Crescent City Chamber Music Festival
Aug. 16-21 | The inaugural festival features artists in residence the Manhattan Chamber Players and three free concerts — 6 p.m. Thursday at Urban South Brewery, 7 p.m. Friday at Tulane University, 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Rayne Memorial United Methodist Church — in addition to its music outreach at area nursing homes, churches, hospitals and schools. Visit www.crescentcitychambermusicfestival.com for details.
Gift of Gab
Tue. Aug. 16 | One half of West Coast hip-hop titans Blackalicious, mile-a-minute MC Timothy Parker battled kidney disease, he revealed in an acclaimed short documentary Gift of Gab, and got the band back together for 2015's Imani Vol. 1. Landon Wordswell also is on the bill at 8 p.m. at Rare Form NOLA.
Wed. Aug. 17 | On the heels of rerecording his 1972 single "Elected" — purportedly "John Lennon's favorite song" — Alice Cooper gave his retort in this week's Rolling Stone to anyone looking to him for political advice: "We're rock stars; we're dumber than you." At 7 p.m. at Saenger Theatre.
Wed. Aug. 17 | There's something to be said for being unsung. Buffalo, New York, trio Lemuria sings it on third LP The Distance Is So Big, a heaping spoonful of sugar among Bridge 9 Records' stable of hardcore fire-breathers. Looming and Name Calling open at Siberia.
Video Age album release
Sat. Aug. 20 | New Orleans duo Ross Farbe and Ray Micarelli — worshipping Ray Davies though worn-out tape-deck pop — tell dark confessionals and exiled, lovesick pop vignettes with wobbly guitars and sugary riffs on Living Alone (Inflated Records). Natural Blonde and Surveillance open at 9 p.m. at Siberia.
Sat. Aug. 20 | The boudoir cabaret performance artist and rapper — whose latest is the third entry in her Love Your Boyfriend series — performs her fourth annual birthday show, typically involving lots of cake and nightgowns. The free show is 10 p.m. at Tipitina's.