May 17, 2016 |
At 38, Kensington-born songwriter-singer Amos Lee is at a strange point in his career. Known first for his pastorally soulful folksy blues and nice-guy earnest emotionalism that earned him No. 1 Billboard chart slots (e.g. 2011's Mission Bell ), Lee recently won a rep as a wanted songwriter and a musician's musician. Along with having penned songs and performed with country cousins Zac Brown and art hopper RJD2, Lee got a nod from Eddie Vedder during one of Pearl Jam's Philly shows, just for showing up. So the question became, going forward, what would humble Lee do with such infamy?
May 1, 2016 |
Pearl Jam's opening show in a two-night stint turned into a family affair Thursday at the Wells Fargo Center, with lead singer Eddie Vedder serenading a young couple who'd gotten married there, as well as a young boy with autism, and a 13-year-old celebrating his birthday - at his first Pearl Jam concert. The set list started with walk-on music "Master/Slave" as the grunge-rock super-band took the stage at 8:38 p.m. before a nearly sold-out crowd. The band was slated to return to the Wells Fargo on Friday night.
December 4, 2015 |
Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, the Kansas City, Mo., family band that played World Cafe Live on Tuesday night, didn't spring out of nowhere. It might seem like it, thanks to the success of its 2015 debut album, Skeleton Crew . But back when Madisen, now 26, was a child, mother Ruth Ward used to be a standards-singing, guitar-playing folkie. Son learned the classics from mother - and he came up with his own mix of folk and soul, writing songs that twined her velvety vocals and his big, rough-edged voice as one. Sitting stage-front with candles at their feet (and a shot of Bulleit whiskey at arm's length for Mama)
October 25, 2013 |
GLENN BECK is moving to Philly. Kind of. In the wake of the news that Rush Limbaugh will be returning to 1210 WPHT, I've learned exclusively that Beck will give his Internet-only TheBlaze Radio Network a Philadelphia feel by adding local news and weather twice per hour and traffic four times per hour, provided by partnerships with local news and information services. Philly is the first market for the localized expansion, but I hear Beck wants to move to more markets.
October 24, 2013 |
When Pearl Jam performed "Wishlist," a song from 1998's Yield , during its three-hour sold-out show at the Wells Fargo Center on Monday, Eddie Vedder added some lyrics not in the original. "My only wish is to wish for nothing," the leader of the enduring Seattle band sang. "Who could ask for more than that?" Then, before pushing off to "Sirens" from the sturdy new mortality-contemplating Lightning Bolt , Vedder, 48, elaborated on his Zen grunge idea. He told of being a 15-year-old "idiot" who used to grind up cheap speed pills known as "Black Beauties" on his first Fender Stratocaster.
June 27, 2011 |
In his now 20-year role as Pearl Jam's vocalist and lyricist, Eddie Vedder has been regarded as brooding, obtuse, intelligent, and intense. What he has probably never been thought of, until now, is charming. It is through his new solo efforts, the live Water on the Road Blu-ray and the sweet and aptly titled Ukulele Songs , that his levels of gracefulness have become apparent. During his sold-out solo show Saturday at the Tower Theater, with opener Glen Hansard and a few special guests, the elegant manner in which Vedder embraced songs old, new, borrowed, and blue was mesmerizing in a way that bested even his weightier performances with Pearl Jam. For all this allure and panache, Vedder never lacked for aggression.
November 1, 2009 |
Forty-two years after opening its doors with the Quaker City Jazz Festival, and 15 months after its impending demolition was announced, the Spectrum said the last of its long goodbyes in South Philadelphia last night. The master of ceremonies for the momentous occasion was Eddie Vedder, the charismatic rock star whose band, Pearl Jam, played the final four shows at the venue, which opened in 1967. The grand finale brought the curtain down on the storied arena, which was home to championship Flyers and Sixers teams before the Wachovia Center opened in 1996.
June 13, 2009 |
Eddie Vedder is a golden god to that sector of the rock-audience demographic that loves sports as much as it loves music. On Thursday night, the first of a two-night sold-out solo stand at the Tower Theater, Vedder regaled the crowd with tales of soul-brother handshakes with Dr. J and bar-hopping during the NBA Finals with Sean Penn and Jack Nicholson (wherein a beautiful woman walks up to Jack and asks if he wants to dance, and Jack responds that...
May 29, 2006 |
The most "alternative" thing about Pearl Jam in 1992 was the band's hometown. Alt-rock's heavy punk-indie hybrid style was born in Seattle, so any group with four Seattleites must be alternative - even if frontman Eddie Vedder was a California surfer dude, even if their riffs were the stuff of conventional hard rock. Throughout the '90s, however, the band struggled admirably to live up to that tag's musical and social implications, growing rawer yet more experimental, and adopting a staunch anticorporate stance.
May 26, 2006 |
The summer concert season tunes up - big time - this weekend, with the Jam on the River on Penn's Landing and Pearl Jam across the river at the Tweeter Center in Camden. Summer means lots of big names and big shows - in addition to the oversize events highlighted here, there are plenty of others, mostly at the Tweeter, where it seems as if there's a marquee name most nights: Def Leppard and Journey on June 23; the Dave Matthews Band on June 27 and 28; the Warped tour (with Joan Jett and Against Me!