Author Archives: Robert Fontenot

Good Children, An Evening in the Rookery (Independent)

Good Children exists as a vehicle for the songs of local singer-songwriter Michael Wilder, and his decision to record this debut EP live in the studio was a wise one—in retrospect, it seems kind of silly to spend a lot of studio time and polish on your shaggy-dog tales. These seven songs don’t work too [...]

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Extrapedestrian, Tomorrow Is a Gift (Independent)

Naming yourself Extrapedestrian just begs for smart-mouth critics such as myself to throw the tag back in your face. That is, unless what you’re doing is so strange and off the wall that no one could possibly make the connection. Or unless “extra” is being used in the classicist Latin sense: meaning that it has [...]

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Doug Schmude, All These Avenues (Lost Hubcap Records)

Doug Schmude is a travelin’ man, covering more miles in the dozen songs on his second Americana-lite release than most people do in a lifetime. Naturally, he takes the scenic route, lyrically and literally, as befits someone who left his native Baton Rouge for the Southwest, where he honed his eye for character, then the [...]

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Lane Rodgers, One Man, One Band (Independent)

Even if you are a folkie singer-songwriter type, too much honesty can work against you. Lane Rodgers has a steady gig at a Mexican restaurant in Shreveport, at which he indeed acts as his own backing band, but while he’s undeniably likable on his debut, you have to wonder how his audience takes to the [...]

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Carsie Blanton, Not Old, Not New (So Ferocious)

Sex sells in almost any form of popular music, but it’s a rare bird who can create a truly sensual atmosphere that works as more than just marketing strategy. Carsie Blanton does just that with Not Old, Not New. Other than the 45-second coda she wrote herself, the whole album consists of nothing but jazz covers [...]

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Royal Southern Brotherhood, heartsoulblood (Ruf Records)

After a fine, but ultimately stop-gap, live album, here’s this rock-soul supergroup’s first true follow-up to their debut. The exciting news is that the five-piece’s personalities have already congealed—it can only be a good sign when the seams between this much Americana disappear. It’s already hard to tell where Cyril Neville ends and Mike Zito [...]

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Nikka B., Poison Girl, Inc. (Upper Ninth)

“Nikka,” like “nukka,” holds a special place in the vernacular of the streets. But Nikka B., who hails from Oakland, grew up smack in the middle of the 13th Ward, and made her name in Mid-City, makes sure to let you know that’s pronounced with a long e on her debut mixtape. That mix of [...]

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Sundog, Space Criminal (Community Records)

Pop music is a creature that thrives on gimmicks and enigmas, and that bodes well for Sundog’s future outside the Crescent City. He’s definitely NOLA’s greatest anonymous live looper with an astronaut suit and a ukulele, mixing Postal Service- and MGMT-style electro-indie with his own post-Sublime white-boy-soul, singer-songwriter mentality. For those of you not in [...]

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The Quintessential Octopus, Mother (Independent)

Don’t look now, but there’s a whole indie-pop scene mushrooming—sometimes literally out of the bedrooms of New Orleans, but, more often than not, from the minds of transplants who came here as part of the post-K boho diaspora. David Sigler and Joe Ceponis, for example, met in Montgomery, Alabama and made their way southwest, musical [...]

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Fo’ Reel, Heavy Water (Independent)

Calling themselves a New Orleans “supergroup” may be a bit of a misnomer: Fo’ Reel’s four main members are veterans of the local music scene, session-men mostly, with Dr. John and Nevilles and Allmans credits under their belts, and singer C.P. Love cut a side with Malaco during their “Groove Me/Mr. Big Stuff” salad days, [...]

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