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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 […]

Sweet Crude, “Créatures” (Rhyme & Reason)

The sound that Sweet Crude have isn’t one that you can sit down and design: If you throw Cajun traditional music, Gabriel-esque world pop, tribal drumming and ’60s sunshine harmonies […]

Darcy Malone & the Tangle, “Make Me Over” (Independent)

Now this is the way to do it: When your band is hot from a year of continuous gigging, you head into the studio and make a slam-bang, knock-you-over-the-head EP. […]

King James & the Special Men, “Act Like You Know” (Independent)

If one song could encompass everything great about New Orleans music… Well, it would have to be a really long song. “9th Ward Blues,” which closes King James & the […]

Kristin Diable releases fresh cover to benefit Roots of Music

Few songs are more quintessentially Southern than JJ Cale’s “Magnolia,” and few voices more so than Kristin Diable’s. So it makes sense that Diable recorded the song and released it […]

Blato Zlato, “Swamp Gold” (Independent)

Even in a city that’s renowned for combining everything with everything else, this one’s a little surprising. Blato Zilato bill themselves as a band putting a Cajun spin on Balkan […]