Photos by: Kristina
Photos by: Kristina
Photos by: Kristina
Tyler, The Creator came with all the vibes at Veterans Memorial Coliseum this past Saturday. The Odd Future frontrunner was on tour for his Grammy nominated album, “Flower Boy”.
This was my first time in the Veterans Memorial Coliseum, but it felt like a smaller Moda Center in almost every sense. It was also my first time ever seeing Tyler perform live, so I was super excited to see if he lived up to the hype and really gives a great show. I’ve seen him in videos and TV shows like we all have, but I wanted to see if the 26 year old Ladera Heights native brought the same energy to the stage. Call it healthy skepticism.
It was hot as Satan’s breath in the morning inside the coliseum. I don’t know if it was due to the amount of bodies packed in the stands, or the fact I was wearing my late grandfather’s heavy rain coat; my only raincoat in one of the rainiest cities in the U.S. Underneath that, I was wearing my favorite “Respect Black Women” hoodie which is also a little thick. I was on public transportation and it was a little cold and rainy so I had to prepare for both occasions.
Odd Future member, Taco was one of the openers for the show. Long Beach representer Vince Staples tore the stage down after Taco. He kept the crowd hype with acclaimed songs like “Norf Norf” and “Blue Suede”. Now the crowd was waiting on Tyler. The music that played while the stage crew got ready for Tyler’s set reminded of me back home, growing up in Mississippi. Stevie Wonder’s “Innervisons” playing as I wipe the crust from my eyes on Saturday mornings, or as I called it, “Cleanup Saturday”. The smell of breakfast intertwined with potpourri and cleaning products gently brush against my nose, letting me know what the mood for the day is. Tyler’s aesthetic has been pretty 70’s soul as of late, so the songs playing like Stevie wonders and other artist of the like was a nice detail in the consistency of theme of his album. Other proof can be found on Tyler’s most recent project, certain tracks from his prior project, and in visuals like “PERFECT” with Kali Uchis.
Tyler’s set was the perfect compliment to “Flower Boy”. It placed Tyler, also known as “Wolf Haley”, amongst trees and and seasonal backdrop that changed with the mood of the song he played. One of the trees had “fallen” and it ended up being a stairway for him. Tyler admitted this was his first time playing a venue as big as the coliseum and he was happy to see a solid turnout. He also admitted that the set was “expensive as fuck” so he was glad that crowd liked it. READ MORE
INTO ACTION kicks off on January 13 as a one of a kind social justice festival of art and ideas. We are struck by the set up of the event – social justice, art, music. The expansive week long pop-up art exhibition, features a series of large format creative installations, music performances, panel discussions and activist workshops designed to inspire hope, galvanize community and ignite creative engagement. It’s free, open to the public and not to be missed.
Words by: DJ
Photos by: Riley
Xavier Omӓr brought a special hue of lightning to downtown Portland’s Star Theatre this past Tuesday. The Texas native was in town for his “Pink Lightning” tour and brought with him midwestern artist pinkcaravan! and duo Iris Temple. Portland was the third to last stop on Omӓr’s tour, but it was hard to tell due to the energy he and the openers brought to the stage.
The first opener was pinkcaravan! The St. Louis native hit the stage draped in a long sleeve airbrushed tall tee, some nylon windbreaker pants, and a crispy pair of white Air Force Ones. I wasn’t hip to pinkcaravan! prior, but the more I heard her effortlessly flow in and out bars of poetry, the more my ears perked up. pinkcaravan! ‘s most notable hit, “pop, lock & lemon drops” left a palatable impression on the crowd as she left. I have a feeling she won’t a small name for long.
The openers before Omӓr hit the stage was Chicago duo Iris Temple. Composed of guitarist/vocalist Quinn Cochran and vocalist Aura, the duo certainly set the tone and successfully prepared the crowd for Omӓr. With such smooth vocals accompanied by face melting guitar solos and smooth transition back to R&B, the crowd was mesmerized by the duo’s pipes and shredding skill. Iris Temple left newfound fans with their latest release, “Ashes”. Cochran also assisted Omӓr in bringing the down the house with his set as well. READ MORE
A special event to give back to the LA homeless, the top party promoters in Los Angeles have come together for a night of giving. The 2nd installment of this event – which takes place on Wednesday, Dec 20, 100% of the proceeds will go to charity. Last year the Los Angeles dance community came together to raise over $54,000. The event aims to spread awareness about the homeless epidemic that takes place here in our backyard. Created by IHEARTCOMIX, the one-night event will consist of some of LA’s biggest promoters coming together: the line-up includes rooms curated by Brownies & Lemonade, Ham on Everything, Space Yacht, Echoflex, Restless Nites, Late Night Laggers.
Buy tickets HERE!