This past TuesdayÂ Flux Pavilion shook the foundations at Hangar 8, a realÂ airplaneÂ hangar in the small Santa Monica Airport.Â The hangar was decked out with black lights, an impressive 4-sided visual display, and a great party vibe! Steady was up first and dropped dubstep jams while those inclined grooved out. Tokimonsta followed with what I called lounge-dub and then Flux came on to steal the show.Â I was never a zealous follower of Flux but he completely took me by surprise, dropping a balanced yet satisfyingly dirty set of dub, electro and moombahton. I was dancing my pants off while girls everywhere were climbing on guys shoulders. Despite Flux’s set being cut short I am now firmly sold on the magic of his fingers and would come back to watch him do his thing any time.
If you’ve caught any of our posts on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis then you know the kind of freshness these two are bringing to the rap game. Macklemore ‘s intensely personal, honest, and and often funny storytelling. Ryan Lewis’ impeccable and unique production. It’s really quite remarkable.Â IndependentÂ since day one, they’ve obviously been courted by major labels but as “Jimmy Iovine” lays out, the current state of affairs in that world is dismal for the artist. The duo blazed on alone and The Heist is their opus. But don’t let the commercial success on the backs of a legion of loyal fans fool you. This is a fantastic album. If you never thought you liked hip-hop you will still find something here to love. Macklemore brilliantly balances hisÂ signature heavy topic songwritingÂ with goofball party songs that keep the album from getting bogged down in it’s own seriousness. Both “Same Love” and “Thrift Shop” are shaping up to be top songs of the year but for such different reasons. But one common thread. Two really. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.
Thursday night at The Palladium was awesome. Three distinctly different acts yet three distinctly great sets. First to the stage was the ever so atmospheric St. Lucia lead by front man Jean-Philip Grobler. This was by far the biggest venue Iâ€™ve ever seen St. Lucia perform in yet there wasnâ€™t an inch of space in the place that the their dreamy jams didnâ€™t reach. From the opening piano note on â€œBefore The Diveâ€ to the outro chants on their new single â€œSeptemberâ€, St. Lucia was on point. While Read more
Carousel opened up the night (below) and brought an awesome performance. They rocked the house. However, the softer nature of their jams do not lend themselves to face melting and thats exactly what Ghost Beach did when they took the stage (above). Having last seen them at the TBE SXSW showcases where technical difficulties were many but they still raged through it was fantastic to see them with all cylinders firing and working up a sweat for all in the room. New jam “Tear Us Apart” was a highlight with its Read more
I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Frank + Derol live a handful of times now and they are definitely coming into their own. Still a little wet behind the ears but their current tour with Wolf Gang should go a long way to strengthening their stage show. They certainly have no shortage of jams.Â UnfortunatelyÂ only 4 of them are included on their debut EP. “Let It Go” is the one that makes me roll my windows down and sing along at top volume like a spastic. Get into it.