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May 17, 1992 | By Louis R. Carlozo, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
So, like, this is the deal: It's nighttime. You're too old for hanging out at the mall, but too young to party at a nightclub. Too young to go clubbing? Sez who? Teen clubs in South Jersey are booming, despite a nagging recession that has put a damper on the rest of the Philadelphia-area nightclub scene. One club, Mahorn's in Cherry Hill, now attracts about 1,000 teens each Sunday night. And the local boom promises to continue as the weather gets warmer - and the under-21 set looks for ways to beat boredom without getting busted for underage drinking.
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September 24, 2007 | By Catherine Lucey and BRAD J. GUIGAR/Daily News
If Democrat Michael Nutter is elected mayor in November, he'll have a few things in common with another well-educated African-American reform mayor: Corey Booker of Newark, N.J. CORY BOOKER Age - 38 Education - Stanford, Yale Law, Oxford University Message - Promised to reform city government following a scandal-plagued administration Screen credits - "Street Fight," a documentary on his 2002 campaign Look - Bald ...
NEWS
January 29, 2013
CINCINNATI - Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner, frontman for the hit-making funk-music band the Ohio Players, has died in southwest Ohio. He was 69. The Ohio Players, known for their brassy dance music, catchy lyrics and flamboyant outfits, topped music charts in the 1970s with hits such as "Love Rollercoaster," "Fire," "Skin Tight" and "Funky Worm. " Born in Hamilton, Ohio, Bonner teamed up in the 1960s with core members of a group called the Ohio Untouchables to form the Ohio Players. The band had a string of Top 40 hits in the mid-1970s, and continued to perform for years after that.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 21, 2013 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
These are busy times for Pet Shop Boys, the tandem of singer-lyricist Neil Tennant and keyboard player Chris Lowe, who are the biggest-selling pop duo in British music history. Last year, the group released the tranquil Elysium , their 11th studio album. Then, while also working on a song cycle about the late British mathematician and computer scientist Alan Turing, they followed it up in less than a year's time with Electric , an altogether more kinetic affair that stands up nicely to late-1980s career highlights like Actually and Introspective . The latest Pet Shop Boys traveling theatrical spectacular, the "Electric" tour, will bring the band to the Mann Center in Fairmount Park on Sunday.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 1, 2012
Jay-Z is no dummy. EDM - for electronic dance music - is the music buzz-phrase of 2012. At Made in America, rap-heads and rockers alike will hear the best in mostly non-American electronic dance music. Imagine how Skrillex 's hair will look in the Made in America movie! That Los Angeles-based DJ with the long black locks and shaved sides is the toast of the electro scene. His metallic beats and scorched-earth melodies live up to the acclaim. In terms of pop sensibilities, however, Skrillex doesn't hold a candle (yet)
NEWS
August 26, 1987 | By JOE O'DOWD JR., Daily News Staff Writer
Al Jarreau has been on the music scene for years. He's a versatile performer, with a slick, mellow voice who moves easily from the rythym of jazz to the roll of dance music. His back-up band is said by some to be the best in the business. (And every Tuesday night he comes right into your living room singing the theme song for "Moonlighting. ") Tonight he's the subject of "Star Trak Profiles" on WSNI (104.5/FM) at 10 p.m. The profile includes a biography, interviews and choice selections of Jarreau's work.
NEWS
February 14, 1997 | by Al Hunter Jr. Daily News Staff Writer
Nothing is as simple as love in elementary school, especially on Valentine's Day. No need to steal a kiss in the coat room, or throw a chewed-up eraser at your beloved. For on Valentine's Day, the teacher allowed you to spread envelopes of lyrical love. Sometimes you were choosy about who got a Valentine. Sometimes your parents chose for you, insisting everybody of the opposite sex get one - that included the boy who picked his nose and the stuck-up girl who was the teacher's pet. But you're grown now. You make your own decisions.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 1, 2013
Erykah Badu Back in 1997, Erykah Badu released Baduizm , a stellar debut partly recorded at Sigma Sound Studios in Philadelphia that was the breakout commercial success of the then-nascent neo-soul movement. The album remains a high-water mark of latter-day black music bohemianism, a snakily soulful melange of subtly plotted R&B, jazz, and funk, and an introduction to Badu - then known for her trademark head-wraps - as a psychedelic earth mother who learned a thing or two about song phrasing from Billie Holiday records.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 9, 2012 | BY ALISSA FALCONE, For the Daily News
WHEN AMERICAN dubstep star Skrillex earned five Grammy nominations (and three wins) this year, it was a giant leap forward for the musical movement. This weekend, North America's first Dubstep Music Awards will take place in Atlantic City, another indication that the genre is a full-fledged U.S. phenomenon. The DMAs will feature Philadelphia's own Khadafi Dub, whose promotional company Dubstep Mix will present the show along with Global Warming Promotions. Dubstep, which originated a decade ago in underground clubs in the United Kingdom, is electronic dance music that meshes garage, dub, techno, and drums 'n' bass.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 29, 2012 | BY CHRIS BARTON, Los Angeles Times
LOS ANGELES - The cavernous dance club in downtown L.A. is hopping, and the weekend is still a day away. The club is ordinarily a hotbed of thumping house music, but tonight, the headliner - Houston-born jazz pianist and bandleader Robert Glasper - is switching things up. Behind a bank of keyboards, Glasper leads his quartet through a restless swirl of searching piano melody, causing the crowd to sway under the hazy colored lights. As the song gathers into focus, one musician begins repeating an unmistakable, 40-year-old refrain, his voice shaded by electronics: "A love supreme . . . A love supreme . . . " This introduction of John Coltrane (or at least the sounds he inspired)
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August 6, 2014 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
Julian Scanlan, a.k.a. DJ Swoon, is too young to go clubbing - unless he brings his party tunes. The Mount Laurel resident, 17, is a rising Electronic Dance Music (EDM) artist. His composing, remixing, producing, and performing skills have landed him DJ gigs in Philly and Orlando, as well as residencies last year and again this week at Grammy Camp. "Camp is amazing," says Scanlan, who's attending the Grammy Foundation's competitive summer workshop program in Manhattan until Sunday.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 18, 2013 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
The concert was benignly titled "Russia Revisited" - in what turned out to be gracious window dressing for a Dolce Suono Ensemble concert that stopped at nothing to find the depths of the Slavic psyche. The Sunday program at Curtis Institute's Gould Rehearsal Hall spanned more than 21/2 hours with no real intermissions and none of the usual Prokofiev/Shostakovich pieces. I wasn't sure I could take any more when Charles Abramovic concluded the program with Prokofiev's Piano Sonata No. 6 - a nest of angry, war-inspired dissonances played by Abramovic with complete comprehension and near-blinding clarity.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 21, 2013 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
These are busy times for Pet Shop Boys, the tandem of singer-lyricist Neil Tennant and keyboard player Chris Lowe, who are the biggest-selling pop duo in British music history. Last year, the group released the tranquil Elysium , their 11th studio album. Then, while also working on a song cycle about the late British mathematician and computer scientist Alan Turing, they followed it up in less than a year's time with Electric , an altogether more kinetic affair that stands up nicely to late-1980s career highlights like Actually and Introspective . The latest Pet Shop Boys traveling theatrical spectacular, the "Electric" tour, will bring the band to the Mann Center in Fairmount Park on Sunday.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 1, 2013
Erykah Badu Back in 1997, Erykah Badu released Baduizm , a stellar debut partly recorded at Sigma Sound Studios in Philadelphia that was the breakout commercial success of the then-nascent neo-soul movement. The album remains a high-water mark of latter-day black music bohemianism, a snakily soulful melange of subtly plotted R&B, jazz, and funk, and an introduction to Badu - then known for her trademark head-wraps - as a psychedelic earth mother who learned a thing or two about song phrasing from Billie Holiday records.
NEWS
January 29, 2013
CINCINNATI - Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner, frontman for the hit-making funk-music band the Ohio Players, has died in southwest Ohio. He was 69. The Ohio Players, known for their brassy dance music, catchy lyrics and flamboyant outfits, topped music charts in the 1970s with hits such as "Love Rollercoaster," "Fire," "Skin Tight" and "Funky Worm. " Born in Hamilton, Ohio, Bonner teamed up in the 1960s with core members of a group called the Ohio Untouchables to form the Ohio Players. The band had a string of Top 40 hits in the mid-1970s, and continued to perform for years after that.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 14, 2012
Special Events 7 Fingers: Sequence 8 Innovative performance company from Montreal. Closes 9/23. Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St.; 215-893-1999. 7doigts.com. $20-$55. Barstool Blackout Tour Blacklight party featuring laser lights, fog & dance music. Electric Factory, 421 N. Seventh St. www.barstoolu.com . $35. 9/14. 9 pm. Beer Fest at the Ball Park Over 25 craft breweries, live music, food & over 50 beers. Citizens Bank Park, N. Pattison Ave.; 215-463-1000. $20-$50. 9/15.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 1, 2012
Jay-Z is no dummy. EDM - for electronic dance music - is the music buzz-phrase of 2012. At Made in America, rap-heads and rockers alike will hear the best in mostly non-American electronic dance music. Imagine how Skrillex 's hair will look in the Made in America movie! That Los Angeles-based DJ with the long black locks and shaved sides is the toast of the electro scene. His metallic beats and scorched-earth melodies live up to the acclaim. In terms of pop sensibilities, however, Skrillex doesn't hold a candle (yet)
NEWS
August 31, 2012 | By Brian Palmer, SLATE
Taliban insurgents beheaded 17 people at a party in southern Afghanistan on Sunday night. The attack may have been part of a power struggle between rival factions, but one government official said it was intended to punish the attendees for listening to music and dancing. Are music and dance prohibited in Islam? The prophet Muhammad made seemingly contradictory statements about the performing arts, providing justification for people on either side of this doctrinal dispute. According to some accounts, Muhammad promised that Allah would turn musicians into "monkeys and pigs.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 29, 2012 | BY CHRIS BARTON, Los Angeles Times
LOS ANGELES - The cavernous dance club in downtown L.A. is hopping, and the weekend is still a day away. The club is ordinarily a hotbed of thumping house music, but tonight, the headliner - Houston-born jazz pianist and bandleader Robert Glasper - is switching things up. Behind a bank of keyboards, Glasper leads his quartet through a restless swirl of searching piano melody, causing the crowd to sway under the hazy colored lights. As the song gathers into focus, one musician begins repeating an unmistakable, 40-year-old refrain, his voice shaded by electronics: "A love supreme . . . A love supreme . . . " This introduction of John Coltrane (or at least the sounds he inspired)
ENTERTAINMENT
July 31, 2012 | By A.D. Amorosi, FOR THE INQUIRER
Jennifer Lopez has been so many things since her career's start that it's hard to remember what she actually does best. Lopez, 43, is a multi-hyphenate at a time when doing one thing well means little. Luckily, as her song goes, she's doing it well. She's renowned as a well-choreographed dancer. She's judged other singers (for two seasons on American Idol , a gig she left just weeks ago) and been judged in mixed reviews for her own slight, sprightly dance music hits, big ballads and light soubrette vocal ├ęclat.
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