Wed. May 18 | The Gandalf to Deafheaven's Frodo (and most other "pretty" metal bands' Gollum), Deftones traverses just about every alt-terrain possible on door-kicking eighth release Gore (Warner Bros.), from sweeping post-rock to larynx-shredding theatrics to instrument-torching electrical storms. Code Orange opens at 8 p.m. at the Orpheum Theater.
Cary Hudson and
Piney Wood Players
Fri. May 20 | Singer-songwriter Cary Hudson has adopted New Orleans as a part-time home. The former member of influential alt-country outfit Blue Mountain is joined by his talented Mississippi-based band, the Piney Woods Players. At 10 p.m. at d.b.a.
Fri. May 20 | Memphis punks and Goner Records alums Ex-Cult open a spring tour in New Orleans before the release of the band's third LP, Negative Growth, recorded with scuzz superstar Ty Segall and due later this year on In the Red Records. Heavy Lids, Pegs and Casual Burn open at 10 p.m. at Siberia.
Mon. May 23 | How many accidental tourists on Toulouse Street will think this is just a particularly great Old Wave Night? Modern English's "Mesh & Lace" reunion tour might not stop the world, but it will make you melt. Entertainment opens at 9 p.m. at One Eyed Jacks.