A bit of an anomaly in New Orleans, the Iguanas have mixed serious doses of Tex-Mex and other Latin elements with jazz, roots rock, and Crescent City R&B for more than a quarter century. Sometimes suggesting a swampadelic version of Los Lobos, the quartet ranges from steamy instrumentals, such as "Oye Mi Cumbia," fueled by Rod Hodges's tasty electric guitar, to the avant-garde, such as "Todo Cambia," with free-jazz blowing, industrial percussion and ominously intoned lyrics in Spanish (both from 2012's Sin to Sin). But the really quirky stuff is sung in English: the slinky, Mose Allison-like "Won't Sit Down," the lurching, Meters/Ernie K-Doe-tinged funk of "Sick" ("Baby I lost my lunch when you threw that sucker punch"), and the woozy cover of obscure rockabilly eccentric Ronnie Self's "Waitin' for My Gin to Hit Me." Which it definitely does, fired by the Iguanas' distinctive rockin' gusto. 18+.
Tue., Aug. 20, 7 p.m., 2013
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