George de Stefano is a New York-based writer specializing in culture, politics and sexuality. He is the author of An Offer We Can't Refuse: The Mafia in the Mind of America (Farrar, Straus, Giroux) and a contributor to many other books, websites and print publications.
Bagels and Bongos: The Klezmatics Present Havana Nagila | 8 Apr 2014 // 9:10 PM
With their new project, the boundary-breaching klezmer band revives and extends the Jewish-Latin musical connection.
Dances with Spiders: Italian Roots Music, With Bite, Comes to North America | 31 Aug 2011 // 5:00 PM
The story of the pizzica revival is one of how a music associated with a healing ritual of poor, oppressed peasants was transformed into a proud assertion of cultural heritage and identity.
Morrissey and Blondie at Madison Square Garden | 10 Jul 2015 // 3:00 AM
At 56, Morrissey is singing better than ever. His New York concert, however mostly was a drag.
The Rolling Stones: Sticky Fingers (Super Deluxe Edition) | 14 Jun 2015 // 9:29 PM
During their peak years, the Rolling Stones were the world's preeminent band and here they re-release one of their greatest albums in multiple versions.
Levante Rising: From Barista to International Pop Star | 13 Mar 2015 // 4:38 AM
The Italian singer-songwriter captured the national mood in her breakout single. With a new album and US tour dates, she's about to go international.
12 Essential Performances from the Piano "Professors" of New Orleans | 5 Jun 2014 // 4:00 AM
A dozen jams from great Crescent City keyboardists, past and present, and something extra.