Even in a world of Tivo and Netflix, where commercials are all but background noise at family functions, there are always those advertisements that make you stop mid-conversation, eyes darting to the television. That’s kind of what happens with that “You Know You Wanna” Hulu commercial. The Hulu part is irrelevant. Had it not been for the wildly infectious pop explosion soundtracking the spot, what would’ve been an ordinary 30-second commercial turned into an attention-grabber.
When the Russian United Beneficial Association opened its doors on Green Street in 1915, there was no bar, no performance space. The neighborhood wasn't even Northern Liberties when the group - designed to aid Russian immigrants in matters of start-up loans, insurance, and medical issues - first held its meetings there.
The first time you listen to Springtime Carnivore, there’s an almost déjà vu sensation. Yes, there’s the sunny, aged pop that sounds straight from the ‘60s — which is enough to evoke a feeling of nostalgia — but through the haze and sweetness comes a voice that you swear you must’ve heard before.
The legendary recording space that helped define the “Philadelphia Sound” — and hosted artists like Teddy Pendergrass, the Jackson 5, David Bowie, Billy Joel, the Roots and Boyz II Men — has been sold.
In Concert District N9NE 460 N. 9th St.; 215-908-2063. www.facebook.com/DistrictN9NE. DJ Marcus Schossow. $10 and up. 2/27. 9 pm.
Friday-Saturday Pride of Philadelphia, Part 1 Conductor Robert Spano leads the Philadelphia Orchestra in two works by acclaimed local composer Jennifer Higdon: her Pulitzer Prize-winning Violin Concerto, with soloist Benjamin Beilman, and the tone poem blue cathedral, plus two works by Debussy, at th
ARIES (March 21-April 19) (sss) You hop out the door with the best of intentions, but your fuse is short, and you keep blasting off. As a result, the rammy ram will opt to head home tonight. Saturday also promises a collision, not of your making. Why? Lots are theories might be floated. The result is excellent. Sunday afternoon peace is restored, finally.
Casinos Harrah's Atlantic City 777 Harrah's Blvd., Atlantic City; 800-342-7724. www.harrahsresort.com. Jefferson Starship. $19.99. 3/5. 8 pm. Golden Nugget Atlantic City (formerly Trump Marina) Huron Ave. & Brigantine Blvd., Atlantic City; 609-441-2000. www.goldennugget.com. Jerry Blavat. 3/5.
Gang of Four The Gang of Four is one of the earliest and greatest of post-punk bands. In 1979, when the musicians released their classic debut, Entertainment!, the British quartet was well ahead of its time, both in its punk-funk musical approach and its
Pianist Marcus Roberts is known for many things: a genius skill that makes him the logical successor to Thelonious Monk's wild style (with a lot of Fats Waller in his stride), an immense love of the blues, technological innovations in regard to composing for the blind, and a soulful sense of tradition and invention.
Bettye LaVette is the Rodney Dangerfield of the soul-music game. She didn't get quite enough respect (or paydays) early in her career, and what respect she got, she earned. On display Wednesday night at World Café Live were the reasons she did: her sultry voice, poise, eccentric songbook, and determination to play by her own rules.