August 10, 2002 |
On his two American releases, Japan's Keigo Oyamada, better known as Cornelius (after the Planet of the Apes character), demonstrated mastery of both delirious cut-and-paste pop (1998's Fantasma) and languid, organic soundscapes (this year's Point). With sounds ping-ponging from channel to channel and occasionally abrupt dynamic shifts and juxtapositions, the albums make ideal listening via headphones, where their dizzying depths can send the mind reeling. To translate the kaleidoscopic aural effects to the stage of the Theatre of Living Arts on Thursday night, Cornelius added brilliant visuals.
April 26, 1997 |
"If anybody gets an urge to play an instrument," William Cullen Hart, singer, guitarist and xylophonist for Olivia Tremor Control, said at Silk City Lounge on Thursday, "I'm sure there's something up here we can find for you. " Indeed, there was no kitchen sink in sight, but the Athens, Ga., band - augmented by four members of the Elephant 6 Orchestra - played everything but. In presenting the ebullient psychedelic-pop of Dusk at Cubist Castle...
October 2, 2012 |
WHILE THOUSANDS gathered at a rally for Jesus on Independence Mall on Sunday, psychedelic Jesus blotter paper was on sale at an entirely different sort of gathering on the University of Pennsylvania campus. Psychedemia, a three-day academic conference on "visionary art and psychedelic culture," brought several hundred researchers, artists and students to Penn over the weekend to discuss the evolving state of psychedelics in the world. And although the event did feature tables filled with inactive LSD blotter paper, vivid paintings of shamans and dragons and plenty of people with dreadlocked hair, tied-dyed shirts and conspiracy theories, it was the hard science behind recent psychedelic research that helped the conference get the approval of Penn's Perelman School of Medicine.
February 2, 1986 |
As a collection of psychedelic, post-psychedelic and pre-punk music, Elektrock: The Sixties (Elektra) is hard to beat. Executive producer Lenny Kaye has compiled four records of material from the Elektra Records vault, and he has a critic's ear for what to emphasize. The Stooges, the MC5, Love and Tim Buckley each receive a whole side of representative material, and Kaye offers the most interesting cuts from bands such as Rhinoceros, David Peel and the Lower East Side, the Incredible String Band and Crabby Appleton.
December 5, 2003 |
TONIGHT: The '60s-inspired Immediate! party makes its debut at Silk City with Washington, D.C., neo-garage act The Phobes and local power-pop kids The Swims, as well as The Brothers Gieda spinning classic soul and freakbeat, complete with a psychedelic light show and film projections (9 p.m., 5th and Spring Garden streets, 215-592-8838, $5). The Puppet Uprising Cabaret and Cheap Art Bazaar kicks off tonight and tomorrow at the Rotunda, with The Great Quentini, Ben Matchstick, Frida Bus Puppet Theater, Magical Unicorn Productions, Spiral Q's Erin Flynn, and The Krimpet Puppets (7:30 tonight and tomorrow, 4014 Walnut St., free, all ages, 215-573-3234, http://www.
February 15, 1988 |
Bummer, man. Those who attended the Electric Factory Concerts' 20th Anniversary Dance Party at the Spectrum yesterday expecting a giddy revival of the psychedelic era instead experienced a bad trip. A very long bad trip. At least they got their money's worth. The roundup of rock groups like Spirit, the Chambers Brothers and Iron Butterfly, which were popular two decades ago, seemed impressive enough. But few of these grizzled veterans proved capable of doing justice to their reputations.
April 8, 1999 |
Olivia Tremor Control is like a pressed flower, a crumbling thing of beauty you might find marking the "Summer of Love" section of The Big Book of Pop-Music History. The members of this Athens, Ga., psychedelic outfit have obviously spent time studying that mythical endless summer of 1967 that saw the release of the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Brian Wilson's "Good Vibrations," Pink Floyd's Piper at the Gates of Dawn and Love's Forever Changes. If nothing else, the Olivias are a reminder of that sparkling moment on the pop-music continuum between the mop-top innocence of the British Invasion and the full-blown acid dementia that would usher out the 1960s.
December 28, 2007 |
The first thing critics and audiences want to know about Philly's Photon Band's main-man, Art DiFuria, when they hear the composer/singer/guitarist's impure pop output is "where did that come from?" That's only because the trajectory of DiFuria's career as prince of all things psychedelic has been upwards; yes and true, but with precious few albums. Those albums all lovingly reference psy-pop influences such as Jimi Hendrix, the Who and Syd Barrett without being obvious. "I never take issue with the questions, but man, am I ever tired of hearing my answers," says DiFuria with a laugh.
June 27, 1991 |
Nationally known author and performer Barry Louis Polisar will perform a concert for children of all ages at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Upper Merion Township Building Park, 175 W. Valley Forge Rd. in King of Prussia. Polisar performs on guitar and sings songs for anyone who has ever giggled behind a teacher's back or laughed at the mention of underwear. Admission is $3. Children under 9 will be admitted free of charge. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Reggae is on the bill at the 23 East Cabaret on Lancaster Avenue in Ardmore tonight with psychedelic sounds following over the weekend.
June 27, 1991 |
Nationally known author and performer Barry Louis Polisar will perform a concert for children of all ages at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Upper Merion Township Building Park, 175 W. Valley Forge Rd. in King of Prussia. Polisar performs on guitar and sings songs for anyone who has ever giggled behind a teacher's back or laughed at the mention of underwear. Admission is $3. Children under 9 are free. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Reggae is on the bill at the 23 East Cabaret on Lancaster Avenue in Ardmore tonight with psychedelic sounds following over the weekend.