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The Unbearable Lightness of Prague

Peter Mandel | Posted 06.20.2014 | Travel
Peter Mandel

If Prague were a planet, circling and spinning past the sun, it would be one that sends back light to those who take the time to look. A Mercury or Mars, let's say. Rich and purple and alert for steps upon its soil.

How a High Note Kicked Me into Midlife

Maria Rodgers O’Rourke | Posted 05.27.2014 | Fifty
Maria Rodgers O’Rourke

. Sophia embodied my disco days, but it was Donna's dancing queen who told me I could still give life a good kick in the pants.

Alice's Restaurant: Classic Rock's Thanksgiving Tradition

Dave Tomar | Posted 01.24.2014 | Entertainment
Dave Tomar

My family doesn't stand too much on ceremony when it comes to Thanksgiving. There is, however, one tradition that persists in my household, that is cherished, and that does take some commitment. Thanksgiving morning is time for the annual airing of Arlo Guthrie's evergreen holiday classic, "Alice's Restaurant."

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?).

Rewinding

Randi Miller | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Randi Miller

Some memories stand alone, and the songs that guard them are a kind of personal time machine that can transport me to a place so real I can almost smell it. Summertime and barbecues, a gas station and vinyl seats, and the loft above the next door neighbor's garage.

50 Years Of Guitar Solos In One Epic Video

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 09.20.2013 | Arts

In this trip down memory lane, brought to you by cdza, Mark Sidney Johnson charges through the history of the guitar solo using 28 songs from over the...

Are All The Best Rock Stars Now Over 50?

Cindy Zelman | Posted 10.29.2013 | Fifty
Cindy Zelman

I recently saw the legendary Paul McCartney in concert at Fenway Park in Boston. At age 71, he managed to draw a crowd of 37,000+ fans to fill the venue to capacity. And boy, did he rock the joint!

I'm With Stupid: Slayer Fans vs. the Westboro Baptist Church

Todd Hartley | Posted 07.15.2013 | Comedy
Todd Hartley

I hope they come with their pickets and messages of hate and encounter a massive horde of Slayer fans when they get there. And then, when the counterprotest begins, I hope the cops turn a blind eye and let the Slayer fans do what they will.

Band From TV in Niagara: Hollywood Heads North for Charity

Jaime Lubin | Posted 04.22.2013 | TV
Jaime Lubin

I spent this weekend bouncing breathlessly to every moment of Band From TV's three concerts at Niagara Falls' Fallsview Resort and Casino. Nestled among a bevy of international hardcore fans I realized that BFTV shows are actually an exercise in universal love.

Where Have All The Rock Gods Gone?

Sasha Bronner | Posted 04.03.2013 | Los Angeles
Sasha Bronner

Music takes my breath away. That's not an expression. It actually takes my breath away. I've given it a direct line to my beating heart and when I hear a magical song, it feels like my chest is being cracked open -- ice cubes popped quickly out of a plastic freezer tray.

How Jefferson Airplane Defined the 'Summer Of Love'

Lily Armstrong | Posted 03.18.2013 | Teen
Lily Armstrong

Perhaps Jefferson Airplane's "Surrealistic Pillow" will remain the anthem of the Summer of Love, but it does not contain the whole arc -- its successors are two other tantalizing pieces of a story that can never truly be told in retrospect.

Music Must Change: The Who's 'Who Are You'

Lily Armstrong | Posted 02.13.2013 | Teen
Lily Armstrong

To say that The Who's album "Who Are You" is still relevant is an understatement, for it is not only still relevant, but it perhaps more relevant than it has ever been.

Ian Anderson and 'Plays Thick As a Brick 1 & 2'

Hank Bordowitz | Posted 12.15.2012 | Fifty
Hank Bordowitz

Ian Anderson knows his audience.

Beyond Nostalgia: Jackson Browne Sings for "These Days," Too

Art Levine | Posted 10.14.2012 | Entertainment
Art Levine

Jackson Browne is among the very few members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, along with Paul Simon and Bruce Springsteen, who still produce songs that can stand with their earlier work.

Top 10 Rock 'N' Roll Novelty Songs For Post 50s

Pat Gallagher | Posted 03.26.2012 | Fifty
Pat Gallagher

With the invention of rock 'n' roll around 1955, novelty songs picked up speed. Here's the countdown of the top 10 rock 'n' roll novelty songs.

Detroit Brothers Produce Over 500 Mobile Apps

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 02.08.2012 | Detroit
Rabbi Jason Miller

When there's a need for something to be available on a mobile phone, Fred and Paul Jacobs will be there to come up with the way to do it.

Who Will Save Rock Music?

Jeff Pollack | Posted 10.31.2011 | Arts
Jeff Pollack

There's been a lot of bad press about rock being in decline in terms of sales, video and radio airplay, and creativity being at low ebb, resulting in ...

1970: The Year That Gave Us American Idol, Celebrity Rehab and the First School of Rock

David Browne | Posted 07.13.2011 | Entertainment
David Browne

Other than death and taxes, two things we can seemingly count on forever are albums of pre-rock standards and wobbly auditions on American Idol. For all that, we can thank Ringo Starr.

"Rain" On Their Parade: Why the NY Times review of "Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles On Broadway" is All Wet

James Rotondi | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
James Rotondi

In his hugely condescending review of the newly opened show, Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles on Broadway, ("Another Long and Winding Detour," Oct. 26, ...

New Tunes On Monday: Yusuf (Cat Stevens), Ben Harper and Relentless7, Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band, New York Dolls, and Paul Potts

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Ever since Cat Stevens embraced Islam, the West has been clueless when it comes to accepting the former superstar. His latest release, Roadsinger, is a good start in rebuilding that emotional bridge to Stevens.

The Eagles vs. the Censors: Poll Results

Keith Thomson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Keith Thomson

Approximately 7,000 respondents who took the poll on HuffPost vehemently disagree with the censoring of the word "goddamn in the song "Life In The Fast Lane" -- at a rate of 98%.

The Saga Of The Protest Song

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

I figured maybe "Fortunate Son"'s rebellious tone had gotten his attention. But it was something more... my nephew was asking questions about its political lyrics and theme.