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Dr John's 2nd Line Today in NOLA

Jun 7, 2019

New Orleans's trumpeter Kermit Ruffins says the Second Line for Dr John kicks off today at 4pm in front of his Mother in Law Lounge in Treme. The cosmically-designed, voodoo-channeling, language-inventing, psychedelic, boogie-woogie, jazz, funk, rock, and r&b legend, and Crescent City music ambassador Malcolm Mac Rebennack passed away from a heart attack yesterday at the age of 77. Electronic dance duo Sylvan Esso sues Ticketfly and parent company Eventbrite for allegedly appropriating an image of them without permission and using it in ads.

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Saying he feels, "mentally insecure" after a recent back surgery, Beach Boys mastermind and one of pop's most brilliant composers Brian Wilson has postponed his Pet Sounds and Greatest Hits Tour. Wilson says he will work with his doctors and family to get the treatment he needs and hopefully be back on the road soon. Elton John's chief hit lyricist Bernie Taupin is opening a new visual art exhibit in LA tomorrow. And Jack White and Jack Black finally meet!

Artists for, perhaps, the most coveted gig in the world, opening for the Rolling Stones on their forthcoming U.S. tour which starts June 21 in Chicago, have been announced.  They include St. Paul & the Broken Bones, Gary Clark JR., The Revivalists, Lukas Nelson & the Promise of the Real, and in New Orleans, hometown heroes Ivan Neville & Dumstaphunk have the honor. If you have truly had enough of the viral sensation song "Baby Shark," sorry to say it's going to become the subject of a new Nickelodeon animated TV series for toddlers. Conservative tv host and former Arkansas governor and two-time presidential candidate Mike Huckabee jams with Korn guitarist, and holds his own quite well on bass. And Japanese Breakfast releases ethereal cover of "Head Over Heels" by Tears For Fears to the acclaim of one-half of the English synth-pop pioneers. 


Pretenders frontwoman Chrissie Hynde has always had a dynamic vocal range and pop sensibility. But the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has never taken on jazz until now. Due in September, Valve Bone Woe boasts jazzy covers of her ex Ray Davies, as well as The Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra and Rogers & Hammerstein. She even boils down a sprawling 23-minute Charles Mingus instrumental to a three-minute cover with her ensemble. Grammy-winning jazz drummer Lawrence lo Leathers was found dead in the stairwell of his Bronx apartment on Sunday. His girlfriend and another man were arrested and charged with negligent homicide & manslaughter. As he readies another full-length album, the ever-prolific Ty Segal drops new single and video in which he kills his bandmates for articles of clothing.

The embodiment behind the "Keep Austin Weird" slogan, psychedelic garage rock mastermind Roky Erickson of the 13th Floor Elevators has died of undisclosed causes. Erickson, who underwent electro-shock therapy for schizophrenia and was at one point, destitute, enjoyed a late career revival thanks to his work with fellow Lone Star artist Okkervil River.  Apple is about done with their once popular paid download site I-Tunes. And a trailer for the  new Martin Scorsese documentary on Dylan's commercial flop, but artistic achievement, the Rolling Thunder Revue tour has been released 

Matt gives some love to this smart comedy.

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Jangly surfy indie rockers Best Coast have been named the house band for the new TV aftershow parody on FOX, "What Just Happened??" starring Wonder Years alum Fred Savage. "Lucifer," the second posthumous single by The Screaming Eagle of Soul Charles Bradley is out today, and features instrumentation from members of The Avett Bros. And timeless, mysterious jazz, blues and Tin Pan Alley singer from another dimension Leon Redbone dies at the age of 127, a press release says with a wink.




Jana Hunter, lead singer of Baltimore's Lower Dens, wants to make songs that provide a mental space for beauty, wonder and love, the same way pop music did for him while growing up as a trans kid in a conservative family. Poised for a breakout, the indie band's first album in four years, THE COMPETITION is out in September, and ahead of it, a surreal new video. Wilco has launched a karaoke competition for their Solid Sound Festival next month. Boy George will be the subject of a new biopic. And, this morning, The Cure live streamed their concert from the Sydney Opera House, where they played DISINTEGRATION in its entirety to celebrate its 30th anniversary.  

Tribal memers react to the new Prairie Public documentary, "Basketball, Water, and the Lost Town of Elbowoods."