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Spyanage, “J.F.T.F.O.I. 4: The Sneak Attack 20 Yrs in the Makin’” (Independent)

“Just For the Fuck of It” may be his crew, his mixtape blueprint, and his motto, but local rapper Spyanage (that’s pronounced Espionage to you) has built four solid albums […]

The Tomb of Nick Cage, “The Pharaoh of New Orleans” (Independent)

In a city known for its meticulously preserved examples of classic architecture, the tomb of Nicolas Cage sticks out like a bizarre angry sore thumb in the middle of St. […]

Steve Judice, “Loose Ends” (Independent)

Steve Judice is a full-time lawyer and part-time musician who’s taken a simple but rather brilliant approach to making his name as a traditionally countryish troubadour: He simply finds out […]

Aden Paul, “Bad Seeds & Precious Stones” (Independent)

Something about going full Americana always seems to sharpen your songwriting focus—probably has something to do with the fact that when you subtract volume, distortion and big fistfuls of rhythm […]

Jeff McCarty, “Step Out” (Whiskey Bayou)

Singer-guitarist Jeff McCarty is Tab Benoit’s discovery, a Houma native with a big expressive voice and guitar skills to match (though they’re no match for the swamp-blues master himself). He […]

Quintessential Octopus, “All Hallows Barking” (Independent)

We all miss David Bowie, don’t we? If there was anybody on the local scene more fit to craft a tribute than the twisted indie-pop duo Quintessential Octopus, it would […]

Bantam Foxes, “Pinball” (Independent)

“Blood in the Water” captures that 120-proof bubblegum feel perfectly, “Bombshells” exploits the old quiet-loud alternative dynamic with fidget spinner verses exploding into sexually frustrated angst, and “Quicksand” perfectly flanges […]

Paz Fest: Celebrating Joni Mitchell at the Civic

As one of the city’s legendary production managers, stage managers and soundmen, Michael Paz has had his finger on the pulse of New Orleans’ music scene for decades, but his […]

Steve Judice, “Loose Ends” (Independent)

Steve Judice is a full-time lawyer and part-time musician who’s taken a simple but rather brilliant approach to making his name as a traditionally countryish troubadour: He simply finds out […]

Gary Nichols featuring Charlie Musselwhite & Spooner Oldham, “Field of Plenty” (Merrimack Records)

From the early–twentieth century illustration on the front that celebrates youth and bounty to the striking classic Dust Bowl photograph on the back that reveals the truth about our priorities, […]