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Photos: Crescent City Blues & BBQ Fest, October 17-19, 2014 -- by OffBeat Staff

Some of the best blues musicians in the world descended on New Orleans for the 2014 Crescent City Blues BBQ Fest from October 17-19.
Check out this …

What to Do in New Orleans on October 25, 2014 -- by Reya Hart

The upcoming weekend in New Orleans is packed with incredible events.

There are so many varied things that you could do on Saturday, October 25, th …

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Luke Winslow-King, Everlasting Arms, album cover, OffBeat Magazine, October 2014

Luke Winslow-King

Everlasting Arms
Bloodshot Records
This new record from Luke Winslow-King is more than several steps up from his previous fine record. T Read more...
Tuba Skinny, Owl Call Blues, album cover, OffBeat Magazine, October 2014

Tuba Skinny

Owl Call Blues
Independent
To call Tuba Skinny revivalists would be to miss the point. The New Orleans ensemble, often seen busk Read more...
Andre Williams, A Fortune of Hits, album cover, OffBeat Magazine, October 2014

Andre Williams

A Fortune of Hits
Night Train
To his eternal credit, R&B maestro Andre Williams always had a very strange idea of what constitu Read more...
Cristina Perez, The Sweetest Thing, album cover, OffBeat Magazine, October 2014

Cristina Perez

The Sweetest Thing
Independent
Cristina Perez’ new recording has all the traits of a classic jazz vocal recording. Her voice is Read more...
Various Artists, Cracking the Cosimo Code: ’60s New Orleans R&B and Soul, album cover, OffBeat Magazine, October 2014

Various Artists

Cracking the Cosimo Code: ’60s New Orleans R&B and Soul
Ace Records
Not the first CD inspired by a website, but Cracking the Cosimo Code is certainly the first one inspi Read more...
Rod Bernard & Clifton Chenier, Boogie in Black & White, album cover, OffBeat Magazine, October 2014

Rod Bernard & Clifton Chenier

Boogie in Black & White
Jin
A reissue of a 1976 album, this is an unlikely collaboration between two legends of South Louisiana m Read more...
Elvin Bishop, Can’t Even Do Wrong Right, album cover, OffBeat Magazine, October 2014

Elvin Bishop

Can’t Even Do Wrong Right
Alligator Records
Elvin Bishop was never the deepest of bluesmen—he’s a good-timey entertainer and proud of it. Read more...
Michael Cerveris & Loose Cattle, North of Houston, album cover, OffBeat Magazine, October 2014

Michael Cerveris & Loose Cattle

North of Houston
Broadway Records
As a fan of the Who dating back to the band’s earliest American performances, I approached the Broa Read more...
Ironing Board Sam & the Sticks, Ironing Board Sam & the Sticks, album cover, OffBeat Magazine, October 2014

Ironing Board Sam & the Sticks

Ironing Board Sam & the Sticks
Music Maker
Ironing Board Sam is quirky, though always in a magically creative kind of way. The 75-year-old ke Read more...
Good Children, An Evening in the Rookery, album cover, OffBeat Magazine, October 2014

Good Children

An Evening in the Rookery
Independent
Good Children exists as a vehicle for the songs of local singer-songwriter Michael Wilder, and his de Read more...
Marcia Ball, The Tattooed Lady and the Alligator Man, album cover, OffBeat Magazine, October 2014

Marcia Ball

The Tattooed Lady and the Alligator Man
Alligator Records
Consistency is a virtue, at least in the case of Marcia Ball. With The Tattooed Lady and the Allig Read more...
The Cookers, Time and Time Again, album cover, OffBeat Magazine, October 2014

The Cookers

Time and Time Again
Montema Music
Okay, simply put, Time and Time Again is a great album. That is not at all surprising considering Read more...
Jeremy Lions, Make it Better, Album Cover, OffBeat Magazine, October 2014

Jeremy Lyons

Make It Better
Independent
If it’s been a while since you’ve heard the music of Jeremy Lyons, his sonic artistry has change Read more...
Jimmy Carpenter, Walk Away, Album Cover, OffBeat Magazine, October 2014

Jimmy Carpenter

Walk Away
Vizztone
Saxophonist Jimmy Carpenter is one of the unsung heroes of the 24/7/365 world of New Orleans music, a Read more...
Mo'Fone, 'Fonology, Album Cover, OffBeat Magazine, October 2014

Mo’Fone

‘Fonology
Independent
It’s clear why San Francisco-based Mo’Fone has thus far in its nascent musical journey gained cri Read more...

Extrapedestrian

Tomorrow Is a Gift
Independent
Naming yourself Extrapedestrian just begs for smart-mouth critics such as myself to throw the tag back in Read more...
Better Than Ezra, Surprise, Album Cover, OffBeat Magazine, October 2014

Better Than Ezra

Surprise
Liason
Originally a cassette-only release in 1989, Better Than Ezra’s long-unavailable debut was essential Read more...
Doug Schmude, All These Avenues, Album Cover, OffBeat Magazine, October 2014

Doug Schmude

All These Avenues
Lost Hubcap Records
Doug Schmude is a travelin’ man, covering more miles in the dozen songs on his second Americana-lit Read more...
Wil Blades, Field Notes, Album Cover, OffBeat Magazine, October 2014

Wil Blades

Field Notes
Royal Potato Family
An intrepid mix of prodigy, passion and high-minded concept collides to superb sonic effect on this s Read more...

Lane Rodgers

One Man, One Band
Independent
Even if you are a folkie singer-songwriter type, too much honesty can work against you. Lane Rodgers h Read more...
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