News Briefs: Running Of The Bulls Edition

After this, the first full work week following the Fourth of July, the entirety of New Orleans is trying to fight a collective, fatigued yawn. Not to fear though, the weekend is almost upon us, and some of our area’s most talented artists have been hard at work.

The downtime between spring’s Wednesday At The Square and the fall’s Harvest The Music is about to be filled by a new entrant to the local concert series lineup.  Ampersand Events and The Howlin’ Wolf have joined forces to create Jammin’ On The River, which takes over the Mississippi River frontage of Mardi Gras World for a run of free Friday afternoon shows.  The eclectic weekly lineups combine some of the city’s most heat-seeking indie darlings such as Vox and The Hound and Big History with free-festival veterans like The Boogiemen and Bag Of Donuts for some truly all-ages affairs.  Rebirth Brass Band, The Scorceses, George Porter and His Runnin’ Pardners, and Earfunk have also been tapped for the events, which will feature gourmet food trucks, crafts vendors and a DJ set to close out each night.  The series kicks off this Friday and continues through August 31.

The inimitable Tess Burnet, former drummer for the Generationals and seminal swamp rockers Deadboy and The Elephantmen, has announced a September 11, 2012 release date for her second full-length album as Au Ras Au Ras, The Great Nothing. Pre-orders of the record in digital, vinyl and audio cassette formats are currently available, with a portion of the sales being donated to progressive/alternative FM radio outlet WTUL for those who enter “WTUL” at checkout.

Local purveyors of all things lo-fi, fuzz and space rock, Glish, are giving fans a peek at what they have in store for their sophomore EP, due this fall. The Collider Demo seems to almost precisely pick up where Blast Off closer “Seven” left off, with an already-noticeable, expanded dynamic between harmony and dissonance.

Baton Rouge progressive rock group Twin Killers have released an epic new single “Self-Portrait Beneath Woman’s Mask”. After a rather quiet 2011, save for the release of track “The Two Fridas” and the departure of guitarist Chris Lott due to a long-anticipated reunion of former band As Cities Burn, the Twin Killers have slowly begun to creep back onto social media, previously with the release of another single, “The Ship”, this past March.

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