LCD Soundsystem Makes More Out of More

“Sometimes friends are jerks,” sang James Murphy Saturday night at the Orpheum, eliciting an audible gasp from the audience. They'd been singing along with “Dance Yrself Clean” word for word, and were tripped up by the lyric swap--one of only a few changes LCD Soundsystem made between their Voodoo set Friday and their Orpheum show. Many of the near-sell-out crowd had paid top dollar to attend both, but no one seemed to mind too much.

Voodoo News: The Killers Kept it Classic

Continuing in the Voodoo tradition of striking a nostalgic chord on Sunday, The Killers performed at the Altar stage in the final time slot of the weekend. Before the show started, it was clear that Le Plur headliner Dillon Francis outdrew The Killers, and those who came for the band were rather homogenous in demographic and commitment to the band.

Voodoo News: Pell Finds Peace

In a hip-hop landscape that grows more turbulent by the minute, 25-year-old rapper Jared “Pell” Pellerin is surprisingly zen. A New Orleans native, he moved to Mississippi with his family after the storm, went to college there, returned home in 2014 for just over a year, and then shipped off to L.A., where he currently resides. But despite all this motion, he’s stayed grounded.

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.

Voodoo News: Brand New is Consistently Brand New

In rock and roll years, late thirties elevates a band to wise elder status. Brand New released its first album in 2001 and have lived five different lives on each of their studio albums through experimentation with different genres, vocal styles, and sounds. No Brand New album sounds alike, which is what makes the band's most recent and possibly final release, Science Fiction, both intriguing and enjoyable.

Voodoo News: Post Malone Gets Paid Like a Rockstar

In a world where Lil Uzi Vert and Migos call themselves rock stars, does that make Post Malone the 2017 Pat Boone? In The Atlantic, Spencer Kornhaber breaks down the contemporary hip-hop use of the phrase “Rock Star” in part because Malone just topped Billboard’s Hot 100 with “Rockstar,” his collaboration with 21 Savage.

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