From Stray Kids to Eels: The 160th LA Weekly playlist, reviewing the musicians that we’ve been writing about all week, is live now. There’s electronic music from Francis Mercier, hip-hop from Latto with Cardi B, pop from Carly Rae Jepsen, R&B from Janet Jackson, rock from Garbage and the Fizzy Bangers, and so much more.
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From Stray Kids to Eels
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Print star Carly Rae Jepsen told us that, “It’s so funny, because you think I’ve done this so many times that by the time I went out on the road, I would understand that these songs I wrote I then had to perform live. But I felt like there was so much uncertainty that there was a little bit of, ‘Oh wow, OK, I wonder how these will translate to a live audience?’ But it was really interesting, the timing of how we decided to deliver this album. Three-quarters of the way through an American tour, we were creating some hype and getting it ready. I got to, in real time, experience watching the audiences learn our new material and that was the wildest thing I’ve ever been part of. It was so crazy to come out and perform ‘Surrender My Heart’ and have the crowd take over and embrace it the way that they do the rest of our songs.”
In “Not Another DJ,” Francis Mercier told us, “The genres that I especially love – Afro/Ethnic/Middle Eastern house – are becoming more widely accepted and appreciated by the mainstream electronic music community, and I am happy that this is happening.”
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