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Slavic Soul Party!

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Of all the NYC dance bands that draw on Eastern European music, Slavic Soul Party!—in residency at Barbès for more than a decade—is the coolest. And the group isn’t preoccupied with rebelling against the Old World. Live, the band’s members prove they're acutely aware of the common

  1. Barbès 376 9th St, at Sixth Ave, 11215
  2. Tue Sep 2 - Tue Sep 30
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Jeff Bridges and the Abiders + Jessie Bridges

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Jeff Bridges won a Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of a country singer in 2009's Crazy Heart, and it was a role close to his heart. As his 2011 self-titled LP demonstrates, the bearish actor is a convincing, if unspectacular, twangy troubadour, specializing in sad, dusty tunes. The fact that

  1. City Winery 155 Varick St, at Vandam St
  2. Tue Sep 2
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John Zorn's Masada

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Following up on his sprawling 60th-birthday festivities, John Zorn sets up shop at NYC's premier jazz haunt. The focus is on the Book of Angels series of his Masada songbook, which blends soulful Jewish themes with elements of freebop, fusion, chamber music and more, depending on who's playing. In

  1. Village Vanguard 178 Seventh Ave South, at 11th St
  2. Tue Sep 2 - Sun Sep 7
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Communion Club Night

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Mumford & Sons keyboard player Ben Lovett has been curating his Communion gigs since 2006, launching the likes of Laura Marling. Last year, the event was reborn—bigger, stronger, faster—with artists performing on three stages, DJs spinning and music and fashion pop-up shops on site. This time

  1. Rockwood Music Hall 196 Allen St, between E Houston and Stanton Sts
  2. Tue Sep 2
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Ralph Alessi Baida Quartet

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Long one of the city's most appreciated sidemen—and an underestimated leader, as well—trumpeter Ralph Alessi drops by Birdland to revisit Baida, a gorgeously glowing 2013 postbop set with pianist Jason Moran, bassist Drew Gress and drummer Nasheet Waits.

  1. Birdland 315 W 44th St, between Eighth and Ninth Aves
  2. Tue Sep 2 - Sat Sep 6
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Billy Cobham's Spectrum 40

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Panamanian drum wizard Billy Cobham continues to celebrate the 40th anniversary of his scorching 1973 funk-fusion masterpiece, Spectrum.

  1. Blue Note 131 W 3rd St, at Sixth Ave
  2. Tue Sep 2 - Sun Sep 7
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Ute Lemper Sings Pablo Neruda

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Whether attracting or repelling her audiences, superb international chanteuse Ute Lemper is never less than magnetic. Tonight she brings her perversely polymorphic song stylings and aquiline glamour to a set of original songs (cowritten with Marcelo Nisinman) based on poems by Pablo Neruda.

  1. 54 Below 254 W 54th St, between Broadway and Eighth Ave, 10019
  2. Tue Sep 2 - Sat Sep 6
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Old New York Live

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This unpredictable variety show is hosted by various members of "the best band in late night," the Roots. Expect performances from guitarist Captain Kirk Douglas, lead singer Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter and rapper Dice Raw. plus spontaneous apparances by emerging musicians and artists from the

  1. The Bell House 149 7th St, between Second and Third Aves, 11215
  2. Tue Sep 2
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