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Our downloadable schedule to Jazz Fest today, complete with picks marked on.
Last night, the conversation centered on what Prince covers we'll hear this weekend at Jazz Fest. It seems like his surprising passing would make him a natural subject for tribute covers when the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell starts today, but my guess is zero--for today, anyway. After that, somebody--likely a brass band--will play something. My guess is "Kiss" because it fits so neatly in well-established, well-known ...
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Tonight Neil Young's "Rust Never Sleeps" and "Human Highway" will show in select theaters around the country. 
Neil Young will play the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell on Sunday, May 1. A week before, he'll release his 1979 concert movie Rust Never Sleeps and his little-seen 1982 comedy Human Highway on DVD. Tonight, the movies will show as a double bill around the country for one night only—at the Elmwood Plaza 20 in Harahan, for those in the New Orleans area. Writer and filmmaker Cameron Crowe will interview Young, Devo's Geral...
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We're giving away tickets to 8 shows (now) before Christmas to people who subscribe to our newsletter at MySpiltMilk.com. Today at noon we're giving away tickets to see Shakey Graves at the Civic Tuesday, so if you want to get in that drawing, sign up this morning. For a full listing of shows we'll have tickets to, check the story.
There are six weeks until Christmas (seriously???), and My Spilt Milk wants to send you to nine shows between now and then. We’ve talked to our friends at the One Eyed Jacks, the Civic Theatre, the House of Blues, Chickie Wah Wah, Gasa Gasa, Tipitina’s and the Hi-Ho Lounge and lined up a pair of tickets for a show a week between now and Christmas, with three shows the week of December 6. We have tickets to see - Rory Danger and the Danger Dangers...
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New music from Voodoo performer Nina Las Vegas' new label.
On Saturday, October 31, Australian DJ Nina Las Vegas will perform on the Le Plur stage at Voodoo. For the last decade, she also worked at Triple J, Australia's government-sponsored radio station, where she broke Australian EDM talent. Las Vegas has moved on to form her own record label, NLV Records, and to introduce its artists, the label is giving away downloads of new track by them for seven days each. Today, the series began with "Systems" b...
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In a press release today, FQFI claims Satchmo SummerFest was "one for the record books". What record did it break?
Today, French Quarter Festivals Inc. (FQFI) sent out a press release titled, "The 15th Anniversary Satchmo SummerFest presented by Chevron - A New Orleans Festival for the Record Books." It begins: The fifteenth anniversary celebration of Satchmo SummerFest presented by Chevron was truly a New Orleans festival for the record books. In addition to celebrating the incredible growth and success of recent years, organizers commemorated the 10th anniv...
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My review of the new Galactic album. I didn't write this, but "Into the Deep" sounds the band at its most comfortable. It doesn't have an obvious concept, nor does it sound like it's trying to prove anything. 
When Galactic parted ways with singer Theryl “Houseman” DeClouet in 2004, fans feared that the band would come to seem like a backing band, overshadowed by the singers who guest-starred with them. That hasn’t happened. If anything, the band's identity has become clearer. With DeClouet, Galactic would interrupt a set of Blue Note Records-inspired funk for Memphis R&B with Houseman, then pick up where they left off once he left the stage. Because o...
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Voting is open for My Spilt Milk's New Orleans Music Awards. Cast your vote now, and join us to see how things come out Thurs, April 7 at the Howlin' Wolf.
Early voting has started for March 5’s Louisiana Primary, and it is time to vote for the winners for My Spilt Milk’s New Orleans Music Awards, which take place Thursday, April 7 at The Howlin’ Wolf. The ballot below includes our nominees as well as space for you to write-in your choice if you think we missed somebody. We look forward to seeing what happens and who you vote for, but we've achieved one of our main goals just by putting this out and...
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Kelcy Mae has released her Christmas song and video, which celebrate the season and LGBTQ relationships. Here's a first look and listen.
In October, we wrote about Kelcy Mae's efforts to crowdsource images of celebration from the LGBTQ community for the video for her new Christmas song, "Christmas with You (Merry Me)." The song she wrote two years ago dramatizes the pressure gay couples feel to spend the holidays apart with their respective families because conventional relationship markers--engaged, married--made it hard for families to respect them in quite the same way that the...
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A few final thoughts on Allen Toussaint inspired by his memorial service Friday.
Friday, the memorial for Allen Toussaint was, as Dr. John said, “appropriatin’.” It successfully touched on the breadth of Toussaint's acchievements and gave the audience a good sense of who he was as a man. His grace, dignity, and kindness were often talked about, but so was his sense of humor. Even the photos shown on a big screen during the visitation presented a life that took him from Lee Dorsey in someone's living room to Black Sabbath's To...
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YouTube is full of mediocre live, fan-shot videos. How do musicians feel about the phenomenon?
When cell phones were merely cell phones with nothing smart about them, it was a common sight at concerts to see fans holding their open phones over their heads. The sound for those on the receiving end was terrible, but the impulse to share the moment was understandable and common. Once a camera became a part of the phone, everybody became a photographer and--with greater regularity these days--videographer, but they're not necessarily good ones...
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It's easy to grouse about the trend of finding newer, finer expressions of bar food staples, but if they're good enough, where's the problem?
When Todd Price reviewed Bourrée for Nola.com, the response on the site and Facebook were predictable. Bourrée makes chicken wings, daiquiris, and cracklins, and the menu’s more limited than that might suggest. Bourrée only offers three flavors of wings instead of the lengthy list of options at other wing joints, and it sells three daiquiris that are individually crafted instead of churned in a wall’s worth of dispensers. “Yet another place that ...
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What we can take away from the Austin Music Census - good news in a way.
The narrative in the New Orleans music community that has the most traction is that the city government doesn’t sufficiently value musicians and culture bearers. This week, stories in Texas Weekly and the Austin Chronicle bolster my suspicion that the situation is not that simple. A study of the economic reality for Austin’s music community sounds very similar to the situation in New Orleans. Musicians make far less than other Austinites (70 perc...
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