Saturday, October 25, 2014 Heshvan 1, 5775
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M.J. Fine, JE Feature
Seeing Harvey Fierstein in "Fiddler on the Roof" last winter made me think about how the world has gotten better since Shalom Aleichem's day. And how it's gotten worse. And about how inevitable it was that, once in America, Tevye's youngest daughter would vex her poor, traditional father by marrying a woman. One thing I didn't think about was how...
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Just when you think you know Kristin Hersh's game, she changes the rules of play. In 1986, Throwing Muses - which she and stepsister Tanya Donelly founded in high school - released the first of eight off-kilter pop albums. Donelly, who left to get the Breeders off the ground before hitting it big with Belly, was long gone by the...
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By:
David Tilman, JE Feature
Nearly 100 musicians filled the stage of Verizon Hall for the opening concert of the Philly Pops' 27th season on a Sunday afternoon at the end of October, and the seats in the auditorium, including the section behind the stage, were almost totally occupied. Peter Nero - founding artistic director, conductor and jazz-pianist extraordinaire - led his virtuoso forces in...
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Talk about noteworthy family genes. When you're the grandson of the revered Richard Rodgers and cousin to hot-shot contemporary Broadway composer Adam Guettel, getting your voice heard in the chorus of huzzahs for the others may prove difficult. But Peter Melnick has his own song to sing, and sing it well - and write it well - he does on...
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Off the Beaten Track
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M.J. Fine, JE Feature
Power pop is neither powerful nor popular right now. It's been a long time since the upper-middle-class fans at folk festivals were just folks. Alt-rock used to be an alternative to junk; now it's just as likely to be awful. There's no jazz in soft jazz, no blues in R&B and definitely no gay in reggae. Now add Americana to...
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