Peaches Shares the Spotlight at The Music Box

“I’m an everlasting iconoclast,” raps Merrill Beth Nisker--Peaches--on her most recent release, Rub (2015). It’s a bold claim, but a well-deserved one. Peaches has made performative sexuality her signature for over 20 years now. For much of that time, she was dismissed as a gimmick by the mainstream, despite amassing a huge cult following. But now at 50, she’s an icon, celebrated internationally as a pioneer for her brazen attacks on society’s stale sexual norms.

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. 

PJ Morton Deals with "Claustrophobia" at Jazz Fest

P.J. Morton has had his feet in a number of musical streams. He grew up in gospel, and saw one possible future that direction. He also signed to Young Money Cash Money, so another possible future laid along the R&B/hip-hop path. His own R&B instincts often lead in a more timeless, Stevie Wonder-like direction, and in the midst of all this he entered the pop world when he joined Maroon 5 in 2012.

Royal Teeth Are Ready to be More Than Wild at Jazz Fest

[Jazz Fest emphasizes one element of rock band Royal Teeth's sound at the expense of another. Outside, the band's anthemic and wordless sing-along passages dominate, but Royal Teeth's music seems airier and lighter outside than it does in a club, where four walls contain and reinforce the energy and the harder sounds.

Jazz Fest News: Lorde Takes the Subway, and Nas and The Soul Rebels Hate Me Now

Last weekend, Jonah Weiner profiled Lorde for The New York Times Magazine. The piece follows her into the studio as she finishes her second album, Melodrama. Lorde will play Jazz Fest's Gentilly Stage Sunday, April 30 at 5:45 p.m., and according to Weiner, "Lorde has a sly facility with pop craft that often exhibits itself in curveballs.

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