News Briefs: Festival Season Edition

With the very successful French Quarter Fest and Block Party now behind us, we’re knee-deep in Festival Season® 2012. Here are a few quick hits to dig on before Jazz Fest kicks us square in the teeth.

Positive-minded bounce rapper Lucky Lou has released the official video for this anti-violence theme “Stomp The Violence”, the second single off his 2011 EP Intersection.  Lucky Lou will be appearing at the 7th Annual Noizefest in the Bywater on May 6, 2012.

Dr. Michael White, classical jazz clarinetist extraordinaire, will release his new album Adventures In New Orleans Jazz, Part 2 on June 19, 2012.  The collection of original compositions and trad re-imaginings of some of Hank Williams, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Janis Joplin’s biggest hits will be his sixth release on Basin Street Records.  Along with his yearly spot at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Dr. White will be appearing at the free International Jazz Day Concert on April 30, 2012 at Armstrong Park.

After over four years writing and recording, seminal instrumental space rockers Chef Menteur have released East Of The Sun West of The Moon, the long awaited follow-up to 1997’s breakthrough The Answer’s In Forgetting. Thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign, the double album is available on 150g individually numbered vinyl from Backporch Revolution Records as well as digitally via CDBaby.

A group of Loyola music students have organized a new 3-day festival that will celebrate the diversity and virtuosity of New Orleans’ experimental, improvisational, and avant garde jazz musicians.  Search and Restore will take place April 30 – May 2 and features a lineup that includes free jazz heavyweights Simon Lott, Helen Gillet, Mike Dillon Justin Peake and many more.

New Orleans’ latest musical transplant, Ryan Leavelle, released The Doomed Traveler on April 12 via Community Records, under the monicker See You In Mexico. The Billion Ernies front man eschews his band’s well-established skacore roots as he tries his hand at a folk-punk-busker concept, flexing his multi-instrumental talents and bringing in a varied group of musical collaborators.

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Live Picks: 08.25.2011 – 08.31.2011

08.25: Off With Their Heads + Dead To Me + The Lollies – Siberia

08.26: Cheeky Blakk + Blind Texas Marlin + LuckyLou + JC Styles – The Saint

08.27: Vox and the Hound + Coyotes + Mobley – Carrollton Station

If there is a New Orleans band that both typifies “indie rock” and avoids the genre’s propensity for offering up artists capable of nothing more than middling, five-out-of-ten twee pop, that band is undeniably Vox and the Hound. After bowing out of local rock stalwarts MyNameIsJohnMichael, drummer Eric Rogers and singer/songwriter Leo DeJesus re-emerged almost immediately in early 2010 with an immensely talented and affably humble line-up of musicians that includes bassist Andrew Jarman, guitarist Rory Callais, and Community Records co-founder, instrumental renaissance man and all-around nice guy Daniel Ray.

After spending the better part of last year performing with more and more frequency and ferocity, Vox stormed out of the gate in 2011 with the contemplative folk-informed pop recordings that make up January’s Hermosa EP. While that release certainly established the band as effortlessly able to put out a physical product as impressively produced as it is adroitly dispatched, the heart of Vox and the Hound – up to this point – has been the group’s energetic, powerful, and astonishingly flawless live performances. Having just ended an extended summer break with a short but revelatory swing through Texas, the five-piece will be holding it’s homecoming – their first performance in the Big Easy since May – at Carrollton Station with New Orleans-by-way-of-Los Angeles Americana act Coyotes and Austin, TX indie pop trio Mobley.

MP3: Vox and the Hound: “End of Me (feat. Julie Odell)”
MP3: Coyotes: “Cosmic American”

08.28: Karma To Burn + Mountain Of Wizard + Red Shield + Quiet Hands – Siberia

08.29: The Olivia Tremor Control – One Eyed Jacks

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