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A Utopian Environment: Stax Records employee Deanie Parker celebrates 60 years

This year is the 60th anniversary of the founding of the mighty Memphis soul music label Stax Records. Originally named Satellite Records, Stax and its subsidiary, Volt, released classics by […]

Musical Landscapes: The Crooked Vines take risks and detours while remaining cohesive

Mikayla Braun is beaming. It is not because her band, local funk-pop group the Crooked Vines, is playing to a large and enthralled crowd at Tipitina’s (which they are). Nor […]

Dreamlike Scenarios: Ed Volker has always been looking for the song

Hammer out those words burnt red from the coals. Scrape the bark off those gnarly melodies and bend them to your will. Wince at the stinking coal fire smoke and […]

A View From Lubbock: The poetic songwriting of alt-country pioneer Joe Ely

Joe Ely’s talent and tenacity earned him a place among such Texas singer-songwriter peers as Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt, Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett and Ely’s bandmates in the Flatlanders, […]

Gold Standard: Saffron NOLA brings upscale Indian cuisine to Magazine Street

The large, high-ceilinged dining space at 4128 Magazine Street has had ax rough few years. As Baie Rouge, it struggled to fill its perhaps overly open floor plan. When Chef […]

Second Lineage: The season of the street begins

When the second line season ends in June each year, enthusiasts of the city’s social aid and pleasure clubs’ annual anniversary parades often find Sunday afternoons a bit empty. So […]

Serving Us Right: Ashley Roussel left the volleyball court for the kitchen

Growing up in Lafayette placed Ashley Roussel in close proximity to food, farms and sports. Her dad was a quarterback for the Ragin’ Cajuns and “the best cook I knew,” […]

More Than Punk: Mike Ness of Social Distortion is gaining momentum

Mike Ness, leader of Social Distortion, forged a multidimensional punk-rock band. Aerosmith and Bad Company shaped Ness as much as the Sex Pistols and the Ramones. The Carter Family, Johnny […]

Passionate About Pops: Vocalist Catherine Russell presents The Vocal Artistry of Louis Armstrong

Catherine Russell and Satchmo SummerFest go together like red beans and rice. A Grammy-nominated jazz singer whose credits also include decades of backup singing for major stars, Russell is the […]

Ecirb Müller’s Twisted Dixie puts a new spin on the classics

“I have an experiment that I do in all of my classes, both high school and college, where I tell this fictitious story about the first governor of Louisiana—Abraham Lincoln,” Dr. […]