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All I Want for Christmas

OffBeat approached a variety of local musicians and asked them: If you had to choose just one album—by any artist of any genre from any time period—to give as a Christmas […]

The New Orleans Nightingales are a Group of Bad-Ass Women

It sounds like a setup for a parlor game: If you could get 19 of the best female voices in New Orleans together for one song, which one would it […]

Norbert Slama Romances the World

It’s rather an understatement when Norbert Slama says, “I’m moving all the time—I have to move all the time.” As revealed in his recently published memoir, Norbert Slama: How a […]

Galactic Reinvents Itself

It’s shakeup time again for Galactic, who’ve already been through a few handfuls of changes in the past decade. Their New Year’s Eve show at Tipitina’s will feature two notable […]

Artisan Bread in New Orleans Finally Gets an Attitude

If it wasn’t for the white delivery van parked out front of the old Capt. Sal’s Seafood building on Toledano Street and for the wonderful smell wafting down Washington Avenue […]

Voodoo Fest Schedule Conflicts:
Who are You Going to See?

There are three stages at the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience and each one has a stacked schedule. Though the good folks who manage the event did their best to […]

Benjamin Booker’s Invigorating Palette Returns to New Orleans

Pop culture tends to have a romantic notion of the diligent solo artist toiling away at his or her art in tragic, typically substance-fueled solitude. Relatively recent New Orleans transplant […]

On Tour in the Death Star with Honey Island Swamp Band

It’s the middle of the night somewhere in West Texas, and the members of the Honey Island Swamp Band haven’t slept a wink. They stagger out of the black 1980 […]

Davis Rogan is Still Raw and Funky Without the Chaos

It’s the day of Cosimo Matassa’s funeral, and Davis Rogan and I are sitting in the kitchen of Esplanade Studios eating his wife’s cookies and talking up his new record […]

Dumpstaphunk’s All-Native New Orleans Lineup

The effect of landing the right drummer in the right band at the right time cannot be underestimated. When Virginia-born, New York-based drummer Nikki Glaspie joined New Orleans funk powerhouse […]