August 17, 2015 |
By the time Mötley Crüe bade farewell to Philadelphia Friday night, the Wells Fargo Center had seen rains of confetti, deafening pyrotechnics, multidirectional jets of flame (including a few shot from a weapons-grade bass guitar), burning pentagrams, scantily-clad dancers, crane arms flying band members high over the audience, and an entire drum kit spinning 360s on a roller-coaster track that extended nearly the length of the arena. Oh, yeah, there were also four aging rock stars plodding through ponderously loud odes to decadence.
April 3, 2015 |
A TESTY EXCHANGE between a judge and City Commissioner Stephanie Singer's lawyer led to a drawn-out reconsideration hearing yesterday on nomination petitions that would keep her on the Democratic primary ballot. Common Pleas Judge Joel Johnson ruled last week that Singer fell four names short of the required 1,000 signatures to be on the May 19 election ballot. Singer's counsel, Chuck Goodwin, saw it differently. In a large ceremonial courtroom at Family Court normally used for baby adoptions, about a half-dozen people sat through yesterday's continuation of the longest of the recent nomination-petition challenge cases.
September 16, 2013 |
It was five years ago, when he published his seventh book, Enough: The True Measures of Money, Business, and Life , that it seemed Jack Bogle had produced his swan song - part autobiography, part jeremiad, part apologia - and that there wasn't much more to say. The founder of Vanguard, the Malvern-based mutual fund giant, Bogle underwent a heart transplant in 1996 and has continued, despite intermittent health problems, to live life with gusto...
December 21, 2012 |
EAGLES (+6 1/2) over Redskins: Got a queasy feeling about the final home game for the Jolly Green Giant. On the one hand, it's a "win one for Andy" feel in the home finale and his last game ever as head Bird. On the other hand, we have five fingers, and five reasons why the Eagles will not win. Nick Foles, the offensive line, the entire defense, special teams, and, if healthy, RGIII. So, as you can see, Double V is conflicted. Are the five reasons enough to put me on Washington, or does the "win one for the moustache" trump everything?
May 10, 2012 |
HE FINISHED another postseason looking again like an old action figure, his limbs long misshapen from too much bending and wear, his effectiveness frayed by too many hits, too much dependence, too many years of doing this. Kimmo Timonen ends his latest postseason at 37 years old, a year left on his contract, the tread on his tires visibly worn. You have loved the guy for his smarts and for his fight, for being a guy who will play with a bad back, a bad knee, a bad shoulder, and still find a way to impact a game.
October 29, 2011 |
Carbon Dance Theatre made its Philadelphia debut Thursday evening at the Performance Garage with Swan Songs , a serious contemporary ballet program that uses the final songs written by classical and contemporary artists just before their deaths. Carbon's founding artistic director, Meredith Rainey, invited Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, a master character developer and choreographer, "to take the edge off" in the pauses between the four works. In this program, he is Jeremiah, a seriously funny MC who reads poems (some his)
October 24, 2011 |
After a set that drew a standing ovation from the audience at the Keswick Theatre on Saturday night, the Jayhawks opened their encore with "Love Hurts," hewing closely to the immortal version by Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris. It was a fairly obvious choice for a band credited as a formative influence on the alt-country movement, but it also summed up the 90-minute set's subtext. Led by Mark Olson and Gary Louris, who recently released Mockingbird Time , their first album under the Jayhawks banner in 16 years, they worked the terrain of melancholy romance with single-minded devotion.
July 18, 2011 |
Perhaps Simon Reynolds is right. In his new book Retromania , the British critic argues that pop culture has become addicted to its own recent past, and a gander at who's been playing this summer's Festival Pier concerts lends weight to his words. In recent weeks, the Penn's Landing stage has seen reunion tour performances from '90s bands such as indie rockers Guided by Voices and the Dismemberment Plan, as well as grunge-era giants Soundgarden. On Saturday night, A Perfect Circle was just another in a long line of nostalgic revivals.
June 10, 2011
Those Darlins Those Darlins routinely get labeled as a cowpunk or alt-country band, but that's mainly because they hail from Tennessee and drop the"g" from the last word of their excellent name. Actually, darlin', what the fab foursome of front women Nikki, Jessi, and Kelley Darlin and drummer Linwood Regensburg are is a trashy garage rock band with more in common with Joan Jett and the Ramones than Dolly Parton. The Darlins' second full-length album, Screws Get Loose, expands the group's range from the stoner blues of "Mystic Mind" to the girl-group grabbiness of "Tina Said" and "Boy," and the songwriting quality is uniformly high throughout the tight, tough, 11-song set. Fellow Nashville garage band Natural Child are along for the ride.
February 4, 2011 |
1. Aaron Rodgers, touchdown total. Gotta go with the over of 1 1/2 and, really, I don't need to provide much analysis on this one. Rodgers' 99.4 QB rating is third best in the NFL behind Philip Rivers and Tom Brady. And this postseason, he's been playing like a Madden video-game Avatar, throwing both completions and TDs with ease. If you don't think in a 60-minute span Rodgers won't throw two TDs, then keep your money. You're better off tuning in to ESPN for replays of the X Games.