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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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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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Made in America day one blasts off with Kanye West, The National, J Cole, Mayer Hawthorne and more

Kanye West | Photo by John Vettese
Kanye West at Made in America | Photo by John Vettese

This year’s Made in America festival kicked off yesterday with an exhilarating lineup of performers along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The day spanned 11 hours and a spectrum of genres, from the discofied openers in Cherub to the hardcore punk / metal of Glassjaw; EDM hitmaker Baauer to funky fresh hiphop vet Big Daddy Kane; sweet soul grooves from Mayer Hawthorne to an explosive set from The National. And of course, the man of the hour was Kanye West, whose closing 90-minute performance was at peak energy throughout. Continue reading →

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Listen to Cruisr’s infectious new single “All Over”; new EP releases on Vagrant Records next month

Cruisr | Photo by Chris Sembrot | Courtesy of the artist
Cruisr | Photo by Chris Sembrot | Courtesy of the artist

Big things are afoot in the the Cruisr world. First, note the spelling – that’s not a typo, they Philly indie four-piece has officially dropped the E from their name since we last checked in with them this summer. Second, it’s signed deal with the long-running indie rock label Vagrant Records, and its latest debut EP, All Over, gets a release on September 23rd. Third, how about that title track, right? Continue reading →

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Five must-see artists at Made In America

Photo via facebook.com/actuallygrimes
Photo via facebook.com/actuallygrimes

As the Made In America fast approaches this weekend, one might feel a bit overwhelmed with the enormous amount of musical options to check out. Don’t feel stressed – we’re here to help! Here are our pics for five must-see performances this weekend, whether you’re catching the festival in person or streaming it on the MIA website. These artists are sure to keep the crowd buzzing well after their set ends. Continue reading →

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Stream Spoon’s “Do You,” the first single from They Want My Soul

Photo by Tom Hines
Photo by Tom Hines

Austin indie rock band Spoon returned this week with “Do You,” the first official single from their upcoming album They Want My Soul, out August 5th. This is the first album following 2010′s The Transference. The song premiered on SiriusXMU yesterday.

Last month, the band debuted “Rent I Pay” at Le Poisson Rouge for NPR Music. They also performed “Rainy Taxi” on Jimmy Kimmel. The new track lies between the slowed tempo of “Rainy Taxi” and the stomping passion of “Rent I Pay.” “Do You” is more hopeful, for a start, with more of the classic “Spoon” feel. Overall, all three songs point to yet another great album.

Catch the band at the Philly branch of the Made in America festival during Labor Day Weekend. Listen to the new track below.

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Unlocked: Despite frequent “Trips,” watch Vacationer cater to hometown audience

 

Vacationer | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com
Vacationer | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

Vacationer does exactly what their name would suggest.

The Philadelphia-based band has toured and traveled all over the world. They’ve shot videos in Hawaii and Costa Rica. They’ve played festivals in Iceland, and toured all over the U.S. alongside bands like Bombay Bicycle Club, Tennis, Hellogoodbye and The Naked and Famous.

But the Vacationer hasn’t always taken their party on the road. They’ve also played Philly enough times since 2012 to make it hard to keep track of. The band has brought its chill-wave sounds to venues like Union Transfer, the Theater of the Living Arts and the Dock Street Brewing Company, as well as outdoor festivals like 2nd Street Festival in Northern Liberties and the Fishtown River City Festival. Their home-away-from-tour, however, seems to be Underground Arts, where Vacationer has played a handful of shows including the two installments of the “Nude Beach” concert series the band started.

To celebrate tonight’s release show and the band’s first time performing at Johnny Brenda’s, we’re recapping a few of Vacationer’s most memorable hometown shows in the live videos below. You can also catch them playing the first day of the Made in America festival on August 30th, Vacationer being the only local band announced on the bill so far. Continue reading →