Sad news in Philly live music circles, North Star Bar is closing Saturday and will re-open in December under a new “hip cool name” TBD as a bar/restaurant/beer garden that no longer presents live music. Not entirely surprising, but disappointing nonetheless. Three best shows I ever saw at North Star Bar: The Breeders on 2/8/02, Spectrum 4/15/11 and White Stripes on 6/20/01 (right as White Blood Cells was blowing the fuck up; my band The Pearly Gates opened; the above video has crappy lighting, but crystal clear sound) and just about any time Dick Dale or Nashville Pussy played. Thanks North Star! Good night and good luck.