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Julian Primeaux: In the rowdy, royal company of a rock ’n’ roller

Photo provided by Julian Primeaux -- Singer-guitarist Julian Primeaux, of Lafayette, will perform Friday at Phil Brady's in Baton Rouge. The Rakers will open.

Julian Primeaux, the 31-year-old singer-songwriter/guitarist who was raised in the Northside area of Lafayette, had an ambitious plan. The goal was to release three albums in one year, all concept records about the human heart. Each record would show a different sound of Primeaux — one fiery rock ’n’ roll, one gospel, and one with jazz-like… Continue reading →

Review: The Viatones stun on second record

Photo by Gabrielle Savoy -- The Viatones have released a sophomore album.

Blayze Viator probably doesn’t listen to anything that would be considered “current music,” and that’s all right. Viator is the lead singer/guitarist for The Viatones. He and his band released a sophomore, self-titled full-length last weekend, in the midst of the Festival International celebration. It has been reported… Continue reading →

Review: Beyoncé proves to be center of pop universe ... again

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Beyonce, seen here performing at the Super Bowl Halftime Show in New Orleans, released a new album/music video set titled 'Lemonade,' last weekend.

Beyoncé doesn’t simply release albums anymore, she unleashes events. And so it was, amid deep mourning for a lost icon, music’s queen dropped “Lemonade,” an arresting display of videos and singles, that appeared deeply personal yet is a bold social and political statement as well. It contains revenge anthems for scorned wives,… Continue reading →

Festival International Spotlight: Pierre Kwenders

Photo provided by Bonsound -- Pierre Kwenders will perform at Festival International in downtown Lafayette this weekend.

Pierre Kwenders’ music is a reflection of two very different worlds. Kwenders, born José Louis Modabi, was born and raised in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and lived there until the age of 15. Kwenders then relocated to Montreal, Canada, where he was exposed to electronic dance music and hip-hop. A little more than a… Continue reading →

Brad Walker: Learning to be Sturgill’s sax man

Photo by Rick Moore -- Brad Walker, a Baton Rougean who performs regularly in New Orleans, now has a gig with country singer-songwriter Sturgill Simpson.

The road to success in an uphill climb, but Brad Walker is making quick work of it. Now on an international tour with Sturgill Simpson, country music’s fastest rising star, saxophonist Walker has made it from LSU graduate student to main stage performer in a half-decade’s time. “It definitely isn’t luck,” Walker… Continue reading →

Album Reviews: Sturgill Simpson, Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals

This CD cover image released by Atlantic Records shows "A Sailor's Guide To Earth," by Sturgill Simpson. (Atlantic Records via AP)

Sturgill Simpson defies categorization — and exceeds expectations — with “A Sailor’s Guide to Earth,” an exploration of life’s journey inspired by the birth of his first child. Simpson funks up his country twang with a rousing horn section while keeping a rocking and rollicking edge underneath his probing… Continue reading →

Third Street Songwriters Festival brings local and national talent to downtown Baton Rouge

Photo provided by Kay Solar -- The poster for the second Third Street Songwriters Festival, which will take place in downtown Baton Rouge on Saturday.

Hundreds of singer-songwriters will congregate for the second Third Street Songwriters Festival this weekend. The event kicks off Friday with performances from David Borné and Michael Juan Nunez performing at 5 p.m. in the free Live After Five concert at The Crest in Galvez Plaza in downtown Baton Rouge. Performances continue throughout the weekend,… Continue reading →

Songwriter Spotlight: Barry Hebert

Photo by Angie Ledbetter -- Barry Hebert started a Baton Rouge chapter of the Nashville Songwriter's Association International.

Barry Hebert has dedicated the past year to encouraging and developing the city’s songwriting talent in new ways. “There is so much talent in Baton Rouge,” Hebert said. “Slowly but surely, we have been raising more awareness of local original music and developing an audience for it.” Hebert believes the best way to… Continue reading →

After induction, Steve Miller slams Rock Hall of Fame

Photo by Charles Sykes -- Inductee Steve Miller performed at the 31st annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on April 8. After the show, Miller criticized the event.

Steve Miller had just performed at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony, but he wasn’t finished. In fact, he was just getting started. The new inductee ripped the rock hall in a backstage interview, calling the evening a “lazy” night with “a bunch of fat cats” that was tantamount to a bad reality show —… Continue reading →

Here’s who to see and what to do at this weekend’s Baton Rouge Blues Festival

Photo by Brian Baiamonte -- A scene from a past Baton Rouge Blues Festival, which returns to the downtown area this Saturday and Sunday.

If you ask Baton Rouge Blues Festival programming chairman John Kaufman who to check out at this year’s event, you have to give him a second. It’s not because he’s unorganized. It’s that he wants to list all the artists. This year’s event hits downtown Baton Rouge on Saturday and Sunday… Continue reading →

Live with Regis at L’Auberge

Photo provided by REGIS PHILBIN -- Regis Philbin will perform in Baton Rouge on Friday.

Although he’s a TV icon, Regis Philbin’s appearance at L’Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge on Friday night will be all about music. The man who could have easily fit in as the sixth member of Frank Sinatra’s Rat Pack will croon his way through the likes of “Cheek to Cheek,” “It Had To Be You”… Continue reading →

Blues Fest Spotlight: Michael Juan Nunez

Photo provided by Michael Juan Nunez -- Singer/guitarist Michael Juan Nunez will perform at the Baton Rouge Blues Festival. He released his fourth album 'Rise' on Tuesday.

Michael Juan Nunez knows a thing or two about the blues. The lead guitarist and singer, who was born in Lafayette and now calls Erath home, will perform at 4:30 p.m. Sunday on the Front Porch stage at the Baton Rouge Blues Festival. This week, Nunez released his fourth album, “Rise.” It’s his… Continue reading →

Blues Fest Spotlight: Tank and the Bangas

Photo by GUS BENNETT JR. -- Tank and the Bangas will perform at the Baton Rouge Blues Festival on Sunday at 5:15 p.m. at the Soul of BR stage.

New Orleans funk-soul outfit Tank and the Bangas will take the stage at Blues Fest this weekend, performing from 5:15 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the Soul of BR Stage. Already a well-known force in New Orleans (the band won Offbeat Magazine’s Emerging Artist Award in 2014) and a well-traveled touring act, Tank and… Continue reading →

Country legend Merle Haggard dies at 79 of pneumonia

AP File photo by Rick Bowmer -- In this May 28, 2003 file photo, country music legend Merle Haggard smiles during a news conference at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington. Haggard died of pneumonia on Wednesday in Palo Cedro, California. He was 79.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country giant Merle Haggard, who rose from poverty and prison to international fame though his songs about outlaws, underdogs and an abiding sense of national pride in such hits as “Okie From Muskogee” and “Sing Me Back Home,” died Wednesday at 79, on his birthday. Haggard’s manager, Frank Mull, said the country icon… Continue reading →

Album Reviews: Bob Mould, Zayn

This CD cover image released by Merge Records shows, "Patch the Sky," a release by Bob Mould. (Merge Records via AP)

Bob Mould says “Patch the Sky” is the darkest and catchiest album he’s made recently (“Silver Age” and “Beauty & Ruin” are the others in this cycle). He’s right on both counts. “The words make you remember, the music makes you forget,” Mould says about the adversity he’s… Continue reading →

Three of 25 National Recording Registry picks go to Louisiana recording artists

Three Louisiana artists’ recordings are among 25 selected for preservation at the Library of Congress. Opelousas-born zydeco performer Clifton Chenier recorded “Bogalusa Boogie” in 1976, while Plaquemine native Clarence Williams’ Blue Five’s 1923 recording of “Wild Cat Blues” is among the earliest jazz recordings to have widespread influence on musicians. And… Continue reading →

Album reviews: Gwen Stefani, Iggy Pop

Photo provided by Interscope -- The cover image of Gwen Stefani's latest album, 'This Is What the Truth Feels Like.'

Gwen Stefani’s new solo album is fun and catchy: The hooks are cute and likable; the beats will make your head bop, and her voice is calm and cool. But after listening to it, you’re on to the next. “This Is What the Truth… Continue reading →

Rock N Rowe returns

Photo provided by Russ Bryant -- After 8 performs at Perkins Rowe's Rock N Rowe's concert on Thursday, April 28.

Head to Perkins Rowe in Baton Rouge to get your fill of live music this spring. The shopping center’s annual Rock N Rowe concerts return Thursday with a performance from the variety band Partly Cloudy. The free concerts take place on Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.… Continue reading →

A Changed Man: Singer-songwriter Caleb Caudle talks new album

Photo provided by Justin Reich -- Caleb Caudle will perform Monday at Dyson House Listening Room in Baton Rouge.

If perseverance were currency, Caleb Caudle would be a rich man. In the midst of a perpetual tour, the 29-year-old North Carolina native wrote “Carolina Ghost,” his recently released seventh album. The recording, which he calls his most honest to date, has received national attention and frequent comparisons to fellow alt-country performer Jason Isbell.… Continue reading →