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Black Laurel, “Black Laurel” (Independent)

If rock and roll, like any other form of music, stops growing, is it still alive? More to the point, is it still relevant? Gregg Yde apparently thinks so. An […]

Bon Bon Vivant, “Paint & Pageantry” (Independent)

You might well guess, from both their band name and the title of their debut full-length album, that the cabaret is strong with this sextet, and you’d be right: Song […]

Sam Friend, “Twin” (Independent)

A true Jack of all musical trades, Sam Friend is perhaps best known to New Orleanians for his tenure in the New Orleans Swamp Donkeys Traditional Jass Band he co-founded […]

Marco Benevento, “Woodstock Sessions” (Royal Potato Family)

Locals probably know Marco best as a late-period member of Garage a Trois, unless you really keep your ear close to the New York experimental rock scene, in which case […]

Dirty Bourbon River Show, “The Flying Musical Circus” (Independent)

The Crescent City is undergoing a golden age of musical burlesque theater, and no one is working harder at it, or arguably reaping greater benefits, than the Dirty Bourbon River […]

Ken Swartz & the Palace of Sin, “Smile the Blues Away” (Adelphi)

There may be no single person better in New Orleans at smiling away the blues than Ken Swartz; whether it be Piedmont, East Coast, or Country Blues, Ken likes to […]

Bicycle Jones & Stover, “Song Shed (Vol. 2)” (Independent)

This is the second half of a project initiated between Dave Stover, longtime NOLA-rock scenester and all-purpose songwriter, and Training Wheels singer “Bicycle” Jones, who again adds some Northshore backwoods […]

Ron Hacker & Friends, “Live at the Old U.S. Mint” (Independent)

It’s hard to remember the last time New Orleans had a good old-fashioned blues summit meeting, but that’s more or less what Ron Hacker and his very famous friends have […]

Burris, “Meant to Be” (Independent)

Introducing jazz elements into otherwise straightforward rock is a gimmick as old as Blood, Sweat & Tears or Chicago, but when done right, it’s thrilling in a way that rock […]

Scott Ramminger, “Do What Your Heart Says To” (Independent)

Say what you might about Scott Ramminger, a veteran saxophonist from D.C. who works in all manner of blues, soul and R&B styles: He’s not afraid to give the people […]