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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Silence Speaks? A Silent Film "Strike" as The Word Recapture Their "Soul"

Jon Chattman | Posted 11.18.2015 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

It's like Debbie Gibson used to say "Silence Speaks (A Thousand Words)." It's so true, and that segues quite nicely into today's A-Sides sessions - we...

Chatting With Andrea Morricone, John Scofield and Derek Fawcett... Plus an Immigrant Union Exclusive

Mike Ragogna | Posted 12.10.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

John Scofield: "We are all, and have always been composers. On this record each member brought in songs we composed on our own at home, each guy hammering it out in their own way."

Tarpaper Sky and Conversations: Interviews with Rodney Crowell and Stanton Moore

Mike Ragogna | Posted 06.15.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"Once we caught on to the sounds we were making, from there on we were rolling. Pretty much everything you hear with the exception of a fiddle here or there and a couple of background voices was what we produced on the floor."

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."

Drummer Matt Wilson Summons All to His Gathering Call

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 05.17.2014 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

Matt Wilson is a practitioner of the art of rhythmic chicanery where he uses various sounds and stick techniques to create a cacophony of clicks, bangs and splashes all brilliantly timed and masterfully in tune to the music.

A Different Time: A Conversation With John Medeski, Chatting With 2Cellos, and Thom Chacon's "Chasing The Pain" Exclusive

Mike Ragogna | Posted 06.14.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Singer-songwriter Thom Chacon has elevated his poignant Americana sound alongside that of John Prine, Willie Nelson and Guy Clark, to name but three. Like Woody Guthrie's Dust Bowl ballads, Chacon's characters face hard times and desperation.

On the Culture Front: North Sea Jazz Festival and Beyond

Chris Kompanek | Posted 01.19.2013 | New York
Chris Kompanek

I found myself in Rotterdam this summer covering the North Sea Jazz Festival, one of the largest of its kind that takes place each year in the seaside Dutch town just outside of the more famous "dam."

"Crazy Crazy": Introducing Guinevere, Plus Chatting With Four Year Strong's Alan Day and Gregory Rogove

Mike Ragogna | Posted 03.23.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna


Anthems, World Changers and Western Teleports: Chatting With Naughty By Nature, John Medeski and Emperor X

Mike Ragogna | Posted 02.10.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna


Neil Young's Bridge School Exclusive: Dave Matthews' "Too Much," Plus Chatting With Johnny Winter, Queen's Roger Taylor and Yes' Steve Howe

Mike Ragogna | Posted 12.04.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna


Ecstatic Music Festival Interview #4: Owen Pallett

Daniel J. Kushner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Daniel J. Kushner

On March 9 at 7:30 p.m. in New York City's Merkin Hall, Ecstatic Music Festival all-star Nadia Sirota joins two indie songwriters -- pianist Thomas Ba...

Ecstatic Music Festival Interview #3: Gabriel Kahane

Daniel J. Kushner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Daniel J. Kushner

The Ecstatic Music Festival is now entering the home stretch. And while the festival hinges on the creation and performance of new works conceived wi...

Ecstatic Music Festival: The First Week in Review

Daniel J. Kushner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Daniel J. Kushner

Note: Because the Ecstatic Music Festival is in large part meant to highlight brand new works that are born from collaboration between artists, for th...

Ecstatic Music Festival Interview #2: Alarm Will Sound's Alan Pierson and Matt Marks

Daniel J. Kushner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Daniel J. Kushner

Two members of the contemporary music band Alarm Will Sound discuss the group's upcoming concert and the importance of composer Steve Reich.

Ecstatic Music Festival Interview #1: Jefferson Friedman

Daniel J. Kushner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Daniel J. Kushner

In a recent phone conversation, Jefferson Friedman and I discussed "record" versus "song cycle," composing on roofs, and New York's "Winter of Love."

WATCH: Best Under-The-Radar Music To See At The Ecstatic Music Festival

Daniel J. Kushner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Daniel J. Kushner

With a staggering number of composers, singer-songwriters, and performers contributing their talents to the Ecstatic Music Festival in New York City-...