David B. Devan, Opera Philadelphia’s general director and president, has a lot to discuss.
At a time when most female pop is Auto-Tuned, Nellie McKay — singer, songwriter, instrumentalist and comedian — is an unorthodox breath of fresh air. London-born but living much of her youth in Pennsylvania (she’s a veteran of the Pocono Youth Orchestra and Phil Woods’ orchestra of promising young players), McKay has explored Tin Pan Alley pop and uneasy-listening jazz. Her music could be self-penned or pulled from the songbooks of Kurt Weill, Peggy Lee and Cole Porter — all with witty lyrics rich in unsentimental, anti-romantic sarcasm or all-around silliness.
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The latest album from Duran Duran finds the enduring synthpop poster boys diving deeper into EDM and electronica than they have ever gone. And somehow they make it work.
Out folk/blues singer-songwriter Jesse Lafser may be a St. Louis native, but on her latest album, “Raised on the Plains,” her heart and soul found their creative muse in a recent cross-country trip that took her through the Southwest.