April 27, 2011 |
Can the Grammys do anything right? This month, the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, responding to years of criticism that the Grammy Awards were hopelessly out of touch, decided to do something about it. Academy president Neil Portnow announced that instead of giving out 109 golden gramophones at next year's 54th annual awards, it would give out 78. The Grammys have been widely mocked - by this critic, among others - for being...
July 9, 2010 |
WHEN YOU look at what Chubby Checker has accomplished in his half-century as an entertainer, it's impossible not to be impressed. His recordings - including "The Twist," "Let's Twist Again," "The Fly," "Pony Time" and "The Limbo Rock" - have sold millions of copies worldwide and made him one of the most recognizable figures of the rock era. "Let's Twist Again" was the first recipient of a Best Rock 'n' Roll Recording Grammy (in 1962)....
March 23, 2010 |
"As soon as somebody said, 'Hey, do you want to play Joan Jett?' I said, 'Yes, definitely!' And then you realize afterward what a big job that is. " That's Kristen Stewart talking. And, as things turned out, that's Kristen Stewart playing Joan Jett in The Runaways: punked out in leather and a Jett-black shag in the just-released rock biopic about the '70s all-girl glam band. In the film, which opened Friday and neatly captures the head-spinning rush of being onstage thrashing your guitar when you're 17 years old, Stewart is the Wynnewood-born Ms. Jett and Dakota Fanning - another kid actor who has managed to segue into young-adult roles - is Cherie Currie, the blank-faced blond lead singer in the stripper couture.
March 13, 2009 |
The Broadway musical Spring Awakening did more than earn its composer, Duncan Sheik, several Tony Awards and the respect of Broadway theater-lovers and highbrow critics. The soft-spoken singer-songwriter - who burst onto the music scene more than a decade ago with the Grammy-nominated hit "Barely Breathing" - says Spring Awakening also afforded him freedom to launch the type of tour he's bringing to Philly fans this weekend: one that encompasses all aspects of his increasingly diverse career.
September 26, 2008 |
Tom Stoppard's Rock 'n' Roll is about political history and love and rock music and families and sex and death and passionately held ideologies; it's about cancer and Sappho's poetry and newspapers; it's about the differences between freedom and liberty, between the mind and the brain, between heretics and pagans. In other words, it's about all the important human stuff. As a minor character says, "We're supposed to know what's going on inside people. That's why it's the Ministry of the Interior.
March 3, 2008 |
Billy is passionate about rock music and he plays the guitar. Recently he was thrilled when a rock band invited him to its studio for a jam session. The members gave him some tips and then he joined them in playing a number. They surprised him with a gift of a brand-new guitar signed by band members. He was overjoyed because he had lost his guitar some time ago. An outgoing and sociable 16-year-old, Billy will talk to anyone who will listen. He has a good sense of humor and enjoys jokes.
August 12, 2007 |
The raw, slamming sounds of girl Band A reverberate liked trapped thunder against white cinder-block walls. Standing in a circle - rock-and-roll poses perfected, little-kid smiles wiped away - each girl adds her personal noise to the collective din, now growing loud enough to kill small animals. At Girls Rock Philly day camp at Girard College this week, the first all-girl rock camp in the Philadelphia area, you don't ask if it's good. The questions are: Is it awesome? and Does it rock?
June 16, 2007 |
"What song is that, Dad?" I was sitting under a tent last week with family members after my son's high school graduation when he asked about the classic rock tune that was playing during his class video. I listened to the chugging intro and pegged the band as Journey but misidentified the title as "On and On. " After a few bars I corrected myself, "It's called 'Don't Stop Believin'. " So it was eerie when, two nights later, the same vintage power ballad provided the final notes for The Sopranos.
June 16, 2007 |
'What song is that, Dad?" I was sitting under a tent last week with family members after my son's high school graduation when he asked about the classic rock tune that was playing during his class video. I listened to the chugging intro and pegged the band as Journey but misidentified the title as "On and On. " After a few bars I corrected myself, "It's called 'Don't Stop Believin'. " So it was eerie when, two nights later, the same vintage power ballad provided the final notes for The Sopranos . Pretty cheesy choice for a series that always has been canny in its use of music.
May 11, 2007 |
It is an awesome mantle to carry: the ultimate summer Shore band. After all, Bill Haley and the Comets first played "Rock Around the Clock" live in Wildwood, and Bobby Rydell made a hit out of "Wildwood Days," singing about partying at the Shore. Todd Rundgren and the Nazz were Shore-band guys, and Chubby Checker has claimed he first danced the twist there. Also claiming their place in the beach-band sun are the Nerds, a bunch of Jersey guys who have been mainstays on the Monmouth County and Long Beach Island scene since, well, pocket protectors and ill-advised plaid became nebbishy cool.