December 2, 2015 |
'I wanna empty my calendar days / Let the feeling just spark it / starting a change / being less guarded," Ken Vasoli, the front man of local band Vacationer, declared to begin a show Saturday night at a packed Union Transfer, where their chill rock vibe had more people than usual comfortable with dancing through an entire concert. On "The Wild Life" from Relief , the xylophone notes, keys, trilling guitar, and percussion - alternating between a drum kit and bongos - brought the island feel that's just one part of the band's self-proclaimed nu-hula sound.
November 14, 2015 |
I can't hide it. I am in love with Emotion by Carly Rae Jepsen. It is a deliciously wonderful pop record, with zero filler. It's a fun, buoyant ride from track one ("Run Away With Me") to 15 ("Favorite Colour"). A week from tonight, when she plays the Trocadero, the seemingly unlikely Canadian pop star will turn 30. Her Troc show is one of only five stops on a short East Coast tour she has named after the fourth track on Emotion : "Gimmie Love. " If you miss her Chinatown moment, you can catch her as Frenchy in Fox's live production of Grease , set to air next year.
August 12, 2015 |
Walla Fest is a two-day art, music, and vendor festival that moved to Philly after four years at the Centre Theater in Norristown. Last weekend, it was at PhilaMOCA, a space still gleefully referred to as "the mausoleum. " On day two, Sunday, Norwegian Arms delivered folk-infused pop rock with echoes of acts such as Stornoway, Vampire Weekend, and the dream-pop of Philly band Grubby Little Hands. Norwegian Arms is the project of Sellersville-born Brendan Mulvihill, a.k.a. Keith Birthday, who moved to Brooklyn two years ago after a three-year stint in Philly.
September 22, 2013 |
'Wisdom's a gift, but you'd trade it for youth," Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend sang on the Skyline Stage of the Mann Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday. "Age is an honor, but it's still not the truth. " Since releasing its debut album in 2008, Vampire Weekend have fit the definition of a postcollegiate indie-pop band. Famously, the four members met while matriculating at Columbia University. It's likely that the words "Ivy League" have appeared alongside the band's name more than any other act in the history of rock-and-roll.
June 21, 2013
FAMILY Philadelphia Triathlon "Tri"-ers from across the country converge on the Schuylkill to run and bike on both sides of the river and swim in it (downstream), too. The Please Touch Museum and the Falls Bridge are good spots to catch the (early-morning) action. Parking at 4231 Avenue of the Republic. Adult triathlons: 7:30 a.m. tomorrow (19.3 miles) and 6:30 a.m. Sunday (31.9 miles). Kids' fun run: 11:45 a.m. tomorrow (100 meters to 1 mile), phillytri.com. Manayunk Arts Festival Annual juried show takes over Main Street.
May 27, 2013
Tricky False Idols (Life or Death ***) It's been tricky being Tricky. The British DJ/producer, born Adrian Thaws, made a grand entrance in 1995 with Maxinequaye , his Mercury Prize-winning debut album that mixed dub, hip-hop, and electronica into a dense sound that made other trip-hop acts of the day sound like child's play. His next few records were more than serviceable, but eventually the paranoia that always coursed through his music overwhelmed it, and after a while, Tricky was a forgotten man. He's back on form, however, on False Idols . In place of one-time vocal foil Martina Topley-Bird is lovely- voiced 24-year-old Brit Francesca Belmonte, and other tracks feature guest contributions from Peter Silberman of the Antlers and Nigerian songstress Nneka.
May 24, 2013 |
Where Latin music is concerned, Geoffrey Royce Rojas is a prince among men. Seriously. The stage name of the singer, songwriter, and record producer from the Bronx is Prince Royce. At age 24, after having released two records since 2010, he has won acclaim from his first label (he already has an album of hits titled #1's ), gotten honored with the 2013 BMI Latin Songwriter of the Year award, and just got signed to record bachata albums in Spanish through Sony Music Latin, as well as English-language pop albums via RCA Records.
March 10, 2013 |
Let the March music madness begin. More than 2,000 bands will descend on Austin, Texas, this week for the South by Southwest Music and Media Conference, the 27th annual music festival and industry confab that is the largest gathering of its kind in the world. SXSW or "South By," as it's increasingly known, also includes a filmfest and a technology conference, both of which began last week in the Lone Star State capital, which is why that pesky #SXSW hashtag already may be trending on your Twitter feed.
December 4, 2012
Conan (11 p.m., TBS) - Amy Poehler; Kevin Pollak; Ke$ha. Late Show With David Letterman (11:35 p.m., CBS3) - Actor Matt Damon; J.D. McPherson performs. The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (11:35 p.m., NBC10) - Khloe Kardashian Odom; Adam Carolla; Matisyahu performs. Jimmy Kimmel Live (Midnight, 6ABC) - TV host David Letterman; Vampire Weekend performs. The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson (12:35 a.m., CBS3) - Actress Reba McEntire; Richie Sambora performs.