Wed. Jan. 6 | Echo Courts elicits a different response from everyone who hears them: The Greensboro, North Carolina, quartet's music has been dubbed everything from psych to surf rock to indie pop. No Damage (due Jan. 19 on Already Dead) follows last year's Ice Cream Social and packs even more unassuming, unclassifiable hooks. The Painted Hands and Drone Baby open at 9 p.m. at Gasa Gasa.
Wed. Jan. 6 | Comedian Michael Che is a former Daily Show correspondent and current "Weekend Update" co-anchor on Saturday Night Live, where he joked that President Barack Obama still has to present ID to get into the White House after "birther" B.S. He then faux-whispered, "I'm talking about the guy hosting the show." The host was Donald Trump. At 10 p.m. at One Eyed Jacks.
The Happy Talk Band with Helen Gillet
Fri. Jan. 8 | How to make Luke Allen's Happy Talk Band even happier? Add cellist Helen Gillet to the malleable lineup of Crescent City lifers (Bailey Smith, Alex McMurray, Casey McAllister, Michael Andrepont and Steve Calandra) and there's little ground — musical or otherwise — they haven't covered. At 9 p.m. at Chickie Wah Wah.
The King and His Ladies
Fri. Jan. 8 | The Krewe of Rolling Elvi celebrate Elvis Presley's 81st birthday. There's entertainment by Ruby Ross, Customhouse, Vinyl Girls and Alexandra Scott. Attendees are encouraged to dress as Elvis, Priscilla Presley or one of his leading ladies. At 7 p.m. at Publiq House.