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Tune-Yards at One Eyed Jacks


With no rusted foliage or mercury mercy to announce the arrival of fall, New Orleans has come to count on other seasonal bellwethers: painted faces in the grocery checkout, student drivers clogging Uptown roadways and a One Eyed Jacks concert calendar that, once it starts, doesn't quit. This year's marathon — a whopping 26 recommendable shows over the next two months — commences this week with visits by Junior Boys, Cymbals Eat Guitars and Tune-Yards, aka Merrill Garbus, a Northern oddity and unlikely vanguard of the advancing army. As recently as 2010, Garbus was known only to the most voracious of mp3-blog gluttons, her solo music project given to the kind of willful eccentricities — recording an entire debut via dictaphone, alternating upper- and lowercase characters like a disobedient kindergartener (tUnE-yArDs, BiRd-BrAiNs) — that seem designed to tweak copy editors and mainstream listeners. Then something happened: People heard her songs. On w h o k i l l (4AD), her crowded and yet purposefully spaced April breakthrough, Garbus raises a conductor's baton over the schizoid orchestra in her head, commanding with precision an unhinged, self-looped symphony: hiccuping hip-hop beats and pots-and-pans percussion tickled by acid-jazz horns and plucky ukeleles, their aboriginal chieftain singing sweetly one second and yelling elephantine bellows the next, an ideal presider over a primeval rock equinox. Pat Jordache opens. Tickets $14. — Noah Bonaparte Pais

Oct. 2


10 p.m. Sunday

One Eyed Jacks, 615 Toulouse St., 569-8361;

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