Big Freedia Is Mardi Gras' Ambassador

Few other contemporary New Orleans artists sit perched on as high of a royal pedestal as Big Freedia. From underground local stardom to collabs with Beyoncé and Drake, Freedia seems to be gradually taking over and becoming bigger than anyone would have imagined. If you’ve ever attended a Big Freedia show, you know that it’s a participatory act. She spearheads a crowd so convincingly that they would probably follow her into a burning building. They move with her. They shake, wobble, and twerk with her.

Lucy Dacus Is Just Getting Started

It’s difficult to stop an audience in its tracks with an unrecorded song, but Lucy Dacus has done it both times I’ve seen her. Months ago in Chicago while on tour with boygenius--Dacus, Phoebe Bridgers, and Julien Baker--she opened with a brand new, unrecorded song called “Fool’s Gold.” She performed it solo, alone with her guitar, and I was crying before the end of the first song of the first set of a stacked, emotionally gutting bill.

Kirasu Does the Heavy Reading

“I know what I know / I’m well-read,” Sarah Fontenelle sings in “Cycles,” the first track from Kirasu’s Constellations. Reading is in the DNA of the New Orleans-based alternative rock band, not just because it uses words but because shared reading lists on meaty topics helped Fontenelle, her husband Alex Smith, and the late Dave Rosser determine the nature of the band including the language with which th

Bubble Bath Records Takes a Communal Bath

Some believe that starting a record label in 2018 is a death sentence, but with a savvy business and marketing strategy, Bubble Bath Records thinks it has figured things out. Bubble Bath was founded by musicians John Maestas, Violeta Del Rio, and Alex Peña, alongside videographer and graphic designer Patricia Moscardó, and marketing strategist Elijah Carroll.

Boris Starts From Scratch

When Boris played One Eyed Jacks recently, there were moments when the Japanese noise-rock trio sounded as though it had scrapped the entire history of recorded music and created an entirely original form of organized sound. Boris has always lived on the fringe, especially in its native Tokyo, where the band were the first to truly explore harsh noise inspired by the likes of Melvins and Earth in the early ‘90s.

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.

Roar! Learns to "Fly" with Friends

Last spring pop-electronic duo Roar! talked about leaving behind their previous name, Yojimbo.

“It was the best thing we did,” singer Carly Meyers says. “We’re much more of our generation’s music now, interpreting electronic with live instruments.”

“And, it’s the sound we always wanted to be,” percussionist Adam Gertner says. 

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