Tue. Oct. 6 | Following Sam Smith's lead, British bros and pup-faced DJs Guy and Howard Lawrence sand the grit of 2013's house fire-starter Settle on this month's sophomore LP Caracal (PMR/Island). Smith, Gregory Porter, The Weeknd and Lorde guest on the new album. Claude VonStroke and Pomo open at 9 p.m. at Mardi Gras World's River City Ballroom.
Fri. Oct. 9 | Set dressing for Kacey Musgraves' 2015 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival performance included light-up Nudie suits, lots of neon, cacti and kitschy desert accents ripped from a Southwestern Hee Haw set. The country singer-songwriter is aware of her recent country-pop stardom and takes it with tongue-in-cheek sass, which oozes on her acclaimed 2015 album Pageant Material. Humming House opens at 7:30 p.m. at The Howlin' Wolf.
Tue. Oct. 7 | The Los Angeles garage-punk band recently released its second LP Too, a more grown-up but still bedheaded, hungover and over-partied rock 'n' roll blast from young punks with growing pains — adding almost-arena rock and bright harmonies to its scuzz. Dune Rats open at 10 p.m. at One Eyed Jacks.
Mon. Oct. 12 | Leon Bridges is a perfect anachronism of the digital age: a Sam Cooke phoenix whose vinyl-grooved soul went viral thanks to millions of views on Spotify and SoundCloud. Coming Home (Columbia) is his expertly faded debut. Kali Uchis opens at 8:30 p.m. at Tipitina's.