Author Archives: Amanda Schurr

BackTalk: Live with Daryl Hall (Interview)

I’m just glad that everybody still gets so excited about us,” says a grateful Daryl Hall during a few minutes of downtime at his winter home in Charleston, S.C. Excited is an understatement for fans of Hall & Oates, the number one selling duo in music history according to the Recording Industry Association of America. [...]

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Harp On: Harmonica Legend Charlie Musselwhite Is on an Up! Swing

“I was 18… I loved the music so much and I never thought of it as something I was gonna do, it was just something I did—you know, not as an occupation. The blues just overtook me and here we are talking about it.” Charlie Musselwhite has much to talk about these days. At 69, [...]

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Plan A: Leonard Cohen at the Mahalia Jackson Theater

No artist has contributed more to the 20th century musical canon than Leonard Cohen, he of the inimitably grave, gravelly voice and heart-shattering lyrical passage. At the age of 78, the singer-songwriter, novelist and dapper gent remains a vibrant presence on record and on the road, touring in support of his latest disc, 2012’s Old [...]

Plan A: Old 97s at Tipitina’s

Since appearing on the alt-country scene of the mid-to-late ‘90s alongside like-minded acts Uncle Tupelo, Whiskeytown and the Jayhawks, Rhett Miller and his crew of cowpunkers have grown a devoted fan base with their whip-smart songcraft and engaging live shows. The Dallas-born quartet will mark two decades in 2013 with a stop at Tipitina’s, where [...]

Blowing Up: Fledgling Trombone Shorty Foundation Gives Back

Nearly 40 students ranging from the 8th to 12th grades showed up to Tulane University’s Dixon Hall Music Room the afternoon of January 14 to audition for the inaugural class of the Trombone Shorty Music Academy. Bill Taylor, founding executive director of the Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews Foundation, called the marathon five-hour session “amazing. We [...]

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Calexico at One-Eyed Jacks

With their Latin- tinged, desert-ready tunes, Joey Burns and John Convertino, better known as Calexico, have forged an indie niche befitting their dusty Tucson, Ariz. roots. The band owes as much to rock and Americana as it does a Tex-Mex sonic palate birthed in the act’s namesake California border town. But with their most recent [...]

Jonathan Bloom: Best of the Beat 2012 Lifetime Achievement in Music Education

Fourth-generation New Orleanian and Best of the Beat Lifetime Achievement honoree in Music Education Jonathan Bloom was destined for the classroom. The veteran teacher, a dedicated figure in the Orleans Parish School Board since 1981 and current Arts in Education Specialist for OPS, hails from a musical family. Bloom has spent most of his career [...]

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Roots of Music to March in Tournament of Roses Parade

Exciting news for the Roots of Music, folks. On the heels of their performance last weekend in Jackson Square — where they debuted their brand new suits — Derrick Tabb and co. will head west later this week to march as part of the Tournament of Roses Parade next Tuesday, January 1. Congrats, all! We [...]

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BackTalk: Thomas Dolby’s Synthesized Science

“The America’s Cup’s about to kick off, I’m up on the veranda looking out across the bay, across the city and hoping I see some speeding sails,” says Thomas Dolby by phone from San Francisco. It’s hardly a surprise to find him on the water again given the transatlantic scope of 2011’s A Map of [...]

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A Nightingale Takes Flight: Ingrid Lucia Looks Back, Moves Forward

Ingrid Lucia takes a beat from music and motherhood during a rainy Friday lunch at a Mid City taqueria. It’s been almost two years since the New Orleans songstress lost her father, William David “Poppa Neutrino” Pearlman, at the age of 77, and she’s still processing the “wake-up moment” of his passing. “I guess it’s [...]