March 7, 2016
The Young Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art hosted its annual winter fund-raiser, A Pop Party, on Feb. 27. About 450 young professionals came together in celebration of "International Pop" at the Museum of Art, the only East Coast venue for the exhibition, here until May 15. Guests enjoyed international cuisine, an open bar featuring hand- crafted cocktails, and a silent auction of art-filled prizes. DJ Gillian Sagansky, who played contemporary pop and dance music with accompanying saxophonist Zem Audu, provided the entertainment.
December 13, 2015 |
Washington's most famous musical export, Thievery Corporation, brought finesse to the funk Thursday night at the Fillmore. Since 1995, Eric Hilton and Rob Garza - D.C. bar-owners-turned-sartorially correct-electronic-musicians/programmers - have made a most settled, manicured brand of funky rumpus. They create a stew of samba, soul, dub, Indian, Brasiliana, and other dance music in their brand of mutant disco. Cool and collected, the always suave Thievery Corporation make Bryan Ferry's Roxy Music look and sound like slobs.
July 3, 2015 |
August 6, 2014 |
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.
December 18, 2013 |
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.
September 21, 2013 |
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)