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Philly Weekly Entertainment Groove

Happy (almost) weekend, everybody! 

Now, get out there and do it all…cause there’s quite a lot of it. Enjoy! 

Sing Your Life Karaoke w/ Sara Sherr Now that fall has officially arrived, there’s no better time to head out to belt out your favorite karaoke groove in which the always colorful Ms. Sherr has everything you need for your song butchering/slaying pleasure all week & weekend long. Ready, set sing…for your yoga pants life. Sun, 9-2 Bob and Barbara’s, 1509 South Street Tues, 9-2 12 Steps Down, 9th and Christian Thurs, 10-2 W/N W/N 931 Spring Garden, Fri, 9-1 Southhouse, 2535 S. 13th St. Saturday, 9-1:45 Les & Doreen’s Happy Tap,1301 E Susquehanna Ave

My Son the Waiter:A Jewish Tragedy Get ready to laugh your ass off, Philly, because comedian Brad Zimmerman is here and serving up non-stop laughs in his critically acclaimed play! The story of “one man’s struggle to fulfill his dream and ‘make it’ as a comedic actor in New York,” this show has it all, that is, if you like to laugh out loud for ninety minutes straight. Really, who doesn’t in these crazy times? So, don’t delay and grab those tickets now! But you better hurry because this show is only here for a few weeks and this is one fab night out you do not want to miss. Meaning….you, so, go and Mr. Zimmerman will see you there! Tonight-Nov 19th/Various dates & showtimes/Penn’s Landing Playhouse/211 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd.

The GLOW If you’re looking for a fun night with the entire family or maybe looking for the perfect place to take a fall date, then prepare your Halloween-ed selves for a lovely stroll through Fairmount Park one of these upcoming nights to experience this one of-a-kind jack o’lantern extravaganza! Complete with top-notch pumpkin carvers, stunning visual art (hey there, Santa’s Christmas Village and Bey and Jay!) and much, much more, it’s an evening full of delightful fright that you’ll never forget anytime soon. But you better hurry up and grab those tickets because time slots are filling quickly, so go right here to grab yours…now. Happy pumpkin spiced trails, Philly!  Various ticket prices and showtimes/5201 Parkside Ave/Fairmount Park 

Philly Fall Concert Guide  What do Katy Perry, St. Vincent, Tegan and Sara, Janet Jackson, Thomas Gold, Michael Bolton, Bruno Mars, Kelela, Imagine Dragons and Zedd all have in common? They’re just some of the many, many ready-to-serve music artists that are coming to take over the Philly stages all fall long. So, if you’re down to spend your hard-earned coin on lots (and lots!) of upcoming concert tickets, waste no time in diving straight into Philly Mixtape’s official Fall Concert Guide and bag ’em all up. 

Wells Fargo Center  Whether Katy Perry tonight or Enrique Iglesias (and Pitbull!) for the start of your weekend tomorrow, the Wells Fargo Center is certainly the perfect place to escape from it all this week. Grab those tickets. 

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum You must not walk, but run to the box office at the Walnut Street Theatre to grab those tickets to take in Stephen Sondheim’s classic Tony Award-winning Best Musical, which has been described as “a nonstop laugh-fest in which Pseudolus, a crafty slave, struggles to win the hand of a beautiful, but slow-witted, courtesan named Philia for his young master, Hero, in exchange for freedom. The plot twists and turns with cases of mistaken identity, slamming doors and a bevy of beautiful showgirls. This unforgettable, hysterical musical comedy will have you laughing all the way to the Forum with “something for everyone, a comedy tonight!” All meaning….go. Walnut St. Theatre/tonight-October 22nd/various prices and showtimes

Full Front Street If you’re looking for one of the hottest shows in Philly on a Monday night (and every), you must head to Victoria Freehouse where your hostess with the always absolute, um, nothing on, Ms. Honeytree EvilEye, always has her tassels and so much more ready and waiting for you along with a fresh new roster of Philly Burlesque talent every god damn week.  Go right here for more Full Front Street tea on the daily and then…get ready. Every Monday/9 pm/show at 10/Victoria Freehouse/10 S. Front St.

Johnny Showcase  In what will certainly be the most funked up night of the Philly entertainment week, head over to Franky Bradley’s tonight to experience the joyful noises, vibes and bounces that transform when this raging 10 piece soul ensemble gets together to take over the Philly stages…which they often do frequently. With their mix of tricked out grooves with a funky psychedelic twist, Johnny Showcase and his boys are about to give it to you right tonight. So, don’t mother f@#king miss it. Let’s ride. Thursday/9 pm/Franky Bradley’s/1320 Chancellor St. 

DTF:Daryl & Timaree Fun Hour  Philly’s most f#$king hilarious duo–Daryl Charles and Timaree Leigh–are back at Franky Bradley’s to spill about love, sex and everything else in between! And the fact that this month’s round is on Friday the 13th, well, shit’s about to get weird…in the most delightful way possible, of course. Don’t miss it!  Friday/830 pm/Franky Bradley’s/1320 Chancellor St. 

Pennsylvania Ballet:The Sleeping Beauty  Now, what could be better than seeing this classic fairytale being retold by the talents of the incredible Pennsylvania Ballet? Absolutely nothing. Throw in one of Tchaikovsky’s most exquisite scores and you’ve got yourself one truly enchanted night out. Various dates and showtimes through October 22nd/The Academy of Music/1420 Locust St. 

Red Bull Sound Select:3 Days in Philly Three days….one hot venue….boatloads of talent including Girlpool, Andrea Valle, NoName, St. Beauty and many, many more. And of course, unlimited wiiiings courtesy of Red Bull. This is certainly the spot to be all weekend, so don’t miss your chance to soar and witness the joyous grooves that’ll most definitely be taking over the Underground Arts building starting tonight. For much more info on how to get yours, check this out and then get ready to phly, Philly.  Tonight-Saturday/Various showtimes/Underground Arts/1200 Callowhill St. 

DOOM  What happens when the always on point and spooky drag diva Porcelain takes over the upstairs stage at Tabu and rightfully serves up a cast that includes Ann Artist, Iris Spectre, Pretty Girl and DJ Goddess Isis, all while giving us a Friday the 13th costume appreciation fashion show that’s guaranteed to blow your wig off? There’s only one way to find out..prepare yourself proper and go. Friday/Tabu/10 pm/200 S. 12th St. 

Charley B’s presents 4 AM w/Tara Hendricks  If you haven’t experienced the powerful pipes on Philly’s very own powerhouse vocalist, Ms. Tara Hendricks, then it’s time for you to absolutely do it tomorrow night. So, join the lovely chanteuse along with her merry band mates–Sunny Dee (drums), Rick Tate (reeds), Darien Ebo (percussion) and Derrik Baldwin (keyboards)–as they kick off Charley B’s 2017-2018 entertainment season in only a way that they all know how to do…in sleek, sophisticated soul shattering style. Don’t miss it! Friday/7 pm/Charley B’s/6402 Stranton Avenue 

DJ Chris Urban  There’s absolutely no need to press play on 4 Non Blondes because you know what’s up when it comes to showing your dance music respect to one of Philly’s hottest DJs–L’Etage on Saturday (624 S. 6th St., 9 pm-2am,) and Positano Coast (212 Walnut St., 12pm-4pm) on Sunday for your hangover needs and beyond. Let’s dance…because, well, why the fuck not? Go. 

LiPSMACKERs  Although the whirling talents of DJs Mike Shaffer and Javascript are already enough to get us sashaying over to Tabu this weekend, they’ll be spinning out a buffet full of classic ladiez jamz to make it one diva-licious evening you’ll never forget. And guess what? It’s free! So, go and get your god damn groove on, bish. Saturday/9 pm/Tabu/200 S. 12th St. 

Thursday/10/12 

Against Me!@Union Transfer(830 pm, 1024 Spring Garden St.)…………Madeintoyo@TLA(8 pm, 334 South St.)………….Girlpool@Underground Arts(8 pm, 1200 Callowhill St.)…………LVL Up@Boot & Saddle(8 pm, 1131 S. Broad St.)………..ill.Gates@Coda(10 pm, 1712 Walnut St.)………DJ ESCO@NOTO(10 pm, 1209 Vine St.)………..Deaf Scene@Johnny Brenda’s(9 pm, 1201 Frankford Ave)

Friday/10/13

Adventure Club@The Fillmore(9 pm, 29 E. Allen St.)…………Noname@Underground Arts(8 pm, 1200 Callowhill St.)…………TOKiMONSTA@The Foundry(9 pm, 100 Frankford Ave)…….Quinn XCII@Coda(8 pm, 1712 Walnut St.)…………John Talabot@Dolphin Tavern(9 pm, 1539 S. Broad St.)………..Dannic@NOTO(10 pm, 1209 Vine St.)………Thomas Gold @Coda(11 pm, 1712 Walnut St.)……….The Phonies@The Barbary(8 pm, 951 Frankford Ave)

Saturday/10/14 

Cults @Johnny Brenda’s(915 pm, 1201 Frankford Ave)…………Ministry@Electric Factory(830 pm, 421 N. 7th St.)………..Blind Pilot@Underground Arts(8 pm, 1200 Callowhill St.)……….Andrew Belle@Milkboy Philly(830 pm, 1100 Chestnut St.)………..Grizfolk@Coda(8 pm, 1712 Walnut St.)………..The Courtneys@Kung Fu Necktie(7 pm, 1248 N. Front St.)…….weaves@Boot&Saddle(830 pm, 1131 S. Broad St.)

Sunday/10/15

Showtunes Sundays@Tavern on Camac(9 pm, 243 S. Camac St.)………….Magic Giant @The Foundry(29 E. Allen St.)………..GoldLink@Coda(7 pm, 1712 Walnut St.)…………..The Stone Foxes@Johnny Brenda‘s(9 pm, 1201 Frankford Ave)……….David Choi @Kung Fu Necktie(6 pm, 1248 N. Front St.)……..

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2017 Fall Music Roundup

What do Fergie, Sam Smith, Kelly Clarkson, U2, St Vincent, Kaskade, The Killers, Maroon 5, Demi Lovato, Gwen Stefani and Sia all have in common? 

They’re all fighting for the top spot on your fall music playlists. 

Happy streaming! 

Fergie/Double Dutchess Hard to believe, but it’s been eleven years since Ms. Fergie served us with her chart destroying debut solo set, The Dutchess. But thanks to some crazy big beats (“Hungry,” “Like It Ain’t Nothin,” “You Already Know,” the electric, “Tension”), A-list guest stars (Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross, Y.G.) and the fact that will.i.am is nowhere to be found on the project, it’s like the former BEP/Wild Orchid front-diva never left us. Of course, shit does get a little real throughout the “Glamorous” owner’s sophomore set thanks to her recent split from Josh Duhamel, so get ready to grab those tissues when mid-tempo grooves “Life Goes On,” Love is Blind,” “A Little Work” and the rocked out “Love is Pain” take over your love-scorned life. Streaming Now

The Killers/Wonderful Wonderful   Whether on the trippy title track, the ramped up “Run For Cover,” the disco-ey, “The Calling,” or the life ready album closer, “Have All the Songs Been Written?,” make no mistake, Brandon Flowers and his killer Killers band mates are back in full force. In fact, it’s hard to believe that it’s been five long years since their set, Battle Room, as it certainly doesn’t sound that way at all. Welcome back, boys. Streaming Now

Demi Lovato/Tell Me You Love Me We all know that Ms. Lovato can sing (see:everything she’s ever recorded), but according to a recent tea with EW, her much anticipated new studio set is the album that proves that she can really, really sang. “I wanted to make sure that this album showcased my voice,” spilled Lovato to the mag about the new record, which is also taking the former Camp Rock diva into a more R&B laced territory thanks to producers Warren “Oak” Felder (Alessia Cara) and John Hill(Santigold). So, who’s ready to scream some new Demi grooves at the top of their lungs this fall? Like you’re not doing that with “Sorry Not Sorry” already. Streaming Now 

Shania Twain/Now It’s been fifteen years since Ms. Twain got us all Up!, but the iconic songstress is back and more than fired up on her much, much, much anticipated new set. Recent album cuts, “We Got Something They Don’t,” “Swingin’ With Eyes Closed” and “Life’s About to Get Good,” don’t just showcase a true country music legend that’s still got it, but it makes us realize just how much we truly needed some brand spankin’ new Ms. Shania in our headphones. Go on, girl…Who needs Mutt, anyway? Streaming Now 

Gwen Stefani/You Make it Feel Like Christmas It’s Ms. Stefani’s very first Christmas album…need we say more? Absolutely not. Streaming Now 

P!nk/Beautiful Trauma Does this one really need an explanation? Welcome back, Ms. Moore. The five years since Let’s Talk About Love has been way too long..but we’re ready to hear whatever you have to say–and chances are it will be wildly relevant–on your much, much anticipated seventh studio set. Streaming Now 

St. Vincent/Masseduction  You would think the pressure would be high for Ms. St. Vincent (real name..Annie Clark) in recording the follow-up to her 2014 stand out self-titled set, but according to EW, the deep diva had a grand time in creating a batch of ’80s inspired numbers with red-hot producer Jack Antoniff (Lorde, Taylor) while creating a fresh plethora of those bangin’ beats that only she knows how to deliver. “I wanted it to be all programmed beats, and I wanted it to have a lot of pedal steel,” she spilled,” I love the sound of pedal steel-it’s the sound of heartbreak.” Sigh…this should be good and most likely one of the hottest, yet chilled out releases of the fall.  Streaming Now 

Kelly Clarkson/Meaning of Life  If you listen and watch the video for “Love So Soft,” Ms. Clarkson’s lead single to her upcoming eighth (!!) studio album, you may notice that she’s having a really, really good time, both creatively and personally . That’s not to say she hasn’t been having fun serving us hit-after-hit (you know them..all) over the past fifteen years since she won American Idol, but due to a recent and very public battle with her former label, RCA, the “Since You’ve Been Gone” diva has migrated to a much happier place…Atlantic Records. And this time, Clarkson’s got lots of creative control and has created a funkier, jazzier sound that will no doubt take her still oh, so powerful to soaring new heights, especially on the Whitney-esque ballad, “I Don’t Think About You,” the brassed up, “Whole Lotta Woman” and the sultry, “Slow Jam.” Oct. 27th can’t get here fast enough. 

Weezer/Pacific Daydream For their eleventh studio outing (yes, you’re that old), Rivers Cuomo and his “Buddy Holly” boys will not just be giving fans their third Weezer album in four years, but creating a sound that’s part ’90s/part their standout Blue Album. But don’t think it’s one-in-the-same as Cuomo recently told EW that the long-last rock band’s new music has a distinct sound that’s “the Clash playing Pet Sounds.” We’re ready. Oct. 27th

Sam Smith Looking at how lead singles “Too Good at Goodbyes” and the Timbaland produced “Pray” have already taken over our love sick worlds, we’ll all be welcoming the English Breakfast Tea sipping crooner back with open arms when his sophomore set, The Thrill of it All, drops at the top of next month. And of course, with a little tears, too. Nov. 3rd 

Maroon 5 You might want to grab some Botox because it’s been fifteen years since Maroon 5 served us with their blockbuster debut, Songs About Jane. But then again…time really does fly when you’re continuously owning the Billboard charts and a chair on The Voice, right, Mr. Levine? There’s really nothing to say here except that we can expect more catchy hooks, love laced lyrics and a fresh batch of that M5 disco rock sound that we’ve all come to know and love over the years. Admit it…you’ve already listened to “What Lovers Do” like, one-hundred times today. Nov. 3rd 

Taylor Swift/Reputation  Sigh…….here we fucking go….again. (Nov.10th) 

Walk The Moon/What If Nothing Although lead single “One Foot” is a tad bit more laid-back than their 2014 smash, “Shut Up and Dance,” it still gets the job done while getting us more than ready for whatever these boisterous boys from Cincinnati have planned for their fourth studio set. (Nov. 17th) 

U2/Songs of Experience  Not only is this the follow-up to 2014’s excellent Songs of Innocence, but Bono and the boys actually put the record on hold due to the many, many political changes that have taken place recently (know of any?), and rewired the record to keep it all relevant. And if there’s any music act out there who can get the point across on top of some truly loud and explosively classic chords, riffs and rhythms, it’s certainly these Jameson swigging rock legends. December 1st 

 Tove Lo If lead single “Disco Tits” is any indication, Ms. Lo is about to release the greatest fucking album of the year. (TBD) 

Sia  Although there’s little tea to be spilled about the “Cheap Thrills” diva’s upcoming holiday record (no, you’re not hallucinating), we do know that she’s back with her music bestie, Greg Kurstin (“She is unbelievable,” Kurstin spilled to EW recently), to most likely give us an album–and a few present-popping videos–that’ll be guaranteed to lift all of our spirits…especially this year. You might want to add this one to your list..right now. TBA 

Rihanna  Although not officially on the roster, the “Kiss it Better” songstress has been rumored to be working on new tracks, and it has been almost two years since she served us with her electrified Anti set. But in the meantime, another round of “Wild Thoughts” is always a good idea while we anxiously await RiRi’s next music move…because life. 

Also to put on your music “to do” lists this fall…….

Macklemore/Gemini(streaming now)……….Rostam/Half-Light(streaming now)……….Miley Cyrus/Younger Now(Sept. 29th)……Echosmith/Outside a Dream(Sept. 29th)………. Hurts/Desire(Sept. 29th)…….. Liam Gallagher/As You Were(Oct.6th)…….Kelela/Take Me Apart(Oct.6th)…….  Marilyn Manson/Heaven Upside Down(Oct. 6th)……  Same Feldt/Sunrise(streaming now)…….. Jessie James Decker/Southern Girl City Lights(streaming now)…… Robert Plant/Carry Fire(streaming now)…….Beck/Colors(streaming now)……..Margo Price/All American Made(streaming now)……Jessie Ware/Glasshouse(Oct. 20th)………Niall Horan(Oct/TBD)……..Kelsea Ballerini/Unapologetically(Nov. 3rd)……Evanescence/Synthesis(Nov. 10th…….. Mavis Staples/If All I Was Was Black(Nov. 17th)………….Tim McGraw & Faith Hill(Nov.)……Chris Stapleton/From A Room(TBD)……..Wiz Khalifa(TBD)………Bjork/Utopia(TBA)

 

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Dance Music Tea w/Chris Lake

Whether giving us life on one of his fiery original productions (“Changes,” “Only One,” “Boneless,” just to name a few), holding down shop at his Rising Music dance music label or working side-by-headphones-side with top-notch collaborators like Deadmau5 and Steve Aoki, there’s a reason why British producer/DJ/music mogul Chris Lake has been straight up giving it to us for nearly two decades now. 

It also doesn’t hurt that he’s remixed hits along the way for Sia, Kylie Minogue, Lady Gaga, Tujamo and many, many more during his continuous reign on dance floors across the globe.

In funkdafied fact, Mr. Lake is about to give it to all of Philly when his current and ridiculously fiery Lose My Mind Tour takes over the City of Brotherly Love for a stop at Coda Philly this Friday night. 

But before he gets ready to serve out all of his greatest and latest beat business (his just released romp, “Nothing’ Better,” will take you there..read on to check it out), Mr. Lake was gracious enough to stop by Philly Mixtape for some good ol’ fashioned dance music tea, where be broke mugs about his favorite albums, what he plans to do while he’s in town and what no aspiring DJ should ever, ever do if they want to make it in the biz. 

Dance it out with the incredible Chris Lake below. 

First up, how are you? How’s the tour been going so far? I’m great thank you. I’m 2 weeks into the tour and it’s gone so well so far. The vibe has been fantastic, and the fans have been amped up to hear all the new music I promised to drop. I spotted a lot of failed shazaming. It’s quite a satisfying feeling, I’m not going to lie….

What can your Philly fans expect from your upcoming slay at Coda this Friday night?  Well, definitely a lot of new music. I’ve been on a bit of a tear lately and I’ve been testing it all on this run of shows. Expect the energy to be high and your feet to be sore the day afterwards! 

Shout out a couple of albums you absolutely can’t live without… Ok, first that comes to mind would be Air/Talkie Walkie. These guys are pretty much my favorite artists ever. Their vibes get me every time. Secondly, maybe I’d choose Prodigy/ Fat of the Land. It really did change the way I looked at music all the way back in ’97. It’s genius.

Okay, so one of my personal favorite new grooves of yours is “Operator” which co-stars Dances With White Girls. What was the recording process like for that track? Ah thank you. Well, the beat came together very quickly. My management had a new member of staff start that day and they brought him over to the studio and see my space. He was sat on the sofa behind me with my team and I started a new beat with them all in the room. It came together very quickly and I felt it needed a spoken vocal. I remembered Dances had sent me a load of acapellas.a few years back that I’d not done anything with so I went through those and came across the ring ring acapella. It needed a little bit of re-formatting but it came together nicely and gets stuck in your head!

Please tell me you’re going to be able to kick it in Philly after the show… I hope so. I have a lot of friends in the city so I love to spend some extra time there whenever I can.

One more spill….what would your personal words of wisdom to any aspiring DJ out there who just picked up their first pair of headphones right this very second? As tempting as it can be to copy or emulate others…don’t. 

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Let’s groove.