Anderson .Paak and The Free Nationals Saturday

Tomorrow night Anderson .Paak and The Free Nationals will take part in the Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square series. Anderson .Paak and his band are difficult to classify. Their music takes elements of hip-hop, R&B, soul and rock and blends them in a powerfully mesmerizing way. They will be accompanied by excellent emerging Chicago rapper Noname and the astounding experimental jazz bassist and producer Thundercat. This is a stunning assembly of talent. Check out Anderson .Paak’s excellent Tiny Desk concert below.

Caroline Rose at Gasa Gasa on Thursday

Thursday night Caroline Rose will roll into Gasa Gasa accompanied by Sun Seeker. Rose’s third album—Loner—was one of the great records of last year. She has a playful sarcasm in both her lyricism and delivery that makes for wonderfully complex Indie pop moments. I got to see Rose and her band last year at Hangout Fest and they put on an outstanding live performance. You’re going to want to see this. Check out the video for “Soul No. 5” below.

What’s Going On

Tonight, Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes play Free Friday at Tipitina’s with Aaron Benjamin and Specer Whatever. Tomorrow night, Anderson .Paak and The Free Nationals play the Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square Series with guests Noname and Thundercat. Also Saturday, you can catch Jamila Woods at Gasa Gasa. That same night at Republic the Ladies of LCD Soundsystem (Nancy Whang and Gavin Rayna Russom) will play a DJ gig. Sunday, Bad Misters and Shadow Year roll into Gasa Gasa. Monday, Frenship is at the Hi-Ho with Glades while The Felice Brothers and Johnathan Rice play Gasa Gasa. Tuesday, the excellent Caroline Rose is at Gasa Gasa. Wednesday, you can catch a night with Stanton Moore at Tipitina’s that will feature Keith Carlock, David Torkanowsky, Tony Hall, Ian Neville and Robert Mercurio & The Hornstars. Thursday, Alexis and the Samurai are the early show at d.b.a followed by Jamaican Me Breakfast Club while Papa Mali does a roots rock and reggae show at the Little Gem featuring Cole Williams, Marc Stone, Jordan Anderson, Michael Fouquier and Ron Johnson.

To Listen This Week