April 27, 2016 |
Jennifer Childs, longtime artistic director for 1812 Productions, debuts Tuesday night in her self-penned, one-woman show I Will Not Go Gently at Plays & Players Theatre. Childs plays multiple roles in a musical tale of ageism, egoism, comebacks, and rock and roll. Three characters - a podcasting fan-mom, a faded television heroine, and a tech-centric tween - try to grab for glory they may or may not ever have had. These characters all bear some connection to Sierra Mist, an imaginary '70s/'80s female rocker icon whose music and image (Childs says)
April 15, 2016 |
As he approaches, the former N.W.A. member is still as cool as ice. As part of the legendary hip-hop group, Ice Cube burst onto the national scene in the early 1990s rapping about his unique perspective on life. Now, even though he's a big-time mainstream actor, he's still not shying away from controversy. As Cube has been making the rounds promoting Barbershop: The Next Cut , he has been holding forth on everything from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's oft-repeated 1996 remark about "super predators," which he says is an offensive label, to America's current fascination with GOP front-runner Donald Trump.
February 4, 2016
By Paul Halpern In January, the world of music lost several giants known as much for their hit songwriting as for their multi-decade performance careers: David Bowie, Paul Kantner of Jefferson Airplane, and Glenn Frey of the Eagles. When luminaries pass away within weeks of each other, articles often appear attempting to find commonalities - sometimes real, other times contrived. In the case of Bowie and Kantner, there is indeed a deep cosmic connection. Both were avid readers who loved science fiction, popular science, and outer-space themes.
January 9, 2016 |
Brian Fallon, the leader of beloved rockers the Gaslight Anthem, jokes that the solo tour that brings him to Wilmington's World Cafe Live at the Queen on Sunday is "a punishment thing. " He'll front a six-piece band, the Crowes, that includes guitarist Ian Perkins, Fallon's partner in the side project the Horrible Crowes, and Gaslight guitarist Alex Rosamilia. They'll debut songs from Painkillers , Fallon's first solo album, due in March. "The worst nightmare of every musician is to play new songs live, because people can't sing along, and they just stand there staring at you. So, we just figured, why not do a whole tour of that?
December 9, 2015 |
Do you have a picture of Bruce Springsteen jamming in a New Jersey basement? Ever take a selfie with Elton John? It's time to visit your attic, dust off your old photo albums, and show the world how much you love rock-and-roll. The largest museum in the world wants to spotlight your snapshots. The Smithsonian Institution recently launched Rock 'n' Roll, a crowdsourced site that chronicles the rise of rowdy genre music through the lenses of concertgoers. The museum is accepting and publishing fans' photographs on rockandroll.si.edu and will accept submissions through Dec. 1, 2016.
October 12, 2015 |
Blame it on Keith Richards and the inexorable passage of time. Since the Rolling Stone's memoir Life became a million-selling sensation in 2010, book publishers have been keen to get music celebrities to bare their souls and tell lewd and licentious tales about their creative heydays. The outpouring of rock-and-roll memoirs spurred by Life , as well as Patti Smith's National Book Award-winning Just Kids (2010), is reaching critical mass. Artists of a younger vintage than the septuagenarian Stone have grown long enough in the tooth to look back, with a particular concentration by acts that came of age in the punk-New Wave-disco 1970s.
July 12, 2015 |
Thursday's Mudhoney show at Union Transfer was a deeply satisfying event for discerning rock-and-roll lifers, whether young or old, part time or full time, in the crowd or on the stage. It was the Seattle quartet's first Philly show in a dozen years, and people were ready. Giddy kids with downy cheeks - clearly Mudhoney gig first-timers - joined in on every held-howl line sung by singer-guitarist Mark Arm during a dynamic band classic like "In 'n' Out of Grace. " So did certain oldsters who'd tracked that tune back in 1988 on WKDU (Philadelphia's bastion of free-form college radio)
April 18, 2015 |
The entrance to what's promised to be Philadelphia's hottest music club come fall is a gravel lot under an I-95 overpass. Now, it's just an abandoned metal factory in Fishtown - windows long blown out, covered in graffiti. But by fall, developers promise, it will be home to the Fillmore, a 2,500-seat music hall that promoter Live Nation aims to fill with big-name talent, as well as the Foundry, a more intimate venue with room for 450 aimed at local bands and up-and-coming talent, and a lounge.
February 20, 2015 |
It wasn't Charlie Gracie's idea that he write his life story. The South Philadelphia native was one of the first stars of rock and roll, one who inspired numerous future superstars. But his life has contained not even a hint of the scandal and salaciousness that usually draw publishers to rock memoirs. "Why would you want to write about me?" the still-vibrant 78-year-old singer and guitarist says at the home in Drexel Hill he shares with his wife of 57 years, Joan. "I don't have anything spectacular outside of my music.
April 12, 2014 |
NEW YORK - It was a big night in Brooklyn on Thursday at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, as Philadelphia pop-soul duo Hall & Oates joined Nirvana, Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, cartoon hard-rockers Kiss, and others in entering the Cleveland-based Hall as its 2014 class. Other inductees included '70s and '80s prog-rocker Peter Gabriel, singer-songwriter Cat Stevens, and country-rock hit maker Linda Ronstadt. She suffers from Parkinson's disease and did not attend the show but was paid tribute to in song by Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Stevie Nicks, Sheryl Crow, and Carrie Underwood.