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Brillz at Soundgarden Hall

Brillz rolled into Soundgarden Hall on Saturday, November 28th and twonked the living hell out of the place!

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With support from Party Favor, Ghastly, and Willy Joy, The ‘Twonk DiNation’ tour came strong into Philly and made a lasting impression on the hot, sweaty crowd. From the first bass line to the final twonky trap beat, the show was out of control from the start to finish.

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Ghastly was in great form, as per usual. His deep and dark house vibe was just what was needed to get the crowd ready for the twonking that would ensue during Brillz headlining set.

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Party Favor lived up to his name and delivered an audible party. As fans continued to mentally prepare for Brillz, Party Favor bridged the gap between dark, bassy house to booming, uptempo trap.

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As was to be expected, Brillz was pure insanity. The anticipation for his set inside of Soundgarden Hall was palpable by the time he hit the stage. From the hardcore fans who had lined up on the railing from the beginning of the night, rocking their twonk team gear, to the crowd in the back looking for a little more breathing room and space to dance, the stage was both literally and proverbially set for Brillz to shine.

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For the first hour of his set, Brillz laid his unique style on the crowd: from trap, to fast paced dark, bass laden house, to rap and hip hop. Then came the second half of his set where every opening act joined him in a B2B2B2B onslaught. Twonk team flags flew, stage hopping, and crowd hyping ran rampant. Everything a Brillz show promises, came to fruition.

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All of the acts were clearly happy to bring their show to the City of Brotherly Love, and did not want to stop when the clock struck 2 AM. Each DJ took their turn and they all fed off each other until the very last minute. For those in attendance, it was not a night they will soon forget!

[Photo credit: WRM Photography]

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Twurkaholics with Mexicans With Guns, Willy Joy, and Just Blaze at Soundgarden Hall

The October edition of Twurkaholics was held at Soundgarden Hall on Wednesday, October 30th. The ‘Day of the Dead’ themed party featured a triple billing of headliners: Mexicans With Guns, Willy Joy, and Just Blaze in addition to Twurkaholics mainstays Ethan Dubb, Schmohawk, Oddzilla, and MC, Buddy Leezle.

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We’re not going to bore you by explaining the Twurkaholics phenomenon again. It’s been well documented in our coverage of the monthly event at Soundgarden Hall. If you need a refresher, feel free to search our archives for past reviews. For those of you already in the know, we’ll get to the specifics of Wednesday night.

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Twurkaholics tends to draw a younger crowd than some of the other events we cover. Perhaps because this edition was held on a Wednesday night, or possibly because there are so many other events going on this week for Halloween, the crowd at Soundgarden Hall was a little smaller than we’ve become accustomed to at Twurkaholics (there were still a decent amount of attendees, but anything less than a packed house seems off). No matter, the fans that did show up, most of them decked out in Halloween costumes, came ready to party.

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Bodypaint.me was on hand to paint Sugar Skulls on fans faces and there seemed to be an almost constant wait to get painted up. In addition there were Day of The Dead and Halloween themed projections, carved pumpkins, and live art paintings, and of course, limited edition Actual Records t-shirt giveaways!

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The Twurkaholics residents took care of things on the early end, giving those in attendance exactly what we’ve come to expect from each of these acts:

Oddzilla continues to impress with their original productions.

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Ethan Dubb has some serious moxy behind the decks, supplementing his stellar track selection with spot on mixing skills.

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Schmohawk (the duo of Shane Sixten and Aaron Ruxbin) are purveyors of the true art of DJing. There is no pre-planning of sets, just feeling out the crowd, crate digging, and rocking the house.

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The first of the trio of headliners to perform was Mexicans With Guns. Hailing from Texas, MWG has been making some serious bass waves with his remixes for hard-hitters like Bassnectar as well as his own filthy productions. We’d been hearing nothing but good things about his live sets for weeks (leading up to the show) and he did not disappoint.

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Dawning a Mexican wrestling mask for much of his set, he dropped some serious bass bombs on Soundgarden Hall. His set, the longest of the evening, was worth the price of admission all on its own.

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Willy Joy was the proverbial meat in the headliner sandwich on Wednesday night. Did we just make it weird? If the night had been a sandwich, it would have been a grilled panini because Willy Joy was sizzling. Willy Joy has taken bass music, crumpled it up into a ball, and thrown it as a wicked curve ball for called strike three.

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Infusing his style with the house music sound that put Chicago on the EDM map (and is still our genre of choice to this day), Willy Joy puts the soul in your bass hole. Weird again? Maybe, but it feels oh so right. This guy plays bass tunes that you can dance to, strike that, dance tunes that you can’t help but dance to. It’s no wonder he’s appeared everywhere from major festivals to warehouses, and graced the credits and radio shows of some of the biggest producers on the planet.

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If we seem like we’re gushing it’s because we are. We absolutely loved his set and the energy that overtook the venue from his first track to the last. Willy Joy to the world.

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The night concluded with a DJ set from New Jersey’s Just Blaze. If you’re a fan of hip-hop, this dude needs no introduction. For those who you who need some knowledge, he has produced countless hits for the likes of Jay Z, Mariah Carey, Talib Kweli, Beanie Segal, Cam’ron, Freeway, Talib Kweli, Kanye, Eminem, Rick Ross, T.I., Fabolous, Maroon 5, Kendrick Lamar, and on and on and on.

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When you’ve made a name for yourself producing for the aforementioned artists, how should you approach a DJ set? Own it. And that’s exactly what Just Blaze did. Dropping many of the tracks that he famously produced for others, Just Blaze took Soundgarden Hall on a hip-hop infused journey through the last decade plus.

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For rap enthusiasts, it was the perfect Halloween treat. There were no tricks here, just tracks, glorious, glorious tracks. When the party finally did end around 2am, we didn’t need any sugar skulls to tell us just how sweet the night had been.

[Photo credit: D. Jacob Miller Photography]

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