What can you say about Kings Of Leon that hasn’t already been said? They are an amazing band, incredible live, and have a well earned reputation for putting on sensational performances. Their headlining set at Life Is Beautiful was no exception. The crowd’s anticipation was palpable when the band emerged on stage. They quickly erupted into a set filled with hits like “Sex On Fire” and “Use Somebody”, as well as new favorites like “Supersoaker”. All the while, the audience sang along and danced, feeling the excitement and emotion in each and every song.
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Portugal. The Man have been making great music since 2006, but only now do they seem primed for a huge breakthrough. Their latest album, Evil Friends, was produced by Danger Mouse and features awesome tracks like “Purple, Yellow, Red, and Blue” and “Modern Jesus”.
At Life Is Beautiful, the band emerged from a cloud of fog to put on one of the best sets of the festival. Equal parts haunting and powerful, Portugal. The Man displayed the ability to hold the crowd in the palm of their hand during their extremely memorable performance.
Here are just some of the images from Portugal. The Man at Life Is Beautiful:
A hard-hitting quartet out of Los Angeles, Nico Vega brings power and intensity to every song they play. One listen to their single “Beast” and you’ll understand what I’m talking about. Raw, pure emotion overflows in their music and is even more evident when seeing them live. At Life Is Beautiful, lead singer Aja Volkman captured the audience’s attention from the moment she stepped on stage. Dynamic and eye-catching, Volkman thrashed her hair, jumped on a bass drum, then later climbed into the crowd. The band’s exhilarating brand of rock was definitely one of the highlights from the weekend.
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Hailing from Oakland, CA, Wallpaper. are a hybrid alternative hip-hop group. The band is the brain child of Ricky Reed, their front man and founder. On stage Reed flashes bravado, but never manages to take himself too seriously. This music is fun, after all, and watching the group perform at Life Is Beautiful it really felt as though the band enjoyed the set as much as the audience. Reed and fellow singer Novena Carmel displayed a natural chemistry, smiling, dancing, and moving all over the stage. Their energy was palpable and resonated with the fans, many of whom were seen dancing up a storm during the songs.
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Out Of Order fans may be more familiar with Donald Glover for his role on the television show Community than for his successful rap career, but make no mistake – this is a performer who knows how to own a stage. Glover performs under the pseudonym Childish Gambino and displays a flair and persona that rivals any other rapper today. At Life Is Beautiful his bravado was in full effect, eliciting monstrous reaction from the crowd, with fans cheering, yelling, and singing along.
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A trio of sisters from Los Angeles, CA, Haim channel a brand of music reminiscent of Joan Jett, Stevie Nicks, and Florence + The Machine. These ladies have a penchant for creating instantly catchy hooks, as evident in their current sing “The Wire” (which we’ve played on Out Of Order). Their rock chops were on full display at Life Is Beautiful as the sisters ripped through an energetic set.
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Janelle Monae is a throwback of sorts. Her theatrical, engaging live performances harken to legends like James Brown. At Life Is Beautiful, Monae was in top form. At first, she was wheeled out on stage in a dolly while wearing stylish straightjacket. From there, she exploded with energy, launching into a powerful set of soul and R&B. A true performer, Monae moved across gracefully as she thoroughly entertained each and every person in the crowd.
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Passion Pit have blown up over the past couple of years. Thanks to hit songs like “Sleepyhead” and “Take A Walk”, the Massachusetts based band has gone from indie darling to mainstream success. Their set at Life Is Beautiful was full of energy and emotion, keyed by dynamic front-man Michael Angelakos.
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Purity Ring are a Canadian duo that combine gorgeous electronic ambient sound with lush, powerful vocals. Corrin Roddick handles the most of the sounds, while Megan James sings. Their live performance is a sight to behold, as the stage is filled with objects that look like large cattail plants. Roddick also plays a custom instrument that looks like some kind of tree – the kind of thing you’d expect to see if mother nature threw a dance party.
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**Editor’s Note: At the time of the festival, this band was named Knocked Up Kids. They’ve since changed their name to Magic Giant. This post has been edited to reflect that change.
Magic Giant are a brand new band based in Venice Beach, CA. They mix electronic beats, with folk instrumentation, and an indie rock edge to create music that’s both fun and unique. Their performance at Life Is Beautiful was only their second (!) appearance, but they definitely won over the crowd. Lead singer Austin Bis was entertaining and engaging on stage, while the rest of the band displayed a chemistry normally found in artists who’ve been around much longer. Definitely a band to keep an eye on. Look for an EP to come out early next year.