Woozy and Pears Team Up for New Video

New Orleans' rock band Woozy is a nominee for Best Debut Album in My Spilt Milk's New Orleans Music Awards for Blistered, of which I wrote, "Singers slide up or down to notes and fight their way through the shitstorm of fuzzed guitars, and the songs amble down paths of their own creation rather than adhere to any conventional verse/chorus structure." 

Alexandra Scott Takes on Gun Violence in New Song, Video

[Updated] Alexandra Scott’s new song began as an exercise. After the emotionally arduous process that led to 2013’s I Love You So Much Always, Scott felt written out and was slow to come up with new songs. To get her creative juices flowing again, she started the week-long Fearless Songwriter Challenge—a contest that sent out daily prompts to songwriters around the country.

Kelcy Mae Needs You to Help Her Have a Merry Christmas

The first sub-60s temperatures in months have New Orleanians reaching for sweaters and thinking of cool weather to come. That, naturally, leads to thoughts of the Christmas season, and this year the big four of holiday touring spectacles will visit New Orleans: Mannheim Steamroller (November 14), the Brian Setzer Orchestra (December 8), Trans-Siberian Orchestra (December 10), and John Waters (December 17).

When Fans Met Phones

When cell phones were merely cell phones with nothing smart about them, it was a common sight at concerts to see fans holding their open phones over their heads. The sound for those on the receiving end was terrible, but the impulse to share the moment was understandable and common. Once a camera became a part of the phone, everybody became a photographer and--with greater regularity these days--videographer, but they're not necessarily good ones. 

Kendrick Lamar Will Be Alright at Essence

Sunday night, Kendrick Lamar will close the Essence Music Festival in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. It’s a time slot that has been punishing in recent years as such party-friendly hitmakers as Earth, Wind & Fire and Lionel Ritchie struggled to hold audiences that had seen the artists they came for—often Charlie Wilson or Mary J. Blige—and had to go to work in the morning.

Tank and the Bangas' Liberation Music

Last weekend, Tarriona "Tank" Ball played the telephone booth as part of The Music Box's Roving Village in City Park. Today, she plays the French Quarter Festival's Tropical Isle Hand Grenade Stage at 5:45 p.m. with her group, Tank and the Bangas

Recently, Lauren Keenan visited the band to see them at home and in rehearsal. Here are her notes:

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