HackedPiccioto with Eric Hubel
December 7. The Beverly continues its rise as one of the coolest live music venues around with this holiday-month surprise. HackedPiccoto is the duo of founding Einsturzende Neubaten bassist Alexander Hacke (here on vocals, guitar, and drums as well) and his wife, multi-instrumentalist and singer Danielle de Picciotto (Love Parade, Ocean Club). Together, they make endlessly expansive, cinematic dronescapes that, according to their Facebook hype, “roar and vibrate simultaneously leaving their audiences shaken but overjoyed.” New York guitarist Eric Hubel has been at the slashing edge of the experimental/post-industrial/electronic underground for over 30 years, performing and recording with the likes of Glenn Branca, J.G. Thirlwell, and more mavericks. 8pm. $10. Kingston. facebook.com/TheBeverlyLounge.
Raise the Roof Benefit Concert
December 2. When musician Jesse Kolber died in November 2017 at age 38, his family and friends decided to do something to honor his memory. As a way to ensure that Kolber's musical passion will live on and continue to bring light into the lives of others, they devised the Jesse Kolber Music Center, to be built at High Meadow School. The two-story, 3,128-square-foot structure will include a recording studio and soundproof rehearsal spaces available to students as well as the greater community. To help offset the $350,000 cost of the project, High Meadow is kicking off a fundraising campaign with this benefit event at the school featuring local roots rockers the Mammals, Buffalo Stack, the Restless Age, and the High Meadow Advanced Band. 2pm. $25. Stone Ridge. Highmeadowschool.org.
December 2. It's great to watch Catskill finally coming to life, culturally. And for live music, the Hi-Lo is clearly the hub of the town's Main Street rebirth. This month, the cafe and bar welcomes avant-jazz pianist and composer Wayne Horvitz, a key figure of the 1980s Downtown New York scene, for a rare solo matinee performance. The Seattle-born Horvitz is most known for his tenure with John Zorn's ferocious, free-ranging band Naked City; in addition to working as a producer and adjunct professor, he's led the bands the President, Pigpen, Zony Mash, and the Four Plus One Ensemble, and worked with Carla Bley, the Kronos Quartet, Julian Priester, Butch Morris, Bobby Previte, Elliott Sharp, and others. (The Rough Shapes rip December 1; Luis Mojica and Fredo Viola split the bill December 8.) 4pm. Donation requested. Catskill. Hilocatskill.com.
Black Lips/the Nude Party
December 14. Here's a solid bet for the garage punker on your holiday shopping list: a Meltasia-presented night at BSP starring two of the genre's top East Coast bands. Atlanta's Black Lips began in 2000 and took the garage rock underworld by storm, catching the ear of the late, legendary Pebbles compiler Greg Shaw, who promptly singed them to his iconic Bomp! label for two albums. Their breakthrough came with 2005's Let It Bloom, their third disc, and the fuzz has kept right on flying across the six that have followed. Lips drummer Oakley Munson also manages North Carolina-to-Livingston Manor transplants the Nude Party (profiled in our January 2018 issue), whose new, self-titled debut he produced. Black Lips are exalted for their disruptive live sets, and the Nude Party always spells "fun" with a capital F-U-N. (It's Not Night: It's Space, Moon Tooth, Cryptodira, and Geezer trip December 7; Mihali of Twiddle visits December 14.) 8pm. $20. Kingston. Bspkingston.com.
John Pizarelli and Jessica Molaskey: Radio Deluxe Live
December 22. Everyone knows the married couple of jazz guitarist and singer John Pizarelli (son of the great Bucky Pizarelli) and singer Jessica Molaskey from their long-running NPR-syndicated show, "Radio Deluxe." At the height of the holidays, the pair brings this warm-spirited, seasonally themed live edition of the program to the Mahawie Performing Arts Center for a night of chestnuts from the Great American Songbook interspersed with the hosts' playful humor. Joining them as their special guests will be bossa nova duo Maucha Adnet and Duduka Da Fonseca, who according to Pizarelli, "have been principles on the Brazilian music scene around the world for that time. Maucha cut her teeth with the great Antonio Carlos Jobim, singing in his groups and on his records for many years." (Close Encounters with Music presents Mozart and Schubert: Marzipan and the "Trout" December 8.) 8pm. $35-$110. Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Mahaiwe.org