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Music Tea w/X Ambassadors

Whether throwing down a hard-hitting electronic pop groove or blessing us with their incredible stage presence, New York based X Ambassadors--Sam Harris(vocals),Casey Harris(keyboards)and Adam Levin(drums)–certainly know how to keep it musically moving in all directions.

Just ask their many legions of fans who’ve followed these fine music gentlemen since their plugged in debut almost a decade ago. Tonight, their Philly fans are certainly in for in a treat when they put it all on display at The Fillmore for a show that’s guaranteed to be a truly rockin’ good time. However, this evening’s X Ambassadors affair is someone of a special night for the guys the as it marks the first official U.S. stop for their latest road venture, The Joyful Tour (it officially kicked off in Montreal last night), in support of their soon-to-be released set, Joyful, which will be dominating headphones across the globe later this spring. 

But what it really comes down to when it concerns X Ambassadors is that they’re simply ready to straight up give it to all of their fans with their upcoming tour and what better place to light it all up other than in Philly, right? Absolutely.

Before they own The Fillmore tonight, they were gracious enough to stop by Philly Mixtape for a spot of music tea, breaking mugs about what fans can expect from their latest stage spectacles, their words of wisdom for all aspiring musicians and whether or not they’ll be able to check out Philly while they’re here. 

Hint–they will…..so, read on and get to know X Ambassadors below.

Oh, and go see them on The Joyful Tour this spring in your city! 

Hey guys, thanks so much for taking the time to chat with Philly Mixtape. First up, how have you been feeling leading up to the big tour kick off? A lot of the dates are already sold out, so it must feel pretty awesome. Feeling good! We had like a month off for the holidays, so we’re all itching to get back in front of our fans. To know that a lot have already sold out is pretty amazing too.

What can fans expect from your upcoming shows? We’re so excited to be playing a bunch of NEW material for our fans… songs from our upcoming album that haven’t been released yet, in addition to the couple that have already come out.

Which musical artists inspire you guys the most? Bruce Springsteen, Prince, Mavis Staples and Drake.

Any pre-show rituals you do before hitting the stage? SH-I always warm up my voice for about 45 minutes, then I use a steam inhaler for about him 20 minutes, then pick out an outfit, then hit stage. I’m pretty regimented when I’m on tour.

Are you guys going to be able to check out Philly while you’re in town? We love Philly so much. We always stop by Tony Luke’s– we’d always stop there on our way back to Brooklyn when we were touring in our van & trailer– and I personally love to run up the Rocky stairs. I don’t know how much time we’ll have to explore while we’re in town, but hopefully we will.

Lastly, what words of advice would you guys to any aspiring musician in this crazy world right now? Whatever you do– don’t stop. Perseverance is key. And never forget that, as the artist, you have all the power. This is a very tricky industry to navigate and there will be a lot of people who will pretend like they know what’s best for you… but no one is going to be as passionate, or know what’s best for you and your career, than YOU.

For much, much more with X Ambassadors, get down with their official website right here. 

Cover photo courtesy of AXS.com 

 

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Happy Singles Awareness Day!

Today is Valentine’s Day! 

And of course as everyone and their Hallmark mother knows that when it comes to the love game of sexy Cupid (right, Ms. Gaga?), it can certainly go many, many different ways. 

For all the lovers out there, it’s a day filled with red roses, most likely followed by an evening filled with wining, dining and some good ol’ fashioned boots knockin.’

For others, it’s a day when, um, dating apps like Tinder, Scruff and Grindr will be on in full force in hopes of baggin’ up as much of that V-Day booty as humanly possible.

And then….sigh…..for a select unfortunate sad few out there, Valentine’s Day is the worst fucking day of the year because you think of your ex and how could they do that to you and now they’re with her/him and all you want is some brownie batter and/or cookie dough with Courtney Love and Alanis Morissette on full fucking blast. 

You oughta know, indeed. 

However, if there’s one group out there who doesn’t get the appreciation they deserve on this sacred day of love, it’s those who are single by fabulous choice and for them, today is just another day, or as we shall officially call it….Singles Awareness Day

So, to those of you out there who are just doin’ you and don’t need a man/lovely lady by your side to get yours in this life, but you’re confident as fuck and know the right one will eventually come along and you just want to live it up and be free……then these anthems are just for you. 

Who needs Cupid, anyway? 

Pussycat Dolls/”I Don’t Need a Man”    Just do you, boo…it’s the only way. 

Beyonce/”Single Ladies(Put a Ring on It)”  “Oh, oh, oh, Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, Oh, oh, oh.” No further statements. 

Demi Lovato/”Confident” Because what’s wrong with being confident, bitch? Just sayin.’ 

Jason Derulo/”Ridin’ Solo”   The only way to be…now get out there and own it. 

Destiny’s Child/”Independent Women(Part 1)”   Gurl, who knew you could get down like that on Singles Awareness Day? Everyone. 

Destiny’s Child/”Independent Women(Part 2)”  Keep gettin’ down, gurl. 

Usher/’U Don’t Have to Call”    Nah, we don’t need ya ’cause we out here on the floor gettin’ ours. 

TLC/”No Scrubs”  Ewwwwww….gross. 

Snoop Dogg/Bruno Mars/Wiz Khalifa/’Young, Wild & Free”   Let’s party. 

Natasha Bedingfield/”Single”  Hey there, Ms. Bedingfield, it’s certainly nice to hear from you again..especially today. 

Mary J. Blige/”Real Love”   Because it’s all business when it comes to searchin’ for that Ms. Blige style real love. But until then, let’s all live it up in the name of Cupid and of course, copy every god damn classic dance move from this video. 

And then let’s dance some more and be free. 

Happy Singles Awareness Day! 

 

Oh, and this. 

 

 

 

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Dear Philadelphia Eagles….Thank You

No words. 

Ask any of the what seemed like a trillion people (official numbers are coming next week) who attended yesterday’s incredible (and very, very, very well organized) Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl festivities to describe their experience and, well, it’s a guarantee that they couldn’t come up with the proper wording to paraphrase it all

Why?

Because it was just so fucking amazing. Isn’t that right, Mr. Jason Kelce? (By the way, your now legendary speech and mummer’s costume betta werk). 

Sigh….yesterday. It was so much more than just a sports celebration, it was a moment in time that no one will ever, ever forget anytime soon. But even more than that, it was a moment that finally put the City of Brotherly Love on the god damn map for the world to see. 

While yes, we’ve hosted some truly stand out celebrations and events along the great way–the Pope’s 2015 visit, 2016’s DNC and last year’s NFL draft, just to name a few–but it’s sort of felt like we just haven’t arrived yet……..until the underdog Eagles won the Super Bowl on February 4th. 

Yes, whether you like it or not (most people don’t, but that’s quite alright), Philly is finally officially an underdog city no more. As noted in Mr. Kelce’s speech, make that, iconic presentation yesterday, “an underdog is a hungry dog,” and you couldn’t ask for a city who wanted it more, whether a championship or just the national respect that we truly deserve. And well, now, here it is…because at the end of the day…we Philly and we’re certainly here to stay. 

While the national news did a standout job in painting us a city full of spoiled thugs and privileged vandals (they also forgot to mention that if you destroy this city…the city will find you and we certainly have..one-by-one), yesterday’s well received Parade of Champions finally proved above everything else that we’re a city that really, really loves our city.

Of course, there was trash everywhere (more trash cans throughout next year’s, err, future parades, perhaps?), but it did little to dispel that Philadelphia truly put on one of the greatest Super Bowl spectacles anyone has ever seen. Oh, just admit it, Mr. Brady…you know you were watchin.’ 

What it all boils down to like Alanis is that we’ve got one hand in our pocket and the other is high fivin’ anyone that we see right now because the city is truly just in a great fucking mood. We certainly owe our new-found Philly special feeling to our beloved–and just so precious–Eagles for which none our reinvented way of Philly way of life would truly be possible.

Seriously…does anybody else feel, like, different now? 

Besides serving up a football season that was nothing short of spectacular, our beloved Birds also proved that when you face challenges head on…you get results. So, to Carson Wentz, Nick Foles, Doug Pederson and the rest of you guys (and your mom mom and pop pops, too!), the city truly thanks you from the bottom of our Bud Lite drinkin’ football hearts and so, so, so much more. 

You’re more than just Super Bowl Champions...you’re what this city is about–team work, strength in numbers and so much love to go around that it’s sort of fucking ridiculous. So, if there are any doubters out there who still have no idea what Philly Philly is all about, take a look at our football team and how we all came together as a city yesterday and you will have all of the answers you need. 

Fly Eagles Fly. Dilly Dilly 4 Lyfe.