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Renshaw Davies, “The Heat” (Independent)

Musicians often speak of surrendering themselves to the music they create. On The Heat, local indie folk/Americana duo Renshaw Davies take this sentiment further than most. Succumbing to external forces […]

Musical Landscapes: The Crooked Vines take risks and detours while remaining cohesive

Mikayla Braun is beaming. It is not because her band, local funk-pop group the Crooked Vines, is playing to a large and enthralled crowd at Tipitina’s (which they are). Nor […]

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 […]