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.
May 4, 2015 |
Pennridge's Marissa Sheva won the 800 meters Saturday at the Lady Rocker Track Invitational, finishing in 2 minutes, 14.13 seconds at Council Rock North. In the 400 meters, Villa Joseph Marie freshman Kaela Jolibois won with a 59.13. Central Bucks West's Maddie Villalba followed up Friday's 800-meter victory with a win in the 1,600-meter run, finishing in 4:59.23. Softball Emily Shellenberger stuck out 11 and had a pair of hits in Little Flower's 9-1 nonleague win over visiting Wildwood Catholic.
January 13, 2015 |
LIKE SO MANY churches that have closed in recent years, South Philly's massive Shiloh Baptist Church, built in 1870, has a small congregation burdened with huge repair bills, which is not a recipe for survival. But the Victorian-era church on Christian Street near 21st, one of the city's oldest African-American Baptist congregations, found two unlikely Earth angels. Shiloh Baptist rents its soaring second-floor spaces to Brat Productions, an edgy rock 'n' roll cabaret troupe, and to Brian Sanders' JUNK Dance Company, which choreographs around stuff that Sanders trash-picks on Philadelphia streets.
January 3, 2015 |
Early last year, members of the popular 1990s band Live announced a new project in their hometown, York, Pa., with fanfare befitting rock stars. The trio said they would spend nearly $200 million on a fiber-optic network snaking through Pennsylvania on a 363-mile arc from New York City to Northern Virginia. The plan included putting data storage centers in Reading, York, Allentown, and Lancaster - struggling cities where the network could be used to attract high-tech businesses. But nearly two years later, the network has not yet reached Pennsylvania.
July 3, 2014 |
IN A Q&A on the website Reddit, the Who 's Roger Daltrey complained that he was having trouble getting American artists to pitch in when it came to his upcoming Philly benefit concert with Joan Jett for Teen Cancer America. All proceeds from the concert, at the Kimmel Center on July 28, go to building a center at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia for teens with cancer. "One of the things we're struggling with is getting more Americans involved, more American entertainers like myself, the backbone of the music industry was this age group, and I feel like if you've been successful and you've made it, just by donating a bit of your time, a bit of your energy, even if it's just talking about what we are trying to achieve now," Daltrey wrote.
February 22, 2014 |
Give Kings of Leon credit. The Nashville-based band of the Followhill family - brothers Caleb, Nathan, and Jared and cousin Matthew - started their Southern-boogie-revivalist reign in 2000 as long-haired beardos in flared denim. But with platinum-selling success came experimental shifts in the Kings' rhythmic textures and grand sonic atmospheres, to say nothing of haircuts (they're neatly groomed and tailored now). This may overstate their original Dixie qualities, as well as the weirdness that's followed, but try to imagine Lynyrd Skynyrd at their hitmaking height, turning toward avant-garde experimentalist Brian Eno. It's this sartorially sober, spookily ambient, and stately version of the Southern-rocking Kings of Leon that packed the Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday, with bluesman extraordinaire Gary Clark Jr. as opening act. There was certainly still enough of the classic boogie and Nashville swoon that made the Kings famous.
May 3, 2013 |
LOS ANGELES - Jeff Hanneman, a founding member of Slayer whose career was irrevocably changed after a spider bite, has died. He was 49. Slayer spokeswoman Heidi Robinson-Fitzgerald said Hanneman died yesterday morning of liver failure at a Los Angeles hospital with his wife, Kathy, by his side. The guitarist had recently begun writing songs with the band in anticipation of recording a new album later this year. He had been recovering from what was believed to be a spider bite that nearly cost him his arm after he failed to seek immediate treatment.
November 30, 2012
Loretta Lynn The Coal Miner's Daughter has come a long way from Butcher Hollow, Ky. At 80 years old, Loretta Lynn is still out touring. That seems fitting, since her legacy as one of country music's all-time greats has been built on a fiery spirit and deep independent streak. She takes guff from no one, whether it's her man ("Don't Come Home a-Drinkin' With Lovin' on Your Mind") or a female rival ("You Ain't Woman Enough [to Steal My Man"]), and she isn't afraid to court controversy ("The Pill")
November 27, 2012 |
When it comes to his career, Graham Parker says, he doesn't do a whole lot of planning. "I just sort of drift along, and things happen to me," the perpetually underappreciated British rocker says. So he had not originally intended to reunite his storied '70s band, the Rumour, with whom he made incendiary, R&B-laced rock as well as the 1979 classic Squeezing Out Sparks . Yet here they are, with an excellent new album, Three Chords Good , and a tour that brings them to the Theatre of Living Arts on Friday night.
September 21, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - The elder stateswoman of the human-rights struggle sat on stage in pearls and a floor-length traditional skirt, pink roses pinned in her chignon. The shaggy performance artist whose punk-rocker wife sits in a Moscow jail rose with the couple's 4-year-old daughter, who placed a bouquet in Aung San Suu Kyi's lap. On Thursday, 400 young activists gathered in Washington at the Newseum and applauded. A generation and a continent apart, the understated Suu Kyi, one of the world's most famous political prisoners until her release in Myanmar in 2010, briefly shared the spotlight with friends and family of the feminist culture warriors known as Pussy Riot, three of whose members are serving two years in prison for an anti-Kremlin stunt in a Moscow cathedral.