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Lucero
9 p.m. Wed., Feb. 27
The Parish at the House of Blues, 225 Decatur St., 310-4999; www.hob.com

Just a three-hour drive from the hit factory of Nashville, Memphis' Lucero hammers out grinding country rock with a roughed-up edge that recalls the wilder days of electric country music. Singer Ben Nichols' ragged whiskey rasp scrapes up both hardscrabble ballads and roots-rock anthems, evoking outlaw royalty like the Highwaymen or an Allman Brothers Band less inclined toward arena-style jams. The 2005 album, Nobody's Darlings , used the same producer as the Replacements on its release Pleased to Meet Me . Lucero's fifth release, 2006's Rebels, Rogues and Sworn Brothers , borrowed keyboard player Rick Steff from the soulful indie queen Cat Power. Whiskey & Co. opens. Tickets $12. — Fensterstock

 

 

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Eddie Bo
6 p.m.-8 p.m. Thu., Feb. 28
Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 925 Camp St., 539-9600; www.ogdenmuseum.org

It could be said, without use of hyperbole, that Eddie Bo's resumé encompasses the entire history of the New Orleans sound — at least starting in the middle of the last century, when he emerged as an R&B artist, producer and songwriter. The product of a family of accomplished trad-jazz musicians, the young Edwin Bocage developed a unique style that blended the junker piano his mother taught him with more complex be-bop rhythms á la Art Tatum and Oscar Peterson. He's best known for the nasty, exuberant funk of cuts like his 1969 national hit "Hook & Sling Parts 1&2." The semi-sedate atmosphere at the Ogden might preclude a full-out funk fest, but the real draw for this gig is the up-close-and-personal recollections of nearly 50 years on the New Orleans music scene. Tickets $10. — Fensterstock

 

 

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Doug Stanhope
9 p.m. Fri., Feb. 29
One Eyed Jacks, 615 Toulouse St., 569-9100; www.oneeyedjacks.net

Comedy fans with thin skins, beware: Doug Stanhope drops F-bombs like flakes of dandruff. His opinion on American drug policy? "It's my f***in' business, f*** off." Our political problem? "Old f***s vote." On freedom? "You are completely and unapologetically f***ed." No Refunds, an unblushing Showtime special released on DVD in August, makes Eddy Murphy's Raw look like a Tipper Gore address to Congress; and like all of Stanhope's routines, it eschews punch lines in favor of lines that pack a punch. A chain-smoking descendant of Lenny Bruce and Sam Kinison, he doesn't so much tell jokes as stumble headlong into curse-ridden rants about anything that's currently chapping his rear — the government, mostly, but also two-headed babies and pro-life lobbyists. It's hard to say what's more shocking: that he's a former host of The Man Show or, gulp, a onetime presidential hopeful. God bless America, indeed. Local funnyman Bill Dykes opens. Tickets $17 advance purchase, $20 at the door. — Noah Bonaparte Pais

 

 

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Beautiful Bells CD-Release Show
10 p.m. Fri., Feb. 29
Hi-Ho Lounge, 2239 St. Claude Ave., 945-4446

Justin Peake is Frenchmen Street's crown prince of freaky percussion. The jazz drummer co-curates (with Jeff Albert and Dan Oestreicher) the Blue Nile's experimental Wednesday night Open Ears concert series, and his regular performances around the Marigny Triangle with musicians like Oestreicher and Frank Gratkowski explore the outskirts of traditional New Orleans music. But it's on Peake's solo venture, Beautiful Bells, where things really get fringy. Phantom Pleasure, his latest release on Mind World Records, is a strange sonic collage layered with torn pieces of rhythm, clipped brass and half-formed electronic textures that sound like they're being spit out of a digitized sprinkler. Every so often, as on the underwater wind-chimed "Bridgeport Blues" and the round-robin magic carpet ride "Nitebugs," Peake's drumming peeks its head out from behind the narcotic curtain, and the broken beats evoke Johnny Vidacovich on a mid-tempo Vicodin bender. A small army of similar jazz deconstructionists — including Diesel Rocket, David Polk, Jason Moore, Brian Coogan and Simon Lott — opens. Tickets $7. — Pais

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