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Concert Review: Amanda Thorpe and Serena Jost at Banjo Jim’s, NYC 10/1/08

This show managed to be informal and off-the-cuff yet virtuosic, like what VH1 seems to be shooting for when they put together a stripped-down, acoustic “Live from Abbey Road” type program. They should have been on hand for this one, considering that Bedsit Poets frontwoman Amanda Thorpe and Serena Jost are two of New York’s top tunesmiths. Oops, they’re not on some huge corporate record label. Better to get Justin Timberlake and John Mayer instead. J-Ti (was that Lou Perlman’s pet name for the moppet?) can play Chopsticks while Mayer noodles innocuously in the background between commercials. All cynicism aside, Wednesday night the few who braved the rain and the construction work going on all the way down Avenue C were treated to a clinic in great songcrafting.


The two women traded off songs, each accompanying the other. Sometimes that meant Jost improvising a slinky bassline on her cello, or Thorpe doing the same on her guitar. Thorpe also played a small synth on one of Jost’s songs. They both sang gorgeous harmonies (even though Jost was under the weather and running on fumes), each lending something of her own personality to the other’s work. It was just beautiful to watch, plain and simple. British expat Thorpe is best known as a singer. Her writing is characteristically terse and direct and has considerable bite. When she sang “There is no mercy this time,” in what could have been the night’s best number, The River Song, a bitter heartbreak ballad, there could be no doubt that she meant exactly what she said. Jost, by contrast, is best known for her work as a sidewoman and multi-instrumentalist (she did an extended stretch in Rasputina). Her songwriting is more opaque, and felt the benefit of Thorpe’s clear, steely harmonies. Likewise, Jost’s playful flourishes added gleam and shimmer to the austere beauty of Thorpe’s songs.


Both women debuted new songs. Thorpe’s was a bouncy, upbeat bossa number. Jost reminded what a fine guitarist she’s becoming on yet another of her disarmingly complex art-pop songs, and did another accompanying herself with warm, loping runs that she plucked on her cello while Thorpe filled out the melody with spot-on harmonies. Jost also played piano on one song. The only thing missing was their pal Mary Lee Kortes, the Mary Lee’s Corvette mastermind who’s been playing with them recently. As fascinating as this show was to watch, one can only imagine how much another great songwriting voice would add to the equation.


Thorpe’s next show is at the Cutting Room on Oct 21 at 7:30 with the Bedsit Poets, playing the cd release to their remarkably multistylistic new one, Rendezvous. Powerpop legend George Usher opens, solo acoustic. Watch this space for Serena Jost’s next performance.

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

Guess what: this isn’t the latest, most recently updated live music calendar here. This is.  If you don’t recognize the place where a show is happening, click our Venues page. And by the way, if you see a listing here like this: The Strokes/The Poquonnock Bridge Volunteer Fire Department All-Stars, that means the Strokes are opening for the Poquonnock Bridge Volunteer Fire Department All-Stars, not the other way around.


First the weekly stuff, then the daily calendar.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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



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


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


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


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


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


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


Weds Oct 1 Amanda Thorpe plays Banjo Jim’s, 8 PM. The Bedsit Poets frontwoman’s solo material is far darker and perhaps deeper than that band’s irresistably sunny retro Britpop, delving into such disparate styles as noir cabaret and 70s Britfolk with equally rewarding results.


Also Weds Oct 1, sets at 8:30 and 11 PM the Lou Donaldson Quartet with Dr. Lonnie Smith on B3 organ play Birdland, gen adm tix $30. Donaldson’s oldschool R&B pedigree matches up well with Smith’s 50s groove genius. 


Also Weds Oct 1 Rawles Balls play Otto’s, 9 PM. One of the funniest bands of alltime, the wickedly satirical, sarcastic cover band from hell delight in butchering every schlocky song ever written as well as a whole lot of good ones including some so obscure you’ll be amazed.


Also Weds Oct 1 exhilarating, danceable pan-Balkan rockers Ansambl Mastika – with horns, guitar and a propulsive rhythm section – play Drom, 9 PM along with hypnotic, female fronted Marseilles rai/rap/dance pop band Watcha Clan


Also Weds Oct 1 Bogs Visionary Orchestra play Sidewalk, 10 PM. Fiery, upbeat bluegrass band whose originals could be standards from 50 years ago. Good stuff.


Also Weds Oct 1 deliciously hypnotic, echoey roots reggae band Dub Conscious plays Sullivan Hall, 10:30ish. I and I say it dread in dis year Babylon but these guys make you forget where you are.


Also Wednesday, Oct 1 Rachelle Garniez at the Gershwin Hotel, 7 East 27th Street, 10ish, $15 with a bunch of other performers, most of them from the gay scene. Multi-instrumentalist, equally proficient on piano and accordion and every retro genre ever invented from noir cabaret to ska to country to punked-out polkas. Soaring voice, richly beautiful melodies, hilarious between-song jokes and a lot of the songs are funny as well.


Also Thurs Oct 2 the Darrin James Band plays Sullivan Hall, early, 7:30 PM. Smart, purist Americana songwriter, good bluesy singer with a fine band and a lot of memorably lyrical songs. Tom Waits, Dr. John, Elvis Costello influences, he does them all justice.


Thurs Oct 2 Boston rockers Aloud play Trash Bar, time TBA. Cool guy/girl vox, a blend of punchy garage riff-rock and tasty, twangy jangle. Now if only they’d record with the same reckless abandon as they play live.


Also Thurs Oct 2 And The Wiremen play Lit, 8:30 PM. 2 guitars, cornet, and a rhythm section led by the brilliantly melodic Lynn Wright, ex-Bee & Flower and current Cordero guitarist. Thoughtful and pensive with unexpected dynamic shifts and imaginative textures.


Also Thurs Oct 2 alternately lush and fiery art-rockers Melomane play a triumphant return engagement following their recent European tour at the Bell House, 149 7th Street, Gowanus, Brooklyn,  time TBA because the bands will take a break to watch the Biden/Palin debate for comic relief. On the bill before Melomane: the excellent oldtimey country crew M Shanghai String Band.


Also Thurs Oct 2 the Brooklyn What show is cancelled, stay tuned for more info 


Also Thurs Oct 2 Rachelle Garniez plays Barbes, 10 PM. A torchy bundle of apparent contradictions: dark and troubling but also drop-dead hilarious; fiery but sometimes fragile; one of the world’s most intensely powerful songwriters with a rabid cult following but in the ultimate scheme of things, an obscure treasure. Nothing contradictory about how she sounds at the keyboard, whether she’s on the piano in the back room here, or her trusty accordion. She’s also the one responsible for the cd which was our pick for best of 2007. And also 2003.



Also Thurs Oct 2 Lucky Peterson plays Terra Blues, 10 PM. One of the great blues artists of our time, a triple threat with great songwriting, as good a guitarist as keyboardist (he’s Otis Rush’s alltime favorite).


Also Thurs Oct 2 alternately lush and fiery art-rockers Melomane play a triumphant return engagement following their recent European tour at the Bell House, 149 7th Street,  Gowanus, Brooklyn, 10:15 PM. Preceding them are the excellent oldtimey country crew M Shanghai String Band at 9:30


Also Thurs Oct 2 through Sat Oct 4 Stereolab play Irving Plaza, 11ish, adv tix $25 available at the box office. The crew here is divided on these guys: one faction thinks their drony, ambient sound is tuneless and pretentious; the other thinks they’re totally unique and their politics are spot-on.


Fri Oct 3 Hazmat Modine triumphantly returns from their worldwide summer tour to Terra Blues, early, 7 PM. Minor keys have never been so much fun. They get lumped into the gypsy music camp but they’re so much more than that, mixing equal parts of klezmer, reggae and New Orleans blues into their intoxicating, psychedelic sound, with the dueling blues harps, the human crescendo Pam Fleming on trumpet and the charismatic, boisterous Wade Schuman fronting the band.


Also Fri Oct 3 one of the world’s great klezmer trumpeters, Frank London plays Drom, 9 PM.


Also Fri Oct 3 Royal Pine plays the Jalopy Café, 9 PM. This is irrepressible ex-Crooked Jades oldtimey siren Robin Aigner’s latest entertaining project. Also on the bill: smartly edgy fiddler Diane Stockwell’s bluegrass band Fresh Baked.


Also Fri Oct 3 Demolition String Band play Rodeo Bar, 10 PM. Edgy female-fronted electrified bluegrass band who sound kind of like X doing their country thing; great new cd out too.


Also Fri Oct 3, 9:45 PM dark southpaw noir rock siren Randi Russo and then the brilliantly lyrical, jangly indie rockers the Oxygen Ponies do short half-hour sets as part of a benefit for Parkinson’s Disease at Sidewalk, no cover, just donations.


Also Fri Oct 3, 10 PM twangy highway rockers the Sloe Guns play the National Underground. Amazingly textured Fender/Gibson guitar duels, if you’re lucky; a smart no-BS political sensibility and strong songwriting. Recommended for Jayhawks, Son Volt and Steve Earle fans.


Sat Oct 4 and continuing on 10/11, 10/18, 11/8, 11/15 and 11/22  John Scott plays a marathon of the complete organ works of Messiaen at St. Thomas Church, 4 PM. He’s done the complete works of Buxtehude not once but twice; his recording of the complete Mendelssohn organ sonatas is probably the best extant. Of all the great performances of the Messiaen centenary, these could be the most exciting.


Also Sat Oct 4 les Chauds Lapins at Barbes, 8 PM. Retro 30s/40s French chanson revivalists: lush strings, clever French lyrics, beaucoup innuendo, fetching guy/girl harmonies.  Followed by oldtime Cuban son revivalists Conjunto Guantanamo at 10: rustic, primeval, danceable, clever lyrics in Espanol.


Also Sat Oct 4 at Otto’s, another Unsteady Freddy surf show starting at 10 with the twangy, original Supertones, all-purpose rock instrumental guitarslinger Matty Liot & The Big Ups, purist Rhode Island surf/garage twanglers the Chasers and the remarkably adventurous, genre-hopping Strange But Surf in the wee hours sometime after one.


Sun Oct 5, 1:30 PM at Bowery Poetry Club, free it’s a mass reading in memory of the great Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish, an iconic artist considered by many Palestinians to be their greatest literary proponent. Darwish promoted the concept of an equitable peace agreement in the Middle East for decades, long before it was kosher to do so. Followed on the bill by a couple of dweeby prog rock bands.


Sun Oct 5, 3 PM the world-class Greenwich Village Orchestra plays Beethoven – Symphony No.6 “Pastorale” and Piano Concerto No. 5 “Emperor” at the Washington Irving HS auditorium, tix insanely cheap, $15 at the door.


Also Sun Oct 5, pick your Obama fundraiser, there are a million of them. Cool, huh? This is the most fashionable one. Obamabelt party, 7-10 PM, $20 contribution goes to our next president at NY Perks, 193 Smith St. at Warren, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, F train to Bergen St. DJ Nappy G spins hip-hop. The Obamabelt is a shiny fashionable unisex accessory that will A) hold your pants up, B) be a triumphant victory souvenir that you can wear with pride and C) is a collectible that will only appreciate in value. Handmade in NYC by union labor.


Also Sun Oct 5 gypsy jazz guitarist Stephane Wrembel at Barbes, 9 PM, also here on 10/12 and 10/19, same time. Boisterous, sometimes frenetic, virtuosic, very adventurous, blending many different styles from around the world. Wrembel knows that the guitar is first and foremost a percussion instrument.


Also Sun Oct 5, 11 PM dark baritone gothic country lounge crooner (and Ninth House frontman) Mark Sinnis plays Otto’s with keyboardist Matt Dundas and spectacular, gypsy-inflected violinist Susan Mitchell


Mon-Tues Oct 6-7 Mingus Dynasty plays the Jazz Standard, note that tix are “$25 plus tax”, sets at 7:30 and 9:30. Like the Mingus Big Band and Mingus Orchestra, this repertory unit knows the great composer’s work inside out; here’s a chance to see them in terrific-sounding  surroundings for a little less money and lots less hassle than usual.


Also Mon Oct 6 the Ukuladies play Rodeo Bar, 10 PM. Theatrical, funny, oldtimey female-fronted Canadian ukelele act who bring food and lottery tix to shows: definitely a good time.


Tues Oct 7 there’s a $40 Obama fundraiser at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. Good cause, not much on the bill that looks very enticing other than oldtimey violinist Andrew Bird, noir rock legend Martin Bisi – whose new cd is surprisingly funny and fun – and a bunch of comedians. You can also watch the debate downstairs and register to vote if you haven’t already.


Also Tues Oct 7 the Bellmer Dolls, hot off a great tour with Nick Cave, play the Mercury, 10:30 PM. Dirty, noisy NY noir garage guitar trio who sometimes use distorted organ for an additionally eerie effect.


Weds Oct 8 Metropolitan Klezmer plays a secret show during the day sometime on the LES, somewhere a few blocks north of Delancey. Watch this space for details. Met Klez are All Things Klezmer: film scores, haunting dirges, delirious dances, all with those haunting Middle Eastern tonalities, featuring both accordion and horns.


Also Weds Oct 8- Sat Oct 11 the Dave Holland Sextet plays Birdland, sets at 8:30 and 11, $30 gen adm tix. Famous jazz bassist who’s played with everybody: often surprisingly minimalist and melodic for someone so adventurous and well-traveled.


Weds Oct 8 at Smalls, 7:30 PM Jay Leonhart plays a rare solo bass show. A jazz guy who’s played with everybody, he has a remarkably lyrical, melodic style (figures, for someone who’s backed a lot of singers) and a good, frequently funny composer too. Definitely worth seeing if you can’t resist those low tonalities. He’s also here on 10/22, same time.


Also Weds Oct 8 the Sam Sherwin Band feat. members of Funkadelic and Antigone Rising plays the Cutting Room, 8 PM. He’s a fiery southpaw guitarslinger with equal command of mid-70s Page shredding and late-70s punk/powerpop fury. Good stuff if guitar is your thing.


Also Weds Oct 8, 9:30ish at Rose Bar in Williamsburg: Drive By Leslie feat. keyboardist Adam Klipple and stupendously good, incisive, bluesy guitarist Marvin Swell delivering organ funk, “equal parts Meters and Headhunters with a healthy dose of Afrobeat.”


Also Weds Oct 8 the Wedding Present plays Bowery Ballroom, 10ish. British cult faves from the late 80s/90s mixing elements of garage, punk and occasionally buffoonish pop. They’re also playing Southpaw the following night, but the sound there isn’t nearly as good.


Also Weds Oct 8 irrepressible multi-instrumentalist/songwriter Nan Turner plays Sidewalk, 10 PM. Smart, funny, completely unpredictable and tonight she’ll see how many different instruments she can play in the span of about an hour.


Also Weds Oct 8 Dave Smith’s The Perfect Man – adventurous jazz quintet featuring electric trombone, freakaphone and space vocals! – play Black Betty, 2 late sets start at 11.


Also Thurs Oct 9 the free Wire show at Irving Plaza is sold out. Just so you know.


Also Thurs Oct 9 darkly lo-fi Americana/soul duo the French Exit play Crash Mansion, 8 PM. Imagine Cat Power fronting the Dirty Three – all those haunting, spiky atmospherics, excellent tunes and vastly fewer vocal affectations than Ms. Marshall. Good stuff.


Thurs Oct 9 Canadian banjoist Jayme Stone & Malian kora player Mansa Sissoko play Drom, 8 PM. Pretty much what you’d expect: a mix of traditional bluegrass and African styles, but rather than being jarring, they alternate between styles. The bluegrass is typically rousing, the African stuff gorgeously hypnotic.


Also Thurs Oct 9 at Kenny’s Castaways, 9 PM: Witches in Bikinis. In their matching colored wigs and bikinis, the witches – all eight of them – make fun of all things “sinister” in pop culture – monsters, schlocky horror flicks, etc. Funny, absolutely original and with a solid band behind them. While they put on a tightly choreographed show, this is a concert rather than a theatrical performance. They’re also marching and playing in the the Halloween parade.


Also Thurs Oct 9 Slim Cessna’s Auto Club is at Maxwell’s, 10 PM. The original grasscore band is as fast and furious as usual, equal parts punk and virtuosic bluegrass, with the requisite, frequently bizarre sense of humor.


Fri Oct 10 Pinataland plays Barbes, 8 PM. Their new cd Songs for the Forgotten Future Vol. 2 is smartly literate, richly orchestrated and something of a guide to the “weird USA.”


Also Fri Oct 10 at the Spiegeltent out back of South Street Seaport, cheap bargain $15 tix available at the tent box office, it’s “The SIT & Die Co. Medicine Show” featuring three hours of music including very smart, very funny retro 50s hillbilly trio Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co.; Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby, the punk icon and the Mod Housewife, together!;  the Jack Grace Band: “He’s like that Cash boy – but good.” – Jerry Lee Lewis; the comedic, stylistically diverse Erin & Her Cello, plus a ventriloquist. SitNDie are also at Otto’s on Oct 30 at 8.


Also Fri Oct 10 Fred Ho & the Afro-Asian Ensemble at BAM Café, 9 PM. Jazzed-up Asian melodies, sometimes in a bop context, sometimes very minimalistic. A big Mingus fan, Ho plays the baritone sax and loves those cool low tonalities.


Also Fri Oct 10 at Zebulon, 10:30 PM: smart, politically aware Massachusetts reggae/jazz megaplex the Superpowers. Their festival show early in the summer uptown was sensationally good .


Sat Oct 11, 3 PM at ABC No Rio, Bay area punks Acts of Sedition, our own Hipster Holocaust (three cheers) and also Bad Blood (NOT the Neil Sedaka song).


Also Sat Oct 11 a good twinbill of sirens at le Poisson Rouge, 7:30 PM, $15 featuring the brilliantly multistylistic accordionist/pianist Rachelle Garniez – whose album Melusine Years was our pick for best cd of 2007 –  followed by veteran soul/jazz singer Catherine Russell.


Also Sat Oct 11 legendary, vital salsa vet Eddie Palmieri plays a doublebill with the Latin Giants of Jazz – Tito Puente’s backup band, whose show last month downtown was something beyond exhilarating  – at the Lehman Ctr, 8 PM, 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West, D train to Bedford Pk Blvd, tix pricy ($35 is cheapest) but worth it at the box ofc.


Also Sat Oct 11, speaking of salsa, at 8 PM at the Stone, Ela Troyano screens her documentary La Lupe Queen of Latin Soul, chronicling the life and times of the legendary singer from the 60s. Featuring rare archival footage of the latin music scene in La Habana in the 50’s and NYC in 60’s and 70s.


Also Sat Oct 11 Rosalia plays BAM, 8 PM; she’s also at Barbes at 7 on 10/12. Spanish guitarist Rosalia Roio is an utterly original, captivating player versed in a dazzling array of classical, jazz and world music styles, a great improviser with a signature sound. Sometimes hypnotic, sometimes bracing, always interesting.


Also Sat Oct 11 Kilifax plays Kenny’s Castaways, 8 PM. Told ya they were getting some good acts at this club now! This ferociously tuneful NYC punk trio is everything that’s good about punk: they’re funny, fun and politically spot-on. Somebody had to do a song called Bush Is an Asshole, and it’s a good thing it was these guys. Reputedly their new cd Citizen What is excellent.


Also Sat Oct 11 Jim Campilongo plays Barbes at 8 followed at 10 by Smokey Hormel’s Roundup. The former, one of this era’s great guitarists, blends twangy surf, western swing and eerie noir soundtrack stuff like Big Lazy. The latter is a longtime Johnny Cash sideman who also excels at western swing.


Also Sat Oct 11 strikingly smart retro country band the Dixons play the cd release show for their new one at Union Pool, Jerry Teel & the Big City Stompers opening the night, classic LES 1992 noir garage style, 9ish.


Allso Sat Oct 11 jazzy Turkish singer/kopuz (five-string lute) player Erkan Ogur and the Ismail Hakkı Demircioglu Duo featuring the ecstatic, hypnotic pan-Arab traditional group Dunya Ensemble at Drom, 10 PM, gen adm tix $25. Playing often dark, haunting, traditional Anatolian music; the Dunya Ensemble has recently released Music of Cyprus, the first album in which Greek and Turkish Cypriots perform and present their musical traditions together, no small achievement.


Also Sat Oct 11, Magges plays Mehanata, 10 PM. Traditional Greek music, but far more boisterous than you’d hear in the typical taverna in Astoria. Electric bouzouki, a bellydancer and searing violin from the always amazing Susan Mitchell. Free admission before 10:30 so make sure you show up on time!.  


Also Sat Oct 11 fiery noise/punk/art-rockers System Noise play Connolly’s, 10 PM. Dark macabre virtuoso guitar, a pummeling rhythm section, good lyrics and the spectacular Sarah Mucho out front wailing over the squall. One of the half-dozen best live bands in NYC, maybe the world right now.


Also Sat Oct 11 Simon & the Bar Sinisters play Lakeside, 10:15ish (early by Lakeside standards, but Simon likes to play long sets). A true original: raised on punk, addicted to surf, steeped in rockabilly, honest as the day he was born and very funny. And damn, what a guitarist.


Also Sat Oct 11 the Mess Around play Trash Bar, midnight. The ultimate Saturday night band, NYC’s answer to Radio Birdman. Oldschool purists with wild crazy energy and scorching guitars.


Sun Oct 12 frequently haunting, horn-driven, oldschool 60s style ska band Tri-State Conspiracy followed by rousing, equally dark Russian “Siberian salsa swing” Gogol Bordello soundalikes Yoke play Drom, early, 7 PM, gen adm tix cheap and worth it at $15.


Also Sun Oct 12 the Cannabis Cup Band plays a Peter Tosh birthday tribute at B.B.King’s, 11:30 PM, adv tix $12 at the box office. Second-wave roots reggae: metal guitar in places, busier and more boisterous than your classic 70s Jamaican stuff, with a frequent dub sensibility.


Tues Oct 14 the incomparable Jenifer Jackson plays the Rockwood, 9 PM. This is the show we want you to go see. Equally adept at lush Beatlesque psychedelia, romantic samba and soulful Americana, Jackson sings with a completely unaffected, warmly wise voice that will lift your spirits if you’ve had a rough day. It’s a free show, what have you got to lose but your troubles.


Weds Oct 15-19 the Bill Charlap Trio play the Vanguard, sets at 7:30 and 9:30. Surprisingly, pianist Charlap’s blinding speed is matched by an unabashed heart-on-his-sleeve romanticism: ever been seduced by adrenaline? The rhythm section, Peter and Kenny Washington (no relation) is killer.


Weds Oct 15 adventurous gypsy-inflected instrumental unit Ansambl Mastika play Rose Bar in Williamsburg, 9 PM, which should be interesting considering their frontguy Greg Squared is out of the country. Basically anything in the Arab scale is fair game to them, Macedonia to the Great Wall and all points in between.


Also Weds Oct 15 and Thurs Oct 16, 8 PM at le Poisson Rouge, German cellist Jan Vogler and The Knights, a fantastic young chamber orchestra playing Shostakovich and Hendrix with special guest Ljova from Ljova and the Kontraband on viola, adv tix $20 at the box office highly recommended.


Weds Oct 15 Mamie Minch plays Banjo Jim’s, 10 PM. The former Roulette Sisters frontwoman writes smart, funny, oldtimey blues songs that sound like classics from the 1920s. A frequently hilarious performer who really knows how to work a crowd. She’ll sound great in the intimate confines here: early arrival highly recommended.


Weds Oct 15 popular, tuneful all-female (one assumes) jangle/garage/punk lo-fi rock trio the Vivian Girls play Bowery Ballroom 9:30ish, adv tix $10 at the Mercury recommended – this may sell out.


Thurs Oct 16, afternoon, 1 PM the Gould Piano Trio plus Robert Plane on clarinet perform Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time at Trinity Church, free. Written in a Nazi prison camp for this particular lineup because that’s all Messiaen and his compatriots had, it’s a quietly harrowing but ultimately triumphant anti-fascist broadside. This being the Messiaen centenary year, you’ll get more chances to see this now than you ever will: don’t miss out.


Also Thurs Oct 16, 7 PM at Otto’s it’s ukelele night with bands all night long, beginning at 7:30 with the Arizona Ukemen in their NYC debut; at 8, the smooth Craig Chesler from Dreamboat; 9 PM, Brooklyn femme fatale Sweet Soubrette & The Shipwrecks; 10 PM absolutely bizarre Florida vaudevillain Hot Time Harv and 11 PM big, theatrical, satirical combo Agent 99. Just wondering: where the hell are the Moonlighters?!!


Problem solved: the Moonlighters aren’t at Otto’s because they have a gig of their own at Spikehill at 9!  


Also Thurs Oct 16 Spiros Soukis plays Lucille’s, 8 PM, 2 sets. Greek expat who adds his own innovative touch to British-style, late 60s electric blues. He’s also here on 10/28, same time.


Also Thurs Oct 16 Mary-Kate O’Neil plays the Goldhawk in Hoboken, 8 PM. Acoustic singer-songwriter: tuneful, a little quirky, understated sense of humor, distant echoes of classic 60s pop.


Also Thurs Oct 16 fiery garage/gospel rockers the Lost Crusaders – whose new cd Have You Heard About the World is sensationally good – play the Spigeltent out back of South St. Seaport, 8:30 PM opening for a band composed mostly of psuedo-literary types. Adv tix available at the tent box office.


Also Thurs Oct 16 blue/roots music guitar genius Lenny Molotov plays Pete’s Candy Store with his band, 9 PM. Lots of delta blues, some ragtime, many originals, great lyrics and a brutal, sardonic sense of humor.


Also Thurs Oct 16 Jerry Teel & the Big City Stompers featuring Jerome O’Brien from the Dog Show on bass play Don Pedro’s, 11ish. More of a noir garage band than the country act they were in a previous incarnation; their most recent show at Union Pool was often entrancingly psychedelic and fun.


Fri Oct 17 excellent Middle Eastern combo Zikrayat – specialists in haunting film music from Lebanon and Egypt in the 50s and 60s – play Alwan for the Arts downtown, doors 7:30 PM, $20/$15 students, with the superb Faisal Zedan on percussion.


Also Fri Oct 17 the Ventures play B.B. King’s, 8 PM, adv tix. $36 at the box ofc. and worth it. What the Beatles were to pop, what the Stones were to rock, what whiskey is to thirst, the Ventures are to instrumental rock. Nearly fifty years after they started, original members Don Wilson, Bob Bogle and Nokie Edwards are still going strong. Scream and see if they play Ginza Lights!


Also Fri Oct 17, Method Man & Redman perform at the Nokia Theatre, 8 PM, adv tix $35 available at their box office open Mon-Sat noon-6 PM. Back before they became tv actors, they put out one of the great hip-hop collaborations of alltime,  Blackout. This time around they’re doing what they call the Still High Tour, which is probably accurate.


Also Fri Oct 17, 8 PM trombonist William Cepeda’s Puerto Rican Explosion, a 17-piece band playing everything Puerto Rican – salsa, bomba, plena – is at Symphony Space, tix $30.


Also Fri Oct 17 the Doc Marshalls at Banjo Jim’s, 9:30 PM. Rousing, boisterous, virtuosic, equally adept at Texas honkytonk and Louisiana cajun.


Also Fri Oct 17 sprawling, somewhat psychedelic, totally 60s soul throwbacks Charles Bradley & the Menahan Street Band featuring members of Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings play the cd release for their new one at Southpaw, 10ish, $14.


Sat Oct 18, a walkathon (you need to get sponsors) against the Atlantic Yards luxury condo/arena project. Registration starts at 5:15 PM, march at 6:15 PM, gather in front of Bob Law’s Seafood Cafe (637 Vanderbilt/ btwn St. Marks and Prospect Place) and conclude with an after party for participants including free food and live music (TBA) at the Brooklyn Lyceum (227 4th Avenue at Union St.).


Also Sat Oct 18 Elk City plays Union Hall, 9ish, $8. Not nearly as noisy as you might remember them: they’re a catchy, jangly, terse unit with tight guy/girl vocals. If commercial radio played good bands, you’d hear them there.


Also Sat Oct 18 at Caffe Vivaldi, 9 PM rustic, psychedelic, frequently haunting quartet Merakali playing Greek Smyrnaika (Greek urban songs of the 1920’s and 1930’s from Izmir, Turkey and Athens) along with some Greek Sephardic songs.


Also Sat Oct 18 legendary Iranian spike fiddle player/composer Kayhan Kalhor – who’s just released a sensational new album with the string quartet Brooklyn Rider –  plays Carnegie Hall, 8:30 PM, adv tix $36 available at the World Music Institute box office.


 Also Sat Oct 18 legendary, artsy, psychedelic rock en Espanol band Jaguares at the Nokia Theatre, 9:30 PM, adv tix $37.50 available at their box office open Mon-Sat noon-6 PM.


Also Sat Oct 18, 10PM at Rose Bar it’s guitarist/singer Bato the Yugo & Gypsy Boogie playing authentically fiery Balkan stuff.


Also Sat Oct 18 excellently psychedelic, politically aware NYC roots reggae outfit Meta & the Cornerstones play Zebulon, 10:30 PM.


Also Sat Oct 18 the Jack Grace Band – featuring Melomane’s excellent bass player – is at Rodeo Bar, 10:30 ish. “He’s like that Cash boy – but good.” – Jerry Lee Lewis.


Also Sat Oct 18 loud, punkish rockers Spanking Charlene – sort of NYC’s answer to X – play Lakeside, 11 PM. Frontwoman Charlene McPherson has one of those voices you’ll never forget once you hear it – she can really wail.


Also Sat Oct 18 Diane Cluck plays Joe’s Pub, 11:30 PM with subtle drummer extraordinaire Anders Griffen, $10. Somewhat noir acoustic storyteller: evocative, thoughtful, literate, occasionally very funny.


Also Sat Oct 18 Witches in Bikinis play Arlene’s, midnight, $10. In their matching colored wigs and bikinis, the witches – all eight of them – make fun of all things sinister from pop culture. Funny, absolutely original and with a solid band behind them. While they put on a tightly choreographed show, this is a concert rather than a theatrical performance .


Sun Oct 19, early evening, 5 PM smartly oldtimey acoustic act Royal Pine – featuring another tremendously good singer, Robin Aigner – play the Gardens of Union, Union St. near 4th Ave., Brooklyn.


Also Sun Oct 19 Kal (Roma for black) play Joe’s Pub, 9:30 PM. Fiery, haunting, politically and historically aware gypsy band from the suburbs of Belgrade. Keenly aware that they’re keeping a great tradition alive in the face of the encroachment of computerized disco and prejudice on all sorts of levels, fired by righteous anger. Could be very intense and just as fun, adv tix $22 at the box office.


Mon Oct 20 at St. Paul’s Chapel, free, 1 PM, pianist Evan Solomon and cellist Julie Albers play Bach, Barber and Tschaikovsky.


Mon Oct 20 Des Roar play the Mercury, 7:30 PM, perfect because all the amateurs and tourists they so despise will be back in New Jersey – or won’t be awake and in the bar for breakfast yet. Fiery, angry punk/garage rockers whose song Ted Bundy Was a Ladies Man is one of the alltime serial killer classics, right up there with Son of Sam by the Dead Boys.


Also Mon Oct 20 hilarious Brooklyn punk rockers Custard Wally – whose new cd Call Me Walt has an adventurousness and musical diversity that totally fits into the latest wave of excellent NYC bands – play Don Pedro’s, 8 PM.


Also Mon Oct 20, 8 PM actress/playwright Jen Yip’s one-woman show Iris at La MaMa, 74A East 4th St ,$8. Iris Chang was an awardwinning historian, writer and human rights activist, dead at 36, a suicide.  Author of The Rape of Nanking, in 1998 she relentlessly confronted a top Japanese official on national television, demanding an apology from Japan to China for atrocities committed during World War II. This show examines the public and personal struggles of the Chinese-American crusader for truth and justice.


Tues Oct 21 haunting, danceable, innovatively shape-shifting Middle Eastern combo Zikrayat play with noted percussionist Faisal Zedan at Barbes, 8:30 PM.


Also Tues Oct 21  Edward Rogers and Amanda Thorpe’s killer Britfolk-inflected harmony-rock band Bedsit Poets plays the cd release show for their new one Rendezvous at the Cutting Room. Powerpop genius George Usher opens the show, solo at 7:30 PM.


Also Tues Oct 21 los Mas Valientes play the Nuyorican Poets Café, 9 PM. Jazz flute player Jessica Valiente’s combo manages to be adventurous and maintain a classic, danceable oldschool Fania sound – or reach back for even older eras – at the same time.


Also Tues Oct 21 the Del McCoury Band headline the Highline Ballroom. around 10, adv tix $20 at the box ofc. Longtime Bill Monroe sideman McCoury is far more adventurous than his trad pedigree would indicate. Don’t bother showing up for the two forgettable opening band.


Weds Oct 22, 9 PM Chris Brokaw followed by the Willard Grant Conspiracy at Union Hall, $10. The former is one of great guitarists of our time and also a first-rate songwriter, fond of eerie, reverberating noise and minor keys. The latter is a pensive Americana rock unit led by the former frontman from 80s alt-country legends the Long Ryders.


Also Weds Oct 22 at the Cornelia St Café, 10 PM, the One And Nines – wow – real oldschool 60s R&B/Motown songwriting, a real soul sister fronting the band, sweet organ, Steve Cropper style guitar and a minimalist dance groove, no fonkeh fakeness anywhere. If you like Sharon Jones you should check out the One and Nines. $10 cover/$7 minimum at tables.


Also Weds Oct 22 at Southpaw allpurpose instrumental trio Matty Liot & the Big Ups – adept and fun at pretty much any kind of rock that doesn’t have words, 10 PM.


Also Weds Oct 22 Reckon So at Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM. Country band: guy/girl vocals, mostly soulful, midtempo songs, beautiful harmonies. And guitarist Danny Weiss’ signature lower-frequency playing is especially warm and thoughtful. 


Also Weds Oct 22 smart, passionate, tuneful female-fronted dreampop group This Reporter plays Pete’s 11 PM. Live, they strip away the layers, putting the beauty of the tunes and the vocals front and center. Excellent new cd out too!


Thurs Oct 23, free, 1 PM, sextet Englewinds play environmentally-conscious works by contemporary composers at Trinity Church. 


Also Thurs Oct 23 Metropolitan Klezmer – who play every haunting style of klezmer music ever invented, and have a sensationally good live album out – play the Jalopy Café in Red Hook, 8 PM


By the way – yes, it’s that time of year again – you know what CMJ stands for, right? Colossal Musical Joke.









Also Thurs Oct 23 – Sat Oct 25, 8 PM, $25, the Citizen’s Band plays their popular, extremely timely show The Panic is On at the Henry Street Settlement, 466 Grand Street (at Pitt Street), F to East Broadway and walk east. In “their sixth original show, the troupe is trapped in a makeshift bomb shelter where they’re forced to find common ground and hope in a terror filled world. Performing a spirited mix of classic songs and original compositions they ponder such issues as fear mongering, war, immigration, xenophobia, poverty and their own dreams for political change.
Also Thurs Oct 23 Paul Wallfisch of Botanica plays an extremely rare solo show (plus special guests, ostensibly), free, 8:30 PM at the Delancey. The keyboardist is a master of menace, equalled in intensity, intelligence and skill only by Steve Nieve and a handful of jazz guys. He also promises to bring his Omnichord and toy piano too! Should be a clinic in good songwriting, good dark tunes and good fun.


Also Thurs Oct 23 Mudville plays Kenny’s Castaways, 8 PM. Sultry downtempo/trip-hop collaboration between chanteuse Marilyn Carino (Paula’s sister) and percussionist/producer Benny Cha Cha: if you like Goldfrapp but couldn’t afford them when they last passed through town, this is for you.


Also Thurs Oct 23 at Southpaw, a Barack Obama fundraiser with bouncy Staten Island instrumentalists the Budos Band & others from the Daptone circle, music starting around 9ish.


Also Thurs Oct 23 rousing country hellraisers Serena Jean & the Whiskey Trippers play upstairs at the National Underground, 9 PM. They’re also here on 10/30.


Also Thurs Oct 23 Tom Shaner plays Lakeside, 10 PM. He and his killer band – Tom Clark has been playing lead guitar in the unit recently – alternate between, dark, dusky, literate southwestern gothic and more upbeat roots-rock with a smart sense of humor. If you’re lucky they’ll play She’s an Everyday Hipster


Also Thurs Oct 23 the Five Points Band plays Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM. Talented, somewhat bizarrely funny, dark bluespunk band, the missing link between the Cramps and Jon Spencer.


Also Thurs Oct 23 the Masters of Tashkent play Tea Lounge in Park Slope, Brooklyn, time is anybody’s guess (around 11?). Keyboard, oud, kanun, traditional instruments, wow! Jazzy downtempo lounge meets haunting gypsyish magic. Worth a trip on the R train.


Fri Oct 24 sprawling, deliriously fun bluesy gypsyish minor-key party band Hazmat Modine – harmonica, tuba, guitar, rhythm section, who knows what else – play the American Folk Art Museum, across the street from MOMA at 45 West 53rd St. 8 PM, free. Before the show, take some time for the Henry Darger exhibit (perfect for Halloween!). Space is limited, RSVP recommended.


Also Fri Oct 24, 9 PM the first annual Port Authority Fuck Authority Punk Rock Festival at Port 41 355 West 41st St @ 9th Ave featuring snarling, spot-on funny, somewhat metalish Kilifax (the guys who brought you the classic song Bush Is an Asshole and other favorites) followed by the Black Angels featuring Jimi Black and Nicky Black of the Cheetah Chrome Band. Don’t miss this show! There’s no cover, free hotdogs, free popcorn, and free CDs, too. Hard to imagine anything better than this tonight.


Also Fri Oct 24 hilarious, somewhat theatrical country satirists the Inbreeds– who make fun of every conceivable style of country music ever invented – play Freddy’s, 9 PM. The amazing Annette Kudrak holds down the lead spot on accordion.


Also Fri Oct 24 supersonically fast surf rockers los Straitjackets play an absurdly good doublebill with legendary Finnish surf rockers Laika & the Cosmonauts at Maxwell’s, adv tix $13 at the club and at Other Music. They’re at Southpaw at 9 on 10/25 for the same price, which should be just as good since they’re both instrumental bands and don’t need vocals.


Also Fri Oct 24  twangy, growling, somewhat Steve Earle-inflected former Backslider Chip Robinson plays Lakeside with the Roscoe Trio, 10ish – expect a long set.


Also Fri Oct 24 fiery yet brilliantly retro surf band the Outpatients play Hank’s, 11:30ish.


Sat Oct 25 alternately moody, thoughtfully downtempo and bouncy, grooving somewhat shoegaze rockers El Jezel at the Delancey, 7 PM.


Also Sat Oct 25 probably the most diverse bill of the whole year at Drom featuring virtuoso, jazzy hammered dulcimer player Max ZT at 7:30; dark, hypnotic, fiery Persian-American rock siren Haale and her band at 8:30; Brooklyn/Brazilian funksters Nation Beat at 9:30; Iranian hip-hop artist Yas at 10:30 (lyrics in Farsi) and smartly conscious Brooklyn dancehall crew Jah Dan & Noble Society at 11:30, gen adm tix absurdly cheap at $12 .


Also Sat Oct 25 Washington, DC blues guitarist Bobby Radcliff plays Lucille’s Bar, 8 PM, two sets. A rare player who doesn’t let his blinding speed distract him from terseness and melody. As good at funk as darkly meandering, minor-key blues, he also bears something of a resemblance to Chewbacca the wookie!


Also Sat Oct 25 a great bill at Rock Star Bar on the southside of Williamsburg: at 9 PM hilarious Irish-American punk band Box of Crayons (check out their acoustic cover of God Save the Queen) followed at 10 by the Brooklyn What, the furiously smart, dynamic, multistylistic punk band whose show a couple of months ago was the best rock show we’ve seen all year long. They’re the guys responsible for the classic I Don’t Wanna Go to Williamsburg.  


Also Sat Oct 25 Miller’s Farm plays Hill Country, 9 PM. Tasteful, twangy NYC alt-country band with a funny song about riding the L train (before it turned into the LA train).


Also Sat Oct 25 Lee Scratch Perry plays Santos Party House in Chinatown, 10ish, $20 adv tix highly recommended. The crazy old guy is still at it: apparently the god he worships (marijuana) still has the 70s dub reggae legend firing on whatever cylinders he has left.


Also Sat Oct 25 keyboardist/singer/composer Greta Getler plays her smartly artsy, sometimese tongue-in-cheek, alternately classically and blues-inflected songs at Caffe Vivaldi, 10 PM .


Also Sat Oct 25 reliably hypnotic, psychedelic 70s roots revivalists Dub Is a Weapon play Zebulon, 10:30 PM, free, and probably just as good a show as Lee Scratch Perry if not better.


Also Sat Oct 25 at Lakeside the live debut of the irrepressibly hilarious Tammy Faye Starlite’s latest all-female cover band Prima Ballerina, playing Dolls songs. Made up of most of fiery garage/punk rockers Sit N Spin plus the great Linda Pitmon – maybe the best rock drummer out there right now – from Steve Wynn’s band plus Tammy Faye doing her best David Johansen impersonation. See you there.



Also Sat Oct 25, 11ish, Palomar play Union Hall, $10. 75% female, catchy, jangly rock quartet with casual, unaffected vocals and just plain great tunes. They may have an indie rep but this isn’t poser rock: this is pure fun, and they’ve brought back the loud, somewhat powerpop edge they had in the beginning.



Sun Oct 26, 2-5 PM Michael Arenella & His Dreamland Orchestra play brilliantly obscure 1920s swing jazz tunes at the the Naumburg Bandshell at Central Park, on the central promenade, mid-park between 66th and 70th.



Sun Oct 26, 5 PM, $25 at the Frick Collection pianist Alexandre Tharaud returns to the US in support of his new cd with Jean-Guihen Queryas, Debussy/Poulenc Sonatas for Cello & Piano just released. Ticket holders will be able to explore the galleries at no additional charge up to one hour before the concert begins.



Also Sun Oct 26 Catspaw plays Otto’s, 7:30 PM. Two-thirds female, mostly original, frequently noir rockabilly/surf trio with a deadpan sense of humor. Look for their signature song Southbound Line on our alltime top 666 list, above, sometime in the next year (we’re counting them down one day at a time, so it will take awhile).


Sun Oct 26 David Rees, author of the Get Your War On comics series reads at Bowery Poetry Club, 8 PM, $8. Sales of the two GYWO books have raised almost $100,000 for land mine removal in western Afghanistan.


Mon Oct 27 rare solo show by ubiquitously excellent lead guitarist Homeboy Steve Antonakos playing his own stuff at Banjo Jim’s, 7:30 PM.


Also Mon Oct 27, 8:30 PM at Cornelia Street Cafe,  29 Cornelia Street , $10, Luminescent Orchestrii frontman Sxip Shirey and equally brilliant panstylistic retro songwriter Rachelle Garniez perform Shadow Land. Developed for a performance at MOMA, it promises to be “very intense, funny and heartbreaking music made with a multitude of curious things:  a 45-minute piece of sonic sculpture and song that utilizes reversed disc music boxes, roller chimes, prepared guitar, claviaola, voice, toy pianos, egg beaters, ratchet, boxing match desk bell, and other devices.



Also Mon Oct 27  McRad plays Europa, 10ish, tix $8. One of the original multiracial punk bands from around 1980, the reggae-inflected Philly group was both artsier and more politically charged than most of their US contemporaries from that era. They’re also playing Weds Oct 29  at the Knit, 9ish, dirt cheap at $5.


Also Mon Oct 27 somewhat legendary powerpop songwriter (and recently, Edward Rogers collaborator) George Usher – who’s written for Laura Cantrell, among many others –  plays his reliably tuneful stuff at Lakeside, 10 PM.


Also Mon Oct 27 Daria Grace & the Prewar Ponies play their beautifully lush, romantic, oldtime country/ragtime/pop at Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM.


Tues Oct 28 through Nov 2 the Jenny Scheinman Quartet play the Vanguard. The irrepressibly multistylistic violinist/composer, fresh off a tour with Rodney Crowell, plays songs from her sensationally good new cd Crossing the Field backed by excellent pianist Jason Moran and rhythm section.


Also Tues Oct 28 Electric Junkyard Gamelan plays Shrine uptown, 9 PM. With their innovative homemade instruments, they’re hypnotic, psychedelic and a whole lot of fun.


Also Weds Oct 29 the tasteful, trad Manhattan Valley Ramblers (Bill Christophersen: fiddle, guitar; John Saroyan: banjo, guitar, mandolin) will be playing old-time country music at the P&W Sandwich Shop from 7-8:30 PM, 1030 Amsterdam Ave (110/111), free.



Also Weds Oct 29 a tribute to eccentric, sometimes bizarrely brilliant beat poet/songwriter Helen Adam at St. Mark’s Church at 10th and 2nd Ave. feat. art-rocker Serena Jost, Dan Machlin and others, 8 PM.


Also Weds Oct 29 Debra DeSalvo of Devi plays a rare solo acoustic set at the Goldhawk, 8 PM. Pantheonic electric guitarist, right up there with David Gilmour, Albert King, Debbie Davies: here’s your chance to hear her quieter, purist bluesy side and maybe some songs from her power trio’s excellent new debut cd.


Weds Oct 29 This Reporter at Spikehill, 8 PM. Passion seems to be their raison d’etre. Their new cd Seven Stones is lush, swirling but also slightly rustic dreampop. Live, they strip the songs down to just the essentials, driven by a jazz-tinged rhythm section. Frontwoman Jennifer Curtis has surprising range and intensity for someone whose usual style leans toward the dreamy and swoony.


Also Weds Oct 29 the Prisoners of Second Avenue play the Cutting Room, 8 PM. Left to their own devices, Willie Nile’s backing band competently reprises what the New York Dolls were doing in 1973. You’d think you were at Coney Island High circa 1999!


Also Weds Oct 29 a great doublebill at Drom starting at 8 with ecstatically fun, somewhat jazzy, harmony-driven, female-fronted Boston Middle Eastern orchestra Zilzala playing the cd release show for their new one, followed by the NY Gypsy All-Stars, led by brilliant, often haunting, sometimes funny clarinet genius Ismail Lumanovski, tix insanely cheap at $10.


Also Weds Oct 29 Speedbuggy play Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM. Country band from LA who range between sparse, acoustic, somewhat oldtimey stuff and fiery anthemic electric songs. Topnotch songwriting and something of a punk esthetic if not a punk sound. They’re also at Pete’s on Halloween at 10 and at Hank’s on 11/2 at 10.


Thurs Oct 30, 1 PM at Trinity Church, early music group Red Priest (named after Vivaldi) play Nightmare in Venice – a Baroque Halloween Fantasy, works by Vivaldi, Purcell, Tartini, Robert Johnson, “Nicholas le Strange” and others. Piers Adams, recorders; Julia Bishop, violin; Howard Beach, harpsichord; Angela East, cello.



Also Thurs Oct 30 with their matching suits, period-perfect stage patter and graphics, hilariously clever retro pre-rockabilly trio play Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co. play Otto’s, 8 PM. We’ve got their song I Hate You up on the Lucid Culture myspace these days.



Also Thurs Oct 30 brilliantly original 20s delta blues/ragtime throwback Mamie Minch and the equally funny, clever, retro ragtime banjoist Al Duvall (playing the cd release show for his new one) at Pete’s, 9ish.


Also Thurs Oct 30 the reliably excellent, politically spot-on, scorchingly guitarish female-fronted art/noise/punk rockers System Noise play a book release party for Iraq Veterans Against the War at Sullivan Hall, 9:15 PM sharp. 


Also Thurs Oct 30 Carol Lipnik & Spookarama play the Spiegeltent out behind South St. Seaport, 8 PM, adv tix $15 at the tent box office. Spectacular four-octave range; adventurous yet purist songwriting encompassing classic soul, gypsy, oldtimey theatrical music and rock; crescendoing, passionate, soulful and intense. Also on the bill (not sure who’s playing first)  the operatic Joseph Keckler, who comes across as something of a baritone Klaus Nomi.


Also Thurs Oct 30 one of the funniest bands on the planet, Mighty High – whose metal parodies are hysterical, and have won them a rabid stoner audience – play Europa, 8 PM, $8, opening for Misfits and Motorhead cover bands – come to think of it why don’t Mighty High just play Misfits and Motorhead covers after their own set and save the promoters the cost of two other bands?


Also Thurs Oct 30 Cypress Hill play their annual NYC Halloween show a day early at the Nokia Theatre, early, 8ish, adv tix $36 available at their box office Mon-Sat noon-6 PM. Hey – don’t laugh – their rap-metal was actually GOOD. And even though they only have one joke, it still resonates if you’re, um…now what was the question?


Also Thurs Oct 30 the possibly 18-piece, definitely all-female Main Squeeze Orchestra plays meticulously arranged, psychedelic, frequently hilarious accordion music at the Zipper Theatre, 8 PM. If you’re lucky they’ll do Love Will Tear Us Apart AND Bohemian Rhapsody.


Also Thurs Oct 30 Layali el Andalus plays Barbes, 10 PM. Led by a brilliant Algerian oud player, this terrific Levantine dance combo play gorgeous, hauntingly slinky stuff from across the Arab diaspora. Their show here last spring was one of the best we’ve seen this year. 


Also Thurs Oct 30 Tandy plays Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM. Jangly Americana band with a frequently hypnotic, dusky southwestern gothic feel. Excellent narrative songs with good lyrics. One of NYC’s best live bands.


Also Thurs Oct 30, adventurous jazz violinist Skye Steele’s Quintet play Tea Lounge in Park Slope, Brooklyn, probably late (11ish).


Also Thurs Oct 30 excellently dirgey oldtimey Nashville gothic crew O’Death plays the Music Hall of Williamsburg, 11 PM, adv tix $12 at the Mercury, get ’em now, this will sell out. And just wondering…whose dick did the terminally annoying La Strada suck to get on this bill…or did the club just have a cancellation?


Also Fri, Halloween and also Sat el Dia de los Muertos, pianist Arturo O’Farrill and his latin jazz orchestra play Symphony Space, 8 PM, tix $30.


Also Fri ,Halloween what could be the best gypsy doublebill in NYC this year at Bam Café, 9 PM with Café Antarsia Ensemble and Luminescent Orchestrii.



Also Fri, Halloween at Rodeo Bar, 9ish, Jack Grace’s sick country Van Halen cover band Van Hayride, Dixie Fried feat. former members of the Sloppy Joannes along with the fetchingly oldtimey, boisterously fun Daria Grace and the Pre-War Ponies who do pretty much the same thing as the Moonlighters, just as well.



At Rose Bar on Halloween 9ish fiery, fearless groove/soul rocker Katie Elevitch and her band playing stuff from her amazing, Patti Smith and Siouxsie Sioux-inflected forthcoming cd Kindling for the Fire.



Also Fri, Halloween a fun bill at Freddy’s, 9:30 PM with punk/metal rockers Black Death at 9:30, bass monster Andy Mattina and bluesy guitar god Ross Bonnadonna (from Paula Carino and Tom Warnick’s bands) at 10, bizarre lo-fi metal band the Bloody Muffs at 10:30, amusingly bluesy Baby Daddy (the guys who did 700 Beers) at 11 and ex-Modern Clix leader Fran Powers’ Irish acoustic punk band Box Of Crayons at 11:30


Also Fri, Halloween for those in search of a warmer, more charming sound (although their darker, minor key stuff is arguably their best – see if they’ll play that one about the hooker taking a suicidal leap from the fire escape at the old McGuirk’s Suicide Hall on lower Bowery) – the Moonlighters play Barbes, 10 PM 


Also Fri, Halloween, 1 AM (actually the wee hours of 11/1), Massachusetts reggae/jazz megaplex the Superpowers play the Blue Note, 1 AM. Their festival show early in the summer uptown was sensationally good.



11/1 the Disclaimers/Jerry Teel & the Big City Stompers at Spikehill, 10 PM 

11/1 Johnny Allen at Terra Blues, 10 PM

11/1 at the Knit, 8ish, “3 floors of ska” incl. the Toasters, Pietasters, Hub City Stompers, Deals Gone Bad, Sonice Boom Six, Kofre, Warsaw, The Void Union, Green Room Rockers, Los Landrones, Unlikely Alibi, Jonny Meyers, adv tix $17 at the box office

11/1 Giant Panda Guerrilla Dub Squad at Sullivan Hall, 11 PM

11/2 8 PM Mark Sinnis/Royal Pine at Spikehill

11/2, 8 PM Meg Okura’s Pan Asian Chamber Jazz Ensemble at Drom, $15

11/3 Manze Dayila plays her innovative, bouncily captivating Haitian reggae/downtempo chanteuse stuff  at Joe’s Pub, 7 PM, $15, download her free Barack Obama tribute here

11/4 Whiting Tennis of the Scholars at Lit, 10 PM

11/4 Mr. Lif at the Knit, 11ish

11/4-9 the Django Reinhardt festival at Birdland, sets at 8:30 and 11, $35 gen adm feat. Samson Schmitt, Andreas Oberg, Ludovic Beier, Jean Baptiste Schmitt, Kruno Spisic, Timbo, Brian Torff

11/6 the NY Scandia Symphony at Trinity Church, 1 PM

11/6 the New Millennium Ensemble play Messiaen’s The Blackbird and also Quartet for the End of Time at Symphony Space, tix $35. With pianists pianists Ursula Oppens and Jerome Lowenthal performing Messiaen’s Visions de l’Amen

11/6 Bad Brains (original members? dunno) at Irving Plaza, 8:30 PM adv tix $26.50

11/6 Little Annie & Paul Wallfisch play songs from their new cd When Good Things Happen to Bad Pianos at Santos Party House, 10ish, $10 adv tix available at the club

11/6 John Brown’s Body at Bowery Ballroom, 10ish, $15 adv tix at the Mercury

11/8 LJ Murphy at Banjo Jim’s, 7 PM

11/8 Those Darlins at Southpaw, 10 PM

11/8 super expensive but worthy black tie benefit at Soho Dance Center, 598 Broadway at Houston, Sixth Floor, $150, 100% of proceeds go to the Tattoo Scholarship Program for Breast Cancer Survivors. Open bar, chef April Bloomfield of the Spotted Pig provides hors d’oeuvres, “eclectic silent auction,” bellydancing by the graceful Layla Isis, fashion show by cutting-edge couture duo Anie Rexe (Edina S. and Heather Jordan) and live show by the flamingly divaesque, completely over-the-top glam band Semi Precious Weapons. You know that silly song Her Hair Is On Fire? That’s them.  

11/8 8 PM Des Roar at Arlene’s

11/8 Meta & the Cornerstones at Joe’s Pub, 11:30 PM

11/9, in the afternoon Reverend Billy’s “Hot & Holy Highline Revival” w/The Stop Shopping Gospel Choir + Not Buying It Band at Highline Ballroom playing the cd release for the new one Shopocalypse

11/9 the Turtle Island String Quartet plays Coltrane’s A Love Supreme at Merkin Concert Hall, tix $30

11/9 Four Bags/Stephne Wrembel  Barbes 7 PM

11/9 the Second Fiddles at Spikehill, 10 PM

11/11 Custard Wally at Trash Bar

11/11 Steve Wynn at Lakeside 10ish

11/11 Natacha Atlas and her acoustic Middle Eastern ensemble at B.B.King’s, adv tix $27 at the box office

11/12 Susan Tedeschi at Irving Plaza, 9ish, adv tix expensive $31.50 at the box office

11/12 the Ukuladies at the Stone,  10 PM

11/13 Mascott at Union Hall, 7:30 PM

11/13 Tarras Band at Barbes 8 PM  

11/13 Carol Lipnik & Spoookarama at the Zipper Theatre, 8 PM

11/13 at Symphony Space, 8 PM Ankush Bahl conducts the New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra on a bill featuring Smetana’s  The Moldau, Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with pianist Gabriela Martinez, and Dvorak’s  Symphony No. 7

11/13 Willie Nile solo at the Cutting Room 8 PM

11/13 Jolie Holland at Highline Ballroom, 10ish, adv tix $17 recommended at the box ofc

11/13 Sonny Rhodes at Terra Blues, 10 PM

11/14 horn-driven  ska/punk the Avon Junkies and the more oldschool ska band Royal City Riot at Bowery Poetry Club, early 6 PM   

11/14 James McMurtry at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, 10 PM, tix $20 available at the Mercury

11/14, 21, 28, 12/5, 9 PM Katie Elevitch residency at Banjo Jim’s

11/14 8:30 PM Nicole Atkins & the Sea at Bowery Ballroom, adv tix $16 at the Mercury

11/14 12:30 AM (actually 11/15) Squidda at Ace of Clubs – good imaginative band – a litt;e reggae, funk, surf, dub, ska, plus they do a stoner pro-Obama song. 

11/15 Quavers/Jack Grace  Barbes 8 PM

11/15-16 Rev. Horton Heat at the Gramercy Theatre, adv tix $26 at the Irving Plaza box office

11/15 Tower of Power at B.B. King’s, 8 and 10:30 PM, adv tix $30 at the box office

11/15 and 11/21 Black 47 at Connolly’s, 10 PM

11/16, 3 PM the Greenwich Village Orchestra plays Saint Saens – Cello Concerto;  Dvorak – Silent Woods, and Berlioz’ Symphonie Fantastique at Washington Irving HS Aud., tix insanely cheap, $15

11/17 Dasvibenbass at Rose Bar/Smalls on 11/18

11/17 Iron & Wine at Terminal 5, adv tix $28 at the Mercury

11/18 the Tim Kuhl Group play melodic, tuneful jazz at Lakeside, 10 PM

11/18 a good Sephardic band night at le Poisson Rouge, $10 with Electro Morocco, ska man King Django, Israeli jam band Piamenta, Diwon, terrific Middle Eastern/gypsy rocker Smadar Levi, gentle and somewhat ethereal Israeli janglerockers Blue Fringe and a bunch of rappers

11/19 AA Bondy at the Mercury, 10:30 PM, $10

11/19 Ansambl Mastika at Rose Bar, 9 PM

11/20 Liu Fang (Chinese pipa virtuoso) at Symphony Space, 7:30 PM, adv tix $28 at the World Music Institute boxoffice

11/20 Andy Statman/Matt Munisteri  Barbes 8 PM

11/21 Prima Ballerina (Tammy Faye Starlite’s hilarious NY Dolls cover band) at the Cutting Room, time TBA

11/21 the Coffin Daggers at Branch Brook Park Roller Skating Center

7th Ave & Clifton Ave, Newark, time TBA

11/21 Purple K’nif at Lakeside, 11 PM

11/22 Rasputina at the Bell House, 8:30 PM, adv tix  $18

11/22 at Barbes 8 PM: Brian Carpenter’s Ghost Train Orchestra

11/22 Simon & the Bar Sinisters at Lakeside, 10ish

11/22 Tri-State Conspiracy at Bowery Poetry club 10 PM

11/23 Huun Huur Tu at le Poisson Rouge, adv tix $25 at the box office

11/28 Mr. Action & the Boss Guitars play surf music at Lakeside, 11 PM

12/5 Squirrel Nut Zippers at Southpaw, 9 PM, $25

12/6 punk/hardcore the Blackout Shoppers at Passout Records, 131 Grand St. (near Berry) 4 PM, free

12/12 Jan Bell and Steve Earle at the Brooklyn Lyceum, 8 PM

12/16 and 12/31 Black 47 at Connolly’s, 10 PM

12/20 the Slackers at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, 9 PM, adv tix $15 at the Mercury

12/27 the False Prophets (or what’s left of them) and others at ABC No Rio

1/7/09 Robert Gordon & Chis Spedding  BB King’s 8 PM $25





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