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Morning 40 Federation: Ticonderoga

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This band of hedonistic twentysomething transplants to New Orleans started as a boozy joke. Named for their pledge of drinking a 40-ounce bottle of malt liquor every morning, these aspiring low-lives and Charles Bukowski wannabes came to town nine years ago and inhabited the Crescent City’s rapidly gentrifying 9th Ward, a haven to amateur musicians, outsider artists, dysfunctional alcoholic philosophers and other assorted drifters, dreamers and bohemians. Since forming in 1997, they have been building a cult following on the city’s underground scene and along the way have actually learned how to play their instruments-somewhat.

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