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Particle Devotion

The Louisiana-Bred Band Talks Southern Sounds

It’s unfortunately easy for the Baton Rouge music scene to be overshadowed by the rich musical history of New Orleans. Though the Crescent City is the birthplace for many of the country's most legendary performers, the Boot's capitol is seriously gaining ground for its artistic outputs. One local band is making it their mission the bridge the gap between these two cities, while thinking ahead for eventual word domination. 

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. 

Rolling With the Punches

John Michael Rouchell's TYSSON Talks About the Future

John Michael Rouchell sits on a splatter painted couch in his living room glued to the television playing Stanley Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon. He’s on a Kubrick kick getting inspiration for his new gig with three-part local band TYSSON. Best known locally for his project, My Name Is John Michael, the singer-songwriter is stepping into a different world, away from jazz and into the modern age of electronics. Alvin Ford Jr., veteran of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and Max Moran, who jammed bass with Donald Harrison, join Rouchell in taking the fundamentals of New Orleans music they’ve learned from growing up here to create an energetic, alternative pop sound fit for the future.

Satchmo Summerfest Honors Lionel Ferbos

Along with a jazz funeral that's sure to shut down St. Bernard Ave., Lionel Ferbos set to get a festival sendoff befitting of Satchmo this weekend. The late jazz trumpeter and vocalist, who died July 19 at the age of 103, will be remembered with a reverence that's usually reserved for Pops at this weekend's Satchmo Summerfest.

Trashy Diva Backs Tipitina’s Foundation

by Ashley Rouen

Trashy Diva is racking up support for the Tipitina’s Foundation on Friday, July 25.  All day, 20 perent of sales from the clothing boutique's French Quarter outlet will go to fund the Foundation’s Sunday Youth Music Workshop, as they continue to foster musical growth in the community.  

Freret Fete

Gasa Gasa Celebrates One Year Anniversary

Over the weekend (July 18-20), Gasa Gasa (4920 Freret St.) will commemorate the Japanese phrase that provided the venue's namesake, which means “doing too much at once.”  Freret Street’s acoustic gem celebrates its one-year anniversary with a three-day bash starting Friday, July 18 and features live music, art, food and a debut Uptown performance by bounce diva Big Freedia to close out Saturday night.

Newly Minted

An Interview with The Iguanas' Doug Garrison

As part of a new partnership with Music at the Mint (400 Esplanade Ave.), NoDef offers an interview at the concert series at the Old U.S. Mint conducted with drummer Doug Garrison of The Iguanas. The series continues Friday (July 18) with Dana Abbott. Visit Music at the Mint online for more details. 

Hot 8's (Tour) Hiatus

Health Issues Sideline Brass Band's Leader

Hot 8 Brass Band leader and founder Bennie Pete has announced that, due to a serious illness, he will be not be performing, effective immediately.  The group, fresh off a successful European tour, will not be hitting the road until further notice.

Hurray for the Riff Raff Premiere New Video

Upcoming New Orleans Americana band Hurray for the Riff Raff take to roller skates in their new video for “I Know It’s Wrong (But That’s Alright),” which debuted at online teen magazine Rookie last night. Watch the full video after the jump.

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