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Sneak Preview: Chops

OffBeat is pleased to offer this clip from Chops, a documentary by Bruce Broder that debuted at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival. The movie follows high school jazz students as they prepare for […]

What is a CD?

I’ve often busted local bands for making albums that are too long, often treating the CD as place to store a bunch of songs instead of creating a coherent statement. […]

Free Fela

Knitting Factory Records is about to undergo a massive reissue campaign, re-releasing the entire Fela catalogue. There are Fela-related celebrations – DJ nights, really, as best as I can tell […]

Coming Soon: “St. James Infirmary”

Preservation Hall Jazz Band will release a cartoon made in the style of the classic Max Fleischer animation in support of the new version of “St. James Infirmary,” which is remixed […]

Download: Garage a Trois Preview

Garage A Trois – Skerik, Mike Dillon, Marco Benevento and Stanton Moore – return October 27 with a new album, Power Patriot, on The Royal Potato Family label. They’ll play New […]

MySpace du Jour: Juvenile

Juvenile’s “Get Ya Hustle On” is one of the great post-K videos and songs, though the message is one that no one wanted at the time. juvenile-get ya hustle on

Os Mutantes

“We were kids,” Sergio Dias Baptista says. “I was 16 when we had a coup d’etat here in 1964. Everything changed and there was repression. Of course, we would fight […]

The Minus 5 with Steve Wynn and the Baseball Project

Scott McCaughey says of his band, the Minus 5, that they “never wanted to get too serious, just an anything-goes kind of deal.” That philosophy has led to a revolving […]

Michelle Shocked

Michelle Shocked has always been opinionated. During a battle with Polygram Records, she even cited the 13th Amendment (yes, the one that prohibits slavery) to get out of her record […]

Festival of Friends

The Gretna Heritage Festival isn’t Jazz Fest, and it certainly isn’t Voodoo, either. Kerry Brown wouldn’t have it any other way. No stranger to the local music circuit, Brown has […]