Budweiser Made In America: Philly Festival Guide

If you haven’t already heard the fantastic news, American Eagle Outfitters is the official fashion partner of the Budweiser Made In America Festival! We’re so pumped to bring you some of the best beats, #AEOStyle and travel tips for this festival that takes place in LA and Philly. Check out our Philly hour by hour festival guide to ensure that your time spent at Made In America is something you’ll never forget.

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Day One: Saturday, August 30th

8:00AM:  Hit snooze, you’ve got a big day ahead of you and you are wondering why you thought it was a good idea to set your alarm clock so early the night before.

8:09AM:  Hit snooze again…possibly a few more times.

9:00AM:  Wake up! It’s time to put on your #AEOStyle. Girls, Floral is always a good idea for music festivals. Pair your Don’t Ask Why Cropped T-Shirt back to ripped Jeggings, Cutout Booties and Slouchy Marled Beanie for city sleek festival style. Guys, Joggers are the way to go. Pair your Jogger Pant back to a Plaid Button Down, funky Athletic Sneakers and Paneled Cap for a look that will keep you spotted all night long.

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Don’t Ask Why Cropped T-Shirt
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Slouchy Marled Beanie
Cutout Bootie
Chain Link Crossbody Bag

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Jogger Pant
Plaid Button Down Shirt
Herringbone Paneled Cap
New Balance Ballistic 501 Sneaker

10:15am:  Hail an Uber for super quick service that you can pay for on your phone. It’s so easy!

10:45am:  Grab a coffee at Elixer Coffee. We hear their latte with almond milk is an energy lifter.

2:00pm:  Enter the Made In America festival grounds. Be sure to grab an exclusive #AEOMIA T-Shirt!

2:01pm:  Take a selfie and let your friends know you’ve made it! (Don’t forget to tag us with #AEOstyle and #AEOMIA)

2:30pm:  Lace up your dancing shoes and head on over to The Neighborhood for songs like Sweater Weather and Afraid.

2:31 pm:  Take another selfie…this time with the stage in the background. Again, tag us with #AEOStyle and #AEOMIA.

3:00pm:  Mark your calendar to see to The National and rock out to “I Need My Girl” and “Graceless“.

4:00pm:  Food break! Gorge on festival food. Hopefully Pat’s and Geno’s are selling their famous cheesesteaks. With wiz or without? You can’t go wrong.

4:45-9:00pm:  Bounce from concert to concert listening to awesome bands like Holy Ghost, Baauer and City and Colour.

10:30PM:  Be blown away by the notoriously unexpected performer, Kanye West.

12:30am:  Go to bed, this time pushing your alarm back an extra hour so you’re ready to rise-and-repeat for day two!

Day Two: Sunday, August 31

8:00am:  Rise and shine sleepyhead. Day two is here and it’s time to get up!

9:00am:  Rinse. Wash. Repeat. Dry off from your much needed shower and put on your second round of festival clothes.

10:30am:  Is it thundering? No, that’s just your stomach telling you it wants food now. Belly on up to brunch at the Pub & Kitchen. We hear their Spicy Bloody Mary is one of the best in town.

2:00pm:  Ahh, MIA Festival Grounds and you meet again. You’ve got the whole security line system down by now. Text your friends and let them know you’ll meet them in approximately 8-10 minutes…depending on what security guard you get.

2:30pm:  Break out that festival schedule! It’s time to mark down must see bands like Grimes, Girl Talk and Bear Hands.

2:31pm:  Take another selfie…this time with the stage in the background.  Again, tag us with #AEOStyle and #AEOMIA.

3:00PM:  Boogie on over to Pharrell Williams, Spoon and Tiesto!

4:00PM:  Grub break! Gorge on festival food. Burger and fries anyone?

4:45-9:00PM:  Bounce from concert to concert listening to awesome bands like Mimosa, Vacationer and Gareth Emery.

9:30PM:  Get ready for a super fun concert by headliner, Kings Of Leon.

12:30am:  Relive the weekend in your mind, and put your best festival shots on Instagram. Go to bed with plans to attend next year’s event.

Want more MIAFEST action? Check out our curated playlist in stores, online and on Spotify and listen here for live streaming of the festival.

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Music Monday: AEO Up Next: Vance Joy

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For this week’s installment of AEO Up Next, we present Aussie indie folkster, Vance Joy. He’s been super busy on tour and handling the new-found stardom that comes with a chart-topping hit. That hit is called “Riptide” and it’s just about the most simultaneously lighthearted and painful love song out right now. Check it out below and read on to get to know the man behind Vance Joy in the Q & A after the jump.

AEO:  People usually want to know what any artist’s influences are. But we’re going to make you narrow that down to the one album that truly affected your path in music.

Vance Joy:  Elliott Smith: Either/Or

AEO:  Where was your first show and what was it like?

VJ:  It was at the Queenscliff Music Festival when I was 10. I was with my family. My little sister and I sat near the edge of the stage as Jimmy Little played his set. We had had his album “Messenger” in the family car for a while before the show, so we knew the tunes. I have a few strong memories of that night.

AEO:  Anyone who’s seen any movies about rock bands knows that the tour bus can be like an extension of a wild backstage party or a place for band antics. Tell us the craziest or funniest tour bus story to date.

VJ:  Our tour bus isn’t crazy at all it is pretty calm. On the long road trips you need to just zone out and read or watch some t.v show. We have had some late night music dancing sessions which have been memorable. I get so pumped up listening to “Turn Down For What.” And also Sheryl Crow “If It Makes You Happy”, but mainly “Turn Down For What”. We were driving around Maine with turn down for what pumping and getting so fired up.

AEO:  What was the last song you played on your phone?

VJ:  “Mad World” cat Stevens

AEO:  What’s your favorite thing to do when you have a creative block that you need to work through?

VJ:  Go run errands and make them the focus. Make coffee dates and run around like a headless chook.

AEO:  Top 5 albums that anyone who’s reading this should go out and buy right now:

VJ:  Cat Stevens – Tea for the TillermanColdplay – Rush of Blood to the HeadElliott Smith – Figure 8Father John Misty – Fear funKillers – Day and Age

Now that you’ve gotten to know about Vance, channel his look with #AEOStyle.

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4: Thorogood 1892 Boot
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Want more Vance Joy action? Check out our BTS 1 playlist curated by Vance on Spotify!

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MUSIC MONDAY: AEO UP NEXT: DESERT NOISES

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For our second installment of AEO Up Next, we called up Kyle Henderson of the band Desert Noises to talk about the great state of Utah, Alabama beaches and life on the road. The twangish, indie-rock quartet recently released their LP, “27 Ways,” which is something of a tribute to their roots in Utah coupled with their life on the road. Get to know more about Kyle and listen to a track off of “27 Ways” after the jump.

AEO:  Were you born and raised in Utah?

Kyle Henderson:  I was,  yeah. Most of us were. Brennan was actually born in California and then we’ve all lived here for most of our lives.

AEO:  What’s Utah’s music scene like?

Henderson:  It’s actually really good. It’s all sorts of different stuff. But yeah, there’s a really good music scene in my hometown of Provo.

AEO:  How has the scenery of Utah or the music scene itself inspired your work?

Henderson: I think a lot of it is inspired by the surrounding nature. How this place is, you’re surrounded by mountains and kind of just trapped in, ya know? It’s also a really hard place to leave because it feels so closed. And the culture is so tight-knit and everything, that I’d definitely say that the beauty of this place plays a huge part.

AEO:  Can you tell us a little bit about “27 Ways”? How long did it take to create and what was the process like?

Henderson:  We were working on it for probably about two years before we started recording it. And it was basically like in between tours, we’d be writing new songs and really trying to focus on that. We’d take them out on the road and change them as we were touring. So it became an album that came from being on the road and living on tour. We’re on tour a lot. So we kind of have to do things a different way by trying out new ideas on the road.

AEO:  Interesting. That’s almost counter to what you described Utah as being like: an insular sort of culture. You created this album in completely different circumstances. Were you just traveling the States?

Henderson:  Just the States. We haven’t played outside the states yet.

AEO:  It’s coming soon, I’m sure.

Henderson:  Yup.

AEO:  I know you guys have been billed on a few festivals. Which ones were your favorites so far?

Henderson:  Oh man. They’re all so good. They’re all so different. Recently we just played this festival called Hangout Festival, which is on the beach in Alabama.

AEO:  Alabama has a beach?!

Henderson:  Yeah, you’re literally in the sand while you’re playing.

AEO:  That’s awesome!

Henderson:  Yeah. So that was very epic.

AEO: Can you tell us what the one album is that truly affected your path in music?

Henderson: I would say Led Zepplin III.

AEO:  Good one. So, festivals aside, what smaller show was your favorite to play?

Henderson:  I guess what comes to mind is Lincoln, Nebraska. For some reason, that place really just gravitated towards us. And so every time we go there it’s just like a riot. That kind of place was like our first show experience where it was like, whoa, there’s people actually coming to the shows. I think that that was a big key point in our music career.

Now that you’ve gotten to know Kyle and the Desert Noises a little better, channel their look with #AEOStyle!

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Music Monday: Lollapalooza Festival and Packing Guide

Chicago is an amazing city. The beaches along Lake Michigan allow for fun times in the city, their infamous deep dish pizza will keep you satiated for days and the music scene is out of this world. This weekend, Lollapalooza gears up for another fun filled weekend in the Windy City. Check out our favorite haunts, who to see and where to go while touring this fantastic mid-western town.

Pack:
Girls.
Hi-Rise Festival Shorties are a must. Dress them up with booties, a loose fitting tank and a hat to top off your look.

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Slip-On Bootie
Hi-Rise Festival Shortie
Pleated Lace Tank
Embroiderd Zipper Tote Bag
Mixed Media Bracelet Set

Guys: Mixing patterns is major for August. Pair your plaids and camo prints with solid undertones, like a white t-shirt and black shoes. Add some shades for #AEOStyle you can rock out to all day long.

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Plaid Button Down Shirt
Canvas Sneakers
Legend Crew T-Shirt
Icon Sunglasses
12″ Ripstop Cargo Short (Shop similar)

Eat:  Pequods Pizza:  In our minds, the best deep dish in town. Crunchy, gooey golden crush smothered in marinara and cheese and covered with crispy pepperoni.

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Deep dish anyone? Photo credit: Yelp

Pierogi Wagon:  A food truck filled with Polish cuisine! Who doesn’t love a good dumpling filled with mashed potatoes and cheddar?

Dryhop Brewers:  50% kitchen, 50% brewery, 100% amazing. Try any one of their hop-centric ales.

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Dry Hop Brewers. Photo Credit: dryhopchicago.com

Batter and Berries:  A dynamite breakfast and brunch spot. We can’t get enough of their French Toast Sampler, it oozes with flavor.

Do:

Headquarters Beercade: Play old school arcade games while drinking ice cold suds. Mortal Combat anyone?

Kingston Mines:  One of the best blues bars in Chicago, hear the best of the best play any night of the week.

Sail on Lake Michigan:  Set your sails and enjoy views of the city from the waters of Lake Michigan.

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Sail Chicago. Photo credit: Flickr

Shedd Aquarium:  From sea turtles to sharks, see it all at the Shedd Aquarium.

Listen:

Lorde:  Shes a 17 year old bold beauty that’s making her mark on the music world. With songs like “Royals“, “Tennis Court” and “Love Club“, we can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.

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Lorde. Photo credit: hollywoodlife.com

Vance Joy:  We’ve got a soft spot for Vance (he helped curate our current playlist for stores)! This singer-songwriter from Australia stole our hearts with “Riptide” and we can’t stop listening to his new release, “Mess is Mine.”

OutKast:  With 20 years of experience, this band knows how to keep fans happy! Classic tunes like “So Fresh So Clean” and “Hey, Ya” keep our dancing shoes on and our nostalgia game high. We can’t wait to see these boys take center stage.

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Outkast. Photo credit: MTV.com

Grouplove:  The ultimate college band, this five member band spits out an alternative rock sound that will automatically make you feel like your having the best time of your life. Check out “I’m With You” and “Let Me In.”

Cut Copy:  Well known in the Synthpop world, Cut Copy knows how to generate wild sound that is catchy, energetic and mysterious at times. Check out “Lights & Music” and “Take Me Over.

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Cut Copy. Photo credit: BitTorrent Blog

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Music Monday: AEO Up Next: Tijuana Panthers

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For the first installment of the AEO Up Next Series, we called up Phil Shaheen of Cali based Tijuana Panthers to learn where his musical inspiration stems from; chat about how mowing the lawn can inspire inspiration and how cool cassettes still are. Stop into AEO to hear a playlist curated by the Tijuana Panthers. And be sure to head over to their website to buy their latest record, which, of course comes on cassette.

AEO:  Thanks for taking the time to chat with us. Where are the other Panthers though?

Phil from Tijuana Panthers:  Ha! We’re sorta spread out. We’re still close enough where we can drive like a half hour for practice in LA. Dan lives there so we just practice either in the Silver Lake area or Echo Park or Glendale.

AEO:  How has the landscape or just the vibes of California affected the sound of your music?

Phil:  I think because of the 60’s there’s a lot of these garage surf bands that came up. And of course there’s the Beach Boys and all that. There was a lot of surf music going on back then. So I guess, the environment affected those people and we are influenced by those sounds for some guitar riffs and things like that. I think, overall, the landscape didn’t really affect us that much. But it affected us in that manner, I guess.

AEO:  So you were affected by the Cali sounds that came before you more so than the space itself.

Phil:  Yeah, we just grew up playing punk music. And a lot of punk music was influenced by surfing so there was a lot of influences that come from that.

AEO:  Can you narrow your influences down to one album or artist that really affected your path in music?

Phil:  For me it would be the Dead Milkmen. “Big Lizard in My Backyard” is the name of the record. I heard that record when I was in junior high, from a friend’s older brother. He gave us the tape to listen to, a cassette tape. We wore it out. I even buried it in my yard because it meant that much to me. It was like the best thing ever as a junior high kid. I mean, it’s the best thing ever now still. I still enjoy all those records that they put out. And we got to play with them.

AEO:  Oh, you did?!

Phil:  Yeah, we got to play with them at FYF in 2011. And then someone from FYF hooked up a show on Long Beach where the Dead Milkmen came and we got to open for them.

AEO:  That’s very cool.

Phil:  Yeah, it’s insane! The heros, who maybe aren’t heros to most people, but I had them up on this pedestal, we got to hang with them and play. So it was pretty cool.

AEO:  How was that show for you? Do you remember much of it or were you just awe-struck?

Phil:  It was fun. I geeked out a bit but it was a more memorable show. We’ve gotten to play with a lot of old punk bands that I never thought we’d ever meet or play with. Like, hanging out with Keith Morris, from Black Flag and Circle Jerks, asked us to come do his radio show. So that was crazy.

AEO:  So you first heard that Dead Milkmen record on a cassette tape. And you sell your music on cassette and vinyl. How does a physical release, as opposed to a digital one, change your perception of a record?

Phil:  I think its personal preference. Some people really like the sound of analog. They love the sound of the hiss, pops and cracks on records. I never stopped collecting records from when I started listening to music. I think that maybe that’s the area that I grew up in. Long Beach, it’s pretty easy to get records. And it wasn’t even like my parents kept listening to records. It was my friends. When we were growing up tapes were what the medium was. Digital is great. I love it. I’m definitely not one to go either way. I like ‘em both. With digital, you can get music out to everyone, for free too a lot of the time.

AEO:  So, what’s the songwriting process like for you guys?

Phil:  We work on everything by ourselves. And then we come together and just hash stuff out. That’s just something we’ve always done, even when we first started out. We kind of jammed a little but we were never like a jam band. We’d never really get into it like that and just have a jam session. There are moments of inspiration, like I’ll be mowing my lawn and I’ll have this moment of, “Oh, I got some lyrics now.” It’s not about mowing my lawn. It’s just doing that mundane task helps me write stuff. Dan is different. Chad is different. Everyone has their own way of doing things but I kinda just zone out on some stupid task. Things come to me that way. I can’t just sit down and write anything.

Now that you’ve gotten to know more about Phil and the Tijuana Panthers, channel the band’s Punk rock style below:

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3: Reverse Belt
4: Skinny Jean
5: Plaid Button Down Shirt
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7: Canvas Sneaker
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Introducing Up Next: The Ultimate Festival-Inspired Playlist

Introducing Up Next: The Ultimate Festival-Inspired Playlist

Over the next few months, we partnered with six talented bands and musicians to deliver the ultimate festival inspired playlist for our stores. Vance Joy, De Lux, Hunter Hunted, Strange Talk, Desert Noises and Tijuana Panthers hand picked their favorite festival songs from this season while including their own genre into the mix. The end result? The perfect summer soundtrack. Over the course of three months, we’ll bring you exclusive band interviews, how to rock #AEOStyle similar to their own and the reason behind their sound. We can’t wait to take you on this musical journey so sit back, relax and rock on. Make sure to check back on Monday for our interview with Tijuana Panthers!

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Coming Soon: A playlist inspired by all of your favorite artists from the Budweiser Made in America series!

Tell us what’s currently on your playlist and your thoughts on #AEOUPNEXT in the comments below!

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