More Mac Miller, a New Maggot Brain, and Patrick Cowley's "Mechanical Fantasy Box"

This week, Mac Miller fans received something akin to a divine message from the grave. Miller’s estate released the late artist’s first posthumous single, “Good News,” from his unfinished sixth-studio album, Circles, which is set for release today.  Both tender and gloomy, “Good News”’ creeps along steadily, strung together with sleepy guitar-picking over polished textures.

Jack White Fragile?

My review of Jack White’s show Tuesday at the Saenger is online at The New Orleans Advocate. An additional thought crystalized when photographer Chelsea Dunn sent me some of her photos from the show. It seemed apropos that the stage was well lit, but in a way that provided little illumination. It’s hard to imagine that anybody felt any closer to him by the end of the set, and step back from the music and the show felt very controlling.

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.

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