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From UHF and Mandatory Fun to Gulf Coast Blues and Autumn: Chatting with "Weird Al" Yankovic and George Winston...Plus!

Mike Ragogna | Posted 11.10.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Weird Al has two releases coming up--a twenty-fifth anniversary edition of UHF and also The Compleat Al. Here he explains why there's the sudden Al-Fest.

Cruisin' with Jesse J & Smokey Robinson, Plus Chatting with Kandace Springs, Steve Arrington and AJ Croce

Mike Ragogna | Posted 11.30.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"Jessie J is such a powerhouse as a performer," says Smokey. "She gave an amazing take on 'Cruisin' for Smokey & Friends, and it was an absolute pleasure to have her join me on stage to perform it live in Edinburgh.

Conversations With Graham Nash, Allen Toussaint and Colin Gilmore, Plus Coney Hatch and Dom La Nena Exclusives

Mike Ragogna | Posted 11.24.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"Music, absolutely, without question, put me in a direction that you can say saved my life, although to me, my life was already safe."

The Joy That Is Allen Toussaint

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.25.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Seeing Allen Toussaint perform twice in the space of about 60 days -- in drastically different circumstances each time -- reminded me of why a love for musical roots can seemingly never run out of ways to discover and rediscover the beginnings of American popular music.

Live from New Orleans: It's Jazz Fest in HD on AXS TV

Karen Dalton-Beninato | Posted 05.01.2013 | Entertainment
Karen Dalton-Beninato

Jazz, rock, electronica, world music and everything in-between are more accessible than ever this year as Jazz Fest comes to high definition cable television on AXS TV.

ICON & Twelve Tales: Conversations With Belinda Carlisle and A.J. Croce, Plus Rachel Barton Pine's Audio Exclusive

Mike Ragogna | Posted 06.02.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

This new ICON collection not only includes "Sun," but also some of your trademark songs like "Heaven Is A Place On Earth," which has become a bit of an anthem, plus hits such as "Circle In The Sand," "I Get Weak," and "Live Your Life Be Free."

Dog Ears Music: Born in January Playlist

The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin | Posted 03.06.2013 | Entertainment
The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin

This week our playlist includes music by Allen Toussaint, Philip Glass, Elvis Presley, Justin Timberlake, Stephen Stills, Sade, Max Roach and more.

WildLife, Capital Pride Parade And Street Festival: HuffPost DC Top 5 For June 8, 9, 10

The Huffington Post | Brandon Wetherbee | Posted 06.08.2012 | DC

TOP 5 FOR FRIDAY, JUNE 8 1. WildLife At Howard Theatre A co-production beween Capital Pride and Brightest Young Things, this party will be everyth...

Ready for Mardi Gras? Galactic Drops Carnivale Electricos, and Stanton Moore Talks About It

Sal Nunziato | Posted 04.22.2012 | Entertainment
Sal Nunziato

It seemed inevitable, but we finally have New Orleans premier band celebrating Mardi Gras on a new record.

Hugh Laurie Goes to New Orleans

Roger Catlin | Posted 11.28.2011 | Entertainment
Roger Catlin

"Hugh Laurie: Let Them Talk - A Celebration of New Orleans Blues" is part heartfelt travelogue, part uncomfortable small club gig. Laurie's enthusiasm for all parts of Southern culture is matched by his charm in discussing it.

Let Them Talk: Chatting With House's Hugh Laurie, Dar Williams and The Axis of Awesome, Plus Cal Ecker's "Time After Time" Premiere

Mike Ragogna | Posted 11.08.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Hugh Laurie has a new album, Let Them Talk, which is New Orleans blues based. Here he discusses how he came up with that idea.

Treme & Beyond: Conversations with Steve Earle, The Belle Brigade and Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion

Mike Ragogna | Posted 06.18.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Steve Earle spoke to me from Liuzza's in New Orleans, where he had just ordered a Po Boy, and where he is currently filming the second season of HBO's Treme.

Dog Ears Music: Born in January 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 Elvis Presley, David Bowie, Pat Benatar, Etta James, and more.

Best Albums Of 2010. NO Really!

Sal Nunziato | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Sal Nunziato

Throughout the year I've posted daily doses of music commentary and record reviews over at Burning Wood. I try to be honest and shoot from the hip. So...

From DJ Heroes to Old Time Gospel: Conversations with Aaron Neville and DJ Qbert

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

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"Redemption Song": My Post-Emmy Playlist For George Clooney

David Wild | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Wild

Moments before he accepted the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award from his lovely friend and former hospital co-worker Julianna Margulies, George Clooney proved once and for all what a truly great humanitarian he is.

Cyndi Lauper Sings Sultry Blues At The Town Hall

Bradford Shellhammer | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Bradford Shellhammer

Cyndi Lauper's sold out show at New York City's Town Hall in Times Square Wednesday night was a bittersweet performance. Playing her hometown, the Q...

"A Little Less Conversation": A Playlist to Encourage a New Generation to "Do Something"

David Wild | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Wild

Today, I have a semi-modest proposal for those same young Americans who will likely inherit this big mess: do something, and do it with "A Little Less Conversation" and little more action.

What Happens When Cyndi Lauper Gets the Blues? Her New Album Says It All.

Kristi York Wooten | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Kristi York Wooten

This is Cyndi Lauper, people. She can do anything. So, in honor of her 57th (yes, I can't believe it, either) birthday on June 22, Lauper will celebrate by getting the blues... the Memphis Blues.

Treme: A Complex, Enthralling New Drama

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Treme, like a well-cooked meal, it reveals its pleasures gradually -- not all in the first bite. This isn't a hot dog -- it's a gumbo, with layers of flavor to surprise, delight and move you.

Gulf Aid and Concert for the Coast Rock for Cleanup This Weekend

Karen Dalton-Beninato | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Karen Dalton-Beninato

Looking to do your part in helping clean up the Gulf of Mexico post-BP Spill while festing?

"Everything Is Broken": A Playlist for Our Broken Government

David Wild | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Wild

In music, when a record "breaks," it's a good thing. In Washington, when our government "breaks," it's generally a bad, bad thing. At least that's what I got from Senator Evan Bayh.

"New Orleans Stomp": A Winning Super Bowl Playlist for the New Orleans Saints

David Wild | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Wild

Here is one winning playlist for the New Orleans Saints who showed guts and grace as they triumphed over the Colts.