Your guide to the 2016 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience

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Friday: Interview: A.J. Haynes of Seratones | Interview: Jimmy Smith of FoalsKevin Gates | The Weeknd Saturday: Interview: Khris Royal | Bully | DJ MustardThe...

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Live music in New Orleans this week (Oct. 25-31, 2016)

The Head and the HeartWed. Oct. 26 | The former Seattle buskers are in the midst of a breakout 2016: parodying a bratty upstart...

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English classes, church choirs and broken tambourines: A.J. Haynes of Seratones

The Shreveport rock ’n’ roll band performs Oct. 28 at Voodoo
The night before a show in Philadelphia, A.J. Haynes counts the number of tambourines she has bro-ken, lost or inadvertently allowed someone to steal.   "I've broken so...

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Jimmy Smith of Foals on brotherly love and What Went Down

The English rock band performs Oct. 28 at Voodoo
Since the August 2015 release of What Went Down, the powerful and accessible fourth album from Foals, the band from Oxford, En-gland has enjoyed 14...

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The Weeknd headlines Friday at Voodoo 2016

In 2015, Jon Caramanica of The New York Times asked, "Can The Weeknd Turn Himself into the Biggest Pop Star in the World?" In 2016,...

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Kevin Gates performs at Voodoo 2016

After countless mixtapes dating back to the mid-2000s, the Baton Rouge rapper finally released a studio album, January's acclaimed Isiah, propelled by hit singles "2...

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Interview: Khris Royal on Rebelution

The band performs Oct. 29 at Voodoo
Summer started off on a high note for California-cultivated reggae rockers Rebelution when it dropped its fifth studio effort, Falling into Place, on June 3,...

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Bully performs Saturday at Voodoo 2016

On its debut Feels Like, Nashville four-piece Bully — fronted by Alicia Bognanno, a former Steve Albini intern who wrote, produced and engineered the album...

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DJ Mustard’s best of the best

The producer performs Oct. 29 at Voodoo 2016
The crown is a gold-crusted bottle of Heinz mustard. Its war cry: "Mustard on the beat, ho."   Dijon Isaiah McFarlane has water-marked dozens of hits...

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Claypool Lennon Delirium performs Saturday at Voodoo 2016

Since his earliest mud-slinging days with punk/funk outliers Primus, forever frenetic bassist Les Claypool has had a knack for finding the next new twang. With...

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Tool headlines Saturday at Voodoo 2016

Though it's headlining Saturday at Voodoo Music + Arts Exper-ience, progressive rock and metal stalwart Tool keeps its fans in a state of denial —...

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Anderson .Paak & the Free Nationals return to New Orleans for Voodoo 2016

West Coast hip-hop artist Anderson .Paak visited New Orleans already in 2016: at the Buku Music + Art Project, on the heels of his genre-bending sophomore...

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The homecoming: Arcade Fire closes out Voodoo 2016

Now 15 years old, the Montreal, Canada-spawned indie-rock sensations Arcade Fire long ago rode a wave of popularity to top billing status at major festivals...

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This is the way: step inside Danny Brown’s Atrocity Exhibition

The artist performs at Republic on Oct. 25
Last we heard from Danny Brown, he was ruining The Avalanches' "Frankie Sinatra," ham-boning fellow guest MF Doom and singlehandedly hijacking the Australian pirates' first...

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Jason Isbell, down southeastern in New Orleans

The songwriter headlines two nights at The Joy Theater Oct. 22-23
Jason Isbell's "Traveling Alone," from the Alabama songwriter's acclaimed 2013 album Southeastern, compares a worn-out clunker steering life on the road to the husk of...

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Live music in New Orleans this week (Oct. 18-24, 2016)

Robert Randolph& the Family BandWed. Oct. 19 | Though guitarist Robert Randolph and his family took up the musical tradition of sacred steel in...

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Preoccupations, no longer preoccupied

The post-punk band — formerly Viet Cong — performs at Gasa Gasa Oct. 19.
Say what you want about the wisdom of four white guys from Calgary naming their band Viet Cong — even in this Age of Trump,...

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Live music in New Orleans this week (Oct. 11-17, 2016)

Carl BroemelFri. Oct. 14 | After collaborations on tour, at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and inside Preservation Hall, My Morning Jacket...

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Chance the Rapper: and now a reading from the book of Coloring

The artist performs Oct. 13 at Mardi Gras World
In May 2015, a group called The Social Experiment released for free its surprise debut, Surf, a minor major-key miracle that gathered gospel singers and...

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Live music in New Orleans this week (Oct. 4-10, 2016)

Schoolboy Q, Judy Kuhn, Max & the Martians, Kenny Rogers
Schoolboy QTue. Oct. 4 | Hot on the heels of YG, Schoolboy Q marks a second coming of Compton's next-generation MCs at the House of...

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How to Dress Well, smartly dressed

Tom Krell’s intelligent pop at Hi-Ho Lounge on Oct. 9
There is a tendency to regard pop music as intellectually inferior, a bubblegum-smacking airhead of a category. When pop is perceived as smart, it typically...

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Andrew Bird and the imitation game

The artist on the science of Are You Serious
"I wake up every morning and I think, maybe today I can finally crack the code," Andrew Bird says. "Maybe today I'll write the perfect song."...

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Live music in New Orleans this week (Sept. 27-Oct. 3, 2016)

James BlakeTue. Sept. 27 | Londoner James Blake was a natural choice to score HBO's Rapture-horror The Leftovers: It's possible to hear his electro-lonerism emanating...

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Bear Creek Bayou Music Festival debuts at Mardi Gras World

Flaming Lips, George Clinton and many others perform Sept. 30-Oct. 1
Florida cultural tourists (actual or ironic) need not cross state lines this weekend. As St. Claude art gallery The Front wraps its Sad Tropics exhibition,...

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Live music in New Orleans this week (Sept. 20-26, 2016)

Progression Music Series feat. HildegardTue. Sept. 20 | Art pop ensemble Hildegard — featuring Cliff Hines and Sasha Masakowski — leads the weekly showcase...

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    Spotlight Events

    • The Head and the Heart, Declan McKenna @ The Civic Theatre

      • Wed., Oct. 26, 8 p.m.
    • The Jayhawks, Folk Uke @ Tipitina's

      • Fri., Oct. 28, 10 p.m.
    • DJ ?uestlove @ Tipitina's

      • Fri., Oct. 28, 1 a.m.
    • Halloween Cover Band Show feat. bands covering The Get Up Kids, Linkin Park, Alice Cooper, King Crimson, The Offspring @ New Orleans Community Printshop & Darkroom

      • Sat., Oct. 29, 8 p.m.
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    • Jovino Santos Neto @ The Sandbar at UNO

      • Wed., Oct. 26, 7 p.m.
    • Cabaret Grotesque @ Mudlark Theatre

      • Wed., Oct. 26, 8 p.m.
    • Bilal @ Peoples Health New Orleans Jazz Market

      • Thu., Nov. 17, 8 p.m.
    • The Head and the Heart, Declan McKenna @ The Civic Theatre

      • Wed., Oct. 26, 8 p.m.
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      • Wed., Oct. 26, 8 p.m.

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