Upon the small, simple stage of the Echo, Simbi Ajikawo, aka Little Simz, killed it, in overalls and a windbreaker no less, offering no restraint whatsoever. At only 23-years-old, Little Simz knows exactly what she’s doing, and everybody fell in right behind it. She enthusiastically orchestrated the crowd’s energy into her own, a maestro of the audience who wore sweat like a badge. “I’ve got two questions for you…” and you can guess what the second one was: “Do you wanna see a dead body?” Shortly after, she dove into the crowd, and everyone went wild. But for every riot Ajikawo started she matched with equally moving moments, including a dedication to her old neighbor with “God Bless Mary.”
She played everything from old standards (“Devour”) to her most recent album (“Shotgun”, “King of Hearts”). As it were, Ajikawo also received a gift from Fender that day, and showed us all her newest toy in its bright pink glory. Watching her riff her way through “Poison Ivy” felt like you were in on the jam session with her, Ajikawo’s face constantly in awe of the spectacle she reduced us (the crowd) to. Even knowing the effect she had on us, Ajikawo still did her damnedest to hype us all up, resetting songs with impunity if she felt our enthusiasm came up short. “Never ever wanna leave/Let me stay lit,” she wailed by the show’s end, echoing all our feelings about this tiny girl’s massive showmanship.
As she says, women can be kings, but Little Simz more than that: she’s a f*cking emperor.
This All Hallow’s Eve, the sister-duo known as CocoRosie cast their ethereal rhymes upon the Fonda Theater. Dressed as twisted takes on the Pippy Longstocking motif, they appeared childishly rogue, looking ready to destroy just as much as they were to play dollhouse. Continue reading CocoRosie @ The Fonda on ~Halloween~→
At a time where few people are happy with America (for justifiable reasons), it felt refreshing watching French cold wave band, La Femme, take the stage of the Regent Theater, and joyously announce their excitement at being in California. Continue reading La Femme @ The Regent Theater 10/25/16→
And so the Broad Museum’s Summer Happenings came to their eventual end this past weekend, but I must say this last one ended on a much harder note than any previous. An evening squarely focused on electronic music, the show pulsed and popped with energy and post-summer bliss. Continue reading SOPHIE @ The Broad 9/24/16→
Coming off the fresh excitement for their latest album, How to be a Human, Oxford-bred Glass Animals held a small concert at the Village studios in West LA (with sponsorship from Spotify and Icebreakers). Waiting in line for this event felt like an eternity, but now I also have enough ice-breakers to last me until the sun dies. Continue reading Glass Animals @ The Village 8/31/16→