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My installment of our “Pandemic Playlist” series starts with New Orleans’ Fiend in his International Jones mode because when I feel apoc

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As the saga of self-isolation drags on, you might be starting to tire of your old playlists, exhausting your Netflix queue, or steadily crossing of

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

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Lizzo wants her live shows to be church, and her sold out show at the

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Shreveport’s Seratones fell together in the way that musicians

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[Updated] “‘Eh La Bas’ is one of the oldest songs in the New Orleans repertoire,” Jimmy Horn told Talia Schlanger on

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

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

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

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On the Saturday of Voodoo last October, I trekked through the mud by myself to see

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Blues and R&B weren’t writer Randy Fox’s natural beat.

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I saw The Internet almost exactly one month before its performance i

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Ravyn Lenae is climbing the list of Chicago artists currently dominating the music scene, and is a must-see set at

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Had David Byrne not followed him on the Gentilly Stage, Jon Batiste’s set with the Dap-Kings would have been

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While the question of how to get paid in the streaming era constantly animates musicians and music fans on Facebook, a second question g

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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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[Updated] It’s a tribute to the enduring power of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill that 20 years after its releas

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[Updated] “Papa Was a Rolling Stone” (1972) and such films as Shaft (1971) and Superfly (1972) were part

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Writer and filmmaker Robert Gordon has made a career of documenting Memphi

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FX is bringing back the big guns for Season 2 of American Crime Story.

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A free, downloadable mixtape of Christmas music spanning the musical spectrum from wartime domestic pop to R&B to K-Pop to house.

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The local R&B singer opened for Azealea Banks last month, and has a new single out with more coming next month.

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Benjamin Booker’s sound is tougher to pin down than it used to be.

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Kehlani has plenty of reasons to be jaded.

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The rapper and vocalist brings a fiery tour and a declaration that she's still relevant to Tipitina's Tuesday.

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SZA’s first national tour seemed to catch everybody but her fans by surprise.

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For years, Bruce Springsteen raved up Gary “U.S.” Bonds’ “Quarter to Three” like

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[Updated There are limits to what I expect from

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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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P.J. Morton has had his feet in a number of musical streams.

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For Bruce Springsteen, being a bar band was a starting point; for Southside Johnny Lyons, it was a destination.

When you think of a music festival in 2016, an abandoned post office doesn’t generally come to mind, so when I learned that Houston’s second annual

Anderson .Paak slid under the industry’s collective radar for a long time.

The humble origins of rising R&B supergroup KING begin in Min

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The Faux/Real Festival grew out of New Orleans Fringe Festival, and it kicks off

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The singer Yuna has chapters before

This week's Freshly Spilt Milk is a hip-hop based playlist with a little something for everyone, from trappers to backpackers to sad boys.

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Last spring, Rare Essence tried to present a contemporary take on go-go with mixed results on

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The logical next step after listening to London DJs play rare groove funk and soul? Make some yourself.

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Visit Fro-Yo Ma’s Soundcloud page and it refers you to his social media pag

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The debate after the Grammys focused on Lady Gaga’s frenetic tribute to David Bowie, while singer

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Saturday afternoon, I DJ'ed an afternoon of Christmas music at St.

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Wednesday, R&B keyboard player Nigel Hall will play an album re

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This week's Freshly Spilt Milk features new music from Spookyland, Lazyboy Empire, GoldLink and more!

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[Updated] “For all you youngsters out there who haven’t done their homework, I did it first.”

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The Ponderosa Stomp has been the World Series for record geeks since its inception, bu

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

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Friday night, PJ Morton started his summer tour at The Howlin’ Wolf, and th

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Blues/funk/R&B/rock band Blinddog Smokin’ was linked to New Orleans whe

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This week's Freshly Spilt Milk includes new music from Jack Ü, Alesso, Major Lazer x DJ Snake vs. Pop Noir, a lot of soul and a special bonus summertime mixtape.

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Galactic's last two studio albums--2010's

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Tank and the Bangas play Jazz Fest's Gentilly Stage Saturday morning at 11:

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Last weekend, Tarriona "Tank" Ball played the telephone booth as part of The Music Box's Roving Village in C

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Sunday, Irma Thomas will play her annual

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Bobby Womack’s career had started by the time he was 10, and he has been in the public eye sin

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[Updated] Jimmy Horn loves vinyl. “I’m a voracious eater of music,” he says. “I don’t collect it; I devour it.

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There’s no separating Barrence Whitfield and physicality.

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It would be easier to be suspicious of cratedigger soul if Gabriel Roth and the musicians in his orbit weren’t so good at it.

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Lee Fields has been singing classic R&B for more than 40 years, though he h

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Jessie Ware made her name in 2012 with the single "Wildest Moments," which like much of her mus

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"I don't need a jetpack / I'm jazzing' like the Rat Pack," Elon Hornsby proclaims to start he