Tweet …Neither Mandingo Warriors nor roaming groups of T-shirted Bacchanalians, worshipping, making love to, and then eating (off the organic Jazz Fest mud) watermelons, while celebrating the lives of Prince and Allen Toussaint (don’t ask): The Mandingo Warriors: And those crazy watermelon people: […]
Tweet Terminally late to shows (less so this year at Jazz Fest but still late, on the order of 45m late when she played at Voodoo, and then 30m late for a makeup show at the same festival), prison for tax evasion, only a single glorious studio album in a bit less than 20 years, […]
Tweet The first weekend at Jazz Fest was uneventful, but the second weekend brought all kinds of eventful, including torrential downpours, flooding, the cancellation of big acts like Stevie Wonder, Beck, and Snoop Dogg. But Neil Young. Despite being almost drowned trying to shoot the show, viewfinders full of water and equipment malfunctioning, there was […]
Tweet And, we’re back! And off to a good start, because the driver for our first Uber trip to the Fair Grounds was the son of Robert Parker, of Barefootin’ fame. We got the lowdown on the song’s origin and while we’re saddened to hear that he’s mostly retired, we also learned that he’s tearing […]
Tweet On April 8, 2016, the House of Blues in New Orleans will host a tribute to Allen Toussaint, who passed away on November 10, 2015. The impact that Toussaint had on music of all genres, both in the New Orleans area and beyond, is virtually indescribable, with his original music covered by Glen Campbell […]
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 […]