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New Year's Eve with Brass Bed at Gasa Gasa 

With Quintron and Miss Pussycat abdicating their annual New Year's heave, it's time for a new tradition. This one feels right: Lafayette's Brass Bed — whose long-resolved breakout came this summer with The Secret Will Keep You (Crossbill/Off the Air), my pick for the top Louisiana album of 2013 — performing at a venue, Gasa Gasa, that didn't exist this time last year. My favorites from the past two years, Preservation Hall Jazz Band's Preservation in 2011 and Dr. John's Locked Down in 2012, only underscored the popular misconception (guilty) that the best music in and around New Orleans is made largely by older men and women. Brass Bed's Secret turns that notion on its head in more ways than one. It's unquestionably a youthful record, the band's bouncing Beatles signature subverted by extended noise meltdowns, bridges to nowhere and swift changes in tempo and direction. But it's deep and strangely cohesive in a way unlike other Brass Bed records, playing out like a sleep study constructed with dream logic and sounding like an entire life flashing before you, incomplete but mostly fulfilled. It's also an apt reminder that, although still young by any measure, this band is older than the one that made Melt White and Midnight Matinee. Forget all that when "Please Don't Go" cuts off "Auld Lang Syne" and kiss your neighbors. Tickets $8 in advance, $10 at the door. — Noah Bonaparte Pais


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