June 30, 2015 |
For all their success - a Grammy and several other big music awards; chart-topping Billboard music - Imagine Dragons, like Rodney Dangerfield, get little respect. The band has been called "lite" so many times that it's getting stupid. The "other Las Vegas rock band" (they're certainly not the Killers) has been called Radiohead-lite, U2-lite, and Coldplay-lite, the last being the worst insult because Coldplay itself is U2-lite. The quartet's big show at Wells Fargo Center on Saturday occasionally showed why Imagine Dragons is held in flippant contempt, along with many reasons to give them props.
February 16, 2015
The Districts A Flourish and a Spoil (Fat Possum ***) The Districts grab your attention. The four members of the Philadelphia-based rock band formed in Lititz, Pa. - none of whom is legally old enough to drink alcohol - are a formidable live unit who make an immediate impression with dynamic scream-to-a-whisper song structures that take a page from the playbook of such 1990s bands as Nirvana and the Pixies. That furious energy, and the commanding, frayed-at-the-edges vocals of singer Rob Grote, are on display in A Flourish and a Spoil . It's the band's second full-length album and the first since signing with well-regarded indie label Fat Possum.
December 4, 2014 |
GREAT NEWS for vintage Korn fans - as well as fans of vintage Korn: When the band stops at Camden's Susquehanna Bank Center tonight in support of headliner Slipknot on the "Prepare for Hell Tour," expect a lot of the older songs from the catalog, said bass player Reggie Arvizu, known to fans as "Fieldy. " "On this leg, we're only doing two new songs from 'The Paradigm Shift,' " Fieldy said in a recent telephone interview, referring to the band's 11th studio album, released in late 2013, on Prospect Park Records.
September 16, 2014 |
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.
September 12, 2014 |
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.
July 4, 2014 |
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.
September 17, 2013 |
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.
August 26, 2013 |
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)
June 24, 2013 |
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.
June 14, 2013 |
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.