The Melvins Induce Whiplash and Hearing Loss

Thrashing drums, thumping bass, crazy eyes, bubble-bath hair. The Melvins surely lived up to their reputation Wednesday night at One Eyed Jacks. Although they released their first album in the late '80s, The Melvins charisma and innovated sound has not rusted in the slightest. The performance was energized and raw, selling out the small venue to a generationally diverse crowd clad in band T-shirts and black jeans.

Dave Hill's Witch Taint Gets Black Metal Laughs

In 2004, comedian Dave Hill sent odd, sometimes confrontational emails to black metal record labels around the world for the low-rent adventure. It was an extension of a fascination he had as a kid, when as a 10 year-old he’d call the phone number he saw on a car dealership commercial to see if the guy in the ad would answer the phone. When he wrote black metal labels, he was in his early 30s and old enough to know better, but “it’s just something I would do late at night,” he says.

Voodoo News: Black T-Shirt Day A Hit at Voodoo

Saturday was Black T-Shirt Day at Voodoo with a heavy rock lineup topped by Tool, whose black T-shirts were first among impractical equals. Guitar rock is in remission and simply isn’t a force in the marketplace right now, but it still has a dedicated audience. Cage the Elephant looked like it drew as well as Tool—or close—and throughout the day, the hard rock and metal had enough detail to be engaging, unlike the army of bands playing drop-D tunings a decade ago.

Friends, Fans Remember Lemmy

A friend pointed out that part of the brilliance of Motorhead was how they cut across audiences, particularly in the early years. Metalheads, punks, glam rockers, psychedelic freaks, the curious, the trendy, and miscellaneous weirdos all showed up to see Motorhead Mach I, with Lemmy, Fast Eddie Clarke and Philthy Animal Taylor. In Motorhead, Lemmy created something that was clearly metal (though he always denied it), but it was his own thing.

Voodoo: OutKast Broadens Voodoo and Slayer Ages Gracefully

The story Friday at Voodoo wasn’t so much OutKast as OutKast’s audience, which despite a chilling wind was at least as large if not larger than those that showed for Nine Inch Nails and Pearl Jam last year. They also seemed to have more fun, dancing for much of the show. Admittedly, OutKast’s music is more conducive to a party than the purposeful Eddie Vedder and Trent Reznor. OutKast also drew a much younger audience that was more mixed along racial and gender lines.

Big Star, Fats Domino, Nat King Cole and The Last Kamikazis of Heavy Metal at the Film Fest

[Updated] The New Orleans Film Festival started Thursday night and continues until next Thursday. Last year, Lily Keber's The Bayou Maharajah ended the festival on a local note, and this year will ended similarly when Joe Lauro’s documentary The Big Beat on the music of Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew screens at The Carver Theater.

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