May 18, 2016 |
'The music of the spheres. " It's not just a poetic turn of phrase: For centuries, from ancient Greece to the Renaissance, the idea was at the center of European ideas of the cosmos and how it worked. Classical writers such as Plato and Pliny developed the idea that the distances between the planets corresponded with musical intervals as identified by Pythagoras, and that the heavenly bodies literally produced harmony - the music of the spheres - as they moved in their orbits around (as they understood at the time)
May 14, 2016 |
'Ain't No Man," the new Avett Brothers single, is a foot-stomping sing-along. It's built on little more than a spartan thump, an acoustic bass, and Seth and Scott Avett trading vocal verses until a churchlike chorus joins in, echoing an optimistic, self-affirming message: "There ain't nobody here that can cause me pain or raise my fear, 'cause I got only love to spare. " The song, a throwback to country gospel, isn't a typical mainstream single, but it's emblematic of the Avett Brothers' popularity: The North Carolina band have managed to turn their bluegrass-inflected Americana into Billboard chart success.
May 7, 2016 |
Parquet Courts Late last year, Brooklyn's Parquet Courts released Monastic Living , a 33-minute EP of abrasive studio jams. A new album, Human Performance , is its opposite: the punk quartet at its most tuneful and personal. On albums such as 2012's Light Up Gold and 2014's Sunbathing Animal , singers Andrew Savage and Austin Brown declaimed their lyrics, which often railed against complacency or embraced alienation. On the excellent Human Performance , their fifth full-length, the band turns inward, whether for the travelogue "Berlin Got Blurry," the love song "Steady on my Mind" or the disoriented "I Was Just Here" (from bassist Sam Yeaton, who now lives in Philly)
April 30, 2016
Quebe Sisters / The Hello Strangers Sisterhood will be doubly powerful Saturday in Sellersville. The headlining trio is the Quebe Sisters, the fiddling Western swing act of Burleson, Texas, siblings Hulda, Sophia and Grace, whose last name rhymes with "maybe. " Since elementary school, the sisters, now in their 20s, have been honing their skills and the harmonies heard on their 2014 album, Every Which Way . They'll be joined by openers the Hello Strangers. The team of Larissa Chace Smith and Brechlyn Chace advertise themselves as "Pennsyltucky Fried.
April 25, 2016
Q uestion: I recently attended a concert held in a local church. The event was so crowded that we sat in the balcony and happened to be behind a couple who were probably in their 30s. Despite the fact that members of the Philadelphia Orchestra were performing and there were incredible professional singers, these two spent the entire time playing games on their phones. They never stopped and, sitting behind them, it was extremely distracting. Should I have said something to them? Were they being rude?
April 24, 2016
Philadelphia Orchestra concertgoers experienced a rare interruption Friday afternoon when a fire alarm in the Kimmel Center sent audience and musicians out of the complex. No fire was reported after an alarm was triggered at 2:29 in the Perelman Theater, which was also evacuated, said Kimmel Center spokeswoman Leslie Patterson-Tyler. The Philadelphia Fire Department conducted an investigation, and within 40 minutes the Kimmel was deemed safe and visitors were allowed to return. "We are investigating what may have triggered the alarm," said Patterson-Tyler.
April 16, 2016
In Concert Broad & Locust Sts.; 215-893-1999. www.academyofmusic.org . Iggy Pop & Josh Homme. $45-$125. 4/15. 8 pm. 2126 The Highway, Wilmington; 302-475-3126. www.ardenclub.com . Songhoy Blues. $15. 4/15. 8 pm. 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville; 610-917-1228. www.thecolonialtheatre.com . Jake Shimabukuro. $29.50-$42.50. 4/17. 7:30 pm. 421 7th St.; 215-569-9400. www.electricfactory.info . UnderOath. $25. 4/16. 7:30 pm. 2125 Chestnut St.; 267-765-5210. www.r5productions.com . Tim Barry.
April 15, 2016 |
Ringo cancels N.C. show Ringo Starr has joined Bruce Springsteen in canceling a concert in North Carolina to protest a new state law that requires transgender individuals to use the bathroom of the gender on their birth certificates. The law also bans cities from punishing businesses that discriminate against customers based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Cyndi Lauper , Gregg Allman , Brandi Carlile , and Jimmy Buffett have spoken out against the law but will not cancel.
April 14, 2016 |
TUESDAY afternoon reports circulated that former Tattle headliner Lindsay Lohan had gotten engaged to a Russian heir. We went out for a bottle of Stoli to celebrate. By Tuesday night People magazine was reporting that Lindsay was not engaged - that 22-year-old boyfriend Egor Tarabasov hadn't put a ring on the 29-year-old's finger. "The story is untrue and holds no merit," Lohan's rep, Hunter Frederick , told People . Lindsay still has a rep? As something other than a bad girl?
April 10, 2016 |
Ben Harper sounds like a mystic on the phone, as might be expected from a seasoned, California-raised musician who has accumulated much wisdom and knowledge in his more than 20-year career. With a reunion tour and new album, Call It What It Is , Harper's reconvened with his long-standing creative peers, the Innocent Criminals. They'll perform Sunday at the Fillmore Philadelphia. The songwriter famous for blending genres isn't short on inspiration for his new one. In fact, he's mad as hell.