Live music in New Orleans this week (Sept. 19-25, 2017)

2 Chainz, !!!, Faith Prince, Music for Mental Health, Alex Cameron
2 Chainz Tue.

Forever young: Madeline Kenney performs at Gasa Gasa Sept. 25

The singer-songwriter’s Night Night at the First Landing is out now
"I feel young," Madeline Kenney sings on the opening title track of her first offering, 2016's Signals EP. Then, for emphasis, once more, this time with gusto: "I feel young!"

Live music in New Orleans this week (Sept. 12-18, 2017)

Drab Majesty, Sun Seeker, U2, Frankie Rose and Swervedriver
Drab MajestyThu. Sept. 14 | Deb Demure's androgynous alien builds space-age synth worlds washed away by intergalactic gothic waves on 2017's The Demonstration (Dais Records), followed by this month's "Oak Wood" single honoring victims of Oakland's Ghost Ship fire.

Soft sounds: Japanese Breakfast's intimate dream pop

Michelle Zauner performs at Hi-Ho Lounge Sept. 13
Michelle Zauner's four albums in the past five years — two as the raw, excitable frontwoman for Philadelphia's Little Big League and two expansive-yet-introspective solo releases as Japanese Breakfast — are like different siblings from the same family, clearly related but with barely a resemblance. The divide occurred in 2016, when the illness and subsequent death of Zauner's mother spurred a move home to Oregon and an unavoidable reckoning with her grief.

Live music in New Orleans this week (Sept. 5-11, 2017)

Downtown Boys, DJ Soul Sister, Gleason Gras, Modest Mouse
Downtown BoysThu. Sept. 7 | Fugazi's Guy Picciotto produced the Providence, Rhode Island band's acclaimed 2017 album, Cost of Living (Sub Pop), a fast-and-furious blast of bilingual punk to tear down borders and white supremacy.

Oh Sees: dropping Thee and remaking an entrance

The band performs at One Eyed Jacks Sept. 5
In the waning days of 2013, after a breathless 10-year run that included 14 studio albums, 23 EP/seven-inch/compilation/live releases, five incremental name changes and an unspecified number of turbine-powered guitar licks and punctuating "woo!" hoots, John Dwyer delivered the bad news that had seemed both unlikely and a long time coming. "This will be the last Oh Sees show for a long while," he told the crowd at San Francisco's Great American Music Hall, "so dig in."

What now: Sylvan Esso in New Orleans

The duo performs with Flock of Dimes at the Civic Theatre Sept. 1
Say this about Sylvan Esso: The band knows how to make an entrance. Following 2014's eponymous debut-introducing "Hey Mami," the North Carolina duo returns on April's What Now (Loma Vista) with the simply, perfectly titled "Sound."

Live music in New Orleans this week (Aug. 22-28, 2017)

Chamber Music Festival, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Sextile, WHIV-FM, Vox and the Hound
Crescent City Chamber Music FestivalThu.-Sun. Aug. 24-27 | The Manhattan Chamber Players perform free concerts at 6 p.m.

Cashing in: Lil Weezyana Fest and U.N.L.V.

A night of dueling New Orleans rap history Aug. 25
The small Venn diagram overlap of multiverse theorists and hip-hop heads will have a ball with Friday's convergence of Cash Money players-turned-haters. Three hours and eight CBD blocks apart, two concerts will trace a winding parallel history of the definitive New Orleans rap label, which grew out of area housing projects into a $300 million behemoth (with past and present legal complaints levied by at least two of the evening's participants).

Live music in New Orleans this week (Aug. 15-21, 2017)

Roots on the Rails, Delish Da Goddess, Kap G, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Ameripolitan Fest
Roots on the RailsWed. Aug. 16 | The railroad tour pivots at New Orleans, from Los Angeles to Chicago-bound, unloading a country, folk and punk music lineup for a show at Chickie Wah Wah.

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and the classic hip-hop takeover on New Orleans airwaves

The rap outfit is at Tipitina's Aug. 17
It seems impossible, in this fiercely loyal broadcasting locality, that arguably the greatest gift bestowed by the radio gods in 2017 has been an automated satellite simulcast from faceless corporation iHeartMedia. Yet any devotee of classic hip-hop, R&B and New Orleans bounce will attest: K242CE, better known to FM listeners as Throwback 96.3, is exactly what our airwaves were missing.

Live music in New Orleans this week (Aug. 8-14, 2017)

Voice of Addiction, Rolling Elvi, Bantam Foxes, Dylanc LeBlanc and Lil Yachty
Voice of AddictionTue. Aug. 8 | The latest album from politically charged Chicago punks Voice of Addiction is July's The Lost Art of Empathy, a fiery blast of damn-the-man sing-alongs from hardy Rust Belters.


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