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Lou Reed 1942-2013

Alex Simon | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Alex Simon

Lou Reed has been one of rock music's most profound innovators since bursting onto the New York club scene in the mid-'60s with his now-legendary band, The Velvet Underground. Much of Lou Reed's career has followed this path: work that was often misunderstood upon its first release, then usually hailed as a masterpiece in retrospect.

Asha Puthli at the GRAMMY Museum

Elizabeth Sobieski | Posted 10.27.2013 | Arts
Elizabeth Sobieski

Asha Puthli was to become the first female Indian pop star, vocalizing breathily pre-Donna Summer, implementing her stupefying trills, scats and roars on numerous recordings in various genres and in multiple languages.

Dog Ears Music: Born in March Playlist

The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin | Posted 05.02.2012 | Entertainment
The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin

This week we review music by Lou Reed (The Velvet Underground), Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Sonya Kitchell, Fergie and more.

What's It All About: Chatting with Pat Metheny, Jonathan Elias, and Viva Voce

Mike Ragogna | Posted 08.16.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Pat Metheny's new album is titled What's It All About, which is based off a line from the song "Alfie." Since this is an unusual approach for Pat Metheny, he tracked him down to talk about it.

Return To Return To Forever: Chatting With Chick Corea and Stanley Clarke, Plus John Common and Author Dr. Tony Youn

Mike Ragogna | Posted 08.09.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Chick Corea's new album, Forever, is a two-disc set, with the first disc being acoustic, and the second disc with a full band and guests. For the first disc, I asked him if it was a return to Return To Forever.

Sing It Loud: Chatting with k.d. lang, JD Souther and Bobby Long, Plus a Beginners Audio Exclusive

Mike Ragogna | Posted 07.24.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

One of my favorite tracks on k.d. lang's new album is the opener, "I Confess," which sounds like Brill Building meets country, meets...okay, I'll shut up now, k.d. lang has the rest.

My Midlife Jazz Crisis - Stage 1: The Acknowledgement

Joseph Vella | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Joseph Vella

It's a harsh dose of reality when you realize that you're getting older and you find that your viewpoint toward what you love is not what it used to be.

From D.C.'s Kennedy Center to East of Angel Town: Conversations with Branford Marsalis and Peter Cincotti

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Legendary jazz pianist Ellis Marsalis has been accumulating a series of honors, with the upcoming NEA's Jazz Masters Award being one of the most prestigious yet.

Crosstown Cool With the Maya Jensen Quartet and Tony do Rosario

Robert Rodi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Robert Rodi

Great jazz players like Dan Tabion and Jarrad Harris remind you of how exciting understatement can be.

Thank God It's Thursday: Miles Davis, The Dave Brubeck Quartet, Charles Mingus, Tito Puente and Babatunde Olatunji

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Mostly celebrating jazz's 1959 frontier, six classic albums have been re-imagined as Legacy Editions, expanding each of the originals by adding an extra disc.

Meltdown: The Year Jazz Threw Out the Rules

Matthew Kohut | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Matthew Kohut

How does a music festival remain edgy and relevant? The British fest Meltdown 09 made news recently by tapping Ornette Coleman as director of this year's event.

SNL's Classic Coke Year

Dennis Perrin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dennis Perrin

Little wonder that Tina Fey says she would've been frightened to work on the original SNL. It wasn't for the faint-hearted.