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Missing the Rolling Stones? Here’s Keith Richards to ease the pain

The Rolling Stones broke up in 1986 during the recording of the album Dirty Work following a well-publicized feud between Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. Jagger went on to release […]

Sympathy for Jazz Fest: Has the Fest lost the collective link to its identity?

The Rolling Stones have been a lightning rod for controversy throughout their career. During the 1960s the group’s management cultivated a dark image, the bad boy antithesis of the Beatles. […]

Mavis Staples talks back

There is no more fitting talent to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Jazz Fest than Mavis Staples, who at 80 years of age is celebrating a total career revitalization. Her […]

No Bucket, No Beer: Smithsonian Folkways releases Jazz Fest box set

One of the hottest items in the record stores at Jazz Fest this year will be the 5-CD set Jazz Fest: The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, a compilation […]

Spencer Bohren, Makin’ It Home to You (Valve Records)

They call him the storyteller. Spencer Bohren has been plying his trade as a New Orleans–based singer-songwriter, guitarist and sometimes bandleader over the last 40 years. Somewhere during that run […]

Five Questions with Billy Iuso, who celebrates 1969 on his 50th birthday

Is this celebration concert at Tipitina’s something you’ve been planning a long time? I always try to book a gig on or near my birthday which is actually January 26th […]

Lifetime Achievement in Music: Walter “Wolfman” Washington

All but a few of the direct links to the days when New Orleans R&B ruled the world have passed, but Walter “Wolfman” Washington still provides a window into that […]

Tom Hook, “62” (Arbors Records)

Tom Hook’s 62 evokes a night in the American Camelot—Kennedy in the White House, Sinatra at the Sands, Joe Turner in New Orleans, Louis Prima and Keely Smith everywhere—a world […]

I Did Every God Damned Thing Myself: The Dave Bartholomew Century

Dave Bartholomew celebrates his 100th birthday on Christmas Eve, just as New Orleans fetes its own 300th anniversary, a synchronicity that underscores Bartholomew’s indelible imprint on the music and culture […]

SOUNDCHECK: Five Questions with Evan Christopher

Evan Christopher will debut his new work “The Faubourg Variations” at the New Orleans Jazz Museum on Sunday, December 9 at 2 p.m. The performance has been made possible with […]