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Various Artists, Stax Singles, Vol. 4: Rarities & the Best of the Rest (Craft/Stax)

Stax Records continues its 60th anniversary celebration with Stax Singles, Vol. 4: Rarities & the Best of the Rest. The six-disc box represents deep exploration of the Memphis soul label’s […]

Beth McKee, Dreamwood Acres (Independent)

Singer, songwriter and keyboardist Beth McKee has lived many musical lives. They include her early-1990s membership in the all-female New Orleans country-pop band Evangeline, and a 2009 solo album of […]

Derek Trucks Talks Back

United in marriage and music, Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks lead the sprawling, improvising, steeped-in-roots music Tedeschi Trucks Band. The twelve-piece group includes a three-piece horn section and trio of […]

Lifetime Achievement in Music Education: John Snyder

When John Snyder joined the Loyola University faculty as the Conrad N. Hilton Eminent Scholar in Music Industry Studies, he brought decades of creativity and expertise to the job. “One […]

Future Cowboys, “Going Kamikaze” (Pantherburn)

Future Cowboys co-stars New Orleans singer-songwriter-actor Jamie Bernstein (Preacher, Scream Queens) and his New York collaborators Eren Cannata and Miguel Oliveira. The trio recorded the six-song EP, Going Kamikaze, in […]

Jon Hatchett Band, “Mother Nature Wins Again” (Independent)

A native of Massachusetts, Hatchett’s been kicking around New Orleans since 2009. In 2014, the Jon Hatchett Band debuted at Rock ’n’ Bowl. Hatchett describes his country-psychobilly sound as “spiderbilly.” […]

Christian Serpas & Ghost Town, “Rockin’ ol’ Christmas” (Independent)

Christian Serpas has always wanted to record a Christmas collection. The rock-and-country singer-songwriter and his band, Ghost Town, finally make his holiday dream come true with Rockin’ ol’ Christmas. The […]

John Waters talks back

Pink Flamingos, Hairspray, Female Trouble, Polyester, Pecker, Cry-Baby and a dozen more movies, most of which are guaranteed to shock and amuse. They’re all products of the feverishly obsessive mind […]

IN MEMORIAM: Tony Joe White (1943 – 2018)

Tony Joe White, the singer-songwriter from north Louisiana whose steamy, swampy “Polk Salad Annie” became a top 10 hit, died October 24 at his home in Leiper’s Fork, Tennessee. “He […]

Simple Minds talks back

Scotland’s Simple Minds are famous in America for their number one hit, 1985’s “Don’t You (Forget About Me).” But that song, featured in the John Hughes film The Breakfast Club, […]