Royal Teeth Are Ready to be More Than Wild at Jazz Fest

[Jazz Fest emphasizes one element of rock band Royal Teeth's sound at the expense of another. Outside, the band's anthemic and wordless sing-along passages dominate, but Royal Teeth's music seems airier and lighter outside than it does in a club, where four walls contain and reinforce the energy and the harder sounds.

Big Freedia Dreams of Santa, She & Him Replace Mariah, and R. Kelly Dreams of Mrs. Claus

Last week, we considered the place Christmas recordings occupy in the careers of artists, looking at new Christmas albums by Andra Day, Jon Batiste, Kacey Musgraves, Leslie Odom Jr., and Jordan Smith. Today, we pick up the spare with quick looks at a number of positive additions to the library of Christmas sounds. 

Not surprisingly, the most audacious new release comes from Big Freedia.

Elysian Feel Lift the Shade

One Dylan refuses to be honored with a Nobel. Elysian Feel has two Dylans, and it’s hard to believe either would turn down the recognition. Drummer Dylan Seals and guitarist Dylan Kidd are transplants to New Orleans from Long Island and San Jose respectively, and they’re two-fifths of a band that along with Spence Bailey, Abner Deitle, and, Kendrick Magallanes, pulls together rock, hip-hop, electronica, Zappa, and jazz fusion bordering on Chicago (the band not the city).

Royal Teeth Are More Than Just "Wild"

“Wild” has been the calling card for Royal Teeth that just keeps calling. After the New Orleans-based band released the song in 2012, it took on a life of its own and became the soundtrack for a Buick Verano commercial later that year. The song’s percussive enthusiasm and joyful, wordless chorus made it one to which people could map a lot of positive associations, and in 2014 Samsung used the song as well in an ad for the Galaxy S5.

Valerie Sassyfras Listens to Her Fans

Valerie Sassyfras is an acquired taste. The one-woman show frequently features her accompanying herself on accordion with rudimentary, DIY backing tracks to fill in just enough of the blanks. She has played Cajun music, country music, but nothing on her new album, Sassquake!, sounds like either. She has played a standing gig at the Piccadilly, and she currently plays Thursdays at 5 p.m.

Motel Radio Goes to Work

Winston Triolo didn’t always want to make attractive music. It’s what he does now as one of the guitarists and singers in Motel Radio, but in high school, he was a Green Day guy, and his band at the time made a loud punk noise. Then, organically, his sound changed. 

“I grew out of listening to Green Day and learned some new music,” he says. “I found other stuff that I liked and preferred listening to.” 

Good To The Last Drop

As summer draws to a close, crank up the AC and the volume and listen to this week's "Freshly Spilt Milk" with hot new tracks from old favorites including Speedy Ortiz and The Tallest Man On Earth, as well as promising new artists like Toy Cars and Space Mountain.

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