The fourth BUKU Music + Art Project is upon us. The March 13-14 festival at Mardi Gras World focuses on EDM, hip-hop, and indie rock, and while many names are well-known--headliners A$AP Rocky, Passion Pit, Bassnectar, and Empire of the Sun to name a few--others have yet to break out of their niches.
This year's Voodoo Music Experience takes place in City Park in three weeks, with OutKast, Arctic Monkeys, and Foo Fighters headlining. While the top of the Voodoo marquee is usually well known, the middle of the day can throw some curve balls. With that in mind, My Spilt Milk's Stephanie Chen has put together a Spotify playlist to help you know who's playing and what they're about.
[Updated] Recently, my wife and I heard “It’s My Life” and had a who-is-that moment. She came up with No Doubt; me—Talk Talk. In fact, it was Talk Talk synth-pop version from 1984, but No Doubt’s arrangement stayed pretty close to the original so I heard what she heard. The experience illustrated how a song’s popularity is tied to time. A friend similarly argued that if the ’90s are your musical sweet spot, “Hurt” is obviously a Nine Inch Nails songs. If you’re older or younger, it belongs to Johnny Cash.
[Updated] I was sad to learn that soul legend Bobby Womack passed away Friday. I interviewed him for almost an hour before he played Jazz Fest this year. That story is online here, and in it he denies that he was living with Alzheimer's Disease, and contended that a reporter who didn't get a joke started that rumor.