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Alex Rawls
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Kelcy Mae has released her Christmas song and video, which celebrate the season and LGBTQ relationships. Here's a first look and listen.
In October, we wrote about Kelcy Mae's efforts to crowdsource images of celebration from the LGBTQ community for the video for her new Christmas song, "Christmas with You (Merry Me)." The song she wrote two years ago dramatizes the pressure gay couples feel to spend the holidays apart with their respective families because conventional relationship markers--engaged, married--made it hard for families to respect them in quite the same way that the...
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A few final thoughts on Allen Toussaint inspired by his memorial service Friday.
Friday, the memorial for Allen Toussaint was, as Dr. John said, “appropriatin’.” It successfully touched on the breadth of Toussaint's acchievements and gave the audience a good sense of who he was as a man. His grace, dignity, and kindness were often talked about, but so was his sense of humor. Even the photos shown on a big screen during the visitation presented a life that took him from Lee Dorsey in someone's living room to Black Sabbath's To...
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YouTube is full of mediocre live, fan-shot videos. How do musicians feel about the phenomenon?
When cell phones were merely cell phones with nothing smart about them, it was a common sight at concerts to see fans holding their open phones over their heads. The sound for those on the receiving end was terrible, but the impulse to share the moment was understandable and common. Once a camera became a part of the phone, everybody became a photographer and--with greater regularity these days--videographer, but they're not necessarily good ones...
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It's easy to grouse about the trend of finding newer, finer expressions of bar food staples, but if they're good enough, where's the problem?
When Todd Price reviewed Bourrée for Nola.com, the response on the site and Facebook were predictable. Bourrée makes chicken wings, daiquiris, and cracklins, and the menu’s more limited than that might suggest. Bourrée only offers three flavors of wings instead of the lengthy list of options at other wing joints, and it sells three daiquiris that are individually crafted instead of churned in a wall’s worth of dispensers. “Yet another place that ...
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What we can take away from the Austin Music Census - good news in a way.
The narrative in the New Orleans music community that has the most traction is that the city government doesn’t sufficiently value musicians and culture bearers. This week, stories in Texas Weekly and the Austin Chronicle bolster my suspicion that the situation is not that simple. A study of the economic reality for Austin’s music community sounds very similar to the situation in New Orleans. Musicians make far less than other Austinites (70 perc...
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Tonight's Steelism show at Chickie Wah Wah should be very cool. I love their Krautrock surf on "Marfa Lights." Recently I talked with Spencer from Steelism about a non-standard approach to the pedal steel, and how he came to it through Elton John.
Steelism takes its name in part from Spencer Cullum Jr.’s pedal steel guitar, but the Americana band out of Nashville doesn’t have much honky tonk in its sound. As last year’s 615 to Fame illustrates, their tastes are much broader than that. The opener, “Cat’s Eye Ring,” could be a forgotten track from a Morricone soundtrack, while the aptly named “The Landlocked Surfer” evokes the wide open spaces of the American West as well as the search for t...
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We're giving away tickets to 8 shows (now) before Christmas to people who subscribe to our newsletter at MySpiltMilk.com. Today at noon we're giving away tickets to see Shakey Graves at the Civic Tuesday, so if you want to get in that drawing, sign up this morning. For a full listing of shows we'll have tickets to, check the story.
There are six weeks until Christmas (seriously???), and My Spilt Milk wants to send you to nine shows between now and then. We’ve talked to our friends at the One Eyed Jacks, the Civic Theatre, the House of Blues, Chickie Wah Wah, Gasa Gasa, Tipitina’s and the Hi-Ho Lounge and lined up a pair of tickets for a show a week between now and Christmas, with three shows the week of December 6. We have tickets to see - Rory Danger and the Danger Dangers...
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New music from Voodoo performer Nina Las Vegas' new label.
On Saturday, October 31, Australian DJ Nina Las Vegas will perform on the Le Plur stage at Voodoo. For the last decade, she also worked at Triple J, Australia's government-sponsored radio station, where she broke Australian EDM talent. Las Vegas has moved on to form her own record label, NLV Records, and to introduce its artists, the label is giving away downloads of new track by them for seven days each. Today, the series began with "Systems" b...
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In a press release today, FQFI claims Satchmo SummerFest was "one for the record books". What record did it break?
Today, French Quarter Festivals Inc. (FQFI) sent out a press release titled, "The 15th Anniversary Satchmo SummerFest presented by Chevron - A New Orleans Festival for the Record Books." It begins: The fifteenth anniversary celebration of Satchmo SummerFest presented by Chevron was truly a New Orleans festival for the record books. In addition to celebrating the incredible growth and success of recent years, organizers commemorated the 10th anniv...
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My review of the new Galactic album. I didn't write this, but "Into the Deep" sounds the band at its most comfortable. It doesn't have an obvious concept, nor does it sound like it's trying to prove anything. 
When Galactic parted ways with singer Theryl “Houseman” DeClouet in 2004, fans feared that the band would come to seem like a backing band, overshadowed by the singers who guest-starred with them. That hasn’t happened. If anything, the band's identity has become clearer. With DeClouet, Galactic would interrupt a set of Blue Note Records-inspired funk for Memphis R&B with Houseman, then pick up where they left off once he left the stage. Because o...
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A good, pointed conversation with Terence Blanchard on Waco, race, electronic music and "Breathless," his new album. A lot of meat to chew on in this one.
“I’ve been watching the news all morning, and I’m waiting for the word thug to come up and it hasn’t.” It’s only days after biker gangs in Texas engaged in a shoot-out with each other and the Waco police, and Terence Blanchard is waiting for one of the 24-hour news channels to brand the bikers in the same way that African-Americans protesters have been labeled. He’s waiting for pundits to question their commitment to their community, or to bemoan...
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The best reason to cap Jazz Fest ticket sales, and did anybody know that chairs were forbidden on the track?
Today in The New Orleans Advocate, Mark Guarino and Jaquetta White wrote about the crowd’s experience Saturday, and in it, they reported: In a statement to The Advocate on Sunday, festival producers said they did institute a standing-room-only policy on the track for Acura Stage performances this year, but “as with any new policy, it sometimes takes a couple of years to achieve full compliance.” Did anybody know that? Doesn’t a change that signif...
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