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New from Piety: Faithfull and Laurie

Last year, Marianne Faithfull and actor Hugh Laurie (star of House) made pilgrimages to Piety Street Recording to cut albums, each with some measure of New Orleans beyond the studio […]

Marquee Girls? Some Moon?

While New York tries to clean up from Hurricane Irene’s devastation—newspaper boxes almost tipped over!—it seems appropriate to review two New York-centric entries in Continuum Books’ 33 1/3 series: Marquee […]

The ‘Q, That’s Who?

One of my favorite post-Jazz Fest shows was an NRBQ show at Jimmy’s that began with the room so packed that I was sitting on top of a videogame by […]

Always More Bob

At this point, it feels a little obsessive to scrutinize yet another Bob Dylan show. Still, it’s hard not to because there’s always something there worth thinking about afterwards, even […]

Britney’s Crowd and Charisma Make the Show

Friday night’s Britney Spears show at the New Orleans Arena was weird in the way only famous people can be weird. Someone had the idea that the show should have […]

Shorty vs. Prince in Montreal

The Montreal International Jazz Festival offers a broad palette of styles covering disparate jazz formats, and, like the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and most other “jazz” festivals in […]

Hangout Festival Day 1: Jam Lives

The Hangout exploded from a little-known beach festival in 2010 to the sixth largest U.S. outdoor weekend festival in one year, and the ticket lines show it. The intersection of […]

Golightly’s Hill Country Help

Musicians continue to belly up to the bar for a glass of something real served in a vintage glass with a retro umbrella and a contemporary kick. At best, that’s […]

Jazz Fest: Day 1 – Get Cosmic

A beautiful day, and the topic of conversation was what a beautiful day it was. Here are the notes: First great thing eaten: the fried crabcake – crusty outside, moist […]

The Strength to Say No

It’s impossible for me to hear Bruce Springsteen’s The Promise in a vacuum. The album’s subtitled “The Lost Sessions: Darkness on the Edge of Town,” and it’s two discs of […]