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.

Buku artist and label showcases highlight local scenes

The sixth annual music festival returns March 10-11
Six years ago, the Buku Music + Art Project began as the ambitious, festival-sized holy grail for New Orleans-based concert promoters Winter Circle Productions. It has since attracted names including Kendrick Lamar, Run the Jewels and Nas, among others, at its annual two-day event at Mardi Gras World.

Valerie June, right on Time

The singer-songwriter's latest is The Order of Time. She performs at Republic March 2
Valerie June met The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach in New York, and after a joint songwriting session, he offered to help her record what would become her breakthrough 2013 album Pushin' Against a Stone. They co-wrote several songs for it and recorded it at his Nashville studio, not far from where she grew up in central Tennessee.

John Doe, out from under the big black sun

X's John Doe flies solo Feb. 18
"I've already had my fun," says John Doe, packing up for Austin, Texas from his longtime California home. Doe is up for a Grammy Award for the audiobook of Under the Big Black Sun: A Personal History of L.A. Punk, a rearview-mirror romance for a scene that birthed X, the band Doe co-founded with Exene Cervenka, guitarist Billy Zoom and drummer DJ Bonebrake, establishing the West Coast's punk canon before its hardcore reverie.


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