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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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Stream CHVRCHES’ cover of Haim’s “Falling” on BBC Radio (playing Union Transfer on 9/18)

CHVRCHES | Photo by Matthew Shaver | www.mattshaverphoto.com
CHVRCHES | Photo by Matthew Shaver | www.mattshaverphoto.com

Glasgow synth-pop trio CHVRCHES made an appearance on BBC Radio 1′s Live Lounge Late recently where they tucked in a cover of Haim‘s “Falling” between talking with host Phil Taggart and performing a handful of their own songs.  CHVRCHES will release their debut full-length The Bones of What You Believe in September via Glassnote Records and they’ll be in town on September 19th for a show at Union Transfer.  Haim will also be in Philly when they perform during Labor Day weekend’s Made In America festival.  Tickets and information for both shows can be found here.  Stream the cover below followed by the original, and listen back to CHVRCHES full appearance on the show here.