August 22, 2015 |
Singer/guitarist Mike Ness started his hard-core rock-roots ensemble Social Distortion in Fullerton, Calf., in 1978. It took a dozen years to forge its first classic, their namesake major-label debut of 1990. With its cranky mix of California punk, rockabilly, tough country, and taproom rock and roll telling rotted-out stories of addiction and salvation, Ness and company formed the template for many a Social Distortion (and solo Ness) album to follow. Celebrating 25 years of Charles Bukowski barfly-esque, sauced-up sound was worth a night out Wednesday on the Festival Pier at Penn's Landing.
August 19, 2015 |
THE BASKETBALL courts at Connell Park in Southwest Philly were packed last night, the thwack of rubber on macadam filling the air. On another night, in another life, Corey Tunnell would have been there, popping off jump shots with his friends. But Tunnell, 16, is gone, claimed by an Aug. 9 shooting that his family describes as an "unfortunate accident" at his aunt's house, up the block from those courts. "I'm still in a cloud. I still can't believe it," Tunnell's paternal grandmother, Caroline Armstrong, told the Daily News last night in her home in Sharon Hill, Delaware County.
August 19, 2015 |
Willie Nelson is an extraordinary octogenarian. The 82-year-old Red Headed Stranger - still ponytailed, though now mostly gray - played outdoors Sunday at the Borgata Festival Park in Atlantic City, and he was frisky and inventive all night long. The tour stop with openers Old Crow Medicine Show was billed as a "Willie Nelson & Family" concert, but with Nelson's sons Lukas and Micah off backing up Neil Young this summer, the only family member on stage throughout the briskly paced 90-minute set was his piano-playing older sister Bobbie.
August 17, 2015 |
Philly tried, but it couldn't stay mad at Erykah Badu for long. When fans from the postponed show Thursday - Badu was a no-show, reportedly because of plane problems - arrived at the Dell Music Center, they walked to their seats with various attitudes. There was the "I had this ticket and was still available" stance, the "I had to call the babysitter again " walk, and the "this is the same outfit from yesterday" strut. Near the 8 p.m. start time, many of the seats weren't filled, sending a clear message: Badu was now on Philly's time.
August 8, 2015 |
Murky Meek mess Things just keep getting more complicated-er for Meek Mill . Remember on Feb. 8, when Meek was involved in a post-Grammy party? That pretty much wrecked Justin Bieber 's rented glass house in the Hollyvoid Hills? Meek sublet it from Biebs and his posse for Grammy week. Things went kerblooey during the festivities (which his rental contract said Meek couldn't have!). OK, so the landlord is suing Meek for throwing an enormous, 1,000-person party there. But that's not all: Now said landlord is suing everybody and their grandma.
August 8, 2015 |
The stretch of Lancaster Avenue between 34th and 39th Streets transformed Thursday night, as thousands of city residents came out to taste hard apple cider and corn on the cob at a semiannual block party that made the street bustle. A crowd of people made their way down the block, some dressed in business attire, sipping a beer at the end of the workday. Others grabbed a meal in T-shirts, their dogs and children in tow. The party was called Night Market, a project run by the nonprofit Food Trust and in its fifth season.
August 7, 2015 |
Made a meme and dissed by rappers, politicians, and Rosetta Stone, Meek Mill, Philly's own prodigal son, returns to the area Thursday night. But will it be to open arms? The Philly rapper, 28, is slated to perform at the Susquehanna Bank Center as part of Nicki Minaj's Pinkprint Tour. Or, as Canadian rapper Drake called it, "his girl's tour. " If you've been anywhere with WiFi connection, you know we're in the center of a beef between the Philadelphian and the Canadian.
July 31, 2015 |
Updated at 12:00 p.m. Friday: The trade is now official. COLE HAMELS was nowhere to be found yesterday at Citizens Bank Park, but the other lefthander who is headed for a new team had to go through the awkward stage of suiting up for a team he didn't believe he'd ever be playing for the night before. Jake Diekman packed the Phillies travel bag next to his locker with his baseball equipment, shook the hands of the few players still meandering in the home clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park and walked out the door at 10:32 p.m. last night.
July 24, 2015
D EAR ABBY: I'm frustrated about how to connect with my young adult son's 18-year-old girlfriend. He told me she has a bad relationship with her divorced parents, so he's hoping we can bond. A problem that comes up frequently is, she's so anxious to show me how skilled and knowledgeable she is, she misses any tips and techniques I try to subtly teach her. They live together in another state, so our weekend visits at each other's homes seem to amplify the problem. I'll give you an example: When I removed ice cubes from an ice tray, I ran water over the bottom briefly before twisting the tray.
July 14, 2015 |
GEORGE Bernard Shaw once wrote, in "Pygmalion": "What you are to do without me I cannot imagine. " I think I speak for Jenice Armstrong and myself when I say that that's about how we feel right now. Next month's annual Daily News ' Candidates' Comedy Night will be Stu Bykofsky 's last. That's right, folks. The dog man living in a cat's world is hanging up his hat as host of the much-beloved night of comedy featuring jokes told by those seeking public office in November - and (we hope)