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October 9th

Ariana Grande

Smoothie King Center, 7:30p.m.

Pop musician known for licking donuts she doesn’t buy


Kacey Musgraves

Howlin’ Wolf, 6:30p.m.

Country and Western Rhinestone Revue


Blackest of the Black ft. Danzig

The Civic, 6:30p.m.

Also ft. Superjoint, Veil of Maya, Prong and Witch Mountain


Friday Nights at NOMA

NOMA, 5p.m.

Opening of Traditions Transfigured


La Traviata

Mahalia Jackson Theater, 8p.m.

Opera story of love and sacrifice


October 10th

Dwight Yoakam

Orpheum Theater, 8:30p.m.

Singer-songwriter and country music pioneer


Meg Myers

OEJ, 7p.m.

Smoky Mountain singer-songwriter


Moon Taxi

The Civic, 8p.m.

Nashville rock band



HOB, 7p.m.

Reggae from Cali


Suggestive Gestures

Zeitgeist, 9:30p.m.

Experimental feature and drag performance


Moonlight Market: A Celebration of 20 Years of CCFM

Reyn Studios, 7p.m.

Crescent City Farmers Market fundraiser


October 11th

Bent, Not Broken Gallery Talk

Ogden, 2p.m.

With Curator, Michael Meads


Odd Man Out

Prytania, 10a.m.

Part of Halloween Classic Series


Masters of Illusion

Saenger, 7:30p.m.

Magicians from the hit TV show


Papa Mali

Chickie Wah Wah, 8p.m.

George Porter Jr., Robert Hunter and Bill Kreutzmann

Gypsophonic Disko Shakes Up Shakedown Street

This weekend, the Grateful Dead are playing their playing their final “Fare Thee Well” shows at Chicago’s Soldier Field. While loyal Deadheads are struggling to figure out whether this is the end or the beginning, a slew of love and tributes are guaranteeing that the music never stopped. NOLA is prominent in that effort. On Friday (7.03), Gypsophonic Disko released their take on the classic “Shakedown Street.”

Deep Space Communication

Ben Ellman Chats About Galactic's Annual NYE Gig at Tip's

New Orleans is a city of tradition, holidays, and music. The three elements collide on schedule during Galactic’s annual New Year’s Eve show at Tipitina’s (501 Napoleon Avenue). NoDef chatted quickly with Ben Ellman to get the scoop on the show.

Gypsyphonic Remixes Mardi Gras

Galactic's Ben Ellman and DJ Quickie Mart built up a quick following after two servings of Balkan Bounce in their side project Gypsyphonic Disko. For their next project, the pair decided to come back home for Carnival, using nostalgic Mardi Gras classics as a base for a bounce remix. 

Treme v. The Wire Bands Weigh In Prior to Tipitina's Battle

After months of hype, it's Fight Night. Simon Bowl. Treme vs. The Wire. NOLA vs. Bal'more. Tonight, Tipitina's will host a battle of the bands pitting David Simon's two favorite cities against each other. Wearing the home uniforms will be Galactic and the Stooges Brass Band. Representing Baltimore will be Anwan "Big G" Glover and the Backyard Band and Lafayette Gilchrist and the New Volcanos. Since Don King and Justin Bieber weren't available, we figured we'd give the bands a chance to improve their Standing before the bell rings. Here's what they had to say:

Flow Tribe V. The Revivalists

NoDef Dialogues

With Bayou Boogaloo in the air, locals Flow Tribe and The Revivalists  are getting ready to play Mid-City this weekend. Both bands are leaders of a strain of NOLA indie rock that's not afraid to wear its funk and dance influences on its sleeve, and have recently been paying their dues both in the studio and on stage.

Getting In Their Mix

Familiar Faces From Soulive, Galactic Duck Behind The Tables For Friday Night Sets

Friday night, some frequent visitors of the Big Easy will bring new looks to Tipitina's, as two familiar artists will be making their New Orleans debut with DJ sets.


A Gypsyphonic/Katey Red/Neil Diamond Xmas

Ah, the songs for St. Nick- love them or hate them, you can't escape them; the winter wonderland soundtrack invades radios, stores, supermarkets, and advertising starting pre-Thanksgiving, and holds the reigns until well beyond NYE. Fortunately some New Orleans locals provide an exhilarating alternative to holiday sound.  


When you need a break from the caroling and hymns, 'Drummer Boy Phonic' is dat dat new jam, featuring dynamic duo Katey Red and Neil Diamond (together at last!), and produced/mixed by Galactic Saxophonist Ben Ellman (aka DJ Natto) and DJ Quickie respectively. Together the two make up Gypsyphonic, a 'multi-culti dance party for the ages'. 

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