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Can the Blues Rescue the Mississippi Delta? Part 1

Debra Devi | Posted 05.11.2013 | Arts
Debra Devi

If you haven't paid a visit to the Mississippi Delta yet, plan one now to this starkly beautiful, richly musical place. You'll thank me as you roll down 61, with cotton fields fanning out on either side under an impossibly wide blue sky.

Using a Harmonica as a Weapon for Good

Art Markman, Ph.D. | Posted 04.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Art Markman, Ph.D.

It turns out that playing the harmonica can be a great therapy for COPD patients. The repeated pattern of breathing in and out through the instrument can help patients to become aware of their breathing patterns.

NHL Rookie Takes Huge Hit

Posted 02.21.2013 | Sports

St. Louis rookie Vladimir Tarasenko was left dazed on the ice after getting blindsided by Avalanche center Mark Olver on Wednesday night. Tarasenk...

Steen Scores In OT In Blues 4-3 Win Over Red Wings

AP | LARRY LAGE | Posted 02.14.2013 | Detroit

DETROIT -- The slumping St. Louis Blues got off to a slow start, falling behind by two goals to the Detroit Red Wings. "It looked like a case of here...

Baffling KHL Penalty Shot Freezes Goaltender

Posted 01.15.2013 | Sports

As both sides embattled in the NHL labor dispute finally solidified a new collective bargaining agreement on Saturday in North America, superstars in ...

It's the End of the World: Have a Cigar Box Guitar

Douglas Anthony Cooper | Posted 02.20.2013 | Arts
Douglas Anthony Cooper

The Maya never predicted that 2012 would be the Year of the Cigar Box Guitar. They missed the most important story. The end of the world, which ought to be in a couple of hours, is not this year's crucial event.

9 Tips for Turning Freshmen Blues Around

Rebecca Joseph | Posted 02.19.2013 | College
Rebecca Joseph

If students want to transfer, there are things they must do to maximize their chances of success in transferring and ideally finding happiness at their current college.

2012 Kennedy Center Honors: Why It Took So Long for the Experts to "Get" Led Zeppelin

Rob Asghar | Posted 02.19.2013 | Arts
Rob Asghar

Rock critics could more easily identify with dweebs and geeks than with rock gods. Yet many young dweebs, like myself, looked to Zeppelin as the heroes that we wished we were and hoped we could be.

First Poems

Bobby Elliott | Posted 01.06.2013 | Books
Bobby Elliott

There was the influence of the blues and of 20th century lyric poetry in those first poems, and his reading voice sounded a little bit (or maybe a lot) like Langston Hughes' -- the first poet I ever loved.

Hearing The Balkan Blues

John Feffer | Posted 12.09.2012 | Travel
John Feffer

Later, I ran into Boris on the street. He pushed a cassette tape into my hands. "The Balkan blues," he whispered into my ear.

Edinburgh Fringe Diary #2: Tonight's the Night

Felipe Schrieberg | Posted 10.05.2012 | Home
Felipe Schrieberg

I am hanging on for dear life pretending that everything is alright as a mad Polish artist barrels down the street in a van that is carrying all our delicate equipment back to our show venue. He may be drunk. Or high. Or both. I'm not sure.

Summer's Here and the Time Is Right for Midsummer Night Swing at Lincoln Center

Holly Cara Price | Posted 08.27.2012 | New York
Holly Cara Price

Tuesday June 26 marks the beginning of Lincoln Center's Midsummer Night Swing series, now in its 24th season. The series kicks off A Tribute to Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald by the Nelson Riddle Orchestra.

Broadway's Terri White Brings Her Cabaret to L.A.

Xaque Gruber | Posted 08.15.2012 | Los Angeles
Xaque Gruber

The Great White Way has captivated audiences from Feinstein's in New York to the San Carlos in Key West, and now it's L.A.'s turn.

Folk Music for Young and Old: New Releases From the Carolina Chocolate Drops and The Chieftains

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 08.08.2012 | Home
Stephen D. Winick

In the United States and around the world, roots music is thriving. You can see it at the highest levels of the global music scene, in the work of Grammy-winning artists such as the Carolina Chocolate Drops and the Chieftains, both of which have new albums very much worth hearing.

Music Producer Rocks Old-School In Digital Era (PHOTOS)

Alexandra Holzer | Posted 07.23.2012 | Los Angeles
Alexandra Holzer

'Play' your dues Music Producer Shelly Liebowitz knows music and music knows him. There is nothing auto-tuned about this man what-so-ever.

Bessie Smith: Music's Original, Bitchinest Bad Girl

Debra Devi | Posted 04.25.2012 | Arts
Debra Devi

What hugely popular female singer beat a rival unconscious, slept with her musical director, seduced her female backup dancers, frequented live sex shows and mortified New York society by telling a wealthy fan to "get the f*ck away from me"? 1920s blues singer Bessie Smith.

Stage Door: Nice Work If You Can Get It, The City Club

Fern Siegel | Posted 06.24.2012 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Nice Work If You Can Get It has a glorious Gershwin score, frothy, screwball plot, strong ensemble and Kelli O'Hara. What it doesn't have is a leading man. Matthew Broderick suffers through his dance routines, moving as little as possible, and frequently mopping his brow.

Blues Take Series Lead

AP | JOSH DUBOW | Posted 04.17.2012 | Sports

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Andy McDonald scored one goal and set up another in the second period to help the St. Louis Blues regain home-ice advantage in the...

5 Myths About Fighting the Blues

Gretchen Rubin | Posted 06.05.2012 | Healthy Living
Gretchen Rubin

We all have a few tricks for beating the blues -- things we do when we're feeling down. It turns out, however, that several popular strategies don't actually work very well in the long term.

The Real Story Behind Howlin' Wolf's 'Killing Floor'

Debra Devi | Posted 06.03.2012 | Home
Debra Devi

"Wolf had seven wives. One was named Helen. She shot him with a double barrel shotgun with buckshot. Out the second floor window. This woman, oh man, he wrote that song about her!"

Snapshots Of A Disappearing Delta

Posted 03.28.2012 | Arts

Few places other can claim as much in the way of the musical style as the Mississippi Delta; however, as much as the Delta is known as "the birthplace...

White House of the Blues

Paul Stoller | Posted 05.05.2012 | Home
Paul Stoller

The magic of The Blues worked itself way into the White House, providing a moment of communitas in Washington, D.C., a moment of unexpected unity in our divided society.

Review: Wrecking Ball by Bruce Springsteen

Holly Cara Price | Posted 05.05.2012 | Entertainment
Holly Cara Price

Wrecking Ball stands as Springsteen's best album release in almost thirty years. It's both wrenching and jubilant; looking back and looking forward; steeped in sorrow as well as celebratory and undaunted.

Dion DiMucci in Conversation With Steven Van Zandt at the 92nd Street Y

Holly Cara Price | Posted 04.23.2012 | Entertainment
Holly Cara Price

Just imagine you're sitting in your own living room and it's nice and cozy and quiet, and across from you in two comfy chairs are Dion DiMucci and Steven Van Zandt talking, for 90 minutes, about Dion's long and amazing career.

Red Hot Wings Win 17 Straight At Home

AP | By LARRY LAGE | Posted 01.24.2012 | Detroit

DETROIT -- Pavel Datsyuk and Johan Franzen scored in the second period, and the Detroit Red Wings beat the St. Louis Blues 3-1 on Monday night for the...