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Ted Gioia's Bar Talk: Can a Musicologist Make Club Owners Pay More?

Kurt Ellenberger | Posted 04.29.2015 | Arts
Kurt Ellenberger

How many club owners would ask Lady Gaga or Keith Jarrett to play for free? None. Why? Because both artists can generate ticket sales and bar receipts that exceed their fees -- a mutually beneficial arrangement for both the club owner and the artist, which is how it must be.

This Is Why Freekbass Is a Bass and Epic Life Magician

Taraleigh Weathers | Posted 04.29.2015 | Entertainment
Taraleigh Weathers

Freekbass is still a magician because when he has a bass in his hands, magic happens. I have been drawn to his magic for years and I'm so grateful to shine a light onto all of his awesome.

Darkness Disguised As Light: An Interview With King Woman

Summer Noblé | Posted 04.27.2015 | Entertainment
Summer Noblé

Front woman of Bay Area's dark, doom and dreamlike King Woman, Kristina Esfandiari, talks growing up in a spiritually oppressive environment, music as a form of therapy, and the band's first EP: the haunting and addictive "Doubt"

Unifier Festival in Tolland, Massachusetts

Morena Duwe | Posted 04.27.2015 | Entertainment
Morena Duwe

When like-minded individuals gather together for the sake of unity, anything is possible. With so many festivals these days, it becomes difficult to discern which ones are for profit, which ones are for change, which ones are unique and which ones just are.

America's 12 Greatest Music Cities, Ranked

Thrillist | Posted 04.21.2015 | Travel
Thrillist

Since you pretty much never go anywhere anymore without headphones blasting music into your ear holes, a city's music scene ranks pretty close to its restaurants and bars in terms of cultural goings-on. Did your hometown make the cut?

Coachella 2015: Up Close

Lindsey Best | Posted 04.15.2015 | Entertainment
Lindsey Best

Every year Coachella goers expect a substantial line-up that offers at least a little bit for everybody, and this year was no exception.

How Eric Krasno Is Changing the Music Industry One Jam at a Time

Taraleigh Weathers | Posted 03.19.2015 | Entertainment
Taraleigh Weathers

Throughout his 20 years in the music industry, Eric Krasno has never fit into any single defined role. In addition to his guitar playing in Soulive and Lettuce, both of which he helped co-found, he's established himself as an in-demand producer and songwriter.

How Kunj Shah Took His Love for Phish and Turned It Into a Successful Business

Taraleigh Weathers | Posted 04.25.2015 | Entertainment
Taraleigh Weathers

At the age of 27, Kunj Shah has accomplished more than most in the music industry. The young yet powerful owner of Live for Live Music, a music media, marketing and production company, has his hands and feet in just about everything he can.

Perfect Weekend for the Festivals

Tom Falco | Posted 04.17.2015 | Miami
Tom Falco

The weather could not be more perfect for the Coconut Grove Arts Festival and St. Stephen's Art Show running all weekend in the center of Coconut Grove. 50 degrees in the morning, 60 degrees during the day, under bright sunshine, is perfect for strolling the festivals.

Live & Dangerous: February 2015

Jeff Pollack | Posted 03.23.2015 | Arts
Jeff Pollack

Festival season is almost upon us! But no need to skimp on live music while we wait for our favorite spring/summer events like Coachella and Bonaroo to arrive. Here are 3 emerging artists playing the west coast next month that are well worth fighting the winter blues to check out live.

Why Twiddle Just Might Be Your New Favorite Band

Taraleigh Weathers | Posted 03.15.2015 | Entertainment
Taraleigh Weathers

Twiddle is a band that I have been seeing for awhile now. The group consists of a bunch of dudes that started a band in college. They have grown and blossomed into something amazing that everyone and their mothers are talking about.

Exclusive Interview With Slow Magic

Morena Duwe | Posted 03.14.2015 | Entertainment
Morena Duwe

Identity has become such an important part of the musician's lifestyle that it can sometimes supersede the music itself. The image of the rock star or the super star DJ is inundating our psyches through social media, billboards, advertisements, radio, television and film.

Live in the Vineyard Selects Artists With a Key Ingredient: A Big Heart

Alexis Sclamberg | Posted 02.22.2015 | Entertainment
Alexis Sclamberg

Last month, I had the honor of attending Live in the Vineyard, a magical (and exclusive) music, food and wine festival in Napa, California. Twice a ye...

Ryan Adams, Conor Oberst, and David Gray Perform at VPAC for KCSN's Benefit Show

Lindsey Best | Posted 02.17.2015 | Entertainment
Lindsey Best

On Friday night three artists who all rightfully could have headlined such a show came together to play a benefit for the beloved CSUN radio station KCSN 88.5 Los Angeles.

Even Musicians Get Stage Fright: An Interview With Keyboardist Todd Stoops

Taraleigh Weathers | Posted 02.04.2015 | Entertainment
Taraleigh Weathers

I'm so grateful Raq and Kung Fu's keyboardist Todd Stoops took the time out of his busy life to share what makes him tick, turns him on in life and the obstacles he's overcome.

Live & Dangerous: Holidays 2014

Jeff Pollack | Posted 01.31.2015 | Arts
Jeff Pollack

Tis the season! And what better way to end the year than with some live music. Here are our recommendations for three end-of-year shows, featuring some exciting emerging acts that are sure to be the talk of 2015.

Recording Is the Art of Forgetting - Enjoy Yourself

Jon Foreman | Posted 01.31.2015 | Arts
Jon Foreman

We want to acknowledge the worth of the present tense -- to take a picture, to write it down. But as I look out from stage night after night at a sea of cell phones, I wonder whether anyone could really capture a moment?

The Lucent Dossier Experience Returns to Las Vegas on 12/5 And 12/6

Morena Duwe | Posted 01.26.2015 | Entertainment
Morena Duwe

Running away to join the circus has become much more enticing since the emergence of electro-cirque tribe, The Lucent Dossier Experience. Combining a neo-tribal, steam punk aesthetic with orchestral electronic music creates a rich and textured palette for your senses.

Baron Wolman: Unseen Woodstock

Julie Grahame | Posted 01.21.2015 | Arts
Julie Grahame

Baron Wolman was Rolling Stone magazine's first photographer, working with stars such as Janis Joplin, The Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, and all the greats of the day.

Chris Young: Country Music's Superstar Next Door

Brittany Hodak | Posted 12.30.2014 | Entertainment
Brittany Hodak

Unassuming country music star Chris Young describes himself as "a normal dude who just happens to have a really freakin' cool job." While the "cool job" part is clear-he's toured with everyone from George Strait to Miranda Lambert-Young's accomplishments place him squarely ahead of the "normal dude" pack.

It's About So More Than Music for Festival Promoter Paul Levine

Taraleigh Weathers | Posted 12.29.2014 | Entertainment
Taraleigh Weathers

Paul Levin is a man who is in love with live music. He has successfully taken his passion for live music and turned it into a successful career as a music festival promoter.

Music Turns Suwannee Hulaween's Promoter Michael Berg On

Taraleigh Weathers | Posted 12.21.2014 | Entertainment
Taraleigh Weathers

Michael Berg is a music fanatic that took his love for live music and festivals and turned it into a full-fledged successful business that turns him o...

Czech's Mix Part 3: Clarinet Factory (VIDEO)

Michal Shapiro | Posted 12.04.2014 | Arts
Michal Shapiro

One of the surprising performances at the Crossroads Festival (part of the Colours of Ostrava Festival) in Czech Republic, was from the ensemble called the Clarinet Factory. Made up of heavily classically credentialed players, they made music that was seductive to the ear.

Live & Dangerous: Fall 2014

Jeff Pollack | Posted 11.24.2014 | Arts
Jeff Pollack

Summer may be over, but that doesn't mean you still can't find time to enjoy some spectacular live music. There are plenty of great shows this month happening all over the country, from LA to NYC.

Riot Fest Music Festival 2014: Up Close (Photos)

Lindsey Best | Posted 11.18.2014 | Entertainment
Lindsey Best

This year, in celebration of their 10th year anniversary, 10 bands performed their classic albums in their entirety.