December 1, 2015 |
At a sold-out Ardmore Music Hall Saturday night, the spirit of P-Funk was alive and well as George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic kept a packed house moving for a nearly three-hour set that didn't come to a close until nearly 1 a.m. Songs blended into each other amid the calculated jam-session feel that the band has always had. A stomping, rousing opener joined crowd and stage, with the repeated stirring intonation by Clinton - backed at this point...
April 18, 2015 |
The entrance to what's promised to be Philadelphia's hottest music club come fall is a gravel lot under an I-95 overpass. Now, it's just an abandoned metal factory in Fishtown - windows long blown out, covered in graffiti. But by fall, developers promise, it will be home to the Fillmore, a 2,500-seat music hall that promoter Live Nation aims to fill with big-name talent, as well as the Foundry, a more intimate venue with room for 450 aimed at local bands and up-and-coming talent, and a lounge.
September 2, 2013 |
Nine Inch Nails: Hesitation Marks *** (out of four stars). Columbia. In stores Tuesday. 'I came back," Trent Reznor sings on the lead single to Hesitation Marks (Columbia ***), the first new album from Nine Inch Nails in five years. "I came back haunted. " Well, of course he did. How else would you expect Reznor to come back? Content? At peace? Happy as a clam? Not a chance. You would expect Reznor, 48, the Mercer, Pa., native who made industrial-rock suitable for mass consumption with the 1989 breakthrough album Pretty Hate Machine and its 1994 successor The Downward Spiral, to return from a half-decade absence agitated, unsettled, and existentially tormented.
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)
February 26, 2013
Kevin Ayers, 68, an influential singer-songwriter who cofounded the band Soft Machine, has died in France, his record label said Thursday. Mr. Ayers was an important figure in the British psychedelic movement spearheaded by the Beatles in the late 1960s. He did not achieve sustained commercial success, but his work is treasured by musicians and many fans. Jack McLean, assistant to the managing director of Lo-Max Records in London, said Thursday that Mr. Ayers' body had been discovered in his bed at his home in the medieval village Montolieu in the south of France.
February 22, 2013 |
On Thursday at the Merriam Theater, Sweet Honey in the Rock will be bringing it - and then some. "We have everything," says longtime (and retiring) member Ysaye Maria Barnwell, "from African to spiritual to doo-wop to folk to jazz to civil-rights music - we have it all. " This year is the group's 40th anniversary. Since 1973, Sweet Honey - present lineup Barnwell, Louise Robinson, Aisha Kahlil, Nitanju Bolade Casel, Carol Maillard, and impassioned signer Shirley Childress Saxton - has crisscrossed the world, with song-and-dance performances that combine musical journey, dance, spoken-word, political statement, and ecstatic exploration of the human voice.
February 8, 2013
THE CONCEPT of a Broadway musical scored with rock music is hardly a radical one. After all, "Hair" debuted when Lyndon Johnson was in the White House. But a punk-rock musical? Now that's a horse of a different decibel level. On the surface, punk seems like the genre least-suited to musical theater, having been forged in the mid-to-late-1970s as a response to safe, mass-market mainstream pop, whose own roots can be traced, in large part, to the Great White Way. Sonically, the two genres are worlds apart.
December 12, 2012 |
Ravi Shankar, 92, the sitar player and composer described as the "godfather of world music" by Beatles guitarist George Harrison, has died. Mr. Shankar, who first performed internationally as a child, devoted his adult life to Indian classical music. His audience widened after Harrison, who introduced the sitar into rock music by playing the instrument on the Beatles' "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)," sought out Mr. Shankar's tutelage. "It's with a very heavy heart that I confirm this sad news," his manager, Earl Blackburn, said in an e-mail Wednesday.
April 19, 2012 |
HE WAS VOTED "Most likely to sell the Brooklyn Bridge" by his high-school classmates. But Dick Clark did much more than that. He sold America on a kit bag of rowdy trouble and seductive pleasures. And he did so fordecades —from those lurid "Great Balls of Fire" goosed by Jerry Lee Lewis and the hip, grinding come-ons to do "The Twist" evoked by Chubby Checker, to the coded drug-'n'-revolution messages he let fly on national TV from the Jefferson Airplane, and the totally tarty aura of Madonna that became America's obsession.
February 24, 2012
THEATER AGAIN AND AGAIN At the end of Eugene Ionesco's "The Bald Soprano," a one-hour absurdist comedy about the ridiculous nature of British social conventions and language, the play dictates that the actors start again from the beginning. The reliably-wacky Brat Productions - which staged a fantastically camped-out musical version of "Carrie" last year - takes that prompt literally. Beginning tonight, they'll perform the play for a full 24 hours, with the actors taking nary a break to catch their breath.