WATCH: West Philadelphia Orchestra Meets The UArts Royals Band Dance Line On Broad Street; SWEET MOVES ENSUE

What you are about to witness, ladies and gentlemen, is three minutes and twenty seven seconds of pure joy, as the UArts Royals run into the West Philadelphia Orchestra on the corner of Broad and Locust and, well, wonderful things begin happening immediately. WPO's new record, by the way — the appropriated titled Tour de Filli — came out two days ago. There's bound to be more where this came from. 

The New Mural Arts Logo Contains Multitides

There’s a bit of — well, there’s a lot of — the classic MTV logo in the new Mural Arts logo, which is being rolled out as we speak, in the walk-up to Mural Arts Month. And to take it in as it flips through just a sampling of the iterations that are sure to come (as the video above illustrates), that’s not a bad thing at all. In fact, it’s deeply satisfying on a visual level, and you can see how it might spawn infinite variations. Created and hatched by Philly’s J2 Design — read their explainer on it here — that is exactly the idea. “We're hoping that the logo will be the foundation for artists and the public to interpret,” says J2’s Emma Fried-Cassorla. (The J2 staff will be talking about the project at this Design Philadelphia event on Oct 13.)

“All of the new Mural Arts collateral,” she says, “brochures, overview pieces, and postcards incorporate the new logo, and as Mural Arts month starts, we'll be asking people to draw their own 'M' (we've already collected about 75 from a previous event). We've also specifically worked with non-muralists to get M's that ‘go beyond the paint.’”

Already, you can see how that might shake out. There's a few added bonuses, too: That graffiti-esque “M” is a subtle acknowledgement of the Philly mural’s roots in (and often fraught relationship) with what we’ll call unlawful public wall writing. And in a town where we often talk about public art we don’t like, this new jawn is a uniter, too — it shifts shape in a way, ironically, a mural never could.

The Band Who Did The Music For Stranger Things Is Playing At This Year’s Making Time Halloween Party

The first tip-off, to these ears, that we were going to love Stranger Things was the soundtrack to the opening credits. In the space of just a few dark synth notes that split the difference between John Carpenter’s horror soundtrack and freaked-out ‘70s Eurosynth prog like Goblin and Vangelis (don’t laugh, that early Vangelis shit is tiiiiight), you were told: Here be dark wonders. The opening didn’t lie, and now, I’m writing this to you from the Stranger Things theme park in Orlando, FL, stealing wifi at The Upside Down Café while I nosh on their singular Ectoplasmic Eggo.

Well, okay — we’ll have to wait for that last part. Kinda like how the Austin, TX band Survive (pictured) formed in 2009, made a pact that they’d perfect that nasty-bass D&D dark wizard sound, and then had to wait until this year before any of us realized that this was just the thing we’d been wanting. That’s Survive who scored Stranger Things, and who I’m told are scoring the next season, too, and who, will you look at this, are playing Making Time’s Halloween party this year.

The Making Time Halloween parties have a long tradition of really going for it — some of you will recall when they had Simian Mobile Disco in Fishtown years ago, after which I argue the neighborhood was never the same (for worse, oh, much for worse) — but I will venture to say that Survive will be the scariest band they’ve ever had.

I will also venture to say that there will be in excess of 200 women dressed as “Eleven.” Maybe that theme park won’t be such a wait, after all.