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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 […]

The Death of Rock: Peter Holsapple vs. Alex Chilton – Game Day (Omnivore)

Master songwriter Peter Holsapple has been fairly quiet since moving back to North Carolina post-Katrina, reappearing mainly for short-lived reunions of the dB’s and the Continental Drifters. These twin releases—the […]

Galactic, Already Ready Already (Tchoup-Zilla/Thirty Tigers)

By now it’s a given that any Galactic album will sound different than the band does onstage: Live shows for them are about stretching out instrumentally, while studio records are […]

Lena Prima: Coming to terms with her musical bloodline

For the past eight years, Lena Prima and her band have been doing regular shows at the Monteleone’s Carousel Bar. For those in the know, it’s one of those special […]

Proudly Eclectic, Shamarr Allen True Orleans (P.O.M.E.)

Shamarr Allen has always been proudly eclectic: He used the title Box Who In? for his second CD 10 years ago, and he’s lately a sometime member of both the […]

Little Queenie, Purple Heart (Deeva)

There are plenty of reasons why Leigh (Little Queenie) Harris is beloved in New Orleans, but here’s why she’s beloved by me: Back in 1999, I happened into Levon Helm’s […]

The Revivalists Take Good Care (Loma Vista)

To get the obvious question out of the way: Does the Revivalists’ fourth album have another “Wish I Knew You” on it? And the answer is, sure: The two advance […]

Oh Crap! Debbie Davis’ Christmas

Christmas music has a special place in the heart of Debbie Davis, and she’s now got one of the city’s holiday music traditions to her name. For the fourth year […]

Ever More Nest, “The Place That You Call Home” (Parish Road Music)

With this album, local songwriter Kelcy Mae Wilburn fully embraces the Nashville sound—which is to say the “other” Nashville sound, not slick pop country but fully produced, acoustic-based Americana. It’s […]

300 Songs for 300 Years: Allen Toussaint

If Allen Toussaint had only done a couple of things—say, producing the Meters and writing “On Your Way Down”—he’d still make any list of New Orleans’ music immortals. As it […]