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D.O.N., Out the Loop Too (Independent)

Rapper D.O.N., a.k.a. Don the Worker, is low-key, and resides on the West Bank. He has a family and goes to church. So maybe you haven’t seen him on local […]

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 […]

Open-minded and Picky: Bubble Bath Records brings together a community of artists

Behind every major talent stands some invisible support system—or so the untrue saying goes. In reality, many New Orleans musical acts count only their band’s members as advocates. And most […]

No Genre, No Peers: Egg Yolk Jubilee celebrates 20 years

EGG YOLK JUBILEE: THURSDAY, MAY 4—LAGNIAPPE STAGE, 5:30 P.M. For 20 years now, the members of Egg Yolk Jubilee have practiced in the “Jefferson Orleans North” ballroom in Metairie, performing […]

Booking It: French Quarter Fest’s Greg Schatz likes the crowd to be surprised

Local musicians are rarely given any real power or influence. Musicians generally don’t own nightclubs. Music journalists don’t often make music themselves. But in 2008, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Greg “Schatzy” […]

Obituary: Michael James Joseph (1967–2016)

New Orleans musician Michael James Joseph passed away Monday, July 11, at the age of 49. Joseph was known as the bass guitarist for legendary New Orleans rock ’n’ roll […]

His Purple Majesty: A Local Tribute to Prince

Here in the world’s music capital, many of us, whether we knew it or not, lived just one or two degrees separated from The Artist Formerly Known as Prince. I […]

Quickie Mart “Specializes In Everything”

Martin Arceneaux’s trademark long, wavy brown hair blows in the perfect breeze off Lake Pontchartrain as we sit at a table on a jetty sticking out into the water—tonight’s backstage […]

BackTalk: Todd Rundgren’s Swampland Utopia

Musician and producer Todd Rundgren first took the world stage in the mid-60s, fronting his band the Nazz. This June, Rundgren celebrates his 65th birthday at a party in swampy […]

Uniquity: Boom-bap and Jazz Rap

As we walk to conduct our interview at a quieter Marigny bar, rapper Renard “Slangston Hughes” Bridgewater (“The Connoisseur of Fine Rhyme”) discusses the human desire for tangibility. “At the […]