Thursday, May 28, 2015


The sight of double-decker tour buses circling the streets of Center City is hardly uncommon. But this summer, the sound of some of those buses will be unusual indeed. With the Double Decker Music Series, tour guide/sound artist Sebastian Petsu and presenting organization Bowerbird will host five concerts on the open-air upper level of a moving double-decker bus, interspersed with a singular tour of Philadelphia history.
At 24, the cherubic, redheaded Ed Sheeran has shown dexterity as an artist and as a chart-topper, with a blend of folk and soul (occasionally tipped with hip-hop rhythms) with undeniable nods to American culture (example: his tune "The A-Team"). His affiliations further show his flexibility.
As far as chill-wave pop goes, there are a fleeting few artists at the top of the list known for opulent but simple synth-based melodies, dreamily repetitive loops, and heavy-duty FX processing. While chill king Washed Out and glo-fi princes Com Truise and Memory Tapes come to mind, Geographer - New Jersey-born singer/multi-instrumentalist Mike Deni and company - are strong contenders for the hypnagogic pop crown if the devoted fan base at Union Transfer on Friday was any proof.
Two of B.B. King's daughters allege the legendary bluesman, who died May 14 in Las Vegas at 89, was intentionally poisoned.
Icelandic folksters Of Monsters And Men will tour behind the release of their sophomore full length Beneath the Skin with a Philly appearance at the Mann Center this fall.
For heartwarming appeal, it's hard to top Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, the son and mother duo who were playing Kansas City coffeehouses a year ago and who have since performed on The Late Show with David Letterman and become the darlings of the NPR set
Two of the most talked-about artists in Philadelphia this year have a lot in common. Not only did Waxahatchee and Girlpool tour together this year and call Philly their home, but by summer’s end, they’ll both have released albums in 2015 — Ivy Tripp for Waxahatchee, out now, and Girlpool’s Before the World Was Big, out on June 2. Other than the young women’s penchant for powerful lyrics, pure vocals and prominent guitar playing, both of the records feature another commonality: Kyle Gilbride.
Steven Wilson has a reputation for crafting meticulously designed, progressive albums of his own, along with his bands Porcupine Tree and No-Man. He has also remastered and remixed classic recordings from King Crimson, Yes, and Roxy Music.
When softly dramatic singer-songwriter William Fitzsimmons verbalizes the woe of the devastated "Centralia" or the loss that conjures images of "Ghosts of Penn Hills," he's speaking from deeply rooted experience.
Rocker Dave Grohl surprised the crowd at Sir Paul McCartney's show in London on Saturday night by joining the Beatles legend onstage for a duet.
Winning a Pulitzer Prize guarantees nothing except high expectations for continued greatness and a durability that may or may not come to pass. When did you last hear Leslie Bassett's Variations for Orchestra, given the honor in 1966 after Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra took it for a spin at the Academy of Music?