Our highlights for the week in New Orleans include a number of events, Italian instrumental rock with Mike Watt, world R&B with Sinkane, and Mystikal for Halloween.
[Updated] Friday: Of Montreal, Pillar Point, 10 p.m., The Howlin’ Wolf: Feel weird? Of Montreal is here to remind you that there are weirder people out there, and weirdness is no obstacle to making compelling music. In their case, it likely helps. (tickets) Also on Friday: Pell, Mulherin, Barin the Great, 10 p.m., The Willow; Cardinal Sons, Coyotes, The Kid Carsons, 10 p.m., One Eyed Jacks (tickets); Gwar, Decapitated, American Sharks, 7:30 p.m., House of Blues (tickets)
Saturday: Tank and the Bangas, DJ RQAway, 10 p.m., Tipitina’s: The band’s name sound like Tank and the Bangas are two separate things, but her presence is big enough and high-impact enough to be a banga herself. The beauty of the band is that it grooves in a self-assured, effortless way. (tickets) Also on Saturday: Mike Doughty, 9 p.m., Gasa Gasa (tickets)
Sunday: il sogno del marinaio (with Mike Watt), 10 p.m., One Eyed Jacks: Mike Watt joins guitarist Stefano Pilia and drummer Andrea Belfi to make a predominantly instrumental art/rock/jazz hybrid that remembers to be fun and physical. (tickets)
Monday: Sinkane feat. Helado Negro, 10 p.m., One Eyed Jacks: Ahmed Gallab performs as Sinkane, and his brand of soul music draws from his childhood in the Sudan, his interest in indie rock, and West African synth eccentric William Onyeabor. (tickets) Also on Monday: Author and Punisher, Child Bite, 10 p.m., Circle Bar; Mon Amon Amarth, Sabaton, Skeletonwitch, 7:30 p.m., Civic Theatre (tickets)
Tuesday: Joey Bada$$, The Soul Rebels, CJ Fly, Kirk Knight, Nyck Cautionwith 5:30 p.m., House of Blues: Young Joey Bada$$ has made his name so far by harkening back to the moodier Native Tongues sound with his own worthy flow. His debut album is due out in December; it will be interesting to see if he debuts any of it and if it shows a time shift forward. (tickets) Also on Tuesday: Mojave Lords, Star and Dagger, Gnarltones, 10 p.m., One Eyed Jacks (tickets)
Thursday: Mystikal, Knower, 11:45 p.m., Tipitina’s: Thursday night is Tipitina’s Masquerade Ball and Costume Contest, with the great Mystikal running the show. (tickets) Also on Thursday: Moon Taxi, Bright Light Social Hour, 8 p.m., House of Blues (tickets)
>On Friday, the free Gleason Gras returns at 4 p.m. with performances by Anders Osborne, Rebirth Brass Band, Royal Teeth, John Michael Rouchell, Honey Island Swamp Band, and Paul Varisco and the Milestones. The day benefits the Gleason Family Trust. (info)
Comedian Myq Kaplan headlines a comedy show Friday night at 8 p.m. at the Hi-Ho Lounge with Chris Duffy, Andrew Polk, Molly Ruben-Long, Duncan Pace, & Jade Bronte Patton (tickets)
Saturday, the Community Records Block Party presents almost 12 hours of music at the Carver Theater starting at 12:30 p.m. The massive lineup is on the show’s event page. You can also stream music by everybody who'll perform on a Community Records' Bandcamp page. Tickets are $20 at the door.
Prospect 3 officially starts Saturday at 10 a.m. when the gallery shows open. There will be a ribbon cutting, second line, and free lunch from Dooky Chase at 11 at Washington Square Park to give the international contemporary art festival a start. For official sites and details, visit ProspectNewOrleans.org.
Saturday night, New Orleans’ hip-hop community will come together at the Joy Theater to celebrate its vitality at the NOLA Hip-Hop Awards. (tickets)
Updated 2:27 p.m.
The Community Records Block Party costs $20 at the door and is not free as first reported.