iOS app Android app

Dire Straits

These Wilder Things: Ruth Moody Goes Dancing in the Dark With Springsteen, Knopfler

Michael Bialas | Posted 07.09.2013 | Entertainment
Michael Bialas

Bruce Springsteen and Mark Knopfler have influenced tons of artists over the years, but a sweet-sounding soprano who's co-founder of the charming Canadian trinity known as the Wailin' Jennys wouldn't be the first to come to mind.

Rocker Cancels Russian Gigs Over Human Rights 'Crackdown'

AP | Posted 06.05.2013 | Entertainment

LONDON — Guitarist Mark Knopfler canceled two shows in Russia in protest over what he says is a crackdown on human rights groups in the country,...

Ax, Naturally: Former Strait Man Mark Knopfler Still Keeps His Cool

Michael Bialas | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Bialas

A masterful musician and workmanlike writer who continues to connect impressed the hell out of longtime devotees and some random disbelievers at the 1stBank Center on October 29. And his name isn't Bob Dylan.

Why Pieta Brown Digs the Music of Dylan, Dire Straits and her Dad

Michael Bialas | Posted 07.17.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Bialas

When you're a performing artist as deeply personal as Pieta Brown, trying to carve out a living by sharing your innermost thoughts can be a delicate balancing act. Especially when you'd rather keep those feelings to yourself.

HuffPost Exclusive: Craig Wedren's "Are We," Plus Conversations with The Civil Wars and NEeMA

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Wedren began his career fronting the seminal Washington, DC post-punk outfit Shudder to Think, a band that helped define the scenes in the '80s and '90s. Here is his latest release: "Are We."

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."

"The Rising" : An Uplifting Playlist for All the Miners in Chile

David Wild | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Wild

As a rule, songs about miners haven't generally been as upbeat as the news we are watching now on CNN. So here's a largely uplifting playlist for all the miners in Chile, and all the people who love them.

Gearheads Unite: Conversations with Bachman & Turner, Plus Life is Good Concerts, and Freetime with Stars' Torquil Campbell

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Let's talk about your new album Bachman & Turner. First of all, the music is classic, and please don't be offended by this, but much of it sounds it like classic BTO.

"The Immigrant Song": A Playlist For Arizona Governor Jan Brewer

David Wild | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Wild

After seeing some of Gov. Jan Brewer's mind-blowing meltdown performance during her debate with Terry Goddard, here's a playlist for a woman who lost her head, and a state that seems bent on doing the same.

"TV Is the Thing This Year": My Playlist for the Emmy Awards

David Wild | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Wild

Far be it for me to ever correct the Boss, but as it turns out Bruce Springsteen was not a true televisionary; there are not "57 Channels And Nothing On" these days. Please tune in Sunday night, and see for yourself.

"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?

Worry Dolls: Why Grown Ups Need Them Too

Delia Lloyd | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Delia Lloyd

There's something deeply soothing about naming your worries out loud and then putting them in a box.

Greed Puts Climate in Dire Straits: Offsets for Nothin' and Permits for Free

Mike Sandler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Mike Sandler

All of this talk of offsets needlessly complicates the basics of a carbon permit system. Polluters pay, and people get the money. That's the way you do it.

RIP Charlie Gillett, World Music Pioneer

Michal Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michal Shapiro

Charlie Gillett was one of those great music people who had an unerring ear and a true passion for good sounds from rock to blues to world music.

"Brothers In Arms": One Son's War & Peace Playlist as We Prepare to Enter "The Pacific"

David Wild | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Wild

To put myself in the proper mindset to enter The Pacific, I've come up with a playlist of great songs that speak powerfully to war and peace from a variety of perspectives and eras.

Compact Reviews of This Week's Compact Discs, for Those Who Still Care: #3

Sal Nunziato | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Sal Nunziato

Reviewed: Big Star, Ace Frehley, Gordan Gano, Bruce Hornsby, Jay-Z, Mark Knopfler, Living Colour, The Phantom Movers and Muse.

Mark Knopfler: 'I Have Become A Veteran At This Music Thing'

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jesse Kornbluth

The guy whose band, Dire Straits, sold 120 million records has made a CD that will be appreciated mostly by the smallest cohort of music lovers: smart, literate grownups who can read without moving their lips.