My Spilt Milk picks the week's favorites, including two shows from Anders Osborne, Drive-By Truckers' Mike Cooley, Sunbrain's David Dondero, Kacey Musgraves, a release-party for Sweet Crude, Consortium of Genius, Nick Kroll, and a John Waters take on Christmas.
Friday: Anders Osborne’s 2nd annual Holiday Spectacular, 10 p.m., Tipitina’s: Osborne and friends kick off the holiday season once again with a two-night concert series. He has lined up some heavy hitters including Luther Dickinson and Paul Barrere, and each night features a different group of special guests for two unique shows. (tickets). Also on Friday: Deadeye Dick 20th-ish anniversary reunion show, Paul Sanchez - Jet Black & Jealous, 9 p.m., The Howlin’ Wolf (tickets); Red Fang, The Shrine, 10 p.m., Siberia (tickets); Dynamite Dave Soul, MC Charlie V., 9 p.m., Gasa Gasa (tickets); Ron Hotstream and The F-Holes CD-release party, 10 p.m., Banks St. Bar; Diarrhea Planet, Yelaphants, Bones, 10 p.m., Circle Bar
Saturday: Mike Cooley, 10 p.m., Gasa Gasa: One of the founders and principal songwriters of the acclaimed Drive-By Truckers, Cooley will perform an accoustic set with songs off his first solo record, A Fool On Every Corner. Also on Saturday: Butch Hancock and Jimmie Dale Gilmore, 10 p.m., Chickie Wah Wah; Anders Osborne’s 2nd annual Holiday Spectacular, 10 p.m., Tipitina’s (tickets); England in 1819 video release party, 10 p.m., Circle Bar; Jaheim, Chrisette Michele, 8 p.m., UNO Lakefront Arena (tickets); South Memphis String Band, 10 p.m., Maple Leaf Bar; Bye Bye Hurricane Season feat. Corey Henry and The Funktet, Ricky B and The Essentials, 9 p.m., The Howlin’ Wolf (tickets)
Monday: David Dondero, Barton Carroll, Narcissy, 10 p.m., Circle Bar: Named by NPR's All Songs Considered as "one of the greatest living songwriters," the former lead singer of pop-punk band, Sunbrain, performs a solo set at Circle Bar. Also on Monday: Luke Winslow-King, 7 p.m., d.b.a.
Thursday: WNOE’s Christms Jam starring Kacey Musgraves, 8 p.m., House of Blues: Musgraves, a former contestant on the singing competition, Nashville Star, is the new favorite country artist of people who don't normally like country on the strength of her fourth studio album, Same Trailer Different Park (tickets). Also on Thursday: LA Riots, Unicorn Fukr, Michael Medina, Kthulu Prime, DJ G, 10 p.m., The Republic (tickets); Helen Gillet, 8:30 p.m., Chickie Wah Wah
Cajun French, indie pop band, Sweet Crude, celebrate the release of their new EP with fellow New Orleans, indie staples Big History and Luxley, Friday, 10 p.m. at One Eyed Jacks.
Musical mad scientist supervillains Consortium of Genius have been merging Morgus and musical comedy for 20 years now, and they'll have a Crisis on Infinite Earths-like gathering of past, present and future COG members at their 20th Anniversary Temporal Meltdown, Friday, 9 p.m. at Hangar 13.
Comedian Nick Kroll, known for work on VH1's Best Week Ever, The League, and his sketch comedy series Kroll Show, performs Saturday night at the Civic Theatre (tickets).
Saturday night, the women of NOLAW (New Orleans Ladies Arm Wrestling) battle it out at One Eyed Jacks.
The infamous but always hilarious Air Sex National Championships return to New Orleans Saturday, 11:30 p.m. at the House of Blues, taking the concept of "air guitar" to a whole new level of weird.
Monday night, La Nuit Comedy Theater hosts a free screening of A Band Called Death, a rockumentary that chronicles the story of the world's first black (or first ever) punk band formed by three teenage brothers in the early 70's, and their surprise success over three decades later.
Legendary filmmaker, John Waters, comes to the Civic Theatre, Tuesday night, to perform his critically acclaimed, one-man show, A John Waters Christmas, a rapid-fire monologue where the "Pope of Trash" shares his favorite holiday horror stories, and explores all things smutty regarding the beloved holiday.