December 25, 2012
Conan (11 p.m., TBS) - Actor Mark Wahlberg ; Billy Eichner: Infantree performs. Late Show With David Letterman (11:35 p.m., CBS3) - Scarlett Johansson; Willie Nelson; Gary Clark Jr. performs. Jimmy Kimmel Live (Midnight, 6ABC) - John Goodman; Hayden Panettiere; Machine Gun Kelly performs. The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson (12:35 a.m., CBS3) - TV personality Regis Philbin; actress Katie Aselton. Last Call With Carson Daly (1:35 a.m., NBC10) - Skateboarder Danny Way; Sekretagent Productions cofounder Corey May; Blitzen Trapper performs.
October 26, 2012
Jill Sobule A self-described "two-hit wonder," singer-guitarist Jill Sobule has built a devoted fan base through her incisive, topical songwriting and endearingly inspired performances. In the years since her groundbreaking 1995 single "I Kissed a Girl" and follow-up VH1 hit "Supermodel," Sobule has branched out, combining storytelling and singing (with comedian/actress Julia Sweeney for The Jill & Julia Show ) and composing songs for a new staging of Isaac Bashevis Singer's gender-bending Yentl . With her mix of ironic, story-driven character studies and heart-felt ballads, the 47-year-old Denver native's material covers diverse topics ranging from the Christian right to '60s sex kitten Joey Heatherton.
March 21, 2012
A theater listing in Sunday's Arts & Entertainment section contained an incorrect date for Philadelphia Theatre Company's The Outgoing Tide . Previews begin Friday. The photo credits were incorrect with Tuesday's Magazine article about the South by Southwest Music Festival. The photos of Gary Clark Jr., Anaïs Mitchell, and Free Energy were by Dan DeLuca; the photos of the Roots and Blitzen Trapper were by Conor Kelley. The Inquirer wants its news report to be fair and correct in every respect, and regrets when it is not. If you have a question or comment about news coverage, contact assistant managing editor David Sullivan (215-854-2357)
October 29, 2011 |
In one sense, the bands Blitzen Trapper and Dawes are brothers in arms. They both proudly carry a torch for '70s rock. But their co-headlining sets Thursday at the Theatre of Living Arts revealed that the similarities end there. Blitzen Trapper is using that torch to light its way beyond a sound that is just comfortingly familiar, whereas Dawes holds that torch high to spotlight its role as the fresh new face of California rock. A sense of chaos bubbles below the surface of Blitzen Trapper's classic rock brew.
February 27, 2009 |
High up on the short list of slightly-under-the-radar CDs that were among the best of 2008 and are sounding even better in 2009 is Furr, the fourth album by Blitzen Trapper, the indie sextet that plays Sunday at the First Unitarian Church. Furr wasn't the first big creative breakthrough for this Portland, Ore., group: For that, you can go back to 2007's Wild Mountain Nation, a frenzied mash-up of everything from glittery glam rock to sober-minded Appalachian folk that recalled '90s alt-rock gods Pavement in its no-attention-span turn-on-a-dime juxtapositions.
January 25, 2009 |
The winter-and-spring mix of pop-music releases is never so blockbuster-packed as the holiday shopping season, but there are still some heavy-duty headliners on the way. Some of the world's biggest rockers and rappers reclaim the spotlight, while the ur-jam band comes back to life. And the returns of a smart-mouthed British wit and a sultry Philadelphia chanteuse are among the subtler musical pleasures in the months ahead. Lily Allen, It's Not Me, It's You. The smart-mouthed Brit who made a fabulously cheeky splash with 2007's Alright, Still comes back with another comma in her album title.