On new record, The Mountain Goats channel their inner Goths

The band performs at Republic May 26
The Mountain Goats' May release, Goths, name-checks Siouxsie and the Banshees, Andrew Eldritch (The Sisters of Mercy) and Robert Smith, among others. But for an...

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

Ty Segall, Jacqui Naylor, Trey Songz
Ty SegallFri. May 26 | Bookending dozens of solo and band recording projects (and everything in between), Ty Segall's earliest and latest releases are...

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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...

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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...

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

X, Kehlani, Water Seed, Black Lips
X with Rosie Flores Thu. May 18 | Following a solo show by frontman John Doe at Chickie Wah Wah in February, Los Angeles punk...

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Star power: Count Basin reviews Jazz Fest 2017

Stevie Wonder, Usher, Tom Petty and other highlights from the Fair Grounds
Wonder Year Stevie Wonder started his 15-song service of gratitude and love with a brief sermon to reflect on the past year. "We have a...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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 Chicago rock band, still fresh from 2016's excellent LP Down in Heaven, headlines two nights...

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New Orleans record label United Bakery hosts a two-day revue

The label presents two shows at Marigny Recording Studio
Keeping the name of the building that housed the longtime local bakery that closed following Hurricane Katrina, the United Bakery Gallery carved out an intimate...

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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...

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Five new albums and record release parties from New Orleans artists

New releases from Trombone Shorty, Sweet Crude and more
Trombone ShortyParking Lot Symphony (Blue Note)Making his debut for venerable jazz label Blue Note, Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews slides comfortably into rich, intimate grooves weaving...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Pile performs at Gasa Gasa April 20

The Boston rock band's latest is A Hairshirt of Purpose
Boston's Pile is a zero-compromise band, which helps to explain why it has such a rabid core following and why it hasn't attracted a larger...

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Live music in New Orleans this week (April 11-17, 2017)

Diamanda Galas, Cashmere Cat, Generationals, Foxygen
Diamanda GalasTue. April 11 | Over multiple decades and octaves, Diamanda Galas' hair-raising soprano has defrocked Thelonious Monk and screamed down Jay Hawkins, expanding "classically...

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Drive-By Truckers headlines two nights at Tipitina's

A two-night stand from an American Band
It all started with a border: the blurred line between Southern rock and rock opera, political songs and songs about the body politic — real...

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Live music in New Orleans this week (April 4-9, 2017)

Simon Berz and Brad Walker, Of Montreal, New Water Music, David Dondero
Simon Berz and Brad WalkerTue. April 4 | Andy Durta's predictably unpredictable Scatterjazz series resumed last week at Sidebar NOLA with Helen Gillet on cello...

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Real Estate, keeping it In Mind

The band performs at Republic April 6
On Real Estate's acclaimed first three LPs (2009's eponymous debut, 2011 follow-up Days and 2014's establishing Atlas), the New Jersey band's only criticism was that...

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Live music in New Orleans this week (March 28-April 3, 2017)

Brian Wilson, Avett Brothers, Audra McDonald, Allah-Las, Vox and the Hound
Brian Wilson with Al Jardine and Blondie ChaplinWed. March 29 | God only knows how he's doing it, but Brian Wilson's revival shows no signs...

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True love waits: Radiohead returns to New Orleans

The band performs at the Smoothie King Center April 3
In the press junket for 2000's epochal Kid A, the members of Radiohead participated in a photo shoot with post-processing that intentionally overcorrected all of...

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

Cherry Glazerr, Static Masks, Cardinal Sons
Cherry GlazerrWed. March 22 | The second album from the L.A. punk band, helmed by explosive teen visionary Clementine Currie, is 2017's Apocalipstick (Secretly Canadian),...

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Bonnie "Prince" Billy and Bitchin Bajas head to the Music Box

Emmett Kelly and Haley Fohr also perform March 24-25
in September, Spin called it "the wildest venue in New Orleans." Given the relative tameness of the rest of the U.S., that provinciality is probably...

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