It was a pairing atypical of any booking scenario. Raphael brought the old school R&B and the Skulls brought the retro rock. At first juxtaposition, the two acts seem mismatched but they, in fact, represent the photographic gallery in its entirety–which contains nearly 200 iconic photographs from a half-century of rock, soul and hip-hop.
Saadiq opened the night resurrecting Bob Dylan’s “Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat” as heard all over KCRW airwaves. Him and his band of soulful and choreographed singers kept the short yet, powerful set in a swinging blues environment including “Heart Attack,” “100 Yard Dash,” “Radio,” and his closing number “Skyy, Can You Feel Me” off his 2002 album. Keyboardist Charles Jones wore a black, choir robe fit for the church and borrowed some lyrics in the last bit of the show, building and building intensity with “I’ve never felt this way!” Although Saadiq leads with ease, he had no problem handing over the microphone.
Next, Band of Skulls took stage fresh off the plane from their Lollapalooza show in Chicago. The British trio used their short set wisely and got straight into the hits with their newest title track, “Sweet Sour.” Back and forth, singing “took my baby to the Hollywood Bowl” and “met my baby after the show,” singer/bassist, Emma Richardson and singer/guitarist, Russell Marsden fed each other lines atop a ragged melody. “Death by Diamonds and Pearls” accompanied by Marsden’s heavy guitar solos ended the concert series in pure rock ‘n’ roll fashion.
Raphael Saadiq: Veteran enough to have produced some of TLC hits, yet still sexy enough to turn women’s legs to jelly. Band of Skulls: Putting the “rock” in the final installment of KCRW‘s ‘Who Shot Rock and Roll’ concert series in Los Angeles.
May 19 13 @ 5:16 PMIron & Wine at The Capitol Theatre
May 20 13 @ 5:32 PMTom Petty & the Heartbreakers
May 21 13 @ 5:23 PMMoMA's Annual Party in the Garden
May 22 13 @ 5:37 PMof Montreal at Music Hall of Williamsburg
May 23 13 @ 5:27 PMØDD Spring Sale
May 24 13 @ 5:40 PMYacht at Shea Stadium
May 25 13 @ 5:50 PMJames Murphy and Special Guests at Grand Prospect Hall
May 26 13 @ 5:54 PMOneohtrix Point Never at Saint Vitus
May 27 13 @ 6:01 PMA conversation With James Murphy
May 28 13 @ 5:46 PMNaoaki Funayama: X-don at Ouchi Gallery