Our highlights for the week include Ash, Superchunk, Futurebirds, Dom Kennedy, the New Orleans Comic Con and a benefit for musician Doug Potter.
Friday: Ash, Deaf Havana, 10 p.m., One Eyed Jacks: The Northern Irish, alt-rock band revolutionized the music industry when it chose to set up its own label and release singles at will. Twenty-two years later, it is still cranking out hits in the UK (tickets); Also on Friday: The Soul Rebels, Mississippi Rail Company, 10 p.m., Tipitina’s (tickets); Trey Anastasio Band, 8 p.m., House of Blues (tickets); Wooden Wings, Mobley/Social Set, 9 p.m., Gasa Gasa (tickets); Hello Negro, 10 p.m., The Circle Bar; The Winter Sounds, The Silent Game, First Fracture, Too Soon for Symmetry, 10 p.m., Siberia (tickets)
Saturday: Superchunk, Waxahatchee, 10 p.m., One Eyed Jacks: The band that put the Chapel Hill music scene on the map, Superchunk blends '90s indie-rock and DIY punk rock. Saturday night, the band play songs from its tenth studio album, I Hate Music (tickets); Also on Saturday: New Orleans Tribute to J Dilla, 9 p.m., The Howlin’ Wolf’s Den (tickets); The Airborne Toxic Event, 9 p.m., Civic Theatre (tickets ); Trey Anastasio Band, 8 p.m., House of Blues (tickets); Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentlemen, 10 p.m., Tipitina’s (tickets); Mahayla CD-release party, Meschiya Lake, 10 p.m., Gasa Gasa (tickets); The Derailers, Hill Country Hounds, 9 p.m., Mid-City Lanes; The Mercy Brothers, 9 p.m., Chickie Wah Wah; Tab Benoit and Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, 9 p.m., Freret Street Publiq House; Jayke Orvis and The Broken Band, Carrie Nation and The Speakeasy, My Graveyard Jaw, 10 p.m., Siberia (tickets); Christian Scott, 8 & 10 p.m., Snug Harbor
Sunday: Futurebirds, Promised Land Sound, Tedo Stone, 10 p.m., One Eyed Jacks: Futurebirds have been on a relentless touring schedule since the release of their last album in 2011. Sunday, the Athens-based rockers return to New Orleans putting their psychedelic twist on laid back Americana (tickets); Also on Sunday: Mike Dillon Band, King James and The Special Men, Lil Current Vocal Club, 9 p.m., Gasa Gasa (tickets); Guttermouth, Authority Zero, Piñata Protest, Bujie and The Highrise, 10 p.m., Siberia (tickets); Ruby Fray, Johanna Warren, 10 p.m., Circle Bar
Monday: Russian Circles, Ken Mode, Inter Arma, 8 p.m., House of Blues’ Parish: The three-piece metal and rock band from Chicago play material from their new album, Memorial (tickets).
Tuesday: Sebadoh, Octagrape, High, 9 p.m., Gasa Gasa: Pioneers of lo-fi indie music, Sebadoh returns after a 14-year hiatus with a new album, Defend Yourself and no noticeable change in its tightness or lack thereof;(tickets); Also on Tuesday: Big Boy Records: Daddy Money album-release party with Young Gabe, Mystikal, Juvenile, 9:30 p.m., House of Blues’ Parish (tickets)
Wednesday: Dom Kennedy, Skeme, Malli Benjamin, 8 p.m., House of Blues: The LA rapper has been an underground sensation since the release of his first mixtape in 2008. Wednesday, Kennedy performs songs from his second studio album, Get Home Safely (tickets); Also on Wednesday: Purple, The Breton Sound, 10 p.m., One Eyed Jacks (tickets)
Friday through Sunday, the New Orleans Comic Con will take place in the Convention Center. To celebrate the convention, The Howlin' Wolf hosts an All Nerd Rock-a-Thon: Chewbacchus’ Comic Con After Party, Friday, starting at 10 p.m. with performances by The Consortium of Genius, Sci-Fried, and Space Metal.
UNO Lakefront Arena hosts a night of comedy with Let the Laughter Roll feat. Sommore, Bruce Bruce, Earthquake and more, Saturday starting at 8 p.m. (tickets).
On January 21, local jazz musician Doug Potter was the victim of severe beating in the French Quarter while walking home from a gig. A Benefit for Doug Potter, featuring performances by Meschiya Lake & The Little Big Horns, Washboard Chaz Blues Trio, Showarama, Tim Robertson, John Boutté, and the Doug Potter All-Stars, with food catered by Commander's Palace, will be held Sunday, 2 p.m., at d.b.a.
Shakedown II: a Benefit for the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic, will be held Thursday, 8 p.m., at The Howlin’ Wolf, with performances by The New Orleans Suspects, Bonerama, Ed Volker, Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes, Honey Island Swamp Band, Tommy Malone, and more.