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New Artist Reviews: Ben Lorentzen

Morena Duwe | Posted 08.26.2015 | Entertainment
Morena Duwe

Like an unintentional conductor, music can dictate the emotions and atmosphere of one person or an entire stadium full of people.

Of Monsters And Men in LA

Philip David Morton | Posted 08.17.2015 | Entertainment
Philip David Morton

Of Monsters and Men played at the Greek Theater Thursday night near the start of their 2015 international tour promoting their new album Under the Skin to an electrified crowd that packed the stadium as they delivered an elegant and pulse pounding show.

Celebrate the Midwest's Mutli-Ethnic Heritage with Folksongs of Another America

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 08.06.2015 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

James P. Leary's new book and CD set, Folksongs of Another America, reveals astonishing diversity in the music of the Upper Midwest.

The Need to Know

Barry Kibrick | Posted 07.24.2015 | Science
Barry Kibrick

Our conversation of this primal drive to know is divided into two parts. The first episode airing this week takes us from our primitive ancestors who lived in trees to Sir Isaac Newton. In Part II, which airs next week, we go from the wisdom of Newton to the most current knowledge we have about our universe.

Americana for the Fourth of July

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 07.04.2015 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

But seriously, if there's a time to use the word Americana, it's got to be July 4th, right? So here are some genre-bending releases that fit the name.

Gothard Sisters' New CD Inspired by "Love of Simple, Timeless, and Transcendent Things"

Pam Stucky | Posted 06.24.2015 | Entertainment
Pam Stucky

The Gothard Sisters, three sisters who are "multi-instrumentalist Celtic-influenced folk musicians, songwriters, and performers from the Pacific Northwest, USA," have a new CD out this week, Mountain Rose.

Recordings From Music Maker Relief Foundation (and a Free Album!)

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 06.24.2015 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

Public folklorists like me often advocate for traditional arts, and for individual traditional artists. We try to increase funding, support, and participation in the art forms we work with, and we recommend artists for gigs, awards, grants, and other recognition.

At the Heart of It: Colleen Raney on Music and Connection

Pam Stucky | Posted 06.12.2015 | Entertainment
Pam Stucky

Ask almost any artist, and he or she will tell you the expression of art is about far more than the art form itself. Painting goes beyond canvas and oils. Dancing is not just about choreography.

Ronnie Gilbert's Smiling Power

Roger Wright | Posted 06.08.2015 | Arts
Roger Wright

A cleansing, windy warm summer rain-washed down Chicago on the morning after Ronnie Gilbert died, at 88, out in California. The smiling power in her voice still resonating. A voice from the past? A folk singer? Right?

Jean Ritchie and the Cool of the Day

Rev. Dan Schatz | Posted 06.04.2015 | Arts
Rev. Dan Schatz

There was never a time when Jean's Ritchie's voice wasn't part of my life. Growing up as I did in a folk music community, she was a constant influence. Best of all was Jean's own singing -- gentle, unassuming and beautiful, with that clear, high voice.

The Meaning of Life: Be of Service to Others

Larry Dvoskin | Posted 05.12.2015 | Entertainment
Larry Dvoskin

Here is a wonderful, heartwarming story of how a friend and I helped to be of service to someone who died long ago, to get his music out from beyond the grave and thus fulfill a piece of our own destinies.

Some Things Are Timeless: An Ode to Amazing Children's Music You Should Still Listen to!

Cathy Fink | Posted 05.04.2015 | Arts
Cathy Fink

In honor of Lois Lilienstein and several generations of children's musicians

BOOMTOWN Closes Wonderbound's Season With a Bang

Eden Lane | Posted 06.18.2015 | Arts
Eden Lane

Colorado's Contemporary Dance powerhouse Wonderbound (formerly known as Ballet Nouveau Colorado) has established itself as a major force with a variety of successful collaborations.

The Singer

Marcia Liss | Posted 06.11.2015 | Comedy
Marcia Liss

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Music to Soothe the Lonesome Traveler

Nancy Cohen-koan | Posted 06.03.2015 | Arts
Nancy Cohen-koan

We learn a little bit about the lives of each of these singers and writers, and what inspired them to write what they did, some literally lifting old songs that were long part of musical history and updating them for the time

Stay With Us, Joni. We're Not Done Yet

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 06.01.2015 | Entertainment
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

Oh, you're not goin' anywhere, Miz Joni. I mean that. She just can't. I mean, the woman reads my mind. In fact, all my life, I've felt like Joni Mitchell was reading my diaries. And my dreams. And was telling me the truths I didn't want to admit.

Celtic Canadian Connections

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 05.30.2015 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

Like the folk musics of Spain and North America, the music of Wales has a long and deep connection with that of Ireland; from the bardic schools of the middle ages, which sent harpers and singers between them, to today's folk revival, the two countries have influenced each other unceasingly for centuries.

Daily Meditation: Bound For Glory

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 03.23.2015 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

The Lomax Connection

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 05.20.2015 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

The group's challenge was familiar to anyone in traditional music: interpret source recordings in an interesting way while remaining true to the spirit of the originals.

Daily Meditation: Finding Peace In Love

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 03.18.2015 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

First Nighter: Folk Music Honoring 'Lonesome Traveler' Sure is Folksy

David Finkle | Posted 05.17.2015 | Arts
David Finkle

As writer and director, O'Neil is so intent on keeping Lonesome Traveler at a good-time hootenanny level (remember hootenannies?) that though he brings in some of the harder crises and their "We Shall Overcome" aspects, he doesn't get as analytic as he might.

9 to See at SXSW and a Wu Tang Rumor

Josh Rosenblum | Posted 05.11.2015 | Entertainment
Josh Rosenblum

On top of the thousands of must-see bands and acts for those attending South by Southwest / SXSW in 2015, I've compiled another list that attendees might find useful as we plot out our days and nights of many music genres playing across Austin next week.

Lead Belly: Songster of Mythic Proportions

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 05.06.2015 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

Lead Belly's life was a narrative of mastery and resistance, like Zora Neale Hurston's High John De Conquer or folklore's John Henry. His songs are a vast and varied banquet of Americana cooked up and served through the genius of one man.

Peter, Paul and Theo in Concert and Discussion

Brad Schreiber | Posted 05.04.2015 | Entertainment
Brad Schreiber

When Andrea Grossman of Writers Bloc booked Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey from the folk music group Peter, Paul and Mary and Theodore Bikel to boot, it was more than a concert and discussion.

Carlos Núñez Concert Honoring Alan Lomax's Spanish Fieldwork

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 05.02.2015 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

Lomax, who lived in Europe for most of the 1950s because he had been blacklisted at home, loved Galician music, and shared Carlos's belief that Galicia was essentially Celtic, which greatly colored his fieldwork.