INDIE POP | Boy Jr.: 'Suck My Finger Again'

A quick disclaimer: do not mistake this infectious pop song and its imperative to engage in unspeakably unhealthy acts of flirtation as a literal call to action. It is, however, safe to listen to this unstoppably catchy three-minute piece of ear candy on a loop, as the soundtrack to a summer of fun that might still be on the horizon (CDC guidelines permitting).

JAZZ | Judah Sealy: 'Off the Charts'

Rochester saxophonist Judah Sealy has a soft-spoken, unassuming presence, but don't let that fool you. His talent for consummate smooth jazz licks is undeniable, and his ability to confidently carry the groove is what gives his music its charm.

JAZZ | Laura Dubin & Antonio Guerrero

Given these circumstances of seclusion we all find ourselves in, the nightly, web-streaming performances at 8 p.m. by local pianist Laura Dubin and her husband, drummer Antonio Guerrero (at, are the closest you can get to catching a show at a cozy jazz club. The duo trades in straight-ahead jazz, playing with a bouncy synergy that emphasizes the rhythmic vitality of the arrangements.

CONTEMPORARY CLASSICAL | Robert Pycior: 'Quarantine'

Rochester violinist, teacher, and film composer Robert Pycior is an intriguing figure. Perhaps best known as the fiddler for the idiosyncratic Americana band O'Death, Pycior is also member of the experimental folk duo North Collins and a musical contributor to numerous film projects, including several scored by the ethereal and moody composer Nathan Halpern.

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INDIE FOLK-ROCK | Bonnie 'Prince' Billy [ CANCELED ]

[ THIS CONCERT HAS BEEN CANCELED; REFUNDS ARE AVAILABLE ] Will Oldham, the odd yet charming singer-songwriter also known as Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, has been a fixture of the independent music scene since 1993. Oldham's prolific output of lo-fi rock-Americana songs is well documented over the course of eight albums from various iterations of his Palace project and more than 20 full-length albums as Bonnie "Prince" Billy.

CELTIC ROCK | Sisters of Murphy

Celtic-infused music is a fairly straight-forward cocktail, typically intended to spark some revelry. But Sisters of Murphy's excellent songs are more than just fun, bar-polishing drinking anthems, but real rock 'n' roll to get you moving.

JAZZ | Simone Baron & Arco Belo [ POSTPONED ]

[ THIS CONCERT HAS BEEN POSTPONED ] Inventive pianist and accordionist Simone Baron leads Arco Belo. A band that employs strings and other non-traditional jazz instruments, Arco Belo also combines eastern and western influences along with folk, classical, and ethnic strains.

CLASSICAL | Pegasus Early Music presents 'The Panther and the Rose' [ CANCELED ]

[ THIS CONCERT HAS BEEN CANCELED ] Trecento (fourteenth-century) Italian music is "complicated, beautiful, astonishing, with a freshness that still sounds compelling," Pegasus Early Music's Artistic Director Deborah Fox says. "The Panther and the Rose" is a program of Trecento vocal pieces and dances by Johannes Ciconia, Francesco Landini, Donato di Firenze, and others that Fox describes as "surprisingly quirky and 'present' – they don't sound old-fashioned at all."

ROCK | Linda Rutherford & Celtic Fire

Linda Rutherford & Celtic Fire played at Woodstock '99 but picked the wrong seat on the proverbial Titanic. It was at Woodstock where the local band became friends with groups such as Korn and Muse, who broke out colossally despite the industry-wide meltdown.

JAZZ | Twin Talk

Bassist, singer, and composer Katie Ernst was bending ears even before graduating from the Eastman School of Music. Now a major player in the Chicago music scene, the triple-threat musician has joined with tenor sax player Dustin Laurenzi and drummer Andrew Green (drums) to form the trio Twin Talk.

R&B-SOUL | Zahyia

Local soul diva Zahyia empowers her audiences with words of inspiration, love, and unity. The Vanishing Sun frontwoman delivers an uplifting and feisty blend of pop, rock, funk, R&B, jazz, and hip-hop.

ROCKABILLY | Don Diego Trio

This article has been updated and revised to reflect a schedule change.The music of Italian guitar stallion Don Diego is rooted in his Tele's trademark twang. Whether boppin' the bottom end to a trucker tune, or swinging something sweet, Diego and his trio never disappoint.

ROCK 'N' ROLL | The Sadies

Toronto wonder-band The Sadies play at the heart of multiple musical genres. Hell, if you've ever seen them live, you'd swear they play at them all.

CHORAL | American Choral Directors Association's Eastern Region Conference

[ Updated and revised ] From March 4 through 7, Rochester will be humming with vocalists from all over the northeast for the American Choral Directors Association's Eastern Region Conference. Students, conductors, and aficionados will grapple with issues ranging from copyright law to working with LGBTQIA+ singers in daytime workshops (


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