Monday, July 6, 2015

Music/Nightlife

Proud to be iconoclastic, Miguel Jontel Pimentel explains himself on "What's Normal Anyway?", the seventh track on Wildheart, the Los Angeles polymorphous and musically adventurous love man's third album. He describes himself as "too proper for the black kids, too black for the Mexicans, too square to be a hood. . . . What's normal anyway?" Miguel, who moved past the straight-ahead R&B of his 2010 debut album,
CHICAGO (AP) - A performance that the Grateful Dead says was their last together has topped records for ticket sales at Chicago's...
Here are our concert picks for some of our favorite Philly music venues.
"Amen Amen Amen: The Essential Collection," by the Swan Silvertones. Sublime Sunday-morning music from one of...
Philadelphia has been enjoying decriminalized marijuana since last fall. Arrests are down significantly. So this is our...
Philadelphia is often called the birthplace of the nation and was the original United States Capital, so it makes sense that...
Veteran rockers the Grateful Dead were celebrated with a special "once in a lifetime" light show atop the Empire State Building...
When gritty blues guitar god Buddy Guy sings "74 Years Young," about chasing women and leaving tracks, he's not...
Before the prime time portion of the show began, Independence Day revelers along the Parkway were entertained by a stream...
Sunday Green notes "If plants had voices, what would they sing?" How often we've pondered that question. Well, the theatrical troupe Bearded Ladies provides an answer, in cabaret form, in the show Bitter Homes and Gardens: A Botanical Hoe-Down. The sho
The Los Angeles genre-blender's follow-up to 'Kaleidoscope Dream.'
In the new-Latin alternative-music continuum, Mexican actress/singer Ximena Sariñana is a regal figure, both pop and esoteric, a vocalist and composer whose strange, elegant, and occasionally raucous songs sound like St. Vincent singing John Barry's themes for 1960s James Bond flicks along the shores of Brazil.
This year's Philly 4th of July Jam - the Saturday night pre-fireworks extravaganza culmination of the Wawa Welcome America festival on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway - featured a little bit of country, a little bit of outré R&B, and a whole lot of the Roots.
Rascal Flatts will be the second big beach concert in Atlantic City this summer, four days after Maroon 5 plays. Neither concert will be free.
Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann, Bobby Weir, and Mickey Hart were on stage at Soldier Field, 650 miles away in Chicago, jamming one last time (with friends and feeling) on gems from the 50-years-deep-and-wide Grateful Dead catalog of rootsy Americana rock, blues, and country tunes - "Box of Rain," "Bertha," "Roll Away the Dew" . . .
The Philadelphia Orchestra, which knows the way to London and Vienna, could use a little help these days finding the neighborhoods of the city in which it lives. In 15 years, the orchestra's wonderful free neighborhood concert series has brought it to North Philadelphia, the Navy Yard, Drexel Hill, and elsewhere.
On Thursday, the L.A. County district attorney rejected - super-quickly, meaning the whole thing was weak - felony charges against Sean "Diddy" Combs. Last month, Diddy was arrested by UCLA police after a fight
In the new-Latin alternative-music continuum, Mexican actress/singer Ximena Sariñana is a regal figure, both pop and esoteric, a vocalist and composer whose strange, elegant, and occasionally raucous songs sound like St. Vincent singing John Barry's themes for 1960s James Bond flicks along the shores of Brazil. The tropical sway, the grandeur of epic, arching chords, the angular riffing of fuzztone guitars and synths - magnificent.
NEW YORK (AP) - Meghan Trainor is postponing two shows because of a hemorrhage on her vocal cords.
Standing ovations peppered Brian Wilson's concert Monday night at the Mann Center - for spectacular renditions of Beach Boys classics like "Good Vibrations," "God Only Knows," a triumphant "Darlin,' " and "This Whole World," and new song "Runaway Dancer" - but one ovation said the most about this night and about Wilson and his music.
Director Asif Kapadia's gripping documentary Amy, about the short life of troubled British R&B-soul singer Amy Winehouse, caused a buzz and kicked up a controversy when it premiered this spring at the Cannes Film Festival. It tells a sad, tragic story.
Joe Angio's docu on the whip-smart Leeds, England, band. Born in the '70s, they helped invent country-punk and have continued in sporadic, often-brilliant fashion since. Friday at International House. Band plays July 20 at Boot & Saddle.
In a rare headlining appearance, Lenny Kravitz is set to take the Mann Center stage later this summer. Behind the release of his latest (NSFW) video, Kravitz announced a small batch of American tour dates. Philly’s stop is Sunday, Aug. 30.
In Concert Keswick Theatre 291 Keswick Ave., Glenside; 215-572-7650. www.keswicktheatre.com. Buddy Guy. $32.50-$59.50. 7/3. 8 pm. Stephen Stills. $40.50-$60.50. 7/9. 8 pm.
Casinos Borgata Hotel & Casino 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City; 609-317-1000. www.theborgata.com. Meghan Trainor. $45. 7/3. 8 pm.
Buddy Guy B.B. King is dead, and Muddy Waters is long gone, but Buddy Guy lives. The 78-year-old guitarist first established himself as a presence on the Chicago blues scene in the late 1950s, when he was a contemporary of fellow upstarts such as Magic Sa
Amid Soundgarden reunions, TV appearances by Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, and the constant hype around Nirvana - and, by extension, everything Dave Grohl does via the Foo Fighters, documentary filmmaking, and comic bits on the coming FX series Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll - you could miss another classic band out of Seattle: Mudhoney.
Despite overcoming her fears on reality television, winning over audiences on “The X Factor” (the original UK version) and releasing an album she felt proud to put her name on, there are still those nagging worries.
When word came of the Supreme Court's marriage-equality ruling June 26, a collective shout of "Finally!" went out. And it happened just a week before Philadelphia's National LGBT 50th Anniversary Celebration. Malcolm Lazin, chairman, said he was pleased to have Wanda Sykes, "an outspoken and committed LGBT advocate," as master of ceremonies.