Author Archives: Kyle Shepherd

We Write the Songs

“We give people an opportunity to hear the stories behind the song,” says Bud Tower, a professional songwriter and the founder of the New Orleans Songwriter Festival, which returns for its second year December 3-6. At last year’s festival, Jimmy Webb told the story of playing Allen Toussaint’s “Southern Nights” for Glen Campbell. “Glen ended [...]

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New Orleans in the News

The Los Angeles Times features Nicolas Cage and Werner Herzog discussing the seemingly insane “remake” of The Bad Lieutenant, and how prop cocaine can be an effective stand-in for the real stuff. Randy Newman talks to Variety about coming up with the music for Disney’s new The Princess and the Frog animated feature. “I’ve been dredging [...]

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YouTube du Jour: Voodoo at Night

A collection of the sights and sounds of Voodoo Music Experience at night. These were some of the art installations, as well as impromptu performances that took place at Voodoo 2009 on Halloween weekend.

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Vimeo du Jour: Dee-1

Rapper Dee-1 is part of the Hip-Hop for Hope concert Saturday night at Tipitina’s. OffBeat‘s Kyle Shepherd interviewed him in the Musicians’ Village earlier this year.

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Preview: Aloud at Cafe Prytania Tonight

Boston’s Aloud is appropriately enigmatic for a male/female-fronted rock band with a white, red, and black color scheme. Co-lead vocalists/guitarists Jen de la Osa and Henry Beguiristain have played together for the last 13 years, and despite this long-running relationship,  make no reference to  relations familial or romantic, only artistic. And though their rock is [...]

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New Orleans in the News

Writer Dave Eggers recently spoke at NOCCA Riverfront.  We will be hearing more from him soon, says the New York Times, which reports that Jonathan Demme has acquired the rights to Zeitoun, Eggers’ account of one New Orleanian’s post-Katrina struggles. Demme envisions the story as a cartoon feature film. In what hasn’t been a good year for New Orleans [...]

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Bringing Burlesque Back One G-String at a Time

New Orleans traffics in titillation, and though tastes change, the compulsion to see a little skin is the same as it was 60 years ago. “If tourists go down bourbon now-a-days, they probably still find what they’re looking for,” Rick Delaup says. “But it has more of a “Girls Gone Wild” reputation; it was much [...]

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Nova NOLA: A Family Affair

A “new” New Orleans is a reality we all confront and construct for ourselves. Nova Nola, founded by Astral Project’s Steve Masakowski, is one attempt to address New Orleans’ evolving musical landscape. “With Nova Nola, I really wanted to feature ‘new’ New Orleans and I wanted to feature what’s fresh about the New Orleans music [...]

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Essence’s Changing of the Guard

In early 2008, Stephen Rehage received a surprising message. “I randomly got an email asking if I could go to the Essence offices for a meeting. I did, and that’s where it all started,” says Rehage, the head of concert promotion company Rehage Entertainment. That meeting was where Essence Communications told him of its decision [...]

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