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.
April 19, 2007 |
January was not a good month for Alene McDermott. On Jan. 2, the West Caln singer had a hysterectomy. "I had two large masses on my ovaries," she said. "Only one tumor was cancerous," but that ovarian cancer had infected a lymph node that physicians could not completely cut out. The cancer had attached itself to a main artery to her left leg. On Jan. 4, still recovering in Lankenau Hospital in Lower Merion, she underwent a second surgery that cut a cancerous lump from her right breast.
April 6, 2003 |
Ginger Coyle didn't know that when she tripped on a step leading to the stage during the national Hard Rock the House Talent Search, she would win. She beat out four other competitors from across the country to win a one-week scholarship to the Hard Rock Academy in Orlando, Fla.; a three-song recording demo deal with Hollywood Records; and a $5,000 Grammy gift bag that contained luggage, cosmetics, a portable CD player, and other goodies....
February 25, 2000 |
At 17, Solomon Silber does all the things you'd expect a guitar-playing high school senior to do - form a rock band, write rap lyrics, think about going to college, or maybe putting that off for a while and seeking new experiences. Some new experiences he won't have to wait long for; the prize-winning classical guitarist will perform with the Newtown Chamber Orchestra this weekend and the Philadelphia Orchestra next month. Sunday and Monday, Silber will be soloist with the Newtown ensemble in the premiere of a concerto written by his teacher, composer/guitarist Allen Krantz.
June 26, 1994 |
Next time you get stuck in traffic heading into or out of Philadelphia, imagine what it was like during the 1800s. In those days, it took 10 hours to get to Mont Clare from Boathouse Row in Philadelphia - and the preferred way was by boat on the Schuylkill Canal. What remains of the canal is being celebrated here today at the 11th annual Canal Day, sponsored by the Schuylkill Canal Association. Three areas in and around Mont Clare have been designated to accommodate today's kaleidoscope of activities: St. Michael's Park and Pavilion, Fitzwater Station Restaurant and Container Corp.