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Barcelona Journal II: Up on the Roof

Francis Levy | Posted 07.24.2014 | Travel
Francis Levy

"Up on the Roof" was the title of a Drifters song, but it's where you want to be in Barcelona. Barcelona is literally a roof party in an architectural wonderland. At times it almost looks like a fairytale.

First Nighter: Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Is Beautiful Where It Counts

David Finkle | Posted 03.14.2014 | Entertainment
David Finkle

Before we get to what's wrong with Beautiful: The Carole King Musical at the Stephen Sondheim, let's establish what's so right that it instantly joins the ranks of irresistible jukebox tuners Jersey Boys, Motown The Musical and Mamma Mia.

A Christmas Gift For You: A Conversation with Phil Spector & The Crystals' La La Brooks, Chatting with The Piano Guys, Plus Pink Martini and Sidney York Exclusives

Mike Ragogna | Posted 02.11.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

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Beautiful, the Carole King Musical Opens in San Francisco

Erika Milvy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Erika Milvy

Premiering in San Francisco before its January New York opening, Beautiful, The Carole King Musical, is yet another Juke box musical. But unlike other recent musical biographies about musical careers, the Carole King story is really about music making.

Under the Boardwalk

Francis Levy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Comedy
Francis Levy

Baseball is a sport of statistics. You talk about batting averages, RBI's and today there are increasingly rarefied forms of statistical analysis use...

Amazing Playlists From A Legend Who Worked With Dylan And The Stones

Michael Sigman | Posted 08.25.2012 | Fifty
Michael Sigman

Al Kooper was like a sonic roommate during my freshman year at a small university in a Pennsylvania town with a population under 5,000. My actual roommate was a very nice guy who never said anything. Meaningful contact with attractive females was out of the question for a shy frosh, so I spent my free hours under the headphones with the Blues Project, of which he was a key member.

Is That All There Is? A Fond Farewell to Jerry Leiber

Martin Lewis | Posted 10.22.2011 | Entertainment
Martin Lewis

Jerry Leiber was not only a superb songwriter and producer but also an extremely funny, droll wit of the highest order. I had the honor to know him a little and his humor and his generosity of spirit were exemplary and uplifting.

Turtle Was Right: Conversations With Entourage's Saigon and Oprah/Seacrest Discovery, Graham Stookey

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"The thing with Entourage is that it happened at a time when we weren't ready."

Less Super, More Tramp: A Conversation With Roger Hodgson, Formerly of Supertramp

David Wild | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Wild

Though you may not be aware of it, you are almost certainly familiar with Roger Hodgson and his body of work too. For a decade and a half he served as one of two main songwriters and vocalists who founded Supertramp.

"Crazy Little Thing Called Love": A Playlist for Bristol and Levi

David Wild | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Wild

Here is my loving playlist for two kids who remind us all about a sometimes flickering yet ultimately difficult to extinguish force in our world -- a crazy little thing called love.

Life, Liberty, And The Pursuit Of The Perfect Wave: The Hawaiian Independence Movement Gains Momentum

Tony Sachs | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Tony Sachs

The Hawaiian independence movement isn't just a nutty gambit to avoid paying federal taxes, the way it is in Texas. The Hawaiians have some pretty legit grievances.

New Tunes On Monday: Little Walter, Prince, James Taylor, John Wesley Harding, Paul Carrack, and Matthew Barber

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
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Mike Ragogna

Blues harmonica player and singer Little Walter died over forty years ago, but his influences still can be heard in many blues-rock recordings that employ the instrument.