October 16, 2015 |
THERE'S A coffee shop around the corner from the weather-beaten slab of concrete that serves as the Philadelphia Police Department's headquarters. A few minutes after a visibly worn Commissioner Charles Ramsey wrapped up his umpteenth media interview of the afternoon, Bob Dylan started echoing through the shop. "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right. " You know the song. " I'm walkin' down that long, lonesome road, babe, " Dylan sang. " Where I'm bound, I can't tell. " After 47 years in law enforcement, Ramsey isn't exactly sure where he's headed, either.
October 10, 2015 |
Kinky Friedman was home at his ranch in Medina, Texas, grappling with the logistics of his forthcoming tour while facing a deadline for a proposal for his next book. "I wish I didn't suffer the curse of being multitalented," says the irrepressible musician, mystery-novel writer, and former Texas gubernatorial candidate, who also runs an animal shelter. The tour itself seems to be a grueling affair for a 70-year-old - a month-plus of one-nighters with the few days off reserved for travel.
August 28, 2015
THESE DAYS, it can be argued that the Atlantic City Air Show, and not the Miss America Pageant, is the town's signature annual event. Based on attendance figures, it certainly is the seaside resort's most significant and popular live presentation. "The estimated attendance at last year's show was around 800,000," offered Joe Kelly , president of the Greater Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce, which produces the 13-year-old aviation spectacle. "I will tell you, if we were half that number, at 400,000, it's still by far the largest event in the marketplace with significant economic impact.
April 12, 2015 |
A 29-year veteran of the Delaware County District Attorney's Office - its financial administrator - was charged Friday with stealing more than $100,000 in drug-forfeiture money and spending it on concert and sports tickets and other items. Counts against Mary Elizabeth Lynch, 48, of Ridley Township, include receiving stolen property, forgery, and identity theft. Unsecured bail was set at $100,000, Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan announced. "This is a case of betrayal," Whelan said.
February 4, 2015 |
Bob Dylan does it his way. Recording standards from the American Songbook has become as predictable a career move for everyone from Rod Stewart to Paul McCartney to Lady Gaga (with Tony Bennett) as cutting a Christmas album. But Dylan - who also released the perverse holiday album Christmas In The Heart in 2009 - does not trod the well-worn path. All 10 songs on his new album, Shadows In The Night (Columbia ***) are associated with Frank Sinatra, but it is not a collection of ring-a-ding swing.
January 26, 2015 |
When it comes to big-name albums, it's becoming rare for release dates to be announced much in advance. The element of surprise is a big bonus, and social media spread the word like wildfire. So, rather then tell us ahead of time, everybody's trying to keep a secret, then spring it on us for maximum promotional value, Beyoncé-style. So, along with the three to-be-announced releases by Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, and Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill listed below, a whole lot of other marquee releases expected in early 2015 have no specified arrival dates.
December 17, 2014 |
WHEN FRANK SINATRA JR. made his introductory remarks at Friday night's Parx Casino bash honoring local radio titan Sid Mark 's 58th year spinning Ol' Blue Eyes' records, he obviously noted the day was an important one, as it would have been his father's 99th birthday. But Dec. 12 was doubly significant: He revealed that it had been two years to the day since he was diagnosed with Stage 4A throat cancer (the "A" meant it had metastasized). Sinatra, 71 next month, spent about a year undergoing grueling radiation and chemotherapy, and eating through a tube inserted in his stomach.
December 11, 2014 |
JAPANESE NATIONALISTS are in a tizzy over Angelina Jolie 's new movie, "Unbroken," the story of U.S. Olympian and World War II POW Louis Zamperini . According to Zamperini's story and the book about him by Laura Hillenbrand , Zamperini wasn't treated too well by Japanese guards while he was being held captive. But protesters claim that the depiction is unfair and untrue, and the London Telegraph says that those criticizing the film are trying to have it banned from Japan.
November 24, 2014 |
A mysterious man in a white suit and boater hat walked onto the dimly lit stage of the Academy of Music just past 8 on Friday evening, whispering secrets into the microphone as a nimble, five-piece band played behind him. "All the truth in the world adds up to one big lie," he sang, confiding that he's been "trying to get as far away from myself as I possibly can. " For all his apparent existential discomfort, however - the opening number was...
November 21, 2014 |
CHRONICLING the recording of new music using long-lost lyrics by Bob Dylan, tonight's Showtime special "Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued" will have its biggest appeal to the boomer-era fans taking in Mr. D's shows at the Academy of Music this weekend. But the target demo could be lowered by the far more "current" artists who took on this time-warping collaborative mission - Marcus Mumford (Mumford and Sons), Jim James (My Morning Jacket), Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops)