Our highlights for the upcoming week in New Orleans' nightlife include Big Freedia's album release party, Al "Carnival Time" Johnson's birthday, Cut Copy, Circa Survive, and Tim & Eric's Pusswhip Banggang.
Friday: Cut Copy, Classixx, Nile Delta, 9 p.m., Joy Theater: The Australian electronic pop band returns following the release of Free Your Mind, its tribute to acid house. (tickets) Also on Friday: Rosco Bandana, Kamboom!, 8 p.m., House of Blues (tickets); Juelz Santana, 10 p.m., The Howlin’ Wolf (tickets); King Rey, Brass Bed, 10 p.m., Gasa Gasa (tickets); Good Enough for Good Times, Corey Henry and Da Treme Funktet, 10 p.m., Tipitina’s (free); The Gillis Silo, Alexes Aiken, 10 p.m., The Howlin’ Wolf’s Den (tickets); Brother Dege, 10 p.m., The BEATnik; Gold and the Rush, Roses, Moonbather, 10 p.m., Circle Bar
Saturday: Toad the Wet Sprocket, 8 p.m., House of Blues: Toad the Wet Sprocket started in the late 1980s but made its name during the alternative rock/post-Nirvana boom. The band broke up in the late ‘90s but really didn’t stay apart, reuniting regularly since. Now they’re touring in support of a recent, Kickstarter-funded CD, New Constellation. (tickets) Also on Saturday: Caleb Caudle, Alexis and the Samurai, 9 p.m., Gasa Gasa (tickets); James Andrews and The Crescent City Allstars, 10 p.m., Tipitina’s (tickets); Remedy Krewe CD-release party, 9 p.m., One Eyed Jacks (tickets)
Sunday: Blackbird Blackbird, Beat Culture, 10 p.m., Hi-Ho Lounge: On the new Tangerine Sky, electronic, sequenced and programmed elements frame the acoustic, song-oriented hearts of the songs. (tickets) Also on Sunday: Nat Baldwin of Dirty Projectors, Julie Odell, 10 p.m., Circle Bar
Tuesday: Circa Survive, Ume, 8 p.m., House of Blues: The Philadelphia-based post-hardcore band recently recorded one of its Los Angeles shows for an upcoming live album. (tickets) Also on Tuesday: Common Kings, Jimmy Weeks Project, Bujie & the Highrise, 8 p.m., House of Blues (tickets); Featherface, Sol Cat, 9 p.m., Gasa Gasa (tickets); A Wilhelm Scream, Red City Radio, PEARS, 10 p.m., Siberia (tickets)
Wednesday: Hundred Waters, Gems, 10 p.m., One Eyed Jacks: The electronic folk band incorporate digital elements in its sound, particularly on the recent The Moon Rang Like a Bell, the band’s first album on Skrillex’s OWSLA label. (tickets) Also on Wednesday: Scarface, DJ Chicken, 9 p.m., The Howlin’ Wolf (tickets)
Thursday: Bounce XXXIX: Big Freedia’s album release party, DJ Jubilee, 10th Ward Buck, Walt Wiggidy, Magnolia Rhome, DJ Lil Man, 11 p.m., The Republic: Big Freedia is now a reality show star (on Fuse’s Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce), and she celebrates the release of her new album, Just Be Free. (tickets) Also on Thursday: Sage Francis, Quickie Mart, Jonathan Brown, 8 p.m., Southport Hall (tickets)
Friday night, Al “Carnival Time” Johnson will celebrate his 75th birthday at The Mother-in-Law Lounge with a jam. Johnson’s known for one song, but he’s also an accomplished piano player and singer of classic New Orleans R&B. Hopefully, he’ll break some of that out as a present for us.
Sunday night, comedians Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim of Tim and Eric Awesome Show on Adult Swim will visit The Howlin’ Wolf Sunday with their “swamp rock” band, Pusswhip Banggang, which just released their “hit,” “Jambalaya,” as a vinyl 12-inch picture disc.