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POSTED: Saturday, August 30, 2014, 3:40 PM

Destructo couldn't wait to rave.

He took the Freedom Stage before his scheduled 3 p.m. start to unleash a marathon club jam, complete with light show and smoke machines.

Destructo -- the stage name of seasoned Los Angeles DJ Gary Richards -- powered through a throbbing, unbroken dance set that wove in distorted samples of Drake, Jason Derulo, and other artists.

POSTED: Saturday, August 30, 2014, 3:12 PM

How does a band win over a Made In America festival, and inspire a patriotic chant while they’re at it?

“This song’s called ‘Chocolate Strawberries,’ said Jordan Kelley, singer of Nashville electro-pop duo Cherub, the first band up on the festival's Rocky Stage. “It’s about doing that, and watching pornos. That’s a pretty American thing to do, right?”

Then he took a look out at the red-white-and-blue-dressed crowd and noted, “It looks like the Fourth of July out there.” Voilà: The first “U-S-A!” chant of the day was under way.

Jason Huber of the band, Cherub, is the first band to perform on the Rocky Stage Saturday afternoon at Made in America on Saturday, August 30 2014. (MICAHEL BRYANT / Staff Photographer)
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: Friday, August 29, 2014, 10:56 AM
Grimes performs during Pitchfork Music Festival at Union Park on July 20, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Getty Images for Ketel One)

Made In America 3.0: It's finally here.

Or at least it will be, starting on Saturday at 1:15 p.m. when the first band on the lineup, Toronto dance-punk band The Ooohh Baby Gimme Mores, take to the Skate Park stage in the middle of the Ben Franklin Parkway near the 22nd Street main entrance to the festival grounds.  

Here's my Inquirer Wkend section preview of the Jay-Z-curated festival. Tickets are still available. A full schedule is here. If you're not going, it will be streaming, from both Philadelphia and Los Angeles, here.

POSTED: Thursday, August 28, 2014, 10:32 AM
Perfect Pussy.

There's a formadiable four band all-ages punk-rock show at the First Unitarian Church in Center City on Thursday night, topped by Syracuse noise quintet Perfect Pussy. The Meredith Graves-fronted outfit, who released their stirring debut  Say Yes To Love back in March, did standout work with a cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Candy's Room" earlier this year, and have just put their spin on Bjoprk with their take on the Sugarcubes' 1992 song "Leash Called Love."

PP put it out along with their own "Adult World (The Secret)" as a part of a four-song split single with cleverly named FU openers Joanna Gruesome, whose cover of I Hate Myself's "...Keep Reaching For The Stars" is paired with their own excellent "Psyckick Espionage," which you can hear here.

"Leash Called Love" is below. Potty Mouth and Love of Everything are also on the bill. Ticket info is here.

POSTED: Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 6:21 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.

POSTED: Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 10:26 AM
Kayne West performs during the Samsung Galaxy Notes II launch at Skylight at Moynihan Station, on October 24, 2012 in New York City. (Getty Images for Samsung)

At long last - and after some confusion due to web site issues this week - the details of the Budweiser Made in America festival schedule have been announced.

Yes, Kanye West closes out Saturday and Kings of Leon does the honors on Sunday. We knew that already. All of the other stage and set times particulars are below. The music on the Ben Franklin Parkway starts at 1:15 on both days on the Skate Park stage, with the Ooh Baby Give Me Mores on Saturday and Misterwives on Sunday.

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