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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.”

NOLA/Balkan Band Blato Zlato Drops Folktale-Inspired Music Video

New Orleans-based Balkan band Blato Zlato (Bulgarian for “Swamp Gold”) today shared their first music video in support of their debut album, released earlier this year. “Miatalo Lneche Iabalka” is a musical retelling of a Bulgarian folktale. 

Dip Into Girlpool's New Album 'Powerplant'

Los Angeles dreamy rock duo Girlpool released Powerplant, a follow-up to their critically-acclaimed debut album, through Anti-Records on Friday. True to their fashion, Harmony Tividad and Cleo Tucker blend intimate harmonies with revelatory lyrics. Stream the tracks below to familiarize yourself with the duo before they drop by New Orleans this summer. 

Stoop Kids ‘Got Soul’ to Share

New Orleans genre-bending masters Stoop Kids dropped a new single on Thursday — the latest and final track ahead of the band’s new mixtape Queue, which will be released at midnight. The band’s signature doo-hop (a mix of hip hop and doo wop) is well repped in the new track, fittingly called “Got Soul.” 

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. 

Green Lights, Not White Flags

Last week, “GLEASON,” a documentary about the local hero premiered to universal acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival for industry insiders. Now, a much larger audience will be able to watch the movie. Amazon inked a deal to pick up “GLEASON” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Fair Sounds

Jazz Fest Drops 2016 Lineup

Get your chairs ready! The lineup for the 2016 Jazz and Heritage Festival is out. Headliners include Stevie Wonder, Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Young, Van Morrison, Paul Simon, Steely Dan, and Snoop Dog.

Lamb Slam!

By Sarah Slaughter for Room220

National Poetry Slam champion Justin Lamb is releasing his first chapbook, Everything Has A Place, onSaturday, Jan. 16th, at The Space (Cellar Door, 916 Lafayette St.). Doors open at 7 PM, and the show will begin at 8 PM. The show is free and open to the public (21+). Chapbooks will be available for sale.

Obama Commutes Sentences for Two Louisiana Inmates

The United States leads the world in incarceration. And, Louisiana leads the U.S. in incarceration. However, this week President Obama took a small step to decrease that number. Two Louisiana inmates were amongst the 95 non-violent offenders whose sentences were commuted by the executive branch on Friday.

Mystikal Thrills Fans With Halloween Track

Mystikal’s last hit was a collaboration with Mark Ronson. However, the local artist’s latest hit is look back at his roots. On Thursday (10.08) Mystikal thrilled fans with the surprise release of “Monsta” a Halloween themed track with lots of samples from Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”

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