Friday, January 18, 2008

What a Day for a Night

Frank Gehry’s Walt Disney Concert Hall is the sexiest building in all of Los Angeles. I finally had the chance to check out the insides of this beauty at last night’s Concrete Frequency concert featuring Cornelius and Plaid, two highly experimental art-rock groups. On the escalator up to the concert hall, however, just as I was about to say, “You look like Diablo Cody,” I was introduced to Diablo Cody herself. The lady is very friendly and sharp-looking in a leopard skin coat, an inspiring celebrity sighting if ever I saw one.

Anyway, back to the event. The acoustics in the hall are positively first-class and the seats, no matter how far away, are plush. First up was Plaid, a British techno duo with a set of turntables and a backdrop of digital abstract art. Next, Tokyo’s Cornelius delivered a sonic performance of electronic psychedelic rock in front of a gigantic screen of futuristic visuals. Experiencing the images in perfect synch with the music produced a truly dramatic effect, especially when sitting in the concert hall felt like watching a show from the inside of a whale’s stomach.


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