- Photo by Brantley Guitierrez
May 27 | Former Weezer bassist Matt Sharp fronts The Rentals and its ever-changing lineup, singing over the alt rockers' fuzzy guitars and pop harmonies. The band's been touring constantly since the August 2014 release of Lost in Alphaville. Radiation City and Ray Pila open at One Eyed Jacks.
Through May 30 | The international chamber music festival concludes with concerts at the Contemporary Arts Center, Tulane University and Cafe Istanbul and events including a dinner by chef Kristen Essig, open rehearsals and a spoken word and poetry reading. Visit www.birdfootfestival.org for full schedule.
- Photo by Victoria Smith
Tue. May 26 | On their 2012 debut Shrines, Megan James and Corin Roddick ascended to otherworldly synthpop, bobbing along cavernous, bass-heavy wormholes with explicitly anatomical lyrics in the band's one-word-title anthems. For 2015's Another Eternity, Purity Ring sets its course for a bigger, more dramatic alien-pop universe. At 9 p.m. at Republic.
Wed. May 27 | San Franciscan Michael Deni picks up where one wishes Passion Pit had left off: soaring, idyllic synthpop balancing a helium-filled falsetto with dramatic, kick-drummed bass. Ghost Modern (Roll Call) is his latest. Empires and Idle Hands open at 9 p.m. at Gasa Gasa.
The Holydrug Couple
Thu. May 28 | The Santiago, Chile duo's 2015 album Moonlust (Sacred Bones) is a slow-motion, neo-psychedelic daydream of layered pop organs, soft drum machines, jangly guitars and bright bass hooks — gently dusted from Serge Gainsbourg's cutting-room floor and reworked in a sunny bedroom. At 9 p.m. at Saturn Bar.
Dylan LeBlanc with Grayson Capps
Sat. May 30 | Following up his beautifully downbeat 2012 LP Cast the Same Old Shadow (Rough Trade), Shreveport country crooner Dylan LeBlanc recorded his forthcoming third album with John Paul White (ex-Civil Wars) and Ben Tanner (Alabama Shakes). Fellow hirsute rocker Grayson Capps headlines at 9 p.m. at Chickie Wah Wah.