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Defender Picks



April 25th

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

Saenger Theater, 9:30p.m.

Rock, funk and one hell of a stage show from NOLA's favortie son


Colin Lake

Circle Bar, 10p.m.

Rising singer-songwriter


Pimps of Joytime + Vinyl

Maison, 2a.m.

Funk ensemble


HUSTLE with DJ Soul Sister

Hi Ho Lounge, 8p.m.

Beloved local DJ spins funk, soul, and more, always in the groove


Soul Rebels, Gravity A, Brass-A-Holics, Steven Bernstein

Blue Nile, 10p.m.

All-star lineup of local bands plus a great trumpeter


Mississippi Rail Company

Gasa Gasa, 9p.m.

NOLA rhythm & blues of quartet


The London Souls

House of Blues, 9p.m.

Energetic duo evoking classic rock sounds


Anders Osborne

Howlin’ Wolf, 9p.m.

Songs about struggling with drugs, love, and New Orleans.



One Eyed Jacks, 10p.m.

Ivan Neville's funk outfit




All trombone funk band


Father John Misty

The Civic Theater


The Meter Men, Page McConnell

The Joy Theater

Modeliste, Nocentelli, and Porter plus Phish keyman



Tipitina’s, 9p.m.

NOLA funk pioneers in their favorite venue


Fire Water

Steamboat Natchez, 10p.m.

All star lineup mashed up on the river


April 26th


Civic Theater, 8p.m.

Metal gods of yester-year offer an alternative to funk fest


Allen Toussaint

Snug Harbor, 9p.m., 11p.m.

A rare chance to see the master pianist and songwriter in a small venue


Helen Gillet

Circle Bar, 10p.m.

Local avant-garde cellist


Country Music Fest

Mags, 7p.m.

Lineup includes he Best Western Swingers, Todd Day Wait's Pigpen, The Good Gollies and Gal Holiday & the Honky Tonk Revue


Dead Feat

Howlin Wolf

Anders Osborne, Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett Acoustic Duo, Bill Kreutzmann, Billy Iuso


Sonny Landreth, Tab Benoit

Rock n’ Bowl


The Nth Power


New big thing in funk mashes up with members of Dumpstaphunk, Glactic, and Bonerama


Adam Deitch, Donald Harrison

One Eyed Jacks


Tank & the Bangas, Sweet Crude

One Eyed Jacks

Two young Louisiana bands with distinct sound and show verging on performance art


The Word, Robert Randolph and the Family Band

Joy Theater


Mike Clark, Nicholas Payton, Wil Blades

Little Gem, 8p.m.

Jazz (not big brass) from three masters


JJ Grey & Mofro

Tips, 9p.m.

Southern rock, blues, and funk


Hawkeye of the Tiger: Jindal (Unofficially) Campaigns in Iowa

Bobby Jindal is taking the weekend off from LSU’s potential exigency and the state’s massive budget shortfall. Da Gov’ says that he has not decided whether a run for the Republican Presidential nomination is in his future. However, he did decide to visit Iowa (again) for a few days.

LSU Says No Exigency Yet

News that Louisiana State University (LSU) would file for financial exigency has caused a stir with many residents. It also caused a stir with LSU who says that the reports are not accurate. A pair of statements from the school this morning (4.24) clarifies that LSU has not begun the “process of filing for financial exigency,” but is continuing to “explore a wide range of contingency plans.”

Bobby Jindal Loves Freedom But Not Gay Marriage or Corporate Bullies

Bobby Jindal seems to enjoy doubling down on extremely controversial positions after the rest of the G.O.P. abandons them. (See the curious case of the “No-Go Zones.”) In a New York Times Op-Ed today (4.24), da Gov’ doubles down on his support for Louisiana’s version of the “religious freedom” legislation that has been rolled back amidst claims of homophobia and threatened boycotts in Indiana and Arkansas.

Take Me Down to the Iowa City

Bobby Jindal is an optimist. He won’t let little issues like a budget gap and legislative session get in the way of a presidential campaign—even an undeclared campaign. Although da Gov’ says that he is still debating a bid at the G.O.P. nomination, he is building infrastructure in Iowa and blasting Hilary Clinton in the news.


Green Wave: Eco-Protesers Stage Sit-In at Tulane

The spirit of the Sixties is alive and well at Tulane. Today, Divest Tulane staged a good ol’ fashioned sit-in. The campus group advocates against fossil fuels, a controversial angle in energy-industry driven SoLa.

Jindal Picks Up Duck Dynasty Endorsement & Equality Condemnation

Bobby Jindal is no stranger to controversy. In fact, some pundits speculate that da Gov’ actively courts it. On Monday (4.13), Duck Dynasty’s Willie Robertson endorsed Bobby J’s unofficial bid for the POTUS position and Equality Louisiana slammed Jindal’s position on discrimination.

Bold Case: LaBB Sues EPA

A protest is not always enough. Today, the Louisiana Bucket Brigade (LaBB) joined with eight other groups to file suit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The environmental advocates contend that the regulatory agency missed legal deadlines to review pollution risks and implement new safeguards.

Gov' on Love: Jindal Weighs In On "Religious Freedom" Bills

The Louisiana legislature is about to convene their annual session and a massive budget gap is looming. So naturally, Bobby Jindal is taking to the airwaves to promote the possibility of a presidential campaign. Jindal appeared on Meet the Press today to weigh in on “religious freedom” bills as well as his rumored bid for the mansion at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

LA Rep Introduces Marriage Bill Evocative of Indiana

A national uproar about purportedly discriminatory “religious freedom” legislation is no deterrent to Republican state Representative Mike Johnson. On Friday (4.04), Johnson introduced the "Louisiana Marriage and Conscience Act,” a local bill that looks suspiciously similar to the controversial laws in Indiana and Arkansas.

J.P. Morrell Kickin' It On Podcast, Social Media

J.P. Morrell wants the kids to know that he is hip to modern ways. Morell is a card carrying member of the tweetosphere. Morrell is known for wearing stylish sneakers on the legislature’s floor. And, now Morrell has a podcast.

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