Music

Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
9:29 am
Thu February 6, 2014

The Strange World Of Alex McMurray

Alex McMurray at the Bitter End in NYC, 2011.
Dino Perrucci

As noggins in New Orleans go, there is no noggin like that of singer-songwriter Alex McMurray. He's got more original characters in his head than a Hollywood film library. Why else would McMurray write a song about the man who shot the man who shot Liberty Valance? (Spoiler Alert: John Wayne is in the crosshairs).

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Music
10:24 am
Wed February 5, 2014

2014 French Quarter Festival Lineup Announced

The 2014 French Quarter Festival poster by artist Varion Laurent.
French Quarter Festival

The lineup for the 2014 French Quarter Festival was announced Wednesday morning at a press conference in Jackson Square.

This year's Festival, billed by organizers as the "largest free music festival in the United States" features 188 musical acts over four days. This year's French Quarter Festival will take place April 10-13 on stages spread throughout the lower Quarter.

This is a preliminary schedule. A full schedule and lineup will be released in March.

French Quarter Festival 2014 Debuts

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
2:00 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Scott Aiges And The Music Biz

Credit Guillaume Laurent / Flickr

With the 56th GRAMMY Awards this weekend, it's time to consider the business of music. Artist royalties, mechanical royalties, revenue streams and recording contracts have been the bread-and-butter of Scott Aiges.

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
2:00 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Wild Kingdom: Animal Music From Louisiana

A dog and its man at Laurence Square.
Credit Gregg Goldman

This program was originally broadcast in October, 2013

If this week's show doesn't bring out the animal in you, consult a doctor. You may be a vegetable... or a mineral... or a big block of cheese.

This is the time of year when pet lovers take their animals to church, when Lions and Tigers and Cardinals and Falcons take to the field, and when we turn to Louisiana songs about animals.

We've got birds, bees, a monkey, a horse, and even a cheetah. Yes, there are cheetahs in Louisiana. But the potholes slow them down.

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In Memoriam
1:38 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Blues Musician Tabby Thomas Dies At 84

Chris Thomas King plays on the House of Blues stage with his father, Tabby Thomas, in 2001, at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
Douglas Mason AP

Originally published on Thu January 2, 2014 7:33 am

Legendary bluesman Tabby Thomas died Wednesday at the age of 84.

He would have celebrated his 85 birthday on Sunday.

NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports that Thomas was probably best known for opening Tabby's Blue Box in Baton Rouge, La. He opened the club in the late 1970s, giving Louisiana blues musicians, who had lost opportunities because of the disco craze, a place to play.

Blues-lovers from around the globe flocked to Tabby's.

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Music
9:36 pm
Sun December 29, 2013

Louis Armstong's Queens Home Celebrates 10 Years As A Living Memorial

Originally published on Wed December 25, 2013 1:41 pm

The Louis Armstrong House Museum in Queens, New York is all decked out for the holidays.

The museum is celebrating its 10 year anniversary this year.

At this time of year, visitors can see what the house looked like when the Armstrongs were alive, including a view of all of Lucille Armstrong’s ornaments hanging on the tree.

As you walk through the home, you can hear the gravelly voice of Louis Armstrong echoing throughout the house in homemade recordings.

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
1:29 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Three Movies & A Trumpeter

Credit Seán Collins (photo illustration)

Chances are good that you’ve got a little time on your hands these days and you may just find yourself in front of the DVR. We’ve picked three holiday films we like — for no other reason than we’d watch them again if you made the popcorn.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
7:43 pm
Wed December 25, 2013

Preservation Hall Jazz Band: Tiny Desk Concert

Preservation Hall Jazz Band performs at the Tiny Desk on Dec. 3, 2013.
John W. Poole John W. Poole

Originally published on Thu January 2, 2014 4:14 pm

Our goal for this special holiday Tiny Desk Concert is simple: to bring you joy. Preservation Hall Jazz Band is a hot and historic outfit from New Orleans, and its members brought us a tuba-wielding Santa and some original holiday cheer and praise — what they call a Cajun Christmas from the French Quarter.

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Jazz New Orleans
2:37 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Jazz New Orleans Christmas Party

trumpeter Wynton Marsalis

This week on Jazz New Orleans with Fred Kasten, two hours of great jazz versions of Christmas favorites — featuring Louis Armstrong, Wynton Marsalis, Billie Holiday, Charles Brown, Johnny Adams, Katie Webster, Mel Torme, Jimmy Smith and more...

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
10:42 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Preservation Hall: Hallowed Ground

Credit Amanda Irizarry / Elephant Quilt Productions

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Giants of traditional jazz played here; hell, they still play here: tucked behind walls with a patina worthy of the temple Preservation Hall has been through the years. 
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