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 |
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 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 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.
July 3, 2016 |
"Betty Davis, The Columbia Sessions, 1968-69. " These rediscovered tracks by the ahead-of-her-time 1970s funk feminist/auteur behind the altogether awesome "Anti Love Song" were produced by Teo Macero and Davis' trumpet-player husband, Miles, who was trying out some jazz-rock ideas in advance of recording his own Bitches Brew . Leon Bridges. The Fort Worth, Texas, retro R&B stylist isn't the most dynamic of the current wave of retro-soul singers, but he's an engaging entertainer whose debut album, Coming Home , is full of rock-solid songs that should keep a massive Welcome America!
July 2, 2016 |
Michael Gira has been making gorgeously abrasive music as Swans on and off since 1982, when he was part of New York City's No Wave scene. The brooding singer/composer took a long Swans hiatus after 1996's cinematic Soundtracks for the Blind to start the shimmering, acoustic Angels of Light ensemble. He then shuttered Light and combined the dark Swans' and more sun-dappled Angels' sounds for 2010's My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky and the rebirth of Swans 2.0. Now it's time for another change.
June 8, 2016 |
By the time it was released at the end of April, a mythology had already built up around The Impossible Kid , the new album by loquacious underground hip-hop lyricist Aesop Rock. Aesop, a.k.a. Ian Bavitz, had cut himself off from the world, the story went: The New York kid who'd long called San Francisco home was apparently holed up in a barn in the woods outside Portland, Ore., reciting his tongue-twisting rhymes to deer and raccoons. Turns out Bavitz's isolation didn't quite reach the Howard Hughes extremes that legend had implied, though he did take a refreshing break from his usual urban environs.
June 4, 2016
The summer music season in Philadelphia starts this weekend with the Roots Picnic. But that's just the beginning. We've rounded up the best of what to see this weekend. Besides those and other shows highlighted below, there are many other worthy dates as well: Chris Malcarney's Tom Waits tribute Saturday at Ruba Club features an all-star local band with a horn and string section. PhilaMOCA hosts start-up local DIY punk bands Friday and Saturday for the First Time's the Charm benefit . A Radio 104.5 Summer Block Party takes over the Festival Pier on Sunday with the Head and the Heart headlining.
May 30, 2016 |
When Connor Barwin began his career in the NFL in 2009, the Eagles defensive end, indie-rock geek, and civic activist - whose third annual benefit concert for his Make the World Better Foundation takes place at Union Transfer on Friday, with Philadelphia bands Waxahatchee and Hop Along headlining - came to a surprise realization. "I got drafted and I went to Houston," says the 29-year-old Pro Bowler, who played for the Texans before signing a six-year, $36 million contract with the Eagles in 2013.