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 →
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.
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.
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.
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.