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Portland singer-songwriter Sara Jackson-Holman collaborates with Jherek Bischoff for debut LP (listen)

Portland, OR singer-songwriter Sara Jackson-Holman cites Kate Bush, Joni Mitchell, and Serge Gainsbourg as musical influences, all of which can be heard on her upcoming album Didn't Go to the Party Continue reading…

Luminato Festival Finds A Striking Venue And An Organizing Idea

“In its 10-year run, Toronto’s Luminato Festival has had lots of Whats – celebrated events such as last year’s Apocalypsis, the Joni Mitchell tribute of a few years past, shows by performance artist Marina Abramovic and many other first-rate attractions. But it’s always lacked a Why – a central idea or theme that has been […]

Elizabeth Wills – Every Little Star

last monthMusic / Country : Twangville

Somewhere along the way, we seem to have lost an important component of American music.  In the 70’s, as solo artists, Joni Mitchell and Carol King defined popular music every bit as much as Zeppelin or the Stones.  Fast forward a couple of decades and Sarah McLachlan and Jewel were the flag-bearers.  Nowadays, Shawn Colvin […]

Joni Mitchell: 15 Great Artists Influenced by the 'Blue' Singer

"The Blue album, there's hardly a dishonest note in the vocals," Joni Mitchell told Rolling Stone in 1979. "At that period of my life, I had no persona defenses. I felt like a cellophane wrapper on a pack of cigarettes. I felt like I had absolutely no secrets from the...

Power Hour: 60 minutes of Joni Mitchell’s jazzy, folky stories of romantic independence

Power Hour creates one tight 60-minute set from a musician’s discography or a genre, picking both big hits and deeper cuts. For all the losses we’ve suffered in 2016, we can take comfort in this: Joni Mitchell is still with us. A year ago, that seemed unlikely. Show More Summary

Battle of the Procrastinators: 'Game of Thrones' is really about how we waste time

Obligatory warning: Here be mild spoilers for Game of Thrones season 6, episode 8.  There couldn't be a stranger place to start a story about Game of Thrones than by talking about a Joni Mitchell song. But given that this is also a story...Show More Summary

Watch Tina Fey and Maya Rudolph Do Impeccable Joni Mitchell Impressions, and Teach You How to Do Your Own

Last night on Maya and Marty, the new Maya Rudolph/Martin Short variety series, Rudolph sat down with Tina Fey to serenade the audience — or tried to sit down with Tina Fey to serenade the audience. You see, in the vein of an old-timey variety series, Rudolph wanted to have the musical moment happen with each comedian/serenader […]

Lukas Graham

Balancing old and new-school soul with Bruno Mars panache, this Danish singer's debut is a fine argument for pop optimism. His string-buoyed hit "7 Years" collapses Joni Mitchell's "The Circle Game" into the Beatles' "When I'm Sixty-Four" for a life-journey meditation. "Drunk in the Morning" is a piano-and-brass-driven booty call...

Improving the Lives of Women From Two Different Sides

Years ago Joni Mitchell sang about looking "at life from both sides now." With apologies to Mitchell, that's exactly how I felt recently in a 24-hour period...I saw two sides of the efforts to improve the lives of women and girls - efforts that are literally worlds apart. Show More Summary

Watch Prince Cover Bowie’s “Heroes”

Prince played two shows in Toronto on the Piano & A Microphone tour, and his sets featured a series of covers: the artist performed his take on David Bowie’s “Heroes,” along with Joni Mitchell’s “A Case of You,” Vince Guaraldi’s “Linus & Lucy,” and Bob Marley’s “Waiting in Vain.” Watch recordings of the covers at Pitchfork.

Facing Down The Paradigm: John Craigie At Kuumbwa Jazz, Santa Cruz, CA (SHOW REVIEW)

“Let’s get one thing straight: Bob Dylan never played here Joni Mitchell never sang here Dr. King never preached here This is a new stage This is a new space And even if they had What would it matter anyway? ‘Cause the ghosts of theShow More Summary

Back To The Garden

Saffron Fields Vineyard Yamhill Carlton AVA Willmatte Valley Oregon "And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden," wrote Joni Mitchell, but I always hear the urgency of Crosby, Stills and Nash when I think of these words. Today I arrived back in Oregon for the Oregon Wine Symposium right on the heels of finishing Premiere Napa Valley. Show More Summary

Sex, Death, and Understanding in Paul Lisicky’s ‘The Narrow Door’

Everybody loves an origin story: the loss that fueled Joni Mitchell, for instance, or the difficulties with Gauguin that led to Van Gogh’s undoing. We love to see story of the mud and blood that come together to sculpt the artists we read and idolize. Show More Summary

Glenn Frey: 20 Essential Songs

"In the beginning, we were the underdogs," Glenn Frey once said of the Eagles' formative days on the L.A. rock scene of the early Seventies. "Being in close proximity to Jackson Browne, Joni Mitchell, and Crosby, Stills and Nash, this unspoken thing was created between Henley and me, which said, 'If...

Dizzy Gillespie -- In Praise of Liner Notes

6 months agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

Joni Mitchell was onto something. You don't miss liner notes until you don't have them. I admit: Many liner notes leave me cold, for two reasons. First, they're way too detailed, especially in jazz. Every take has to be scrupulously annotated. Who played third trumpet in that big band? Was that Bird... [ read more ]

‘Queen Of Funk’ Chaka Khan Will Sing At Natalie Cole’s Funeral; Working On Joni Mitchell Tribute Album

Chaka Khan, the “Queen of Funk” and 10-time Grammy award winner, will sing at Natalie Cole’s funeral. Cole will be laid to rest on Monday, January 11. The service will be held at the West Angeles Church of God in Christ, which the singer attended for many years. Show More Summary

My Greatest Hits (And Biggest Misses) Of 2015

It’s that time of year again! As I did in 2014, 2013, and 2012, I’m channeling my inner Joni Mitchell by linking back to some of my most popular articles of the year and also reanimating some of the things that I loved but you hated....Show More Summary

Chaka Khan dishes on her "tough" time on "DWTS" and her Joni Mitchell tribute album

The 62-year-old Queen of Funk, who began her career singing with the band Rufus, is currently working on a Joni Mitchell tribute album, which she hopes to release in February.

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