Live music in New Orleans this week (Oct. 18-24, 2016)

Robert Randolph& the Family BandWed. Oct. 19 | Though guitarist Robert Randolph and his family took up the musical tradition of sacred steel in their native northern New Jersey, the band's mix of funk, rock, soul and R&B has remained popular everywhere from jam band circuits to New York Knicks games.

Preoccupations, no longer preoccupied

The post-punk band — formerly Viet Cong — performs at Gasa Gasa Oct. 19.
Say what you want about the wisdom of four white guys from Calgary naming their band Viet Cong — even in this Age of Trump, with our collective sensitivity meter perpetually spinning, it seems especially inappropriate. But the action did have two effects, desired or otherwise: First people noticed, then they reacted.

Live music in New Orleans this week (Oct. 11-17, 2016)

Carl BroemelFri. Oct. 14 | After collaborations on tour, at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and inside Preservation Hall, My Morning Jacket guitarist Carl Broemel practically is a satellite member of the Pres Hall Jazz Band.

Chance the Rapper: and now a reading from the book of Coloring

The artist performs Oct. 13 at Mardi Gras World
In May 2015, a group called The Social Experiment released for free its surprise debut, Surf, a minor major-key miracle that gathered gospel singers and spoken-word champs, Chicago undergrounders and everywhere-else above-grounders (Big Sean, Erykah Badu, Busta Rhymes, Janelle Monae), under a big-top tent emceed by a horn-blowing Horatio named Donnie Trumpet. The Social Experiment's uncredited Hamlet and actual MC is Chancellor Bennett, an early-20s talent font who first got traction in 2012-13 with two wildly assured mixtape giveaways, 10 Day and Acid Rap.

Live music in New Orleans this week (Oct. 4-10, 2016)

Schoolboy Q, Judy Kuhn, Max & the Martians, Kenny Rogers
Schoolboy QTue. Oct. 4 | Hot on the heels of YG, Schoolboy Q marks a second coming of Compton's next-generation MCs at the House of Blues.

How to Dress Well, smartly dressed

Tom Krell’s intelligent pop at Hi-Ho Lounge on Oct. 9
There is a tendency to regard pop music as intellectually inferior, a bubblegum-smacking airhead of a category. When pop is perceived as smart, it typically comes covered up in effects and tricks, prefixed by excusing qualifiers like "alt" or "art."

Live music in New Orleans this week (Sept. 27-Oct. 3, 2016)

James BlakeTue. Sept. 27 | Londoner James Blake was a natural choice to score HBO's Rapture-horror The Leftovers: It's possible to hear his electro-lonerism emanating from either side of that divide.

Bear Creek Bayou Music Festival debuts at Mardi Gras World

Flaming Lips, George Clinton and many others perform Sept. 30-Oct. 1
Florida cultural tourists (actual or ironic) need not cross state lines this weekend. As St. Claude art gallery The Front wraps its Sad Tropics exhibition, the Bear Creek Music and Arts Festival — a fixture at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Florida, from 2007-2014 (last year's fest was canceled in June) — shoves off, way down upon another river.

The gospel according to Alabama Shakes

The band performs Sept. 22 at Champions Square
The first word came down from Andy "Be Wiser, Call" Bizer. New Orleans' own Saul Goodman moonlights as a manager for Hurray For the Riff Raff, and in late 2011, he was searching for a label home for Alynda Lee Segarra's then-unsigned country/folk band.

Live music in New Orleans this week (Sept. 20-26, 2016)

Progression Music Series feat. HildegardTue.

Live music in New Orleans this week (Sept. 13-19, 2016)

Dinosaur Jr.Wed. Sept. 14 | Dinosaur Jr. has been back together almost as long as it was first together: two dozen-year fertile periods interrupted by temporary extinction.

Beck’s return to pop

The artist performs at the Saenger Theater Sept. 15
Everyone who complained about Beck's sedentary 2014 album Morning Phase is getting a healthy dose of careful-what-you-wish-for comeuppance. (I'm mostly talking to myself here.)


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