Beyonce and Jay-Z
July 20 | It's called the "On the Run" Tour, but "End of the Run" might be more appropriate. Beyonce and Jay-Z's precarious union has been fraught (and, in turn, boosted) with specifically altered lyrics, teary outbursts and rumors of divorce papers at its conclusion. Rest assured, HBO will be there with cameras running. At 8 p.m. at the Superdome.
Wed. July 16 | On its sophomore album Sunswimmer (Normaltown), Athens, Georgia, psych-rockers New Madrid stretch the EP form (seven tracks) to LP dimensions (46 minutes), sounding like Deerhunter droning out in My Morning Jacket's grain silo on dual 12-minute extenders "Homesick" and "And She Smiles." At 9 p.m. at Publiq House.
Thu.-Sun. July 17-20 | The four-day punk rock festival features dozens of local and touring punk, garage and metal bands and horror film screenings at downtown venues Checkpoint Charlie, Dragon's Den, Hi-Ho Lounge, Indywood movie theater, Saturn Bar and Siberia. Find the full lineup and schedule at www.facebook.com/creepyfest.
Fri. July 18 | This week, lo-fi San Francisco pop outfit Melted Toys release its debut self-titled album, a hazy, jangly weekend bender of washed out, baked-in-sunshine West Coast psych-pop. Dreamy electronic surf-pop band Street Gnar and Stones Throw's Trance Farmers opens at 8 p.m. at 1420 St. Ferdinand St.
New Orleans International Piano Competition & Keyboard Festival
Sun.-Sun. July 20-27 | The Musical Arts Society of New Orleans' competition features 152 finalists from 26 countries. A recital by 2013 winner Viktor Valkov kicks off events at 4 p.m. Sunday at Loyola University's Roussel Hall.