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NOLA is Calling, “Sewing Machine Effects” (Independent)

If you think the Mardi Gras Indian traditionalists out there were upset when the Wild Magnolias went electric and added funky bass and drums to their hand percussion-based music (way […]

Spider Murphy’s Fatback Vipers, “Smells Like Salvation” (Independent)

Spider Murphy is a name I have seen and heard numerous times in local music listings, but besides the fact that he usually gigs on Bourbon Street, I was unaware […]

Kid Eggplant and the Melatauns, Big Trouble in Little Chalmette (Independent)

Musicians in New Orleans wear many hats. Bassist Robert Snow makes his bread playing an upright in trad jazz bands, and has fun playing electric bass with King James and […]

The Lee Boys, Live on the East Coast (M.C. Records)

When sacred steel music first appeared on the secular circuit, it took many listeners by surprise. How was it possible so many people had never heard the amazing guitar players […]

Marc Stone, Live at Tipitina’s (Independent)

Stripping his sound down to the basics—his voice, his guitar and his trusty slide—Marc Stone’s latest release, which was recorded at Tipitina’s back in May 2018, is a strong statement […]

Soul Brass Band, Levels (Independent)

Philosophical musings are nothing new in brass band music, and the debut album from the Soul Brass Band is no exception. What sets the record apart from many of its […]

It’s All About Music: Dirty Dozen Brass Band Looks Ahead

Nearly two years ago, a YouTube video went New Orleans-viral. Against a percolating sousaphone groove, five horn players—two trumpets, two saxophones and a trombonist—form a line under an impossibly low […]