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A quick primer: while SBTRKT and Rustie, musically, are both electronic, they definitely feed from opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to performing. When I caught them back in mid-June and they took to the Republic stage here in New Orleans, it wasn't opposites at all -- it was equal amounts of energy flowing forth. Rustie, who was a...
Last Wednesday evening, Washed Out and Small Black, both of which are part of a new electronic evolution of dance music, brought their chill-wave vibes to the House of Blues here in New Orleans. Both bands take a comprehensive approach to their performances, using a full band for their songs and not relying simply on laptops or electronics to...
Electronic music is an ever-changing genre. For the most part the “club” was the only place you could hear beats in the past. As the genera evolved, the club mentality is now a thing of the past. Massive DJ sets have invaded the main stream and taking on their popularity, the EDM/IDM movement was born....
The Swedish trip-hop, neo soul, electronic band Little Dragon brought their imaginative tunes and stage show to the stage of the Republic earlier this month. The full house was entertained by material chiefly from this year’s Nabuma Rubberband as well as the first three albums. Lawrence Rothman, a somewhat darker electronic band had the duties of opening and...
If you didn’t leave the sold out Modest Mouse show at the Civic a few weeks ago with half an ass, you weren’t rocking hard enough. To be honest, my 'Mouse' knowledge is pretty limited, just never really got into them past. I really only listened to The Moon & Antarctica which the night’s set had several...
To say Sunday night’s post-Jazz Fest show at the Civic Theater was epic would be a massive understatement. Scottish post-rockers Mogwai took no prisoners as they treated a packed house to a truly unforgettable evening. Starting off the evening to a sparse crowd was Majeure, a project of A.E. Paterra, the drummer for the space rock band Zombi....
What do you get when you cross The Shins and Danger Mouse with a smidge of Duran Duran influence? You get Broken Bells. The band is composed of artist-producer Brian Burton (better known as Danger Mouse) and James Mercer, the lead vocalist and guitarist for the indie rock band The Shins. Broken Bells compose and create as a...
Dr. Dog brought their near-jamband styling to the newly renovated Civic Theatre in New Orleans last month. Opening up the set was Merge Recording artists Saint Rich, a charismatic and well-polished jam band from New Jersey. They are touring in support of their latest effort Beyond the Drone of which the bulk of their set was based....
It’s hard to believe that Skinny Puppy was formed a little over thirty years ago in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Through all their ups and downs, hiatuses’, and all, the band has managed to keep to their core and deliver one hell of a show. To say their performances are over the top would be a...
The IDM movement has been in full swing now for a while. Taking notes from the bigger electronic / dance acts like Moby, BT, and Paul Van Dyke to name a few, several smaller bands have been able to make a notch for themselves. One such band carving their way into the scene is Spain’s very own...
Soul Coughing’s demise wasn't a major surprise to many folks. The constant bickering over songwriting credits and publishing was enough to end the band's all-too-short career in 2000. Fast forward to 2013 and Mike Doughty has reclaimed his Soul Coughing material and re-recorded several of the tracks to his liking, claiming that the band manipulated them in the...
Having a show in New Orleans the Monday post Voodoo Fest might spell for disaster on paper, as was potentially the case for last week's Chelsea Light Moving / Merchandise show at One Eyed Jacks, but it turns out Thurston Moore was plenty prepared for the show this time around and it ended with a super strong set by...
123 was the number of the evening, as in this was Sigur Ros’ one hundred and twenty third show on this current tour. The eleven piece ensemble, for having played so many shows, didn’t shows any signs of fatigue. Alternately, the show was a chaotic, yet structured slice of heaven. It has been said that the Eskimos have...
Sunday night’s near sold out Chelsea Wolfe show at One Eyed Jack’s was amazing in so many ways. First and foremost the packed house was a welcome site. Often times, more than not, a Sunday night show in New Orleans just does not fare to well. Maybe it was the fact that the universities are back...
On a hot and steamy June night in New Orleans, Papa Grows Funk played their last show of an illustrious thirteen year career at a sold out Tipitina’s show. To say there was a lot of history represented that night would be a massive understatement. While making my way through the crowd, I counted no less than...
The best way to describe Saturday night’s Ariel Pink show at Tipitina’s would be to say that it was analagous to a musical gumbo. You take all the odds and ends left over from the week and throw them in a pot, and surprisingly enough when the water starts to simmer you have something amazing. There were...
Let me be the first to say, I am by no means a jam band connoisseur or even a casual fan at best. Bands like Umphrey's McGee, Widespread Panic, Phish, or even the Grateful Dead aren’t remotely part of my personal musical lexicon. To give you the extent - the closest thing I’d consider to my foremost...
It’s hard to believe that Toad the Wet Sprocket have been in existence in some form since 1986, even harder to believe they haven’t put out any new material since Coil in 1997. Luckily for fans, that’s about to change. Glen and the gang are currently testing out new material on the road for their forthcoming album New...
That funny band expression, “they’re big in Europe” was the precursor to the Foals show Sunday night at the House of Blues New Orleans. While the show wasn’t sold out, it was packed and pleasantly comfortable. Supporting act Blondfire was a victim of rain, Jazz Fest, and the inevitable fact they were going on first, while Surfer...
One thing is for certain, you will never get the same BINGO! Show twist and Friday night was certainly no exception. The New Orleans Bingo! Show took its avant-garde carnival style show to the heart of the quarter. The residence of the evening was One Eyed Jacks. Once the location of the historic Toulouse Theater, One...
So Mardi Gras is officially over and the season of Lint is upon us. If someone told me I had to give up music for Lint, I would be deeply saddened but could look back on The XX show as inspiration to get me the next forty days. To say the show was amazing would be an...
J and band are whole lot older and wiser than their younger day. Their music has stood the test of time and their new material has found a place in this new world of rock. Loud, powerful, and controlled chaos was the thoughts of the night and Dinosaur Jr. did not disappoint by any stretch of the imagination. ...
Third Eye Blind @ Mardi Gras World - 5/9/12 || Photo by Steven Hatley Review and Photos by Steven Hatley Corporate rock shows are more times than not synonymous with the casino rock circuit. Bands like Styx, America, and REO Speedwagon tend to lay their roots in these circuits. The new breed of corporate rock seems to be the 90s acts....
There’s always a bit of hesitation on my part to see a show up in the House of Blues Parish Room. No, it’s not the venue itself, but the emotional bias I have for it. You see, I was actually married on that stage, on which I had seen so many awesome shows. Will I still have that passion...
The night concluded with an onslaught of indie-jam magic. Built to Spill are by no means a jam band though, but do enjoy the occasion to extend their tunes with severe pedal action. It seemed like there were over a dozen effect petals at foot, each having their own purpose, lending to that unique Built to Spill sound. he...
It’s hard to believe that 20 years ago It’s A Shame about Ray was released. In celebration of this anniversary, Evan Dando’s latest incarnation of The Lemonheads is on tour playing the LP in its entirety. The current band includes Devon Ashley on drums and Vess Ruhtenburg on bass. Vess was also one of the night’s openers after locals...

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