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A Roots Music Sacrifice: A Review of Matisyahu's Akeda

Netanel Miles-Yepez | Posted 08.03.2014 | Entertainment
Netanel Miles-Yepez

Matisyahu's new album, Akeda, is almost pure roots music, with a little dancehall sprinkled in the mix. It's the kind of album you put on when you need to get away, or shut the bedroom door and just kick-back, soaking in the music.

What's the Connection Between Memorial Day and Radio Countdowns?

Joel Schwartzberg | Posted 07.26.2014 | Comedy
Joel Schwartzberg

If we know nothing else, we know Americans love lists. We love to rank football teams, rock albums, cars, pizzerias, movies, former girlfriends, and a...

Thirty Years Later: Reminiscing 'Cold War' Rhetoric

Brian Shactman | Posted 07.23.2014 | Media
Brian Shactman

Looking back into the history of my youth has been an interesting exercise this week. On a whim, I decided to look closely at the New York Times from this week in May 30 years ago.

Amatus' Broken Compass

Marcel Hidalgo | Posted 07.19.2014 | Entertainment
Marcel Hidalgo

Although her lyrics sometimes fall short of insight, her sultry delivery makes up for the missing poetry, especially heard in the last two tracks "Punk" and "Cherish."

Natalie Merchant's 'Lulu' Latest Pop Tribute to Silent Film Icon Louise Brooks

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 07.19.2014 | Entertainment
Thomas Gladysz

Merchant's "Lulu" is the latest pop music tribute to Louise Brooks (1906-1985), a silent film star who suffered decades of obscurity and was reluctantly brought back into the limelight late in life.

BMI Icon Stevie Nicks Leads Star Studded Pop Awards (VIDEO)

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 07.14.2014 | Entertainment
Charles Karel Bouley

When you get hundreds of creative people in a venue like the Beverly Wilshire, add cocktails and good food...it can be like herding unruly sheep.

Jay-Z's 100th Problem

Midwin Charles | Posted 07.14.2014 | Entertainment
Midwin Charles

Jay-Z's 100th Problem #WhatJayZSaidToSolange is the hash tag that circulated wildly on Twitter and many social networks once news broke that Solange ...

Why "Happy" Makes Me Unhappy

DJ Louie XIV | Posted 07.14.2014 | Entertainment
DJ Louie XIV

Seriously, does anyone actually know how a room without a roof feels? Is that a "happy" feeling? I'm personally happy when my rooms have roofs.

4 Life Lessons from the Beatles

Paul LaRosa | Posted 07.12.2014 | Entertainment
Paul LaRosa

When you really delve into how The Beatles were formed and how they came to be so successful, you see some patterns emerging, life lessons that might just work for the rest of us.

WATCH: Indianapolis Jones Premiers Glowing New Video

Lesley Daunt | Posted 07.01.2014 | Entertainment
Lesley Daunt

"No Ghosts Yet" is the first single off the band's self-titled debut EP, and along with it they have released a rather "glowing" (did I say that?) video, with an even more interesting behind-the-scenes story.

Drop Everything Now: In Defense of Taylor Swift

Michael Darer | Posted 06.30.2014 | Celebrity
Michael Darer

When it comes to music criticism, it seems as though pop and country are often deemed the easiest targets. Ask a random passerby what sort of music th...

20 Years Later, Memories of Frank Sinatra in Concert

Tony Sachs | Posted 06.25.2014 | Entertainment
Tony Sachs

With each passing year, it seems more and more implausible that I actually saw the man sing in person -- that I was in the same room with him, even if 5,000 other people were there too.

Questlove: 'Hip-Hop Has Failed Black America'

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 06.24.2014 | Entertainment
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

Questlove has grown weary of artists at the top of the hip-hop hierarchy making art that mostly celebrates being at the top of the hip-hop hierarchy -- meaningless, cynical stuff created and packaged to appeal to the masses.

Straw-Man Feminism: What Beyoncé and Miley Have in Common

Rose Courteau | Posted 06.16.2014 | Celebrity
Rose Courteau

After centuries of being objectified, our chief feminist demand, as reflected by the stars we've elevated to celebrity status, is the right to be sexy. This is, to put it bluntly, farcically sad.

A Conversation with The Both's Aimee Mann & Ted Leo, Plus A Quick Chat with Dolly Parton

Mike Ragogna | Posted 06.16.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

The following is probably the shortest interview I've ever done. But it gets to the heart of what I wanted to learn about this smart, warm and honest performer.

Brave New Girl: Sarah Dooley Debuts With Stupid Things

Jaime Lubin | Posted 06.14.2014 | Entertainment
Jaime Lubin

For Sarah Dooley, doing stupid things has been a genius move. The winsome young artist became a YouTube sensation in 2008 when she created And Sarah, ...

Lily Allen Perfectly Explains Why Media Pits Women Against Each Other

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 04.11.2014 | Women

"It's annoying being a woman since everyone pits us against each other." That's one of the things Lily Allen said in a recent interview with Rollin...

The Geography of Justin Bieber Fever in North America

Ryan Nickum | Posted 06.08.2014 | Entertainment
Ryan Nickum

When deciding where to live, there's no shortage of considerations, particularly when it comes to the musical tastes of your neighbors. Before movin...

The 7 Most Important Secrets to Start Your Own Company

Elisheva Wexler | Posted 06.07.2014 | Small Business
Elisheva Wexler

Once confronted with the realization that my goal of creating an animated music video with a minimal budget and no directing experience was unlikely to yield a high quality product, I panicked.

Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus Should Get a Do-Over

Molly Fosco | Posted 05.17.2014 | Entertainment
Molly Fosco

Sometimes the showiness is intentional and is a necessary part of the art itself. But sometimes it completely detracts from the real, raw talent. And isn't it the talent that makes music what it is? Maybe it's never truly existed, but I wish we could find a way back to that simplicity.

Legendary Queen of Pop Sings in Queens, NY

Mahroo Moshari | Posted 05.17.2014 | Impact
Mahroo Moshari

In honor of Women's History Month, I want to highlight Googoosh, this legendary singer of Iran, and her dedication to pursuing music and the arts.

Wanted: James Gadson's Drums

Susan Sisko Carter | Posted 05.12.2014 | Arts
Susan Sisko Carter

Some nights he takes medication to sleep. Because he lies awake, trying to figure out who took his drums, his mics. Who took a part of him?

Audrey Evans and Alonza Bevan of Tumblewild Discuss Their Evocative New Album, When the World Had Four Corners

Gregory Weinkauf | Posted 05.10.2014 | Entertainment
Gregory Weinkauf

What do you get when you mix a founding member of chart-topping women's choral group Mediaeval Baebes with a founding member of chart-topping psychedelic rock band Kula Shaker?

A Reminder That Latinos Dominated Pop Music In 1999

The Huffington Post | Lauren Zupkus | Posted 03.06.2014 | Entertainment

Let's revisit the music scene in 1999: there were the inescapable boy bands, girl groups and a fair share of bizarre one-hit wonders (never forget, we...

Parent or Manager? The Challenges of Helping My Son Succeed

Patrick Hess | Posted 05.03.2014 | Entertainment
Patrick Hess

For most American parents, the balancing of a job and parenting children is enough. Add any sort of activities that require carpooling and tightly gripping a camera phone, recording the memories that will be broadcast on your Facebook page, and it's exhausting.