Live music in New Orleans this week (Nov. 21-27, 2017)

Frankie and the Witch Fingers, Unsane, Juvenile, Partners-N-Crime and DJ Jubilee, and Mega Ran
UnsaneTue. Nov. 21 | After a five-year reprieve, Unsane reached elbow-deep into a meat grinder for September's Sterilize (Southern Lord), the New York City noise-rockers' eighth blood-splattered crime scene.

Baauer shakes it off with A-Trak and Mannie Fresh

The EDM producer performs at Metropolitan Nov. 24
Harry Rodrigues, the once-wunderkind, now-entrenched DJ/producer better known as Baauer, summed up many people's thoughts on electronic dance music (EDM) in his response to 2012's internet-breaking, meme-generating "Harlem Shake": "I didn't want to be an EDM producer," he told The Guardian last year, "and I still don't want to be." I feel you, Harry — I didn't want to be writing about an EDM producer, and I still don't want to be.

Live music in New Orleans this week (Nov. 14-20, 2017)

Cults, The Shins, Tori Amos, Kelela
CultsTue. Nov. 14 | Since guitarist Brian Oblivion and vocalist Madeline Follin released the New York indie pop band's sophomore effort, 2013's Static, songwriting has become more collaborative.

Hallelujah: Hiss Golden Messenger headlines Tipitina's

M.C. Taylor's outfit returns to New Orleans Nov. 17
There's something incredibly gratifying about M.C. Taylor's late-blooming success as Hiss Golden Messenger. The first time I heard his recent output, I randomly flashed back to another country-ish band, The Court & Spark, whose songs felt as comfortable as a favorite pair of blue jeans and whose vocals draped like an arm around your shoulder.

Live music in New Orleans this week (Nov. 7 - 13, 2017)

alt-J, Ariel Pink, Boris with Thou and Endon, Japandroids and more
Ariel PinkWed. Nov. 8 | If "Feels Like Heaven," the straight-faced, '80s-swaying single off Ariel Pink's latest funhouse mirror of an album, Dedicated to Bobby Jameson (Mexican Summer), makes you think the AM-radio resuscitator has given up the ghost in the machine, stay tuned for "Death Patrol," in which he pants percussion and performs as various Lonely Farts Club bandmates.

Grizzly Bear performs at the Civic Theatre Nov. 12

The band returns with Painted Ruins
Painted Ruins (RCA), the major-label debut by the widely cherished weirdo-rock outfit Grizzly Bear, opens with a nod to another one-toe-in-the-mainstream album by another widely cherished, weirdo-rock-turned-major-label outfit. "Wasted Acres," with its meltingly languorous groove and machinist-Frankenstein callouts ("Were you even listening / TRX250"), obliquely brings to mind the Flaming Lips' Rosetta Stoned beat-drop "One More Robot/Sympathy 3000-21" from Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots.

Live music in New Orleans this week (Oct. 31-Nov. 6, 2017)

Quintron and Miss Pussycat, Gatecreeper, Iron & Wine
Quintron and Miss PussycatTue.

Flying Lotus is in 3D at the Joy Theater Nov. 1

Taking a trip into Brainfeeder's space-age dimension
As if his maximalist productions weren't enough — lysergically blissful, surgically spiralized engorgements of sound that pull from the outer reaches of jazz, deep space funk, Top 40 hip-hop and avant-garde cinema — Flying Lotus presents yet one more dimension for us to keep track of: the shit flying at your face during his concert. Too much is never enough for Steven Ellison, the creative force behind the Los Angeles anti-hive-mind Brainfeeder collective (Thundercat, Kamasi Washington, et al.), the five universe-traversing Flying Lotus LPs (capped by 2014 white light You're Dead!)

Baptized by Screaming Females

The New Jersey trio performs at First Unitarian Church Oct. 28
You might suspect this is the first time Screaming Females — the New Brunswick, New Jersey trio fronted by the tempest-summoning, teapot-sized singer/guitarist Marissa Paternoster — has been booked to play a church. You would be wrong.

Live music in New Orleans this week (Oct. 24-30, 2017)

Christian Scott, TAUK, Khruangbin, City of Caterpillar and pg. 99 and more
Christian Scott aTunde AdjuahTue.

Live music in New Orleans this week (Oct. 17-23, 2017)

Spoon, Brian Haas, Lil Yachty, Dinner
SpoonTue. Oct. 17 | Hot Thoughts, the ninth stellar album in a row by Spoon, is both homecoming and new beginning for America's most consistent rock band.

The shape of Perfume Genius

The artist opens for The xx at Champions Square Oct. 19
Perfume Genius' Mike Hadreas authored my favorite album of 2017, an unsettling and unsettled pop smear called No Shape (Matador). It's my favorite by such a large margin that English trio The xx — which is headlining this tour, and which also released a fine album in 2017, I See You (Young Turks) — won't get another mention here.


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