Philadelphia welcomes the highly-anticipated Made in America festival today, which will take over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for the weekend. The gates open at noon, and indie rock bands Walk the Moon (Rocky Stage) and Haim (Liberty Stage) will be among the first sets. Headliner Beyoncé won’t perform until the end of the night, so catch earlier acts like alternative rock band Phoenix and legendary hip-hop group Public Enemy on the main stage. And if you want to get your electronica fix, walk over to the Liberty Stage for Australia’s Empire of the Sun or the Freedom Stage for the UK’s Rudimental. But make sure you don’t miss out on homegrown hardcore punk bands, Balance & Composure and Restorations, who will take to the smaller Skate Park Stage.
Look forward to Sunday’s line-up, which will include a performance by industrial rock headliners Nine Inch Nails and sets by indie pop Fitz and The Tantrums, house and electronica musician Robert DeLong, and New Jersey’s indie punk The Front Bottoms.
Check out Balance & Composure’s video for “Quake” and find tickets and information here.
Philadelphia hardcore cult favorites Ruin will reunite for a special performance at Union Transfer. Founded by Glenn Wallis, Ruin took over the local 80s punk rock scene and made a clear (and unforgettable) impression. Re-releases of the group’s records are slated and a documentary has been undertaken, but for right now, fans can look forward to the live psychedelic rage and rock fest sure to be experienced tonight. Special guests will include Mischief Brew, Pagan Babies and Northern Liberties. Take a listen to Ruin’s ”Famous Blue Raincoat” and find information and tickets here.
Self-proclaimed farm fresh thundergrass band HogMaw performs tonight at The Depot in York. The quartet features multiple instruments, such as the mandolin and fiddle, and offers furious strings and an upbeat country twang, which are sure to cause feet to tap (and maybe even provoke an enthusiastic square dance?). HogMaw will play alongside fellow Pennsylvania bluegrass group, Cabinet. Check out ”Party on the Mountain” performed live by Hogmaw at the 2011 Philadelphia Folk Festival, and look for tickets and information here.
Tonight will mark the conclusion of the week-long Beta Hi-Fi Emerging Music Festival at the World Café Live in Wilmington. The festival aims to spotlight and promote local songwriters who are new to the scene, but certainly show promise. Among the list of participating musicians were Poor Remy, Song Dogs, and the Jesse Baker Band. The show tonight will feature the week’s best performers chosen by a panel of expert judges and prizes will be awarded. Check out a live studio session of Jesse Baker Band, and find tickets and information here.