The fifth annual Buku Music + Art Project returns to Mardi Gras World March 11-12. Here are some of the highlights.
Friday, March 10
3 p.m.-3:45 p.m., Power Plant
The New Orleans punk band released the sprawling, hook-filled How to Treat the Ones You Love in 2015.
Anderson .Paak & the Free Nationals
5:30 pm.-6:30 p.m., Ballroom
On January's Malibu, the second full-length album by Anderson .Paak, the Dr. Dre protege and rapper and singer-songwriter spans psychedelic neo-soul and hip-hop.
Mystikal, Juvenile and Fly Boi Keno
7 p.m.-8:15 p.m., Ballroom
New Orleans rap icons Mystikal (amid a career revival following his acclaimed comeback on Mark Ronson's Uptown Special) and Juvenile (who recently reunited with fellow Hot Boy Lil Wayne on "Hate") perform back-to-back with the high-energy bounce artist, who appeared on Jack U's Grammy Award-winning 2015 album.
8:15 p.m.-9:15 p.m., Float Den
The one-eyed king of rap radio in 2015 rounded up four Billboard top 40 singles — "Trap Queen," "679," "My Way" and "Again" — on his self-titled debut LP.
Dolo Jazz Suite showcase
9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m., Front Yard
AF THE NAYSAYER curates this late-night lineup featuring Louisiana and Texas beatmakers and electronics from FLCON FCKER, Metatron, HOP BOX, PRIME8 PIMPIN and Grimm Bleak.
9:45 p.m.-11 p.m., Power Plant
The decidedly cosmos-centric rapper and songwriter — and sidekick to both comedian Scott Aukerman on IFC's Comedy Bang! Bang! and Kanye West — went full alt-rock for 2015's Speedin' Bullet 2 Heaven, following 2014's emotional Moon-saga installment Satellite Fight: The Journey to Mother Moon. His 2016 kicked off in a big way as the voice on the hook of West's viral hit "Father Stretch My Hands."
Saturday, March 11
3 p.m.-3:45 p.m., Back Alley
The Louisiana bedroom producer paints dreamy, neo-soul-influenced soundscapes.
3 p.m.-4 p.m., Power Plant
Lafayette's breakout indie-pop band returned in 2015 with its first album since 2011's breakthrough In Light. On New Kingdom, the band — following a nomadic tour and recording schedule — replaced sunny Afro-pop with bubbling synths and hypnotic, ominous grooves.
Chef Freedia showcase
4 p.m.-6 p.m., Front Yard
Big Freedia cooks up this bounce showcase as a prelude to her upcoming cookbook.
6 p.m.-7 p.m., Power Plant
Nayvadius Cash had a typically prolific 2015, following a streak of successful mixtapes in his char-acteristically sleepy-robot Auto-Tuned baritone. The 2015 album Dirty Sprite 2 spawned hits "F— Up Some Commas" and "Where Ya At," but the year's real star was What a Time to Be Alive, a surprise collaborative tape with Drake. Future's latest is the January LP EVOL.
Earl Sweatshirtv7 p.m.-8 p.m., Ballroom
I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside: An Album by Earl Sweatshirt — that's the 2015 mantra from the Odd Future collective member (founding member Casey Veggies also appears at this year's Buku). Despite the title, Earl's energetic, dense and honest raps dig for hope and meaning in a breathless half-hour.
8:45 p.m.-9:45 p.m., Ballroom
The Canadian electronic duo bridges ethereal synth-based dream pop with skittering, rap-inspired snares and skin-crawling bass on its breakthrough debut Shrines and its 2015 follow-up Another Eternity.
Midnight-1 a.m., Ballroom
The Harlem rapper's anticipated 2016 album Always Strive and Prosper follows 2013's acclaimed Trap Lord, and he promises appearances from Missy Elliott and Chuck D, among others, on the dozen album tracks he trimmed down from 100.