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New York City Live Music Calendar April-May 2009 Plus Special Events

Hey, this isn’t the latest calendar! Here’s the latest May-June calendar with all kinds of free stuff…

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 are both having hissy fits.


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 in April 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, 21 and over.


In April the Barbes house band, Chicha Libre will be on tour with Dengue Fever. But they will be playing at Barbes on 4/6 and 4/13 at around 10, and a Rocks Off cruise around Manhattan on May 15.


Also Mondays in April (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.


Also Mondays in April Kotorino plays darkly rustic, sometimes atmospheric gypsy-flavored stuff at Pete’s Candy Store, 10:30


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 April 9:30 PM except for Apr 21 when she’s at Union Hall. Or you can catch her at Rodeo Bar at 10:30 PM on 4/22.


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 in April and May, 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. He’ll be off on UK tour in June.


Also virtually every Wednesday at Drom (check the club calendar to make sure) 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. April artists include Carol Lipnik, Larkin Grimm, Steve Wynn, Kerry Kennedy, Sally Norvell, Alice Texas, and Vera Beren.


Weds Apr 1 semi-legendary alt-bluegrass guys the Gourds (who did the bluegrass cover of Gin & Juice), at Mercury Lounge, $15 gen adm


Also Weds Apr 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.


Also Weds Apr 1 in case you haven’t seen the flyers at every abandoned luxury housing site/future crackhouse, the Brian Jonestown Massacre plays at 10ish at Terminal 5, $24 adv tix at the Mercury.


Thurs Apr 2 Duo Firenze, composed of violinists Brooke Quiggins and Elizabeth Young at Trinity Church, 1 PM, free.


Also Thurs Apr 2, 8 PM, Karla Bonoff plays BB King’s, adv tix $25. A long time ago there were two raven-haired top 40 sirens. One was Mexican-American, didn’t write her own songs, had a beautiful wounded voice and was named Linda Ronstadt. Another was Jewish, wrote her own songs, played piano, had a beautiful wounded voice and hasn’t disowned her past as Ronstadt has. That siren is Karla Bonoff. If beautiful women of a certain age appeal to you, this is where you will find them.

Also Thurs Apr 2 the Quavers followed by Rachelle Garniez at Barbes, 8 PM. The former call themselves “porch techno” but are as far from computerized as you can possibly get: the only techno in their music is the hypnotic loops that come back again and again as they build big sweeping anthems before your eyes. The headliner is the greatest songwriter of our time. And also probably the best singer, and one of the most dynamic live performers around. And plays accordion, keys, guitar and writes dark, lyrical songs in pretty much every style except for indie rock.

Also Thurs Apr 2 haunting, hypnotic Egyptian film music revivalists Zikrayat at Public Assembly, 7 PM $15 with special guest artists percussionist Faisal Zedan and chanteuse Mariyah.

Also Thurs Apr 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. 

Also Thurs Apr 2 at the Delancey it’s Small Beast night with Botanica frontman/keyboard master of menace Paul Wallfisch followed by another equally haunting presence, noir cabaret chanteuse Carol Lipnik with her spine-tingling four-octave voice, show starts at 9ish.

Also Thurs Apr 2 biting, edgy female-fronted jazz-pop band the Secret History at the Bell House, 8ish. This era’s answer to Everything but the Girl…or the American Autour de Lucie?

Fri Apr 3 – speaking of great songwriters – Mary Lee’s Corvette plays a rare duo acoustic show (frontwoman/chanteuse Mary Lee Kortes and husband Eric “Roscoe” Ambel on lead guitar) at the Postcrypt Coffeehouse located in the basement of St. Paul’s Chapel, Columbia University, 1160 Amsterdam Ave. at 116th St., 9 PM, free.

Also Fri Apr 3 Daniel Kahn & the Painted Bird play radical klezmer punk at Barbes, 10 PM 

Fri-Sun Apr 3-5 it’s Mudfest AKA Beefstock, a weekend of music and recreation in the Catskills, Valley View Road, Big Indian NY, 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 and 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.

Also Fri Apr 3-5 4/3-5 aggressive, adventurous pianist/composer Dan Tepfer performs with smooth jazz saxist Lee Konitz April 3 – 5 at Village Vanguard and then on April 7 with his trio at the Jazz Standard. This is a guy who approaches Giant Steps and the Goldberg Variations with equal aplomb and panache.

Also Fri Apr 3 NYC’s most romantic band, timeless Hawaiian/swing/jazz retrophiliacs the Moonlighters at Shrine, 8 PM.

Also Fri Apr 3 happy, upbeat ska/reggae with the Brown Rice Family at Zebulon, 9 PM.

Also Fri Apr 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.

Also Fri Apr 3 soaring country chanteuse Alana Amram & some of her twangy bandmates the Rough Gems at Banjo Jim’s, 11 PM.

Also Fri Apr 3, 11 PM dark, anthemic rockers Ninth House  – equal parts Joy Division and Johnny Cash, at the absolute peak of their ten-year career – play Berlin in Astoria, 37-27 32nd St., Astoria, N/W to 39th Ave., or V/R to 36th St., $8. 

Also Fri Apr 3 Jennifer O’Connor plays Cake Shop, 11 PM with the reliably fiery, eerie Chris Brokaw on lead guitar. Not an everyday thing that you see two players this captivating sharing a stage. Now add terse, dark, pensive lyrics and a literally chilling vocal range. Makes us wish we hadn’t gone out of town.      

Sat Apr 4 expat Cuban guitarist/crooner Alex Cuba opening for Colombia’s most popular rock export, the fiery, female-fronted Aterciopelados at Highline Ballroom, 8 PM, adv tix $20.

Also Sat Apr 4 fiery Balkan blasters Raya Brass Band, Brooklyn’s own haunting, feisty, innovative Bulgarian female vocal quartet Black Sea Hotel and Fishtank Ensemble – whose ferociously virtuosic acoustic gypsy music with Japanese instruments is completely unique – at the Ukrainian National Home, 140 2nd Ave, 8 PM, $15

Also Sat Apr 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 puppets at Consulate of the Republic of Indonesia (5 E. 68th St.), $15/$10 stud/srs. Moving through the silence without motion, waiting for you?

Also Sat Apr 4 snarling, smart NYC underground rock eminence grise Willie Nile – whose new cd is reportedly sensational – playing a rare trio show with Brad Albetta on upright bass and Frankie Lee on drums, opening for his usual backing band the Prisoners of Second Ave. at Bowery Ballroom, 8:30 PM. 

Also Sat Apr 4 fiery Steve Earle-esque two-guitar highway rockers the Sloe Guns at the National Underground, 9 PM.

Also Sat Apr 4 funny, virtuosic surf, rockabilly and punk with Simon & the Bar Sinisters at Lakeside, 10:15 ish.

Also Sat Apr 4 El Jezel plays Bowery Poetry Club, 10:30 PM. Moody, atmospheric but groove-driven shoegaze rock with a 80s edge, guitar and keys and guy/girl vocals.

Also Sat Apr 4 tersely lyrical, tuneful powerpop siren Patti Rothberg at Ace of Clubs, midnight 
Sun Apr 5, 3 (three) PM one of the world’s great violists, 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.  Also Sun Apr 5, 7 (seven) PM all seventeen women with accordions who make up the charming, devious, psychedelic Main Squeeze Orchestra at Highline Ballroom, adv tix $12 recommended.


Also Sun Apr 5, 7 PM ex-Blow This Nightclub bandleader Dan Sallitt’s lyrically stinging 2-guitar band the Toneballs play Rocky Sullivan’s, 24 Van Dyke St., Red Hook, corner of Dwight – the B77 bus stops in front of the club, no cover. They promise a brand new Richard Thompson cover too.


Also Sun Apr 5 alternately haunting, plaintive and fiery Americana chanteuse Jan Bell with sensational violinist Rima Fand from Luminescent Orchestrii at the Jalopy Theatre, 8 PM.


Mon Apr 6, long-running late 60s oldtimey revivalists Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks (not all orig. members) at BB King’s, 8 PM gen adm $25

Also Mon Apr 6 noir piano jazz combo the Dred Scott Trio plays the Blue Note, $5 at the bar, $10 for a table, 8 and 10:30 PM.



Also Mon Apr 6, 11 PM fiery, fun somewhat psychedelic country/Americana rock band Any Day Parade play Death by Audio.


Tues Apr 7, early, 6 (six) PM at Zebulon Rothko Trio violinist Cliodhna Ryan plays Partita No.1 in B minor by J.S. Bach followed at 7:30 by the dark snarling guitar alchemy of the Ulrich Ziegler trio feat. Steve Ulrich from Big Lazy and Balkan Beat Box’s Itamar Zeigler.


Also Tues Apr 7 Metropolitan Klezmer’s 15th anniversary show, 7:30 PM at Drom, $10, where they prove themselves the most versatile and arguably most ferociously entertaining klezmer act around.


Also Tues Apr 7 at Barbes, 7 PM: “Tamevate Kapelye. Straight from the orchestra pit of the Folksbiene National Yiddish Theater (the longest running Yiddish theater in America) this klezmer quartet plays traditional melodies and songs from Eastern Europe, America, and beyond. With Dmitri ‘Zisl-Yeysef’ Slepovitch – clarinet; Louisa Strouse Boiman -violin; Taylor Bergren-Chrisman – bass and Joshua Camp – accordion/piano.”


Also Tues Apr 7 original, noirish 80s-inflected keyboardist/chanteuse Kristin Hoffmann at the Canal Room, $12, 8 PM. 


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


Also Tues Apr 7 dark, snarling, LES glam noir rocker Sousalves at Corio, upstairs, 11 PM  


Weds Apr 8, 9 PM, dark, intense yet sometimes tongue-in-cheek rocker Elisa Flynn – who has a great new album out – plays at Sidewalk.   


Also Weds Apr 8 legendary Elvis Costello pianist Steve Nieve – the only keyboardist who deserves mention in the same sentence as Paul Wallfisch – is at City Winery, 9 PM, bar seating $30 (forget anything else).


Also Weds Apr 8 Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co. at Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM. 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 Apr 9 fearless double entendre specialist/oldschool acoustic rocker Joe Pug is at BB King’s, 7 PM opening for long-running oldschool alt-country supergroup the Flatlanders.


Also Thurs Apr 9 Americana siren Hope DeBates and North 40 – one of the most sophisticated and unique voices in town, equally captivating at jazz and country, with a band to match – plays 55 Bar, early, 6 PM.


Also Thurs Apr 9 a string quartet plays Haydn and Dvorak at Pete’s Candy Store, 7:30 PM.


Also Thurs Apr 9, 9 PM Selim Sesler – the “Coltrane of the clarinet” –  & the NY Gypsy Allstars at Drom, free.


Also Thurs Apr 9 this week’s Small Beast extravaganza once again features Botanica’s Paul Wallfisch along with noir chanteuse Larkin Grimm  – one of the most extraordinarily intense, unique voices in any kind of music right now – at the Delancey, upstairs 9ish.


Also Thurs Apr 9 catchy, jangly, danceable rock en Espanol band Cordero plays Southpaw, 9:30 PM.


Also Thurs Apr 9 smart, literate, subtly amusing oldtimey siren/multi-instrumentalist Robin Aigner plays Freddy’s, 10 PM.


Fri Apr 10th at Glasslands an intriguing, cheap jazz show, only $5 starting at 7 with Planet Dream: Steve Swell (trombone), Rob Brown (alto sax), Daniel Levin (cello); 8PM – Sex Mob: Steven Bernstein (slide trumpet), Briggan Krauss (alto sax), TBA (bass), Kenny Wollesen (drums); 9PM – Glassband: Dave Sewelson (bari sax), Brad Farberman (guitar), Dee Pop (drums). Wow. Supposedly TBA is a great bass player.


Also Fri Apr 10, 7-9 PM the Open Music Circle at Tibet House, 22 West 15th Street, 7-9  PM, $10 req. donation. Acoustic musicians, vocalists, dancers are welcome; no musical or other agenda, no director. Each circle is an exploration, an adventure. Participants start in silence, someone begins, then participants listen to each other and play, vocalize or move accordingly, ending with silence; musicians respond to dancers and dancers to musicians. Now and then there are exercises to build skills. Also on Apr 12 from 8 PM sharp to 10 PM at the New York Insight Meditation Center, 28 West 27th Street, 10th fl., take the elevator up at 8 PM. Marianne Giosa will be facilitating


Also Fri Apr 10 fiery mandolinist/Americana chanteuse Elena Skye’s birthday bash at Banjo Jim’s starting at 7:30 with another soaring singer, Drina Seay with Fred Cash Jr., then Charlene and Mo of Spanking Charlene at 9, Skye’s own Demolition String Band at 10 followed by Live Band Kuntry Karaoke with a free shot of Jack for all karaoke singers. Click for the list of available songs.


Also Fri Apr 10, 8 PM Overlord plays the Bell House, the show is NOT sold out like the club says, email for tix info. They’re better than the New Pornographers plus they have the formidable Kerry Kennedy in the band. Sonic Youth/Oasis ripoffs the Wrens, who occasionally score one or two, are on later in case you’re not worried about getting home.


Also Fri Apr 10 killer bassist Gregg August (from JD Allen’s powerful trio) leads his own ten-piece Large Ensemble at the Jazz Gallery, sets at 9 and 10:30 PM, $15. The theme explores race relations through compositions inspired by (and ostensibly sometimes including) poetry; a ton of great talent on this bill including JD Allen on tenor, Sam Newsome on soprano sax, Jaleel Shaw on alto and others.  


Also Fri Apr 10, 10 PM las Rubias del Norte play Barbes. Slipping further and further into dark minor keys, the two womens’ voices induce deeper and deeper chills as the band saunters through pretty much every south-of-the-border style you could ever want.


Also Fri Apr 10, 10 PM fiery, funny Irish punks Box of Crayons at the Parkside.


Also Fri Apr 10 unusually tasteful, terse and surprisingly dark blues and oldtime R&B with BBQ Bob & the Spareribs at Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM.


Also Fri Apr 10 NYC’s most wild, intense, improvisationally-inclined bluegrass band Thy Burden at Connolly’s, 11 PM.


Also Fri Apr 10, midnight the Brooklyn What and legendary Dead Milkmen frontman Joe Jack Talcum reunite once again at Fontana’s. The band have put out the best rock record of the year so far, The Brooklyn What for Borough President, a fearless, funny, brutally honest and impressively multistylistic tour de force, and they played the best rock show any of the Lucid Culture crew witnessed last year. This could be a specially good night. 


Sat Apr 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!


Also Sat Apr 11, sets at 3 and 8 PM, legendary acoustic blues guitarist and former Jefferson Airplane axeman Jorma Kaukonen at City Winery, bar seating $25.


Also Sat Apr 11, early, 6 PM,  the comedic, virtuosic Erin & Her Cello at the Rockwood.


Also Sat Apr 11 a killer blues-ish doublebill with the minor-key flavored Hazmat Modine followed by Chicago style lead player/crooner Johnny Allen at Terra Blues, 7:15 PM.


Also Sat Apr 11, 7:30 PM at le Poisson Rouge it’s African night with the guitar-fueled Extra Golden, soulful 70s roots reggae throwbacks Meta & The Cornerstones, and the film ‘African Booty Scratcher’, $15 gen. adm.


Also Sat Apr 11 bluesy, soulful frontman Vic Ruggiero of the Slackers plays a rare solo acoustic show at the recently reopened Knitting Factory, 8:30 PM, $10.


Also Sat Apr 11, 10ish ex-Raunch Hand Michael Chandler’s insanely catchy, rocking, utterly inimitable organ-and-guitar-driven gospel/garage rockers the Lost Crusaders play Don Pedro’s.


Also Sat Apr 11 sprawling, politically aware reggae-jazz hellraisers the Superpowers at Zebulon, 10 PM.


Also Sat Apr 11 all-purpose Greek party band Magges, with Chuck Metaxas’ fiery guitar, electric bouzouki and Susan Mitchell doing her inimitable intense gypsy viola thing at Mehanata, 10 PM,  free before 10:30 PM, show up early for ouzo!


Also Sat Apr 11 at Shrine, 10 PM ska jazz sax legend David Hillyard & the Rocksteady 7.


Also Sat Apr 11 Kelli Rae Powell – transcendently captivating, frequently hilarious, sometimes chilling oldtimey songwriter/chanteuse at the Jalopy Theatre, 11 PM. The sly, historically aware and equally good Al Duvall opens the night at 9.


Also Sat Apr 11, 11ish at le Poisson Rouge (separate admission from the earlier reggae show), the always deliriously fun NY Gypsy Festival 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.


Also Sat Apr 11 Love Trio feat. Ilhan Ersahin, Jesse Murphy, Kenny Wollesen plays 11ish at Nublu.

Also Sat Apr 11 Demolition String Band play amped-up country and bluegrass in the spirit of X with guy/girl harmonies and ferocious, virtuoso guitar and mandolin at Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM.

Sun Apr 12 virtuoso noir surf/western swing/jazz guitarist Jim Campilongo with his trio at 55 Bar, early,  6 PM.


Also Sun Apr 12 fiery, fun ska rockers Across the Aisle at Trash, 9 PM  


Also Sun Apr 12 politically charged 90s British lo-fi rockers Comet Gain at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, 9:30 PM adv tix $13 at the Mercury. 


Mon-Tues Apr 13-14 the inimitable and indomitable Neko Case at the Nokia Theatre, adv tix $30.


Also Mon Apr 13 multistylistic guitar genius Homeboy Steve Antonakos – from Love Camp 7, Ellen Foley’s band, Magges and countless others – plays his own stuff at Banjo Jim’s, 7:30 PM.


Also Mon Apr 13, 8 PM multistylistic, latin jazz-inclined chanteuse Marta Topferova at Barbes.


Also Mon Apr 13, 8 PM alt-bluegrass hellraisers the Duhks at Highline Ballroom, 8 PM, adv tix $15.


Tues Apr 14 noted recitalist Eric Plutz at the Casavant Freres organ at Central Synagogue, half past noon.


Also Tues Apr 14 multistylistic violinist/chanteuse Jenny Scheinman at Barbes, 7 PM. She’s back here on 4/28. The night continues at 8 with AE (Aurelia Lucy Shrenker and Eva Salina Primack), a world music vocal duo equally skilled at vintage Americana and Balkan sounds, the fascinating and danceable Balkan/Mexican group El Haru-Kuroi, Balkan singer Dorian Wood & hellraising LA Balkan band  Petrojvic Blasting Company at Barbes. The show repeats the following nigh 4/15 at Trophy Bar in South Wburg at 8ish.


Also Tues Apr 14 a Darfur benefit at B.B. King’s with Immortal Technique and other hip-hop acts, show starts around 8, $20 all ages, adv tix at the box office.


Also Tues Apr 14 Also Tues Apr 14 rockabilly/Americana siren Monica Passin hosts a Loretta Lynn tribute night feat. Laura Cantrell, Amy Allison, Elena Skye and Boo Reiners from Demolition String Band at Banjo Jim’s, 8:30 PM, $10 cover    


Tues Apr 14 – Apr 19 sets at 9/11, $30/$35 on the weekend plus $10 min. innovative, playful percussionist Paul Motian and 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.


Also Tues Apr 14, 9 PM at Rose Bar – Drive By Leslie  feat. keyboardist Adam Klipple, Keith Carlock, Chris Tarry and guitar genius Marvin Sewell.


Also Tues Apr 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


Weds Apr 15-19, 7:30/9:30 PM latin jazz chanteuse Claudia Acuna and her Quintet are at Dizzy’s Club playing cd release shows for her new one En Este Momento.


Also Weds Apr 15 legendary, politically-charged Parisian-Algerian rocker Rachid Taha with his band at le Poisson Rouge $25, time TBA. Last time in town he was completely loaded and unusually vitriolic, even by his standards. Sober or not, he remains a compelling performer.


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


Also Thurs Apr 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.”


Also Thurs Apr 16 at Barbes. 8 PM: “Deborah Karpel, the sultry voice of Isle of Klezbos and Metropolitan Klezmer. She will be singing material from her new cd, La Promessa, a geo-classical assortment of folk, theatrical and popular songs sung in several languages. With a killer band including Rachelle Garniez, accordion, piano, claviola; Stephanie Griffin, viola and Debra Kreisberg, clarinet.” Followed at 10 by charming, romantic, innuendo-driven French chanson revivalists les Chauds Lapins.


Also Thurs Apr 16, 8 PM funk/ groove jazz improvisers Ambient Assault open for noir rockers Darren Gaines & the Key Party (whose new cd is excellent) at the Gershwin Hotel, 7 East 27th St. btwn 5th and Mad, $10 all ages, free wine (21 plus)


Also Thurs Apr 16 it’s the weekly Small Beast extravaganza with Botanica keyboardist Paul Wallfisch, REM sideman Ken Stringfellow, brilliant southwestern gothic rocker Kerry Kennedy and noir cabaret chanteuse Sally Norvell at the Delancey, 9 PM.


Also Thurs Apr 16 the fiery Raya Brass Band – featuring members of just about every other excellent Balkan brass band in town – at Mehanata, 9 PM, $10


Also Thurs Apr 16 the growling, twangy, Steve Earle-esque ex-Backslider Chip Robinson with the Roscoe Trio at Lakeside, 10ish.


Also Thurs Apr 16 a fiery, psychedelic jazzy funk triplebill with Flearoy, Captain Coconut and Shwizz starting at 10 and going late at Bowery Poetry Club.  


Fri Apr 17 the first annual New Music Bake Sale, 7 PM – midnight (doors at 6:30), performances by So Percussion, Lisa Moore & Martin Bresnick, Lukas Ligeti, Newspeak, ACME, JACK Quartet, Dither, Loadbang Ensemble, & Ensemble de Sade at First Presbyterian Church 124 Henry Street, Brooklyn Heights, $15 admission at the door includes 2 drink tickets & re-entry, not bad for all this stuff.


Also Fri Apr 17, 7 PM subtly torchy retro 50s jazz chanteuse Sarah DeLeo at Bello Sguardo Jazz Room, 410 Amsterdam Avenue (between 79th and 80th Streets), NYC. Sets at 7 and 8:30 p.m. Lerner & Loewe to a darkly swinging White Stripes cover. “The art of the empire at its apex?” You decide. Show free with dinner res. or drinks.


Also Fri Apr 17, 7 PM virtuoso pianist Karine Poghosyan – whose recital this past weekend at Bargemusic was a revelation – performs a trio performance on with Bela Horvath, violin and John Popham, cello at the Yamaha Piano Salon, 689 Fifth Avenue (at 54th Street).


Also Fri Apr 17 soaring, romantic oldtimey classics and originals with Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies followed by the smartly understated, politically aware Americana duo Kill Henry Sugar at Barbes, 8 PM.


Also Fri Apr 17, 8 PM at Symphony Space:  masters of Hawaiian slack key guitar & hula Keola & Moana Beamer, $28/18 studs.


Also Fri Apr 17, 9 PM charmingly authentic retro 60s white soul siren Lisa Burns followed eventually by what’s left of the Shirts – Annie or no Annie? Dunno – at Rocky Sullivan’s in Red Hook, B61 bus to the end of the line, 34 Van Dyke Street (at Dwight).


Also Fri Apr 17 punk/metal thrashers Vagina Panther at Trash, 10 PM.


Also Fri Apr 17 virtuoso delta blues guitarist/all-purpose literate Americana songwriter Lenny Molotov plays Pete’s, 10 PM.


Also Fri Apr 17 fiery, riff-rocking garage band 18 at Port 41, 10ish.


Also Fri Apr 17 Mr. Action & the Boss Guitars play twangy, purist, traditional surf classics and obscurities at Lakeside, 11 PM.


 Also Fri Apr 17 Gato Loco (the large band version with horns) at Tea Lounge in Park Slope, 11ish


Sat Apr 18, 7 PM Amir Vahab & Soroosh Ensemble play classical Persian music at Drom with saz, tambour, oud and percussion, $10 gen adm, early arrival very highly recommended.


Also Sat Apr 18, 7 PM pianist Xiayin Wang performs evening of classical piano works by Chopin, Liszt, Scriabin, Hayden, Wanghua Chu and Peixun Chen at the Queens Theatre in the Park, tix $25, $15 stud/$23 srs.


Also Sat Apr 18, 8ish the completely original, impeccably tuneful groove-jazz Hypnotic Brass Ensemble plays Santos Party House, 18+, gen. adm. $10  


Also Sat Apr 18 at Kenny’s Castaways guitarist/soundman extraordinaire Freddie Katz presents a night of cool diverse oldschool punk-inspired stuff including  the 413’s featuring longtime Joe Jackson/Graham Parker bass powerhouse Graham Maby, accordionist/chanteuse Marni Rice & Le Garage Cabaret, Vera Beren’s self-explanatory and very potent Gothic Chamber Blues Ensemble, the Johnny Black Band playing punk covers and Buddy Bowzer from the original NY Dolls?!? Dunno who’s playing first, (probably the older guys) but it’s all worth checking out.  


Also Sat Apr 18 virtuoso noir surf/western swing/jazz guitarist Jim Campilongo and oldtimey barrelhouse blues rockers the 4th St. Nite Owls at Barbes, 8 PM.


Also Sat Apr 18, 8 PM Elisa Flynn at the Roots Cafe, 5th Ave. bet. 18th & 19th St. in Park Slope, Brooklyn, with her hellraising bluegrass homies the Shithouse Lilies.


Also Sat Apr 18, 9 PM, free at BAM Cafe – tuneful, politically conscious bass-rich funk with Shelley Nicole’s blaKbüshe.


Also Sat Apr 18 impressively multistylistic ska/reggae/dub rockers King Django at Two Boots Brooklyn, 9ish.


Also Sat Apr 18 sophisticated, entertaining urban country with Miller’s Farm – the crew who wrote that funny, spot-on song about the L train – at Hill Country, 10 PM.  


Also Sat Apr 18 roots reggae revivalists Meta & the Cornerstones at Zebulon, 10:30 PM.


Also Sat Apr 18 Spanking Charlene – NYC’s answer to X – at Lakeside, 11 PM 


Also Sat Apr 18 Brooklyn’s own adventurous, innovative, absolutely haunting all-female Bulgarian vocal quartet Black Sea Hotel’s cd release show at the Bell House is CANCELLED. Watch this space for upcoming shows.


Also Sat Apr 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. See if he can play in a different kind of big league.


Sun Apr 19 and also Apr 26 sophisticated Americana chanteuse Hope DeBates & North Forty at Wildwood BBQ, 1-5 PM, 225 Park Ave S (18/19).


Also Sun Apr 19, Willie Nile plays a duo acoustic show with Frankie Lee at Ray’s Place, Staten Island, $20, afternoon concert, very intimate setting, email Ray for more details.


Also Sun Apr 19, 7 PM saxophonist/clarinetist/composer Steve Elson will be performing music from the new CD Mott & Broome with Pete Smith – guitar; Scott Latzky – drums; Yasushi Nakamura – bass; Jennifer Griffith – vocals and special guests. at the Dixon Place Theater, 161 Chrystie Street between Rivington and Delancey, $15/stud/seniors $10.


Also Sun Apr 19 funk band Shwizz plays drummer Greg Evans’ senior recital at Manhattan School of Music, 8 PM, 120 Claremont Ave. 10027 free. They do a cool, horn-driven cover of Have a Cigar by Floyd. They’re also at Bowery Poetry Club in the wee hours of 4/17.  


Also Sun Apr 19 sprawling ska-gypsy-punk rockers World Inferno at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, 8:30 PM, gen adm $20.


Also Sun Apr 19 the fiery, haunting Raya Brass Band – featuring members of just about every good Balkan brass band in a ten mile radius – at Union Pool, 9ish


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


Also Mon Apr 20 the Famous Accordion Orchestra f.k.a. the Accordion Angels at Barbes, 7 PMish.


Also Mon Apr 20 the countryfied Van Halen cover band from hell, Van Hayride at Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM.


Tues Apr 21 Sivan Magen plays classical harp music, Bach to the moderns, at Merkin Concert Hall, 2 (two) PM, inexpensive, $15.


Tues Apr 21 Nicholas Howard plays Drom, 6 PM, early – real oldschool gospel-fueled soul singer with a light, understated touch. John Legend only wishes he was Nicholas Howard. If you come home late at night and blast Sam Cooke, or Howard Tate, or Smokey, this guy will soothe your ache. Somebody get this guy on tour with Eli “Paperboy” Reed.  


Also Tues Apr 21 QQQ – two composing couples playing rustic, innovative, multuistylistic violin-driven instrumentals – at Barbes, 7 PM.


Also Tues Apr 21, 7:30 PM by far the best night that Union Hall has ever had (and probably will ever have) starting with smart, soaring Americana chanteuse Julia Haltigan & The Hooligans, the utterly unique, amusing and socially conscious, oldtimey Americana/hiphop stylings of Tim Fite, rousing oldtimey band the Woes playing the cd release show for their new one and then the scorching Balkan Veveritse Brass Band, $10.


Tues Apr 21 a very cool reggae show at Sullivan Hall with Three Legged Fox, Emergency Service’s reggae/hiphop  and Soldiers of Jah Army at Sullivan Hall, 9 PM.


Also Tues Apr 21 Das 3 (of German vibraphone jazz innovators Das Vibenbass) at Rose Bar, 9ish.


Weds Apr 22, a panel discussion on the future of the art world at 7 PM sharp at Katie Murphy Auditorium, FIT (27th St. betw 7/8th Ave.) with Paul Morris, co-founder of the Armory Show, Lowell Pettit, art advisor, Walter Robinson, critic and editor of Artnet, Yvonne Garcia, director of development of the Bronx Museum, and Florence Lynch, curator and director of Florence Lynch Gallery. “Following years of wild expansion and commercial vitality, the last six months in the art world – as in all business sectors – have seen rocky auction and art fair sales, abrupt gallery closures and publicly expressed dealer woe. The panel, moderated by FIT adjunct faculty member, independent art consultant and co-founder of NADA, Sheri Pasquarella, will attempt to assess where things stand and what the long-term picture might look like.”


Also Weds Apr 22 at Sullivan Hall-  a ska show, absurdly cheap at $10 starting around 8 with the Bluebeats featuring Michael Drance (founding member of the Scofflaws), Across The Aisle, ska punks On Display, and oldschool-style rocksteady guys the Forthrights.


Also Weds Apr 22 fiery, tuneful, guitar-driven female-fronted power trio Devi at Shrine, 9 PM with tropicalia siren Patrizia Ferrara.  


Also Weds Apr 22 haunting, ethereal, atmospheric minimalist chamber rock ensemble Edison Woods and noir cabaret chanteuse/personality Little Annie with her brilliant collaborator, Botanica keyboardist Paul Wallfisch at Joe’s Pub, 9:30 PM.


Also Weds Apr 22 lead guitarist to the stars Pete Galub is at Lakeside, 10 PM doing a very cool show with special guest Jason Victor of Steve Wynn and the Miracle 3, another ferociously potent player.


Also Weds Apr 22 catchy, upbeat ranchero rock with Cordero at Mercury Lounge, $10, 10:30 PM.


Also Weds Apr 22 artsy, atmospheric, soulful singer-songwriter Jessi Robertson at the Rockwood, 11 PM.   


Thurs Apr 23 QNG (Quartet New Generation, innovative German flute quartet) at Trinity Church, 1 PM.


Also Thurs Apr 23, 7 PM the New Collisions play Arlene’s. Absolutely killer new wave throwbacks from Boston with chirpy, infectious, defiant vocals from frontwoman Sarah Guild, sly 80s synth, fiery guitar and some of the best tunes you’ll hear this year. Their show last month at Public Assembly really opened some eyes.


Also Thurs Apr 23 politically conscious 60s soul legend the Mighty Hannibal AKA James Shaw plays with the infectious, harmony-driven Sweet Divines at Joe’s Pub, 7 PM $12 adv tix very highly recommended.    


Also Thurs Apr 23 it’s Small Beast time again with Paul Wallfisch followed by the incomparably tuneful, purist songsmithing duo McGinty & White and the growlingly haunting guitar stylings of the Ulrich/Ziegler Duo at the Delancey, 9 PM  


Also Thurs Apr 23 classic-style roots and dub reggae with Soldiers of Jah Army and John Brown’s Body at Maxwell’s, 9ish, $15


Fri Apr 24 “the world’s most popular African band,” hypnotic Tuareg desert rockers Tinariwen – who have a killer new live DVD out – at le Poisson Rouge, 7:30 PM, $25 and worth it, this will sell out fast, adv tix available at the club box office


Also Fri Apr 24 eardrum-smashing Radio Birdman soundalikes the Mess Around – equally adept at chromatically-charged originals and oldschool R&B-inflected madness – at Otto’s, 8 PM


Also Fri Apr 24 scorching, powerful, frequently very funny, no-BS all-female rockers Beluga play the Loving Cup Cafe in Williamsburg in the back gallery space at 8 PM.


Also Fri Apr 24 the David Binney Big Band at the Jazz Gallery, sets at 9/10:30.


Also Fri Apr 24 oldtimey hokum blues/hillbilly revivalists the Wiyos – whose recent show at Joe’s Pub absolutely slayed – play the 92YTribeca, 9:30 PM, $12.


Also Fri Apr 24 big, highly regarded Brooklyn country band Yarn – who have a horn section, which actually works sensationally well – play Hill Country, 10 PM.

Also Fri Apr 24 the French Exit show at Fontana’s is CANCELLED. Watch this space for this smartly lyrical, haunting band’s next gig.

Also Fri Apr 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.


Also Fri Apr 24 Special Patrol Group at Arlene’s, 9 PM. Clever, allusive lyrics; catchy tunes; tricky time changes; a frontwoman who’s working her way into more and more of the songs because her Sonya Madan-esque voice is so good. Another one of the best bands in town.


Also Fri Apr 24 darkly swaying, sometimes quirky shoegaze rockers El Jezel at Trash, 9 PM.   


Also Fri Apr 24 all-female janglerock en Espanol group Pistolera at Joe’s Pub, 10 PM, $12 adv tix w/flyer – where do you get one?


Also Fri Apr 24 country/Americana chanteuse Alana Amram & the Rough Gems with their sprawling, lusciously jangly/twangy sound at Southpaw, 11 PM $10.


Sat Apr 25, 4-6 PM the Williamsburg Art and Historical Center, 135 Broadway on the south side hosts the opening for the second of their two group shows this year dedicated to women artists. Last year’s was astonishingly good.


Also Sat Apr 25, 8 PM Robert Sirota’s riveting, haunting 9/11 commemoration Triptych performed by the American String Quartet along with works by Henry Cowell and Walter Piston at Bargemusic, tix $35/ $20 stud/srs. The program repeats on Sun 4/26 at 3 PM.     


Sat Apr 25 noir chanteuse Marissa Nadler opens for Nashville gothic duo the Handsome Family at Highline Ballroom, 8 PM, gen adm. $15


Also Sat Apr 25 low-register retro Cuban band Gato Loco – with baritone guitar, baritone sax, bass and tuba – play classics and Moisturizer-ish originals at Barbes, 8 PM.  


Also Sat Apr 25 hilarious metal parody band Mighty High at Trash, 8 PM.


Also Sat Apr 25, 8 PM there’s a free Bach Society concert at St. Paul’s Chapel at Columbia, 116th and Broadway, no idea who/what’s on the bill but it sounds enticing and the sonics there are to die for.


Also Sat Apr 25 at Banjo Jim’s Jamie Lyn’s Honky Tonk Angels monthly festival of NYC’s hottest female country and Americana talent starts at 7 with country songstress Rachel Lee Walsh, the frequently hilarious bluegrass band the Havens at 8, the rousing Jamie Lyn & the Red Tail Hawk Band at 9, the quieter Kara Suzanne & The Gojo Hearts at 10, honey-voiced siren Drina Seay at 11 and at midnight Serena Jean & The Whisky Trippers.


Also Sat Apr 25, 8PMish at the recently reopened Knitting Factory, a killer triple bill with darkly danceable rock en Espanol monsters Escarioka, the gypsy punk-flavored Outernational (soon to go out on Warped Tour) and straight-up no BS punk Consumer Feedback, insanely cheap at $5.


Also Sat Apr 25 the Marvin Sewell Group play dark, fiery, tastefully virtuosic guitar-fueled blues at the Jalopy Theatre, 9 PM $15.


Also Sat Apr 25 International Generation play soulful, smart poliically conscious 70s style roots reggae at Shrine, 9 PM.


Also Sat Apr 25 smartly filthy, often hilarious punk rockers Custard Wally – with a strikingly multistylistic new album out – are at Don Pedro’s, 9 PM.  

Also Sat Apr 25, 9:30 PM at Joe’s Pub smart, tasteful Americana songwriter Matt Singer and then dark, noirish chamber rockers Pearl & the Beard’s cd release show, $14 adv tix very highly recommended, this may sell out. Followed by a separate show (try hiding somewhere, it may work) by classic style roots reggae artists Meta & the Cornerstones at 11:30 for $15.


Also Sat Apr 25, 10 PM the slinky, haunting acoustic duo the Gypsy Nomads at Coco 66, 66 Greenpoint Ave, $8.


Also Sat Apr 25 ferocious yet uber-tasteful Americana guitarist/rocker Tom Clark & the High Action Boys at Lakeside 11 PM.


Sun Apr 26 3 (three) PM, the free Americana Family Jamboree at Rodeo Bar which is basically Demolition String Band acoustic covering Woody Guthrie, Leadbelly, Stephen Foster, The Carter Family, Buck Owens, Bill Monroe, Stanley Brothers, Ola Belle Reed, and more featuring Dave Post on upright bass, Diane Stockwell on fiddle, Boo Reiners on acoustic guitar and banjo, birthday babe Elena Skye on acoustic guitar, mandolin and banjo.


Sun Apr 26 a benefit for the Jazz Gallery, sets at 8/10 PM, $85 or $50/members an especially interesting, potentially alchemical group: Roy Hargrove – trumpet; Lionel Loueke – guitar; Esperanza Spalding – bass; Jeff “Tain” Watts (whose new cd is reputedly smashingly good) on drums plus special guests. We don’t usually list shows that cost this much, but if you’re one of the dwindling few with this kind of ducats, this is a worthy way to spend them.


Mon Apr 27, 7 PM Janine Nichols (who produced the Leonard Cohen doc I’m Your Man, and sings in Flutterbox) – at Barbes followed by Frank London’s Brazilian Brass Band ?!?


Also Mon Apr 27 virtuoso pianist Karine Poghosyan plays a free solo show at 7 PM at Steinway Hall, 109 West 57th Street featuring works by Mozart, Chopin, de Falla, Sirota and Stravinsky.


Also Mon Apr 27 Alec Berlin plays Arlene’s, 8 PM. Tuneful, pleasantly consonant, Beatlesque songwriter with a sense of humor


Also Mon Apr 27, 8:30 PM at Cornelia St. Cafe it’s Ljova and the Kontraband. That’s one of the world’s foremost violists (and composers) Lev “Ljova” Zhurbin on viola and custom-made “famiola,” his wife, Romashka frontwoman Inna Barmash on vocals, the fiery Patrick Farrell on accordion, Mathias Kunzli on percussion, Mike Savino on bass and Sofia Rei Koutsovitis guesting on vocals. Multi-stylistic, classically-inspired, gypsy-fueled, jazz-oriented, haunting and cinematic string music. True pioneers and very intense live.


Also Mon Apr 27 ex-Moonlighter Daria Grace & the Prewar Ponies play similarly swoony, gorgeously romantic harmony-driven oldtimey songs at Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM 


Tues Apr 28, 8 PM at Merkin Concert Hall – Lingua Appalachia: Mark O’Connor, Ida Kavafian, Paul Neubauer, Matt Haimowitz doing string quartets with a rustic country flavor, $25 adv tix very highly recommended.


Also Tues Apr 28, 9 PM, rousingly lyrical Pete’s Candy Store-style acoustic Americana rockers Salt & Samovar play Southpaw, $10.


Also Tues Apr 28 phantamagorical, carnivalesque chanteuse Carol Lipnik plays with her equally eerie virtuoso pianist Dred Scott at the Rockwood, 11 PM followed by a set by Scott and his excellent jazz trio.


Weds April 29 an excellent artsy rock doublebill with cellist/multi-instrumentalist Serena Jost and then pianist/guitarist Matt Kanelos playing full-band shows le Poisson Rouge, 7 PM.

Also Weds Apr 29-May 2, 8 PM a workshop of John Kelly: The Escape Artist – New music by chanteur/chanteuse John Kelly and the incomparable, phantasmagorical Carol Lipnik at MTG 10 Jay, 10 Jay Street, 9th Floor, Dumbo, $20. “He adds new music to his video/performance work-in-process, inspired by the bad-boy baroque painter Caravaggio, baroque music and the artist’s journey through Italy, examining the parallels between the unbridled creative urban artist of the 17th century and today.”

Weds April 29-May 2, 8:30/11 PM jazz chanteuse Karrin Allyson – seriously on the Brazilian tip for awhile now – at Birdland.


Also Weds April 29- intriguing, totally unique Japanese gypsy rockers Kagero play Caffe Vivaldi, 9 PM.


Also Weds April 29 somewhat dark, tuneful, smartly lyrical Billie Holiday soundalike Maya Caballero at Sidewalk, 10 PM.


Also Weds April 29 baritone sax and bass-driven groove rockers Moisturizer debut their brand new five-piece lineup at Black Betty, 10ish, last show for awhile since bassist Moist Gina is going off on Detroit Cobras tour!


Thurs Apr 30, 7 PM 87-year old band leader/percussionist Foreststorn “Chico” Hamilton premieres multi-genre works off of his latest album Twelve Tones of Love at Borders Bookstore @ the Time Warner Building, 10 Columbus Circle, free but early arrival strongly advised.

Also Thurs Apr 30 klezmerites the Shul Band followed by Belgian barroom gypsy jazz revivalists Musette Explosion at Barbes, 8 PM.


Also Thurs Apr 30 Evan Lurie plays Issue Project Room, 8 PM, $15, no idea who the ex-Lounge Lizard has on the bill with him but it could be a lot of fun.


Also Thurs Apr 30, 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 Apr 30 theatrical, uniquely entertaining spooky parody band Witches in Bikinis at Public Assembly in the back room, 9 PM.


Also Thurs Apr 30 it’s Small Beast time again – tonight’s show is an especially sensational one with Paul Wallfisch, Steve Wynn and Vera Beren’s Gothic Chamber Blues Ensemble at the Delancey, 9 PM.


Also Thurs Apr 30 gypsy jazz with Matt Darriau’s Paradox Trio at Nublu, 9 PM, $10.


Also Thurs Apr 30 Reid Paley plays Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM. Finally, finally, the Rodeo has found someone who can silence the “happy hour douchebags,” as one of the great guitarists of our time calls them, that musicians despise so much. Paley is a force of nature: if you miss Lux Interior – or Screamin Jay – this guy will hit the spot, head on.

Hey, are you looking for May? Here’s the May calendar:

5/1-2 the latin-inflected Jason Lindner Big Band at the Jazz Gallery, sets 9/10:30.

5/1 fiery, upbeat canjun and honkytonk with the Doc Marshalls at Zebulon, 10:30 PM.


5/1 long-running Spinal Tap-style hair metal spoof rockers Satanicide at Mercury Lounge, midnight, $12.

Sat May 2 classical pianist Sophia Agranovich plays a free recital at Bargemusic, 1 PM, first come first served, early arrival (i.e. half past noon) advised.

5/2, 2-3:30 p.m. at Galapagos, a discussion/performance “combining sounds of popular music with those of the street and the bayous, jazz changed not only music, but other art forms which borrowed its phrasing, rhythm, structure and aesthetics. Jazz critic Gary Giddins joins forces with American poets Jayne Cortez and Bill Zavatsky to explore the birth and life of jazz and how it relates to the written word. With musical accompaniment by the Diane Moser Quintet; moderated by composer Carman Moore.” $10/$8 PEN members/students.

5/2 5-6 PM free mint juleps at the Bell House. That’s drinks, not a band.


5/2, 7 PM NYC’s own hypnotic Indonesian gamelan orchestra Gamelan Dharma Swara at Drom $10.


5/2 wild, crazy and dark retro garage stuff with 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


5/2 oldschool jazzy ska with Arusha at Shrine, 11 PM.


5/2 the dark Nashville gothic and ornate art-rock sound of Ninth House at Don Pedro’s, 11 PM.


5/2, 11 PM unbelievably tight, slightly jazzy funk band Baby Daddy at the Parkside


5/2 wild art-punk-noise rockers System Noise at Iridium, midnight, with the talented Michael Isaacs guesting on piano, $10 w/flyer (email noxes [at] to get one). By far the loudest band who will ever rock this timid joint!


5/3 oldtimey blues/ragtime siren Mamie Minch at Spikehill, 9 PM


5/4 rock and ska en Espanol with the fiery, gypsyish Escarioka at Mehanata, 9ish


5/4 noir songwriter/bandleader Kerry Kennedy at Zebulon, 9ish


5/5 gypsy dance and guitars with St. Petersburg, Russia’s Drago Ensemble at Drom, 8 PM.


5/5-10 at the Vanguard the Brad Mehldau Trio with Larry Grenadier onbass, Jeff Ballard on drums.


5/6 the hilarious and lushly psychedelic seventeen-piece all-female accordion combo Main Squeeze Orchestra at the Bell House, 8 PM


5/6 lyrical French tenor player Gael Horellou leads his quartet playing compositions from his new cd Pour la Terre at the Jazz Gallery, sets 9/10:30.


5/7 pianist Jeremy Denk plays the Goldberg Variations at Symphony Space, 8 PM adv tix $30


5/7 Botanica frontman Paul Wallfisch and And the Wiremen at Small Beast at the Delancey, 9 PM


5/8, early, 7 PM, the reliably tuneful, fun all-female retro garage rockers the Friggs followed by the Chrome Cranks reunion show – !!! – at Santos Party House, $15. The Chrome Cranks are also at Glasslands on 5/15. This is a big deal in NYC rock history, arguably the most ferocious of the noir, bluesy LES bands of the early 90s back together again with all the original members and reputedly as darkly snarling and intense as ever.


5/8 at Small’s 10:30 PM and midnight – Jay Collins and The Kings County Band. check out this lineup: Jay Collins – Tenor Sax , Dred Scott – Piano , Scott Sharrard – Guitar , Jeff Hanley – Bass , Diego Voglino – Drums , Moses Patrou – Percussion.


May 9 at 7:30pm in Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, the world premiere of Nina Dance by pioneering violist/composer Ljova Zhurbin. The program also features new vocal cycles by Paola Prestini, Matti Kovler, and David T. Little.  “Niña Dance”, features the Argentine jazz vocalist Sofia Rei Koutsovitis, and scored for a chamber ensemble comprised of trumpet, guitar, accordion, two percussionists, laptop, and Zhurbin performing on the 6-string “famiola”. It is a meditation on the disappearance of women & children in Juárez, Mexico, the poverty and drug-ridden border town, a tribute to victims of femicide throughout history


5/9 sharply literate, ferociously funny songwriter Joe Pug at the Bell House, $12, 7:30 PM. He’s also at Joe’s Pub at the same hour on 5/12.

Fri, May 8, 9 PM the McCarron Brothers cd Release Party at Nublu: guitarist Mark McCarron, saxophonist Paul Carlon, bassist Doug Largent and drummer Russ Meissner: “urban and rural American styles through the compositional talents of McCarron and Carlon, and through choice covers of great songwriters like Joni Mitchell, Wayne Shorter, and Radiohead.”

5/9 Saturday May 9th, 8 PM Paul Zunno (ex Wilson Pickett lead guitarist) plays acoustic blues at Roy Arias Theater Center, 300 West 43rd Street at 8th Ave, $10.


5/9, 10 PM Anguile & the High Steppers play hypnotic, smart, 1970’s style Francophone roots reggae at Shrine


5/9 second-wave garage and classic 1976-era pub rock with Eddie and The Hot Rods at Maxwell’s, time TBA, probably late, $12 adv.


5/12 Letizia Romiti of Turin Italy plays the organ at Central Synagogue, half past noon, free


5/12-17 at the Vanguard the Bill Frisell Trio with Tony Scherr on bass and Kenny Wollesen on drums. Just the basics, the loop pedal, a great room and you.


5/12 Federico Aubele playing swinging, reggae-inflected, electrified tangos and boleros from his new cd Amatoria at Joes Pub, 9:30 PM, $16 adv tix highly recommended.


5/13 at le Poisson Rouge 7:30 PM Lady Gag’s Haitian-American violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) does his starkly atmospheric trip-hop instrumental thing, $15.


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


5/14 Paul Wallfisch, Mattison and Reid Paley at Small Beast at the Delancey, upstairs, 9 PM.


5/14 alt-country/Americana siren Jan Bell at Barbes, 8 PM.


5/14 the Howlin Thurstons play fiery surf music and Link Wray-influenced instrumentals at Lakeside, 10 PM.


5/15 Chicha Libre plays the Rocks Off Concert Cruise, leaving at 7 sharp from 23rd St. and the FDR, adv tix $20 absolutely necessary, this will sell out.  


5/15 This Spy Surfs play subtle, intriguing surf, spy and movie theme-style guitar instrumentals at 10 PM at Lucky Mojos, 514 51st Ave., Long Island City, Queens, 7 to Vernon-Jackson Aves.


5/15-16 the Yosvany Terry Big Band at the Jazz Gallery, sets 9/10:30.


5/15, 9 PM Buffalo play virtuosic grasscore and quieter acoustic Americana at Shrine


5/15-16 the English Beat at Maxwell’s, 10ish, $25.

5/15 roots reggae with International Generation at Coco 66, 10 PM.

Fri May 15, 10:30 PM at le Poisson Rouge – Slavic Soul Party and Scott Kettner’s Forro Brass Band, $15 adv tix very highly recommended.


5/15 Mr. Action & the Boss Guitars at Lakeside, 11 PM.


5/16 the Jack Grace Band at Joe’s Pub 7:30 PM $15.


5/16, 8 PM at the Stone: the ethereal, lushly atmospheric Metal Mountains feat. Helen Rush (vocals, guitar) Samara Lubelski (violin, bass) Pat Gubler (guitar), $5


5/16 the Secret History play artsy, European-style keyboard-driven female-fronted pop at the Bell House, 9 PM, $16.


Saturday, May 16th 8-10 PM noir rockers Darren Gaines & the Key Party at the Gershwin Hotel, 7 East 27th St. btwn 5th and Madison, $10 all ages, free wine (21 plus) with Paul Wallfisch of Botanica opening the show solo on piano.


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

5/16 roaring, wailing Americana punk rockers Spanking Charlene at Lakeside, 11 PM.

5/17 Metropolitan Klezmer plays Jewish Museum Family Day, 2 sets starting half past noon, free w/museum adm. – $12, $10/srs./$7.50 stud., under 12 free.


5/17 noir-ish cabaret-tinged chanteuse Jeanne Marie Boes brings her powerful contralto and piano chops to LIC Bar in Long Island City where she’s playing the cd release for her new one, 7 PM.


5/17, 9 PM at Drom – Newpoli playing little-known southern Italian folk music, mainly from Campania and Puglia, integrating a wide variety of styles such as Tarantella-Pizzica, Tammuriata, etc., $10.


5/18 at Ace of Clubs, 8 PM, Out Of Print: An unauthorized evening with the “Cheney Family” as they read excerpts from Lynne Cheney’s fairly PG-rated lesbian pulp novel novel “Sisters,” $10


5/19 the Mike Hunt Band at Lakeside 11 PM.


5/19 twisted Southern garage rock with SCOTS and mile-a-minute surf rock with los Straitjackets at Bowery Ballroom, adv tix $18 at the Mercury box office


5/20 Gail Archer plays her continuing series Mendelssohn in the Romantic Century featuring organ pieces by Felix (and Fanny, if you’re lucky) along with their 19th century contemporaries at Central Synagogue, 7:30 PM.

5/20, 8 PM at Merkin Concert Hall, Elaine Comparone, harpsichord & the Queen’s Chamber Band play a program including Alan Broadbent’s Distant Music, Thomas Pasatieri’s Concerto for Harpsichord, Harold Farberman’s Three Pieces for the Queen’s Band, Christopher Lyndon-Gee’s Études Canoniques for 2 Violins, Cello & Harpsichord and David Shohl’s Two Poems for countertenor and instruments; as well as selections from J. S. Bach’s the Art of the Fugue, $25 adv tix highly recommended.


5/20 Cheetah Chrome at Maxwell’s time TBA $10 like the old days.

5/21 mesmerizing, hypnotic dub reggae with Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad and the Easy Star Allstars (including some psychedelic Beatges covers no doubt) at BB King’s, 8 PM.

5/22 saxist Jacam Manricks plays the cd release for his new one Labyrinth (featuring jazz quintet and 40-piece chamber orchestra, on the cd at least)  at Smalls, 9/10:30 PM sets, $20 includes a drink ticket


5/22 11 PM Roots Vibration play…can you guess?…at Shrine – roots legend Judah Eskender Tafari on vocals


5/23 scorching original punk-infused rockabilly and surf music with Simon & the Bar Sinisters at Lakeside 10:15ish


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


5/26 multistylistic rock goddess Jenifer Jackson plays bossa, Beatlesque pop, haunting Nashville gothic and more at the Rockwood, 9 PM


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


5/28 legendary rocksteady/roots reggae crooner Gregory Isaacs at B.B. King’s, 8 PM, $22.50 adv tix at the box ofc


5/28 the JD Allen Trio at Smalls 9:00 & 10:30 PM  with JD Allen – Tenor Sax , Gregg August – bass , Rudy Royston – drums. Simply one of the most exciting things happening in jazz right now. Their most recent cd I Am I Am is a haunting, thematic masterpiece.

5/28 Band of Outsiders – who were doing the drony neo-Velvets thing 20 years before Brian Jonestown Massacre – at Lakeside, 10 PM


5/29 at Galapagos, 8 PM the World Premiere of innovative keyboardist/composer Missy Mazzoli’s Song from the Uproar featuring NOW Ensemble and films by Stephen Taylor.


5/29 Libby York and her band at the Metropolitan Room, 10 PM, with understatedly compelling, uncluttered vocals reminiscent of Chris Connor or June Christy – or Bliss Blood for that matter. Res. recommended to 212-206-0440, $20


 5/29-31 John Ellis’ Dreamscapes at the Jazz Gallery, sets 9/10:30


5/29-31 X at Bowery Ballroom 9:30ish adv tix $27 at the Mercury


5/29 3 floors of ska, 8ish at the Knitting Factory, adv tix $17 with Mustard Plug, Eastern Standard Time, The Void, We Are the Union, Royal City Riot, Hub City Stompers, King Django, Brunt of It, Silver Dollar


5/29 Delusions of Grand St. at Trash 9 PM


5/30 at Merkin Concert Hall, 8:30 PM: Writing Jazz: the Lark Chamber Artists/Zephyros Winds/Anthony de Mare – genre-bending jazz/classical including the premiere of a commissioned work by David Rakowski.


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


5/30 the Sweet Bitters cd release show Kenny’s Castaways 7 PM


6/4 Darren Gaines & The Key Party at Small Beast at the Delancey 10ish

6/6 Blue Oyster Cult  at B.B. King’s, shows at 7:30/10, adv tix $27.50

6/6, 8 PM at BAM Moroccan and Syrian sufi music with the Aissawa Ensemble and Al Taybah Ensemble, adv tix $20-35 very highly recommended.

6/9-10 Sherisse Rogers’ Uprising at the Jazz Gallery, sets 9/10:30

6/10 the Mummies 10 PM at Southpaw $15

Thurs June 11 & Fri June 12 at 7:30 PM at the Asia Society Wallace Auditorium, 725 Park Ave (at 70th St.) classical Iranian singer Parissa sings the words of the poet Rumi, accompanied by two instrumentalists on tar (traditional plucked lute) and daf (frame drum). Ethnomusicologists Stephen Blum and Ameneh Youssefzadeh provide a pre-performance lecture on both nights at 6. $35 adv tix ($25 stud/srs) highly recommended.

Later Thurs June 11 & Fri June 12 at 9:30 PM at the Asia Society Wallace Auditorium, 725 Park Ave (at 70th St.) Kamilya Jubran of Palestine singing modern poetry from Palestine, Iraq, and beyond, $35 adv tix ($25 stud/srs) highly recommended. 


6/12, 9:30 PM at BAM Cafe, free, noted oud rocker Brahim Fribgane,, with Kashmiri-born indie alternative rock band Zerobridge opening the show.






6/13 the Bluebeats at Shrine, 10 PM

6/13 Plastic Beef night at Freddy’s feat. Tom Warnick, the John Sharples Band, Liza Garelik and Ian Roure and Baby Daddy


6/20 Toussaint Liberator w/Buru Style at Shrine 10 PM


6/27 at Central Park Summerstage, free, 3 PM, Serdar Ilhan has really taken things to a new level, if you love Middle Eastern or world music don’t miss this one: Istanbulive: The Sounds & Colors of Turkey, Mazhar-Fuat-Özkan, Painted on Water featuring Sertab Erener & Demir Demirkan plus the NY Gypsy All-Stars with Hüsnü Senlendirici and special guests.


7/8 the Church at Irving Plaza


7/10 Those Darlins at Southpaw 10 PM $10


7/11 los Fabulosos Cadillacs at Central Park Summerstage, doors at 3, free


7/13-15 Aimee Mann at City Winery bar seating $30 time TBA


7/19 midnight-ish the Anti-Nowhere League at Europa $20 18+


7/19 at Central Park Summerstage, 3 PM doors, global roots reggae stars Alpha Blondy & The Solar System, Lee “Scratch” Perry & Dubblestandart Subatomic Sound System.




8/3, 7:30 PM, Toumani Diabate (Malian kora virtuoso) at Central Park Summerstage, free






March 31, 2009 Posted by | Live Events, Music, music, concert, New York City, NYC Live Music Calendar | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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

The Top 20 NYC Concerts of 2008

The first of our end-of-the-year lists is by far the most subjective one, and also the most fun to put together. If you really have to read the disclaimers and know all the whys and wherefores about this list, we’ve set up a page for them here. While we’re calling it quits early, what a great year it’s been for music in this town! Among us, we couldn’t decide on what was the best one of them all: the Dixie Bee-Liners at le Poisson Rouge are a strong contender, but then again so was the last-ever Tashi show at Town Hall. And back in August, the Brooklyn What played what was probably the funnest of them all. Whatever the case, rather than trying to rank these shows in any kind of order, here’s a chronological look at some of the most amazing concert moments of the year:


Jennifer Niceley at Rockwood Music Hall, 2/7/08

 A dark, sultry performance by the noir Americana chanteuse and her killer backing band.


The Greenwich Village Orchestra Play Brahms and Shostakovich at Washington Irving HS Auditorium, 2/10/08

This world-class orchestra tackled Brahms’ First Piano Concerto with a playful aplomb and then brought out every ounce of anguish and triumph in Shostakovich’s transcendent, redemptive post-Stalin masterpiece.


Sarah Mucho in Subterranean Circus at Don’t Tell Mama, 2/14/08

The System Noise frontwoman’s cabaret extravaganza was a riveting display of eerie surrealism, making for a perfectly counterintuitive Valentine’s Day.


LJ Murphy at the Knitting Factory, 4/2/08

The master of New York noir at the peak of his slashingly lyrical powers, with a careening, blues-fueled band behind him


Tashi’s Final Concert at the Town Hall, 5/4/08 playing Wuorinen, Takemitsu, and Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time

The legendary quartet went out on a high note – in what was probably their last-ever show, they delivered what was arguably the high point of the Messiaen centenary.


Ljova & the Kontraband at Trinity Church, 5/8/08

The multistylistic Russian/Balkan string band sizzled their way through a wild set, probably the most boisterous thing the church had seen in decades


Gail Archer plays Messiaen at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, 5/29/08

The Barnard College Music Dept. chair mesmerized the crowd with a marathon performance of the Book of the Holy Sacrament – another highlight of the Messiaen centenary.


Barbara Dennerlein at the organ at Trinity Church, 7/10/08

It was a good year for organ shows, and the German jazz genius effortlessly blended groove, soul and epic classical grandeur.


Katie Elevitch at Rehab, 8/13/08

An astonishingly intense, powerful performance by the noir NYC siren and her fiery, improvisationally-inclined band.


The Brooklyn What at the Brooklyn Lyceum, 8/22/08

Definitely the funnest show of the year, these fearless old-school Brooklyn punk rockers put on a powerful, wickedly funny show.


The Disclaimers at Spikehill, 8/29/08

With the two women up front singing, their slashingly lyrical, soul-stoked guitar/keyboard attack has never sounded better.


The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Vivian Girls and Devin at South St. Seaport, 9/7/08

The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble played ridiculously catchy jazz instrumentals over a hip-hop beat. The Vivian Girls we like not only for their beautiful harmonies and catchy, fun tunes but also because stereogum hates them. Devin and his endless supply of hilariously filthy hip-hop rhymes were the perfect soundtrack to an afternoon without tourists, the “hurricane” having apparently scared them off.


The Inbreeds at Freddy’s, 10/24/08

The country satirists made savage fun of everything redneck and right-wing, definitely the most amusing show of the year. 


Carol Lipnik at the Spiegeltent, 10/30/08

Lipnik walked into a sonic quicksand pit and with her sensational four-octave voice and amazing noir New York songs, sang her way out.


Little Annie and Paul Wallfisch at Santos Party House, 11/6/08

The noir cabaret chanteuse and the equally noir Botanica frontman/bandleader at the peak of their smoky, haunting powers together.


Escarioka at the Fortune Cookie Lounge, 11/13/08

Nonstop danceable intensity from this deliriously fun rock/ska en Espanol band.


The Brixton Riot and the French Exit at Mercury Lounge, 11/16/08

Smart, lyrically-fueled, post-Wilco indie rock and then a smoldering, evilly beautiful show by the Brooklyn noir trio.


Thy Burden, Across The Aisle and System Noise at the Delancey, 11/19/08

Exhilarating, virtuosic, improvisational bluegrass, a wickedly fun set of ska and then NYC’s darkest, most slashing and intense rock band at the top of their game.


Brooklyn Rider play Kayhan Kalhor, Bartok and Armenian folk songs at Barbes, 12/10/08

Originals, original arrangements and also a brilliantly macabre take of the first Bartok string quartet.


The Dixie Bee-Liners at le Poisson Rouge, 12/14/08

Careening intensity balanced with lush, sultry lyricism and vocals from Brandi Hart and her genre-blending band of bluegrass hellraisers



December 20, 2008 Posted by | Lists - Best of 2008 etc., Music, New York City | , , , | 1 Comment