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Levon Helm: Geeking Out

Levon Helm‘s label released a statement earlier today that said simply, “Levon Helm passed peacefully this afternoon. He was surrounded by family, friends and band mates and will be remembered […]

Fest Focus: Ziggy Marley and Bruce Springsteen

Jazz Fest artists in the news: — TheNation.com recently ran a passage on the growth of Bruce Springsteen‘s (Apr. 29, Acura Stage, 4:30 p.m.) political voice from an upcoming book […]

Hurray for the Riff Raff Tonight on Liveset

For those of you who can’t make the French Quarter Fest or want something different, we’re pleased to partner with Liveset.com and CANO to present Hurray for the Riff Raff […]

Buku in Four Minutes

On Sunday, OffBeat‘s Patrick Rulh rolled video for the day at Buku at Mardi Gras World, capturing Skrillex, Big K.R.I.T., Big Gigantic, G-Eazy and more. Here are the results. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_xIlZTIuyk[/youtube]

Will Ferrell Explains Bacchus to Letterman

Last night, Will Ferrell was a guest on Late Night with David Letterman, where he discussed his reign as King of Bacchus. A few details didn’t sound quite right—Bacchus on […]

Kanye West Brings Guests to A Night to Make it Right

Saturday night’s “A Night to Make it Right” got the stars in town. Snoop Dogg played a one-off show at House of Blues, and host Ellen DeGeneres showed up at […]

Theresa Andersson Previews New Album Street Parade in a Street Parade

One of the highlights of this Mardi Gras season so far was Theresa Andersson‘s unexpected ride atop a large puppet goose during the Street Parade, due out April 24. Andersson […]

Treme Notes: Elie Marches

[Updated] Last season, one of the Treme storylines involved Antoine Batiste’s high school band wanting to play in a Mardi Gras parade. Sunday’s Krewe of Carrollton Parade tipped the direction […]

Rebirth Brass Band, Dave Bartholomew and Grammy Thoughts

The best news at yesterday’s Grammy Awards was Rebirth Brass Band winning the Grammy Award for Best Regional Roots Music Album for Rebirth of New Orleans, which was presented during […]

Too Much Reverence? Or Just Reverent Enough?

There’s a lot to like about Chimes of Freedom – the Amnesty International benefit album with more than 70 covers of Bob Dylan songs. Its sprawl means that artists have […]