Lafayette pop outfit Brass Bed and art director and collaborator Allison Bohl announced plans to release On Nilsson, a four-track tribute to the late master of pop songcraft, Harry Nilsson. The EP, which follows 2010's Melt White and the band's collaborative EP with Feufollet, will be released March 13 on California label Crossbill Records, released in time for the band's 2012 foburg appearance. (The band also performs at the 2012 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.) Meanwhile, download the band's 2010 Daytrotter session here.
Mystikal gave Complex his "25 most essential songs." Check out the list here — it's a crucial read with a great soundtrack, in which the rapper gives a chronological history of his music, from 1994's prophetic "Y'all Ain't Ready Yet" to his intro to Cash Money, last year's "Original."
Kendrick Lamar and A$AP Rocky open for Drake tomorrow at the UNO Lakefront Arena. Grab Lamar's impressive mixtape output here — start with 2010's O(verly) D(edicated).
After the jump, watch Curren$y's Mardi Gras P.O.V. music video catching Zulu, parade route parties, marching bands and his Fat Tuesday experience, set to "What the F—" and "#CruiseLife." Also, some New Orleans bounce, Truth Universal, and Trombone Shorty playing for the prez.
Tonight at Siberia, Katey Red, Big Freedia, Nicky Da B and others host a fundraiser show to help the bounce artists get to Austin, Texas' South by Southwest music festival next month. Listen to Nicky Da B's debut here, and score a free download of Big Freedia's "Na Who Mad?!" here.
Also tonight: Truth Universal performs at Blue Nile with DJ EF Cuttin' and The Blackstar Bangas. Earlier this month, Truth wrapped a 10 year anniversary for his Grassroots hip-hip showcase. Tonight's show is free (if you "like" his Facebook page). Grab some tracks here.
And here's Shorty performing "St. James Infirmary" at the White House for "In Performance at the White House: Red, White and Blues". The concert will air 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27 on PBS.