Live Picks: 09.15.2011 – 09.21.2011

09.15: MyNameIsJohnMichael + G-Eazy + Christoph Andersson – Tipitina’s

For proof that New Orleans’ fledgling independent music scene has been turning an exciting corner in the last 18 months, one need look no further than the bill for Thursday night’s show at Tipitina’s.  Headlining the diverse showcase is John Michael Rouchell, an artist who would be considered an old guard of the local indie movement if he had not spent the last year reinventing and retooling his unique sound in an arduous process that, if the two songs leaked from his forthcoming album are any indication, has resulted in a transformative final product that looks to be worth the wait.  Paste Magazine recently picked the Rouchell’s reborn outfit as one of their “Best Of What’s Next”, and a summer of criss-crossing the country should have MyNameIsJohnMichael pulling into town with a full head of steam.

On the other end of the musical spectrum is the immensely talented and wildly popular young MC G-Eazy, whose latest self-produced collection of nimble, heady hip-hop anthems, August’s The Endless Summer, is nothing short of a revelation.  Lead single “Runaround Sue” captured the attention of music blogs across the country, holding steady on Hype Machine’s Top 20 for nearly a week and garnering an invent-your-own-interjection-worthy mention on Billboard.com.  G-Eazy is far from an overnight sensation, thought, as this current string of accolades are just the latest spoils of over four uncannily prolific and consistent years on the grind.

While Thursday’s show – especially with the inclusion of Electronic Takeover mainstay and internationally renown electro-pop DJ Christoph Andersson – is massive, its appeal is greater than just the sum of the parts.  The New Orleans Independent music movement has never been overtly provincial, but there has long been an underlying tension as acts have struggled to define, differentiate, and distinguish themselves in a city that has been slow to recognize their value.  This genre-spanning event is just the latest sign that these confounding growing pains may be a thing of the past and we’re moving one step closer to reaching the critical mass that has proved so elusive.

MP3: MyNameIsJohnMichael: “Elders”
MP3: G-Eazy: “Make-Up Sex”

09.16: Motherlode + The Riffs + Brandon Adams – Checkpoint Charlie’s

09.17: Pretty Lights – The Sugar Mill

09.18: Arches + Jack Shark America + Dominique LeJeune – The Big Top (early show)

09.19: Foster The People + Cults + Reptar – House Of Blues

09.20: The Head And The Heart + Thao and The Get Down Stay Down – One Eyed Jacks

09.21: Neon Indian + Com Truise – One Eyed Jacks

Check out our New Orleans Music Calendar for a full slate of constantly updated live picks

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