A Farewell to Sun Hotel
And other noteworthy concerts
The night of Krewe du Vieux is the last gate between everyday life and the three week endurance ritual of Mardi Gras proper. When the first brass band wanders past your friends, all of the old habits of carnival reemerge. The arrival of the parades is accompanied by the emergence of the music scene from it’s brief winter hibernation. This weekend the two were wonderfully in sync with local favorite Sun Hotel providing a bittersweet evening of post-parade celebration. This show was simultaneously the debut of Sun Hotel’s new record, Rational Expectations and a farewell to their career as a band. The band describes itself as applying a punk ethic to post-gospel. On Saturday night the two were in harmony as they played a range of songs from across their body of work. Long favoring a “do it yourself” approach to the production of their music as well as the planning and execution of their live gigs, Sun Hotel managed to grow beyond the boundaries of the Music Industries Studies program at Loyola and the local scene. Each member of the band appears to be moving onto other projects. For more information check out their farewell message here.
There are a couple of shows this week worth highlighting. On the 11th at One Eyed Jacks, the experimental electronica group Animal Collective will be doing a DJ set. The lineup on Wednesday will be Deakin, Geologist and Avey Tare. Their fellow member Panda Bear is gearing up for a solo tour supporting his new record Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper which was released early this year. You can expect an eclectic but ultimately unified set of electronic pop and psychedelic tunes. Check out this clip from the extended mix they did for the Boiler Room series.
Also on the 11th at Tipitina’s, local band Earphunk will swing back through town for a moment’s rest from one of their extended tours. This hardworking local group has taken the best of the New Orleans funk sound and blended it with a guitar driven rock sensibility that they have branded “prog funk”. Whatever you call it, this is the music that will get you in the mood for the long weekend of parades ahead. If you miss them on Wednesday, don’t worry. Earphunk will doing an extended slate of shows around Jazzfest, so look for them again then.
Finally this week just a couple of things at the intersection of blues and indie rock to keep you amused at work while we countdown to the rolling of Oshun and Cleopatra:
The Black Keys episode of Austin City Limits is available for streaming here.
And the new record from The Districts is available for a first listen over an NPR Music.