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Astoria Characters: The Servant of Syncopation

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 07.19.2016 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

The first thing you see in Mark A. Thomas' apartment is the Roland digital piano. It's big and black, and you have to dance around it, as Dick Van D...

The Joy of Doing and Failing at What You Love As an Emerging Adult

Summer Luk | Posted 06.03.2016 | College
Summer Luk

Like many recent college graduates, I was hit with the fear of entering "real" life, where for the first time, I have to truly take responsibility for...

Laurie Anderson: Advice to the Young

Louisiana Channel | Posted 05.31.2016 | Arts
Louisiana Channel

"Be loose!" The legendary multimedia artist, musician and film director Laurie Anderson puts it as simply and clearly as that when she here advises ar...

Astoria Characters: The Violinist

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 05.24.2016 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Why the violin? Marina Fragoulis isn't quite sure why she chose it. She was 10, and all she knew was that, for no particular reason, she didn't want...

Feel So Bad, So Good: Blues/Soul Singer Julie Rhodes at The Lizard Lounge

Sheila Moeschen | Posted 05.03.2016 | Entertainment
Sheila Moeschen

Julie Rhodes wants to make you feel bad in the best possible way. The crowd sandwiched into The Lizard Lounge, one of Boston's storied, shaggy music v...

Let's Hail the Purple Prince of Musical Peace

Maya Mathias | Posted 04.28.2016 | Entertainment
Maya Mathias

As a child of the 80s, I was more enthralled by mainstream Michael Jackson, Madonna and Cyndi Lauper than by edgy Prince. My life had little angst, so Prince's dark and dangerous persona held little appeal.

Paisley: A Pattern Made For A Prince

Alona Elkayam | Posted 04.25.2016 | Style
Alona Elkayam

Prince loved patterns. We know that because he named his recording studio, Paisley Park, after one of the oldest patterns in history.

A Poem about Prince titled "Alas"

Peter Reynosa | Posted 04.25.2016 | Entertainment
Peter Reynosa

Creative Commons via Wikimedia Commons, Graffiti in Vitoria-Gasteiz (Spain), 2009, Zarateman This is a poem I just wrote about Prince, and it is titl...

Being Yourself In The Coldest Rain On The Darkest Night In Your Black Windbreaker

Sidney Chase | Posted 04.19.2016 | Black Voices
Sidney Chase

Virginia native McKinley Dixon has been in the game for a minute. He knows what he wants and he is passionate about prensenting himself authentically above all. McKinley is more than just a rapper or a hip hop connoisseur. He's somewhat of a Picasso, he's truly an artist.

Megan O'Malley: Her Space in a Piece of History

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 03.31.2016 | Women
Johnathan Lee Iverson

When Megan O'Malley got the call to join the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® band, she was concerned. "Initially I was apprehensive," she says. "The trombonist before me was also a woman."

An NYU Transgender Musician's Journey to Self-love

Summer Luk | Posted 03.28.2016 | Queer Voices
Summer Luk

Dealing with any change is difficult, but for me, moving across country and identifying with my correct gender, turned whole life turned around.

Gwen Stefani Says Returning To Music Was A Spiritual Experience

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 03.22.2016 | Religion

Gwen Stefani opened up about what it felt like to return to her first love -- songwriting -- after going through a period of intense personal struggle...

The Role of the Musician and Artist in Tense Social Times By Nedelka F. Prescod

New England Conservatory | Posted 02.24.2016 | Arts
New England Conservatory

As a musician, or as an Artist, as I prefer to think of myself, I often feel there is way too much pressure on us creatives to be this undefinable super-being for the world.

Up-and-Coming Artists Dish on Breaking Into the Entertainment Business

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 02.03.2016 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

How do you break into the entertainment biz? Whether it is the silver screen or the rock 'n' roll stage, getting there is an incredibly hard journey and many more make the trip than those who arrive.

Jon Butcher: From Behind the Six String

Jason Landry | Posted 01.29.2016 | Entertainment
Jason Landry

Jon Butcher is a recognized American rock and blues guitarist and songwriter from the Boston music scene whose career has spanned more than thirty years. I caught up with Jon and talked about the songwriters who have inspired him, the difference in writing for himself vs. writing for television and movies, and his newest CD titled 2ROADS EAST.

Astoria Characters: The New Father

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 01.19.2016 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Kyle Marshall is still new at this father stuff, and he wants to make sure he's doing a good job.

Astoria Characters: The Family Portrait

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 12.22.2015 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

It was art that drew them together. Patricia Boes, the official artist in the family, doesn't remember exactly when it happened. She does recall th...

Josh Smith: From Behind the Six String

Jason Landry | Posted 11.19.2015 | Entertainment
Jason Landry

Thirty years of playing and Josh Smith is still learning new tricks. His most recent CD, Over Your Head, is filled with gritty, rockin' blues with guest appearances by Kirk Fletcher and Joe Bonamassa.

Mystery and the Psyche

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 11.18.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Jane Simon, M.D.

"It began in mystery, and it will end in mystery, but what a savage & beautiful country lies in between." This beautiful quote by poet Diane Ackerman...

Final Days for John Singer Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 10.02.2015 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

The exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art John Singer Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends is in its final days, ending October 4th. I was fortunate to be invited to give two talks during the exhibit examining Sargent's work from an artist perspective.

I Love My Pitbull, And So Can You

The Huffington Post | John Trowbridge | Posted 08.25.2015 | Comedy

Hello, My name is John. I'm a writer, a brother and (up until this week) the silent owner of several Pitbull albums, concert DVDs, tanks, shot glasses...

Highly Suspect's Johnny Stevens Bares All (and Gives Zero F*cks)

Lauren Kruczyk | Posted 07.21.2016 | Entertainment
Lauren Kruczyk

Don't be mistaken -- Highly Suspect is definitely not your average "boy band." So exactly what is it about this trio that makes them so special? Well, aside from their striking good looks... just about everything.

Scale the Summit -- The Odyssey Begins

Lauren Kruczyk | Posted 07.16.2016 | Entertainment
Lauren Kruczyk

Scale the Summit, an American instrumental and progressive rock band based out of Houston, isn't your average cup o' joe.

Astoria Characters: The Music Mama

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 07.13.2016 | 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.

Ornette Coleman, Jazz Saxophonist, Dies At 85

Reuters | Bill Trot | Posted 06.11.2015 | Black Voices

(Reuters) - Ornette Coleman, a self-taught alto saxophone player who polarized the jazz world with his unconventional "free jazz" before coming to be ...