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Krampus Gras

NOLA Fetes Demon Who Visits the Night Before St. Nick



Krampus is the stuff of nightmares. His name is derived from the German word Krampen, or to claw, and the night before Nikolaustag (Saint Nick’s Day) the beast creeps into town and beats the children into being nice. Of course, New Orleans will be feting this anti-hero with a mini-fest on December 5.


Black Laurel

NOLA Trio Sounds off on Timeless Alt-Rock Sound



Black Laurel is a New Orleans-based indie garage rock band comprised of Gregg Yde (lead vocals/guitar), Rade Pejic (bass), and Nate Ruger (drums). The members, who hail from the metropolitan, northern reaches of the country such as Chicago and Philadelphia, have fine-tuned their trio over the years into a sophisticated sound that the lead vocalist refers to as “2-car garage rock.”


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. 


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. 


Southern Comfort

Deltaphonic On the Rise With 'See Red'



There is a little-seen neo-Western film from summer 2016 called Hell or High Water, about a pair of brothers who turn to a life of bank robbery to provide for their families in an economically destitute corner of West Texas. The film sports gorgeous landscapes, taut thrills, and great performances from its cast — all makings of an excellent film, but its most impressive quality is how its narrative and direction blends a variety of styles and genres that came before and creates a wholly original work with a style all its own for a new era. It’s a model that pays tribute to artistic predecessors while not resting on the work already made. That film comes to mind when listening to Deltaphonic, a New Orleans based blues-funk-rock duo. Their sound and their style would not have been out of place in the film’s rugged terrain. 

 

NoDef saw the band perform live at d.b.a on Frenchmen St., celebrating at their Easter Sunday record release party for See Red. A knowing crowd of about fifty people came out on the stormy night to watch the band thunder and roll through loud and powerful cuts off the new album. 


Trombone Shorty Drops New Single ‘No Good Time’


New Orleans' favorite son Trombone Shorty made two big announcements this week ahead of the Friday release of his new album, Parking Lot Sympathy. On Monday (4.24), the Treme-raised bandleader dropped a new single called "No Good Time" and unveiled the fall dates for his 2017 tour with his band Orleans Avenue. 


Record Store Day Spins Through NOLA This Weekend


This Saturday (4.22), the 2017 Record Store Day will take place at vinyl outfitters across the nation. The 10th annual celebration of indie record stores toasts audiophiles, music makers, the vinyl devout — and, of course, the record stores that make it all possible. Record Store Day brings plenty of new and special edition releases nationwide. The day also provides ample reason to celebrate the local, independent shops that keep the music available. 


Naughty Professor Announces New Album Release and Tour Dates


After teasing fans with the release of a single last fall, New Orleans-based band Naughty Professor announced their long-anticipated new album Identity, to be released on June 23. Listen to their lead singles “Stray” and “Darker Daze,” and check out tour dates below. 


Dive in to Trombone Shorty's 'Dirty Water'


Trombone Shorty released a new single, a catchy souful song entitled "Dirty Water," on Friday afternoon (3.31). The tune is the lead single off of the New Orleans bandleader's new album Parking Lot Symphony, which will be released April 28th on Blue Note Records. 


Rock Legend Chuck Berry Dies at 90


Chuck Berry, the iconic guitarist and singer-songwriter who pioneered early American rock 'n roll and inspired artists as diverse as Miles & Betty Davis to Bob Dylan to The Beatles, has passed away. He was 90.

 


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