Pandemic Playlists: All About the Money Game

My installment of our “Pandemic Playlist” series starts with New Orleans’ Fiend in his International Jones mode because when I feel apocalyptic about what’s happening, I see class war coming, and I love Fiend turning class distinctions upside down as a former No Limit rapper living his version of the lifestyles of the rich and famous. The playlist doesn’t always speak to the situation that inspired it. I don’t look to my songs to speak for me, and I don’t always even want them to spark a dialogue with me.

Lizzo Brought The Fillmore To Church

Lizzo wants her live shows to be church, and her sold out show at the Fillmore on September 8 was exactly that. At the center of the stage was an altar, with orange lighting washing the stage. As the smoke built and dissipated, out walked Lizzo, dressed in a shimmery gold robe like that of a gospel singer. While the crowd’s excitement built, she started her set with “Heaven Help Me” and began her work of bringing the audience to worship.

King James and the Special Men are Singles Again

[Updated] “‘Eh La Bas’ is one of the oldest songs in the New Orleans repertoire,” Jimmy Horn told Talia Schlanger on WXPN’s “World Cafe” recently. “You’ve got recordings and recordings and recordings of it going back to the beginning of recording history. It’s a New Orleans song, but it’s a Creole song. That’s Haitian Creole. That’s the islands.

Anderson .Paak Didn't Need the Weather to Generate Heat at Champions Square

Anderson .Paak knows that his face is his money. He named the tour that brought him to Champions Square Saturday night “The Best Teef in the Game Tour,” and he showed off his fine set of choppers all show. His face is so important that he mounted a camera on his drum kit so that even when he was playing, we could see him. 

Lizzo Challenges Critics, But She Doesn't Need To

Lizzo has made her name for by loving herself and forcing everyone else to follow suit. Her message is one of aggressive self-empowerment, and it has given voice to many people who never see themselves represented in mainstream pop culture. She’s incessantly positive about her size, gender, and race because she exists in an industry and world that proves she must be. She’s is setting a lot of firsts, and in order to normalize the things she wants to normalize, she must be relentless.

Moonlight Benjamin's an Earlier Contender for Most Exciting Jazz Fest Set This Year

Bands have been trying for years to do what Moonlight Benjamin made seem effortless. Starting with The Gun Club, countless American bands have tried to find the place where the blues and Voodoo-inflected spirituality meet. In fact, Moonlight Benjamin do more than that, but the Haitian singer and the rock band accompanying her started there with “Papa Legba” in the Blues Tent Friday at Jazz Fest.

Broadsides, Boyfriend Best at Jazz Fest Thursday, and Friday Highlights

Think of Thursday at a test drive for this year’s Jazz Fest. The lineup was a Locals Thursday lineup and lacked the firepower to get a lot of people out to the Fair Grounds, and the morning rains further discouraged attendance. For that reason, the first day of this year’s festival didn’t feel like much of an event, but there were still some impressive shows. 

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