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POSTED: Saturday, August 30, 2014, 2:54 PM

Young & Sick baptized the Liberty Stage early Saturday afternoon with “Continuum,” a representative slice of the L.A. band’s synth-driven dream-pop.

Young & Sick is usually described as an art and music project, because it is better known for the artistic album covers it has designed for Robin Thicke, Maroon 5, and others than it is for its own songs.

With Dutch-born frontman Nick Van Hofwegen playing guitar, they went from to romantic (“Heartache”) to jagged (“Valium”) to kinetic (“Glass”).

Young and Sick preforms at Made in America on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Saturday, August 30, 2014. Image created as a double exposure. (Stephanie Aaronson / )
POSTED: Saturday, August 30, 2014, 2:16 PM

The opening act at the maiden Budweiser Made In America festival back in 2012 was Gary Clark Jr., the Texas guitar slinger who brought an already considerable reputation to Jay Z's inaugural festival.

This year, that kickoff slot went to an all but unknown act: The oOohh Baby Gimme Mores, a Toronto punk funk band who garnered the most online votes in a Budweiser contest for an international band to gain a spot on the Philadelphia MIA bill.

The interracial quartet, fronted by guitarist Densil McFarlane, made the most of its opportunity, gathering a crowd of early arrivals on the Skate Park Stage, as boarders rode the ramps in front of them to their right and attendees flew high up above them in the de rigueur festival Vertigo amusement park ride behind them.

Toronto funk band The oOohh Baby Gimme Mores kick off the 2014 edition of Made in America on the Skate Park stage on Saturday afternoon. (Dan DeLuca / STAFF)
POSTED: Saturday, August 30, 2014, 1:21 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife

Oh man, we are here at Made in America and couldn't be more psyched!

It's a beautiful, breezy 76 degrees on the Parkway and the crowds are just starting to arrive. We caught up with some early arrivers to see who they're jumping to see.

Ashlyn Ellis and Celine Morris are best friends from Lancaster, PA who made the trip to Philly together. They both agree they're most looking forwrad to Kayne--as well as J. Cole, The Neighbourhood, and Steve Aoki. "Oh my god, I'm SO psyched for Kayne, " squeals Morris. "It's going to be awesome."

POSTED: Friday, August 29, 2014, 12:02 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Kanye West performs onstage as Samsung Galaxy presents JAY Z and Kanye West at SXSW on March 12, 2014 in Austin, Texas. (Getty Images for Samsung)
We've got you covered this Labor Day weekend for everything Made in America. Check back for updated coverage and news.
POSTED: Thursday, August 28, 2014, 6:06 PM
Recording artists Kanye West (L) and Jay-Z accept the Best Group Award onstage during the 2012 BET Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on July 1, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images For BET)

New York music artist Joel McDonald is suing Jay Z, Kanye West and Frank Ocean for allegedly stealing his 2009 track titled, “Made in America,” according to

Jay Z, Kanye and Frank Ocean’s version is from the 2011 Watch the Throne album.

Another track titled “The Joy,” from Watch the Throne album was hit was a lawsuit for copyright infringement in 2011 by Syl Johnson, says XXL. But the suit was settled in 2012.

POSTED: Friday, August 29, 2014, 10:27 AM
Filed Under: Celebrities & Gossip
Bruce Springsteen performs during The Musical Mojo of Dr. John: A Celebration of Mac & His Music at the Saenger Theatre on May 3, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Getty Images for Blackbird Produ)

Bruce Springsteen has joined the ranks of the celebrity children's authors by turning his 2009 song "Outlaw Pete" into a new story book.

The Boss has teamed up with writer and cartoonist Frank Caruso to transform the track into a kids book that will be released in November.

Caruso says, "When Bruce wrote Outlaw Pete he didn't just write a great song, he created a great character. The first time I heard the song this book played out in my head. "Like Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn, Dorothy Gale and, for me, even Popeye, Outlaw Pete cuts deep into the folklore of our country and weaves its way into the fabric of great American literary characters."

POSTED: Thursday, August 28, 2014, 1:37 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife

We’re just days away from Made in America—so close we can almost taste it. And as we all scope out the line-up and make our own personal “must-see lists” (Spoon! Grimes! Kanyeeee!), we can’t help but notice this year—for the first time ever—the festival also features a solid contingent of local acts, mostly playing on the brand new Skate Park Stage.

Check out the full festival lineup and set times here—then read on for our guide to local bands playing the fest.

POSTED: Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 6:56 PM

It's a Bob Dylan bonanza.

On Nov. 4, the six disc motherlode of The Basement Tapes, drawn from the 1967 Saugerties, N.Y. sessions between the Bard and the band that would become The Band, will be released in their most complete ever form. The 138 song set will include 30 never before released tracks including,a cover of Hank Williams "My Bucket's Got A Hole In It," alternate takes of classic Dylan songs like "One Too Many Mornings" and one I'm most eager to hear called "See You Later, Allen Ginsberg."

Two and half weeks later, Dylan will be pulling into Philadelphia for a three night stand at the Academy of Music from Nov. 21 to 23, according to It's part of a 31 date tour that includes multiple nights in major cities including Seattle, Chicago and New York, where Dylan will play the Beacon Theatre on Nov. 28-29 and Dec. 1-2.

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