Yo La Tengo headlines Tipitina's tomorrow night — grab a few radio sessions, rare tracks and radio jingles on the band's website. Check out Noah Bonaparte Pais' interview with the YLT's Ira Kaplan in this week's Gambit. Follow the band on Twitter to enter to win tickets to the Tip's show.
Weirdo-funk lounge reptile Quintron has announced his new album, Sucre du Sauvage, will be released April 12 on Goner Records. The album was partially recorded during his residency at New Orleans Museum of Art — the record's B-side features found sounds and field recordings from City Park. Meanwhile, here's Quintron with King Lee on "Tireshop," an ode to the St. Claude Tire Shop, sung by the late Lee.
Music mogul Russell Simmons is "hijacking" MySpace — because people are still using MySpace — to find the next big thing. Representing Louisiana: New Orleans MC Dee-1 (currently at No. 2) and Louisiana-born you've-heard-her-on-commercials Lelia Broussard (holding down No. 1). Dee-1's latest is I Hope They Hear Me Vol. 1.5, which is available for free on his website. Volume 2 is due out soon, and you can find his other mixtapes — also free — on his website.
Broussard offers her EP Waiting on the 9 for free if you sign up for her e-mailing list. (You can also stream songs from her new album Masquerade.)
Music from Big Freedia, David Bazan, Sun Hotel and more after the jump:
Big Freedia is celebrating her birthday in style (a "Winter Black Diamond Affair" no less) 10 p.m. Sunday at House of Blues with Sissy Nobby, Katey Red, Cheeky Blakk, Ms. Tee, Kourtney Heart and likely a bajillion others. Stream Freedia's Hitz Vol. 1 right here.
David Bazan heads to the House of Blues with Jimmy Eat World this Monday, Jan. 31. Bazan (of Pedro the Lion and Headphones) offers his solo output for free on his website.
Anthemic, stadium-sized folk-pop outfit Sun Hotel does Republic tonight at 10 p.m. Stream their albums or download 'em for a name-your-price ... price.
And to kick off King Britt's two days of performances with the Sister Gertrude Morgan Experience at the Contemporary Arts Center, beginning tonight, here's a bit of Searching for Sister Gertrude: