on Monday, March 03, 2014 at 10:00 AM
Many of the women DeWitt knows have pleaded their cases in front of the Board of Pardons, which, if it unanimously agreed, would then recommend that the governor commute the sentence. No one has been successful, though, a fact in line with the trend toward strikingly fewer pardons for lifers in Pennsylvania.
Philly duo Marian Hill played every song they’ve ever written to a half-packed Boot & Saddle on Tuesday. Presented by local music blogs Yvynyl and Portadelphia, the show featured openers Elegant Animals and the passionate, bluesy Aaron & the Spell. Samantha Gongol and Jeremy Lloyd are childhood friends recently reunited, and this week’s show was the first ever under the Marian Hill moniker. They’ve already posted several songs on Soundcloud, and a few people in the crowd were singing along to golden pop numbers “Lovit” and “One Time.” The band also played several heretofore unheard tracks off their upcoming album Play due for release on March 4.
on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 12:30 PM
Mantua-based artist James Dupree has turned fighting eminent domain into a work of art.
Called "Stolen Dreams In the Promise Zone: Mask of Despair and Uncertainty" — a title that cribs its name from Mantua's recent designation as a federal anti-poverty zone — the exhibition uses decorative masks to tell the story of Dupree's battles with depression as he labored to save his home/studio from being demolished to make way for a proposed supermarket. His story, and the political dealmaking behind the supermarket development, was first covered in the City Paper last year.
Dupree and his studio became wellknown after the artist transformed his home and work space, a converted garage at 36th Street and Haverford Avenue, into an education center for aspiring art students in the community.
on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 12:15 PM
Whiskey was flowing in verse on Thursday as Rhett Miller brought his windmill guitar artistry and bar-band songcraft to World Café Live. With an April release for the next Old 97’s album Most Messed Up and a new solo record in the works with backing band Black Prairie, Miller is bursting with material. And he was not afraid to share.
Opening the night aptly with “Lost Without You,” Miller declared his reliance on audience appreciation. And the rest of the 25 songs he delivered in rapid-fire succession, punctuated by occasional entertaining preambles, were treats of all flavors. Among tales of love lost and gained and partying were six songs from Most Messed Up. This preview of half an album was exciting to say the least, especially since they sound brilliant solo and hint at full-band greatness.