7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday
UNO Lakefront Arena, 6801 Franklin Ave.
Tickets: $38 to $68 plus service charges
Goth-pop didn’t get much more melodic than that of The Cure. Singer-songwriter Robert Smith, a poster boy for the permanently pale, and his collaborators churned out a long string of irresistible tragic-romantic singles in their 1980s heyday: “Boys Don’t Cry,” “Close to Me,” “Just Like Heaven,” “Lovesong,” “Why Can’t I Be You,” “Friday I’m in Love,” “The Love Cats,” “Pictures of You.” Smith and company occasionally reconvene to hit the road. Following an extremely well-received show at the 2013 Voodoo Experience, the Cure will launch their 2016 North American tour with two nights at the Lakefront Arena. Tickets for the arena floor are standing-room-only general admission; balcony seats are reserved. The Twilight Sad is the opening act for both nights.
7:30 p.m. Sunday
Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square, 1500 Sugar Bowl Drive
Tickets: $26.50 to $46.50 plus service charges
The members of British band The 1975 met as high school students in the early 2000s. Their collective sound draws not from the 1970s, but the synth-pop of the 1980s crossed with more contemporary indie-rock sensibilities. The 1975’s self-titled 2013 album yielded the hit single “Sex.” A song called “Love Me” introduced their second full-length album, 2016’s ambitiously titled “I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It.” The Japanese House and Wolf Alice join The 1975 at Champions Square on Sunday.
Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys
8:30 p.m. Friday
Rock n’ Bowl, 3000 S. Carrollton Ave.
Across more than a quarter-century and numerous albums, Robert “Big Sandy” Williams has traveled the country with his Fly-Rite Boys trafficking in retro rockabilly, rock ’n’ roll and honky-tonk music. His smooth tenor is especially well-suited for such styles. He and the band favor sartorial and personal styles that also harken back to an earlier era. Rock n’ Bowl, with its own vintage aesthetic and large dance floor, is a perfect venue for the Fly-Rite Boys to land. The local Mo’ Jelly Band, which specializes in classic New Orleans rhythm and blues, joins the Fly-Rite Boys at Friday’s show.
Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds
9 p.m. Thursday
The Howlin’ Wolf, 907 S. Peters St.
Any musicians who think they tour a lot should check out the grueling schedule maintained by the New York soul-rock band Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds. Big-voiced singer Arleigh Kincheloe and her bandmates essentially live on the road, working the festival circuit and sharing bills with the likes of Fitz & the Tantrums, the Avett Brothers, Counting Crows and such New Orleans favorites as Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Dr. John and the Funky Meters.
The Dirty Birds’ Thursday gig in New Orleans is billed as “Cinco de Sparrow,” as it falls on Cinco de Mayo. The Eastwood Smokes and Animal Years also are on the bill.
8 p.m. Wednesday
House of Blues, 225 Decatur St.
Marsha Ambrosius and Natalie Stewart first joined forces as Floetry, an R&B, hip-hop duo with roots in spoken-word poetry, in England in the late 1990s. After relocating to the United States, the duo signed to DreamWorks Records and released their gold-certified debut, “Floetic,” in 2002; it spawned the hit title track, as well as the singles “Say Yes” and “Getting Late.” Ambrosius also wrote the Michael Jackson song “Butterflies.” A second studio album, “Flo’Ology,” released in 2005, contained the single “Supastar,” which featured the rapper Common. Ambrosius and Stewart subsequently embarked on solo careers, ending Floetry’s run. After a nine-year break, the duo reunited and hit the road again in 2015. That reunion tour arrives in New Orleans on Wednesday. Kris Kelli opens the show.
7 p.m. Saturday
Carver Theater, 2101 Orleans Ave.
Tickets: $45, $60 or $125 (VIP)
The R&B singer Chester “Lyfe” Jennings’ life has been filled with drama and personal highs and lows of his own making. He launched his career as a confessional R&B singer-songwriter after serving 10 years in prison for arson. The title of his million-selling 2004 debut album, “Lyfe 268-192,” referred to his prison ID number. In 2010, with his “I Still Believe” album riding high on the R&B charts, he returned to prison with a three-year sentence following an altercation with an ex-girlfriend that led to a high-speed police chase. He relaunched his career post-prison; his most recent album is 2015’s “Tree of Lyfe.” He comes to town for a gig at the Carver Theater that is part of the “Divine Supper Club Experience,” a series of fundraising events sponsored by the youth empowerment nonprofit Divine Foundation Inc. Tickets are either standing-room-only or seated at a table.