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September 16, 2014 | By Shaun Brady, For The Inquirer
Giving over a portion of your set to a synchronized percussion piece performed with virtuosic precision by a trio of drummers is the sort of thing that drives King Crimson's detractors to hurl accusations of indulgence. But if indulgence isn't your cup of tea you likely knew to avoid the Kimmel Center this weekend, when the legendary British prog band made one of nine stops on its first U.S. tour since 2008. For those who enjoy the band's blend of bombast, complexity, heavy rock riffs, and chamber music intricacy, Saturday's second two-hour Philly show was packed with impeccably realized highlights from throughout the band's 46-year history.
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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.
NEWS
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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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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
September 12, 2014 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
U2 has just released what will soon be the most-deleted album in history. There it is, sitting in your iTunes Music Library whether you asked for it or not: Songs of Innocence , the heroic Irish rock band's 13th album, which they surprise-released for free Tuesday in partnership with Apple at the consumer tech giant's iPhone 6 (and Apple Watch) rollout in Cupertino, Calif. In a stroke of Internet razzmatazz, Apple made the 11 songs instantly ready for download in the libraries of all 500 million-plus iTunes users in 109 countries around the world.
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September 16, 2014 | By Shaun Brady, For The Inquirer
Giving over a portion of your set to a synchronized percussion piece performed with virtuosic precision by a trio of drummers is the sort of thing that drives King Crimson's detractors to hurl accusations of indulgence. But if indulgence isn't your cup of tea you likely knew to avoid the Kimmel Center this weekend, when the legendary British prog band made one of nine stops on its first U.S. tour since 2008. For those who enjoy the band's blend of bombast, complexity, heavy rock riffs, and chamber music intricacy, Saturday's second two-hour Philly show was packed with impeccably realized highlights from throughout the band's 46-year history.
NEWS
September 12, 2014 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
U2 has just released what will soon be the most-deleted album in history. There it is, sitting in your iTunes Music Library whether you asked for it or not: Songs of Innocence , the heroic Irish rock band's 13th album, which they surprise-released for free Tuesday in partnership with Apple at the consumer tech giant's iPhone 6 (and Apple Watch) rollout in Cupertino, Calif. In a stroke of Internet razzmatazz, Apple made the 11 songs instantly ready for download in the libraries of all 500 million-plus iTunes users in 109 countries around the world.
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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.
NEWS
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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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