at Lucille’s, 8 PM

1/9 sax player/composer Paul Carlon’s rocking, innovative Afro-Cuban jazz project at Bowery Poetry Club, 8 PM.

1/9, 9 PM amazing Balkan/Japanese gypsy/jazz powerhouse Fishtank Ensemble at BAM Café.

1/9, 9 PM the Stagger Back Brass Band – the hilarious, virtuosically scurrying Keystone Kops of Balkan Brass music – at Union Pool

1/9, 9/10:30 PM, Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, the “steampunk big band,”at the Jazz Gallery, $15.

1/9, 9-ish powerpop siren Patti Rothberg at Rodeo Bar followed by alt-country pioneer Zane Campbell at 11ish.

1/9, 9:15 PM at Kenny’s Castaways the highlight of the Winter Jazz Festival with tenor sax monster JD Allen and his Trio prepping for another stand at the Vanguard: JD Allen, tenor saxophone / Gregg August, bass / Rudy Royston, drums. Followed eventually by the Mary Halvorson at quarter past midnight: Mary Halvorson, guitar / John Hebert, bass / Tomas Fujiwara, drums. And then at quarter past two in the morning the Tyshawn Sorey Guitar Trio with one of the most interesting drum/percussion guys around, Tyshawn Sorey, drums/percussion/compositions / Todd Neufeld, nylon string guitar / Chris Tordini, acoustic bass, nylon string guitar    

1/9, 9:30 PM at Sullivan Hall Dr. Lonnie Smith on the B3 organ plus Jamire Williams, drums; Jonathan Kreisberg, guitar.

1/9, 9:45 PM  at the Bitter End another monster jazz evening with the Claudia Quintet with Gary Versace: John Hollenbeck, drums / Ted Reichman, accordion / Chris Speed, reeds / Matt Moran, vibraphone / Trevor Dunn, bass / guest: Gary Versace, piano; 10:45 PM Rudder with Chris Cheek, saxophone / Henry Hey, keys / Tim Lefebvre, bass / Keith Carlock, drums; 11:45 PM Todd Sickafoose’ Tiny Resistors: John Ellis, clarinet & tenor saxophone / Alan Ferber, trombone / Steve Cardenas, guitar / Mike Gamble, guitar / Rudy Royston, drums and percussion / Todd Sickafoose, bass / Jenny Scheinman, violin; quarter to one, Michael Bellar’s As-Is Ensemble: Michael Bellar, keys / Rob Jost, bass / Brad Wentworth, drums / Brook Martinez, percussion; and at a quarter to two the Randy Newman Project with Mark Soskin, piano / Roseanna Vitro, vocals / Dean Johnson, vocals / Sara Caswell, violin / Steve Cardenas, guitar.

1/9 devious, unpredictable alto sax monster Jon Irabagon at the Fat Cat, 10 PM with supporting cast TBA

1/9, 10ish sophisticated yet intense Americana siren Julia Haltigan at Glasslands

1/9 LES punk/surf/soul legend Simon & the Bar Sinisters at Lakeside, 10:15ish

1/9, 1 AM (actually morning of 1/10) the gothic Americana of the Kezners at Cake Shop.

1/10 the devious, virtuosic, amazing Isle of Klezbos (mostly female, ostensibly lesbian, original klezmer rockers) at City Winery, half past noon for klezmer brunch. A new Frank London project opens the morning (literally) at eleven-ish, $10, no minimum plus kids free!

1/10 darkly lyrical jazz guitarist Massimo Sammi with a great quartet including bassist John Lockwood and sax connoisseur George Garzone at the Blue Note for brunch, sets at half past noon and 2:30 PM.

1/10, 2 (two) PM pianist Simone Dinnerstein with the American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME) at the PS 321 Neighborhood Concert, 180 7th Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn, $15.

1/10, 4:30 PM Italian choreographer/percussionist Alessandra Belloni leads a special Epiphany concert of her rarely performed drama La Cantata Dei Pastori at the Church of Most Precious Blood (Baxter Street near Mulberry in Little Italy) for a celebration of the Neapolitan Federation and region of Campania.

1/10, 6 (six) PM noir surf/jazz guitarist Jim Campilongo at 55 Bar

1/10 a good if diverse doublebill at Spikehill at 8 with the anthemic Americana powerpop of Rescue Bird and then haunting acoustic Nashville gothic types Bobtown at 9.

1/10 surf punk legends Agent Orange – still playing Everything Turns Grey with plenty of menace – at the Mercury, 10 PM, $10 adv tix.

1/10, 10 PM, country siren Alana Amram and The Rough Gems at Zebulon

1/11 multistylistic retro rock/country/noir cabaret goddess Rachelle Garniez at the Rockwood at 6, then she’s at Cornelia St. Café at 8:30 for $15/$10 stud.

1/11, 7 PM at Barbes – Ibrahim Maalouf. “French / Lebanese master trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf has made a name for himself as a fantastic interpreter of Western and Arab classical music forms. This performance will feature Maalouf’s work in blending modern creative music with his ancestral musical traditions, especially Arabic Makams. He performs on a unique quarter-tone trumpet that was invented by his father in the 1960s which allows him to play traditional scales used in Arabic music. Maalouf has accomplished much at a young age and has been featured in groups led by Sting, Salif Keita, Marcel Khalifé, and Amadou & Mariam among others.” Followed at 8 by Bio Ritmo spinoff Miramar who “besides original material, play many of compositions by Edmundito Disdier and the singer/songwriter Sylvia Rexach – one of the most famous and prolific composers of bolero music out of Puerto Rico.”

1/11, 7 PM accordionist Michael Hearst’s Songs for Unusual Creatures – sequel to Songs for Ice Cream Trucks – at Joe’s Pub, $15, followed by Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens at 9:30, separate admission, $16

1/11, 8:30 PM at the Mercury las Rubias del Norte, followed eventually by minor-key acoustic/Balkan/jamband Hazmat Modine at 10:30 PM. “Las RDN’s third album, out on Barbès on March 9th, will cover a wider range than usual.  The songs run from an intimate Neapolitan ballad, to a Bollywood production, a Kurt Weill song in French, and a classic chicha; they incorporate a string quartet, vintage organs, vibes and marimba.” $10.

1/11 the Maria Schneider Orchestra ,8:30 PM at Birdland, $30.

1/12 violinist Hilary Hahn’s Bach Party at le Poisson Rouge, $20, 6:30 PM

1/12, 7 PM genre-defying Chinese/Middle Eastern/jazz keyboardist/singer Jen Shyu with a killer 7-piece band including JD Allen on tenor at 55 Bar

1/12 and 1/19, 7 PM innovative violinist/composer/country singer Jenny Scheinman at Barbes followed by Slavic Soul Party.

1/12-14 funny how two of the most influential guitarists of the last 30 years have almost the same name if not exactly the same style. This one’s the jazz guy. David Gilmore & Numerology, including a ferocious rhythm section of Christian McBride on bass, and Tain Watts on drums plus the subtle, soulful Claudia Acuna on vocals at the Jazz Standard, sets 7:30/9:30 PM, adv tix $20 highly rec.

1/12, alto saxist and paradigm-shifting composer Jacam Manricks and his quartet at Dakar in Ft. Greene, 7:30 PM, free. He’s also at St. Peter’s Church on Lex and 54th at 5 PM on 1/17 and then with just a trio at Grassroots Tavern on St. Mark’s at 8ish on 1/24.

1/12, 9 PM Sonia’s Party – who put a new spin on oldschool soul and Motown, with predictably fun results – at Union Pool 9 PM, free

1/12, 9:30 PM an exciting new music/Balkan-ish-tango Nuevo doublebill at Joe’s Pub with Ljova and the Kontraband (whose violist and leader, Russian-American Ljova Zhurbin is one of the smartest, wittiest tango composers around) plus bandoneonist Jofre Romarion’s New Tango Quartet, adv tix $12 very highly rec.

1/12 rousing retro R&B keyboard band the Brilliant Mistakes at Southpaw, 10ish.

1/12, midnightish, ferocious all-female rockers Beluga at the Cameo Gallery

1/13 the reliably innovative Quartet San Francisco plays Dave Brubeck at le Poisson Rouge, $15, 6:30 PM

1/13, 8 PM at Glasslands a benefit against domestic violence with No Place, Outernational, Inlets, Controlled Storms, Eartheater, just $10

1/13 the artsy, smart keyboard pop of the Secret History and then glam/goth goddess Kristeen Young ,10ish at the Bell House.

1/13 clever, tongue-in-cheek early 50s hillbilly parodists Susquehanna Industrial Tool and Die Co. at Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM.

1/14 dark, intense, brilliantly lyrical Americana songwriter Matt Keating, 7 PM at Banjo Jim’s.

1/14, 7 PM Moonlighters frontwoman Bliss Blood’s fiery barrelhouse blues band Delta Dreambox at Piattini Ristorante Vino Bar, 9824 4th Ave. in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, R train to 95th St., free, 2 for 1 drinks all night.

1/14, 8 PM the Jeff Newell Octet at Bargemusic feat. the amazing Tricia Woods on piano, Jeff Newell on sax, David Smith on trumpet plus others, $20, $15/$10 srs/stud.

1/14, 9 PM at Barbes the Weal and Woe “offer for your listening pleasure vintage country and gospel classics and close harmony from a faraway time. Drawing from the deep well of country “brother” duets from the middle third of the twentieth century, they sing songs of love and loss, drinkin’ and cheatin’, Old Time Religion and life back home in the Gowanus Valley. With Barbara Ann (bass & vocals), Russell Scholl (guitar & vocals), Jason Cade (fiddle & banjo) and Mark Deffenbaugh (lap steel).”

1/14, 9 PM Stratospheerius play ornate chamber-metal in the Blues in Space vein at Fat Baby.

1/14 at Sidewalk an hour of haunting, intensely lyrical rock songwriting, emphasis on outsider anthems with half-hour sets by Erin Regan and then Randi Russo, 10 PM. Since the night has been booked by the estimable Bernard King, adventurous lyrically-inclined peeps might want to show up earlier to see who else he’s put on the bill.

1/14 Caribbean latin dance machine La Sovietika at Ace of Clubs 10:30 PM

1/14 up-and-coming world music star/agitator Zee Avi  – of no Xmas for Me fame – at the Bell House, 11ish, tix $12.

1/15, 5 (five) PM country/Americana genius Greg Garing (whose phenomenal show at the Delancey we just reviewed) is at Banjo Jim’s for happy hour.

1/15 haunting, slinky, theatrical Egyptian vintage film music revivalists Zikrayat at le Poisson Rouge, 7 PM with soulful guest vocalist Salma Marjieh,and virtuosic percussionist Faisal Zedan, with the full Zikrayat ensemble, lead vocalist Salah Rajab, and  their quartet of bellydancers.

1/15-16 Zlatne Uste’s Golden Festival uptown at the Good Shepherd School , 620 Isham (near 207th St. and Bway), two nights of food, drinking and at least thirty Balkan bands from around the world. Your best bet for tix is the $60 two-day pass, or, you can volunteer and see the shows for free, email for info.

1/15-16, 8 PM Italian choreographer/percussionist Alessandra Belloni’s new version of her Dionysan extravaganza Tarantella Spider Dance (the “Italian Riverdance”) at Theatre for the New City, where it premiered, 155 First Ave., near 10th St. The show repeats on 1/17 at  3 PM, $20, $15 stud/srs and possibly the following week end. “Erotic trance dances and ritual drumming from Southern Italy and the Mediterranean presented by a company of 15 performers, musicians, actors, acrobats and dancers who fill the stage with a celebration of culture unique to the Southern Italian experience.”

1/15, 9 PM, moody, slinky, groove-drivern shoegaze band El Jezel at Spikehill.

1/15-16, 9/10:30 PM excellent latin jazz bassist Pedro Giraudo’s Big Band at the Jazz Gallery, $15

1/15 Staten Island Afrobeat/experimentalists the Budos Band at Maxwell’s, 9:30 PM $12 adv.

1/15 the eerie, amusing Five Points Band at Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM

1/15, 11 PM Marcellus Hall – one of the funniest, most acerbic lyrical masterminds out there, better than ever, at Union Pool

1/15 surf music classics and obscuities with the Boss Guitars at Lakeside, 11 PM.

1/15, midnight-ish, New Orleans songwriter Alex McMurray with excellent barrelhouse piano player Bill Malchow and his band the Go Cup All Stars at Sullivan Hall

1/16 haunting, literate yet amusing art-rockers the Snow play the cd release for their new one I Die Every Night at Joe’s Pub, 7 PM, $15 followed by the hypnotic, exhilarating Arabic ney flute player Bassam Saba’s Ensemble at 9:30, separate admission, $12.

1/16, 8 PM an excellent country/roots music extravaganza at the Jalopy with the Rooftops, Uncle Monk, honkytonkers the Newton Gang, Blue Harvest and Citigrass at midnight.

1/16, 8 PM Siouxsie and the Banshees bassist Steven Severin – who’s gone in an ambient, atmospheric, electronic direction in the recent past – plays his live soundtrack score for the 1928 surrealist silent film “The Seashell & the Clergyman”, plus a program of scores to short avant-garde films at Galapagos, $20; the show repeats on 1/17 at 7 PM.

1/16, 8 PM,haunting, slinky, Middle Eastern-inflected East African dance band revivalists Sounds of Taraab at Bush Baby, 1197 Fulton St, near Bedford in Ft. Greene, $8

1/16, 9ish fun synthy new wave dance revivalists Hank & Cupcakes at the Cameo Gallery

1/16, 10 PM Greek party monsters Magges at Mehanata, free before 10:30, bellydancing, ouzo shots, Susan Mitchell on evil gypsy viola, free before 10:30.

1/16 the reliably charming, oldtimey Moonlighters at Two Boots Brooklyn, 10 PM

1/16 “Brooklyn’s #1 regressive rock band,” Spinal Tap style metal parody band Mighty High at Trash, 10 PM 

1/16 NYC’s answer to X, Spanking Charlene at Lakeside, 11 PM.

1/16 multistylistic ska punk party animals King Django at SOB’s, midnight, adv tix $10 highly recommended.

1/17 legendary soul/jazz/funk poet Gil Scott-Heron returns to his annual MLK day show at SOB’s, sets 7/10 PM, $22 adv tix highly recommended, no idea whether he’ll be in “on” or “off” mode but either way he’s someone you ought to see at least once in your life.

1/17, 8 PM, the eerie, murky, haunting accordion-driven Electric Black at Spikehill.

1/17, 8 PM East of the River featuring recorder virtuosi Daphna Mor and Nina Stern at Sixth St. Synagogue, 325 E. Sixth Street (between 1st Ave. and 2nd Ave.) $15 adv tix, $8 stud/under 21.

1/17 at Rose Bar the Colin Stranahan/Rudy Royston duo, sets 8:30/9:30, free. Anytime you can see Royston – the monster jazz drummer of our era – in this kind of offbeat circumstance – could be pure magic.

1/17, 9ish at Don Pedro’s the post-Golden Festival brass band show, and it’s a damn good one, our very own Veveritse Brass Band, What Cheer Brigade from Providence, and Black Bear Combo from Chicago, $10, “nobody turned away at the door.”

1/17 at the Nuyorican, reggae, calypso, and soca with Joe Barnes, Ras Dodieir, Superman, Ira-Dazle, Jah Dear & Bo Bo Saw backed by the I Lan Band, 10 PM, $15.

1/17 the hilarious, politically-fueled Paranoid Larry & His Imaginary Band at 10 at Otto’s followed at 11 by powerpop siren Patti Rothberg.

1/17, 10 PM the adventurous Carpe Diem String Quartet at le Poisson Rouge, $10.

1/18 charismatic Botanica frontman Paul Wallfisch and Brooklyn alt-country pioneers Kings County Queens, haunting noir rock chanteuse Elisa Flynn, and inimitable, deviously multistylistic keyboard genius Greta Gertler at Small Beast at the Delancey 8:30ish.

1/18 and 1/25, 9:45ish Chicha Libre are back at Barbes

1/18, 8 PM, $15, art-song legend John Kelly brings his multi-octave voice to a series of original songs that reflect his obsession with the paintings of Caravaggio, a collaboration with another four-octave siren, the carnivalesque, noir Carol Lipnik at Galapagos

1/18 powerpop legend George Usher at Lakeside 9 PM.

1/19 funkmeisters Groove Collective, gonzo B3 organist Dr. Lonnie Smith and P-Funk’s Bernie Worrell play a super funky benefit for the Haitian relief effort at le Poisson Rouge, 100% of ticket proceeds go to Haiti Action and Hands Together.

1/19, midnight Escarioka – the latin/Balkan/punk/ska tsunami, sort of Gogol Bordello del Sur – at Trash.

1/21, 7 PM, Iranian-American chanteuse and classic 1960s/1970s Iranian chanson revivalist Monika Jalili w/special guest Jamshied Sharifi and Hassan Hakmoun at le Poisson Rouge, $15.

1/21 a Tris McCall doublebill at Union Hall, 8ish starting with his potently anthemic band Overlord followed by his other project the Tris McCall Pillowfight. The sharply lyrical, tuneful rocker (and rare blogger who can actually write a good song) has a new album out, expect plenty of new material.

1/21, 8:15 PM funny yet furiously and smartly socially aware acoustic duo Left on Red play Caffe Vivaldi, sort of a cross between the Dixie Chicks and the Dead Kennedys 

1/21 panstylistic rock goddess Jenifer Jackson at Banjo Jim’s, 9ish followed eventually by the Demolition String Band’s brain trust.

1/21, 10 PM bluegrass band Frankenpine at the Jalopy.

1/22 slinky, fun, thoughtful downtempo keyboard popsters Mattison followed by Oren Bloedow’s always haunting, atmospheric noir band Elysian Fields at at le Poisson Rouge, 7 PM, $15

1/22, 9/10:30 PM George Garzone and the Australian Connection: George Garzone, tenor saxophone;  Jamie Oehlers, tenor saxophone;  Graham Wood, piano;  Sam Anning, bass;  Ben Vanderwal, drums at the Cornelia St. Café, $10.

1/22, 9/10:30 PM, the Gregg August Sextet – the terse yet intense bassist’s latest auspicious project –  at the Jazz Gallery, $15.

1/22 the amazing, soul-drenched, guitar-and-organ-fueled, artsy, harmony-loving Disclaimers at Spikehill 10 PM

1/22 understated pan-American siren Marta Topferova at Barbes 10 PM

1/22 western swing with Sean Kershaw & the New Jack Ramblers at Lakeside 11 PM.

1/22 a rare live solo electric show by one of this era’s greatest lyrically-driven songwriters, Livia Hoffman at Freddy’s, midnightish

1/22 artsy Norwegian shoegaze/noiserockers Serena Maneesh at the Mercury, midnight-ish, adv tix $10, this will sell out

1/23, 1 PM a free concert at Bargemusic, most likely piano music; early arrival advised.

1/23, 7 PM Australian songwriter Noe Venable and a rare solo show by the Smooth Maria’s soulful Matt Kanelos at Hayko’s Turkish Carpets, 857 Lexington Avenue (at 65th Street), 2nd floor, $10.

1/23 the reliably charming, hilarious, sharply literate Amy Allison at 8 PM at Banjo Jim’s followed by Americana rocker Craig Chesler’s cd release party featuring half the good oldtimey/Americana crew in NYC, followed at 10:30 by Chesler’s regular band, the great roots rockers Tom Clark & the High Action Boys.

1/23 darkly unwinding cello rockers Pearl & the Beard at the Mercury, 8 PM, $10

1/23, 9 PM at BAM Café, innovative baritone saxist/politically aware new music composer Fred Ho & The Green Monster Big Band.

1/23 noir/goth/art-rock pianist/singer Kristin Hoffmann at Caffe Vivaldi, 9 PM.

1/23 hilarious hip-hop party monsters Chronikill at Bowery Poetry Club, 10 PM.

1/23, 10 PM Mississippi hill country-style blues guitar monster Will Scott at Two Boots Brooklyn

1/23 NYC’s pre-eminent alt-country crew Demolition String Band at Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM

1/23, 11 PM, the entertaining, fearlessly filthy Cudzoo & the Faggettes doing their nasty retro 60s girlgroup pop thing at Trash

1/23 soul/blues siren Bethany Saint Smith & the Gun Show at Lakeside, 11 PM.

1/24 rousing, haunting, original klezmer and some amazing obscurities with Metropolitan Klezmer at City Winery, 11:30 AM-ish for brunch.

1/24, 6 PM at the Rubin Museum of Art, 150 W 17th St., violinist Gil Morgenstern, pianist Don Berman accompanied by Obie Award-winner Elizabeth Marvel reading from Sylvia Plath’s poetry, journals, and short stories. A program inspired by C.G. Jung’s legendary Red Book of The Stuff Dreams Are Made On. Admission to the concert includes a private tour of the Museum at 5:15 where the Red Book, which has never before been seen in public, is on display.

1/24, 9 PM a good bill at Spikehill starting with Nashville gothic-inclined roots band Pale Horse Company, raucous Connecticut cowpunks Sidewalk Dave at 10 and then the clever lyrical Small Beast-style  pop/acoustic/new wave of Carrie Erving at 11.

1/25, 7:30 PM, free, the Tessera Quartet plays the String Quartet in E-flat Major by Mendelssohn; String Quartet No. 4, Op. 103 by Lowell Liebermann; String Quartet in D minor by Sibelius at Advent Lutheran/ Broadway United Church, 2504 Broadway at 93rd St.

1/25 a smart, jazzy triplebill at Spikehill starting at 8 with the Anicha Quartet’s intriguing multistylistic jazz/tango/avant stuff with accordion, clarinet, guitar and mandolin;then unaffected, smartly understated jazz chanteuse Calley Bliss at 9 and then latin-inclined jazz singer Deadra Hart, who has an amazing band – at least on her upcoming cd.

1/25  Botanica keyboardist Paul Wallfisch, hauntingly powerful southwestern gothic rocker Kerry Kennedy & Ghostwise, edgy noir cabaret accordionist Marni Rice’s Le Garage Cabaret and noir rocker Mark Steiner’s cd release show at Small Beast at the Delancey 8:30ish

1/25 Homeboy Steve Antonakos, ubiquitous lead guitar monster plays a solo show of his own Americana-inflected stuff at Banjo Jim’s 8:30 PM.

1/25 Daria Grace and the Pre-War Ponies play charming oldtimey and country songs at Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM

1/26, 8 PM organist Gail Archer celebrates Bach’s 325th birthday at All Souls Unitarian Church, 1157 Lexington Avenue  at 80th Street, free – she did Messiaen in 08, Mendelssohn in 09, and this ought to be equally imaginative and interesting.

1/26, 8 PM at the Stone, vividly lyrical piano jazz with the Deanna Witkowski Quartet

1/26 the Second Fiddles do their rousing acoustic hokum blues and oldtimey country at Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM

1/28, 8 PM surf rock legends the Ventures at BB King’s $33.50 adv tix..

1/27 alternately haunting and hilarious alt-country rockers Maynard & the Musties at Lakeside, 9:30ish

1/27, 6:30 PM Tamara Stefanovich on piano playing music of Bartók, Carter, Ligeti, and Rachmaninoff at le Poisson Rouge, $15 followed at 10 by the gorgeous atmospheric longing and gentle intensity of chamber-rock band Edison Woods with a separate $10 cover.

1/27, 10 PM a good doublebill at Spikehill with the dark, incisively jangly, female-fronted Mikal Evans Band, then at 11 PM Second Dan play big catchy anthemic 90s rock in the Oasis vein.

1/27, 11 PM, country jugband the Flanks at Union Pool.

1/28, 7 PM at “Jewish Artists for Haiti” featuring fiery, fun, multistylistic all-gal klezmer powerhouse sextet Isle of Klezbos with other diverse artists at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W 68th St, NYC. Proceeds to American Jewish World Service Haiti Emergency Fund, $18 minimum donation. Advance tickets via Workmen’s Circle, 212-889-6800 x212 or phone/online at SWFS

1/28, PM powerpop guitar god Pete Galub and his band the Annuals play Glasslands. “First up is a performance artist named Brian Dinwiddie who will channel a Jimmy Swaggart sermon called “Get Mad at Sin!” then Pete Galub at 7:30, then Wolfe & the Wayside who play country/barroom rock and are celebrating the release of their new EP.”

1/28, 8 PM Pal Shazar – sort of the left coast equivalent of Patti Smith – plays and hosts an opening for her latest collection of artwork at Fringe Salon, 248 Broome St.

1/28-31, 7:30-9:30 PM the high-energy Jeremy Pelt Quintet feat. JD Allen on tenor at the Jazz Standard, adv tix $25 ($30 Fri-Sat).

1/28 at SOB’s a killer hip-hop benefit for Haitian earthquake relief, $30 donation (all proceeds to Haitian charities) gets you headliner Immortal Technique plus support from Epryme, Cormega, Mikey Factz, Chinahblac, plus Styles P and an appearance by Kid Capri. Show starts at 9, probably will sell out, doors at 7 PM.

1/28, 9 PM the rambunctious, ferociously funny country sounds of the Jack Grace Band at the Jalopy.

1/28, 9 PM Washington DC bluegrass hellraisers Hollertown at Spikehill.

1/29, 7 PM, pianist Simone Dinnerstein and the pioneering new music advocates American Chamber Music Ensemble offer an intriguing sneak peek of their upcoming  tour at the Greene Space, $10, adv tix absolutely necessary, this will sell out.

1/29, 7 PM another good benefit for Haitian earthquake survivors at the Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd Street, mezi 1st a 2nd Avenue, featuring pan-latin songwriter/chanteuse Marta Topferova, Lucia Pulido, Gods & Monsters guitarist Gary Lucas plus special guests, suggested donation $20, all proceeds to charity.

1/29 sprawling nine-piece horn-driven minor-key Balkan/klezmer/reggae jam band Hazmat Modine at Terra Blues, 7:15ish. Beyond psychedelic.

1/29 at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, 7:30 PM, American Composers Orchestra performs “Orchestra Underground including two world premieres: Sebastian Currier’s Next Atlantis, inspired by New Orleans and written for string orchestra and pre-recorded sound, with video by Pawel Wojtasik; and Roger Zare’s Time Lapse, a piece for orchestra influenced by photographic techniques, commissioned by ACO as part of its Underwood Composers Readings for Emerging Composers. Latin jazz innovator Paquito D’Rivera’s Conversations with Cachao is the centerpiece of the program, and receives its New York City and Philadelphia premieres in these performances. A tribute to Israel ‘Cachao’ López, the Havana bass player who made Cuban Mambo a worldwide phenomenon, the piece is a double concerto featuring D’Rivera’s clarinet and alto sax in dialogue with the double bass, played by Robert Black, recalling the style and personality of the man who served as friend and mentor to D’Rivera and many Cuban musicians. Anne Manson makes her ACO concert debut conducting Orchestra Underground.” $38 tix available.

1/29 smart, funny acoustic alt-country band Tall Tall Trees at the Postcrypt Coffeehouse, 8 PM, 5895 Lerner Hall, 2920 Broadway, 1 to 116th St.

1/29 the Brooklyn What – with their three guitars, furious and funny songs, they’re just about the most charismatic rock band in town right now – at Santos Party House, 9ish. Oh yeah, we picked their cd The Brooklyn What for Borough President as best album of 2009.

1/29, 9 PM, alternately haunting and exhilarating Balkan/Middle Eastern rockers Ansambl Mastika at Shrine

1/29, 9 PM a killer country/roots doublebill at the Jalopy with the M Shanghai String Band and then the hilarious, theatrical Ukuladies at 10.

1/29-30, 9/10:30 PM soulful Chilean-American chanteuse Claudia Acuna and her surprisingly intense band at the Jazz Gallery, $15. They absolutely blew us away last year at Rose Bar.

1/29, 10:30ish classic boogaloo revivalists Spanglish Fly play the Joe Cuba catalog – mambo meets Motown – at Rose Bar

1/29 the Jack Grace Band at Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM.

1/30 “Sound-Off for Haiti” noon til 8 PM at BREC Auditorium, formerly Humanities HS, 351 W 18th St. with salsa – jazz – Americana – klezmer – Celtic – Dominican – punk – rock… and more, click her for full schedule, just $10 to come & go all day. Multistylistic Metropolitan Klezmer among many notable performers.

1/30 the reliably fiery, tuneful NYC noir rock legend LJ Murphy at Passout Records (Grand St. just off Berry) in Williamsburg, 6 (six) PM followed by the equally dark, tuneful Lorraine Leckie.

1/30, 8 PM, pianist Simone Dinnerstein with the American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME) playing “Bach and the Concerto” – Selections from the Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II; Selections from The Art of the Fugue, BWV 1080; Concerto in D minor, BWV 1052; and Concerto in F minor, BWV 1056. The mistress of the Goldberg Variations teams up with a new-music juggernaut to play 300-year-old baroque compositions! Should be fun! At the Miller Theatre at Columbia University, 2960 Broadway at 116th, tix $7-$35.

1/30, 9 PM reliably retro, charming Hawaiian swing harmony band the Moonlighters at nouveau speakeasy Flute Bar, 205 West 54th Street,$12; free munchies at the bar 7/8 PM; show goes til midnight.

1/30 Raya Brass Band at Tea Lounge, 9 PMish – this should be a fun – ferocious, assaultive powerhouse South Serbian style brass brand shaking up the laptop crowd at the coffee shop.

1/30, 10 PM ferocious garage/punk rockers 18 at Port 41 out behind Port Authority, cheap, $5.

1/30, 10 PM-ish supertight funk band Baby Daddy (featuring NYC underground legend Joe Filosa from the Nopar King on drums) in Bay Ridge at 3 Jolly Pigeons, 6802 3rd Ave., corner of 68th St, R train to Bay Ridge Ave. The Joe Franklins open the night at 9.

1/30 Tammy Faye Starlite’s other sick cover band (this one does Blondie songs) the Pretty Babies at at Lakeside, 10 PM.

1/30 the Kreptaka Bar Band play Balkan music at Mehanata 10ish

1/30, 10 PM at the Stone: Sam Shalabi’s Land of Kush feat. Radwan Moumneh (saz, vocals tapes) Ariel Engle (vocals, harmonium),Sam Shalabi (guitar, oud, tapes) “Sam Shalabi, one of Canada’s most unique and prolific players over the past twenty years. The Egyptian Canadian Shalabi performs constantly on electric guitar and oud, with regular appearances in numerous jazz and free improv ensembles, membership in a kaleidoscope of avant rock bands, and at the compositional helm of various musical assemblages large and small. Shalabi has seen a dozen full-length album recordings released in the last eight years. Land of Kush is a sprawling, gorgeous conceptual and compositional framework modeled on classical orchestras from late Nasser-era Egypt era.”

1/30 the propulsive, smartly tuneful, post-Wilco rockers the Brixton Riot at Maxwell’s, 11 PM, $8.

1/30, midnight-ish at le Poisson Rouge a joint benefit for Medecins sans Frontieres and Fabian Alsultany, just $12 with a terrific cast of Middle Eastern/North African and funk talent: Hassan Hakmoun & Zahar Falu; Basya Schechter of Pharaoh’s Daughter; Luqmon Brown of Funkface; Malika Zarra, and Haale of The Mast.

1/31,7 PM darkly potent, lyrical Americana songwriter Rick Barry – who draws a strong Matt Keating comparison – plays Spikehill followed at 8 by the Sunday Blues – who call themselves the “alt-country Wings” but are considerably better.

1/31, a rare solo acoustic show by Ninth House guitar monster Keith Otten at 169 Bar, 8 PM, underground NYC anthem-meister legend doing his own tuneful stuff.

1/31 a rare US appearance by St. Croix roots reggae band Midnite at SOB’s, 8 PM, $30.

1/31, 8 PM  devious Americana chanteuse Kelli Rae Powell – whose most recent album landed smack in our top ten last year – at the Black Sheep Pub, 428 Bergen St in Brooklyn, any train to Atlantic Ave

1/31, 9:30 PM, guitarist Stephen Griesgraber’s lushly atmospheric, fascinating new music ensemble Redhooker at le Poisson Rouge, $10.

2/1, 6:30 PM at le Poisson Rouge Johannes Moser, cello and Phyllis Chen, piano/toy piano playing Shostakovich, Stockhausen, Debussy, and works for electric cello and toy piano at le Poisson Rouge, $15; afterward at 9:30 with a $15 separate admission there’s the Fauré Piano Quartet.

2/1 the quietly intense Jenifer Jackson at the Rockwood 8 PM

2/1 charismatic Botanica frontman Paul Wallfisch, multistylistic steampunk goddess/keyboard monster Rachelle Garniez and the reliably menacing, utterly psychedelic Martin Bisi – no worse for the angst of taking down the legendary wall at B.C. Studios last month – at Small Beast at the Delancey 8:30ish.

2/2 at Rose Bar 10 PMish pianist Jason Lindner and his latin jazz trio Now Vs Now with Mark Guiliana & Panagiotis Andreou.

2/2, 11 PM stark, rustic acoustic Americana group Rescue Bird at Bruar Falls

2/2-7 terse, cutting-edge tenor saxist/composer JD Allen and his Trio (Gregg August on bass and Tyshawn Sorey on drums this time, which should put the songs and the tunes even more front and center than usual) at the Vanguard.

2/2-7 the Wess “Warmdaddy” Anderson Quintet w/Terell Stafford, Marc Cary, Neal Caine & Jeff “Tain” Watts7:30/9:30 PM at Dizzy’s Club $30 tix avail.

2/2, 9 PM fiery, politically astute, Fela-influenced Afrobeat siren Nneka at SOB’s 9 PM, adv tix $15 highly rec.

2/3 9 PM legendary soul/blues crooner Bobby Bland at BB King’s $25 adv tix rec.

2/3 oldtimey fun with Those Darlins at Maxwell’s 10ish.

2/3 hooky two-guitar 90s Britrock style band the Royal Chains at Union Hall 11:30ish

2/4, 7 PM the Chiara String Quartet plays three choice Beethoven quartets at PS 321, 180 7th Ave., Brooklyn, $15. The following day 2/5 they’re at Good Shepherd-Faith Presbyterian Church, 152 West 66th Street at 8. The whirlwind NY tour winds up on 2/7 at 4 (four) PM at Union Church of Bay Ridge, 80th Street and Ridge Blvd., Brooklyn.

2/4 The Snow’s Pierre de Gaillande’s richly lyrical, hilarious yet haunting English-language Georges Brassens cover band Bad Reputation at 8 PM at Barbes

2/4 fun, multistylistic bluegrass and oldtimey music with Frankenpine at Lakeside, 9:15ish.

2/4 the reliably boisterous, enelope-pushing Steven Bernstein’s Millennial Territory Orchestra at 10 PM at 55 Bar.

2/4 edgy, bluesy, bucolic Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds at Arlene’s 10 PM

2/4 ukelele player/lyricist/sultry chanteuse Kelli Rae Powell at Rodeo Bar, midnight.

2/5, 6 (six) PM Moroccan world music innovator Malika Zarra with her band including Brahim Fribgane on oud and Mamadou Ba on bass at 55 Bar.

2/5, 7 pm intriguing South Asian ambient string duo the Tiger Lilies followed by the Neel Murgai Ensemble’s sitar jazz cd release show at 8 at Caffe Vivaldi.

2/5 Sounds of Taraab at Barbes, 8 PM: “a spicy blend of Arabic modes, Indian melody, and a driving African beat.”

2/5, 9 PM soul siren Bethany Saint Smith & the Gun Show at Banjo Jim’s followed by Pork Chop Willie at 10 and then at 11 RL Burnside’s grandson Kent Burnside each playing hypnotic Mississippi hill country blues.

2/5, 9 PM edgy piano jazz with the Jacob Sacks Trio followed at 10:30 PM by guitarist Ryan Blotnick’s Sextet at Cornelia St. Cafe

2/5 The Mast FKA Haale play their haunting, crescendoing, hypnotically intense Iranian-inflected psychedelic rock at Joe’s Pub, 9:30 PM.

2/5 the Dred Scott Trio at BAM Cafe 10 (ten) PM, free. The fiery, haunting, envelope-pushing jazz pianist – somewhat similar to Vijay Iyer – has lately leveraged his weekly Tuesday midnight Rockwood show into bigger-room gigs like this. Get to know him before he’s famous.

2/5 gypsy rockes Kagero and then the wild Americana juggernaut the Woes at Southpaw, 10 PM.

2/5, 10 PM classic 1960s style boogaloo revivalists Spanglish Fly at Camaradas El Barrio, 2241 1st Ave (115th St.), absurdly cheap at $5.

2/5, 11 PM potently tuneful powerpop Brooklyn What guitarist John-Severin and the Quiet 1s at Fat Baby

2/5, 11 PM, ageless faux French garage band les Sans Culottes at Spikehill.

2/5 majestic, symphonic, impressively tuneful 70s-style art-rock revivalists Igor’s Egg at the Bitter End, 11 PMish.

2/5 charming country harmonies and oldtimey tunes with Those Darlins at Bowery Ballroom, 11ish

2/5 the Cannabis Cup reggae band at BB King’s 11:30 PM $22 adv tix; they’re also here on 2/12 at 7:30.

2/6, 1 PM a free concert at Bargemusic, most likely piano music; early arrival advised.

2/6, 2 (two) PM wild, innovative, insanely popular Balkan brass monsters Slavic Soul Party plays a free show !!! at Coney Island Brooklyn Public Library, 1901 Mermaid Avenue (Near West 19th Street), any train to Stilwell Ave.

2/6, 8 PM, a killer ska/reggae triplebill at the Knitting Factory with the King Django Septet, Hub City Stompers, Predator Dub Assassins, $10 adv tix.

2/6 Egyptian/Australian brothers Joseph Tawadros on oud and James Tawadros on percussion play original compositions at Alwan for the Arts, 9 PM, early arrival very highly advised since their last show here sold out.

2/6 gorgeously retro 60s-style soul harmony sisters the Sweet Divines at BAM Cafe, 9 PM.

2/6 cowpunk with I’ll Be John Brown followed by the first-rate honkytonk of the Newton Gang at Hank’s, 9 PM

2/6 Husnu Senlendirici & NY Gypsy All-Stars at Drom, 10 PM, $25 adv tix very highly rec. The clarinetist who’s something akin to the Turkish Miles Davis’ show last year at le Poisson Rouge with these guys had many moments of real transcendence.

2/7, 3 PM the Neos Quartet plays Schumann, Piazzolla and  Schubert’s Death & the Maiden at Bargemusic, tix $35 $30/15 srs/stud.

2/7 casually smart female-fronted rockabilly/surf band Catspaw play Otto’s at 7:30.

2/8 psychedelic, hypnotic Mississippi hill country blues guitar powerhouse Will Scott at LIC Bar, 9 PM. He’s also at Bar 4 in Brooklyn on 2/26 at 10.

2/8 noir gypsy/ragtime with Gutbucket and then a solo piano show by Botanica’s master of menace, Paul Wallfisch at Small Beast at the Delancey, 10 PM

2/9, 6:30 PM Zuill Bailey plays the cd release show for his new one the Bach Cello Suites at le Poisson Rouge, $15.

2/9 cutting edge tango nuevo with Emilio Solla & the Tango Jazz Conspiracy at the Jazz Standard, 7:30/9:30 PM, $20: Emilio Solla – piano; Chris Cheek – saxophones; Victor Prieto – accordeon, Jorge Roeder – bass; Richie Barshay – drums, 7:30/9:30 PM, $20

2/11, ACME plays Henryk Górecki at le Poisson Rouge, 8 PM, $15

2/11, 9 PM ageless rockabilly queen Wanda Jackson at the Knitting Factory, adv tix $15

2/12, 7 PM a killer noir rock doublebill with And the Wiremen and Botanica at the Knitting Factory.

2/12, 7:30 PM, Nnenna Ogwo, piano plays Beethoven and Debussy at the Third St. Music School Settlement, free.

2/13, 2/20, 2/27 legendary, indomitable Irish-American rockers Black 47 – whose Iraq cd was Lucid Culture’s pick for best album of 2008 – at Connolly’s.

2/13, 8 PM and repeating 2/14, 3 (three) PM a romantic program of classical music with the Chelsea Symphony at St. Paul’s Church 315 West 22. Music from Bizet’s “Carmen,” Augusta Holmès’ “La Nuit et L’Amour” and the world premiere of violist, accordionist and composer Seth Bedford’s “Cabaret Music.” Prokofiev’s First Violin Concerto rounds out the program on Saturday, Sunday it’s Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme.

2/13 haunting, otherworldly Balkan/Appalachian vocal duo Æ at Banjo Jim’s. They’re also at the Jalopy on 2/14 with Allison Williams opening.

2/13 charismatic noir rocker Tom Warnick and his band at one of the possibly final shows at Freddy’s, 11 PM

2/14 edgy, original, genre-busting klezmerites Isle of Klezbos at Cith Winery, 11:30 AM-ish for brunch.

2/15, 7:30 PM, free, the East Coast Chamber Orchestra plays Britten, Purcell, Elgar, Turina and Tschaikovsky at Advent Lutheran/ Broadway United Church, 2504 Broadway at 93rd St., 1/2/3 to 96th St.

2/17, 8 PM Spanish rhumba rock with Canteca de Macao at Highline Ballroom, $20 adv tix rec.

2/19, 7 PM Absolute Bach: Kristian Jarvi’s Absolute Ensemble with Simone Dinnerstein on piano at le Poisson Rouge, playing Innovation J.S. by Charles Coleman; Reinventions by Gene Pritsker; Undertow by Matt Herskowitz; Raga on a Theme by Bach by Mike Block; and toopART Reinventions by Daniel Schnyder, $25.

2/19, 9 PM Ameranouche play gypsy guitar jazz at Drom, $10

2/18, 9:15ish  iconic Tuareg desert rockers Tinariwen at the Highline Ballroom, adv tix $25. They’re also at the Bell House the next night 2/19 at 8:3o for the same price, adv tix also very highly rec.

2/19 Steve Wynn – whose classic, warped 2001 desert rock album Here Come the Miracles we just named Best Album of the Decade – at Lakeside 9:30ish, early arrival recommended

2/20, 1 PM a free concert at Bargemusic, most likely piano music; early arrival advised.

2/21, 3 PM the world-class Greenwich Village Orchestra plays Prokofiev – Violin Concerto No. 1 and Shostakovich – Symphony No. 5 at Washington Irving HS Auditorium (Irving Place betw. 16/17), cheap, $20 donation.

2/21, 8 PM George Clinton & The P-Funk All-Stars at BB King’s adv tix $37.50.

2/22 Shana Wooley, cello and Fredrica Wyman, piano play Beethoven, Bloch and Takemitsu; also Nathaniel LaNasa, piano plays Bach and Debussy, 7:30 PM at the Third St. Music School Settlement, free.

2/23-24 Bay area steampunks Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers at the Jazz Standard, 7:30/9:30 PM, $25

2/23-28 the Christian McBride Big Band at Dizzy’s Club, sets 7:30/9:30 PM, $20 tix avail.

2/24, 7:30 PM the Bang on a Can All-Stars: Ashley Bathgate, cello; Robert Black, bass; Vicky Chow, piano; David Cossin; drums and percussion; Mark Stewart, guitars and Evan Ziporyn, clarinets at Merkin Concert Hall playing a typically cutting-edge program of world premieres by Nik Bärtsch, Oscar Bettison and Christine Southworth, plus more, tix $30/$25.

2/25-28 the Lionel Loueke Trio: Lionel Loueke – guitar, Massimo Biolcati – bass, Ferenc Nemeth – drums at the Jazz Standard, 7:30/9:30 PM,$25/$30 Friday & Saturday

2/26, 7:30 PM at the Third St. Music School Settlement inscrutable songwriter/pianist Lee Feldman shows off his classical chops, playing Bach, Chopin and Feldman (one assumes his own devious stuff).Eddy Kronengold, piano, and Elinor Amlen, piano follow with music of Milhaud, Mozart and Schumann.

2/26 evocatively Booker T-style Memphis soul/groove instrumentalists the City Champs at Highline Ballroom, 8 PM. The North Mississippi All-Stars headline.

2/26-27, 9/10:30 PM haunting, pioneering Middle Eastern jazz trumpeter Amir ElSaffar and his band (recently commissioned here) at the Jazz Gallery, $15.

2/27 haunting noir guitar soundscapes with the Ulrich/Ziegler Duo at Barbes, 8 PM followed by smart, terse, funny Americana rock duo Kill Henry Sugar.

2/27 at Bowery Poetry Club a killer ska bill with Tri-State Conspiracy, the Hub City Stompers, Simon and the Bar Sinisters, and special guest Tommy Ramone.

2/27 the Sadies (Neko Case’s longtime backing band doing their own dark, bristling Americana) at the Mercury, 11 PM, $13.

3/15 amazingly adventurous, genre-hopping string quartet Brooklyn Rider play the cd release show for the lastest one at the Angel Oresanz Center

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

3/28 the Komeda Project  – who hauntingly and intensely keep the work of legendary, doomed jazz composer and RomaPolanski collaborator Krzysztof Komeda alive – are at the Cornelia St. Café, 8:30 PM, $10 featuring pianist/composer/arranger Andrzej Winnicki and saxophonist Krzysztof Medyna, along with trumpeter Russ Johnson and a rhythm section.

4/9, 7:30 PM at Carnegie Hall – Orchestra Underground performing “Louis & the Young Americans,”Jeffrey Milarsky conducting: Louis Andriessen – Symphony for Open Strings (New York City Premiere); Missy Mazzoli: These Worlds in Us (World Premiere, new orchestration); Michael Fiday: HST: In Memoriam Hunter S. Thompson (World Premiere, ACO Commission); John Korsrud: New Work (World Premiere, ACO Commission). This is a big deal in NYC music

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NYC Live Music Calendar Plus Other Events for November-December 2009

Lots of interesting New Year’s Eve shows – click here for a kick-ass, comprehensive calendar for January and February 2010.

As always, weekly events first followed by the daily listings:

If you can’t make it to this year’s Womex in Copenhagen, you can stream the 2009 Womex album with all kinds of killer world music acts: Kayhan Kalhor and Brooklyn Rider, Watcha Clan and more.

Sundays there’s a klezmer brunch at City Winery, show starts round 11:30 AM – 2 PM, $10 cover, no minimum, lots of good bands.

Sundays from half past noon to 3:30 PM, bluegrass cats Freshly Baked (f.k.a. Graveyard Shift), featuring excellent, incisive fiddle player Diane Stockwell play Nolita House (upstairs over Botanica at 47 E Houston). Free drink with your entree.

The 2009-10 series of organ concerts at St. Thomas Church continues most every Sunday (holidays excepted) at 5:15 sharp, featuring an allstar cast of performers. Concerts continue through the end of May 2010.

Stephane Wrembel plays Sundays at Barbes at 9. The guitarist has few if any equals as an interpreter of Django Reinhardt, but it’s where he takes the gypsy jazz influence in his own remarkably original, psychedelic writing – and what he brings to the Django stuff – that makes all the difference. One of the most interesting players in any style of music, anywhere in the world.

Every Sunday the Ear-Regulars, led by trumpeter Jon Kellso and (frequently) guitarist Matt Munisteri play NYC’s only weekly hot jazz session starting around 8 PM at the Ear Inn on Spring St.  Hard to believe, in the city that springboarded the careers of thousands of jazz legends, but true. This is by far the best value in town for marquee-caliber jazz: for the price of a drink and a tip for the band, you can see world-famous players (and brilliant obscure ones) you’d usually have to drop $100 for at some big-ticket room. The material is mostly old-time stuff from the 30s and 40s, but the players (especially Kellso and Munisteri, who have a chemistry that goes back several years) push it into some deliciously unexpected places.

Every Sunday, hip-hop MC Big Zoo hosts the long-running End of the Weak rap showcase at the Pyramid, 9 PM, admission $5 before 10, $7 afterward. This is one of the best places to discover some of the hottest under-the-radar hip-hop talent, both short cameos as well as longer sets from both newcomers and established vets.

Mondays at the Fat Cat the Heun Choi String Quartet play a wide repertoire of chamber music from Bach to Shostakovich starting at 7

Mondays at the Jazz Standard it’s all Mingus, whether with the Mingus Orchestra, Big Band or Mingus Dynasty: you know the material and the players are all first rate. Sets 7:30/9:30 PM, $25 and worth it.

Mondays at the Delancey on the main floor, 8:30 PMish Botanica frontman and master of menace Paul Wallfisch presents the edgiest weekly music series in town, playfully called Small Beast, an international mix of some of the most intelligent (and frequently darkest) performers passing through town. It’s free and there’s always some kind of drink special or freebee. If you wish Tonic was still open, Wallfisch is keeping the flame alive. He typically opens the night solo on piano, reason enough to put this on your calendar. January artists include Greg Garing, Greta Gertler, Elisa Flynn, Kings County Queens, Kerry Kennedy and Marni Rice.

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).

Also Mondays the free reggae show that used to be held at Rehab has gravitated to SOB’s, 9ish, free w/rsvp to rsvp@jamrockmagazine.com, 21 and over.

Also Mondays in January starting on the 18th (and all of February) the Barbes house band, Chicha Libre plays there starting around 9:30. They’ve singlehandedly resurrected an amazing subgenre, chicha, which was popular in the Peruvian Amazon in the late 60s and early 70s. With electric accordion, cuatro, surf guitar and a boisterous rhythm section, their mix of obscure classics and originals is one of the funnest, most danceable things you’ll witness this year. Perhaps not so strangely, they sound a lot like Finnish surf rockers Laika and the Cosmonauts in their most imaginative moments.

Also Mondays in January Rev. Vince Anderson and his band play Union Pool in Williamsburg, two sets starting around 11 PM. The Rev. is one of the great keyboardists around, equally thrilling on organ or electric piano, an expert at Billy Preston style funk, honkytonk, gospel and blues. He writes very funny, very politically astute, frequently salacious original gospel songs and is one of the most charismatic, intense live performers of our time. Paula Henderson from Burnt Sugar is the lead soloist on baritone sax.

The second and fourth Tuesday of the month there are free organ recitals at half past noon at Central Synagogue, Lexington Ave. at 55th., an exciting list of first-class performers in a sonically gorgeous space, a great way to spend your lunch break if you work in the neighborhood.

Tuesdays the boisterous and very popular brass-heavy gypsy jazz band Slavic Soul Party plays Barbes at 9. Get here as soon as you can as the opening act is usually popular as well.

Every Wednesday, Michael Arenella & the Dreamland Dance Band play sly yet boisterous oldtimey hot jazz at the Clover Club, 210 Smith St. (Butler/Baltic) in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, 8:30 -10:30 PM.

Every Friday in January at 8:30 PM at the Fat Cat Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens bring an authentic here-and-now Brooklyn church vibe, no slick theatrics, just soul.

Fridays there’s live Mediterranean music – Greek- Arabic, Turkish Armenian, Israeli fusion with Mike Stoupakis, Christos Zavolas, Sofia on on vocals, Elias Sarkar-oud/vocals, Kostas Konstantinou – drums,  plus bellydancers at Lafayette Grill & Bar, 54 Franklin St., downtown,$20 cover, 10ish, free after 1 AM.

11/2 noir outsider anthem genius Randi Russo followed by Botanica frontman Paul Wallfisch at Small Beast at the Delancey 8:30 PM

11/4 Gil Scott-Heron at BB King’s 8 PM $30 adv tix rec.

11/4 the increasingly Tom Waitsish, smartly literate, funny Maynard & the Musties at Lakeside 9 PM

11/5, 8 PM the International Pop Overthrow at Kenny’s Castaways, a killer lineup:

8:00 Edward Rogers & Pete Kennedy (with Ward White)

8:30 Maura Kennedy

9:00 George Usher

9:30 The Doughboys

10:00 Mission 5

10:30 Wendy lp

11:00 The Pretty Faces

11/5 Americana chanteuse Rebecca Turner at Banjo Jim’s 7 PM

11/5 jazz guitar legend Gene Bertoncini at the Jazz Standard, $25, sets 7:30/9:30, reservations highly recommended.

11/5 new wave legend Ellen Foley at Lakeside 9 PM.

11/5 lush, atmospheric art-rockers the Quavers at Barbes at 8 followed by the inscrutable, unpredictably, virtuosic, hilarious, charismatic keyboardist/chanteuse/dramatist Rachelle Garniez at 10 PM.

11/6, 7 PM at Banjo Jim’s Charlene and Mo of Spanking Charlene play acoustic

11/6-8 the haunting Vijay Iyer Piano Trio at the Jazz Standard, sets 7:30/9:30 PM, $30 ($25 Sunday), adv tix. highly recommended.

11/6 smart female-fronted psychedelic rock trio Devi at their new private space in Jersey City, details TK, free

11/6 Simon & the Bar Sinisters at Lakeside 10:15ish

11/6, 7 PM a rare chance at le Poisson Rouge to see dissident rockers from behind the former Iron Curtain: Psí Vojáci (from the Czech Republic), Bez Ladu a Skladu from Slovakia, Timpuri Noi (from Romania). The 11/7 show, starting at 11 pm, will feature Kontroll Csoport (from Hungary) and legendary Polish punks Dezerter. $15 dirt cheap cover for each night.

11/7 2:30 (two thirty) PM the catchy Wilco-meets-the-Clash Brixton Riot at Kenny’s Castaways

11/7, 7 PM at Banjo Jim’s dark garage rocker Lorraine Leckie and Her Demons followed at 9 by alt-country legend Zane Campbell

11/7, 8 PM menacing, tuneful noir rockers Darren Gaines & the Key Party and deliriously fun Japanese gypsy band Kagero at the Gershwin Hotel, 7 East 27th Street (5th/Madison), all ages, $10, free wine bar (21+)

11/7, 8 PM Cudzoo & the Faggettes at Ars Nova Theatre, 54th & 10th Ave., perfect venue for these filthy theatrical rock sirens-slash-retro 60s pop satirists. They promise can’t-miss new video footage at this one…hmmm…! They’re also at Bar Matchless in Williamsburg on Dec 3.

11/7 9 PM slinky, haunting, amazing Egyptian film music revivalists Zikrayat at Alwan for the Arts, $15 and worth it

11/7, 9 PM the dark haunting hypnotic powerhouse Katie Elevitch (back from another triumphant European tour) downstairs at her M’Sonic Sessions series at the The Brooklyn Masonic Temple, 317 Clermont Avenue, 3rd Floor, Fort Greene

11/7 the ferociously good, intense, Radio Birdman-esque punk/garage rockers the Mess Around 9 PM at Don Pedro’s

11/7 the amusing, laid-back Americana duo Two Man Gentlemen Band at the Jalopy, 9ish

11/8 a killer Americana afternoon starting at 3 PM at Spikehill with smart, catchy bluegrass innovators Frankenpine, the oldschool honkytonking Newton Gang, the soaring Alana Amram & the Rough Gems and the funniest man in country music, Uncle Leon & the Alibis headlining around 5. And then Nashville gothic monsters Ninth House at 8!

11/8, 7 PM at Barbes classical violist Jennifer Stumm playing rare and obscure pieces by the first viola virtuoso Alessandro Rolla

11/8 powerpop powerhouse Patti Rothberg at Otto’s, 11 PM with her excellent band.

11/9, 8:30 PM at Banjo Jim’s lead guitarist to the stars of the underground, Homeboy Steve Antonakos.

11/9 Botanica frontman Paul Wallfisch followed by haunting, anthemic art-rockers Norden Bombsight at Small Beast at the Delancey 9 PM

11/10, 8 PM at BB King’s Capleton, Cocoa Tea and Anthony B $30 adv tic rec.

11/10 smoove oldschool hip-hop with Ice Cube’s little bro Warren G at Bowery Ballroom, 9ish, $20 gen adm

11/11 southwestern gothic rocker Tom Shaner at Lakeside 9 PM.

11/12 deviously virtuosic, exuberant mostly-female klezmer rockers Isle of Klezbos at 7PM at Holy Apostles Church, 296 Ninth Ave at 28th St, $10

11/12-15 the Claudia Acuna Quintet at the Jazz Standard, sets 7:30/9:30 PM, $25 ($30 Fri-Sat). Soulful, worldly wise, socially aware Chilean-American jazz chanteuse with an astonishingly powerful band behind her – guitarist Juancho Herrera is a ferocious, intense player but the rest of the band is inspired as well.

11/12 Linda Draper, soulful ex-choirgirl and literate lyricist par excellence whose new cd Bridge & Tunnel is one of the year’s best – plays the National Underground, 8 PM.

11/12, 10 PM Spanglish Fly mixes up mambo and Motown to make Latin soul in the Joe Cuba boogaloo tradition at Camaradas El Barrio, 2241 1st Ave (115th St.) dirt cheap, $5 – free boogaloo lessons for neophytes.

11/12, 10 PM the Bay Area’s best gypsy band, Gaucho plays a rare NYC date at Barbes.

11/13, 8 PM at Barbes amazing oud player/educator/scholar Mavrothi Kontanis plays with his band (who just backed another amazing musician, Iranian-American singer Monika Jalili, on her new cd), followed at 10 by Bill Carney’s Jug Addicts.

11/13, 8 PM at the Bell House, Brooklyn’s own forro/ska/reggae/funk baccchanal Nation Beat open the show followed by the genre-bending, gypsyish latin hellraisers Rupa & The April Fishes

11/13 “Brooklyn’s #1 regressive rock act”, hilarious metal parody band Mighty High’s 7″ release show at Hank’s, 9ish.

11/13, 9 PM smart, metaphorical Kentucky expat/Americana chanteuse Kirsten Williams‘ full-band cd release show for her new one Yesterday’s Waves at Kenny’s Castaways.

11/13, 10 PM fiery, guitar-driven, Steve Earle-ish highway rockers the Sloe Guns at the National Underground

11/13, midnight, powerhouse dark lyrical rocker Daniel Bernstein and the Everybody Knows‘ cd release show (everybody gets a freebee) at the Brooklyn Tea Party, 175 Stockholm Street, Buzzer 303, Bushwick, Brooklyn (btw. Wilson/Knickerbocker, M to Central Ave). Brand new band from the past features Scott Loving on electric guitar, Strictly Beats on drums, Scott Fragala on bass and Erin Regan on vocals.

11/14, 7:30 PM a doublebill by arguably the two best Americana chanteuses in the business, Amy Allison and Laura Cantrell at the 92Y Tribeca, $15

11/14 an amazing doublebill at Barbes starting at 8 with the devious and lushly romantic French chanson stylings of les Chauds Lapins and continuing with the careening 1920s hot jazz juggernaut Brian Carpenter’s Ghost Train Orchestra at 10ish.

11/14 Greek party hellraisers Magges – who do a killer version of the original Misirlou – at Mehanata, 10 PM free before 10:30

11/14, 10ish at Teneleven ornate, upbeat cello rockers Snazz Mammoth play one of those powdered wiggie Rubulad-ish parties  $5 cover

11/14 Shonen Knife at Maxwell’s, 10ish, $12 adv tix very highly recommended; 11/17 they’re at the Brooklyn Bowl.

11/14 the Brooklyn What at Bar Matchless in Williamsburg 9ish

11/14 sly baritone crooner and country hellraiser (and ferociously good lead guitarist) Jack Grace at Rodeo Bar, 11:30 PM

11/15, 3 (three) PM the Antara Ensemble plays at Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 2065 Fifth Avenue at 127th Street: Leos Janácek’s Idyll for String Orchestra, W. A. Mozart’s Concerto for Flute and Harp in C Major, K. 299, Antonio Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Violins & Cello in D minor, and the World Premiere of Richard Spencer’s Fantasie on a Hymn for Flute & String Orchestra. Tix $25/$20 stud/srs.

11/15, 7:30 PM fiery original rockabilly/surf trio Catspaw – whose signature song Southbound Line ranks high on our list of the 666 best songs of alltime – play Otto’s, free.

11/15, 9ish at SOB’s Zulu Nation presents the 35th Anniversary of Hip-Hop Culture: Afrika Bambaataa, Naughty By Nature, Positive K, Melle Mel, Large Professor, Craig G, Shaheim, Dana Dane, $25 adv tix

11/16 the queen of phantasmagoria, Carol Lipnik and Spookarama at Small Beast at the Delancey, 9 PM.

11/18 harmony-driven, rousingly retro country crew the Sweetback Sisters at Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM

11/19 the incomparable, inscrutable, multistylistic Jenifer Jackson at the Rockwood at 8.

11/19, 10 PM multistylistic jazz/gypsy/Americana guitar genius Matt Munisteri at Barbes.

11/19 the ferocious Balkan brass juggernaut Raya Brass Band play Local 268 (the old Meow Mix space) on Houston at Suffolk, 10ish, free.

11/20, 7 PM the comedic but equally virtuosic Erin & Her Cello at the Rockwood. She’s also there a week later, 11/27 also at 7.

11/20, 8 PM jangly Boston rockers Aloud and then moody, haunting groove/downtempo slinks El Jezel at Spikehill

11/20 surf music classics and obscurities with the Boss Guitars at Lakeside 11 PM

11/20 the Brooklyn What – whose ferocious and funny debut cd is our pick for best album of 2009 – at Trash Bar 11 PM

11/21  fiery Irish American rock legends Black 47 at Connolly’s, also 11/28, 12/5, 12/12, and New Years Eve

11/21, 8 PM Portuguese fado legend Mariza at Carnegie Hall with special guests Afro-Peruvian vocalist Eva Ayllón and Afro-Cuban pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba $25 tix available.

11/21 janglepop-meister Richard Barone of the Bongos with his band at Drom, 8:30 PM, adv tix rec.

11/21, 8 PM The New York Chamber Players’ fundraiser at Bechstein Concert Hall, 207 West 58th St., music by Mozart, feat. piano virtuoso Karine Poghosyan

11/21 ferociously haunting, danceable pan-Balkan rockers Ansambl Mastika at Shrine uptown, 8 PM

11/21 Lights and Alana Amram & the Rough Gems (watch Alana on bass and then guitar – or vice versa) at Union Pool

11/21 Spanking Charlene – NYC’s answer t0 X – plays their own birthday party show at Lakeside 11 PM

11/22, 3 (three) PM the world-class Greenwich Village Orchestra plays Dvorak’s New World Symphony at Washington Irving Auditorium, cattycorner from Irving Plaza, $20 for a show that would probably cost you a hundred bucks at Carnegie Hall.

11/22, 9 PM rousing oldschool harmony-driven bluegrass behemoth the NYCity Slickers play Banjo Jim’s.

11/23 three of the most powerful sirens in any style of music: grand guignol powerhouse Vera Beren, retro keyboard/vocal genius Rachelle Garniez – whose previous two albums are the #2 and #3 cd’s of the decade according to our Best Songs of the Zeros list – and the phantasmagorical Carol Lipnik at Small Beast at the Delancey. Show starts at 9 with Lipnik followed by Garniez, then the dazzlingly lyrical retro 60s psychedelic pop band McGinty & White at 10:30, and then Beren headlining.

11/24 Americana guitar genius Robbie Fulks in one of his frequent, sparkling duo shows with another first-class player, violinist Jenny Scheinman at Barbes at 7.

11/24-25 and 11/27-29 the Maria Schneider Orchestra makes a welcome appearance at the Jazz Standard, sets 7:30/9:30, tix $35 but no minimum, adv tix very highly recommended.

11/25, 7 PM, moody and sultry (and hilarious) Americana ukulele chanteuse Kelli Rae Powell – whose new album is one of the year’s four or five best – plays at the Rockwood; Sonia’s Party follows eventually at 11 with their ecstatic original take on classic soul and Motown.

11/27, 7 PM Johnny Vignault and frontman Michael Chandler of the Lost Crusaders are joined by Dale Beavers of the Compulsive Gamblers for a happy hour show at Lakeside.

11/27 for those who stayed in town, a killer Balkan brass show with Raya Brass Band at Barbes, 10 PM.

11/27 a rare live show by legendary mod punk Dog Show frontman Jerome O’Brien at Lakeside 11 PM

11/28, 7 (seven) PM sophisticated, multistylistic Americana chanteuse Julia Haltigan plays the Rockwood.

11/28 rustic harmony-driven country band Reckon So at Banjo Jim’s, 8 PM.

11/28 southwestern gothic rocker Tom Shaner at Lakeside 11 PM

11/29 haunting Balkan-tinged tunes with trumpeter Ben Holmes and his trio at Barbes, 7ish.

11/30 the hauntingly adrenalizing Balkan Raya Brass Band 6 PM-ish outside Lincoln Center – follow your ears or the band’s tweets.

 11/30 a killer jazz night at Spikehill in Williamsburg starting at 8 with the Adam Larson Project  featuring supersonic, fiery alto cat Jaleel Shaw, then the innovative, psychedelic, dubwise Justin Rothberg Trio, then ska jazz sax legend Dave Hillyard in one of his occasional trio shows.

11/30, starting 8:30ish the artsy Pharmacy & Gardens, then the master of menace, Botanica frontman Paul Wallfisch at the keys, the twangy southwestern gothic of And the Wiremen and then atmospheric noir soundtrack songs with Bee & Flower at 11ish at Small Beast at the Delancey.

12/1-2 trumpet powerhouse Ingrid Jensen with a quintet and then quartet at Jazz Standard, $20, sets 7:30/9:30 PM

12/3-6 the Chano Domínguez Flamenco Quintet including vox and dancer at the Jazz Standard, $30, sets 7:30/9:30 PM. At the Spanish jazz festival here last spring the pianist was haunting, even transcendent – this is something you shouldn’t miss.

12/3, 8 PM, a very rare worthwhile evening of songwriters in the round: soulful, metaphorical Kentucky expat Kirsten Williams, genius bassist Carolann Solebello (of Red Molly), powerful and incorrigibly extroverted white soul sister Meg Braun and the irrepressible, deviously funny, brilliantly tuneful Sharon Goldman (half of the excellent Sweet Bitters) at St John’s Lutheran Church, 81 Christopher St (just west of 7th Ave), free w/sugg. don.

12/3 innovative, tuneful, virtuosic and amusing bluegrass band Frankenpine at Lakeside 9:30ish

12/4, 8 PM the NY Chamber Players play Beethloven’s 6th Symphony and Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No 2 with pianist Luigi Fracasso at Christ & St.Stephen Church, 122 W 69th St.

12/4 dark, somewhat Waits-ish alt-country rockers Maynard & the Musties at Sidewalk 9 PM

12/4 secular gospel hellraisers the Lost Crusaders at Lakeside 7:30ish

12/6, 8 PM  otherworldly Italian percussionist/choreographer Alessandra Belloni leads her group in a performance of her piece Voyage of the Black Madonna at St. Mary’s Church, 126th St. just west of Amsterdam, take any train to 125th St., $10 sugg. don.

12/6, 8ish alto sax player/composer Jacam Manricks leads a smaller contingent of the massive big band he assembled for his excellent latest cd and plays songs from it at Grassroots Tavern on St. Mark’s Place, free. A great way to get to know an exciting jazz talent for next to nothing.

12/7 smartly lyrical noir rocker Darren Gaines, ex-Thalia Zedek keyboardist MG Lederman, ferociously charismatic ghoulabilly/LES noir glam songwriter Reid Paley and Botanica‘s Paul Wallfisch at Small Beast at the Delancey, 8:30ish.

12/8, 7:30/9:30 PM, legendary jazz percussionist/bandleader Chico Hamilton at the Jazz Gallery where he’ll be performing tracks off of his latest album Twelve Tones of Love (recently reviewed here, very favorably) with his quintet Euphoria.

12/9 a repeat of the transcendent trifecta recently at Small Beast at the Delancey, this time around moved to Galapagos in Dumbo: Strange Girls Sing featuring the phantasmagorical Carol Lipnik (whose ongoing collaboration with John Kelly just gets more and more intense), another equally otherworldly water nymph, Rachelle Garniez (whose two most recent albums are on the top ten in our Best Albums of the Decade list) and the “white Eartha Kitt” AKA noir cabaret legend Little Annie Bandez, show starts at 8:30 sharp.

12/10 ,1 PM at Trinity Church a classical duo show with Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir, cello and Alexandra Joan, piano, free.

 12/10–12/13 the Tango Meets Jazz Festival with the Pablo Ziegler Quartet with special guests Miguel Zenon (12/10 & 12/11) and David Sanchez (12/12 & 12/13) at the Jazz Standard, $30, sets 7:30/9:30 PM

12/11 Debo Band play Ethiopian jazz followed by the ecstatically powerful pan-Balkan rockers Ansambl Mastika and their “New Balkan Uproar” at Drom, 8 PM, adv tix $10 very highly rec.

12/11 surf music classics and obscurities with the Boss Guitars at Lakeside 11 PM

12/12 a real blast from the past, 80s new wave rockers That Petrol Emotion at the Bell House, 7:30 PM, $17 adv tix rec.

12/12, 9 PM a surprisingly cheap steampunk night with the George Gee Swing Orchestra, Michael Arenella & His Hot 8, pianist Drew Nugent plus other entertainment (tap dancers, strippers etc) at the Green Building, 450 Union Street betw Nevins/Bond, Gowanus, Brooklyn,F/G to Carroll St., $20

12/12 David “Solid” Gould & the Temple Rockers (feat. ex-John’s Brown Body members) play hypnotic dub and Balkan-inflected roots reggae at Drom, $15, 10 PM

12/12 NYC’s answer to X, Spanking Charlene at Lakeside 11 PM.

12/13 fiery, multistylistic Canadian gypsy/klezmer rockers Beyond the Pale have a whirlwind couple of days. Sunday they play klezmer brunch at City Winery, 11:30ish, then at 3 PM at the Workmen’s Circle, 45 East 33rd St for a $15 sugg. don. Then on Monday the 14th they’re at the World Financial Center plaza at half past noon in case you work in the neighborhood.

12/16, 9 PM at Banjo Jim’s: Avi Fox-Rosen’s Hanukah Spectacular feat. the Benjy Fox-Rosen Band (Yiddish art song, klez, pez), Special Hannukah lamp screwing ceremony, at 10:15 Yiddish Princess (rock in Yiddish) and an hour later the Breslov Bar Band (songs to love the lord, while sloppy drunk). Oy vey!

12/16 catchy, lush, anthemic janglerockers the Somebodies at Lakeside 9:30ish.

12/17, 8 PM  at Banjo Jim’s the Harrithon feat. guitar monster Homeboy Steve Antonakos, country siren Drina Seay, avant garde legend David Amram and others (including a horn section) playing George Harrison songs from over the decades.

12/17, 9:30 PM the ACME new music ensemble plays a jarring but ultimately pretty sensational bill starting with a couple of early John Cage pieces followed by Phil Kline’s Exquisite Corpses and then the acoustic world premiere of Kline’s The Blue Room and Other Stories at the Tank, 354 W 45th Street, $12

12/17 janglemeister guitarist Chris Erikson & the Wayward Puritans at Lakeside 9:30ish.

12/17, 10 PM ferociously hilarious punkish rockers Custard Wally at Desmond’s.

12/17, 11 PM  ferociously lyrical, haunted, madness-obsessed songwriter Daniel Bernstein & the Everybody Knows at the Silent Barn, 915 Wyckoff Avenue, Bushwick, L to Halsey or M to Myrtle-Wyckoff

12/18 the Nu-Sonics at 7 followed by amazing jazz/rock/ambient guitarist Peter Calo at 8 at Banjo Jim’s.

12/18 ecstatically improvisational minor-key Balkan/blues/klezmer/reggae juggernaut Hazmat Modine at Terra Blues 7:15ish

12/18, 9 PM at Shrine, taki taki with the fun, danceable La Sovietika followed by latin reggae band El Pueblo at 10.

12/18 punk/new wave legends Band of Outsiders at Lakeside 10 PM.

12/18 at midnight the hypnotically fiery, improvisational soul/rock siren Katie Elevitch at Banjo Jim’s. She’s also here on 12/23 at 10.

12/19 haunting virtuoso Greek-American oud god (you can be an oud god, right? Didn’t the Greeks invent the gods, anyway?) Mavrothi Kontanis at Barbes at 8ish with his band followed by the lush, romantic Moonlighters of latin music, las Rubias del Norte at 10 ($10 cover)

12/19, 9ish casually brilliant oldschool honkytonk/country band Reckon So at Banjo Jim’s

12/19 virtuoso punk/rockabilly/surf guitarist Simon & the Bar Sinisters at Lakeside 10:15ish.

12/21, 7:30 PM rambunctious, irrepressible oldtime uke/trombone player J. Walter Hawkes joined by Doug Largent on bass and Andy Burns on drums at Banjo Jim’s

12/21, 9:30 PM subtly haunting, wickedly lyrical, amusing pianist/songwriter Lee Feldman plays Joe’s Pub on something of a collaborative doublebill with jazzcat and Elvis Costello fave Deidre Rodman and others.

12/22–12/23 the Edmar Castaneda Trio plus Special Guest Joe Locke at the Jazz Standard. You want eclectic and innovative? Can’t miss with this crew: Colombian harp, trombone, drums and vibes, $20 sets 7:30/9:30 PM.

12/22, 10 PM Sonia’s Party, who blend a bewitching oldschool Motown sound with a vintage Memphis groove play the Knitting Factory.

12/22, 10:30PM the Gowanus Reggae And Ska Society: G.R.A.S.S. at Rose Bar – enough said!

12/23 hypnotic powerhouse soul/rock siren Katie Elevitch at Banjo Jim’s 9 PM

12/27 If you missed the mostly exciting debut concert of Contact!, the New York Philharmonic’s new-music series (you can skip the last piece), the entire concert will be rebroadcast on q2, WQXR’s contemporary online classical music stream at 2 PM.

12/27 riveting, fearlessly unconventional avant siren Larkin Grimm at the Knitting Factory at 8:30 followed by indie/art-rock legend Martin Bisi – whose show last summer was the highlight of the Northside Festival – at 9:30.

12/29 Senegalese roots reggae juggernaut Meta & the Cornerstones at Drom, 11 PM $10

12/30, 8 PM, wild, intense Balkan/Mediterranean/Middle Eastern rockers Ansambl Mastika – no longer just an instrumental band! – at Barbes. If you missed their show at Shrine last month, you missed a real treat.

12/30, 8 PM  haunting Balkan band the Ivan Milev Band and soul legends Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings at the Brooklyn Bowl, tix only $20

12/30 propulsive early Dire Straits-style Americana rockers Whisperado at Hank’s 9ish

12/30 amusingly disconcerting bluespunks the Five Points Band at Rodeo Bar 10:30 PM

12/30 Dr. John & the Lower 9/11 at the Highline Ballroom, sets 7/9:30 PM, adv tix $35 (not avail. day of show)

12/31 Irving Louis Lattin and his Chicago blues trio at 55 Bar, early, 6 PM

12/31 tongue-in-cheek, period perfect early 50s hillbilly satirizers Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co 8 PM at Otto’s, then at about 1 AM Vic Ruggiero (of the Slackers) plays a rare acoustic show.

12/31, 9 PM psychedelic powerpopsters Ian Roure and Liza Garelik of the Larch and Liza & the WonderWheels play a rare acoustic show at Freddy’s – they did this at the Parkside back in the fall and it was off the hook.

12/31 we don’t usually list events like this, but this could be extra fun if you can afford it ($40 advance tickets available at serdarilhan.com) because it’s OPEN BAR with beer, wine AND rakija, the bewitching Layla Isis bellydancing and a pan-global, Mehanata-style dj mix at the Hungarian (Magyarhaz), 213 E 82nd St (between 2nd and 3rd Aves), starting 9ish.

Also 12/31 at the Bell House a bad segue between two killer bands: retro 60s soulsters Eli Paperboy Reed & the True Loves and then ferocious, haunting psychedelic garage rockers Obits plus free cans (?!?) of champagne, 9 PMish, $30 adv tix very highly rec.

Also 12/31, 10 PM at Spikehill a cheap and reliably high-energy way to say goodbye to a rotten decade with some fun Americana tunes by the Nightmare River Band and then the Woes at 11, dirt cheap at $10.

12/31 usually the last place you would want to be on New Year’s Eve – other than Times Square, anyway – is Bleecker St., but oldschool Chicago blues guitar monster – and soul singer par excellence – Johnny Allen is ushering the new decade in at 10 at Kenny’s Castaways

Also 12/31 Tammy Faye Starlite’s sick Stones cover band the Mike Hunt Band plays the seminal, serendipitously titled 1966 album “December’s Children (And Everybody’s)” at Lakeside, 11 PM but get there early.

12/31, 11 PM twangy western swing with Sean Kershaw & the New Jack Ramblers feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos at Banjo Jim’s, only $10.

1/1 atmospheric, haunting loop-driven art-rockers the Quavers at Barbes at 8 PM followed by haunting, slinky, Middle Eastern inflected oldtime Zanzibar dance music revivalists Sounds of Taraab at 10 PM.

1/1, sets 9/10:30 PM chanteuse Heather Masse of the Wailin Jennys does her jazz thing at the Cornelia St. Café, $10

1/1 twang for your hangover with Chip Robinson & the Roscoe Trio at Lakeside, 10 PM.

1/1 garage revivalists the Detroit Cobras – with ex-Moisturizer bass goddess Gina Rodriguez -at Maxwell’s, 10:30 PM, $15

1/1 half past midnight (actually the morning of 1/2) Akim Funk Buddha at the Blue Note, $8: “Somehow manages to juggle human beat-boxing with East Asian martial arts and African-inspired drum, making the circus reference the title more than appropriate.. from Tuvan throat singing, beat box, Ndebele clicks, to scat..”

1 /2, 9 PM at Otto’s Unsteady Freddie’s Birthday Surf-Rock Shindig starting with  Strange But Surf, the Doughboys, Matt Rae Trio and after midnight Mr. Action & the Boss Guitars

1/2 at Nublu Love Trio – Ilhan Ersahin, Jesse Murphy , Kenny Wollesen – plays 9:30ish

1/2, 10 PM Afrobeat rockers Bearquarium and rootsa reggae band Toussaint Liberator & Buru Style at Public Assembly, $10

1/2 the boisterous and authentic oldtimey Baby Soda Jazz Band at Barbes at 8 followed by the amusing, often hilarious, equally upbeat country hellraisers the Jack Grace Band at 10.

1/2 Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co. 10ish at the Bell House plus free mint juleps, $10

1/2 the Disclaimers play Spikehill at midnight. Two-tone soul siren duo fronting the band (or playing violin, trombone, keys, percussion or kazoo), swooping organ, scorching guitar and songs that veer from hypnotic 60s soul warmth to Radio Birdman style garage punk. One of the best bands in NYC.

1/ 3, 3 PM and 1/6, 8 PM pianist Niklas Sivelov plays Bach’s Well Tempered Clavier #s 13-24 at Bargemusic tix $35/$30/15 srs/stud.

1/3 innovative Greek blues guitarist Spiros Soukis at Lucille’s, 8 PM

1/3, 8 PM  sharp, lyrical powerpop siren Patti Rothberg at the Delancey.

1/3 ex-Black Star hip-hop star Talib Kweli plus John Forte and others at the Brooklyn Bowl, 8ish, tix $10

1/3 at Nublu – the reliably charismatic Bato the Yugo & Gypsy Boogie, 9:30ish

1/4 menacing Botanica frontman/impresario Paul Wallfisch and alt-country legend Greg Garing at Small Beast at the Delancey, 8:30ish.

1/5 at Barbes 8 PM the Mat Maneri Quartet. Mat Maneri -viola; Randy Peterson – drums; Garth Stevenson – bass, and Jacob Sacks – piano. Followed at 9 by Slavic Soul Party

1/5, 8 PM the adventurous Antara Ensemble play works by Corelli, Quantz, Janácek plus the world premiere of Ray Leslee’s “Shakespeare Songs for Tenor, Flute & Strings” at Saint Peter’s Lutheran Church, 619 Lexington Avenue (at 54th Street), $25 (stud/srs $20).

1/5 haunting, otherworldly, absolutely hypnotic Brooklyn Balkan vocal quartet Black Sea Hotel at Pete’s, 10 PM

1/6-12 the Clayton Bros. Band at Dizzy’s Club, 7:30/9:30 PM, $30 tix avail. John Clayton, bass; Jeff Clayton, alto saxophone; Gerald Clayton, piano; Terell Stafford, trumpet; Obed Calvaire, drums. Their weeklong stand here last year was deliriously fun.

1/6 the blazing, innovative, lushly atmospheric Joris Teepe Big Band at the Fat Cat, 8:30 PM

1/6, 8:30 PM George Garzone, saxophone (one of the most interesting, fearlessly intuitive players out there) with Rachel Z, piano;  Peter Slavov, bass;  Pete Zimmer, drums at the Cornelia St. Café, $10

1/6 ferocious psychedelic power trio Devi with special guest keyboardist Rob Klores at Sullivan Hall, 10 PM. They kicked ass with him at the Mercury last year.

1/6 the surfy Cuban Cowboys at Maxwell’s, 10 PM.

1/6, 10:30 PM ferocious two-guitar punk/garage rockers Des Roar – of Ted Bundy Was a Ladies Man infamy – at the Mercury, $10.

1/7, 7:30/9:30 PM the Kenny Barron Quintet with Anne Drummond on flute, meaning the powerhouse pianist may chill out a little, at the Jazz Standard, adv tix $30 highly rec.

1/7 Bad Reputation: Pierre de Gaillande sings George Brassens 8 PM at Barbes – the Snow’s frontman has tackled the monumental task of rendering the iconic, fearless, often lewd French songwriter in a sort of noir cabaret context with a woodwind section. It works spectacularly well (the album’s due out sometime this year on Barbes Records) and it’s often hilarious.

1/7 adventurous, defiantly original, funny bluegrass band Frankenpine at Lakeside 9:30 PM.

1/7, 10 PM Raquy and the Cavemen play percussive Middle Eastern-inflected rock at Drom,$10 adv tix rec.

1/8, 8 PM haunting, danceable, psychedelic Brazilian forest music with Forro for All at Barbes

1/8 at the 92YTribeca an amazing bill starting at 8: the Snow’s Pierre de Gaillande singing his own translations of iconic French troublemaker/songwriter Georges Brassens; Mexican folk-rocker Rana Santacruz; devious Mexican janglerock sirens Pistolera; NYC’s funnest band, the psychedelic, surfy Peruvian-style instrumentalists Chicha Libre; the surf-rock Cuban Cowboys and then headlining around midnight,wildly intense Balkan brass band Slavic Soul Party!

1/8 ferociously powerful yet fascinatingly subtle powerpopster/guitar legend-in-the-making Pete Galub at Lakeside 9:30 PM.

1/8-9 in the West Village it’s the Winter Jazz Fest where a bunch of clubs that usually feature cheesy top 40 cover bands open their doors to some sensationally good jazzcats. Several of the cheap multi-artist bills here would cost you hundreds to see separately in more fancy surroundings. Too much good stuff going on to list here – the complete schedule is here. Highlights below:

1/8, 6 PM (six) at Zinc Bar: Soul Cycle with Jesse Fischer, keyboards / Louis Fouché, alto sax / Josh David, bass / Corey Rawls, drums / Shawn Banks, percussion; 7 PM Ben Williams & Sound Effect: Ben Williams, trumpet / Jamire Williams, drums / Jaleel Shaw, alto saxophone / Dave Bryant, piano; 8 PM the Chelsea Baratz Quartet with Chelsea Baratz, saxophone / Orrin Evans, Piano / John Davis, Drums / Corey Wilkes, trumpet; 9 PM the fiery Jaleel Shaw Quartet: Jaleel Shaw, saxophone / Ben Williams, bass / Johnathan Blake, drums / Aaron Goldberg, piano.

1/8, 6:30 PM at le Poisson Rouge: adventurous big band Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society; 7:20 PM Jamie Leonhart: Jamie Leonhart, vocals / Michael Leonhart, piano & trumpet / Gary Wang, acoustic bass and others;  8:20 PM ELEW / Eric Lewis solo: 9:20 PM trumpeter Nicholas Payton’s aptly titled  SeXXXtet: Nicholas Payton, trumpet and vocals / Taylor Eigsti, piano/Rhodes / Vicente Archer, bass / Marcus Gilmore, drums / Daniel Sadownick, percussion.

1/8, 6:40 PM at Kenny’s Castaways the Joel Harrison Sextet: Joel Harrison, acoustic guitar / Donny McCaslin, sax / Christian Howes, violin / Dan Tepfer, keys / Stephan Crump, bass / Ted Poor, drums / Johnaye Kendrick, vox; 6:40 PM Briggan Krauss’ Trio Coordinate: Briggan Krauss, saxophone / Kenny Wollesen, drums / Skuli Sverrisson, bass; 8:40 PM the alternately Frisell-esque and haunting Americana jazz of Jeremy Udden’s Plainville with Jeremy Udden, saxophones / Brandon Seabrook, banjo and guitar / Pete Rende, pump organ and Fender Rhodes / Eivind Opsvik, bass / RJ Miller, drums; 9:40 PM the Matt Wilson Quartet: Matt Wilson, drums / Jeff Lederer, tenor & soprano saxophone, clarinet / Kirk Knuffke, trumpet / Chris Lightcap, bass; 10:40 PM Bobby Previte’s New Bump Quartet: Ellery Eskelin, tenor saxophone / Bill Ware, vibraphone / Brad Jones, bass / Bobby Previte, drums; 11:40 PM Mark Guiliana’s Beat Music:Mark Guiliana, drums / Jason Fraticelli, electric bass / Aaron Dugan, guitar / Nir Felder, guitar; 12:40 AM (that’s twenty before one in the AM) Jamie Saft’s Whoopie Pie with Bill McHenry, saxophone / Jamie Saft, bass and keys / Mike Pride, drums; 1:40 AM Peter Apfelbaum and the New York Hieroglyphics: Peter Apfelbaum, saxophone, piano, percussion / Peck Allmond, trumpet, reeds / Jessica Jones, saxophone / Tony Jones, saxophone / Josh Roseman, trombone / Natalie Cressman, trombone / Charlie Burnham, violin / Dave Phelps, guitar / Viva DeConcini, guitar / Patrice Blanchard, bass / Dafnis Prieto, drums.

1/8, 8 PM pianist Elena Ulyanova plays Soler, Chopin, Liszt, Debussy and Rachmaninoff at Bargemusic, tix $35, $30/15 srs/stud.

1/8, 8:30 PM multistylistic trombonist Reut Regev’s R Time w/special guest Judith Insell on viola at the Cornelia St. Café, $10.

1/8, 9 PM loud, hypnotic shoegazers Susu at Cake Shop.

1/8 Mostly Other People Do the Killing, the hilarious and potent Spinal Tap of improv jazz at Zebulon, 9:30ish.

1/8, 10 PM Spanglish Fly – who play the groovalicious catalog of boogaloo inventor Joe Cuba (sort of the Spanish Harlem equivalent of Fela) – are at Camaradas El Barrio, 2241 1st Ave (115th St.), $5

1/9, the Winter Jazz Festival continues at 7 PM at le Poisson Rouge with Ben Allison: Jenny Scheinman, violin / Shane Endsley, trumpet / Steve Cardenas, guitar / Ben Allison, bass / Rudy Royston, drums; ay 8, the Occidental Brothers Dance Band International: Nathaniel Braddock, guitar / Josh Ramos, bass / Greg Ward, alto saxophone / Makaya McRaven, drums / Samba Mapangala, vocals; at 9, Jenny Scheinman & Jason Moran: Jenny Scheinman, violin / Jason Moran, piano; 10 PM, Lionel Loueke: Lionel Loueke, guitar and vocals / Massimo Biolcati, bass / Ferenc Nemeth, drums; at 11, the haunting, innovative Vijay Iyer Trio: Vijay Iyer, piano / Marcus Gilmore, drums / Stephan Crump, acoustic bass.

1/9, 7 PM at Zinc Bar Jayme Stone’s sparkling, psychedelic, rustic Africa to Appalachia project: Jayme Stone, banjo / Yacouba Sissoko, kora and vocals / Mike Barnett, fiddle / Brandi Disterheft, bass / Nick Fraser, percussion.

1/9 the world’s funniest oldtimey Americana band – sort of the Dead Kennedys of the steampunk set – the Asylum St. Spankers at the Bell House, 8 PM. Also at the Gramercy Theatre with another good, energetic roots music band, the Wiyos on 1/11 at 9:30.

1/9, 7:30 PM the Del McCoury Band w/the Preservation Hall Jazz Band featuring openers Marty Stuart + His Fabulous Superlatives + Sarah Jarosz at BB King’s adv tix $35 and worth it.

1/9 back at the 92YTribeca with another great bill starting 8ish, this time the sly humor of the Two Man Gentlemen Band, Luminescent Orchestrii’s Sxip Shirey, Boston oldtimey siren Miss Tess, the hellrasing hokum blues/grasscore juggernaut the New Familiars, the Hot Seats, plus sultry, retro 30s original swingstress Christabel & the Jons.

1/9 the Mondo Mundo Festival at the Hiro Ballroom feat Abaji (Greek/Turkish instrument innovator/inventor/virtuoso), Ocote Soul Sounds and others, 8 PM, $15.

1/9 blues guitar powerhouse Bobby Radcliff at Lucille’s, 8 PM

1/9 sax player/composer Paul Carlon’s rocking, innovative Afro-Cuban jazz project at Bowery Poetry Club, 8 PM.

1/9, 9 PM amazing Balkan/Japanese gypsy/jazz powerhouse Fishtank Ensemble at BAM Café.

1/9, 9/10:30 PM, Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, the “steampunk big band,”at the Jazz Gallery, $15

1/9, 9:15 PM at Kenny’s Castaways the highlight of the Winter Jazz Festival with tenor sax monster JD Allen and his Trio prepping for another stand at the Vanguard: JD Allen, tenor saxophone / Gregg August, bass / Rudy Royston, drums. Followed eventually by the Mary Halvorson at quarter past midnight: Mary Halvorson, guitar / John Hebert, bass / Tomas Fujiwara, drums. And then at quarter past two in the morning the Tyshawn Sorey Guitar Trio with one of the most interesting drum/percussion guys around, Tyshawn Sorey, drums/percussion/compositions / Todd Neufeld, nylon string guitar / Chris Tordini, acoustic bass, nylon string guitar    

1/9, 9:30 PM at Sullivan Hall Dr. Lonnie Smith on the B3 plus Jamire Williams, drums / Jonathan Kreisberg, guitar.

1/9, 9:45 PM  at the Bitter End another monster jazz evening with the Claudia Quintet with Gary Versace: John Hollenbeck, drums / Ted Reichman, accordion / Chris Speed, reeds / Matt Moran, vibraphone / Trevor Dunn, bass / guest: Gary Versace, piano; 10:45 PM Rudder with Chris Cheek, saxophone / Henry Hey, keys / Tim Lefebvre, bass / Keith Carlock, drums; 11:45 PM Todd Sickafoose’ Tiny Resistors: John Ellis, clarinet & tenor saxophone / Alan Ferber, trombone / Steve Cardenas, guitar / Mike Gamble, guitar / Rudy Royston, drums and percussion / Todd Sickafoose, bass / Jenny Scheinman, violin; quarter to one, Michael Bellar’s As-Is Ensemble: Michael Bellar, keys / Rob Jost, bass / Brad Wentworth, drums / Brook Martinez, percussion; and at a quarter to two the Randy Newman Project with Mark Soskin, piano / Roseanna Vitro, vocals / Dean Johnson, vocals / Sara Caswell, violin / Steve Cardenas, guitar.

1/9 devious, unpredictable alto sax monster Jon Irabagon at the Fat Cat, 10 PM with supporting cast TBA

1/9, 10ish sophisticated yet intense Americana siren Julia Haltigan at Glasslands

1/9 LES punk/surf/soul legend Simon & the Bar Sinisters at Lakeside, 10:15ish

1/9, 1 AM (actually morning of 1/10) the gothic Americana of the Kezners at Cake Shop.

1/10 darkly lyrical jazz guitarist Massimo Sammi with a great quartet including bassist John Lockwood and sax connoisseur George Garzone at the Blue Note for brunch, sets at half past noon and 2:30 PM.

1/10, 2 (two) PM pianist Simone Dinnerstein with the American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME) at the PS 321 Neighborhood Concert, 180 7th Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn, $15.

1/10, 4:30 PM Italian choreographer/percussionist Alessandra Belloni leads a special Epiphany concert of her rarely performed drama La Cantata Dei Pastori at the Church of Most Precious Blood (Baxter Street near Mulberry in Little Italy) for a celebration of the Neapolitan Federation and region of Campania.

1/10, 6 (six) PM noir surf/jazz guitarist Jim Campilongo at 55 Bar

1/10 a good if diverse doublebill at Spikehill at 8 with the anthemic Americana powerpop of Rescue Bird and then haunting acoustic Nashville gothic types Bobtown at 9.

1/10 surf punk legends Agent Orange – still playing Everything Turns Grey with plenty of menace – at the Mercury, 10 PM, $10 adv tix.

1/11 multistylistic retro rock/country/noir cabaret goddess Rachelle Garniez at the Rockwood at 6, then she’s at Cornelia St. Café at 8:30 for $15/$10 stud.

1/11, 7 PM at Barbes – Ibrahim Maalouf. “French / Lebanese master trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf has made a name for himself as a fantastic interpreter of Western and Arab classical music forms. This performance will feature Maalouf’s work in blending modern creative music with his ancestral musical traditions, especially Arabic Makams. He performs on a unique quarter-tone trumpet that was invented by his father in the 1960s which allows him to play traditional scales used in Arabic music. Maalouf has accomplished much at a young age and has been featured in groups led by Sting, Salif Keita, Marcel Khalifé, and Amadou & Mariam among others.” Followed at 8 by Bio Ritmo spinoff Miramar who “besides original material, play many of compositions by Edmundito Disdier and the singer/songwriter Sylvia Rexach – one of the most famous and prolific composers of bolero music out of Puerto Rico.”

1/11, 7 PM accordionist Michael Hearst’s Songs for Unusual Creatures – sequel to Songs for Ice Cream Trucks – at Joe’s Pub, $15, followed by Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens at 9:30, separate admission, $16

1/11, 8:30 PM at the Mercury las Rubias del Norte, followed eventually by minor-key acoustic/Balkan/jamband Hazmat Modine at 10:30 PM. “Las RDN’s third album, out on Barbès on March 9th, will cover a wider range than usual.  The songs run from an intimate Neapolitan ballad, to a Bollywood production, a Kurt Weill song in French, and a classic chicha; they incorporate a string quartet, vintage organs, vibes and marimba.” $10.

1/11 the Maria Schneider Orchestra 8:30 PM at Birdland $30.

1/12, 7 PM genre-defying Chinese/Middle Eastern/jazz keyboardist/singer Jen Shyu with a killer 7-piece band including JD Allen on tenor at 55 Bar

1/12 and 1/19, 7 PM innovative violinist/composer/country singer Jenny Scheinman at Barbes followed by Slavic Soul Party.

1/12-14 funny how two of the most influential guitarists of the last 30 years have almost the same name if not exactly the same style. This one’s the jazz guy. David Gilmore & Numerology, including a ferocious rhythm section of Christian McBride on bass, and Tain Watts on drums plus the subtle, soulful Claudia Acuna on vocals at the Jazz Standard, sets 7:30/9:30 PM, adv tix $20 highly rec.

1/12, alto saxist and paradigm-shifting composer Jacam Manricks and his quartet at Dakar in Ft. Greene, 7:30 PM, free. He’s also at St. Peter’s Church on Lex and 54th at 5 PM on 1/17 and then with just a trio at Grassroots Tavern on St. Mark’s at 8ish on 1/24.

1/12, 9:30 PM an exciting new music/Balkan-ish-tango Nuevo doublebill at Joe’s Pub  with Ljova and the Kontraband (whose violist and leader, Russian-American Ljova Zhurbin is one of the smartest, wittiest tango composers around) plus bandoneonist Jofre Romarion’s New Tango Quartet, adv tix $12 very highly rec.

1/13, 8 PM at Glasslands a benefit against domestic violence with No Place, Outernational, Inlets, Controlled Storms, Eartheater, just $10

1/13 the artsy, smart keyboard pop of the Secret History and then glam/goth goddess Kristeen Young ,10ish at the Bell House

1/14, 8 PM the Jeff Newell Octet at Bargemusic feat. the amazing Tricia Woods on piano, Jeff Newell on sax, David Smith on trumpet plus others, $20, $15/$10 srs/stud.

1/14, 9 PM at Barbes the Weal and Woe “offer for your listening pleasure vintage country and gospel classics and close harmony from a faraway time. Drawing from the deep well of country “brother” duets from the middle third of the twentieth century, they sing songs of love and loss, drinkin’ and cheatin’, Old Time Religion and life back home in the Gowanus Valley. With Barbara Ann (bass & vocals), Russell Scholl (guitar & vocals), Jason Cade (fiddle & banjo) and Mark Deffenbaugh (lap steel).”

1/14, 9 PM Stratospheerius play ornate chamber-metal in the Blues in Space vein at Fat Baby

1/14 Caribbean latin dance machine La Sovietika at Ace of Clubs 10:30 PM

1/14 up-and-coming world music star/agitator Zee Avi  – of no Xmas for Me fame – at the Bell House, 11ish, tix $12.

1/15-16 Zlatne Uste’s Golden Festival uptown at the Good Shepherd School , 620 Isham (near 207th St. and Bway), two nights of food, drinking and at least thirty Balkan bands from around the world. Your best bet for tix is the $60 two-day pass, or, you can volunteer and see the shows for free, email for info.

1/15-16, 8 PM Italian choreographer/percussionist Alessandra Belloni’s new version of her Dionysan extravaganza Tarantella Spider Dance (the “Italian Riverdance”) at Theatre for the New City, where it premiered, 155 First Ave., near 10th St. The show repeats on 1/17 at  3 PM, $20, $15 stud/srs and possibly the following week end. “Erotic trance dances and ritual drumming from Southern Italy and the Mediterranean presented by a company of 15 performers, musicians, actors, acrobats and dancers who fill the stage with a celebration of culture unique to the Southern Italian experience.”

1/15-16, 9/10:30 PM excellent latin jazz bassist Pedro Giraudo’s Big Band at the Jazz Gallery, $15

1/15 Staten Island Afrobeat/experimentalists the Budos Band at Maxwell’s, 9:30 PM $12 adv./

1/15 surf music classics and obscuities with the Boss Guitars at Lakeside, 11 PM.

1/16 haunting, literate yet amusing art-rockers the Snow play the cd release for their new one I Die Every Night at Joe’s Pub, 7 PM, $15 followed by the hypnotic, exhilarating Arabic ney flute player Bassam Saba’s Ensemble at 9:30, separate admission, $12.

1/16, 8 PM an excellent country/roots music extravaganza at the Jalopy with the Rooftops, Uncle Monk, honkytonkers the Newton Gang, Blue Harvest and Citigrass at midnight.

1/16, 8 PM Siouxsie and the Banshees bassist Steven Severin – who’s gone in an ambient, atmospheric, electronic direction in the recent past – plays his live soundtrack score for the 1928 surrealist silent film “The Seashell & the Clergyman”, plus a program of scores to short avant-garde films at Galapagos, $20; the show repeats on 1/17 at 7 PM

1/16, 10 PM Greek party monsters Magges at Mehanata, free before 10:30, bellydancing, ouzo shots, Susan Mitchell on evil gypsy violin

1/16 NYC’s answer to X, Spanking Charlene at Lakeside 11 PM.

1/17, 8 PM East of the River featuring recorder virtuosi Daphna Mor and Nina Stern at Sixth St. Synagogue, 325 E. Sixth Street (between 1st Ave. and 2nd Ave.) $15 adv tix, $8 stud/under 21

1/18 charismatic Botanica frontman Paul Wallfisch and Brooklyn alt-country pioneers Kings County Queens, haunting noir rock chanteuse Elisa Flynn, and inimitable, deviously multistylistic keyboard genius Greta Gertler at Small Beast at the Delancey 8:30ish.

1/18 and 1/25, 9:45ish Chicha Libre are back at Barbes

1/18, 8 PM, $15, art-song legend John Kelly brings his multi-octave voice to a series of original songs that reflect his obsession with the paintings of Caravaggio, a collaboration with another four-octave siren, the carnivalesque, noir Carol Lipnik at Galapagos

1/18 powerpop legend George Usher at Lakeside 9 PM.

1/18 ,9:15ish duskcore legends Tinariwen at the Highline Ballroom, adv tix $25

1/21, 8:15 PM funny yet furiously and smartly socially aware acoustic duo Left on Red play Caffe Vivaldi, sort of a cross between the Dixie Chicks and the Dead Kennedys 

1/21 panstylistic rock goddess Jenifer Jackson at Banjo Jim’s.

1/21, 10 PM bluegrass band Frankenpine at the Jalopy

1/22, 9/10:30 PM George Garzone and the Australian Connection: George Garzone, tenor saxophone;  Jamie Oehlers, tenor saxophone;  Graham Wood, piano;  Sam Anning, bass;  Ben Vanderwal, drums at the Cornelia St. Café, $10.

1/22, 9/10:30 PM, the Gregg August Sextet – the terse yet intense bassist’s latest auspicious project –  at the Jazz Gallery, $15

1/22 understated pan-American siren Marta Topferova at Barbres 10 PM

1/22 western swing with Sean Kershaw & the New Jack Ramblers at Lakeside 11 PM.

1/22 artsy Norwegian shoegaze/noiserockers Serena Maneesh at the Mercury, midnight-ish, adv tix $10, this will sell out

1/23, 1 PM a free concert at Bargemusic, most likely piano music; early arrival advised.

1/23 darkly unwinding cello rockers Pearl & the Beard at the Mercury, 8 PM, $10

1/23, 9 PM at BAM Café, innovative baritone saxist/politically aware new music composer Fred Ho & The Green Monster Big Band.

1/23 noir/goth/art-rock pianist/singer Kristin Hoffmann at Caffe Vivaldi, 9 PM.

1/23 hilarious hip-hop party monsters Chronikill at Bowery Poetry Club 10 PM  

1/23 soul/blues siren Bethany Saint Smith & the Gun Show at Lakeside 11 PM

1/24 rousing, haunting, original klezmer and some amazing obscurities with Metropolitan Klezmer at City Winery, 11:30 AM-ish for brunch.

1/24, 6 PM at the Rubin Museum of Art, 150 W 17th St., violinist Gil Morgenstern, pianist Don Berman and an actor TBA perform Georges Enesco’s Impressions d’Enfance, George Crumb’s Night Music and Franz Schubert’s Fantasy along with texts from Sylvia Plath’s Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams, Edgar Allan Poe’s A Dream Within a Dream, and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Winter Dreams, a program inspired by C.G. Jung’s legendary Red Book of The Stuff Dreams Are Made On. Admission to the concert includes a private tour of the Museum at 5:15 where the Red Book, which has never before been seen in public, is on display.

1/25, 7:30 PM, free, the Tessera Quartet plays the String Quartet in E-flat Major by Mendelssohn; String Quartet No. 4, Op. 103 by Lowell Liebermann; String Quartet in D minor by Sibelius at Advent Lutheran/ Broadway United Church, 2504 Broadway at 93rd St.

1/25  Botanica keyboardist Paul Wallfisch, hauntingly powerful southwestern gothic rocker Kerry Kennedy & Ghostwise and edgy noir cabaret accordionist Marni Rice’s Le Garage Cabaret at Small Beast at the Delancey 8:30ish

1/25 Homeboy Steve Antonakos, ubiquitous lead guitar monster plays a solo show of his own Americana-inflected stuff at Banjo Jim’s 8:30 PM

1/26, 8 PM organist Gail Archer celebrates Bach’s 325th birthday at All Souls Unitarian Church, 1157 Lexington Avenue  at 80th Street, free – she did Messiaen in 08, Mendelssohn in 09, and this ought to be equally imaginative and interesting.

1/28 8 PM surf rock legends the Ventures at BB King’s $33.50 adv tix.

1/28-31, 7:30-9:30 PM the high-energy Jeremy Pelt Quintet feat. JD Allen on tenor at the Jazz Standard, adv tix $25 ($30 Fri-Sat)

1/28, 9 PM the high-energy, ferociously funny country sounds of the Jack Grace Band at the Jalopy

1/29 at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, 7:30 PM, American Composers Orchestra performs “Orchestra Underground including two world premieres: Sebastian Currier’s Next Atlantis, inspired by New Orleans and written for string orchestra and pre-recorded sound, with video by Pawel Wojtasik; and Roger Zare’s Time Lapse, a piece for orchestra influenced by photographic techniques, commissioned by ACO as part of its Underwood Composers Readings for Emerging Composers. Latin jazz innovator Paquito D’Rivera’s Conversations with Cachao is the centerpiece of the program, and receives its New York City and Philadelphia premieres in these performances. A tribute to Israel ‘Cachao’ López, the Havana bass player who made Cuban Mambo a worldwide phenomenon, the piece is a double concerto featuring D’Rivera’s clarinet and alto sax in dialogue with the double bass, played by Robert Black, recalling the style and personality of the man who served as friend and mentor to D’Rivera and many Cuban musicians. Anne Manson makes her ACO concert debut conducting Orchestra Underground.” $38 tix available.

1/29 smart, funny acoustic alt-country band Tall Tall Trees at the Postcrypt Coffeehouse, 8 PM, 5895 Lerner Hall, 2920 Broadway, 1 to 116th St.

1/29, 9 PM a killer country/roots doublebill at the Jalopy with the M Shanghai String Band and then the hilarious, theatrical Ukuladies at 10.

1/29-30, 9/10:30 PM soulful Chilean-American chanteuse Claudia Acuna and her surprisingly intense band at the Jazz Gallery, $15. They absolutely blew us away last year at Rose Bar.

1/30, 8 PM, pianist Simone Dinnerstein with the American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME) playing “Bach and the Concerto” – Selections from the Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II; Selections from The Art of the Fugue, BWV 1080; Concerto in D minor, BWV 1052; and Concerto in F minor, BWV 1056. The mistress of the Goldberg Variations teams up with a new-music juggernaut to play 300-year-old baroque compositions! Should be fun! At the Miller Theatre at Columbia University, 2960 Broadway at 116th, tix $7-$35.

1/30 Tammy Faye Starlite’s other sick cover band (this one does Blondie songs) the Pretty Babies at at Lakeside, 10 PM.

1/30 the propulsive, smartly tuneful, post-Wilco rockers the Brixton Riot at Maxwell’s, 11 PM, $8

2/1 charismatic Botanica frontman Paul Wallfisch and multistylistic steampunk goddess/keyboard monster Rachelle Garniez at Small Beast at the Delancey 8:30ish

2/2-7 terse, cutting-edge tenor saxist/composer JD Allen and his Trio at the Vanguard.

2/2-7 the Wess “Warmdaddy” Anderson Quintet w/Terell Stafford, Marc Cary, Neal Caine & Jeff “Tain” Watts7:30/9:30 PM at Dizzy’s Club $30 tix avail.

2/3 9 PM legendary soul/blues crooner Bobby Bland at BB King’s $25 adv tix rec.

2/4 Frankenpine at Lakeside 9:15ish

2/5 the Cannabis Cup reggae band at BB King’s 11:30 PM $22 adv tix; they’re also here on 2/12 at 7:30

2/6, 1 PM a free concert at Bargemusic, most likely piano music; early arrival advised.

2/6, 8 PM, a killer ska triplebill at the Knitting Factory with the King Django Septet, Hub City Stompers, Predator Dub Assassins, $10 adv tix.

2/7, 3 PM the Neos Quartet plays Schumann, Piazzolla and  Schubert’s Death & the Maiden at Bargemusic, tix $35 $30/15 srs/stud.

2/11, 9 PM ageless rockabilly queen Wanda Jackson at the Knitting Factory, adv tix $15

2/12 7 PM a killer noir rock doublebill with And the Wiremen and Botanica at the Knitting Factory.

2/13, 2/20, 2/27 legendary, indomitable Irish-American rockers Black 47 – whose Iraq cd was Lucid Culture’s pick for best album of 2008 – at Connolly’s.

2/14 edgy, original, genre-busting klezmerites Isle of Klezbos at Cith Winery, 11:30 AM-ish for brunch.

 

2/19, 8:30 PM iconic Tuareg desert rockers Tinariwen – the world’s premier duskcore band – at the Bell House, $25 adv tix very highly rec.

2/19 Steve Wynn – whose classic, warped 2001 desert rock album Here Come the Miracles we just named Best Album of the Decade – at Lakeside 9:30ish, early arrival recommended

2/20, 1 PM a free concert at Bargemusic, most likely piano music; early arrival advised

2/21, 8 PM George Clinton & The P-Funk All-Stars at BB King’s adv tix $37.50.

2/23-28 the Christian McBride Big Band at Dizzy’s Club, sets 7:30/9:30 PM, $20 tix avail

2/26-27, 9/10:30 PM haunting, pioneering Middle Eastern jazz trumpeter Amir ElSaffar and his band (recently commissioned here) at the Jazz Gallery, $15

2/27 the Sadies (Neko Case’s longtime backing band doing their own dark, bristling Americana) at the Mercury, 11 PM, $13

3/28 the Komeda Project  – who hauntingly and intensely keep the work of legendary, doomed jazz composer and RomaPolanski collaborator Krzysztof Komeda alive – are at the Cornelia St. Café, 8:30 PM, $10 featuring pianist/composer/arranger Andrzej Winnicki and saxophonist Krzysztof Medyna, along with trumpeter Russ Johnson and a rhythm section.

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