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Dead Daisies and Beyond: Chats With Dizzy Reed, The Verve Pipe's Brian Vander Ark, Jean-Luc Ponty and Uriah Heep's Mick Box

Mike Ragogna | Posted 08.22.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

There are segments of Guns N' Roses history that really bring out different aspects of the band. What is it about the Use Your Illusion recordings that resonate with you?

The Unbearable Lightness of Prague

Peter Mandel | Posted 08.20.2014 | 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.

Silver Rails and Circus Hero: Conversations With Jack Bruce and Andy Summers

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.26.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"Nobody's coming up with something that's never happened before, not even somebody like Jimi Hendrix. It's all music, it's all influenced by whatever is around you at the time, there's a feeling in the air, these kind of things happen by osmosis, it's a generational thing; that's also very important."

Chats with Missing Persons' Dale Bozzio and The Wild Feathers' Ricky Young, Plus Arc Iris and The Boston Boys' Exclusives

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.18.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"I think it's super pop. I think it's pop, I think it's modern, I think it's current and it fits right in today with all of these danceable tunes. It does all of those things, it's drivable in the car. That's always the test."

Reissue Roundup 3: The Beatles, Eric Clapton, The Who, Frank Sinatra, CCR and Humble Pie, Plus Keith Chagall's Kennedy Tribute

Mike Ragogna | Posted 02.01.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Do The Beatles now collectively have more "previously unreleased" tracks than all of their official albums collectively?

Rare Look At Classic Rock Stars At Home (& With Their Parents!)

The Huffington Post | Brie Dyas | Posted 10.11.2013 | HuffPost Home

What do Elton John, Grace Slick, Eric Clapton, Frank Zappa and David Crosby have in common? They were all photographed, at home with their parents (th...

Chats With The Manhattan Transfer's Janis Siegel & Cheryl Bentyne and Jeff Lorber, Plus Diane Birch, The Swellers and Johnny Chill Exclusives

Mike Ragogna | Posted 11.26.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"There isn't much hiding the heartbreak in this song," Diane explains. "It's about the point of knowing how bad the blow is gonna be but hoping you can just stall reality." Check out the premiere of the track "Tell Me Tomorrow" from the upcoming record.

A Celebration of George Duke, a Great Musician and Good Guy

Lionel Rolfe | Posted 10.13.2013 | Arts
Lionel Rolfe

George Duke was then Zappa's keyboardist, an integral part of the band: a good looking, sturdily built guy with a most genial manner. He seemed to like me; he'd nod at me and tell me about the "fine doobie" he had, and lead me to his van parked in the alley behind the rehearsal space.

DreamWeaver & Maron: Conversations with George Duke and Black Iris/White Iris' Daron Hollowell

Mike Ragogna | Posted 08.20.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"I'm the same guy underneath whether I'm producing or writing or composing. Whatever I'm doing, it's still all music and it's still all me. I feel the same way with regards to styles of music."

Recipe for World Peace by Womb

Gail Zappa | Posted 08.05.2013 | Comedy
Gail Zappa

First give birth and consider how much love you have in your heart for this child -- beyond measure. Then give birth to one more child and notice how your heart which you thought was full, expands beyond measure for this child too. Add the rest of Humanity.

Creativity: Making a Living With Your Ideas

B. Jeffrey Madoff | Posted 07.20.2013 | Business
B. Jeffrey Madoff

Although I make my living as a film maker, I teach a class I developed about entrepreneurship called "Creativity: Making a Living With Your Ideas" at Parsons School for Design in New York City. I was recently interviewed about building and sustaining a creative career by Doug Smith.

'Love Is a Country': A Heartfelt Playlist for Valentine's Day

David Wild | Posted 04.15.2013 | Entertainment
David Wild

"There are more love songs than anything else," Frank Zappa once pointed out. "If songs could make you do something, we'd all love one another."

Political Grandstanding: The Highlight Reel

Radley Balko | Posted 03.30.2013 | Politics

Here's a fun video from the folks at Reason.tv looking at 30 years of censorial congressional buffoonery on music, movies, TV, and video games. Be sur...

Dog Ears Music: Born in December Playlist

The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin | Posted 02.06.2013 | Entertainment
The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin

This week our playlist includes music by Paul Westerberg, Carl & Dennis Wilson, Eddie Vedder, Benny Spellman, Tom Waits and more.

Thankful For Tasty New Rock Music!

Dusty Wright | Posted 01.23.2013 | Arts
Dusty Wright

It's been a terrific month for mining new music. With the holidays around the corner, here are some early suggestions for music very much worth sharing with friends, lovers, bosses, and family.

Regarding Frank Zappa

Gail Zappa | Posted 01.01.2013 | Politics
Gail Zappa

This is gonna be about exercising your right to vote. And it is going to be about Frank Zappa -- maybe some stuff you didn't know about either subject but might, given the fast approaching Day of Destiny for our next four years, be of interest to you.

The Story of Light: A Conversation With Steve Vai, Plus The Flobots' "Circle In The Square" Video Exclusive

Mike Ragogna | Posted 09.09.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

The Flobots drop a new video exclusive, "Circle In The Square," that is probably their biggest statement song yet. "The 'Circle In The Square' is a reference to many things," says Jonny 5 of Flobots.

WHO SHOT ROCK AND ROLL.. at Annnenberg Space for Photography!

Jay Weston | Posted 07.03.2012 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

WHO SHOT ROCK & ROLL, A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present at the Annenberg Space for Photography, captures the energy, intoxication, rebellion and yes, magic of the rock and roll world.

Havel the Dissident: A Legacy Worth Claiming

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 02.18.2012 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Today we're told that the Occupy movement is too idealistic, too naïve. Naïve? Try Havel's words if you want naïve: "May truth and love triumph over lies and hatred."

Moline Loves Paul Simon, Plus Chatting With Bill Wyman, American Idol's James Durbin and Mastodon's Brann Dailor

Mike Ragogna | Posted 01.17.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Although it seems that Paul Simon has been on the road frequently over the last few years, his latest tour seems much more date-packed as he heralds his latest and one of the best albums of his career, So Beautiful Or So What.

Michael Jackson's "The Immortal Megamix," Plus Chatting With Chris Isaak and Phil Manzanera

Mike Ragogna | Posted 01.03.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"I've made a lot of records because that's what I do, and I've listened to a lot of records, and I have to tell you the truth--it wouldn't have mattered if The Beatles had recorded "A Hard Day's Night" on Silly Putty. It would have sounded good."

The Smartest Rock Stars

Posted 09.25.2011 | College

Did you know that Alicia Keys graduated high school at 16? Or that Chris Martin has a degree in classics? Check out our slide show of the smartest...

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.

Dog Ears Music: Born in December 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 Christina Aguilera, Tom Waits, Jim Morrison, Spike Jones, and more.

From Bare Bones to The Complete Elvis: Conversations with Bryan Adams, Ernst Jorgensen and Erich Van Tourneau

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

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