October 18, 2014 |
There are a lot of avant-pop duos out there at this musical moment, mixing looped harp sounds with arching, atmospheric guitars, melodicas, and synthesizers. But Mary Lattimore and Jeff Zeigler, who play Friday at PhilaMOCA, have them beat. With their new release Slant of Light , harpist Lattimore and producer/multi-instrumentalist Zeigler prove they've got that market cornered, offering tone poems that are by turns daring, dynamic, and subtle. The pair have often played live accompaniment for the moody 1968 French film Le Révélateur . Zeigler says that "when scoring that film, we found ourselves heading in a more melodic direction than we had previously, so it inadvertently influenced our approach to improvisation.
October 17, 2014 |
In terms of bullying incursions of modern life, the Philadelphia Orchestra's new program-note app ranks somewhere between leaf blowers and fruit stickers. Which is to say that for someone somewhere, life is probably better for having these advances around, but the rest of us don't have to be happy about it. In reality, I wasn't disturbed by LiveNote, which had its debut Tuesday at the orchestra's annual free concert for college students. As the ensemble played Rimsky and Bernstein, listeners with iPhones could toggle between streams of information, either about the piece and composer, and what the app calls "analysis" - not harmonic analysis, but something much more basic.
October 13, 2014 |
It's the rare concertgoing eye that hasn't at some point fastened onto the reliable sight of a low, silvery bouffant making its way up and down the aisles of the Academy of Music or Verizon Hall. Antoinette Marie DuBiel took up her spot in the Academy two decades ago and ushers four or five events a week during the season. Raised in Chestnut Hill, she was once a budding pianist with a degree in performance from Chestnut Hill College. After a career in real estate, she is now assistant head usher and hears more concerts than most critics.
October 11, 2014 |
Allo Darlin' will never be fashionable, and that's fine with Elizabeth Morris, the band's leader. The quartet plays a literate, wistful guitar pop that has its roots in '80s U.K. labels such as Sarah and Postcard. Such music has resurfaced in bands such as Belle & Sebastian and Camera Obscura. It's music that foregrounds honest, well-written lyrics and small, concrete sentiments. "I kind of live by the Kirsty MacColl quote," says Morris, referring to the late singer-songwriter. "She said her music has never been fashionable, but that means she's never gone out of style.
October 9, 2014 |
"GOOD evening and welcome to the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Kimmel Center. At this time, we request you kindly turn your cellphone on . " Believe it or not, that's what concertgoers will be hearing (or words akin) at a series of shows, starting with the Free College Concert Oct. 14, then continuing with subscription concerts Oct. 16-18, as the orchestra introduces "LiveNote," an "interactive concert guide for mobile devices. " Loaded as an application onto an iOS (iPhone)
September 18, 2014 |
The tempos are slower, some of the songs are now played in lower keys better suited to an aging voice, and the band is modeling a diverse collection of hats, but Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers still mostly deliver on their promise of a "full-strength, industrial rock-and-roll show. " The crowd at the Wells Fargo Center on Monday remained standing throughout, even during occasional longueurs. The Heartbreakers, reaching their 40th anniversary, are more than 50 percent original, featuring one of rock's great guitarists in Mike Campbell (here resembling a zombie Slash until he finally removed his shades and hat)
September 15, 2014 |
Does anyone actually buy music anymore? Unclear. But the album release schedule still gets busy after Labor Day. Besides those blurbed below, look for releases by Chris Brown ( X , Sept. 16) Lucinda Williams (the double album Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone , Sept. 30), Weezer ( Everything Will Be Alright in the End , Oct. 7), Florida Georgia Line ( Anything Goes , Oct. 14), Jessie Ware ( Tough Love , Oct. 21), Lil Wayne ( Tha Carter V , Oct. 28), Foo Fighters ( Sonic Highways , Nov. 10)
September 14, 2014 |
COME FALL, the live-music focus moves back indoors - and with more emphasis on midline acts, who know enough to keep out of the sun and the way of touring superstars' summer extravaganzas. Philly will be treated to a heady and overwhelming bunch of shows. Trust us when we say these "picks" just skim the surface. Rap poet laurete Nas' concert/documentary pairing, New Zealand pop charmer Kimbra's World Cafe gig and Bob Dylan's return to the Academy of Music loom large on our radar screen.
September 6, 2014 |
Despite his rich history as the noise avatar behind Hüsker Dü, Sugar, and dense, hard-nosed solo albums such as 1991's Black Sheets of Rain , Bob Mould is not a guy looking backward. The guitarist/singer/composer once said, "I'm always concerned with moving forward. There's an old saying that when your memories outweigh your dreams, it's all over. " But in the last three years, there have been backward glances. In 2011, he published his autobiography, See a Little Light . And along with releasing two of his sharpest, heaviest guitar albums (2012's Silver Age , and this year's Beauty & Ruin )
August 16, 2014 |
Police have identified the 20-year-old man killed outside a concert to promote peace at the Dell Music Center on Wednesday night. Alexis Guevara of Frankford was outside the venue at 8:37 p.m. when he was shot twice by an unknown man, Lt. Norman Davenport said. He was pronounced dead the next morning at 10:18. The concert venue was hosting a show called "Philly Support Philly: Peace on the Streets. " It was unclear whether Guevara had been attending the show, police said. Davenport said police hadn't yet determined a motive in the shooting.