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We're giving away tix to see Rising Appalachia Saturday night at the Civic. Here's the contest and recent clips of the band.
When Rising Appalachia played Charlotte, North Carolina last year, Creative Loafing’s Michael Walsh wrote: Rising Appalachia's set included many covers, yet those trad chestnuts were as fresh as the sisters' original compositions, including the life-and-activism affirming "Scale Down." Leah and Chloe were trained in classical and jazz piano, and they brought a musicologist's ear to their arrangements which seamlessly traced a rhythmic thorough-li...
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I recently had a great conversation with Colin Blunstone of the Zombies about the band and the British Invasion, with a few thoughts in there that surprised each of us. They play the House of Blues Thursday.
At 19, Colin Blunstone was in a different place from the rest of his community. He lived in southern England in 1964 and had a band he’d formed with friends he’d met in high school in St. Albans. The band, The Zombies, had a hit with “She’s Not There,” and on the strength of its success flew from London to Manchester in the north to appear on “Top of the Pops.” They’d also flown to Oslo for a tour of Norway and the U.S., where they appeared on Mu...
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Footage musicologist Alan Lomax shot in 1982 in New Orleans of a Mardi Gras Indians practice.
It’s hard to imagine what musicologist Alan Lomax thought he heard when he visited a Mardi Gras Indian practice in 1982. At that point, Indians were still largely a neighborhood parade music that had to sound exotic, even to someone as traveled as Lomax. Last Jazz Fest, we posted videos of footage Lomax shot in New Orleans on that visit, including film of the festival and the Dirty Dozen live at the Glass House. In time for Carnival, here are a s...
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I'm so happy that Willie Mae's Grocery & Deli is open Uptown, but there is no mistaking the experience there for Willie Mae's Scotch House. 
New Orleans is the biggest small town in America, but leaving your neighborhood can often sound as daunting as a drive to Missouri. The Riverbend and the Bywater might as well be in separate time zones, and going to the Lakefront from the Quarter might require special vaccinations. For me, Willie Mae’s Scotch House in the Treme isn’t a lunch option; it’s a journey, and one I rarely make from Uptown even though I’ve never been disappointed. For th...
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Better Than Ezra has by their own admission never been the cool band, but I've also seen shows where the crowd was singing along so loudly that it was hard to hear the band for its fans. That kind of response says something. Recently, Tom Drummond talked frankly about the band's recent years and growing up in rock 'n' roll.
“It’s a balance.” Better Than Ezra’s Tom Drummond talks about “balance” a number of times over the course of our conversation, and balance is the band’s blessing and curse. It means that the band has consistently made well-measured, sensible music for 25 years, but our favorite rock bands have a little mayhem in them and Better Than Ezra’s the band least likely to go Gaga. When it incorporated a DJ into its sound on 2001’s Closer, it did so discr...
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Chef Richard Papier of Arana talks about his journey to Mexican food and the challenge of getting a staff ready to make it his way. 
Chef Richard Papier didn’t get any breathing room when Araña opened in August. When the Mexican restaurant started serving dinner on Magazine Street, it did so in the space formerly occupied by Nacho Mama’s among a row of similarly budget-friendly restaurants. He and owner Tarek Tay, who also owns Byblos and Salu Bistro among others, didn’t plan to swap Mexican for Mexican in the space, but that was Papier’s specialty so it simply worked out. The...
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I'll talk more with Feufollet's Chris Stafford next month, but here's a quick preview of their CD-release party Saturday night at Tipitina's.
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Is "Piyoush" really the best derisive term Gov. Bobby Jindal's critics can come up with?
Can we put “Piyush” to rest as a reference for our governor? Its use has grown as a sarcastic identifier for Bobby Jindal by his critics, and this weekend, Tucks rolled with not one but two “Piyoush” floats in the parade, and yesterday I found an email newsletter in my inbox that started with a line about what “Piyush” is doing. The name gained currency when a photo surfaced of a portrait that presents the white Bobby Jindal. Jindal is running fr...
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Bo Dollis' funeral struck the right balance between attention to the legend and the man. 
No event with Mardi Gras Indians can be entirely solemn. Saturday at the funeral for Bo Dollis, Big Chief of the Wild Magnolias, more than 25 Indians came in their suits to pay respects, and their suits had few colors suitable for mourning. Instead, they stood in canary yellow, lime sherbet green, and a variety of purples. One Mardi Gras Indian with his back to me had a patch with a beaded image of Barack Obama and the cutline, “Mr. President.” T...
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Is an orderly music community a tourist-friendly music community?
With all due respect to my friend Larry Blumenfeld, he buried the lede in “Laws That Are Out of Tune,” a commentary he wrote for The Wall Street Journal. He raises important concerns about the byproducts of gentrification when he writes: In any city, gentrification raises questions: What happens when those who build upon cultural cachet don’t want that culture next door? But even long-standing residents of the city’s historic neighborhoods have h...
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I always enjoy talking to Irvin Mayfield, who's almost always working for an interesting, big picture angle on the question on the table. We recently talked about Christmas music, Charles Brown, Wynton Marsalis and clarity after the release of "A New Orleans Creole Christmas." 
Musically, Irvin Mayfield often leaves no doubt of his talent, but A New Orleans Creole Christmas by Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse is a pleasingly modest EP. He’s all over the recording, but the eight songs are far more about the communal spirit of the season than Mayfield’s ambition. The version of “O Tannenbaum” is firmly in the traditional jazz voice, but all of the arrangements have a clear sense of the city. “Opening the club gave me an op...
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We're giving away a pair of tickets to see Jenny Lewis tomorrow night at the Civic. Should be very cool, and I love Nikki Lane, who's opening.
When Jenny Lewis played London recently, Malcolm Jack of The Guardian wrote: the Las Vegas-born songwriter has an uncanny knack for easy relatability. Case in point tonight, her third number, Just One of the Guys – an outwardly breezy FM pop song, rawly asserting a woman's right to do it like a dude, even if she does feel broody. As she sings with a foot planted on the monitor, looking implausibly cool in a flowing lilac gown and white flares, th...
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