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Chris Belleau, “Swamp Fever” (Proud Dog Records)

The great thing about a Chris Belleau record is that you never know what the Baton Rouge roots musician is going to do next, but guaranteed, an indigenous identity will […]

Sam Friend, “Twin” (Independent)

A true Jack of all musical trades, Sam Friend is perhaps best known to New Orleanians for his tenure in the New Orleans Swamp Donkeys Traditional Jass Band he co-founded […]

Marco Benevento, “Woodstock Sessions” (Royal Potato Family)

Locals probably know Marco best as a late-period member of Garage a Trois, unless you really keep your ear close to the New York experimental rock scene, in which case […]

Flow Tribe, “Boss” (Independent)

There’s plenty of good reason why Flow Tribe has established itself as one of New Orleans’ go-to party bands. The homegrown sextet—John-Michael Early (harmonica/washboard), Bryan Santos (percussion), K.C. O’Rorke (trumpet), […]

Marcello Benetti, “Il Vizio!” (Independent)

In the liner notes for Il Vizio! drummer Marcello Benetti writes, “there’s always a lot of personal meaning in my compositions.” He goes on to credit people like his mother […]

Dirty Bourbon River Show, “The Flying Musical Circus” (Independent)

The Crescent City is undergoing a golden age of musical burlesque theater, and no one is working harder at it, or arguably reaping greater benefits, than the Dirty Bourbon River […]

Jumbo Shrimp Jazz Band, “Live at the Spotted Cat” (Independent)

As George Carlin once said, the phrase “jumbo shrimp” is a contradiction in terms. As Carlin didn’t say, so is a progressive traditional band. But the Jumbo Shrimp Jazz Band […]

Ken Swartz & the Palace of Sin, “Smile the Blues Away” (Adelphi)

There may be no single person better in New Orleans at smiling away the blues than Ken Swartz; whether it be Piedmont, East Coast, or Country Blues, Ken likes to […]

Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, “Ruler Rebel” (Ropeadope)

Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah is, no doubt, a brilliant trumpeter and composer with a serious statement to make. Ruler Rebel represents the first of a series of albums in his […]

Bicycle Jones & Stover, “Song Shed (Vol. 2)” (Independent)

This is the second half of a project initiated between Dave Stover, longtime NOLA-rock scenester and all-purpose songwriter, and Training Wheels singer “Bicycle” Jones, who again adds some Northshore backwoods […]