Made in America 2017: The Good, The Chainsmokers, and The Ugly
    • MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2017

    • Posted by: Abigail Raymaker

    [Photo Credit: Abigail Raymaker]

    THE GOOD

    Stormzy

    The breakout grime MC from south London lit up the smaller Tidal Stage on Saturday. Wearing a #merky shirt (a reference to his Beats 1 radio show), Stormzy performed charged anthems like "Big for Your Boots" alongside the smooth apologies of "Cigarettes and Kush" while rain poured down.

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    Solange

    Elegance and power run in the family - Beyonce's younger sister stole the show on Saturday evening, bringing the Rocky Stage to a new level of artistry and performance. Featuring over a dozen other live musicians, tasteful choreography, and sophisticated design elements, it's a set best experienced in-person (no photos were allowed).

    Japanese Breakfast

    Michelle Zauner's (Little Big League) Philly-based band proved versatile, playing a set that spanned across punk, lo-fi, experimental, and electronic genres.

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    Marian Hill

    Electronic funk duo Marian Hill (originally from Philly) were one of the first acts to perform on Saturday, and the first act (but not the last) to be drenched by the unpredictable rains that plagued Saturday's performances. Still, they put out great energy performing their own brand of funk, revealing at the end that they had friends and family in the audience.

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    Mt Joy

    Another Philadelphia band took the stage in their home city for Made in America. The indie-folk outfit's gentle "Cardinal" was a favorite that shouts out to Pennsylvania.

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    Public Access TV

    This post-punk band looks and sounds fresh out of a hip New York City basement. Their style and sound oozes the cool apathy of bands like the Strokes and Television.

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    Beach Slang

    Beach Slang's Philly punk rock was born in a hipster frat basement on UPenn's campus. The head-banging brought some variety to Made in America's predominantly rap/hip-hop lineup.

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    The Chainsmokers

    Initially slotted to headline the festival, the duo everyone loves to hate played the main stage before Jay Z closed out his festival on Sunday night. Their set included a cringeworthy shoutout to Tidal ("Hey Drew, play that playlist from Soundcloud!" "I don't have Soundcloud, I have Tidal!!") and a soundbite of the theme from Rocky, which was fine until they explained why ("because we're in front of the Philadelphia museum steps right now!"). Also, why didn't they bring out Rozes (the singer and writer of their hit track "Roses") who lives in Philadelphia?

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    THE UGLY

    With rain pouring down all day Saturday, festivalgoers were a mess of red, brown, and blue. Though the rains were never heavy enough to cancel any of the festival acts, they left the grounds a mess for the entire weekend. Also, pretzels were $5 and no one wore deodorant.

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