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One South Lark, Japanese Soda / Excuses (Independent)

The ghost of the Smiths, or rather whatever’s left of Morrissey’s muse at this point, haunts this single from last summer: Track one has the punky energy of the Vapors’ […]

Alexey Marti, Mundo (Independent)

Cuban-born New Orleans resident Alexey Marti delivers a wonderfully comprehensive album of Latin flavors that moves seamlessly through a range of rhythms and moods. Remarkably, the talented percussionist stands as […]

Christian Scott ATunde Adjuah, Ancestral Recall (Stretch Music)

Trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah is the purveyor of a style he calls “stretch music,” which, as the name implies, allows for flexibility in all aspects of musical creation. Ancestral […]

Junior Dugas, Your Love Captured Me (Jin Records)

Veteran swamp pop sideman Junior Dugas recorded these dozen tracks as something intended only for friends and family. That is, until swamp pop legends Tommy McLain, Warren Storm and Johnnie […]

Marc Stone, Live at Tipitina’s (Independent)

Stripping his sound down to the basics—his voice, his guitar and his trusty slide—Marc Stone’s latest release, which was recorded at Tipitina’s back in May 2018, is a strong statement […]

Noah Young, Splinter (Album Reviews)

Modern NOLA jazz bands often come in one of three flavors: your studious post-bop types, who approach the music purely from a technical perspective (lots of solo spotlights), the acid-jazz […]

Branford Marsalis Quartet, The Secret Between the Shadow and the Soul (Okeh/Sony Masterworks)

The Secret Between the Shadow and the Soul opens with a sense of playfulness and a lyrical yet chaotic atmosphere, on “Dance of the Evil Toys,” a tune written by […]

Herlin Riley, Perpetual Optimism (Mack Avenue)

Those who have seen drummer Herlin Riley play know just how suitable the title of his latest release, Perpetual Optimism, really is. Riley often bounds onto a stage with big […]

Sam Price & the True Believers, Dragonfly (Independent)

Roots-rocker Sam Price leads his outfit into its first full album a little less eager to make you dance. Still,  Sam’s True Believers prove plenty capable of moving feet with […]

Soul Brass Band, Levels (Independent)

Philosophical musings are nothing new in brass band music, and the debut album from the Soul Brass Band is no exception. What sets the record apart from many of its […]