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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Tiger Army comes to House of Blues Oct. 3

Posted By on Tue, Jul 26, 2016 at 5:48 PM

Nick 13 of Tiger Army.
  • Nick 13 of Tiger Army.
The California psychobilly-with-eyeliner-and-pomade outfit Tiger Army will be coming to House of Blues Oct. 3 as part of a national tour. With singer/songwriter Nick 13 as the band's constant and influences ranging from The Cramps to 1950s country, Tiger Army has been making music and touring since the 1990s. The band's most recent album, V•••, came out in spring 2016.

Opening for Tiger Army will be Tijuana Panthers.

General admission is $20. Presale tickets will be available July 27, and public sale begins July 29.

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Saturday, July 23, 2016

New Breed Brass Band has all instruments stolen while on tour

Posted By on Sat, Jul 23, 2016 at 2:25 PM

New Breed Brass Band performing on WGNO's News With a Twist. - NEW BREED BRASS BAND FACEBOOK
  • New Breed Brass Band performing on WGNO's News With a Twist.
Members of the New Breed Brass Band had their instruments and clothing stolen yesterday in Oregon at the beginning of a monthlong tour of the United States, according to a post on the group's Facebook page:
This morning, July 22nd, while on tour in Albany, OR, our vehicle was broken into in the parking lot of our hotel.
Our possessions were stolen, including our instruments and clothes.
We are currently in La Pine, OR seeking out any help we can get to be able to continue our 30 day tour, of which we have only completed 3 days.
If anyone has any information about the missing instruments please message the New Breed Brass Band or call the Albany Oregon Police Department on 541-917-7680.

Below the cut: The list of stolen instruments, and how you can help these great, hardworking guys. 

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Joanna Newsom announces U.S. dates in the south, performance at the Civic Theatre Sept. 9

Posted By on Tue, Jul 19, 2016 at 12:15 PM

Joanna Newsom performs Sept. 9 at the Civic Theatre. - ANNABEL MEHRAN
  • Joanna Newsom performs Sept. 9 at the Civic Theatre.

Joanna Newsom's immense 2010 triple album Have One on Me opened her gorgeous arrangements in widescreen, a sweeping, panoramic vision of heartbreak demanding close and repeat listens. Following her breakthrough second LP Ys, Have One on Me gathered lush, elegant arrangements with Newsom at her harp and as a lyricist spinning intricate fable-like narratives and intimate portraits, sung in her famously creaking old house of a voice, from some heavenly opera or an imagined Appalachian siren.

It was the last we'd hear from the artist for five years. But 2015's Divers revealed Newsom mastering her balance of dense, rich arrangements with a delicate and personal scope, one that's sincere, lovelorn, coping with all of the world's impending doom and singing alongside it all.

Her last performance in New Orleans was at Tipitina's in 2010 on the final heels of Have One on Me, and her recent tour dates in Divers' wake finally have circled back to the city. She performs Friday, Sept. 9 at the Civic Theatre.

She also performs Sept. 7 at ACL Live at the Moody Theater in Austin, Texas and Sunday, Sept. 11. at the Buckhead Theatre in Atlanta.

Tickets to the Civic show are $30-$35 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, July 22.

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Beck to perform at the Saenger Theatre

Posted By on Tue, Jul 19, 2016 at 10:30 AM

Beck performs Sept. 15. - PETER HAPAK
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  • Beck performs Sept. 15.
Heavy rains forced festival organizers to cancel Beck's 2016 set at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, his return to New Orleans following a packed House of Blues performance in 2014. The singer-songwriter will be back in New Orleans this year at the Saenger Theatre on Thursday, Sept. 15, his first U.S. date on a fall tour.

His next album is due Oct. 21. Beck's still-untitled 13th album's first single, "Wow," is buoyed by a snappy trap-inspired drum machine, a wordless singalong chorus and loopy four-note flute — far different from 2014's sobering, Grammy Award-winning Sea Change companion Morning Phases.

The concert adds to a stuffed September schedule — also that week: Gary Clark Jr., Dinosaur Jr. and Floating Points, in a month with Beyonce, Drake, Alabama Shakes, Okkervill River, James Blake, Kraftwerk, Sturgill Simpson, Ja Rule and the Dixie Chicks.

Tickets are $39.50-$89.50 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, July 22 via, (800) 745-3000 or the Saenger box office at 1111 Canal St.

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Village People, The Romantics, Zebra headline Louisiana Seafood Festival Sept. 2-4

Posted By on Thu, Jul 14, 2016 at 12:01 AM

Village People will perform at the Louisiana Seafood Festival.
  • Village People will perform at the Louisiana Seafood Festival.

The Louisiana Seafood Festival announced details including the music lineup for its Sept. 2-4 event at New Orleans City Park's Festival Grounds. Headliners include Village People, Blood, Sweat and Tears featuring Bo Bice of American Idol fame, The Romantics, Zebra, Bonerama with George Porter Jr. and others. 

More than 20 restaurants and food trucks will sell food at the festival, including Acme Oyster House, Blue Crab Restaurant, Cafe Giovanni, Dat Dog, Drago's Seafood Restaurant, Galatoire's Restaurant, Luke, Miss Linda The Ya-Ka-Mein Lady, Red Fish Grill, Voleo's, Woody's Fish Tacos and others.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Young Greatness performs "Moolah" with Jon Batiste on The Late Show

Posted By on Wed, Jul 13, 2016 at 12:11 PM

I Tried To Tell Em 2 is the latest from Young Greatness. - COURTESY BIZ 3
  • I Tried To Tell Em 2 is the latest from Young Greatness.

After several weeks on the Billboard charts and inescapable radio play, rapper Young Greatness made his television debut performing his breakthrough single "Moolah" on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert July 12. "Moolah" is both a bittersweet ode to the hustle and a thankful prayer for surviving it — the New Orleans-raised rapper talked to Gambit this month about his long road to now, from the St. Bernard Projects to Hurricane Katrina to prison to the mixtape grind. His follow up, I Tried To Tell Em 2, is out now, with singles "Ball" and "Celebration" (featuring Akon) extending a theme of celebratory perseverance marked with his drowsy, liquid raps and musical flow.

"I try to keep the emotions in my music and give an opportunity to learn about me and some of the things I've been through in my life," he told Gambit. "Just telling a story through music, and just listening to my music and identifying who is Greatness. Just having one of those voices that commands people."

Greatness carried a full band performance with fellow New Orleanian and Late Show bandleader Jon Batiste — who hammered his piano into the song's lush melody — along with Batiste's Stay Human. Watch it below:

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Lil Wayne's Lil' Weezyana Fest returns Aug. 27

Posted By on Tue, Jul 12, 2016 at 10:30 AM

Lil Wayne in 2015. - MEGAN ELICE MEADOWS
  • Lil Wayne in 2015.
After reuniting most of the Hot Boys at his inaugural 2015 edition, rapper Lil Wayne will bring back his Lil' Weezyana Fest concert this summer. Lil' Weezyana's second annual edition is Saturday, Aug. 27 at Champions Square.

This year, Wayne will perform with 2 Chainz  — the duo collaborated for 2016's ColleGrove, the Atlanta rapper's third album, and they also appear on Chance The Rapper's latest "No Problems." Concert organizers also promise "special guests." At last year's event, in tandem with the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the federal floods, Wayne brought out Ms. Tee, Big Freedia, 5th Ward Weebie, Curren$y, Mack Maine, Master P, Mia X and Wayne's Young Money superstar Drake, among many others.

Wayne has reportedly suffered several seizures in recent months, including a "false alarm" in Las Vegas last week.

Tickets go on sale this Friday, July 15 at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaster and Live Nation or the Smoothie King Center box office or by calling (800) 745-3000.

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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Big Freedia ordered to halfway house after failing drug test

Posted By on Thu, Jul 7, 2016 at 9:30 AM

A federal judge has ordered New Orleans bounce artist and reality TV star Big Freedia to stay at a  halfway house and to suspend all upcoming shows and tours unless approved by the court.  Freedia — who pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in March to using Section 8 housing vouchers despite earning an income that disqualified the artist from receiving them — was ordered by the court to "immediately" submit to substance abuse testing in April. 

According to the U.S. Attorney's office, Freedia tested positive for marijuana and methamphetamine. Freedia also will "undergo further substance abuse evaluation" while staying at a Volunteers of America halfway house.

Last month, according to court records, Freedia requested to pay restitution to the court treasury, in advance of Freedia's sentencing in August. The June 9 order reads, "The Court has not yet imposed an order of restitution or made any findings regarding any restitution that may be owed. Accordingly, the Court makes no finding that any amount deposited into the treasury of the Court will satisfy any potential order of restitution." Freedia's sentencing hearing is set for Aug. 11, when Freedia faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Y@ Speak: #OpenForEssence

Posted By on Tue, Jul 5, 2016 at 1:45 PM

Last week Twitter got together for some good old-fashioned online shaming during the 2016 Essence Festival. Also: #MrStealYourGrandma made it to New Orleans, we say goodbye to Eric Gordon and Ryan Anderson, and people camped outside a Raising Cane's.

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Friday, July 1, 2016

Watch: dancing like everyone's watching in Video Age's "Dance Square"

Posted By on Fri, Jul 1, 2016 at 1:45 PM

Video Age's Living Alone is out July 29 on Inflated Records.
  • Video Age's Living Alone is out July 29 on Inflated Records.

New Orleans duo Video Age makes its debut with Living Alone July 29 on Inflated Records. The band has teased its release with the hazy Kinks guitar pop of "Throwing Knives" and a video for "Dance Square," directed by local filmmaker Harry Bartle, whose gorgeous, surreal short film Rouler, Sonner premiered at the 2015 New Orleans Film Festival. "Dance Square" adds New Romantic, lo-fi synth pop to the band's cassette-warped rock 'n' roll.

The video debuted on Noisey — Bartle said the band was inspired by the video's star, Tyler, "getting down at my birthday party." A star is born:

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