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Live music in New Orleans this week (Feb. 20-26, 2018)

Christian Scott, Diet Cig, Bitchin Bajas, Fruit Bats and Vetiver


Christian Scott Atunde Adjuah
Wed.-Fri. Feb. 21-23 | The trumpeter highlights his genre-defying "stretch music," in which he says he expands on "jazz's rhythmic and melodic and harmonic conventions" to incorporate other musical forms not as distinguishable parts, but as a new whole. At 7:30 p.m. at Contemporary Arts Center.

  • Photo by Shervin Lainez

Diet Cig
Fri. Feb. 23 | In the two years between the eyelash-batting 2015 EP Over Easy and last year's collar-grabbing debut LP Swear I'm Good at This, Alex Luciano and Noah Bowman planted a wet one on Frenchkiss Records and ratcheted their power-pop energy to 11. Great Grandpa and The Spook School open at 10 p.m. at Hi-Ho Lounge.


Bitchin Bajas
Sat. Feb. 24 | The band's latest album of sonic expeditions, 2017's Bajas Fresh (Drag City), also includes its longest, the 23-minutes-long "2303," among seven of the band's far-out experiments, each circling and cycling through loops and pieces of sound like mantras recited in the far reaches of space. Benni, Rotten Milk and Beat.Imprint open at 8 p.m. at the Mudlark Public Theatre.

  • Photo by Annie Beedy

Fruit Bats and Vetiver
Sun. Feb. 25 | Eric D. Johnson's Fruit Bats and Andy Cabic's Vetiver were instrumental in the indie-rock mainstreaming of the early 2000s, then watched as respective collaborators James Mercer and Joanna Newsom became relative superstars. The longtime friends join forces for a double solo show at 9 p.m. at One Eyed Jacks.

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