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July 22, 2016 | By Brion Shreffler, For The Inquirer
Welsh band Super Furry Animals is often given the psychedelic label, though that fits about as well as a sweater you wore in eighth grade. "If I'm honest, I never thought [about] what genre we fit in," SFA's Cian Ciaran says. "Every time someone asks, I just say I don't know what to say, other than some guitar-based music, and then I run out of adjectives. "It's colorful songs or melodies -," he says, trailing off. Among the five members of the band, Ciaran seemed the right one to ask, as - through drum machines, synthesizers, samplers, and the various electronic equipment he plays in addition to keys - he is the main architect for the electronic sound that helps to set the band apart.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 19, 2016 | By John Timpane, Staff Writer
'What we do is a family thing," bassist Jojo Garza said near the end of a splendid set by Los Lonely Boys at Havana in New Hope on Saturday night. Family is the signature of this "Texican" power-trio. In addition to Jojo on bass, brother Henry, in his dark glasses and ponytail, is a god on guitar; brother Ringo Jr. completes the holy trinity on drums. They are a second-generation family band - father Ringo Sr. played for years with up to seven siblings in the Falcones. Family is power, and Los Lonely Boys shook Havana to its merry foundations.
NEWS
July 17, 2016 | By David Patrick Stearns, Classical Music Critic
Is artistic freedom worth the price of artistic isolation? The answer for Philadelphia composer Michael Hersch looks better when considered over the long term. After early successes in the 1990s with expressionistic orchestral works performed under the likes of Mariss Jansons, Hersch has long gone against neo-tonal trends and in ways that have only intensified over the last five years. For some, he's one of the few out there able and compelled to speak in unvarnished truth.
NEWS
July 17, 2016
Porcelain A Memoir By Moby Penguin. 416 pp. $28 Reviewed by Katie Haegele In case you missed them, the rave and electronic music scenes of the late '80s and early '90s were about happiness and dancing and doing drugs that made you feel happy and want to dance. Eventually, things took a dark turn (that'd be the drugs), but it was essentially a good-natured milieu, a now-closed chapter in pop music history that began in the gay clubs of black and Latin New York but that is better remembered by the suburban kids with glow sticks who loved the same disco and funk records but who gave them their own, ya know, spin.
NEWS
July 12, 2016 | By David Patrick Stearns, CLASSICAL MUSIC CRITIC
Small red buttons decorated with a curled mustache appeared on the shirts and lapels of anyone associated with The Crossing at its "Jeff Quartets" concert at Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill on Friday night. It was an evening to honor the late Jeff Dinsmore. Known for his contribution to the mustache-wax industry, Dinsmore was the beloved co-founder of this chamber choir. And in the aftermath of his fatal heart attack suffered during a rehearsal two years ago, he is now the namesake of a memorial fund that produced 15 short works by major composers.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 9, 2016 | Molly Eichel
They don't make celebrities like Rachel Bloom anymore. She's more than a triple threat: Not only does she star in Crazy Ex-Girlfriend , the musical black comedy she cocreated with The Devil Wears Prada writer Aline Brosh McKenna, she also sings, dances, and writes the two or three songs that appear in each episode. Not enough people watched the show's first season on the CW, so thank the streaming gods its first season is on Netflix. The premise can feel off-putting on its surface: Rebecca (Bloom)
NEWS
July 9, 2016 | By Nancy G. Heller, For The Inquirer
Ballet X ends its 10th anniversary season at the Wilma Theater with two world premieres: Matthew Neenan's Identity Without Attribute and Bonzi , by the Colombo-Belgian choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa. Both works feature video design by Klip Collective, a Philadelphia-based group known for its large-scale visual projections. Identity reaffirms Neenan's choreographic inventiveness. Here, he contrasts meditative movements for lead dancer Caili Quan with quick, jittery motions and unexpected segues - from entrechats to jazzy hip circles, plus gloriously quirky duets.
NEWS
June 26, 2016 | By Zoë Miller, For The Inquirer
In name, Margate's Beachstock, happening all day Saturday, recalls a much wilder musical gathering in the late 1960s. Yet the free, family-friendly festival, now going seven years strong, has a kinetic verve all its own. "The neat thing about this event is that it really exposes you to the day-into-night-on-the-beach effect," said Anna Maria Courter, the Margate Business Association's executive director. From athletic activities in the early morning - yoga, volleyball, and paddle-boarding are on the agenda - to a beachside bonfire and film screening ( The Peanuts Movie )
NEWS
June 22, 2016 | By Peter Dobrin, CLASSICAL MUSIC CRITIC
Art may or may not be the answer to society's most nettlesome ills. But sometimes in the face of abject destruction, the only thing you can do is to draw yourself up to the beauty of creation as closely as you possibly can, and listen. Sunday afternoon's musical response to the Orlando massacre could have achieved quite a lot with any number of pieces of music, but the repertoire choices were particularly wise. About 300 packed the pews of First Presbyterian Church at 21st and Walnut Streets for the concert by conductor Andrew Senn, a chamber orchestra of mostly freelancers, and a chorus of about three dozen (all donating their time and talent)
ENTERTAINMENT
June 22, 2016 | By Howard Gensler
AS THERE are only so many movies which can be turned into Broadway musicals and so many shows worth reviving, Broadway may soon turn to "new" source material the movies are already mining. Board games. The Hollywood Reporter says a stage musical based on Monopoly is in the works, thanks to a new partnership between Hasbro and The Araca Group. "Monopoly is one of the most iconic gaming brands of all time," said Simon Waters , general manager and SVP, Hasbro Entertainment and Consumer Products.
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