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New Model Army with the Zydepunks
10 p.m. Thu., March 27
Hi-Ho Lounge, 2239 St. Claude Ave., 945-HIHO

The British have it all over the Americans when it comes to political music that also rocks. A case in point is the veteran English act New Model Army — named for Oliver Cromwell's anti-Royalist force from the English Civil War — which has maintained a Clash-like level of ferocity in thunderous live performances since the early '80s. Melodic and vicious at the same time, the band combines folk references with post-punk bombast and lyrics that are simultaneously militant and poetic. Its 10th studio album, High , was released last year, though visa problems precluded a U.S. tour until now. Though the record is more of a slow smolder than some of its previous firebombs, favoring hissing over yelling vocals and even some acoustic finger-picking on guitar, it's no less intense. The Zydepunks, New Orleans' Slavic/Cajun/Irish/Breton accordion-and-fiddle rockers, open. Tickets $10. — Fensterstock

 

 

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Chocolate Kitty III
10 p.m.-4 a.m. Fri., March 28
Dragons Den, 435 Esplanade Ave.

Can you name a female DJ besides Spinderella? After Chocolate Kitty III, you'll be able to. Nine DJs are throwing down on the wheels of steel, but this party is no battle. In fact, it's the opposite: The third annual Chocolate Kitty party is a show of solidarity and celebration for New Orleans' underground women DJs. Curated by the hardest-working DJ in New Orleans, the rare-groove specialist Soul Sister, the nine mix-tresses on the bill spin in styles that differ wildly from one another, from scratching and beat-juggling like veteran battle DJ Beverly Skillz, to selecting choice, obscure vintage soul 45s, as DJ Kristen does monthly at her seven-year-old Mod Dance Party. Other ladies on the lineup include Beatgrrl, who plays a hybrid of hip-hop and electronica she calls 'ghettro'; the college student-by-day, bounce-DJ-by-night Bomshell Boogie (pictured); the turntablist and Essence Music Festival vet Lady Fingaz; and the '80s-friendly dance-punk selector DJ Lingerie. Tickets $7 for men, $6 for women. Free admission to anyone dressed entirely in the color pink. — Fensterstock

 

 

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Hurray For the Riff Raff CD-release party
8:30 p.m. Sat., March 29
Sidearm Gallery, 1122 St. Roch Ave., 218-8379; www.sidearmgallery.org

Cabaret music is certifiably en vogue right now, from Baby Dee's high-wire circus pop to the mime-faced punk rock of the Dresden Dolls. But these kinds of shtick-y carnivals aren't what Alynda Lee aims to create. With her band Hurray For the Riff Raff, the 21-year-old local strums homespun Dust Bowl folk ditties that just so happen to feature waltzing time signatures and an accordion's wheeze. It Don't Mean I Don't Love You, the group's self-released first LP, might well have been sprung from an Oklahoma time capsule circa 1935. The exquisite album alternates between misty-eyed banjo ballads and naughty-sounding minstrel numbers: On "Daniella," Lee lets loose a smoky weep like Fiona Apple doing Gillian Welch's sad deeds, and on the record's best song, "Drinking Days," she's a mischievous swinger from the Squirrel Nut Zippers pining for the good ol' days — "when we were young and reckless in our ways" — over sleepwalking, clarinet-and-squeezebox accompaniment. Likeminded trapeze artists Vermillion Lies and Magnolia Beacon open. Tickets $5 sliding scale. — Pais

 

 

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The Fleshtones 1
10 p.m. Sun., March 30
Saturn Bar, 3067 St. Claude Ave., 949-7532

Sometime in the mid-'70s, two friends found some guitars in the basement of a house they were renting. Thirty years later, the Fleshtones are potentially the longest-lasting garage-rock band in America, surviving the changing tides of music with the reliable formula of raw, scratchy guitars, groovy Farfisa organ, Peter Zaremba's whomping harmonica and a solid rock 'n' roll backbeat. With a sonic formula based solidly in vintage rock and R&B and a goofy aesthetic that runs from disco to frat rock to Mexican horror movies, the band mixes the reliable elements of sloppy, party-time rock with just the right dose of weirdness. Well-oiled but never too slick, its 20th and most recent release — this year's Take a Good Look , recorded entirely on real, actual tape and released on Yep Roc Records — proves that the band remains both greasy and good-natured at heart. New Orleans' R&B pickup band the Lonely Knights opens. Tickets $7. — Fensterstock

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