March 25, 2008
By Alex V. Cook
Many a second or third pitcher of beer has been spilled over the question: Who is the best rock band ever? I have heard compelling arguments for The Ramones and Fugazi, and have made them for The Fall and Richard Hell and The Voidoids, but no one has quite gone to the lengths to defend their case as Joe Bonomo did in his recent exhaustive book, Sweat: The Story of the Fleshtones, America's Garage Band. In it, Bonomo follows lead Fleshtone Peter Zaremba from his first guitar purchase through 30 years of some of the finest teenage rebellion rock you've probably never heard. You will get your chance to fix that this Wednesday night when they play with the Junior League at the Spanish Moon (early show, doors open at 9 p.m.).
Also on Wednesday, the LSU School of Music and the Lab for Creative Arts and Technology will be showcasing their 27-channel ICAST system in Cinema for the Ears, a concert of cutting-edge electronic compositions at the Manship Theatre (8 p.m.), including the premier of LSU composer David Beck's "A Little Light Sabre Rattling," a piece for Wii controller and computer. These laidback concerts in the past have offered everything from the playful to the challenging, demonstrating dynamic sound at its most creative.
New Orleans jazz and funk legend Kermit Ruffins is swinging into Chelsea's this Friday for a rare Baton Rouge appearance. In 1983, Ruffins co-founded the Rebirth Brass Band, and his weekly gig with the Barbeque Swingers at Vaughn's in the Bywater has been an integral part of New Orleans' musical fabric for more than 15 years. No word on whether Kermit will bring his apron and tongs to Chelsea's -- he's famous for cooking at his shows -- but the groove will be thick and juicy regardless.Click here for the calendar of this week's events