Friday, July 25, 2014
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A half-dozen world premieres, a floating, self-contained eco-rowhouse, personalized theatrical walking tours, a demographically defined, wholly Philadelphia performance, and the opening of an unusual cabaret-brasserie at its new headquarters are just some of the highlights of the 2014 Fringe Festival, beginning in September.
It's sometimes best not to put too much stock in what stars say. Especially when they make grand pronouncements, as did hip-hop megastar Jay Z when he promised to make Philadelphia the envy of American cities by creating a world-class music festival.
You’ve probably already seen the ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ trailer by now, but did you listen closely to the music? The familiar sound...
Time for Three has always been viscerally dazzling. The Curtis Institute-born string trio has always packed enough music into any given moment that you'd swear the group is Time for Six. In a Wednesday homecoming concert at World Cafe Live, 14 years after forming in Rittenhouse Square when the players were only students, Time for Three grew ever more interesting.
Friday-Saturday To infinity and beyond! Conductor Cristian Macelaru and the Philadelphia Orchestra perform Pixar in Concert, presenting clips from the studio's films including Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Wall-E, Up, and Brave, with live accompaniment. The program goes on at the Kimmel Center's Ver
'I don't feel like rock-and-roll, if you look at it commercially, is in a great spot right now," says the Hold Steady's Craig Finn. "I don't think 20-year-olds in college dorms are cranking rock all the time. So in some ways, to go out there and make the biggest rock noise you can feels like a defiant gesture at this moment. It feels pretty good, too."
The XPoNential Festival, now in its 21st year, revels in breadth and diversity. Ranging from Triple-A mainstays to zydeco torch-bearers, from child fiddlers to septuagenarian blues icons, from sensitive singer-songwriters to rowdy rock-and-rollers, it's a place for discoveries.
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds Nick Cave made plenty of compelling music back in the 1980s, when he was in his 20s, but now, at 56, the rail-thin Australian with the sonorous voice and taste for bloody, biblical romanticism is better than ever. For evidence, there's his recent studio albums, with longtime cohorts the Bad Seeds and with the testosterone-injected side project Grinderman, as well as the more subdued 2013 concert recording Live From KCRW, that fans should not sleep on.
When the veteran rockers who make up the Baseball Project first got together, their ambitions were pretty modest. "Once Scott [McCaughey] and I decided we were going to write those songs . . . we just wanted to get them recorded and maybe, maybe, just maybe put them out on a 100-LP vinyl release," Steve Wynn recalls.
ARIES (March 21-April 19) sssss Friday night you might experience a significant mood change. Your ruling planet moves to the sign Scorpio, adding to your charisma and desirability. Those who fought with you for the last 5 months now cannot get enough of you. Love the moment.
Common, one of hip-hop's most socially conscious lyricists, seldom takes it easy on his chosen targets.
Gene Simmons: 'No chance of a Kiss original line-up reunion'