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Arroyo Seco Weekend Day 2: Magic Giant, The Mowgli’s, The Revivalists, Fitz & The Tantrums, Weezer, The Shins, and Mumford & Sons

June 29th, 2017 by | Alternative/Indie, Chill/Jam/Reggae, Electronic Rock, Electropop |

Here’s my review of the acts I saw on Day 2 of Arroyo Seco Weekend which includes Magic GiantThe Mowgli’s, Alice SmithThe RevivalistsJamtownFitz & The TantrumsWeezerThe Shins, and Mumford & Sons.
Arrived at about 1:25, a song or two into one of my favorite emerging acts, Magic Giant. They engaged the crowd, unlike any other act I saw at ASW, jumping off stage and the trio of performing surrounded by the crowd of several hundred who came to see their set. It was a phenomenal performance as they did the best songs from their debut album, Into The Wind, which is a sonically pleasing album of catchy folk-pop hits. This band is going places and with how they get the crowd into it by moving around, looking like they are enjoying themselves more than anything by being on that stage sharing their music and positive vibes with the crowd, Magic Giant is destined for greatness!

It was my 4th or 5th time seeing Magic Giant and they didn’t disappoint! Stream their set below, my favorites include all of them but listen to “Shake Me Up”, “Hideaway”, “Jade” and hit single “Set On Fire”.

After grabbing some tacos, it was time for more happy pop from The Mowgli’s, a hippy band from California that seems to be all about spreading love, I can get down with that. It was my 3rd time seeing them, they were really enjoyable, definitely created a fun vibe and got the crowd excited! Stream my two favorites from them “San Francisco” and “I’m Good”.


Next, we wandered over the Sycamore stage, got into VIP and sat down as we enjoyed several songs from the lovely, seductive voice of Alice Smith. Don’t know much about her but it was delightful music while we caught some shade and waited for The Revivalists. Listen to “Fool For You” below, my favorite from her!

The Revivalists went on next and I was super excited to see them as the New Orleans-based band has this alt rock vibe that has strong influences in funk and jam rock, much like Red Hot Chili Peppers. This band is only going to get bigger and bigger as nobody is getting sick of hit single “Wish I Knew You” and they have some secondary hits in “Keep Going” and “It Was A Sin”. This crowd jammed the funk out, the horns were a great addition in bringing it all together and the guitarists excelled under the lead singer’s voice. I have high hopes for The Revivalists. Stream their latest album release, 2015’s Men Amongst Mountains. My favorites that they performed live off this album include “Wish I Knew You”, “Stand Up”, “Keep Going” “All In The Family” and “It Was A Sin”.

After their set, we wanted some guaranteed stage and knew The Willows stage would have that huge ass canopy to give us shade. Then we some great musicianship from the super group Jamtown unites three celebrated talents—Cisco Adler, Donavon Frankenreiter, and G. Love —under one flag to create pure musical magic. I wish I could’ve seen more but my pessimistic friend wanted to see Fitz & The Tantrums so we only caught Jamtown’s “Fool In Love”, and it was mesmerizing with the three acoustic guitarists and then the harmonies were on point, a modern-day Crosby, Stills & Nash! Watch “Fool In Love” below.

I want more JAMTOWN, fuck you Tim for having us leave their set after 1 song!

My mom always taught me if you don’t have anything good to say then don’t say anything at all. So I’ll just say that Fitz & The Tantrums had some super catchy songs and they were one of the easiest acts to sing along to. Watch the video to my favorite song they performed, “Moneygrabber”.

After grabbing some dinner, it was time for Weezer. I’m also going to skip covering them too since I’ve seen them live 5 times, they are always great but because I knew I wasn’t going to get as good of a spot as the last time I saw them (at the intimate El Rey Theatre on Wilshire Blvd), so I didn’t put as much effort into this set. However I highly recommend you see Weezer, they ALWAYS put on a great show and their rock music is catching but on a sonic range that you enjoy and respect! Here’s the most fun song to see them perform live:

Once Weezer finished, we caught about 4-5 songs from The Shins. I don’t know their catalog that well but I do love “Simple Song” and “New Slang” which were 2 of the 4-5 songs I caught. But it was once they started playing “Phantom Limb” that I decided to ditch my friends and swiftly move closer to the stage to hear that song, “Simple Song”, “The Fear” featuring classic LA band Los Lobos and “New Slang”. “The Fear” was the most delightful song I heard at ASW, a song you’d be evil not to like! Stream their set below!

Finally, it was time for Mumford & Sons. Did I enjoy every song they did? No. However, did Mumford & Sons give you all the feels, make you feel like you were flying higher and generally give you this strong sense of love and connection? HELL YES! They were great and shame on the thousands who left their set early to beat traffic and make it home before 11. Stream their ASW set below, my favorites are: “Little Lion Man”, “Lover Of The Light”, “Believe”, “Awake My Soul”, “The Cave”, “Ditmas”, “I Will Wait” and “The Wolf”. A great long set full of energy!

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