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Benjamin Booker, “Witness” (ATO Records)

When OffBeat last checked in with then New Orleans–based rocker Benjamin Booker, he was riding high on the success of his self-titled debut album. Born from local punk shows, 2014’s […]

Nothing Compares 2 U: Sexy Dex and the Fresh are using the past to shape the future

Dexter Gilmore is the frontman of the exhilarating ’80s funk-meets-rock-meets-shoegaze-meets-indie-pop band Sexy Dex and the Fresh. He sings in a soaring voice that ranges from velvety to screeching. He plays […]

Built on Heritage: Jazz Fest Developed Its Identity Through Repetition

Since its inception, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival has sought to pair big name touring acts with local talent. This was meant to maximize crowds: tourists unfamiliar with […]

Soundcheck: Five Questions with Germaine Bazzle

How has scat singing made you a better teacher/singer? I didn’t set out to be a jazz singer; I set out to be a teacher. The teaching came first, and […]

Little Maker: Identity Cohesion

In many ways, the modern indie artist is diametrically opposed to the standard “working musician.” One toils away on original music and only plays consistently when on tour, with years […]

The More the Hairier: The Evolution of Homo Jazzfestivus

In the scientific class of major American outdoor music festivals, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (Homo jazzfestivus) remains a unique family. While other families in the order throughout […]

The Junior League, Also Rans (Kool Kat Musik)

Joe Adragna, the North Shore-based mastermind behind one-man (with help from an extensive list of friends) band the Junior League, understands the value of doing more with less. Throughout The […]

Joy Loves Company: The Joy Formidable brings optimism to Voodoo Fest

We in Louisiana have a healthy obsession with music being of a place, often fretting over the particular neighborhood that produced certain types. But we are not the only ones […]

Bantam Blitz: Bantam Foxes’ Constant Content

Local garage indie rock ’n’ roll power trio Bantam Foxes is playing late on a Thursday night at Gasa Gasa, and despite its members having to work early the following […]

Saints of Chiac: Sweet Crude’s communal experience is pure joy

Sweet Crude is about to play its first headlining show at Tipitina’s, and the members of the half–Louisiana French singing indie pop/rock band are fully celebrating. Family and friends are […]