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Foo Fighters
8 p.m. Tue., Oct. 4
House of Blues, 225 Decatur St., 310-4999;

It might be impossible to shake the specter of the canonized grunge gods Nirvana, but the Seattle post-punk poster boys' former drummer Dave Grohl is damn close. His post-Nirvana project, formed only six months after Kurt Cobain's death, has been going strong for 13 years and half a dozen records. The Foo Fighters' latest album, Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace (RCA), which dropped in September, can only be described as arena alternative, with twinkly guitar solos busting through a roaring wall of sound that reminds the audience of the raw power of grunge and its angst. Except unlike in the '90s, the catchy, showy rock anthems are meant to be so, and they're cranked out by a band that's rather gotten used to life at the top and all the outsized glory that entails. You might be able to buy a painting of Kurt playing pool in heaven with Tupac, Biggie, Jimmie and Janis, but Dave's still playing drums. HiFi Handgrenades open. Tickets $38.50. — Alison Fensterstock




Rilo Kiley
8 p.m. Thu., Oct. 4
Republic, 828 S. Peters St., 528-8282;

Jenny Lewis' honeyed vocals and wistful writing propelled Rilo Kiley to underground stardom and beyond from its 2001 Barsuk Records release Take-Offs and Landings through several well-received side projects by all four members. It joined the ranks of indie-rock royalty before finally landing at big dog Warner Bros. Records for its fourth full-length release, Under the Black Light , this past August. Hailing from Los Angeles (Lewis and other band members are former child actors), its sound is directly descended from the West Coast country-pop of Laurel Canyon and Asylum Records in the '70s. If Gram Parsons had worked with Laura Nyro and both had been in better moods, they might sound like Rilo Kiley — torchy, countrified, slick with sunny California warmth and gently bubbling with poppy glee. Grand Ole Party and Art In Manila open. Tickets $18 in advance, $20 at the door. — Fensterstock




James Winfield
9 p.m. Fri., Oct. 5
Mid City Lanes Rock 'N' Bowl, 4133 S. Carrollton Ave., 482-3133;

James Winfield is what's colloquially known as a sleeping giant, but it looks like he's starting to stir. The artist worked for years at Lee Dorsey's famed Seventh Ward body and fender shop and was always proximate to the greats of golden-age New Orleans R&B, hanging out regularly with Dorsey at the '50s and '60s musical hot spot the Dew Drop Inn. In the late '60s, the taciturn auto-body man finally began sitting in on vocals with a few local acts and even cut a record with Wardell Quezergue as arranger. When that didn't take off, he went back to the body and fender shop until something made him pick up a bass guitar at age 50. His first album, Lonely Lonely Nights, is a collection of quietly powerful, slow-burning covers of New Orleans favorites by the artists he watched long ago at the Dew Drop: Guitar Slim, Earl King, Fats Domino and others. J. Monque'D opens. Tickets $7. — Fensterstock




The New Orleans Jazz Journey
Thu.-Sun., Oct. 4-7
Various venues, 558-6100;

In case anyone forgot, October is National Jazz Awareness Month. (It's also National Adopt-A-Dog Month, Sausage Month, Dental Hygiene Month and Indoor Air Quality Awareness month.) The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation has set up a weekend jam-packed with jazz-related programming, both fun and educational. Thursday kicks off with the "Ladies and Gentlemen of Jazz" at 8 p.m. at the Contemporary Arts Center (900 Camp St.), with Thais Clark, Topsy Chapman, Don Vappie, Bob French and others. Friday offers concerts by Groovesect with Uganda Roberts at the National Jazz Historical Park (916 N.Peters St.) at 2 p.m. and Gregg Stafford and the Young Tuxedo Jazz Band in Washington Artillery Park (Decatur St. across from Jackson Square). At 7 p.m., a 90-minute walking tour of jazz landmarks departs from the park. Saturday at 10 a.m., jazz historian John McCusker leads a "Cradle of Jazz" bus tour of musical hot spots (starting at Snug Harbor, 626 Frenchmen St.). Free concerts go on throughout the day at the National Jazz Historical Park. Sunday features a panel discussion on the history of Preservation Hall at 3 p.m. (Café Brasil, 2100 Chartres St.), an afternoon show with the Preservation Hall Hot Four at 4 p.m. (Café Brasil) and, at 10 p.m., a musical tribute to Doc Paulin at the CAC with the Paulin Brothers Brass Band, Dr. Michael White (pictured), Gregg Stafford and others. So walk the dog, eat some andouille, brush your teeth, open the window and then head out to learn about New Orleans' legendary past. See the Foundation Web site for further information. Tickets $20 at the CAC ($18 students and seniors, $15 CAC members and Fans of the Fest); $25 for the Cradle of Jazz tour; all other events free. — Fensterstock


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