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My Music with Cyrus Nabipoor of NORUZ and Sexual Thunder

“I grew up in Portland. Piano was my first instrument, although I’m not very good at it. I didn’t practice much, kind of hated it. When I got into sixth […]

AF THE NAYSAYER “PARTS, Act I” (Sinking City Records)

Amahl Abdul-Khaliq (AF THE NAYSAYER) is like water. His sound is slippery and, like the abstruse function that inspired the first part of his moniker, hard to pin down. It’s […]

Fest Focus: Keith Burnstein’s Kettle Black

Friday, May 3,  Lagniappe Stage, 11:30 a.m.   Keith Burnstein is a crafter of tunes. Growing up in a Philadelphia suburb, he started playing piano at age five, and by […]

A Dream and Hard Work: Saint-Germain gets back to the basics

An unassuming double shotgun sits on a busy stretch of Saint Claude Avenue, between Montegut and Clouet, alongside Red’s Chinese and Quintron and Miss Pussycat’s Spellcaster Lodge. Its last occupant […]

More than a Music Club: Howlin’ Wolf turns 30

Howie Kaplan had zero experience running a major music venue when he bought the Howlin’ Wolf from Jack Groetsch in 2000. Just over 30, Kaplan had spent his entire adult […]

Carmela Rappazzo, Howlin’ at the Moon (Independent)

Carmela Rappazzo sings a lot of blue notes. Her voice is not traditionally beautiful or “pretty.” It captures you on a different level, disconcerting yet fascinating. Rappazzo grew up in […]

Shawn Williams, Motel Livin’ (Independent)

In an interview with OffBeat’s Laura DeFazio, Shawn Williams refers to her music as “alt-rocka country-billy serial killer blues.” As far as genre signifiers go, it pretty well sums up […]

MY MUSIC: jazz pianist Oscar Rossignoli

“My dad grew up playing the bass—just amateur bands, nothing professional, but he has an ear for music. He knows what’s wrong, what’s right, but he doesn’t know why. He […]

Power Players: Delish Da Goddess Opens Doors

The leader of New Orleans’ DIY hip-hop movement lives half an hour outside city limits. Gabriel Major (a.k.a. Delish Da Goddess) resides in the sleepy town of Violet, an unlikely […]

Leap of Faith: Quiana Lynell’s phenomenal ride

“The last year of my life has been phenomenal,” Quiana Lynell says. It stands to reason. In the past 12 months, she’s scratched more items off her musical bucket list […]