March 17, 2007 |
All this week, our music maven Dan DeLuca has been posting dispatches on Philly.com from South by Southwest, the annual music industry confab in Austin, Texas. In this entry, he finds a touch or two of home in the Lone Star State. It's a long way from Broad Street to Sixth Street in this capital city in south-central Texas, but just as the shrinking music industry migrates to the growing South by Southwest Music Festival here every March, so does the Philadelphia music scene.
July 23, 2004 |
'Beat Society," the monthly at Five Spot that thrusts beat-makers to the forefront, will be on fire Sunday. On noncomputer equipment, 9th Wonder, Nicolay, Serious B and Kenwood will compose. (You can catch Nicolay earlier that day at Crimson Moon promoting Connected, the album he recorded with Little Brother's Phonte as Foreign Exchange.) MURS will be in the house to spit verse over the created beats, while Philly native Lizz Fields sprinkles vocals. The multitalented Peanut Butter Wolf had the foresight to raise a flock that includes Madlib, Quasimoto and Lootpack on his Stones Throw Records, a label that has become the Blue Note of hip-hop.
April 15, 2013 |
Friendly and outgoing, Harmonie delights in laughing at a good joke. What the 9-year-old likes most about herself are her dimples, her height (she's tall), and that she knows how to dance. Harmonie is also good at singing and has not ruled out a career in the music industry. Her favorite subjects in school are computer technology and music. She does well academically and has many friends in school and in her neighborhood. Harmonie dreams of being a billionaire some day. On the way to that goal, however, she plans to finish high school, attend college, and then become a teacher.
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.
January 4, 2013 |
From the boy-band bubblegum of Silk in the '70s to the synth-pop of Ultravox in the '80s - with stops at Thin Lizzy, the Rich Kids, and Visage in between - Midge Ure has long been a centerpiece of the musical landscape in the United Kingdom. A flourishing solo career, coauthorship of "Do They Know It's Christmas?" and its Band Aid charity, and a wry pencil-thin mustache only made the Scottish-born Ure more famous. Yet, in his eyes, he's never had quite the level of platinum-plated name success in the States as he's had in Europe.
December 23, 2001 |
These are tough times for the music business. After a banner 2000, sales of recorded music are down for the first time in years. A souring economy caused fans to think carefully before plunking down $125 to see Janet Jackson, and tour interruptions following Sept. 11 dealt the live-music industry another setback. To make matters worse, as record labels struggled unsuccessfully to combat online file-sharing of individual songs, sales of blank discs soared, thanks to the growing popularity of home-computer CD "burners" able to copy entire albums.
July 23, 1999 |
He came on 15 years ago like the heir apparent, with an international hit album called "Valotte" that evoked strong and favorable comparisons to his late father's most personal and revealing material. Yet follow-up sets failed to match the initial potential, and Julian Lennon eventually gave up the ghosts of the music industry and the father he hardly knew, disappearing from the public eye for seven years. Now he's back with the goods again - a warm and intimate set of Beatles-minded (but personal- demon-exposing)
June 13, 1991 |
For Pitman musician Jim Cheadle, 36, making artistic statements was never rewarded with a lucrative record contract, a popular music video or a No. 1 song. But now, only three months after taking a few hours to write a pop tune in his basement, Cheadle and 22 children are setting the music industry on its ear and hitting the big time with their song, "In a Desert Land. " Cheadle had spent most of his life making music or writing songs for other musicians when he sat down in his basement in late February, shortly after the Persian Gulf war had ended, and began to put his emotions to music.
August 7, 1986 |
The Philadelphia music industry launched an ambitious project yesterday designed to focus national and local attention on the city as, in Mayor Goode's words, "the music Mecca of the world," and to pump new energy and dollars into the music business here. "In the early '60's, Philadelphia was one of the biggest music centers," said Larry Magid of Electric Factory concerts. "Now, it's strong, but no one knows about it. What we want to do is encourage growth and create more jobs.
July 10, 1986 |
"Philly's Beat," a musical revue written and directed by Stephen Stahl. Musical direction and arrangements by William Jolly, choreography by Robin Reseen, lighting and set design by Daniel C. Abrahamsen, costumes by Patricia Hibbert, audio by William Vannice. Presented by Broadway Bound, Inc., and Albert Reyes at Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey St., through Aug. 24. For all intents and purposes I stopped listening to new popular music in the middle 1950s. Almost without exception the raw pop material being introduced via records and the airwaves at that time was inane, silly beyond belief, infuriatingly simplistic and marketed with unerring aim at adolescents, pre-adolescents and perpetual adolescents of unformed tastes and inchoate discrimination.