Levon Helm doing what he loved in Woodstock, N.Y., in 2004Levon Helm, the Arkansas-born icon of Americana music, passed away Thursday afternoon after a long battle with throat cancer, his family said on Helm's Web site. "He has loved nothing more than to play, to fill up the room with music, lay do ... More >>
Last Sunday, HBO aired the Season 3 finale of Eastbound & Down, the series about down-on-his-luck minor-league relief pitcher and morally bankrupt human being Kenny Powers. Besides a certain unvarnished wisdom ("death is for pussies") and a peculiar way with the ladies, Powers has one of the most sp ... More >>
Being behind the scenes is what most musicians who don't write songs or sing expect of their lives once they start seriously playing. A career backing someone up can be extremely rewarding, particularly if you are part of a transcendent group of musicians that goes from simply backing up an artist i ... More >>
With fans Jackson Browne and Robbie Robertson on board, Dawes settles in for the long haul.
harleyslist.blogspot.comJohn Lennon and Yoko Ono in a happy pose in front of their home (and future site of Lennon's assassination).Celebrity homes will always be a source of fascination, offering a glimpse at the intimate, private side of those who live their lives in the public eye. And it' ... More >>
Hello? Is this thing on? Rocks Off has a feeling that a lot of folks are nowhere near their computers today. Must be some sort of holiday. It is, actually. Today, not Monday. It's Canada Day, or as it's known in the U.S., "What Is Princess Kate Wearing?" Day. (Also, Friday.) Honestly, Rocks ... More >>
Last week brought new releases from Britney Spears, Radiohead, and a few Pearl Jam re-issues hitting store shelves amid reports that the industry was finally starting to see some improvement. Spears' Femme Fatale is currently projected to enter the top spot of the Billboard 200 chart with sal ... More >>
Britain's The Big Pink fuses soul, drum machines and shoegaze on A Brief History of Love.
Seven years ago this week, the Dixie Chicks had the No. 1 country single in the U.S. with Bruce Robison's lump-raising "Travelin' Soldier." Meanwhile, in Washington, D.C., the Bush Administration was putting the finishing touches on its Iraqi invasion strategy, which prompted Chicks lead singer Nat ... More >>
Rocks Off is having a little trouble looking his "2009 Year of the Rhino" wall calendar in the eye this morning. He trusted it implicitly until Tuesday, when a friend pointed out that in saluting Stevie Nicks, Miles Davis and Hank Williams Jr. on their birthday, he left out former Band drummer Levo ... More >>
The twisted history of "Tighten Up"
I'm Not There and the changing face of Bob Dylan on film
Jesse Winchester Born in Shreveport and raised in Memphis, Jesse Winchester is an unlikely Canadian. One of the exceptional songwriters of his day, Winchester's records wobbled between folk and country-rock, never neatly fitting into any one genre description. His flight to Montreal after recei ... More >>
A rundown of every act on this year's bill
The Band dances The Last Waltz, but can time heal old wounds?
Nelly Furtado refused to forget her roots or dress like a tramp. She won a Grammy anyway.
Lucinda lays bare her Essence
Who killed "When the Saints..."? The Dirty Dozen, and don't you forget it.
Former Band drummer Levon Helm lends his experience to the youthful Barn Burners
Oliver Stone delivers the ultimate guy movie with Any Given Sunday
Jim Lauderdale is a living lesson in how to profit from Nashville's fringes
A box set doesn't mean Emmylou Harris's career is done; it may mean it's just beginning
Barry Levinson takes a loopy look at the realities of Tinsel Town