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Still To Be Continued: TBC Brass Band Talks Exile on Bourbon Street

It is Wednesday night at Celebration Hall on St. Bernard Avenue and there is way too much talent in the room. If the New Orleans brass band community really were […]

James Martin: Something Borrowed, Something Blue

To celebrate his first solo album, singer-saxophonist James Martin made a unique display of filial piety. “I released the album in coordination with my ancestor Francois Martin’s marriage to Marguerite […]

Caleb Elliott, Where You Wanna Be (Freetown Songs)

On his debut album, Lafayette’s Caleb Elliott takes us back to a sweeter pop era—the early ’90s, when artists Toad the Wet Sprocket and the Gin Blossoms offered sincerity and […]

Dirty Bourbon River Show, Volume Three (Independent)

The persistence of New Orleans R&B in the work of today’s younger artists is reassuring, even when it’s but one hue on a crowded palette. On Volume Three, Dirty Bourbon […]

Ernie Vincent, Louisiana Magic (KOLAB Records)

Often lost in the debate over live music venues is the essential role they play in the gestation and sustenance of local traditions. Nowhere was that more true than the […]

Review: Nas at Voodoo

At 6 p.m. Sunday, October 28, Nas takes the Le Ritual stage with his band, Z. The Queens MC opens with “No Introduction” off the new album, Life is Good. Stunning […]

New Orleans Helsinki Connection, Paradise on Earth (Spirit of New Orleans Productions)

Sweetness and light abound on the latest release from New Orleans Helsinki Connection. Led by the inimitable Leroy Jones and buffeted by vocal contributions from Tricia Boutté and Yolanda Windsay, […]

Yo Laughing Matter: Cutting Up with Comedian Mark Cesar

A week after Hurricane Isaac squatted over Southeastern Louisiana, bowel movement jokes fill a room on Tulane Avenue. A deejay drops intros for comedians who lament, decry and ridicule recent […]

Anais St. John, Anais St. John (Independent)

On her latest release, Anais St. John chooses difficult terrain and proves her mettle as a navigator. The fourteen standards showcase her talent while reflecting a willingness to test her […]

NOLA Mix: Learning the 1s and 2s

In the summer of 1973, at a recreational center in a Bronx housing complex, an 18-year old named Clive Campbell, a.k.a. DJ Kool Herc, sparked a musical movement. Switching between […]