Wednesday, December 17, 2014 Kislev 25, 5775
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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Larry Kane''s got a ticket to write. It''s been stamped, punched, approved and validated in the best way possible: The broadcaster''s first two books have been best-sellers - one about his love affair with Philly; the other as being the lone ranger on the road accompanying the Beatles on their first American tours in the ''60s. Now, Lennon Revealed reveals...
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M.J. Fine, JE Feature
On "With God on Our Side," from 1964's "The Times They Are A-Changin'," Bob Dylan called out war-mongers, religious hypocrites and the history books that spread their distortions. What I know about Dylan comes from sources that are just as selective. Once upon a time, there was a Minnesota boy named Robert Zimmerman. Like a lot of Jewish immigrants, he...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
The soft notes sound as if they were coming from an elegant music box sitting in a young girl's all-pink bedroom. Shira Yevin dances on stage accordingly, with one hand on top of her head as she spins gracefully to the soothing melodies. With a powerful crash of an electric guitar, followed by a piercing back-up of bass and electronic...
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David Tilman, JE Feature
After four years in operation, is the Kimmel Center Inc. - which manages Verizon Hall and the Perelman Theater in the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, as well as the refurbished Academy of Music - satisfied? Sure, these facilities serve as the home venues for our most prominent performing arts organizations, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Peter Nero and the...
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