December 16, 2013 |
Philadelphia is teeming with pop music these days. Leaving off Kurt Vile, who made the bigger list with Wakin on a Pretty Daze , this is an alphabetized list of some of the standout music of the year. Most are full-length albums; a few are download-only specials. It wasn't easy to limit it to 10. B-Room , by Dr. Dog (Anti-) . The seventh album by the Philadelphia fivesome, co-fronted by Toby Leaman and Scott McMicken, is a loose, homegrown affair, recorded in the band's converted silversmith mill in Clifton Heights.
July 8, 2013
Ratings: **** Excellent, *** Good, ** Fair, * Poor Light Heat Light Heat Light Heat (Ribbon Music ***) The new Philly buzz band of the moment is Light Heat, the songwriting project of Quentin Stoltzfus, whose band Mazarin was the Philly buzz band of about a decade ago. Working with members of The Walkmen - who covered Mazarin's "Another One Goes By" on their 2006 album A Hundred Miles Off - Stoltzfus returns...
June 16, 2013
Sunday Band on the run The 1980 documentary Paul McCartney and Wings: Rockshow follows the former Beatle and his second band on their 1976 tour of America. A newly restored and expanded version of the concert film screens at 1 p.m. at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute, 824 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr. Tickets are $7. Call 610-527-9898. Love goes around Perhaps Stephen Sondheim's finest musical, A Little Night Music , is a tale of romantic entanglements based on Ingmar Bergman's film Smiles of a Summer Night . The 1973 Tony-winner goes on at 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday at the Arden Theatre Company , 40 N. Second St., and continues on a Tuesday-through-Sunday schedule to June 30. Tickets are $36 to $48. Call 215-922-1122.
January 15, 2010 |
Back in 2006, Blood Feathers - Fishtown-based buddies Ben Dickey and Drew Mills - put out an album called Curse & Praise, an out-of-nowhere, remarkably accomplished debut collection that staked out harmonious indie turf under the influence of classic rockers such as The Byrds, The Band, and Tom Petty. Recorded in a week with Mazarin producer Quentin Stoltzfus, Curse & Praise made it all sound easy, but getting a hearing for one of the standout Philadelphia rock releases of recent years proved to be difficult.
December 1, 2006 |
Quentin Stoltzfus chose to name his band Mazarin rather quickly when he considered a list of possibilities just before the release of Watch It Happen, his first album of strummy and dreamy indie-rock, in 1999. He found the reference to France's Cardinal Mazarin in Umberto Eco's book The Island of the Day Before and thought it was obscure and looked good in print. "I hate coming up with names," Stoltzfus said. "You get married to it for the rest of your life or the rest of your career, so it's pretty tough to come up with.
July 29, 2005 |
Critics often refer to Quentin Stoltzfus' Mazarin as sleepy and spacey, a cool, jangling tonic of loops, booms, and blissed-out vocals from the Philadelphia singer and multi-instrumentalist. Yet, since 1999 and the breakup of his previous band, Azusa Plane, Mazarin has managed to make that jangle a nervous one, filled with low-grade levels of psychological, pharmaceutical and sexual distress against a subtly busy background. "I often mix up memories with dreams and dreams with situations that actually happened to me personally, and with situations that maybe I imagined happening to me at one point that never actually happened," Stoltzfus says of a writing technique that has spun waking-dream pop for Watch It Happen and his first CD in three years, We're Already There.
October 22, 2004 |
Reasons to love the Briefs: One of their rallying cries is, "I'm poor and I'm weird, baby," and they don't cry like emo babies about it. They cover the Adverts' "Gary Gil-more's Eyes. " They are the 100th band to bring back punk '77 moves, but they make you want to jump up and down like an idiot. And, finally, they're on an excellent punk-and-roll bill with Helen Back and the Str8 Razors, the Union Dead and the Prisoners (9 tonight, North Star Bar, 27th and Poplar streets, 215-684-0808, $10, www.northstarbar.
July 23, 2004 |
Producer and singer-songwriter Brian McTear is the hardest working man in Philadelphia, if not show business. As producer for Miner Street/Cycle Sound, he's recorded the Burning Brides, the Capitol Years, Bigger Lovers and Mazarin. As the man behind Bitter Bitter Weeks, he contributed the track "Revenge" to Volume Five of Thurston Moore's Protest Records, a Web label dedicated to anti-war music. That song is the title of his second release for My Pal God Records, which includes bittersweet ruminations on life, death and BMX bikes.
June 25, 2004 |
Secret Cinema's Jay Schwartz switches from film to music tonight with two bands from New York City. The up-and-coming Blue Sparks are a cross between the Feelies and Blondie. Brand-new Yarn Mask includes singer/bassist Luis Mayo, a onetime Philadelphia resident and Spanish expatriate who played with Distortions Records' Dave Brown in Drug Emporium in the mid-'90s. Between sets, Schwartz will spin post-punk, garage and other eclectic nuggets from his formidable record collection (9 tonight, Tritone, 1508 South St., 215-545-0475, $6, www.voicenet.
April 4, 2002 |
My Morning Jacket sweetens its alt-country sounds with dream-pop atmosphere (9 tonight, the Khyber, 56 S. 2nd St., 215-238-5888) with Swearing At Motorists and P.W. Long. Local goth rockers Stendahl release their "Four Songs" EP tonight at the Balcony with Neurosis spin-off Amber Asylum (9 p.m., 10th and Arch streets, 215-922-LIVE, $10). Stendahl guitarist Johnny Goth joins his old band Trailer Trash UK for its swan song at the Punk Rock Picnic with Fire Down Below, Speed Crazy, National Razor FDIC, and others (1 p.m. Saturday, Joe's Backyard, 329 Elm St., Westville, N.J., www.trailertrashuk.