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This past weekend I was lucky enough to cover the BUKU Music + Art Project at New Orleans' own Mardi Gras World. Located between an overgrown railroad line and an abandoned power plant right on the Mississippi river, this young festival (only it's second year) was a huge success. The majority of BUKU had an electronic dance music theme, with nearly 12,000 fans in attendance to see headliners such as Major Lazer, Flux Pavilion, Calvin Harris, Nero, Dillion Francis, ... Read More
For most Americans, the Super Bowl is all about chicken wings, beer, and good company. But in the shadow of this massive sporting event, there lie disturbing truths about the Super Bowl’s history of attracting sex traffickers. Large-scale events that are fueled by booze, excess, and consumption are also hotbeds for the underground sex trade, though this gritty reality is often eclipsed by fanfare and funny commercials.  Clemmie Greenlee, a former victim ... Read More
I recently caught Beats Antique at The Howlin’ Wolf in New Orleans. The all-instrumental band, comprised of David Satori (guitar, viola, and percussion), Tommy Cappel (keys, percussion), and Zoe Jakes (belly dancer, composer, and producer) fuses Middle Eastern tribal sounds with experimental world music and electronica. Lynx, a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Colorado, was the opening act and wowed the crowd with her electronic folk-pop ... Read More
Eve Ensler is a total rock star.See? She’s best known for writing and starring in the groundbreaking play The Vagina Monologues—heck, even your grandparents have probably heard of it. Not being one to rest on her laurels, she founded a nonprofit, V-Day, that combats the epidemic (and yes, folks, it is an epidemic) of sexual and domestic violence happening all around the world. V-Day activists have opened hospitals for abuse survivors in the Democratic ... Read More
IFC is on a roll. They just keep announcing exciting movie premieres and fun Q&A sessions with independent film’s greatest minds. This time, it’s director Jonathan Demme’s film festival veteran documentary: I’m Carolyn Parker: The Good, The Mad, and the Beautiful. The film will debut on September 13 at the NYC IFC Center followed by a Q&A with Demme.I’m Carolyn Parker follows one New Orleans native in her journey to ... Read More
Does marching around with a bunch of weird, wild women wearing beards and merkins sound appealing to you? If so, you may be an excellent candidate for the Bearded Oysters, an organization of 500+ parading ladies who hit the streets in custom costumes and show off their various talents for an adoring public. The club started in New Orleans as part of the Mardi Gras parade circuit, and is now looking to recruit in New York in time for the N.Y.C. Halloween Parade. As ... Read More
After transforming streets, walls, and waterways around the world, Swoon is unleashing a new gift to the New Orleans art community - a musical house named the Dithyrambalina. The ‘house-sized-instrument’ will be a permanent, interactive sculpture set in the Bywater neighborhood of New Orleans. The building site is the former home of a blighted Creole Cottage; its salvage will be used in the construction of the Dithyrambalina. The artistic ... Read More
If you ever get a chance to see Big Freedia live, do not hestitate. Go. The bounce artist and butch-queen gives the most amazing live show I’ve ever seen. The audience danced so hard, you had to scrape ass off the floor. The New Orleans artist performs a spin-off of the popular down-south genre bounce, coined Sissy Bounce by the media. Sissy bounce incorporates fierce and fabulous queer performance and gender-bending in to he booty-shaking and bass dropping ... Read More
New Orleans' Sissy Bounce Queen, Big Freedia, is most definitely gonna be in Brooklyn this weekend to kickoff her U.S. tour!  Consistently BUSTing gender norms, Big Freedia will be bringin' her crew of dirty dancers including Altercation (booty bounce instructor on the side)  and her pal DJ Rusty Lazer along for the ride. During the day on Saturday, August 28th, the troupe will be at MoMA's PS1's Warm Up Party beginning at 2pm.  When the sun sets, ... Read More
Above: Vockah Redu with Energizah and Shortee Whop Critics and fans alike have been itching to hear something new in the Rap genre for years, and New Orleans has stepped up to the plate to deliver. Turns out that Louisiana has been a hip-hop incubator for the past decade; dotingly cultivating a set of grade-A chicks, dudes and chick-dudes. Well, the veritable golden egg has hatched and the artists of Sissy Bounce are shouting out, "I'm ready! And I'm tellin' ... Read More
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