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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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Firefly Music Festival Day Two: Foo Fighters, Arctic Monkeys, Band of Horses, Girl Talk, Bleachers and more

Foo Fighters | Firefly | Photo by Joe del Tufo | http://www.joedeltufo.com/
Foo Fighters | Firefly | Photo by Joe del Tufo | http://www.joedeltufo.com/

Yesterday we wrapped up our second day at Firefly Music Festival, which was best described by one word: ROCK!!! Here’s some of our photo highlights from day two.

Band of Horses | Firefly | Photo by Joe del Tufo | http://www.joedeltufo.com/
Band of Horses | Firefly | Photo by Joe del Tufo | http://www.joedeltufo.com/
Arctic Monkeys | Firefly | Photo by Joe del Tufo | http://www.joedeltufo.com/
Arctic Monkeys | Firefly | Photo by Joe del Tufo | http://www.joedeltufo.com/
American Authors | Firefly | Photo by Joe del Tufo | http://www.joedeltufo.com/
American Authors | Firefly | Photo by Joe del Tufo | http://www.joedeltufo.com/
Photo by John Vettese
Photo by John Vettese
Young The Giant | Firefly | Photo by John Vettese
Young The Giant | Firefly | Photo by John Vettese
The Jezabels | Firefly | Photo by John Vettese
The Jezabels | Firefly | Photo by John Vettese
Airborne Toxic Event | Firefly | Photo by Joe del Tufo | http://www.joedeltufo.com/
Airborne Toxic Event | Firefly | Photo by Joe del Tufo | http://www.joedeltufo.com/
Photo by John Vettese
Photo by John Vettese

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Download the new Girl Talk and Freeway EP, Broken Ankles

Photo by Andrew Strasser
Photo by Andrew Strasser

Producer, DJ and mashup artist Girl Talk (Greg Gillis) has joined forces with Philly rapper Freeway to release a new EP, Broken Ankles available exclusively at Datpiff. The EP is a departure from Girl Talk’s previous releases in that Gillis produces more traditional hip-hop beats, not mashups. He told James Montgomery of MTV News:

“I had the idea to do a mixtape with someone, but have it flow like one of my albums. I wanted to do a mixtape that was pretty different from your average mixtape. Every song is connected and there’s a very distinct beginning and end; it works as a whole,” Gillis explained. “It’s a continuous mix, but the songs can work as standalones. It’s a very colorful listen, too; there’s stuff that’s more obscure soul samples, there’s ’70s prog rock samples, there’s more modern samples; it jumps around. So it represents a lot of what we were doing together.”

The EP features contributions from Jadakiss on “I Can Hear Sweat,” Young Chris on “Tell Me Yeah,” and Waka Flocka Flame on “Tolerated.” That last song also features samples of “Rubber Car” by Enon and “Dreams” by Esther Phillips.

As for the samples, Gillis digs deep into the crates for sounds from Kansas (featured as the lead in to the bridge on “I Can Hear Sweat”), Cyndi Lauper, Lumidee, Mouse On Mars, Nine Inch Nails, Notorius B.I.G., The Temptations, Tubeway Army, and Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman. Fans of Gillis and Philly Freezer have been treated to one of the best mixtapes of the year. Girl Talk plays at Firefly on Friday, June 20th.

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Watch “Tolerated,” the new collaboration between Philly Freeway and Girl Talk

Photo courtesy of the artists.
Photo courtesy of the artists.
Philly rapper Freeway and Girl Talk have released the first video and song from their forthcoming collaboration. “Tolerated” features special guest Waka Flacka Flame, and is from their Broken Ankles EP, available to download for free via DatPiff on April 8th. Freeway, known for his hard hitting rap style, has joined forces with Girl Talk (Gregg Gillis) in what is a musical departure for Gillis’s usual mashup style of sampling.

There’s no shortage of gore, pranks, cakes smashed in people’s faces, people smashing chairs on each other, chest punches, crazy karate moves, eye ball poking, and limbs being torn from bodies. It’s how Girl Talk and Freeway “tolerate” all their haters, over an energetic, pulsing beat and Freeway’s hard hitting raps.

About the collaboration, Gillis told Pitchfork:

It was liberating and exciting working on a different style of material. I couldn’t stop. A bunch of the ideas were things I’ve been wanting to do for years… I’ve been a fan of Freeway since I first heard him on ’1-900-Hustler,’ and I just thought he was the perfect fit for what I had in mind. I wanted the album to be diverse, and I wanted someone who could maneuver around quick changes mid-song. Freeway is the rare rapper who sounds natural on all types of beats, ranging from cut-up soul to menacing synth-jams. His energy is unreal, and he’s able to keep up with any production… I wanted to work closer to traditional song structure compared to my last few albums, but still include some detailed sample splicing and change-ups when it felt appropriate. The overall structure is what I thought worked best with Freeway’s style… It’s always important to me to have an album that works as a whole; something that has a calculated flow to it, which is intended to be listened to front to back.

Below, watch “Tolerated.”

Girl Talk will perform at the Firefly Music Festival on Friday, June 20th.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Autre Ne Veut at Voyeur for Making Time, Divers at The Fire, Janelle Monae at Penn’s Spring Fling, David Bromberg Quartet at Landis Theater, Netherfriends at Church of the Advocate

ANVAutre Ne Veut headlines tonight’s Making Time event at Voyeur Nightclub.  Based in Brooklyn, Autre Ne Veut is the electronic R&B / pop project of former jingle composer Arthur Ashin.  Anxiety, released in February, is Ashin’s second effort under the moniker, which means “I think of none other” in French.  Also performing at tonight’s party are Delorean, Jacques Greene and Doldrums.  Tickets and information can be found here. Below, watch Autre Ne Veut’s video for “Counting.”

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Photo Recap: Popped! Music Festival featuring The Shins, Cage The Elephant, Panda Bear, Pretty Lights, Girl Talk, + more

All photos courtesy of Kevin Kennedy over at The Swollen Fox. From The Swollen Fox’s review of Popped! Music Festival, Day One:

Even before a single band had hit the stage, this year’s Popped! Music Festival was not off to a good start. Just a few days before the festival, organizers had to make the gut-wrenching decision to move the festival indoors due to the forecasted weather. No one can blame them for the move; they can’t control the weather and it’s certainly not their fault FDR Park wouldn’t be able to survive both the rain and thousands of people pounding its grounds. Nevertheless, no one seemed to be all that happy about the unfortunate move.

For the full review of the entire festival (including a ton of additional photos of each performing act), as well as a comprehensive calendar of upcoming shows in Philadelphia, visit The Swollen Fox. (Thanks to Kevin for sharing his photos with us.)

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Just Announced: The complete Popped! Music Festival lineup


The Popped! Music Festival lineup has been officially announced. The festival is September 23–24 at FDR Park (AKA “The Lakes”).

Friday, September 23rd
The Shins
Cage The Elephant
Elbow
Panda Bear
The Pains of Being Pure At Heart
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
Company of Thieves

Saturday, September 24th
Pretty Lights
Girl Talk
Foster The People
Cults
Charles Bradley
The Vaccines
The Budos Band
Mates Of State
Black Landlord
Rakim
Black Thought & J. Period Mixtape
Kreayshawn
Zee Avi
Patty Crash

A limited number of Early Bird two-day passes ($90) and Early Bird two-day VIP passes ($175) are on sale now through Thursday, June 23rd, at 10 p.m. Use the code: POPPED (for two-day passes) and code: VIPPOPPED (for two-day VIP passes) at the Popped! wesbite or at Ticketmaster. VIP passes include a special viewing area near the stage, a separate entrance, bar/food/restroom areas. Regular price two-day passes ($110) and two-day VIP passes ($200) go on sale this Friday, June 24th, at 10 a.m. at the Popped! website and Ticketmaster. Charge by phone at 800-745-8000, or the Electric Factory Box Office located at 421 N. 7th Street. (No service fees for cash purchases!)

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Watch the entire set up, soundcheck, performance and break down of Girl Talk’s Philly show in three minutes and eight seconds

Did you miss the Girl Talk show in Philly a couple weeks ago (February 4th)? If you did (or even if you didn’t) you can watch the entire show from the Electric Factory in 3 minutes and eight seconds. The video below is a time lapse from 10:30am until 12:30am; how long it took to set up, sound check, perform, and break down the concert. Party on.

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This Weekend’s Concert Picks: Girl Talk, Gang Of Four, Tapes ‘N Tapes, When I Was 12, Folkadelphia

Girl Talk

Photo by Christos Schizas

Girl Talk performs 2/4 at Electric Factory.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 4
Girl Talk + Penguin Prison at Electric Factory (8:30 p.m., SOLD OUT); Sun Airway + Celebration, Golden Ages, CSLSX, Savages at The Ox (7:30 p.m., $10); Langhorne Slim + Bobby Bare Jr., Frontier Ruckus at Johnny Brenda’s (9 p.m., 21+, SOLD OUT)

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 5
Gang Of Four + Hollerado, Moon Women, DJ Robert Drake at Theatre Of The Living Arts (8:30 p.m.); Tapes ‘N Tapes + Oberhofer, Xylos at Johnny Brenda’s (9 p.m., 21+, SOLD OUT); When I Was 12 + The Great Unknown, Conversations With Enemies, Safe Travels at The Ox (7:30 p.m., $10)

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 6
How could you possibly consider leaving the house for a night of live music when you can watch The Black-Eyed Peas perform on TV from the comfort of your own living room? The performance will occur during the Halftime Spectacular Bonanza of this year’s Football MegaMatch, which features two teams who aren’t the Philadelphia Eagles. (Really, that is all you need to know about the game.) However, if you’re not too busy Sunday afternoon waiting in line at the ACME to purchase the very last package of nacho chips (likely Baked Tostitos With A Hint Of Lime) in the greater Philadelphia area, we strongly urge you to consider going to the first Folkadelphia concert at Johnny Brenda’s, which features The Spinning Leaves and Hezekiah Jones. (You can read our interview with Folkadelphia organizer Fred Knittel here.) The Spinning Leaves perform with Hezekiah Jones at 1 p.m. at Johnny Brenda’s; tickets to the show are $7.