Backstreet Boys Defeat Irony at Smoothie King Center

Over the past few months, thousands of women in the New Orleans region have been exchanging emails, booking hotel rooms, and coordinating payments among themselves for tickets and matching screen-printed t-shirts with slogans like “Oh my god, we’re back again” in swirling, Pinterest-esque script. If they’re like me, maybe they giggled self-deprecatingly when telling people about their upcoming plan to attend a Backstreet Boys concert at the Smoothie King Center on August 30.

The Best on Bowie

[Updated] When I suggested yesterday that many critics and journalists felt David Bowie’s death too strongly to jump in with their strongest stuff right away, it looks like there was something to that. Later Monday and on Tuesday, stronger pieces started to show up, and speaking personally, my own game got a little better.

Everybody is a Star?

“These two adorable dorks make me smile.” This tweet from this weekend’s Wizard World Comic Con came with a photo Chris Evans (Captain America) and Hayley Attwell (Agent Carter) mugging, and while I get the “adorable” part—they’re both beautiful— but “dorks” eludes me. How did the fan know? Was she projecting, assuming that they were just like she is--but famous? Can you really know a celebrity by the 50 minutes he or she spends on a panel in front of a thousand or so people? 

The Breton Sound Is in the Front Row

[Update] When Foo Fighters performed in the front window of Preservation Hall, The Breton Sound’s Jonathan Pretus made it to the front row. Nola.com ran a photo of him, his wife Julia and his brother Brian from punk band Pears separated by a barrier and three feet from Dave Grohl, and the band’s recent EP makes his affection for the band clear.

When Fans Met Phones

When cell phones were merely cell phones with nothing smart about them, it was a common sight at concerts to see fans holding their open phones over their heads. The sound for those on the receiving end was terrible, but the impulse to share the moment was understandable and common. Once a camera became a part of the phone, everybody became a photographer and--with greater regularity these days--videographer, but they're not necessarily good ones. 

The Milky Way: Bantam Foxes Play Favorites

Indie rock band Bantam Foxes are music fans first. When their album Triumph came out last fall, brothers Collin and Sam McCabe couldn't tell their story without mentioning the bands they like in the process. Saturday night, they'll play the Old U.S. Mint at 8 p.m. Today they've outlined the eight songs that define their musical universe.

Last Night: Star and Dagger

It took a couple of songs and a spilled drink for Star and Dagger's set at One Eyed Jacks to catch fire. The band is the brainchild of Sean Yseult, Donna She Wolf from Cycle Sluts from Hell, and Marci Hesseling, and it's rounded out by now-full time member Dave Catching from the Eagles of Death Metal and drummer Gene Trautmann, former drummer for Queens of the Stone Age, and during an early number, Catching felt something wet on his back.

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