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  • Beauty Pill returns

    Stefano Giovannini An album that begins with the lyric — and Blade Runner reference — “I want more life, fucker” and ends with “The world vanished in a gentle breeze” just might describe some pretty high-stakes scenarios. And boy does it ever. Beauty Pill Describes Things As They Are (Butterscotch) is the...

    • Sep 30, 2015
  • Concert Review: Diana Ross @ The Mann 9/20

    Diana Ross A photo posted by Dan J Kroll (@danjkroll) on Sep 20, 2015 at 4:36pm PDT A little over a week ago The Mann Center was ablaze with one of the greatest voices to ever grace music. In a set that was swift and fast-paced, Diana Ross exemplified the notion that...

    • Sep 28, 2015
  • Concert Review: Diana Ross @ The Mann 9/20

    Diana Ross A photo posted by Dan J Kroll (@danjkroll) on Sep 20, 2015 at 4:36pm PDT A little over a week ago The Mann Center was ablaze with one of the greatest voices to ever grace music. In a set that was swift and fast-paced, Diana Ross exemplified the notion that...

    • Sep 28, 2015
  • Saxophonist Chris Oatts continues his family’s big band biz

    Hillary Petrozziello OATTS AT THE HALL: Saxophonist Chris Oatts poses in front of the Merriam Theater in Center City before rehearsal on Sept. 20. He comes from a long line of jazz musicians. Leading a big band may seem like a major undertaking for a young musician fresh out of college. But...

    • Sep 24, 2015
  • Fall Guide: What’s coming up in Roots

    Vicki Farmer John Fullbright Toshi Reagon Marshall Crenshaw/ Jonathan Edwards/ Garland Jeffreys Featuring three esteemed elders of the contemporary singer-songwriter form, this song-swapping gig should make you feel like a fly on the wall at an after-show jam. Sept. 18, Ardmore Music Hall, 23 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore, ardmoremusic.com. John Fullbright The...

    • Sep 17, 2015
  • Fall Guide: What’s coming up in Classical

    Chris Lee Philadelphia Orchestra Michael Wilson Jeremy Denk Philadelphia Orchestra If you really want to know what this whole “Philadelphia sound” thing is all about, this would be a good concert to check out. Rimsky-Korsakov’s Sheherazade is a billowing soundscape to test the mettle of every facet of the ensemble, and with...

    • Sep 17, 2015
  • Fall Guide: What’s coming up in Rock, Pop & Hip-Hop

    Babes in Toyland Marina Chavez Kurt Vile Bully I’m not opposed to major labels scooping up young rock bands — just read the fine print, kids — but do we have to call it “alternative?” That word’s got baggage, and none of it’s gonna help raspy-voiced Alicia Bognanno and Bully save the...

    • Sep 17, 2015
  • Fall Guide: What’s coming up in Jazz

    Cécile McLorin Salvant Tracy Love Terri Lyne Carrington Orrin Evans The Philly pianist celebrates his deeply personal new CD, The Evolution of Oneself (Smoke Sessions), with a stellar band featuring trumpeter Sean Jones, bassist Luques Curtis and drummer Mark Whitfield Jr. Sept. 18-19, Chris’ Jazz Café, 1421 Sansom St., chrisjazzcafe.com. Big Horn...

    • Sep 17, 2015
  • Sonic Liberation 8 taps a supernatural source for its latest numbers

    BY THE NUMBERS: Sonic Liberation 8 is joining other local arts orgs for an evening of sonic and visual dream interpretation, inspired by “dream books.” Long before the States got into the lottery racket, illegal numbers games flourished in poor communities across the country, typically within ethnic enclaves — Italian, Irish, Latino...

    • Sep 10, 2015
  • Screaming Females: The Lost Interview

    Lance Bangs The Screaming Females are a good band to listen to when you’re feeling wronged by the universe. It’s not about escaping your problems, it’s about shouting them down. I’ve got some problems. Problem # 1: Marissa Paternoster, the Screaming Females’ singer and guitarist, was on a cell phone outside a...

    • Aug 28, 2015

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