LANY Concert Cal Coast Open Air Theatre

On a heated Wednesday night, claiming Cal Coastal for one night only, LANY entices the wild crowd awaiting a night of headbanging to heartbreak. The duo set two up-and-coming artists, Annika Bennett followed by Surfaces, to open the show. Annika Bennett and Surfaces produced contradicting sounds that, if put together, capture the sound of LANY. Bennett’s music focuses on the feeling of heartbreak, whereas Surfaces’ music fits in the genre of indie beach pop. 

LANY, or Jake Clifford Goss and Paul Jason Klein who make up the band, are known for their heart wrenching indie/alternative bedroom pop tracks. Band member Paul Jason wishes to stray away from the genre; however, their album “Malibu Nights” would beg to differ.

Paul Klein, frontman/lead singer for LANY came out with a stellar energy matched by the audience. Jumping onto a lifted platform on stage prompted the crowd to jump from their seats. Mr. Klein has been known for bringing the vocals to LANY tracks, but has proved to their passionate fan-base he has more than just an angelic voice. From strumming guitar strings to running his fingers along a keyboard; Klein provoked a different type response from the audience, passion. Jake C. Goss, the partnering half of LANY, stayed behind the scenes, claiming comfort at the drums. Goss brought passion to every rhythm played. Until, Paul Jason Klein brought him front and center for a properly deserved introduction.

Commemorating the success of their sold out show, LANY featured songs from their four albums and debuted a new single, “Congrats.” On an unforgettable night, the crowd poured their hearts into screaming each lyric from songs, such as, “cowboy in la,” “pink skies,” and “ilysb.” LANY was the only music heard throughout the San Diego skies.   

Entering the Open Air Theater all my expectations were blown out of the water. Sure, I’ve listened to LANY on occasion, more-so in the past than now (back when Les Priest was the third piece to the band), but they completely regained my interest. 

Each song had its own story, not just lyrically, but the stage design created a visual story for each song. Artistic experiences are often limited to one emotion; although, throughout LANY’s set each song meant something different to each fan. A vast majority of the songs performed (or LANY songs in general) pertain to heartbreak or unfortunate scenarios. The concert goers were people passionately reminiscing on their own heartbreak. The lights could be bright and the instruments could be heavy hitting, but some attendees could be seen crying, while others are dancing. 

From the raging crowd fiercely following every lyric, to the band portraying each song with marvelous grit, each instrument vibrated the venue creating an unforgettable experience. I was fortunate enough to witness this first-hand.

The Ultimate Summer Sendoff Playlist

Perfect for drives along the coast or lounging by the pool with friends, this summer playlist will put you straight into summer-mode.

As the semester comes to an end and the weight on your shoulders is finally lifted, the summer relaxation begins. Whether your plans include traveling, working, or visiting family, summer is a time to let your hair down and enjoy the sun while the air is warm.

Each year, a summer playlist makes its way into my music library and it’s ends up being the only thing I listen to for my three month break. When I think of “summer” music, I immediately think of upbeat, feel-good alternative songs with catchy guitar lines and lyrics you can shout in the car.

This year, I worked hard to deliver the best summer playlist for anyone who loves alternative, pop, and indie music. Featuring the newest hits from some fan-favorites and a few older tunes that remains classics, this playlist is perfect for beach days, road trips, and everything in-between.

A few of my favorites include:

Talk Too Much – COIN

After hitting no. 8 on the Alternative Songs chart, it is clear that this COIN song fits the “care-free summertime sound” that we are all looking for. They are a rock band making guitar-driven music and they have hit the mark on this hit track.

Tired Eyes – Besphrenz

Besphrenz is a unique group that you’ll be surprised hasn’t blown up yet. With their original style mixing indie, rock, and rap, this band is hitting multiple styles at once, but still keeping it clean. I respect them for being innovative musicians and I’m sure that this song will stay on repeat all summer long. The playlist also features Walking On Ice and their newest single, White Shoes.

Heat of the Summer – Young the Giant

Young the Giant has been a fan-favorite in the Alternative Music world for some time now, and with “Summer” being in the songs title, it surely fits the playlists theme. The song opens with a distorted guitar line and features a catchy chorus you’ll find yourself humming to all day. Young the Giant has done an excellent job in creating new music while sticking to their original sound that everyone loves.

This Life – Vampire Weekend

Released earlier this month, it is clear this song is different from the traditional Vampire Weekend sound. The song is lighthearted, bright, and bouncy, and has even been mentioned it closely matches Van Morrisons “Brown Eyed Girl.”

Hollow Life – Coast Modern

Imagine if Cage the Elephant, Grouplove, and Glass Animals teamed up on a track: this is what it’d sound like. This song was released a few years back, but the chorus is fresh, creative, and exactly what you need to hear all summer long.

Gold Snafu – Sticky Fingers

From the memorable beat and easy-to-follow chorus line, this song is easily enjoyed by any audience. Lead singer, Dylan Frost, delivers unique vocals falling under the reggae/rock genre, and its clear this song needs to be played full volume with the windows down. The playlist also includes one of their more mellow songs, These Girls.

Weekend Friend – Goth Babe

While “Goth” might be in the name, this musician producing anything but gothic music. Classified as surf-indie-rock, Weekend Friend is a care-free summer tune with soaring production. Greeting listeners with a heartwarming combination of keys, drums, and shakes, this song is easy on the ears in just about any setting.

No Going Back – Yuno

From the first drum-kick, this song shines light straight into my heart. After my first listen a few months back, I had the sudden urge to drop everything, go on a road trip, and make a video that highlights this wonderful track. With a weightless melody and vibrant lyrics, it is no wonder this was Yuno’s first single after signing with Sub Pop Records.

Some other favorites from the playlist include songs from boy pablo, LANY, Bad Suns, HUNNY, Local Natives, Empire of the Sun, Still Woozy, Toro y Moi, and many more. Hoping these songs are enough to brighten your mood all summer long! Now, go enjoy the sunshine.

Written by: Brittany Roache