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Recent Issues


All Writing From Kelly McClure

May 2017


BOY HARSHER YR BODY IS NOTHING (DKA) Missing their February Mudlark appearance, yet seeing their shared bill with High Functioning Flesh (one of my favorite acts) later in the tour urged me to check out…Read full article

Mar 2017


CODE ORANGE FOREVER (ROADRUNNER) When Code Orange signed to Deathwish, I was very impressed to learn that the average age of its members was 18. I began obsessively watching their output due to how much…Read full article

Feb 2017


CHERRY GLAZERR APOCALIPSTICK (SECRETLY CANADIAN) Apocalipstick—the sprawling second album by L.A.’s divergent pop-punk sweethearts Cherry Glazerr—is an undoubtedly matured take on the foursome’s unconventional noise-pop sound. Unlike their fuzzy, unrefined first album, Haxel Princess, which…Read full article

Jan 2017


A problem retrieving my press pass sent me speed walking from the will-call booth to the back of the Smoothie King Center, where I found myself frantically showing my phone to the security staff guarding…Read full article


CHILDISH GAMBINO “AWAKEN, MY LOVE!” (GLASSNOTE) On “Awaken, My Love!” Childish Gambino—better known as actor and comedian Donald Glover— dives headfirst into 1970s-style funk and soul. Glover completely abandons rap, leaving behind the quick word…Read full article

Dec 2016


My wife and I got married in New York just two short years ago in a rented cabin upstate. There, the rings on our fingers meant we were legally and lovingly tied together as one…Read full article

Nov 2016


CHUPAME EL DEDO S/T (DISCREPANT) From my first visit, Domino Sound Record Shack has consistently exposed me to some fantastically out-there contemporary interpretations of international folk traditions, and Chupame El Dedo’s self-titled album is the…Read full article

Oct 2016


In the not-too-distant past, Sarah Silverman was making news for her comedic memoir about being a bedwetter well into her teens (appropriately titled TheBedwetter), as well as for comedy specials which showcase her genius ability…Read full article


From the disco-meets-devil worship of GHOST to the redemptive, soulful wails of Charles Bradley, this year’s Voodoo Music + Arts Experience promises to be another religious experience among the majestic oaks of City Park. The…Read full article


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

Sep 2016


At the top of this year, the multimedia art and history collective Last Call: the New Orleans Dyke Bar History Project staged several performances, mixing music, clips of audio interviews, and a hyper-intimate version of…Read full article


APHEX TWIN CHEETAH (WARP) Richard D. James has certainly been prolific these past few years. Between 2014’s triumphant Syro (the vast archive of previously-unreleased tracks put up on Soundcloud) and last year’s Computer Controlled Acoustic…Read full article

Aug 2016


  ALICE BAG S/T (DON GIOVANNI)   Perhaps it was her activism, the penning of her memoirs of the Hollywood punk scene of the late ‘70s and of her travels to post-revolutionary Nicaragua, or her…Read full article

Jul 2016

Cranking Up with The Music Box

New Orleans Airlift—a collaboration of musicians, artists, event planners, and everything in between—launched a  Kickstarter on June 7 to help with funding towards a permanent home for their Music Box installation. The Music Box was…Read full article

Jun 2016

Now & Then: The Cure Live at the UNO Lakefront Arena

When it was announced that The Cure would be playing New Orleans, I couldn’t buy tickets fast enough. With the help of a friend’s pre-sale code, I snapped up two moderately priced nosebleeds for their May 11th show at the UNO…Read full article


MUSIC JAMES BLAKE THE COLOUR IN ANYTHING (POLYDOR) “I can’t believe this, you don’t wanna see me,” croons the refrain, amid spectral moans and piano chords. From this opening, James Blake’s newest offering, The Colour in Anything, engages listeners on…Read full article

May 2016

The Darkness: Live at House of Blues

Seeing a band perform live that you don’t really have a prior musical relationship with is the best possible way to get a crash course on what they’re all about. In that instance, you’re experiencing…Read full article

Reviews, May 2016

MUSIC ALL PEOPLE S/T (COMMUNITY) All People’s second, eponymous album is an eclectic half hour of guitar-heavy post-punk entwined with introspective lyrics, horns, and synth-pop. There is remnant influence from ‘90s bands like Pavement, Archers…Read full article

Apr 2016

An Introvert’s Guide to SXSW

South by Southwest is the most emotionally specific musical gathering there is. Part industry feeding trough, part hyper self-aware band camp, it’s a week-long gauntlet that most bands, writers, and publicists find themselves limping through…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

Mar 2016

Shannon and the Clams: Sleepovers and Dream Dinner Dates

Shannon and the Clams are an Oakland-based band with a style that can sound old, harkening back to Phil Spector’s girl-group glory days—but also new, like the best possible version of the wide variety of…Read full article

BUKU V: AG Picks

There are only a handful of cities that can brag about having their own amazing local music festival to look forward to each year, and New Orleans is one of them. The BUKU Music +…Read full article

Reviews, March 2016

Books BOB MEHR TROUBLE BOYS: THE TRUE STORY OF THE REPLACEMENTS (DACAPO PRESS) There’s an expression—”don’t sit too close at the ballet”—that’s sometimes used to describe the feeling of learning too much about something you…Read full article

Feb 2016

Best Coast’s Bobb Bruno: Taco Trucks and Other California Smells

Best Coast’s latest album, California Nights, was released back in May 2015 and was so good that they’re still touring it. Their easy breezy sound is relatable to a lot of people and brings to…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

Reviews, December 2015

ADULTS THIS IS OUR YEAR (THIS IS HURRY UP AND WAIT) I have to channel my inner Bryan Funck because I was hoping he’d review this record but dude is so “busy” these days, mostly…Read full article

Top 5 Times Erykah Badu Proved She’s Cooler Than Everyone Else

5. SHE’S THE COMEBACK QUEEN She unearthed herself from her “Rimshot” era relevancy coffin and is all of a sudden, out of nowhere, all over the blogs, doing interviews, hosting  shows, and releasing killer mix-tapes on…Read full article

Nov 2015

Reviews, November 2015

Books   KRISTIN HERSH DON’T SUCK, DON’T DIE: GIVING UP VIC CHESNUTT (UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS PRESS) In the mid-1990s, Throwing Muses’ founder Kristin Hersh embarked on what would be the first of many tours with…Read full article

Nov 2015

Parquet Courts’ Sean Yeaton : Haunted Breeder

This interview is a special one, and a bit more informal than most on account of the fact that Sean and I used to work together at the Brooklyn office of a magazine whose name…Read full article

Oct 2015

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

Chelsea Wolfe Live at One Eyed Jack’s: Crazy Love

There’s not much rhyme or reason to the habits and practices attached to my history as a music fan. All throughout high school (which was roughly 189 years ago) I was goth, and that seed…Read full article

Reviews, October 2015

ANN PEEBLES GREATEST HITS (HI RECORDS/FAT POSSUM) With the Hi Rhythm Section backing her up, Ann Peebles released seven albums for Hi Records over the course of the 1970s. While her labelmate Al Green became…Read full article

Sep 2015

NOLA Horror Film Fest: Never Sleep Again

It’s one thousand degrees outside and the mosquitoes are gorged with summer blood, but the times, they are a-changin’. The dollar stores are rolling out their selection of pumpkin-scented whatevers, coffee shops are adding cinnamon…Read full article

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

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