The Shrine Expo Hall played home to a tremendous show featuring three talented local indie-pop acts on Friday night. The show was headlined by LA indie pop group LANY and featured killer breakthrough artists Sasha Sloan and Riah, also out of Los Angeles.
Riah opened up the show with a brief but magnetic set. She was celebrating the release of her debut EP entitled Heartbreak Magic. She’s featured on a number of EDM tracks, including a popular Shallou track called “Lie”, but is now ready to strike it on her own.
Though she only played about 25 minutes, she captivated a crowd that had showed up early to mark their early spot for LANY. Title track from the new EP “Heartbreak Magic” was the standout song from the set, but she showcased her wide vocal range across a number of other songs.
Up next was Sasha Sloan, who’s shown no issues selling out her own shows at the Moroccan Lounge and the Troubadour in the past six months. Last year saw her release a pair of EPs to critical acclaim and the inclusion on every indie pop Spotify playlist. The Boston-born singer-songwriter has settled in LA and you could tell there were a lot of people Friday who weren’t seeing her for the first time.
Repping a WWE pro wrestling T-shirt, Sloan played a stripped-back set that even saw her pick up an acoustic guitar. She’s already got a number of bangers to her credit, and “Version of Me” was probably the highlight.
Closing out the show was LANY, who were playing their second show in two nights after a sold-out set at the Greek Theatre the night before. Despite being together just five years, this band has seen a pretty meteoric rise to the top thanks to consistent radio airplay of their catchy earworms.
Touring in support of last year’s breakthrough full-length Malibu Nights, their synthpop sound is a huge hit. “Made in Hollywood” — one of their breakthrough songs from when they first started — could be a hit by The 1975 if it weren’t for the lack of British accents. It got a huge pop from the crowd and closed out their set before the encore.
“ILYSB” finished things off, and by then you could tell the crowd’s voices were hoarse from singing along to every song. This is a band that should have no trouble selling out venues of this size for the foreseeable future.
Photos by Justin Higuchi