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June 25, 2014 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
When odd-pop icon Ben Folds opens the Philadelphia Orchestra's season at the Mann Music Center on Tuesday with his Concerto for Piano and Orchestra , the 47-year-old keyboardist will do what he's done best since releasing the goofy "Underground" in the late '90s: Confound audience expectation. First, he has to get his teeth fixed. "Man, it's not by choice," says Folds, sitting in a dentist's office in Nashville where he's currently recording his concerto. "I've been in the chair all year.
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August 28, 2003 | By David Hiltbrand INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Ben Folds and Tori Amos, the headliners on the Lottapianos Tour, have more in common than their versatile instrument. Both are natives of North Carolina. Both delighted the Tweeter crowd on Tuesday night with covers - Folds mugging his way through Wham!'s "Careless Whisper," Amos delivering a spellbinding reading of Tom Waits' "Time. " And both are adept at exploring a variety of moods. The difference is that Folds' compositions alternate between sensitivity and wryness, like John Mayer with a sporadic sense of humor.
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October 6, 2012
Music Picnic with Puccini. Join fellow opera aficionados on Independence Mall for a free broadcast of Puccini's La Bohème presented by the Opera Company of Philadelphia. This is the second annual opera on the Mall. The broadcast will present the piece in a new, more art-inspired way. Bring blankets, lawn chairs, and picnic baskets. Free, but registration is required. Time: 7 p.m. Saturday. Info: 215-893-3600, www.operaphila.org/boheme . Ben Folds Five.
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October 5, 2012
Ben Folds Five From the Everything Old Is New Again Department, we have the much-heralded reunion of North Carolina pop-trio Ben Folds Five. But this isn't a listless retelling of past glory: The band just released its first studio album in 13 years, the energized The Sound of the Life of the Mind , and it has launched a brisk-selling 12-city U.S. tour to plug it. Piano-playing lead singer Ben Folds - who has several critically acclaimed solo...
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December 8, 2000 | By A.D. Amorosi, FOR THE INQUIRER
In a year that saw songwriters such as Dan Hicks, Emmylou Harris and even Paul Simon celebrate their quirkiness, you've got to hand it to Rickie Lee Jones. Like Joni Mitchell, Jones, the bohemian queen, went cover-version-happy on her most recent CD, It's Like This (Artemis). Unlike Mitchell, the squeaky, skronky Jones, who has one of pop's most puzzlingly sensual voices, did not celebrate bombast or over-stringy orchestration. Instead, with the help of guitarist Taj Mahal and pianists Joe Jackson and Ben Folds, Jones went for lean, angular smooth jazz set to a bongo-ing beat.
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June 1, 1998 | By Dan DeLuca, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The annual suburban teenage rite of passage known as the Y100 Feztival outclasses the rest of the traveling summer music festivals for one simple reason. The other day-long 'paloozas all target a niche: Lilith loads up on female singer-songwriters, HORDE is for hippies, Warped rolls with the skateboarders. But with the Feztival, pulled together by WPLY (100.3-FM) program director Jim McGuinn, the only divining concept is pop. If the kids like it right now, then it qualifies.
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May 19, 2006 | By Steven Rea INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
The conflict between man and beast long has been a theme in movie cartoons, from the hunter who killed Bambi's mom, to Elmer Fudd's eternally harassing a certain Bugs, to bulldozers upending the natural order of warrendom in Watership Down. In Over the Hedge, a ho-hum adaptation of the long-running Mike Fry/T Lewis comic strip, furry, four-legged scavengers terrorize oversubscribed suburbanites and vice versa. The humans see the animals as vermin; the animals view Homo sapiens as exterminators.
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July 12, 2004 | By David Hiltbrand INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It's rare to see pop performers work harder than they have to onstage. Usually what you get is a well-rehearsed impersonation of energy and enthusiasm. But on Saturday night at the Electric Factory, Hanson genuinely ripped it up, romping through a two-hour-plus set that was an unalloyed pleasure. The sibling singers certainly didn't have to try so hard. Their still rabid female fan base would scream deliriously if Isaac, Taylor and Zac merely strolled out and waved to the crowd.
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December 20, 2001 | By SARA SHERR For the Daily News
The Gaza Strippers, the quartet led by former Didjits/Supersuckers guitarist Rick Sims, rocks the Khyber with Sugar Skulls, Smut and Lisa Christ Superstars (10 p.m. tomorrow, 56 S. 2nd St., 215-238-5888, $8). For fans of this kind of meat-and-potatoes punk-and-roll, meet the Prisoners, who will make it worth your while to drive all the way out to Media of all places (10 p.m. tomorrow, Old State Tavern, 38 State Road, 610-566-9920). They're rockin' the suburbs, just like Ben Folds never did. Not to be confused with Swedish rockers the Hellacopters, Kent, Ohio's Party Of Helicopters are part Mould/Mascis, non-ironic metal, and enough mathematical noodling to keep the Don Cab fans happy (9 tonight at the Khyber, $7)
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November 28, 2003 | By Patrick Berkery FOR THE INQUIRER
There's a good chance that Something Corporate's excitable lead singer and pianist Andrew McMahon had a parent or older sibling who exposed him to the piano-based theatrics of Styx and early Billy Joel during his musical development. That's cruelty in most instances, but in McMahon's case, he owes his burgeoning career to whoever hipped him to those '70s middle-of-the-road staples. His Off-Broadway vocal delivery (hello, Styx's Dennis DeYoung) and slice-of-young-life vignettes (thank you, Billy Joel)
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March 23, 2015 | BY JONATHAN TAKIFF, Daily News Staff Writer takiffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5960
THE MUSIC THAW is upon us, as tour buses dig out and get back on the road. Honestly, there's so much to see and hear that these picks are just icing on the cake - but at least not on the roads. We're excited about the intimate next coming of Lauryn Hill, the passionate and most unpredictable of neo-soul chanteuses. At another extreme, we're left to ponder whether Taylor Swift has the stage moves to reach and captivate a stadium full of fans (let alone two stadiums full). Pink and Katy Perry she hasn't been, but, come on, girl, surprise us. Ben Folds' three-day/three-venue residency is a clever idea.
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June 25, 2014 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
When odd-pop icon Ben Folds opens the Philadelphia Orchestra's season at the Mann Music Center on Tuesday with his Concerto for Piano and Orchestra , the 47-year-old keyboardist will do what he's done best since releasing the goofy "Underground" in the late '90s: Confound audience expectation. First, he has to get his teeth fixed. "Man, it's not by choice," says Folds, sitting in a dentist's office in Nashville where he's currently recording his concerto. "I've been in the chair all year.
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June 25, 2014 | BY JONATHAN TAKIFF, Daily News Staff Writer takiffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5960
THERE MAY BE some grumbling in the ranks of the Philadelphia Orchestra tonight, Ben Folds anticipates, when the sophisticated singer-songwriter/pianist, professorial talent judge ("The Sing-Off") and fledgling concerto composer meets up with our legendary symphony. "The Ben Folds Orchestral Experience" at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts will feature excerpts from Folds' new (first!) concerto, a big bunch of his pop gems - and one of the best and most serious backup bands in the world.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 6, 2012
Music Picnic with Puccini. Join fellow opera aficionados on Independence Mall for a free broadcast of Puccini's La Bohème presented by the Opera Company of Philadelphia. This is the second annual opera on the Mall. The broadcast will present the piece in a new, more art-inspired way. Bring blankets, lawn chairs, and picnic baskets. Free, but registration is required. Time: 7 p.m. Saturday. Info: 215-893-3600, www.operaphila.org/boheme . Ben Folds Five.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 5, 2012
Ben Folds Five From the Everything Old Is New Again Department, we have the much-heralded reunion of North Carolina pop-trio Ben Folds Five. But this isn't a listless retelling of past glory: The band just released its first studio album in 13 years, the energized The Sound of the Life of the Mind , and it has launched a brisk-selling 12-city U.S. tour to plug it. Piano-playing lead singer Ben Folds - who has several critically acclaimed solo...
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October 11, 2011 | BY JONATHAN TAKIFF, staff
WE'VE GOT YOUR classics, we've got your comebacks - Ben Folds, Peter Gabriel, Rachael Yamagata and more - in this week's new releases pile. KING OF CALYPSO: Can you name the first guy to sell a million copies of a long-playing album? Here's a hint. He was also the unofficial godfather of world music. A movie star. And a most impassioned, articulate champion of the civil rights movement. If you named Harry Belafonte, you'd be right. If you didn't, here's three ways to catch up. Just out is "Sing Your Song: The Music" (RCA Legacy, A-)
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July 22, 2011 | By JONATHAN TAKIFF, takiffj@phillynews.com 215-854-5960
Most mega-concerts that carry a radio station's imprint - say those seasonal Q102 "Jingle Ball" shows - are really put together by a national production company like Live Nation or AEG, without much input from the station. You can tell, 'cause the same talent bills pop up in other cities, with another station's name attached. The XPoNential Music Festival is something else again. Now in its 18th year and returning tonight through Sunday to Wiggins Park on the Camden waterfront, this huge undertaking is very much a local enterprise and labor of love for the folks at Philadelphia's "Triple A" (Adult Alternative Album)
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November 12, 2010 | By JONATHAN TAKIFF, takiffj@phillynews.com 215-854-5960
TAKE ONE of the freshest of piano-based pop tunesmiths and a super-popular British novelist almost as obsessed with music as he is with poignant storytelling. Put them together and what do we get? One of the year's most fulfilling album projects, the collaboration of Ben Folds and Nick Hornsby on a set called "Lonely Avenue. " Most critics have been frothing over the work - how could we not? Like Hornsby's best-known novel-turned-film "High Fidelity," several "Lonely Avenue" songs are insider takes on the music scene.
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September 28, 2010 | By JONATHAN TAKIFF, staff
Most eyes and ears will focus on superstar album releases hitting stores today from Eric Clapton, Neil Young and Seal. But here's hoping other worthies don't get buried in the onslaught. TOP OF THE CROP: What happens when a smart and seasoned American piano man ( Ben Folds ) puts his keening voice and crafty tunes to the lyrics of a noted British novelist/screenwriter ( Nick Hornsby ) obsessed with pop culture? Great things, a wondrous ride down the paths of "Lonely Avenue" (Nonesuch, A)
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June 4, 2010 | staff
Live music and more, tonight through Thursday, compiled by Shaun Brady, Tom Di Nardo, James Johnson, Sara Sherr and Jonathan Takiff. POP . . . plus Gabe Dixon: Tenderoni, piano-centric popster has a polished, romantic approach with kinship to Billy Joel, early Elton John, Five For Fighting and Ben Folds. Perfect date night material. Wild Monica warms up. Tin Angel, 20 S. 2nd St., 10:30 tonight, $10, 215-928-0978, www.tinangel.com Matt Pond PA: Given all the competition up there, it's not that surprising Matt Pond has moved his chamber pop music closer to the mainstream in the years since his split from Philly to Brooklyn.
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