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Where’s the Country?

Saturday, Luke Bryan added a verse and chorus of Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” to his own “All My Friends Say,” complete with a credible, sledgehammer-heavy intro. It was something he said […]

Treme Wrap-Up: Musician, Know Thyself

[Spoiler Alert] After the first episode of Treme, someone on Twitter referred to Davis McAlary as the Jar Jar Binks of the show. The assessment’s brilliantly cold but wrong. Davis […]

Legal News: PBS and the Saints

Today at The Daily Kos, writer “Crashing Vor” wrote a blog post in support of PBS—Porter, Stoltz and Batiste—shining a little light on what little is in the public record […]

OffBeat Friday on Fox: Country, PBS, Big Sam & MNIJM

Every Friday, OffBeat editor Alex Rawls runs down the weekend’s highlights on the Fox 8 Morning News. This week, he talked with Jennifer Hale about Bayou Country Superfest, Save PBS […]

“Best of”–What’s It Good For? $$

Esquire Magazine just named its top bars in the country and several New Orleans watering holes made the cut. New Orleans was third in the number of bars in the […]

Rob Brown: Learning to Love his Trumpet

Like Wendell Pierce, Rob Brown is forced to act with a horn on Treme. Delmond Lambreaux is a jazz trumpeter; Brown isn’t. Like Pierce, he’s forced to look convincing as […]

Hangout Day 3: Everybody Wants to See Paul Simon

It amazed me what a small space the Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama was held in. The two main stages faced other across a stretch of beach that […]

Treme Wrap-Up: Dealing with Death

Last week, I wondered if Dinneral Shavers had been sufficiently set up as a presence to make his death carry the weight in the show that it did in life, […]

Hangout Day 2: Cee Lo Late (Again)

Cee Lo Green continued to disappoint on the summer’s festival circuit. At Coachella, he was late to the stage, where he was eventually booed, and Saturday at Gulf Shores’ Hangout […]

Hangout Festival Day 1: Jam Lives

The Hangout exploded from a little-known beach festival in 2010 to the sixth largest U.S. outdoor weekend festival in one year, and the ticket lines show it. The intersection of […]