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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 […]

Rhythm & Rhymes: The sky’s the limit with Nas and the Soul Rebels

NAS WITH GUESTS THE SOUL REBELS: FRIDAY, APRIL 28—CONGO SQUARE STAGE, 5:30 P.M.   When New Orleans’ own Soul Rebels aren’t holding it down at their steady Thursday night Le […]

High Fidelity: Bill Summers on Herbie Hancock’s 1973 Head Hunters

Percussionist/ethnomusicologist Bill Summers played a key role in shaping Herbie Hancock’s 1973 groundbreaking and platinum-selling Head Hunters record. Here, he reveals how “Watermelon Man” came about. “I found a job […]