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.)

Live music in New Orleans this week (Sept. 6-12, 2016)

Mild High ClubThu. Sept. 8 | Alex Brettin's haze-filtered pop project returns to New Orleans with a new album in tow, August's Skiptracing (Stones Throw), an island daydream raised on Harry Nilsson's hairier coconuts and his bleary Malibu lost weekends.

Kraftwerk’s welcome to the machine

The pioneering electronic outfit performs at the Orpheum Theater Sept. 9
Who could have guessed in 1976 that, four decades later, Kraftwerk would still possess the most technologically innovative live music performance of the year? Probably everyone.

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.

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