Live music in New Orleans this week (April 24-30, 2018)

Vulfpeck, Joey Bada$$, Queens of the Stone Age, Neon-Medeski, Piano Night
VulfpeckTue.-Wed. April 24-25 | On the band's sixth album, 2017's Mr. Finish Line, the playful funk outfit applies a goofball veneer of warm, '80s-inspired grooves and squiggly synths to their AM radio soul and R&B arrangements.

Acid Mothers Temple take a trip to New Orleans

Japanese psychedelic rockers perform at Gasa Gasa April 27
A print preview of Japanese cosmos-diddler Acid Mothers Temple quickly can be consumed down a rabbit hole of splintered inside-projects and dilated adjectives. (It's already happening.)

Live music in New Orleans this week (April 17-23, 2018)

Black Angels and Black Lips, Screaming Females, Where Y'acht, The Soft Moon
The Black Angels and Black LipsThu. April 20 | Austin psychedelic rockers The Black Angels open their 2017 album Death Song with the heavy and brooding "Currency," but more wistful angst marks an album created during the 2016 election cycle.

Ty Segall performs at One Eyed Jacks April 22

The prolific rocker's latest is the opus Freedom’s Goblin
Ty Segall hits town with his weightiest tome ever in tow, the 19-track, 75-minute January gargantua Freedom's Goblin. (Following Big K.R.I.T.'s 4eva Is a Mighty Long Time, it's the second records-setting double LP featured in this space in as many weeks — what in the name of The White Album is going on?)

Herbie Hancock headlines International Jazz Day Salute

Terence Blanchard, Ledisi and Patti Austin perform in Congo Square
Keyboardist and bandleader Herbie Hancock (pictured) headlines a concert salute to International Jazz Day. Trumpeter Terence Blanchard and the E-Collective, vocalists Patti Austin and Ledisi and others perform at the free event at Congo Square 2 p.m.

Live music in New Orleans this week (April 10-16, 2018)

Dr. Michael White, Moonwalks, Cha Wa, Derek Smalls, James Hunter 6
The Life and Music of New Orleans Legend George LewisWed. April 11 | Dr. Michael White and the Original Liberty Jazz Band explore the music and legacy of the jazz great, a prolific clarinetist who sparked a traditional jazz revival amid a career of influential playing.

Big K.R.I.T. takes the crown

Following his epic 4eva Is a Mighty Long Time, the rapper returns to New Orleans April 11
Whichever K.R.I.T. hits bigger for you — the self-mythologizing King Remembered In Time, tut-tutting would-be usurpers with trunk-rattling gall, skit-mocking skits and that real Southern-not-country/fish-and-grits shit; or just Justin Scott, humble mixtape underdog made amazingly good — his new magnum opus has a platter designed to speak directly to you. Odds are, both will.

Live music in New Orleans this week (April 2-9, 2018)

Curren$y, Tunesfest, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
Curren$yWed. April 4 | A week after the hyper-prolific New Orleans rapper released his nine-song EP Parking Lot Music, he celebrates his birthday at the weekly Jet Lounge showcase highlighting the MCs and producers in his Jet Life stable.

Rostam performs at Gasa Gasa April 3

The former Vampire Weekender delves into his own synth-pop
Rostam Batmanglij has been inching into the spotlight for years — first as one-half of the back-burnered, revisited synth-pop duo Discovery (with Ra Ra Riot's Wesley Miles); then as a sonic architect and style editor behind Vampire Weekend's English dramas and Oxford commas; and finally as the ivories-tinkling lily gilder on I Had a Dream That You Were Mine, 2016's Rat-Packed partnership with The Walkmen's Hamilton Leithauser, and the first of many albums that bear Rostam's stamp to also wear his name. Nine months before that deliverance, he announced he was leaving Vampire Weekend in a no-mincing declaration of independence ("My identity as a songwriter and producer, I realized, needs to stand on its own"), and one year later he delivered on the promise.

Live music in New Orleans this week (March 27-April 2, 2018)

Ravi Shankar Quartet, Tranche and Rose Ette, Cut Copy, Weedeater, Timber Timbre
Ravi Shankar QuartetWed. March 28 | The Indian Arts Circle of New Orleans hosts a performance from four disciples of the popular composer, featuring sitarist Gaurav Mazumdar, cellist Barry Phillips, shehnai player Ashwini Shankar, and tabla performer Arup Chattopadhyay.

Broken Social Scene performs at the Joy Theater March 28

The supergroup returns with Hug of Thunder
This is, by my count, Broken Social Scene's third visit to New Orleans. (The others came in 2004 and 2011, an interesting, however accidental, pattern of seven-year occurences.)

Live music in New Orleans this week (March 20-26, 2018)

Anemone and Faith Healer, Book of Love, Caroline Rose
Anemone and Faith HealerTue. March 20 | The SXSW exodus into eastern territories brings a double dose of Canadian pop to New Orleans.

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