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Tank and the Bangas at Jazz Fest 2015

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 […]


Jonathon Boogie Long at Jazz Fest 2015

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 […]


Vintage Trouble at Jazz Fest 2015

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, […]


The Killer at Jazz Fest 2015

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 […]


Elton John at Jazz Fest 2015

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 […]


Slayer: At the Civic in NOLA and Headlining Mayhest Fest 2015!

Slayer:  At the Civic in NOLA and Headlining Mayhest Fest 2015!

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!


Slayer at the Civic!

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!  


Hammer of the Witch by Ringworm

Hammer of the Witch by Ringworm

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, […]


Behemoth and Cannibal Corpse at HOB NOLA

Tweet Following on the tail of Machine Head’s fantastic show at the House of Blues:  Behemoth, with Cannibal Corpse.  While nothing will ultimately compare with our Behemoth experiences on the Barge to Hell, this was a lot closer to home.  HOB crackled with energy for these completely packed shows and somehow, CorpseGrinder’s head remained attached, […]


Machine Head at HOB NOLA

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, […]


RIP Big Chief Bo Dollis (1944-2015)

RIP Big Chief Bo Dollis (1944-2015)

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 […]


Leo “Bud” Welch at d.b.a.

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 […]


New and Improved: Who made us look closer in 2014

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 […]


Machine Head and Behemoth at House of Blues NOLA!

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 […]


Some Old and New Favorites

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 […]


Exhibit BE

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 […]


Voodoo Fest 2014

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 […]


Voodoo Music Experience: The Wait is (Almost) Over!

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:


Gwar, Decapitated, American Sharks at HOB NOLA

Gwar, Decapitated, American Sharks at HOB NOLA

Tweet Gwar If you haven’t been to a Gwar show, it’s a little like trying to explain Mardi Gras to someone who’s never visited New Orleans.  No one understands, until they actually experience it (and many times, not even then) why New Orleanians watch endless streams of floats, screaming like they’re on fire to be pounded […]


Upcoming: Voodoo Music Experience 2014

Tweet Time once again to spend your Halloween time on the festival grounds at the 2014 Voodoo Music Experience.  See Slayer, Gogol Bordello, Red Baraat, Rise Against, the Foo Fighters, Outkast, Big Freedia, and let Skrillex pound your brains out (presumably at Le Plur), all set for one awesome weekend.  Our advice: retire from trick […]


Blues and BBQ Festival

Tweet The 2014 Blues and BBQ Festival is near, the lineup is set, and both some old favorites (Little Freddie King, Walter “Wolfman” Washington”) and some new faces (Ana Popovic, who had a fantastic set at Jazz Fest) are set to play.  Some favorite photos from previous Blues and BBQ Festivals to warm you up:


Jazz Fest 2014 Reboot

Tweet The withering heat of summer is past and festivals once again abound.  We’ve particularly looking forward to the Blues and BBQ Festival and Voodoo Music Experience, both of which have great lineups this–but that’s for our next article.  For now, an excuse to spend a few minutes (or hours) flipping through our comprehensive visual […]


Keith Morris and OFF! at Siberia

Keith Morris and OFF! at Siberia

Tweet We missed both Mayhem and Vans this year for a variety of reasons and are looking forward to the Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival and Voodoo, but we needed some energy right now. OFF! at Siberia delivered, as if we had any doubts in Keith Morris, even after all these years. If you’re […]


Butcher Babies and Black Label Society at HOB NOLA

Tweet Hot on the tail of some private discussions about the state of affairs in music (and particularly rock, whatever that means anymore), consoling ourselves by (re-)watching videos by Henry Rollins and Bill Hicks telling it like it is regarding the then and now, and planning our trips for Vans Warped Tour and Mayhem to […]