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Q & A: Fonzworth Bentley

Derek Watkins, better known as Fonzworth Bentley, is the true definition of a Renaissance man. The former maître d’ of a chi-chi New York restaurant, he gained notoriety in the entertainment world when he started popping up in paparazzi photos holding an umbrella over rap mogul Sean “P.…

Open mic night spotlights amateurs with talent

Fergie’s Pub’s open mic night is a musical Mecca for many unsigned Philadelphia musicians. Hosted for the last five years by the very talented and experienced drummer, Peter Gaudioso, Fergie’s has developed into a down-to-earth, welcoming community where people congregate simply for the love of music, downtown on 1214 Sansom St.…

California dreaming for local band

“Capitol Risk” is a name that some on campus may already know, and one that may be heard more often in the near future. A pop-rock band based out of Malvern, Pa., Capitol Risk calls Temple home to some of its members.…

Placebo some glitter, a few tricks and all distorted guitar

Not many people have seen the cult classic glam rock tribute “Velvet Goldmine,” but those who have usually remember the same handful of scenes. They recall Ewan MacGregor writhing on stage in skintight leather pants and dousing his body with oil, they see Jonathan Rhys-Meyers pouting and cooing, his lips painted red and his hair sprayed into an elaborate blue coif.…

Popped Up Philly

This Monday night, listen closely for a sound in the distance. You might hear the faint rumble of an under-appreciated music scene gaining momentum. Philadelphia POPPED! co-founder and West Philadelphia resident Ben Morgan has high hopes for his festival.…

These Englishmen make girls swoon

On episode six in season two of Adult Swim favorite “Futurama,” a large purple ciliate named Miss Vega 4 wins the Miss Universe pageant. But this is not why the up-and-coming U.K.…

Seeking R&B fame, she found a new home

Philly has seen its fair share of talented emerging artists. Some make it, like The Roots and John Legend, while others may just wind up in the used CDs bin at any retail store.…

Decemberists can rock all seasons

It seems wherever you turn these days, there’s a new band sprouting its roots in the indie scene, claiming they’re better than the rest. In a genre in which every band sounds like the next, the Decemberists have found a formula to succeed.…

West Philly DJ rocks four turntables, a microphone

Before you do a double take – sorry “Star Wars” geeks – R2D2 is not coming to the Starlight Ballroom. Rather, it’s RJD2, a beat maker and lyricist from West Philly known for his mishmash of genres and slick skills on the turntable.…

TV appearance, Grammy nod beef up band’s fame

When the guitars are finally tuned, the drum kit is set and the microphone sits by its lonely self on stage, only one band can take these simple instruments and play them to their breaking points – Lamb of God.…