Saturday, February 13, 2016

Chasms/Them Are Us Too

THEM ARE US TOO
CHASMS
(house party
SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA
12 SEPTEMBER, 2015
It was a rare treat to have a short drive up the coast to catch up with Chasms outside of their native San Francisco habitat, and the pleasure was doubled up with catching co-headliners Them Are Us Too for the first time. The venue was a non-descript house in the shadow of the 101, off campus, and with the most tolerant of neighbors. Chasms previewed songs from an upcoming project, hopefully to be released in the spring, and Them Are Us Too, the Bay Area duo of Kennedy and Cash, finished the night off with a heavy dose of dark noise.

CHASMS

 

THEM ARE US TOO

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

FYF: D'Angelo Gallery

D'ANGELO and the VANGUARD
FYF 2015
EXHIBITION PARK, LA
23 AUGUST, 2015

Last December, with no notice whatsoever, D'Angelo dropped Black Messiah, his long-awaited followup to 2000's Voodoo. Putting together a crack band dubbed the Vanguard, he proceeded to hit the road, and his booking on the FYF bill became a must-see. There's an element of baited breath as well, especially when one has been off the road for that amount of time, but there was no cause for worry. With the Vanguard hitting on all cylinders, D'Angelo marched through his catalog soul-revue style, not pausing between songs, just unleashing. In a festival of surprise performances, it was an amazing grace note.