The opening day of the 2013 Made In America festival was jam packed with a wide variety of sounds and styles, from Haim kicking off the day at the festival’s Liberty Stage to EDM heavy hitter Porter Robinson making the crowd move on the Freedom Stage and tremendous headlining performance by Beyoncé.
Some of the amazing / exciting / unusual things we observed during the day: Philly’s Restorations rocked an impressive set on the Skate Park stage, with singer-guitarist Jon Loudon playing so hard that he cut his hand open and splattered blood all over his guitar. During Public Enemy‘s set, local teacher Heather Marcus was brought onstage to make an impassioned speech about the need to support public schools in Philadelphia. Alt-rock heros Imagine Dragons gave a propulsive, high-energy performance, while Phoenix delivered an impressive assortment of hits, deep cuts and bright stage lights. With all the Deadmau5 fans walking around the festival grounds during the day with imaginatively decorated mouse heads (one dude’s was done up like a disco ball), the Los Angeles via Toronto DJ’s set was a tremendous crescendo that set the stage well for Ms. Knowles’ incredible closing performance. Check out a massive photo recap in the gallery below, and follow XPN on Instagram to keep tabs on today’s action.
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.
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:
Long Distance Call
Trying To Be Cool
French alt-pop outfit Phoenix just released the music video for “Trying to be Cool.” It’s the second single off of their new album Bankrupt! that came out in April. Synthy and melodic, the tune erupts into a satisfying dance party towards the end. The music video was produced by The Creators Project, a partnership between Intel and VICE. It features a lot of counting down and, well, some pretty cool scenes. You can check out the video below, and you can catch Phoenix performing at the first day of the Made in America Festival on August 31st.
Dozens of bands played the WXPN Non-COMMvention this week. Audio, photos and set lists from most of the sessions can be found here. Below, watch Phoenix perform “1901,” and Steve Martin and Edie Brickell perform “When You Get To Asheville” via The Top 22.
Out on tour in support of their 2013 LP Bankrupt!, international pop-rock sensations Phoenix stopped by Non-COMM last night for a 45-minute set that pulled from almost all of their five studio albums (2004′s Alphabetical being the only one not touched on). With their trademark light show and high-tech visuals absent, the band showed that they transcend flash, throwing as much energy into this intimate performance for about 500 Non-COMM attendees as they have at arena shows in the past. Check out photos from their performance in the gallery above and see the setlist (and a video of “1901″) after the jump. Continue reading →