March 5, 2013 |
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.
January 22, 2013 |
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.
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.
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.
December 3, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - David Letterman's "stupid human tricks" and Top 10 lists are being vaulted into the ranks of cultural acclaim as the late-night comedian receives this year's Kennedy Center Honors with rock band Led Zeppelin and three other artists. Stars from New York, Hollywood, and the music world gathered Sunday in Washington to salute the comedian and the band, along with Dustin Hoffman, Chicago bluesman Buddy Guy, and ballerina Natalia Makarova. The honors are the nation's highest award for those who influenced American culture through the arts.
November 8, 2012 |
AIN'T IT great when all the stars align? Denny Somach is feeling just such a magical, mystical moment as he and others aim to spread a "Whole Lotta Love" for one of the biggest rock bands of all times - Led Zeppelin - with a rash of new goodies, including a lavish book, CD and DVD sets, tribute concerts and even a major TV salute. Producer of the nationally syndicated "Get the Let Out" weekly and daily radio features, Somach has been on the bluesy Brit band's case since the early 1970s.
October 25, 2012 |
On recordings it's not entirely clear why Spoon singer and guitarist Britt Daniel needs a second creative outlet. But in concert, as at Union Transfer on Monday, the differences between Spoon and his new project, Divine Fits, are legion. Spoon re-creates its studious minimalism so faithfully onstage that fans must be foaming at the mouth for a broken string, a monkey wrench, some jarring element to provoke a response from the unit they love. But Divine Fits is a rock band - Sam Brown metronomically swings at his kit like he's backing Warren Zevon, while co-leader Dan Boeckner writhes on the floor during "My Love Is Real" ("until it stops," ouch)
August 16, 2012 |
MOSCOW - The global campaign to free members of the punk band Pussy Riot is gaining speed: Supporters of the rock provocateurs are mobilizing this week in at least two dozen cities worldwide to hold simultaneous demonstrations an hour before a Russian court rules on whether its members will be sent to prison. Friday's rallies will ride a wave of support for the three women who have been in jail for more than five months because of an anti-Putin prank in Moscow's main cathedral. Calls for them to be freed have come from a long list of celebrities, including Madonna and Bjork.
August 10, 2012 |
There's a song called "Funeral Dress" that's the title track to the 2005 debut album by the terrific, little-heard Ohio rock band Wussy, as well as the group's 2011 acoustic reworking of the album called, aptly enough, Funeral Dress II . "Funeral Dress" is a typical Wussy song - an even collaboration between guitarists and singers Chuck Cleaver and Lisa Walker that manages to turn a fairly grim subject - in this case, death - into a bracing, catchy,...
August 1, 2012 |
The Skyline Stage at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts could hardly have made a more stunning debut then it did on Sunday, when Icelandic ambient experimental ensemble Sigur Ros opened its U.S. tour with the first show of a sold-out two-night stand. With the moon peeking through the clouds and, yes, the Philadelphia skyline visible through the trees on a balmy summer night, Sigur Ros - whose four main members are bassist Georg Holm, guitarist Kjartan Sveinsson, drummer Ori Pall Dyrason and singer-guitarist Jon Por Birgisson, known to the world as Jonsi - was making its first appearance anywhere since 2008.