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Josh Herwitt

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Chris Keating of Yeasayer gave Los Angeles what it had been waiting for.

She Wants Revenge May 23 @ The Roxy Upon entering the famous Roxy Theatre on the Sunset Strip, I headed to the main stage area and was greeted by a massive crowd of dedicated fans. There was a pleasant ambiance created by lights shining against a black backdrop that appeared to be a night sky looming with golden stars. She Wants Revenge opened the show with “Take the World,” a single off their highly anticipated third album, Valleyheart, released that same day. Singer Justin Warfield captivated the audience with his seductive, unmistakable voice as each song led into the next. By the time “Little Stars” was played, the crowd was deeply engaged. The music had a magnetic pull as bassist/ keyboardist Adam Bravin and drummer Scott Ellis composed the electro-dance beats and guitarist Thomas Froggatt harmonized with Warfield. She Wants Revenge ended with “Out of Control,” off the group’s self-titled debut album as the show reached a climax with the cheerful audience enthusiastically dancing and singing along. Their setlist included eight songs off the new album: “Take the World,” “Kiss Me,” “Up in Flames,” “Reasons,” “Little Stars,” “Suck It Up,” “Maybe She’s Right” and “Must Be the One.” I was eager to pick up a copy of Valleyheart, it is truly a delightful release. I highly recommend it to fans of new wave, 80s and alternative rock. —Naomi Coronel

La Santa Cecilia May 24 @ The Roxy La Santa Cecilia lead singer Marisoul shines while she

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blissfully utters song lyrics on stage. Marisoul, who is easily reminiscent of salsa queen and legend Celia Cruz, carries a distinguished yet resplendent resonating voice. She showed that off at the Roxy; it was the group’s first time performing at the venue. Dressed in a prominent wardrobe on the rather tiny stage, La Santa Cecilia made everyone’s night with their diverse music style. La Santa Cecilia (The Saint Cecilia) performed various songs from different music styles. One such track was “Uzumaki,” a cumbia-nortena song in Spanglish, detailing a dream. Moreover, “Chicle” (Gum) easily became a crowd favorite of the night where the headliner was Colombian group Bomba Estereo. But without doubt, “La Negra” (The Black One) is La Santa Cecilia’s trademark track. Filled with an upbeat tempo, powerful lyrics, a full drumkit set, congas, bass and guitars and an accordion, this cumbia (a musical genre originating in Colombia) tune thrilled the packed audience. La Santa Cecilia, composed of Gloria Estrada, Hugo Vargas, Alex Bandana, Miguel Ramirez, Jose Carlos and Marisoul have been together four years. They formulate their music and are inspired from not only their Los Angeles-based and Mexican backgrounds but the diversity of others. In each of their performances, La Santa Cecilia shows that. And Marisoul’s diva-like voice lights up the sets. —Marvin Vasquez

Yeasayer May 24 @ The Music Box Not many bands can toy with your imagination and simultaneously inspire you to sing and dance like you’re a 5-year-old kid all over again. In a matter of four years,

though, Yeasayer has struck that chord cleanly to garner rousing applause across the country from music critics and fans alike. For any proof of that, you had to look no further than the Music Box on a Tuesday in late May. Playing the second night of two sold-out shows in Hollywood, a quintet of weirdos from Brooklyn spellbound the youthful crowd with hallucinogenic visuals, neon lights and a barrage of sounds from every planet in the solar system. With groovy synths, tribal beats and beautifully shared harmonies meshing together that evening, Yeasayer finally gave Los Angeles what it had anxiously been waiting for since the release of their highly acclaimed second album, Odd Blood, in 2010. Early on, fans were treated to Odd Blood favorites like “O.N.E.,” “Mondegreen” and “Rome” as frontman Chris Keating, guitarist Anand Wilder and bassist Ira Wolf Tuton crooned melodies to the rhythms of drummer Jason Trammell and percussionist/keyboardist Ahmed Gallab. Yet Yeasayer also made a point of revealing where it may be headed next, showcasing some more of its unique brand of experimental pop with new material off what will be a third EP. The crowd, nonetheless, dug it – not always an easy task for a band that hails from the same metropolis as neo-psychedelic contemporaries MGMT, Grizzly Bear and Animal Collective, a favorite of Keating and Wilder’s from their high school days in Baltimore. Still, in a city as big as New York, Yeasayer has managed to carve out a little of its own space among the indie heavyweights. That’s, in large part, because it’s a band that doesn’t want to get bored, that wants to push boundaries and not confine itself to any one genre. It’s a band that wants to experiment with an endless list of sounds and discover new avenues to travel down. It’s a band that asks you to channel your inner-childlike tendencies and embrace the unknown while they’re manning the stage. And because of that, Yeasayer is not a band for everyone. But for what was a short, yet sweet one hour and 15 minutes, a room full of people got to revel in those emotions again for the first time in quite a while. —Josh Herwitt

Calvin Harris May 26 @ The Music Box Scottish producer, singer and DJ Calvin Harris is riding a very high wave of momentum at the moment. He recently released his new music video for “Bounce,” a single off his upcoming album (due early next year), and dropped a widely acclaimed mix last week on electronic music powerhouse BBC Radio 1. Follow that up with a sold-out show at the Music Box, Hollywood’s premiere electronic music venue, and Harris is further solidifying his position as one of the genre’s top producers/DJs. Harris has been known to put on good live shows, where he actually sings and performs with a live band, but has steadily shifted his focus towards DJing. Some longtime fans might have been disappointed, but they can’t deny the fact that Harris rocked the Music Box. He stepped behind the turntables shortly after midnight and immediately had the crowd in his control. The energetic revelers greeted him with a roar after anxiously waiting on his arrival for a couple hours. Backed by an enormous LED wall that displayed stimulating visuals, Harris proceeded to electrify the crowd with a mix of his songs, original remixes and other dance hits. The crowd enthusiastically sang along to hits, such as the catchy “Flashback,” and danced emphatically to ever popular songs like “You Used to Hold Me.” Harris even premiered a remix to his pulsating track “Awooga” that features LMFAO, adding a “party rock” twist. CONTINUED ON PAGE 16 >>>

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