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.
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.