Top 5 Live Music Moments of the Year [2007]

Best Live Moments of the Year Fats Domino — Blueberry Hill (Tipitina’s, May 19) I grew up in Lafayette with a series of mental sensations culled from weekend trips  to New Orleans that defined the city to me.  I remember watching  those miserable Saints teams of the late 80’s running onto the field, Gumbo leading … Continue reading

Mute Math [Voodoo ’07]

The soundtrack to Transformers: The Movie is about what you’d expect from a Michael Bay movie: plenty of heavy pop-metal, rap-rock, and a new Smashing Pumpkins song.  But tucked away at the very end of the CD is a reinterpretation of the classic cartoon’s theme song.  The cover is so out of place with its … Continue reading

Editors’ Picks: Voodoo ’07

For nine years now, Voodoo Fest has been a place where beloved obscurities and major label heavyweights can share the same stage.  Some years this works to enormous success, such as it did on that monstrous day in 2004 that we were treated to the Polyphonic Spree, the Killers, Sonic Youth, the Pixies, Green Day, … Continue reading

Top 5 Worst Musical Moments, 2005

1.  Hurricane Katrina (both for cancelling shows by Rilo Kiley, MIA, Magnolia Electric Co., Built to Spill, etc and for, well, you know.) 2.    The sound at the Walkmen’s Jazzfest show; Twiropa 3.     Chino Moreno’s ham-fisted guitar playing with Team Sleep; Howlin’ Wolf 4.    The tapdancer for Tilly and the Wall; Twiropa. I’m sorry.  I … Continue reading

Top 5 Live Moments, 2005

Top Five Live Music Moments, 2005 (National) 1.  Mayor Ray Nagin on stage; Voodoo Fest I’ll spare the explanation and just say that it was incredibly heartwarming to see Nagin on stage; he wasn’t smiling, he wasn’t laughing, he was positively giddy over the site of 15,000 coming together.  Every other time I’d seen him … Continue reading

Shooter Jennings/Drive-By Truckers [Voodoo Fest ’06]

Somewhere out in Voodoo land, tight pants’d college kids who came for Broken Social Scene and are staying for Social Distorition will be faced with a dilemma. Shooter Jennings, whose records land barely land on the right side of the pop / authentic country line, is sandwiched between the current indie darlings and the legendary … Continue reading