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Foburg Music Festival 

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Advance word of the first Foburg carried so many "SXSW" stamps that the inaugural 2010 music festival had the air of an industry-insider South By Southwest showcase. Doubtless this was by design. Staged by the New Orleans Indie Rock Collective, Foburg proved a successful and self-affirming panorama of the city's emerging pop and rock practitioners. In the end it was more akin to the group's twice-yearly NOIR festivals than the monster magnet that draws half the music world to central Texas every March. This sophomore effort emphasizes depth over breadth with a slight increase in venues (up from 10 to 15) hosting a similar number of bands (more than 100 confirmed) over the same three-day stretch. Begin to plot a weekend itinerary, however, and it becomes evident how the event has grown. Each night rests on a pylon: On Friday, it's One Eyed Jacks' triple bill of cello-rockers Ra Ra Riot (pictured), undiscovered Quebecan gem The Luyas and new Glassnote signees Givers. Saturday pairs seriously funny Brooklyn rappers Das Racist with bounce Amazon Katey Red at the Maison. And Sunday has two load-bearing beams, the first New Orleans visit by Sierra Leone hero and bubu king Janka Nabay (at One Eyed Jacks with Monogold, Tiny Victories and Empress Hotel) and a whole hive of buzz bands at the Saturn Bar (Toro y Moi, Small Black, Cults, Cloud Nothings, Sun Airway). Of course, catching those means missing out on the Hood Internet, Christoph Andersson, Big History, Jeff the Brotherhood, Brass Bed, Futurebirds, the Spinto Band and Big Freedia. Austin, we have your problem. Visit www.foburgneworleans.com for a complete schedule and ticket information. — Noah Bonaparte Pais

March 11-13

Foburg

9 p.m. Friday-Sunday

Various venues; www.foburgneworleans.com

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