Chad Urmston of Dispatch discusses band’s education initiatives & reunion

By Laura Ferreiro New England trio Dispatch are gearing up to release their first studio album in 12 years, “Circles Around the Sun,” next month. The band, which is widely considered one of the most successful independent rock bands around, … Continue reading

Drum legends Neil Peart and Jim Keltner share wisdom with aspiring drummers

By Laura Ferreiro The best way to learn a craft is to hang out with the masters. That’s the premise behind the Los Angeles Music Academy’s Drummer’s Reality Camp, where aspiring drummers of all ages get the chance to learn … Continue reading

Willie Nelson, Neil Young and Jack Johnson to headline Farm Aid 2012

By Hilary Gridley Despite America’s rich heritage as an agrarian republic, farmers continue to struggle. Fortunately, influential musicians remain allies to the families that feed the country. In 1987, soon after Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, and Neil Young launched the … Continue reading

Love Hope Strength uses music to fight cancer at all levels

By Michael Tedder Alarm frontman Mike Peters has never been one to think small. This is, after all, a musician whose first major hit was called “68 Guns.”  The official legend of the cancer research foundation Love Hope Strength, which … Continue reading

Coldplay, Yoko Ono and artists around the world support campaign for effective arms trade

By Hilary Gridley It’s hard to believe that some countries may have a tougher time acquiring bananas than bullets, but that’s the state of the current global weapons market, valued at more than $60 billion a year. The UN gathered … Continue reading