My Spilt Milk picks our favorites for the week, including Sweet Crude's sweet French, rapper Kevin Gates, brass funk with Magnetic Ear, The Howlin' Brothers' roots rock, the Yeezus Tour, and a number of holiday-inspired concerts.
Friday: Sweet Crude, Big History, Luxley, 10 p.m., One Eyed Jacks: The percussion-focused, indie pop band pay homage to their roots, singing most of their catalogue in Cajun French. Friday night, they share the stage with other New Orleans indie staples, Big History and Luxley (tickets). Also on Friday: James Hall, 10 p.m., Circle Bar; Kompression featuring James Teej, My Favorite Robot, and more 11 p.m., Tipitina’s (tickets); Truckstop Honeymoon, 10 p.m., Chickie Wah Wah
Saturday: Kevin Gates, 10 p.m., The Howlin’ Wolf: The Baton Rouge rapper has lived many of the usual hard-life stories including prison time, but his faith has helped him channel them in less expected directions on his latest album, Stranger Than Fiction (tickets). Also on Saturday: Vox and the Hound, Sports and Leisure, 9 p.m., Carrollton Station; Social Set, Tyler Kinchen, The Right Pieces, 9 p.m., Gasa Gasa (tickets); 007, 10 p.m., Maple Leaf Bar; Eric Lindell, 10 p.m., Tipitina’s (tickets); Soul Rebels, 10 p.m., Blue Nile; Bounce with Katey Red, Vockah Redu, Culotta Rock, Walt Wiggady, FJ Socole, Danger Boyz, DJ Lil Man, 10 p.m., Siberia (tickets)
Monday: Magnetic Ear, 8 p.m., Gasa Gasa: The six piece "freak-out brass" ensemble blend funk, New Orleans brass, and African music for one wild dance party at Gasa Gasa (tickets).
Wednesday: The Howlin’ Brothers, 10 p.m., Chickie Wah Wah: The Nashville-based string band cross modern bluegrass with country on their debut roots record, Howl. Also on Wednesday: Angel Olsen, Dominique LeJeune, Silo Homes, 10 p.m., Circle Bar
Thursday: Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, 7 p.m., New Orleans Arena: Hip-hop kings share the spotlight on West's highly anticipated Yeezus Tour, which suffers from no lack of bravado, spectacle and nerve (tickets). Also on Thursday: WWOZ’s 33rd birthday bash feat. the Hot 8 Brass Band, The Abney Effect, 8 p.m., Tipitina’s (tickets); Super Water Sympathy, The Unlikely Candidate, 9 p.m., House of Blues (tickets)
The Bayou Classic Halftime Show hosts the 2013 Battle of the Bands and Greek Show, an annual stepping competition and battle of the bands between the Southern University Human Jukebox and the Grambling State University Tiger Marching Band (tickets).
Don’t Spike the Eggnog: A Holiday Benefit Concert for the Bridge House Clinic, an organization that promotes sober and productive living, takes place Wednesday, 9 p.m., at The Howlin’ Wolf. The concert features performances by Brett Sorge, Cupid's Machete, Electric Uvula, Frank Netter's Cigar Club, Restless Leg Syndrome, The Rolling Histones, and The Sickle Cells.