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BackTalk: Todd Rundgren’s Swampland Utopia

Musician and producer Todd Rundgren first took the world stage in the mid-60s, fronting his band the Nazz. This June, Rundgren celebrates his 65th birthday at a party in swampy […]

Uniquity: Boom-bap and Jazz Rap

As we walk to conduct our interview at a quieter Marigny bar, rapper Renard “Slangston Hughes” Bridgewater (“The Connoisseur of Fine Rhyme”) discusses the human desire for tangibility. “At the […]

Denison and Denizens: Rock Supergroup Tomahawk Shakes Off the Rust

After the 1999 breakup of guitarist Duane Denison’s very crazy and much-loved band the Jesus Lizard — which pitted the reckless abandon of “singer” David Yow against Denison’s meticulous jazz-punk […]

Knob Yo Head: Voodoo Music Experience Electronic Music Breakdown

In the late ’90s, electronic music was poised to obliterate all real musicians and organic instrumentation. The process has by now been nearly completed, but at one point laptop music […]

Bounce to This: Katey Red’s Dream Team

“It’s an entity I put together. We are ready to tell a story,” says Katey Red, the trans queen of New Orleans bounce rap, speaking on her new “Dream Team,” […]

Sound Bites: More Than Just Music on these Venues’ Menus

Once the city government has stripped us of the live music that is New Orleans’ lifeblood, we will still have great food to comfort us. Everyone is okay with food, […]

Tales of the Cocktail: Not Just Booze

Isn’t the difference between a “cocktail scene” and run-of-the-mill alcoholism simply a matter of whether one is getting drunk while sitting in a circle and chatting, or facing forward at […]

French Quarter Fest Focus: King James and the Special Men

Jimmy Horn did not reconvene New Orleans downtown R&B cover group the Special Men two years ago to preserve a tradition. “We were playing far-out jazz with a great saxophonist, […]

Debauche’s Gulag Songs

Singer and guitarist Yegor Romantsov, leader of New Orleans’ “Russian Mafia Band,” Debauche, has his doubters. Romantsov’s particular Russian charm and accent, both onstage and off, are so thick that […]

Parading Club Bands

Playing music in a parade looks like fun, but while it is, it’s also hard, sometimes thankless work. OffBeat spoke with members of four nightclub bands who, during Mardi Gras, […]