Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Ronell Johnson (above) join living legend Allen Toussaint at the Paramount on Thursday. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: Allen Toussaint

Legendary pianist Allen Toussaint has been a staple of the New Orleans R&B scene for more than half a century, playing theaters and clubs and influencing and collaborating with marquee names like Paul Simon, Elvis Costello, Joe Cocker, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, and NOLA’s own Preservation Hall Jazz Band. In honor of their shared […]

Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires tell new stories about a complicated past on their album Dereconstructed. The rockin’ Birmingham quartet opens for Diarrhea Planet on Friday at the Southern. Publicity Image

Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires defy Southern rock tropes

Deconstructed displays its dichotomy right off the bat. The sophomore missive from Birmingham, Alabama’s Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires opens with a greasy overdriven guitar riff and some howling gospel-inflected vocalizations from Bains. Twenty-five seconds into “The Company Man,” the drums and bass kick in and it’s pure boogie, twin guitars trading twangy […]