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On the Culture Front: The Happiest Hour, Battle of the Belgians, The Complete Last Waltz and more

Chris Kompanek | Posted 12.12.2014 | New York
Chris Kompanek

It hard to find the silver lining in the cold, blustery weather and increasingly shorter days that mark December in New York, but one thing is the guilt for staying indoors completely evaporates.

Singles Charts and the Battle for Bullets

Michael Sigman | Posted 12.27.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

In the record industry boom of the early 1970s, revenue from album sales was the mother lode. But the most effective way to break a new artist or take an existing act to the next level was the hit single. A single that permeated the nation's airwaves and galvanized the culture was the royal road to the multi-platinum LP.

Conversations with Jamie Cullum, Peter White and Amanda Kravat, Plus Yellowcard Teams with Invisible Children

Mike Ragogna | Posted 12.06.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Jamie Cullum: "I've lived my short life as a record geek. I take quite a heavy interest in music. Lots of people are interested in music, but I'm the kind of guy who'd be digging through boxfuls of old records in secondhand stores and record fares and things like that."

Business Tips from The Beatles

Brett Greene | Posted 11.25.2014 | Denver
Brett Greene

All businesses, like bands, are made up of a collective of individuals. Though some may contribute in larger ways than others, no one person is responsible for the company's success. It's important to share accolades.

By the Book in Telluride: Presenting 40 Years of Festivation

Michael Bialas | Posted 08.17.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Bialas

The Telluride Bluegrass Festival this week is celebrating its 41st year of roots music in the picture-perfect setting among the San Juan Mountain peaks in southwest Colorado. It's a shame if you haven't experienced it at least once.

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.

Masters Of Sex, Girls & 'Boogie Train': Conversations with Michael Penn and Foghat's Roger Earl

Mike Ragogna | Posted 06.17.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

For me, the collaboration is sort of akin to working with a lyricist. There's no lyrics in the score, so you're basically working with the scenes as lyric and trying to find a way to emotionally support what's going on with that.

The Muppets Help Jimmy Fallon Say Goodbye

The Huffington Post | Katla McGlynn | Posted 02.10.2014 | Comedy

Jimmy Fallon's final episode of "Late Night" on Friday got a little emotional, but there were plenty of people on hand to cheer him up -- including Th...

Not the Usual Playlist: 4 Songs About Home

Henriette Lazaridis | Posted 01.25.2014 | Entertainment
Henriette Lazaridis

Well, if you're traveling with the aunts and the cousins, it might not mean music at all, unless your last name is Von Trapp, or dare I say Cyrus. Chances are, though, that there will be music and there will, thus, be singing.

Somewhere East Of Eden: A Conversation with Joe Grushecky, Plus an Exclusive by Dear Georgiana

Mike Ragogna | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

JG: "I've been doing the Nashville thing, going down and doing a lot of co-writes, so I had a ton of songs written and I started recording them here in Pittsburgh. My wife Lee Ann said that I had not struck upon anything that was revealing about myself."

Sebastian Robertson: The Band Co-founder's Son on Music That Changed the World

Steve Karras | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Steve Karras

Sebastian Robertson may not be a rock star like dad [guitarist and The Band co-founder] Robbie Robertson, but he's every bit his father's son.

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."

When I Paint My Masterpiece...

Dusty Wright | Posted 11.17.2013 | Arts
Dusty Wright

There is hope for new music, even with heritage acts like Mr. Zimmerman. Looking backwards, one can borrow to move forward. Clearly all three of these releases look backwards.

McCartney Still Gives Me Wings

John Garrett Andrews | Posted 11.17.2013 | Entertainment
John Garrett Andrews

The Beatles, with their combination of nostalgia for '50s pop rock n roll and rockabilly, love of early '60s soul and girl groups as well as classic tin pan alley "tunesmithing," provided the pre-pubescent AM radio nursery rhymes for my exact generation.

Conversations with Harry Connick Jr., TTB's Derek Trucks, and Carly Ritter

Mike Ragogna | Posted 10.28.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

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Songs That Matter: The Band, 'The Weight'

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 09.25.2013 | Arts
Anne Margaret Daniel

"The Weight" belies its name by beginning lightly, with the keen tickle of strings, precise yet also casual. You feel like you're on someone's porch, down home, listening to a few folks make music at sundown.

Movie Review: Ain't In It For My Health: A Film About Levon Helm

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.15.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Jacob Hatley's documentary about the late Levon Helm (who died in 2012) is a flinty valedictory to a rough-hewn but cagey and soulful musician.

Return of the Stoic Hero?

Jamie Malanowski | Posted 06.09.2013 | Fifty
Jamie Malanowski

Roger Ebert, Levon Helm, Sixto Rodriquez -- models of stoicism. They are men who met disappointment and worse, and faced their challenges with determination and courage. We used to have a lot of role models like them.

The Weight: When a Song Becomes an Anthem

Joanna Colangelo | Posted 05.12.2013 | Entertainment
Joanna Colangelo

Like any song that's morphed into our musical vernacular, "The Weight" has come to exist as a backdrop in American folk culture. It pops up in films when the scene is meant to express something uniquely "American" that dialog just can't seem to capture.

The Best Rock Concert Movie -- and What Makes It Better on Blu-Ray

John Farr | Posted 03.25.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

It's my (and many others') pick for the best rock concert movie ever: Martin Scorsese's The Last Waltz. For those in the dark, this was Scorsese's filming of The Band's farewell concert at San Francisco's Winterland Ballroom on Thanksgiving Day, 1976.

PHOTOS: Is This The Greatest Tribute Concert Ever?

Aaron Sankin | Posted 10.30.2012 | San Francisco

The Last Waltz is arguably the greatest concert film of all time. Shot by Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese, the film documents the la...

Levon Helm's Loved Ones Honor His Legacy

Steve Karras | Posted 10.04.2012 | Entertainment
Steve Karras

Before he died on April 19, 2012 Helm gave specific instructions from his hospital bed to carry on the tradition of the Ramble. His exact words were, "Keep it goin."

Watching The Sheepdogs Run: A Conversation With Ewan Currie, Plus Rachael Sage's 'Invisible Light' Video Exclusive

Mike Ragogna | Posted 11.06.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Rachael Sage's latest video for "Invisible Light" features the award-winning, NYC-based songstress performing on both piano and guitar at her favorite recording studio, The Carriage House.

A Legacy of Rambling: Music Is (Still) Alive and Well in Levon Helm's Barn

Joanna Colangelo | Posted 09.25.2012 | Home
Joanna Colangelo

In April, Levon passed away and there was talk of what would happen to the Rambles. And then, this past Saturday night rolled around like so many others before it, and Levon's Barn was open once again.

Bogus Trend Stories Getting Sadder and Sadder

Michael Sigman | Posted 08.06.2012 | Media
Michael Sigman

Trend stories based on anecdotes or lazy statistics are bad enough. When extensive research by "experts" is involved, meaninglessness can rise to a higher -- or lower -- level of absurdity.