In Tune

Half a Year Gone Already

With half of July behind us, it is time to take a look at some of the releases that are already vying for album of the year. This week I want to highlight four records from the first half of…

Independence Rock

Those folks brave enough to confront their post-independence day hangovers and go out Monday night found a supremely quiet French Quarter. With Essence over and the July tourism slump in full effect, the Quarter felt more intimate than it has in…

The Voodoo Fest Lineup Two Weeks Later

Now that we have had a chance to contemplate the Voodoo Fest lineup for a minute, let’s take a look at what we can expect from The Ritual this year. Like just about any festival, the headliners this year are…

Exceptional Bonnaroo and Laura Marling Returns

There were three shows at Bonnaroo this year which really stood above the others: Glass Animals on Thursday night, Ben Folds and yMusic on Friday night and Belle and Sebastian at sunset on Saturday. The essential characteristics of Bonnaroo are…

Another Roo in the Books

Bonnaroo 2015 officially closed on Sunday evening with the conclusion of Billy Joel’s headlining performance. Rather than waking up one more morning in a hot tent, we have a longstanding tradition of packing our camp on Sunday morning and then…

Bonnaroo Day 4

Sundays at the farm always move a bit more slowly than the rest of the week. The campsites begin to disappear back into cars, and the possibility of a world outside the fest becomes a bit more real. De Lux…

Bonnaroo Day Three

For me the highlights of Saturday were Belle and Sebastian and Atomic Bomb! Who is William Onyeabor? The former band should need little introduction, B&S are and have been a fixture on the indie scene since the mid-90s. Over their…

Bonnaroo Day Two

After everyone settled in on Thursday, Friday began with a blast.   Tanya Tagaq and her band did a scorching improvisational set on at This Tent. Tagaq is an Inuit throat singer who achieves the effect of creating her own loops.…

Bonnaroo Day 1: Setting the Stage

Thursday at Bonnaroo used to be a relatively small affair, consisting of a few bands in a couple of tents to entertain the early arrivals as they waited for their friends. In the last few years however, this has become…

Sometimes I Stand and Stare

On Sunday night Courtney Barnett, Chastity Belt and Darren Hanlon put together one of the best shows I have seen in quite some time. The evening began with an acoustic set from Australian singer/songwriter Hanlon. Hanlon, who is apparently quite…

Summer Storm

On Monday night, Kate Tempest delivered a remarkable set of spoken word and hip-hop to a surprisingly small audience at One Eyed Jacks. I have always found it interesting that we have a hard time generating enthusiasm for emerging performers—especially emerging…

Purity Ring Shines

Tuesday night at Republic was a show for the ages. BRAIDS and Purity Ring shared the stage in a packed house and closed the loop of Canadian performances that Rush opened at the Smoothie King Center on Friday. The evening…

Hangout Festival Manages to be Everything to Everyone

As a five-year veteran of Hangout Fest, I’ve seen almost all of what it has had on offer over the years. This weekend everything was aligned for a banner year—in October the Gulf Shores city council unanimously voted to extend…

New York Comes South

On Sunday, Hangout Fest brought New York to the South. The last day of Hangout featured a trio of New York based bands that all came south to wail. There was no hesitation or uncertainly in these acts. For a…

The indie spirit is alive at Hangout Fest

This is my fifth year at Hangout Fest in Gulf Shores and it is by far the best lineup that the organizers have put together. While headliners like Beck and the Foo Fighters get the most press, all of my…

Home and Away

After a brief lull for recovery, the regional festival circuit picks up again. First up, the Bayou Boogaloo will transform the banks of Bayou Saint John into a three day festival of music and art. This is the tenth year…

Recovery Week

It is always in retrospect and recovery that the events of Jazzfest achieve their full magnitude. Four days of perfect weather made for one of the most enjoyable second festival weekends in recent memory. When the days in the field…

Primus Returns and Jazzfest Continues

This Friday and Saturday, Primus continues its longstanding relationship with New Orleans by bringing their Primus and the Chocolate Factory tour to The Civic for two nights. This new project is a reworking of the songs and visuals from the…

One For The Books

This week was one for the record books. I managed to see Lady Lamb, Young Fathers and Waxahatchee in the last five days. First up was Lady Lamb on Wednesday night at Gasa Gasa. Despite having strep throat, Aly Spaltro…

Live at Gasa Gasa

Sunday night, Minneapolis based synth rockers Poliça came back to New Orleans to plat Gasa Gasa. Poliça had just recently visited us with a well attended show at One Eyed Jacks in October, so it was interesting that they would choose…

A Lamb Lies Down on Freret

Wednesday night at Gasa Gasa, Aly Spaltro, better known by her stage name Lady Lamb, will be visiting New Orleans for the first time in her career. Spaltro has been writing and recording since 2007. She began with all night…

Sylvan Esso Rocks Tipitina's

Last Thursday as expected, Sylvan Esso positively owned the crowd at Tipitina’s. This is a different band from the one that played Gasa Gasa in August. Their sound is stronger and they are more confident as a unit. There is a moment when…

Nothing But New Releases

This has been an astounding week for new music. In the last few days we have seen new records from Laura Marling, Earl Sweatshirt, Action Bronson and Courtney Barnett (and these are just the albums that I’ve made it through so…

Buku And More

Even by our high standards, it has been an amazing week for music in New Orleans. If these next few weeks are any indication, we are in for a fantastic spring. The week started on Wednesday with AF THE NAYSAYER opening for…

Meeting The Zombies

An interview with the members of The Zombies on their first concert in New Orleans.

Past and Future Shows

Last Wednesday at Gasa Gasa, A Place to Bury Strangers (APTBS) lived up to their reputation as one of the loudest bands in American rock. I suppose this should be expected from any band that sells branded ear plugs at their…

This Week's Lineup

As we stagger through the post-Mardi Gras haze, there is a lot going on to distract us from the reality of the world to which we have so reluctantly returned. There are a number of outstanding shows to see over the…

Power Electronics Hits Siberia

The scene in Siberia on the 4th felt more like a poetry jam than a concert. The rhythm of the evening was unexpected. Most of the acts collected that evening would fit under the broad category of Power Electronics or…

Getting Wild for Mardi Gras

It is impossible to overstate the importance of music to the experience of Mardi Gras. There is no aspect of Carnival that is not colored and deepened by the rich, longstanding relationship between the musical culture of New Orleans and the heritage…