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POSTED: Friday, May 29, 2015, 12:12 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Guitarist Kaki King's "The Neck Is a Bridge to the Body" is coming to the Sellersville Theater. (Photo by Randy Gunter)

The anatomical and musical similarities in Kaki King’s The Neck Is a Bridge to the Body were accidental. It wasn’t until the guitar virtuoso began to analyze the live performance spectacle and album of the same name that she began to realize humans, like guitars, have necks and bodies.

“I’m not the best analysis of my own creations. I need to discuss it with other people,” King said. “I never thought of them being human body parts. I had to be told that.”

She brings the expansive light and music show to the Sellersville Theater tomorrow.

POSTED: Friday, May 29, 2015, 3:00 AM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife

It's a sunny Friday. Producer and composer RJD2 (real name, Ramble Jon Krohn) is in the midst of packing up. He’s leaving Philadelphia, the city he’s called home for over a decade, and moving back to his native Ohio.

He and his wife have a young son and he wants him to grow up around family. It’s bittersweet for the acclaimed musician, notable for composing “A Beautiful Mine,” the opening-credit theme for the recently wrapped AMC series “Mad Men.”

The move comes on the heels of the May 5 release of “STS x RJD2,” his collaborative album with Atlanta-bred, Philly-based rapper STS (a/k/a Sugar Tongue Slim; born Doncarlos Price). It showcases RJ’s knack for genre-fusing compositions, flowing seamlessly from traditional hip-hop beats to big-band horns and southern soul, all under Slim’s poetic and revelatory verses.

POSTED: Tuesday, May 26, 2015, 1:05 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Of Monsters and Men performs onstage at the CW Network's 2015 Upfront presentation at New York City Center on May 14, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for The CW)

Icelandic folksters Of Monsters And Men will tour behind the release of their sophomore full length Beneath the Skin with a Philly appearance at the Mann Center this fall.

They’ll continue the North American leg of their tour on Tuesday, Sept. 15 on the Skyline Stage at the Mann.

Fan presale begins at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 27 — that’s only if you preordered the album (out June 9) through the band’s official web store. General sale tickets are available starting at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 5.  

POSTED: Tuesday, May 26, 2015, 11:18 AM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
West Philly resident Kyle Gilbride worked on albums from local acts Waxahatchee, Girlpool and his own band, Swearin'. (Courtesy photo)

Two of the most talked-about artists in Philadelphia this year have a lot in common. Not only did Waxahatchee and Girlpool tour together this year and call Philly their home, but by summer’s end, they’ll both have released albums in 2015 — Ivy Tripp for Waxahatchee, out now, and Girlpool’s Before the World Was Big, out on June 2. Other than the young women’s penchant for powerful lyrics, pure vocals, and prominent guitar playing, both of the records feature another commonality: Kyle Gilbride.

The engineering whiz behind Waxahatchee’s previous LP Cerulean Salt has put his sonic touch on a handful of local — and not so local — bands’ work. From Brooklyn’s Arm Candy to Columbus, Ohio’s All Dogs, a number of different outfits have turned to the West Philly resident and songwriter/guitarist in local band Swearin’ to put his intuition and charm on their records.

POSTED: Wednesday, May 20, 2015, 11:28 AM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Michaela Majoun, longtime WXPN host, is leaving the mike to take up writing. (MICHAEL BRYANT / Staff Photographer)

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.

POSTED: Tuesday, May 19, 2015, 2:27 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Suga Shay and Gun$ Garcia of the Factory Girls DJ collective were this month's special guests for the "MIGHTY" party at Silk City Bar and Lounge on Friday April 24, 2015. ( Tim Blackwell / )

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.

POSTED: Sunday, May 17, 2015, 1:14 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Janet Jackson attends the Giorgio Armani fashion show as part of Milan Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2013/14 on February 25, 2014 in Milan, Italy. (Vittorio Zunino Celotto / Getty Images)

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.

POSTED: Friday, May 15, 2015, 12:55 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Morrissey, slated to perform at Firefly Music Festival on Friday, June 19 and the Academy of Music on Saturday, June 20. (DANIEL SANNUM LAUTEN/AFP/Getty Images)

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 former Smiths front man will come to the Academy of Music on Saturday, June 20, the day after his appearance at Firefly. Tickets will go on sale Friday, May 22 at 10 a.m.

The area missed out on Morrissey’s latest tour, just last summer, due to illness.

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