Recap: Nine Inch Nails, Calvin Harris, AlunaGeorge, The Front Bottoms rage across Made In America day two - WXPN | Vinyl At Heart
Nine Inch Nails | Photo by John Vettese

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.

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