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Flying Lotus, Abe Vigoda @ USC Free Outdoor Concert Series

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By Katherine Peach/Special to LAist

While USC may have been getting plenty of negative press as of late, it didn’t stop the Trojans from celebrating over the weekend when Flying Lotus came to the campus as part of this yea's KXSC Fest, a free outdoor concert put on by USC’s independent student-run radio station. Students and friends gathered at the small grassy knoll in Founders Park to watch eight acts including sets by Dublab and KXSC DJs.

The event ran from 4:00 p.m. to midnight featuring all L.A. artists beginning with opening acts Brook and Rover, Ana Caravelle and Sister Crayon, followed by Julianna Barwick, Puro Instict, Abe Vigoda (the band not the actor) and shining star of L.A. beats— producer Flying Lotus.

The started slow with an intimate, small crowd of about 50 people. Couples noshed on pizza thanks to SliceTruck and the Coolhaus truck offered ice cream on the sunny day. As the sun set more blankets filled the amphitheater-like lawn. Juliana Barwick took the stage alone looping haunting choral notes in a hypnotizing repetition. Puro Instinct, sisters Pipe and Skylar Kaplan, sported glam 80s fashion and a full band. Crowd-pleaser Abe Vigoda evoked a Depeche Mode-flair and a guitar-synth blend that got feet moving.

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Wind and chill set in while as crowd expanded with students emerging from all corners of campus. The audience reached shoulder-to-shoulder capacity in seething anticipation of Flylo taking the stage. Despite a clunky start, he transformed the energy of the crowd into a bouncing, unified mass. He only stopped to point out friends and thank the university for inviting him to the campus. Visibly enjoying himself, he proved why he is one of the leading electronic music producers in L.A., and that USC is still capable of having good, clean fun.