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Album Reviews: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Mumford & Sons

Photo provided by Warner Bros. Records -- 'The Getaway' by Red Hot Chili Peppers

The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ first album in five years, “The Getaway,” is a melancholy set, even when the rhythms accelerate. Danger Mouse (Brian Burton) sits in for Rick Rubin in the producer’s chair, bringing more keyboards than usual to the mix. The Peppers’ traits are still present,… Continue reading →

The Super Group: How case/lang/veirs came to be

Photo by Don Ryan -- From left, Laura Veirs, k.d. lang and Neko Case pose for a photo in Portland, Oregon. The three singer-songwriters released a new album, "case/lang/veirs," on June 17.

Since she sang with the late Roy Orbison, k.d. lang dreamed of forming her own version of the Traveling Wilburys, his supergroup with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne. When she proposed the idea to Neko Case and Laura Veirs in an email, they responded enthusiastically within a half-hour.… Continue reading →

Scott’s ‘Couchville Sessions’ album rings true

Photo by Jim McGuire -- Darrell Scott is known for writing songs that document real life.

For his latest album, acclaimed songwriter Darrell Scott recruited his friends to record together in his home, never far from the kitchen. The result, “Couchville Sessions,” sounds intimate and casual, like you’re sitting in on a jam session with Nashville’s best. “The musicians happen to be some of the best on the planet,” Scott said.… Continue reading →

Baroness, Anthrax come to BR in the fall

Photo provided by Parlophone/Warner Music UK -- Hard rockers Baroness will perform in Baton Rouge later this year.

Hard rock fans will mosh their way to Baton Rouge for two upcoming promising shows. Up first is Baroness. The melodic yet metal quartet will perform at the Varsity on Sunday, Sept. 4. Baroness is touring behind the stellar 2015 release, “Purple.” It is the first album the band has released since the band… Continue reading →

Shows to Watch calendar for June 10-June 16, 2016

Photo provided by L'Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge -- The Midtown Men perform Saturday at the Event Center L'Auberge in Baton Rouge. Doors open at 7 p.m. The show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $35.

BATON ROUGE area FRIDAY CHOKE WITH BROKEN BY THE BURDEN/BIG FRANK/THE ENCLAVE: Varsity Theatre (6 p.m.) THE BEDLAMVILLE TRIFLERS: Magnolia Cafe (St. Francisville, 7 p.m.) BRINT ANDERSON: Beausoleil (7:30 p.m.) KNUCKLES AND PUSHPLAY DOUBLE BIRTHDAY BASH: Cadillac Cafe (8 p.m.) JULIAN PRIMEAUX: Beauvoir Park (8 p.m.) GLOWRAGE: The Texas Club (8 p.m.)… Continue reading →

Livingston Taylor to perform at Manship Theatre

Photo by PHILIP PORCELLA -- Livingston Taylor will perform at the Manship Theatre at 7 p.m. Sunday.

Livingston Taylor hasn’t achieved the fame of his older and more well-known brother, James. But don’t even start feeling sorry for him. With a career that mixes songwriting, performing and teaching, Taylor has carved a musical niche that gives him great satisfaction. Taylor hopes to spread that feeling when he performs… Continue reading →

Jazz Masters season will open Sept. 28 with Don Vappie

Photo provided -- Traditional New Orleans jazz group Don Vappie and the Creole Serenaders will open the River City Jazz Masters series at the Manship Theatre in Baton Rouge Sept. 28.

The Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge announced the lineup Friday for its 2016-2017 River City Jazz Masters 10th anniversary season. The schedule includes: Don Vappie and The Creole Jazz Serenaders, Sept. 28; Manuel Valera & New Cuban Express, Nov. 10; Clayton Brothers Quintet, Feb. 15, 2017; Dianne Reeves Featuring the Baton Rouge Symphony, March… Continue reading →

Built to Spill: How to never fall apart

Photo by Stephen Gere -- Built to Spill is working on a follow-up to 2015's 'Untethered Moon.' On Thursday, the Idaho-based alt-rock band will perform at Varsity Theatre.

Doug Martsch has no idea how he got here. Sure, the singer/guitarist from Built to Spill has a few ideas, but he won’t give them too much credit. The truth is his Boise, Idaho-based alternative rock band has achieved cult college rock status thanks to albums like 1994’s “There’s Nothing Wrong With Love” and… Continue reading →

Music still goes on for Spanish Moon

Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD -- A crowd gathers at the Baton Rouge Arm Wrestling Ladies first arm wrestling competition in 2013 at Spanish Moon. The Baton Rouge venue is currently up for sale.

Although the Spanish Moon building is for sale, one of the owners of the popular live music venue said operations are continuing as normal. Shane Courrege, who co-owns the bar, said there are no plans to close Spanish Moon. There has been some speculation about the future of the club, because the building that houses it… Continue reading →

Review: Paul Simon still has the groove on new album

Photo provided by Concord -- Paul Simon has released a new album, titled 'Stranger to Stranger.'

No ’60s folkie has written more great music for dancing than Paul Simon, and at 74, he still wants us to feel the beat. “Stranger to Stranger” showcases Rhymin’ Paul’s polyrhythms in new, exotic combinations by employing custom-made instruments with microtonal tunings created by 20th century composer and… Continue reading →

Shows to Watch for June 3-9, 2016

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER— Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue, seen here playing at The Historic New Orleans Collection courtyard, will perform Friday at Dyson House Listening Room.

The Shows to Watch calendar is a listing of events taking place in Baton Rouge and surrounding areas from June 3-9, 3016. It covers plays, shows, parties, family-oriented entertainment and everything in between. Continue reading →

Tragically Hip’s Gord Downie diagnosed with terminal cancer

Associated Press file photo by Aaron Harris/The Canadian Press -- Gord Downie, of the Tragically Hip, left,  seen here performing in 2005 with Neil Young in Ontario. Downie's band announced on May 24 that the singer has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.

Canadian rock band The Tragically Hip announced in late May that its lead singer, Gord Downie, has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. In postings on its website and Facebook page, the band said the 52-year-old Downie, a father of four, was diagnosed with the condition in December. The posts read “he’s endured… Continue reading →

2016 Bayou Country Superfest attendance drops for second year, organizers say

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS --Headliner Jason Aldean performs during the Bayou Country Superfest Sunday at LSU's Tiger Stadium.

Attendance at the 2016 Bayou Country Superfest in LSU’s Tiger Stadium dropped for the second straight year, according to festival organizers. About 100,000 people attended the three-day festival, which saw headliners Luke Bryan, Eric Church and Jason Aldean, according to Festival Productions Inc. In 2015, attendance for the two-day Bayou Country Superfest and Friday’s stand-alone Taylor Swift concert reached 125,000. In 2014,… Continue reading →

Album Reviews: This week in music - Clapton, Dylan return

Photo provided by Bushbranch Records/Surfdog Records -- Eric Clapton relseased a new album titled 'I Still Do.'

Not as if there were any doubt, but Eric Clapton knows how to play the blues. On the aptly-titled “I Still Do,” the 71-year-old music legend proves it all over again with a smooth, sonically soothing mix of covers with a couple originals thrown in. He’s not breaking any… Continue reading →

Shows to Watch calendar for May 27-June 2, 2016

Photo provided by Buckcherry -- The hard rocking band Buckcherry performs at The Texas Club in Baton Rouge on Thursday.

FRIDAY SCOTTY VAN MATRE/MICAH LIPSMEYER: Happy’s (5 p.m.) CLAY BOUDREAUX: Frank’s (Prairieville, 6 p.m.) CHRIS PORTER/JOHN CALVIN ABNEY/SHONNA TUCKER: Dyson House Listening Room (6 p.m.) THE ANTEEKS: Superior Grill (6:30 p.m.) WITNESSTHIS: On the Half Shell (6:30 p.m.) BAYOU COUNTRY SUPERFEST: LSU Tiger Stadium (7… Continue reading →

Slim Harpo Music Awards announces 2016 honorees

Photo provided by High ISO Music -- Lil' Buck Sinegal has been named as a recipient of the 2016 Slim Harpo Awards. He will receive the Legend award. Other recipients include Paul Rangell and Scott Billington. The reception will take place Thursday at the Varsity.

A trio of talented musicians will be honored during the 2016 Slim Harpo Music Awards. This year’s honorees are Lil’ Buck Sinegal (legend), Paula Rangell (pioneer) and Scott Billington (ambassador). The musicians will be honored at a reception at the Varsity Theatre in Baton Rouge on June 23. The event begins at 7:30 p.m.… Continue reading →

Longleaf revels in ‘Newgrass’ sounds

Photo by Jill Moore -- Longleaf, a new Baton Rouge band, will perform Saturday at Dyson House Listening Room. Jemini Venture will open the show at 6 p.m.

With a blend of old-school influences, Baton Rouge band Longleaf is creating a brand new sound. You can hear that sound when the band plays Dyson House Listening Room on Saturday. Music begins at 6 p.m. Longleaf is comprised of five veteran music scene players. By combining their knowledge of bluegrass, classical and contemporary indie music,… Continue reading →

Album Review: New mixtape serves up gospel according to Chance

Photo by Jack Plunkett -- Chance the Rapper, seen here performing at the Austin City Limits Festival in 2015, released a new mixtape last weekend, titled 'Coloring Book.'

It seems like blessings keep falling in Chance the Rapper’s lap. And he knows it. The Chicago native and Kanye West protégé raps about those blessings in his recently released third mixtape, “Coloring Book.” If you’re looking for a sequel to his sophomore mixtape, “Acid Rap,” you won’t find it here. However, Chance’s… Continue reading →

Organizer: Bayou Country Superfest gets big-name stars, continues to make Baton Rouge ‘entertainment destination’

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK --  Luke Bryan closes out a Louisiana Saturday night during the fifth annual Bayou Country Superfest at LSU's Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge.

Quint Davis didn’t get just one home run for the 2016 Bayou Country Superfest. The festival producer got three. The event, which returns to LSU’s Tiger Stadium on May 27-29, features headlining performances from Luke Bryan, Eric Church, and Jason Aldean — all heavy-hitters in the country music world. “The No. 1… Continue reading →

‘American Idol’ finalist honors Prince

Photo provided by Brent Craige -- Quentin Alexander's rendition of 'I Put a Spell on You' was voted the12th-best American 'Idol' performance of all time by E! News. Now, he's contributed to a Prince tribute song.

New Orleans singer Quentin Alexander and Atlanta recording artist Scuzzo have collaborated on “Early Morning,” a song tribute to the late, great Prince. Songwriter, producer and vocalist Alexander, 22, gained national attention on season 14 of Fox’s “American Idol” in 2015, finishing sixth. Scuzzo also is a songwriter, audio engineer and engineering student at Tuskegee University in… Continue reading →

Jason Isbell leads Americana Music nominations

Photo by Laura Roberts -- Jason Isbell, seen here performing at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville in 2016, leads the Americana Music nominations with three.

Americana darling Jason Isbell leads the nominations for the Americana Music Association’s Honors and Awards with three nods, including album of the year, artist of the year and song of the year. The nominations were announced last Wednesday in Washington, D.C., for the awards show to be held in Nashville, Tennessee,… Continue reading →

The turn up: How Booty Werk was born

Photo by Grant Fletcher -- Michael Moss, left, a.k.a Mikey Savage, and Josh Cataignier, a.k.a. Jay Murda, are the guys behind the Baton Rouge DJ Duo Booty Werk.

What do you get when you cross two guys, pro wrestling and New Orleans bounce music? Booty Werk. The Baton Rouge DJ duo breaches the space between entertainment and music to create a theatrical performance-based dance night. And on Saturday night at Spanish Moon, you’ll get a chance to see what that… Continue reading →

Review: Radiohead’s ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’ is a slow, beautiful listen

Photo by Alex Lake -- Radiohead has released its ninth album, 'A Moon Shaped Pool.'

Great artists have a way of presenting something that’s familiar to everyone then twisting that familiarity in a way that makes audiences question what they’re experiencing. Radiohead is a master at this. The band’s latest release, “A Moon Shaped Pool,” released digitally Sunday, is another example of how the group meets and subverts expectations.… Continue reading →

Album Reviews: This week in country: Keith Urban, Cyndi Lauper

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON - Keith Urban closes out the first day of Jazz Fest on the Acura Stage in 2015. Urban has just released a new album, titled 'Ripcord.'

Having finished his run as an “American Idol” judge, Keith Urban leaps into “Ripcord,” the most eclectic, genre-spanning album of his career. Like “Idol,” Urban’s new songs are a little bit country, a little bit rock, a little bit R&B and a lot of glossy, carefully arranged pop. With 10 producers involved,… Continue reading →

Tap, drumming legends team up for show

Invision/AP file photo --  Savion Glover, seen here at the Apollo Theater in New York, will perform Friday at Manship Theatre.

Got rhythm? The Manship Theatre will give you a lot more next month. Savion Glover, already a tap-dancing legend, and Grammy-winning drummer Jack DeJohnette will team up for a concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 3, as part of the Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Dance Series. Having trained under Gregory Hines and learned the styles… Continue reading →

Dixie Landin’ announces summer lineup

File photo -- Singer-songwriter Andy Grammer will open the Dixie Landin' Concert Series June 4 at the Baton Rouge amusement park.

Updated: The concert stage at Blue Bayou Dixie Landin’ will welcome pop singers, movie and television stars and disco kings at the Baton Rouge amusement park’s summer concert series. Scheduled for nine Saturday evenings in the summer, the Dixie Landin’ Concert Series — free to all park guests — begins with songwriter Andy Grammer and… Continue reading →

Album Reviews: The Jayhawks soar; Eno challenges

Photo provided by Thirty Tigers -- The Jayhawks have released a new album, 'Paging Mr. Proust.'

Paging Jayhawks fans: The Americana band has returned with a timeless gem that belongs among the best of the group and its loose, expansive genre. “Paging Mr. Proust” kicks off with a one-two punch that’s a good guide for the rest of the collection. The leadoff, “Quiet Corners &… Continue reading →