June 6, 2016 |
L ansdowne-reared guitarist Steve Gunn, who has just released his new album, Eyes on the Lines (Matador), is a master of his instrument, incorporating a wide variety of influences into his hypnotic sound. Here, he names his five favorite players of all time: Skip James, the great Mississippi bluesman who is buried in Bala Cynwyd. "He had this indecipherable style. Very mysterious, which coincided with his vocals. His rhythm and his playing is just very unique and strange. " John Cipollina of 1960s psychedelic band Quicksilver Messenger Service.
August 22, 2015 |
Joe Louis Walker, the mighty modern electric and acoustic blues guitarist and singer, appears this weekend at Warmdaddy's in South Philly. "You know, I like to think of myself as a chameleon," Walker says. "When I picked up the guitar as a kid, I picked it up to be a guitar player - not a blues guitar player. " Walker, born in San Francisco, started playing in churches starting at age 8. "Church was where me and my cousins gigged, where we had to play everything from Junior Walker and the All-Stars to sacred songs to the blues," he says.
July 14, 2015 |
Much like its music, Death Grips' show at sold-out Union Transfer on Friday night felt like many things. Was this a punk or scream-o show in a West Philly basement? The high point of a metal fest? We were as jammed together as the genres that the band ably melds, with front man MC Ride, a.k.a. Stefan Burnett, overtaking seemingly every last soul from go, his presence up there with the fugue-state transcendence Matt Berninger delivers at shows for the National. Alternating between a lithe, swaying lilt and an explosive two-handed elbows-up hold on the microphone, MC Ride was the embodiment of the lines from "Takyon" (off the Exmilitary mix tape)
July 11, 2014 |
LEBRON'S most recent drama of free agency - a Melo drama this time, since Carmelo Anthony is in this year's cast of overvalued sneaker salesmen - makes for excellent summertime diversion. Still, wherever LeBron James takes his talents this time will affect the NBA tremendously, since it will determine where a gaggle of other players land, and for how much, and maybe for how long. Similarly, the league will shift according to the next franchise Anthony chooses to ruin. It is an annual pastime in Philadelphia, this dance of courtship and acceptance.
November 6, 2012 |
I have seen the future of the past, and his name is J.D. McPherson, a thirtysomething cuffed-denim Okie with lacquered hair, iron lungs, and a hound dog howl. McPherson and his gifted retro-rock posse recently released Signs & Signifiers , a bracing collection of tailfin rockabilly, rawboned R&B, and sultry moonstruck balladeering. It is hands-down the feel-good record of the year. McPherson's star has been rising steadily since. NPR and WXPN have taken up his cause, he'll be on the Late Show with David Letterman Dec. 4, and he sold out Johnny Brenda's almost as soon as the show was announced.
July 16, 2012 |
On July 25, 1965, Bob Dylan stepped onstage at the Newport Folk Festival, plugged in an electric guitar, and changed the course of pop music history. The performance caused a furious reaction. The crowd booed loudly, and folk icon Pete Seeger tried to stop the show. Dylan and his band retreated after three songs, coming back to play an acoustic set. Still, Dylan's provocative move has long been pointed to as a key moment when electric rock music eclipsed folk as the sound of the '60s generation.
March 16, 2012
MUSIC JEWEL OF THE BAYOU That's what they call Leroy Thomas and his Zydeco Roadrunners, and that's no exaggeration. He brings blues, R&B, funk and more to his gumbo stew. Allons Danser sponsors these events, so bring your dancing shoes. TK Club, 500 E Hector St., Conshohocken, 7:30 tonight, $20, free lesson 7:30, www.allonsdanser.org . CROWE ON THE WIRE Not everything Rich Robinson writes fits the blustery Black Crowes blues-rock sound and image he's crafted with brother Chris.
February 16, 2012 |
For more than 30 years, Levittown guitarist and songwriter Danny DeGennaro played with some of music's biggest stars, including members of the Hooters, the Grateful Dead, and the E Street Band. But instead of jamming with DeGennaro on Friday night at John & Peter's in New Hope - one of his favorite clubs - they will say their "final goodbyes" to a man known for his dazzling guitar skills and soulful songs. Meanwhile, police will continue their "round-the-clock" investigation into the shotgun slaying of DeGennaro, 56, in his Bristol Township home on Dec. 28. "We've narrowed the focus of the investigation and are employing surveillance of people of interest," Bucks County Assistant District Attorney Matt Weintraub said Wednesday.
July 23, 2009 |
Before he drove down to the Spectrum to see Green Day from his home town of Macungie, in Lehigh County, Derek Hensinger knew that on previous tour stops Billie Joe Armstrong had been plucking a guitar player out of the crowd. So during the band's first encore Tuesday night, after Armstrong had finished with "American Idiot" and asked the crowd, "Are you ready for something really special?" Hensinger was ready. "I g.ot here at 2 o'clock," said the 22-year-old guitarist and singer, who besides being a major Green Day fan plays in his own rock band, Bang Diesel.
May 27, 2007 |
Stephen Interlante has something in his garage that most of us don't. It's a Charles Fox side-bending machine - a wooden contraption the size of a small printing press, loaded with springs, clamps, turn-screws, and three 200-watt lightbulbs. Interlante, 56, of Blackwood, built it himself. He uses it to build guitars. A construction manager, Interlante became interested in guitar-making - lutherie - as a way to combine his two loves: guitars and construction. In 1981, he attended a six-week course at the Guitar Research & Design Center in Vermont and walked away with his first handmade guitar, which is now the only classical guitar he plays.