in this track, listing his crew’s knack for cartoon-esque violence, while Shawn spits a biblical verse about selftransformation and multi-dimensional travel — and his search for halal meat? From track to track on this EP, Sic Hop demonstrates their creative flexibility. Songs like “Cosmic in December” take a more introspective turn, and show off the duo’s knack for telling their personal stories. Others, like “Shuriken” demonstrate the group’s ability to make catchy songs rooted in technical ability. And as always, Gl!nn’s production morphs into an elegant beat that fits the mood. Gold Crack is a ultimately a short showcase of what Sic Hop is capable of when the members combine their abilities. Between their knack for collectively creating comedy, telling stories, and producing a mesmerizing flow, Sic Hop should soon have more innovative hip-hop releases in store for New Orleans and beyond. Find out more about Sic Hop at https://www.facebook. com/shawnawesome504 -Austen Krantz
Hotstream and the Mid City Drifters - who many may know by their heaven-sent “Spaghetti Western Sundays” at Banks Street Bar where they were known to serve up a mix of originals, tributes and more set to a backdrop of some of the best, growliest, gunslingery classic films. They’ve recently returned from one of their successful European tours and have released a disc of 12 originals and 3 covers entitled “13 Days” sure to appeal to fans of Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard and the great Johnny Cash. Beautifully crafted, “13 Days” is their first studio CD and was recorded/produced by Mike Harvey who also is known for producing the Hot 8 Brass Band’s Grammynominated album. Self-described as “Truckerbilly” or “Ameripolitan” the band incorporates vintage twang with rolling piano, lilting fiddles and the supernatural sigh of lap steel guitars. Rounded out by Hotstream’s confidant and expressive voice, and nicely complimented by the mellow and perfectly placed backing vocals this record is a joy. Whether playful, mournful, rollicking or exalted each track shines. Find out more about Ron Hotstream at https://www. facebook.com/ron.hotstream -Melissa Crory
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Country music is often greatly overlooked in all of its forms in New Orleans, and it’s a cryin’ shame. Tucked away in clubs all over the city are the sublime, heartbreaking or playfully grinning sounds of bluegrass, honkey tonk, folk and western swing just begging to be discovered. Some of the most talented and accessible of the bunch are Ron
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