New Orleans Makes its Presence Known at South By Southwest

Of the hundreds of bands that played in Austin last week, only 14 New Orleans acts performed at official South By Southwest showcases. But these acts—along with a few other Louisiana bands and yet a few more who played unofficial shows—provided a vivid, if incomplete, music industry State of the Union for our little sliver of Planet Earth.

Dick Dale's Last Words (to Me)

On Saturday night, surf guitar legend Dick Dale died. He's best known for "Miserlou," which Quentin Tarantino used to great effect in 1994's Pulp Fiction. Dale played a number of memorable shows in New Orleans in the old Howlin' Wolf--where Republic is today--where he played surf with a punk edge. He played so hard that he would periodically show his picks to show how worn down they were, and one Sunday night he walked off the stage, through the crowd, out the door and into traffic, staring down cars and playing all the while.

Looking Ahead to Buku and Lana, Toro Y Moi, Ella Mai and KKB

The Buku Music and Arts Project released its lineup during the holiday season, and its update came close enough to Jazz Fest’s announcement of The Rolling Stones that the news got lost in the shuffle. This year, Buku will feature Lana Del Rey, Dog’s Blood (Skrillex and Boys Noize), A$AP Rocky, Toro Y Moi, Excision, and many more when the festival returns to Mardi Gras World March 22 and 23.

Rolling Stones are Quint-essential Jazz Fest

Before Tuesday’s announcement of the lineup for the 50th anniversary edition of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell, photographers crowded close to get shots of festival producer Quint Davis welcoming Mayor LaToya Cantrell. The greeting was official and cordial, but it also served as a reminder that Jazz Fest isn’t simply a musical or cultural event.

Galactic's Ready Already with Princess Shaw

The 2016 documentary Presenting Princess Shaw (available on Netflix) tells the story of Samantha Montgomery, a New Orleans medical technician who becomes an online celebrity in part for her YouTube vlog, which documented her thoughts as she tried to start a career as an R&B singer, and because of her appearance in a video by an Israeli artist who combined in DJ fashion musical videos that he found online to create a new song from people who had never met.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra Specializes in the Wow Factor

The lighting rig that hung over the members of Trans-Siberian Orchestra at the Smoothie King Center Wednesday night could serve as the New World Order Olympic rings—seven, not five, close together but not interlocking, each with an LED square inside. Three songs into the set, the rings surprised the crowd when the LED squares inside the front three lowered to bring band members including violin player Asha Mevlana to the stage.

The Internet Finds Its Crowd In New Orleans

I saw The Internet almost exactly one month before its performance in New Orleans when it opened for Gorillaz in Chicago, and I was one of the only people around me who knew the band’s music. That night, I got side eyes for knowing and singing along to its songs, but at the House of Blues recently, The Internet’s fan base was devoted. The outpouring of love and energy was unlike anything I’d ever seen, and it was clear that band members were surprised as well.

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