Philadelphia was fortunate to witness the ascent of a talented independent music scene in the 2010s. The artists who emerged from Fishtown and Delco crafted records that not only packed local venues, but also broke out nationally. Philadelphia indie bands navigated a decade that saw the rise of streaming by putting out albums that spun on vinyl.
This is the first post in my new series about coffee houses in the Philadelphia area. Coffee is an everyday comfort. Coffee houses are as much a part of a community's culture as any bar or corner store. They get us going in the morning. They are essential for meetings, minglings, and the fabric of a neighborhood. As myopic as the daily coffee run can be, sometimes coffee is more than a regular boost. No more important coffee is served than the java from Narberth's new business: GETCafe.
There is always the potential to see something you have never seen before at a baseball game. It could be a statistical anomaly that hasn't occurred since 1908. Saturday's game was my first Phillies postgame concert at Citizens Bank Park. A new-ish regular promotion, the gigs are a fun and relaxed way to spend a Saturday.
Whether it is festivals, smaller gigs, or the Fourth of July spectacular on the Parkway, there are hundreds of shows in Philly from June to Labor Day. Here are some of the great places to watch concerts in Philadelphia this summer:
With Bryce Harper and Rhys Hoskins leading Philadelphia back into a pennant race, indulging in good Phillies baseball has never been this easy. Even during the 2007-11 run, the sheer number of blogs, social media feeds, and podcasts that we have at our disposal today were not available. To narrow down the top baseball podcasts for Phillies fans, different perspectives were considered. Included in this list are local shows from beat writers, national podcasts, and even ones from Hall of Famers from Philly.
Instead of the boys of summer, Billy Joel and The Who kickstarted the new season with an epic weekend of concerts at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies ballpark hosted shows headlined by each act over Memorial Day Weekend. The pair of shows provided a rush of nostalgia. Along with opener Peter Wolf, the two concerts combined for 57 songs steeped in Classic Rock history.
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Anyone who squeezed into Union Transfer last Friday was rewarded with a full-throttle show from Strand of Oaks. Supported by Wild Pink, the concert was the last on their joint North American tour leg. The bands packed passion, energy, and a lot of guitar into the homecoming gig for Philly's Strand of Oaks.
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Few discographies are as special as The War On Drugs. The essential collection of The War On Drugs songs reveals everything you need to know about the band's music. The Philadelphia group has packed stellar musicianship, emotional lyrics, and incredible energy into four must-hear albums that date back to 2008.