Author Archives: Morgan Ribera

The Wooden Wings’ Growing Family

Fans describe their sound as “dark, edgy, mellow and subdued.” Listeners often argue that their fierce vocals resemble that of Florence + the Machine and their music has been referred to as “folksy” and even “Goth rock” on occasion. After much contemplation, the lead vocalists of the Wooden Wings define their style as “ambient alternative [...]

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Nasimiyu Knows the Rules Aren’t Real

Photo by Jason Albus. Nasimiyu stands sweating shoulder-to-shoulder in a mass of dancing strangers, bouncing to the triumphant rhythm of trumpets, trombones, sousaphones and stomping feet as a gang of brass musicians march down weathered streets. She waves her arms in the air, releases any pinned-up anxieties, and lets the collective beat pulse through her [...]

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Monaghan-Koehlar Charity Poker Crawl Raising Funds Saturday for Roots of Music Rose Bowl Trip

This weekend, gamblers and drinkers can be philanthropic. On Saturday, Jim Monaghan and Troy Koehlar host their fourth-annual Charity Poker Crawl to benefit Roots of Music, the non-profit after-school music education program for New Orleans youth. Like a pub crawl, the mobile poker game will have players (must be 21+ years old) traveling to five [...]

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Celebrate Juneteenth at Free Festival in Congo Square

Juneteenth, a centuries-old tradition that finds it’s origins in 1865 Galveston, Texas, has experienced a resurgence as of late with an initiative for the holiday’s federal recognition. To commemorate the occasion, which celebrates African-American empowerment and the abolition of slavery, the New Orleans Juneteenth Committee has organized a “Celebrating Freedom Festival” to be held at [...]

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Flaming Lips to Finish Record-Breaking O Awards Tour in New Orleans

The Flaming Lips have a long day ahead of them. In an eight-performance tour that will begin on June 27 in Memphis, the Flaming Lips will take on Jay-Z’s Guinness World Record for most performances given in a 24-hour period, a title Jay-Z earned in 2006 with his “The Hangar Tour”. If the band survives [...]

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French Quarter Fest Focus: Colin Lake

“I was captivated by the city’s sights and sounds and after the whole experience, I thought, ‘Man, I’d be a fool not to come here,’” says guitarist Colin Lake of his first trip to Jazz Fest. But when he visited New Orleans in 2008, he fell for more than just the music. Bored awaiting a [...]

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The Features Featured at Maison Saturday

Beneath the golden stage lights of a Nashville dive bar or beyond a fervent crowd in a Mexico arena, you wouldn’t be able to tell that, after over 15 years on the job, performing live is still guitarist and singer Matt Pelham’s least favorite task as a musician. Along with keyboardist Matt Bond, bassist Roger [...]

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Michael Jackson Gets the Cirque du Soleil Treatment

With his musical innovations and electrifying dance moves, the late Michael Jackson carved out his own unique imaginative world within the realm of pop music, one that was surprisingly fresh, enchantingly surreal, and at times, unquestionably odd. Now his musical legacy is carving a similar space in the Cirque du Soleil production catalog, as Jackson [...]

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Harvest: New Orleans Food Co-Op Throws Grand Opening Party

It’s been nine years since the consumer cooperative’s original conception, but tomorrow the New Orleans Food Co-Op will proudly showcase it’s progress and commemorate the grand opening of it’s recently-opened store in the New Orleans Healing Center. “Harvest” will feature locally-grown food samples, a motley marquee of local musicians, children’s crafts, and various raffles. The [...]

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Weird Winter: Interview with Greg Farley of The Felice Brothers

Testing the boundaries of contemporary folk music is what The Felice Brothers do best. These boys are sonic tinkerers—they put on lab coats, dive into an unconventional studio, and start mixing sounds like chemicals. They’ve transformed chicken coops and empty high schools into creative laboratories, and their instrumental experimentation has led to some explosive music [...]

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