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February 13, 1995 | By Faith Quintavell, FOR THE INQUIRER
Like many writers, the musicians of the Dave Matthews Band need an editor to make them look good. This was painfully apparent Saturday night when the band played the second of two consecutive, sold-out nights at the Tower Theater. Under the Table and Dreaming (RCA), the recent major-label debut of this Charlottesville, Va., jam band, was produced by the renowned Steve Lillywhite. It's a revelation. Melodies tumble to a start; eloquent textures are created through frequent time signature changes, lambent vocal phrasing, and the use of violin, sax and acoustic guitar.
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July 27, 1998 | By Faith Quintavell, FOR THE INQUIRER
What a difference 3 1/2 years has made in the live sound of the Dave Matthews Band. When this writer first saw the group at the Tower Theater, it was shortly after the release of its multiplatinum, major-label debut, Under the Table and Dreaming. At that time, long-winded jams by Boyd Tinsley on violin and LeRoi Moore on tenor sax dominated the evening, and drummer Carter Beauford seemed to fly off in his own direction. At the sold-out show at the Waterfront Entertainment Centre, in Camden on Friday (a second sold-out show took place Saturday)
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December 25, 2012 | By David R. Stampone, For The Inquirer
It's a safe bet most folks at the Wells Fargo Center for Saturday's sold-out Dave Matthews Band gig always knew what they would get. All the veteran Virginian septet's live selections - 20 songs over three hours - were largely unedited, played at full strength and length. That was just fine by the satisfied crowd, which stood to sing along with the amiable namesake frontman through anthemic regular set-closer "Ants Marching. " After all, those who want more concise interpretations can stick to DMB studio albums.
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July 14, 2002 | By Tom Moon INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
All through 1999 and 2000, as fans of the Dave Matthews Band pined for a new studio album, the message from the Charlottesville, Va., quintet was the same: Please be patient. It's not quite ready. The band was in the studio, diligently working with longtime producer Steve Lillywhite to capture the cherished warhorses of its live show, among them "Grey Street" and "Bartender. " But after what Matthews calls several "frustrating" rounds, the project was shelved, and Matthews wrote a slate of songs with producer Glen Ballard that became last fall's pop-leaning Everyday.
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October 4, 1994 | By Sabrina Rubin, FOR THE INQUIRER
Dave Matthews cocked an eyebrow. "The last time we were in Philadelphia, there were about three people here," he began, but the audience barely heard him over the noise of its own frenzied cheering. Matthews took none of this for granted. Again and again Saturday night, he thanked the sold-out Theatre of Living Arts crowd for showing up. In return, the Dave Matthews Band delivered an incredible night of country-tinged neo- classic rock. Sometimes quietly compelling, sometimes wild with joy, the Charlottesville, Va., quintet presented a controlled swirl of music, with the high arc of Matthews' voice sailing over it. The group's violin, sax, flute, guitar, bass and drums tangled, then settled into a unified whole.
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April 3, 2013 | By Wayne Parry, Associated Press
HIGHLANDS, N.J. - Researchers have gathered enough data to be able to say that an oyster-restoration program wrecked by Hurricane Sandy will work, and they now have more than $16,000 from the Dave Matthews Band to help reestablish the research on a Navy pier. The band, through its Bama Works Fund, gave the grant to the NY/NJ Baykeeper group, which will use it to rebuild and relocate an aquaculture building destroyed by the storm. Meredith Comi, director of Baykeeper's pilot project at the Earle Naval Weapons Station, said many nets holding the oysters were ripped from the pier during the storm.
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April 26, 1998 | By Tom Moon, INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
Now here's a nightmare modern-rock sequence: Marcy Playground's "Sex and Candy" followed by Sister Hazel's "All for You," Agents of Good Roots' "Come On" and "Don't Drink the Water," by the Dave Matthews Band. Even the sadistic music director who programs these album cuts back-to-back might have trouble discerning one artist from the other. All rely on easygoing, prowling rhythms and unconventional instrumentation. All are shaped by laconic, sleepy-voiced singers. All attempt variations on that greasy, quasi-funk groove.
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July 7, 2005 | By Patrick Berkery FOR THE INQUIRER
It was late in the Dave Matthews Band's 2 1/2-hour show at the Tweeter Center on Tuesday when the trademark improvisational juices finally flowed with purpose, rather than just dripping listlessly. The quintet was feeling its way out of the grit-caked "Louisiana Bayou" when Boyd Tinsley coaxed from his violin an agitated wail, which Matthews underscored with carefully phrased leads as he played electric guitar for the only time in the 18-song set. Saxophonist LeRoi Moore took the relay, repeatedly honking out a melodic line that sparked a Sly Stone-style double-time journey home.
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July 22, 2004 | By Tom Moon INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
Dave Matthews began "Sugar Will," one of several new compositions his band previewed at its sold-out show at the Tweeter Center Tuesday, by plucking an intricate solo phrase on the acoustic guitar. It seemed unexceptional at first, another of the recurring syncopated patterns that anchor much of the band's repertoire. But Matthews played it over and over, hammering sharp percussive accents until the phrase took on a trance-like aura. Then the band came in. Following Matthews' outline, the musicians created a choppy, seafaring churn that resembled the interlocking pulsating rhythms used by minimalist composer Steve Reich.
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April 12, 2002 | By Tom Moon INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
Over the last few years, as it's grown into the biggest draw in rock and roll, the Dave Matthews Band has come in for some heavy criticism. Much is the generic sniping that inevitably accompanies success, but detractors also harbor more specific grievances. The songs too often balloon into interminable suites. The shows follow a predictable arc. The fans are frathouse beerheads who would be enthusiastic about anything. Wednesday night at the sold-out First Union Center, Matthews and his cohorts offered a rousing, unerringly solid evening of music that enchanted the faithful and probably did little to sway those resolute nonfans.
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December 6, 2014 | By Steve Klinge, For The Inquirer
'We had a learning curve that worked out all right," says Josiah Johnson of the Head and the Heart. The six-piece band has toured nearly constantly since it self-released its first album in June 2010 (the venerable Sub Pop Records rereleased it early the next year). They rose quickly from playing coffeehouses in their native Seattle to opening slots for bands such as Dr. Dog, My Morning Jacket, and the Dave Matthews Band. They headline the Tower Theater Friday night. Johnson is one of the Head and the Heart's three vocalists and songwriters.
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October 25, 2013 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
A former executive of a Chester County gift company has been charged with embezzling more than $1.4 million from his employers and using the money for lavish purchases, including $48,000 on concert tickets and a reception with the Dave Matthews Band, the district attorney said Wednesday. Guido la Vella of Gilbertsville is accused of stealing from Taylor Gifts Inc., a direct-order company based in Tredyffrin Township, while he was the company's chief financial officer from October 2009 until May 2013.
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July 22, 2013 | By Howard Gensler
Friday The students and teachers at William McKinley High School were given an extra two weeks off as "Glee" writers scrambled to re-write a major Finn plotline for early next season following the death of Cory Monteith . At Comic-Con, the director and cast of "Ender's Game" said they didn't agree with book writer Orson Scott Card 's thoughts on gay marriage - he's strongly against it - but the movie isn't about that so come see...
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April 3, 2013 | By Wayne Parry, Associated Press
HIGHLANDS, N.J. - Researchers have gathered enough data to be able to say that an oyster-restoration program wrecked by Hurricane Sandy will work, and they now have more than $16,000 from the Dave Matthews Band to help reestablish the research on a Navy pier. The band, through its Bama Works Fund, gave the grant to the NY/NJ Baykeeper group, which will use it to rebuild and relocate an aquaculture building destroyed by the storm. Meredith Comi, director of Baykeeper's pilot project at the Earle Naval Weapons Station, said many nets holding the oysters were ripped from the pier during the storm.
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April 3, 2013 | By Howard Gensler
IF YOU ENJOY an oyster from the Jersey Shore in the near future, you may want to thank the Dave Matthews Band . The band has given $16,000, through its Bama Works Fund, to the NY/NJ Baykeeper group, which will use it to restore oyster colonies that were destroyed by Superstorm Sandy. Meredith Comi , director of Baykeeper's pilot project at the Earle Naval Weapons Station, said that many nets holding the oysters were ripped from the pier during the storm. "It's a shame that what we had out there was damaged, but we really got what we needed from them," she said about the project research.
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December 27, 2012
Conan (11 p.m., TBS) - Actor Steve Carell; Ronda Rousey; Ziggy Marley performs. Late Show With David Letterman (11:35 p.m., CBS3) - Matt Damon; Martin Freeman; J.D. McPherson performs. Jimmy Kimmel Live (Midnight, 6ABC) - Actor Ted Danson; actress Emilia Clarke; Larry Gee performs. The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson (12:35 a.m., CBS3) - Actor Ethan Hawke; Lynyrd Skynyrd performs. Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (12:35 a.m., NBC10) - Keira Knightley; Dave Matthews; Dave Matthews Band performs.
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December 25, 2012 | By David R. Stampone, For The Inquirer
It's a safe bet most folks at the Wells Fargo Center for Saturday's sold-out Dave Matthews Band gig always knew what they would get. All the veteran Virginian septet's live selections - 20 songs over three hours - were largely unedited, played at full strength and length. That was just fine by the satisfied crowd, which stood to sing along with the amiable namesake frontman through anthemic regular set-closer "Ants Marching. " After all, those who want more concise interpretations can stick to DMB studio albums.
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June 22, 2012
In Concert 43 S. Broadway, Pitman; 856-384-8381. www.thebroadwaytheatre.org . Doug Church & Tom Sadge. $30-$40. 6/23. 9 S. Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr; 610-864-4303. www.brynmawrtwilightconcerts.com . Steve Forbert. $10; free for children 16 and under. 6/23. 7 pm. 1853 Wrightstown Rd., Washington Crossing; 215-493-6500. www.crossingvineyards.com . Fridays Unplugged. $10. 6/22. 2125 Chestnut St.; 267-765-5210. www.r5productions.com . Plow United.
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June 26, 2011 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
If Dave Matthews was irked by the Flaming Lips' upstaging him at his own festival - the Dave Matthews Band Caravan, which debuted Friday with 14 bands at Bader Field in Atlantic City - the amiable jam-band kingpin sure didn't show it. But then, Matthews, who led the DMB through a two-hour headlining set highlighted by a solo take on Procol Harum's "A Whiter Shade of Pale," had plenty of other reasons to be pleased. For starters, Bader Field proved to be an ideal venue for the three-day caravan, scheduled to wind up Sunday with a full slate of bands, including Philadelphia acts Amos Lee and Dr. Dog. The orange orb setting over Matthews' left shoulder as he took the stage with "Don't Drink the Water" provided the opening day's picture-postcard moment.
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June 25, 2011 | By Dan DeLuca, INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
If Dave Matthews was irked by the Flaming Lips' upstaging him at his own festival - the Dave Matthews Band Caravan, which debuted Friday with 14 bands at Bader Field in Atlantic City - the amiable jam band kingpin sure didn't show it. But then, Matthews, who led the DMB through a two-hour headlining set highlighted by a solo take on Procol Harum's "A Whiter Shade of Pale," had plenty of other reasons to be pleased. For starters, Bader Field proved to be an ideal venue for the three day Caravan, scheduled to wind up on Sunday with a full slate of bands, including Philadelphia acts Amos Lee and Dr. Dog. The orange orb setting over Matthews' left shoulder as he took the stage with "Don't Drink The Water" provided the opening day's picture postcard moment.
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