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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Deerhunter announce Civic Theatre show, plus more spring concerts in New Orleans

Posted By on Wed, Mar 30, 2016 at 12:30 PM

click to enlarge Deerhunter performs at the Civic Theatre April 13.
  • Deerhunter performs at the Civic Theatre April 13.
Shape-shifting pop and post-punk band Deerhunter has added a New Orleans date to its 2016 tour following its acclaimed 2015 4AD LP Faded Frontier. The band performs at the Civic Theatre at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 13. Tickets are $18. Drag City's neo-New Age psychedelic trio Bitchin Bajas opens. Also headed to the Civic in April are M83 and YACHT (April 6) and Jon Batiste & Stay Human (April 30). With festival season in full swing, along with New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival overflow and late-night sets, New Orleans' springtime concert calendar starts to get a bit busier than usual with touring artists and larger local gigs filling up slots. Here are 28 more of my concert calendar highlights from April through May. I also made you a handy playlist.

Null, Thou and Gland
7 p.m. Friday, April 1 at Sisters in Christ
Birmingham, Alabama drone trio Null performs with Louisiana's prolific-yet-dormant metal monolith Thou. Rising New Orleans punks Gland open.

Greg Dulli
Midnight Friday-Saturday, April 1-2 at Preservation Hall
In Gambit this week: "This twin billing from midnight rambler Greg Dulli closes out a three-week circuit of intimate shows culling parts from his black fleet of musical vehicles (Afghan Whigs, Twilight Singers, Gutter Twins, solo and covered material)."

Ryley Walker
10 p.m. Saturday, April 2 at Gasa Gasa
In Gambit this week: "Seemingly dusting off immaculate scraps from Astral Weeks sessions, singer-songwriter Ryley Walker's Primrose Green bursts with half-improvised lyrics (borrowing even Van's wild hollers) weaving around scrappy, often finger-picked guitar and loose folk and jazz arrangements. On April 16, Walker releases Cannots, a collaborative album with Charles Rumback. New Holland opens."

Benoit Pioulard
10 p.m. Saturday, April 2 at Saturn Bar
In Gambit this week: "The ambient composer and singer-songwriter (Thomas Meluch) has spent nearly a decade as Benoit Pioulard, evolving his ethereal drone from Donovan-esque pop into the cosmic church on 2015's Sonnet (Kranky). HAWN and Sharks' Teeth, two of New Orleans newest electronic authorities, open."

Melvins, Napalm Death and Melt Banana
10 p.m. Saturday, April 2 at One Eyed Jacks
This triple-billed tour is titled the "Savage Imperial Death March Tour." 

PEARS album release
10 p.m. Thursday, April 7  at Siberia
The New Orleans punk band releases Green Star, its debut album for Fat Wreck Chords, before another whirlwind tour (including dates with punks legends Dag Nasty and Subhumans). Such Gold, Donovan Wolfington and Classhole open. Frankie Cosmos and Eskimeaux
10 p.m. Friday, April 8 at Siberia
Prolific bedroom pop artist Greta Kline releases Next Thing (Bayonet Records) on April 1 and is on tour with a full band. Fellow bedroom pop artist and songwriter Gabrielle Smith (aka Eskimeaux) also is on this bill, band in tow. Guts Club, whose Shit Bug is due July 1 on new New Orleans imprint Moderate Fidelity, opens. 

Ringo Deathstarr
10 p.m. Tuesday, April 12 at Siberia
RIYL Swervedriver, Austin, Texas and T'Pau coversDesert Mountain Tribe and Sprawling open. Brass Bed album release
8 p.m. Thursday, April 13 at Gasa Gasaa
The Lafayette-New Orleans psychedelic power-pop outfit celebrates the release of its album In The Yellow Leaf, out April 15 on Modern Outsider.  Chick Corea & Bela Fleck
8 p.m. Saturday, April 16 at the Orpheum Theater
Among the standout concerts during the overwhelming Jazz Fest season is the unlikely duo, which first teamed up in the 2000s and released a live album, Two, last year.

Kurt Vile & The Violators
7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 17 at Republic
Purling Hiss opens for the former War On Drug and current daytripping singer-songwriter.

True Widow
10 p.m. Tuesday, April 19 at Sisters in Christ
The Dallas trio melts codeine-coated shoegaze into stoner doom. The band recently wrapped recording its fourth album. Slimy Member and New Orleans' Silver Godling open.

M.D.C.
10 p.m. Tuesday, April 19 at Siberia
Austin's long-running hardcore punk band Millions of Dead Cops hits the road with Deathwish. The Swingin' Dicks and Torture Garden open.

Eleanor Friedberger
8 p.m. Thursday, April 21 at The Parish at House of Blues
The latest from the singer-songwriter and former Fiery Furnace is January's New View. Har Mar Superstar and Icewater open. Thao & the Get Down Stay Down
10 p.m. Thursday, April 21 at One Eyed Jacks
The latest from Thao Nguyen is 2016's A Man Alive, an introspective deep dive with help from Tune-Yards' Merrill Garbus.

Liz Phair
8 p.m. Friday, April 22 at the Saenger Theatre
The Smashing Pumpkins are bringing Liz Phair to open another leg of its intimate "electro-acoustic" In Plainsong tour, a more turned-down tour following last year's double-billed arena tour with Marilyn Manson. Liz Phair is reportedly working on a new album, her first since 2010's self-released Funstyle.

Duran Duran and Chic
7 p.m. Sunday, April 24 at the Smoothie King Center
The pop band hits the road in support of its 2015 album Paper Gods. Disco funk demigods Chic (billed as Chic with Nile Rodgers, who produced the album) open.

Chaz Fest
Wednesday, April 27 at The Truck Farm
The 10th (and possibly final) installment of the 9th Ward festival is a relaxed, locals-only respite between Jazz Fest weekends.

Kamasi Washington
8 p.m. & 1 a.m. Friday-Saturday, April 29-30 at One Eyed Jacks
The saxophonist and jazz composer released the acclaimed, appropriately titled mammoth double album The Epic in 2015, on top of performing on Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly. Washington performs two sets on two nights.

Brian Jonestown Massacre
10 p.m. Sunday, May 1 at One Eyed Jacks
The San Francisco psychedelic rock band released two albums in 2015: Mini Album Thingy Wingy and Musique de Film Imaginé, a faux film soundtrack inspired by Truffaut and Godard.

La Luz
10 p.m. Sunday, May 1 at Siberia
The Seattle-based surf rock band's acclaimed second album, the Ty Segall-helmed 2015 LP Weirdo Shrine (Hardly Art), is a spooky, girl-group doo-wop harmony-backed teen trip. Nots, Massenger and Black Abba open. Wreckless Eric
9 p.m. Thursday, May 5 at Chickie Wah Wah
Among the missing links of rock 'n' roll, Stiff Records' alum and cult singer-songwriter Eric Goulden made his comeback with 2015's AmERICa.

Freddie Gibbs
8 p.m. Tuesday, May 10 at Republic
After his Madlib-produced 2014 effort Piñata, the rapper released his versatile, brooding 2015 full-length Shadow of a Doubt. The Cure
7 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, May 10-11 at the UNO Lakefront Arena
The band performs two nights in New Orleans to kick off its North American tour, promising "37 years of Cure songs, mixing hits, rarities, favourites and as yet unreleased tracks in a brand new stage production." The Twilight Sad opens.

Eagles of Death Metal
8 p.m. Tuesday, May 17 at One Eyed Jacks
The band — featuring part-time New Orleanian and long-time guitarist (Queens of the Stone Age, earthlings?) Dave Catching — embarks on its first U.S. tour following the 2015 Paris attacks, where the band was performing at the Bataclan when gunmen killed 89 people at the venue. The band returned to Paris in February to perform at the Olympia.

Ought
10 p.m. Tuesday, May 17 at Siberia
Canada's jittery, anxious post-punk band (for fans of The Fall, Television and John Cooper Clarke) released its third LP for Constellation Records, Sun Coming Down, last year. Priests, Gland and TV-MA open. Modern English
8 p.m. Monday, May 23 at One Eyed Jacks
The band famous for "I Melt With You" is largely the same band since its 4AD days and has been touring over the last few years in support of its 2010 album Soundtrack. This tour will revisit its early 4AD material (the band was among the first on the label).

DIIV
8 p.m. Monday, May 30 at Gasa Gasa
Zachary Cole Smith's vulnerable punk mess Is the Is Are follows the band's 2012 breakout Oshin.
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