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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Made in America, Ruin at Union Transfer, HogMaw at The Depot, Beta Hi-Fi finals at World Cafe Live Wilmington

Philadelphia welcomes the highly-anticipated Made in America festival today, which will take over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for the weekend. The gates open at noon, and indie rock bands Walk the Moon (Rocky Stage) and Haim (Liberty Stage) will be among the first sets. Headliner Beyoncé won’t perform until the end of the night, so catch earlier acts like alternative rock band Phoenix and legendary hip-hop group Public Enemy on the main stage. And if you want to get your electronica fix, walk over to the Liberty Stage for Australia’s Empire of the Sun or the Freedom Stage for the UK’s Rudimental. But make sure you don’t miss out on homegrown hardcore punk bands, Balance & Composure and Restorations, who will take to the smaller Skate Park Stage.

Look forward to Sunday’s line-up, which will include a performance by industrial rock headliners Nine Inch Nails and sets by indie pop Fitz and The Tantrums, house and electronica musician Robert DeLong, and New Jersey’s indie punk The Front Bottoms.

Check out Balance & Composure’s video for “Quake” and find tickets and information here.

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Download live performances by Ruin on WXPN and St. Mary’s Church (playing Union Transfer 8/31)

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Attention, please.

Some of you longtime Philly music fans may have heard the news that the legendary Philly hardcore group Ruin are playing a show at Union Transfer on Saturday, August 31st. We’re seriously excited about the show, as it will bring together the original members, with “special guests,” and DJ Bobby Startup will be spinning. (request: please play some Executive Slacks and She Male Encounters).

While we were searching the interwebs about one of our all time favorite Philly bands, we stumbled upon this: Ruin Live from St. Mary’s and WXPN. It’s from the always excellent Freedom Has No Bounds music blog. You can sample one song below, but we highly recommend you go here and download both the St. Mary’s set and the set recorded at WXPN. Below, watch a video with an explosive performance by the band and an interview of the members by Mel Toxic and the late, great Lee Paris. Go here to read a terrific recent interview with founding members Glenn Wallis (guitar) and Cordy Swope (bass) from Seymour Magazine.

Ruin play Union Transfer on Saturday, August 31st. Go here for tickets and more information about the show.

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