May 12, 2016 |
Taryn Manning is known nowadays as Pennsatucky, the formerly snaggletoothed redneck on Netflix's beloved Orange is the New Black (the fourth season streams June 17). But since she rose to prominence as an actor, Manning has also been a musician. First, as one half of Boomkat, with her older brother Kellin, and now as a DJ. On Sunday, Manning will kick off the Sunset Sessions at the Stratus Lounge at the Hotel Monaco Philadelphia. Following in her footsteps is former reality star (and former Kardashian stepsibling)
April 23, 2016
Bob Mould / Ted Leo Bob Mould has been marrying melody and rage for more than three decades now, going back to his days as leader of influential Minnesota power trio Hüsker Dü, with mid-1980s masterworks such as Zen Arcade and New Day Rising . (Krist Novoselic of Nirvana once said, "Hüsker Dü did it before us. ") Among the Hüskers, his '90s band Sugar, and as a solo artist, Mould has released more than 20 studio albums. Lately, he has been on a roll, with 2012's Silver Age , 2014's Beauty & Ruin , and the dark and desperate new Patch the Sky (Merge)
November 24, 2012 |
Twenty-second Street and the Parkway, the southwest corner. For 40 years, that's been Ed Proudman's spot for the Thanksgiving Day Parade, the place to which he dragged children from their warm beds and where he now watches them do the same with their children. Where he brings his ladder so late arrivals without manners don't block the children's view. And perhaps most important, where he gets out of the house for a few hours so his wife can get some peace while she prepares Thanksgiving dinner.
November 23, 2012 |
22nd Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the southwest corner. For 40 years that's been Ed Proudman's spot for the Thanksgiving Day Parade, the place where he dragged children from their warm beds and now watches them do the same with their children. Where he brings his ladder so late arrivals without manners don't block the kids' view. And perhaps most importantly, where he gets out of the house for a few hours so his wife can get some peace while she prepares Thanksgiving dinner.
November 3, 2012
JD McPherson He certainly knows how to put the roll in rock-and-roll. That inevitably gets JD McPherson pegged as a throwback, and, in truth, he does in many ways seem as if he stepped right out of the '50s. But like, say, the great Blasters 30 years ago, the former art teacher from Oklahoma brings such electrifying new energy and personal flair that he sounds less anachronistic than thrillingly timeless. The evidence is all over his debut album, Signs and Signifiers, maybe our favorite record of the year.
September 3, 2012 |
Jay-Z fulfilled his vision of bringing an electric and eclectic music festival to the heart of the city on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Saturday, headlining the first day of what he called the "first annual Made in America festival. " Jay-Z's razor-sharp and supremely confident performance, in which he enlisted the assistance of his partner in rhyme, Kanye West, as well as President Obama (in a prerecorded video), capped a nine-hour day filled with top-shelf performances from a range of rappers and electronic music acts and a smattering of indie rockers, giving Made in America a running start in carving out a niche as a uniquely urban-electronic mega-event in the crowded music festival season.
September 1, 2012
Jay-Z is no dummy. EDM - for electronic dance music - is the music buzz-phrase of 2012. At Made in America, rap-heads and rockers alike will hear the best in mostly non-American electronic dance music. Imagine how Skrillex 's hair will look in the Made in America movie! That Los Angeles-based DJ with the long black locks and shaved sides is the toast of the electro scene. His metallic beats and scorched-earth melodies live up to the acclaim. In terms of pop sensibilities, however, Skrillex doesn't hold a candle (yet)
August 1, 2012 |
Jennifer Lopez has been so many things since her career's start that it's hard to remember what she actually does best. Lopez, 43, is a multi-hyphenate at a time when doing one thing well means little. Luckily, as her song goes, she's doing it well. She's renowned as a well-choreographed dancer. She's judged other singers (for two seasons on American Idol , a gig she left just weeks ago) and has been judged in mixed reviews for her own slight, sprightly dance-music hits, big ballads, and light, soubrette, vocal éclat.
July 31, 2012 |
Jennifer Lopez has been so many things since her career's start that it's hard to remember what she actually does best. Lopez, 43, is a multi-hyphenate at a time when doing one thing well means little. Luckily, as her song goes, she's doing it well. She's renowned as a well-choreographed dancer. She's judged other singers (for two seasons on American Idol , a gig she left just weeks ago) and been judged in mixed reviews for her own slight, sprightly dance music hits, big ballads and light soubrette vocal éclat.
July 27, 2012 |
THE DAYS WHEN cutting-edge DJs played only underground clubs is past. Electronica dance music has blown up in recent years as the music found its way to the radio, and the DJs themselves became more recognizable. A testament to how far the genre has come is the Identity Festival, the first touring, electronic-only music festival to visit major outdoor amphitheaters throughout North America. It hits Philly on Sunday. Identity Festival is a full, rock-style arena tour, with buses transporting stage setups and artists from city to city.