Among Philadelphia’s best-loved mid-size music halls is this easily accessible Loft District gem, which hosts a well-curated lineup of both local and national hip-hop, indie rock, folk and electronic acts. Opened in 2011, it’s a relative newcomer to the city’s overall scene, but the building itself has been standing since the 1800s, its name a nod to the multi-level space’s former life as a railroad facility. The high ceilings provide the proper acoustics to complement a state-of-the-art sound system, plus a customizable stage that can creep forward or shove back to alter the scope of any performance.
Between its thriving native scene and the big-name touring acts, this city is a stellar town for live music. Philadelphia plays home to stages that vary wildly in size, style and geography, but share a common form-over-flash attitude that’s beautifully local. Whether you're a hometowner or just visiting, seeing live music is one of the best things to do in Philadelphia. Here are just a dozen of the best live music venues this town has to offer, running from South Broad Street up to Center City and through the Loft District out to Fishtown. Be sure to make a night of it. Many of these venues double as some of the best bars in Philadelphia to grab a drink before the show and, for the late-night crowd, they're located near other Philadelphia nightclubs.