Recap: Pelicans’ Home Opener vs. Orlando Magic

by Jordan McGuire on October 30, 2014

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The bandwagon is leaving the station and Anthony Davis is the driver, the wheel, the tires and I’m hopping on for the ride. Pelicans dismantled an Eastern Conference cellar dweller, the Orlando Magic, 101-84 on Tuesday night. All five starters for the Pelicans had a plus/minus of at least +9, and we cannot forget about the potential 2015 Sixth Man of the Year, former member of the Orlando Magic Ryan Anderson. Ryan had a plus/minus of +18 and drained three 3-pointers in as many possessions that whipped the crowd into a frenzy at the end of the third quarter.

The Omer Asik addition is refreshing. Pelicans’ front court could be the most feared rim protectors in the league. Tuesday night’s performance for both Anthony Davis and Omer Asik was historic as it was the first time since 1998 that two teammates grabbed at least fifteen rebounds and blocked five shots each. The last two teammates to accomplish that feat you ask? Future Hall of Famers David Robinson and Timmy Duncan.

Tobias Harris led all scorers with twenty-five points and Nikola Vucevic had a game high twenty-three rebounds but this wasn’t enough to stop the Pelican’s transformative quick-paced offense. Both Jrue and Eric Gordon were held to a below-average eight points. Defensively, the Pelican back court held their own against the inexperienced guards, Elfrid Payton (John Ehret and ULL) and Evan Fournier to a total of fifteen points and a combined five of seventeen from the field (29%).

No one is really sure of Eric Gordon’s future in the Crescent City but he showed defensive prowess and made an effort on both ends of the court. As a fan of Elfrid Payton, I was disappointed in his homecoming performance. Without a serviceable jumper, the former Ragin’ Cajun will have to carve out lanes and finish at the rim to get buckets. Fortunately for the Pelicans, we had The AD to nullify those buckets as he finished with a career high nine blocked shots.

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There is much promise for this young Pelican roster yet they have an Everest-like mountain to climb that is the Western Conference. If the core remains healthy throughout most of the year, it wouldn’t be crazy for a jaded Pelicans fan to say that we could creep in as a sixth or seventh seed.

Coach Monty Williams will rely on the twenty-one year old, 6’11, freakishly athletic, and oh yeah, a two-time Gold Medalist, to lead the Pelicans to the promise land that is the exclusive Western Conference Playoffs.

If you want to jump on the bandwagon, check out the Pelicans take on the Dallas Mavericks at the Smoothie King Center Saturday, November 1 at 7pm.

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1 DAY TO VOODOO: The Revivalists

by Jordan McGuire on October 30, 2014

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Upon hearing The Revivalists for the first time, you wouldn’t be able to tell what era they’re from. They jam. They’re soulful. They’re funky. They rock.

Founded in 2007, the New Orleanians remarkable live performances emerge out of an infectious “team spirit” mentality. The throwback group consists of seven members, including Ed Williams (Pedal Steel Guitar), David Shaw (Vocals), Zack Feinberg (Guitar), Rob Ingraham (Saxophone), George Gekas (Bass), Andrew Campanelli (Drums), and Michael Girardot (Keys/Trumpet). With exceptional talent from each instrument, The Revivalists have created a sound that’s meant to be experienced live.

Dave Shaw screams like Chris Cornell, yet can sometimes resemble Muddy Waters or JJ Grey & Mofro, with elements reminiscent of Dave Matthews. That’s some pretty sweet praise for a seven-year-old band from New Orleans. Dave Shaw’s inner child shines as he jumps around the stage like a kid yearning to throw a tantrum. Shaw sings with veracity that galvanizes every crowd.

The Revivalists travel across many tempos, styles and sounds, producing dark rifts and lyrics, or devising intense melancholy. The group finds a way to blend rock/funk/soul and flirts with electronic sounds. The Revivalists were conceived by fate as Zach Feinberg took an alternative bike route to his house and found Dave Shaw singing and playing guitar on his porch. The group found five new members and has been touring ever since.

In 2008, The Revivalists EP was self-released and was received with promise. DJ Sherwood Collins of WWOZ New Orleans expressed his admiration, naming it one of the best albums of 2008. With the help of Grammy-award-winning engineer, Chris Finney, The Revivalists created Vital Sounds in 2010. Produced by Chris Finney, this album was self-released. It showcased twelve new songs including “Catching Fireflies.” Recent album, City of Sound was released by Wind-Up Records March 4, 2014.

Dave Shaw admits writing at least seventy-five percent of “Masquerade” while walking in a Mardi Gras parade. He alludes to the now-incarcerated Governor Ray Nagin’s float featuring him drinking and “getting all messed up.” City of Sound not only features songs like “Masquerade,” but features their most popular songs to date such as, “Concrete,” “Navigate Below,” and “Criminal.”

Be sure to check The Revivalists out for their third trip in as many years to the Voodoo Experience on Sunday, November 2, 3:30pm.

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2 DAYS TO VOODOO: Pretty Lights

by Arthur Vandelay on October 29, 2014

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Derek Vincent Smith is a musical giant. Really. The man who performs under his stage name Pretty Lights is actually six feet, nine inches tall.

The Grammy-nominated artist sports an electro soul sound that hearkens back to the pulp soundtracks of 1970s grindhouse films. Legendary producer Rick Rubin called Smith “the face and voice of the new American electronic music scene.” That’s high praise from a man who’s worked with Run DMC and Slayer (who, by the by, will also be at Voodoo).

For those who haven’t heard the genre-bending sounds of Smith, you can expect more than just that wub wub. Mature horns make their way in to a tapestry of orchestral strings, all alongside the requisite scratching.

You can see the Pretty Lights at the Voodoo Music Experience this weekend. He’ll be helping to close out the festival at New Orleans City Park on Sunday, November 2 at 7:30pm. Tickets are at worshipthemusic.com.



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Southern Design Week 2014

by Arthur Vandelay on October 29, 2014

SCFDThe South’s premier fashion event, Southern Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015 runs from November 3-9. Expanding out from New Orleans, founder Andi Eaton kicks off a new project to highlight the work of Southern-based designers and those influenced by the South.

To become a member of the Southern Coalition of Fashion & Design and to buy tickets for Southern Design Week, go to southerndesignweek.com. But before attending the shows, here’s a look at the designers.

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Annie Etzel has grown up in the South. Her clothes are an expression, incorporating shapes and silhouettes to create eye-catching and unique garments. The inspiration is not from one source but many. The women she designs for are everything but common. Inspired by the Southern woman, the vision is complex, glamorous, and more than meets the eye. Each garment is as intricate and detailed as every woman.

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California native, Brooklyn-based designer Aza Ziegler had an early start. At age twelve she was featured in Women’s Wear Daily for her one-of-a-kind skirt line. Ten years later, Ziegler graduated from Pratt Institute and released her first collection. In 2014, she received a fellowship to join the Brooklyn Fashion and Design Accelerator as a Junior Fellow and Zeum Magazine just named her “one to watch.”

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‘NCIS: New Orleans’ Earns Full Season Order at CBS

by Arthur Vandelay on October 28, 2014

NCIS-New-Orleans-webAfter a strong start, NCIS: New Orleans has been awarded a full season by CBS. Fellow freshman shows Scorpion and Madam Secretary were also granted nine more episodes each, bringing their first seasons up to twenty-two episodes in total.

NCIS: New Orleans has boasted an average 18.2 million, which surpasses its sister show set in Los Angeles. Together, the new shows represent a successful fall for CBS. The full season order for NCIS falls in line with the recent announcement that NCIS: New Orleans distribution rights have been sold in over two hundred markets worldwide.

“These four shows have had an immediate impact on our schedule by improving nights, winning time periods and adding more hours of success across our primetime lineup,” says Nina Tassler, Chairman of CBS Entertainment.

NCIS: New Orleans has done a great job to date of showcasing the historic city of New Orleans. Exclusively shot in the Crescent City, the show gives the audience a front row seat. That’s in addition to a cast with real camaraderie, all of whom are able to sport believable Southern comfort on screen.

Scott Bakula, Lucas Black, Zoe McLellan, CCH Pounder and Rob Kerkovich star in the crime drama. Gary Glasberg, Mark Harmon, Jeffrey Lieber and James Hayman are the executive producers.

NCIS: New Orleans airs on CBS tonight, 10/28/14 at 8pm for the latest episode, “Master of Horror.”

Source: Deadline

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3 DAYS TO VOODOO: Trombone Shorty

by Jordan McGuire

With the smooth vocals of Lionel Richie, Lenny Kravitz and the playful presence of Cab Calloway, this cool twenty-eight year old fronts a truly homegrown band. Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews has the diverse ability to belt out fast-paced jazz/funk/hip-hop to get the party started, or take you to head-bobbing tranquility to rival any techno tent. Plain and simple, […]

4 Days to Voodoo: Awolnation

by Arthur Vandelay

It’s the final stretch and in four short days the 2014 Voodoo Experience will be here. So will Awolnation. So will Scene. And so will you. The electronic rock band was formed and fronted by Aaron Bruno. They released their first EP Back From Earth on May 18, 2010 on iTunes. The group then released their […]

NOFF: Fest Closes With ‘The Big Beat’ and Awards

by Arthur Vandelay

After a week of workshops, red carpets and films, the 25th Annual New Orleans Film Festival came to a close last night with a screening of The Big Beat. The filmmaking team for the feature include director Joe Lauro,  producers Beth Vest and Rick Coleman, editor Anthea Carr, director of photography David Leonard and associate […]

IN THEATERS: ‘St. Vincent’, ‘Ouija’, ‘John Wick’

by Arthur Vandelay

St. Vincent Bill Murray plays a war veteran who becomes an unlikely mentor to his new friend and neighbor, Oliver. Left in Murray’s care due to Maggie’s (Melissa McCarthy) work hours, Oliver will learn about horse track gambling, strippers and boxing. 102 min. Rated PG-13. Ouija The Ouija board is not just a game in […]