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Hurray for the Riff Raff

Hurray for the Riff Raff

Small Town Heroes

(ATO Records)

With the release of Small Town Heroes, the buzz around Alynda Lee Segarra’s Hurray for the Riff Raff has exploded into a full-fledged roar—and for good reason. Released less than a year after the cover-heavy My Dearest Darkest Neighbor, Segarra’s major-label debut showcases original work that uses an ancestral tree of American music as a [...]

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Chapel Blues

Chapel Blues

Chapel Blues

(Independent)

The Chapel Blues EP came to me in a plain brown sleeve. This fits the music as this is a good record but rather generic. There is some New Orleans funk with distorted, chicken-scratch rhythm guitar and simmering solo guitar on the first track, “Six Miles.” But lyrics with phrases such as “hurricane don’t tell [...]

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The International Trio & Olivier Franc

Delta Mood

(New Orleans Jazz Productions)

Drummer Trevor Richards, who now splits his time between New Orleans and Germany, has led the International Trio for 33 years (and 16 previous recordings). German clarinetist Reimer von Essen has been his sidekick for most of that time, while New Orleans pianist David Boeddinghaus has also been a part of the recording trio on [...]

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The Iguanas

The Iguanas

Juarez

(Piety Street)

“Let’s make that magic happen one more time,” goes the chorus of this album’s second-best song. That’s a good prescription for the Iguanas, who’ve been decidedly low-key for the past few years. Unless you count 2012s Sin to Sin—a half-hour long album whose best song was a cover and which probably should have been called [...]

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Moses Patrou

Can’t Stop, Vol. 1

(Independent)

Moses Patrou is a jazz drummer from Nashville, but even that odd teaser doesn’t begin to describe the depth and breadth of his CV; he learned at the metaphorically funky feet of Clyde Stubblefield, the James Brown drummer who gave the world the “Funky Drummer” backbeat. He’s studied with the finest percussionists of both Brazil [...]

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The Parishioners

The Parishioners

Blame It on the Weather

(Independent)

This five-piece likes to call what it does “Gothic Americana”—but dark punkabilly it ain’t. Even more so than last year’s full-length debut, Putting the Past to Rest, this follow-up EP merely adds a little old-school alternative funk/rock to its ragged synthesis of country, pop, and Cajun, delineating a point on an imaginary timeline in an [...]

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Cindy Scott

Cindy Scott

Historia

(Catahoula Records)

I’ve called Cindy Scott’s debut album, Major to Minor, my favorite album by a local female singer. Her follow-up, Let the Devil Take Tomorrow, kept up her high standards. Historia, her latest release, bolsters my contention that Scott makes CDs the equal of any New Orleans singer. Her musicality and her versatility have never been [...]

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Monica McIntyre

Monica McIntyre

It Soon Come

(Independent)

From the age of seven, Monica McIntyre was immersed in orchestra, alongside her nine-year-old sister, Marcia. Growing up, McIntyre and her cello became one, and her sister likewise with the violin. McIntyre spent countless hours performing in the church choir and DC Youth Orchestra; then spent 15 years in Pennsylvania, developing her own unique genre, [...]

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MadFro

MadFro

I.F.W.I.

(Independent)

These debut tracks from MadFro are laced with wah-wah pedals, catchy choruses and popping snares. Vocals come courtesy of Slangston Hughes, a well-known local emcee and host of the Uniquity monthly showcase. Matched nicely with the band’s steady funk, his steely flow features touches of the Roots’ Black Thought, and the Philly group remains a [...]

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Rod Melancon

Rod Melancon

Parish Lines

(Medina River Records)

His look makes him come on like a Cajun Elvis. His first ambition was to be a movie star. And almost certainly due to that life choice, he’s based out of Los Angeles. But Rod Melancon, as his name and the title of his second album both imply, is genuine South Louisiana, even as he [...]

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