Wreaths, statues, and classical accents adorned the stage, as a spotlight illuminated Grossi’s frame with divine rays. A rare tranquility descended upon the music hall as he settled in and hugged his harp, accompanied by choir, string quartet, and bandmates. Active Child’s set began with calm and moody favorites like "Johnny Belinda," "High Priestess" and “Hanging On” that helped to build his initial acclaim. By mid-show, Grossi swapped strings for synths to jam out to newer songs. Noticeably, the EP tracks like “Calling in the Name of Love” and “Feeling Is Gone” still showcase Grossi’s distinctive falsetto but they feature fatter beats and power synths found across 80’s New Wave/Pop and 90’s R&B. Performing song after song with confidence and control, it was clear that Grossi was in his zone.

Singles “Subtle” and “Silhouette”, which include top features from Mikky Ekko and Ellie Goulding, concluded the night and by the sounds of audience vocals, it was a good choice.

For a guy who recently was playing free residencies on the Eastside, Active Child has certainly come a long way. Cheers to that!

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Cover Illustrator Eric Yahnker Talks Magic Beans, Slacktivism, and Politically Correct Snack Foods with LA CANVAS

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You’re going to get the joke right away. If not, you’ll still smile. Relish in that smirk, you should be proud of yourself for “getting it,” so quickly, and good for you, you “it getter.” But before you reward yourself with that dutch wrap and fro-yo, take a closer look at that illustration, be caught off guard by the astonishing skill required in immortalizing those butt holes in that Indian headdress (see. Chiefy Chief 5 Bunghole Hat)

For a man who had expected us humans to be extinct by now, Satirist and graphite guru, Eric Yahnker is having one hell of a time capitalizing on the accumulative laughability of our western pop and political cultures. Yahnker’s idiosyncratic strain of lowbrow, fine art is brimming with irreverence, familiar characters, punch lines, and, of course, all those diner condiments.

 LAC: Magic beans . . . myth or breakfast?
YAHNKER: More like a prescription.

 LAC: Do you play well with others?
YAHNKER: Pass me the ball and you’re probably not getting it back.

 LAC: What kind of bird are you?
YAHNKER: Ivory-billed woodpecker.

 LAC: Historical crush?
YAHNKER: Col. Sanders.

 LAC: Clint Eastwood or John Wayne?
YAHNKER: That’s like choosing which one of my nuts to lop off.  Way too difficult.

 LAC: Tits or Ass?
YAHNKER: Ass cheeks with nipples.

READ THE FULL FEATURE PIECE ON ERIC YAHNKER HERE

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