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First Nighter: T. Oliver Reid Heats the Met Room, 'Texas in Paris' Warms the York

David Finkle | Posted 04.07.2015 | Arts
David Finkle

For some time Broadway has been the place for swellegant black revues, the most recent being last season's superlative After Midnight. One of the many reasons for that entry's standout status was cast member T. Oliver Reid.

Meet The Radio Host Who Turned His Teenage Passion Into a Lifelong Pursuit

The Huffington Post | Gregory Beyer | Posted 12.18.2013 | Entertainment

When it came time for Rich Conaty to choose a college, it wasn’t the academics, or the athletics, or even the architecture that influenced him. It w...

Not Your Father's Smooth Jazz II: Conversations with Earl Klugh, David Sanborn, Jonathan Butler and Euge Groove, Plus a Bo-Keys Exclusive

Mike Ragogna | Posted 01.08.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

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First Nighter: 'After Midnight' Is a Revue You Absolutely Mustn't Miss

David Finkle | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Why go on about the spectacular After Midnight, other than to say that for pure entertainment it comes as near being worth every penny charged as anything does in this gold-plated ticket era of ours?

Facebook Serendipity, a Christmas Album and More, Much More

Michael Sigman | Posted 12.13.2012 | Fifty
Michael Sigman

I recently Facebook-friended Josh Mills, who reciprocated right away -- because, I assumed, he remembered me fondly from many years ago when we were both music journalists.

Rattle Them Bones: A Conversation With Big Bad Voodoo Daddy's Scotty Morris

Mike Ragogna | Posted 11.04.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"For me, I picked up the guitar because of Brian Setzer and Stevie Ray Vaughan when I was a kid. So to even be in the same breath as Brian Setzer? I was blown away. But to have an ambassador of badassness like Brian Setzer being attached to swing only validated the whole thing. Way better for me."

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Should Be The American Music Hall of Fame

Brian Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Brian Ross

The latest crop of inductees was announced yesterday by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. Once again, it honored musicians who just a...

Dog Ears Music: Born in December Playlist

The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin

This week, we feature music by Christina Aguilera, Tom Waits, Jim Morrison, Spike Jones, and more.

HuffPost Exclusives: R.E.M. and Cory Chisel, Plus Bruce Hornsby Interview, Big Star Box, Paolo Nutini Live, This Week's New Albums, and more...

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
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Mike Ragogna

R.E.M. will be releasing Live At The Olympia, a 39-song, two CD set containing "working rehearsals" from 2007. I was lent a track that captures the band's energy and insightful views.