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NOLA/Balkan Band Blato Zlato Drops Folktale-Inspired Music Video


New Orleans-based Balkan band Blato Zlato (Bulgarian for “Swamp Gold”) today shared their first music video in support of their debut album, released earlier this year. “Miatalo Lneche Iabalka” is a musical retelling of a Bulgarian folktale. 


The xx Announce Outdoor Fall Concert in New Orleans


When London electro-pop stars The xx first embarked on their lengthy American tour, the Big Easy sadly did not make the cut. On Monday (5.15), the band remedied this with the announcement that they will drop by NOLA for an outdoor concert this fall. 


Telefon Tel Aviv Releases 'Something Akin to Lust,' First Single in Almost a Decade


New Orleans-born electronic music act Telefon Tel Aviv dropped a new single on Friday (5.12) — its first in over eight years. “Something Akin to Lust” marks a powerhouse return for the band, which is considered one of the leading figures in the electronic music scene of the early 2000s. 


Katy Perry to ‘Witness’ NOLA on New Tour


Pop singer Katy Perry announced on Monday (5.15) the cities that she will drop by on her new arena tour. The new tour will be in support of her new album Witness, which the singer announced will be released on June 9th. 


Third Eye Film Festival to Come to New Orleans


New Orleans is riding high on the crest of festival season, but after Bayou Boogaloo wraps up, what's a festivalgoer to do? Cinephiles, feminists, and bar mavens alike are in luck, as a new female-focused filmmaker festival will make its debut in the Bywater this Memorial Day Weekend. 


Vinyl Destination

Record Raid Returns for Spring Fair



For any music lover, it’s hard to beat the rush that comes with finding a hard-sought LP. “It’s a bit like treasure hunting,” said Hunter King, a WTUL DJ and founder of Record Raid. “There’s a sense like, ‘I can’t believe this found it’s way to me.’ And to play vinyl, it’s a bit ritualistic. There’s a ceremony to it, you know?” On Saturday (5.13), audiophiles and physical format neophytes alike will share in the day of digging with the music-focused flea market offering live DJs spinning music, raffles, food trucks, and of course, vinyl. 


Beth Arroyo Utterback to Lead WWOZ as General Manager


NOLA's iconic radio station, WWOZ 90.1 FM welcomed their newest Ozilian on Friday (5.12), when it was announced public media figure Beth Arroyo Utterback will lead the station as the new General Manager. Utterback will be leaving her post as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at New Orleans’ PBS station, WYES-TV. 


Watch: Trombone Shorty's Parking Lot Jam Session with 'Simpsons' Director


It’s been almost a week since Jazz Fest ended, but every day we keep finding goodies from the Fair Grounds. A clip that is making it’s rounds on the internet today features New Orleans’ favorite son Trombone Shorty jamming with David Silverman, a writer and animator best known for directing episodes of The Simpsons. 


Dip Into Girlpool's New Album 'Powerplant'


Los Angeles dreamy rock duo Girlpool released Powerplant, a follow-up to their critically-acclaimed debut album, through Anti-Records on Friday. True to their fashion, Harmony Tividad and Cleo Tucker blend intimate harmonies with revelatory lyrics. Stream the tracks below to familiarize yourself with the duo before they drop by New Orleans this summer. 


Balancing Act

Stoop Kids Offer an Eclectic Sound on New Mixtape ‘Queue’



Several years back, indie filmmaker Jim Jarmusch revealed his rules for making art — a list that culminated in the pronouncement that despite the gravitas that the public often awards its innovators, nothing is original. The true struggle of the artist, Jarmusch wrote, is to find a new way of expression. He wrote, “Authenticity is invaluable; originality is nonexistent.” Stoop Kids, a New Orleans-born outfit self-described as a “psychedelic jukebox,” is a band in Jarmusch’s tradition. The group melds sunny surf-pop, heady psych-rock, with jazz, soul, hip-hop, and EDM production flourishes for a wholly unique sound that does right by its musical ancestors. 


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