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August 10, 2002 | By Steve Klinge FOR THE INQUIRER
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.
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April 26, 1997 | By Dan DeLuca, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
"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...
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October 2, 2012 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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February 2, 1986 | By Ken Tucker, Inquirer Popular-Music Critic
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.
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December 5, 2003 | By SARA SHERR For the Daily News
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.
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February 15, 1988 | By David Hiltbrand, Special to The Inquirer
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.
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April 8, 1999 | By Jonathan Valania, FOR THE INQUIRER
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.
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December 28, 2007 | By A.D. Amorosi FOR THE INQUIRER
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.
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June 27, 1991 | By Brigette ReDavid, Special to The Inquirer
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.
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June 27, 1991 | By Brigette ReDavid, Special to The Inquirer
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.
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September 12, 2015 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
Back in 2001, the Philadelphia psych-rock pop band Dr. Dog made a cassette-only album called Psychedelic Swamp . The concept album concerns a man named Phrases who gets trapped in a marsh, where he receives an encoded tape from outer space that needs to be translated into music by Dr. Dog. Naturally, the album, never officially released, has attained mythic status among fans. And at Union Transfer on Wednesday, a packed house got to hear it brought to life most imaginatively in Swamp Is On!
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June 10, 2015 | By Layla A. Jones, PHILLY.COM
Wearing a blue-and-purple tie-dye crop top that exposes her hot-pink bra paired with rolled-up jeans shorts and massive platform work boots, Anhia Santana doesn't seem . . . well, even as young as she is, she doesn't like to reveal her age. "I feel like it ruins my brand," said Santana, better known as the visual artist Distortedd. Her "brand" is a collection of captivatingly grotesque illustrations and animations with psychedelic swirls, gross-out oozes, and bouncing body parts that she admits sometimes scare people away.
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October 2, 2012 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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April 21, 2012 | By Dan DeLuca, INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
It's Record Store Day. That means it's the day to get out and support your local independent music shop. And there are a bunch in the area, still living and breathing in this digital age, from a.k.a. music in Old City to Main Street Music in Manayunk, Hideaway Music in Chestnut Hill to Beautiful World Syndicate in South Philadelphia, Repo Records on South Street to Marvelous in University City to Siren Records in Doylestown. They're among more than 900 indie shops around the United States, and more than 1,700 worldwide, that are participating in the fifth annual Record Store Day, which provides at least two good reasons for music lovers to mingle with fellow enthusiasts at the local Mom & Pop while holding some actual physical product in their hands.
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March 30, 2012
Of Montreal Kevin Barnes has made Of Montreal a vehicle for his id. Over the last 15 years, he's brought us some wonderfully unfettered, ambitious albums of psychedelic pop and of disco fun. He's also, occasionally, indulged his imagination and ended up with overstuffed song structures and barely decipherable lyrics, which happens too often on this year's Paralytic Stalks with tracks like the dissonant, 13-minute "Authentic Pyrrhic Remission....
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November 14, 2011
TAKE YOUNGMAN (PLEASE!) Think of Jayson Musson as the Sacha Baron Cohen of the art world and Hennessy Youngman as an art critic Ali G (see youtube.com/user/Youngman). "The Grand Manner," Musson's exhibit at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts through Feb. 5, features Youngman's criticism of their great works via cellphone tour. Youngman will do one of his typically hysterical presentations at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at PAFA, 128 N. Broad St. It's free. 215-972-7600, pafa.org. OTHERWORLDLY DANCE Chunky Move's riveting, 60-minute work "Connected" launches Dance Celebration's 29th season, "Out of this World.
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April 10, 2011
Pop So Beautiful or So What (Hear Music . ) It's been 20 years since Paul Simon, now 69, made an album of note. That would be 1990's Rhythm of the Saints , the Brazilian- flavored follow-up to 1986's South-African-rooted Graceland . With So Beautiful or So What , Simon gets his groove back by returning to the template of those two discs, melding his singer-songwriter observations with percolating rhythms delicately and...
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July 17, 2010
From Dan DeLuca's "In the Mix," www.philly.com/philly/blogs/inthemix/ Back in 1995 when I interviewed Harvey Pekar - the great Cleveland comic-book storyteller, jazz critic, and Everyman who died Monday at 70 - he had only recently survived a scare with death. Harvey and his wife, Joyce Brabner (who were portrayed by Paul Giamatti and Hope Davis in the inventive 2003 movie adaptation of American Splendor , Pekar's epic autobiographical investigation of the vicissitudes of everyday life)
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March 19, 2010 | By A.D. Amorosi FOR THE INQUIRER
Janelle Mon?e has it pretty good. The Kansas City, Kan., singer and composer born Janelle Robinson has the backing of Sean Combs and the guys in Outkast. Her theatrical soul sounds and android lyrics have attracted high-alert hype since before her Metropolis, Suite I: The Chase EP dropped in 2007. She's wowed fashionistas with her Afro-pompadour and tightly tailored formal wear. And even before she releases her debut full-length album The ArchAndroid - which comes out in May - she sold out two nights this week at Johnny Brenda's to a crowd dotted with Mon?e look-alikes.
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