August 4, 2013 |
Last weekend, instead of hanging around for the XPoNential Music Festival in Camden or the Mad Decent Block Party across the river at Penn's Landing, I headed north more than 300 miles, to the Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island. I'd never been. Newport belongs among U.S. music festivals that were 1960s flashpoints, along with Woodstock, Altamont, and, to a lesser extent, Monterey. Joan Baez rose to stardom at Newport in 1959 (the very first year of the fest, born five years after the inaugural Newport Jazz Festival)
July 31, 2013 |
The freewheelin' Bob Dylan is always good for a surprise on stage. The songwriting sage, now 72, has perplexed concertgoers by garbling his treasured lyrics and murkily arranging his hits into unrecognizable entities for better and worse. His never-ending tour, too, has had its share of left turns, like its summer of concerts at baseball fields. This season, Dylan's touring twist came by inviting his spiritual indie-rocking children, Wilco and My Morning Jacket, to his Americanarama Festival, which made a much-anticipated stop Sunday at Camden's Susquehanna Center.
May 18, 2013
John Train John Train is the Philadelphia roots sextet that is the Americana outlet for skilled storytelling songwriter Jon Houlon (who also fronts garage band The Donuts). The band has just released A Wig and a Wonder (Chapter 7) , its first album of new material in six years. Produced by Dobro player Mike "Slo-Mo" Brenner and John Anthony, the accomplished 12-song set covers Kenn Kweder's "A Girl Like You Around" and Bob Dylan's "Born In Time. " The album finds Houlon drawing inspiration from John Updike ("Lord Baltimore")
April 23, 2013 |
Gird your lions!! Or your loins!! Or something! Bob Dylan will be powering into Camden. Here's Inquirer music maven Dan DeLuca 's blog: "Bob Dylan announced on his website on Sunday that he's hitting the road this summer with his own traveling Rolling Thunder-like revue called the Americanarama Festival of Music. Wilco and My Morning Jacket will join Dylan on the tour, which kicks off June 26 and comes to the Susquehanna Bank Center July 28. It'll be part of the WXPN-FM Xponential Music Festival, going on all that weekend at Wiggins Park and the Susq, where The Lumineers and Dr. Dog will play Saturday night.
April 12, 2013 |
Angelina Jolie stood up to world leaders Thursday in an address to the G8 foreign ministers meeting in London. She identified wartime rape as one of the most intractable - and ignored - travesties in world affairs. "Hundreds of thousands of women and children have been sexually assaulted in the wars of our generation," Jolie said. "I have heard survivors of rape from Bosnia to [the Congo] say that the world simply does not care about them. " Added Jolie, "But wartime rape is not inevitable.
November 30, 2012 |
"I am the last thing on this planet as far as being a racist," Steven Tyler said on Canadian TV in a quasi-apology to Nicki Minaj , we hope the last salvo in one of the sadder media smackdowns in recent memory. It began when Tyler, an American Idol alum, attacked the show's new judges as ignorant. "You just have to give your opinion. It wasn't hard for me," Tyler told MTV. "If it was Bob Dylan [competing], Nicki Minaj would have had him sent to the cornfield!" He added, "Whereas, if it was Bob Dylan with us, we would have brought the best of him out. " This put Minaj out of sorts.
November 21, 2012 |
Guessing what Bob Dylan might do next - and pondering why he does what he does - has been a time-consuming avocation for amateur Dylanologists for pretty much the entire half-century of his incomparably inscrutable career. On Monday, the mysterious man in the white boater hat played the Wells Fargo Center in South Philadelphia, on a double bill that also featured Mark Knopfler, the former Dire Straits front man who produced Infidels , Dylan's standout album from 1983. This date on the Never Ending Tour had a more compelling raison d'etre than most.
October 17, 2012
NEW YORK - Johnny Depp is bringing a dash of cool to the book world. Depp will help run a publishing imprint with the same name as his production company, Infinitum Nihil, meaning "Nothing is forever. " Already on the list of books is The Unraveled Tales of Bob Dylan , which aims to set the record straight on the songwriter's enigmatic life and career and will be based in part on interviews with Dylan by best-selling historian Douglas Brinkley. The imprint will be part of HarperCollins Publishers, which announced Monday that Depp will seek "authentic, outspoken and visionary ideas and voices.