April 26, 2016
Billy Paul, 81, the acclaimed Philadelphia soul singer best known for the No. 1 hit ballad "Me and Mrs. Jones," died of cancer Sunday morning in Blackwood, N.J., according to his manager Beverly Gay. Mr. Paul, born Paul Williams in Philadelphia in 1934, was hospitalized last week at Temple University Hospital, Gay said. Mr. Paul was one of many artists who had success with the Philadelphia-based writing and production team of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. Mr. Paul attended the West Philadelphia Music School and the Granoff School of Music.
April 23, 2016 |
Charles Bradley says he still knows 58 James Brown songs, embedded in his mind and body from the years he spent in New York City impersonating the Godfather of Soul. But when the 67-year-old goes onstage these days, he's doing Bradley, not Brown. The dynamic performer, who just released his third and best album, Changes , comes Sunday to Union Transfer. Changes is an apt title. Bradley's life, recounted in the 2012 film Soul of America, has been full of trials. In a phone interview before a performance in Newcastle, England, Bradley told stories that recounted the murder of his brother and a soul-crushing encounter with a racist police officer who threatened his life (and how he found reassurance when the Eagles' "Take It to the Limit" came on the jukebox)
April 3, 2016
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March 24, 2016 |
The last blast of winter blew hard and cold on a recent Friday night outside Trocadero on Arch Street. But inside that burlesque club's intimate Balcony, New Jersey's Agudos Clef - an alternative hip-hop duo with roots in the Dominican Republic - kept things cheerfully incendiary with tracks from their steamy debut disc, Teoria . While flutey songs such as "Raices" vividly described from where rappers Josue Lora and Peter "Nota G" Rodriguez hail,...
March 17, 2016 |
FROM THE OUTSIDE peering in, it would seem as if the Arena Football League is taking on water. Four more teams were subtracted this offseason, the 18-game schedule was reduced to 16 and everybody gets to make the playoffs. It's been a chaotic seven months since last year's championship, which San Jose won to cap an historic 20-win season. Even the Sabercats had to cease operations because of money problems. "It was a tumultuous offseason in revamping our league," Soul majority owner Ron Jaworski said at the team's media day in Voorhees on Tuesday.
March 16, 2016
Obama Derangement Syndrome is striking Republicans once again. To avoid having to answer for the rise of Donald Trump, they want to hold the man in the White House responsible for the emergence of a demagogic showman who has been the loudest voice challenging the legal right of the winner of two elections to be there. Obama picked his words carefully but with some quiet glee when he was asked about this at a joint news conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday.
March 6, 2016 |
THE LOOK was a little more frazzled than normal, the hair more mussed. Brett Brown met the media before Friday's contest with the Miami Heat and he looked as though he had already seen Dwyane Wade throw in 30 points (Wade scored 21 without playing the fourth quarter in a 112-102 Miami win). That is where Brown is: sometimes bordering on insanity, most times hiding it with an enormous amount of inexplicable optimism for a team that fell to 8-54 with the loss. Lately, the former seems to be outweighing the latter, and with good reason.
February 27, 2016 |
A decade ago, just when he was relaunching his recording career, James Hunter spent five months living with his managers in West Philadelphia. "I had a lovely time out there," the Englishman said recently from Miami, where he was preparing to board a blues cruise. "I developed quite an affinity for Philadelphia. " The 53-year-old singer-guitarist also has quite an affinity for old-school soul and rhythm-and-blues. His new album, Hold On! , reaffirms his status as one of the modern masters of the vintage sounds.
February 17, 2016 |
Susan Tedeschi, whose heart-to-heart vocals range from tender to tough love in ways that leave her Tedeschi Trucks Band fans shaken and stirred, concedes that, yes, that's her in the Facebook photo, all dressed up, holding her Fender guitar in one hand and doing laundry with the other. Her face is as intense about getting those clothes into the dryer one-handed as it is when her voice is wringing every ounce of scorn out of "I Pity the Fool," every ounce of tender longing out of "Always," and every street-tough blues chop out of that Fender.
February 14, 2016
The politically minded Brooklyn rapper Kweli teams up with the Soul Rebels, one of the most musically adventurous of young New Orleans brass bands. A socially conscious party should ensue. Wednesday at the Theatre of Living Arts.