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Drag City: You think you know what drag is, but you have no idea.

Most people have the same general idea of what defines a “drag queen”: a man dressing up as a woman, using large wigs, sequined dresses, fake breasts, feather boas and […]

VOODOO MUSIC + ARTS EXPERIENCE: Is it Losing its New Orleans Identity?

In 2009, my former band—whom you’ve assuredly never heard of—played the Voodoo Music Experience. I had a chance encounter with the talent buyer for the kids’ stage, which was desperately […]

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 […]