Michael Cerveris and Loose Cattle release an offbeat Christmas album

The band celebrates Dec. 19 at Chickie Wah Wah'
A glance at the track list on Loose Cattle's December release Seasonal Affective Disorder offers a tipoff to the project's concept. There are covers of Tom Waits' "Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis" and John Denver's "Please Daddy (Don't Get Drunk This Christmas)."

Valerie Sassyfras follows a space oddity on Blast-Off

The one-woman powerhouse holds a launch party at One Eyed Jacks Dec. 11
Roswell, New Mexico's 1947 "UFO incident" is real, and Valerie Sassyfras has seen the evidence. Inspired to write an album about space, Sassyfras — a longtime New Orleans performer whose live shows are powered by a keyboard beat machine, accordion, pre-recorded tracks and a mobile set designed for her one-woman DIY cabaret — went to the library, checked out books on planets and the solar system, and "came across a story about the alien invasion."

Quiana Lynell sings Ella

The jazz singer celebrates Ella Fitzgerald's birthday at Preservation Hall Nov. 25
While New Orleans has started celebrating its tricentennial, singer Quiana Lynell is making sure the city marks a centennial before year's end: Ella Fitzgerald's 100th birthday.   "Ella is one of my favorite vocalists," Lynell says.

The return of Roky Erickson

The 13th Floor Elevators frontman performs at 2017's Ponderosa Stomp
"We have a clear signal!"   Roky Erickson beams over the phone from his home in Austin, Texas, where he recently celebrated his 70th birthday.

On the Rise: Lynn Drury returns with new album

The songwriter releases Rise of the Fall at Chickie Wah Way Sept. 22.
Lynn Drury didn't pick up a guitar or start writing music until her mid-20s, but when she did, the songs poured out. With Rise of the Fall, her eighth studio album out Sept. 29 via CSB Roxy Music, Drury was at the helm for the first time, doing her own production (along with co-production from Rene Coman, bassist with the New Orleans Latin-rock band The Iguanas) and offering a more intimate emotive collection of songs influenced heavily by her roots.

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