Articles by Shane O'Connor
Mar. 17, 2017
Los Campesinos plays energetic leg of east coast shows
Following a band on tour is an activity that rarely makes it off the bucket list.
Mar. 3, 2017
‘Moonlight’ eclipsed in unforgettable Oscars gaffe
Another year, another Academy Awards right? Not this year, not 2017. The 89th Academy Awards’ lackluster proceedings were somewhat saved by the biggest Oscars gaffe in the history of the event when the award for best picture was initially given to “La La Land” instead of the actual winner, “Moonlight.”
Feb. 24, 2017
Jimmy Kimmel to host 89th Academy Awards
The 89th Academy Awards premieres Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. and I’m here to give you a handy-dandy preview of Hollywood’s biggest night of the year.
Feb. 17, 2017
Lucy Dacus, Ham Leithauser delight with soothing tunes
Girard Avenue’s storied Johnny Brenda’s hosted Lucy Dacus and Hamilton Leithauser Feb. 9 for a night of fun rock ’n’ roll.
Jan. 27, 2017
Montreal indie band drops hot debut album
Montreal quintet Heat just released their debut album “Overnight,” a strong entry into the world of atmospheric, almost dreamlike indie pop rock. I first heard of Heat when I saw them open for Bully at Boot and Saddle about two years ago. At the time, they only had their stellar EP “Rooms” to perform but boy, did they ever. That EP was all hits and I expected Heat to burst onto the scene after touring with an act as hot as Bully. But alas, for whatever reason, I didn’t hear a peep from Heat until a few months ago when “Overnight” was announced. It’s been a long wait, but finally Heat is back, hopefully to stay this time.
Dec. 2, 2016
Peter Hook and the Light rocks out at the Troc
Peter Hook and the Light played to a jam-packed Trocadero Theater Nov. 25. For those who may be wondering, Hook was the bassist in the legendary bands Joy Division and New Order.
Dec. 2, 2016
Gosling, Stone excel in musical movie ‘La La Land’
It’s 2016 and I thought that musicals on the silver screen were dead and gone, coordinated songs and dances instead relegated to stages on Broadway and elsewhere.
Nov. 4, 2016
Frankie Cosmos makes stop at First Unitarian Church
All Saint’s Day is a holy day of obligation in the Catholic Church so if my mom asks if I went, I’ll only be half lying when I tell her I went to church Nov. 1. It was to see Frankie Cosmos at the beloved First Unitarian Church down on Chestnut Street. Frankie Cosmos was the headlining act of a great triple bill, that also featured Big Thief and Free Cake for Every Creature.
Oct. 21, 2016
Shura, M83 treat Fillmore to electro-synth stylings
I think the first time I heard M83 I was listening to the radio while eating some Wendy’s in my car on break from my shift at Sears. That summer it was hard to avoid the weird synth-horn intro of M83’s hit single “Midnight City.” This was back in 2011, boy do I feel old. Though my musical tastes have changed a bit since then, I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to see M83 and Shura at the Fillmore Oct. 13.
Oct. 14, 2016
Fans find God: Chicago band Whitney at First Unitarian
It seems a bit odd that I only know the First Unitarian Church by its basement. A space that is well suited for church bingo nights is instead now a go-to destination for music fans from Philadelphia and beyond. Their place has a great vibe, with soft lighting, wood paneled walls and a low-rise stage covered by a colorful carpet straight out of a children’s daycare facility. It is an amazing spot to see any band. When it’s sold-out and 200 or so folks are all packed in, singing along, dancing, having a good time, something really special can come about. And that is just what happened Oct. 7 when Whitney played the First Unitarian Church.