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The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Stephen Colbert made his debut as host of CBS' The Late Show on Tuesday night (9/8) with guests George Clooney and Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush. The end of the show featured a performance by house band Jon Batiste and Stay Hungry, covering Sly & the Family Stone's "Everyday People" with a whole bunch of special guests, including Mavis Staples, Ben Folds, Buddy Guy, Beirut's Zach Condon, Kyle Resnick, and Ben Lanz, Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard and lots more. Watch that below (via Vulture) and the whole episode is streaming over at CBS.

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by Bill Pearis

Mr Robot

One of the most (deservedly) talked-about shows of the summer was drama Mr. Robot which just wrapped up its excellent first season last night. If you haven't seen it, I've described it as Fight Club meets American Psycho, but about computer hackers. (Specifically, one hacker, named Eliot, played with perfect spacey detachment by Rami Malek.) That is very, very reductive (the show is about a lot of things, you come to learn) but that gets you there. The whole season is now available on USA on-demand. Music is treated just as expertly as everything else in this show, including some some familiar songs and cool, more obscure choices. MAJOR spoilers lie below, so read at your own caution.

Continue reading "Mr. Robot music: 'Where is My Mind', Perfume Genius, Alabama Shakes, M83, Tangerine Dream, The Cure & more"

thunderbitch alabama shakes

Tuesday night (9/1), Alabama Shakes frontwoman Brittany Howard surprise-released the debut record from her other band, Thunderbitch. Also featuring memebers of Fly Golden Eagle and Clear Plastic Masks, the band's bio reads, "Thunderbitch. Rock 'n' Roll. The end." You can watch a trailer for the album below and listen to the whole album over at Thunderbitch's website.

In other news, the title track to Alabama Shakes' new album Sound & Color was used in the closing sequence of last night's Mr. Robot season finale. That's all we'll say about that, but you can watch the song's video below.

You can still get tickets, by the way, for Alabama Shakes' show at Forest Hills Stadium on September 19 with Drive By Truckers.

Continue reading "Brittany Howard's other band Thunderbitch surprise-released debut LP (listen); Alabama Shakes song in 'Mr Robot' finale"

Lollapalooza 2015

Lollapalooza 2015 just got underway in Chicago's Grant Park and will be there all weekend with headliners Metallica, Paul McCartney Sam Smith, The Weeknd, and Florence + the Machine. (BrooklynVegan will be there too, in the Toyota Tent.) If you can't make it, Lollapalooza will be broadcasting live each day starting at 2 PM Central (3 PM Eastern) across three different channels and you can watch it right here.

Sunday's streaming schedule includes Florence + the Machine, Of Monsters and Men, TV on the Radio, A$AP Rocky, Lord Huron and more. The whole weekend's stream schedule is listed, along with the Lollapalooza video player, below...

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Fly Golden Eagle

You may know Nashville's Fly Golden Eagle thanks to their Alabama Shakes associations. They're ATO labelmates and have toured together, the Shakes called their debut one of their favorites of 2012, and FGE members back Shakes singer Brittany Howard in her Thunderbitch side project. The band's latest album was last year's Quartz Bijou, and they've more recently made a video for its track "Tangible Intangible."

Lead singer Ben Trimble directed the video himself and shot it all on his iPhone, and he added lots of trippy visuals that go well with the song's lightly psychedelic vibe. That video premieres below.

The band are also touring, and hitting NYC with Langhorne Slim on July 23 at Brooklyn Bowl. Also on that bill is Traveller. Tickets are on sale now.

All dates are listed, with the new video, below...

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UPDATE: Stream Bonnaroo 2015 here.

bonnaroo is streaming live on brooklynvegan.com

Bonnaroo 2015 is this week with four days of music and comedy from Thursday (6/11) through Sunday (6/14) in Manchester, TN. For those who can't make it, you'll be able to watch many of Bonnaroo's performers right here on BrooklynVegan.com via three different video channels. Live streaming begins Thursday at 7 PM Central (6 PM Eastern) and sets being broadcast over the four days include Courtney Barnett, Against Me!, Belle & Sebastian, My Morning Jacket, Billy Joel, D'Angelo & the Vanguard, Jamie xx, The War on Drugs and many more. Full list of confirmed streaming Bonnaroo performances below.

UPDATE: Stream Bonnaroo 2015 here.

While there won't be any Bonnaroo comedy sets streaming, Comedy Central has put together a Spotify playlist of bits from many of the comedians peforming at the fest this year, including Chris Hardwick, Jeff Ross, Kurt Braunohler, Reggie Watts, Michelle Wolf and more. Stream that below.

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Flaming Lips' stage at GOTR (photo by Annie Seighman)
Flaming Lips

There is nothing to say about The Flaming Lips' musical performance, because there is too much to say about the space-psychedelic madness and spectacle that was their stage show. Singer and party maestro Wayne Coyne employed confetti guns, confetti cannons, a tapestry of pull-apart silver balloons, a gong and much more to entertain the crowd. Roadies in oversized butterfly king and sun costumes took the stage for "Yoshima Battles the Pink Robots," and human-sized mushrooms and rainbow joined the wild-haired Coyne for the closer "Do You Realize."

Jenny Lewis, whose warm, California pop and blues-rock style has been embraced by alternative crowds for a 15 years, was endearing as the festival's anthemic frontwoman. Donning an ivory pant suit with a celestial scene stenciled onto it, she crooned the "ow, ows" of soulful tune "The Moneymaker" and dazzled with rich vibrato on the acoustic "With Arms Outstretched." For how intimate Lewis's songwriting tends to lean, her work played well to the huge audience, and her presence was steeped in complete comfort. [NJ.com]

The same weekend as Governors Ball and Summer Jam, an estimated 30,000 people were being mellow on the beach in Seaside Heights, NJ. It was the NJ stop of Mumford & Sons' traveling Gentlemen of the Road festival, which included sets from The Flaming Lips, Alabama Shakes, Jenny Lewis, The Maccabees, Dawes, The Very Best, JEFF the Brotherhood, The Vaccines and more. Fans camped out on the beach, and even the little bit of rain on Friday night didn't ruin that, as App.com points out:
Rain fell overnight and in the morning Saturday on the city of tents that sprang up on the Seaside Heights beach for the Gentlemen of the Road festival.

Rainwater collected on the floor of the tent of high school seniors Victoria Ciccozzi and Nicole Bindell, both 17 and from Toms River. They stopped the flooding with toilet paper.

Fresh from a night of hearing Alabama Shakes, they didn't mind.

"It wasn't like the next Hurricane Sandy or anything," Nicole said. "It was just a little leak."

The article also points out that Seaside Heights Police Chief Tommy Boyd said there were "zero problems" and that the festival "brought in good people. It's amazing. They were super nice people." Check out the video recap at App.com.

Mumford & Sons and Maccabees also played two Coney Island shows a few days earlier, and The Flaming Lips played a free Montauk show on Sunday after the Mumford fest (pics coming soon). The Maccabees play NYC on their own this Tuesday (6/9), and both JEFF the Brotherhood and Alabama Shakes have NYC shows coming up too.

A few more pictures below...

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photo: ACL 2014 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)

The Austin City Limits festival returns to Zilker Park from October 2-4 and October 9-11, and though the lineup wasn't supposed to be announced until this Tuesday, Austin 360 points out that the festival's website leaked it early. The posting was quickly taken down, but not before 365 Things Austin could screenshot it. It was accurate and the ACL 2015 includes Foo Fighters, Drake, The Strokes, The Weeknd, Disclosure, Deadmau5, Bassnectar, Alt-J, Alabama Shakes, Of Monsters and Men, Tame Impala, Sturgill Simpson, The Decemberists, Brand New, TV on the Radio, A$AP Rocky, Billy Idol, Chance the Rapper, Father John Misty, Brandon Flowers, Run the Jewels, Sylvan Esso, Kurt Vile, Waxahatchee, Florence + the Machine, Modest Mouse and more.

Check out the full lineup below. Tickets go on sale Tuesday (5/5) at 10 AM CDT.

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photo: Alabama Shakes at ACL 2012 (more by Glen Brown)

Alabama Shakes are a few days away from releasing their Blake Mills-produced sophomore album, Sound & Color, on ATO, and they're now streaming it in full at NPR. Check it out.

The Shakes also have tour dates, including the NJ stop of Mumford & Sons' traveling festival, upstate NY jam fest Mountain Jam, and newly-added dates with labelmates Drive-By Truckers.

The run with DBT hits NYC on September 19 at Forest Hills Stadium. Tickets for that show go on sale April 25 at noon with a presale starting April 23 at 10 AM.

All dates are listed, with a song from the new album, below...

Continue reading "Alabama Shakes streaming new album, announce short tour with Drive-By Truckers (dates)"


The 2015 Glastonbury Festival, which sold out in 25 minutes back in October, has announced it's initial lineup. In addition to Lionel Richie, which they confirmed a while back, this year will feature Patti Smith, Kanye West, Florence and the Machine, Pharell Williams, Motorhead, Alabama Shakes, The Fall, Alt-J, Suede, Fat White Family, The Chemical Brothers, GOAT, Caribou, fka twigs, George Clinton, Father John Misty, Kate Tempest, Run the Jewels, Future Islands and more.

The annual UK festival takes place June 24-28 on Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset, England. All announced Glastonbury 2015 performers are listed below...

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Lollapalooza returns to Chicago's Grant Park from July 31 - August 2, and this year's lineup includes Paul McCartney, Metallica, A$AP Rocky, TV on the Radio, The War on Drugs, Father John Misty, Brand New, Flying Lotus, Hot Chip, The Tallest Man on Earth, Death From Above 1979, Django Django and more. Tickets are on sale now, and single day passes go on sale at 10 AM CT.

Full lineup below...

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Mumford & Sons' traveling festival Gentlemen of the Road returns this year, with a stopover not far from NYC in Seaside Heights, NJ on June 5 & 6 with The Flaming Lips, Alabama Shakes, The Vaccines, The Maccabees, Dawes, the Very Best, Jenny Lewis, Little May, JEFF the Brotherhood, Blake Mills and more TBA. Tickets go on sale Friday (3/6) at 10 AM. There's other stopovers in Iowa, Scotland, Washington, Colorado, and more TBA. All current lineups below.

The Mumfords have also announced that their third album, Wilder Mind, is due out May 4 via Glassnote. A new article about the album on Rolling Stone says, "Mumford & Sons have mostly removed their signature elements - banjo, acoustic strumming, stomping kick drum - and replaced them with U2-sized guitars, synths, spacey mellotrons and even some drum machines." The album was produced by Arctic Monkeys' go-to guy and Simian Mobile Disco member James Ford, and they also recorded part of it in The National's Aaron Dessner's studio in Ditmas Park (inspiring the song "Ditmas"). Artwork, tracklist, and teaser video below.

Mumford & Sons also have other non-GOTR festival dates, including Bonnaroo.

Continue reading "Mumford & Sons announce new album & traveling festival tour (NJ w/ Flaming Lips, Alabama Shakes, Jenny Lewis, more)"

photo: Jason Isbell at Governors Ball 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

Former Drive-By Trucker Jason Isbell just played Beacon Theatre with Damien Jurado over the weekend (anyone go?), and now he's expanded his tour. The new dates include two more stops in the NYC-area, and excitingly, both are with The Hold Steady singer Craig Finn. Those include shows on May 19 at The Space at Westbury and May 20 at The Capitol Theatre. Tickets for both Westbury and The Cap go on sale on Friday (2/13) at noon. Updated dates are listed below.

Jason and his wife Amanda Shires also just released a single on iTunes featuring covers of Zevon's "Mutineer" and Lykke Li's "I Follow Rivers."

Drive-By Truckers also have dates coming up, including a NYC-area show at Tarrytown Music Hall on March 11 (tickets), and a show at the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheater with Alabama Shakes. The Shakes, meanwhile, have just announced their second album, Sound & Color, which was produced by Blake Mills and due out April 21 via ATO. You can check out first single "Don't Wanna Fight," artwork and tracklist, below. They have other tour dates including two NYC shows.

Speaking of Americana solo artists who have famous bands in their credits, Jay Farrar is currently on tour and in NYC now. (He plays The Living Room tonight [2/10].) Jason Isbell actually caught him towards the end of last year and tweeted, "So many beautiful songs. Us americana folk owe that guy a huge debt."

Watch a video from Jason Isbell's recent Beacon Theater show, with his list of dates, DBT dates, and Alabama Shakes album info, below...

Continue reading "Jason Isbell adds dates w/ Craig Finn; Alabama Shakes share new album details; Drive-By Truckers touring "


The 2015 edition of Arts & Crafts' Field Trip Festival happens June 6 & 7 in downtown Toronto. This year's lineup features Alabama Shakes, My Morning Jacket, The War on Drugs, De La Soul, Purity Ring, Father John Misty, Temples, Lee Fields & the Expressions, Marina & the Diamonds, Apostle of Hustle, and more. Tickets go on sale Friday (2/6) at 10 AM EST.

Full lineup is listed below...

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photo: Alabama Shakes at T5 in 2012 (more by Tracy Allison)

Tickets for the two Alabama Shakes dates at Beacon Theatre are on AmEx and Internet presales. For the Internet presale, use the password SHAKES.

General on-sale starts 11 AM on Friday (2/6). All tour dates HERE.


Alabama Shakes will be releasing a new album in 2015. While there are no details on that just yet (soon they promise), they have announced that they'll be on the road this spring for a short tour. Dates start in NYC with two nights at Beacon Theatre on March 11 & 12 with Songhoy Blues. Tickets for the Beacon shows go on sale with AmEx and local presales starting Wednesday (2/4) at 11 AM.

All dates are listed below...

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photo: Robert Plant at Brooklyn Bowl in 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Robert Plant

Upstate NY jam-centric music festival Mountain Jam returns in 2015 from June 4-7 at its usual location of Hunter Mountain. This year's lineup includes festival co-founder Warren Haynes' band Gov't Mule, along with The Black Keys, Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, Alabama Shakes, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Shakey Graves, Benjamin Booker, The Wailers, The Budos Band, Nikki Lane, Amy Helm & the Handsome Strangers, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals and more. Tickets are on sale now.

Full lineup below...

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photo: fans at Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

Bonnaroo returns in 2015 from June 11-14 in Manchester, TN and the lineup is now announced.

It includes Billy Joel (!?!), Mumford and Sons, Deadmau5, Kendrick Lamar, Florence + the Machine, Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, My Morning Jacket, Bassnectar, Alabama Shakes, Childish Gambino, Flume, Slayer, Belle & Sebastian, Spoon, The War on Drugs, Ben Folds, Atmosphere, Atomic Bomb! (William Onyeabor tribute), Flying Lotus, Earth Wind & Fire, Caribou, SBTRKT, Run the Jewels, Sturgill Simpson, Sylvan Esso, Jamie xx, Against Me!, Rudimental, Mac DeMarco, Tears for Fears, Tycho, Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, Shabazz Palaces, Courtney Barnett, Woods, Iceage, Between the Buried & Me, Rustie, Strand of Oaks, Pallbearer, Dej Loaf, Hiss Golden Messenger, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard and many more.

Tickets will be available Saturday (1/17) at noon on bonnaroo.com.

Full lineup below...

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Coachella 2015 happens April 10-12 and April 17-19 this year in Indio, CA. The lineup was just announced and includes AC/DC, Jack White, Drake, Ride, Drive Like Jehu (!), St. Vincent, Tame Impala, Interpol, Steely Dan, Belle & Sebastian, Brand New, Alabama Shakes, Alt-J, Azealia Banks, Flying Lotus, Bad Religion, SBTRKT, FKA twigs, Father John Misty, The War on Drugs, Ryan Adams, Lykke Li, Caribou, Raekwon & Ghostface Killah, Swans, Todd Terje, Action Bronson, Sylvan Esso, Vic Mensa, Cloud Nothings, Ab-Soul, Run the Jewels, Toro y Moi, Parquet Courts, Antemasque, Perfume Genius, Jenny Lewis, Desaparecidos, Mac Demarco, Built to Spill, Panda Bear, OFF!, Touche Amore, Joyce Manor, Sturgill Simpson, The Cribs, Angel Olsen, Philip Selway, Sloan and many more. Tickets will be sale soon.

Larger poster HERE. Full lineup below...

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Alabama Shakes at Firefly 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Alabama Shakes

Blues rockers Alabama Shakes only have a couple upcoming dates at the moment, and one of those is a chance to see them for FREE in NYC on July 24. The show is part of a new series of Mercedes-Benz free-with-test-drive events called the Evolution Tour. That show also includes an interactive art exhibit by visual artist Mr. Brainwash. The only way to get in are by attending the test drives that take place a week prior to each show, or by entering their contest HERE.

UPDATE: The NYC show happens at Terminal 5.

The series includes 9 shows with artists like Alabama Shakes, Mayer Hawthorne, and Young the Giant. Which artists plays which shows (besides NYC) hasn't been announced yet, but you can check out a list of cities and dates, with the list of Alabama Shakes' tour dates, below...

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New Orleans Jazz

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is returning this year for two weekends, April 25-27 and May 1-4, at the Fair Grounds Race Course. The lineup was just announced and it includes Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Arcade Fire, Vampire Weekend, Eric Clapton, Public Enemy, Big Freedia, Charles Bradley, Solange, Laura Mvula, Phish, Santana, Alabama Shakes, Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, Bobby Womack, Allen Toussaint, Bombino and many more. Tickets for both weekends are on sale now. Full lineup below.

This announcement comes the same day as the lineup announcements for NYC's Governors Ball, Georgia's Counterpoint, Atlanta's Shaky Knees Fest, and Alabama's Hangout Fest (and not long after Firefly and Coachella announcements).

Full lineup below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Grizzly Bear / My Morning Jacket in Times Square - 10/12/13

In between the day's coffeehouse-ready beginning and stadium-worthy end, Divine Fits and Grizzly Bear delivered the two most CBGB-worthy sets of the day: It was easy to picture Divine Fits' (and Spoon's) Britt Daniel and Grizzly Bear's Ed Droste in the recesses of a rock club, though the North Stage of the festival, sidled up alongside the Ed Sullivan Theater, felt as natural an arena as any for their straightforward rock stylings and fuzzed-out, exploratory soundscapes, respectively. As the 2013 festival season nears its end, both Grizzly Bear and Divine Fits have hopscotched between the stages of the country's biggest productions, and the two bands made for standout moments at CBGB just as they did at Bonnaroo and Outside Lands before them.

My Morning Jacket's grand finale at CBGB was fortified by friends, as special guests hopped on and off the stage for the final moments of the festival. Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs, Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard and Antibalas collaborated with Jim James for the recently released tribute Fela Kuti compilation RED HOT + FELA, and their performance of "Trouble Sleep Yanga Wake Am" was as meditative and serene as it was explosive and untethered. Jakob Dylan then joined in for a take on "Don't Do It" from The Last Waltz before My Morning Jacket wrapped up the festival with "One Big Holiday," which relished in its might as a literal and figurative showstopper. [Rolling Stone]

We're now in the midst of CMJ, but this past weekend another music marathon took over NYC, CBGB Festival. The fest didn't have much in the way of CBGB-related music (or much at all), but like last year, the main attraction was a big free Times Square show. This year's show started with Lisa Loeb, followed by The Wallflowers, then Spoon/Wolf Parade-related supergroup Divine Fits. People then began really piling in for James Murphy's DJ set, which was followed by Grizzly Bear, and finally My Morning Jacket, who brought out The Wallflowers' Jakob Dylan, Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard, Merrill Garbus (tUnE-yArDs), and Antibalas (who played two of their own NYC shows that weekend). Despite seeming like a potential disaster, the whole thing actually went over pretty smoothly. Pictures of the whole day are in this post.

More below...

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by Wyatt Marshall

Andrew of Castevet at Lit Lounge, 2010 (more by Samantha Marble)

Extreme sport junkie, Music Academy presenter, sponsor of cool Sound Select showsmagazine publisher and beverage maker Red Bull has put together a list of the 30 best guitarists under 30. In the two-part rundown, the list covers some territory, lumping Pallbearer's Brett Campbell, Liturgy's Hunter Hunt Hendrix, Mac Demarco, Danielle Haim, Ben Greenberg of The Men, Sadie Dupuis of Speedy Ortiz, Marissa Paternoster of Screaming Females and Fun guitarist and Lena Dunham-dater Jack Antonoff onto the list. You can check out the whole list below.

Music of the heavier persuasion was decently represented, and Castevet's Andrew Hock made the cut. You can catch him in action with Castevet at an Invisible Oranges sponsored show on October 25 at Union Pool with Churchburn, Oneirogen and Vorde. Also on the list, as a pair, are Inter Arma riff monsters Trey Dalton and Steven Russell. Inter Arma will be back in NYC soon to play Saint Vitus on October 30 with Black Tusk, Descender and No Way.

Ty Segall, who also made the list, will be here next weekend (but on drums) with his band Fuzz, playing a sold out show at Mercury Lounge on 10/12 with CCR Headcleaner. (There is also a show with "Buzz" and "DDT Shampoo" at Death by Audio on 10/13).

You can catch The Men at MHOW in November.

Speedy Ortiz, among others, will be here for CMJ.

Who'd they leave off the list? Check out the full list of Red Bull's 30 under 30 below...

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Tame Impala at Terminal 5 in February (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Tame Impala

We know these kinds of listicles get published all the time, and that everyone will always find ways to argue them, but this one is kind of interesting. Rolling Stone published their '50 Greatest Live Acts Right Now' list, where they asked a panel of writers, industry figures, and artists, "who rules the road in 2013?" It's got much of the stuff you'd think Rolling Stone would have on this kind of list (like insisting The Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen are still better live than basically anyone else in 2013), but there's still some surprises, like the inclusion of Tame Impala amongst mainly rock/pop stars.

If you wanna see if you agree with Rolling Stone's assertions, you can catch some of the artists who made their list in NYC soon, like Tame Impala, Fiona Apple, Pearl Jam, Nine Inch Nails, and more.

Check out the full list below...

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Tom Petty, Jim James, CHVRCHES, Kendrick Lamar @ Firefly 2013
Firefly 2013, Day 2
Firefly 2013, Day 2
Firefly 2013, Day 2
Firefly 2013, Day 2

"I really just play off the crowd. I've good chemistry with my DJ, and there's little things that we do where he knows what song to go to, how much energy to swindle into the next song," Kendrick Lamar explained. "I really just feed off the crowd and what side is rocking the most."

The MC had Firefly bouncing to cuts from his major-label debut, good kid, m.A.A.d city, including "Backseat Freestyle," "Money Trees" and "Poetic Justice."

Lamar went back to 2011's Section.80 for "A.D.H.D." and threw in his guest verses on A$AP Rocky's wildly popular "F---in' Problems" and Young Jeezy's "R.I.P. (Remix)."

"Since the sun is out, I wanna take y'all back to California," he said, presenting his L.A. "Recipe" of "women, weed and weather."

"I go in with a set mind, but sometimes it doesn't go as planned," he told us after the show. "It might get a little too crazy, and I might switch it up -- just to keep it that roller coaster ride. Rather than everybody just moshpitting every song, then they'd be tired out toward the end."

Lamar got the crowd riled up, encouraging them before "m.A.A.d City," "I don't care that it's hot ... when this beat drops, I wanna see you do whatever you have to do to get down." [MTV]

People got down to Kendrick Lamar (who just announced a big Brooklyn show), Tom Petty, MGMT, CHVRCHES, Heliotropes, Alabama Shakes and more on Saturday aka Day 2 of Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware. We were upset to miss Azealia Banks but trust her outfit was as funky as it was at Governors Ball (it was). We also missed Japandroids' early set. Pictures of what we did see on Saturday are in this post.

Like on Day 1 (and Day 3), BrooklynVegan was representing for two hours on the Soundwave stage with our hosts Billy Jones and Dave Hill. Heliotropes, after playing an earlier set on Red Bull's campground stage, came and played an acoustic set for us where we had just talked to CHVURCHES. Jim James was supposed to stop by and talk to us but his golf cart driver took him to the wrong tent and then it was too late because he had a 3pm set to play on the main stage which, though heartbroken, we did still rush to see.

Check out more pictures from the full day and Tom Petty's setlist below...

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