There’s no better place to spend Halloween weekend than New Orleans. But if getting to the Big Easy just wasn’t easy for you this year, don’t worry: These awesome, costumed photos from the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience, which took place at NOLA’s City Park Oct. 27-29, will almost make you feel like you were there.
“Some of my favorite memories of my childhood are driving around with my dad. He used to have this ’49 Buick. … And when Fats Domino came on, we always turned it up.”
At the Voodoo Music + Art Experience Saturday, among the many classics on the Foo Fighters hit-packed setlist was their 1997 power ballad “My Hero.” And frontman Dave Grohl was just that — a hero — to one lucky fanboy, when he serenaded the delighted spectator with that song, literally making him weep with joy.
Our live stream of the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience from New Orleans has come to an end, but you can check out highlights from the weekend here. See you in City Park next year!
NEW YORK (AP) — When it comes to protest music, there's the subtle stuff and the really angry stuff. The all-star band Prophets of Rage takes the latter to a whole new grab-you-by-the-throat level.
Bassist Nate Mendel was pleased Dave Grohl allowed another person to produce the latest Foo Fighters album, Concrete and Gold.
Alt-rock supergroup Prophets of Rage have released the video for "Hail to the Chief," which appeared on their recently released debut studio album. Like all of the material they've released thus far, the clip is an on-the-nose jab at the powers that be. Here, they target Donald Trump's presidency. Watch the video below. …
Electro-rock band LCD Soundsystem scored its first chart-topping record on the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart on Monday, the only new album in the top ten after a quiet week of releases. "American Dream," the fourth album by LCD Soundsystem, sold 81,000 albums, some 5,000 songs and was streamed nearly 6 million streams, totaling 85,000 album units, according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan. The Billboard 200 chart tallies units from album sales, song sales (10 songs equal one album) and streaming activity (1,500 streams equal one album).
Sat in the blissful cool of the Lexington pub as London swelters in the midst of a heatwave, Mondo Cozmo is marvelling at everything that's happened to him in the past year. The American singer-songwriter, born Joshua Keith Ostrander, has just come out of a US tour supporting Bastille, and is preparing to release his debut album Plastic Soul in August through Island Records (later he'll play the tracks during a mind-blowing set in the venue upstairs). “Plastic Soul”, the title track on the record, was a big moment for Ostrander.
Day one of the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience in New Orleans featured many highlights, including an onstage marriage proposal, a mock guitar solo by an adorable 5-year-old girl, a cover of the Family Ties theme, and a controversial chant of “Free Kevin Gates!” during hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd’s mobbed set. (Rae Sremmurd served as last-minute replacements on the Pepsi Stage for Gates, after Gates was sentenced to 180 days in jail just two days before the festival.)
When Detroit’s nerdy neo-soulman Mayer Hawthorne announced Friday at New Orleans’s Voodoo festival that he and his band were about to play “the greatest song of all time,” one might have expected something by, say, Marvin Gaye or Smokey Robinson. But instead, Hawthorne and company graced the Pepsi Stage audience with a feelgood, seemingly completely sincere rendition of the classic Family Ties theme, “Without Us.”
Former My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way re-emerged on the scene last year with his debut solo effort, Hesitant Alien. Though he is still relatively new to performing on his own he hasn’t forgot how to work a crowd after all those years playing to tens of thousands with My Chem, as evidenced by his performance at the 2015 Voodoo Music + Art Experience in New Orleans. Way spoke about his solo endeavors from the Toyota Tent in conjunction with SPIN, referring to his 13 years in MCR as “some of the best times of my life,” but adds that things were getting, in his estimation, “stagnant.” A fresh start as a solo artist proved to be the kicker that he needed to get his songwriting and creative flair back on track.
Alternative rock band Grizfolk may be based in Los Angeles, but the group boasts roots in Sweden – and has a sound as wide as the distance between its current and historic homes. The band showed off its stuff during a set shot at the 2015 Voodoo Music Arts Experience in the Toyota Tent in conjunction with SPIN, and also took the time to chat about its happenings of late – including its various genre mixes, influences (all agree on Aerosmith!), and the joy of playing in one of the coolest cities in America.
After a 13-year hiatus, Minneapolis post-punk female icons Babes in Toyland reunited in late 2014 and have been touring ever since, playing everywhere from a much-hyped comeback show at Los Angeles’s Roxy this year to Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London to, most recently, the Voodoo Music Art Experience in New Orleans. At the fest, they gave a performance the Toyota Tent held in conjunction with SPIN, delivering their eruptive sound that vacillates between calming psychedelic energy to explosive rock stylings – Kat Bjelland’s screeching lead vocals, Lori Barbero’s pacing drums, and humming bass from new member Clara Salyer.
Welsh-originated and London-based dreampop trio the Joy Formidable (consisting of Ritzy Bryan on vocals and guitar, Rhydian Dafydd on bass, and Matt Thomas on drums) were one of the lucky acts at New Orleans’s Voodoo Music + Art Experience who didn’t experience inclement weather. In fact, their Friday set was marked by sunshine and an equally sunny crowd eager for some rocking sounds.