Thursday, March 5, 2015

Music/Nightlife

For the past few years, it used to be if you wanted to see Shania Twain live, you’d have to go to Vegas. Now that the days of her two-year residency are over, the multi-platinum selling artist is heading out on her first tour in over a decade.
It’s hard to believe Kelly Clarkson got her start way back when on American Idol. 13 years after taking the crown, the pop star released her seventh album, Piece By Piece, today and announced a major headlining tour
Most anniversary tours are superfluous victory laps, brandishing a faded brass ring once seized and sometimes lost. But on Monday night, when Juliana Hatfield took the stage of the Boot & Saddle on the first of a two-night stand, to perform her 1993 album Become What You Are, it felt like something both more profound and less complicated, not a triumphant boast but a simple statement: I'm still here.
Most anniversary tours are superfluous victory laps, brandishing a faded brass ring once seized and sometimes lost. But when Juliana Hatfield took the stage of the Boot & Saddle to perform her 1993 album Become What You Are, it felt like something both more profound and less complicated, not a triumphant boast but a simple statement: I'm still here.
Other than the 14 local beers on tap and the lineup of locally cured meats and cheeses on the menu, U-Bahn (1318-20 Chestnut St.) — opening Thursday, March 5 — will bring local performers to the underground space.
It was magical. Classical guitarist Jason Vieaux (pronounced vee-OH), 41, just won a Grammy for best classical instrumental solo album for Play. At Curtis, where he teaches, he's sitting on stage at Field Concert Hall (the one you see in the TV concerts),
Desperately loved bands break up and get back together all the time. What's rare is when they come back at full strength, returning not only with skills intact and wisdom gained, but also with the sense of urgency that made them so desperately loved in the first place.
Despite her big sales and many awards, it's still not certain what sort of artist Kelly Clarkson is. She cowrites and heartily sings immensely memorable pop, country, indie rock, and electro-dance - all with ease, power, and big sales - yet, there's a sense of confusion as each Clarkson album rolls out. Every disc yields a half-dozen hits that her audience consumes happily, but you sense her often-discussed displeasure with categorization.
Madge announced this morning that she’ll be taking her “Rebel Heart” tour to the Wells Fargo Center on Thursday, Sept. 24, her first time back on the road after 2012’s top-grossing MDNA tour.
The first of the Gentleman of the Road stopovers Friday, June 5 and Saturday, June 6, the Jersey lineup includes Mumford and Sons (headlining Saturday), The Flaming Lips, Alabama Shakes and more.
The peripatetic band Don’t Call Me Francis has indicated on their Facebook page Tuesday night that lead singer, Frank Orsini, has died.