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Naughty Professor Shares ‘Venison Poetry’

New Orleans-based band Naughty Professor dropped the newest single off of their summer release Identity. Watch the live studio video for “Venison Poetry” featuring local music superstars Mike Dillon and Cliff Hines below. 

Pack to Pack: Crowded Lineup Slated for Hildegard Benefit

By Lucy Leonard

Musicians have plenty of fears from crooked industry folk to bathrooms on the road, but their worst fear is losing their gear. For the New Orleans band Hildegard, this nightmare came all too true while the band was on tour in San Francisco. On May 28, the group’s van was broken into and over twenty instruments and amps were stolen. The band reported that some of the gear that was stolen was rare, vintage and custom-made. Tonight, The Howlin’ Wolf and Live For Live Nola will host a “Pack The Van” benefit concert to help Hildegard pay for their new gear. 

Today in NOLA: 8.28.14

Are the Saints ready for the real season? Make your judgements tonight, when they play the Baltimore Ravens in the final game of the preseason. Tonight’s your last chance to catch Bug at the Shadowbox. In music, Terence Higgins and Cliff Hines team up for an inspired duo performance and the band with the most interesting resume in indie rock arrives at the BEATnik. Tonight’s picks are enlightening:

Today in New Orleans 1.28.14

Tonight, Gasa Gasa is celebrating their first six months on Freret with a live recording sampler giveaway, and they’re inviting The Kid Carsons to the stage. On St. Claude, folk/Americana artists Sam Doores, Ben de la Cour, Becky Warren and Luke Allen are performing. Happy Birthday to New Orleans’ own Big Freedia. Da Queen Diva makes 36 today. Now, more to do this Tuesday. 

Progression: Sasha Masakowski at Gasa Gasa

Local songstress Sasha Masakowski continues to shape the New Orleans music scene with her Progression music series, which began at the Saturn Bar in April and for the month of July is resonating within the artistic walls of Gasa Gasa 4905 Freret St.). Each Tuesday night, Masakowski showcases and continues to develop her newest work, along with fellow musicians and performers who change weekly.

Today in New Orleans 6.28.13

Tonight, Cliff Hines and Sasha Masakowski play at Blue Nile, hip-hop star Mac Miller is at the Howlin’ Wolf, and pop trio Superhumanoids are playing in Lee Circle. On this day in 1928, Louis Armstrong recorded “West End Blues.” Now, more to do this Friday. 

Wanderlust: Composer Cliff Hines on CD Release Tour

The next generation of local musicians is drawing inspiration from near and afar, and Cliff Hines’ latest album is a testament to that trend. The artist released Wanderlust, an audible tour across the globe, last week. Hines kicked off his actual tour on Tuesday at Snug Harbor, and he’s headed to Denver, San Francisco, and Los Angeles to bring his progressive blend of traditional jazz and world music.

Today in New Orleans 1.15.13

This chilly Tuesday, head uptown for a literary event with a Louisiana law expert, enjoy live music all over the city, or make groceries at the farmer's market. Happy birthday to Queen Ida! Lake Charles native and Zydeco legend Ida Guillory turns 84 today. Now, more to do.

Have Guitar, Will Travel

Cliff Hines Plots Musical Staycation on Upcoming Album

With a combination of expert chops and a penchant for adventure, progressive jazz guitarist Cliff Hines has made a name for himself in the city since he began performing nearly a decade ago.

Idle Warship: Guest Music Playlist

by Talib Kweli & Res

Hola Nola, and hola NoDef’s newest Hip-Hop guest music columnists. To date, local hypemen Dee-1 and Mannie Fresh have dominated this genre on the Music Playlist roster, but today’s submission brings the Hip Hop representation to a whole new level, with Idle Warship.

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