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Live music in New Orleans this week (May 15-21, 2018)

Dirty Projectors, Dr. Dog, Boukman Eksperyans, James McMurtry, Tech N9ne


Dirty Projectors
Wed. May 16 | David Longstreth spent much of the past two years assembling the pieces of his broken relationship — with ex-bandmate Amber Coffman — into a complicated, therapeutic mosaic (2017's self-titled LP). He's back to his Cheshire-cat ways on "Break Thru," an ear-to-ear grin of a single from Dirty Projectors' forthcoming reboot Lamp Lit Prose (Domino). At 9 p.m. at Republic.


Dr. Dog
Wed. May 16 | Citing a need to "blow it up" — after nine mod-classic albums in 15 years, split between former New Orleans-based indie Park the Van and Epitaph offshoot Anti- Records — Dr. Dog joined Thirty Tigers for April's Critical Equation, a recognizable but no less radical lean into the groove. At 9 p.m. at the Joy Theater.


Boukman Eksperyans
Fri. May 18 | Celebrate Haiti's Flag Day with Haiti's Grammy-nominated mizik rasin stars performing alongside the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, expanding the breadth of its jazz connections and reveling in Haitian music this past Carnival with its Krewe du Kanaval and in Cuban-inspired jazz on 2017's So It Is. At 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Music Box Village. Update: The show is postponed to noon May 19 due to weather.


James McMurtry
Fri. May 18 | Before embarking on tour with Jason Isbell in January, Austin troubadour James McMurtry issued his "State of the Union" about a family whose members separately put their faith in guns, religion and Golden Corral: "We're all in a hell of a mess / We're all in the family, the cursed and the blessed." At 8 p.m. at Chickie Wah Wah.


Tech N9ne
Mon. May 21 | Planet, the 20th album from hip-hop's antisocial impresario, finds the MC leaving Earth to spit his rapid-fire rhymes over Newcleus-inspired beats, epic metal and more earthbound R&B sounds. At 7 p.m. at House of Blues.

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