The Week In Music: Made In America Undercard Bands Not To Miss


There’s a lot to be excited about this morning. There’s the new “New” from “New” from Paul McCartney that’s amazing! Like a “Revolver” album cut with a Mark Ronson spin. For good reason.

Then there’s this video for “Holy Grail” from JT and Hova that looks like it was shot in the office of Drexl Spivey from True Romance.

Plus I’m still trying to wrap my mind around this single from Eminem, loving this single from the wonderful band Lucius, and wondering what to do with a song like this.

But the real news of the morning is this weekend’s Made In America festival on the Parkway in Philadelphia. Bey, Kendrick, and NIN are grabbing the headlines…but here are five bands on the lineup that are also not to miss.

The Front Bottoms (Sunday 5:15 – 6:00 pm Skate Park Stage)

The Front Bottoms are straight out of Jersey, with songs bursting with honesty and foot-tapping pop jangle. They seem a little out-of-place on the Parkway. Bands like this should be seen in basements that smell like sweat, but as long as you’re there.

Wavves (Sunday 2:30 – 3:00 pm Liberty Stage)

Wavves often gets described as a “surf pop” band. The pop part is dead on, but the lyrical tone is much darker than sun and sand. Nathan Williams sings about how “we’ll all die alone” and “no hope and no future, we’ll die the same loser”. Not exactly Beach Boys kind of stuff. They kill it though and are a great goodbye to summer.

Haim  (Saturday 2:30 – 3:15 pm Liberty Stage)

I was on the fence about these sisters from California, but “The Wire” single released last month have given me huge hope for the album coming next month. Plus, all reports are that they were one of the best experiences at the Firefly Music Festival earlier this year.

Emeli Sandé  (Saturday 4:00 – 4:45 pm Liberty Stage)

Our Version Of Events” dropped early this year and remains the best R&B album of the year thus far. She’s fantastic, and on the rise. Fingers crossed she does her Gatsby version of “Crazy In Love” in honor of Beyoncé being in the house street.

Gaslight Anthem (Sunday 3:00 – 3:45 pm Rocky Stage)

Come on! It’s Gaslight! Jersey stand up.

Drink plenty of water, don’t take your shirt off unless you should take your shirt off, and enjoy!

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