The Jazz Fest Schedule: A First Look

Today, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell held its annual one month out party and released the schedule. For me, the biggest surprise is that few days pose hard challenges for me. First Sunday: Vampire Weekend or Rodriguez to finish the day? I was really impressed by Vampire Weekend at SXSW a year ago when Vampires of the City was about to be released.

Jazz Fest Day 5: We're Turning the Floor of This Race Track Into a Mud Pit

Thursday's rain on top of last weekend's rain on top of this week's rain left the Fair Grounds such a mess that opening Friday was delayed an hour to give Jazz Fest workers a chance to bring in more dirt, more straw, and try to stabilize the muddy mess. Unfortunately, there was only so much that could be done, and the efforts were largely invisible, or noticeable only to those who knew what the Fair Grounds were like around 8 that morning.

Voodoo: What's Black and Blue and White All Over?

Jack White's always interesting, which may be the definition of a rock star. His bands are all provocative, all different, and his antics are just eccentric enough to feed more-money-than-sense conversations. Carry two bands on tour? Expect interns at Third Man Records to dress in the label's color scheme? These reek of indulgence, but the resulting work consistently mitigates the eccentricities.

Royal Teeth Makes a Joyous Return

I witnessed New Orleans/Lafayette indie dance pop band Royal Teeth play The Backstreet Boys' “I Want It That Way” to a packed Throwback night at The Republic nearly one year ago, and since then, vocalist Gary Larsen can only describe what has happened as a crazy, busy whirlwind. “We played CMJ last year, and we were trying to decide if we were ready to hop onto the festival circuit,” he says.