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Jazz Fest Saturday: Bombino, Steve Earle, MyNameIsJohnMichael

When Rob Cambre and Quint Davis agree on something, the world is coming to an end or it’s something special. In the case of Bombino from Niger, it was one of the best sets of this year’s Jazz Fest. The young Tuareg guitarist led a four-piece band in the Blues Tent in a hypnotic set, [...]

Jazz Fest Friday: Mystikal, Theresa Andersson, Feufollet & Ani DiFranco

Friday at Jazz Fest was a good day for a lot of interesting music, even though little that I saw was wholly successful. Yvette Landry’s honky tonk and western swing knocked me out like it didlast year and was the most spot-on music I heard, while Mystikal was the most curious. I missed the start [...]

Trombone Shorty Owns Contemporary Jazz Charts

Trombone Shorty’s For True has followed Backatown to the top of Billboard‘s Contemporary Jazz chart. It debuted at No. 1 after its September 13 release; now Shorty has two albums on the Contemporary Jazz chart since Backatown is at No. 4. It has been on the chart for 74 weeks. For True is also at [...]

Critics Not Sold on Tha Carter IV, But Buyers Are

Reviews have been tepid for Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter IV, but in its first week, it sold 964,000 digital and physical albums combined. Those numbers are just shy of opening week sales for Tha Carter III, and the 300,000 digital units sold in the first four days was a record for iTunes. That record was [...]

Treme Down Under

One of the questions we’ve always asked about Treme is how it plays outside New Orleans. Season two is just starting in Australia: how does it play out of the country? Treme has some of the same difficulties and delights. The plots are satisfyingly complex and stretch over many hours, only sometimes tangling with each [...]

While We Were Working: Bootsy Collins, Rob Riggle and Rush

[UPDATED]Last night, we put the July issue to bed, and with it went the immediate demands that kept me from writing about recent shows. Here’s the quick wrap-up in reverse order: Sunday night, Rob Riggle was at House of Blues in a show set up because he’s in town shooting the remake of 21 Jump [...]

Reviews of the First Episode of Treme Season Two

On Sunday, HBO premiered season two of Treme with an episode called “Accentuate the Positive.” It is a fitting title as it has been getting positive reviews. Season two picks up seven months after season one left off. According to screenrant.com, “the myriad plotlines that drove the first season will still be present, but [writer [...]

Reviews: Marley, Sloan, Dengue Fever

Jazz Fest News: Arcade Fire, Mumford & Sons Reviews

Saturday night, the Arcade Fire (Friday, May 6, 5:35 p.m.) headlined Coachella. It was the band’s first time headlining a major festival, and by all accounts, it was a major success. According to William Goldman at Spin.com: On the sexy-tropical jam “Haiti,” Chassagne waltzed and twirled in her gold-sequined dress. The song holds special meaning [...]

A Seasonal Desk-Clearing

This may continue into next week, but I’ve got CDs here that I had the best intentions of writing about but never made it to somehow, starting with: Bob Dylan: The Witmark Demos: 1962-1964 (Columbia/Legacy): If you want to hear this two disc set as Bob becoming Bob, go for it, but it’s not that [...]