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
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The Cane Fire Film Series screens “MaidenTrip” on Monday, March 10, at the AcA.
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The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Friday that initial claims rose to 2,125 from the previous week's total of 1,964. There were 2,887 initial claims during the comparable week in 2013.
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has stalled action on a $3.5 billion annual school funding formula due to state lawmakers by March 15.
The New Orleans Saints have yet to make it official as of this writing, but popular wide receiver Lance Moore has reportedly been cut by the team to free up salary-cap space on the roster.
While two medical marijuana bills are slated for the upcoming legislative session, what some Louisianans might not know is that the plant was approved for therapeutic use by state lawmakers in 1991.
The agenda is shaping up to be lighter than in previous years. But Jindal is term-limited, with fewer than two years remaining in office, and he saw his last big initiative — a proposed rewrite of Louisiana tax law — collapse without getting a vote in 2013.
Sharper has been held without bail because of an arrest warrant issued by Louisiana authorities accusing him and another man of raping two women.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, March 07, 2014:
Two Lafayette men have been revealed by police as the infamous duo behind a caper that shook our fair city to its core.
She’s the daughter of the legendary Johnny Cash, but she’s been a gifted artist in her own right for three decades, and she’s coming to Lafayette.
The Lafayette Parish School Board has received a second letter of demand related to last year’s insurance debacle, this time from Key Benefit Administrators claiming it’s owed $93,000 from the school system.
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The Louisiana coastline is vanishing faster than mappers can keep track.
A bill that would have overridden local ordinances prohibiting public and private employers from discriminating against lesbian, gay and transgender people has been pulled within less than a week of being filed.
The panel that selects nominees for a controversial New Orleans area flood control board — a board that is suing more than 90 oil, gas and pipeline companies — is set to discuss legislation affecting its independence.
State prison officials cannot keep secret the seller and manufacturer of the two drugs purchased for executions at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.
State lawmakers will not appeal a judge's ruling that it was improper to use $3.7 million from a probation and parole officers' retirement fund to balance the state's operating budget.
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Conservatives have been losing their minds over this satirical bit on the Colbert Report.
Due to the chaos of Mardi Gras and the weather, the entry deadline for this year's INDesign Awards has been extended by one week.
The Lafayette Parish School Board leaves a lot to be desired, but is scrapping the election process in favor of an appointed board the answer?
Queen Evangline and King Gabriel ruled Tuesday night
The House approved legislation Tuesday night to roll back a recently enacted overhaul of the federal flood insurance program, after homeowners in flood-prone areas complained about sharp premium increases.
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The NFL has formally designated New Orleans' Jimmy Graham as a tight end for the purposes of his franchise tag value, which is now set at $7.05 million next season unless Graham and the Saints subsequently agree on a long-term deal.