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Aurora Nealand's The Monocle Ensemble Explores Love & Technology at Music Box Village



Aurora Nealand’s show Saturday (5.27) at the Airlift's Music Box Village could fittingly be compared to a post-America apocalyptic fairytale. Drawing from Nealand’s new politically charged, indie-electronic accordion album recorded as her alter ego The Monocle, Kind Humankind, the performance was made spectacular from Shannon Stewart's precise choreography, to Nealand's multi-facted performance, moving from poetry to prolific accordion playing. 


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. 


LPO Treats Audience to Central European Sampler

Superstar Violinist Augustin Hadelich Joins for a 'Fantastic Voyage'



The Orpheum Theater was packed and teeming with energy on Friday (3.10) night for a performance that will surely be marked as a victory for the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. Celebrated violinist Augustin Hadelich joined Music Director Carlos Miguel Prieto for a program showcasing a wealth and diversity of folk music traditions in Central Europe.

 


What’s So Tremendous About Comfort?

A Review of Laura Mullen’s Complicated Grief



Laura Mullen’s writing, especially her emphasis on genre hybridity, urges readers to face emotional and intellectual discomfort by committing to the (perceived) challenges of reading contemporary poetry and prose.


The asking is never idle

A review of Carolyn Hembree’s "Rigging a Chevy into a Time Machine and Other Ways to Escape a Plague"



“Inside the iris of time, the iridescent dreaming kicks in. Turn off that stupid damn machine,” writes C.D. Wright in her 1999 collection Deepstep Come Shining. Carolyn Hembree’s latest collection, Rigging a Chevy into a Time Machine and Other Ways to Escape a Plague, positions itself, to borrow Wright’s language, as both an iridescent dream and the noisy machine that threatens to disturb it. Seventeen years have passed since Wright hallucinatorily imagined, or re-imagined, the American South, but Hembree’s Chevy rattles through Southern space-time into clarities best framed as questions. “Why do we remember the past and not the future?” Hembree asks. Travelling inside the iris of time, outside of this plague, can the center, or even our seatbelts, hold?


William Michael Morgan's Real Country


By Bfrad Bohannan

Sometimes you have to take chances to make it in the country music business. William Micheal Morgan has done just that by being a 'real' singer singing 'real' country music.  What do I mean? This young artist doesn't need the back up singers to strengthen his voice, he doesn't need the light show, he doesn't need distracting dancers. He has a strong, solid voice and impeccable tastes in song choices. Think George Strait. To all the country fans that have been complaining about the style and quality of the country music, William Micheal Morgan is what you have been asking for.  


Album Review: Bobby Bones


By Brad Bohannan

Bobby Bones has become as staple to my morning drive as I take my boy to school.  Much to my chagrin, my 11-year-old would change it to the Bobby Bones Show every morning.  After a few weeks of this morning drive routine I found myself becoming a fan of him and his Pimp-N-Joy charity work. In fact, I had to be one of the first to download the Bobby Bones & the Raging Idiots new album titled, The Critics Give it 5 Stars.  


The Sunday Critic

Marie Antoinette: Let Them Eat Revisionism



With Marie Antoinette, the NOLA Project twerks across the line separating hip from hipper-than-thou…then, thanks to the subtlety of its director and leading lady, pivots back to credibility again.


Drinking Culture

Dropping A Dime On Barcadia



Gentle reader, as sojourners in this life we must take our entertainment where we find it. The dive bar and the neighborhood bar please us well. But let us indulge our curiosity and step inside an establishment that can be many places at once, brushing by geography and local culture like the broadcast of a syndicated television program. It’s time to take a peek into a chain bar – if only a regional chain bar. We’re off for a game or two, and perhaps a drink, at Barcadia.


The Sunday Critic

Flowers in the Attic Reviewed



Do you know someone suffering an idée fixe? Someone staring, who returns obsessively, in a low drone of helpless servility, to a single topic, usually sexual in nature? If that someone was fixated on adolescent sibling incest, with hefty helpings of related fetishes – idealized dead fathers, libidinous unreliable mothers, children as pretty dolls, Biblical invocations of damnation, and of course sadomasochism – she or he could have written Flowers in the Attic.


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Renard Boissiere, Evan Z.E. Hammond, Naimonu James, Wilson Koewing, J.A. Lloyd, Nina Luckman, Dead Huey Long, Alexis Manrodt, Joseph Santiago, Andrew Smith, Cynthia Via, Austin Yde

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