November 4, 2014 |
It's heartening in this era of fluffy YouTube videos that an artist of weight can gain success through that medium. But YouTube is where we first heard of Andrew Hozier-Byrne, the Irish folk-gospel singer who performs as simply Hozier and who posted a stark video for his "Take Me to Church" - dedicated to Russia's beleaguered LGBT community facing rampant homophobia. The song became a viral sensation by dealing with religion and humanity with a sound track of holy-rolling, smoldering sensuality.
August 23, 2014 |
John Doe, bassist/vocalist for X, recognizes one noticeable difference in audiences for the band's current tour. "In 1980, parents weren't bringing their children to the show," Doe says. The 1980s have passed, but X will turn back the clock when the band performs Thursday at the Trocadero in Philadelphia. "We had four really good records," Doe says of Los Angeles , Wild Gift , Under the Big Black Sun , and More Fun in the New World , which came out between 1980 and 1983.
August 8, 2014 |
Who'll be the future Marian Anderson, Hall & Oates, Chubby Checker, or Teddy Pendergrass? Councilman-at-large David Oh has an idea that may help find out. At a 10 a.m. news conference at City Hall on Thursday, Oh will announce plans for a competition/music festival to help identify new local talent. Oh - chair of the Committee on Global Opportunities and the Creative/Innovative Economy - will announce a bill to promote Philadelphia as a live entertainment city. He will also announce PHL Live Center Stage, a music festival open to public participation.
April 1, 2014 |
In the lobby beforehand, they were doing brisk business selling Rob Delaney's absurdly titled comic memoir, Mother. Wife. Sister. Human. Warrior. Falcon. Yardstick. Turban. Cabbage. , copies of which the author gamely autographed after his show at the Trocadero on Friday night. If his stand-up act in between had had a title, it might have been "Portnoy's Burlesque," because it was so overstocked with material about onanism. His longest bit of the night was a strange salute to the late actor David Carradine ( Kung Fu )
October 26, 2013 |
Halloween isn't just for kids anymore. Not when you consider the wealth of adult events, often with a risqué spin, surrounding these days of the dead. With Halloween smack in the middle of the week, clubs, bar/restaurants, hotels, and event spaces are taking the opportunity to extend their entrée into zombiedom and sexy monstrosity and start early. The Legend It's one week before his 45th Halloween Ball, and Henri David is tinkering with his elaborate costumes - all three of them.
September 11, 2013 |
UPPER DARBY'S own Tina Fey will host the 39th season premiere of "Saturday Night Live" on Sept. 28. She'll be joined by musical guest Arcade Fire , which will release its fourth album, "Reflektor," on Oct. 29. But that's not the only local who will take the stage at 30 Rockefeller Plaza this season. South Jersey's own Bruce Willis will host on Oct. 12 with Katy Perry . Thanks a 'Million' Who wants to be a millionaire? Clearly, you do. If you'd like to try your hand at the well-named game show, head to Dave & Buster's (1995 Franklin Mills Circle)
June 14, 2013
The Awesome Fest opens Friday and continues through mid-August at various venues. All information, times, dates, and prices: www.theawesomefest . com. Psychedelic Furs 8 p.m. Friday at the Trocadero, 1003 Arch St. Tickets: $20. Information: 215-922-6888, www.thetroc.com . The Awesome '80s Themed Prom and 'Pretty in Pink' screening. 8 p.m. Saturday at Parx Casino's 360 Lounge and Nightclub, 2999 Street Rd., Bensalem. Tickets: Free. Information: 1-888-588-7279, www.parxcasino.com/awesomefest .
April 26, 2013 |
Johnny Marr has hardly kept idle in the quarter-century since the Smiths disbanded. The journeyman guitarist has added his distinctive blend of folk-rock jangle and punk fuzz to a nigh-endless list of recordings, from Talking Heads to Tom Jones. In recent years, he signed on as a full-fledged member of Modest Mouse and the Cribs. But he'd never released an album under his own name until The Messenger this year (although 2003's Boomslang , credited to Johnny Marr & the Healers, might squeak past the lenient)
March 8, 2013
Denver gypsy music foursome Devotchka broke out to a wide audience with their score to the 2006 hit indie movie Little Miss Sunshine . They were last heard from on the grandiose 2011 album 100 Lovers . Friday's show at the Trocadero is one of just two performances on a mini-tour in which the Nick Urata-fronted foursome will be trying out new material for that album's yet-to-be-recorded follow-up, accompanied by a string quartet. Brooklyn folk-pop trio Pearl and the Beard open up, on their way to the SXSW music festival in Austin, Texas.
February 1, 2013 |
JIM JEFFERIES likes Philadelphia: "I think the cheesesteak's an overrated food, but it's a cracking place. " The Australian comedian, whose new series, "Legit" (10:30 p.m. Thursdays, FX) launched Jan. 17, will play the Trocadero for the third time on Saturday. Speaking Tuesday from Los Angeles, where he's been fighting a bad cold - he insists he'll be better by the time he arrives for the sold-out show - he quickly backpedaled on the sandwich slur. His objection, he said, wasn't to the cheesesteak but to any town's taking "ownership of putting cheese and meat together.