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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.

No Pity Party Here -- Melanie Martinez's Cry Baby Hits #1 on the Alternative Albums Chart

Lauren Kruczyk | Posted 08.21.2015 | Entertainment
Lauren Kruczyk

Melanie Martinez released her debut album, Cry Baby, on August 14th, and it's already topping the charts. With the #1 spot on the Alternative Albums Chart and #4 on the iTunes albums chart, no tears shall be shed anytime soon!

The Impact of Music

Jessica Denis | Posted 08.06.2015 | Entertainment
Jessica Denis

Have you ever noticed what a profound change music can make on a person? It can change their mood in just a few notes, or it can make a person truly introspective within a chord.

Notice Me. The Struggle and Everyday Plea of the Independent Artist.

Chad McKinsey - Kinsey Ry | Posted 07.31.2015 | Entertainment
Chad McKinsey - Kinsey Ry

In every artist's journey to find recognition and acceptance we sometimes lose the passion that brings us to make music in the first place: the feeling that art gives us.

The Vanity -- Real Talk with Frontman Alex Dugan

Lauren Kruczyk | Posted 07.21.2015 | Entertainment
Lauren Kruczyk

Meet The Vanity, a band that recently broke into Austin's competitive music scene and is tearing it up with their raw talent.

Astoria Characters: The Music Mama

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 07.14.2015 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Singer. Songwriter. Musician. Performer. Wife. Mother. Worker. Shelly Bhushan lists these labels -- she doesn't think she has left any out -- and adds juggler. That's the one word that defines her life.

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.

Headbanging Tot Rocks Out To Rage Against The Machine, Knows That Music Iz Lyfe

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 06.16.2015 | Good News

This kid WILL rock you. In a video uploaded to YouTube, a toddler jams out to Rage Against The Machine's "Bulls On Parade" while playing Guitar He...

G. Love on Sugar, Keith Richards' Book and Signature Guitars

Jens Erik Gould | Posted 06.08.2015 | Entertainment
Jens Erik Gould

Last year, the artist also known as Garrett Dutton released a record with the original members of his famed trio G. Love and Special Sauce for the first time in a decade. And this month, he begins a summer tour including both solo and full band shows.

You Just Kinda Wasted My Precious Time: Dylan's Cold Apperance on Letterman a Let-Down

Lauren Daley | Posted 05.26.2015 | Entertainment
Lauren Daley

If my dad or mom calls me after 11 p.m., my first thought is not emergency, but that one of them just found either Bob Dylan or Neil Young on TV. We Daleys are a proud Dylan-and-Young-loving people.

The Day I Watched My Father Make Music In A Retirement Home

Stephen Harris | Posted 05.22.2015 | Fifty
Stephen Harris

I had gone into an old folks' home with dad a couple of years prior to take a chair to one of his friends. I was horrified. It was an eye opener as I found many of the people inside of the home were actually already dead with their heads hanging, but they were still using oxygen.

B.B. King Remembered (VIDEO)

Tavis Smiley | Posted 05.15.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Tune in Friday and Monday nights as we pay tribute to the life and legacy of legendary blues guitarist B.B. King, who has passed away at the age of 89. We last spoke with B.B. in 2013 for a two-part conversation about his life and extraordinary career. In this clip, B.B. tells the famous story of how he named his guitar "Lucille."

A Rock God's Spiritual Journey: How Rock Stars Live Their Purpose and How You Can Too

Dragos Bratasanu | Posted 05.07.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Dragos Bratasanu

Steve Vai is a Grammy Award winning musician and probably the most inspiring guitarist in the world. In his interview for my new movie The Amazing Y...

The Young Guns on Touring, Thailand and Beer with Ricky Gervais

Lauren Kruczyk | Posted 06.29.2015 | Entertainment
Lauren Kruczyk

Meet the Young Guns, an English rock band whose sound has been described as "the Killers meets The Academy Is..." With a history that includes a no. ...

Get Ready for the Sound of Kaleo

Lauren Kruczyk | Posted 05.01.2015 | Entertainment
Lauren Kruczyk

Haven't heard of Kaleo? Listen to "All the Pretty Girls" and you'll have 'em on repeat.

Michael Thompson: Notes From a Rock Guitar Giant

Todd Felderstein | Posted 06.29.2015 | Entertainment
Todd Felderstein

Throughout the 90's you would be hard pressed to find at least one tune in the Top 10 that didn't have Michael Thompson playing lead guitar. As one of the most sought after session guitar players in the music business, MT remains in high demand by many of the top music producers in the business today.

My Adventures in Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar

Andrew Wang | Posted 06.22.2015 | Hawaii
Andrew Wang

As an owner of capital management company, I usually write articles under Money so chalk this one up to The Third Metric. My avocation as a musician is my way of becoming more creative, productive and connected.

The Sound of José González

Joseph Vella | Posted 06.21.2015 | Entertainment
Joseph Vella

In a musical age where most everything is temporary or over-produced, José's music is the opposite - it draws you in, it's entrancing and demands that you listen.

Gratitude And Grief

Owen Griffith | Posted 06.17.2015 | Fifty
Owen Griffith

In my life, one of the people I am most grateful for is my oldest brother Steve. Steve was a musician, a naturalist and poet. He taught me how to play guitar, took me back-packing, encouraged me to read great literature, like Moby Dick, and inspired me to write.

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

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.

Astoria Characters: The Trivia Guy You Saw on TV

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 01.18.2015 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Well-known fact: Ken Jennings won $100,000 yesterday on Who Wants To Be a Millionaire. Little-known fact: Tony Hightower is the guy who couldn't give him the right answer.

50 Years Later, Peter Yarrow Still Asks, 'When Will They Ever Learn?'

Michael Levin | Posted 01.15.2015 | Arts
Michael Levin

Yarrow credits his half-century of performing with Peter, Paul and Mary for giving him a platform that allows him to address global issues -- the Middle East and climate change, among others -- at the highest levels. At least as important, his musical legacy affords him credibility with kids.

Rising Pop Star Megan Nicole Talks About Her Debut Album 'Escape'... and Batman

Ilana Rapp | Posted 12.23.2014 | Entertainment
Ilana Rapp

Megan Nicole is probably on your kids' music playlist. If you're a kid and she's NOT on your playlist, then hello, it's time to check her out! Adults, you should also be checking her out. Here's why...

My Chats with Tom Rush

Lauren Daley | Posted 12.09.2014 | Entertainment
Lauren Daley

Rush, 73, has a voice that has only warmed and deepened with age -- he sounds better now than he did 40 years ago.