Tonight: Os Mutantes with Ariel Pink; Deerhunter


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... but not in the same building, of course. No, those kinds of decisions are left up to you. Brazilian tropicalia legends Os Mutantes pair with the L.A. weird pop of Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, whose Before Today (4AD) competes with Deerhunter's Halcyon Digest (also, 4AD) for 2010's best LP — and Deerhunter just happens to be playing down the street, the same night.

Here's Noah Bonaparte Pais' interview with Os Mutantes founder Sérgio Dias Baptista before the band's gig at Tipitina's last year. Here's this week's show preview, in which Pais wrote of Pink: "(he) hasn't just swallowed his own tail — he seems to have swallowed the tail end of the 20th century, regurgitating the paisley '60s, bell-bottomed '70s, pastel '80s and scruffy '90s onto a blotter-paper canvas in his own solipsistic, headphone-imprisoned image." That show kicks off at 10 p.m. at One Eyed Jacks. Tickets $20.

I talked with Deerhunter drummer Moses Archuleta before the band started its tour last month. The band last performed in New Orleans (at One Eyed Jacks) in 2008 in support of Microcastle/Weird Era Cont. (Kranky), which Archuleta says was one of that tour's best gigs.

For this album, the band took its time in the studio, working alongside Ben Allen, who produced Animal Collective's stunning Merriweather Post Pavillion. There band's shoegaze and post-punk influences are just out of frame and a sharper "more studio-oriented" pop tour de force comes into focus — "I feel like we’ve been referencing stuff less between each other as a band as it progresses," Archuleta said. (In Archuleta's current rotation: Motown, Dennis Wilson, Neil Young, Sonny Bono and 13th Floor Elevators — that is if he's not listening to Atlanta hip-hop on the radio or a worn-down copy of the Dead Presidents soundtrack that's been stuck in his tape deck.)

Deerhunter performs at House of Blues at 9 p.m. Tickets $13.50 in advance; $16.50 at the door.


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