Transmission – a Dark Danse Party 

The Barbary is a club that has been standing the test of time so far in the Philly club circuit. Us nightlife people are painfully aware of the influx and outflux of available spaces for parties. Like Kung Fu Necktie, the two-party a night business model works well when it comes to bringing in a crowd.

The staff at The Barbary are some of the nicest and socially aware people. They manage an interesting monthly itinerary of functions and the sound system is well built. Overall the  space is what I consider to be safe and inclusionary.

These wonderful elements aside, I just can’t seem to get into Transmission.

Transmission – a Dark Danse Party

Long gone is the heyday of goth events in the city. Unfortunately, I was too young to experience the lore of a party happening almost every night of the week. Economic and environmental times have changed, and I wonder if a goth party a night would even be sustainable in Philly these days.

This isn’t to say there is a dry spell. We have Spellbound (back from hiatus in August), Uknown Pleasures, A Black Celebration, and a ton of quality shows happening at Lacquer. Transmission is easily one of the most frequently attended. It’s also an important event in the scene. The crowd tends to be a mixed bag of familiar eyelined faces and goth tourists. Sure, creeps definitely can rear their ugly heads here, but the staff at The Barbary have a no-nonsense policy for that behavior. Recently a friend told me of getting someone kicked out for saying transphobic things about someone who works there. I’ve never felt unsafe at a party here.

Transmission is also a great party to bring your non-counterculture friends and expose them to music they may not have been aware of before. However, this is where I hit a wall with how much fun I have. While I’ve never had a bad time, It seems lately that every time I come the exact same songs are played by the same handful of artists. It makes sense to play classics of course, and New Orders Blue Monday will never get old for me. However, there are a lot of classic and danceable tracks that aren’t featured, let alone contemporary goth. A few years this wasn’t the case at Transmission. You could hear songs by TRST being played or lesser known songs from The Cure. The DJ’s are very talented in technique as well, so I’m unsure why the variety of tracks has waned.

The quality of music is my first in personal preferences for what I look for at an event and I haven’t been impressed lately here. However, Transmission is never gonna be a bad choice for a fun outing and is a safe choice if you’re not sure what else is going on that night.

Next Up:

May Itinerary

Blessed Be, May is here. Happy Beltane and Ramadan too if ya celebrate. Please message me if I am missing any events. Get ready for a lot of park parties!

May 2nd

Soft Leather Philadelphia 5.2.18

May 3rd

Creme Brulee w. SarahCuda, DJ HA, Alex Aguirre

Labyrinth Dance Party

Trieves 21 w/ John Raffaele

All Natural SFM Takeover w/ Blueshift & Jay Hill

May 4th

Cosmic Awakening: Agent Zero + goldenSpiral (dual album release)

King Bass 2

Issa UK ting: Garage Grime Jungle DnB at The Dolphin

Mat Zo (5 Hour Set) at Output & Key+Needle in The Panther Room

goodie no.95 : Residents

May The Funk Be With You

May 5th

Pre-Ramadan Pop-Up Shop

Beltane Ritual 2018

Deep Beats & Cocktails | Tech House

Club Congress

A Black Celebration

May 6th

Delaware Punk Rock Flea Market 2018

Rebel Rebel Craft Bazaar

Good Vibes Music Family And Friends Day

The Soul Pickle: Official Movement Pre-Party w/Pontchartrain

May 7th

Lydia Lunch w/ Walter Weasel + Bob Bert + Tim Dahl at KFN

Konkrete Jungle NYC : Dieselboy

May 10th

Fleetmac Wood Presents Rumours Rave

Relaxer/LXV/Earthen Sea/Haldol/Spirit Mirror(DJ)

Elm Imprint, Symbiotic & Bassbunny pres: Calyx & Teebee with Break

DARK & DIRTY HOUSE (presented by House in the Hall)

Night Drive at Kung Fu Necktie

BOUND with Answer Code Request, Schwefelgelb, 8ULENTINA + More

CVLT with Dave Ghoul and DJ Poe at Asylum 13

May 12th

Yanni 25 – Acropolis Anniversary Concert Tour

Vanguard DC May 12th with DJ Mighty Mike Saga

The Shakedown : Rob Paine, Willyum, Phil Yeah and Phil Gore

May 15th

Rival Consoles / Chaperone at PhilaMOCA

May 16th

Unknown Pleasures

May 17th

Alice Glass & Zola Jesus

Mad World – a new wave party

Wonderlust w/Jeff Heart, The Wonder Bars, and DJ Shango

Asylum13 Half Way 2 Halloween No Pants Party w/mighty Mike Saga

May 18th

NK Badtz Maru/Pamela and Her Sons/Yung Nila/Estoc/+TBA

Say Less presents: D’julz + Carpinelli

The Magic Message 8 Year w/ WOLF MUSIC

Pete Tong at Rumor

Camp Phuckit Presents: Prom Night (A phormal affair)

Vortex Goth Industrial Oontz & More

May 19th

Datadrift with special guests The Now

Techno is back at The Other Side

Kid Ginseng : Speaking Parts : Diamond Girl : Kwan

Outpost | Knee Deep in Queens: Hot Since 82 + more

Rizumu 16yrs/27hrs

Underground Sessions | Monthly

SFM Philly presents Departures.

May 20th

Yoga for Anxiety & Depression

May 22nd

Mount Kimbie / Wiki @ Johnny Brenda’s (Night One)

May 23rd

Mount Kimbie / Wiki at Johnny Brenda’s (Night Two)

Deep Space Brooklyn | King Britt/ François K. at Output

Faeries vs. Post Apocalyptic – Tribe

May 25th

DJ Dan w/ City Air & Surreal Sleepwalking

Mount Kimbie

 

 

The police are not making “Kensington great again”

America has a plethora of problems.

Healthcare is in crisis, education is teetering, and we are beginning to experience that late-stage capitalism. Not all of us see eye to eye on everything, but a lot of people find camaraderie when police corruption is discussed. The recent incident here in Philly of the racist Starbucks manager calling the cops on two black men was not surprising to anyone. Cops killing unarmed people of color, children even, is tragically unsurprising.  Nor is it a shock to hear of cops victim blaming sexual assault victims. The incident I am about to relay is absolutely not as dire as systemic racism and innocent deaths that happen so frequently by the hands of cops. It is, however, a story that needs to be told.

Dark Tower V3: Ooh Baby I Like It Raw! was a party bearing many amazing facets. There were multiple rooms and floors with different genres of music and handcrafted decor. A coat check was available, and water and soda were being sold on the cheap. This was a BYOB event and the organizers involved created a safe and inclusive atmosphere.  DanceSafe, a crucial organization in the nightlife, was present upstairs. Dark Tower had something for everyone and was an event that brought the community together in a truly positive way.

My friends and I got there after 11, maybe closer to 12. We checked out The Jungle with Camp Phuck It and Techno Basement presented by Labyrinth. At one point I went upstairs and saw my friend walk outside with a stern look on his face. I walked back down the basement and told my friend what I saw. Moments later, the lights were on and we were told the party was shut down. Unfortunately, parties getting shut down by the police is nothing new, neither is how the police acted, which was not ideal from what I personally experienced.

One white and blond policewoman was particularly aggressive. It’s no surprise that she acted with a toxic masculine attitude. In an industry where police act with cowboy machismo, women officers have to act like that to gain even an iota of respect from their male co-workers. She made it difficult for people to grab their coats and literally was making fun of people like we were in high school. She was overheard saying “did any of you people look in the mirror before you left the house today?” and said to someone “your shirt is on backward, haha just kidding.”  The organizers told the police that they were not selling liquor and therefore did not have a liquor license. The police said that since they “saw beer being brought in”, they could come in. I am unsure if this was within their rights.

As if people already have so many valid reasons to fear and not respect the police (a true shame because they could serve a great need in this country), adding on bullying and unkind words are just a few more drops into the overflowing pail of police brutality and crookedness.  As the cops drove away that night, one of them was heard chanting “make Kensington great again” over the police car loudspeaker.

While I personally find that harrowing, I was informed that the police worked well with the event organizers. That is hopeful.

If you’re interested in laws, policies, and other issues regarding nightlife check out 24HrPhl. We are a collective working together towards creating the best community that we can.

Next Up:  May Itinerary

Saturday In The Park with LEFT RITE

FINALLY we had a nice two days of actual spring, and the heroes of Left Rite jumped on the chance to throw the first park party of the season. It was a fantastic way to kick off the Spring season after the longest winter ever.

Saturday In The Park with LEFT RITE

Saturday was the last day of Mercury being in retrograde and the weather turned out perfect for an outdoor party (considering this awful weather following this weekend. Left Rite provided sound reinforcement and had a slew of their resident DJ’s providing the music. Everyone who played was stellar, of course, but Phil Yeah’s set was especially notable for its weird and spooky minimal beats.

What’s nice about park parties is they provide a chance for nightlife fam and otherwise to get together during the daylight hours. A lot of friends brought their beautiful dogs and children, and someone even brought a majestic boa constrictor (still mad I didn’t get a picture). Gotta love seeing all sorts of crews gathering together and contributing positively to the park atmosphere. In general, park parties seem to bring out the most diverse group of people. Whether you’re on OG burner, a dark techno bb’s, or just looking for something free that the whole family can enjoy, park parties are unique in that they truly are for all types of communities.

The party ended unusually early, understandably so. The Shakedown with Till Von Sein was just one of the many parties happening that night. I made it to exactly zero Saturday night events because day drinking and sun equals an early bedtime for me.

Perhaps we will see the spring weather again soon, and when we do look out for more park parties as well as the return of Fountain Green! Catch ya in the sun, fam.

Next Up: Dark Tower V3: Ooh Baby I Like It Raw!

April Itinerary

It’s the season of park parties and Spring jams! Lot’s of stuff going on, but please DM if any events are missing. I’ll update this throughout the month.

April 4th

Spring Ritual Celebration

Essaie Pas, Bernardino Femminielli, Void Vision

Skeletal Family ~ Remote/Control ~ Live Not On Evil at KFN

Making Time presents: Yaeji

Feminist Karaoke Fundraiser {Featuring DJ Sara Sherr!}

April 5th

2018 Teal Day Press Conference

Third World Feminism: An Introduction

Grendel

All Natural ft. Huxley w/ Mr. Falcon at Rumor

Mad World – a new wave party

April 6th

Spellbound + Nemesisters

Goodie no.94 : w Navbox

Mari.te [] P.S 118

Discwoman Night w/ Tama Sumo & Lakuti, Ciel, Ariel Zetina, DJ Haram & more

Stimulate 4/6 Severed Nations Tour w/Grendel Ghostfeeder and PTP

Three Forces Unite-Sys2matik Ovrl0ad, Voltheque, BZRTL and Dj’s

April 7th

Grand Opening- ICNA Relief’s SHAMS Clinic

Final Infrared w/ LEFT RITE Residents

Club Congress

Deep Beats & Cocktails | Tribal Rhythms

A Black Celebration

Subsurface 003 w/ Omar-S

Sakura Week at Shofuso: Ryakubon Tea Demonstration

Schmer Record Release Party

April 11th

Psychic Hotline : Softie : Nylon : DJ Plastic Ivy

Free for All with Matt Savitsky and DJ Jasmine Infiniti

Woman Crush Wednesday

Tektonic w/ Formula 5 + Goose at Silk City

April 12th

Bystander Practices for Advancing Consent Culture

HIDE, Humanbeast, Deep Red, DJ Nikki Sneakers at Saint Vitus

April 13th

FreaQy FriDay

HIDE // Void Vision // Stroker + DJ littlespaceyy

Svmmon: A Dark Dance Night

SFM presents Altitude w/ Miss Melera

Transmission – A Dark Danse Party, Friday the 13th Edition

April 14th

Riot Nerd Craft Bazaar

Disconnected : An Electromagnetic Performance

Spit Mask, Statiqbloom, Crowhurst

Ancient Voices Concerts

Skeletal Family at The Red Party

5 Years of Razor-N-Tape w/ Session Victim , Mood II Swing, more

April 15th

Sunday Funday with LEFT RITE

Sakura Sunday

2018 Cherry Blossom Festival

April 16th

Yoga for Anxiety and Depression

Dig * it * all 2.0 — digital / electronic music & art show

April 17th

Laurie Anderson with Neil Gaiman- New York, NY

April 18th

Nothing Changes 5 Year Anniversary Party with Pharmakon, Robert Turman, Further Reductions (DJ Set)

Iron DJ Semi Finals: Sweat Daddy VS Gun$ Garcia

UNKNOWN PLEASURES

April 19th

My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult at Stanhope House

All Natural ft. De La Swing w/ Shino Urena at Rumor

Wonderlust: Bicycle Day

Step On

April 20th

Bastiengoat DJ Ripley AGYN Tekkenkonkreet

Fryday 4.20 ft. Rick Wonder at Rumor

Vortex Goth Industrial April 20th w/ The Rain Within & HexHeart

Say Less Dance More 15

Dark Tower V3: Ooh Baby I Like It Raw!

April 21st

Spring Mourning: Oddities Market

Mausoleum Monster Hop – All Ages Costume Dance Party

My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult – 30th Anniversary Show

Animal Control

The death and resurrection show!!

Winkdown feat. Josh Wink [open to close] at WOW

Output Grayscale: Techno Is The Answer | Danny Tenaglia/ Anthony Parasole at Output and Truncate in The Panther Room

Elrow New York: The Residency Begins

Control Freak ft Magglezzz at the Dolphin

Terry Radio Satellite Party

April 22nd

Mindfulness through Birdwatching with Karin Marcus

Echo Presents: Spring Fling II

April 23rd

Rasputina

April 24th

6SEX6 Metal Burlesque Party

April 26th

Union Transfer, Philadelphia – Peter Hook & The Light: Substance

The Residents

All Natural ft. Pirupa w/ 33 Degree at Rumor

April 27th

Hands Around City Hall

Dennis Ferrer w/ Rob Paine at Rumor

April 28th

Zerzura (Nigerian acid western) – Philly Premiere

Femme Freedom’s 4th Annual Fundraiser

Automatic Saturdays ft. DJ Redline & Giuliano Presta

610 Underground Sessions

April 30th

Moon Light Toad Walk

Tricky: TLA

 

Next Up: Saturday In The Park with LEFT RITE

Underworld / Our Annual Cure Night / Free Event

Though I tend to keep pretty local, I decided to head to Brooklyn to check out The Cure night at St. Vitus. All my preconceived notions of partying in New York City have been thrown in the trash because I met some of the nicest people at this at this event.

Tonight! Underworld / Our Annual Cure Night / Free Event

NYC bars stay open until 4 a.m. (something Philly has been talking about), and I go to my fair share of afters. As a perpetual early bird, however, it felt strange getting to an event after 12. St. Vitus is all that I want in a dive bar. By the bathrooms was a votive candle rack, like what you would see in a church for blessings, and upside down crosses everywhere. While the decor itself may sound cheesy, it was very well done and not lame. The dancing area was a perfect size with crisp and not overbearingly loud sound.

Overall vibes were amazing. People were friendly and genuine in a really refreshing way.  Some flirtiness happened to me and my friend throughout the night, but it was nothing disrespectful or over the top. Our coats were still there on the rack when we left-I make this point because there have a been a few times lately where I have had things stolen at Philly venues. Small things, but still.

Another note I want to make is that nobody was getting so messed up that it imposed on anyone’s night. Overall the environment was lowkey. My only small complaint is that I wished the DJ’s (who were all sooo good) had added a little more variety between The Cure songs.

I look forward to coming to this event again, y’all should come too.

 

Next Up: April Itinerary

The Soft Moon / Boy Harsher at Johnny Brenda’s

Boy Harsher has become one of my favorite new dark electronic groups. I was so stoked to see they were coming to Philadelphia and, unusual for myself, I bought tickets in advance. Good thing I did since the show sold out.

The Soft Moon / Boy Harsher at Johnny Brenda’s

I like Johnny Brenda’s as a show venue, mostly for the booking they do. The space may be a bit small and the sound can seem muffled, but I’ve seen many of my favorite artists here. The spot holds some major nostalgia for me.

Boy Harsher started their set promptly and they absolutely slaaayed. They began with “Underwater“, my second favorite song of theirs and continued on with all the best ones, including “Modulations“. Unfortunately, it felt like their set was much too short. However, as a frequent opener myself, I know how it goes.

When The Soft Moon took the stage, the audience became absolutely mesmerized. They are one of those bands that I have heard about a lot, but haven’t really ‘heard’ before.  Their overall sound was a dreamy nod to Depeche Mode.

My favorite part of the night was seeing so many of my wonderful friends. Late stage capitalism combined with mercury being in retrograde has made life a little tough right now. It’s nice to be part of a community of people who are genuinely sweet and look out for one another. It was really special to see my friends Casey and Michelle. Casey has been battling pancreatic cancer for a bit now. He and his wife Michelle have been fighting it with grace and unfaltering strength. If you can, please donate to their GoFund Me. Thank you!

 

Next Up: Underworld / Our Annual Cure Night / Free Event

Wonderlust w/ Mr. Falcon, Aziz, and The Wonder Bars (DJ Set)

Sociable Witch I may be, but it’s not often I find myself going out on a weeknight. However, I had to make an exception for this event. The Wonder Bars have a special place in my heart, as does Mr. Falcon. Transparency is key and I am happy to say I have been good friends with The Wonder Bars frontman, Tom Scott since high school (we old). Bird duo, Mr. Falcon, are my close friends too. Pro-Tip, they aren’t actually twins.

Wonderlust w/ Mr. Falcon, Aziz, and The Wonder Bars (DJ Set)

The Liaison Room at Front Street Cafe has become another favorite spot of mine. Location aside, it feels like a safe venue to attend. I got there just as Mr. Falcon went on, so I missed the first set from Aziz. The energy was high and vibes were good, and DJ’s play a major role in creating that kind of environment, ayy.

Mr. Falcon is always a treat to see. The music they play consistently stays with there sound, but you’re bound to hear new and interesting choices when they are on. Though they are passionate about the art of DJing and often play big gigs, they remain without ego. It’s refreshing to go out and see DJ’s who are excellent at the craft, but at with a genuine love of music and not strictly business.

This time The Wonder Bars were DJing, but even DJing is a performance. Some of the band members added live electronics on top of the set. This created a unique and versatile sound to an already choice set.

Every time they perform, whether as a live band or live performance, it’s always so much fun. In fact, the entire night was perfect. So perfect that I stayed out on a school night until 2 a.m. Worth it tho.

Next Up: The Soft Moon / Boy Harsher at Johnny Brenda’s

Infrared w. Joe Pompeo, Who’s Who, BeeTee Beats

Left Rite is a crew whose events remain about music first, and it shows in so many ways. Not only do they book dope DJ’s, but all the Left Rite resident DJ’s are heavy in talent. The sound is so important to them that the invested into an amazing sound system. Even the lighting system and high design logo serves as an enhancer to the music, not a distraction. It’s a 100% inclusionary party vibe without virtue signaling. Their dedication to music leaves no room for ego’s, which is truly a  breath of fresh air.

Infrared w. Joe Pompeo, Who’s Who, BeeTee Beats

Infared was held at  La Peg this month, a restaurant located in the FringeArts building. As it goes for many crews, Left Rite has struggled with venue space. Before it’s closing, The Irish Pol was home to this party, before there, it was held at Lolie’s. The latter has also since closed down.

La Peg was definitely a neat venue, though the set up was a bit strange for an event like this. The dance floor was just where tables had been cleared out, but it worked. Resident BeeTee Beats started off the night, and played good warm-up tunes. Who’s Who is comprised of DZA and Tommy Hogunz, two well- rounded people in the scene, and they followed suit after BeeTee Beats. I didn’t get a ton of dancing for the first half of the night. It was really great being able to catch up with friends and meet some new ones, so I had to relish in that for a bit. The headliner of the night was Joe Pompeo. Oh fuuuu he was so good. His set was really wild and diverse and moved seamlessly. It was the hardest dancing I have done in awhile. I briefly spoke to him after his set, and his energy was so good. 10/10 night for sure.

Over the past two years, Left Rite has continually booked the best DJ’s for Infrared. The last Infrared party ever will be next month with all residents. Their party, Friday Night Jawn, will still happen monthly and they will be focusing on mostly one-off’s for now. Philly fam I implore you to book these guys or have them provide sound reinforcement for yr parties. Left Rite, never stop. <333

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Hoo boy, I’m turning 30 at the end of this month. In honor of this, I am raising $300 for WOAR (Women Organized Against Rape). The members at WOAR have a program called Safe Bars, a program that trains bar and venue staff to stand up to sexual assault. This is such a crucial program and, if you can, please consider donating to this awesome cause. No donation is too small. Thank you!

Birthday Fundraiser for WOAR Ayyy 

Next Up: Wonderlust w/ Mr. Falcon, Aziz, and The Wonder Bars (DJ Set)

March Itinerary

Hey hey it’s Aries month! I’m here with your March itinerary. As usual, let me know if I’m missing any events on here. There are a lot of goth nights happening, must be in celebration of my big 30 coming up!

March 2nd

Infrared w. Joe Pompeo, Who’s Who, BeeTee Beats

Martial Canterel, INTERVAL, The Wants

Excision

Dave P……ALL NITE LONG.

Select Sounds Feat. Weiss (21+)

goodie no.94 : w Rob Paine & Francisco Collazo

Black Coffee at Coda

March 3rd

Changing Death: Culture and Acceptance: a Panel + Exhibition

Strictly HOUSE | Deep Beats & Cocktails

Carpe Noctem

Club Congress

A Black Celebration

Dark Tower v2 Electric Boogaloo

March 6th

GOTH NIGHT w/ Distorted Retrospect!

March Synth Night

March 7th

Spaced Out!

Mad World – a New Wave Party

Cult Objects / Washer / Bethlehem Steel / Yazan – Everybody Hits

OMD – Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

March 8th

24HrPHL Dialogues – Berlin Clubcommission’s Lutz Leichsenring

Solidarity is Sweet! IWS Celebration & Fundraiser

R A D A R 3) a party for queer femmes

CVLT with Dave Ghoul and DJ Poe at Asylum 13

Queer Qrush – An All-inclusive Dance Party!

Issa UK Ting: Garage Grime UK Funky Bruk DnB + at The Dolphin ~ Free!

Thursdaze w/s/g Bummer’s End at Backyard Ale House

March 9th

Tantrum Tonic

Dreams of You: Soft Touches and Fiber Futures

Foundation, Philadelphia’s Premier Goth Industrial Dance Party

Transmission – A Dark Danse Party

LATE NIGHT SHOW: Automelodi, Bootblacks at Saint Vitus

Retro Friday- Ed Wood

March 10th

Myles Sergé aka Translate

Watchout!

The Shakedown 16 YEAR Anniversary!

The Red Party: Welcome to the Reptile House: A Night of Sisters!

Automelodi / IXVLF / Lunacy – plus DJs

The Labyrinth No.6

Output Grayscale | Rødhåd/ Kobosil/ Monoloc at Output and Sven Weisemann (Open to Close) in The Panther Room

March 11th

Plan 9 from Outer Space- featuring Rifftrax!

The Barbary Presents: Drag-aoke !

610 Underground: Pop Up in Allentown

March 14th

Mad World – a New Wave Party

March 15th

Wonderlust w/ Mr. Falcon, Aziz + The Wonder Bars (DJ SET)

Night Sins, Remote Control, Cheeky at Ortlieb’s

Feels Good: Groovy Dance Jams w/ Maggs Bruchez

WET DREAM [DRAG SHOW + DANCE PARTY]

March 16th

Nightmares On Wax with Attic Tapes at Underground Arts

The Magic Message presents: Paradise at The Dolphin

Resonate presents: Robert Manos + Adred & Ray Uptown

Say Less x Most Excellent

March 17th

Martial Canterel // Void Vision // Plastic Ivy

March 31st

Shadowland Lancaster with Guest DJ Diesel

DNCE w. Francisco Collazo at Liaison Room

Next Up: Infrared w. Joe Pompeo, Who’s Who, BeeTee Beats