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

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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

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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

Rizumu presents Voiski

A lot of hearts were heavy when rizumu lost it’s 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: October Itinerary

[sic] Rizumu Takeover 

Oh my little heart! I finally made it out to a [sic] event last night, and what a better first party to attend than a Rizumu takeover? The weather may not have been beautiful, but the love energy was just a further testament to the magnitude of Philly’s beautiful techno community.

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[sic] Rizumu Takeover

[sic] is a relatively new collective that was started by some very lovely and experienced party fellows. Though not quite a year old, it is quickly gaining momentum as a crucial party. Personally, I feel like the party crews that have a no frills and practical approach to the sound quality and integrity of the music usually draw in more diverse, music focused crowds. This event was a perfect example of the ideal for the underground. Admittedly, I was a bit thrown off by the location as Old City sometimes makes me wary with the types of people it draws, such as people who disrespect personal space and such. However, it was evident early on that I had nothing to feel cautious about. The vibe was one of safety and pure love of music and dancing.

As for the music. oh my goodness wow. Jacob Herschel never fails with playing the [sic]est (see what I did there?) grooves. His set seamlessly transcended from balearic funk to that always loved deep house* and beyond.

It was amazing getting to finally see Elvin T live. I was first exposed to his DJ style during WKDU’S Electronic Music Marathon last year (speaking of, it’s that time again to register if you want in). He and Jacob worked so well together,  and Elvin had a great DJ flow. It was impossible not to dance.

Overall, [sic] is fastly becoming a heavy hitter in the Philly techno circuit. The vibe and the people it attracts is safe, inclusive, and proper for music. I am so looking forward to the next event.

*I know we all say we love minimal house, and I’m sure we do, but can we admit deep house definitely reigns king?

Next Up:  Spooky October Itinerary

 

 

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

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

DJSC//Trieves 15

DJSC (Depeche Mode/Joy Division-New Order/The Smiths/Cure) is an unconventional party, in the fact that it is not held at one specific venue. It’s been at Voltage Lounge, The Barbary, Silk City, etc. This was the first time it was held at Kung Fu Necktie.

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DJSC at Kung Fu Necktie

This was my first DJSC party and I was happy to see it was at Kung Fu Necktie this time. It’s one of my favorite venues as a performer and as a spectator. I rolled in a little before 11 p.m. and it was packed. In my last post I mentioned how Philly starts partying late, but I have to put my foot in my mouth with this one. It was so crowded when I got there.

As I waited to go in, I had a friendly conversation with some strangers and their positive energy set the tone for how the night was. When my foot finally got into the door, I could literally feel the energy seep into my skin. Everyone seemed so joyful, the music was killer (thank you to the DJ’s for playing some songs from my beloved’s, Siouxsie and the Banshees) and the crowd was a really interesting mix of young and old goths and post punks.

A sad but true fact is when navigating in the club world, is that every woman has had the experience of being ogled, or had their space encroached upon. Though it was crowded, my fiancee and I did not feel any of these vibes. DSJC gets a 10 out of 10 for cultivating a party environment of high spirits and mutual respect.and mutual respect.

Trieves 15

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I bounced back and forth between the double duty parties at KFN last night, but I spent more time down at DSJC. However, I wanted to give a nod to Trieves 15 because the music was the techno that I love. Sean Hearn (The Magic Message) is a DJ who has been in the scene for awhile (side note, his girlfriend owns the clothing store,Toile, that has all of my dream clothing and I implore you to check it out). On a personal level, he is genuine and sweet in any interactions I’ve had. This is the type of attitude that should be celebrated in DJs, and in people. The music he was banging out was heavy in the best ways. I wasn’t familiar with Jesse Tyler before, but both DJs vibed off of each other well.

This is an interesting weekend for parties, and especially electronic music parties. A lot of our friends are at Movement this weekend, and it seems like every year this ends up being a huge weekend in Philly as well. It’s hard to pick which parties to go to for sure but, besides the fun aspect, DJSC and Trieves 15 are the right kind of parties.

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Next Up: Acknowledging Club Drugging and What We Can Do Better

Soft Leather Philadelphia 5.24

Walking into The Dolphin Tavern this past Wednesday, I realized it had been a long time since I have been there. A lot of good changes have been made to the venue.

To touch upon the controversy surrounding a high amount of people being drugged at The Dolphin, I will say this. The Dolphin did have a large percentage of these incidents, but they are not the only clube where this happens. No venue is immune from rape culture/crappy people, but the staff at The Dolphin have clearly made changes to combat nonconsensual club drugging.

The bar has been moved against the wall rather than being placed in the middle of the space with all sides open. This not only optimizes space, but leaves less room for shenanigans. The community water is gone and the bartenders were as attentive as always.  I applaud The Dolphin staff for doing what their part in creating a safer space.

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Soft Leather Philadelphia 5.24

Soft Leather is a techno/fetish night. I have never been to an event quite like this before, but I had a few expectations. What I was not expecting was how insane Wassup Gina is as a DJ. I have a few female DJ’s who are hold close to my heart and Wassup Gina is on my list now. I was expecting Genitorturers type music (which I personally always found a bit cheesy) but naah. The music was hard hitting and high end techno. Big ups to Sweat Daddy too. Both DJ’s did not skip a beat with the energy they were bringing.

The night started off unusually slow but Philly usually starts partying late. I left a little after midnight when it was getting crowded. The weather has been dreary and this was a party for a niche group, so I think that was a factor to a slow start. That did not stop the DJ’s from playing bangers, and the few people who were on the dance floor were tearing it up.

Even when the club did start filling up, the crowd remained considerate of other people and their space. The event had a disclaimer about respecting one another, and disclaimers like this that get posted on event pages are an easy way to promulgate the type of party you want. Soft Leather did a great job in facilitating a consensual and open minded party. While I have had some pretty lamentable experiences with crowds at certain parties at The Dolphin before, Soft Leather was a breath of fresh air and I hope this party comes back to Philly soon.

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Next Up: DJSC//Trieves 15