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Super Furry Animals with Fiery Furnaces
7:30 p.m. Thu., Jan. 31
Republic, 828 S. Peters St., 528-8282; www.republicnola.com

In the late '90s, the Welsh band Super Furry Animals were one of the first acts to invite the new genre taxonomy that has now populated the rock scene with a surfeit of subheadings. Deemed post-rock and post-alternative, the band fused upbeat, psychedelic punk rock and power pop with progressive, electronic experiments for a whimsical, hybrid sound that was both cerebral and catchy — a critical favorite that could still rock a crowd. Last year, it released the infectiously upbeat pop album Hey Venus! (Rough Trade). It's joined by the brother-sister team the Fiery Furnaces (pictured), a captivating indie-rock duo driven by the unnervingly powerful — sometimes verging on hysterical — vocals of singer Eleanor Friedberger. Tickets $15 in advance, $17 at the door. — Fensterstock

 

 

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Miranda Lambert
9 p.m. Thu., Jan. 31
House of Blues, 225 Decatur St., 310-4999; www.hob.com

Showing off a truck-stop larynx and looks that could halt an F-250, Miranda Lambert's prime-time turn on Nashville Star in 2003 proved the twangy Lindale, Texas, native already possessed two of pop country's three prerequisites for certain superstardom. Perhaps it was her bronze-medal finish on that first season of the rhinestone American Idol that provided Lambert with her final piece of the puzzle: an outsized attitude like a Dallas coiffure. It's present in spades on the bombshell singer's twin barnburner LPs, 2005's Kerosene and her acclaimed 2007 follow-up, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (Columbia), on which Lambert vows Winchester revenge for an abusive beau ("Gunpowder and Lead"), gets all Mellencamp recounting the wide-open gossip of her Nowheresville, USA, upbringing ("Famous in a Small Town") and starts a catfight in a pool hall with her new competition ("Crazy Ex-Girlfriend"). Hey, Carrie Underwood? Watch out whose car you're keying. Mark Adam Miller opens. Tickets $32.50. — Noah Bonaparte Pais

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Defend New Orleans Ball
2 p.m.-2 a.m. Sat., Feb. 2
The Big Top, 1638 Clio St., 569-2700; www.3rcp.com

The now-ubiquitous fierce mohawked skull logo that adorns Defend New Orleans' signature T-shirts, complete with an illustration of an antique flintlock rifle and spiky Olde English lettering, was the perfect graphic for post-Katrina New Orleans, when many locals were wearing their rawness and determination literally on their sleeves. The T-shirt maker (who actually debuted the design before the storm) has since expanded his reach from hipster streetwear into various projects on New Orleans' cultural street level, from Internet video to occasional music booking. This first ball scrapes New Orleans' downtown underground for the loudest and weirdest in local sounds, including rough-edged punks Die Rotzz, tripped-out hip-hop and live laptop rock from MC Trachiotomy (pictured), eerie organ antics from Ratty Scurvics, scraggly glam-rock with a Vatican twist from Ratzinger, and effects-laden electro-rock from White Bitch. Also playing are the mod R&B psych-rockers the Hiss, from Atlanta; the Peekers, indie rock from Shreveport; and Fresh Millions, a techno-funk trio from Austin, Texas. Plus video art displays, DJs, breakdancing and inflatable alligators. $12 gets you into the ball and a special Defend New Orleans gift bag, tickets $7-$10 sliding scale. — Fensterstock

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Quintron and Miss Pussycat with the Morning 40 Federation
10 p.m. Mon., Feb. 4
One Eyed Jacks, 615 Toulouse St., 569-8361; www.oneeyedjacks.net

The annual Lundi Gras show from Mr. Quintron and Miss Pussycat always makes for a sweaty throwdown of a dance party that doesn't stop till the early hours of Fat Tuesday. The yearly blast usually proves to be one of the duo's most electric local shows as they ring in Fat Tuesday with swirling organ-based dance music, frenetic maracas and a cosmic roller-rink vibe, as on the 2007 release Jamskate . The addition of reliable miscreants the Morning 40 Federation and its boozy, bluesy brass-rock to the bill indicates that if you stay out for this party, there's no waking up for Zulu without chemical assistance. Also, after Hurricane Katrina, New York Night Train Records label owner Jonathan Tobin put together a blog of the collected post-flood stories of dozens of folks in New Orleans' underground music scene. Tonight he joins some of them to spin punk, soul and psychedelia. Tickets $15 in advance, $20 at the door. — Fensterstock

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