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44th Anniversary: That Guy In The Who Throws Me His Guitar (Again)

Binky Philips | Posted 08.06.2014 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

If you have only been skimming me for the last few months, you'll enjoy this immensely, Ifn I says so my own selves.

May, 1969: My Parents Accost The Who's Pete Townshend in the Lobby of the Fillmore East

Binky Philips | Posted 07.02.2014 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

Not sure if I believed my ears, I wheeled around... Oh, my God, was this really happening?! Right out of a dream, Pete Townshend, guitarist of The Who, dressed in a pale sky-blue suit, was, indeed, standing in the Fillmore East's lobby... talking... to... my... parents!

A Wholesome All Hallow's Eve With Tame Impala and the Flaming Lips

Brian Holton Henderson | Posted 01.23.2014 | San Francisco
Brian Holton Henderson

When I emerged dazed from the Bill Graham Auditorium last Thursday night, I remember feeling vaguely surprised that the city was still standing. Most of my costume was missing, except for the unexplained santa hat still on my head. I did not look like a professional.

Not Your Father's Smooth Jazz, Conversations with Brian Culbertson, Tower of Power's Larry Braggs, and ECP's Michael Lazaroff, Plus a Catching Fire Exclusive

Mike Ragogna | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

While attending almost thirty or so performances over the course of six days, I witnessed an allegedly innocuous format engage and thrill a couple thousand people virtually all day and much of the night, proving, at least to me, that "smooth jazz" as we knew it is gone.

June 7th, 1970: Pete Townshend Throws Me His Guitar - The Cliff Notes Version

Binky Philips | Posted 08.07.2013 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

Utterly obsessed fan that I was, I'd decided to sleep out for a full two nights under the marquee of the Fillmore East on 2nd Avenue and East 6th St. to buy tickets for The Who's Final Performance of "Tommy."

45 Years Ago: April 5th and 6th, 1968... The Who Debut at the Fillmore East the Night After MLK Jr.'s Assassination

Binky Philips | Posted 06.05.2013 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

For a great many of us tender shoots, rock music was oxygen, the air we breathed. This opening had been fiercely anticipated. That worn-out dump in the seedy East Village was now... Mecca!

Chatting With Peter Frampton, Bruce Hornsby and Mike Andrews

Mike Ragogna | Posted 12.24.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"I always try to make stuff that affects me and I think that if given the chance, a lot of music that doesn't seem like the formula of what might be a hit would be more popular. There's a lot of great music that doesn't sound like whatever. Everything sounds very dance-y now."

Who's Feeling Young Now?: Chatting With Blues Traveler's John Popper, Punch Brothers' Chris Thile, and Anais Mitchell

Mike Ragogna | Posted 04.29.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

I'm in New York. We just finished some gigs and I saw my friend get married, and before that, we made a really cool album. We're starting our 25th year as a band and this record is the beginning of it.

Mary J. Blige, Joe Jonas, John Legend, Blondie and More Head to Silver Spring

Tommy McFLY | Posted 11.14.2011 | DC
Tommy McFLY

The brand new Fillmore opens today with an exceptional line-up and the blessing of Silver Spring's hometown boy-who-made-it-big-ranting-about-everything Lewis Black.

Chippity Doo Da! How I Got My Daughter to the White House Selling Cookies

Cassandra M. Bellantoni | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Cassandra M. Bellantoni

If you are facing losing your home, unemployment, divorce, kids going away, people dying, illness or any of the many ebbs and flows that life brings, do not let these events define you.

Pete Townshend Meets My Mom and Dad at the Fillmore East

Binky Philips | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

As The Who show progressed, with no security staff whatsoever, the wings of the stage started getting jammed. But, I was still the only one onstage.

And Now For Something Completely Different: The Secret Policeman's Film Festival

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

With the steady stream of elaborately produced, consciousness-raising concerts, The Secret Policeman's Ball is a symbol that anything is possible when you're trying to do the right thing for the planet.