On Stage: Odonis Odonis stays intense

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Odonis Odonis Two acts playing at Philadelphia venues on April 19 can induce different dream states. Odonis Odonis can put you on a trail to industrial nightmares while Dawn Landes can make you float away with her soft lullabies. Odonis Odonis is a Canadian band that has embraced different sound vibes over the years but has always maintained a constant...

On Stage: Less Than Jake is more than fun

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Less Than Jake Just over a year ago, ska/punk/indie rock veterans Less Than Jake energized and thoroughly entertained a sellout audience at The Queen (500 North Market Street, Wilmington, 202-730-3331,www.thequeenwilmington.com). Now, the band from Gainesville, Florida, is back to do it again. LTJ will headline a show at The Queen on April 17 and...

On Stage: Anastasia comes to Academy of Music

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Anastasia Springtime is a great time to start enjoying outdoor activities. But, with the vagaries of spring weather in this region, it’s a good idea to have backup plans for your weekend activity. Spending time indoors watching a theatrical production is a great backup plan and this is a great time for theater options in the area.

On Stage: McKay offers perfect musical compliment to spring

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Nellie McKay When Nellie McKay performs on stage, her warm voice and engaging delivery seem to make beautiful musical flowers appear in the air. When people pay a visit to Longwood Gardens (Route 1, Kennett Square, 610-388-1000, www.longwoodgardens.org), there are beautiful flowers in the air and everywhere.

On Stage: Ella Vos channels the pain of life into her music

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Ella Vos Many singer/songwriters have nice voices and can sing well but lyrically get mired in the same old topics – tales of love, stories about their somewhat mundane lives and observations of other people’s conditions. Ella Vos, who is bringing her “Watch and Wait Tour” to the Fillmore Philadelphia (1100 Canal Street, Philadelphia, 215-309-0150,...

On Stage: Tempest brings Celtic vibe to New Hope

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Sometimes, bands have names that can be confused with names of other bands. Tempest, which will perform on April 6 at New Hope Winery (6123 Lower York Road, New Hope, http://www.newhopewinery.com) is one of them. The band that is playing in Bucks County tonight is Tempest, a band from the San Francisco Bay area that specializes in Celtic rock. It...

On Stage: In a gadda da Kennett? Iron Butterfly comes to The Flash

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Over the next two days, there are quite a few acts performing around the area that have been building their fanbases for many, many years. The list includes Iron Butterfly (formed in 1966), The Orchestra (2000), Whitey Morgan (2005), and Voivod (1982). Iron Butterfly has had many lineup changes over the years – and the band’s fans are fine with...

On Stage: Poco’s Young unretires, finds new path

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Poco With the great variety of shows around the area tonight, if you can’t find something you like, then you should resign yourself to an evening at home binge-watching your favorite show on Netflix or Hulu. Live music will be available tonight in an array of diverse genres. The schedule includes a band from the 1960s that fostered country rock...

On Stage: Through change and evolution, The Yardbirds keep the music coming

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times The Yardbirds Any informed list of the 10 all-time best rock guitarists should – without question – include Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page. Amazingly, all three got their starts in the same band – the Yardbirds The Yardbirds, who are playing the Colonial Theatre (Bridge Street, Phoenixville, 610- 917-1228, www.thecolonialtheatre.com)...

On Stage: Meow Meow & Thomas Lauderdale hit Philly

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Meow Meow & Thomas Lauderdale Thomas Lauderdale has performed shows in this area many times over the years – always as part of his ensemble Pink Martini. This week, Lauderdale will be in Philly to perform with a different musical project – Meow Meow and Thomas Lauderdale. On March 26, World Café Live (3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, 215-222-1400,...