This Thurday night, May 9th, WXPN’s Land of The Lost, hosted by Robert Drake, Welcomes Peter Murphy to the Troacdero. Murphy is performing all material from Bauhaus, the influential goth-rock band. We asked Drake, who spins new wave and Rock of the 80′s on his monthly Land Of The Lost, to choose 5 songs we hope Murphy plays on Thursday night. Watch them below. Go here for tickets to the show.
The Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts gets underway this Thursday, March 28th and will run through April 27th. With homebase returning to The Kimmel Center and a new theme of time travel this year, the month-long event will use performances, lectures and exihibitions to explore past moments in history including the discovery of America, the lunar landing and the fall of the Berlin Wall. Below, check out a few musical highlights that you won’t want to miss, including a selection of free concerts happening in the Kimmel Center’s “Time Travel Plaza” (where you will also find a spiraling time machine).
Last Call at the Downbeat (4/5-4/13, Red Room at the Society Hill Playhouse): Learn about Philadelphia’s jazz scene in the forties with this staged retrospective of trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie. Watch a short video about the play from show producers Jazz Bridge below.
Prima! Rufus! Judy! (4/21, Verizon Hall): Rufus Wainwright reprises Judy Garland’s return to the stage with selections from her 1961 Carnegie Hall performance. The evening will begin with excerpts from Wainwright’s own opera Prima Donna. Watch Wainwright perform “Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart” below.
With John Waters bringing his Christmas-themed one-man-show to Philadelphia next Thursday, November 29, DJ Robert Drake caught up with the cult favorite filmmaker in an interview for Q’Zine, XPN’s weekly queer arts and culture showcase. The touring show has received critical acclaim for the way it lampoons the holiday season with adult humor, “putting the X in Xmas” as they like to say. But Drake’s interview reveals that Waters is, on another lever, a sincere, non-ironic fan of the holiday season (in all its tacky glory). Listen to the interview here (via the WXPN media player). Waters appears at The Trocadero on Thursday, November 29; you can find tickets and more information here. (Also of note – Waters’ 1988 classic Hairspray screens at The Troc’s Movie Monday showcase on November 26.)
From Flynn’s YouTube channel:
Singer-songwriter John Flynn’s new holiday single, Christmas Balls, is a comical cautionary tale about the perils of combining egg nog with small caliber weapons. This affectionately told true story about an inebriated dad who is forced to redecorate the family Christmas tree after using it for target practice with his son’s new BB gun has been a staple of Flynn’s live holiday performances for years! Now almost as a public service message in this time of “making rather merry” Christmas Balls is available to adorn the yuletide airwaves, and for download through all fine digital outlets. (iTunes, Amazon, etc.)
Christmas Balls was produced by Harvey (formerly known to Philadelphians as “Harvey in the Morning”) along with WXPN’s Robert Drake. It features Flynn backed by “a rollicking little band, some sleigh bells and a flash-mob of friends, family and Philadelphia celebrities” (WXPN’s Kathy O’Connell; Fox 29′s Sue Serio; WMGK’s Debbi Calton; the Phillies’ own John Brazer and Tom Burgoyne — a.k.a. the Phillie Phanatic; WIP’s Joe Conklin and many others!
Get the whole review from Drake’s website.
I went to show support for some unique local performers including Kiss Kiss Kill; Void Vision and the rare appearance from Action Reaction.
I first met Simone and Evan (Action Reaction) a few years ago – when they independently attended Sex Dwarf. Their love for New Wave music (especially the early New Romantic sub-genre), as well as their passion for fashion really made them stand out above the crowd and I quickly knew that they were unique.
Over the years, I’ve watched them nurture their talents and was totally psyched to learn that they were going to take their creativity to the stage for a rare live performance.
Watching them set up for their set was entertaining in itself; a series of handmade stands and signs, along with a sea of cables and keyboards … anticipation was in the air!