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Hip-Hop Heavies at BUKU 2014

The festival market is a fast-moving, rapidly expanding industry stacked with line-ups typically more representative of a slightly subversive college kid's turntable during their fledgeling years of undergrad; milk crates filled with records bearing the names of indie rock bands more than conscientious or genre-bending hip-hop. What the early announcements of festivals this year have taught us is that there's a shift in reverence for the latter genre, making it a main contender for heavy-hitting headliner or must-see show.

BUKU Fest Breaks Down Daily Lineups

Mardi Gras will be over when the horses ride down Bourbon on March 4, but Mardi Gras World will still have a big show in front of it. On March 21-22, the 2014 edition of the Buku Music and Art Project is set to stage a previously announced lineup that includes Nas, The Flaming Lips, Ellie Goulding and others. On Wednesday, the fest spotlighting music at the nexus of EDM, hip-hop and indie rock released their day-by-day lineup. Find out what acts are playing what day:

BUKU 2014 Adds Sleigh Bells, Nas to Lineup

BUKU Music + Art Project has expanded their lineup, bulking out their EDM acts to include hip hop from Nas and Chance the Rapper. Other additions include Sleigh Bells, Carnage, GRiZ, Clockwork, Classixx (LIVE), Treasure Fingers, Young & Sick, and indie dance favorite Dan Deacon. Click through for the full lineup, and purchase tickets here.

Flaming Lips, David Guetta to Play Buku 2014

It's almost  time to Coyne a new Buku Music + Art Project. Space-psych heroes and liveshow mad scientists The Flaming Lips will headline the third edition of the post-Carnival fest at Mardi Gras World. From Gravity A to Zedd, the initial lineup for the March 21-22 fest also features plenty of offerings from the nexus EDM, hip-hop and indie rock.

BUKU Noise: Fest Garners Citywide Complaints, Permit Questions

The BUKU Music and Art Project was responsible for beaucoup noise complaints this weekend. From the Lower Garden District to Gretna, residents along the river got an unsolicited lesson in hip hop and electronic music. While kids clad in neon body paint felt the bass drop, police sirens and angry citizens sang a different tune to local bar owners, and one City Councillor's office.

Today in New Orleans 3.9.13

Today, head to the Treme set sale and get some items from the show, sip on beer from all over the world, see Kendrick Lamar at Buku, and stay hungry for the food truck soiree at Rusty Nail. Happy birthday to R&B legend and Kenner native Lloyd Price, who makes 80 years old today. Now, more to do this Saturday. 

Buku Picks: Public Enemy, Best Coast Play Mardi Gras World

The second annual Buku Music + Art Project is upon us. The fast-growing festival celebrates sound quality and a more intimate setting as opposed to the gigantic productions of the Voodoo Experience or Hangout Festival. New Orleans is heavily showcased in food, music, and art. Buku caters to all types, however. Indie, EDM, hip-hop, and even comedy come to play in the expansive Mardi Gras World.

Today in New Orleans 3.8.13

Tonight, Buku kicks off at Mardi Gras World, the folks from HBO's Treme are having a set sale, and more. On this day in 1836, the modern French Quarter got it’s name, “The Vieux Carre,” after New Orleans was split into three separate cities. Now, more to do this Friday.

Buku Music and Art Project Adds Public Enemy, 15 More Acts

If you don't believe the hype surrounding Primus and Passion Pit, Buku Music and Art Project has added more acts to its already lengthy list of cutting edge stars. Public Enemy, comprised of Chuck D, Flavor Flav, Professor Griff, the S1W and DJ Lord, takes its hip hop from the streets of New York to the stage at Mardi Gras World for the March 8-9 fest.

NoDef Nods: Music

New Orleans Sounds of 2012 and A Look Ahead to 2013

The year in New Orleans music was full of Grammys, viral videos and unfortunate losses. It all adds up to a historically insular music scene on the verge of getting the national recognition it's always deserved. We look back at 2012 and look ahead to 2013:

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