Live music events in New Orleans this week (Aug. 30-Sept. 5, 2016)

Wreck and ReferenceWed. Aug. 31 | The Flenser's resident gothic noise duo — post-metal, post-music, post-the world — puts the pair in despair on 2016's Indifferent Rivers Romance End.

Sharks’ Teeth unlocks the keys to It Transfers & Grows

The New Orleans synth pop band’s album release is Sept. 2
The human mouth has 32 teeth; the piano, 88 keys. This means that at any given Sharks' Teeth show, New Orleans' chairman of the keyboard, Tyler Scurlock — encircled by four interlocking synths — is surrounded by the equivalent of 11 beaming instrumental grins.

Seeing into the Futurebirds

Live shows get to the heart of the Georgia band, at Gasa Gasa on Aug. 26
Despite a dedicated tour following and an unflagging discography, Futurebirds have yet to make the same impact on record as they do in person. If the lack of a visceral and/or visual connection has dissuaded listeners from taking the hourlong trip through one of its three LPs, the Athens, Georgia band has one recent solution to both problems: a live three-track session for OurVinyl's TV series that excerpts 15 of the best minutes off 2015's Hotel Parties (Easy Sound).

Live music in New Orleans this week (Aug. 16-21, 2016)

Crescent City Chamber Music FestivalAug. 16-21 | The inaugural festival features artists in residence the Manhattan Chamber Players and three free concerts — 6 p.m.

Paging Dr. Lee “Scratch” Perry

The ageless reggae star rolls out his Subatomic Sound System Aug. 17
Lee Perry has operated on the lunatic fringe for so long, his distorted reality has itself turned out a distortion. Bob Marley became the big tree while Perry stayed the small axe, but today, the 4-foot-11-inch mage towers over a reggae field he alternately built and razed.

Live music in New Orleans this week (Aug. 9-15, 2016)

Helter Swelter 2016Fri.-Sat. Aug. 12-13 | Local infant-imprint Pelican Pow Wow Records hosts this soiree, a get-in-the-kitchen throwdown and bizarro bazaar with some of punk rock's sweatiest lodgers: NOTS, Gary Wrong Group and Trampoline Team on Friday; Country Teaser Ben Wallers, Spray Paint and Giorgio Murderer on Saturday.

Lizzie: So You Made a Musical About an Ax Murderer

A rock musical about notorious ax murder Lizzie Borden
"Why are all these heads off?" wail four women in an ominous tune infused with punk fury in Lizzie, a musical about reputed ax murderer Lizzie Borden.   Lizzie and her sister Emma Borden are flanked by their neighbor Alice Russell and the family maid, Bridget.

Deerhoof’s Magic tricks

The wonderfully confounding rock band performs Aug. 13
If one of the surest signs of great art is great disagreement among its observers, then Deerhoof has to be an act for all times. The San Francisco band's 2005 LP The Runners Four is — like most of its LPs — one of the most beloved and reviled albums released that year.

Live music in New Orleans this week (Aug. 2-8, 2016)

The Kid CarsonsThu. Aug. 4 | Sibling singer/songwriters and Bear America label-makers Chad and Morgan Carson cobbled together 11 tracks from a lifetime of Louisiana harmony for their self-titled, self-released 2015 LP debut.

Roselit Bone rambles down to New Orleans

The throwback country and western band hops off the Oregon Trail
Stumbling onto a surprise pleasure is one of the accidental benefits of New Orleans' typically comatose summer calendar. A self-styled "psychotic cowboy" band out of Portland, Oregon, with one self-released album and one single to its name, Roselit Bone isn't a name that jumps off music listings.

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.

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