New Orleans reaps the benefit of bands traveling to and from Austin for SXSW.
Friday: Martin Sexton, Andrew Duhon, 8 p.m., Tipitina's: A night of smart songwriters at Tipitina's. Massachusetts-based Martin Sexton's on his way to SXSW with a new album, Sugarcoating, and Duhon has a new album as well, The Moorings. (tickets) Also on Friday: They Might Be Giants, Moon Hooch, 9 p.m., House of Blues (tickets); Delicate Steve, Rareluth, 10 p.m., Circle Bar; Meschiya Lake & the Little Big Horns, 9 p.m., Little Gem Saloon; Little War Twins, Victor Olston, Bears and Wolves, Warm Needles, 8 p.m., The Big Top; Reigning Sound, Guitar Lightnin' Lee and the Thunder Band, Bipolaroid, DJ's Angel Witch, Dan Rose, 10 p.m., Siberia (tickets); England in 1819, Summer, Elk Milk, 10 p.m., The Howlin' Wolf's Den (tickets)
Saturday: Kishi Bashi, Tall Tall Trees, Native America, 10 p.m., One Eyed Jacks: Kishi Bashi splits the difference between Andrew Bird and Theresa Andersson. Each makes extensive use of looping pedals and violins, but his pieces are more open-ended than Andersson's, but more immediately song-oriented that Bird's. He's particularly interested in textures, but never at the expense of the songs. (tickets) Also on Saturday: Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet CD-release party, 8 p.m., Irvin Mayfield Jazz Playhouse; Dirty Dozen Brass Band, TBC Brass Band, 10 p.m., Tipitina's (tickets); The Hawks (of holy rosary), Sharks Teeth, The Hotel Year, 10 p.m., The Howlin' Wolf's Den (tickets); The Weeks, Junior Astronomers, Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas, 10 p.m., Circle Bar; Andrew Duhon CD-release party, Alexis Marceaux & The Samurai, 10 p.m., d.b.a.; Road to SXSW: Midnight Spin, Ketchy Shuby, The Wooden Wings, Little War Twins, Brad Mackeson, The Stoop Kids, 6:30 p.m., The Big Top
Sunday: Pinback, JP Inc., 10 p.m., One Eyed Jacks: Since Pinback tours and records on its own pokey calendar, this show is an event. Just as its schedule is clearly and deliberately the band's own, so are the shows. Reports from the tour so far have all been positive, with the shows splitting between older and new material. (tickets) Also on Sunday: Useless Eaters, Nightmare Boyzzz, Texas Funeral. Lee Bains III and The Glory Fires, 7 p.m., Siberia (tickets);
Monday: Solange, Sinkane, 9 p.m., House of Blues: Solange isn't performing at major sporting events unlike her older sister Beyonce, but she has chosen a hipper, more indie and idiosyncratic road. (tickets): Also on Monday: Turbo Fruits, Vietnam, Spider Bags, The Barreracudas, Dino's Boys, 10 p.m., Siberia (tickets); ZZ Ward, The Wild Feathers, Emily Kopp, 8 p.m., House of Blues' Parish (tickets); The Orwells, The Kingston Springs, 10 p.m., One Eyed Jacks (tickets)
Tuesday: AWOLNATION, Mother Mother, Super Water Sympathy, 8 p.m., House of Blues: AWOLNATION merge modern electronics with classic hard rock, and the results are as urgent and dramatic as you'd expect. (tickets) Also on Tuesday: Grandchildren, 10 p.m., The Saint; Juju Association Presents : Ponderosa + Alexis and The Samurai + Cardinal Sons, 10 p.m., The Howlin' Wolf's Den (tickets); OpenHouse Music Presents: Summer, Angry Elephant, Fuji Pop, 10 p.m., Siberia (tickets); Cusses, Beach Day, 10 p.m., Circle Bar
Wednesday: Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell, 8 p.m., House of Blues: Two legends in Americana music who recently recorded the beautiful Old Yellow Moon together. (tickets) Also on Wednesday: Chris Mulé and The Perpetrators, 10 p.m., The Maple Leaf Bar
Thursday: Davis Rogan, 6 p.m., The Ogden Museum of Southern Art: The Ogden has a show of costumes - particularly Indian suits - from Treme on display, and it has a series of Treme-related performers scheduled for "Ogden After Hours" this month. Davis Rogan has made his career a form of performance art, and parlayed his status as the inspiration for Davis McAlary into an album, The Real Davis, which examines the complicated relationship he has with the world around him. Also on Thursday: Shooter Jennings, 7 p.m., One Eyed Jacks (tickets); Corey Ledet, 8:30 p.m., Rock 'n' Bowl
Starting Friday, Buku returns for a second year to Mardi Gras World, this year with a lineup that is once again EDM-heavy, but also with hip-hop (Kendrick, Lamar, Public Enemy), rock (Passion Pit, Best Coast), and artists who work the ground somewhere in-between (Calvin Harris, STRFKR). Buku has expanded from two to three stages to accommodate a strong lineup of DJs and EDM artists.
Wednesday, Sherie Tucker, author of Swing Shift: "All-Girl" Bands in the 1940s, will deliver a talk, "Not the Whole Storyville: Learning from New Orleans Jazzwomen." It'll take place in the Qatar Ballroom in the Lavick-Bernick Center on the Tulane campus at 6:30 p.m.