This week in New Orleans nightlife includes Black Taxi, Acid Baby Jesus, Quintron and Miss Pussycat, and a WTUL-sponsored night of surf.
Friday: My Spilt Milk and Simple Play Present Black Taxi, Autotomii, 10 p.m., The Hi Ho Lounge: Brooklyn's Black Taxi doesn't sound retro or new wave despite the way they draw on the '80s, perhaps because they draw so broadly from the era that they have their own original dance rock sound. They've developed their following with their high energy show, but last year's We Don't Know Any Better shows they have songs as well. Also on Friday: Lost Bayou Ramblers, Cedric Burnside Project, 10 p.m., Tipitina's (tickets); Hannibal Lokumbe, 7:30 p.m., Contemporary Arts Center (tickets); Tristan Prettyman, Anya Marina, 9 p.m., House of Blues' Parish (tickets); Southeast Harmony, The Fake Carls, Thomas and Theresa, 8 p.m., The Big Top; The Scorseses, The Breton Sound, Adam Dale & The Sad Bastards, 10 p.m., One Eyed Jacks (tickets); SXSW Bounce Fundraiser #3 with Sissy Nobby, Katey Red, Cheeky Blakk, Magnolia Rhome, Ha-Sizzle, JC Styles, Rusty Culotta, Diamond Dolls, The Danger Boyz, 10 p.m., Siberia (tickets); Kenny Brown and Alvin Youngblood Hart, 10 p.m., d.b.a.
Saturday: Storm Surge of Reverb presents Kill Baby Kill, The Unnaturals, 10 p.m., Banks St. Bar: WTUL's Rock On Survival Marathon is on now, and the station's DJ Hunter brings a night of surf to town including Alabama's horror surf band Kill Baby Kill. Also on Saturday: 7th Annual Laugh Out Loud Leukemia/Lymphoma Society Fundraiser featuring Jodi Borrello, Leon Blanda, James Cusimano, and JD Sledge, 8 p.m., The Howlin' Wolf (tickets); Blackberry Smoke, Drake White, 9 p.m., House of Blues (tickets); Tatsuya Nakatani/Donald Miller/Rob Cambre, 8 p.m., Mudlark Public Theatre; Bill Kirchen, 9 p.m., Chickie Wah Wah; MFXOG Tour with Big Sant, 10 p.m., The Howlin' Wolf's Den (tickets); John Gros' Rolling Stones Tribute, 10 p.m., Maple Leaf Bar
Monday: Tatsuya Nakatani with Gillet/Cambre/Thompson/Miller/Albert, 10 p.m., AllWays Lounge: This gathering of the improv tribe will feature Helen Gillet, Rob Cambre, William Thompson, Donald Miller and Jeff Albert performing in a variety of combinations with percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani, who's known for his use of bows on gongs. Also on Monday: Healthy Supper Bowl Jam with Riccardo Crespo and Sol Brasil, 6 p.m., Tipitina's (free)
Tuesday: Ken Stringfellow, Ben De La Cour, Julie Odell, 10 p.m., Siberia: A member of The Posies and the final incarnation of Big Star comes to New Orleans as a solo. (tickets)
Thursday: Acid Baby Jesus, Hellshovel, Birthstone, DJ 9RIS RIS, 10 p.m., Siberia: Greece's Acid Baby Jesus draws on classic psychedelic garage rock, but it stomps harder, hairier and druggier than most garage revivalists. Also on Thursday: Wheeler Brothers, Gold and The Rush, Wild Child, 10 p.m., The Howlin' Wolf (tickets); Geno Delafose, 8:30 p.m., Rock 'n' Bowl; The Rocketboys plus Luxley, Mike Mains and the Branches, Dinner and a Suit, 10 p.m., Hi Ho Lounge
Miss Pussycat's North Pole Nutrias introduced New Orleans to her puppet world when it debuted on Cox Cable in time for Christmas 2002. She performs her puppet shows live and on film, and Friday night she debuts her newest and most ambitious project, The Mystery in Old Bathbath. The film will screen at The Prytania at 10 p.m., with Quintron performing as guests enter the theater. Tickets are on sale now.
Rising Tide is an annual post-Katrina conference in New Orleans to discuss the state of the city and its culture. On Saturday, Rising Tide 7.5 will examine New Orleans' creative future at The Healing Center at 10 a.m., when local organizations that support the arts including Youth Orchestra of the Lower Ninth Ward, The Musician’s Clinic, Young Audiences, and the Monumental Task Committee will talk about what they do and why. After a break, writer Moira Crone will read from her new novel, Not Yet - a post-apocalyptic story set on the Isle of Orleans. Admission is free.