Unknown Mortal Orchestra
April 24 | It's impossible to mention Ruban Nielson's Unknown Mortal Orchestra without mentioning "So Good at Being in Trouble," the beacon on sophomore LP II. Such is the blessing and curse of writing one of the catchiest, most guileless tracks of 2013. Twin Peaks opens this free show at 4 p.m. at Tulane University's Lavin-Bernick Center Quad.
Swing in the Oaks
Tue. April 21 | The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra performs a free concert featuring a mix of classical pieces, the "Muppet Medley," "Stars and Stripes Forever" and more. From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the Goldring/Woldenberg Great Lawn in New Orleans City Park.
- Photo by Mark McNulty
Peter Hook & The Light
Wed. April 22 | Peter Hook's bass defined the sound of Joy Division and New Order as much as Ian Curtis' Dracula baritone and Bernard Sumner's angular guitars. Hook left New Order in 2007, and with his band The Light has performed New Order albums in full. On tour, the band performs Joy Division's influential albums Closer and Unknown Pleasures. At 9 p.m. at Republic New Orleans.
- Photo by Jeremy Dabrowski
Thu. April 23 | Montreal's Doldrums, aka Airick Woodhead, arrives in New Orleans in support of the April release The Air Conditioned Nightmare, a hypnotic and often haunting club-friendly debut on Sub Pop and follow up to 2013's Lesser Evil. Moon King opens at 9 p.m. at Gasa Gasa.
Fri. April 24 | Apologies to everyone ready to anoint Virginia Beach native and naturalized New Orleanian Benjamin Booker the next Jack White or Stevie Ray Vaughan. Happy-feet jitterbugs "Always Waiting," "Wicked Waters" and "Old Hearts," from Booker's self-titled 2014 ATO debut, tap-dance a different narrative. Yelephants and DJ Gris Gris open at 9 p.m. at One Eyed Jacks.