Mild High Club
Thu. Sept. 8 | Alex Brettin's haze-filtered pop project returns to New Orleans with a new album in tow, August's Skiptracing (Stones Throw), an island daydream raised on Harry Nilsson's hairier coconuts and his bleary Malibu lost weekends. Video Age opens at 9 p.m. at Gasa Gasa.
Fri. Sept. 9 | Once Crystal Castles fans get past the loss of lead singer Alice Glass — she stepped aside in 2014 for personal reasons and has been replaced by Edith Frances — the new Amnesty (I) (Fiction/Casablanca) provides comfort in the most uncomfortable ways: another noise siege from sonic poltergeist Ethan Kath. At 9 p.m. at One Eyed Jacks.
Fri. Sept. 9 | Skirting even farther outside the county lines than on his Carl Sagan-twanging 2014 LP Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, Sturgill Simpson cements himself as the genre's resident mystic on A Sailor's Guide to Earth (Atlantic) — while further distancing himself by feuding with the Academy of Country Music and finding the roots of Nirvana's "In Bloom." At 8 p.m. at Saenger Theatre.
Soul Sister's Birthday Jam
Fri. Sept. 9 | DJ Soul Sister opens her 10th annual birthday jam with a set of funk and rare groove and is followed by The Chuck Brown Band, purveyors of go-go, Washington D.C.’s funk and soul hybrid. Plus there are special guests. At 10 p.m. at Tipitina’s.
Sun. Sept. 11 | The latest from prolific Nashville-based songwriter Daniel Pujol is Kisses, a basement-recorded EP of poems and rock 'n' roll adding to a head-scratching, ear-warming catalog untethered to his manic "Southern gothic rock" self-description. Pudge and Fishplate open at 10 p.m. at Gasa Gasa.
Gary Clark Jr.
Mon. Sept. 12 | Though not a stranger to local stages, Texas bluesman Gary Clark Jr. finds his recent local connections to local audiences on screen — appearing in an NCIS: New Orleans episode in May and now with the Sept. 9 release of the single "Take Me Down" from the soundtack of the film Deepwater Horizon. At 8 p.m. at Civic Theatre.