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Royal Teeth Signs with Elektra Records

by Jordan McGuire on April 22, 2015

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Royal Teeth has signed with a major label, Elektra Records, which is owned by Warner Music Group.The decision to sign with a major label is big for any band. It signals a big vote of confidence in their commercial talent. Royal Teeth is an American indie group from Lafayette, New Orleans and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. They formed in 2010. Band-mates include sing/guitarist Gary Larsen, singer Nora Patterson, guitarist Thomas Onebane, bassist Josh Wells and drummer Josh Hefner.

In a statement released by the band, “We’re very excited to announce our signing to Elektra Records! We have been pouring our hearts into writing new music. We are growing and changing and lovin the process.” This up-and-coming indie band released their tour dates for the latter part of the year and make a pivotal stop at the Jazz & Heritage Festival this Friday April 24.

Their songs sound similar to indie pop music that has been licensed for hip Heineken and Apple commercials. Catchy, poppy and ultimately fun music to hear. They have whistles, percussion, sticks and shakers and their true strength is their ability to harmonize their vocals. Royal Teeth is a blithe cross between Passion Pit and MIKA. The group released their EP Act Naturally in 2012. Visit the band’s official website here. Watch their single “Wild” below:

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BUKU Fest Daily Schedule Announced

by Jordan McGuire on February 12, 2015

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The fourth annual BUKU Music + Art Project will begin March 13. It’s a two day event with its biggest lineup yet. BUKU has created a house party atmosphere blended with the New Orleans underground arts community. The artsy electronic festival also brings street performers and local vendors throughout the corridors of Mardi Gras World.

Earlier this month, we got a glimpse at the full lineup. Now, we have the daily schedule for Friday and Saturday.

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A$AP Rocky and Die Antwoord will headline Friday night along with some other incredibly popular bands. BUKU has done an amazing job wrangling talent this year with big bands like Portugal. The Man, Boosie Badazz, STS9 and Empire of the Sun. This year’s fest will also feature two local artists in Big Freedia and Pell.

The second and final night of BUKU will showcase Bassnectar and Passion Pit. Ghostface Killah, Zella Day and TV On The Radio, one of the most unique and creative groups, will perform on Saturday.

BUKU Music + Art Project Single day Passes are on sale tomorrow at 11:00 am. Click to buy tickets here. For more information regarding the festival visit their official website thebukuproject.com.

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FULL LINEUP: BUKU Music + Art Project 2015

by Jordan McGuire on February 4, 2015

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The eardrum-shattering BUKU Music + Art Project 2015 full lineup has been released. This year’s lineup is massive, including audio artists Bassnectar, A$AP Rocky, Passion Pit, Die Antwoord, Portugal. The Man and the Baton Rouge native Boosie Badazz. For the entire lineup and band profiles, click here: thebukuproject.com.

A new face to the two-day festival is Pell, a New Orleans native and former classmate of mine. Once a student at Country Day, Pell was uprooted to Starkville, Mississippi following Hurricane Katrina. Pell started his musical career while creating beats for his friends using a beat box that his father gave him. The smooth head bobbing rapper will be one of those performances that’ll have people immediately YouTube-ing him. But for the lazy, don’t worry. I’ve already done it for you.

Big Freedia will also grace the stages of BUKU. Known as the Queen of Bounce, Freedia inspires New Orleans with lightening speed rumpshaking dance. Her dancers, The Divas, are sure to make any shindig a spectacle. Big Freedia tours from New York to San Fransisco and plays at all of the major festivals nationwide and also boasts a popular reality show.

A cool show to check out will be DJ Windows 98 aka Win Butler of Arcade Fire. Butler has gone solo for this event and has planned his show to incorporate elements of African and Haitian music. Drums will be highly influential for his “Naïve Melodie.”

Staten Island-son Ghostface Killah will bring his hip hop to New Orleans for BUKU. The former member of the infamous Wu-Tang Clan has been described as a compulsive storyteller and his fiction is “painterly.” Ghostface Killah will be performing with BadBadNotGood.

The awesome festival will take place March 13-14 at Mardi Gras World. Visit their official website here thebukuproject.com. For more information and BUKU’s promotional video click here.

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BUKU Music + Art Project: 2015 Lineup

by Arthur Vandelay on December 17, 2014


The BUKU Music + Art project has announced the first artists that will grace the stage of the 2015 festival. In only a few short years, BUKU has established itself as one of the premier electronic music festivals in the country, attracting enthusiasts from all over the world to the city of New Orleans.

To kick off the lineup release, BUKU has released a beautifully shot (and pretty much Not Safe For Work) promo video announcing their headliners. Take a look up top.

The two-day fest takes place at Mardi Gras World, an urban venue located in the heart of New Orleans. Close to hotels, some of the best food on the planet and the international city’s year-round selection of world-class local music, BUKU is the perfect weekend getaway. Held on March 13-14, 2015, it’s a spring break without the hassles of the beach.

The 2015 festival will welcome EDM mainstay Bassnectar, A$AP Rocky, the uplifting indie pop band Passion Pit, and the new wave of electronic music duo Empire of the Sun, who return to New Orleans after their performance at newly restored Civic Theatre. The South African rap group Die Antwoord will also be returning to New Orleans, having previously played the Voodoo Music Experience.

Also performing are TV on the Radio, Porter Robinson and the electro-rock group STS9. The Chicago-based trap duo Flosstradamus will spin live, along with G-Eazy, Swedish pop star Tove Lo, the always boss Borgore and Alaskan rock band Portugal. The Man. Others include Run the Jewels, Zomboy, Gramatik, Odesza, Jamie Jones, Bobby Shmurda, Thomas Jack, Yung Lean & Sad Boys, Mr. Carmack, Raury, Bob Moses, In the Valley Below and The Range.

Lil’ Boosie, who was released from prison early this year after serving time for a drug-related charge and probation violation (and beating a murder rap), will perform under his new artist alias Boosie Badazz. He’ll be flanked by fellow Louisiana-based artists Big Freedia, Pell, Suicidyear and DJs Musa, Carneyval, Klutch and ChrissCross.

The music is complemented by visual art installations, pop-up street performers and enough local food and drink to fuel the festival activities of thousands. All of that combined with great March weather make BUKU pretty close to the spring equivalent of the Voodoo Experience. If you think that’s high praise, it is.

There will be more artists announced before BUKU so stay frosty. More information on the BUKU Music + Art Project can be found on the festival’s official website at www.thebukuproject.com.

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