My Spilt Milk picks the week's highlights, including Passion Pit, Jason Isbell, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Vibrators, big name performances at UNO Lakefront Arena, and plenty of festivals.
Friday: Passion Pit, The Joy Formidable, 8:30 p.m., Civic Theatre: After cancelling a handful of shows earlier this summer, a refueled Passion Pit returns to New Orleans to blast synthpop hits off of their latest album, Gossamer. (tickets) Also on Friday: Braids, Hundred Waters, Kodak to Graph, 10 p.m., One Eyed Jacks (tickets); Red Baraat, Shamarr Allen and The Underdawgs, 10:30 p.m., Tipitina's (tickets); Davell Crawford's New Orleans Legends Series feat. Irma Thomas, 8 p.m., Little Gem Saloon (tickets); The Junior League, Pontchartrain Wrecks, 10 p.m., Circle Bar; Die Rotzz 10-year anniversary show, Kajun SS, Overnight Lows, The Macgillicuddy's, 10 p.m., Siberia (tickets); Native America, Netherfriends, Dolphin Mouth, 10 p.m., Saturn Bar; Twin Forks, Matrimony, Birdfinger, 9 p.m., Gasa Gasa (tickets); Rebirth Brass Band, Yo Mamma's Big Fat Booty Band, 10:30 p.m., The Howlin' Wolf (tickets)
Saturday: Shuggie Otis, John Murry: 8 p.m., House of Blues: Shuggie Otis celebrates the re-release of his cult favorite psychedelic R&B album Inspiration Information and with it, the previously unreleased Wings of Love, while John Murry shows off the best of Americana from his latest, The Graceless Age. (tickets) Also on Saturday: Matt Nathanson, Joshua Radin, 8 p.m., Tipitina's (tickets); Lost Bayou Ramblers, King James and The Special Men, 10 p.m., One Eyed Jacks (tickets); Quickie Mart, Unicorn Fukr, Tony Skratchere, 11:45 p.m., Tipitina's (tickets); James and Kathleen Westfall, 8 p.m., Marigny Opera House; Maggie Koerner, Rumplesteelskin, 10 p.m., Gasa Gasa (tickets); Crystal Fighters, Sports and Leisure, 8 p.m., The Republic (tickets)
Sunday: Jason Isbell, Cary Hudson, 7 p.m., House of Blues: Since leaving Drive-by Truckers in 2007, singer/songwriter Jason Isbell has gotten sober, remarried and chronicled his fall from grace on the intimate, critically acclaimed album, Southeastern (tickets). Also on Sunday: Wynton Marsalis, 7 p.m., Saenger Theatre (tickets); Wild Belle, Snowmine, 9 p.m., One Eyed Jacks (tickets)
Monday: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Restavant, Plowboy, 7:30 p.m., Civic Theatre: With over a decade of work under their belt, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club have channeled just about every sub-genre within the rock spectrum, from folk to blues to garage rock. They add to their diverse catalogue with their latest, alt-rock album, Specter at the Feast (tickets).
Tuesday: The Vibrators, The Split () Lips, Mea Culpa, DJ Chrischarge, 10 p.m., Siberia: Thirty-three years later, punk rock vets The Vibrators are still making new music. Tuesday night they perform with local punk gals, The Split () Lips, and Memphis rockers, Mea Culpa (tickets). Also on Tuesday: The Shiz, The Wurly Birds, 10 p.m., Circle Bar
Wednesday: The Lumineers, Dr. Dog, 7:30 p.m., UNO Lakefront Arena: The Lumineers helped usher folk music back into Top 40 consciousness with their self-titled, debut record. Wednesday night they play alongside rock virtuosos, Dr. Dog (tickets). Also on Wednesday: Raheem Devaughn, Iris P, 8 p.m., House of Blues (tickets); JJ Grey & Mofro, 7 p.m., Civic Theatre (tickets);
Thursday: J. Cole, 7:30 p.m., UNO Lakefront Arena: After six years, multiple mixtapes and plenty of hovering between underground and mainstream success, the North Carolina rapper/producer finally gets recognition on his latest album, Born Sinner (tickets). Also on Thursday: Bass Drum of Death, High, Blackfoot Gypsies, 10 p.m., The Howlin' Wolf (tickets); T Bird and The Breaks, 9 p.m., Gasa Gasa (tickets)
The 24th Annual New Orleans Film Festival kicked off Thursday night but continues well into next week, wrapping up on the 17th. The Spilt Milk crew looks forward to seeing the documentaries A Warehouse on Tchoupitoulas, which examines the history of the celebrated venue, and Bayou Maharajah: The Tragic Genius of James Booker.
The 10th Annual Voice of the Wetlands Festival takes place on the Southdown Museum Grounds in Houma, Louisiana, October 11-13. The festival, which celebrates bayou culture and works to spread Louisiana Wetlands awareness, offers a great selection of Cajun food, dancing, exhibitions and a number of live acts, including Anders Osborne, Josh Garrett, Dash Rip Rock, and Mia Borders.