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.
October 18, 2013 |
The 16 nominees to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year have been announced, and one of them is absolutely, undoubtedly going to make it in the first year of eligibility. The no-brainer is Nirvana, the Kurt Cobain-led grunge trio that released its first single, "Love Buzz," 25 years ago, in 1988. That was three years before it turned the world on its ear with "Smells Like Teen Spirit" from its second album, Nevermind . But who among the other contenders are likely to be among the half-dozen who make the final cut?
August 16, 2013 |
"DON'T MESS with my fest!" For sure, some old-school folkniks attending this weekend's Philadelphia Folk Festival will be whining that line. But we're thinking that the general populace will rejoice at some offbeat bookings for the 52nd annual get-together on the Old Pool Farm, in Upper Salford Township, acts intended to make this homey event even more user-friendly and connectable. As ever, there's lots at the fest that qualifies as tried and true folk music, from Celtic talents ( Burning Bridget Cleary , RUNA )
December 20, 2012 |
Long before The Sopranos , David Chase wanted to make a movie about a rock-and-roll band in the New Jersey suburbs. And even before that, the writer, director, and creator of one of the most celebrated series in television history - whose feature film debut, Not Fade Away , opens Dec. 28 - was in a rock-and-roll band from the Jersey suburbs. Like Douglas, the curly-haired Rod Serling fan played by John Magaro who steps out from behind his kit in Not Fade Away to become the lead singer of his group, the Twylight Zones, Chase was once a teenage rock drummer.
December 13, 2012 |
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has chosen its Class of 2013: Albert King, Randy Newman, Public Enemy, Rush, Heart , and Donna Summer will be inducted at a ceremony April 18 at L.A.'s Nokia Theater. HBO will telecast the glittering gala event on May 18. Charlie Sheen, philanthropist Most graciously disgraced Two and a Half Men alum Charlie Sheen last month helped Lindsay Lohan dig her way out of debt with a $100,000 gift.
November 9, 2012 |
The slanting rays of the early-afternoon sun are lighting up the back room of Ray's Happy Birthday Bar in South Philadelphia, and already Low Cut Connie is rocking out. It's well before any normal hour to take the stage for the four-piece rock-and-roll combo, fronted by Cherry Hill native Adam Weiner, a piano-pumping showman; and Birmingham, England, drummer and guitarist Dan Finnemore. Joined by Neil Duncan and Ian Vos, the quartet will play Friday at Johnny Brenda's in support of their stellar, self-released second album, Call Me Sylvia . But today, at a neighborhood joint opened in 1933 by proprietor and saxophonist Lou Capozzoli's father, Ray, is a bit out of the ordinary.