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Mermaid Avenue

Joel Epstein | Posted 02.01.2017 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

I am decades older now than I was on that visit to Mermaid Avenue in Coney Island but fundamentally I am the same. I am still the hopeful romantic about my city, albeit now a warmer one with different flora, mountains, tastes and accents.

What's Up With The Humble Brag?

Rachel Levy Lesser | Posted 09.19.2016 | Parents
Rachel Levy Lesser

Be humble when you want to be humble. That comes easier for some people. Be self-deprecating, complain, bitch, moan, whatever you want to call it. Be careful though because a gripe session can sometimes turn into a bragging session before you know it.

Welcoming Refugees Should not be About Party Politics

Philip Kyle | Posted 09.16.2016 | Home
Philip Kyle

The UK has a moral obligation to save people who are fleeing from war and persecution. It is as simple as that. We can discuss the modalities, but our generosity in welcoming them should not raise a single eyebrow.

Glastonbury Festival: The Meeting of the Tribes

Stefan Simanowitz | Posted 06.04.2016 | Entertainment
Stefan Simanowitz

While Glastonbury has undoubtedly become more mainstream, it has not lost sight of its origins. Beneath the commercialisation and the hype, its political heart still beats strong.

As Germans Mark 25 Years Since the Fall of Berlin Wall, a Famous Anthem Takes Center Stage

Greg Mitchell | Posted 12.23.2014 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

In that Christmas season trip to Berlin, Bernstein would famously conduct two performances of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with an international orchestra and chorus assembled from the four countries that once shared the city -- the U.S., Russia, England and France. And he would change one word, so that the "Ode to Joy" became the "Ode to Freedom."

Riot Fest Music Festival 2014: Up Close (Photos)

Lindsey Best | Posted 11.18.2014 | Entertainment
Lindsey Best

This year, in celebration of their 10th year anniversary, 10 bands performed their classic albums in their entirety.

Chats With Jimmy Webb, Nora Guthrie and Little River Band's Wayne Nelson, Plus Tracy Newman and The Slants Exclusives, and Colin Gilmore's Best

Mike Ragogna | Posted 11.06.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Let's talk about Jimmy Webb's new album, Still Within The Sound Of My Voice.

Billy Bragg at Town Hall, Dancing on Margaret Thatcher's Grave

Thane Rosenbaum | Posted 07.06.2013 | New York
Thane Rosenbaum

While the Iron Lady was laid to rest, Billy Bragg toured the world, still shaking his fist, oddly beholden to the excesses of Thatcherism and the many deficits of modern life.

The Personal as Political: Billy Bragg Performs New Album at SXSW

Seamus McKiernan | Posted 05.15.2013 | Entertainment
Seamus McKiernan

Near the VIP lounge and just up the street from a food truck selling $17 ribeye steak, I found Billy Bragg in a Texas church.

Fiona Apple At Warner Theater: HuffPost DC Top 5 For June 26

The Huffington Post | Brandon Wetherbee | Posted 06.26.2012 | DC

TOP 5 FOR TUESDAY, JUNE 26 1. Fiona Apple At Warner Theatre The new album is really good and Apple barely tours. Volatile in all the good ways, her ...

Billy Bragg's New Odes to Woody Guthrie--and Beethoven

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.05.2012 | Entertainment
Greg Mitchell

From folk to punk and back again, Billy Bragg has long been one of our most important and popular "political" songwriters.

Questionable Time #5

Loudribs | Posted 12.07.2011 | Politics

Good morning Lemmings and welcome to what is likely to be a highly problematic instalment of Questionable Time, problematic because the show itself di...

'When the Deal Goes Down': A Taxing Playlist for a Tax Deal

David Wild | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Wild

It's always been hard to make a fun, catchy argument for higher taxes in America. Here, then, is my taxing playlist for background music as America plays "Let's Make A Tax Deal."

"How Deep is the Ocean?": A Playlist for Saving Our Shores and Selves

David Wild | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Wild

The greatest minds of our times ought to be focused on making alternative energies a reality now. And while they do that, I'll use my lesser mind to make another silly but heartfelt playlist.

HuffPost Review: The Steve Miller Band's Bingo!, Plus A Conversation With Griffin House

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Bingo! re-establishes Miller as that Chicago blues-y guy, tackling ten standards that might as well be his own. George Thorogood certainly should be looking over his shoulder.

"Everybody Wants To Rule The World": A Winning Playlist For World Cup 2010

David Wild | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
David Wild

The World Cup 2010 has finally grabbed my partial attention, and made me upgrade soccer to a position just below American basketball, baseball, football and tennis, but just slightly above curling and ping pong.

Billy Bragg's Bank Protest INTERVIEW With Brave New Conversations (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

 Singer and activist Billy Bragg was interviewed recently by 'Brave New Conversations' about why he is threatening to not pay his taxes in protest of...

Billy Bragg's Bank Bonus Protest: Singer Won't Pay Taxes Over Lavish Banker Payouts

Reuters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business


Music for the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Tim Mohr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tim Mohr

The awareness of mortality in 1980s nuke-pop was amplified by the inescapably bleak Cold War reality. With the fall of the Wall, much of the threat evaporated. The music, however, lives on.

Why Musicians Are Right, Liz Cheney Is Wrong

Jon Soltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jon Soltz

By lobbying to keep Guantanamo Bay open, Liz Cheney's group is helping keep alive one of the greatest recruiting posters that al Qaeda ever had.

A National Dialogue on Afghanistan (Video)

Sen. Bernie Sanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Bernie Sanders

Without the kind of national debate this country needs, we are sending more and more troops into Afghanistan -- about 60 percent of all the foreign troops in the country are now Americans.

EU Election: Musicians Protest BNA's Use Of Their Music

AFP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

A group of musicians including members of Pink Floyd, Blur and singer Billy Bragg are protesting over sales of their music by the far-right British Na...

Pete Seeger, "Folk Music" and the Left

Jesse Larner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jesse Larner

As someone on the left who loves folk music, I understand that I'm supposed to feel mystically uplifted by the dean of activist folkies. But I never could stand Pete.

Barack Obama Channels Sam Cooke on Election Night

Kerry Candaele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kerry Candaele

No militant and not outwardly political, Cooke had spent time with and admired Cassius Clay and Malcolm X, and he captured the challenges of his time, his own hope and despair at equal turns.