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Hogs for the Cause started as a pig roast, then morphed into a cook-off th

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Robert DeLong is convinced that making that music to move somebody is “really all that matters.” The 28-year-old producer is committed to injecting

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In 2013, “Dolo Jazz Suite” events started showing up on Facebook.

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[Updated] “Some of my favorite shows are in Hawaii, on grassy pieces of land, under the stars with over a hundred family members a

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In concert, Sweet Crude’s songs come at you like frisky puppies—ex

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It’s tempting to not lead this review of rapper Dee-1’s

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It’s hard to imagine what musicologist Alan Lomax

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Much of Guster's appeal is that they come off as nice guys who make deeply sa

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[Updated] No event with Mardi Gras Indians can be entirely solemn.

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[Updated] Last week, Big Chief Bo Dollis of The Wild Magnolias finally succumbed to the illnesses that forced him to turn over the

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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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[Updated] When’s the last time you heard of people jumping the fence to see art?

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If anyone showed up at the Civic Theatre last night looking for uplif

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Our highlights for the week ahead include Ben Howard, Mother Falcon, Marco Benetti, and Quintron's audio translation of the weather, visualized.

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[Updated] With all due respect to my friend Larry Blumenfeld, he buried the lede in “

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This year, the Panorama Jazz Band began recording and releasing a song online, free to t

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Christmas records can often show all the imagination of gift cards in stockings, but on

Micah McKee photo by Patrick Ainsworth

Friday: WWOZ 34th birthday with Davell Crawford, Ivan Neville, 10 p.m., Tipitina’s: Davell and Ivan will lead two appropriate trib

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Our highlights for the week ahead include The Parishioners, Frontier Ruckus, Quintron and Miss Pussycat, and caroling.

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This time last year, The NOLA Hip-Hop and Bounce Archive had its hat in its hand and wa

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When asked for Christmas music recommendations, my go-to album is Huey “Piano” Smith and the Clowns’

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Our highlights for this week in New Orleans include Usher, Anders Osborne, NOLA Polar Express, Nancy Whang, and a night of power pop with The Junior League and associates.

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Our highlights for the week ahead in New Orleans include rockabilly survivors, the latest flavors, Kevin Gates, Hunter Hayes, Marc Broussard, and Fozzy.

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Wednesday night, Sweet Crude will play a pre-Thanksgiving show at

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Our highlights for the week leading up to Thanksgiving include Foo Fighters in a club show, Stanton Moore, Sweet Crude, Garfunkel and Oates, "Space Rites," Wong and Minekawa, and more.

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

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This week's highlights include We Were Promised Jetpacks, comedy with Tom Segura, Chris D'Elia and Hell Yes Fest, indie psych with Tele Novella and chill/glitch/step with Minnesota.

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Our highlights for the week ahead include comedy, live documentaries, food in Champions Square, and Atmosphere, Thee Oh Sees, and Tim Easton.

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The world will be a slightly less frightening place.

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Our highlights for the week in New Orleans include a number of events, Italian instrumental rock with Mike Watt, world R&B with Sinkane, and Mystikal for Halloween.

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In previous years, the

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[Updated] “The blues picked me, and I’m going to go with it.”

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Chef Richard Papier didn’t get any breathing room when

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After waiting over an hour to be taken backstage to interview Adventure Club, I received a text from someone who introduced himself only as “Shaggy

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When Jenny Lewis played to a packed Civic Theatre Tuesday night, it was clear she doesn't need

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

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There is a lot to do this week, starting with Foxygen, who we're pleased to present on Monday.

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Last night, a clearly rattled, distraught Facebook post (since taken down) announced the death of saxophone player Tim Green.

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Yesterday, HBO released the first trailer for Sonic Highways,

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Dr. John’s Locked Down reasserted the potency of the Dr.

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Earlier this week, Alex Woodward reported on

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The DJ and record collector traces his love of records to punk and Eddie Bo.

“It’s a very emotional record. It’s about that higher love, but also literal love. The idea of love as generosity and devotion and selflessness.

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Thursday night at Gasa Gasa;The Eastern Sea put on a show that reminded people that a band's value is more th

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Thursday, rapper Truth Universal and DJ E.F. Cuttin play the Congo Square Stage at 11:15 a.m.

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

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

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Tuesday I received a press release trumpeting the success of New Orleans in attracting tourists, and it’s hard not to look at the announcement with

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Sleigh Bells, Chance the Rapper, and Dan Deacon will join The Flaming Lips, David Guetta, Ellie Goulding and almost 50 more acts when they play the

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The Flaming Lips, David Guetta, and Ellie Goulding top the bill of the 2014 Buku Music + Art Project, whic

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Efforts to pull my thoughts on Treme now that it’s over into one unfied, coherent whole have come to naught, so here are a series of thought

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Imagine Dragons, The Breeders, Jimmy's Punk/New Wave Reunion, the return of PM Dawn and New Year's Eve top this week's musical highlights in New Orleans.

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In many music documentaries, live performances grind the narrative to a halt, and as good as the performances may be, they leave viewers with the s

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Rebecca Theim was not a natural choice to become a prominent voice in the community as The Times-Picayune began its tumultuous shift to a di

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Under the name The Madd Wikkid, recording engineer Earl Scioneaux III has explored the place w

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[Updated] The title track on Dumpstaphunk's new

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[Updated] For New Orleans’ Robin Barnes, life has been exciting since th

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My Spilt Milk picks this week's favorites, including EDM specialists PANTyRAiD, southern rockers Natural Child, Nintendo pop stars Anamanaguchi, and punk veteran Sonny Vincent.

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My Spilt Milk picks this week's highlights, including Robert Plant, jazz hip-hop, the Rolling of the Bulls, and cocktail culture on the rocks.

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There's a lot to be said for being yourself.

photo of Alynda Lee Segarra by Erika Goldring

[Updated] "As our awards show host Jim Lauderdale would say, 'That's Americana.'" 

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The planned press conference on the steps of City Hall didn't tke place earlier this week, but a coalition of neighborhood associations have releas

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[Updated]  My relationship to Kermit Ruffins' music is co

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The Preservation Hall Jazz Band will release a new album, That's It

“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

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September 27, 2012 was an emotional day for the New Orleans music community.

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The Voodoo Experience turns 15 this year, and in honor of the milestone, today it ann

Photo of Jackson Square by David Fary

One of the things that makes French Quarter Festival special is its emphasis o

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On Sunday, filmmaker Les Blank died of bladder cancer at the age of 77.

Seattle-based Ivan and Alyosha prefer optimism, four-part harmonies,

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[Updated] For the last decade, the EMP Pop Conference has been the premiere venue for high-level music nerdery.

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The Ponderosa Stomp took 2012 off, but it will return October 3-5 to the Rock 'n' Bowl

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Yesterday I wrote about my takeaway from the St. Roch Tavern ABO hearing.

Patrick Krief of Canadian alternative rock band Krief works in layers.

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[NSFW] Quickie Mart's Super Mart Produce label will release #WE

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Tonight concludes the second Buku Music and Art Project, the festival at Mardi Gras World


Between Buku and bands traveling to and from Austin because of SXSW, New Orleans is a musically exciting place for touring bands this week.

[Updated] The Arts and Warehouse District has its share of great eats, bars, and landmarks, but it hasn’t been home to guided tour

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[Updated] Singer Erin McKeown has twice visited New Orleans as part of

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He's My Brother She's My Sister and The Hot 8 Brass Band top the week in New Orleans' nightlife, along with Maceo Parker and Unknown Mortal Orchestra.

[Updated] “For a while, there was actually a rumor going around on the Internet that we’re from New Orleans,” say

[Updated] Since 2007, Air Traffic Control and the

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Live music during the last days of Carnival includes Rebirth, G. Love, Funky Meters, The JAG, Shovels and Rope, R. Kelly and more.

Between Nashville and New Orleans, there’s a stretch of road that’s all too familiar to Nashville-based gritty Southern rock band

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Sunday night after Bacchus, The Hot 8 Brass Band will be at

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If we have one duty to New Orleans, it's to not contribute to its caricature.

Through Valentine's Day, The Voodoo Experience has weekend passes, Loa Lounge weekend

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The Super Bowl is over, the lights are back on in the Dome, and know we're left with the second week of Carnival starting tomorrow.

[Updated] Tonight, Jon Cleary plays his more-or-less weekly solo piano

[Updated] New Orleans has always known how to party well, but last night the

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A look ahead to the week in live music, including The Roots, Ludacris, Snoop Dogg, Toro Y Moi and more.

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"You recognize every play that's out there," Drew Brees said early in the evening.

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There will be dancing girls in the windows, we're told.

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This month, My Spilt Milk is pleased to present The Hot 8 Brass Band o

Photo from the 'tit Rex parade.

[Updated] Last year's the Krewe of 'tit Rex (imagine that "e" is a s

Photo of Key to the City

The Super Bowl has long been a playground for the wealthy far more than the average fan, but that side of the story has grown exponentially since t

Photo of Calexico

"When we went down there, it wasn't so much about trying to make a New Orleans record as it was about getting away from our own backyard and out of

[Updated] Last week, Honey Island Swamp Band's Aaron Wilkinson talked about the band's

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“Yeah, what the fuck is indietronica?” says Corin Roddick of electro-synth Canadian duo

Parker Gispert of bluesy rock ‘n’ roll outfit The Whigs admits that the three-pie

Cover art for "Bounce" by Matt Miller

Telling the ending won't ruin this book.

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The city's newest jazz venue, Little Gem Saloon, is also its oldest, and you can chec

Today, Lily Keber's Kickstarter campaign to raise money for the documentary Bayou Maharaja

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“I’ve been preparing for this other gig I’ve got tonight.

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This week in live music in New Orleans, celebrations of Elvis, "Treme," and New Orleans Musicians Clinic, along with Justin Bieber, The English Beat and more.

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The Sheraton New Orleans now features photographer Jack Robinson's pictures of his Canal Street in the 1950s.

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Some interviews are easier than others. Glen David Andrews, for instance. Get him started and he'll take it from there.

“I like the media because it’s a game,” says Cole Alexander, singer-guitarist of the Black Lip

Photo of Sundog at Never Records

Never Records opened with little fanfare, and it looked like any indie recor

Photo from Homegrown Harvest Festival

Earlier this week, someone wrote in the comments section of a story on the Homegrown Harvest Fe

A by Daniel Price

This time of the year, bands aren't touring and even local musicians would rather be home with their families.

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If the Mayans were right, Friday will be the end of the world, and Salú is preparing t

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Christmas music has had an age problem.

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It seems like we just finished with The Voodoo Experience, but it's back in

"People don't realize how intimate an action singing together is," Lucas Davenport says.

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This week's musical highlights include Christmas shows with DJ Soul Sister, Kermit Ruffins, Curren$y an St. Cecilia's Asylum Chorus.

Artist's rendition of the atrium of the Bud Light Hotel

When Super Bowl XLVII comes to New Orleans on February 3, it will do so with an a

Cover art for "Love Goes to Buildings on Fire"

This Week's Spotify Soundtrack touches on the season, explores Latin jazz, and previews shows by The Eastern Sea, Roseanne Cash, Soul Sister's Christmas Jam and more.

[NSFW] When I started working on the Oxford American music issue, one of the

Poster art for NOLA Polar Express

[NSFW] On Friday, The Howlin' Wolf hosts the

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This year, Louisiana's best hopes of bringing home Grammys come from people who've lef

Promo image for Quit Your Day Job tour

[Updated] On a recent episode of Marc

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DJ Shadow's Endtroducing presented a new way to think about DJs in 1996 as he liberated

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Kishi Bashi played New Orleans twice this year, once opening for Of Montreal at the Howlin

Friday night, Vox and the Hound will play a CD-release party for their new album Co

Photo from Treme season 3

[Updated] [Spoiler Alert] "When people start thinking that money is the fuckin' answer, you get a whole 'nother set of problems,"

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"I've always wanted to hear piano in The Tin Men." 

Screen shot of the Homegrown Harvest website.

In her explanation for the poor audience turn-out for the Homegrown Harvest Festival,

Photo of a sign on Highway 61.

For more than a decade, the EMP Pop Conference has been a gathering place for critics, writers, scholars, and others who take music seriously to co

Photo of musicians in Jackson Square

The meeting at Kermit's Speakeasy in late September to discuss zoning and permit-related issues was often

Photo from Treme season 3

[Spoiler Alert] There are ways in which this season of Treme is very specific to its moment - the NOAH story, particularly

Cover art for "Alone Together" by Karriem Riggins.

New music from Dirty Projectors and Karriem Riggins, previews of Michelle Shocked and Lucky Date, and an African groove.

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"Come up with a cool name like Hand Bomb, Water Park, The Language. These would also be cool band names."

The Revivalists have had a good year, releasing their

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"I can feel our stuff evolving, but I can't put my finger on what it's evolving into."

Photo from Treme season 3

After Hurricane Katrina, Fats Domino became an even more resonant presence in New Orleans because reports of his death were premature too.

Photo of O. Perry Walker Marching Band

Sitting still doesn’t come naturally to a lot of kids. Getting students to sit still long enough to learn is often the teachers’ hardest job.

Photo of Clint Maegen by Zack Smith.

Photographer Zack Smith loves to set up photo booths and document not the moment but the pe

Photo of CC Adcock

My Spilt Milk will be at The Voodoo Experience all weekend in City Park. Here's where we plan to be on Friday:

Before rock musicians began turning up their amplifiers as loud as they could and roaring into microphones, there was something like what Cha

I witnessed New Orleans/Lafayette indie dance pop band Royal Teeth play The Bac

“You always remember your first,” Say Anything songwriter and vocalist Max Bem

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For me, reuinion gigs often fail to satisfy, not because the band can't play anymore but because they're too excited that they can.

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Afghan Whigs, Trombone Shorty, and Thomas Dolby speaking at TribeCon are among the week ahead's highlights.

Earlier this summer, Helen Gillet had a good conversation on improvisation and the social dim

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"Normally I ask people to put away their phones," The Lumineers' Wesley Schultz told the cro

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Sleigh Bells went onstage slightly after 10, and at 10:58 I was on the sidewalk o

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a look ahead to shows by The Lumineers, Sleigh Bells, Matt and Kim, The Afghan Whigs and more; and new music from Tame Impala, A.C. Newman, Bad Books and more.

Photo from Treme season 3

[Spoilers abound.] This week, it became apparent what New Orleanians are up against.

Photo of Dinner Lab by Kristy Oustalet

Nothing makes you appreciate the details of setting up a restaurant like setting one up week after week in unusual locations.

Small-town Indiana’s Houndmouth makes the kind of music you’d imagine railroad workers h

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It's a good week for roots music in New Orleans this week with the Blues and BBQ Fest, Steve Earle, The Lumineers, John Hiatt and Patti Griffin.

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[Updated] So far, New Orleans has had two panels and one symposium to help it get a grip on its changing media landscape - what's

Cover image for "The Focus Tape" by Dee-1

Dee-1 has a lot to say. When a helicopter flies low over the Magazine Street PJ's while we're talking, he doesn't wait for it to pass.

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According to an announcement released this morning:

Thunderous Canadian post-rock instrumental group Godspeed You!

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A preview of shows by M83, Dan Deacon, Bombay Bicycle Club and Moon Duo, along with new music by Miguel, The Mountain Goats, John Cale and more.

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Dynamics are a powerful thing, and Menomena knows it.

“We haven’t played this song in 29 years,” Red Hot Chili Peppers’s bass player Flea sa

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The week ahead includes shows by Antibalas, Dee-1 and the Gretna Heritage Fest, as well as benefits for Mike Mayeux and Sheik Richardson.

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Later this morning, I'm recording a Spilt Milk podcast with rapper Dee-1.

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"Ohhh, I hit a baby deer."

“I appreciate sacred music,” says Rob Lowe of Austin-based instrumental band Balmorh

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This week's episode does what Treme was made to do - illuminate a fundamental drama that most of us face.If things go according to plan, mos

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"It's been a dope, dope, dope, dope experience."

Photo by Tav Falco.

This Week's Spotify Soundtrack previews new music from Melody's Echo Chamber, Green Day, Sotho Sounds and Kreayshawn (with Sissy Nobby); and shows by Santigold, Victor Wooten, Dinosaur Jr., TOPS and more.

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When I asked on Facebook for questions for

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During her set this year at Jazz Fest, Dayna Kurtz had a moment.

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Black & White and Read All Over, Professor Longhair's house party, Animal Collective and Kendrick Lamar are a few of the highlights in a big week in New Orleans.

Last weekend, Rising Tide 7 brought together many of New Orleans' prominent writers and pa

It wasn't pretty but it worked.

Cover art for Preservation Hall Jazz Band's "St. Peter and 57th"

Last year, Preservation Hall and the jazz band that bears its name celebrated 50 yea

Cover of Jason Aldean's "Take a Little Ride"

Earlier this summer, New Orleanian Jim McCormick co-wrote his first number one on Billboard'

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[Updated] I never understood how painful making music might be for Fio

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Vox and the Hound are letting valuable promo time go to waste.

Photo of Michiel Huisman of Treme

"We are going to be back for a season 3.5," Treme producer David Simon announced Sa

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Josh Mazour has a job in an Attorney General's office, but when I ask about it, he plays it off.

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This week includes a Big Sun reunion, Off!'s punk purism, The Walkmen, Lewis Black and the Rising Tide conference.

Photo of Amanda Palmer and St. Cecilia's Asylum Chorus at Tipitina's by Erika Goldring

Amanda Palmer's decision to pay beer, merch and mentions to the local musicians who'd

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

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Smashburger, located at the corner of Magazine Street and Toledano, is a national chain whose

Director Mark Bergeron and cinematographer

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This week, we have new music from Bob Dylan, Empress Hotel, Ralph Stanley and The XX; and previews of shows this week by Amanda Palmer, The Walkmen, Nasimiyu, Lewis Black and more.

Today, New Orleans' hard rock band Star and Dagger have released their first video, which references a nu

Photo of Amanda Palmer and Grand Theft Orchestra

This week, New Orleans' nightlife offerings include Irvin Mayfield and the NOJO with Ledisi, Mystikal with Juvenile, Honey Island Swamp Band with Red Baraat, Black Taxi, Beach House and Stomp.

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“I hope whenever the fucking shitty movie is made about Brooklyn in the ‘00s, it’s going to be more like Justice League.

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The new issue of New Orleans

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I suspect that if they’re honest, fans of The dB’s always wanted to be Peter Holsapple

Updated: It's rare that we get to say that New Orleans is on the cutting edge of something other celebrations and NFL player motiv

Treme returns for its third season on HBO on September 23.

The American Idol logo

This morning I tried to interview American Idol hopefuls that are auditioning t

The first look at the third season of the HBO series gives us Clint Maedgen, some new haircuts, and - yay! - the return of Nelson Hidalgo.

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The last time I looked at the app, I was on the Entertainment page, so when I launched the app today at 7:30 a.m., it opened with Entertai