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Baton Rouge Music Studios continues to grow

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Austin Ardoin, 11, plays guitar with his band, The Elemental 5, in 2014 during the band's performance at Yvette Marie's Cafe after a week of band camp hosted by Baton Rouge Music Studios, the educational music venue which is looking to expand its services.

As Baton Rouge Music Studios rolls into another year, the local educational venue is looking north for ideas on expanding. BRMS director of programs and owner Doug Gay said the musical academy is partnering with the Real School of Music in Massachusetts. Taking a cue from the Real School of Music’s model, Gay is… Continue reading →

Album Reviews: This week in pop music - Rihanna, Sia

Photo by Richard Shotwell -- Sia, pictured here in a trademark wig at a Los Angeles event, has released a new album 'This is Acting.'

Rihanna doesn’t follow the rules. Her latest album, “Anti,” is no exception. Building more anticipation with each delayed release date, Rihanna’s latest album highlights a different side of the singer that is well worth the wait. “Anti” shows Rihanna is now not only an expert at creating chart-topping hits… Continue reading →

Macklemore explores his ‘White Privilege’ in new rap song

Photo by John Salangsang -- In this Dec. 4, 2015 file photo, Macklemore performs on stage at Power 106's Cali Christmas 2015  in Inglewood, California.

Macklemore explores racism and hip-hop in a new song called “White Privilege II,” rapping about a white person’s position in society with black people fighting injustice and even namechecking Iggy Azalea for appropriating black culture, along with himself. The track, released last week, is close to nine minutes long… Continue reading →

Rock of Ages: Def Leppard to perform at the Cajundome

Photo provided by Donovan Public Relations -- Def Leppard will perform at the Cajundome on Wednesday. Tesla and Styx will open the show.

Following the Def Leppard Cruise that sailed from Miami in January, the British classic-rock band came ashore for its latest American tour. The tour lands at the Cajundome in Lafayette on Wednesday. Like the 50-city North American tour Def Leppard played in 2015, Styx and Tesla are opening acts. For Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen, the… Continue reading →

Miles away: Vanessa Carlton talks new album

Photo provided by Vanessa Carlton -- Singer-songwriter Vanessa Carlton will perform Wednesday at the Spanish Moon.

When you think of singer-songwriter Vanessa Carlton, you probably start humming her chart-topping single “A Thousand Miles.” But now, after all those miles, she’s taking her music in a different direction. Fans can preview Carlton’s new style when she performs Wednesday at Spanish Moon. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance… Continue reading →

Album Reviews: This week in psych rock

Photo by Brendan George Ko -- The Besnard Lakes is a rock quintet from Quebec that has just released its fifth album.

An all-female post-punk quartet, Savages splashed onto the scene with the 2013 LP “Silence Yourself.” New Yorkers loved it. I didn’t. But on “Adore Life,” the band’s sophomore album, I’m starting to get in tune with Savages’ visceral mix. The lead-off track, “The Answer,” starts… Continue reading →

Really, really: Kevin Gates to release new album Friday

Photo by Jimmy Fontaine -- Kevin Gates will release 'Islah' this Friday and celebrates with an album release party at The Bandit on Friday.

Prolific and controversial are just two ways one could describe Baton Rouge rapper Kevin Gates and his career thus far. Successful is another adjective that could be right around the corner. The 29-year-old rapper will release his highly anticipated album “Islah” on Friday. It’s his first studio release with Atlantic Records.… Continue reading →

Ennio Morricone’s music has starring role in Tarantino film

FILE photo by Michael Sohn -- In this Dec. 6, 2013 file photo, composer Ennio Morricone appears in Berlin, Germany. Morricone won a Golden Globe award this year for composing the score for 'The Hateful Eight.' He was also nominated for an Oscar  for best original score.

All Ennio Morricone asked of Quentin Tarantino, after committing to score his new Western, “The Hateful Eight,” was that the director feature his music prominently and give it the space needed to convey its message. Given how Tarantino feels about the award-winning composer, he hardly needed to ask. “Ennio Morricone, as far as I am concerned,… Continue reading →

Adele, Kendrick Lamar to perform at Grammys

FILE photo by Virginia Sherwood/NBC - In this Nov. 17, 2015 image released by NBC, Adele performs at Radio City Music Hall in New York. The Recording Academy announced Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, that Adele will perform at the Grammy Awards on Feb. 15.

Hello, it’s Adele, and she’s performing at next month’s Grammy Awards. The Recording Academy said the British singer, leading nominee Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd and Little Big Town will perform at the Feb. 15 show. Adele returned to music in top form with “25,” her third album that has sold about 8 million units in the… Continue reading →

Shows to Watch for Jan. 22-28, 2016

Photo by JOSEPH LLANNES -- Tyler Farr performs Friday night at The Texas Club in Baton Rouge.

The Shows to Watch calendar is a listing of events taking place in Baton Rouge and surrounding areas from Jan. 22-28, 2016. It covers music, plays, shows, parties, family-oriented entertainment and everything in between. Continue reading →

Review: Country duo Brothers Osborne shines on debut

Photo provided by EMI Nashville -- The cover image of 'Pawn Shop,' the latest release by Brothers Osborne.

Brothers Osborne open their first full-length album, “Pawn Shop,” with the slinky sting of John Osborne’s slide guitar set against younger brother T.J. Osborne’s sinewy baritone, which finds a slow-rolling rhythm of its own. Right off, on the song “Dirt Rich,” the duo from the working-class coast of Maryland establishes a… Continue reading →

New Orleans Jazz Fest 2016 to feature top acts, plus new faces; writer Keith Spera gives quick take on lineup

Photo by Chris Pizzello -- Stevie Wonder is among the headliners of the 2016 New Orleans Jazz Fest. In this photo, he takes in applause from the stage during the finale of 'Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life - An All-Star Grammy Salute,' at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

The 2016 New Orleans Jazz Fest headliners will include Stevie Wonder, Pearl Jam, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Young, Paul Simon, Snoop Dogg, Nick Jonas, Steely Dan, Maxwell and Beck. They’ll join Bonnie Raitt, Lauryn Hill, Julio Iglesias, J. Cole, Flo Rida, Buddy Guy, Frankie Beverly & Maze, the Isley Brothers, Chris Botti, My Morning… Continue reading →

Enjoy the music of Led Zeppelin at the River Center

Photo provided by A Gallery for Fine Photography -- Bob Gruen, 'Led Zeppelin in Front of Plane.' 1973

Imagine “When the Levee Breaks” with an orchestra behind it. Got that in your head? Now think of songs like “Black Dog” and “Whole Lotta Love” with string arrangements. Sounds good, doesn’t it? If this sounds pleasing to your ears (or if you need coolin’), head to the… Continue reading →

Bill Romano: A man and his guitar

Photo by Fernanda Zamudio-Suarez-- Baton Rouge musician Bill Romano sits outside of Highland Coffees on Jan. 13, 2016 to discuss his first album and upcoming performances playing acoustic guitar.

The first track of Bill Romano’s album “One Man One Guitar” beckons, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” throughout the chorus. Though it’s only a song lyric about a broken heart, that’s the way Romano approaches his music. After playing with different bands starting in the ’70s and working as a sound engineer,… Continue reading →

Carmen Lundy comes to Louisiana

Photo provided by Carmen Lundy -- Jazz vocalist Carmen Lundy performs in Baton Rouge and New Orleans this weekend.

When Carmen Lundy performed in Milan last year, it wasn’t at La Scala, the venue where she might once have hoped to sing. But opera’s loss has been jazz music’s gain. And, this weekend, ours. Lundy, a celebrated jazz vocalist and composer, will be at Baton Rouge’s Manship Theatre Friday night and New… Continue reading →

Even record-breaking Adele couldn’t stop decline in album sales in 2015

Photo by Virginia Sherwood, provided by NBC -- Adele performs at Radio City Music Hall in New York. Though the performer broke sales records with '25,' overall record sales continued to decline in 2015.

Even though Adele broke records for album sales with “25,” she couldn’t stop overall record sales from continuing to decline in 2015 as consumers keep switching to on-demand streaming services. According to Nielsen Music’s 2015 year-end report, total album sales dropped 6.1 percent from 257 million in 2014 to 241.4 million in 2015. Even digital track sales… Continue reading →

Legendary musician David Bowie dies of cancer at 69

FILE -- In this Sept. 17, 1980, file photo, David Bowie listens during a news conference after a rehearsal at the Booth Theater in New York.  Bowie was appearing in the Broadway production of "The Elephant Man." Bowie, the innovative and iconic singer whose illustrious career lasted five decades, died Monday, Jan. 11, 2015, after battling cancer for 18 months. He was 69. (AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler, FIle)

David Bowie, the other-worldly musician who broke pop and rock boundaries with his creative musicianship, nonconformity, striking visuals and a genre-spanning persona he christened Ziggy Stardust, died of cancer Sunday. He was 69 and had just released a new album. Bowie, whose hits included “Space Oddity,” “Fame,” ‘’Heroes” and “Let’s Dance,” died “peacefully” and was surrounded by family, representative… Continue reading →

Getting cozy with Kind Cousin

Advocate photo by Fernanda Zamudio-Suarez-- Allison Bohl DeHart of Kind Cousin

While most bands are desperate to get their music into bars and restaurants, Lafayette-based Kind Cousin is not. Frontwoman Allison Bohl DeHart said after the band’s first album “Tremendous Hem” was released in 2014, the band has focused on altering its sound to every show and venue, including its upcoming performance at 7 p.m. Friday at… Continue reading →

Camp Life: Losing a year, gaining a band

Advocate photo by Matthew Sigur -- Camp Life

Nick Lauve will be the first to tell you he’s indecisive. The 22-year-old singer/guitarist of the Baton Rouge punk band Camp Life said he has trouble deciding what to eat for dinner, much less how to finish writing a song. But boredom and a little push from his friend, drummer Chris Bryant, 22, go… Continue reading →

Coming soon: Local music to hear in 2016

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Guitarist Peter Simon, left, and violinist Joel Willson, of the band Minos the Saint play at a Sunday in the Park concert earlier this year. The band will release its debut full-length album this year.

Here’s a short sample of some artists we are looking forward to hearing from in 2016, presented in no order. In Baton Rouge Minos the Saint: The chamber folk band got bigger in its sound, adding a horn section, and will release a full-length debut after a successful Kickstarter campaign last year. Guided by singer-songwriter Peter Simon and multi-instrumentalist Ben Herrington… Continue reading →

2016 musicians to watch: Adam Dollar$ - Motivated to move BR rap to a higher place

Photo by Matthew Sigur -- Adam Dollar$ is a young hip-hop artist out of Baton Rouge. He performs Friday at The Varsity.

Born and bred in Baton Rouge, Adam Chenevert, or Adam Dollar$ as he is known onstage, didn’t picture himself as a rapper. Now, the 27-year-old has his sights set on unifying the rap music scene in Baton Rouge. After four successful years rapping, Chenevert is working on a second EP and mixtape, hoping to lay a solid… Continue reading →

2016 musicians to watch: Loudness War - Getting louder in 2016

Photo provided by Loudness War -- The rock quartet Loudness War pictured here, jamming and rehearsing.

For the four friends who met in St. Michael the Archangel High School marching band, forming the rock band Loudness War was a natural move. What started off as friends playing instrumental Beatles covers has developed into an original (and loud) rock band that has gained a following in Baton Rouge. Guitar player Stevie Springs,… Continue reading →

2016 musicians to watch: Brass Bed talks upcoming new album ‘In the Yellow Leaf’

Photo by Allison Bohl-DeHart -- Brass Bed will release its fourth album, 'In the Yellow Leaf,' in spring 2016.

Christiaan Mader’s mind is everywhere. When he talks, you can tell those wheels in his head are spinning faster than the most caffeinated version of yourself. Fittingly, his band, the Lafayette pop-rock trio, Brass Bed, is the same way. “Our biggest problem is that we were easily distracted,” Mader says.… Continue reading →

2016 musicians to watch: Hunter deBlanc - Night noises

Photo by Nicole Bell -- Hunter DeBlanc, a Lafayette singer-songwriter, will release a new EP in 2016.

After the release of his debut EP, “Something to Hold on To,” tragedy struck Lafayette singer-songwriter Hunter deBlanc. DeBlanc’s younger brother, Alexander, died on Nov. 11 of an overdose. DeBlanc, a 29-year-old gigging musician who plays four to five times a week in Lafayette, said it was hard to get back to work.… Continue reading →

Review: Chris Brown is multi-dimensional on ‘Royalty’

Photo provided by RCA -- The cover image of Chris Brown's latest release, titled 'Royalty.'

Chris Brown knows his strengths, and on his seventh studio album, “Royalty,” the singer plays to them with solid success. It’s a feat worth applauding, considering how disparate the multi-dimensional singer’s specialties seem to be. There’s the electro-dance stuff, the contagiously upbeat “Fine By Me”, the mid-tempo and cool “Zero” and the… Continue reading →

Fans can now stream the Beatles’ music

AP file photo -- In this 1964 photo, The Beatles perform on the CBS 'Ed Sullivan Show' in New York. At 12:01 a.m. local time on Dec. 24, 2015, around the world, the Beatles' music will be available for streaming from a wide range of outlets.

They love us, yeah! yeah! yeah! Over the Christmas holiday, the Beatles’ discography was made available for streaming from numerous outlets. Streaming services that carry the Fab Four’s musical catalog include Apple Music, Deezer, Google Play, Microsoft Groove, Napster/Rhapsody and Amazon Prime Music, as well as Slacker Radio, Spotify and Tidal. The 17 Beatles… Continue reading →

Shows to Watch for Jan. 1-7, 2016

Photo courtesy of PBS -- Gregg Allman will perform at the River Center on Saturday.

The Shows to Watch calendar is a listing of events taking place in Baton Rouge and surrounding areas from Jan. 1-7, 2016. It covers rock, reggae, jazz, country and everything in between. Continue reading →