New Live Nation Music Venue Coming to Fishtown

New Fishtown Concert Venue

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The old Ajax Metal Co. building in Fishtown—situated across from SugarHouse at Frankford Avenue—is undergoing a $32 million renovation courtesy of the House of Blues Entertainment division of Live Nation. When finished, it will become a 141,000-square-foot entertainment complex, housing two live-music venues, a comedy club, 24-lane bowling alley, distillery and Italian restaurant.

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Couple Go Viral With Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Pregnancy Announcement

A couple from Oregon wrote and recorded a Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song parody that effectively dropped the news to their family and friends that they’re expecting.

The video has since gone viral, being viewed on YouTube over 1.6 million times. The song, originally penned and performed by Philly rap duo DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, includes so-bad-they’re-good lyrics, like “I woke up in the morning about 7 or 8 and thought to myself, ‘Oh man, I’m late! ’Looked at the test stick, it was finally there. A little plus sign—we’re now three, not a pair.”

Check it out above; everyone else in the world did.

Worst Idea Ever: 24 Hours of the Grateful Dead on WXPN This Friday

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WXPN promotional image

Apparently, 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the “legendary” band The Grateful Dead. (What, you didn’t know?) And to commemorate this sacred occasion, Philadelphia radio station WXPN is offering 24 hours of the Grateful Dead. They’re calling it the Day of the Dead. (Creative!) And they even have a hashtag: #XPNDeadDay. All of which has us ready to puke. Read more »

Pink Shuts Down Body-Shamers On Twitter

Doylestown pop-rocker Pink (known around those parts as Alecia Beth Moore) has taken to Twitter to put some folks in their place who decided to take some jabs at her weight on social media.

It all started when she attended a cancer benefit over the weekend, when she noticed some tweets criticizing her figure. Never one to shy away from such things, she Tweeted this empowering message:

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Meryl Streep to Take On Bruce Springsteen in New Film Ricki and The Flash

Streep in Ricki and The Flash

Streep in Ricki and The Flash

We’ve heard it—and likely said it—a million times: Meryl Streep can do anything. But did we take into account that she might be taking on Springsteen?

Entertainment Weekly reports that the Queen of All Things Acting will sing tunes from The Boss, Lady Gaga, Tom Petty and more in Ricki and The Flash, a film in which she portrays the lead singer in a covers band called The Flash.

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Grown Men Mourn Zayn Malik’s Departure from One Direction

Philly’s Dave and Brian, the goofballs who brought you “Downton Abbey With My Bros,” are back with another self-deprecating video that finds them mourning and crooning over the departure of Zayn Malik from U.K. boy band One Direction.

“No need to hide your emotions. Everyone has been deeply affected by Zayn Malik’s departure from One Direction. Teenage girls aren’t the only ones who can fangirl,” they write on their YouTube post.

They’ve come up with an original song, “I Need You In My Life,” that’s sung to the tune of 1D’s “Story of My Life.” It starts like this:

“Listen to the sound of the people who cry for you, Zayn / 1D will keep going, but I know that it won’t be the same / You left without a warning, now you say you’re making music on your own / I see your tweets and hit reply, but tears just keep falling on my phone.”

And it only gets sillier from there. Check out the full video above.

Miley Cyrus to Induct Wynnewood Rock Goddess Joan Jett Into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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Details are emerging about the April 18th ceremony to induct six new music icons into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The ceremony will take place at Public Hall in Cleveland, where Wynnewood native Joan Jett & her Blackhearts will be inducted alongside Lou Reed, Green Day, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bill Withers, and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band.

As tradition states, younger artists come in to help induct the legends. Beck, Karen O, and fun.’s Nate Ruess will perform a tribute to Reed, Penn alum John Legend will perform for Withers—a perfect match-up—and Miley Cyrus will induct Jett.

Jett and Cyrus have performed together before—on this Oprah Winfrey music special, which gives you somewhat of a taste of what you might expect out of Cyrus’s performance:

The ceremony, which will air live on HBO on May 30th, will also include appearances by Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Fall Out Boy, and Patti Smith among others.

(h/t Pitchfork)

West Philly Native Billie Holiday to Receive Plaque on Philadelphia Walk of Fame [UPDATED]

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UPDATE [4/8/2015, 10:15 am] In a previous version of this story we mentioned that All That Jazz director Faye Anderson nominated Billie Holiday for a plaque on the Walk of Fame. Philadelphia Music Alliance Board President Alan Rubens reached out with a statement to say that wasn’t the case. His words: “Please allow me to set the record straight. Billie Holiday’s nomination was generated internally by our chairman emeritus, Joe Tarsia, in 2014, and voted upon by our Board at that time. Our last induction took place in 2013, and the PMA took a year off from having a Walk of Fame induction ceremony in 2014 as we reorganized our board, elected new officers, and added a new fully active advisory board. During our reorganization, we decided it would be fitting to withhold the announcement until Billie’s 100th birthday this year, and at the same time, get a jump on our full announcement of the rest of the 2015 induction class, coming in late May. “

ORIGINAL: Jazz great Billie Holiday would have been 100 years old today. You’ve likely heard her voice—it’s one of the most unique in the history of recorded music—but did you know about her long history with Philadelphia?

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