New Orleans: What to Do and Where

Located on the Mississippi River near the Gulf of Mexico, New Orleans’ cultural melting pot can be credited to its French, African and American settlers, which gives the city a wealth of riches reflected in its food, music and inimitable style. As the birthplace of American jazz, the city spawned…

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‘2112,’ Rush's Unexpected Hit Record, Turns 40

In many ways, Canadian rock trio Rush’s 1976 concept LP, 2112, functions as their autobiography. Among the grooves on the high-concept album, the band illustrates their position as provocateurs trying to maintain their passion and integrity. Highly symbolic, the side-long title track represents the band’s struggle with the…

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Jazz Roundup: Bill Frisell, Dr. Lonnie Smith, More

The term jazz can refer to many different styles within the genre and with each passing year artists not only continue to uphold the tradition, but also make bold moves to expand the norms within it. This month there’s a handful of new works and takes on hallmark pieces…

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Grammys: Halsey’s ‘Badlands’ Should Be Recognized

The past year has been a rocket ride for singer/songwriter Ashley Frangipane, aka Halsey. Prior to the release of her full-length debut, Badlands, she had been building a buzz on YouTube and SoundCloud and toured with The Kooks. She then landed a deal with famed electronic label Astralwerks, made…

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Grammys: Sleater-Kinney Unjustly Snubbed

A lot has happened to the members of Sleater-Kinney since the band decided to take a hiatus in 2006. Singer/guitarist Corin Tucker released a pair of solo records, 1,000 Years in 2010 and Kill My Blues in 2012. Drummer Janet Weiss toured with Stephen Malkmus and formed the…

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Jazz Titan Charles Lloyd Returns With New Album

After several years recording for ECM and last year’s live recording, Wild Man Dance, saxophone titan Charles Lloyd returns to Blue Note with a new studio record,I Long to See You. Billed appropriately as Charles Lloyd and the Marvels, the record prominently features guitarist Bill Frisell as well…

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