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For those who haven’t followed French pop through the decades, the

zack villere photo and cardboard city cover art for new orleans My Spilt Milk

 “What would you do if I made this for you?”

cover art from alan moore and kevin o'neill's league of extraordinary gentlemen

The semi-wintry temperatures must be taking effect because all I’ve been wanting to do lately is cocoon myself into a ball of blankets o

Sheck Wes photo by Steven Hatley for My Spilt Milk

Voodoo 2019 felt an exercise in denial. 

post malone photo by steven hatley for my spilt milk

A couple from Clemson saw me taking notes and wanted me to know that they thought Voodoo was the best festival they had been to, and tha

beck photo at voodoo 2019 by steven hatley for my spilt milk

Beck’s set at Voodoo Saturday night was a love letter to New Orleans.

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Guns N’ Roses still deliver on their original promise.

Danny Brown

Danny Brown isn’t interested in proving his maturity.

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Protest songs and party anthems are two sides of the same coin. They’re both calls to action, and they’re about the moment.

Lana Del Rey

“Goddamn, man child / You fucked me so good I almost said I love you,” Lana Del Rey begins her fifth al

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Shreveport’s Seratones fell together in the way that musicians

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Members of Generationals have spoken in interviews about not feeli


Midsommar is a beautifully stylized but standardly problematic slasher movie.

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This past weekend, Essence Festival celebrated its 25th anniversary, and

foo fighters dave grohl photo for my spilt milk by steph catsoulis

I started to write one review of Wednesday night’s Foo Fighters show at The Fillmore, but when I checked my review of their 2017 set at

Lucy Dacus

It’s difficult to stop an audience in its tracks with an unrecorded song, but Lucy Dacus has done it both

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I discovered TV Girl last year after the release of their third album,

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Jazz Fest producer Quint Davis introduced the festival-closing set by saying that three acts had closed the fest on what is now the Acur

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Reviews of Diana Ross and Tank and the Bangas at Jazz Fest Saturday, and picks for Sunday to close out the festival.

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A lot was good on Friday at Jazz Fest, but nothing was as mind-blowing as the

Lizzo has made her name for by loving herself and forcing everyone else to follow suit.

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I was thinking a lot this weekend about things you never see at Jazz Fest, and I got two more on Sunday.

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Music is only part of the story at Jazz Fest, which is part of why covering it is so interesting.

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Think of Thursday at a test drive for this year’s Jazz Fest.

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Netflix’s The Dirt shouldn’t have happened.

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Zack Villere’s Little World took the aesthetic of his S

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Last year, Sia and Gwen Stefani released Christmas albums, and in a naked nod to the commercial nature of the Christmas album concept, t

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Mac DeMarco stood alone in a rusted gazebo in the center of the Music Box with a wide, lopsided stance, cigarette dangling at the corner of his gap

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[Marisa Clogher, Kate Reed, Alex Rawls and photographer Erika Goldring contributed to this wrap-up.

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Arctic Monkeys were the band everyone was supposed to know in 2013, but festival crowds today don’t se

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Some celebrities would take a humiliating arrest and issue a public apology.

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There’s a school of cratedigger thought that equates rarity with quality.

Queens of the Stone Age photo by Erika Goldring for My Spilt Milk

The jam wave that followed Phish’s first appearance at Jazz Fest changed New Orleans’ nightlife during the festival, for years turning i

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Trombone Shorty’s fest-closing set deserves to be the ritual that th

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Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler clearly has no plans to grow old gracefully.

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Friday at Jazz Fest was a lesson in context.

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Terrace Martin’s set felt like it was just getting started when he brought it to

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[Updated] This first weekend of Jazz Fest will be remembered—to the degree that it will be remembered at all—for its ex

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Big Freedia received a rock star’s reception when she played Jazz Fes

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Friday was as pleasant a start to Jazz Fest 2018 as you could imagine.

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Buku 2018 was a bit of a dumpster fire.

Hosts of Gimlet Media's "The Nod," Eric Eddings and Brittany Luse photo

Friday's Pop-Up Magazine show at the Civic Theater was advertised only as a "live magazine," leaving the audience mostly in the dark about what to expect. After seeing the show, it's easy to see why.

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Watching John Maus perform is like drinking Cherry Coke.

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[This is the first piece by new contributor Daniel Kelley]

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Don't sleep on Spotify's Holiday Singles, Black Santa's Mixtape, Kaskade's late night Christmas, Bloodshot's irreverent holiday favorites-to-be, and new Christmas releases from Lindsey Stirling, Tav Falco and Sultans of String.

[Updated] It’s easy to hear why Lost Bayou Ramblers’

post malone photo by patrick ainsworth for my spilt milk

Critics love subtlety and nuance—two things Post Malone avoids like cooties.

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According to photographer Steph Catsoulis, the rock band connected solidly with the audience when it played Gasa Gasa last week.

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Flow Tribe has had a newsy week, not all of it good. Singer K.C.

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Sweet Crude debuted its video for “Mon Esprit” from its new

dave vanian of the damned photo by steven hatley for my spilt milk

Tuesday night, The Damned were all I could hope for.

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Trombone Shorty’s last decade has been characterized by, among ot

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Some Jazz Fest thoughts don’t fit in daily wrap-ups. Here are a few, some mattering more than others:

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The annual nature of Jazz Fest makes it a perfect time to reflect on how things have changed--not just how the festival or the grounds h

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On Saturday at Jazz Fest, Tank and the Bangas didn’t give an inch.

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Writer John Swenson has argued that the change many feel in Jazz Fest has more to do with the passing of the generation of artists who d

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[Revised] Men in the crowd Thursday at Jazz Fest envied Date Wats

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Most of my Sunday coverage including reviews of Lorde and Tom Petty is online at

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First Friday felt more like Locals Thursday at Jazz Fest yesterday.

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Mississippi Rail Company took a game stab at classic New Orleans R&B along with a number of related southern, piano-driven R&B s

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The permission the Drive-By Truckers gave themselves to broaden

brian wilson by steph catsoulis for my spilt milk

Brian Wilson’s appearances in New Orleans didn’t promise a lot before he playe

travis scott photo by max morgenstern for my spilt milk

Buku made news Friday night when one patron had to be fished out

austra photo by steph catsoulis for my spilt milk

Last Thursday night, Toronto’s Austra played Gasa Gasa in support

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The LEH's Brian Boyles saw his family's past in Willie Nelson's show at the House of Blues Sunday night.

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[Thanks to photographer Steven Hadley for the photos and review.]

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Historically, Christmas records served as a vacation from the artist’s career.


#Mellogang poured into The Republic on Thursday in full force to see Marshmello.

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Saturday night, Dweezil Zappa brought the act formerly known as Zappa Plays Z

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Sunday at Voodoo felt a little like the last day of high school.

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Sunday frequently seems like Voodoo’s afterparty as part of Sat

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Saturday was Black T-Shirt Day at Voodoo with a heavy rock lineup topped by

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No musician says to the people who came to the show, “On a scale of one to 10, you’re a six,” but when

On Wednesday night, two of Australia's best electronic music producers came together at the Orpheum theater.

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I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead can be summed up simply: Steve Aoki h

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Four days of Lollapalooza is hard, but Sunday at Grant Park in Chicago was bittersweet.

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As the sun finally peered through the clouds for the first time this weekend, tens of thousands of

I went to see Marissa Nadler at Gasa Gasa Wednesday night feeling a little

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Yet again, rain is on the Chicago weather forecast on Friday, the second day of Lollapalooza

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Even numbers are a problem.

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(New My Spilt Milk contributor Jessie Rubini saw Lord Huron Saturday night at the House of Blues. Here's her report.)

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[This review from The Republic last week is the first from new contributor Raphael Helfand.]

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My last days of Jazz Fest were as odd as the days themselves.

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After a Jazz Fest that has had an unusual number of performers late to the stage, it was a pleasant surprise to see

elvis costello allen toussaint photo

The consensus seems to be that Elvis Costello killed Thursday at J

seven lions photo

Seven Lions (Santa Barbara native Jeff Montalvo) was first recognized by the ele

j. cole photo by patrick ainsworth for my spilt milk

Everything is relative. At a Lollapalooza or a rock festival, Red Hot Chili Peppers are funky. At Jazz Fest, they’re a rock band.

best coast photo by patrick ainsworth for my spilt milk

Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino’s songs occupy a very specific emotiona

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I got out of the year-end list business when I realized too much music came out that I didn’t hear for me to feel like my list had much

jane's addiction photo by patrick ainsworth for my spilt milk

It was a shame to have Voodoo 2015 come to an early end with Sunday lost to ra

ozzy osbourne photo by patrick ainsworth for my spilt milk

The annual grousing that accompanies a Voodoo lineup is partly the grousing th

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Friday night at Voodoo, I found myself thinking about why England makes such g

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Bantam Foxes (Friday, noon, Carnival) display a classic love of big,

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On Sunday night, the Glitch Mob brought an outdated set to the Joy Theater, but its problems didn't end there...

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The isolation that insulated New Orleans’ music for so long died with the Internet.

miguel photo by patrick ainsworth

Miguel blasted onstage at the Joy Theater Tuesday night with the ener

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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

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

gwen stefani photo by erika goldring

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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My ears pricked up late in “Early in the Moaning’ Time” on The Word’s

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What’s up with Pitbull and his tongue?

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[Updated]  Rain battered the Fair Grounds for a second day, and a prolonged midday rain turned

lagbaja photo by chelsea dunn

Friday at Jazz Fest ended early, more for the threat of rain than what actually show

portugal the man photo by patrick ainsworth

“Your momma’s got nothing on me, your daddy’s got nothing on me, and the world that sleeps in its lunacy, it's got nothing on me,” John Gourley of

willie mae's fried chicken

New Orleans is the biggest small town in America, but leaving your neighborhood can often sound as daunting as a drive to Missouri.

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“Did I sing the Standard Oil verse twice?” asked Randy Newman.

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Victoria Williams has probably always been an acquired taste.

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Since Foo Fighters' appearance at Voodoo, I've been riding Dave Grohl and Sonic Highw

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[Updated] Thoughts that we didn’t get around do during Voodoo 2014:

foo fighters photo by patrick ainsworth

It was bad enough that The Tontons couldn't play loudly enough to keep

arctic monkeys photo by patrick ainsworth

[Updated] Saturday night at Voodoo was supposed to be about

beck photo by patrick ainsworth

Sunday night, Beck played the House of Blues, playing a rare club show between weekends headlini

foxygen photo by patrick ainsworth

After two or three songs, a guy walked by me on the way out of Foxygen

On Thursday night, the female population of downtown New Orleans skyrocketed.

polyphonic spree photo by patrick ainsworth

At this point, The Polyphonic Spree’s career has followed a familiar modern arc.

big gigantic photo by chelsea dunn

[Updated] “WE LOVE NEW ORLEANS!” Dominic Lalli of Big Gigantic screamed at th

rotary down cover art

When Rotary Downs concluded its Jazz Fest set with a cover of Gary Numan's "Cars," the choice

erykah badu photo by erika goldring

[Updated] For most of the crowd in the Superdome Sunday for the end of the 20th year of the

mary j. blige photo

After the spectacle of Beyoncé’s high-tech production last year at Essence

arcade fire photo by chelsea dunn

My brain tells me that the two biggest stories in New Orleans music right now are Hurray for the Riff Raff and

Bruce Springsteen photo

Well before he took the stage shortly after 4:15 p.m., Saturday at Jazz Fest was about Bruce Springsteen.

mogwai photo by steven hatley

[Updated] Most every Mogwai song follows the same formula.

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Sunday’s final sets at Jazz Fest couldn’t have been more different.

Robin Thicke photo

Any fears that Phish fans would once again descend on New Orlean

Laura Mvula photo

Backseat drivers have many ideas about what Jazz Fest should do differently, some of which

Kings of Leon photo by Patrick Ainsworth

Tour reports from the Kings of Leon's "Mechanical Bull" told similar stories.

Pusha T photo by Patrick Ainsworth

My Buku 2014 started well with the house-meets-

Broken Bells photo by Patrick Ainsworth

[Updated] Near the end of Broken Bells’ show at the Civic Theatre Wednesd

Cibo Matto photo by Patrick Ainsworth

On Tuesday last week, photographer Patrick Ainsworth went to One Eyed Jacks to see the return of Cibo Matto on the band's 

Dr. Dog photo

After indie rock band Dr.

Jake Bugg by Patrick Ainsworth photo

British guitarist and singer Jake Bugg performed at The Civic Theatre on Thursday to promote his

Prince photo

Prince isn't on tour, but that hasn't stopped him from playing one-off shows like the 2 1/2-hour jam he played last Friday night at the Mohegan Sun

The Cure photo by Patrick Ainsworth

It was hard not to become obsessed with Robert Smith’s head. Time and thinning hair has made his trademark tangle harder to pull off.

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Much of what I thought about Nine Inch Nails' Voodoo set is online at

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Reviews of new CDs by Meschiya Lake and The Little Big Horns and R. Scully's Rough 7 on the eve of their CD-release parties.

photo of Dawes

Last night at Tipitina's, I tweeted, "Trying to decide: is Dawes sensitive or patronizing to

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Carsie Blanton introduces herself on her website.

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Stevie Wonder wraps up a beautiful weekend at the Hangout Music Festival at Gulf Shores, Alabama.

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Saturday's highlights from Gulf Shores' Hangout Music Festival.

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Elephant 6 Collective member Julian Koster will tent The Howlin' Wolf on

Thankfully, the conditions stopped being a story at Jazz Fest Saturday.

photo of Willie Nelson

Thursday's rain on top of last weekend's rain on top of this week's rain left the Fair Grounds such a mess that opening Friday was delayed an hour

photo of Patti Smith

It looks like we may be finished with the rain, but Thursday it took it's toll on me, partly in the constant donning and shedding of rain gear, of

photo of Marnie Stern

Marnie Stern made her name as an indie guitar hero, but her most recent album, The Chronicles of Marnia, shows growth in her songwriting.

photo of Calexico at Jazz Fest

[Updated] Sunday, it was officially Jazz Fest.

Cover art for Toro Y Moi's "Anything in Return"

[Updated] Anything in Return continues the broadening of Toro Y Moi

Photo of The Soft Pack

When I told a friend earlier this week that I was going to see The Soft Pack, he asked

“We want to try to circulate a chi,” Beach House singer Victoria Legrand announce

Photo of Jim and William Reid of the Jesus and Mary Chain

Rule Number One: No band should have three sport coats onstage unless it has a horn section to wear them.

Photo of the Bibb Lettuce appetizer at St. Lawrence

Dinner didn't start well. St.

Photo of Dirty Projectors

I often buy the argument that using "indie" as a modifie

Cover art for Ingrid Lucia Presents New Orleans Female Vocalists

Reviews of "Ingrid Lucia Presents New Orleans Female Vocalists," "The Cherry Thing" by Neneh Cherry and The Thing, and "Big Station" by Alejandro Escovedo.

Photo of Chef Menteur in concert.

All but the most cynical bands are labors of love. There's too much work for too little return to play music for anything but personal reasons.

This album of sea shanties from the Bywater makes me want a beer.