April 22, 2016 |
In a small, cluttered office at the University of Pennsylvania, a bespectacled scholar deciphers the writings of an ancient culture that has enthralled him for decades. This month, his work can be found in an academic journal titled Antiquity. And oh, by the way, on the tail fin of a 747. Heavy metal called, so Simon Martin, associate curator at Penn's Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, obligingly answered. The veteran rockers of Iron Maiden chose an ancient Maya theme for their latest album, The Book of Souls , and Martin, 54, is the man to see on that subject.
February 21, 2016
Victorious (EMI/Ume ***) After that metal mess of a performance from the Hollywood Vampires at the Grammys last week (Alice Cooper, yes; Johnny Depp, no), it's good to hear that cleaving heavy rawk isn't just for dilettantes - that Australia's Wolfmother and leader Andrew Stockdale have something to say on the matter. Sure, that might seem a wee disingenuous, considering Stockdale's interchangeable band has done little but ape Blue Cheer and regurgitate aged Zep and Sabbath riffs since its 2004 debut.
September 13, 2013 |
MOTLEY CRUE is metal; Dokken isn't. There you have it. That's the gospel according to The Merciless Book of Metal Lists , co-written by Howie Abrams and Sacha Jenkins. Their designations of what is and isn't a metal band, not surprisingly, have caused the most flak among fans, Abrams noted in a telephone interview. "It's surprising that so many people have an issue with that - who's a heavy-metal band," he said, noting that fans of bands on the nonmetal list seem to take the most offense.
June 5, 2013 |
LIKE MANY boys growing up in Germany, Dirk Breiding played with toy knights and visited historic castles and museums. Unlike most men, he still gets to do that today. Breiding is the new curator of arms and armor at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and as he showed a recent visitor around what will soon be his corner of the museum, he was as giddy as a kid showing off his new toys. "As long as I can think back, I was fascinated with knights and chivalry," Breiding said. As PMA's J. J. Medveckis Associate Curator of Arms and Armor, he will leave his current post as an assistant curator in the Arms and Armor Department at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art and come to Philly in July.
May 3, 2013 |
LOS ANGELES - Jeff Hanneman, a founding member of Slayer whose career was irrevocably changed after a spider bite, has died. He was 49. Slayer spokeswoman Heidi Robinson-Fitzgerald said Hanneman died yesterday morning of liver failure at a Los Angeles hospital with his wife, Kathy, by his side. The guitarist had recently begun writing songs with the band in anticipation of recording a new album later this year. He had been recovering from what was believed to be a spider bite that nearly cost him his arm after he failed to seek immediate treatment.
March 9, 2012 |
BOBBY LIEBLING was a trainwreck. The frontman of beyond-cult metal band Pentagram admitted at the beginning of the documentary "Last Days Here" that he has been a drug addict for some four decades. At 54, he was living at his parents' house in Germantown, Md., and had delusions that parasites were are eating away his hands. But to some, Bobby Liebling is a god. "Last Days Here," directed by Philly filmmakers Don Argott and Demian Fenton ("Rock School," "The Art of the Steal")
March 8, 2012 |
Five movies in six years is no small feat. Five movies in six years when you're based in Philadelphia and dealing with the hard realities of indie filmmaking - money, time, distribution, marketing - is no small feat, either. And here Don Argott, Demian Fenton, and Sheena Joyce are happy to say they've had "a little bit of success. " They are the collaborative team behind Last Days Here, a wonderfully strange and affecting portrait of a heavy metal demigod's fall into the abyss, which opens Friday.
October 20, 2011 |
Electric, cocky, boisterous, kinetic, sometimes smart, sometimes dumb, and accelerating with hugely impressive speed - that's the big picture of Rock of Ages , the Broadway jukebox musical that reclaims the heavy-metal '80s. The show's national tour, here at the Merriam Theater through the weekend, is better than on Broadway because of its killer cast, which strikes me as even more polished. That's not to say the Broadway version slumps by comparison - it's been playing for two years, is just short of 1,000 performances, and is also more magnetic as it rolls along.
September 23, 2011 |
No offense to Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, the scrappy indie-rock band fronted by Philadelphian Alec Ounsworth, but the headlining act was not the main story at Union Transfer on Wednesday night. The venue was. The new rock club in the old Spaghetti Warehouse building at 10th and Spring Garden Streets, which once was a railroad storage depot, made its Philadelphia music scene debut, and it didn't disappoint. The former meatball palace has retained its egg-shaped chandeliers and vaulted ceiling, and added a sparkling state-of-the-art sound system that came across clear and full from every nook and cranny of the room.
August 9, 2011 |
SINGER-ACTRESS Zooey Deschanel will combine her two occupations this fall on Fox, having written and recorded the theme song to the show she will star in, "New Girl. " Deschanel, known for music-centric films such as "(500) Days of Summer" and "Almost Famous" and who is one half of She & Him, plays a newly single woman who moves in with three guys eager to meet her friends. An overly emotional sort, Deschanel's character sings whenever she is overwhelmed. "It's just a part of how she expresses herself," Deschanel told the Television Critics' Association Friday in Los Angeles during Fox's panel on the new show.