USC Springfest 2014

11 hours, 1400 photos, 10 acts.

The USc Concerts Committee KILLED it this year! 

In case you missed it, let me fill you in.

Leo Xia

Leo is a freshman at USC. He won the iVoice competition in the fall, and as a prize got to perform at Springfest. He rocked his singer-songwriter set, and he even brought up a fiddle player (who raps, may I add) to accompany him for his cover of “Thrift Shop”. It was a great way to ease us into the festival, with mellow vibes and simple yet sweet vocals. 

dale

Dale is a five-piece, all-USC rock band, generated from the inner-workings of the Popular Music program in the Thornton School of Music. Their original music had an ever-so-slightly 90’s punk feel, à la Blink182, which reminded how much I miss that genre! I had a great time watching them, and I hope to see them again soon.

Breach The Summit

These guys were fantastic. I had not heard of them until the line-up came out, and can see why they’re being featured on KROQ Locals Only. They’re four young dudes from Orange County, California who are making a very cool kind of indie-rock that I was very easily bopping my head to (and maybe even dancing a little to). I can’t wait to see where these guys go. 

Night Riots

Similar to Breach, I heard these guys for the first time at Springfest. The indie-rock they’re creating also has that eclectic, percussion-based feel, that was perfect for the opening line-up. 

X Ambassadors 

I’d been wanting to see them since I heard they’re touring with Parade of Lights, and was so excited that they were coming to USC. The blend of percussion and synth was very cool, and their live performance had an intimate feel even outside on the USC quad. 

Sir Sly

These guys blew my mind. I’ve been familiar with their music for a while, and always thought they had a more mellow, low-key vibe, but their live performance was  definitely far from ‘low key’. The bass, the percussion, the vocals. I was banging my head and very close to moshing by myself in the photo pit, yet the music still retained its “chill” tone. I can easily say I’ve been listening to them non-stop ever since. 

New Politics. 

Talk about moshing. The crowd LOVED these guys! They were dynamic, witty, hilarious, and extremely great performers. I always say, when the band is having a good time, so will the audience. Their smiles were contagious, and their pop-rock tones had the crowd (and the photographers) jumping up and down. In one word, New Politics’ performance was just pure Brilliance. 

Tyga & DIPLO & DJ Gnash

To say USC kids had a swell time during these last sets is a given understatement. It was INSANE. I personally don’t listen to these artists or genres, but it was a great time watching the crowd. The level of entertainment was unsurpassable, and the USC students (and friends) got way more than they even asked for.  

So do you regret missing out yet?