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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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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Turning Violet Violet, Greg Laswell, Childish Gambino w/ Danny Brown & Wigwams

Tonight we celebrate the variety of music that is being held in Philadelphia, both by genre and locale. The Fishtown indie / chamber fivesome, Turning Violet Violet released their record Double Cure in May and we were lucky enough to do a Key Studio Session with them around the same time. The album was recorded, produced, engineered and mixed by Jon Low and Brian McTear at Miner Street Recording. John Vettese, writing about the record, said: “The album’s thundering percussion and thrilling crescendos create a immediate sense of urgency, heightened by lyrics that long for simpler times in the face of an uncertain future. Meanwhile, the playing and arrangements sound like exactly what they are: the work of five skilled and studied musicians who are just as epic performing live as they are on record.” They play tonight with The Deer Tracks and Nouela at 9:15 PM at Johnny Brenda’s, tickets are $10 and the show is 21+.

Also playing:
Singer-songwriter Greg Laswell plays with Elizabeth & The Catapult at World Cafe Live Upstairs at 8PM. His new compilation of songs is entitled LandlineGo here to purchase tickets to the all ages show. Below, listen to the song “Landline” that he did with Ingrid Michaelson for the album

Childish Gambino, better known as Donald Glover from the hit NBC comedy, “Community”, performs tonight with Danny Brown at River Stage at Great Plaza-Penn’s Landing. Show starts at 7:30PM, tickets are $35 plus processing fees.

Our final pick for tonight is the indie rock band Wigwams at Kung Fu Necktie. Opening are Mmoths, Tressors and Gull. Showtime is 7PM; tickets to the 21+ show are $10.00

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Photo recap: Day One, Roots Picnic

All Roots Picnic photos by Eric Ashleigh. More photos from the gallery can be viewed here.

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Roots Picnic lineup announced; two days on June 2nd and 3rd at Festival Pier

The Roots picnic is being held on Saturday and Sunday, June 2nd and 3rd at Festival Pier. According to an announcement at Okayplayer the lineup includes: The Roots, Kid Cudi, De La Soul (backed by the Roots), Wale, Diplo, Major Lazer, St. Vincent, tune-yards, Shabazz Palaces, OCD: Moosh & Twist, Danny Brown, The Hood Internet, Chill Moody, Flosstradamus, Stretch Armstrong, Star Slinger, Mr. MFN Exquire, Kids These Days, DJ Diamond Kuts. Also in the mix is James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem who will be doing a special DJ set. There is a special pre-sale today from 10 am to 10 pm. Go here for tickets and more information. General public tickets go on sale this Friday at 10 am.