Ron Howard, Brian Grazer making a film about Made in America Festival next month

Jay-Z and Mayor Michel Nutter at the Made in America press conference earlier this year |
The crowd at next month’s Made in America Festival might wind up competing for sight-lines with camera crews along the Ben Franklin Parkway. The upshot: they’ll be extras in a movie. The New York Post is reporting that moviemaking team Ron Howard and Brian Grazer (Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind, etc.) will be filming the two-day festival on Sept. 1 and 2 – which features performances from Skrillex, Pearl Jam, Dirty Projectors and Jay-Z himself – for a feature-length picture that will follow the festival onstage and behind the scenes. Read more here.


“Buckle Up” with Dirty Projectors’ new single (playing Made in America Festival in September)

New York-based experimental pop troupe Dirty Projectors just released a new track, “Buckle Up,” that will be released as a tour-only 7″ single. The band will be giving copies away at their shows this summer, and is asking fans to follow it on Twitter, where it will tweet a password an hour before doors for each concert. The band plays Philadelphia on September 1 for the Made in America festival, and you can hear the new song below.


NPR First Listen: Passion Pit, playing the Made in America Festival in September

After Passion Pit‘s stunning debut album, their sophomore release Gossamer is just as majestic, poppy, powerful, and fun as the first (if not more). NPR says about the album and lead singer, Michael Angelakos:

Gossamer vacillates like a torrid romance: Every moment is touch and go, on and off, quiet as a whisper and then loud as a yell. Angelakos’ lyrics suggest a love life filled with ups and downs. “Cry Like a Ghost,” for example, finds him remembering a relationship trapped in a vicious cycle: “Sylvia / Right back where you came from you’re a pendulum / Heartbroken and numb.” But he doesn’t wallow in the sadness: Gossamer is pure catharsis. It’s all about strength, moving forward, forgetting — and giving life to the party even as it doles out condolences to the lonely.

Stream the album on NPR and pre-order it here. Pitchfork is reporting that Passion Pit canceled a string of tour dates this summer, but it is still part of the Made in America Festival in September. Go here to grab your tickets.


Dirty Projectors release new album today, playing Made in America Festival in September

In just a few words, Swing Lo Magellan (out today on Domino Records), is an exceptional, brilliant album. From the stark rock mind of David Longstreth, Dirty Projectors‘ seventh studio album brings out uncontrollable energy and fizzing tunes that explore a variety of musical outlets. Opening with monotone humming in “Offspring Are Blank” the song develops into a spring of sweet, delicious “oohs,” followed by something reminiscent of a rock opera. For an experimental band, Dirty Projectors unexpectedly emerge with infectious songs. Their previous album, Bitte Orca showed bits of Eastern influence like the song “No Intention” with mystical finger picking on the acoustic guitar and soft, calm “ahh”s from background singers Amber Coffman and Angel Deradoorian. It was also subtle and folk-y at times, whereas Swing Lo Magellan is much more of a playful, instrumental record and even crosses into the boundaries of electronic rock. The song, “Just From Chevron” definitely reminds me of Minus the Bear and its bountiful use of electronic bips and beats. Other songs such as “Dance for You” recall the likes of The Beatles with perfect, low-toned harmonies from Longstreth, but with a string section solo in the middle. Each piece on this album is different from the next, which can usually serve as a good or a bad thing. In the case of this album, it evokes a metropolis of love, intrigue, and desperation – a fresh outlook of music in the modern world. You can stream the album for free on the The Guardian and purchase the album here. Dirty Projectors are part of the Made in America Festival from September 1-3 along with  Jay-Z, Passion Pit, Skrillex, Pearl Jam, and many others. You can buy your tickets to the festival here.

Take a look at the music video for the first single off the album, “Gun Has No Trigger”. The presence of David, Angel, and Amber emerge as silhouettes with sparks of realistic imagery.


The Made In Philly Festival provides an all-local answer to Made in America at The Blockley August 30th

aktivepics-14-of-201Noticing that no Philadelphia artists were featured on this year’s Made In America lineup, promoter Earl Chandler collaborated with DJ Aktive to throw their own festival. Made In Philly features 17 up-and-coming hip-hop, R&B and pop names including Bones, Jade Alston, Chase Allen, and Frenchie. It goes down at The Blockley on August 30; that’s the night before Made in America kicks off, so you’ll be able to take in the best of both worlds. Find tickets and more information about the festival’s lineup here. Watch Bones’ video for “You Wear It Well” below.


Tonight’s Concert Picks: DJ Shadow Made in America Afterparty at the TLA, Galactic and Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears at Wiggins Park Labor Day Music Festival, and Black Swans and Meg Bairs at Studio 34

Besides day two of the Made in America Festival, there’s a bunch of shows going on in the Philadelphia area tonight. If you’re hitting up the festival today and looking for something to do afterwards (or just feel like taking in some impressive turntable skills), DJ Shadow will be spinning a late night Made in America afterparty at the TLA. The show starts at 11 p.m. and tickets are available here for $18. Check out a roundup of some of our favorite DJ Shadow moments here.

If you’re looking for free outdoor music, the Camden County Freeholders are hosting a free Backyard BBQ tonight at Wiggins Waterfront Park. Performances include Galactic featuring Corey Glover, Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears, Royal Southern Brotherhood with Cyril Neville, 61 North, and Mia Boarders. The music starts at 2 p.m. and goes all day. For more information click here. Check out the video for Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears’ song “Mustang Ranch” below.

Finally, if your looking for something folksy, check out the Folkadelphia Presents show at Studio 34 with The Black Swans, Meg Baird, and Glenn Jones tonight. The doors open at 8 p.m. and tickets are on sale here for $10. For more details check out the Facebook event page here. Below, listen to The Black Swans’ song “Nap.”


This Weekend: Experience two festivals (Made in America, Dave P at FYF) without leaving your home

For some, the outdoor music festival is a dicey proposition. Sure, the pound-for-pound lineup at Made in America is a force to be reckoned with, but what about the fans of the music who aren’t up for two long days in big crowds on the Ben Franklin Parkway? And it’s unquestionably rad that Dave P. has a featured DJ set at FYF Festival, but maybe you’re not such a Making Time devotee that you’re ready to hop the next plane to Vegas. Thankfully, those who aren’t attending these festivals in person can experience them from the comfort of your own home. Mashable reported today that YouTube and Pandora would carry a live stream of Made in America on Saturday September 1 and Sunday September 2, which includes much anticipated sets from Jay-Z, Pearl Jam, Meek Mill, Dirty Projectors and a couple dozen others. Listeners can visit or, or use the Pandora app on their smart phone. And for fans of futuristic sounds, Dave P cryptically announced on Making Time Radio’s website that it would be broadcasting live from FYF Festival on Saturday and Sunday as well, with more details TBA this this Friday. Start planning your listening parties now!


Made In America round two was a mixed bag, but Kendrick Lamar, Miguel and Alessia Cara saved the day

Kendrick Lamar | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

On paper, the second day of this year’s Made In America festival was the stronger lineup — it had Kendrick, Nicki, Pusha, Miguel, and those were just the top-billed names. The way it played out was a bit different, with equipment malfunctions (and wardrobe malfunctions) scattered across the day. It felt at a point like we were alternating between artists who had their act incredibly together, and those who did not, and though it was a mixed bag, it was a lot of fun to sort through. Here’s what we heard and saw.
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