Tue. May 20 | In 2013, Lake Charles native Lucinda Williams rereleased her self-titled album on its 25th anniversary. She spent the winter recording (reportedly more than 40 songs) for her 11th studio album, which is due out in June. At 7 p.m. at House of Blues.
Fri. May 23 | On Nia (1999), Blazing Arrow (2002) and The Craft (2005), NoCal duo Gift of Gab and Chief Xcel combined to produce dense, verbose psych/rap whose overt skills avoided the preachy pratfalls common to backpacker hip-hop. Their first new album in nine years, Emoni (Quannum Projects), is expected in July. At 10 p.m. at Tipitina's.
Fri. May 23 | The iconoclastic songwriter and author moved to Austin, Texas, where he's honed his new take on traditional country music and promoted his name for its polished sound, "Ameripolitan." Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys open at 9 p.m. at Rock 'n' Bowl.
Fri. May 23 | A shadowy DJ known only by two Greek characters (upside-down Omega and Zeta), UZ gained anonymous notoriety (and a flurry of "Who is he?" Internet theories) in 2012 with his Trap Shit EP series, a polarized aural spectrum of ceiling-scraping synths and subsonic bass drops. At 11 p.m. at Republic.
Stephen "Ragga" Marley
Sat. May 24 | Son of Bob Marley, Stephen claimed his most recent Grammy Award (he's won eight) for 2012's Revelation Part I: The Root of Life. This summer, he'll release The Fruit of Life, featuring Rick Ross, Wyclef Jean, Damian Marley and others. At 9 p.m. at House of Blues.