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Sweet Crude, “Créatures” (Rhyme & Reason)

The sound that Sweet Crude have isn’t one that you can sit down and design: If you throw Cajun traditional music, Gabriel-esque world pop, tribal drumming and ’60s sunshine harmonies […]

“Alex McMurray Sings His Greatest New Orleans Hits,” (Independent)

Back in the 1950s through the early ’70s New Orleans was known as much for songwriting as for its great music. Perhaps because the city lacked the music industry infrastructure […]

Sonny Landreth, “Recorded Live in Lafayette” (Provogue)

As great a concert performer as Lafayette slide guitar ruler and singer Sonny Landreth is, Recorded Live in Lafayette is only his second in-concert CD. A double-CD release, it features […]

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, “The Nashville Sound” (Southeastern Records)

Produced by Dave Cobb, who also works with Grammy winners Chris Stapleton and Sturgill Simpson, this record is their third collaboration (after 2015’s Something More Than Free and 2013’s Southeastern). […]

Hot 8 Brass Band, “On the Spot” (Tru Thoughts Records)

The Grammy-nominated Hot 8 Brass Band blows hard on tunes from its new release, On the Spot, many of which either sound like or already are anthems on the streets […]

Rebirth Brass Band, “Do Whatcha Wanna” (Mardi Gras Records)

Each record we did was by mistake. We had no plans. We would walk to the French Quarters and make up songs, play for tips every day after school, walk […]

Lynn Drury, “Rise of the Fall” (Independent)

Lynn Drury’s eighth album continues the exponential growth as a songwriter that began in earnest with Sugar on the Floor and her most recent release, Come to My House. The […]

Darcy Malone & the Tangle, “Make Me Over” (Independent)

Now this is the way to do it: When your band is hot from a year of continuous gigging, you head into the studio and make a slam-bang, knock-you-over-the-head EP. […]

The Monocle (Aurora Nealand), “KindHumanKind” (Independent)

The stunning first album from Aurora Nealand’s solo, art pop–driven Monocle project opens with a somber series of bells tolling, interspersed with angsty snippets of sound that feel cinematic—a call […]

Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes, “sketch” (Full Frontal Records)

You’ve got to love anybody this hyphenated. Johnny Sketch and his Dirty Notes were pioneers in the local funk-rock bad-boy jam-band department, but they’ve continuously refined their sound like old […]