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Electrifying the Folk

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 11.08.2014 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

I've always loved European-style folk-rock, also known as electric folk: the application of electric instruments and rock techniques to traditional songs. It's a style you can find here in North America, as well as in Britain and Europe.

Eurotrad: European Roots Music Recordings

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 10.09.2013 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

In addition to the American and Canadian folk I often encounter, I've been writing for years about European music, from Finland to Spain and everywhere between.

Bob Dylan, 'Pretty Saro,' Another Self Portrait

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 10.08.2013 | Arts
Anne Margaret Daniel

The marvelous thing about Dylan's "Pretty Saro" is his voice. Who ever said Dylan couldn't sing? "Pretty Saro" solidly puts paid to the ancient, variably attributed one-liner about Dylan's singing voice sounding like a dog with its leg caught in a barbed-wire fence.

Memory and Consequences: Rayna Gellert's Old Light

Bob Moses | Posted 01.30.2013 | Arts
Bob Moses

Things happen. And there are always consequences. The eternal need for that simple reminder keeps the old songs alive in memory and the singing, and inspire new work like the affecting modern ballads found on Gellert's Old Light.

WATCH: Fallon Sings 'The Ballad Of Anthony Weiner'

Posted 08.17.2011 | Comedy

We're all coping with the loss of the Anthony Weiner joke in our own personal way -- some of us are making ornate commemorative Photoshop art, some of...

You Will Be Devoured by Seven Horrible Demons

Stephen J. Gertz | Posted 07.31.2011 | Media
Stephen J. Gertz

One day, God, dressed as a poor man seeking alms, knocks on the door. Teresa, not the most pleasant of servants at any time under any circumstance, is having a bad hair day and refuses His entreaty. We've all had experiences like that.

Second Chance: El DeBarge Has a Winner

Marlynn Snyder | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Marlynn Snyder

The road from hell back to creativity and peace of mind is a difficult one, indeed. R&B/pop legend El DeBarge has made the journey with his considerable gifts as a singer and songwriter intact.