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5:34 pm
Sun January 27, 2013

Big Freedia Lays Out The Basics Of Bounce

Big Freedia (the stage name of New Orleans native Freddie Ross) is one of the biggest stars of the hip-hop subculture known as bounce.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue January 29, 2013 10:29 am

Born out of New Orleans club culture, bounce music isn't just best experienced in person — it's almost impossible to understand in the abstract. But Big Freedia (pronounced "free-duh"), one of the style's biggest stars, says the music does have a few defining features.

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

Taxi!

Jack Culotta, United Cabs Lead Attorney; Nawlins Cab's Sheree Kerner and host Peter Ricchuiti.
Grant Morris It's New Orleans

New Orleans city government is unleashing a world of new regulations on taxicabs, and it’s got United Cabs upset enough to drag the city into court.

Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
1:00 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Singer-Songwriter Jim McCormick

Credit jimmccormicksongs.com / BMG Chrysalis

    

Listen to this week's episode of Music Inside Out with singer/songwriter Jim McCormick.

The poetics of pickup trucks and cutoffs are not lost on Jim McCormick. Nor are the subtleties of Trans Ams and the beverage choices of the young and hay-baling set. And that's how it should be for a poet-turned-Nashville songwriter. 

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
1:03 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Shannon Powell's Joyful Drums

Drummer Shannon Powell.
Credit Shannon Brinkman

The only thing more fun than talking to Shannon Powell is listening to him play. Powell is one of the most charismatic drummers to ever grace a stage. His secret? "I'm happy," Powell tells Music Inside Out. "I was a happy child. I'm a happy spirit."

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
9:00 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Pianist C.R. Gruver of the New Orleans Suspects

C. R. Gruver
photosbyjosh.com

Any piano player worth his fingers in New Orleans has been influenced by Professor Longhair. C. R. Gruver was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA and moved to the city six years ago. He now plays piano for a band called, The New Orleans Suspects.

At Gruver's house, above the antique upright piano, are portraits of the Professor and two of his most gifted disciples — James Booker and Mac Rebbenack, a.k.a. Dr. John. It's a modern-day triumvirate of piano talent. Here's a lesson Gruver gave reporter  Gwen Thompkins on the related styles of the three players.

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
1:00 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Irma Thomas' Influences

Irma Thomas, on Music Inside Out.

Irma Thomas returns to Music Inside Out for a whole new, fresh, hot buttered and yummy conversation. The Queen of New Orleans Soul pays her respects to some of her musical influences and talks about the bottom line of a Grammy Award. Turns out, there's a reason why they call it show business.

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NolaVie
2:00 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

A Fabric Connoisseur in Our Midst

Herbert Halpern.
Carol Pulitzer NolaVie

Whether you’re stopping in at Promenade fabric store on St. Charles Avenue for five yards of Chanel or a spool of thread, Herbert Halpern welcomes you warmly. He looks a little like a fashionable Albert Einstein.

For 45 years, he has minded and cultivated the store his father, Max Halpern, started in the late 1930s, steering it through some choppy waters. If businesses are forged on deep friendships over time, then Herbert has certainly got the goods.

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Out To Lunch
1:14 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

Out to Lunch — All Natural

Billy Bosch, Benardett Jno-Finn and Peter Ricchuiti.
Grant Morris It's New Orleans

Peter Ricchuiti ushers in 2013 on Out to Lunch with a healthy start. Lunch guest Billy Bosch brought us Monster energy drink; now he's launching his own brew, Iconic. Benardett Jno-Finn creates Sénica natural hair & body products.

Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
1:00 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

The Irresistible Deacon John Moore

Deacon John at the House of Blues in 2009.
Jason Saul American Routes

Go ahead, we DARE you. Try listening to this week's re-broadcast of Music Inside Out with Deacon John Moore and NOT enjoying yourself.

As a guitarist, band leader and showman, Deacon John has been delighting crowds for more than half a century. This year, he's played the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and the White House. He's just that irresistible.  

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
1:32 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Jeremy Davenport on Music Inside Out

Jeremy Davenport.

When jazz trumpeter Jeremy Davenport got off the road to take a lengthy engagement at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in New Orleans, he said no one seemed more surprised than his former boss — Harry Connick Jr. Davenport had traveled the world in Connick's band, which was and remains, hot stuff.

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