RZN8R. My favorite part of his performance is when he raises his arms, makes a face and then drops his arms with the next level beats (Ego Panache). His vocals are classically trained. His mom confirms this for me. I believe it when he says to the audience “I like to mess with sounds, it’s what I do, it’s what I live for”. Beauty.
YALLS. Admittedly I am outside having an ego-laced meltdown during most of his set. Though it is apparent the people are very much into his electronic collages (Ego Boost).
MONSTER RALLY. A wonderful mix of tropical samples, Caribbean soft sand and sugary rum drinks with smart hip-hop sensibilities. The album artwork is an always impressive assemblage, and he has no pretensions. Works the crowd with tracks from his prolific 7 EP/5 LP output and then gives a shout out to his brother in the audience – “Yo Eric, yo, happy birthday dude” (Ego Balance). Brings the house down with “Orchids”.
TV GIRL. I stay long enough to take a picture to fuel their egos with should they google themselves (Ego feed). They are from LA and have a 90’s vibe; Sugar Ray and Sublime and maybe the Stone Roses dressed in wolfish Beastie Boys clothing. They also have a mannequin in their band but she does not have an ego.
Walking home after the show I decide the ego is necessary. Without it, people would be boring as fuck and nothing interesting would ever transpire. Without egos, I would have never written this review because there would be no Noise Pop, bands, (or producers or laptop artists or whatever) desires or ambition in this world. Egos make things happen. Hang on to yours, dear diary, hang on because you need it.