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Towards the Sun: Pell plants the seeds for New Orleans’ hip-hop resurgence.

Since emerging out of its primordial ooze in Congo Square, American music of the African diaspora has thrived to such a degree that hip-hop is arguably the world’s dominant culture. […]

A Musical Menagerie: Jimmy Horn’s Tales of King James & the Special Men

Jimmy Horn is the kind of character you only find in New Orleans. America used to turn them out everywhere, but the country has been culturally homogenized to the point […]

Arcade Fire’s New Neighborhood: Indie rock’s biggest act is infinitely content in the Crescent City

In the music video for “Electric Blue,” Arcade Fire multi-instrumentalist and sometimes-frontwoman Régine Chassagne takes a stroll down Napoleon Avenue, walking, wiggling and singing her way through the aftermath of […]

Old Soul: David L. Harris is upholding the New Orleans musical continuum

“You’ll be able to tell that I’ve been influenced by the tradition,” promises trombonist David L. Harris, who is perhaps better known as a modern jazz artist and makes his […]

Let It Flow! New breweries are reshaping the beer landscape of New Orleans

There’s nothing like a cold beer on a hot New Orleans summer day. The condensation on the bottle can or glass is a visual reminder of the refreshment that’s sure […]

Flow Tribe: You Know What It’s About

In the summer of 2004, a band formed by recent Brother Martin High School graduates picked the perfect name—Flow Tribe. For 13 years, the band has literally been a tribe, […]

Confident and In Control: Mia Borders is doing something right

Some artists’ Jazz Fest debuts are triumphs, some are disasters, and some are life-changing experiences. It was all the above for Mia Borders, who played her first Fest in 2010 […]

The New King of Jazz Fest: Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews Rules

TROMBONE SHORTY & ORLEANS AVENUE: SUNDAY, MAY 7—ACURA STAGE, 5:35 P.M.   Over the past half-century the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival has defined what it means to be […]

Aaron Neville: From the Calliope to the Farm

Environmentally and culturally, New Orleans’ Calliope Projects stood a long way from a 12-acre farm in New York State. Yet Aaron Neville, 76, who, from the age of one until […]

Pretty Lights: Looking Back From the Future

It’s New Year’s Eve and thousands of young people have gathered at New Orleans’ Mardi Gras World Ballroom for a dazzling display that rivals any fireworks from Times Square to […]