7 Awesome Concerts to See in Philly This Week


The indie and electronica fan will have a good time this week on the music scene, especially at Union Transfer. With the classic indie rock of Minus the Bear, the masterful synths of Neon Indian, or the futuristic pop melodies of Grimes, it might just feel like summer again. Feeling more in the mood for a throwback icon? Catch Don Henley of The Eagles at the Academy of Music. Click through to each day, or check out the full list below.


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GIVEAWAY: Win Tickets to See Bianca Del Rio in “Rolodex of Hate”

Photos by Magnus Hastings

Photos by Magnus Hastings

If you watched Bianca Del Rio last season on RuPaul’s Drag Race, you could see that the queen—known for her sharp tongue and reads that would put Barnes and Noble to shame—is as kind as they come. She emanates warmth, she helps young queens in need, and she’s respectful. Case in point? She rang me five minutes before our scheduled phone interview this week. Early?! A drag queen?! Unheard of!

But it seems like that gentleness kind of stops when she struts out on stage, eye lashes batting, hand on hip. There she’s fiery. She’ll cut a bitch. She’ll probably even offend a few Asians. That’s her schtick, and frankly, that’s why we love her. We marvel at her quick wit, and wonder how in the hell she’s so spot-on every time. Perhaps she’ll divulge a few pointers when she brings her latest traveling show, “Rolodex of Hate,” to Philly’s TLA on December 10th.

She explains the show as being “a one-hour standup comedy special where I discuss situations and parts of my life that brought me to where I am today. I discuss who I am as a person, and how I became this little nugget of hate.”

Here are a few other things we chatted about (if you’re here solely for the ticket giveaway, scroll all the way to the bottom):

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Things To Do In Philly on Black Friday That Don’t Involve Shopping

Black Friday

If waiting in line at Best Buy for a $100 flat screen television is your idea of a nightmare, don’t fear. We’ve rounded up some of the best events for everyone in the Philadelphia region on Black Friday that don’t involve a single shopping bag or cash register line.

Suicide Girls’ Nerdy-Naughty Blackheart Burlesque Heads To Philly This Weekend

The Suicide Girls are bringing their popular Blackheart Burlesque to the Theatre of Living Arts. After years of playing international music festivals, solo shows, and opening for Guns N’ Roses and Courtney Love, the girls put on a full-fledged tour in 2013. Selling out dates across the country, the tour was so successful that this spring the girls brought their act to Australia and Canada. Now back in the U.S., they’ll hit up Philly on Sunday, November 9th at 9:30 p.m.

Suicide Girls is an online community featuring pin-up photography and alternative models—think tattoos, funky hair dos, and tons of cheeky attitude. A self-proclaimed “sorority of badass bombshells and geek goddesses,” the community celebrates uniqueness, indie culture, and alternative beauty, opposing society’s cookie-cutter beauty standards.

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Live EDM shows can sometimes be a little disappointing. Case in point: Disclosure‘s recent romp at Union Transfer. Now, I’m a huge fan of these beat-tastic British boys, but seeing them live, well, I was pretty much watching two dudes playing off a laptop who barely looked up to acknowledge the crazy crowd. Not the most engaging experience in the world, to say the least. So, when I found out that I was going to see remixer and music producer RAC (aka Remix Artist Collective) at TLA this past Saturday night, I was leery—but then the music started.

Kicking off the night were indie artists Speak (Austin, Texas), followed by Chris Glover’s New York electropop project, Penguin Prison, which got the packed house amped up before the headliners came on.

Then, much to my surprise, RAC entered with an army of indie artists armed with keyboards, drums, electric guitars and synths. Throughout the show, they all contributed to songs, playing and taking turns doing vocals on the mics. From start to finish, RAC and his crew dazzled in their upbeat set. Whether it was on hits like “Cheap Sunglasses,” and “Hard To Hold,” or their crazy-good remix of Foster The People’s “Houdini,” there wasn’t a number played that RAC and his merry band of indie music-makers didn’t absolutely slay. And the crowd ate up every bit of it.

Patrick DeMarco is the creator and author of Philadelphia music blog Philly Mixtape.

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