37 Things to Do with Your Long Weekend

Wale plays the TLA on Friday. (Dante Marshall)


Five Dollar Comedy Week @ Good Good Comedy
Cheap laughs and all new shows from the good people at Good Good. Continues through Saturday.

Final Fridays: Technologic @ Philadelphia Museum of Art
Tech and arts collide with events by Technically Philly, ChickTech Philadelphia, The Franklin Institute, The Hacktory and more. Includes a performance by Quindar (Wilco keyboardist Mikael Jorgensen and Philadelphia-based art historian James Merle Thomas) whose performance will include material from the Museum’s archives. Read more »

Your Guide to HoagieNation

A detail from the cover of The Very Best of Daryl Hall & John Oates (2001).

The lineup at Saturday’s HoagieNation festival (don’t call it Hoagie Fest; that’s different) is pretty formidable, with old favorites and rising stars playing all day at Festival Pier. Everybody’s got Philly ties except Tears for Fears, which is weird, but who cares. Here’s a little music to whet your whistle before the show.

Darryl Hall & John Oates
Your headliners, of course. Hometown heroes. Seven platinum records. Six gold. And that’s the conservative estimate. Hall and Oates were named the most successful duo in rock history by Billboard in 1984, and as far as I can tell nobody’s come along to usurp them. Try to think of one. Roxette? Gimme a break. Hall and Oates had six number ones, and 34 hits in all. Although I’m partial to the heart-wrenching ballad “She’s Gone,” I’m not going to put you through that (plus the video creeps me out). So here’s something upbeat with a catchy chorus and a green blazer: Read more »

The New Philadelphia Fillmore: Reviewed

Photo by HughE Dillon

Photo by HughE Dillon

Say this for Hall & Oates—they are nothing if not punctual. Last night’s curtain-raising show at the new Fillmore Philadelphia was set to start at 8pm, and I was still exploring the new venue when Michael Nutter introduced the hometown duo on stage. But no one in the sold-out crowd was there for the mayor, and really, the night felt more like a grand opening featuring a special musical guest than a Hall & Oates concert. The music was what you’d expect from two guys in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, who both gave requisite props to their hometown. But the star of the show was the Fillmore itself.

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10 Songs Hall & Oates MUST Play Tonight at the Fillmore

Hall & Oates open the Fillmore with a sold-out show on Thursday. | Mat Hayward / Shutterstock.com

Hall & Oates open the Fillmore with a sold-out show on Thursday. | Mat Hayward / Shutterstock.com

Who better to kick off Fishtown’s new Live Nation Music venue, the Fillmore, than Philly legends Daryl Hall and John Oates? To make it the best Philly experience possible, we’ve put together a suggested setlist for tonight’s show, curated by our editorial staff. Are you listening Mr’s Hall and Oates?

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The Fillmore Opens Tomorrow Night in Fishtown

Rendering of the Fillmore's main concert stage.

Rendering of the Fillmore’s main concert stage.

Three years after we first got wind of a new music venue slated for the corner of Frankford and Girard avenues in Fishtown, the Fillmore Philadelphia opens on October 1st with a sold-out Hall & Oates show. The latest from concert behemoth Live Nation features two performance spaces—a chandeliered main concert hall that seats as many as 2,500, and a 450-capacity club—plus relative luxuries like waitress and bottle service.

The other shows on the schedule this month—alt-country singer Brandi Carlile (October 11th), the Eagles’ Joe Walsh (October 12th) and jam band Moe (October 30th to 31st)—don’t exactly live up to the Fillmore’s legendary San Francisco namesake, which hosted the likes of Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and the Grateful Dead in its heyday, but we bet its opening still has some of the bigger non-Live Nation venues, like the Electric Factory and the Troc, feeling a little bit nervous.

Check out our first look at the Fillmore—with photos and details about the venue’s amenities—here.

First Look at the Fishtown Fillmore

The "Fillmore Flag" at The Fillmore Philadelphia (Photo | Dan McQuade)

The “Fillmore Flag” at The Fillmore Philadelphia (Photo | Dan McQuade)

Philadelphia is just over a month from getting a Fillmore.

Of course, we had one before — briefly. The Fillmore, originally a San Francisco venue on Fillmore Street, was best known for its eventual incarnations as the Fillmore West in San Francisco and Fillmore East in New York in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The original S.F. venue eventually re-opened after promoter Bill Graham’s death in 1994.

Live Nation began booking The Fillmore in 2007, and branded several venues around the country with the name. The Theater of Living Arts was rebranded as The Fillmore at TLA in 2007, but eventually changed the name back after audiences rejected it.

The new Live Nation venue, called the Fillmore Philadelphia, opens October 1st with a Hall & Oates concert in Fishtown at the old Ajax Metal Company building at Frankford and Delaware avenues. It might as well be an apology for attempting to re-brand the TLA.

“Every time we open a venue we learn a lot,” Live Nation Senior VP of Marketing Dave Fortin said on a tour of the under-construction venue Wednesday morning. “And this venue is really the culmination of a lot of lessons.” Read more »

Daryl Hall’s Wife Files for Divorce

Celebrity divorces have been a hot topic lately, and the latest couple to make one of the most unfortunate of headlines is Pottstown native Daryl Hall (of Hall and Oates fame) and his wife Amanda Aspinall.

TMZ reports that documents just surfaced showing that Aspinall filed to end their six-year marriage back in May. The couple didn’t have children, though they were caring for two sons from Aspinall’s previous relationship.

This is Daryl Hall’s second divorce. The 68-year-old Hall of Famer was married to Bryna Lublin from 1969 to 1972.

“10 Surprising Things Miley Cyrus and the Swiss Cheese Pervert Have in Common”


Miley Cyrus photo via Shutterstock.com

Every once in awhile, someone asks me how I go about coming up with topics for articles and blog posts. Since the fake, talking-to-college-kids answer (“I just observe the world around me, man”) is much more palatable than the real, depressing answer (criminal caffeine abuse and subhuman sleep deprivation), I never really considered trying to explain the process formally. And now it looks like I’ll never have to, thanks to a new doohickey from web marketing firm HubSpot that’s offered to do all my not-that-critical thinking for me.

The Blog Topic Generator, launched to complement other services offered by the automated marketing platform, almost comes off like a proper clowning of Internet content creation, spitting out a week’s worth of trite “ideas” using nothing more than a few nouns you’re asked to input. But it seems to be positioning itself as a legitimate tool, which means it behooves us to use it legitimately.

While it doesn’t spit out headlines in the infinitely useful “winning a game of Clue” or “babies + Beyoncé” formats, HubStop’s auto-offerings seem to be optimized for maximum web traction and your-mom-on-Facebook shareability. What better way to rack up ideas for the rest of May and test its mettle than to plug in a bunch of Philadelphia-centric terms and see what comes up? Here are 10 of my favorite results from my Philly-fixated time spent with the tool. All these posts are most likely coming to a bereft-of-creativity city blog near you within the hour — and I’ll probably be writing all of them.

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Philly’s 10 Big Winners of 2013

NFL: Detroit Lions at Philadelphia Eagles

My editor asked me to write this article as a companion piece to Victor Fiorillo’s Biggest Losers of 2013 article, and I must admit I’m a little stuck. First off, Victor recently caused a stranger to tell the news, “The world is still kind.” I haven’t reunited anyone with their stolen Christmas cards this year. That do-gooder gets to write the negative column and I have to do the positive one!

Still, a column is a column — and it shouldn’t be too hard to find a bunch of Big Winners from the city I love. I guess a winner is largely someone who creates a “good news” story about Philadelphia. I can do this. Let’s dive in.

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Daily Beast Writer Savages Hall & Oates

Ensconced as we are in our echo chamber of Hall & Oates appreciation (where every day is Hall & Oates Appreciation Day) it’s easy to forget that not everybody shares our appreciation for the greatest blue eyed soul band of them all. Enter “The Great Rock n’ Roll Swindle,” written by a libertarian political journalist who really likes writing articles called “The Great Something Swindle.”

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