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.

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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 America10 p.m., Siberia (tickets); Alexandra Scott and Her Magical Band, Kiyoko McCrae, Lee Walker9 p.m., AllWays Lounge; Speakerbox w/ Tank and the Bangas, Lonell Simmons9 p.m., Gasa Gasa (tickets); The Junior League10 p.m., The Howlin’ Wolf’s Den (tickets); Walter “Wolfman” Washington and The Roadmasters, Marc Stone Band10 p.m., Tipitina’s (tickets); Bonerama9:30 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 McCue9 p.m., Chickie Wah Wah; Brass-a-Holics, Tank and The Bangas10 p.m., Tipitina’s (tickets); Les Claypool’s Duo De Twang, Reformed Whore10 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, Dott10 p.m., Circle Bar; Diane Birch, Andrew Belle9 p.m., House of Blues’ Parish (tickets); Corporal feat. Michael Shannon, Jesse Tripp and The Nightbreed10 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 Process10 p.m., Siberia (tickets); The Fleshtones, The Backstabbers, Nick Name and The Valmont6 p.m., Southport Hall; Dave Hause, Northcote9 p.m., House of Blues’ Parish (tickets); San Fermin, Paper Bison, Eskimoses8:30 p.m., Gasa Gasa (tickets); Vertical Scratches, Mainland10 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 Superstar10 p.m., One Eyed Jacks (tickets); Agent Orange, Tuff Luvs, The Unnaturals, DJ Hunter10 p.m., Siberia (tickets)

Other Stuff:

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 Backa 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.