My Brightest Diamond Does Math on the Dance Floor on "A Million and One"

Shara Nova has made beautiful and haunting music under many names; My Brightest Diamond is the one that stuck. She started making “chamber pop” or “art pop” in the early 2000s under the name AwRY and went on to write music for orchestral productions and collaborated with indie star Sufjan Stevens. In 2006, she started to release music under the name My Brightest Diamond.

Dick Dale's Last Words (to Me)

On Saturday night, surf guitar legend Dick Dale died. He's best known for "Miserlou," which Quentin Tarantino used to great effect in 1994's Pulp Fiction. Dale played a number of memorable shows in New Orleans in the old Howlin' Wolf--where Republic is today--where he played surf with a punk edge. He played so hard that he would periodically show his picks to show how worn down they were, and one Sunday night he walked off the stage, through the crowd, out the door and into traffic, staring down cars and playing all the while.

Outlander's Diana Gabaldon Takes MSM to School

Novelists are usually in short supply at Wizard World Comic Con. Superheroes and pop culture stars are its top-line draws, but this year writer Diana Gabaldon--author of the "Outlander" series--attended the New Orleans convention, along with members of the cast of Outlander, the series on Starz adapted from her books.

My Spilt Milk Presents "The 12 Songs of Christmas"

Earlier this month, My Spilt Milk launched a new podcast, “The 12 Songs of Christmas.” My Spilt Milk founder Alex Rawls has been writing about Christmas since 2004, when he wrote a cover story on it for Gambit with interviews with people as different as American Idol contestants, Trans-Siberian Orchestra founder Paul O’Neill, filmmaker/artist John Waters, and sing

Kero Kero Bonito Searches for Sense in a Messy World

[Updated Kero Kero Bonito has undergone a sea change. Their sound, once radically cheerful, matured into angsty uncertainty with the release of Time ‘n’ Place in early October. The British pop project started as a simple synth trio, with Gus Lobban and Jamie Bulled manning the boards, and Sarah Midori Perry singing and rapping, alternating enthusiastically between English and her native Japanese.

Travers Geoffray Disbands Mississippi Rail Co., Makes Solo Debut at Jazz Fest

Mississippi Rail Company took a game stab at classic New Orleans R&B along with a number of related southern, piano-driven R&B styles. The band got warm but never hot, so when I received an email announcing a new album by Travers Geoffray, the leader of Mississippi Rail Company, I wasn’t surprised.

Jazz Fest News: Tonight's the Neil Young Movie Night

Neil Young will play the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell on Sunday, May 1. A week before, he'll release his 1979 concert movie Rust Never Sleeps and his little-seen 1982 comedy Human Highway on DVD. Tonight, the movies will show as a double bill around the country for one night only—at the Elmwood Plaza 20 in Harahan, for those in the New Orleans area.

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