February 3, 2013 |
Going to see an artist who has had the words paralyzing stage fright written next to her name as many times as Cat Power - the stage name of the singer Chan Marshall - can be a perilous proposition. Would Marshall make it through the show? How was the 41-year-old indie chanteuse coping after being dumped by Giovanni Ribisi and canceling a number of fall shows (including one at the Electric Factory) due to financial and medical troubles? Did she really cut off her long, dark tresses, dye her hair blond, and fashion it into a Mohawk?
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.
January 25, 2013
ROCK & MORE Like a knife Bryan Adams sings and strums his hits in an all-acoustic solo show that still carries a wallop. Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St., 8 p.m. Friday, $51.50-$81.50, 215-893-1999, kimmelcenter.org. Presidential high jinks Abe Lincoln may be the darling of the film awards season, but he's not the only president meant for showbiz. Plays and Players mounts "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson," a funny rock-musical about our nation's seventh president (played by Joe Sabatino)
November 7, 2012
Conan (11 p.m., TBS) - Russell Brand; Dave Attell; Cat Power. Late Show With David Letterman (11:35 p.m., CBS3) - Journalist Brian Williams; Ne-Yo performs. The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (11:35 p.m., NBC10) - Daniel Craig; Dave Salmoni; Diamond Rings performs. Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:30 a.m., 6ABC) - Actress Hayden Panettiere.
October 19, 2012
In Concert 3680 Walnut St.; 215-898-6701. www.annenbergcenter.org . Kenny Barron Trio. $20-$55. 10/20. 8 pm. 2126 The Highway, Wilmington; 302-475-3126. www.ardenclub.com . The Felice Brothers. $28 general public; $23 members. 10/19. 8 pm. 421 N. Seventh St.; 215-569-9400. www.livenation.com . Robbie Rivera. $50. 10/19. 8 pm. Alanis Morissette. $45. 10/20. 8:30 pm. Cat Power. $30. 10/25. 8:30 pm. 2125 Chestnut St.; 267-765-5210. www.r5productions.com . OFF!
September 14, 2012 |
Multiple baby daddy Levi Johnston has asserted his fiendish potency once again. Us mag reports that he and yearlong gf Sunny Oglesby have welcomed daughter Breeze Beretta Johnston up in Wasilla, Alaska. BBJ is, let's see, oh, yeah, half-sister to Johnston son Tripp , fostered with Bristol Palin , daughter of inspirational speaker and former political candidate Sarah . Levi says he's trying to get custody of Tripp. Yeah, right. BTW, Bristol starts on Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars next week.
February 2, 2009 |
The Raleigh, N.C., sextet Annuals opened its show at Johnny Brenda's on Friday night with the kind of flourish one rarely sees in the tiny Fishtown club. Augmenting the band's two drummers, pounding away on transparent kits that took up half the stage, guitarists Adam Baker and Kenny Florence took up sticks to hammer at their own freestanding floor toms. As the rhythmic assault intensified, the drums filled with colored light, pulsing like hearts in a science-fair display. Baker, who sings lead, thrives on drama.
February 11, 2008 |
The transformation of Chan Marshall ? that's pronounced "Shawn" - in the last few years from a disaster waiting to happen to a fully functional soul woman has been a heartening indie-rock redemption song. It used to be that Marshall, who performs as Cat Power, could barely perform at all, stumbling through a song or two as she hid behind a "Cousin It" hairdo on her piano bench. Nowadays, her hair is pulled back in a ponytail, and she's out front in restless motion, bounding about the stage as she bends down low to engage with her material.