You probably know Mac Rebennack by his on-stage alias “Dr. John” aka “The Night Tripper.” After a successfully funky six-decade career, the New Orleans psychedelic voodoo R&B hero breaks new ground today with the release of his album “Locked Down.” Dan Auerbach, guitarist and singer with Grammy Award-winning blues-rock duo the Black Keys, produced the album. And he incorporated his own knowledge and style to the project while still letting the timeless Dr. John be his own grimy N’awlins self. The album stays rooted in the past, but the Night Tripper also explores new territory with obvious influence from Auerbach’s groovy, thumping style and stark but effective production.
Dr. John is currently in the middle of a three-week residency at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, which kicked off last Thursday with a tribute to Louis Armstrong. This Thursday through Saturday, audiences at BAM can see Rebennack take the stage alongside Auerbach for what promises to be a fun and memorable show. Hopefully the duo can expose a new generation of fans to Dr. John’s soulful sounds and bring funky New Orleans voodoo soul music into the 21st Century. Auerbach has the buzz and the Night Tripper has the voodoo to make it happen. Buy “Locked Down” today and get soulful with Dr. John and Dan Auerbach live this weekend at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
Before any rhymes are spit, a psychedelic apocalyptic eight-bit beat alerts listeners of the impending doom that Killer Mike plans to illustrate. On his new El-P produced single “Don’t Die,” the Educated Villain from Atlanta poses a public service announcement a la NWA. As the fuzzy destruction of the song’s intro dies down and the drums come in, Killer Mike paints a first-hand portrait of crooked cops’ wrongful ways. Crisp lyricism and high anxiety combine with a hard-hitting throwback beat to form a head-nodding anti-police anthem that illuminates a relevant issue and keeps you bouncing. “Don’t Die” will release on the upcoming R.A.P. Music LP dropping May 15, and you can count on a collection of heavy-hitting tracks thanks to producer El-P.