Buku News: Alison Wonderland, Illenium, and New Thousand

The Buku Project starts Friday at Mardi Gras World with perhaps its most on-time lineup yet. Migos played Saturday Night Live on the weekend, and the band has five songs from Culture II in Billboard's Hot 100 (Little Xan, also playing, has one). Culture II is number three on Billboard's Top 200 album chart, which also includes Buku artists Lil Uzi Vert and SZA.

Lil Uzi Vert, Illenium, Noname Round Out Buku Lineup

The Buku Music and Art Project rounded out its lineup yesterday with the addition of Lil Uzi Vert, Illenium, Noname and another handful of names. The festival takes place March 9-10 at Mardi Gras World, and this year it rolled out its lineup in three phases. Late last year, Bassnectar, Migos, MGMT and SZA were among the dance and hip-hop artists already announced.

Flying Lotus Throws a Tantrum at The Joy

It’s not news anymore that Stephen Ellison (Flying Lotus) can be whiny. Last year, frustrated by the plight of producers in a rapper-centric hip-hop industry, he tweeted that “hella rap artists are rape artists.” His anger may have been justified, but the statement was tone deaf and prompted reputable publications to put out ridiculous think pieces like this one.

Voodoo News: Voodoo Changes Its Story

Last year, the Voodoo Music and Arts Experience changed its narrative for the better. The Halloween weekend festival swapped its second main stage for Le Plur in 2010, and the changes it endured in the following years appeared to tell the story of a festival in decline. Some indicators were misleading and some weren’t Voodoo’s fault.

Register for a Chance to Win Weekend Passes to Voodoo 2017

Tuesday morning, the Voodoo Music and Arts Experience will release its talent lineup for this year’s festival. Voodoo will take October 27-29 in City Park, and this will be the second year that C3 Presents will produce Voodoo, which benefited from a more focused lineup with a more intuitive layout last year that addressed previous years' soundbleed issues. At a time when even the festival’s good years felt provisional, Voodoo 2016 raised the possibility that a corner had been turned.

Travis Scott, $uicideboy$, ZHU Made Strong Showings at Backlit Buku

Buku made news Friday night when one patron had to be fished out of the Mississippi River, and I can’t be the only person who was surprised not that it happened but that it hadn’t happened sooner. That and the threat of rain Saturday were the only blemishes on an otherwise strong year, but the prospective rain’s primary impact was the early closure of the Front Porch Stage before the Saint Heron Showcase.