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Music Tea w/Simon Thompson of Alvarez Kings

What happens when you mix indie disco vibes, deep, luscious synths and spaced out rhythms with just a touch of shimmer? You get the collective sound of rising UK based, Alvarez Kings, who have packed all of those elements and then some into their stand out album, Somewhere Between, which is giving all of us life just in time for summer. 

In fact, the English Breakfast tea sipping boys are taking the record on the road all season long with stops in Philly (they were just at Coda on Sunday night), as well as Chicago, San Francisco, L.A., Kansas City and Cleveland. So, yeah, they’re going to be mighty busy serving up their whole delicious catalog just for their ever-growing legion of fans all summer long….and we can’t wait. 

But since there’s always time to spill some sun-kissed music tea, Philly Mixtape took a seat with Alvarez Kings guitarist and vocalist Simon Thompson, where he broke mugs about the touring life, the recording of Somewhere Between (go here now to listen..seriously) and what pre-show ritual him and his boys practice before each show…hint..it has something to do with Tawny Kitaen. 

 

Hey, man! Thanks so much for taking the time to chat with Philly Mixtape. First up, how’s the tour going so far? We’re actually navigating our way to the last show of the [overseas part of the] tour in Nottingham. It’s going great! We started off in London and that was awesome..it’s always good to play in the capital. They’ve been great shows…the crowds have been good to us, as always. It’s also nice to stand on our own two feet and watch the tickets sales come in. It’s been great tour and we can’t thank everybody enough for this opportunity, especially our fans. 

Have you guys played in the states before? It’s our first headline show in the states, yes. We played Warped Tour twice and last year we played with Melanie Martinez..I think we played the Troc…I remember that being really cool. I also remember they got us Philly cheese steaks before sound check which was awesome. I do remember they were very tasty. 

How about some artistic influences that don’t just run through you, but all of you guys. Where we do begin, right? We’ve all got different influences, but we have similar tastes. We’re really into The Fold, a band called the Macabees who are now split up, which is a shame. It’s just a ton of stuff, really…I think it’s all in there somewhere. 

Now, your record, Somewhere Between, is truly awesome and out-of-this world, man. What was the recording process like for it? It was awesome. We got a chance to go to L.A. for [a few] weeks and record the whole album there. We sort of took in the whole vibes of L.A. We worked with a great producer who definitely brought the best out in all of us while we recorded at an ocean studio in Burbank..it was just really good. 

Just to put you on the spot, shout out two of your all-time favorite records for me…. Wow…only 2! I would say Beatles Abbey Road and Bob Dylan Highway 61. 

How about some words of advice to the young kids out there just starting to find their way in this crazy music business? To the younger generation just getting into music I would say you just have to be patient..really, really patient. And if you don’t succeed, just keep trying..keep grinding away. It gets crazy, and if you think you wrote the perfect song…don’t think that! We [actually] try to better ourselves each time we write a song we do because we’re never satisfied. So, just preserving and you do get a lot of setbacks along the way..it’s a very up and down sort of roller coaster ride. It is tough, but as soon as you get on that stage and play for the fans that come and see you..it’s all been worth it. 

Any pre-show rituals you guys do before a show? We definitely have a couple of beers before we go on. But for the most part we get together in-arms and we sing “Is This Love” by Whitesnake. 

No shit, man. That’s awesome. Still to this day we don’t know why we chose that song it was just something that came out one time and it stuck. 

Any last words for the stateside fans who haven’t seen the show yet?   We can’t wait to see them and just give them as much energy as we can give on stage and give them their money’s worth. We know how much it is to buy a ticket and travel to a show. We’re well aware that we have to give them as much back as we possibly can. We thank everyone that’s bought a ticket so far we’re really excited to hang out and have fun! 

For much, much more with Alvarez Kings. check this out. 

 

 

 

 

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Philly Weekday Entertainment Groove

Let’s get into the weekday groove and Happy Summer 2017, kids, kweenz, guys and gals! 

Go. 

Sing Your Life Karaoke w/Sara Sherr 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 your song butchering/slaying truth, chances are the fabulous and very hard working Ms.Sherr has them all in her always scorching Sing Your Life Karaoke collection, which will be serving your…lives all summer 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 blissful Great White Way kissed 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 absolutely 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. 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

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.

Neil Diamond  Yes, Mr. Diamond is certainly still kickin.’ And of course, “Sweet Caroline” at every god damn wedding for the rest of our bouquet catchin’ lives. Tonight, 8 pm, Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St. 

Bubba Sparxxx   Because “Ugly,” “Ms. New Booty” and “Deliverance” are still those fucking joints. Get those tickets. Tonight, Kung Fu Necktie, 730 pm, 1250 N. Front St. 

Protoje If you’re looking to really get into the sun-kissed spirit, then you must groove it on over to Coda tomorrow night to hear and see what happens when Jamaican based singer Protoje fires up the live music stage for a show that’s guaranteed to be nothing short of werk. But before that, the “Rasta Man” scribe will be stopping by Philly Mixtape to spill some music tea to get you even more excited for his City of Brotherly Love takeover. Grab those tickets.       Wednesday, Coda, 8 pm, 1712 Walnut St. 

John Legend While any of Mr. Legend’s tracks from his killer collection including “All of Me,” “Ordinary People” and “Love Me Now” are fine and dandy for makin’ dem babies, there’s just something about his underrated Andre 3000 assisted single, “Green Light,” that will make you want to get right down to business. But first, get those tickets to see him take over BB & T Pavilion on Thursday night. BB & T Pavilion 7 pm, 1 Harbour Blvd

DJ Jimmy DePre  Whether at Stir (10 pm, 1705 Chancellor St.) on Thursday night or Tavern on Camac on Friday and Saturday (10 pm, 243 S. Camac St.) Mr. DePre has you covered with those grooves like Banana Boat and that barely there speedo on a hot summer day in Rehomo. Dance. 

QOTA Rasco Fine Arts  Get ready all of you fabulous art lovers of Philly because this month QOTA has one goal and one goal only–brings out the inner art lover in all of us. So, head over to RACSO Fine Arts on Thursday night for some delish cocktails, fun mingling, tasty treats and of course lots and lots of art brought to you by some of Philly’s creative artists including Gertjan Bartelsman (Photography), Hugo De La O (Painting),  Alexis Nutini (Printing), Ada L. Trillo (Painting & Printing) and many, many more which you can learn all about right here…and then..go and have some artistic fun because we all deserve it. Tickets right here, Rasco Fine Arts Thursday, 6 pm-9 pm, 1935 Passyunk Ave 

Bradley’s Bucks:A George Michael Tribute Head over to Franky Bradley’s on Thursday night as the studly and talented gentlemen of FB’s all male, all woke dance troupe, Bradley’s Bucks, get ready to serve you what’s sure to be an electrifying tribute to the late, and oh so fucking great, Mr. George Michael. And while we know we’re going to have to brace ourselves for their danced up takes on “I Want Your Sex,” “Faith” and “Father Figure,” can we please get a little “Monkey” up in the place? Please? And as usual, the always fucking hilarious Christa D’Agger will be there to calm your hormones, ladies. Thursday, 530 pm, Franky Bradley’s, 1320 Chancellor St. 

Luke Grooms Get ready to clutch those music pearls and prepare yourself for a night of true Philly entertainment as Repertory Theatre Company’s monthly concert series Broadway serves up the talents of Mr. Luke Grooms, who recently returned from the World Tour of Jekyll and Hyde, where he played the Bishop of Basingstoke. During the show, Luke will be dishing out a selection of Great White Way classics and standards, all making for a night you’ll never forget. Door open at 6:00, show starts at 7:00 and your swooning may begin at 7:01. 7 pmSprout Music Collective, 130 E Prescott Aly, West Chester, Get those tickets right here, right now.  

BEV-Nefit:A Miss Comedy Queen Benefit Show  Not that she truly needs any introduction, but last year Philly’s reigning komedy kween, Ms. Bev, competed and was crowned Miss Gulf Coast Comedy Queen 2017, which in turn is sending her to Nationals (think Bring It On…but with lots of drag queens) in Orlando to compete for Miss National Comedy Queen, in which she placed 2nd nationally! But since it costs a lil bit to be that funny bitch, join Ms. Bev along with a stellar cast including Brooklyn Ford, Vinchelle, Nikki Coxx, Shannon Turner and many more come together to send her in the right direction….to 1st place! This is a no cover show, but a $5-$10 donation is suggested at the door so let’s call ourselves Mariah and make it happen for Bev, shall we? Yas, kweenz. Friday, 9 pm, Tabu, 200 South 12th St. 

A Hot Summer Night Celebration! Because what could be better than kicking off the first official weekend of summer other than with DJs Robert Drake and Pete Jemo playing every Donna Summer record you could possibly think of?? Absolutely nothing. Now, squeeze into those hot pants and rompers (let’s keep those for the ladies, gentlemen) and strut your “Hot Stuff” over to Club Mousai on Friday night…because we must.  Friday, 1030 pm, Club Mousai, 1227 Walnut St. 

Also on the sun-kissed local and legendary entertainment decks for your Tuesday…….. Reel Big Fish @The Fillmore (6 pm, 29 East Allen St.)……. The Holdup @The Foundry (8 pm, 1000 Frankford Ave)……. Joan Shelley @Boot & Saddle (830 pm, 1131 Broad St.)……. Future Sound @Johnny Brenda’s Downstairs.…. (8 pm, 1201 N. Frankford Avenue)……..Wednesday..……So Far Gone @The Fillmore  (9 pm, 29 East Allen St.)…… The Unknown Pleasures @The Dolphin Tavern (10 pm, 1539 S. Broad St.)…. Michael J. Vitale @Milkboy Philly (7 pm, 1100 Chestnut St. )…..  Avenged Sevenfold @BB&T Pavilion (8 pm, 1 Harbour Blvd.)…….. Magig Giant @Johnny Brenda‘s  (8 pm, 1201 Frankford Avenue)…….. Thursday.….  Digable Planets @Electric Factory (8 pm, 421 North 7th St.)…….. Came & Krooked @TheFoundry  (9 pm, 1000 Frankford Avenue)…… Elliot Moss @Boot & Saddle (830 pm, 1131 S. Broad St.)…….  Pendulum @Coda  (10 pm, 1712 Walnut St.)…….  Frances Cone @Boot & Saddle (730 pm, 1131 S. Broad St.)……  Little Strike and Donn T @Spruce Street Harbor Park Promenade (7 pm, Columbus Blvd. & Spruce St.)……. Frislay.…..  Lady Antebellum @BB&T Pavilion (730 pm, 1 Harbour Blvd)…….    Tigers Jaw @Union Transfer  (830 pm, 1024 Spring Garden St.)……   DJ Premier @ Coda  (11 pm, 1712 Walnut St.)……… Evan Dando @The Foundry (8 pm, 1000 Frankford Avenue)……  Splintered Sunlight @Underground Arts  (10 pm, 1200 Callowhill St.) 

 

 

 

 

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Philly Weekday Entertainment Groove

Let’s get our weekday entertainment party on and stuff, shall we? You know the answer…go. 

Sing Your Life Karaoke What’s your favorite karaoke song? Chances are the fabulous Sara Sherr has them all (meaning…all the ones you belt in the shower) in her always sun-kissed Sing Your Life Karaoke collection, which will be serving your vocal chords all 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. Enough said. Now-July 2nd, Walnut Street Theatre, Independence Studio on 3, various showtimes and ticket prices 825 Walnut St.

Motown:The Musical  There comes a time in life when we must not run, we must not walk, but instead just straight up….dance. And while we’re all on the dance floor of this crazy little thing called life, we must groove it on over to see an incredible Broadway experience in the City of Brotherly Love…and Motown:The Musical has just what everyone is looking for at this very moment in time. But in case you need a touch further convincing as to why everyone should experience this Tony Award owning show about Motown Records pariah Berry Gordy and all of the incredible music stars that came along on his wild music tale-Diana! Smokey! Michael!–Philly Mixtape has these 5 reasons why right here as to exactly why everyone should grab those tickets to see Motown:The Musical while it’s here until this Sunday, June 11th.  Let’s groove.  The Academy of Music, various showtimes, 240 S. Broad St. 

Saturday Night Fever:The Musical Since you know you’ve got that “Staying Alive” strut 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

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

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. 

Brand Nubian/Das EFX  “They Want EFX” for lyfe. And of course, Yo, MTV Raps forever. Those were the daze, weren’t they, kids? Bag ’em up.  Thursday, 9 pm, Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St. 

O.A.R./Natasha Bedingfield/Train While we’re more than excited to see O.A.R. and (some of us) Train (does anyone really know why?) take over BB & T Pavilion this Thursday night, we just have to give a big ol’ yaaas, Ms. Bedingfield to the “Love Like This” songstress because, hey, it’s been a while, right? Especially when it comes to this still killer Johnny Vicious remix, which you get down to while you grab those tickets.  Thursday, 7 pm, BB & T Pavilion, 1 Harbour Boulevard, Camden, New Jersey

Glitter & Garbage  That voice and that sass are back as extraordinary Philly talent, Ms. Shannon Turner, returns to L’Etage this Friday to help kickstart your summer in the most magical way possible..by blowing you away with all of her god damn incredible talent. But since she loves bringing lots and lots of friends along for her G&G romps, Ms. Turner will have Keyboard Bish, Lili St. Queer, Drag Supa Star, Aurora Whorealis, and Burlesque Wizard, to help bring the heat for what’s guaranteed to be a fiery night of true Philly entertainment. So, just f#$king go, okay? Enough said. Friday, 7 pm, L’Etage, 624 S. 6th St 

B.o.B.  “Airplanes” for life. There’s really nothing else to say here. Grab those tickets.  Friday, Kung Fu Necktie, 8 pm, 1248 N. Front St. 

Sex Dwarf:Hey! Ho! Rainbows!   The many talents of DJ Robert Drake mixed with the vibes of Club Mousai plus the music of Erasure, Dead or Alive, Boy George (and many, many more) plus lots and lots of rainbows equals a big ol’ yaaaaas, Pride Month Kween! So, now that you know, let’s dance and be gayer than Ms. Gaga’s disco stick, shall we? And please for the love of all things glitter………let’s all get along. Go. Friday, 10 pm, Club Mousai, 1227 Walnut St. 

DTF:Daryl & Timaree Fun Hour   Besides the fact that it’s on 6/9 this month (of course!), you should absolutely strut your sexy stuff over to Franky Bradley’s this Friday night (and it’s gonna be a hot one, kids) as Dr. Timaree Leigh and certified funny man, Mr. Daryl Charles team up to serve you with the greatest sex ed/comedy/game show in the known universe once again. Saddle up and be there. And then afterwards…we dance like nobody’s f#$king business.  Friday, 830 pm, Franky Bradley’s, 1320 Chancellor St. 

Also on the local and legendary entertainment decks for your Thursday…..Jurassic 5 @TLA Philly (8 pm, 334 South St.)……..Timber Timbre @Boot & Saddle) 830 pm (1131 South Broad St.)…..Vacationor @Coda (9 pm, 1712 Walnut St.)…..Friday…...Slightly Stoopid @Festival Pier (730 pm, Columbus Blvd & Spring Garden St)…..Matt Lange @Coda (11 pm, 1712 Walnut St.)……..Matt Kelly @Ortliebs (8 pm, 847 N. 3rd St.)….Epoch Failure @Dave&Buster’s (325 N. Columbus Blvd.)…

With of course, much more right here…so, go.