Jonathan Parish + Matt Glynn + Julie Odell + Rick Nelson (and friends) performing at Carrollton Station on January 5, 2012 for the Plus One Singer/Songwriter Showcase
1. Wild Flag, Wild Flag Not since 2010′s Stuck On Nothing, the high-octane debut from Philadelphia power-pop quintet Free Energy, has an album rung out with the unbridled urgency and tenacity of Wild Flag‘s 2011 inaugural offering. While it is practically every kind of rad and awesome and badass, there is almost nothing overtly retro-facing [...]
12.17: Giant Cloud + Empress Hotel + The Hawks (of Holy Rosary) – One Eyed Jacks
With the release of their debut Old Books EP and the numerous live gigs that followed, the humble quintet engulfed listeners with a rare breed of ethereal space-pop, a relentless onslaught of baroque musical suites that bounded freely between dark spots and bright patches with untamed ease. As they reunite for the 6th Annual Park The Van Holiday Soiree, GIant Cloud is giving all comers one last chance to see what was the most dependably awesome local bands perform live.
Perhaps the most beautiful thing about Bloom And Decay, New Orleans stewards of shimmering astro-pop Giant Cloud’s semi-posthumous final album, is how instantly comfortable it feels even upon first listen. With only 2010′s delightful – but tiny – Old Books EP available for public consumption as the band relentlessly toured until their mid-2011 breakup, the [...]
From the end of 2008 until just a few months ago, many arguments about the best band in New Orleans’ burgeoning indie rock movement came to one surprisingly consistent conclusion, surprising only given how nebulous and pedantic any such discussion tends to be. With their baroque space rock – equal parts majestic instrumentation, soaring vocal [...]
Generationals + Giant Cloud + Empress Hotel performing at Tipitina’s on June 25, 2011
06.25: Generationals + Giant Cloud + Empress Hotel + Au Ras Au Ras – Tipitina’s
Generationals breezy, retro-pop ear-worms provide a blissful backdrop for nearly any activity that comes to mind. In a live setting, however, Widmer and Joyner are far less quaint, beefing up their spacious studio sound with enormous drums and synth that give their already catchy songs enveloping sonic weight.
04.17: Native America + Chris Rehm + Ben Jones – Breezy’s
While the music of Native America (helmed by Sun Hotel multi-instrumentalist Ross Farbe) and Caddwhompus vocalist/guitarist Chris Rehm is a little more spacious than that of their respective main bands, it’s littered with the kind of dreamy melodies that are still liable to get caught between your ears – and that seem custom made for the fantasy land that is Breezy’s.
Unwed Sailor + Giant Cloud + Smiley With A Knife performing at Carrollton Station on February 19, 2011