At the Clubs: John Prine brings folk to the Civic _lowres

** FILE ** French singer Johnny Halliday arrives at the Cannes festival palace to take part in the NRJ awards ceremony in Cannes, southern France, in this Jan. 21, 2006 file photo. Hallyday is the closest thing France has to Elvis, so the veteran rocker's announcement Friday, Dec. 15, 2006, that he is moving across the border to Switzerland to escape high taxes has come as something of a bombshell. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau, file)

Friday and Saturday

John Prine

Civic Theatre

510 O’Keefe Ave.

8 p.m.

(504) 272-0865

John Prine is one of America’s master singer/songwriters. He recorded his debut album in 1971 when record companies seemed to sign anyone with an acoustic guitar and a Dylan-like countercultural vibe.

“I started in this business before I meant to. It was just a hobby — songwriting — and I didn’t sing for anybody,” he said in 2002. “I was still trying to find my voice then.”

His new two-disc set, “The Singing Mailman Delivers,” goes back to 1970 with early studio and live versions of his songs, including “Hello in There,” “Sam Stone” and “Angel from Montgomery.”



Civic Theatre

510 O’Keefe Ave.

8 p.m.

(504) 272-0865

Indie rock heroes Spoon, from Austin, Texas, have completed a new album, and the snippets they’ve teased on YouTube don’t give clear clues as to what to expect.

A tour video features 40 seconds of house-influenced music for a song perhaps titled “They Want My Soul,” while another released a week before completion of the album features squalls of abrasive guitar sound over a seductive, melodic groove.

In short, the videos hint at more stylish, cerebral indie rock that bounces between constraint and freedom.


Johnny Hallyday

House of Blues

8 p.m.

225 Decatur St.

(504) 310-4999

French rock ’n’ roll singer Johnny Hallyday was considered the French Elvis, and his career dates back to the 1960s when he was a pop star.

He’s now in his 70s and doing a rare, short tour of North America that included a stop at Coachella.

Much of his set consists of English hits with French lyrics, and his originals lean toward classic rock with a theatrical, prog rock edge — not surprising considering he also has an acting career.

He has never quit performing or recording, despite being diagnosed with a cancer that resulted in him being temporarily put in a coma.

Reports say his voice remains as powerful live as it is on record.