The Foreign Exchange
9 p.m. Thursday
Tipitina’s, 501 Napoleon Ave.
The origin story of The Foreign Exchange is, as the name implies, international, as well as decidedly contemporary. North Carolina-based rapper Phonte and producer Nicolay, a resident of Holland, met via the online message board Okayplayer. They started exchanging musical ideas, beats and then full songs online; they built their debut album, “Connected,” before they had ever met in person or even spoken on the phone. Now residing in the same country, they have extended and expanded their collaboration. Their 2008 release “Leave It All Behind” earned a Grammy nomination for the single “Daykeeper.” With last year’s “Tales From the Land of Milk and Honey,” the duo expanded to a five-piece band and transitioned fully into R&B. Indicative of their enduring credibility in the progressive hip-hop community, The Roots have played the Foreign Exchange’s “House of Cards” on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”
Friday, 11 p.m.
Maple Leaf Bar, 8316 Oak St.
Tickets: At the door.
Funk Monkey is a local all-star band consisting of Bonerama guitarist Bert Cotton and trombonist Greg Hicks, Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes bassist Dave Pomerleau, former Papa Grows Funk saxophonist Jason Mingledorff, former Smilin’ Myron keyboardist Rik Fletcher and former Jon Cleary drummer Eddie Christmas. Together since 2013, as much as their schedules allow, they play funk with a decidedly Big Easy slant, as well as equally groove-y boogaloo music and soul. They’ve released one self-titled EP to date; it features a platter of original material that testifies to Funk Monkey’s dedication to the groove.
11 p.m. Friday
Republic New Orleans, 828 S. Peters St.
Tickets: $20 advance, $30 day of show
The sonic fingerprints of American electronic dance music producer and deejay Borgeous, aka John Borger, are all over a series of recent dance club singles. They include “Tsunami,” a hit 2013 collaboration with Canadian EDM duo DVBBS that reached No. 1 on the iTunes charts of more than a dozen countries. Borgeous has also cracked the Top 10 of Billboard’s dance radio chart with “Invincible” and “Wildfire,” done remixes for Ariana Grande and Afrojack, and had SiriusXM pick up his weekly podcast, House of Borgeous. In August, he’ll release his first full album under his own name, “13.” The debut single, “Ride It,” featuring Jamaican rapper Sean Paul, dropped in May.
8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Saturday
Snug Harbor, 626 Frenchmen St.
“Acoustic smashing” is not nearly as violent as it sounds. The term refers to San Francisco-based singer Jacqui Naylor’s technique of synthesizing the melody and lyrics of a jazz standard with a pop song. She and her band have combined Rodgers and Hart’s “My Funny Valentine” with AC/DC’s “Back in Black,” and melded Vince Guaraldi’s “Christmas Is Coming” to Pharrell Williams’ “Happy.” On her 2013 CD “Dead Divas Society,” she applied the technique to songs associated with such “divas” as Ella Fitzgerald, Amy Winehouse and Queen vocalist Freddie Mercury. She is, in short, a different kind of jazz singer. She makes her way to Snug Harbor at least twice a year, accompanied by her husband, pianist/guitarist Art Khu, and local musicians.
8 p.m. Tuesday
House of Blues, 225 Decatur St.
If Roy Orbison and Duane Eddy had a baby, it might grow up to sound like Chris Isaak. Isaak introduced himself in the mid-1980s as an ultra-cool throwback crooner with a steady falsetto, a reverb-laden guitar, poster-boy good looks and a stylish video aesthetic to match. Director David Lynch made liberal use of Isaak’s music, which is often very visual and evocative. The brooding “Wicked Game,” the Orbison-esque “Somebody’s Crying” and the retro rockabilly “Baby Did a Bad, Bad Thing” are his biggest hits, but Isaak has crafted consistently solid albums. His latest is the late-2015 release “First Comes the Night,” his first new album in six years and the first of his to largely take shape in Nashville.
Other notable shows this week:
ON THURSDAY, jazz guitarist Steve Masakowski anchors a quartet at Snug Harbor. Indie-pop duo Alexis & the Samurai play at 7 p.m. at d.b.a., followed by Otra. Drummer Johnny Vidacovich, guitarist June Yamagishi and bassist George Porter Jr. team up at the Maple Leaf. Lil’ Nathan & the Big Tymers do contemporary zydeco at Rock ’n’ Bowl. Swamp-funk guitarist Papa Mali plugs in at Chickie Wah Wah.
ON FRIDAY, the Honey Island Swamp Band and Dave Jordan’s Neighborhood Improvement Association are featured for the Foundation Free Fridays no-cover show at Tipitina’s. Keyboardist Charlie Dennard stages a tribute to jazz legend Ramsey Lewis at Chickie Wah Wah. Traditional jazz clarinetist Dr. Michael White leads the Original Liberty Jazz Band at Snug Harbor. Linnzi Zaorski sings early at d.b.a., followed by bassist George Porter Jr.’s trio. Popular cover band the Topcats returns to Rock ’n’ Bowl.
ON SATURDAY, Tank & the Bangas bring their high-octane R&B/jazz/soul/funk/spoken word show to Chickie Wah Wah. Rumplesteelskin is at the Maple Leaf. John Boutte sings at d.b.a. around 8 p.m., followed by the Hot 8 Brass Band at 11. The Boogie Men do horn-powered R&B and soul classics at Rock ’n’ Bowl.
ON SUNDAY, guitarist Brian Seeger fronts the Gentilly Groovemasters at Snug Harbor.
ON TUESDAY, Galactic drummer Stanton Moore powers his jazz trio at Snug Harbor.
ON WEDNESDAY, the Creole String Beans fill the dance floor at Rock ’n’ Bowl with south Louisiana jukebox music.