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JAZZ, CLASSICAL MUSIC AND THE ARTS IN NEW YORK CITY

NYC Live Music Calendar For May-June 2009 Plus Special Events

Hey! This isn’t the latest NYC live music calendar! This is. Daily updates, more as the summer series announce and update their schedules (Summerstage is pretty lame this year; South St. Seaport, the other downtown parks and Lincoln Center Out of Doors  still don’t have a final calendar out yet, stay tuned). 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 still having hissy fits, they just won’t behave…

 

Fans of surrealist art should check out Marzie Nejad’s site (she’s rocker Haale’s mom). No word on a show, but stay tuned.

 

Some amazing, brightly rendered images from now-nonagenarian painter Mayer Kirshenblatt. They Called Me Mayer July: Painted Memories of a Jewish Childhood in Poland Before the Holocaust is up at the Jewish Museum, Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street 5/10-10/1. He’s 92 now, started painting from memory at 73. Some it a little schmaltzy but most of it is not, a sly, exuberant and triumphantly vital body of work.

 

Fridays & Saturdays, May 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23, the Woman Artist’s Journey – an evening of plays by members of the Brooklyn Playwrights Collective at the WAH Center, 135 Broadway in South Williamsburg, a short 3-minute walk from the J/M train. Three weekends, six performances, Friday and Saturday, dir. by Peter Dizozza. Tickets for the performances are only $10, only available at the theater box office.

 

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

 

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

 

The 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 May 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 what you’re getting. Even before the Flying Neutrinos or the Moonlighters, multi-instrumentalist Giordano was pioneering the oldtimey sound in New York; his long-running residency at the old Cajun on lower 8th Ave. is legendary. He also gets a ton of film work (Giordano wrote the satirical number that Willie Nelson famously sang in Wag the Dog).

 

Also Mondays the free reggae show that used to be held at Rehab has gravitated to SOB’s, 9ish, free w/rsvp to rsvp@jamrockmagazine.com, 21 and over.

 

Also Mondays in May the Barbes house band, Chicha Libre plays there starting around 9:30. They’ve singlehandedly resurrected an amazing subgenre, chicha, which was popular in the Peruvian Amazon in the late 60s and early 70s. With electric accordion, cuatro, surf guitar and a boisterous rhythm section, their mix of obscure classics and originals is one of the funnest, most danceable things you’ll witness this year. Perhaps not so strangely, they sound a lot like Finnish surf rockers Laika and the Cosmonauts in their most imaginative moments. They’re also playing a Rocks Off cruise around Manhattan on May 15, leaving from 23rd St. and the East River at 7 sharp.

 

Also Mondays in June 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. When Black Betty closes at the end of June, they’ll be at Union Pool on Mondays.

 

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 Tuesday in May Marcellus Hall plays Pete’s Candy Store at 9. The former Railroad Jerk and White Hassle frontman is one of the great songwriters of our time, a hilarious, surreal, wickedly literate lyricist who’s never lost touch with his country-punk roots, equal parts Dylan and Costello. Even though he doesn’t write down half of the things that he should, and he knows it.

 

Wednesdays in May Brother Joscephus and his 11-piece New Orleans band play 7 PM at Sequoia, 89 South Street, Pier 17 downtown.

 

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 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.

 

Wednesdays in June country/western swing band Sean Kershaw & the New Jack Ramblers play at Hill Country, 9 PM to midnight.

 

Thursdays in May, 8 PM reliably rousing guitar-and-keyboard-driven country act the Basement Band plays upstairs at the National Underground…wait a minute…shouldn’t they be playing downstairs instead???

 

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. May artists include And the Wiremen, Reid Paley, Mattison, Little Annie, Darren Gaines & the Key Party, Alice Texas, and Dan Kaufman of Barbez.

 

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

 

Fri May 1 at Barbes – Balkan vocal duo AE blend their beautiful voices at 8 followed at 10 by the absolutely brilliant and frequently hilarious Stagger Back Brass Band – the Spinal Tap of brass bands, with a sensational new album out.

 

Also Fri May 1, 8 PM Americana siren Jan Bell with spectacular Luminescent Orchestrii violinist Rima Fand at the Puffin Room 435 Broome St Manhattan, in SoHo between Broadway and Crosby, $5

 

Also Fri May 1 fiery, upbeat canjun and honkytonk with the Doc Marshalls at Zebulon, 10:30 PM.

 

Also Fri May 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.

 

Also Sat May 2, 2-3:30 PM 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.

 

Also Sat May 2, 7 PM NYC’s own hypnotic Indonesian gamelan orchestra Gamelan Dharma Swara at Drom $10, also at the Indonesian Consulate, 5 East 68th St., 5/9 at 8 PM and 5/10 at 2, $15/$10 stud/srs.

 

Also Sat May 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 on  5/1 PM for $3 extra, and at Santos Party House for $15 with “Georgiana Starlington” opening at 7.

 

Also Sat May 2 edgy skits and comedy at Moonwork ,9 PM at the Children’s Aid Society, 219 Sullivan Street between Bleecker & West 3rd, $20 feat. Giulia Rozzi, Rich Brooks, the Carnies, Michael Somerville and Shayna Ferm. 

 

Also Sat May 2 a great doublebill at the 92YTribeca with Christopher Hoffman’s cinematic, edgy cello jazz at 9:30 and then darkly hypnotic, haunting Iranian-American rocker Haale and her band, $12

 

Also Sat May 2 oldschool jazzy ska with Arusha at Shrine, 11 PM.

 

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

 

Also Sat May 2, 11 PM unbelievably tight, slightly jazzy funk band Baby Daddy at the Parkside.

 

Also Sat May 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] verizon.net to get one). By far the loudest band who will ever rock this timid joint!

 

Sun May 3 oldtimey blues/ragtime siren Mamie Minch at Spikehill, 9 PM.

 

Also Sun May 3 the Scott Reeves Quintet at 55 Bar sets at 9:30/11. Their new live cd is one of the most hauntingly beautiful melodic jazz albums of recent years. Pianist Jim Ridl is the powerhouse here.

 

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

 

Also Mon May 4 noir songwriter/chanteuse Kerry Kennedy  – part David Lynch femme fatale, part Paisley Underground bandleader – is at  Zebulon, 9ish. She’s also at Fontana’s at midnight on Thurs 5/7.

 

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

 

Also Tues May 5 -10 at the Jazz Standard the Branford Marsalis Quartet, sets 7:30/9:30 PM, $35.

 

Also Tues May 5 -10 at the Vanguard the Brad Mehldau Trio with Larry Grenadier on bass, Jeff Ballard on drums.

 

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

 

Also Weds May 6 the Parker String Quartet plays Barbes, 8 PM, no idea what’s on the program but they’re excellent, $10 cover.

 

Also Weds May 6 the NYU Community Orchestra plays Brahms and Rimsky-Korsakov at the Loewe Theatre, 8 PM sharp, 35 W 4th St., free.

 

Also Weds May 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.

 

Also Weds May 6, 10 PM John Doe of X & the Sadies play originals and country covers at City Winery, $15 bar seats, $20 at tables.

 

Also Weds May 6, 11 PM at Otto’s – Los Beardos Raviolis, Americana chanteuse/bassist Carolyn Sills’ surf band.

 

Thurs May 7, 6-8 PM at the Terminal Warehouse, 269 Eleventh Avenue between 27th and 28th Street it’s the opening night of a very promising group show feat. the artists Jeana Baumgardner, Tyler Coburn, Christina Gundersen, Rebecca Hackemann, Peter Kreider, Chris McCaw, Trever Paglen, Ryan Sullivan, and Mary Temple.

 

Also Thurs May 7 a night of good bands and ridiculously jarring segues at Spikehill. Hog Trio plays, 8 PM with baritone sax, bass, and drums, instrumentals exactly like Moisturizer, pretty funny too. Followed by the catchy retro 60s psychedelic pop of the Tamboureens at 9, the smart, Hendrix-inflected early 70s funk/metal of Agents of Karma at 10, the retro new wave bass/dums/vox sounds of Hank & Cupcakes at 11.

 

Also Thurs May 7 the Quavers start the night at Barbes at 8 with their sweeping, atmospheric, loop-driven art-rock – watching them do this live, laying down one after another and they playing over them is fascinating to watch. Followed at 10 by new Friggs bassist Rachelle Garniez, who among other things plays accordion, piano, guitar, some wind instruments, is very funny onstage, writes darkly literate songs in pretty much every retro style and has two albums in our best-of-the-decade list.

 

Also Thurs May 7 pianist Jeremy Denk plays the Goldberg Variations at Symphony Space, 8 PM adv tix $30.

 

Also Thurs May 7, 8:30 PM at Symphony Space – Americana rocker Amy Speace and Lucinda Williams soundalike Kristy Kruger, $10 VIP tix available here, save $20 off cover, make sure to mention discount code RNT392.

 

Also Thurs May 7, 8 PM at Merkin Concert Hall –  up-and coming N’Awlins piano jazzcat Jonathan Batiste and the innovative, fearlessly crescendoing  Imani Winds playing the NY premiere of pianist Jason Moran’s Cane plus works by Wayne Shorter and Lalo Schifrin, tix $25 at the box office. 

 

Also Thurs May 7 menacing noir Botanica pianist/frontman Paul Wallfisch and then haunting, twangy southwestern gothic band And the Wiremen at Small Beast at the Delancey, 9 PM.

 

Also Thurs May 7 haunting, sophisticated Americana chanteuse Hope deBates & North Forty at Hill Country, 9 PM.

 

 Also Thurs May 7 atmospheric yet intense and socially aware Radiohead-inflected art-rockers My Pet Dragon at the Jalopy Theatre, 10 PM.

 

Also Thurs May 7, 10:30 PM at the Parkside the darkly literate, smartly Tom Waits-ish Darrin James Band.

 

Fri May 8, early, 7 PM, the reliably tuneful, fun all-female retro garage rockers the Friggs – featuring the great accordionist/songwriter Rachelle Garniez on bass – 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.

 

Also Fri May 8, 7 PM the Open Music Ensemble, a cooperative of improvising acoustic musicians, presents their fourth and final “Musical Meditation” from 7-9 PM at Tibet House, 22 West 15th St.. “The evening program will begin in silence. After a brief introduction to meditation, members of the audience will be invited to place their attention on the sounds and silences created for the group by the Ensemble, or to engage in any other quiet practice they might prefer, such as yoga or movement, while the musicians perform. After the musicians have finished playing there will be a short period of silence after which the participants will be invited to share their experiences with others present. The program is open to beginning, intermediate, or advanced meditators . There is a requested donation for this portion of the evening in the amount of $10.  If planning to attend kindly RSVP by phone M-F 10 AM – 5 PM to Tibet House at 212-807-0563.”

 

Also Fri May 8 more good stuff (and awful segues) at Spikehill starting at 8 with the Royal Chains’ Oasis-style anthemic 90s guitar-driven Britrock, followed eventually at 11 by Tall Tall Trees which is a bunch of jazz guys playing country, pretty well and then epic violin-and-driven art-rock band Igor’s Egg at midnight

 

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.”

 

Also Fri May 8 devious vocoder-and-keys groove/soul/funk band Chin Chin at Union Pool, 10ish, $10.

 

Also Fri May 8  ghoulabilly with the Memphis Morticians at Maxwell’s, 10ish, $10.

 

Also Fri May 8, 10 PM the encyclopedically and brilliantly retro Carolyn Sills plays solo – on bass? at Pete’s – could be anything from country to swing to surf.

 

Also Fri May 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.

 

Sat May 9, 3 (three) PM purist jazz/blues chanteuse Calley Bliss with her band at Spikehill. She’s also here on 5/16.  Demander eventually play at 10 – female-fronted guitar band that veers in and out of focus with occasional noir tinges that they ought to pursue more deeply.

 

Also Sat May 9 Neil la Bute and cast members from Reasons to Be Pretty conduct a perfornance/discussion at Borders Books & Music, Columbus Circle, 2nd Floor, 5 PM.

 

Also Sat May 9 guitarist to the stars Homeboy Steve Antonakos plays hiw own clever Americana-inflected stuff at Banjo Jim’s, 7 PM

 

Sat May 9 at 7:30pm in Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, the world premiere of Niña 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.”

 

Also Sat May 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.

 

Sat May 9, 8 PM deviously multistylistic, sometimes intense, sometimes sultry art-rock keyboard goddess Greta Gertler opens for another equally devious art-rock band, Pierre de Gaillande’s dark, rustic The Snow who play at 9.  She’s also at City Winery on May 10 at 9 opening for fellow artsy, politically aware Australian David Bridie (whose rock stuff sounds like vintage Midnight Oil!).

 

Also Sat May 9, 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.

 

Also Sat May 9 Persian jazz with Cyminology – Cymin Samawatie (vocals) Benedikt Jahnel (piano) Ralf Schwarz (bass) Ketan Bhatti (drums) – playing compositions from their new CD, As Ney at 9 at Alwan for the Arts

 

Also Sat May 9, 10 PM Anguile & the High Steppers play hypnotic, smart, 1970’s style Francophone roots reggae at Shrine.

 

Also Sat May 9, 10 PM  intricately jangly, lushly psychedelic, sharply literate 60s throwbacks Love Camp 7 followed at midnight  by the LMFAO cover band from hell, Rawles Balls at the Parkside. Love Camp are also at Southpaw on 5/20 at 8 PM for $7.

 

Also Sat May 9 second-wave garage and classic 1976-era pub rock with Eddie and The Hot Rods at Maxwell’s, time TBA, midnight-ish, $12 adv.

 

Also Sat May 9 Tammy Faye Starlite’s hilariously obscene, politically aware Stones cover band the Mike Hunt Band at Lakeside, 11 PM.

 

Also Sat May 9, 11 PM Gaucho, the Bay Area’s #1 gypsy band are back in Brooklyn at Pete’s. They absolutely slayed earlier this year at Barbes.

 

Sun May 10, 7 PM at Barbes – The Three Sopranos – Judith Berkson, Allyssa Lamb and Emily Hurst (from las Rubias del Norte) return to their roots singing  motets by Palestrina, Lassus and Josquin, songs by Schubert, Elizabethan rounds and airs, Hebrew chant, and new works written for the three singers. Followed at 10 by the reliably astonishing and increasingly psychedelic gypsy guitar genius Stephane Wrembel.

 

Also Sun May 10, 8:15 PM at Otto’s Paranoid Larry & His Imaginary Band who are actually anything but paranoid or imaginary and have a great new snide, cynical political tune on the new Beefstock anthology cd.

 

Mon May 11 hypnotic ambient instrumental soundscapes by 5707 at Spikehill at 8 followed at 9 by Matt Wigton and his melodic, catchy Budos Band-style jazz compositions and then the Douglas Bradford Group’s playful, exploratory, Ralph Alessi-inflected guitar-and-tenor jazz.

 

Also Mon May 11 Will Scott plays his hypnotic, fiery Mississippi hill country guitar blues at LIC Bar, 8 PM, 45-58 Vernon Blvd, LIC, Queens. He’s also at Two Boots Brooklyn on May 16 at 10.

 

Tues May 12 Letizia Romiti of Turin Italy plays the organ at Central Synagogue, half past noon, free.

 

Also Tues May 12 a songwriter circle with three of the best: Mary Lee Kortes, Amanda Thorpe and Tom Clark at the National Underground, 8 PM. The former gets props for her unearthly powerful voice but is also a brilliant lyricist and tunesmith, whether writing Americana or any number of other styles; Thorpe alternates between moody Britfolk and a cerebral jazziness; Clark is one of the great rock guitarslingers around and writes a mean tune as well. 

 

Also Tues May 12 multistylistic violin jazz/Americana composer/singer Jenny Scheinman is Barbes, 7 PM followed by Slavic Soul Party at 9 for a $10 cover.

 

Also Tues May 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.

 

Also Tues May 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.

 

Also Tues May 12 Erin Regan at Sidewalk, 10 PM. Terse, vividly imagistic, brilliantly literate lyricist, strong singer, and just when you think that everything she writes is in some way a portrait of clinical depression, she’ll hit you upside the head with a jaunty, fun ragtime song.

 

Weds May 13 best band name/concept: the Ludes, a Carpenters cover band at Kenny’s Castaways.

 

Also Weds May 13 the Harlem Parlour Music Club which is a bunch of A-list players doing an acoustic blend of Applachian music crossed with vintage 60s soul. Members include Mary Lee Kortes, Ann Klein and Andy Burton. At the recently reopened Village Underground, 130 W 3rd St., 8 PM.

 

Also Weds May 13 Blue Number Nine play horn-driven funk with lush soul harmonies at R Bar, 8 PM.

 

Weds May 13 at Spikehill hellraising female-fronted country bands starting at 9 with the Hillary Hawk Band, the Rosy Nolan Band at 10 and then Serena Jean at 11.

 

Also Weds May 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.

 

Also Weds May 13 the French Exit at 9:30ish at Local 269, 269 E Houston at Suffolk (the old Meow Mix space). With distant echoes of avenging blues abgels like Bessie Smith, this smoldering noir trio deliver pitchblende intensity with goth-ish keys and eerie reverb guitar.

 

Thurs May 14 Vlada Tomova’s Balkan Tales at Trinity Church, 1 PM.

 

Also Thursday May 14 Fernández-Guy-López which is Agustí Fernández – piano, Barry Guy – bass, Ramón López – drums putting an imaginative Catalan spin on jazz at the Jazz Standard, $20, sets 7:30/9:30.

 

Also Thurs May 14, 8 PM at Banjo Jim’s an excellent bill with three compelling acts bending oldtimey sounds and instrumentation with the here-and-now. Robin Aigner writes smashingly literate period-perfect songs, knows her history and has a period-perfect voice to match. Curtis Eller is a wild, physically intense performer, also with a wicked lyricism and an absolutely unforgiving memory for all things fascist. Thinguma Jigsaw who play at 10 do ominous and ccaptivating, rustic-tinged things with banjo and musical saw.  

 

Also Thurs May 14 at Spikehill at 8 PM Lily Claire Nussbaum, who does captivating jazz-inflected nuevo-pop similar to the Secret History followed eventually at 10 by smoky, potently literate up-and-coming jazz/soul star Natalie John and her talented band.

 

Also Thurs May 14 blues guitarist Spiros Soukis, equally influenced by late 60s British blues and his own Greek heritage  at Lucille’s, 8 PM

 

Also Thurs May 14 the always surprising Botanica frontman Paul Wallfisch, smart retro-pop keyboard stylists Mattison and the ferocious, fearless noir force of nature Reid Paley at Small Beast at the Delancey, upstairs, 9 PM.

 

Also Thursday May 14 Die Pretty play fun, chirpy female-fronted bubblegum punk at R Bar, 10 PM.

 

Also Thurs May 14 the Damned at Irving Plaza, 10ish, adv tix $29 at the box office. No idea who’s left, which version (the punks, the goths or the lame pop banfdthey were at the very end back in the mid-80s) or how much they have left in the tank.

 

Also Thurs May 14 veteran indie Americana rockers the Silos – who’ve had Roscoe Ambel on guitar lately – at Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM.

 

Also Thurs May 14 alt-country/Americana siren Jan Bell at Barbes, 8 PM.

 

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

 

Fri May 15 the world’s best chicha band (there, we said it) 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.

 

Also Fri May 15, 7 PM pioneering string ensembles the Knights (celebrating the release of a live DVD of Beethoven’s Pastorale Symphony) and Brooklyn Rider play Osvaldo Golijov’s “She Was Here”, as well as music by Beethoven, Ives, Glass and Schubert. Hosted by Fred Child of Performance Today. Free, at the Angel Orensanz Foundation (Norfolk betw. Houston/Stanton), early arrival advised.

 

Also Fri May 15 the OAM trio with Aaron Goldberg – piano, Omer Avital – double bass and Marc Miralta on drums at the Jazz Standard, sets 7:30/9:30 PM, $20.

 

Also Fri May 15, 7:30 PM Vanessa Fadial, piano, plays Rachmaninoff, Ravel, and Schoenberg at the Third St. Music School Settlement, free.

 

Also Fri May 15 terse, soulful blues guitarist Irving Louis Lattin at Lucille’s, 8 PM.

 

Also Fri May 15 the Grand Masters of Gypsy Music at Mehanata, 9 PM. They’re also here on 5/29.

 

Also Fri May 15, 10 PM, spectacular, wrenchingly potent yet very subtle Syrian song stylist Gaida and her Ensemble play what they call “Levantine Indulgence,” i.e habibi music with an edge with special guest Liz Longley at Bowery Poetry Club, $12 adv tix highly rec.

 

Also Fri May 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.

 

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

 

Also Fri May 15, 9 PM Buffalo play virtuosic grasscore and quieter acoustic Americana at Shrine

 

Also Fri May 15-16 second-wave ska with what’s left of iconic punk-era British band the English Beat at Maxwell’s, 10ish, $25. You know, Mirror in the Bathroom, Save It for Later etc.

 

Also Fri May 15 roots reggae with International Generation at Coco 66, 10 PM.

 

Also Fri May 15 oldtimey guitar god Lenny Molotov at Sidewalk, 10 PM doing ferociously smart, literate originals, classic delta blues and songs about baseball and boxing.

 

Also 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.

 

Also Fri May 15 Mr. Action & the Boss Guitars play tasteful classic and obscure surf songs and instrumental versions of iconic 60s pop hits at Lakeside, 11 PM.

 

Sat May 16 at Spikehill jazz chanteuse Calley Bliss at 3 with her band followed eventually at 10 by noise-rockers Reminbi who rip off every conceivable 80s band from Sonic Youth to the Cure but do it energetically and entertainingly.

 

Also Sat May 16 powerful, fearless blue-eyed soul siren and incorrigible extrovert Meg Braun plays the cd release show for her new one at Kenny’s Castaways, 7 PM.

 

Also Sat May 16 the astonishingly spot-on retro 60s country and occasionally haunting, Waits-ish sounds of the Jack Grace Band at Joe’s Pub, 7:30 PM, $15. They’re also at Barbes on 5/22 at 10.

 

Also Sat May 16 the eerie and intense “new flamenco sound”  with the Chano Domínguez Quartet at the Jazz Standard with Chano Domínguez – piano; Blas Córdoba – cantaor; Israel Suárez, Piraña – cajón; Tomasito – dance and palmas, sets at 7:30 & 9:30 PM, $30.

 

Also Sat May 16 and 23 virtuoso blues axemeister Bobby Radcliff – who sounds nothing like Eric Clapton –  at Lucille’s, 8 PM.

 

Also Sat May 16, 8 PM at Bargemusic, repeating May 17 at 3 PM – the Haydn String Quartet No. 43 in G Major, Ravel Sonata for Violin and Cello and Beethoven String Quartet No. 4 in Cm played by Mark Peskanov, Violin; Andy Simionescu, Violin; Dimitri Murrath, Viola; Matt Haimovitz, Cello, $35 adv tix advised as this may sell out. 

 

Also Sat May 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.

 

Also Sat May 16, 8:45 PM wild, scorching, retro garage punk in the style of Radio Birdman with the Mess Around at Trash, followed eventually by the equally soulful, slighty quieter garage/gospel Lost Crusaders at midnight .

 

Also Sat May 16 New York’s most ferociously smart, funniest new band, the punk-inflected, multistylistic, mischievous Brooklyn What at Mehanata, 10ish. Their new cd The Brooklyn What for Borough President is at the top of the Lucid Culture list for best album of 2009 at this point. Smart, catchy, politically aware acoustic/Balkan/Irish punks Mischief Brew open the night at around 9.

 

Also Sat May 16, 10ish, ferocious, tuneful, guitar-fueled semi-punk all-female rockers Beluga at Public Assembly. A big buzz band, see ’em now before the trendoids discover them.

 

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

 

Also Sat May 16 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 playing Paul Bowles songs!

 

Also Sat May 16, 8 PM  an adventurous, boisterous Argentinian-flavored night at Drom with Avanganto’s Pablo Aslan and his own band and also pianist Roger Davidson playing new original jazz tango compositions, adv tix $12 highly recommended.

 

Also Sat May 16, 8-piece gypsy rockers Panonian Wave – who’re a dead ringer for Gogol Bordello – play their “world music meltdown” at Nublu, 9 PM.

 

Also Sat May 16 an amazing night of Arab music and improvisation with Souhail Kaspar  on percussion and Rachid Halihal, vocals and oud plus special guests at Alwan for the Arts, 8:30 PM, $20/$15 stud.

 

Also Sat May 16 another loud, fearless, fun band, all-female punk/noise/indie rockers Beluga at Public Assembly, 10ish.

 

Also Sat May 16 roots reggae with John Brown’s Body at Southpaw, 10ish, $15 gen adm.

 

Also Sat May 16 alt-country pioneer and wildman Zane Campbell at Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM.

 

Also Sat May 16 roaring, wailing Americana punk rockers Spanking Charlene at Lakeside, 11 PM.

 

Also Sat May 16, 1 AM  (actually the wee hours of 5/17) cello metal rockers Blues in Space at the Rockwood, 1 AM 

 

Sun May 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.

 

Also Sun May 17 the 5th Ave (Brooklyn) Street fair feat. Chin Chin in front of Southpaw, plus others all afternoon.

 

Also Sun May 17, 3-5 PM the Americana Family Jamboree at Rodeo Bar, free, members of Demolition String Band playing country/bluegrass classics. Get the kids listening to this before they hear Nickelback so they can tell what’s good.   

 

Also Sun May 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.

 

Also Sun May 17 psychedelic purist Spanish jazz with the Jordi Rossy Trio plus special guests Félix Rossy & Chris Cheek:  Jordi Rossy – piano (ex-Bloomdaddies); Albert Sanz – Hammond B3 organ; R.J. Miller – drums; Fèlix Rossy – trumpet Chris Cheek (also ex-Bloomdaddies) on tenor sax at the Jazz Standard. sets 7:30/9:30 PM, $25 adv tix very highly rec.

 

Also Sun May 17 an excellent Americana night at Spikehill starting at7 with Frankenpine playing pretty, Pete’s Candy Store-style oldtimey folk/bluegrass at Spikehill, followed eventually by at 9 by Bobtown, who go for dark and haunting and usually succeed – and they kick O’Death’s ass – then Cady Wire doing more pleasant, wistful Pete’s Candy Store country at 10 and finally at 11 a detour way way deep into the Balkans with Veveritse Brass Band who are a hundred times more haunting than anything else on the bill. 

 

Also Sun May 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.

 

Also Sun May 17 and 24 Sean Kershaw & the New Jack Ramblers – who’ve been mining a purist Western Swing thing like Smokey Hormel recently – at Hank’s, 9ish.

 

Also Sun May 17 alt-country siren Alana Amram & her killer band the Rough Gems at the Loving Cup Cafe in the Cameo Gallery out back, 9ish.

 

Mon May 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.

 

Also Mon May 18  8:30 PM at the Cornalia St. Cafe – the Jacob Garchik Trio with  Jacob Garchik, trombone (Slavic Soul Party) ;  Jacob Sacks, piano (White Rocket);  Dan Weiss, drums. Could be scary and Balkan.

 

Also Tues May 19 New York noir rock legend LJ Murphy Banjo Jim’s is CANCELLED due to illness. One of the great charismatic performers of our time, and a hell of a song stylist. Young Republicans, masochists and people who lie – to themselves or anyone else – do not fare well in his dark, blues- and soul-inflected songs. He’ll be back, no worries. 

 

Also Tues May 19 twisted Southern garage rock with SCOTS and mile-a-minute surf rock with los Straitjackets at Bowery Ballroom, 9:30ish, adv tix $18 at the Mercury box office.

 

Also Tues May 19 oldtimey hellraisers the Asylum St. Spankers – whose fearless, ferociously funny new double live album is amazing – are at the Bell House. Sultry delta blues/oldtimey star Mamie Minch opens the night at 7:3oish, adv tix $20 recommended.

 

Also Tues May 19 and 20 sly, subversive pianist/crooner Michael Isaacs in “Michael Isaacs: Isaacs Shmisaacs” covering Nilsson songs with the incomparable Bobby Peaco on piano plus Kristine Zbornik directing, System Noise’s Sarah Mucho playing guitar at Don’t Tell Mama, 9:30 PM, $12, 2 drink min., res. very highly rec. to 212-757-0788.

 

Weds May 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.

 

Also Weds May 20 Mattison play their tasteful, smart, sometimes plaintive Greta Gertler-esque keyboard pop at 8 at Coco 66 in Greenpoint.

 

Also Weds May 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.

 

Also Weds May 20 the Five Cents play retro 60s psychedelic pop with BJM/Coral overtones at Spikehill, 10 PM.

 

Also Weds May 20 all kinds of good country and bluegrass styles with the M Shanghai String Band at Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM.

 

Weds May 20 iconic Dead Boys and Rocket From the Tombs axeman Cheetah Chrome at Maxwell’s, 10ish, $10 like the old days.

 

Also Weds May 20 at Black Betty, 11 PM adventurous groove jazz with the Perfect Man feat. Dave Smith (electric trombone), Jeremy Wilms (electric bass), Yusuke Yamamoto (moog synth), and Greg Gonzalez (drums).

 

Thurs May 21 fiery Metropolitan Klezmer spinoff Isle of Klezbos – sort of the female Gogol Bortdello of oldtimey Eastern European Jewish drinking music – at Trinity Church, 1 PM. 

 

Also Thurs May 21 mesmerizing, hypnotic dub reggae with Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad and the Easy Star Allstars (including some psychedelic Beatles covers from their new Sgt. Pepper cover album, no doubt) at BB King’s, 8 PM.

 

Also Thurs May 21 the New Collisions play the Delancey, downstairs,  9 PM. Absolutely killer new wave throwbacks from Boston with chirpy, infectious, defiant vocals, sly 80s synth, fiery guitar and some of the best tunes you’ll hear this year. Their show last month at Arlene’s was deliriously fun, one of the best of the year so far.

 

Also Thurs May 21 upstairs at the Delancey,  9 PM it’s Small Beast, NYC’s edgiest weekly live show, this time opening with MC/master of menace Paul Wallfisch of Botanica solo on piano, followed by brilliant cellist Peter Lewy, brilliant Pacific Northwest gothic songwriter Whiting Tennis (ex-Scholars) and Dan Kaufman of the eerie, Balkan-inflected Barbez.

 

Also Thurs May 21 jazz guitar great Matt Munisteri at Barbes, 10 PM.

 

Also Thurs May 21 darkly funny bluespunks the Five Points Band at Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM. If you miss the Cramps, they deliver the same kind of vibe.

 

Also Thurs May 21 McGinty & White play the release show for their predictably sensational debut cd at Bowery Electric (the old Remote Lounge), 11 PM. They’re doing what Costello tried to pull off on that Bacharach cd except these guys succeed at it.

 

Also Fri May 22 , 7 – 10 PM,  jam band fun and intensity with Plastic Beef, Liza & The Wonder Wheels, supertight funksters Baby Daddy  & others at the Wicked Monk, 84th St. & 5th Ave., Bay Ridge, Brooklyn   

 

Fri May 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.

 

Also Fri May 22 sizzling electric bluegrass guitar, X-ish guy/girl vox and fiery mandolin with the Demolition String Band at Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM.

 

Also Fri May 22, 11 PM Roots Vibration play…can you guess?…at Shrine – roots legend Judah Eskender Tafari on vocals.

 

Sat May 23 at Sullivan Hall a ska fest with Bigger Thomas, Kofi,  The Rudie Crew, Across The Aisle, and Animus, early, 6 (six) PM.

 

Also Sat May 23 Thomas Piercy on clarinet, Pablo Aslan – of Avantango -on double bass and Claudine Hickman on piano playing classic and obscure Piazzolla tangos at at Caffe Vivaldi, 8 PM. Reviewed here last year playing a similar program, they were extraordinary.   

 

Also Sat May 23, 8 PM, repeating Sun May 24 at 3 PM at Bargemusic the Bach Sonata in b minor for Violin and Piano, Beethoven String Trio No. 1 in G Major, Fauré Piano Quartet No. 1 in Cm played by Mark Peskanov, violin; Jeanne Mallow, viola; Barbara Mallow, cello; Doris Stevenson, piano, adv tix $35.

 

Also Sat May 23 multistylistic, haunting yet deliriously exuberant traditional Greek party monsters Magges – with the incomparable Susan Mitchell on violin – play Mehanata, 9 PM. 

 

Also Sat May 23, 10 PM, QQQ play every light and dark shade of Scandinavian-inflected Americana with guitar, violin and viola at Pete’s, 10 PM.

 

Also Sat May 23 Special Patrol Group at Lakeside, 11 PM. Not the typical band you find here – they’re more like vintage, mid-90s Blur, with an ornate, artsy Btitrock feel, tricky time changes, smartly sardonic lyrics and an effortlessly compelling frontwoman.

 

Sun May 24 Electric Junkyard Gamelan – whose imaginative take on Indonesian music on homemade instruments is both fascinating and funny – play at Barbes, 8 PM 

 

Also Sun May 24, 9:30 PM Cape Verde chanteuse Maria de Barros at Joe’s Pub $20

 

Also Sun May 24 the Passport to Taiwan festival at Union Square Park featuring the wild and ferocious metal instrumental sounds of the Hsu-Nami, show starts at 1 PM.

 

Mon May 25 romantic oldtimey ragtime and hillbilly music with Daria Grace & the Prewar Ponies at Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM.

 

Tues-Weds May 26 – 27 at the Jazz Standard purist trumpeter and frequent Bill Frisell collaborator Ron Miles with his Quartet featuring Jason Moran on piano, Todd Sickafoose on bass, Matt Wilson on drums. sets 7:30/9:30 PM.

 

Also Tues May 26-30 8:30 & 11 PM ;egendary sax monster Pharaoh Sanders at Birdland, $35 gen adm.

 

Also Tues May 26 multistylistic rock goddess Jenifer Jackson plays bossa, Beatlesque pop, haunting Nashville gothic and more at the Rockwood, 9 PM.

 

Also Tues May 26 catchy virtuosic fun oldtimey hokum blues with the Second Fiddles at Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM.

 

Weds May 27 at Galapagos, 8 PM Hans Tammen & Third Eye Orchestra and Jason Hwang & Spontaneous River, $10.

 

Also Weds May 27 Brooklyn’s own haunting, innovative all-female Balkan a-capalla quartet Black Sea Hotel – who have an amazing debut cd coming out – play Union Hall, 8:30 PM, $10. Toronto chanteuse Melissa McClelland opens at 7:30 with her fearlessly intense, smart Americana stylings – anybody who refers to tourists as “American scum” gets out thumbs-up. We got ’em here too, honey, and most of them live in Williamsburg. 

 

Also Weds May 27 fiery Japanese gypsy music – see, Fishtank Ensemble aren’t the only ones doing it – with Kagero at Caffe Vivaldi, 9:30 PM.

  

Also Weds May 27 reliably rousing bluegrass with Vincent Cross and Good Company at Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM.

 

Thurs May 28  the world-class, adventurous, pioneering NY Scandia Symphony at Trinity Church, 1 (one) PM, free, playing the N.Y. premiere of C.E.F. Weyse’s Symphony No. 6, (baroque) and the U.S. premiere of Gunnar Berg’s Hymnos (honoring the centennial of the composer’s birth) along with Friedrich Kuhlau’s The Robbers Castle Overture and Johan Halvorsen’s Suite Ancienne.

 

Also Thurs May 28 kick-ass purist garage rock with the sometimes soul/funk infused Nouvellas and the legendary, undiminished Fleshtones on the Rocks Off Concert Cruise, boarding at 7 at 23rd and the FDR, adv tix $20 highly recommended

 

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

 

Thurs May 28 at Bargemusic, 8 PM jazz pianist Liz Magnes $35 , $30/srs/$20 stud. 

 

Also Thurs May 28 the JD Allen Trio at Smalls 9/10:30 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.

 

Also Thurs May 28 upstairs at the Delancey,  9 PM it’s Small Beast, NYC’s edgiest weekly live show, this time opening with MC/master of menace Paul Wallfisch of Botanica solo on piano, plus noir cabaret chanteuse/legend Little Annie plus others

 

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

 

Fri May 29 multistylistic, devious art-rock keyboard goddess Greta Gertler plays at 7PM at the Brooklyn Society For Ethical Culture Good Coffeehouse Music Parlour (longest venue name in town!), 53 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, F to 7th Ave. 

 

Fri May 29 Damian Quinones plays Beatlesque, psychedelic chamber rock with latin tinges with his band at Tillie’s in Ft. Greene, Brooklyn, 7:30 PM. 

 

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

 

Also Fri May 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

  

Also Fri May 29-31 John Ellis’ Dreamscapes big band at the Jazz Gallery, sets 9/10:30

 

Also Fri May 29-31 X at Bowery Ballroom 9:30ish adv tix $27 at the Mercury

 

Also Fri May 29 3 floors of ska, 8ish at the Knitting Factory, adv tix $17 with ska punks Mustard Plug, 60s style reggae/ska from DC by Eastern Standard Time, the similarly inclined Void Union and Shaolin’s very own Royal City Riot, the Hub City Stompers (not from Boston), multistylistic and hypnotically dubwise King Django, fiery ska/hardcore outfit Brunt of It, and more beautifully retro horn-driven stuff with Silver Dollar. Good show!

 

Also Fri May 29 Brian Carpenter’s Ghost Train Orchestra – who mine the archives for some of the most ferocious, fun and occasionally haunting 1920s swing jazz obscurities you’ll ever hear – at Barbes, 8 PM followed by Smokey Hormel’s Roundup playing western swing at 10 

 

Also Fri May 29 smart, funny, lyrically-charged, quintessentially New York, female-fronted purist popsters Delusions of Grand St. at Trash, 9 PM.

 

Also Fri May 29 the Disclaimers at Spikehill, 10 PM. The best rock band in Brooklyn? Maybe. Two charismatic sirens fronting the band, two guitars, keys, and a ferociously smart bunch of songs that run from Costello clever to Big Star catchy to Syd Barrett eerie.

 

Also Fri May 29 scorching original punk-infused rockabilly and surf music with Simon & the Bar Sinisters at Lakeside, 10:15ish. 

 

Sat, May 30, noon – the Three Orchestras Concert at St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery (10th Street & 2nd Avenue), no idea of what’s on the bill, but these shows tend to be very adventurous.

 

Also Sat May 30 oldtimey country hellraisers Alex Battles & the Whisky Rebellion, 4 PM at the F train station at Riverwalk Commons, Roosevelt Island.

 

Also Sat May 30 the Manhattan Valley Ramblers (Bill Christophersen and John Saroyan) play bow bending fiddle tunes and ballads at the Morningside Bookshop (SW corner of Broadway and west 114th St)  this Saturday some time between 6 and 8; the shop is closing sometime soon so if this is your hood it’s a last chance to say goodbye…

 

Also Sat May 30 at Vox Pop in Crown Heights a wild night starting at 8 with Raya Brass Band, the Brazilian sounds of the Old Goats, Luminescent Orchestrii frontman Sxip Shirey and the brass and banjo punk intensity of  Apocalypse Five & Dime.

 

Also Sat May 30 at Merkin Concert Hall, 8:30 PM: Writing Jazz: string quartet the Lark Chamber Artists, Zephyros Winds, and pianist Anthony de Mare doing genre-bending jazz/classical including the premiere of a commissioned work by David Rakowski.

 

Also Sat, May 30 brilliantly lyrical harmony-pop duo the Sweet Bitters cd release show Kenny’s Castaways, 7 PM.

 

Also Sat May 30 smart, somewhat noir garage rocker/chanteuse Peg Simone at Trash, 8 PM just in time for open bar.

 

Also Sat May 30, 9 PM Amy Allison plays the cd release show for her reputedly best-ever new one (featuring Elvis Costello among others) Banjo Jim’s. 

 

Sat, May 30 legendary Armenian reed player Souren Baronian and Taksim at Alwan for the Arts, 9 PM, $20/$15 stud.

 

Also Sat, May 30, 9 PM Tortoise at the Bell House, adv tix $20 recommended.

 

Also Sat, May 30, 9:30 PM haunting, goth-tinged art-rock pianist/chanteuse Kristin Hoffmann at Caffe Vivaldi.

 

Also Sat May 30 the gorgeously harmony-driven, hauntingly pan-American las Rubias del Norte at Barbes, 10 PM, $10 cover.

 

Sun May 31 the Bang on a Can Marathon for all you new music types starting at no0n – yawn – and going til midnight at the World Financial Center Winter Garden, performances by Ryuichi Sakamoto, Bang on a Can All-Stars, Bill Frisell, Tortoise, plus others ,and  compositions by Gavin Bryars, Michael Gordon, David Lang, Julia Wolfe, Evan Ziporyn, et al.

 

Sun May 31, 12 noon at Joe’s Pub Barbara Maier presents: Depression Brunch – Idol Idle Idyll Worship Sacred and Profane featuring Justin Bond, Tammy Faye Starlite and Toby Keith Hartel, Our Lady J, and Lisa Faith Phillips who will bring their sure-fire spirit-lifting performances to help you through these dark days. Enjoy songs of depression, despondency and despair, and also get tips on how to become a successful mistress (a gal’s gotta make a living – witness Rielle Hunter). Hosted by Miss Tammy Faye Starlite (who will explain why Jesus hates Obama). Bring your own brown bag brunch! Come be a part of the solution – not the problem. P.S. – This counts as church.

 

Sun May 31 Ann Marie McDermott plays Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev and others at Town Hall, free, 5 PM, early arrival advised, tix at the box ofc at noon.

 

Also Sun May 31 the Ben Holmes Trio at Barbes,7 PM. Balkan trumpet and rhythm section, could be scary good.

 

Also Sun May 31 Mark Sinnis at Pete’s 9:30 PM after Sasha Dobson. Good segue – two world-weary, old souls with some good original tunes, hers saloon jazz, his Nashville gothic including some gems from his band Ninth House.

 

6/1, 7:30 PM fiery Hungarian gypsy violin duels with former Noir Desir collaborator Felix Lajko and Antal Brasnyo at the Schimmel Center for the Arts, Pace University, 3 Spruce Street, free, tix required, available after 4 PM, day of show at the box office.

 

6/1, 8 PM at the Douglass Street Music Collective, 295 Douglass St, Brooklyn, $10 sugg. don. On the bill: 8PM: Negative Nancy (Devin Gray, drums; Aryeh Kobrinsky, bass; Owen Stewart-Robertson, guitar; Jacob Wick, trumpet); 9PM: Carl Maguire’s Floriculture incl. Stephanie Griffin, viola; John Hebert, bass.

 

6/4 Zikrayat, brilliant revivalists of classic and obscure Egyptian film music from the 40s to the 60s play a highly recommended 8 PM show at Galapagos, adv tix $12 highly suggested.

 

6/4 Sxip Shirey, then Black Sea Hotel playing the cd release for their amazing debut, followed by Veveritse and the Stumblebum Brass Band at Union Pool, 9ish, wow, what a good Balkan night!

 

6/4 Alice Texas, Paul Wallfisch, Darren Gaines & The Key Party at Small Beast at the Delancey, 9 PM.

 

6/4, 10 PM Rachelle Garniez ( songs, accordion, piano, etc.) will be playing Barbes with  Matt Munisteri on guitar and Tim Luntzel on bass. The great chanteuse/raconteuse’s last show here til fall, definitely not one to miss…

 

6/5 Beluga at Spikehill, 10 PM.

 

6/5 the Howlin Thurstons at Lakeside, 11 PM.

 

6/6-7 Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra play 3 sets of brilliant obscure 1920s swing jazz starting around noon at Governor’s Island, $5 cover, kids under 7 free. Also: antique car rides, pie judging contest (rsvp to ladyliston@msn.com), vintage ’78 records spun on 1920s Victor Credenza phonograph machine by Matthew Hinson, junk shop clothes, special literature/ephemera booths and readings by the Dorothy Parker Society & F. Scott Fitzgerald Society, horseshoe toss, tug of war, parade of hats (Sunday only).

 

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

 

6/6, 7 PM at Barbes guitarist and composer Jay Vilnai hosts an evening of chamber works presented by emerging composers and performers “including selections from Kurtag’s Kafka Fragments, and Liza Lim’s Inguz. Original compositions by Vilnai and fellow composer Whitney George include Vilnai’s Pisces for string trio and setting of the “Mourning Song” from Cymbeline and George’s Stained Glass for flute, violin and percussion, and a new piece for oboe solo. The concert features veteran NYC musicians such as violinist Skye Steele, violist Leanne Darling, cellist Greg (Cosmo D) Heffernen, Ensemble AI and mezzo-soprano Fabienne Seveillac.”

 

6/6, 7:30 PM AA Bondy at the Bell House, tix $12

 

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.

 

6/6 Three Legged Fox at Arlene’s 8 PM

 

6/6 the Jazz Funeral at Ace of Clubs

 

6/6 the Nouvellas and the Mess Around out back of the Loving Cup Cafe in the Cameo Gallery in Wburg 9ish.

 

6/6, 9 PM at the Delancey roaring guitar/drums bluespunk duo the Courtesy Tier followed by Your 33 Black Angels who wear their 80s influences on their sleeves, but those influences – 1982-era indie to Violent Femmes to early New Order – are good; the Courtesy Tier also at the Rockwood 6/4, 9 PM.

 

6/6 Electric Engine at Parkside 9 PM followed by Joe the drummer’s band from Philly, 56 Men.

 

6/6 the Back CCs at Don Pedro’s, 9:30 PM. They’re doing all these support slots for the Mummies, so they have to be good, plus they have this evil over-the-top Cramps thing going on. But no Poison Ivy, but that’s ok.

 

6/6 That loopy little country-gospel chanteuse, Tammy Faye Starlite pays tribute to the original blonde wild-child of Tennessee, Miss Carlene Carter. Tammy will perform Carlene’s two sublime Nick Lowe-produced albums, “Musical Shapes” (1980) and “Blue Nun” (1981) at Rodeo Bar at 10pm with a band that includes Keith Hartel (bass and vocals), Dave Dunton (keyboards), Mike Dvorkin (electric guitar), Heidi Lieb (acoustic guitar) and Maria McKenna (drums). Songs include “Baby Ride Easy”, “Foggy Mountain Top,”, “I’m So Cool,” “Oh How Happy,” “Too Many Teardrops,” “Born To Move” and a new wave maximum-bass version of “Ring Of Fire.”  ‘Twill be a fab and glitter-neon country- early ’80’s eve, replete with leather miniskirts, high-heeled Fryes and maybe even a Dave Edmunds-inspired pink tie. Carlene once famously said (at the old Bottom Line) that she’d like to put the cunt back in country, and well, Tammy Faye surely qualifies as a cunt (in the literal sense of the word only).

 

6/6 Gogol Bordello style gypsy punk with Panonian Wave at Mehanata, 10 PM.

 

6/7 Eldridge St. Synagogue festival starts at noon with Metropolitan Klezmer’s marching unit ?!?!

 

6/7 El Pueblo play dub reggae in Espanol at Shrine, 8 PM.

 

6/7 Balkan Beat Box at the Bell House adv tix $25.

 

6/7 Elisa Flynn at Spikehill

 

6/8 harmony-driven bluegrass band the NYCity Slickers, 6 PM at Pier 84 (44th Street and the water)

 

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

 

6/10 garage/surf madmen the Mummies at Southpaw are $old out.

 

6/11, 7:30 PM Sounds of Taraab at Lafayette Grill & Bar, 54 Franklin St.between B’way & Lafayette, $10 cover, $10 minimum.

 

 

6/11, 8:30 PM Goran Bregovic and his wedding/funeral band – kinda allpurpose isn’t he! –  at Prospect Park Bandshell.

 

 

6/11 Bliss Blood solo at Banjo Jim’s with Curtis Eller & Al Duvall, 8:30ish

 

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.) oudist/chanteuse Kamilya Jubran of Palestine singing modern poetry from Palestine, Iraq, and beyond (maybe including a Hendrix cover) , $35 adv tix ($25 stud/srs) highly recommended.

 

6/12, 8 PM pianist Katya Grineva plays standard romantic repertoire: Chopin, Schubert, Ravel, Satie, Debussy and more at Carnegie Hall, $25 tix avail, kids under 15 free with adult tix purchase.

 

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.

 

6/12, 8 PM at the Knit,  Black 47 with Shilelagh Law opening.

 

6/12 Maia Macdonald at Sidewalk, 10 PM

 

6/13, 8ish at Joe’s Pub the Georges Brassens Translation Project, $15

 

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.

 

6/13 Spanking Charlene at Lakeside, 11 PM.

 

6/14 violinist Hilary Hahn free at Town Hall, 5 PM, tix available at the box ofc at noon.

 

6/15, 7:30 PM adventurous Americana-inspired violin virtuosity with Mark O’Connor & Friends at the Schimmel Center for the Arts, Pace University, 3 Spruce St., free, tix required, available after 4 PM, day of show at the box office.

 

6/14 Laura MacLean at Banjo Jim’s 8 PM.

 

6/16 Beyond the Pale at Drom time TBA

 

6/17, 7 PM the “Godfather of Go-Go” Chuck Brown at Rockefeller Park.

 

6/18 Natalie John at 55 Bar, 7 PM. Jazz siren with great band, no relation to Elton.

 

6/18 propulsive funk-rockers Outsly and horn-driven roots reggae unit Spiritual Rez play the Rocks Off Concert Cruise, boarding 8 PM, adv tix $20 highly recommended.

 

6/18 Paul Wallfisch and the Snow at Small Beast at the Delancey, 9 PM.

 

6/19, 9:30 PM Randi Russo at the Brooklyn Lyceum 

 

6/19, 9:30 PM at Joe’s Pub, Americana rocker Amy Speace plays cd release show for her new one The Killer in Me which is reputedly killer, $15.

 

6/19 Mr. Action & the Boss Guitars play retro, tasteful surf and instrumebtal covers of 69s hits at Lakeside, 11 PM.

 

6/20 Ethel & Gutbucket play a live score to the Mexican schlock film classic La Nave des Mostruos at Prospect Park Bandshell 7:30 PM

 

6/20 Bonga and the Vodou Drums of Haiti plus Kakande led by balafon master Famoro Dioubate at Drom, 8 PM

 

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

 

 6/20 Simon & the Bar Sinisters at Lakeside, 10:15ish.

 

 6/21 Isle of Klezbos at City Winery 11:30ish for brunch.

 

6/21 is the all-day Make Music NY outdoor festival – we’ll set up a separate page when we know the full schedule. Some highlights: the French Exit at Goodbye Blue Monday, 2 PM. Also Punk Island at Governors Island starting around noon, be careful, no alcohol allowed on the ferry, they search very thoroughly.

 

6/21 free at Town Hall, 5 PM, the Emerson String Quartet, tix avail at the box ofc starting at noon.

 

6/22 the Mercantillers 6 PM at Clinton Cove Park (55th Street and the water)

 

6/22,  7:30 PM cellist Soo Bae at the Schimmel Center for the Arts, Pace University, 3 Spruce St., free, tix required, available after 4 PM, day of show at the box office.

 

6/22 George Usher at Lakeside, 10 PM.

 

6/23, 7 PM at Joe’s Pub Greta Gertler playing a chamber/song collaboration with Brooklyn-based indie-classical band Build.

 

6/24, 7 PM Ian Hunter at Rockefeller Park. Legendary noirish songwriter whose long career included a distinguished collaboration with Mick Ronson and a lot of artsy, Lou Reed-inflected dark rock anthems. Maybe his pal Willie Nile will show up for a cameo.

 

6/25 the Brooklyn What at Southpaw, 8ish,  – Gentrification Rock EP release show/party with Box of Crayons and Warm Hats who are also both good.

 

6/25 Paul Wallfisch, Marni Rice and Elisa Flynn at Small Beast at the Delancey, 9 PM.

 

6/26 Blonde Redhead at Prospect Park Bandshell 7:30 PM 

 

6/26 Purple K’nif at Lakeside 10 PM

 

6/26 the Moonlighters at Barbes 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.

 

6/27 third-wave ska/soul legends the Slackers on the Rocks Off Concert Cruise, boarding at 11:30 PM at 41st St Pier on the westside, adv tix $25 highly recommended

 

6/28, 8 PM Martha Davis & the Motels at B.B. King’s adv tix $25 highly recommended.

 

6/30 Caithlin de Marrais/Balthrop Alabama at Joe’s Pub, 7 PM, $24 for both shows.

 

6/30, 9 PM at Douglass St. Music Collective: Cowboy (Andrew D’Angelo, alto sax & bass clarinet; Aryeh Kobrinsky, bass; Mike Pride, drums; Jacob Wick, trumpet), then at 10 PM: Make a Circus (Adam Kinner, saxophone; Liam O’Neill, drums; Owen Stewart-Robertson, guitar).

 

7/1, 8ish Tift Merritt plays Rockefeller Park. Worth seeing if her writing has caught up with her absolutely spin-tingling, austere, Linda Thompson-inflected voice.

 

7/2 Margot Leverett and the Klezmer Mountain Boys at the Jewish Museum, 7:30 PM, free with $15 museum adm.

 

7/4, 3:30 PM Jenny Lewis of Rilo Kiley at State Street and Battery Place downtown. The show organizers weren’t clear whether she’ll be inside the park or not – if yes, could be a disaster. Just FYI.

 

7/4 Alex Battles & the Whisky Rebellion at the Brooklyn Museum, 5 PM, free

 

7/5 Meta & the Cornerstones and McRad at le Poisson Rouge

 

7/6 the Wallflowers at Irving Plaza 10ish adv tix $30.

 

7/8 amazingly retro, danceable British soul/funk/groove instrumentalists the New Master Sounds play the Rocks Off Concert Cruise, boarding at 8 PM at 41st St Pier on the westside, adv tix $25 highly recommended.

 

7/8 the Church at Irving Plaza 10ish.

 

7/9, half past noon, amazing, haunting gypsy band Luminescent Orchestrii on the World Financial Center Plaza.

 

7/9 Musette Explosion at the Jewish Museum, 7:30 PM, free with $15 museum adm.

 

7/10 the A-Bones playing careening lo-fi retro 60s garage on the Rocks Off Concert Cruise, boarding at 8 at 23rd and the FDR, adv tix $20 highly recommended.

 

7/10 Those Darlins at Southpaw 10 PM $10.

 

7/10 Delta Dreambox at Barbes 10 PM

 

7/10 Des Roar at Fontana’s

 

7/11 the Main Squeeze Accordion Festival at Pier One, 70th St. and the highway, 3 PM

 

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

 

 7/11 a great New Orleans doublebill with the Flying Neutrinos and Brother Joscephus, 4 PM at the F train station at Riverwalk Commons, Roosevelt Island.

 

7/11 the Subhumans at the Knit, 10 PM

 

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

 

7/14 Barrington Levy at B.B. King’s 8 PM adv tix $22.

 

7/14 Bliss Blood of the Moonlighters solo at Pete’s with the Tavo Carbone band

 

7/15, 7 PM, Luisito Rosario y Su Orquesta playing salsa at Wagner Park, Battery Place and West Street.

 

7/16, half past noon piano jazz with the Emmet Cohen Trio in the World Financial Center Winter Garden. They’ll also be at One New York Plaza, corner of Whitehall and Water Streets, same time the following day.

 

7/16, 7 PM Steven Bernstein’s Millennial Territory Orchestra plays Sly & The Family Stone at Castle Clinton, tix available 2 per person, outside Castle Clinton, first-come, first-served basis starting at 5 PM day of show.

 

7/16 Slavic Soul Party at the Jewish Museum, 7:30 PM, free with $15 museum adm.

 

7/17 The Sweet Divines and Robert Cray at Prospect Park Bandshell, 7:30 PM.

 

7/18 Nation Beat playing Brazilian forro music, 4 PM at the F train station at Riverwalk Commons, Roosevelt Island

 

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.

 

7/19, 7 PM Frank London’s Klezmer Allstars at Pier One on the upper west

 

7/23, half past noon veteran jazz pianist Junior Mance in the World Financial Center Winter Garden. He’ll be at One New York Plaza, corner of Whitehall and Water Streets, same time the following day.

 

7/23 Ljova and the Kontraband at the Jewish Museum, 7:30 PM, free with $15 museum adm.

 

7/24 half past noon legendary jazz pianist Junior Mance at One New York Plaza, corner of Whitehall and Water Streets.

 

7/24 Black Moth Super Rainbow – the Cocteau Twins meet Radiohead – at South St. Seaport, 8ish

 

7/26 bellydance goddess Nourhan Sharif presents a night of classic Middle Eastern music and dance with Mohamed El Hossein & Karim Nagi at Lafayette Grill & Bar.

 

7/27 La Sovietika, 3 PM at Sudaca/Bronx @ Haven Arts Gallery, 50 Bruckner Blvd, Building A, 6 Train to 138th St.

 

7/29, 7 PM Cuban son jazz jams with Químbombó at Wagner Park.

 

7/30, half past noon Australian blueswoman Fiona Boyes on the World Financial Center Plaza, 220 Vesey Street, also at One New York Plaza, corner of Whitehall and Water Streets, same time the next day.

 

7/30, 7 PM Arlo Guthrie at Castle Clinton, tix available 2 per person, outside Castle Clinton, first-come, first-served starting 5 PM day of show.

 

7/30 Naomi Shelton &  the Gospel Queens and Burning Spear at Prospect Park Bandshell, 7:30 PM.

 

7/30 Jarvis Cocker at Terminal 5, adv tix $35 at the Mercury  

 

7/31 Polvo at South St. Seaport, 8ish

 

8/1 Hawke & Owl and the Flanks playing oldtime country and Americana, 4 PM  at the F train station at Riverwalk Commons, Roosevelt Island.

 

8/1, 8 PM Urban Sun play funk on the Rocks Off Concert Cruise, boarding at 7 at 23rd and the FDR, adv tix $20 highly recommended.

 

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

 

8/7 best show of the year – the Brooklyn What at Trash Bar w/Escarioka, Palmyra Delran, Warm Hats and This Blue Heaven.

 

8/9, 7 PM Romashka at Pier One on the upper west

 

8/9, 8 PM the Electric Prunes, a Love cover band and  Sky Saxon of the Seeds at B.B. King’s, adv tix $30

 

8/20 intriguingly psychedelic funksters Buzz Universe aboard the Rocks Off Concert Cruise, boarding at 8 at 23rd and the FDR, adv tix $20 highly recommended

 

8/22 Chicha Libre at the F train station at Riverwalk Commons, Roosevelt Island, 4 PM

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April 30, 2009 Posted by | Live Events, Music, music, concert, New York City, NYC Live Music Calendar | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

In Memoriam – Stefan Lutak, 1920-2009

Stefan Lutak, the indomitable and ageless proprietor of the legendary New York East Village dive bar the Holiday Lounge passed away last week after a brief illness. He was 89. Born in the Ukraine in 1920, Lutak fought for the Russians against the Nazis in World War II and came to the US four years after the war ended. He and his wife took over the Holiday in 1965. Originally a neighborhood workingman’s bar, it had its share of celebrity regulars, W.H. Auden and Shelley Winters among them. With its minimal, no-nonsense decor, dim lighting, and the laconic Lutak (later joined by his sons) serving up cheap, strong drinks, it was only a matter of time before it became a popular punk rock hangout.

 

According to Lutak, the space was originally a beauty parlor, converted to a bar in 1936. Throughout the years, the bar has barely changed, prices included. One not-so-secret habit shared by many New York musicians (and non-musicians) was to order a Bacardi 151 and coke, which Lutak served at the same price as a regular Bacardi and coke and which would get you drunk twice as fast. During slow periods, it often seemed that Lutak was keeping the bar open simply to keep himself in alcohol: the man had an ironclad constitution, operating with seemingly undiminished capacity from early afternoon til closing time despite being visibly under the influence.

 

In a very encouraging and unexpected turn of events, Lutak’s sons (who also own the building) are keeping the iconic East Village spot open, at least for the present time. If there ever was a time to patronize this place, now is that time.

 

“Over the years we have become close to the regulars and losing one is like losing an old friend,” Lutak is quoted in Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York. Stefan Lutak, wherever you are, thank you for your hospitality, your willingness to turn a blind eye to innumerable indiscretions and for being a crucial part of countless delirious evenings forever lost to memory. You were more of a friend than you’ll ever know. Our sincere condolences to the Lutak family.

February 9, 2009 Posted by | Culture, New York City, obituary | , , , | Leave a comment

How the Depression Will Affect Music in New York City – Part One – The Clubs

Well, everybody’ll be broke and homeless, we’ll all gather in the park or in abandoned luxury housing sites and play broken-down instruments and sing until the Halliburton troops come along with their machine guns, at which point we’ll all have to make a run for it. Right?

 

Let’s hope not. While wishing President Obama all the best, realistically speaking we are in for a long, hard few years, probably more, certainly enough to shift the paradigm for music as we’ve come to know it here in New York. In this series, we examine some of the ways the music scene in New York will change as money gets tighter and everyone prepares for the worst. In the wake of the closing of Cha Cha’s, the Cutting Room and the Zipper Theatre, today we’ll take a look at how the depression will impact music venues in New York. Subsequent articles will look at how musicians and also the audience for live music are impacted.

 

When discussing music venues in New York, or for that matter in any urban area, the primary factor to keep in mind is that the majority of them are vanity operations. That is to say that only a small percentage of New York clubs actually depend on door receipts and liquor sales in order to stay in business. Many venues are vanity operations in the purest sense of the word, i.e. a club opened by a successful owner in another field of business who wants some kind of association with music, usually to appear “cool” and frequently to use the pretext of being a bar or club owner in order to pick up women (or men). More than a few are owned by sole proprietors, groups of individuals or their parents who live off inherited wealth and therefore have no interest in turning a profit. Other clubs function as a tax writeoff for the owners of other, profitable businesses, operating at just enough of a loss to be cost-effective in the proprietor’s larger scheme. Still other clubs are part of a chain of bars, venues or restaurants and are thereby subsidized by profits from their sister establishments. And there are others (bet you were waiting for this one, huh?) who are simply fronts for various types of illegal activity, usually drug distribution or money laundering. Of all of these, who’s going to survive, who isn’t, and how will that affect what choice we as concertgoers have in these rapidly changing (some would say deteriorating) times?

 

It’s not as easy as saying that those with money will survive and those who actually depend on turning a profit won’t. It might seem a no-brainer to assert that a club that owns rather than leases its space will outlast the competition, but that’s not necessarily true, especially if for one reason or another rent receipts are insufficient to keep the club solvent. It also might seem a no-brainer to assume that the most obvious vanity operations will outlast the competition, but that isn’t true either: what if daddy calls little Todd back to Lake Wayzata, Boca Raton or Waccabuc because he’s sick of sinking his ever-shrinking nest egg into what was obviously a lost cause from day one? Or because he’s sick of little Todd blowing (pun intended) through five grand a week on moldy old clothes, coke and internet porn?

 

With all these and other factors in mind, we’ve fought very hard to resist setting up a dead pool here for all the New York clubs. Rather, here’s a list of the types of places who, for better or worse, will probably have the most staying power:

 

1. The biggest venues, i.e. Madison Square Garden, Terminal 5 et al. Because these places draw concertgoers from a far wider geographical area than your typical small downtown club, mathematically they still stand a better chance at filling their seats. The Garden, most obviously, because they own the property.

 

2. The smallest venues, i.e. Barbes and Lakeside, because their rent is comparatively low.

 

3. The niche venues, i.e. some Dominican place in the South Bronx or a Polish bar in Greenpoint, places you’ve probably never heard of unless you’re part of those communities. Dominicans will always congregate for bachata and merengue; Poles for turbo-folk and hip-hop; Greeks for Greek music, Syrians for Syrian music, you name it.

Many of these places have also been financed on better-than-average terms by lenders in their own ethnic communities.

 

4. Clubs who cater to one end of the economic spectrum or the other. Look around you: a lot of the most shishi places are still pulling traffic, as are the places that serve dollar beer and pass the tip bucket rather than charging a cover.

 

And now for a list of who’s probably not going to make it:

 

1. Anybody who’s too far off the beaten path and doesn’t depend on a local crowd. That big cavernous two-thousand capacity space that just opened in Gravesend, Brooklyn? We just made this one up: it doesn’t really exist, but what if it did? Do you really think that even if they booked the trendiest, most fashionable indie posers, strippers and “celebrity djs,” they’d actually be able to pull enough of a crowd to eke out an existence a good twenty minutes from the nearest subway stop, which happens to be an hour out of Manhattan, assuming that it’s not after midnight and there actually are trains running at all? By contrast, a local bar in, say, far Bushwick or Red Hook that happens to be the only place in the neighborhood will actually benefit from the depression, as rising subway fares and shrinking wallets keep people close to home.

 

2. Any establishment overly dependent on a middleclass audience. By that we mean a place that doesn’t market itself as either shishi or downscale and scruffy. Your typical conformist American aims upward, i.e. he or she’d be more likely to go for the shishi place than the dark, dingy dollar beer bar. As money gets tighter, don’t expect these crowds – especially young parents from out of town – to go downscale. They simply won’t go out in Manhattan anymore. This promises to severely impact the singer/songwriter scene as well as clubs that cater to a more mainstream or corporate sound.

 

3. Any establishment other than the big sheds like Madison Square Garden who depend on an out-of-town crowd. That upper eastside bar where an endless supply of New Jersey bands play their first-and-only New York City gig? Those bands are going to stay right where they are in Jersey, along with their fans.

 

4. Sole-proprietor venues. That means any club that either isn’t part of a chain, doesn’t have multiple owners or an outside source of income.

 

5. Any establishment that doesn’t have a distinct identity. Branding has suddenly never been more important. If you have a friend in a band, they won’t mind if you go see them at this one East Village bar instead of that other one in Chinatown, will they? No, but that generic basement space in Chinatown (or the East Village) might not stay in business if your friend’s friends blow off the show. 

 

Other than mass closures, how will the changes affecting New York venues impact the music scene as a whole? Some predictions:

 

1. As the number of venues shrinks, it suddenly becomes more of a buyer’s market for clubs. Only the most popular bands will get consistent gigs at whatever clubs survive the months ahead. This isn’t necessarily a good thing, either: while it will certainly weed out a percentage of dilettantes who were never serious about music, it will also make it considerably harder for new acts to find an audience.

 

2. Concert admission charges will go in divergent directions. Many of the places who charge a cover will charge more, although the more adversely affected clubs will stop charging a cover in an attempt bring in crowds of bar customers.

 

3. Alternatives to the traditional music venues will spring up everywhere. That means more loft parties, more outdoor shows, and more industrial spaces, school gyms and church basements suddenly playing host to live shows. As the club scene suffers, independent promoters who don’t rip off bands will prosper (or will at least survive), and some of the most unlikely spaces will become vital parts in a scene. We’ll see a return of the speakeasy on a level unseen since Prohibition. 

 

4. Stereotypical, conformist “indie rock” will die off slower than you think. The whole Williamsburg/pitchfork/stereogum clique is independently wealthy and has access to many vanity venues, none of whom have to turn a profit to stay in business. Many of the children in these bands will be called home by their parents, but many won’t; some of these clubs will close their doors, but not all of them. Age alone will ultimately be the end of “indie rock,” as the children who play it turn 35, collect their trust funds, get married and move out of town to have kids (and don’t expect there to be enough luxury housing here to keep them here: there won’t be).

 

5. Acoustic acts will prove more resilient than electric bands. That means anyone with an accordion, a banjo, an acoustic guitar, anything you can play on the streetcorner, in the subway or the park (and can practice in a squat without electricity). Likewise, traditional sounds (Balkan music, bluegrass, delta blues, Irish dance music), all of which already have considerable popularity, will become even more prominent. Hip-hop will embrace real, live drumming on a mass scale. Jazz will return to the public eye as mass entertainment on a level not seen since the fifties. Chamber music will also grow in popularity, as corporate funding for opera and large orchestras dries up. And if you’re lucky and somehow manage to hold onto your job or find one that pays enough to sustain you, you’re in for what could be not only a very interesting but very rewarding experience.

 

Next: how the depression will affect bands and musicians. 

February 1, 2009 Posted by | Live Events, Music, New York City | , , , , , , , , | Leave a 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

Concert Review: Gaucho at Barbes, Brooklyn NY 1/29/09

Gaucho are not a Steely Dan cover band, nor do they wear cowboy hats. According to the band’s website, their name derives from the Romanes equivalent for “gringo,” i.e. they may not have Roma blood but they have the sound down cold. Last night at Barbes the self-described gypsy jazz band out of San Francisco showed off the virtuosity and intensity that keeps them busy with constant gigs in their hometown. For this show, acoustic guitarist/bandleader Dave Ricketts was accompanied by the band’s regular accordionist Rob Reich, in addition to another acoustic guitarist and a sub bassist who got a real workout, expertly and briskly walking the changes.

 

Interplay defines this band. Athough the band frequently played solos around the horn (or at least between the two guitarists) on many of the songs, it was the intricacy of the melodies intertwining among all the instruments that was their most obviously compelling feature. In a mix of Django Reinhardt classics and other similar material, they breezed through a small handful of 6/8 musette instrumentals, bouncing, almost martial dance tunes including the classic Swing 42, and a handful of vocal numbers. Chanteuse Ariel Morgenstern (sp?), a friend of the band was called out of the crowd to deliver a lickety-split version of the oldtimey blues What Will the Neighbors Say, a strikingly authentic French song with a beautifully expansive solo from the second guitarist (and strikingly authentic French vocals), and an aptly dark, anthemic take of Brother Can You Spare a Dime.

 

Throughout the show, Ricketts worked every gypsy jazz trick in the book: fast climbs up the scale against a single reverberating string, big staccato blocks of chords and innumerable lightning-fast arpeggios, a style echoed by his cohort. Reich would deftly insinuate himself into the mix with a fluidly lyrical style, at one point deviously hammering on a trill until the rest of the band realized they’d better get out of the way, fast. The band has 3 cds out, including an intriguing live one. Bay Area listeners who don’t already know this band from their long-running weekly residency at Amnesia and elsewhere have a real treat waiting for them; New York fans reading this and wish they’d caught the Barbes show can still see them tonight (Fri Jan 30) at Drom at 10.

January 30, 2009 Posted by | Live Events, Music, music, concert, New York City, review, Reviews | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Song of the Day 1/26/09

Every day, our top 666 songs of alltime countdown gets one step closer to #1. Monday’s is #548:

The Sex Pistols – New York

The way Chris Thomas produced all those layers of Steve Jones’ guitar is one of the great studio achievements ever. Except that it left the grand total of two tracks for Johnny Rotten, who blew out his voice on the first take of the first song…and then had to do the rest of the album. And maybe sounded better for it. “A kiss, a kiss, sealed with a kiss, kiss this,” he snarls, dismissing his old tourmates the New York Dolls. Sweet pickslide by Jones to wind up the song. At all the mp3 sites; you may have to sift through several dodgy live versions.

January 26, 2009 Posted by | lists, Lists - Best of 2008 etc., Music, music, concert | , , , , , , , | 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

How the Other Half Lives, Pt. 5

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

Arlenes’ December calendar:

NATE VAILL acoustic band from ohio – no website

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

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

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

JUANO LIPPI BAND generic folkie wimp

Last Charge of the Light Horse – tuneless pretentious Replacements wannabes

VOX POP horrid corporate crap

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

NICK TATE – British folkie – good chops, awful songs

SPUTEN DUYVIL lame white funk/metal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I LOVE MONSTERS trendoid band fronted by a Celine Dion wannabe

BANANAMANANIMAL tuneless mathrock meets tuneless white funk

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

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

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

THE PUBLIC SECRET mopey downtempo stuff from Germany

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

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

CHERRY S/T – campy computerized disco

HIGH TOLERANCE 80s hair metal from Long Island – figures

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

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

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

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

DAY OF FIRE – awful corporate metal band from Nashville

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

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

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

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

Billy Walton Band fonkeh fonkeh wotbos

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

BRANDON CLARK corporate grunge prettyboy from Atlanta

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

MISS VINTAGE – Coldplay wannabes from Philly

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

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

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

BROOKVILLE wimpy downtempo/triphop

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

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

Northern Public – death metal from Michigan

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

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

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

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

the Red Directors club prob got bandname wrong, nothing online

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

AGENTS OF KARMA funky stoner metal

MERCURY MORNING corporate band from NJ – Interpol/u2 infls

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

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

LEFT ME BASHFUL acoustic wuss

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

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

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

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

STOLEY PT corporate emo

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

ACEY SLADE campy disco metal

iris PILL they play various awful corporate styles

Jared Campbell wretched corporate lite FM singer-songwriter

Justin Trawick fonkeh fonkeh wotbo from the VA suburbs

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

IPPAZZI Dave Matthews wannabes – better than but not by much

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

SANITARIUS thrash metal

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

THE GAIT LINE WORKERS club got the name wrong

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

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

VICTORY BY REVENGE fallout boy wannabes from Maryland – godawful

PATRICK PORTER dorky folkie who usually plays the Sidewalk

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

RISE PHOENIX RISE Good Charlotte wannabes from PA

RADIO FIX from Connecticut – lame tuneless boring indie stuff

SLEEP WELL somewhat frantic Death Cab wannabes

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

THE WIND-UP wimpy Brooklyn indie pop

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

4NORMANDY corporate garbage from Jersey

HIGHWAY GIMps pretty good garage band

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

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

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

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

JAY WILEY BAND Ryan Adams wannabe

ANGRY DRAGON death metal

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Mondays in December (and pretty much every month, when he’s not on tour), Rev. Vince Anderson and his band play Black Betty in Williamsburg, two sets starting around 10:30 PM. The Rev. is one of the great keyboardists around, equally thrilling on organ or electric piano, an expert at Billy Preston style funk, honkytonk, gospel and blues. He writes very funny, very politically astute, frequently salacious original gospel songs and is one of the great live performers of our time. Moist Paula from Moisturizer is the lead soloist on baritone sax.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Also Sat Dec 27 Romashka at Mehanata, 10 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1/2/09 Pinataland at Barbes, 10 PM 

1/2/09 the Dickies at Southpaw 10 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hey – we have a new calendar for January and February and it’s here: if you have dial-up please wait about 25 seconds for the page to load.

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

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

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

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

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

1/8/09 oldtimey chanteuse Sweet Soubrette at Sidewalk, 8 PM 

1/8/09 killer oldtimey band the Wiyos at the Jalopy Café $12 9 PM

1/8/09 darkly glimmering southwestern gothic-tinged Americana rockers Tandy at Rodeo Rar, 10:30 PM

1/9/09 sensational Greek-American oud player/composer Mavrothi Kontanis and his band at Barbes, 7 PM

1/9/09 a pretty good multi-band extravaganza at le Poisson Rouge starting at 7 and including excellent roots reggae band John Brown’s Body, multistylistic violinist/composer Jenny Scheinman, fiery Iranian-American rock siren Haale and three others, no idea who and when but these three make the night worth it.

1/9/09 legendary punk-era songwriter Graham Parker – arguably at the peak of his formidably misanthropic powers right now – plays Joe’s Pub, 7:30 PM, $25 adv tix recommended 

1/9/09, 8 PM at  the 92Y/Tribeca, 200 Hudson Street (off Canal St.) one of the best multi-band extravaganzas of the decade starting with Senegalese rock/hiphop act Gokh-Bi System, brilliantly playful romantic pan-Latin harmony group La Rubias Del Norte, fiery female-fronted janglerock en Espanol Cordero, sprawling bluesy/balkan improvisers Hazmat Modine, popular world music percussionist and Anoushka Shankar collaborator Karsh Kale and wild balkan brass band Slavic Soul Party, $15 and so worth it.

1/9/09 Irving Louis Lattin plays tasteful purist Chicago blues at Lucille’s, 2 sets at 8. AAlso here on 1/23 at 8.

1/9/09 the Moonlighters at Two Boots Brooklyn 10 PM

1/9/09 Mr. Action & the Boss Guitars play tasteful clasic and obscure surf music covers at Lakeside, 11 PM 

1/9-10/09 the Brilliant Mistakes – now doing a tasty nouveau-Byrds Americana thing – at the Canal Room, 9ish

1/10/09 Jeff “Tain” Watts plays jazz from his upcoming cd Watts (a historical pun) with a killer band at le Poisson Rouge, 7 PM

1/10/09, 9 PM, a benefit for oudist/pianist/composer Dimitri Mikelis at Alwan for the Arts (playing the oud with two working fingers but needing another operation to regain the use of all of them). Featuring an allstar 13-piece band incl. pianist Liz Magnes and violinist Sami Abu Shumays from Zikrayat plus dancers.

1/10/09 John Doe & Exene play a rare acoustic duo show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, time TBA, adv tix $18 at the Mercury box ofc. They’re also at Joe’s Pub the following night 1/11 for $4 extra

1/10/09 Cape Verde chanteuse Maria de Barros followed by Balkan/klezmer band Vagabond Opera at Barbes, 10 PM

1/10/09 Dengue Fever at Maxwell’s, 10ish, $12 adv tix at the club and Other Music

1/10/09 Simon & the Bar Sinisters at Lakeside, 10:15ish, maybe if you’re lucky he’ll have his Die Hipster Scum bumper stickers for sale again.

1/10/09 pianist Ryan Cohan and bassist Omer Avital playing jazz with their respective combos at Merkin Concert Hall, 8 PM

1/11/09 the Lucy Moses Music School’s annual student jazz concert at Merkin Concert Hall, 3 PM, free

1/11/09 flamenco siren Maria Bermudez’ Chicana Gypsy Project in their only 2008 US performance at Drom, 7 PM, $15 – they make the Gipsy Kings sound like a bunch of amateurs.

1/11/09 innovative Quebecois acoustic band Genticorum at Barbes, 7 PM followed at 9 by Stephane Wrembel

1/11/09 jazz chanteuse Karrin Allyson – lately mining a Brazilian vein, with richly rewarding results – at Birdland, 7:30 PM, $25

1/11/09 the Tom Beckham group playing vibraphone jazz at Cornelia St. Cafe, 8:30 PM, $10

1/12/09, 6:30 PM at Drom: innovative neoclassical string ensembles Brazz Tree and Metro Strings along with Italian chanteuse Alessandra Belloni & I Giuliari di Piazza

1/12/09 las Rubias del Norte at Barbes, 8 PM

1/12/09 also at Drom, 9 PM, separate show, adv tix $15 at the box office: Hawaiian night with jazzy trio Kohala, Keale and swanky, romantic uke-lounge project Raiatea plus a jam with all three bands afterward

1/12/09 guitarist Steven Bernstein’s Millennian Territory Orchestra – a Murderer’s Row of feisty, devious jazz talent – at 55 Bar, 10 PM

1/13/09 Hazmat Modine at Terra Blues 7 PM

1/13-18 at Dizzy’s Club, the Clayton Brothers Quintet – featuring John Clayton, bass; Jeff Clayton, saxophones; Gerald Clayton, piano; Terell Stafford, trumpet; and Obed Calvaire, drums, playing stuff from celebrate their impresssive new CD Brother to Brother, which highlights the work ofother brother acts (particularly Hank, Thad and Elvin Jones, and Cannonball and Nat Adderley). Sets at 7:30/9:30, also 11:30 on the weekend. 

1/14/09 Swiss Music Night at the Canal Room with multi-stylistic cellist/keyboardist/guitarist Serena Jost, playing songs from her excellent new cd Closer Than Far, plus others

1/14/09 jazz bassist/composer to the stars Jay Leonhart doing a rare solo show at Smalls, 7:30 PM

1/14/09 the Rale Micic Trio playing Balkan guitar jazz at Cornelia St. Cafe, 8:30 PM, $10

1/14/09 Kagero playing Japanese Balkan rock at Caffe Vivaldi, 9:30ish

1/14/09 the Flying Neutrinos doing their fetching N’Awlins oldtimey stuff at Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM

1/15/09 the Ukuladies followed by Matt Munisteri at Barbes, 8 PM

1/15/09 the always excellent Brooklyn What playing fiery, fun songs from their new cd The Brooklyn What For Borough President at Fat Baby, 9 PM

1/15/09 Delusions of Grand St. playing smart female-fronted Costelloish pop at Ace of Clubs, 9 PM

1/15/09 the Five Points Band at Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM

1/16/09 Jim Campilongo and then Mamie Minch at Barbes, 8 PM

1/16/09 the New Collisions playing their excellent, fiery indie/powerpop in the back room at Public Assembly, 8 PM, $10

1/16/09 fiery guitarish new wave revivalists the Larch at Arlene’s, 9 PM

1/16/09 Irish acoustic punks Box of Crayons at Sidewalk, 9 PM

1/17 8:30 PM the Manhattan Valley Ramblers duo play oldtime country/bluegrass at Orchard House Cafe at 58th and 1st in NYC, $15, $10 stud./srs

1/17/09 the Zlatne Uste world music festival uptown, for more info click here

1/17/09 Kill Henry Sugar followed by Smokey Hormel’s Roundup at Barbes, 8 PM

1/17/09 the Metro Chamber Orchestra plays Beeethoven’s Emperor piano concerto and 7th Symphony at Symphony Space, tix $35 at the box ofc 

1/17/09 Spanking Charlene – NYC’s answer to X – at Lakeside, 11 PM

1/18/09 Flutterbox (bassist/allstar infielder Neill C. Furio’s duo project with singer Janine Nichols) doing “vaporous antebellum noir pop) at Barbes at 7 followed by Stephane Wrembel at 9 

1/18/09 dark pianist/chanteuse Kristin Hoffmann at Caffe Vivaldi, 9:30 PM

1/18/09 Lucky Peterson at Terra Blues 10 PM

1/18/09 the Stagger Back Brass Band (the Spinal Tap of brass bands) plays the cd release show for their boisterously fun debut album at Union Pool, 11 PM

1/19/09 Mascott at Cake Shop, 9ish

1/19/09 Strange Cargo feat. Skip Krevens from Western Caravan on steel plus guitarist Pete Smith from Hazmat Modine and Byron Isaacs from Ollabelle at 7 at Barbes followed by the incomparable Chicha Libre at 10ish

1/19/09 the Mingus Big Band at the Jazz Standard, sets 7:30/9:30 PM, note that tix are “$25 PLUS tax”

1/19/09 excellent, hypnotic Indonesian gamelan orchestra Gamelan Son of Lion at Galapagos, 8 PM, $10.

1/19/09 Egyptian film music revivalists Zikrayat with Faisal Zedan on percussion at LIC Bar, 45-58 Vernon Blvd, LIC/Queens, G to Vernon-Jackson 

1/20/09, 7:30 PM at Barbes: Black Bear Combo, “Chicago’s premier avant-gypsy punk brass band” followed at 9 by Slavic Soul Party

1/20/09, 7:30 PM at Drom: Goran Alachki and his trio playing fiery Macedonian accordion music , $15

1/20/09 at the front bar at Public Assembly: the Avi Fox-Rosen band, bassist Mike Savino and Luminescent Orchestrii frontman Sxip Shirey, $8

1/20-21/09 Jack Grace and then Dale Watson at Rodeo Bar, 9 PM

1/21/09, 7 PM, sizzling Montreal Balkan/Turkish band Shtreiml at Drom, $10

1/21-24/09 Jamaican jazz pianist Monty Alexander (Tony Bennett chose him to lead his band recently, which speaks volumes about his vivid lyrical style) at Birdland, gen. adm. $30, shows 8:30/11. With his trio 1/21-22; with his reggae jazz group 1/23-24.

1/21/09 timeless new wave chanteuse (and Clash collaborator) Ellen Foley at Joe’s Pub, 9:30 PM, $20 adv tix recommended

1/21/09 fiery Chicago blues guitarist/crooner Johnny Allen at Terra Blues, 10 PM

1/22/09, 7 PM acoustic guitar multistylist Peter Calo downstairs at the National Underground

1/22/09 percussion-oriented Greek jazz band Manhattan Vibes, led by vibraphonist Christos Rafalides at Queens Theatre in the Park, 8 PM, adv tix $35 at the box ofc 

1/22/09 The Snow followed by Nation Beat at Barbes, 8 PM

1/22/09 Buck Owens Cover night at Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM with Demolition String Band, special guests

1/22/09 Custard Wally at Don Pedro’s, 11ish

1/23/09 Rawles Balls, the hilarious cover band from hell at Sidewalk, 10 PM.

1/23/09 hypnotic, noir Bee & Flower/Cordero spinoff And the Wiremen at Pete’s Candy Store, 11 PM

1/24/09 Balkan jazz guitar monster Stephane Wrembel at Spikehill, 7 PM.

1/24/09 Daria Grace & the Prewar Ponies/Conjunto Guantanamo at Barbes, 8 PM

1/24/09 Bulgarian vocal music with Vlad Tomova’s Balkan Tales at Drom, 9 PM

1/24/09, 9 PM popular Boston garage band Muck & the Mires at Southpaw, $12 adv tix at the club box office

1/24/09 pioneering new wave era dance/funk band ESG  (who sound a lot like Moisturizer) at le Poisson Rouge, $20, 10 PM

1/24/09 ancient but reputedly undiminished artsy 70s metal band Blue Oyster Cult at B.B. King’s, adv tix $27.50 at the box ofc., shows 7:30/9:30 PM

1/24/09 alt-country hellraiser Zane Campbell at Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM

1/24/09 Luminiscent Orchestrii cd release show at Union Pool, 11ish.

1/25/09 Maria Cangiano plays classic Piazzolla tangos for a brunch show, half past noon at the Blue Note, $25

1/25/09 the Americana Family Jamboree with Demolition String Band playing kid-friendly but cool country and bluegrass at Rodeo Bar, 3-6 PM, free

1/25/09 Louisville country songstress Alanna Fugate at Sidewalk , 9 PM

Later 1/25/09 at Rodeo Bar, 10ish the Superfine Band with guitar monster Jim Campilongo plus Chris Cheek, Stephan Crump, Andy Borger

1/26/09 the Mingus Orchestra at the Jazz Standard, sets 7:30/9:30, tix “$25 PLUS tax”

1/26/09, 10:30 PM at Roeo Bar, Daria Grace & the Prewar Ponies’ gorgeously romantic oldtimey stuff

1/27/09, 7 PM adventurous jazz violinist Skye Steele followed at 9 by Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

1/27/09, 10:30 PM the uproarious Second Fiddles playing uptempo oldtime hokum blues at Rodeo Bar

1/28/09, 7 PM the Megitza Quartet play their pioneering and often hauntingly noir mix of Balkan, tango and bossa sounds at Drom, $10

1/28/09 8 PM at Galapagos it’s tango night, $15

1/29/09, 8 PM, $30 at Merkin Concert Hall: Vox Americana: Oliver Lake, Joel Harrison, and Wendy Sutter performing Vox Americana: Suite for 7 Musicians; the world premiere of Sonata for Solo Cello performed by cellist Wendy Sutter, followed by the Joel Harrison String Choir performing the music of Paul Motian and concluding with an epilogue with choir.

1/29/09 excellent, lyrical tenor player JD Allen and his trio at the Fat Cat, 9 PM

1/29/09 the Komeda Project plays jazz and soundtrack works by legendary Polish composer Krzysztof Komeda at the Cornelia St. Cafe, 8:30 PM, $10

1/30/09, 8 PM the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra play new works by latin composers at Galapagos, $15

1/30-31/09 Afrobeat wildmen Antibalas at Southpaw, 9 PM, adv tix $18 at the club box ofc

1/30/09 a screening of the new Joy Division documentary The Atrocity Exhibition at Glasslands, 9 PM, $5

1/30/09 Gaucho play Balkan jazz at Drom, $10, 10 PM

1/31/09 sprawling minor-key Balkan/klezmer/reggae party band Hazmat Modine at Terra Blues, 7 PM

1/31/09 sultry-voiced songstress/pianist Allison Scola at Drom playing the release show for her new cd, 7 PM

1/31/09 low-frequency Cuban revivalists Gato Loco at Barbes, 8 PM

2/4/09 Paolo Bordignon plays Pachelbel, Vierne and Mendelssohn on the antique 1830 Appleton organ in the musical instruments section at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 3:30 PM, free w/museum admin

2/5/09 Sister Anne (solidly good, funny garage band with two bass players!), the Blackhearts (ostensibly minus Joan J.) and legendary Dead Boys guitarist Cheetah Chrome at Europa, 8ish, $12

2/6/09 second-wave ska with Bad Manners and the English Beat at Irving Plaza, 9ish, adv tix $26 at the box office

2/12/09 rousing klezmer-rock party band Golem at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, time TBA, adv tix $10 at the Mercury

2/13-14/09 Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings – you know them, right? Today’s greatest soul singer and her great band – at the Nokia Theatre, time TBA, adv tix expensive, $35 at the club box ofc

2/13 Bulgarian vocal music with Vlad Tomova’s Balkan Tales at Shrine, 9 PM

2/14 a marvelously counterintuitive Valentines Day show Southpaw with the reliably excellent Mascott at 7 PM followed by fearless songwriter Jennifer O’Connor, $10

2/14/09, 8 PM Orchestra Otmani of Fes in their North American debut, playing Andalusian classical music at Merkin Concert Hall, adv tix $35 at the box ofc highly recommended

2/18/09 Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mtn. Boys at B.B. King’s, 8 PM, adv tix $30 at the box ofc.

2/20/09 The Neville Bros. and Dr. John at Terminal 5, adv tix expensive, $35 at the Mercury

2/21/09 Orchestra of Tangier playing traditional and new Andalusian music including a world premiere at Merkin Concert Hall, adv tix expensive, $35 highly recommended at the box office

2/22/09 third-wave ska with the NY Ska Jazz Ensemble and the Toasters, 6:30 PM at Highline Ballroom, adv tix $15 at the box ofc

3/5/09, 7:30 PM Iraqi refugee oud virtuoso Rahim AlHaj at Symphony Space, adv tix $25 highly recommended

3/5/09 pan-latin guitar genius Aquiles Baez at the Jazz Gallery, $15, sets 9/10:30 PM

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

November 30, 2008 Posted by | Live Events, Music, New York City, NYC Live Music Calendar | , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

New York City Live Music Calendar November-December 2008 Plus Other Events

Hey – this isn’t the most recently updated calendar here. This is.

 

 If you don’t recognize the place where one of these shows is taking place, click our venues page.  As always, weekly events first, followed by the daily schedule:

 

Saturdays 11/8, 11/15 and 11/22  organist John Scott continues a marathon of the complete organ works of Messiaen at St. Thomas Church, 4 PM. He’s done the complete works of Buxtehude not once but twice; his recording of the complete Mendelssohn organ sonatas is probably the best extant. Of all the great performances of the Messiaen centenary, these could be the most exciting.

 

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

 

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

 

Also Sundays 5 til 7 PM, Nov 9, 16 and 23 with a student show on Dec 14,  excellent Americana songwriter Jan Bell leads a class in songwriting at the Jalopy Theatre. If you’re a songwriter and have a whole “song junkyard” filled with half-finished tunes, this class could be just what the doctor ordered. Bell is a fine, terse writer (don’t take our word for it, check her myspace) and a very positive, unthreatening person. “As a songwriter I often feel like a ship at sea, navigating, fixing the engine, or watching for the wind in my sails. My goal is to lead you through unchartered territory, and find new ways to approach songwriting,” she says. Fundamentals – chord charts, booking tips, internet resources – are covered along with Q&A with her special guests every week (first one is Sam Parton from the fun, beguiling Canadian oldtimey band the Be Good Tanyas). $120 total, payable in installments which makes it the same price as…hmm, one session with a vocal coach? Space limited, first come first served.

 

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

 

The 2008-09 series of organ concerts at St. Thomas Church kicks off on September 14 and continues most every Sunday (certain holidays excepted) at 5:15 sharp, featuring a whole slew of world-renowned performers. Concerts continue through May 17 of next year.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Mondays in November (and pretty much every month, when he’s not on tour), Rev. Vince Anderson and his band play Black Betty in Williamsburg, two sets starting around 10:30 PM. The Rev. is one of the great keyboardists around, equally thrilling on organ or electric piano, an expert at Billy Preston style funk, honkytonk, gospel and blues. He writes very funny, very politically astute, frequently salacious original gospel songs and is one of the great live performers of our time. Moist Paula from Moisturizer is the lead soloist on baritone sax.

 

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

 

Also every Tues in Nov. beginning 11/18, the boisterous and very popular brass-heavy gypsy jazz band Slavic Soul Party plays Barbes at 9. Get here as soon as you can as the opening act is usually popular as well.

 

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

 

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

 

Fridays in November Brooklyn country and western swing crooner Sean Kershaw plays happy hour at Hill Country, 5-7 PM. Why does this not surprise us?

 

Also Fridays beginning Nov 14 and continuing through Dec 5, Katie Elevitch plays a 9 PM residency at Banjo Jim’s with her band. Darkly slinky, slowly crescendoing rock/soul equally imbued with riveting intensity and sly humor. She belts, she wails, has some great players (including Jonathan Maron on bass from Groove Collective) and writes great songs; her killer new cd Kindling for the Fire is coming out mid-month.  

 

Mon Nov 10 the Mingus Big Band makes a welcome trip to Curry Hill with a set at the Jazz Standard, sets at 7:30/9:30, note that tix are $25 “plus tax.”

 

Also Mon Nov 10, 10 PM at the Slipper Room, excellent accordionist/chanteuse Marni Rice & Le Garage Cabaret doing their intriguing noir blend of classic French chanson and rock Marni’s accordion adds a wild touch to her old school cabaret style. Followed by legendary Patti Smith guitarist (and lately pedal steel player!) Lenny Kaye at 11.

 

Also Mon Nov 10 gonzo keyboardist Rev. Vince Anderson and his excellent band play their  weekly residency at Black Betty, 11 PM. This show will be special: for years, the Rev. has consoled and counseled us through the worst of times, from 9/1, the 2004 election, gentrification, you name it, and with the election last week, this should be an especially ecstatic show.

 

Tues Nov 11, 7 PM, early Squidda play Kenny’s Castaways – good imaginative band – a little reggae, funk, surf, dub, ska, plus they do a stoner pro-Obama song.  They’re also at Ace of Clubs on 11/14 at half past midnight (actually the wee hours of 11/15)

 

Tues Nov 11 LA-based Russian expat Marina V plays her dramatic, classically tinged piano powerpop anthems at Caffe Vivaldi, 7:30 PM 

 

Also Tues Nov 11 Natacha Atlas and her acoustic Middle Eastern ensemble playing songs from her career-best, heavily Fairuz-influenced new cd Ana Hina at B.B.King’s, adv tix $27 at the box office.

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Tues Nov 11 Custard Wally and their self-described, deceptively intelligent “sexually explicit three-minute songs” and similar satirical fare at Trash Bar, 9 PM

 

Also Tues Nov 11 Steve Wynn & the Miracle 3 – the best straight-up rock band in the world right now, with their noisy guitar duels and vast back catalog of classic noir rock songs at Lakeside 10ish, early arrival a MUST.

 

Also Tues Nov 11 haunting baritone art-rock songwriter Mark Steiner, the former Piker Ryan’s Folly and Kundera bandleader plays a rare NYC date with sensationally eerie violinist Susan Mitchell at Otto’s, 10 PM.

 

Also Tues Nov 11 sideman to the stars of the underground, guitarist Homeboy Steve Antonakos plays Banjo Jim’s, midnight-ish.

 

Also Tues Nov 11 the Dred Scott Trio plays the Rockwood, midnight. Carol Lipnik’s piano player has a sensationally good, fiery, noir style: if you like Botanica, check out this guy.  

 

Weds Nov 12 at Kennys’ Castaways starting at 7: caffeinated, Dylanesque trio Whisperado and then the boisterous politically cool female-fronted country outfit the Shithouse Lilies at 8.

 

Also Weds Nov 12 Susan Tedeschi at Irving Plaza, 9ish, adv tix expensive $31.50 at the box office. Blues guitarist in the same vein as vintage Robert Cray: a clear, pure tone, sensational chops, terse solos and not a trace of metal grotesquerie anywhere. Decent singer too.

 

Also Weds Nov 12 the Mess Around play Public Assembly (the old Galapagos space on N 6th in Williamsburg), 9ish. One of NYC’s most exciting bands, a fiery two-guitar garage-punk group who in their most intense moments rival Radio Birdman.

 

Also Weds Nov 12 Des Roar play Fontana’s, 9 PM. An equally snarling and even more cynical garage-punk unit, whose show a few weeks ago at the Mercury was one of the best we’ve seen all year. These are the guys (and girl) responsible for Ted Bundy Was a Ladies Man.

 

Also Weds Nov 12 the Ukuladies at the Stone,  10 PM. A family outfit: aunts and nieces seem to be involved. From Canada, and very charismatic in a disarmingly funny way that might seem corny on face value but isn’t: they’ve been known to hand out bacon and lottery tix in between their clever oldtimey songs.

 

Also Weds Nov 12 Mamie Minch plays Banjo Jim’s, 10 PM. A devotee of Memphis Minnie, Bessie Smith and many far more obscure, a fine resonator guitarist and even finer songwriter whose oldtimey songs sound like classics from 80 years ago. And a very funny live performer.

 

Thurs Nov 13, 8 PM, $5, Escarioka plays the Fortune Cookie Lounge, 24 1st Ave between 1st and 2nd St. Absolutely delightful and a lot of fun: the magical place where gypsy music, Levantine dance tunes and reggae intersect.

 

Thurs Nov 13 Mascott at Union Hall, 9 PM. Their rep is indie but they’re really an excellent rock/pop band: great midtempo/slow tunes, casually unpretentious vocals and terse songwriting from Kendall Jane Meade. An even better songwriter, art-rock keyboardist Greta Gertler opens the show at 8. Also on the bill: the forgettable Kaiser Cartel.

 

Also Thurs Nov 13 the Tarras Band at Barbes 8 PM. A bunch of klezmer connoisseurs playing the catalog of the great Dave Tarras, alternately uproarious and haunting.  

 

Also Thurs Nov 13 at Symphony Space, 8 PM Ankush Bahl conducts the New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra on a bill featuring Smetana’s The Moldau, Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with pianist Gabriela Martinez, and Dvorak’s  Symphony No. 7

 

Also Thurs Nov 13 at the Cutting Room, Willie Nile  does a stripped-down show with Jimmy Vivino on lead guitar plus Frankie Lee on keys and percussion. One of the great rock songwriters, finally getting the props he’s deserved for literally decades. There’s nobody better at writing big catchy anthems than this guy. Also a very funny and intense live performer.

 

Also Thurs Nov 13 Jolie Holland at Highline Ballroom, 10ish, adv tix $17 recommended at the box ofc. Excellent oldtimey singer/songwriter with a sort of Tom Waits feel and a quirky sense of humor.

 

Also Thurs Nov 13 Sonny Rhodes at Terra Blues, 10 PM. Ancient blues guy who if he’s at the top of his game is one of the alltime great lapsteel players, with a roaring, fluid style. His guitar playing is equally terse and incisive.

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Fri Nov 14 horn-driven ska/punk the Avon Junkies and the more oldschool ska band Royal City Riot at Bowery Poetry Club, early 6 PM.

 

 

Also Fri Nov 14, 7 PM,  Hazmat Modine at Terra Blues, 7 PM. Losing the dueling blues harps was the best thing that could have happened to this sprawling, rustic, psychedelic Balkan/reggae/klezmer/blues monstrosity. Now frontman Wade Schuman – one of the most charismatic lead singers in town – has his choice of sparring partner: the two sizzling guitarists, the human crescendo who plays trumpet (Pam Fleming) or maybe even the tuba.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Also Fri Nov 14 the possibly 18-piece, definitely all-female Main Squeeze Orchestra plays meticulously arranged, psychedelic, frequently hilarious accordion music at the new Galapagos in Dumbo, 8 PM, $12.  If you’re lucky they’ll do Love Will Tear Us Apart AND Bohemian Rhapsody.

 

Also Fri Nov 14, 8:30 PM Nicole Atkins & the Sea at Bowery Ballroom, adv tix $16 at the Mercury. The crew here is divided on her: one faction won’t forgive her for that awful tv commercial; the other says forget the stupid commercial, she writes really good 60s noir pop/jazz/Americana songs!

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Also Nov 14 Tom Warnick & World’s Fair play Freddy’s, 9 PM. He’s the guy who wrote 40 People, the funniest-ever song about being in a band in New York (the promoter wants him to bring 40 people to a Monday night, 11 PM show). One of the funniest performers in town, you never know whether his googly-eyed madman act is just an act..or if he’s going to hurl that hammer at you instead of playing his electric piano with it. Great band too.

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Also Fri Nov 14 the Snow at Union Hall, 9 PM. This side project by Melomane bandleader Pierre de Gaillande has taken on a life of its own: people realize that this slightly more rustic, slightly jazz-oriented, brilliantly lyrical unit is just as good as his other band! And maybe funnier too. 

 

Also Fri Nov 14 James McMurtry at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, 10 PM, tix $20 available at the Mercury. No current songwriter has done a better job chronicling the past eight years: this is the guy responsible for modern-day classics like Cheney’s Toy and We Can’t Make It Here. Scathing, spot-on and funny despite it all, and a lot more rock than folk

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Also Fri Nov 14 Noble Society play their catchy mix of original roots and dancehall reggae at Rose Bar, 10 PM .

 

Sat Nov 15 Roma jazz guitar genius Stephane Wrembel is at Spikehill, 7 PM.

 

Sat Nov 15, 8 PM the Ureuk Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Christopher J. Lee plays Saint-Saens, Rossini, Brahms and Korean folksongs at Merkin Concert Hall, $30 tix available. 

 

Also Sat Nov 15 the lush, atmospheric Quavers – who build songs out of loops, live, a real treat to watch, followed by throwback country hellraiser Jack Grace (“Like that Cash boy, but good.” – Jerry Lee Lewis) and his band at Barbes,8 PM. 

 

Also Sat Nov 15 Outpost, the new band featuring guitarist Mark C from legendary 80s noise-rockers Live Skull and percussionist Rami El Aaser from Sounds of Taraab at Issue Project Room, 8 PM.

 

Also Sat Nov 15 legendary Bay Area horn-driven latin/funk big band Tower of Power at B.B. King’s, 8 and 10:30 PM, adv tix $30 at the box office

 

Also Sat Nov 15 gorgeously oldschool, harmony-driven country band the Newton Gang at Hank’s, 9 PM. 

 

Also Sat-Sun Nov 15-16 Rev. Horton Heat at the Gramercy Theatre, 9ish, adv tix $26 at the Irving Plaza box office. Punkabilly rocker who’s been around forever, plays great surf instrumentals occasionally and came up with the best-ever album title: Liquor in the Front, Poker in the Rear.

 

Also Sat Nov 15 and also Fri Nov 21 fiery Irish-American rockers Black 47 at Connolly’s, 10 PM. Their latest cd Iraq is arguably the best of 2008, a viscerally intense, novelesque look at the hell that Cheney and Rove created, seen through the eyes of the guys over there.

 

Also Sat Nov 15 loud, punkish rockers Spanking Charlene – sort of NYC’s answer to X – play Lakeside, 11 PM. Frontwoman Charlene McPherson has one of those voices you’ll never forget once you hear it – she can really wail.

 

Also Sat Nov 15 the unabashedly sinister, charismatic noir rocker Reid Paley plus chanteuse Peg Simone at the Parkside, 11 PM.

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Also Sat Nov 15 Ninth House frontman Mark Sinnis plays his Nashville gothic stylings at Teneleven, midnight. If you like the Rick Rubin-produced Johnny Cash albums from the 90s, you’ll like this guy.

 

Sun Nov 16, 3 PM the Greenwich Village Orchestra plays Saint Saens’  Cello Concerto;  Dvorak’s Silent Woods, and Berlioz’ Symphonie Fantastique at Washington Irving HS Aud., tix insanely cheap, $15.

 

Also Sun Nov 16 the French Exit plays the Mercury, 8:30 PM, darkly lo-fi Americana/soul duo the French Exit play Freddy’s, 9 PM. Imagine Cat Power fronting the Dirty Three – all those haunting, spiky atmospherics, excellent tunes and vastly fewer vocal affectations than Ms. Marshall. Good stuff. The Brixton Riot opens at 7:30 with their fiery reverb guitar stomp, like Guided By Voices at their catchiest and most intense. at 7:30.

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Also Sun Nov 16 a rare reunion of NYC underground noir legends Piker Ryan (Mark Steiner’s dark Nick Cave-inflected band before he went solo) at the Slipper Room, time TBA, guessing around 8 or 9.

 

Also Sun Nov 16, 9:30 PM rousingly retro improper Bostonian Miss Tess & the Bon Ton Parade play their oldtimey stuff at the Jalopy Café, 9:30 PM.

 

Mon Nov 17 the Mingus Orchestra take over the Jazz Standard, sets 7:30/9:30 PM, note that tix are $25 plus tax, still a bargain considering what amazing stuff this crew brings to the table.

 

Also Mon Nov 17 Dasvibenbass at Rose Bar, 9 PM. Pretty much what the band name implies: vibraphone and bass, playing jazz that ranges from loungey and catchy to downright sinister. They’re also at Smalls on 11/18 at 9.

 

Also Mon Nov 17, Iron & Wine at Terminal 5, 10 PM, adv tix $28 at the Mercury. The crew here is divided on this: one faction is convinced that this guy’s delicate acoustic stoner-folk is the wrong, wrong style of music for this big hall, the other thinks it’ll sound just fine.

 

Also Mon Nov 17 Steven Bernstein’s Millennial Territory Orchestra play the cd release for their new one at 55 Bar. Some really fine players in this adventurous crew, including the bandleader on trumpet, Clark Gayton on trombone, Charlie Burnham on violin, Doug Wieselman on clarinet, Peter Apfelbaum on tenor, Erik Lawrence on bari sax, Matt Munisteri on guitar, Ben Allison on bass, Ben Perowsky on drums. Wow. Sort of the jazz equivalent of the 1972 Oakland A’s except without the moustaches.

 

Tues Nov 18 the Tim Kuhl Group play melodic, tuneful jazz at Lakeside, 10 PM.

 

Also Tues Nov 18 a good Sephardic band night at le Poisson Rouge, $10 with Electro Morocco, ska man King Django, Israeli jam band Piamenta, Diwon, terrific Middle Eastern/gypsy rocker Smadar Levi, gentle and somewhat ethereal Israeli janglerockers Blue Fringe and a bunch of rappers.

 

Also Weds Nov 19, early, 7:30 PM, Redhooker performs at the Chelsea Art Museum 556 W 22nd St (at 11th Ave) in the third floor gallery space. Beautifully evocative, pensive, minimalist compositions that blend classical and shoegaze influences.

 

Also Weds Nov 19 scorching, artsy, female-fronted rockers System Noise (featuring sensational cabaret star Sarah Mucho) play a benefit for urban charity Just Foods at the Delancey, 8ish. Also on the bill: fiery ska band Across the Aisle and equally fiery Irish hellraisers Thy Burden.

 

Wed Nov 19 Las Vandelays – a really good female-fronted tropicalia-rock band from Hoboken with more than a passing resemblance to Os Mutantes but grittier – play the Goldhawk, 8 PM, free.

 

Also Wed Nov 19 the NY Gypsy All-Stars, a danceable, Balkan-tinged fusion jazz project led by intense, haunting, brilliant clarinetist Ismail Lumanovski play Drom, 8 PM, $10.

 

Also Weds Nov 19 oldtimey acoustic blues guy AA Bondy is at the Mercury, 10:30 PM, $10 and at Union Hall also for $10 on 11/20 at 8:30.

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Also Weds Nov 19 another excellent pan-Balkan instrumental band, the incredibly diverse and dangerously careening Ansambl Mastika at Rose Bar, 9 PM

 

Thurs Nov 20 Liu Fang, the adventurous Chinese pipa virtuoso is at Symphony Space, 7:30 PM, adv tix $28 at the World Music Institute box office

 

Also Thurs Nov 20 a fun bluegrass night starting at Banjo Jim’s starting at 7ish and continuing all night feat. Vincent Cross, the Yankee Rebels, Citigrass, Breezy Grass, others

 

Also Thurs Nov 20 legendary klezmer mandolinist Andy Statman followed by another equally good plucked instrument specialist, guitarist/banjoist Matt Munisteri at Barbes, 8 PM.

 

Also Thurs Nov 20 hilariously retro pre-rockabilly Americana trio Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co. – whose musical jokes are far more subtle than they get credit for – play Otto’s, 8 PM

 

 

Also Thurs Nov 20 the Brooklyn What at Trash Bar, 8 PM. They played the best rock show we saw all year. Fearless, funny, imaginative, tuneful, loud oldschool punk rock band who don’t have fauxhawks or Urban Outfitters clothes. It’s just a smart, fun show, and no trendoids to be found anywhere. They’re the crew responsible for the classic I Don’t Wanna Go to Williamsburg. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also Thurs Nov 20 Curtis Eller at Banjo Jim’s, 9 PM. Authentically oldtimey  banjoist/songwriter whose new cd is one of the best of the year. Fiery, brilliant lyricist, something akin to Al Duvall but darker and more pissed off.

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Fri Nov 21 Lianne Smith followed by the Bedsit Poets at Soundfix Records, 110 Bedford at N 11th in Williamsburg, 8 PM. Smith is a master of minutiae without being precious, plays electric with a lot of reverb and has one of the most scary-good voices in rock. The equally marvelous Bedsits blend 70s-style Britfolk with just about every other urbane European style from that era and before.

 

Also Fri Nov 21 Prima Ballerina (Tammy Faye Starlite’s hilarious NY Dolls cover band) at the Cutting Room, 9:45 PM.

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Also Nov 21 Custard Wally and their self-described, deceptively intelligent “sexually explicit three-minute songs” and similar satirical fare at at Uncle Mike’s (the former Orange Bear space, now a titty bar), time TBA 

 

Also Fri Nov 21 country throwbacks Alex Battles & Whisky Rebellion at Hill Country, 10 PM

 

Also Fri Nov 21 dark, pummeling, punked-out macabre surf instrumentalists the Coffin Daggers at Branch Brook Park Roller Skating Center, 7th Ave & Clifton Ave, Newark, 8 PM, $10

 

Also Fri Nov 21 Lenny Molotov at  Pete’s, 9 PM. Virtuosic oldtime delta blues guitarist and songwriter with a withering cynicism and brilliantly lyrical edge. Good band behind him too.

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Also Fri Nov 21 Moisturizer play their innovative, intoxicatingly danceable baritone sax/bass/drums instrumentals at Zebulon, 10 PM.

 

Also Fri Nov 21 Purple K’nif at Lakeside, 11 PM. This somewhat psychedelic, veteran Cleveland surf band includes ex-Waitresses Chris Butler on drums of all instruments, and has the same kind of tongue-in-cheek, playful feel that characterizes most of what he’s been involved with.

 

Sat Nov 22, 7 PM for those who like a big lush sound, the world premiere of an original cantata composed by pianist Nerva Altino will be performed at Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Drive.  “A powerful piece of music based on the Books of Revelation, Matthew and Psalms.and performed by over 100 singers and musicians featuring soloist, Dr. Leacroft Green.  Also feat. the Altino Concert Chorale, made up of singers from all over the New York City and graduates from Juilliard and Manhattan School of Music. Robenson Altino, conductor and Nerva Altino, organ. The cantata is very majestic and dramatic.”   

 

Also Sat Nov 22 Washington DC blues guitarist Bobby Radcliff at Lucille’s, 8 PM. Don’t let his skin tone scare you off: no wanky heavy metal or Bad Company blooz here. A busy player, but like Stevie Ray in his late period, he manages to be tasteful and has a handle on funk too.

 

Also Sat Nov 22 a benefit for Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn (fighting the good fight against Bruce Ratner’s now practically dead-in-the-water Atlantic Yards project) featuring inimitable film collagist Donald O’Finn’s latest creation, Projection, a “re-purposed video art installation” and music by the more imitable but equally fun faux French garage rockers les Sans Culottes and psychedelic revivalists the Marvin Barnes Time Machine at Bar Botanica, 220 Conover St. in Red Hook, Brooklyn, the whole thing goes 8 to midnight, B61 bus to the end of the line.

 

Also Sat Nov 22, 8 PM New York’s very own captivating, hypnotic Balinese gamelan orchestra Gamelan Dharma Swara play the Consulate General of Indonesia, 5 E 68 th St., sugg. don. $15/$10 stud/srs. “In addition to traditional gong kebyar pieces, this season’s program will feature dances performed by master Balinese artists and special demonstrations of gender wayang, the music of the ancient Balinese shadow play.” The program repeats  at 2 PM on Sun Nov 23.

 

Also Sat Nov 22 dark yet playful semi-goth two-cello-and-drums Rasputina at the Bell House, 8:30 PM, adv tix  $18. Frontwoman Melora Creager gets extra props for not buying the BS the 9/11 Commission tried to sell us.

 

Also Sat Nov 22 at Barbes, 8 PM: Brian Carpenter’s Ghost Train Orchestra. Sprawling, carnivalesque, good oldtimey jazz band.

 

Also Sat Nov 22 frequently haunting, horn-driven, oldschool 60s style ska band Tri-State Conspiracy at Bowery Poetry Club, 10 PM.

 

Also Sat Nov 22 Simon & the Bar Sinisters play Lakeside, 10:15ish (early by Lakeside standards, but Simon likes to play long sets). A true original: raised on punk, addicted to surf, steeped in rockabilly, honest as the day he was born and very funny. And damn, what a guitarist.

 

Also Sat Nov 22 Paleface plays Spikehill, 11 PM. Ten years before tongue-in-cheek white indie funk got popular, he was inventing it in the East Village. Still funny and tuneful after all these years: a good Saturday night party.

 

Sun Nov 23 wildly psychedelic, rustic Balkan blues behemoth Hazmat Modine and legendary Tuvan throat singers Huun Huur Tu at le Poisson Rouge, adv tix $25 at the box office.

 

Also Sun Nov 23  at Cornelia St. Café 8:30 PM Herb Robertson’s Freak Lip Kill Band presents Shades of Jazz on Noir: “Excerpts from the classic film noir works of the 1940s and 1950s viewed from the Femme Fatale of those classics” backed by a live jazz band attempting to evoke the style. If they pull it off it could be pure magic. 

 

Mon Nov 24 Mingus Dynasty at the Jazz Standard, sets 7:30/9:30 PM, note that tix are $25 plus tax. Like the Mingus Orchestra, and Big Band, this is a repertory unit who know the material inside out and always do it justice.

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Also Mon Nov 24, 8 PM, note the new venue, relocated to 258 Bowery, 2nd floor – the OLD Dixon Place – $15 / $12 students/seniors: J. Edgar Klezmer, Songs from My Grandmother’s FBI Fileswritten, composed, researched and arranged by brilliant drummer Eve Sicular with Moe Angelos [Five Lesbian Brothers], trumpeter Pam Fleming (Hazmat Modine), sensational vocalist Melissa Fogarty [Opera Omnia, David Del Tredici], Debra Kreisberg, Shoko Nagai, and Sicular herself: “investigates her activist/pianist/psychiatrist grandma Dr. Adele Sicular’s Cold War time capsule, with original and adapted music as well as archival materials put to unexpected use. From klezmer to classical to boogie woogie, from Hazel Scott’s cancelled TV show to derelict theories of homosexuality, exploring surveillance files leads in even more directions than the Department of Justice could have foreseen.”

 

Also Mon Nov 24 Mary Testa, Alison Fraser and Annie Golden join an allstar band singing the songs of Rusty Magee at the Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 W 42nd St., 10 PM, $30 plus a minimum at tables, reservations recommended to 212-695-6909. Magee was a deviously funny songwriter, an occasional Lewis Black collaborator and is missed on both the NYC theatre and music scene. Maybe if you’re lucky they’ll play The Lick, his LOL funny showcase for one particular sappy riff that’s been used in schlocky songs throughout the ages.

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Also Mon Nov 24 Daria Grace & the Prewar Ponies at Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM. Back in the day she was in the Moonlighters, and remains terrifically and captivatingly good at oldtimey ragtime, country and swing-influenced songs, be they obscure classics or remarkably authentic originals.

 

Fri Nov 28 Irving Louis Lattin at Lucille’s, 8 PM. Chicago expat bluesman, as good and terse acoustic as he is electric. This is probably an electric show, 2 sets worth of standards and the occasional original.

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Also Fri Nov 28, boisterous bar band Baby Daddy along with equally fun Irish acoustic punks Box Of Crayons and supposedly a reunion of BoC frontman Fran Powers’ semi-legendary 80s ska band the Modern Clix – !!!! – at Rocky Sullivan’s, 34 Van Dyke Street (At Dwight Street), Red Hook, Brooklyn starting around 8ish.

 

Also Fri Nov 28 if you like your surf music authentically jangly and low-key, Mr. Action & the Boss Guitars play classic and brilliantly obscure covers at Lakeside, 11 PM. If you get lucky they’ll do the formerly obscure Ventures classic Ginza Lights.

 

Also Nov 28 fearless, funny, wickedly smart oldschool style punk rockers the Brooklyn What play the cd release for their highly anticipated new cd at Don Pedro’s, 9 PM plus special guests. The cd is titled The Brooklyn What for Borough President which is especially apt because they represent us, what’s happening now, this minute: the latest wave of good new New York bands scorn fashion, celebrity and inherited wealth and these guys are leading the way,  doing it with a better sense of humor and better tunes than just about anybody else.

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Also Fri Nov 28, 11ish Jerry Teel & the Big City Stompers at the Knit. LES noir legend returning to his dark and sometimes hypnotic roots, mixing in plenty of garage, some Stonesy riff-rock, a little country and stuff from his previous project Knoxville Girls. That’s Jerome O’Brien from the Dog Show on bass, pushing the juggernaut along.

 

 

 

 

 

Sat Nov 29, 8 PM at Barbes intriguing singer/guzheng (Chinese lute) player Wu Fei playing the cd release for her new one just out on Tzadik followed at 10 by the always brilliant, romantic, gorgeously retro Moonlighters with those beautiful harmonies and smart, fiery songwriting.  

 

Sat Nov 29 Baby Daddy at the Parkside, 10 PM. These guys are the bluesy party rockers responsible for the anthem 700 Beers.  

 

Also Sat Nov 29 the Jack Grace Band at Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM. The big baritone hellraiser writes alternately stark and hilarious country songs that sound like classics from 35 years ago, occasionally taking a detour into Tom Waits territory. A very funny, charismatic live performer who’s also become a hell of a lead guitarist as well.

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Also Sat Nov 29 the Disclaimers and Half Ajar at Spikehill, 11 PM. The former blend fiery Radio Birdman style garage punk, early Elvis Costello songcraft andd a 60s soul feel, which is better than ever with the two women out front wailing over the guitars and keys. Half Ajar feature a couple of members of the Disclaimers and mine a thoughtful Celtic-tinged vein. 

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Also Sat Nov 29 Magges play Teneleven, 11 PM. If you consider yourself a party person and you’ve never danced to this intoxicating – in both the literal and figurative sense – Greek anthem and instrumental band, then you are only an imitation. We’re talking about Gogol Bordello-class energy and fun here. They have been known to bring ouzo to shows, and have a bellydancer. What more could you want.

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Sun Nov 30, a rare, excellent quadruple bill at the Mercury beginning at 7 PM fiery, brilliantly improvisational powerpop trio Devi – whose new cd, recently reviewed here, is killer – followed by long-running, absolutely hypnotic, bass-driven reggae/groove-rockers Faith at 8, inventively improvisational groove band Muthawit at 9 and then Lakeside Lounge Saturday night regulars Spanking Charlene, who sound a lot like vintage X and have a ferociously good singer in Charlene McPherson.

Also Sun Nov 30 Balkan guitar jazz wizard Stephane Wrembel at Barbes, 9 PM.  

Upcoming in December:

12/1, 12/8 and 12/22 the Mingus Big Band at the Jazz Standard, tix $25 + tax

12/2 Jenny Scheinman at Barbes, 7 PM followed by Slavic Soul Party

12/3 and 12/9 Sarah Mucho in her sensational noir cabaret show Subterranean Circus at Don’t Tell Mama

12/2 9:30 PM Lindy Loo’s Country Cuzins – with many special guests at Banjo Jim’s

12/4 Carol Lipnik at the Zipper Theatre, 8 PM

12/4 the Quavers/Rachelle Garniez at Barbes 8 PM

12/4 the Howlin Thurstons at Lakeside 10 PM  

12/5 the Squirrel Nut Zippers at Southpaw, 9 PM, $25

12/6 punk/hardcore the Blackout Shoppers at Passout Records, 131 Grand St. (near Berry) 4 PM, free

12/6 Lisa Burns/the Bedsit Poets at Bowery Poetry Club, 8 PM

12/6 Caithlin de Marrais at the  Mercury 7:30 PM

12/6 Thy Burden at Europa, $5, 8 PM

12/6 Gato Loco at Barbes 8 PM followed at 10 by the Brazilian Acoustic Ensemble

12/6 the Mess Around at Rock Star Bar, 9 PM

12/6 the Budos Band at  BAM Café, 10 PM, free

12/6 Mighty High at Trash, time TBA

12/6 the Coffin Daggers at Otto’s, 10 PM

12/7, 4 PM Eunice Poulos sings Piaf at Merkin Concert Hall, tix $27/$21 stud./srs.

12/8 Haale at Highline Ballroom, 8 PM, adv tix $15

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

Wed, December 10, 2008 6 PM at Alwan for the Arts a Reading and Discussion: Accountability for Torture and Rendition with David Cole, Moderated by Issa Mikel, based on the new book Less Safe, Less Free: Why America Is Losing the War on Terror

12/10 brilliant, pioneering string quartet Brooklyn Rider at Barbes 7 PM

12/10 Jenny Scheinman at Banjo Jim’s 9 PM

12/10 Elisa Flynn at Sidewalk, 9 PM

12/12 Spanking Charlene at Don Pedro’s 8 is

12/12 the Main Squeeze Orchestra at the Zipper Theatre, 8 PM, $15

12/12 Jan Bell, Steve Earle  and Stephanie McKay perform at the War Resisters League’s 43rd annual Peace Award and New Orleans Benefit at the Brooklyn Lyceum at the Brooklyn Lyceum, 8 PM

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

12/13 Ljova and the Kontraband at the Stone, 8 PM

12/13 Andy Statman/Jack Grace  Barbes 8 PM

12/13 Bobby Radcliff at Lucille’s 8 PM  

12/13, 9 PM $10 the 4th St Nite Owls at the Jalopy Café  followed by Balkan brass band Veveritse

12/13 the NY Gypsy All-Stars followed by Husnu Senlendirici on the clarinet with the equally sensational Ismail Tuncbilek on the baglama (lute) at Drom, shows at 8 and 11:30 PM, adv tix $35 at the box ofc

12/13 at Issue Project Room, 8 PM intriguing singer/guzheng player Wu Fei followed by pianist Jenny Q Chai’s Lene Lovich-esque avant piano and vocals which “combine playing with singing and speaking techniques, and will feature the work of American and European composers such as Rzewski (the Kreutzer Sonata, one hopes), Cage, Lachenmann, Boucourechliev and Rakowski, as well as composers of the younger generation.” 

12/14 Jim Campilongo at 55 Bar,6 PM

12/14 bluegrass sensations the Dixie Bee-Liners play a benefit for NY Cares at le Poisson Rouge, time TBA

12/14 the Four Bags/Stephane Wrembel at Barbes 7 PM

12/15 and 12/29 Mingus Dynasty Jazz Standard $25 + tax

12/16 and 12/31 Black 47 at Connolly’s, 10 PM

12/17, 8 PM $10 at Drom, Maria Cangiano plays the cd release show for her new one of Astor Piazzolla’s songs Ballads for My Life & Death: a Tribute to Piazzolla

12/17 Kagero at Caffe Vivaldi 10 PM

12/18 the annual Harrithon (Gorge Harrison tribute) at Banjo Jim’s all night

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

12/19 the Second Fiddles at Banjo Jim’s 10 PM

12/19 Mr. Action & the Boss Guitars at Lakeside 11 PM

12/19 Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens/the Budos Band at the Mercury, 11:30 PM, adv tix $12

12/19 the Toneballs at Freddy’s, 9 PM

12/20 7 PM bluegrass & country night at Banjo Jim’s

12/20 Kristin Hoffmann at Caffe Vivaldi 10 PM

 

12/20 the Slackers at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, 9 PM, adv tix $15 at the Mercury

 

12/20 singer/bellydancer Tamar Riqs featuring guest dancers Oya and Ranya Renee, plus special guest Rachid Halihal on oud, at BAM Café 10 PM  

 

12/20 Chris Erikson & the Wayward Puritans at Lakeside 11 PM

 

12/23 the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble at the Jazz Standard $25 + tax

12/26 the Moonlighters at Barbes 8 PM

12/27 the False Prophets (or what’s left of them) and others at ABC No Rio

12/27 Romashka at Mehanata, 10 PM

12/29 the Stagger Back Brass Band at Barbes, 7 PM ,who describe themselves as “like a drunk who’s had too much coffee”

1/7/09 Robert Gordon & Chis Spedding  BB King’s 8 PM $25

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