Tweet Metal. Machine Head. Rob Zombie. Ringworm. Behemoth. Blues. Beauty. Perfection. Power. Rage, rage… Because you never know when this time is the last. Happy Holidays, and see you in 2016.
Tweet Not really, but he played a big part in brightening up Day Two. Day 2 With rain on the second day keeping us off the grounds until late evening (and the last day ultimately washed out completely), Voodoo Fest 2015 was in dire need of a corrective. Enter Johnny Rotten, fronting P.I.L., a band […]
Tweet Hope to see all of you at Landing Fest, 9/26 and 9/27, for Cake, Galactic, Eagles of Death Metal, and more! More details at The Landing Festival.
Tweet Things really mellow out in the summertime for us, with the heat keeping us inside and in a more introspective, shutter-preserving mood. But the days of high humidity for 2015 are now numbered and Voodoo Fest is right around the corner. This year’s lineup is one of the best in many years, with Ozzy […]
Tweet How much happiness can one pair of photographers stand? Rob Zombie’s show followed by an unexpected (at least for us) Ringworm show, in New Orleans. We’ve been monitoring their Twitter feed for a NOLA show, and a few days ago, the news came in with a -ding- on the iPhone during an extended bubble […]
Tweet We were thrilled to catch Rob Zombie at a smaller venue and The Civic Theater in New Orleans was perfect, from the high, wide stage, to perfect sound, to the frosty Tall Boy in our free hands. Until recently the Civic had boomy acoustics and we hadn’t been back since this problem was addressed. […]
Tweet We first saw Tank and the Bangas at Chickie Wah Wah. That night began with limited interest, frankly–I had no idea who they were, was a bit tired, and I’m not saying I was down on New Orleans music (a native would never dare), but I was preemptively dreading “same old” or disappointment. What […]
Tweet We don’t love the hat. But just about everything else is what’s not to love? Jonathon Boogie Long shredded the other bands at the Best of the Beat awards. Terrorized the Blues and BBQ festival. Was easily the best blues act at Jazz Fest 2015. Has been called the “living embodiment of the modern […]
Tweet Vintage Trouble have only been playing together since 2010, but you’d guess more like 1960. Consisting of Ty Taylor (the suit-shredding front man), Nalle Colt, Rick Dill, and Richard Danielson, they play…umm… never mind. We’ve raved about their “apartness” in the past, and they fit precisely (we love irony) into the hard to categorize, […]
Tweet Jerry Lee Who? gets you banned forever. Or “volunteered” for that no return expedition to Mars, where you can die alone and cold, screaming for human comfort. But still, we looked at the schedule and thought: Is Jerry Lee Lewis actually alive? How? Ultimately, shame on us. But even when we made it […]
Tweet Many festival purists are skeptical of the big acts at Jazz Fest, but Elton John proved to be a an exemplary exception, in the eyes (and ears) of everyone we spoke with. We grew up listening to Benny and the Jets and marveling at the crazy piano player in the gigantic glasses and outlandish […]
Tweet Photo by Andrew Stuart. Seven days until the Slayer show during Jazz Fest in New Orleans, LA (at the Civic). And just announced: they’re headlining Mayhem 2015!
Tweet Slayer returns to NOLA, this time at the Civic Theater! More details to come, including some info on future projects from their publicist. In the meantime, grab your tickets–there are only a few tickets left and they won’t last long!
Tweet Best new metal album in recent memory: Hammer of the Witch, by Ringworm. An absolutely fantastic album in every way–mad drumming, bass guitar cranked to rip your guts out, ungodly vocal performance, and an amazing recording. If you can listen to the title track without ducking occasionally, wondering just how big that hammer is, […]
Tweet Like many metal bands that have been around for a while, Machine Head has had a bit of personnel churn over the years. The lineup now includes only one original member, guitarist and vocalist Robb Flynn, after the departure of Adam Duce (tho Dave McClain, on drums, has been in the band since 1995, […]
Tweet The news is spreading that Big Chief Bo Dollis has died, at the age of 71. From both a musical and cultural standpoint, the loss is a heavy burden to bear. The Mardi Gras Indians culture remains notoriously difficult to explain to non-New Orleans, to those who haven’t seen it firsthand. So if you’re […]
Tweet We recently caught Leo “Bud” Welch’s show at d.b.a., our favorite no-smoking watering hole on Frenchmen St. Last sighting: our favorite act of the 2014 Blues and BBQ Festival. Tired of over-orchestrated, over-produced blues? Leo plays with a drummer, a chair, and a guitar, and could get away with just the guitar, since at […]
Tweet This year brought us closer to artists we’ve certainly heard before, but might not have appreciated enough. Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society conjured a wuthering guitar solo at House of Blues, pulling strings from classical music and opera into a 20-minute musical storm that none of his recordings quite live up to. Another eye-opener was Keith […]
Tweet There are occasional dry spells in the NOLA metal scene and while Siberia tries to keep that scene going, it’s a small venue and simply can’t draw the big acts. House of Blues NOLA to the rescue, with two huge metal shows in January 2015: Machine Head on January 23 and Behemoth (with Cannibal […]
Tweet We cover a lot of shows and sometimes, when there’s actually some time for reflection, we flip back through the archives and dig up some favorites, while pining for another SXSW, Voodoo Fest, or a gig at the House of Blues. Check ’em out and let us know what you think. And don’t forget […]
Tweet If you haven’t had a chance to see Exhibit BE on the West Bank of New Orleans, it will be open again Saturday, 11/29 from noon to 4pm. Exhibit BE is a sprawling, block-wide street art project, masterminded by Brandan Odums, famous for his murals at the Florida Housing Project, which, because of the dilapidated […]
Tweet This year brought a few changes at the festival, including a big improvement in the sound bleed issues that plagued last year’s festival and a relocation of the art market, which seemed to work out better. The lineup seemed leaner, with only four stages (same as last year), but the festival was absolutely packed […]
Tweet For those of you gearing up for Voodoo Music Experience, here’s a high resolution map of the grounds–note that the stage locations have changed. Click through for a super high resolution version: