Music to Your Ears
New Orleans Playlist
DJ Soul Sister shares some of her favorite tracks
For 14 years, DJ Soul Sister has been manning the boards Saturday nights between 8 and 10 p.m. at listener-supported WWOZ 90.7 FM in New Orleans. In fact, her program “Soul Power,” the country's longest-running rare groove radio show, was the last to air before WWOZ signed off during Hurricane Katrina. On top of her radio gig, Soul Sister hosts three weekly "right-on party situations" that satisfy New Orleanian yearnings for underground disco, deep funk, boogaloo, soul, rare groove and more. With this mix, you can join her noble campaign to make your booty do its duty.
Or, the Whale
Welcome to Americana
Flyer on the Wall
The World is Their Tomb
Party with the blackened souls of Minus Seven when they release their CD and their demons Aug. 9 at the Launchpad with The Bayonet, The Scarlet Ruse, Down Not Out, Vail of Miscreation and Caustic Lye. There will be barbecue in the parking lot at 6 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. $10. All-ages. (MD)
Antares is a supergiant star about 10,000 times brighter than the sun. SuperGiant couldn’t have picked a better luminous entity to name its 15-song LP after. The wall of flames that springs up unexpectedly on the album’s first track, “Psychedelic Sunset,” never dies down. The guitars take a go-heavy-or-go-home approach, and singer Joel Rogers has a deceptively vicious metal bark that flares when provoked. Despite its always full-throttle nature, Antares has some stellar dynamics on display, which build to a smattering of powerful climaxes that leave a charred trail in their wake. (SM)
Bonnie Watts Sails with City Reign
Vocalist brings soulful stylings to the Outpost
Sometimes you just step in it.
That’s what happened to soulful vocalist Bonnie Watts shortly after moving to Albuquerque from her native Chicago in January 2005.
“My son told me about the open mic night at Club Rhythm and Blues,” says Watts, who didn’t waste any time introducing herself to club owner John Nieto.
Just weeks after landing in New Mexico, Watts took hold of the mic at Club Rhythm and Blues, with Nieto standing right next to her. “I mean close,” she says, laughing, “and I thought, He’s gonna push me off the stage if I don’t sound good.”
“When Bonnie started singing ‘Summertime,’ ” says pianist Arnold Bodmer, “after about two or three words, me and [saxophonist] Cindy [Tag] looked at each other and were going—”