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.

Merry Christmas Semi-Live from St. Roch Market

Saturday afternoon, I DJ'ed an afternoon of Christmas music at St. Roch Market as part of Tales of the Cocktail's holiday pop-up store. After I played "What You Want for Christmas" by Quad City DJs, The 69 Boyz and K-Nock, one woman came up to tell me she'd forgotten about that song, and another wanted to know where she could get the playlist because she liked it too.

Tickets for BUKU 2016 Go on Sale Today

Buku Music and Art Project will be returning to Mardi Gras World for its fifth installment on March 11-12, 2016. Winter Circle Productions and Huka Entertainment released the festival’s lineup Monday, boasting headliners such as Pretty Lights, Kid Cudi, CHVRCHES, and Future, and accompanied the announcement with a highly stylized, twerk-filled video.

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