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Big Wild Concert at The Novo

Big Wild has remixed songs by all your favorite artists - ODESZA, Zhu, Chvrches, and Sylvan Esso to name a few. Big Wild has played at all your favorite festivals and venues - Red Rocks, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, and EDC to also name a few. And now Big Wild is touring across the US in support of his debut full length album, Superdream. Part of that tour was a sold out stop at The Novo Friday night.

Big Wild (aka producer and composer Jackson Stell) released Superdream via Counter Records and is affiliated with ODESZA’s coveted Foreign Family Collective. His experimental pop sounds fall in line with those of other Foreign Family artists; upbeat tempos paired with inspiring & uplifting lyrics. The first track off the album, “City of Sound” is symbolic of Big Wild leading the Superdream project with his voice for the first time ever and is meant to be a song of encouragement. He opened his set with the track. A guitarist in a dazzling sequin jumpsuit took the stage before Stell entered showing off his vocal chops.

It was the first of many songs in which Stell worked alongside vocal and instrumental support. The guitarist underwent multiple outfit changes and was joined in varying combinations with a back up vocalist and a bassist. Maybe it was just the warm fuzzy feeling of the concert being on International Women’s Day, but I was glad to see all of them were women. The auxiliary performers, outfit changes, and obvious shift from EDM to a more pop driven sound made the entire performance very reminiscent of Empire of the Sun.

There wasn’t a still body in that room even at the top of the balcony; something seldom seen at a show. Another, less positive, quality of the show were the substantial pauses between songs. As this isn’t something often seen at EDM-centric shows, this is another clear shift in the pop direction. Still, it was obvious the enthralled crowd didn’t mind. Highlights of the set included old classics like “When I Get There” and “Empty Room,” Big Wild having the crowd illuminate The Novo during his remix of “Show Me” by Hundred Waters, and a mashup involving Steppenwolf’s “Born To Be Wild” that led into a breakdown where he played cajón.

Shot for Grimy Goods. Click the photos to scroll through them big.

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.

Shot for Grimy Goods. Click the photos to scroll through them big. To see more shots of Shallou click here.

Slow Magic Concert at Fox Theater Pomona

I've said it once and I'll say it again; don't sleep on Slow Magic. Here are photos from his set opening up for ODESZA at the Fox Theater in Pomona. Click the photos to scroll through 'em big and on black. To see other photos I've taken of Slow Magic click here.

ODESZA Concert at Fox Theater Pomona

Bringing their highly theatrical and meticulously crafted live show to a sold out crowd at the Fox Theater in Pomona in between weekends at CoachellaODESZA utilized every second of their set to hypnotize the crowd into dancing. A drumline, horn section, guitarist, and guest vocalist Naomi Wild lent themselves in the creation of a sonic vibe that was truly cinematic. The set was a solid blend of old and new songs expertly reworked and mixed to keep everything fresh. Every detail, from the transitions to the lighting cues, was flawlessly executed. If ODESZA is ever putting on a show even remotely close to you, go.

Click the images to scroll through them big. Shot for Grimy Goods.

Com Truise Concert at Exchange LA

If you live in Los Angeles and weren't at the Com Truise concert at Exchange LA Saturday night, I am so sorry. The set list: a perfect blend of songs off all three releases. The visuals: stunning and in line with the vivid, but simplistic design of Com Truise's album artwork. The crowd: so damn happy and kind (sadly, not always the case).

For me, listening to Com Truise is pure time travel. At the first synths I'm rocketed back to a balcony in the suburbs of Houston. It's the summer of 2012. I'm sticky with that glorious humidity-induced sweat layer and my mind is a mile above my brain. The only concerns among my best friends and I is whether or not to go for a swim and where to procure some donuts. It was such a joy to revisit that time with Com Truise last weekend.

Click the photos to scroll through them large. To see more of Com Truise (circa Day for Night 2015), click here.

Air + Style Festival 2018

Last weekend, LA was treated to Air + Style, the global snowboard and skateboard competition and music festival that features world-class action sports athletes and musicians during a two-day event series with stops around the world including Los Angeles, Australia, and Beijing. 

 
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For the most part, I focused on the music. It's been a long time since I've been to a festival where it's been possible to see every single artist; two stages and no overlap meant no tough decisions on which set to see and which set to miss. The lineup was a stellar blend of musicians I love, have and haven't seen, and a few I'd never heard of. Sometimes, less really is more.

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Click the icons to scroll through the photos of the festival. Threw some film into the mix, too.

 

Hazey Eyes Concert at The Echo

After we ran around the hotel and venue to get some lifestyle and promo shots, Hazey Eyes opened to a sold out crowd at The Echo. Going well beyond holding his own on stage, he had the entire crowd snapchatting his remix of Post Malone's I Fall Apart. This was Hazey Eye's first show in Los Angeles (and only his second time mixing live!) but I can guarantee this won't be his last.

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Slow Magic Concert at The Roxy Theatre

Slow Magic describes themself as "music by your imaginary friend," and that concept seems even more fitting after shooting their show at The Roxy last night. Of course, anyone that performs in a light up tribal zebra (I think?) mask is gonna have an air of mystery lingering around them. But Slow Magic's ability to command one of the kindest and highest energy crowds I've seen (on a Sunday night, no less) was the stuff of dreams.

Here are some photos I got. Enjoy the magic; I certainly did.