August 26, 2016 |
Beat writer William S. Burroughs died in 1997, but he's putting out four new works in quick succession, one involving actor Steve Buscemi, another with a former local producer at the helm. Hal Wilner, Lower Merion-born producer and longtime Saturday Night Live music coordinator, is behind Let Me Hang You , an album released in July of previously unheard tapes in which Burroughs reads the naughtier bits of his landmark novel Naked Lunch over skronky music from such artists as King Khan, Bill Frisell, Wayne Horvitz, and more.
November 15, 2015 |
Spotlight Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, and Liev Schrieber lead an ace ensemble cast in this compelling account of the Boston Globe's 2002 investigative series on sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. A complex procedural drama, told with clarity and mounting suspense. One of the great movies about journalism, and one of the great movies of our time, period. R Heart of a Dog Laurie Anderson's part-doc/part-memoir/ part-meditation is a dreamy thing in which the dauntingly multidisciplined artist celebrates the life of her beloved rat terrier, Lolabelle, mourning her death and honoring it, too. Other deaths - the tragedy of 9/11, the passing of her husband, Lou Reed - haunt the film, but also fill it with inspiration.
November 14, 2015 |
Laurie Anderson's Heart of a Dog is a dreamy thing, part doc, part memoir, part meditation, in which the dauntingly multidisciplined artist (painting, sculpture, poetry, music, moviemaking) celebrates the life of her beloved rat terrier, Lolabelle, mourning her death and honoring it, too. Incorporating old 8mm home movies, staging reenactments of childhood events, quoting Kierkegaard, and noting how the Department of Homeland Security's cautionary catchphrase, "If you see something, say something," sounds like it was written by the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, Anderson explores spiritual and physical dimensions - and the points where they might intersect.
May 16, 2015 |
On Valentine's Day 2014, Adrien Reju played a set of what she called "unconventional love songs" at the Fire. The singer-songwriter covered songs by Sonny Bono, Lou Reed, Skeeter Davis, and others, and the show sent her down the path that led to her second full-length album, Strange Love and the Secret Language . "My choices for that show were a little more wacky or quirky," says Reju, who will perform a solo show Friday night at Burlap &...
December 18, 2014 |
Close, but ... Matt McAndrew , of Philadelphia and the Jersey Shore, who had been one of the favorites all season, finished second on The Voice , NBC's singing competition, Tuesday night. Country-music specialist Craig Wayne Boyd was the winner, based on fan votes and downloads. McAndrew's self-penned "Wasted Love" had been atop the iTunes singles charts all day Tuesday. "It's one of the best songs I've ever heard in my life," McAndrew's coach, Maroon 5's Adam Levine , gushed Monday night.
October 10, 2014 |
IT'S FALL when the leaves start to turn and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announces its new class of nominees. And Tattle goes, Huh? There's a little bit less of that this year as nominees include Velvet Underground founding member Lou Reed , Green Day and Nine Inch Nails (both in their first year of eligibility), the Smiths and Sting , all of whom have some legit rock cred. They're joined by repeat nominees the Paul Butterfield Blues Band , Chic , Joan Jett & the Blackhearts , Kraftwerk and N.W.A.
September 10, 2014 |
Rock-star envy is creeping into the classical world, as artists from Christopher O'Riley to the Ebene Quartet transcribe music conceived for electric pop instruments for whatever they play best - with varying success. Few have hurled themselves into this rock/classical netherworld as fearlessly as cellist Maya Beiser, whose late-night FringeArts Stage concert on Sunday encompassed Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Lou Reed with two rock-based sidemen. No question that she has the chops to make her cello a license-to-kill instrument, helped by a hybrid electric instrument she used intermittently.
July 22, 2014 |
"In the future, everyone will be famous for 15 minutes. " Andy Warhol's 15 has been the longest in the history of time, and his fame for his iconic Campbell Soup cans and multiple portraits of Marilyn lives on. The artist who defined the Pop Art movement is the subject of Andy: A Popera , the love child/brainchild of the Bearded Ladies and Opera Philadelphia. Their collaboration will culminate in a full production in March 2015, but meanwhile, this work-in-progress is presented as a cabaret in the Wilma Theater's lobby.
January 24, 2014 |
With the October death of Lou Reed - Velvet Underground leader, influential solo artist - rock lost one of its most adventurous souls. It's Lou Reed's time, as it never was while he lived, and that of the Velvet Underground, as it never was while members were, so briefly, together. They are the subject of books (Mick Wall's Lou Reed: The Life ); a compilation of the band's primitive best (the music label Sundazed gives us Velvet Underground ); and an extravagant box focusing on the 1968 album White Light/White Heat , complete with live rarities.
December 31, 2013 |
To most of the world, Ben Vaughn is known for his work in television (composing and scoring 3rd Rock From the Sun and That '70s Show , among other programs), his role as a producer of goofballs (Ween, for one), and his syndicated radio show, The Many Moods of Ben Vaughn . To radio jock Jerry Blavat, Vaughn is the "hottest thing since popcorn. " To his (former) fellow Philadelphians, however, Vaughn is a twang-bar king whose inspirations range from rockabilly icons (Duane Eddy)