Roar! Starts Buku Today on a Positive Note

When Carly Meyers of Roar! doesn’t have to stay in one place to play a keyboard part, she sings and dances with the easy freedom of someone alone in her room with her favorite records. In conversation, she and bandmate Adam Gertner are similarly enthusiastic, helping each other answer questions and clearly happy to have the rock ’n’ roll adventure and whatever comes with it. They’re big in Tulsa she says, and while that’s not likely the dream that motivated any musicians outside Oklahoma, Roar!

Day For Night Powers Through, Rain Or Shine

When you think of a music festival in 2016, an abandoned post office doesn’t generally come to mind, so when I learned that Houston’s second annual Day for Night festival would be held at the old Barbara Jordan Post Office building, I was intrigued. A quick perusal of the festival’s website offered a little more insight into the unusual location choice.

Last Night: James Blake Gives Us a Glimpse into the Future

Earlier this month, Kraftwerk brought a future from the past to the Orpheum Theater. London singer/songwriter/producer James Blake brought his own version of the future to the Orpheum Tuesday night. His music, which blends rich post-dub soundscapes with crooning vocal melodies has roots in Kraftwerk’s groundbreaking electropop, as does his general aesthetic—subdued, disengaged from the audience, slightly awkward (almost robotic). His take on the future, though, felt very up to date.

Luxley Has a New Spirit

If Ryan Gray wanted to make money, he picked the counterintuitive route. He was in medical school but realized his heart wasn’t in it, and now he performs under the name Luxley. Luxley isn’t what it started as either, but now he/it has a new EP Spirit, which connects the glossy fun of ’80s electronic pop with contemporary beats.

“Really, I wanted to follow my passion,” Gray says. “I wanted to be a doctor, but Luxley was my passion.”

Men of the Year

In this week's Freshly Spilt Milk, our playlist includes new music from rappers Jayaire Wooods and Lil Yachty, as well as tracks by house and techno classicists Erick Morillo and Kevin Saunderson, electronic music made from found sound in Senegal and Gambia, and remixes of Beck, The Crystal Method and Freddie Gibbs.

Jazz Fest: Terence Blanchard's "Breathless" Started at Home

Today, Terence Blanchard and the E-Collective play the Zatarain's/WWOZ Jazz Tent at 5:50 p.m. at Jazz Fest. When the group's album, Breathless, came out almost a year ago, Blanchard and I talked about the album's roots in the moment, but also events that affected his family specifically. Here's an encore presentation of that story.

Von Mozes Officially Exists

Von Mozes started life as Teenager, which emerged from indie rock band King Rey and One Warmer Blue. Matt Cloutier and Kyle Riche renamed their two-man alt/electro pop project late last year, and yesterday they released their second song as Von Mozes. The new tracks are produced by Royal Teeth drummer Josh Hefner, and he and/or the name change toughen the music up—not dramatically, but the songs don’t slide by quite so effortlessly.

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