August 6, 2015 |
Should it surprise anybody that Elvis Costello and his rugged yet nuanced backing trio the Imposters worked so well on a bill with the urbane, sophisticated Steely Dan on Monday at Camden's Susquehanna Bank Center? Hardly. There are degrees of undeniable jazz-tinged commonality between the two veteran rock-rooted acts, more apparent through the years. Even a taut Costello track like 1981's "Clubland" was well-nigh Dan-ish at times on Monday, with longtime keyboard accompanist Steve Nieve's expansive Latinesque piano swells and Costello's spicy guitar work on the now more open-spaced live tune.
March 8, 2014 |
Elvis Costello, Jamie Foxx, and Johnny Winter lead the headliners at Atlantic City's casinos this weekend. You can catch Elvis Costello and the Imposters at 9 Saturday night in the Circus Maximus Theater at Caesars. (Tickets: $65-$105. Information: www.caesarsac.com , 1-800-745-3000.) The ever-prolific Costello's most recent recording is last year's Wise Up Ghost , a collaboration with Philadelphia hip-hop band the Roots. He does have a date on his docket with the Tonight Show ensemble, but that's at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, N.Y., on Wednesday.
November 13, 2013 |
'I'd like to introduce my special guest for this evening," Elvis Costello said to the audience at the Merriam Theater Sunday night. "It's me. " Indeed, there was not another soul to be found on the Merriam stage, although Costello was kept company by a semicircle of guitars, a keyboard and a few light-up signs: At stage right, one reading "On Air" that played into a bit of stage banter about the show being broadcast in the Faroe Islands, a "Request"...
September 18, 2013 |
On the surface, the intergenerational partnership of Elvis Costello and the Roots - whose new album, Wise Up Ghost (Blue Note, *** 1/2), comes out Tuesday - might seem an odd coupling. After all, the 59-year-old, still-prolific songwriter is British, and the Late Night With Jimmy Fallon house band, anchored by 42-year-old drummer-producer Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson, is Philadelphian. He's white, they're black. They're hip-hop, he's rock. They have more in common than immediately meets the ear, however.
August 7, 2012 |
Thirty-five years ago, a gangly 22-year-old named Declan MacManus quit his job in a London lipstick factory and adopted the stage name Elvis Costello. Stiff Records was about to release his debut LP, My Aim Is True , and had signed him to a contract that could support his wife and young son. With the windfall, Costello bought back the copy of A Hard Day's Night that he'd pawned to afford the previous month's gas bill. Costello has never been overly forthcoming about his personal life, so it might be surprising to hear that he divulged this humanizing anecdote, and many others, in one of the best rock-star memoirs of the last decade.
May 21, 2011 |
The terms fun and Elvis Costello don't necessarily go hand in hand. But on Thursday night, they got up to dance together in a go-go cage during a terrifically entertaining two-hour show at the Tower Theater. The occasion was the return of the Spectacular Spinning Songbook, the kitschy concept in which the set list is determined, in part, by audience members brought on stage to spin a giant wheel. Labeled with orange and yellow song titles from Costello's 30-plus-year career, the wheel also included mysterious purple bonus selections such as "Time" and "Napoleon Solo," designed to take the show into still more unpredictable territory.
May 20, 2011 |
The terms fun and Elvis Costello don't necessarily go hand in hand. But on Thursday night, they got up to dance together in a go-go cage during a terrifically entertaining two-hour show at the Tower Theatre. The occasion was the return of the Spectacular Spinning Songbook, the kitschy concept in which the set list is determined, in part, by audience members brought on stage to spin a giant wheel. Labeled with orange and yellow song titles from Costello's 30-plus-year career, plus mysterious purple bonus selections like "Time" and "Napoleon Solo," designed in still more unpredictable territory.
November 2, 2010 |
N E R D seeks revenge, Good Charlotte threatens a heart attack, a couple of Grateful Dead guys regroup, Elvis Costello goes country (again) and Neil Diamond shares classics in this week's new album assortment. We've also got care packages to deliver from a Mr. Lennon and a Mr. McCartney. Uh, maybe so, if you've never encountered the Cucamonga soul of Frank Zappa (evoked on "I've Seen the Light"/"Inside the Clouds") or encountered a Prince-like commingling of sex and spirituality ("Sacred Temple")
January 3, 2010 |
Having toiled in the beer-soaked land of the jukebox for most of his career, it's perhaps only natural that Brendan Hartranft sees the budding gastropub empire he's built with his wife, Leigh Maida, in terms of Elvis Costello records. "Accessible but with an edge," he says of his Costello-esque approach to crafting, in the short span of less than two years, a trio of taverns in up-and-coming neighborhoods around the city. If Kensington's Memphis Taproom was their My Aim Is True debut, a straight-from-the-heart corner-bar hit that toed the delicate style line between beer-geek cool and easy local consumption, Hartranft calls their less-polished second endeavor, Local 44 in West Philly, his version of Costello's harder-edged This Year's Model.
December 21, 2007 |
The Christmas slowdown on the pop-music calendar will pick up before the year ends. On New Year's Eve, there's a wide range of worthy shows going on both hither and yon, from Danish dance duo Datarock , who headline the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, to gospel roots-rockers Hoots & Hellmouth , who play the Steel City Coffeehouse in Phoenixville, to Elvis Costello , who plays with his band, the Imposters, at the House of Blues in Atlantic City....