Photoset // Big History + Gold And The Rush + Chilldren: 01.26.2012

Big History + Gold And The Rush + Chilldren performing at Tipitina’s on January 26, 2012 for the WTUL Back To School Party

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Live Picks: 01.26.2012 – 02.01.2012

01.26: Big History  + Gold And The Rush + Chilldren + Spirit Animals – Tipitina’s

Even if you pay reasonably close attention to the New Orleans underground, you may not have come across Gold and the Rush yet. Having only formed late last summer, this young rock and roll band has only a handful of performances under their belt. Gold and the Rush is essentially an infant, in band years. They also aren’t traditionally New Orleanian: boasting a membership that includes Washington DC, Los Angeles, Memphis and Dallas, GATR’s only technical ties to this city are that its members all happen to currently be here and that the band was birthed in New Orleans as a consequence of that presence. As such, if you haven’t asked the right non-NOLA-centric people, the band probably hasn’t come up in conversation.

But it’s a conversation worth having because Gold and the Rush is also immensely talented. Eluding the otherwise inevitable growing pains tied to the first several months of any musical existence, the members of Gold and the Rush – like many of their young contemporaries – have come out of the gates guns a’ blazing, one revelatory performance after another, their concentrated southern rock authenticity noticeably more raucous each time they take the stage. With the musical tableau surrounding Tulane and Loyola Universities rapidly and concretely taking shape more now than any time in the past, bands like Gold and the Rush represent the next wave of local independent and underground music – a wave that seems more than ready to blaze a trail of rock and roll through the entire city.

Thursday night, Gold and the Rush takes its crack at the larger stage of Tipitina’s for WTUL’s Back to School show in support of local electro-pop heavy hitters Big History. Joining them will be their friends in party rock hip hop trio Chilldren and DJ duo Spirit Animals.

MP3: Gold and the Rush: “Crazy Love”

01.27: Mahayla + Lovey Dovies + The Widowers – CIRCLE BAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

01.28: Norco Lapalco + Dummy Dumpster + Indian Givers + Dresden – Siberia

01.29: Big Eyes + Heat Dust + Glish – Siberia

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Photoset // Plus One: 01.05.2012

Jonathan Parish + Matt Glynn + Julie Odell + Rick Nelson (and friends) performing at Carrollton Station on January 5, 2012 for the Plus One Singer/Songwriter Showcase

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Live Picks: 11.17.2011 – 11.23.2011

11.17: Paper Diamond + Run DMT – Republic

11.18: PALS + Gold And The Rush + Chilldren + Aerial Attack – Breezy’s Spot Riverbend

11.19: Big History + Sun Hotel + Prom Date – One Eyed Jacks

11.20: The Jonesbirds + Noir Fonce + Glish – The Saint

Local garage rock classicists The Jonesbirds have been on an exponential ascent since they busted on the scene this past spring.  Each time the duo has taken the stage, their primal combination of cymbal-taxing drum work and fuzzed-out guitar riffage comes out tighter and more fully-realized, while their expanding canon showcasing the intriguing diversity of guitarist Christopher Stoudt and drummer Colby Kiefer’s songwriting chops and musical dexterity.  But The Jonesbirds are still decidedly unrefined, mixing sometimes hilariously gruff lyrics with an unhinged stage presence characterized by light crowd surfing and rampant shirtlessness.

Joining them at the Saint is freshly minted super-group Glish, the latest project to spin out of Chinquapin Records‘ deep and talented roster.  Comprising the entirety of High In One Eye, Dexter Gilmore of hardcore progressive outfit Dongles, Byron Chance aka Münchausens and vocalist Meagan Lanier, Glish has continued to build momentum from the social media frenzy they began a couple of weeks ago with the release of the Blast Off EP, a five-song atom bomb of warped droning fuzz, far-off vocal harmonies and bright, nimble drum surges.  Even as a relatively inexperienced performing unit they’re already got their act on the verge of live bliss, balancing the etheral showgaze of their new compositions with flashes of the vicious punk rock sensibilities running through a majority of the group members’ DNA. Frank Jones of Jean-Eric’s new witch-house side project, Noir Fonce, rounds out the bill of heatseeking up-and-comers.

MP3: The Jonesbirds: “2012”

MP3: Glish: “Magazine”

11.21: Lykke Li + First Aid Kit – Tipitina’s

11.22: The Queers + Knockout + The Lollies + Joystick + The Adults – Siberia

11.23: Future Islands + Ed Schrader’s Music Beat + Kindest Lines – Hi-Ho Lounge

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Live Picks: 10.20.2011 – 10.26.2011

10.20: Beats Antique – Tipitina’s French Quarter

10.21: Blue Party – Republic

10.22: Helmet+ Star and Dagger + Sunrise Sunset – One Eyed Jacks

10.23: Cliff Hines Presents Radiohead Tribute – One Eyed Jacks

At this point it should be pretty obvious that the primary driving force behind the young classically-schooled guitar mega-talent known as Cliff Hines is a ceaseless desire to test not only the limits of his own musical faculties, but those of every musician around him. As the mastermind behind last year’s faithfully executed David Bowie Tribute and this past spring’s very ambitious Prince Tribute, he has successfully one-upped himself with each farfetched concept he’s hatched by managing to always bring along a slew of other local jazz and indie rock musicians for costumed-out, multi-member revolving door lineups that add a singular charm to each song they perform.

This Sunday at One Eyed Jacks, Mr. Hines plans to take it up several notches for a Holloween-themed tribute to the inimitable Radiohead, a painstaking endeavor that – if done right – could be the most terrifying thing you witness all year outside of seeing the real deal. This time he’s working with about fifteen fresh faces including members of Caddywhompus, High In One Eye, Bionica, Big History, New Grass Country Club, Vox & the Hound, Sun Hotel, Big Rock Candy Mountain and Glasgow for what should be one of the most interesting, eye opening and – depending on whether you wear a costume – fun concert experiences of 2011.

Video: Cliff Hines Presents: Radiohead Tribute Promo

MP3: Radiohead: “Subterranean Homesick Alien”

10.25: Loma Prieta + Thou – The Mushroom

10.26: Zola Jesus + Anika + Xanopticon – Siberia

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