The Spilt Milk team picks our favorites for the week, including Mic Check with Nappy Roots, Typhoon, the Pizza Underground, Miley Cyrus, and Ladysmith Black Mambazo.
Friday: Mic Check 2014 with Nappy Roots, 10 p.m., The Howlin’ Wolf: Howlin' Wolf hosts the biggest underground hip-hop competition in the South with, Nappy Roots performing after the show (tickets); Also on Friday: Ava Luna, Krill, Caddywhompus, Native America, 10 p.m., Siberia (tickets); Alexandra Scott and Her Magical Band, Kiyoko McCrae, Lee Walker, 9 p.m., AllWays Lounge; Speakerbox w/ Tank and the Bangas, Lonell Simmons, 9 p.m., Gasa Gasa (tickets); The Junior League, 10 p.m., The Howlin’ Wolf’s Den (tickets); Walter “Wolfman” Washington and The Roadmasters, Marc Stone Band, 10 p.m., Tipitina’s (tickets); Bonerama, 9:30 p.m., Freret St. Publiq House (tickets)
Saturday: Typhoon, Angel Olsen, Phox, Natural Blonde, 9:30 p.m., One Eyed Jacks: The Portland-based indie crew with over a dozen members play carefully orchestrated tracks from their latest album, White Lighter (tickets), Also on Saturday: Anne McCue, 9 p.m., Chickie Wah Wah; Brass-a-Holics, Tank and The Bangas, 10 p.m., Tipitina’s (tickets); Les Claypool’s Duo De Twang, Reformed Whore, 10 p.m., The Howlin’ Wolf (tickets)
Monday: The Pizza Underground feat. Macaulay Culkin, 8 & 11 p.m., Hi-Ho Lounge: The comedy rock band featuring child actor, Macaulay Culkin on kazoo, percussion and vocals, parody songs from the Velvet Underground, with pizza-themed lyrics. Monday night, the group performs at Hi-Ho Lounge (tickets); Also on Monday: Casket Girls, DTCV, Stargazer Lillies, Dreamend, Dott, 10 p.m., Circle Bar; Diane Birch, Andrew Belle, 9 p.m., House of Blues’ Parish (tickets); Corporal feat. Michael Shannon, Jesse Tripp and The Nightbreed, 10 p.m., One Eyed Jacks (tickets)
Tuesday: Miley Cyrus, Icona Pop, 7 p.m., Smoothie King Center: Two pop giants team up for a night of youthful dance tracks, and rebellious head bangers (tickets); Also on Tuesday: King Parrot, Vattnet Viskar, The Art of the Process, 10 p.m., Siberia (tickets); The Fleshtones, The Backstabbers, Nick Name and The Valmont, 6 p.m., Southport Hall; Dave Hause, Northcote, 9 p.m., House of Blues’ Parish (tickets); San Fermin, Paper Bison, Eskimoses, 8:30 p.m., Gasa Gasa (tickets); Vertical Scratches, Mainland, 10 p.m., Circle Bar
Wednesday: Ladysmith Black Mambazo, 9:30 p.m., Tipitina’s: The South African, Grammy Award-winning male choral group that backed Paul Simon on his beloved album Graceland bring its beautiful melodies to the Crescent City (tickets); Also on Wednesday: Peelander-Z, Har Mar Superstar, 10 p.m., One Eyed Jacks (tickets); Agent Orange, Tuff Luvs, The Unnaturals, DJ Hunter, 10 p.m., Siberia (tickets)
The New Orleans gospel group celebrates 75 years and counting, Saturday night at the Zion Harmonizers 75th Anniversary Gala and Concert. The show will be held in the Joy Theater at 7 p.m.
Saturday night, AllWays Lounge hosts a release party for New Orleans: The Underground Guide, a comprehensive New Orleans guidebook and compilation covering the city's contemporary art and music scenes.
Musically Speaking Film Series presents I Want My Name Back, a documentary that focuses on Master Gee and Wonderful Mike of the Sugarhill Gang reclaiming their place in hip-hop history 30 years after the release of "Rapper's Delight." The movie will be shown at Gasa Gasa at 7 p.m.