Alison Fensterstock

Alison Fensterstock appears in the following:

As Jazz Fest Looks At 50, What Keeps It Alive?

Monday, August 21, 2017

Having cycled through a full generation of performers (not to mention audience), how does the grandpa of festival culture compete in the Coachella-sized market it helped create?

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Songs We Love: Bonnie 'Prince' Billy With The Roots Of Music, 'The Curse'

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Pan-generational brass bands join this joyous, weird trip through New Orleans cemeteries and streets, with cameos from stalwarts of local street culture.

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Rickie Lee Jones On The Pirates Who Inspired 'Pirates' And Returning To New Orleans

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The second album by Rickie Lee Jones was released in 1981, following a breakup and the response to Jones' Grammy-winning debut, and gets its name and its concept from a band of local drug smugglers.

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First Listen: The Como Mamas, 'Move Upstairs'

Thursday, May 11, 2017

The family gospel trio's new album is soul-stirring praise music married to the electric rhythms of Memphis.

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Songs We Love: Hurray For The Riff Raff, 'Be My Baby'

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Alynda Segarra takes her love of The Ronettes' lust-drenched rock 'n' roll Rosetta stone one step further and re-creates the trio's iconic 1965 TV performance.

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Songs We Love: Ruthie Foster, 'Joy Comes Back'

Monday, February 13, 2017

Foster's easy-rocking slice of gospel soul is shot through with Derek Trucks' blissful slide guitar and tapping high heels recorded on her old church floor.

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Songs We Love: Big Freedia, 'Rudy, The Big Booty Reindeer'

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

New Orleans' Queen of Bounce teaches us that your oddest qualities might be the things that make you the most fabulous

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Songs We Love: Pegi Young, 'Do I Ever Cross Your Mind?'

Thursday, December 08, 2016

In the midst of her searching, tough and vulnerable Raw, written after her divorce from Neil Young, Pegi Young covers a Ray Charles tune that seems to come from the other side of love.

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Lil Wayne's Rikers Island Memoir Only Tells Half The Story

Monday, October 24, 2016

Gone 'Til November, transcribed from the journal he kept while at Rikers, isn't particularly revealing, but it offers a chance to stop and take stock of where the rapper has been since.

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Songs We Love: Lydia Loveless, 'Out On Love'

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

The sassy agent of rock 'n' roll chaos turns in an uncharacteristically hushed and spare song that approaches the twisted path of passion and loss with a new, sober gravity.

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Essence This Time: A Festival Evolving

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

The familial feeling at the annual New Orleans gathering comes partly from its perennial performers, but now, 22 years in, whose nostalgia is being served?

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Songs We Love: Professor Longhair, 'Mess Around (Live)'

Friday, April 22, 2016

In 1976, during a legend-cementing career comeback, the New Orleans piano hero played a fierce rendition of "Mess Around" live in Chicago.

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Songs We Love: Ronnie Spector, 'I'd Much Rather Be With The Girls'

Monday, April 04, 2016

It was originally written for The Rolling Stones and has made its way through several covers, but Spector's big, sexy, sweet-and-tough voice brings this song home.

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Dancing In The Street: New Orleans Throws A Memorial Parade For David Bowie

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Mardi Gras was still close to three weeks away. But on Saturday afternoon, Jan. 16, the French Quarter was gridlocked with costumed frolickers, a massive, glittery throng radiating out through the narrow streets from the historic traditional-jazz venue Preservation Hall. The occasion? A parade in memory of David ...

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Bounce Music

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Best known for helping pave the way for jazz, funk and blues, New Orleans staked its claim in rap with bounce music. The raw and energetic style was first heard in songs like DJ Jimi Payton's 1992 track "Where They At." Journalist Alison Fensterstock and photographer Aubrey Edwards join us ...

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