On Stage: KMFDM remains a pioneer of industrial rock

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times KMFDM When the dawn of industrial rock arrived more than three decades ago, KMFDM was there. The industrial scene has gone through many changes over the years. Many bands in the genre have risen, fallen and ceased to exist. Fortunately, KMFDM is not one of them. KMFDM is still here and is making music more powerful than ever. Sascha Konietzko and the members...

Art Watch: WC annual fall gallery walk & First Friday art stroll in Kennett

By Lele Galer, Columnist, The Times Fall First Friday Art shows are back, with the wonderful West Chester Gallery Walk and Kennett Square’s First Friday Art Stroll – both happening this Friday October 6th from 5-9pm. With exciting new gallery openings as well as pop up art spaces at various local businesses, these First Fridays are a terrific, fun way to spend an evening. Food, drinks...

On Stage: Time for some ‘Kinky Boots’

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times With the arrival of autumn’s cooler temperatures, many people are thinking that it’s time to put away sandals and opt for warmer footwear. Area fans of musical theater, meanwhile, know that it’s time for an entirely different type of footwear – that it’s time for “Kinky Boots.” “Kinky Boots” is a Broadway musical with music...

On Stage (Bonus): Little Steven carves out his own niche

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Little Steven Some know him as Steven Van Zandt. Others know him as Little Steven. Some refer to him as Stevie Van Zandt. Still others think of him as Miami Steve. There is one thing all can agree on. Van Zandt is a rock legend – a guitarist extraordinaire who has become an integral part of rock music’s DNA. Van Zandt, who might best be known as Bruce...

On Stage: Coco Montoya remains a blues guitar ace

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Coco Montoya Coco Montoya has built a reputation as an ace guitarist – a guitarist who spent 10 years in one of the best Anglo-American blues band ever – a guitarist who had a blues icon as a mentor. Not bad for a drummer from Santa Monica, California. Montoya, a legendary blues-rock guitarist and vocalist, has just released a new album “Hard Truth”...

Art Watch: Keep on the lookout!

By Lele Galer, Columnist, The Times There are 100 different clay creatures (Clay-tons) hidden throughout Chester County by the 20 clay artists involved in the Annual Clay Days art exhibition. This year, “Clay Days” is revving up the excitement by including an art-inspiring treasure hunt all over the county. If you find one of these hidden clay creatures, it is yours to keep, and the...

On Stage: Wire rolling out new album, Silver/Lead

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Wire In the summer of 2015, Union Transfer 1026 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, 215-232-2100, www.utphilly.com) hosted a show by Wire and the British quartet rocked the house. On September 26, Wire — Colin Newman, Graham Lewis, Robert Grey and Matthew Simms — is returning to the scene of the crime to do it again. The show at Union Transfer will be...

On Stage Profile: Kathleen Turner conquers caberet

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Kathleen Turner In the entertainment realm, there is not much that Kathleen Turner hasn’t conquered. She starred on Broadway in “High, Indiscretions,” “The Graduate,” and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” She was brilliant in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” and received Tony nominations for Best Actress. On screen, she garnered critical acclaim...

On Stage (Bonus): Human Heat gets back to Midwest roots

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Human Heat Human heat can best be measured by a non-contact MEMS thermal sensor. Human Heat can best be measured by fan response. Human Heat, a music act that evolved from a previous band Yellow Ostrich, will be looking to generate some heat when it plays a show at Kung Fu Necktie (1248 North Front Street, Philadelphia, 215-291-4919, kungfunecktie.com). Human...

On Stage: Chris Hillman isn’t just ‘bidin’ his time

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Chris Hillman Music fans – young and old – have been drawn to the music of the Byrds for more than a half-century. Those who love the jangly pop sound pioneered by the Byrds will be in a state of ecstasy with the arrival of Chris Hillman’s new album “Bidin’ My Time,” which will be officially released on September 22 on Rounder Records. On September...