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Gardens & Villa at Cafe Prytania

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Cafe Prytania can be a confusing place. The ongoing transformation from underage hangout Cafe Banquette to would-be hotspot Prytania Music & Spirits often comes across like a divorcee's identity crisis, with metal nights butting up against movie nights or the Rebirth Brass Band. Beneficiaries of this everything-to-everyone lurch include local rock bands, a mainstay of the new live-music calendar, and Uptown music fans, whose neighborhood programming now extends beyond Tipitina's and Le Bon Temps Roule. As another landing pad for touring acts without much nationwide cachet, it's also a boon for the likes of Jennifer O'Connor, the New York singer/songwriter who slipped in last week amid South By Southwest's starting engines and Santa Barbara, Calif., quintet Gardens & Villa. The latter's self-titled debut (Secretly Canadian) is among 2011's secondhand pleasures: offbeat A-siders "Black Hills" and "Orange Blossom" framing an L.A. story full of depressurized pop and barometric funk, singer/flautist Chris Lynch casting every bass pump and glinting synth in a smoggy glow. King Rey and Gold and the Rush open. Tickets $5. — Noah Bonaparte Pais


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