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"Sydney" and Ghosts in The Sway Machinery: Conversations with Brett Dennen and Jeremiah Lockwood

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Rumor has it Brett Dennen is one of the best singer-songwriters out there.

A Guitar Hero, Guinness, GP, and "Single Girls": Conversations with Steve Vai and Graham Parker, plus Laura Jansen's New Video

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Steve Vai and Berklee are trying to set a record in Guinness by attempting to teach as many guitarists online as possible within a single lesson.

HuffPost Reviews: AC/DC and Jane Roman Pitt, Plus A Conversation with Grammy Nominee Chip Taylor and an Elvis Costello Audio Stream

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

So, you think you know all things AC/DC? Really. Well, take a hit of the essays, historical photos, memorabilia, and general overkill contained between the over 225 pages of High Voltage Rock 'N' Roll: The Ultimate Illustrated History.

TED, Solar Power, Windpower, and All Things Amerikana: A Conversation with Thomas Dolby

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"Among other things I do," says the British musician, "I'm the music director of an organization called TED or Technology, Education and Design. That's an annual get together of people sort of figuring out how to save the planet."

Singing Lessons: The Truth About What Motivates Us To Sing, Play and Hear Music

Ruth Gerson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Ruth Gerson

Performance is a two way street. What I bring to a show as a listener is as important as what the performer brings. There are three components to a song: the music, the performer and the listener.

"Cry To Me": A Loving Playlist for the Late Great Solomon Burke

David Wild | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Wild

Solomon Burke was not only one of the most soulful singers in history; he was quite possibly the single most soulful man who I ever met. I had the honor of sharing time with this timeless soul giant and inspiring preacher twice.

Excuse Me, Are You Irish?

Kristi York Wooten | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Kristi York Wooten

It seems to me that every Irish band who achieves a certain level of international success eventually goes back to being Irish again, regardless of how many gold records they have on their walls or how much cash is in their pockets.

Dog Ears Music: Born in August Playlist

The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin

This week, we feature music by Mae West, Isaac Hayes, Louis Armstrong, Van Morrison, and more.

Listening Booth 1970: A Conversation With Marc Cohn

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Listening Booth: 1970 is a concept album that compiles Marc Cohn's favorite -- and many would feel greatest -- songs from that year.

Twenty Suggestions For Mother's Day Gifts You Won't Find In Store Windows or 'Recommended' Lists

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Jesse Kornbluth

My mother is now 93, with all her marbles intact. She spends her time on the computer and she's been places on the Web I've never thought to go. She's pretty much memorized the Wall Street Journal before I wake up. Find something cool for her-- why not? My mother's life experience suggests that moms aren't what they used to be. Which makes gifting more difficult on Mother's Day-- or any day.

"Money Talks": A Playlist For The Financial Reform Debate

David Wild | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Wild

Right now is the time for real financial reform. Come to think of it, right now is actually way too late for real financial reform. Still, better now than not now, right?

Something In the Air: A Playlist for European Skies

David Wild | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Wild

Here's a playlist for everyone who's been impacted already by the volcano, put together in the hopes that we all go from "Burnin' Sky" to "No More Cloudy Days" very soon.

Father's Day Music: 10 CDs No One Else Would Think To Give Him

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jesse Kornbluth

As a showman, Peter Wolf is right up there with Mick Jagger and James Brown. He doesn't put out a batch of unrelated songs, he makes what used to be called "albums," and they take you on a carefully sequenced adventure.

That "St. Judy's Comet" Kid: A Dinner Conversation With Harper Simon

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Last year, harper Simon independently released an excellent solo debut that established him as one of the best new singer-songwriters in the genre.

"Bad Moon Rising": My Playlist For All You Suckers Waiting On Line To See The Twilight Saga: New Moon

David Wild | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Wild

Fortunately, as the father of two sons, absolutely no one is asking me to see New Moon, but for those out there waiting in some bloody line, here's my moon-themed playlist.

"The Way Young Lovers Do": A Playlist for Van the Man, a New Dad Again at 64

David Wild | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Wild

Here's a special birthday playlist for Little Van to help him into his father's sublime music and some of the enduring influences who help make Van the Man in the first place.

Van Morrison Baby Report FALSE, Website Hacked

AP | SANDY COHEN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

LOS ANGELES — Reclusive Irish singer Van Morrison said Thursday that a computer hacker planted a false report on his Web site claiming he had fa...

The Dopeness, Part XXIV

Cotty Chubb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Cotty Chubb

Charles Burchfield at the Hammer: How do I not know of this wonderful, entirely American artist?

Never Been Gone: A Conversation With Carly Simon

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

In this interview, Carly talks candidly about her new "unplugged" album Never Been Gone, recent projects, her family, an Elton John non-adventure and much more.

Van Morrison, 64, Welcomes Baby Boy

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

LOS ANGELES — A new Van Morrison has been born. The Irish singer says on his Web site that he and his wife, GiGi, welcomed their son, George Iv...

"Getting Better": A Playlist for President Obama on the Anniversary of Election Day

David Wild | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Wild

Rome wasn't built in a day, and apparently the United States won't be completely rebuilt in a year either. But here's to things at least "Getting Better."

An Interview With Buffy Sainte-Marie, Plus Train and Digital 45 Updates

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

This being Woodstock Week, it seemed a perfect time to catch-up with this artist whose music influenced many of those who appeared at the culture-changing event.

A Playlist Fit for a Dick: Songs for Cheney to Chill Out To

David Wild | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Wild

Here then is my playlist created to encourage our former Vice President to kick back and chill the hell out.

HuffPost Reviews: Van Morrison -- Astral Weeks Live at the Hollywood Bowl / Asa -- Asa

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

With a basic reverence for the original record, Morrison's live arrangements allow for musicians to add new layers of strata though jams, while acknowledging forty years has passed since the original was slated.

A Sane Holiday Gift Guide: Great Books/CDs/DVDs, Made By People For People, Most Under $20

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Jesse Kornbluth

I refuse to contribute to the gloom by suggesting that you scribble gift cards for free backrubs to your loved ones.