New Orleans electronic-pop outfit Big History celebrates the release of its debut EP All At Once tomorrow at 10 p.m. at One Eyed Jacks. The band (fronted by Meg Roussel's smoky, soulful voice) blasts dreamy, liquid dance-floor synthesizers and four-on-the-floor drum machines. All At Once is wicked, late-night pop, fleshed out and flanked by post-punk licks and echoes, bass, and violin. It's easy for the new school of pop revisionists to sound cold and lifeless (see: Nite Jewel, on-stage MacBooks), but Big History warmly embraces guilty-pleasure hooks and earworm choruses — not a dud in the five tracks on All At Once.
Read more about Big History from Gambit's new music issue, and listen to standout tracks "Wardrum" and "Wolfblood" in the streaming player below:
Master P marks his return to the rap foray with his first output since 2005. Download the mixtape TMZ (Too Many Zeroes) for free here. There's a new crop of No Limit Records rappers wasting no time with off-the-wall rhymes over sparse (Lex Lugor-y) and hard-going beats. (Check the video for the boast-heavy, gun-toting "We Out Ch-here" here.)
Below, listen to Big Chief Alfred Doucette's latest track, the political slam "America," and find more music after the jump.
Here's your forecast for next week's highlights:
World Champion rock 'n' roll goofball King Khan returns to New Orleans as Tandoori Knights, self-described "Bollybilly," their amalgamation of sweaty rockabilly and garage-rocking, chicken tikka-eating, cobra-taming and turban-wearing. The band performs at One Eyed Jacks, 9 p.m. Tuesday. Download "Brown Trash" from the LP Curry Up!, on the venerable Norton Records label.
Baltimore's Future Islands is at Hi-Ho Lounge at 10 p.m. Wednesday. The band's romantic, visceral synth-driven theater-pop shares the stage with New Orleans' Kindest Lines. Download "Balance" from Future Islands' 2011 album On the Water, here.
Here's the band's latest video — "Give Us the Wind" from the NPR-approved On the Water: