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The Electric Arch, Out of Range (Independent)

Nikolai Tesla knew what he was doing. So does James Marler, leader of the fascinating New Orleans project The Electric Arch, which makes music that approximates the soundtrack to some […]

Various Artists, Land of 1000 Dances: The Rampart Records 58th Anniversary Complete Singles Collection (Minky Records)

Chris Kenner was musical Ice Nine. Few characters channeled the wild, ecstatic vision of Cosimo Matassa’s J&M dream better than this legendary madman of New Orleans R&B and rock ’n’ […]

Franco Ambrosetti Quintet, Long Waves (Unit)

New Orleans music fans are well aware of guitarist John Scofield, the great jazz and funk conceptualist best known around these parts for the incendiary Piety Street sessions. But Scofield’s […]

Alex McMurray, Lucky One (Independent)

A new Alex McMurray album is a call for celebration. Not a huge, Mardi Gras-like celebration, because songwriters’ albums no longer define the zeitgeist as they once did. But definitely […]

Dopolarians, Garden Party (Mahakala)

Kidd Jordan is still a force of nature at age 84 even as he is limited physically by health problems. His tenor saxophone playing remains a standard against which excellence […]

Mac’s lifelong friend Stanley Chaisson opens his Dr. John vault

Dr. John passed away last June, but his music just keeps coming. Two significant releases have been issued posthumously and these may only be the tip of the iceberg, since […]

Ghost Stories: New Orleans musician Paul Sanchez tells his tale

It’s been 15 years since New Orleans was left for dead after Hurricane Katrina. Officials from the lowest to the highest level of government looted what was left of the […]

Marc Stone: Creating That Bridge

Marc Stone is planning a big celebration for his first headlining gig at Tipitina’s on October 3, the official release party for his latest album Live at Tipitina’s. The show […]

Art Neville Memorial

Grief is not an emotion that invites comparisons. It is an overwhelming, supernatural sense of loss that is an essential part of human consciousness, the realization that a part of […]

Charlie Wooton: Music evolves if not it’s just gonna get stale

It should come as no surprise to anyone who has paid attention to the evolution of New Orleans music in the 21st century that Charlie Wooton is one of the […]