August 14, 2016
Sunday One man's treasure New-York-via-Jamaica artist Nari Ward creates astounding found-object assemblages with items collected on the city's streets, presenting a distinctive take on consumerism, poverty, and identity. Nari Ward: Sun Splashed , an exhibit of his work, is at the Barnes Foundation , 2025 Ben Franklin Parkway, through next Sunday. Tickets are $25; $23 seniors; $10 students. Call 215-278-7000. Monday By any name Sometimes, you notice a band for its peculiar moniker.
June 5, 2016 |
Among the survivors of the 2015 Paris Bataclan massacre are the Eagles of Death Metal, who have carried on since that bloodshed with equal doses of sadness, shock, awe, argumentative finger pointing and apology. From the glam-slamming, garage pop-crunching of EODM during a sold-out show at the Trocadero on Friday, it also seems as if the ensemble has continued with its roaring, hammy rocking aesthetic. "We've had a weird six-and-a-half months," said mega-mustachioed, preacher-like bandleader Jesse Hughes, "but we feel loose tonight.
March 11, 2016 |
In Cameron Crowe's 1992 Seattle grunge film, Singles , a rocker character named Cliff laments the anthems of his youth. "What happened to music that meant something? . . . Where is the 'Misty Mountain Hop' of today?" OK: Where are the hearty, hummable songs meant to inspire? Where is the "Up, Up and Away" of this moment, the "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing," used unironically, not the way it was used in the Mad Men finale? Enter Rachel Platten, a Massachusetts native and Katy Perry sound-alike whose vibrant voice, direct lyrics, and rousing tunes helped her sell out the Trocadero on Tuesday.
March 7, 2016 |
Last Sunday's Oscar results provoked much weeping and lamentation among Philadelphians with an overdeveloped attachment to Sylvester Stallone. Moviegoers from this region may have heavily favored the old warhorse, but Academy members did not. Sly fans can take comfort in the fact that the Academy Awards really don't have much to do with anything real people care about - Stallone is apparently unpopular in Hollywood circles - and that the victor, veteran...
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)