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Heineken Green Room: Surprise Party Ft. Smif-N-Wessun & Moruf

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Hey Philly! It’s that special time again and your chance to gain access to the hottest upcoming events and promotions. Brooklyn will most definitely be in the house with the hip-hop duo Smif-N-Wessun live on stage courtesy of Heineken Green Room, so make sure you don’t miss out.

illvibe Collective’s Mr. Sonny James will be on the 1’s and 2’s, plus an exclusive live performance from the acclaimed lyrical rhyme-sayer Moruf.

Remember, this event is open ONLY to Heineken Green Room members. Enter here and obtain access for you plus a friend. You must be 21 or over to enter.

Stay tuned for more Heineken Green Room events coming your way!




The Bearded Bunch with Curran J of Kings Rule Together

You may see men rocking beards on the runways, but dapper dudes in Philadelphia have been sporting their beards, with love, for years. We sat down with Kings Rule Together founder, Curran J, and a few other well-groomed gents, to chat about beards and their impact on men’s style.

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Philadelphia to get the Uniqlo +J 2014 Fall/Winter Collection First

Uniqlo and Jil Sander will revive their “Uniqlo +J” collaboration this fall with a special release for Fall/Winter 2014.

In 2009, UNIQLO and designer Jil Sander began a three-year collaboration under the +J moniker. The collection was considered by many as one of the most successful co-brands of high-fashion and consumer retail, the UNIQLO +J collection due to its minimalist approach to fits, cuts and color, and exceptional shapes.

The 2014 collection will be known as the “The Best of +J,” and will be limited edition release featuring some of the collaboration’s best pieces, including perfectly tailored suiting, cardigans, puffer jackets, button-downs, and more. The Best of +J Collection is set to hit Uniqlo October 10.

UNIQLO’s new Chestnut Street store in Philadelphia will get the collection early, on October 3.



Khari Mateen’s new song “Wanting More” leaves you… wanting more.

Back from 9-months of touring for both RJD2 and Cody Simpson, Grammy Nominated and Emmy Winning Composer, Producer, Singer, Songwriter, and Multi-Instrumentalist Khari Mateen releases his new self-produced single accompanied by a self-directed video.

“Share it, tell a friend, this is just the beginning.
(K) And what a beginning it is.

Watch the official video for ‘Wanting More’ now below:

BIG GIGANTIC is coming to Philadelphia on Friday, October 24

The night is still young for BIG GIGANTIC, one of the most celebrated acts in live music right now, who will be hitting the road this fall on their “Touch the Sky Tour.” The headlining outing will be stopping locally in PHILADELPHIA onFRIDAY, OCTOBER 24 at the TOWER THEATRE with support from Paper Diamond and Manic Focus.

Oct 24 Philadelphia, PA Tower Theatre w/ Paper Diamond & Manic Focus TICKETS


The month-long tour in support of their fifth studio album THE NIGHT IS YOUNG(available as a free download via kicks off right after BIG GIGANTIC performs with Bassnectar at the famed Madison Square Garden in New York City. Named after The Night Is Young album cut “Touch the Sky”—an electro-leaning dance track drizzled with jazzy sax tones courtesy of BIG GIGANTIC’s Dominic Lalli and live drums per Jeremy Salken—the tour will capture BIG GIGANTIC’s explosive live show at every stop. Sandwiched between their headlining dates will also be four shows featuring BIG GIGANTIC supporting their good friend and recent Bonnaroo Superjam collaborator Skrillex.


Prior to the “Touch The Sky Tour,” BIG GIGANTIC will host “ROWDYTOWN III,” their third annual hometown show at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado.  Set for Friday, September 26 and Saturday, September 27, “ROWDYTOWN III” will feature different support lineups for each night, offering fans an even bigger party this year with its expansion to two days. Supporting BIG GIGANTIC on Friday, September 26 will be Brooklyn-based electro-house trio Savoy, Canadian electronic music duo DVBBS, Kansas-based brother duo The Floozies and two tweener sets from producer/DJ Trippy Turtle;Saturday’s lineup will feature the newly reunited Toronto trio The New Deal, hip-hop duo Caked Up, Atlanta-based electronic producer HeRobust and another two tweener sets from Trippy Turtle.  Members of THE MOTET, the band that Dominic Lalli started in and is considered Colorado “family,” will join BIG GIGANTIC both nights to create a full live band and special experience.  


Recently, BIG GIGANTIC, known for their interpretation of traditional DJ-based music with saxophones and drums, created a unique version of electronic music producer and unique voice Zhu’s song “Faded.” The BIG GIGANTIC remix of“Faded”—which fits right in line with the massive melodic house movement on the verge of explosion right now—can be heard below:



“Dream Yourself to Me” – leBeet ft. Kate Faust

Kate Faust releases a new track which happens to be a feature with leBeet. Listen to it below:

“Dream Yourself to Me” is a collaboration between myself and dear friend & bandmate, Lee Clarke…a.k.a leBeet!
The song began when we were spending a weekend at his house, our rehearsal space, in Northern PA that we call “the mansion.”
We were exploring different sounds, talking about life and the search for love within the self and the search for love from others.
The lyrics took shape instantaneously, the same way that a pure “singular” vision of connection and love appears in our minds once we are willing to see it.
This song is an invitation…please listen, dance, sing along, and celebrate your own visions & dreams!


A Day in the Life of an Eagles Cheerleader

Philadelphia Eagles fans are more than excited for the 2014-2015 season, the second in the Chip Kelly era and following a 10-6 2013-2014 campaign.   However, its more than the LeSean McCoys and Nick Foles who are coming back for the campaign.  The Cheerleaders are as well.

They’re paid the same as a braces-clad babysitter, and yet often have a decade of highest-level dance and performance experience under their low-slung, sequined belts. But despite national protest over their skimpy wages, super-pumped women are still signing up in droves to be NFL cheerleaders. Jen Ortiz of GQ embedded with 14 high-kicking, OMG-ing Philadelphia Eagles rookies—the team’s largest class in years—to find out why they’re told to act like Miley

Way before that first kick-off of the NFL season, the Rookie Story emerges. Is he gonna start? Will he get cut? Is #Manzieling a thing?! But what about the other set of rookies standing in the tunnel, waiting for their cue to run out onto the field? The other professional athletes who also happen to be physician assistants, speech pathologists, and pre-med majors?

The NFL cheerleader is the real-life ultimate dream girl. The Kelly Kapowskis and Ali Larter-in-Varsity-Blue-s of the world. The Sunday afternoon eye candy that, lately, isn’t taking any of the league’s alleged precedent of crazily low (sometimes illegal!) standard wages bullshit anymore. After a visit to the City of Brotherly Love and questionable sports fans; after overhearing a kid eagerly albeit skeptically ask, “Are they real cheerleaders?”; and after seeing grown, adult men revert to their dirt-toeing 12-year-old selves when they walk by, I met her—or, fourteen of her. For two days, I embedded with the largest rookie class the NFL Philadelphia Eagles cheerleaders have recruited in years. Pompoms ahead.

Read the entire article here on GQ