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Yard Dog Road Show
8 p.m. Wed., Oct. 10
One Eyed Jacks, 616 Toulouse St., 569-8361;

The Yard Dogs Road Show is a performance troupe that came together eight years ago, riding a wave of new burlesque that stretched across the country like giant fishnet stockings. The 13-member group has toured relentlessly; continually pushing its own creative limits. Yard Dog performances string together classic vaudeville acts and infuse them with their stylized brand of rock 'n' roll charisma. There's the magic and sword-swallowing of Tobias the Mystic Man, the fire eating of Hellvis, the mesmerizing movements of tribal belly-dancer Zoe Jakes, the musical accompaniment of the Yard Dogs cartoonish rock band and, of course, the stocking-ripping, high-heel-stomping dance of the Black-and-Blue Burlesque girls. According to the group's MC, ringmaster and founder, Eddy Joe Cotton, new material in the Yard Dogs' repertoire includes a period-piece dance routine that takes viewers to "a time in Las Vegas history that maybe never happened, but probably should have." Tickets TBA. — Ethan Clark



Big Blue Marble CD-Release Party
10 p.m. Sat., Oct. 13
Howlin' Wolf, 907 S. Peters St., 522-WOLF;

Big Blue Marble is probably the most consistently innovative underground band playing in New Orleans — not least because of multiple lineup additions and subtractions over the years. The roster is full on this recording, with Moog weirdness and mellotron squeezed in side-by-side with horns, violin and cello courtesy of Glasgow's (the band, not the city) Craft brothers. When the group did double duty backing up and opening for Daniel Johnston at the House of Blues over the summer, Dave Fera and company sparkled, straightforwardly, with the light, quirky anthemic joy of an early Wilco. The new CD, Natchez, paddles into stranger waters, offering up choppy, eclectic rock 'n' roll that sometimes sounds like man and sometimes machine. Part countrified and part electrified, the band owes a debt to equally schizo alt-rock predecessors like Camper van Beethoven. Antenna Inn opens, and the saucy — if oddly matched — antics of burlesque troupe Fleur de Tease add to the variety. Tickets $5. — Alison Fensterstock



Drive By Truckers
10 p.m. Sat., Oct. 13
Tipitinas, 501 Napoleon Ave., (504) 895-TIPS;

The Drive By Truckers have carved out a reputation based on passionate shows, loud, three-guitar rock 'n' roll and identification with Southern rock and cultural themes. This time out, the band has recast its music with acoustic guitars and made the whole atmosphere more like a hoedown than a big rock show. It's an interesting change because it allows the songs to shine more, and in Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley, the band has two of the best songwriters around. Another good reason to catch this show is that keyboardist Spooner Oldham — as in, the organ player on Percy Sledge's "When A Man Loves a Woman" and many other Memphis hits and the writer of Aretha Franklin's "Do Right Woman" — will be the Truckers' special guest. Oldham is already a legend, and the Truckers will eventually join him in that status. Expect some great music, poignant stories and as much rock as this stripped-down set can handle. Tickets $16 in advance, $18 at the door. — David Kunian



The Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet
8 p.m. Tue., Oct. 9
Tulane University, Dixon Hall;

Beauty, harmony, balance: These are what you'd expect from a classical music ensemble, especially one of the highest caliber. The Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet, the first permanently established wind quintet within the famed orchestra, has earned a reputation for elegance and mastery that exceeds even the highest expectations. The world-renowned quintet, together since 1988, is said to have redefined the art of classical wind music through its precision, balance of sound, technical skill and command of the repertoire of wind quintet pieces. Working exclusively with Swedish recording company BIS Records, it recently released Mozart & Beethoven: Quintets for Piano & Winds in collaboration with internationally acclaimed pianist Stephen Hough. A flawless paragon of pure tones, refined style and exquisite skill, the quintet astounds audiences with its virtuosic, graceful performances. The New Orleans Friends of Music open a season of chamber music with this program. Tickets $20 general admission, $10 students, free for Tulane students with ID. — Sarah Andert

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