DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist
Tue. Sept. 16 | As if hip-hop innovator DJ Shadow didn't have enough records (reportedly more than 60,000), he and Cut Chemist pulled from Afrika Bambaataa's far-ranging collection of more than 40,000 discs for this tour. At 8 p.m. at House of Blues.
Fri. Sept. 19 | New Orleans' longtime frenzied MC and former No Limit soldier inked a deal with Young Money/Cash Money records back in 2011 with plans to release his sixth, highly anticipated comeback Original this year. While that album plan has spun off into Chinese Democracy-level label politics, the rapper is as alive and energetic as ever. At 11 p.m. at Republic.
Soul Sister's birthday jam
Fri. Sept. 19 | Soul Sister Melissa Weber celebrates her birthday with a set of funk and rare groove followed by a set from De La Soul's DJ Maseo. At 10 p.m. at Tipitina's.
Sat. Sept. 20 | The jump from punks to mystics is a vast one, but Merchandise makes it sound perfectly natural on fourth LP After the End, employing for the first time a major label (4AD) and major producer (Depeche Mode and Erasure engineer Gareth Jones). Direct Attack, Heat Dust and TV-MA open at 10 p.m. at Siberia.
Mon. Sept. 22 | There seems to be no end to the shimmering pop parachutes in Real Estate's satchel. The Brooklyn-based quintet followed 2011's Days with March's Atlas (Domino), another tightly woven set of dream-caught escapist tunes. Regal Degal opens at 10 p.m. at One Eyed Jacks.