Jazz Fest Photos: Vampire Weekend, Irma, Boutte, and More

Last Sunday at Jazz Fest, Vampire Weekend looked even preppier than ever, and Eric Clapton brought a healthy dose of reserve in all aspects except his playing to his first set at Jazz Fest. Rodriguez, the subject of the Academy Award-winning documentary Searching for Sugar Man perplexed, and Chocolate Milk explored the '70s funk road less traveled.

Jazz Fest Preview: Our Picks for Weekend One

During Jazz Fest, picks and are closer to a wish list than a plan. I can say now that I intend to see these acts, but if something I'm passing by catches my ear (or looks good to eat or drink), then the plan is sidetracked if not derailed completely.

My default mode is usually the international music since the international groups are the ones I'm least likely to see or hear again. They don't all hold my interest equally, but I try to check them out. 

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.

Christmas in January?

We look forward to the announcement of the talent lineup for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell with the same sort of eagerness that we wait for Christmas. Then it gets here, we eagerly see what we got, and find a pair of socks. A shirt. Things we need or can use, but they're not on par with the anticipation. Maybe nothing could be, but still ...

So Much, So Little

[Updated] It's easy to grouse about South by Southwest. Too many people. Too many bands. Too corporate. Too much everything, all of which is true. No matter how diligently you plan and stay at it, you'll miss bands you wanted to see. Then there are friends who you only see once a year, cool tips you hear about, and a sound you hear coming out of a bar that you have to pursue with no idea what it is. As such, your SXSW never turns out like you planned.

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