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LA DJ/producer duo Classixx filled up the courtyard of the Hammer Museum playing their dance tunes and remixes, on Thursday, July 25. These two have some of the hottest remixes around — cue their take on Phoenix’s “Lizstomania” — and also just released their own first album Hanging Gardens in May.
Savages–Jehnny Beth (vocals), Gemma Thompson (guitar), Ayse Hassan (bass), Fay Milton (drums)–are not fucking around.
Musically tight, aesthetically fully formed, with a rare air of integrity, all the more impressive for being a relatively new band, they tore through their set at the first of a pair of sold out nights at the El Rey. Loud and bracing, they’re simultaneously affirming and challenging, intellectual and primal; easily one of the most convincing live acts to roll through town in a long while. DeRogatis is perhaps only slightly exaggerating in calling them “life-changing”.
At one point during his DJ set perched in the trippy treehouse Woogie Stage on Saturday evening, Jason Bentley turned the music down and said to the crowd, “How fucking nice is this? Lightning In A Bottle, man, this is the shit!”
Amen. This year’s Lightning in a Bottle – a “celebration of Art, Sustainability, Music, Performance, and Life Itself” in Temecula, July 11-15 – was so good it made you want to curse like a sailor. We’ll put a dollar in the swear jar for you, Jason.