Best Live Concerts of 2016

Editor’s Picks

(chronological order)

  • Matana Roberts, Fay Victor, Liberty Ellman, Shayna Dulberger, Qasim Naqvi – The Stone, January 15 review
  • Craig Taborn-Mette Rasmussen-Ches Smith – The Stone, January 27 review
  • Farmers by Nature: Craig Taborn, William Parker, Gerald Cleaver – The Stone, January 30 review
  • Heart of the Ghost: Luke Stewart, Jarrett Gilgore, Ian McColm – New Revolution Arts, March 17
  • James Brandon Lewis Trio with Luke Stewart, Warren “Trae” Crudup – Rockwood Music Hall, April 8
  • Sandra Weiss Quintet with Jonathan Moritz, Kenny Warren, Sean Ali, Carlo Costa – 65Fen, April 18 review
  • Irreversible Entanglements: Moor Mother, Keir Neuringer, Luke Stewart, Mike Watson, Tcheser Holmes – New Revolution Arts, May 14
  • Mary Halvorson’s Code Girl with Amirtha Kidambi, Ambrose Akinmusire, Michael Formanek, Tomas Fujiwara – The Jazz Gallery, June 10
  • Charles Waters, Andrew Barker, Matthew Shipp – The Stone, July 16
  • Nate Wooley Quartet with Chris Pitsiokos, Brandon Lopez, Dre Hocevar – Rye Bar, July 20
  • Fay Victor with James Brandon Lewis, Aruan Ortiz, Marvin Sewell, Jochem van Dijk, Jason Nazary and guests – 55 Bar, July 28 review
  • Flandrew Fleisenberg & Audrey Chen – 65Fen, August 15
  • Moor Mother – Silent Barn, September 23
  • Keir Neuringer Solo – New Revolution Arts, October 8
  • Earth Tongues: Joe Moffett, Dan Peck, Carlo Costa – Happy Lucky no. 1, October 13 review
  • Brandon Lopez’s The Mess with Sam Yulsman and Chris Corsano – Owl Music Parlor, November 17 review
  • New York Review of Cocksucking: Richard Kamerman, Michael Foster – Legion Bar, November 27
  • Tomas Fujiwara Double Trio with Taylor Ho Bynum, Ralph Alessi, Mary Halvorson, Brandon Seabrook, Gerald Cleaver – Jazz Gallery, November 30

Writer’s Picks – Marc Edwards

(chronological order)

  • Weasel Walter Large Ensemble – JACK, February 23
  • Glenn Branca Ensemble – Masonic Temple, May 17
  • Loren Connors solo – Park Church Co-op, May 28
  • Zilmrah with others, James Chance, Lydia Lunch (spoken words) & Weasel Walter (drums) La Plaza Cultural Community Garden, June 18
  • David First – Earwax Records, June 24
  • Thaetas, Reg Bloor, Mick Barr with Krallice – Saint Vitus Bar, August 1
  • Ingrid Laubrock, Brandon Lopez, Tom Rainey – Manhattan Inn, August 4
  • Opening Bell, Brown Angel, Gnaw – Saint Vitus Bar, August 12
  • Nels Cline with Susan Alcorn & Chris Corsano, The Stone, August 27
  • The Juini Booth Trio, Lower East Side Garden Tours, Sculpture Garden, 214 East 2nd Street, September 24
  • Glenn Branca Ensemble – Roulette, October 8
  • Husbandry, Dalek, Candiria – Gold Sounds, October 13
  • Bl0odoolo0ps – David First & Barry Halkin, Eugene Chadbourne, Sunwatchers – Park Church Co-op, October 14
  • Charlie Waters & Francois Grillot; Henry Fraser solo – Legion Bar, October 23
  • Opening Bell, Couch Slut, Microwaves, Child Abuse – Saint Vitus Bar, November 6

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