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Rewerk Wednesday/Paul Oakenfold

What do Britney Spears, Madonna, Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake, U2, Snoop Dogg, M People (!!) and Paris Hilton all have in common? 

They’ve all been mercifully rewerked by the golden touch of the one, the only dance music legend himself, Mr. Paul Oakenfold.

And lucky for all of Philly and the entire dancin’ and prancin’ tri-state area, he’s about to bring all of that classic artistry and then some front-and-center for an ultra-special show at NOTO this Friday night, April 6th. 

So, where did Mr. Oakenfold’s bombastic journey all begin, you ask? 

Born and raised in London, the aspiring DJ began mixing it up right around when he turned sixteen, and well, truly that’s where the magic began. Eventually hooking up with his friend, fellow DJ Trevor Fung, the future disco ball shatterer shook things up by playing soul and rare groove at a basement bar in London’s trendy Covent Garden district. It was also during this time that he began migrating back-and-forth to NYC in the late ’70s, going on to get lost in music mogul Larry Levan‘s mind-numbing sets at the iconic Paradise Garage.

This brilliant immersion would lead Oakenfold to get further in depth with the London club scene, as he would spend much of the ’80s working as a club promoter and became a British agent for the likes of the Beastie Boys and Run-D.M.C. He also improved his DJ craft during this time and would soon own (emphasis on the word own) a handful of pulsating club nights including Future at the Sound Shaft and Land of Oz at Heaven, just to name a few.

Look them up….his sets from that era are in a word….fucking legendary

Oakenfold’s first big break came in 1989 under the moniker Happy Mondays, a project he crafted with his long time beat buddy, Steve Osbourne. The duo’s debut set, Pills ‘n’ Thrills and Bellyaches, would not only give them worldwide recognition, but its lead single,(W.F.L.) Wrote for Luck)” would win the vote for Dance Record of the Year by NME magazine. 

Although the dashing duo went their separate ways a few years later, they both continued to dominate the dance music scene with Oakenfold eventually becoming a British DJ entity in his own right, busting down barriers for future beat masters of the world and still continues to do so today.

Any and every Perfecto (another one of his monikers) remix? Yes. Ministry of Sound, anybody? Fuck yes

While it’s quite fun to list all of the singles, mixes, awards and accomplishments that Oakenfold has achieved during his now three decades of shimmering DJ fame (we would be here all fucking night if we were to spill about what he did for the trance genre), it’s easier to just get down with a couple…dozen of his choice rewerks and bangers. 

His take on Ms. Hilton‘s “Turn it Up?” More, please. His still wildly popular groovy refire of JT’s “Rock Your Body?” Time to hit the floor. His throbbing, plugged in take of Brit Brit‘s “Gimme More?” Never leave home without it. You get the idea. 

But if there’s one rockin’ Oakenfold groove that we must put our headphones to the sky and rejoice in right this second, it’s Oakenfold’s 2006 collaboration, “Faster Kill Pussycat,” co-starring the dearly departed, Brittany Murphy.

A little bit edgy, a little bit amped (and always yes on those vocals, Ms. Murphy), but all things still glorious after all of these years, “Pussycat” is truly more than enough reason why you should go see Oakenfold destroy NOTO this Friday night.

But in the meantime, let’s fucking dance along with a playlist of his hottest rewerks and bangers one more time today. Because that’s what it’s all about when it comes to the tremendous body of werk provided by the one, the only…Mr. Paul Oakenfold

Cover photo courtesy of DJ Times 

 

 

 

 

 

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Music Tea w/Death by Piano

What happens you wistfully mix up light beats, heavy synths, pulsating production, stunning vocals and one hell of a cover of Ms. Dolly’s “Jolene?” 

You get the ultimate feel and finesse of Brooklyn based duo, Death by Piano, who are no doubt making waves all over the music scene with their dark wave sound, style and sass. 

The collaborative brainchild of the dazzlingly talented pairing of Kalen Lister and Greywolf, Death by Piano–while their name sounds ultimately dark–is a bold and beautiful production that reels you in from the very first beat drop and won’t let go until you’re completely immersed in it all. 

That music hypothesis is firmly evident in their hot-to-headphones new E.P., Countdown, which besides “Jolene,” (keep on readin’) also includes the heartbeat-mimicking title track, as well as the haunting “Caves,” in which PureGrainAudio proclaims that the latter successfully blends “dark wave, downtempo, electronic, indie and trap” and that “the duo are a must-hear.”

Luckily for all of the music fans out there (which is hopefully…everyone), you can hear and thrive in all of what Death by Piano have to offer right here.

But first get to know them around the music tea table, where they were gracious enough to stop by Philly Mixtape to spill about their beginnings, influences, and of course, how “Jolene” came into their worlds. 

……..and for much, much more on the red-hot and rising Death by Piano, go right here and here.…you’ll be glad you did. 

First up, tell everyone how Death by Piano came to be….GW: Kalen and I used to play in another band together. We often joked about starting an “electro side project”. When the band folded we decided to pursue it seriously and here we are now.

What are both of some of your musical influences? K/GW: Portishead, Massive Attack, Tricky, Policia, Phantogram, the XX, Deftones and Nine Inch Nails.

Moving on to your latest E.P, ‘Countdown,’ you have a brilliant take on Ms. Dolly Parton’s legendary song, “Jolene.” How did that all come to be?  K: In a way the song chose us. While writing vocal parts for a new track, I sang “Jolene” on top of it between takes and the rest fell into place. It’s a favorite of mine and I love how the music made me reinterpret it; I connected to the lyric in a deeper way.

Any future plans for the rest of the year you can tell everyone about? K: We’re wrapping up a music video for “Countdown” that’s been a great collaborative process with Robert Lux. We’re going to go back in the studio to work on our next EP and keep volleying our demos back and forth. A DBP writing retreat is a goal of mine. An opening slot on a national tour is a year end goal.

What words of wisdom would you both personally give to any young dude or diva out there who decided right this very second to enter this crazy music and entertainment business? K: Make music if you love making music. That may or may not mean you enter the business side of it.  GW: No matter what you do musically what matters is that you feel something. If you’re feeling it, odds are someone else will.

One last sip…….describe ‘Countdown’ in 1 word…. K: Change.

And there you have it. For more tea with Brooklyn’s very own Death by Piano, peep this…now. 

Cover photo courtesy of Mixtape Media, LLC 

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2018 Philly Spring Concert Guide

When it comes to U2, Chromeo, Camila Cabello, Kendrick Lamar, Bon Jovi, The Sound of Music, Def Lepperd, Stars, Mamma Mia!, Peking Duk, SZA, Dierks Bentley, Kenny Chesney and Depeche Mode all hitting the Philly stages over the next few months, it all comes down to 3 little words……

……get those tickets. 

Happy 2018 Philly Spring Concert Season!! 

And remember, all shows and dates are subject to change, so be sure to keep on top of…all of it. 

Go. 

Monday/April 23rd  

Noises Off/Walnut Street Theatre 

Passage/Wilma Theater(through May 13th) 

 

 

Smokepurpp/TLA 

Preoccupations/Underground Arts 

Herb Alpert/World Cafe Live 

Todrick Hall/The Fillmore 

Hawktail/Johnny Brenda’s 

Amelie/The Balcony Bar @ The Trocadero 

Man About a Horse/Johnny Brenda’s 

Tuesday/April 24th 

The Sound of Music/Merriam Theater/(through April 29th) 

Juanes/Mon Laferte/The Fillmore 

Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness/TLA 

Bit Brigade/Johnny Brenda’s 

Great Peacock/Milkboy Philly 

Bruse Wane/Kung Fu Necktie 

Clint Coley/World Cafe Live Upstairs 

Wednesday/April 25th 

George Ezra/Noah Kahan/The Fillmore 

Chrome Sparks/Coda 

Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness/TLA 

Wreckless Eric/Johnny Brenda’s 

The Lillingtons/Boot & Saddle 

Marbin/Milkboy Philly 

Fair City Fire/Bourbon & Branch 

Ela Minus/Coda 

Thursday/April 26th 

Madeleine Peyroux/World Cafe Live 

The Pines of Rome/Verizon Hall @The Kimmel Center (through April 28th) 

Cheat Codes/NOTO 

Peter Hook/Union Transfer 

Hovvdy and Half Waif/Boot & Saddle 

Michael Nau/Johnny Brenda’s 

Eric Darius/South 

Miya Folick/TLA 

Wick-it the Instigator/Coda 

The Roddenberries/Franky Bradley’s 

Friday/April 27th 

Pops Rocks:Queen, Stones & Zeppelin/Verizon Hall @ Kimmel Center(through April 29th) 

Carmen/Academy of Music(through May 6th)

Zedd/Citizens Bank Park 

Echosmith/TLA 

Borgeous/District N9Ne

Audien/NOTO 

Brian Fallon/Union Transfer 

Land of Talk/Johnny Brenda’s 

Nicole Atkins/Boot & Saddle 

Mac Lethal/Voltage Lounge 

Siravo/The Barbary 

Shiba San/Coda 

DJ Sylo/The Dolphin Tavern 

Saturday/April 28th 

Unknown Mortal Orchestra/Union Transfer 

They Might Be Giants/TLA 

The Coathangers/Electric Factory 

The Commodores/Tropicana Showroom 

Powerman 5000/Voltage Lounge 

Ruben Studdard/Keswick Theatre 

Ghost of Paul Revere/Underground Arts 

Marcus Strickland/Milkboy Philly 

Animal Flag/Everybody Hits 

The Legwarmers/The Trocadero 

Chris Kasper/Boot & Saddle 

Sunday/April 29th 

Protest the Hero/TLA 

Jeremy Loops/The Foundry 

Rosetta/Boot & Saddle 

John Craigie/Bourbon & Branch 

Threesound/The Fire 

Backtrack/Underground Arts 

Monday/April 30th 

Tricky/TLA 

Pseudogod/Kung Fu Necktie 

Tuesday/May 1st 

Lord Huron/Electric Factory 

Camila Cabello/The Fillmore 

Steel Panther/TLA 

Charley Crockett/Boot & Saddle 

Mike Lorenz/Paris Wine Bar 

Wednesday/May 2nd 

Bon Jovi/PPL Center 

King Krule/The Fillmore 

The Sword/TLA 

Counterfeit/Voltage Lounge 

Billy Strings/Boot & Saddle 

Thursday/May 3rd 

Bon Jovi/Wells Fargo Center 

Company of Thieves/The Foundry 

No Age/First Unitarian Church 

Soccer Mommy/Johnny Brenda’s 

Chris Paterno Band/World Cafe Live 

Nestor Torres/South 

Bingo Players/NOTO 

City of the Weak/Voltage Lounge 

Chris Paterno Band/World Cafe Live 

Nester Torres/South

Soccer Mommy/Johnny Brenda’s 

Friday/May 4th 

Bahamas/World Cafe Live 

Markus Schulz/NOTO 

Obituary/TLA 

Carpenter Brut/Union Transfer 

The Weeks/Underground Arts 

MC Chris/Kung Fu Necktie 

Marah/Boot & Saddle 

Nestor Torres/South 

Triple Goddess/Milkboy Philly 

Cookie Rabinowitz/Ortlieb’s 

Get Better Fest 2018/First Unitarian Church (through Sunday, May 6th) 

Saturday/May 5th 

Tom Misch/Union Transfer 

Blind Melon/TLA 

Liza Anne/Boot & Saddle 

King Lil G/Voltage Lounge 

Junkyard/Kung Fu Necktie 

LOMA/Johnny Brenda’s 

DJ Politik/NOTO 

Clay Cook/Milkboy Philly 

Two Man Advantage/Connie’s Ric Rac 

Big League/The Barbary 

Sunday/May 6th 

Panda Bear/Union Transfer 

Jaden Smith/The Foundry 

Touché Amoré/TLA 

Anvil/Johnny Brenda’s 

The Mother Hips/Johnny Brenda’s 

Luicidal/Voltage Lounge 

Monday/May 7th 

Natalia LaFourcade/TLA 

Amber Mark/Johnny Brenda’s 

Power Trip/Union Transfer 

Lydia Lunch/Kung Fu Necktie 

Craig Wedren/The Foundry 

Tuesday/May 8th 

Marian Hill/Union Transfer 

The Yardbirds/World Cafe Live 

Mothica/Bourbon & Branch 

Hexxus/Kung Fu Necktie 

The Sherlocks/Boot & Saddle 

West Philadelphia Orchestra/Franky Bradley’s 

Wednesday/May 9th 

Hiss Golden Messenger/Union Transfer 

Dada Life/The Pool After Dark 

Braids/Johnny Brenda’s 

Sloan/Boot & Saddle 

The Brevet/World Cafe Live Upstairs 

The Iron Maidens/The Foundry 

Taylor Phelan/Milkboy Philly 

Thursday/May 10th 

Pennsylvania Ballet:Jewels(through May 13th)

Tune-Yards/Union Transfer 

Jessie Ware/TLA 

Melvins/Underground Arts 

Bhad Babie/Coda 

Klingande/NOTO 

Marion Meadows/South 

Jeff Bradshaw/South 

HalfNoise/Boot & Saddle 

Faux Ferocious/Kung Fu Necktie 

Friday/May 11th 

Shakey Graves/Union Transfer 

Jorja Smith/Ama Lou/The Foundry 

Emmure/King 810/TLA 

Fu Manchu/Underground Arts 

Breathe Carolina/NOTO 

Broncho/Johnny Brenda’s 

Geographer/Boot & Saddle 

Marion Meadows/South 

David Ford/World Cafe Live 

Tav Falco/Kung Fu Necktie 

Erica Corbo/Sound Space Performing Arts

Saturday/May 12th

Maxwell/Vivian Green/Gladys Knight/Boardwalk Hall 

Marshmello/Festival Pier 

Jackson Browne/Borgata Event Center 

Lake Street Dive/The Fillmore 

Greta Van Fleet/Electric Factory 

Yanni/Mann Center for Performing Arts 

Moon Boots/Coda 

Marion Meadows/South 

Henry Cole/Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts 

Chachi/NOTO 

goodnight/goodluck/Boot & Saddle 

Sunday/May 13th 

Bad Religion/NOFX/Festival Pier 

Frankie Cosmos/Union Transfer 

Dwarves/Kung Fu Necktie 

Tiara Thomas/Underground Arts 

Swimming With Bears/Kung Fu Necktie Upstairs 

Byrne and Kelly/World Cafe Live Upstairs 

Monday/May 14th 

Sum 41/Seaway/Electric Factory 

Wye Oak/Union Transfer 

Thunderpussy/Kung Fu Necktie 

Dogs in the Fight/Century Bar 

Lifted Bells/Everybody Hits 

Tuesday/May 15th 

Mamma Mia!/Walnut Street Theatre(through July 15th) 

The Fratellis/TLA 

The Kills/Union Transfer 

Wet/Coda 

City of the Sun/Underground Arts 

Wednesday/May 16th 

Courtney Barnett/Union Transfer 

Madison Beer/The Foundry 

Har Mar Superstar/Boot & Saddle 

Tsunami Bomb/Kung Fu Necktie 

Skrizzly Adams/Ortlieb’s 

Felix Martin/TLA 

Thursday/May 17th 

Editors/TLA 

Kid Koala/Johnny Brenda’s 

Richard Ashcroft/Festival Pier 

Low Cut Connie/Union Transfer 

Randy Brecker/South 

Friday/May 18th 

Brandi Carlile/Merriam Theater/Kimmel Center 

Bishop Briggs/Union Transfer 

The Sea and Cake/Boot & Saddle 

Miyavi/TLA 

Dead to Me/Kung Fu Necktie 

Sweet Spirit/Johnny Brenda’s 

Randy Brecker/South 

Amtrac/Coda 

Bokanté/The Foundry 

Massive/World Cafe Live 

Dannic/NOTO 

Brielle Von Hugel/The Trocadero 

Killy/Voltage Lounge 

Randy Brecker/South 

Sullivan King/District N9ne

Saturday/May 19th 

Trippie Redd/Migos/Festival Pier 

Alice in Chains/Stone Temple Pilots/BB & T Pavilion 

Hop Along/Union Transfer 

Matt Costa/Boot & Saddle 

Randy Brecker/South 

Mt. Joy/The Foundry 

Summer Scouts/The Trocadero 

Brian Collins/World Cafe Live 

Somethin’ Divine/Milkboy Philly 

New Hope Pride 2018 

Sunday/May 20th 

Playboi Carti/Big Sean/Festival Pier 

Dierks Bentley/BB & T Pavilion 

Ryan Cabrera/Voltage Lounge 

Damien Jurado/Johnny Brenda’s 

Italian Market Festival 2018 

Monday/May 21st 

Andrew W.K./Union Transfer 

Jake Miller/The Foundry 

Ro James/Underground Arts 

Pillorian/Kung Fu Necktie 

Raymix/District N9ne 

Pillorian/Kung Fu Necktie 

Tuesday/May 22nd 

Flatbush Zombies/The Fillmore 

Mount Kimbie/Johnny Brenda’s 

Monks of Doom/Milkboy Philly 

Priscilla Renea/Bourbon & Branch 

BulletBoys/Kung Fu Necktie 

Wednesday/May 23rd 

21 Savage/Post Malone/Festival Pier 

New Found Glory/Electric Factory 

Bayside/Electric Factory 

Flotsam and Jetsam/The Trocadero 

Mount Kimbie/Johnny Brenda’s 

American Pleasure Club/PhilaMOCA 

Cozz/The Foundry

Canine 10 & Chino/Bob & Barbara’s 

Thursday/May 24th

Apocalyptica/The Fillmore 

Maggie Rogers/Union Transfer 

Helmet/The Trocadero 

Handsome Ghost/Boot & Saddle 

Signs of the Swarm/Voltage Lounge 

The Baylor Project/South 

Friday/May 25th 

Khalid/Festival Pier 

Lissie/World Cafe Live 

Suuns/Boot & Saddle 

Thank You Scientist/Milkboy Philly 

Saturday/May 26th 

The Kooks/The Trocadero 

Laura Veirs/Boot & Saddle 

This Is The Kit/Johnny Brenda’s 

Chad Valley/Milkboy Philly 

Svdden Death/The Foundry 

The Vanish/The Barbary 

Sunday/May 27th 

Kenny Loggins/Borgata Event Center 

Leikeli47/The Foundry 

Lost Dog Street Band/The Foundry 

Monday/May 28th 

Serenity/Penn’s Landing Marina 

Tuesday/May 29th 

Pond/Union Transfer 

VHS Collection/Johnny Brenda’s 

Wednesday/May 30th 

Mastodon/Primus/Penn’s Landing 

Flight Facilities/Coda 

Keiko Matsui/South 

Thursday/May 31st

Tech N9ne/TLA 

Post Animal/Johnny Brenda’s 

Parsonsfield/Boot & Saddle 

Friday/June 1st 

The B-52’s/Sugarhouse Casino 

Cloakroom/Pissed Jeans/Union Transfer 

Dead & Company/BB & T Pavilion 

Shelter/Voltage Lounge 

Red Aunts/Boot & Saddle 

Keiko Matsui/South 

River Bones Band/Kung Fu Necktie 

Saved by the ’90s/The Trocadero 

Saturday/June 2nd 

The Roots Picnic/Festival Pier 

Tweet/Ledisi/The Music Box 

Tash Sultana/The Fillmore 

Natalie Prass/Johnny Brenda’s 

Red Hare/Everybody Hits 

cleopatrick/Ortlieb’s 

Blis/Puddle Splasher/Kung Fu Necktie 

The Philadelphia Orchestra/Mann Center for Performing Arts 

Sunday/June 3rd 

Depeche Mode/Wells Fargo Center 

Japanese Breakfast/Union Transfer 

T-R3AL-Kung Fu Necktie 

Lisa Chosed/Ortlieb’s 

Scott Helman/Milkboy Philly 

Monday/June 4th 

Saywecanfly/Voltage Lounge

Laughs On Philly/Ortlieb’s 

Tuesday/June 5th 

Homeless Gospel Choir/The Fillmore 

Men In Trust/Boot & Saddle 

Wednesday/June 6th 

The Head and the Heart/Mann Center 

The Glitch Mob/The Fillmore 

Bo Deans/World Cafe Live 

Thursday/June 7th

The Decemberists/Mann Center for Performing Arts 

Dirty Heads/Festival Pier 

CHON/Union Transfer 

Walter Beasley/South 

Jo Passed/Boot & Saddle 

Andrew Lipke/Underground Arts 

Off the Record Music Festival (through June 9th) 

Friday/June 8th 

Jay Rock/SZA/Kendrick Lamar/BB & T Pavilion 

Parquet Courts/Union Transfer 

The Wonder Years/The Fillmore 

Dash Berlin/Premier Nightclub 

Murder Junkies/Kung Fu Necktie 

Darren Criss/Lea Michele/State Theatre Center for Performing Arts 

Brian McKnight/Harrah’s Atlantic City 

Walter Beasley/South 

Bent Knee/Boot & Saddle

Saturday/June 9th

Kenny Chesney/Lincoln Financial Field 

The Wonder Years/The Fillmore 

Horse Feathers/Boot & Saddle 

Hot Snakes/Union Transfer 

Walter Beasley/SOUTH 

Logan Henderson/The Foundry 

DJ Scene/NOTO 

Combichrist/The Trocadero 

Destination Dimension/The Tusk 

Sunday/June 10th 

Eels/Union Transfer 

La Luz/Underground Arts 

Peach Kelli Pop/Kung Fu Necktie 

Monday/June 11th 

Def Lepperd/Journey/Wells Fargo Center 

Transviolet/Voltage Lounge 

Celeste/Kung Fu Necktie 

Tuesday/June 12th 

Aly & AJ/The Foundry 

River Whiles/Johnny Brenda’s 

Ben Harper/Union Transfer 

Young Widows/Boot & Saddle 

Wednesday/June 13th 

U2/Wells Fargo Center

Logic/BB & T Pavilion 

American Aquarium/Boot & Saddle 

Snow Tha Product/The Foundry

Becca Stevens/Milkboy Philly 

Thursday/June 14th 

We Are Scientists/Johnny Brenda’s 

Hayley Kiyoko/TLA 

Eternal Summers/Boot & Saddle 

The Mavericks/The Fillmore 

Jackeim Joyner/South 

Sundressed/Voltage Lounge

Peking Duk/The Foundry 

Friday/June 15th 

Dave Mathews Band/BB & T Pavilion

Harry Styles/Wells Fargo Center 

Mike Love/Milkboy Philly 

Aaron Lewis/The Music Box @ The Borgata 

Colouring/Boot & Saddle 

Jackiem Joyner/South 

Saturday/June 16th 

Paul Simon/Wells Fargo Center 

Sam Evian/Johnny Brenda’s 

FBGM/The Pharmacy 

The Black Dahlia Murder/The Trocadero 

The World Is a Beautiful Place/Union Transfer 

The Dickies and The Queers/Voltage Lounge 

The Jayplayers/World Cafe Live 

Erica Corbo/The Iron Factory 

Sunday/June 17th 

Thirty Seconds to Mars/BB&T Pavilion 

Sabbath Assembly/Kung Fu Necktie 

Radio 104.5 11th Annual Birthday Show w/Portugal the Man/BB & T Pavilion

Street Dogs/The Foundry

Big Boys/The Trocadero 

Lomelda/Johnny Brenda’s 

Monday/June 18th 

Black Tongue/Voltage Lounge 

King Gizzard/Union Transfer 

Ufomammut/Johnny Brenda’s 

Tuesday/June 19th 

Chromeo/The Fillmore 

Alexis Taylor/Johnny Brenda’s 

Insomnium/Voltage Lounge 

Michigan Rattlers/Boot & Saddle 

Wednesday/June 20th 

Bad Bad Hats/Milkboy Philly 

Blake Morgan/Tracy Bonham/World Cafe Live Upstairs 

Ocean Alley/The Foundry

Space Whale Orchestra/World Cafe Live 

Andy Jenkins/Johnny Brenda’s