A Fast Start
The March Toward Carnival
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Chris Monaghan photograph
With Mardi Gras coming so early this year, we’ll barely have time to recover from the New Year’s shows before the Carnival shows are upon us. Just like the year itself, things start a bit slow, but they really pick up toward the end of the month.
On Jan. 8, The Island of Misfit Toys will be playing Sisters in Christ (the record store in Gasa Gasa). The Chicago-based Toys put on a seriously high-energy show that ranges from folk and rock into the realm of stomp and flutter. I am interested to see how they will fit everyone on stage. In a similar vein, Saintseneca will be back in town at Gasa Gasa on the 20th. These folks are among my favorite acts currently on the scene. The band manages to blend a wide range of acoustic Americana instrumentations with modern indie sounds and equipment. There is a constant swing on Saintseneca records between spare low-fi sounds and ecstatic bursts of harmony. This show will be spectacular. Last time Saintseneca came through town they played to about 10 people in the Circle Bar; let’s try to drive up the numbers this time.
If you’re looking for something with a bit more drive, check out the post-punk legends Killing Joke at Republic on Jan. 18. The industrial rock pioneers have just put out their 15th studio album, Pylon.
The month ends with a double shot of excellence on Sun., Jan. 31, as if to punctuate the first weekend of parades. First, Lupe Fiasco will be at Republic. Fiasco is touring on this year’s excellent release Tetsuo & Youth. His flow is outrageously good. Get tickets for this one early as it’s bound to sell out. Second, that same night Primus will be opening for Tool at the Smoothie King Center. This will be a huge show. Primus and Tool have a longstanding history of collaboration. Both of these bands are known for their visually striking live performances. Tool is also in the process of recording a new record; hopefully we’ll get a preview of things to come.
Note: Dates are subject to change. Playlist of mentioned bands available at: bit.ly/InTune1-16.
While I’ve never been much of a fan New Years’ traditions or resolutions, for the last few, the year hasn’t begun without at least one night of the Radiators’ reunion at Tipitina’s. This year they will be playing Jan. 14, 15 and 16. These shows are a homecoming for both the band and the fans. You can’t help feeling like you’re part of a family that encompasses the whole of Tip’s, there is so much of the sound of New Orleans here. Come out and start the year with old friends.