Weekend Music Highlights
There is a lot of great stuff going on this week with some really hard choices on Saturday alone. Tonight, Fruition is playing at Boudin, Bourbon and Beer at Champions Square. This is a great band and a great event with amazing food. Fruition has a new record out today check out the title track “Wild as the Night” below. Tomorrow the amazing Japanese psychedelic band Kikagaku Moyo is at One Eyed Jacks (I have an interview with them below). Saturday you can also catch British indie pop ensemble Kero Kero Bonito at Republic. They were in town for BUKU last year but their sound really lends itself to a smaller venue like Republic. This will also be outstanding. Finally, Saturday night is also New Orleans Airlift’s tenth anniversary. They will be joined by a host of Music Box Village veterans including Avey Tare and Deakin of Animal Collective and the LPO for a full night of performances at the CAC. More information here.
Kikagaku Moyo Saturday at One Eyed Jacks
I had the pleasure of seeing Kikagaku Moyo this summer at Bonnaroo where they put on one of the most interesting and unique performances I have seen in some time. To call them a psychedelic band is to vastly undersell the range of talent of this group. Their shows are sonic experiences. I caught up with the band by email and asked them a couple of questions about their overall philosophy and approach to music. It seems appropriate that the answers to my questions came from the band as a whole rather than belonging to just one voice. They see themselves as stewards to be trusted with your time and attention, “If you see us playing live, you will see that we are trying to make something unique each night on the stage. Trying to have fun with sound. If you close your eyes, you can focus on the sounds we’re creating and at the point it does’t matter who we are, what kind of instruments we use, or who you are at the concert with. You can just trust your senses and let your mind wander free with sound!” Kikagaku Moyo create these remarkable moments where the individual jams create a bond between the audience and the band. “I feel like people who like our jams are used to feeling the music more than listening to the music. When we play shows, we see our audiences’ faces and it energizes us. We don’t hear the sounds of the audience but we feel their energy and our sound is influenced by that energy.” There is a flow to their sound that grabs your attention immediately. Their energy is timely, immediate and vital. You’ll want to be at One Eyed Jacks on Saturday for sure. Check out this jam from last year’s Pickathon below.
Also Going on This Week
Tonight, Borgore is at the Joy while This Will Destroy You is at Gasa Gasa. Tonight you can also catch Jason Marsalis for two sets at Snug Harbor. Tomorrow, Vintage Trouble is at the Howlin’ Wolf while Mini Ladd plays the Joy. Don’t forget Kikagaku Moyo and Kero Kero Bonito are also Saturday (see above) and Mike Doughty is at Gasa Gasa playing the record Ruby Vroom for its 25th anniversary. Sunday, Com Truise is at Republic while Papa Mali and Camile Baudoin play Chickie Wah Wah together. Monday, Monolord is at One Eyed Jacks while Curse is at the Circle Bar and the Soul Brass Band are at d.b.a. Tuesday, Mac Ayres is at Gasa Gasa while Dinosaur Jr is at Tipitina’s. Tuesday you can also catch Trapper Keaper at the Hi Ho with Chris Alford and Nick Ellman. Wednesday, Elvis Costello and The Imposters have moved their show from the Saenger to the Mahalia Jackson Theater. On Wednesday you can also catch Meschiya Lake and Tom McDermott at Chickie Wah Wah or The Tin Men at d.b.a. Thursday, Alexis and the Samurai are at d.b.a while Lynn Drury, Amanda Walker and Keith Burnstein take the late set at the SideBar.
To Listen This Week
- Watch The National’s Matt Berninger cover Big Thief’s outstanding recent track “Not” via Youtube
- New song from Frank Ocean “In My Room” via Youtube
- Lucy Dacus puts her own spin on “Last Christmas” via CoS