After much anticipation, the de facto centerpiece of festival season is finally upon the city of New Orleans. After a massive first act that included Foburg Fest, French Quarter Fest, and Austin’s South by Southwest Festival, the third annual Community Records Block Party is, seemingly by design, the punk rock primer for the laid back, [...]
Record Store Day started as a humble attempt to preserve the stability of local music vendors in the face of the digital age, but it has grown exponentially in both popularity and output during its short life thus far. Conceived three years ago to celebrate the role independent record stores all over the world play [...]
04.09: Billy Iuso & Restless Natives – 4:35PM – House of Blues Stage
After cutting his teeth playing Grateful Dead covers as a teenager, Billy Iuso formed the critically acclaimed Brides of Jesus in 1989. The band’s unique mix of funk, jazz, soul and rock influences helped usher in the third-wave jam-band movement of the early 1990s and earned the Brides opening spots with such heavy hitters as Widespread Panic, Dave Matthew’s Band and George Clinton.
These days, I’m far too old to benefit from “Spring Break”, the almost universally adopted tradition wherein schools give students a week off just as the weather starts to break and students, in turn, go to the beach and get hammered. From what I can remember of it, though, it was pretty cool. For their [...]
Greatest band in the universe Rotary Downs has had a busy few months. Since once again rocking the Bingo Tent at last fall’s Voodoo Music Experience (and capping the Halloween weekend off with their annual throwdown at d.b.a.), the boys won an Offbeat “Best of The Beat” Award, had two tracks from the 2010 [...]
Hogs For The Cause is the brainchild of two local food aficionados who, in the fall of 2008, devised a plan to bring the hallowed tradition of the southern pig roast to New Orleans. Early on, founders Rene Louapre – one of the minds behind quintessential local food blog Blackened Out – and Becker Hall [...]
Though we’d all love to see the Strokes show from Levi’s or the Kanye and Radiohead secret shows, let’s be honest: it’s probably not going to happen. And if you’ve been unlucky enough to miss the RSVP’s for the all-day free food/free booze/free music festivals or failed to procure yourself a killer priority badge, you’re only option is to be prepared. Barryfest is here to help, at least a tiny bit, with your preparation. We’ve put together a handy list of local and semi-local New Orleans acts that are taking the trip with you.
Toro Y Moi + Small Black + Cults + Sun Airway + Cloud Nothings – Saturn Bar
Two independent, non-Foburg-affiliated concerts featuring some of the most up-and-coming names in indie were scheduled for March 13. Everybody, including the guys at Deft Jams, said, “Why not just combine the shows.” The result is an impressive showcase that not just trumps most of the weekend’s Foburg competition but stands to be one of the best indie and/or electronica concerts [...]
The Hood Internet + Christoph Andersson + Big History – Maison Upstairs
The Hood Internet’s approach of simply matching a rapper with an indie song is seemingly straightforward; but the genius is found not just in Brink and Reidell’s intuitive mashups but their seemingly encyclopedic knowledge of the unabashedly hip culture of indie and electronic music, and the end result is often something surprisingly greater than the sum of its parts.