Becoming the Residents

The Residents’ anonymity has been the band’s stylish calling card. The members have protected their identities by appearing in public and in photos wearing costumes, most commonly in their signature eyeball helmet/masks and tuxedos. Their music doesn’t draw attention to individual members either. Vocals are usually processed or distorted in ways that make it hard to be sure if the band has one lead vocalist, or if The Residents pass that chore around.

A Killer Single Introduces the World to Seratones

The short story behind Shreveport’s Seratones is that the members met in a punk club and came together to make a flame-throwing version of garage R&B. It’s a sound that dates back to the MC5, but it’s a bracing, exhilarating sound each time someone revisits it, particularly with A.J. Haynes’ soul shouter vocals up front. Her performance on “Necromancer,” their most recent single on Fat Possum Records, makes you want to go find that Shreveport punk club to see what else might be happening there. 

Andy Kaufman vs. Everybody

Fight Night: Last week, Drag City released Andy and His Grandmother, an album of conversations comedian Andy Kaufman recorded with a micro-cassette recorder in the late 1970s. First response: Jeez, Andy Kaufman must have been tough to live with. His level of commitment to his comedy is likely unrivaled, but for the family and friends who didn't choose that path, being forced to be a part of his audio verité had to be exhausting.

Indie pop gets soaked with Super Water Sympathy

Instead of going through the usual new band struggle of defining their sound, the members of Super Water Sympathy made up their own genre: water pop.

"It's something that we came up with because we always had a really hard time explaining to people what type of music we were," says lead vocalist Ansley Hughes. Hughes and the rest of Super Water Sympathy will show just what water pop is at The House of Blues' Parish this Saturday.

Kickstarter News with Dirtfoot and Bob Andrews

This year, I've been working with The Oxford American and the Louisiana Office of Tourism on the "Louisiana Soundtrack Experience," and we'll be in downtown Lafayette Saturday with a panel discussion with Lost Bayou Ramblers' Louis Michot, Yvette Landry, folklorist Barry Ancelet and writer Herman Fuselier, and a concert by Corey Ledet, and C.C. Adcock and the Lafayette Marquis with guests from Lil' Band o' Gold.

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