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

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

Nightdrive//No Boyfriends

 

Some of my favorite nights are the double duty ones that Kung Fu Necktie has often. It’s extra special when both the upstairs and downstairs events are BOTH killers. Night Drive and No Boyfriends were two events that merged perfectly.

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No Boyfriends is held upstairs and features resident DJ’s Diamond Girl and Tony Modica. Both are DJ’s who have been crucial to the dance music scene since way back in the Medusa Lounge days (R.I.P.). Guest DJ was Abe Dubuque, in from New York City. I was happy to run into some old friends at this one. The music was excellent from every DJ. Tony Modica has an expertise in Disco, and he mixes it well with other genres. No Boyfriends is a relatively new event, and I am excited to see how it progresses.. It’s fun!

Night Drive has been going on for a bit, and it was good to finally make it out. It’s a party featuring all the early aughts and beyond synth wave. Justice, Hot Chip, all the Ed Banger records artists, etc. The new retro wave music movement has been warming my heart for a minute now, and the nostalgia this night brought on for me was sweet. I remember playing Justice-Cross on my little radio show back in college. Knowing that there is a monthly event that caters to this scene just shows how diverse Philly nightlife really is.

Speaking of a diverse city, I checked out The 4th Annual Philadelphia Alternative Taxidermy Contest held at Ruba Club, before heading over to Kung Fu Necktie. The event was hosted by The Strange and Unusual Philadelphia, an awesome oddities shop on south street. My personal favorite taxidermy piece was this coffin squirrel.

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Of course, all of the pieces were incredible and now I absolutely want to try my hand at taxidermy. All of the contestants were extremely talented, and it was amazing to see how women dominated the competition. I can’t wait for next year!

Keep up kids, this is a spooky month with a lot of events coming up. Be sure to check out my October itinerary post as I will be updating it throughout the month.

Next Up: B2B Vacation Beach 006//TFNJ w/ Brian Creswell, Sarahcuda, Decosoul

Rizumu Presents Voiski

A lot of hearts were heavy when rizumu lost its old location at 52hz. Though far out in West Philly, it was accessible, and the environment rang true to the underground techno scene. However, the new location in Center City brought such party bliss, and not just because it’s at a yoga studio.

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Rizumu presents Voiski 

This was one of the few parties I managed t get to this September, and one of the best parties I have been too in a long time. Sean Thomas is just one of the many talented people in the crew who throw these true parties, and he did an amazing job manning the door and DJing into the early morning. His genuine sweetness is a rare trait, and every rizumu member carries this type of personality. It’s why you feel that joy as soon as you come to an event.

So yes, the new location is in Center City, but the crowd that was drawn to it was legit. The new location is up many flights of stairs. I do not suggest wearing giant platforms, as I did, but otherwise, the walk up is not the worst at all it’s good for the glutes! Rizumu also gives out free water, which is a thoughtful and essential gift for that rave life. Tantrum Tonic and Rudy Kardos (who is part of the crew) started the night out chill as ever. It’s amazing how Tantrum Tonic plays some of the smoothest downtempo, that still makes you want to move. Rudy’s choices created a beautiful mix throughout the set. My buddy Speaking Parts played another insane set. True acid lovers should be following him closely as he continues to keep blowing up here in Philly. Voiski was on after, and I managed to stay for some of his set before I had to dip. Sean Thomas B2B with M//R was on last. Although I missed them, obviously you know they played that good good. Big ups to Left Rite for providing their INCREDIBLE sound reinforcement. ❤

I ran into someone today who had been at the party, and he mentioned how the party got so packed that people were waiting to get in. Despite all the other bars and clubs in Center City, it’s nice to hear that people are lining up to get into a rizumu party, and you know it’s people who are dedicated to the music. I am so thrilled how strong rizumu remains in the scene. This is the party we need.

Next Up: Nightdrive//No Boyfriends

Infrared

Infrared is a monthly party held by nightlife collective Left Rite. The crew consists of some really talented people. They remain heavy hitters in the scene while maintaining a DIY and all inclusive

 

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This particular event is held at the Irish Pol around 2nd and Market. I was a little hesitant about this location, as it’s in Old City as it can be a bro-y area at times. As soon as I stepped into the event upstairs and any feelings of anxiousness dissipated. The Left Rite crew keeps a safe and positive vibe with their parties.

July is a tough month for a lot of events, what with vacations, 4th of July, and festivals. Left Rite had actually just come back from PEX Fest, so the night was for their resident DJ’s. Though the typical itinerary for Infrared has always been guest DJ’s and resident DJ’s, it was nice to experience the eclectic music the Left Rite DJ’s have to offer.

In typical me fashion, I showed up way early to the party and it was not in full swing (Life Hack though, show up to the party early so you can check out all the parties that night. Phil Yeah set the mood with some really chill sounds that provided excellent atmosphere. Next up was ILY. ILY is an extremely talented DJ in the scene. He is incredibly skilled and always plays the right stuff to get the crowd moving, without relying on any cliches. BeeTee Beats never fails to pull out something unexpected and unique with his mixes, and it always works and sounds dope.

Left Rite has invested a lot of time and money into their HOLY DAMN amazing sound system. I was floored when I saw their rig and glad got to sonically experience it.

For the queer and trans community, Left Rite parties absolutely pass the test for a safe, fun, and all-inclusive spot. They throw a number of events around the city, like Friday Night Jawn at Kung Fu Necktie. I am excited to see this crew develop in the Philly party circuit.

Next Up: High Functioning Flesh/IXVLF/Speaking Parts + DJ Shari Vari

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

Unknown Pleasures

I’ve lived in South Philly for a number of years now, and to be in such close vicinity to a monthly goth night is a pleasure (no pun intended). The cool thing about it is that the crew who runs the party know their music and history of the scene. The crowd can be a mixed bag, but you always can catch at least some of the dedicated goths at this party.

 

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Unknown Pleasures

I admittedly have not been to Unknown Pleasures in a bit but stepping into the Dolphin for the party felt like home. Ian is a strong DJ and is the owner of the killer record store Beautiful World Syndicate, so he obviously knows his stuff.

Seeing Littlespacey progress as a DJ has been awesome. She plays a very eclectic range of contemporary goth to the classics. You are bound to discover a new dark audio treat when she’s up.

Guest Dj Shawn Ryan (Universal Cave/Superprince) did not disappoint. Cheers to him for playing Cities in Dust, my favorite Siouxsie and the Banshees song.

I was able to catch up with Ian, and we had a great conversation about the nature of this party. Unfortunately, a lot of club events at The Dolphin can bring in a bro crowd, the type who are pretty much total creeps to women and don’t understand personal space (clubs get crowded of course, but there is an art to using the dancefloor), I think a lot of this has to do with the location, which can’t really be remedied, and it’s a good club location.

You will see these bro guys or goth tourists as I call them, at Unknown Pleasures at least for a little bit, my friend and I experienced it last night. However, at this party, those types never stick around for very long. Ian’s words were that that demographic is used to fitting in anywhere, and when they come to this event and see the dedicated crowd of weirdos, who are in the scene for the music, they realize it’s not just any kind of club night. Ian was adamant that this can be anyone’s clubhouse as long as they are respectful to others. He is adamant that it is an inclusionary party, especially for the queer and trans community.

This event truly is. While I do love The Dolphin, I am very choosy about the nights I go to because, to be honest, the crowd can reach levels of absurdity with its disrespect for others. I have never hesitated to go to Unknown Pleasures for this reason.

It’s not a typical party you will see at this typical club. See you at the next one!

Next Up:  A Black Celebration

Spellbound with Hogwasche

 

In a time when goth nights frequently wax and wane, Spellbound is a  top contender in Philly for old-school and contemporary sounds. Running close to three years now, the mixture of live music and rotating resident DJ’s (with the occasional guest DJ) creates a unique party option.

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Spellbound with Hogwasche

Beyond the name, there is a bewitching element here for the socially progressive. The queer and POC community, along with women and other frequently marginalized groups are at the forefront. In fact, DJ Nightwitch started this party as a proactively safe space and platform for many of the lesser known female DJ’s and musical acts in the goth scene.

Although a lot of events may make the claims of “no intolerance of others, keep your hands to yourself, etc”, when push comes to shove these sentiments aren’t always put into action. Many factors play into this such as the occasional popularity contest or mega egos. However, at Spellbound if someone is making you uncomfortable, your voice will be heard.

Before I talk shop about this particular Spellbound, I want to mention our friend Casey. He has been involved in the community for a long time. From creating his own dope music to curating visuals for Void Vision and other local artists, he is a true Renaissance man. Tragically, Casey has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

For this edition of Spellbound, we had a donation jar set up for him and raised over $200 for his medical bills. Casey and his partner Michelle (of Mesh Vintage) have set up a GoFundMe page. Please give what you can. Anything is appreciated.

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Casey’s GoFundMe

 Hogwasche was the live act and style wise they could be described as industrial metal. While that is a style of music I personally have a tough time getting into, the band’s stage presence and technical skill kept even this soft goth’s attention. Nocturne legend DJ Mike Saga was the guest DJ. His energetic personality was a perfect fit for our fundraiser. He made an enthusiastic announcement towards the end of the night, imploring party people to donate what they could for Casey. Resident DJ Strykk9 and DJ Nightwitch were the perfect bookends to Mike’s throwback EBM set.

The collaborative spirit of the  Spellbound crew and genuine love for counter-culture is hard to come by these days. I seriously look forward to this every month and I’ve even had friends come out to it who aren’t part of the goth scene who have the best time. Hope to see you at the next one, we would love to dance all night with you!

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Next Up: Extra Dark