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5 Reasons Why We Could All Use (A Little) More Kylie Minogue in Our Lives

If you’ve noticed that the fabulous people in your life are feelin’ a bit more fierce and yaaaas this weekend, it’s because Aussie pop disco diva Kylie Minogue just released her country-kissed fourteenth studio album, Golden, yesterday (tap here) to the delight of headphones all across the globe. 

Well, almost all of them.

Because you see when it comes to the exceptional four-decade career of Ms. Kylie, it’s a tricky one.

As much as she’s regarded across the shimmering as a true disco queen, a legend, an unstoppable force that’s owned every music chart she’s danced and pranced on…..

………here?

Well, not so much.

With the exception of a pair of breakthrough Billboard Hot 100 singles (we’ll get to them…calm down, kween) and straight ownership of the Billboard dance charts, the mainstream music market hasn’t been so kind to the iconic groove-filled goddess.

And dare we say…she’s a tad bit underrated over here? Yes, it’s very pearl clutching.

But not to worry, because we now get to revel in all things Mizz Minogue and convince not just those who aren’t on board her caboose, but to those who’ve stepped into her world in the late ’80s and have remained there ever since.

Because at the end of the day, we could all use a little more Kylie Minogue in our everyday lives…and here’s 5 reasons why. 

So, let’s do it and then…let’s dance. 

1.That angelic voice…..Whether on a synth-fully delicious banger (“Get Outta My Way,” “Into the Blue”), punch-y disco romp (“Million Miles,” “Sexy Love), bedroom ready beat (“Fever,” “Sexercize”), classic club anthem (“Your Disco Needs You,” “On A Night Like This”)  or reinvented dance craze (“The Locomotion”), Kylie has a voice that’ll just simply give it to ya and make you lose-it-in-the-music in the most delightful way possible.

On or off the dance floor, of course. 

Although her vocals may not be as brass as Madonna’s or a powerhouse like Adele’s, it’s one that will forever remain purr-fect for those days when you’re feeling happy, sad, feisty, a lil’ kinky, or for when you’re just plain…spinning around. 

2.Because you still do “The Loco-motion” and you still can’t get “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” out of your head…..    Speaking of Kylie’s timeless ’80s floor filler…..admit it…you still do it, Mom and everyone else.

And when it comes to the oh, so ooo-ey, goo-ey goodness of Kylie’s early ’00s breakthrough beat? Well, the title speaks for itself because we still fucking can’t get it out of our heads. But then again, why would we want to? Even almost two decades later, the Cathy Dennis (!!) penned tune still plays out as tempting and delish as the day it was rightfully served into our Minogue music hearts. Respect a little more, please. 

3.All of those delicious videos…..  From the delightful free-flowing love on display in “All the Lovers” to the simply stunning choreo (and those red boots!) in “Get Outta My Way,” from the girl-on-girl-on-girl realness  in “Sexercize” to that white outfit in “Can’t Get You Out of My Head.” It’s all here and so, so, so much more in Kylie’s klassic music video vault.  And of course, we just cant’t leave out……any and every look from her late ’80s/early ’90s contributions. Priceless...and they all deserve your attention right….now. 

4.She’s a survivor……    Perhaps the Fever diva’s (go here) biggest feat came in 2007 when she kicked breast cancer’s ass after being diagnosed two years earlier. Although the iconic disco ball destroyer was on a world tour while she received her diagnosis, like a true tour-de-force, she kept on and underwent treatment while on the road.

Although her touring schedule was scaled back a bit, there was no stopping her recovery–and making sure her fans knew she was going to fight this fucking disease. And then it happened….in early 2007, the world rejoiced when it was announced that she was in remission, and soon came her tenth studio album, the dark and daring, X.

Although critics were a bit shady as to why there weren’t more tracks about her cancer battle, but hey, it’s Kylie’s fucking business, right? X not only proved that she didn’t miss a beat while fighting her fight, but that she won the battle and her grooves will go on forever and ever.

Werk, Ms. Minogue, werk. 

5.She’s a fucking legend……  Listen, whether you’re completely obsessed with everything she does, somewhere in the middle, or have no idea who the fuck she even is(let us pray for your music soul..), there’s simply no denying that this pop disco diva is a true legend.

Throw in that undeniable fighting spirit and the fact that she continues the slay for all of us (and will most likely do so long after we’re gone) there’s no better time to bow down and rightfully insert a little more Kylie Minogue into your everyday life. 

So, do it…like now. 

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Music Tea w/Felix and the Future

In today’s somewhat confusing(not to mention…so f@cking frustrating)times, it might seem a bit intimidating for an aspiring performer to just get out there and truly be themselves out of fears of this puzzle that has become our everyday lives. 

But really, where’s the fun in that?

In fact, now is the absolute best time for all of us to be who we are, whether on or off the music block.

And if there’s one invigorating performer out there who’s not just delivering a unique, out-of-this-world sound, but is also inspiring others to just simply….be themselves….it’s Mexican-American queer pop artist, Felix and the Future

Hailing from Brooklyn (and will hopefully be serving the likes of Philly very soon), Felix has crafted a style, sass and sound that has carved him out as a force to be reckoned with in the LGBTQ community, with this being in correspondence to the vivid response to his latest album, Holy Hands Vol 2 (go here), which has caught the eyes of ears of fans across the country.

However……you betta call Pink because Mr. Felix is just getting the party started. Just ask OUT Magazine, Heart is a Spade and Golden Press who’ve had nothing but fabulous things to say about Felix and the Future’s visually and electronically stimulating new clip, “Karen,” which is only a true pre-cursor to his latest intergalactic set. 

And since you’ve been such good guys, gals and gays, you’ll get to hang out with “Karen” below, but first get to know Felix as he stopped by Philly Mixtape for a far out music tea about, well,….it all

Take a sip….you’ll be glad you did. 

First up, spill for everyone about where you pull your musical influences and style from…  I am very inspired by Clara Rockmore, the virtuoso theremin player and the incredible uneasiness of music that she brought to the world. It was beautiful, otherworldly and also a bit sad. Klaus Nomi is another inspiration. He was so ahead of his time and so bizarrely talented, but had his career cut short by AIDS. If you don’t know his music, please look it.

Okay, let’s get this one out of the way because it stumps everybody….shout out a few albums you simply can’t live and breathe without…. I couldn’t live without The Hours soundtrack composed by Phillip Glass. (I’m actually listening to it right now.) it sends me into a deep meditative place that makes me hyper focused. I imagine that’s what Ritalin is like for college kids studying, although I’ve never taken it. I [also] couldn’t live without Boys for Pele by Tori Amos. When I listen to this album I see a black void with iridescent images floating in and out like storytelling angels. The level of imagination and surrealism inspires me every time. Kate bush’s Aerial is the album I listen to when I want to be bathed in sunlight. It floods me like July and it helps me through winter days.

Let’s spill about your riveting new set, How did it all come to light?  It came to light through darkness. Almost none of the songs take place during the daytime. I was on a night train in Southeast Asia when I started writing Karen. She was the gateway song into black space. For me, I was at a crossroads. Each song, like a mini planet, pulled up memories, dreams, failures, and struggles that had been bubbling under for years. Once I started writing they poured out of me like a fountain. I made a conscious decision to look into the face of everyone who made me feel inadequate, who mocked me, and also those that I had wronged and used my songs to speak to them. Maybe the songs will keep them from haunting me. Or maybe they are now e-ghosts! 

What are some other messages you hope to get across through your music and performances? The songs are a sanctuary for those in need. They are strange and sometimes disturbing, but they allow you to be whoever you want to be and take what you want to take. I hope the songs help you mine for your inner diamond.

What are some words of inspiration you would personally give to those who may be struggling through to make it in today’s tough times? Nothing is real. Reality isn’t real. Social media isn’t real. Everything is an illusion, and an illusion for you to mold to your liking with a little bit of glitter and resourcefulness.

What’s next for Felix and the Future on the 2018 horizon?  I’ll be on a mini tour with Hunger City this coming June. It’ll be East Coast/West Coast! He and I are also doing a weekly music + life chat via Instagram Live every Sunday at 10PM. So if you want us to come to your city hit us up! My new video A Voice from the Future will be premiering in the next couple of weeks with director Michael Saint-Onge. I’m playing at Transpecos next month. I’m shooting more music videos this spring and working on a Photo Concept Project with the photographer Joe Kramm.

One last sip…….describe Holy Hands Vol. 2 album in one word… Translunar

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Philly Weekday Entertainment Groove

Let’s weekday and spread lots of glitter all across the City of Brotherly Love this week, shall we? Yas, Philly Pride Kween, yaaaas.

Let’s rainbow

Sing Your Life Karaoke What’s your favorite karaoke song? Perhaps a little Ms. Alannah Myles’ “Black Velvet?” Or, maybe a lil Barenaked Ladies “One Week” truth is right up your vocal chords’ alley? Whatever the song butchering/slaying truth, chances are the fabulous Sara Sherr has them all in her always scorching Sing Your Life Karaoke collection, which will be serving your vocal chords all Pride week long and beyond at any one of these fabulous Philly locations listed below. Sun, 9-2 Bob and Barbara’s, 1509 South Street Tues, 9-2 12 Steps Down, 9th and Christian Thurs, 9-2 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

Jerry’s Girls Grab those tickets for a magical evening this week (and during the weekend, too!) that’s guaranteed to be jam-packed with the still delightful music of Jerry Herman and some of Broadway’s best musicals, including Hello Dolly!, Mame, Mack and Mabel, Dear World and La Cage Aux Folles. What it all comes down to is…go, you fabulous Broadway kween, you. Enough said. Now-July 2nd, Walnut Street Theatre, Independence Studio on 3, various showtimes and ticket prices 825 Walnut St.

Saturday Night Fever:The Musical Since you know you’ve got that “Staying Alive” walk more than mastered, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t boogie oogie oogie over to the box office at the Walnut Street Theatre and grab those tickets for Saturday Night Fever, the smash musical based off of the John Travota disco game changer, which also coincides with the fortieth (!!!) anniversary of the classically funkdafied ’70s dance flick. Of course, in order to truly prepare for this bedazzled spectacle, play, like, every Bee-Gee’s record ever as you grab those tickets right here, right now. Walnut Street Theatre, MainStage, May 16 – July 16th, $20 – $95, 810 Walnut Street 

FUN HOME Because what could be better than going to see a Tony Award grabbing musical starring a bunch of tremendously talented child actors (and some adults, too), in which the New York Times raved, “FUN HOME is extraordinary, a rare beauty that pumps fresh air into Broadway.” Actually, wait, don’t answer that, just go get those tickets right here because this extraordinary early summer night out in Philly will only be dazzling our senses until this Sunday. Various showtimes & ticket prices,Forrest Theatre, 1114 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA

Shut Up & Sing! Because a night of karaoke and carrying on at Woody’s alongside sexy ‘n sassy Philly drag divas Ms. Vinchelle and Ms. Sutton Fearce is just what you need for the start of your long, hard werk week. Every Monday, Woody’s, 202 S. 13th St. 7-9

Glister As if you needed anymore clarification of the many, many glittery talents of Mr. Eric Jaffe, for the next few weeks at L’Etage he’s about to strike again along with a tremendously talented cast as they serve up their own version (and that it will be kids) of the classic story of the Merchant of Venice. Fresh from the event’s Facebook page (which you check out here for all the info, tickets and future dates)…”Featuring original music by Anna Michael and Travis Braue-Fischbach, GLISTER will transport you to a sexy, glitter-fueled world where the Banker always wins. Join the Banker and his tribe of Sad American Clowns in this rock and roll cabaret performance, but come prepared to tip because these clowns work for cash and an empty hat can stop the show.” Go. Various dates through June, L’Etage, 624 S. 6th St.  

Nitty Gritty: Jersey Boys + Philly Girls – 60s Dance Party!  If you live for that vinyl life (really, who doesn’t?) and love getting down to the classic thunder provided by Frankie Valli, Patti Labelle, Dee Dee Sharp and many, many more, then you must groove it on over to the Dolphin Tavern on Thursday where your esteemed DJ for the evening, Mr. David Atlas, will be waiting for you with…all of it. Go. Thursday, 10 pm, The Dolphin Tavern, 1539 S. Broad St. 

Carrie Underwood  Although this concert is only for American Airlines MasterCard holders and not available for media coverage (Philly Mixtape done tried it), it’s still Carrie f#$king Underwood at The Fillmore. And for that we say…more big names in smaller(ish) Philly venues, like, right now…please. Only for those who are lucky enough to witness this, 29 East Allen St. 

Our Night Out  Just in time to get you all rainbow-ed up for this weekend’s Pride festivities, Join OurNightOut-Philly at the always woke Uptown Beer Garden on Thursday night where you’ll be able to enjoy a chef’s selection of food and drink specials as well as lots of delicious vibes. But since space is limited, you betta werk to register before Thursday or be left out of the glitter. Meaning, go right here, right now to get yours and then…go.  Thursday, Uptown Beer Garden, 6pm, 1735 JFK Blvd, Donation$5 online, $10 at the door. 

DJ Jimmy DePre Whether it’s at Stir on Thursday (10 pm, 1705 Chancellor St.) or Tavern on Camac (10 pm, 243 South Camac St.) on both Friday & Saturday, that’s three chances to hear Mr. DePre spin out this killer remix of Ms. Grande’s “Everyday,” in which you know he will because he’s always got that good shit for your dancing feet. 

Drag Me to Landmark:Cartoons in June  Remember Saturday mornings when you were a little kween eating, like, a whole box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch and watching cartoons until your eyes fell out? Those were certainly the daze, weren’t they? Well, lucky for us, we’re all going to be able to take a break from this adulting shit and join Astala Vista, Anita Manhatten, Ariel Versace, Mizz Vinchelle and many, many more incredible local queens right across the bridge at Landmark Americana this Friday night as they get ready to serve us with Saturday cartoon face, fierce, hip pads and lots and lots of werk. So, get ready to experience a stellar night of pulsating performances inspired by some of your favorite animated such as Spongebob, Little Mermaid, Harley Quinn, The Big Comfy Couch! And BYOC (Bring Your Own Cereal) because these queens ain’t sharin.’ Now, sissy that Saturday cartoon walk and…go. Friday, 9 pm, Landmark Americana-Glassboro1 Mullica Hill Road, Glassboro, New Jersey 08028

Philly LGBT Pride Kick-Off Party 2017  The time has come….for all of us to put aside the shade, resentments and figuring out who were blocking this week (for some of you…all of the above comes as an art form, so, like, stop…seriously) and come together as one (emphasis on together) and kick off Philly Pride Weekend in true glittered up style. So, head on over to 12th and Locust Streets on Friday (aka—the G Hood) where there will be Philly queens as far as the eye can werk, as well as drink specials (and please…respect ya damn selves) and lots of lots of gay grooves to put you on the floor like Ms. J.Lo. And you better werk for those $10 discounted Pride wristbands which you’ll be able to bag up at the Pride par-tay. Let’s do it. The Gayborhood, Friday, 6 pm-10 pm 

Friday Night Beats:Pride Edition  Since you’re already planning to take over every Gayborhood bar after the Pride kickoff block party this Friday (and remember, kids….it’s not about being the biggest drunk mess/whore this weekend), why not one, two step like CiCi over to Tabu where DJs Sharyn Stone, Jackie G and Brando Calrissian (who’s also this event’s beat maestro) will be armed and fabulously spinning out grooves in music genres ranging from the ’70s, ’80s, ’90s, Ariana, slay, serve, werk and beyond. Now, walk over to Tabu this Friday and then…dance for your rainbow filled lives…because we must. Friday, 10 pm, Tabu, 200 South 12th St. 

Jaytech/Maor Levi  Again….the message is simple….just keep on dancing. And when it doubt….just keep fucking dancing some more, especially when it comes to these two powerhouse DJs who’ll no doubt own Rumor this Friday night. Rumor, 10 pm, 1500 Sansom St. 

Also on the decks for your Pride Tuesday.……… Freddie Gibbs and Remy Banks @The Foundry(8 pm, 1000 Frankford Avenue)……. Rad & Kel @Bourbon & Branch (7 pm, 1131 S. Broad St.)……. Avi Wisnia @ World Cafe Live (8 pm, 3025 Walnut St.)…..The Good Mess @Voltage Lounge (7 pm, 421 N. 7th St.)…….. Vanderlyle @Kung Fu Necktie (8 pm, 1248 N. Front St.)……. Pride Wednesday …… Sorority Noise @Union Transfer (730 pm, 1024 Spring Garden St.)……. Dean @The Barbary  (8 pm, 951 Frankford Avenue)…….  Sera Cahoone @Milkboy Philly (7 pm, 1100 Chestnut St.)……….   Joe Kenney @Bob & Barbara’s (7 pm, 1509 South St.)…….   Pride Thursday.….    Sevyn Streeter/DJ Diamond Kuts  @Festival Pier (6 pm, Columbus Blvd & Spring Garden St.)……. Barns Courtney @The Foundry (8 pm, 1000 Frankford Avenue)……..   Meg Mac @Underground Arts (9 pm, 1200 Callowhill St.)…….   Jerry Folk @Coda (10 pm, 1712 Walnut St.)……. Pride Friday…….Sigur Rós @Mann Center (8 pm, 5201 Parkside Avenue)…… Day Wave/Blonder @The Foundry (9 pm, 1000 Frankford Avenue)….. Elvis Costello & The Imposters @ Tower Theatre (8 pm, 69th & Ludlow Street……

For much, much more Pride Week in Philly goings on…….peep this.