Live music in New Orleans this week (May 23-29, 2017)

Ty Segall, Jacqui Naylor, Trey Songz
Ty SegallFri.

Waiting for Erykah Badu

The singer returns to New Orleans at the Lakefront Arena May 28
Whatever Is the opposite of selling out (buying in?), no artist in the new millennium personifies it more than Erykah Badu. Earning an immediate, unlimited cachet cache after her 1997 debut Baduizm went triple-platinum and blessed/cursed her with Billie Holiday comparisons, Badu reinvested her artistic net worth in getting loud and proudly weird — exploring per- sonal, political and stylistic protests on increasingly conceptual albums instead of cranking out "Tyrone" callbacks or plucking low-hanging fruit from "Appletree."

Bayou Country Superfest debuts at the Superdome May 26-28

Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton and Brooks & Dunn headline the country music festival
Miranda Lambert (pictured), Blake Shelton, Brooks & Dunn and Hank Williams Jr. headline Bayou Country Superfest, which in its eighth year moves to New Orleans from Baton Rouge.   The festival kicks off with a free concert featuring young singer- songwriters Easton Corbin, Eric Paslay and Dylan Scott in Champions Square at 7 p.m.

Live music in New Orleans this week (May 16-22, 2017)

X, Kehlani, Water Seed, Black Lips
X with Rosie Flores Thu.

Sigur Ros and the sound of silence

The Icelandic band performs at the Saenger Theatre May 21
More happens in the first 30 seconds of Kveikur (XL), the seventh LP by slow-melt Icelandic trio Sigur Ros, than in some 30-minute stretches of the band's other albums. (This is hyperbole, but not by much — while not quite John Cage in their embrace of negative space, these are the same guys that made 18 seconds of silence into a Rauschenberg-like white-canvas calling card.)

Live music in New Orleans this week (May 9-15, 2017)

Besnard Lakes, Caddywhompus, Victor Wooten, HOOPS
The Besnard LakesWed. May 10 | Jace Lasek and Olga Goreas are Montreal's other husband-and-wife music makers from the early 2000s, content to tread a stranger, more psychedelic path than Arcade Fire's Win Butler and Regine Chassagne.

Hamilton Leithauser performs at One Eyed Jacks May 12

The Walkmen singer returns with Walker Lukens
After six original albums with The Walkmen on songs that ranged from raging Lower East Siders ("The Rat") to Hurricane Katrina eulogizers ("Louisiana") to worldly rock ambassadors (all of Lisbon), frontman Hamilton Leithauser found himself barbershopping through a "Duke of Earl" a cappella fade on the band's crowning final release, 2012's aptly named Heaven. Where else does a raspy Rat Pack expat go from there, but to the source?

Live music in New Orleans this week (May 2-8 2017)

Twin Peaks, Kamasi Washington, Hurray for the Riff Raff and more
Twin PeaksTue.-Wed. May 2-3 | Serendipity or completely intentional?

The New Pornographers and Waxahatchee perform at Tipitina's May 3

Neko Case and company return to New Orleans
Several brave souls have dared to share microphones with Neko Case over her storied career, but none so often — and with so much fanfare — as Allan Carl "A.C." Newman. (We'll give k.d. lang time.)

Whitney performs at Tulane University April 28

The band's latest is 2016's acclaimed Light Upon the Lake
Even Bob Marley — if he were alive — would concede "No Woman, No Cry" is a played-out collegiate anthem at this point. But the comma placement in the title continues to fascinate, lending a George Jones-like second meaning to what is, on its face, a simple consolation.

Live music in New Orleans this week (April 25-May 1, 2017)

Swing in the OaksTue. April 25 | Guest conductor Aram Demirjian leads the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO) in the annual free concert at City Park's Goldring/Woldenberg Great Lawn.

Live music in New Orleans this week (April 17-24, 2017)

Bob Weir, Sediment & Smog, The Call
Bob Weir & the Campfire BandTue. April 18 | Grateful Dead co-founder Bob Weir teamed with singer/songwriter Josh Ritter and the rhythm section of The National to summit Blue Mountain (Columbia), his first new solo material since 1978's Heaven Help the Fool.


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