Irma Thomas

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2012

    Live From Jazzfest: New Orleans Celebrates Its Gift To The World

    Just as Kermit Ruffins sang "Sunny Side of the Street" with trumpet in hand, an early morning sun shone powerfully across North Rampart Street in New Orleans onto Congo Square. Two centuries ago, enslaved Africans and free people of color drummed and danced here each Sunday, exerting their right to ... More >>

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    April 16, 2012

    Live: Dr. John Parades Through The Musical Legacy Of New Orleans

    Dr. John: Funky But It's Nu Awlins Brooklyn Academy of Music Thursday, April 12 Better than: Getting your tax return in on time. By the third week of "Insides Out," Dr. John's residency at the Brooklyn Academy might have been dubbed "Occupy Howard Gilman Auditorium." The vibe at this high-cultur ... More >>

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    April 9, 2012

    Live: Dr. John Unlocks His New Album At BAM

    Check out more photos from the show. Dr. John Brooklyn Academy of Music Thursday, April 5 Better than: Recounting the Ten Plagues at a seder. "Insides Out," Dr. John's three-week residency at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, presents fans seeking a single ticket with a dilemma. Last week's Louis ... More >>

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    March 29, 2012

    Dr. John Gets Locked Down With The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach

    One recent trend in pop music has seen a number of old souls producing albums by the young at heart. Gospel goddess Mavis Staples's latest album, 2010's You Are Not Alone, was produced by Wilco wunderkind Jeff Tweedy; rockabilly vet Wanda Jackson's The Party Ain't Over, released in 2011, was oversee ... More >>

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    June 7, 2010

    Live: Galactic (And Doug E. Fresh) Bring New Orleans To Brooklyn Bowl

    Intense bass warning. Galactic Brooklyn Bowl Friday, June 4 If this was a scene from Treme, it'd play as farce: real New Orleans dudes playing real New Orleans music... in a snazzy, opulent, achingly hip Brooklyn bowling alley. We'd be mocked as clueless, unappreciative cultural tourists who woul ... More >>

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    October 7, 2008

    What CMJ Could Learn from POP Montreal

    POP Montreal headquarters photo by Rebecca Smeyne All in all, the five-day music festival POP Montreal was a triumphant week, and one that got us asking a simple question: WHY IS POP MONTREAL SO MUCH FUN, WHILE OUR OWN CMJ IS MORE LIKE A PAINFUL, SWEATY RITE OF PASSAGE THAT WE KEEP ENDURING, DESPI ... More >>

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    October 6, 2008
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    October 6, 2008

    POP Montreal: The Weekend in Review

    Dark Meat photo by Rebecca Smeyne Now that the dust has settled, it’s time to take a look back at POP Montreal—from multimedia orgies in porn palaces to Neil Young tributes and righteous post-punk from Guelph. If you missed it, here’s a cheat sheet to what went down in Arcade Fire's birthplac ... More >>

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    October 4, 2008

    POP Montreal Day 3: Burt Bacharach, Chad VanGaalen

    Here’s a Zen koan for you: Would it be a Burt Bacharach concert if Burt Bacharach wasn’t there? In the case of this 80-year old living legend, overshadowed by studio musicians and back-up singers in the daunting environs of an ornate church, the answer is, sadly: yes. Sure, Burt was physically ... More >>

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    October 3, 2008

    POP Montreal Day 2: Irma Thomas, Lil' Andy & Ideal Lovers, 'MILF Cruisers 12'

    After one too many cocktails at an impromptu party across the street from the Ukrainian Federation, we managed to snag balcony seats to see Irma Thomas. The self-proclaimed “Queen of New Orleans Soul” looked decades younger than her 67 years, decked out in a sequined shirt, grey tights and heels ... More >>

  • Music

    August 12, 2008
  • Voice Choices

    August 5, 2008


    Kick off your shoes for three weeks of song and dance

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    April 18, 2008

    Hugs and Kisses #39: Sharon Jones Plays for Podgy Men in the UK

    Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, "100 Days, 100 Nights" (MP3) Hugs and Kisses
 The Continued Outbursts of Everett True THIS WEEK: NYC's Sharon Jones Hits the UK I remember one time, racing backstage to greet (mid-Eighties, perfect Scots amalgam of the Ramones and Sixties girl groups) Shop Ass ... More >>

  • NYC Life

    May 16, 2006
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    February 8, 2006
  • Music

    February 7, 2006

    Rewriting History

    These girl groups aren't everything they're cracked up to be, but Jen Trynin comes close

  • pazzandjop

    January 24, 2006

    Story of the Hurricane

    They're trying to wash us away, they're trying to wash us away

  • Music

    December 27, 2005

    Extraordinary Machines

    We didn't get what we wanted but we haven't entirely lost what we had

  • Music

    December 13, 2005

    Who Needs Boxes 2005

    That's not counting Johnny Cash, of course, but New Orleans finds are worth seeking out