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John Waters talks back

Pink Flamingos, Hairspray, Female Trouble, Polyester, Pecker, Cry-Baby and a dozen more movies, most of which are guaranteed to shock and amuse. They’re all products of the feverishly obsessive mind […]

Simple Minds talks back

Scotland’s Simple Minds are famous in America for their number one hit, 1985’s “Don’t You (Forget About Me).” But that song, featured in the John Hughes film The Breakfast Club, […]

Shemekia Copeland Talks Back

She’s a second-generation blues artist with a lot to say. In August, Shemekia Copeland released America’s Child, her ninth album. Her 22-month-old son, Johnny Lee Copeland-Schultz, inspired the topical collection […]

Robert Earl Keen talks back

Robert Earl Keen’s never had a hit—at least not in the traditional chart-topper sense. And he didn’t wear a hat for every album cover, show and publicity shot. He tried […]

Tony Joe White talks back

Growing up in north Louisiana’s West Carroll Parish, Tony Joe White picked cotton on his dad’s farm and pokeweed in the woods and fields. When he wasn’t working or going […]

Ledisi Talks Back

Ledisi, whose name means “to bring forth” in the Yoruba language, will be in a very familiar setting when she performs at the Essence Music Festival on Friday, July 6. […]

The Posies Talk Back

Amidst the Seattle grunge-rock surge of the late 1980s and early ’90s, the Posies struck their own idiosyncratic path. In 1988, Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow, two indie-pop prodigies from […]

Tony Hall talks back

Bassist, guitarist, drummer, singer and songwriter Tony Hall’s myriad accomplishments include co-founding Dumpstaphunk. The deep-grooving funk-jazz-soul quintet came together in 2003 for an Ivan Neville appearance at the New Orleans […]

Steve Miller talks back

STEVE MILLER BAND: SUNDAY, MAY 6—GENTILLY STAGE, 5:20 P.M.   You might think you know Steve Miller from the hits—“Fly Like an Eagle,” “Abracadabra,” “The Joker,” “Take the Money and […]

Terence Blanchard talks back

Initially renowned as a jazz trumpeter, composer and bandleader, New Orleans native son and five-time Grammy winner Terence Blanchard, 55, has since delved into music from numerous angles. He became […]