The return of Roky Erickson

The 13th Floor Elevators frontman performs at 2017's Ponderosa Stomp
"We have a clear signal!"   Roky Erickson beams over the phone from his home in Austin, Texas, where he recently celebrated his 70th birthday.

On the Rise: Lynn Drury returns with new album

The songwriter releases Rise of the Fall at Chickie Wah Way Sept. 22.
Lynn Drury didn't pick up a guitar or start writing music until her mid-20s, but when she did, the songs poured out. With Rise of the Fall, her eighth studio album out Sept. 29 via CSB Roxy Music, Drury was at the helm for the first time, doing her own production (along with co-production from Rene Coman, bassist with the New Orleans Latin-rock band The Iguanas) and offering a more intimate emotive collection of songs influenced heavily by her roots.

King James' version: The Special Men rule Monday nights in New Orleans

Jimmy Horn and his rock 'n' roll disciples release Act Like You Know
Seated below the pink-and-blue "Jack Dempsey's" neon sign above a small bar, Jimmy Horn leans both elbows on a tall table near the door and pours a bottle of Heineken into a frosted glass.

Close to home: New Orleans band The Deslondes releases Hurry Home

The band's second full-length album is out June 23
For a band hailing from all points, home can mean a lot of things. There's the South, from Arkansas to North Carolina, and families and roots planted across the country, and there's the wide-open road and the shows paving the way between them.

On new record, The Mountain Goats channel their inner Goths

The band performs at Republic May 26
The Mountain Goats' May release, Goths, name-checks Siouxsie and the Banshees, Andrew Eldritch (The Sisters of Mercy) and Robert Smith, among others. But for an album that reflects on the icons and artifacts of morose-to-grandiose goth culture, some of its songs can seem positively cheery.

Star power: Count Basin reviews Jazz Fest 2017

Stevie Wonder, Usher, Tom Petty and other highlights from the Fair Grounds
Wonder Year Stevie Wonder started his 15-song service of gratitude and love with a brief sermon to reflect on the past year.

New Orleans record label United Bakery hosts a two-day revue

The label presents two shows at Marigny Recording Studio
Keeping the name of the building that housed the longtime local bakery that closed following Hurricane Katrina, the United Bakery Gallery carved out an intimate space for art shows, theater and live music during its brief run on St. Bernard Avenue. Founded in 2015 by a group of friends — photographers Liam Conway and Daniel Grey, painter Lauren Miller, and musicians Galen Cassidy Peria and Shane Sayers — the gallery also was the starting point for its next iteration as a locally based record label, United Bakery Records.

Five new albums and record release parties from New Orleans artists

New releases from Trombone Shorty, Sweet Crude and more
Trombone ShortyParking Lot Symphony (Blue Note)Making his debut for venerable jazz label Blue Note, Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews slides comfortably into rich, intimate grooves weaving stripped-down funk and blues and loose, playful horns into a seemingly D'Angelo-inspired spin on his incarnation of New Orleans R&B. Fittingly, he takes a nearly straightforward stab at Ernie K-Doe's classic "Here Come the Girls," wedged into 10 original tracks, from the tight pocket of "Dirty Water" to a second-line beat filling out "Tripped Out Slim." With Parking Lot Symphony, Shorty dutifully (and beautifully) bridges the past and present of New Orleans music with a confident voice he can call his own.

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