August 6, 2015 |
Should it surprise anybody that Elvis Costello and his rugged yet nuanced backing trio the Imposters worked so well on a bill with the urbane, sophisticated Steely Dan on Monday at Camden's Susquehanna Bank Center? Hardly. There are degrees of undeniable jazz-tinged commonality between the two veteran rock-rooted acts, more apparent through the years. Even a taut Costello track like 1981's "Clubland" was well-nigh Dan-ish at times on Monday, with longtime keyboard accompanist Steve Nieve's expansive Latinesque piano swells and Costello's spicy guitar work on the now more open-spaced live tune.
August 4, 2015 |
Although only 25, Laura Marling is a veteran performer. Her first album, 2008's Alas, I Cannot Swim , came out when she was 18 and established her as a leading voice in Britain's nascent new folk movement. Her densely worded songs, her forceful acoustic guitar playing, and her clear, confident alto voice, caused her to be labeled an "old soul" from the start. This year's Short Movie is her fifth full-length album, and in some ways it's her most youthful: She's gone electric on several tracks, and the songs are less elliptical and allegorical.
November 21, 2014 |
THANKSGIVING week is primo time for benefit concerts with a serious reunion component. Take, please, this Sunday's get-together of local alt-rock notables at the Ardmore Music Hall. A show top-billed by the rarely together Huffamoose, and featuring seasoned singer/songwriters Jim Boggia and Ben Arnold, and (Huffamoose offshoot) the Fractals. No, there's not a turkey among 'em. So, what's the deal? 'Tis the season when musicians and patrons feel generous of spirit, happy to put out effort and bucks for a worthy cause.
September 24, 2013 |
Walter Becker and Donald Fagen bonded as diehard jazz fans at Bard College in the late '60s, and, judging by their two-hour set at the Mann Center on Saturday night, the pair at the core of Steely Dan remain aficionados nearly 50 years later. Their eight-piece backing band, dubbed "the Bipolar All-Stars" for the band's current Mood Swings tour, bookended the show with big-band renditions of Gerry Mulligan's "Blueport" and Nelson Riddle's TV theme from The Untouchables . Throughout the evening, the band's four horn players, all active jazz and studio musicians, were given ample time in the spotlight to flex their virtuosity in the midst of the band's jazz-laced hits.
May 11, 2012 |
Rob Morsberger is one of the best rock/pop singer/songwriters you've never heard on recordings or seen in concert. There is still time to make amends, but urgency is suggested, as the guy is "living with an illness that could rapidly derail me at any time," he acknowledges with admirable nonchalance. This weekend, Morsberger performs two shows in the area — Friday night at Kennett Flash in Kennett Square and Saturday at Psalm Salon in Overbrook Hills, where talent booker Jamey Reilly calls him "an artist we love.
January 17, 2012 |
WILMINGTON - The division between ancient and current music sometimes barely exists: Those involved with speculative resurrection of centuries-old sound need not work that much differently to bring new music into being. So nobody should be surprised that the small, Wilmington-based chamber-music group Mélomanie had no audible problems mixing ultra-polite Telemann with Variations on a Theme by Steely Dan by Mark Hagerty, performed Saturday at Grace United Methodist Church here (repeated Sunday at the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill)
August 30, 2010 |
If you are Cy Waits , bf of hotel inheritress Paris Hilton , your head must be spinning. And not just from the booze. Fast-backward to Tuesday. Paris' crib in L.A. Noises! You rush outside and hold a gun on alleged burglar Nathan Parada until police come. Hero! Wednesday, you're promoted to head of nightclub ops for Wynn and Hilton ! Hray! But Friday, in Las Vegas, mwa mwa mwa mwa (fail trombone), you're driving with your lady in the car and - busted! You are, for DUI. Paris?
November 12, 2009 |
Could Steely Dan have grown a heart? The group's "Rent Party" tour slouches into the Tower Theater Nov. 19 and 20. It's an audience-oriented affair: The band performs entire albums (the sainted Aja on the 19th and the scarcely less-celebrated Royal Scam the next night) and takes requests. What? Whole albums? Requests? What have you guys done with my Steely Dan? Walter Becker, one of the two fellows (the other being Donald Fagen) at the heart of this floating jazz-pop orchestra, says it's not that big a change.
October 11, 2009 |
On each of the four nights that Bruce Springsteen plays the Spectrum over the next two weeks, he and the E Street Band will uncork one of his landmark albums from start to finish. On Tuesday, it'll be Born to Run, the 1975 opus that landed the Boss on simultaneous covers of Time and Newsweek. On Wednesday, he'll do Darkness on the Edge of Town, the 1978 guitar-driven salvo whose shouted exhortations have been cathartic kick-starters at Springsteen shows for 30 years. He'll reprise Born to Run on Oct. 19, and the next night he'll punctuate his final Spectrum show with Born in the U.S.A.
August 10, 2009 |
In some cities on this summer tour, Steely Dan is reproducing some of its classic albums, like Aja, Gaucho, and Royal Scam, in their entirety. Other stops are all-request nights, with fans predetermining the content online. Atlantic City got none of that Saturday night. Hey, what are we? Minced clams? So this was an unadorned outing for the venerable rock band. But the capacity crowd at the Borgata Event Center didn't seem at all disappointed by the Dan's 90-minute hopscotch through what front man Donald Fagen ironically termed "our illustrious career.