What the new Tin Pan Alley Rag teaches us about Irving Berlin and the other Jews who wrote the American songbook
Singer-turned-illustrator David Berman releases cartoon book, to mixed reviews
And explains new album to Boston website
Pop-star Spears in talks for a Holocaust movie
Jordanian children’s rock group goes boom
Former ‘goy band’-er hosts UJA luncheon
And—who knew?—gay, too
A klezmer musician turns her grandmother’s FBI files into musical theater
A father’s rumination on teeth, lullabies, and the roots of language
What the Wittgenstein family gained and lost
The beat poet would have been 83.
Abortion, gay marriage, and rock ‘n’ roll.
Now, I heard there was a secret chord…
An introduction to the beguiling melodies of maftirim
We have, by now, heard the story of the Holocaust
For an album with a much-celebrated wide range of cultural influences
The polarizing power of Leonard Cohen’s classic song
Uncovering the lost works of Felix Mendelssohn
Gregorian chant meets Judeo-Iraqi songs of prayer in Miami
From the archives: Love among the menorahs
Cabaret-punk band Barbez pays tribute to Paul Celan
Composer Osvaldo Golijov
In our apartment, I learned French and read Shakespeare. Outside of it, things got a bit more complicated.
With a little self-invention and a lot of talent, Doc Pomus left his mark on rock ‘n’ roll
Flory Jagoda sings the songs of her great-great-great-great-great grandparents
Parodies that make us cringe today used to make people roar. A music critic discovers Abie Cohen, the Jewish version of Aunt Jemima.
Bluesman Jeremiah Lockwood finds his voice in his grandfather’s liturgical repertoire
Talking with Jewlia Eisenberg about the Algerian divas who rock her world
Sufjan Stevens makes a record his own way
With a new documentary and a book of poems, Leonard Cohen is primed for a comeback. For Suzanne Snider, he never went away.