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February 19, 2013 | By Brian G. Howard, For The Inquirer
With a shiny new Grammy Award under their belts, English folk-rock juggernaut Mumford & Sons stormed the Camden Waterfront on Saturday for the first of two sold-out nights at the Susquehanna Bank Center. The band emerged from behind a curtain adorned with its top-hatted Gentlemen of the Road logo to kick off the set with "Babel," the title track of the newly minted best album of 2012. In the midst of a whirlwind couple of weeks, the band members - Marcus Mumford on guitar, mandolin, and kick drum, Winston Marshall on banjo and guitar, Ben Lovett on keys and accordion, and Ted Dwayne on electric and standup bass - lived up to their reputation as stellar live performers, playing most of the set as a harmonizing four-man front before a largely unmanned drum set. Save for a few songs on which Mumford (who began his career as Laura Marling's skinsman)
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February 11, 2013 | By Dan DeLuca, INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
British folk-rock band Mumford & Sons, blues-rock duo the Black Keys, and the pop band fun. won big at the Grammy Awards on Sunday, where no single act emerged as a dominant force. Mumford & Sons won album of the year for its strummy sophomore release, Babel . Fun. took home best new artist and song, for "We Are Young," its collaboration with Janelle Monáe. The Belgian-Australian singer Gotye and R&B singer Frank Ocean were also significant winners at the 55th annual Grammys, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
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February 11, 2013 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
British folk-rock band Mumford & Sons, blues-rock duo the Black Keys, and the pop band fun. won big at the Grammy Awards on Sunday, where no single act emerged as a dominant force. Mumford & Sons won album of the year for its strummy sophomore release, Babel . Fun. took home best new artist and song, for "We Are Young," its collaboration with Janelle Monáe. The Belgian-Australian singer Gotye and R&B singer Frank Ocean were also significant winners at the 55th annual Grammys, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
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November 13, 2012
Conan (11 p.m., TBS) - Joel McHale; James "Bobo" Fay of Finding Bigfoot . Late Show With David Letterman (11:35 p.m., CBS3) - Actress Julianna Margulies; Mumford & Sons performs. The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (11:35 p.m., NBC10) - Keira Knightley; Whitney Cummings; Gin Wigmore performs. Jimmy Kimmel Live (Midnight, 6ABC) - Actress Christina Applegate; Dancing With the Stars castoffs; Youngblood Hawke performs. The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson (12:35 a.m., CBS3)
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April 5, 2012 | David R. Stampone, FOR THE INQUIRER
Add the Icelandic sextet Of Monsters and Men to that list of rock acts with a "Philadelphia story. " Joined by seventh musician Ragnhildur Gunnarsdóttir on trumpet, accordion, and keyboards, the cheerful Icelanders delivered an exultant 90-minute set at the Theatre of Living Arts on Tuesday. It was the first of two sold-out nights and their purposefully chosen live Philadelphia debut, coming on the release date of their keenly anticipated debut album, My Head Is an Animal. The Philly honor roll that Of Monsters and Men has now joined includes old regional faves such as Yes and Peter Frampton (both playing before 130,000 at a gate-crashed JFK Stadium gig in June '76)
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February 22, 2013 | By Jill Lawless, Associated Press
LONDON - British music put on a brash, confident show at the Brit Awards on Wednesday, celebrating a resurgent industry whose bands and artists are topping charts around the globe. Winners ranged from established acts such as Coldplay and Adele to world-conquering boy band One Direction, who won in the new Global Success category. One Direction's Louis Tomlinson called the prize "absolutely mind-blowing. " American artists Frank Ocean and Lana Del Rey were among the non-British winners at a ceremony that embraced the mainstream while rewarding artists with distinctive personalities.
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February 11, 2013 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
Before getting down to the business of prognosticating the 2013 Grammy Awards, to be broadcast Sunday from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, I'd like to take a moment to thank Adele. Last year, she made it so simple. The British songwriter's sophomore disc, 21 , was such a dominant force that predicting she would make a clean sweep of it - album, song, and record of the year - was so easy, even a rock critic could do it. (Though I will accept congratulations for also calling Bon Iver's upset win as best new artist, thank you very much.)
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January 6, 2012 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
It's all about Adele. OK, maybe not entirely. U.S. album sales rose 1.3 percent in 2011, the first uptick in seven years, and there were other factors involved besides the staggering success of 21 , the sophomore release from the British singer-songwriter (who does have a last name - it's Adkins). Total album sales rose to 330.6 million units from 326.2, with the slight increase a sharp contrast to the 12.8 percent decrease a year before. Additionally, digital track sales were up 8.5 percent from 2010, reaching a record 1.27 billion units.
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December 12, 2012 | By Emily Babay, Philly.com Staff Writer
Diners at the renovated Hard Rock Cafe in Center City can now get more of a taste of Philadelphia music history with their meals. In the new Philadelphia Room, patrons might sit beneath a shredded leather outfit worn by Philadelphia native Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, the late TLC singer-songwriter, or handwritten lyrics to "I Hate Myself for Loving You" by Joan Jett, who grew up in Wynnewood. Plaques describe each item and the artist's connection to the Philadelphia area. "Philadelphia is such a rock-and-roll town," Hard Rock historian Jeff Nolan said during a morning tour.
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December 6, 2012 | By Chris Talbott, Associated Press
NASHVILLE - The Grammy Awards celebrated the diversity of music as six different artists tied for top nominee - Kanye West, Jay-Z, Frank Ocean, Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys, Mumford & Sons, and fun., all with six nominations. Auerbach received five nominations as a member of the Keys and also is up for producer of the year, earning a spot with the others at the top of the list as the Grammys' prime-time television special came to his hometown Wednesday night. The rockers little resemble any of the other acts at the top of the list.
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March 14, 2013 | By Molly Eichel
BRIAN WESTBROOK : Legendary Eagles running back, Hall of Fame kisser? The retired Eagle was in town last weekend at the St. Patrick's Day Parade, reppin' shave company Gillette. If you didn't recognize him, there might be a good reason: Gillette persuaded him to shave his long-standing goatee. Why did Westbrook go facially bald? He said that 85 percent of women (polled by people who make money in the anti-beard business, mind you) prefer kissing a clean-shaven face. "I was very hesitant.
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February 22, 2013 | By Jill Lawless, Associated Press
LONDON - British music put on a brash, confident show at the Brit Awards on Wednesday, celebrating a resurgent industry whose bands and artists are topping charts around the globe. Winners ranged from established acts such as Coldplay and Adele to world-conquering boy band One Direction, who won in the new Global Success category. One Direction's Louis Tomlinson called the prize "absolutely mind-blowing. " American artists Frank Ocean and Lana Del Rey were among the non-British winners at a ceremony that embraced the mainstream while rewarding artists with distinctive personalities.
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February 19, 2013 | By Brian G. Howard, For The Inquirer
With a shiny new Grammy Award under their belts, English folk-rock juggernaut Mumford & Sons stormed the Camden Waterfront on Saturday for the first of two sold-out nights at the Susquehanna Bank Center. The band emerged from behind a curtain adorned with its top-hatted Gentlemen of the Road logo to kick off the set with "Babel," the title track of the newly minted best album of 2012. In the midst of a whirlwind couple of weeks, the band members - Marcus Mumford on guitar, mandolin, and kick drum, Winston Marshall on banjo and guitar, Ben Lovett on keys and accordion, and Ted Dwayne on electric and standup bass - lived up to their reputation as stellar live performers, playing most of the set as a harmonizing four-man front before a largely unmanned drum set. Save for a few songs on which Mumford (who began his career as Laura Marling's skinsman)
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February 16, 2013
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February 11, 2013 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
Before getting down to the business of prognosticating the 2013 Grammy Awards, to be broadcast Sunday from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, I'd like to take a moment to thank Adele. Last year, she made it so simple. The British songwriter's sophomore disc, 21 , was such a dominant force that predicting she would make a clean sweep of it - album, song, and record of the year - was so easy, even a rock critic could do it. (Though I will accept congratulations for also calling Bon Iver's upset win as best new artist, thank you very much.)
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February 11, 2013 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
British folk-rock band Mumford & Sons, blues-rock duo the Black Keys, and the pop band fun. won big at the Grammy Awards on Sunday, where no single act emerged as a dominant force. Mumford & Sons won album of the year for its strummy sophomore release, Babel . Fun. took home best new artist and song, for "We Are Young," its collaboration with Janelle Monáe. The Belgian-Australian singer Gotye and R&B singer Frank Ocean were also significant winners at the 55th annual Grammys, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
NEWS
February 11, 2013 | By Dan DeLuca, INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
British folk-rock band Mumford & Sons, blues-rock duo the Black Keys, and the pop band fun. won big at the Grammy Awards on Sunday, where no single act emerged as a dominant force. Mumford & Sons won album of the year for its strummy sophomore release, Babel . Fun. took home best new artist and song, for "We Are Young," its collaboration with Janelle Monáe. The Belgian-Australian singer Gotye and R&B singer Frank Ocean were also significant winners at the 55th annual Grammys, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
FOOD
December 12, 2012 | By Emily Babay, Philly.com Staff Writer
Diners at the renovated Hard Rock Cafe in Center City can now get more of a taste of Philadelphia music history with their meals. In the new Philadelphia Room, patrons might sit beneath a shredded leather outfit worn by Philadelphia native Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, the late TLC singer-songwriter, or handwritten lyrics to "I Hate Myself for Loving You" by Joan Jett, who grew up in Wynnewood. Plaques describe each item and the artist's connection to the Philadelphia area. "Philadelphia is such a rock-and-roll town," Hard Rock historian Jeff Nolan said during a morning tour.
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December 6, 2012 | By Chris Talbott, Associated Press
NASHVILLE - The Grammy Awards celebrated the diversity of music as six different artists tied for top nominee - Kanye West, Jay-Z, Frank Ocean, Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys, Mumford & Sons, and fun., all with six nominations. Auerbach received five nominations as a member of the Keys and also is up for producer of the year, earning a spot with the others at the top of the list as the Grammys' prime-time television special came to his hometown Wednesday night. The rockers little resemble any of the other acts at the top of the list.
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November 23, 2012 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
The entertainment machine can rob you of your dedication to your art, says actor Jamie Foxx . "Somehow you have to pull yourself away from media, not be so shiny in the next 10 years, because it hurts the art," Foxx tells Men's Health. Foxx, 44, who plays a cowboy in the western Django Unchained (opening Dec. 25), says he tries to find a balance between staying true to his craft and being a crafty media presence who can do the talk shows. "That's the tricky part now. How do you navigate through the world you live in and still be an artist?"
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