Tim Laughlin

The Trio Collection Vol. 1

(Gentilly Records)

After having several house parties/concerts at his house in the Vieux Carré, clarinetist Tim Laughlin decided that he should record his next record there. Given the quality of the music on The Trio Collection Vol. 1, it was an excellent decision. There is a bright and open quality to the sound and music here. Everybody [...]

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Jealous Monk

I Love, I Hustle

(Independent)

I Love, I Hustle, the sophomore album by hip-hop duo and 2013 OffBeat Best of the Beat award winners Jealous Monk, fully embodies the group’s work-hungry, play-hungry spirit with catchy verses, infectious instrumentals and overall New Orleans flair. Comprised of DJ Jermaine Quiz and freestyle rapper Intelligence, Jealous Monk has concocted a six-track LP deeply [...]

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Evan Christopher’s Django a la Creole

Evan Christopher’s Django a la Creole

Live!

(Fremeaux & Assoc.)

Now this is a fun record that never falters in its energetic vibe or superior musicianship. Recorded at the end of a 2012 tour in the United Kingdom, Evan Christopher and the band Django a la Creole explore both popular and obscure cuts from the traditional, swing, and gypsy jazz repertoire. All the musicians here are [...]

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Walter “Wolfman” Washington & the Roadmasters

Walter “Wolfman” Washington & the Roadmasters

Howlin’ Live at d.b.a., New Orleans

(Frenchmen Street Records)

Over the past few years, d.b.a. has been selling tickets to heaven on Wednesday nights, when two long-running residencies take place: the early show by the Tin Men followed by the magnificent Walter “Wolfman” Washington. Washington, the iconic guitarist and vocalist whose storied career dates back to the glory days of New Orleans R&B, when [...]

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The Longtime Goners

The Longtime Goners

(Independent)

The Longtime Goners are probably the most authentic sounding of the local bands signing up for the Americana Revolution, more Hank Sr. and Johnny Cash than Petty or Eagles. So it makes a kind of weird ironic sense that they’re a bunch of kids from the Hinterlands, street buskers who assembled in the Quarter to [...]

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Debbie Davis and the Mesmerizers

Debbie Davis and the Mesmerizers

Linger Til Dawn

(Independent)

Debbie Davis stands out in the crowd of vocalists like a bird-of-paradise in a roomful of parakeets. Her voice is a magnificent, near-operatic instrument and her theatrical instincts are the stuff of Broadway musical-level performance. When she takes the stage at Three Muses or d.b.a., one hand cocked saucily on her waist, the other brandishing [...]

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When they’re playing and performing together, which is often, these two seasonal NOLA street musicians call themselves the Black Resonators, after their nearly identical guitars. They’re also their own men and yet, as these two debut solo albums prove, working more or less from the same playbook, utilizing a mixture of gypsy jazz, pure folk, [...]

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Roxie Watson

Roxie Watson

Songs from Hell’s Hollow

(Independent)

Progressive country fans tend to regard Nashville as the devil, but here’s an album that would have benefit from a little Nashville polish. The Atlanta-based Roxie Watson is more a songwriters’ collective than a band; among the five singer/writers is Sonia Tetlow, the ex-Cowboy Mouth bassist who made a terrific solo album, Own Way Home, [...]

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Minos the Saint

Minos the Saint

Minos the Saint

(Independent)

One of the things making music in New Orleans interesting at this point in time is the ways that musicians are adapting pop music to their own ends. From Sweet Crude’s forceful percussion to the Night Janitor’s tweaked-and-looped songs, innovation is rampant. And this is true of cities further west, such as Lafayette and Baton [...]

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Jamie Bergeron  & the Kickin’ Cajuns

Jamie Bergeron & the Kickin’ Cajuns

Live Like Dat!!

(KC Entertainment)

It’s crazy but in the 14 years that Jamie Bergeron & the Kickin’ Cajuns have been in existence and built cred for its live shows, the group had never released a live disc. Until now. Still, it was worth the wait a solid document of over-the-top performances with no cheesy, dubbed-in crowd effects. The group attacks [...]

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