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. 






Music Tea w/Marian Hill

There’s certainly no denying that we could easily sit and spill local music tea all day about Philly’s rich local music history–Will SmithMcFadden & Whitehead! David Bowie’s Young Americans, Questlove..the list truly, truly goes on and on. 

Another local music act who’s striving–and succeeding–in heading into that classic Philly realm are, Samantha Gongol and Jeremy Lloyd, otherwise known as the City of Brotherly Love’s own, Marian Hill.

After meeting each other at Haverford High School (by the way…their group name comes from the two lead characters in Meredith Wilson’s The Music Man–Marian Paroo and Harold Hill) Lloyd went on to study music theatre at Yale University, and Ms. Samantha went on to dive into music business at New York University and also Drexel University.

With Gongol’s soft, yet lioness infused vocals at the forefront and Lloyd’s bodacious beats and brassed up prowess owning the background, their first three singles, “Whisky’, “Lips” and Got It” caught everyone‘s attention with their sleek flows and weirdly delightful melodies. Plus, they’re all sax-ed up and ready, which is always a good thing.

The fine-tuned local pairing even crossed over onto the dance floors of life, thanks to Romanian pop diva INNA’s “Diggy Down,” which deliciously samples the irresistible hook of “Got It,” and would also make their first show at Boot & Saddle (there we go, guys!) the perfect jumping point for…it all. 

These days, Marian Hill is busier than ever, with a current tour in promotion of their fresgman record, Act One (go here…now), which will see them take over the stage (and that they most certainly will…so go) at Union Transfer tonight. 

But perhaps the show will be extra special for these two crazy music kids because Philly will be their last stop before they jet off on a fancy overseas trek of their tour, which will include stops in Amsterdam, Mexico City and London. 

Before they add even more werk to their already action packed schedule, they were gracious enough to stop by Philly Mixtape to spill some good ol’ fashioned music tea where they spilled about it all, including, well, just read it because you should always support local music, especially when it comes to Philly’s own Marian Hill. 

Hey, guys! Thank you so much for taking the time out of your crazy schedule with me. Okay, let’s get down to some local music business. Everyone knows that making a full length album is no easy task, what would both of you say was the biggest challenge in getting Act One ready for release was? J: The push to keep surprising ourselves. We were working on writing the record for a little over a year, and in that amount of time it’s very easy to fall into patterns and repeat yourself or get fatigued and lose creativity – there were several moments where we weren’t sure we’d surprise ourselves again but we always managed to one way or another.

It’s no secret that you two have such an incredible dynamic……..but what do you do on the days when the dynamic might be a little off? If any, of course...J: I think takings breaks and having fun are crucial. If things aren’t going well, it’s important to relax and remember why we enjoy each other – sometimes that means taking a walk, or watching a show, or listening to music that has nothing to do with us, or just writing something with no goal in mind, no album purpose, just for fun because it feels good in that moment. S- what he said 🙂

Here’s a spill that stumps them all.… If each of you had to pick one album to listen to for the rest of your lives….which ones would they be and why?  J: This is an impossible, impossible decision. But if I HAD to choose, I would go with My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy...I’ve had a few periods of time where I’ve been in creative ruts and no music has sounded good to me except this album – listening to it got me through these times and I’ve always loved it, front to back.

I seem to ask everyone this question when they stop by…but since life and the fact that you guys are from Philly…..thoughts on Wawa? Do you miss it while you’re on tour…because I know I would.  J: LOVE WAWA. There is one walking distance from the house I grew up in and it will always have a very special place in my heart. I still try to stop in there every time I’m back in town – there’s no where else like it. S: I love everyone’s obsession with Wawa! I had family from Seattle come into town once and of all the great places to eat they demanded we go to Wawa which was awe-inspiring. I certainly don’t miss it while I’m on the road but it’s always nice to know you’re not too far from home when you find one.

You kids have any fun plans while you’re back in town?  J: Looking forward to some quality time with my family and my dog Mayzie.S: Yea, just gonna chill for a few days, hang with family and friends and my dog and honestly sleep for maybe 24 hours!! 

If each of you had to give some words of advice to someone who decided to jump into this cray music business right this second, what would it be? J: Surround yourself with good people you can trust. And always be looking for new drum sounds. S: find good people you can trust, and somewhere in the process learn to trust yourself. 

For much more Marian Hill music truth, groove on here.