Show Review/Ezra Furman Owned the MilkBoy Stage on Saturday Night

Electric chaos is the word I’d use to describe Ezra Furman and the Boyfriends show this past Saturday night at MilkBoy. It was a family affair but you know…the dysfunctional kind.

First song “Cherry Lane” was a rough start between the sound going haywire and Ezra’s guitar breaking multiple strings. The packed house paid no mind as all faces were eager for Ezra’s return. I met a young lady who came all the way up from Virginia, having seen them perform in D.C. the day before. She told me it had been so long since they had been in the states, having toured Europe and then readied the release for Perpetual Motion PeopleEzra’s newest release (3rd album, but 6th if you count his albums with The Harpoons…of which I do). Everyone in that space had a similar story. These are true fans and they are growing in numbers.


His backing band, The Boyfriends, were more of a staple than hired guns with saxophone solos throughout, a jack-of-all-trades keyboardist/guitarist, and a bassist who really looked like he was your boyfriend. By the 3rd song the band had gotten comfortable and the crowd upfront were getting wild. By the last song everybody in that venue was dancing: a mix of 1920s swing to and psuedo-mosh-pit (really just one guy and a few fist pumps here and there).

Highlights of the show included their newest hit single “Restless Year” that was too short you just wanted it to be played again, “Wobbly” a strange awkwardly catchy tune about feeling…awkward, the sing-a-long to “Lousy Connection,” and huge admiration and applause for “Mysterious Power,” a song from his previous band The Harpoons.


The best part…I’ve never seen a band at MilkBoy where the crowd demanded an encore, trapping the band in the middle of the crowd until they went back on stage…only for them to play four more songs including “I Killed Myself But I Didn’t Die.” 

Philly’s own Danny Newport opened the show as well as Chicago-based band, J Fernandez. As I usually say but mean it more than any other time…you really should’ve been there. We missed you.




Philly Mixtape was Living The Ting Tings Life at Union Transfer on Friday Night

This past Friday night, Philly Mixtape had the privilege of seeing The Ting Tings take their ‘Super Critical’ tour front and center and Union Transfer, and there are truly not enough words in the music world to describe just how explosive and musically mind blowing the show was. Amping up the evening were electronic-soul duo, Kaneholler, who brought the funkdafied fire performing dynamic tracks from their respective E.P.’s. While I didn’t know too much about them heading into the show, once they kicked up tracks, “Evermore,” “Chicago,”and the dubstep-meets-disco, “Paper Games,” I wanted more. It should also be noted that group member Jon Foster is quite a piece of delicious music dish…If you guys want to check out a video of their performance, check this out. 


After a short break, The Ting Tings hit the coveted stage and once they did, it was on and  pulsating, as the UK duo brought heart pounding music moments that gave the crowd life. Drummer and vocalist Jules De Martino simply delivered it, (also delightfully dropping a few f-bombs along the way), while lead diva, Ms. Katie White, was magical, with her bopping stage presence, those bouncing blonde curls…and lots of cowbell! (I mean, you can never go wrong with a little cowbell..)Also, a big shout out to Ms. White for handling those guitar changes like a boss. You better werk, boo! 


Opening with the disco kissed, “Do it Again,” they cruised along, performing ‘Super Critical’ tracks, “Wrong Club,” “Daughters,” and the albums title cut. Also laced in their electrified set were classic singles, “Shut Up and Let Me Go,” “Great D.J.” and an incredible extended remix of “Clap Your Hands,” that contained one of the most explosive instrumental intros that I’ve ever heard…in my life. It was certainly a highlight of the evening, and you can bet that Philly Mixtape will be searching high and low for THAT remix, because it was absolutely brilliant…as are The Ting Tings who showed just how brilliant they were Friday night at Union Transfer.