I recently received an e-mail from my nephew, Orlando, inviting me to join something called the "Mix of the Month" club. The correspondence detailed how 12 members of this group would each have an assigned month to create a mix CD to send to the others. Original, creative cover art was encouraged. I ... More >>
The Rebirth Brass Band continues to evolve by "growing the music."
Charles Simms/fineartamerica.comJoe's Cozy Corner in New OrleansLonesome Onry and Mean spends quite a bit of night time in bars and music venues writing random thoughts on bar napkins. Lots and lots of bar napkins. Usually LOM is laboring under the delusion that he's having a brilliant idea, ... More >>
Many people say that going to New Orleans feels like being in another time. In fact, the city's current slogan for its tourism TV spots, which Rocks Off caught just this morning, is "you're different here." Listening to Kermit Ruffins, who plays House of Blues Friday night, has that effect t ... More >>
The Wire's creator moves south in Treme on HBO.
The sounds of Christmas 2009 from Bob Dylan, Sting, Tori Amos, Rob Halford and more.
Trombone Shorty and Glen David Andrews are two of the multitude of grandchildren of New Orleans R&B legend Jesse "Ooh Poo Pa Doo" Hill, and they performed back to back at Fado, an Irish pub a little west of Congress. Trombone Shorty's set was packed, and his sprawling funk jams gave him ample space ... More >>
Randall Jamail rides again
New Orleans musicians blew into Houston on Katrina's winds and everything was magic for a while
Finding the coolest runnings at this year's Jamaica-themed Houston International Festival
Looking back on the '05 and dreaming in the '06
The soul of New Orleans lives on in Houston, especially at Sammy's on Main
Houston's music community responds to an unprecedented influx of talent
Six of the year's best multi-disc sets (and one of the worst)
...And other SXSW adventures
Smooth-jazz fans blast Racket
Saturday, December 1
Who killed "When the Saints..."? The Dirty Dozen, and don't you forget it.
Ladies and gentlemen, the Rolling Stones! (Yawn...)