Author Archives: Rory Callais

Jenna McSwain, Wax and Wane: Songs Without Seasons (Independent)

The thing with music fans is that our favorite records often trigger specific memories, providing a biographical soundtrack for our lives. It turns out this connectivity also extends to the musicians themselves. Jenna McSwain’s Wax and Wane: Songs without Seasons uses mostly original songs to run the gamut of her jazz history from her childhood [...]

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Cortland Burke and Associates, Passport (Independent)

Short of blues, there is no more prominent influence on rock music than folk. As such, it can sometimes be difficult not to get lost in the shuffle of acoustic guitar-wielding would be rock and roll troubadours. Local folk-rock act Cortland Burke and Associates attempt to stand out on their own with the eight-track Passport. [...]

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Moon Honey, Hand-Painted Dream Photographs

It can be argued that a great deal of rock music is influenced by other genres. Jazz, funk, folk, hip-hop, and electronica have all led rock bands to attempt to chart new territory, often with mixed results. Baton Rouge band Moon Honey joins in on the genre-welding by incorporating a heavy classical influence on their [...]

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Indie Rockers Caddywhompus’ Two Man Army

Fierce punk. Skittish math rock. 1960s pop. Dreamy New Wave. This is a typical journey through a song from local indie duo Caddywhompus. The band’s abandonment of traditional song structures is akin to flipping through a radio dial and catching pieces of various songs, which is a wholly intentional part of their songwriting process. “I [...]

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It’s Five Somewhere with French Quarter Fest’s Marci Schramm

Christmas is usually associated with snowy weather. Why do you believe that New Orleans could be a Christmas destination? Christmas New Orleans Style was founded 29 years ago, and it started because tourism in New Orleans was terrible during December, so a group of tourism industry people got together and decided that no one outside [...]

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Sports & Leisure: Leisurely Bonding

“I cannot stand most modern indie music,” declares Sports & Leisure singer/guitarist/songwriter Richard Dubourg. “I don’t like how electronic it has become over the last few years. I really wanted to do something that was not that, which is why I recruited as big a band as I could and got people who played more [...]

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It’s Five Somewhere with Mid-City Lanes Rock ‘n’ Bowl’s John Blancher

When you opened [Mid-City Lanes Rock ‘n’ Bowl], did you ever imagine you’d be here 25 years later? No, I was worried about being there 25 days later. My father and everyone else told me it couldn’t work. But I persevered and kept making payroll, so here I am, 25 years later. Where did the [...]

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Comeback Queen: Beverly “Guitar” Watkins Isn’t Slowing Down

“When we were in our mothers’ wombs, God had decided what he wanted us to be,” says Beverly “Guitar” Watkins, “and he wanted me to be a musician.” Upon seeing the 74-year-old Watkins play fiery guitar solos—often with her guitar slung behind her head—over her hard-edged mix of blues and early rock and roll, it [...]

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Native America: From Bedroom to Rehearsal Room

The notion of a solo artist working under a band name is nothing new. From Nine Inch Nails to Bon Iver, modern rock has many “bands” that are merely masks for their respective masterminds. In its infancy, local band Native America seemed destined to follow the same road. “There wasn’t a whole lot of foresight [...]

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Sweet Crude: City and Cajun

On a late May, Wednesday night at the AllWays Lounge, New Orleans indie rock septet Sweet Crude is playing to a large, lively audience. Any concern the weekday, late night crowd may have about getting up for work in the morning is not evident. Sweet Crude is playing its energetic brand of percussion-driven indie pop [...]

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