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June 22, 2009 | By Sam Adams FOR THE INQUIRER
"Don't let anyone tell you to give up on your dreams," Metric singer Emily Haines urged the crowd at the Trocadero Friday night. "We haven't given up on ours. " That kind of sentiment - vague but forceful, generic yet impassioned - is a rock star's stock in trade, but these guys aren't stars, exactly. In a shimmering minidress, her frame silhouetted by fog and blue backlights, Haines played the sultry frontwoman, but she couldn't resist cracking the occasional goofy smile, her tongue protruding in mock disbelief.
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August 16, 1989 | By Tom Moon, Inquirer Popular-Music Critic
More than anything else, last night's rock and roll show at the Mann Music Center was a lesson in the pros and cons of professionalism. The Replacements, notorious bad boys of the genre, began their opening set five minutes EARLY. Led by a coherent, emotive Paul Westerberg, the band crammed 12 songs into 40 minutes without shortchanging any of them. (Among the highlights: an ironic, twisted-smile treatment of the Rolling Stones' "Happy," and the furiously determined "Alex Chilton.
NEWS
July 3, 2009
TWO HUNDRED and thirty years ago, John Adams called it the Day of Deliverance. In our hometown of Philadelphia, we begin the celebration of the Fourth of July, appropriately, at Independence Hall with political rhetoric and prestigious award ceremonies and the tapping of the Liberty Bell. The patriotic nostalgia permeates the air while Ol' Glory waves at us from all directions as the sweet sounds of classic anthems electrify our senses. As we remember the Spirit of '76, let us ponder the words of Thomas Jefferson: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that All Men are Created Equal.
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March 25, 2010 | By Sam Adams FOR THE INQUIRER
At the height of his hair-metal fame, you'd hardly have pegged Jon Bon Jovi as the type to get nostalgic for simpler times. But age - his and, more to the point, his audience's - has a way of shifting perspective. At the sold-out Wachovia Center on Tuesday night, the bad-boy anthems of Bon Jovi's youth were outnumbered by recent songs built on inspirational nostrums and blue-collar solidarity. (The band also played the venue twice yesterday: another sold-out concert last night, and a late-afternoon show for fans of Bon Jovi's departed arena football team, the Philadelphia Soul.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 29, 2002 | By Lloylita Prout FOR THE INQUIRER
Donnie Hathaway, Nina Simone, Stevie Wonder, N'Dambi . . . there are musicians whose albums we dig out when we desire more than just a groove. Another such artist, Osunlade, will be at Fluid tonight on the Got Soul & R2 Records Tour. Osunlade - producer, house DJ, remixer and Ifa priest - has the ability to reach beneath our layers with either instrumentals or anthems that "say something. " His latest, New Day, under the moniker Atelewo, has rhythms that get your body parts moving - your knees bounce, your fingers snap, and your ears focus on the vocals in hopes of discerning what is being breathed into your soul.
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July 29, 2002 | By Patrick Berkery FOR THE INQUIRER
When playing your trademark flying drum kit isn't an option (former Motley Crue skinsman Tommy Lee is sticking to guitar and lead vocals on his current solo tour), there's always the breast cam to give fans big rock bang for their buck. Two songs into his 75-minute exercise in nu-metal banality at the Trocadero Friday night, the rail-thin and tattooed Lee scanned the half-full house for about 10 minutes with his camera, encouraging female fans to lift their shirts. A handful complied, but in a stroke of Girls Gone Wild meets Spinal Tap hormonic convergence, it was impossible to see them on the giant video screen thanks to a glare from the stage lights.
NEWS
January 5, 2005
Those NFL national anthems aren't so Super I WISH THE beloved Eagles success on the road to the Super Bowl - but why does the NFL have to overproduce the national anthem every year at that game? Once it would be performed by a man with a trumpet, or one singer a cappella, or a chorus. Now it is a combined marching band and a symphony orchestra. There is not enough time for all those musicians to get on and off the field. (Symphony orchestras are bad enough, but they're even worse when the kettledrums are played by women.
NEWS
June 7, 2004 | By Tom Moon INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
When the emerging Irish singer and songwriter Simple Kid and his two accompanists took the stage late Saturday night at the North Star Bar, they faced a scene known to most performers who are just starting out: The room was nearly empty, and though a few early adopters sang the words to the songs, most patrons were indifferent. The kid - known to his mom as Ciaran McFeely - made a valiant effort to enchant them. Starting with "Hello," the anthemic introductory number from his just-issued debut, 1, he dispensed stompy drum-machine-based rock grooves set against neatly strummed acoustic guitars and backwaters banjo (from multi-instrumentalist Matt Jones)
ENTERTAINMENT
July 14, 1997 | By Tom Moon, INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
At an age when most performers are inclined to sleepwalk through their hits, veteran belter Tina Turner still goes to extravagant lengths to entertain. Friday at the Waterfront Entertainment Centre, after two hours of near-constant motion, the 57-year-old Turner began priming the crowd for her signature finale, a soul-revue-style treatment of "Proud Mary. " But something caught her eye, and she interrupted her introduction to invite an elderly woman onstage. As "Proud Mary" gathered intensity, Turner held and danced with the woman, Mitzi Goldman, who was celebrating her 90th birthday.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 22, 1993 | By Tom Moon, INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
Consider the facial expressions of the average arena rock star. The bassist's brow furrowed in concentration. The guitarist's pained, mid-solo grimace. The vocalist's patented Mick Jagger megaphone mouth, the better to serve as cheerleader - or drill sergeant. Thursday at the Theater of Living Arts, the six men of Australia's INXS added a few new faces to the repertoire. The look of giggling and belly laughter and genuine surprise. INXS has its share of fun when it plays hockey rinks like the Spectrum, its usual Philadelphia home.
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July 26, 2015 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
Indianapolis-based Anthem Inc. said Friday that it would acquire Cigna Corp., a major national health insurer with Philadelphia origins and 1,100 local employees, in a deal that would create the largest health-insurance company in the United States. The $54.2 billion transaction is one in a series of health-insurer mergers announced recently as firms scramble to get on top of rapid changes in the marketplace. The combined company will have more than $115 billion in annual revenue and an enrollment of 53 million members.
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December 15, 2014 | By Jason Nark, Daily News Staff Writer
THE BALLAD OF Jamison Smoothdog began in a South Philly housing project, where a wiry scrapper took that name and cut through the city's streets like a switchblade with nothing more than a guitar and a voice honed hard by Winston reds. Stories about the Dog's days as the alpha male of the South Street music scene have stuck around far longer than his songs. Records were stuffed away in attic corners, melted in his family's house fire, or lost by people who'd already forgotten them.
BUSINESS
December 9, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Julius Erving , the airborne forward who led the 76ers to the NBA championship way back in 1983, is 64 years old, and still hustling. Last week, his Dr. J Enterprises cut a deal with Anthem Media Group , of Toronto, New York and Los Angeles, to help sell its Fantasy Sports Network (FNTSY) to such video giants as Comcast, DirecTV and AT&T , and find marketing partnerships with pro leagues and advertisers. Anthem also owns fantasy-sports site RotoExperts.com , combat-sports-oriented Fight Network , SportsGrid.com (sports commentary)
ENTERTAINMENT
June 7, 2014 | By Monica Peters, For The Inquirer
Join the troops and celebrate the bicentennial of "The Star-Spangled Banner" on Saturday at Fort Mifflin's "The War of 1812: Celebrating Our National Anthem. " Guests will learn the history of the fort, including its preparedness to defend Philadelphia. Guided tours and living history activities will be featured, and you can sign up to join the Fort Mifflin Rifle Regiment to learn drills and colonial military activities. In honor of the bicentennial, guests will learn the little-known connection between Fort Mifflin and Fort McHenry.
NEWS
July 24, 2013 | By Rema Rahman, Associated Press
TRENTON - A campaign promoting Sandy recovery efforts along the Jersey Shore is launching a contest for musical artists to create an original song to become New Jersey's summer anthem. Submission of song entries to the Jersey Shore Soundoff began Monday. The contest was created by Stronger Than the Storm, a statewide campaign that has been touting tourism in an effort to bring visitors to the area for the first summer after Sandy devastated many beach areas. Solo artists and bands have four weeks to submit online videos of performances to be voted on by the public.
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July 23, 2013 | Associated Press
TRENTON - A campaign promoting post-Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts along the Jersey shore is launching a contest for musical artists to create an original song to become New Jersey's summer anthem. Contestants can begin submitting song entries to the Jersey Shore Soundoff today. The contest was created by "Stronger than the Storm," a statewide campaign that has been touting tourism in an effort to drive visitors to the area the first summer after Sandy devastated many beach areas.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 25, 2013
Dwight Yoakam From Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc. , his 1984 debut EP, through to 2005's Blame the Vain , Dwight Yoakam remained remarkably consistent and prolific, positioning his clean, well-crafted postmodern honky-tonk outside the lines of rigid Nashville music-making strictures. The Los Angeles-based singer and actor took some time off before returning with last year's Three Pears (Warner Bros.), however, and the album benefits greatly from a renewed sense of purpose, with contributions from Beck and Kid Rock, among others.
NEWS
July 16, 2012 | Madeline Bialecki is a freelance writer in Eddystone
Several years ago, when I was working for a congregation of Catholic sisters, I visited their mission in Swaziland, a landlocked country in southern Africa. Swaziland is ruled by a king who has been known to make Parade Magazine's list of "world's worst dictators. " St. Philip's Mission is far removed from any city and most of the nearby homesteads have no running water or electricity. Rural Swaziland only began to get pit toilets in the 1990s. St. Philip's has a school, medical clinic, and orphanage that houses 127 children whose parents died from HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, or other diseases that are all too common in region.
NEWS
July 1, 2012 | By Mike Schuman, FOR THE INQUIRER
This year marks the bicentennial of a war that is largely forgotten but almost tore the United States apart. Most of us remember incidents from the war — the burning of Washington; Dolley Madison saving the Gilbert Stuart portrait of George Washington; and the writing of "The Star-Spangled Banner. " But ask Americans in which conflict those incidents took place, and you can bet many will say the Revolutionary War. In reality, it was the War of 1812, which to many is as obscure as the Gadsden Purchase.
SPORTS
June 6, 2012 | BY DAN GERINGER
Christopher Laffey, 36, a country-music songwriter from Havertown, was driving down the shore during the summer of 2010, listening to the Phillies game on the car radio, when the phrase hit him: "Love Our Fightin' Phillies!" Then the tune hit him. And then he hit the beach, broke out his old-school notebook, and started humming and writing and going with the flow. "At first, I wanted to put Charlie Manuel in," he told SportsWeek in his native Irish brogue, "but then I thought, ‘No!
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