January 12, 2013 |
The Walkmen were to perform (with the War on Drugs) at the Electric Factory back in early October in support of the former's excellent album Heaven , but the show was rescheduled for undisclosed reasons. So the Walkmen are here this Friday at the smaller Union Transfer, this time with Alec Ounsworth of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah opening. The Walkmen used to be based in Philly, where two of their five members still live. The band felt guilty about the postponement and heard some buzz of discontent.
December 31, 2012
New Year's Rockin' Eve Celebrates Dick Clark (8 p.m., 6ABC) - The show must go on, even if the man who put his name on it four decades ago is gone. In this new special airing in advance of the traditional New Year's Eve live broadcast, Clark, who died in April, is remembered via clips of past celebrations and reminiscences from performers who have been part of the festivities over the years. Jenny McCarthy and Fergie host. Conan (11 p.m., TBS) - Stuntman Steven Ho; James Van Der Beek; the Walkmen.
October 22, 2010
Terri Clark She's a real Northern light. Terri Clark is a Canadian who developed into a spirited and charismatic Nashville hit maker on the strength of such country-rocking crowd-pleasers as "Better Things to Do," "Girls Lie Too," and "You're Easy on the Eyes. " These hits revealed a tough, red-blooded chick who could give as good as she got from the guys, and her torrid live album, Road Rage , showed she could deliver the goods on stage, too. But Clark can also be a thoughtful balladeer.
April 4, 2002 |
My Morning Jacket sweetens its alt-country sounds with dream-pop atmosphere (9 tonight, the Khyber, 56 S. 2nd St., 215-238-5888) with Swearing At Motorists and P.W. Long. Local goth rockers Stendahl release their "Four Songs" EP tonight at the Balcony with Neurosis spin-off Amber Asylum (9 p.m., 10th and Arch streets, 215-922-LIVE, $10). Stendahl guitarist Johnny Goth joins his old band Trailer Trash UK for its swan song at the Punk Rock Picnic with Fire Down Below, Speed Crazy, National Razor FDIC, and others (1 p.m. Saturday, Joe's Backyard, 329 Elm St., Westville, N.J., www.trailertrashuk.
April 5, 2002 |
When it comes to influences, the enigmatic Clinic manages to invoke everyone and no one. Drawing on obscure psychedelia, Nuggets-style garage rock, Phil Spector's wall of sound, and the Velvet Underground at its most seething, Clinic offers plenty of grist for discerning fans of rock's past. But unlike the Strokes or the White Stripes, this forward-looking Liverpool foursome is after revision, not re-creation. For singer-guitarist Ade Blackburn, much of what is valuable from the past jibes more with the present.
October 17, 2010
Pop The Union (Decca . ) Forty years after they first toured together, Elton John throws new light on the talents of one of his heroes: Leon Russell, the hirsute, often top-hatted session player and author of "Tight Rope" and "Delta Lady. " For The Union , John drafted producer T Bone Burnett, who brought some of his usual collaborators (such as guitarist Marc Ribot) to back John and Russell, who duet on vocals and/or piano. The result: a collection of new Russell and/or John songs, many with lyrics from John's longtime collaborator Bernie Taupin, that veers from spicy New Orleans honky-tonk to earnest gospel to sentimental pop. While Taupin's platitudes bog down "Never Too Old," nothing diminishes the lively interplay between John, 63, and Russell, 68, on "A Dream Come True" and "Hey Ahab.
January 20, 2006 |
So many bands claim to be doing something totally new and original that it's refreshing to hear someone honestly acknowledge his connections and debts. Calla may not have the name recognition of some of its New York City peers, but that may be because the band is slightly further left-of-center. "I guess you could say that we are in a similar genre or whatever to bands like the Walkmen and Interpol and Secret Machines," says singer-guitarist Aurelio Valle. "I think the thing we most have in common is that we've always known each other and always supported each other in what we do, and for the most part, I think that's what the scene's all about.
July 26, 2014 |
Let the kids rock out Friday night at Smith Memorial Playground's Kidchella music festival. The inaugural festival will feature performances from Grammy-nominated Brady Rymer, pop-rock band the Not-Its, hailing from Seattle, and Walter Martin, formerly of the Walkmen, whose new solo family album We're All Young Together was released this summer. The concert is for rock music lovers 10 and younger and their caregivers. On Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon, the playground also will celebrate its 115th birthday with a party.
July 8, 2013
Ratings: **** Excellent, *** Good, ** Fair, * Poor Light Heat Light Heat Light Heat (Ribbon Music ***) The new Philly buzz band of the moment is Light Heat, the songwriting project of Quentin Stoltzfus, whose band Mazarin was the Philly buzz band of about a decade ago. Working with members of The Walkmen - who covered Mazarin's "Another One Goes By" on their 2006 album A Hundred Miles Off - Stoltzfus returns...
February 3, 1989 |
At one point, I had to quit telling my daughters that when I was a little boy in Kansas City my sister and I walked 10 miles barefoot through the snow just to get to school every morning. They got old enough to check it out. That is always an awkward transition for a parent - the onset of what I think of as the age of independent confirmation of data - and it seems to come rather suddenly. One moment, the kids are innocently saying "thank you, Daddy" when you assure them that you made the corn flakes.