Opening Acts: "Déballez," Sweet Crude

I happened to see Sweet Crude open for the Lost Bayou Ramblers at Tipitina's a few years back; I had no real knowledge of either band, but wanted to make sure I finally caught a show at one of New Orleans' most storied venues. But Sweet Crude certainly left an impression. I'm not sure the electro-pop sheen of their most recent record does justice to the millennial-Cajun-Arcade-Fire spectacle of their live show, but at the very least you have to give them serious props for trying to bring Louisiana French into the modern age.


"Gris-Gris, by Dr. John" - The Music Afficianado

Speaking of the Big Easy, this weekend marks two years since the death of one of NOLA's most hallowed musical personages. This article is a fascinating deep dive into the 1968 album that launched Mac Rebbenack's hoodoo griot persona into musical history.
Rough Mix is a newsletter about all things audio curated by Aaron Rester and brought to you by Beartrap Spring Records. Every other week, I highlight great music, articles, podcasts and more that I think are worth sharing and spending some time with. Have a suggestion for something to share? Email, or connect with Beartrap Spring on YoutubeFacebook or Twitter. Music highlighted in these emails is available on our Spotify playlist.
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