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Joni Mitchell

Solo Concerts, Stealin' Home and Similar Skin: Chats with Bruce Hornsby, Iain Matthews and Umphrey's McGee...Plus!

Mike Ragogna | Posted 08.29.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Iain Matthews: My daughter designed a cover for one of my albums, with a drawing and misspelled my first name. Rather than correct it, I simply changed my name.

My Cornell Reunion: Parting the Big Red Seas of Time

Randee Mia Berman | Posted 08.24.2014 | College
Randee Mia Berman

OK, I admit it. I'm a sap for nostalgia. So when my 40th college reunion reminder popped up in the email, I bolted into reverse. Who wouldn't want to "Reflect, Rekindle, Reconnect" -- words the Notable Class Reunion Chairs cooed in their beckoning letters to the alums.

Heaven: Conversations With Robert Francis, Nazareth's Dan McCafferty, The Mavericks' Paul Deakin and NRBQ's Terry Adams

Mike Ragogna | Posted 08.16.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Robert, I interviewed you for your last two albums and felt that Before Nightfall, at the time of its release, was a brilliant album. And I'm hearing a lot of similarities between that one and Heaven.

Conversations With José James, Theo Croker, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Plus An Exclusive From Matt Sorum's Fierce Joy

Mike Ragogna | Posted 08.13.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

José James: "Hearing a musician make music that has no commercial intent is pretty amazing. It feels different. I kind of wanted to tap into some of that energy and bring it on the album. Hopefully in a small way it's there."

Easy Listener: 5 You-Gotta-Have CDS From Five You-Must-Know Women

David Finkle | Posted 08.05.2014 | Entertainment
David Finkle

If you like great songs -- not necessarily great songs you already know -- and you like women delivering them, here are CDs that you'd be extremely foolish to think you can live without:

Dog Ears Music: National Wig Out Day Playlist

The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin | Posted 07.23.2014 | Entertainment
The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin

This week's playlist includes music from Beck, White Denim, Super Furry Animals, Fastball, and more.

Chameleon & Future's Past: Chatting with Dave Mason and Harvey Mason, Plus Gabrielle Aplin's Audio Exclusive

Mike Ragogna | Posted 07.02.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Her single "The Power Of Love" has been featured in Resurrection promos airing on ABC-TV, plus she has toured with Ed Sheeran, Gotye, John Mayer, and many others.

Californication Music News, Chats with Mark Rivera and Allen Kovac, Plus Johnzo West and David Berkeley Exclusives

Mike Ragogna | Posted 06.11.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

So here's the official scoop on Californication's music followed by a 45 second snippet of a remix of Pete Townshend's "Let My Love Open The Door."

What Ringo Starr And Other Older Rock Stars Really Think About Aging

Next Avenue | Richard Eisenberg | Posted 03.26.2014 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By Richard Eisenberg At the Aging in America conference I just attended, the annual gathering of the American Society o...

The New Mongrels: A Resurrection of an Old Idea

Marcel Hidalgo | Posted 05.12.2014 | Arts
Marcel Hidalgo

The New Mongrels, a collective musical society, have a long history that goes back to the Civil War. As the story goes, a soldier named Henry Brooke who came back from the bloody war shell-shocked and deaf in one ear had an idea.

Gravitas: Talking with Asia's John Wetton, Geoff Downes & Carl Palmer, Plus Noah Chenfeld's 'I'm Just A Soul'

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.03.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Tobias Campbell shoots and edits Noan Chenfeld's video "I'm Just A Soul" just like a pro, employing the teen singer-songwriter's emotional delivery and bipedalism to make use of Central Park's beautiful snowed-under bleakness.

The Impact Carole King Had On Me

Roz Warren | Posted 04.19.2014 | Fifty
Roz Warren

Carole King and Gerry Goffin, her husband and writing partner, didn't single-handedly compose the sound track to my adolescence, but it's hard to imagine coming-of-age without 'Up On The Roof,' 'Natural Woman,' and 'The Lo-co Motion.'

With a Little Help From an American Horror Storyteller, Mary Fahl Raises Her Voice to a Supernatural Level

Michael Bialas | Posted 04.11.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Bialas

Mary Fahl didn't need to become a vampire to achieve pop culture immortality. Famed author Anne Rice gave it to the enduring singer-songwriter by sink...

Songs From the Movie: A Conversation With Mary Chapin Carpenter, Chatting With Doug Paisley, Plus an Art Decade Exclusive

Mike Ragogna | Posted 03.15.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Mary Chapin, you've got a new album, Songs From The Movie, the follow up to the excellent Ashes And Roses. Can we just dive in?

Springsteen & Us

John Garrett Andrews | Posted 03.05.2014 | Entertainment
John Garrett Andrews

photo © Richard Hurley, 1973 I guess every early fan of an artist can be accused of believing that the early days were the best and I am afraid th...

Alicia Keys, Joni Mitchell, and Some Women of the Bible

Michael Gilmour | Posted 02.12.2014 | Religion
Michael Gilmour

When the narrators of popular songs represent the male perspective, allusions to sacred imagery are often part of an effort to seduce. By contrast, when the narrator represents a female's perspective, allusions to sacred imagery sometimes highlight marginal status.

Joni Mitchell Turns 70 Today

Posted 11.07.2013 | Entertainment

Believe it or not, Joni Mitchell is turning 70 today (Nov. 7). The Canadian singer-songwriter and painter, who broke into the music business in th...

Conversations With Gary Numan, Katey Sagal and Los Lobos' Steve Berlin, Plus a Shelby Lynne Exclusive

Mike Ragogna | Posted 12.29.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"I don't feel that electronic music is "my thing." I know it's what I've done all my life, but I still feel slightly removed from it somehow. But I think it's good for music in general.'

Paul McCartney's "Queenie Eye," Plus Chatting With The Rubens' Sam Margin, Sam Phillips and The Swimming Pool Q's' Jeff Calder, Plus a Tennis Exclusive

Mike Ragogna | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"We spent twenty years of our lives not playing music together but being interested in it. Then suddenly, things all work out. "Why don't we just do it together? We live together. It's much more convenient. Why don't we just make a band in our home?""

There With Care Giving: Heather Maloney Sings Praises of Benefit

Michael Bialas | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Bialas

Heather Maloney admittedly didn't know what to expect when she joined forces with There With Care in late September. The singer-songwriter born in N...

Could Basia Bulat Be This Generation's Joni Mitchell?

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 11.30.2013 | Entertainment
Jesse Kornbluth

She plays guitar for a minute, and then she starts singing a song called "It Can't Be You," and then the room quiets. There are some trills available to her that elude most singers, and two minutes in, she rolls them out. And from there to the end of the song, she owns that audience.

Katy Perry Wants To Be 'More Of A Joni Mitchell'

Posted 09.27.2013 | Entertainment

Katy Perry graces the cover of the Oct. 5 edition of Billboard to support her upcoming album, "Prism," but it's Perry's next album that gets some majo...

Great-Grandfatherhood a Clever Career Move for Sir Mick

Michael Sigman | Posted 11.26.2013 | Comedy
Michael Sigman

It's hardly unusual when this or that '60s or '70s pop/rock star now in his/her 60s or 70s becomes a grandparent. Bob Dylan has nine grandkids, Paul M...

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."

Paris Nights, Soul Fighting and Foot Excitement: Conversations with Christopher Cross, Jonny Lang and Tommy Keene

Mike Ragogna | Posted 11.13.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"People say that the internet democratized music, which it did in that it allows people to make records without getting the hallowed record deal, because you have all these home studios and stuff. The problem is marketing yourself."