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Preview: Red Bull Sound Select’s 30 Days In LA *MUST-SEE Shows!

October 30th, 2014 by | Alternative/Indie, Concert/Festival Review, Dance, Electronic Rock, Electropop, Hip-Hop/Rap, R&B, Rock, synthpop |

So we are soon approaching something very awesome in LA featuring over 60 musicians in a 30 day period in November. Starting November 1st through November 30th, Red Bull Sound Select has put together 30 concerts showcasing various talents and I can’t be more excited. My coworkers at The Grammys and I have been talking about this constantly about what shows were going to, as I’m really excited not only because of the musical variety that RBSS has curated during the month of November but highlighting local acts that need more attention and curating shows at venues all over this vast city of Angels. Below I’m here to tell you which 5 shows you definitely can’t miss!

November 1stCut Copy, Gemini Club, Wrestlers at The Luxe Center Hotel Parking Lot (SOLD OUT)

I absolutely love Cut Copy, they may be one of the best acts I’ve seen live when I witnessed amazing all the way back at Pacific Festival 2011. Their indie electronic alternative vibes create great dance music, super easy to sing along to the hooks and overall have this sexy on stage presence that men and women alike yearn for. I’ve seen Gemini Club before too and they will be solid opening acts as they have an electronic pop/rock vibe that is catchy and fun too. Here’s a classic from Cut Copy and “Sparklers” from Gemini Club.

November 13th – Run The JewelsMystery SkullsThurz at The Echo (Sold Out)

I seriously love all three of these acts. Run The Jewels have this intense rap duo and are currently my favorite contemporary rap duo in the game with Killer Mike and El-P crafting some seriously dangerous beats to go along with powerful rhymes. Mystery Skulls just put out his electronic pop major label debut and from what I’ve heard so far, it’s pretty baller with Niles Rodgers and Brandy on a track (“Magic”) as well! Thurz I interviewed back at a Red Bull Sound Select event when he opened for Chuck Inglish of The Cool Kids and LA-native Thurz is a down-to-earth rapper who is just a really good underrated rapper with great stage presence. This might be the show I’m most looking forward to!



November 20th – Future Islands, Rose Quartz, SPEAK at The Wiltern (Sold Out)

Future Islands has stage swagger for an electronic rock band whose lead singer may be David Letterman’s favorite! I want to hear “Balance” and “Doves” live and dance like the maniac that sings for Future Islands. Rose Quartz is an indie alternative electronic band that is emerging onto the scene quite quickly and The Flashlights EP is pretty fun 3-track EP that ultra hipsters will stand by. I love SPEAK and if their name weren’t such a common verb or the same name as a rapper I’ve never heard of, this group may achieve tons of success because their catchy electronic pop sound coming from Texas is so fun and I’m dying to see them live after following them for a couple years now.


November 28th – Aloe Blacc at Lure patio (tickets)

A special day-after-Thanksgiving edition of the Do-Over, hosted by the super talented folk/soul singer Aloe Blacc. I had the pleasure of seeing him do a Grammy showcase for us at The Recording Academy back in August and his voice is as good if not better live than his recordings! This day party is FREE to attend by RSVPing and should be a great way to dance off all that turkey and mashed potatoes you scarfed down on Thanksgiving.


November 29th – Chet Faker, James Supercave, Denitia and Sene at Mack Sennett Studios

If you’ve never heard of Chet Faker, it’s time you put his tunes on and just relax because he’s crafting a PBR&B sound that is sexy yet soothing and just plain smooth. This Australian is highly worth following as he should be playing all over the world in no time. James Supercave is a local act with a similar smooth R&B vibe that should open things up nicely for Faker.


Other shows I’d also consider going to that aren’t sold out yet include November 5 (my birthday) to see Mayer Hawthorne and Dan Wilcox (of KCRW) DJ at Madame Tussauds in Hollywood at an event called “Wax on Wax”, celebrating vinyl. I bet you can cop some free vinyls there and meet some fellow audiophiles while dancing to some chill vibes. If you’re into rap, catch Juicy J November 25th at The Fonda for some trill hip-hop vibes and the ASAP Mob at Hollywood Palladium on November 30th to close out 30 Days in LA.



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