El Rey Theatre

shallou Concert at the El Rey

On the first of two evenings in Los Angeles, shallou performed to a sold out crowd at the El Rey Thursday night. The second to last show of his Souls world tour was set to begin at 10:10. Perhaps due to the rain, the venue was noticeably empty until right before shallou took the stage at 10:30.

shallou took to social media Monday morning announcing a new single, “count on” feat. colin, would be released Thursday. Worked into the set early in the evening, the positive reception from the crowd made it obvious people were eagerly awaiting its debut. Not long after, shallou welcomed Cody Lovaas to the stage to perform “Find”, a track off Souls that is also a collaboration with Kasbo, who happened to be playing his own show in LA simultaneously.

One of a slew of successful bedroom electronic artists, shallou creator Joe Boston stands out among the masses by distilling ambience and emotion into downtempo house. With lyrics (and merch) touching on relationships and mental health, 100% of the proceeds of his debut EP All Becomes Okay going to the Environmental Defense Fund, and 100% of last night’s merch profits going to wildfire relief, Boston ranks among the most compassionate of producers, as well. He took a moment between songs to remind the crowd that despite all the awful things happening around the world that we can impart positive change if we come together.

This somber tone and heavy subject matter didn’t impact the vibe of the night. The crowd was alive and moving from the get-go. Upbeat, danceable versions of songs old and new kept things fresh yet familiar. Surprise remixes (such as “Shelter” by Porter Robinson and Madeon) and mashups (like the combination of “Midnight City” by M83 and “Late Night” by Odesza with his single “You and Me”) kept everyone on their toes.

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Bazzi Concert at The El Rey

The dudes over at Atlantic Records had me out to shoot the second of two sold out nights at the El Rey with Bazzi. I've been to a lot of shows since moving to LA, but none of them had a crowd as insane as this. You could hardly hear him over the masses screaming his word back to him. Bazzi is on tour across the US through the summer before heading across the pond to open for Justin Timberlake.

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The Oh Hellos Concert at The El Rey

It's always a treat to catch up with old friends. Even better when that happens at a concert. Better still when your old friends are the ones playing.

Caught up with some friends in The Oh Hellos during their sold out Los Angeles stop at the El Rey Theatre, took some photos (and video), and listened to the sweetest crowd become a choir echoing the lyrics back to the band.

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Hundred Waters Concert at El Rey Theatre

Supporting their newest album, Communicating, Hundred Waters played to a consumed crowd at El Rey Theatre on Friday night. It wasn't just their emotionally-stirring-yet-soothing songs that were so consuming; Hundred Waters used this Los Angeles show to debut their new A/V collaboration with Timeboy entitled  'ARRAY'. Having shot other shows featuring visuals by Timeboy, I knew I was in for a treat and was not let down.