Author Archives: Cate Czarnecki

The Cons and Prose, Famous Last Words (Independent)

Rik Slave, the magnetic lead singer of New Orleans rock ’n’ roll outlet the Cons and Prose, seems like he would be a good person to go out and grab a beer with. The band’s latest record is the booze-tinged Famous Last Words, and Slave’s got a few choice ones for his audience. The album [...]

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Arséne DeLay, Comin’ Home (Independent)

If you haven’t yet stumbled upon Arséne DeLay, it only takes about 30 seconds of listening to her newest release, Comin’ Home, to identify that she must be kin to some extraordinary New Orleans musical family. Turns out, she’s in the Boutté camp, which will not surprise anyone who has experienced her powerful vocals and [...]

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Carrollton Market is Goodenough

If it’s true that less is more, the simple, modern approach to fine dining on display at Carrollton Market will come as a welcome addition to the new generation of establishments opening around the city. In marrying both the contemporary and the classic, Carrollton Market has started to make a name for itself in a [...]

Soundcheck: Sasha Masakowski Takes 5

As we speak, you are currently in Europe, where you just performed with your father and brother at the Ascona Jazz Festival in Switzerland. How did you initially get involved with Ascona? Playing Ascona was such a great experience. It’s so cool to have this tiny village in Switzerland completely taken over by New Orleans [...]

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It’s Five Somewhere: Big Sam Williams

Tell me a little bit about your new record, Evolution. I’m really happy with the way the album came out. It brought me in a direction that I’ve been looking to go in. A lot of people think that Big Sam’s Funky Nation is a brass band, and that’s not necessarily the case. My background [...]

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It’s Five Somewhere: David Doucet of BeauSoleil

Since BeauSoleil formed in the 1970s, the band has released scores of albums. How does the group continue to dig deep creatively while also remaining true to the traditions of Cajun and zydeco? It really just depends on what strikes us as we’re looking for songs to work up. Everyone in the band listens to [...]

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It’s Five Somewhere With Tommy Malone

With a new solo album out in April as well as a series of reunion gigs with his old group, the subdudes, Tommy Malone is primed and ready for spring in New Orleans. It’s been 16 years since the original subdudes line-up played together. What have you guys been up to? After we shut it [...]

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My Music: DJ Matty

I’m from a small town, so people listened to country. Also I went to high school before rap music, so white kids mostly listened to country or ’70s rock. Black kids listened to “We Are Family” by the Sisters Sledge and “Le Freak,” disco stuff. It’s hard to imagine that world now. I went to [...]

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Jealous Monk, I Love, I Hustle (Independent)

I Love, I Hustle, the sophomore album by hip-hop duo and 2013 OffBeat Best of the Beat award winners Jealous Monk, fully embodies the group’s work-hungry, play-hungry spirit with catchy verses, infectious instrumentals and overall New Orleans flair. Comprised of DJ Jermaine Quiz and freestyle rapper Intelligence, Jealous Monk has concocted a six-track LP deeply [...]

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It’s Five Somewhere With Lena Prima

As the youngest daughter of Louis Prima, Lena Prima has been immersed in the dual doctrines of music and New Orleans for as long as she can remember. An accomplished musician in her own right, she will perform for the fourth consecutive year at the 2014 French Quarter Fest. You returned to New Orleans in [...]

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