Vox and the Hound photo

(In 2012, Cherie LeJeune interviewed Vox and the Hound on the eve of the release of the band's debut album, Courage.

rotary downs

New Orleans indie rock outfit Rotary Downs has kept New Orleans as a home base for the decade

Jason Isbell photo

During Jazz Fest, picks and are closer to a wish list than a plan.

Public Enemy.

Seminal hip-hop outfit Public Enemy was not always the media darling it is today.

Dirty Dozen photo

In 2011, film footage from folklorist Alan Lomax's 1982 visit to New Orleans was put online at the

public enemy

This Week's Soundtrack focuses on Jazz Fest's first weekend and coinciding shows around town.

Jason Isbell photo

I'd hoped that we'd have an interview with songwriter and guitarist Jason Isbell before he

Debbie Davis photo

Today, my story on singer Debbie Davis and her new album, Linger 'Til Dawn

Vampire Weekend photo

We look forward to the announcement of the talent lineup for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage

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 Fleetwood Mac

Friday's Jazz Fest schedule underwent some major changes as early sets were compressed bec

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 Sasha Masakowski

[This weekend, a number of artists playing Jazz Fest have contributed Spotify playlists.

photo of Pokey LaFarge

It's South by Southwest in Austin, and across the street from a party hosted by an app developer, a well-dressed swing band is set up in a gravel p

photo of The Mercy Brothers

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

photo of Dee-1

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

photo of Cheick Hamala Diabate

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

photo of B.B. King by David Fary

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

photo of Frank Ocean

Does Jazz Fest need extreme weather to really get good?

photo of Calexico at Jazz Fest

[Updated] Sunday, it was officially Jazz Fest.

Photo of Anders Osborne at Jazz Fest by David Fary

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

photo of Lil Buck Sinegal by David Fary

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

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

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

Photo of Alex McMurray

Alex McMurray is healthily cautious talking about himself.

Photo of Nick Spitzer

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

Photo of John Michael Rouchell

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

Photo of Fleetwood Mac

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

Jazz Fest 2013 poster

"The look-forward-to-it-ness is more than I can ever remember," Quint Davis announced today at the press conference to unveil the poster and schedu

Cover art for "Get an Understanding"

In my last years at OffBeat, I became reluctant to review or run comments on Gospel Tent performances during Jazz Fest.

Photo of Fleetwood Mac

The reunited Fleetwood Mac, Maroon 5, and New Orleans-raised R&B star Frank Ocean are among the biggest names signed to play at the