I can't imagine there being any more symbolism involved in The Cardinal Sons' latest EP release, The Echo Choir. As I sat down and spun their most recently dropped disc, I began to realize just how aptly formed the title was. Take a look at the it closely and hopefully when you give it a listen, you'll see and hear all the signs. Before you go out purchase and subsequently cue it up, let me describe a few as a bit of a tease.
We've been huge fans of Austin's own Spoon for quite some time now. "Gimme Fiction" was their gateway album for most, but it's their stellar "Girls Can Tell" really threw us over the edge. Just this week, we got the chance to catch them at The Civic Theatre downtown and were super impressed.
There's no bigger musical institution in New Orleans than the locally bred radio station WWOZ 90.7. Since 1980, WWOZ has been the mainline to Nola music and culture. Celebrating New Orleans with each and every tune that flows through the air, WWOZ is a community run and driven radio station that is listener supported from across the world.
I remember the first time I saw Big Sam's Funky Nation. It was a late night show at the Maple Leaf and it was quite possibly the most folks I've ever seen at the Leaf. Maybe even more than Rebirth on Tuesdays.
It's been a long time coming, but the Bywater Crescent Park is now open and ready for strolling. Marked clearly across the Mississippi River skyline, the main entrance to the Crescent Park is the towering ironclad bridge located at the end of Piety Street in the Bywater.
In just it's 3rd year, The The Buku Music + Art Project has grown exponentially. Hosted along the Mississippi River by the folks at Mardi Gras World, Buku put together a stellar lineup this year. Below is our photo re-cap of the 2 day festival. The talent and environment rivals festival around the country and with the level of talent hitting the stage, I can only imagine what Buku puts together for us next year. Enjoy, and thanks again for visiting.
For our last and final feature of the 2013 calendar year, we wanted to highlight someone who we’re sure will have even more of a breakout year in 2014. Maggie Koerner has recently dropped a tour-de-force and powerful new LP titled "Neutral Ground" as well as becoming the full billed featured artist with Nola supergroup Galactic.
Enigmatic, clever, and chameleon-like rapper Boyfriend, couldn't be any more fascinating. It's been over a year since she's dropped her extremely slick and well produced video "Yo Tengo Mucho Swag", and Boyfriend has been uploading genre blasting videos and tracks on the regular. Her flow is as diverse as each track and it's lyrics. All tracks and videos are produced by a small team of immensely creative folks and it shows.
As of late, we're seeing a true theatre renaissance in New Orleans. Whether it's the re-opening of The Joy Theatre last year or the storied and historical Saenger revitalized on Canal Street, we're starting to see a shift back the golden age of entertainment and culture in the city.
It must have been the early to mid 90's when I saw my first show at the storied Saenger Theatre on Canal Street. The performer was none other than native crooner Harry Connick Jr., who was smack dab in the middle of his "funk" period. He released "She", one of my all-time favorite HCJR records, which included one of his greats "(I Could Only) Whisper Your Name". I'll never forget walking to our seats before the show and how awe inspiring the theatre actually was. I distinctly remember resting my head back on the seat and staring at the unmistakeable ceiling as the big band sound reverberated throughout.