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Death Cab For Cutie packs the TLA for the Made In America after-party

Death Cab for Cutie | Photo by Matthew Shaver | brightloud.com
Death Cab for Cutie | Photo by Matthew Shaver | brightloud.com

After the show is the after party… – Jay-Z

The founder of Made In America summed it up nice and neat, and this year Death Cab For Cutie delivered on those words. South Street’s TLA was packed to the brim for a pretty spectacular close to the weekend, and gave us all something to think about as we lay in bed hungover on Monday. Continue reading →

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The Weeknd, Metric, Mick Jenkins and more bring the heat to Made In America Day Two

The Weeknd| Photo by John Vettese
The Weeknd| Photo by John Vettese

Day two of this year’s Made in America festival was decidedly more about the music than being seen in the same vicinity as Queen Bey. I was greeted by two very cheery security guards who, after searching my bags and person, handed me a bottle of water about three times bigger than the one I brought with me and told me to have a great time. That definitely set the tone for the day. Continue reading →

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Beyonce, Death Cab for Cutie, Hop Along and more light up Made In America day one

Beyonce | Photo by John Vettese
Beyonce | Photo by John Vettese

The fourth installment of Jay-Z’s Made in America festival kicked off yesterday with a full day of sun and sounds, from hard rock to hip-hop, capped by a knockout performance by pop idol Beyonce. When she played MIA back in 2013, Bey was just ahead of dropping her surprise self-titled release – the record that might just have gone on to be the biggest of her career. Continue reading →

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Watch Hop Along’s Frances Quinlan perform this stripped down version of “Buddy in the Parade”

Frances Quinlan of Hop Along | Photo courtesy of the artist
Frances Quinlan of Hop Along | Photo courtesy of Noisey

A few months after the release of sophomore LP Painted Shut, Hop Along‘s Frances Quinlan visited with Noisey to record an acoustic version “Buddy in the Parade” from this year’s Painted Shut. The session takes place in the warehouse of a mural company, buckets of paint creating a backdrop for Quinlan and her guitar. And in typical fashion for the musician, her performance has just as much, if not more dynamism than the album. Watch the session below, and see Quinlan with the rest of the band at Made in America on September 5th. Continue reading →

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Check out Mick Jenkins’ new mixtape via NPR Music, see him at Made In America

Mick Jenkins | Photo via artist's Facebook
Mick Jenkins | Photo via artist’s Facebook

“They say I be talking ’bout water too much,” Mick Jenkins declares on the first track of his mixtape Wave[s], streaming now via NPR Music. The imagery holds up throughout as a symbol of growth – water as nourishment, as a vehicle for cleansing and purity – expanding on themes Jenkins explored on his excellent 2014 album The Water[s]. Continue reading →