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April 4, 1986 | By Ken Tucker, Inquirer Popular-Music Critic
The English rock band Echo and the Bunnymen will headline a show at the University of Pennsylvania's Irvine Auditorium tomorrow night. Echo and the Bunnymen recently released a new album, Songs to Learn and Sing (Sire), a collection of the group's best-known songs. The Liverpool band's most pervasive presence is that of lead singer Ian McCulloch, whose stentorian groan is an apt homage to the band's spiritual forebear, the late Jim Morrison of the Doors. The opening act tomorrow will be the Australian band the Church, whose gloomy music exerts a sort of sultry allure.
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August 1, 1997 | By Sam Wood, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Is Half Japanese the greatest rock-and-roll band in the universe? Director Jeff Feuerzeig's feature debut makes a pretty cheeky case that two misfit brothers from Michigan - who bear more than a passing resemblance to cartoondom's Ren and Stimpy - just may be pop music's saviors. Equal parts infomercial for the band, parody of the rock-documentary formula, and loving tribute to the now Baltimore-based noise-makers, Half Japanese: The Band that Would Be King portrays Jad and David Fair as childlike geniuses who single-handedly re-created a moribund art form from the ground up. You be the judge.
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October 24, 1986 | By Ken Tucker, Inquirer Popular-Music Critic
One of the most acclaimed young British rock bands, the Woodentops, will perform Sunday in Houston Hall at the University of Pennsylvania. The Woodentops' first American release, Giant (Columbia), features pretty melodies, murmured vocals and vigorously strummed acoustic guitars. In the old days, we called this "folk-rock. " These days, in the amnesiac pop world, it's the Next Big Thing From England. This, of course, is not the Woodentops' fault. At its best, this quintet takes familiar styles and makes them its own - this is the sound of hesitation and doubt, of romantic hemming and hawing, offered in a gentle, unassuming manner.
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January 22, 2013 | By Dan Gross
NOT EVERY band is praised by not only one, but both surviving members of Nirvana . Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl , the former Nirvana drummer, said on comedian Marc Maron 's WTF podcast that he loved Philly rockers Bleeding Rainbow . Ex-Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic posted his appreciation last week. "We all really freaked out when we first saw the Krist Novoselic tweet about how he likes us," said Sarah Everton , who sings and plays bass and guitar in the band.
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July 19, 1987 | By Alan Sipress, Inquirer Staff Writer
Add yet another claim to fame to Philadelphia's list. "This is Yes-town," Clifford Loeslin said yesterday. "Philadelphia is Yes-town. " Loeslin, a 29-year-old aerospace engineer, made the pilgrimage from his Seattle home to the Philadelphia area for the weekend-long Yescon - a celebration of the 19-year-old rock band Yes. Other fans trekked here to the acknowledged center of Yes culture from elsewhere on the West Coast and in the Midwest....
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June 8, 1989 | By Pam Belluck, Inquirer Staff Writer
A rock band manager, building a pipe bomb to amuse himself as he hung out with friends on a slow night at an Exton service station, was killed early yesterday when the device exploded and blew a hole in his chest. Matthew Harvey, 28, of the Indian Run Village mobile home park in Honey Brook, was dead on arrival at Brandywine Hospital. West Whiteland police Lt. Ralph Burton said the incident occurred about 12:15 a.m. in the cashier's kiosk at the Exxon gas station at the intersection of Routes 30 and 100. He said that Harvey had been assembling the bomb by stuffing a section of metal pipe with sulfur scraped off match books and was screwing a top on the device when it went off. "There was just a small flash," said Brian Moore, manager of the 24-hour station.
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December 8, 1993 | By Sam Wood, FOR THE INQUIRER
The last time Todd Rundgren came through town he brought along a veritable rock-and-roll orchestra. Monday at the Trocadero, the unpredictable Rundgren brought only himself - and a ton of equipment. He billed the show "TR-i" (for Todd Rundgren-interactive). But the restless innovator could just as easily have pegged it "the Return of Rock's Original One-Man Band. " From his stage (set up in the middle of the Troc dance floor) to his songs (from the new No World Order (Rhino/Forward)
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September 25, 2009 | By Steve Klinge FOR THE INQUIRER
Every Phoenix album has offered at least one, and usually two, perfect pop confections, starting with "If I Ever Feel Better" and "Too Young" from 2000's United. But America had not paid much attention until a Saturday Night Live appearance in the spring kick-started Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, the French quartet's fourth album. Now they're playing sold-out theaters across the States. "Before this record we still felt like we were a secret society or something," says vocalist Thomas Mars from a tour bus somewhere between Salt Lake City and Omaha.
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June 25, 1990 | By Jonathan Takiff, Daily News Staff Writer
Why in blazes would a Bucks County family willingly open its doors to Slaughter? The hottest new hard-rock band of the year, Slaughter has earned a fast reputation as party-hearty animals who like to stay "up all night, sleep all day. " Or so go the lyrics to the MTV and radio smash from their nearly platinum (840,000 copies sold) debut album, "Stick It To Ya. " Another of Slaughter's bone-crunching anthems celebrates "burning bridges, running down, got a nasty reputation from town to town.
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July 31, 2008 | By Dan DeLuca INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
Max Bernstein had a band, the Actual, with a catchy song called "This Is the Worst Day of My Life," a slot on the Warped Tour, and a gig opening for heavy hitters Velvet Revolver on a national tour. What he lacked was a sense of purpose. "Somebody once asked me, 'Why are you in a band?' " says the Los Angeles singer and guitarist, who will bring his new Internet-distributed agit-rock outfit, Max & the Marginalized, to the Trocadero tomorrow and the Reef in Wilmington on Monday.
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July 4, 2014 | By Casey Fabris, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two tour buses, one for the crew of the rock band Styx and the other for the band Foreigner's crew, caught fire Wednesday afternoon in a Philadelphia bus lot. No injuries were reported in the blaze on the 100 block of Callowhill Street. The cause was under investigation. The Styx bus caught fire first, which in turn caused the Foreigner bus to catch fire, Styx publicist Amanda Cagan said in an e-mail. Chief Peter Crespo of the Philadelphia Fire Department said the blaze was reported at 12:24 p.m. and fire trucks arrived on the scene five minutes later.
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September 17, 2013 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
Anson Smith crossed the finish line of the Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon on Sunday 10 minutes ahead of his goal. He attributed the 1-hour, 40-minute performance to the 16-year-old waiting on the other side. "It's easy to run when you're thinking about people who can't do it," said Smith, the boys' soccer coach at Hunterdon Central Regional High School in Flemington, N.J. Smith, 36, was among more than 22,000 people who arose at dawn to run the venerable 13.1-mile course through Center City.
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August 26, 2013 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
Phoenix, the electro-tinged French rock band, has been busy this year headlining major rock festivals from Glastonbury to Lollapalooza in support of their fifth album, Bankrupt! The Gallic foursome, fronted by singer Thomas Mars, is set to play the Made in America main stage on Saturday. Last week, Mars spoke from his home in New York, where he lives with his wife (movie director Sofia Coppola) and their two children. "It's been great," Mars said of his summer. It's been spent playing both megagigs such as California's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival (where they were joined onstage by R. Kelly)
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June 24, 2013 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
Marking the Fourth of July in any other month might seem un-American. But Medford officials are betting residents will warm up to a novel idea: celebrating Independence Day on a weekend, even if it lands in June. And so, Medford will hold its July Fourth fireworks display this year on Saturday, at the close of a day of festivities that officials hope will become a tradition. "The more we talked about it, the more it made sense," township recreation director Beth Portocalis said.
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June 14, 2013 | By Peter Mucha, Philly.com
Eric Martin, a software engineer and ski instructor who lives Harleysville, is one of nine adventurers hunting for $100,000 at 9 tonight on TNT's survival-style game show, 72 Hours . Is it possible for the area to have back-to-back winners? On last week's debut, Michelle Lamelza, who grew up in the Northeast, found the cash-filled briefcase with two teammates during a quest that crossed a half-dozen Fiji islands. See article: " Philly fave wins wild TV treasure hunt . " See slide show: " Reality-show champs from Philly.
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June 3, 2013 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
Way back in 1965, Steven Van Zandt, a teenager growing up in central New Jersey, went to see a rock band for the first time. The Jersey band playing at the Matawan-Keyport Roller Drome would change the life of the man later known for his roles with Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band and in HBO's The Sopranos , not to mention for his own Sirius XM radio channel, the Underground Garage. It was the Rascals, the 1960s hit-making quartet whose four original members - singers Felix Cavaliere and Eddie Brigati, drummer Dino Danelli, and guitarist Gene Cornish - have reunited, as a result of Van Zandt's persistent prodding, after 40 years apart.
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March 5, 2013 | By Katherine Silkaitis, For The Inquirer
There are a handful of incarnations of the indie rock band Eels, a decades-long project led by Mark Oliver Everett. Over the course of 10 studio albums, the band has been quiet and introspective, aggressive and defiant, witty and sweet, and a spectrum in between. Live shows have likewise covered the gamut, from full string orchestra to rock band to solo Everett and his guitar. This time around, Eels is an all-out rock band. Five men, wearing dark sunglasses and clad in black Adidas track suits, took the stage Saturday night at World Cafe Live.
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January 22, 2013 | By Dan Gross
NOT EVERY band is praised by not only one, but both surviving members of Nirvana . Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl , the former Nirvana drummer, said on comedian Marc Maron 's WTF podcast that he loved Philly rockers Bleeding Rainbow . Ex-Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic posted his appreciation last week. "We all really freaked out when we first saw the Krist Novoselic tweet about how he likes us," said Sarah Everton , who sings and plays bass and guitar in the band.
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December 29, 2012
Film New this week: Not Fade Away (*** out of four stars) Suburban New Jersey in the 1960s is carefully recreated by "Sopranos" auteur David Chase. John Magaro is great as Douglas, a gawky teen who finds confidence in his rock band. James Gandolfini, also of "The Sopranos," is the often-exasperated dad. A sprawling, often well-done tale. It's a hit. Rated R. . - Steven Rea Music Gov't Mule Formed as an Allman Brothers offshoot in 1994, Gov't Mule, which plays Dec. 28 and 29 at the Tower Theater, has kept its vigor and roadworthiness, becoming a much-followed jam band, due in large part to front man Warren Haynes.
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December 24, 2012
Lee Dorman, 70, a bass guitarist for the psychedelic rock band Iron Butterfly, who played on one of the genre's most recognizable songs, "In-a-Gadda-da-Vida," died Friday in Laguna Niguel, Calif. Mr. Dorman was found dead in his car outside his home, said Gail Krause, a spokeswoman for the Orange County Sheriff's Department. A coroner ruled the death was of natural causes, Krause said. Mr. Dorman had heart problems and was on a transplant list, Martin Gerschwitz, one of the current members of Iron Butterfly, said in an interview.
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