Arctic Monkeys Are Overrated Performers But Underrated Musicians at Voodoo

Arctic Monkeys were the band everyone was supposed to know in 2013, but festival crowds today don’t seem to know what to do with them. They catapulted to mainstream fame with their fifth studio album, AM, which made them headliners on the summer rock festival circuit. They headlined one night of Voodoo in 2014, when they performed to a much more lively, engaged crowd than their 2018 audience.

An Unplanned Ending the Only Blemish on Janelle Monae's Voodoo Set

[Updated] The last time Janelle Monae played Voodoo, it was located in City Park’s Marconi Meadows in 2010, She was touring behind her debut album, The ArchAndroid, and when she performed “Tightrope” to close the show, she tipped the tightrope on the ground in front of 50 or so people who supportively gave her room to move. 

Voodoo News: Travis Scott Serves as a Cultural Curator at Voodoo

Travis Scott is a cultural curator. In the age of Instagram-famous rich kids and Spotify playlists, Scott has consistently identified what will be popular among Millennials. Because of that, it wasn’t surprising when Voodoo goers weren’t disappointed that he was chosen to replace the injured Childish Gambino at the last minute. Scott is as plugged into the moment in one way as Gambino is in another

Voodoo News: Thunderpussy Reclaims Hard Rock

Hard rock has not always been built for women, but Thunderpussy is changing that. They are giving women a space to reclaim their bodies in a genre that has often excluded and objectified them. Thunderpussy is currently on tour for their debut, self-titled album, and will play Voodoo Sunday at 1 p.m. on the South Course Stage.

Mumford and Sons the Right Band for Voodoo's Opening Night

Friday marked a very sincere start to the 20th anniversary edition of the Voodoo Music and Arts Experience. Bands singing about their feelings while playing guitars, basses and drums with at most a soupçon of irony dominated the day, topped by headliners Mumford and Sons. Mumford’s sincerity is the band’s calling card, so much so that before the day started, I wondered if they’d sound anachronistic in 2018.

Voodoo News: Lizzo Will Be As Big As She Wants To Be

It is disrespectful to describe Lizzo as “only” anything. Lizzo will perform on Saturday at Voodoo’s Altar Stage at 3:30 p.m., and she has made a name and space for herself by proving that she is more than what’s expected of her. Many people who come to a Lizzo show come for the body-positive, self-love proponent singer and rapper whose songs helped get them through their last break-up. She says that she’s more than this and proves her immense musical range in her live performances.

Hannibal Buress Speaks His Audience's Language at the Saenger

Some celebrities would take a humiliating arrest and issue a public apology. They’d share about it on late night TV, their head hanging. At the very least, they’d lay low and never mention it again, hoping it would fade soon from public consciousness.

But that’s not comedian Hannibal Buress. He blew it up on a projector inside the Saenger Theatre, taking the crowd on a step-by-step examination of the incident. 

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