Live music in New Orleans this week (July 26-Aug. 1, 2016)

Davell Crawford CD releaseFri. July 29 | Davell Crawford celebrates the release of the CD version of his latest album, Piano in the Vaults, Vol.

Marissa Nadler’s Strangers in the night

The Sacred Bones artist performs July 27 at Gasa Gasa
Marissa Nadler's voice is an open invitation to hyperbole. It's been called both angelic and something you would follow straight into Hades.

Live music in New Orleans this week (July 19-25, 2016)

Fitz and the TantrumsTue. July 19 | Michael Fitzpatrick and Noelle Scaggs lost some fans in their flaming DeLorean commute from Motown wax-museum curators to the Katy Perry halftime-show spectacle of recent records, but the infectious energy of the Tantrums in concert should still give them fits.

Dylan LeBlanc’s cautionary tales

The country singer-songwriter performs July 20
Dylan LeBlanc's current tour, a Southern swing for third LP Cautionary Tale (Single Lock), brings the 25-year-old singer/songwriter from Alabama to Louisiana and, after a few crooked detours, back again. It's a familiar route.

Live music in New Orleans this week (July 12-18, 2016)

AF THE NAYSAYERWed. July 13 | As the mastermind behind gorgeous glitches and elusive, late-night funk instrumentals, producer AF THE NAYSAYER is the eye in the middle of Louisiana's boundary-pushing, DIY electronic whirlpool.

Esme Patterson gets Wild at Gasa Gasa

The singer-songwriter performs July 16
If you're familiar with Esme Patterson — through her years fronting Colorado folkies Paper Bird, her two previous solo albums or, most likely, her Feist-y duets with Shakey Graves digger Alejandro Rose-Garcia, including the Spotify smash "Dearly Departed" — you know she can do dreamy-pretty in her sleep. The surprise on We Were Wild (Grand Jury Music) comes right away, with eye-opener "Feel Right," when a peel-out guitar pattern and ascending feedback squeal amount to a blastoff for this third release.

Live music in New Orleans this week (July 5-11, 2016)

PinegroveThu. July 7 | The ultra-tuneful New Jersey band — like a young Decemberists, minus the library card, plus a folk/punk sore throat — compiled everything it's released so far on the 2015 collection Everything So Far.

The return of Flight of the Conchords

Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie’s musical comedy duo performs at the Saenger Theatre
Now that they're international film stars, musical-comedy icons and one of New Zealand's biggest bands ("In terms of members, all the other bands in New Zealand are one-man bands"), what do Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie — Wellington-cum-HBO accidental cultists Flight of the Conchords — do in the shadows? Eat half a banana and leave the other half behind.

Live music in New Orleans this week (June 28-July 4)

Cary Hudson & the Piney Woods PlayersTue. June 28 | Just back from the North Mississippi Hill Country Picnic, a festival of Delta blues, singer-songwriter Cary Hudson is joined by his Mississippi-based band, the Piney Woods Players.

Jessy Lanza’s weird science at Gasa Gasa

The Canadian electronic pop artist performs July 2
Jessy Lanza sounds like she was built in a lab, Weird Science-style — with the twilit electro of Junior Boys, the pop-savant savvy of Grimes, the FUBAR art direction of FKA twigs. The first input is real: Junior Boys' Jeremy Greenspan has production and cowriting credits on both of the Ontarian's LPs, 2013's Pull My Hair Back and the current Oh No (Hyperdub).

Live music in New Orleans this week (June 21-27, 2016)

Cory BrananWed. June 22 | Cory Branan is the kind of troubadour that pop-country forgot: A resonant singer and detail-obsessed lyricist whose The No-Hit Wonder (Bloodshot) contributes 11 dog-eared pages to the Great American Songbook ("I got me another girl, she looks like you at 23/ But while she sleeps I trace the places where your tattoos used to be").

What’s new with New Madrid

Magnetkingmagnetqueen is the latest from the Georgia band coming to Gasa Gasa
Athens, Georgia, is a musical pockmark, a strange malformation, an island of misfit toys in the sea of exceeding normalcy that is north Georgia. This is the home of R.E.M. and the B-52's, of Elephant 6 and Orange Twin, of (the band) Harvey Milk and the late Vic Chesnutt.

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