Alligator and Black Top Extravaganzas; the Fair Grounds in Blue

Well, it’s that time of year again. Another two weeks of great music, food, and fun. Alligator Records is set to celebrate with a special show at Muddy Water’s on […]

Digable Planets, Orangutang, and Henry Rollins Go Under Our Reviewer’s Microsope

The following reviews, which unanimously favor snotty skepticism over sincerity, are in no way indicative of the psychic gestalt of the author. I’m really a pretty nice guy. Digable Planets […]

Dr. John No Longer with Warner Brothers; Aaron Neville Embarks on The Grand Tour

DR. JOHN WITHOUT LABEL…After two critically-lauded albums—including last year’s ambitious Grammy-winning Goin’ Back to New Orleans—Dr. John and Warner Brothers Records have parted company. Besides Goin’ Back to New Orleans, […]

Mustang Lightning Camps at Monkey Hill; the WTUL Marathon in Retrospect

The local Monkey Hill management team has added another top-notch act to a stable that already includes Cowboy Mouth and the Bluerunners—a swaggering psychobilly trio called Mustang Lightning, who recently […]

Music Television DeGruy-Style

In guitarist Phil DeGruy’s parallel universe, Madonna gets nasty to “The Sound of Music” and Robert Tilton rules.   He’s describing “dubbing” — a signature blend of music and performance […]

The Coolest of ’92

JUST TOO COOL Nine of our writers document their coolest musical experiences of ‘92 — album, concert, or other. For a non-writer perspective, we asked a few familiar faces to […]

Mess O’ Blues

The Delmark, Rounder and Black Top labels insure that fall will offer up a bountiful harvest of blues albums.   Is there any coincidence in the fact that we have […]

Postcards from the Edge: Willie Lockett & the Blues Krewe Survive and Prosper on Bourbon Street

You should have been there. After the convention, we headed for the French Quarter and wandered into Rhythms, this big patio with a circus-tent top near the Canal Street end […]

On A Binge

The cavernous wooden passageways of the weathered near the corner of Orleans and Broad are lonely on this Sunday night. On the second level, most of the tiny rehearsal rooms […]

Club Scout

Let’s presume: you’re reading this issue of OffBeat so you’re probably in New Orleans and not, thankfully, somewhere ridiculous.  You are already aware of that massive smorgasbord of music in […]