BUKU Music + Art Project 2015

<p>I truly thought last year's <a target="_blank" href="http://thebukuproject.com" rel="noopener noreferrer">Buku Music + Art Project</a> was huge but this past year's event proved to be bigger than ever. Even though I was only able to cover the first day of the 3rd annual fest located at Mardi Gras World, the weather was fantastic and the crowds were larger and more lively than years past. </p>

Bantam Foxes — Without Me

<p>Our pals and local 3-piece indie powerhouse <a target="_blank" href="http://bantamfoxes.com" rel="noopener noreferrer">Bantam Foxes</a> have been hard at work on their brand new forthcoming EP "Give Us a Raise". Fronted by the McCabe twins and backed by drummer/percussionist Jared Marcell, Bantam Foxes are ready to release into the wild their first single, "Without Me" with us!</p>

#THISISNOLA – Nov. 2014

<p>In it's first 2 months, <a target="_blank" href="http://thisisnola.org/" rel="noopener noreferrer">#ThisIsNola</a> has hit the ground running in their passionate promotion of New Orleans. I hated to miss the inaugural event last month and was bound and determined to make it to last week's show at The Joy Theater. Below you'll find their mission statement and based on what I experienced last week, they are certainly delivering in a big way. The momentum is building steadily as each month's roster is announced.</p>

Love Your Boyfriend EP

<p>One of our favorite hip-hop artists, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.boyfriend69.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Boyfriend</a>, has dropped her latest Ep today and it's ridic. Far from ratchet, Boyfriend's latest 4 track release raises the bar in every way. BF's latest material, including her latest trip-hop laden video "Jealousy" we've added below, reflects her constant evolution and dedication to creating trill ass tracks. The beats and production of the record is a great contrast to her intense and sultry flow.</p>

The Head and The Heart

<p>I can credit the fine folks at RDIO for introducing my to The Head and The Heart. Since 2010, the Seattle based H&H have released 2 beautifully and tightly rendered masterpiece records. Since hearing "Lost In My Mind" from their self-titled debut, I couldn't imagine it would ever get better than that recording. I was terribly wrong. From the moment they walked out on stage at The Civic Theatre, till the final encore, their live performance was truly bombastic and magical. When "Lost in My Mind" began, it turned into a perfect rolling thunder.</p>

St. Charles Streetcar Line

<p><em>Since 1835, The St. Charles Avenue Streetcar has run the same 13.2 mile route from Canal Street in the French Quarter to where Carrolton Avenue and the Mississippi River meet. The St. Charles Streetcar line is the oldest continuously operating streetcar line in the world, along quite possibly one of the most beautiful avenues in America.</em></p>

Cardinal Sons – The Echo Choir

<p>I can't imagine there being any more symbolism involved in <a target="_blank" href="http://cardinalsons.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer">The Cardinal Sons'</a> 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.</p>

The Wooden Wings

<p>We're so thrilled and proud to introduce our collaboration with Nola fashion and accessory brand <a target="_blank" href="http://www.shopflyingfox.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Flying Fox</a> on a new series of features entitled New Orleans Local Loves! Throughout the next couple of months, we'll be featuring stylish & exciting Nola mavens, check in and see what they're up to, as well as get a rundown of some of their favorite places around town.</p>

Pops Park

<p>Each and every person who has spent any time in New Orleans, especially the French Quarter, has seen the unbelievably elegant Armstrong archway on N. Rampart Street. Louisiana based band Mute Math's 2009 Armistace cover art was famously composed in front of Armstrong Park.</p>

SPOON at The Civic

<p>We've been huge fans of Austin's own <a target="_blank" href="http://www.spoontheband.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Spoon</a> 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.</p>

WWOZ’s Piano Night 2014

<p>There's no bigger musical institution in New Orleans than the locally bred radio station <a target="_blank" href="http://www.wwoz.org/" rel="noopener noreferrer">WWOZ 90.7</a>. 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.</p>

Big Sam’s Funky Nation : Evolution

<p>I remember the first time I saw <a target="_blank" href="http://www.bigsamsfunkynation.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Big Sam's Funky Nation</a>. It was a late night show at the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.mapleleafbar.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Maple Leaf</a> and it was quite possibly the most folks I've ever seen at the Leaf. Maybe even more than Rebirth on Tuesdays.</p>

The Breton Sound + Pinkerton

<p>Released in 1996, Weezer's Pinkerton is considered by many to be the most underrated sophomore records of all time. Just to put 1996 in perspective, the god-forsaken turd of a song, "Macarena" was the biggest hit of the year. Even though it seemed like the 90's were all about grunge, in 1996, Pearl Jam's "I Got Id" finished at No. 96 on the Billboard 100. Ironically.</p>

Crescent Park – Photo Essay

<p>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.</p>

BUKU 2014

<p>In just it's 3rd year, The <a target="_blank" href="http://thebukuproject.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer">The Buku Music + Art Project</a> 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.</p>

The Saint Claude Index

<p>We've been huge fans of Erik Kiesewetter & Co. at <a target="_blank" href="https://scott-simon-pmti.squarespace.com/blog/artandculture/weareconstance.org" rel="noopener noreferrer">Constance</a> for quite some time. Their first 2 eponymous self-titled publications were an ode to local New Orleans creatives and artists that continue to inspire. They certainly have a special place in our library. Since 2008 when they released "Delicate Burdens", they continue to design, produce, and publish well designed and truly covetable ephemera.</p>

Maggie Koerner

<p>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. <a href="http://www.maggiekoerner.com/">Maggie Koerner</a> 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.</p>

Boyfriend

<p>Enigmatic, clever, and chameleon-like rapper <a target="_blank" href="http://boyfriend69.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Boyfriend</a>, 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.</p>

The Civic Theatre

<p>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.</p>

Saenger Theatre

<p>It must have been the early to mid 90's when I saw my first show at the storied <a target="_blank" href="http://www.saengernola.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Saenger Theatre</a> 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.</p>

The Historical New Orleans Collection

<p>In less than 5 years, New Orleans the city will turn 300 years young. As a city we've seen a lot of trials, tribulations, growth, and let downs over the years. Even though we're nowhere near the age of Saint Augustine, Florida which was founded in 1565, New Orleans as is far more excited than most cities formed around that same time.</p>

National WWII Museum

<p>Since it's founding in 2000, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.nationalww2museum.org/" rel="noopener noreferrer">The National WWII Museum</a> has become one of the top 5 destination museums in the world. Showcasing "the war that changed the world", the museum has grown quite a bit in nearly 14 years. With nearly 12 huge exhibits, the WWII Museum has come a long way and has grown beyond the dreams of it's Founder Stephen Ambrose. Here's a bit more...</p>

The Audubon Insectarium

<p>I'll be the first to admit that bugs, especially of those of the Blattaria order, have never fallen into my good graces. It's been 5 years since <a target="_blank" href="http://www.auduboninstitute.org/" rel="noopener noreferrer">The Audubon Insectarium</a> opened on Canal St. in the U.S. Custom House Federal Building, and it's taken me just that long to visit. I truly thought my self-imposed arachnephobia was going to take over me the moment I walked in. It could not have been further from what I experienced.</p>

Brett Martin’s Difficult Men

<p>New Orleanian author <a href="http://brettmartin.org/">Brett Martin</a>, who has recently written & produced a few of our favorite Nola articles for national titles like GQ & Bon Appetit, released his latest novel "Difficult Men" earlier this month. Positioned as "Behind the scenes of a creative revolution: from the Sopranos and The Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad", difficult men details the success of those shows solely based on their overly cantankerous characters.</p>

Robin Barnes – Rescue Me

<p><a target="_blank" href="http://robinbarnesmusic.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Robin Barnes</a> is one of the busiest performers around town. Rightfully so, and in the last few years Robin has become a bonafide tour-de-force. All of her hard work & perseverance has paid off in the form of her new ep titled "ME" due out today!</p>

Sunken City

<p>It's safe to say that in New Orleans, there's never a dull moment. Insanely interesting people ebb and flow through our daily lives. Our neighbors, the guy sitting next to us at the bar, or even a family member, are constant reminders that we live in the greatest town on earth. We all have those "only in new orleans" moments and they make us smile ear to ear. Creators/actors Kyle June Williams & C.J. Hunt, with their talented team are bringing those characters and moments to life in their new nola based comedy series <a target="_blank" href="http://www.oursunkencity.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer">"Sunken City"</a>.</p>

Flow Tribe – Painkiller

<p>The first time I got a chance to witness <a target="_blank" href="http://www.flowtribe.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Flow Tribe</a> was 5 years ago, late at night, at the Maple Leaf. Pretty sure it was a just plain old Thursday, but what I remember from that night was the pure hardcore funk they put on display. Since 2008 they have released several full length records, and with their most recent EP titled "Painkiller", Flow Tribe continues to spread the funk.</p>

5.1 Times Better Than Ezra

<p>I've always felt as though <a target="_blank" href="http://www.betterthanezra.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Better Than Ezra</a> was just as much a part of the alternative genre exploding in the 90's as Nirvana and Pearl Jam. Last week, BTE re-released, in my opinion their seminal record, "How does your garden grow?" in 5.1 surround sound.</p>

The Breton Sound Releases Maps

<p>What a difference a year makes. Since their first release "Eudaemonia" in 2011, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.thebretonsound.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer">The Breton Sound</a> have been named Paste Magazine's "12 Louisiana bands you should listen to" and have fine tuned their arena ready sound with the latest EP release "Maps (or cartography and the art of generalization)".</p>

Andrew Duhun – “The Moorings”

<p>Singer-songwriter <a target="_blank" href="http://andrewduhon.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Andrew Duhon</a> has always been one of our favorite artists around town, and with the upcoming release of his latest record "the moorings", Andrew is about to step into Ray Lamontagne territory.</p>