May 13, 2016 |
On the title song of his new album, Joe Grushecky explains, in his typically plainspoken but eloquent fashion, just what keeps him out there rocking as he pushes 70: There is a place where I stand strong There is a place I know right from wrong . . . There is a place, and it's in my song. His album It's in My Song (Schoolhouse ) is one of the highlights among new releases by aging but unbowed rock-and-roll lifers that we'll survey here. (Peter Wolf and Willie Nile, also in this group, have already been covered recently in these pages.)
May 5, 2016 |
Carmine Appice started drumming with the neo-psychedelic Vanilla Fudge in 1966 and hasn't stopped pounding the skins since. Now 69, he's probably seen just as much - more, even - as you'd imagine. The drummer worked as Rod Stewart's kit-man in the '70s and '80s, cowriting Stewart hits "Young Turks" and "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy. " Appice played with Ozzy Osbourne and got thrown off tour by Ozzy's wife, Sharon, for overshadowing the star on stage. He's kept time for Bo Diddley, David Gilmour, Stanley Clarke, and dozens of other big names and super groups.
February 28, 2016
Living Like a Runaway By Lita Ford Dey Street. 272 pp. $26.99 Reviewed by Tara Murtha When Lita Ford was 11, she told her parents the nylon-string classical guitar they bought for her birthday wasn't exactly what she had in mind. What the future "queen of heavy metal" wanted was something electric. So begins Living Like a Runaway , a mostly fun, often hilarious memoir of a rocker chick who can rip through serious lead guitar solos as well as - or usually better than - the next guy, a goal that snapped into focus after her first Black Sabbath concert.
November 6, 2015
IT TOOK the better part of five decades, but Ian Anderson has finally made his peace with Jethro Tull. We're not talking about the eclectic British band that Anderson co-founded and led for 47 years as its sole composer and vocalist, as well as flutist and acoustic guitarist. The Jethro Tull in question is the band's namesake. The real Jethro Tull was a turn-of-the-18th-century British agriculturalist whose inventions included the seed drill, which helped modernize farming. Anderson, 68, has never hidden his dismay that his group, founded as a straight electric blues outfit, took Tull's name.
August 30, 2015 |
CAPE MAY, N.J. - The feet are over the railing, the rocking chair tucked nicely into a corner. The book was taken serendipitously off a shelf, and, not for nothing, the husband was left on a different porch. None of it was deliberated, really, but come to think of it, Sarah "Sally" Gibson, 69, would have to acknowledge she did not take her Cape May porch routines lightly. "I tried all of them," said Gibson, a social worker from North Jersey. "They have three. The air is a little better on the side one, but not the shade.
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.