Viva PHX: YACHT, Nite Jewel, Painted Palms, Bogan Via - Crescent Ballroom - 3/7/14
Photos by Jim Louvau Claire L. Evans of YACHT performs last night at Crescent Ballroom during Viva PHX. See more photos from our slideshow.
YACHT, Nite Jewel, Painted Palms, Bogan Via
Viva PHX Crescent Ballroom
Let's just be honest here: Viva PHX, at its very heart, was an attempt to mimic Austin's South By Southwest. (Even its promoter Charlie Levy essentially admitted as much to us in a recent interview). And that's not that it's a bad thing by any means.
If you've ever been to SxSW, you know it's far more about industry contacts and bookings, looking cool, and finding the "next big thing" than it is about the music or art. What Viva PHX had going for it was a decent amount of venues open, collaborating, and catering to one idea -- having a good fucking time. And from what I saw inside Crescent Ballroom last night, it worked splendidly.
Here's a rundown of what I witnessed:
Instagram via downtownphoenix Bogan Via performs at Crescent Ballroom last night during Viva PHX.
They grow up so fast! I remember when Bogan Via was just another unknown synth band, but after President Gator pushed out their first EP, the couple started gigging like crazy, playing shows almost every week, it seemed. I made the mistake of always saying, "I'll catch the next one" and then the so-called "sunnier Beach House" moved out to Los Angeles. How embarrassing that I've never seen a band I originally covered, especially one that became such a well-known staple of the modern local music scene. Finally, here was my chance to witness them in action.
Bogan Via cut through many of their classics from their Wait Up EP, including "TES," "Kanye," and their juxtaposition of The Animals' "House of the Rising Sun" mixed with Sam the Sham and the Pharoahs' "Red Riding Hood." Still, many of their songs I was unfamiliar with, which gives me hope that they'll have a new album shortly. There's an apparent evolution between these two and that really excites me. Glad this band has avoided becoming stale, even if they're not our neighbors anymore.