Lafayette's Givers release its debut full-length LP In Light next week. NPR has the first listen — stream it in its entirety here. The album is mixed by Ben Allen, who helmed Animal Collective's engrossing pop crossover breakthrough Merriweather Post Pavilion and Deerhunter's acclaimed Halcyon Digest. The album is out June 6 on Glassnote Records, home to a small roster of artists — including Phoenix and Mumford & Sons. On In Light, polyrhythmic pulses and dreamlike summertime melodies melt into tropical headspace, playful psychedelics and sing-alongs and walls of harmonious fuzz — play it and give in to the unforgiving late-spring heat.
The band also has been named Vogue's Band of the Week. (Stream standout track "Noche Nada" there.)
Download "West African Strut" from Dr. Michael White's Adventures in New Orleans Jazz, Part 1 (Basin Street), out June 21. Look for Part 2 in 2012. Part 1, meanwhile, dips into '60s and '70s African and Caribbean rhythms with spins on Paul Simon and Bob Marley, with White's soul anchored in traditional New Orleans jazz.
New Orleans rapper Koan holds down Tipitina's tonight for the release of his solo debut Chronicles of a Dying Breed. Check out "Employed" here — the track blends '70s soul-inspired strings and horns with Koan's killer, rapid-smooth flow and breathless wordplay. The line is drawn, y'all: "Cash Money is irrelevant."
Louisiana producer C.C. Adcock paired with English pop songstress Florence Welch (of Florence + the Machine) while she was in town for last year's Voodoo Experience. (Read Lauren LaBorde's interview here.) Welch sings "Not Fade Away" for an upcoming Buddy Holly tribute album, featuring tracks from artists Paul McCartney, Patti Smith, Lou Reed, My Morning Jacket and others. Check out the video for "Not Fade Away" (partially filmed at Lafayette Cemetery) here.
More music from Those Darlins, Eternal Summers and Japanese leather-clad punk rock motorcycle enthusiasts Guitar Wolf after the jump.
On Sunday, Those Darlins are at One Eyed Jacks. The grrrl country spunk trio hits on Spector-esque girl groups and fuzzy surf pop with a few winks to Wanda Jackson and honky-tonking predecessors. Download the title track from their latest LP Screws Get Loose here, and enter your email on the band's website for a free MP3.
After the weekend, look for Eternal Summers at The Saint and Guitar Wolf at Siberia, both on Monday.
Guitar Wolf — Nagasaki's Ramones-wielding, Wild Zero-starring garage punk misfits — are enjoying their 26th year as pioneers of self-described "jet rock 'n' roll."
Here's the trailer for the band's ridiculous cult zombie flick Wild Zero: