Spooky October Itinerary

This is our month, dear witches. Events will be added on as they pop up! Feel free to message me if any events are missing, thanks!

October 1st

[·°INDUSTRIAL_PICNIC°·] V2 ·°OCTOBER 1°·

October 3rd

The Church / The Helio Sequence at Union Transfer – Philadelphia 10/3

ALASH Ensemble at The Rotunda

October 4th

Not-So-Silent Cinema presents “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari”

Extra Dark w/ Shari Vari

October 5th

Harvest Full Moon Jam – October 5th

Evil Sword Shimmer Bleeders

The Ruckus w/ Mr. Falcon + WhiteRice

All Natural ft. Julia Govor // Bordello ft. DJ Image

FREAK on a LEASH – Philly’s only NU METAL Night

October 6th

2017 WKDU Electronic Music Marathon

Front 242 w/ Venal Flesh, Distorted Retrospect and DJ Neska

Spellbound + Sisters of Mercy Cover Band

Infrared w/ Alcala (NYC), Jason Evan, & GummiBear

October 7th

2017 South Jersey Pagan Pride Day

Shadowland Lancaster Shocktober Fest Part 1

A Black Celebration

Philly Trans March 2017

Stranger Things Dance Party

October 8th

Outfest – National Coming Out Day 2017

October 11th

LGBTQ Night at Terror Behind the Walls

October 12th

Monster Cereal Art Show V

Skylar Spence (fka Saint Pepsi) / Jonah Baseball at PhilaMOCA

October 13th

The Morelings LP Release/Madalean Gauze/Remote Control/Jo Kusy

A Burlesque Tribute to Rob Zombie

Haunted Halloween Trains

Pictureplane, Juiceboxxx, Errmine, Gooddroid (DJ)

13 – An 80s & 90s Horror Dance Party ft. Saga & Strykk9!

Smells Like Children – A 90’s Industrial Metal Dance Party

Vacation Beach feat. W00dy

emby presents thatmanmonkz – at the Liaison Room

Schwefelgelb, Joel Eel, Anatomy at Saint Vitus

October 14th

Fall Fairie Festival Autumn of Imagination

The 4th Annual Philadelphia Alternative Taxidermy Contest

Ministry + Death Grips

Virtuoso Presents: Arcane featuring DJ Lil’Dave

Vortex Goth Industrial & More Free to enter this nite! 10pm-2am

Night Drive at Kung Fu Necktie

Space Trash

No Boyfriends

Vague Output Presents Schwefelgelb & Jake Reif

Drumsong | 9 Years In

Zillas on Acid at The Dolphin

October 15th

Halloween Craft Bazaar

Chelsea Wolfe

Adi Newton (Clock DVA, TAGC) / Void Vision / Rodney Anonymous

Janelle, Destroying Angel, Aerial Ruin, David E. Williams

October 17th

Nekromantix at The Voltage Lounge

October 18th

Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions

October 19th

40 Years of Goth Shoes

TRIBE – Wild and Free – One

Nitty Gritty – Monster Mash! ’60s Dance Party!

Solid State Invades Asylum 13

WonderLust w/ The Wonder Bars and EZ Almighty (Dance Contest!)

BOUND w Kilbourne, Haruka, Katie Rex

October 20th

TRANSMISSION – A DARK DANSE PARTY / COSTUME BALL

Justin Martin (3hr Set) at Coda

That Friday Night Jawn w/ Particle Ray, Alex Aguirre, ILY

Kinetic Friendship Society

Say Less Dance More 10 w/ SYLO (House set)

October 21st

Halloween Dog Parade

Crash Course In Science (Record Release) at Underground Arts

DJ Dave Mass at Coda

Autumn Electronix Festival

Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market Halloween Edition (TWO DAYS!)

The Philadelphia Monster Ball

Reset Society 10/21 – Pre-Halloween Bash!

CLUB MOIST – The Final Moistening

Lucky 13 Spooky Fest

October 22nd

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark – October 22nd

Totally 80’s Karaoke

Lydia Lunch + Weasel Walter / Shy Boyz

October 24th

Bruja: An Alternative Hip-hop Dance Party!

October 25th

Soft Leather Halloween Philly 10.25

October 26th

Grave Hallucinations

Hallowink 3 ft. Anja Schneider & Josh Wink

Thursday Night Thriller [Spooky Disco/New Wave Dance Party]

A Night Of Japanese New Wave & Obscure – Spooky Edition

October 27th

A Nightmare Party ~ 1-4 on 35mm!

Mischief at the Mütter (and Clüb 13)

Dracula’s Ball 10/27 w Lords of Acid & Combichrist

I Remember Halloween Party

DJSC at Kung Fu Necktie – Halloween Costume Party

Scars Halloween Bash 10/27

Flaunt: Willyum at Liaison Room

October 28th

24 Hour Horror-thon Part 11!

Boy Harsher / Dreamcrusher / LXV

HALLOQWEENS: Philly’s Biggest Annual Queer & LGBT Halloween Jawn!

The Monster Ball 2017 – NYC’s Biggest Halloween Weekend Party

New Wave/Post Punk/Goth Nite *Halloween at The Dolphin*

Sofistifunk- “The Halloween Jawn”

Vampire Disco : The (h)after party

PEX Halloween XII

Hands X Knees // Space Jams Halloween Spectacular!

BUMP (in the night)

October 29th

Día de los Muertos Altar Celebration and Procession

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark – October 29th

BLACK DOG Gallery presents BLACK MAGIC with Spent Flesh, Dumal, and more

October 30th

HellWave w/ Dance with the Dead, GoST & Street Fever – Philly

ZombieBeats: Halloween Dance Party

Ancestor Ritual & Autumn Celebration

October 31st

Goblin / Morricone Youth at Union Transfer – Philadelphia 10/31

4Years of Mischief : Anniversary + Halloween Party

Pretty Hate Machine Halloween NIGHT Dark Dance80’sLIVE EBM

Next Up: The Ruckus w/ Mr. Falcon + WhiteRice

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September Itinerary †

Hi babes. I have been creating event itineraries for the Spellbound facebook page, and have begun to do it for The Sociable Witch facebook page and obviously I should be implementing these into a blog post each month. Here it is! Don’t you fret about some awesome events you may have already missed because this whole month is great. I will keep adding to this as events come up.

September 6th

Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story (Philly Premiere)

Extra Dark Residents Night

September 7th

Goin’ Yard w/ Jus (Familiarise)

September 8th

Transmission ft. Voltheque’s Siouxsie Tribute Live

Metal Sing Along

PHL 9/8 – Odwalla1221 / SADAF / W00dy / Yureka Cash

September 9th

Herb Sale

Northeastern Electro-Music 2017

Substratum at Penn Treaty

Night Sweats

September 10th

Datadrift Live On-Air Concert

September 11th

R&D 9·11: Euglossine / Edmondson / Death’s Dynamic Shroud

EP 11 Little Beards, Dentana, StateSchoolGirl, pwm 

September 13th

Skeleton Lipstick // Shark Jackson // Lapses // at the Pharmacy

Death is a Cabaret, Ol’ Chum: A Graveyard Cabaret (Fringe Event)

September 14th

Del the Funky Homosapien at Coda – Philadelphia, PA

September 15th

Chameleons Vox, Soft Kill, Boy Harsher, Second Still at Brooklyn Night Bazaar

A Murder Of Crows III NYC Summer Alt Festival Sept 15 – Sept 17

Moon Boots at Coda

That Friday Night Jawn w/ Maggs Bruchez, Adam East, Phil Yeah

September 16th

The Cinema of Gender Transgression: Trans Film

Hotel Neon plus Datadrift

Mike Saga Presents Vortex Goth, Industrial & More Sat Sept 16th

ABC presents: Punk Glam Slam

September 17th

Xiu Xiu / Mia Zabelka at Johnny Brenda’s

9/17 @ kfn^: Profligate / Lady Shame / Coord / Ryan Kerr (DJ)

September 18th

Blanck Mass / Re-TROS / QQQ / Crown Larks

EduGaytion presents: Death Becomes Her!

September 21st

BOUND w/ Juana, Night Doll, Katie Rex

Bodylab: Free Philly Old-school EBM night Thurs 9/21

September 22nd

Flaunt: IANN (Camp Phuckit)

Josh Wink/ Dennis Ferrer/ Alix Alvarez at Output and Wex Records in The Panther Room

September 23rd

That BIG 80s Party – Philly

Rizumu presents Voiski

Into the Veil

A13 666 Years:Fgfc820, Gothsicles, Deathmaschine & Silver Walks

September 29th

The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze 2017

September 30th

No Boyfriends

Next Up: Rizumu presents Voiski

Spellbound with Kontravoid

This months Spellbound was very special for me. Last August was the first time I ever attended, and it was the first time I met my fiancee. Super cute, I know. Every Spellbound is spectacular, but this one had some extra cool stuff. Ayy.

 

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Spellbound with Kontravoid

Kontravoid hails from Toronto, Canada and brings a fresh sound to harder electronic synth music. I was happy to see the crowd size for this one. Everyone was moving to the music. The energy he brought to the stage was a cool sight to see. DJ Strykk9 expressed how therapeutic it was to dance to his set. I agree wholeheartedly.

It was all resident DJ’s this time. Strykk9, Shari Vari, and Nightwitch were great as always. I was especially into Strykk9’s set this time. He played some non EBM surprises. Those choices really sat well within his mix. I will definitely say the Strykk9 has opened me up to a lot more industrial and EBM that I was unaware of.

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Metal Reign was vending and the products were beautiful. I was a little cash poor on Saturday, but I definitely plan on making some purchases from the etsy shop. The necklaces were out of control.

Spellbound is quickly closing in on it’s three year anniversary. I am looking forward to seeing the growth of this party.

Up Next: The Shakedown: Residents

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Club events and shows are always fun to go to, and are a great way to facilitate a lot of authentic friendships. Some of my closest friends I met at whichever random goth night are people I would invite to my wedding. While these types of events are fun and keep the scene alive, it’s cool to get a group of like minded individuals together in a different environment, hence Industrial Picnic

 

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Industrial Picnic

Industrial Picnic was born from Jernike Whitman, who also models as Nike Bonez. I was happy to able to talk to her about her idea for this. She wanted a lowkey, relaxed setting where members community could get together to talk and hang. The two of us have had some pretty deep conversations, especially during the whole Combichrist fiasco, about problems in the scene. Hearing Jernike’s input has been eye opening. As a mixed race woman, I know she has experienced sexism and racism within the goth/industrial/EBM scene. She also believes that discussion and deep bonds are the way to combat that ugliness.

The picnic was held at Race Street Pier and it was a beautiful and sunny day. I truly thought the location was on point. Being surrounded by water is a very important nature connection for people. Though the temperature was hot, the area provided some good shady spots. Many of faces I did not recognize, but everyone was friendly and welcoming, and amount of snacks and drinks that people brought made my stomach smile because I just, really, really love food. Jernike and Evan (Spellbounds own bby DJ Strkk9) had a great idea and ran with it. It makes me happy to see people thinking outside of the box in ways to keep this scene going and I hope their are more events like this, especially when the weather is still ideal.

Next Up: Spellbound with Kontravoid

High-Functioning Flesh / IXVLF / Speaking Parts + DJ Shari Vari

One of the things I love about the Philly goth scene is that it is not just undead in the club circuit. Many talented musicians and artists are doing their thing in other settings. On any given month you can bet a guarantee of shows catering to the community. This particular show on Friday was wildly good. It was an awesome example of a dedicated community.

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High-Functioning Flesh / IXVLF / Speaking Parts + DJ Shari Vari

When I saw this event posted I almost lost my mind. The line-up was incredible. A mixture of Philly scene locals, and West Coast Sounds. PhilaMOCA is one of the cooler venues in Philadelphia. I mean, it used to be a showroom for tombstones and mausoleums (v goth). The space itself is solid. Though on the smaller side, the layout is such that it’s not claustrophobic, even in a packed room.

Before I begin reviewing this rad show,  I want to briefly touch upon one minor incident. Overall, the visuals projected throughout the night were cool and funky. At one point during a performance, some pretty shocking imagery was displayed. It made some people, including myself, a little uncomfortable. Our scene is known for embracing a darker aesthetic, and sometimes it can be hard to navigate what might be crossing a line. Heck, I have unknowingly posted things on my personal Facebook page that resulted in me triggering people. The person who ran sound and projections had no intention of offending anyone, and the issue was quickly resolved. We are all human and misunderstandings sometimes happen, no big deal.

I’m not about vilifying people for honest mistakes or misunderstandings. I’m not for censorship, especially in art. I believe in striving for ethical art while providing a good experience for the majority. Intent is key, and the intention was not a purposefully negative one at all. How great is that people in the scene can openly talk to one another about social issues, art, inclusiveness, etc? The projectionist is incredibly talented and should be celebrated for his work, as well as his openness to remedy an honest mistake. I really look forward to going to more shows where he is running sound and visuals.

The night started out with Speaking Parts. Just when I think he couldn’t get any better, he goes went and took my breath away on the dance floor. His squelchy, dark, and acid based modular techno brings so much good coldness at any show he has performs at.

I was first exposed to IXVLF as one third of WORT, so I was already aware of his musician skills. His interpretation of proto-industrial, with hints of dark ambient (I personally was feeling some slight Loscil vibes) made for a very exciting performance. I am glad I finally got to hear him live. I’m looking forward to his next show.

High-Functioning Flesh is an LA based electro-punk/EBM duo. Remember how I set I almost lost my mind when I first found out about this show? Well I actually did when they played. The music and live performance was so high energy, danceable, fun, and refreshing. Everyone was moving while when they were on stage. They are now top on my summer and beyond playlist.

As always, DJ Shari Vari played some killer tracks between sets. She kept the vibe proper. Yassss.

This show was an excellent example of the DIY scene here in the City of Brotherly/Sisterly/Everyone Love. My thanks to all who helped make this show happen. Y’all are slaying. <666

Next Up: Industrial Picnic

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 upmost 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 a 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 anyones 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 it’s 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

Extra Dark

Philly is blessed with a diverse group of talented DJ’s and producers, and Extra Dark has a knack for showcasing diverse, underground talent that this city offers. It’s no wonder though, since the event is run by powerhouse trio Dentana, Stateschoolgirl and Lojit, along with varying guest DJ’s and musicians, help concoct a heavy hitting techno potion.

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Extra Dark

The guests for this edition of Extra Dark were Philly favorite, Diamond Girl, and TIM. Diamond Girl started it off way right with her set. It was chill and served as a good premonition for the night.

I never heard of Tim before this event, and I was  blown away by the deep, deep techno he played. It was incredible to see the dance floor move without any inhibitions. The entire vibe of the night was freeing.  A cool party bonus was the free tarot readings by my friend Justin. My card reading was incredibly on point.

It was pretty crowded for a Wednesday night, but this event usually has a good turnout. Dentana is an active producer and marketer for her events. She keeps in spirit of collaboration, which is something that I think can make an events more successful. While some crews do bring in guest DJ’s, Den keeps the genres of guests really eclectic. Just for example, she had me play at an Extra Dark and my music is very different than any sort of techno (shameless self promotion, check me out at Gravers Lane ).

Both Dentana and Stateschoolgirl are forward thinking, kind hearted, and easy to talk to people. Part of my meter of judgement when looking for queer and trans friendly parties is if the crew who runs it are, above all else, genuinely proactive about creating a safe and comfortable environment for everyone. Extra Dark is a stellar example of this.

Next Up: Unknown Pleasures

Acknowledging Club Drugging and What We Can Do Better

When I went to Soft Leather last week, I touched upon the frequent incidents of party goers getting roofied, and the responsible steps The Dolphin took in light of that information. I want to divulge more into 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 their are incidents pf people being roofied with no apparent more sinister motives (I’m talking about rape y’all). 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 that they are just giving a party person a fun time? Probably not, my friends who have been roofied have had terrible come downs 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 with Hogwasche

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.

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Next Up: Soft Leather Philadelphia 5.24