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15 More Must Have Grooves For Your Summer 2018 Playlists

Now that we’re in the very heart (and heat!!) of summer, you should waste no time in maximizing those sun-kissed playlists as much as possible. 

With that being said, take a lil’ break from perfecting the “In My Feeling” choreo (you too, Mom) and let the latest and greatest grooves from Ariana Grande (yas), Matvey Emerson, Husky, Bebe Rexha, Childish Gambino, Duke Dumont and J Balvin get all sorts of in as we ride along into the end of July. 

Plus, Lady Gaga’s ‘The Fame’ record is turning 10 next month, and there’s truly no better time to get the party started other than right..now. 

Lady Gaga/”Eh, Eh(Nothing Else I Can Say)”/Random Soul Remix   Kicking things off with a Gaga throwback, Mother Monster’s debut opus, The Fame, is turning 10 next month, so what better time to celebrate it all other than right now with this ultra sun-kissed remix that’ll hit you in all of the right G spots. And yes, we’ll get to the meat dress a (nasty!) touch later, but for now, um, just dance to this rainbow-worthy remix and everything else on this playlist. 

J Balvin/Willy William/’Mi Gente”      Because 10, 000 times is never enough….

Ariana Grande/”God is a Woman”   Indeed, Ari, indeed…and this video, tho…just watch. 

Duke Dumont/Ebenezer/”Inhale”     We’re going straight to the disco with this one, kids. 

Bebe Rexha/Quavo/”2 Souls on Fire”    This year’s summer fling/breakup anthem is right here…light it up. 

Childish Gambino/”Summertime Magic”   Groove on, Mr. Gambino, groove the f#$k on. 

Just Us/Wolves by Night/”Flirtatious”(James Hype Remix)   Deeply delicious. 

Drake/Michael Jackson/Don’t Matter to Me”    It’s just that summer groove. 

Chez Moon/”Close to Me”(Swanrick Remix)     Those hot-and-steamy summer nights, tho….the best. 

Goodluck/”Saved by the Summer”   No explanation needed…

Nicki Minaj/Ariana Grande/”Bed”     Nicki and Ari done did it again…..

Matvey Emerson/”Better Days”    Hey, summer, we feel you all up in this bold banger. 

Husky/”Promise Me”   …and another one….

Demi Lovato/”Cool for the Summer”/Todd Terry Rewerk    Because it’s simply just not summer without this fiery refiring of Ms. Lovato’s now classic summer anthem. Happy dancing!! 

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Weekend Entertainment Groove

Happy second weekend of summer! 

Now, let’s keep those sun-kissed vibes going and get into…all of it. And newly reinvented Atlantic City….we see you and we’re comin.’ 

Let’s do it. 

Aladdin We’re heading into the final performances of this Tony Award winning darling before it flies out of Philly after what’s been a spectacular two-week run, so if you haven’t already, grab those tickets now before, well, you can’t. You should also get to know Aladdin himself, Mr. Clinton Greenspan, as he stopped by Philly Mixtape recently for a fun chat about it all. But seriously, go see this show while you can….your inner Genie will thank u. Tonight through this Sunday, July 1st/Academy of Music/240 S. Broad St. 

Sing Your Life Karaoke  What better way to kick off the start 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 will be serving Philly all summer 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.

You Can Never Go Down The Drain If you’re looking for a truly side-splitting night out (and a place to cool off) over this weekend look no further than the final few shows of this Mr. Rogers inspired and delightfully entertaining spectacle right here. Fresh off the official Facebook page…..”Mr. Rogers always said: no matter how bad things are, “You can never go down the drain.” Using and abusing iconic songs from the program, Philadelphia’s Bearded Ladies Cabaret puts this idea to the test. In this performance, expect a goldfish funeral, gay romps into the land of make-believe, and some earnest questions about irony. ” Bottom line? Don’t miss it and go right here for those tickets….now. Through this Sunday, July 1st/Wilma Theater/various dates & showtimes/265 S. Broad St. 

Mamma Mia! Since there’s still over three weeks until the gayest movie sequel ever made descends into our worlds (now until July 20th is, like, forever in Cher and Meryl time) why not go see the critically acclaimed national production of the original to help pass the grueling seconds along while it’s in Philly this summer? Yes. Just a word to your bell bottoms…tickets are going quick–because as we all know this show is life within itself–so don’t delay and shimmy on over to them right here and right now. Ready, set, “Fernando.” Tonight-through July 15th/various showtimes/ticket prices/Walnut Street Theater/825 Walnut St.

DJ Jimmy DePre  If you’re looking to channel your inner yaaas dancing kween with those grooves all summer long, look no further than right here. And of course, may you forever respect the DJ. Friday & Saturday/Tavern on Camac/243 South Camac St. 

Chris Stapleton Like you don’t have your tickets already. But for those who may not, grab them right here before you head over to Camden for what’s sure to be the most rockin’ concert of the summer. Tonight/BB & T Pavilion/7 pm/1 Harbour Blvd. 

Jesse McCartney If you’re wondering if this is the former Summerland star and “Beautiful Soul” crooner we’re talking about here…yes..yes it is. Ans rumor has it there may be, like, one ticket left, so check this out and then get ready to swoon for your TRL’d life.  Tonight/TLA/8 pm/334 South St. 

Radio 104.5 Birthday Show w/Imagine Dragons/Judah the Lion  Who’s ready? Get those tickets because this summer rock spectacle is not to be missed. Saturday/BB & T Pavilion/1 pm/1 Harbour Blvd. 

Summer Block Party w/ Jill Scott/Boyz 11 Men/DJ Jazzy Jeff  What’s going to happen when classic fires like “Golden,” “I’ll Make Love to You,” “A Long Walk,” “Motownphilly” and “Summertime” take over the Mann Center stage tomorrow night? Pure bliss. Check this out for yours and get ready to reminisce in the best way possible…through those killer baby makin’ grooves. 

2018 Summer Concert Guide What do Cher, Sam Smith, Jimmy Buffett, Britney Spears, Beyoncé, Jay Z, Pitbull, Foo Fighters, Cirque De Soleil and Shania Twain all have on common? They’re well on their way from taking over the Philly music stages this summer, which means you should waste no time in spending your hard-earned coin on it all. So, check this out and have the best summer concert season possible. What could be better than that? Absolutely nothing. 

Hard Rock Casino Atlantic City/Ocean Resort Casino You want might want to start clutching your pearls now as you start to read this because the next statement is actually very true….Atlantic City is returning to form once again and it’s all kicking off right now. With the opening of Ocean Resort Casino (the former Revel) and the Hard Rock Casino (the former Taj Mahal), the buzz is certainly hot, but what’s most important is that people checking out the new casinos are optimistic in saying that it’s all beginning…again. After losing five casinos in five years, these two new hot-spots seem to be just what the doctor ordered for a once booming Atlantic City. Plus, when you’ve got Jamie Foxx, Mark Wahlberg, Carrie Underwood, Pitbull, Tiesto and Diplo stoping by to kick things off, it’s safe to say that things are off to a rockin’ good start. So, if you’re looking to boogie down with the grand opening sounds taking over AC this weekend, check this and this out. Plus, Sam Hunt (sigh) is performing on the beach this Sunday so….yes. 

…….also on the local and legendary sun-kissed entertainment decks for your…..

Friday……

Sebastian Maniscalco @Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa(through Sunday/7 pm/One Borgata Way)……..Snarky Puppy @ The Fillmore(8 pm/29 E. Allen St.)…………Yob@Underground Arts(9 pm/1200 Callowhill St.)………..Brodinski @The Dolphin Tavern(9 pm/1539 S. Broad St.)………Pierce Brothers @Boot & Saddle(830 pm/1131 S. Broad St.)………..Rich Medina@Silk City (10 pm/435 Spring Garden St.)………Bbqt@Kung Fu Necktie(730 pm/1248 N. Front St.)…………Nick Colionne@South(8 pm/600 N. Broad St.)…………..Weller@Everybody Hits(529 West Girard Ave)……Johnny Taylor Jr. @Punchline Philly(7 pm/1004 Canal St.)………..Hype@Bourbon & Branch(7 pm/705 N. 2nd St. 

Saturday…… 

DJ Chris Urban@L’Etage(10 pm/624 S. 6th St.)………………Free In/Outdoor ’90s Dance Party @FringeArts(830 pm/140 Christopher Columbus Blvd.)………FAM Fest 2018 @Voltage Lounge (through Sunday/421 N. 7th St.)………..Tony Bennett @Sands Bethlehem Event Center (8 pm/77 Sands Blvd.)…………Good Old War@TLA(730 pm/334 South St.)………Underdog@Kung Fu Necktie(7 pm/1248 N Front St.)……….The Tins@Ortlieb’s(10 pm/847 N. 3rd St.)……….Lovelorn@Johnny Brenda’s(9 pm/1201 Frankford Ave)………..Creem Circus@The Barbary(930 pm/951 Frankford Ave)……….So Far Gone @The Fillmore (9 pm/29 E. Allen St.)……..Mage Hand @Connie’s Ric Rac(9 pm/1132 S. 9th St.)………Shawn Ryan@Franky Bradley’s(10 pm/1320 Chancellor St.)

Sunday…..

DJ Chris Urban @Positano Coast (12pm-4pm/212 Walnut St.)……………..Independence Day Celebration @Musueum of the American Revolution(through Wednesday/101 S. 3rd St.)………….Sinful Sundays w/The Goddess Isis @Tabu(10 pm/200 South 12th St.)……..Showtunes Sundays @Tavern on Camac (9 pm/243 S. Camac St.)…………Blac Rabbit@Milkboy Philly(7 pm/1100 Chestnut St.)………..Tapes & Tubes@Ortlieb’s(7 pm/847 N. 3rd St.)…………PART@The Trocadero(1003 Arch St./4 pm)………..

For much more second weekend of summer shenanigans (plus, lots of fireworks!), you should check this and this out. 

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2018 Summer Music Tea

Dear Betty Who, Panic! At the Disco, Ariana Grande, Xtina(!!), Nicki Minaj, Drake, Florence + The Machine, Troye Sivan, Meghan Trainor, Years & Years, Bebe Rexha and The Carters…..thank for making all of our summer music dreams come true this year. 

Happy streaming! 

Betty Who/Betty (pt. 1)  What’s short, sweet and will hit you in the right music spots all over? That would be part one of sauce-y Australian songstress Betty Who‘s one named music adventure. Showcasing five tracks, with each one pairing up Ms. Betty’s trademark sass on top of some truly feisty ’80s inspire rhythms and beats (see…”Ignore Me,” “Just Thought You Should Know”), all of which are guaranteed to make your summer fling just a tad bit more special. Get lost in Betty below. 

Panic! At the Disco/Pray for the Wicked  After taking some time away from the band to own the role of entrepeneur Charlie King in Broadway’s Kinky Boots, lead Panic! member Brendon Urie has certainly incorporated his recent stage sass into the group’s sixth studio set. From the humbling “Look Ma, I Made it,” to the stumbling “One of the Drunks” to the charismatic, “Old Fashioned,” these fine tuned gentlemen have shown no signs of aging–or slowing down–over their now decade (!!) long career. Listen up. 

The Carters/Everything is Love Is everything love for Bey and Jay these days? It certainly sounds like it thanks to the dynamic pairing’s latest romp. The fiery set can not only be labeled as the album of the summer, but of the year, and it’s also the perfect companion to the duo’s On the Run 2  Tour, which is about to slay Lincoln Financial Field on July 30th. While tracks, “Apeshit,” “713” and “Friends” are perfect for cruisin’ with the windows down, it’s opener “Summer” that’ll make your neck bob without even tryin’…and that’s the best part of it all. 

Xtina/Liberation  Yes, the voice is back. Wait, wrong choice of words? However, will Mizz Aguilera’s sixth studio set propel her back to her superstar “Genie in a Bottle” days? Most likely not. But, it’s all worth a listen to here because the “Beautiful” diva still knows how to make an album that’ll demand your attention. Whether it’s the empowering (and a little bit ear drum shattering) “Sick of Sittin” or the Demi Lovato co-starring, “Fall In Line,” the slinky “Right Moves” and “Like I Do,” or the most confusing, “Pipe” and/or Accelerate,” it’s all part of the wild ride that’ll forever be named…Xtina. Welcome back, bitch…..and we can’t wait to see you on tour with this one.  

Bebe Rexha/Expectations If you think you’ve been hearing the name Bebe Rexha for quite some time now…you most certainly have. Besides earning her keep as a songwriter for the likes of Rihanna, Selena Gomez and many, many more, the eclectic young diva also co-starred with Florida Georgia Line on the Billboard number one single, “Meant to Be,” which is still owning the charts as we kick off summer. Now, Ms. Rexha is striking out on her own on her fiery debut set, which contains all of the music heat you could ever want in your headphones right now. A few ignited examples would be the revved up opener, “Ferrari,” the summer ready, “Lose Control,” and the Quevo co-starring “2 Souls on Fire,” which you must now play on blast from now until Labor Day starting right…now. Yeah, it’s all that good. Thank you, Ms. Rexha. 

Drake/Scorpion  He’s back. Who’s ready? Judging by the way “God’s Plan” and “Nice for What” have destroyed the Billboard charts…it’s safe to say….everyone. Let’s get ready to dance those Dreezy moves all summer long like everybody’s watching. June 29th 

Florence and the Machine/High as Hope It’s lovely to hear you and your band mates destroying our worlds again, Ms. Welch. Is there really anything else to say here? June 29th 

Years & Years/Palo Santo For their much-anticipated sophomore set, this British pop trio has wasted no time in giving us the goods thanks to the three singles released–“Sanctify,” “If You’re Over Me” and the title track-ahead of the album’s official release next month. But perhaps the main reason you might want to grab this album is because the English Breakfast tea sipping boys teamed up with legendary producer Greg Kurstin (Adele, Kelly Clarkson), so you know the Y&Y good times are guaranteed to just keep rolling all summer long until the band hits the road this fall. Get ready. July 6th 

Nicki Minaj/Queen With a buffet singles already under her tricycle–“Rich Sex,” “Chun-Li,” “Barbie Tingz” and the glorious, “Bed” (hey, Ari!)–, Ms. Minaj has already given us plenty to feast on from her much-anticipated fourth studio set. So, why the recent delay from June 15th to August 10th, gurl? While the world may never know, we’re just more than f@#king ready for the Young Money spitstress’ first set in four years. And remember, at the end of the day, there’s plenty of room for everyone in the spotlight and of course, plenty of room in the summer music headphones for Nicki’s–and everybody else’s–latest studio adventure…and that it will certainly be. Aug.10th 

Ariana Grande/Sweetener  From the life-changing “No Tears Left To Cry” to the Nicki co-starring “The Light is Coming” to the hot-to-headphones “Raindrops,:” and to the fact that she’s on everyone else’s tracks, too (see..Troye Sivan, Nicki..again), there’s no denying that our Ms. Grande will be the undisputed Kween of the Summer by the time her fourth studio set finally enters our ponytailed worlds in August. Throw in our little obsession with her and Pete Davidson and well, slay, Ari, slay.  Aug. 17th 

Troye Sivan/Bloom   If you don’t know the fabulous musical stylings of Mr. Sivan yet, you certainly will by the time summer is over. Already a young advocate for the LGBTQ community, the out-and-proud singer recently gave us life with the track and video for album single “My My My” (just ask Ellen), and recently he teamed up with the queen of the summer herself, Ms. Ariana Grande,” on “Dance To This,” which you must put on repeat right now. Then mark those calendars for the official release date of what’s sure to be one of the hottest albums of the summer…and of the year. Aug. 31st 

Meghan Trainor/Treat Myself  While we have no idea why Ms. Trainor is on Fox’s The Four (sigh…), what we do know is that we’ll forgive her if her upcoming third studio set hits the mark. And listening as to how her latest singles, “Let You Be Right” and “All the Ways” have a fresh, funky synth-ed up feel to them, it sounds like she could be all about that dance floor just in time for the end of summer, which of course is always the best place to be. Aug. 31st 

 

 

Also for your 2018 sun-kissed playlists…..

Leon Bridges/Good Thing(out now)………………..Charlie Puth/Voicenotes(out now)……..James Bay/Electric Light(out now)……..Dave Matthews Band/Come Tomorrow(out now)…………..Lily Allen/No Shame(out now)………Lykke Li/So Sad/So Sexy(out now)……..Marshmello/Joytime 11(out now)……………….Nine Inch Nails/Bad Witch(out now)…………….Dan + Shay/self-titled(out now)………….Gorillaz/The Now Now(June 29th)……..Rick Astley/Beautiful Life(July 20th)……….Jake Shears/self-titled(August 10th)…………happy streaming!