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2017 Fall Music Roundup

What do Fergie, Sam Smith, Kelly Clarkson, U2, St Vincent, Kaskade, The Killers, Maroon 5, Demi Lovato, Gwen Stefani and Sia all have in common? 

They’re all fighting for the top spot on your fall music playlists. 

Happy streaming! 

Fergie/Double Dutchess Hard to believe, but it’s been eleven years since Ms. Fergie served us with her chart destroying debut solo set, The Dutchess. But thanks to some crazy big beats (“Hungry,” “Like It Ain’t Nothin,” “You Already Know,” the electric, “Tension”), A-list guest stars (Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross, Y.G.) and the fact that will.i.am is nowhere to be found on the project, it’s like the former BEP/Wild Orchid front-diva never left us. Of course, shit does get a little real throughout the “Glamorous” owner’s sophomore set thanks to her recent split from Josh Duhamel, so get ready to grab those tissues when mid-tempo grooves “Life Goes On,” Love is Blind,” “A Little Work” and the rocked out “Love is Pain” take over your love-scorned life. Streaming Now

The Killers/Wonderful Wonderful   Whether on the trippy title track, the ramped up “Run For Cover,” the disco-ey, “The Calling,” or the life ready album closer, “Have All the Songs Been Written?,” make no mistake, Brandon Flowers and his killer Killers band mates are back in full force. In fact, it’s hard to believe that it’s been five long years since their set, Battle Room, as it certainly doesn’t sound that way at all. Welcome back, boys. Streaming Now

Demi Lovato/Tell Me You Love Me We all know that Ms. Lovato can sing (see:everything she’s ever recorded), but according to a recent tea with EW, her much anticipated new studio set is the album that proves that she can really, really sang. “I wanted to make sure that this album showcased my voice,” spilled Lovato to the mag about the new record, which is also taking the former Camp Rock diva into a more R&B laced territory thanks to producers Warren “Oak” Felder (Alessia Cara) and John Hill(Santigold). So, who’s ready to scream some new Demi grooves at the top of their lungs this fall? Like you’re not doing that with “Sorry Not Sorry” already. Streaming Now 

Shania Twain/Now It’s been fifteen years since Ms. Twain got us all Up!, but the iconic songstress is back and more than fired up on her much, much, much anticipated new set. Recent album cuts, “We Got Something They Don’t,” “Swingin’ With Eyes Closed” and “Life’s About to Get Good,” don’t just showcase a true country music legend that’s still got it, but it makes us realize just how much we truly needed some brand spankin’ new Ms. Shania in our headphones. Go on, girl…Who needs Mutt, anyway? Streaming Now 

Gwen Stefani/You Make it Feel Like Christmas It’s Ms. Stefani’s very first Christmas album…need we say more? Absolutely not. Streaming Now 

P!nk/Beautiful Trauma Does this one really need an explanation? Welcome back, Ms. Moore. The five years since Let’s Talk About Love has been way too long..but we’re ready to hear whatever you have to say–and chances are it will be wildly relevant–on your much, much anticipated seventh studio set. Streaming Now 

St. Vincent/Masseduction  You would think the pressure would be high for Ms. St. Vincent (real name..Annie Clark) in recording the follow-up to her 2014 stand out self-titled set, but according to EW, the deep diva had a grand time in creating a batch of ’80s inspired numbers with red-hot producer Jack Antoniff (Lorde, Taylor) while creating a fresh plethora of those bangin’ beats that only she knows how to deliver. “I wanted it to be all programmed beats, and I wanted it to have a lot of pedal steel,” she spilled,” I love the sound of pedal steel-it’s the sound of heartbreak.” Sigh…this should be good and most likely one of the hottest, yet chilled out releases of the fall.  Streaming Now 

Kelly Clarkson/Meaning of Life  If you listen and watch the video for “Love So Soft,” Ms. Clarkson’s lead single to her upcoming eighth (!!) studio album, you may notice that she’s having a really, really good time, both creatively and personally . That’s not to say she hasn’t been having fun serving us hit-after-hit (you know them..all) over the past fifteen years since she won American Idol, but due to a recent and very public battle with her former label, RCA, the “Since You’ve Been Gone” diva has migrated to a much happier place…Atlantic Records. And this time, Clarkson’s got lots of creative control and has created a funkier, jazzier sound that will no doubt take her still oh, so powerful to soaring new heights, especially on the Whitney-esque ballad, “I Don’t Think About You,” the brassed up, “Whole Lotta Woman” and the sultry, “Slow Jam.” Oct. 27th can’t get here fast enough. 

Weezer/Pacific Daydream For their eleventh studio outing (yes, you’re that old), Rivers Cuomo and his “Buddy Holly” boys will not just be giving fans their third Weezer album in four years, but creating a sound that’s part ’90s/part their standout Blue Album. But don’t think it’s one-in-the-same as Cuomo recently told EW that the long-last rock band’s new music has a distinct sound that’s “the Clash playing Pet Sounds.” We’re ready. Oct. 27th

Sam Smith Looking at how lead singles “Too Good at Goodbyes” and the Timbaland produced “Pray” have already taken over our love sick worlds, we’ll all be welcoming the English Breakfast Tea sipping crooner back with open arms when his sophomore set, The Thrill of it All, drops at the top of next month. And of course, with a little tears, too. Nov. 3rd 

Maroon 5 You might want to grab some Botox because it’s been fifteen years since Maroon 5 served us with their blockbuster debut, Songs About Jane. But then again…time really does fly when you’re continuously owning the Billboard charts and a chair on The Voice, right, Mr. Levine? There’s really nothing to say here except that we can expect more catchy hooks, love laced lyrics and a fresh batch of that M5 disco rock sound that we’ve all come to know and love over the years. Admit it…you’ve already listened to “What Lovers Do” like, one-hundred times today. Nov. 3rd 

Taylor Swift/Reputation  Sigh…….here we fucking go….again. (Nov.10th) 

Walk The Moon/What If Nothing Although lead single “One Foot” is a tad bit more laid-back than their 2014 smash, “Shut Up and Dance,” it still gets the job done while getting us more than ready for whatever these boisterous boys from Cincinnati have planned for their fourth studio set. (Nov. 17th) 

U2/Songs of Experience  Not only is this the follow-up to 2014’s excellent Songs of Innocence, but Bono and the boys actually put the record on hold due to the many, many political changes that have taken place recently (know of any?), and rewired the record to keep it all relevant. And if there’s any music act out there who can get the point across on top of some truly loud and explosively classic chords, riffs and rhythms, it’s certainly these Jameson swigging rock legends. December 1st 

 Tove Lo If lead single “Disco Tits” is any indication, Ms. Lo is about to release the greatest fucking album of the year. (TBD) 

Sia  Although there’s little tea to be spilled about the “Cheap Thrills” diva’s upcoming holiday record (no, you’re not hallucinating), we do know that she’s back with her music bestie, Greg Kurstin (“She is unbelievable,” Kurstin spilled to EW recently), to most likely give us an album–and a few present-popping videos–that’ll be guaranteed to lift all of our spirits…especially this year. You might want to add this one to your list..right now. TBA 

Rihanna  Although not officially on the roster, the “Kiss it Better” songstress has been rumored to be working on new tracks, and it has been almost two years since she served us with her electrified Anti set. But in the meantime, another round of “Wild Thoughts” is always a good idea while we anxiously await RiRi’s next music move…because life. 

Also to put on your music “to do” lists this fall…….

Macklemore/Gemini(streaming now)……….Rostam/Half-Light(streaming now)……….Miley Cyrus/Younger Now(Sept. 29th)……Echosmith/Outside a Dream(Sept. 29th)………. Hurts/Desire(Sept. 29th)…….. Liam Gallagher/As You Were(Oct.6th)…….Kelela/Take Me Apart(Oct.6th)…….  Marilyn Manson/Heaven Upside Down(Oct. 6th)……  Same Feldt/Sunrise(streaming now)…….. Jessie James Decker/Southern Girl City Lights(streaming now)…… Robert Plant/Carry Fire(streaming now)…….Beck/Colors(streaming now)……..Margo Price/All American Made(streaming now)……Jessie Ware/Glasshouse(Oct. 20th)………Niall Horan(Oct/TBD)……..Kelsea Ballerini/Unapologetically(Nov. 3rd)……Evanescence/Synthesis(Nov. 10th…….. Mavis Staples/If All I Was Was Black(Nov. 17th)………….Tim McGraw & Faith Hill(Nov.)……Chris Stapleton/From A Room(TBD)……..Wiz Khalifa(TBD)………Bjork/Utopia(TBA)

 

Cover photo courtesy of Yahoo 

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Dance Music Tea w/Chris Lake

Whether giving us life on one of his fiery original productions (“Changes,” “Only One,” “Boneless,” just to name a few), holding down shop at his Rising Music dance music label or working side-by-headphones-side with top-notch collaborators like Deadmau5 and Steve Aoki, there’s a reason why British producer/DJ/music mogul Chris Lake has been straight up giving it to us for nearly two decades now. 

It also doesn’t hurt that he’s remixed hits along the way for Sia, Kylie Minogue, Lady Gaga, Tujamo and many, many more during his continuous reign on dance floors across the globe.

In funkdafied fact, Mr. Lake is about to give it to all of Philly when his current and ridiculously fiery Lose My Mind Tour takes over the City of Brotherly Love for a stop at Coda Philly this Friday night. 

But before he gets ready to serve out all of his greatest and latest beat business (his just released romp, “Nothing’ Better,” will take you there..read on to check it out), Mr. Lake was gracious enough to stop by Philly Mixtape for some good ol’ fashioned dance music tea, where be broke mugs about his favorite albums, what he plans to do while he’s in town and what no aspiring DJ should ever, ever do if they want to make it in the biz. 

Dance it out with the incredible Chris Lake below. 

First up, how are you? How’s the tour been going so far? I’m great thank you. I’m 2 weeks into the tour and it’s gone so well so far. The vibe has been fantastic, and the fans have been amped up to hear all the new music I promised to drop. I spotted a lot of failed shazaming. It’s quite a satisfying feeling, I’m not going to lie….

What can your Philly fans expect from your upcoming slay at Coda this Friday night?  Well, definitely a lot of new music. I’ve been on a bit of a tear lately and I’ve been testing it all on this run of shows. Expect the energy to be high and your feet to be sore the day afterwards! 

Shout out a couple of albums you absolutely can’t live without… Ok, first that comes to mind would be Air/Talkie Walkie. These guys are pretty much my favorite artists ever. Their vibes get me every time. Secondly, maybe I’d choose Prodigy/ Fat of the Land. It really did change the way I looked at music all the way back in ’97. It’s genius.

Okay, so one of my personal favorite new grooves of yours is “Operator” which co-stars Dances With White Girls. What was the recording process like for that track? Ah thank you. Well, the beat came together very quickly. My management had a new member of staff start that day and they brought him over to the studio and see my space. He was sat on the sofa behind me with my team and I started a new beat with them all in the room. It came together very quickly and I felt it needed a spoken vocal. I remembered Dances had sent me a load of acapellas.a few years back that I’d not done anything with so I went through those and came across the ring ring acapella. It needed a little bit of re-formatting but it came together nicely and gets stuck in your head!

Please tell me you’re going to be able to kick it in Philly after the show… I hope so. I have a lot of friends in the city so I love to spend some extra time there whenever I can.

One more spill….what would your personal words of wisdom to any aspiring DJ out there who just picked up their first pair of headphones right this very second? As tempting as it can be to copy or emulate others…don’t. 

For much more with Chris Lake, get those tickets to see him at Coda this Friday night and then check out his official website right here

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Let’s groove. 

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Philly Weekly Entertainment Groove

Lots to do this weekend as we get ready to say goodbye to September and say hello to October…..check it out. 

Sing Your Life Karaoke w/Ms. Sara Sherr Those end of summer blues got you down? Really, how could they with this heat stroke inducing weather we’re all sweating in? But if they are. first, get the f#$k over it, second, head out to belt out your favorite karaoke jam in which the always in season Ms. Sherr has everything you need for your song butchering pleasure all week & weekend long. Ready, set sing…for your life. Sun, 9-2 Bob and Barbara’s, 1509 South Street Tues, 9-2 12 Steps Down, 9th and Christian Thurs, 10-2 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

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum You must not walk, but run to the box office at the Walnut Street Theatre to grab those tickets to take in Stephen Sondheim’s classic Tony Award-winning Best Musical, which has been described as “a nonstop laugh-fest in which Pseudolus, a crafty slave, struggles to win the hand of a beautiful, but slow-witted, courtesan named Philia for his young master, Hero, in exchange for freedom. The plot twists and turns with cases of mistaken identity, slamming doors and a bevy of beautiful showgirls. This unforgettable, hysterical musical comedy will have you laughing all the way to the Forum with “something for everyone, a comedy tonight!” All meaning….go. Walnut St. Theatre/tonight-October 22nd/various prices and showtime

2017 Philly Fall Concert Guide  Katy Perry….Janet Jackson….Bruno Mars….Imagine Dragons….St. Vincent…..Zedd. Those are just some of the many, many amazing music artists that are coming to take over the Philly stages all fall season long. And of you want to dive into the Philly live music groove, check out Philly Mixtape’s official Fall Concert Guide and bag those tickets up.

Full Front Street  If you’re looking for one of the hottest shows in Philly on a Monday night (and every), you must head to Victoria Freehouse where your hostess with the absolute, um, nothing on, Ms. Honeytree Evil Eye, always has her tassels and so much more ready and waiting for you, along with a fresh new roster of talent every week! Go right here for more Full Front Street tea on the daily and then…get ready. Every Monday/9 pm/show at 10/Victoria Freehouse/10 S. Front St. 

Chris Lake  Let’s all dance and be free…..it’s really that f#$king simple. You know what else is simple? Grabbin’ those tickets to see the legendary Mr. Lake take over Coda Philly with those delicious grooves this Friday night. Friday/Coda/11pm/1712 Walnut St. 

NOTO  Whether you get down to Casqeaux on Friday, DJ Scene on Saturday or get all up in a little Eagles tailgating action on Sunday, NOTO has got everything you need to keep the Philly par-tay hype all weekend long. All weekend/NOTO/1209 Vine St. 

DJ Chris Urban With two chances every weekend to get down to the sizzling sounds of one of Philly’s hardest werque-ing DJs, there’s no reason not to put on those dancing shoes and get on the floor as of you’re Jennifer Lopez. Ready, set, baila todos los dias. L’Etage/Every Saturday/10 pm/624 S. 6th St. Positano Coast/Every Sunday/12pm-4pm/212 Walnut St. 

Car Pizza Pinup Drive for United for Puerto Rico As per this fabulous events Facebook page….. “This Saturday! Come get a personal pie delivered direct to your vehicle’s window by one of Philly’s prettiest pinups [a line up that already includes the equally stunning Liberty Rose & Pizza Wolf] for our Car Pizza Pinup Drive; a benefit for the victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. All proceeds go towards United for Puerto Rico, a charity organized by the First Lady of Puerto Rico, Beatriz Rosselló. Own a different business and wanna get involved? Your business can be part of the pledge! Just pledge to donate a percentage of your sales from Sunday, October 1st to United for PR and we’ll list you as an official supporting business of our call. If your business or organization would like to be involved in this benefit, please contact us: jawn@ broadstburlesque. com” For much more on this weekend’s fundraiser and how you can help the victims of Hurricane Maria, check this out right here.   Saturday/12pm-5pm/Four Sons Pizzeria/25oo Frankford Ave

The Eric Jaffe Show Get ready to shield your eyes from all of that purple sequins one more time like Britney because the one, the only ukulele God himself, Mr. Eric Jaffe…iz back for another round of his hit Gayborhood show. Of course, one thing that we do know is that he never travels alone, and this time he’s got the talented Dan Callahan, Solomon Thorne, Moses Cyrus and Taylor Plunkett-Clemens by his balloon wearing side for a night of true entertainment you’ll never forget, like, ever. And as always..no cover and Absolut drank specials all night. Ding, ding bish. Saturday/8 pm/Tavern on Camac/243 S. Camac St. 

Kid Cudi   “Day ‘N’ Nite” for life. Grab those tickets.   Saturday/730 pm/Mann Center for Performing Arts/5201 Parkside Avenue 

Drag Queen Story Time Remember that ’90s MTV special where Madonna took over Webster Hall with a pajama party and read to Miss Spider’s Tea Party all of the kiddies? Well, this is just like that. Get ready, kids, queens, guys and gals because Philly Drag Mafia sorceress, Ms. Brittany Lynn, is taking over the Lume Creative Learning Studios once again where she’ll read a fierce selection from her lip-synched library. ‘Fifty Shades of Gaaayyy,’ perhaps? Yas. Saturday/9 pm-11pm/Lume Creative Learning Studios/1916 E. Passyunk Ave 

Honeygasm It’s time for the very first of the Honeygasm of the season, which means you (meaning…you) should waste no time in heading over to Franky Bradley’s this Sunday for a show that’s guaranteed to put the “pumpkin” in your “spice.” Along with your studly host for the night, Mr. Flrt Vonnegut, and house DJ, Lili St. Queer, you’ll be treated to the Burlesque talents of Goldi Fox, Vonka and Fagl Roq. And of course, the always yaaas Honeytree EvilEye will be putting it all on to take it all off for you. Don’t miss it. Sunday/Franky Bradley’s/7 pm/1320 Chancellor St. 

Also on the local and legendary entertainment decks for your……..

 

Friday/9/29

Oh Wonder @TheFillmore(830 pm, 29 E. Allen St.)…….Dinosaur Jr.@Union Transfer(830 pm, 1024 Spring Garden St.)…….Electric Six@Milkboy Philly(830 pm, 1100 Chestnut St.)…………Son Little@Boot&Saddle(830 pm, 1131 S. Broad St.)…..Drezo and Rezz@Electric Factory(830 pm, 421 N.7th St.)……..The Cool Kids@Balcony Bar @The Trocadero(8 pm, 1003 Arch St.)……..Rich Medina@Silk City(10 pm, 435 Spring Garden St.)….Uncle Dan@The Grape Room(8 pm, 105 Grape St.)

Saturday/9/30

Two Door Cinema Club @Electric Factory(6 pm, 421 N. 7th St.)………STS9 @The Fillmore(9 pm, 29 E. Allen St.)………Gareth Emery @District N9ne(830 pm, 460 N. 9th St.)………Wild Cub@The Foundry(9 pm, 29 E. Allen St.)…………..East Forest @TLA(8 pm, 334 South St.)……Jacob Sartorious@Punchline Philly(3 pm, 1004 Canal St.)…..Keith Sweat@Tropicana Showroom(8 pm, Brighton&Boardwalk Ave)……..Son Little@Boot & Saddle (830 pm, 1131 Broad St.)……..Mo Lowda and the Humble@Bourbon & Branch(8 pm, 705 N. 2nd St.) 

Sunday/10/1

Showtunes Sundays@Tavern on Camac(9 pm, 243 S. Camac St.)…….Sinful Sundays w/The Goddess Isis @Tabu (10 pm, 200 S. 12th St.)……Manchester Orchestra@The Fillmore(730 pm, 29 E. Allen St.)……..Little Steven@Electric Factory(830 pm, 421 N. 7th St.)……We Are The Union@Kung Fu Necktie(6 pm, 1248 N. Front St.)…….Ani DiFranco@Keswick Theatre(7 pm, 291 Keswick Avenue………Joon Moon@Boot & Saddle(830 pm, 1131 S. Broad St.)………Group Doueh@Underground Arts(8 pm, 1200 Callowhill St.)