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...

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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...

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The 2017 Music Issue

Meet this year's class of New Orleans artists
Each year, GAMBIT's annual Music Issue dives into new New Orleans artists and albums. Inside, find interviews with this year's class: 13 Dreams, Blato...

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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...

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Wild at heart: Boyish Charm

Ryan Rowley admits he's a David Lynch fanboy. "I like that his movies will sometimes wrap around me in the most uncomfortable way each time...

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Living the 13 Dreams

Justin Batiste and Jesse Zenon met shortly before they argued until 5 a.m. inside The Club/Ms. Mae's, somehow sparking a relationship that turned into electronic...

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The clash: Dominic Minix and Yung Vul

Guitarist, vocalist and bandleader Dominic Minix lists Yung Vul's appellations: Yung Vulnerability, Yung Vulva, Yung Vulcan, or "Yung Vole, like the rodent." His nimble quartet...

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Blato Zlato, from the Balkans to outer space

The "Golden Record" aboard NASA's Voyager spacecraft contained Carl Sagan's curated selection of images — people eating and drinking, DNA diagrams, animals and plants —...

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Coming up roses: Tasche de la Rocha & the Psychedelic Roses

Tasche de la Rocha earned a living and built a reputation on Frenchmen Street, finding rhythms and celebratory sadness in her cloudy, Pacific Northwestern-inspired blues....

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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...

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Live music in New Orleans this week (Oct. 3-9, 2017)

Widowspeak, The Courtneys, Mura Masa
WidowspeakWed. Oct. 4 | Releasing albums like clockwork every other year, Brooklyn dream-pop outfit Widowspeak makes music designed to forget the time: an adrift...

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The return of Roky Erickson

The 13th Floor Elevators frontman performs at 2017's Ponderosa Stomp
"We have a clear signal!"   Roky Erickson beams over the phone from his home in Austin, Texas, where he recently celebrated his 70th birthday. Everyone...

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Bass is the place: Thundercat comes to New Orleans

The bassist and bandleader performs at Tipitina's Oct. 6
By the time Thundercat has you in his claws, it's too late — you already got got. Nom de plume (of smoke) of stoned-silly bass...

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Live music in New Orleans this week (Sept. 26-Oct. 2, 2017)

Arcade Fire, Mac DeMarco, SZA, Treme Festival
Arcade Fire with Wolf ParadeTue. Sept. 26 | In contrast to Arcade Fire's bombastic career track, fraternal Montreal outfit Wolf Parade — the rousing double helix of...

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Daniel Johnston opens 'final' tour in New Orleans

The lo-fi outsider songwriter performs Sept. 28 with Preservation All-Stars
Daniel Johnston's final tour is, first and foremost, for him: The home-recording curio-turned-icon has given over more of himself than rightfully should be asked of...

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On the Rise: Lynn Drury returns with new album

The songwriter releases Rise of the Fall at Chickie Wah Way Sept. 22.
Lynn Drury didn't pick up a guitar or start writing music until her mid-20s, but when she did, the songs poured out. With Rise of...

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

2 Chainz, !!!, Faith Prince, Music for Mental Health, Alex Cameron
2 Chainz Tue. Sept. 19 | As a guest on other recordings, 2 Chainz has a contributed a stream of lethal one-liners from his...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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. Thursday at Urban South Brewery, 7:30 p.m....

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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...

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