My Spilt Milk picks our favorites for the week, including twerk-worthy mixes from Gypsyphonic Disko, new albums from the Scorseses and Local Natives, raving with Yellow Claw, a night of Latin music, and a TV show for Big Freedia.
Friday: Gypsyphonic Disko, Debauche, 10 p.m., Siberia: Gypsyphonic Disko has blended Balkan folk dance with bounce, and with this Mardi Gras' "Hip Drop-o-Phonic," they New Orleans funk and R&B to their musical vocabulary (tickets). Also on Friday: The Funky Meters, Brian Stoltz, 10 p.m., Tipitina's (tickets); Bantam Foxes CD-release party, Dead Legends, Cozy, 10 p.m., Gasa Gasa (tickets); Star and Micey, Gold and the Rush, Yelephants, 10 p.m., The Howlin' Wolf (tickets); Gravity A CD-release party, Profit, 10 p.m., House of Blues (tickets); Orange Goblin, Holy Grail, LazerWulf, 10 p.m., One Eyed Jacks (tickets); Frequency Effect feat. Mano Le Tough, Aril Brikha, 10 p.m., Hi-Ho Lounge; Feuding Fathers, Caddywhompus, TOAST, ImagineIAM, 10 p.m., Circle Bar
Saturday: The Scorseses CD-release party, Super Water Sympathy, Tyler Kinchen and The Right Pieces, 9 p.m., House of Blues: The New Orleans-based ska band embrace an alt-rock sound in their new album, Magnumopis (tickets); Also on Saturday: England in 1819, Cardinal Sons, The Breton Sound, 9 p.m., Gasa Gasa (tickets); The Revivalists, Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers, Tumbleweed Wan, 10 p.m., Tipitina's (tickets)
Tuesday: Roberto Fonseca, Los Po-Boy-Citos, 8 p.m., House of Blues: It's a night of Latin-inspired music. Buena Vista Social Club alum Fonseca mixes cool American jazz with Cuban rhythms, while Los Po-Boy-Citos get the party started with funky Latin-soul (free). Also on Tuesday: Aimee Mann, Ted Leo, 8 p.m., Tipitina's (tickets); Houndmouth, Andrew Combs, 8 p.m., Gasa Gasa (tickets); Mudhoney, Cheap Time, Peelander-Z, 10 p.m., One Eyed Jacks (tickets)
Wednesday: Local Natives, Wild Nothing, 9 p.m., Tipitina's: Produced by The National's guitarist, Aaron Dessner, the indie Natives get less agressive, more poetically introspective on their second album, Hummingbird (tickets). Also on Wednesday: Widowspeak, King Rey, My Father's Rifle, 8:30 p.m., Gasa Gasa (tickets); Yo Gotti, YG, CashOut, Zed Zilla, DJ Poppa, 9 p.m., House of Blues (tickets); Brenmar, A Boy Named Ruth, Carmine P. Filthy, DXXXY, Money P, Derek Dmost, 10 p.m., Hi-Ho Lounge
Thursday: Yellow Claw, E-VO, KeN3TIc, SugarBear, Jay Fernell, 10 p.m., The Republic: A night of bass heavy trap music headlined by the Amsterdam newcomers who have already made a name for themselves across the pond (tickets). Also on Thursday: Ed Volker, 8 p.m., Chickie Wah Wah
This year's contraption contest and bicycle rally, all part of the Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus' Season Kickoff Extravaganza, embrace all things Star Trek with the theme, "The Wrath of Khan-ival." The night ends with a CD-release, cash giveaways, and plenty of live music.
On Wednesday, New Orleans musician and mash-up guru, Madd Wikkid, leaked his latest mixtape, Don't Tell Noboby, featuring samples from The Meters, Dr. John, Lil Wayne, Cheeky Blakk, Juvenile, and other New Orleans artists. To celebrate the release, Madd Wikkid is DJ'ing and playing at his own dance party, Saturday starting 11:30 p.m., at Preservation Hall.
Big Freedia, the hip-hop visionary/World Record-holding twerk diva, can now add "reality television star" to her list of accomplishments. Big Freedia: The Queen of Bounce debuts Wednesday night on Fuse.tv; however, a premier party will be held Sunday night starting at 7 p.m., at The Republic.