Voodoo News: Benjamin Booker Breaks Boundaries

Benjamin Booker’s sound is tougher to pin down than it used to be. His first, self-titled album was a high-powered gut punch, 44 minutes of harsh, low-fi blues punk that blew the world away with its raw explosiveness. His latest project, Witness, which came out in June, is a different animal entirely. It’s tamer in terms of unchecked energy, but sonically, it’s much more adventurous. Booker is bringing his new songs to Voodoo, where he’ll play the South Course stage at 6 p.m. Friday.

Who's Who at the Ponderosa Stomp 2017

For years, Bruce Springsteen raved up Gary “U.S.” Bonds’ “Quarter to Three” like a rock ’n’ roll national anthem. Even when his Jersey Shore tall tales were taking a turn toward the Steinbeck, Springsteen used Bonds’ pop R&B hit from 1961 to remind people he was still a guy who just wanted to dance all night with his favorite girl.

KING's Rule Comes to Tipitina's

The humble origins of rising R&B supergroup KING begin in Minnesota, where sisters Paris and Amber Strother were born into a family of musical talent. While the girls were growing up, their father and uncle held jam sessions in their childhood home, which Paris says was littered with her dad’s various instruments and vinyl records of family favorites including Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones, and Bobby Brown. “My parents were both big music lovers,” Paris Strother says.

The Suffers Make Comfort Music with a Texas Twist

Kam Franklin likes food. She likes to cook food, talk about food, and (most importantly) sing about food. Her band, The Suffers, will kick off this year’s Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival on Friday, where there will be plenty of food. Surprisingly, though, she doesn’t seem too excited about the spread.

“I’m a barbecue snob, and I don’t like any of y’all’s barbecue,” she says. “Do not try and give me no Louisiana barbecue.”

Yuna's Next Chapter is R&B

The singer Yuna has chapters before Chapters. The May release is her third American album, but it comes after a couple of albums that started her career in her native Malaysia. For Chapters, the singer born Yunalis Zarai shed some of the modern pop elements in her sound to present herself as an R&B diva—a move that suits her honeyed voice beautifully.

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