April 2, 2000 |
The Eighth Street Lounge - the cavernous brick and concrete dance club at Eighth and Callowhill - started life as a cab stand and a U-Haul garage. But since opening its carport doors several years ago to the funk, the lounge has taken on a vibe as much cathedral as club. With its girdered ceilings, stagy lighting and altarlike square bar, the space seems geared for the Gregorian. To add to the drama, tall votive candles and high-back wooden church pews give the club a Gothic feel.
March 23, 2000 |
D'Angelo ought to get out more often. It took the neo-soul man born Michael Archer five years to record the follow-up to his 1995 debut, Brown Sugar. The result was Voodoo, an overpraised platter on which the shirtless hunk of love conjures a lusciously simmering groove that fades into the background over 79 seductive minutes. Voodoo sounds as if it was recorded with D'Angelo never getting up from his piano bench. But the singer-keyboardist who is often compared to Marvin Gaye and Al Green put on a two-hour-plus show on Tuesday that was anything but sedentary.
July 6, 2013 |
It was already Independence Day when Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson and D'Angelo settled into their chairs on the stage of the Theatre of the Living Arts on South Street in the wee hours of Thursday morning. "What's up, Philadelphia?" the drummer for The Roots asked. "This is a long time coming. " He didn't mean the hour. It was actually early for him, since he had a DJ gig later in the evening, before his band was scheduled to back up a host of acts on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at the Philly 4th of July Jam. No, the long wait Questlove referred to was the 13 years since Voodoo , the most recent album by D'Angelo, his partner in the Brother In Arms tour.
June 24, 2015 |
Comeback man D'Angelo 's in town tonigh t, performing with the Vanguard at Glenside's Keswick Theatre. Expect him to be clear-eyed and on point, experimental yet old-school, high-pitched and funky. Political and, well, more political. The multi-instrumentalist, once notorious as a sex object, later sad as an addict, then mostly gone from the scene, is now, once again, critically revered for his music. But he's also more than critical himself. D'Angelo appeared in Friday's New York Times alongside Black Panther co-founder Bobby Seale , riding around Oakland, Calif., discussing the need for a change of subject matter in popular hip-hop.
January 23, 2000 |
What to make of the second coming of D'Angelo? Five years after his Brown Sugar kick-started the "alternative" rhythm-and-blues movement with a tight, tuneful set that recalled the invention and discipline of Marvin Gaye, the singer is back with a new message: Songwriting is overrated; vibe is everything. Voodoo, which arrives Tuesday after months of delays, doesn't exactly refute D'Angelo's first effort. But it doesn't follow its example, either. It's a carefully produced vamp cycle, an album-length lover's groan that casts this son of a Baptist minister (who appears shirtless and well-oiled on the CD cover)
August 28, 2012 |
Friday night, the Mann Center offered up this summer's tastiest treat: a soul sandwich with a lean, mean helping of D'Angelo placed lovingly between the soft yet strong Melanie Fiona and Mary J. Blige. Blige, the reigning queen of hip hop soul, was the headliner, with the hits, flashy staging, and flashier dramatic songs to prove it. Fiona, the opener, came out swinging for the fences with an emotive voice as big as the Canadian landscape from which she hails. But most notably, this was the return of the conquering, musky neo-soul hero whose last album was 2000's Voodoo . Since then, falsetto-favoring D'Angelo made few entrées into the performance arena until spring 2012, when he popped up with a band and new songs to accompany his funky classics.
March 21, 2000 |
D'ANGELO. 7:30 tonight and tomorrow night. Tower Theater, 69th and Ludlow streets, Upper Darby. Tickets: $50, $39, $35. Info: 215-568-3222. Take a pinch of Jimi Hendrix, a dash of Stevie Wonder and a whopping handful of Marvin Gaye, add a smoldering video and behold - the architect of a new musical style. When Michael D'Angelo Archer debuted five years ago, his music was immediately dubbed neo-soul. In an R&B era defined by unimaginative lyrics and predictable music, the cornrowed singer was warmly welcomed.
June 26, 2015 |
D'Angelo has a lot of lost time to make up for. The Virginia soul man, who played a sweaty, muscular, unrelenting, nearly two-hour show at the Keswick Theatre on Tuesday, has been more absent than present during his two-decade career. After his debut, Brown Sugar , in 1995, the singer born Michael Eugene Archer struggled with writer's block and took five years to release its follow-up, Voodoo . But that was nothing compared to the layoff - elongated by alcoholism and personal problems - between that classic of sultry, simmering funk and its successor.
March 20, 2000 |
QUOTE "If you are good enough to be a nominee, you should be good enough to smile. " - Best-actor nominee Michael Caine, on perfecting his gracious-loser smile for the Academy Awards Either there's something going around, or singers D'Angelo and Marc Anthony need a little more work with a voice coach to keep from killing themselves. Both men cancelled shows this weekend, a result of their sore pipes. What you want to know first: As of last night, D'Angelo was still expected to bring his "Voodoo" tour to the Philadelphia area tomorrow and Wednesday.
August 27, 2012 |
For a brief period this summer, Andrea Lawton worked on the housekeeping staff of their home, according to a Bryn Mawr couple. Now, say Lower Merion police, she is suspected of cleaning them out of a rare bust of Benjamin Franklin said to be worth more than $3 million. Lawton, 46, of Philadelphia, learned her employers' routine during her month working at their residence on the 600 block of Black Rock Road, according to homeowner George A. D'Angelo. Police responded to a call by the household staff, which reported the burglary about 12:30 p.m. Friday, while he and his wife, Brenda, were not home, D'Angelo said.