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This comes on the heels of last week’s sudden closing of the North Star Bar, and the folks over at Gashouse Radio speculate that financial difficulties may have led to the decision. But the room has been on a bit of an open-and-shut road for a while now. Continue reading →
The theme for WXPN’s annual countdown this year is The Greatest Year In Music, and WXPN invites you to vote on what you think was the greatest year (or years) were in music.
Polls for XPN’s Greatest Year in Music close tomorrow – Monday, October 26th – and if you’re still on the fence about what to vote for, read through some cases we gathered from local musicians and writers. Below, check out snippets from Ben Vaughn (1964), Tara Murtha (1989), Aaron Parnell Brown (1971) and more. Then vote for your favorite year in music here and listen back to winners during the Greatest Year In Music countdown starting Monday, November 2nd.
Located just a couple blocks from the Divine Lorraine hotel, South continues on the legacy that the Bynum Brothers have build with Warmdaddy’s, Zanzibar Blue, and Paris Bistro. The menu at South reflects some of the traditional cooking of the American South (we’d hope so, with a name like that!), and the venue has announced its initial lineup up jazz shows. Continue reading →
You could see it coming for years now, but that doesn’t make it any less of a drag: Fairmount’s long-standing North Star Bar is closing for renovations this weekend, according to a report on Philly.com; when it re-opens, it will have a new name and won’t host live music anymore.
“With the area growing and changing and the ‘shaky’ nature of the music business it just doesn’t make sense,” reads a statement on the website. It also makes promises of an expanded restaurant with “even better food” and “more better beer.”
When I started covering music in Philadelphia 15 years ago, North Star was a regular hang. Alongside the storied Khyber Pass, it was one of two go-to indie rock spots in town, sort of like the Johnny Brenda’s and Boot and Saddle of their days. Of course there were other rooms – The Upstage, The Grape, The Pontiac, etc. – but those two had a particular vibe about them, uniquely-curated calendars and in the case of the North Star, tremendous ambiance. Those exposed brick walls and huge high ceiling, that ornate tapestry that hung behind the stage. That tapestry was the backdrop to so many photos I shot there, from a solo Frank Black gig to shots of East Hundred in 2008. Continue reading →
Restorative. Not punitive. That’s what musician and teacher Matt Kerr believes all prisons should be.
Kerr, a teacher in the Philadelphia school district and former guitarist in the local band Family Vacation, decided this year to start a music after-school program at the school he was teaching at, which led to a thought-provoking conversation with the mother of one of his students. Continue reading →
There’s a crackle in Chris Burrell’s voice as he leads me down a flight of stairs and through the doors of Drexel’s student-run station, WKDU.
It’s not the sound of exhaustion, or not exactly – even though he has been pretty much awake around the clock for a couple days at this point. It’s super-exhaustion, or perhaps supra-exhaustion is the proper term…it’s that point where you’ve been awake for so long that you’ve gone past being tired and have hit your second wind. Or third or fourth. The little obstacles take on less importance, the stamina has rebounded to peak levels and freaking nothing is going to stop you from attaining your goal, whatever it may be.
For Burrell, and the WKDU staff, the goal is playing electronic music of various stripes – from trance to house to grime to expertly-crafted DJ mixes – for three days straight.
This Friday, Philly-via-Allentown punk band Pissed Jeans plays the Ardmore Music Hall to celebrate “People Person,” a collaborative pale ale brewed with Tired Hands Brewing Company and named after the leading track from their clamorous Sub-Pop debut, Hope For Men. Tired Hands co-founder/brewer Jean Broillet and the brewing team, who share an affinity for noise punk, worked with band members to brew the hoppy, sessionable ale that is crafted for drinking at a Pissed Jeans show. Continue reading →
Last Thursday marked the official opening of Fillmore Philly, the seventh Fillmore in the LiveNation portfolio, with a sold-out Hall & Oates performance. Tickets were $95. Back in the mid-‘60s, when Bill Graham opened Fillmore West in San Francisco, tickets could go for $3. You could see Sly and the Family Stone, Jefferson Airplane, Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin, essentially a dollar a band on some nights. Well, that was then and this is now – fast forward 50 years later and Disclosure is set to fill the 2,500-capacity main room two nights in a row (10/19-20) for $40 a night.
Their first 40 shows booked, between here and 2016, are as diverse as humanly possible: last Friday, WXPN welcomed Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls and their grand, brash and baroque British rock; this weekend, Adventure Club headlines with bliss-kissed EDM and Brandi Carlile brings her delicious countrified Americana on the 11th. Tove Lo’s brand of playful but substantial pop will see her Queen of the Clouds tour consume Philly on the 17th; and before the month’s over, the main room’ll host moe. and the Cold War Kids. Quite a mix, no? And that doesn’t even broach the 450-capacity Foundry upstairs, where tickets will rarely rise above $20, and lots of smaller, local acts will get gigs.
“We really want to be the venue that can work for any type of artist,” says Ben Weeden, a California-based booking overseer for LiveNation. “We have the best production, the best sight lines, the best band experience.” Weeden is coaching and encouraging talent buyers based out of the Frankford Avenue baby, but clearly he’s been around the block and I wanted to ask him about what the future held for this particular room. Continue reading →