April 24, 2015 |
The artistic solidity on which Richard Goode made his name has given way to encroaching adventurousness over the years, though the limitations of that were intermittently apparent at his Philadelphia Chamber Music Society recital Tuesday at the Kimmel Center. The program was a typical Goode cross section: Unjustly neglected Mozart ( Adagio in B minor ), the core repertoire of Beethoven's Piano Sonata in F-sharp major Op. 78 , ongoing explorations of Debussy, and a relatively new acquaintance with Schumann's Humoreske . Though the Beethoven seemed a little tired in this outing, Debussy's Children's Corner showed what has made Goode an eminent pianist.
April 18, 2015 |
The entrance to what's promised to be Philadelphia's hottest music club come fall is a gravel lot under an I-95 overpass. Now, it's just an abandoned metal factory in Fishtown - windows long blown out, covered in graffiti. But by fall, developers promise, it will be home to the Fillmore, a 2,500-seat music hall that promoter Live Nation aims to fill with big-name talent, as well as the Foundry, a more intimate venue with room for 450 aimed at local bands and up-and-coming talent, and a lounge.
April 17, 2015 |
Doesn't look like much from the outside - just the ghostly remains of a century-old smelting and refining facility in Fishtown. But there's lots of lively banging going on inside the former Ajax Metal Co., across Delaware Avenue from the SugarHouse Casino at Frankford Avenue. Give project developers just a half-year more, they will vow at a press unveiling Thursday morning, and this giant block of gentrifying space will be heating up the 'hood with a $32 million entertainment complex sure to jack up Philadelphia's already competitive concert business.
April 12, 2015 |
Sufjan Stevens' new album, Carrie & Lowell , is a beautifully intimate, intensely personal collection of songs that explore his grief following the death of his mother in 2012. It strips away all the elements in the Brooklyn-based songwriter's musical arsenal that might be considered excessive. But Stevens is a tinkerer at heart, so the terrific, tour-opening show he played at the Academy of Music on Thursday - with a repeat performance scheduled for Friday night - was by no means the entirely pared-down meditation on faith and loss you might expect.
April 4, 2015 |
After a lengthy and hilarious discourse at his South Philadelphia home on all things swing and jazz, hot guitarist Marty Grosz, 85, says, "I hope I don't sound like a sour curmudgeon, which is probably what I am. " About to release his latest album, Diga Diga Doo - Marty Grosz Meets the Fat Babies: Hot Music from Chicago , the musician and singer says proudly that his art has always sought to entertain rather than lull audiences into a stupor...
March 27, 2015 |
In his recording career, Seattle's Mike Hadreas - stage name Perfume Genius - exhibits an incisive lyrical skill set that touches on the explicit and the interpersonal for an art more British and Oscar Wildelike than it is Pacific Northwestern. During Tuesday's show at Union Transfer, Perfume Genius did the same, only more so, with elegance and gritty emotionalism to rival singers such as Alan Vega of Suicide, Antony, or Marc Almond. These were brutally honest, poignant songs.
March 27, 2015
THE BASEBALL season doesn't commence in South Philadelphia until April 6, when the Phillies host the Boston Red Sox. But in New Hope, Thursday will be Opening Day as "National Pastime" debuts at the Bucks County Playhouse. "National Pastime," which runs through April 19, is billed as a musical love letter to baseball. The plot of the set-in-Depression-era-Iowa comedy centers on a struggling radio station that broadcasts the "games" of a make-believe team in order to boost ratings.
March 25, 2015 |
FYODOR BADKHEN, 17, has been part of Girard Academic Music Program for four years, but he didn't realize he would help the school win a Grammy - sort of. The South Philadelphia magnet school, known as GAMP, was one of 13 schools in the nation chosen by the GRAMMY Foundation for its Signature Schools Award and will receive $5,500. The annual award recognizes the best public high schools in music education. Eight of the 13 schools, including GAMP, received the Enterprise Award grant for schools that are economically underserved.
March 21, 2015 |
One of the rare times it's appropriate to enjoy the hard-knock life is the stage production of Annie , which continues through Sunday at the Academy of Music. Feisty, Depression-era Annie lives in a horrible orphanage run by the evil Miss Hannigan. Things change for the better when Annie is selected for a brief stay at the home of the very rich Oliver Warbucks. Annie is directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin. You'll leave singing the musical's popular songs, including "It's a Hard-Knock Life," "I Don't Need Anything But You," and "Tomorrow.
March 20, 2015 |
AUSTIN, Texas - South by Southwest transitioned into its music-festival phase on Tuesday night. Multi-act showcases broke out at dozens of official venues - and many unofficial ones - on either side of the I-35 freeway that splits the Texas state capital down the middle. No parties are bigger that those at the Fader Fort, a vast barn of a space named after the music and lifestyle magazine that's a model of corporate-sponsored (Converse sneakers, computer firms Intel and Austin-based Dell)