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Lower 9 Valentine: Esther Rose’s emotional resonance

It’s hard to imagine a place where people are more devoted to music than New Orleans, mainly because there isn’t one. Even so, a number of musicians who call the […]

Aunt Vicki’s ethereal folk-pop has an atmosphere of its own

Erin Campbell and Lee Dyer aren’t big on planning. Last summer, the two Michigan natives, who record and perform together as Aunt Vicki, spent several months out on the road, […]

Sheila E. talks back

Sheila E. was just five years old when she took to the stage for the first time to accompany her father, the famed Latin percussionist Pete Escovedo and his band […]

5 Questions with Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s Clint Maedgen

Clint Maedgen is a saxophonist in the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, which signed with Seattle’s grunge-identified Sub Pop Records last year. He’s also a chameleonic singer-songwriter, a one-man band who […]

Soundcheck: Five Questions with Gina Brown

Gina Brown has performed for social aid and pleasure club parades, at the Essence and Jazz Fests, and as the face and voice of Louisiana Lottery commercials. The singer also […]

Roots Plus: HyperPhlyy mixes country and soul

When Danica Hart and Trea Swindle, two self-described “country girls from Mississippi,” began performing as HyperPhlyy, they could scarcely have imagined that, five years later, they’d be called up to […]

Fest Focus: Boukman Eksperyans

Saturday, May 4, Cultural Exchange Pavilion, 12:40 p.m.   Even if you know nothing about the Haitian Vodou religion, there’s still no denying the hypnotic power of a Boukman Eksperyans […]

Right Here, Right Now: Cole Williams, the punk empress of African rock

Cole Williams was once described as a cross between Grace Jones and the girl next door, an unlikely combination that only makes sense if your neighbor is one of the […]

The Wanting, “Dark Road” (Planetary Magnetics)

While Dark Road is their debut release, The Wanting have already garnered considerable attention in their hometown New Orleans with a performance at this year’s Crescent City Blues & BBQ […]