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Beasts of the Southern Wild: Beasts on the Bayou

The hottest independent movie in the country right now is Beasts of the Southern Wild. Set in a fictional mix of South Louisiana locales, it was filmed within a two-hour […]

Seun Kuti

In Louisiana, the pressures of carrying on a parent’s musical legacy are well known. Ivan and Ian Neville, the Marsalis brothers and numerous Cajun artists have worked hard to match […]

Los Nombres, Los Nombres (Numero Group)

Lorain, Ohio. Who knew this Lake Charles-size town 30 miles west of Cleveland produced such a microcosm of America in the ‘60s? In the post-war era of the early ‘50s, […]

Police Horse Poppin’ on Bourbon Street: Video

Dip, baby, dip / slide and move your hips —Glen David Andrews, Lil’ Rascals Brass Band’s “Knock with Me, Rock with Me” The latest local video making the viral rounds […]

Stanton Davis’ Ghetto Mysticism, Brighter Days (Cultures of Soul Records)

For a teenaged New Orleans trumpeter in 1967, a ticket to Berklee College of Music in Boston was an irresistible draw. After finishing college, Walter Cohen High School grad Stanton […]

Essence Festival: The Funk You May Have Missed

This year, Essence Music Festival brings an especially strong lineup of old-school funk artists, from England’s Loose Ends to perennial Essence fave, the Gap Band’s Charlie Wilson. You know the […]

Curren$y, Pilot Talk II (Roc-A-Fella/DD172 Records)

“Good weed and broads / spaceships and stars / roll out the red carpet but hold the applause.” Eschewing the lazy stoner stereotype, Curren$y is back with his second full-length […]

Rebirth Brass Band & Slow Drag Productions, SDP Presents ReBirth ReVisited (Slow Drag Productions)

You’ve never heard a Rebirth album like this one—although, to be fair, this isn’t really a Rebirth album. SDP Presents Rebirth Revisited is a collection of remixes from Rebirth tenor […]

Dumpstaphunk, Everybody Want Sum (Independent)

Quick. Think of the worst smelling spot in New Orleans. Funkier than that one unfortunate spot of land at The Fly right behind the elephant patch at the Audubon Zoo. […]

Curren$y, Pilot Talk (DD172 Records)

In the video for Curren$y’s first single, 2006’s “Where da Cash At,” he’s at a waterside mansion, hundreds of video vixens in the pool and on the balcony behind him, […]