Our favorite things this week include Tropicalia, Greg Hindy, and Criterion Collection.

“The more guitar I play, the less talking I have to do,” Dave Hill jokes. “A 10-minute set becomes a 20-minute set if you put enough guitar solos in.” - comedian Dave Hill, who plays One Eyed Jacks Wednesday night in New Orleans 

We’re giving away tickets to see Nick Cave at the Mahalia Jackson Theater tonight. Contest is open until 1 p.m.

My current favorite song.

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One of the longest lines in the Essence superlounges was for August Alsina on the last night of Essence Festival 2014 

Prince, Nile Rodgers and Chic, and Janelle Monae last night at the Essence Festival in New Orleans.

My interview with Janelle Monae about Prince, Essence & being yourself.

Our picks for the week in New Orleans starting with Prince tonight at Essence Music Festival.


If I were voting in P&J today:

  1. Grenier Meets Archie Pelago (Melodic) 30 points
  2. Lou Adler: A Musical History (Ace) 13 points
  3. Soul Chronology 5: Singing From My Soul (History of Soul) 12 points
  4. Tune-Yards, Nikki Nack (Domino) 8 points
  5. Toni Braxton & Babyface, Love, Marriage & Divorce