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  • Matisyahu: You disappointed me

    by Rabbi Yaakov Rosenblatt

    June 22, 2012 | 11:26 am

    Dear Matisyahu,

    Tonight you performed at the Windstar World Casino in Oklahoma, seventy miles from my Dallas home.  The distance may seem far, but in Texas proportion it is right around the corner.  I did not attend your concert.  I could not. Frankly, I do not plan to see you...

  • He’s looked at clouds from both sides now…

    By Tom Teicholz

    March 7, 2012 | 5:13 pm

    I listen to music all day, in my car, in my office, at the gym, while walking the dog or taking a hike. Most of what I listen to I don’t have to pay for; some of it I do. There are so many ways to discover new music or find old favorites that I thought it might be useful to create...

  • Catching up with Matisyahu (and his beard)

    By Ryan Torok

    March 1, 2012 | 12:22 pm

    Like many artists, Matisyahu resists personal praise. Instead, the 32-year-old singer saves it for others — and his music. He described Youssoupha Sidibe, a musician he performs with, as “a very spiritual being … a very incredible musician,” and said their music was “next...

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  • Ozomatli: Band of the people

    By Ryan Torok

    November 23, 2011 | 12:33 pm

    The Latin band Ozomatli is rocking out on the flatbed of a truck parked on a closed-down Spring Street in downtown Los Angeles. It’s a Saturday in early November, and the band is playing for a motley group of aging and 20-something hippies, union workers and even some Jews from the...

  • On fire

    By Dikla Kadosh

    November 8, 2011 | 7:44 pm

    The old stereotype of Mizrahi music — an Israeli genre created by immigrant Jews from North African and Arab countries — was of teary, sorrowful love ballads: tales of lost loves, broken hearts and dashed hopes. You could say Mizrahi music was Israel’s version of country music....

  • With ‘New Soul,’ a new beginning

    by Jonathan Maseng, Contributing Writer

    November 1, 2011 | 8:08 pm

    Yael Naim might need to have her head checked out.  Take her word for it.

    “I don’t know, I think I should go to a psychologist,” she says on the phone from France.  “What’s wrong?”  she asks, perhaps rhetorically, and laughs.

    No, she hasn’t suffered a breakdown on her...

  • Idan Raichel: From the Personal to the Universal

    by Lior Haykeen, Contributing Writer

    September 27, 2011 | 6:02 pm

    Israeli megastar Idan Raichel launched his music career as a keyboardist for various other Israeli artists, with the hope of one day producing his own albums. In his first attempt to do so, Raichel created a studio in his parents’ basement in Kfar Saba and began recording anonymous...

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