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Music Tea w/Jukebox the Ghost

With their bombastic mix of polished vocals, swingin’ piano hooks, killer guitar riffs and shiny, happy melodies, Jukebox the Ghost knows exactly what they’re doing when it comes to pleasing their many, many legions of fans. 

Since linking up at George Washington University in 2003, Ben Thornewill (piano/vocals), Tommy Siegel (vocals/guitar) and Jesse Kristin (vocals/drums) have been working dubiously to make sure they stand out not just in the studio, but on the road as well, having performing over 1,000 shows since their formation. 

Throw in stops along the way on Conan O’Brien and David Letterman and what it all comes down to is……these guys have truly only just begun making their shimmering, one-of-a-kind waves. 

Thanks to their feisty, fiery hot-to-headphones new set, Off to the Races (go here…right now), the fine-tuned Jukebox gentlemen will kick off their biggest headlining tour yet, which will see them taking over stages in Phoenix, Orlando, San Diego and Philly, where it all begins tonight at Union Transfer. Yes. 

So, if you’re looking to truly get down with those grooves as we (finally!!) glide into spring, stream their new set and then go see them reel you in tonight…..you won’t be disappointed. But as you’re looking to to grab those tickets, one-third of this dynamic trio, Mr. Tommy Siegel, stopped by for a spot of piping hot music tea, where he broke mugs about studio time, life on the road and infinite words of wisdom for all of us tryin’ to make in this crazy entertainment world. 

Spill on below and Jukebox the Ghost will see you on the road this spring!

Hey, Tommy! Thanks for taking the time out of your crazy schedule to chat with Philly Mixtape! Kicking things off, how’s the tour prep going so far leading up to tonight’s big opener?  Going great! This record was a fairly elaborate recording process, so we are still figuring out how to execute the tunes live. For one tune, “Colorful” we only realized we needed a mandolin a week ago. So: we’re ironing out the kinks! But so far the new tunes are sounding great and going over great in a live setting.

How have you guys been feeling now that ‘Off to the Races’ is out for the world to get down to? SO excited to get on the road. We haven’t done a full national tour in a couple of years and we are just over the moon to get to do it again.

Spill for everyone a little bit about the recording process of the new set…. Since we’re independent these days, it was a longer recording process than prior records. Most of it was recorded with some friends in NYC, but some of it was also pieced together from home recordings and some sessions in LA.

What can your Philly fans expect from tonight’s big show at Union Transfer?  It’s the first stop of tour, so it’s gonna be fresh as hell for us! Some song debuts, some oldies…Maybe a surprise cover????

What’s on Jukebox the Ghost’s agenda for the rest of the year? More touring!

Sum up the band’s sound in one word……   Hm… fun? We’re generally fun, except when we aren’t! 

One last sip of tea…..what infinite words of wisdom would you give any aspiring musician right now? Ooh… hm… learn to produce your own music! With less and less money coming from music sales, I think artists are at a huge advantage if they can make music cheaply. Recording your own music is empowering as a songwriter and financially sustainable!

And there you have it, kids. For much more with Jukebox the Ghost, get on down right here. 

Cover photo courtesy of Jukebox the Ghost

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Music Tea w/Death by Piano

What happens you wistfully mix up light beats, heavy synths, pulsating production, stunning vocals and one hell of a cover of Ms. Dolly’s “Jolene?” 

You get the ultimate feel and finesse of Brooklyn based duo, Death by Piano, who are no doubt making waves all over the music scene with their dark wave sound, style and sass. 

The collaborative brainchild of the dazzlingly talented pairing of Kalen Lister and Greywolf, Death by Piano–while their name sounds ultimately dark–is a bold and beautiful production that reels you in from the very first beat drop and won’t let go until you’re completely immersed in it all. 

That music hypothesis is firmly evident in their hot-to-headphones new E.P., Countdown, which besides “Jolene,” (keep on readin’) also includes the heartbeat-mimicking title track, as well as the haunting “Caves,” in which PureGrainAudio proclaims that the latter successfully blends “dark wave, downtempo, electronic, indie and trap” and that “the duo are a must-hear.”

Luckily for all of the music fans out there (which is hopefully…everyone), you can hear and thrive in all of what Death by Piano have to offer right here.

But first get to know them around the music tea table, where they were gracious enough to stop by Philly Mixtape to spill about their beginnings, influences, and of course, how “Jolene” came into their worlds. 

……..and for much, much more on the red-hot and rising Death by Piano, go right here and here.…you’ll be glad you did. 

First up, tell everyone how Death by Piano came to be….GW: Kalen and I used to play in another band together. We often joked about starting an “electro side project”. When the band folded we decided to pursue it seriously and here we are now.

What are both of some of your musical influences? K/GW: Portishead, Massive Attack, Tricky, Policia, Phantogram, the XX, Deftones and Nine Inch Nails.

Moving on to your latest E.P, ‘Countdown,’ you have a brilliant take on Ms. Dolly Parton’s legendary song, “Jolene.” How did that all come to be?  K: In a way the song chose us. While writing vocal parts for a new track, I sang “Jolene” on top of it between takes and the rest fell into place. It’s a favorite of mine and I love how the music made me reinterpret it; I connected to the lyric in a deeper way.

Any future plans for the rest of the year you can tell everyone about? K: We’re wrapping up a music video for “Countdown” that’s been a great collaborative process with Robert Lux. We’re going to go back in the studio to work on our next EP and keep volleying our demos back and forth. A DBP writing retreat is a goal of mine. An opening slot on a national tour is a year end goal.

What words of wisdom would you both personally give to any young dude or diva out there who decided right this very second to enter this crazy music and entertainment business? K: Make music if you love making music. That may or may not mean you enter the business side of it.  GW: No matter what you do musically what matters is that you feel something. If you’re feeling it, odds are someone else will.

One last sip…….describe ‘Countdown’ in 1 word…. K: Change.

And there you have it. For more tea with Brooklyn’s very own Death by Piano, peep this…now. 

Cover photo courtesy of Mixtape Media, LLC 

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Philly 2018 Winter Concert Guide

Happy Winter! 

Now, click on any of the links listed below and grab those tickets…but remember all dates and divas are subject to change. 

Now, let’s live music it up all brrrr season long, shall we? Yes. 

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Monday/January 15th 

Fetty Wap/Nexx Thursday /TLA 

Neon Dreams/Bourbon & Branch 

The Big Lonesome/Kung Fu Necktie Upstairs 

Tuesday/January 16th 

The Happy Fits/William Street Common 

Dan Kassel/World Cafe Live 

Wednesday/January 17th 

Stick Figure/The Fillmore 

Oteil & Friends/TLA 

Cayetana/Boot & Saddle 

Karl Blau/World Cafe Live 

Anna Moore/The Trocadero 

Cologne Pa/Kung Fu Necktie 

Thursday/January 18th 

YACHT/Johnny Brenda’s 

Royal Thunder/Kung Fu Necktie 

Alex Bugnon/South 

T.I.P/The Barbary 

The Obsessives/Boot & Saddle 

Kayleigh Goldsworthy/Ortlieb’s 

Friday/January 19th 

Rufus Wainwright/Kimmel Center 

Majid Jordan/STWO/The Fillmore 

Say Anything/The Trocadero 

Alex Aiono/The Foundry 

Felix da Housecat/Coda 

Cosmic Gate/Rumor 

Curtis Cooper/Johnny Brenda’s 

Damn Right/Milkboy Philly 

The Last Revel/Bourbon & Branch 

722/Boot & Saddle 

Saturday/January 20th

Flobots/Coda 

Chase Rice/The Fillmore 

BoomBox/Union Transfer 

Cormega & Viking/Voltage Lounge 

Kung Fu/The Foundry 

Tessa Violet/Boot & Saddle 

Chachi/NOTO 

Creem Circus/The Barbary 

OOLALA/Johnny Brenda’s 

Mach 22/Milkboy Philly 

Sunday/January 21st 

Lana Del Rey/Wells Fargo Center 

Walk the Moon/The Fillmore 

Becca Stevens/World Cafe Live 

Shelf Life/The Pharmacy

Jack Martini/Bourbon & Branch 

Luxedeluxe/Kung Fu Necktie Upstairs 

Monday/January 22nd 

Milky Chance/The Fillmore 

Sleeping With Sirens/The Foundry 

Tuesday/January 23rd 

Jacob Sartorius/The Fillmore 

Chris Stamey/World Cafe Live 

Wednesday/January 24th 

The Posies/Milkboy Philly 

Helado Negro/The Foundry 

SLØTFACE/Everybody Hits 

Palmas/Boot & Saddle 

Thursday/January 25th 

Above & Beyond/The Fillmore 

Tennis/Union Transfer 

Oliver Heldens/NOTO 

Manic Focus/TLA 

Toro Y Moi/Coda 

Slaughter Beach/Boot & Saddle 

Dinosaur Eyelids/Connie’s Ric Rac 

Kicking Sunrise/The Barbary 

Friday/January 26th 

Blue October/World Cafe Live 

Destroyer/Underground Arts 

Umphrey’s McGee/The Fillmore 

The Devil Makes Three/Electric Factory 

Typhoon/Union Transfer 

Big Head Todd & The Monsters/TLA 

Sunflower Beam/Everybody Hits 

Elephante/NOTO 

YBN Nahmir/Coda 

Octave Cat/Johnny Brenda’s 

Saturday/January 27th 

Cashmere Cat/MØ/Darius/Electric Factory 

DMX/TLA 

The O’Jays/Sugarhouse Casino 

Keys N Krates/District N9ne

J Roddy Walston/Xfinity Live! 

Granger Smith/The Trocadero 

The Infamous Stringdusters/Union Transfer 

DJ Rectangle/NOTO 

Naked Gun/Boot & Saddle 

Resilient/Kung Fu Necktie 

Dee-1/The Foundry 

Dirty Soap/Bourbon & Branch 

Sunday/January 28th 

Howie Day/World Cafe Live 

The Wood Brothers/Union Transfer 

The Pietasters/Kung Fu Necktie 

Monday/January 29th 

Benjamin Clemente/TLA 

Ego Frost/Voltage Lounge 

Tuesday/January 30th 

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club/Union Transfer 

Yoke Lore/Johnny Brenda’s 

Wednesday/January 31st 

Kimbra/Union Transfer 

The Wonder Years/Boot & Saddle 

Princess Nokia/Coda 

Big Wreck/The Foundry 

Jen Cloher/Johnny Brenda’s 

Thursday/February 1st 

Neck Deep/CREEPER/Electric Factory 

Sam Lachow/The Barbary 

Billy Strings/The Fillmore 

Kodiak Park/Boot & Saddle 

Lola Pistola/Kung Fu Necktie 

Johnny Showcase/Franky Bradley’s 

Friday/February 2nd 

Emancipator/TLA 

KAYZO/The Fillmore 

The Builders and The Butchers/Johnny Brenda’s 

Igorr/Voltage Lounge 

Anna Meredith/The Foundry 

Crankdat/NOTO 

The High Divers/Milkboy Philly 

Des Demonas/Kung Fu Necktie 

Night Windows/Boot & Saddle 

Saturday/February 3rd 

Corrosion of Conformity/Electric Factory 

Enter Shikari/Union Transfer 

G. Love & Special Sauce/The Fillmore 

Brett Young/TLA 

Flint Eastwood/CODA

Nude Party/Boot & Saddle 

Aurora Birch/Ortlieb’s 

Incognito Theory/The Trocadero 

Cosmo Baker/NOTO 

Sunday/February 4th 

The Radio Dept./Union Transfer 

Mod Sun/Voltage Lounge 

Death of Lovers/PhilaMOCA 

Monday/February 5th 

The Dangerous Summer/The Foundry 

Skull/Kung Fu Necktie 

John Ciotta/Resorts Atlantic City 

Tuesday/February 6th 

Jay Electronica/Union Transfer 

John Oates/World Cafe Live 

Diana Gordon/Balcony Bar @The Trocadero 

BL spitz/Kung Fu Necktie Upstairs 

Wednesday/February 7th

Aqueous and Papadosio/Union Transfer 

The Funk Hunters/World Cafe Live 

Knifeplay/Ortlieb’s 

Joanna Teters/Johnny Brenda’s 

Thursday/February 8th 

Machine Head/TLA 

Why?/Union Transfer 

Yung Lean/The Foundry 

Dwight Yoakam/Parx Casino 

Radio Moscow/Kung Fu Necktie 

Devvon Terrell/Coda

Friday/February 9th 

112/Jon B/Harrah’s Atlantic City 

NF/The Fillmore 

Datsik/Electric Factory 

múm/Union Transfer 

Syleena Johnson/World Cafe Live 

Shredders/Underground Arts 

Busty And The Bass/The Foundry 

The Lil’ Smokies/Boot & Saddle 

Trash Boy/The Barbary 

Saturday/February 10th 

Mr. Popper’s Penguins/Merriam Theater 

First Aid Kit/Union Transfer 

Asking Alexandria/Electric Factory 

Lauv/The Foundry 

York Street Hustle/Boot & Saddle 

Matt Roach/World Cafe Live 

Sunday/February 11th 

Steve Aoki/Desiigner/The Fillmore 

MC Shaun/Marley Mal/Mc Lyte/Electric Factory 

Youngr/The Foundry 

Monday/February 12th 

Alex and The Kaleidoscope/Visitation BVM School 

Tuesday/February 13th 

Waitress/Forrest Theater 

Phillip Phillips/Union Transfer 

ZZ Ward/TLA 

Occvita/Boot & Saddle 

Wednesday/February 14th 

Two Feet/Coda 

Milo/Kung Fu Necktie 

The Academic/The Foundry 

Strange Machines/Milkboy Philly 

Thursday/February 15th 

X Ambassadors/The Fillmore 

Justin Nozuka/Underground Arts 

Porches/Union Transfer 

Ganja White Knight/Electric Factory 

Trash Boy/The Barbary 

Friday/February 16th 

Galactic/The Fillmore 

Stick To Your Guns/TLA 

American Nightmare/Union Transfer 

Bardo Pond/Johnny Brenda’s 

Crankdat/Premier Nightclub 

Saturday/February 17th 

BØRNS/Charlotte Cardin/Mikky Ekko/Electric Factory 

John Petrucci/Kimmel Center 

The Commodores/Parx Casino 

Creepoid/Union Transfer 

The Atlas Moth/Voltage Lounge 

Rockers Galore/Underground Arts 

Daniel Donato/Bourbon & Branch 

Sunday/February 18th 

Boyz 11 Men/Borgata Event Center 

Born of Osiris/Ocean Grove/TLA 

Picturesque/Union Transfer 

Los Amigos Invisibles/The Foundry 

Monday/February 19th 

Of Mice & Men/The Trocadero 

Intervals/The Foundry 

These Streets/Voltage Lounge 

Tuesday/February 20th 

Gin Blossoms/World Cafe Live 

K. Michelle/The Fillmore 

Molotov/The Trocadero 

Harriet Alargunsoro/Steve Miller/Wells Fargo Center 

Wednesday/February 21st 

STRFKR/Union Transfer 

Peter White/South 

Thursday/February 22nd 

Dimitri Vegas/NOTO 

Eli Young Band/TLA 

Soulection/Joe Kay/Coda 

Friday/February 23rd 

Luke Bryan/Boardwalk Hall 

AWOLNATION/The Fillmore 

Kid Rock/Wells Fargo Center 

dvsn/TLA 

3LAU/NOTO 

Lane 8/Union Transfer 

Saturday/February 24th 

Quinn XC11/TLA 

The Oh Hellos/Union Transfer 

Boysetsfire/Underground Arts 

Yndi Halda/Kung Fu Necktie 

Siravo/The Barbary 

DJ Scene/NOTO 

Sunday/February 25th 

Jonathan Richman/Union Transfer 

Chase Atlantic/TLA 

Monday/February 26th 

Frightened Rabbit/Underground Arts 

Doyle/Voltage Lounge 

Tuesday/February 27th 

Rhye/Union Transfer 

Gabrielle Aplin/The Foundry 

Wednesday/February 28th 

i.d.k./Denzel Curry/The Fillmore 

The Mowgli’s/The Foundry 

Thursday/March 1st 

Mako/Underground Arts 

Exmag/Coda 

WOLF/Milkboy Philly 

Joe Kenney/Warmdaddy’s 

Friday/March 2nd 

Futuristic/Coda 

Dermot Kennedy/Underground Arts 

Wallows/The Foundry 

Kolars and Escondido/Boot & Saddle 

Vista Kicks/Kung Fu Necktie 

Saturday/March 3rd 

Tee Grizzley/The Fillmore 

LP/TLA 

Bruno Major/Johnny Brenda’s 

Measha Brueggergosman/Kimmel Center 

Bazmati Vice/Bourbon & Branch 

Sunday/March 4th 

Through the Roots/TLA 

MISSIO/The Foundry 

Shopping/Johnny Brenda’s 

Voces8/World Cafe Live 

Monday/March 5th 

Arlie/Johnny Brenda’s 

The Philadelphia Moth Storyslam/World Cafe Live 

Tuesday/March 6th 

Spoon/TLA 

Sabaton and Kreator/The Fillmore 

Ella Vos/The Foundry 

Julian Lage/Johnny Brenda’s 

Wednesday/March 7th

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark/TLA 

Caye and Somo/The Foundry 

Adrianne Lenker/Johnny Brenda’s 

Milk & Bone/Kung Fu Necktie 

Parsonsfield/Boot & Saddle 

Thursday/March 8th 

Ezra Furman/Underground Arts 

Kool Keith/Kung Fu Necktie 

Galactic Empire/The Foundry 

The Low Anthem/Johnny Brenda’s 

Friday/March 9th 

Nada Surf/World Cafe Live 

Steve Winwood/Tower Theatre 

Jonathan Wilson/Boot & Saddle 

Crooked Colours/The Foundry 

Saturday/March 10th 

Excision/The Fillmore

MercyMe/Liacouras Center 

J Boog/The Foundry 

Crazy Town/Voltage Lounge 

Alive ’75/World Cafe Live 

Sunday/March 11th 

Beth Ditto/Union Transfer 

Amy Shark/The Foundry 

Michael Schenker/TLA 

Skinny Lister/Underground Arts 

Monday/March 12th 

Foreigner/Sands Bethlehem Entertainment Center 

Tuesday/March 13th 

Saint WKND/The Foundry 

Wednesday/March 14th 

Godspeed You!/Black Emperor/Union Transfer 

The Coasts/The Foundry 

Thursday/March 15th

Anaïs Mitchell/Boot & Saddle 

Jon Batiste/TLA 

Unit 3 Deep/South 

Generators/Kung Fu Necktie 

Friday/March 16th 

G-Eazy/Borgata Event Center 

Nightwish/Electric Factory 

Nightmares On Wax/Underground Arts 

Judah & The Lion/The Foundry 

Moose Blood/TLA 

Autograf/The Foundry 

Tall Heights/The Fillmore 

Lightninging & Jounce/Ortlieb’s 

Saturday/March 17th 

Blake Shelton/Trace Adkins/Wells Fargo Center 

Mat Kearney/The Fillmore 

Nils Frahm/Union Transfer 

Brasstracks/The Foundry 

Jamie McLean Band/World Cafe Live 

Sunday/March 18th 

K. Flay/Union Transfer 

Reggie & The Full Effect/Household/TLA 

Earthless/Underground Arts 

Jean-Yves Thibaudet/Philadelphia Orchestra/Yannick Nézet-Séguin/Kimmel Center 

The Elevaters/The Foundry 

Monday/March 19th 

BIG K.R.I.T./Union Transfer 

Cover photo courtesy of The Fillmore Philadelphia