Jazz Fest and finals are over. Summer is right around the corner. Local artists are kicking out the jams. G-Eazy’s got a new video, King Louie’s going on tour, and Clint Maedgan and Habitat have new music to share.
See You In Mexico + Dominique LeJeune + The Rooks + High In One Eye performing at the Community Records practice space on February 24, 2012
02.24: See You In Mexico + Dominique LeJeune + The Rooks + High In One Eye – 3613 Chestnut
Even if one considers them something of a side project to its members’ more well-known bands, the Rooks are still one of the most riveting bands in the city of New Orleans. De rigueur in their militant positivity and their desire to ignite short explosions of punk rock, bassist Greg Rodrigue, Marathon/Choi Wolf drummer Rob Landry and Lollies guitarist Brian Pretus are pure life together on stage, and not necessarily in that old “lightning in a bottle” punk hackney, which this trio seems much too motivated for.
A good bit of natural uncertainty seems to surround new local trio Habitat, who for a time only played intermittently between each member’s full-time band schedule and who have yet to formally record even one original song for public consumption. Through most interpretations, the band is nothing more than a side project: guitarist Andrew Landry [...]
01.08: Choi Wolf + Boogie Nazis + Pancake – The Big Top
With Choi Wolf, Byron Chance injects his established talent for melding execution and panache into hardcore punk, where he and drummer Rob Landry have made an art of firing through intentionally short, invigorating bursts of brutal energy. At only around 9 minutes long, a Choi Wolf live show often finds the band creating pure pandemonium while aurally pummeling the audience so efficiently that Chance and co. are back at the bar enjoying beers before anyone has had enough time to realize what just happened.
11.26: The Rooks + The Switchers + Sharks’ Teeth + Dominique LeJeune – The Big Top
If you’ve been to The Big Top in the last five years, the Lower Central City gallery associated with the non-profit arts education organization 3 Ring Circus Productions, there is a good chance it was for a Community Records organized or affiliated event; and this weekend Community Records will stage an event to benefit the center itself. It will be headlined by The Rooks, a punk power-trio starring label co-founder Greg Rodrigue, Lollies’ guitarist Brian Pretus and Rob Landry of Marathon on drums. The bill also includes ska-core crooners The Switchers and solo performances from math-folk songstress Dominique LeJeune and Tyler Schurlock of Sun Hotel, under the guise of his prolific space drone side project Sharks’ Teeth.
09.15: MyNameIsJohnMichael + G-Eazy + Christoph Andersson – Tipitina’s
Headling this diverse showcase is John Michael Rouchell, an artist who would be considered an old guard of the local indie movement if he had not spent the last year reinventing and retooling his unique sound. On the other end of the spectrum is the immensely talented and wildly popular young MC G-Eazy, whose latest self-produced collection of nimble, heady hip-hop anthems is nothing short of a revelation. But the appeal of Thursday’s show is far greater than the sum of its parts.
He’s My Brother She’s My Sister + Alexis Marceaux + Dominique Lejeune performing at Breezy’s Spot on July 29, 2011