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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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Photos: Kings of Leon brought rock city to the Wells Fargo Center

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Kings of Leon | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | www.michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Tennessee rockers Kings of Leon returned to Philadelphia, playing a monster 27-song set at Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday night. On tour in support of their sixth album, Mechanical Bull, the Nashville band of brothers showcased music from across their catalog for an amped-up crowd. Check out a gallery of photos from the show below, and read the setlist after the jump.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Kings of Leon with Gary Clark, Jr. at the Wells Fargo Center, Anders Osborne at World Cafe Live

Kings of Leon | photo courtesy of the artist
Kings of Leon | photo courtesy of the artist

Kings of Leon take over the Wells Fargo Center tonight, with support from blues rock musician Gary Clark, Jr.  The Tennessee natives (and family band) released their sixth studio record Mechanical Bull in September.  XPN Fest alum Gary Clark, Jr. has been getting a lot of mileage out of his 2012 LP Blak and Blu, winning a Grammy Award for the Best Traditional R&B performance with his song “Please Come Home” earlier this year.  Tickets and information can be found here. Check out Kings of Leon’s video for “Beautiful War” below.

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Eclectic jam trio Mo Lowda and the Humble will make a splash at The TLA opening for The Unlikely Candidates

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Mo Lowda | Photo via https://www.facebook.com/MoLowda

Signed to Temple University’s Bell Tower Music, Bucks County bred alt-rock outfit Mo Lowda and the Humble is no stranger to the Philly scene. They’ve played Underground Arts, World Cafe Live, MilkBoy and were a featured performer on SoFAR Philly. But the band’s upcoming gig – opening for The Unlikely Candidates at The TLA next Thursday – has to be one of the biggest the band has seen yet. But for a trio with their talent, it’s no surprise.

Mo Lowda has largely been compared to Kings of Leon, due to the deep, raw yet heartfelt singing of Jordan Caiola. His voice is eerily reminiscent of Leon’s Caleb Followill. But these guys reach far beyond any one genre or sound. Known for their energetic live acts, Mo Lowda’s style can switch from alt-rock to jazz funk, head banging one minute and digging into an all-out DMB groove fest the next. The latter thanks in large part to bassist Nate Matulist’s funk-filled bass playing. Combine that with Caiola’s high powered guitar riffs and Shane Woods’ energetic-drumming on drums and you’ve got quite the explosive experience.

The band is still young, having released their first full length Curse the Weather last September via Bell Tower, so this opening gig at the TLA should be great exposure. Plus, they’ve promised new tunes at the performance. Find tickets and more information on the show here. Listen to the track “Where the Whitetails Go” off of Curse the Weather below.

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Watch Kings of Leon spin a southern gothic tale in their “Beautiful War” video (playing Wells Fargo Center 2/19)

Kings of Leon | Photo via www.facebook.com/KingsOfLeon
Kings of Leon | Photo via www.facebook.com/KingsOfLeon

The tale of Kings of Leon‘s new “Beautiful War” video is told in flashback from the narrator’s (who is in prison) perspective. It’s basically a story of southern fun gone wrong with the central character, his girlfriend, and her brother, one of whom winds up dead. It’s not what you’d expect of the visual for this love song, but the cinematography is flawless. And there’s a mechanical bull, which is also the title of the band’s latest album (Mechanical Bull was released in September). KOL brings their southern charm to the Wells Fargo Center on February 19th. Get tickets here.

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Just Announced: Kings of Leon play the Wells Fargo Center in February

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Modern rockers Kings of Leon will embark on a tour that brings them to the Wells Fargo Center in February with Gary Clark Jr..  The band of brothers (and a cousin) are currently supporting their sixth studio album Mechanical Bull, which was released in September.  Getting their start in Tennessee, the Followills eschewed the typical country influences of the state and instead focused on the styles of the Rolling Stones, The Clash and the Pixies.  It was their 2008 album Only by the Night that really put the band on the map, producing top-charting singles “Sex on Fire” and “Use Somebody.”  Tickets for the February show go on sale Friday, November 1st at noon.  More information will be available here.  Below, watch the video for “Supersoaker” off of Mechanical Bull.

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Recap: Austin City Limits Festival Oct 11-13

The Shouting Matches | Photo by Jeremy Quattlebaum | www.theangrymountain.com
The Shouting Matches | Photo by Jeremy Quattlebaum | www.theangrymountain.com

All photos by Jeremy Quattlebaum | www.theangrymountain.com

Last week’s Austin City Limits Festival featured a variety of sounds and styles, ranging from the soulful harmonies of the Blind Boys of Alabama to the introspective and moody hits from The Cure. Held in Austin’s Zilker Park, the six-stage, two-tent festival was a non-stop show of up-and-coming acts like the electro-rock group Cherub to the soulful sounds of Luella and the Sun to the stadium filling acts like Muse and Kings of Leon.

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Local Natives | Photo by Jeremy Quattlebaum | www.theangrymountain.com

The ever-present heat did not stop Local Natives from giving there all in a high-energy set that was a departure from their more mellow albums. A raucous set by the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion was the highlight of the first night, with the front man acting as part bluesman, part revival minister, and part rock god. The Queens of the Stone Age’s set featured a bevy of fan-favorites like “Go With the Flow” and the high speed closer “Song for the Dead.” Depeche Mode wowed the audience with their mix of dominant stage presence and the over-the-top graphics that accompanied their set.

The second day’s performances were typified by the alt-rock shuffles of the Silversun Pickups and a bluesy set by The Shouting Matches, who peppered their set with blues standards that got the audience moving. Passion Pit proved to be the favorite for the dance crowd as the audience chorused their electro-pop hits when they were not in a dancing fury.

In fact the only thing that could stop the top caliber performances was a true Texas gully-washer that flooded the festival and caused the festival to cancel its final day.

Austin City Limits festival grounds and skyline | Photo by Jeremy Quattlebaum | www.theangrymountain.com
Austin City Limits festival grounds and skyline | Photo by Jeremy Quattlebaum | www.theangrymountain.com

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Band of Horses reschedule show (that Kings of Leon cancelled), now playing the TLA on Tuesday, August 9th

Two days ago, Kings of Leon decided to call off the remainder of their U.S. summer tour, which included a scheduled performance with Band of Horses at the Susquehanna Bank Center on August 12th. Citing lead singer Caleb Followill’s “vocal issues and exhaustion,” the cancellation was certainly a bummer, but thankfully Band of Horses is rallying hard and has announced that they will attempt to visit as many of the cancelled cities as possible. Philly has been confirmed as one of the cities receiving a show, and it’s happening soon – this Tuesday, August 9th, at the TLA. Tickets go on sale tomorrow (Thursday, August 4th) at noon; they will cost $25 and will be made available here.

Here’s the video for “Funeral” from the group’s 2006 debut album Everything All the Time.

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Kings of Leon cancel Philly show on August 12th and remaining U.S. tour

This just in from Live Nation:

Kings Of Leon have cancelled the remainder of their U.S. tour, including their scheduled performance at Susquehanna Bank Center on Friday, August 12th. Below is a statement from the band:

“We are so sorry to say Kings of Leon are canceling their entire US tour due to Caleb Followill suffering from vocal issues and exhaustion. The band is devastated, but in order to give their fans the shows they deserve, they need to take this break. Unfortunately, the US dates cannot be rescheduled due to the band’s international tour schedule. Tickets will be refunded at point of purchase. Tickets purchased online or via phones will be automatically refunded. The band will resume touring in Canada at the Rogers Center in Vancouver, BC, on September 28th. That show was originally schedule for September 14th.”