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Various Artists, “Funky Funky New Orleans, Volume 6” (Tuff City)

When Tuff City began releasing these Funky Funky New Orleans compilations in the late ’90s, every track was a revelation. Any funk enthusiasts who only knew the Meters and Eddie […]

Mitch Woods, “A Tip of the Hat to Fats” (The Orchard / Blind Pig)

This may be the first Fats Domino tribute album to have no original Domino songs on it. Only three of the tracks here are Fats-associated, and those are all songs […]

Anders Osborne, “Buddha and the Blues” (Back on Dumaine)

Anders Osborne couldn’t have released this album at a luckier time: Just as the hit movie “Echo in the Canyon” is creating new interest in the fabled Laurel Canyon singer-songwriter […]

Mia Borders, Good Side of Bad (Blaxican)

Since Mia Borders is well-steeped in classic soul, you might say that her latest disc (either a short album or a long EP at 24 minutes) is her version of […]

Uncle Nef, Love Songs (Ropeadope)

You wouldn’t think the world needed another version of “St. James Infirmary” at this point, but the one that closes out Uncle Nef’s first full album isn’t like any you’ve […]

The 24-Hour Jazz Fest Challenge

So you’re in town for Jazz Fest and want to spend every waking moment seeing live music? Hell, that’s easy. What we’re offering here is a timetable for the truly […]

A Long Road to the Center: Amy Helm follows her father Levon

Amy Helm has been a notable artist in her own right for a couple of decades now, but when she performs there are times she can feel her late father, […]

Bonerama, Bonerama Plays Zeppelin (Basin Street Records)

The world is overcrowded with reverent tributes to tired classic-rock material, but Bonerama’s all–Led Zeppelin album isn’t one of those. It’s full of audacious arrangements that turn the classic tunes […]

Ooh Baby! Margie Perez will wow the crowd at French Quarter Festival

There was a time when Margie Perez didn’t think of herself as a performer, aiming instead for a gig writing songs behind the scenes. Those days are long gone, and […]

Borealis Rex, Cut Your Teeth (Independent)

Why wait for the Stones to come around when you can get some hellraising rock ’n’ roll from these guys right now? Whatever it takes to make red-blooded Southern rock […]