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Jazz Fest Weekend One: Beach Boys, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Seun Kuti and More

Technical difficulties prevented my daily Jazz Fest report online this weekend. Here’s the weekend in one lengthy post. Thanks for your patience.   Friday Saturday’s Times-Picayune included a photo from […]

Grammy Notes: Its All About the Ladys

Sunday night’s Grammy Broadcast had the highest ratings since 2001, and the Grammy action on Twitter was so intense that industry curmudgeon Bob Lefsetz tuned it in to join the […]

Enough for Now

One last Best of the Beat thought before we put this year’s event to bed: Last spring at SXSW, the scheduled Big Star showcase became a tribute to Alex Chilton […]

Way Good Music Coming Your Way

Ooh, boy, is there some good music coming your way. Of course, there’s the Best of The Beat Awards, which we’ve been hyping non-stop. This is not mere puffery:  We’ve […]

French Quarter Fest and Save The Clinic

The weather’s going to be outstanding for this year’s French Quarter Festival, and I hope you’ll have a chance to go…or come, if you’re from outside New Orleans. If you […]

Pizza, Parades and Texting MCs: a SXSW Diary

[OffBeat contributor Aaron LaFont was also at SXSW: here’s the first two days of his diary] Day 1: A sense of utter disbelief soon followed by a somber ache came […]

Saying Goodbye

Writer Eric Weisbard wrote on Thursday, “I read my Facebook and Alex Chilton is Michael Jackson. I leave Facebook and he doesn’t exist.” Fortunately, SXSWville (located in Austin) has been […]

Giants Falling

Learning of Alex Chilton’s death during the first night of South by Southwest made the whole enterprise seem a little empty – at least for the night. Almost every rock […]


In another blog post, I started thinking about Big Star, whose Keep an Eye on the Sky box set does nothing to address my thoughts on the band. As great […]