B2B Vacation Beach 006//TFNJ w. Brian Creswell, Sarahcuda, Decosoul

You have to go to Vacation Beach. Held monthly at Ortlieb’s, resident DJ’s Teknacolor Ninja, Wolf Dem, and KT Caustic create an apocalyptic tropicgoth, vacationwave soundscape that’s 100% interactive. It’s not your typical party which is exactly what Philly nightlife needs right now.

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Vacation Beach 006

The first hour of Vacation Beach featured a dope dance clinic with Philly Beat Rockers. Party fellows got a free dance lesson via Dr. Moose and B-Boy Spit. Fresh and entertaining and created a very easy going environment. There were interactive visuals which is one of the neatest things I have ever seen at a nightlife event. Curated by Justin Evans, the visuals, added tardigrade, raccoons and other creatures heads to your body if you were on the dancefloor. Some of my friends got up close to the projection and got wild with it. It was a fun and clever way to loosen up the crowd.

Musically, Vacation Beach was a breathe of fresh air for me. I love me some dark goth techno, but I think we can all appreciate that booty shaking beats and jungle sounds are what we really need. Each DJ worked seamlessly with one another. Teknacolor DJ is a force on her own. She also served as an MC for the night which I loved as well. Wolf Dem and KT Caustic equally blew my mind. The community feeling of Vacation beach is special. It’s not a vibe of the DJ playing the music, and you are the spectator. It felt like we all had roles in putting this party together. HIGHLY recommended party, and very LGBTQ friendly. The primary crew is mostly non cis men. A diverse crew like that is a wonderful way to elevate non cis male voices in the nightlife scene. We all have a place here.

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TFNJ w. Brian Creswell, Sarahcuda, Decosoul

Yooooo. It has been a very long time since I went to That Friday Night Jawn by the LEFT RITE crew and this party was huge. Unfortunately, I missed out on Sarahcuda (one of my favorite Philly female DJ’s) and Decosoul but luckily I caught Brian Creswell’s insane set. Heavy banging techno with a darker vibe was his M.O. and the whole room danced so hard. TFNJ is upstairs at Kung Fu Necktie. I got there around 12:30 and it was packed. The happiest moment for me was seeing literally almost all of my techno/house friends. Feels like I can’t say it enough that the sound investment Left Rite has made shows a high amount of professionalism and true love for the nightlife. They are playing a crucial role in this community and cultivate an all inclusive, drama free party. If you haven’t checked out a Left Rite party yet, put it on the top of yr bucket list.

Going to two amazing events on Friday was worth my Saturday exhaustion. I decided to take November off from drinking for a few reasons. I’m going to write a post on that in a bit. So far it hasn’t been the worst, though it has been interesting. ALSO I have a website in the works and I’ll be moving my blog over to itshortly.

Until next time, have a Happy Thanksgiving. đź”®

Next Up: December Itinerary

 

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November Itinerary

Now that we are into the season of the Crone Goddess, it’s time to keep ya posted on what the haps are this month. I will be adding events as they come, please message me if any events are missing that ya think should be on here.

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

Flaunt: Willyum at Liaison Room (Halloween Costume Party)

Halloween falls on a Tuesday this year, but this weekend is still a huge for parties, For active nightlife people, this is a hard weekend to compete. Flaunt at Front Street Cafe saw a great turnout regardless of the event competition.

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Flaunt: Willyum at Liaison Room (Halloween Costume Party)

My boo was going to DJSC at Kung Fu Necktie last night, which was right across the street from Front Street Cafe. Good for me because then I got to conveniently party hop. DJSC is always such a good party, and people seemed to dress up in costume a bit more than at Flaunt (no shade, I didn’t wear a costume last night). It was great seeing so many friends last night at DJSC and dancing to some Smiths songs.

The Liaison room at Front Street Cafe is new with the renovations. It’s a medium-sized room with a great space for dancing. WhiteRice DJ duo started the night off proper with some stellar deep house. Also, side note, honestly I am pretty obsessed with deep house, and it’s incredible how many Philly DJ’s have such impeccable taste in the genre.

Willyum is a very active DJ in the scene, I’m always seeing him on flyers. It’s possible I have seen him DJ before I just can’t recall when. Holy hell, his set was INCREDIBLE. Even when I was taking a breather or getting a drink, I could not stop moving. He played some really cool Motown/Disco sounding mixes within his deep set and it all blended together so well. It was a great crowd of people at the event as well. Not too crowded, but enough people to create a fun and energetic event. I also was feeling all the witch hats and costumes ayyy (looking at you, Ily).

Be sure to check out my Facebook page and Twitter for event postings this weekend. Look out for the November Itinerary!

Stay safe and spooky a f this weekend!

Next Up: November Itinerary

Night Drive/No Boyfriends at Kung Fu Necktie

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 killer. 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 within 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 oughts 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: Flaunt: Willyum at Liaison Room (Halloween Costume Party)

The Ruckus w/ Mr. Falcon + WhiteRice

The Ruckus was a one night only event featuring two of Philly’s finest DJ duos, Mr. Falcon and WhiteRice. Mr. Falcon is Blueshift and Ily, and WhiteRice is P@KEO and Bruce Pettacio. All of these guys are amazing DJ’s, and the night was a truly religious experience.

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The event was held at The Barbary. It was not a huge crowd, but that just made the experience more intimate. The music choices were really unbelievable. I’ve been internally gushing about the music all day. Bruce started and ended the night right. Though he played a variety of different sounding tracks, I was especially digging the more chill and downtempo house. P@KEO played some RIDICULOUS hard hitting house that got the whole dance floor moving. I’m still sore from how hard I danced to his sets. Ily has been one of my favorite house and techno DJ’s for awhile. His tracks are always on point, and he approaches his sets almost scientifically with his music choices.  I looove when Blueshift throws in that real sexy dubstep into his sets. When he does that it reminds me that good dubstep is out there.

10/10 perfect night and I love seeing local DJ’s come together and throw amazing parties. It was a great kick off to this very special weekend. It’s that time again for the WKDU Electronic Music Marathon, the most wonderful time of the year! Yours truly (that’s me) will be live broadcasting from Rumor on Sunday. This year proceeds will be going to Philly AIDS Thrift, who do so much good work for HIV/AIDS education and outreach. You can check out the full schedule HERE to see all my favorite peoples set times. Happy listening!

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Next Up: Night Drive/No Boyfriends at Kung Fu Necktie

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

The Shakedown: Residents

The Shakedown is a monthly event held by Worship Recordings, a label dedicated to that beautiful deep house, techno, etc. It’s an event held at The Barbary that takes up both floors. It’s very special.

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As much of a gothic as I am these days, techno and all of its relatives was my first love. While some may say the goth scene is dying, that doesn’t seem to be the case with Philly techno and house events. The thing of it is, The Shakedown, and lots of other events like Rizumu, Left Rite events, etc. are more than just a fun club thing. These crews bring the element of dedicated techno heads, who know the music and the history of this kind of music. This also resonates with the type of crowd that comes in. I admittedly was a bit nervous going to The Barbary because their have been times where the crowd that comes in has ranged from gross to scary. The Shakedown attendees were respectful of each other and came to just dance.

Willyum started the night off with deep house. It felt like a nice nod to the Deep House night that used to be held at The Barbary and I feel so old because I don’t even remember the name of that event. Next up was Rob Paine. It was really a pleasure getting to meet him and chat with him for a moment. His set was refreshing, and it was nearly impossible NOT to dance. I didn’t catch too much of Chris B’s set, but the portion I heard was dope. I had never heard of Big Jawn before this night but wow his set was extremely proper. He is definitely one of my favorite resident Shakedown DJ’s now.

As our world seemingly becomes more harrowing each day, it is extremely important that we have safe spaces of music, entertainment, and love. Places where anyone can come in dance. I don’t believe it’s ever the location that makes the difference of whether a place is safe, but the type of vibe that party crews create. The Shakedown has the right vibe.

Next Up: [sic] Rizumu Takeover

 

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

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

Infrared

Infrared is a monthly party held by nightlife collective Left Rite. The crew consists of some real 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