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Last Tuesday, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell announ

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Like Jazz Fest and French Quarter Festival’s organizers, we’re still monitoring the situation.

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[Updated] "In cooperation with city and state officials and local tourism agencies, the Festival is monitoring the situ

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On Valentine’s Day, the third annual Kanaval Ball took place at Mahalia Jackson Theater for the

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How did a guy from the West Bank end up getting part of that “Despacito” money? It started with American Idol.

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The new single from New Orleans' 79rs Gang gives us Mardi Gras Indian music that makes sense for 2020.

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

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A look ahead at the upcoming Jazz Fest including notes, video previews, ticket prices and day rankings. What are the best days at the Fair Grounds this year?

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How do you follow up a million-selling single and a platinum album?

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British band Kero Kero Bonito took to Republic last Saturday, swaying between the ecstati

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Phoebe Rose couldn’t tell you what the time was, only “God knows.” But it wasn’t sunrise ye

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To be fair, I’ve never loved Jack White.

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Voodoo 2019 felt an exercise in denial. 

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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

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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.

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Michelle Currier performs as DJ Nice Rack, and she is indebted to New Orle

Burning Cane Review by Peter Buffo for

Going into Saturday night there was a lot of hype surrounding


Shortly after last night’s world premiere of Easy Does It at the 30th annual

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A delight to the eyes and the heart, Guaxuma is a short film that utilizes experimental animation techniques all connec

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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.

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Midway through DaBaby’s (Jonathan Lyndale Kirk) set at Mardi Gra

Mark Hughes

On May 20, 2019 students, parents, and what seemed like every adult who’s known Mark Hughes in the past 20 years piled into the back lot of P

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[Updated] When Sinkane wants revolution, it folds The Beatles’ “

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We can talk about how she plays 20 instruments, admire how she writes and produces all her music, or wonder how she finished a Billboard-charting album in a month. If we did, we would be jumping over something much deeper that lives in her music: her flow state.

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

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Over the past few months, thousands of women in the New Orleans region have been exchanging emails, booking hotel rooms, and coordinating payments among themselves for tickets and matching screen-printed t-shirts with slogans like “Oh my god, we’re back again” in swirling, Pinterest-esque script. If they’re like me, maybe they giggled self-deprecatingly when telling people about their upcoming plan to attend a Backstreet Boys concert at the Smoothie King Center on August 30.

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Members of Generationals have spoken in interviews about not feeli

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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

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

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The African-American woman’s vote is so important to the success of any Democratic presidential nominee that seven candidates made appea

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Dr. John’s most enduring mode was translator of New Orleans.

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

Adia Victoria is reclaiming her Southerness by reclaiming the blu

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Jazz Fest season sees the annual return of followers of all things Grateful Dead to New Orleans as the festival and its accompanying nightlife stil

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Leyla McCalla has largely conducted her career as a lone wolf, performing with j

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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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New Orleans has spent the weekend

Of the hundreds of bands that played in Austin last week, only 14 New Orleans acts performed at official South By Southwest showcases.

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On Saturday night, surf guitar legend Dick Dale died.

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“All this shit goes together at the end of the day,” said local DJ/Producer Lil Jodeci

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Robyn Hitchcock showed his hand late in his set Saturday

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The Buku Music and Arts Project released its lineup during the holi

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Before Tuesday’s announcement of the lineup for the 50th anniversary edition of the

The Internet photo

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

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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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Christmas music often comes with a strong undercurrent of nostalgia as the songs evoke times that seem simpler in retrospect.

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What do you do on an election day when you’re too anxious to watch the returns and too anxious to watch something else instead?

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“The Fool Who Thought He Was King” and “Death to the King and All His Loyal Subjects” sound like song titles that might skewer our imper

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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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Hard rock has not always been built for women, but Thunderpussy is changing that.

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Friday marked a very sincere start to the 20th anniversary edition of the Voodoo Music and Art

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It is disrespectful to describe Lizzo as “only” anything.

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

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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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Recently, My Spilt Milk photographer Steph Catsoulis has been busy, shooting CHVRCHES last week at the Joy Theater and Lily Allen this w

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“We are trying to show the New Orleans of today and tomorrow, so this layer of electronics over humans is very reflective of the times w

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It’s great that Gambit Weekly called this week for better, fairer treatment of musicians in New Orleans considering the outsized

Kevin Owens photo

Monday Night Raw in New Orleans’ Smoothie King Center last week made it clear that the WWE is not in the wrestling business.

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With its current issue, Louisiana Cultural Vistas takes on a new name, 64 Pa

elias photo

One of the storylines going in the Wrestlemania last April in the Superdome was that WWE Superstar John Cena wanted a match with the bel

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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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On Monday night, WWE Raw drew the show’s lowest ratings in its 25-year history—2.47 million viewers, down 11 percent from last we

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{Updated] Keeping the fans in the Superdome has been a challenge for the acts that close the Essence Festival, but

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[Updated] The cover for the original publication of

belle and sebastian photo by steven hatley for my spilt milk

[Updated] When Stuart Murdoch sang, “We were on the outside looking in” Monday night at The Civic, he could have been a

aretha franklin photo by lee friedlander

Portraits of musicians often feel as ephemeral as pop songs, not because they lack emotional gravity but because so many convey the same

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[Updated] Tuesday, Wynton Marsalis made news when he asserted that hip-hop is more harmful to African Americans than Co

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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On a star power level, this year’s Jazz Fest was soft. Its biggest names play casinos and theaters, not arenas.

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Friday at Jazz Fest was a lesson in context.

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Saturday at Jazz Fest ends with Cage the Elephant and Aerosmith opposite each o

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In his best days with the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (NOJO), Victor Atkins could

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The Frenchmen Street swing/trad jazz scene can sometimes feel like it wants to be boldly rooted in tradition, but musical archaeology doesn't fill

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Wednesday night’s highlights in New Orleans include guitarist

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In recent years, Jazz Fest at night has been a jam fest, and that’s certainly going on.

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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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[Updated We’ll see only part of what Aurora Nealand can do

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So far, the New Orleans Tricentennial has been a subtle affair.

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[Updated] On the Road to Wrestlemania this week, the WWE stopped for gas, a Coke, and to hit the head.

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Buku 2018 was a bit of a dumpster fire.

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The Buku Project starts Friday at Mardi Gras World with perhaps its most on-tim

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Matt Aguiluz of A Living Soundtrack lived in Japan from 2011 to 2013, an

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There was an overwhelming, communal connection when Molotov took the stage at House of Blues' Parish.

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Mid-week, Cirque du Soleil made news by offering to pay the Soul Brass Ban

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Some believe that starting a record label in 2018 is a

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Dead and Company were scheduled to play The Smoothie King Center last Decemb

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"Live" and "magazine" aren't two words that normally go together, but Pop-Up Ma

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Lily Keber is trying to finish her follow-up to Bayou Maharajah, her 2013

sleigh bells photo by steph catsoulis for my spilt milk

Last Friday night, Sleigh Bells played Republic, and according to ph

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Carnival starts the time of year when we have guests we need to get out of our hair at some point.

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

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The side of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art bears a large white rectangle with a single, black, horizontal line, and under it, a line t

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At one end of the DC Extended Universe lie the movies, a dark, heavy, Zack Snyder-influenced place defined by desaturated colors and hum

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The number of suicides don’t go up during the Christmas season.

Christian Scott and the Refined Players

Musicians have relied on sponsorships since medieval kings hired court jesters, so it didn’t seem strange when Christian Scott too

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In the month between the time that photographer Katie Sikora and musician Alex

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

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We're pleased to debut the New Orleans indie dance rock band's new album before it plays an album review show for it this Saturday.

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Josh Freund and Sam Radutzky inadvertently set a task for themselves when they decided to shoot a documentary on Papa Grows Funk.

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We have a pair of tickets to give away to see the Ponderosa Stomp concerts Friday and Saturday nights at the Orpheum Theater.

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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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Who can forget those crazy days of 2012?

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Going into the Arcade Fire show Tuesday night at the UNO Lakefront Ar

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On Tuesday, September 26, Live Nation presents Arcade Fire at the UNO

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After I posted my review of Thursday night’s U2 concert, I had a

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[Updated] Let’s clear the basics out of the way first.

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The context for Downtown Boys reasserts itself weekly if not daily.

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Last week, Foo Fighters made news when out of the blue they released the single “Run,” and made more when its video was viewed 2.2 milli

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

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On “Lulu’s Back in Town,” pianist Josh Paxton plays an acrobatic s

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According to a 2015 infographic published by

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

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On Saturday, Castillo Blanco will host 12 hours of drag culture as the Brooklyn-based festival makes its New Orleans debut.

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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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[Jazz Fest emphasizes one element of rock band Royal Teeth's sound at the exp

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New Orleans' harmonies-heavy folk rock band formed in Baton Rouge to open for Rivers Cuomo and his band.

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DJ Shub makes an unlikely return to Jazz Fest Friday.

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Boyfriend didn’t overthink the title of her new EP, Next, but

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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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This Saturday, April 8, The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra will literally perform upon the waters of Lake Pontchartrain at the Seabrook Boat Launch. The LPO will play an original work by Yotam Haber titled “New Water Music,” and for the occasion it has partnered with New Orleans Airlift to create a lively and celebratory event that brings attention to the somber and critical coastal erosion issues affecting the Louisiana coastline.

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

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When the British department store Boots excavated Ernie K-Doe’s “Here Come the Girls” for its

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Ari Herstand found the peace he needed at District Donuts.

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Travis Scott, 21 Savage, Lil Yachty, Zeds Dead, Zhu, Run the Jewels, Sleigh Bells, and a solid lineup of electronic dance music and hip-hop will pl

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[UPDATED] Electronic dance music found its first home in underground clubs, secret parties, and developed outside of the mainstrea

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Rapper Baron Ahmon had a very New Orleans experience shortly after he

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What are the reasons to be excited by the lineup for the New Orleans Jazz an

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The returns of Stevie Wonder, Tom Petty, Maroon 5 and the focus on the music of Cuba are the news in the lineup for the 2017

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Last week, rapper Cavalier dropped the video for “Tuck and Roll,” and it

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(Last week, I briefly interviewed a number of New Orleans artists including George Porter Jr., Boyfriend, and K.C.

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When Dana Carvey talked about growing up with an angry, abusive father on

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Naughty Professor has followed in Galactic’s footsteps by establishing it

Walking into The Music Box’s new permanent digs in the Bywater is like entering a post-apocalyptic shant

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"Our Spilt Milk" looks at our favorite things this week, which also include Danny Brown's "Atrocity Exhibition" and Tony Molina's "Confront the Truth."

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In 2008, John Michael Rouchell made himself an important part of the New Or

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

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I’m buying anybody who loved The Weeknd, but while I saw signs of love

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If Friday’s weather at Voodoo 2016 is anything like yesterday’s

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The Voodoo Music and Arts Experience starts today, and we have our downloadable schedule, color-coded with the people we're most excited

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After rain muddied City Park’s Festival Grounds to such a degree that the

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Hell Yes Fest returns Thursday with a night of improv comedy at

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On the weekend, a friend on Facebook thought that the thousand or so people who showed up at Mardi Gras World for the first day of

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Tonight, Addy Najera will record her first comedy album,

NOLA musicians Alexis Marceaux (Sweet Crude) and Morgan Carson (

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 It may be the end of summer, but since September remains obnoxiously hot, it’s as good a month as any for Tales of the Cocktail to decl

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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

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Winston Triolo didn’t always want to make attractive music.

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Kraftwerk’s signature song is “The Robots,” and for much of its career, the memb

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Earlier this summer, we talked to DJ Yamin, Quickie Mart, and Tony Skratchere about NOLA Bounce Breaks,

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If Ryan Gray wanted to make money, he picked the counterintuitive route.

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Even numbers are a problem.

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As much as I appreciated the

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The Orpheum was built between 1918 and 1921 and operated by Keith-Orpheum Circuit.

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If you weren’t in the Superdome or the Convention Center this weekend, the story of Essence Festival was #closedforessence.

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Despite the warm, welcoming inclusivity of the name, Guts Club is a

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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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[Updated] PJ Morton spent much of this past spring

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[Updated] Currently, rapper Alfred Banks stars

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When Tiffany Lamson told Rotary Downs to sit, they sat. 

Today, a lawsuit was filed against AEG Live and the

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The surf-like band takes on bigger issues on its new album, "Bermuda."

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Many bands still seem addicted to the major label-dictated album cycle that once prompted Prince to declare himself a slave.

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For season one of HBO’s Treme, music supervisor Blake Leyh wanted to include a p

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Today, The Wooden Wings released a surprising new track, “Ashamed

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

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Saturday ended with a number of impromptu water features on the Fair Grounds.

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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

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The 50 percent chance of rain for the day is not encouraging, but schedule for Saturday at Jazz Fest makes the gamble worth it.

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

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Yesterday a friend said that many of his best Jazz Fest moments came during the rain, and I get that.

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

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For me, Jazz Fest gets real when the choices get tough, and by that metric, the festival really starts Thursday at about 2:30.

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Kvetching about Jazz Fest is a spring tradition as beloved as cobbling together a Mardi Gras costume on Lundi Gras night.

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Bluntly, there's too much to do during Jazz Fest. Too many bands, too many possibilities, too many things that might be cool.

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

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In the immediate wake of David Bowie’s passing, fans worldwide rushed to social media to commemorate the  genius by posting statuses with lyr

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I have the highest hopes for today at Jazz Fest. With the exception of Janelle Monae, this first weekend has lacked musical urgency.

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It’s hard to know what to think of Mardi Gras Indians in 2016.

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Jazz Fest 2016  began with Goldman Thibodeaux and the Lawtell Playboys, Thibodeaux dressed for Saturday night on Friday morning.

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Friday was a slightly soft start to Jazz Fest.

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Janelle Monae plays Jazz Fest's Congo Square Stage today at 5:25 p.m.

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Bluntly, there's too much to do during Jazz Fest. Too many bands, too many possibilities, too many things that might be cool.

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Trapper Keaper presents Will Thompson and Marcell

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New Orleans rappers can't catch a break in Mississippi.

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[Updated] [Mumford and Sons played Zephyr Field Saturday night, and new My Spilt Milk contributor Piper Serra was there and fi

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In the last few weeks, word has circulated about Facebook’s Filtered Messages mailbox—one that few people knew existed.

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The Breton Sound plays arena-sized rock in indie-sized rooms.

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For years, much of the New Orleans music community treated hip-hop as the bad cop to the brass bands’ good cop—one suspect; one real mus

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[Updated] “I remember every second of my first time up there, with people staring at me with the Black Hole Sun face.”


AF the Naysayer is authentic and organic, even though those qualities are not entirely

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From here on out, My Spilt Milk's New Orleans Music Awards will be the

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New Orleans' rock band Woozy is a nominee for Best Debut Album in

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Friday’s New York Times Magazine is a special issue with an extended story,

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

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Buku returns to Mardi Gras World Friday, March 11 for two nights, and late last week organizers posted

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New Orleans-based hip-hop artist Grosser is in no hurry on

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[Updated] Early voting has started for March 5’s Louisiana Primary, and it is time to vote for the winners for

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

Trixie Minx Photo

A sterilized relic of Bourbon Street was on display in the Orpheum Theatre o

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Kanye West recently dropped the track list from his upcoming album, The Life of Pablo and he'll debut it when he livestreams hi

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[Updated] As Carnival has calcified into the form it now takes with big-ass nightly spectacles starting on Wednesday, s

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It seems only appropriate that on the day of the Iowa Caucuses My Spilt Milk announces that fans of music in New Orleans will have yet a

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This week's "Freshly Spilt Milk" playlist includes new bounce, a Kanye remake, a Beiber cover, and "Xtreme" music from Prince Rama.

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My Spilt Milk has a pair of tickets to give away to see Candyland and Unicorn Fukr Thursday, February 4 at the House of Blues.

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Purity Ring, producer Deorro, Rae Sremmurd, and DJ Datsik are among the final additions to the

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[Updated] On January 14, we learned of the untimely death of

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Von Mozes started life as Teenager, which emerged from indie rock band

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This week's Freshly Spilt Milk features music from Cellars, Steve James, Nap Eyes and more.

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Hearing Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down” marked how much things had changed for

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[Updated] My Spilt Milk's contributors and particularly photographers Patrick Ainsworth and Steven Hatley see a lot of music in a

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Late last year, R&B singer Raqi Lilly visited New Orleans to help scratch her

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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

Photo of Phantoms

In many ways, 2015 was defined by streaming.

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[Today’s story on local artists making Christmas music i

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Too often, photo books on New Orleans have a simple editorial stance. New Orleans is resilient. New Orleans is eccentric.

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

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[Updated] My Spilt Milk is now in the awards game, and tickets to My Spilt Milk's

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How do we know that Big Freedia has made it? A book—who reads them?

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Today, New Orleans rock band Exports debuted a new song, "Red Herring," through

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Fifteen years ago, I was part of a throng who helped open Th

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Buku Music and Art Project will be returning to Mardi Gras World for its fifth installment

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When 5th Ward Weebie's "Let Me Find Out" became one of New Orleans' biggest songs in 2014, it was a return to old school bounce values.

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This week's Freshly Spilt Milk features new music from Datsik, ((mothers)), Borgore, Jesusdapnk and more!

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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 has a hefty New Orleans contingent, along with more new Erykah Badu, soft rock from Fred Armisen and Bill Hader, and electronic music from around the world.

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[Updated] Friday, the memorial for Allen Toussaint was, as Dr.

“I know you're waiting on my move tonight/hesitation/wait until the moment's right,” said no lothario ever.

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This week we got more short films and documentaries—who knew Greater New Orleans had such a thriving short film scene? 

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When I listen to James McMurtry, I feel like I understand libertarians and small governme

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New Orleans has lost more than most know in the passing of Allen Toussaint.

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

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Today, I talk with Joe Ely about his rambling days in

Screenings both large and small can go unnoticed in the cinematic boomtown of the Hollywood South. 

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[Updated] Alfred Banks, 24, left Loyola Universit

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

Chance the Rapper photo

Chance the Rapper (Sunday, 3:30 p.m., Altar) is on to something.

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The Le Plur stage is stacked at this year's Voodoo Music and Arts Experience this weekend

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The Voodoo Music and Art Experience returns to City Park this Halloween weekend, and My S

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Last night, Big Freedia, Boyfriend, and Seattle's Hibou kicked off a

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This week's Freshly Spilt Milk features new music from Slow Hands, Vicetone, Phantoms, Kenton Slash Demon and more.

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Tonight as I write, photographer Patrick Ainsworth is in Champions Square shooting the A$AP Rocky show.

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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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The stereotype of stand-up comedians is that they’re neurotic messes.

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[Updated] In July, Wilco surprised fans be releasing its new album,

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Saturday night, The Preservation Hall Jazz Band and special guests will play The Preserv

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Galactic will host and headline The Landing, a new festival that takes plac

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I was really saddened to hear that let Alison Fensterstock go and shifted Keith Spera to Metro.

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This week's Freshly Spilt Milk playlist includes new music from Pell, Louque, Autograf, Guerilla Toss, Seratones, and more.

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[Update] When Foo Fighters performed in the front window of Preservation Hall,

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[Updated] For the fourth annual Hell Yes Festival, The New Mo

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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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[Updated] The tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina is being remembered in many predictable ways—concerts, speeches, p

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Thursday night, The Orpheum held a champagne reception to officially reopen the downtown perf

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In the months after Hurricane Katrina, I remember talking to a writer who speculated that it would be more than a decade before The T

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

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My Morning Jacket has developed a tight relationship with New Orleans.

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Today, French Quarter Festivals Inc. (FQFI) sent out a press release titled, "The 15th Anniversary S

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When Galactic parted ways with singer Theryl “Houseman” DeClouet in 2004, fans fe

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

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In previous years at Tales of the Cocktail, I’ve heard stories of rogues wo

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

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Recently while driving Tchoupitoulas--one of the few ways to escape Uptown--my wife saw some new stenciled graffiti on the side streets.

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Recently, rock band AWOLNATION returned to New Orleans and the House of Blues for

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In the ‘80s and ‘90s, a young Stephen Morrissey gave a generation permi

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The narrative in the New Orleans music community that has the most traction is that the city government doesn’t sufficiently value music

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

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As a part of The New Orleans Advocate’s coverage of the crowd on the second Saturday of Jazz Fest this year,

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[Updated] Jazz Fest 2015 is over, and the approximately 460,000 people made it the best-attended post-Katrina Jazz Fest

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Photographer Patrick Ainsworth was busy during Jazz Fest and the nights during it.

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[Updated] The attendance Saturday at Jazz Fest wasn’t a record despite the speculation of some outlets, which gives tho

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If Saturday's crowd at Jazz Fest wasn't record-breaking, it was at least enough to make eve

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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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After looking forward to a day of discoveries at Jazz Fest Friday, I ended up missing both Paloma Faith and Gurrumul. I hope to do better Saturday. Last year The Soul Rebels played one of my favorite sets, so I look foward to them and Big Freedia, the latter because bounce artists rarely do more than 20 minutes on their own, so I want to see if Freedia can make a full show out of the sound.

Davell Crawford has a history of being flighty, but I'm hopeful for his tribute to Fats Domino. Crawford's a dazzling pianist, but Fats' songs call less for techincal acompishment than commitment to Domino's directness. 

Although Taj Mahal remains on the schedule, he's out due to illness. Big Sam's Funky nation was rained out last week, so he'll take Mahal's spot.

Make sure you drop in Economy Hall at some point. I often grab my first bite of the day there and put on sunscreen, and that served me well yesterday when I lucked in Tom Sancton's band. Tomorrow I expect I'll hear Connie Jones over breakfast.

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Mardi Gras is the source from which all things flow in New Orleans, and Jazz Fest is perhaps its most important product.

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Thursday was a beautiful day to be at the Fair Grounds, and Friday promises to be just as nice.

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Last summer, we rant this story on Americana artist Amanda Shires, who plays Jazz Fest's Fais-Do-Do Stage today at 4:25 p.m.

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There was a time when the Jazz Fest lineup announcement was met with complaints over opportunities missed.

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When Luke Winslow-King released his second Bloodshot Records album, Everlasting Arms, we talked about his relationship to the blues.

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

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There’s no getting around Benjamin Booker’s voice.

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In memory of Tom Jacobsen, we're re-running my interview with him about "The New Orleans Jazz Scene 1970-2000: A Personal Retrospective" and his agenda-free approach to sorting out who's who.

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[Updated] It's easy as music lovers to get lost in the romance of music and miss the financial realities of a life spent making mu

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In our most eclectic Freshly Spilt Milk yet, we have new music from A-Trak and Zeds Dead, as well as garage psychedelia from Tel Aviv and electronic dance music from Venezuela.

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[Updated] Two weeks ago, I wrote about the opening of

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In 2010, Trombone Shorty curated “Red Hot + NOLA,” an all-star New Orleans concert at the Brooklyn Academy of Music that not only featur

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The Who will make a rare festival appearance when they play Jazz Fest Saturday, April 25,

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Big chunks of City Park appear largely unreclaimed, particularly the parts that were once golf courses that ran along much of the length

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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

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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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[Updated] 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.

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[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 show at 8 p.m. at Chickie Wah Wah.

[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

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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

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

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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 the news.

"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

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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

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[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

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[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."

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

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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

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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

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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.

Screen grab of the home page of on June 20, 2012

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