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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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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

Preservation Hall Jazz Band - GIRLIE ACTION
  • Preservation Hall Jazz Band

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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Watch: Jazmine Sullivan premieres new song in a New Orleans barber shop

Posted By on Wed, Aug 13, 2014 at 9:57 AM


While National Public Radio was in town last month for Essence Fest, they decided to meet up with Philadelphia-based R&B singer Jazmine Sullivan as part of their Field Recordings series. They met Sullivan at the Clear-Vue Barber Shop just off Canal Street, where she debuted her newest song, "Stupid Girls."

From NPR:

When she walked in, patrons and barbers alike were wary. But they knew who she was, from hit songs like "Bust Your Windows" and "Holding You Down (Goin' in Circles)." And when she began to sing, wearing her powerhouse instrument lightly, everyone ceded her a floor that had been previously occupied by a heated debate about college football. To a roomful of captivated men, she sang a brand new song, "Stupid Girls," that warns women to be careful with their hearts.
Check out the video below (Warning: Some NSFW language).

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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

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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Peyton and Eli Manning's latest "rap" video

Posted By on Mon, Aug 11, 2014 at 9:42 AM


It's almost real football season, and you know what that means: new Ronnie Lamarque dances and Ronnielogues, the "Slap Ya Mama Cajun Seasoning Red Zone" and the Manning brothers making another "rap" video for DirecTV. This time, though, dad Archie gets into the act, and if you liked "Football Cops," there's a lot here to parse.

Highlights: Eli's two popped collars, pretty girls, Chris Johnson giving a white guy dreadlocks, Joe Namath getting a little sumthin-sumthin in a McMansion kitchen, a smoke machine, The Beverly Hillbillies house (or maybe it's the Playboy mansion), Pegasus, Eli eating a foot-long po-boy and nachos being served in a swimming pool. Enjoy.


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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

CeeLo Green, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Gregg Allman Band to headline Gretna Fest

Posted By on Tue, Aug 5, 2014 at 4:55 PM

CeeLo Green is among the headliners at the 2014 Gretna Heritage Festival, which also will feature Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Gregg Allman Band. - ATLANTIC RECORDS
  • CeeLo Green is among the headliners at the 2014 Gretna Heritage Festival, which also will feature Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Gregg Allman Band.

This year's Gretna Heritage Festival will be headlined by CeeLo Green, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Gregg Allman Band, Phosphorescent, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, The Guess Who, Big Smo and DJ Wick-It the Instigator, among others. It takes place Oct. 3-5 in downtown Gretna.

The festival, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, always serves a heaping helping of Southern and classic rock along with a few surprises. In addition to seven stages of music and more than 50 bands, the fest also will feature a beer garden, Italian Village and rides and games.

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