The first thing you should know about Zella Day is that Zella is her real first name. No fabricated stage names from the Pinetop, Ariz. native.
“Jerome,” the opening track off Day’s upcoming debut album Kicker, out on June 2, details the story of how she ended up with the distinctive designation.
“It’s a song that I’ve been waiting to write for a long time,” she said. “It’s about the woman I was named after.”
There comes a point (multiple points, probably) in a twentysomething male’s life when he’s been confined to a moving van for too long. For Jake Luppen. Nathan Stocker, Zach Sutton and Whistler Allen of Hippo Campus, they’re starting to reach that time. The young Woodbury, Minnesota alt-poppers, whose debut EP Bashful Creatures will be reissued by Grand Jury Records on May 5, have been on the road — first in Austin, Texas for the SXSW Music Festival and currently supporting The Mowgli’s — and they’ve turned to humor to help pass the time.
“We kind of lost our minds at this point,” said guitarist Nathan Stocker. “So it’s how we maintain any sense of sanity. Well maybe no, it’s not working, … I don’t know.”
It’s apparent that the boys’ sense of closeness — both in terms of proximity and sentimentality — shines through over the course of a conversation with the band. They’re quick to complete each other’s sentences, follow up on inside jokes, and riff on other elements of silliness. Which is exactly what happens when they elaborate on keeping each other amused on tour.
One of the biggest names in soulful rock ‘n’ roll, Alabama Shakes, bring their powerhouse Southern jams to Philadelphia this summer.
The foursome will come to The Mann Center on Thursday, Sept. 17 with the Drive-By Truckers. Tickets will be sold starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 25.
Alabama Shakes are less than a week away from the release of their sophomore album Sound & Color, out April 21. The follow up to their 2012 debut Boys & Girls, where Billboard Hot 100-charting single “Hold On” spent a couple of weeks, takes singer Brittany Howard’s multifaceted vocals over more orchestrated and slow-burning songs.
Still reveling in the success of Mandatory Fun, his first Billboard-topping album, Weird Al Yankovic brings his extensive repertoire of parodies to the Mann Center this summer.
The “Mandatory World Tour” adds a Philadelphia date for Friday, July 31 at the Mann with tickets on sale Friday, April 17 at 10 a.m. American Express presale begins 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 15.
Yankovic takes a break from the comedic hit making to try out magazine life when his guest-edited issue of MAD Magazine (the first-ever guest-edited edition of the mag) comes out on April 21.
“Who do you think you are?” Madonna bellowed into the mic during her performance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
At this point, I’m not really sure.
Her Diplo-assisted performance of “B---h, I’m Madonna,” off of her latest album Rebel Heart, inspired a few head scratches as she gallivanted around The Tonight Show studio in thick gold chains and a dollar sign-emblazed jacket (in which Philly's own Diplo had a matching one).
“It’s a weird thing we’re doing, to start. It’s very strange,” J. Willgoose, Esq., the multi-instrumentalist founder of British electronic duo Public Service Broadcasting said. He’s not wrong: Their music is based exclusively on historical concepts, set to samples of archival film footage and atmospheric synth, drum and guitar-laced symphonies. There are no lyrics (unless you count the samples), the band’s two members, Willgoose and drummer Wrigglesworth — pseudonyms to maintain an air of mystery — interact on stage through soundboard clips and thus listeners really only get a sense that there are actual people behind the project when they see a live show, when there are bodies on stage playing real instruments set to videos of the speeches and broadcasts utilized in their songs. So, yeah, maybe the whole setup is a little strange.
“I think possibly what helps it is it is strange,” Willgoose continued. “If you were to make money making music, you definitely wouldn’t pick this way. That’s the kind of genuineness behind it.”
Not a historically driven person — Willgoose claims he didn’t study history much beyond his early teen years — but a musically prone one, Public Service Broadcasting began as an experiment in sampling. Using old films as a basis, Willgoose felt he'd stumbled upon a unique way of doing things. So he called the British Film Institute.
The Philly punk twosome of singer/guitarist Martello and drummer Nick Fanelli hadn’t submitted themselves for the show, they hadn’t auditioned, and at that point hadn’t expressed any interest in being on reality television. So when the call came … they hung up.
“Nick got a call about it and immediately hung up on them because he thought it was a joke,” Martello said.
A high-caliber night of blues and soul is set for Sunday, Aug. 2 at the Mann Center when Tedeschi Trucks Band and Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings hits town.
Tickets are available at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 10.
The husband and wife-fronted 11-piece Tedeschi Trucks Band have been working on their next album, a follow up to the chart-toping Billboard Top Blues Albums’ Made Up Mind.