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British hip-hop has rarely translated to America.

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This week's "Freshly Spilt Milk" soundcloud playlist includes jangle pop from The Cairo Gang, soul from Willis Earl Beal, glitchy techno from Oslo, and a sunny instrumental from Joey Bada$$'s producer.

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“I’ve been watching the news all morning, and I’m waiting for the word thug to come up and it hasn’t.”

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When Kate Tempest performed in New York City earlier this year,

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This week's "Freshly Spilt Milk" playlist goes inside your head for the holiday with Boyz Noize and Pilo, Towkio, Linear Labs, Elohim and more.

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It’s hard to believe that New Orleans was once considered a dead zone for comedy.

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Comedian Marc Maron has made the most of bottoming out.

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Friday night, I reviewed the New Kids on the Block/TLC/Nelly show for The New Orleans Advocate, and much of my take on that surre

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This week's Freshly Spilt Milk features first listens to new music by RL Grime, Jaill, Grammatik & Luxas, and Morrissey en Español.

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Steelism takes its name in part from Spencer Cullum Jr.’s pedal ste

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When Kate Tempest started her American tour in Los Angeles,

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As a part of The New Orleans Advocate’s coverage of the crowd on the second Saturday of Jazz Fest this year,

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Grant Gustafson laughs a lot.

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[Updated] Jazz Fest 2015 is over, and the approximately 460,000 people made it the best-attended post-Katrina Jazz Fest

Kodak to Graph Photo

This week's "Freshly Spilt Milk" has new music from Cillie Barnes, Kodak to Graph, Richard Thompson, Doomsquad and more.

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Photographer Patrick Ainsworth was busy during Jazz Fest and the nights during it.

ed sheeran photo by erika goldring

[Updated] The attendance Saturday at Jazz Fest wasn’t a record despite the speculation of some outlets, which gives tho

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If Saturday's crowd at Jazz Fest wasn't record-breaking, it was at least enough to make eve

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Thursday was a true locals day, with short, friendly lines, and shows you could get close to if you wanted.

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I reviewed the 40th anniversary reissue of Elton John's 1973 classic Goodbye Yellow Brick Road last year.

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I admire Dee-1's forthrightness about his spirituality.

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After looking forward to a day of discoveries at Jazz Fest Friday, I ended up missing both Paloma Faith and Gurrumul. I hope to do better Saturday. Last year The Soul Rebels played one of my favorite sets, so I look foward to them and Big Freedia, the latter because bounce artists rarely do more than 20 minutes on their own, so I want to see if Freedia can make a full show out of the sound.

Davell Crawford has a history of being flighty, but I'm hopeful for his tribute to Fats Domino. Crawford's a dazzling pianist, but Fats' songs call less for techincal acompishment than commitment to Domino's directness. 

Although Taj Mahal remains on the schedule, he's out due to illness. Big Sam's Funky nation was rained out last week, so he'll take Mahal's spot.

Make sure you drop in Economy Hall at some point. I often grab my first bite of the day there and put on sunscreen, and that served me well yesterday when I lucked in Tom Sancton's band. Tomorrow I expect I'll hear Connie Jones over breakfast.

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Mardi Gras is the source from which all things flow in New Orleans, and Jazz Fest is perhaps its most important product.