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June 19, 2009 | By David R. Stampone FOR THE INQUIRER
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")
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June 11, 2013 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
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February 3, 2007 | By A.D. Amorosi FOR THE INQUIRER
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")
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April 17, 2016 | By Bill Chenevert, For The Inquirer
There was a lovely, quasilocal Domino Records showcase Thursday night at Union Transfer. The 23-year-old London label is one of the best, and its current artists roster is stacked (Hot Chip, Four Tet, Pavement, Animal Collective, and Dirty Projectors, to name a few). Porches, Alex G, and opener Your Friend - you might call them the Domino Rookies Tour - all have new or sort-of new records out (Alex G's Beach Music came out in October). Especially for Porches and Alex G, these label releases have been departures from years of self-releasing.
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July 8, 2012 | Freelance
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.
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April 10, 2008 | By A.D. Amorosi FOR THE INQUIRER
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.
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May 24, 2012 | By Dan DeLuca, INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 1, 2012 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
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)
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April 17, 2016 | By Bill Chenevert, For The Inquirer
There was a lovely, quasilocal Domino Records showcase Thursday night at Union Transfer. The 23-year-old London label is one of the best, and its current artists roster is stacked (Hot Chip, Four Tet, Pavement, Animal Collective, and Dirty Projectors, to name a few). Porches, Alex G, and opener Your Friend - you might call them the Domino Rookies Tour - all have new or sort-of new records out (Alex G's Beach Music came out in October). Especially for Porches and Alex G, these label releases have been departures from years of self-releasing.
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March 19, 2016
The Temptations & the Four Tops The Temptations have hits on hits on hits. Granted, when they roll into Glenside tonight, they'll be singing with only one of the original members - Otis Williams. But the Motown legends have amassed such an impressive pile of iconic R&B, pop, and soul smashes that American Idol contestants could sing the hits, and it would still be a blast. Their top five tunes on the Web today - "My Girl," "Get Ready," "Ain't Too Proud to Beg," "The Way You Do the Things You Do," and "Papa Was A Rollin' Stone" - are brilliant in any and all contexts.
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September 2, 2015 | By Howard Gensler, Daily News Staff Writer
K ANYE WEST has always been a blunt talker, but at the MTV Video Music Awards, in itsĀ annual desperate cry for relevance, did the blunt get the better of him? After admitting that he smoked a little before the show, Kanye announced that he would "run" for president in 2020. Hey, if Donald Trump can do it . . . With Kanye announcing so early, black Republican activist Eugene Craig has created a political action committee to back his candidacy. Craig, 24, filed paperwork yesterday to launch "Ready for Kanye.
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June 11, 2013 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 27, 2012
Conan (11 p.m., TBS) - Mel Brooks; Kristen Schaal; Jon Dore. 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) - Julie Bowen; Little Big Town. Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:30 a.m., 6ABC) - Dancing With the Stars winner; Reba McEntire; Mike Tyson; Future performs. The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson (12:35 a.m., CBS3) - James Marsden; Daniela Ruah; Cory Kahaney. Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (12:35 a.m., NBC10)
ENTERTAINMENT
September 1, 2012 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
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)
NEWS
August 23, 2012 | By Karen Heller, Inquirer Columnist
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.
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July 8, 2012 | Freelance
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.
NEWS
May 24, 2012 | By Dan DeLuca, INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
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.
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