Maybe it’s just a lead-in to Voodoo fest, but something (other than brain-eating amoeba) must be in the water in NOLA. For this upcoming two-month stretch, this city’s live music offerings surpass what any other American city can boast. Wait, that’s INSANE talk… right? Well, on top of NOLA’s always supreme and unique brass, bounce and jazz, a bonafide who’s who of current alternative (of all sizes, with recent releases) happens to pass through town (both Uptown and downtown) before November 1. And given the delayed nature of this month’s calendar, a handful of major acts aren’t even included on the calendar below—Ty Segall, Washed Out and the Black Lips for instance.
New Orleans may never be San Francisco, DC, Chicago, LA, Austin or New York City. It may never even be Seattle, Atlanta or places like Tulsa and Madison, WI when it comes to attracting acts from this particular sect of modern music. But clearly a tide is turning and modern alternative/college-oriented rock and electronica has a foothold in the Crescent City, and this stretch may be its most current peak. (There’s a reason Pitchfork is eyeing the city for its current nationwide events campaign.)
Can’t miss for Sept./Oct.
If the fall is your favorite record release season, Jenny Lewis, Ty Segall, Sinkane and Interpol are around, not to mention that rumored Foxygen LP still to come. Cross-genre heavy hitters like St. Vincent, Phantogram and Beck bolster October. And there’s never a bad time to see the rare appearance from local legend Dr. John (though tickets will run you at least $40+).
But this month, it’s all about value. In addition to Sinkane, so many high profile and critically beloved artists are performing for less than $20. In a city where the most heralded music festival will only cost you $35 for a day, individual shows at this price point are welcomed with open arms. While seeing the chaos of Foxygen on stage is extremely enticing, Real Estate likely put out a Top 5 album for 2014 that many say only gets better live. See you all at One Eyed Jack’s in September.
If spending $50…
[Real Estate, 9/22 at One Eyed Jack’s—$16]
[Foxygen, 9/29 at One Eyed Jack’s—$16]
[Sinkane, 10/27 at One Eyed Jack’s—$12] = $44, and enough for a tall boy.
DJ Shadow—House of Blues (9/16) Tues
Afghan Whigs—Civic Theater (9/20) Sat
Dr. John—Joy Theater (9/20) Sat
Merchandise—Siberia (9/20) Sat
Real Estate—One Eyed Jack’s (9/22) Mon
How to Dress Well—Hi-Ho (9/25) Thur
Foxygen—One Eyed Jack’s (9/29) Mon
Phantogram—Republic (10/4) Sat
Beck—House of Blues (10/5) Sun
Jenny Lewis—Civic Center (10/7) Tue
Interpol—House of Blues (10/7) Tue
Policia—One Eyed Jacks (10/8) Wed
St. Vincent—House of Blues (10/9) Thur
Paul McCartney—Smoothie King (10/11) Sat
Chromeo—Republic (10/13) Mon
OK Go—Tipitina’s (10/18) Sat
of Montreal—Howlin’ Wolf (10/24) Fri
Alton Brown—Saenger (10/24) Fri
Sinkane—One Eyed Jack’s (10/27) Mon
Wampire—Circle Bar (10/31) Fri