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  • Meet the Folk Singer Who Inspired 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

    Meet the Folk Singer Who Inspired 'Inside Llewyn Davis' | ARTICLE

    People who were close to Dave Van Ronk, the Greenwich Village folk-blues-jazz institution, had a feeling someone might be making a movie inspired by his life. A few years ago, Elijah Wald, who co-wrote Van Ronk's posthumous...

    December 2, 2013 1:20 PM ET
  • 5 Shocking Revelations About U2's 'Spider-Man' Musical

    5 Shocking Revelations About U2's 'Spider-Man' Musical | ARTICLE

    In 2005, playwright Glen Berger was hired by director Julie Taymor to co-write the script for Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. What followed were six crazed, tumultuous, accident-ridden years before the show, with music by Bono...

    November 19, 2013 1:10 PM ET
  • The Yellow Dogs Open Up About Their Nightmare in Brooklyn

    The Yellow Dogs Open Up About Their Nightmare in Brooklyn | ARTICLE

    Siavash Karampour couldn't begin to understand the call. In the early-morning hours of November 11th, the lead singer of the Yellow Dogs – the Iranian indie band that had relocated to Brooklyn in 2010 and was building...

    November 15, 2013 12:55 PM ET
  • Is Penny Penny the Next Rodriguez?

    Is Penny Penny the Next Rodriguez? | ARTICLE

    To anyone who saw Searching for Sugar Man, the scenario is familiar: Musician makes records that generate local buzz but don’t translate into massive stardom. Musician continues working but extremely under the radar,...

    November 4, 2013 1:10 PM ET
  • Yoko Ono Busts a Move in 'Bad Dancer'

    Yoko Ono Busts a Move in 'Bad Dancer' | VIDEO

    "Oh, you're going to be observing all my moves!" Yoko Ono told a visiting reporter on the set of her "Bad Dancer" video. Not just hers, it turned out: for the first single from her new...

    November 4, 2013 1:00 PM ET
  • Nile Rodgers on Working With Michael Jackson: 'We're Weird Guys!'

    Nile Rodgers on Working With Michael Jackson: 'We're Weird Guys!' | ARTICLE

    In the history of pop second winds, Nile Rodgers may be setting a record. From the mid Seventies through the late Eighties, Rodgers' footprint was all over the charts. First, he was the co-founder of the iconic...

    October 3, 2013 12:20 PM ET
  • 'Inside Llewyn Davis' All-Stars Honor Greenwich Village Heyday

    'Inside Llewyn Davis' All-Stars Honor Greenwich Village Heyday | ARTICLE

    At New York City's Town Hall on Sunday night, Patti Smith had the best line of the night. Glancing at a chorus line of musicians behind her, Smith admitted, "I don't even know who they are,...

    September 30, 2013 1:00 PM ET
  • Grateful Dead Lyricist Robert Hunter Set for Rare Tour

    Grateful Dead Lyricist Robert Hunter Set for Rare Tour | ARTICLE

    Robert Hunter, the man behind many of the Grateful Dead's most enduring lyrics, is the first to admit he doesn't race toward the spotlight. "There are things I have to do, like get a good picture,...

    September 25, 2013 11:55 AM ET
  • Kings of Leon Reflect on Toughest Time: 'We Knew It Wasn't Over'

    Kings of Leon Reflect on Toughest Time: 'We Knew It Wasn't Over' | ARTICLE

    To say the least, Kings of Leon didn't exactly bask in their success after 2008's Only By the Night became their breakout album. Brothers Caleb and Nathan Followill had an infamous fight during the making of 2010's...

    August 27, 2013 2:25 PM ET
  • Sting Offers Ships and Surprises on First Solo Album In a Decade

    Sting Offers Ships and Surprises on First Solo Album In a Decade | ARTICLE

    Sting still recalls his earliest memory of growing up near shipyards in northeast England. "A massive ship at the end of my street, towering over the houses and blotting out the sun," he says. "I was raised...

    August 18, 2013 10:00 AM ET
  • Inside Justin Timberlake's '20/20 Experience' Sequel

    Inside Justin Timberlake's '20/20 Experience' Sequel | ARTICLE

    In March, Justin Timberlake returned to music after a seven-year absence with The 20/20 Experience. On September 30th, he will release another 11 songs from those same sessions, The 20/20 Experience: 2 of 2. What...

    August 16, 2013 9:05 AM ET
  • Blue Oyster Cult Co-Founder Allen Lanier Dead at 67

    Blue Oyster Cult Co-Founder Allen Lanier Dead at 67 | ARTICLE

    Allen Lanier — a co-founding member of Blue Öyster Cult who also contributed to vital punk records by Patti Smith and the Clash — died on August 14th. Lanier, who was 67, succumbed to chronic obstructive pulmonary...

    August 15, 2013 5:05 PM ET
  • The Grateful Dead's Greatest Year

    The Grateful Dead's Greatest Year | ARTICLE

    Click to listen to Grateful Dead's "Estimated Prophet - Live at Coliseum, University Of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL (5/17/77)" Bikers, blow and Belushi: As usual when the Grateful...

    June 26, 2013 9:00 AM ET
  • Darlene Love: Let Love Rule

    Darlene Love: Let Love Rule | ARTICLE

    That was way over the top!" howls Darlene Love. The topic is Al Pacino's portrayal of her old boss Phil Spector,...

    June 20, 2013 9:55 AM ET
  • Steven Tyler, Joe Perry Inducted Into Songwriters Hall of Fame

    Steven Tyler, Joe Perry Inducted Into Songwriters Hall of Fame | ARTICLE

    Break up to make up: If last night's 44th annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Awards ceremony had a theme, it wasn't just the glories of merging melodies and lyrics. From Aerosmith and Foreigner to Billy...

    June 14, 2013 11:55 AM ET
  • Q&A: Thurston Moore on Chelsea Light Moving, Occupy Wall Street and the Future of Sonic Youth

    Q&A: Thurston Moore on Chelsea Light Moving, Occupy Wall Street and the Future of Sonic Youth | ARTICLE

    Ever since he and his wife and Sonic Youth bandmate Kim Gordon announced their split in late 2011, Thurston Moore has kept his mouth largely shut. "I wasn't doing any press whatsoever – I kind...

    May 16, 2013 10:00 AM ET
  • Richie Havens, Folk Icon, Dead at 72

    Richie Havens, Folk Icon, Dead at 72 | ARTICLE

    Richie Havens, who brought an earthy soulfulness to the folk scene of the Sixties and was the first act to hit the stage at Woodstock, died of a heart attack on Monday, April 22. He was 72...

    April 22, 2013 5:15 PM ET
  • The Rascals Reunite on Broadway

    The Rascals Reunite on Broadway | ARTICLE

    Are the Rascals the most underappreciated and influential band in rock? Arguably New York's first great band, they had an astonishingly varied repertoire – these were the same guys who gave us the beach-stroll beauty of "Groovin,'"...

    April 17, 2013 10:00 AM ET
  • How James Taylor Made 'Sweet Baby James'

    How James Taylor Made 'Sweet Baby James' | ARTICLE

    In 1970, a country still reeling from Vietnam, the Kennedy and King assassinations and the Manson murders was ready for something calm and introspective. Into that void appeared James Taylor's second album, Sweet Baby James,...

    April 16, 2013 11:50 AM ET
  • The Section: Knights of Soft Rock

    The Section: Knights of Soft Rock | ARTICLE

    By 1979, guitarist Waddy Wachtel thought he'd seen everything. He had shown up for morning studio sessions to find Warren Zevon already wasted;...

    April 11, 2013 12:05 PM ET
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