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    This past weekend I went to a free event (most live music is free in this town btw) to see a band I discovered this summer at SXSJ in Austin, Hurray for the Riff Raff. The event featured several New Orleans artists and musicians and The Joy theater was packed full of the Riff Raff’s local fan base. They’ve been out on tour promoting their new album, Small Town Heroes, and were thrilled to be back in Nola performing for their crowd. I wanted to share their music with you as their sound is very unique and their story of success lies in the heart of what New Orleans is all about. Lead singer, Alynda Lee Segarra started the band in New Orleans and is aiming to leave a hefty mark on the Americana folk music scene. She makes her music for the riff raff, the underdogs and says, “We really feel at home with a lot of worlds of people that don’t really seem to fit together, and we find a way to make them all hang out with our music. Whether it’s the queer community or some freight train-riding kids or some older guys who love classic country, a lot of folks feel like mainstream culture isn’t directed at them. We’re for those people.”

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    I wrote about the Swedish folk duo, First Aid Kit, back in 2012 when I first discovered their music and fell in love with their look and sound. I told a lot of people about them at a time when not many had heard of them. The enchanting duo has come a long way since then and as I’ve watched their audience grow, I’ve also seen them grow into themselves a bit more. Today, their first video from their new album (out on June 10th) was released and again I was mesmerized by their flow, their melodic sound and their style.

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