PREMIERE: Two New Live Videos From Coyotes


One of the inherent pitfalls of so closely following a college music scene – especially in a city like New Orleans, where the larger institutes of higher learning are swamped with transplanted thrill-seekers trying the cultural, culinary and musical capitol of the deep south on for size – are the relative doldrums that sweep in at the end of each school year.  Like so many other young bands who have spent the previous nine months scorching local stages, cosmic ‘Canyon rockers Coyotes will take a few months off as principal members Duz Mancini and Lucas Cox return to their native Los Angeles and Chicago (respectively) for the summer.

While they will not be back in town until August 25th, ending a mini-tour that begins with Mobile’s Underhill Family Orchestra at the Alabama Music Box nine days earlier, they have left two beautiful live videos behind to get their New Orleans fanbase through the next few months. Filmed by The Greenhouse Collective at the band’s June 2nd House of Blues performance, “Remember To Forget” and “Bird On A Wire” showcase both the spaced-out grit and bouncy ease of a Coyotes live show.


EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Missing Monuments’ New Video, “(I’m Gonna) Love You Back To Life”


It’s been nearly a year since the public last had opportunity to bob its collective head to new music from New Orleans-based garage punk godfather King Louie Bankston, but he and his Missing Monuments are ready to come out swinging in the second half of 2012. Today the power pop quartet unleashes new single “(I’m Gonna) Love You Back To Life” as they brace themselves for a non-stop two-week tour of the Western United States.

Directed by Art Boonparn – who has previously helmed the camera for the likes of Cold Cave, Xray Eyeballs and the Pains of Being Pure at Heart – and featuring technical work from Antigravity Magazine head Dan Fox and veteran cameraman Gary LoVerde, the video sets nineties-inspired, candid found-footage against hilarious product placements of several local food items, extolling the ways they can be used to soak a Gibson Flying-V and destroy a hot tub pump system. The deceptively sweet-spirited “(I’m Gonna) Love You Back To Life” is one part of an upcoming 7″ to be released through Chicago’s Hozac Records in July.

On Tour:

Thur, 05.17 – Lafayette, LA – The Wild Salmon with One Man Machine

Fri, 05.18 – Houston, TX – SuperHappyFunLand with Broken Dream Boat + The Goonies

Sat, 05.19 – Austin, TX – Spider House with Pharaohs + Gory Details + Crooked Bangs + Gremlins UK + Burnt Skull

Mon, 05.21 – Tucson, AZ – The District with Lenguas Largas

Tues, 05.22 – Phoenix, AZ – Yucca Tap Room with The Hookers

Wed, 05.23 – San Diego, CA – Tower Bar with Chemicals + Rail Them To Death

Wed, 05.23 – Tijuana, MX – Bar La Terraza with Chemicals + The Lumps

Thur, 05.24 – Long Beach, CA – The Prospector with Chemicals + White Murder

Fri, 05.25 – Los Angeles, CA –  Redwood Bar with Chemicals + Cochinas

Sat, 05.26 – Oakland, CA – Vitus with Personal & The Pizzas + Royal Headache + Mean Jeans + The Chemicals

Sun, 05. 27 – San Francisco, CA – Parkside with Chemicals + Top Ten + Suicide Notes

Tue, 05.29 – Seattle, WA – Rendezvous with Chemicals + Sick Secrets + Red Hex

Fri, 06.01 – Salt Lake City, UT – Mixed Emotions

Sat, 06.02 – Denver, CO – Blastomat

Sun, 06.03 – Albequerque, NM – Sister

Mon, 06.04 – Shreveport, LA – Minicine with Riverwolves

Tue, 06.05 – Beaumont, TX – A Warehouse (1078 Lindbergh)

GIVERS Release New Music Video For “Meantime”

When we last checked in with Lafayette, LA-based bust-out twee pop troupe GIVERS earlier this summer, they had just delivered a stunningly recorded collection of indie epics in the form of their debut album In Light. And although we have a pretty strong aversion to “Best of The Year… So Far” lists, getting sandwiched between Tune-Yards and Radiohead in any sort of discussion is certainly something to get excited about. As one would expect, the quintet has been hard at work, jumping all over the country before heading across the Atlantic for a month of barnstorming the United Kingdom with a string of high-impact appearances.

After a write-up in New Musical Express and a much-talked about Black Cab Session, Louisiana’s favorite sons and daughter made it back home to Lafayette, though only briefly, as they’re already back on the road through most of September. Nevertheless, they still managed to find the time to film a well-produced video for “Meantime” – a longing walk down memory lane in an old plantation house that finds band members exploring every hauntingly sentimental room with flashlights in hand and nine-year-old versions of themselves by their sides before launching a glittered and disco-lit revelation of a house performance.

MP3: GIVERS: “Meantime”


LUCKyLOU Drops New Music Video, Joins Felix’s Tour


Jermy “Lucky Lou” Tassin has been a fixture in the New Orleans hip-scene for years; not only as a performer, but as a mentor.  He is the founder and coach of the Fresh N Stainless Dance Group, an organization designed to keep at-risk youths off the streets by providing them with a safe and enjoyable creative outlet.  So it should come as no surprise that all dancers – young and old –  featured in the music video for his new anthem “That Ninja Cold” are so spot on.

Filmed at various locations around town including Central City’s A.L. Davis (ne Shakespeare) Park and the corner of Dumaine and Derbigny in Treme, both the moves and the lyrics that appear in the video for “That Ninja Cold” are the result of Lucky Lou’s collaboration with his talented performing crew.  All his backup dancers contributed some steps to the sequence, with Lucky Lou adding a few of his own and tying it all together in song.

Lucky Lou will be taking the show on the road, joining all dates of explosive cowpunk trio Felix’s summer sweep through the Southeast and Midwest, which kicks off with a can’t-miss show tonight at The Saint.

FELIX TOUR KICKOFF show w/ Empress Hotel, LUCKyLOU and The MICROSHARDS on Facebook

Rotary Downs Premiere Music Video for “Promised Land”

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Greatest band in the universe Rotary Downs has had a busy few months.  Since once again rocking the Bingo Tent at last fall’s Voodoo Music Experience (and capping the Halloween weekend off with their annual throwdown at d.b.a.), the boys won an Offbeat “Best of The Beat” Award had two tracks from the 2010 masterpiece Cracked Maps and Blue Reports added to the latest edition of Rock Band, and have been hard at work putting together a dazzling addition to their growing collection of music videos.

“Promised Land”, filmed, edited and directed by Nathan Tape, is the band’s fourth full length music video.  In a day and age when according-to-Hoyle music videos seem to be a thing of the past, Rotary Downs continues to showcase an almost preternatural ability to craft compelling visual accompaniments to their experimental indie-pop.  This dreamy, stop-motion project features a cameo by GIVERS’ Tiffany Lamson, who contributed backing vocals to Cracked Maps.