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.

randy newman photo

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

victoria williams photo

Victoria Williams has probably always been an acquired taste.

foo fighters' sonic highways cover art

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

twenty-one pilots photo by patrick ainsworth

[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.

Vampire Weekend photo

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.

NIN photo

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

Codebreaker image

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

photo of Carsie Blanton

Carsie Blanton introduces herself on her website.

photo of Stevie Wonder

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

photo of Slightly Stoopid

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

photo of The Music Tapes

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.