At the Clubs: Curren$y’s throwing a party

Saturday

Curren$y’s Birthday Bash

House of Blues

225 Decatur St.

10 p.m.

(504) 310-4999

HouseOfBlues.com

Rapper Curren$y began his career on Cash Money Records as a Lil’ Wayne protégé. His 2010 album “Pilot Talk” introduced him, his laid-back flow and late night sound to a larger audience, but fans already knew him and his style from his mixtapes. Like Lil’ Wayne, he is prolific, releasing music through traditional albums and frequent mixtapes including the recent “The Drive-In Theatre,” but the two are very different artists. Lil’ Wayne’s all manic id, Curren$y keeps it cool and emotionally buttoned up. Since the show’s his birthday bash, expect guest spots from members of his Jets crew to join him.

Saturday

Marnie Stern

One Eyed Jacks

10 p.m.

615 Toulouse St.

(504) 569-8361

OneEyedJacks.net

NPR’s Ann Powers referred to indie rock guitarist Marnie Stern as a “super heroine,” and you can hear the reason for the love on last year’s “Chronicles of Marnia.” Stern’s heavy chording and lighter clusters of tapped notes animate her songs, but they’re not the reasons the songs exist. She’s sensitive, singing about resilience under all those notes, and unlike many guitar heroes, her songs are catchy and she knows when to stop.

Wednesday

Brett Dennen

House of Blues

225 Decatur St.

8 p.m.

(504) 310-4999

HouseOfBlues.com

Folkie Brett Dennen announces, “I am a Wild Child” on last year’s “Smoke and Mirrors” album, and it’s hard to reconcile that with his red hair, big glasses, and boy-next-door vocal delivery. But he clarifies himself — “I love the country” — in the next line in a song that’s immediately engaging, like most of the album. The strength of his songs and his performance of them is that both sound like natural extensions of who he is. There’s little self-conscious or deliberately artful in his lines or songs, so you believe him. And he seems like a nice guy.

Alex Rawls writes about music in New Orleans. He can be reached at MySpiltMilk.com.