June 19, 2009 |
The glorious promise of art rock, shamelessly fulfilled - such were the best moments of Dirty Projectors' sold-out show on Wednesday in the humid basement of the First Unitarian Church. The Brooklyn band began its headlining summer tour here with head-spinning aplomb, mostly showcasing its enthralling new (fifth) album, Bitte Orca, likely to stand as one of the year's best. African-influenced lefty guitarist and Dirty Projectors majordomo Dave Longstreth led the way via boldly expressive falsetto croons and swoops, matched by the complex vocal arrangements of Angel Deradoorian, newcomer Hayley Dekle, and Amber Coffman (who took a break from her math-rock guitar-slinging to dance around and soulfully belt out their prog-Mariah single "Stillness Is the Move")
June 11, 2013 |
The teeming rain did two things to Friday's double bill of the National and Dirty Projectors at the Mann Center in Fairmount Park. The insistent downpour created a gorgeous, misty backdrop for two bands heavily reliant on atmospherics to drive their respective mood-swinging sounds. Still, the claustrophobic storm made both sets seem like they'd never end, particularly that of the National, whose fuzzy-guitar-driven catalog shares similar traits and pacing. Ah, maybe that's just the rain talking.
November 14, 2012
Conan (11 p.m., TBS) - Kristen Stewart; Glenn Howerton; Lianne La Havas. Late Show With David Letterman (11:35 p.m., CBS3) - Actor Alec Baldwin; Dirty Projectors performs. The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (11:35 p.m., NBC10) - Actress Helen Hunt; DJ Pauly D. Jimmy Kimmel Live (Midnight, 6ABC) - Actor Martin Short; actor Suraj Sharma; Ne-Yo performs. The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson (12:35 a.m., CBS3) - Actor Billy Crystal; actress Berenice Marlohe.
February 3, 2007 |
Sometimes we're faced with beautifully bizarre music that's not easy to classify in a few phrases. Rarely are we confronted with three bands making such music at one gig. Darn it if that wasn't the case during Thursday's sold-out show with Grizzly Bear, Dirty Projectors and Golden Ball at Johnny Brenda's. For Grizzly Bear, difficult music came in gorgeous, suitelike waves of symphonic pop with wearily angelic vocals and weird, echoing effects throughout. Led by sleepy-eyed singer/instrumentalist Edward Droste, reeds guy Chris Taylor and guitarist Daniel Rossen, too, provided heavenly vocals whose timbres wove woozily through the noisily shuffling ("Showcase")
July 8, 2012 |
Pop Maroon 5 Overexposed (A&M/Octone ) It's hard to stay on top with music styles mutating so fast. Maroon 5 has apparently accomplished this via some sort of Faustian pact, trading in the soul that made its 2007 CD It Won't Be Soon Before Long such a joy for the machine-tooled dance-pop of last year's comeback single, "Moves Like Jagger. " Overexposed has a couple of similar electro-rousers, "One More Night" and "Payphone," that are catchier than a computer virus.
April 10, 2008 |
For anyone following the indie-music press and this city's role in it, Man Man has long been a familiar name. But you'd have to scream it from the rooftops to hear it above the roar of these clamorous Philly noisemakers. Like New Year's Eve on Bourbon Street, the ensemble fills the air with whistles, pump organs, Viking howls, xylophones, squeaking trumpets and belching saxophones, to say nothing of its cluttered, percussive overdrive. On Tuesday, Man Man not only released its Anti- label debut, Rabbit Habits, the band - dressed in its usual whites, with its usual dancing boy in a monkey suit on stage - also sold out the Starlight Ballroom, with face-painted fans looking to be part of the Man Man tribe.
May 24, 2012 |
Two-day passes for Philadelphia's Made in America music festival were set to go on sale at 10 this morning via Ticketmaster and LiveNation.com . Admission for both days of the Sept. 1-2 Parkway party ranges from $99 to $655 for the priciest VIP packages. For details about a shot at the limited number of $99 tickets, check Made in America's Facebook page . Along with Jay-Z's considerable star power and unassailable skills, Made in America mixes in one classic rock-friendly headliner in Pearl Jam with a significant dose of hip-hop, R&B and an especially impressive selection of electronic music, plus a smattering of indie-rock.
September 1, 2012 |
And so, it is finally upon us. The inaugural Budweiser Made in America festival, headlined and "curated" - the most overused word in pop culture these days - by Jay-Z will take over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway this weekend. It'll be the first-ever paid event on the city's museum-lined grand boulevard where free fireworks and music celebrations are held annually. With the most respected rapper in the game and grunge survivors Pearl Jam divvying up headliner duties, plus significant electronic dance music (EDM)
August 23, 2012 |
Philadelphia will host a monster music festival Labor Day weekend featuring Jay-Z, Pearl Jam, Rick Ross, Drake, Skrillex, and Run-DMC on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, one of the city's central arteries, our museum mile and cultural backyard. Organizers hope to attract 50,000 patrons on each day of the two-day event. The central difference, and huge break with previous Parkway concerts, is that the Budweiser-sponsored spectacle isn't free. Instead of Lollapalooza, it's Brewzapalooza on the Bud Franklin Parkway.