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The Loneliest Man I Ever Met: Chats With Kinky Friedman, Alberta Cross' Petter Ericson Stakee, Astrella and Dr. Stephen Greenberg, Plus an Amanda Lamb Exclusive

Mike Ragogna | Posted 10.20.2015 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

The new album The Loneliest Man I Ever Met is literally the first album of new material in 32 years. What the hell, Kinky Friedman!

Buster Poindexter Subversive at the Café Carlyle

Regina Weinreich | Posted 10.05.2015 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

In case you were wondering about his rocker roots, David Johansen can be seen in a photograph flashing amidst many images in the documentary Robert Fr...

Would Pope Francis Eat A Chocolate Jesus?

Rabbi Deborah R. Prinz | Posted 09.15.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Deborah R. Prinz

At least a couple of chocolate makers, neither of them Catholic, sell Jesus shaped chocolates. In the days leading up to the first visit of Pope Francis to the United States, the Vatican has announced new approaches to annulments and has encouraged priests to forgive abortion.

You Just Kinda Wasted My Precious Time: Dylan's Cold Apperance on Letterman a Let-Down

Lauren Daley | Posted 05.26.2015 | Entertainment
Lauren Daley

If my dad or mom calls me after 11 p.m., my first thought is not emergency, but that one of them just found either Bob Dylan or Neil Young on TV. We Daleys are a proud Dylan-and-Young-loving people.

Fuck Joy!

Francis Levy | Posted 06.24.2015 | Books
Francis Levy

Joy may be associated with so called Dionysiac type experiences in which wine and other substances produce the illusion of oneness with nature and others--an illusion that's quickly dispelled by the path of destruction generally left in the wake of such experiences.

The Most Popular Drugs In Rock Lyrics

The Huffington Post | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 10.11.2014 | Entertainment

We've examined the most talked about drugs in hip-hop and the rappers who were talking about them the most, and now Project Know has applied the same ...

A Drum God, Juno Jammers and Superheroes: Conversations with Terry Bozzio, July Talk and Magic Man

Mike Ragogna | Posted 08.29.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

What was playing with Frank Zappa like and how did he influence you? What are your favorite recordings with him?

Easy Listener: 5 You-Gotta-Have CDS From Five You-Must-Know Women

David Finkle | Posted 08.05.2014 | Entertainment
David Finkle

If you like great songs -- not necessarily great songs you already know -- and you like women delivering them, here are CDs that you'd be extremely foolish to think you can live without:

Chuck E.'s Still in Love: Chatting with Chuck E. Weiss, Plus an Ariana & The Rose Exclusive

Mike Ragogna | Posted 06.13.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

CW: "Look, I'm not a very disciplined person. I kind of like to have a deadline before I do something, and these guys are my friends, they know that about me, so I guess it was time to do another album."

Haim's 'The Wire' vs. HBO's 'The Wire'

Posted 01.25.2014 | TV

If every time you saw Haim's "The Wire" pop up in your playlist last year you thought of the critically acclaimed HBO show, know now that you were not...

A Conversation With Chris Isaak, Plus an Exclusive from The Record Company

Mike Ragogna | Posted 02.08.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"I made a Christmas album years back. You only get to sing Christmas songs one time a year and this is it. My drummer Kenny and I got together yesterday and we were singing Christmas songs all day. So we're ready."

Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman and Beyond: Conversations with Norman Lear & Mary Kay Place

Mike Ragogna | Posted 01.26.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"In television terms, one Betty White covers the entire demographic of seventy to a hundred and three. I think funny is funny and interesting is interesting."

Remission With an *

Bret Hoekema | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Bret Hoekema

Asterisks aside, no one on my medical team seems disappointed by the PET results. In the eyes of many, I am in remission. I will learn to accept this as good news. I'll continue to believe that I'm on the cusp of complete remission.

New Indie Music Gems From LA's Underground

Xaque Gruber | Posted 01.23.2014 | Los Angeles
Xaque Gruber

Happily, L.A.'s locally grown music scene is as vibrant and diverse as ever with a slew of recent independent E.P.s and L.P.s so fresh and creative, they deserve your love and attention -- and airplay (KCRW and KCSN are you listening?).

Tom Waits for No Man

Al DeLuise | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Al DeLuise

In the late '70s, I saw Tom Waits and Leon Redbone with my friend Rob in the community theatre in Morristown, New Jersey. It's not a big venue, but the place was sold out.

EdTang: Why Not Live Till You Die?

Marcel Hidalgo | Posted 11.18.2013 | Arts
Marcel Hidalgo

EdTang tells it like it is: Seize the moment because the moment is all we have. He is a folk singer with a raspy voice similar to Tom Waits. And what comes out of his gritty voice communicates the message to contemplate less and act more.

Sam Baker's Remarkable New Album

Steven Rosen | Posted 10.30.2013 | Entertainment
Steven Rosen

While the record has an overall spare sound, primarily the yearning, rugged folksinger and his acoustic guitar, Baker the producer varies things with back-up singers and session musicians on piano, pedal steel, electric guitar (Gurf Morlix on "Feast") and strings.

Lot's Wife, Noah's Ark and Rogues Gallery: Sea Music Recordings

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 09.30.2013 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

There's a thriving scene for historical and contemporary sea music, with festivals all over. Here in the U.S., the premiere festival is at Mystic Seaport in Connecticut, and last month my band Ocean Celtic was lucky enough to play there and meet many of the great sea music performers.

A Chat With ASCAP President Paul Williams, Plus Exclusives from Modern Machines, Eli Mardock, Matthew J. Tow and Creed Bratton

Mike Ragogna | Posted 09.01.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Eli Mardock is premiering a new song with us today called "If You're With Me, Then You're Against Me." The haunting and dream-like tune appears on the Nebraskan singer/songwriter's debut full length, Everything Happens For The First Time.

Spirit In The Room: A Conversation with Tom Jones, Plus The Adversary's 'De La Luna' Video Premiere

Mike Ragogna | Posted 06.22.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna


Hearts of Darkness

George Heymont | Posted 03.08.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

The opportunity to experience works like Woyzeck, The Threepenny Opera, Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, and The Beggar's Opera in an extremely intimate theatre like the 100-seat Ashby Stage make them far more gritty and accessible.

Dog Ears Music: Born in December Playlist

The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin | Posted 02.06.2013 | Entertainment
The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin

This week our playlist includes music by Paul Westerberg, Carl & Dennis Wilson, Eddie Vedder, Benny Spellman, Tom Waits and more.

Dog Ears Music: Kill the Turkey Playlist

The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin | Posted 01.16.2013 | Entertainment
The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin

This week our playlist includes music by Gregory & The Hawk, The O'Jays, Cory Williams, Elvis Costello, Thelonious Monk and more.

Juice Newton: Still The Queen of Hearts in San Francisco

Greg Archer | Posted 01.12.2013 | San Francisco
Greg Archer

Five-time Grammy-nominated performer Juice Newton, whose hits "Angel of the Morning" and, of course, "Queen of Hearts," found her celebrity soaring back in the '80s, is rooted in folk music and some '60s pop and rock.

Conversations With Keith Harkin and The Pines, Plus Larry and His Flask's Video Exclusive

Mike Ragogna | Posted 01.12.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna