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The Revivalists, ‘Made in Muscle Shoals’ (Loma Vista)

This side-trip EP marks the Revivalists’ first stab at a two-way collaboration—except in this case, it’s a collaboration between a band and a studio. Alabama’s Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals […]

Mike Zito & Friends, Rock & Roll: A Tribute to Chuck Berry (Ruf Records)

Mike Zito & Friends: Loose and Lively   You can never have too much Chuck Berry in your collection. But a quick glance at the credits of this tribute album […]

Jackson Stokes, Jackson Stokes (Create Records)

Everything about this album is retro: The sound, the packaging (which purposely evokes a mid-’60s Columbia-label design), the length (nine songs, 39 minutes)—and from the sound of things, the soul […]

James Martin, Keep Movin’ (Independent)

Saxophonist James Martin’s first album, Something’s Gotta Give was a fairly straightforward New Orleans funk album, but there were hints he had something more original up his sleeve—particularly on a […]

Paul Sanchez, I’m a Song, I’m a Story, I’m a Ghost (Album Review)

A Lonesome Coda   After a prolific few years, Paul Sanchez is rather suddenly saying goodbye. He’s announced that this is his last album—he’s not the first artist to make […]

Positive Vibrations HeartBeat Award (Musician): Margie Perez

Margie Perez embodies what it means to be a working artist in New Orleans right now: she plays whenever possible, constantly expanding her reach with a variety of bands and […]

Christmas Gumbo: The ultimate New Orleans holiday playlist

New Orleans’ history of Christmas music actually begins fairly recently: For all the great records that came out of this city in the ’50s and ’60s, only a precious few […]

Debbie Davis’ show keeps her from getting cynical about Christmas

Christmas can be a time for kicking up and celebrating, for gathering friends together, for taking solace after a tough year, or even for tearing up a little. Debbie Davis […]

Kevin Griffin, Anywhere You Go (BMG)

Though most locals know him as the frontman for Better Than Ezra, Kevin Griffin has quietly carved out a career as a co-writer to the stars. To put it bluntly, […]

Music documentary ‘Between the Notes’ shouldn’t be missed

Given the losses it’s endured over the past year, New Orleans music could use a smart, well-crafted love letter. It gets one in Between the Notes, a half-hour documentary short […]