The Nine Shows of Christmas

There are six weeks until Christmas (seriously???), and My Spilt Milk wants to send you to nine shows between now and then. We’ve talked to our friends at the One Eyed Jacks, the Civic Theatre, the House of Blues, Chickie Wah Wah, Gasa Gasa, Tipitina’s and the Hi-Ho Lounge and lined up a pair of tickets for a show a week between now and Christmas, with three shows the week of December 6.

We have tickets to see

Jazz Fest Day 4: Rainy Day, Dream Away

It looks like we may be finished with the rain, but Thursday it took it's toll on me, partly in the constant donning and shedding of rain gear, of living inconveniently under a poncho, and of choosing footing semi-carefully, trying to find the closest thing to a dry path - or at least not a soggy one. I was solid through Pokey LaFarge's charming set at the Fais Do-Do Stage, where he and his band showed off not just vintage finery and the musical product of a killer record collection but genuine chops.

Pokey LaFarge Wants You to Know

It's South by Southwest in Austin, and across the street from a party hosted by an app developer, a well-dressed swing band is set up in a gravel parking lot in front of a van. The van gets attention because it's black and yellow and carries the mark of Third Man Records, Jack White's label. The band stops people who are moving between hip-hop and indie rock stars of the day with its easy swing and the singer's clear, effortless way with a melody.

Jazz Fest: Weekend 2

Does Jazz Fest need extreme weather to really get good? Or, was the first weekend's talent lineup good but not great? Whatever the case, Sunday was the most compelling day last weekend. The Screaming Eagle of Soul, Charles Bradley, was the highlight of the weekend, and A Tribe Called Red did the unthinkable for many and introduced festgoers to dubstep.

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