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Okkervil River with Wye Oak at Tipitina's


On Friday, in the fifth date of a 10-show tour, Wye Oak (pictured) opens for Okkervil River at Tipitina's. The rock bands continue on to Texas, Kansas, Missouri and Wisconsin, concluding their circuit on Sept. 24 in Rochester, N.Y. Four days later, in the first date of another 10-show tour, Wye Oak opens for Explosions in the Sky — at Tipitina's. Outside of a pathological po-boy fetish or hurricane death wish, the circuitous scheduling is hard to figure. The upshot for New Orleanians is two chances to catch the Baltimore duo's seething live set, which pulls back the shroud from gauzy March release Civilian (Merge). On record, singer/guitarist Jenn Wasner is a chameleonic mood swinger, moving without pause or warning from chiming chords and matronly assurances to cleaving shreds and suspicious aspersions. In person, backed by percussionist Andy Stack's rattling kick-drum wallops and clattering snare clacks, she's a captivating snake charmer, fixing the audience in her gaze as she raises serpentine melodies only to release their stinging venom. Austin, Texas' Okkervil River, which gave One Eyed Jacks a dress rehearsal of sixth album I Am Very Far (Jagjaguwar) in April, returns for a deserved encore. Tickets $16 in advance, $18 at the door. — Noah Bonaparte Pais

Sept. 16

Okkervil River with Wye Oak

10 p.m. Friday

Tipitina's, 501 Napoleon Ave., 895-8477;

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