In our cover story this week Tom Gogola sings the praises of the Rebirth Brass Band and explains what they mean to New Orleans and hungry souls everywhere. The legendary band is embarking on an epic residency at the Sweetwater Music Hall. I have a story on Rep. Jared Huffman and other congresspeople’s efforts to get answers about Verizon’s alleged “throttling” of data plans to Mendocino Complex firefighters. Charlie Swanson profiles rock ‘n’ roll hero John Courage. James Knights get happy about hoppy beers. We’ve got all that and more in this week’s issue. Have a look!