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From Small Day to Sonar: Festival Season Is in Full Swing

Sean Bradford | Posted 06.24.2015 | Entertainment
Sean Bradford

Summer is officially here and that means more festivals than you can count and live music almost everywhere you turn. Growing up in Texas, Lollapalooza was the only festival I ever attended.

Starset to Deliver Out-of-This-World Performance at Long Island Planetarium

Brittany Hodak | Posted 06.19.2015 | Entertainment
Brittany Hodak

Starset, whose unique style has been dubbed "cinematic rock," isn't your average rock band. That's thanks in large part to lead singer Dustin Bates, who as a Ph.D. candidate in electrical engineering and a former teacher at the International Space University, is anything but your average musician.

The James Brown Dance Party Is My Happy Place

Taraleigh Weathers | Posted 06.17.2015 | Entertainment
Taraleigh Weathers

The more I expose myself to live music, the easier it is for me to infuse those feelings of pure joy and happiness to seep into my everyday experience. The James Brown Dance Party is the band that does that for me to the max.

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.

Canaan Smith: One of Country's Best New Sounds of Summer

Brittany Hodak | Posted 06.05.2015 | Entertainment
Brittany Hodak

Country fans with tickets to Dierks Bentley's 40-city Sounds of Summer Tour, which kicks off June 5 in Raleigh, will be doing themselves a major disservice if they don't show up to venues early.

Nick Gerlach From Turbo Suit is Really as Awesome as He Seems

Taraleigh Weathers | Posted 05.28.2015 | Entertainment
Taraleigh Weathers

If you haven't heard of Turbo Suit yet you're in luck. Today's a new day and the perfect day to discover some new music. Turbo Suit is a vibrant voice in live electronic music.

What We're Really Fighting For

Jonathan Byrd | Posted 05.22.2015 | Politics
Jonathan Byrd

This weekend, I'm thinking about the real value of the "cheap" gas we're burning, the real value of a small plastic bottle of clean water, the real value of an American soldier.

John Smrtic: Yogi, Vegan and Awesome

Taraleigh Weathers | Posted 05.21.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Taraleigh Weathers

John Smrtic is one of my most amazing friends, and I have a lot of amazing friends. He took his passion for yoga and live music and made it into a suc...

My First Online Date

Harper Spero | Posted 05.14.2015 | Women
Harper Spero

I want to be adored. I want to be loved and embraced for every bit of me, quirks and flaws included, no, especially. I want someone to appreciate me and value me. I'm excited for this new journey that I'm on. I can do this. I will do this. I am doing this.

Chaos vs. Control

Jon Foreman | Posted 05.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Jon Foreman

The space between Chaos and Control: "Beauty is mysterious as well as terrible. God and the devil are fighting there, and the battlefield is the h...

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

Kurt Ellenberger | Posted 06.29.2015 | 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 06.27.2015 | 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 06.24.2015 | 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 06.24.2015 | 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 06.21.2015 | 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 06.15.2015 | 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 05.18.2015 | 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.