December 25, 2015 |
The Beatles - or at least the folks who publish the hallowed band's music - are giving a big holiday gift to the universe. It's all too much. On Wednesday, the official TheBeatles.com website announced that as of 12:01 a.m. Philadelphia time on Christmas Eve, the band's entire catalog will be available for streaming on nine of the major streaming service providers, including Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play, Tidal, and Amazon's Prime Music....
December 4, 2015 |
Ah, the holiday season is upon us. And perhaps the best way to usher it in is with a drunk Bill Murray. Murray leads A Very Murray Christmas , a new hour-long Netflix special that streams Friday. It's unlike the cloying TV so prevalent around the holidays. It's also positively Murrayesque, featuring a cabal of Murray's celebrity buddies, and it's, well, weird. But anything normal from Murray would be a disappointment in and of itself. A cult of personality has developed around Murray, largely because he, unlike so many other famous people, can see how positively ludicrous his celebrity is. Yet, seldom too detached or too cool, he can still be utterly earnest.
June 24, 2015 |
With the exception of the cult favorite "Temporary Secretary" from 1980's McCartney II , the song least familiar to Paul McCartney's fans during his sold-out 2 hour, 45 minute show at the Wells Fargo Center on Sunday was called "Hope for the Future. " His baby boomer fans - on average a good three decades older than the youngsters who sang along at the Firefly Festival in Dover, Del., two nights before - may not know it, but Sir Paul has been writing music for video games. Specifically for Destiny , a sci-fi first-person shooter for which he penned "Hope," a song that (naturally)
June 22, 2015 |
DOVER, Del. - It doesn't get much cheerier than the scene round about midnight on Friday at the Firefly Music Festival. The world's greatest surviving Beatle was bringing his headlining set at the largest music fest on the East Coast to a crescendo by leading thousands of fans - most more than 40 years his junior - in a sing-along, dance-in-the-mud version of "Hey Jude. " For Paul McCartney, who turned 73 on Thursday, the celebration had begun two hours earlier when he opened at the Woodlands at Dover International Speedway, singing an exultant, rocked-out rendition of his former band's "Birthday" before a sold-out crowd of 90,000 spread over Firefly's sprawling grounds, soaked with heavy rains earlier in the week.
June 18, 2015 |
LET'S FACE it: No one 50 years ago could have envisioned that Paul McCartney - the "cute Beatle" - would, in 2015, reign as one of the world's most famous and successful entertainers. After all, the mid-'60s was a time when teen-oriented pop acts were seen as here today, gone tomorrow commodities. (Come to think of it, some things don't change.) And it was a time when even the biggest names of that era - Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, Jack Benny and the like - hadn't put in anywhere near 50 years, much less at the pinnacle of show business.
June 18, 2015 |
That Paul McCartney souvenirs will be on sale at Sunday night's concert here is hardly newsworthy. Most bands peddle "merch" at their gigs. But the inventory inside the Infinity Live! complex on Pattison Avenue east of Broad Street will include some rather out-of-the-ordinary items - limited-edition prints of some of Sir Paul's paintings. These and more will be on display and sold from 4 p.m. until an hour after the concert ends. "He has only released seven signed works," explained Scott Segelbaum, president/curator of RockArtShow.com.
June 7, 2015 |
Queen makes a knight of princely grandson We don't know the rules, exactly, but it appears that being a prince doesn't automatically make one a knight, which is this whole other thing that only, like, a king or queen can make you. That's why Prince Harry found himself being knighted by his granny, Queen Elizabeth II , who dubbed him Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in a private thing at Buckingham Palace. It recognizes Harry's decade as a real, honest-to-goodness soldier in the armed forces, with two tours in Afghanistan.
May 30, 2015 |
Memorial Day may be the unofficial start of the summer, but the beginning of the concert season in Philadelphia is definitely the Roots Picnic. The favorite sons of the 215 come home annually from their steady gig on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to put on a daylong party. Between the Roots Picnic and the Welcome America celebration July Fourth, the band holds more than its share of sway over the local concert season. There's plenty more going on, however, beyond the mostly big events highlighted below.
May 10, 2015 |
The list of Canadian singer-songwriters making their own brand of heartfelt American roots music (at least early in their careers) starts with Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Bruce Cockburn, Gordon Lightfoot, and Leonard Cohen. Blank, hilly lands; cussed winds and worse relationships - these artists know such things as well as any Heartland U.S. musician. And so do the Manitoba-based Bros. Landreth, who held court at Chestnut Street's Milkboy on Thursday night. Make no mistake. Their principal singer and songwriter, Joey Landreth, is no Young, Cohen, or Cockburn.
April 26, 2015 |
McCartney returns! Paul McCartney . Y'know, he did that duet with Kanye West earlier this year? The upstart will play Philly for the first time in five years, taking over the Wells Fargo Center on June 21. Massive Macca fans will be able to see him twice in one week if they plan to hit up the Dover, Del.'s Firefly Music Fest on June 19 in Dover, Del. Tickets will go on sale at noon Friday, May 1. Trenton man does a...