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5 Questions with Cleopatra Welch: a nine-year-old’s perspective of Katy Perry

I once disliked modern radio pop music, from Puff Daddy to Taylor Swift. But now that I have two young daughters, I think of that iHeartRadio junkfood music as made for […]

Bringing New Flavors to the Gumbo: Winter Circle Productions

The BUKU Music + Art Project, the swarm of nighttime shows, plus Bassik, the electronic dance music series that’s been throbbing in New Orleans since 2010—all are brought to this […]

Dewey Balfa Cajun and Creole Heritage Week

Once upon a time, the best way to learn Cajun music and zydeco was to leave Cajun and zydeco country. Master musicians from the homeland, meaning southwest Louisiana cities like […]

No Bucket, No Beer: Smithsonian Folkways releases Jazz Fest box set

One of the hottest items in the record stores at Jazz Fest this year will be the 5-CD set Jazz Fest: The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, a compilation […]

My Music: Leon Chavis

“Boozoo [Chavis] was my great-uncle and all his brothers played. My grandfather also played but people didn’t know him because my grandmother didn’t want him to play in the clubs. […]

Soundcheck: Five Questions with Gina Leslie

Gina Leslie has been hosting Sidney’s Saloon Sundays for the last two years. The weekly late-night series features two local bands before Leslie closes out with a set of her […]

Longhair Revelation: Per Oldaeus’ scrapbook

Per Oldaeus heard Professor Longhair for the first time in 1973. Longhair’s 1959 Ron Records release, “Cuttin’ Out,” was in a stack of vinyl 45s a friend had brought home […]

My Music: Nancy Gros

“As a child the radio was my favorite toy. I sat in front of it whenever I could, listening to pop music and would sing along on WTIX that played […]

Soundcheck: Five Questions with FREEWATER

At this year’s BUKU Music + Art Project, the multi-faceted platform FREEWATER will make its debut. Offering services in photography, filmography, music and more, the team spearheaded by Frankie Watts […]

MY MUSIC with Jason Ricci

“I remember my mother singing ‘The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’ to me in my crib, along with ‘One Little Indian Boy.’ Then I got into her records—Janis Joplin, […]