Treme: The Beginning of the End

[Spoiler Alert] Treme returned Sunday night for its final semi-season, one thing I admired about the most recent episode is that David Simon and Eric Overmyer are sticking to their guns at every level. The show's very specific pacing continues as if they've got another season or two instead of a final five episodes. Some scenes seem to casually set up stories that will be hard to wrap up, while others are more about the moment than any story.

Dumpstaphunk Plays Dirty

[Updated] The title track on Dumpstaphunk's new Dirty Word tells you all you need to know about the band. It's little more than a riff, but that riff's a monster, one that the band plays as an instrumental for more than half the song's running time. It doesn't wear out because the music around it is in constant motion - a bass pick-up here, a few bars of a guitar lick there, a keyboard counterpoint farther along.

Jazz Fest's Schedule on the Grounds, TV, and Radio

Friday's Jazz Fest schedule underwent some major changes as early sets were compressed because of the noon start time. Today and tomorrow's start times on the Acura Stage were made earlier in the week, well before the Fair Grounds became a mud pit. The Gentilly Stage also has Sunday changes. Here are the new times:


Trombone Shorty Joins Gleason Gras

Last year, former New Orleans Saint Steve Gleason announced that he was living with ALS, and Rehage Entertainment organized the inaugural Gleason Gras in Champions Square to raise money for the Gleason Initiative Foundation, which helps provide equpiment for those dealing with the condition. Gleason Gras returns to Champions Square Sunday for a show headlined by Pearl Jam's Mike McCready and, as announced yesterday, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue.

Here's the full lineup:

Hell Yes to Gleason and More

[Updated] Last year, a cold rain took the edge off of the debut of Gleason Gras. This Sunday there remains a chance of rain, but the temperature should be in the 70s. Later in the week, The New Movement's Hell Yes Fest brings stand-up comics and improv groups to a number of venues in town. Here are the week's highlights:

Voodoo: Ask Neil

[Updated] Neil Young will headline the opening night of The Voodoo Experience Friday night, but he'll talk to you today at 2 p.m. Central on Twitter. All day Wednesday, Young will answer questions from fans addressed to @neilyoung with the hashtag #askneil. Young's new album, Psychedelic Pill, is due out on Tuesday after Voodoo, but starting today, listeners can stream it at Here's a review.

Neil Young and Crazy Horse
Psychedelic Pill
(Warner Brothers)