As their name implies, this Los Angeles pop quintet's sound is like a musical anti-depressant, and early-bird concertgoers were rewarded with a hefty dose Friday afternoon at the Sony Stage. Especially noteworthy was the bubbly "Itching on a Photograph," on which vocalists Christian Zucconi and Hannah Hooper "didn't just sound as if they were longing for someone. They sounded as if they were experiencing longing for the very first time," wrote SPIN's David Marchese.
Vince Staples is hardly the ingratiating type. “Don’t shake my hands unless you passing payment,” instructs the redoubtable young’un on “C.M.B.,” a paean to ruthlessly mercenary, Randian capitalism. “Keep your salutation / I need my 40 acres.” This ice-grilling Left Coaster is more Mack 10 than Myka 9, a verbal marksman who refuses to placate… More »