08.09: The Eastern Sea + Native America + Sharks’ Teeth – One Eyed Jacks
In only thirty days time an Eastern Sea performance has gone from highly recommended to nothing short of required, appointment viewing: the new album they just put out is an all-consuming masterpiece and their current 7-piece touring outfit perfectly navigates the tension-filled narratives and robust instrumental panoramas of the long-awaited Plague with an expressive energy that adds yet another dimension to the dazzling compositions on their full-length debut.
Sun Hotel + Ava Luna + Narcissy performing at The Big Top on August 2, 2012
By now, most of us are aware of City Hall’s latest attack in their sneaky and unpredictable War on Culture. A few weeks ago venerable Bywater institution Siberia ran into some permitting issues that caused them to suspend their expansive live music schedule, and just yesterday it appears a similar fate officially befell the similarly venerable Circle [...]
Heat Dust + Adults + The Fagettes performing at The Saint on August 1, 2012
08.04: Dirty Projectors + Wye Oak – House Of Blues
Dirty Projectors and Wye Oak have spent the last few years making some of the most exciting music around, and very few bands treat their material with such brilliant care in a live setting. Thus, Saturday night’s unofficial White Linen Night after party is one of the rare House of Blues events that is truly worth the generally-bemoaned premium heaped upon national tours that stop at Live Nation’s local outpost instead of the myriad independent venue options in the city.
08.01: Heat Dust + Adults + The Fagettes + The Clap – The Saint
Even when the sometimes ethereal vocal harmonies present on their recorded material are casualties to the subprime sound systems common in most of New Orleans’ small rooms, there’s a resonance in Heat Dust’s canon beyond the reverb of the lo-fi paradigm.
Glish + Dead Mellotron + Troubadour Dali performing at the Circle Bar on June 16, 2012
Any New Orleans resident who has gone east in search of beaches with actual sand and water that won’t leave a mark is likely familiar with The Shed, the Ocean Springs, MS barbecue and music destination. Whether you’ve pulled off I-10 to grab lunch on the way back from Hangout Fest or just seen the [...]
Sabotage: A Tribute To The Beastie Boys – One Eyed Jacks
The Beasties Boys embarked on a classic-after-classic run rivaling that of even rock and roll legends like Led Zeppelin and the Who, infusing their hardcore roots, admiration of jazz and funk, and reverence for the East Coast hip hop tradition to build a catalog as diverse as it is timeless. So there may be no more fitting a subject for a tribute than the Beastie Boys, and few cities possess the revered history and active culture of no-holds-barred musical fusion to do their spirit justice like New Orleans.