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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.

Union Transfer – February 2, 2012 – “Gone”

In early 2012, Vacationer had released an EP that proceeded their first LP, Gone, which dropped on March 20th of that year. In the video above, the band plays the album’s title track while opening for The Asteroid Galaxy Tour. You can tell frontman Kenny Vasoli hasn’t quite broken in his dance moves yet.

TLA – June 2, 2014 – “Everyone Knows”

A few months later, Vacationer played its second hometown show at the TLA, opening for Walk the Moon. This video shows they already have some screaming fans, and Kenny and the rest of the band seem much looser and chilled out.

Underground Arts – September 28, 2012– “Dreamlike”

In the video above, Vacationer plays “Dreamlike” at the band’s first big headlining show at Underground Arts, playing alongside fellow Philly favorites Cold Fronts and City Rain. The more intimate nature of the venue really highlights these musicians’ multi-instrumental talents.

Underground Arts – February 9, 2013 – “Trip”

Here’s a great live video from Vacationer’s inaugural Nude Beach party – a concert series the band started to bring more electronic music to Philadelphia. During their set, Vacationer also helped partiers thaw from the snowy winter and frigid temperatures.

“Shining” from Relief performed May 16, 2014

Though this video wasn’t filmed during a Philly set, it’s a little glimpse at what fans can expect tonight at Vacationer’s local Relief release show. Get tickets for the show here.

Relief is the featured album in this week’s edition of Unlocked. Download “In The Grass” in Monday’s post, read yesterday’s album review, and check back tomorrow for an interview and Friday for a post about the daily lives of the band members.

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Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Kings of Leon, De La Soul, The National and more will head up Made in America Philly

Deadmau5 crowd | Photo by John Vettese
Deadmau5 crowd | Photo by John Vettese

The lineup for our friendly neighborhood mega-festival, Made in America, tripped down the wire via Twitter today. After a successful and massively enjoyable year on the Ben Franklin Parkway last summer, the event split into two locations this year – the Philly August 30th and 31st, along with a concurrent festival in Los Angeles.

Among the Philly headliners are everyone’s favorite hat-rocking pop impresario Pharrell Williams, dramatic dad-rock faves The National, classic hip-hop trio De La Soul and EDM icon Tiësto. Soul rocker Mayer Hawthorne is in the mix along with emo balladeer City and Colour and mashup party fave Girl Talk – on Twitter, Philly rapper Chill Moody predicted that Philly rap icon Freeway might join the latter to bring their recent collaboration to the stage. Local summertime indietronica outfit Vacationer is (so far) the only Philly artist in the mix. And who could forget the festival’s larger-than-life headliner, Kanye West?

Full lineup below; we’ll be updating this list as more artists are added. After the jump, listen to a playlist of all the artists on MIA so far. Continue reading →

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Watch Haim at Made In America

Photo by John Vettese
Photo by John Vettese
The sisters of Haim performed on the Made In America Liberty Stage, early in the day on Saturday. They told stories of growing up in Philly going to Wildwood, had shoes thrown at them, and played a set that showcased their charisma and classic rock flavored songs including, “The Wire,” and “Falling.” Watch the video below and check out the photo recaps of both days of Made In America here.

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Watch Phoenix perform “Entertainment” for La Blogotheque (playing Made in America today)

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La Blogotheque invited Phoenix back for a second Take Away Show session, stepping things up in a big way from the French pop group’s 2009 debut session.  Filmed at Versailles, the video is akin more to a trailer for an indie art film that examines excess vs. simplicity (like this, perhaps?) than a stripped down live performance, though it most certainly is the latter.  Phoenix performs at Budweiser Made In America today – tickets and information for the two day festival can be found here.  Watch the Take Away Show below.

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Phoenix, playing Made In America on 8/31, remix “Trying To Be Cool” featuring R&B superstar R. Kelly

phoenixRkelly Phoenix have a new remix for “Trying To Be Cool,” featuring R&B star R. Kelly. They met in April when Phoenix brought R. Kelly out during their set at Coachella and did a mashup of “1901″ with Kelly’s “Ignition,” and a second mashup of Kelly’s “I’m A Flirt” with Phoenix’s “Chloroform.” Bleow, listen to the R. Kelly step inside of “Trying To Be Cool.” Phoenix play Made In America on Saturday, August 31.

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Download/stream a new song, “Copy A” by Nine Inch Nails (headlining Made In America on 9/1)

nineinchnails Nine Inch Nails release their new album, Hesitation Marks, on September 3rd, two days after the band headlines Made In America on September 1st. You can download a new song, “Copy A,” for free from Amazon UK here, or stream it below. The song has dark, sinewy and muscular loops and sits right at boiling point until the two-minute mark then really takes off. In that sense, it recalls Donna Summer’s “I Need Love” – holding a groove, then lifting off. Listen below, and get tickets and more information on Made In America here.

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Nine Inch Nails perform new material at Lollapalooza (headling Made In America on 9/1)

NIN at Lollapalooza 2013 -  Photograph: Theo Wargo/Getty Images
NIN at Lollapalooza 2013 – Photograph: Theo Wargo/Getty Images

Nine Inch Nails headlined Lollapalooza last night and performed several new songs. Prior to last night’s performance of the new material in Chicago, according to Rolling Stone, NIN performed the new song “Find My Way” at the Fuji Rock Festival in Japan, and “Disappointed,” at the Ansan Valley Rock Festival in South Korea. Below, via Pitchfork watch the new songs at Lollapalooza from Grant Park in Chi-town.

NIN headline Made In America on Sunday, September 1, just a couple days before they release a new album Hesitation Marks on September 3rd.

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Haim share new song, “The Wire” (playing Made In America on August 31)

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The LA based band of sisters Haim are definitely plotting world domination one song at a time. For a band that’s yet to release its debut full length album, sisters Alana, Danielle, and Este Haim are gaining quite the following around the world. With an EP and some stellar singles to their resume and extensive touring including several marquee festivals, Haim have a new song, “The Wire,” that plays to all their strengths; catchy hooks, jubilant harmonies and a wink and a nod to classic rock (we can’t help but notice the rhythmic similarities of this new song to “Heartache Tonight” by The Eagles and the Lindsey Buckingham-esque guitar solo). They play Made In America in Philly on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Saturday, August 31. Below, listen to “The Wire.”

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Listen to Phoenix on World Cafe (playing Made In America)

Photo of Thomas Mars by Joe del Tufo
Photo of Thomas Mars by Joe del Tufo
Phoenix were recently on World Cafe with David Dye. Their session features selections from their live performance at WXPN’s Non-COMMVention in May. You can listen to the session here. The setlist included:

Lisztomania
Long Distance Call
Trying To Be Cool
Drakkar Noir
Chloroform
1901

Phoenix are playing Made In America on Saturday, August 31.

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