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Live music in New Orleans this week (May 31-June 5, 2016) 

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Tue. May 31 | The birthplace of black metal's resurrection, Norway — to its credit and detriment — has generally taken the tenets of the genre extremely personally and literally. Taake ("Fog"), led by terrifying front-corpse Hoest ("Autumn"), uses its latest LP Stridens hus (Dark Essence) to show the most gifted and depraved parts of itself. Both are fascinating. Wolvhammer, Mehenet and Witch Burial open at 9 p.m. at Siberia.


The F Word
Thu. June 2 | San Francisco female drag artist Fauxnique (aka Monique Jenkinson) mashes together drag, performance art, dance and camp in her one-woman show exploring feminism. At 8 p.m. at 3 Keys at Ace Hotel.

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Outer Spaces
Thu. June 2 | Baltimore's Outer Spaces is led by Cara Beth Satalino, a singer/songwriter out to skewer your heart, and Chester Gwazda, a multi-instrumentalist/engineer who has done it before, producing albums by Dan Deacon and Future Islands. The band's debut for Don Giovanni Records, A Shedding Snake, arrives this week. Homebody, Ghost Coast, Sun Year and SBDC also perform at 8 p.m. at Siberia.

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Pheasants album release
Fri. June 3 | New Orleans' gentle, golden-hued folk outfit releases its self-titled debut album, teased with a video for "Levin's Party," an appropriately whimsical single-shot, slow-motion daydream through a colorful backyard party. Twain, Esther Rose and Toonces open at 10 p.m. at One Eyed Jacks.

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Kevin Gates
Sat. June 4 | The prolific Baton Rouge rapper — who made his official studio debut with January's acclaimed Islah, a wildly unpredictable, emotional rollercoaster — headlines Power 102.9 FM's The Plug Project concert promoting digital literacy among New Orleans youth. "Moolah" hitmaker Young Greatness opens at 9 p.m. at the Orpheum Theater.

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Chicano Batman
Sun. June 5 | Los Angeles' retro soul-inspired Tropicalia quartet (dressed in matching ruffled tuxes) got a silky, '70s AM radio upgrade on its 2015 7-inch "Black Lipstick," a dose of swirling, psychedelic R&B. B-side "Please Don't Leave Me" is the band's Latin take on The Police's prog-pop. At 9 p.m. at One Eyed Jacks.


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