January 19, 2016 |
When veteran Brit music makers Peter Asher and Albert Lee played Sellersville Theater Sunday, they did two truly rare things. The first was making visit a matinee, a delightful afternoon for which even Asher was unprepared. "I normally have one of these after 10 p.m. when we usually finish," he said, signaling a cold martini while wondering if perhaps a spot of tea might be more appropriate. The second rarity was that the pair spoke at length - even more than they sang and played - winsomely, and in depth about their illustrious pasts.
February 12, 2014 |
In the high-stakes conflict over U.S. climate-change policy, groups that deny or cast doubt on global warming brought in $7.2 billion from 2003 through 2010 - less than a third of it publicly traceable to the donors. In a recently released study of 91 such organizations, a Drexel University professor found that $5.2 billion of their funding was "dark money" from undisclosed sources. Also of unknown origin: $78 million channeled by major benefactors through a special nonprofit that then redirected the money while keeping the givers' identities private.
May 18, 2013 |
The bangs have bung; the sweep is swept. Michelle Obama wowed the world in January, when she debuted her bangs at hub Barack Obama's second presidential inauguration. But that was so five months ago. Lately, the First Female has been calling her bangs "irritating," and Friday, at a commencement at Maryland's Bowie State University, she had a longer, wavy hairstyle, with the grown-out bangs swept to the side. Nice. Beyoncé, fertile! As in preggers! E!Online was "confirming" Friday, via Multiple Sources , that Beyoncé 's long-rumored inhabitation by a small human is indeed a fact.
July 6, 2012
James Taylor With his more than 50 million albums sold and five Grammy Awards, it doesn't much matter if James Taylor hasn't had a hit single in years: He doesn't need one. As his multigenerational legion of fans knows, the 64-year-old troubadour makes his musical connection most strongly onstage. This time out, though, there's no new record, no Carole King, no concert agenda at all; just his decades' worth of songs. Taylor, whose warm, reedy baritone can soothe even the most angst-ridden heart, is joined for his summer tour by an 11-member band that includes horns, percussion, keyboards, fiddle, and a bevy of backing singers.
March 17, 2011
An assistant for accomplished skier-singer-songwriter James Taylor says that Taylor fractured his left fibula and injured his left shoulder in a fall Monday on an expert trail while on a family vacation in Park City, Utah. Taylor was treated at a hospital - good thing he wasn't patched up on the slopes by a St. Bernard - and had a doctor fashion a movable splint that he hopes will fit in his boot and allow him to ski later in the week. Taylor, who lives in Massachusetts, said that, given all the problems in the world, his mishap was "nothing.
March 2, 2011 |
OK, boomers: How do you know you've become your parents? When you look at the lengthy lineup of music specials that PBS (and, locally, WHYY-TV12) is tossing out as lures for its March Madness fundraising campaign, and most of 'em make you smile and say, "Wow, they're finally on my wavelength. " As a rule, PBS skews older in demographic appeal than the average TV network, getting the bulk of its fundraising bucks from folks in the 50-plus and even 60-plus demographics. That's why you used to see so many fund-drive specials built around doo-wop acts of the '50s and '60s, or those bubbly Champagne Music Makers of "The Lawrence Welk Show.
June 12, 2010 |
Just four songs into their show at the sold-out Wachovia Center on Thursday night, James Taylor got the age joke out of the way. He and Carole King, he said, "were trying to remember what was in the original set when we played the Troubadour in 1903. " Yes, the two iconic artists who helped set the template for the singer-songwriter movement of the 1970s are long in the tooth - King is 68 and Taylor 62. They actually first played the Troubadour, the storied Los Angeles club, in 1970, the year they began their enduring friendship and artistic collaboration.
June 3, 2010
8:30 tonight CHANNEL 12 Carole King (left) and James Taylor (right) perform at the L.A. nightclub in a 2007 concert. Included: King's "So Far Away" and "It's Too Late"; Taylor's "Carolina in My Mind" and "Sweet Baby James. "
June 3, 2008 |
No "Fire and Rain"? Does James Taylor's not playing that 1970 breakthrough single constitute a deal-breaker for attendees of a JT show? It remains his signature tune, an autobiographical processing of psychiatric-hospital stays, substance abuse, band breakup, suicide; and it's got that chorus-clincher "But I always thought that I'd see you again" which resonated so poignantly at, say, the post-9/11 Concert for New York City. And sure, it was missed at Taylor's two-hour, two-set show Sunday night at the Mann Center - but the JT faithful are an easygoing lot, and the singer-songwriter doled out many other crowd-pleasing cuts.