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R&B artist ZZ Ward will return to Philadelphia for a show at The TLA on February 28th. Continuing to tour in support of her debut Til the Casket Drops, the Abington, PA-born musician blends southern blues (inspired by her father’s music endeavors) with contemporary hip hop / pop hooks, which she began writing for local rappers in Eugene, OR. Tickets and information for the all-ages show will be available here; tickets go on sale Friday, January 17th at noon. Watch ZZ Ward’s video for “365 Days” below.
Oregon natives Typhoon will play Johnny Brenda’s tonight. The eleven piece outfit released their fourth studio album White Lighter back in August. The band successfully manages to offset their dark lyrics (which reflect lead singer, Kyle Morton’s childhood struggle with Lyme Disease) with pleasant alt-folk, choir-pop soundscapes. Tickets for the event can be found at Johnny Brenda’s website.
Co-headliner and Abington, PA native ZZ Ward hit the stage next, leading led her tight band through an exciting hour of her smooth mash-up of Blues, Hip Hop and R and B. Highlights were a touching acoustic “Last Love Song” and set closer “Move Like U Stole It” that had the crowd grooving along.
North Carolina’s Delta Rae closed out the night. They made the full house sweat on a cold wintery night with a powerful performance full of roller coaster emotional highs and lows and glorious harmonies. Early in the set songs “Morning Comes” and “Holding Onto Good” were high points but they saved the best for last. For their encore they headed out into the crowd for an exuberant, sweaty acoustic sing-along version of “Hey Hey Hey” that featured back-up vocals from everyone in the crowd.
Following up on their their well-recieved 2012 LP The North, Montreal synth pop outfit Stars bring their live show to Philly tonight for a date at The Trocadero with Milo Greene. With a brighter and more positive sound and outlook than their brooding 2010 release The Five Ghosts, the new songs should work well towards warming the crowd on a chilly Wednesday night. Los Angeles indie group Milo Greene opens, tickets and information can be found at the WXPN Concert Calendar. Below, watch the band perform “The North” live at Tornto radio station The Edge.
Last night, eclectic pop singer ZZ Ward appeared on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, kicking out a spunky rendition of her single “Put The Gun Down” with her four-piece backing band. Ward released her debut LP Til The Casket Drops back in October, and is currently on tour with XPN favorites Delta Rae. The tour stops at The TLA on March 6, tickets and more information can be found here. Below, watch a video of Ward’s Conan appearance.
After playing a smokin’ set at World Cafe Live upstairs on Election Night, bluesy singer ZZ Ward is returning to Philadelphia on March 6 with WXPN favorites Delta Rae – who were also in town recently, recording a special producer’s session for World Cafe and appearing on the air with Helen Leicht. Tickets are on sale this Friday, November 30, at noon via Live Nation. Below, watch ZZ Ward performing a slick acoustic take on “Charlie Ain’t Home” at World Cafe Live earlier this month, and listen to Delta Rae’s World Cafe session here.
ZZ Ward hasn’t lived in Pennsylvania since she was 6 years old, but you never would have guessed from the warm reception she received at World Cafe Live on Tuesday night. It was the eclectic pop singer’s first time headlining Philadelphia, and it certainly felt like a hometown show: the crowd screamed for each Bucks County reference, the singer worked the enthusiastic front row with a smile like she was playing for old neighbors, and the vibe was generally warm and celebratory.
Ward’s debut LP Til The Casket Drops was released on October 16, and it’s an unusual and insanely catchy mix of styles. Her voice undeniably draws from the singer-songwriter soul revival of recent years, but there’s also a clubby dance-pop pace to it, as well as moments that veer in an edgier direction – lightly towards hiphop and deeply toward blues. In concert, Ward translated the songs with a tremendously tight three-piece band (and the help of a few tracks on a laptop). Continue reading →
Electronic chillwave/pop project Gracie plays Johnny Brenda’s tonight with Snowmine and Lockets. The moniker of local guy Andrew Balasia, Gracie has been sweeping us up and into its hypnotic beats since the For Summer EP dropped last year. Earlier this year Balasia took the project in a more experiemental and haunting direction with his Treehouse EP. For the upcoming Bleeder full-length, however, Balasia returned to the pop vein of For Summer and released the seductively anthematic “Creature Pleaser” this past summer. The 21+ show begins at at 9:00 p.m., more information is available here. Below, stream “Creature Pleaser” and download the name-your-own-price track from Gracie’s Bandcamp.
ZZ Ward recently released her debut album Til The Casket Drops on Hollywood Records. ZZ, (short for Zsuzsanna) was born in Abington, PA., and raised in Oregon. ZZ first caught the attention of music fans about a year ago with her Eleven Roses mixtape (available here for free). Ward’s debut is an eclectic collection of songs influenced by her love of many genres of music including rock, blues, hip-hop, R&B and straight-ahead pop. With all its musical diversity, the album manages to hang together in large part to her confident, soaring and adaptive vocals. With guest appearances from rappers Freddie Gibbs, Kendrick Lamar, and Fitz (of Fitz and the Tantrums) Casket is an excellent debut. ZZ plays tomorrow evening, Tuesday, November 6th at World Cafe Live. Go here for tickets and more information about the show. The Key caught up with ZZ via e-mail; read the interview below. Below the interview, stream a sampler of ZZ’s debut album. Continue reading →