part two: Smashbox Presents: PLAY MOCA with ACTIVE CHILD and Zola Jesus…

All I have to say is at least someone from the Photogenics team was able to make it to this!!!  I thought she could share the experience and make all the suckers who missed it wish we hadn’t.

Active Child…A Review For The Rest of Us.

Words and Photos by Nicci Arone

         Active Child’s music makes me feel like I want to live in a cabin on the moon.  So it only makes sense that their latest LP, “You Are All I See,” is self described as a, “sonic ambition…that sounds cosmically huge and yet intimate all the same.”

        I saw them once before at an indoor venue a few months ago, and the stage was set up as a mirror image of electronic and classical instruments with Grecian inspired statues as cornerstones.  The mix of this old and new world energy created an intimate experience that felt like I was listening to a choir of electronic angels singing to me from the dreamscape of my imagination.

         I didn’t think it could get any better than that.  But it did, last Friday at the MOCA Geffen’s outdoor venue with an incredible view of downtown Los Angeles as the back drop, slow motion water visuals projected on stage, warm summer wind on my skin and some of the most energetic and stylish music lovers LA has to offer.  And really, who even plays a harp anymore!? Classically trained front man, Pat Grossi, sure does.  The dreamy juxtaposition of electronic beats and classical string melodies creates a sound that pleases even the most hipster-ish of auditory palettes.

For me, music is one of the last remaining  innovative art forms.  I go to a lot of shows, and I have to say that these days, while I always enjoy them, it’s super rare that I find myself being totally in the moment and sitting back in complete awe as I’m taken over by the physical force of bliss.  Active Child does that for me, and I really hope it does for you too.  Just catch a fucking show and see for yourself!

Check out the official site for tour dates near you!

part one: Smashbox Presents: PLAY MOCA with ACTIVE CHILD and Zola Jesus…

Tonight, there’s a ridiculously awesome thing happening at the MOCA Geffen.  MOCA has teamed up with our friends at Smashbox to create these multi-media events called Play MOCA, which is essentially 3 summer parties where art and music get together and make sweet, sweet love.

Tonight, one of my all time favorite bands is playing:  ACTIVE CHILD along with Zola Jesus who is equally cool as fuck.

Unfortunately, (and also fortunately for me) I’ll be camping along the Kern River, and I will be missing this.  Booo…I’m a total Sad Sally about it. =(  So, I thought I’d leave you all with an Active Child video to get you in the mood for an inspiringly dreamy weekend.  See you on the flip side, everyone!  I’ll be soaking it all in.