Author Archives: Chloe Curran

Matt & Kim Say Stay in School

Tonight Brooklyn’s ebullient duo Matt & Kim will bring their infamous energy to House of Blues in promotion of their latest album, Sidewalks. “We wanted people to feel uplifted or happy while listening to Sidewalks,” explains Matt Johnson by phone. “It’s not a downer album. I think it’s something you have to listen to in motion, whether you’re driving [...]

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Radiators TV

If you weren’t one of the lucky few to score tickets to the Radiators’ three night “Last Round Up Farewell Tour: The Last Watusi,” a sliver of hope remains. All three shows sold out in 20 minutes, but the performances at Tipitina’s Thursday-Saturday, June 9-11, will be recorded and available on pay-per-view through iClips.net. “We [...]

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Dubstepping to New Orleans

“What Uppp” Rusko greets in a British drawl. The 26-year-old dubstep artist has released a slew of successful tracks in recent years, including “Cockney Thug” and “Woo Boost.” Rusko seems startled but delighted at dubstep’s soaring popularity. “It’s pretty remarkable” he says, “because I don’t think any of us expected this to do what it’s [...]

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Jazz Fest Focus: Michael Franti

[UPDATED] “People say what difference does it make if one butterfly disappears from the rain forest? Well I say it’s like being on an airplane and looking out the window to see a rivet has popped off the wing. You might say ‘Oh well, we can still fly’. Next time you look, there’re five, then 20 [...]

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Mardi Gras Indians Convene on Super Sunday

With St. Joseph’s Day tomorrow, the Mardi Gras Indian Council will be hosting its annual Super Sunday festival and parade this Sunday, March 20 at A.L. Davis Park. The festival portion of Super Sunday begins at 11 a.m., with performances by Big Al Carson, Hot 8 and Soul Rebels Brass Bands, Jo “Cool” Davis, DJ [...]

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Lots of Zeroes and Ones: The Modern Local Record Labels

“I want to be at the forefront, whether it’s art, music, or fashion. I want to be at the round-table when decisions are made,” Lawrence Parker tells me with a serene smile. He’s leaning against the walls of his newly reopened Traffic Boutique, its stark white walls covered by vivid paintings, its open, modern space [...]

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Get Lit at the CAC’s SweetArtsBall

The Contemporary Arts Center wants to get you lit. “‘Get Lit’ is the dress theme for this year’s SweetArts Ball,” explains CAC Director of Communications Lindsay Ross. “We encourage attendees to dress in all black or all white. CAC artists stationed in the Black Light Lounge will use feathers, neon body paint, and colorful decorations [...]

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Prospect 1.5 Ends with Throwdown 1.5

Prospect 1.5, New Orleans’ second biennial showcase of international art, will close Saturday with Throwdown 1.5.  Prospect 1.5 didn’t attract the same attention as Prospect 1, but it did involve a series of cutting edge exhibitions, public programs, and artist residencies that began in late 2010 and finish on February 19. In addition to serving [...]

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MashUp NOLA: S’Mashing Time

What? The debut of MashUp NOLA party, a mash-up performance featuring local DJs and musicians. Who’s First? Jermaine Quiz, a local mash-up DJ who’s experienced in the turntables-with-live-instruments experience. Who’s In? The first lineup features Derrick Freeman (Kermit Ruffins’ BBQ Swingers) on drums, Kirk Joseph playing tuba (Dirty Dozen Brass Band), saxophonist James Martin (Ernie [...]

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DesCours: Architecture in My Art

What? DesCours, a free, annual, public event that presents 14 large-scale architecture installations by international architects. These experimental installations use new materials, methods, technology and interactivity, and many involve local musicians to underscore the history and tradition the architects are engaging. Say what? DesCours merges art and architecture to enliven public and private spaces, including [...]

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