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Janelle Monae offers up something new and something old (playing Roots Picnic in May)

Photo by Marc Baptise
Photo by Marc Baptise

R&B singer Janelle Monae, recently announced as part of this year’s Roots Picnic lineup has shared a couple new songs, one of which is a cover of Robert Palmer’s “Simply Irresistible.” Monae covered the Robert Palmer classic as part of E!’s Live From the Red Carpet coverage of the Academy Awards, and puts a fresh funky spin on the 80′s song.

The “new” new song that Monae has released is “What Is Love,” from the forthcoming Rio 2 soundtrack. The song grabs a little bit of Michael Jackson’s “Wanna Be Starting Something” rhythmic stutter and tosses in some island dance grooves. Listen to it below.

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Snoop Dogg, Janelle Monae, The War on Drugs and Chill Moody top The Roots 7th annual Roots Picnic lineup

Now in its 7th year, The Roots Picinic will bring an eclectic array of music to Festival Pier on May 31, and the band today revealed everything you need to know about this year’s installment.

The year the legendary hip-hop crew will share the stage with Snoop Dogg (backed by The Roots), as well as Janelle Monáe, Action Bronson, A$AP Ferg, araabMUZIK, The War On Drugs, Rudimental, Jhené Aiko, Biz Markie (DJ Set), Bad Rabbits, Electric Wire Hustle, Chill Moody, Emily Wells, Roman GianArthur & more.

Get tickets when they go onsale this Friday at 10 a.m. on Ticketmaster and watch a few of the latest clips from acts on this year’s incredible lineup below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Janelle Monae at the Electric Factory, Colin Hay at Keswick Theatre, Deltron 3030 at the TLA and more

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Retro starlet Janelle Monae will grace the Electric Factory stage tonight. Monae released her critically acclaimed third album, The Electric Lady, last month. Despite her old-school flare, there’s nothing dated about Monae’s music. She’ll make you want to dance (“Q.U.E.E.N.”, “Dance Apocalyptica”) and be seduced (“Primetime” featuring R&B crooner Miguel). Check out her new “emotion picture” for the latter below. Get tickets here.

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Janelle Monae playing Electric Factory on October 13th

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Part soul, part rock, part R&B, part cabaret, Janelle Monáe  has made her career out of morphing musical styles into a giant amalgamation of powerful and uplifting pop that breaks barriers of accessibility across genres.  On September 10th, Monae will release her highly anticipated sophomore album Electric Lady.  She performs in Philadelphia on Sunday, October 13th at The Electric Factory.  Click here for ticket information, and watch the video for “Dance Apocalyptic,” below and listen to “Q.U.E.E.N” which get as close as possible to showing what Monae does best – which is pretty much everything.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Autre Ne Veut at Voyeur for Making Time, Divers at The Fire, Janelle Monae at Penn’s Spring Fling, David Bromberg Quartet at Landis Theater, Netherfriends at Church of the Advocate

ANVAutre Ne Veut headlines tonight’s Making Time event at Voyeur Nightclub.  Based in Brooklyn, Autre Ne Veut is the electronic R&B / pop project of former jingle composer Arthur Ashin.  Anxiety, released in February, is Ashin’s second effort under the moniker, which means “I think of none other” in French.  Also performing at tonight’s party are Delorean, Jacques Greene and Doldrums.  Tickets and information can be found here. Below, watch Autre Ne Veut’s video for “Counting.”

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