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Musiq Soulchild
8 p.m. Tue., Aug. 19
House of Blues, 225 Decatur St., 310-4999;

Philadelphia-born, contemporary R&B artist Musiq Soulchild does the silky-smooth legacy of Philly proud with his supple, slinky rhythms, updated with sharp hip-hop beats that give his slow-dance grooves a modern, urban edge. Musiq debuted without a surname in 2000 and hit it big with his sophomore effort, Juslisen , which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts and solidified his signature old-school-meets-new-school sound with an intimate, spiritual vibe. In 2007, he jumped labels, going from Def Jam to Atlantic, and released Luvanmusiq , an album of slow-grinding, grown-folks' soul. He recently dropped "Radio," the first single from his upcoming album On My Radio , which suggests he's veering back into danceable hip-hop territory. Tickets $36. — Alison Fensterstock





The Melvins
10 p.m. Wed., Aug. 20
One Eyed Jacks, 615 Toulouse St., 569-8361;

Towering kingpins of metal sludge, the Melvins have enjoyed an improbable 25-year reign as the slow-moving Godzillas of buzz and grind. Formed in the late '80s in the Pacific Northwest, the group — still helmed by founding guitarist Buzz Osborne (of the mighty 'fro) and drummer Dale Crover — had a powerful influence on the slew of grunge bands that emerged from that part of the country in the '90s, not to mention on New Orleans' own metal-droners Eyehategod. Though the band, with its bizarre sense of humor and Black Sabbath-damaged sound, never reached the commercial heights of some of its musical descendents, it's outlasted them almost to a one. In the past two years, it stepped up its game with a pair of new albums on Mike Patton's Ipecac label: last year's (A) Senile Animal and last month's Nude With Boots , both featuring newish members Jared Warren on bass and former Murder City Devil Coady Willis on a second drum kit. Willis and Warren also comprise Big Business, the opening band. Watch the group revel in its hard-won status atop a heap of bloodied and broken imitators — these guys ooze total rock destruction from every pore. Tickets $15. — Fensterstock





Dizzy aka Raw D.I.
10 p.m. Fri., Aug. 22
Cricket Club, 2040 St. Charles Ave., 304-9467

"They say gangstas don't dance?" queries Dizzy aka Raw D.I. rhetorically on his 2007 local hit "Myspace," also known as "Work Ya Elbows." The track wasn't about the social networking site, but instead demanded a little room on the dance floor to get down, one would assume, in a true thuglike manner. The local rapper, signed to Lil Wayne's Young Money subsidiary, has made his name over the past couple of years walking the line between booty-shaking club bangers and martial, Beats By The Pound-style street tracks, to great local success. With the release of his Young Money debut, On the Inside Looking Out , he seems poised for a national breakout. This CD-release party at the former Red Room on St. Charles Avenue boasts a full roster of accomplished well-wishers and supporters, including Cupid, Baby Boy, Skip of Juvenile's UTP and bounce pioneers Partners-N-Crime, plus the Young Money family. Tickets $15. — Fensterstock





The Whigs
11 p.m. Fri., Aug. 22
Republic New Orleans, 828 S. Peters St., 528-8282;

Republic's midsummer renaissance continues with this concert by a leading Southern-rock light. While many touring bands have made Austin-to-Atlanta a nonstop leg of a redeye itinerary, the Whigs are paying a second visit to New Orleans in the past three months, playing last at One Eyed Jacks in May. The Athens, Ga., power trio seems strapped to a rocket in 2008, with January's Mission Control , its tongue-wagging second record for ATO, becoming a surprise hit and earning the group gushing superlatives from Spin ("swaggers like prime Replacements") and Rolling Stone ("fiery, young and timelessly tuneful"), who also called it "the best unsigned band in America" back in 2006. That was on the strength of its self-released debut Give 'Em All A Big Fat Lip , which now sounds like calisthenics before Mission Control 's sprint. Uncomplicated college rock has given way to a wildly confident, if equally uncomplicated, arena-worthy grandeur: flag-wavers "I Never Want to Go Home" and "Hot Bed" assume the king's throne left ownerless by My Morning Jacket's kooky pursuit of Prince. Tickets $10. — Noah Bonaparte Pais

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