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The Fats Domino Starter Mix

Nobody should have to settle for ten Fats Domino songs, since the man left us such an embarrassment of riches (and the last we checked, the hundred-song Imperial box could […]

Echoes of Laurel Canyon: Susan Cowsill’s new series

Susan Cowsill is usually associated with two cities: Newport, Rhode Island, the original home of her singing family, and New Orleans, her home for the past two decades. But some […]

Online Exclusive: The Big Cheezy – NOLA Mac N Cheese Fest Debuts

So you thought that New Orleans had a festival for every kind of food? Not quite, since macaroni and cheese somehow fell through the cracks. That will be remedied on […]

Lost Bayou Ramblers, “Kalenda” (Rice Pump)

When Cajun music gets progressive—and we’re thinking of a couple landmark albums that the Bluerunners and Steve Riley made in the late ’90s—that usually means adding some rock influence and […]

Jenna Guidry, “Back to Me” (Independent)

Jenna Guidry was 11 when she released “Cajun Angel,” her first song to make a local impression. At the time she already had a voice that sounded a good decade […]

A Pop Masterpiece: For Evie Sands, Making Music is Like Breathing

As any Ponderosa Stomp-goer knows, there are certain records that you need enlightened ears to appreciate. Evie Sands’ 1965 near-hit, “Take Me for a Little While,” isn’t one of those. […]

One Track at a Time: Amanda Shaw’s Digital Releases

In the age of digital media, everybody talks about going outside the traditional album-release model and releasing new music online. Cajun rocker Amanda Shaw will be doing just that for […]

Vox and the Hound, “Aloha Shores” (Independent)

Lots of things make me think of David Bowie nowadays, and this CD is one of them. Not that Vox and the Hound ape Bowie to any great extent, but […]

Charlie Halloran, “Cé Biguine!” (Twerk-O-Phonic)

For better or worse, this doesn’t sound like any other modern CD that you own. Trombonist Charlie Halloran, who’s played with a long roster of jazz and alternative artists (and […]

The New Orleans Jazz Vipers, “Live & Viperizin’” (Independent)

The Jazz Vipers helped to inaugurate the traditional jazz scene on Frenchmen Street, and their music embodies that scene’s attitude: Be respectful with your sources, but don’t forget to have […]