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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Voodoo in Review

As the cleanup of City Park no doubt continues this brisk fall day, one word comes to mind about the just-wrapped Voodoo Music Experience 2012. Meh. Sure, there were high […]

Never Records Cues Up New Orleans Exhibit

As with so many vinyl enthusiasts, New York artist Ted Riederer found his groove at a young age. “When I was 16, my mother was hospitalized for a year and […]