Welcome to Mezzic, Portia Medina. From the San Fernando Valley, Portia beings her eclectic musical tastes from Ska/Punk to Indie/Folk/Pop. Music journalism is her passion and cashews and dark chocolate are her kryptonite.
The North American Mammal Hall at the L.A. County Museum of Natural History was the perfect location for the last night of the Wild Nothing tour supported by Abe Vigoda. KCRW presents First Fridays at the Natural History Museum monthly featuring lectures live music. Stuffed seals, buffalo, and bobcats served as the backdrop for the four baby-faced fellas in Wild Nothing. Stringy hair and B.O. were staples for the crowd that was a healthy mix of adult contemporary and USC hipster students.
Flavors of The Beach Boys linger in Wild Nothing’s clean sound and clear vocals. The Virginia-based one-man band created by Jack Tatum tours with Clay Violand (bass), Nathan Goodman (guitar) Michael Skattum (drums). The ladies were squealing between every song for these handsome young blokes.
L.A. based Abe Vigoda were wrapping up their set around 9 p.m. The crowd, who were mostly there to see Wild Nothing, was caught of guard by the post punk band. Abe Vigoda is often referred to as tropical punk and they got everybody bouncing on their toes to the synthed out experimental noise.
Michael Vidal, Juan Velazquez, David Reichart and Dane Chadwick make up Abe Vigoda. Mix equal parts of David Bowie and New Order to create the electro pop rocks that drip down your ears, like warm honey. Many people at the show had never even heard of the boys in their own back yard.
The Cupcakes A GoGo Truck and The Grilled Cheese Truck were strategically positioned at the bottom of the steps outside the museum. The Show let out at about 10:30p.m. and everyone was looking to refuel before they headed out to the nearest frat party or downtown club. If you plan on going to Andy of the First Fridays shows this year, make sure you have plans afterwards.