April 2, 2016
Teddy Thompson & Kelly Jones / Dori Freeman Back in 2007, Teddy Thompson released Upfront & Down Low , an album of covers of classic country songs associated with the likes of George Jones, Merle Haggard, and Dolly Parton. At first hearing, Little Windows , the British singer and guitarist's new album of duets with American singer Kelly Jones, would seem to be revisiting the same concept, albeit with the added satisfying counterpoint and hopefulness provided by Jones' Dolly to Thompson's Porter Wagoner.
March 26, 2016 |
Grandchildren For nearly 10 years, Aleks Martray has led Philadelphia's Grandchildren in an acoustic-electronic mix of highly orchestrated, handily arranged folk-pop music. He's like James Bond film composer John Barry, but without a martini-soaked spy to guide him. Grandchildren's layered, cosmopolitan sound - on albums such as Everlasting (2010), Golden Age (2013), and, most grandly, Zuni (2015) - is so richly dramatic, you keep expecting a film to accompany the soundtracky music.
March 20, 2016
On March 11, the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (PYO) hosted a gala dinner and concert while also celebrating its 76th season. Held at the Union League in Philadelphia, more than 170 attendees showed their support at an evening that began with a reception, art show, and sale followed by dinner in the Grand Ballroom and a concert in the Lincoln Room. Guests were treated to performances by the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, Bravo Brass, and Tune Up Philly, with students ranging in age from 6 to 21. A dessert reception and return to the art show and sale at Studio Incamminati rounded out the evening.
March 19, 2016
The Temptations & the Four Tops The Temptations have hits on hits on hits. Granted, when they roll into Glenside tonight, they'll be singing with only one of the original members - Otis Williams. But the Motown legends have amassed such an impressive pile of iconic R&B, pop, and soul smashes that American Idol contestants could sing the hits, and it would still be a blast. Their top five tunes on the Web today - "My Girl," "Get Ready," "Ain't Too Proud to Beg," "The Way You Do the Things You Do," and "Papa Was A Rollin' Stone" - are brilliant in any and all contexts.
March 19, 2016
In Concert 2126 The Highway, Wilmington; 302-475-3126. www.ardenclub.com . Robyn Hitchcock. $25. 3/18. 8 pm. 1007 N. Market St., Wilmington; 302-656-4401. theplayhousede.org. Blue Man Group. $45-$120. 3/18. 421 7th St.; 215-569-9400. www.electricfactory.info . Hoodie Allen. $29.50. 3/19. 8 pm. Megadeth. $45. 3/20. 8 pm. Galactic. $25. 3/24. 8:30 pm. 2125 Chestnut St.; 267-765-5210. www.r5productions.com . Screaming Females. $10. 3/18. 7:30 pm. Sold Out. 818 N. Market St., Wilmington; 302-652-5577.
March 7, 2016 |
If there was something strongly reassuring about Saturday morning's Philadelphia Orchestra family concert, it came in a certain lack of bells and whistles - and puppets. New York troupe Puppet Kitchen was originally billed for the Verizon Hall concert featuring Britten's The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra . But puppets were felled by the orchestra's budget ax earlier this season. How well such visuals would have worked with sound can't be known, of course. It might have been genius.
March 6, 2016 |
Mavis Staples. The 76-year-old gospel great with the rumbling bass voice is celebrated in the HBO music doc Mavis!, whose talking heads include her ex-boyfriend Bob Dylan. And there's Livin' on a High Note, her new M. Ward-produced album with new songs by Ben Harper, Bon Iver, Aloe Blacc, among others. On HBO on Demand. Rickie Lee Jones. The longtime Los Angeles-based "Chuck E.'s in Love" and Pirates singer-songwriter's 2015 The Other Side of Desire was her first album of new material in 10 years, inspired by her new home, New Orleans.
February 27, 2016 |
The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia has been morphing from a standard-repertoire ensemble into something that widely embraces the 21st century. One manifestation of that is a series of Intersect concerts at World Cafe Live curated, hosted, and otherwise dominated by charismatic singer/songwriter Andrew Lipke. At the second of those concerts Wednesday, Lipke was aided by a quartet drawn from the Chamber Orchestra. Though rarely seen without a guitar, Lipke has passionate insights into many things classical.