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75 Facts About Dr. John for his 75th Birthday

Karen Dalton-Beninato | Posted 11.21.2015 | Arts
Karen Dalton-Beninato

#7 Had a finger shot off protecting a bandmate whose mother told him she would "chop his cojones off if anything happened to her son." #8 So he switched from playing guitar to playing piano.

Chats with Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood, Lady Antebellum's Dave Haywood, Oak Ridge Boys and Sky-Pony's Kyle Jarrow, Plus Gregorio Uribe, Transmission Party and Mary Jennings Exclusives

Mike Ragogna | Posted 11.20.2015 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Ronnie, with your new book How Can It Be? A Rock & Roll Diary, you take a snapshot of 1965, a very interesting year in music. What inspired it and how did the process begin?

Eleven Bass Players Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Tom Semioli | Posted 10.08.2015 | Entertainment
Tom Semioli

Controversy, dispute, and rock 'n' roll are siblings, and I accept that. However I must stand up for my woefully neglected bass brethren, some of whom no longer lay down the groove on this mortal coil.

Famed Rock 'N' Roll Photographers Tell Their Stories

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 09.23.2015 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

What does it really mean to party like a rock star? On The Dinner Party podcast, I turned the WGN Radio A1 studio into a British pub to welcome Pat...

Frank Salvaterra, Sting, Herman Sandler, 9/11 and Me

Neil J. Kirk | Posted 09.11.2015 | New York
Neil J. Kirk

I miss Herman Sandler, David Rice, Frank Salvaterra, Bruce Simmons, Howard Gelling, Tom Clark, Tom Collins, Doug Irgang, Stacey McGowan, Kristi Irvine, Mike Edwards and all the other Sandler O'Neill colleagues who senselessly died on that horrible day.

Remembering Stevie Ray Vaughan

Tom Cramer | Posted 08.26.2015 | Fifty
Tom Cramer

I was born in Chicago in 1965. That is both a fact and a play on the song Born in Chicago by the Paul Butterfield Blues band. Being born at that time and place, I fell in love with the sound of rock and roll at an early age.

King of the Blues

Cheryl Carlesimo | Posted 05.18.2015 | Entertainment
Cheryl Carlesimo

Somehow we felt that the Blues Boy who brought the Delta Blues to the world stage would always be there, bent over his beloved full bodied Gibson guitar, Lucille, crooning to her, and scorching our souls with his searing, stinging chords.

Revisiting The Bottom Line: An Interview with Allan Pepper, Plus Jon Regen and Sarah Jaffe Exclusives

Mike Ragogna | Posted 06.21.2015 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

The Bottom Line has been closed for eleven years, it closed January 2nd, 2004. I think about it all the time because I spent a great deal of my life there. One of the things I'm working on is an oral history viewed from the perspective of the performers who performed there.

12 Songs That Will Make You Fall In Love With Supergroups All Over Again

Posted 03.09.2015 | Entertainment

You know what’s better than one insanely popular band or one extremely successful artist? When they all merge together to create a beautiful, downri...

That Time Kanye West "Discovered" Sir Paul McCartney: A Modern Fairytale

Chiara Cortese | Posted 03.17.2015 | Entertainment
Chiara Cortese

So, for all you tweens and teens and people who live under rocks in general, just in case Kanye decides to do any more collaborating with old white dudes in the future, I've put together a little cheat sheet for you.

Cream of the Dream Crop: One Last Chance to See Jack Bruce

Michael Bialas | Posted 02.22.2015 | Entertainment
Michael Bialas

The blues, jazz and rock worlds all mourned when the innovative multi-instrumentalist who confidently knew how to write and carry a tune died of liver disease on October 25.

An Interview With Sofia: John Mayer Meets kd lang

Tristan Higgins | Posted 02.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Tristan Higgins

I recently sat down with up-and-coming singer-songwriter Sofia. We had so much fun talking that I lost myself in a few places. What? I'm not a professional journalist. I am a butch lawyer who writes a blog, and I can count on one hand how many times I have actually sat down with another butch. What follows is (most of) our conversation.

Jack Bruce: A Fond Fan Farewell

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 12.28.2014 | Entertainment
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

Clapton was God to some--or so the graffiti said back in the 60s. But for me, Jack Bruce,who passed away last week, was the soul of the show.

They Call Musicians 'Artists.' Blake Mills? He Really Is

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 11.18.2014 | Entertainment
Jesse Kornbluth

The beauty of Blake Mills is that his primary concern is making music that's absolutely authentic to the moment of creation. And then, because he's a genius at the editing console, authentic to the possibilities of production.

AKW's Upcoming EP, and "Acoustic Nights" at House of Blues Demonstrates That Live Music can Survive alongside EDM

Ashley Jude Collie | Posted 11.09.2014 | Arts
Ashley Jude Collie

A recent evening out on LA's famous Sunset Strip at hip new lounge Vaucluse, saw eclectic pop trio AKW play their fusion of acoustic, and ambient pop-rock in front of a trippy mural of Hollywood legend, Charlie Chaplin.

Presenting Parker Millsap: A Smoky Okie With Americana Hustle

Michael Bialas | Posted 11.04.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Bialas

Parker Millsap has plans. Lots of them. Presently, though, his biggest concern is trying to keep one of his mixed-breed dogs from having a family cat for a snack.

Music I (Mostly) Hold Dear: On Robert Dick

Daniel Asia | Posted 09.24.2014 | Arts
Daniel Asia

I first met Robert Dick -- flutist, composer, improviser- when starting my graduate work at the Yale School of Music. He had finished up already but was very much in the mix of the musical scene.

Eric Clapton Drops Major Bad News For Fans

The Huffington Post | Jessica Goodman | Posted 06.27.2014 | Entertainment

Eric Clapton announced he has plans to quit touring for good. The legendary guitarist called life on the road "unbearable" and "unapproachable" in a n...

Learn How to Play Guitar by the End of the Week

Zachary Stockill | Posted 08.18.2014 | Arts
Zachary Stockill

It doesn't have to be difficult. And there's serious good news for aspiring guitarists: with the internet and smartphones at your disposal, it's never been easier -- or faster -- to gain a level of proficiency with the world's favorite instrument.

Eric Clapton Pays Tribute To JJ Cale On New Album

AP | Posted 04.30.2014 | Entertainment

NEW YORK (AP) — Eric Clapton is paying tribute to his late friend and collaborator J.J. Cale with a new album. Tom Petty, Willie Nelson, John Mayer...

Californication Music News, Chats with Mark Rivera and Allen Kovac, Plus Johnzo West and David Berkeley Exclusives

Mike Ragogna | Posted 06.11.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

So here's the official scoop on Californication's music followed by a 45 second snippet of a remix of Pete Townshend's "Let My Love Open The Door."

I'm in Vintage Guitar Magazine!

Binky Philips | Posted 05.28.2014 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

One of the things you discover as you get older and start reflecting back on the path you've taken is how a fleeting and seemingly insignificant momen...

Silver Rails and Circus Hero: Conversations With Jack Bruce and Andy Summers

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.26.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"Nobody's coming up with something that's never happened before, not even somebody like Jimi Hendrix. It's all music, it's all influenced by whatever is around you at the time, there's a feeling in the air, these kind of things happen by osmosis, it's a generational thing; that's also very important."

Mo Foster Authors the History of British Rock Guitar

Tom Semioli | Posted 05.12.2014 | Books
Tom Semioli

From the Baby Boomers who experienced the British Invasion firsthand to the scores of alienated youth who found salvation in the sounds of Robert Smith's Fender Jazzmaster -- some of us owe our lives, for better or worse, to British rock guitar.

21 Rock Song Titles That Would Make Terrible Bar Pickup Lines

John K. Herr | Posted 03.28.2014 | Comedy
John K. Herr

"I want you to want me." -- Cheap Trick "Don't stand so close to me." -- The Police "I wanna be sedated." -- The Ramones "I know what boys like." -...