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Friday, October 21, 2016

Watch: "Cram It," the anthem from New Orleans punks Gland

Posted By on Fri, Oct 21, 2016 at 7:30 PM


"Cram It," the first single from Gland's debut tape Neurotica, is a perfect, powerful, two-chords-and-change mission statement from the New Orleans punk band.

In the video, which premiered on The Le Sigh, the band morphs from its youthful doubles into their contemporary selves, all one and the same in saying enough's enough, "I'm not crying anymore," while blowing up George Zimmerman and playing in the fire.

Gland performs as part of Community Records Fest at One Eyed Jacks on Saturday, Oct. 22. Tickets are $17 in advance, $20 at the door.

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Jason Isbell on Dr. John, Frank Ocean and what makes a "good" song

Posted By on Fri, Oct 21, 2016 at 7:15 PM

Jason Isbell, performing at a tribute to Dr. John in 2015. He performs Oct. 22-23 at The Joy Theater,
  • Jason Isbell, performing at a tribute to Dr. John in 2015. He performs Oct. 22-23 at The Joy Theater,

Jason Isbell likes to wander. When the songwriter stops in New Orleans, he likes to do some people watching, stop at Faulkner House Books, and then there was that time last year he performed among a dozen New Orleans artists and Bruce Springsteen, John Fogerty and Mavis Staples in a salute to Dr. John. That tribute performance, captured on The Musical Mojo of Dr. John, is out now,

His appearance preluded a masterful 2015 release, Something More Than Free, a gorgeous gut punch of life lessons and graceful storytelling. Isbell is back in New Orleans performing two nights at The Joy Theater on Saturday, Oct. 22 and Sunday, Oct. 23. Below, the songwriter talks about his next album, meeting Springsteen, Frank Ocean's stunning 2016 album Blonde, and what he looks for in a song.

On performing in front of Dr. John at the Saenger Theatre:

Isbell: I was exhausted. We’d just come back from overseas. We played in California and fallen back in New Orleans. It was really intense. I met Bruce Springsteen that night. He had Southeastern so he had heard it and he actually sang a little bit of one of my songs at me, which was exciting but kind of unnerving.

But Allen was there, and Irma, and obviously Mac, and they were all having conversations with each other — you could tell they all had a crazy history together but probably didn’t wind up in the same room together a whole lot. I tried to be a fly on the wall and listen to those guys talk. It was pretty incredible to be in the same room as that many legends of New Orleans music, and American music.

We went through [“Blow Wind Blow”] once the day before. If you over rehearse those kinds of songs, you’re not really serving the spirit of the songs. Those are the kinds of songs I’m sure Mac probably never played the same way twice. I definitely wouldn’t want to to that in tribute them.

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Friday, October 14, 2016

Second line Sunday: Men of Class annual parade

Posted By on Fri, Oct 14, 2016 at 3:13 PM

Men of Class second line


1 p.m.-5 p.m. SUNDAY, OCT. 16, 2016

"Dedication & Salute to Those Who Serve"

Guest: Compassionate Ladies

Queen Hazel Wilson

King George Howard III

(route details below)

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

The Jesus and Mary Chain performing Dec. 16 at The Joy Theater

Posted By on Thu, Oct 13, 2016 at 1:10 PM


Following last year's 30th anniversary of the band's debut album Psychocandy, The Jesus and Mary Chain announced some new songs and a possible new album were in the works, as well as an anniversary tour, with the brothers Reid back in the studio for the first time since 1998.

The afterglow of those anniversary performances will touch New Orleans in December, the band's return to the city following a rescheduled 2012 set at the House of Blues. The Jesus and Mary Chain performs 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16 at The Joy Theater. Tickets are $32.50-$45.

Psychocandy — 1985's static-filled, tinny love letter-as-atom bomb — introduced the band's feedbacking, shoegaze-prophesizing Velvet Underground worship. Infamously anarchic performances and a handful of albums followed, including 1987's cleaned-up Darklands and 1999's polarizing Munki, considered until recently the band's final studio LP.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Watch: Delish Da Goddess wears the golden crown in "Goddess" video

Posted By on Wed, Oct 12, 2016 at 6:30 PM


From lurking in a shadowy cabin to being fed grapes and holding court among dueling swordsmen, gold-covered dancers and white-robed disciples. New Orleans rapper Delish Da Goddess channels midnight movie thrills and her bacchanalian, party-first mission statement in the NSFW-ish video for "Goddess," the rapper's debut music video.

The song, from the 2015 EP Gold Blooded, includes the bold, throne-taking boasts and miniature anthems the rapper has released on several mixtapes and singles. One of the city's artists to watch in Gambit's 2016 Music Issue, Delish told Gambit, "I want them to hear the music, but that's not the element I want them to be inspired by. I want them to come see it." Well, feast your eyes.

Delish performs Friday, Oct. 14 at Castillo Blanco Art Studios.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

"Deviant," Southern Mississippi Juggalo rappers in love, bring killer clown music to New Orleans

Posted By on Tue, Oct 11, 2016 at 12:07 PM

Ratchet (standing) and Sukkew (crouched), the members of Deviant
  • Ratchet (standing) and Sukkew (crouched), the members of Deviant
Are you living your dreams? Ratchet and Sukkew are living theirs. Together they're Deviant, a married Juggalo rap duo from a small town in Southern Mississippi. On Wed., Oct. 12 at Southport Hall, they're opening for horrorcore rap legends Twiztid, a huge opportunity for a couple who only this year made the jump from fans to musicians.

After stumbling on Deviant's first music video, Lurkin', I tracked the power couple down for a conversation about their upcoming show, police harassment of Juggalos and how wedded bliss mixes creatively with their lyrical themes of dismemberment, maiming, and torture — the gruesome tropes comprising the rap subgenre known as horrorcore.

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Friday, October 7, 2016

Second line Sunday: Prince of Wales 88th Anniversary Parade

Posted By on Fri, Oct 7, 2016 at 3:53 PM

Prince of Wales 2004 Second Line
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  • Prince of Wales 2004 Second Line


1 p.m.-5 p.m. SUNDAY, OCT. 9, 2016

"Ain't It Great To Be 88!"

(route details below the jump)

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill to kick off 2017 tour in New Orleans

Posted By on Wed, Oct 5, 2016 at 12:52 PM

  • Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.

Louisiana-born musician Tim McGraw and his wife, Faith Hill, will launch a major tour next year by kicking it off at New Orleans' Smoothie King Center April 7, 2017.

The "Soul2Soul World Tour" will crisscross the U.S. and Canada from April to October. It's their third tour of the same name, and marks the first time the couple has been on tour together in 10 years.

Hill and McGraw announced the tour at an impromptu concert at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium last night, where they also announced they would be joining the upcoming season of NBC's talent competition The Voice.

Presale tickets go on sale Friday, Oct. 7, with general sales beginning Oct. 14.

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Monday, October 3, 2016

Hogs for the Cause opens registration, Crescent City Blues & BBQ up next

Posted By on Mon, Oct 3, 2016 at 5:46 PM

Hogs for the Cause drew 95 teams to New Orleans City Park in 2016. - WILL COVIELLO
  • Hogs for the Cause drew 95 teams to New Orleans City Park in 2016.

The Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival is Oct. 14-16 in Lafayette Square, but the city's other big barbecue festival is gearing up for its first year at the UNO lakefront. Hogs for the Cause opened registration for teams interested in participating in its March 31-April 1, 2017 event at the UNO Lakefront Arena Grounds. 

Hogs for the Cause featured 95 teams at its 2016 event at New Orleans City Park's Festival Grounds. Teams compete for top honors in cooking ribs, pork butt/shoulder, whole hog, "porkpourri," a category for creative dishes, and sauce.

Hogs for the Cause raises money to support families with children battling pediatric brain cancer. 

The Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival is sponsored by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation. It features live music and barbecue from local restaurants, food trucks and caterers including Blue Oak BBQ, The Joint, Saucy's and Vaucresson Sausage Company. The music lineup includes Taj Mahal, Tab Benoit, Tucka, Little Freddie King, Jon Cleary and others. 

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Friday, September 30, 2016

Second line Sunday: Family Ties Social Aid and Pleasure Club

Posted By on Fri, Sep 30, 2016 at 3:23 PM

Family Ties second line 2011
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  • Family Ties second line 2011


1 p.m.-5 p.m. SUNDAY, OCT. 2, 2016

"The Greatest of All Times!"

This second line is dedicated to Ronald Kirton Jr. and Muhammad Ali

(route details below)

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