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Songwriting Icon JD Souther on the First Time He Met 'Muse' Linda Ronstadt

Tavis Smiley | Posted 07.21.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

The recent inductee to the Songwriters Hall of Fame has penned numerous hits for some of music's most celebrated acts, including The Eagles, The Dixie Chicks, and his dear friend Linda Ronstadt. A talented recording artist in his own right, he's out now with his eighth solo album, entitled Tenderness.

My New Course on the Bible in Popular Music

Michael Gilmour | Posted 07.15.2015 | Religion
Michael Gilmour

Conversations about religion in art, and more precisely religious meanings in art are tricky. Lyricists obviously generate those conversations by their use of religious imagery but the relationship between music and (perceived) spiritual meaning has at least as much or more to do with audiences as artists.

How Much of a Man Are You? '80s Hair Metal Explains It All

Laura Lifshitz | Posted 07.14.2015 | Comedy
Laura Lifshitz

These days men can't just be stone-crushing, elephant-lifting, six-pack having babe magnets. Now you have to have an amazing job, 401K, be a great father, and manscape. It's not easy anymore. The days of good looks and pure muscle strength are over, boys.

Here's How Photographer Nigel Skeet Turns Homeless People Into "Rock Stars"

Bibbi Abruzzini | Posted 07.09.2015 | Arts
Bibbi Abruzzini

How do you feel when you find yourself face to face with a homeless person? We know hunger and homelessness are increasing in the United States. Thi...

An Almost Deadhead Demands One More Show

Greg Schwem | Posted 07.08.2015 | Comedy
Greg Schwem

Phil Lesh and Bob Weir, stop unpacking. Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann, put your instruments back on the truck. Cease counting the millions you made from your supposedly final Grateful Dead shows in Chicago this past weekend.

The Future of Religion Is.... The Dead

Gary Laderman | Posted 07.07.2015 | Religion
Gary Laderman

The Grateful Dead is a band, not a religion. They are not a movement in and of themselves, but part of a cultural and religious revolution. Over the decades the band's music and performances and personalities have been a sacred source of meaning and action in the lives of many.

Saturday Night in Oak Bluffs

Jack Schimmelman | Posted 06.30.2015 | Impact
Jack Schimmelman

On a Saturday night at the Portuguese American Club in Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard, a group of guys quietly enter the building, amps and instruments in hand. No roadies.

Forever Young: Rock and Roll As the Antidote to Aging

Chris Corbett | Posted 06.23.2015 | Entertainment
Chris Corbett

A few weeks ago I was visiting a friend in Los Angeles who had recently retired after a lifetime of working in the music industry. Before my visit I had spotted her in a documentary film about an iconic recording session in the 1980s with some of the top names in the business.

Notes From a Dive Bar VIII

Alan Black | Posted 06.07.2015 | San Francisco
Alan Black

Someone came in barking about Yelp! Apparently, it's some kind of site on the Internet. He said I was mentioned on it, rude, grumpy, miserable bastard bartender with a fixed scowl on his face and that is his good points. Something along those lines, so he says.

The Grateful Dead: Never Has a Band Had Such Contempt for Their Fans

Mike Edison | Posted 06.01.2015 | Entertainment
Mike Edison

The massive phenomenon that was the Grateful Dead has never been objectively reported on, an historical anomaly that boils down to what might as well be a Buddhist koan: Pretty much anyone who was there must be immediately eliminated as a reliable witness.

Why Pat Boone Believes He Helped Black Artists by Covering Their Songs

Tavis Smiley | Posted 06.09.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Pat Boone was among the many white artists of the 1950s and '60s who built their careers recording songs originally performed by black Rhythm & Blues artists. Tonight, he responds to criticisms that he and other white singers profited much more than the African American musicians whose songs they covered.

B.B. "The King"

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 05.16.2015 | Entertainment
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

I can't say anything more than others have about B.B. King. Except perhaps that my mother loved her "Blues Boy" more than any other musician in the world. They were both from Mississippi, for one thing. But there was a whole lot more to it than that.

Blond Jesus: Singer Garrett Miller's Creative Eucharist for Marriage Equality and Beyond

Greg Archer | Posted 05.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Greg Archer

Singer-songwriting Garrett Miller may not be the real incarnation of a Gay Messiah but on the creative front, he's definitely rising to the occasion.

Quiet Company: Music to Tick Off Librarians

Holley Perry | Posted 05.12.2015 | Entertainment
Holley Perry

Odds are that you have heard the music of Quiet Company and did not even realize it. They have had music featured on reality shows but don't hold that against them.

Michael Thompson: Notes From a Rock Guitar Giant

Todd Felderstein | Posted 06.29.2015 | Entertainment
Todd Felderstein

Throughout the 90's you would be hard pressed to find at least one tune in the Top 10 that didn't have Michael Thompson playing lead guitar. As one of the most sought after session guitar players in the music business, MT remains in high demand by many of the top music producers in the business today.

Ruining Romance: The '80s Rock Power Ballad

Sheila Moeschen | Posted 06.29.2015 | Entertainment
Sheila Moeschen

The summer I was 13, Kerry Flanagan and I took turns sleeping over at each other's houses. We stayed up all night playing Rummy 500 and listening to Rock101, the local rock station. It was the late-1980s, the high holy days of hair metal, dudes in spandex, and girls in music videos.

Who Are You Now?

Rev. Peter E. Bauer | Posted 06.28.2015 | Entertainment
Rev. Peter E. Bauer

WHO are you in 2015? They are an incredible group of gifted musicians, storytellers and cultural observers who have generated a lot of great music for the past five decades. They have chronicled alienation from authority, lost love and even rage at Autism -- and they have been fun to watch.

A Troop of Echoes: Rock & Roll & Saxophones

Holley Perry | Posted 06.27.2015 | Entertainment
Holley Perry

A Troop of Echoes recorded the majority of their latest album, "The Longest Year on Record," in their hometown of Providence, Rhode Island. Starting this May, they will be leaving Rhode Island and traveling to a town near you.

BOOMTOWN Closes Wonderbound's Season With a Bang

Eden Lane | Posted 06.18.2015 | Arts
Eden Lane

Colorado's Contemporary Dance powerhouse Wonderbound (formerly known as Ballet Nouveau Colorado) has established itself as a major force with a variety of successful collaborations.

Unparalleled Height: Rock Band or Superheroes?

Holley Perry | Posted 06.20.2015 | Entertainment
Holley Perry

If there was not a reason for keeping music in the schools before, here is an example of why music programs are important: Unparalleled Height. This is a band of young guys that all started playing music at an early age.

j and the 9s: They've Got It. You Want It.

Holley Perry | Posted 06.14.2015 | Entertainment
Holley Perry

Photo credit: Shayne Hanley Photo Credit: Maria Vullo First of all, where has this band been all of our lives? The answer is . . . Brooklyn. By...

'The Dark Side of The Moon' Hits the Beacon

Nancy Cohen-koan | Posted 06.08.2015 | Entertainment
Nancy Cohen-koan

It may still be possible to catch remnants of the real Pink Floyd... there are always rumors of reuniting but the last time they all played together was 2005 and since then members have died. So it's a very good thing indeed that Brit Floyd keeps the candle burning.

A Job That Rocks: An Interview With a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Curator

Travelzoo | Posted 05.16.2015 | Travel
Travelzoo

Who gets to reach out to globally famous acts and ask them for their stuff?

12 Songs That Will Make You Fall In Love With Supergroups All Over Again

Posted 03.09.2015 | Entertainment

You know what’s better than one insanely popular band or one extremely successful artist? When they all merge together to create a beautiful, downri...

The Record Shop, Episode #3, "The Dean Martin Record"

Stuart Gunter | Posted 03.04.2015 | Arts
Stuart Gunter

"The Shop follows the day-to-day life of Louis, its one and only clerk. His daily interactions with the regular and one-time customers often resembles...