June 26, 2016 |
The last shows I expected to be comparing to Showtime's new Cameron Crowe series Roadies are The West Wing and The Newsroom . What could the road crew of a touring rock band have in common with White House aides and TV news producers? In real life, probably not much, beyond crazy hours, famous bosses, and ever-shifting crises. But there's something distinctly Aaron Sorkin-esque in the love affair Crowe is having with characters who professionally are at their best when the public forgets they're even there.
June 26, 2016 |
Luke Wilson never worked the road for a rock band, but, after two decades of acting, the star of Showtime's Roadies knows how much crews matter. "I don't ever work on anything now where I don't know a crew person, or somebody [who has] worked with one of my brothers," Owen and Andrew, said Wilson during a Showtime cocktail party in January. "I was just saying to my mom that I do feel now like this really is my business. I work more with the same crew people than I do with the same actors.
May 13, 2016 |
William Jesse Wolf, 60, of Lansdale, whose many interests were powered by a thirst for knowledge, died Friday, May 6, of pneumonia at home. "Billy," as Mr. Wolf was called, had lived with his sister Deborah since 1991. Before that, he lived in Germantown with his parents, William Jesse Wolf Sr. and Marcella Lyons Wolf. "He was my best friend," said his sister. "People just loved him. " Born with Down syndrome, Mr. Wolf regularly enchanted his family with his wisdom and sense of humor.
January 20, 2016 |
Glenn Frey, 67, the Detroit-born singer who co-fronted the Eagles, the archetypal and massively popular 1970s Southern California rock band, and with Don Henley made up one of the most commercially successful songwriting teams in rock history, has died. Mr. Frey, who sang many of the band's biggest hits, including "Peaceful Easy Feeling," "Already Gone," "New Kid in Town," and "Take It Easy" (which he cowrote with Jackson Browne), died Monday in New York City of complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis, and pneumonia, according to the band's website.
September 12, 2015 |
L7's tenure ended just as the Internet began to dominate culture. But it was the Internet that ended up reviving L7. The L.A. punk-metal band's run lasted from 1985 to 2001, influencing the riot grrrl bands of the early 1990s without reaching the same heights as their grunge (and often male) contemporaries. The reunited L7 plays the Trocadero Theatre on Friday night. Around 2013, when L7 singer and guitarist Donita Sparks started to post videos and pictures on L7's official Facebook page in an effort to digitize her archives, she wasn't thinking about a reunion.
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.