NPR's List of Greatest Albums by Women Provokes Conversation

[Updated] A good list starts conversations, which is why they’re a staple of sports talk radio. Where does Quarterback X rank on the list of all-time greats? Who’s the closer you want on the mound in game seven of a World Series game when you’ve got a one-run lead? Questions like that can fill phone lines for hours. By that standard, NPR’s “The Greatest 150 Albums by Women” is already a success.

Voodoo News: Chainsmokers Discussed, and Charles Bradley Out, Morning 40 In

After rain muddied City Park’s Festival Grounds to such a degree that the Voodoo Music and Arts Experience had to cancel its last day last year, this weekend’s forecast looks like payback. Predictions call for a weekend with highs in the mid-80s and lows in the mid-60, and less than a 10 percent chance of rain.

Quintron and Miss Pussycat Headline Bunny Matthews Benefit Tonight

On June 23, Bunny Matthews announced on Facebook, “I have brain cancer.” Since then, the New Orleans artist, writer, and agent provocateur has made his page his most compelling work—not simply a diary or meditation on the process of dealing with cancer, but a place to be himself when there’s no compelling reason to fudge the trut

Lenny Kravitz Joins Jazz Fest; the Twitterverse Says "Ehhh"

America can relax. The speculation is over. The much-discussed TBA for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell has been announced to be Lenny Kravitz, who’ll perform on Sunday, May 3. Kravitz last played Jazz Fest in 2004 and will come to New Orleans as part of his world tour in support of Strut, the album he released in December.

The Jazz Fest Second Guess

Monday, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell announced its day-by-day talent lineup and that tickets go on sale Tuesday. Social media didn't wait for the the lineup to be posted before floating Chumbawamba, Andy Williams and Boxcar Willie as facetious possibilities.

Here's a sampling of Monday's responses on Twitter, which I post because it shows that there's an audience for everybody at Jazz Fest, even if you and I aren't it.

It's My Song. No It's My Song

[Updated] Recently, my wife and I heard “It’s My Life” and had a who-is-that moment. She came up with No Doubt; me—Talk Talk. In fact, it was Talk Talk synth-pop version from 1984, but No Doubt’s arrangement stayed pretty close to the original so I heard what she heard. The experience illustrated how a song’s popularity is tied to time. A friend similarly argued that if the ’90s are your musical sweet spot, “Hurt” is obviously a Nine Inch Nails songs. If you’re older or younger, it belongs to Johnny Cash.

"Today is a Painful Day"

Former Times-Picayune staffer Rebecca Theim has written Hell and High Water, a book that covers the dramatic transition of The Times-Picayune from a beloved daily paper to a website-led paper that, as it cut frequency and staff, burned off much of that good will. The story has been told in across a host of publications, websites and Facebook posts, but Theim pulls the pieces together in a clear narrative that fills in some of the contexts.

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