May 28, 2010 |
The last time the delightfully tart Of Montreal played in Philadelphia, its chameleonic leader, singing songwriter Kevin Barnes, was going through not one rebirth, but several. After an oft-reported bout of depression and a couple of Merseybeat-inspired albums (1997's Cherry Peel, '98's The Bedside Drama: A Petite Tragedy), his band's 2008 glam-disco Skeletal Lamping showed off his love of classic funk elders. As a guy, he claimed he was less repressed, freer, and more sexual than ever before.
May 24, 2010 |
The Phillies finished a 3-4 homestand Sunday at Citizens Bank Park with a lopsided 8-3 interleague loss to the Boston Red Sox that featured another in a recent series of lackluster offensive performances. Afterward, Charlie Manuel had a simple explanation for his suddenly struggling offense. "That's baseball," the Phillies' manager said. Told you it was simple. If you're looking for a good reason as to why the offense disappeared after opening the homestand with a 12-2 pounding of Pittsburgh, you'll have to look elsewhere.
May 22, 2010
Music Liquid Liquid. Since 2000, DJ and promoter David Pianka has hosted Making Time, a groovy series of party jams at various Philly venues. The N.Y.C.-based minimalist funk outfit Liquid Liquid's spare, evocative sound made for throbbing underground hits such as "Bellhead" and "Cavern" back in the day. Making Time 10 Year Anniversary Summer of Radness Blast-Off Weekend Finale, with Pink Skull, at 9 tonight at Voyeur, 1221 St. James St. Tickets: $10 in advance/$15 at the door.
May 21, 2010 |
Since 2000, DJ and promoter David Pianka has hosted Making Time, a groovy series of party jams at various Philly venues, gay and straight. Pianka has always hosted the cr?me of electro-dance newbies on the verge of breaking big. Calling them "fellow intergalactic cosmic adventures," he's featured everyone from the Strokes in 2001 to Girls, Major Lazer, and Dum Dum Girls in 2010, plus many winning acts in between. While Pianka prepares himself for a 10th-anniversary season (already started on Wednesday)
March 2, 2010 |
There is the temptation to say that Villanova ran into the hoop equivalent of a buzz saw when it set foot in the Carrier Dome three days ago and was routed by a Syracuse team clicking at both ends of the floor. But the reality is this: The Wildcats have lost three of their last four games. The team, once seen as a possible No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament, now must focus on the next two games to fix things before next week's Big East tournament. The Wildcats (23-5 overall, 12-4 league)
October 26, 2009 |
Rock climbing, as Emm (Rachael Joffred) discovers in Nice People Theatre Company's world premiere of Grace, or the Art of Climbing at the Power Plant in Old City, requires the united efforts of every muscle fiber and neuron. It's a taut, focused sport, the endorphin rush of ascent matched by the constant threat of a plunge, instinct working with strategy, raw internal fortitude paired, indeed, with external grace. It's also a pretty handy metaphor if you're writing, as Lauren Feldman is, about a young woman struggling to climb out of a crushing depression.
July 25, 2009 |
Fred Funk shot a 5-under 65 yesterday for a three-shot lead in the Senior British Open at Sunningdale, England. He is a tournament-record 11-under through two rounds and leads Tom Watson by seven shots. Funk has gone 36 holes without a bogey and his round gave him an 11-under 129, a 36-hole record total for the event. He has a three-stroke lead over Sam Torrance, who also shot 65 and 2006 winner Loren Roberts another two shots back at 134. Watson, trying to follow up his British Open runner-up finish on Sunday with a fourth Senior British Open title, shot 69 to share sixth place.
May 8, 2009 |
Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings treated the audience at the Keswick Theatre on Wednesday night to the sounds of classic soul, with a little funk sprinkled in for good measure. Combining the elements of a classic soul revue and a foot-stomping dance party, Jones and her Dap Kings set the tone for an evening when sitting wouldn't be an option. The Dap Kings, an eight-member band known for creating the retro sound of Amy Winehouse, floated on stage in all their '60s-era coolness.
March 24, 2009 |
The South by Southwest music conference and festival is an unwieldy beast, a multiheaded hydra that mirrors the Internet - and the culture at large - in the way its fractionalized format caters to nearly every imaginable niche, from Japanese psychedelic to Brazilian hip-hop to regular old American rock-and-roll. It's impossible to get a handle on the whole four-day thing, but you experience as much as you can, as you drift from club to club, pulled this way and that by a text-message recommendation, or the sound of a band on the street, like the Danish ensemble Asteroids Galaxy Tour, which lures you with one song of horn-happy funk before saying "Thank you, good night.
March 2, 2009 |
It's funny that even after releasing six albums of vibrant multinational sounds and live instrumentation, Thievery Corporation continues to get tagged as a band of lounge-music smoothies. They're robots of relaxed-fit funk, of cocktail-culture cool. Just because Washington's Rob Garza and Eric Hilton - the CEOs behind the Corporation - put on suits and ties to work their mostly midtempo mix of reggae, raga, samba, hip-hop, dub, Tropicalia, syrupy funk, and electronic soul, they're labeled "chill-a-tronica" and often nothing more.