August 4, 1997 |
The electric guitar made a clumsy twang when Bill Lawrence let it fall to the ground. He then gave it the ultimate test. He placed one cowboy boot, and then the other, on the neck, letting the neck support all of his weight. "If you can't stand on a neck, it's a piece of garbage," Lawrence said. While there's much more to a good electric guitar than a strong neck, Lawrence uses this exercise as an example of the attention to detail he puts into his Wilde USA guitars. Depending on the design, most guitar necks would have snapped under Lawrence's weight.
April 5, 2000 |
Don't freak out, man, over the scoring in Allen Krantz's new work. Small symphony for strings and electric guitar is as friendly as friendly gets, maybe even to hard-core classical ears. "Eric Clapton meets Mozart" is what Krantz calls the work, which was premiered Monday night at the Academy of Vocal Arts by the Wister Quartet at the last 1807 & Friends concert of the season. True, I suppose. The four-movement work adheres to strict classical form, and the lyricism of Krantz's style - American, tonal, solicitous - is purely classical.
November 25, 1994 |
It won't be the same when they're gone. The polished wood, steel strings, amplifiers and recorders had been his life for more than 60 years. Now they were lined up in his sprawling Mahwah mansion, like old friends waiting to say goodbye. In a corner of one room, Les Paul picked up what may be the first electric guitar, then one of the first electric solid-body guitars. And in another room was the first multi-track synchronized tape recorder and eight-track recording machine. The legendary musician-inventor, renowned for the countless guitars that bear his name, could track the history of the music recording industry in his home - history that he helped make with a little late-night tinkering and ingenuity.
January 6, 2013 |
The news, more than a year ago, that the 56-year-old musician Danny DeGennaro was murdered in his mother's home in Levittown caused little stir beyond the Bucks County area. Various websites and blogs noted that he had been a member of the Grateful Dead-inspired band Kingfish, and that he had played with the also recently deceased Clarence Clemons. But that was it. There was so much more to it. To him. I heard Danny for the first time nearly 20 years ago, in the spring of 1993.
June 14, 2011
VINELAND, N.J. - Police in South Jersey believe a homeowner's watchdog might have fallen for a bribe from a burglar bearing treats. Vineland police say the evidence came in the form of a scrap of beef jerky the homeowner found on the kitchen floor. He said no one in the house normally eats it. The break-in occurred during the day Sunday, apparently undeterred by the resident pit bull, the Atlantic City Press reported. Police say the burglar got away with more than $200 in cash, a $400 electric guitar, and a necklace worth about $350.
July 22, 1995 |
It's great to see another woman enter the punk/pop arena with a guitar in hand and something to get off her chest. It's equally heartening when that woman has the mature perspective of a 31-year-old. But concerts aren't built on good intentions. Jennifer Trynin and her band just didn't measure up at J.C. Dobbs on Thursday night. High expectations for the show were largely due to Trynin's debut, Cockamamie (Warner), on which the Bostonian spares us none of her hurt feelings and plays some rugged electric guitar.
August 18, 2010
Two brothers, former employees of a Philadelphia-based company, were charged Monday with stealing about $60,000 in equipment from a Runnemede office, authorities said. Walter Crumb Jr., 40, and Michael Crumb, 36, allegedly stole 16 computer servers valued at $2,200 apiece, 100 Windows 7 software licenses, an electric guitar, and a digital camera from TelAmerica Media, in the 100 block of Rose Avenue, said Runnemede Police Lt. Paul Dailey. The brothers, who allegedly pawned the items in Philadelphia, were released Monday on their own recognizance, Dailey said.
September 30, 1992 |
The new-music establishment sounded dated at Speculum Musicae's concert Monday night at the Settlement Music School. Works by Jacob Druckman and Charles Wuorinen, written in styles that only 10 years ago were fresh and new, seemed to have aged noticeably - and not too gracefully - next to the works of two more progressive composers. Not only was the musical material that made up Steve Mackey's Troubador Songs (1991) novel; so was the combination of string quartet and electric guitar that performed it. There was nothing inherently unnatural about the tonal effect created by the refined sound of the string quartet and the crudeness of the electric guitar.
June 22, 1989 |
The theme for the Who's 25th anniversary reunion tour is "The Kids Are All Right. " Last night, Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey, John Entwistle and company proved the point with a vengeance, in a no-holds-barred, 40-song music marathon at the Glens Falls Civic Center. It was their first full-fledged show together since Dec. 17, 1982. A long time between gigs. The Who steamed up this dinky Adirondack hockey rink for more than three hours and took no prisoners. In other words, they slew all 5,000 souls in attendance - old fans and younger "classic rock " converts alike.
July 22, 2005 |
You can call Erin McKeown a lot of things - singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, musical storyteller, even a social activist on some level - but don't call her a folksinger. She doesn't have a problem with folkies, mind you; she just doesn't think she is one, despite how she's often billed as such. "I did a TV show recently where they announced my name, called me a folksinger, and then I walked onstage holding an electric guitar," the 27-year-old Virginia-bred, Massachusetts-based musician recalls.