August Itinerary

So now summer is actually “almost over”, but there is a lot of really cool parties in store. You know the drill, DM me if I’m missing anything. Don’t get a sunburn!

August 1st

Derby After Dark: Meet the Skaters

Soft Leather Philadelphia

August 2nd

Bangarang w/ J-me, Deep C & Will Tanksley Art

Julien-K at The Voltage Lounge

MAD WORLD – a new wave party

August 3rd

Endless Summer August First Friday Event

TINY CAT – Dark Music Festival / Benefit for Charity 8/3 & 8/4

Loft Sessions~

Tantrum Tonic

A Black Celebration

Spellbound with Crash Course in Science

Universal Cave DJs at The International

August 4th

Support Gaza!

BIG BOIZ

Global Funk with DJ Shearn ~ African, Brazilian and in btwn

HOUSE

August 5th

2nd Street Festival: 10th Anniversary!

2nd St Festival Shakedown 10 year Anniversary

2nd Street Festival After Party at North Bowl

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August 7th

Somnium Mori, Crooked Ghost, X88B88, The Purge

August 10th

STC Presents: The Addams Family

SALON – Red 4 Philth

Pleasurekraft / Patrick Richards / Miss Chloe at WoW

Foodtrucks For Humanity

Fad Nauseam/The Brickbats/Ships In The Night/Please Don’t Tell

August 11th

The Shakedown : Residents Night + Del & Davidson Opsina Upstairs

August 12th

The Soul Pickle w/ Mike Simonetti

August 15th

Deep Space Brooklyn | François K./ Bruce Forest/ Ian Friday

Post-Punk,New Wave,Goth (Unknown Pleasures) at The Dolphin

August 16th

Terminally Chill w/ Skeleton Lipstick + George Clanton

August 17th

Shock Exchange Vol. 2

CSC & Sure Thing: Erika (Interdimensional Transmissions)

Radar x House Cat: A Disco Dance Party Benefitting WOAR

Say Less presents: The WIG + Jonny Sum

Midnight Madness: Labyrinth 

August 18th

Batz Over Baltimore

Rhythm of the Night [90s House Anthems]

August 19th

KICK – The INXS Experience

August 24

August 24th

Multicult / Heads. / Cult Objects

DJSC at Kung Fu Necktie

August 25th

Sound Kills Cancer- Benefit for Casey

Godflesh with Tombs, Mirrors for Psychic Warfare, Body Stuff

Eighties Mayhem – End of Summer 80’s Dance Party @Black Cat

Melt You Down at Ulana’s with MR TC, bgkiki, & Zillas on Acid

Labyrinth No.8

August 31st

YallaPunk Festival and Conference 2018

Smells Like Children – dark 90s dance party 

Midnight Madness: Liquid Sky (4K Restoration)

 Next Up:

July Itinerary

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Bang it’s July! Don’t forget to comfort your doggies during this month of fireworks. I’ll be updating this as new events pop up but please let me know if I missed anything.

July 1st

Sunset Sundays (Birthday Edition)

Sundae w. King Britt at Fish Tank

July 3rd

Don’t Fake the Funk presents KTMB

This Is America! (Independence Day party) at The Dolphin

July 4th

4th of July at Ortlieb’s a fundraiser for Juntos Philly

July 5th

Summer in the Jungle

MAD WORLD – a new wave party

July 6th

PLEASUREcation “Let’s Talk about BDSM” edition

A Black Celebration

Unknown Pleasures (80’s New Wave Edition) at The Dolphin

July 7th

Lavender Festival, Save The Date

Rock & Roll & Birth Control at Johnny Brenda’s

ELM Imprint presents Prspct Washington DC

Savile, Maxine & Cleo [] pres. by [sic]

The 20th Century Club with Zillas on Acid

GRCR GRIT

July 8th

Laissez-Faire Presents: Laurr-BQ2018

The Soul Pickle w/DJ FLEG & Graham Hatke: [4 Hours of Funk]

July 13th

Friday the 13th Exhibit

Night Drive at Kung Fu Necktie

July 14th

West Ward Deep Beats Block Party

Anjunadeep Open Air: NYC

Iffy. Slurry (Richmond), Nemesisters

This is How We Be

July 15th

A Blue Meditation

July 17th

Mortuary Drape & Volahn at Millcreek Tavern

July 18th

Erasure – World Be Gone Tour

Deep Space Brooklyn | Kon/ François K at Output

July 19th

Out Come The Wolves[Punk Rock/Ska Party]

July 20th

VorteX Dark Music For A DiSc0mB0buLateD Life Form

July 21st

Animal Collective (Performing Sung Tongs) with Laraaji

The Monthly Fund – July Edition

Smells Like Children – a dark 90s party

Deafheaven / Drab Majesty / Uniform at Union Transfer

July 25th

Voltheque / Skeleton Lipstick / The Touch / Hulqamaniaq / Waco Kid

Echo & The Bunnymen and Violent Femmes

The New Division / NITE / Blood Blush / Korine

July 26th

Speaking of Indigenous Politics with J. Kēhaulani Kauanui

July 28th

Indian Attire and Jewelry Exhibition

July 30th

Welcome To The Boiler Room

Next Up: August Itinerary

A Black Celebration

So I finally made it to A Black Celebration, and boy, have I mean missing out! It’s an event usually held upstairs at Kung Fu Necktie, though a few times it has been held at The Fire. As far as goth events go, it has the most casual vibe that I have seen. It’s more like having a dance party at your BFF’s house, complete with all the best post-punk and new wave mix tapes.

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A Black Celebration

I got in around 11, and it was pretty packed, but not enough to be suffocating. The crowd was really enthusiastic and already the dance floor was moving. I have the utmost respect for DJ Baby Berlin. This is her event she started, and what was crazy awesome is that she had gotten off a plane from Costa Rica (her pictures of the vacation are amazing), and still hosted the event last night.  That type of dedication is one of the things that is keeping the scene going. DJ Jem did an amazing job keeping the positivity up and getting people moving.

The music was not typical for any goth night. Oftentimes, the same few post-punk and new wave hits can be heard at any event, but the music mix was incredibly eclectic. It is not often that you will hear Kiss Kiss Bang Bang by Specimen played at the club. The crowd was focused on just having a good time, and it felt very inclusive towards all types of people. This is another event where there was a nice mix of baby bats and elder goths.

One thing I have forgotten to mention about events held upstairs at KFN. You are allowed to smoke up there, so if that isn’t your thing it is something to consider. Typically though, it does not get very smokey. Most people opt to go outside. A Black Celebration is definitely a heavy hitter among the goth event calendar. It’s a perfect mix of casual hangs and jaunty music and dancing.

Next Up: Infrared

Acknowledging Club Drugging and What We Can Do Better

In my post on Soft Leather, I touched upon the frequent incidents of people getting roofied, and the responsible steps The Dolphin took in light of that information. I want to divulge more on this topic.

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The Philly club scene has a few big problems, and nonconsensual drugging is one that seems like is becoming just a normal part of the scene. This is not something any of us want. What makes it a unique problem is that it there are incidents of people being roofied with no apparent more sinister motives (I’m talking about rape). For example, at the last DSJC party a friend of mine, a cis white male, realized the next day that he had been drugged. The details of how he came to that conclusion aren’t necessary, but thank goodness he was ok and looked out for. Unfortunately, no demographic is safe from a potential sexual assault, but for the sake of context, it seemed odd for my friend to have been drugged.

The first time I witnessed this type of at random drugging was a New Years Eve awhile back. A bunch of my friends and I were at a warehouse party thrown by a responsible crew. A dear friend was with her her husband all night and got roofied. She was sick for days and did not remember her night. It turned out multiple people experienced the same thing and the general consensus was that someone was straight up going around drugging drinks rather adventitiously.

Why is this happening? Is this just another example of rape culture? I mean, yes. Though maybe not in every one of these incidents. Recreational drug use may be a part the scene, but it’s not an integral one. Is the thinking of these culprits enacting random druggings is that they are just giving a party goer a fun time? Probably not, my friends who have been roofied have had terrible comedowns and never remembered the night before. Maybe there is no solid reason (unless it is an aforementioned more sinister one).

What can venues and community members do about this problem? There are some ideas, but I’m not even sure these would be total remedies. I’m surprised to see some clubs still have community water, and it was really proactive that The Dolphin ended that practice. Other clubs should take note. Some clubs don’t seem to check bags either, and checking bags consistently is a good idea too.

Talking and opening up the conversation is one of the most important steps. It’s important that we talk about this more and come up with solutions together as a community. This is toxic behavior has no place.

How can we do better?

Next Up: Spellbound w/ Hogwasche

DJSC//Trieves 15

DJSC (Depeche Mode/Joy Division-New Order/The Smiths/Cure) is an unconventional party, in the fact that it is not held at one specific venue. It’s been at Voltage Lounge, The Barbary, Silk City, etc. This was the first time it was held at Kung Fu Necktie.

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DJSC at Kung Fu Necktie

This was my first DJSC party and I was happy to see it was at Kung Fu Necktie this time. It’s one of my favorite venues as a performer and as a spectator. I rolled in a little before 11 p.m. and it was packed. In my last post I mentioned how Philly starts partying late, but I have to put my foot in my mouth with this one. It was so crowded when I got there.

As I waited to go in, I had a friendly conversation with some strangers and their positive energy set the tone for how the night was. When my foot finally got into the door, I could literally feel the energy seep into my skin. Everyone seemed so joyful, the music was killer (thank you to the DJ’s for playing some songs from my beloved’s, Siouxsie and the Banshees) and the crowd was a really interesting mix of young and old goths and punks.

A sad but true fact is when navigating in the club world, is that every woman has had the experience of being ogled, or had their space encroached upon. Though it was crowded, my fiancee and I did not feel any of these vibes. DSJC gets a 10 out of 10 for cultivating a party environment of high spirits and mutual respect.and mutual respect.

Trieves 15

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I bounced back and forth between the double duty parties at KFN last night, but I spent more time down at DSJC. However, I wanted to give a nod to Trieves 15 because the music was the techno that I love. Sean Hearn (The Magic Message) is a DJ who has been in the scene for awhile (side note, his girlfriend owns the clothing store, Toile, that has all of my dream clothing and I implore you to check it out). On a personal level, he is genuine and sweet in any interactions I’ve had. This is the type of attitude that should be celebrated in DJs, and in people. The music he was banging out was heavy in the best ways. I wasn’t familiar with Jesse Tyler before, but both DJs vibed off of each other well.

This is an interesting weekend for parties and especially electronic music parties. A lot of our friends are at Movement this weekend, and it seems like every year this ends up being a huge weekend in Philly as well. It’s hard to pick which parties to go to for sure but, besides the fun aspect, DJSC and Trieves 15 are the right kinds of parties.

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Next Up: Acknowledging Club Drugging and What We Can Do Better

Combichrist and the Subject of Social Responsibility

The other night I made a brief statement on Facebook about the news surrounding Combichrist and their blatant racism and violent sexism, I would like to expand on my thoughts today. The video below was played during the final moments of the Ad·ver·sary and Antigen set at Festival Kinetik 5.0. Ad·ver·sary has been very open with his criticism of Combichrist and Nachtmahr, two bands that he was opening for at this fest.

You can see the video here.

Combichrist was my unfortunate first exposure to the Industrial scene back when I was a little baby bat. I learned quickly that Throbbing Gristle and Einstürzende Neubauten slayed, but I never got super into the industrial scene (aside from listening to the music) because I felt a strong machismo vibe. I didn’t feel this vibe just from music videos or articles I read, but from face to face interactions with a lot of rivetheads at the time (the early aughts for clarification).

Some industrial musicians seem to find themselves teetering on the fine line of strictly just fascism aesthetic (Laibach) to actual nazi sympathizing…which brings me to the Combichrist controversy.

While I am not surprised that a mainstream and macho band like Combichrist has racist and sexist members (you can see examples in the Festival Kinetik video, I don’t want give publicity to them on here), what I am surprised by and happy to see is artists who are calling out other artists on this nonsense and holding them publicly accountable. There is a lot of forward thinking that is present these days in various subsets of the goth scene. I think it is part of the reason why there has been a great revival of the Philly goth life these past few years.

I have been involved in the scene for over a decade as a spectator, party goer, musician, promotor, and lover of the community. As a very recently out lesbian with a fiancée who is a trans woman (NOTE: Trans women ARE women), community acceptance is just as crucial as cultivating a safe space for party goers. We are already weirdos and isn’t that what brought us to the goth subculture in the first place? There has been a big influx of women, LGBQT, and people of color (though I would like to see more people of color in the scene, it’s unfortunately often whitewashed) bringing in some essential new music, art, and events in the scene. More people these days are telling not only artists, but other community members, to take ownership for discriminatory behavior and demanding that they do better. Standing up for the more ostracized (by society’s standards) members of the scene is just one more step towards a better world.

Next Up: Rizumu 15yrs/27hrs