April 28, 2016 |
'To-ri! To-ri! To-ri!" The chant erupted several times from the ravenous crowd who had come to worship a special kind of pop star at the sold-out Electric Factory. Tori Kelly is a good girl, a self-made 23-year-old with artistic integrity, an impressive catalog, and musical chops that earned her a jam invitation from the late, great Purple One. She had the room in the palm of her hands. Fitting that she would open Monday night's concert with "Unbreakable Smile," the title track from her major-label debut released in June.
February 21, 2016 |
With winter's spate of snow, sleet, and chill blanketing Philadelphia like a death shroud, it was nice having two California bands - Los Angeles' Best Coast and San Diego's Wavves - bring the sunshine with a coheadlining tour, Summer is Forever, at the Electric Factory on Wednesday. Though in each case, for the most part, the subtle nuances of the bands' respective catalogs (Wavves' surf-spy-inspired hard core comes courtesy of Nathan Williams, Best Coast's sandy indie-pop is written by Bethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno)
January 24, 2016 |
Canceled or Postponed Several college and professional sports teams postponed Saturday games until Sunday: - Celtics at 76ers : Sunday at 7 p.m. - SMU at Temple : Sunday at noon. - UNC Wilmington at Drexel : Sunday at noon. - Providence at Villanova : Sunday at 1 p.m. - St. Joseph's at La Salle : Sunday at 5 p.m. - Flyers vs. Islanders: Postponed, and no specific makeup date set. The Jennifer Nettles show Friday night at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby has been postponed.
January 15, 2016 |
We would be remiss in calling Randy Blythe nostalgic, but there are hints that the Lamb of God frontman longs for the old days. For instance, he said in a recent interview, he likes when his band is the opening act. "I hate headlining," Blythe said, chuckling, speaking in advance of Saturday's sold-out show at the Electric Factory in which Lamb of God will, in fact, headline. The bill also features Anthrax, Deafheaven, and Power Trip. "I'd rather open up. It's a lot easier to steal a show early on. By the time we play, three other bands are going to play.
December 12, 2015 |
George Manney, 64, of Tacony, a highly regarded Philadelphia rock pioneer, filmmaker, archivist, and producer, died Wednesday night, Dec. 9, at Fox Chase Cancer Center, just a week after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Mr. Manney paved the way for the far-famed Last Minute Jam, a weekly music gig held at Khyber Pass in Old City and then, starting in 1987, at J.C. Dobbs. For years he amassed a far-ranging collection of rock souvenirs, which over time became a sort of alternative at-home museum that flooded the "Bunker," as the basement of his home was known.
December 8, 2015 |
In a ceremony before the Miley Cyrus and the Dead Petz show on Saturday night at the Electric Factory, Wayne Coyne, lead singer for the Flaming Lips (Miley's band for the show, renamed the Dead Petz), blessed the crowd by sprinkling glitter confetti and blasting a cannon of party streamers. Thus he gave us permission to embrace the unlikely collaboration between Cyrus and the Lips. Cyrus' limited-city Milky Milky Milk tour is in support of her surprise (and free!) streaming opus, Miley Cyrus and her Dead Petz - a 23-song, 90-minute concept album with most of the songs cowritten and coproduced by the Lips.
December 1, 2015 |
Eleven years after its start, 10 years since its debut album Juturna (named for the Roman goddess of wells and springs), Doylestown's Circa Survive continues to be a harbinger of wordy, experimental, pop-hardcore, with heartbroken emotionalism and sometime-silly philosophical conceits as its twin-towering guides. Anthony Green's powerful, whiny voice and stream-of-consciousness rants, together with Colin Frangicetto's jiving, jackhammering guitars, all but defined the 21st century's shift in hard-emo's tone from broke-down and busted to brilliantine and bristling.
November 17, 2015 |
Alejandro Rose-Garcia is too sinewy, cheekbone-y cute and actor-ish to be considered a rustic, boho hobo folk singer, let alone a solitary bluesy one-man band. That's more the job of Austin-based Shakey Graves, Rose-Garcia's bummy, strumming, country-punk alter ego who sang his heart out at the Electric Factory on Saturday night, stuffing the room full with boyish, like-minded, boxcar-riding imitators and their gals with matching bandanna-on-a-stick accoutrements. Graves, a longtime local favorite with two albums (2011's Roll the Bones , 2014's And the War Came )
November 7, 2015 |
Last year, guitarist Rob Grote and his Warwick High School chums drummer Braden Lawrence and bassist Connor Jacobus, all from Lititz, Lancaster County, moved to Philadelphia as The Districts. By then, they already had a murky, weirdly driving folk sound, as heard on their debut album, Telephone , and its signature hit, "Funeral Beds. " Grote, now 20, says this poetic, rough-hewn Mumford & Sons-meets-Television tone "reflects who we were that year. Now, we're far off from where we started, but we're where we intended to be. " The band is set to play Friday at the Electric Factory.
October 6, 2015 |
We already have the Electric Factory. And the Tower Theater. And the Academy of Music. And Union Transfer. And, even occasionally, the Kimmel Center. So, does Brotherly Loveville need another live-music venue in the 2,000- to 3,000-capacity range? Well, the folks at concert-industry behemoth Live Nation think so. Which is why they put up the lion's share of a $32 million investment for Fillmore Philadelphia, the seventh such facility in a national chain of music halls named for the iconic auditoriums run in San Francisco and New York in the 1960s and early '70s by the late, legendary impresario Bill Graham.