Bringing the curtain down (well, almost: there’s still the matter of the final “secret show” on the 30th) on the 2015 edition of the popular, if slightly awkwardly titled, Red Bull Sound Select Presents: 30 Days in LA, Oxford U.K. rock outfit Foals throttled a sold out Wiltern with an electric set late Sunday evening. Grimes may have had the most buzz kicking off 30 Days in LA at the Mayan in sync with her new LP drop, but Foals were arguably the biggest get in this year’s slate of shows.
Beat Connection, four affable bros* from Seattle, rolled into the Echo last Friday. The occasion: the drop of their new LP, Product 3, their 3rd overall, 1st for ANTI. Three years in the making, you feel them pushing their groovy rhythmic sounds forward on the song writing and production fronts. . .
It’s not a gig that would do much diffuse any of the hater chatter on the subject of his credibility in some quarters (and more likely only fuel it all the more) but Jamie xx’s pleasing invite-only DJ set for KCRW at the cozy Sonos Studio this past Monday demonstrated succinctly why he’s succeeding popularly these days in a cutthroat electronic dance scene.
Viet Cong | Jagjaguwar
First off, the name thing—get it out of the way right up top—while not particularly cool or clever, does not bother me on the level it does some others apparently. (I would only add to the conversation the point that “official history” tends to evolve, elevating and depreciating certain aspects of past events, wars in particular, as time passes, as befits the victors.) There’s a lot more to read online about if you want to seek it out and contribute clicks and eyeballs to the debate. Moving on.
Viet Cong, four bros, half of whom were in the similarly unGoogleable, relatively decent band Women, from the great white north (Calgary, specifically) took the stage at a packed Echoplex last Friday night. Right away, upon entrance, they dispel any of the darkness or austerity that their music and artwork gives off, with singer/bassist/ostensible leader Matt Flegel greeting his public rather jovially, a little loose with drink, perhaps, with an ill conceived comedy bit to give away random items from their backstage rider. It’s hard to blame the bros for having a good time, riding the wave of new found success. (The sold out show was bumped up from an original booking at The Echo down to the ‘Plex to accommodate more bodies.) But a little bit of an aura of mystery and seriousness is always welcome with the rock, when the tunes justify it. (As is a little style–T-shirts just don’t cut it.) They would have been better served just launching straight into the music. Which of course they eventually do. [Continue reading. . .]