In Tune

Sometimes a Bully Can be Trusted

On Monday night Diet Cig and Bully rolled into Gasa Gasa to help keep the Mardi Gras party going between parade weekends.  I’ve been hyping this show for a while now and am pleased to say that it exceeded my…

Two Nights at Gasa

Saintseneca Last week Saintseneca came back to town for the first time since last April’s show at the Circle Bar. Despite the release of their excellent third record, New Orleans is still not showing them the respect they deserve. The…

The Jazzfest Lineup Two Days Later

It will be an incredibly diverse year out at the track. The Jazzfest lineup hasn’t looked this good in a long time. On Tuesday, just hours shy of another major festival lineup announcement (we’ll be discussing that soon), Jazzfest revealed…

Starting The Year

Well we made it through the enforced mirth of the holiday season and into the time of new beginnings and resolutions. It is also a time to look to the year ahead in anticipation of what we can expect from…

The Year Ends

If you’re heading out into the city tonight there are a lot of great shows to see. The Hyatt Regency has started a great new tradition with their Big Night New Orleans party. The all night event features an open…

Local Heavies

In addition to the dramatic uptick in national and international acts coming through town, it has been an excellent year for the local music scene. Today I want to highlight a few locals who have released superb records this year.   …

Best Of The Year

End of the year “best” lists are always a tricky endeavor. When any more than one person is making a list, criteria need to be established, debates had and fistfights quelled. Even with a list like this, where there is…

The BUKU Lineup Two Days Later

The BUKU Music + Art Project has pulled out all the stops for their fifth anniversary presentation.  This festival has really grown up over the past few years.  As I said last year, it has the developed the feel of…

Allen Toussaint Remembered

Just a little over two months ago Allen Toussaint performed at the opening of the restored Orpheum Theater. It was a fitting combination, an all time musical great celebrating the restoration of a perfect acoustical venue. Now we return to…

Courting Fan

On Monday night, Parquet Courts finally brought their unique guitar driven art rock to New Orleans. The ensemble has released four outstanding records in the last four years (including Content Nausea, one of my favorite records of last year) and…

Voodoo and the Early Bands

Voodoo Fest, for me, was way too short this year. Due to a delayed flight, I missed what by all accounts was a stunning set from Florence + The Machine. Of course, we all missed Sunday due to the (extremely)…

Gangs and Ghosts

The run of excellent early shows at Siberia continued on Thursday with a visit from the Dirty Ghosts.  The San Francisco based pop/punk ensemble took the stage before a small but enthusiastic crowd at about eight in the evening.  Certainly early…

Brilliant Maths

Battles has always been an enigmatic band. The math rock ensemble from New York has pushed the limits of experimental music since their earliest releases. Since former vocalist Tyondai Braxton left the band just before the release of their last album, the ensemble…

Honky Tonk Man

On Saturday the Orpheum Theater invited Dwight Yoakam to continue what has been a profoundly excellent christening of the newly renovated space.  For his part, Yoakam led the audience along a gently smoldering program of hits that would occasionally flare…

Hats and Birds

Last Wednesday at Siberia we were treated to an excellent early show when the Bad Bad Hats opened for the Mynabirds. Despite the incongruity of the early hour, the bands brought their all for the small crowd. I have been…

Wilco Opens the Orpheum

On Monday night, Wilco became the first rock band to play the reopened Orpheum Theater. In retrospect, they were the perfect choice to christen this august establishment. For their part, Wilco has been in rare form lately and Monday was…

Bad Bad Hats

On September 30, The Mynabirds and Bad Bad Hats will roll their tour into Siberia for an early show (6 p.m., they are sharing the space with SHAM 69 later in the evening). While The Mynabirds has established themselves as a…

Godspeed!

We must be nearing the end of September because suddenly the show schedule is positively packed.  On Saturday night, Godspeed You! Black Emperor returned to town with Xylouris White for an evening of experimental indie, drone and improvisation.  I was…

Diet Cig Makes a Break

In February Diet Cig released their debut EP Over Easy through Father/Daughter records.  The duo didn’t expect their tracks to resonate quite as much as they have over the past few months.  This fall finds them out on a headlining…

Four for the Road

Over the past few weeks, there have been several quite excellent records released by new and established bands alike. A subset of these releases are energetic enough or breezy enough or just plain fun enough to help us convince ourselves…

Alex McMurray Owns This Week

When I was looking over the music schedule for this week, I couldn’t help but notice the preponderance of gigs that Alex McMurray and his various projects will be hosting. McMurray has long been a staple on the local scene,…

The Orpheum Returns

This fall the Orpheum Theater is returning to the public after its complete restoration this summer. The theater is arriving back on the scene with a flourish. The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra is set to resume their tenure in the space…

Festival Season in Retrospect

As we stumble through the heat to the end of the summer, it’s time to look back to some great performances we have talked about here. Thanks to the magic of the Internet, several of the summer’s best shows are…

Getting Big

One of the most difficult things in our contemporary music scene is building and maintaining an interested fan base. As the outlets for musical discovery and consumption have multiplied, the potential audience for any given sound has been fractured and specialized.…

Newport in Review

There is something profoundly special about the Newport Folk Festival. Part of this uniqueness is due to the history of the festival itself. The stages at Newport have been home to a number of firsts and seen the absolute best…

Newport Day Two

Saturday at Newport is always almost too full of music.  At each show you attend, you get to listen to people talking about the great, surprising thing that happened at the last show you missed to see something else.  We…

Newport Folk Festival Day One

Due to the vagaries of travel we generally seem to clear the gates at the Newport Folk Festival around three or four on Friday afternoon.  After the early morning flight and the traffic, an immediate change sweeps over you once…

Pony Farm and Newport Preview

Pony Farm at Gasa Gasa On Saturday night, Brooklyn based Lo-Fi ensemble Pony Farm will be playing at Gasa Gasa with an excellent collection of locally based bands including The Noise Complaints, Guts Club and Gandhi Castle. Pony Farm consists…