George de Stefano is a New York-based writer specializing in culture, politics and sexuality. He is the author of An Offer We Can't Refuse: The Mafia in the Mind of America (Farrar, Straus, Giroux) and a contributor to many other books, websites and print publications.
What Is New Orleans Producer Carlo Ditta Talkin' About? | 5 Aug 2015 // 8:02 PM
A "keeper of the flame of funk", Carlo Ditta, releases his first album.
Bagels and Bongos: The Klezmatics Present Havana Nagila | 8 Apr 2014 // 8:10 PM
With their new project, the boundary-breaching klezmer band revives and extends the Jewish-Latin musical connection.
Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan Quartet Offers Penetrating Psychological and Sociopolitical Insight | 14 Oct 2015 // 8:30 PM
A committed feminist, Ferrante writes with often astonishing candor, even "ferocity", about women's lives, their conflicted relationships with their bodies, with each other, and with men.
Tradition Meets Innovation at the Fifth Annual Maqam Fest | 4 Feb 2016 // 5:33 AM
In a city with an abundance of smartly conceived and adventurous music events, Maqam Fest stands out for its unique vision and its broad and expanding constituency.
Lucinda Williams: The Ghosts of Highway 20 | 2 Feb 2016 // 8:30 PM
On her superb new album, Lucinda Williams takes the wheel for a memory trip down Highway 20.
Levante Rising: From Barista to International Pop Star | 13 Mar 2015 // 3:38 AM
The Italian singer-songwriter captured the national mood in her breakout single. With a new album and US tour dates, she's about to go international.
12 Essential Performances from the Piano "Professors" of New Orleans | 5 Jun 2014 // 3:00 AM
A dozen jams from great Crescent City keyboardists, past and present, and something extra.