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The Radiators

Over the past several months, the Radiators have received more national and international exposure than at any point since their late-'70s launch -- but the attention has come at a heavy price. The bayou-rock band calls New Orleans home, and after that city was devastated by Hurricane Katrina, reporters sought out folks like bassist Reggie Scanlon, whose quotes subsequently turned up in London's Guardian newspaper and other far-flung publications. In addition, the group was placed on the bill of ReAct Now: Music & Relief, a Katrina benefit, alongside Alicia Keys, Trent Reznor, Maroon 5 and plenty of other big names. (The telethon was broadcast on several major cable networks, including MTV, a channel that wouldn't have spotlighted the Radiators under normal circumstances unless the performers had broken into the studio armed with M16s.) Things have improved slightly since then; the band is scheduled to perform at Tipitina's, one of the Big Easy's most legendary venues, shortly before its batch of local dates. Publicity aside, Scanlon and company undoubtedly prefer such gigs to the sort spurred by catastrophe.
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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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