The Knux, Kid Cudi
September 24, 2011
Better than … all those stuffed, see-'n-be-seen Hollywood clubs and hipster dive bars.
Last night, Complex magazine threw a rooftop party to celebrate its October issue, and cover star Kid Cudi dropped by. (Kreayshawn, who's on the opposite cover, didn't, but this wasn't really her crowd.) Clark Duke — you know, the guy from Hot Tub Time Machine — played DJ and spun tracks like Ray Parker Jr.'s “Ghostbusters.” The Bacardi flowed like it was 2003 (the year mojitos blew up), and a table of never-ending tacos, ice cream sandwiches, corndogs and tater tots added a county-fair flair to the affair.
But the main attraction was The Knux. The New Orleans-born brothers' new album Eraser drops Tuesday, and Cudi is featured on single “Run.” In his Complex interview, Cudi gives the duo high praise, naming them as one of three artists he'd work with (the other two? Kanye and Jay-Z).
The Knux — Kentrell “Krispy” Lindsey and Alvin “Joey” Lindsey — took the stage for a quick set, just enough time to introduce the crowd to their rock-n-rollick sound but not keep them away from the open bar too long. A calm Cudi left his table of treats (just food and bottles of booze — he's off drugs now) and joined them onstage for “Run.”
Musically, the night was all over the place. Approaching Siren, we heard Herbie Hancock's “Rockit.” The selection regressed to late '70s Rod Stewart and we pretended everybody was high on quaaludes and coke, not Bacardi-and-cokes. Later, Robyn's early '90s club classic “Show Me Love” threw a visiting female London drum and bass emcee into a tizzy.
Miss Jack Davey was on hand, glowing — her baby with The Knux's Joey is due in November. McLovin' snaked through the crowd, a dead ringer for one of the Fanning sisters trailing behind him. Only Kid Cudi was camera-shy. Considering his history with L.A. photographers, we'll give him a pass.
Personal bias: What's not to love about laid-back guests — and amazing views from an uncrowded rooftop — on a Saturday night in Hollywood?
The crowd: Hip. Hipster. Hippie. An older man who commented on the “I Love the '80s” DJ: “This DJ is great!”
The Knux's official album release show is tonight at The Roxy. J*DaVeY opens.