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

[°●INDUSTRIAL_PICNIC●°] V3

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:

Cold Cave / Black Marble / Choir Boy

I stumbled across Black Marble’s music about a year ago through a friend of mine. “Iron Lung” was the song that got me obsessed. The opening bass and guitar lines is reminiscent of my high school summers driving around with the one friend who had a car.  Every one of the acts at this show was off the charts good. While all in the same genre ballpark, each act brought something that made them stand out on their own.

Cold Cave / Black Marble / Choir Boy

My partner and I arrived during the opening acts set. I never heard of Choir Boy before this show, but the dreamlike goth surf sounds had me instantly hooked. What was interesting was to find that they hail from Utah, as I was convinced they were a UK band at first. The vocals were beautiful and churchy, the name “Choir Boy” is not a gimmick.

Black Marble was up next and played an amazing set. Currently, they only have two albums out and I am really looking forward to more music from them. What I liked about them is you can tell they are dedicated musicians, and not just in a band for the sake of it- as you see sometimes with newer gothy acts I’ve found. They ended the set with “Iron Lung” which I thought was a brilliant move.

I was really blown out of the water by Cold Cave. While I’m familiar with there more bouncy electronic tracks but I had no idea how goth rock their sound was. They sounded like a contemporary Sisters of Mercy but with more synths. The visuals were really well done and interesting as well. Sometimes I find visuals can be a little distracting, but the visuals here were in subdued black and whites and melded perfectly into the band’s style.

Surprisingly the show was not crazy packed. That was a blessing in a way as it created a nice and spacious environment, ideal if you’re an anxiety nugget. Being able to walk around with more room was a nice change of pace from crowed sold-out shows. There still was a lot of people, but a lot of things were going on that night and I know Black Marble played not too long ago (I believe as headliners). That may have been the contribution to a not packed house. I don’t go to nearly as many concerts as I would like too and this was a special one I was glad I was able to attend.

Up Next: Hole of Sorrows

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

Wingtips / Technophobia / Plastic Ivy / DJ Shari Vari at Lacquer

Philly venues have an interesting pattern. Sometimes it’s dance space central. In other seasons it’s as though most of these places are dead and buried. Currently, it has been feeling like a graveyard. Rizumu is long gone, the Irish Pol closed (a surprisingly neat venue), etc. Granted, the winter has been long and particularly depressed and the venues will come again. One place, however, has been around for a few years now (please don’t let this be jinxed, everyone please pray to your god). Lacquer is the coolest space you may or may not have been to before…

Wingtips / Technophobia / Plastic Ivy / DJ Shari Vari at Lacquer

Lacquer is a small space in a larger space. Two years ago I went to an event here and I impressed myself with remembering how to navigate. It was witch cold, and the bathroom situation is what one would expect.  These were all minor inconveniences as this was one of the best events I have been to in a long time. When I left I felt refreshed from the positive and safe energy.

DJ Shari Vari had played the night before, at Spellbound, Her set then I see now was a prelude to incredible setlist this night.  Honestly, I could spend this whole post gushing. Instead, I’ll leave a taste of her set here:

Planet Soul- Set U Free

Plastic Ivy opened and is perfect. A total renaissance woman, she plays modular synths and guitar, melodica, she sings, she  loops. She does it all. Her music balances from heavy to dreamlike and will always get you moving.

DC natives Technophobia create a big, ethereal space with their sound. Katherine has a beautiful voice and  I can only imagine that she has had some kind of vocal training. The way she carries her voice will carry you to another world where everyone dances and wears black.

Finally, Wingtips blew me out of the water. My partner had looked up their music before we went, so she had a slight idea of what to expect. When I go to an event where there are some unknown acts, I don’t look them up beforehand. It has been a long time since I have been so excited about a newer band. Their synthy shoegaze sound, heavily influenced by The Cure, got me smiling. I’m talking about a big stupid smile on my face that didn’t leave the entire time they played. They provided a great stage presence and emanated genuinely sweet energy.

A little-known attribute of mine is that I am an empath. Music has always provided solace for me when my energy becomes too low. This may come across as cheesy, but it’s the truth I feel about this band. The music they played felt healing, and a few songs brought me to tears of joy. Wingtips hail from Chicago and are currently touring. Please listen to them, buy their music, and tell all your friends about them. They just might be the answer to contemporary goth music.

Okaay enough fangirling for one post, yikes. The February itinerary has been updated. Some events are popping up that I need to add on, but in the meantime check it out. Next weekend the plan is to check out a v cool techno jawn so stay tuned.

Next Up: Goodie no.93 : 6 Year Anniversary