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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Friday, August 8, 2014

Watch: 5th Ward Weebie's "Let Me Find Out" music video

Posted By on Fri, Aug 8, 2014 at 4:35 PM

Bounce artist 5th Ward Weebie debuted the music video for New Orleans' biggest hit of 2014, the ubiquitous radio and viral smash "Let Me Find Out." The song also turned Questlove and Justin Timberlake into fans.

The video — framed around an episode of The Petty Show ("Dat's All Our Baby Daddy" where "everything is petty, and messy" with guests Orange Bottom Shorty and Kandi Krush) — also features cameos from Lil Wayne, Big Freedia, Keke Palmer, a jheri curl and red-clad Weebie, and a lot of bouncing outside Manchu. Stay tuned for the part two.

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Beck coming to New Orleans Oct. 5

Posted By on Tue, Aug 5, 2014 at 11:05 AM

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Following the release of February's Morning Phase, Renaissance man singer-songwriter Beck begins a worldwide tour, stopping Sunday, Oct. 5 in New Orleans at House of Blues. The album — Beck's 12th — is his first since 2008's Modern Guilt, and finds the artist reflecting back to 2002's folk-inspired Sea Change. Watch the video for Morning Phase's single "Heart Is A Drum" below.

Tickets go on sale Friday, Aug. 8.

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Monday, August 4, 2014

Y@ Speak: gang colors

Posted By on Mon, Aug 4, 2014 at 11:55 AM

In this week's Y@ Speak, New Orleans goes to war. We remember those who fought in the battles of White Linen Night, newspaper printing schedules and Mike Ditka's wine, and Buffa's and Sidney Torres face off in court (kind of) and Sean Payton goofs on a balding Drew Brees. Elsewhere: Doug MacCash unveils a new rating system (and recovers from White Linen) and Rob Ryan goes to Wal-Mart.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Marigny Opera House Dance Company prepares for October premiere

Posted By on Wed, Jul 30, 2014 at 11:18 AM

Marigny Opera House Dance Company choreographers Donna Crump, Maya Taylor and Diogo de Lima.
  • Marigny Opera House Dance Company choreographers Donna Crump, Maya Taylor and Diogo de Lima.

The recently launched Marigny Opera House Dance Company named its three choreographers, is finalizing a roster of six company dancers and began work on its premiere performances in October. The season will feature three programs, each with a piece by choreographers Maya Taylor, Diogo de Lima and Donna Crump.

Since its founding in 2011, the Marigny Opera House has produced programs of classical music, short operas, dance and puppetry and hosted a variety of events and been used as a rehearsal space by artists. It also has been a New Orleans Fringe Festival venue. Founder Dave Hurlbert initiated the Marigny Opera House New Dance Festival in which he commissioned new works by local choreographers. The new company's choreographers all participated in recent festivals.

The company's mission is to present all new works performed to live music, Hurlbert says. Most modern dance companies use recorded music. Taylor is developing a piece set to music by Italian cellist and composer Giovanni Sollima. Crump is working working with musicians to compose music for baritone sax and violin to accompany her piece, tentatively titled The Fun Police.

The premiere is Oct. 24-26, and there's an opening night gala after the performance. The season continues with performances Jan. 23-25, 2015 and April 17-19, 2015.

Taylor is a former member of New York's Elisa Monte Dance and was recently commissioned to create a large-scale piece for Omaha Performing Arts' the Rite Returns festival. Donna Crump is a native New Orleanian and founder of Good Dance Since 1984. De Lima is a dancer/choreographer/actor from Brazil. He studied at the Royal Academy of Dance in London, performed with Grupo Corpo Brazilian Dance Theater and teaches at Tulane University. 

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Y@ Speak: You're so New Orleans

Posted By on Mon, Jul 28, 2014 at 12:48 PM

But are you really? Did you buy a Groupon for bottle service? How "excited" are you about Phil Anselmo? And what did you tell the car boot company you wanted on your pizza? All that and more in this week's Y@ Speak.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Phil Anselmo and comedian Dave Hill star in Metal Grasshopper webseries

Posted By on Tue, Jul 22, 2014 at 9:30 AM

"Mr. Miyagi is Phil Anselmo, and the Karate Kid is Dave Hill, and it's not karate it's heavy metal": that's the premise for Metal Grasshopper, according to Supagroup's Chris Lee, who co-created the comedy web series that stars the metal star and comedian. Anselmo, Hill and Lee will preview the series at 10 p.m. Wednesday, July 25 at One Eyed Jacks. (Read Gambit's interview with Hill here, and Anselmo's 2013 interview with Gambit here.)

"You got a comedian and heavy metal rockstar: who's going to be the funny guy?" Lee says. "Through Phil's force of personality, and he's just insanely funny, he's like, 'I'm going to do whatever I want.' We're like, 'Well, f—k it. We're not going to fight funny. He's great.'"

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Y@ Speak: @BeingYONCE

Posted By on Mon, Jul 21, 2014 at 12:31 PM

Before Beyonce and Jay-Z unhinged their jaws and ate the City of New Orleans, we got maybe a little too drunk, bought a llama, ordered Uber ice cream, and went to Shamrock, and somebody (cough Wendell Pierce cough) passed out at our house. Also, Rob Ryan ate three airport pizzas, and Scott Walker mesmerized audiences by... cleaning his closet.

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