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Congo Square Rap: Fiend’s musical massage

Hip-hop as a musical genre can be as elastic as it gets, and International Jones’ (IJ) new Player Chit explores new worlds by going back to the 1970s. Picture a […]

Five Questions with hip-hop artist Hasheem Amin on his release The Reunion, featuring “The Streets Still Jumpin’”

First off, what does the title reference? My start in doing hip-hop was almost exclusively underground. Everybody was wanting to get signed to a label. We didn’t care about that. […]

Renaissance Beats and Ritual Bars: Cavalier is out in the open

In its own singular way, Private Stock, the third album by Cavalier, sounds like the past and future meeting right now—a fever dream with a political seam. Soulful blunted out […]

Soundcheck: Five Questions with Actress Aadyn Encalarde

You’re in Girls Trip, one of the hottest summer movies, and TNT’s Claws. How’d you explode on the scene? I’ve acted since I was a baby with my mommy’s projects. […]

Rebirth Brass Band, “Do Whatcha Wanna” (Mardi Gras Records)

Each record we did was by mistake. We had no plans. We would walk to the French Quarters and make up songs, play for tips every day after school, walk […]

High Fidelity: Irma Thomas tells the story of “Time Is On My Side”

“I was only 23 years old when I recorded ‘Time Is On My Side.’ It was offered to me when I did the Wish Someone Would Care album sessions in California. […]

Soundcheck: Five Questions with Ms. Charm Taylor

Why did you make New Orleans your home? I came to New Orleans to gut houses after the storm. I was still in school at the time. On one of […]

A Sound for This Generation: Water Seed’s energetic spirit

There’s a new sound in the air. New Orleans musicians are doing fresh original work, and the rest of the world is paying attention. This recent and necessary renaissance is […]

Pink Magnolias followed their own paths to New Orleans

The Pink Magnolias may be atypical, but they’re certainly no novelty act. The Japanese three-piece is the real deal, with a background as solid as anyone on the music scene. […]

Where Y’acht aims to take over the Southeast

The tides have recently returned smooth music from its ’70s and ’80s island outpost to an eager and growing audience. Steely Dan and Hall & Oates are hot again. Jazz […]