Violinist for Smashing Pumpkins Ysanne Spevack Creates a Feast for All Five Senses

By Laura Ferreiro Renowned composer, chef and Smashing Pumpkins violinist Ysanne Spevack is orchestrating a unique, immersive experience featuring live music, plant-based, locally sourced food and much more, dubbed “Cacao in E Major.” The event will take place September 22 … Continue reading

Shana Halligan on Teaming Up with Children’s Music Fund: “Music Releases Endorphins and Restores Lost Abilities”

By Laura Ferreiro Music can fuel dance parties, fill stadiums and make our rush-hour commutes much more bearable, but many studies confirm that music does much more. It can help heal numerous physical and mental conditions and ailments, ease pain … Continue reading

Giving Back at SXSW: A Rewarding Service Project for a Local Homeless Shelter

This year’s South by Southwest Music Festival was a whirlwind of great music, thought-provoking panels and of course beer and barbecue, but one thing that made it even more memorable than usual was taking part in a service project to … Continue reading

Jack Johnson Interview: The Musician & Environmentalist Illustrates How Easy It Is to Be Green

By Laura Ferreiro Jack Johnson has long been known for his laid-back, beachy vibes and his feel-good music. But beneath his calm surface and easy-going demeanor lies a very thoughtful, calculating artist and environmental activist who knows exactly what percentage … Continue reading

Pandora Teams Up with Little Kids Rock to Expand Modern Music Program in Public Schools

By Laura Ferreiro Internet radio service Pandora and national music education non-profit Little Kids Rock have joined forces to bring free music lessons and instruments to kids at elementary and middle schools in Los Angeles, Oakland, Chicago and New York. … Continue reading

LES amis Brings Fashion & Charitable Giving to Rockwood Music Hall

By Adisa Husejnovic The creatively named non-profit LES amis has friends gathering in New York City’s Rockwood Music Hall with a shared desire to help the many homeless people of NYC. Founded by fashion designer Jemima Janney, LES amis is … Continue reading

ALO’s Zach Gill on Touring for a Great Cause and Partying With Pal Jack Johnson

By Billy Restivo From Santa Barbara driveways to arenas and festivals all around the world, the guys in Animal Liberation Orchestra (ALO) have been infecting audiences with a vibrant, groovy rock that seems almost indigenous to their native Golden State. … Continue reading

Campus DJ Champions Bentley Montes & Yung Elvis Spin for a Great Cause

By Laura Ferreiro The bass is pumping, the lights are pulsing, the dance floor is hopping – what more could you ask for? How about knowing that it’s more than just an incredible DJ dance party – it’s also about … Continue reading

Listen: Luxxury Cover Duran Duran’s ‘Planet Earth’ on Tribute Album Benefiting Amnesty International

By Laura Ferreiro In the 1980s, Duran Duran was one of the biggest bands on the planet, topping charts around the world, changing the face of MTV with their highly stylized videos; their posters adorning the bedroom walls of countless … Continue reading