My Spilt Milk picks the week's favorites, including Hurray for the Riff Raff, The Walkmen, Gardens & Villa, Shovels & Rope, Neutral Milk Hotel and Krewe du Vieux.
Friday: Hurray for the Riff Raff CD-release party, Clear Plastic Masks, The Missing Links, 10 p.m., One Eyed Jacks: New Orleans' favorite folk and Appalachian music band returns home for the release of its excellent new studio album, Small Town Heroes. (tickets); Also on Friday: Carolina Chocolate Drops, Luke Winslow King, 9 p.m., Tipitina’s (tickets); Ricky Rozay (a.k.a. Rick Ross), hosted by Kaylin Garcia, Miracle Watts Mizz DR, 7 p.m., The Howlin’ Wolf (tickets); Sweet Crude, TBA, 9 p.m., Gasa Gasa (tickets); PM Dawn, Water Seed, 10 p.m., The Howlin’ Wolf’s Den (tickets); Uptown Get Down feat. Quickie Mart, Unicorn FKR, Tony Skratchere, 12:30 a.m. Saturday morning, Tipitina’s (tickets);
Saturday: The Walkmen, Lost Bayou Ramblers, DJ set by Chris Tomson of Vampire Weekend, 10 p.m., One Eyed Jacks: With seven albums in 10 years and singles rated by Rolling Stone as some of the best of the decade, The on-hiatus Walkmen are/were an indie musical force to be reckoned with (tickets); Also on Saturday: T.I., Miguel, 8 p.m., The Howlin’ Wolf; Lord Huron, 9 p.m., Civic Theatre (tickets); Hawn, Slate Lands, Eastrod, 10 p.m., Circle Bar
Sunday: Gardens & Villa, Waterstrider, King Rey, 9 p.m., Gasa Gasa: The synth-heavy, flute toting indie band come to New Orleans with a new album, Dunes, that builds on the eclectic sound of their self-titled debut (tickets); Also on Sunday: Yo Gotti feat. Zed Zilla & Snootie, hosted by Kaylin Garcia, 8 p.m., The Howlin’ Wolf (tickets); The Oblivians, The Missing Monuments, Buck Biloxi and The Fucks, DJ’s Matty and Miss Mass Destruction, 10 p.m., Siberia (tickets); Sarah Quintana, The Swamp Lillies, Moybden, 10 p.m., Circle Bar; Snoop Lion, 11:59 p.m., Joy Theater (tickets);
Tuesday: Cibo Matto, Salt Cathedral 10 p.m., One Eyed Jacks: Japanese duo, Cibo Matto may be one of the most genre-defiant bands of the '90s, mixing noise rock, hip-hop and funk. Tuesday they play songs from their most recent album in 15 years, Hotel Valentine (tickets); Also on Tuesday: NOBUNNY, The Hussy, Trampoline Team, Babes, DJs St. Sarah and Dick Dungeons, and Butt Dragons, 10 p.m., Siberia (tickets)
Wednesday: Shovels & Rope, Hurray for the Riff Raff, 8 p.m., Tipitina’s: The American rock and folk duo won big at this year's Americana awards. Wednesday night the Charleston couple come to Tip's (tickets); Also on Wednesday: Dr. Dog, 9 p.m., Civic Theatre (tickets); White Denim, The Districts, 10 p.m., One Eyed Jacks (tickets); Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys, 8 p.m., Rock ’n’ Bowl
Thursday: Neutral Milk Hotel, 8:30 p.m., Civic Theatre: After a 14 year hiatus, the acclaimed indie band returns for a reunion tour, sporting the same lineup from the recording of their revered 1998 album, In the Aeroplane Over the Sea (tickets); Also on Thursday: Shakey Graves, Maggie Koerner, 9 p.m., Gasa Gasa (tickets); Nigel Hall Band, Smokers World, Boukou Groove, 10 p.m., Tipitina’s (tickets); Prom Date, Boyfriend, Sex Party, 10 p.m., Always Lounge
Carnival Season kicks off this Saturday night with Krewe du Vieux. The theme for this year's satire-soaked parade is "Where the Vile Things Are." Dress accordingly.