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The Limits of Cratedigging

I have two theoretically cool new CDs on my desk, Earthology by the Whitefield Brothers and Forge Your Own Chains: Heavy Psychedelic Ballads and Dirges 1968-1974 (both on Now Again Records), […]

Free Saints Download

Earlier in the season, we reported on the efforts of Dem Boys to get their song, “Roll with the Black and Gold” played in the Louisiana Superdome, and recently we […]

YouTube du Jour: Jonathan Batiste Band

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzhByw5_G5w[/youtube] Tonight at the “Home for the Holidays” benefit for the Daniel Price Memorial Fund at House of Blues, there will be an all-too-rare opportunity to catch native Jonathan Batiste […]

Preview: “Home for the Holidays”

This Wednesday night is the 5th annual “Home for the Holidays” benefitting the Daniel Price Memorial Fund at the House of Blues. After the tragic loss of Daniel Price, a talented […]

YouTube du Jour: Drum Buddy

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvtssL8WlJA&feature=related[/youtube]Next month, Quintron and Miss Pussycat will become art as they participate in “Parallel Universe,” which opens at the New Orleans Museum of Art January 30. The installation will include […]

CD Review: Los Straitjackets: “Yuletide Beat”

This is Los Straitjackets’ second holiday album, following 2002’s ‘Tis the Season for Los Straitjackets, and judging by the results, the surf rock band can crank out satisfying carols until they […]

New Orleans in the News: Lil Wayne Edition

New Orleans-born rapper Lil’ Wayne has had a taxing couple of months. Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr. was found guilty of weapons possession in October and, awaiting his February sentencing, may […]

YouTube du Jour: Smoky Greenwell

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KK6sj0XfkY[/youtube]As we approach Christmas, here’s Smoky Greenwell’s “Merry Christmas to All,” which doubles as a celebration of his French Market community.

Needy Musicians Benefit From Mayfield Event

On the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, Irvin Mayfield put together a benefit for “local musicians in need.” That event’s proceeds were distributed to their beneficiaries at an event at Ashé Arts […]

YouTube du Jour: Judith Owen and Harry Shearer

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdK3myWYD24[/youtube]Judith Owen and Harry Shearer bring their Holiday Sing-Along back to the Contemporary Arts Center for shows tonight and Saturday night. Here’s a preview from Joe’s Pub in New York […]