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After The Rain: Spoon, Girl Talk and Kings of Leon keep the Made in America party going

Spoon | Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images
Spoon | Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images

Mud soaked sneakers, blankets, Budweiser branded bandanas, broken umbrellas, an American flag, demolished cardboard recycling containers and even a few back packs were among some of the casualties of the rain, thunder and lightning storm that swept through Center City Philadelphia and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway during day two of Made In America.

Two songs into Spoon’s set, the ominous dark clouds covering the festival grounds barely broke as Spoon lead singer Britt Daniel got a cue from the Rocky Stage production people to stop playing. “They’re asking us to leave the stage,” Daniel said. As Spoon quickly left the stage the announcements began: “Ladies and Gentlemen, please pay close attention to this announcement. Please evacuate the premises immediately and seek safe and secure shelter.” Continue reading →

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Before the Rain: Made In America day two grooves with Grimes, Danny Brown, Vacationer (and two songs from Spoon)

Grimes | Photo by John Vettese
Grimes at Made in America | Photo by John Vettese

Let’s go back for a moment. Before the torrential downpour, before the lightning and thunder, before Spoon got cut off after a rousing “Don’t You Evah” two songs into their first time on the Made In America stage. The second day of Jay Z’s Philly megafestival (now in its third year and first time with a bicoastal setup) offered a lively assortment of groovy summertime pop, roof-raising EDM, badass rap and solid rock and roll. Continue reading →

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Made in America day one blasts off with Kanye West, The National, J Cole, Mayer Hawthorne and more

Kanye West | Photo by John Vettese
Kanye West at Made in America | Photo by John Vettese

This year’s Made in America festival kicked off yesterday with an exhilarating lineup of performers along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The day spanned 11 hours and a spectrum of genres, from the discofied openers in Cherub to the hardcore punk / metal of Glassjaw; EDM hitmaker Baauer to funky fresh hiphop vet Big Daddy Kane; sweet soul grooves from Mayer Hawthorne to an explosive set from The National. And of course, the man of the hour was Kanye West, whose closing 90-minute performance was at peak energy throughout. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Trombone Shorty at the TLA, Tutlie at Bourbon and Branch and Crocodiles at Boot & Saddle

Trombone Shorty | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | www.michellemontgomeryphotography.com
Trombone Shorty | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | www.michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Okay, so obviously Made in America is today, but not everybody has tickets to that. So as far as OTHER concerts to check out, Trombone Shorty is a good one. A ridiculously talented trombone and trumpet player from New Orleans, Shortly writes music that can really be defined in about a billion different genres, including rap, funk, jazz, and rock. You can buy tickets to his show here. Check out the video below of the band performing in New Orleans, which, by the way, will blow your freaking mind. Continue reading →

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Testing out new tuneage with Madalean Gauze and Family Vacation at Ortlieb’s

Family Vacation | Photo by John Vettese
Family Vacation | Photo by John Vettese

It was a quiet pre-Labor Day Thursday night and Ortlieb’s wasn’t exactly packed, but that didn’t daunt singer-songwriter Madalean Gauze or indie rock four-piece Family Vacation. The two Philly artists used their time and the warmly receptive group of folks listening to test out new tunes from their respective projects in progress. Continue reading →

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Free at Noon Flashback: Jukebox the Ghost gives the audience a sneak peak of its new record

Jukebox the Ghost | Photo by Kelsey Stanger
Jukebox the Ghost | Photo by Kelsey Stanger

Today’s Free At Noon concert presented Jukebox the Ghost, the indie-pop trio from D.C. who came in support of their new, self-titled album, out October 21st.

The boys kicked off their set with their popular tune “Somebody”, which immediately garnered the attention throughout the room. After, they gave the audience a sneak peak at some of their brand new songs from their aforementioned album, it was clear that they were excited to be there. Continue reading →