February 25, 2015 |
THERE'S a lot of buzz (not all favorable) over high-res sound, trumpeting new music-delivery services and devices that offer a sharper, crisper, you-are-there listening experience. Credit the explosion in sales of high-end headphones and the boom in acoustic music - both trends are tuning listeners in to the joys of "real" music. It's what they've been missing in the age of $10 ear buds and highly compressed MP3 files. Improvements in music coding, Internet connectivity and storage are also pushing the high-res cause, kicking yesteryear's steely sounding, low-res MP3 files to the gutter.
August 22, 2012 |
A teacher, a retiree, and two lawyers who call themselves the Jersey Peaches swing into a version of "Summertime" as steamy as the weather. A singer-songwriter/recovering addict/unemployed mason from Mount Ephraim is on deck with his guitar. So is a communications professional and blues guy called 3 Cat Clem; he'll jam with a tattooed preacher who blows a heavenly harmonica. Welcome to Wide Open Mic night at the Barrington Coffee House, where strum and twang is on the menu every Thursday.
September 8, 2011 |
Over sushi, Drew Podolski and Steve Kessler cooked up a concept. The young lawyers imagined a place where they could share the sort of music that plays second fiddle in the highly amplified soundtrack of popular culture. Their 2009 lunch helped launch the South Jersey Acoustic Roots Music Society, whose unplugged gatherings at the Medford Arts Center are connecting a community and making a joyful noise. "Roots music historically has been passed on through social gatherings," says Podolski, 34, a guitarist from Medford who practices law in Princeton.
June 30, 2011
_ George Washington - yeah, the man who commanded the Continental Army and served as our first president - also knew his way around a still and a mash tun. He owned one of the largest, most successful commercial distilling operations of his day and brewed his own beer during the Revolutionary War. Salute this lesser-known but side to the Father of Our Country at General George's Beer Garden on the outdoor terrace at the National Constitution Center...
February 4, 2011 |
Live music and more, tonight through Thursday, compiled by Shaun Brady, Tom Di Nardo, James Johnson, Sara Sherr and Jonathan Takiff. POP . . . plus Mike Pinto: Riding the mellow reggae/rock waves to town, Pinto holds appeal to the same crew that likes to groove at the beach with Jack Johnson, G. Love and Keller Williams. Life in the Way, Jesse Teich and Don McClosky also gather round the campfire. World Café Live, 3025 Walnut St., 8 tonight, $16, 215-222-1400, www.worldcafelive.
December 4, 1998 |
From the night it first opened in 1964 at 874 W. Lancaster Ave. in Bryn Mawr, the Main Point coffeehouse was the right club in the right place at the right time. Riding the crest of the acoustic music boom, the club gave folks of all ages a pleasant place to hang out together, and introduced them to a zillion great young talents - Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen . . . Thirty-four years later, a new Bryn Mawr establishment just two doors away (880 W. Lancaster)
March 6, 1998 |
It's just not possible to judge the Artist Formerly Known as Prince by the same standards used to judge other recording artists. After all, how many musicians can boast of releasing seven CDs in two years? It's well known by now that Prince has a cache of hundreds of unreleased tracks, many of which show up regularly on bootlegs and are speculated about on his numerous Web sites. "Crystal Ball," the Artist's new release on his own NPG Records, is four CDs of unreleased music (though P. Control from "Emancipation" is repeated here, as well as alternate versions of "So Dark," a remix of "Love Sign," and "Tell Me How You Want to Be Done")
October 31, 1997 |
The last cut on the Rippingtons' latest record is an acoustic working-over of the record's title cut, "Black Diamond. " It's an interesting choice for a group that is among the top "smooth jazz" bands around, and one that prides itself on using the latest in musical technology, such as the electronic wind instrument. So, Russ Freeman, why'd you do it, and what took you so long? "We weren't even going to put that track on the record," Freeman, the group's founder and leader, said from a tour stop in Boston.
June 13, 1997 |
Greg Osby doesn't sing, at least not in public. But he is very attuned to the properties and possibilities of the human voice. "I've always been interested in using the voice as one of the fundamental integers of my performances and recordings," he said. Osby, the saxophonist who performs tonight at the Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts, has one of the more experimental lineups in the festival. He will present an acoustic group, but one with an array of vocal sounds.