09.08: Native America + Donovan Wolfington + ArchAnimals – Thermos
Though late night bar and live music culture is a phenomenon that New Orleans will be forever connected to, there is something to be said for those musicians who are unafraid to play wherever, whenever and for anyone. Though there has been a DIY punk movement in the city for decades, only recently have indie and college rock musicians begun to take up the DIY ethos. Nevertheless, that culture has been steadily growing for some time now. Saturday night at pop-up venue Thermos in the Uptown campus area, three of the city’s most talented heatseaking bands get together for the kind of casual, off-the-beaten-path show that local live music fans have come to crave over the last couple of years.
Though there’s much one can often glean from seeing a young band at their first show back from their first tour, I wouldn’t have anticipated the strides Donovan Wolfington has managed to make in a mere matter of days, the band’s short tour with pals ArchAnimals taking them only as far as San Antonio. Nevertheless, [...]
ArchAnimals + Donovan Wolfington performing at Siberia on June 14, 2012
With the three day weekend coming up, there is plenty of local news to sink your ear teeth into. This Memorial Day make sure to party, be safe and do something awesome like these guys. Earl Scioneaux III, better known as The Madd Wikkid, also known as the man behind the knobs for recent recordings [...]
Habitat + Donovan Wolfington performing at Ampersand on March 23, 2012
03.23: Habitat + Donovan Wolfington – Ampersand
Rising from the ashes of (New Grass) Country Club, Habitat is singer and guitarist Jack Donovan’s latest configuration of the mountains of talent floating around the Chinquapin Records Universe. With Andrew Landry and Evan Ctanovtich of High In One Eye behind him, Donovan continues Country Club’s tradition of ferociously mashing up every genre from Americana to post-rock but injects the new tunes with a math-focused progressive streak.
In the last six months, no local venue has made a larger effort to break into a higher echelon of rock club status than hidden-in-plain-sight Garden District standby Cafe Prytania. More frequent, consistent and eclectic booking in the back half of 2011 slowly but surely elevated the humble establishment from occasional Loyola-band hotspot to a [...]
02.10: Yob + Thou – The Big Top
Within a steadily rising community of artists and music heads striving and waiting for New Orleans’ national DIY comeuppance lies Thou, a different animal altogether. This Baton Rouge/New Orleans-based black and sludge metal hybrid has, since its inception in 2005, enjoyed the exact opposite type of success: acknowledged locally with no larger a profile than any other under-the-radar act, they have managed to build a hefty – even semi-legendary – following outside the state of Louisiana, embarking on nationwide tours with surprising regularity and launching cross-Atlantic jaunts nearly as often.
01.14: Caddywhompus + B L A C K I E + /fucks/ + Proud Father + Habitat + Choi Wolf – The Red House and The White House
Though he’s technically known as a “rapper and record producer”, B L A C K I E’s musical vista (a striking meld of thrash, noise and hip hop) is about as rhythmically and instrumentally concrete as an early Kluster record. Instead of wrapping himself in the languorous comforts of a particular genre, he’s spent the better part of the last half decade perfecting a kaleidoscopic array of strange samples, disorientingly-cut beats, and streaking fuzz while drawing listeners in with an abrasive – though alluring – vocal delivery and a sincere, unapologetic adherence to sociopolitical dissidence.