No American city is immune from street crime, but post-Katrina New Orleans has been devastated by so much senseless violence. Written by Carl Gustafson, "Another Murder in New Orleans" looks the facts square in the eye and expresses the human scale of the tragedy through the kind of performance that only Bobby Rush and Dr. John can summon.
A visit to New Orleans is a sensory treat, but the 2014 version of the French Quarter Festival takes your senses to a whole new level.
Miracles are best left to the saints. Those with a calling and a talent. Higher beliefs and a hatful of hope. At Off Broadway on Friday night, two bands delivered two very different sermons; if not quite miraculous, the music came very close.
St Paul and the Broken Bones take y'all to church in a live session filled with knee-dropping soul and rhythm and blues.
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings survive and thrive in their blast-to-the-past exposition of soul and funk, "Give The People What They Want."
The smoothest soul and funk outfit in Nashville, Tenn., DeRobert & the Half-Truths returned with the album "I'm Trying" earlier this year. As evidenced by the track "The Dole, Pt. 2," the band is laying down some of the most finely textured and socially conscious music on the soul-revival scene.
Crafty and intricate, the music of Forsthays has undeniable echoes of Frank Ocean while still venturing into wholly new, wholly eclectic electro-R&B vistas. Case in point: the new track "Better Off Now."