Phoenix played Coachella this past weekend. The band’s new album, Bankrupt! is out next Tuesday, April 23rd. Phoenix are performing at Made In America the weekend of August 31 and September 1 at the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Go here for tickets and more information about the show. Below, watch the band perform, “Rome,” and “Entertainment.”
Made in America
Today Jay-Z officially announced that the wildly successful Made In America Festival will return to the Ben Franklin Parkway this Labor Day Weekend. The official line up will be announced via Spotify at noon this Wednesday, April 10th. Last year’s show featured musical heavyweights Pearl Jam, Run DMC, Skrillex, Calvin Harris and many others. This year’s two-day festival happens on August 31st and September 1st. Check out the Jay-Z’s promo video for the festival below.
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.”
Yesterday was the first day of Jay-Z’s Made In America festival. Overall, the festival delivered on the promise of a fantastic, eclectic lineup, and a fun experience on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia. The seemingly mostly under-30, racially mixed crown (upwards to 50,000) filled the Parkway for nine hours of music that alternated between two stages and a DJ tent. Gary Clark, Jr started the day on the Rocky Stage (the main stage at the feet of the Art Museum steps), and ended with an incredible set from Jay-Z (wearing a Brooklyn Nets cap) with special guests Kanye West, and his G.O.O.D record label pals Big Sean, 2 Chainz, Pusha T, and Common. Earlier in the set, Jay-Z brought out Memphis Bleek, Swiss Beatz, Young Chris and Freeway. From the start of Jay’s set (with a snippet of “Made In America”) to the set closer “N—– In Paris,” it was an historic moment in rap music.
The festival atmosphere was energetic, hot and slightly breezy, and even with the large attendance, it didn’t seem too overcrowded. There was plenty of police presence but the police reported no major and a just a few minor problems during the day. There were food trucks alongside local favorites Tony Lukes and Chickie & Pete’s, a local market featuring local artists and crafts, and plenty of water stations offering refills.
Aside from the star studded headliners for the day, musical standouts included an absolutely fantastic set from Janelle Monae (including a terrific cover of The Jackson 5′s “I Want You Back), Gary Clark, Jr., rapper Jay Electronica, Passion Pit, D’Angelo and Skrillex, who DJ’d in a spaceship in front of a breathtaking light and screen show. Skrillex performed on the side stage (the Liberty Stage) yet should have performed on the main stage. As one of dub step’s poster DJ’s right now, Skrillex’s show was a pleasant shock of high energy beats and drops and reggae that was massively fun.
The musical highlight of the day though was the hour and 1/2 set by Jay-Z and his special guests. Jay delivered a hit filled set (“99 Problems.” “Empire State of Mind,” “Dirt Off Your Shoulder,” “What We Do” (with Freeway), “Encore,” “Izzo (H.O.V.A),” “Excuse Me Miss,” “Run This Town,” and more. Jay is an impeccable showman and was backed by a funky, flawless live band. He introduced Kanye West and along with Big Sean, 2 Chainz, Pusha T, and Common they performed new songs including “Mercy,” and “New God Flow.” The crowd sang along with almost every song (Common’s “The Light” was a standout) and the evening came to a close with a fireworks display behind the set over the Philadelphia Art Museum.
The much-anticipated Made in America festival kicks off tomorrow on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and sizable swath of the internet has spent this week nerding out about the lineup – the promoters included. Today, a photo gallery was posted on Jay-Z’s website, collecting various images that capture the performers in action in glorious black and white. Check out the gallery here, and if you’re attending M.I.A. this weekend, party safe and have fun!