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DJ SYLO: “All People Just Want to Feel Alive.”

July 16, 2014

SYLO @ 700Here’s the latest installment of our monthly mixtape series, which is curated by GUN$ Garcia. Today she brings us Spank Rock and DJ SYLO. Spank will perform at the Red Bull Sound Select at Underground Arts on Saturday, with SYLO spinning throughout the night. Tickets to the party are only $3 if you RSVP here.

Our Teresa McCullough spoke with SYLO about his fashion sensibilities and musical tastes.

What kind of parties are you throwing down these days?

Parties are crazy! All people just want to feel alive, you know? Our parties feel alive to me. It’s cool because when a party is really rocking, the whole dance floor looks like one sole being. I’m proud of our parties. We’re giving our community something fresh and it’s growing.

So yeah, it’s a few different joints I wanna tell you about: STUNTLOCO at the 700 Club every Thursday (more and more forward thinking dance music), The Saint every Friday (the dependable turn up), and Pizza Parties (if you know, then you know).

Tell me a little bit about your inspiration behind your mix SPARK MY SOUL.

Love, loss and London. I lived in London for four months and SMS was the result. Here’s one cool thing: I was obsessed with this Two Inch Punch remix. I had it playing in my headphones when I left my job one night. It was Guy Fawkes Day, so when I stepped outside, there were fireworks going off everywhere in the sky. I could hear them through my headphones and it sounded, looked and felt beautiful. I just stood there till the song ended. When it came down to making SMS, I made that song the ender and added firework noises to recreate the moment for everybody.

SYLO_Jansen @ PCWho are some of your favorite DJ’s to perform with and why?

First, I gotta big up my brother Matt Ford. An amazing artist – new music coming soon – and also my MC. He rocks the mic during our parties and it’s amazing. DJ wise, I love spinning with my brothers Jansen, Sammy Slice and MistaSelecta. It just works you know? The vibe is there. I admire all those dudes in different ways.

I see you’re pretty original in wardrobe choices. What are you currently wearing? 

Silk shirt and MC Hammer pants. Janowskis on my feet. These cool sunglasses I got thrifting with my lil’ sis.

If you could create any new genre of music, what would it be and what would you name it?

Haha. Bobby McFerrin club music. It’s like any dirty hardcore club but made with only sounds from your voice/body. Then you can perform it live with a loop pedal thingy and destroy the dance floor!

What can we expect from your mixtape with Spank?

You know that scene from Star Wars in the cantina? Like that but 30 times more clubby and dirty. People from all galaxies on the dance floor getting it OD poppin’.

What is your favorite Pokemon and why? 

Incredibly hard question and you suck for asking me this. Abra.

Win Booze or Red Bull (and See Spank Rock, Prowler, Mumblr and DJ SYLO) on Saturday.

July 16, 2014

Spank RockOur summer issue cover artist, Spank Rock, will headline the July Red Bull Sound Select show at Underground Arts on Saturday. Tickets are only $3 if you RSVP here (you do not need to pay when you RSVP).

JUMP curated the lineup and we invited Mumblr and Prowler to open, with DJ SYLO spinning throughout the evening.

If you RSVP, we will automatically enter you to win a $25 bar tab for the evening or a case of Red Bull.

We’ll announce winners on Saturday morning.

This should be a crazy party. Our last show, featuring the reunion of Plastic Little, was a blast (see here for photo evidence).

WIN FREE TICKETS: TOBACCO @ Underground Arts on Thursday!

July 16, 2014

We’re working with the folks at one of our favorite joints, Underground Arts, and we’ll be giving away a ton of tickets to their shows in the coming weeks.

On Thursday, TOBACCO will perform with The Stargazer Lilies and Zackey Force Funk.

Like us on facebook and email us at to enter to win a pair of tickets (give us your name and put “TOBACCO” in the subject line).

If you want to play it safe and get your own tickets, find details for the show here.

Cheerleader: A Reason to Cheer – Hazy Electro Pop

July 16, 2014

CheerleaderOnPage01Text by Dave Miniaci. Images by G.W. Miller III.

The members of the band Cheerleader haven’t been doing this long. Two started making music just a couple years ago, and other members have only been with the band for mere months.

But just observing them interact for a few minutes makes it seem they’ve been doing this forever. They finish each other’s sentences. They grab each other’s french fries. They lob inside jokes at one another.

“We didn’t know each other and now we’re sharing beds,” jokes bassist Paul Impellizeri.

CheerleaderOnPage02Cheerleader formed in Connecticut with longtime friends, singer Joe Haller and guitarist Chris Duran, but they moved to Philadelphia to gain greater exposure. That’s when they added Impellizeri, guitarist/keyboard player Josh Pannepacker and drummer Carl Bahner. Read more…

Brand New, Man Man and Dinosaur Pile-Up @ The Mann.

July 15, 2014

Man ManText by Gabi Chepurny. Images by Evan Kaucher.

The Mann Center for the Performing Arts housed a sold out show on Saturday for cult favorite Brand New.

Openers Dinosaur Pile-Up started the show with some dance-worthy tunes while simultaneously playing what you would have listened to alone in your bedroom at age 14. They kept on-stage banter to a minimum, except for lead singer Matt Bigland’s thank-you to the headliners, “I don’t’ like talking during shows because I’m fucking awkward but I just want to say thanks for taking us on tour. Thanks Brand New!”

Philadelphia’s own Man Man then took the stage in a flurry of noise.

“What the fuck is that?” asked a concertgoer who apparently had not heard of the experimental group consisting of Honus Honus, Pow Pow, Shono and Brown Sugar.

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West Philadelphia Orchestra and Johnny Showcase @ Underground Arts.

July 15, 2014

West Philadelphia Orchestra

Text and images by Darragh Dandurand.

It’s hard not to party when the West Philadelphia Orchestra kicks its way through two straight sets.

Last Thursday night, Underground Arts hosted a Balkan Dance Party with Philly’s pied pipers of Eastern European jazz. In the shadowy glow of UA’s colorful lights, the brassy booms of the Orchestra bumped and bounced off of the concrete walls. There was standing room only and no one stood still.

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WIN FREE TICKETS: King Buzzo @ Underground Arts on Tuesday!

July 14, 2014

We’re working with the folks at one of our favorite joints, Underground Arts, and we’ll be giving away a ton of tickets to their shows in the coming weeks.

On Tuesday, King Buzzo of The Melvins will perform an acoustic set. This is part of his tour celebrating the release of his debut solo album, This Machine Kills Artists.

Like us on facebook and email us at to enter to win a pair of tickets (give us your name and put “Buzzo” in the subject line).

If you want to play it safe and get your own tickets, find details for the show here.


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