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[My Spilt Milk has asked a number of artists performing this weekend to select playlists of music that is meaningful to them.

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"Are they ever going to say that it sounds like Deadstring Bro

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This weekend, griot Cheick Hamala Diabate will be in New Orleans, not to play Jazz Fest but

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Audiences at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival have a love/hate relationship with rain.

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“Mostly, we are going to try and stay sane,” says Capital Cities front man, Sebu Simon

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Does Jazz Fest need extreme weather to really get good?

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Part of the beauty of Jazz Fest is that two people can have very full, satisfying musical days and not cross paths.

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[Updated] Sunday, it was officially Jazz Fest.

According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, monomania is "the pathological obsession with one idea or subject." For Atlanta-based

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"It's hard to say if it's our best album, but I definitely think it's in the top two. An album I'm still very proud of today."

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Yesterday, we talked at length about the first Friday of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival including Dr.

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[Updated] Electronic Dance Music (EDM) is the most current version of the modern sound that Jazz Fest lives as an unspoken antidot

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[This is an encore presentation of a story that first ran January 24, 2013 under the name, "When the Desert Meets the Mississippi." Calexico wil

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[Updated] The Zurich Classic is on the West Bank this weekend, and yesterday Jazz Fest felt like a practice round - a beautiful da

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On August 10, Native American totem carver

“People always move retroactively,” says Travers Geoffray of rhythm-and-blues quartet

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In a state with as rich a musical history as Louisiana's, musicians are faced with an interesting challenge: How do you honor that past while makin

“Things start off so naked,” writes Trevor Powers of his psychedelic, lo-fi bedroom project

It’s a big week for New Orleans rock ‘n’ roll four-piece The Breton Sound

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John Michael Rouchell audaciously reintroduced himself to New Orleans in 2008 when he

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Reviews of new albums by Honey Island Swamp Band, Anders Osborne, Martha Redbone, Bonerama, Los Po-Boy-Citos and more before they play Jazz Fest this weekend.

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Alex McMurray is healthily cautious talking about himself.

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April 20 brings a day of weed-influenced music, and the rest of the week brings the first signs of Jazz Fest - bands that don't usually play together.

Charles Bradley is an old school soul man, musically baptized by James Brown when he wa

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Part of Yo La Tengo's appeal is that through the band, much of the audience can see it

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This year, I've been working with The Oxford American and the Louisiana Office of Tourism on the "Louisiana Soundtrack Experience," and we

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"Some music is for escape and we don't want to escape back to reality," James McMurtry

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It has become a ritual that each year after the French Quarter Festival ends,

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September 27, 2012 was an emotional day for the New Orleans music community.

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The Voodoo Experience turns 15 this year, and in honor of the milestone, today it ann

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Clarinet player Evan Christopher has been one of the leading figures in the current

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The French Quarter Festival couldn't have asked for a more perfect day than Sa

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I've had to clean up water that blew in the house already today, which doesn't bode well for the final day of this year's

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One of the things that makes French Quarter Festival special is its emphasis o

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Today will be another beautiful day for the French Quarter Festival, and all t

Sisters Jennifer and Jessica Clavin of sunshine-infused punk-pop band B

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Today at the French Quarter Festival should be rain-free and beautiful - a gre

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This week's Milk Run looks forward to the French Quarter Festival, SouthSounds Festival, CD-release parties for Los Po-Boy-Citos and Dave Jordan, and stand-up comedy with Neal Brennan and Jason Russell.

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This morning at 11 a.m., the French Quarter Fest starts its 30th year in Jackson Square, Woldenberg Park, and the Bienville Statue Stage in the 400

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MyNameIsJohnMichael has been conspicuously quiet recently, perhaps because front man and songwriter

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"I like thinking about details on how things look and work," Constantine Georges says.

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"Our job tonight it to turn down the heat," announced Scott Aiges, Director of Programs, Marketing & Communications for the New Orleans Jazz an

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One of the toughest choices at Jazz Fest this year will come Saturday, May 4 when Fleetwood Mac, Phoenix, and Frank Ocean perform opposite each oth

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On Sunday, filmmaker Les Blank died of bladder cancer at the age of 77.

Seattle-based Ivan and Alyosha prefer optimism, four-part harmonies,

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[Updated] For the last decade, the EMP Pop Conference has been the premiere venue for high-level music nerdery.

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A look at the week ahead in New Orleans music, including the return of Ricky B, the Big Easy Rollergirls, Ivan and Alyosha, and a Save Jimmy's benefit.

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This year, The Hot 8 Brass Band were scheduled to play South by Southw

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Curren$y and the Jet Life crew are so ridiculously prolific that I get the impression that they're idea of a social life is to hang out in the stud

News about Kickstarter campaigns to fund upcoming releases from Bantam Foxes and Kelcy Mae, and a preview from AM & Shawn Lee's new album, due out next month.

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The Ponderosa Stomp took 2012 off, but it will return October 3-5 to the Rock 'n' Bowl