Our highlights for the week in New Orleans include Nikki Lane, Rebirth, Little Dragon, the Creole Tomato Festival, and Bruno Mars.
Friday: Nikki Lane, Max Gomez, 8 p.m., House of Blues: Country singer Nikki Lane presented herself as a bad girl on 2011's Walk of Shame, and she's a high-stakes gal on her new All or Nothin'. I three-quarters believe her, and a band that rocks makes up the difference. (tickets) Also on Friday: Swearin’, Potty Mouth, Pope, 9 p.m., Gasa Gasa (tickets)
Saturday: Flow, 9:30 p.m., House of Blues: The Young Money Cash Money rapper is working on his second mixtape, and it's hard to imagine that he won't be joined by other YMCMB artists. (tickets) Also on Saturday: Rebirth Brass Band, 10 p.m., The Howlin’ Wolf (tickets); George Porter Jr. and the Runnin’ Pardners, Derrick Freeman and Smoker’s World, 10 p.m., Tipitina’s (tickets); Grant Watts and the Old Family, Strange Roux, Blind Texas Marlin, 10 p.m., One Eyed Jacks (tickets)
Sunday: David Dondero, 10 p.m., Circle Bar: Long-time indie singer/songwriter Dondero remains one of America's distinctive songwriting voices. Also on Sunday: My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult, DJs Angelle, Saturnine, and Sneauxball, 10 p.m., One Eyed Jacks (tickets)
Tuesday: Little Dragon, Lawrence Rothman, 10 p.m., The Republic: On the new Nabuma Rubberband, the Swedish dance pop band shows greater emotional depth. (tickets) Also on Tuesday: The Allah-Las, Native America, Summer, 10 p.m., One Eyed Jacks (tickets)
Thursday: Matrimony, Wooden Wings, 8 p.m., Gasa Gasa: The North Carolina-based indie folk-rock band comes to town with a new album, Monticello Memories, which was released last month. (tickets) Also on Thursday: Bassik feat. 12th Planet, 10 p.m., The Republic (tickets)
Summer is here, but the festivals just won't stop. This Saturday and Sunday, the French Market Creole Tomato Festival presents music on two stages in the French Market.
Bruno Mars seems to be the Grammys' vision of everything good in music, which makes me suspicious of him. But last year's Super Bowl halftime show star is enough of a showman and performer to mute the nagging voices in my head. He plays the Smoothie King Center Saturday.