SZA, Smino Top a Tough Year at Buku

Buku 2018 was a bit of a dumpster fire. The new stage layout separated the Power Plant stage from the other stages by a train track which led to extreme traffic when a train passed through. Mid-performance injuries, delayed and disastrous shows, a  strange fire ignited across the river, and cancellations from Lil Uzi Vert, Ski Mask the Slump God, and Famous Dex were sadly part of this year's Buku story. Some artists came out hot; others were tired or sloppy. Here’s our look into the highs and lows of this year's Buku Fest.

Buku News: Jay Electronica was the Prodigal Son on Saturday Night

Jay Electronica was the prodigal son on Saturday night at Buku, and one of the few rappers who performed up this weekend after Lil Uzi Vert, Ski Mask the Slump God and Famous Dex no-showed. The New Orleans native rapper grew up in the “the Magnolia projects in the Third Ward slum,” to quote Electronica. Essentially homeless, he traveled between Atlanta, New York, Detroit, and Baltimore, befriending other hip-hop artists and deejays.

Buku Adds Migos, Virtual Self, A Day to Remember and More to 2018 Lineup

A month or so ago, the Buku Music and Art Project announced Bassnectar, MGMT, SZA, and 14 more acts that will be on the lineup when the festival returns to Mardi Gras World March 9 and 10. Today, Buku added Migos, Porter Robinson's Virtual Self, A Day to Remember, Rezz, Little Dragon, a DJ set from Bonobo and more.

Justin Vernon During Wartime

Repave, Rethink: One of my favorite bands is also perhaps one of the most divisive bands around today. I get what people may not like about Bon Iver - the brainchild of falsetto-abuser Justin Vernon - and the band's affinity for quieter, often-labeled "boring" work. But I've always believed a close enough listen could show anyone that Vernon is behind some truly beautiful music.

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