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… 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













Philly Show Review:Betty Who at Union Transfer

So, Aussie pop diva Betty Who really loves to perform, you guys. 

No, she really, really, really loves to perform and make the stage–as well as the audience–her bitch for the night in the most fabulous way possible. 

Just ask the many, many throngs of fans who packed it in at Union Transfer for her show in support of her excellent and delicious new album, The Valley, and they’ll tell you that she takes no prisoners when it comes to that stage…and we lived for every woke moment of Ms. Who real that was served out last night. 

Launching an hour long set that included pretty much every song from Valley (hey there, “Mama Say,” “You Can Cry Tomorrow,” “Free to Fly” and sigh…”I Love You Always Forever”), as well as rainbow kissed thunder, “Somebody Loves You,” and a fancy fine display talents of the guitar. Who knew? All of us. 

But of course, we must show all of the love to those fucking pulsating live pipes (seriously, tho) and fucking fierce dance moves that were matched perfectly to the two muscular backup dancers who equally stole the show because, well, ay, dios mio. Speaking of..hey there, Mr. Tattoos. #callme

And the moment she remembered a fan from a show in Boston? (hey, Kevin!) Fucking priceless. 

But the true spotlight stealer of the night were the tears that flowed in Ms. Betty Who‘s eyes during the whole set because of all of the love that was felt from the crowdin which you now know it must have been one hell of a show at Union Transfer last night. 

That’s because it most certainly was. Yes, Ms. Betty Who….yaaas. 

For much, much more on Betty Who, read this and stay tuned for her grand return to Philly because she’ll most certainly be back.  



The 10:All About Betty Who

On Monday night, sassy and sauce-y Australian pop diva, the always fabulous, Betty Who, is about to hit the stage at Union Transfer (730 pm, 1028 Spring Garden St.) for a show (and in support of her fantastic new album, The Valley) that’s guaranteed to cash your Philly live performance paycheck and start your week off in the most incredible way. 

Although there might be a few of you out there who’re absolutely aware of everything the cheeky Aussie pop goddess has to offer (she’s blessed the City of Brotherly Love with her magnetic presence quite a few times), there also be might a few if you out there who’re saying “who??” to the likes of the quirky, ready, happy music business provided by Ms. Betty Who

And if that’s the case…read this and then grab those tickets. Because you must. 

1.She’s got love for “Somebody” and everybody….  As any proper pop diva do, Betty Who first got our fabulous attention when her cheeky, rainbow kissed life banger, “Somebody Loves You,” was featured in a Home Depot video featuring two fine young boys who got engaged, got hitched (she also went to her wedding…break some mugs with Betty right here) and lived happily ever after. 

While there are truly no words to describe how god damn cute this stunning viral clip was and always will be…we do have one thing to say…”Yaaaaas, Betty Who queens, yaaaas.” 

2.Because we must always respect our music divas from down under…   Kylie Minogue & Olivia Newton John. No further statements. 

3.Her debut album, ‘Take Me When You Go,’ is nothing shirt of werk.   In 2014, Mizz Betty released her stellar debut set, Take Me When You Go, and, well, it’s nothing short of fucking amazing. From start to finish, not only does each tantalizing track showcase just how dazzling she and those pulsating pipes truly are, but each shimmering pop ditty plays out like a music dream, flowing along and taking you on a real music ride.

The perfect mix of light rock, ’80s beats and punch-ey synths, Who’s freshman set will not only get you all up in a music kitchen dance party, but it’s just light enough to bring you down at the end of a disco blessed night. Album standouts, “Runaways,” “High Society,” “Alone Again,” “Somebody Loves You,” and Philly Mixtape‘s favorite, “All Of You,” will take your breath away…and leave you wanting more. Which is the best part of it all. Go on Spotify or wherever tickles your music streaming fancy and get lost in it all…right now. Seriously. But read the rest of the list before you Go...

4.Her cover of Donna Lewis’ ’90s smash, ‘I Love You Always Forever” is……   god damn life within itself. Just listen…and prepare to get lost. And if there’s anyone who needs a reading, err, less the fab Ms. Lewis, go right here. right now. That’s an order.  

5.Seriously, though….   

6.Those moves from her recent “Mama Say” video….  Killer. Enough said. Now, dance. 

7.This….  Get ready to feel all sorts of “Wonderful,” indeed. 

8.Her 2013 single, ‘You’re in Love,” will make you feel tingly all over   Try not to fall in, um, love with those powerful vocal arrangements and that undeniable power rock ballad prowess. Or the fine gentleman featured in the accompanying music video, either. 

9.And of course, one more time…. Because…life. 

10.Do you really need another Ms. Who fact?   Absolutely not. Now, grab those tickets to her show at Union Transfer Monday night and prepare to blown away…because you most certainly will be.