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Table Talk w/Two Friends

With their mix of bright, shiny beats, bold guitar play and top-notch guest vocalists, Eli Sones’ and Matthew Helper–better known as red-hot pulsating pair, Two Friends–have had no problem garnering a steady following since they came together as an official music act over five years ago. 

And if you’re wondering if these fine tuned gentlemen are indeed, two friends…you are correct, and in fact, it’s that certain dynamic that makes it all, well, werk. Producing beats (and so much more) together at the end of high school, Halper brought his knowledge in guitar, choir, and music theory to the table, while Mr. Sones‘ served forth his expertise in hip-hop DJ’ing.

Their first official Two Friends labeled EP, You (Me), danced its way to us  in 2013, and from there, the guys have blessed dance floors across the globe with hits, “Pacific Coast Highway,” “Overdose,” “Just a Kid,” and the summer anthem you-need-to-hear right now, the umbrella-laced cocktail worthy, “Bandaid.”

Of course, with easy movin’ melodies such as these, you just have to take the show on the road, which is what Eli and Matt have done all summer long with stops in Las Vegas, San Francisco and Borgata’s Premier Night Club, where you might have caught them just last weekend. 

But good news for all of us, is that the guys are showing no signs of slowing down, and they will keep it all going through September with takeovers in Boston, Washington D.C. and Chicago’s North Coast Music Fest, which they will dominate next Friday just in time for Labor Day Weekend. 

Before they get down with all of that beat business, the boys stopped by the Philly Mixtape tea-table, where they broke mugs about their favorite records, life on the road, and Matt’s cooking skills?? Yes.

Read on and take a seat at the table with Two Friends

First up on the table, how’s the tour been treating you guys this summer? 
It’s been so insanely fun and unforgettable! Nothing better than going to new places or coming back to cities that have always shown us love, and getting to play the music that we’ve been working so hard on, and meeting everyone afterwards. We can’t wait for all these cities we’re coming to for the rest of summer and fall- so many fun surprises in store! 

Break a mug or two over the tale of how Two Friends came to be…
We’ve been best friends since 2005- we went to middle school and high school together in Los Angeles. It wasn’t until 2011 though, during our senior year of high school, when we had the idea that we should start making music together. We were kind of just looking for a fun activity that we could do together since we already had gotten accepted into our colleges and knew that we weren’t going to continue sports at the collegiate level- and since we both had somewhat of a background and a huge interest in music, it seemed like the obvious choice. We literally started Googling “how to produce music” and “what music production software should we buy” and Two Friends officially begun.

Your latest fire, “Bandaid,” is a true summer romp. Tell everyone a little bit about the recording process. I have a wild guess that it might have been a lot of fun…. When we sat down to write Bandaid with Shaylen (the singer), the idea kind of came for a song about when you get together with someone just so you can get over the last person you were with- and you know it’s not gonna last, it’s just sort of band-aid to help you heal. From there, it all came together pretty naturally. We wrote it and recorded with her that day, then got to work on the production, did some fun vocal chops for the drop which we actually posted a little tutorial about recently, got our dude JJ to record some trumpet for later in the song, and overall we’re super proud and happy to share Bandaid with everyone. So yes, you are 100% correct that it was a lot of fun! 

Both of you shout out a couple of albums you simply can’t live without…..
E:Take Off Your Pants And Jacket by Blink-182, and College Dropout by Kanye M:Slippery When Wet by Bon Jovi, and Dizzy Up The Girl by Goo Goo Dolls.

You guys have been touring for quite some time now. So, what’s your favorite place you’ve ever been to and why? Which city maybe you surprised you the most? That is a tough one! As we mentioned, we grew up in LA–and we still live here now–so it’s always special doing a hometown show- nothing better than being able to have all our friends and family join us and get to see us do what we love. And the East Coast definitely always shows us major love too- we’ve had a blast every time we come to Philly, NYC and New Jersey. We try to never take for granted the fact that we get to visit so many awesome cities all over the country and the world, and do this as our “job.”

So, I hear Matt loves to dabble in the kitchen and even served up a segment called ‘Cooking with Matt.’ You must dish on what that was all about… Matt loves teaching people how to cook. Except a lot of times we’re at hotels and there’s nothing to cook, so you gotta teach the people something else…. So make sure to check out that video series if you need to learn how to take a nap, or how to brush your teeth, or how to take an Emergen-C vitamin. Go right here to watch


How about…..some words of wisdom you guys would give to anyone who decided right this very second to dive into this crazy music and entertainment business… 
Best advice is probably cliché, but we don’t care, it’s to make sure it’s fun. If music/producing/DJing/anything feels like a chore, it’s not a good sign, and there’s something that needs to be fixed if it’s gonna last. Have fun with it, and then put in the hours. And those come hand-in-hand because if you are having such a good time with it (and for us it helps that we also have our best friend to do it with), you’ll only be wishing there were MORE hours in the day you could devote to it.

One last spill……describe your impending takeover of the rest of the summer and the upcoming fall season…. Impending. 

For much more with Two Friends and to get your hands on those tickets, check this and this out. 

Cover photo courtesy of iHeartRadio 

For much more with Philly Mixtape, take a gander right here. 

 

 

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Weekend Entertainment Groove

Now, what to get to into on this impending seasonable second weekend of August? 

How about…all of it. Let’s do it. 

Sing Your Life Karaoke  What better way to glide through the dog days of summer other than to go sing your little heart out courtesy of the fabulous Ms. Sara Sherr and her always scorching Sing Your Life Karaoke collection, which is serving Philly all year-long at all of these fabulous locations listed below. Fri/9-1 Southhouse, 2535 S. 13th St.Sat/9-1:45 Les & Doreen’s Happy Tap,1301 E Susquehanna Ave Sun/9-2 Bob and Barbara’s, 1509 South Street Tues/9-2 12 Steps Down, 9th and Christian Thurs/9-2 Milkboy South Street/401 South St.

Cirque Du Soleil Volta  Where do we begin when it comes to this incredible entertainment spectacle? How about with the fact that it’s simply dazzled the tri-state area all summer long? Or, that it’s (literally) under the BIg Top??!! So, you see, we can go on and on about how this is a must see for the whole entire family, but there’s only just two weekends left to experience it all, so you better go right here to grab those tickets now….and then prepare to be amazed. Various dates&showtimes/Greater Philadelphia Expo Center/100 Station Ave/Oaks, PA, 19456

BB & T Pavilion  Whether it’s the hazy beats and rhythms provided by Wuz Khalifa and Rae Sremmurd tonight, or the classic modern rock flavors that will no doubt be served up by Counting Crows and Live tomorrow night, there’s no denying that BB & T Pavilion has got you covered like Coppertone for your live music needs this weekend and for the rest of the summer. Get those tickets. 

The Offspring/311 Hey, it’s a crazy f@#king world out there, but if there’s one thing that we can all agree on right this very second, it’s that there’s going to be a whole lot of ’90s music lovin’ taking over Penn’s Landing tonight. You betta mosh right here for access.  Friday/Festival Pier /7 pm 

DJ Chris Urban  Whether he’s makin’ you werk on the dance floor at L’Etage every Saturday night (10 pm) or helping you groove responsibly to cure your Sunday hangover over at Positano Coast (12pm-4 pm), this red-hot local DJ will keep your dance music needs in check with his collection of delicious grooves every weekend for the rest of the summer. 

LiPSMACKeRS:’90s-’00s Edition  What happens when you take a whole lot of TRL-worthy grooves and throw them all on the dance floor at Tabu courtesy of DJ Mike Shaffer? You get the absolute best night of your f@#king life. Go. Saturday/9 pm/Tabu 

Lil’Kim  AKA….the one-and-only…..Lil’ Kim because there ain’t no other and there never will be. So, show your girl some love and go see her in AC this weekend. Saturday/10 pm/Haven Nightclub AC 

Jason Mraz   Now that you’ve swooned over him in his well-received “Have it All” documentary, get ready to swoon over “The Remedy” crooner when he takes over the Philly stages this weekend…and you can get your tickets right here…that is if you haven’t already. Saturday/8 pm/Mann Center for Performing Arts 

SWEAT 2018  Now, what could be better than an all-inclusive LGBTQ party down by the river thrown down by Back to Basics which is guaranteed to be filled with lots of glitter and rainbow love? Actually, don’t answer that……just get ready to gussy up for a par-tay full of sunshine and sonnets provided by DJs Lioness and Deluxx, all while Di the Comedian owns your life as your hostess with the mostest.  Go right here for more shiny info and then….go. Saturday/3 pm/Cavanaugh’s River Deck 

KC and the Sunshine Band   What’s your favorite classic KC groove? How about…all of them. So, do a little dance, make a little love and then get down right here for those tickets.  Saturday/8 pm/Sugarhouse Casino 10 pm/

Gladys Knight & The O’Jays   Where do we truly begin with the impending celebration of music life that’s going to be taking over the Mann this Sunday? How about with just getting those tickets and going? Works every time. Sunday/8 pm/Mann Center for Performing Arts 

Green Velvet   First, get down to this exquisitely rewerked display of “Sorry” in preparation for Madonna’s oh, so big 60th birthday celebration next week, and then go see the legendary DJ behind it all take over Hq2 Beachclub at Ocean Resort Casino this Sunday night. Let’s f@#king dance. 10 pm 

Summer Concert Guide  Don’t let the Halloween candy displays at all of the local drug stores get you down (seriously, CVS, calm down), there’s still plenty of summer left……which means plenty of time to go to lots and lots of exciting summer concerts. And just who’s on the way from now until Labor Day? You’ve got Pentatonix, West Philadelphia Orchestra, Ben Folds Five, Keith Sweat, Two Friends, Arty, Cher(!!), Interpol, Smokey Robinson, and many, many more. So, check this official guide out right here and waste no time in getting all of those tickets. 

Also on the local and legendary entertainment for your……

Friday……

SNL’s Melissa Villasenor @ Punch Line Comedy Club (730 pm)………Lots of fabulous dancing @Woody’s & Tavern on Camac all weekend long(10 pm both spots)………Boatloads of local entertainment from all walks of life @Time Philadelphia all weekend long……..Cazzette @ NOTO(10 pm)………….Lydia@The Foundry(9 pm)………..Drugdealer@Johnny Brenda’s(915 pm)………..John Gilbride@Milkboy Philly(830 pm)…………Andrew Combs@Boot & Saddle(830 pm)………..Free Time@The Dolphin Tavern(10 pm)…………Rick Wonder @Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City(10 pm)…………..Warchyld@TLA(9 pm)……….Mountain Ride@Underground Arts(7 pm)………Mat Burke@Kung Fu Necktie(730 pm)………Doc Rotten@Tusk(8pm)

Saturday…….

The Piano Guys@Borgata Event Center(8 pm)………..Steve Angello @ HQ2 Beachclub @Ocean Resort Casino(9 pm)…………Pedro the Lion @Union Transfer(830 pm)…………Impending Doom/Within the Ruins@Voltage Lounge(5 pm)………..Garcia Project @World Cafe Live:Upstairs!(830 pm)…………Tailgunner@Kung Fu Necktie(730 pm)…………Vinyl Countdown@Ortlieb’s(10 pm)…………Echo Courts @Johnny Brenda’s(9 pm)………DevaLily @The Pharmacy(8 pm)…………..E. Joseph & The Sparrows @Boot & Saddle(830 pm)…………Ships in the Night@Bourbon & Branch(7 pm)………..Dame Luz@The Dolphin Tavern(10 pm)

Sunday……….

104.5 Summer Block Party w/Robert DeLong @Festival Pier(2 pm)………..Elephante@Daer Nightclub(10 pm)……………Nancy Wilson@Xcite Center @Parx Casino(630 pm)…….Sinful Sundays w/The Godess Isis @Tabu(10 pm)…….Showtunes Sundays @Tavern on Camac(9 pm)………….The Blasters@Kung Fu Necktie(7 pm)…………Jonah Matranga@Boot & Saddle(8 pm)………..The Upper Room@Franky Bradley’s(630 pm)…………Alice Bag@Johnny Brenda’s(8 pm)…………Aw Shucks@The Barbary(8 pm)

Cover photo courtesy of Pinterest

Since we’re all in this music and entertainment life together, be sure to also check out Uwishunu and Visit Philly to see what other kind of shenanigans you can get into this weekend. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2018 Philly Summer Concert Guide

Just a few things to go by here……

1.Click on any of the links below to grab those tickets. 

2.All dates are subject to change 

3.Have a fabulous rest of the summer full of….all of it

Let’s go. 

Thursday/August 23rd 

Interpol/Union Transfer 

Counting Crows/Etess Arena @ Hard Rock Casino Atlantic City 

Patti Labelle/Gregory Porter/Dell Music Center 

Descendents/The Fillmore 

Arty/NOTO 

Max Swan/Johnny Brenda’s 

Marc Antoine/South 

Friday/August 24th 

Jeff Lynne/Electric Light Orchestra/Wells Fargo Center 

2 Live Crew/Biz Markie/Salt-N-Pepa/BB & T Pavilion 

Donavon Frankenreiter/Lisa Bouchelle/TLA 

Espers/Vetiver/Union Transfer 

American Wrestlers/Kung Fu Necktie 

DJ Vice/Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 

Joanna Pascale/South 

Shane Henderson/Boot & Saddle 

Fifth Dimension/Resorts Atlantic City 

Mile Marker Zero/The Grape Room

DJ CID/NOTO 

Saturday/August 25th 

Stevie Wonder/Borgata Event Center 

Jason Aldean/BB & T Pavilion 

Smokey Robinson/Mann Center 

American Trappist/Boot & Saddle 

Max Weinberg/World Cafe Live 

Sunday/August 26th 

Shinedown/Godsmack/BB & T Pavilion 

goodnight/goodluck/PhilaMOCA 

Aethere/Kung Fu Necktie 

Monday/August 27th

Sarah Elizabeth Charles/South 

Laughs On Philly/Ortlieb’s 

Tuesday/August 28th

Gavin DeGraw/Phillips Phillips/Xcite Center @ Parx Casino 

Liniker e os Caramelows/Johnny Brenda’s 

Black Tusk & Whores/Johnny Brenda’s 

Wednesday/August 29th 

The Offspring/311/Allentown Fairgrounds 

Shonen Knife/Johnny Brenda’s 

Dopethrone/Kung Fu Necktie 

Thursday/August 30th 

Stone Sour/Ozzy Osbourne/PPL Center 

Giorgio Moroder/The Trocadero 

Delta Sleep/Johnny Brenda’s 

Flow Tribe/The Foundry 

Marion Meadows/South 

Friday/August 31st 

Sugarland/Jennifer Nettles/Allentown Fairgrounds

Shinyribs/World Cafe Live 

Chris Isaak/Excite Center @ Parx Casino 

Sherry Lynn/Adelphia 

Cassadee Pope/Sound Waves @ Hard Rock Casino Atlantic City 

CKY/Underground Arts 

Saturday/September 1st 

Made in America Festival/Benjamin Franklin Parkway(through September 2nd)

5 Seconds of Summer/Allentown Fairgrounds 

The Jacksons/Sound Waves @ Hard Rock Hotel Casino Atlantic City 

Marion Meadows/South 

Ohmme/Boot & Saddle 

Sunday/September 2nd 

Niall Horan/Maren Morris/Allentown Fairgrounds 

Maze/Frankie Beverly/Dell Music Center 

Brett Andrew/HUNKAJUNK/Borgata Outdoor Venue