It was the first of two sold-out performances in the of at the iconic . The synth-driven indie pop outfit of Gardens & Villa began the evening their unique, lightweight sound. At one moment airy and ethereal, then instantly heavy and commanding–these Santa Barbara boys have created a sound all their own. Delicate rhythms driving forward and strangely captivating vocals combine to make Gardens & Villa sound like ’s much more chill younger cousins. They closed their set their hit “Black Hills”, a borderline tribal groove a steady, heavy beat. A great way to cap off a memorable perforamce. They were the perfect upbeat option to balance the -shaking performance would soon deliver.

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The Sacramento-based creative god Scott Hansen is known to the art world as the photographer/design artist ISO50, but better known to the world as the electronic artist, . They hit the road earlier this year to support their fourth studio effort, Awake —- which is easily Tycho’s most brilliant album to date. Beautiful sweeping melodies dance over intelligent and intricate beats creating a dreamy, otherworldly vibe all their own.

Hansen’s world-class band is comprised of Zac Brown (bass guitar, guitar), Rory O’Connor (drums) and Joe Davancens (bass guitar, keyboard, synth) while Hansen handles synths, guitar, bass guitar and visual programming himself (no sweat). Making it look simple as can be, they create a massive wall of sound with subsonic waves of bass. I could feel my sternum shaking AND I LOVED IT.

They jumped right into the set with the title track “Awake”. The wandering melody is balanced by the steady clip of pace being fueled by their expertly talented drummer, Rory O’Connor. The rest of their set was incredibly dynamic, knowing when to let feel-good jams like “L” expand and build organically with the energy of the crowd. They balanced their set with magical swells of sound on their ambient, mystical tracks like “A Walk” off of 2012’s Dive.

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Behind them, video art was projected onto a massive screen—often bathing members in vibrant pixels. At a Tycho show, the interplay of the video art and the creates complex emotional arcs that transcend the typical concert-going experience (in my opinion). Washes of moving color that, if frozen at any moment, would create stunning Impressionist-ic works of art. Saturated videos of surfers curling down a wave. Galaxies. Oceans. Deserts. Emotionally evocative and visually stunning, this video production is an important part of Tycho’s identity as an artist.

Closing their encore with ‘Montana’, another fan favorite off of their new album, Tycho brought their powerful, cinematic music to life with finesse and passion. This is an absolutely brilliant set that is not to be missed. They will be making many appearances this summer, including but not limited to: , and . Check their dates below to see when you’ll be crossing paths with this brilliant tour, you won’t be sorry.

Tycho 2014

May 25 – (Quincy, WA)
June 13 – (Morrison, CO)
June 26 – (, MI)
July 05 – Snowmass (Snowmass, CO)
July 17 – Latitude (Suffolk, )
July 22 – Gorilla (, )
July 23 – Button Factory (Dublin, Ireland)
July 31 – Crystal Ballroom (, OR)
Aug 01 – Neptune Theatre (, WA)
Aug 03 – Whistler (Whistler, Canada)
Aug 09 – (, CA)
Aug 26 – Ceremonia Festival (, Mexico)
Sep 25 – Pygmalion Festival (Urbana, IL)


Molly grew up in the Pacific Northwest before attending the University of Colorado at Boulder and receiving her BFA in Filmmaking. She is currently living in LA with her best friend aka her dog. She calls herself a writer/photographer.