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

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

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