Author Archives: Bobby Hilliard

Movie Review: “This Is It”

When Michael Jackson died, the world was speechless. A legend was taken right as he was about to mount a comeback, 50 sold out shows in a row in London.  This was to be his reemergence, something that would shake what we thought of the King of Pop and what he was capable of. In the movie highlighting those plans [...]

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Voodoo 2009: Down Home

“The closest who need you (and) the closest surrounding you will walk away and when we walk away there will be no coming home.” Down has seen the world. It has been to Russia (three times) Israel, the Middle East and places that most of us will never experience outside of the Travel Channel, but [...]

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Something Precious: Down, Eyehategod and “Precious Metal”

Metal. The horns. The scary kids screaming about Satan or shooting heroin into their eyes, the ones who corrupt the youth of tomorrow into blindly following their anti-leaders dressed in black, ready to snatch babies from their mothers arms. Pure evil. This is the assumption that heavy metal has had to live with through the [...]

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Becca Rice, Becca Rice (Backporch Revolution)

When Wes Anderson begins the search for the soundtrack for his next suicide scene, I’d like to speak on behalf of Becca Rice and her ability to conjure up emotions buried far beyond the surface level. Her self-titled EP features seven of the most melancholy, yet beautiful songs I’ve heard in a long time. The [...]

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Impulss, Category Shybe (Independent)

A local clothing company has a shirt that says, “New Orleans, so far behind, we’re ahead” and in the case for most of the local hip-hop that rings half true. The behind part, that is. Aside from Lil Wayne, the Cash Money era is over. Master P is now a reality show whore and the [...]

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I Love a Parade

It’s been almost four years since the cynical watchdogs known as the Nolafugees started lampooning everything governmentally sketchy or socially condemnable in post-Katrina New Orleans, and the hits keep coming. Their anthologies Soul is Bulletproof, Year Zero and Life in the Wake collect the blend of fiction and reportage from, and they’re taking a [...]

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Jermaine Quiz, Live in New Orleans (mixtape)

While New Orleans is known for being the home of dirty, in your face live shows of the most eclectic variety, it’s always a real treat to discover something on the other end of the of the sonic landscape. Jermaine Quiz, half of hip-hop funk duo Jealous Monk, has slipped a new mixtape over the [...]

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Let the Healing Begin

If there is any New Orleans pedigree that an unknown musician could ever hope to shoot for in their corner, Josh Charles landed it. Having the world famous Dr. John sign off on your talent and lend you a few of his musical gunslingers as your own recording band is a pretty solid start. Having [...]

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