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Film Review: Handsome Devil

Being a teenager a pretty damn awful, let’s be honest. On top of exams, navigating romances, and all those hormones raging through your body, there’s also that little matter of trying to make sense of who you are and who you are becoming. There’s a reason why people have connected to coming-of-age movies generation after generation. Handsome Devil, the John Butler-directed film set to be released in New Orleans this week, is a welcome LGBTQ addition to the genre. 


New Orleans Guitarist Dave Rosser Passes Away at 50

Dave Rosser, guitarist for The Afghan Whigs and longtime resident of Algiers, died Tuesday night of complications from colon cancer. He was 50. 

Watch: The Killers Share 'The Man', First Single in Five Years

Have you been looking for "The Man"? Thanks to the Killers, you have to wait no longer. On Wednesday (6.28), the Las Vegas-born band released a video for their first single in five years, ahead of their NOLA show this fall. 


Funk 101

Naughty Professor is Here to Teach You a Thing or Two

Naughty Professor dropped their long-awaited, collaborative album Identity on Friday (6.23). That same night, the local future-funk faves threw down at Tipitina’s for Free-Music-Friday to commemorate their versatile, 12-track effort. Anyone familiar with the group's work will notice a major transformation, which includes a comprehensive inclusion of technical and theoretical envisioning contained in a free-flowing, organic discourse. That, plus damn fine funk.


NoDef spoke with NP's drummer, Sam Shahin, just two days before the official release of Identity to discuss the new album, their roots, and the potential for the band.


Natasha Leggero and Moshe Kasher Continue Their ‘Endless Honeymoon’ in NOLA

Comedy Central power couple Natasha Leggero and Moshe Kasher will bring the funny to the French Quarter this summer. Following the success of last year’s Honeymoon Tour (which consisted of, yes, honeymoon-able spots like Santa Barbara and Honolulu), the duo is at it again with the Endless Honeymoon Tour, set to begin in New Orleans this July. 

Great Exclamations: !!! (Chk Chk Chk) Announces Marigny Show

Dance-punk band !!! (known audibly as Chk Chk Chk) is celebrating legal drinking status, as the critically acclaimed band marks its 21st year on the music scene with an international summer/fall tour. On Friday (6.23), the New York-based crew announced that they will drop by NOLA for a show along St. Claude Ave. this fall.  


Oprah’s Louisiana TV Show Takes the Throne

Whatever Oprah does, she does well — whether it’s building a television dynasty, starting a magazine, or eating 30 lbs. of mac and cheese, the woman can do it all. This week, she is celebrating yet another success as the Louisiana-set series Queen Sugar on her namesake OWN network was a ratings smash during its season two premiere event. 

Dad to the Bone

Perfect Gentlemen and Dignified Achievable Men & Women Second Line (Photos)

The annual Father’s Day second line was put on by The Perfect Gentlemen’s Social Aid & Pleasure Club along with The Dignified Achievable Men & Women Social & Pleasure Club (DAM). The paraders strut through Central City, stopping along the way for refreshments and “street-meat” straight-off-the-smokers that are resting on the backs of various pick-up trucks. The event featured TBC Brass Band, and started and ended at the historic Gladstone Bar & Lounge.

Style Like the Nile: Egyptian Lover Throws it Back to the 80's at Castillo Blanco

Egyptian Lover’s performance Friday (6.16) night was a terrific 1980’s throwback celebration of freaks and night-owls set behind the psychedelic Castillo Blanco Art Studios, known otherwise as the intergalactic clubhouse of the Krewe of Chewbacchus. Presented by Disko Obscura with support from Father Figure and Bouffant Bouffant, the evening was one of those timeless events where the freak and chic of the New Orleans nightlife set unite through partying in ode to a cultural icon way too late into the night.

Film Review: Wonder Woman

I just went to see Wonder Woman for the second time in three days. My family had yet to see it, so I joined them to watch this summer blockbuster for a repeat viewing. As I entered the Dolby Cinema, a flagship theater that brings the most complete movie experience, it was sold out. There was a different crowd in the theater. This time it was filled with girls, mostly tweeners, wearing Wonder Woman shirts, socks, decals on their face, and various stylish apparel options. I grinned and let out a soft chuckle; they were me as a child. I remember watching Spiderman in my own costume times, spewing spidey webs from my wrists, imagining that I can be Peter Parker.

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