Our highlights for the week ahead include Weekend Update's Colin Jost and the electropop of Heavenly Beat.
Friday: Crowbar CD-release party, Intrepid Bastards, 10 p.m., One Eyed Jacks: New Orleans’ stoner rock institution returns with a new album, Symmetry in Black (tickets) Also on Friday: Uh Huh Her, DJ Kim Anh, 9 p.m., House of Blues (tickets); Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue, 10 p.m., Tipitina’s (tickets); Bassik feat. Borgore, 10 p.m., The Republic (tickets); Debauche, 10 p.m., Freret Street Publiq House (tickets)
Saturday: The Kills, Nuns, 9 p.m., House of Blues: The hard-edged semi-electronic duo of Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince have been relatively quiet musically for the last few years, but they have a new album due out later last year. This will be one of their few club dates this summer. (tickets) Also on Saturday: tUnE-yArDs, Sylvan Esso, 9 p.m., The Republic (tickets); The Honorable South, 10 p.m., One Eyed Jacks (tickets); Creole String Beans, Roddy Romero and the Hub City AllStars, 9 p.m., Mid-City Lanes Rock ’n’ Bowl; St. Cecilia’s Asylum Chorus, 9 p.m., Chickie Wah Wah; Chris Lee Band, Green Demons, Quaalords, 10 p.m., Circle Bar
Sunday: The 1975, Bad Suns, 8 p.m., House of Blues: The British pop-rock and visually evokes its titular year, and sonically recalls a lot of bands. Your investment in their image and in modern pop will determine your level of interest in the show. (tickets) Also on Sunday: King Khan and the Shrines, Red Mass, 10 p.m., One Eyed Jacks (tickets); Groundation, The Supervillains, 9 p.m., House of Blues (tickets)
Monday: Heavenly Beat, Nicholas Nicholas, 10 p.m., Hi-Ho Lounge: John Peña folds acoustic instruments (particularly Spanish guitar) into his musically upbeat, lyrically down electropop. (tickets)
Tuesday: Jack White, Kelley Stoltz, 8 p.m., Saenger Theatre: About a month ago, Jack White surprised everybody with the announcement of a new album, Lazaretto, a new tour, and he has dropped three tracks since to whet people's appetites. The album won't be out until after the New Orleans date, but what we've heard so far sounds like a natural follow-up to Blunderbuss (tickets) Also on Tuesday: Vintage Trouble, 8 p.m., House of Blues (tickets); Animals as Leaders, Conquering Dystopia, Chon, 8 p.m., Tipitina’s (tickets)
Wednesday: Orgone, 10 p.m., Maison: The Los Angeles-based funk band can be lush when it chooses to be, or hard-edged and Meter-esque, as previous visits to New Orleans have illustrated. (tickets)
Thursday: The Courtneys, 10 p.m., Circle Bar: This Vancouver-based three-piece all-woman band play garage punk with an appealing sense of fun.
A few months ago, Colin Jost replaced Seth Meyers as the co-anchor on Saturday Night Live's "Weekend Update." Friday night, he'll perform as a stand-up comic at the Civic Theatre.