The music options in New Orleans this week include an alternative hip-hop duo, a fast-rising country singer and a jazz-fusion legend.
Run the Jewels
9 p.m. Friday, Joy Theater, sold out.
In 2013, Brooklyn alternative hip-hop producer El-P and Atlanta rapper Killer Mike formalized their collaboration as a duo called Run the Jewels. Their three albums under the Run the Jewels moniker — all bear the duo’s fist-and-finger-pistol logo — have earned kudos for their innovative production and sonics. RTJ has turned up at most major music festivals from Coachella to Bonnaroo, as well as New Orleans’ alternative hip-hop/electronic music fest Buku. Indicative of how Run the Jewels has moved toward the mainstream, in 2018 they’ll be among the opening acts for alt-pop star Lorde’s arena tour. On Friday, Run the Jewels headlines a sold-out show, produced by Winter Circle Productions, at the Joy Theater. Denzel Curry and Cuz Lightyear open.
NOTE: This show has been postponed until March 25, 2018. 7:30 p.m. Sunday, UNO Lakefront Arena, $27-$48.
Staring out from under the brim of his white cowboy hat, Justin Moore stands at the vanguard of a new generation of male country singers, a little bit classic and a little bit contemporary. The Arkansas native’s fourth studio album, “Kinda Don’t Care,” was his third consecutive No. 1, following a string of hit singles that included “You Look Like I Need a Drink” — the accompanying video indicates Moore's sense of humor is very much intact — “Somebody Else Will,” “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away,” “Point At You,” “Small Town U.S.A.,” “Til My Last Day” and “Lettin’ the Night Roll.” After touring as an opening act for the likes of Brad Paisley, Eric Church, Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton, he’s now an arena headliner in his own right.
8 p.m. Sunday, Orpheum Theater, $36.50 - $99.50
Had Herbie Hancock done nothing more than be a member of the Miles Davis Quintet in the 1960s, his status as a giant of contemporary jazz would have been assured. But throughout a career of more than half a century, the keyboardist and composer has reinvented himself many times over, constantly breaking new ground. From his experimental electronic albums to the more accessible jazz-funk-rock fusion of the Headhunters — that group’s “Chameleon” was a crossover pop hit — he constantly sought fresh sounds, often on a key-tar. His compositions include the much-covered “Watermelon Man” and “Cantaloupe Island,” as well as “Rockit,” which provided a soundtrack for countless break-dancers and hip-hop samples. His 2007 album “River: The Joni Letters,” a tribute to singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell, won the album-of-the-year Grammy Award. On his current tour, he’s joined by drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, bassist James Genus and saxophonist Terrace Martin.
8:30 p.m. Tuesday, House of Blues (225 Decatur St.), $30
Across more than two decades of music-making, Austin-born indie rock band Spoon has steadfastly refused to be limited by rock band convention. Frontman Britt Daniel and his collaborators hit their stride with the trifecta of 2002’s “Kill the Moonlight," 2005’s “Gimme Fiction” and 2007’s “Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga.” The urgency of Daniel’s voice and guitar is paired with a strong melodic sense and a willingness to alter conventional arrangements and sonic textures. On the band’s much-acclaimed ninth album, “Hot Thoughts,” released in March via Matador Records, Daniel, drummer Jim Eno, bassist Rob Pope and keyboardist Alex Fischel continue to follow the music wherever it leads. Fresh off an appearance at the band’s hometown Austin City Limits Festival, Spoon heads to the House of Blues in New Orleans. Mondo Cozmo opens the show.
Other noteworthy shows this week
As the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra prepares to reintroduce itself later this month with its first formal concert in more than a year, new artistic director Adonis Rose, the group’s longtime drummer, leads a NOJO Jam with several other orchestra members at Snug Harbor.
The Iguanas hold down the late set at d.b.a. on Frenchmen Street.
Experience KMFDM at the House of Blues.
The Joy Theater presents British comedian Dylan Moran.
Alternative rock band Breaking Benjamin performs an unplugged show at the House of Blues.
The Happy Talk Band is joined by Esther Rose at d.b.a.
The John “Papa” Gros Band teams up with the Soul Rebels brass band at Rock ‘N’ Bowl.
My Life With the Thrill Kill brings its 30th-anniversary tour to the House of Blues.
Smooth jazz singer Phillip Manuel holds court at Snug Harbor.
See the Cedric Burnside Project and R.L. Boyce at d.b.a.
The Growlers stop at the Joy Theater.
Roderick Paulin & the Traditional Allstars are featured for the free, all-ages “Nickel-A-Dance” traditional jazz show at the Maison on Frenchmen Street; admission is free.