July 3, 2016
Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words Archival footage culled from Frank Zappa's 30-year career. Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates Two brothers (Zac Efron, Adam DeVine) place an online ad in an effort to find dates for a wedding. The Innocents A French doctor working with concentration camp survivors in post-War Germany discovers several pregnant nuns. French, Russian, and Polish with subtitles. The Secret Life of Pets A dog finds his life turned upside down when his owner brings home another pooch.
April 30, 2016 |
For 10 years, ferocious guitar slinger and singer Dweezil Zappa has played an active role in the curation of father Frank Zappa's legacy by selling out Zappa Does Zappa catalog concerts across the globe. Who better to carry on the elder Zappa's adventures in avant-garde jazz/classical composition or fusion-funk grooves? The only problem here is the success of Zappa Does Zappa left Dweezil Zappa, now 46, with a dilemma: He, too, has had a solo career filled with flighty pop and raging rawk-outs.
April 14, 2015 |
Since his death in 1993, there's been no diminished awe where Frank Zappa is concerned. An absurd, sarcastic humorist and a genre-jumping composer whose output included avant-garde classicism, psychedelia, progressive jazz, doo-wop, musique concrète, and heavy metal, the thing that made him most magical - from a purely instrumental standpoint - was his dexterous, adventurous guitar playing. Tense, dissonant riffs with shifting time signatures or speedy, clearly plucked, note-bending solos - either way, Zappa stung and swung.
December 29, 2012
Ray Collins, a singer whose dispute with one guitarist led him to hire another, Frank Zappa, with whom he would go on to form the avant-garde rock group the Mothers of Invention, died Monday in Pomona, Calif. The death of Mr. Collins, who was in his mid-70s, followed his admission to Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center a week earlier for cardiac arrest, according to local news accounts. Mr. Collins entered the national spotlight with the Mothers of Invention, an outlet for Zappa's unique sense of humor and challenging, unorthodox compositions.
January 1, 2012
Pop The Dreamer (Verve Forecast ***1/2) By all indications, this will be Etta James' last album - the 73-year-old R&B great is reported to be in the last stages of leukemia. If it is, then the singer of such immortals as "Tell Mama," "At Last," and "I'd Rather Go Blind" is going out on a high note. The Dreamer presents James' trademark blend of sophistication and sass. She can still display some grit, as she does on the jump-blues chestnut "Too Tired" and a groove-heavy reworking of Guns 'N Roses' "Welcome to the Jungle.
July 5, 2011 |
Before he became the legendary music promoter who helped shape the concert industry over a four-decade career, Larry Magid was a 12-year-old doo-wop fan in West Philly, infected with the music bug by a song called "Sh-Boom. " The 1954 hit by the African American rhythm-and-blues group the Chords "had this refrain, 'Sh-boom, Sh-boom,' " Magid, 68, recalls fondly as he sits in his gold-record-lined office at the Piazza at Schmidts in Northern Liberties. "It made no sense, but it was something so different, so new. And you felt a connection to the music.
March 17, 2011
Owsley "Bear" Stanley, 76, a 1960s counterculture icon who worked with the psychedelic rock band the Grateful Dead and was a prolific LSD producer, died in a car crash in Australia, his family said Monday. Lyrics sung by the Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, and Frank Zappa reference Mr. Stanley and his brushes with the law, underlining his influence. Mr. Stanley produced an estimated pound of pure LSD, or roughly five million "trips" of normal potency of the hallucinogenic drug, after enrolling in 1963 at the University of California at Berkeley and becoming involved in the drug scene that underpinned the hippie movement, according to the BookRags.com website.
September 20, 2010 |
L INDSAY LOHAN 's comeback role as a woman famous for her throat may have been put on hold by her nose. The former teen star confirmed on her Twitter page Friday the TMZ.com story that she had failed a court-ordered drug and alcohol screening. If asked, she tweeted, she is ready to appear before the judge and face the consequences for her actions. Oh, she'll be asked. "Regrettably, I did in fact fail my most recent drug test," Lindsay tweeted. She also tweeted: "Substance abuse is a disease, which unfortunately doesn't go away over night.
October 20, 2009
THE SPECTRUM. OCTOBER 24. Pick a year, any year. On that date in 1972, the Moody Blues performed. In '74 it was Van Morrison. In '77, Frank Zappa took the stage. In '80, The Kinks and John Cougar Mellencamp rocked the place. And in '97, Motley Crue showed its wild side. Over the years, there were also games involving the Flyers, Sixers and Phantoms on that date. This Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009, fans can relive those memories - as well as any of the hundreds of events that happened on other dates - as the Spectrum opens its doors for "The Last Stroll.
March 20, 2009 |
WE COULD HAVE sworn that Ted Haggard's 15 minutes were up. Unfortunately, the ex-evangelist still feels the need to proclaim to the world that he's a repentant straight man. But where to go when you've already blabbed about your bi-sex life to Oprah, Larry King and an HBO documentary, and your former flock still isn't flocking? The answer: "Divorce Court. " We really thought that this was a joke when copy editor Karin Berry informed us of the pastor's plans, but, alas.