Live music in New Orleans this week (July 18-24, 2017)

Lil Uzi Vert, Morning 40 Federation, Thou
Lil Uzi VertWed. July 19 | SoundCloud's streaming champ of 2016 finally makes his way to New Orleans (a planned June stop was postponed).

Palm performs at Gasa Gasa July 21

Philadelphia art rockers perform in New Orleans
Some hype precedes Palm's first headlining show in New Orleans, but the validation is there to hear on last year's Audiotree Live session, in which the self-taught Philadelphia quartet lays bare its gangling, exposed-nerve guitar clatter (at one point snapping a string like a threadbare tendon in the process). The band has gotten even better since then, if new EP Shadow Expert (Carpark) is any indication — six tracks and 17 minutes that expand 2015 debut Trading Basics in every direction, shouting out a lineage of art-rock forebears while forging a clear and distinct new direction.

Live music in New Orleans this week (July 11-17, 2017)

Creepy Fest, a tribute to Hank, Caddywhompus, Andrew Duhon and more
Creepy FestThu.-Sun. July 13-16 | The annual punk rock festival spans several venues (Banks Street Bar, Poor Boys, Check Point Charlie, Rare Form, Siberia) and more than two dozen bands showcasing Southern punk and hardcore.

Busdriver's road less traveled

The independent Los Angeles rapper performs at Gasa Gasa July 16
Update: This show has been canceled due to a family emergency. Hip-hop often gets bifurcated into hard (gangsta) and soft (conscious) boxes, but iconoclasts like Andre 3000 and Kendrick Lamar exploded that notion and made what once was a strange underground into the new mainstream.

Live music in New Orleans this week (July 4-10, 2017)

Lee Bains III, Lightnin' Malcolm and Roger Waters
Lee Bains III & the Glory FiresSat. July 8 | On the new Youth Detention (Don Giovanni), Birmingham, Alabama, fire-breather Lee Bains III (ex-Dexateens) brings the fury like a schoolyard scrum between teenage Elvis Costello and Bruce Springsteen. Bantam Foxes opens at 10 p.m. at Gasa Gasa.

Roselit Bone, thugs in harmony

The band performs at Circle Bar and One Eyed Jacks July 8
Roselit Bone snuck into New Orleans last year on an early-August Monday at the Circle Bar, which means the gig came and went without many more than local regulars bearing witness. They heard most, if not all, of the self-released 2014 LP Blacken & Curl, as well as "Dreamless Sleep," a strum-along, waltz-time lullaby from 2016's split-single with Jenny Don't & the Spurs — at the time, the only music disseminated by the Portland, Oregon-based, Mexi-Cali noir-country outfit.

Live music in New Orleans this week (June 27-July 3)

Morbid Angel, Alejandro Escovedo, Big Freedia, Patriotic Music Festival, Rick Ross
Morbid AngelTue. June 27 | Death metal architects Morbid Angel — hailing from the country's blackest, most brutal pit of doom (Tampa) — wake from a six-year slumber with a tour to celebrate the band's forthcoming album, due later this year.

Silencio performs a tribute to David Lynch

The band steps into the black lodge at One Eyed Jacks July 2
Now that everyone is Twin Peaking again — thanks to Showtime's blessed resurrection of the most bizarrely entrancing and hilariously subversive series ever to haunt primetime network television — the cosmic connections between David Lynch's so-odd-it's-normal body of work and this tribute performance of Angelo Badalamenti's note-for-note soundtracks are ripe for syndication. The show time — 9 p.m.

Live music in New Orleans this week (June 20-26, 2017)

Wimps, Jacuzzi Boys, Black Marble, Sea Battle, Naughty Professor, Cajun-Zydeco Festival
WimpsTue. June 20 | Seattle's Wimps' 2015 LP Suitcase (Kill Rock Stars) anti-romanticizes every old guy at the party and the dumps they call home.

Tombs and Thou perform at Neutral Ground

The bands perform June 22
Of all the modifiers used to subdivide and categorize metal, "coffeehouse" somehow got missed. Yet here comes Tombs — Brooklyn's self-disemboweling, re-reincarnating metal-metamorphosis masters, spreading newly sprouted wings on this week's The Grand Annihilation (Metal Blade) — to cap off your cortado with a steaming shot of cyanide.

Live music in New Orleans this week (June 13-19, 2017)

Miike Snow, Girlpool, Aldous Harding, Deacon John
Miike SnowTue. June 13 | Swedes Christian Karlsson and Pontus WInnberg produced and wrote songs for an array of stars, including Madonna, Britney Spears and Kylie Minogue, before forming their own indie pop band with American singer-songwriter Andrew Wyatt.

Guitar heroes: Steve Gunn, Lee Ranaldo and Meg Baird come to New Orleans

The artists perform June 18 at Gasa Gasa
Nearly a year to the day after his last visit to Gasa Gasa, guitar hero Steve Gunn returns with two of his own guitar heroes in tow: Lee Ranaldo (pictured), the Sonic Youth co-founder cited by Gunn as a main inspiration for his interstate-tripping road ragas; and ex-Espers co-founder Meg Baird, whose trippy, long-form eponymous debut with Heron Oblivion (Sub Pop) placed near the top of Gunn's favorite records of 2016. Gunn and Ranaldo share more than a special talent for six-string whispering.


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