Our highlights for the week ahead include Win Butler's return as DJ Windows 98, Telecaster hero Bill Kirchen, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Mannie Fresh, and Tom McDermott and friends play Randy Newman.
Friday: Quintron and Miss Pussycat, Ballzack, Manatees, 10 p.m., One Eyed Jacks: I could talk about the new-this-week Spellcaster II: Death in Space, but Halloween is Quintron and Miss Pussycat’s time. (tickets) Also on Friday: Hurray for the Riff Raff, Clear Plastic Masks, Dante the Magician, 10 p.m., Hi-Ho Lounge (tickets); Fishbone, MarchFourth Marching Band, DJ Quickie Mart, The Scorseses, 10 p.m., Joy Theater (tickets); Galactic, Earphunk, 11 p.m., Tipitina’s (tickets); Flow Tribe, 10 p.m., Gasa Gasa (tickets); Morning 40 Federation, Happy Talk Band, 11 p.m., d.b.a.; Rev. Horton Heat, Suplecs, 11 p.m., The Howlin’ Wolf (tickets)
Saturday: Thundercat, Peanut Butter Wolf, DJ Windows 98, 10 p.m., One Eyed Jacks: A Pitchfork post-Voodoo party that’s free to those who RSVP at RSVP@pitchfork.com. DJ Windows 98 is Win Butler for The Arcade Fire, who had done DJ sets at One Eyed Jacks before. (free with RSVP) Also on Saturday: Gravity A’s Talking Heads tribute with Cliff Hines, Yojimbo, 9 p.m., Joy Theater (tickets); Rancho de la Lunatics feat. Dave Catching with special guests, 2 a.m., d.b.a.; Mannie Fresh, Rebirth Brass Band, Fifth Ward Weebie, 10 p.m., The Maison (tickets); Monsters of Funk feat. George Porter Jr., Stanton Moore, Brian Stoltz, Donald Harrison, Big Sam Williams and more, 11 p.m., The Howlin’ Wolf (tickets); Rotary Downs, 11 p.m., d.b.a.; The Revivalists, Naughty Professor, 11 p.m., Tipitina’s (tickets); R3HAB, 10 p.m., The Republic (tickets); Tom McDermott, Banu Gibson, Debbie Davis and Matt Perrine play Randy Newman, 8 and 10 p.m., Snug Harbor
Sunday: Bill Kirchen and Too Much Fun, 9 p.m., Chickie Wah Wah: The Texas guitar hero who paid tribute to the Fender Telecaster in his song “Hammer of the Honky Tonk Gods” returns to Chickie Wah Wah.
Monday: Seth Walker, 10 p.m., Chickie Wah Wah: Seth Walker’s Sky Still Blue came out this summer, and it’s intimate and bluesy, letting a well-timed dirty note and his expressive voice do the work.
Tuesday: Angel Olsen, Lionlimb, 9 p.m., One Eyed Jacks: Angel Olsen’s indie It-Girl status is well-earned with songwriterly music that could only come from her. Her individual song structures build tension, and her disinterest for conventional choruses prevents her songs from resolving into pat truths. (tickets) Also on Tuesday: Matisyahu, Radical Something, 8 p.m., House of Blues (tickets); Nick Carter and Jordan Knight, 8 p.m., Civic Theatre (tickets); Single Mothers, Yuppie Teeth, 10 p.m., Circle Bar
Thursday: First Aid Kit, Samantha Crain, 6 p.m., House of Blues: Swedish sisters Johanna and Klara Söderberg sound right at home with American folk rock on this year’s Stay Gold, but their foreign-ness prevents anything from sounding rote or too familiar. (tickets) Also on Thursday: The Presets, Antwon, 9 p.m., Tipitina’s (tickets); This Will Destroy You, Future Death, Silent Land Time Machine, 8 p.m., One Eyed Jacks (tickets)
This weekend, The Voodoo Music Experience takes place in City Park with OutKast, Arctic Monkeys, and Foo Fighters, who’ve got a two-plus hour slot and will likely invite out Trombone Shorty and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band to close the festival Sunday. Oh yes—and lots of thumping. (tickets)