Flying Lotus in 3D at North Park Observatory

Flying Lotus brought his psychedelic beats to San Diego just in time for Halloween. The wild beat veteran didn’t just decide to do a regular ol’ tour, though. Instead of just going city to city playing his music, FlyLo decided to up the ante by adding 3D visuals.

FlyLo has been known to have crazy stage setups to create a visual performance along with the music for audiences. Knowing this, it comes as no surprise that he would include this extra element of experience for his current tour.

Now, the big question in my mind heading into the show was how exactly was he going to achieve 3D for the audience.

This question was answered immediately as I entered the venue and was handed a pair of custom 3D glasses for the FlyLo tour. Opening for FlyLo was a DJ named Pbdy, pronounced pea-body. He played a variety of unpredictable and off the wall electronic music, something one would expect to precede an act like Flying Lotus.

After about 45 minutes of the opener, the man himself came out with an infectious smile for the restless crowd. We were told to put on our 3D glasses, and then our journey began. What was once a flat LED screen turned into a portal to another dimension. Floating heads, bizarre patterns and endless grids flew around and past FlyLo as he performed his set. Rather than using a playlist of his own songs, he played more of a DJ set of his own tracks mixed with others. At one point, he even switched to his alter ego rap artist Captain Murphy and performed a few of those songs live.

The 3D was mesmerizing, and FlyLo’s charisma kept the audience excited and lively. There did seem to be some audio issues at certain times throughout the set, which was a bit disappointing as the tracks being played at the time lost some of their chutzpah. However, it was still a fun show, and it was cool to see the creativity implemented with the 3D visuals. Even if you left dissatisfied with the show, at least you left with a free pair of 3D glasses.

Discovering Turnover

Not too many months ago, a friend started his car, plugged in his phone, and began playing an album I was unfamiliar with. As we slowly made our way out of a parking garage, an amazing song started playing on the speakers. It started off pretty subtle, but suddenly built up and I knew he just introduced me to what would become one of my favorite bands. And when I found out that they would be coming to San Diego, I was elated. On Friday, Oct. 27 Turnover played a show at the Irenic for $16 and it was fantastic.

Over the years, Turnover’s sound has definitely shifted and their music has transformed from melancholy to optimistic. Their newest album, “Good Nature,” is a nod to sunny California vibes, as opposed to their previous record, “Peripheral Vision,” which was more moody and emotional. Personally, “Peripheral Vision” is my favorite Turnover album and there is not a single song I dislike. It is a perfect album that “Good Nature” just can’t compete with. I felt as though the album could not capture the intense emotions that encompassed their prior release. “Good Nature” was good, but when I think of Turnover I will immediately relate them to the first album I heard: “Peripheral Vision.” At the show, they played a majority of their songs off of their newest release, but thankfully they played a couple of crowd favorites from their older work. This hyped up and pleased the crowd, including myself.

Seeing Turnover live was an overall good experience and they sounded exactly like their records, which impressed me. Their music is fantastic and reminds me of good vibes and nostalgic memories. I highly recommend checking out their music and seeing them live! I know I will definitely see them again whenever they return to San Diego.

Music Vibes: Songs Sure to Get You in the Fall Mood

It is FINALLY starting to feel like fall. Like many of you, I’m sure there’s nothing better to get you in the autumn mood than some good tunes. With old and new songs and artists, this fall Indie guide will make you want to snuggle up in a cozy sweater with some coffee. Just sit back, relax and check out the artists below for the full fall experience.

The Paper Kites

So pretty much anything by The Paper Kites is sure to put in fall mode. Their music screams cozy vibes. Of all their songs though, “Bloom” is without a doubt my favorite every fall season.

Alvvays

 

Toronto based indie group Alvvays (pronounced Always) is another one to look out for this season. Their song “Dream Tonite” is a great one for cruising around at night or snuggling up in bed.

Milo Greene

Based out of LA, Milo Greene emulates nostalgia. Their music is perfect for fall with its soothing harmonies and comforting acoustic sounds. Feel free to add some of my favorites, “1947” and “Autumn Tree,” to your fall playlist.

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

Best known for their song “Home” from a range of films and shows like “Stuck in Love” and “Gossip Girl,” Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic provide a folk-like indie influence to your fall playlist.

The Lighthouse And The Whaler

 

 

This more upbeat indie group is great for the fall. Their use of chimes and drums is sure to comfort you throughout the cold weather season. Check out their song “Venice,” which is my personal favorite.

If you like any of the songs or artists above, try listening to their related artists. You can put the artist’s “radio” channel on Pandora or Spotify and just keep the fall vibes going, while discovering some great artists and songs along the way.

Back from the Dead: Citizen’s ‘As You Please’

Citizen has been an ever-evolving band since the release of their 2013 album, “Youth.” The dark themes paired with heavy instrumentation and lyricism made it a fan favorite. Songs such as “Sleep” and “The Summer” set the tone early for a band still craving experimentation.

In their second album, “Everybody is Going to Heaven,” Citizen took an even heavier approach. Mat Kerkes’s vocals were much more morbid with heavy bass instrumentation. The album was almost haunting. “As You Please,” however, is the perfect mixture of the pop punk and post-grunge sound Citizen has been dabbling in.

The album opens up with their lead single “Jet” which has to be one of the best songs on the track list. Fuzz-toned guitars manned by Ryland Oehlers and Nick Hamm steadily start the song off as the drums and bass create the full sound. The shoegaze-esque instrumentation is accompanied by Mat Kerkes’ well-developed voice. He shows off his pipes and even a falsetto in the chorus, proving he has matured as a vocalist. Tracks like “In the Middle of it All,” “World” and “Flowerchild” also show off his vocal talent.

Many fans love the nostalgic sound of “Youth,” but those who say it’s better than their most recent release are completely wrong. Here’s why. “As You Please” is a post-grunge effort with heavy yet atmospheric instruments that are crisp and well-defined. For example, “Fever Days” starts with ethereal plucking that was previously unheard in Citizen’s discography. A heavy bass-driven riff then cuts off the entrancing guitar as it subtly rings throughout the song. It fills up the empty sound accompanied only by sustained guitar notes and drums. Kerkes’ aggressive vocals is the last, satisfying touch to this perfect Citizen song.

“World” is another passionate song that is well written both musically and lyrically. With its bright guitars, crisp drums, rich bass and ambient backing vocals, the song is finalized with some of my favorite thought-provoking lyrics. In the post-chorus, Kerkes sings “Split me open/Let the air out/I’m your old friend,” with so much gut wrenching grit and emotion that I can’t help but shed a few tears. His songwriting is some of the most profound and eloquent out there and, for once, it forces me to pay attention to the words, not just the instruments.

“Fever Days” and “World” are definitely favorites for their unique musicality – which was missing from the band’s previous albums. I appreciate bands that aren’t afraid to experiment in different genres, but still maintain their established sound, like Citizen. “As You Please” shows fans that change is necessary. In a scene that tends to always sound the same, this album is step forward in musical experimentation and progress.

Favorites: “Jet,” “In the Middle of it All,” “Fever Days” and “World”

Least Favorites: “I Forgive No One” and “You are a Star”

Featured Image by Chloe Muro.