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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 attends the Apollo Theater Spring Gala and 80th Anniversary Celebration  at the Apollo Theater in New York in 2014. Glover will appear at the Manship Theatre in Baton Rouge June 3.

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 →

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 →