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Camera Obscura

“I spent a week in a dusty library” is how “French Navy,” the opening single from Scottish group Camera Obscura’s My Maudlin Career, starts. It sounds like the perfect place […]

Live Review: Star Wars: In Concert October 27, 2009

For a girl who geeks out regularly, the night of October 27 was one to remember—the “Star Wars: Live in Concert” tour made its stop in New Orleans, complete with […]

Nearly the Best?

Da Capo Books’ Best Music Writing 2009, edited by Greil Marcus, just came out and OffBeat found itself mentioned if not featured in the book. In the list of “Other […]

Live Review: N.E.R.D. and Mickey Facts

Over the past decade, Pharrell Williams and the Neptunes have helped to craft the sound of modern music, working with artists such as Jay-Z and Gwen Stefani, but some may still […]

Sneak Preview: Chops

OffBeat is pleased to offer this clip from Chops, a documentary by Bruce Broder that debuted at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival. The movie follows high school jazz students as they prepare for […]

What is a CD?

I’ve often busted local bands for making albums that are too long, often treating the CD as place to store a bunch of songs instead of creating a coherent statement. […]

Free Fela

Knitting Factory Records is about to undergo a massive reissue campaign, re-releasing the entire Fela catalogue. There are Fela-related celebrations – DJ nights, really, as best as I can tell […]

Coming Soon: “St. James Infirmary”

Preservation Hall Jazz Band will release a cartoon made in the style of the classic Max Fleischer animation in support of the new version of “St. James Infirmary,” which is remixed […]

Download: Garage a Trois Preview

Garage A Trois – Skerik, Mike Dillon, Marco Benevento and Stanton Moore – return October 27 with a new album, Power Patriot, on The Royal Potato Family label. They’ll play New […]

MySpace du Jour: Juvenile

Juvenile’s “Get Ya Hustle On” is one of the great post-K videos and songs, though the message is one that no one wanted at the time. juvenile-get ya hustle on