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Worldtown Soundsystem on its first five years of bringing international music to the Philly party scene

Worldtown Soundsystem | Photo by Charles Shan Cerrone | courtesy of the artist
Worldtown Soundsystem | Photo by Charles Shan Cerrone | courtesy of the artist
Over a dozen people comprise Philly party collective Worldtown Soundsystem, and the crew has made a huge noise bringing sounds and rhythms from around the globe to the Philly party scene. With the band celebrating its fifth anniversary this Saturday night at The Fillmore, we sat down with founding members Ben Arsenal, Gary Dann, Jonifin Marvin, Femi Oluwafemi, Jules Starr to talk about how Worldtown got here and where it’s going.  Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Louie Louie at Ortlieb’s, Raury at the Fillmore, Joanna Gruesome at PhilaMOCA and more

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Louie Louie | photo by Ryan Collard

Coming off their late-summer tour of the Northeast and Midwest, Louie Louie are back in Philly for a show tonight at Ortlieb’s. The lo-fi four-piece released their pyschedelic pop debut, “Out in the Streets,” back in July along with a b-side entitled “Miles Around.” If you missed Louie Louie at Johnny Brenda’s in August, you won’t want to miss them tonight at Ortlieb’s. Get more show info at the XPN Concert Calendar, and listen to “Out in the Streets” below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: ADD-2 at Silk City, Bright Light Social Hour at Underground Arts and Cold War Kids at The Fillmore

Photo via facebook.com
Photo via facebook.com

Andre DiJuan Daniels, better known as Add-2, hails from Chicago and continues to hone his craft of creating rap that incorporates a variety of styles including jazz, hip-hop and soul. Add-2 is touring this fall in support of his new album, Prey For the Poor, and is playing a show tonight at the Silk City Diner Bar & Lounge. For more information on the show click here. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Leon Bridges will headline The Fillmore in March

Leon Bridges | Leon Bridges | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Leon Bridges | Leon Bridges | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

Didn’t get a chance to buy tickets to see Leon Bridges this Saturday at his sold out show at Union Transfer? Don’t sweat it! The young gospel and soul singer just announced dates for his US spring tour, one of which includes a stop at the Fillmore on March 6th. Pre-sale tickets for fans are available now, and tickets will be available to the general public on Friday, October 16th. Continue reading →

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Take a first look inside the new Fillmore Philly

Photo by John Vettese
View from the stage at the Fillmore Philly | Photo by John Vettese

We’re just over a month out from the grand opening of Fillmore Philly, and there’s still a lot of work to be done.

The new Live Nation venue nestled between Delaware Ave and Front Street in Fishtown is taking shape nicely: chandeliers are being hung from the rafters, oak slats are being installed on the floor, artwork is already installed in the venue’s Ajax Hall bar. But on a walking tour of the space this morning, there were still lots of lifts and hard hats to be seen, scaffolding and fencing to navigate our way around, hammering and welding heard around the corner.

Various crews are working pretty much around the clock to have the venue in shape in time for Hall and Oates to take the stage on October 1st, and while it requires a little bit of imagination at present to really visualize the finalized venue, even in an unfinished state it looks inviting. Continue reading →

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Hall & Oates, Brandi Carlile, Frank Turner, Mister Wives, and more to open Fillmore Philly

Hall & Oates | Photo courtesy of the artist.
Hall & Oates | Photo via facebook.com/hallandoates

Philly’s newest venue, The Fillmore Philadelphia, located in Fishtown’s historic Ajax Metal Company building, has announced their opening lineup of bands playing in October.

Opening the new venue on Thursday, October 1st are the legendary Hall & Oates. Tickets to all the shows go on sale this Thursday, June 4th at 10:00 a.m. Continue reading →

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First impressions of Fishtown’s new Fillmore Philly

Fillmore Philly | Photo by John Vettese
Fillmore Philly | Photo by John Vettese

A crowd stood on the outside of an iron fence and stared up at an old brick industrial site where, up until now, nobody goes in and nobody comes out.

There were definite Charlie and the Chocolate Factory vibes in the air yesterday morning – or maybe that was the table of Federal Donuts talking – for Live Nation’s press conference announcing Fillmore Philly. The new live music venue slated for a fall opening sits at the end of Frankford Avenue, at the bustling cultural / entertainment nexus of Fishtown, Northern Liberties and Delaware Ave.

Plans for the Fillmore seem like it will combine elements of all those neighborhoods: a rough-hewn artful exterior and a selection of craft beer and food inside, plush and loungey atmospheric elements with a chandelier-ed “Circle Bar”, a bit of loud nightlife bombast (if the pre-press conference playlist, featuring The Neighbourhood, Walk the Moon and Kongos is any indication of their bookings). Like Roald Dahl’s fantastical factory, there’s a bit of everything-at-once-ness to the plans, and a definite air of mystery – or questions worth pondering at any rate. But first, let’s stick to the facts. Continue reading →