Allie Volpe & Molly Eichel
Michaela Majoun, host of WXPN’s morning show since 1989, will step away from the mic for the final time next month.
For the past 25 years, Majoun has been at the helm of the show, championing Philadelphia culture and female musicianship with the Women’s Music Hour. Her final day on the air will be Tuesday, June 30.
Originally coming to Philadelphia in the midst of a screenwriting career in Los Angeles, Majoun’s initial plans to return to California after laying the groundwork in Philly turned into a quarter-century stay at XPN and the City of Brotherly Love.
The Roots weren’t the only Philly musical act offering their talents to guest performer Janelle Monae on last night’s Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
Local DJ Shaina “Suga Shay” Robinson made her network television debut, doing her thing right alongside the Roots for the high-caliber, choreography-based performance of Monae’s single “Yoga.”
“I definitely had the appropriate amount of excitement jitters about the performance,” Robinson said.
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At midnight on Saturday, May 16, her 49th birthday, Janet Jackson made a major musical announcement.
“I promised you’d hear it from my lips,” said Janet in a Vimeo video, “and now you will.”
Those were the words the singer spoke to announce her industry comeback with new music, a new world tour and “a new movement.” The announcement comes after Jackson’s nearly seven-year hiatus from music making. Her last album, Discipline, came out in 2008, even before her brother Michael Jackson died.
A trend might be forming here. Continuing in Paul McCartney’s tour footsteps, Morrissey will follow up his Firefly Festival performance in Dover with a Philly tour date.
The area missed out on Morrissey’s latest tour, just last summer, due to illness.
Not only is Eagles linebacker Connor Barwin a local fixture in Philly culture, charity and, you know, life, he’s also got great music taste. (He was spotted not too long ago attending a super intimate show for local rockers The Districts.)
For the second year, his charity, Make the World Better Foundation, will host a benefit concert with a stacked lineup: Mac DeMarco, locals Marian Hill and The Suffers are on the bill.
Set for Saturday, June 20 at Union Transfer, proceeds from the show, which will be matched by MTWB, will go to the revamping of Smith Playground.
“My mission is to explain to people like, hip hop isn’t just playing rap music,” Philly-born Roots drummer Questlove states in the first seconds of a new documentary, following his time in Havana, Cuba. “It’s playing Cuban music, American music, jazz music. It’s playing rock music, soul music, electronic, Reggaeton, reggae, like it’s playing every genre of music and putting it together, like that’s the real definition of what hip hop is,” he continued.
The 13-minute short film shows the musical giant’s crash course in Cuban culture. He goes on a classic Cuban-made vinyl expedition. He visits EGREM Studios, the space where many Cuban-produced music was recorded. He even speaks of making continued trips of this nature.
Of course, there are discussions of Questo’s DJ sets at Fabrica de Arte Cubano in which he mentions the folks of Havana being the perfect audience for his genre-blending style.
Don't expect songs about the undead from Emily Kinney, but the singer definitely has taken inspiration from her time acting on the apocalyptic AMC drama “The Walking Dead.”
As she gears up for the August release of her debut album, “This Is War,” Kinney is taking her musical chops — already familiar to “Dead” fans from her soothing, songs-around-the-campfire scenes with head zombie fighter Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) — to stages across the country.
She’ll play a sold-out show Friday at MilkBoy.
Unlike some reality TV competition stars who’d rather forget their primetime days, Swedish Idol contestant Tove Styrke doesn’t mind talking about her time on the tube. Since coming in third in the singing contest in 2009 at age 16, she says she’s had it pretty nice: She got a record deal, released her club- and radio-friendly self-titled debut in 2010, and gained fame in her homeland for her infectious electro-pop.
“I never felt pressured to do anything I didn’t want to do, and I guess that’s not the case with other people who enter those sort of competitions,” Styrke said. “There’s nothing I regret.”
Now 22, the singer — not to be confused with fellow Swede Tove Lo — is coming off of four years out of the spotlight, ready to share what she says is her most organic and personal collection of music to date.