April 8, 2015 |
Philip Glass has been such a constant compositional presence over the last 40 years that only with the arrival of his memoir, Words Without Music (W.W. Norton & Co. $29.95), do you realize how long overdue it is. The book chronicles his Baltimore upbringing, education in Paris, and travels in Europe and India. But it rightly touches on only the major works of his early and middle periods, gracefully leaving the reader to conclude how much the 78-year-old Glassv - who will appear at the Free Library on Tuesday evening - has changed the cutting-edge music world, how that world is run, how pieces are made and disseminated, and the value of his having saved serious music from the hegemony of modernism.
June 14, 2014 |
Sharon Van Etten's surpassingly pretty songs are so all-in emotionally, so completely committed in their epic sweep, it can be tiring just to read their names: "Afraid of Nothing" . . . "I Love You But I'm Lost" . . . "Your Love Is Killing Me. " So imagine what it must be like for Van Etten, who plays Union Transfer on Wednesday with her band in support of her new album, Are We There , to sing them every night. "My songs are cathartic, and they can be exhausting, for sure," says the 30-year-old singer, talking on the phone from her apartment in Manhattan this week.
May 27, 2013
Tricky False Idols (Life or Death ***) It's been tricky being Tricky. The British DJ/producer, born Adrian Thaws, made a grand entrance in 1995 with Maxinequaye , his Mercury Prize-winning debut album that mixed dub, hip-hop, and electronica into a dense sound that made other trip-hop acts of the day sound like child's play. His next few records were more than serviceable, but eventually the paranoia that always coursed through his music overwhelmed it, and after a while, Tricky was a forgotten man. He's back on form, however, on False Idols . In place of one-time vocal foil Martina Topley-Bird is lovely- voiced 24-year-old Brit Francesca Belmonte, and other tracks feature guest contributions from Peter Silberman of the Antlers and Nigerian songstress Nneka.
November 24, 2012
Neil Young & Crazy Horse / Patti Smith Patti Smith is rarely an opening act. After all, she's one of rock-and-roll's greatest performers. Throughout her career, her shows have been affirming, liberating, and inspiring. Nearly 66, she's still a commanding punk-rock matriarch, an iconoclast who became an icon. On her sometimes-great new album Banga , she pays homage to novelist Mikel Bulgakov, singer Amy Winehouse, and explorer Amerigo Vespucci. And to Neil Young, whose "After the Gold Rush" she covers and whom she will precede at the Wells Fargo Center Thursday night.
November 19, 2012 |
When they catalog everything Hurricane Sandy washed away, Patti Smith may be the only victim to lose feather boas and fur microminis she never wore. So goes storm cleanup for the beloved seamstress and den mother to Atlantic City's legendary drag queens. South Jersey's second-most-famous Patti Smith does not sing. She sews gloriously over-the-top frocks for male divas - mivas? - voguing in competition and for charity. When Sandy approached, Smith, 49, evacuated her canal-side apartment in the city's Venice Park section.
September 29, 2012 |
American poet and rocker and mommy and onetime South Street Philadelphia denizen Patti Smith will receive Bryn Mawr College's 2013 Katharine Hepburn Medal (Kate graduated from there in 1928) at a Feb. 7 ceremony. Smith "was a trailblazer in the male-dominated world of rock and roll, and conveys enormous passion and continues to transform herself throughout her artistic journey," the college says in a statement. Smith will be in town a few weeks earlier for a Nov. 29 show co-headined by Neil Young & Crazy Horse . Divorce hardball Aren't divorce negotiations fun?
September 28, 2012 |
Noted musician, songwriter and poet Patti Smith will receive Bryn Mawr College's 2013 Katharine Hepburn Medal, the college announced. The South Jersey native will be awarded the medal on Feb. 7 at an event in Goodhart Hall. The musician "was a trailblazer in the male-dominated world of rock and roll, and conveys enormous passion and continues to transform herself throughout her artistic journey," the college said in a statement. Smith is also a writer and visual artist. Her debut album Horses was a major influence on the New York punk rock scene.
July 30, 2012
Conan (11 p.m., TBS) - Actor Colin Farrell; Thenewno2 performs. Late Show With David Letterman (11:35 p.m., CBS3) - Jack Hanna; Patti Smith performs; Bootsy Collins performs with Paul Shaffer and the CBS Orchestra. The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson (12:35 a.m., CBS3) - Actress Emma Roberts; comic Paula Poundstone.
November 17, 2011 |
Nearly 50 years into his career, Todd Rundgren has been called "a wizard, a true star" (the title of his 1973 album) more times than imaginable. That title is ridiculously apt. The Upper Darby native, who now lives in Hawaii, has been a pure pop composer, an inventive multi-instrumentalist, and a noteworthy producer (Meat Loaf's Bat Out of Hell , Patti Smith's Easter , among many) who turned away from the quirky, cosmopolitan hit-making of his earliest works for the role of progressive rock avatar, early Internet adopter, and sonic provocateur.