Last night was my first concert coverage of the year, and what better way to start than the two-night, sold-out dancefest of Big Black Delta and M83 at Club Nokia in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. A night of electronic groovin’, fellow BTH member Ohio accompanied me, as she was a Campus Circle gun for hire last night.

Big Black Delta is quickly gaining on speed with badass songs like IF*CKINGLOVEYOU and Betamax. As a matter of fact, the latter was one of my favorite music videos of last year, and front man Jonathan Bates locked that chorus down tight, with gorgeous brunette drummers Mahsa Zargaran and Amy Wood at his sides.

With a cryptic and dark live show, the crowd still couldn’t help to the sounds of BBD. They released their first album, BBDLP1 was released in late 2011, and is a great addition in the small family of electronic tunes meets percussion done right.

After a short intermission, French electro rock stars M83 took the stage. Albeit there were some glitches in the sound to begin with, the band quickly made up for the lost notes, and had the biggest dance party I’ve ever seen at Club Nokia.

To be honest, I nearly slept on their most recent album Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming (no puns intended), but in the last days of December, found it to be one of the most enjoyable driving albums of the year.

My musical M83 dreams came true after they played a super extended version of my favorite track, Claudia Lewis. They also got down on a saxophone solo during the radio hit, Midnight City. Here’s the set list from last night:

01 “Intro” 02 “Teen Angst” 03 “Kim & Jessie” 04 “Reunion” 05 “Sitting” 06 “Year One, One UFO” 07 “We Own The Sky” 08 “Steve McQueen” 09 “Wait” 10 “This Bright Flash” 11 “Claudia Lewis” 12 “Midnight City” (w/live saxophone solo) 13 “A Guitar and A Heart” 14 “Skin” 15 “Couleurs”

You can catch Big Black Delta in Los Angeles again next month on the 22nd of February at the Bootleg Theater. Check them out and get a copy of their new EP! M83 hits the road for a while, but will be back in our neck of the woods for (the already fucking sold out) Coachella 2012 Festival. Check out their website for more info!

Until next time my friends,

~Flak