No doubt about it, Taylor McMahon’s four-track EP, Memory Music, is perfect summer music. The acoustic alternative pop tracks resemble the upbeat tunes of Jack Johnson or Jason Mraz, leaving listeners bobbing their heads and humming along with the catchy chorus. Truly a product of the South, McMahon was born in Shreveport, raised in Lake Charles and now heads east to reside in Lafayette. The 19-year-old learned about the rich culture of Gulf Coast music from his father, who also taught McMahon to play the guitar. By the time he turned 16, McMahon was writing songs and at 18 he recorded his first record, Memory Music. Since its release, the disc has garnered significant critical praise. One track has been featured on MTV’s Real World: San Diego and was given a “Highly Recommended” status by premier Internet site Powerpopaholic.com. Memory Music is available for free download on McMahon’s Facebook page, or for purchase on iTunes, Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble in Lafayette. — Katie Macdonald
Louisiana nightlife is a unique experience, a combination of heart-pounding zydeco, entrancing jazz, soulful blues and wailing Cajun music that is impossible to duplicate. In his latest book, Louisiana Saturday Night: Looking for a Good Time in South Louisiana’s Juke Joints, Honky-Tonks, and Dance Halls ($24.95, Louisiana State University Press), music critic Alex V. Cook celebrates this legendary “Louisiana Saturday Night” with a detailed guide to the bars, dance halls and clubs of southeastern Louisiana. Cook begins his journey in his hometown of Baton Rouge and the surrounding area, but a large portion of the book is dedicated to the music venues of Cajun Country, including Lafayette, Eunice, Abbeville, Breaux Bridge and Opelousas. Sprinkled throughout Cook’s humorous and distinctly personal descriptions of bars and dancehalls are several narratives of Cook’s “detours,” each offering entertaining insights to local ways of life. Fascinating venues include a trip to the Cajun heartland, Mamou, where Cook and his crew encounter courirs and the famous Fred’s Lounge during a Mardi Gras celebration. Louisiana Saturday Night is a map of music culture that offers short and descriptive snapshots, inviting readers to explore a living and breathing aspect of Louisiana culture. — KM
Gulf Coast ceremonies marking the ninth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina have begun.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says there is little known about the effects of tiger prawns on indigenous Louisiana shrimp. But, officials say the reports they're seeking will help state biologists monitor the distribution of the prawns and determine the possible presence of spawning populations.
Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh rested his regulars and watched with delight as Ray Rice's backups ground out 214 yards rushing in a 22-13 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Thursday night.
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High-profile criminal defense attorney Daniel Stanford awaits his fate in the Curious Goods conspiracy trial.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is set to put the kibosh on the legal ownership of monkeys trained to help the disabled, and the agency wants to know what you think.
A federal judge on Thursday asked lawyers battling over Louisiana's new, restrictive abortion law for an agreement that apparently could let clinics stay open — at least for a while — after the law takes effect Sept. 1.
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It will be next month before Gov. Bobby Jindal will likely get a chance to change the membership of a South Louisiana flood board that is suing dozens of oil, gas and pipeline companies.
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An abortion rights organization wants a federal judge to block enforcement of Louisiana's new abortion law while its lawsuit to overturn the law makes its way through court.
Republican presidential prospects Ted Cruz and Bobby Jindal are planning to speak at an Iowa Christian conservative event in September.
The attention surrounding Victor White III has spiked with the release of last week’s autopsy report, which has raised a number of serious questions about the night of his death and has put the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office under an increased wave of scrutiny as more national media outlets are jumping on the story, most recently seenh on MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show.
The Acadiana Center for the Arts and the Lafayette Economic Development Authority have announced a new artist stipend program, ArtSpark, designed to offer financial aid to local artists.
A group supporting taxpayer-funded private school tuition vouchers is appealing a federal judge's order that Louisiana must provide regular reports to federal officials on the state's voucher program.
The Discovery Channel has canceled reality TV star Will Hayden's popular "Sons of Guns" show after his arrest on an aggravated rape charge.
The LPSB will finally hear from the attorney it hired to investigate the superintendent at a special meeting Thursday at 4 p.m.
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Acadiana's nightlife guide.
Authorities are investigating a report that a student there warned the principal of impending violence similar to that depicted in the movie "The Purge."
Saints cornerback Champ Bailey has played for more than a handful of playoff teams during a career that has seen him selected to 12 Pro Bowls.
Louisiana's Republican governor has filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration, accusing it of illegally using federal grant money and regulations to force states to adopt the Common Core education standards.
Police say a 56-year-old Lafayette man walking behind a dump truck died when the truck hit him as it was backing up.
Newly established honor recognizes outstanding local attorneys; Neuner and McGoffin win President's Award; and Blanchard named Outstanding Young Lawyer.
Daily paper constructing new digs near production plant on Rieger Road at Siegen Lane, near I-10.
Investigation finds Arnaud’s Furniture, Carroll Building Specialties and Crazy Charlie’s Shoes running misleading going-out-of-business sales.
Critics say workers and retirees are being held responsible for the Jindal administration's mismanagement of their program.