Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Screaming Females, Caddywhompus and others performing at 2014 Community Records Block Party

Posted By on Wed, Aug 20, 2014 at 2:05 PM

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  • Screaming Females

New Jersey punk and power-pop band Screaming Females — led by guitar-shredding frontwoman Melissa Paternoster — headlines Community Records' annual Block Party music festival, held this October at the Carver Theater (2101 Orleans Ave.). The local record collective co-hosts the festival with WTUL-FM (with hosting duties and drag performances by Madonnathan).

Other performers at the all-day festival include New Orleans guitar-and-drum duo Caddywhompus, and local punk rock outfits Donovan Wolfington, All People, Heat Dust, New Lands and Pears, with more than a dozen punk, ska, metal and other artists, including Pujol, Hard Girls, La Armada, Underground Railroad to Candyland, Stuck Lucky, Sirens, Designer, Matt Wixson's Flying Circus, Sundog, Treasure Fleet, World's Strongest Man, Station Cases, The Far East, Cement Matters, Sandworm, Boyfriend Material and Sequels.

Artist Skylar Fein — whose work often melds pop and punk culture with street and political art, famously in his Youth Manifesto exhibit at New Orleans Museum of Art —  designed the fest's poster. There also is food from Mid City Pizza and Vegan Steve, with coffee from Hey! Cafe.

Screaming Females' latest album is the Steve Albini-produced Ugly (Don Giovanni Records), the band's fifth. The band followed with this year's Live at the Hideout (also produced by Albini), capturing the band's frenetic live show at the Chicago venue.

Block Party is from noon to midnight Saturday, Oct. 25. The event is open to all ages. Tickets $17 in advance, $20 at the door.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Out now: new releases from Dr. John, Benjamin Booker

Posted By on Tue, Aug 19, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Benjamin Bookerfeatured in this week's Gambit cover story — arrived in New Orleans two years ago, and his self-titled debut album for ATO Records is out today, Aug. 19. 

Benjamin Booker is Booker's discovery of the blues and gospel (via WWOZ) filtered through a post-adolescent punk brain. Lo-fi demos of chugging blues numbers gave Booker a chance to flex his newly discovered gift of a voice, a smoke-rattled, throaty, note-sensitive whisper-growl not unlike that of blues greats before him. With his first record, those songs come to life as hot-blooded, organ-driven rock 'n' roll demons, though his quiet, folk and gospel-influenced arrangements show an incredible restraint and patience unique for an untested (but already road-weary) new artist.

Standout mid-album track (and current single) "Have You Seen My Son" pummels forward with a Chuck Berry rhythm while Booker sings about his dissolve "all the way from Florida down to New Orleans."

"It's still the most representative song of what I want to do," Booker told Gambit, "that mixture of punk and gospel and R&B and all these things I grew up listening to."

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Watch: Esquire's Best Bars in America does Bourbon Street

Posted By on Tue, Aug 19, 2014 at 12:13 PM

New Orleans comic Sean Patton, right, co-hosts Best Bars in America with Jay Larson. - ESQUIRE
  • New Orleans comic Sean Patton, right, co-hosts Best Bars in America with Jay Larson.

Comedians Sean Patton and Jay Larson — co-hosts of Esquire's bar-hopping travel program Best Bars in America — stop in New Orleans for its latest episode airing this week. Hometown hero Patton escorts Larson to Bacchanal, Parasol's, the Mother-in-Law Lounge, Cane & Table, Broussard's, Erin Rose, Arnaud's French 75 and Snake & Jake's. In this Gambit exclusive clip, watch them tour Bourbon Street (with local comic Andrew Polk). "Bourbon Street done, mistakes relived, fun had," Patton declares, hand grenade in tow.

The full episode airs at 9 p.m. Wednesday on the Esquire Network. 

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Y@ Speak: rallying cry

Posted By on Mon, Aug 18, 2014 at 3:38 PM

New Orleans has been gripped by the events in #Ferguson, and in this week's Y@ Speak, we look at some of the voices and downtown rallies and demonstrations in response. Meanwhile, the Saints apparently raptured themselves after doing that ice bucket challenge.

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Tickets on sale for Pres Hall benefit featuring Allen Toussaint and others

Posted By on Fri, Aug 15, 2014 at 11:26 AM

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On Friday, Oc.t 3, the Preservation Hall Foundation hosts the "Preservation Hall Ball" to benefit the foundation's community outreach program. The event at the Civic Theatre features the Pres Hall Jazz Band as well as Allen Toussaint, Ani DiFranco, Beats Antique, and Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros.

The foundation sponsors youth programs, classes, free shows, lessons and other events. Tickets are $25-35 and $400 for VIP.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Lauryn Hill added to 2014 Voodoo Fest

Posted By on Wed, Aug 13, 2014 at 2:37 PM

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  • Lauryn Hill in 2007.

Lauryn Hill
has been added to the 2014 Voodoo Music Experience, with previously announced headliners Outkast, Foo Fighters and Skrillex.

The Grammy Award-winning artist, now known as Ms. Lauryn Hill, was a member of seminal hip-hop ensemble The Fugees and earned heaps of critical praise for her 1998 debut solo album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. The album received a Grammy for Album of the Year and Hill was named Best New Artist. Not long after its release, however, Hill disappeared from the spotlight and has performed infrequently (including at the 2011 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival) though she hasn't released a follow up to her 1998 breakthrough — her 2013 single, "Neurotic Society (Compulsory Mix)," is one of only a handful of releases from the artist. She also served a brief prison sentence last year for tax evasion. This year, she performed at Bonnaroo (where she performed Miseducation tracks) and is on tour throughout the summer and into September.

The 16th annual music festival is Oct. 31-Nov. 2 at City Park. Tickets are on sale on its website.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Watch: Benjamin Booker on Conan

Posted By on Tue, Aug 12, 2014 at 8:53 AM

Benjamin Booker, a 25-year-old singer-songwriter who began his career just a couple years ago in New Orleans, will release his self-titled debut album on ATO Records next week (Aug. 19). He just wrapped touring as the opener for Jack White, and he hits the road for several months this week. Last night, Booker appeared on Conan for a fuzz-covered spin on the blues-punk single "Have You Seen My Son."

Check out his TV debut from earlier this year when his performed on the Late Show with David Letterman, performing "Violent Shiver" with Paul Shaffer sitting in on organ. Watch Booker play "Violent Shiver" on Conan below:

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Y@ Speak: summertime blues

Posted By on Mon, Aug 11, 2014 at 1:20 PM


In the tradition of @Editilla vs. Bacchanal comes another summertime online meltdown, as barbecue joint @NOLAsmokehouse began its barbefeud with @SquealNola following a break in at the latter's Oak Street restaurant. That and more in this week's dog days Y@ Speak, including Drew Brees goofing on coach Sean Payton and Red Dress Run aftermath.

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Foo Fighters put the Superdome on new album cover

Posted By on Mon, Aug 11, 2014 at 11:39 AM

For the Foo Fighters' latest album, due Nov. 10, the band traveled across the country and stopped at its music capitals. In New Orleans, the band recorded at Preservation Hall — and infamously performed a free concert to a huge crowd hoping for a glimpse of the band inside the tiny venue. The resulting album is Sonic Highways, with an upcoming HBO series (premiering Oct. 17) of the same name. The album art features a bird's eye view of each city.

When combined, the jigsaw-esque album covers — featuring shots of Austin, Chicago, Los Angeles, Nashville, New York, Washington, D.C., Seattle, an infinity symbol (also an "8" or a "forever" logo), and New Orleans— form one large image. The Superdome figures prominently in the New Orleans cover, seen at the left.

The album features eight tracks and is available for preorder.

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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Tonight: Feufollet, Tess Brunet and Sirens

Posted By on Sat, Aug 9, 2014 at 10:30 AM

Feufollet headlines One Eyed Jacks Aug. 9. - BLAKE BUMPUS
  • Feufollet headlines One Eyed Jacks Aug. 9.

Lafayette's Feufollet headlines One Eyed Jacks (615 Toulouse St.) tonight with Tess Brunet & the Black Orchids and Sirens. The show is at 10 p.m. Tickets $10.

Feufollet (which recently shared the stage at Howlin' Wolf with comedians Tim & Eric) grew up with and into traditional Cajun music but has grown as a workhorse rock band, roots and all. Since its 2010 album En Couleurs, it has added keyboardist Andrew Toups of power pop outfit Brass Bed and Kelli Jones-Savoy, a North Carolina native whose vocals and multi-instrumental talents have boosted the band's honky-tonk, rock-flexible profile. The band anticipates to release another full-length album soon.

Tess Brunet, a singer-songwriter who has performed as Au Ras Au Ras (a veteran of the 2012 class of Gambit's artists to watch) and as a member of Generationals and deadboy & the Elephmentmen, has reemerged with her Black Orchids, featuring bassist Patrick Hodgkins, Brass Bed's Jonny Campos and drummer Pat Fee. Get to know the band below:

is singers and ukulele-ists Kimberly Vice and Michelle Ausman, whose debut Blossom Talk (Community Records) is a soulful mix of haunting duets and folk-inspired bedroom pop.

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