No band in Lafayette — Cajun, zydeco, country, rock, indie, or whatever — was hotter than Givers in 2010. Period. After a year of shopping around for a record label, it is official: the Lafayette indie pop band Givers has inked a record deal with Glassnote Records. Home of bands like Seconndhand Serenade and Phoenix, Givers join a growing roster of tasteful indie-centric pop musicians looking for life in the increasingly difficult music industry, where decreasing revenue from CD sales, paired with minimal commercial radio airplay, has pushed bands out of their hometowns and onto the road of club tours. Givers is a good example of a band that has capitalized on their triumphs, and attempted to avoid the early pitfalls of the industry, and above all worked hard. This record deal comes after of a year spent touring with bands like Ra Ra Riot and Dirty Projectors among others.
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There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.
Philip deMahy Sr., a once respected New Iberia ad exec, was sentenced May 2 to spend the next two years (he faced up to 100 years) in a state penitentiary after state and federal investigators found dozens of images depicting children engaged in lewd sexual acts on his personal computer.