Music

Instigation Festival Returns

  Starting Monday the Instigation Festival returns to New Orleans.  This event began in 2016 as a collaboration between improvisational musicians from Chicago and New Orleans to bring cutting edge events to both cities.  After a great run of shows…

Save Our Sponge Tonight

  Tonight, the Woodlands Conservancy celebrates 18 years of dedication to “The Sponge” – the vitally important 840 acres of forested wetlands that act to absorb storm water and block wind from the Greater New Orleans Area.  This is important…

BOOGIE and BUKU

  For better or worse (mostly worse) the local NFL season is done and we have a couple of weekends left before Mardi Gras gets into full swing.  There are some great events this week including Lake Street Dive at…

Bonnaroo Roars Back

  It’s the time of year when the major festivals begin to release their lineups.  So far we’ve seen announcements from the likes of Coachella, Hangout, Shaky Knees, Governors Ball and this week – Bonnaroo.  While we wait for the…

Carnival Arrives

  Just when New Years passes us by and we think we might get a chance to catch our collective breath – the Carnival season arrives.  As usual, there are some great parties planned to mark the start of the…

Christmas in the City

  Well the holidays are upon us once again and as usual there are a lot of great local music events to help you celebrate the season.  Tipitina’s gets things rolling with big shows on Friday and Saturday.  Friday you…

In Tune Alt-10

  There are so many truly great records that came out this year it is impossible to limit the list to just 10.  The Alt-10 are records that just missed the cut but remain well worth your time. Playlist link…

In Tune Top Ten 2018

  It has been an amazing and eclectic year for music.  My top ten this year includes a couple of new artists, a couple of folks who have reinvented themselves and two completely reworked and recorded albums.  It seems like…

New Orleans Music Gift Guide

  For better or worse we are firmly in the grasp of the holiday season.  As the scene begins to slow down a bit before the rush of Christmas and New Years, it’s time to revisit a few new releases…

Ty Segall, Nine Inch Nails and the Holiday Rush

  The holidays are approaching quickly and there is a lot of great stuff to see hitting us all at once.  I’ll cover the events of the next two weeks here since next Thursday is a holiday.    Low Cut…

PJ Morton, Larkin Poe and Things To Do

  PJ Morton Releases a Christmas Album and Spends Thanksgiving at the House of Blues Earlier in the year I talked with PJ Morton about his excellent release – Gumbo.  Tomorrow he’ll return with the new record Christmas with PJ Morton…

MassEducation

  St. Vincent - MassEducation Last year Annie Clark released her fifth studio album – MASSEDUCATION – this record was one of my favorites of the year.  To my ear it didn’t quite reach the same heights as 2014’s St. Vincent – but nonetheless…

CHVRCHES and Mothers

  CHVRCHES Tonight at the Joy Scottish synth-pop group CHVRCHES roll into the Joy tonight on tour supporting their excellent third record Love is Dead.  If you’re a regular reader of this column you’ll know that I have a great…

People Museum anticipate what New Orleans Music Will Become

On Friday, local electro-pop duo People Museum released their debut record I Dreamt You in Technicolor.  This is a record that looks to the future of what New Orleans music can be.  Vocalist and principle lyricist Claire Givens explains it…

Ms Lauryn Hill at the Lake and Mothers at Gasa Gasa

Mothers at Gasa Gasa Tuesday night Kristine Leschper brings her project Mothers to Gasa Gasa.  The group has just released their sophomore record – Render Another Ugly Method.  This record is a worthy successor to their debut, which was one of…

Guitar Greats take Vermilionville Thursday

My father has given concert tickets for my birthday ever since I began developing my taste beyond the convenience of pop radio. At 13, I saw Leonard Cohen. Twenty-seven was for Bob Dylan. And This year, for my 28th, I…

Remembering a Legend

​David Remnick’s ends his amazing profile of Aretha Franklin with this quote from Billy Preston: “I don’t care what they say about Aretha,” Preston, who died in 2006, once said. “She can be hiding out in her house in Detroit…

Aretha Franklin and GIVERS

Missing Aretha We have just learned that Aretha Franklin left us this morning.  It is hard to imagine the landscape of music without the presence of the Queen of Soul.  I’ll have more thoughts on this next week, but for now…

In Tune This Week

  To Do This Week Tonight, check out Jonathon Boogie Long at Tipitina’s.  Tomorrow you can see DJ Soul Sister at One Eyed Jacks.  Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes are the Free Friday show at Tips with Mike Dillon.  Saturday,…

Honoring Satchmo and Newport News

Newport Folk Festival After taking last year off for the birth of our son, the whole family returned to The Fort for Newport Folk Festival this year. The vibe of this fest remains fantastic.  Before we even talk about the music,…

Festivals and More

Newport Folk Festival This weekend the folk head up to Fort Adams for the Newport Folk Festival.  After a hiatus last year for the birth of our son, we’ll be back up at the Fort to bring you stories and…