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The Coen brothers tackle the Greenwich Village folk music scene of the early Sixties with an entertaining odyssey of oddball characters and obscure references...
“Inside Llewyn Davis” is a new kind of project for the Coen brothers to take on. To an extent, the film is a musical of sorts along the lines of “Once.” In addition to being a love letter to old folk songs, it’s also one of the most brutally honest, if not disheartening, movies about the cruel nature of show business. While different territory for the masterful directing duo, “Inside Llewyn Davis” still has the Coen’s distinctive signature all over it. As with many of their films, they find the comedy in bleakness and the bleakness in comedy, resulting in a narrative that’s either saying a lot or saying nothing at all. However you view it, boy is it fascinating to watch.
The folk music icon know for songs like “Crazy,” “Stardust,” “On the Road Again” and “Good Hearted Woman” performs.
Perhaps no vocal group in America – other than the Beach Boys – have been as celebrated as The Manhattan Transfer. Over the last four decades, the quartet has racked up a dozen Grammy Awards, sold millions of albums and made Grammy Award history in 1981 when they became the first group in both pop and jazz categories in the same year.
At 72 years young, Dan Hicks remains the eternal hipster. Hicks first entered the music scene in the sixties with his seminal group, The Charlatans, and he remains an influential figure among musicians.
Following the general trend in home décor, holiday trim and accessories this year are an eclectic mix of traditional and non-traditional colors and styles.
NEW YORK — Today's travelers want to be comfortable, organized and connected. With those themes in mind, here are some gift ideas, starting with suggestions from three folks who travel for a living.
A child is born, a family is healed, and a sermon on forgiveness is delivered with sledgehammer subtlety in "Black Nativity," a bold but clumsy attempt to bring Langston Hughes' popular musical to life onscreen.
Crisp, fall air can be hard to come in the Valley, but Boyce Thompson Arboretum has it in spades at its annual festival where attendees are invited to enjoy the bright foliage of the Chinese Pistachio trees, listen to live folk music, sip hot cider and browse a variety of arts and crafts booths.
Looking to appeal to more than the rodeo crowd and needing to bridge the gap between the parade and rodeo, this year’s Gilbert Days features the Red, White and Blues Festival.
Grabbing a bite and a drink at Tempe Marketplace is a good bet anytime, but your dining dollars can really make a difference there on Sept. 29.
True Music Festival, a new event coming to Scottsdale’s Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, has booked its first round of performers.
Vacationers to the Valley often spend part of it in Scottsdale, as the local tourism promotion machine is an impressive one. It’s one of those places that doesn’t require the word “Arizona” after it in conversation. People know where it is, for well or ill.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento Food Bank once was one of those standard food distribution centers where bags of processed foods, carbohydrate-laden government commodities and day-old breads and sweets were bagged and handed to people who stood in line for hours to get it.
The American folk musician, whose songs have been recorded by Bette Midler, Jessica Simpson and the Dixie Chicks, tours in support of her recent album “American Kid.”
Patty Griffin performs at the Newport Folk Festival in Newport, R.I. on Saturday, July 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Joe Giblin)
A few observations from a columnist who, despite summer having officially begun just this past week, might have been out in the sun too long:
It has happened to all of us.
Indie-folk artist Jay Nash will be performing in the Valley’s very own The Rhythm Room Wednesday, May 22 with fellow performer David Ramirez.
Boz Scaggs knows he has a reputation for being something of a perfectionist. The casually stylish singer-songwriter recalls the endless tinkering and expansive budgets that went into making his multiplatinum 1970s albums “Silk Degrees” and “Down Two Then Left.”
An eclectic group of four Valley women, the Heady Hoop Tribe aims to inspire others in the Phoenix area through the creative power of modern hoop dance.
Runners in the East Valley are a tight community. If any two enthusiasts don’t know each other, there’s a good chance they know someone who knows someone who they’ve crossed a finish line with.
While Thursday's opening day at Country Thunder was the shortest day concert-wise, there was no disappointment in the four acts that took the stage – especially not when it came to headliner Brantley Gilbert.