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Asylum Street Spankers, The Last Laugh (Yellow Dog Records)

There are many bands that integrate humor with their songs, but few who do it so well or without detracting from the music as the late, lamented Asylum Street Spankers. […]

Medeski, Scofield, Martin & Wood, Juice (Indirecto Records)

Medeski, Martin and Wood have a good thing going with 20-plus years of being both a groovy and avant-garde organ trio. Adding John Scofield to their tight chemistry could have […]

Luther Dickinson, Rock ‘n’ Roll Blues (New West Records)

Guitarist and singer Luther Dickinson’s new solo record has a retrospective aura to it. Both musically and lyrically, Dickinson is looking back at his past exploits and reflecting upon them. The […]

Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires, Dereconstructed (Sub Pop)

It seems that every smart band from the South has to make their southern statement record. Tom Petty, Jimbo Mathis, and the Drive By Truckers have all made great and […]

Marcello Benetti Shuffled, From East To West (Independent)

Drummer Marcello Benetti Shuffled’s new record From East To West builds on this quartet’s debut. It shares the sense of whimsy and fun, but here the music also has a […]

Rory Danger & the Danger Dangers, The Age of Exploration (Independent)

It’s rare that a concept record rocks so hard. Rory Danger and the Danger Dangers’ debut recording is propulsive and energetic with the songs and humorous and droll with the […]

Davis Rogan is Still Raw and Funky Without the Chaos

It’s the day of Cosimo Matassa’s funeral, and Davis Rogan and I are sitting in the kitchen of Esplanade Studios eating his wife’s cookies and talking up his new record […]

One Song’s Story: “Get You a Healin'”

Carlo Ditta, owner of Orleans Records and long-time New Orleans musician/producer/raconteur, got on the phone to the OffBeat offices last month. He had seen the Backtalk interview that Brett Milano […]

Luke Winslow-King, Everlasting Arms (Bloodshot Records)

This new record from Luke Winslow-King is more than several steps up from his previous fine record. That one, The Coming Tide, had great songs and good playing but, compared […]

Cristina Perez, The Sweetest Thing (Independent)

Cristina Perez’ new recording has all the traits of a classic jazz vocal recording. Her voice is light and bouncy. She has a flirtatious tone that invites the listener in. […]