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Darcy Malone & the Tangle, Pure as Gold (Independent)

This is Malone and the Tangle’s third release in two years, and the sound and confidence of the band continue to evolve. In the past they’ve honored the band’s name […]

Cha Wa, Spyboy (UPT)

The easy hook on Cha Wa is that they’re a fusion of Mardi Gras Indian and brass band music. That’s true enough, but the music on their second CD is […]

Woodenhead Plans New Recording

For the majority of rock bands, the prospect of recording an album’s worth of new material at a live show would be a bit terrifying. For the instrumental prog-fusion band […]

Sasha Masakowski, Art Market (Ropeadope)

Sasha Masakowski was partly responsible for one of my favorite tracks of 2017: the title song of the Masakowski Family’s N.O. Escape CD, a jazz-pop hybrid with a mystical groove […]

300 Songs for 300 Years: Keyboardists

The piano is an enduring constant in New Orleans music, and this month’s installation of classic songs features four of the city’s cornerstone keyboardists—six in fact, since the Dr. John […]

In Memoriam: Charles Neville (1938-2018)

Saxophonist Charles Neville — forever known to fans as “Charlie, the horn man”—was the secret ingredient in the Neville Brothers’ mix, the brother whose jazz instincts took them to another […]

Fest Focus: Banu Gibson

THURSDAY, MAY 3—ECONOMY HALL TENT, 4:25 P.M.   There aren’t many musicians who can match singer Banu Gibson’s knowledge of and passion for the vocal jazz of the ’20s and […]

Interpreting the Blues: John Mayall’s continued influence

What John Mayall did from 1964–66 probably couldn’t be attempted today: He launched a band of mostly-younger players, each of whom became a major force in English music over the […]

300 Songs for 300 Years: Louisiana roots

Festival time is upon us, which makes this an appropriate time to deal some of the most timeless New Orleans music. For this month’s 300 Songs installment, we go back […]

Zoukeys, “Senzorga” (Speak Jolly)

You’d expect a New Orleans fusion band to be eclectic, and Zoukeys are just a little more so. The five songs on their debut EP include a taste of progressive […]