September 19, 2016 |
Some of the biggest acts of the long, hot summer concert season are coming back for more: Beyoncé returns to Lincoln Financial Field on Sept. 29, and Drake and Future will still be on their Summer Sixteen tour when they bring it to the Wells Fargo Center on Oct. 13. But in general, fall is when the music scene moves back indoors to more intimate spaces. There's lots to listen to in cozier surroundings besides the albums and shows detailed below. Bluesman Bobby Rush is at Sellersville Theater (Oct.
September 11, 2016 |
Taj Mahal/Bettye LaVette. The 74-year-old bluesman born Henry Fredericks, who came to prominence way back in the counterculture 1960s, teamed with the great 70-year-old R&B song interpreter, who has earned her just acclaim only in the last decade. Sunday at Longwood Gardens. Cheetah Chrome. The Dead Boys and Rocket From the Tombs guitarist, playing on a packed bill with Crank County Daredevils, Jukebox Zeroes, and Seeing Snakes. Monday at Kung Fu Necktie. Julien Baker. The Memphis singer-songwriter with an uncanny ability to hush audiences into rapt, worshipful silence with her spare, emotionally raw, and spirit-filled original songs on her 2015 debut, Sprained Ankle . Call out for a cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Badlands" or Hank Williams' "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry. " Tuesday at Underground Arts.
September 2, 2016 |
At a time when world music is a happy schematic of African, Latin, Middle Eastern, European, and Baltic sounds, it is still the sounds of Asia that rarely mix. Yes, Japanese electronic musicians (e.g. Ryuichi Sakamoto) sneak on to dance charts and Korean "K" pop is a thing, but it is unusual to hear the urbane tropical tones of Thailand or of grander, increasingly modern China. This month, Johnny Brenda's will get a visit from Khruangbin - an American trio playing raw, authentic Thai garage surf funk.
August 24, 2016 |
As a staffer in the Philadelphia City Commissioners office, Leonard Boyer III helped to make sure every voter's voice counted on Election Day. But Boyer's own voice was silenced Saturday when two gunmen fatally shot him in broad daylight in front of his mother's North Philadelphia home, according to police. Boyer, 25, was one of four weekend homicide victims identified Monday by police. As of 11:59 p.m. Sunday, the city's murder tally stood at 181 people, up from 166 at the same time last year, according to Police Department statistics.
August 21, 2016
Real (Bloodshot ***) Lydia Loveless records for an alt-country label, and she has a classic honky-tonk singer's stage name - she was born Lydia Ankrom. So it's no surprise the Ohio songwriter gets typecast as a country singer. But Real, the 25-year-old guitarist's fourth full-length album, moves her more confidently into the "genre-agnostic" artistic territory she's aiming for. Songs like the swoony "Longer" and chiming "More Than Ever" show the influence of heroes like Elvis Costello and Nick Lowe, and "Heaven" proudly brandishes an affection for gleaming '80s pop. Listen closely, however, and you'll hear that, beneath the inviting surface, Loveless retains a penchant for unvarnished emotionalism.
August 14, 2016
Innocence Reaches (Polyvinyl ***) Of Montreal can be maddening. Kevin Barnes' project releases overstuffed albums at a dizzying rate - Innocence Reaches is its 14th in 20 years. And he's a genre-hopping chameleon in love with obfuscating song titles such as this album's "Chaos Arpeggiating. " Innocence Reaches, however, sprawls less than most Of Montreal albums, and it's all the better for it. "How do you identify?" Barnes sings to open the album on "Let's Relate," a thumping synth-pop disco anthem that owes more to Daft Punk than to Barnes' usual Kinks/Beach Boys/Bowie sources.
August 5, 2016 |
Juliette Lewis has wanted to be a singer since she was a young girl in Los Angeles. Yes, she veered wildly and successfully into a late teen career in mainstream and independent film, with vividly mature roles for marquee directors Martin Scorsese (1991's Cape Fear ), Woody Allen (1992's Husbands and Wives ), Lasse Hallström (1993's What's Eating Gilbert Grape ), Oliver Stone (1994's Natural Born Killers ), Kathryn Bigelow (1995's Strange Days ), and Robert Rodriguez (1996's From Dusk Till Dawn )
July 22, 2016 |
Welsh band Super Furry Animals is often given the psychedelic label, though that fits about as well as a sweater you wore in eighth grade. "If I'm honest, I never thought [about] what genre we fit in," SFA's Cian Ciaran says. "Every time someone asks, I just say I don't know what to say, other than some guitar-based music, and then I run out of adjectives. "It's colorful songs or melodies -," he says, trailing off. Among the five members of the band, Ciaran seemed the right one to ask, as - through drum machines, synthesizers, samplers, and the various electronic equipment he plays in addition to keys - he is the main architect for the electronic sound that helps to set the band apart.
July 22, 2016 |
THE WASHINGTON POST reported that as part of her "Joining Forces" initiative, first lady Michelle Obama invited a group of veterans and active military to a special pre-release White House screening of Star Trek: Beyond . Stars Chris Pine , Karl Urban and Simon Pegg were also guests. President Obama was absent, but he is reportedly a "Star Trek" fan, although Mrs. Obama may not be. "May the force be with you," she said in her welcoming remarks. D'oh! Urban (who plays Dr. McCoy)
July 12, 2016 |
Steve Gunn is a sandy-haired mop top with raccoon eyes who can play the guitar just like ringing a bell. Perched somewhere between Television's Richard Lloyd and Jerry Garcia, Gunn is adept in the dark arts of arpeggio, clustered overtone and the kind of modal chording arabesques that make Western stoners feel like Sufi mystics for the space of an album side. Straight out of Drexel Hill, Gunn established a beachhead in Brooklyn more than a decade ago, where he's been releasing pleasantly complicated albums of effortless art rock since at least 2007.