Billy Joel, Garth Brooks, Stevie Wonder and More Honored At ASCAP Centennial Awards

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ASCAP celebrated its 100-year anniversary in style Monday night with their Centennial Awards, a swanky, once-in-a-century affair at New York’s Waldorf Astoria. The venerable performing rights organization, which collects performance money for artists, honored Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Garth Brooks, Stephen Sondheim and Joan Baez “in recognition of their incomparable accomplishments in their respective music […]

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Inside The Grammys’ Epic All-Star Beatles Tribute

"The Night That Changed America: A GRAMMY Salute To The Beatles" - Fixed Show

“The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles” To be broadcast on CBS, Sunday February 9, 2014, 8 pm More than anything, the lasting effect of the evening was wonder – that mere humans could have written so many beautiful, miracle songs. But that is the truth: Some 40 to 50 years […]

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From Coldplay To Kanye: Highlights And Lowlights Of The Austin City Limits Music Festival


After years of study, I’ve developed something I’ll call, for lack of a pithier term, the Margolis Music Festival Axiom, which is: They’re always hit or miss. Not only who you hit or miss, that is, but whether the artists you do catch manage to connect with their audience or fail to light a fire. […]

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Austin City Limits Music Festival 2011 In Photos

Austin City Limits Festival Day 3 - September 18, 2011

  A comprehensive look at this year’s Austin City Limits Music Festival in Austin, TX. Kanye West, Arcade Fire, Stevie Wonder, Cold War Kids and many more performed during the 3-day festival.

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Fleet Foxes, Alison Krauss, Gillian Welch Tapped For Austin City Limits Festival

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Now in its 10th year, the Austin City Limits Festival in Austin, Texas just keeps getting better and better. From September 16-18, Zilker Park will host Coldplay, Arcade Fire, Kanye West, My Morning Jacket, Fleet Foxes, Stevie Wonder, Alison Krauss, Gillian Welch, Bright Eyes, and a host of other great bands. Tickets go on sale […]

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Negotiations And Love Songs: Ten Songs For Valentine’s Day


Love songs — they’re the foundation pop music was built on. Most genres, from country to rock to pop to folk to R&B appreciate a good love song (although rap and death metal have trouble expressing their feelings in this department). Here’s five unconventional love songs, and five traditional ones, that you can spin on […]

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Devon Allman’s Honeytribe: Space Age Blues


Devon Allman’s Honeytribe Space Age Blues Provogue Rating: Devon Allman’s father Gregg is one of the great white blues singers of all time. His uncle Duane was one of the great guitarists of the classic rock age, and maybe the most ferocious slide player ever. So, if you’re Devon Allman and you’re a musician, how […]

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The Popkin Report: The Bonnaroo Experience

Matthew Popkin is American Songwriter’s writer-at-large.                                             (Photo by Laura Dart) ——— DAY ONE Walking along the unpaved and rugged road of Bonnaroo Thursday night, I heard a most melodious siren song. Little did I know that I was about to fall head over heels in love. Well, not really, but when there’s one girl in […]

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Our Top 10 Favorite Things About This Year’s Bonnaroo


1. Jay-Z saying, “Wait ’til I tell my mom Stevie Wonder stayed for my set!” 2. The delicous funnel cake. 3. A unisex sea of kids singing along earnestly to Tenacious D’s “F**k Her Gently.” 4. Stevie Wonder comes to Bonaroo; kills it. 5. Watching artists battle the heat (Lucero, Phoenix) and win. 6. Tiny […]

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Stevie Wonder: “Higher Ground”


People keep on learnin’ Soldiers keep on warrin’ World keep on turnin’ Cause it won’t be too long Powers keep on lyin’ While your people keep on dyin’ World keep on turnin’ Cause it won’t be too long I’m so darn glad he let me try it again Cause my last time on earth I […]

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The Top 10 Bands We’re Excited To See At Bonnaroo


The perpetually awesome Bonnaroo Music And Arts Festival takes place in our backyard, and we can’t wait to share it with 80,000 unwashed strangers. It’s a feast for the senses and the ears, with over 130 bands playing over the course of four days. Here’s who we’re dying to see the most. Jay-Z The jigga […]

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White House To Honor Paul McCartney

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President Obama has invited Paul McCartney to the White House next week, where he’ll be honored by the Library of Congress with the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. McCartney will perform songs from his vast catalog, as part of a special tribute concert featuring Jack White, The Jonas Brothers, Elvis Costello, Dave Grohl, Faith Hill, […]

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