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The Reading List: Oil and Water, Portishead and the Stooges

We’ve spent most of the last month dealing with Christmas, the February issue and the Best of the Beat. Here’s some of the stuff that landed on my desk that […]

Branding, Eh?

News this morning: the Louisiana Seafood Board is thinking of taking its BP cash and investing it in naming rights for the New Orleans Arena. I believe the amount bandied […]

Sanitized STRFKR Stable and Synthy

Starfucker, much like Republican hopeful Rick Santorum, has a bit of a name problem. The band began life in Portland, Oregon with the (purposefully) absurd moniker of Starfucker, then attempted […]

Alabama Shakes Pack One Eyed Jacks

Even with an uncommonly early start time at One Eyed Jacks—9 p.m. for the headliner!—the Alabama Shakes packed the room to the point that those of us who arrived shortly […]


Just finished one of my weekly walks through the French Market Flea Market from a meeting, where I ran into my old friend and vendor Oscar. Oscar is the guy […]

Shot of the Night: B.B. King

Last night, B.B. King played the Mahalia Jackson Theater, where talked and sang as much as he played. Photographer Erika Goldring was there, and here’s the Shot of the Night.

A Cocktail Party in 1963

In honor of Martin Luther King Day: Writer, musician and OffBeat contributor Ned Sublette recently sent an email commenting on Harry Belafonte’s autobiography, My Song, and its focus on Belafonte’s […]

Cultural Mecca?

Not long after Katrina, I wrote a piece speculating about the future of New Orleans. For many years, New Orleans was the largest city in the state. When the Galveston […]

Trombone Shorty’s National Anthem

Yesterday, Trombone Shorty and his Orleans Avenue band members Tim McFatter and Dan Oestreicher performed the National Anthem for the Atlanta Falcons-New York Giants playoff game. Here’s the video: [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abToOZzaG1A[/youtube] […]

Uncle Lionel, Monk & More with Instrument Heads

NPR’s “A Blog Supreme” features a slideshow of photos by Michael Weintrob, who manipulated a number of photos of musicians to replace their heads with their instruments. Among Weintrob’s subjects […]