Tag Archives: indie

Dirty Projectors Play House of Blues, August 4, 2012

The one thing I didn’t expect out of Swing Lo Magellan was to find out Dirty Projectors have a classic rock side in the first song “Offspring are Blank.” This banging of heads is but a dalliance, as the group settles into an R&B deconstruction flavored with the Andrew Sisters harmonies of Amber Coffman and [...]

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 [...]

The Event of the Summer

  Photographer: Josh Brasted   This photo was shot at Jean-Eric frontman Frank Jones‘ birthday party last year at Studio 3, a Mid-City warehouse for building floats as well as TV and film props. After hosting several successful events there, including the CD-release party for Quintron’s Sucre Du Sauvage, OpenHouseMusic was asked to plan Frank’s [...]

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 [...]

Lower Dens: High on the Buzz

Geoff Graham is happy. He’s the bassist for Lower Dens, a Baltimore-based rock group whose latest album, Nootropics (pronounced no-eh-tro-pics), has earned them a headlining tour and recognition from indie cheerleaders Pitchfork and NPR. Lower Dens began when Graham met elusive frontwoman Jana Hunter. Three years and two members later, the group released their first [...]

YouTube du Jour: Theresa Andersson – “Street Parade”

In our profile of Theresa Andersson in the current June issue of OffBeat, we wrote about Andersson filming a music video for the title track from her recently released Street Parade album. The video was released yesterday, and is mostly shot at the Music Box in the Bywater. The Music Box’s final performances take place [...]

YouTube du Jour: Royal Teeth

Royal Teeth are the latest local band to garner national attention, pulling in fans with a version of danceable indie pop laden with vocal harmonies, rock guitars, and lots of electronic touches. At the end of April, the six-piece signed a deal with Dangerbird Records, a popular indie label with a roster that also includes [...]

Heartless Bastards Celebrate Christmas in May

It may be 80 degrees outside, but Erika Wennerstrom of Heartless Bastards has the Christmas spirit. “We’re actually cutting a Christmas tune for a compilation right now,” she says. “We’re doing ‘Blue Christmas.’ It’s kind of funny since it’s May.” The Austin-based band plays One Eyed Jacks on Saturday, and she’s calling from her friend’s [...]

Video du Jour: Brass Bed

In March, New Orleans/Lafayette indie pop band Brass Bed released an EP called On Nilsson. Despite having only four songs it was quite ambitious, all four tracks being covers of Harry Nilsson-penned tunes. This video is for “Don’t Forget Me”, a dreamy song from 1974′s John Lennon-produced Pussy Cats. The video combines footage of Brass [...]

Jazz Fest Focus: Brass Bed

2012 is the next in a series of theoretical breakout years for New Orleans-via-Lafayette indie rockers Brass Bed. That big pop hasn’t happened yet, despite two excellent LPs and a masterful live show. Melt White, the band’s most recent and best-realized full length, displays a maturity that only years of writing and playing engenders. Standouts [...]