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.”

Hello Chief Has A Native Language

“I would loosen the snares and pretend to play Jingle Bells,” says Jonathan Wooding of indie rock band Hello Chief, as he recalls his 11-year-old attempt at playing the drums. “My dad said if I could learn to play a snare drum, he’d buy me a drum set, but that obviously didn’t work out so well.” Wooding instead went with the bass guitar. And when one conversation in his high school gym class forced him to cross paths with long-time friends Jake Hollier and Jordan Wright (drums and guitar, respectively), Hello Chief was born.

Last Night: Fiona Apple Swears She's Not Crazy

[Updated] I never understood how painful making music might be for Fiona Apple. It makes sense that the 35-year-old singer who found quick fame in the mid-'90s with her song “Criminal” hasn’t released new material since 2005 or toured extensively since 2007. Her songs require brutal, emotional honesty in a studio and on a stage, as proven by her set last night at House of Blues.