July 19, 2015 |
The owner of the Electric Factory concert venue is part of a plan to renovate a mostly vacant structure in center city next to a Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts building into a mid-rise residential tower. The Logan Square Neighborhood Association held a vote Tuesday on owner Convention Center Parking LP's proposal to add four stories to the dilapidated six-story building at 142 N. Broad St. and to convert it into apartments or condo units, association President Drew Murray said.
July 15, 2015 |
The band Say Anything, which played the Electric Factory on Sunday, borrowed its name from Say Anything - the 1989 late-teen romance film by Cameron Crowe. When a band does something like that, it will forever be expected to deliver an exceptional level of risk-taking drama. The film is famous for the scene in which John Cusack's character, in a last-ditch effort to win the heart of his high school crush, desperately but defiantly lifts an enormous boom box above his head and blasts Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes" outside her bedroom window.
July 2, 2015 |
Perri at the Mann I got chills just watching her "Jar of Hearts" music video. From Christina Perri 's soulful inflections and her streak of platinum hair to the tasteful ink on her ivory skin, the whole package is one of which Philly can be proud. Perri, originally of (OK, technically) Bensalem, is coming back home as part of a summer tour with pop singer-songwriter Colbie Caillat and "Fight Song" vocalist Rachel Platten . They're calling it, "The Girls Night Out, Boys Can Come Too Tour" and will be performing at The Mann (5201 Parkside Ave.)
May 19, 2015 |
Jane's Addiction leader Perry Farrell is roundly lionized (or plain blamed) for birthing the modern, alternative rock-festival ideal with 1991's invention of Lollapalooza (not so alternative anymore, with McCartney and Metallica headlining this year's fest, but that's another story). In Farrell's creation of Lollapalooza, he forever overshadowed the reason for its inception: to showcase Jane before its first retirement. It was a spine-tingling outfit whose potent impact was immeasurable in its time, and whose 1988 classic Nothing's Shocking was celebrated on Saturday at the Electric Factory.
March 17, 2015 |
With much of musical Philly in dusty Texas for the annual South by Southwest fest, it's only fair that we had the Lone Star State's fattest calf - the toast of Houston, ZZ Top - on righteous display Saturday, and in an intimate setting to boot, the Electric Factory. That it happened to be the same evening Philly, Irish or not, was celebrating St. Patrick's Day only made the sold-out show's throng rowdier and ever more Erin Go Braghish. That's an atmosphere just ripe for a ZZ Top party.
February 17, 2015 |
The question "Whatever happened to 50 Cent?," if not answered, was entertained, entertainingly, during Friday's show at the Electric Factory with longtime pals G-Unit. In the early 2000s, the often-shot drug-dealer-turned-gangsta-rapper from Queens went from zero to 100 after signing with Eminem's label and selling a gagillion copies of the hard, loping single "In Da Club" and the album Get Rich or Die Tryin '. Known for his menacing low register and diabolical delivery, Fiddy and G-Unit (Tony Yayo, Lloyd Banks, Young Buck, Kidd Kidd)
February 15, 2015 |
If you're going to have a big arena-rock sound at this point in pop music's history, and you're not actually on an arena-size stage, you'd better have a way to sound big. The four brothers from South Africa who make up Kongos had to do that several ways at Electric Factory on Thursday night. First, these smooth-singing sons of South African vocalist-songwriter John Kongos - guitarist Daniel, bassist Dylan, drummer Jesse, and keyboardist and accordionist Johnny - had brotherhood. Their rich, high harmonies, on the pugnacious "I'm Only Joking" surely came from years spent sharing bedrooms and bathrooms, to say nothing of studios and stages.
January 22, 2015 |
Since the 1990s, Marilyn Manson has crafted for himself an image as an "Antichrist superstar. " Each of his incendiary albums is a sonic blast filled with fear and loathing that would turn his hero, Hunter S. Thompson, absinthe- green with envy. His recent effort The Pale Emperor brings him to the Electric Factory on Friday. It's Manson's bluesiest and most focused melodic effort, loaded with hard, icy lyrics about Robert Johnson-like devils beneath his feet, killing strangers, and weeklong binges.
December 21, 2014 |
After three transfixing selections of Scandinavian art-metal before a rapt Electric Factory crowd on Wednesday, Mikael Åkerfeldt, the mustached singer-guitarist-composer for the Swedish band Opeth, delivered some spot-on if understated banter: "As usual, we don't have much to offer other than five middle-aged guys playing rock, dazzling displays of lights, and a good sound. " In 11 studio albums over nearly 25 years, Opeth has offered perhaps the most fascinating evolution in global hard rock.
November 17, 2014 |
With all the troubles Ms. Lauryn Hill, (as she insists) has put herself through, nothing matters except how she sounds, and that she sounds at all. A tax-evasion prison stint, missed recording deadlines, showing up late for gigs - these mean little when it comes to the continuing adventures in the Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (to quote the 1998 multi-platinum solo album from the onetime Fugee). Before Hill's show Saturday at the Electric Factory with opener/friend the socio-conscious MC Talib Kweli, the question was: What would she sound like?