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All Writing From Joey Laura

Jun 2017


In the grand theatrical tradition of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, Lord Sutch, and Alice Cooper, GWAR has been wreaking havoc since 1984. Like a combination of KISS and Gallagher, GWAR combines vile cheapness and messy interactions…Read full article

May 2017


-Photo Dod Morrison The Sex Pistols. The Clash. Wire. Despite the prominence of these bands in the annals of punk rock history, none of them were the first British punk band to tour the United…Read full article

Apr 2017


John Peel once described him as “the best-kept secret in music.” More than five decades later, Richard Thompson is still a legend. At 67 years-old and 25 records to his name (not including his former…Read full article

Oct 2016


13 DREAMS POST GOSPEL DISCO (BROTHERS SOMETHING) New Orleans’ 13 Dreams, Justin Batiste and Jesse Zenon, have debuted with a fantastically lush album. While its title Post Gospel Disco might seem to do the work…Read full article

May 2016

Red Light Fever: Pheasants

“It’s all about communication,” says Robert Randow, the vocalist and guitarist of Pheasants. Randow and the other musicians that make up the band communicate a multi-layered, purposefully two-sided record of sentiments and feelings called Pheasants,…Read full article

Apr 2016

Red Light Fever: de lune déluge

I tell Vanessa Degrassi, the singer-songwriter behind the band de lune déluge, that their debut album Honeycomb dabbles in the flirtatious and dreamy sound of Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks (which, full disclosure, is my desert…Read full article

Reviews, April 2016

Music – Books – Art Music DANIEL ASH STRIPPED (MAIN MAN) Anyone who has ever darkened the doors of Hot Topic or coughed from dancing too long next to a smoke machine knows the name…Read full article

Feb 2016

Reviews, February 2016

Art CUBS THE POET RE-READ MSANIART GALLERY In a city that celebrates pageantry and performance, how do we experience the written word? Cubs the Poet, a constantly clacking fixture and poet for hire on Royal…Read full article

Jan 2016

Reviews, January 2016

ADELE 25 (XL) Look, I get it. I’m being played. I’m being pandered to. I am fully aware of it. But I also don’t give a shit. I’m all in on this one: Adele is…Read full article

Dec 2015

Buried Treasure: Looking for Deals at the Record Raid

This past November, Record Raid threw down at the Peoples Health New Orleans Jazz Market on Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. Countless vendors showed off their wares: one guy had a large focus on two-dollar records,…Read full article

Top 5 Humanist Tracks

5. JAMES MCMURTRY “COPPER CANTEEN” Only McMurtry can whip up the kind of lyrics that you recognize both cognitively and emotionally. With a line that says, “Then your breath on my skin still pulls me…Read full article

Nov 2015

Of Montreal’s Kevin Barnes: Quirk and Spark

Of all the bands that exist as part of the Elephant 6 Collective, Of Montreal carved out, by far, the most interesting aesthetic. With a personal pop yearning and character sketches as strange and unusual…Read full article

Oct 2015

Gang of Four’s Andy Gill: Songs of the Free

In the late ‘70s, as punk rose in its exposure post-Never Mind the Bollocks, Gang Of Four threw down the gauntlet regarding the young genre’s ultimate capabilities. While other bands imitated The Sex Pistols’ gruffness…Read full article

Top Guns: Antigravity’s Best of the Best for Voodoo 2015

The Voodoo Music + Arts Experience is once again upon us, requesting permission to buzz the hallowed oaks of City Park. It’s a magical time of year, bringing boundless joy to both roving packs of…Read full article

Sep 2015

Reviews, September 2015

Books KATRINA: AFTER THE FLOOD GARY RIVLIN (SIMON & SCHUSTER) Put Douglas Brinkley’s The Great Deluge (published in 2006) and Gary Rivlin’s Katrina side by side. Deluge, intent on telling in detail the story of the…Read full article

Wild Gift: Catching Up With John Doe of X

“Can I call you John?” I ask. He laughs. “Sure.” Based on the way he says it, he likes to laugh. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that he has a sense of humor. John Doe,…Read full article

Aug 2015

Reviews, August 2015

Print MOMMA TRIED ISSUE NO. 2 MMXIV (SELF-PUBLISHED) It’s an odd, archaic feeling, sitting at a table with a magazine. The pages are slick and heavy with ink. A thrill of muscle memory shivers up…Read full article

Jul 2015

This Charming Man: Morrissey at the Saenger Theater

Getting Morrissey is an initiation in its own right. Given that it’s rare to hear his songs on the radio (whether from his solo career or from his work with The Smiths), it’s easy to…Read full article

Reviews, July 2015

THE BRETON SOUND DON’T BE AFRAID OF ROCK & ROLL, VOL. 1 (INDEPENDENT) The latest from the bearded ones known as The Breton Sound is all about refining their formidable skills to present their tightest…Read full article

Jun 2015

Reviews, June ’15

ISSA RAE THE MISADVENTURES OF AWKWARD BLACK GIRL (37 INK/ATRIA BOOKS) YouTube, much maligned for creating loads of inane internet stars, blessedly balances out those scales by bringing the world the work and perspectives of…Read full article

May 2015

Reviews, May 2015

ALABAMA SHAKES SOUND & COLOR (ATO) Alabama Shakes’ 2012 debut Boys & Girls heralded an auspicious beginning for these blues rockers, bringing the raw force of Brittany Howard’s voice, Zac Cockrell’s bass, Heath Fogg’s simple-yet-strong…Read full article

Apr 2015

Reviews, April 2015

CHEF MENTEUR III (SUNRISE OCEAN BENDER) The sheer size and scope of Chef Menteur’s III may seem daunting to new listeners at first, but these New Orleans-based instrumentalists are old hands at epic conceptual albums….Read full article