- Article plus unpublished Q&A with Daryl Hall (Gambit Weekly. April 2013).
- Article plus unpublished Q&A w/New Orleans rapper 3D Na’Tee (VICE. April 2013)
- Unpublished Q&A with Alicia Keys (links to Gambit Weekly article. 2013).
- Neither Big Nor Easy: “Someone Stole My Students’ Music Writing” (VICE. March 2013).
- Neither Big Nor Easy: “New Orleans War On Music” (VICE. 2013).
Monthly Archives: June 2012
Just before Katrina in 2005, I began teaching a class that helps kids K – 8 improve their literacy by writing rap songs (see video at bottom). I’ve taught the class ever since, and my students’ debut album was written about here … Continue reading
I have only blacked-out once in my entire life. Getting wasted has only ever made me self-conscious; I become prone to clumsiness and stupidity, when I aspire to smart self-assuredness. So I rarely go beyond a good buzz. My first … Continue reading
David Augustine, the 23-year-old local rapper better known as Dee-1, is going to spend less time with some of his young fans. He’s leaving his job teaching at a Baton Rouge middle school to concentrate on his music career full … Continue reading
Interviews with parading club bands (multiple subjects, including Jimmy and Sue Ford). February 2012 (OffBeat).
Playing music in a parade looks like fun, but while it is, it’s also hard, sometimes thankless work.OffBeat spoke with members of four nightclub bands who, during Mardi Gras, transform into street bands. Sue Ford fronts Mardi Gras’ first rock band, Pink … Continue reading
For 20 years, the Soul Rebels have remained a modern face in brass band music. “We are trying our best to push the envelope,” says Lumar LeBlanc, snare drummer and Rebels cofounder along with bass drummer Derrick Moss, both late … Continue reading
One-man-bands have always really impressed me. Until I met a man with no band: IMAGINE “the” BAND. The name perfectly describes the concept: wearing a too-tight wetsuit and headphones with “special education” printed across the top, Eric William Pierson (known as Egos Personos on stage, … Continue reading
Over the years, brass-driven band the Magnetic Ear has marched so far from its point of origin that it’s a wonder bandleader saxophonist Martin Krusche doesn’t change the group’s name. “At first we were known as sort of a jazz freak-out band,” … Continue reading
This here is an archive for the published music journalism of…me. Michael Patrick Welch. Not to be confused with Michael Welch from the newer Star Trek, or “Monster” Mike Welch, the child blues guitar prodigy. Since 2001, I’ve written about … Continue reading
ABOVE: NOizeFest creator Keith “Deacon Johnson” Moore, inventor of JamBox Pyramid, at NOizeFest 2004. NOizeFest 2012, our seventh in the yard, was a huge success. And as usual, it has a nice, mildly harrowing lead-in story. Weeks before NOizeFest 2012, … Continue reading
At the last moment it was not announced that Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore would perform at the Dithyrambalina Music Box House on Piety Street in Bywater, New Orleans, in a duo with my friend and kindred guitar spirit Rob Cambre. The … Continue reading