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The Revelers: Gettin’ ready for a Grammy

Photo by Sandlin Gaither -- The Revelers are nominated for the Grammy for Best Regional Roots music album.

When The Revelers’ fiddler Daniel Coolik talks about the Lafayette band’s Grammy nomination, you can sense his grin over the phone. “I think we were all definitely surprised and happy,” Coolik said. “What I’ve come to realize is that we just go out and play gigs. We were all just happy to know people noticed that.”… Continue reading →

Restless Ones: Heartless Bastards to rock BR

Photo by Courtney Chavanell -- Rock band Heartless Bastards perform on Thursday at Spanish Moon. Susto opens the show.

Erika Wennerstrom doesn’t like to sit still. The lead singer and guitarist of the Austin, Texas-based rock band Heartless Bastards, Wennerstrom is constantly working on a new song. But to get to that song, she has to travel. “Everyone has their own process when writing,” she said. “My ritual is traveling. I… Continue reading →

Review: Enjoying ‘zydeco cooking’ at T-Coon’s

Photo by Patricia Gannon -- The fried chicken and fried pork chop plates at T-Coon's in Lafayette comes with cornbread dressing, a roll and your choice of side.

T-Coon’s is a masculine paradise. The Lafayette restaurant has no frills, a lot of reasonably priced food, and family fishing photographs decorating the walls alongside Rockin’ Dopsie Jr. and a boat sign that says, “Do not block the launch.” But while T-Coon’s may look simple, it’s guaranteed the line will be out the… Continue reading →

Beyoncé announces Formation World Tour

Photo by Charlie Riedel -- Beyoncé performs during halftime of the NFL Super Bowl 50 football game last Sunday in Santa Clara, California.

Beyoncé was working overtime last weekend: After releasing a new song Saturday and performing at the Super Bowl on Sunday, she’s announced a new stadium tour. The Grammy-winning singer announced her 2016 Formation World Tour in a commercial after she performed at the halftime show with Bruno Mars and Coldplay. The tour… Continue reading →

Album Reviews: Lucinda Williams, Elton John

Photo provided by Highway 20 Records -- Lucinda Williams' new album, 'The Ghosts of Highway 20,' is a masterful, dark listen.

Singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams digs deeper into raw, mystical electric blues on her new double album, “The Ghosts of Highway 20.” Focused on faith, death, the afterlife and rural Southern settings, “Highway 20” sounds like a William Faulkner novel put to music. It’s not a fun listen;… Continue reading →

Outlying areas calendar for Feb. 12-28, 2016

Erica Jure will play the absinthe fairy in Acadiana Repertory Theatre's production of La Fée Verte by Bridgette Dutta Portman

‘THE LAST ISLANDS’ OPENING RECEPTION: 5 p.m., Hammond Regional Arts Center, 217 E. Thomas St., Hammond. The exhibit focuses on south Louisiana’s vanishing coastline and will be on display until Feb. 26. ‘LA FÉE VERTE’: 7:30 p.m., Theatre 810, 810 Jefferson St., Lafayette. See… Continue reading →

LaPlace cook brings French influences, 'a lot of flavor' to 'All-Star Academy' competition

Photo by JASON DECROW -- Natasha Clement prepares her dish during the first challenge on Food Network's 'All-Star Academy, Season 2.'

Natasha Clement’s long-term love affair with the Food Network is coming full circle. The LaPlace home cook is one of nine in the kitchen for the second season of the network’s series “All-Star Academy,” debuting Sunday. Clement says she became hooked on the culinary network when she was put on bed rest before the birth of her… Continue reading →

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 →

Review: Seafood and steaks, Duke’s does it right

Photo by Randy Bergeron -- 'Duke'd Up' oysters at Duke's Seafood and Steakhouse

Duke’s Seafood and Steakhouse is new to Watson, but there’s an old hand in the kitchen. Duke Landry grew up in his family’s restaurant business, Don’s Seafood, and is a five-time U.S. Oyster Shucking Champion. Landry and business partner Rudy Chandler, a real estate developer, teamed up to open their establishment in an area with an ever-growing… Continue reading →

A big moment: Actor Jason Bayle talks acting in ‘The Big Short’

Photo provided by JASON BAYLE --- Local actor Jason Bayle appears in a scene with Brad Pitt in the Oscar contender 'The Big Short.'

It was filming day for “The Big Short” at Harrah’s Casino in New Orleans, which was up and running as usual. Local actor Jason Bayle knew he was filming a scene with John Magaro, who plays young investor Charlie Geller in the Oscar-nominated financial comedy-drama. Bayle had checked the call sheet, and didn’t expect any… 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 →

Remaining area Mardi Gras parades for Feb. 5-14, 2016

KREWE OF BOSOM BUDDIES: 11:30 a.m., French Quarter, New Orleans LYCÉE FRANÇAIS DE LA NOUVELLE-ORLÉANS KREWE DU LYCÉE: 2:15 p.m., rolling from the campus, 5951 Patton St., New Orleans, ORIGINAL KREWE OF ORPHEUS: 6 p.m., Mandeville KREWE OF HERMES: 6 p.m., Uptown New Orleans, KREWE OF TROUBADOURS: 6:30 p.m., Lafayette… Continue reading →

Outlying areas calendar for Feb. 5-11, 2016

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Fossilized dinosaur skeletons from the Triassic and Jurassic periods are seen as part of a display at the Lafayette Science Museum. A second part of the Fossil Giants exhibit runs through April 2016.

COOKIE JAR BASS FISHING TOURNAMENTS: 7 p.m., Pointe Coupee Office of Tourism, 727 Hospital Road, New Roads. $30 peer boat. For more information, call (225) 638-3500. ‘LA FÉE VERTE’: 7:30 p.m., Theatre 810, 810 Jefferson St., Lafayette. The Acadiana Repertory Theatre’s production of the play about the absinthe… Continue reading →

Big changes at Serop’s Express on Jefferson Highway: Remodeling begins, location to reopen in May

Photo by Matthew Sigur -- The Serop's Express on Jefferson Highway has closed for renovations and will reopen in May. The location will be remodeled to include a drive-thru.

Fans of Serop’s Express on Jefferson Highway will need to go to a different location to get their daily fix of Greek food, but only for a little while. Serop’s owner Vasken Kaltakdjian said that remodeling and demolition work on the Serop’s Express at 712 Jefferson Highway near Government Street has begun. The location, which… Continue reading →

LSU student competes on ‘JEOPARDY!’ at 4:30 p.m. today

Photo provided by Jeopardy Productions, Inc. -- Host Alex Trebek and Kevin Brown, a senior at LSU from Boise, Idaho

LSU senior Kevin Brown will compete in the quarterfinals of the “JEOPARDY!” College Championship at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday on WBRZ, Channel 2 (cable Channel 5). The show re-airs at midnight Tuesday. Brown, from Boise, Idaho, is majoring in environmental engineering. Fifteen college students are competing for the $100,000 grand prize and a spot in the… Continue reading →

Def Leppard postpones tour, including Lafayette show

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

Def Leppard postponed its remaining winter tour dates, including the band's upcoming Lafayette show at the Cajundome. The band was slated to play a show on Wednesday, Feb. 3, but the show will be postponed due to illness, said Def Leppard spokeswoman Carleen Donova. Bands Styx and Tesla were Def Leppard's opening act for the 50-city North American tour. New… Continue reading →

Krewe of Mutts use ‘the Force’ to celebrate 17 years

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Dachshunds Sammy, 15 and Delilah, 9, right, dressed as hot dogs, patiently wait for the start of the CAAWs Mystic Krewe of Mutts Parade in downtown Baton Rouge. This year's parade starts at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

It’s a fundamental law of the universe that any article of clothing becomes exponentially more adorable when worn by a dog. Sweater vests, party hats, Mardi Gras costumes…the list goes on. For 17 years, the Krewe of Mutts has offered the chance to enjoy two of life’s most wonderful things — parades and puppies — in… 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 →

Review: Pupusas are on point at La Salvadoreña

Advocate staff photo by Kyle Peveto -- The pupusas, tacos and tamales at La Salvadoreña all come fresh and handmade. The restaurant serves Salvadoran comfort foods.

The tacos, tamales and pupusas at La Salvadoreña Restaurant are worth the wait. And when we tried it for lunch, it wasn’t fast food. Opened last year near the north gates of LSU, the South American restaurant previously had introduced its Salvadoran-style fare to Baton Rouge diners through its food trucks. It offers… 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 →

In the sky: Silk aerialists are growing in popularity in BR

Photo by John Power -- Jennie Guillot, the founder of Lagniappe Aerial, has used her dance training to become a silk aerialist. Her troupe performs each weekend at 1913 in downtown Baton Rouge.

Imagine dancing in the sky. Envision yourself swirling, spinning, swinging — suspended in air by ribbons of silk. Sheer and colorful, their long tails whisk beneath your movements as you transition from one elegant pose into the next. That is a day on the job for Baton Rouge silks aerialist Jennie Guillot. A dancer from… 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 →