Its a good time to be a New Orleanian. The bottom-right corner of the National Weather Center radar image is conspicuously spotless. Suddenly, counting all the topnotch, non-po-boysandwichshopsin town requires two hands. (If you consider the banh mi non-po-boy, then it's all your toes, too.) After three long, hot months, the mercury is about to recede, and starting next week, quality touring pop and rock bands are set to come at us in waves.
Make that Wavves. For evidence of the fall 2009 concert calendar being the strongest the Crescent City has seen since the one wiped out by Hurricane Katrina, look no further than the recent additions of force-of-nature Neko Case (Nov. 21 at Republic) and fuzz-farmer Wavves (Oct. 8 at the Howlin Wolf) either of whom would have been among the more noteworthy visitors during summer, neither of whom can now claim to be the surefire top draw of their particular week. In mid-November, that honor could easily belong to the coquettish Scot-pop darling Camera Obscura (video above), visiting Tipitinas Nov. 18 with San Franciscos Papercuts. And the beginning of October is a tossup between two Tips bookings featuring three amazing bands: cosmopolitan Frenchies Phoenix (Oct. 1), fiddler and UFO-whistler Andrew Bird, and girlish guitar-shredder St. Vincent (together on Oct. 3). The week continues a ridiculous marathon stretch, starting this Tuesday, in which there is at least one visiting show worth paying to see almost every night for nearly three weeks in a row. (Respites have been thoughtfully scheduled on Sept. 28 and Oct. 6.) Three times during that stretch, there are at least two per night. For the remedial mathletes, thats a minimum of 20 shows crammed into 19 nights. Mercy.
As usual, House of Blues and One Eyed Jacks are doing the majority of the heavy lifting. But the quality-over-quantity winner is a surprise: Tips, an easy call for the most cant-miss gigs. Along with booking Andrew Bird/St. Vincent (which would have been plenty), Tips also lured Phoenix from Paris, Os Mutantes (!) from São Paulo, Brazil, and Camera Obscura from Glasgow. Its like the United Nations as soundtracked by Amoeba Records. (A full listing of post-ridiculous-marathon-stretch fall calendar picks after the jump.)