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.
March 1, 2000 |
Barry Abrams, 64, a music-promotion man who helped take numerous careers to the top of the charts, died Monday at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia. A Cherry Hill resident since the early 1970s, he was born and raised in Philadelphia. Mr. Abrams became known as one of the nation's leading recording-artist promotion men by getting records, often for new young artists, airtime in Philadelphia, one of the nation's most respected music markets. He worked in the industry from 1957 to 1981.
February 1, 1998 |
While record sales in most musical styles have turned relatively flat in recent years, consumer interest in Christian contemporary music has exploded, according to an industry trade group. The Christian music industry has changed in the last five years, as major recording labels have taken notice of the music's commercial potential, musicians and industry experts say. Smaller Christian-oriented labels have been acquired by major ones, giving Christian acts wider access to major sales, marketing and promotional outlets.
June 27, 1990 |
"This is the best day I've had since my bar mitzvah," cracked progressive folky Jay Ansill. Jazz vocalist Evelyn Simms whooped and hollered, then whispered to a friend, "I'm glad I came. " The two were among the winners at the Third Philadelphia Music Awards, the almost-annual pat on the back to local musicians from their industry colleagues and fans. Still begging for a nickname like The Phillys, the $300-a-pop plexiglass awards, which look like little Washington Monuments, were handed out at midday ceremonies yesterday at the Academy of Music Rehearsal Hall.
February 10, 2005 |
Grammy winner and developer Kenny Gamble said yesterday he had finalized an agreement to bring the Rhythm & Blues Foundation from New York to Philadelphia - the first step in his quest to make this city a destination for fans of a musical style he helped to pioneer three decades ago. Gamble, 61, who created the "Sound of Philadelphia" and recently is known for redeveloping his old neighborhood in South Philadelphia, said he expected the foundation...
February 13, 2012 |
THE GRAMMYS are that annual lovefest when the music industry tries to convince the rest of the world that it still has a pulse. But you know what showed a surprising heartbeat yesterday? The movie industry. For the first time since Christmas 2008, four - count 'em, four - movies opened with more than a $20 million box-office haul. "The Vow" led the way with a ridiculous $41.7 million. Who knew so many people would remember to see a movie about amnesia? In second, with $39.3 million, according to yesterday's studio estimates, was the Denzel Washington-Ryan Reynolds ' action thriller "Safe House.
December 6, 2012 |
NEW YORK - Fleetwood Mac is heading back on the road, and that means the top-selling group will release new music, sort of. On its 34-city North American tour, which begins April 4 in Columbus, Ohio, and plays the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on April 6, the band will perform two new songs, and that could mean a new album will follow. Or not. Stevie Nicks recently sang on tracks that Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, and John McVie worked on, calling the sessions "great. " But Nicks also said she was not sure where the band fits in today's music industry.
May 4, 2013 |
When it works well, the music business can be Darwinian: The best music will find its audience, somehow. Parquet Courts' Light Up Gold is a case in point. Released last summer on the band's own label, the album followed the Brooklyn band's noisy, lo-fi debut, which was first released only on cassette and generated little notice. But Light Up Gold , recorded in three days in the band's rehearsal space, is a bold, bracing blast of punk rock, full of sharp, rousing riffs behind wordy, witty rants, and it found enough acclaim for a larger indie label, What's My Rupture?
April 2, 2004 |
April is upon us, and while the month brings showers for those May flowers, it also brings another installment of "Breakthru Artists" at the Five Spot on Sunday. Not quite an open mike, "Breakthru" does grant artists the opportunity to showcase their talents, only they must audition beforehand. So the acts you see on stage the first Sundays of the month have already shown some skills. "Breakthru" also differs from area talent showcases in that more than one style of music is represented.
August 1, 2002 |
OSCAR WINNER Halle Berry's latest project, a feature along the lines of "Bridget Jones' Diary" and "Waiting to Exhale," now has itself a screenwriter, according to the Hollywood Reporter. That helps a film get rolling. The trade daily says whippersnapper screenwriter Tina Chism, who has one screenwriting film credit under her belt, has signed on to do the screen adaptation of the Trisha Thomas novel "Nappily Ever After. " Berry has already signed on to star in the film, which is described as a story about a black woman's journey to self-discovery, part of which sees her decide to stop processing her hair and cut it short.