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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 Ackerm...

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 07.22.2015 | 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 07.17.2015 | 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 07.14.2015 | 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.

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 ...

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.

RIGHT NEXT DOOR: Mark Guglielmo, Rapper, Artist, Photographer

Ian Spanier | Posted 06.30.2015 | Los Angeles
Ian Spanier

Somewhat distracted and aimless when he was in high school, Guglielmo finally began to find himself when a friend gave him an early hip-hop LP -- w...

Daniel Lanois: Advice to the Young

Louisiana Channel | Posted 06.29.2015 | Arts
Louisiana Channel

"Should one be so lucky to find something they are good at, then pursue it with full passion, man." Spot-on advice from one of the world's most sought-after producers Daniel Lanois, who forwards wisdom from the legendary Brian Eno.

Koji: More than Just a Pretty Face

Holley Perry | Posted 05.25.2015 | Entertainment
Holley Perry

On top of being a singer/songwriter, Koji is also an activist, designer and photographer. He is truly a rare find these days. While most of us are struggling to get through the day, Koji is doing whatever he can to help other people.

David Lyve: The Music and the Man

Kelsey Minor | Posted 05.11.2015 | Entertainment
Kelsey Minor

I first met David Lyve in the fall when he was a part of a music showcase at SOBs in SoHo here in New York City. When it was his time to hit the stage, the announcer called out his name and he emerged from the crowded room of people playing the strings of his guitar.

5 Powerful Leadership Lessons From Musicians

Simon Tam | Posted 05.05.2015 | Small Business
Simon Tam

In 2010, Lady Gaga tweeted a photo of herself standing in front of the marquee at Madison Square Garden. Later that night, she explained how she would dream that one day her name would be in lights at the venue.

Astoria Characters: The Bird Lady

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 04.11.2015 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

"The Bird Lady of Astoria," as everyone calls her, has been known to drive her chair all the way to Astoria Park, which is about 5 miles from her apartment. It's no big deal , she says, because the chair can go 15 miles without a recharge.

Astoria Characters: The Sax Player

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 03.28.2015 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Carol Sudhalter, the founder of Astoria Big Band and the quartet that bears her name, walks into this improv stage, which is her living room and the room she does most of her living in. She hoists Betty, a big brassy baritone sax, and cradles it in her arms like a baby.

How My Secret Music Came to Be

Amy Kress | Posted 03.16.2015 | Denver
Amy Kress

Every event, every obstacle is part of the puzzle. I have to trust that this is all part of the big picture because it just seems too huge and traumatizing to be random.

What 'Whiplash' Can Teach Us About Pushing A 'Great' Too Far

Murray Rosenbaum | Posted 03.09.2015 | Teen
Murray Rosenbaum

Their amazing skill and passion for music, as well as pushing the limits of their own personal capabilities for the sake of the art, rocketed them to the top of the music world. But what created them? What drove them to be better than anyone else and exceed that even?

'Little' Jimmy Dickens, Oldes Opry Member, Has Died

AP | Posted 03.04.2015 | Entertainment

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Little Jimmy Dickens, a diminutive singer-songwriter known for his sense of humor and as the oldest cast member of the Grand...

WATCH: 7-year-old Violinist Hopes To Bring Peace Through Music

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 12.07.2014 | Black Voices

Meet Leah Flynn, a pint-sized violin prodigy with a heart of gold. At just 7-years-old, Leah has become an extraordinary violinist whose recorded ...