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Roky Erickson Takes Over NOLA’s One Eyed Jack’s


Heading into the Roky Erickson show at Fender and FILTER Magazine’s party in New Orleans Saturday night at One Eyed Jack’s, there was buzz surrounding the iconic Big Easy bar for one of the godfathers of psychedelic rock.

And the Texas singer/songwriter came through in spades, tearing through a set that had metal horns raised from the raucous crowd, hungry to see him.

Erickson played a few tracks off 2010′s album, True Love Cast Out All Evil, including a fiery “John Lawman.”

But Erickson seethed and scorched the stage with some of his classics, as well.

“Stand for the Fire Demon” and “Don’t Slander Me” were examples of Erickson’s sharp-as-a-dagger vocals and emphatic guitar riffs.

Erickson has a few tour dates scheduled for this summer, so check his official website at for more information.

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My Morning Jacket Make Jazz Fest ‘One Big Holiday’


The 2012 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival had a few interesting performers that fell outside of the event’s traditional acts.

One of the biggest shows of the weekend was the hard rocking Foo Fighters, who played Sunday evening.

But My Morning Jacket certainly has hard rock tendencies, as well.

Playing Saturday night as the sun went down, the Louisville, Ky., band tore through a set that spanned the course of their career, playing such songs as the ballad “Golden” off 2003′s It Still Moves and “Holdin’ On to Black Metal” from last year’s Circuital.

MMJ doesn’t just stick to the rock, however. With frontman Jim James’ croon sometimes channeling Curtis Mayfield, they can easily get funky with the best of them. There were also shades of country and folk rock.

All of those characteristics showed during their excellent appearance on the Gentilly Stage.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a My Morning Jacket show without their monumental closer, “One Big Holiday,” and the group had something special in mind.

James welcomed the Preservation Hall Jazz Band to the stage, and the audience exploded as the opening riff rang out into the night.

Later, MMJ joined the eight-member jazz ensemble for a show at the French Quarter’s Preservation Hall.

That intimate affair reportedly ended with the PHJB and members of My Morning Jacket actually taking to the streets as they performed the city’s iconic tune “When the Saints Go Marching In.

James even joined the Hall Band during its concert on Sunday, pouring his soul into a haunting “St. James Infirmary.”

Sounds like New Orleans was a big holiday for the hirsute singer and his band.

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Patrick Matera Runs Through His Rig


Patrick Matera, guitarist for pop sensation Katy Perry, recently went through his entire touring rig, which includes some amazing Gretsch Billy-Bo guitars.

Watch Matera’s rundown in the video below:

For more information, visit Perry’s official website.

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French Band What About Your Mom Cover Daft Punk


French band What About Your Mom recently posted video of an amazing cover of Daft Punk’s “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” in which frontman Brice Delage is rocking the Gretsch Billy-Bo.

Check out the cover in the video below:

For more information, visit What About Your Mom’s official Facebook page.

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‘Rolling Stone’ Offering GH Duo Jet


To celebrate the May 1st DVD release of Martin Scorcese’s George Harrison documentary Living in the Material WorldRolling Stone is giving away Gretsch George Harrison Signature Duo Jet Guitar. The model is a replica of Harrison’s original 1957 Gretsch Duo Jet.

Get contest details here:

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