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Barryfest Endorses: Basement Shows

Barryfest Endorses: Basement Shows

Without any knowledge of history or topography, one would think that a city with as much filth and poverty as New Orleans would have a stronger hollowed-out basement scene. But unlike our blighted correlatives all the way up in Detroit, we don’t live the basement life, which is a shame considering our ballooning numbers of […]

Barryfest Endorses: Avant-Garde Side Projects

Barryfest Endorses: Avant-Garde Side Projects

With a Webster’s Dictionary definition like “of or relating to an intelligentsia that develops new or experimental concepts, especially in the arts”, it’s no wonder so many musicians get blindly lost in the unavoidable pretention of being “avant-garde”.  Some musicians spend their entire lives attempting to meet the aims of that definition, and are accountable […]

Barryfest Endorses: Smoking Cigarettes at Rock Shows

Barryfest Endorses: Smoking Cigarettes at Rock Shows

I have long argued that any city-wide determination on whether or not the proprietor of private business was allowed to permit smoking on his premises was draconian at best and unconstitutional at worst.  If people think a particular bar is “too smokey”, they are free to drink or seek employment elsewhere – just as they […]

Barryfest Endorses: Listening to The Doors During Mardi Gras

Barryfest Endorses: Listening to The Doors During Mardi Gras

It was once thought, among philosophers of the Current and Future State of MusicTM, that the Doors made the perfect music for extreme cold weather in big cities. However, the nuances of such a notion confounded, mystified, and ultimately divided experts who, unable to account for the vast sociological, economic, and ethnic diversity that characterizes […]