Live music in New Orleans this week (Dec. 12-18, 2017)

Randy Newman, Anders Osborne, Caddywhompus, Gulf Coast Slaughter Fest, The Artisanals
Randy NewmanTue. Dec. 12 | On Dark Matter, America's pre-eminent critic-composer distills a MAGA-era political and social minefield into nine bitter, bone-dry heartbreakers and...

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The prophecy of Gary Numan and 'the end of things'

The artist performs at House of Blues Dec. 13
"I should have told you / Be careful what you wish for," Gary Numan sings on "Mercy," off his self-released September LP Savage (Songs From...

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Valerie Sassyfras follows a space oddity on Blast-Off

The one-woman powerhouse holds a launch party at One Eyed Jacks Dec. 11
Roswell, New Mexico's 1947 "UFO incident" is real, and Valerie Sassyfras has seen the evidence. Inspired to write an album about space, Sassyfras — a...

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Live music in New Orleans this week (Dec. 5-11, 2017)

The Drums with Hoops, United Bakery Records, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Bully
The Drums with HoopsTue. Dec. 5 | Likeminded bands that made substantial leaps in 2017 — Bloomington, Indiana's Hoops with May's Routines (Fat Possum),...

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Soul Rebels team up with Talib Kweli, Curren$y and Robert Glasper

The brass band makes more connections with hip-hop
Breathless proof of the wide-ranging appeal of New Orleans brass bands, The Soul Rebels have in recent years funked up performances around the world by...

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Live music in New Orleans this week (Nov. 28-Dec. 4, 2017)

Esme Patterson, Avett Brothers, Blato Zlato, Rock Eupora
Esme Patterson with Susto and Sam DooresThu. Nov. 30 | Whether solo (2016 standout We Were Wild), in a duo (Shakey Graves' folktale "Dearly...

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Telefon Tel Aviv, a return to New Orleans

Joshua Eustis performs at Republic Nov. 29
Telefon Tel Aviv's 2001 debut Fahrenheit Fair Enough is the rare release that's proved to be both ahead of and behind its time. Too late...

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Quiana Lynell sings Ella

The jazz singer celebrates Ella Fitzgerald's birthday at Preservation Hall Nov. 25
While New Orleans has started celebrating its tricentennial, singer Quiana Lynell is making sure the city marks a centennial before year's end: Ella Fitzgerald's 100th...

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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'...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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

Quintron and Miss Pussycat, Gatecreeper, Iron & Wine
Quintron and Miss PussycatTue. Oct. 31 | Quintron and Miss Pussycat being absent for Halloween 2016 felt like Santa Claus taking a Christmas off....

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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...

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Your guide to the 2017 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience

Artist interviews, highlights, maps and schedules
New Orleans rapper Pell: "I'm trying to be the Rosetta Stone" Pell performs at Voodoo Oct. 28 Chicano Batman moves the soul on Freedom...

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New Orleans rapper Pell: "I'm trying to be the Rosetta Stone"

Pell performs at Voodoo Oct. 28
Jared Pellerin made a seemingly out-of-nowhere splash in 2014 with Floating While Dreaming, a fully realized full-length vision from the New Orleans-born rapper. In 2015,...

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Chicano Batman moves the soul on Freedom Is Free

The genre-bending quartet performs at Vodooo Oct. 27
Genre-bending Los Angeles-based quartet Chicano Batman played Voodoo Music + Arts Experience in 2012. But ask frontman Bardo Martinez, and it sounds like a different...

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Voodoo 2017 picks for Saturday, Oct. 28

Whitney, RL Grime and Foo Fighters
WHITNEY5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. // Saturday, Oct. 28 // SOUTH COURSE Whitney made a big splash in 2016 with its debut Light on the Lake...

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Voodoo 2017 picks for Sunday, Oct. 29

Ron Gallo, Aminé, Miguel and The Killers
RON GALLO1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. // Sunday, Oct. 29 // ALTAR A constant electric buzz throughout Ron Gallo's set at the Civic Theatre shook the...

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Voodoo 2017 picks for Friday, Oct. 27

Benjamin Booker, LCD Soundsystem and Kendrick Lamar
Benjamin Booker6 p.m.-7 p.m.// Friday, Oct. 27 // ALTAR Change often comes quickly for Benjamin Booker. He moved to New Orleans in 2012 to work...

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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...

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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. Oct. 24 | New Orleans trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah has developed his "stretch music" ethos, expanding jazz beyond its self-imposed...

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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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