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Delfeayo Marsalis Makes a Joyful Noise on 'Jazz Party'

Trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis takes the sound of an all-night throwdown in the French Quarter worldwide with help from his mighty Uptown Jazz Orchestra.

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Dharmasoul Sparks With 'Lightning Kid' (album stream)

New Jersey duo Dharmasoul makes its musical and spiritual home in New Orleans as evidenced on soulful LP Lightning Kid.

Jedd Beaudoin
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Camp, Satire, and Serious Artistry in Carnival Krewsing

Gay carnival culture in New Orleans offers an interesting parallel to African American culture. This and other observations are offered in Unveiling the Muse: The Lost History of Gay Carnival in New Orleans.

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Merci Raines - 'Merci Raines' (album stream) (premiere)

New Orleans songwriter releases debut EP steeped in mystique and nocturnal vibes.

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Luke Winslow-King: I'm Glad Trouble Don't Last Always

A break-up album that covers both a map of the heart and America’s musical heartland.

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The Hot 8 Brass Band: Vicennial: 20 Years of the Hot 8 Brass Band

A nicely rounded collection of the old and new on a collection that teeters on flawed, then bounces back with high energy and deep musicianship.

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Dr. John: The Atco/Atlantic Singles, 1968-1974

A new singles compilation captures a key era in Dr. John's six-decade career.

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What Is New Orleans Producer Carlo Ditta Talkin' About?

A "keeper of the flame of funk", Carlo Ditta, releases his first album.

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Spending Time with 'Les Blank: Always for Pleasure'

Les Blank's intimate documentaries are staged when time slows and music, food, and community come together.

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Dr. John: Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of Satch

Not all the guest artists fit, and sometimes the connection to Satchmo seems tenuous indeed. But when it works, as it mostly does, the album delivers much pleasure and pleasant surprises.

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'Bayou Blue' Takes an Unflinching Look at Death in the Dark

These men are painted as those that easily disappear, and when they do disappear, it takes nearly ten years to bring their killer to justice.

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Hurray for the Riff Raff: Small Town Heroes

Small Town Heroes is a collection of songs that speak from and for the heart of America’s fringe.

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Voodoo Music + Arts Experience: 3 November 2013 - New Orleans

Photographer Sean Issofresh was on hand for us at the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience in New Orleans to capture some of the fest's greatest moments.

Sean Issofresh
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Trombone Shorty: Say This to Say That

On the trombonist's latest effort, he teams with Raphael Saadiq to bring the funk, soul and rhythm back to his signature blend of New Orleans-bred music. The result is one of his most well-rounded albums ever.

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Dumpstaphunk: Dirty Word

A funk super group releases a potent, self-assured album.

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Kermit Ruffins: We Partyin' Traditional Style! (take 2)

After two decades, the New Orleans trumpeter finally figures out how to bring his live energy into a studio setting. The result is one of the best jazz releases of the year to date.

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In Defense of New Orleans Gospel Music

Despite its rich tradition, the future of gospel music in various parts of the world has been an issue of contention and heartbreak in recent years.

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Super Bowl XLVII: Only in New Orleans

When it comes to hosting the Super Bowl, New Orleanians have sacrificed dearly to host the NFL's biggest event. Was it worth it?

Kate Russell
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The Preservation Hall Jazz Band - St. Peter & 57th St (EPK) (PopMatters Premiere)

Next week is a huge week for one of the finest bands on the planet. The National Treasure that is the Preservation Hall Jazz Band have two new releases on tap: the first is a live recording of their Carnegie Hall appearance in 2012, St. Peter & 57th St. and the second is a massive box set, 50th Anniversary Collection.

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Dirty Dozen Brass Band: Twenty Dozen

Thirty-five years down the line, this groundbreaking New Orleans band keeps things funky and slick with its 20th jazz inflected brass band excursion.

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Tab Benoit: Legacy: The Best of Tab Benoit

Tab Benoit is an experienced blues man. But then again, you might want to go back and listen to the men and women who perfected the sound Benoit aspires to make.

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Theresa Andersson: Street Parade

Theresa Andersson breaks down the sounds of a New Orleans parade and reconstructs them into wonderfully idiosyncratic, introspective pop. No beads or revelry required.

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Jazz & Heritage Festival: 27 - 29 April 2012 - New Orleans

Thanks to bravura performances from the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Dr. John and Janelle Monae, the first weekend of the 2012 Jazz & Heritage Festival showcased the best of music’s past, present and future.

Tim Slowikowski
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Various Artists: The Rough Guide to the Music of New Orleans

Although they neglect women and rappers, the World Music Network succeeds in whetting the appetite for more of the NOLA sound.

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A Streetcar Full of Desires: 'The Sons of Tennessee Williams'

Stringent anti-gay ordinances were the law of the land in pre-liberation NOLA; filmmaker Tim Wolff displays a threatening newspaper headline of the era, with “Crackdown Planned On Homosexuals” emblazoned ominously on the page.

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Dr. John: Insides Out at BAM - Brooklyn, NY

For three consecutive weekends, Mac "Dr. John" Rebennack and a dazzling array of collaborators brought the glorious music of New Orleans to Brooklyn

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Theresa Andersson's New Single and Album Is a Tribute to New Orleans

Enjoy the video for “Hold on to Me” below, and keep an eye out for Street Parade, out April 24th from Basin Street Records

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After Hurricane Katrina, the Band Plays On: 'Groove Interrupted'

These profiles of some of the leading figures in New Orleans music capture the strength and faith they summoned to keep the music going after Hurricane Katrina.

Music

Carsie Blanton: Idiot Heart

Twelve smart songs from Philadelphia-based singer-songwriter. Oliver Wood produces.

Music

Trombone Shorty: For True

If Lenny Kravitz came out of the New Orleans brass band scene ...

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'If God Is Willing and da Creek Don't Rise': The Big Not so-Easy Keeps Its Head Just Above Water

Spike Lee has proven himself adept at juggling vast amounts of information and conflicting points-of-view.

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Quintron: Sucre du Sauvage

A charming New Orleans tribute that sounds nothing like the Treme soundtrack, but a little bit like Half Japanese.

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‘House’ of Blues: Hugh Laurie in ‘Perspectives: Down by the River’

‘A middle-aged, middle-class, balding Englishman has no business playing the blues… But what do you do about it?’

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Plunge: Tin Fish Tango

Drums? We don't need no stinking drums to make groovy jazz!

Music

The Marsalis Family: Music Redeems

Perhaps the most talented family alive, the Marsalises deliver a live recording to benefit a music center being built in the still-devastated upper Ninth Ward of their native New Orleans.

Music

Dr. John and the Lower 911: Tribal

Dr. John’s latest rests comfortably on the New Orleans sound we all know and love, but won’t hold back on the need to restore the town to what it once was.

Books

'Jass' Gives You the Feel for Early American History

Take a tour of Storyville where Jazz began and murder prevails, bringing in the likes of David Fulmer's hero who is as good at solving crime as he's crippled by his love of an irresistible whore.

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