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.

Live music in New Orleans this week (Oct. 10-16, 2017)

Nick Hakim and Sam Evian, (Sandy) Alex G, Peaches, Run the Jewels
Nick Hakim and Sam EvianTue. Oct. 10 | The sounds bubbling inside Nick Hakim's debut album Green Twins (ATO Records) mirror the faded neons on its cover, depicting a slimy eyeball staring into a mirror on an alien landscape: introspective, psychedelic soul and deep-space grooves.

Wadada Leo Smith brings Pulitzer-nominated Ten Freedom Summers to New Orleans

The trumpeter and composer performs at Loyola Oct. 14
There is no overstating the grasp-matching-reach achievement that is Wadada Leo Smith's Ten Freedom Summers. Issued in 2012 by Cuneiform Records after 34 years of workshopping and woodshedding, the trumpeter and composer's definitive collection — a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Music and one of the most ambitious and celebrated releases of the new millennium — earns the term "album" better than any before it: four decades-spanning branches, each a family of gestated suites that exceed an hour in length and an average jazz LP's depth and breadth, the unpardonable and irreparable first half of a lifetime brought to its knees by an interpretive retrospective that took most of that life's second half to articulate and fully realize.

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