Concert Preview: June 2nd – 8th, 2014

Red Beans and Life aims to be a comprehensive guide to living in New Orleans. And what would the Crescent City be without music?

That’s why we’re starting a weekly rundown of what shows are worth seeing in NOLA.

With that in mind, here are our picks for the week of 6/2:

Monday, June 2

Mr. Elevator & the Brain Hotel

(w/ Holy Wave, Visionaries)

Mr. Elevator and the Brain Hotel with their song “Right Where You Ought to Be”

California psych trio Mr. Elevator and the Brain Hotel bring their organ-driven, surf freakouts to Siberia along with Burger label mates Holy Wave and NOLA’s own Dead Marshes.

Siberia, 2227 St. Claude Ave. Show starts at 6. Tickets are $7. Get your tickets here!

Tuesday, June 3

Jack White
(w/ Kelly Stoltz)

Though I think the former White Stripe loses something without the rudimentary drumming of Meg reeling him in, I’d be remiss if I didn’t tell you about his upcoming stop at the Saenger.

“High Ball Stepper” from Jack White’s new album Lazzaro

Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St. Show starts at 8:00 p.m. Unfortunately, the show is sold out. So, for those of you who don’t want to brave the waters of StubHub we have…

(w/ Superheaven, Woozy)

Philadelphia rockers Nothing put a brutal, heavy spin on shoegaze on their latest album Guilty Of Everything. Catch them with melodic post-hardcore tourmates Superheaven at Siberia.

Nothing’s music video for the song “Bent Nail” 

Siberia, 2227 St. Claude Ave. Doors at 9. Show starts at 10. Tickets are $8. Purchase your tickets ahead of time here.

Wednesday, June 4

Andrew Jackson Jihad (w/ Dogbreth, Pope)

AJJ have been dropping album after album of raucous, enjoyable folk-punk since 2004. Christmas Island which dropped earlier this month, is no exception.

“Getting Naked Playing with Guns” off their new album Christmas Island

Siberia, 2227 St. Claude Ave. Doors at 9. Show starts at 10. Tickets are $8. Get your tickets here.

Wednesday At The Square

If the middle of the week finds you strapped for cash, catch this week’s iteration of Wednesday At The Square. Anders Osborne and Seth Steinbeck with Roosterfoot bring swamp rock to the free concert series. Show starts at 5 pm in Lafayette Square.

Thursday, June 5

The Courtneys

The Courtneys sound like Sleater-Kinney at the beach, with an assist from some jangling guitar work reminiscent of Flying Nun. In plain English, that means they’re awesome. So go be awesome and check out their show.

The Courtneys’ music video for their song “Lost Boys”

Circle Bar, 1032 St. Charles Ave. Show starts at 10 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door.

Friday, June 6

Swearin’ (w/ Potty Mouth, Pope)

New Orleans is in for a night of lady-leaning throwback punk when Swearin’ and Potty Mouth come to town. The music coming from Gasa Gasa wouldn’t be out of place coming from the dorm of countless well-read Lilith Fair lovers, which is our way of saying its worth 8 bucks.

Swearin’s song “Dust in the Gold Sack” 

Gasa Gasa, 4920 Freret St. Show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $8.

Saturday, June 7

Kermit Ruffins and the Barbeque Swingers

After a week’s worth of nationally touring acts, it’s nice to listen to one of NOLA’s own.

“Monday Nights in New Orleans”

Little Gem Saloon, 445 S Rampart St. Shows at 7 and 9. Tickets are $15 but if you want to book a table, call ahead.

Sunday, June 8

Vox and the Hound (w/ Tiny Victories, Black Girls)

We’ll start the week the way we began it, with some excellent psychedelia. Today’s pick is New Orleans’ Vox and the Hound. They describe their sound as “spaghetti-western psychedelic indie rock.” If that doesn’t pique your interest, then nothing will.

Vox and the Hound’s “End of Me”

Siberia, 2227 St. Claude Ave. Doors at 9. Show starts at 10. Tickets are $8. Hurry and get them here while you can!

So many amazing musicians and shows, it was hard narrowing it down to these few. So go check out these shows and other live music in the city and tell us all about it!

About Alex

Alex is a NOLA transplant who came to the city by way of St. Augustine, FL. His dislikes include $10+ cocktails and writing in the third person.

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