In Tune

The Return of Jazz Fest

    The biggest festival of the year has officially returned – despite a soggy start yesterday – and there is a ton to see this weekend.  I’m especially excited about indie folk ensemble Darlingside this afternoon.  Also make sure…

This Week at Gasa Gasa And French Quarter Fest

Hand Habits at Gasa Gasa Tuesday Earlier this year Meg Duffy released their second record as Hand Habits—placeholder.  The first album was created during the little free time Duffy had while touring as part of Kevin Morby’s live band.  For…

This Week's Top Hits

      Death Cab for Cutie and My Brightest Diamond at the Orpheum Tuesday Tuesday night we are in for a special treat with two outstanding and complimentary bands playing together at The Orpheum.  The evening begins with Shara…

BUKU Hogs

  Hogs For The Cause Of course the highlight of this weekend the return of Hogs For The Cause.  While it is pretty common knowledge that Hogs has some of the best food of any local event, it also regularly…

This Week: BUKU and Beyond

  Of course, the big news this week is the return of the BUKU Music + Art Project to the grounds of Mardi Gras World.  BUKU is one of the truly great festivals on our scene.  The organizers do a…

It’s Mardi Gras Time…Hope You’re Well Rested

  This is one of my favorite weeks of the year.  It’s fun to watch everyone’s orbit slowly shift into the overwhelming pull of Mardi Gras.  There is music everywhere and the hits keep on coming.  Here are some can’t…

Car Seat Headrest at Tipitina’s Tuesday

  Will Toledo – the voice and principle songwriter of Car Seat Headrest – is one of the most interesting figures in indie rock today.  He started the band as a lo-fi solo project in 2010 and had self-published ten…

Instigation Festival Returns

  Starting Monday the Instigation Festival returns to New Orleans.  This event began in 2016 as a collaboration between improvisational musicians from Chicago and New Orleans to bring cutting edge events to both cities.  After a great run of shows…

Save Our Sponge Tonight

  Tonight, the Woodlands Conservancy celebrates 18 years of dedication to “The Sponge” – the vitally important 840 acres of forested wetlands that act to absorb storm water and block wind from the Greater New Orleans Area.  This is important…

BOOGIE and BUKU

  For better or worse (mostly worse) the local NFL season is done and we have a couple of weekends left before Mardi Gras gets into full swing.  There are some great events this week including Lake Street Dive at…

Jazz Fest Turns 50

  The Jazz Fest Lineup Two Days Later Well, the 2019 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival lineup is finally here and there is a lot to talk about.  The obvious starting point is The Rolling Stones who will play on…

Bonnaroo Roars Back

  It’s the time of year when the major festivals begin to release their lineups.  So far we’ve seen announcements from the likes of Coachella, Hangout, Shaky Knees, Governors Ball and this week – Bonnaroo.  While we wait for the…

Carnival Arrives

  Just when New Years passes us by and we think we might get a chance to catch our collective breath – the Carnival season arrives.  As usual, there are some great parties planned to mark the start of the…

New Years in New Orleans

  One of the great things about our town is the large number of exciting things to do to celebrate the new year – here are a few of the best. Veteran funksters Galactic are having their usual New Years…

Christmas in the City

  Well the holidays are upon us once again and as usual there are a lot of great local music events to help you celebrate the season.  Tipitina’s gets things rolling with big shows on Friday and Saturday.  Friday you…

In Tune Alt-10

  There are so many truly great records that came out this year it is impossible to limit the list to just 10.  The Alt-10 are records that just missed the cut but remain well worth your time. Playlist link…

In Tune Top Ten 2018

  It has been an amazing and eclectic year for music.  My top ten this year includes a couple of new artists, a couple of folks who have reinvented themselves and two completely reworked and recorded albums.  It seems like…

New Orleans Music Gift Guide

  For better or worse we are firmly in the grasp of the holiday season.  As the scene begins to slow down a bit before the rush of Christmas and New Years, it’s time to revisit a few new releases…

Ty Segall, Nine Inch Nails and the Holiday Rush

  The holidays are approaching quickly and there is a lot of great stuff to see hitting us all at once.  I’ll cover the events of the next two weeks here since next Thursday is a holiday.    Low Cut…

PJ Morton, Larkin Poe and Things To Do

  PJ Morton Releases a Christmas Album and Spends Thanksgiving at the House of Blues Earlier in the year I talked with PJ Morton about his excellent release – Gumbo.  Tomorrow he’ll return with the new record Christmas with PJ Morton…

Voodoo in Review

  Over the weekend The Voodoo Music + Arts Festival celebrated its 20th anniversary in style with amazing performances from Janelle Monáe, Big Thief, Tom Misch, Mumford & Sons, the Arctic Monkeys and more. One of the things that I…

MassEducation

  St. Vincent - MassEducation Last year Annie Clark released her fifth studio album – MASSEDUCATION – this record was one of my favorites of the year.  To my ear it didn’t quite reach the same heights as 2014’s St. Vincent – but nonetheless…

CHVRCHES and Mothers

  CHVRCHES Tonight at the Joy Scottish synth-pop group CHVRCHES roll into the Joy tonight on tour supporting their excellent third record Love is Dead.  If you’re a regular reader of this column you’ll know that I have a great…

People Museum anticipate what New Orleans Music Will Become

On Friday, local electro-pop duo People Museum released their debut record I Dreamt You in Technicolor.  This is a record that looks to the future of what New Orleans music can be.  Vocalist and principle lyricist Claire Givens explains it…

Ms Lauryn Hill at the Lake and Mothers at Gasa Gasa

Mothers at Gasa Gasa Tuesday night Kristine Leschper brings her project Mothers to Gasa Gasa.  The group has just released their sophomore record – Render Another Ugly Method.  This record is a worthy successor to their debut, which was one of…