Event Review: First Fridays with the Gaslamp Killer (LA 2/1/13)

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Last night, the Gaslamp Killer and openers Adventure Time played one of the best events I’ve ever attended. Held at the Natural History Museum on the first Friday of each month, it was truly a showcase of the best of LA: incredible culture, amazing people, and great music. Here’s a brief recap of the night.

For starters, the whole night felt like Night At The Museum. As soon as they arrived, attendees were greeted by royalty: The skeleton of a T. Rex. To the left was the DJ lounge, housed inside the African mammals hall. Complete with a bar, chairs, and exhibits of everything from elephants to hyenas, it was the perfect place to kick back and relax. DJs Sodapop and Inka One, joined by violinist Paul Dateh, kept up a solid hip hop vibe throughout the night. On the other side of the T. Rex was the North American mammals hall, also known as the main stage.

I arrived as Adventure Time took the stage. Comprised of Frosty and Daedelus, their set was like nothing I’d seen before. It’s difficult to categorize the genre of their music, some could definitely be called glitch and hip-hop, but there was a strong world music and jazz influence throughout. Both producers are extremely talented mixers, and they were perfect openers.

It was now time for The Gaslamp Killer. Known for his crazy hair, crazy dance moves, and even crazier music, he put on one of the best performances I’ve ever seen. Even though he was playing glitch, hip hop, and trap, his set carried hints of Led Zeppelin. From indescribable, swirling, dark hip-hop to a ‘west coast’ remix of Niggas in Paris, GLK truly took the crowd on a journey. His mixing was incredible, his stage presence amazing, and his attitude was refreshing. At one point, he jumped off the stage to ‘say hello’ to the crowd, and walked around the entire hall while playing a midi controller. Nuts in the best way possible.

All in all, it was a perfect night. Classy and fun, ridiculous and relaxing, truly the best way to start the weekend. I strongly recommend this for anyone in SoCal, and I strongly recommend Adventure Time and The Gaslamp Killer for any lovers of experimental music.

Check out this fan-recorded video of the Gaslamp Killer performing:

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Daft Punk's Alive 2007 introduced me to the world of electronic music, and ever since, it's been a huge part of my life. I'm currently a philosophy student at UCSB, but music and shows are my passion. Thanks to EJ, I hope to share the magic of music with anyone interested.