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Alison McConnell, “These Walls” (Independent)

Chances are you’ve heard Alison McConnell singing around town with her band Wonderland, but her first five-song EP is a solo affair that sounds like it was designed for your […]

Robert Mugge, “New Orleans Music in Exile” (Mug Shot Productions)

Robert Mugge’s 2006 documentary, New Orleans Music in Exile, serves as a time capsule for the shell-shocked months after Hurricane Katrina. Originally broadcast in May 2006 by Starz and Starz […]

Davy Mooney, “Hope of Home” (Sunnyside Records)

Compatibility rules on guitarist Davy Mooney’s latest album, Hope of Home. With Mooney’s sophisticated style at the helm, the talented musicians here—reedman John Ellis, pianist Jon Cowherd, bassist Matt Clohesy […]

Vermilion Whiskey, “Spirit of Tradition” (10 South)

Now that hip hop, EDM and DJ culture rule the world, the question can be asked: Is rock ‘n’ roll dead, finally, after all this time? The answer: yes and […]

REWIND: Various Artists, “Mardi Gras in New Orleans” (Mardi Gras Records)

Warren Hildebrand hits rewind on the compilation Mardi Gras in New Orleans, which introduced New Orleans Mardi Gras music to the world. “This Mardi Gras is more-or-less the 40th anniversary […]

Billie Davies, “A Nu Experience: On Hollywood Boulevard” (Independent)

Despite the best efforts of James M. Cain, Chinatown and BoJack Horseman, L.A. noir still doesn’t get the respect it deserves next to what goes on in Gotham. This is […]

Margie Perez, “Love Is All” (Threadhead Records)

This album’s title track (which Perez co-wrote with Paul Sanchez) was high on my personal playlist toward the end of the year, thanks to its generous and hopeful sentiments. It’s […]

Harmonouche, “NolAmour” (Independent)

There’s a lot going on in Harmonouche’s music—for one thing, they’re about the only non-blues band I can think of that’s led by a harmonica player, and they have four […]

Mysterious Blend, “Harold and Friends” (Independent)

“Wisdom comes in funny ways/ Not in books or art or plays/ But falling hard and feeling pain,” sings professional life coach Harold Steinitz on his debut CD with his […]

Brass Mimosa, “Stay Sharp” (Independent)

Originally, Lafayette’s Brass Mimosa was aiming at the blues rock market. But when Alex Camel switched to bass from guitar, allowing its bassist (now departed) to play guitar, it evolved […]