June 6 is a day etched in history for events occurring over 60 years ago, when, in 1944, Allied Forces landed on the beaches of Normandy, precipitating the end of World War II and giving way to an unparalleled era of peace and prosperity across Europe. With all due respect to the Greatest Generation though, June 6 [...]
As the brutal New Orleans heat brings tourist season to a close, we’ve got news on some folks coming to town, others leaving, and one guy who just straight-up jet-sets. Beloved basement party rockers Jean-Eric announced recently that they will be leaving the Big Easy to take their talents to the Big Apple, causing a [...]
Hunx and His Punx + Natural Child + Jean-Eric + King Louie’s Missing Monuments performing at Siberia on April 16, 2012
Jean-Eric + Weekends + Sweet Tooth + High In One Eye performing at Siberia on January 12, 2012
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.
Black Lips + Jean-Eric + KG Accidental – One Eyed Jacks
In what will easily be the most inimitable and raucous of all events to ring in the new year (and ironically the most New Orleanian), Aquarium Drunkard has brokered a brilliant redux appearance of Atlanta’s own Black Lips, essentially an encore of their Lundi Gras show this past March – a concert that marked the flashpoint in a year that was ultimately slammed with unforgettable performances. Among a sea of Mardi Gras costumes that saw Jacks as sardine-packed as it’s ever been, the these feral, psychedelic garage punks became hosts to an overwhelming mosh pit of split heads, bruised knuckles, sweaty armpits and runny makeup.
When tracing, observing, or even idly enjoying the early progressions of a young band, it’s simply amazing to see how things change only a few months after a first or second performance. Aside from any inevitable off-the-wall stylistic shifts that are the result of early growing pains, those willing to keep with it are likely [...]
05.28: Consortium of Genius + Letters to Voltron – Hi-Ho Lounge
With lectures – their preferred term for live performances – that involve costumes, props, or any number of their signature “inventions” (a constantly expanding stable of contraptions that includes drum-bots, radio terrorscopes and hypnotronic helmets), CoG have pioneered their own brand of multimedia concert event that has been part of the local indie rock panorama for nearly two decades.
I’ve tried on many occasions to describe a Jean-Eric performance with the words afforded me by the English language. Each time I’ve failed, not just to scratch the surface of what makes Jean-Eric so intriguing, but to even come up with anything better than “You’ve just got to see it for yourself” in a frustrated [...]