One of Philly’s newest venues (it opened its doors last October with an inaugural performance by Philly natives Hall & Oates) packs a lot of promise into its 125-year-old building. The former Ajax space is now decked out as a trendy music hall: a renovated Volkswagen bus sells merchandise, and there's a repurposed American flag mural and delicate white chandeliers in the main music hall, which houses approximately 2,500 standing room visitors. The venue’s design, at least so far, has been able to avoid the problem of overcrowding, common at some older Philly venues.
If you want to skip the high-profile musicians in the midst of a billion-stop world tour, take a break at MilkBoy. The second-floor stage's laid-back vibe and easily accessible bar (not to mention cheap tickets) make for a great spot to see a sampling of dedicated local bands or rising acts from other cities slowly making a name for themselves. When the show is over, just move downstairs to keep the fun going at MilkBoy’s main bar.