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Essence Previews

This weekend, the Essence Music Festival comes to town with a pretty exciting lineup, particularly in the superlounges, which are more intimate than you’d expect any space in the Superdome […]

My Curse to You

  Last night, a friend told me that he and a buddy in Arkansas started sending each other text messages jamming two song titles together – “Tangled Up in Blue […]

Where’s Maxwell?

  In Sunday’s New York Times, Jon Pareles profiles Maxwell, who’ll headline the Essence Music Festival Saturday on the main stage. In the piece, he writes about Maxwell’s almost 8-year-long […]

Sad, to be Kind

This is inevitable, but dance music artist Kynt posted this “New Orleans Bounce Remix” of Michael Jackson’s “Off the Wall.” It’s hard for me to hear it as anything but […]

The Challenge

  How do you write about Michael Jackson that doesn’t seem brutally reductive? Tom Moon, writer of 1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die,  addressed this question on his blog: Normally I’m […]

The Limits of Celebrity

US Weekly and numerous other tabloid weeklies have photo features that show that celebrities are just like us. They shop, they walk their dogs, play with their kids, and drink […]

Voodoo Fights Alzheimer’s

I’ve been told that undertaking mental challenges like sudokus and crosswords helps to fight the onset of Alzheimer’s. If so, Voodoo Music Experience is doing its part to help keep you […]

The Company You Keep

  We’re pretty excited about this year’s Press Club award nominations, and part of the thrill is the company we’re keeping. It’ll be a shame when I beat friends that […]

Help Needed?

At the Rising Tide 4 bloogers conference, the day started with a discussion of culture. It raised an interesting tension as a social aid and pleasure club rep called for […]

He Means it, Man

  Typically, I’m suspicious of the humorless and literal. More often that not, the combination leads to well-meant but obvious art. In the liner notes to Pentatonic Wars and Love Songs, […]