April 16, 2016 |
A revised bill to require dance venues that stream music to apply for special licenses was reintroduced in City Council on Thursday, after its first iteration sparked a chorus of complaints from the music industry. Councilman Mark Squilla's bill would close a loophole in the current law that allows nightclubs that stream music to avoid getting a special assembly license, which is required of places where DJs and live performers play. The first draft of the bill would also have required venues to keep a registry of names, phone numbers, and addresses of all musical acts that could be turned over to police.
March 20, 2016 |
AUSTIN, TEXAS - Battered, bruised, and still shirtless, Iggy Pop is 68 years old. And in its 30th year, the South by Southwest music festival is getting long in the tooth itself. But the sprawling industry conference that took over the Lone Star State capitol last week - on the heels of its Interactive tech conference that brought President Obama to town, and coinciding with the SXSW film festival - and that is making a show of rededicating itself to "music discovery" after growing swollen with too many Kanye- and Gaga-size names in recent years, has in fact always embraced leather-faced legends.
March 17, 2016 |
AUSTIN, TEXAS - Repping Philadelphia in a red throwback Julius Erving Sixers T-shirt, Chill Moody held the crowd rapt Tuesday night at the Main, a capacious club on the Sixth Street strip in Austin, Texas, on the opening night of the South by Southwest music festival. "I want you to raise one hand in the air," the West Philadelphia rapper instructed the pretty much packed house just after rocking the room with "Concrete Jungle," his gritty 2015 single, featuring Mack Wilds, at the Amplify Philly party sponsored by music incubator RecPhilly and tech industry instigator StartupPHL.
March 15, 2016 |
Jay, 18, is passionate about music and dreams of one day having a career in the music industry. He taught himself to play the guitar and is very good at it. Jay was thrilled to have the opportunity to visit a music school, where he learned some new riffs. He played with one of the teachers and performed one of his own songs. His lyrics about what it is like to live in the foster care system and his desire to have a permanent family moved some of his listeners to tears. Jay hopes to inspire other youths with his music.
February 9, 2016 |
Andrei Fritz was itching to let loose a torrent of drumming that could be heard in the classroom upstairs and by passersby in the hallway outside. But there was a problem. "Uhh, there's no power," said Fritz, 21, crouched down and looking at a thick black cable. Oops. "On any of them?" asked Jeffrey Hiatt, a head engineer and staff producer at Turtle Studios in Philadelphia. Something wasn't working right, but Hiatt was unfazed. What better dose of reality for a group of Rowan University students learning about the music industry?
January 15, 2016 |
When Fox's hit show Empire premiered in January 2015, Philly actor Clayton Prince said his friends called to congratulate him on selling his show, about a troubled Philadelphia family in the recording industry. "There were some people who thought I sold it and I didn't take them along with me," Prince, 50, said. "I was like, 'There was nothing to take along. I was taken! I did not sell it.' " On Friday, Prince - whose legal name is Clayton Prince Tanksley - filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging that producer Lee Daniels stole the concept for Empire from Prince after he pitched his show to Daniels at the Greater Philadelphia Film Office's "Philly Pitch" in April 2008.
December 9, 2015 |
On the first, wet Tuesday of December, Philly's Jesse Hale Moore - a keyboardist-singer known from bands such as Nightlands - showed his solo side at Boot & Saddle, with new songs and blue-eyed soul. It was the opener for the Weathervane Music Residency at Boot & Saddle. With the help of Philly's Weathervane - a nonprofit that supports independent music and its communities - every Tuesday this month, a different local act presents its wares to show which way the wind blows. Moore, Teen Men (Dec.
June 4, 2015
ISSUE | EARLY LEARNING Investments pay off sooner, and later I was happy to see Gov. Wolf and law enforcement officials make the anticrime case for quality, early-childhood education ("Wolf: Invest in preschool, not prison," May 27). Members of the business community see another critical benefit: strengthening our economy and workforce. Research highlighted by the national business-leader group ReadyNation shows that investing in these programs yields up to $26,000 in net long-term economic benefits for every child served.
November 15, 2014 |
THESE DAYS, Hollywood doesn't want to make a big, gooey romance about you unless you're a vampire or live within an hour's drive of Nicholas Sparks. Have we forgotten "The Bodyguard," that corny glam romance about a famous-but-vulnerable pop star and the strong, silent man who protects her? One who has not is Gina Prince-Bythewood, who (14 years ago!) made "Love and Basketball," and now returns with "Beyond the Lights," a bodyguard-ish love story about suicidal singer Noni (Gugu Mbatha-Raw)
August 9, 2014 |
When it comes to rejuvenating the economy, sectors like housing, manufacturing, and small business tend to steal the most attention. Councilman David Oh, however, has his eyes on music. At a Thursday news conference in City Hall, the councilman unveiled PHL Live, a four-month contest to bring prominence - and prizes - to deserving Philadelphia musicians. A sort of Philadelphia's Got Talent. "We want to recognize music as not just a hobby, but a job that needs to be paid," Oh said.