Dustan Louque is Finding His Place in New Orleans

[Updated] I struck a nerve with Dustan Louque

When the Atlantic Records’ imprint Lava released his 2004 album, So Long, he was presented in a press release as simply “Louque”—a Louisiana artist who called his music “faya,” a blend of “dub, dancehall, electronic and alternative music.” So Long, the press release announced, was “bar none, one of the sultriest albums of 2004.” 

Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds Fly South

[Updated] “For a while, there was actually a rumor going around on the Internet that we’re from New Orleans,” says Arleigh Kincheloe of funk-rock band Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds, laughing. “We would go to shows and people would introduce us that way, and we’d be like, ‘Well, uh, we’re from Brooklyn. Don’t know where you guys keep hearing this.’” Kincheloe is Sister Sparrow, a petite, feisty frontwoman with a throaty, soulful voice that could easily be mistaken as southern.

Yeasayer Has a Fresh Scent

“I hope whenever the fucking shitty movie is made about Brooklyn in the ‘00s, it’s going to be more like Justice League. And I want to be Aquaman,” Ira Wolf Tuton of Yeasayer says. And Brooklyn musicians don’t actually have a “rock and roll clubhouse in Prospect Park,” he adds. Bands from this New York City borough might get grouped together often, but the guys in Yeasayer like to keep their toys to themselves.