Recap: Nine Inch Nails, Calvin Harris, AlunaGeorge, The Front Bottoms rage across Made In America day two
While it wasn’t as hotly attended as opening day, the second half of this year’s Made In America festival was nevertheless a robust and vibrant offering of music, from funk-soul openers Fitz and the Tantrums to Jersey rockers The Gaslight Anthem, R&B / pop singer Solange (sister of day one headliner Beyoncé) and brooding industrial rock headliners Nine Inch Nails.
Some high points: Los Angeles oddball Robert De Long used video game controllers to warp and bend his vocals, and threw down a nice cover of “Miss You” by The Rolling Stones. Kendrick Lamar kicked off his 45 minute set with a showcase of rappers on his Top Dawg Entertainment imprint: Jay Rock, Black Hippy and Schoolboy Q. Kendrick’s own fiery performance heralded the most crowded point of the afternoon, followed by back-to-back appearances from Miguel, Wiz Khalifa and Macklemore. Meanwhile, UK-based electronic pop outfit AlunaGeorge made their Philly debut with an impressive performance in the shaded grove of the Freedom Stage, and Jersey’s always-energetic four-piece The Front Bottoms put on a lively set at the Skate Park Stage – complete with the wacky waving inflatable arm-flailing tubeman they’ve been taking with them on tour. And before NIN brought the festival to a close with their signature angst-ridden electronic dance, British sensation Calvin Harris took the opposite approach, giving a totally euphoric performance for a captivated crowd and no fewer than six plumes of smoke firing off in jets with each crescendo. Crazy. Check out photos from the festival in the gallery below.