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Philly Pops take on Carole King’s tapestry of hits

Carole King’s iconic album “Tapestry” gave us the hits “I Feel the Earth Move,” “It’s Too Late” and “So Far Away.”But she also co-wrote the Little Eva early ‘60s pop hit, “The Loco-Motion.”Suffice to say, if you’re not deep into the works of King, you’ll be in for a few pleasant surprises at the...

Tuesday, February 2, 2016, 6:30 PM

The Smithereens are still going strong after 35 years

It’s a family affair for the Smithereens,especially whenmembers of the rockin’ Davies family are concerned. Smithereens drummer Dennis Diken was the man behind the skins when Ray Davies of the Kinks joined brother Dave Davies on stage for the first time in nearly 20 years in London last month.Diken...

Tuesday, January 26, 2016, 6:40 PM

'City Kids' Moosh and Twist are growing up fast

Know this about Moosh and Twist: They can play ball.The guys, both from Philly, recently posted a video on their YouTube channel of their defeat of Hoodie Allen and one of his crew during two-on-two basketball at West Chester University. Moosh was strong on the midrange jumpers, and Twist had some...

Monday, December 21, 2015, 4:34 PM

Everett Bradley shakes up the Christmas music rut with 'Holidelic'

What would happen if George Clinton came down the chimney instead of Santa Claus?Check out Everett Bradley’s funky take on the holidays, “Holidelic,”to find out.It’s hard to miss Bradley onstage. He’s the guy with the white afro with Christmas lights in it. “It’s definitely the period of the late ’...

Friday, December 18, 2015, 4:30 PM

SWV is so into the WDAS Holiday Jam

SWV have a new hit single, the sultry “Ain’t No Man.” What they no longer have is their reality TV show, “SWV: Reunited.” The group announced that its We TV run has ended after two seasons.We TV has been mum on the situation.“When we started production on that show we thought it would be a way to...

Wednesday, November 25, 2015, 9:50 PM

Jill Scott comes home for a holiday concert

Philly singing legend Jill Scott made music listeners across the country pause during her striking rendition of Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit” at the “Shining A Light: A Concert For Progress on Race in America” concert in Los Angeles.The show, which also featured Bruce Springsteen, John Legend,...

Wednesday, November 25, 2015, 6:36 PM

The Ocean Blue are touring again, but more calmly this time around

A few teenagers from Hershey found themselves in a rock ’n‘ roll vortex in the late ’80s — and it was a lot wilder than they bargained for, saysTheOcean Blue frontman David Schelzel.“One of the first big shows we ever had was opening up for the Smithereens in Harrisburg,” Schelzel says. “We were...

Friday, November 20, 2015, 4:54 PM

Casey Veggies stays rooted in family values

Casey Veggies' hit single "Backflip," which features YG and Iamsu!, has generated over 3 million views on YouTube and the rapper has performed with Kendrick Lamar, Rockie Fresh and Juicy J. He's friends with many seasoned artists in the rap game, but for his new track, "I'm the King," he chose to...

Thursday, November 19, 2015, 8:00 PM

Thor picks his hammer up again

He could blow up hot water bottles, crush bricks and bend steel, but there was one thing muscled-up rocker Jon Mikl Thor could not do in 40 years: attain music stardom.Until, perhaps, now? His story is told in the new documentary “I Am Thor” and it’ll be shown, and Thor will rock the house, Friday...

Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 2:28 AM

'Scream' your way through a Wes Craven Halloween movie marathon

Actor-comedian Jamie Kennedy, an Upper Darby native, knows something about horror films in Philly.“It was always scary to see scary movies as a child at the 69th Street Theater,” says Kennedy, who’s currently starring in “Tremors 5: Bloodlines” and the upcoming “Heartbreaker” on NBC. “Not because...

Tuesday, October 27, 2015, 5:30 PM

Jidenna is keeping it 'Classic' for the next generation

Just how classy is “Classic Man” singer Jidenna? Classy enough to name-check Nat “King” Cole.“I intentionally put his name in the record to put more children on to his brilliance,” says Jidenna via email. “When I was a boy, I learned about Fred Astaire through Michael Jackson. I’m just doing my...

Friday, October 23, 2015, 3:30 PM

Taking 'Breaking Bad' on the road

Just how did Miles Allen’s “One Man Breaking Bad: The Unauthorized Parody” become a hit in Australia when AMC doesn’t broadcast there? “They illegally downloaded it,” Allen says. “That’s the only way they could watch it.”We have it a bit easier here in the States, where “Breaking Bad” is now...

Tuesday, October 6, 2015, 11:30 AM

'Andy: A Popera' is a cabaret and opera mashup

The new “Andy: A Popera,’’ from Opera Philadelphia and the Bearded Ladies Cabaret troupe, is not exactly a love song for Andy Warhol.If it were, Warhol probably wouldn’t be impressed.“David Bowie wrote a song for him and he asked Warhol, ‘What do you think of my song?’’’ says Kristen Bailey of the...

Wednesday, September 9, 2015, 3:33 PM

G-Eazy brings the love to the Made in America Festival this weekend

Philly loves G-Eazy. Just ask the 150 or so who saw his local debut at the Barbary in Fishtown in early 2013.The West Coast rapper is now a mainstager at Made in America.Related: Earl Sweatshirt uncensored at Made in America“I love that spot,” Eazy says of the Barbary. “A hundred and fifty came to...

Thursday, September 3, 2015, 10:33 PM

Earl Sweatshirt uncensored at Made in America

If you feel the need to rush on stage and hug Earl Sweatshirt during his set at Made in America, ignore the impulse. A fan in Australia recently did exactly that — and Earl cold-cocked the guy.“Don’t sneak up on nobody man, don’t sneak up on anybody, the world is too crazy for all that,” Sweatshirt...

Thursday, September 3, 2015, 3:30 PM

Kids' character Lyle the Crocodile on display at the NMAJH

Here’s something to sink your teeth into: Lyle the Crocodile, made famous in the illustrated books of Bernard Waber, is a Philly crocodile.“When Waber was in school, he’d go the Philadelphia Zoo and sketch the crocodiles there,” says Shira Goldstein, exhibition coordinator of “Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile...

Friday, August 21, 2015, 6:49 PM

BlackStar Film Festival celebrates black filmmakers and artists

Three greats of the arts will be featured in documentaries at this year’sBlackStar Film Festival, celebrating works by and about people of African descent. But only one is BaddDDD.“BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez,” from city filmmakers Barbara Attie, Janet Goldwater, and Sabrina Schmidt, will make its Philly...

Monday, July 27, 2015, 8:59 PM

The Wailers, My Morning Jacket and more play XPoNential Music Festival

One love,” sings Dwayne “Danglin” Anglin as frontman for the legendary Wailers. But in Philly, that love has to be earned.“Philly is a very hardcore, a very uncompromising crowd who demand perfection at every event I’ve been to,” says Anglin, who sings the classic songs Bob Marley made famous in...

Thursday, July 23, 2015, 6:00 AM

Art gets personal with SoLow Fest

Now coming to a home near you, it’s the sixth annual SoLow Fest.“It’s about new works and willing to take a risk,” says SoLow Fest co-organizer Meredith Sonnen, 29, of West Philly. “Art is something very personal and it’s a window into you. If you sit in a 100-seat theater or see a big production...

Thursday, June 18, 2015, 6:00 AM

The ballad of John Lennon’s art

A typical couple honeymooning in Paris would get their picture taken in front of the Eiffel Tower.John Lennon and Yoko Ono were not a typical couple. Lennon sketched a picture of himself and Ono in front of the tower and showed it to friends and fans.“So that was our way of letting them join in on...

Wednesday, June 17, 2015, 6:00 AM