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Playing The Ponos: A Conversation With Neil Young, Chatting with Linda Ronstadt and Matt Hires' Video Exclusive

Mike Ragogna | Posted 04.07.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Linda, let's dive into Duets, your new collection that celebrates your collaborations with other artists. What is it about Duets that's particularly special to you? And what is it that's so attractive about singing with someone else?

Benefit Raises SF's Feel Good Levels for a Night, but Can It Last?

Divina Infusino | Posted 03.17.2014 | San Francisco
Divina Infusino

The recent charity benefit at San Francisco's Davies Symphony Hall not only staged a lovely show with some stellar performances by big music and Hollywood names, it also extended an olive branch that stretched across current conflicts.

Reissue Roundup 2: Box Sets by Donny Hathaway, Ry Cooder, Stephen Stills, Van Morrison, Yes and More

Mike Ragogna | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Though the masses might only remember the late Donny Hathaway as Roberta Flack's soulful partner on "The Closer I Get To You," "You've Got A Friend" and "Where Is The Love," the box set Never My Love: The Anthology makes the case that this previous Gospel singer also was one of the great voices of R&B.

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.

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."

Nilsson Still, Son! Chatting with Jimmy Webb on Harry Nilsson, Plus Catching Up with Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr.

Mike Ragogna | Posted 09.29.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"I think now is a great time to go back and take another look at Harry, in light of what we know about all the drug use and all the crazy stuff that we were all into and that he seemed to gravitate towards. He reveled in offending people, to be honest with you. It didn't bother him too much."

Scenes From a Class Struggle Starring Marianne Faithfull

Larry Womack | Posted 07.05.2013 | Entertainment
Larry Womack

In the past, I have flirted with ideas of attending Lucinda Williams and Leonard Cohen shows in the same town, but each time concluded that the journey was just too long. Faithfull plays San Francisco or Oakland most every year. Is one more show really worth the bother?

Dog Ears Music: Hero Worship & Atomic Peace Playlist

The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin | Posted 07.24.2013 | Entertainment
The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin

This week's playlist includes music by Alice Coltrane, Kevin Coyne, Mattie May Thomas, Wilco, Lupe Fiasco, Iron and Wine, and more.

Rush's Triumph at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (By The Way, Randy Newman Was Inducted Too)

Roger Weisman | Posted 06.27.2013 | Arts
Roger Weisman

Rush fans can celebrate together that their guys have been accepted at last, and that they helped to make it happen. As a Randy Newman fan, I will still just quietly smirk at the acknowledgement that I am one of the few who gets it.

"Low Budget": A Rather Sad Soundtrack For Sequestration

David Wild | Posted 04.30.2013 | Entertainment
David Wild

"Sequester" sounds significantly sexier than it is. As in, "Sequester"? I don't even know 'er. See, I was right.

(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Curtis Stigers?

David Wild | Posted 03.11.2013 | Entertainment
David Wild

Bringing the fine art of jazz vocals into these modern times full of anarchy for the music business is probably not the easiest gig in music today, but the work that Curtis Stigers is doing right now is important and stunning and sexy and soulful.

A Real "Mensch": A Conversation With Germany's Biggest Pop Star, Herbert Grönemeyer

Mike Ragogna | Posted 01.25.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

In the United States, he is mainly known for playing Lieutenant Werner in the critically acclaimed film Das Boot, not as a recording artist. That may change with the February 2012 release of his new album I Walk that features his international hit duet with Bono, "Mensch."

Rush, Public Enemy Among Rock Hall Of Fame Noms

AP | CHRIS TALBOTT | Posted 09.30.2013 | Entertainment

-- Rush, Deep Purple, Public Enemy and N.W.A. are among the group of first-time nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They join returnees Hea...

'Cars' & 'Toy Story' Composer's Blistering Political Critique

AP | MESFIN FEKADU | Posted 11.18.2012 | Entertainment

NEW YORK — Randy Newman is weighing in on the presidential election, and he's playing the race card through a song he wrote called "I'm Dreaming...

Rattle Them Bones: A Conversation With Big Bad Voodoo Daddy's Scotty Morris

Mike Ragogna | Posted 11.04.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"For me, I picked up the guitar because of Brian Setzer and Stevie Ray Vaughan when I was a kid. So to even be in the same breath as Brian Setzer? I was blown away. But to have an ambassador of badassness like Brian Setzer being attached to swing only validated the whole thing. Way better for me."

L.A. Homeless Advocates Try What No Other Group Has Done Before

Joel John Roberts | Posted 10.24.2012 | Impact
Joel John Roberts

In the past, national leaders working to address homelessness in America looked at Los Angeles's feeble efforts to house its homeless population with ...

Music Biz Icon Joe Smith Donates Awesome Audio Chats

Michael Sigman | Posted 09.19.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

At age 84, Joe has lost none of his comic timing. When I reminded him of the good deed he'd done for me so long ago, he paused for a beat and said, "Yeah, I sure am a great guy, aren't I?"

From The Beach Boys & Randy Newman to Fleet Foxes & Skrillex: A Conversation With Van Dyke Parks, Plus Calling JB Baretsky's Bluff

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.21.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

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Block That Metaphor, Twice

Michael Sigman | Posted 04.30.2012 | Media
Michael Sigman

It's worth pondering why a gambling cliche has become the metaphor of choice for the campaign commentariat.

Trampled By Turtles' EPK Exclusive, Plus Conversations With Owl City's Adam Young, moe.'s Chuck Garvey, and Wounded Warriors

Mike Ragogna | Posted 04.22.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

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Aaron Sankin

Meet San Francisco's Most Exciting New Songwriter

HuffingtonPost.com | Aaron Sankin | Posted 02.17.2012 | San Francisco

Who: Bhi Bhiman (Yes, that's his real name) Current Gig: San Francisco-based singer-songwriter whose new album, appropriately titled Bhiman, is poi...

Joyful Noise: A Conversation With Mervyn Warren, Plus Chatting With Mark Wayne Glasmire and Julian Velard

Mike Ragogna | Posted 03.14.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

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Lindi Ortega Video Exclusive, Plus Chatting With Yo-Yo Ma and Mason Jennings

Mike Ragogna | Posted 02.05.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

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Smile: An Interview With Beach Boy Brian Wilson, Plus Chatting With Andy Warhol Siren Ultra Violet and Boyz II Men Exclusive Clips

Mike Ragogna | Posted 01.08.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Multi-Platinum selling Grammy Award winners, Boyz II Men, are bringing R&B back with their with their new double album, Twenty, which debuted in -- of course -- the Top 20 on the Billboard Top 200.

Dog Ears Music: Born in November Playlist

The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin | Posted 01.04.2012 | Entertainment
The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin

This week we review albums by Neil Young, Fabolous, John Hammond, Scarface, and other artists.