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Periodically, CDs and such arrive that can’t be ignored, but for all the wrong reasons. Today a CD arrived from MASS, which is short for “Music, Architecture, Sight & Sound). […]

Jazz Fest Notebook Dump, Day 3

Sunday started with the low point of this year’s fest (aside from the rain): the Zac Brown Band, whose “Toes” promised an hour of Jimmy Buffett-like coastal rock free from […]

Jazz Fest Notebook Dump, day 2

Note: Yesterday I said I thought the version of “Bon Temps Roulet” performed by T Bone Burnett was by Clifton Chenier. I’m told it was originally by Clarence Garlow. So […]

Jazz Fest Notebook Dump, day 1

Jazz Fest started at the Figs, the all-female Lafayette string band, who wore great, retro, summer dresses. I saw them at the Ogden a few months back, where they played […]

Jazz Fest: Plant/Krauss preview

At the Bruce Springsteen set two years ago, a coupld of guys standing near me couldn’t believe that he wasn’t going to do his own songs, and even though the […]

Tribeca Film Festival

For readers in New York City: Faubourg Treme: the Untold Story of Black New Orleans, a recent documentary on the oldest African-American neighborhood in the city, screens at the Tribeca […]

President, Gang Leader or Enforcer?

Last night I heard a soundbite with Hillary Clinton reassuring Pennsylvania voters that she had their backs. Literally. “I’ve got your back; I’ve got all of your backs,” she said. […]

Get to Know Me

DVDs are stacking up like cord wood here, and a couple merit attention. I recently wrote about the Robyn Hitchcock retrospective and how, when it comes down to it, I […]

Throbbing Gristle and the Replacements

I just finished Matmos’ Drew Daniels’ entry in the 33 1/3 series, 20 Jazz Funk Greats. He contemplates the album by industrial music pioneers Throbbing Gristle, and I was left […]

Goodbyes

We do too many obits in OffBeat these days (a function of too many people dying), and it’s lousy to read your mail first thing in the morning and find […]