Wanee festival pays tribute to Levon Helm
April 23rd, 2012
04:54 PM ET

Wanee festival pays tribute to Levon Helm

Over the weekend, artists paid tribute to The Band’s Levon Helm at the 8th annual Wanee Music Festival at the Spirit of Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Florida.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer was 71 when he died on Thursday. Hours later, Hot Tuna – featuring fellow Rock Hall members Jack Casady and Jorma Kaukonen – performed “I Am the Light of This World” and “99 Year Blues” in honor of Helm, kicking off a number of notable performances in his memory.

The next day, under a bright noonday sun, Bruce Hornsby sang a moving rendition of “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,” which was made famous by Helm and The Band in 1969. Hornsby followed this up with his original classic “The Way It Is.”

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March 15th, 2012
07:12 PM ET

CNN Music discovers Royal Teeth, thanks to Twitter

At 10 p.m. on Tuesday night, we didn't even have a Twitter account for CNN Music. But we DID have an idea.

The plan, conceived over dinner, was to first actually create @CNN_Music, and then ask bands playing in Austin for SXSW to reply to us by noon Wednesday to be considered for a special one-song feature on CNN.com. Our tweet read:

At that point we had literally two followers – me (@jarrettbellini) and my fellow video producer Nick Scott (@nwscott).

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SXSW: Jeffrey Tambor, acting coach
March 12th, 2012
03:33 PM ET

SXSW: Jeffrey Tambor, acting coach

At South By Southwest in Austin, the bulk of my time has been spent downstairs at the CNN SXSW Grill, working in a dark, cement-walled basement. (I’ve grown fond of my captors – they give me Sun Chips and Diet Coke.)

But I do have a platinum SXSW badge hanging from my neck, which allows me access to various panels and events at the interactive/music/film festival.

Sunday afternoon, I decided to actually put this undeserved badge to use and casually strolled into the convention center with the goal of taking in a panel. Any panel. I was literally looking for an open door and a chair.

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'Conan': The second episode
November 10th, 2010
12:54 PM ET

'Conan': The second episode

Now that all the initial hype is over, the lofty expectations have subsided and the Masturbating Bear has made his long overdue return into my life – thus ending my nine-month hunger strike – here’s a little re-cap of the second episode of “Conan.”

When it comes to the opening music, I wasn’t immediately blown away. However, having now had a chance to listen to it again, it actually seems to have much better pacing than the old tune (which, mind you, I thought was great). So, the new theme is definitely growing on me.

But what I really dig is the credits. I love the simplicity; guest names are cleanly revealed over a basic textured background, accompanied by minimalist graphics pertaining to each guest’s particular line of work. Last night it was a movie reel for Tom Hanks and a television set for Jack McBrayer.

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November 8th, 2010
10:28 PM ET

Coco returns: The live-blog, with exclusive opener

At long last, the premiere of "Conan" has arrived. We sat through a "60 Minutes" interview, a live CoCo cam with dancing tacos and plenty of promos.

But tonight, we'll finally get to see what Conan O'Brien will bring to TBS at 11 p.m. ET. We're ready to get this live-blogging going - join in after the jump.

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