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Brightblack Morning Light
10 p.m. Sat., Nov. 8
One Eyed Jacks, 615 Toulouse St., 569-8361;

When pastoral indie-rockers Brightblack Morning Light released an eponymous Matador Records debut in 2006, press material asserted that the duo recorded the project while living in a tent, purposely eschewing permanent shelter. Obviously, two years of rock stardom has increased their level of self-indulgence. The 2008 release, Motion to Rejoin , was completed while living in an adobe hut powered only by four solar panels (oh, the decadence!). Press materials call the album "anti-nuclear and coal, but also aligned with the phases of the sun." I'd add that it's another lovely, vaguely magical soundscape of mellow, ethereal psychedelia and unhurried, bucolic, ambient blues and gospel — a perfect musical expression of their conscious will to live as close to nature as possible. During a European tour previous to this recording, vocalist Naybob Shineywater sang each set with an arrowhead in his mouth, to let each word touch the stone before it reached the audience's ears. Tickets $10. — Alison Fensterstock




Southeast Regional Drumline Live Battle of the Bands
3 p.m. Sun., Nov. 9
Tad Gormley Stadium, City Park, 866-901-5476

The infectious thunder of New Orleans' many ace high-school marching bands isn't just for Mardi Gras parades. If you've ever wished that the epaulet-bedecked groups would pass by a little slower, or that they'd pause long enough for you to see the cheerleaders, dance teams, drill teams and flag bearers in full effect, now's your chance. On Sunday afternoon, nearly a dozen of New Orleans' best, plus a few bands from Baton Rouge, will shake the walls of Tad Gormley Stadium as they compete in funky lockstep for the Southeast regional title. Warren Easton, O. Perry Walker, St. Augustine's Marching 100, McDonogh No. 35 and other schools will perform, accompanied by the Atlanta rapper Soulja Boy (pictured), whose upbeat, yelping, semi-nonsensical dance rap has launched a thousand ringtones. Human beat box and '80s hip-hop pioneer Doug E. Fresh hosts the throwdown. Tickets $22 general admission, two-for-one if purchased in advance. — Fensterstock




8 p.m. Sun., Nov. 9
House of Blues, 225 Decatur St., 310-4999;

The Hasidic sect of Judaism, founded in the 18th century in Belarus and Ukraine, is known for its intense, deeply religious tenets and large black hats. It is not known for the number of reggae-influenced hip-hop MCs that emerge from its highly insular fold. One is probably enough, and that one is Matisyahu. The New York-based convert and former touring Deadhead performs in traditional dress, combining dub reggae, vintage dancehall and old-school hip-hop with occasional screaming rock 'n' roll guitar solos. Reggae purists and Hasidim alike may plotz at the sound of his unique hybrid rhyming style, but critics and legions of spiritual hippies from the Bonnaroo camp have embraced him like an only daughter who's marrying a doctor. The Semitic sensation hasn't dropped a new studio album since 2006's Youth , produced by the influential experimental bassist Bill Laswell (his next album, Light , is supposed to come out in early '09), but his touring schedule has been rigorous. Once this round of dates is complete, he'll return to New York for a Hanukkah-themed round of eight shows over eight nights in December. Future Rock and the Heavy Pets open. Tickets $26. — Fensterstock




Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson
9:30 p.m. Fri.-Sun., 7-9; through Nov. 13
Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center, 1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 827-5858;

No matter who wins the presidential election Tuesday, it'll be interesting to hear the stories that come out from behind the scenes of each campaign. Some of the most entertaining interviews in Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson are with veterans of the 1972 election. Candidates and pols including George McGovern, Pat Buchanan, Gary Hart and others talk about the race and Thompson, whose book Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail 1972 detailed some of the campaign's more absurd moments. Thompson even laughs about reporting on a rumor that he himself started of not only drug use but abuse of a fictional drug by one candidate. In spite of his loose cannon exploits, many politicians were taken by his work and personality. Alex Gibney's ( Taxi to the Dark Side , Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room ) documentary is a fascinating portrait of Thompson from his younger years when he ran for sheriff of Aspen, Colo., to his work for Rolling Stone to the Fear and Loathing books to his later life, when he buckled under his own reputation. As Thompson saw himself become the running character Uncle Duke in Garry Trudeau's Doonesbury , he struggled to eclipse his earlier exploits, sometimes fading into drunkenness and stunts with guns during interviews. If you missed the film at its sold-out screening during the New Orleans Film Fest, here's another chance. Tickets $7 general admission, $6 students/seniors, $5 children/Zeitgeist members. — Will Coviello

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