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MadFro, I.F.W.I. (Independent)

These debut tracks from MadFro are laced with wah-wah pedals, catchy choruses and popping snares. Vocals come courtesy of Slangston Hughes, a well-known local emcee and host of the Uniquity […]

Truth Universal: Grinding and Rhyming

If you had the time and the patience, you could find everything you need to know about life inside Jim Russell Records on Magazine Street. Racks and shelves brim with […]

Hello Negro’s Mystifying Mission

Scan the schedule for this year’s Voodoo Festival. I’ll bet you two drinks you’ve never heard of the artist who opens Friday on the Le Plur stage. Because Hello Negro […]

Derrick Freeman: Casual but in Command

As a keen observer of our quixotic metropolis, Derrick Freeman laughs a lot. Out of disbelief, in bursts of joy, as punctuation to his stories. Freeman has lived here long […]

PJ Morton’s Moves

“And now ladies and gentlemen, I’d like to introduce my son…” It is Christmas, 1989. Standing in his living room, Bishop Paul Morton, Sr. aims a video camera at his […]

Zachary Richard: Le Fou (Avalanche Productions)

Le Fou translates as “the crazyman,” but it’s also the French name for the Northern Gannet, a seabird that migrates between Quebec and Louisiana. When Deepwater Horizon coated the Gulf […]

Ricky B, B Is for Bounce (Sinking City/Urban Unrest)

Ricky B is not merely a pioneering bounce artist—he’s also an essential geographer. With this reissue on vinyl of nine classic tracks, we get a detailed map of the city’s […]

Micah McKee and Little Maker, Patrons of the Saint (Independent)

An industrious veteran of the local songwriting scene, Micah McKee has a distinctive voice, sweet but crackling, with a professional’s attention to detail. On this release, his band Little Maker […]

Rik Ducci, Pride 4 Lunch Sleep 4 Dinner (Independent)

Over the last year, as popular hip-hop continued to lust for Molly and EMD, a sub-narrative evolved around veteran artists who issued quality records without compromising their original styles. See […]

To Be Continued Brass Band, To Be Continued Brass Band (Independent)

Here is a document of brass band music in 2013. With urgent second line momentum and 808-esque rim shots and cowbells, To Be Continued’s new album captures a street sound […]