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Live music in New Orleans this week (Feb. 28-March 6, 2017) 

M.O.T.O., The Staves, Norah Jones, Soul Fest, Deafheaven, Southern Soul Assembly

M.O.T.O
Fri. March 3 | Paul Caporino's prolific punk project (Masters of the Obvious) has spanned nearly four decades and several states, ultimately crashing back to New Orleans for Mardi Gras. The Planchettes open at 10 p.m. at Circle Bar.

The Staves with Mikaela Davis
Fri. March 3 | Armed with a stable of influential admirers (Tom Jones, Florence and the Machine, Bon Iver) and voices wafting from Homer's isles, the U.K.'s Staveley-Taylor sisters challenge Sweden's First Aid Kit as Europe's loveliest sorority on 2015 stunner If I Was (Nonesuch/Atlantic). Pop harpist Mikaela Davis opens at 9 p.m. at Gasa Gasa.

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Norah Jones
Sat. March 4 | The singer-songwriter's 2016 album Day Breaks serves as the spiritual successor to her breakthrough 2002 album Come Away with Me, returning to her jazz-influenced contemplative cool following her moody pop outbreaks. At 8 p.m. at the Saenger Theatre.

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  • Photo by Dwight Marshall

Soul Fest
Sat.-Sun March 4-5 | The Audubon Institute festival's music lineup includes Tonya Boyd-Cannon, Robin Barnes, Shamarr Allen & the Underdawgs, T-Ray the Violinist and Tyrone Jefferson and the Abundant Life Tabernacle Choir. Food vendors offer Creole and soul food. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Audubon Zoo.

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Deafheaven
Sun. March 5 | Whether considered shoegazers with a seriously bleak outlook or the most texturally obsessed black-metal band ever, Deafheaven demands consideration. The camp-dividing post-rock band lorded over 2013 with the monolithic Sunbather, and 2015 follow-up New Bermuda outperforms it like an angry, jealous sibling. Likeminded dark crystals This Will Destroy You and Emma Ruth Rundle open at 9 p.m. at Republic.

Southern Soul Assembly
Sun. March 5 | Guitarists J.J. Grey, Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars), Anders Osborne and Marc Broussard form this Southern rock and blues supergroup. At 8 p.m. at Orpheum Theater.

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