Jazz Fest: Cha Wa Hits Refresh on the Mardi Gras Indians Album

It’s hard to know what to think of Mardi Gras Indians in 2016. The neighborhoods that spawned them aren’t what they used to be, and many of the figures who dominated the conversation are gone. Listen to long-time Indians talk and they say new Indians don’t respect traditions and are all chiefs, no followers, but it’s hard to know if some of that is standard issue generational grievances. Because Mardi Gras Indians remain an insular community—even today, certainly by 2016’s oversharing standards—it’s hard to be sure of what’s real.

Davell and Pres Hall Got Personality

There's a lot to be said for being yourself. In the case of Davell Crawford, I'm not sure he can be anything else. He took 14 years between albums, which says he's following any well-worn career script. On My Gift for You (Basin Street), he seizes the opportunity and unloads 15 songs that take well more than an hour to run through, in the process honoring as many of his gifts as possible.

Voodoo: Ask Neil

[Updated] Neil Young will headline the opening night of The Voodoo Experience Friday night, but he'll talk to you today at 2 p.m. Central on Twitter. All day Wednesday, Young will answer questions from fans addressed to @neilyoung with the hashtag #askneil. Young's new album, Psychedelic Pill, is due out on Tuesday after Voodoo, but starting today, listeners can stream it at NeilYoung.com. Here's a review.

Neil Young and Crazy Horse
Psychedelic Pill
(Warner Brothers)

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