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January 25, 2009 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer music critic
The winter-and-spring mix of pop-music releases is never so blockbuster-packed as the holiday shopping season, but there are still some heavy-duty headliners on the way. Some of the world's biggest rockers and rappers reclaim the spotlight, while the ur-jam band comes back to life. And the returns of a smart-mouthed British wit and a sultry Philadelphia chanteuse are among the subtler musical pleasures in the months ahead. Lily Allen, It's Not Me, It's You. The smart-mouthed Brit who made a fabulously cheeky splash with 2007's Alright, Still comes back with another comma in her album title.
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May 10, 1987 | By John Milward, Special to The Inquirer
Major players in the black/urban music and radio business gathered recently at Bally's Park Place Casino Hotel for "Super Summit Conference," sponsored by the music-industry tipsheet Impact. Included on the "Trendsetter" panel were Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, the hottest writing-producing team in - forget black music - the whole of pop music. The floor was open for questions. "Jimmy and Terry," queried a disc-jockey voice that could give a bullfrog pause, "can you clear up the rumors regarding the Time reunion and movie?
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February 3, 1993 | by Jonathan Takiff, Daily News Staff Writer
And now, here's something for the youngsters," Ed Sullivan used to say in his half-apologetic introductions for longhaired bands such as the Beatles, Rolling Stones and the Animals when they performed on his variety show. Nowadays, with those "youngsters" of yore sitting in the prime easy chair, American television no longer treats popular music as the pimply little monster only let out to play for a few minutes on weekends. Pop is the soundtrack of America's collective life.
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September 3, 2006 | By Dan DeLuca INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
Justin Timberlake is doing the anxiety-ridden post-9/11 world a huge favor. He's bringing "SexyBack. " Have the Sept. 11 attacks had as profound an effect on pop music as they did on geopolitics? Yep. They've made it sillier. Not exclusively, of course. Along with a parade of Pussycat Dolls and "Promiscuous" boys and girls, there have been serious responses to the tragic events of that clear blue day. The most impressive, by far, has been Bruce Springsteen's The Rising, which did its inspirational best in 2002 to make sense of the rubble left behind.
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August 16, 1990 | By Jonathan Takiff, Daily News Staff Writer
For a pop music lover, plugging into a good cause has never been easier or more entertaining. The biggest flurry of charity albums ever to be released in a single year is coming between now and the holiday season. Just buy, enjoy, and take your tax deduction (where applicable.) Music Speaks Louder Than Words (Epic) celebrates the spirit of glasnost, with a catchy collection of light rock and soul songs jointly composed in Russia (in November 1988) by seasoned U.S. writers and the best pop tunesmiths from the USSR.
NEWS
February 10, 1992 | by Bruce Britt, Los Angeles Daily News
Rage, it seems, is all the rage in pop music nowadays. Last month, the rap group Public Enemy released a controversial video titled "By the Time I Get to Arizona," which portrays rapper Chuck D leading a paramilitary force on a mission to kill Arizona politicians for opposing the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. The clip also features simulated footage of 1960s civil rights marches. Critics say the Public Enemy clip is representative of an upsurge in hateful lyrics and visuals in pop music.
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April 19, 2009 | By Dan DeLuca INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
No money that's why I'm mad Need a livin' that's why I rap . . . I'm cheap, can't brag about what I got My five-star meals come from IHOP. - Rugged N Raw, "I'm Broke and Proud" You're losin' your job, your house and your car Hittin' rock bottom don't feel that far Nothin' good is gonna come along All I can do is play this song. - Loudon Wainwright III, "Times Is Hard" Pop music escapism isn't about to go out of fashion, but hard times are back in style.
SPORTS
April 10, 1993 | By Doug Hadden, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Check the United States Golf Association rule book. What does it say about a player listening to Pearl Jam on his Walkman in the middle of his backswing? That would be covered by Rule 14-3, "Artificial Devices and Unusual Equipment," which states that a "player shall not use any unusual equipment: (a) which might assist him in making a stroke, (b) for the purpose of measuring distance, or (c) which might assist him in gripping the club. " That is good news for Triton junior John Hagerty 3d, who resorted to musical assistance last week as a way to clear his head and break out of a rare slump.
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May 15, 1994 | By Dan DeLuca, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Every year in mid-March, a horde of music-business types descends on this bursting-with-talent town for the South by Southwest Music & Media Conference (SXSW), and is amazed at the breadth of Texas music. There are conjunto accordionists. Red-hot blues guitarists. Left-of-center country pickers. Singer-songwriters of every stripe. Unencumbered by major- label recording contracts, they play Austin clubs year-round, refining their musicianship, developing their stagecraft and not making a whole lot of money in the process.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 9, 1986 | By Ken Tucker, Inquirer Popular-Music Critic
Pop music is by now so pervasive in the background of movies that few mass- market films do not yield sound-track albums. Ever since the massive success of the sound track to Saturday Night Fever in 1977 - a two-record set that sold more than 30 million copies - pop music has been used with increasing sophistication as popular art and as a marketing tool. The latest development in sound-track-album fever is the insertion of pop music into movies that might not necessarily seem appropriate vehicles.
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April 14, 2015 | By Sarah Smith, Inquirer Staff Writer
For Peter T. Hesbacher, it was always about people. He spent his life - following his father from place to place as a young man to spending years as a sociologist - working to engage people. And in his daily life, it showed. "He was one of those people at a party where, if you felt like nobody's talking to a person, he'd go start talking to the person and find something in common," said daughter Gretchen, who recalled her father as never wearing anything but a suit. "I think he had a lot of people who felt close to him. " Dr. Hesbacher, 78, of Danville, Pa., died Wednesday, April 8, at Emmanuel Center at Maria Joseph Continuing Care Community in Danville after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.
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April 1, 2015 | By Jim Rutter, For The Inquirer
Remember Liberace? The Wisconsin-born piano prodigy who for decades reigned as an American superstar by building an entertainment empire of TV and a mainstay Vegas act that paid him up to $300,000 a week? If you don't, the Walnut's Independence Studio on 3 production of Liberace! contains plenty of historical information to fill you in. Writer/director Brent Hazelton's 2010 show winks at the idea that many may not remember the pop icon. After Jack Forbes Wilson's Liberace announces a drawling "I'm ba-ack!
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January 26, 2015 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
When it comes to big-name albums, it's becoming rare for release dates to be announced much in advance. The element of surprise is a big bonus, and social media spread the word like wildfire. So, rather then tell us ahead of time, everybody's trying to keep a secret, then spring it on us for maximum promotional value, Beyoncé-style. So, along with the three to-be-announced releases by Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, and Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill listed below, a whole lot of other marquee releases expected in early 2015 have no specified arrival dates.
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September 15, 2014 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
Does anyone actually buy music anymore? Unclear. But the album release schedule still gets busy after Labor Day. Besides those blurbed below, look for releases by Chris Brown ( X , Sept. 16) Lucinda Williams (the double album Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone , Sept. 30), Weezer ( Everything Will Be Alright in the End , Oct. 7), Florida Georgia Line ( Anything Goes , Oct. 14), Jessie Ware ( Tough Love , Oct. 21), Lil Wayne ( Tha Carter V , Oct. 28), Foo Fighters ( Sonic Highways , Nov. 10)
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March 24, 2014 | BY JONATHAN TAKIFF, Daily News Staff Writer takiffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5960
READY TO SPRING forward, showgoers? Get your ears engaged and your body in motion with some fine musicians, two big back-to-back radio-sponsored rock fests, the return of Philly's Center City Jazz Festival and more fabulous femmes - Miley Cyrus, Cher and Lady Gaga, too - than your dance-pop-loving heart can take without bursting. Okkervil River, March 28. This brittle, edgy folk-rock troupe (named after a Russian short story) is so literate, its lyrics stand alone as vivid poetry, short yarns.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 28, 2014
FOR RED CARPET mavens, the Grammys are a mix of vavoom-daredevil style or she's-wearing-what? level disasters. This year didn't disappoint on both fronts (oh, Katy, no) but the biggest surprise came from the boys. Men don't have many choices when it comes to awards-show style. Slap on a tux and try not to look like a fool is generally the only rule of the red. But the men stepped it up for this year's red carpet, from Kevin Hart's textured tux, to the velvet-suited men of pop music (Macklemore, Robin Thicke)
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January 24, 2014 | BY JONATHAN TAKIFF, Daily News Staff Writer takiffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5960
TELEVISED entertainment award shows, like the MTV VMAs, American Music Awards and Golden Globes, have captured surprisingly big - even "best in a decade" - ratings this season, scoring especially well with advertiser-coveted 18- to-49-year-olds. Will Sunday's Grammy telecast (8 p.m., on CBS) likewise win viewing love - and tweets - and help restore pop music's mass-media prestige in the process? Could happen, if the event delivers the same performance tingle and thrill of victory as the best TV talent contests - the new live entertainment standard by which even award galas are being judged.
NEWS
January 17, 2014 | By Jim Rutter, For The Inquirer
Fans of Mel Brooks and John Waters will love We Will Rock You , now in a touring production at the Academy of Music. Fans of Queen's music, not so much. As someone who likes both Brooks' comedies and Queen's music, I can tell you the two styles don't mix well, at least not in Ben Elton's book. The storyline draws on Star Wars , 1984 , A Clockwork Orange , and The Matrix . "Sometime in the future," tormented teenager Galileo (Brian Justin Crum) lives in a totalitarian state called the iPlanet, where everyone plugs into Globalsoft - a virtual world of video games, advertisements, and pop music.
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September 21, 2013 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
These are busy times for Pet Shop Boys, the tandem of singer-lyricist Neil Tennant and keyboard player Chris Lowe, who are the biggest-selling pop duo in British music history. Last year, the group released the tranquil Elysium , their 11th studio album. Then, while also working on a song cycle about the late British mathematician and computer scientist Alan Turing, they followed it up in less than a year's time with Electric , an altogether more kinetic affair that stands up nicely to late-1980s career highlights like Actually and Introspective . The latest Pet Shop Boys traveling theatrical spectacular, the "Electric" tour, will bring the band to the Mann Center in Fairmount Park on Sunday.
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July 21, 2013
@ Dave on Demand: Follow television writer David Hiltbrand at www.inquirer.com/ daveondemand @ In the Mix: Dan DeLuca writes about pop music and culture. www.inquirer.com/ inthemix
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