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 →
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 →
Today, the Made in America Festival released this weekend’s set times via Twitter. For those attending the festival or watching the video stream from home, it seems mercifully spaced out: quickly eyeballing things, there don’t seem to be crazy justapositions or tough decisions to make. At least not at first glance. Continue reading →
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 →
It feels like we just talking about beginning-of-the-summer shows, and somehow it is almost August. It’s still summer though! So make sure you take advantage of the outdoor weather as much as possible at these 5 awesome shows throughout August. Continue reading →
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.
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 →
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 →