Concert Review/Photos: Made in America — Day 2

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Bully, Action Bronson, J. Cole, Metric, The Weeknd and more.

While one could be distracted be watching skateboarders or riding a Budweiser-emblazoned carnival ride, it was hard to escape the grasp of great music. Some highlights from Sunday were:

  • Modern punk. Bully and Twin Peaks both stirred their respective crowds at the Tidal Stage. Guitars, saliva and hair were mixed and matched to great effect.
  • Action. Action Bronson started and stopped the beats at will and left the Rocky Stage to walk amongst the crowd and sing from scaffolding. His hip-hop mixed well with the later crowd favorites J. Cole and Future as well as many others.
  • Female voice. The rock of Metric and the soul of Marian Hill and Banks were welcomed with warmth and enthusiasm. The pop sensation of Halsey  brightened up the Rocky Stage early. And the powerhouse of Santigold was certainly one of the fest’s top highlights.
  • Indie flavor. The eccentricities within the poppy indie rock band Vampire Weekend could be found in bits and pieces in two very promising newer acts: Saint Motel and Hippo Campus.
  • Breathtaking conclusion. Axwell & Ingrosso used pyrotechnics and their Swedish sensibilities to bring fresh beats to a crowd ready to dance. They set the stage for the finale of the two-day festival: The Weeknd. With a Michael Jackson-esque voice and the flare for emotive dramatics, The Weeknd were great eye and ear candy to end Made in America.

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