Neko Case and the making of super trio case/lang/veirs

The singer-songwriter performs with k.d. lang and Laura Veirs at The Joy Theater
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Cream, Blind Faith, Broken Social Scene, Monsters of Folk and The Traveling Wilburys are all supergroups by virtue of their members being stars before the new bands formed.   Case/lang/veirs deserves the supergroup title.

Great expectations: Young Greatness and a life of grinding

Young Greatness follows his “Moolah” success with I Tried To Tell Em 2
Young Greatness has enough time to sleep, wake up and do it all over again. From New Orleans, he leaves for Atlanta, then Sacramento, California.

The beautiful ones: 10 rising stars at the 2016 Essence Festival

The festival is July 1-3 at the Superdome
This year's Essence Festival arrives under the shadow of Prince, whose magical, explosively purple headlining appearance at Essence's 20th anniversary is remembered among the festival's best and, following his death in April, among its definitive moments.   The 2016 Essence Festival — with headliners Mariah Carey, Ciara, Kendrick Lamar, Maxwell and Puff Daddy, among others — is July 1-3 at the Superdome, with speeches and seminars from writer/director Ava DuVernay, Tyra Banks and many others at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

Parting gift: Allen Toussaint’s final album, American Tunes

Producer Joe Henry on working with the legendary songwriter
American Tunes is Allen Toussaint's beautiful parting gift. Like its Grammy Award-nominated predecessor, 2009's The Bright Mississippi, American Tunes casts the songwriter, producer and pianist in a role he assumed late in life: the artist-pianist interpreting the music of fellow American masters.

Interview: Jon Cleary

The Big Easy Awards’ Entertainer of the Year and Grammy Award winner talks New Orleans music
Jon Cleary remembers learning to play "Tipitina" on an old upright piano in his grandmother's home in the village of Cranbrook in Kent, England. He was 11.

Interview: Mike Dillon

The punk percussionist releases his new album, Functioning Broke, this week
The only time Mike Dillon was nervous before a gig ended with the crowd making bird noises. Primus' Les Claypool asked Dillon to open a show in Hawaii with a set of "Hawaiian music."

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