June 8, 2016 |
Fabiola Paonessa was at an airport in Puerto Rico this April, about to leave for New York on a spring-break trip with her family, when she learned that she, along with the other students involved in her school's production of Homeroom, the Musical , would be coming to the Philadelphia area this month. The message came first to parents of the Colegio Ponceño cast and crew. When Paonessa saw the email on her mother's phone, she said, she started "jumping up and down, screaming my lungs out. " She spread word to her fellow cast members, and soon the rallying cry went up: "Philly!
June 6, 2016 |
It was an action-packed ninth annual Roots Picnic at the Festival Pier on Saturday. Shortly after the show kicked off at noon, Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson, drummer for the Philadelphia hip-hop and Tonight Show house band, made news by announcing that the Picnic will be adding a New York date this fall. On Facebook, he teased New Yorkers that the until-now Philly-only fest will be coming to "a park near you. " (No specifics yet.) About an hour later, another surprise: During a set by 15-year-old singer and fashionista Willow Smith, her rapper-actor father, Will, came onstage and performed "Summertime," a signature of his DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince days.
June 4, 2016
The summer music season in Philadelphia starts this weekend with the Roots Picnic. But that's just the beginning. We've rounded up the best of what to see this weekend. Besides those and other shows highlighted below, there are many other worthy dates as well: Chris Malcarney's Tom Waits tribute Saturday at Ruba Club features an all-star local band with a horn and string section. PhilaMOCA hosts start-up local DIY punk bands Friday and Saturday for the First Time's the Charm benefit . A Radio 104.5 Summer Block Party takes over the Festival Pier on Sunday with the Head and the Heart headlining.
June 1, 2016
Bloc Party, with MS MR 8 p.m. Wednesday, the Fillmore, 29 E. Allen St. $29. 215-309-0150, thefillmorephilly.com.
May 30, 2016 |
When Connor Barwin began his career in the NFL in 2009, the Eagles defensive end, indie-rock geek, and civic activist - whose third annual benefit concert for his Make the World Better Foundation takes place at Union Transfer on Friday, with Philadelphia bands Waxahatchee and Hop Along headlining - came to a surprise realization. "I got drafted and I went to Houston," says the 29-year-old Pro Bowler, who played for the Texans before signing a six-year, $36 million contract with the Eagles in 2013.
May 27, 2016 |
Cousin Judy was right all along. "By the time I started paying attention to rock-and-roll," says Camden County native Ben Vaughn, who was born in 1955, "Elvis was in the Army, and the British Invasion hadn't happened yet. " What had happened, however, was the American Bandstand teen-idol era of rock-and-roll, the period when South Philadelphia heartthrobs such as Frankie Avalon, Bobby Rydell, and Chubby Checker topped the pop charts and...
May 25, 2016 |
'So I'm waiting . . . right here . . . on the ground," vocalist Spenser Michaels intones - for about the 10th time - before the music abruptly stops. "Pretty much the [melody's] structure stays the same. After the second chorus, we can change the timing," guitarist Rob Gibbs says. "We got to get drums on that one," bass player Jules Hinson adds. Gibbs concurs. Everyone puts monitor headphones back on. Drummer Gary Dann counts off another take of "Find a Road Back to You," a song the four-piece was hoping finally to record one recent Sunday at the Boom Room in Kensington.
May 23, 2016 |
At home in Mullica Hill, Doreen Taylor writes and sings the songs she hopes will help make her a star - and help charities that are close to her heart. "I say that I'm a singer-songwriter, even though the stereotype is a girl in a flowery dress with a guitar, singing folk-type music," she says. "I'm definitely not folk-y. " I must agree, having heard Taylor do a live-in-the-studio take of an uplifting ballad titled, appropriately, "Unstoppable," just minutes before. "Again?"
May 23, 2016 |
Eliot Klein has been working on his album, Dreams In Cryogenic Fugue , for five years. It's an odyssey of science fiction, hip hop, and experimental electronica. It's a lot of fun and compulsively listenable, which is perhaps not something you would expect from reading the previous sentence. Klein is a veteran of the noise scene indigenous to the Philly-New Jersey-New York belt. He first recorded music and instrumental for Dreams In Cryogenic Fugue in 2010, while on tour with Richie Morsberger of the group Drums Like Machine Guns.