Cherry Glazerr, Static Masks, Cardinal Sons
Cherry GlazerrWed. March 22 | The second album from the L.A. punk band, helmed by explosive teen visionary Clementine Currie, is 2017's Apocalipstick (Secretly Canadian), opening with the self-assured chorus "I told you I'd be with the guys / But I know better now than to be with the guys" before punching the nuke codes.
Emmett Kelly and Haley Fohr also perform March 24-25
in September, Spin called it "the wildest venue in New Orleans." Given the relative tameness of the rest of the U.S., that provinciality is probably selling it short.
Ryan Adams, Stevie Nicks and The Pretenders, Mykki Blanco, Alfred Banks
Ryan AdamsTue. March 14 | "Do You Still Love Me?" wonders Ryan Adams at the beginning of his 16th LP Prisoner (Blue Note).
The guitarist and songwriter's latest is This Is Steve
The title of Delicate Steve's third album is This Is Steve (Anti-), but that isn't entirely accurate. This Steve is a brand new Steve: tonally similar but stylistically different, like his electric-guitar-powered spaceship got the wrong coordinates and crash-landed on a jungle planet inhabited by 7-foot-tall blue people.
Son Volt, Xenia Rubinos, Sacred Music Festival, Merchandise
Son VoltWed. March 8 | Bisected from the remains of Uncle Tupelo, Wilco flew to outer space while Son Volt dug into the dirt.
The singer-songwriter performs inside the intimate club March 13
Neko Case is responsible for my favorite ew Orleans concerts in two of the past three years: with k.d. lang and Laura Veirs at The Joy Theater in July 2016 and solo at The Civic Theatre in January 2014. She will have at least two cracks at topping 2017's list — she's performing with her other supergroup, The New Pornographers, at Tipitina's in May — but all smart bets should be on this gig as the showstopper.
M.O.T.O., The Staves, Norah Jones, Soul Fest, Deafheaven, Southern Soul Assembly
M.O.T.OFri. March 3 | Paul Caporino's prolific punk project (Masters of the Obvious) has spanned nearly four decades and several states, ultimately crashing back to New Orleans for Mardi Gras.
The D.C. punk band is at Mudlark March 2
Socialism red flag: Bearing witness to this self-immolation by Washington, D.C.'s Priests will set you back $10. Don't have a sawbuck?
Jonathan RichmanWed. Feb. 22 | The original Modern Lover returns to One Eyed Jacks in the same setup as his 2012 and 2015 visits (solo, save for his timekeeper, ex-Giant Sand drummer Tommy Larkins) but with a new offering: Ishkode!
AF THE NAYSAYER, Alfred Banks and others perform Feb. 21
Eiffel Society, despite its best efforts, never will be an ideal venue for live music (i.e., the next octagonal, 6,000-square-foot glass-walled recording studio will be the first). But the Parisian recycling project has more to offer than challenging acoustics, all of which are interrelated: a towering lineage, an abundance of style, dramatic St. Charles Avenue real estate and creatively flexible curators.
Gyorgy Ligeti, Death, The Radio Dept., Tyvek and Fred Thomas, Null
Legeti SplitWed.-Thu. Feb. 15-16 | The Birdfoot Festival presents two chamber concerts featuring British pianist Danny Driver and highlighting the music of Hungarian composer Gyorgy Ligeti.
The pop-punk band is at Gasa Gasa Feb. 14
Anyone unfamiliar with Joyce Manor's extraordinary output can remedy that over the next couple of hours. Like, all of it: not only the Torrance, California, quartet's four "full-length" albums, each a Doppler-effected rush of post-adolescent, pre-adult mood swings that extend from 13 to 25 minutes (settle in), but also its 2012 collection Collection, its three 2009 demo recordings and its three split-EPs since (or you can just jump in at defining second record Of All Things I Will Soon Grow Tired and fall in love immediately).