Quintron and Miss Pussycat
Like most other residents of New Orleans’ 9th Ward, Quintron and Miss Pussycat have spent the past year dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Their home was moderately damaged, but their nightclub, the Spellcaster Lodge, fared much worse and probably won’t reopen until this fall, if at all. Still, the husband-and-wife act are out on the road this summer behind last fall’s Swamp Tech, and their live shows — typically joyous, exhilarating affairs — fly in the face of those hardships. Their sound is a rock-soul-ghettotech hybrid powered by Quintron’s bluesy vocal explosions and manic manning of his organ (which is attached to the front grill of a car) and “Drum Buddy” (a thereminlike, light-activated drum-and-scratch machine he invented), and Miss Pussycat’s spirited shouts and flying maracas. There are hand puppets, too — the duo’s set includes a zany alligator-and-crawfish-populated adventure drawn from Electric Swamp, the puppet-show DVD created by Miss Pussycat that accompanies Swamp Tech.