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June 24, 1991 | By Chuck Eddy, Special to The Inquirer
Entering the Trocadero stage to Gregorian chants, Egyptian disco, and dry ice Friday night, Divinyls chanteuse Christina Amphlett wasted no time in getting down to the business at hand: her hand. In accordance with "I Touch Myself," this Australian rock band's big hit, she started touching herself - wiping her palms on her thighs, using her little skirt for a fan, fondling the microphone. Clad in a skimpy black dominatrix get-up with stockings up to here and Mick Jagger lips out to the there and some naughty bits pushed up to extend farther, she was a Sidney schoolgirl gone to seed and not terribly happy with the world.
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December 12, 1986 | By Robert Gordon, Special to The Inquirer
Mick Jones has traded his rock-and-roll clothes for a pair of dancing shoes. The former member of the Clash, one of Britain's premier punk-rock bands, brought his new group Big Audio Dynamite to the Trocadero on Wednesday night. Though its sound differs from that of the Clash, the philosophy of the bands is similar. BAD is a dance band, its music an energetic hybrid of rock-and-roll, funk and reggae that recalls the work of Prince. But as they did in the Clash, Jones' songs retain a political slant.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 25, 1996 | By Sara Sherr, FOR THE INQUIRER
Girls Against Boys has the makings of a great band. The Chicago punk-noir quartet's blistering set at the Trocadero on Wednesday demonstrated more presence than many other recent major-label signings. (The band's next effort will have a home at DGC). The boys of Girls Against Boys (or its hip abbreviation GVSB) are the masters of mood, savoring each moment with a tension that's just as monumental as its inevitable release. Starting the show with "Tucked In," from 1994's Cruise Yourself, guitarist Scott McCloud wrapped his woozy, weary vocals around otherwise ordinary lyrics such as "Is everybody tucked in," making them seem like an invitation to stay out all night.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 8, 1997 | By Fred Beckley, FOR THE INQUIRER
Alex, an electrical engineer who drove with a heavy foot from Washington to see Spiritualized at the Trocadero on Friday, realized the irony of his action. "I was in this big hurry," he said, "and I thought, wait, I can't race to get there, because they're all about slowing down. " Indeed. During both Spiritualized's performance and that of the lethargic opener, Acetone, if you made the long balcony climb, waited in the beer line, drank said beer, and worked your way back stage-front, you didn't need to worry about missing a song.
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February 17, 2003 | By Fred Beckley FOR THE INQUIRER
Eight musicians gathered casually on a gear-strewn stage Saturday night at the Trocadero. They turned knobs and tuned while the classiest act in country music, dressed in jeans and a hooded black sweatshirt, stood with them and watched. He leaned, actually, on an equipment case, and when the crowd cried out he smiled. Vince Gill set a mood and made a point. This was no ordinary show - such would have been held in a much larger hall - but an informal, almost rehearsal-like "listening party," as he called it, of Next Big Thing (MCA)
ENTERTAINMENT
October 15, 1992 | By Tom Moon, INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
If nothing else, Tuesday's bill at the Trocadero promised an evening of great songs. Though he's touring to promote a hopelessly average album (Burning Questions), headliner Graham Parker is responsible for some of the cleverest pub-rock ever. And opener Lucinda Williams specializes in blunt, crystal-clear songs that straddle the country-rock divide without pandering to either side. Only Williams and her exceptional trio delivered greatness with any consistency. Parker and his band, the Small Clubs, which featured veteran bassist Graham Maby and drummer Gary Burke, were bent on obscurity.
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April 13, 1992 | By Sam Wood, SPECIAL TO THE INQUIRER
The resurgence of '70s pop doesn't stop with disco. The sodden rock of that era is making a comeback, too. Herewith, the rock recipe that pleased a large crowd of Pearl Jam fans Friday night at the Trocadero: PEARL JAM 5 twentysomething guys from Seattle (include 2 finely chopped guitarists, 1 raw-throated vocalist) 1 bushel Bad Company, Free and Guess Who records One packet generic rebellion, anger and alienation 1 tub of hype Overripe rock-and-roll theatrics, to (excessive)
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November 7, 1986 | By Ken Tucker, Inquirer Popular-Music Critic
Fela Anikulato Kuti, a Nigerian who is one of the most influential musicians to emerge from modern Africa, will make a rare local appearance on Sunday at the Trocadero. Fela is a singer, songwriter and bandleader; his mixture of African and American rhythms has drawn widespread acclaim and has been an influence on musicians as diverse as James Brown and Peter Gabriel. He is also a political activist known for frequent disagreements with his government. Fela made a dramatic appearance at Amnesty International's all-star "Conspiracy of Hope" concert last summer in New Jersey; this weekend's show at the Trocadero offers the opportunity to see and hear him in a more intimate setting.
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October 9, 1991 | By Sam Wood, Special to The Inquirer
"Gee, think people would pay to watch me at my computer terminal?" asked a wag on his way out of the Trocadero early yesterday. Unlikely. And the reason had just been provided during a 50-minute set by 808 State. A four-man techno-dance collective from Manchester, England, 808 State considers the recording studio its most important instrument. EX:EL, the group's latest album (and one of the most sparkling dance records ever released), relies heavily on sequenced synthesizers, sound collages and drum machines.
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November 4, 2014 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
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.
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August 23, 2014 | By Tom Wilk, For The Inquirer
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.
NEWS
August 8, 2014 | By Sofiya Ballin, For The Inquirer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 1, 2014 | By David Hiltbrand, Inquirer Staff Writer
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 )
ENTERTAINMENT
October 26, 2013 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 11, 2013 | By Molly Eichel
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)
ENTERTAINMENT
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 .
ENTERTAINMENT
April 26, 2013 | By Sam Adams, For The Inquirer
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)
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
NEWS
February 1, 2013 | BY ELLEN GRAY, Daily News Television Critic graye@phillynews.com, 215-854-5950
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.
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