My Spilt Milk picks the week's highlights, including a birthday bash from DJ Soul Sister, cello grooves from Ben Sollee, Americana great Lucinda Williams, the hip-hop sounds of Gramatik, and the Timecode:NOLA Film Festival.
Friday: Soul Sister's 7th Annual Birthday Jam - "Good Foot": A James Brown Get Down" feat. Nigel Hall's Big Payback Band w/ Christian McBride, Soul Sister, 10 p.m., Tipitina's: NOLA's beloved DJ Soul Sister throws her own birthday party on Friday, backed by jazz and soul greats (tickets). Also on Friday: The Sword, Cathercist, Robert Fortune, 8 p.m., House of Blues' Parish (tickets); Rock City Morgue record release party, Morella & the Wheels of If, 10 p.m., One Eyed Jacks (tickets); Missing Monuments, Youth Bitch, Candy Shack DJs, 6 p.m., Siberia; Eric Lindell, 10 p.m., Circle Bar
Saturday: Ben Sollee, Helen Gillet, 8:30 p.m., Old U.S. Mint: Sollee's voice and cello fuse elements of folk, bluegrass, jazz and R&B on the latest album, Half-Made Man (tickets). Also on Saturday: Roxie Watson, 9 p.m., Chickie Wah Wah; Wax Tailor, Buck 65, 10 p.m., The Howlin' Wolf (tickets)
Sunday: Lucinda Williams, 8 p.m., Tipitina's: Lucinda Williams will play two nights at Tipitina's celebrating the self-titled album she released 25 years ago, the album that drew attention to her outside of the Texas folk community. (tickets). Also on Sunday: Austra, Diana, 10 p.m., One Eyed Jacks (tickets); Cold Cave, Douglas McCarthy, 9 p.m., Hi-Ho Lounge (tickets); Stardeath and the White Dwarfs, Spaceface, Jane Jane Pollock, 10 p.m., Siberia (tickets); Helen Gillet, Time Green and Doug Garrison, 8 & 10 p.m., Snug Harbor
Monday: Lucinda Williams, 8 p.m, Tipitina's: Check above (tickets).
Thursday: Grammatik, 10 p.m., The Republic: A member of the Pretty Lights team, Gramatik combines electronic sounds with hip-hop beats. (tickets) Also on Thursday: The Love Language, 8 p.m., Gasa Gasa (tickets)
Timecode NOLA Festival, New Orleans' eclectic independent film festival, kicks off Wednesday, 9 p.m. at One Eyed Jacks with Tony Clifton: Live on the Sunset Strip.
Rising Tide 8, New Orleans' eighth annual new media conference, is a gathering of the city's online tribe, and it will take place Saturday, 9 a.m. at Xavier University, with keynote speaker, LT. General Russel Honore, commander of Joint Task Force Katrina.