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Research Turtles, Research Turtles (Independent)

Channeling John, Paul, Ringo and George, the Research Turtles bring back simple pop-rock melodies and lyrics that only take a minute to learn on their nostalgic, self-titled debut. The opening […]

Kristin Diable, Extended Play (Speakeasy)

With a look and a sound that is far beyond her years, Kristin Diable tells her story in the purest of folk tradition on Extended Play. Each song showcases her […]

Mia Borders, Southern Fried Soul (Independent)

Don’t be fooled by Mia Borders’ shy and soft singing style. On “Don’t Say Forever” the soul-jazz singer attacks the words of the song with the fierceness of Fefe Dobson’s […]

Wiley and the Checkmates, We Call it Soul (Rabbit Factory)

Straight out of Oxford, Mississippi, Herbert Wiley and his Mates insist that they are not an “appraisal of music that came out some 40 years ago,” but if you hear […]

Brian Blade, Mama Rosa (Verve Forecast)

Shreveport drummer Brian Blade sets out to blend smooth Christian soft-rock with melodic blues vibes that attempts to carry listeners on a journey within their spirits for them to see […]

The Bridge to Somewhere

Nineteen year-old Conun Pappas began playing piano out of sheer curiosity. Now, as part of the Bridge Trio, he’ll back up Donald Harrison when Harrison plays the Jazz Tent. At […]

Best of the Beat Music Education Award: Donald Harrison and Cherice Harrison-Nelson

The holiday gift-giving season may be over for the general population, but for Donald Harrison and Cherice Harrison-Nelson, the gift of a good education comes year-round. At the 2009 Best […]

For a Song

A little piece of Nashville is moving to New Orleans. On the weekend of December 5 and 6, the Songfest Foundation, Inc. and the American Society of Composers, Authors and […]

Various Artists, Her Name is New Orleans: Listen to the Women (Independent)

The liner notes explain, “With curves shaped by waters that provide and threaten, she cuddles you in the warmth of her bosom…. She dances with you in the streets… [and] […]