Greg Schatz Shrugs at Everything You Want

The story of Greg Schatz’s new Everything That You Wanted is told on the back cover, not the front. The disjointed, ragtag still life atop an old piano on the front suggests a junk shop aesthetic that is not quite right. The album’s not fussy or ornate, but it’s not haphazard either. There’s far too much talent on the tracks for the songs, like the photo, to seem slung together.

Tank and the Bangas' Liberation Music

Last weekend, Tarriona "Tank" Ball played the telephone booth as part of The Music Box's Roving Village in City Park. Today, she plays the French Quarter Festival's Tropical Isle Hand Grenade Stage at 5:45 p.m. with her group, Tank and the Bangas

Recently, Lauren Keenan visited the band to see them at home and in rehearsal. Here are her notes:

More = Better?

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 without at least a twinge of uneasiness. According to the study, New Orleans had 9.28 million visitors last year, and to the extent that the number represents money coming into the city, that’s a good thing.

Riding the Tongue: The Dash Rip Rock Interview

When Dash Rip Rock released Hee Haw Hell in 2007, the band planned to premiere the redneck version of “Dante’s Inferno” at South by Southwest. Bill Davis, the band’s one constant since its beginning in the early 1980s approached me, writer John Swenson, and a handful of other people at The Continental Club a half-hour or so the band’s set to ask us if we’d read some of the text passages between songs.

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