Cajun music is alive and well in 2017 thanks to long-time artists like Beausoleil and Zachary Richard, but the scene is made richer by a host of younger musicians and bands bringing this unique Lousiana cultural form to all corners of the globe. Lost Bayou Ramblers is one of those important groups that can perform straight-up traditional Cajun music alongside newer approaches that up the intensity, tempo, and rock ‘n’ roll quotient in the songs and bring in other genre influences.
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Austin’s Jean Caffeine had led an exciting musical life having played drums in the all-woman punk band the Urge back in the ‘70s and drumming for Pulsallama in the ‘80s in New York. Like many of the original punk rock musicians, she has worked in the alternative country arena as well, fronting Jean Caffeine’s All Nite Truckstop.
“What do you do when a dream becomes a lie?” is the central question of “When Cinderella Dies”, the latest single off 21st Century World (2017) by singer-songwriter Bruce Sudano. Produced by Mike Montali (lead singer of Hollis Brown), the song is among the highlights on Sudano’s sixth, self-penned solo album. Director Katherine Paige renders the story to haunting effect through glimpses of insidiously surreal imagery, glued together by Audra Bryant’s powerful dance performance.
No one wrings profound moments of clarity from ephemeral thoughts quite like Mississippi songwriter Andrew Bryant. Singing, “Iron Man was on the TV / I was pouring myself another beer / Thinking about all the pain that’s in my heart / Thinking about Robert Downey Jr.’s scars,” the suburban mise-en-scène Bryant paints on “Robert Downey Jr.‘s Scars” devolves into an adrenaline rush of rock and determination.
Brilliant UK artist Kate Tempest raps her way through a deeply socially conscious track in “Tunnel Vision”, which appeared on her Mercury Prize-nominated Let Them Eat Chaos. With her gift for words, Tempest is a poet of the left behind people in this era of neoliberalism. She also critiques the abuses of the capitalist system and the cult of the individual: “The myth of the individual has left us disconnected, lost and pitiful.” Tempest’s music is meant to enlighten and educate, as well as to entertain.
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