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Two Generations of New Wave Collide on Tour

New wave legends the B-52’s are on the road again promoting their latest album Funplex. Opening on the first leg of the tour are up-and-coming Boston new wave throwbacks the New Collisions, driven by frontwoman Sarah Guild’s chirpy, devious lyrics backed by playfully oscillating vintage 80s synth, snarling guitar and an infectious dance beat.

Upcoming shows include Saturday August 1 at the Cape Cod Melody Tent in Hyannis, MA; Sunday, August 2 at the South Shore Music Circus in Cohasset, MA and Saturday, August 8 at the Filene Center At Wolf Trap in Vienna, VA, August 12 at Innsbrook Pavillion in Glen Allen, VA; August 16 at Sunrise Theatre in Ft. Pierce, FL; and August 20 at DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkson, MI. In between they’re squeezing in a show opening for Blondie on August 10 at the Community Theatre in Morristown, NJ.

Watch this space for additional dates.

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New York City Live Music Calendar March-April 2009 Plus Other Events

Hey – this isn’t the latest NYC Live Music Calendar here.

This is.

Daily updates. As usual, weekly events first, followed by the daily calendar. Because we get some of this info weeks in advance, it’s always good to check with the club (see our venues page) to make sure the show you’re interested in seeing is still happening…check out the weekly shows too, lots of good stuff going on! Apologies for the crazy spacing and fonts – microsoft word and WordPress aren’t speaking to each other right now.

 

If you can’t make it out of the house Rifffin’s Rundown is on the air weekdays at 8:35 PM at Newstalk 93 FM featuring both new and classic reggae, jazz and global sounds. Irie mon! 

 

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 2008-09 series of organ concerts at St. Thomas Church continues most every Sunday (holidays excepted) at 5:15 sharp, featuring a whole slew of world-renowned performers. Concerts continue through May 17.

 

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

 

Sundays Sasha Dobson plays Pete’s at 8:30 PM. Warm, casual, tropicalia-inflected jazz-pop. Imagine Norah Jones but mature and battlescarred with both a bossa nova and Americana fixation.

 

Sundays in March Stephane Wrembel plays Barbes, 9 PM. 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. He also plays Fridays at Bar Tabac on Smith St. in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn at 8.

 

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 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 (does that include tax? The club was doing that for awhile). 

 

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 whaat 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 most Mondays the Barbes house band, Chicha Libre plays there starting around 9:45 (check the club calendar to be sure). Chicha Libre are the sole American practitioners of chicha, a style popular in the Peruvian Amazon ghettos in the 70s and currently experiencing a renaissance thanks to these guys. With electric accordion, cuatro, surf guitar and a boisterous rhythm section, their hypnotic, reverb-drenched mix of obscure psychedelic surf/cumbia/rock classics and originals is one of the funnest, most danceable things you’ll witness this year. Lately they’ve expanded their repertoire to include not only their often hilarious, hypnotic originals and covers of period pieces along with chichafied rock songs. If you get lucky they’ll play their amped-up version of the Clash classic Guns of Brixton.

 

Also Mondays in March (and pretty much every month, when he’s not on tour), Rev. Vince Anderson and his band play Black Betty in Williamsburg, two sets starting around 10:30 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 great live performers of our time. Moist Paula from Moisturizer is the lead soloist on baritone sax.

 

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.

 

Sophisticated, jazz-inflected Americana chanteuse Julia Haltigan and her excellent band the Hooligans play 11th St. Bar every Tuesday in March at 9:30 PM.

 

Every Wednesday, Michael Arenella & the Dreamland Dance Band play sly yet boisterous oldtimey hot jazz during a brunch set at the Clover Club, 210 Smith St. (Butler/Baltic) in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, 7:30 -10:30 PM.

 

Every Wednesday, Will Scott and drummer Wylie Wirth play mesmerizing, hypnotic, completely authentic Mississippi hill country blues along with Scott’s own melodic, tuneful blues originals at 68 Jay St. Bar in Dumbo, starting around 8:30 PM. Junior Kimbrough, R.L. Burnside and Asie Payton are sadly gone but Scott continues their tradition of music that is as danceable as it is trance-inducing, and does his influences justice.

 

Also Wednesdays through March 25 the John McNeil Group featuring Noah Preminger has a residency at Puppet’s Jazz Bar, 481 Fifth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn.  Joining trumpeter/composers McNeil and Preminger are drummer Jochen Rueckert and bassist Mike McGuirk.  Three sets from 9 – 1 AM along with an ”intermission piano player” each week, $6.

 

Also every Wednesday at Drom it’s Cuban night with a new, hot dance band every week, 9:30 PM – 2 AM, just $12 at the door.

 

Every Thursday, at the Delancey on the main floor, 9 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. March artists include Serena Jost, Jennifer O’Connor, the Crass Brass, Mark Steiner, Frederic Blasco and Ed Pastorini.

 

Fridays in March, 10:30 PM sensational Greek oud player Mavrothi Kontanis performs with bouzouki specialist Antonis Tsimounis, Giorgos Kolias and fellow oudist Sotiris Tsourekis for a late night of wildly beautiful, authentic Rebetika, Entehna, and Smyrneika sounds at the wonderfully named ELO restaurant, 12-14 31st Avenue, Astoria.

 

Sun Mar 1 Mostly Other People Do the Killing play brilliantly satirical improv jazz at at Zebulon, 9:30ish

Tues Mar 3 one of our favorite jazz guys, tersely smart guitarist Bill Frisell plays a rare duo show with violin at Barbes, 7 PM, get here EARLY i.e. 6 if you want to see this show. Is this cool or what? Slavic Soul Party follows with their wild, haunting Baltic brass band show at 9ish for $10.

Also Tues Mar 3 loud, tasteful, abrasive noir/glam rockers the Bellmer Dolls at Lit, 11 PM.

Also Tues Mar 3, 10:30 PM Emilie Cardinaux plays Ace of Clubs. She mines the same ground as Norah Jones but with infinitely better songs and a similarly oldtime Americana jazz touch.

Also Tues Mar 3, 11 PM the Sweetback Sisters playing catchy original oldtimey 40s/50s style country songs with soaring harmonies at Pete’s 11 PM.

Weds Mar 4 a killer triplebill at Ace of Clubs starting at 8. Opening act Beboluz are self-styled practitioners of “musica bastarda,” which in their case means dark Maldita-inflected rock en Espanol, a little Manu Chao and hypnotic, groovy funk. If you like the idea of Vampire Weekend but hate the band, check out the 9 PM act, La Sovietika, who virtuosically and ass-shakingly blend funk, reggae, soukous and salsa with Spanish lyrics. Headliners Dr. Snagarelli & the Evil Sex Scientist play their somewhat bizarre but smart. imaginative and unmistakably original funk at 10.

Also Weds Mar 4 excellent oldschool country band the Dixons play the Bell House, 9ish, $10.   

Also Weds Mar 4, 9 PM it’s Baltic brass band night (which usually means a good party) with Raya Brass Band and Veveritse at Trophy Bar in South Williamsburg.

Also Weds Mar 4 noir art-rock siren Marissa Nadler, Joe’s Pub 9:30 PM includes a 1-yr subs to NY Magazine. Who knew. Desperate times for the magazine, huh?

Thurs Mar 5, 7:30 PM Iraqi refugee oud virtuoso Rahim AlHaj at Symphony Space, adv tix $25 highly recommended.

Thurs Mar 5 the Quavers create slow, sweeping, atmospheric art-rock (as well as some catchy Americana-inflected songs) with loops at Barbes, 8 PM followed by bluegrass/klezmer legend Andy Statman at 10, separate admission, $10.

Also Thurs Mar 5, 7:30 PM, $10, Divahn frontwoman Galeet Dardashti at Santos Party House: a Persian Jewish Carnival of the Bible’s Elusive Women. from the press release: “Galeet Dardashti Gives Voice to the Unnamed and Unknown. The Queen of Sheba’s shaven legs. A witch’s bitter prophecy. The female superheroes who saved Moses. These stories make up The Naming, singer and composer Galeet Dardashti’s exploration of the little-known lives of the Bible’s phantom women. Of Persian Jewish descent, Dardashti unites the Persian classical music that made her grandfather an icon in Iran with her family’s deep connection to Jewish poetry and song.”

Also Thurs Mar 5-8 the Dr. Lonnie Smith Quartet playing delicious Hammond B3 organ jazz at the Jazz Standard, tix $25 or $30 Fri-Sat, sets 7:3-/9:30 PM

Also Thurs Mar 5 at the Delancey, 8:30 PM it’s the weekly Small Beast show with guest host Franz Nicolay of World Inferno (Paul Wallfisch will be on tour w/Botanica) plus brilliant, devious, subtle, classically inspired art-rock composer/chanteuse Serena Jost along with smart, fearless acoustic rocker Jennifer O’Connor.

Also Thurs Mar 5 another good triplebill at Ace of Clubs starting at 8 with the Jason Berman Group, self-styled “jazz musicians playing singer/songwriter music,” smartly and tastefully with a good female singer. Followed by Stratospheerius at 9 doing high-energy, late 70s style Jean Luc Ponty type jazz fusion with electric violin. Then at 10 there’s the equally interesting 5Mach5, their thoughtful, interesting, jazzy guitar and weird samples. Stratospheerius are also at Fat Baby on 3/25 at 10.

Also Thurs Mar 5, pan-latin guitar genius Aquiles Baez at the Jazz Gallery, $15, sets 9/10:30 PM. He’s also at Rose Bar on 3/10 at 9.

Also Thurs Mar 5, 9 PM subtly hilarious, peroid perfect 1953-style hillbilly pop trio Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co. plays Otto’s, 9 PM.

Also Thurs Mar 5 sophisticated countrypolitan chanteuse Carolyn Sills at Pete’s, 9 PM.

Also Thurs Mar 5 indie guitar genius Pete Galub and then rustic, often haunting chamber-pop band Pearl & the Beard at Public Assembly in the back room, 9 PM, $7

Also Thurs Mar 5, El Lay noir chanteuse Eleni Mandell – you know her, right? You don’t? You have been deprived. She’s at Joe’s Pub, 9:30 PM.

Also Thurs Mar 5, charismatic, tuneful, multistylistic and very funny punk rockers the Brooklyn What – the band who’ve occupied the #1 position on our weekly Top ten for weeks now – are at Don Pedro’s, 10ish.

Fri Mar 6, reception at 7:30, show at 8 sharp, free, Richard Garet performs Electrochroma, “a video/sound kinetic performance that consists of the manipulation of light in real time through various analog and digital processes that consequently translate the voltage signal produced by the light into sound.” At at Solar/Elga Wimmer PCC, 526 West 26th St. Peep the visuals, check out the sound, see if they converge or make any sense whatsoever.

Also Fri Mar 6 lush, romantic, poignantly funny French chanson revivalists les Chauds Lapins at 8 followed by Bill Carney’s long-running and reliably entertaining Jug Addicts at 9:30ish at Barbes.

Also Fri Mar 6, 10:15 PM Cudzoo & the Fagettes play funny, punked-out girl group pop at Don Hill’s. This is the band responsible for Oops I Fucked Your Brother.

Also Fri Mar 6 Patti Rothberg, powerpop siren at the absolute top of her game plays Arlene’s, 9 PM.

Also Fri Mar 6 excellent, female-fronted roots reggae/skaband the Big Takeover plays the Rockwood, 11 PM  

Fri Mar 6 at Ace of Clubs: at 11 Indonesian expat metal band Suaka, blending a hypnotic gamelan-inflected style with crunchy guitars – don’t laugh, they’re good! – followed at midnight by the raging, tuneful, riff-oriented metal/punk group Same Four Walls.

Also Fri Mar 6 Katie Elevitch plays Banjo Jim’s, midnight. Impossible to think of a better midnight Friday night show – dark, unearthly, primeval intensity with one of the best albums of the decade recently completed.

Also Fri Mar 6 Dave Fiuczynski’s Kif plays the Blue Note, 1 AMish (actually the wee hours of 3/7), $10. About ten years ago this metalish, Middle Eastern tinged jazz guitarist was all the rage; worth seeing what he’s up to now.    

Sat Mar 7,  4-6 PM it’s this year’s group show opening at the Williamsburg Art & Historical Center (WAH Center) 135 Broadway, J/M to Marcy Ave. This year’s theme: women artists, looks very promising.

Also Sat Mar 7, an excellent blues doublebill with fast but elegant Bobby Radcliff at 7 followed by incisive Chicago-style crooner/guitarist Johnny Allen at 10 at Terra Blues. 

Also Sat Mar 7, brilliantly mulstistylistic oldtimey blues/country/ragtime band the Wiyos are at Joe’s Pub, 7:30 PM, $15

Also Sat Mar 7, minor-key Balkan/reggae/gypsy/klezmer hellraisers Hazmat Modine  do a doublebill with the similarly inclined Steven Bernstein’s Millennial Territory Orchestra – a murderer’s row of edgy jazz cats – at le Poisson Rouge, 7 PM

Also Sat Mar 7, 8 PM one of the greatest musicians of our era, oud and violin virtuoso Simon Shaheen plays songs from the golden age of Arab music at the Town Hall, $25 adv tix available at the box office or at the World Music Institute.

Also Sat Mar 7 at Barbes, 8 PM: the Ahn Trio, Juilliard-trained piano/violin/cello sister act who for a second were People Magazine’s token intellectuals (don’t hold it against them), specializing in new music with nods to jazz, minimalism and the avant garde (check out the absolutely beautiful Dies Irae on their myspace). Followed by Red Baraat Festival, an Indian marching band, at 10.

Also Sat Mar 7, 9 PM Unsteady Freddie’s monthly surf music show at Otto’s starting with Connecticut’s sensational, pummeling 9th Wave with Mike “Staccato” Rosado on guitar at 9 followed by the often improvisational, psychedelic Venice Beach Muscle Club, the Octomen and purist, retro cover band Mr. Action & The Boss Guitars somewhere around midnight. Mr. Action (that’s the drummer) and the boss guys are also at Lakeside at 11 on 3/20.

Also Sat Mar 7 Buzz Universe play their imaginative, catchy, latin-inflected jammed-out funk at Ace of Clubs, 10:30 PM   

Sun Mar 8 the Klez Dispensers play klezmer brunch at City Winery, 2 sets starting at 11 AM (yawn) $10 adm. kids under 13 free!

Also Sun Mar 8, 2 (two) PM at Highline Ballroom Reverend Billy and the Life After Shopping Singers, gen adm $12

Also Sun Mar 8, 7 PM, AE (Aurelia Lucy Shrenker And Eva Salina Primack), world music vocal duo equally skilled at vintage Americana and Balkan sounds at Barbes opening for the reliably excellent, equally multistylistic Russian/soundtrack/classical/jazz ensemble Ljova & the Kontraband

Also Sun Mar 8, 9 PM-ish Jewdyssee which is basically noir-ish chanteuse Maya Saban’s downtempo Berlin groove/dance/downtempo project plays the Jewish Music Cafe, 401 9th St. in Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY F train to 7th Ave, $10.

Also Sun Mar 8, 9:30 PM-ish growling, Steve Earle-ish ex-Backslider Chip Robinson with the always guitarishly excellent Roscoe Trio at Lakeside.

Mon Mar 9, 8 PM The Oriental Music Ensemble of the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music in Palestine feat. Suhail Khoury, nay (flute) and clarinet; Ahmad Al-Khatib, oud; Ibrahim Attari, qanoun; Yousef Hbeisch, percussion at Miller Theatre, Columbia University, 116th and Broadway, $25 and worth it.

Also Mon Mar 9 scathingly funny, fiery punk/garage rockers Des Roar – the guys (and girl) responsible for the classic Ted Bundy Was a Ladies Man – play a free show, 10 PM at Bowery Electric, 327 Bowery at 2nd St. in the old Remote Lounge space.

Tues Mar 10 and also 3/24 the incomparable Jenifer Jackson at Rockwood Music Hall, 8 PM with special guests. The expat NYC chanteuse effortlessly blends elements tropicalia, Beatlesque pop, classic 70s style soul and jazz and delivers them with a warm, sometimes hypnotic delivery that is sometimes pure solace and sometimes pure adrenaline. You should see her sometime. Blue-eyed soul siren Juliana Nash, who made Pete’s Candy Store what it was in its late 90s heyday follows at 10 with a now-rare NYC show, don’t miss her either.

Also Tues Mar 10 the French Exit plays Lit, 9 PM. One of Lucid Culture’s favorite bands, this noir trio play slashing, dark, brooding dirges that take their roots from classic blues and soul music, often with roaring guitar or lush keyboard orchestration. Get to know them now before it costs you an arm and a leg to see them.

Also Tues Mar 10 devious, psychedelic  keyboard-and-talkbox-driven funk/groovemeisters Chin Chin play the release show for their latest cd at Union Pool, 10 PM-ish.

Also Tues Mar 10 thoughtfully ambient, atmospheric classical/soundtrack instrumentalists Charles Atlas play Pete’s, 11 PM    

Weds Mar 11 organist Gail Archer continues her sensational series Mendelssohn in the Romantic Century at 7:30 PM at Central Synagogue in midtown, free. If you saw her previous recital here in January, she’s doing a different program every time out, with predictably excellent results.

Also Weds Mar 11 jazz guitarist Ron Jackson and his funky James Brown-style Hammond organ group at Rose Bar in Williamsburg, 9 PM

Also Weds Mar 11 a killer triplebill at Arlene’s with Abbie Barrett at 8 PM, a purist, rustic soul-tinged songwriter from Boston. A little smoky, a little psychedelic. Good stuff. Followed at 9 by oldschool 60s style soul/funk family Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds and then Lana Mir at 10 with her aptly described warm analog sounding jazzy retro European style pop.
Also Weds Mar 11 haunting, slowly undulating but playful  groove/trance/downtempo rockers El Jezel at Spikehill, 10 PM. 

Also Weds Mar 11, 11 PM at Ace of Clubs Elextra blend rock en Espanol and dub with a mix of samples and live guitars: it’s eerie and weird and pretty loud and works way better than you might think.  

Thurs Mar 12, 1 PM the NY Scandia Symphony at Trinity Church, program TBA (they often premiere new works by Scandinavian composers).

Also Thurs Mar 12 smartly politically aware Americana rocker Amy Speace at Joe’s Pub, 7 PM playing stuff from her reputedly darkest and career-best forthcoming cd The Killer in Me.

Also Thurs Mar 12 at the Bell House, 7:30 PM, classic soul music with the Sweet Divines/Eli Paperboy Reed & The True Loves, $12 gen adm.

Also Thurs-Sun Mar 12-15 saloon piano jazz legend Mose AllisonAmy’s dad – plays the Jazz Standard, tix $25 ($30 Fri-Sat), sets at 7:30 and 9:30 PM

Also Thurs Mar 12 art-rock multi-instrumentalist siren Serena Jost plays Barbes, 8 PM, followed by exhilarating Balkan brass band rockers Ansambl Mastika, led by one Greg Squared, a fiery, Ivo Papasov-influenced reed player.

Also Thurs Mar 12 at 8 PM at Merkin Concert Hall (part of the New Sounds Live shows hosted by WNYC’s John Schaefer) – Notes On The War: The Piano Protests. Pianist Sarah Cahill commissioned a group of today’s leading composers to write a collection of pieces reacting to the war in Iraq, including Frederic Rzewski, Terry Riley, Meredith Monk, Yoko Ono, Pauline Oliveros, Peter Garland, Phil Kline, Jerome Kitzke and Kyle Gann. The result is a group of short piano works intended as a vivid response to the seemingly never-ending war.

Also Thurs Mar 12 the Microscopic Septet play le Poisson Rouge 8:30 PM $15. This is a big deal for jazz fans since the Spinal Tap of jazz composition hardly play out ever, in fact only once since their most recent cd Lobster Leaps In. Since their early 80s inception, they remain absolutely undiminished and as devious as ever, with very few lineup changes. If you’re not going with us to Musicians vs. the War, you won’t go wrong with this show.  

Also Thurs Mar 12 the Hot Club from Hell’s Kitchen plays gypsy guitar jazz Mehanata, 9 PM. They’re also at the Jalopy in Red Hook at 11 on 3/19.

Also Thurs Mar 12 Sean Kershaw and the New Jack Ramblers – who lately have been on a western swing kick – play Hill Country, 9 PM  

Also Thurs Mar 12 Skyebat – with guitar monster Stu Newman from Joy Ryder’s band – play stylistically diverse, cosmopolitan, European-flavored jazzy female-fronted pop at Ace of Clubs, 9:30 PM

Also Thurs Mar 12 the Throwing Muses at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, time TBA, adv tix $20 at the Mercury, no idea if it’s Kristin and Tanya or one or the other or both…

Also Thurs Mar 12 the excellent, female-fronted Big Takeover play original ska and reggae at Arlene’s, 10 PM  

Also Thurs Mar 12 excellent janglerock/Americana guitarist Chris Erikson & the Wayward Puritans at Lakeside 10 PM.

Fri Mar 13 at Arlene’s at 7 PM: Mahina Movement, politically aware all-female soul trio – good stuff – followed a little after 9 by decent, predictably upbeat loud funk band Earthdriver.

Also Fri Mar 13 lush, orchestrated weird Americana-obsessed “historical orchestrette” Pinataland plays Barbes at 8.

Also Fri Mar 13 Kings County Queens – who in many ways invented the Pete’s Candy Store Sound, with their fetching harmonies and quietly thoughtful country songs -followed by the Reid Paley Trio , who are 180 degrees away from that, with their explosive, careening noir blues sound, downstairs at the National Underground, 9 PM.

Also Fri Mar 13 the reliably amusing Balthrop Alabama play the cd release show for their two new eps at the 92Yribeca with the Moonlighters and the Ukuladies opening, 9:30 PM , $10, should be fun.

Also Fri Mar 13 and also Thurs Mar 19 the Grand Masters of Gypsy Music at Mehanata, 9 PM.

Also Fri Mar 13, 9:30 PM brilliantly psychedelic, fearlessly political 80s new wave throwbacks Liza & the WonderWheels at Rocky Sullivan’s in Red Hook, 34 Van Dyke Street at Dwight, B61 bus to the end of the line. You can catch the B61 going south on Driggs in Williamsburg, or at the corner of Court and Atlantic among other places.

Also Fri Mar 13 dark, rustic, frequently haunting chamber pop/rock band Pearl & the Beard are at the Rockwood, 10 PM.

Also Fri Mar 13 the Georges Brassens Translation Project are at Galapagos, 10 PM, $10. Pierre de Gaillande from Melomane put together this excellent, hauntingly artsy noir cabaret group to revive the boisterous, ribald work of the iconic French singer-songwriter from the 50s and 60s who isn’t nearly as well known here. Yet.

Also Fri Mar 13 the excellent reggae/rock/ska band 3 Legged Fox at Arlene’s, 11 PM.

Also Fri Mar 13 jazz guitarist Chris Jentsch leads a big band feat. trumpeter Mike Kaupa playing compositions from Jentsch’s utterly uncategorizable, symphonically adventurous new cd the Cycles Suite at Tea Lounge, 10ish.

Also Sat Mar 14 New York noir rock legend LJ Murphy – one of the most lyrically stunning, charismatic performers of our time – plays a rare duo show with with Jacek Mysinski on the piano at Banjo Jim’s, early, 7 PM.

    

Sat Mar 14, 7 PM at le Poisson Rouge Joe Hurley’s 10th Anniversary Celebration of the All-Star Irish Rock Revue, $20 adv tix at the box ofc., usually a good cast of characters (in both senses of the word), watch this space for details.

 

Also Sat Mar 14 Goli – female marimba/cello duo with vocals – play Caffe Vivaldi, 8 PM.

 

Also Sat Mar 14, 8 PM, repeating Sun Mar 15, 3 PM the St. Petersburg String Quartet plays,the Mendelssohn String Quartet No. 3 in D Major, Op. 44, No. 1; Shostakovich String Quartet No. 13 in b-flat minor, Op. 138; Schubert String Quartet No. 14 in D min, D. 810, “Death and the Maiden” at Bargemusic tix expensive, $35, early arrival advised.

 

Also Sat Mar 14, 8 PM sometimes jazzy, sometimes classically-inclined chanteuse Marta Topferova plays Barbes.

 

Also Sat Mar 14 at Arlene’s at 8 PM: snotty, fun bubblegum punk with bassist Sarah Paige and her band Die Pretty, the Runaways met Motorhead.

 

Also Sat Mar 14, 8 PM noir rockers Darren Gaines & the Key Party play the cd release for their excellent new one My Blacks Don’t Match at the Gershwin Hotel, $10 and worth it. If you missed Nick Cave last time out or can’t afford Tom Waits every five years, this will hit the spot.

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Also Sat Mar 14 Mascott at Union Hall, 9 PM, $8. One of Lucid Culture’s favorite bands – frontwoman Kendall Jane Meade has a smart, subtly funny purist pop sensibility that always results in what feels like a million warm, thoughtful songs that you’ll be humming all the way home. Mascott’s latest cd Art Project ranked high on our Top Ten Albums of 2008 list.

 

Also Sat Mar 14 oldtimey, quirky chanteuse Jolie Holland at City Winery, 9 PM, bar seats $20.

 

Also Sat Mar 14 longtime third-wave ska/rocksteady favorites the Bluebeats followed by trumpeter Kevin Batchelor & ska sax legend Cedric Brooks at Shrine, 9 PM.

  

Also Sat Mar 14 The New Familiars play their wild, improvisational, acoustic blend of grasscore and delta blues at Public Assembly, 9ish. Warning: this is “best moustache/beard night” so there may be a lumberjack-bearded trendoid contingent in the house drinking on their parents’ credit cards.

  

Also Sat Mar 14 Greek party hellraisers Magges at Mehanata, 10 PM.

 

Also Sat Mar 14 absolutely kick-ass, uncommonly smart, rocking female-fronted country band Any Day Parade play the cd release show for their new one (that we just reviewed, ha) at Spikehill, 10 PM.

 

Also Sat Mar 14 Simon & the Bar Sinisters play their completely original, virtuosic, punk-inspired take on surf and rockabilly at Lakeside 10:15ish.

 

Also Sat Mar 14, midnight-ish dark, haunting, atmospheric Iranian-American rocker Haale plays Bowery Poetry Club, adv tix $12 at the box office very highly recommended.

 

Sun Mar 15 mischievously virtuosic klezmer group Isle of Klezbos plays a brunch show at City Winery, 11AM – 2PM, two sets, $10, kids under 13 free! Brunch menu (no minimum order) with the usual stuff (wonder if they have wine for any of us hungover types).

 

Also Sun Mar 15, 7:30 PM in his Merkin Concert Hall debut, $15, a benefit for the America-Israel Cultural Foundation with Eliran Avni, piano playing Avner Dorman: Sonata No. 3, “Dance Suite”; For Jenny (World Premiere); Alexander Scriabin: Three Mazurkas from Op. 3; Béla Bartók: Sonata for Solo Piano; Igor Stravinsky: Three Movements from “Petrouchka.”

 

Also Sun Mar 15 oldschool hip-hop with Public Enemy at BB King’s, 8 PM adv tix $25.

 

Also Sun Mar 15 veteran Irish songwriter Andy White – yet another survivor of the “next Dylan” curse, although he kinda brought it on himself – is at the Rockwood at 8 PM followed eventually at 11 by the thoughtful and civilized Heather & the Barbarians, who do not have a one-armed drummer.

 

Mon Mar 16  7 PM at Barbes, 7 PM the Bob Jones/John Sholle Duo – Jones was Andy Statman’s guitarist in his legendary klezmer quartet and currently plays with Boo Reiners in the Plunk Brothers and with the Danny Kalb Trio; guitarist/luthier Sholle was a member of the David Grisman Quintet and has also released two solo albums on Rounder. Followed by the always excellent Chicha Libre at about a quarter to ten.

 

Also Mon Mar 16, 9 PM at Rose Bar – David Lynch-style noir soundtrack jazz band Beninghove’s Hangmen – lots of eerie twangy surf guitar and slinky sax. They’re also uptown at Shrine on 3/20 at 9.

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Also Mon Mar 16 at Arlene’s at 10 PM: Envy playing alternately atmospheric and assaultive GBV-style dreampop from Japan.

 

 

Tues Mar 17 absolutely hilarious metal parody band Mighty High at Europa, 8:30 PM. If you’re really lucky they’kll do their rap-metal spoof which is called T.S. Eliot. There is a Thin Lizzy cover band playing sometime after them. Just so you know.

   

 

 

Tues Mar 17-19 Norwegian siren Ingrid Olava plays Cake Shop, 10 PM. Best night is 3/18 bookended by two dark, noir acts, Randi Russo at 9 and then Mark Steiner with phenomenal gypsy violinist Susan Mitchell at 11.

 

Also Tues Mar 17 and 24 alt-country pioneer Robbie Fulks acoustic followed by the reliably excellent, darkly fiery Slavic Soul Party at Barbes, 7 PM.

 

Also Tues Mar 17 Irish art-rock crooner Pierce Turner at Joe’s Pub, $23.

 

Also Tues Mar 17 Black 47 – the group responsible for our pick for best album of 2008, with their latest one, Iraq – play at BB King’s, 7 PM $25 adv tix.

 

Also Tues Mar 17 country Van Halen parody band Van Hayride – there are no words for how funny they can be – at Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM.

 

Weds Mar 18 AC/DC parody band Wet Coma play Ace of Clubs – woops, almost said Don Hill’s! – at 8, as funny as you would hope them to be.

 

Also Weds Mar 18 a killer doublebill at the Delancey withscorching, female-fronted art-rock band System Noise and the equally fun, upbeat female-fronted ska band Across The Aisle, 9 PM.

 

 

Also Weds Mar 18 the Dirty Jerz’s most popular hip-hop act Naughty By Nature are still going strong, 20 years after O.P.P. at Southpaw, 10ish, $25.

 

 

 

Also Weds Mar 18, 11 PM at Arlene’s:  Angil and the Hidden Tracks – weird French avant jazz indie pop with hip-hop lyrics- phantasmagorical, surreal, funny and intriguing.

 

Thurs Mar 19 a killer brass band night with the innovative, hip-hop-inspired, incredibly tunefully jazzy Hypnotic Brass Ensemble and then Harlem’s own McCullough Sons of Thunder at Aaron Davis Hall, Convent Ave/135th St., east side of the street, free, max 2 tix per person, rsvp to 212-281-9240 X 19 or X20, you must pick up your tix by 6:30 PM with ID that night in order to guarantee entry, all ages.

 

Also Thurs Mar 19 at Arlene’s a night of excellent acts and awful segues starting at 7 with oldschool rockabilly crew Rhythmbound and then Polish-American pop siren Lulla at 8, then multistylistic pianist Sam Ben-Meir at 9, later at 11 Miami powerpop band Ex Norwegian – imagine an anatomically correct, masculine  Fountains of Wayne (hard to do but just try)  and then at midnight Rhode Island Pogues-influenced acoustic band the Skinny Millionaires.

 

Also Thurs Mar 19 Greek-American blues guitarist Spiros Soukis plays Lucille’s, 8 PM.

 

Also Thurs Mar 19 this week’s Small Beast extravaganza at the Delancey starts around 9ish with Botanica frontman Paul Wallfisch triumphantly returned from yet another European tour along with the equally dark, brilliant, Nick Cave-inspired Mark Steiner, whose solo debut made the top ten in our Best Albums of 2007 list.

 

Also Thurs Mar 19  jazz guitar genius Matt Munisteri  at Barbes, 10 PM.

 

 

Also Thurs Mar 19 the dark and bizarre bluespunk crew the Five Points Band – possibly the closest thing to the Cramps that we have at this point – are at Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM.

 

 

 

Also Fri Mar 20 Boston band Splinters and Sparrows mix outlaw country with a boozy Son Volt  Americana rock vibe and they really rock. They’re at Arlene’s at 7 PM followed at 8 by Danish oldtimey Americana/ragtime/blues band Brothers Moving , then at 9 by Impostor Syndrome, who resemble a smoother, somewhat less assaultive PJ Harvey and have an excellent singer in frontwoman/guitarist Kristen Persinos.

  

Fri Mar 20-21 Inna Barmash and Ljova’s ferociously fun, intense Balkan band Romashka are at Hungarian House, 213 E 82nd St. (Lex/3rd Ave.), 8 PM and then at Mehanata on Saturday at 10ish with the ska-inflected Stumblebum Brass Band.

 

Also Fri Mar 20 terse Chicago expat blues guitarist Irving Louis Lattin plays Lucille’s, 8 PM.

 

 

Also Fri Mar 20 the Brown Rice Family – fun, upbeat, tuneful expat Filipino reggae band with a ukelele – plays Caffe Vivaldi , 8 PM.

 

 

 

Also Fri Mar 20 original, interesting, multistylistic, loud all-female rockers Beluga play the cd release for their new one at the Loving Cup Cafe, in the back past the bar, 9PMish.

 

 

Also Fri Mar 20 the NY Gypsy Allstars, led by haunting, powerful clarinetist Ismail Lumanovski are at Mehanata, 9 PM.

 

 

Also Fri Mar 20 fiery garage/punk rockers the Mess Around at the Charleston, 9 PM.

 

Also Fri Mar 20 smart, politically aware, tongue-in-cheek Americana rockers Kill Henry Sugar  play Barbes 10 PM.

 

Also Fri Mar 20 the New Collisions at Public Assembly, 8:15 PM sharp. Fiery female-fronted powerpop/new wave revivalists from Boston. Frontwoman Sarah Guild, “a 21st century Deborah Harry meets Poly Styrene” has the same kind of big powerful pipes as Martha Davis of the Motels but with more of a funny, quirky edge: if what’s on their myspace is any indication, they kick ass live. You can dance to this.

 

Sat Mar 21, at ABC No Rio 3 (three) PM surf/punk/rockabilly guitar intensity and wiseass songwriting from Simon & The Bar Sinisters, then scorching, polirically charged, Middle Eastern-inflected punk rockers Roots Rock Rebel, Masonry (instrumental metal/punk) and Futurex (punk).

 

Also Sat Mar 21, 4 (four) PM, if you missed  great noir NYC rocker LJ Murphy’s show last week, he’s doing a free solo acoustic gig at Passout Records in Williamsburg, 131 Grand Street between Bedford and Berry.

 

 

Also Sat Mar 21, 7 (seven) PM at Joe’s Pub dark, snarling, keyboard-and-reverb-guitar-driven art-rockers Botanica return from yet another European tour to put on what might be the best show of 2009. New album out, new lineup, a must-see show if  literate artsy rock is your thing.

 

Also Sat Mar 21, 8 PM at Barbes: Jim Campilongo’s Superfine Band  – Campilongo and Jon Graboff in the same band, wow!!! followed by Nation Beat’s multistylistic rustic psychedelic danceable madness at 10.

 

Also Sat Mar 21, 8 PM at Merkin Concert Hall: Duo-logues: the Bugallo-Williams Piano Duo,  Helena Bugallo and Amy Williams playing two classic works: Igor Stravinsky’s own four-hand arrangement of his orchestral masterpiece The Rite of Spring and Olivier Messiaen’s Visions de l’Amen, tix $25 and so worth it.

 

Also Sat Mar 21 Braxton Parker plays Arlene’s, 8 PM – a pop/rock songwriter with a good band and a lot of Irish inflections who’s opened for a whole slew of wretched corporate acts – Dashboard Confessional, Yellowcard and Bon Jovi – and probably blew them all off the stage. Commercial? Yes, but what we used to call good top 40.

  

Also Sat Mar 21 the amazing  minor-key Balkan/calypso/blues improvisers Hazmat Modine at Shrine, 9 PM.

 

Also Sat Mar 21 the Jack Grace Band play Hill Country, 9 PM. One of Lucid Culture’s favorite bands. Grace is a fiery, incisive lead guitarist, a great lyricist, a very funny guy and can hold his liquor. His band features his wife Daria, an excellent bassist, a jazz drummer and other equally good players. Together they do country music like it was 1965. Or 1956, sometimes with an eerie bluesy edge.

 

Also Sat Mar 21 brilliant retro ragtime songwriter/banjoist Al Duvall – sort of an older, less out-of-control, more pun-inclined version of Curtis Eller – plays Otto’s, 9 PM.

 

Also Sat Mar 21, 9 PM excellent oldschool roots reggae band Meta & the Cornerstones at BAM Cafe.

 

 

 

Also Sat Mar 21 completely kick-ass. occasionally Balkan-inflected bluegrass jammers Thy Burden at Hank’s, 9:30ish.

 

 

Also Sat Mar 21, 10 PM, DMZ plays Southpaw, $15. That’s Jeff “Mono Mann” Connolly’s old band before the Lyres, back during his Iggy phase. Worth seeing what he has left after all these years.

  

Also Sat Mar 21 ballsy, Tom Waits-influenced (but not in a cliched way) rockers Community Gun at Trash, 9 PM.

 

Also Sat Mar 21 smart, piano-based, slightly goth artsy songs by Kristin Hoffmann at Caffe Vivaldi, 10 PM.

 

 

Also Sat Mar 21 latin jazz keyboard monster Jason Lindner’s Now Vs. Now at the Fat Cat, 10 PM.

 

Also Sat Mar 21 Spanking Charlene at Lakeside, 11 PM. Fiery frontwoman with a big, sometimes unearthly voice and some gritty Americana punk songs that at their best are as good as X.

 

 

Sun Mar 22 tight but psychedelic power trio Devi – doing a rare show with keyboards, which should make the interplay even more intense – at the Mercury, 9 PM. Debra their frontwoman is as powerful on vocals as she is on lead guitar. 

 

Also Sun Mar 22 noir guitarist Jim Campilongo’s Superfine Band with some incredible player including pedal steel monster Jon Graboff are at the Rodeo, 10ish.

 

Mon Mar 23 drummer Rudy Royston – terrifically smart, interesting player from JD Allen and Bill Frisell’s bands – and his Sextet play the Jazz Gallery, sets at 9 and 10:30 PM, second set is just $10. Adam Klipple on piano, Nir Felder on guitar, Shane Endsley on trumpet, Stacy Dillard on sax, Josh Ginzburg on bass.

 

Also Mon Mar 23 Daria Grace & the Prewar Ponies play warm, wistful, sometimes boisterous oldtimey ragtime, country and 20s style pop at Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM.

 

Tues Mar 24 Have Blue at Otto’s, 9 PM – dark retro garage rock in the same vein as Mark Sultan or Brian Jonestown Massacre in an especially lucid moment. They’re back here at the same time on 3/31. Opening 7 PM act the Retractions play auspiciously tuneful twangy retro stuff and their frontwoman can sing.

 

Also Tues March 24 by popular demand multistylistic rock goddess Jenifer Jackson is back at the Rockwood, 8 PM for a second show.

 

Also Tues Mar 24 at 2 (two) PM  at Merkin Concert Hall the Amstel Quartet, one of the world’s  most renowned sax quartets, specialists in an amazingly diverse repertoire of new music. They’re also at Barbes at 10 on 3/26 at 10, preceded by brilliant oud composer/player Mavrothi Kontanis and his band playing an equally diverse mix of alternately haunting and rousing Greek music, originals and classic obscurities.

 

Tues Mar 24 Laura Cantrell at the Bell House is sold out. Just so you know. 

 

Weds Mar 25 at Arlene’s, 7 PM: the Motion Sick. Smart, lyrically-driven Boston band with a classic Brit new wave influence. Clever and often raging,  they sound like they’d be aweseme live. Followed eventually at 9 by tersely lyrical, casually menacing chanteuse Jessie Kilguss.

 

Also Weds Mar 25 classically-inspired acoustic guitar great Gene Bertoncini at the Jazz Standard with a string section, 7 PM reserved tix $25 highly recommended. 

 

Also Weds Mar 25 oldtimey night with Moonlighters frontwoman Bliss Blood doing a rare solo show on uke, plus multistylistic ex-Dreamboat guitarist Craig Chesler and the hilarious, retro early 1900s ragtime banjoist/songwriter Al Duvall at the Parkside, 9 PM.

 

Thurs Mar 26 – attention low-income parents: have the day off? Can you get the day off? From 9 AM – 1:30 PM at the South Street Seaport Museum there’s the Cool Culture Fair, connecting low-income parents and grassroots educators who work with underserved communities throughout the five boroughs with educators, directors and artists from NYC’s world renowned cultural institutions.  This year’s Cool Culture Fair aims to bring parents and educators together with cultural institutions to explore how to create “teachable moments” for young children while on cultural outings and during everyday routines. Plus panel discussions led by representatives of Bank Street College, the Jewish Museum and other institutions.

 

Also Thurs Mar 26 the innnovative Zigzag Quartet play Boccherini, Piazzolla, guitar blues and more at Trinity Church, 1 (one) PM, free

 

Also Thurs Mar 26 at Weill Recital Hall, 8 PM, duo-pianists Veri & Jamanis in an all-Gershwin concert. Variations on “I Got Rhythm,” Second Rhapsody, An American in Paris (arranged by Frances Veri), Rhapsody in Blue, and the Complete Song Book (Swanee, I’ll Build a Stairway to Paradise, Fascinating Rhythm, The Man I Love, ‘S Wonderful, Strike Up The Band, and Clap Yo’ Hands ad infinitum). Adv tix $30/$10 stud/srs. very highly recommended at the Carnegie Hall box ofc.

Also Thurs Mar 26, 8:30 PM Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co. play Otto’s, two sets. One of the funniest and most original bands in town, period-perfect, 1953-style with their matching suits, oldtime stage patter, harmonies and often remarkably subtly amusing pre-rockabilly hillbilly songs.

 

Thurs Mar 26 at the Delancey it’s the weekly Small Beast show – rapidly turning into a big Golem – with Botanica frontman/pianist Paul Wallfisch at 9, then Ed Pastorini and  Indigo Street‘s Beatlesque jazz project 101 Crustaceans  plus Glass Doll at 11ish.

 

 

 

Also Thurs Mar 26 reliably rousing, funny cowpunk band I’ll Be John Brown plays Ace of Clubs, 9 PM.

 

Also Thurs Mar 26 at S.O.B.’s a global hip-hop show  with Common Ground, Blitz the Ambassador (Us/Ghana), Illa J (Usa / J-Dilla Brother), Eprhyme (Israel/ Bk), SF (Spark Flame), Mr. Reo(US/Haiti),Davi Viera (Brazil), Tiara Wiles (New York), Baay Musa (Senegal). 2 shows starting at 9, Admission cheap at $10

 

Also Thurs Mar 26 former Friggs lead guitarist Palmyra Delran plays Arlene’s, 10 PM – garage rock w/surf infls followed eventually at midnight by  oldschool riff-rockers Antique Scream who sound a lot like the Pretty Things post-1969.

 

Also Thurs Mar 26 the Second Fiddles play hokum blues, ragtime and country at Hill Country, 9 PM.

 

Also Thurs Mar 26 alternately haunting and sophisticatedly funny southwestern gothic rocker Tom Shaner is at Lakeside, 10 PM.

 

Also Thurs Mar 26 darkly and quietly  atmospheric art-rockers For Feather at Spikehill, midnight – similar to This Reporter.

 

Fri March 27, 7:30 PM, free at the Third Street Music School Settlement: Angela Pistilli, piano, music by Ravel. Also: Anna Maria Baeza, clarinet, Joachim Woitun, cello – music by Brahms.

 

Also Fri March 27 the Bronx Horns at SOB’s 8 PM, Latin Jazz feat. members of the the Tito Puente Latin Jazz Ensemble/Orchestra and Mongo Santamaria Latin Jazz Ensemble.

 

Also Fri Mar 27 smart, female-fronted, artsy keyboard pop group Mattison at Sunny’s Bar in Red Hook, 8 PM.

 

Also Fri Mar 27 excellent Raleigh honkytonk band American Aquarium at Arlene’s, 8 PM. They’re also at Hank’s on 3/29 at 9:30ish.

 

Also Fri Mar 27 totally kick-ass, multistylistic Caribbean rock/funk/afrogroove en Espanol band la Sovietika are at Trash, 8 PM in time for open bar til 9 PM, perfect timing! If youlike the idea of Vampire Weekend but can’t stand how cold and sterile that band is, you’ll love la Sovietika.

 

Also Fri Mar 27 noir Americana Chanteuse Larkin Grimm at Union Pool, 8 PM, $15.

 

Also Fri Mar 27 Chango Spasiuk, Argentinian accordionist with a rousing new album of bright upbeat original chamame (northeastern Argentina country music) at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, 8:30 PM, expensive, cheapest tix $36 at the box ofc.

 

Also Fri Mar 27 Washington DC amusing, sophisticated accordion-driven oldtimey Americana crew the Slow Learners play Ace of Clubs, 9 PM: if you like the Wiyos or Second Fiddles you ought to check these guys out.

 

Also Fri Mar 27 third-wave ska jazz sax great Dave Hillyard & the Rocksteady 7 at Two Boots Brooklkyn, 9 PM.

 

Also Fri Mar 27, 9ish songwriter Jonathan Coulton plays Symphony Space, gen adm tix $25, early arrival advised: this may sell out. The self-described geek writes very funny, cleverly topical songs with a bite, edge and tunefulness seldom seen in jokey rock, kind of like Matt Keating with a little less bile.

 

Also Fri Mar 27 kick-ass electrified bluegrass, swaying country ballads and some hauntingly rustic stuff with Demolition String Band at Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM.

 

Also Fri March 27 Band of Outsiders – who were doing the Brian Jonestown Massacre drony post-Velvets thing 20 years before them – at Lakeside, 11 PM.

 

Also Fri Mar 27 the Fleshtones play Southpaw, midnight-ish, $10. The greatest garage band of them all? Arguably, and still going after 32 years of insanity, classic originals and probably the deepest collection of classic and obscure covers of anyone.

 

Also Fri Mar 27, half past midnight (actually the wee hours of 3/28), atmospherically psychedelic ambient jazz megaplex Burnt Sugar plays the Blue Note, only $8 gen adm.

 

Sat Mar 28 8 PM at Freddy’s Jamie Lyn’s reliably excellent monthly extravaganza of female-fronted bands starting at 8 with strikingly multistylistic chanteuse Suzan Hurtuk, equally influenced by PJ Harvey, Dolly Parton and Ella Fitzgerald, then at 8:30 the Four Thirteenths, an accordion trio and Main Squeeze Orchestra spinoff; at 9, bluegrass hellraisers Cat Wagon; at 10, fiery and smart retro 60s style country stylists the Rosy Nolan Band; at 11 the frequently hilarious all-female bluegrass quartet the Havens and at midnight the reliably entertaining, retro flavored Jamie Lyn & The Red Tail Hawk Band doing their original rustic songs.   

 

Sat Mar 28 reliably bracing, darkly Balkan-inflected jazz punks Gutbucket Orchestra feat. keyboardist/chanteuse Greta Gertler at Monkeytown, 8 PM, $20 standing room available.

 

Also Sat Mar 28 lo-frequency heaven with Gato Loco playing classic Cuban songs from the 1920s/30s along with increasingly excellent originals with baritone sax, tuba, bass and baritone guitar, followed by the ever-darker, gorgeously harmony-driven pan-American retro las Rubias del Norte at Barbes, 8 PM.

 

Also Sat Mar 28, 8 PM legendary jazz pianist Cecil Taylor at Merkin Concert Hall, tix only $25 and going fast. Get ‘em while they last.

 

Also Sat Mar 28 the Brixton Riot play snarling, catchy, smartly lyrically driven two-guitar rock – think Wilco meets GBV – at Fontana’s, 9 PM The snarlingly lyrical, impossibly catchy, darkly Costelloesque new wave throwbacks the Lazy Lions start the evening right at 8.

 

Also Sat Mar 28 Juan de Marcos and the Afro-Cuban Allstars at Town Hall, 8 PM, $35 adv tix available at the box office. These guys – what’s left of the Buena Vista Social Club contingent, plus a younger crew of similarly-inclined classic salsa types – are amazing. Their DVD/CD from a couple of years ago is a must-own if you like this kind of musical chicharron.

 

Also Sat Mar 28 Erin & Her Cello blending edgy comedy and virtuosic playing at BAM Cafe, 9 PM.

 

Also Sat Mar 28 Big Mamou play reliably rousing, harmony-driven zydeco at Ace of Clubs, 10 PM.

 

Also Sat Mar 28 oldschool soul crooner Eli Paperboy Reed is at Maxwell’s, 11 PM.

 

Also Sat Mar 28 the Hsu-nami plays the cd release show for their new one at Arlene’s, 11:30 PM. Artsy, gorgeously Asian-tinged metal instrumentals with an erhu (Chinese fiddle) as the lead instrument!

 

Sun Mar 29, 7:30 PM at Symphony Space, the world-class Greenwich Village Orchestra play a Spanish-themed program of  Chabrier – Espania; Alonso – Zarzuela Selections; de Falla – the Three Cornered Hat, tix cheap ($15/$10 srs).

Also Sun Mar 29 at the Stone, 8 PM, $10, music of legendary Dutch jazz composer Pascal Plantinga with Pascal Plantinga (vocals, bass) Pyrolator (electronics) and Dave Campbell (this generation’s Elvin Jones) on drums.

Also Sun Mar 29 otherworldly Italian percussionist/bandleader Alessandra Belloni with her dance troupe at Joe’s Pub, 9:30 PM, $20.

Also Sun Mar 29 strikingly tuneful jazzcats the Tim Kuhl Group play the cd release show for their new one at Zebulon, 10:30ish

 

Also Sun Mar 29 multistylistic songwriter/siren Lianne Smith is at Pete’s, 10:30 PM. Rockabilly roots, devious sense of humor and lyrics, uncommonly smart, terse guitar (she plays a Strat using a bunch of reverb) and a potent, beautifully crystalline voice – no one remotely sounds anything like her. Decades from now there’ll be a Lianne Smith revival and then she’ll be all the rage.

 

Mon Mar 30 Little Annie and Paul Wallfisch at Santos Party House are cancelled, sigh.

 

Also Mon Mar 30 artsy lyrically driven rockers the War on Drugs at Union Hall time TBA.

 

Tues Mar 31 Steve Wynn plays the Loving Cup Cafe in Williamsburg, 9 PM. The greatest noir rocker of them all (and the man responsible for Lucid Culture’s pick for best song of 2008, with I Don’t Deserve This) goes slumming on N 6th St. Get there early.

 

4/1 the Gourds at Mercury Lounge, $15 gen adm

 

4/1 Gail Archer plays another recital in her continuing series Mendelssohn in the Romantic Century at Temple Emanu-El 5th Ave (65-66), 7:30 PM.

4/1 Brian Jonestown Massacre  at 10ish at Terminal 5, $24 adv tix at the Mercury.

4/2 Duo Firenze, composed of violinists Brooke Quiggins and Elizabeth Young at Trinity Church, 1 PM, free 

 

4/2, 8 PM Karla Bonoff at BB King’s, adv tix $25

 

4/2 Egyptian film music revivalists Zikrayat at Public Assembly, 7 PM $15 with special guest artists Faisal Zedan and Mariyah.

 

4/2, 8 PM Bang on a Can Allstars with special guests Lee Ranaldo and Alvin Lucier at Merkin Concert Hall playing Lok Yin Tang: Distorted Indulgence; Kate Moore: Ridgeway; Fred Frith: Snakes & Ladders; Alvin Lucier: Canon; Lee Ranaldo: How Deep Are Rivers? (A Map is a Good Piece of Paper), lots of world premieres and NYC premieres. 

 

4/2 at the Delancey Paul Wallfisch and Carol Lipnik, 9ish

 

4/2 the Secret History at the Bell House, 8ish

 

4/3-5 Mudfest AKA Beefstock, a weekend of music and recreation in the Catskills, a great chance to watch and socialize with some of NYC’s most exciting underground musical artists artists in a completely intoxicated, carefree, typically rain-sodden environment.  On the bill – jam rockers Plastic Beef, chanteuses Erica Smith & the 45 Cent Dreams (the full 99 weren’t available), Rebecca Turner, Paula Carino, the carnivalesque Tom Warnick, politically charged folk artists Gillen and Turk, psychedelic 80s throwbacks Liza & the WonderWheels, the Larch, Baby Daddy, Livia Hoffman, the John Sharples Band,many more, watch this page for updates.

 

4/3 the Moonlighters at Shrine 8 PM

 

4/3 Our Vision at Ace of Clubs, 10 PM. Artsy, anthemic two-guitar janglerock band with lots of vocal harmonies and some great tunes. At the top of their game they sound a lot like legendary Australian art-rockers the Church.

4/3 Brown Rice Family at Zebulon, 9 PM.

4/3 Alana Amram & some of the Rough Gems at Banjo Jim’s, 11 PM.   

 

4/4 Alex Cuba/Aterciopelados at Highline Ballroom, 8 PM, adv tix $20.

 

4/4 8 PM Gamelan Dharma Swara Presents An Evening Of Traditional And Experimental Shadow Theater “Wayang Kali,” a collaborative and experimental work for music and shadow puppet theater at Consulate of the Republic of Indonesia (5 E. 68th St.), $15/$10 stud/srs

 

4/4 the Sloe Guns at the National Underground 9 PM

 

4/5, 3 (three) PM Ljova joins a wonderful chamber group of Edward Arron, Soheil Nasseri, Harumi Rhodes and Sharon Roffman for a performance of Brahms and Dvorak piano quintets at Bargemusic.

 

4/5, 7 (seven) PM the Main Squeeze Orchestra at Highline Ballroom, adv tix $12 recommended

 

4/6 Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks (not all orig. members) at BB King’s 8 PM gen adm $25

 

4/6 the Dred Scott Trio plays the Blue Note, $5 at the bar, $10 for a table, 8 and 10:30 PM.

 

4/7 Metropolitan Klezmer’s 15th anniversary show, 7:30 PM at Drom, $10.

4/7 Veveritse (featuring members of Romashka, Hungry March Band, Zlatne Uste, The Woes, Ansambl Mastika, and Stagger Back Brass Band.. opening for the amazing Asian/Gypsy band Fishtank Ensemble at the Jalopy 9 PM.

4/8, 9 PM, Elisa Flynn at Sidewalk   

 

4/8 Steve Nieve at City Winery, 9 PM, bar seating $30 (forget anything else).

 

4/9 Joe Pug at BB King’s, 7 PM opening for the Flatlanders.

4/9 Cordero at Southpaw, 9:30 PM  

 

4/9, 9 PM Selim Sesler & the NY Gypsy Allstars at Drom, free, 9 PM.

 

4/9 Paul Wallfisch and Larkin Grimm at the Delancey upstairs 10ish

 

4/10, 8 PM the Brooklyn What and legendary Dead Milkmen frontman Joe Jack Talcum reunite once again at Fontana’s.

 

4/10 Gregg August and his combo at the Jazz Gallery, sets at 9 and 10:30 PM, $15.

 

4/11 1 (one) PM, a free concert at Bargemusic, performer/performers and program TBA but the last one was excellent! Get there no later than half past noon!

 

4/11, sets at 3 and 8 PM, Jorma Kaukonen at City Winery, bar seating $25.

4/11 a killer blues-ish doublebill with Hazmat Modine followed by Johnny Allen at Terra Blues, 7:15 PM.

 

4/11 sprawling, politically aware reggae-jazz hellraisers the Superpowers at Zebulon, 10 PM

 

4/11 at Shrine, 10 PM ska jazz sax legend David Hillyard & the Rocksteady 7

 

4/11, 11ish at le Poisson Rouge, the always deliriously fun NY Gypsy Festival New York featuring the NY Gypsy All-Stars with special guest Selim Sesler (the “Coltrane of the clarinet”), Romashka’s wild Balkan/Russian funk and dance music and Frank London, legendary trumpeter of the klezmer underground.

 

4/12 fiery, fun ska rockers Across the Aisle at Trash, 9 PM  

 

4/12 Comet Gain at the Music Hall of Williamsburg 9:30 PM adv tix $13 at the Mercury

 

4/13-14 Neko Case at the Nokia Theatre adv tix $30.

 

4/13 8 PM the Duhks at Highline Ballroom, 8 PM, adv tix $15.

4/14 Eric Plutz at the Casavant Freres organ at Central Synagogue, half past noon

 

Apr 14 – Apr 19 sets at 9/11, $30/$35 on the weekend plus $10 min. the Paul Motian Octet + 1 at the Village Vanguard: Steve Cardenas-gtr, Tim Miller-gtr,Chris Cheek-sax, Bill McHenry-sax,Matt Maneri-vln, Thomas Morgan-b, Jerome Harris-b, Jacob Sacks-p.

4/14 Balthrop Alabama – who have two new ep’s out, including a morbid one which is a solid contender for best of the year – play Southpaw, 9:30 PM, $8

 

4/15-19 7:30/9:30 PM the Claudia Acuna Quintet at Dizzy’s Club playing cd release shows for her new one En Este Momento.

 

4/16, 1 PM at Trinity Church, rustic string band Blue Moose & the Unbuttoned Zippers playing Scandinavian and original tunes.

 

4/16, 7 PM Tammy Faye Starlite at Joe’s Pub, $15: “ Tammy Faye Starlite, country chanteuse-cum-evangelist, brings her sweet gospel chansons to the stage of Joe’s Pub in order to pray for our country in these dark, black, negroid times and implores the Lower 48, in the words of the estimable Carter Family, to “hold fast to the right.”

4/16, 8 PM funk/ groove jazz improvisers Ambient Assault open for noir rockers Darren Gaines & the Key Party at the Gershwin Hotel, 7 East 27th St. btwn 5th and Mad, $10 All Ages, Free Wine (21 plus)

 

4/16 Paul Wallfisch/Ken Stringfellow/Kerry Kennedy/Sally Norvell at the Delancey, 9 PM.

 

4/17 punk/metal thrashers Vagina Panther at Trash, 10 PM

 

 

4/18 roots reggae revivalists Meta & the Cornerstones at Zebulon, 10:30 PM

 

4/18 Black Sea Hotel‘s cd release show at the Bell House

 

4/18 latin jazz guitarist (and Red Sox nemesis) Bernie Williams’ cd release show at the Nokia Theatre, adv tix $24.50 very highly recommended at the box office, this will sell out very fast.

 

4/19 World Inferno at the Music Hall of Williamsburg 8:30 PM gen adm $20

 

4/20 pianist Hye-Yeon Park and her quartet the Atria Ensemble at St Paul’s Chapel downtown, 1 PM.

4/22 at Sullivan Hall a ska show, absurdly cheap at $10: the Bluebeats featuring Michael Drance (founding member of the Scofflaws), Across The Aisle, On Display, The Forthrights.  

 

4/22 Edison Woods and Little Annie at Joe’s Pub, 9:30 PM.

 

4/23 QNG (Quartet New Generation, innovative German flute quartet) at Trinity Church, 1 PM

 

4/23 Paul Wallfisch/Alice Texas at the Delancey, 9 PM  

 

4/23 John Brown’s Body at Maxwell’s, time TBA, $15

 

4/24 Tinariwen at le Poisson Rouge time TBA

 

4/24 the Mess Around at Otto’s, 8 PM

 

4/24 the French Exit at Fontana’s, time TBA

 

4/24, 8 PM at Bargemusic: the Goldberg Variations arranged for string trio played by Jonathan Crow, Violin; Douglas McNabney, Viola; Matthew Haimovitz, Cello, tix expensive, $35, early arrival advised.

 

4/24 Special Patrol Group at Arlene’s 9 PM

 

4/24 Pistolera at Joe’s Pub 10 PM, $12 adv tix w/flyer – where do you get one?

 

4/25 Marissa Nadler/Handsome Family at Highline Ballroom, 8 PM, gen adm. $15

4/25 hilarious metal parody band Mighty High at Trash, 8 PM  

 

4/25 11:30 PM Meta & the Cornerstones  Joe’s Pub $15.

 

4/28 8 PM at Merkin Concert Hall – Lingua Appalachia: Mark O’Connor, Ani Kavafian, Paul Neubauer, Matt Haimowitz doing string quartets with a rustic country flavor.

 

April 29-May 2, 8:30/11 PM Karrin Allyson at Birdland.

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4/30 Witches in Bikinis at Public Assembly in the back room.

 

4/30 Paul Wallfisch/Steve Wynn/Vera Beren’s Gothic Chamber Blues Ensemble at the Delancey, 9 PM   

 

5/2 King Khan & The Shrines/Mark Sultan at Maxwell’s $12 adv, also at the Music Hall of Williamsburg 5/1 PM for $3 extra, and at Santos Party House for $15 with “Georgiana Starlington” opening at 7.

 

5/9 Eddie and The Hot Rods at Maxwell’s $12 adv.

 

5/14 Vlad Tomova’s Balkan Tales at Trinity Church, 1 PM

 

5/15 the English Beat at Maxwell’s $25

Saturday, May 16th 8-10 PM Darren Gaines & the Key Party at the Gershwin Hotel, 7 East 27th St. btwn 5th and Mad, $10 All Ages, Free Wine (21 plus) with Paul Wallfisch of Botanica.

5/16 John Brown’s Body at Southpaw 10ish $15 gen adm 

 

5/19 the Mike Hunt Band at Lakeside 11 PM

 

5/19 SCOTS/Los Straitjackets at Bowery Ballroom, adv tix $18 at the Mercury box office/

 

5/20 Gail Archer plays Mendelssohn in the Romantic Century at Central Synagogue 7:30 PM  

 

Also 5/21 (moved from 2/5) Sister Anne (solidly good, funny garage band with two bass players!) and legendary Dead Boys guitarist Cheetah Chrome at Europa, 8ish, $12.

 

5/24 9:30 PM Maria de Barros at Joe’s Pub $20

 

5/28 the NY Scandia Symphony at Trinity Church, 1 PM, most likely playing American premieres of excellent, under-the-radar Scandinavian composers.

 

Saturday, May 30, noon Three Orchestras Concert at St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery (10th Street & 2nd Avenue) 

 

 

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New York City Live Music Calendar Plus Other Events for February and March 2009

There’s a new, more updated calendar for March and April here…

As usual, weekly events first, followed by the daily calendar (check the weekly stuff first: tons of good residencies going on this month!) Because we get some of this info weeks in advance, it’s always good to check with the club (see our venues page) to make sure the show you’re interested in seeing is still happening…

 

 

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).

 

 

The 2008-09 series of organ concerts at St. Thomas Church continues most every Sunday (holidays excepted) at 5:15 sharp, featuring a whole slew of world-renowned performers. Concerts continue through May 17.

 

 

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

 

 

Sundays Sasha Dobson plays Pete’s at 8:30 PM. Warm, casual, tropicalia-inflected jazz-pop. Imagine Norah Jones but mature and battlescarred with both a bossa nova and Americana fixation.

 

 

Sundays March 1, 8 and 15 Stephane Wrembel plays Barbes, 9 PM. 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. He also plays Fridays at Bar Tabac on Smith St. in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn at 8. See this guy now before he’s as popular as Dave Matthews.

 

Mondays in March Mingus at the Jazz Standard with either the Mingus Big Band, Mingus Orchestra or Mingus Dynasty, tix $25 (are they still “plus tax?”), shows at 7:30 and 9:30 PM  

 

 

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.

 

 

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 whaat 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 virtually every Monday (check the club calendar) the Barbes house band, Chicha Libre plays there starting around 9:45. Chicha Libre are the sole American practitioners of chicha, a style popular in the Peruvian Amazon ghettos in the 70s and currently experiencing a renaissance thanks to these guys. With electric accordion, cuatro, surf guitar and a boisterous rhythm section, their hypnotic, reverb-drenched mix of obscure psychedelic surf/cumbia/rock classics and originals is one of the funnest, most danceable things you’ll witness this year. Lately they’ve been expanding their repertoire to include not only their often hilarious, hypnotic originals but also covers of period pieces as well as chichafied rock songs. If you get lucky they’ll play their amped-up version of the Clash classic Guns of Brixton.

 

 

Also Mondays in March (and pretty much every month, when he’s not on tour), Rev. Vince Anderson and his band play Black Betty in Williamsburg, two sets starting around 10:30 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 great live performers of our time. Moist Paula from Moisturizer is the lead soloist on baritone sax.

 

 

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 during a brunch set at the Clover Club, 210 Smith St. (Butler/Baltic) in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, 7:30 -10:30 PM

 

 

Every Wednesday, Will Scott and drummer Wylie Wirth play mesmerizing, hypnotic, completely authentic Mississippi hill country blues along with Scott’s own melodic, tuneful blues originals at 68 Jay St. Bar in Dumbo, starting around 8:30 PM. Junior Kimbrough, R.L. Burnside and Asie Payton are sadly gone but Scott continues their tradition of music that is as danceable as it is trance-inducing, and does his influences justice.

 

Also Wednesdays starting 2/18 the John McNeil Group featuring Noah Preminger has a residency at Puppet’s Jazz Bar, 481 Fifth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn through March 25.  Joining trumpeter/composers McNeil and Preminger are drummer Jochen Rueckert and bassist Mike McGuirk.  Three sets from 9 – 1 AM along with an intermission piano player each week, cover is $6.

 

Also every Wednesday at Drom it’s Cuban night with a new, hot dance band every week, 9:30 PM – 2 AM, just $12 at the door

 

Every Thursday at the Delancey, 8:30ish on the main floor Botanica frontman and master of menace Paul Wallfisch (or one of his cohorts when Botanica is on tour) is booking a series he wryly calls Small Beast, which has quickly become the best weekly music series in town, a comfortable place for the cognoscenti who miss the old days at Tonic around the corner featuring some of NYC’s edgiest bands. Plus frequent free or cheap drink specials.

 

Fridays in February at 10 PM at Pete’s: jazz-pop electric piano/bass/drums trio Mattison. Frontwoman Kate Mattison has a laid-back, clever melodicism not unlike Greta Gertler, and a high, pretty voice to match.

 

Fridays starting January 30 through Feb 27, 10:30 PM sensational oud player Mavrothi Kontanis performs with bouzouki specialist Antonis Tsimounis, Giorgos Kolias and fellow oudist Sotiris Tsourekis for a late night of wildly beautiful, authentic Rebetika, Entehna, and Smyrneika sounds at the wonderfully named ELO restaurant, 12-14 31st Avenue, Astoria

 

Sun Feb 1, 11 AM – yawn – 2 sets to wake you up fast by scorchingly fun klezmer encyclopedists Metropolitan Klezmer at City Winery, $10 pp, food extra but no minimum, kids under 13 free!,  (this means you can bring ten kids? not bad).

 

Also Sun Feb 1 the Moonlighters and Coconami (a marvelous and sometimes very funny Japanese ukelele duo) at Joe’s Pub, 7 PM; the two bands are also at Barbes on 2/6 with Coconami opening the night at 8 PM.

 

Also Sun Feb 1, 7:30 PM  and continuing Feb 2 and 3 organ virtuoso Felix Hell (means “light: in German; he’s one of the most impressive young lions in organ performance) plays Mendelssohn organ works commemorating the 200th anniversary of the composer’s birth in the intimate space at the Church of the Transfiguration, 1 W 29th St, $20 gen adm, $14 stud/srs, 3 concerts for $40

 

Also Sun Feb 1, 9 PM sultry oldtimey songwriter/chanteuse Mamie Minch – equally adept at delta blues, ragtime and antique pop songwriting – is at Spikehill.

 

Mon Feb 2, 9ish with OPEN BAR 9-10 the Rose Bar anniversary party with devious latin jazz pianist Jason Lindner’s Now Vs Now

 

Tues Feb 3 Joe Pug at Joe’s Pub, 7 PM. Joe Pug at Joe’s Pub. Say that five times fast. He’s a fiery, wickedly literate, politically fueled songwriter out of Chicago and he absolutely kicks ass. He’s also very funny. Someday he will be very well known. Now’s your chance to stay ahead of the curve and see him now before it’s vastly more expensive to do so.

Also Tues Feb 3, 7 PM at Barbes: Tamevate Kapelye. The fiery klezmer quartet are the pit band for the Folksbiene National Yiddish Theater. Followed by Slavic Soul Party at 9

 

Tues Feb 3 Emma Tringali and The Walk Ins at Stain Bar, 766 Grand Street, Williamsburg, L to Grand St., 8 PM. Two guitars and drums; distinctive voice, thoughtful lyrics and a fearlessness that’s so often missing from the singer-songwriter scene. She’s also at Arlene’s at 8 at 2/11

Also Tues Feb 3 Spiros Soukis – a guitarist who puts a neat Greek spin on his late 60s style British blues – at Lucille’s, 8 PM 

 

Also Tues Feb 3, 10 PM Community Gun play Spikehill. Dark bluesy Tom Waits influenced rock, but with louder guitars and more of a rock feel, sometimes edging toward country. This is the real deal, not a wannabe act. Good stuff.

 

Weds Feb 4 Paolo Bordignon plays Pachelbel, Vierne and Mendelssohn on the antique 1830 Appleton organ in the musical instruments section at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 3:30 PM, free w/museum adm.

 

Weds Feb 4 at the Cornelia St. Cafe, 8:30 PM  Ensemble Elektra playing haunting, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean-inflected jazz: Elektra Kurtis, violin;  Curtis Stewart , violin;  Lefteris Bournias, clarinet;  Brad Jones, bass;  Kahlil Kwame Bell, drums

 

Thurs Feb 5 the Sospiro Winds play Stravinsky, Villa-Lobos, Francaix, and others at Trinity Church, 1 PM

 

Also Thurs Feb 5 lush, atmospheric rockers the Quavers – who build songs live out of loops, a real feat to watch – play Barbes at 8 followed at 10 by hilarious, charismatic keyboardist and multistylistic songwriter/chanteuse Rachelle Garniez, whose most recent album Melusine Years was our pick for best of 2007.

 

Also Thurs Feb 5, 8 PM, cowpunk night with I’ll Be John Brown and later punkabilly band the Dirt Luck Outlaws at 10 at Ace of Clubs

 

Also Thurs Feb 5 haunting, atmospheric, rustic, violin-driven Skye Steele Quintet plays with the equally haunting, louder and faster Middle Eastern/balkan group Anistar at le Poisson Rouge, 7:30 PM, $15

 

Also Thurs Feb 5 Botanica keyboardist/frontman Paul Wallfisch doing his always gripping, unpredictably brilliant solo thing plus guitarist Lynn Wright’s noir rockers And the Wiremen and Pete Simonelli from glam/noir rock band the Enablers at the Delancey, 8:30ish, free

 

Also Thurs Feb 5 through 27, 8 PM (see below for dates) John Patrick Shanley’s Danny And the Deep Blue Sea – “ a violent dance between 2 people who could end up loving each other” – starring Eddy Lee Priest and Tammy Lang Hartel (aka Tammy Faye Starlite), directed by Adam LeGrant at the Blackbird Theatre, 347 W. 36th St., 13th floor, tix $20; dates are 2/5, 2/6, 2/12,2/13, 2/19, 2/20, 2/26, 2/27

 

Also Thurs Feb 5 fiery female-fronted garage/punk rockers Sister Anne – who have two bass players, for extra bottom – at the  Mercury, 11 PM

 

Also Fri Feb 6 funny, tongue-in-cheek Japanese ukelele girl duo Coconami followed by the reliably brilliant, warmly romantic oldtimey harmony band the Moonlighters at Barbes, 8 PM.

Also Fri Feb 6 the lush, beautiful, haunting, harmony-driven pan-latin rockers las Rubias del Norte – who also do a killer latin cover of the theme from the Mozart Requiem – at Joe’s Pub, 8 PM, $15. Also playing at midnight: the scorching, jazzy NY Gypsy Allstars for $10

 

Also Fri Feb 6 the Cannabis Cup reggae band – who bring a 80s/90s dancehall feel to their mix of mostly classic roots reggae covers – play their annual Bob Marley bday show at B.B. King’s, 7:30 PM, adv tix $22 at the box office.

 

Also Fri Feb 6 Beluga at Union Pool, 9 PM – all-female lo fi garage/punk/funk/dance band with a big buzz going lately – check out what everybody’s talking about. The songs up on their myspace sound really cool.

 

Fri Feb 6 second-wave ska with Bad Manners and the English Beat at Irving Plaza, 9ish, adv tix $26 at the box office

 

Also Fri Feb 6 the Paul Carlon Octet play Drom, 9 PM. The melodies tend toward the latin side; the arrangements, toward Ellington. The tunes are always front and center and the playing is purist and way fun. One of the funnest jazz acts in town right now.

 

Also Fri Feb 6 at Spikehill, 1o PM theDisclaimers, brilliantly sprawling, jangle/soul/new wave guitar-and-keyboard-and-violin rockers.

 

Also Fri Feb 6 the Dirt Floor Review play raucous, pedal-to-the-metal honkytonk at Two Boots Brooklyn, 10 PM.

 

Also Fri Feb 6 Simon & the Bar Sinisters playing surf, rockabilly and some punk probably at Lakeside, 10:15ish

Also Fri Feb 6, midnight-ish Katie Elevitch and her band at Banjo Jim’s. The noir siren is one of the most powerful, riveting singers around, the missing link between Patti Smith, Siouxsie and Nina Simone, with an equally good band behind her and a new cd that ranked high on our top 50 cd’s of 2008 list.

 

Sat Feb 7 Balkan jazz guitar genius Stephane Wrembel plays Django plus smart, sometimes Middle Eastern tinged originals at Spikehill, 7 PM. Later at 10 PM for $5 the club has Kentucky Nightmare, who claim to be Bloomington, IN’s third-best band. They’ve got the usual off-key, monotone, preteen indie vocals but some cool, even psychedelic songs.

Also Sat Feb 7 a killer blues doublebill at Terra Blues starting at 7 with fiery, multistylistic Bobby Radcliff and then oldschool Chicago style Johnny Allen at 10 PM

 

Also Sat Feb 7 stylistically diverse, tasteful, ubiquitous guitarist Homeboy Steve Antonakos plays Banjo Jim’s, 7 PM

 

Also Sat Feb 7 charmingly romantic, lushly orchestrated French chanson revivalists les Chauds Lapins at Barbes 8 PM followed at 10 by the always entertaining Jug Addicts

 

Also Sat Feb 7 one of the most intense, fiery bands in NYC, retro garage punks the Mess Around play Trash, 9 PM. Show up early and drink for free for an hour so when they hit the stage you’ll be in the right frame of mind.

Also Sat Feb 7 Robin Aigner, one of the smartest and most unpredictable songwriters (and also one of the most riveting singers) in oldtimey music is at Freddy’s 9 PM

Also Sat Feb 7 at Otto’s starting at 9 it’s the monthly Unsteady Freddie surf rock extravaganza with good, oldschool covers by the Clams, Bongo Surf at 10, gorgeously jangly original stuff from the Supertones at 11,and then more classics with the North Shore Troubadours at midnight

Also Sat Feb 7 and also Feb 21 Irish-American rockers Black 47 play Connolly’s, 9 PM. Their latest cd Iraq was our pick for best album of 2008: fiery, catchy, counterintuitive and sympathetic everywhere it needs to be (and sparingly unsympathetic everywhere it needs to be as well).

Sat Feb 7 interestingly panstylistic Balkan-tinged instrumentalists Port o’ Monkeys play  Orchard House Cafe at 58th and 1st, shows at 7 PM and 8:30 PM, sugg. don. $15 ($10 stud/srs). Reservations recommended: 212-371-1170

 

Also Sat Feb 7 rousing, amusing Irish-American acoustic punk rockers Box of Crayons play the Parkside, 11 PM

 

Also Sat Feb 7 the always excellent oldtimey country crew M Shanghai String Band play their home base, M Shanghai Den, 129 Havemeyer St. (between Grand & S 1st St.) in Williamsburg, free, 9 PM ish.

 

Also Sat Feb 7 Brad Vickers & His Vestapolitans play swinging, retro blues and R&B at Two Boots Brooklyn, free, 10 PM.

 

Also Sat Feb 7 all-purpose Greek party band Magges – with their lush ballads, wild dance numbers, ouzo and allstar gypsy violinist Susan Mitchell – are at Mehanata, 10 PM, free before 10:30.

 

Sun Feb 8, 3 PM at Bargemusic the debut performance of the Neos String Quartet featuring: Beethoven – String Quartet No. 7 in F Major, Op. 59, No. 1; Mendelssohn – String Quartet No. 2 in a minor, Op. 13; Schumann String Quartet in A Major, Op. 41, No. 3

 

Also Sun Feb 8 oldschool 60s style country hellraiser Jack Grace and his killer country band are back at Lakeside, 10 PM

Mon Feb 9 at St. Paul’s Chapel, 1 (one) PM, free, Dmitri Atapine, cello; Hyeyeon Park, piano, performing works by Beethoven, Ligeti, Dvorak, Popper and others

Also Mon Feb 9, 8 PM innovative oud virtuoso Dhafer Youssef – who blends atmospheric western sounds into his fiery Middle Eastern stylings – plays with his band at Highline Ballroom, gen adm tix $25

 

Tues Feb 10, 2 (two) PM at Merkin Concert Hall the Io String Quartet playing Schubert/Quartettsatz in C minor, D. 703;Webern/Six Bagatelles, Op. 9; Beethoven/Quartet in F minor, Op. 95 “Serioso”; Grido (“Scream,” String Quartet No. 3, 2001) by Lachenmann  $15, studs. half price

Also Tues Feb 10 multistylistic, frequently haunting violinist/composer Jenny Scheinman – a frequent Bill Frisell collaborator – plays Barbes at 7 followed eventually at 9 by wild Balkan brass band Slavic Soul Party

Also Tues Feb 10 7 PM Myles Turney plays Arlene’s. Not only is this guy a terrific acoustic delta blues guitarist, he also brings a hypnotically tasteful blues sensibility to classic oldtimey country and stuff like Hank Williams.

Also Tues Feb 10, 10 PM at Bowery Poetry Club 17-piece big band Sound Assembly play the release show for their debut CD Edge of the Mind out today on Beauport Jazz

Also Tues Feb 10, 10 PM the all-female, jazzy Vessels at Pete’s, 10 PM doing smart, atmospheric chamber rock followed at 11 by intriguing, Waits-ish noir cabaret crew Kotorino.

Weds Feb 11, 7:30 PM boisterous Japanese gypsy rockers Kagero at Caffe Vivaldi.

Also Weds Feb 11 artsy dramatic noir keyboardist/chanteuse Lorrie Doriza at Ace of Clubs  7:30 PM. Very intense, highly recommended.

Also Weds Feb 11 Emma Tringali & the Walk Ins at Arlene’s at 8 followed at 9 by Alec Berlin doing smartly tuneful, sometimes very funny pop/rock, a lot of tunes that sound like something youv’e heard before and liked because it was good.

Also Weds Feb 11, soaring jazz/pop siren Elaine Romanelli and her band at 8 PM at Suite Bar & Lounge, 992 Amsterdam at 109th, free, the pretext for the show is a “date the band” contest – whoever brings the most peeps to the show wins?!?  She’s also there on 2/25, same time, presumably with whoever won the “date Elaine”contest, see her while she’s single.

Also Weds Feb 11 the Royal Chains play the Delancey,8 PM  a cut above the usual Interpol wannabes with their fiery, roaring Britrock-influenced tunes and angry energy. They’re also at Ace of Clubs on 2/27 at 10.

Also Weds Feb 11 at Black Betty, midnightish Rev. Vince Anderson trombonist (playing electric tonight !) Dave Smith’s The Perfect Man

Thurs Feb 12 legendary Irish singer/songwriter and peace activist Tommy Sands and his band at Trinity Church, 1 (one) PM, free.

Also Thurs Feb 12 the Plunk Bros. – that’s Bob Jones and Boo Reiners from Demolition String Band – playing cool oldtime country/bluegrass virtuoso guitar picking stuff at Barbes, 8 PM.

Also Thurs Feb 12 this week’s Small Beast extravaganza features the reliably unpredictable, menacing Botanica keyboard mastermind Paul Wallfisch, the Snow’s Pierre de Gaillande’s funny English-language Georges Brassens cover project and Barmaljova featuring brilliantly multistylistic violist Ljova (from the Kontraband) and his hellraiser chanteuse wife Inna Barmash (from Romashka) at the Delancey 8:30ish, free

Also Thurs Feb 12 sweeping, Radiohead-influenced epic grandeur with the potently socially aware My Pet Dragon at Public Assembly, 9 PM, $7

Also Thurs Feb 12 the New Collisions at Arlene’s, 9 PM. Fiery female-fronted powerpop/new wave revivalists from Boston. Frontwoman Sarah Guild, “a 21st century Deborah Harry meets Poly Styrene” has the same kind of big powerful pipes as Martha Davis of the Motels but with more of a funny, quirky edge: if what’s on their myspace is any indication, they kick ass live. You can dance to this.

Also Thurs Feb 12 cool, laid-back, sometimes psychedelic soul/jazz instrumentalists Soul Cycle plays Sputnik in Ft. Greene, 9 PM.

Also Thurs Feb 12 Carolyn Sills & the Poor Man’s Roses play Patsy Cline classics at Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM

Also Thurs Feb 12, rousing klezmer-rock party band Golem at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, 10ish, adv tix $10 at the Mercury

Fri Feb 13 Moonlighters frontwoman Bliss Blood’s sensationally good barrelhouse piano blues band Delta Dreambox at Two Boots Brooklyn, 10 PM.

Also Fri Feb 13 the fiery Vlad Tomova’s Balkan Tales at Shrine, 10 PM

Also Fri Feb 13 if you’d rather stay downtown, the self-explanatory Grand Masters of Gypsy Music are at Mehanata, 10 PM

Fri Feb 13-14 Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings – you know them, right? Today’s greatest soul singer and her great band – at the Nokia Theatre, time TBA, adv tix expensive, $35 at the club box ofc.

Also Fri Feb 13 brilliantly lyrical, high-energy banjoist/songwriter Curtis Eller followed by the cd release show by the rustic, always entertaining oldtimey 2 Man Gentlemen Band at the Jalopy Theatre, festivities start at 9 PM

Also Fri Feb 13 Pinataland – who last year put out a marvelously lush, gorgeous album of songs about weird Americana – at Barbes, 10 PM

Also Fri Feb 13 Bulgarian vocal music with Vlad Tomova’s Balkan Tales at Shrine, 9 PM

Also Fri Feb 13 the Last Town Chorus with Megan Hickey’s smart, rustic vocals and equally incisive steel guitar, plays Pete’s, 9 PM

Also Fri Feb 13 Ani Cordero’s wickedly smart, gorgeously jangly, danceable rock en Espanol quartet Cordero at Rose Bar, 10 PM.

Also Fri Feb 13 Rev. Vince Anderson takes a turn at the electric piano at 55 Bar, 10:30 PM, most likely for some low-key, soulful blues

Also Fri Feb 13 Cornmeal, tuneful psychedelic acoustic jam band – wow, a jam band who areactually GOOD! at the Gramercy Theate, midnight, adv tix $12 adv at the Irving Plaza box office

Sat Feb 14 a marvelously counterintuitive Valentines Day show at Southpaw with the reliably excellent, wickedly catchy female-fronted Mascott at 7 PM followed by fearless songwriter Jennifer O’Connor, $10.

Also Sat Feb 14 Snow frontman Pierre de Gaillande’s English language Georges Brassens project Gorgeous George at Barbes, 8 PM. An iconic French songwriter from the 40s and 50s, Brassens is enjoying a revival for his witty, sometimes refreshingly dirty songwriting

Also Sat Feb 14. 8 PM Orchestra Otmani of Fes in their North American debut, playing Andalusian classical music at Merkin Concert Hall, adv tix $35 at the box ofc highly recommended.

Also Sat Feb 14  multistylistic guitarslinging oldtimey siren Mamie Minch at 68 Jay St. Bar, 9 PM.

Also Sat Feb 14 fiery, danceable, gorgeously unpredictable ska/rock en Espanol juggernaut Escarioka at Aji Bar Lounge, 10 PM

Also Sat Feb 14 ecstatically fun, multistylistic Greek hellraisers Magges – who play everything from ballads to haunting Smyrniki to the original Misirlou – are at Mehanata, 10 PM

Also Sat Feb 14 beautifully jangly, sometimes hypnotic, often southwestern gothic Americana rockers Tandy at Lakeside, 11 PM. Lately they’ve had Roscoe Ambel on lead guitar which is always a treat.

Also Sat Feb 14, 11 PM anthemic rock en Espanol band Contramano play Fontana’s.

Also Sat Feb 14 haunting, atmospheric violinist Skye Steele and his Quartet are at Tea Lounge in Park Slope, late, this probably means 11ish.

Sun Feb 15 latin jazz sax player/ chanteuse Layla Angulo plays the cd release party for her new one Mientras at Drom, 9 PM $10 gen adm. Peruvian and Cuban beats, good band, some killer, remarkably subtle original songs

Also Sun Feb 15 dark, haunting lyrical rock siren Randi Russo plays a beautifully stripped-down acoustic show at Pete’s at 9:30 PM – new material expected, all of it good! Smartly bossa-inflected chanteuse/guitarist Sasha Dobson opens the night with her regular Sunday night show at 8:30.

Mon Feb 16, 9 PM excellent roots reggae band Meta & the Cornerstones open for ageless dub nutjob Lee Scratch Perry – who’s crazy like a fox –  at Highline Ballroom, adv tix $25 at the box office.

Also Mon Feb 16 intense, lyrically brilliant banjo player/songwriter Curtis Eller plays Union Hall, free, time TBA – 9 maybe? Worth a stop by if you’re in the hood.

Also Mon Feb 16 delicously low-frequency oldtime Cuban revivalists Gato Loco – with baritone guitar, bass, tuba and baritone sax – at Barbes, 9:30 PM subbing for Chicha Libre.

Also Mon Feb 16 hilarious country Van Halen cover band Van Hayride at Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM

Tues Feb 17 at Barbes, 9 PM the Zlatne Uste Brass Band. They started the Balkan brass revival pretty much singlehandedly, here’s your chance to hear them in a room ridiculously too small for them.

Weds Feb 18 at 7:30 PM, free at St. Paul’s Chapel, Columbia University, organist Gail Archer plays the second in her series of concerts titled Mendelssohn in the Romantic Century featuring works by both Felix and his equally talented composer sister Fanny Mendelsohn, among others.

 

Also Weds Feb 18 Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mtn. Boys – you know, Mr. Bluegrass, or, more accurately, Dr. Bluegrass – at B.B. King’s, 8 PM, adv tix $30 at the box ofc

Also Weds Feb 18, 8ish ethereal, harmony-driven Dinosaur Feathers, oldtimey songwriter par excellence Matt Singer and intriguingly thoughtful, smartly arranged chamber-rock outfit Pearl & the Beard play Union Hall. Anybody remember Goats in Trees? They’re like them but with balls.

Also Weds Feb 18 the Jazz Funeral at Ace of Clubs, 10 PM – smart tuneful lyrically driven country inflected rock. Punkabilly band the What 4 open at 9

Thurs Feb 19 at Trinity Church, 1 (one) PM, free: Quartet San Francisco doing innovative string quartet arrangements of Dave Brubeck, Paul McCartney, Astor Piazzolla and more.

Also Thurs Feb 19 at the Delancey, this week’s Small Beast extravaganza starts around 8:30 PM and features noir cabaret personality Little Annie & Paul Wallfisch, self-described “assassin girl” and author Cintra Wilson (A Massive Swelling: Celebrity Re-Examined As A Grotesque, Crippling Disease) and Other Cultural Revelations doing some typically spot-on, funny, politically enlightening new work in progress…

Also Thurs Feb 19 the haunting, atmospheric, lushly orchestrated Edison Woods with their beautiful harmonies at Galapagos, time TBA. With two shows coming up in New York and since times are tough, they’re running a New Depression Era Special – if you buy a ticket or a pair of tickets to our April show at JOE’S PUB on 4/5 sometime before Wednesday, they’ll comp you a ticket or a pair of tickets for the Galapagos show, email Violet your confirmation number(s) for Joe’s Pub by Wednesday Feb 18th at 6 PM

Also Thurs Feb 19, 9 PM the Brown Rice Family plays Arlene’s. The best (and perhaps only) Filipino reggae band sounds nothing like that awful flavorless glutinous stuff: instead, they play fast, poppy reggae bordering on ska and have a ukelele in the band.

Also Thurs Feb 19 the Doc Marshalls – equally good at Texas honkytonk and New Orleans cajun – at Hill Country, 9 PM. They’re back on the 27th, same time.

Also Thurs Feb 19 legendary indie/Americana/garage rockers the Silos play Lakeside, 10 PM, most likely with the excellent Rod Hohl on bass and Roscoe Ambel on lead guitar.

Also Thurs Feb 19 brilliant jazz/Americana guitarist Matt Munisteri plays Barbes, 10 PM. Although his approach is totally different from Bill Frisell (Munisteri is a whole lot more frenetic, if just as subtle in his own way), Frisell fans should check him out.

Also Thurs Feb 19 renowned pianist/composer Sumi Tonooka and her trio – bassist Rufus Reid and drummer Jonathan Blake at Bargemusic, 8 PM, tix expensive, $35 ($30/srs; $20/stud)

Also Thurs Feb 19, 8 PM legendary producer/noir rocker Martin Bisi – whose latest cd is absolutely killer, and funnier than you would think – plays Death by Audio with his old 80s pal Bill Laswell sitting in.

Also Thurs Feb 19, 9:30 PM at Joe’s Pub haunting, jazz-inflected Syrian-American chanteuse Gaida with Johnny Farraj on percussion and Hadi Eldebek on oud, adv tix $20 highly recommended.

Fri Feb 20 at Red Star the smartly tuneful, female-fronted, Elvis Costello-esque Delusions of Grand Street at 9 and then eventually the fiery, fun, charismatic multistylistic punk rockers the Brooklyn What – this generation’s closest relative to the Clash, at least in spirit – at 11.

Also Fri Feb 20 fiery Iranian-American rocker Haale plays Joe’s Pub, 10 PM, $15. With her overtone-laden, dark electric guitar, cello and percussion, she’s both one of the most haunting and intense performers in town.

Also Thurs Feb 20, midnight-ish (check the band’s site for updates) dark, snarling noir/glam rockers the Bellmer Dolls play Vanishing Point in Bushwick, ostensibly opening for the pointless ARE Weapons.

Fri Feb 20, 7:30 PM at the Third Street Music School Settlement, 7:30pm, free, the Damocles Trio feat. Sibylle Johner, cello; Airi Yoshioka, violin’ Adam Kent, piano playing Beethoven, Haydn, Mozart

Also Fri Feb 20 New Orleans Meters founders the Neville Bros. and then the Night Tripper, Dr. John – without whom Tom Waits would not exist, and whose new cd The City That Time Forgot is reputedly his best ever –  at Terminal 5, 8ish, adv tix expensive, $35 at the Mercury.

Also Fri Feb 20 Jerry Teel & the Big City Stompers – who’ve gone back to their eerie, noir garage/glam roots – play Mercury Lounge, 8 PM open for noir country types and frequent Neko Case collaborators the Sadies, adv tix $12.

Also Fri Feb 20 sultry delta blues/ragtime/country guitarist/chanteuse Mamie Minch followed by the lush, romantic French chanson revivalists les Chauds Lapins at the Jalopy Theatre 9:30 PM

Also Fri Feb 20 Prima Ballerina (Tammy Faye Starlite’s characteristically hilarious all-girl New York Dolls cover band) at Lakeside, 11 PM

Sat Feb 21, 8 PM & Sun Feb 22, 3 PM “The first family of gypsy flamenco,” Los Farruco play the New York City Center, W. 55th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues, cheapest tix are $35.

Also Sat Feb 21, 7 PM the Providence String Quartet, featuring a guest appearance by the haunting Russian/Balkan/classical vocal/viola duo Barmaljova (Inna Barmash from Romashka and Ljova from the Kontraband) performing music by Ravel, Shostakovich, and Ljova at the Great Room, 138 South Oxford St. betw. Atlantic Avenue and Fulton), Brooklyn Heights, sugg don.$15

Also Sat Feb 21 Hazmat Modine plays Terra Blues, 7 PM. The dueling blues harps have been replaced by dueling blues guitars, but they still have Pam Fleming’s soaring trumpet, Wade Schuman’s devious harp and wildman vocals and those equally devious, rustically psychedelic minor-key Balkan-inflected oldtimey blues tunes.

Also Sat Feb 21 a killer bill with two of the best and funniest lyrical rockers in town with the casually alluring, jangly Paula Carino and her band at the Parkside at 7 PM followed eventually by the absolutely hilarious, darkly inscrutable Tom Warnick & World’s Fair at 9

Also Sat Feb 21, 8 PM Orchestra of Tangier playing traditional and new Andalusian music including a world premiere at Merkin Concert Hall, adv tix expensive, $35 highly recommended at the box office.

Also Sat Feb 21 at 8pm at le Poisson Rouge. a New Orleans style celebration with New Orleans funk powerhouse Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Crescent City funk/roots rockers and multi-instrumentalists Eric Lindell and Anders Osborne – with a late-night Mardi Gras jam featuring special guests, adv tix $25 at the box ofc

Also Sat Feb 21 popular Boston band Oneside at Ace of Clubs, 10 PM Americana is their thing – oldtimey country/ragtime meets Wilco

Also Sat Feb 21 Spanking Charlene – NYC’s answer to X – at Lakeside, 11 PM

Sun Feb 22 third-wave ska with the NY Ska Jazz Ensemble and the Toasters, 6:30 PM at Highline Ballroom, adv tix $15 at the box ofc.

Also Sun Feb 22, 9 PM at Alice Tully Hall Music of the Sephardic Diaspora – viola da gambist Jordi Savall plus early music ensemble Hesperion XXI plus Driss el Maloumi on oud, Dimitri Pswonis on santur and moresca and David Mayoral on percussion, adv tix $25 at the Lincoln Center box office.

Mon Feb 23 at Barbes starting at 7 PM: legendary Montreal gypsy jazz guitarist Denis Chang, followed by a jam session and then the marvelously named Cumbiagra playing classic 50s/60s Colombian stylings.

Also Mon Feb 23 Jack Grace band bassist and ex-Moonlighter Daria Grace and the Pre-War Ponies doing their sometimes boisterous, sometimes absolutely charming oldtimey romantic stuff at Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM 

Also Mon Feb 23 Jack Grace band bassist and ex-Moonlighter Daria Grace and the Pre-War Ponies doing their sometimes boisterous, sometimes absolutely charming oldtimey romantic stuff at Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM 
Tues Feb 24 fiery, wildly improvisational, (mostly) all-female (possibly) lesbian klezmer hellraisers Isle of Klebos (a Metropolitan Klezmer spinoff) with guest singer Mira Stroika play Drom, 7:30 PM. Also on the bill: Sanda Weigl & her trio at 9.
Also Tues Feb 24 exciting young quartet the Sospiro Winds will be performing works by Reicha, Villa-Lobos, and Nielsen at 8:30 PM in the Rose Studio, 70 Lincoln Center Plaza, free.
Also Tues Feb 24 the rousing, sometimes absolutely psychedelic Second Fiddles playing oldtime hokum blues, ragtime, country and more at Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM

Weds Feb 25 sensational, dark, counterintuitive jazz trio (piano/trumpet/drums) White Rocket play Barbes, 7 PM. Don’t let the fact they’re Irish scare you off: this band’s new self-titled cd is amazing.

Also Weds Feb 25  promising female-fronted new wave/powerpop throwbacks The Cruelest Act at Ace of Clubs, 8 PM.

Also Weds Feb 25 smartly tongue-in-cheek soul siren Stephanie White & the NJ Philth Harmonic at Maxwell’s, 9 PM. From the intelligence and wit of this band, you’d never know that White once had some kind of American Idol connection (too smart for the show and got booted early, no doubt).

Also Weds Feb 25 smartly jangly Boston rockers Aloud play their own stuff plus Stones covers at Otto’s, 10 PM

Also Weds Feb 25 haunting, noir rockers the French Exit – whose show last September was one of the 20 best we saw all year – play Cake Shop at 10ish.

Also Weds Feb 25 10 PM Black Sea Hotel, Brooklyn’s own haunting all-female Balkan vocal quartet – with an amazing debut cd coming out – opens the new live music series at Trophy Bar, 351 Broadway between Keap and Rodney, South Williamsburg, 10 PM, just a couple of blocks from the Marcy Ave. subway stop. 

Thurs Feb 26 at Trinity Church, 1 (one) PM, free: Trio Threed (two oboes and cor anglais) playing Beethoven and more.

Also Thurs Feb 26 a phenomenal Jamaican jazz bill titled In Search of the Lost Riddim with Cedric Brooks (saxophone), Ernest Ranglin (guitar), Orville Hammond (piano), Wayne Batchelor (string bass), Desmond Jones (drums), Cecil Sonny Bradshaw (trumpet & piano), Larry McDonald (conga), and Douglas Ewart (reeds & percussion). “Conversation” at 6, show at 7:30 PM at Harlem Stage,  Aaron Davis Hall, W 135th St/Convent Ave, tix $15 and so worth it.

Also Thurs Feb 26, 10 PM at Barbes: Gaida,  a riveting Syrian chanteuse who puts an improvisational spin on classics by greats like Um Kalthum, Hafez, etc.

Also Thurs Feb 26 frequently hilarious 60s style country throwback Jack Grace and band at Hill Country, 9 PM. They’er also at Rodeo Bar on 2/27 at 9ish opening for Luther Wright & the Wrongs.

Also Thurs Feb 26 a killer triple bill at Banjo Jim’s with smartly lyrical, somewhat tongue-in-cheek Americana rock duo Kill Henry Sugar, lushly beautiful weird Americana-obsessed art-rockers Pinataland and the fiery, Costello-with-a-banjo-esque Curtis Eller at Banjo Jim’s, 9 PM

Also Thurs Feb 26 at the Delancey 8:30 PM this week’s Small Beast show is being run by guest host Franz Nicolay, (World Inferno, The Hold Steady) subbing for AWOL Paul Wallfisch (on tour w/Botanica). Also on the bill: Gutbucket and noir cabaret monsters Guignol.

Also Fri Feb 27, 7 PM, early, hypnotic roots reggae dub masters Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad at the Gramercy Theatre, adv tix $15 at the Irving Plaza box ofc. Reggae-rock headliners Rebelution are also worth seeing.

Also Fri Feb 27 brilliant oud scholar/composer Mavrothi Kontanis and his fiery band play classic and original Greek Smyrniki and more at Barbes, 8 PM, followed by sultry, multistylistic oldtimey chanteuse/resonator guitarist Mamie Minch at 9.

Also Fri Feb 27, 8 PM at Bargemusic the Neolit Quartet plays Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time plus pieces by Tower and Harvey, tix expensive, $35, $30 srs/$20 stud.

Also Fri Feb 27 powerpop siren Patti Rothberg – who’s absolutely at the top of her tuneful game right now – at Teneleven, time TBA.

Also Fri Feb 27 Argentinian expat chanteuse Juana Molina at le Poisson Rouge, 8:30 PM adv tix $15 first US tour w/a full band

Also Fri Feb 27 Special Patrol Group play Arlene’s, 9 PM. A band that seems thisclose to absolute brilliance: counterintuitive, imaginative song structures, catchy tunes, smart lyrics, excellent musicianship and a (sometime) frontwoman with one of the most compelling voices in town.

Also Fri Feb 27, 10 PM, repeating on 2/28 at 9:30, Rachelle Garniez and her band at Joe’s Pub. We’ll throw our hat in the ring and credit her as this generation’s greatest songwriter, a master of every retro style ever invented, a playful and sometimes brutally intense lyricist, a riveting singer and also one of the funniest performers you’ll ever see. Artist of the decade, anyone?

haunting horn-driven ska rockers Tri-State Conspiracy plus the psychobilly Tombstone Brawlers plus the smartly funny, catchy, high-energy punk/pop Kissy Kamikaze.

Also Sat Feb. 28, 7:30 PM wildly boisterous, touneful viola-and-accordion-driven neoclassical/jazz/soundtrack group Ljova and the Kontraband collaborates with Austrian Lightpainter Eva Flatscher, as part of the International Arts Movement’s annual conference, at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center (the BMCC auditorium on Chambers west of Hudson) Eva Flatscher will be lightpainting live to the music; the band will improvise to the painting. The Jose Limon Dance Company performs during the second half of the show, adv tix $25 at the box office very highly recommended

Also Sat Feb 28, 8 PM and repeating Sun 3/1 at 3 PM at Bargemusic: Romances and Nuances – Tchaikovsky: Selection of Romances (arr. by E. Osadchy); Rachmaninoff – Selection of Romances (arr. by E. Osadchy); Britten Sonata in C Major for Cello and Piano, Op. 65; Shostakovich – Selections from Twenty-Four Preludes for Piano, Op. 34 (arr. by E. Osadchy); Piano Trio No. 2 in e minor, Op. 67; Mark Peskanov, Violin; Eugene Osadchy, Cello; Anastasia Markina, Piano.

Also Sat Feb 28 fiery, multistylistic blues guitar monster Bobby Radcliff – who evokes Stevie Ray in his best, late-period moments – at Lucille’s, 8 PM.

Also Sat Feb 28 amazingly authentic 60s style psychedelic throwbacks Love Camp 7 the at Parkside, 9:30 PM.

Also Sat Feb 28 a loft party in southern Ft. Greene, 10ish with the excellent Julia Haltigan & the Hooligans and then Luther Wright & the Wrongs, with cameo performances by Jack Grace and Sean Kershaw, includes good keg beer and booze,15 N Oxford St #2, Brooklyn, F to York St. and walk past the projects, or G to Classon Ave.

Also Sat Feb 28 the Somebodies at Spikehill, 10 PM. Uncommonly good, smart, 80s style janglerock with guitars, keys, a smoothly charismatic frontman in Pete Derba and probably half of the always excellent Disclaimers in the band. 

Also Sat Feb 28 dark, intense rockers Ninth House – at the absolute peak of their long career right now, equally adept at Nashville gothic and an even darker, Joy Division-esque early 80s noir rock style – play Hank’s, 11 PM.

Also Sat Feb 28 Jesse Bates & His Flying Guitars featuring members of the Fleshtones play funny, in-your-face garage rock at Lakeside, 11 PM.

Sun Mar 1 Mostly Other People Do the Killing play brilliantly satirical improv jazz at at Zebulon, 9:30ish

Tues Mar 3 one of our favorite jazz guys, tersely smart guitarist Bill Frisell plays a rare duo show with violin at Barbes, 7 PM, get here EARLY i.e. 6 if you want to see this show. Is this cool or what? Slavic Soul Party follows with their wild, haunting Baltic brass band show at 9ish for $10.

Fri Mar 6, reception at 7:30, show at 8 sharp, free, Richard Garet performs Electrochroma, “a video/sound kinetic performance that consists of the manipulation of light in real time through various analog and digital processes that consequently translate the voltage signal produced by the light into sound.” At at Solar/Elga Wimmer PCC, 526 West 26th St. Peep the visuals, check out the sound, see if they converge or make any sense whatsoever.

Fri Mar 6 lush, romantic, poignantly funny French chanson revivalists les Chauds Lapins at 8 followed by Bill Carney’s long-running and reliably entertaining Jug Addicts at 9:30ish at Barbes.

Also Tues Mar 3, 10:30 PM Emilie Cardinaux plays Ace of Clubs. She mines the same ground as Norah Jones but with infinitely better songs and a similarly oldtime Americana jazz touch.

Also Tues Mar 3, 11 PM the Sweetback Sisters playing catchy original oldtimey 40s/50s style country songs with soaring harmonies at Pete’s 11 PM.

Weds Mar 4 a killer triplebill at Ace of Clubs starting at 8. Opening act Beboluz are self-styled practitioners of “musica bastarda,” which in their case means dark Maldita-inflected rock en Espanol, a little Manu Chao and hypnotic, groovy funk. If you like the idea of Vampire Weekend but hate the band, check out the 9 PM act, La Sovietika, who virtuosically and ass-shakingly blend funk, reggae, soukous and salsa with Spanish lyrics. Headliners Dr. Snagarelli & the Evil Sex Scientist play their somewhat bizarre but smart. imaginative and unmistakably original funk at 10.

Also Weds Mar 4 excellent oldschool country band the Dixons play the Bell House, 9ish, $10.   

Also Weds Mar 4, 9 PM it’s Baltic brass band night (which usually means a good party) with Raya Brass Band and Veveritse at Trophy Bar in South Williamsburg.

Thurs Mar 5, 7:30 PM Iraqi refugee oud virtuoso Rahim AlHaj at Symphony Space, adv tix $25 highly recommended.

Thurs Mar 5 the Quavers create slow, sweeping, atmospheric art-rock (as well as some catchy Americana-inflected songs) with loops at Barbes, 8 PM followed by bluegrass/klezmer legend Andy Statman at 10, separate admission, $10.

Also Thurs Mar 5, 7:30 PM, $10, Divahn frontwoman Galeet Dardashti at Santos Party House: a Persian Jewish Carnival of the Bible’s Elusive Women. from the press release: “Galeet Dardashti Gives Voice to the Unnamed and Unknown. The Queen of Sheba’s shaven legs. A witch’s bitter prophecy. The female superheroes who saved Moses. These stories make up The Naming, singer and composer Galeet Dardashti’s exploration of the little-known lives of the Bible’s phantom women. Of Persian Jewish descent, Dardashti unites the Persian classical music that made her grandfather an icon in Iran with her family’s deep connection to Jewish poetry and song.”

Also Thurs Mar 5-8 the Dr. Lonnie Smith Quartet playing delicious Hammond B3 organ jazz at the Jazz Standard, tix $25 or $30 Fri-Sat, sets 7:3-/9:30 PM

Also Thurs Mar 5 at the Delancey, 8:30 PM it’s the weekly Small Beast show with guest host Franz Nicolay of World Inferno (Paul Wallfisch will be on tour w/Botanica) plus brilliant, devious, subtle, classically inspired art-rock composer/chanteuse Serena Jost along with smart, fearless acoustic rocker Jennifer O’Connor.

Also Thurs Mar 5 another good triplebill at Ace of Clubs starting at 8 with the Jason Berman Group, self-styled jazz musicians playing singer/songwriter music,” smartly and tastefully with a good female singer. Followed by Stratospheerius at 9 doing high-energy, late 70s style Jean Luc Ponty type jazz fusion with electric violin. Then at 10 there’s the equally interesting 5Mach5, their thoughtful, interesting, jazzy guitar and weird samples. Stratospheerius are also at Fat Baby on 3/25 at 10.

Also Thurs Mar 5, pan-latin guitar genius Aquiles Baez at the Jazz Gallery, $15, sets 9/10:30 PM

Also Thurs Mar 5, El Lay noir chanteuse Eleni Mandell – you know her, right? You don’t? You have been deprived. She’s at Joe’s Pub, 9:30 PM.

Also Thurs Mar 5, charismatic, tuneful, multistylistic and very funny punk rockers the Brooklyn What – the band who’ve occupied the #1 position on our weekly Top ten for weeks now – are at Don Pedro’s, 10ish.

Fri Mar 6, 10:15 PM Cudzoo & the Fagettes play funny, punked-out girl group pop at Don Hill’s. This is the band responsible for Oops I Fucked Your Brother.

Also Fri Mar 6 Patti Rothberg, powerpop siren at the absolute top of her game plays Arlene’s, 9 PM 

Fri Mar 6 at Ace of Clubs: at 11 Indonesian expat metal band Suaka, blending a hypnotic gamelan-inflected style with crunchy guitars – don’t laugh, they’re good! – followed at midnight by the raging, tuneful, riff-oriented metal/punk group Same Four Walls.

Also Fri Mar 6 Katie Elevitch plays Banjo Jim’s, midnight. Impossible to think of a better midnight Friday night show – dark, unearthly, primeval intensity with one of the best albums of the decade recently completed.

Also Fri Mar 6 Dave Fiuczynski’s Kif plays the Blue Note, 1 AMish (actually the wee hours of 3/7), $10. About ten years ago this metalish, Middle Eastern tinged jazz guitarist was all the rage; worth seeing what he’s up to now.    

Sat Mar 7,  4-6 PM it’s this year’s group show opening at the Williamsburg Art & Historical Center (WAH Center) 135 Broadway, J/M to Marcy Ave. This year’s theme: women artists, looks very promising.

Also Sat Mar 7, brilliantly mulstistylistic oldtimey blues/country/ragtime band the Wiyos are at Joe’s Pub, 7:30 PM, $15

Also Sat Mar 7, minor-key Balkan/reggae/gypsy/klezmer hellraisers Hazmat Modine  do a doublebill with the similarly inclined Steven Bernstein’s Millennial Territory Orchestra – a murderer’s row of edgy jazz cats – at le Poisson Rouge, 7 PM

Also Sat Mar 7, 8 PM one of the greatest musicians of our era, oud and violin virtuoso Simon Shaheen plays songs from the golden age of Arab music at the Town Hall, $25 adv tix available at the box office or at the World Music Institute.

Also Sat Mar 7 at Barbes, 8 PM: the Ahn Trio, Juilliard-trained piano/violin/cello sister act who for a second were People Magazine’s token intellectuals (don’t hold it against them), specializing in new music with nods to jazz, minimalism and the avant garde (check out the absolutely beautiful Dies Irae on their myspace). Followed by Red Baraat Festival, an Indian marching band, at 10.

Also Sat Mar 7 Buzz Universe play their imaginative, catchy, latin-inflected jammed-out funk at Ace of Clubs, 10:30 PM   

Sun Mar 8 the Klez Dispensers play klezmer brunch at City Winery, 2 sets starting at 11 AM (yawn) $10 adm. kids under 13 free!

Also Sun Mar 8, 2 (two) PM at Highline Ballroom Reverend Billy and the Life After Shopping Singers, gen adm $12

Also Sun Mar 8, 7 PM, AE (Aurelia Lucy Shrenker And Eva Salina Primack), world music vocal duo equally skilled at vintage Americana and Balkan sounds at Barbes opening for the reliably excellent, equally multistylistic Russian/soundtrack/classical/jazz ensemble Ljova & the Kontraband

Also Sun Mar 8, 9 PM-ish Jewdyssee which is basically noir-ish chanteuse Maya Saban’s downtempo Berlin groove/dance/downtempo project plays the Jewish Music Cafe, 401 9th St. in Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY F train to 7th Ave, $10

Mon Mar 9, 8 PM The Oriental Music Ensemble of the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music in Palestine feat. Suhail Khoury, nay (flute) and clarinet; Ahmad Al-Khatib, oud; Ibrahim Attari, qanoun; Yousef Hbeisch, percussion at Miller Theatre, Columbia University, 116th and Broadway, $25 and worth it.

Also Mon Mar 9 scathingly funny, fiery punk/garage rockers Des Roar – the guys (and girl) responsible for the classic Ted Bundy Was a Ladies Man – play a free show, 9 PM at Bowery Electric, 327 Bowery at 2nd St. in the old Remote Lounge space.

Tues Mar 10 and also 3/24 the incomparable Jenifer Jackson at Rockwood Music Hall, 8 PM with special guests. The expat NYC chanteuse effortlessly blends elements tropicalia, Beatlesque pop, classic 70s style soul and jazz and delivers them with a warm, sometimes hypnotic delivery that is sometimes pure solace and sometimes pure adrenaline. You should see her sometime.

Weds Mar 11 organist Gail Archer continues her sensational series Mendelssohn in the Romantic Century at 7:30 PM at Central Synagogue in midtown, free. If you saw her previous recital here in January, she’s doing a new one every time out, and the program has been as excellent as anticipated.  

Also Weds Mar 11 haunting, slowly undulating but playful  groove/trance/downtempo rockers El Jezel at Spikehill, 10 PM. 

Also Weds Mar 11, 11 PM at Ace of Clubs Elextra blend rock en Espanol and dub with a mix of samples and live guitars: it’s eerie and weird and pretty loud and works way better than you might think.  

3/12, 1 PM the NY Scandia Symphony at Trinity Church.

3/12 at the Bell House, 7:30 PM, classic soul music with the Sweet Divines/Eli Paperboy Reed & The True Loves, $12 gen adm.

3/12 Serena Jost at Barbes 8 PM.

3/12 at 8 PM at Merkin Concert Hall – New Sounds Live hosted by WNYC’s John Schaefer – Notes On The War: The Piano Protests -ontinues the tradition of presenting music that reflects contemporary political realities. Pianist Sarah Cahill has commissioned a group of today’s leading composers to write a collection of pieces reacting to the war in Iraq. These composers, including Frederic Rzewski, Terry Riley, Meredith Monk, Yoko Ono, Pauline Oliveros, Peter Garland, Phil Kline, Jerome Kitzke and Kyle Gann, have responded with a group of short, pungent piano works that form a vivid response to the ongoing Iraqi crisis.

3/12/09 the Throwing Muses at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, time TBA, adv tix $20 at the Mercury, no idea if it’s Kristin and Tanya or one or the other or both…

3/12 Chris Erikson & the Wayward Puritans at Lakeside 10 PM

3/13 the cd release show for Balthrop Alabama’s two new eps at the 92YTribeca, time TBA 

3/13/09 Kings County Queens followed by the Reid Paley Trio downstairs at the National Underground, 9 PM.

3/13 Beluga at Vanishing Point, time TBA.

3/13 the excellent reggae/rock/ska band 3 Legged Fox at Arlene’s, 11 PM.

3/13 jazz guitarist Chris Jentsch leads a big band feat. trumpeter Mike Kaupa playing compositions from Jentsch’s utterly uncategorizable, symphonically adventurous new cd the Cycles Suite at Tea Lounge, 10ish.  

3/14, 7 PM at le Poisson Rouge Joe Hurley’s 10th Anniversary Celebration of the All-Star Irish Rock Revue, $20 adv tix at the box ofc., usually a good cast of characters (in both senses of the word), watch this space for details.

3/14 The New Familiars play their wild, improvisational, acoustic blend of grasscore and delta blues at Public Assembly, 9ish. Warning: this is “best moustache/beard night” so there may be a lumberjack-bearded trendoid contingent in the house drinking on their parents’ credit cards.  

3/14 Greek party hellraisers Magges at Mehanata, 10 PM

3/14 absolutely kick-ass, uncommonly smart, rocking female-fronted country band Any Day Parade play the cd release show for their new one (that we just reviewed, ha) at Spikehill, 10 PM.

3/15 mischievously virtuosic klezmer group Isle of Klezbos plays a brunch show at City Winery, 11AM – 2PM, two sets, $10, kids under 13 free! Brunch menu (no minimum order) with the usual stuff (wonder if they have wine for any of us hungover types)

3/15 7:30 PM in his Merkin Concert Hall debut, $15, a benefit for the America-Israel Cultural Foundation with Eliran Avni, piano playing Avner Dorman: Sonata No. 3, “Dance Suite”; For Jenny (World Premiere); Alexander Scriabin: Three Mazurkas from Op. 3; Béla Bartók: Sonata for Solo Piano; Igor Stravinsky: Three Movements from “Petrouchka”

3/15 Public Enemy at BB King’s, 8 PM adv tix $25

3/16, 7 PM at Barbes, 7 PM the Bob Jones/John Sholle Duo – Jones was Andy Statman’s guitarist in his legendary klezmer quartet and currently plays with Boo Reiners in the Plunk Brothers and with the Danny Kalb Trio; guitarist/luthier Shollewas a member of the David Grisman Quintet and has also released two solo albums on Rounder. Followed by the always excellent Chicha Libre at about a quarter to ten.

3/17 and 24 Robbie Fulks acoustic/Slavic Soul Party at Barbes 7 PM 

3/17 Pierce Turner at Joe’s Pub $23

3/17 Black 47 at BB King’s, 7 PM $25 adv tix

3/19 a killer brass band night with the innovative, hip-hop-inspired, incredibly tunefully jazzy Hypnotic Brass Ensemble and then Harlem’s own McCullough Sons of Thunder at Aaron Davis Hall, Convent Ave/135th St., east side of the street, free, max 2 tix per person, rsvp to 212-281-9240 X 19 or X20, you must pick up your tix by 6:30 PM with ID that night in order to guarantee entry, all ages.

3/19 Matt Munisteri at Barbes 10 PM

3/20-21 Romashka at Hungarian House and then at Mehanata, showtimes TBA

3/20 Kill Henry Sugar at Barbes 10 PM.

3/20 the New Collisions at Public Assembly.

3/21 at ABC No Rio 3 (three) PM Simon & The Bar Sinisters, Roots Rock Rebel, Masonry (Instrumental Metal/Punk) and Futurex (punk)

3/21 8 PM at Barbes: Jim Campilongo’s Superfine Band  – Campilongo and Jon Graboff in the same band, wow!!! followed by Nation Beat’s multistylistic rustic psychedelic danceable madness at 10.

3/21, 8 PM at Merkin Concert Hall: Duo-logues: the Bugallo-Williams Piano Duo,  Helena Bugallo and Amy Williams playing two classic works: Igor Stravinsky’s own four-hand arrangement of his orchestral masterpiece The Rite of Spring and Olivier Messiaen’s Visions de l’Amen, tix $25 and so worth it. 

3/21 Hazmat Modine/Chicha Libre at Shrine 9 PM.

3/24 at 2 (two) PM  at Merkin Concert Hall the Amstel Quartet, one of the world’s  most renowned sax quartets, specialists in an amazingly diverse repertoire of new music. They’re also at Barbes at 10 on 3/26 at 10, preceded by brilliant oud composer/player Mavrothi Kontanis and his band playing an equally diverse mix of alternately haunting and rousing Greek music, originals and classic obscurities.

Friday, March 27, 7:30 PM, free at the Third Street Music School Settlement Angela Pistilli, piano, Music by Ravel; Anna Maria Baeza, clarinet, Joachim Woitun, cello – Music by Brahms

3/27 the Bronx Horns at SOB’s 8 PM, Latin Jazz feat. members of the the Tito Puente Latin Jazz Ensemble/Orchestra and Mongo Santamaria Latin Jazz Ensemble.

3/27 Band of Outsiders – who were doing the Brian Jonestown Massacre drony post-Velvets thing 20 years before them – at Lakeside 11 PM

3/28 Gutbucket Orchestra feat. keyboardist/chanteuse Greta Gertler at Monkeytown 8 PM $20 standing room only

3/28 Gato Loco/las Rubias del Norte at Barbes 8 PM

3/28, 8 PM Cecil Taylor at Merkin Concert Hall, tix only $25 and going fast

3/28 Juan de Marcos and the Afro-Cuban Allstars at Town Hall, 8 PM, $35 adv tix available at the box office.

3/30 9 PM  Little Annie/Paul Walfisch at Santos Party House $8

4/2 8 PM Karla Bonoff at BB King’s adv tix $25

4/3 Our Vision at Ace of Clubs, 10 PM. Artsy, anthemic two-guitar janglerock band with lots of vocal harmonies and some great tunes. At the top of their game they sound a lot like legendary Australian art-rockers the Church

4/6 Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks (not all orig. members) at BB King’s 8 PM gen adm $25

4/8 Steve Nieve at City Winery 9 PM bar seating $30 (forget anything else)

4/9 Joe Pug at BB King’s opening for the Flatlanders.

4/13-14 Neko Case at the Nokia Theatre adv tix $30.

4/18/09 latin jazz guitarist (and Red Sox nemesis) Bernie Williams’ cd release show at the Nokia Theatre, adv tix $24.50 very highly recommended at the box office, this will sell out very fast

4/22 Edison Woods/Little Annie Joe’s Pub 8:30 PM

Also 5/21 (moved from 2/5) Sister Anne (solidly good, funny garage band with two bass players!), the Blackhearts (ostensibly minus Joan J.) and legendary Dead Boys guitarist Cheetah Chrome at Europa, 8ish, $12

 

 

 

 

 

January 31, 2009 Posted by | Live Events, Music, music, concert, New York City, NYC Live Music Calendar | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

How the Other Half Lives, Pt. 5

[Editor’s note – this is an occasional feature, a sounding of sorts, a test to see how polluted the waters are, to suss out what’s popular and see how many bad bands there are by comparison to the good ones we feature here. Last time we did this we surveyed the entire month of June at Bowery Ballroom. This time around we went through the whole month of December at a popular LES venue. Batting average-wise, the club only scored 18 good acts out of the 92 they booked for the month which translates to a sub-Mendoza line performance…but eighteen good shows in thirty days? That’s more than one every other day, even better when you consider that the whole Xmas week is a wash. Good work, Arlene Grocery. The individual acts are listed on our NYC live music calendar. For anyone interested in seeing the whole list of who’s playing there this month, notes are below – I didn’t edit them because I think they’re way funnier just the way they were when I got the email…]

Arlenes’ December calendar:

NATE VAILL acoustic band from ohio – no website

QUINN MARSTON AND THE SEDUCTION KIT pop – they have a residency is it a guy or girl, hard to tell REALLY AWFUL ,

BELLEVUE’S FINEST electronic disco – they complain about trendoids but that’s what they are

RACHEL ZAM not her real name – Snorah Jones wannabe – not bad but not great either

JUANO LIPPI BAND generic folkie wimp

Last Charge of the Light Horse – tuneless pretentious Replacements wannabes

VOX POP horrid corporate crap

AFICIONADO 10-pc Kansas wannabes from upstate – they have a song called Deaf Ears which is obviously autobiographical

NICK TATE – British folkie – good chops, awful songs

SPUTEN DUYVIL lame white funk/metal

THE NEVERBEENS – female-fronted band w/some potential – some country, jazzy pop

THE NEW COLLISIONS powerpop – add this to calendar, sounds like a good live band

12/4 YARN. FREE SHOW DOORS AT 8PM add this – they’re good

PHOEBE HENRY corporate lite fm pop. she doesn’t like cats, what a bitch

GIA MARX corporate lite fm pop dunno if she likes cats or not but she still sucks

12/5 9 PM IMPOSTOR SYNDROME female-fronted riff-rock with some potential, some bite, a little PJ Harvey but less raw, their record label is called Spinach Pie Records 🙂

V try finding this on myspace – there’s a Philly grunge/pop band called V who really suck…

I LOVE MONSTERS trendoid band fronted by a Celine Dion wannabe

BANANAMANANIMAL tuneless mathrock meets tuneless white funk

THE ELECTRIC MOJO MACHINE they have a jazz drummer but no website

12/6 7 PM KIRA SKOV – add her to calendar what a trip – voted best female vocalist in Denmark sounds like the Shocking Blue – big bluesy voice, excellent garage/psych band

12/6 8 PM NEW MADRID altcountry from oklahoma – add them

THE PUBLIC SECRET mopey downtempo stuff from Germany

STILL DIVISION – Pearl Jam wannabes – can’t believe anybody thinks crap like this could ever be popular again

THE FRESHMEN hip-hop from Florida? “R&B” from Milwaukee – can’t find them – stupid band name anyway

CHERRY S/T – campy computerized disco

HIGH TOLERANCE 80s hair metal from Long Island – figures

SUGAR MAMA from Boston – guitarist has serious Hendrix fixation. they like ska, lots of good things going on now if they could only find a singer

BB GUN trendoids from Brooklyn messing badly with cliched Black Oak Arkansas redneck rock – is this the band you saw outside McCarren Pool on Make Music NY day?

VILLACOMA ponderous, boring Death Cab wannabes – they rehearse at Ultrasound which is expensive, right?

A ROOSTER FOR THE MASSES really annoying, strident Gang of Four-ish white funk – bands like this make me want to vote Republican

DAY OF FIRE – awful corporate metal band from Nashville

12/9, 8 PM ALEC BERLIN pro musician – seems like a nice guy, stuff is derivative (Beatles, Radiohead, Elliott Smith), not bad – let’s list him http://www.myspace.com/ALECBERLIN

12/9, 9 PM KRIS KELLY – lots of strings on his myspace songs – very Radiohead – not bad – list him too ok?

JIMMY REEVES Texas bluesman like Jimmie Vaughan – good stuff – http://www.myspace.com/jimmyleereeves woops thats Jimmy Lee Reeves – this Jimmy Reeves is a saccharine James Blunt wannabe – barf

12/9, 11 PM SETTLY – Marcellus Hall’s bassist – good player, kinda funny – add him too – can’t believe it, 3 more or less good bands on a Fri night here

Billy Walton Band fonkeh fonkeh wotbos

Austin Stitch – looks like club got the band name wrong – nothing online except a knitting group in texas

BRANDON CLARK corporate grunge prettyboy from Atlanta

KELLY WATERS no relation to Muddy – corporate “R&B” ho from the UK who does a song called Up Inside Me

MISS VINTAGE – Coldplay wannabes from Philly

12/14 10 PM AMERICAN AQUARIUM from Raleigh – good band – like the Bottle Rockets – add them. Also at Hank’s 12/15 9:30ish http://www.myspace.com/AMERICANAQUARIUM

12/16 7 PM LANA MIR – funny she does a song called I Wanna Be Adored but sounds nothing like Randi Russo – Ukrainian expat – not bad – bossa nova pop = add her http://www.myspace.com/LANAMIR

12/16 8 PM HOLDING BACK ENTIRELY can’t figure out whether they’re retro 80s, 90s or what – some potential , some decent tunes – give them a chance http://www.myspace.com/HOLDINGBACKENTIRELY

BROOKVILLE wimpy downtempo/triphop

12/16 10 PM THE GREY RACE 90s Brit style pop band – good songs! add them http://www.myspace.com/thegreyraceband

LUCKY GHOST a more camp Decembrists – some potential but they need a singer

Northern Public – death metal from Michigan

the Philtons – myspace isn’t working – but they have good top friends (Your New Best Friend, Satanicide)

Water for Ivan – acoustic guitar/cello, nice sonics but a work in progress

Measure – keys/vox – triphop/downtempo – kinda pretty, dreamy – add them http://www.myspace.com/measuremusic

the Standard Model middle period REM wannabes, not a good era to imitate

the Red Directors club prob got bandname wrong, nothing online

RADIO DRAMA loud fast pop from Long Island w/Radio Disney vox

AGENTS OF KARMA funky stoner metal

MERCURY MORNING corporate band from NJ – Interpol/u2 infls

12/13 9M THE AYE AYES barband rock/pop w/funny lyrics give em a chance http://www.myspace.com/THEAYEAYES

CARLON goofy stoner stuff – they have a residency in Jan?!?

LEFT ME BASHFUL acoustic wuss

WINDSOR PARK WALKERS big 90s Spiritualized sound – not bad nothing special either

MOSHIACH OI – Orthodox Jewish hardcore – one of their songs is called I Wanna Learn Torah, no joke

12/18 7 PM SIX CHASING SEVEN funk/reggae from Lynchburg VA w/horn section – good stuff! http://www.myspace.com/sixchasingseven

THE TELEPHONES “blues/metal duo” – myspace not working

STOLEY PT corporate emo

12/18 10 PM THE VOXYS lo fi Dublin garage riff rock – not bad, could be good live http://www.myspace.com/THEVOXYS

ACEY SLADE campy disco metal

iris PILL they play various awful corporate styles

Jared Campbell wretched corporate lite FM singer-songwriter

Justin Trawick fonkeh fonkeh wotbo from the VA suburbs

Derek James fonkeh fonkeh wotbo who admits to being ” a finalist in the Williamsburg Singer/Songwriter Competition,” woohoo!

IPPAZZI Dave Matthews wannabes – better than but not by much

13TH FLOOR obviously not Roky Erickson fans – metal – good for a laugh

SANITARIUS thrash metal

BROTHERS MOVING Danish acoustic Americana band – not awful, nothing special

THE GAIT LINE WORKERS club got the name wrong

12/21 9 PM SPECIAL PATROL GROUP not the cover band from the UK – their Pretty Vacant is pretty good http://www.myspace.com/patrolspecialgroup

this is a NYC band, 90s style powerpop, guy/girl vox, lyrically driven, intriguing but let the girl sing, keep the guy away from the mic http://www.myspace.com/gravityinreverse

VICTORY BY REVENGE fallout boy wannabes from Maryland – godawful

PATRICK PORTER dorky folkie who usually plays the Sidewalk

NICK KRATZ electric blues – exc. chops, good solos but material’s not that strong -he’d be a great lead guitarist in somebody else’s band

RISE PHOENIX RISE Good Charlotte wannabes from PA

RADIO FIX from Connecticut – lame tuneless boring indie stuff

SLEEP WELL somewhat frantic Death Cab wannabes

FIRST IN SPACE poppy Youngstown OH jangle band – they can write a decent tune but the vox are lame

THE WIND-UP wimpy Brooklyn indie pop

WINDSOR CIRCLE myspace not working but they like Weezer which basically means they suck

4NORMANDY corporate garbage from Jersey

HIGHWAY GIMps pretty good garage band

TOM HOOD AND THE TRAILMEN – country rock from Long Island – older band – cdbaby page not working

12/28 8 EMMA TRINGALI AND THE WALK INS – singer/songwriter – distinctive voice, decent tunes, not a wimp – like Linda Draper w/o the Ph. D., http://www.myspace.com/emmatringali

9 LULLA – not the really good bossa nova chanteuse from Italy http://www.myspace.com/lullilu but a really good pianist/chanteuse singing Japanese classical ballads http://www.myspace.com/lullatunes

ANIMAL BONES awful Fallout Boy wannabes with girl singer – how come I’ve never heard of any of the bands they like, oh yeah that’s because they SUCK

JAY WILEY BAND Ryan Adams wannabe

ANGRY DRAGON death metal

MORGAN AVENUE – female fronted loud poppy band not awful – only one of their myspace tracks is working

SCARLET FADE the Xian Partridge Family – no joke – they must have a stage mom & a megachurch where they can play – why here? – or did they rent out the club?

Hyacinth House – love that band name – good acoustic Swedish Americana goth band http://www.myspace.com/wwwhyacinthhousese

December 1, 2008 Posted by | Live Events, Music, New York City, snark | , , , , | 15 Comments

New York City Live Music Calendar December-January 2008/2009 Plus Other Events

Hey – we have a new calendar for January and February and it’s here: if you have dial-up please wait about 25 seconds for the page to load. Because we sometimes get this info weeks in advance, it’s always worth checking with the club (see our venues section) to make sure the event you’re interested in seeing is still happening.

 

As usual, weekly events first, followed by the daily calendar:

 

This December the Stone has been booked by Jennifer Charles, the excellent frontwoman of artsy noir rockers Elysian Fields. As a result it’s an especially good month there. Highlights below in the daily calendar.

 

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).

 

Every Sunday, Michael Arenella & the Dreamland Dance Band play sly yet boisterous oldtimey hot jazz during a brunch set at Bar Tabac on Smith St. in Brooklyn Heights from about half past noon to 4 PM.

 

Sundays Sean Kershaw & the Terrible Two (that’s the New Jack Ramblers minus a couple fingers & toes) play the upstairs roof deck at Rocky Sullivan’s, 34 Van Dyke St at Dwight St in Red Hook, 1-4 PM. Free ferry from Manhattan (pier 11,Wall St.) and free shuttle buses from the F&G trains at Smith-9th St, the F,M,R at 4th Ave, and the 2,3,4,5,M,N,R at Borough Hall. Kershaw also does a happy hour set from 5 to 7 at Hill Country on Fridays.

 

The 2008-09 series of organ concerts at St. Thomas Church continues most every Sunday (holidays excepted) at 5:15 sharp, featuring a whole slew of world-renowned performers. Concerts continue through May 17 of next year.

 

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

 

Sundays at 8:30 PM Sasha Dobson plays Pete’s Candy Store. Jazz chanteuse on the serious Brazilian tip: musically, she’s where Snorah Jones should hope to be in five years.

 

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.

 

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 whaat 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 12/1, 12/8 and 12/22 the Mingus Big Band at the Jazz Standard. A repertory unit, topnotch players who know the legend’s stuff inside out and really get it. Note that tix are “$25 plus tax.”

 

Also Mondays the Barbes house band, Chicha Libre plays there starting around 9:45. Chicha Libre are the sole American practitioners of chicha, a style popular in the Peruvian Amazon ghettos in the late 60s and early 70s. With electric accordion, cuatro, surf guitar and a boisterous rhythm section, their hypnotic, reverb-drenched mix of obscure psychedelic surf/cumbia/rock classics and originals is one of the funnest, most danceable things you’ll witness this year. Lately they’ve been expanding their repertoire to include not only their often hilarious, hypnotic originals but also covers of period pieces as well as chichafied rock songs. If you get lucky they’ll play their amped-up version of the Clash classic Guns of Brixton.

 

Mondays in December (and pretty much every month, when he’s not on tour), Rev. Vince Anderson and his band play Black Betty in Williamsburg, two sets starting around 10:30 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 great live performers of our time. Moist Paula from Moisturizer is the lead soloist on baritone sax.

 

Tuesdays Dec 2, 9 and 16 violinist/singer Christina Courtin at Pete’s, 9 PM. A lot like Jenny Scheinman in her quieter moments: classical chops, beautifully thoughtful melody and an outside-the-box approach.

 

Also every Tues in Dec., 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.  

 

Also Tuesdays, El Ritmo Southside plays Rose Bar in Williamsburg, 11 PM. Instrumental covers of classic, Fania-era salsa, mambo, cha-cha, rhumba etc.: Palmieri, Puente, Barretto, et al. featuring superb vibraphonist Tommy Mattioli and a rotating rhythm section.

 

 

Every Wednesday, Will Scott and drummer Wylie Wirth play mesmerizing, hypnotic, completely authentic Mississippi hill country blues along with Scott’s own melodic, tuneful blues originals at 68 Jay St. Bar in Dumbo, starting around 8:30 PM. Junior Kimbrough, R.L. Burnside and Asie Payton are sadly gone but Scott continues their tradition of music that is as danceable as it is trance-inducing, and does his influences justice.

 

Also every Wednesday, the Nat Lucas Organ Trio plays jazz at Lenox Lounge uptown, sets from 8 PM to midnight.

 

Sun Nov 30 Kilifax at Otto’s, 6:45 PM. Punk vets who’ve never lost touch with what punk is all about. Smartly aware, loud, tuneful and often funny as hell. This is the group responsible for the classic song Bush Is an Asshole.

 

Sun Nov 30, a rare, excellent triple bill at the Mercury beginning at 7 PM fiery, brilliantly improvisational powerpop trio Devi – whose new cd, recently reviewed here, is killer – followed by long-running, absolutely hypnotic, bass-driven reggae/groove-rockers Faith at 8, and eventually at 10 Lakeside Lounge Saturday night regulars Spanking Charlene, who sound a lot like vintage X and have a ferociously good singer in Charlene McPherson.

 

Also Sun Nov 30 Stephane Wrembel at Barbes, 9 PM. The Django disciple is pushing the outermost limits of where Balkan/Middle Eastern-inflected guitar jazz has ever gone.

 

Mon Dec 1 the Ukuladies play Rodeo Bar, 10 PM. Theatrical, funny, oldtimey female-fronted Canadian ukelele act who bring food and lottery tix to shows: definitely a good time.

 

Tues Dec 2 Jenny Scheinman at Barbes, 7 PM followed by Slavic Soul Party. The opener you probably know: A-list jazz composer, killer violinist, fluent in pretty much any genre she feels like writing in. The headliners are a wild Balkan brass band who play here every Tuesday and are very popular. Scheinman is also at Banjo Jim’s on 12/10 at 9, most likely doing her country stuff.

 

Also Tues Dec 2 the Small Rain at Lit, 8:30 PM. Guitar duo – instrumentals. Tropicalia, jazz, minimalist, lo fi downtempo stuff, thoughtful and worth checking out.

Also Tues Dec 2 the New Collisions at Don Pedro’s, 9 PM. Female-fronted powerpop band from Boston with a dirty, noisy guitar edge and chirpy, cheeky  vox. They’re also at Arlene’s on 12/3 at 10 and at the Mercury on 12/16 at 7

 

Also Tues Dec 2, 9:30 PM at Banjo Jim’s, self-described “big city hick” and Minnie Pearl soundalike Lindy Loo’s Country Cuzins with many special guests.

 

Weds Dec 3, 7 PM, Elaine Romanelli at Suite Bar Lounge, 992 Amsterdam Av at 109th St Subway: 1 or B/C to 110th St, free, shot specials at the bar. Spectacularly soaring voice (classical training, Broadway experience), like a turbocharged Bliss Blood; tastefully retro bluesy songwriting. She’s also here at 7 on 12/17.

 

Also Weds Dec 3 Anoche plays intriguing downtempo chanteuse stuff at Caffe Vivaldi, 8 PM

 

Also Weds Dec 3 pianist Sylvie Courvoisier solo followed by the awesome Brahim Frigbane playing solo oud at the Stone, 8 PM

 

Also Weds Dec 3 fiery Cajun/Texas honkytonk band the Doc Marshalls at Hill Country, 9 PM

Also Weds Dec 3, 9 PM at the Mercury, Twin Tigers play loud, lush MBV style dreampop which could well sound really good live even though vox/lyrics are pretty pointless  

 

Also Weds Dec 3 and Thurs Dec 4 Bill Kirchen at Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM. Country guitar legend who basically invented alt-country back in the 70s with Commander Cody. And equally good at any other guitar style he wants to tackle. Something of a legend, very funny and wow, watch those fingers fly.

Also Thurs Dec 4 Yarn plays a free show at Arlene’s, 8 PM. Big sprawling acoustic country band, O’Death minus the goth affectations and carrying a thermos of coffee spiked with Jack Daniels  

 

Thurs Dec 4 the Quavers at Barbes at 8 followed by Rachelle Garniez at 10. The openers write lush, ornate art-rock, have a shipwreck fascination and create songs live by laying down layers and layers of loops. It’s fascinating to watch. The headliner wrote Lucid Culture’s pick for best cd of 2007 (Melusine Years), plays keys (piano, accordion) and guitar, has a soaring voice and is unsurpassed at deadpan surrealist humor, one of the real great performers of our time.

 

Also Thurs Dec 4 Michael Arenella & the Dreamland Orchestra at Galapagos, 8 PM, $12. The horn player/crooner’s claim to fame is rediscovering brilliant early swing jazz obscurities from the 20s, and the band play it with the wild abandon they should.

 

Also Thurs Dec 4 Carol Lipnik at the Zipper Theatre, 9 PM, $15. She gets props for her astounding, unearthly four-octave voice, but it’s her songwriting  – she’s equally good at macabre noir cabaret, carnivalesque Tom Waits-ish blues, classic-style soul and eerie Balkan ballads – that really sets her apart from everybody else. A quintessentially New York performer.

 

Also Thurs Dec 4 the Howlin Thurstons at Lakeside, 10 PM. If you wish Link Wray was still alive, this pounding all-instrumental quartet do their main influence justice.

 

Fri Dec 5 Katie Elevitch at Banjo Jim’s, 9 PM. “Slaves stillborn gather round the hearse… kindling for the fire!” she wails on the title track to her sensational new cd. Live, her band takes her noir soul/rock songs, stretches them out, thrashes them and takes them to new places while Elevitch shows off the primeval power of that intense voice.

 

Also Fri Dec 5 the Squirrel Nut Zippers at Southpaw, 10 PM, $25. The most popular of the first wave of oldtimey revival bands are back together and reputedly as fun and boisterous as ever.

 

Also Fri Dec 5 Demolition String Band play Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM. Edgy female-fronted electrified bluegrass band who sound kind of like X doing their country thing; great new cd out too

 

Also Fri Dec 5, 11 PM it’s metal night at Trash Bar. Both of the bands know that 95% of metal is humor, they get the joke, run with it and are actually really damn good. After about 20 PBRs you will be staggering toward the stage with your forefinger and pinky raised. Wizardry, the opener sound almost exactly like early Sabbath and have a song called Death Rides on Tuesday. Growler, the headliners are even funnier, a little faster and have a song called Fucking the Skull of Jimmy Page.   

 

Sat Dec 6, 1 PM Don Conreaux, international gong master, and the hypnotic, sometimes psychedelic all-acoustic, all-improv community group Open Music Ensemble will present “Have you Caught the Smile?” at the Festival of Fun and Merriment at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, 112th Street and Amsterdam Avenue. Later they do another improv at the New York Insight Meditation Center, 28 West 27th Street, 10th Floor (buzzer 27) at 4PM. Admission free for both events.

 

Also Sat Dec 6 punk/hardcore rockers the Blackout Shoppers plus others at Passout Records, 131 Grand St. (near Berry) 4 PM, free. Anybody remember Drunk Punks of Brooklyn from back in the day when Sweetwater’s was a punk bar? Maybe stir up some memories and discover some great new tunes.

Also Sat Dec 6 Kira Skov plays Arlene’s, 7 PM. What a trip – good stuff – voted best female vocalist in Denmark, she mixes Shocking Blue-style retro garage with moody post-Cure rock and actually sings very well, with a big wounded, sometimes bluesy wail. Followed at 8 by Oklahoma alt-country types New Madrid who aren’t bad either 

 

Also Sat Dec 6 Matt Kanelos at the Rockwood, 7 PM. Sideman to the stars, Kanelos is a smart, terse pianist, also plays guitar and writes hypnotic Americana-inflected rock comparable to Matt Keating or Tandy in their quieter moments, which sounds great with the acoustics in this room.

 

Also Sat Dec 6 Caithlin de Marrais at the Mercury, 7:30 PM. What this woman was doing in Rainer Maria, we have no idea. Playing her own stuff, she excels at dark, quietly captivating songs with a dreampop edge. Followed at 8:30 by El May – a good multi-instrumentalist chanteuse playing hushed artsy lush art-rock, a little like Mascott. And then at 11 PM Shelley Nicole’s Blakbushe, a good, smart funk/soul band – their frontwoman is good bassist too .  

 

Also Sat Dec 6, 8 PM at Alwan for the Arts the music of great classical composers Halim El-Dabh and Mohammed Fairouz performed by the Mimesis Ensemble with special guests Kinan Azmeh, composer and clarinetist and Christine Moore, soprano.

Also Sat Dec 6, 8 PM Shrine acoustic (soaring Balkan-inflected frontwoman Barbara Morillo on vocals backed by sensational violinist/singer Karen Lee Larson) at Gizzi’s Coffee, 16 W 8th Street off 5th Ave. 

 

Also Sat Dec 6 Gato Loco at Barbes 8 PM followed at 10 by the Brazilian Acoustic Ensemble. The former are sort of akin to a male Moisturizer playing fascinatingly fun versions of classic Cuban songs from the 20s, low tonalities booming from the baritone sax, baritone guitar, tuba and bass. The headliners are an A-list conglomeration and specialize in brilliant obscurities.

 

Also Sat Dec 6 the Mess Around at Rock Star Bar, 9 PM, free. If you consider yourself a drinker, you will love this band. At the top of their game they have the same exhilarating, furious guitar intensity of garage/punk legends Radio Birdman, and they’re funny too. Although if they start drinking too early, it could be a trainwreck. Take your chances because they’re a lot of fun and the bar is one of the last vestiges of oldschool Williamsburg cool.

 

Also Sat Dec 6 a killer blues doublebill at Terra Blues with Bobby Radcliff at 8 followed by Johnny Allen at 10. Both are sensational guitarists. The former is what Stevie Ray might have become had he lived: lots of notes, but they all count, and he can play funk and rock too. The headliner is one of the best singers in town, mines a more traditional Chicago style and when he hits his volume pedal to solo, watch out.

 

Also Sat Dec 6 at Bowery Poetry Club at 8, Lisa Burns followed by the Bedsit Poets at Bowery Poetry Club, 8 PM The opener specializes in awfully cool 60s soul-pop like Jackie DeShannon – you gotta hear her version of When You Walk in the Room. The headliners’ first cd was all lush, gorgeous retro Britfolk with harmonies; their new one covers pretty much every smart cosmopolitan European style from the 60s.

 

Also Sat Dec 6 Thy Burden at Europa, $5, 8 PM. Not since Brooklyn Browngrass broke up – or maybe since the Dixie Bee-Liners packed it in for the woods of Virginia – has there been a bluegrass band with such wild intensity here in town. You have to see these guys to believe them. Fast, furious, absolutely spectacular to watch and you can dance to it too.

Also Sat Dec 6 Powdered Monster play Alphabet Lounge, 9:15 PM. This LA band plays intriguing spacy dub/noiserock/downtempo instrumentals.

 

Also Sat Dec 6 Mighty High at Trash, 10 PM. Absolutely hilarious metal parody band. Their funniest song is a rap/metal spoof called T.S. Eliot. You will die laughing, especially if you know any of the source material.  

 

Also Sat Dec 6 BBQ Bob & the Spareribs at Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM. Put aside any suspicious you might harbor about white guys playing blues: this dark, rustic harp-driven unit can really play, and really write too.

 

Also Sat Dec 6 the Coffin Daggers at Otto’s, midnight. Still one of the half-dozen or so of the best live bands in NYC, these macabre surf rockers pour in an eerie layer of organ beneath Viktor Dominicus’ searing, ferocious guitar leads, and the rhythm section completely kicks ass too.

 

Also Sat Dec 6 the Budos Band at  BAM Café, 10 PM, free. You probably know them – they’re popular. Sort of like Tortoise on speed, hypnotically energetic groove instrumentals.

 

Also Sat Dec 6, 10:30ish Emily Hope Price, cellist from Pearl & the Beard at Lit. Her solo stuff is a lot like the band – lo fi cello/keys/gtr, harmonies, a sense of groove and soul vox.

 

Also Sat Dec 6 Hayes Carll plays two sets, 7:30 and 11ish at Union Hall, $12, adv tix recommended at the club box office. This is the guy responsible for She Left Me for Jesus. He may look like a trendoid but he writes first-class, often hilarious country songs with something of a 70s outlaw vibe.

 

Sun Dec 7, 4 PM a wonderful way to wind down the weekend, Eunice Poulos sings Piaf at Merkin Concert Hall, tix $27/$21 stud./srs.

Also Sun Dec 7, 7 PM the wild, exciting Gogol Bordello of Klezmer, Metropolitan Klezmer at Temple Sholom, 2075 East 68th Street, Mill Basin, Brooklyn, $20 includes reception beverages ($22 at the door), two sets with intermission. Reservations encouraged to 718-251-0370.

Also Sun Dec 7, 8 PM excellent African/US roots reggae revivalists Meta & the Cornerstones at Rose Bar

 

Also Sun Dec 7, 9 PM at Barbes Balkan jazz guitar innovator Stephane Wrembel presents The Django Experiment.

 

Mon Dec 8, lunchtime, 1 PM at St. Paul’s Chapel Alistair D. MacRae, cello, with Heather Conner, piano performing works by Bach, Prokofiev, and Tchaikovsky.

 

Also Mon Dec 8 Haale at Highline Ballroom, 8 PM, adv tix $15. One of the most riveting perfomers in town, she blends classical Persian melody into her scorching, hypnotic guitar rock, like Randi Russo or PJ Harvey at their darkest and most hypnotic. Having just survived a scary car crash, she should be at the absolute top of her formidable powers.

 

Also Mon Dec 8 a cool hip-hop doublebill at Santos Party House at 11ish. U-N-I open with an uncommonly smart mix of conscious and party rap followed by golden age legends EPMD – reputedly Erick Sermon and Parrish Smith still have it – $15 adv tix at the box ofc highly recommended.

 

Also Mon Dec 8 hypnotically grooving Latin/reggae band Urbansonora, with keys, guitars and horns at Pete’s, 10:30 PM.

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Tues Dec 9 wanna learn jazz improv from terrific sax player J.D. Allen and his trio (bassist Gregg August and drummer Rudy Royston)? You can, for free! They’re conducting a master class on “Jazz Improvisation” as part of the LIU-Brooklyn Campus Jazz Clinic and Concert Series. These clinics are FREE and open to the general public on various Tuesdays 4-6 PM, in room H-106 of the Humanities Building on Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus, as is this one

 

Also Tues Dec 9, 7 PM Sarah Mucho, sensational frontwoman of System Noise stars in her absolutely macabre yet often hilarious cabaret show Subterranean Circus at Don’t Tell Mama, 346 W 46th St., res. highly suggested to 212-757-0788 

Also Tues Dec 9, 8 PM at Trash: the Benjees. Lots of potential for these unpretentious New NY rockers in the same vein as the Brooklyn What, the Mess Around and Des Roar. Some good tunes, good ideas, sense of humor (they make fun of trendoids), kinda punky. Discover them now before they get really popular.

 

Also Tue-Sun, Dec 9-14 at Dizzy’s Club the George Coleman Organ Quintet w/ Peter Bernstein, Mike Ledonne, Joe Farnsworth & special guest Eric Alexander feat. George Coleman, tenor saxophone; Peter Bernstein, guitar; Mike Ledonne, Hammond B3 organ; Joe Farnsworth, drums; Eric Alexander, tenor saxophone, tix somewhere in the $20-35 range (site doesn’t say)

Also Tues Dec 9, 8 PM at Arlene’s: Alec Berlin, who mines a somewhat derivative but very tuneful Beatles/Radiohead/Elliott Smith vein, followed at 9 by Kris Kelly who sounds like recent Radiohead and likes to play with a string section. And followed eventually at 11 by Settly, Marcellus Hall’s basssist who sounds suspiciously like Railroad Jerk, right down to the good jokes

Also Tues Dec 9 at the Mercury, 10 PM:  Marissa Nadler. Lo-fi Nashville gothic, accent on the gothic. Distant icy echoes of Nina Nastasia

 

Also Tues Dec 9 excellent bluegrass fiddler Vincent Cross & Good Company at Hill Country, 10 PM

 

Wed Dec 10, 6 PM at Alwan for the Arts a Reading and Discussion: Accountability for Torture and Rendition with David Cole, Moderated by Issa Mikel, based on the new book Less Safe, Less Free: Why America Is Losing the War on Terror

 

Also Weds Dec 10, innovative string quartet Brooklyn Rider at Barbes, 7 PM. This group’s amazing new cd Silent City, a collaboration with noted Iranian composer Kayhan Kalhor is one of the year’s best. A real treat to hear this crew up close in the cozy confines here.

 

Also Weds Dec 10, 8 PM at the Stone Marcellus Hall and The Hostages. The popular illustrator/cartoonist is also a first-rate songwriter, with a frequently hilarious, wickedly deadpan lyrical style that dates to his days fronting indie legends Railroad Jerk back in the 90s, and after that White Hassle.

Also Weds Dec 10, 8:30ish at Public Assembly the kickoff of this month’s Sephardic music festival feat. Diwon w/terrific Middle Eastern/gypsy rocker Smadar Levi, Sephardic-tinged Middle Eastern dance-pop combo Electro Morocco plus Divahn frontwoman Galeet Dardashti’s “The Naming” feat. SYREN

 

Also Weds Dec 10 at Kenny’s Castaways, 9 PM, Whisperado who blend a classic Memphis sound with a caffeinated Dylanesque vibe, a little like early Dire Straits in places. Followed at 10 by boisterous oldtimey acoustic Americana group Compton Maddux & the Dirt Simple Band.

 

Also Weds Dec 10 Elisa Flynn at Sidewalk, 9 PM. The Bogs Visionary Orchestra keyboardist is also a first-rate indie rock songwriter, who reminds a bit of the moment when Sleater-Kinney suddenly learned how to play their guitars and got really good. Casually smart vocals and a sense of humor too.

Also Weds Dec 10 guitarist Debra from ferocious, psychedelic power trio Devi is at the Goldhawk playing 10 PM, doing a rare show on acoustic. Here’s your chance to see the roots of all those wild, intense solos, stripped down to just the basics.

Also Weds Dec 10 an extremely rare solo show by Vic Ruggiero at Black Betty, late, probably after 11. The Slackers’ excellent organist is also a killer bluesman. Here’s a chance to hear him strip those cool, smart songs down to just guitar and vox, and maybe air out a few oldies too. He’s also at Otto’s on the 11th at 10 and then at Freddy’s on the 13th at 10ish. 

Thurs Dec 11, 7:30 PM at the Mercury – Brendan O’Shea playing pensive, tuneful, unselfconscious acoustic rock – he has a great band (Julia Kent, Skip Ward, Bruce Martin), followed eventually at 9:30 PM by Irish janglerockers Stand who are actually not bad and do a funny deadpan cover of Under Pressure by Queen. 

 

Also Thurs Dec 11 at Rose Bar, 9 PM – Hammond organ groove unit Drive By Leslie with Adam Klipple, Keith Carlock, Steve Jenkins and great slide guitarist Marvin Sewell

Thurs Dec 11, 9:30 PM, free, at Symphony Space, Kristin Hoffmann plays her smartly innovative slightly goth-inflected keyboard-based noir cabaret songs.

 

 

Also Thurs Dec 11, midnightish, Golem at Union Pool. Wild, delirious, danceable Jewish party music with violin and horns: what Gogol Bordello are to the Ukraine, Golem are to the shtetls of the rest of the diaspora. Really fun stuff.

 

Fri Dec 12, 7:30 PM at Symphony Space a smart jazz pairing with two tuneful adventurers, Peter Apfelbaum and Steven Bernstein.

Also Fri Dec 12 the Chelsea Symphony plays Mozart, German Dances K605; Finck (frldgf), V2.405 – First Excerpt; Mendelssohn, Violin concerto in E minor; Dai, The Night Before Christmas. Miguel Campos Neto, Kyunghun Kim and Mark Seto, conductors; Michael Antonello, violin; David Hyde Pierce, narrator. At St.Paul’s Church, 315 W 22nd St., 8  PM $15 sugg. don.

Also Fri Dec 12, Spanking Charlene at Don Pedro’s, 8ish. Sort of NYC’s answer to X. Frontwoman Charlene McPherson has one of those voices you’ll never forget once you hear it – she can really wail.

 

Also Fri Dec 12 the Main Squeeze Orchestra at the Zipper Theatre, 8 PM, $15. This (potentially) 16-piece all-female accordion orchestra deliver playful, sometimes totally psychedelic versions of all kinds of stuff: tangos, schlocky pop songs and classics like Love Will Tear Us Apart. If you get really, really lucky they’ll do their version of Bohemian Rhapsody which is hysterical.

Also Fri Dec 12, 9 PM at Arlene’s: Measure – keys/vox duo, triphop/downtempo, chanteusy vocals – kinda pretty and ethereal.

 

Also Fri Dec 12 A-list songwriters Jan Bell and Steve Earle are joined by generic “R&B” type Stephanie McKay at the War Resisters League 43rd annual Peace Award and New Orleans Benefit at the Brooklyn Lyceum, at the Brooklyn Lyceum, 8 PM, low income tix $25 available.

Also Fri Dec 12, 10:30 PM-ish wild, original gospel/garage rockers the Lost Crusaders – who have a great new cd out – play the Ding Dong Lounge, 929 Columbus Ave. between 105th/106th. 

 

 

Also Fri Dec 12, 11 PM a marvelous bill at the new Galapagos with minimalist acoustic avant-garde tunesmiths Twi the Humble Feather, excellent classical/ambient group Redhooker and the similarly inclined, all-female Victrola Victrola. Not sure who’s playing when but they’re all good.

Sat Dec 13 ominous baritone crooner Mark Sinnis from Ninth House doing his acoustic Nashville gothic stuff at Spikehill, 7 PM

 

Also Sat Dec 13 bluegrass mandolin monster Andy Statman at 8 at Barbes followed by throwback country hellraiser Jack Grace at 10.

 

Sat Dec 13 at Issue Project Room, 8 PM intriguing singer/guzheng player Wu Fei followed by pianist Jenny Q Chai’s Lene Lovich-esque avant piano and vocals which “combine playing with singing and speaking techniques, and will feature the work of American and European composers such as Rzewski (the Kreutzer Sonata, one hopes), Cage, Lachenmann, Boucourechliev and Rakowski, as well as composers of the younger generation.”

 

Also Sat Dec 13 the NY Gypsy All-Stars followed by Husnu Senlendirici on the clarinet with the equally sensational Ismail Tuncbilek on the baglama (lute) at Drom, shows at 8 and 11:30 PM, adv tix $35 at the box ofc

 

Also Sat Dec 13 blues guitar monster Bobby Radcliff at Lucille’s 8 PM.

 

Also Sat Dec 13 in case you missed Gamelan Dharma Swara’s fall how (reviewed here earlier this month), Gamelan Kusuma Laras performs the hypnotic, frequently beautiful music and dance of Java at the Indonesian Consulate General, 5 East 68th Street, on December 13 at 8PM and December 14th at 3PM. Suggested donation $20/$10 stud/srs. 

Also Sat Dec 13 cool latin/reggae/jazz groove instrumentalists Urbansonora at 8 PM at laidback coffeeshop Waltz Astoria, 2314 Ditmars Blvd bt 23rd and 24th Sts., Astoria, Queens

 

Also Sat Dec 13, 9 PM, $10, excellent oldtimey barrelhouse blues band the 4th St Nite Owls at the Jalopy Café  followed by rambunctious Balkan brass band Veveritse sometime after 10.

 

Also Sat Dec 13, Ljova and the Kontraband at the Stone, 10 PM. Led by one of the most strikingly original composers on the planet, this amazing band blends traditional Russian melodies with jazz, classical, Balkan and film score sounds. Wild, intense musicianship and a totally combustible show. Great new cd out too.

Also Sat Dec 13, at Rose Bar, 10 PM ever-increasingly fiery janglerock en Espanol band Cordero  

Also Sat Dec 13, 9M at Arlene’s: the Aye Ayes doing barband rock/pop w/funny lyrics

 12/14, 2 PM Metropolitan Klezmer special stripped down quartet show at Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, 331 E 70th St between First & Second Aves, free.

Also Sat Dec 13 Slowest Runner at Pete’s, 11 PM. Original chamber music with piano, guitar, bass, strings, and quite good

Sun Dec 14  guitarist Jim Campilongo at 55 Bar, 6 PM. Revered by his peers, he’s equally good at western swing, surf and noir Big Lazy style soundtrack stuff.  

Also Sun Dec 14  bluegrass sensations (ranked #1 for 2008) the Dixie Bee-Liners play a coat drive benefit for NY Cares ($5 off admission with an old coat)at le Poisson Rouge, show starts at 7 with Minnie Pearl soundalike Lindy Loo followed by gorgeous-voiced Jen Larson from Straight Drive plus banjo superstar Terry McGill

Also Sun Dec 14 the Four Bags and Stephane Wrembel at Barbes, 7 PM. The former have beeen around forever and imaginatively jazz up every genre known to mankind. the headliner is one of the great guitarists of our time, a Djamgo Reinhardt enthusiast who’s taking Balkan jazz in new and exciting directions.

Also Sun Dec 14, 8 PM Soulcrate Music at the Mercury. Hip-hop from South Dakota – funny, cynical, sardonic, smartly lo-key. 

Mon Dec 15 and also on Mon Dec 29,  Mingus Dynasty at the Jazz Standard –  note that tix are “$25 + tax.”

Tues Dec 16, 7 PM at Arlene’s: Lana Mir. Funny that she does a song called I Wanna Be Adored though she sounds nothing like Randi Russo. She’s a Ukrainian expat doing a good job with bossa nova pop. Followed at 8 by Holding Back Entirely who can’t figure out whether they’re retro 80s, 90s or what, but they’re got potential and some decent tunes.The 10 PM act, the Grey Race, a 90s British style band with some really good songs is also worth seeing.

Also Tues Dec 16, 7:45 PM a cameo by the great noir rocker LJ Murphy as part of a big singer/songwriter extravaganza at Banjo Jim’s.

Also Tues Dec 16 (and also New Year’s Eve) veteran Irish-American rockers Black 47 play Connolly’s, 10 PM. Their latest cd Iraq is the high point of a long hellraising career, and their live show does justice to the material.

Also Tues Dec 16, 10ish at Rodeo Bar 80’s Go South/Van Hayride. Two twisted cover bands. According to Van Hayride’s Jack Grace: “Doublebill- this is either gonna really suck or be the best nite that has ever happened.” The openers play country versions of schlocky 80s hits: Tears for Fears, etc.; the headliners do the same thing with Van Halen.

Weds Dec 17, 7 PM, Elaine Romanelli at Suite Bar Lounge, 992 Amsterdam Av at 109th St Subway: 1 or B/C to 110th St, free, shot specials at the bar. Spectacularly soaring voice (classical training, Broadway experience), like a turbocharged Bliss Blood; tastefully retro bluesy songwriting

 

Also Weds Dec 17, 8 PM, $10 at Drom, Maria Cangiano plays the cd release show for her sultry, purist new one of Astor Piazzolla’s songs Ballads for My Life & Death: a Tribute to Piazzolla

 

Also Weds Dec 17, 10 PM, boisterously dark Japanese/balkan party band Kagero at Caffe Vivaldi.

Thurs Dec 18, 7 PM at Arlene’s: Six Chasing Seven, funk/reggae from Lynchburg VA w/horn section – good stuff! Followed eventually at 10 PM by Dublin band the Voxys, who do lo fi garage riff rock and sound like they could be a good, high-energy live band

Also Thurs Dec 18, 8:30 PM Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co. play Otto’s, two sets. One of the funniest and most original bands in town, period-perfect, 1953-style with their matching suits, oldtime stage patter, harmonies and often remarkably subtly amusing pre-rockabilly hillbilly songs.

Also Thurs Dec 18, the Five Points Band at Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM. Dark, funny, strangely very funny bluespunk band

Also Thurs Dec 18 the  Stagger Back Brass Band at Union Pool, 11ish. Monster accordionist Patrick Farrell’s wild horn band’s debut cd blends Balkan dances, reggae, jazz and pretty much everything but the kitchen sink; they sound like they’re a blast to hear live.

Also Thurs Dec 18 the annual Harrithon (George Harrison tribute) at Banjo Jim’s all night

Also Thurs Dec 18 Swoon at the Delancey, 8 PM. Melodic, sometimes darkly smoldering female-fronted guitar band, like a quieter Echobelly

Fri Dec 19  Cudzoo & the Fagettes, 8 PM at Hell Gate Social, 12-21 Astoria Blvd., Astoria. Really funny punked-out girl-group pop: this is the band responsible for Oops I Fucked Your Brother

Also Fri Dec 19 NYC’s queen of the blues Mamie Minch , her vintage resonator guitar and a whole bunch of very funny stories at Union Hall, 8 PM, $10

Also Fri Dec 19 another sensationally good oldtimey act, the reliably effervescent and wickedly smart Moonlighters at the 92Y in Tribeca, 200 Hudson below Canal, 9:30 PM. 

12/19 the Toneballs show at Freddy’s is sadly CANCELLED

Also Fri Dec 19 the Mess Around at Trash Bar, 10 PM. Hard to think of a better Friday night party band than these ferocious two-guitar rockers who in their most blazing moments evoke the greatness of legendary Aussie rockers Radio Birdman.

Also Fri Dec 19 the energetic hokum blues string band Second Fiddles at Banjo Jim’s, 10 PM

Also Fri Dec 19, Mr. Action & the Boss Guitars at Lakeside, 11 PM playing a tastefully twangy and imaginatively chosen mix of classic and obscure surf covers.

Also Fri Dec 19 Ninth House play the Delancey, 11 PM. With the addition of ex-Gotham 4 guitarist Keith Otten, this roaring Nashville gothic unit has  suddenly vaulted back into the ranks of the elite with a savagery and majesty equal to the brilliance they had at the early part of the decade.  

Also Fri Dec 19 Daptone superstars Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens (you have to hear them to believe them – they are amazing) and the reliably groovalicious Shaolin instrumentalists the Budos Band at the Mercury, 11:30 PM, adv tix $12

Sat Dec 20, 7 PM it’s bluegrass & country night at Banjo Jim’s

Also Sat Dec 20, 8 PM at the Mercury – Charles Atlas doing pretty, ambient, atmospheric instrumental soundscapes.

Also Sat Dec 20 Sounds of Taraab play at 8 PM at Bush Baby, 1197 Fulton St. at Bedford Ave, Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. They’ve singlehandedly revived the haunting, slinky music of Zanzibar from about 80 years ago and even earlier: Middle Eastern melodies, African beats and sensational playing all around.

Also Sat Dec 20 the Menahan St. Band (which is basically the Daptone house band plus some ringers) at Southpaw, 9 PM, $14

Also Sat Dec 20 the casually brilliant, very funny, totally unpretentious punk rockers the Brooklyn What (the guys responsible for I Don’t Wanna Go to Williamsburg) at Don Pedros probably around 9:30ish

Also Sat Dec 20 singer/keyboardist Kristin Hoffmann, who puts her own original and tuneful spin on 80s goth/noir rock at Caffe Vivaldi, 10 PM

Also Sat Dec 20 the always excellent ska band the Slackers – whose new cover cd is just as funny as it is counterintuitive – at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, 9 PM, adv tix $15 at the Mercury

Also Sat Dec 20 singer/bellydancer Tamar Riqs featuring guest dancers Oya and Ranya Renee, plus special guest Rachid Halihal on oud, at BAM Café, 10 PM  

Also Sat Dec 20 ex-Modern Clix founder Fran Powers’ amusing acoustic punk band Box of Crayons and then Baby Daddy with their equally amusing, bluesy sound at Crown Heights coffeeshop Vox Pop, 10 PM

Also Sat Dec 20  Jack Grace and his killer country band at Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM. Oldschool 50s/60s style stuff, very funny. “Like that Cash boy, but good.” – Jerry Lee Lewis

Also Sat Dec 20 superb jangle/Americana guitarist Chris Erikson (who’s worked with everybody from Matt Keating to Florence Dore) and his band the Wayward Puritans at Lakeside, 11 PM.

Sun Dec 21,  4-7 PM the Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn Holiday Party at Freddy’s with Brooklyn’s own man in black, John Pinamonti, Rebelmart, Manson Family Picnic and special guests.It may be a little premature to celebrate the demise of Bruce “Ratso” Ratner’s megalomaniac Atlantic Yards luxury housing/arena scheme, but it’s pretty much dead in the water. Yay, no limos from Jersey backed up for miles along Atlantic Ave.! No more nannies pushing monster strollers than the neighborhood already has! And Freddy’s gets to stay!

Also Sun Dec 21 haunting, female-fronted Middle Eastern groove rockers Pharaoh’s Daughter along with Diwon and the equally haunting medieval Ladino song revivalists Sarah Aroeste Band at Le Poisson Rouge, 7 PM, $15 adv tix recommended.

Sun Dec 21 fiery, brilliantly improvisational powerpop trio Devi – whose new cd, recently reviewed here, is killer – play the Knit, 9 PM $8 all ages

 

Also Sun Dec 21, 9 PM at Arlene’s: Special Patrol Group. Not the UK cover band (whose Pretty Vacant is pretty damn good). This is a NYC band, 90s style powerpop, guy/girl vox, lyrically driven, intriguing but let the girl sing, keep the guy away from the mic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mon Dec 22, 7 PM pianist Gloria Cheng plays music by Salonen, Stucky & Lutoslawski at le Poisson Rouge 

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Also Mon Dec 22 Layali el Andalus play haunting, rousing, gorgeous Middle Eastern classics from all over the map at 9 PM at Zebulon

Also Mon Dec 22 Daria Grace & the Prewar Ponies at Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM. Grace was once in the Moonlighters; this is her gig where she gets to pick up her baritone ukelele and go front and center with that beautiful voice and all those catchy, winsome oldtimey songs, with a stellar cast behind her.

Tues Dec 23, 7 PM flamenco guitarist Dan Nadel and Ladino Singer Aviva plus wild Balkan party band Romashka along with the even wilder, horn-and-guitar-driven Balkan instrumental band Ansambl Mastika at the Spanish Portuguese Synagague, 3 West 70th St. at Central Park West, $15 adv  

Also Tues Dec 23 the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble at the Jazz Standard, note that tix are $25 + tax according to the club’s site. This band (composed mostly of siblings from Chicago) absolutely slayed at their show at South St. Seaport this past summer, mixing some searing charts over a live hip-hop beat.

Also Tues Dec 23, 7:30 PM at Drom: ANISTAR –  a Middle-Eastern, Balkan Jazz Orchestra along with East of the River, the new collaboration between Nina Stern and Daphna Mor

Also Tues Dec 23 killer Greek traditional party band Magges at Otto’s, 8 PM. Note that they typically have a bellydancer and bring ouzo to their gigs; everyone is invited to join in the drinking and carousing. One of the absolutely most fun bands in town.  

Also Tues Dec 23 Carolyn Sill & the Poor Man’s Roses play strikingly authentic Patsy Cline covers at Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM

Fri Dec 26 Moonlighters frontwoman Bliss Blood’s sensationally good barrelhouse blues band Delta Dreambox at Barbes, 8 PM

Also Fri Dec 26 the Fab Faux – who look absolutely nothing like the Beatles but do a spot-on musical evocation – play Abbey Road/Let It Be at Terminal 5, 8 PM, $35 adv tix at the Mercury. They play the White lp on 12/27, same time,  same price.

Sat Dec 27 legendary, theatrical 80s punks the False Prophets (or what’s left of them) and others at ABC No Rio

Also Sat Dec 27 Romashka at Mehanata, 10 PM

Also Sat Dec 27 devious keyboard-and-horn driven funk/groove rascals Chin Chin followed by equally devious, innovative baritone sax/bass/drums trio Moisturizer at BPM (237 Kent Ave betw Grand/N 1st in Wburg), midnight.

Also Sat Dec 27 the Flying Neutrinos – one of the first and best NYC oldtimey revivalists, with a distinct New Orleans vibe – at Rodeo Bar 10:30 PM

Also Sat Dec 27 Electro Morocco, who put a guitarish Sephardic spin on synthy Middle Eastern dance pop at Joe’s Pub, 11pm $15 adv

Sun Dec 28, 8 PM equally haunting and sultry noir rockers Elysian Fields at the Stone, $15.

Also Sun Dec 28, 8 PM at Arlene’s: Emma Tringali & the Walk Ins. Singer/songwriter with a very distinctive voice (that might be an acquired taste), some decent tunes, and you can tell she’s not a wimp. Kinda like Linda Draper w/o the Ph. D. Followed at 9 by Lulla – not the really good Italian bossa nova chanteuse – but a really good pianist/chanteuse singing Japanese classical ballads

Mon Dec 29 the Stagger Back Brass Band, who liken themselves to “a drunk who’s had too much coffee”  at Barbes, 7 PM

Also Mon Dec 29 another multi-band ska extravaganza at the Knit, $15, shows on all floors starting at 7

Also Mon Dec 29 chanteuse Jes Hudak at the Rockwood at 8 followed at 9 by multi-instrumentalist Rob DiPietro

Tues Dec 30, 7 PM at Barbes violinist Johnny Gandelsman (from brilliant innovative string quartet Brooklyn Rider) and violist Ljova (of Ljova and the Kontraband) plus special guests raising all kinds of hell at Barbes.

Also Tues Dec 30, 9 PM Chilean jazz chanteuse Claudia Acuna with her Quintet at Rose Bar, 9 PM, free, a rare treat to see her in such a relatively casual atmosphere

New Year’s Eve the Mike Hunt Band at Lakeside, 11 PM. Of all the New Year’s Eve shows we’ve seen advertised, virtually all of them are obscenely overpriced or just plain bad. Along with Black 47’s show at Connolly’s (a stone’s throw from Times Square – watch it) and the Brazilian New Years Eve at Barbes, this is the best. The Mike Hunt Band (as in, “”have you seen Mike Hunt?”, ha ha) are another one of Tammy Faye Starlite’s projects, in this case a Stones cover band which she uses as the stepping-off point for her typically spot-on, hilarious, politically charged improv. Those too young to know who Lenny Bruce was ought to discover this far better-looking troublemaker.

Also New Year’s Eve – oh yeah – here’s another really good one, Yarn at Hill Country, 10 PM, free, which is a big plus. They’re a country band with a horn section and they have it all – good original, oldschool 60s style tunes, tight harmonies and a killer mandolinist.

Here’s another excellent, cost-effective New Years Eve choice: Nation Beat doing their innovative, danceable Brazilian stuff at Barbes, 10 PM til late, $10. The club wants you to know that there will be no champagne toast, no noisemakers and no ball-dropping countdown, although you will learn to count to ten backwards in Portuguese.

Yet another good New Years Eve choice: roots/dancehall reggae band Noble Society at Rose Bar in Williamsburg, 11ish, plus it’s free.

OK, here’s another really good one: Missississippi hill country blues guitarist Will Scott and drummer Wylie Wirth play a rousing, hypnotic duo show at 68 Jay St. Bar, probably starting early (8ish) and no doubt going all night, and it’s also free!   

Apologies for the typos, the circuslike melange of fonts and crazy spacing on the January calendar below, tech difficulties make it impossible to see the whole screen while typing, plus cut/paste isn’t working…we’ll fix it by year’s end (meaning 2008:)

1/1/09 the Quavers/Rachelle Garniez at Barbes, 8 PM

1/2/09 Curtis Eller at Highline Ballroom, 8 PM, $10

1/2/09 Pinataland at Barbes, 10 PM 

1/2/09 the Dickies at Southpaw 10 PM

1/2/09 popular rock en Espanol band Ernesto and their first NYC show in 8 years at Bowery Poetry Club, midnight, $8

1/3/09 another Unsteady Freddie surf music extravaganza at Otto’s starting at 7 with Strange but Surf followed by Hang Daddy, the Tarantinos NYC, Mr. Neutron, 9th Wave and Vivisector Gulag Tunes (?!?)

1/3/09 Bobby Radcliff at Terra Blues, 7 PM followed be the equally good Johnny Allen at 10.

1/3/09 les Chauds Lapins/Jack Grace Band at Barbes, 8 PM

1/3/09,  8 PM guitarist Ron Jackson’s cd release show with his Hammond organ jazz group at Rose Bar, 8 PM

1/4/09 original rockabilly/surf band Catspaw at Otto’s, 7:30 PM  

1/4/09 innovative Balkan jazz guitarist Stephane Wrembel at Barbes, 9 PM

1/5/09 Hazmat Modine guitarist Michael Gomez and fusiony jazz group Wormwood at Pete’s, 9 PM followed by the East River String Band

1/6 and 11/13/09 Jenny Scheinman at Barbes, 7 PM followed by Slavic Soul Party

1/6/09 the French Exit at the Mercury, 10 PM.

1/6-11/09 Bill Frisell on guitar, Ron Carter on bass and Paul Motian on percussion at the Blue Note, $20 gen. adm ($30 at tables) plus drink minimum

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1/7/09 at 7 PM an intriguing triple bill at le Poisson Rouge: brilliant, somewhat rustic, often amusing art-rockers the Snow (with Pierre de Gailland from Melomane) followed by lush, gorgeous chamber-rock outfit Edison Woods at 8 and the impressively tuneful, imaginative lo-fi American/indie band Bowery Boy Blue at 9.  

1/7/09 Matt Keating at Southpaw, 9ish 

1/7/09 Robert Gordon & Chis Spedding play rockabilly at BB King’s, 8 PMm $25

1/7-11/09 legendary jazz bassist Dave Holland leads his Octet at Birdland, $30 gen. adm., shows 8:30/11 PM

1/8/09 pianist/songwriter Matt Kanelos and sensational lead guitarist Pete Galub at Barbes, 8 PM

1/8/09 oldtimey chanteuse Sweet Soubrette at Sidewalk, 8 PM 

1/8/09 killer oldtimey band the Wiyos at the Jalopy Café $12 9 PM

1/8/09 darkly glimmering southwestern gothic-tinged Americana rockers Tandy at Rodeo Rar, 10:30 PM

1/9/09 sensational Greek-American oud player/composer Mavrothi Kontanis and his band at Barbes, 7 PM

1/9/09 a pretty good multi-band extravaganza at le Poisson Rouge starting at 7 and including excellent roots reggae band John Brown’s Body, multistylistic violinist/composer Jenny Scheinman, fiery Iranian-American rock siren Haale and three others, no idea who and when but these three make the night worth it.

1/9/09 legendary punk-era songwriter Graham Parker – arguably at the peak of his formidably misanthropic powers right now – plays Joe’s Pub, 7:30 PM, $25 adv tix recommended 

1/9/09, 8 PM at  the 92Y/Tribeca, 200 Hudson Street (off Canal St.) one of the best multi-band extravaganzas of the decade starting with Senegalese rock/hiphop act Gokh-Bi System, brilliantly playful romantic pan-Latin harmony group La Rubias Del Norte, fiery female-fronted janglerock en Espanol Cordero, sprawling bluesy/balkan improvisers Hazmat Modine, popular world music percussionist and Anoushka Shankar collaborator Karsh Kale and wild balkan brass band Slavic Soul Party, $15 and so worth it.

1/9/09 Irving Louis Lattin plays tasteful purist Chicago blues at Lucille’s, 2 sets at 8. AAlso here on 1/23 at 8.

1/9/09 the Moonlighters at Two Boots Brooklyn 10 PM

1/9/09 Mr. Action & the Boss Guitars play tasteful clasic and obscure surf music covers at Lakeside, 11 PM 

1/9-10/09 the Brilliant Mistakes – now doing a tasty nouveau-Byrds Americana thing – at the Canal Room, 9ish

1/10/09 Jeff “Tain” Watts plays jazz from his upcoming cd Watts (a historical pun) with a killer band at le Poisson Rouge, 7 PM

1/10/09, 9 PM, a benefit for oudist/pianist/composer Dimitri Mikelis at Alwan for the Arts (playing the oud with two working fingers but needing another operation to regain the use of all of them). Featuring an allstar 13-piece band incl. pianist Liz Magnes and violinist Sami Abu Shumays from Zikrayat plus dancers.

1/10/09 John Doe & Exene play a rare acoustic duo show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, time TBA, adv tix $18 at the Mercury box ofc. They’re also at Joe’s Pub the following night 1/11 for $4 extra

1/10/09 Cape Verde chanteuse Maria de Barros followed by Balkan/klezmer band Vagabond Opera at Barbes, 10 PM

1/10/09 Dengue Fever at Maxwell’s, 10ish, $12 adv tix at the club and Other Music

1/10/09 Simon & the Bar Sinisters at Lakeside, 10:15ish, maybe if you’re lucky he’ll have his Die Hipster Scum bumper stickers for sale again.

1/10/09 pianist Ryan Cohan and bassist Omer Avital playing jazz with their respective combos at Merkin Concert Hall, 8 PM

1/11/09 the Lucy Moses Music School’s annual student jazz concert at Merkin Concert Hall, 3 PM, free

1/11/09 flamenco siren Maria Bermudez’ Chicana Gypsy Project in their only 2008 US performance at Drom, 7 PM, $15 – they make the Gipsy Kings sound like a bunch of amateurs.

1/11/09 innovative Quebecois acoustic band Genticorum at Barbes, 7 PM followed at 9 by Stephane Wrembel

1/11/09 jazz chanteuse Karrin Allyson – lately mining a Brazilian vein, with richly rewarding results – at Birdland, 7:30 PM, $25

1/11/09 the Tom Beckham group playing vibraphone jazz at Cornelia St. Cafe, 8:30 PM, $10

1/12/09, 6:30 PM at Drom: innovative neoclassical string ensembles Brazz Tree and Metro Strings along with Italian chanteuse Alessandra Belloni & I Giuliari di Piazza

1/12/09 las Rubias del Norte at Barbes, 8 PM

1/12/09 also at Drom, 9 PM, separate show, adv tix $15 at the box office: Hawaiian night with jazzy trio Kohala, Keale and swanky, romantic uke-lounge project Raiatea plus a jam with all three bands afterward

1/12/09 guitarist Steven Bernstein’s Millennian Territory Orchestra – a Murderer’s Row of feisty, devious jazz talent – at 55 Bar, 10 PM

1/13/09 Hazmat Modine at Terra Blues 7 PM

1/13-18 at Dizzy’s Club, the Clayton Brothers Quintet – featuring John Clayton, bass; Jeff Clayton, saxophones; Gerald Clayton, piano; Terell Stafford, trumpet; and Obed Calvaire, drums, playing stuff from celebrate their impresssive new CD Brother to Brother, which highlights the work ofother brother acts (particularly Hank, Thad and Elvin Jones, and Cannonball and Nat Adderley). Sets at 7:30/9:30, also 11:30 on the weekend. 

1/14/09 Swiss Music Night at the Canal Room with multi-stylistic cellist/keyboardist/guitarist Serena Jost, playing songs from her excellent new cd Closer Than Far, plus others

1/14/09 jazz bassist/composer to the stars Jay Leonhart doing a rare solo show at Smalls, 7:30 PM

1/14/09 the Rale Micic Trio playing Balkan guitar jazz at Cornelia St. Cafe, 8:30 PM, $10

1/14/09 Kagero playing Japanese Balkan rock at Caffe Vivaldi, 9:30ish

1/14/09 the Flying Neutrinos doing their fetching N’Awlins oldtimey stuff at Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM

1/15/09 the Ukuladies followed by Matt Munisteri at Barbes, 8 PM

1/15/09 the always excellent Brooklyn What playing fiery, fun songs from their new cd The Brooklyn What For Borough President at Fat Baby, 9 PM

1/15/09 Delusions of Grand St. playing smart female-fronted Costelloish pop at Ace of Clubs, 9 PM

1/15/09 the Five Points Band at Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM

1/16/09 Jim Campilongo and then Mamie Minch at Barbes, 8 PM

1/16/09 the New Collisions playing their excellent, fiery indie/powerpop in the back room at Public Assembly, 8 PM, $10

1/16/09 fiery guitarish new wave revivalists the Larch at Arlene’s, 9 PM

1/16/09 Irish acoustic punks Box of Crayons at Sidewalk, 9 PM

1/17 8:30 PM the Manhattan Valley Ramblers duo play oldtime country/bluegrass at Orchard House Cafe at 58th and 1st in NYC, $15, $10 stud./srs

1/17/09 the Zlatne Uste world music festival uptown, for more info click here

1/17/09 Kill Henry Sugar followed by Smokey Hormel’s Roundup at Barbes, 8 PM

1/17/09 the Metro Chamber Orchestra plays Beeethoven’s Emperor piano concerto and 7th Symphony at Symphony Space, tix $35 at the box ofc 

1/17/09 Spanking Charlene – NYC’s answer to X – at Lakeside, 11 PM

1/18/09 Flutterbox (bassist/allstar infielder Neill C. Furio’s duo project with singer Janine Nichols) doing “vaporous antebellum noir pop) at Barbes at 7 followed by Stephane Wrembel at 9 

1/18/09 dark pianist/chanteuse Kristin Hoffmann at Caffe Vivaldi, 9:30 PM

1/18/09 Lucky Peterson at Terra Blues 10 PM

1/18/09 the Stagger Back Brass Band (the Spinal Tap of brass bands) plays the cd release show for their boisterously fun debut album at Union Pool, 11 PM

1/19/09 Mascott at Cake Shop, 9ish

1/19/09 Strange Cargo feat. Skip Krevens from Western Caravan on steel plus guitarist Pete Smith from Hazmat Modine and Byron Isaacs from Ollabelle at 7 at Barbes followed by the incomparable Chicha Libre at 10ish

1/19/09 the Mingus Big Band at the Jazz Standard, sets 7:30/9:30 PM, note that tix are “$25 PLUS tax”

1/19/09 excellent, hypnotic Indonesian gamelan orchestra Gamelan Son of Lion at Galapagos, 8 PM, $10.

1/19/09 Egyptian film music revivalists Zikrayat with Faisal Zedan on percussion at LIC Bar, 45-58 Vernon Blvd, LIC/Queens, G to Vernon-Jackson 

1/20/09, 7:30 PM at Barbes: Black Bear Combo, “Chicago’s premier avant-gypsy punk brass band” followed at 9 by Slavic Soul Party

1/20/09, 7:30 PM at Drom: Goran Alachki and his trio playing fiery Macedonian accordion music , $15

1/20/09 at the front bar at Public Assembly: the Avi Fox-Rosen band, bassist Mike Savino and Luminescent Orchestrii frontman Sxip Shirey, $8

1/20-21/09 Jack Grace and then Dale Watson at Rodeo Bar, 9 PM

1/21/09, 7 PM, sizzling Montreal Balkan/Turkish band Shtreiml at Drom, $10

1/21-24/09 Jamaican jazz pianist Monty Alexander (Tony Bennett chose him to lead his band recently, which speaks volumes about his vivid lyrical style) at Birdland, gen. adm. $30, shows 8:30/11. With his trio 1/21-22; with his reggae jazz group 1/23-24.

1/21/09 timeless new wave chanteuse (and Clash collaborator) Ellen Foley at Joe’s Pub, 9:30 PM, $20 adv tix recommended

1/21/09 fiery Chicago blues guitarist/crooner Johnny Allen at Terra Blues, 10 PM

1/22/09, 7 PM acoustic guitar multistylist Peter Calo downstairs at the National Underground

1/22/09 percussion-oriented Greek jazz band Manhattan Vibes, led by vibraphonist Christos Rafalides at Queens Theatre in the Park, 8 PM, adv tix $35 at the box ofc 

1/22/09 The Snow followed by Nation Beat at Barbes, 8 PM

1/22/09 Buck Owens Cover night at Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM with Demolition String Band, special guests

1/22/09 Custard Wally at Don Pedro’s, 11ish

1/23/09 Rawles Balls, the hilarious cover band from hell at Sidewalk, 10 PM.

1/23/09 hypnotic, noir Bee & Flower/Cordero spinoff And the Wiremen at Pete’s Candy Store, 11 PM

1/24/09 Balkan jazz guitar monster Stephane Wrembel at Spikehill, 7 PM.

1/24/09 Daria Grace & the Prewar Ponies/Conjunto Guantanamo at Barbes, 8 PM

1/24/09 Bulgarian vocal music with Vlad Tomova’s Balkan Tales at Drom, 9 PM

1/24/09, 9 PM popular Boston garage band Muck & the Mires at Southpaw, $12 adv tix at the club box office

1/24/09 pioneering new wave era dance/funk band ESG  (who sound a lot like Moisturizer) at le Poisson Rouge, $20, 10 PM

1/24/09 ancient but reputedly undiminished artsy 70s metal band Blue Oyster Cult at B.B. King’s, adv tix $27.50 at the box ofc., shows 7:30/9:30 PM

1/24/09 alt-country hellraiser Zane Campbell at Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM

1/24/09 Luminiscent Orchestrii cd release show at Union Pool, 11ish.

1/25/09 Maria Cangiano plays classic Piazzolla tangos for a brunch show, half past noon at the Blue Note, $25

1/25/09 the Americana Family Jamboree with Demolition String Band playing kid-friendly but cool country and bluegrass at Rodeo Bar, 3-6 PM, free

1/25/09 Louisville country songstress Alanna Fugate at Sidewalk , 9 PM

Later 1/25/09 at Rodeo Bar, 10ish the Superfine Band with guitar monster Jim Campilongo plus Chris Cheek, Stephan Crump, Andy Borger

1/26/09 the Mingus Orchestra at the Jazz Standard, sets 7:30/9:30, tix “$25 PLUS tax”

1/26/09, 10:30 PM at Roeo Bar, Daria Grace & the Prewar Ponies’ gorgeously romantic oldtimey stuff

1/27/09, 7 PM adventurous jazz violinist Skye Steele followed at 9 by Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

1/27/09, 10:30 PM the uproarious Second Fiddles playing uptempo oldtime hokum blues at Rodeo Bar

1/28/09, 7 PM the Megitza Quartet play their pioneering and often hauntingly noir mix of Balkan, tango and bossa sounds at Drom, $10

1/28/09 8 PM at Galapagos it’s tango night, $15

1/29/09, 8 PM, $30 at Merkin Concert Hall: Vox Americana: Oliver Lake, Joel Harrison, and Wendy Sutter performing Vox Americana: Suite for 7 Musicians; the world premiere of Sonata for Solo Cello performed by cellist Wendy Sutter, followed by the Joel Harrison String Choir performing the music of Paul Motian and concluding with an epilogue with choir.

1/29/09 excellent, lyrical tenor player JD Allen and his trio at the Fat Cat, 9 PM

1/29/09 the Komeda Project plays jazz and soundtrack works by legendary Polish composer Krzysztof Komeda at the Cornelia St. Cafe, 8:30 PM, $10

1/30/09, 8 PM the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra play new works by latin composers at Galapagos, $15

1/30-31/09 Afrobeat wildmen Antibalas at Southpaw, 9 PM, adv tix $18 at the club box ofc

1/30/09 a screening of the new Joy Division documentary The Atrocity Exhibition at Glasslands, 9 PM, $5

1/30/09 Gaucho play Balkan jazz at Drom, $10, 10 PM

1/31/09 sprawling minor-key Balkan/klezmer/reggae party band Hazmat Modine at Terra Blues, 7 PM

1/31/09 sultry-voiced songstress/pianist Allison Scola at Drom playing the release show for her new cd, 7 PM

1/31/09 low-frequency Cuban revivalists Gato Loco at Barbes, 8 PM

2/4/09 Paolo Bordignon plays Pachelbel, Vierne and Mendelssohn on the antique 1830 Appleton organ in the musical instruments section at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 3:30 PM, free w/museum admin

2/5/09 Sister Anne (solidly good, funny garage band with two bass players!), the Blackhearts (ostensibly minus Joan J.) and legendary Dead Boys guitarist Cheetah Chrome at Europa, 8ish, $12

2/6/09 second-wave ska with Bad Manners and the English Beat at Irving Plaza, 9ish, adv tix $26 at the box office

2/12/09 rousing klezmer-rock party band Golem at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, time TBA, adv tix $10 at the Mercury

2/13-14/09 Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings – you know them, right? Today’s greatest soul singer and her great band – at the Nokia Theatre, time TBA, adv tix expensive, $35 at the club box ofc

2/13 Bulgarian vocal music with Vlad Tomova’s Balkan Tales at Shrine, 9 PM

2/14 a marvelously counterintuitive Valentines Day show Southpaw with the reliably excellent Mascott at 7 PM followed by fearless songwriter Jennifer O’Connor, $10

2/14/09, 8 PM Orchestra Otmani of Fes in their North American debut, playing Andalusian classical music at Merkin Concert Hall, adv tix $35 at the box ofc highly recommended

2/18/09 Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mtn. Boys at B.B. King’s, 8 PM, adv tix $30 at the box ofc.

2/20/09 The Neville Bros. and Dr. John at Terminal 5, adv tix expensive, $35 at the Mercury

2/21/09 Orchestra of Tangier playing traditional and new Andalusian music including a world premiere at Merkin Concert Hall, adv tix expensive, $35 highly recommended at the box office

2/22/09 third-wave ska with the NY Ska Jazz Ensemble and the Toasters, 6:30 PM at Highline Ballroom, adv tix $15 at the box ofc

3/5/09, 7:30 PM Iraqi refugee oud virtuoso Rahim AlHaj at Symphony Space, adv tix $25 highly recommended

3/5/09 pan-latin guitar genius Aquiles Baez at the Jazz Gallery, $15, sets 9/10:30 PM

3/12/09 the Throwing Muses at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, time TBA, adv tix $20 at the Mercury, no idea if it’s Kristin and Tanya or one or the other or both…

3/13/09 Kings County Queens followed by the Reid Paley Trio downstairs at the National Underground, 9 PM

4/18/09 latin jazz guitarist (and Red Sox nemesis) Bernie Williams’ cd release show at the Nokia Theatre, adv tix $24.50 very highly recommended at the box office, this will sell out very fast.

 

 

 

 

 

November 30, 2008 Posted by | Live Events, Music, New York City, NYC Live Music Calendar | , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

New York City Live Music Calendar November-December 2008 Plus Other Events

Hey – this isn’t the most recently updated calendar here. This is.

 

 If you don’t recognize the place where one of these shows is taking place, click our venues page.  As always, weekly events first, followed by the daily schedule:

 

Saturdays 11/8, 11/15 and 11/22  organist John Scott continues a marathon of the complete organ works of Messiaen at St. Thomas Church, 4 PM. He’s done the complete works of Buxtehude not once but twice; his recording of the complete Mendelssohn organ sonatas is probably the best extant. Of all the great performances of the Messiaen centenary, these could be the most exciting.

 

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).

 

Every Sunday, Michael Arenella & the Dreamland Dance Band play sly yet boisterous oldtimey hot jazz during a brunch set at Bar Tabac on Smith St. in Brooklyn Heights from about half past noon to 4 PM.

 

Also Sundays 5 til 7 PM, Nov 9, 16 and 23 with a student show on Dec 14,  excellent Americana songwriter Jan Bell leads a class in songwriting at the Jalopy Theatre. If you’re a songwriter and have a whole “song junkyard” filled with half-finished tunes, this class could be just what the doctor ordered. Bell is a fine, terse writer (don’t take our word for it, check her myspace) and a very positive, unthreatening person. “As a songwriter I often feel like a ship at sea, navigating, fixing the engine, or watching for the wind in my sails. My goal is to lead you through unchartered territory, and find new ways to approach songwriting,” she says. Fundamentals – chord charts, booking tips, internet resources – are covered along with Q&A with her special guests every week (first one is Sam Parton from the fun, beguiling Canadian oldtimey band the Be Good Tanyas). $120 total, payable in installments which makes it the same price as…hmm, one session with a vocal coach? Space limited, first come first served.

 

Sundays Sean Kershaw & the Terrible Two (that’s the New Jack Ramblers minus a couple fingers & toes) play the upstairs roof deck at Rocky Sullivan’s, 34 Van Dyke St at Dwight St in Red Hook, 1-4 PM. Free ferry from Manhattan (pier 11,Wall St.) and free shuttle buses from the F&G trains at Smith-9th St, the F,M,R at 4th Ave, and the 2,3,4,5,M,N,R at Borough Hall.

 

The 2008-09 series of organ concerts at St. Thomas Church kicks off on September 14 and continues most every Sunday (certain holidays excepted) at 5:15 sharp, featuring a whole slew of world-renowned performers. Concerts continue through May 17 of next year.

 

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

 

Sundays at 8:30 PM Sasha Dobson plays Pete’s Candy Store. Jazz chanteuse on the serious Brazilian tip: musically, she’s where Snorah Jones should hope to be in five years.

 

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.

 

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 whaat 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 Barbes house band, Chicha Libre plays there starting around 9:45. Chicha Libre are the sole American practitioners of chicha, a style popular in the Peruvian Amazon ghettos in the late 60s and early 70s. With electric accordion, cuatro, surf guitar and a boisterous rhythm section, their hypnotic, reverb-drenched mix of obscure psychedelic surf/cumbia/rock classics and originals is one of the funnest, most danceable things you’ll witness this year. Lately they’ve been expanding their repertoire to include not only their often hilarious, hypnotic originals but also covers of period pieces as well as chichafied rock songs. If you get lucky they’ll play their amped-up version of the Clash classic Guns of Brixton.

 

Mondays in November (and pretty much every month, when he’s not on tour), Rev. Vince Anderson and his band play Black Betty in Williamsburg, two sets starting around 10:30 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 great live performers of our time. Moist Paula from Moisturizer is the lead soloist on baritone sax.

 

Tuesdays El Ritmo Southside plays Rose Bar in Williamsburg, 11 PM. Instrumental covers of classic, Fania-era salsa, mambo, cha-cha, rhumba etc.: Palmieri, Puente, Barretto, et al. featuring superb vibraphonist Tommy Mattioli and a rotating rhythm section.

 

Also every Tues in Nov. beginning 11/18, 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, Will Scott and drummer Wylie Wirth play mesmerizing, hypnotic, completely authentic Mississippi hill country blues along with Scott’s own melodic, tuneful blues originals at 68 Jay St. Bar in Dumbo, starting around 8:30 PM. Junior Kimbrough, R.L. Burnside and Asie Payton are sadly gone but Scott continues their tradition of music that is as danceable as it is trance-inducing, and does his influences justice.

 

Also every Wednesday, the Nat Lucas Organ Trio plays jazz at Lenox Lounge uptown, sets from 8 PM to midnight.

 

Fridays in November Brooklyn country and western swing crooner Sean Kershaw plays happy hour at Hill Country, 5-7 PM. Why does this not surprise us?

 

Also Fridays beginning Nov 14 and continuing through Dec 5, Katie Elevitch plays a 9 PM residency at Banjo Jim’s with her band. Darkly slinky, slowly crescendoing rock/soul equally imbued with riveting intensity and sly humor. She belts, she wails, has some great players (including Jonathan Maron on bass from Groove Collective) and writes great songs; her killer new cd Kindling for the Fire is coming out mid-month.  

 

Mon Nov 10 the Mingus Big Band makes a welcome trip to Curry Hill with a set at the Jazz Standard, sets at 7:30/9:30, note that tix are $25 “plus tax.”

 

Also Mon Nov 10, 10 PM at the Slipper Room, excellent accordionist/chanteuse Marni Rice & Le Garage Cabaret doing their intriguing noir blend of classic French chanson and rock Marni’s accordion adds a wild touch to her old school cabaret style. Followed by legendary Patti Smith guitarist (and lately pedal steel player!) Lenny Kaye at 11.

 

Also Mon Nov 10 gonzo keyboardist Rev. Vince Anderson and his excellent band play their  weekly residency at Black Betty, 11 PM. This show will be special: for years, the Rev. has consoled and counseled us through the worst of times, from 9/1, the 2004 election, gentrification, you name it, and with the election last week, this should be an especially ecstatic show.

 

Tues Nov 11, 7 PM, early Squidda play Kenny’s Castaways – good imaginative band – a little reggae, funk, surf, dub, ska, plus they do a stoner pro-Obama song.  They’re also at Ace of Clubs on 11/14 at half past midnight (actually the wee hours of 11/15)

 

Tues Nov 11 LA-based Russian expat Marina V plays her dramatic, classically tinged piano powerpop anthems at Caffe Vivaldi, 7:30 PM 

 

Also Tues Nov 11 Natacha Atlas and her acoustic Middle Eastern ensemble playing songs from her career-best, heavily Fairuz-influenced new cd Ana Hina at B.B.King’s, adv tix $27 at the box office.

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Tues Nov 11 Custard Wally and their self-described, deceptively intelligent “sexually explicit three-minute songs” and similar satirical fare at Trash Bar, 9 PM

 

Also Tues Nov 11 Steve Wynn & the Miracle 3 – the best straight-up rock band in the world right now, with their noisy guitar duels and vast back catalog of classic noir rock songs at Lakeside 10ish, early arrival a MUST.

 

Also Tues Nov 11 haunting baritone art-rock songwriter Mark Steiner, the former Piker Ryan’s Folly and Kundera bandleader plays a rare NYC date with sensationally eerie violinist Susan Mitchell at Otto’s, 10 PM.

 

Also Tues Nov 11 sideman to the stars of the underground, guitarist Homeboy Steve Antonakos plays Banjo Jim’s, midnight-ish.

 

Also Tues Nov 11 the Dred Scott Trio plays the Rockwood, midnight. Carol Lipnik’s piano player has a sensationally good, fiery, noir style: if you like Botanica, check out this guy.  

 

Weds Nov 12 at Kennys’ Castaways starting at 7: caffeinated, Dylanesque trio Whisperado and then the boisterous politically cool female-fronted country outfit the Shithouse Lilies at 8.

 

Also Weds Nov 12 Susan Tedeschi at Irving Plaza, 9ish, adv tix expensive $31.50 at the box office. Blues guitarist in the same vein as vintage Robert Cray: a clear, pure tone, sensational chops, terse solos and not a trace of metal grotesquerie anywhere. Decent singer too.

 

Also Weds Nov 12 the Mess Around play Public Assembly (the old Galapagos space on N 6th in Williamsburg), 9ish. One of NYC’s most exciting bands, a fiery two-guitar garage-punk group who in their most intense moments rival Radio Birdman.

 

Also Weds Nov 12 Des Roar play Fontana’s, 9 PM. An equally snarling and even more cynical garage-punk unit, whose show a few weeks ago at the Mercury was one of the best we’ve seen all year. These are the guys (and girl) responsible for Ted Bundy Was a Ladies Man.

 

Also Weds Nov 12 the Ukuladies at the Stone,  10 PM. A family outfit: aunts and nieces seem to be involved. From Canada, and very charismatic in a disarmingly funny way that might seem corny on face value but isn’t: they’ve been known to hand out bacon and lottery tix in between their clever oldtimey songs.

 

Also Weds Nov 12 Mamie Minch plays Banjo Jim’s, 10 PM. A devotee of Memphis Minnie, Bessie Smith and many far more obscure, a fine resonator guitarist and even finer songwriter whose oldtimey songs sound like classics from 80 years ago. And a very funny live performer.

 

Thurs Nov 13, 8 PM, $5, Escarioka plays the Fortune Cookie Lounge, 24 1st Ave between 1st and 2nd St. Absolutely delightful and a lot of fun: the magical place where gypsy music, Levantine dance tunes and reggae intersect.

 

Thurs Nov 13 Mascott at Union Hall, 9 PM. Their rep is indie but they’re really an excellent rock/pop band: great midtempo/slow tunes, casually unpretentious vocals and terse songwriting from Kendall Jane Meade. An even better songwriter, art-rock keyboardist Greta Gertler opens the show at 8. Also on the bill: the forgettable Kaiser Cartel.

 

Also Thurs Nov 13 the Tarras Band at Barbes 8 PM. A bunch of klezmer connoisseurs playing the catalog of the great Dave Tarras, alternately uproarious and haunting.  

 

Also Thurs Nov 13 at Symphony Space, 8 PM Ankush Bahl conducts the New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra on a bill featuring Smetana’s The Moldau, Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with pianist Gabriela Martinez, and Dvorak’s  Symphony No. 7

 

Also Thurs Nov 13 at the Cutting Room, Willie Nile  does a stripped-down show with Jimmy Vivino on lead guitar plus Frankie Lee on keys and percussion. One of the great rock songwriters, finally getting the props he’s deserved for literally decades. There’s nobody better at writing big catchy anthems than this guy. Also a very funny and intense live performer.

 

Also Thurs Nov 13 Jolie Holland at Highline Ballroom, 10ish, adv tix $17 recommended at the box ofc. Excellent oldtimey singer/songwriter with a sort of Tom Waits feel and a quirky sense of humor.

 

Also Thurs Nov 13 Sonny Rhodes at Terra Blues, 10 PM. Ancient blues guy who if he’s at the top of his game is one of the alltime great lapsteel players, with a roaring, fluid style. His guitar playing is equally terse and incisive.

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Fri Nov 14 horn-driven ska/punk the Avon Junkies and the more oldschool ska band Royal City Riot at Bowery Poetry Club, early 6 PM.

 

 

Also Fri Nov 14, 7 PM,  Hazmat Modine at Terra Blues, 7 PM. Losing the dueling blues harps was the best thing that could have happened to this sprawling, rustic, psychedelic Balkan/reggae/klezmer/blues monstrosity. Now frontman Wade Schuman – one of the most charismatic lead singers in town – has his choice of sparring partner: the two sizzling guitarists, the human crescendo who plays trumpet (Pam Fleming) or maybe even the tuba.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Also Fri Nov 14 the possibly 18-piece, definitely all-female Main Squeeze Orchestra plays meticulously arranged, psychedelic, frequently hilarious accordion music at the new Galapagos in Dumbo, 8 PM, $12.  If you’re lucky they’ll do Love Will Tear Us Apart AND Bohemian Rhapsody.

 

Also Fri Nov 14, 8:30 PM Nicole Atkins & the Sea at Bowery Ballroom, adv tix $16 at the Mercury. The crew here is divided on her: one faction won’t forgive her for that awful tv commercial; the other says forget the stupid commercial, she writes really good 60s noir pop/jazz/Americana songs!

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Also Nov 14 Tom Warnick & World’s Fair play Freddy’s, 9 PM. He’s the guy who wrote 40 People, the funniest-ever song about being in a band in New York (the promoter wants him to bring 40 people to a Monday night, 11 PM show). One of the funniest performers in town, you never know whether his googly-eyed madman act is just an act..or if he’s going to hurl that hammer at you instead of playing his electric piano with it. Great band too.

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Also Fri Nov 14 the Snow at Union Hall, 9 PM. This side project by Melomane bandleader Pierre de Gaillande has taken on a life of its own: people realize that this slightly more rustic, slightly jazz-oriented, brilliantly lyrical unit is just as good as his other band! And maybe funnier too. 

 

Also Fri Nov 14 James McMurtry at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, 10 PM, tix $20 available at the Mercury. No current songwriter has done a better job chronicling the past eight years: this is the guy responsible for modern-day classics like Cheney’s Toy and We Can’t Make It Here. Scathing, spot-on and funny despite it all, and a lot more rock than folk

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Also Fri Nov 14 Noble Society play their catchy mix of original roots and dancehall reggae at Rose Bar, 10 PM .

 

Sat Nov 15 Roma jazz guitar genius Stephane Wrembel is at Spikehill, 7 PM.

 

Sat Nov 15, 8 PM the Ureuk Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Christopher J. Lee plays Saint-Saens, Rossini, Brahms and Korean folksongs at Merkin Concert Hall, $30 tix available. 

 

Also Sat Nov 15 the lush, atmospheric Quavers – who build songs out of loops, live, a real treat to watch, followed by throwback country hellraiser Jack Grace (“Like that Cash boy, but good.” – Jerry Lee Lewis) and his band at Barbes,8 PM. 

 

Also Sat Nov 15 Outpost, the new band featuring guitarist Mark C from legendary 80s noise-rockers Live Skull and percussionist Rami El Aaser from Sounds of Taraab at Issue Project Room, 8 PM.

 

Also Sat Nov 15 legendary Bay Area horn-driven latin/funk big band Tower of Power at B.B. King’s, 8 and 10:30 PM, adv tix $30 at the box office

 

Also Sat Nov 15 gorgeously oldschool, harmony-driven country band the Newton Gang at Hank’s, 9 PM. 

 

Also Sat-Sun Nov 15-16 Rev. Horton Heat at the Gramercy Theatre, 9ish, adv tix $26 at the Irving Plaza box office. Punkabilly rocker who’s been around forever, plays great surf instrumentals occasionally and came up with the best-ever album title: Liquor in the Front, Poker in the Rear.

 

Also Sat Nov 15 and also Fri Nov 21 fiery Irish-American rockers Black 47 at Connolly’s, 10 PM. Their latest cd Iraq is arguably the best of 2008, a viscerally intense, novelesque look at the hell that Cheney and Rove created, seen through the eyes of the guys over there.

 

Also Sat Nov 15 loud, punkish rockers Spanking Charlene – sort of NYC’s answer to X – play Lakeside, 11 PM. Frontwoman Charlene McPherson has one of those voices you’ll never forget once you hear it – she can really wail.

 

Also Sat Nov 15 the unabashedly sinister, charismatic noir rocker Reid Paley plus chanteuse Peg Simone at the Parkside, 11 PM.

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Also Sat Nov 15 Ninth House frontman Mark Sinnis plays his Nashville gothic stylings at Teneleven, midnight. If you like the Rick Rubin-produced Johnny Cash albums from the 90s, you’ll like this guy.

 

Sun Nov 16, 3 PM the Greenwich Village Orchestra plays Saint Saens’  Cello Concerto;  Dvorak’s Silent Woods, and Berlioz’ Symphonie Fantastique at Washington Irving HS Aud., tix insanely cheap, $15.

 

Also Sun Nov 16 the French Exit plays the Mercury, 8:30 PM, darkly lo-fi Americana/soul duo the French Exit play Freddy’s, 9 PM. Imagine Cat Power fronting the Dirty Three – all those haunting, spiky atmospherics, excellent tunes and vastly fewer vocal affectations than Ms. Marshall. Good stuff. The Brixton Riot opens at 7:30 with their fiery reverb guitar stomp, like Guided By Voices at their catchiest and most intense. at 7:30.

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Also Sun Nov 16 a rare reunion of NYC underground noir legends Piker Ryan (Mark Steiner’s dark Nick Cave-inflected band before he went solo) at the Slipper Room, time TBA, guessing around 8 or 9.

 

Also Sun Nov 16, 9:30 PM rousingly retro improper Bostonian Miss Tess & the Bon Ton Parade play their oldtimey stuff at the Jalopy Café, 9:30 PM.

 

Mon Nov 17 the Mingus Orchestra take over the Jazz Standard, sets 7:30/9:30 PM, note that tix are $25 plus tax, still a bargain considering what amazing stuff this crew brings to the table.

 

Also Mon Nov 17 Dasvibenbass at Rose Bar, 9 PM. Pretty much what the band name implies: vibraphone and bass, playing jazz that ranges from loungey and catchy to downright sinister. They’re also at Smalls on 11/18 at 9.

 

Also Mon Nov 17, Iron & Wine at Terminal 5, 10 PM, adv tix $28 at the Mercury. The crew here is divided on this: one faction is convinced that this guy’s delicate acoustic stoner-folk is the wrong, wrong style of music for this big hall, the other thinks it’ll sound just fine.

 

Also Mon Nov 17 Steven Bernstein’s Millennial Territory Orchestra play the cd release for their new one at 55 Bar. Some really fine players in this adventurous crew, including the bandleader on trumpet, Clark Gayton on trombone, Charlie Burnham on violin, Doug Wieselman on clarinet, Peter Apfelbaum on tenor, Erik Lawrence on bari sax, Matt Munisteri on guitar, Ben Allison on bass, Ben Perowsky on drums. Wow. Sort of the jazz equivalent of the 1972 Oakland A’s except without the moustaches.

 

Tues Nov 18 the Tim Kuhl Group play melodic, tuneful jazz at Lakeside, 10 PM.

 

Also Tues Nov 18 a good Sephardic band night at le Poisson Rouge, $10 with Electro Morocco, ska man King Django, Israeli jam band Piamenta, Diwon, terrific Middle Eastern/gypsy rocker Smadar Levi, gentle and somewhat ethereal Israeli janglerockers Blue Fringe and a bunch of rappers.

 

Also Weds Nov 19, early, 7:30 PM, Redhooker performs at the Chelsea Art Museum 556 W 22nd St (at 11th Ave) in the third floor gallery space. Beautifully evocative, pensive, minimalist compositions that blend classical and shoegaze influences.

 

Also Weds Nov 19 scorching, artsy, female-fronted rockers System Noise (featuring sensational cabaret star Sarah Mucho) play a benefit for urban charity Just Foods at the Delancey, 8ish. Also on the bill: fiery ska band Across the Aisle and equally fiery Irish hellraisers Thy Burden.

 

Wed Nov 19 Las Vandelays – a really good female-fronted tropicalia-rock band from Hoboken with more than a passing resemblance to Os Mutantes but grittier – play the Goldhawk, 8 PM, free.

 

Also Wed Nov 19 the NY Gypsy All-Stars, a danceable, Balkan-tinged fusion jazz project led by intense, haunting, brilliant clarinetist Ismail Lumanovski play Drom, 8 PM, $10.

 

Also Weds Nov 19 oldtimey acoustic blues guy AA Bondy is at the Mercury, 10:30 PM, $10 and at Union Hall also for $10 on 11/20 at 8:30.

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Also Weds Nov 19 another excellent pan-Balkan instrumental band, the incredibly diverse and dangerously careening Ansambl Mastika at Rose Bar, 9 PM

 

Thurs Nov 20 Liu Fang, the adventurous Chinese pipa virtuoso is at Symphony Space, 7:30 PM, adv tix $28 at the World Music Institute box office

 

Also Thurs Nov 20 a fun bluegrass night starting at Banjo Jim’s starting at 7ish and continuing all night feat. Vincent Cross, the Yankee Rebels, Citigrass, Breezy Grass, others

 

Also Thurs Nov 20 legendary klezmer mandolinist Andy Statman followed by another equally good plucked instrument specialist, guitarist/banjoist Matt Munisteri at Barbes, 8 PM.

 

Also Thurs Nov 20 hilariously retro pre-rockabilly Americana trio Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co. – whose musical jokes are far more subtle than they get credit for – play Otto’s, 8 PM

 

 

Also Thurs Nov 20 the Brooklyn What at Trash Bar, 8 PM. They played the best rock show we saw all year. Fearless, funny, imaginative, tuneful, loud oldschool punk rock band who don’t have fauxhawks or Urban Outfitters clothes. It’s just a smart, fun show, and no trendoids to be found anywhere. They’re the crew responsible for the classic I Don’t Wanna Go to Williamsburg. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also Thurs Nov 20 Curtis Eller at Banjo Jim’s, 9 PM. Authentically oldtimey  banjoist/songwriter whose new cd is one of the best of the year. Fiery, brilliant lyricist, something akin to Al Duvall but darker and more pissed off.

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Fri Nov 21 Lianne Smith followed by the Bedsit Poets at Soundfix Records, 110 Bedford at N 11th in Williamsburg, 8 PM. Smith is a master of minutiae without being precious, plays electric with a lot of reverb and has one of the most scary-good voices in rock. The equally marvelous Bedsits blend 70s-style Britfolk with just about every other urbane European style from that era and before.

 

Also Fri Nov 21 Prima Ballerina (Tammy Faye Starlite’s hilarious NY Dolls cover band) at the Cutting Room, 9:45 PM.

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Also Nov 21 Custard Wally and their self-described, deceptively intelligent “sexually explicit three-minute songs” and similar satirical fare at at Uncle Mike’s (the former Orange Bear space, now a titty bar), time TBA 

 

Also Fri Nov 21 country throwbacks Alex Battles & Whisky Rebellion at Hill Country, 10 PM

 

Also Fri Nov 21 dark, pummeling, punked-out macabre surf instrumentalists the Coffin Daggers at Branch Brook Park Roller Skating Center, 7th Ave & Clifton Ave, Newark, 8 PM, $10

 

Also Fri Nov 21 Lenny Molotov at  Pete’s, 9 PM. Virtuosic oldtime delta blues guitarist and songwriter with a withering cynicism and brilliantly lyrical edge. Good band behind him too.

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Also Fri Nov 21 Moisturizer play their innovative, intoxicatingly danceable baritone sax/bass/drums instrumentals at Zebulon, 10 PM.

 

Also Fri Nov 21 Purple K’nif at Lakeside, 11 PM. This somewhat psychedelic, veteran Cleveland surf band includes ex-Waitresses Chris Butler on drums of all instruments, and has the same kind of tongue-in-cheek, playful feel that characterizes most of what he’s been involved with.

 

Sat Nov 22, 7 PM for those who like a big lush sound, the world premiere of an original cantata composed by pianist Nerva Altino will be performed at Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Drive.  “A powerful piece of music based on the Books of Revelation, Matthew and Psalms.and performed by over 100 singers and musicians featuring soloist, Dr. Leacroft Green.  Also feat. the Altino Concert Chorale, made up of singers from all over the New York City and graduates from Juilliard and Manhattan School of Music. Robenson Altino, conductor and Nerva Altino, organ. The cantata is very majestic and dramatic.”   

 

Also Sat Nov 22 Washington DC blues guitarist Bobby Radcliff at Lucille’s, 8 PM. Don’t let his skin tone scare you off: no wanky heavy metal or Bad Company blooz here. A busy player, but like Stevie Ray in his late period, he manages to be tasteful and has a handle on funk too.

 

Also Sat Nov 22 a benefit for Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn (fighting the good fight against Bruce Ratner’s now practically dead-in-the-water Atlantic Yards project) featuring inimitable film collagist Donald O’Finn’s latest creation, Projection, a “re-purposed video art installation” and music by the more imitable but equally fun faux French garage rockers les Sans Culottes and psychedelic revivalists the Marvin Barnes Time Machine at Bar Botanica, 220 Conover St. in Red Hook, Brooklyn, the whole thing goes 8 to midnight, B61 bus to the end of the line.

 

Also Sat Nov 22, 8 PM New York’s very own captivating, hypnotic Balinese gamelan orchestra Gamelan Dharma Swara play the Consulate General of Indonesia, 5 E 68 th St., sugg. don. $15/$10 stud/srs. “In addition to traditional gong kebyar pieces, this season’s program will feature dances performed by master Balinese artists and special demonstrations of gender wayang, the music of the ancient Balinese shadow play.” The program repeats  at 2 PM on Sun Nov 23.

 

Also Sat Nov 22 dark yet playful semi-goth two-cello-and-drums Rasputina at the Bell House, 8:30 PM, adv tix  $18. Frontwoman Melora Creager gets extra props for not buying the BS the 9/11 Commission tried to sell us.

 

Also Sat Nov 22 at Barbes, 8 PM: Brian Carpenter’s Ghost Train Orchestra. Sprawling, carnivalesque, good oldtimey jazz band.

 

Also Sat Nov 22 frequently haunting, horn-driven, oldschool 60s style ska band Tri-State Conspiracy at Bowery Poetry Club, 10 PM.

 

Also Sat Nov 22 Simon & the Bar Sinisters play Lakeside, 10:15ish (early by Lakeside standards, but Simon likes to play long sets). A true original: raised on punk, addicted to surf, steeped in rockabilly, honest as the day he was born and very funny. And damn, what a guitarist.

 

Also Sat Nov 22 Paleface plays Spikehill, 11 PM. Ten years before tongue-in-cheek white indie funk got popular, he was inventing it in the East Village. Still funny and tuneful after all these years: a good Saturday night party.

 

Sun Nov 23 wildly psychedelic, rustic Balkan blues behemoth Hazmat Modine and legendary Tuvan throat singers Huun Huur Tu at le Poisson Rouge, adv tix $25 at the box office.

 

Also Sun Nov 23  at Cornelia St. Café 8:30 PM Herb Robertson’s Freak Lip Kill Band presents Shades of Jazz on Noir: “Excerpts from the classic film noir works of the 1940s and 1950s viewed from the Femme Fatale of those classics” backed by a live jazz band attempting to evoke the style. If they pull it off it could be pure magic. 

 

Mon Nov 24 Mingus Dynasty at the Jazz Standard, sets 7:30/9:30 PM, note that tix are $25 plus tax. Like the Mingus Orchestra, and Big Band, this is a repertory unit who know the material inside out and always do it justice.

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Also Mon Nov 24, 8 PM, note the new venue, relocated to 258 Bowery, 2nd floor – the OLD Dixon Place – $15 / $12 students/seniors: J. Edgar Klezmer, Songs from My Grandmother’s FBI Fileswritten, composed, researched and arranged by brilliant drummer Eve Sicular with Moe Angelos [Five Lesbian Brothers], trumpeter Pam Fleming (Hazmat Modine), sensational vocalist Melissa Fogarty [Opera Omnia, David Del Tredici], Debra Kreisberg, Shoko Nagai, and Sicular herself: “investigates her activist/pianist/psychiatrist grandma Dr. Adele Sicular’s Cold War time capsule, with original and adapted music as well as archival materials put to unexpected use. From klezmer to classical to boogie woogie, from Hazel Scott’s cancelled TV show to derelict theories of homosexuality, exploring surveillance files leads in even more directions than the Department of Justice could have foreseen.”

 

Also Mon Nov 24 Mary Testa, Alison Fraser and Annie Golden join an allstar band singing the songs of Rusty Magee at the Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 W 42nd St., 10 PM, $30 plus a minimum at tables, reservations recommended to 212-695-6909. Magee was a deviously funny songwriter, an occasional Lewis Black collaborator and is missed on both the NYC theatre and music scene. Maybe if you’re lucky they’ll play The Lick, his LOL funny showcase for one particular sappy riff that’s been used in schlocky songs throughout the ages.

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Also Mon Nov 24 Daria Grace & the Prewar Ponies at Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM. Back in the day she was in the Moonlighters, and remains terrifically and captivatingly good at oldtimey ragtime, country and swing-influenced songs, be they obscure classics or remarkably authentic originals.

 

Fri Nov 28 Irving Louis Lattin at Lucille’s, 8 PM. Chicago expat bluesman, as good and terse acoustic as he is electric. This is probably an electric show, 2 sets worth of standards and the occasional original.

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Also Fri Nov 28, boisterous bar band Baby Daddy along with equally fun Irish acoustic punks Box Of Crayons and supposedly a reunion of BoC frontman Fran Powers’ semi-legendary 80s ska band the Modern Clix – !!!! – at Rocky Sullivan’s, 34 Van Dyke Street (At Dwight Street), Red Hook, Brooklyn starting around 8ish.

 

Also Fri Nov 28 if you like your surf music authentically jangly and low-key, Mr. Action & the Boss Guitars play classic and brilliantly obscure covers at Lakeside, 11 PM. If you get lucky they’ll do the formerly obscure Ventures classic Ginza Lights.

 

Also Nov 28 fearless, funny, wickedly smart oldschool style punk rockers the Brooklyn What play the cd release for their highly anticipated new cd at Don Pedro’s, 9 PM plus special guests. The cd is titled The Brooklyn What for Borough President which is especially apt because they represent us, what’s happening now, this minute: the latest wave of good new New York bands scorn fashion, celebrity and inherited wealth and these guys are leading the way,  doing it with a better sense of humor and better tunes than just about anybody else.

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Also Fri Nov 28, 11ish Jerry Teel & the Big City Stompers at the Knit. LES noir legend returning to his dark and sometimes hypnotic roots, mixing in plenty of garage, some Stonesy riff-rock, a little country and stuff from his previous project Knoxville Girls. That’s Jerome O’Brien from the Dog Show on bass, pushing the juggernaut along.

 

 

 

 

 

Sat Nov 29, 8 PM at Barbes intriguing singer/guzheng (Chinese lute) player Wu Fei playing the cd release for her new one just out on Tzadik followed at 10 by the always brilliant, romantic, gorgeously retro Moonlighters with those beautiful harmonies and smart, fiery songwriting.  

 

Sat Nov 29 Baby Daddy at the Parkside, 10 PM. These guys are the bluesy party rockers responsible for the anthem 700 Beers.  

 

Also Sat Nov 29 the Jack Grace Band at Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM. The big baritone hellraiser writes alternately stark and hilarious country songs that sound like classics from 35 years ago, occasionally taking a detour into Tom Waits territory. A very funny, charismatic live performer who’s also become a hell of a lead guitarist as well.

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Also Sat Nov 29 the Disclaimers and Half Ajar at Spikehill, 11 PM. The former blend fiery Radio Birdman style garage punk, early Elvis Costello songcraft andd a 60s soul feel, which is better than ever with the two women out front wailing over the guitars and keys. Half Ajar feature a couple of members of the Disclaimers and mine a thoughtful Celtic-tinged vein. 

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Also Sat Nov 29 Magges play Teneleven, 11 PM. If you consider yourself a party person and you’ve never danced to this intoxicating – in both the literal and figurative sense – Greek anthem and instrumental band, then you are only an imitation. We’re talking about Gogol Bordello-class energy and fun here. They have been known to bring ouzo to shows, and have a bellydancer. What more could you want.

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Sun Nov 30, a rare, excellent quadruple bill at the Mercury beginning at 7 PM fiery, brilliantly improvisational powerpop trio Devi – whose new cd, recently reviewed here, is killer – followed by long-running, absolutely hypnotic, bass-driven reggae/groove-rockers Faith at 8, inventively improvisational groove band Muthawit at 9 and then Lakeside Lounge Saturday night regulars Spanking Charlene, who sound a lot like vintage X and have a ferociously good singer in Charlene McPherson.

Also Sun Nov 30 Balkan guitar jazz wizard Stephane Wrembel at Barbes, 9 PM.  

Upcoming in December:

12/1, 12/8 and 12/22 the Mingus Big Band at the Jazz Standard, tix $25 + tax

12/2 Jenny Scheinman at Barbes, 7 PM followed by Slavic Soul Party

12/3 and 12/9 Sarah Mucho in her sensational noir cabaret show Subterranean Circus at Don’t Tell Mama

12/2 9:30 PM Lindy Loo’s Country Cuzins – with many special guests at Banjo Jim’s

12/4 Carol Lipnik at the Zipper Theatre, 8 PM

12/4 the Quavers/Rachelle Garniez at Barbes 8 PM

12/4 the Howlin Thurstons at Lakeside 10 PM  

12/5 the Squirrel Nut Zippers at Southpaw, 9 PM, $25

12/6 punk/hardcore the Blackout Shoppers at Passout Records, 131 Grand St. (near Berry) 4 PM, free

12/6 Lisa Burns/the Bedsit Poets at Bowery Poetry Club, 8 PM

12/6 Caithlin de Marrais at the  Mercury 7:30 PM

12/6 Thy Burden at Europa, $5, 8 PM

12/6 Gato Loco at Barbes 8 PM followed at 10 by the Brazilian Acoustic Ensemble

12/6 the Mess Around at Rock Star Bar, 9 PM

12/6 the Budos Band at  BAM Café, 10 PM, free

12/6 Mighty High at Trash, time TBA

12/6 the Coffin Daggers at Otto’s, 10 PM

12/7, 4 PM Eunice Poulos sings Piaf at Merkin Concert Hall, tix $27/$21 stud./srs.

12/8 Haale at Highline Ballroom, 8 PM, adv tix $15

Tue-Sun, Dec 9-14 at Dizzy’s Club the George Coleman Organ Quintet w/ Peter Bernstein, Mike Ledonne, Joe Farnsworth & special guest Eric Alexander featuring George Coleman; tenor saxophone; Peter Bernstein, guitar; Mike Ledonne, hammond B3 organ; Joe Farnsworth, drums; Eric Alexander, tenor saxophone, tix somewhere in the $20-35 range (site doesn’t say)

Wed, December 10, 2008 6 PM at Alwan for the Arts a Reading and Discussion: Accountability for Torture and Rendition with David Cole, Moderated by Issa Mikel, based on the new book Less Safe, Less Free: Why America Is Losing the War on Terror

12/10 brilliant, pioneering string quartet Brooklyn Rider at Barbes 7 PM

12/10 Jenny Scheinman at Banjo Jim’s 9 PM

12/10 Elisa Flynn at Sidewalk, 9 PM

12/12 Spanking Charlene at Don Pedro’s 8 is

12/12 the Main Squeeze Orchestra at the Zipper Theatre, 8 PM, $15

12/12 Jan Bell, Steve Earle  and Stephanie McKay perform at the War Resisters League’s 43rd annual Peace Award and New Orleans Benefit at the Brooklyn Lyceum at the Brooklyn Lyceum, 8 PM

12/12, 11 PM a marvelous bill at the new Galapagos with minimalist acoustic avant-garde tunesmiths Twi the Humble Feather, excellent classical/ambient group Redhooker and the similarly inclined, all-female Victrola Victrola, not sure who’s playing when but they’re all good.

12/13 Ljova and the Kontraband at the Stone, 8 PM

12/13 Andy Statman/Jack Grace  Barbes 8 PM

12/13 Bobby Radcliff at Lucille’s 8 PM  

12/13, 9 PM $10 the 4th St Nite Owls at the Jalopy Café  followed by Balkan brass band Veveritse

12/13 the NY Gypsy All-Stars followed by Husnu Senlendirici on the clarinet with the equally sensational Ismail Tuncbilek on the baglama (lute) at Drom, shows at 8 and 11:30 PM, adv tix $35 at the box ofc

12/13 at Issue Project Room, 8 PM intriguing singer/guzheng player Wu Fei followed by pianist Jenny Q Chai’s Lene Lovich-esque avant piano and vocals which “combine playing with singing and speaking techniques, and will feature the work of American and European composers such as Rzewski (the Kreutzer Sonata, one hopes), Cage, Lachenmann, Boucourechliev and Rakowski, as well as composers of the younger generation.” 

12/14 Jim Campilongo at 55 Bar,6 PM

12/14 bluegrass sensations the Dixie Bee-Liners play a benefit for NY Cares at le Poisson Rouge, time TBA

12/14 the Four Bags/Stephane Wrembel at Barbes 7 PM

12/15 and 12/29 Mingus Dynasty Jazz Standard $25 + tax

12/16 and 12/31 Black 47 at Connolly’s, 10 PM

12/17, 8 PM $10 at Drom, Maria Cangiano plays the cd release show for her new one of Astor Piazzolla’s songs Ballads for My Life & Death: a Tribute to Piazzolla

12/17 Kagero at Caffe Vivaldi 10 PM

12/18 the annual Harrithon (Gorge Harrison tribute) at Banjo Jim’s all night

12/19 Cudzoo & the Fagettes, 8 PM at Hell Gate Social, 12-21 Astoria Blvd., Astoria. Really funny punked-out girl-group pop: this is the band responsible for Oops I Fucked Your Brother

12/19 the Second Fiddles at Banjo Jim’s 10 PM

12/19 Mr. Action & the Boss Guitars at Lakeside 11 PM

12/19 Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens/the Budos Band at the Mercury, 11:30 PM, adv tix $12

12/19 the Toneballs at Freddy’s, 9 PM

12/20 7 PM bluegrass & country night at Banjo Jim’s

12/20 Kristin Hoffmann at Caffe Vivaldi 10 PM

 

12/20 the Slackers at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, 9 PM, adv tix $15 at the Mercury

 

12/20 singer/bellydancer Tamar Riqs featuring guest dancers Oya and Ranya Renee, plus special guest Rachid Halihal on oud, at BAM Café 10 PM  

 

12/20 Chris Erikson & the Wayward Puritans at Lakeside 11 PM

 

12/23 the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble at the Jazz Standard $25 + tax

12/26 the Moonlighters at Barbes 8 PM

12/27 the False Prophets (or what’s left of them) and others at ABC No Rio

12/27 Romashka at Mehanata, 10 PM

12/29 the Stagger Back Brass Band at Barbes, 7 PM ,who describe themselves as “like a drunk who’s had too much coffee”

1/7/09 Robert Gordon & Chis Spedding  BB King’s 8 PM $25

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Concert Review: Englewinds at Trinity Church, NYC 10/23/08

Yesterday at Trinity Church, the environmentally-conscious wind, piano and percussion sextet Englewinds put on a show that was as captivating as it was cutting-edge. Celebrating their tenth anniversary, the group features a new environmental theme every year. This year’s is the monarch butterfly, which relies on milkweed for a place to lay its eggs. With milkweed in decline, the next stop on oboeist Sarah Davol’s intinerary after the show was to meet with the NYC Parks department and try to convince them to let milkweed grow, literally on the fringes, of city-owned parks. As an aside, just think what might happen if, say, AC/DC would start a campaign to plant trees. You may think the idea is incredibly corny, but just imagine…

 

In any event, Englewinds proved to be first and foremost about the music. They opened with a brief and intriguing piece by Davol titled Long Road Back, opening brisk and springlike, picking up the pace with the highs of Marcia Hankle’s flute playing contrapuntally against the lows of Davol’s oboe and Maureen Strenge’s bassoon. The next work on the bill was a tongue-in-cheek partita by Douglas Townsend, who when given a chance to introduce it to the audience, revealed that he’d written it for music students with sufficient technique to play the simpler Beethoven sonatas. The way the group played it, it was clear that Townsend must have had a great time writing it: it’s a dead ringer for Beethoven, Tomoko Ohno’s darkly incisive, subtly textured piano foreshadowing and then joined by winds as the melody rises. Only at the end did she allow herself to cut loose, keeping the quick crescendo at the end of the third section terse and memorable. It was the kind of piece that a clever programmer on, say, WNYC could sneak into a set of Beethoven and nobody would know the difference.

 

Hankle played Katherine Hoover’s open-skies anthem Kokopeli solo, vivid and evocative. It’s an American Indian themed work: Kokopeli is something of a pied piper figure in Hopi mythology. Then the group provided a comic interlude with Dawn Avery’s Tulpe Interlude, getting some audience participation going as the oboe and bassoon each took on a persona, the oboe a graceful, fluid water turtle and the bassoon a big, clumsy box turtle. That the crowd didn’t prove all that good at following along was a blessing in disguise because a more vigorous response would have drowned out the music.

 

They closed on a high note with their clarinetist Monte Morgenstern’s composition The Flight of the Monarch Butterfly. As he told the crowd, the piece actually depicts the creature’s entire life cycle, from the eerie, confusion and eventual shock as it first leaves the cocoon, to a beautiful interlude introduced by stately piano chords, and ending on a sad, hypnotic, Messiaen-esque note, Ohno’s plaintive high notes ringing against gentle washes of winds. More groups should be doing what Englewinds are, raising consciousness in a way that’s compelling without being the least bit strident. Watch this space for further info on upcoming NYC area shows.

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New York City Live Music Calendar October-November 2008 Plus Other Events

Guess what: this isn’t the latest, most recently updated live music calendar here. This is.  If you don’t recognize the place where a show is happening, click our Venues page. And by the way, if you see a listing here like this: The Strokes/The Poquonnock Bridge Volunteer Fire Department All-Stars, that means the Strokes are opening for the Poquonnock Bridge Volunteer Fire Department All-Stars, not the other way around.

 

First the weekly stuff, then the daily calendar.

 

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).

 

Every Sunday, Michael Arenella & the Dreamland Dance Band play sly yet boisterous oldtimey hot jazz during a brunch set at Bar Tabac on Smith St. in Brooklyn Heights from about half past noon to 4 PM.

 

Sundays Sean Kershaw & the Terrible Two (that’s the New Jack Ramblers minus a couple fingers & toes) play the upstairs roof deck at Rocky Sullivan’s, 34 Van Dyke St at Dwight St in Red Hook, 1-4 PM. Free ferry from Manhattan (pier 11,Wall St.) and free shuttle buses from the F&G trains at Smith-9th St, the F,M,R at 4th Ave, and the 2,3,4,5,M,N,R at Borough Hall.

 

The 2008-09 series of organ concerts at St. Thomas Church kicks off on September 14 and continues most every Sunday (certain holidays excepted) at 5:15 sharp, featuring a whole slew of world-renowned performers. Concerts continue through May 17 of next year.

 

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

 

Sundays at 8:30 PM Sasha Dobson plays Pete’s Candy Store. Jazz chanteuse on the serious Brazilian tip: musically, she’s where Snorah Jones should hope to be in five years.

 

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.

 

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 whaat 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 Barbes house band, Chicha Libre plays there starting around 9:45. Chicha Libre are the sole American practitioners of chicha, a style popular in the Peruvian Amazon ghettos in the late 60s and early 70s. With electric accordion, cuatro, surf guitar and a boisterous rhythm section, their hypnotic, reverb-drenched mix of obscure psychedelic surf/cumbia/rock classics and originals is one of the funnest, most danceable things you’ll witness this year. Lately they’ve been expanding their repertoire to include not only their often hilarious, hypnotic originals but also covers of period pieces as well as chichafied rock songs. If you get lucky they’ll play their amped-up version of the Clash classic Guns of Brixton.

 

Mondays in October (and pretty much every month, when he’s not on tour), Rev. Vince Anderson and his band play Black Betty in Williamsburg, two sets starting around 10:30 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 great live performers of our time. Moist Paula from Moisturizer is the lead soloist on baritone sax.

 

Tuesdays El Ritmo Southside plays Rose Bar in Williamsburg, 11 PM. Instrumental covers of classic, Fania-era salsa, mambo, cha-cha, rhumba etc.: Palmieri, Puente, Barretto, et al. featuring superb vibraphonist Tommy Mattioli and a rotating rhythm section.

 

Also every Tues in Oct., 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, Will Scott and drummer Wylie Wirth play mesmerizing, hypnotic, completely authentic Mississippi hill country blues along with Scott’s own melodic, tuneful blues originals at 68 Jay St. Bar in Dumbo, starting around 8:30 PM. Junior Kimbrough, R.L. Burnside and Asie Payton are sadly gone but Scott continues their tradition of music that is as danceable as it is trance-inducing, and does his influences justice.

 

Also every Wednesday, the Nat Lucas Organ Trio plays jazz at Lenox Lounge uptown, sets from 8 PM to midnight.

 

Weds Oct 1 Amanda Thorpe plays Banjo Jim’s, 8 PM. The Bedsit Poets frontwoman’s solo material is far darker and perhaps deeper than that band’s irresistably sunny retro Britpop, delving into such disparate styles as noir cabaret and 70s Britfolk with equally rewarding results.

 

Also Weds Oct 1, sets at 8:30 and 11 PM the Lou Donaldson Quartet with Dr. Lonnie Smith on B3 organ play Birdland, gen adm tix $30. Donaldson’s oldschool R&B pedigree matches up well with Smith’s 50s groove genius. 

 

Also Weds Oct 1 Rawles Balls play Otto’s, 9 PM. One of the funniest bands of alltime, the wickedly satirical, sarcastic cover band from hell delight in butchering every schlocky song ever written as well as a whole lot of good ones including some so obscure you’ll be amazed.

 

Also Weds Oct 1 exhilarating, danceable pan-Balkan rockers Ansambl Mastika – with horns, guitar and a propulsive rhythm section – play Drom, 9 PM along with hypnotic, female fronted Marseilles rai/rap/dance pop band Watcha Clan

 

Also Weds Oct 1 Bogs Visionary Orchestra play Sidewalk, 10 PM. Fiery, upbeat bluegrass band whose originals could be standards from 50 years ago. Good stuff.

 

Also Weds Oct 1 deliciously hypnotic, echoey roots reggae band Dub Conscious plays Sullivan Hall, 10:30ish. I and I say it dread in dis year Babylon but these guys make you forget where you are.

 

Also Wednesday, Oct 1 Rachelle Garniez at the Gershwin Hotel, 7 East 27th Street, 10ish, $15 with a bunch of other performers, most of them from the gay scene. Multi-instrumentalist, equally proficient on piano and accordion and every retro genre ever invented from noir cabaret to ska to country to punked-out polkas. Soaring voice, richly beautiful melodies, hilarious between-song jokes and a lot of the songs are funny as well.

 

Also Thurs Oct 2 the Darrin James Band plays Sullivan Hall, early, 7:30 PM. Smart, purist Americana songwriter, good bluesy singer with a fine band and a lot of memorably lyrical songs. Tom Waits, Dr. John, Elvis Costello influences, he does them all justice.

 

Thurs Oct 2 Boston rockers Aloud play Trash Bar, time TBA. Cool guy/girl vox, a blend of punchy garage riff-rock and tasty, twangy jangle. Now if only they’d record with the same reckless abandon as they play live.

 

Also Thurs Oct 2 And The Wiremen play Lit, 8:30 PM. 2 guitars, cornet, and a rhythm section led by the brilliantly melodic Lynn Wright, ex-Bee & Flower and current Cordero guitarist. Thoughtful and pensive with unexpected dynamic shifts and imaginative textures.

 

Also Thurs Oct 2 alternately lush and fiery art-rockers Melomane play a triumphant return engagement following their recent European tour at the Bell House, 149 7th Street, Gowanus, Brooklyn,  time TBA because the bands will take a break to watch the Biden/Palin debate for comic relief. On the bill before Melomane: the excellent oldtimey country crew M Shanghai String Band.

 

Also Thurs Oct 2 the Brooklyn What show is cancelled, stay tuned for more info 

 

Also Thurs Oct 2 Rachelle Garniez plays Barbes, 10 PM. A torchy bundle of apparent contradictions: dark and troubling but also drop-dead hilarious; fiery but sometimes fragile; one of the world’s most intensely powerful songwriters with a rabid cult following but in the ultimate scheme of things, an obscure treasure. Nothing contradictory about how she sounds at the keyboard, whether she’s on the piano in the back room here, or her trusty accordion. She’s also the one responsible for the cd which was our pick for best of 2007. And also 2003.

 

 

Also Thurs Oct 2 Lucky Peterson plays Terra Blues, 10 PM. One of the great blues artists of our time, a triple threat with great songwriting, as good a guitarist as keyboardist (he’s Otis Rush’s alltime favorite).

 

Also Thurs Oct 2 alternately lush and fiery art-rockers Melomane play a triumphant return engagement following their recent European tour at the Bell House, 149 7th Street,  Gowanus, Brooklyn, 10:15 PM. Preceding them are the excellent oldtimey country crew M Shanghai String Band at 9:30

 

Also Thurs Oct 2 through Sat Oct 4 Stereolab play Irving Plaza, 11ish, adv tix $25 available at the box office. The crew here is divided on these guys: one faction thinks their drony, ambient sound is tuneless and pretentious; the other thinks they’re totally unique and their politics are spot-on.

 

Fri Oct 3 Hazmat Modine triumphantly returns from their worldwide summer tour to Terra Blues, early, 7 PM. Minor keys have never been so much fun. They get lumped into the gypsy music camp but they’re so much more than that, mixing equal parts of klezmer, reggae and New Orleans blues into their intoxicating, psychedelic sound, with the dueling blues harps, the human crescendo Pam Fleming on trumpet and the charismatic, boisterous Wade Schuman fronting the band.

 

Also Fri Oct 3 one of the world’s great klezmer trumpeters, Frank London plays Drom, 9 PM.

 

Also Fri Oct 3 Royal Pine plays the Jalopy Café, 9 PM. This is irrepressible ex-Crooked Jades oldtimey siren Robin Aigner’s latest entertaining project. Also on the bill: smartly edgy fiddler Diane Stockwell’s bluegrass band Fresh Baked.

 

Also Fri Oct 3 Demolition String Band play Rodeo Bar, 10 PM. Edgy female-fronted electrified bluegrass band who sound kind of like X doing their country thing; great new cd out too.

 

Also Fri Oct 3, 9:45 PM dark southpaw noir rock siren Randi Russo and then the brilliantly lyrical, jangly indie rockers the Oxygen Ponies do short half-hour sets as part of a benefit for Parkinson’s Disease at Sidewalk, no cover, just donations.

 

Also Fri Oct 3, 10 PM twangy highway rockers the Sloe Guns play the National Underground. Amazingly textured Fender/Gibson guitar duels, if you’re lucky; a smart no-BS political sensibility and strong songwriting. Recommended for Jayhawks, Son Volt and Steve Earle fans.

 

Sat Oct 4 and continuing on 10/11, 10/18, 11/8, 11/15 and 11/22  John Scott plays a marathon of the complete organ works of Messiaen at St. Thomas Church, 4 PM. He’s done the complete works of Buxtehude not once but twice; his recording of the complete Mendelssohn organ sonatas is probably the best extant. Of all the great performances of the Messiaen centenary, these could be the most exciting.

 

Also Sat Oct 4 les Chauds Lapins at Barbes, 8 PM. Retro 30s/40s French chanson revivalists: lush strings, clever French lyrics, beaucoup innuendo, fetching guy/girl harmonies.  Followed by oldtime Cuban son revivalists Conjunto Guantanamo at 10: rustic, primeval, danceable, clever lyrics in Espanol.

 

Also Sat Oct 4 at Otto’s, another Unsteady Freddy surf show starting at 10 with the twangy, original Supertones, all-purpose rock instrumental guitarslinger Matty Liot & The Big Ups, purist Rhode Island surf/garage twanglers the Chasers and the remarkably adventurous, genre-hopping Strange But Surf in the wee hours sometime after one.

 

Sun Oct 5, 1:30 PM at Bowery Poetry Club, free it’s a mass reading in memory of the great Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish, an iconic artist considered by many Palestinians to be their greatest literary proponent. Darwish promoted the concept of an equitable peace agreement in the Middle East for decades, long before it was kosher to do so. Followed on the bill by a couple of dweeby prog rock bands.

 

Sun Oct 5, 3 PM the world-class Greenwich Village Orchestra plays Beethoven – Symphony No.6 “Pastorale” and Piano Concerto No. 5 “Emperor” at the Washington Irving HS auditorium, tix insanely cheap, $15 at the door.

 

Also Sun Oct 5, pick your Obama fundraiser, there are a million of them. Cool, huh? This is the most fashionable one. Obamabelt party, 7-10 PM, $20 contribution goes to our next president at NY Perks, 193 Smith St. at Warren, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, F train to Bergen St. DJ Nappy G spins hip-hop. The Obamabelt is a shiny fashionable unisex accessory that will A) hold your pants up, B) be a triumphant victory souvenir that you can wear with pride and C) is a collectible that will only appreciate in value. Handmade in NYC by union labor.

 

Also Sun Oct 5 gypsy jazz guitarist Stephane Wrembel at Barbes, 9 PM, also here on 10/12 and 10/19, same time. Boisterous, sometimes frenetic, virtuosic, very adventurous, blending many different styles from around the world. Wrembel knows that the guitar is first and foremost a percussion instrument.

 

Also Sun Oct 5, 11 PM dark baritone gothic country lounge crooner (and Ninth House frontman) Mark Sinnis plays Otto’s with keyboardist Matt Dundas and spectacular, gypsy-inflected violinist Susan Mitchell

 

Mon-Tues Oct 6-7 Mingus Dynasty plays the Jazz Standard, note that tix are “$25 plus tax”, sets at 7:30 and 9:30. Like the Mingus Big Band and Mingus Orchestra, this repertory unit knows the great composer’s work inside out; here’s a chance to see them in terrific-sounding  surroundings for a little less money and lots less hassle than usual.

 

Also Mon Oct 6 the Ukuladies play Rodeo Bar, 10 PM. Theatrical, funny, oldtimey female-fronted Canadian ukelele act who bring food and lottery tix to shows: definitely a good time.

 

Tues Oct 7 there’s a $40 Obama fundraiser at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. Good cause, not much on the bill that looks very enticing other than oldtimey violinist Andrew Bird, noir rock legend Martin Bisi – whose new cd is surprisingly funny and fun – and a bunch of comedians. You can also watch the debate downstairs and register to vote if you haven’t already.

 

Also Tues Oct 7 the Bellmer Dolls, hot off a great tour with Nick Cave, play the Mercury, 10:30 PM. Dirty, noisy NY noir garage guitar trio who sometimes use distorted organ for an additionally eerie effect.

 

Weds Oct 8 Metropolitan Klezmer plays a secret show during the day sometime on the LES, somewhere a few blocks north of Delancey. Watch this space for details. Met Klez are All Things Klezmer: film scores, haunting dirges, delirious dances, all with those haunting Middle Eastern tonalities, featuring both accordion and horns.

 

Also Weds Oct 8- Sat Oct 11 the Dave Holland Sextet plays Birdland, sets at 8:30 and 11, $30 gen adm tix. Famous jazz bassist who’s played with everybody: often surprisingly minimalist and melodic for someone so adventurous and well-traveled.

 

Weds Oct 8 at Smalls, 7:30 PM Jay Leonhart plays a rare solo bass show. A jazz guy who’s played with everybody, he has a remarkably lyrical, melodic style (figures, for someone who’s backed a lot of singers) and a good, frequently funny composer too. Definitely worth seeing if you can’t resist those low tonalities. He’s also here on 10/22, same time.

 

Also Weds Oct 8 the Sam Sherwin Band feat. members of Funkadelic and Antigone Rising plays the Cutting Room, 8 PM. He’s a fiery southpaw guitarslinger with equal command of mid-70s Page shredding and late-70s punk/powerpop fury. Good stuff if guitar is your thing.

 

Also Weds Oct 8, 9:30ish at Rose Bar in Williamsburg: Drive By Leslie feat. keyboardist Adam Klipple and stupendously good, incisive, bluesy guitarist Marvin Swell delivering organ funk, “equal parts Meters and Headhunters with a healthy dose of Afrobeat.”

 

Also Weds Oct 8 the Wedding Present plays Bowery Ballroom, 10ish. British cult faves from the late 80s/90s mixing elements of garage, punk and occasionally buffoonish pop. They’re also playing Southpaw the following night, but the sound there isn’t nearly as good.

 

Also Weds Oct 8 irrepressible multi-instrumentalist/songwriter Nan Turner plays Sidewalk, 10 PM. Smart, funny, completely unpredictable and tonight she’ll see how many different instruments she can play in the span of about an hour.

 

Also Weds Oct 8 Dave Smith’s The Perfect Man – adventurous jazz quintet featuring electric trombone, freakaphone and space vocals! – play Black Betty, 2 late sets start at 11.

 

Also Thurs Oct 9 the free Wire show at Irving Plaza is sold out. Just so you know.

 

Also Thurs Oct 9 darkly lo-fi Americana/soul duo the French Exit play Crash Mansion, 8 PM. Imagine Cat Power fronting the Dirty Three – all those haunting, spiky atmospherics, excellent tunes and vastly fewer vocal affectations than Ms. Marshall. Good stuff.

 

Thurs Oct 9 Canadian banjoist Jayme Stone & Malian kora player Mansa Sissoko play Drom, 8 PM. Pretty much what you’d expect: a mix of traditional bluegrass and African styles, but rather than being jarring, they alternate between styles. The bluegrass is typically rousing, the African stuff gorgeously hypnotic.

 

Also Thurs Oct 9 at Kenny’s Castaways, 9 PM: Witches in Bikinis. In their matching colored wigs and bikinis, the witches – all eight of them – make fun of all things “sinister” in pop culture – monsters, schlocky horror flicks, etc. Funny, absolutely original and with a solid band behind them. While they put on a tightly choreographed show, this is a concert rather than a theatrical performance. They’re also marching and playing in the the Halloween parade.

 

Also Thurs Oct 9 Slim Cessna’s Auto Club is at Maxwell’s, 10 PM. The original grasscore band is as fast and furious as usual, equal parts punk and virtuosic bluegrass, with the requisite, frequently bizarre sense of humor.

 

Fri Oct 10 Pinataland plays Barbes, 8 PM. Their new cd Songs for the Forgotten Future Vol. 2 is smartly literate, richly orchestrated and something of a guide to the “weird USA.”

 

Also Fri Oct 10 at the Spiegeltent out back of South Street Seaport, cheap bargain $15 tix available at the tent box office, it’s “The SIT & Die Co. Medicine Show” featuring three hours of music including very smart, very funny retro 50s hillbilly trio Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co.; Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby, the punk icon and the Mod Housewife, together!;  the Jack Grace Band: “He’s like that Cash boy – but good.” – Jerry Lee Lewis; the comedic, stylistically diverse Erin & Her Cello, plus a ventriloquist. SitNDie are also at Otto’s on Oct 30 at 8.

 

Also Fri Oct 10 Fred Ho & the Afro-Asian Ensemble at BAM Café, 9 PM. Jazzed-up Asian melodies, sometimes in a bop context, sometimes very minimalistic. A big Mingus fan, Ho plays the baritone sax and loves those cool low tonalities.

 

Also Fri Oct 10 at Zebulon, 10:30 PM: smart, politically aware Massachusetts reggae/jazz megaplex the Superpowers. Their festival show early in the summer uptown was sensationally good .

 

Sat Oct 11, 3 PM at ABC No Rio, Bay area punks Acts of Sedition, our own Hipster Holocaust (three cheers) and also Bad Blood (NOT the Neil Sedaka song).

 

Also Sat Oct 11 a good twinbill of sirens at le Poisson Rouge, 7:30 PM, $15 featuring the brilliantly multistylistic accordionist/pianist Rachelle Garniez – whose album Melusine Years was our pick for best cd of 2007 –  followed by veteran soul/jazz singer Catherine Russell.

 

Also Sat Oct 11 legendary, vital salsa vet Eddie Palmieri plays a doublebill with the Latin Giants of Jazz – Tito Puente’s backup band, whose show last month downtown was something beyond exhilarating  – at the Lehman Ctr, 8 PM, 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West, D train to Bedford Pk Blvd, tix pricy ($35 is cheapest) but worth it at the box ofc.

 

Also Sat Oct 11, speaking of salsa, at 8 PM at the Stone, Ela Troyano screens her documentary La Lupe Queen of Latin Soul, chronicling the life and times of the legendary singer from the 60s. Featuring rare archival footage of the latin music scene in La Habana in the 50’s and NYC in 60’s and 70s.

 

Also Sat Oct 11 Rosalia plays BAM, 8 PM; she’s also at Barbes at 7 on 10/12. Spanish guitarist Rosalia Roio is an utterly original, captivating player versed in a dazzling array of classical, jazz and world music styles, a great improviser with a signature sound. Sometimes hypnotic, sometimes bracing, always interesting.

 

Also Sat Oct 11 Kilifax plays Kenny’s Castaways, 8 PM. Told ya they were getting some good acts at this club now! This ferociously tuneful NYC punk trio is everything that’s good about punk: they’re funny, fun and politically spot-on. Somebody had to do a song called Bush Is an Asshole, and it’s a good thing it was these guys. Reputedly their new cd Citizen What is excellent.

 

Also Sat Oct 11 Jim Campilongo plays Barbes at 8 followed at 10 by Smokey Hormel’s Roundup. The former, one of this era’s great guitarists, blends twangy surf, western swing and eerie noir soundtrack stuff like Big Lazy. The latter is a longtime Johnny Cash sideman who also excels at western swing.

 

Also Sat Oct 11 strikingly smart retro country band the Dixons play the cd release show for their new one at Union Pool, Jerry Teel & the Big City Stompers opening the night, classic LES 1992 noir garage style, 9ish.

 

Allso Sat Oct 11 jazzy Turkish singer/kopuz (five-string lute) player Erkan Ogur and the Ismail Hakkı Demircioglu Duo featuring the ecstatic, hypnotic pan-Arab traditional group Dunya Ensemble at Drom, 10 PM, gen adm tix $25. Playing often dark, haunting, traditional Anatolian music; the Dunya Ensemble has recently released Music of Cyprus, the first album in which Greek and Turkish Cypriots perform and present their musical traditions together, no small achievement.

 

Also Sat Oct 11, Magges plays Mehanata, 10 PM. Traditional Greek music, but far more boisterous than you’d hear in the typical taverna in Astoria. Electric bouzouki, a bellydancer and searing violin from the always amazing Susan Mitchell. Free admission before 10:30 so make sure you show up on time!.  

 

Also Sat Oct 11 fiery noise/punk/art-rockers System Noise play Connolly’s, 10 PM. Dark macabre virtuoso guitar, a pummeling rhythm section, good lyrics and the spectacular Sarah Mucho out front wailing over the squall. One of the half-dozen best live bands in NYC, maybe the world right now.

 

Also Sat Oct 11 Simon & the Bar Sinisters play Lakeside, 10:15ish (early by Lakeside standards, but Simon likes to play long sets). A true original: raised on punk, addicted to surf, steeped in rockabilly, honest as the day he was born and very funny. And damn, what a guitarist.

 

Also Sat Oct 11 the Mess Around play Trash Bar, midnight. The ultimate Saturday night band, NYC’s answer to Radio Birdman. Oldschool purists with wild crazy energy and scorching guitars.

 

Sun Oct 12 frequently haunting, horn-driven, oldschool 60s style ska band Tri-State Conspiracy followed by rousing, equally dark Russian “Siberian salsa swing” Gogol Bordello soundalikes Yoke play Drom, early, 7 PM, gen adm tix cheap and worth it at $15.

 

Also Sun Oct 12 the Cannabis Cup Band plays a Peter Tosh birthday tribute at B.B.King’s, 11:30 PM, adv tix $12 at the box office. Second-wave roots reggae: metal guitar in places, busier and more boisterous than your classic 70s Jamaican stuff, with a frequent dub sensibility.

 

Tues Oct 14 the incomparable Jenifer Jackson plays the Rockwood, 9 PM. This is the show we want you to go see. Equally adept at lush Beatlesque psychedelia, romantic samba and soulful Americana, Jackson sings with a completely unaffected, warmly wise voice that will lift your spirits if you’ve had a rough day. It’s a free show, what have you got to lose but your troubles.

 

Weds Oct 15-19 the Bill Charlap Trio play the Vanguard, sets at 7:30 and 9:30. Surprisingly, pianist Charlap’s blinding speed is matched by an unabashed heart-on-his-sleeve romanticism: ever been seduced by adrenaline? The rhythm section, Peter and Kenny Washington (no relation) is killer.

 

Weds Oct 15 adventurous gypsy-inflected instrumental unit Ansambl Mastika play Rose Bar in Williamsburg, 9 PM, which should be interesting considering their frontguy Greg Squared is out of the country. Basically anything in the Arab scale is fair game to them, Macedonia to the Great Wall and all points in between.

 

Also Weds Oct 15 and Thurs Oct 16, 8 PM at le Poisson Rouge, German cellist Jan Vogler and The Knights, a fantastic young chamber orchestra playing Shostakovich and Hendrix with special guest Ljova from Ljova and the Kontraband on viola, adv tix $20 at the box office highly recommended.

 

Weds Oct 15 Mamie Minch plays Banjo Jim’s, 10 PM. The former Roulette Sisters frontwoman writes smart, funny, oldtimey blues songs that sound like classics from the 1920s. A frequently hilarious performer who really knows how to work a crowd. She’ll sound great in the intimate confines here: early arrival highly recommended.

   

Weds Oct 15 popular, tuneful all-female (one assumes) jangle/garage/punk lo-fi rock trio the Vivian Girls play Bowery Ballroom 9:30ish, adv tix $10 at the Mercury recommended – this may sell out.

 

Thurs Oct 16, afternoon, 1 PM the Gould Piano Trio plus Robert Plane on clarinet perform Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time at Trinity Church, free. Written in a Nazi prison camp for this particular lineup because that’s all Messiaen and his compatriots had, it’s a quietly harrowing but ultimately triumphant anti-fascist broadside. This being the Messiaen centenary year, you’ll get more chances to see this now than you ever will: don’t miss out.

 

Also Thurs Oct 16, 7 PM at Otto’s it’s ukelele night with bands all night long, beginning at 7:30 with the Arizona Ukemen in their NYC debut; at 8, the smooth Craig Chesler from Dreamboat; 9 PM, Brooklyn femme fatale Sweet Soubrette & The Shipwrecks; 10 PM absolutely bizarre Florida vaudevillain Hot Time Harv and 11 PM big, theatrical, satirical combo Agent 99. Just wondering: where the hell are the Moonlighters?!!

 

Problem solved: the Moonlighters aren’t at Otto’s because they have a gig of their own at Spikehill at 9!  

 

Also Thurs Oct 16 Spiros Soukis plays Lucille’s, 8 PM, 2 sets. Greek expat who adds his own innovative touch to British-style, late 60s electric blues. He’s also here on 10/28, same time.

 

Also Thurs Oct 16 Mary-Kate O’Neil plays the Goldhawk in Hoboken, 8 PM. Acoustic singer-songwriter: tuneful, a little quirky, understated sense of humor, distant echoes of classic 60s pop.

 

Also Thurs Oct 16 fiery garage/gospel rockers the Lost Crusaders – whose new cd Have You Heard About the World is sensationally good – play the Spigeltent out back of South St. Seaport, 8:30 PM opening for a band composed mostly of psuedo-literary types. Adv tix available at the tent box office.

 

Also Thurs Oct 16 blue/roots music guitar genius Lenny Molotov plays Pete’s Candy Store with his band, 9 PM. Lots of delta blues, some ragtime, many originals, great lyrics and a brutal, sardonic sense of humor.

 

Also Thurs Oct 16 Jerry Teel & the Big City Stompers featuring Jerome O’Brien from the Dog Show on bass play Don Pedro’s, 11ish. More of a noir garage band than the country act they were in a previous incarnation; their most recent show at Union Pool was often entrancingly psychedelic and fun.

 

Fri Oct 17 excellent Middle Eastern combo Zikrayat – specialists in haunting film music from Lebanon and Egypt in the 50s and 60s – play Alwan for the Arts downtown, doors 7:30 PM, $20/$15 students, with the superb Faisal Zedan on percussion.

 

Also Fri Oct 17 the Ventures play B.B. King’s, 8 PM, adv tix. $36 at the box ofc. and worth it. What the Beatles were to pop, what the Stones were to rock, what whiskey is to thirst, the Ventures are to instrumental rock. Nearly fifty years after they started, original members Don Wilson, Bob Bogle and Nokie Edwards are still going strong. Scream and see if they play Ginza Lights!

 

Also Fri Oct 17, Method Man & Redman perform at the Nokia Theatre, 8 PM, adv tix $35 available at their box office open Mon-Sat noon-6 PM. Back before they became tv actors, they put out one of the great hip-hop collaborations of alltime,  Blackout. This time around they’re doing what they call the Still High Tour, which is probably accurate.

 

Also Fri Oct 17, 8 PM trombonist William Cepeda’s Puerto Rican Explosion, a 17-piece band playing everything Puerto Rican – salsa, bomba, plena – is at Symphony Space, tix $30.

 

Also Fri Oct 17 the Doc Marshalls at Banjo Jim’s, 9:30 PM. Rousing, boisterous, virtuosic, equally adept at Texas honkytonk and Louisiana cajun.

 

Also Fri Oct 17 sprawling, somewhat psychedelic, totally 60s soul throwbacks Charles Bradley & the Menahan Street Band featuring members of Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings play the cd release for their new one at Southpaw, 10ish, $14.

 

Sat Oct 18, a walkathon (you need to get sponsors) against the Atlantic Yards luxury condo/arena project. Registration starts at 5:15 PM, march at 6:15 PM, gather in front of Bob Law’s Seafood Cafe (637 Vanderbilt/ btwn St. Marks and Prospect Place) and conclude with an after party for participants including free food and live music (TBA) at the Brooklyn Lyceum (227 4th Avenue at Union St.).

 

Also Sat Oct 18 Elk City plays Union Hall, 9ish, $8. Not nearly as noisy as you might remember them: they’re a catchy, jangly, terse unit with tight guy/girl vocals. If commercial radio played good bands, you’d hear them there.

 

Also Sat Oct 18 at Caffe Vivaldi, 9 PM rustic, psychedelic, frequently haunting quartet Merakali playing Greek Smyrnaika (Greek urban songs of the 1920’s and 1930’s from Izmir, Turkey and Athens) along with some Greek Sephardic songs.

 

Also Sat Oct 18 legendary Iranian spike fiddle player/composer Kayhan Kalhor – who’s just released a sensational new album with the string quartet Brooklyn Rider –  plays Carnegie Hall, 8:30 PM, adv tix $36 available at the World Music Institute box office.

 

 Also Sat Oct 18 legendary, artsy, psychedelic rock en Espanol band Jaguares at the Nokia Theatre, 9:30 PM, adv tix $37.50 available at their box office open Mon-Sat noon-6 PM.

 

Also Sat Oct 18, 10PM at Rose Bar it’s guitarist/singer Bato the Yugo & Gypsy Boogie playing authentically fiery Balkan stuff.

 

Also Sat Oct 18 excellently psychedelic, politically aware NYC roots reggae outfit Meta & the Cornerstones play Zebulon, 10:30 PM.

 

Also Sat Oct 18 the Jack Grace Band – featuring Melomane’s excellent bass player – is at Rodeo Bar, 10:30 ish. “He’s like that Cash boy – but good.” – Jerry Lee Lewis.

 

Also Sat Oct 18 loud, punkish rockers Spanking Charlene – sort of NYC’s answer to X – play Lakeside, 11 PM. Frontwoman Charlene McPherson has one of those voices you’ll never forget once you hear it – she can really wail.

 

Also Sat Oct 18 Diane Cluck plays Joe’s Pub, 11:30 PM with subtle drummer extraordinaire Anders Griffen, $10. Somewhat noir acoustic storyteller: evocative, thoughtful, literate, occasionally very funny.

 

Also Sat Oct 18 Witches in Bikinis play Arlene’s, midnight, $10. In their matching colored wigs and bikinis, the witches – all eight of them – make fun of all things sinister from pop culture. Funny, absolutely original and with a solid band behind them. While they put on a tightly choreographed show, this is a concert rather than a theatrical performance .

 

Sun Oct 19, early evening, 5 PM smartly oldtimey acoustic act Royal Pine – featuring another tremendously good singer, Robin Aigner – play the Gardens of Union, Union St. near 4th Ave., Brooklyn.

 

Also Sun Oct 19 Kal (Roma for black) play Joe’s Pub, 9:30 PM. Fiery, haunting, politically and historically aware gypsy band from the suburbs of Belgrade. Keenly aware that they’re keeping a great tradition alive in the face of the encroachment of computerized disco and prejudice on all sorts of levels, fired by righteous anger. Could be very intense and just as fun, adv tix $22 at the box office.

 

Mon Oct 20 at St. Paul’s Chapel, free, 1 PM, pianist Evan Solomon and cellist Julie Albers play Bach, Barber and Tschaikovsky.

 

Mon Oct 20 Des Roar play the Mercury, 7:30 PM, perfect because all the amateurs and tourists they so despise will be back in New Jersey – or won’t be awake and in the bar for breakfast yet. Fiery, angry punk/garage rockers whose song Ted Bundy Was a Ladies Man is one of the alltime serial killer classics, right up there with Son of Sam by the Dead Boys.

 

Also Mon Oct 20 hilarious Brooklyn punk rockers Custard Wally – whose new cd Call Me Walt has an adventurousness and musical diversity that totally fits into the latest wave of excellent NYC bands – play Don Pedro’s, 8 PM.

 

Also Mon Oct 20, 8 PM actress/playwright Jen Yip’s one-woman show Iris at La MaMa, 74A East 4th St ,$8. Iris Chang was an awardwinning historian, writer and human rights activist, dead at 36, a suicide.  Author of The Rape of Nanking, in 1998 she relentlessly confronted a top Japanese official on national television, demanding an apology from Japan to China for atrocities committed during World War II. This show examines the public and personal struggles of the Chinese-American crusader for truth and justice.

 

Tues Oct 21 haunting, danceable, innovatively shape-shifting Middle Eastern combo Zikrayat play with noted percussionist Faisal Zedan at Barbes, 8:30 PM.

 

Also Tues Oct 21  Edward Rogers and Amanda Thorpe’s killer Britfolk-inflected harmony-rock band Bedsit Poets plays the cd release show for their new one Rendezvous at the Cutting Room. Powerpop genius George Usher opens the show, solo at 7:30 PM.

 

Also Tues Oct 21 los Mas Valientes play the Nuyorican Poets Café, 9 PM. Jazz flute player Jessica Valiente’s combo manages to be adventurous and maintain a classic, danceable oldschool Fania sound – or reach back for even older eras – at the same time.

 

Also Tues Oct 21 the Del McCoury Band headline the Highline Ballroom. around 10, adv tix $20 at the box ofc. Longtime Bill Monroe sideman McCoury is far more adventurous than his trad pedigree would indicate. Don’t bother showing up for the two forgettable opening band.

 

Weds Oct 22, 9 PM Chris Brokaw followed by the Willard Grant Conspiracy at Union Hall, $10. The former is one of great guitarists of our time and also a first-rate songwriter, fond of eerie, reverberating noise and minor keys. The latter is a pensive Americana rock unit led by the former frontman from 80s alt-country legends the Long Ryders.

 

Also Weds Oct 22 at the Cornelia St Café, 10 PM, the One And Nines – wow – real oldschool 60s R&B/Motown songwriting, a real soul sister fronting the band, sweet organ, Steve Cropper style guitar and a minimalist dance groove, no fonkeh fakeness anywhere. If you like Sharon Jones you should check out the One and Nines. $10 cover/$7 minimum at tables.

 

Also Weds Oct 22 at Southpaw allpurpose instrumental trio Matty Liot & the Big Ups – adept and fun at pretty much any kind of rock that doesn’t have words, 10 PM.

 

Also Weds Oct 22 Reckon So at Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM. Country band: guy/girl vocals, mostly soulful, midtempo songs, beautiful harmonies. And guitarist Danny Weiss’ signature lower-frequency playing is especially warm and thoughtful. 

 

Also Weds Oct 22 smart, passionate, tuneful female-fronted dreampop group This Reporter plays Pete’s 11 PM. Live, they strip away the layers, putting the beauty of the tunes and the vocals front and center. Excellent new cd out too!

 

Thurs Oct 23, free, 1 PM, sextet Englewinds play environmentally-conscious works by contemporary composers at Trinity Church. 

 

Also Thurs Oct 23 Metropolitan Klezmer – who play every haunting style of klezmer music ever invented, and have a sensationally good live album out – play the Jalopy Café in Red Hook, 8 PM

 

By the way – yes, it’s that time of year again – you know what CMJ stands for, right? Colossal Musical Joke.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Also Thurs Oct 23 – Sat Oct 25, 8 PM, $25, the Citizen’s Band plays their popular, extremely timely show The Panic is On at the Henry Street Settlement, 466 Grand Street (at Pitt Street), F to East Broadway and walk east. In “their sixth original show, the troupe is trapped in a makeshift bomb shelter where they’re forced to find common ground and hope in a terror filled world. Performing a spirited mix of classic songs and original compositions they ponder such issues as fear mongering, war, immigration, xenophobia, poverty and their own dreams for political change.
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Also Thurs Oct 23 Mudville plays Kenny’s Castaways, 8 PM. Sultry downtempo/trip-hop collaboration between chanteuse Marilyn Carino (Paula’s sister) and percussionist/producer Benny Cha Cha: if you like Goldfrapp but couldn’t afford them when they last passed through town, this is for you.

 

Also Thurs Oct 23 at Southpaw, a Barack Obama fundraiser with bouncy Staten Island instrumentalists the Budos Band & others from the Daptone circle, music starting around 9ish.

 

Also Thurs Oct 23 rousing country hellraisers Serena Jean & the Whiskey Trippers play upstairs at the National Underground, 9 PM. They’re also here on 10/30.

 

Also Thurs Oct 23 Tom Shaner plays Lakeside, 10 PM. He and his killer band – Tom Clark has been playing lead guitar in the unit recently – alternate between, dark, dusky, literate southwestern gothic and more upbeat roots-rock with a smart sense of humor. If you’re lucky they’ll play She’s an Everyday Hipster

 

Also Thurs Oct 23 the Five Points Band plays Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM. Talented, somewhat bizarrely funny, dark bluespunk band, the missing link between the Cramps and Jon Spencer.

 

Also Thurs Oct 23 the Masters of Tashkent play Tea Lounge in Park Slope, Brooklyn, time is anybody’s guess (around 11?). Keyboard, oud, kanun, traditional instruments, wow! Jazzy downtempo lounge meets haunting gypsyish magic. Worth a trip on the R train.

 

Fri Oct 24 sprawling, deliriously fun bluesy gypsyish minor-key party band Hazmat Modine – harmonica, tuba, guitar, rhythm section, who knows what else – play the American Folk Art Museum, across the street from MOMA at 45 West 53rd St. 8 PM, free. Before the show, take some time for the Henry Darger exhibit (perfect for Halloween!). Space is limited, RSVP recommended.

 

Also Fri Oct 24, 9 PM the first annual Port Authority Fuck Authority Punk Rock Festival at Port 41 355 West 41st St @ 9th Ave featuring snarling, spot-on funny, somewhat metalish Kilifax (the guys who brought you the classic song Bush Is an Asshole and other favorites) followed by the Black Angels featuring Jimi Black and Nicky Black of the Cheetah Chrome Band. Don’t miss this show! There’s no cover, free hotdogs, free popcorn, and free CDs, too. Hard to imagine anything better than this tonight.

 

Also Fri Oct 24 hilarious, somewhat theatrical country satirists the Inbreeds– who make fun of every conceivable style of country music ever invented – play Freddy’s, 9 PM. The amazing Annette Kudrak holds down the lead spot on accordion.

 

Also Fri Oct 24 supersonically fast surf rockers los Straitjackets play an absurdly good doublebill with legendary Finnish surf rockers Laika & the Cosmonauts at Maxwell’s, adv tix $13 at the club and at Other Music. They’re at Southpaw at 9 on 10/25 for the same price, which should be just as good since they’re both instrumental bands and don’t need vocals.

 

Also Fri Oct 24  twangy, growling, somewhat Steve Earle-inflected former Backslider Chip Robinson plays Lakeside with the Roscoe Trio, 10ish – expect a long set.

 

Also Fri Oct 24 fiery yet brilliantly retro surf band the Outpatients play Hank’s, 11:30ish.

 

Sat Oct 25 alternately moody, thoughtfully downtempo and bouncy, grooving somewhat shoegaze rockers El Jezel at the Delancey, 7 PM.

 

Also Sat Oct 25 probably the most diverse bill of the whole year at Drom featuring virtuoso, jazzy hammered dulcimer player Max ZT at 7:30; dark, hypnotic, fiery Persian-American rock siren Haale and her band at 8:30; Brooklyn/Brazilian funksters Nation Beat at 9:30; Iranian hip-hop artist Yas at 10:30 (lyrics in Farsi) and smartly conscious Brooklyn dancehall crew Jah Dan & Noble Society at 11:30, gen adm tix absurdly cheap at $12 .

 

Also Sat Oct 25 Washington, DC blues guitarist Bobby Radcliff plays Lucille’s Bar, 8 PM, two sets. A rare player who doesn’t let his blinding speed distract him from terseness and melody. As good at funk as darkly meandering, minor-key blues, he also bears something of a resemblance to Chewbacca the wookie!

 

Also Sat Oct 25 a great bill at Rock Star Bar on the southside of Williamsburg: at 9 PM hilarious Irish-American punk band Box of Crayons (check out their acoustic cover of God Save the Queen) followed at 10 by the Brooklyn What, the furiously smart, dynamic, multistylistic punk band whose show a couple of months ago was the best rock show we’ve seen all year long. They’re the guys responsible for the classic I Don’t Wanna Go to Williamsburg.  

 

Also Sat Oct 25 Miller’s Farm plays Hill Country, 9 PM. Tasteful, twangy NYC alt-country band with a funny song about riding the L train (before it turned into the LA train).

 

Also Sat Oct 25 Lee Scratch Perry plays Santos Party House in Chinatown, 10ish, $20 adv tix highly recommended. The crazy old guy is still at it: apparently the god he worships (marijuana) still has the 70s dub reggae legend firing on whatever cylinders he has left.

 

Also Sat Oct 25 keyboardist/singer/composer Greta Getler plays her smartly artsy, sometimese tongue-in-cheek, alternately classically and blues-inflected songs at Caffe Vivaldi, 10 PM .

 

Also Sat Oct 25 reliably hypnotic, psychedelic 70s roots revivalists Dub Is a Weapon play Zebulon, 10:30 PM, free, and probably just as good a show as Lee Scratch Perry if not better.

 

Also Sat Oct 25 at Lakeside the live debut of the irrepressibly hilarious Tammy Faye Starlite’s latest all-female cover band Prima Ballerina, playing Dolls songs. Made up of most of fiery garage/punk rockers Sit N Spin plus the great Linda Pitmon – maybe the best rock drummer out there right now – from Steve Wynn’s band plus Tammy Faye doing her best David Johansen impersonation. See you there.

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Also Sat Oct 25, 11ish, Palomar play Union Hall, $10. 75% female, catchy, jangly rock quartet with casual, unaffected vocals and just plain great tunes. They may have an indie rep but this isn’t poser rock: this is pure fun, and they’ve brought back the loud, somewhat powerpop edge they had in the beginning.

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Sun Oct 26, 2-5 PM Michael Arenella & His Dreamland Orchestra play brilliantly obscure 1920s swing jazz tunes at the the Naumburg Bandshell at Central Park, on the central promenade, mid-park between 66th and 70th.

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Sun Oct 26, 5 PM, $25 at the Frick Collection pianist Alexandre Tharaud returns to the US in support of his new cd with Jean-Guihen Queryas, Debussy/Poulenc Sonatas for Cello & Piano just released. Ticket holders will be able to explore the galleries at no additional charge up to one hour before the concert begins.

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Also Sun Oct 26 Catspaw plays Otto’s, 7:30 PM. Two-thirds female, mostly original, frequently noir rockabilly/surf trio with a deadpan sense of humor. Look for their signature song Southbound Line on our alltime top 666 list, above, sometime in the next year (we’re counting them down one day at a time, so it will take awhile).

 

Sun Oct 26 David Rees, author of the Get Your War On comics series reads at Bowery Poetry Club, 8 PM, $8. Sales of the two GYWO books have raised almost $100,000 for land mine removal in western Afghanistan.

 

Mon Oct 27 rare solo show by ubiquitously excellent lead guitarist Homeboy Steve Antonakos playing his own stuff at Banjo Jim’s, 7:30 PM.

 

Also Mon Oct 27, 8:30 PM at Cornelia Street Cafe,  29 Cornelia Street , $10, Luminescent Orchestrii frontman Sxip Shirey and equally brilliant panstylistic retro songwriter Rachelle Garniez perform Shadow Land. Developed for a performance at MOMA, it promises to be “very intense, funny and heartbreaking music made with a multitude of curious things:  a 45-minute piece of sonic sculpture and song that utilizes reversed disc music boxes, roller chimes, prepared guitar, claviaola, voice, toy pianos, egg beaters, ratchet, boxing match desk bell, and other devices.

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Also Mon Oct 27  McRad plays Europa, 10ish, tix $8. One of the original multiracial punk bands from around 1980, the reggae-inflected Philly group was both artsier and more politically charged than most of their US contemporaries from that era. They’re also playing Weds Oct 29  at the Knit, 9ish, dirt cheap at $5.

 

Also Mon Oct 27 somewhat legendary powerpop songwriter (and recently, Edward Rogers collaborator) George Usher – who’s written for Laura Cantrell, among many others –  plays his reliably tuneful stuff at Lakeside, 10 PM.

 

Also Mon Oct 27 Daria Grace & the Prewar Ponies play their beautifully lush, romantic, oldtime country/ragtime/pop at Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM.

 

Tues Oct 28 through Nov 2 the Jenny Scheinman Quartet play the Vanguard. The irrepressibly multistylistic violinist/composer, fresh off a tour with Rodney Crowell, plays songs from her sensationally good new cd Crossing the Field backed by excellent pianist Jason Moran and rhythm section.

 

Also Tues Oct 28 Electric Junkyard Gamelan plays Shrine uptown, 9 PM. With their innovative homemade instruments, they’re hypnotic, psychedelic and a whole lot of fun.

 

Also Weds Oct 29 the tasteful, trad Manhattan Valley Ramblers (Bill Christophersen: fiddle, guitar; John Saroyan: banjo, guitar, mandolin) will be playing old-time country music at the P&W Sandwich Shop from 7-8:30 PM, 1030 Amsterdam Ave (110/111), free.

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Also Weds Oct 29 a tribute to eccentric, sometimes bizarrely brilliant beat poet/songwriter Helen Adam at St. Mark’s Church at 10th and 2nd Ave. feat. art-rocker Serena Jost, Dan Machlin and others, 8 PM.

 

Also Weds Oct 29 Debra DeSalvo of Devi plays a rare solo acoustic set at the Goldhawk, 8 PM. Pantheonic electric guitarist, right up there with David Gilmour, Albert King, Debbie Davies: here’s your chance to hear her quieter, purist bluesy side and maybe some songs from her power trio’s excellent new debut cd.

 

Weds Oct 29 This Reporter at Spikehill, 8 PM. Passion seems to be their raison d’etre. Their new cd Seven Stones is lush, swirling but also slightly rustic dreampop. Live, they strip the songs down to just the essentials, driven by a jazz-tinged rhythm section. Frontwoman Jennifer Curtis has surprising range and intensity for someone whose usual style leans toward the dreamy and swoony.

 

Also Weds Oct 29 the Prisoners of Second Avenue play the Cutting Room, 8 PM. Left to their own devices, Willie Nile’s backing band competently reprises what the New York Dolls were doing in 1973. You’d think you were at Coney Island High circa 1999!

 

Also Weds Oct 29 a great doublebill at Drom starting at 8 with ecstatically fun, somewhat jazzy, harmony-driven, female-fronted Boston Middle Eastern orchestra Zilzala playing the cd release show for their new one, followed by the NY Gypsy All-Stars, led by brilliant, often haunting, sometimes funny clarinet genius Ismail Lumanovski, tix insanely cheap at $10.

 

Also Weds Oct 29 Speedbuggy play Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM. Country band from LA who range between sparse, acoustic, somewhat oldtimey stuff and fiery anthemic electric songs. Topnotch songwriting and something of a punk esthetic if not a punk sound. They’re also at Pete’s on Halloween at 10 and at Hank’s on 11/2 at 10.

 

Thurs Oct 30, 1 PM at Trinity Church, early music group Red Priest (named after Vivaldi) play Nightmare in Venice – a Baroque Halloween Fantasy, works by Vivaldi, Purcell, Tartini, Robert Johnson, “Nicholas le Strange” and others. Piers Adams, recorders; Julia Bishop, violin; Howard Beach, harpsichord; Angela East, cello.

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Also Thurs Oct 30 with their matching suits, period-perfect stage patter and graphics, hilariously clever retro pre-rockabilly trio play Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co. play Otto’s, 8 PM. We’ve got their song I Hate You up on the Lucid Culture myspace these days.

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Also Thurs Oct 30 brilliantly original 20s delta blues/ragtime throwback Mamie Minch and the equally funny, clever, retro ragtime banjoist Al Duvall (playing the cd release show for his new one) at Pete’s, 9ish.

 

Also Thurs Oct 30 the reliably excellent, politically spot-on, scorchingly guitarish female-fronted art/noise/punk rockers System Noise play a book release party for Iraq Veterans Against the War at Sullivan Hall, 9:15 PM sharp. 

 

Also Thurs Oct 30 Carol Lipnik & Spookarama play the Spiegeltent out behind South St. Seaport, 8 PM, adv tix $15 at the tent box office. Spectacular four-octave range; adventurous yet purist songwriting encompassing classic soul, gypsy, oldtimey theatrical music and rock; crescendoing, passionate, soulful and intense. Also on the bill (not sure who’s playing first)  the operatic Joseph Keckler, who comes across as something of a baritone Klaus Nomi.

 

Also Thurs Oct 30 one of the funniest bands on the planet, Mighty High – whose metal parodies are hysterical, and have won them a rabid stoner audience – play Europa, 8 PM, $8, opening for Misfits and Motorhead cover bands – come to think of it why don’t Mighty High just play Misfits and Motorhead covers after their own set and save the promoters the cost of two other bands?

 

Also Thurs Oct 30 Cypress Hill play their annual NYC Halloween show a day early at the Nokia Theatre, early, 8ish, adv tix $36 available at their box office Mon-Sat noon-6 PM. Hey – don’t laugh – their rap-metal was actually GOOD. And even though they only have one joke, it still resonates if you’re, um…now what was the question?

 

Also Thurs Oct 30 the possibly 18-piece, definitely all-female Main Squeeze Orchestra plays meticulously arranged, psychedelic, frequently hilarious accordion music at the Zipper Theatre, 8 PM. If you’re lucky they’ll do Love Will Tear Us Apart AND Bohemian Rhapsody.

 

Also Thurs Oct 30 Layali el Andalus plays Barbes, 10 PM. Led by a brilliant Algerian oud player, this terrific Levantine dance combo play gorgeous, hauntingly slinky stuff from across the Arab diaspora. Their show here last spring was one of the best we’ve seen this year. 

 

Also Thurs Oct 30 Tandy plays Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM. Jangly Americana band with a frequently hypnotic, dusky southwestern gothic feel. Excellent narrative songs with good lyrics. One of NYC’s best live bands.

 

Also Thurs Oct 30, adventurous jazz violinist Skye Steele’s Quintet play Tea Lounge in Park Slope, Brooklyn, probably late (11ish).

 

Also Thurs Oct 30 excellently dirgey oldtimey Nashville gothic crew O’Death plays the Music Hall of Williamsburg, 11 PM, adv tix $12 at the Mercury, get ’em now, this will sell out. And just wondering…whose dick did the terminally annoying La Strada suck to get on this bill…or did the club just have a cancellation?

 

Also Fri, Halloween and also Sat el Dia de los Muertos, pianist Arturo O’Farrill and his latin jazz orchestra play Symphony Space, 8 PM, tix $30.

 

Also Fri ,Halloween what could be the best gypsy doublebill in NYC this year at Bam Café, 9 PM with Café Antarsia Ensemble and Luminescent Orchestrii.

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Also Fri, Halloween at Rodeo Bar, 9ish, Jack Grace’s sick country Van Halen cover band Van Hayride, Dixie Fried feat. former members of the Sloppy Joannes along with the fetchingly oldtimey, boisterously fun Daria Grace and the Pre-War Ponies who do pretty much the same thing as the Moonlighters, just as well.

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At Rose Bar on Halloween 9ish fiery, fearless groove/soul rocker Katie Elevitch and her band playing stuff from her amazing, Patti Smith and Siouxsie Sioux-inflected forthcoming cd Kindling for the Fire.

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Also Fri, Halloween a fun bill at Freddy’s, 9:30 PM with punk/metal rockers Black Death at 9:30, bass monster Andy Mattina and bluesy guitar god Ross Bonnadonna (from Paula Carino and Tom Warnick’s bands) at 10, bizarre lo-fi metal band the Bloody Muffs at 10:30, amusingly bluesy Baby Daddy (the guys who did 700 Beers) at 11 and ex-Modern Clix leader Fran Powers’ Irish acoustic punk band Box Of Crayons at 11:30

 

Also Fri, Halloween for those in search of a warmer, more charming sound (although their darker, minor key stuff is arguably their best – see if they’ll play that one about the hooker taking a suicidal leap from the fire escape at the old McGuirk’s Suicide Hall on lower Bowery) – the Moonlighters play Barbes, 10 PM 

 

Also Fri, Halloween, 1 AM (actually the wee hours of 11/1), Massachusetts reggae/jazz megaplex the Superpowers play the Blue Note, 1 AM. Their festival show early in the summer uptown was sensationally good.

 

Upcoming:  

11/1 the Disclaimers/Jerry Teel & the Big City Stompers at Spikehill, 10 PM 

11/1 Johnny Allen at Terra Blues, 10 PM

11/1 at the Knit, 8ish, “3 floors of ska” incl. the Toasters, Pietasters, Hub City Stompers, Deals Gone Bad, Sonice Boom Six, Kofre, Warsaw, The Void Union, Green Room Rockers, Los Landrones, Unlikely Alibi, Jonny Meyers, adv tix $17 at the box office

11/1 Giant Panda Guerrilla Dub Squad at Sullivan Hall, 11 PM

11/2 8 PM Mark Sinnis/Royal Pine at Spikehill

11/2, 8 PM Meg Okura’s Pan Asian Chamber Jazz Ensemble at Drom, $15

11/3 Manze Dayila plays her innovative, bouncily captivating Haitian reggae/downtempo chanteuse stuff  at Joe’s Pub, 7 PM, $15, download her free Barack Obama tribute here

11/4 Whiting Tennis of the Scholars at Lit, 10 PM

11/4 Mr. Lif at the Knit, 11ish

11/4-9 the Django Reinhardt festival at Birdland, sets at 8:30 and 11, $35 gen adm feat. Samson Schmitt, Andreas Oberg, Ludovic Beier, Jean Baptiste Schmitt, Kruno Spisic, Timbo, Brian Torff

11/6 the NY Scandia Symphony at Trinity Church, 1 PM

11/6 the New Millennium Ensemble play Messiaen’s The Blackbird and also Quartet for the End of Time at Symphony Space, tix $35. With pianists pianists Ursula Oppens and Jerome Lowenthal performing Messiaen’s Visions de l’Amen

11/6 Bad Brains (original members? dunno) at Irving Plaza, 8:30 PM adv tix $26.50

11/6 Little Annie & Paul Wallfisch play songs from their new cd When Good Things Happen to Bad Pianos at Santos Party House, 10ish, $10 adv tix available at the club

11/6 John Brown’s Body at Bowery Ballroom, 10ish, $15 adv tix at the Mercury

11/8 LJ Murphy at Banjo Jim’s, 7 PM

11/8 Those Darlins at Southpaw, 10 PM

11/8 super expensive but worthy black tie benefit at Soho Dance Center, 598 Broadway at Houston, Sixth Floor, $150, 100% of proceeds go to the Tattoo Scholarship Program for Breast Cancer Survivors. Open bar, chef April Bloomfield of the Spotted Pig provides hors d’oeuvres, “eclectic silent auction,” bellydancing by the graceful Layla Isis, fashion show by cutting-edge couture duo Anie Rexe (Edina S. and Heather Jordan) and live show by the flamingly divaesque, completely over-the-top glam band Semi Precious Weapons. You know that silly song Her Hair Is On Fire? That’s them.  

11/8 8 PM Des Roar at Arlene’s

11/8 Meta & the Cornerstones at Joe’s Pub, 11:30 PM

11/9, in the afternoon Reverend Billy’s “Hot & Holy Highline Revival” w/The Stop Shopping Gospel Choir + Not Buying It Band at Highline Ballroom playing the cd release for the new one Shopocalypse

11/9 the Turtle Island String Quartet plays Coltrane’s A Love Supreme at Merkin Concert Hall, tix $30

11/9 Four Bags/Stephne Wrembel  Barbes 7 PM

11/9 the Second Fiddles at Spikehill, 10 PM

11/11 Custard Wally at Trash Bar

11/11 Steve Wynn at Lakeside 10ish

11/11 Natacha Atlas and her acoustic Middle Eastern ensemble at B.B.King’s, adv tix $27 at the box office

11/12 Susan Tedeschi at Irving Plaza, 9ish, adv tix expensive $31.50 at the box office

11/12 the Ukuladies at the Stone,  10 PM

11/13 Mascott at Union Hall, 7:30 PM

11/13 Tarras Band at Barbes 8 PM  

11/13 Carol Lipnik & Spoookarama at the Zipper Theatre, 8 PM

11/13 at Symphony Space, 8 PM Ankush Bahl conducts the New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra on a bill featuring Smetana’s  The Moldau, Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with pianist Gabriela Martinez, and Dvorak’s  Symphony No. 7

11/13 Willie Nile solo at the Cutting Room 8 PM

11/13 Jolie Holland at Highline Ballroom, 10ish, adv tix $17 recommended at the box ofc

11/13 Sonny Rhodes at Terra Blues, 10 PM

11/14 horn-driven  ska/punk the Avon Junkies and the more oldschool ska band Royal City Riot at Bowery Poetry Club, early 6 PM   

11/14 James McMurtry at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, 10 PM, tix $20 available at the Mercury

11/14, 21, 28, 12/5, 9 PM Katie Elevitch residency at Banjo Jim’s

11/14 8:30 PM Nicole Atkins & the Sea at Bowery Ballroom, adv tix $16 at the Mercury

11/14 12:30 AM (actually 11/15) Squidda at Ace of Clubs – good imaginative band – a litt;e reggae, funk, surf, dub, ska, plus they do a stoner pro-Obama song. 

11/15 Quavers/Jack Grace  Barbes 8 PM

11/15-16 Rev. Horton Heat at the Gramercy Theatre, adv tix $26 at the Irving Plaza box office

11/15 Tower of Power at B.B. King’s, 8 and 10:30 PM, adv tix $30 at the box office

11/15 and 11/21 Black 47 at Connolly’s, 10 PM

11/16, 3 PM the Greenwich Village Orchestra plays Saint Saens – Cello Concerto;  Dvorak – Silent Woods, and Berlioz’ Symphonie Fantastique at Washington Irving HS Aud., tix insanely cheap, $15

11/17 Dasvibenbass at Rose Bar/Smalls on 11/18

11/17 Iron & Wine at Terminal 5, adv tix $28 at the Mercury

11/18 the Tim Kuhl Group play melodic, tuneful jazz at Lakeside, 10 PM

11/18 a good Sephardic band night at le Poisson Rouge, $10 with Electro Morocco, ska man King Django, Israeli jam band Piamenta, Diwon, terrific Middle Eastern/gypsy rocker Smadar Levi, gentle and somewhat ethereal Israeli janglerockers Blue Fringe and a bunch of rappers

11/19 AA Bondy at the Mercury, 10:30 PM, $10

11/19 Ansambl Mastika at Rose Bar, 9 PM

11/20 Liu Fang (Chinese pipa virtuoso) at Symphony Space, 7:30 PM, adv tix $28 at the World Music Institute boxoffice

11/20 Andy Statman/Matt Munisteri  Barbes 8 PM

11/21 Prima Ballerina (Tammy Faye Starlite’s hilarious NY Dolls cover band) at the Cutting Room, time TBA

11/21 the Coffin Daggers at Branch Brook Park Roller Skating Center

7th Ave & Clifton Ave, Newark, time TBA

11/21 Purple K’nif at Lakeside, 11 PM

11/22 Rasputina at the Bell House, 8:30 PM, adv tix  $18

11/22 at Barbes 8 PM: Brian Carpenter’s Ghost Train Orchestra

11/22 Simon & the Bar Sinisters at Lakeside, 10ish

11/22 Tri-State Conspiracy at Bowery Poetry club 10 PM

11/23 Huun Huur Tu at le Poisson Rouge, adv tix $25 at the box office

11/28 Mr. Action & the Boss Guitars play surf music at Lakeside, 11 PM

12/5 Squirrel Nut Zippers at Southpaw, 9 PM, $25

12/6 punk/hardcore the Blackout Shoppers at Passout Records, 131 Grand St. (near Berry) 4 PM, free

12/12 Jan Bell and Steve Earle at the Brooklyn Lyceum, 8 PM

12/16 and 12/31 Black 47 at Connolly’s, 10 PM

12/20 the Slackers at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, 9 PM, adv tix $15 at the Mercury

12/27 the False Prophets (or what’s left of them) and others at ABC No Rio

1/7/09 Robert Gordon & Chis Spedding  BB King’s 8 PM $25

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October 1, 2008 Posted by | Live Events, Music, New York City, NYC Live Music Calendar | , , , | 3 Comments

New York City Live Music Calendar Plus Other Events Mid-September – October 2008

Hey – there’s a more updated calendar for October and November here.  If you don’t recognize the place where a show is happening, click our Venues page. And by the way, if you see a listing here like this: Smelly Polyester/The Mandals, that means that Smelly Polyester is opening for the Mandals, not the other way around.

 

First the weekly stuff, then the daily calendar.

 

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).

 

Every Sunday, Michael Arenella & the Dreamland Dance Band play sly yet boisterous oldtimey hot jazz during a brunch set at Bar Tabac on Smith St. in Brooklyn Heights from about half past noon to 4 PM.

 

Sundays Sean Kershaw & the Terrible Two (that’s the New Jack Ramblers minus a couple fingers & toes) play the upstairs roof deck at Rocky Sullivan’s, 34 Van Dyke St at Dwight St in Red Hook, 1-4 PM. Free ferry from Manhattan (pier 11,Wall St.) and free shuttle buses from the F&G trains at Smith-9th St, the F,M,R at 4th Ave, and the 2,3,4,5,M,N,R at Borough Hall.

 

The 2008-09 series of organ concerts at St. Thomas Church kicks off on September 14 and continues most every Sunday (certain holidays excepted) at 5:15 sharp, featuring a whole slew of world-renowned performers. Concerts continue through May 17 of next year.

 

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

 

Sundays at 8:30 PM Sasha Dobson plays Pete’s Candy Store. Jazz chanteuse on the serious Brazilian tip: musically, she’s where Snorah Jones should hope to be in five years.

 

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.

 

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 whaat 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 Barbes house band, Chicha Libre plays there starting around 9:45. Note that the 9/29 show has a $25 cover, all proceeds to benefit the Obama campaign. Chicha Libre are the sole American practitioners of chicha, a style popular in the Peruvian Amazon ghettos in the late 60s and early 70s. With electric accordion, cuatro, surf guitar and a boisterous rhythm section, their hypnotic, reverb-drenched mix of obscure psychedelic surf/cumbia/rock classics and originals is one of the funnest, most danceable things you’ll witness this year. Lately they’ve been expanding their repertoire to include not only their often hilarious, hypnotic originals but also covers of period pieces as well as chichafied rock songs. If you get lucky they’ll play their amped-up version of the Clash classic Guns of Brixton.

 

Mondays in September (and pretty much every month, when he’s not on tour), Rev. Vince Anderson and his band play Black Betty in Williamsburg, two sets starting around 10:30 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 great live performers of our time. Moist Paula from Moisturizer is the lead soloist on baritone sax.

 

Tuesdays El Ritmo Southside plays Rose Bar in Williamsburg, 11 PM. Instrumental covers of classic, Fania-era salsa, mambo, cha-cha, rhumba etc.: Palmieri, Puente, Barretto, et al. featuring superb vibraphonist Tommy Mattioli and a rotating rhythm section.

 

Also every Tues in Sept., 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, Will Scott and drummer Wylie Wirth play mesmerizing, hypnotic, completely authentic Mississippi hill country blues along with Scott’s own melodic, tuneful blues originals at 68 Jay St. Bar in Dumbo, starting around 8:30 PM. Junior Kimbrough, R.L. Burnside and Asie Payton are sadly gone but Scott continues their tradition of music that is as danceable as it is trance-inducing, and does his influences justice.

 

Also every Wednesday, the Nat Lucas Organ Trio plays jazz at Lenox Lounge uptown, sets from 8 PM to midnight.

 

Also Wednesdays in September, the Doc Marshalls – equally good at rousing Texas honkytonk and Louisiana Cajun – are at Hill Country,  9 PM.

 

Fridays in September baritone Brooklyn country crooner Sean Kershaw – who’s been off on a really good Western swing tangent lately – plays Hill Country, 5 PM for happy hour.

 

The first major JMW Turner exhibit in the US in many moons is up at the Metropolitan Museum of Art through 9/21. Now might be a good time to check it out – get there early in the day if you can.  

 

Sat Sept 13 an allday outdoor festival at Riverside Park: Bill Popp & the Tapes – who have been around since 1977, and whom you are destined to see at least once in your life kick things off at 2 PM followed by Amanda Thorpe and Ed Rogers’ gorgeously harmony-driven Britfolk/Britpop revivalists the Bedsit Poets at 3, Irish songwriter Enda Keegan (an acquired taste) at 4, legendary Clash collaborator Ellen Foley – who has never sounded better than she does right now –at 5 and the somewhat legendary, Stones/Pogues hybrid Joe Hurley and Rogue’s March (with James Mastro on guitar!) at 6:30. The show runs till 9; 1 train to 103rd and walk toward the Hudson.

 

Sat-Sun Sept 13-14 Michael Arenella and the Dreamland Orchestra bring their brilliant, obscure 20s hot swing jazz to Governor’s Island, sets on 9/13 at a quarter to one, 2:30 and 4 PM (with free pie at 3:30!); 9/14 the Boilmaker Jazz Band plays sets at 11:30 AM and 12:45 PM followed by the Dreamland Orchestra at 2, 3:15 and 4:15, the free ferry leaves from the old Shaolin ferry terminal, right next to the new one at the Battery. Be aware that alcohol is strictly prohibited and that you may be searched rigorously prior to boarding the ferry (bring a thermos, that’s how we did it).

 

Also Sat Sept 13, 4:30 PM a really good, free all-ages punk show at Passout Records, 131 Grand St. in Williamsburg featuring fearlessly funny, kick-ass rockers the Blame, the equally kick-ass, equally funny, somewhat metalish East Coast Scammers, 80s-style throwbacks Sexual Suicide, and others TBA.

 

Also Sat Sept 13 the haunting, psychedelic, danceable Arab/African band Sounds of Taraab play Bush Baby, 1197 Fulton St at Bedford Ave in Bed-Stuy, 8 PM.

 

Also Sat Sept 13, Mark Sinnis plays Spikehill, 8 PM. The Ninth House frontman has invented his own, beguiling, absolutely haunting genre: gothic country lounge. Good to see him playing here where the sound is excellent and you can hear all the nuances in the vocals. He’s also playing the Slipper Room on Sept 21 at 10 for goth night. Oooh! Spooky!

 

Also Sat Sept 13, 9 PM C.W. Stoneking, the hilarious and strikingly authentic Australian king of oldtimey American hokum blues and minstrel music, continues the Dives of New York Tour in support of his new album Jungle Blues – which is reputedly amazing – at Pete’s Candy Store with Brownbird Rudy Relic. 9/14 at 9 PM he’s at Barbes with the always excellent Mamie Minch and winds up his NYC shows on 9/17 at 9:30 PM at the Jalopy Theater with the equally sensational, retro Al Duvall

 

Also Sat Sept 13, 9ish intoxicatingly good organ-and-guitar-driven gypsy/reggae/groove band Escarioka play Banbalotto, 160 N4th St. in Williamsburg, $10. Wow, what a discovery. Real fun stuff. They’re also playing Otto’s on 9/27 at 10:30.

 

Also Sat Sept 13 intriguing and imaginative Mexican acid jazz band los Musicos de Jose play Joe’s Pub, 9:30 PM, adv tix $12 recommended.

 

Also Sat Sept 13 twangy, rustic Americana rockers the Felice Bros. and impressively terse, zeros-generation delta bluesman AA Bondy play Maxwell’s, 9:30 PM, $15.

 

Also Sat Sept 13, 10ish at Rodeo Bar it’s a Loretta Lynn Tribute featuring The Lonesome Prairie Dogs and the incomparable comedienne/chanteuse/troublemaker Tammy Faye Starlite – the missing link between Lenny Bruce and Jello Biafra, except that she’s way better looking.

 

Also Sat Sept 13, 10 PM Baby Daddy play Parkside. These are the bluesy rockers responsible for the classic party anthem 700 Beers.

 

Also Sat Sept 13 Simon & the Bar Sinisters play Lakeside, 10:15ish (early by Lakeside standards, but Simon likes to play long sets). A true original: raised on punk, addicted to surf, steeped in rockabilly, honest as the day he was born and very funny. And damn, what a guitarist.

 

Sun Sept 14, an afternoon of free music at Union Square featuring darkly slinky shoegaze/groove trio El Jezel at 1, others TBA – if anybody knows anything about what else might be happening, please share the intelligence. 

 

Also Sun Sept 14, early, 6 PM guitarist Jim Campilongo – spooky composer equally adept at western swing, surf and eerie soundtrack-style instrumentals – plays with his trio at 55 Bar.

 

Also Sun Sept 14, 8 PM  Paul Shapiro’s Ribs and Brisket Review plays the cd release for their new one Essen at the Cornelia St. Café. Exuberant, over-the-top Yiddish jazz featuring Cab Calloway and Slim Gaillard covers plus similar originals. Obviously this is not a dairy band, although it’s a good one: Paul Shapiro, sax, clarinet, vocal; Babi Floyd, vocals; Cilla Owens, vocals; Brian Mitchell, piano; Booker King, bass; Tony Lewis, drums.. 

 

Also Sun Sept 14 somewhat legendary Mexican ska rockers Maldita Vecindad play the Gramercy Theatre, 9ish, adv tix $37.50 available at the Irving Plaza box office. They’ve got one of the world’s greatest sax players and a vast back catalog of haunting, somewhat Dead Kennedys-inflected songs.

 

Also Sun Sept 14, 11 PM the Flanks play Spikehill, 11 PM. Excellent, mostly acoustic, oldtime-flavored traditionalist country band with a sense of humor. They’re also at Southpaw on 9/19.  

 

Mon Sept 15 Ani Cordero’s relatively new, beautifully rustic, driving rock in Espanol band Pistolera opens for popular, jazzy Mexican ranchera singer Lila Downs – playing with both her band and with the Mariachi Academy of NY at the Town Hall, 8 PM, adv tix $25 at the box office.

 

Also Mon Sept 15 fast-fingerered Rhode Island swing jazz axemeister Duke Robillard opens for petite but potent blues vocal powerhouse Shemekia Copeland at B.B. King’s, 8 PM, adv tix $25 available at the box office.

 

Also Mon Sept 15 long-running Brooklyn faux-French garage rockers les Sans Culottes – featuring the sensational Francoise Hardly (AKA Moist Gina from Moisturizer) on bass, play the Mercury, 9:30, a $15 benefit for Planned Parenthood.

 

Also Mon Sept 15 The 80s Go South play satirical country covers of schlocky 80s hits – Tears for Fears, etc. – at Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM. Has country become the new punk? Apparently so. 

 

Tues Sept 16, early, 7:30 PM the world’s only (mostly) all-female, (somewhat) lesbian klezmer group Isle of Klezbos play a free show in the community garden at 346 East Houston St, btw Avenues B & C. This wild, ecstatic crew play a dazzling and danceable mix of alternately rousing and haunting originals and classic, sometimes very obscure cover.

 

Also Tues Sept 16 the Tim Kuhl Group play Lakeside, 10 PM. Melodic, catchy, smart jazz songs without words. At Lakeside, of all places: somebody must have cancelled. Their loss is your gain.

 

Also Tues Sept 16 the Actual Facts play Southpaw, 9ish. Catchy, rocking, funny, guitar-driven new wave throwbacks.

 

Also Tues Sept 16 blue/roots music guitar genius Lenny Molotov plays the Rockwood with his band, 9 PM. Lots of delta blues, some ragtime, many originals, great lyrics and a brutal, sardonic sense of humor.

 

Also Tues Sept 16, 9 PM at Barbes the rousing, intense gypsy band Zagnut Cirkus Orkestar with “special musical guests,” no doubt from half a dozen other equally good New York gypsy acts. 

 

Also Tues Sept 16, 10ish, Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson play the Highline Ballroom, adv tix $25 at the box office. This Australian couple look like trendoids but their stock in trade is gorgeously retro 60s American country music.  One of Steve Earle’s kids opens, earnestly.

 

Weds Sept 17 at Kenny’s Castaways of all places an intriguing triple bill: wickedly smart, funny janglerock songwriter Ward White opens the show, early, 7 PM playing songs from his new cd Pulling Out which is one of the year’s best; at 8, another jangle guy, Dave Foster of Bubble and at 9, the irrepressible, guitarishly brilliant Pete Galub who’s made everybody from Amy Allison to Greta Gertler sound amazing. With some sort of jam afterward. Good sound at this joint; nice to see some good people playing there.

 

Also Weds Sept 17, 9 PM, Ansambl Mastika plays Rose Bar. Amazing band with sax, trumpet, guitar and a killer rhythm section who play just about anything that can be played in the Arab scale. Gypsy music is their stepping-off point, but they go deep into klezmer, Levantine dance and Gogol Bordello-land.

 

Also Weds Sept 17 the Seckou Keita Quintet, led by the noted Senegalese kora (African harp) player plays the cd release for their new one The Silimba Passage at Drom, 9 PM, adv tix $15 very highly recommended at the box office. Keita plays a doublenecked kora in the same vein as Jimmy Page albeit with, um, somewhat more taste and subtlety. The result is sublimely hypnotic, venturing all over the map and often deep into jazz.

  

Also Weds Sept 17 popular, somewhat noir 90s melodic janglepop band the Dandy Warhols play Terminal 5, 10 PM, adv tix $27 available at the Mercury box office.

 

Thurs Sept 18 Greek oud virtuoso/composer Mavrothi Kontanis plays Mehanata, 9 PM with his astonishingly good band. Dark, haunting rebetika anthems, sly, tongue-in-cheek drinking songs and a lot of impressively diverse originals. Kontanis – who has two brilliant new albums out – is a hell of a soloist, but it’s his sax player who’s his secret weapon, equal parts Coltrane and refugee from Smyrna. 

 

Thurs-Fri Sept 18-19 the Hangdogs reunite to play a benefit for Iowa flood survivors at Rodeo Bar, 10ish. Five years ago, they were arguably the best band in New York, the missing link between the Bodeans and the Dead Kennedys, a scorchingly hot twangy rock outfit with a spot-on, politically-fueled sense of humor. Their most recent (one hopes not final) cd Wallace ’48 remains one of the decade’s very best.

 

Also Thurs Sept 18 Bogs Visionary Orchestra plays Banjo Jim’s, 10 PM  Deliriously good, sprawling bluegrass band, as good M Shanghai String Band and with even more energy. Superbly retro, funny ragtime banjoist Curtis Eller opens the night at 8.

 

Also Fri Sept 19 Matt Keating plays Housing Works Bookstore on Crosby just south of Houston, 8 PM. Fiery, cynical, often devastatingly literate janglerock songwriter riding the wave of his new, best-ever album, a double cd of the kind of tuneful broadsides Elvis Costello used to write before he decided to be a jazz guy.

 

Also Fri Sept 19, 8 PM Witches in Bikinis play Kenny’s Castaways. In their matching colored wigs and bikinis, the witches – all eight of them – make fun of anything conceivably “sinister” that you might find in pop culture. Funny, absolutely original and with a solid band behind them. While they put on a tightly choreographed show, this is a concert rather than a theatrical performance. They’re also here at 9 on 10/9.

 

Also Fri Sept 19 Musette Explosion featuring killer accordionist Will Holshouser and reliably excellent guitarist Matt Munisteri (who also plays banjo in this unit)plays Barbes, 8 PM. Musette is dark, gypsyish, blue-collar barroom music from France and Belgium from the 20s and 30s.

 

Also Fri Sept 19, Squeeze plays Radio City, 8ish, adv tix. very expensive ($39.50 at the box office). No idea how much they have left as a unit, but guitarist Glenn Tilbrook still wails and his co-writer Chris Difford can still write. One of the best of the British new wave bands, they have a massive back catalog of classics: Pulling Mussels, Another Nail in My Heart, Slightly Drunk, and, oh yeah, that wretched hit single that they didn’t write.

 

Also Fri Sept 19 the first night of two country nights at Southpaw starting at 8 PM featuring the excellent guy/girl vocal and steel guitar-driven Newton Gang, the hyperkinetic hollering of oldtimey ragtime/hokum guitarist Brownbird Rudy Relic and the excellent, oldtimey Flanks.

 

Also Fri Sept 19, 8ish Coleman Hawkins-influenced ska sax legend Dave Hillyard & the Rocksteady 7 play Two Boots Pizza in Park Slope, Brooklyn. As close to the Skatalites as you’ll ever get these days.

 

Also Fri Sept 19, 9 PM Ververitse, an anarchically fun, improvisationally dazzling Balkan brass band featuring members of Ansambl Mastika, Hungry March Band and Romashka play the Jalopy Café.

 

Also Fri Sept 19, 9:30ish, purist, wickedly smart and amusing punk rockers the Brooklyn What play Don Pedro’s. Their show last month at the Brooklyn Lyceum was the single best rock show we’ve seen all year…and we’ve seen over a hundred so far. See what you missed right here! Headlining are the bizarre but funny, slightly Devo-esque Australian garage/surf band the Ooga Boogas

 

Also Fri Sept 19 retro 60s garage psychedelic throwbacks the Brian Jonestown Massacre plays the Music Hall of Williamsburg, 10ish, tix $25 available at the Mercury box office.

 

Also Fri Sept 19 twangy, growling, somewhat Steve Earle-inflected former Backslider Chip Robinson plays Lakeside with the Roscoe Trio, 10ish – expect a long set.

 

Also Fri Sept 19 the actually good, psychedelic, horn-driven, female-fronted self-explanatory NY Funk Exchange plays Sullivan Hall, 10 PM.

 

Sat Sept 20 Senegalese bandleader Claude Gomis – son of Orchestra Baobab co-founder Rudy Gomis – brings his danceable funk/ska/dancehall stuff to the Brooklyn Public Library main branch at Grand Army Plaza, outdoors, free, at 3ish. There’s a real fun, Moisturizer-ish feel to them, with that baritone sax. Steel band CASYM opens at 2

 

Also Sept 20, early, 6 PM the second all-country night of the weekend at Southpaw featuring upbeat vintage 60s style cats Alex Battles & The Whiskey Rebellion, the alternately hilarious and haunting Jack Grace Band, the fiery, spirited Jessica Rose & The High Life, western swing/rockabilly guys Sean Kershaw & The New Jack Ramblers, the sprawling and impressively diverse M Shanghai String Band and Dock Oscar & The Ambassadors Of Love.

 

Also Sat Sept 20 excellent DC retro 60s Britpop/rockers Bellman Barker play the Mercury, early, 7 PM. They’re also at Union Pool on Sun Sept 21 at 9.

 

Also Sat Sept 20 a retro extravaganza with a ton of surf and garage bands at Otto’s. Dramatis personae: percussive, originally inclined Hang Daddy at 6 PM; the diverse and always improving Tarantinos NYC at 8; NJ surf/garage rockers the Chillers at 9; decently guitarish, punky Staten Island garage band the Recruders at 10; legendary, original NYC surf innovators the Supertones (possibly featuring the great Simon Chardiet on eight-string bass!) at 11; slightly jazzy, jam-oriented twangsters Venice Beach Muscle Club at midnight and the actually excellent, primitive, darkly intense Sexual Healing 666 sometime in the wee hours after that. 

 

Also Sat Sept 20, 8 PM at Symphony Space, Rupayan plays North Indian desert music featuring percussion, Sufi songs, sarangi (bowed lute) and algoza (double flute), tix $30 available at the World Music Institute box office.

 

Also Sat Sept 20, 8 PM at Barbes: “Paris-based Balval ((”the wind” in Romanes,) blends East and West, Latin, and Oriental music with traditional Roma songs and puts their own musical compositions to the words of contemporary Roma poets. Featuring Awena Burgess – vocals; Rosalie Hartog – violin; Daniel Mizrahi – guitar; Benjamin Body – bass and Bachar Khalife, percussion” Followed by ex-Johnny Cash sideman Smokey Hormel’s Roundup, an excellent cast of characters playing western swing, including Charley Burnham – fiddle; Tim Luntzel – string bass; Konrad Meisner  – drums.

 

Also Sept 20 the gorgeously violin-and-guitar-driven Sadies (who frequently back Neko Case, and have Douce Gimlet’s old drummer) play the Highline Ballroom (looks like that place is getting all of the best acts that used to play Luna), 8 PM, adv tix $17 at the box office. Headliners Blue Rodeo were the first of the 80s alt-junkie Velvets wannabes.

 

Also Sat Sept 20, 8 PM the Ureuk Symphony plays Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony Op.8., the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor Op.64 and Beethoven’s Triple Concerto in C Major Op.56 at Merkin Concert Hall, tix $30.

 

Also Sat Sept 20 a good doublebill at – of all places – Zebulon, with Balkan/klezmer hellraisers Mames Babaganoush at 9 followed at 11ish by roots reggae revivalists Meta & the Cornerstones.

 

Also Sat Sept 20 darkly lo-fi Americana/soul duo the French Exit play Freddy’s, 9 PM. Imagine Cat Power fronting the Dirty Three – all those haunting, spiky atmospherics, excellent tunes and vastly fewer vocal affectations than Ms. Marshall. Good stuff. Followed by multistylistic, somewhat soundtrackish Americana/jazz instrumental unit Hunter Gatherer at 10.

 

Also Sat Sept 20 Motorhead plays Roseland, 9:30ish, adv tix expensive ($37) at the Irving Plaza box office. OK, raise your fist, up with the forefinger and pinky. Either you’re in the Motorhead camp or not, but if you’re in, you know that Lemmy is one of the greatest bassists of alltime. Love those four-string chords! And he’s still coherent, at least as much as he ever was.

 

Also Sat Sept 20 Spanking Charlene play Lakeside, 11 PM. NYC’s answer to X: guy/girl vocals, dirty Americana-punk songs along with some strikingly pretty country stuff. Frontwoman Charlene McPherson has one hell of a voice.

 

Also Sat Sept 20 wild, hard-rocking, uncommonly good Irish band Finn’s Fury play Connolly’s, 9:30 PM. Equal parts punk and virtuoso violin-driven celtic dance band, should be a real fun night.

 

Also Sat Sept 20 Burnt Sugar plays the Blue Note at midnight, no doubt for a vastly reduced cover charge. Greg Tate’s sprawling, psychedelic drone-jazz megaplex is always good if you’re in a thoughtful mood. Moist Paula from Moisturizer on baritone sax!

 

Sun Sept 21, early afternoon, 3 PM an astonishingly good, introspective bill with solo jazz trumpet at the Eldridge St. Synagogue, 12 Eldridge just north of Division, F train to East Broadway, walk west, right on Allen St., left on Division, right on Eldridge. Performers are klezmer genius Frank London; “the human crescendo,” composer and Hazmat Modine star Pam Fleming, Rev. Dr. Mark Harvey of the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, Japanese adventurer Natsuki Tamura and cool jazzcat Nate Wooley.

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Also Sun Sept 21, an afternoon concert at Symphony Space, 4 PM, Leon Botstein & the American Symphony Orchestra play Richard Strauss’ Four Last Songs (he didn’t plan them to be, but these saturnine, often haunting works are among his finest), tix $25.

 

Also Sun Sept 21 6-10PM a dance party at the Gatehouse at Harlem Stage, 150 Convent Ave at W 135th St featuring a performance by Burnt Sugar, The Arkestra Chamber conducted by Greg Tate around 8ish with special guests (one assumes for slow dancing, general Tickets: $15 (includes 2 drinks!!!), for Harlem Residents (walk up only) and HS member $12.

 

Also Sun Sept 21 Julie Fowlis, the “first Gaelic crossover artist” sings beguiling, tasteful traditional Scottish songs from across the centuries at Joe’s Pub, 9:30 PM, adv tix $20 and highly recommended at the box office.

 

Also Sun Sept 21 Miss Tess & the Bon Ton Parade play the Jalopy Café, 9 PM. Contralto chanteuse/guitarist fronting an oldtimey band playing everything from ragtime to rockabilly. Historically aware, funny and fun: she’ll take you back for a brisk ride through several decades that were better than this one.

 

Also Sun Sept 21 one of the original haunting Southwestern gothic units, Giant Sand play the Gramercy Theatre, 9ish, adv tix relatively cheap, $15 at the Irving Plaza box office.

 

Mon Sept 22 reliably provocative, politically spot-on multi-instrumentalist hip-hop/rock songwriter Stephan Said plays a benefit for Iraq war refugees at Joe’s Pub, 7 PM sharp, adv tix $20 and worth it (this will sell out) at the box office. Said, FKA Stephan Smith, is using this show to reclaim his original Arabic name, and also taping the night for the video of his cover of the 1937 Mohammed Abdel Wahab classic Aheb Aisht Al Huriya (I Love the Life of Freedom).

 

Also Mon Sept 22 the Lascivious Biddies play the Zipper Theatre, 7:30 PM, tix $15. Satirical all-female faux-cabaret band with chops even better than their jokes – great bassist and guitarist!.

 

Also Mon Sept 22 Kal (Roma for black) plays Drom, 8 PM. Fiery, haunting, politically and historically aware gypsy band from the suburbs of Belgrade. Keenly aware that they’re keeping a great tradition alive in the face of the encroachment of computerized disco and prejudice on all sorts of levels, fired by righteous anger. Could be very intense and just as fun.

 

Also Mon Sept 22 Toots & the Maytals play B.B. King’s, 8 PM, adv tix $26.50 at the box office. Toots Hibbert was there when ska morphed into rocksteady and then into reggae: story is that his off-the-cuff hit Do the Reggay gave the style its name. Still a vital and intense performer in his sixties, with a huge back catalog of classics (Pressure Drop, Get Up Stand Up, 54-46 Was My Number) and a good band who will vamp on them for fifteen minutes at a clip.

 

Also Mon Sept 22 Tidawt, an excellent, hypnotic yet upbeat Tuareg desert blues/rock band from Niger plays the Highline Ballroom, 9 PM. More melodically varied, driven by dynamic shifts and less outright haunting than Tinariwen or Toumast. They can undoubtedly reaffirm that there was no uranium destined for Saddam Hussein in their native land.

 

Also Mon Sept 22 lush, atmospheric female-fronted dreampop group This Reporter plays Lakeside of all places, 10 PM.

 

Also Mon Sept 22 the Silos play Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM, probably gearing up for a tour. Indie rock legends with a new bass player in place of the late, much missed Drew Glackin but missing none of their usual Americana-inflected guitar fire and snarling melodicism.

 

Tues Sept 23 – just so you know – My Bloody Valentine’s overpriced shows at Roseland are all sold out. Don’t worry. They’ll probably be back, and for less money.

 

Also Tues Sept 23, 7 PM at Barbes it’s Bob Hoffnar’s Mood Illusion: “deconstructed lounge music, sub-standards from the pre-rock era and Bee Gees tunes.” Ron Caswell – Tuba; Andrew Borger – Drums; Samoa – vocals; Bob Hoffnar – pedal steel.

 

Also Tues Sept 23, 8 PM Katie Elevitch plays Rose Bar in Williamsburg with her band. Darkly slinky, slowly crescendoing rock/soul equally imbued with riveting intensity and sly humor. She belts, she wails, has a great band behind her and writes great songs. If you miss the days of Alice Lee playing Pete’s on the random Saturday night, or when Randi Russo had a loud band behind her, check her out. What a discovery.

 

Also Tues Sept 23 fiery, funny, smartly lyrical outlaw country throwbacks Maynard & the Musties play Spikehill, 10 PM. Check out their latest myspace addition, the version of Elvis Museum featuring Ryan Adams.

 

 

Also Tues Sept 23 scorching punk/garage rockers 18 play Public Assembly (the old Galapagos) in the back room, 10:30 PM. Retro 70s minimalist art-punk band Full Tank open the show at 9ish.

 

Weds Sept 24, 6:30 PM at Cooper Union (Seventh St. and Third Ave.), free, early arrival suggested, Dr. Oliver Sacks, noted neurologist and author of The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and now Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain, discusses the interaction between music and the human brain — how music moves us, heals and haunts us. Perhaps he can explain the painkilling properties of Stars of Warburton by Midnight Oil and how Chicha Libre induces the same euphoria as cocaine but without the side effects.

 

Also Weds Sept 24-30 it’s the Droma Gypsy Festival at Drom featuring a whole caravan of good bands, highlights below.

 

Weds Sept 24 Turkish gypsy dub band Baba Zula – how’s that for cross-cultural psychedelia? – who’ve recorded with Mad Professor and others, play Drom at 9 PM, adv tix $20 very highly recommended at the box ofc 

 

Also Weds Sept 24 the reliably romantic, musically sensational Hawaiian/swing/blues/all things retro stars Moonlighters play at 9 at Fort Greene strip club Barrette, 601 Vanderbilt Avenue at Bergen St., 2/3 to Bergen or C to Clinton/Washington.

 

Also Weds Sept 24 tuneful, politically aware Atlanta Americana rock songwriter Kirk McMillan and his band play a benefit for Tuesday’s Children (charity which mentors kids who lost relatives on 9/11) at Spikehill, 9 PM.  Check out his song Corporate Cross on his myspace. Here’s what you get with a donation: $10 kirk4kids GROUPIE – Cover Charge for Event; $25 kirk4kids ROADIE – CD and kirk4kids t-shirt; $50 kirk4kids TOUR MANAGER – CD, kirk4kids t-shirt, 2 FREE drinks; $100 kirk4kids BAND MEMBER – CD, kirk4kids t-shirt, FREE drinks and food.

 

Also Weds Sept 24 Japanese gypsy band Kagero plays the Rockwood, 11 PM. Not to be confused with the awful metal band of the same name who used to play the Continental: this crew is a little more acoustic and laid-back than Gogol Bordello et al., but the guitars and accordion are still gorgeous.

 

Thurs Sept 25 the haunting, Middle Eastern-inflected yet extremely danceable oldtime Zanzibar revivalists Sounds of Taraab play a harbor cruise on the good ship Star of Palm Beach, leaving from Pier 40, Houston St. & the highway; boarding from 6:30-7:30, then cruise till 10 PM rain or shine. Adv tix insanely cheap, $10, get ‘em from the band.

 

Also Thurs Sept 25 Botanica plays Europa, 8 PM, insanely cheap at $8. Menacing, urbane, noir rockers with a fiery, charismatic keyboardist/frontman and eerie reverb guitar, who offer some of the most beautifully anguished moments of transcendent, epic grandeur you will ever experience at a rock show.

 

Also Thurs Sept 25 hilariously retro pre-rockabilly Americana trio Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co. – whose musical jokes are far more subtle than they get credit for – play their monthly residency show at Otto’s followed by intoxicatingly good organ-and-guitar-driven gypsy/reggae/groove band Escarioka at 10:30. They’re also opening for Amy Rigby & Wreckless Eric at Southpaw at 9 on the 27th.

 

Also Thurs Sept 25 the Gypsy Nomads play the Slipper Room, 8 PM. This guy/girl duo play alternately hypnotic and fiery acoustic songs and instrumentals whose spirit spans the centuries: ornate Renaissance-inflected jams, wailing gypsy songs and trancey, atmospheric instrumentals. Good stuff.

 

Also Thurs Sept 25 the NY Gypsy All-Stars under the leadership of the wildly jazzy Macedonian/Turkish clarinet virtuoso Ismail Lumanovski play Drom,  9 PM, $13 adv tix at the box office very highly recommended.

 

Also Thurs Sept 25 at Barbes, 10 PM: Jay Vilnai’s Vampire Suit – “Combining elements from jazz, world music, classical and other musical traditions Vampire Suit creates a musical blend of that takes you from the tribal dances of Northern Africa to the marshes of the Balkans to the cotton fields of the Delta.” Wild, intense stuff. With Jay Vilnai – guitars ; Skye Steele – violin; Gary Pickard – reeds; Greg Heffernan – cello and Rich Stein– percussion.

 

Also Thurs Sept 25  the Mercenaries play Lakeside, 10 PM. Some of their stuff is pretty standard Stonesy meat-and-potatoes rock, sometimes they venture toward the more melodic side of Guided by Voices. Either way, the guitars are cranked up.

 

Also Thurs Sept 25 at Sidewalk the rousing guitar-and-keyboard-driven country crew Basement Band plays at 11.

 

Fri Sept 26 as part of the weekend-long, waterlogged Dumbo arts festival, country siren Jan Bell is at 68 Jay St. Bar, 8 PM.

 

Also Fri Sept 26 Junior Brown plays Maxwell’s, 7:30 PM, adv tix available at Other Music. One of the great guitarists of our time, he plays his own custom-made “guit-steel” on which he proves equally astounding doing country, western swing, surf and Texas blues. Plus he’s one hell of a singer and not without a sense of humor either. He’s also at the Highline Ballroom on Sat Sept 27, 8 PM, adv tix $25, an all-ages show.

 

Also Fri Sept 26, 8 PM brilliantly melodic, psychedelic powerpop trio Devi play a free show at Shrine, 2271 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd (134/135), B train or 2/3 to 135th St free. The new cd is almost done; frontwoman Debra DeSalvo is simply one of the great guitarists of our time: you never know where this band’s adventurous jams will take you.

 

Also Fri Sept 26 Prasanna plays classical South Indian music on electric guitar plus Hendrix covers, accompanied by a percussion ensemble at Symphony Space, 8 PM, tix $28 avail at the World Music Institute box ofc.

 

Also Fri and Sun Sept 26 and 28 adventurous, technically dazzling organist Cameron Carpenter will perform three concerts at Middle Collegiate Church, 50 East 7th St at Second Avenue. General admission tix $30 at the church office; open rehearsal free to members of the public 9/24 and 9/25, 8-midnight! Friday’s program features pieces by Bach, Messiaen, Shostakovich and a John Williams piece from a Harry Potter movie…and three improvisations by the organist! The Sunday 3 PM show features lots of Bach and Liszt; the 8 PM Sunday recital features more Liszt, Reger, Demessieux, Jongen and Carpenter’s own original work from his new cd Revolutionary. Concerts will also be webcast live here.

 

Also Fri Sept 26 (semi) classic hip-hop album night with Black Moon performing Enta Da Stage and Smif N Wessun doing Da Shinin at the Knit, 9 PM, adv tix. $15 at the box office.

 

Also Fri Sept 26 Eastern Bloc FKA the Goran Ivanovic Group play their haunting electric gypsy guitar jazz along with Serbian-influenced klezmer group Mames Babaganoush at Drom, 9 PM, adv tix $13 very highly recommended at the box office. Dunno who’s playing first, but it really doesn’t matter since they’re both good.

 

Also Fri Sept 26 the hilarious cover band from hell, Rawles Balls play Arlene’s, 9 PM.

 

Also Fri Sept 26,  9:30 PM bassist Bruce Foxton & drummer Rick Buckler of the Jam are at the Gramercy Theatre, adv tix $29.50 at the Irving Plaza box office. Admittedly this is something akin to the Dead Kennedys without Jello, but Paul Weller hasn’t written a good song in 25 years and didn’t want to tour. And this is one of the alltime great rhythm sections, playing all the classics: That’s Entertainment, Private Hell, Down in the Tube Station at Midnight…the list goes on and on.

 

Also Fri Sept 26 Will Scott plays his hypnotic, guitarishly excellent Mississippi hill country blues at Two Boots Pizzeria in Park Slope, Brooklyn, 10 PM. He’s also at 68 Jay St. Bar in Dumbo at 8 the following night 9/27.

 

Also Fri Sept 26 Sister Anne plays Fontana’s, 10:30 PM . Cleverly amusing metal/punk/garage band from Brooklyn with two bass players. No joke. They sound like they’re a lot of fun live.

 

Sat Sept 27 there’s another free punk show at Tompkins Square Park in the afternoon starting around 3…depending on rain?

 

Also Sat Sept 27 at Banjo Jim’s an uncommonly good female-fronted country night starting with the traditionalist Jessica Star at 7:30, the raucous Shithouse Lillies at 8:15 (who do a song about eminent domain abuse!),  the equally raucous Jamie Lyn & the Red Tail Hawk Band at 9, the much quieter, more pensive Kara Suzanne and the Gojo Hearts at 10, Serena Jean and the Whisky Trippers and then the gorgeously retro 60s style Carin Gorrell and the Newton Gang at midnight

 

Also Sat Sept 27 Pierce Turner plays Joe’s Pub, early, 7 PM, adv tix pricy ($23) available at the box office. Irish singer/songwriter who’s something of the missing link between the Pogues and the Moody Blues, a tremendously good singer and high-voltage live performer.

 

Also Sat Sept 27, charming, slyly innuendo-driven French chanson revivalists Les Chauds Lapins at le Poisson Rouge, 7:30 PM, $25.

 

Also Sat Sept 27 Savina Yannatou plays Symphony Space, 8 PM, tix $25 available at the World Music Institute box office. Purist Greek chanteuse with an insatiable sense of adventure, a jazzy playfulness and an addiction to haunting minor keys. If it’s Mediterranean, or Arab, or Sephardic, she can sing it and has a band who can play it.

 

Also Sat Sept 27 a typical Moonwork mix of cutting edge comedy and comedic tunes featuring Tom Shillue, Baron Vaughn, the fearlessly satirical Shayna Ferm, the often scathingly funny Erik Frandsen, Craig Baldo and Mike Birbiglia at the auditorium at the Children’s Aid Society, 219 Sullivan St (Bleecker & W 3rd), 8 PM, $20.

 

Also Sat Sept 27, 9 PM 12-piece Balkan brass band Zlatne Uste plays Drom, the club says 9 PM but it may be later, adv tix $13 available cheap at the club box office. 

 

Also Sat Sept 27 punk/new wave legend Wreckless Eric – who has a million great stories  – plays with the brilliantly dark and funny Amy Rigby – who is now his better half – at Southpaw, 10ish PM. The wonderfully funny, smart hillbilly throwback trio Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co. open the show at 9.

 

Also Sat Sept 27 an excellent doublebill at Union Pool, 9ish with the totally punk, frequently very funny Headless Hookers along with brilliant country band Jerry Teel & the Big City Stompers (featuring Jerome O’Brien from the Dog Show on bass),not sure who’s playing first but they make a good, fun segue.

 

Also Sat Sept 27 sensationally good, shapeshifting retro 60s psychedelic rock throwbacks Love Camp 7 play the Parkside, 10 PM followed by the always enjoyably sinister, noir Reid Paley Trio with special guest chanteuse Peg Simone.

 

Sun Sept 28, an intriguing afternoon recital, 3 PM at Merkin Concert Hall with former Victor Borge collaborator Sahan Arzruni playing Armenian piano music.

 

Aso Sun Sept 28 at the Sixth St. stage on Washington St. in Hoboken, outdoors, 5 PM Frankie Morales (former singer with Tito Puente) and the Mambo of the Times Orquesta. For free. Pretty cool, huh?

 

Also Sun Sept 28 the frequently scorching, diversely musical Metropolitan Klezmer spinoff Isle of Klezbos – equally good at fiery wedding dances, haunting klezmer dirges and smart multstylistic originals play the YM-YWHA of Brighton Beach, 3300 Coney Island Ave. in Brooklyn, early, 6 PM, tix $12 at the door, B/Q train to Brighton Beach.

 

Also Sun Sept 28, 7 PM at Barbes: the Tarras Band, who dedicate themselves to the repertoire of the legendary Yiddish-American clarinetist and composer Dave Tarras. Michael Winograd (cl), Ben Holmes (tpt), Jim Guttman (bs), Richie Barshay (drums), and featuring klezmer legend and long-time Tarras accompanist Pete Sokolow (piano).

 

Also Sun Sept 28 Ljova & the Kontraband play the cd release for their new one Mnemosyne at Joe’s Pub, 7:30 PM, adv tix $18 a must (this will sell out). Frontman/violist Lev “Ljova” Zhurbin is an astonishingly diverse, talented composer who does a ton of film work and has arranged for lots of people including Kayhan Kalhor. This is his exuberant, classically inflected, ecstatically multistylistic string band with something of a cinematic feel, simply one of the very best bands in town.

 

Also Sun Sept 28, 8 PM classical Persian music by the ensemble Oumoumi at Symphony Space, balcony and rear orchestra seats $30 which will sell out fast, available at the box office Tues-Sun noon-7 PM. Especially well-timed considering the threat of a Bush regime hail-mary pass (or hundred) headed straight at the people of Iran.

 

Also Sun Sept 28, 8 PM an interesting doublebill at Drom with theatrical chanteuse Sandra Weigl and inventive guitarist/singer Dotschy Reinhardt, continuing the dynastic legacy of gypsy jazz.

 

Also Sun Sept 28 Kristen Gass plays the Rockwood, 8 PM. Whispery vocals. Smartly terse lyrics. Same with the way she fingerpicks the guitar. Her ghostly cover of the Larval Organs’ punk/metal song Ziploc Torso is to die for.

 

Also Sun Sept 28 at Banjo Jim’s, 8:30 PM a great show featuring smart, charming rockabilly singer Monica Passin from Lil Mo & the Monicats, fiery guitarslinger Tom Clark, western swing guitar genius Skip Krevens, the multistylistic Alana Amram (David’s kid) and the always brilliant, usually hilarious Amy Allison, who’s never sounded or written better than she’s doing right now. Note that there is a $10 cover for this show..

 

Also Sun Sept 28 Magges play Teneleven, 9 PM. If you consider yourself a party person and you’ve never danced to this intoxicating – in both the literal and figurative sense – Greek anthem and instrumental band, then you are only an imitation. We’re talking about Gogol Bordello-class energy and fun here.

 

Also Sun Sept 28 the Jack Grace Band and Five Points Band play Hank’s, 10 PM, no idea who’s first but it doesn’t really matter, they’re both good: smart, funny country purists with a little eerie Tom Waits-ish blues thrown in, and an equally eerie, sometimes bizarrely funny bluespunk band.

 

Mon Sept 29 a good jazz night at Spikehill starting at 8 with Italian expat guitarist Nico Sofiato and  his quartet followed by excellent drummer/composer/bandleader Tim Kuhl at 9; at 10, indie rock with the somewhat all-over-the-place Dave Treut; headlining at 11 are superb, imaginative guitarist Ila Cantor and piano player Sean Wayland.

 

Also Mon Sept 29 the Skye Steele Quintet plays rousing, bouncy, violin-driven Middle Eastern-tinged jazz at Sweet Rhythm, sets at 8 and 10, dirt cheap at $10 cover plus $10 minimum.

 

Also Mon Sept 29 Daria Grace & the Prewar Ponies play their beautifully lush, romantic, oldtime country/ragtime/pop at Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM.

 

Tues Sept 30 Karen Curious & the New Professionals play Trash Bar, 8 PM sharp with open bar on PBRs and wells til 9. Upbeat, melodic, slightly Velvets-tinged rock trio with beautiful harmonies.

 

Also Tues Sept 30 Jack Grace and his band play Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM, with strippers. Daria, you might want to talk to your husband about this.

 

Weds Oct 1 Frederick Teardo plays the 1830 Appleton Organ at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 3:30 PM in the musical instruments section, free with museum admission. 

 

Also Weds Oct 1 Rawles Balls play Otto’s, 9 PM. One of the funniest bands of alltime, the wickedly satirical, sarcastic cover band from hell delight in butchering every schlocky song ever written as well as a whole lot of good ones including some so obscure you’ll be amazed.

 

Also Weds Oct 1 exhilarating, danceable pan-Balkan rockers Ansambl Mastika – with horns, guitar and a propulsive rhythm section – play Drom, 9 PM along with hypnotic, female fronted Marseilles rai/rap/dance pop band Watcha Clan

 

Also Weds Oct 1 Bogs Visionary Orchestra play Sidewalk, 10 PM. Fiery, upbeat bluegrass band whose originals could be standards from 50 years ago. Good stuff.

 

Also Weds Oct 1 deliciously hypnotic, echoey roots reggae band Dub Conscious plays Sullivan Hall, 10:30ish. I and I say it dread in dis year Babylon but these guys make you forget where you are.

 

Also Thurs Oct 2 the Darrin James Band plays Sullivan Hall, early, 7:30 PM. Smart, purist Americana songwriter, good bluesy singer with a fine band and a lot of memorably lyrical songs. Tom Waits, Dr. John, Elvis Costello influences, he does them all justice.

 

Thurs Oct 2 Boston rockers Aloud play Trash Bar, time TBA. Cool guy/girl vox, a blend of punchy garage riff-rock and tasty, twangy jangle. Now if only they’d record with the same reckless abandon as they play live.

 

Also Thurs Oct 2 And The Wiremen play Lit, 8:30 PM. 2 guitars, cornet, and a rhythm section led by the brilliantly melodic Lynn Wright, ex-Bee & Flower and current Cordero guitarist. Thoughtful and pensive with unexpected dynamic shifts and imaginative textures.

 

Also Thurs Oct 2 alternately lush and fiery art-rockers Melomane play a triumphant return engagement following their recent European tour at the Bell House, 149 7th Street, Gowanus, Brooklyn, 9:30ish. Later in the evening: the excellent oldtimey country crew M Shanghai String Band.

 

Also Thurs Oct 2 the Brooklyn What show is cancelled, stay tuned for more info 

 

Also Thurs Oct 2 Rachelle Garniez plays Barbes, 10 PM. A torchy bundle of apparent contradictions: dark and troubling but also drop-dead hilarious; fiery but sometimes fragile; one of the world’s most intensely powerful songwriters with a rabid cult following but in the ultimate scheme of things, an obscure treasure. Nothing contradictory about how she sounds at the keyboard, whether she’s on the piano in the back room here, or her trusty accordion. She’s also the one responsible for the cd which was our pick for best of 2007. And also 2003.

 

 

Also Thurs Oct 2 Lucky Peterson plays Terra Blues, 10 PM. One of the great blues artists of our time, a triple threat with great songwriting, as good a guitarist as keyboardist (he’s Otis Rush’s alltime favorite).

 

Also Thurs Oct 2 alternately lush and fiery art-rockers Melomane play a triumphant return engagement following their recent European tour at the Bell House, 149 7th Street,  Gowanus, Brooklyn, 10:15 PM. Preceding them are the excellent oldtimey country crew M Shanghai String Band at 9:30

 

Also Thurs Oct 2 through Sat Oct 4 Stereolab play Irving Plaza, 11ish, adv tix $25 available at the box office. The crew here is divided on these guys: one faction thinks their drony, ambient sound is tuneless and pretentious; the other thinks they’re totally unique and their politics are spot-on.

 

Fri Oct 3 Hazmat Modine triumphantly returns from their worldwide summer tour to Terra Blues, early, 7 PM. Minor keys have never been so much fun. They get lumped into the gypsy music camp but they’re so much more than that, mixing equal parts of klezmer, reggae and New Orleans blues into their intoxicating, psychedelic sound, with the dueling blues harps, the human crescendo Pam Fleming on trumpet and the charismatic, boisterous Wade Schuman fronting the band.

 

Also Fri Oct 3 one of the world’s great klezmer trumpeters, Frank London plays Drom, 9 PM.

 

Also Fri Oct 3 Demolition String Band play Rodeo Bar, 10 PM. Edgy female-fronted electrified bluegrass band who sound kind of like X doing their country thing; great new cd out too.

 

Sat Oct 4 and continuing on 10/11, 10/18, 11/8, 11/15 and 11/22  John Scott plays a marathon of the complete organ works of Messiaen at St. Thomas Church, 4 PM. He’s done the complete works of Buxtehude not once but twice; his recording of the complete Mendelssohn organ sonatas is probably the best extant. Of all the great performances of the Messiaen centenary, these could be the most exciting.

 

Also Sat Oct 4 les Chauds Lapins at Barbes, 8 PM. Retro 30s/40s French chanson revivalists: lush strings, clever French lyrics, beaucoup innuendo, fetching guy/girl harmonies.  Followed by oldtime Cuban son revivalists Conjunto Guantanamo at 10: rustic, primeval, danceable, clever lyrics in Espanol.

 

Sun Oct 5, 1:30 PM at Bowery Poetry Club, free it’s a mass reading in memory of the great Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish, an iconic artist considered by many Palestinians to be their greatest literary proponent. Darwish promoted the concept of an equitable peace agreement in the Middle East for decades, long before it was kosher to do so. Followed on the bill by a couple of dweeby prog rock bands.

 

Sun Oct 5, 3 PM the world-class Greenwich Village Orchestra plays Beethoven – Symphony No.6 “Pastorale” and Piano Concerto No. 5 “Emperor” at the Washington Irving HS auditorium, tix insanely cheap, $15 at the door.

 

Also Sun Oct 5 gypsy jazz guitarist Stephane Wrembel at Barbes, 9 PM, also here on 10/12 and 10/19, same time. Boisterous, sometimes frenetic, virtuosic, very adventurous, blending many different styles from around the world. Wrembel knows that the guitar is first and foremost a percussion instrument.

 

Also Sun Oct 5, 11 PM dark baritone gothic country lounge crooner (and Ninth House frontman) Mark Sinnis plays Otto’s with keyboardist Matt Dundas and spectacular, gypsy-inflected violinist Susan Mitchell

 

Mon-Tues Oct 6-7 Mingus Dynasty plays the Jazz Standard, note that tix are “$25 plus tax”, sets at 7:30 and 9:30. Like the Mingus Big Band and Mingus Orchestra, this repertory unit knows the great composer’s work inside out; here’s a chance to see them in terrific-sounding  surroundings for a little less money and lots less hassle than usual.

 

Also Mon Oct 6 the Ukuladies play Rodeo Bar, 10 PM. Theatrical, funny, oldtimey female-fronted Canadian ukelele act who bring food and lottery tix to shows: definitely a good time.

 

Weds Oct 8 Metropolitan Klezmer plays a secret show during the day sometime on the LES, somewhere a few blocks north of Delancey. Watch this space for details. Met Klez are All Things Klezmer: film scores, haunting dirges, delirious dances, all with those haunting Middle Eastern tonalities, featuring both accordion and horns.

 

Also Weds Oct 8- Sat Oct 11 the Dave Holland Sextet plays Birdland, sets at 8:30 and 11, $30 gen adm tix. Famous jazz bassist who’s played with everybody: often surprisingly minimalist and melodic for someone so adventurous and well-traveled.

 

Weds Oct 8 at Smalls, 7:30 PM Jay Leonhart plays a rare solo bass show. A jazz guy who’s played with everybody, he has a remarkably lyrical, melodic style (figures, for someone who’s backed a lot of singers) and a good, frequently funny composer too. Definitely worth seeing if you can’t resist those low tonalities. He’s also here on 10/22, same time.

 

Also Weds Oct 8 the Sam Sherwin Band feat. members of Funkadelic and Antigone Rising plays the Cutting Room, 8 PM. He’s a fiery southpaw guitarslinger with equal command of mid-70s Page shredding and late-70s punk/powerpop fury. Good stuff if guitar is your thing.

 

Weds Oct 8 the Wedding Present plays Bowery Ballroom, 10ish. British cult faves from the late 80s/90s mixing elements of garage, punk and occasionally buffoonish pop. They’re also playing Southpaw the following night, but the sound there isn’t nearly as good.

 

Thurs Oct 9 Canadian banjoist Jayme Stone & Malian kora player Mansa Sissoko play Drom, 8 PM. Pretty much what you’d expect: a mix of traditional bluegrass and African styles, but rather than being jarring, they alternate between styles. The bluegrass is typically rousing, the African stuff gorgeously hypnotic.

 

Also Thurs Oct 9 Slim Cessna’s Auto Club is at Maxwell’s, 10 PM. The original grasscore band is as fast and furious as usual, equal parts punk and virtuosic bluegrass, with the requisite, frequently bizarre sense of humor.

 

Fri Oct 10 Pinataland plays Barbes, 8 PM. Their new cd Songs for the Forgotten Future Vol. 2 is smartly literate, richly orchestrated and something of a guide to the “weird USA.”

 

Also Fri Oct 10 Fred Ho & the Afro-Asian Ensemble at BAM Café, 9 PM. Jazzed-up Asian melodies, sometimes in a bop context, sometimes very minimalistic. A big Mingus fan, Ho plays the baritone sax and loves those cool low tonalities.

 

Sat Oct 11, 3 PM at ABC No Rio, Bay area punks Acts of Sedition, our own Hipster Holocaust (three cheers) and also Bad Blood (NOT the Neil Sedaka song).

 

Also Sat Oct 11 a good twinbill of sirens at le Poisson Rouge, 7:30 PM, $15 featuring the brilliantly multistylistic accordionist/pianist Rachelle Garniez – whose album Melusine Years was our pick for best cd of 2007 –  followed by veteran soul/jazz singer Catherine Russell.

 

Also Sat Oct 11 legendary, vital salsa vet Eddie Palmieri plays a doublebill with the Latin Giants of Jazz – Tito Puente’s backup band, whose show last month downtown was something beyond exhilarating  – play the Lehman Ctr, 8 PM, 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West, D train to Bedford Pk Blvd, tix pricy ($35 is cheapest) but worth it at the box ofc.

 

Also Sat Oct 11, speaking of salsa, at 8 PM at the Stone Ela Troyano screens her documentary La Lupe Queen of Latin Soul, chronicling the life and times of the legendary singer from the 60s. Featuring rare archival footage of the latin music scene in La Habana in the 50’s and NYC in 60’s and 70s.

 

Also Sat Oct 11 Rosalia plays BAM, 8 PM; she’s also at Barbes at 7 on 10/12. Spanish guitarist Rosalia Roio is an utterly original, captivating player versed in a dazzling array of classical, jazz and world music styles, a great improviser with a signature sound. Sometimes hypnotic, sometimes bracing, always interesting.

 

Also Sat Oct 11 Jim Campilongo plays Barbes at 8 followed at 10 by Smokey Hormel’s Roundup. The former, one of this era’s great guitarists, blends twangy surf, western swing and eerie noir soundtrack stuff like Big Lazy. The latter is a longtime Johnny Cash sideman who also excels at western swing.  .

 

Also Sat Oct 11 strikingly smart retro country band the Dixons play the cd release show for their new one at Union Pool, 9ish.

 

Allso Sat Oct 11 jazzy Turkish singer/kopuz (five-string lute) player Erkan Ogur and the Ismail Hakkı Demircioglu Duo featuring the ecstatic, hypnotic pan-Arab traditional group Dunya Ensemble at Drom, 10 PM, gen adm tix $25. Playing often dark, haunting, traditional Anatolian music; the Dunya Ensemble has recently released Music of Cyprus, the first album in which Greek and Turkish Cypriots perform and present their musical traditions together, no small achievement.  

 

Also Sat Oct 11 fiery noise/punk/art-rockers System Noise play Connolly’s, 10 PM. Dark macabre virtuoso guitar, a pummeling rhythm section, good lyrics and the spectacular Sarah Mucho out front wailing over the squall. One of the half-dozen best live bands in NYC, maybe the world right now.

 

Also Sat Oct 11 Simon & the Bar Sinisters play Lakeside, 10:15ish (early by Lakeside standards, but Simon likes to play long sets). A true original: raised on punk, addicted to surf, steeped in rockabilly, honest as the day he was born and very funny. And damn, what a guitarist.

 

Also Sat Oct 11 the Mess Around play Trash Bar, midnight. The ultimate Saturday night band, NYC’s answer to Radio Birdman. Oldschool purists with wild crazy energy and scorching guitars.

 

Sun Oct 12 frequently haunting, horn-driven, oldschool 60s style ska band Tri-State Conspiracy followed by rousing, equally dark Russian “Siberian salsa swing” Gogol Bordello soundalikes Yoke play Drom, early, 7 PM, gen adm tix cheap and worth it at $15.

 

Also Sun Oct 12 the Cannabis Cup Band plays a Peter Tosh birthday tribute at B.B.King’s, 11:30 PM, adv tix $12 at the box office. Second-wave roots reggae: metal guitar in places, busier and more boisterous than your classic 70s Jamaican stuff, with a frequent dub sensibility.

 

Tues Oct 14 the incomparable Jenifer Jackson plays the Rockwood, 9 PM. This is the show we want you to go see. Equally adept at lush Beatlesque psychedelia, romantic samba and soulful Americana, Jackson sings with a completely unaffected, warmly wise voice that will lift your spirits if you’ve had a rough day. It’s a free show, what have you got to lose but your troubles.

   

Weds Oct 15 popular, tuneful all-female (one assumes) jangle/garage/punk lo-fi rock trio the Vivian Girls play Bowery Ballroom 9:30ish, adv tix $10 at the Mercury recommended – this may sell out.

 

Thurs Oct 16, 7 PM at Otto’s it’s ukelele night with bands all night long, beginning at 7:30 with the Arizona Ukemen in their NYC debut; at 8, the smooth Craig Chesler from Dreamboat; 9 PM, Brooklyn femme fatale Sweet Soubrette & The Shipwrecks; 10 PM absolutely bizarre Florida vaudevillain Hot Time Harv and 11 PM big, theatrical, satirical combo Agent 99. Just wondering: where the hell are the Moonlighters?!!

 

Also Thurs Oct 16 Spiros Soukis plays Lucille’s, 8 PM, 2 sets. Greek expat who adds his own innovative touch to British-style, late 60s electric blues. He’s also here on 10/28, same time.

 

Also Thurs Oct 16 Mary-Kate O’Neil plays the Goldhawk in Hoboken, 8 PM. Acoustic singer-songwriter: tuneful, a little quirky, understated sense of humor, distant echoes of classic 60s pop.

 

Also Thurs Oct 16 blue/roots music guitar genius Lenny Molotov plays Pete’s Candy Store with his band, 9 PM. Lots of delta blues, some ragtime, many originals, great lyrics and a brutal, sardonic sense of humor.
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Also Thurs Oct 16 Jerry Teel & the Big City Stompers featuring Jerome O’Brien from the Dog Show on bass play Don Pedro’s, 11ish. More of a noir garage band than the country act they were in a previous incarnation; their most recent show at Union Pool was often entrancingly psychedelic and fun.

 

Fri Oct 17 the Ventures play B.B. King’s, 8 PM, adv tix. $36 at the box ofc. and worth it. What the Beatles were to pop, what the Stones were to rock, what whiskey is to thirst, the Ventures are to instrumental rock. Nearly fifty years after they started, original members Don Wilson, Bob Bogle and Nokie Edwards are still going strong. Scream and see if they play Ginza Lights!

 

Also Fri Oct 17, Method Man & Redman perform at the Nokia Theatre, 8 PM, adv tix $35 available at their box office open Mon-Sat noon-6 PM. Back before they became tv actors, they put out one of the great hip-hop collaborations of alltime,  Blackout. This time around they’re doing what they call the Still High Tour, which is probably accurate.

 

Also Fri Oct 17, 8 PM trombonist William Cepeda’s Puerto Rican Explosion, a 17-piece band playing everything Puerto Rican – salsa, bomba, plena – is at Symphony Space, tix $30.

 

Also Fri Oct 17 the Doc Marshalls at Banjo Jim’s, 9:30 PM. Rousing, boisterous, virtuosic, equally adept at Texas honkytonk and Louisiana cajun.

 

Also Fri Oct 17 sprawling, somewhat psychedelic, totally 60s soul throwbacks Charles Bradley & the Menahan Street Band featuring members of Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings play the cd release for their new one at Southpaw, 10ish, $14.

 

Sat Oct 18, a walkathon (you need to get sponsors) against the Atlantic Yards luxury condo/arena project. Registration starts at 5:15 PM, march at 6:15 PM, gather in front of Bob Law’s Seafood Cafe (637 Vanderbilt/ btwn St. Marks and Prospect Place) and conclude with an after party for participants including free food and live music (TBA) at the Brooklyn Lyceum (227 4th Avenue at Union St.).

 

Also Sat Oct 18 at Caffe Vivaldi, 9 PM rustic, psychedelic, frequently haunting quartet Merakali playing Greek Smyrnaika (Greek urban songs of the 1920’s and 1930’s from Izmir, Turkey and Athens) along with some Greek Sephardic songs.

 

Also Sat Oct 18 legendary Iranian spike fiddle player/composer Kayhan Kalhor – who’s just released a sensational new album with the string quartet Brooklyn Rider   plays Carnegie Hall, 8:30 PM, adv tix $36 available at the World Music Institute box office.

 

 Also Sat Oct 18 legendary, artsy, psychedelic rock en Espanol band Jaguares at the Nokia Theatre, 9:30 PM, adv tix $37.50 available at their box office open Mon-Sat noon-6 PM.

 

Also Sat Oct 18 loud, punkish rockers Spanking Charlene – sort of NYC’s answer to X – play Lakeside, 11 PM. Frontwoman Charlene McPherson has one of those voices you’ll never forget once you hear it – she can really wail.

 

Sun Oct 19, early evening, 5 PM smartly oldtimey acoustic act Royal Pine – featuring another tremendously good singer, Robin Aigner – play the Gardens of Union, Union St. near 4th Ave., Brooklyn.

 

Also Sun Oct 19 Kal (Roma for black) play Joe’s Pub, 9:30 PM. Fiery, haunting, politically and historically aware gypsy band from the suburbs of Belgrade. Keenly aware that they’re keeping a great tradition alive in the face of the encroachment of computerized disco and prejudice on all sorts of levels, fired by righteous anger. Could be very intense and just as fun, adv tix $22 at the box office.

 

Mon Oct 20 hilarious Brooklyn punk rockers Custard Wally – whose new cd Call Me Walt has an adventurousness and musical diversity that totally fits into the latest wave of excellent NYC bands – play Don Pedro’s, 8 PM.

 

Tues Oct 21 haunting, danceable, innovatively shape-shifting Middle Eastern combo Zikrayat play with noted percussionist Faisal Zedan at Barbes, 7 PM.

 

Also Tues Oct 21 Edward Rogers, the Bedsit Poets (doing the cd release show for their new one Rendezvous) and the George Usher Band play the Cutting Room, 7:30 PM. Not sure if this is a triple bill or if it’s just Rogers, Amanda Thorpe and their killer Britfolk-inflected harmony-rock band the Bedsit Poets, and then Usher, or who’s playing first, but it doesn’t really matter: they’re all good.

 

Also Tues Oct 21 the Del McCoury Band headline the Highline Ballroom. around 10, adv tix $20 at the box ofc. Longtime Bill Monroe sideman McCoury is far more adventurous than his trad pedigree would indicate. Don’t bother showing up for the two forgettable opening bands.

 

Thurs Oct 23 Metropolitan Klezmer – who play every haunting style of klezmer music ever invented, and have a sensationally good live album out – play the Jalopy Café in Red Hook, 8 PM.

 

Also Thurs Oct 23 – Sat Oct 25, 8 PM, $25, the Citizen’s Band plays their popular show, extremely timely show The Panic is On at the Henry Street Settlement, 466 Grand Street (at Pitt Street), F to East Broadway and walk east. In “their sixth original show, the troupe is trapped in a makeshift bomb shelter where they’re forced to find common ground and hope in a terror filled world. Performing a spirited mix of classic songs and original compositions they ponder such issues as fear mongering, war, immigration, xenophobia, poverty and their own dreams for political change.”.

 

Also Thurs Oct 23 at Southpaw, a Barack Obama fundraiser with bouncy Staten Island instrumentalists the Budos Band & others TBA.

 

Also Thurs Oct 23 the Five Points Band plays Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM. Talented, somewhat bizarrely funny, dark bluespunk band, the missing link between the Cramps and Jon Spencer.

 

Fri Oct 24 hilarious, somewhat theatrical country satirists the Inbreeds– who make fun of every conceivable style of country music ever invented – play Freddy’s, 9 PM. The amazing Annette Kudrak holds down the lead spot on accordion.

 

Also Fri Oct 24 supersonically fast surf rockers los Straitjackets play an absurdly good doublebill with legendary Finnish surf rockers Laika & the Cosmonauts at Maxwell’s, adv tix $13 at the club and at Other Music. They’re at Southpaw at 9 on 10/25 for the same price, which should be just as good since they’re both instrumental bands and don’t need vocals.

 

Also Fri Oct 24  twangy, growling, somewhat Steve Earle-inflected former Backslider Chip Robinson plays Lakeside with the Roscoe Trio, 10ish – expect a long set.

 

Also Fri Oct 24 fiery yet brilliantly retro surf band the Outpatients play Hank’s, 11:30ish.

 

Sat Oct 25 probably the most diverse bill of the whole year at Drom featuring virtuoso, jazzy hammered dulcimer player Max ZT at 7:30; dark, hypnotic, fiery Persian-American rock siren Haale and her band at 8:30; Brooklyn/Brazilian funksters Nation Beat at 9:30; Iranian hip-hop artist Yas at 10:30 (lyrics in Farsi) and smartly conscious Brooklyn dancehall crew Jah Dan & Noble Society at 11:30, gen adm tix absurdly cheap at $12 .

 

Also Sat Oct 25 Washington, DC blues guitarist Bobby Radcliff plays Lucille’s Bar, 8 PM, two sets. A rare player who doesn’t let his blinding speed distract him from terseness and melody. As good at funk as darkly meandering, minor-key blues, he also bears something of a resemblance to Chewbacca the wookie!

 

Sun Oct 26 David Rees, author of the Get Your War On comics series reads at Bowery Poetry Club, 8 PM, $8. Sales of the two GYWO books have raised almost $100,000 for land mine removal in western Afghanistan.

 

Mon Oct 27  McRad plays Europa, 10ish, tix $8. One of the original multiracial punk bands from around 1980, the reggae-inflected Philly group was both artsier and more politically charged than most of their US contemporaries from that era. They’re also playing Weds Oct 29  at the Knit, 9ish, dirt cheap at $5.

 

Also Mon Oct 27 somewhat legendary powerpop songwriter (and recently, Edward Rogers collaborator) George Usher – who’s written for Laura Cantrell, among many others –  plays his reliably tuneful stuff at Lakeside, 10 PM.

 

Weds Oct 29 the Prisoners of Second Avenue play the Cutting Room, 8 PM. Left to their own devices, Willie Nile’s backing band competently reprises what the New York Dolls were doing in 1973. You’d think you were at Coney Island High circa 1989!.

 

Thurs Oct 30 the reliably excellent, politically spot-on, scorchingly guitarish female-fronted art/noise/punk rockers System Noise play a book release party for Iraq Veterans Against the War at Sullivan Hall, 8 PM.

 

Also Thurs Oct 30 Carol Lipnik & Spookarama play the Spiegeltent out behind South St. Seaport, 8 PM, adv tix $15 at the tent box office. Spectacular four-octave range; adventurous yet purist songwriting encompassing classic soul, gypsy, oldtimey theatrical music and rock; crescendoing, passionate, soulful and intense.

 

Also Thurs Oct 30 Cypress Hill play their annual NYC Halloween show a day early at the Nokia Theatre, early, 8ish, adv tix $36 available at their box office Mon-Sat noon-6 PM. Hey – don’t laugh – their rap-metal was actually GOOD. And even though they only have one joke, it still resonates if you’re, um…now what was the question?

 

Also Thurs Oct 30 Tandy plays Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM. Jangly Americana band with a frequently hypnotic, dusky southwestern gothic feel. Excellent narrative songs with good lyrics. One of NYC’s best live bands.

 

Also Thurs Oct 30 excellently dirgey oldtimey Nashville gothic crew O’Death plays the Music Hall of Williamsburg, 11 PM, adv tix $12 at the Mercury, get ’em now, this will sell out. And just wondering…whose dick did the terminally annoying La Strada suck to get on this bill…or did the club just have a cancellation?  

 

Fri, Halloween, the possibly 18-piece, definitely all-female Main Squeeze Orchestra plays meticulously arranged, psychedelic, frequently hilarious accordion music at the Zipper Theatre. If you’re lucky they’ll do Love Will Tear Us Apart AND Bohemian Rhapsody.

 

Also Fri, Halloween, 1 AM (actually the wee hours of 11/1), Massachusetts reggae/jazz megaplex the Superpowers play the Blue Note, 1 AM. Their festival show early in the summer uptown was sensationally good.

 

Upcoming:  

 

11/1 Johnny Allen at Terra Blues, 10 PM

11/1 at the Knit, 8ish, “3 floors of ska” incl. the Toasters, Pietasters, Hub City Stompers, Deals Gone Bad, Sonice Boom Six, Kofre, Warsaw, The Void Union, Green Room Rockers, Los Landrones, Unlikely Alibi, Jonny Meyers, adv tix $17 at the box office

11/1 Giant Panda Guerrilla Dub Squad at Sullivan Hall, 11 PM

11/4 Mr. Lif at the Knit, 11ish

11/4-9 the Django Reinhardt festival at Birdland, sets at 8:30 and 11, $35 gen adm feat. Samson Schmitt (From France)

Andreas Oberg (From Sweden)

Ludovic Beier (From France)

Jean Baptiste Schmitt (From France, Brother Of Samson)

Kruno Spisic (From Phila.)

Timbo (From France – Violin)

Brian Torff ( From The Us – Bass)

11/6 the New Millennium Ensemble play Messiaen’s The Blackbird and also Quartet for the End of Time at Symphony Space, tix $35. With pianists pianists Ursula Oppens and Jerome Lowenthal performing Messiaen’s Visions de l’Amen

11/6 Bad Brains (original members? dunno) at Irving Plaza, 8:30 PM adv tix $26.50

11/6 John Brown’s Body at Bowery Ballroom, 10ish, $15 adv tix at the Mercury

11/8 Jesse Bates’ Flying Guitars at Lakeside, 11 PM

11/9, in the afternoon REVEREND BILLY’s “Hot & Holy Highline Revival” w/The Stop Shopping Gospel Choir + Not Buying It Band at Highline Ballroom playing the cd release for SHOPOCALYPSE

11/9 the Turtle Island String Quartet plays Coltrane’s A Love Supreme at Merkin Concert Hall, tix $30

11/11 Natacha Atlas and her acoustic Middle Eastern ensemble at B.B.King’s, adv tix $27 at the box office

11/12 Susan Tedeschi at Irving Plaza, 9ish, adv tix expensive $31.50 at the box office

11/12 the Ukuladies at the Stone,  10 PM

11/13 Carol Lipnik & Spoookarama at the Zipper Theatre, 8 PM

11/13 at Symphony Space, 8 PM   Ankush Bahl conducts the New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra on a bill featuring Smetana’s  The Moldau, Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with pianist Gabriela Martinez, and Dvorak’s  Symphony No. 7

11/13 Willie Nile solo at the Cutting Room 8 PM

11/13 Sonny Rhodes at Terra Blues, 10 PM

11/14 8:30 PM Nicole Atkins & the Sea at Bowery Ballroom, adv tix $16 at the Mercury

11/15-16 Rev. Horton Heat at the Gramercy Theatre, adv tix $26 at the Irving Plaza box office

11/15 Tower of Power at B.B. King’s, 8 and 10:30 PM, adv tix $30 at the box office

11/15 and 11/21 Black 47 at Connolly’s, 10 PM

11/16, 3 PM the Greenwich Village Orchestra plays Saint Saens – Cello Concerto;  Dvorak – Silent Woods, and Berlioz’ Symphonie Fantastique at Washington Irving HS Aud., tix insanely cheap, $15

11/17 Iron & Wine at Terminal 5, adv tix $28 at the Mercury

11/20 Liu Fang (Chinese pipa virtuoso) at Symphony Space, 7:30 PM, adv tix $28 at the World Music Institute boxoffice

11/21 the Coffin Daggers at Branch Brook Park Roller Skating Center

7th Ave & Clifton Ave, Newark, time TBA

11/21 Purple K’nif at Lakeside, 11 PM  

11/23 Huun Huur Tu at le Poisson Rouge, adv tix $25 at the box office

12/12 Jan Bell and Steve Earle at the Brooklyn Lyceum, 8 PM

12/16 and 12/31 Black 47 at Connolly’s, 10 PM

12/20 the Slackers at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, 9 PM, adv tix $15 at the Mercury

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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