Rock And A Hard Place



Granted, One Eyed Jacks brings it every month. But with Republic’s deadbeat January, the House of Blues between shifts — strong fall, strong spring — and the Parish morphing over the last six months into a haven for mallrats (who else goes to 6 p.m. gigs?), it begs the question: Could New Orleans’ second-best rock ’n’ roll destination right now be in Baton Rouge?

The Spanish Moon hosts enough quality concerts to qualify. Lundi Gras saw Appalachian anthem makers Band of Horses visit the Highland Road venue, and this coming Tuesday and Wednesday, it has Vancouver stoner-rockers Black Mountain and brash Texas bluesman Scott H. Biram, respectively. The first fortnight in March already boasts a virtual travelogue of good music: gauzy waltzes from Baltimore's Beach House, pots-and-pans antics from Philly's Man Man, edgy country/rock from Portland's Blitzen Trapper and ants-in-their-pants dance pop from Toronto's Born Ruffians (who also will haul their gear to OEJ the same week — thanks for saving us the gas, guys).

Saul Williams, your Parish purge can’t come soon enough.

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