Unseasonal Songs for an Unseasonal Christmas

Not only is New Orleans unlikely to see a white Christmas this year, but it's doubtful we'll see a cold one either. Most of the rest of the days before Christmas will be like today--lows in the 60s, highs in the 70s. Not quite shorts and flip-flops weather, but there's little call for chestnuts or anything else by an open fire.

At Home with Cavalier and Cooke

[Updated] Home production software has been a mixed blessing. ProTools and similar programs have decimated the recording studio business as people can record at home or a semi-domestic context. That made possible a lot of CDs that might never have been recorded if the artists had to wait until they could afford studio time, but it also enabled musicians to make music that really could have used an experienced set of ears to ask, Really? You think that’s a good idea?

Moon Honey Gets Ready for SXSW

It has become hip to not care about South by Southwest—It’s too big; it’s too corporate; it’s just a party. Moon Honey is not one of those naysayers. This year, the band will play Austin during SXSW for the third or fourth time says singer Jessica Ramsey, and this is the second time the psychedelic band originally from Baton Rouge will be an official part of the festival with a proper showcase.

Allah-Las Worship The Sun

Los Angeles-based garage rock revivalists Allah-Las exemplify an aesthetic awareness that is deeply rooted in place. The quartet, composed of vocalist/guitarist Miles Michaud, lead guitarist Pedrum Siadatian, bassist Spencer Dunham, and drummer Matthew Correia, are self-described surfers, and three out of four members met while employed at Hollywood’s legendary Amoeba Music.

Becoming Traditional: Chef Menteur

All but the most cynical bands are labors of love. There's too much work for too little return to play music for anything but personal reasons. In the case of Chef Menteur, there are enough structural impediments that members Alec Vance, Dan Haugh, Brian Abbott and Phil Rollins have to love making music. First, they make open-ended, psychedelic music, which has only been really popular if your band's name rhymes with Sink Toyed.

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