Wed. May 13 | Speedy Ortiz stacks homonyms atop double entendres on sophomore LP Foil Deer (Carpark), another sharp Pavement pounder with more angles than a protractor. Ex-Breathers and Krill open at 8:30 p.m. at Gasa Gasa.
Jazz in the Park
Thu. May 14 | Trumpeter James Andrews and rock, soul and hip-hop band The Honorable South perform and there's second-lining, kids' activities and more at Jazz in the Park. From 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Congo Square at Louis Armstrong Park.
New Kids on the Block
with TLC and Nelly
Fri. May 15 | What, was Ricky Martin busy? Each of the past three decades is represented by multiplatinum megastars in this pop-gorging supertour. Nelly's youngest fans might need a primer on who these not-so-New Kids are, but that's what TLC is there for. At 7 p.m. at Smoothie King Center.
Pears, The Ghostwood,
Pope and Adults
Fri. May 15 | Here's a snapshot of the best of New Orleans punk rock in 2015: Pears returns for its first show at home this year after successful touring and its acclaimed hardcore-influenced album Go To Prison; The Ghostwood is the city's pop-punk elder statesband; Pope is an up-and-coming Community Records hit; and Adults recently released its debut This Is Our Year. At 7 p.m. at Sisters in Christ at Gasa Gasa.
May 16 | Bette Midler sang Kim Kardashian tweets on Jimmy Kimmel Live when she announced the tour she began last week. On her November 2014 album It's the Girls, she covers more notable chanteuses and girl groups (The Andrews Sisters, The Supremes, TLC). At 8 p.m. at Smoothie King Center.